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[[caption-width-right:308:Round 1.....BATTLE!]]
A 1995 SegaSaturn exclusive somewhat-platform based FightingGame developed by Scarab, released in Japan by Naxat Soft and in the U.S. by Creator/{{Acclaim}}.

It falls into the category of the considerably large line-up of fighters that are considered ''MortalKombat'' 'rip-offs'; however, this game only seems to take inspiration from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' aesthetic (dark tones, digitized sprites and a minor amount of blood), but little-to-nothing Gameplay-wise. Ironically enough, this game actually plays more like ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' than ''Mortal Kombat'' games; it doesn't even have {{F|inishingMove}}atalities.

The selection of characters is very odd, ranging from a headless knight to a ghost to a two-midgets-duo. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The game was called Fighting Monsters, so that was to expect]].
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!!This game provides examples of:
* AnnoyingLaugh - Naga, who does this numerous times when attacking and upon victory.
* BadassGrandpa - Kaf Ka, who is only [[AllThereInTheManual 48]], but his ending (not to mention posture) seems to depict him as 'ancient'.
* BadassNormal - Shion.
* BarbarianHero - Makaryudo.
* BeAllMySinsRemembered - Albiole, with his ending quote, "Cursed specter though I be, I shiver in the joy of victory."
* CaptainErsatz - Makaryudo. Frequently indicated as a [[MortalKombat Shao Kahn]] knock-off due to the helmet.
* DumbMuscle - Fangore. "Me win, me surpreme!"
* ElementalPowers - The Big 4 are essentially personifications of water, fire, wind and earth.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment - '''Anyone's''' endings. The characters are not given dialogue or, hell, even '''backstories''' otherwise.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies - Fangore, Albiole to an extent.
* EvilLaugh - Naga.
* FollowTheLeader - ''Battle Monsters'' is regularly accused of falling into this trope.
* FinishingMove - The Hungry Cave, the only finishing move in the game.
* HeadlessHorseman - Harn takes an interesting level in this...
* HeWhoFightsMonsters - Shion, Makaryudo
* IJustWantToBeHuman - Deathmask
* InevitableTournament - The backstory of the game itself is that every character in the roster is fighting for a place in the 'Dark Kingdom'.
* Kiai - Shion, during some of his attacks where he belts out something akin to 'NANANANANANA...NAWWWWW!'
%% * MightyGlacier - Deathmask
* MirrorMatch - Is technically the sub-boss.
* PaletteSwap - [[color:brown:The]] [[color:gray:Big]] [[color:blue:4]] [[color:gold:themselves]].
* RuleOfCool - The innovative stage designs, atmosphere and character design are sometimes deemed to fall into this trope.
* ShapeShifter - Harn inexplicably turns into Drethdok in one of his special moves.
* SlasherSmile - [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/saturn/a/bmhea.htm Harn's ending.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - Half of the roster have had their names changed in the non-Japanese exports of the game.
** Drethdok = Strawbelly Jam
** Fangore = Ki-Ba
** Headless Harn = Heart Heat Harn
** Kap Ka = Kaf Ka
** La Pa = La Fa
** Skythe = Kuja
* StupidEvil - Fangore
* TeensAreMonsters - La Fa, as she is apparently 17 and in her ending, takes immense joy in hearing the 'cries of the vanquished'.
* TokenHuman - Shion, Makaryudo
* UnfazedEveryman - Shion, Makaryudo
* VisibleInvisibility: Jinnee of the Big 4.
* WalkingShirtlessScene - Harn, Skythe, Makaryudo
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