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'''Fighter's History''' was a short lived FightingGame series by Data East. This game is remembered for being '''THE''' ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' ripoff. [[SerialNumbersFiledOff Capcom filed a lawsuit against them,]] but they lost, and the game was successful enough to get a home port to the SNES, a sequel titled ''Fighter's History Dynamite'' (a.k.a. ''Karnov's Revenge'') and a spin-off Super Famicom game titled ''Fighter's History: Mizoguchi Kiki Ippatsu!!''[[labelnote:Translation]]''"Mizoguchi's Moment of Crisis!"''[[/labelnote]] No new entry to the series has been made since Data East filed for bankruptcy in 2003 aside from a Japan-only crossover with ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' for cellphones made by Creator/{{SNK}}.

Now with a [[Characters/FightersHistory character sheet]].
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'''This game provides examples of:'''

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The tournament in both games is called the Great Grapple.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Subverted. Attacking a certain part of the body will cause an article of clothing to be knocked off, such as Ryoko's headband, [[FridgeLogic the lightning bolt on Ray's shirt]] or Feilin's breastplate (don't worry, she ''is'' wearing something under it). At this point, the character becomes dizzy for that round. The first game also had your characters take more damage when it was removed.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: The worst the female competitors get are tattered clothing, a few hairs out of place, and bandages. The guys... aren't so lucky.
* BreakoutCharacter: Mizoguchi.
* CallingYourAttacks
* CampGay: Clown's endings in the Japanese versions actually involves him trying to pick up younger men. The endings were altered in the English versions to downplay Clown's homosexuality, yet the manual for ''Karnov's Revenge'' still makes references to his sexual preference by stating that he likes "young boys" and is seeking an "attractive male fighter."
* CanonImmigrant: Mizoguchi was included as a bonus character in the home port of ''VideoGame/{{The King of Fighters}} Maximum Impact: Regulation A''. In the backstory, his father is said to be the one who taught Lucky Glauber (of the American Sports Team) karate.
** Chelnov, from Data East's old arcade game of the same name, appears as the final boss in ''Mizoguchi Kiki Ippatsu!!'', making him the other character in the series from an old DECO game besides Karnov.
* ChildProdigy: Ryoko is one in Judo, learning since she was three years old.
* ContinuityNod: Karnov still has the power of God, which he inherited in the end of the Famicom version of his self-titled game.
* CrossCounter: The characters in the title screen.
* DemotedToExtra: Ray, Marstorious, Jean, Samchay, and Matlock in the Super Famicom spin-off. They're not playable fighters, but they still appear in the game's story mode.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Ryoko and Mizoguchi.
* ExtremityExtremist: [[KickChick Liu Yungmie]], the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal token teen Taekwondo trainee]], uses kicking attacks exclusively (and is one of relatively few fighting game characters to launch her projectiles with her feet).
* [[{{Expy}} Expies]]:
** Ray is Ken Masters ''as an attorney/detective''.
** Mizoguchi seems to be partially based on Momotaro Tsurugi from ''Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku'', while also taking the opportunity to parody Ryu.
** Matlock and Jean are European cousins of Guile (with a few dashes of Vega in the latter case).
** Marstorius is an Italian Zangief.
** Yungmie is more or less a Korean Chun-Li, although how explicitly varies from appearance to appearance. Feilin is another Chun-Li wannabe, albeit less so.
** Zazie is a Kenyan, more serious Dee Jay. He also vaguely resembles [[VideoGame/VirtuaFighter Jeffry McWild]]. Furthermore, his stage features a woman in the background (his wife? a female relative?) cheering him on, much like Sari would do for her husband Dhalsim in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 2'', ''Alpha 3'', and ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV SSFIV]]''.
* FlashOfPain: Character-specific weakpoints flash white when about to fly off.
* GuestFighter: Aside of Mizoguchi's stint in ''KOF MI:RA'', he and ''Dynamite'' newcomer Yungmie additionally popped up in another Data East fighter, ''Suiko Enbu: Fuunsaiki'' (the [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] sequel to ''Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty''/''Dark Legend''). Mizoguchi also made a cameo as a hidden boss in ''Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble''.
* LargeHam: Karnov ('''"BALLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!"'''), Marstorius ("'''DOUBLE''' German!"), Zazie ("Hell '''FIRE!'''")...
* MundaneMadeAwesome[=/=]RuleOfCool: Fighting Marstorius in front of the Fontana di Trevi? Oh yeah.
** How 'bout fighting Ray at the gates of ''the friggin' White House''?
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Like her ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes 2'' and ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses'' counterparts, Ryoko Kano was based on real world Judo champion Ryoko Tani.
* RazorWind: Matlok's Spinning Wave.
* RubberBandAI: Once the computer recovers from being dizzied after their weak spot is exposed and knocked off, there's a good chance you've already lost the round regardless of how well things were going beforehand.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Ray is the main character of the series, but Mizoguchi became more popular and even starred in the Super Famicom-exclusive final game in the series.
* SpotlightStealingTitle: ''Fighter's History Dynamite'' was released as ''Karnov's Revenge'' overseas due to the cult popularity of ''Karnov''.
* [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish Surprisingly Good Everything]]: Every character except Marstorius, Zazie, and Yungmie speaks in their native dialect. This is something ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' and the other big-name franchises ''still'' haven't done even halfway well. Only ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Tag Tournament 2'' would ever get to do that, nearly ''two decades'' after this game came out.
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