Video Game / ClayFighter
Everybody's favourite lumps of clay!

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

Clayfighternote  is a series of fighting games published by Interplay Entertainment in The '90s. 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 Clayfighter 63⅓, is set on the island of Klaymodo, where Dr. Kiln hatches 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 (1993) (SNES, Mega Drive/Genesis [1994], Virtual Console [2009])
  • Clayfighter: Tournament Edition (1994) (SNES) (An updated version of Clayfighter)
  • C-2: Judgment Clay (1995) (SNES)
  • Clayfighter 63⅓ (1997) (N64)
  • Clayfighter 63⅓: Sculptor's Cut (1998) (N64) (An updated version of 63⅓)

Interplay also announced various new Clayfighter games for Wii and DSi, including improved graphics and gameplay, but this was ultimately cancelled. Interplay announced another Clayfighter in early 2015, with an expected release in 2016, also cancelled.


  • The Ahnold: Hoppy, in C2.
    • When he becomes a Cyborg in the third game, he loses the Arnold accent entirely and instead becomes a Drill Sergeant Nasty.
  • Anti-Hero: Bad Mr. Frosty.
  • 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.
  • Ass Kicks You: Helga
  • A Winner Is You: In the original game, beating the game on a difficulty other than Hard would simply show the credits. Only with beating Hard mode do you get a text ending.
    • This carries over into 63⅓, where Dr. Kiln and the proper character endings are inaccessible on the easiest setting.
  • Bad Santa: Sumo Santa.
  • Blob Monster: The Blob.
  • Boobs of Steel: Both Helga and Lady Liberty are extraordinarily buxom.
  • Boxing Kangaroo: Kangoo (and her Evil Twin Thunder) from Judgment Clay.
  • Brawn Hilda: Helga.
  • Briar Patching: Taffy has a move where he can fake being dizzied to lure an opponent in for a beatdown.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Kung Pow.
  • Capcom Sequel Stagnation/Updated Re-release: Clayfighter: Tournament Edition, as well as the Sculptor's Cut of 63⅓.
  • Charged Attack: Good part of fighters in the series use charge commands to perform their powers. Most especially the 2 protagonists in the series, Bad Mr. Frosty and Blob.
    • This kind of move is more common in 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut, where this is the Combo Opener just like that other game series.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • 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.
  • Claymation: Amazingly enough, no computer animation was involved here, the developers painstakingly did it the old-fashioned stop-motion way.
  • Cloning Blues: The main setting of C2, which the Final Boss of every character in the game is his/her Evil Twin.
  • Darker and Edgier: C2 is both literally and figuratively darker than its predecessor. While the original had a cheery circus motif and cheery music, C2 has a gritty, ghetto style with heavy rock music and dank, dusty backgrounds. 63⅓ is even darker, with ominous orchestral music and much more advanced gameplay, including parries and fatalities (which are still comical).
  • Digitized Sprites: Notably, ones made from photographs of actual clay models.
  • Dumb Muscle: Tiny (and for extension, Butch).
  • Dummied Out: The Blob's bomb move in the original game, which proved to be a glitchy mess when used.
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: In 63⅓, Dr. Kiln can't be fought on cookie difficulty. The game ends after the Mirror Match with a message thanking the player for doing some warm-up practice before the real playthrough.
  • Elvis Impersonator: Blue Suede Goo, of course.
  • Evil Redhead: Dr. Kiln, also Bonker.
  • 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).
  • Expository Theme Tune: Sculptor's Cut's opening.
  • Expy: A lot of them in the series:
  • Finishing Move:
    • Dubbed Claytalities in 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut.
    • Thanks to M.U.G.E.N, some characters from C1 and C2 gained Claytalities in their adaptations.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Tiny.
  • Fun with Flushing: A stage in 63⅓ takes place above a toilet that it's possible to knock your opponent into.
  • Funny Octopus: In C2, there's Octohead and his Evil Twin (and less funny) Jack.
  • 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...
  • Guest Fighter: Earthworm Jim and Boogerman in 63⅓.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Several of the Claytalities. Most characters have at least one that does this.
  • Horny Vikings: Helga dresses like one.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Houngan and Zappa Yow Yow Boyz.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Googoo and Spike in C2, Zappa Yow Yow Boyz in Sculptor's Cut.
  • Lull Destruction: It's particularly bad in 63⅓, especially during the Claytalities, where it seems that random voice clips are thrown together in random succession.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Kiln. Complete with the stereotypical hunched back, glasses and the German accent.
  • Made of Plasticine: Literally.
  • Magic Meteor: The meteor made out of clay that emits goo that is able to transform living creatures and inanimate objects into clay creatures.
  • Monster Clown: Bonker from the first and third game.
  • Nice Hat: Bad Mr. Frosty's top hat.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Blue Suede Goo. Elvis impersonator much?
  • No Animals Were Harmed: After the end credits for 63⅓ a message appears saying that "This animal was severely hurt in the making of this game. Rest in peace Lockjaw."
  • Organ Autonomy: High Five, Dr. Kiln's severed hand, that has been mutated into a large and sentient being by chemicals. Holds deep hatred for his former host.
  • The Pig Pen: Hobo Cop and Boogerman.
  • Pun-Based Title: Clayfighter 2: Judgment Clay, and Clayfighter 63⅓; the former is an allusion to Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the latter is an allusion to the "64" endings of N64 games and Naked Gun 33⅓. Also Sculptor's Cut alluded to Director's Cut in movies.
  • Punny Name:
    • The first game's final match against N. Boss.
    • Many of the fighters' names, most obvious being Elvis Impersonator Blue Suede Goo and pumpkin-headed Ickybod Clay.
    • 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 frighten 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.
    • Octo, Kangoo, Nana Man, Googoo, and the evil twins disappear after Clayfighter 2, with Tiny from the first Clayfighter joining Blue Suede Goo and Helga on that bus.
  • Role Reprisal: The Nintendo 64 game has Dan Castellaneta reprise his role as Earthworm Jim from the animated series.
  • Sad Clown: Bonker in 63⅓.
  • Secret Character: At least one per game (save Tournament Edition):
    • Clayfighter: N.Boss is playable in two-player mode via a glitch.
    • C2: The evil twins can be played by entering button-pressing codes. (Beating the game gives you the code to unlock the boss you just fought, but there's also a code to unlock all eight of them at once, gotten by beating the game on the hardest difficulty)
    • 63⅓: Boogerman, Dr. Kiln and Sumo Santa by entering button codes.
    • Sculptor's Cut: Earthworm Jim and Boogerman by beating the game. High Five by a code.
  • Series Mascot: Bad Mr. Frosty, having appeared on the cover art for every game thus far and prominently featured in advertising.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: The Blob.
    • Bad Mr. Frosty and Taffy also can convert their own body parts into weapons.
    • Dr. Kiln's prosthetic hand is able to transform into dangerous weapons.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Helga's Hard mode ending from the first game tells the player she once was married to Olaf the Stout, one of The Lost Vikings, and left him for Tiny the wrestler.
    • Mortal Kombat's fatalities, Street Fighter III's parries, Vampire Savior's general gameplay system, and Killer Instinct's combos system in 63⅓ (you can even do combo breakers in the game).
    • Also, this inscription on 63⅓ back cover:
      WARNING: Contains No Bloody Carnage or Fighters Named "Ryu" or "Ken".
      • Not to mention Kung Pow's costume is white and his second palette is red.
  • Snowlems: Bad Mr. Frosty. Version III.
  • Smurfette Principle: Helga is the only playable female in the first game, while Kangoo is this in the second (though her Evil Twin Thunder can also be unlocked). 63⅓ bucks this trend by having an all-male cast. Sculptor's Cut adds Lady Liberty as the sole female fighter, returning it to the status quo.
  • 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.
  • Stingy Jack: Ickybod Clay, who, of course, has a Jack O' Lantern for a head.
  • Sumo Wrestling: Sumo Santa.
  • The Ghost: Dr. Kiln in C2. He's supposedly the Big Bad of the game, but he doesn't appear in person until 63⅓.
  • Title Theme Tune: One of two known SNES games (the other being Tales of Phantasia) to have a vocal theme song. Unlike the latter game though, this game's theme song consists of only one stanza.
  • 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, though, he started wearing a backwards baseball cap (the top hat was restored in the third game, though.)
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Most of Dr. Kiln's creations in 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut with the exception of Lockjaw Pooch.
  • Turns Red: Most of the CPU opponents from the first game. Even on the harder difficulties, it's usually a piece of cake to pulverize your opponent down to the last inch of their life meter. After that, though, the CPU will start spamming their most difficult-to-avoid attack (which, in terms of damage caused, is probably also the most lethal), prompting some absolutely infuriating comebacks by the computers. By and large, then, the entire challenge of the game is crammed into the tail-end of each fight.
  • Was Once a Man: All of the characters from the first game 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.
  • Witch Doctor: Houngan, the evil Jamaican witch doctor.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Bonker, the character that changed the most of all the franchise, basically a totally different character between C1 and 63⅓.