Characters / World Heroes

Characters who appear in the time-traveling fighting game series World Heroes.

World Heroes

Hanzou Hattori

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Street Fighter's Ryu.
  • Anime Hair: His hairstyle is identical to Joe Higashi's, with both having high spiky brown hair.
  • Celibate Hero: While he's aware of Jane's feelings for him, he only regards her as a friend and a rival.
  • Double Jump: A skill that only he and Fuuma can perform.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Both his Iga Cutter and Koryuha involve spinning.
  • Flash Step: He gains the ability as his forward dash and backdash animation, starting in WH2: Jet.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: A blue ninja dogi is hardly ideal for stealth, but it isn't like Hanzou concerns himself with stealth to begin with.
  • Martial Arts Headband: A long white one.
  • Megaton Punch: In World Heroes 2: Jet, Hanzou gained Shin Koryuha which is the Deathblow variant of his standard Koryuha. It's faster and inflicts an insane amount of damage if he connects with it.
  • Ninja: Obviously - complete with being able to spam shuriken.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Based on legendary ninja Hanzo Hattori.
  • The Protagonist: Hanzou is the main character and the Series Mascot.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: And they're even Color-Coded for Your Convenience, with Hanzou being the calm reserved one, dressed in blue.
  • Shotoclone: Hanzou's basic moveset and DM's are the same as Ryu's:
    • Shoryuken: Koryuha is his "go-to" anti-air attack, in which Hanzou's body is enveloped in a dragon shaped wave of energy. While it has invincibility frames on start-up, it's still possible to counter it.
    • Energy Ball: Rekku Dan is his standard projectile, resulting in a single large glowing shuriken being thrown across screen. A double quarter circle results in throwing three of them at once. However, if Double Rekku Dan is blocked, it causes them to ricochet and possibly injure Hanzuo instead.
    • Hurricane Kick: Iga Cutter is his variant, later games in the series allow him and Fuuma to perform it in midair, the same as Ryu and Ken's midair Hurricane Kick.
  • Spirited Competitor: In each game, he travels the world seeking to test himself against strong opponents. Which is reflected in his win quotes and character endings.
    Hanzou: "To reach the top, I seek the strongest. You don't even rank in the wimpy category."
  • Wandering the Earth: Used as his character ending for each game, though the original has him fly away on a ninja kite instead.

Kotaro Fuuma

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: ADK's version of Ken.
  • Always Second Best: If Hanzou's win quote is any indication, Fuuma has yet to defeat him:
    Hanzou: "Once again, I emerge victorious. Keep trying, Fuuma."
  • Anime Hair: Fuuma's hair is flame red, complete with Hot-Blooded Sideburns and looks much like a lion's mane.
  • Butt Monkey: He is considerated this on the series, but not much as Shura (the Trope Namer of the series), mostly because he Took a Level in Badass.
  • Continuity Cameo: Ryu Eagle, one of the protagonists of Ninja Commando (another ADK game, also starred by Ninjas), is the 23th descendant of Kotaro Fuuma.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: He was originally a pallet swap of Hanzou, but began to gain unique specials of his own in WH2. World Heroes 2: Jet and Perfect continued the trend by giving him is own Crazy Deathblows to further distinguish him from Hanzou, as well as Ken.
  • Double Jump: It's unique to him and Hanzou, though the others can triangle jump from the edges of the screen.
  • Flechette Storm: In World Heroes 2: Jet, he gained a Crazy Deathblow that's almost identical to Ibuki's Kasumi-Suzaku, except his was two years ahead of hers!note 
  • Full-Body Disguise: When not being a ninja, he transforms himself into a blonde salaryman with glasses.
  • Guest Fighter: In Aggressors Of Dark Kombat, where also has his own tropes for that game.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: You think Naruto's bad? Fuuma has bright red hair, wears a matching red dogi, and shouts his atacks. Fat chance of him sneaking up on anybody.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He nurses a one-sided crush on Janne, but she only has eyes for Hanzou (WH1) J. Carn in part 2, and in Perfect she can't decide between them. But she beat the hell outta Fuuma when he tried hitting on her.
  • Hot-Blooded: Fuuma tends to shout his attack names, to convey his more boisterous attitude.
  • Ninja: From the rival Fuuma Clan.
  • Playing with Fire: Beginning in WH2, his Enryuu Ha sets the opponent on fire when it connects and in World Heroes: Jet, he gains two flame Deathblows. The first has him create a giant spool of flame that travels along the ground, the other has him leap and shower his opponent with a barrage of flaming shuriken.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the hotblooded one with the flame red hair and dogi, to contrast with Hanzou's reserved demeanor.
  • The Rival: He's determined to defeat Hanzou and has special win quotes for when he succeeds, but Hanzou's win quotes imply Fuuma never has.
  • Salaryman: How he makes a living outside of his ninja adventures. Unfortunately, his conflicting jobs constantly get him in trouble with his boss.
  • Shotoclone: All of his standard specials are the same as Hanzou's, except faster and colored red:
    • Shoryuken: EnRyuuHa has a slightly arced trajectory, making it easier to connect with. And from WH2 onwards, he gains the ability to perform it in midair.
    • Energy Ball: The double version of Retsu Dan is safe if blocked, since his shuriken don't ricochet like Hanzou's.
    • Hurricane Kick: Fuuma Cutter is lower to the ground than Iga Cutter, making it impossible to duck. The downside is, it makes it easy to counter using overheads.

Janne D'Arc

  • Action Girl: She's a whipsword wielding knight, who battles other warriors across different time periods in search of 'Mr. Right'.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Janne's main goal is to get married and settle down, but she will NEVER settle for a man who isn't at least as strong as she is. She seems to quite... admire J. Carn if his ending is to be believed, and is annoyed to find Ryoko fawning over Hanzou in Perfect. However, she flatly (and violently) turns Fuuma down when he hits on her.
  • Animal Motifs: The phoenix/firebird. Her Aura Bird projectile takes the form of a fiery avian, and her Firebird special/super move sees her charge at the opponent engulfed in a bird-shaped aura.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has an hourglass figure and effortlessly handles a huge broadsword.
  • Circus Brat: In this game she was raised in a circus and acts as its guardian.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts like this towards Ryoko.
  • Girly Girl And Tomboy: Janne and Ryoko.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: As if her name wasn't a dead giveaway.

Kim Dragon

Muscle Power

  • Catch Phrase: "NUMBER ONE!" Also, at least 90% of his dialogue revolves around muscles and exercise.
  • Friend to All Children: His profile states that he has a soft spot for children.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His walking speed is slow, but his lariat and drop kick attacks give him decent mobility, and god help you if he ever lands a grab on you. His only problem is that he lacks a command move that can destroy projectiles, and so is forced to navigate around these instead.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is Hulk Hogan, complete with Axe Bomber Lariat, Leg Drop, big boot kick, "listen-for-applause" taunt and shirt-tearing/arm-flexing intro poses. This is probably the real reason his moustache was nixed after the first game.


  • Action Bomb: One of his specials involves blowing his ENTIRE UPPER BODY UP. Like Stroheim, that does not keep him down for long.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Mostly subverted after the first game, what with his comic relief-laden endings.
  • Expy: Of Brocken Jr. from Kinnikuman and Stroheim from Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure. His ending in Perfect even has him boasting loudly about German technology ("Best in the world! Number one on the planet! Jahahahahaha!")
    • Also because of his stretching limbs, has been compared to be the Dhalsim of the series.
    • Cyborg: Not to mention about Terminator's T-800, which Brocken has his Evil Counterpart on Geegus (which should be the T-1000 of the series).
  • Heel–Face Turn: Originally made to fight for Hitler, after the war was reprogrammed by Dr. Brown to be a force of good.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Brocken was created by Dr. Brown for the Nazi to win the WWII, getting the nazi attire. After the defeat, Dr. Brown reprogrammed Brocken to help him with his Army of the Ages.

Julius Carn

  • Allergic to Routine: J. Carn joined the World Heroes tournament to fight Geegus out of boredom.
  • Blood Knight: A loud person who likes to eat, fight and conquer other civilizations.
  • The Dragon: Of the real Genghis Khan as one of his top officers and his personal bodyguard.
  • I Have Many Names: Mostly known just as J.Carn.


  • Fallen Angel: As Rasputin seen Geegus, the main reason why he joined to World Heroes tournament and so top him.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: His Fire Ball is a standard projectile that can be fired from the air as well as the ground, his Thunder Ball is slow but damaging and his Ice Ball freezes the opponent on hit.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: Uses his magic to make his hands (and sometimes his feet) bigger for more power.

Dr. Sugar Brown

  • Army of the Ages: What Dr. Brown tried to ensemble to stop Geegus and the next ones (Dio and Zeus).
  • The Chessmaster: He helped all characters in the game to stop evil forces thru time.
  • Continuity Cameo: Dr. Brown not just appears in World Heroes, also appears in diverse games from ADK and later in SNK as integral part of SNK Universe. He helped the ninjas in Ninja Commando and Neo Geo heroes in Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting. Also, he appears in The King Of Fighters XIII mentioning Art of Fighting Team story.
  • Expy: Of another Dr. Brown. GREAT SCOTT!
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Dr. Brown also is based on Albert Einstein.
  • Non-Action Guy: The most prominent character on the series is a NPC. In the endings of Perfect is the first time sprites of him appeared in the series, where Dr. Brown interacts with the character that defeated Neo Dio. Before that, only appeared in Cutscenes.
  • Only One Name: Last name to be exact. Known just as Dr. Brown, subverted with Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting where is revealed his full name is Dr. Sugar Brown.

(Neo) Geegus

  • SNK Boss: Being a boss in the series, this is obvious. Especially in the first game.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Probably one of the first characters in fighting games to shapeshift into other characters. Many people thinks he's an Expy of Shang Tsung, but this is subverted since the first World Heroes was released in July 1992 and Mortal Kombat was released in October 1992.

World Heroes 2

Ryoko Izumo

Captain Kidd

  • Victory Is Boring: After robbing all the treasures he could find, Kidd just enters the tournament to avoid boredom.

Johnny Maximum

  • Embarrassing First Name: His son's name is... Cock.
  • The Faceless: His face is never seen under his helmet.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: His movelist includes throwing/kicking footballs, tackling and sliding, as well as a throw during which he simulates a jumping touchdown with the opponent in place of the ball.


Shura Nai Khanomtom

  • Butt Monkey: His family treats him like a nuisance, and several characters' Perfect win quotes (including his own mirror match quote!) touch on his perceived status as dull and unpopular.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Deeming his Kuuchuu Nidan Mawashi Geri (Twirl Kick) from WH2 too lethal to use, he sealed it away for Jet. It made its return as the finisher of his MAX Crazy Death Blow in Perfect. The joke here is that it was neither particularly effective nor very spectacular.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To his older brother, as well as Dragon (who reminds him of the former).
  • I Have Many Names: Often just known as Shura in the games.
  • I Will Find You: His older brother disappeared and may have been killed, so he sets out to find him. Subverted: said brother was looking for him instead and dragged Shura back home while scolding him for going off and worrying their family.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is based on the Muay Thai legend Nai Khanom Tom. Also, his mode of dress closely mirrors Sagat.
  • Red Boxing Gloves: Unlike other Muay Thai practitioners, Shura uses red gloves to fight, similar to boxing gloves (if not are these ones).


  • An Axe to Grind: Erick uses an axe as his Weapon of Choice. It's a viking after all, this is not surprising.
  • An Ice Person: Can freeze opponents solid with bis Blizzard Breath, or summon a whale to swallow them and blow them out of its air hole.
  • Horny Vikings: Silly as they may look, those horns are used to good effect in his Long Horn tackle and Hurricane Drop command throw. How would you like 400 pounds of Viking landing horns-first on your belly?
  • Making a Splash: Apart of Captain Kidd, Erick also made water projectiles, in this case just with the form of an ocean wave.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Somewhere between Eric the Red and Leif Erickson.
  • Shock and Awe: In the form of a giant mallet.
  • Stout Strength: Big arms, bigger belly.

(Neo) Dio

  • Big Bad/The Boss: In World Heroes 2 as Dio and in World Heroes Perfect as Neo Dio.
  • Body Horror: Various of his shapeshifting aren't good looking.
  • Expy: of Baoh (In terms of appearance) and Dio (The name, the use of "Muda Muda" and "Wry!").
  • Power-Up Full Color Change: As Dio, he's grey and purple. But as Neo Dio, he's yellow with orange. However, his appearance in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum is as Dio but with the name of Neo Dio.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: (Neo) Dio can change his body into weapons to protect himself as well to damage the enemy.
  • SNK Boss: Probably the toughest boss in all the series.

World Heroes 2 Jet


  • Blood Knight: In quite a literal sense: he desires to drink the blood of the world's strongest, and often refers to this in his quotes. His idle animation in Perfect even has him spraying excess blood from his mouth!
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Most of his attacks involves spinning and make damage with his claws.



  • Big Bad: Of Jet, being the one who organized the tournament in the game.

World Heroes Perfect

Son Gokuu