Another one to the first movie and the series can be seen in the Attract Mode, where Juggernaut and Zangief are paired in several matches. At first you won't get the clue, but then you remember that Zangief was portrayed in the American media as evil.
"You must defeat my Aerial Rave to stand a chance."
In both this game and MSHvSF, pairing up Ryu and Ken together allows them to perform a Double Shinkuu Hadouken. This is a likely homage to the finale of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, where the two combined their Hadoukens as a Finishing Move to defeat Bison. (In The Animated Movie, specials were used sparingly to up the dramatic tension of the fights, up-scaling their power to that of last-ditch effort attacks/finishers, which in turn hearkens back to how powerful Ryu's Hadouken, Shoryuken, and Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku were in the original game.)
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
In Dan's ending, he is threatening to kill a defeated Akuma when a brunette-ponytailed girl shows up and tells him to stop, revealing that Akuma is their... cut to "END." This references the ending of Art of Fighting, in which Yuri shows up to tell Ryo or Robert that Mr. Karate is really Takuma Sakazaki, their master and Ryo and Yuri's father. Dan was originally designed as a parody of that game's main characters.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash Of The Superheroes
Captain Commando and Strider Hiryu's endings are almost straight copies of the endings from their respective games.
The pose struck by the Commando Team after the Captain Storm super is identical to the main illustration used for the Captain Commando arcade game's promotional brochure.
One of Commando's win quotes mentions Vulgus, Capcom's first game (he even states as much).
All of Commando's Special Moves are inspired by his Specials from his game, even sharing the same name with one exception (Captain Cannon was renamed Captain Fire).
One of Hiryu's win poses has him suddenly flying upwards and standing on the top of the stage, a reference to the altered-gravity rooms found on the first Strider.
Upon being knocked out, Hiryu will explode and dissipate in the same way he does in the first Strider after losing all life, sound effect included!
Mega Man's ending too. It's a throwback to the "Weapon Get" cutscene whenever you defeat a Robot Master. In this case, it's the music from Mega Man 3. Mega Man adopting Onslaught's color scheme, and the caption "You Got — Magnetic Shockwave" while Mega Man performs the aforementioned move. In the otherwise restricted (tag matches only being available when both teams have the same characters) PlayStation version of the game, beating the game as him actually unlocks a version of Mega Man who can actually use the attack as a hyper move.
In the ending cutscene, after you defeat Abyss, you can see Cyclops and Ryu shaking hands. This can be a Call Back to the title screen of X-Men vs Street Fighter, where both of them are shaking hands behind the game's logo.
Hayato's plasma auto-combos are taken unaltered from the first Star Gladiator, adapted into this game's control scheme (Vertical is LP, Horizontal is HP and Kick is either LK or HK).
Three characters make cameo appearances in his win poses (Saturn, Ele and June Lin), all in poses seen in Star Gladiator artwork.
Black Hayato appears for a second at the end of his hidden Level 3 hyper combo.
Servbot starts releasing smoke when low on health, which happens similarly in Legends after they are attacked enough.
Upon defeat, Servbot blows up and leaves behind refractor shards, the game's Global Currency.
Jill gets to use several weapons from her source game, including her combat knife, handgun, grenade launcher and even the endgame missile launcher.
Several of the game's iconic items are also seen during her intro or win poses, including the ink ribbon, small key and broken radio.
One of her Assists references the game's Healing Potion, the Herbs. It even brings up the ECG display used in the Resident Evil series to indicate the player's health status.
Several objects and techniques used by Sonson are references to her grandfather's origin game, SonSon. The "POW" Hyper is modeled after an item that turned enemies on-screen into fruit (and in this game, it turns the enemy in one of 3 possible fruits seen in the game). She also gives off a peach as an assist, which is another item in the original game.
Like her grandfather, Sonson is based off of Journey to the West's Sun Wukong/Son Goku (although she is more closely linked to the original tale than her grandfather was in his game, as seen by her specials and hypers).
The first Marvel vs. Capcom 3 trailer was going to start with the caption "After 10 years of silence..." but was ultimately changed to "After a decade of demand...", not only at Marvel's suggestion but also because of —- get this —- the mere title of Kamen Rider Decade. At last, a situation in which we're justified to scream out "ONORE DIKEIDO!"
Many others are also shouts out or mythology gags; The "Ultimate Nullifier", after a famous weapon from Marvel comics, "Excelsior!" is Stan Lee's Catch Phrase, "School for the Gifted" refers to the Xavier Academy, "Whose Side Are You On?" is the tagline to Civil War...
A few are comic industry in-jokes, such as "Waiting for the Trades" (the practice of waiting for a series to be collected to purchase it) and, conversely, "I Buy the Issues" (pretty much the reverse of the previous example).
Quite a few achievements you get for pairing up certain characters with people from their same continuity and KO-ing them, regardless of whether you're the one KO'd. "Whose Side Are You On", as the reference to Civil War, is achieved when you KO Iron Man as Captain America (or vice-versa), and another has you "determine the fate of the Satsui no Hadou" - by pitting up Ryu against Akuma.
Akuma's alternate color schemes are based on the recurrent "Blonde" Shin Akuma alt, Oni and a mixture of purple hair/red gi similar to other schemes he's used. Ultimate schemes include his Street Fighter III look (with graying hair), and his pre-order DLC costume is Cyber-Akuma.
Amaterasu's alternate color schemes are based on three of Princess Fuse's Canine Warriors (Chu [Hayabusa], Gi, and Jin). For Ultimate, she gets a color scheme based off an statue of herself found in Kamiki Village (which can be used as a skin in Okami, too). Her DLC costume is based on Jon Talbain.
She can use a couple of Celestial Brush Techniques, as well. Unlike Okami, time doesn't stand still as she uses the screen as an interface to create the brush strokes. Since this is a fighting game, she'll use the Brush Techniques spontaneously in real time.
She has a special move called "Power Slash", a piece of paper (with a straight line stroke on it) she conjures out of thin air. If an opponent touches it, they'll get slashed. In Okami, the "Power Slash" was created by drawing a straight line across an enemy, slashing them instantly.
In a win quote after defeating her, Thor refers to Nippon, the setting of Okami:
Thor: "Thou art a courageous goddess. The inhabitants of Nippon are blessed to have you as their guardian!"
Arthur's alternate color schemes are based off the Warrior's Armor in Ultimate Ghost 'N Goblins, the Gold/Magic Armor from Ghosts 'N Ghouls and Super Ghosts 'N Goblins, and the Bronze Armor from Super. For Ultimate, he gets two original color schemes. His DLC costume is an armorless "Zombie Arthur" which also changes his Armor Hyper into the Cursed Armor from Ultimate Ghosts 'N Goblins and his "armorless" state into a boxer-wearing skeleton, a form Arthur can assume if hit by transformation magic in Ultimate Ghosts 'N Goblins, as well as a nod to Arthur's death animation in his series.
His character theme is a remix of the iconic Stage 1 Theme from the first Ghosts 'N Goblins.
Arthur's moveset employs several of the weapons he can pick up in his many game appearances: his signature lance, dagger, axe (all games), scythe (Super Ghosts 'N Goblins), the sword (Ghosts 'N Ghouls), scatter crossbow, fire bottle and shield ( Ultimate Ghosts 'N Goblins).
His hyper combos include the Goddess Bracelet from Super Ghosts 'N Goblins and the Emperor's Armor from Ultimate Ghosts 'N Goblins. His third hyper combo is the Fire Dragon created by the Dagger Magic in Super.
"That was an easy battle! I didn't even have to beat you twice!"
In a win quote, Deadpool refers to how difficult the games in his series can be:
Deadpool: "And THAT'S for lulling me into great side-scrolling adventures that were never possible to beat!"
He mentions the Princess of his series that he has rescued several times. He is currently rescuing her in this game, mentioning her twice. Even Phoenix speaks about the Princess in a win quote after defeating Arthur:
Arthur (pre-battle): "Please! Wait for me, my princess!"
Arthur (win quote, vs. Morrigan): "You truly are a temptress of the dark! Begone, for I have a princess to save!"
Phoenix (win quote, vs. Arthur): "Instead of fighting me, you should go and rescue your princess. It's not polite to keep a lady waiting."
He refers to the famous table of his namesake in one of his win quotes:
"A battle truly worthy of any of the Knights of the Round Table!"
Captain America has the costume of his Soviet counterpart The Red Guardian, The Punisher's Captain America outfit, and his alternate green color from previous Marvel vs. Capcom games as his alternate color schemes. For Ultimate, he loses the Red Guardian and MvC schemes and gets color schemes based off his Age of X gear, his appearance in the Hitler-punching cover of Captain America Comics #1 (complete with his original shield), Bucky Cap, and the Space Suit from Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The Punisher Cap returns with a U.S. Agent-styled shield, as well. His DLC costume is his Secret Avengers outfit.
In his intro against Strider Hiryu, he claims to be reminded of Batroc the Leaper, one of his most frequently recurring enemies.
His intro against Frank refers to the infamous "I've covered wars, you know" line from Dead Rising
Upon defeating Iron Man, he states, "And that was for Civil War."
Before battling him, he hopes that Zero is able to put up a fight, despite his name. The quote is a reference to binarycode:
"Your name's Zero? Hope you don't fight like one."
His Combination Punch special is taken directly from a QTE he can initiate during the first two battles with Wesker in RE5. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the infamous Boulder Punch.
Not only that but the pistol he uses is Leon S. Kennedy's Silver Ghost from Resident Evil 4.
He also uses a sizable portion the weaponry found in 5, including his Mercworx Goliath combat knife, the Stun Rod, the Smith & Wesson Model 29 Magnum, the Ithaca M37 Shotgun, the Škorpion vz. 61 Submachine Gun, Incendiary Grenades, Proximity Bombs, the Flamethrower, the RPG-7 Rocket Launcher, the Milkor MGL Mk.1 Grenade Launcher, and the Laser Targeting Device.
Before battling Chris, Super-Skrull tells him that he should stick to fighting zombies, which are common enemies seen throughout several entries in the Resident Evil series.
His character theme is a remix of "Majini V" from Resident Evil 5note Ever since Chris' theme was heard in this early gameplay video, fans have been trying to find out what his theme was a remix of. A Capcom executive once said that it was a BGM from an upcoming Resident Evil game (at the time, Resident Evil 5 was the latest RE game to be released), but this is false. Some fans believe that it's a completely original theme created for MvC3. However, On April 5, 2012, Ryota Niitsuma confirmed via his Twitter account what was stated in the aforementioned entry..
"I don't care who you work for; don't get in Interpol's way!"
Her character theme is a remix of the "China Stage" theme from Street Fighter II: The World Warrior.
In one of her win quotes, she references the Big Bad of her home series:
"If only Bison were so easily beaten."
Capcom themselves stated that C. Viper can be considered an expy of Captain Commando, especially, since it's commonly speculated that her abilities were inspired by Captain Commando in the first place.
Her alternate color schemes are based on fellow Street Fighter IV newcomers Rufus, El Fuerte, and Abel, even though Word of God stresses it wasn't intentional. For Ultimate, she gets a Claire Redfield scheme. Her DLC costume (from the Villain Costume DLC Pack) is a new outfit they created for this game, which makes her look like a super hero.
Her playstyle makes use of mechanics seen in SFIV, such as the Focus Attack and EX Moves. The latter uses up meter from the Hyper Combo gauge, which was also true for the Super Gauge in SFIV.
She can air dash in MvC3 using jet-propelled shoes, something she couldn't do during gameplay in SFIV. However, she uses them in the OVAStreet Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind.
Her Optic Laser is based off of Cyclops' Optic Blastnote The Optic Laser is called "Optic Bright" in Japan. What's notable about this is that when written in katakana, the words "blast" (ブラスト) and "bright" (ブライト) are only one kana apart..
She refers to her daughter Lauren twice, once before battle and in a win quote:
"Sorry, mommy's at work. I'll call you back." (pre-battle)
"Thanks for stretching that fight out. Now Lauren's going to be worried about me." (win quote)
At the end of his Million Dollars hyper, Dante fires two bullets made out of pure demonic energy, alluding to a) his finisher on Mundus in the first game and b) his Combination Attack with Vergil in the third to defeat Arkham, both which involved attacks of similar caliber being fired from Ebony & Ivory. This could also double as a nod to Dante's ability to charge up his own bullets with his demonic energy.
His intro quote against every female character (minus Morrigan and Amaterasu) is "How come I never meet any nice girls?" This most likely references Dante's second meeting with Lady in DMC3, where he tries to woo her and ends up receiving a bullet to the head (Dante ends up lampshading this with the line "I'm beginning to think I've got rotten luck with women").
In his opening quote against Joe, the two of them express familiarity; Dante was a playable character in the PS2 version of Viewtiful Joe as well as Joe's own fighting game, Red Hot Rumble.
"My hair? It's not that I'm getting old, it's always been white... Why do you ask?"
His entire moveset revolves around his weapons and abilities from Devil May Cry 3.
He has all of his Devil Arms, which are Rebellion, Cerberus, Agni & Rudra, Nevan, and Beowulf. He can use a couple of their Swordmaster Style attacks, as well.
He has 4 out of 5 of his firearms, which are Ebony & Ivory, Coyote-A (AKA the Shotgun), Artemis, and Kalina Ann (the only firearm that's missing is the Spiral rifle). He has access to some of their Gunslinger Style attacks, as well.
He can use 2 Trickster Style moves, which are the Sky Star and Air Trick. The former is his air dash, while the latter is a teleportation special move.
His blocking stance is based off of his Royalguard Style blocking pose. However, it has no Energy Absorption abilities, as seen in DMC3.
He can use the Air Hike, which gives him the ability to double jump. In DMC3, Air Hike can only be used when Dante equipped Rebellion, Agni & Rudra, and Beowulf. Coincidently, he'll always have Rebellion on his back whenever he double jumps in MvC3.
In Ultimate, Dante can Air Hike twice (i.e. triple jump) while Devil Trigger is active. This is a nod toward DMC4, where Air Hike was a passive ability for Devil Trigger; buying the ability for Dante himself would allow him to Double Air Hike when DT'ed.
Several characters in this game refer to Mundus, the Big Bad of the first Devil May Cry. Dante is one of them (in a win quote after defeating Dormammu)note The other characters are Dormammu (in a win quote after defeating Dante), Ghost Rider (as a pre-battle quote against Trish), and Phoenix (during her victory pose after defeating Vergil).:
"You've gotta be Mundus' cousin or nephew or something, no? Great aunt on Satan's side, maybe?"
Most characters walk backwards. DeadpoolMOONWALKS!
Ryu himself wonders how Deadpool could perform the move in a win quote after defeating him:
Ryu: "Huh? You stole my Shoryuken!? When did you...!?"
His color schemes are his Days of Future Now outfit, his X-Force outfit and his Weapon-X outfit. Ultimatecolor schemes includes his "Death Wish"◊/"Identity Wars" outfit and X-Men costume. His DLC outfit is his "Cablepool" appearance.
Speaking of his DLC costume, here's what he says as a pre-battle quote when he wears it:
"And you thought Cable wasn't in this game..."
His quote after defeating Magneto references the infamous MAHVEL, BAYBEE! video:
"Hey, next time, maybe you should let Nero do your fightin', skippy!"
His teleporter hearkens back to Cable & Deadpool, where the two were involved in several hijinks involving malfunctions that forced the two to merge upon traveling to another universe. During this, Deadpool also shouts "BAMF!" This is the sound effect that accompanies the X-Man Nightcrawler whenever he teleports (much like "SNIKT!" for Wolverine's claws).
"Chimichangas!!" (a follow-up attack to his "Katana-Rama!" attack) is named after a Southwestern-American dish that Deadpool loves to say, as seen in Cable & Deadpool #13. Strangely enough, he doesn't even like eating them.
During his victory pose after defeating Doctor Strange, he refers to Dazzler:
"Go read your spell books, Doc. I'll stick to my back issues of Dazzler."
In a win quote after defeating Spider-Man, he tells him about how Wesker seemingly ripped off Spidey's "Maximum Spider" Hyper Combo with his "Phantom Dance". He also states that Spider-Man had the move since Marvel Super Heroes.
In one of his win quotes, he refers to Capcom's first video game by saying that he'll continue petitioning Capcom for a sequel... Vulgus 2.
Doctor Doomhas two alternate colors based on his Marvel 2099 version and one based on his Old Man Logan appearance. For Ultimate, he loses his white/blue 2099 scheme and gets color schemes based on his look in Future Foundation, Identity Wars and Dark Reign: The Cabal. His Ultimate pre-order DLC costume is his Doomwar appearance.
After beating M.O.D.O.K., he regrets ever allying with him as part of the Intelligentsia.
Doctor Strange's line after defeating a female character:
His alternative schemes are his retro blue costume, his look from War of the Gems, his Doctor Strange featured film colors and Doctor Strange 1602 look. His DLC costume is his blue costume (the Necromancer) from 1969.
Mystic Sword (an energy blade which can be summoned/dispersed at will) is another nod to the Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme animated film.
If called in as the third person in a team Hyper Combo string, he shouts "Defenders forever!" He also has special dialogue with the Hulk that makes reference to their shared history in The Defenders and the events of Planet Hulk.
His exchange with Morrigan remarking on how she reminds him of Morgan Le Fay (she of Arthurian legend) is likely a two-fold example. Aside of several shared elements between both women regarding backstory, personality, and abilities note In Marvel canon, Morgan Le Fay, the daughter of the Duke of Tintagil, is half-faerie, the faeries being a magical race hailing from Otherworld who set foot on Earth via Britain and Ireland. Morgan, ever the Vamp, held court with various lovers, many of whom she seduced for political gain (including King Uriens of Gorre, whom she married to become queen). True to form, she was trained as a powerful sorceress and was also noted to be a worshiper of Celtic goddesses. Morrigan, on the other hand, was born in Scotland, adopted by one of Makai's Three High Nobles, and groomed to be the land's next queen; while the sole gateway between the Human World and Makai is a portal located roughly in the middle of Makai known as The Gate, Morrigan is notably the only Darkstalker able to freely bypass this restriction and travel to Earth. As a succubus, it goes without saying that Morrigan was no stranger to bedtime pleasures. Morrigan's immense powers are said to be magical in nature, and she is both named after and heavily reminiscent of a Celtic/Irish deity., the Darkstalkerscartoon had Morrigan descended from Morgan Le Fay herself.
Firebrand: "Ghaa gi gi gha gu. (Book of Darkhold? I'll be taking that back...)"
Dormammu's moveset is a bit similar to Blackheart.
His schemes are based on different colorations from past comic appearances. For Ultimate, he gets different color schemes based off the New Exiles Black Baron Dormammu, and Nextwave's Dread Rorkannu. His DLC costume is his classic appearance.
Felicia has alternate color schemes based on her Night Warriors MP (blonde hair) and LP+MK (black fur, crimson hair) colors, and her Vampire Savior SK (red fur, but with her white hair swapped black) color. For Ultimate, she gets her Vampire Savior MP (dark skin, pink hair) color. Her DLC costume is based on Yellow Iris from the game Battle Circuit.
Her ending sees her start up a musical act based on her adventures in defeating Galactus with Dazzler. What's the name of the musical? Cat ScratchSavior. As in "Vampire Savior." This also serves as a Call Back to her original goal to become a superstar singer in the first Darkstalkers.
Her character theme is a remix of the "America Stage" theme from Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (the first game of its series).
Her UMvC3artwork◊ is based off of the one seen in her artwork from the first Darkstalkers. Take a look◊.
Some of Firebrand's color alts reference Capcom's logo, Blackheart, and his green color schemes references the cover of Gargoyle's quest and the Green Goblin. His DLC costume is the Red Arremer King from Ghouls 'N Ghosts.
His character theme is a remix of the intro screen music from the first Gargoyle's Quest.
"Ki ki ki kiah! (I am the Red Blaze of the Red Arremers!)"
Similarly, after a win Doctor Strange comments: "This gargoyle's quest has failed."
His battle intro is a reference to how a Red Arremer King was found sitting on top of skulls in the 2nd level of Ghouls 'N Ghosts.
Firebrand's Dark Fire hyper and wall cling are both abilities he has in the Gargoyle's Quest series. The heavy version of Demon Missile is a reference to the Red Arremer's signature swooping attack in all the Ghost 'N Goblins games.
His Luminous Body hyper references a rather obscure ability of the Red Arremers in the first Ghosts 'N Goblins: If the player takes too long to defeat an Arremer, his skin turns grey/white◊ and he becomes faster and more aggressive.
In a win quote after defeating Arthur, he refers to the death animation they both share from their series (in Firebrand's case, it only happens in Demon's Crest):
Frank West can take photographs in order to level up, much like in his home series. He can also use some of the combo weapons from Dead Rising 2, including the Paddlesaw. During his victory animation, he stops to check his watch and hurries off to a new scoop - a reference to Dead Rising's strict time limit.
His character theme is a remix of Adam MacIntyre's theme from the original Dead Rising. He also pulls out the modified shopping cart used by Stephen (albeit modified with the paddlesaw). His appearance is his younger Dead Rising self, compared to his glasses-wearing, overweight version used in Dead Rising 2: Off The Record.
The "Level Up" graphic that appears over his head when he levels up in Dead Rising also appears in UMvC3 for the same purpose. There's also a small indicator of his current level next to his portait on the HUD. This was also used for the HUD in Dead Rising.
Although the characters they're based on are from the Mega Man Legends series, the Servbot Masks that are seen in Frank's "Blue Light Special" and "Funny Face Crusher" Hyper Combos were also featured in Dead Rising.
The former Hyper Combo is named after a sales gimmick used by Kmart from time to time.
His special move "Bottoms Up!" has him drinking a bottle of alcohol. Soon after, he'll lean over and vomit. The same thing happens in his series, but only after he drinks several servings of alcohol, not just one bottle.
Several of his Skills from Dead Rising are a part of his moveset. Some examples include the Jump Kick (his jumping Heavy attack), Judo Throw (his standard grab), and Face Crusher (seen at the end of the "Funny Face Crusher" Hyper Combo).
Well, he wouldn't be Frank West if he didn't say his infamous Catch Phrase. He'll sometimes say this as a win quote:
Both Captain America and Zero downplay his combat experience through covering wars:
Cap (pre-battle): "I hear you've covered wars. Pity you've never actually fought in one."
Zero (victory pose): "You may have covered wars, but you're still a civilian!"
Galactus employs four of the game's villains — Akuma, Doom, Dormammu, and Wesker — as his Heralds, infused with the Power Cosmic, in the single-player game's final fight; you have to fight two of them (selected at random) before you take on the bigger threat — with no break between the fights.
Before fighting any Avenger (except for Thor), he refers to a superhero team he has fought several times:
Richard Grieco was chosen to voice Ghost Rider, because he previously voiced him in Fantastic Four (1994) and The Incredible Hulk (1996). 15 years later, this is the only legacy carryover reprisal in the game.
During his victory pose after defeating Thor, he'll refer to Thor's Arch-Enemy:
"If you can't handle Loki, I will."
Haggar shouts "Come here!", which is also a nod to Scorpion.
His moveset is a mixed case with Zangief. While Zangief (in the Street Fighter-verse) copied Haggar's grappling move and Double Lariat (As Spinning Clothesline to him), Haggar adopted some of Zangief's moves in this game, while adding up a few of his own such as the pipe and his special moves (the Violent Axe and the Angry Hammer) from Slam Masters.
His character theme is an amalgam remix of both Guy and Cody's themes from Street Fighter IV, which themselves were remixes of "Metro City Slums", the first stage music in Final Fight.
As far as Guy is concerned, that is correct. "Metro City Slums" has always been used as his theme in the Street Fighter series. As for Cody, his SSFIV theme is actually a remix of "Mad Gear Gang", the intro theme of the original Final Fight. The SSFIV arrangement of this theme has someone saying the line "Turn the beat back!". This line was added to Haggar's MvC3 theme. Either way, Haggar's theme can be seen as a reference to his 2 aforementioned allies from Final Fight.
His DLC costume is his attire from Final Fight 3.
The "Final Haggar Buster" (his Level 3 Hyper Combo) is a reference to Zangief's "Final Atomic Buster" move.
As the mayor of Metro City, several references are made about his political status before battle and during victory poses. Here are 2 examples:
Nova (victory pose): "And now you're just the mayor of Loserville."
After being defeated by Felicia in battle, her win quote makes a reference to his daughter Jessica (the Distressed Damsel of the original Final Fight):
Felicia: "It's been a long time, hasn't it? I hope you and Jessica can make my next show in Metro City!"
His win quote after defeating Thor makes a reference to the CWA, the professional wrestling promotion seen in the Slam Masters games:
"Whoa, you got the poise, power and mic skills to make it big! Let me call my buddies at the CWA for ya!"
Hawkeye's alternative schemes are his Tales of Suspense attire, Evil Hawkeye from War of the Gems, Heroes Reborn attire, Ultimate Hawkeye, and the space suit seen in Earth's Mightiest Heroes. His DLC costume is his Ronin costume.
"Take it up with Fury if S.H.I.E.L.D. rejected your application, not me."
One of the items Hsien-Ko throws using her Anki-Hou special move is the Yashichi, an item that appeared in many early Capcom arcade games.
She has alternative color schemes based off her Night Warriors LP+MK (black with red trim) color, her Vampire Savior MP (blue with yellow trim) color and one referencing the "hopping zombie" from 1985 Hong Kong comedy horror film Mr Vampire. For Ultimate, she gets an original scheme and her Vampire Savior SK (green with orange trim) color. Her DLC costume is her sister Mei-Ling's human form.
In his intro against Wolverine, Hulk swears he'll break Wolvie's claws "this time." Wolvie counters by saying this time the fight won't end in a draw. This is a reference to the characters' long-standing rivalry (Wolverine first appearing as a Hulk villain, even), and one specific fight between them in Incredible Hulk #340.
Hulk has special dialogue with Doctor Strange that makes reference to their shared history in The Defenders and the events of Planet Hulk and World War Hulk. (It's not a happy reunion.) If he wins, Hulk vows to smash the rest of the Illuminati.
When fighting Nova, Hulk is upset at the prospect of fighting "Human Rocket" — because due to the above, he doesn't like rockets.
"Daughters of the Dragon called. They want their everything back."
In a win quote, he refers to his friend Luke Cage:
"And to think, they call Luke Cage "Power Man"..."
Iron Man has the Silver Centurion armor, the original Tin Can armor, and the (rarely-shown) Stealth Armor as his alternate color schemes. Ultimatecolor schemes includes Evil Iron Man from the Capcom SNES game Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems (which, incidentally, also looks uncannily like Iron Man Legacy Character Mainframe from Marvel Comics 2. It also has the same color scheme of his Marvel NOW armor) and his Gold Mk-II Armor. His DLC costume is Norman Osborn's Iron Patriot suit. He has special intro dialogue while wearing it.
I can still smell Norman Osborn's hairgel.
In previous entries of the MvC series, he wore the Modular Armor. In MvC3, he now wears the Extremis Armor.
On the subject of suits of armor, he refers to a specific one before fighting the Hulk:
"Probably could use that Hulk-buster armor right about now."
During his victory pose after a battle, he'll sometimes say that even with his Mark I Armor (the first battlesuit he ever made), he could've still won the fight.
His character theme is a remix of War Machine's theme in MvC, which was originally a remix of Iron Man's own theme in Marvel Super Heroes.
On beating Doctor Doom, he says "Don't think I forgot about what happened in Camelot." This references the infamous Doomquest mini-story, in which Doom and Iron Man were trapped in the Middle Ages. This also explains Arthur's intro for both of them; specifically, Arthur recognizes them as knights.
He says Hawkeye was "a two-bit punk when [they] first met" in their special intro, referring to Hawkeye's first appearance... as an Iron Man villain.
His well known ground punching pose was first seen on the cover of Iron Man Vol. 3 #76◊. He does it during his battle intro and after he performs the "Iron Avenger", his Level 3 Hyper Combo. It's also his pose on the Victory screen◊.
Another reference to the films is when he activates X-Factor and says "Arc reactor full power!". The term "arc reactor" is coined from the films. It is the device in Tony Stark's chest which powers up his suit and also prevents a piece of shrapnel from piercing his heart. The device was later added to the comics.
Iron Man still uses the Proton Cannon in MvC3. Contrary to popular belief, it didn't debut in the game Marvel Super Heroes. Debuting in Iron Man Vol. 1 #294, it was a nameless, improvised weapon that Iron Man used while battling the Technovore.
He says a Catch Phrase of one of his creators for one of his taunt quotes:
Jill, much like Chris and Wesker, uses some of her melee attacks from 5 (namely her Sweep Kick, Double Knee Drop, Head Grab, Flip Kick, and Cartwheel), as well as her Double Kick grapple breakers. As she sports her Battle Suit look from RE5, she also uses her Scorpion submachine gun in a hyper.
Although she is one of the central protagonists of the RE series, her persona in MvC3 is that of a "villain", as seen in Resident Evil 5. Prior to the events of said game, Wesker implanted a P30 device on her chest that brainwashed her into following his orders. This device can still be found on her chest in MvC3.
Magneto has the MvC2 color palette for MAG-FUCKIN'-NETO that was seen in theMAHVEL, BAYBEE! video, a variant of his Ultimate appearance, and a variant of his Mutant X appearance (which is a massive Call Back into comic history—Marvel hasn't so much as shown the Mutant Xuniverse in nearly a decade). Ultimatecolor schemes includes his all-white Age of X and Eye of Destruction appearances. His DLC costume is (or was going to be, thanks to controversy regarding a similar suit used by the King of Spain) his House of M look.
Before battle and during a win quote, he remarks that Dante and Vergil remind him of [his son Quicksilver:
"Your appearance reminds me of my son. Let's see if you boast his speed in battle." (pre-battle, vs. Vergil)
"Brash. Arrogant. Rude... Even a white head of hair. You remind me of my son in many ways..." (win quote, vs. Dante)
M.O.D.O.K.'s moveset is pretty much equivalent to Cable's moveset minus the Psimitar.
He also has a scheme that gives him pale skin and red eyes (which is how he was depicted in the cover of Super-Villain Team-Up), a scheme that makes him M.O.D.A.M. (makeup included), and a scheme based on his very first appearance. For Ultimate, he gets color schemes based off his blue appearance in What If #37 and Howard the Duck's M.O.D.O.T. (Designed for Talking). His Ultimate pre-order DLC costume is Elvis M.O.D.O.K. from Nextwave.
Before battle and during her victory pose after defeating him, Crimson Viper refers to the organization "A.I.M.":
Viper (pre-battle): "I found M.O.D.O.K., the leader of A.I.M....Understood."
Viper (victory pose): "Haven't had dealings with A.I.M. for a long time."
Morrigan has alternate color schemes based off her original 2P alt. (Blonde!Morrigan) plus 2 originals. For Ultimate, she gets color schemes based off Lilith and her Vampire Savior all Kick white/black color scheme. Her Ultimate pre-order DLC costume is one of the costumes she changes into in several of her win poses in her source series (white shirt and red pants).
Likely, her quip against Dante ("Well now, aren't you a handsome devil") may be one to Nevan from the third Devil May Cry, another succubus who described him in much the same way.
He was created to hunt down and kill the remaining members of S.T.A.R.S., a special police task force in the Resident Evil series. This includes Jill, the protagonist of Resident Evil 3. Because his mind was programmed for this single objective, all he could ever say is "S.T.A.R.S." whenever he caught sight of a member of said task force. In UMvC3, he only roars, groans, and grunts. However, if he ever encounters his good friend Jill or Chris (who was also a member) in battle...:
"S.T.A.R.S... Gyaaargh!" (victory pose)
"Staaaars!" (win quote)
His "Biohazard Rush" Hyper Combo refers to the Japanese name of the RE series "Biohazard".
Fatal Mutation (his Level 3 Hyper Combo) features him being mutated into a blobishEldritch Abomination. This is the form he took in RE3 after surviving a fall in an Acid Pool. Unlike RE3, this isn't a Metamorphosis and he'll change back once the Hyper Combo is done.
Phoenix has a mix of Psylocke and Rogue's movesets (sans the Power Copying).
Her last-resort five-level Resurrection super turns her into the Dark Phoenix. When K.O.ed, she screams "Scott!"—Jean's last words before dying (the first time) in The Dark Phoenix Saga.
She has a color scheme based on how she was drawn by Jim Lee, a scheme based on her appearance in the Classic X-Men back-up story after Phoenix sacrificed itself (the outift she wears as White Crown of the Phoenix), and a scheme based on Grant Morrison's New X-Men costumes. For Ultimate, she gets schemes based off her Age of Apocalypse and 80's X-Factor looks. Her "Jim Lee-Jean Gray" outfit was updated and is called a X-Men Forever look, with her DLC costume being the actual Jim Lee outfit.
Her win quote against Akuma is a reference to both her Dark self and Akuma's Shin self/the Satsui no Hadou:
"We're more alike than I'd like to admit."
Before the battle begins, she asks Morrigan if she's a part of an organization introduced in the The Dark Phoenix Saga:
"Are you sure you're not with the Hellfire Club?"
During her victory pose, she says that Morrigan reminds her of Selene, one of the X-Men's greatest enemies who used to be a member of the Hellfire Club:
"You remind me of Selene. Maybe that's why I didn't take it easy on you."
Phoenix Wright has three stances, based on Ace Attorney; "Investigation Mode" and "Courtroom Mode" references the two main modes of gameplay in his series, while "Turnabout Mode" references the Theme Naming of the chapters in each game, as well as one of the main themes; Wright's ability to turn a situation on its head and change everyone's view of the case.
His alternate color schemes (which also give Maya and Missile different colors) include ones based on Miles Edgeworth (Maya's colors change to her sister, Mia Fey), Dick Gumshoe (Maya as Franziska von Karma), Larry Butz (Maya as a Tres Bien waitress), Godot (Maya as Kay Faraday), and Sissel (and Lynne). Missile's colours are the same as Amaterasu's, only with the 6P (realistic dog) and 1P (Ammy's default) costumes switched. His DLC costume is his younger self as he appears in the first case of the third Ace Attorney game (Missile takes the colors of Talbain!Amaterasu, and Maya was originally meant to look like Mia Fey, but the team ran out of time before it could be done).
The evidence Phoenix Wright finds is based on evidence in the series, including common items in the series like a knife, an autopsy report, a cell phone and a photograph. Specific items include a broken vase (which may be the vase broken by Victor Kudo in case 3 of Trials & Tribulations), a watch (which may be the watch worn by Doug Swallow in case 1 of the aforementioned game), a bottle of grape juice (Phoenix's favourite drink, at least in Apollo Justice), and a Servbot.
He can also find a Steel Samurai statuette, similar to the one Edgeworth keeps in his office.
His level 1 hyper, "Objection Overruled!", is a reference to a recurring nightmare that Phoenix Wright has in Justice For All.
Also, his "Steel Samurai Maya Smelting" Hyper Combo is named after the Steel Samurai, a fictional character within the Ace Attorney series.
One of Wright's victory quotes is, "I don't like things getting thrown at me, but at least it's not hot coffee", a reference to Godot, who liked to throw his coffee at Phoenix when he was angry.
Wright's victory quote against Firebrand mentions a Demon Prosecutor, AKA Miles Edgeworth, his friend and rival.
His Objection! move is named "Bridge To The Turnabout", referencing both the final case of Trials and Tribulations and the fact that it's what lets him enter Turnabout Mode.
"Ya called me "puny" once, jade jaws. Didn't much care for that."
During his victory pose after defeating the Hulk, he refers to what took place in that comic:
"Let's KO some space clowns again sometime, mate. For ol' time's sake!"
After defeating Deadpool, he refers to a Real Life zoo during his victory pose:
"And that's for saying you just saw my mother at the Bronx Zoo!"
His win quote after defeating Deadpool refers to a classic Disney film:
"OK... so what did you mean I was a reject from the set of Bambi? What the hell's a Bambi?"
All of Ryu's alternate color schemes are based on alternate colors from past Street Fighter games; one of these schemes is an Evil Ryu variant. In Ultimate, he also gets an alt based off of his rival, Ken. His DLC costume is that of his appearance in the original game.
When placed opposite of Spider-Man, Ryu muses, "Spiders. I hate spiders." According to his bio, Ryu hates spiders due to a prank Ken pulled on him in childhood involving having the spider crawl down his mouth.
The other two specials Ryu picks up in Ultimate, the Baku Hadouken and the Ren Hadouken, most likely reference the infamous Street Fighter II: Rainbow Edition, a pirated hack of SFII featuring various bizarre additions to gameplay mechanics like the ability to transform from one character to another mid-round and projectiles that could be controlled manually, turn invisible if the player willed it, and travel much faster than usual.
Sentinel's alternate color schemes are the infamous "Mango Sentinel" scheme from Marvel vs. Capcom 2, which was featured in the aforementioned MAHVEL, BAYBEE! video; plus schemes based off the Second Coming sentinels and the sentinels from the game X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse. Ultimategives him new schemes based off of Nimrod and the turquoise/grey Sentinel Mk V. His Ultimate pre-order DLC costume is based off of the magenta/purple Sentinel Mk VI.
In Ultimate, his bio mentions that his model number is COTA-94.
His model (COTA-94) design is based off of the Sentinel Mk V model.
One of his Ultimate winquotes has him stating that his programming is evolving and becoming Bastion (a Sentinel born from the fusion of Master Mold and Nimrod who was blasted through a mystical, inter-dimensional gateway and given a human guise, not knowing of his true origins for a time). Unfortunately, his evolutionary process is halted by Capcom pressing B.
His winquote against Wolverine references Operation: Zero Tolerance, a storyline involving Sentinels that touched all the X-Men books in the mid-late 90s (the aforementioned Bastion was the mastermind behind said operation).
Fans has noticed She-Hulk's similarity to R. Mika's moveset with hint of Guile's. Either that, or she's El Fuerte on steroids (especially in her Running Start special which can be followed by many attack options, much like his Habanero Dash).
She has an alternate color scheme that makes her Lyra (the other She-Hulk) from the Frightful Four, a scheme that makes her Red She-Hulk, and a scheme based on her Ultimate appearance (Red and Ultimate She-Hulk are both different versions of Betty Ross, the former in Earth-616, the mainstream Marvel universe). For Ultimate, she gets a color scheme based off Lyra to replace the dropped "Frightful Four" Lyra color, and gets others based off her Fantastic Four uniform and Gray She-Hulk. Her DLC costume Is her lawyer clothes.
Shulkie and Hulk don't call themselves "Hulk!" or "She-Hulk!" when tagging... they call themselves "Bruce!" and "Jen!"
After beating Deadpool, She-Hulk will mention that "If this game were made in 1991, I'd be the one hitting you with the health bar!''', a reference to the days when She-Hulk was the comic character famous for having no fourth wall.
After beating Iron Man, she refers to the events of the 90s Contest of Champions, where she lost her match-up against him.
For her standard grab, she'll pick up her opponent while giving the thumbs-up. This is a reference to the cover of She-Hulk Vol. 1 #2◊.
Her battle intro and Level 3 Hyper Combo "Road Rage" is a reference to an old Running Gag during the 80s where she had several incidents with cars:
Shuma-Gorathhas the purple color scheme from his first comic appearance and Marvel Super Heroes, his blue alt. from Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and a silver original.
His DLC alt is based on his one-time disciple, Quoggoth.
Shuma-Gorath's likeness to Cthulhu is more than just a coincidence—Shuma-Gorath was originally conceived by Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard as a reference in a Kull story. When Marvel started illustrating several of Howard's sword-and-sorcery stories during the 1970s, they also imported some of Conan, Kull & Co.'s enemies into the Marvel Universe proper, including Shuma-Gorath. In Real Life, Howard was close friends with Lovecraft and as such, many of his stories are directly tied to the Cthulhu Mythos. Thus, Shuma-Gorath really is as close as one gets to playing a legit Elder God in a fighting game!
Whenever Spencer uses his bionic arm to grab enemies from afar, he shouts, "Get over here!"
He has alternate color schemes based on Jane and the BioReign soldiers, both from the 2009 Bionic Commando. For Ultimate, he gets a color scheme inspired by P.N.03. His DLC costume is his appearance from Bionic Commando Rearmed.
His character theme is a remix of the "Stage 2" theme from the arcade Bionic Commando. It would later be known as the "Main Theme" of the Bionic Commando series. It's much better remembered as the theme of Areas 1, 4, 2note Only for the beginning of the stage., 3, and 7 in the NES game of the same name.
Spencer has some moves from the 2009 Bionic Commando, including the Reel-In and Zip Kick. He gets the "Death from Above" move in Ultimate. Also, his standard grab (where he headbutts his opponent twice) may be a nod to a scene during the final battle of the 2009 game where he continuously headbutts Super Joe in the face.
After defeating him in the original MvC3, Deadpool's win quote refers how he (Spencer) originally wasn't able to jump in the NESBionic Commando:
Deadpool: "You were so much cooler without the dreads. But the game's easier since you can jump now."
In addition, he refers to this inability to jump in a win quote after defeating Vergil:
"Rumors of me not being able to jump were exaggerated. You should adapt to your opponent if you wanna win."
One of his win quotes refers to Super Joe disgruntedly:
When he activates X-Factor, he'll yell out "Adrenaline!" In the 2009 game, he was able to instantly defeat his enemies by using Adrenaline finishing moves when the Adrenaline Gauge was full. In the right hands, the same can be said about the X-Factor gameplay mechanic.
One of his taunts is "Does what a spider can!", from another snippet from the 1960s cartoon opening.
Spidey's Maximum Spider super in 3 ends with what appears to be the Rider Kick. In earlier games, the final hit of the attack was dependent on where Spidey launches off of the wall from and how many hits it took to K.O. an opponent.
Spidey's alternate color schemes are the Big Time costume (which he hadn't yet worn in the comics when it was revealed), the Venom Symbiote, and the Iron Spider costume (minus the extra arms, of course). For Ultimate, he has the green Big Time scheme replaced by the red◊ Big Time costume and gets two schemes based off his Future Foundation costume and the Spider-Armor. His DLC costume is Ben Reilly, the Scarlet Spider.
His win quote against Felicia mentions Black Cat, who is also named Felicia and has a cat motif.
He refers to a certain animal superhero team in a win quote after defeating Viewtiful Joe:
"Being a carefree, fun-loving hero is all good, but you wouldn't even qualify for the Pet Avengers."
Storm has a white and gold-trimmed scheme (meant to reference her outfit from the 90s, used in both the cartoon and earlier Marvel vs. Capcom titles) and two schemes based on her X-Treme X-Men appearances (her standard outfit for that series, and one used for a fight in Tokyo).
For Ultimate, both her X-Treme schemes are dropped in exchange of color schemes based off her X-Men Revolution purple suit, her current dark/silver outfit, her 90's retro blue/yellow X-Men costume and Mjolnir Storm look. Her pre-order DLC costume is her mohawk style appearance (her Morlock look).
Strider Hiryu retains his unique death animation from the previous Marvel vs. Capcom, referencing his death animation in the original Strider.
His character theme is a remix of "Raid!", the Stage 1 theme in the original Strider.
Hiryu's "Gram" and wall cling are both references to his arcade game, the former being an item power-up and the latter one of the series' main gimmicks (cling through any surface).
His moveset is named after various legendary swords (i.e. Gram, Excalibur, Ame no Murakumo) and mythology in general (i.e. Legion, Ouroboros).
Before executing his "Inferno" super, Super-Skrull says "He loves you." This was removed in Ultimate, as Kl'rt actually wasn't allied with the invading Skrull forces (in truth, he even fought with Nova against them).
In a pre-battle quote before fighting Nova, he vows to see him "annihilated" — a reference to, duh, the Annihilation event. He also refers to the 2 of them teaming up during Secret Invasion.
"Once we stood as allies, But today you will be annihilated!" (pre-battle, vs. Nova)
He also shouts "Come here!" for his Elastic Slam grab, putting the number of Scorpion allusions up to three.
He has alternate color schemes based on Skrull from the Ultimate universe, a color scheme based on Rl'nnd (His regular color scheme is for Kl'rt), and a red-and-black scheme designed by Capcom (thought it looks like the Skrull in Fantastic Five). For Ultimate, he loses his Capcom-designed scheme and gets others based off the Skrull race's debut and second appearance, and a cover of Avengers: The Initiative where he's using Yellowjacket's costume. His Ultimate pre-order DLC costume is his attire from Annihilation: Super-Skrull.
Before battle, both Nova and Galactus refer to Tarnax IV (the former homeworld of the Skrulls) being consumed by the latter. The event took place in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #257:
Nova: "Act like jerks. Your planet gets eaten. It's called karma, dude."
Galactus: "I remember your homeworld. It was delicious."
After defeating any member of Avengers, he'll refer to the Fantasic Four. He also refers to them in a win quote after defeating Doctor Doom:
"Enough of these Avengers! Bring me the Fantastic Four!" (victory pose, vs. an Avenger)
"I can see now why the Fantastic Four has defeated you so many times." (win quote, vs. Doom)
Taskmaster references Avengers member Hawkeye and Masters of Evil member Black Knight when he emulates their moves.
Thor has alternate color schemes based on Thor Girl and Beta Ray Bill. His DLC costume is his classic outfit. For Ultimate, Thor loses both his Thor Girl colors and 4th generic scheme, and gains schemes based off his armor (from Thor #378), Heroes Reborn, Ultimate Thor and his space suit from Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
His "Mighty Spark" move is identical to the "Thunder Strike" attack he did as an Assist Character in the first Marvel vs. Capcom.
In his win quote against Firebrand, he wonders if he has any relation to Surtur.
Before battling any one of the Avengers (Cap, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and himself) or the Hulk, he'll refer to Loki:
"Surely wicked Loki is behind such an encounter..."
Before battling Vergil, he's says that he sympathizes with Dante, knowing what it's like to have a wicked brother.
During his victory pose after defeating Vergil and in a win quote after defeating Morrigan, he refers to a certain goddess:
"May Hela have mercy on your soul." (victory pose, vs. Vergil)
"Should Hela, the Goddess of Death, ever need a replacement, thou wouldst make for a fine choice." (win quote, vs. Morrigan)
In a win quote, he'll say that the grand battle Ragnarok will take his life one day. Ghost Rider also refers to it before he battles Thor:
Ghost Rider: "Forget Ragnarok. I'M your destruction."
Before battling Ghost Rider, he refers to the time they teamed up to fight the forces of Mephisto as seen in Thor Vol. 1 #430:
"We once allied our forces as allies, demon-spawn. Today, we meet in battle!"
Trish has an alternate color scheme that gives her a darker skin tone, white hair, and white clothes (meant to reference her disguise as Order of the Sword member Gloria in Devil May Cry 4), a scheme that gives her a blue outfit with blonde hair (based off R. Mika), and a scheme based on Dante's default outfit. For Ultimate, she loses the white scheme for a Vergil alt. and gets the "Frigtful Four" orange (to go with Dante's) and a pink suit/black hair one which Word of God says gives off a June Lin Milian vibe. Her DLC costume is Gloria.
Her character theme is a remix of "Lock & Load" from the first Devil May Cry.
Tron Bonne has alternate color schemes that gives her blond hair and a red outfit (based off Roll Caskett), one of her old MvC2 schemes, and a scheme that paints her mechsuit to resemble a Servbot while Tron herself resembles the Mayor of Kattlelox Island. For Ultimate, the "Servbot-Gustaff" color is dropped and other schemes based off Teisel Bonne, Bon Bonne, and her Namco × Capcom look are included. Her DLC costume has the Gustaff modeled after a Servbot, as opposed to merely sharing its color scheme.
Her Lunch Rush hyper has a maximum of 41 hits (excluding the initial gunshot that sets up the move), the total number of known Servbots as of Mega Man Legends 2 and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne. It's also a reference to Mega Man Legends 2, where the Servbots repeatedly sent letters to MegaMan requesting that he join as Servbot #42 in order to cheer up Tron. This is referenced in her ending, where she reprograms a Sentinel to serve as Servbot #42.
Her character theme is a remix of "Flutter vs. Gesellschaft" from the first Mega Man Legends.
She will say "Thanks for playing." after performing her Assist attack. This quote (or a variation which says "Thank you" instead of "Thanks") is seen after the end credits of many Capcom games.
Vergil retains his Rising Sun kick from Devil May Cry 3 which behaves exactly like Rugal Bernstein's Genocide Cutter.
He also can be seen as a Spiritual Successor of sorts to Silver Samurai (both are samurais) and Spiral (for his Spiral Swords hyper), both coming from previous MvC games.
Captain Blue, Alastor, Mojo, and Spiral appear in his ending, a Mythology Gag towards to his fanboyism of Captain Blue as he's introduced in his own series.
Wesker has an alternate color scheme that gives him a white suit and white coat (scientist getup, which also references a photo of him in a lab from Resident Evil) and a scheme that gives him white hair, blue coat, and a black undershirt (if only he had a katana...). For Ultimate, he loses his Vergil alt. (since Vergil is in the game) and gets color schemes based off Gambit (sort of) and M. Bison, plus his pre-order DLC costume is his original S.T.A.R.S. uniform from Resident Evil.
His character theme is a remix of "Winds of Madness", his boss theme in Resident Evil 5.
His Level 3 hyper is called Lost in Nightmares (a DLC mission set before the events of the game; the Spencer Mansion incident with Wesker, as seen in flashbacks throughout RE5). The final attack in that hyper (where he throws a rocket at the opponent) is based off of the second fight with him in 5, where Wesker would occasionally grab rockets and hurl them at Chris and Sheva once things started to heat up. His medium (Panther Fang), heavy, and launcher attacks (Tiger Uppercut) are taken straight from his melee attacks in Resident Evil 5. The Cobra Strike and Ghost Butterfly specials also reference this, as do his front/back throws (respectively Mustang Kick and Windfall).
His Jaguar Dash and Tiger Knee are also taken from the fifth game—specifically, the the quick-time event where Wesker lunges at Chris at high-speeds, Chris blocks Wesker's Knee Cannon attack and retaliates with a fist to the face (knocking Wesker flat on his ass), only to then shake his hand in mild pain. When playable in The Mercenaries, Wesker has free access to these moves (although Jaguar Dash can be maintained almost infinitely and at the cost of Wesker's life, something that doesn't hold true here).
Rhino Charge (his counter/reversal hyper) is another one of his melee attacks from 5, while his Phantom Dance could be seen as a souped-up Collide.
Wesker has two attacks, Jaguar Kick and Tiger Uppercut, named after Adon and Sagat, respectively, from the Street Fighter series.
One of his opening lines is "This seems fair, three... on three?", a reference to RE5, where Chris and Sheva face off against Wesker and Jill (his line there was "I think the odds are fair, two on two").
One of his winquotes references his infamous COMPLETE GLOBAL SATURATION line from RE5.
Wesker brandishes his Beretta 92F Custom "Samurai Edge" handgun from his S.T.A.R.S. days. As in RE5, this is the only firearm he carries on his person.
Wolverine's alternate color schemes are his brown-and-orange X-Men outfit (except it's not the John Byrne design, obviously), his X-Force outfit, and a variant of his Age of Apocalypse outfit. Ultimatecolor schemes include Evil Wolverine from the Capcom SNES game Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems and his Wolverine: Enemy of the State look. His DLC costume is his Weapon X appearance.
One of his intro one-liners is "I'm the best at what I do", a nod to a Catch Phrase instated during Chris Claremont's run with the X-Men comics.
One of his opening lines in Ultimate asks if his opponent wants to "tangle with the Wolverine". This is an abbreviated version of his iconic line from his first comicbook appearance (as an enemy of Hulk, no less).
One of his victory quotes toward the Hulk mentions how both of them are monsters, a line he also said to the Hulk in The Infinity Gauntlet.
One of X-23's attacks makes her a good replacement for Cammy.
She has alternate color schemes based on her New X-Men outfit, her Captain Universe outfit, and (in the case of the striped tanktop scheme) the cover of the first issue of her ongoing comic. For Ultimate, she gets color schemes based off her current black/gray costume and Age of Apocalypse Kirika. Her Ultimate pre-order DLC costume is her X-Men: Evolution debut appearance.
In tone with Wolvie's Catch Phrase, she has a similar one saying "I'm the second best at what I do."
In a win quote after defeating her, she wonders if Amaterasu has any relations to Wolfsbane from the New Mutants, a Mutant who can transform herself into a wolf at will.
When Zero is K.O.ed, he—much like Mega Man and Roll in MvC2—disperses into orbs of light.
He also gains a modified version of Raikosen from X8.
Because of this, he now has one attack from every main series game he has been playable in (see his section for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom for more details).
His Level 3 hyper is the infamous Genmurei (yelled here as "Genmu-zero!") from the equally-infamous X vs. Zero battle from Mega Man X5. This also doubles as a Bilingual Bonus, as Genmurei literally translates to "Illusion Zero."
A very subtle one comes from the color of his Z-Saber during Genmurei. Zero's Z-Saber can obtain a power-up from one of the Mavericks (or in the case of in X5 and X6, from power-up parts) in several games, allowing him to deflect projectiles (the only exception was X7, where he had this augment from the start). In X8, beating Earthrock Trilobyte earns you the technique Rekkyoudan, which gives the Z-Saber a yellowish-orange glow. During his Level 3, the Z-Saber exhibits both of these properties.
In his ending, Zero also mistakes Silver Surfer's addressing of Mega Man Zero (as in the series, not Zero himself) as the title the Surfer gives him and quickly corrects him on it. This was one of the many problems found in a manga adaptation of Mega Man Zero.
Zero in his X-Factor mode can be also seen as a nod to Maverick Zero in the infamous X vs. Zero fight in X5.
In a win quote after defeating Tron, he refers to the Servbots as "Reploid-wannabes servants". Reploids are the Ridiculously Human Robots seen throughout the Mega Man X series.
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 and Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark Of The Milllennium
One of the narrator's quotes during the intro is "2001 is the year we make contact!" "The Year We Make Contact" was the sequel to the book/film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
When you select a groove, he pipes in with "Great! I knew that groove was in your heart!" This references the Deee-Lite hit "Groove Is In The Heart."
Some of Benimaru's special attacks (Genei Hurricane, Handou Sandangeri and Shinkuu Katategoma) are references to Hurricane Polimar's special attacks. Funny how both faced Capcom characters.
Having Kyo and Benimaru fight in the Nairobi stage results in Goro Daimon standing in the background watching the fight, referencing how teammates would stand on the sidelines (and be called to attack in rare circumstances) from KOF '94 to '98.
Ryo and Ryu's special intro is also reminiscent of how fighters in the Art of Fighting series, after briefly conversing, would jump away from each other to start the fight.
Ken has ""Ore no kachi da na!" ("Victory is mine!") as one of his win quotes, a probable rib on Kyo's own "Ore no... kachi da!" ("This is... my victory!")
And then there is Dan Hibiki. Considering that these games finally allowed Dan to face the characters he's parodying (only Ryo and Yuri, though; Robert's a no-show), Capcom made sure to put in a few Take Thats at SNK, such as Dan's mimicking Yuri's "Yoyuchi!" ("Piece of cake!") by doing the exact same pose and chanting, "Chou yoyusu!" ("Super piece of cake!").
Speaking of Yuri, should she defeat her opponent with a Finest/Dramatic KO, she'll attempt to tie her belt tighter, only for it to become completely undone, revealing her undershirt/bra underneath her top; Yuri will blush and immediately cover herself. This pose originates from Art of Fighting 2, if Yuri scored a perfect victory.
Millenium Fight 2000 has an accidental one. Apparently, while downloading material from Napster the composer got a track from the Jovem Pan Brazillian radio which had an advertising for the Kaiser beer in the middle. The dude had no idea what it was about, but decided it would fit in the Gallery theme, creating one of the most bizarre moments ever heard in a video game menu. And later the phrase showed up in DJ Max Portable 3 as well!
"Kaiser: uma grande cerveja. A cerveja dos momentos felizes."Translation Kaiser, a great beer. The beer of the happy moments.
The first game has special stage openings hearkening back to the early day of the first KOF games ('94-'97 specifically).
SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium
The game features a few intermission screen hijinks when played on a monochrome Neo Geo Pocket, such as Alex and K' staring each other down (both characters took protagonist duties from Ryu and Kyo, respectively) and Shermie cosplaying as Morrigan, who in turn cosplays as M. Bison (a nod to how Morrigan regularly wills the bats that make her clothing to change their appearance during her win poses).
Dan's version of his Legendary Taunt here◊ includes Dan cribbing off of Ryo's ki-gathering stance in Art of Fighting and earlier KOF titles as well as Kyo's win poses and Sakura's taunt (finger point and childish giggle for the latter, blowing away the flame on his index finger for the former). He also gains the Gadou Shou Kou Ken (a Gadouken ranged Haoh Shou Koh Ken) as a Level 2 version of his Shinkuu Gadouken (this move would be featured again in SVC Chaos and later become his Haoh Gadouken Ultra in SSFIV).
Athena has a special victory quote against M. Bison. Why? Because both characters use Psycho Power.
Violent Ken is based off Sennou Ken, the brainwashed Ken from Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie who was subjected to experiments by Bison that implanted a large amount of Psycho Power into his body to turn Ken into a violent and subservient killer. The difference here is that Violent Ken is heavily implied to draw his power from the Orochi power, as evidenced by the pillar of energy with a skull in it that appears at the end of his Shinbu Messatsu Exceed.
Chun-Li's ending has her mentioning her resignation and how she'd start her life as a normal woman, a nod to her ending in SFII.
In both of Dan's endings, he begins instructing the denizens of Heaven/Hell in the ways of Saikyo. From Alpha 2 onward, Dan set up his own Saikyo school, whose teachings even bled over into the Rival Schools verse.
Mr. Karate turns into, as is fitting considering his mask, an actual Tengu: the normal version has no major differences beyond his outfit while his Serious version wears stilt-getas and has a fan.
Ryu turns into a nue.
Shiki is, disturbingly enough, turned into Gandara from Samurai Shodown 64.
Shin Akuma turns into (an?) Ashura.
Terry is turned into a werewolf, referencing to his "Hungry Wolf" epithet from way back in Fatal Fury. It's also a Title Drop. The Japanese title for Fatal Fury is Garou Densetsu. Translated to English, it'd be "Legend of the Hungry Wolf/Wolves."
Vega turns into one of the floating knight enemies from GnG, with his mask as its shield.
Zero turns into one of the Mimic enemies from GnG.
Getting beaten by Athena turns each character into an animal instead but most of them are self-explainatory and not worth listing here. Some of the more amusing/noteworthy ones include:
Mai turning into a cow with her tassel as its tail.
Guile turning into a rooster with its crest replaced with his Anime Hair.
Choi turning into a chimpanzee but retaining his head.
Zero turning into a fox with his helmet.
Chun-Li turning into an ostritch with her hairbuns.
Tessa turning into a penguin, as a nod to her ending in Pocket Fighter/Super Gem Fighter: Mini Mix and her curse while fighting against Scion in Red Earth.
Sagat turning into an overly-muscled tiger.
Shin Akuma turning into a shiisaa.
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A lot of people refer to Mega Crash as something similar to Burst from Guilty Gear... when reality it is actually from Pocket Fighter. It has the same effect of freeing the character from any form of attack or combo and has the same cost of two levels. However, while in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom it reduces the point character's yellow health to red, in Pocket Fighter the character loses all of their gems.
The entire art style of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is one big nod to traditional Japanese cel animation.
The characters have thick, inked black outlines and block shading while the backgrounds are rendered in a more traditional, non-cel-shaded approach. This was due to the nature of cel animation having hand-painted backgrounds that often contrasted the characters with thick outlines and blocky colors.
Baroque, Variable Counter and Variable Air Raid all have the characters glow bright colors in a technique that mimics the animation technique of masquing wherein the black ink drawing would be overlayed onto a moving background (think Sailor Moon's transformation sequence).
The intro of Ultimate All-Stars features a clip of Ryu switching to Soki when using a Delayed Hyper Cancellation. When this occurs, there's a picture of half of Ryu's face joining with half of Soki's face in the middle of the screen, both staring at you. This is a call back to a special Variable Combination you could use in Marvel vs. Capcom known as the Duo Team Attack where you briefly controlled both characters and could infinitely use their supers for a set period of time. Everything is the same, right down to the "face-merger." As a footnote, the super background has a strong resemblance to that game's one.
When you face Yami's third form, "The Sun Rises" starts playing. This is a reference to the last battle in Okami.
Batsu's victory quote against Ryu is a reference to Hideo's fighting style, which is almost a carbon-copy of Ryu's:
"Hmm... That's the Shimazu-style karate, isn't it? Seems like everyone's using that these days."
His victory quote against Doronjo is a reference to his own series, as the main villain of Project Justice, Kurow, also wore skin-tight clothing:
"Bad guys sure like wearing skin-tight clothes, don't they? Not that I really pay attention."
His victory quote against Casshan references his Rival Schools backstory, where a dog bit him:
"I... I can't take it anymore! I absolutely hate dogs! Sorry, but I've got to get out of here!"
"A world where humans and robots live in harmony? I find that hard to believe..."
"Humans and robots... living together in peace? I'm not against it, but it's unlikely to happen."
If you break the stage in Uncharted Region of China, you will float down a river. If you float long enough you see a cage with chickens it. There is also a man with a bicycle on the bridge. These are both references to Chun-Li's stage in Street Fighter II.
When Ryu fights Chun-Li, he says "It's been a while..."
Morrigan summons Lilith in her level 3 super, her 4th color is also a darker version of Lilith's colors.
Viewtiful Joe is the only character with a secret second taunt, a reference to his flamboyant personality and cockiness from the games. He can also end his Level 3 hyper with three different poses, referencing his Viewtiful Forever move from his games and its wide array of poses.
Viewtiful Joe is also an amalgamation of several Japanese superheroes. Among them are Casshan (his visor/helmet) and Gatchaman (the V-Watch).
"If Casshan can't do it, who can?" Are you kidding me? That's an easy one! The answer is yours truly, Viewtiful Joe!"
One of his alternate costumes is a yellow. In Viewtiful Joe Joe says the winner of the boss fight between Another Joe and himself with have to change into a yellow outfit.
Yatterman has "This Week's Surprise Robots!" as his Level 3 hyper. The robots in question are from the first time the Surprise Mini-Mechs were ever used in the '70s show.
One of Doronjo's alternate color mimics Berg Katse.
She also has one that mimics Conchita from God Hand, which makes sense as Conchita is surrounded by a slender genius and a lumbering bruiser.
She also has a color scheme that mimics Team Rocket (white and black with a red "D") - fitting as Team Rocket was inspired by the Dorombo team.
Frank West's "Real Mega Buster" is a nod to the two Mega Busters in Dead Rising - the fake one shooting toy pellets, and the real onenote gained through the Zombie Genocider achievement shooting actual energy blasts. And if that wasn't enough, the fact that it has been turned into a laser beam parallels the Shinkuu Hadouken being buffed up from a big Hadouken in Street Fighter canon to an actual Kamehame Hadoken in the games.
Intentional or not, one of Frank's palettes makes him look a lot like fellow zombie ass-kicker Nick.
His winquote against Batsu references the amount of time between the first Rival Schools game and the first Dead Rising game:
"Taiyo High School, huh? Didn't they have a lot of problems with fighting awhile ago? How are things now?"
Ippatsuman's victory quote against Doronjo is about him being reminded of certain people. They are Mun-Mun, Kosuinen, and Kyokanchin, expies of the Doronbo Gang in Gyakuten Ippatsuman.
These videos from the official blog poke fun at Joe the Condor. One of them is a reference to Gatchaman where Ken never ever lets Joe push the Big Red Button of the God Phoenix to launch the Bird Missile.
Jun the Swan's ending lets you pick a choice on the outcome of her ending. This is a homage to Chun-Li's original ending in Street Fighter II, which was also done in Thanos's ending in Marvel Super Heroes.
His Blaster/BlastorMode Voltekka Level 3 (should the initial shockwave connect) shows Blade's Tek-set system crystal shattering right before he fires. Early on in the anime, Blade's crystal was broken and Takaya/D-Boy subsequently needed to rely on Pegas in order to transform into Blade, although said crystal was mysteriously regenerated in Tekkaman Blade II without explanation. The entire sequence is the same as when Blade first used the Blastor Voltekka, shattered crystal and all.
When Tekkaman Blade faces the original Tekkaman, he says "Tekkaman? Is that so?!"
Yatterman-2's hyper move "Omotchama's Roll" summons Omotchama, the small dice robot of Yatterman. Omotchama stays on screen for some time, attacking enemies with a varying random attack for five times. The random attacks? They're from E. Honda, including the headbutt, butt slam, and hundred handslap. He even says "Dosukoi!" when he headbutts or body slam the enemy.
Zero's Level 3 hyper attack has him using Dark Hold to freeze time, and then turning his saber into a large, triangular blade, akin to the one used by his Zero self.
One of his alternate colors is his Black Armor and another is the color scheme of X. His fourth color most likely is modeled after Nightmare Zero from X6.
The moment his HP is depleted, he bursts into globes of light, just like in his source series.
In addition to his standard 3-hit combo and his Z-Buster, most of Zero's moves are taken from the special abilities he learned from Mavericks since his playable inclusion in X4: Kuuenzan, Ryuenjin, Hienkyaku, and Shippuuga from X4, Dark Hold and Sougenmu from X5, Sentsuizan and Rekkoha from X6, and Hadangeki from X7.
This also makes him have attacks from every main series game he was playable in, except X8 (which would be added in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 with a modified version of Raikousen; see above).
His fighting stance is evocative of the stance he gains X6 (Zero was given a different posture and attack sprites in that game, as opposed to X, who kept his sprites from X4 and X5).
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The Charade mooks use Cassandra's style, despite there being no reference to Cassandra in the game otherwise. Thankfully, this was pre-Soulcalibur IV, or else they'd be humiliating you with an extraordinarily girlyCritical Finish.
Tron Bonne and Strider Hiryu's supers and Captain Commando's Multiple Assaults reuse the super background from MvC2.
Pay close attention and you'll notice that the weapons Hsien-Ko summons in her joint Multiple Assault with Regina, Fong Ling and Bruce are all weapons found in Resisdent Evil Dead Aim and Dino Crisis. Of particular note is the last weapon Bruce uses in the attack: it's the very weapon used to seriously injure Dead Aim'sBig Bad.
Both Unknown Soldiers from Forgotten Worlds are assisted by the side arms from Shoot 'em UpSide Arms: Hyper Dyne. In their Multiple Assault with Sylphie, the two Mobilsuits will combine into one unit, just like a power-up would do for the players in co-op play.
Guy and Sho/Ginzu being a Tag Team is a reference to both being users of Bushin-Ryu Ninjitsu in their respective games (Sho/Ginzu, in fact, is a successor of the style, and Captain Commando takes place in a futuristic Metro City, the locale of the Final Fight series).
During Felicia, King, and Armor King's Multiple Assault, Felicia calls for the two Kings to beat up on enemies much like her Please, Help Me! super in the Darkstalkers series.
Ibuki and Rolento being partners may have something to do with Ibuki's incarnation in Pocket Fighter/Super Gem Fighter. In said game, the fighters dressed differently for each special attack, often dressed as other Capcom characters; Ibuki dressed as Rolento for her aerial Kunai attack and aerial Super, the same way Rolento is known for throwing grenades in mid-air since Final Fight. Also, on the English voice setting, Ibuki's Pandora activation quote is "I can't control it!"
Sagat and Dhalsim being partners has to do with the not-canon but official Udon comics, in which Dhalsim helps Sagat to train in order to gain better control over himself and his emotions after losing to Ryu.
The Mad Gear Hideout Stage has a sign with Japanese writing above the stage... which just happens to be the mangled, nonsensical translation Sodom proposed to the other gang members in his Street Fighter Alpha ending. Doubles as a Mythology Gag.
The tutorial mode has a blatantly obvious one when Dan says this gem...◊
Cross Assault itself is a homage to Marvel vs. Capcom's Duo Team Attack and Street Fighter EX3's Critical Parade, although Cross Assault only allows for the player to control both character for a short period of time, not an infinite use of supers.
Ibuki's win quote against Lili (which dealt with harakiri being outdated in the Japanese version):
Ibuki: "Forehead protector? I don't need one of those... Maybe you should stop watching anime..."
Lili's Pandora activation phrase (originally "Nandemo dekisou desu wa!" ~ "I feel like I can do anything!") is translated to "I feel fantastic!", which may be a reference to a line from the song "Still Alive" from Portal.
Kuro: You may have a wicked left hook, but I've got a BIONICARRRRM!... Hehe, just kidding.
Elena's prologue mentions a sacred tree. This (mind the pun) has its roots in a manga adaptation of Street Fighter III (Street Fighter III: Final), where Ryu briefly communicates with Elena via said tree after being temporarily knocked out by Dudley. To twist the knife further, Dudley just so happens to be Elena's partner in the game.
Mega Man refers to Dudley's title from Super Street Fighter IV in his win quote against him:
You're such a ravishing star in the sky of battle... I wish I could be that dashing.