This is the character roster for the Eternal Champions series.
Characters introduced in the original Eternal Champions:
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Shadow, a ninja assassin trained in Taijitsu and Ninjitsu, hails from Tokyo, Japan in 1993 AD. Shadow worked for the Black Orchid Corporation until she learned that the organization punished for failure with death — which made her realize that she couldn't bring herself to kill others when death sat that close to her. She decided to escape Black Orchid in order to reveal it to the public authorities, but her superiors arranged her death: she "fell" off the 101st floor of the Orchid's headquarters before she could blow the whistle.Winning the Tournament: Shadow escapes with her life and exposes the Black Orchid's darkest secrets - which affects numerous business strategies and the lives of thousands of people well into the 21st Century.
R.A.X., a human-turned-cyborg trained in Muay-Thai kickboxing, hails from the year 2345 AD. R.A.X. (Robotic Artificial Exoskeleton) underwent painful surgery to have cybernetic implants put into his body; this allowed him to compete in "cyber fights" and remain relevant at a time when general interest in martial arts had waned. R.A.X. began winning many of his fights, but he also refused to throw any fight for money. That decision led to R.A.X.'s manager to eventually betray him by triggering a virus hidden in his cybernetics to shut him down before he could land the winning blow in a major tournament — which ended up killing R.A.X. in the process.Winning the Tournament: R.A.X. reveals the corruption of the cyber fights and returns the competition to more humane human-only fights, which leads to a resurgence in the popularity of martial arts around the world.
Blade, a former police officer trained in Kenpo karate, hails from Syria in 2030 AD. Blade became a bounty hunter in his home country of Syria after his anger management issues led the police to toss him out. At the time of his death, Blade pursued a mad scientist who had threatened to destroy the human race with a lethal virus. After finally trapping the scientist in an alley, Blade attempted to retrieve the virus — but both men ended up killed by a stream of lasers (presumably fired by agents of Blade's own government). The scientist dropped the vial containing the virus as a result...Winning the Tournament: Blade saves the scientist from the setup, retrives the vial, and forces himself to restrain his anger. He reports the incident to his superiors and the public, which helps bring about several worldwide government reforms and establish a world peace council to bring stability to the world.
Jetta, a master of Savate/Pencak Silat, hails from Russia in 1899 AD. Jetta abandoned her aristocratic lifestyle to become a circus acrobat and travel the world; during a tour of China, several of the country's government officials encouraged her to help end the Boxer Rebellion by infiltrating a particular group and manipulating them into becoming paficists before military forces from afar would intervene. Jetta soon became the target of a Chinese revolutionary, and she fell to her death during a performance for the grand emperor of China after her sabotaged tightrope and safety net snapped.Winning the Tournament: The Chinese government becomes shameful of the attempted murder and demands peaceful negotiations from certain groups to settle on a peace plan and implant full democratic control of the country.
The caveman Slash hails from the Prehistoric Great Rift Valley in the year 50,000 BC. The instruction book refers to his fighting style as "Pain" (as in, "to cause as much pain as possible"). Slash showed superior intelligence compared to the rest of his tribe, which led him to express ideas (such as implanting agriculture) that could free his clan from a life of hunting-and-gathering. His revoultionary ways of thinking drew the ire of his tribe's elders, who lured him to a meeting and stoned him to death for daring to speak out against them in public.Winning the Tournament: Slash uses the skills learnt from competing in the tournament to defeat the elders and become leader of his clan, where his ideas will advance mankind's progress into a history of peace and intelligence.
Trident, a gentically engineered gladiator trained in Capoeira, hails from Atlantis 110 BC. He received his name after losing his hand during a fight with a shark and replacing it with a trident. He represented Atlantis and its people in a battle against the Romans; had he won, Atlantis would have received a share of land alongside the Romans. A Roman gladiator's treachery caused a stone pillar to fall on Trident before he could strike the winning blow. Trident's death doomed the people of Atlantis to live underwater forever.Winning the Tournament: Trident defeats his Roman opponent, but doesn't kill him. He opts instead to work towards forming an alliance between Romans and Atlanteans so that both cultures will survive — and unite each other's empires into an advanced utopian future.
Xavier, a former blacksmith trained in both Hapkido and Cane Fighting, hails from Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 AD. Xavier turned to alchemy after his failures as a blacksmith and eventually discovered a clean (and unlimited) source of energy. When he showed his discovery to the townspeople, they denounced Xavier's science as witchcraft and burned him at the stake for the crime of witchcraft.Winning the Tournament: Xavier tricks the townspeople into burning his tools with him. This small change lets him use his newfound energy source to break free from his bonds — and travel throughout history to help humanity increase both its knowledge of science and its tolerance of the unusual. His escape also fools the townspeople into believing they'd burned the last warlock, which brings an end to the Salem witch trials.
Mitchell Middleton Knight ("MidKnight")
"MidKnight", a London-born CIA biochemical scientist trained in the art of Jeet Kune Do, hails (in his death) from 2100 AD. In 1967, the CIA tasked Knight with creating a biological weapon that hte US could pour into the water supply of Vietnam during the war — but a freak accident exposed Knight to the virus and turned him into a vampire-like creature. MidKnight escaped from the CIA and spent over a century trying to invent a cure for his dilemma — as well as for those afflicted with his same problem after the CIA used the virus during the war. Knight refused to harm and kill others despite his inherent bloodlust, but it would not save him: a vampire hunter drove a magnesium stake through MidKnight's heart just before he could finish work on a possible cure.Winning the Tournament: MidKnight survives the surprise attack, escapes to his lab, and finishes his work in perfecting the cure. While his cure works on others, Knight remains unable to heal himself due to the unique chemistry of his affliction. MidKnight uses his immortality to benefit humanity, though: he becomes president of the World Science Organisation and diligently eradicates all known diseases.
Larcen, an ex-cat burglar trained in Praying Mantis Kung-Fu, hails from the means streets of 1920s Chicago. Larcen worked for a Chicago mob; though he carried out many dubious jobs for his bosses, he adamantly refused to kill anyone. At the time of his death, Larcen had received orders to plant false evidence in the hospital room of a rival crime boss — but upon his arrival at the hospital, Larcen found the Chief of Police instead of the rival boss. Larcen attempted to toss the package he'd carried with him out the window, but the bomb inside detonated before he could. The blast killed Larcen, the Police Chief, and most of the people in the hospital.Winning the Tournament: Larcen disposes of the bomb before he makes it to the Chief of Police, who ends up commending the now-ex-mobster for his bravery. Larcen eventually becomes part of a special governmental task force devoted to organized crime and takes down all of his former bosses while helping the task group ensure the eradication of organised crime forever.
The Eternal Champion, an extraterrestrial who monitors the cosmic balance of good and evil, resides in the far future (9999 AD) where mankind already destroyed itself. The Champion summons all of the fighters above to compete against each other for a chance to face him and reclaim their soul. The victor will return to Earth with the chance to change their fate and restore balance to the universe — while the others return to their original fates.
Characters introduced in Challenge from the Dark Side:
Riptide, a pirate trained in the art of Kajukenbo, hails from Italy in 1566 AD. Once a member of an infamous Italian family, Sophia de Medici eventually renounced her name and status when she decided to become a pirate. When fellow pirate/crime boss Hannibal killed Riptide while protecting some buried treasure, he discovered her true identity — and then destroyed the entire de Medici family through his criminal organizations, which resulted in the destruction of works by Leonardo DaVinci that could have resulted in a future renaissance.Winning the Tournament: Riptide survives the attack by Hannibal, works to protect her family (and ensure that future renaissance), and forms a powerful organization to protect the oceans from the threats of piracy, illegal hunting of sea animals, and pollution.
Ramses III, an Egyptian pharaoh trained in Hung-Gar Kung-Fu, hails from 151 BC. As the last strong pharaoh of Egypt, Ramses could have fathered the son that would have been his successor and successfully prevented the downfall of Egypt via outside invasion — had he not been killed by an assassin who knew that Ramses never learned how to swim. After Ramses drowned in the Nile River, Egypt ended up conquered by invaders such as Alexander the Great, which damned humanity to a future without spirit and originality while rendering it devoid of many cultures.Winning the Tournament: Ramses eliminates those who threatened to usurp his rule and makes sure to preserve many of the treasures and knowledge of his people so mankind would have the chance to learn from them and ascend to higher knowledge in the future.
Raven, a voodoo priestess trained in both Hsing-I Kung-Fu and Tae Kwon Do, hails from Trinidad in 1802 AD. After kidnappers stole her from her home and integrated her into a village in Trinidad, Raven eventually won the hearts of the villagers through an unusual healing power that revolved around an ancient artifact handed down through her family: an hourglass that allows someone to control of a small portion of time in exchange for part of their life. Raven eventually drew the ire of the village's aging high priest, who lured her into his tent and used the hourglass to kill her (and rejuvenate his own life in the process).Winning the Tournament: Raven reverses the spell to drain the high priest of his power and his life, then fills the hourglass to a perfect balance between good and evil. She then hands it to the Eternal Champion before becoming his companion — which allows both of them to continue keeping mankind safe.
Dawson, a Scottish gambler who developed a hybrid of fighting styles he calls Shotowando, hails from (a the time of his death) America's Wild West circa 1849 AD. Dawson traveled from Europe to America in search of adventure (and a good fight), but his arrival in a small mining town eventually triggered his death. Dawson ran afoul of a powerful landowner whose son had killed the sheriff; the sheriff deputized Dawson in his final act, but the townsfolk — fearful of the landowner's power — strung the poor Scotsman up for the murder before the government could prosecute the landowner's son for it.Winning the Tournament: Dawson prevents his hanging and kills both the landowner and his son. His actions turn a flexible sense of justice into a fearsome but incorruptible force in the Wild West, which helps all good folk live free.
Thanatos, the Greek God of Death who controls Time and Fate, had his work interrupted in 1692 AD by an indeterminate force (which took the form of a warlock killed during the Salem witch trials) that managed to weaken him. The force used powers greater than Thanatos' own to defeat the god; after taking over the God of Death role, this force changed the rules of death and took numerous lives before their time.Winning the Tournament: Thanatos ends up in front of the Eternal Champion and Raven, who give Thanatos a new role: the master of Time itself. Thanatos replaces Kronos — who had gone mad from the assault of the same force that attacked Thanatos — and prevents time from falling apart.
Chin Wo, an acupuncturist trained in Monkey Kung-Fu, hails from China in 1815 AD. Chin had remarkable skill as a healer, but his renown as a fighter led a cousin of the ruling class to challenge him. Chin refused to fight because losing would shame him and winning would force the ruling class to execute him. In an attempt to goad Chin into the fight, the cousin framed him for the murder of a beggar, but Chin still refused to accept the challenge — and ended up executed for a crime he didn't commit.Winning the Tournament: Chin uses a trick learnt from MidKnight to stare into the cousin's soul and force him to reveal the truth. Chin continues his life as a healer, but also becomes a symbol for truth, which allows him to implement a system of civil courts that solve the vast majority of China's civil rights issues well into the 21st Century.
Thomas "Blast" Chavez
Blast, a highly skilled Green Beret, hails from the Vietnam War era. Blast worked as a chopper pilot during the war, which meant he had drop weapons to his allies while going over enemy lines. Blast died just before his final run: his partner, "Redux", revealed himself as a Vietnamese double agent and tossed a grenade into Blast's helicopter during takeoff.Winning the Tournament: Blast takes out Redux before the fateful betrayal, then dedicates his life to rescuing the men who had fought wars and been left behind — through both his own actions and an immense amount of funding efforts.
The Dark Champion serves as the Yang to the Eternal Champion's Ying. Players face this champion as the true final boss of Dark Side.
Joke Characters from Challenge From The Dark Side:
The Senator, an American politician who fights using "Dishonesty", hails from 1995 AD. The Senator had spent his entire career supporting special interests, but after lobbyists discovered that he'd voted against them on a human rights issue, they turned their support to his opponent. The Senator's defeat in a landslide election — which he spent millions trying to win — caused him to have a heart attack.Winning the Tournament: The Senator attempts to make up for his years of civil abuse by exposing all of his lies — as well as the lies of those around him in the halls of Washington. His scandalous revelations destroy his chances of re-election, but also mark him as a changed noble man...who ends up making millions with a tell-all book and subsequent talk show appearances.
This owl familiar from Salem, skilled in Owl-Kwon-Do, ended up burned at the stake right after his master Vaspian; witch hunters noticed him always hanging around witch burnings, and they'd hoped that burning the owl would help end them.
This dog from the 1950s has a proficiency in Shih-Tzu Fu (taught to him in a kennel by a lineage of the Chinese Emperor's dogs). A rich kindly woman in a New York penthouse willed her money to Yappy when she passed away, but a mean relative took the money and kicked Yappy out onto the street. The dog tried to chew the brakeline of said relative's car to cause her death in a crash, but ended up running himself over by accident in the process.
This livestock chicken from Taiwan in 1967 knows Egg Fu (you know, like all chickens do). After a horrendous midnight raid, he swore to protect his livestock from becoming someone else's dinner — but he died thanks to a helicopter strike.
This circus entertainer monkey from 1902, skilled in Monkey Fu, saw an oil lantern get knocked over and start a fire. As he ran to warn his trainer, an elephant accidentally crushed him, which shocked the audience and distracted them from the fire that eventually consumed the tent and killed everyone inside.
This rattlesnake from 1820 studied the ways of Brawling from humans. A bartender raised the snake from an egg, and he soon became the bar's security with its Brawling skills — until the night a criminal broke into the bar to steal from the register, shot the bartender, and Slither.