A meteor crashed one fateful day, turned Mudville creatures into clay, with heroes bent on doing right, and twisted foes up for the fight, CLAYFIGHTER!
—Clayfighter 63⅓ Sculptor's Cut intro
Clayfighter is a series of fighting games published by Interplay. The series is known for its usage of stop motion animation and clay animation.The story of Clayfighter begins when a meteor made entirely out of clay crashes on the grounds of a circus located in the town of Mudville. The circus' employees are contaminated by the goo the meteor has emitted, and causes them to transform into twisted and wacky versions of their former selves.In Clayfighter 2: Judgment Clay, the evil Dr. Kiln uses the goo from the meteor to create even more clayfighters! After the fall of the N. Boss, the final opponent from the first game, Dr. Kiln declares himself grand master of Mudville, and decides to hold a fighting tournament, to see who will become the next grand master of Mudville! Who will win?In the third game, Clayfighter 63⅓, Dr. Kiln has a new scheme: to transform the entire world into clay! The clayfighters are set to defeat him for once and for all.Games in the Clayfighter series include:
Clayfighter (SNES) (1993) and its Mega Drive/Genesis port (1994)
Clayfighter: Tournament Edition (SNES) (A updated version of Clayfighter)
C-2: Judgment Clay (SNES) (1994)
Clayfighter 63⅓ (N64) (1997)
Clayfighter 63⅓: Sculptor's Cut (N64) (1997) (A updated version the Clayfighter 63⅓)
Interplay also announced a new Clayfighter game for Wii and DSi, including improved graphics and gameplay, but this was ultimately cancelled.
Artificial Limbs: Dr. Kiln has replaced his left hand with a mechanical prosthetic one, that can transform into a chainsaw, a scalpel, a machine gun and other dangerous things, after he was forced to amputate it when he accidentally touched the goo the meteor emitted.
Bad Mr. Frosty was implied to be a villain in the first game, putting Santa Claus out of work, and in the second, he'd just gotten out of prison, having beaten up Santa Claus directly. By the third game, he's one of the good guys and "Sumo Santa" is one of the playable villains.
Bonker was maniacally smiling in the first game, but frowning and depressed in the third.
Blob started out upbeat in the first game, became outright angry and psychotic in the second game, but then turned into a thick-voiced cheerful moron in the third.
Ickybod Clay went the other way: starting with a creepy and whispery voice in the first game, but a high-pitched cheerful whine in the third.
It's probably safe to say that no character kept exactly the same personality
Darker and Edgier: C-2: Judgment Clay is both literally and figuratively darker than its predecessor. While the original had a cheery circus motif and cheery music, C-2 has a gritty, ghetto style with heavy rock music and dank, dusty backgrounds. Clayfighter 63 1/3 is even darker, with ominous orchestral music and much more advanced gameplay, including parries and fatalities (which are still comical).
Evil Twin: the final boss of Judgment Clay is an evil version of your chosen character, with different moves and ( usually) different animations, as well as a different name (Blob fights Slyck, Bad Mr. Frosty fights Ice, Tiny fights Butch, etc).
Fun with Flushing: A stage in 63⅓ takes place above a toilet that it's possible to knock your opponent into.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: In Sculptor's Cut, it's possible to have Lady Liberty ram her opponents with her chest as an attack, in which you can see her flashing her breasts. Granted, it's hard to see because of the .jpeg artifacts and pixellation, but if you have particularly sharp eyes, well...◊
All of the character endings in Sculptor's Cut as well. For instance, here is Ickybod Clay's:
"Ickybod Clay has succeeded in scaring all of the good guys off the Island of Claymodo. He knew that those weaklings didn't stand a ghost of a chance. His spirit high, his sole wish was to terrorize everyone on Claydonia and frighen all that see him. Icky's dream has just come to life, as he has made our heroes flee from his haunting visage. I'm afraid that's the end of this macabre tale."
Put on a Bus: Blue Suede Goo, Helga, Ickybod Clay, Taffy and Bonker were unavailable in the 2nd game. N. Boss also disappears as the final boss of Clayfighter 2 is your character's evil twin
For Blue Suede Goo and Helga, they don't show up in Clayfighter 63 1/3 ether. Many wonder if they'll return again.
Sad to say, Octo, Kangoo, Nana Man, Goo Goo, and the evil twins disappear after Clayfighter 2, with Tiny from the first Clayfighter joining Blue Suede Goo and Helga on that bus.
Stealth Pun: The ending credits always have an animation of Helga shouting at the very end. It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings.
Totally Radical: Originally, Bad Mr. Frosty wore a blue top hat (to be evocative of the magic hat that is commonly depicted as bringing the original Frosty the Snowman to life). In C2: Judgment Clay, though, he started wearing a backwards baseball cap. (The top hat was restored in the third game, though.)
Updated Rerelease: Clayfighter: Tournament Edition, as well as the "Sculptor's Cut" of 63⅓.
Was Once a Man: All of the characters from the first were mutated humans.
Weaponized Land Mark: Lady Liberty, the Statue of Liberty turned into a sentient being made out of clay by Dr. Kiln, that is able to use her torch as a flamethrower.
What Could Have Been: There were five other characters planned for the original 63 1/3 that didn't make the cut: High Five, Lady Liberty, Lockjaw Pooch, Zappa Yow-Yow Boyz and Hobo Cop. The first four later appeared in Sculptor's Cut. Hobo Cop appeared in previews for the game but was replaced by Earthworm Jim because he may have been considered offensive.