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Characters: Virtua Fighter
These are the characters from Virtua Fighter. Sorted by their chronological appearances.

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Debuting in Virtua Fighter

    Akira Yuki - Japan 

Voiced by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (Virtua Fighter), Shinichiro Miki (2 onward, anime [Japanese], Dead or Alive 5), Tony Schnur (anime [English])

The main character of the series, Akira is the grandson of a Bajiquan master. Trained in the art by his grandfather himself, Akira sought to (not surprisingly) test his skill in the first World Fighting Tournament. He was beaten in the first tournament by Kage-Maru and went through rigorous training to win the second. After his victory in the second tournament, Akira's grandfather said he hasn't yet mastered anything and must learn what "true strength" really is.

Akira enters the three subsequent World Fighting Tournaments but has yet to win another tournament.

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    Pai Chan - Hong Kong 

Voiced by: Junko Iwao (2), Minami Takayama (3 onward, Dead or Alive 5), Naoko Matsui (anime [Japanese]), Amy Tipton (anime [English])

Pai Chan is a movie star from Hong Kong and the daughter of Lau Chan, who taught her how to fight at a young age. When Lau was training himself to be a more powerful fighter, Pai's mother struggled to support her family and died. Devastated, Pai entered the first tournament to test her skills and face her father, who she blamed for her mother's death.

Throughout the subsequent tournaments, Pai faced her father twice and was defeated both times. Then she learned Lau was terminally ill and sought a successor to his style. She saved him from being killed by Lei-Fei but he kept fighting. The only thing she could do is to show her strength to him in the fifth tournament.

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    Lau Chan - China 

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba, Thomas Bruning (anime [English])

Lau is the master of the Huyanquan (Tiger Swallow Fist) fighting style and a world's most renowned chef with a restaurant. He entered the first World Fighting tournament to test his skill and ended up as the victor. He kept entering future tournaments, even when both his restaurant (financially) and his body (due to a rare illness) were failing.

Lau sought a successor in the monk, Lei-Fei but he turned on his ailing master. Pai saved him. With death nearing, Lau intended to not see Pai in his weakened state, but was invited to the fifth tournament. Here, he will fight his last fight.

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    Wolf Hawkfield - Canada 

Voiced by: Dennis Gunn (5)

A former woodsman and hunter-turned-pro wrestler, Wolf entered the first World Fighting Tournament after he lacked a challenge in the ring. He was defeated by Akira and entered the second tournament solely with intent on beating him. After the end of the second tournament, Wolf became constantly enamored with a recurring dream about the world being in danger.

He continued to enter the tournaments to try to make sense of the dream and found out in the fourth tournament that Dural has the same scar as a figure in his dream. While continuing to learn about the dream, Wolf is challenged by El Blaze to the fifth tournament.

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    Jeffry McWild - Australia 

Voiced by: Dean Harrington (5), Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (anime [Japanese])

Jeffery is an Australian fisherman who was obsessed with hunting a giant shark called the "Devil Shark." Skilled in the art of Pancratium, he kept entering the World Fighting Tournaments to win prize money to repair and upgrade his fishing boat to fight it. By the end of the fourth tournament he finds that Judgment 6, the group behind the tournament had captured the massive shark.

Fueled by his obsession but unsure what to do, he enters the fifth tournament.

Tropes associated with Jeffry:
  • Action Dad: In the anime.
  • Animal Nemesis: Jeffry vs. the "Devil Shark."
  • Awesome McCoolname
  • Badass Beard
  • Demoted to Extra: Much like Wolf above, although his treatment is a tad better in the second season, where he and Lion are blackmailed into fighting each other, in Jeffry's case to save his family.
  • Determinator: He will not give up hunting down the Devil Shark.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Wears his in a ponytail. Jeffry is supposedly an Australian Aboriginal, but a lot of his character traits would seem to point to him being Jamaican; he has dreadloacks, likes reggae music, wears a Jamaican style hat sometimes, and he even has a Jamaican accent in the English dub of the anime. One has to wonder if the developers got Aborigine and Jamaican confused. Or as a sailor, maybe he just spent a lot of time in the Caribbean.
  • Guest Fighter: Appeared in All Japan Pro Wrestling Featuring Virtua and All Japan Pro Wrestling 2 Giant Gram along with Wolf.
  • Hulk Speak: "I, WIN!" Averted in the anime, where he is very cool and composed and articulate outside of battle.
  • Image Song: "Go Beyond That Wave"
  • Mighty Glacier
  • Nature Lover: Most apparent in Virtua Quest, where he goes on about humans' place in nature and the need to respect its power.
  • Scary Black Man
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Seen in the second season of the the anime.
  • Wrestler in All of Us

    Kage-Maru - Japan 

Voiced by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Kiyoyuki Yanada (anime [Japanese]), Geoff Whitesell (anime [English])

He is the tenth-generation of Kage-Maru. A member of the Hagakure clan, he was raised by the ninth-generation Kage-Maru and the eighth-generation Tsukikage, his father and mother respectively. His father trained him in the Hagakure style Ju-Jutsu to prepare for his birthright.

Years ago, his mother was kidnapped by a mysterious figure and never found. Years later Kage-Maru's entire village was burned to the ground and his father was killed by a gunshot. Kage-Maru discovers that Judgment 6 is responsible for all of it and enters the first World Fighting Tournament seeking revenge.

He competes in the tournament but doesn't discover anymore information on J6. He enters the second tournament when he discovers that his mother, who was transformed into Dural by J6, is alive. He saves Tsukikage but she ill due to an after-effect of becoming Dural.

Kage-Maru enters the third tournament to look for a connection between his mother and the new model of Dural. After winning the third tournament, he recovers a part from the new Dural, hoping it would help his mother, but it changes her back into Dural. She escapes with J6's help and Kage-Maru enters the fourth tournament with the intention on killing her, seeing no other way.

Kage-Maru made it to the fourth tournament's finals, but the match was interrupted by Dural. He destroys Dural, but discovers that it was not the real Dural and enters the fifth tournament to save his mother and to put an end to J6.

Tropes associated with Kage:
  • Badass: Not only did he win the third tournament, but he made it to the finals in the subsequent tournament and wrecked Dural when she interfered with the match. Technically speaking, Kage-Maru has the best tournament standings of the entire cast.
  • Becoming the Mask: In the anime, he's assigned to just keep the kidnapped and brainwashed Sarah in line, but he develops real affection towards her.
  • Cool Mask
  • Determinator: He will save his ailing mother. He will destroy J6. Step aside, or prepare for one HELL of a fight.
  • Deuteragonist: Along with Jacky as one of the most proactive characters fighting against the main villains.
  • Distressed Dude: For the second season of the anime, Kage started out being beaten by Canon Immigrant rival Oni-Maru and spent the majority of the season being chained while topless in underground. He did eventually plot his escape on his own, though, but overall, he had the same problem as Pai, with Oni-Maru taking Li Kowloon's place for him.
  • Fanservice: In the anime, in what is probably the male equivalent of Chun-Li's infamous shower scene, Kage gets a Shower Scene that shows off his bare butt.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: One of his custom items.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Believed he had to do this to his mother during 4 when it seemed like she was too far gone. He stops Shun from interfering with his fight when Dural interrupts their final match. Leads to Cradling Your Kill, but turns out it wasn't his mom, just a production model Dural.
  • Legacy Character: Inherited his title from his deceased father.
  • Image Song: "Everyone is a Stranger"
  • It's Personal: His vendetta against J6, especially since they kidnapped his mother and turned her into Dural.
  • Missing Mom: Tsukikage, aka Dural.
  • Name's the Same: Shares the same name with characters from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Samurai Champloo.
  • Ninja
  • Sixth Ranger: In the anime.
  • The Stoic: It comes with the job.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: Throws shuriken at Eileen in the intro of Final Showdown.

    Sarah Bryant - USA 

Voiced by: Lisle Wilkerson (5, Dead or Alive 5), Maya Okamoto (anime [Japanese]), Juliet Cesario (anime [English])

Sarah is the younger sister to race car driver, Jacky Bryant and in western-style Martial Arts.note  She is kidnapped by Judgment 6 after she investigates a mysterious accident involving Jacky. She is brainwashed by J6 and ordered to kill her brother in both the first and second World Fighting Tournament, failing both times.

At the end of the second tournament, Jacky rescues her but her memory is completely erased. She discovers training helped regain her memory and enters the third tournament hoping it would help her remember. Afterwords, Sarah had fully regained her memories, but also remembers what J6 did to her including trying to make her kill Jacky.

She enters the fourth tournament to face and defeat Jacky, hoping to resolve her past. She was close but lost to her older brother. She hears he was entering the fifth tournament to destroy J6; she enters with the intent on beating him to that goal as well as saving Vanessa, her bodyguard from the last tournament. But it's implied that J6 is expecting her...

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    Jacky Bryant - USA 

Voiced by: Eric Kelso (5, Dead or Alive 5), Yasunori Matsumoto (anime [Japanese]), Michael Granberry (anime [English])

Jacky is a professional racecar driver, a Jeet Kune Do practitioner and older brother to Sarah Bryant. Jacky was caught in a horrible accident and had to endure two years of grueling rehab to recover. He discovers Judgment 6, is behind the accident.

Around that time, his little sister Sarah disappears. Jacky enters the first World Fighting Tournament to find J6, who sponsors the tournament. He faces his sister but fails to rescue her. He becomes a Jeet Kune Do instructor and enters the second tournament intent on trying again to rescue his sister.

When he does rescue her, poor Sarah's memories are erased after they tried to un-brainwash her. When Sarah enters the third tournament, Jacky enters secretly to protect her. When she regains her memory and reunites with him, Jacky tries to focus on starting on his own racing team.

When some of his potential sponsors were killed, J6 claimed responsibility and threatened to kill more if Jacky didn't compete in the fourth tournament. Jacky competed in the tournament but had to deal with the disappearance of his sister's bodyguard, Vanessa. Completely fed up with J6's past and current interference in his and Sarah's lives, Jacky enters the fifth tournament to finally put an end to the mysterious syndicate.

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    Dural - Unknown (originally Japan) 
Dural is the name of the final boss of Virtua Fighter. She is a bald, nude woman covered in metal (usually silver) or stone. There have been several versions of Dural over the course of Virtua Fighter's history. The first Dural originally was Tsukikage, a member of the Hagakure clan and Kage-Maru's mother. Years ago she was kidnapped from her village. This was the work of the corporation, Judgement 6, who used her as their prototype for their Dural project.

Brainwashed and armed with various cybernetic enhancements she became a cold, unfeeling, cyborg. She was the final boss for the first two World Fighting Tournaments until Kage-Maru rescued her. Tsukikage was returned to her human form thanks to her son but became ill because she needed a part from the new Dural model.

The second Dural was defeated by Kage-Maru in the third tournament and he got the part he needed for Tsukikage. The part however turned her back into Dural and she escaped with the help of J6. A third Dural interrupted the fourth tournament but was defeated.

In the fifth tournament, J6 released another new Dural model, V-Dural. Containing all the combat data of competitor Vanessa Lewis, J6 sends V-Dural out to battle and defeat the world's best fighters.

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Debuting in Virtua Fighter 2

    Shun Di - China 

Voiced by: Hitoshi Takagi (2-3), Mahito Tsujimura (4 onward)

An aged master of the Drunken Kung Fu who enters the second World Fighting Tournament after one of his friends mentions how successful the friend's student is doing in recent tournament competitions. After the tournament he discovered that one of his students, who he also raised, was participating. He never had the chance to talk to him and wanted to know where he was this whole time.

Shun enters the third tournament to get his answers. Afterwards, a letter was sent from the student saying he was trying to escape from Judgement 6, but was recaptured. When no follow-up letter from his student arrives, Shun enters the fourth tournament for answers.

By the end, he makes it to the finals but Dural interrupts the tournament. Afterwards, Shun intends to give up, until an invite for the fifth tournament arrives for him with the student's signature on it. He goes, with the intention of finally discovering the truth.

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    Lion Rafale - France 

Voiced by: Jeff Manning (5), Tetsuya Iwanaga (anime [Japanese]), Jonathan Frappier (anime [English])

Young Lion Rafale is a wealthy Frenchman who learned Praying Mantis style from his father since he was five years old. Tired of his father's interference in his life, Lion enters the second World Fighting Tournament, winning his independence if he won the tournament. He lost in the first round to Kage-Maru, but the experience awakened the fighting spirit inside of him.

He trains harder to improve his skills and enters the next two subsequent tournaments. Again he intended to win both times but fell short twice again. After the fourth tournament, Lion found documents linking his father's company to Judgment 6.

Deciding not to confront his father about it yet, he is invited to the fifth tournament. He enters it in part to discover what involvement his father has with J6.

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Debuting in Virtua Fighter 3

    Aoi Umenokouji - Japan 

Voiced by: Nina Kumagaya

Aoi is a childhood friend of Akira Yuki and an Aiki Ju-Jutsu master. She was inspired by him to join the third World Fighting Tournament, to prove her her fighting ability. After she loses in the first round, she trains in Aikido, Kobujutsu and other martial arts in preparation for the fourth tournament.

She entered the fourth tournament but was beaten by Brad Burns, whose flirtatious ways both angered and intrigued her. Invited to the fifth tournament, Aoi, with great desire, wants to face Brad again.

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    Taka-Arashi - Japan 

Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (5)

Taka-Arashi is an undefeated yokozuna in the sumo world. After he defeated an underground fighter in a fist fight while in America, he decided to leave sumo wrestling. He was invited to the third World Fighting Tournament and enters hoping for a challenge. He was taken out of the games after 3, returning in 5 R.

He was defeated by several fighters in the tournament, and felt shamed. He initially became unmotivated in returning to sumo wrestling. With the help of his old sumo coach he trained hard to return to the sport.

For a year, Taka-Arashi took the sumo world by storm, until he was in the final day of a high profile sumo wrestling tournament. Taka-Arashi, receives an invitation for the fifth tournament in his dressing room. He leaves for the fighting tournament immediately forgoing the sumo tournament.

Tropes associated with Taka-Arashi:
  • The Ace: Again, he's a yokozuna — sumo's unrelegatable highest rank!
    • Broken Ace: For a time following his elimination from the third tournament.
  • Arrogant Sumo Guy: Taka's a good bit meaner than the Big Fun sumo wrestlers of other fighting games.
  • Big Eater: According to his chankonabe hot pot win pose in the 5 series. Justified given his sport.
  • Determinator: It's pretty much implied that he takes pride in winning and took it very hard when he was eliminated from the third tournament.
  • Does This Remind You of Anyone?: His in-game behavior, particularly in the 5 series, would bring the controversial yokozuna Asashōryū to mind...
  • Mighty Glacier: In the vanilla arcade version of 3, he couldn't even jump.
    • In 5R and Final Showdown, Taka is in a weight class all his own. Several moves and combos that normally launch or knockdown won't do so against him, and many throws have altered animations and aren't as effective.
  • Put on a Bus: After 3, but only because it was hard for developers to accurately program his model for later installments. He finally returns in 5 R.
  • Spirited Competitor: This may be why he chose the more aggressive (and less reputable) Shiranui-style for his ring-entering ceremony (Unryū is the other).
  • Stout Strength

Debuting in Virtua Fighter 4/Evolution/Final Tuned

    Lei-Fei - China 

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai

Lei-Fei is a Shaolin monk who belonged to a clan whose sole duty is to capture and kill anyone with the ability to use powerful martial arts. He was assigned by his master to kill Koen-ken master Lau Chan, who fought in the World Fighting Tournaments with his powerful style. Lei-Fei entered the fourth tournament intending to carry out his mission, but once he saw Lau in action, he decided to learn Koen-ken from Lau first.

Lei-Fei eventually does attack Lau, not wanting to wait to learn the secrets of Koen-ken. He almost kills Lau but Pai, Lau's daughter, interferes. Failing his mission and not learning Koen-ken at all, Lei-Fei trains harder to be prepared to defend himself from those who'd harm him.

He enters the fifth tournament to see if he can win and prove that he's succeeded in his training.

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    Vanessa Lewis - Unknown 

Voiced by: Donna Burke

As a child, orphaned when her parents were killed, Vanessa was abducted by Judgment 6. She was trained to be a living weapon well learned in the art of Vale Tudo. A member of the special forces named Lewis infiltrated J6 and rescued her, but he was killed shortly after.

Years later, Vanessa learned that J6 was targeting Sarah Bryant and volunteered to be her bodyguard. Vanessa joined the fourth World Fighting Tournament due to her duty to Sarah, but to also find out who killed Lewis. Midway through the tournament, Vanessa disappears, reappearing at the Bryant's house months later.

She awoke only remembering what happened before she disappeared, but her body mysteriously conditioned and trained beyond what it was. She enters the fifth tournament hoping to find out what happened to her.

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    Brad Burns - Italy 

Voiced by: Domonic Allen

Brad is a talented Muay Thai fighter and notorious ladies man. With his unique and powerful style, Brad quickly became an undefeated kickboxing champion. With no one left to challenge him, Brad enters the fourth World Fighting Tournament for the challenge and the thrill.

He had a great time at the tournament, in no small part to the many women participating in it. Afterwards Brad was disappointed due to no challenges in the kickboxing ring and the women from the fourth tournament not calling him. He enters the fifth tournament looking for the challenge that he had in the previous tournament and meeting the new women that were invited.

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    Goh Hinogami - Japan 

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki

Goh was the son of an Olympic level Judo master, who was orphaned when his father was murdered by a jealous friend. Judgment 6 kidnaps him and trains him and a group of other abducted orphans to be assassins. He is sent by J6 to infiltrate the fourth World Fighting Tournament and kill several of the fighters.

Goh lost to Jacky Bryant in the tournament and failed in his mission completely due to Dural's interference in the tournament. With his superiors in J6 were disappointed in his performance, Goh enters the fifth tournament knowing he cannot fail in his mission again.

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Debuting in Virtua Fighter 5/R/Final Showdown

    El Blaze - Mexico 

Voiced by: Walter Roberts

A dominant light-heavyweight luchador, El Blaze invited to the fifth World Fighting Tournament. Jealous of Wolf Hawkfield's dominance in the heavyweight division, El Blaze challenges him to prove he's the better wrestler and to finally put these feelings behind him.

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    Eileen - China 

Voiced by: Anri Shiono note 

Raised by her grandfather after her parents died, Eileen learned Monkey Kung-Fu from him at a young age. To improve her skills she worked as an actress for a Beijing opera troupe for many years. She happened to see a martial arts demonstration by Pai Chan, and was amazed by the beauty of her movements.

Eileen enters the fifth World Fighting tournament to find and approach Pai.

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    Jean Kujo - France 

Voiced by: Wataru Hatano

Jean is a young Frenchman and at one time a friend to Lion Rafale. The two would boast who had better martial arts, Jean's karate or Lion's kung-fu. Jean was kidnapped by Judgement 6 and like Vanessa Lewis and Goh Hinogami he was trained to be an assassin. After Goh failed in his mission in the fourth World Fighting Tournament, Jean enters the fifth tournament to usurp Goh's mission and kill several of the fighters.

One of his targets is Lion, who he vaguely remembers but has no problems with killing him.

Tropes associated with Jean:

Debuting in Fighters Megamix

    Siba - Saudi Arabia 
Siba is an Arab fighter who was intended to be in the first Virtua Fighter game. His character model even appeared on older arcade cabinets (sometimes with the name "Akira"). Siba, was scrapped shortly before the game's release.

He later appeared in the Sega Saturn game, Fighters Megamix. In the game he fights with striking attacks and a sword that charges with green energy.

Tropes associated with Siba:

Debuting in the anime

    Alexander 
Sarah Bryant's pet squirrel that acts as the Team Pet throughout the show. It has a habit of attacking strangers with its claws.

Tropes associated with Alexander:

    Dr. Eva Durix - USA 

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese), Katherine Vernon (English)

An evil scientist working for a worldwide Mafia-like criminal organization. She's responsible for Sarah's brainwashing and Dural's creation in the Alternate Continuity.

Tropes associated with Dr. Eva Durix:

    Liu Kowloon - Hong Kong 
A rising martial arts practitioner in the Koenkan, as well as an apparent member of a Hong Kong Triad. He had plotted to use his upcoming marriage to Pai in order to become the next successor to Lau Chan as the next head of the Koenkan, but Pai refuses to play along...

Tropes associated with Kowloon:

    Jimmy Gates - USA 
The leader of the Koenkan of America.

    Vandoll Rafale - France 
The father of Lion, who appears rarely in the first season, but featured more prominently in the second. He hires Moreno to bring Lion back and to blackmail Jeffry into selling his island to use as a weapons testing facility. Vandoll is forced into working for Judgement 6 to protect Lion, and into lending Eva Durix the resources for the creation of Dural Gold.

    Colonel Moreno - France 
A mercenary soldier, and leader of a mercenary army. In the first season he fights against Jeffry in order to force him to sell his island to the Rafale Company. He is also ordered to capture Lion and bring him back to his father. In the second season, he protects Lion from Oni-maru, but accidentally dies.

    Oni-Maru - Japan 
A former member of the Hagakure clan, he had been expelled by the village elders due to his plot to kill off Kage-Maru in order to become the clan's head. Enraged, Oni leaves to train himself and perfect his skills. He later orchestrates a massacre of his village kin, leading Kage to hunt him down in order to exact revenge for the deaths of the Hagakure clan.

    Nyon - USA 
One of Oni-Maru's minions, who fights against Wolf in the anime but loses. She later attempts to hold Jeffry's family hostage, but that also fails.

    Gao - Japan 
Another of Oni-Maru's minions. He rarely fights, but is a skilled combatant nonetheless, able to hold his own against Akira.


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