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[[caption-width-right:315:Everybody's favourite lumps of clay!]]
->''A meteor crashed one fateful day, turned Mudville creatures into clay, with heroes bent on doing right, and twisted foes up for the fight, CLAYFIGHTER!''
-->--Clayfighter 63⅓ Sculptor's Cut intro

''Clayfighter'' is a series of fighting games published by Creator/InterplayEntertainment. The series is known for its usage of stop motion animation and clay animation.

The story of Clayfighter begins when a meteor made entirely out of clay crashes on the grounds of a circus located in the town of Mudville. The circus' employees are contaminated by the goo the meteor has emitted, and causes them to transform into twisted and wacky versions of their former selves.

In Clayfighter 2: Judgment Clay, the evil Dr. Kiln uses the goo from the meteor to create even more clayfighters! After the fall of the N. Boss, the final opponent from the first game, Dr. Kiln declares himself grand master of Mudville, and decides to hold a fighting tournament, to see who will become the next grand master of Mudville! Who will win?

In the third game, Clayfighter 63⅓, Dr. Kiln has a new scheme: to transform the entire world into clay! The clayfighters are set to defeat him for once and for all.

Games in the Clayfighter series include:
* Clayfighter (SNES) (1993) and its Mega Drive/Genesis port (1994)
* Clayfighter: Tournament Edition (SNES) (An updated version of Clayfighter)
* C-2: Judgment Clay (SNES) (1994)
* Clayfighter 63⅓ (N64) (1997)
* Clayfighter 63⅓: Sculptor's Cut (N64) (1998) (A updated version the Clayfighter 63⅓)

Interplay also announced a new Clayfighter game for Wii and {{DSi}}, including improved graphics and gameplay, but this was ultimately cancelled. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N5zw6YOe2k Interplay announced another Clayfighter in early 2015, with an expected release in 2016]].
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!!Examples
* TheAhnold: Hoppy, in C-2.
** When he becomes a Cyborg in the third game, he loses the Arnold accent entirely and instead becomes a DrillSergeantNasty.
* ArtificialLimbs: Dr. Kiln has replaced his left hand with a mechanical prosthetic one, that can transform into a chainsaw, a scalpel, a machine gun and other dangerous things, after he was forced to amputate it when he accidentally touched the goo the meteor emitted.
* AssKicksYou: Helga
* AWinnerIsYou: In the original game, beating the game on a difficulty other than Hard would simply show the credits. Only with beating Hard mode do you get a text ending.
** This carries over into ''63⅓'', where Dr. Kiln and the proper character endings are inaccessible on the easiest setting.
* BadSanta: Sumo Santa.
* BlobMonster: The Blob.
* BoobsOfSteel: Both Helga and Lady Liberty are extraordinarily buxom.
* BoxingKangaroo: Kangoo (and her EvilTwin Thunder) from Judgment Clay.
* BrawnHilda: Helga.
* BriarPatching: Taffy has a move where he can fake being dizzied to lure an opponent in for a beatdown.
* BruceLeeClone: Kung Pow.
* ChargedAttack: Good part of fighters in the series use charge commands to perform their powers. Most especially the 2 protagonists in the series, Bad Mr. Frosty and Blob.
** This kind of move is more common in ''63⅓'' and ''Sculptor's Cut'', where this is the Combo Opener just like [[VideoGame/KillerInstinct that other game series]].
* CharacterizationMarchesOn:
** Bad Mr. Frosty was implied to be a villain in the first game, putting Santa Claus out of work, and in the second, he'd just gotten out of prison, having beaten up Santa Claus directly. By the third game, he's one of the good guys and [[BadSanta "Sumo Santa"]] is one of the playable villains.
** Bonker was maniacally smiling in the first game, but frowning and depressed in the third.
** Blob started out upbeat in the first game, became outright angry and psychotic in the second game, but then turned into a thick-voiced cheerful moron in the third.
** Ickybod Clay went the other way: starting with a creepy and whispery voice in the first game, but a high-pitched cheerful whine in the third.
*** It's probably safe to say that no character kept exactly the same personality
* {{Claymation}}
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''C-2: Judgment Clay'' is both literally and figuratively darker than its predecessor. While the original had a cheery circus motif and cheery music, C-2 has a gritty, ghetto style with heavy rock music and dank, dusty backgrounds. Clayfighter 63⅓ is even darker, with ominous orchestral music and much more advanced gameplay, including parries and fatalities (which are still comical).
* DigitizedSprites: Notably, ones made from photographs of actual clay models.
* DummiedOut: The Blob's bomb move in the original game, which proved to be a glitchy mess when used.
* EasyModeMockery: In ''63⅓'', Dr. Kiln can't be fought on cookie difficulty. The game ends after the MirrorMatch with a message thanking the player for doing some warm-up practice before the real playthrough.
* ElvisImpersonator: Blue Suede Goo, of course.
* EvilRedhead: Dr. Kiln, also Bonker.
* EvilTwin: The final boss of Judgment Clay is an evil version of your chosen character, with different moves and (usually) different animations, as well as a different name (Blob fights Slyck, Bad Mr. Frosty fights Ice, Tiny fights Butch, etc).
* ExpositoryThemeTune: ''Sculptor's Cut'''s opening.
* {{Expy}}: A lot of them in the series:
** Bad Mr. Frosty from ''Frosty the Snowman''.
** Blob from ''Movie/TheBlob''.
** Ickybod Clay from ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow Ichabod Crane]]''.
** Hoppy[=/=]T-Hoppy from ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.
** [[BadSanta Sumo Santa]] from ''SantaClaus''.
** Hobo Cop from ''Movie/{{Robocop}}''.
** Lady Liberty from ''UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty''.
** High Five from ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Thing]]''.
* FinishingMove: Dubbed Claytalities in ''63⅓'' and ''Sculptor's Cut''.
** Also, thanks to {{MUGEN}}, some characters from C1 and C2 gained Claytalities in their adaptations.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Tiny.
* FunWithFlushing: A stage in ''63⅓'' takes place above a toilet that it's possible to knock your opponent into.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''Sculptor's Cut'', it's possible to have Lady Liberty ram her opponents with her chest as an attack, in which you can see her ''flashing her breasts.'' Granted, it's hard to see because of the .jpeg artifacts and pixellation, but if you have particularly sharp eyes, [[http://rottenpie.com/data/storage/attachments/cf38f1053e2ae276504de1e5c21407e7.jpg well...]]
* GuestFighter: VideoGame/EarthwormJim and VideoGame/{{Boogerman}} in ''63⅓''.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Several of the Claytalities. Most characters have at least one that does this.
* HornyVikings: Helga dresses like one.
* KidAppealCharacter: Googoo and [[EvilTwin Spike]] in ''C2'', Zappa Yow Yow Boyz in ''Sculptor's Cut''.
* LadyNotAppearingInThisGame: A male example in Dr. Kiln. He's supposedly the BigBad of the second game, but he doesn't appear in person until the third.
* LullDestruction: It's particularly bad in ''63⅓'', especially during the Claytalities, where it seems that random voice clips are thrown together in random succession.
* MadScientist: Dr. Kiln. Complete with the stereotypical hunched back, glasses and the [[HerrDoktor German accent]].
* MadeOfPlasticine: Literally.
* MagicMeteor: The meteor made out of clay that emits goo that is able to transform living creatures and inanimate objects into clay creatures.
* MonsterClown: Bonker from the first and third game.
** Though he changes a lot between games. In the first, he's an [[SlasherSmile eternally-grinning]] psycho clown, in the third, he's a constantly-frowning DeadpanSnarker.
* NiceHat: Bad Mr. Frosty's top hat.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Blue Suede Goo. [[ElvisPresley Elvis]] impersonator much?
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: After the end credits for ''ClayFighter 63⅓'' a message appears saying that [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/clayfighter/images/1/1d/Sorrydude.PNG/revision/latest?cb=20101001040932 "This animal was severely hurt in the making of this game. Rest in peace Lockjaw."]]
* OrganAutonomy: High Five, [[spoiler:Dr. Kiln's severed hand, that has been mutated into a large and sentient being by chemicals. Holds deep hatred for his former host.]]
* ThePigPen: Hobo Cop and Boogerman.
* PunBasedTitle: ''Clayfighter 2: Judgment Clay'', and ''Clayfighter 63⅓''; the former is an allusion to ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' and the latter is an allusion to the [[SuperTitle64Advance "64" endings]] of N64 games and ''[[Film/TheNakedGun Naked Gun]] 33⅓''. Also ''Sculptor's Cut'' alluded to ''Director's Cut'' in movies.
* PunnyName:
** The first game's final match against N. Boss.
** Many of the fighters' names, most obvious being ElvisImpersonator Blue Suede Goo and pumpkin-headed [[Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow Ickybod Clay]].
** All of the character endings in ''Sculptor's Cut'' as well. For instance, here is Ickybod Clay's:
--> "Ickybod Clay has succeeded in scaring all of the good guys off the Island of Claymodo. He knew that those weaklings didn't stand a ghost of a chance. His spirit high, his sole wish was to terrorize everyone on Claydonia and frighen all that see him. Icky's dream has just come to life, as he has made our heroes flee from his haunting visage. I'm afraid that's the end of this macabre tale."
* PutOnABus: Blue Suede Goo, Helga, Ickybod Clay, Taffy and Bonker were unavailable in the 2nd game. N. Boss also disappears as the final boss of Clayfighter 2 is your character's evil twin.
** For Blue Suede Goo and Helga, they don't show up in ''63⅓'' either.
*** According to [[http://www.polygon.com/2015/3/2/8135465/clayfighter-hd-remaster-interplay this]], Blue Suede Goo's a shoe in. No word on Helga, though.
** Sad to say, Octo, Kangoo, Nana Man, Googoo, and the evil twins disappear after ''Clayfighter 2'', with Tiny from the first Clayfighter joining Blue Suede Goo and Helga on that bus.
*** TheBusCameBack: For Taffy, Ickybod Clay and Bonker. If [[http://www.polygon.com/2015/3/2/8135465/clayfighter-hd-remaster-interplay this article is to be believed]], Blue Suede Goo and Tiny will be back in the Remastered Clayfighter as well.
* RoleReprisal: The Nintendo 64 game has Creator/DanCastellaneta reprise his role as Earthworm Jim from [[WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim the ''Earthworm Jim'' animated series]].
* SadClown: Bonker in ''63⅓''.
* SecretCharacter: At least one per game (save Tournament Edition):
** ''Clayfighter'': N.Boss is avalible by entering a code.
** ''C2'': The evil twins after beating the game.
** ''63⅓'': VideoGame/{{Boogerman}}, Dr, Kiln and Sumo Santa by entering codes.
** ''Sculptor's Cut'': VideoGame/EarthwormJim and Boogerman by beating the game. High Five by a code.
* SeriesMascot: Bad Mr. Frosty, having appeared on the cover art for every game thus far and prominently featured in advertising.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: The Blob.
** Bad Mr. Frosty and Taffy also can convert his own parts into weapons.
** Dr. Kiln's prosthetic hand is able to transform into dangerous weapons.
* ShoutOut: Helga's [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/snes/b/cfhel.htm Hard mode ending]] from the first game tells the player she once was married to Olaf the Stout, one of TheLostVikings, and left him for Tiny the wrestler.
** ''Franchise/MortalKombat''[='=]s fatalities, ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII''[='=]s Parries, ''[[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Vampire Savior]]''[='=]s general gameplay system, and ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct''[='=]s combos system in ''63⅓'' (you can even do combo breakers in the game).
** Also, this inscription on ''63⅓'' back cover:
-->''WARNING: Contains No Bloody Carnage or Fighters Named [[Franchise/StreetFighter "Ryu" or "Ken"]].''
*** Not to mention Kung Pow's costume is white and his second palette is red.
* {{Snowlems}}: Bad Mr. Frosty. Version III.
* SmurfettePrinciple: Helga is the only playable female in the first game, while Kangoo is this in the second (after unlocking, also her EvilTwin Thunder). ''63⅓'' bucks this trend by having an all-male cast. ''Sculptor's Cut'' adds Lady Liberty as the sole female fighter, returning it to the status quo.
* StealthPun: The ending credits always have an animation of Helga shouting at the very end. [[spoiler:It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings.]]
* TotallyRadical: Originally, Bad Mr. Frosty wore a blue top hat (to be evocative of the magic hat that is commonly depicted as bringing the original Frosty the Snowman to life). In ''C2: Judgment Clay'', though, he started wearing a backwards baseball cap. (The top hat was restored in the third game, though.)
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Most of Dr. Kiln's creations in ''63⅓'' and ''Sculptor's Cut'' with the exception of Lockjaw Pooch.
* UpdatedRerelease: ''Clayfighter: Tournament Edition'', as well as the ''Sculptor's Cut'' of ''63⅓''.
* WasOnceAMan: All of the characters from the first game were mutated humans.
* WeaponizedLandMark: Lady Liberty, the Usefulnotes/StatueOfLiberty turned into a sentient being made out of clay by Dr. Kiln, that is able to use her torch as a flamethrower.
* WiiWare: The cancelled fourth game.
* WitchDoctor: Houngan, the evil Jamaican witch doctor.
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