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->''"My soul awakens... WITH A PRIMAL SCREAM!"''

A [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove not so popular fighting game]] franchise co-developed with Creator/{{Hudson|Soft}} and [[Creator/EightingRaizing 8ing]]. Originally it was called ''Beastorizer''. The story features humans who can [[{{Animorphism}} transform into animals]]. They are called Zoanthropes. And of course there is a corporation trying to use and brainwash them for world domination. So they... fight them of course.

The fighting system (somewhat reminiscent of ''VideoGame/FightingVipers'') is a basic 3 button layout with a punch, kick and beast change. The special thing about this franchise is the ability to (as the story suggests) morph into different animals and become stronger and have access to different attacks and special moves. They can also heal while in beast form. The games combine 2D fighting game elements with 3D elements, complete with jumping by holding up and side stepping.

There are 5 games in the whole series, mostly on the {{PlayStation}} brand.

* ''Bloody Roar''
* ''Bloody Roar 2''
* ''Bloody Roar 3''
* ''Bloody Roar Primal Fury''/''Extreme'' ([[NintendoGameCube GameCube]] and {{Xbox}} ports of ''3'', essentially)
* ''Bloody Roar 4''

There's also an incident that 8 years after ''4'' without any other games, Hudson Soft announced that they're going to release a new ''Bloody Roar'' game with the premise that it's going to be a ContinuityReboot. Understandably, after the disaster in ''4'' both gameplay and story-wise, fans were pleased... until it turns out that it was only a {{troll}}ing attempt from someone, bringing the fans back to square one in much disappointment.

[[Characters/BloodyRoar Character Sheet in progress]].

For anyone who wants to catch up on the Bloody Roar franchise, a youtuber by the name of WebVideo/{{SCXR}} is working on the Bloody Roar Retrospective, currently up to five episodes (including the Manga series ''Bloody Roar: The Fang''). [[http://rivercitygamers.com/scxcr/the-bloody-roar-retrospective/ You may view the retrospective here.]]

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!!This franchise provides examples of:

* AIBreaker: A viable strategy in ''4'' is simply withdrawing and putting distance between you and your foe, waiting for your opponent to charge, sidestepping, and then hitting their blind side. No joke.
* AliceAllusion: Alice turns into a white rabbit.
* AlternateContinuity: ''Primal Fury'' and ''Extreme''.
** It's more of a game set between ''3'' and ''4'' based on a sidestory. In other words, a GaidenGame.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: Most of the FinalBoss stages.
* AmazonianBeauty: Shina is noticeably buffer than the other females. She also has a few... {{distract|edByTheSexy}}ing costumes. Did we mention that she's [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench French]]? Being a mercenary [[ChildSoldiers since she was a child]], she also is most likely the strongest of the ladies physically, thus averting MusclesAreMeaningless.
* AnimeHair: Quite a few characters, with Gado probably taking the cake, as his hair ''resembles a lion's mane''.
* {{Animorphism}}: The whole game features characters who transform into animals.
** AnimalStereotypes
* AntiVillain: Xion ([[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I]]). He could convincingly be read as "amoral."
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Shenlong and Yugo.
* AssKicksYou: Busuzima, going for the gusto, not only sits on his foes' faces, [[{{Fartillery}} but cuts farts as well]]. The Nonomura family (Alice, Uriko, Mitsuko) appears to be fond of this type of attack, [[FanDisservice as does Greg]].
* {{Badass}}: It's a series ''[[WorldOfBadass full]]'' of 'em.
* BadassAdorable: Uriko is a standout here.
* BadassBeard: Ganesha, Ryoho, Greg.
* BadassBiker: Yugo.
* BadassLongcoat: Xion.
* BadassLongRobe: Long.
* BaldOfAwesome: Ryoho, the series' resident BareFistedMonk.
* BareYourMidriff: Alice (up until ''Extreme''/''PF''), Shina, Nagi.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Yugo and Alice, natch. One's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, the other's a Type B ("deredere") {{Tsundere}}. She even delivers an ArmorPiercingSlap to Yugo in her ending from ''Extreme/Primal Fury'' [[AngerBornOfWorry because he was being reckless and could have gotten them all killed]]. She then turns around [[CryCute and cries]].
* {{Bishonen}}: Xion and Cronos exemplify this, but most of the guys are either this or ruggedly handsome (i.e. Gado).
* BishonenLine: Uranus and Ryoho's Hyper Beast modes allow them to stay human, while Cronos turns into a humanoid phoenix capable of going from 0 to 60 on your ass. To a lesser extent, Uriko exhibits some of this too.
* BlessedWithSuck: In some way or another, just about all of the more powerful characters (i.e. Uriko, Uranus, Xion, Ryoho, etc.) get bowled over with this. Cronos, ''by far'', has it the worst. An oddity among Zoanthropes, Cronos was a rare specimen with ''two'' Beast forms. Unfortunately, Cronos [[PowerIncontinence has little control over]] [[EnemyWithin his Phoenix form]], [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the more powerful and more destructive side of his persona]]. During his childhood, it's heavily implied that his Phoenix form went berserk, [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed wiping out his entire home village]]. The number of causalities was great, and his mother was (apparently) [[SelfMadeOrphan among them]].
** Long hates his Zoanthrope genetics, as it was this power that killed his younger sister.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Happens with Uriko, Bakuryu, Xion, and Nagi.
* BonusBoss: Kohryu and Uranus from ''3''.
** Shenlong in ''2''.
* BottomlessPits: You can knock people off buildings and bridges. An instant win if you manage it, though it's rather difficult to break the walls around the arena without having already defeated your opponent.
* ButNotTooForeign: Alice's father was Japanese, while her mother was an American of German descent.
* ButtonMashing: If you try this in ''Bloody Roar 2'' or ''3'', you ''will'' be destroyed. It's a good "tactic" in ''4'', though.
** Long, Shenlong, and Uriko have fighting styles that focus on large combos and this.
* CainAndAbel: Xion (Cain) and his sister Nagi (Abel).
* CallingYourAttacks: A number of attacks across the series are accompanied by various shouts. Parodied by Busuzima, with one attack accompanied by him simply shouting "Kick!"
* CameBackWrong: Stun, or to be specific, his clone.
* CaptainErsatz: You're lying to yourself if you say that Nagi isn't [[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Kasumi]] with less clothing.
* CastOfSnowflakes
* ChargedAttack: Gado's very own [[MemeticMutation Falcon Punch]]! Shina got it, too.
** Greg, whose Wind Up Punch is very similar to [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Jack]]'s MegatonPunch.
* CherryTapping: Alice's basic crouch punch in the first game. Just watch out for Fox, who will bitch slap you for being so cheap.
* {{Chickification}}: Shina in ''Primal Fury''.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Fox and Greg never come back after the first game. Mitsuko stops being playable, but is still referenced by other characters over the next couple of games, being the mother (adopted in one case) of two characters that do appear in every other game - Uriko's storyline in the second game even revolves around rescuing her from the ZLF.
* CloningBlues: Shenlong initially loathes Long, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman conflicted by the fact that he was cloned from him]] (the truly noticeable differences in appearance between the two being Shenlong's {{red eyes|TakeWarning}} and [[EvilAlbino white fur]], most likely due to genetic manipulation). He eventually gets over this and mellows out, his role towards Long becoming significantly less antagonistic, to the extent of [[WorthyOpponent a friendly rivalry of sorts]]. It's even implied from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCxHed_f59o opening]] of ''Extreme''/''Primal Fury'' that he's friends with Uriko, Long's student.
* ClothingDamage: Self-inflicted, since they rip their clothes when morphing into animals. The clothes come right back on when they morph back. MagicPants do wonders, right?
* CombatStilettos: Alice, Jenny, Uranus, and Nagi.
* {{Combos}}
* ComebackMechanic: ''Primal Fury'' aids losing players by expediting the rate at which their Beast Gauge fills, regardless whether inflicting or receiving damage. Thus, the lower their health, the greater the gain per hit.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Ganesha.
** Heck, Shina and Busuzima can do ''their third Beast Drives'' with no problem!
* CoolShades: As if you needed more persuasion that Gado was a {{Badass}} CoolOldGuy, check out his outfit from ''3''.
* CreepyChild: The final battle of the first game looks like it will be against a little girl... who glares at you and then erupts into a more adult form, which in turn erupts into a massive beast. Uriko got a lot less creepy, but that first meeting...
* CursedWithAwesome: In general, the Zoanthropes. This can, however, cross over into BlessedWithSuck, thanks to [[FantasticRacism persecution]], abduction by the NebulousEvilOrganisation for research and experimentation, and PowerIncontinence.
* CuteBruiser: All of the females, but the best example is probably Uriko.
* CuteClumsyGirl: After her [[RedemptionDemotion revamp]] in ''2'', Uriko learns a [[SheFu Kenpo style mimicking Long's]]. However, if a player makes even the slightest mistake during her inputs, Uriko can easily mess up and fall over. Being something of [[TheDitz a ditz]], this makes sense, [[GeniusDitz although Uriko is much more capable than you'd think]], given that she's implied to be the strongest of all the Zoanthropes. In typical LethalJokeCharacter fashion, Uriko (with the right tempo) can whip out infinites that can juggle her opponent to death.
* {{Cutscene}}: They came in full force in ''4''.
* DanceBattler: Not only can Cronos kick your ass with no effort, but he does it while doing the tango!
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Gado, Cronos, and Ganesha. Shina as of ''Extreme/PF'' (she had a somewhat lighter skin tone beforehand).
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Oddly, a clone of Gado gets his moves while ''he himself'' gets this. Same deal with Yugo, whose fighting style changed dramatically from the second game on, and Fang, who got Yugo's first-game moveset, in ''Primal Fury/Extreme''.
** Long and Shenlong have a weird way about this: Shenlong in ''2'' has Long's moveset from the first game, while Long's own moves are changed. Then, in ''3'', Long gets most of his old moves back and Shenlong gets a new unique moveset.
* TheDragon: Ryoho, [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons literally]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Xion to some extent, as well as Cronos and Fox. ''Especially'' Fox.
* EmotionlessGirl: Uriko in the first game, along with being a {{Tykebomb}}.
** GenkiGirl: Uriko in every game from ''2'' onwards.
* EnemyWithin: Ryoho's Dragon transformation, which was so powerful that it needed to be sealed away from time to time. It should be noted that his Dragon form isn't necessarily [[SealedGoodInACan good]] or [[SealedEvilInACan evil]], more like [[SealedBadassInACan initially rampaging]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: One of Cronos's forms is a penguin... [[LethalJokeCharacter which is oddly good]].
* EvilAlbino: Xion the Unborn.
* EvilLaugh: Xion after winning in Beast Form, or during his Beast Drive in ''3''.
** Xion takes a liking to stuff like this. Uranus also gets a pretty sinister laugh from time to time, most notably in ''4''.
** Same goes for Cronos, although it's more like "Ha ha! You suck and I'm ''much'' better than you!"
* EvilTwin: Shenlong (yes, him ''again'') to Long, Kohryu to Bakuryu, and (somewhat) Uranus to Uriko.
* {{Expy}}: Mitsuko and Greg got nixed for Stun, while Fox got nixed for Jenny. Then there's the whole Bakuryu situation.
** If you think Long bears an uncanny resemblance to [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Citan Uzuki]], you're not alone.
** Likewise, Xion's design ''screams'' [[Anime/YuGiOh Pegasus]].
*** An OlderThanYouThink example: Xion has been accused of being similar to Dante from VideoGame/DevilMayCry, although Xion has been around a little longer before Dante was born.
** In-universe, Yugo gets one in the form of [[http://bloodyroar.wikia.com/wiki/File:Fang;_Wolf.jpg Fang,]] a character exclusive only to the worldwide versions of ''Extreme'' and ''PF'' and a CanonImmigrant from Maruyama Tomowo's two book tie-in manga, ''[[NoExportForYou Bloody Roar: The Fang]]''. He looks and acts just like Yugo (even sharing most of his moves from the first game), a rabbit girlfriend (Mashiro), and [[WeaponOfChoice beast form of choice]] (the wolf). He acts as a PaletteSwap for Yugo. WordOfGod confirms that the parallels were intended.
* FakeDifficulty: The FinalBoss from ''Bloody Roar 4'' can break through your own guard. And his attacks deal more damage, like half a gauge.
* {{Fanservice}}: All female characters. And Shenlong.
** Depending on the game, Alice is either shaped like a realistic rabbit, or this.
** FanDisservice: Busuzima in 3, whose ass has the crest on it. Likewise, his ending implies that he got probed.
* FantasticRacism: Much like the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', humans come to resent the Zoanthropes over time. A good portion of the cast, like their mutant counterparts, are trying to induce peaceful relationships between both species.
* {{Fartillery}}: In ''Primal Fury'', one of Busuzima's grabs involves him farting in your face. It's one of his more powerful grabs...
* FemmeFatale: Jenny. You could also argue a case for Uranus and Nagi.
* TheFightingNarcissist: Fox. He prides himself as the most beautiful fighter. This gets to the point that he ''hates'' morphing into his Beast Form, simply because he sees it as ugly (despite the fox being one of the more attractive forms in the first game).
* FingerlessGloves: Several characters. What'd ya expect? It's a fighter.
* ForgottenFriendNewFoe: Averted with Shina and Cronos. We know that they have a connection (and the two actually remember one another after being separated for so long), [[AbortedArc but the games have yet to divulge anything more than that]]. The two are also on good terms after being reunited.
* GaiasVengeance: Since the story of ''4'' revolves around a god called Gaia.
* GirlishPigtails: Alice, until ''Extreme/PF''. Complete with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]].
* {{Gonk}}: Dear lord, Busuzima.
** Also, Mitsuko is a female example. And there was Greg, too...
* AGodAmI: Cronos from ''Primal Fury''... sort of.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Yugo has a [[XMarksTheHero X-shaped scar]] on his forehead, while Gado has a scar running up his left eye along with several more on his arms. Shenlong has a scar running up the left side of his face, while Fang has a single scar on his forehead like Yugo.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: It rarely happens, but it's possible to injure yourself with your opponent after knocking him/her into the wall. It's also hilarious.
* GuestFighter: Yugo pops up in ''[=DreamMix=] TV World Fighters'', a MascotFighter featuring characters from Creator/{{Konami}}, Hudson, and Takara.
* GuideDangIt: No one knows how to do Shina's third Beast Drive. Or Busuzima's. [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard No one who requires oxygen, at least.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: The whole cast.
* HappilyAdopted: Shina, the adopted daughter of Gado. Kenji is Yugo's adopted younger brother, and Alice was adopted by Mitsuko, also making her Uriko's older sister.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Sums up why [[StopHavingFunGuys most people]] hate these games.
** Ironically ''2''[='=]s greatest strength and ''4''[='=]s greatest weakness. The moves have always been simple to use, the game emphasized tactics and mind games over long, complicated moves. Thus in ''2'', a new player could be an expert if they used their head and out thought opponents. In ''4'', it's pointless working hard to understand the game, just use the cheap and broken stuff to get easy wins. Why did these games stop there? Oh yeah...
* HiredGuns: Both Gado and Shina [[RetiredBadass are former mercenaries]].
* HospitalHottie: Alice, before joining the W.O.C. (The World of Co-Existence), a non-government organization dedicated to bringing about peaceful relations between humans and Zoanthropes.
* AnIcePerson: Cronos' penguin form.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Everyone... friggin' everyone.
* JigglePhysics: Not just the boobs... [[{{Squick}} but the guys' muscles as well!]]
** Much more apparent in Primal Fury and Extreme, as the physics are promptly demonstrated at the character selection screen.
* KiAttacks: Long and Shenlong employ a bit of it.
* KillerRabbit: Quite possibly Alice, even though she's not the BloodKnight kind.
* KillerRobot: Kohryu, a mindless clone-robot of the first Bakuryu who is a rival/enemy of his successor. Comes complete with a RocketPunch and MacrossMissileMassacre!
* LadyInRed: Jenny. Ok, it's more like a hot {{pink|MeansFeminine}}, but close enough.
* LastNameBasis: Long, Gado, Busuzima.
* LeftHanging: Just about ''everything''.
* LegacyCharacter: The mantle of [[{{Ninja}} Bakuryu]]. It first belonged to BadassGrandpa OldMaster [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]] Ryozo Kato (who was [[DeaderThanDead liquefied]] soon afterward), before being passed on to his apprentice, Kenji Ogami.
* LethalJokeCharacter: The Penguin will kick your ass.
** This is a counterbalance to Cronos' Phoenix form, which can bite off ''chunks'' of your health almost instantaneously, but only can maintain the transformation for about 15 seconds. His Penguin form is weak and severely lacking in the range, speed, and strength departments, [[HitboxDissonance but is a hard target to hit]]. All of this is mitigated by Cronos' human form having above-average stats.
** The first game featured Greg, a weak, slow, and generally useless gorilla. However, he has a throw that can be spammed an infinite amount of times, leading to an amusing way of beating the last boss...
* LightIsNotGood: Xion. One of his Beast Drives creates a [[CreepyCoolCrosses Holy Cross]] [[LightEmUp out of light]]. Considering that in English, his name could be read as "Zion" instead of "Shion" (the Japanese equivalent), [[FauxSymbolism this might be intentional]].
* LimitBreak: Beast Drives, first introduced in ''2'', which deal incredible amounts of damage at the cost of forcing you back into human form afterwards.
* LittleMissBadass: Uriko... at times.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: ''3''.
* MadScientist: Busuzima... and good lord is this an understatement.
** Everything he does is ForScience That, and getting the rest of the cast to recognize his genius and take him seriously for once. Hey, a guy can dream...
* MeaningfulName: Aside from the obvious implication that as a "Half-Beast", Uriko is a {{cat girl}} (or werecat, as evidenced by her adult form), Nagi is a Spurious. The word spurious (an adjective) means "to be false/not genuine." In biological terms, it means a structure that has a comparable appearance but nonetheless has a diverse structure, thus explaining why Nagi's Beast Form is so distinct from the others and greatly resembles her regular self (in fact, her incomplete transformation seems to resemble a red, feminine version of Xion's Unborn form).
** Ganesha is a god in the Hindu pantheon, known for his elephant head. Guess what Ganesha's Beast Form is.
** Alice has a rabbit transformation, which makes sense in terms of Wonderland...
** Let's just say Uranus and Cronos are named after deities for a [[PurposefullyOverpowered reason...]] Curiously, [[ClassicalMythology their namesakes]] are parent and child, which just adds more fuel to the "Uranus is Cronos' mother" theory.
* {{Miko}}: Nana.
* NobleWolf: Yugo, the mightly and heroic wolf.
* MrFanservice: Fangirls seem to be crazy for Shenlong.
** Anyone else find it humorous that he's essentially [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Shen Woo]], only two years early?
* MsFanservice: Jenny.
** Nagi, too. Her Spurious form retains significantly more human-like traits than any other character. And still she's hot.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Xion the Unborn.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: Tylon and the ZLF mostly.
* {{Ninja}}: Yugo's brother, Bakuryu, the original Bakuryu who trained the second, and his clone, Kohryu.
* NinjaLog: One of Kenji's {{Victory Pose}}s. Not to be outdone, Kohryu uses a ''steel construction girder'' to achieve the same effect.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Kohryu is a ninja robot oni mole. Busuzima is a punk rock scientist chameleon. Uranus is a sexy psychic lava-[[MixAndMatchCreature Tyrannosaurus-bull]] lightning clone prisoner.
* NoisyNature
* NotBloodSiblings: Yugo and Bakuryu, along with Alice and Uriko.
* NotJustATournament: Each tournament revolves around diplomatic tensions between Zoanthropes and humankind due to experiments being conducted on Xoanthropes, behind the scenes. The tournament itself is merely a front to [[ShmuckBait lure the strongest of their kind]] to be test subjects, by pitting them against others of their kind with legendary beast power... or genetically enhanced super beings.
* OhCrap: During the final battle with Uriko in the first game, you're in a caged-off arena. When she turns into the Chimera, steel walls slam into place with "EMERGENCY MEASURE" flashing on them. Someone off-camera must have had one of these moments.
* OlderAlterEgo: In the first game, Uriko goes from [[http://bloodyroar.wikia.com/wiki/File:UrikoHumanBR.jpg this]] to [[http://bloodyroar.wikia.com/wiki/File:UrikoAnimalBR.jpg this]] upon tapping into her powers. Judging by her ending in ''Extreme''/''PF'', she briefly assumes this form again to save Cronos' life.
* OneManArmy: Stun can take on a full army of security guards (obviously).
* OneWingedAngel: Uriko in the first game is the only character to get two beast forms rather than one. It is justified, though, as she's only a child in this game, and too young to fight in her human form.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: (Alan) Gado and (Hajime) Busuzima are only ever addressed by their last name in the games. Gado's daughter is also only ever called "Shina" or "Marvel", depending on region.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Every character is some sort of werebeast. There's a weretiger, werebear, werelion, wererabbit, werefox, werecat, wereboar, weremole, werebat, werechameleon...
** OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: A ''boxing'' werewolf.
* PantheraAwesome: No fewer than ''five'' characters, two of whom are tigers.
* PantyShot: In ''all'' of Jenny's costumes, you can do several attacks that reveal a G-string.
** Nagi, thanks to a practically non-existent skirt. At least one cutscene in ''4 blatantly'' [[MaleGaze focuses on her barely-clothed rear]].
* ParentalSubstitute: Ryoho is a father-figure for Nana.
* PlayingWithFire: Cronos' phoenix form, Yugo during his second Beast Drive, Ryoho.
* PowerEchoes: Upon entering Hyper Beast mode in later games, the fighters' roars [[PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep deepen]] and become heavily distorted. Nagi's Spurious form also has an echo effect.
* PowerFloats: Uranus is above gravity, apparently. Same goes for Uriko in ''1''.
* PowerGlows: Hyper Beast Mode give each character an electrified BattleAura with a yellow glow. Cronos' hand also glows during one of his intros.
* TheProtagonist: Yugo, who doubles as the SeriesMascot.
* PutOnABus: Fox and Greg simply disappeared after the first game. Mitsuko is a different case: while she also hasn't been available outside of ''1'', her status as Uriko's mom keeps her gravitating around the second game's story, where [[BadassInDistress she's been kidnapped]] and Uriko is fighting to rescue her.
* RandomlyGifted: Zoanthropy is seemingly randomly developed. The exception is Busuzima, who apparently made himself into a Zoanthrope after he began working for Tylon.
* RedBaron: As a child, Shina was known as "Fighting Marvel" due to single-handedly obliterating a platoon of soldiers. (In the Japanese releases, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname she's exclusively addressed as such]].)
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Among other examples, Nagi (when controlled by the Unborn) and Ryoho (when he loses control of his Dragon transformation).
* [[RedHeadedHero Red-Headed Heroine]]: Nagi, [[PowerDyesYourHair in her Spurious form]].
* RingOut: An instant win for anyone who pulls it off.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Bakuryu II aka Kenji.
* SeriesMascot: Yugo and Shina, arguably.
* ShesAManInJapan: The feminine, crossdressing Fox in ''Bloody Roar'' was made female for the European release. That is one manly-looking woman...
* ShirtlessScene: A scant few fighters go shirtless, and while costumes have undergone drastic changes between ''1'', ''2'', and the rest, one thing remains true: at least two characters go shirtless in their Beast Forms in every single game.
** Greg, from ''1'', is an exception--in his base form he's [[WalkingShirtlessScene always shirtless]], but has the decency to wear a NiceHat with it (until his opponent knocks him down). Reiji is also always lacking in the shirt department.
* {{Shorttank}}: Shina, with a light dash of SugarAndIcePersonality in her.
* ShoutOut: Gado's outfit in ''2'' is extremely similar to that of un-tuxedo'd [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Rugal Bernstein]].
** Perhaps it's a stretch, but Stun's real name is [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steven]] Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}.
** Some of Stun's moves in his beetle form resemble certain Franchise/KamenRider attacks.
** Xion's beast form is clearly inspired by the Manga/{{Guyver}} while Nagi's is a very clear shout out to ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}''. Oddly, Nagi heavily resembles [[Anime/{{Witchblade}} Masane Amaha]], whom she predates by about three years.
* SNKBoss: Cronos, Ryoho, Uranus.
* SpinningPiledriver: Bakuryu's 1st Beast Drive, which begins with an [[PetalPower explosion of leaves]].
* SplitPersonality[=/=]SuperpoweredEvilSide: Nagi has a part of Gaia in her blood and goes crazy when she's under control of the Unborn. Long shows some signs of this in his ''[=BR1=]'' ending, but it's never brought up in later games.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: All the new characters in ''4''.
** And Xion ever since ''3''.
* StoicSpectacles: [[TheStoic Long]].
* StoutStrength: Ganesha.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Shina enjoys fighting in a bra a lot. And then there's Nagi, whose bra is revealed a lot, and fights with a [[ShowSomeLeg very short skirt]]. And then there's Jenny...
* SuperMode: In every game except ''2''. Gives the player character massive speed, damage, and regeneration boosts, even allowing them to use multiple Beast Drives (which normally instantly brings them out of Beast Mode) while it lasts, but at the cost of being unable to transform at all for the rest of the fight.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: It's a fighting game series about a group of people [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent who can transform into werebeasts.]] That's as "supernatural" as it gets.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Arcade versions of the games in Japan.
* UltimateLifeForm: There's convincing evidence for both Uriko and Uranus to have claim to this title. There's also hints that the two are closely related, perhaps even being [[MyFutureSelfAndMe one in the same]].
* UpdatedRerelease: For the US release anyway. Primal Fury and Extreme are both the same game, with the difference being that Extreme uses CG cut-scenes instead of anime ones, and Fang is an unlockable character.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Fox (Hans in some versions), the aforementioned {{narcissist}}ic DudeLooksLikeALady [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment fox]]. He works as a [[AxCrazy psychotic]] [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]] for Tylon and is [[DarkChick extremely]] [[AmbiguouslyGay effeminate]]. He accidentally [[SelfMadeOrphan kills his mother]] in the process, [[VillainousBreakdown and snaps]]. Oh, and he's [[EvilBrit British]]. Those are some UnfortunateImplications if we've ever seen 'em.
* WarriorPrince: Cronos.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Ryoho is an obnoxiously cheap SNKBoss. He's got a bunch of extremely easy-to-hit moves with high damage and can chew your life meter out in a few seconds, giving you a game over when you lose. If you're using Uriko, on the other hand, all of his attacks will go over her head and he will be completely vulnerable to all of Uriko's moves, making this the biggest [[AnticlimaxBoss anticlimax of a boss]] since Shang Tsung in the first ''Franchise/MortalKombat''. Apparently, Catgirls > dragons.
** Said catgirl is hinted at throughout the series as being, possibly, the strongest character in the series (maybe even stronger than Uranus, though that's only hinted at in Uriko's final scene in ''Primal Fury'') this may be... well it's still a bizarre way of showing it, but what can you do?
*** Considering that Uriko's beast form in the first game (where she was the FinalBoss) is similar to that of Uranus, this isn't altogether unsurprising.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Reiji. Cronos avoids this, while Xion is more a matter of how decent or nasty he feels like being on any given day.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: A few [[ShipTease teased]] couples, notably Yugo/Alice and Gado/Jenny.
* TheWorfEffect: A pro boxer like Yugo getting trumped by ''Busuzima'' of all people.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3QJwp_U2hE opening]] to ''3'' is essentially the dev team showing off Xion by dedicating about half of the time to scenes of him brutalizing most of the cast. It's like they were asking, "We've got this new character in a bitchin' sweet [[BringMyRedJacket red]] [[BadassLongcoat longcoat]] and he's got '''BLADES''' [[BladeBelowTheShoulder coming out of his arms]]. How should we use him? I know! Let's show him beating the ever-loving daylights out of ''everyone''! [[BigYes YEAH!]]" This is then turned right around when Yugo recovers and shows off his new second Beast Drive.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: How many wrestling moves can you count?
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Up until the time of ''3'', characters like Alice and Bakuryu (Kenji) actually had blue hair. Nana from ''4'' also has blue hair. Uriko's hair turns green in her OlderAlterEgo form from ''1'', while Busuzima also has green hair by default.

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