Video Game / Fighting Vipers

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Fighting Vipers is a 3D Fighting Game series created by Sega's AM2 development team (of Virtua Fighter fame) in 1995. A sequel was released in 2001, and in the interim between the two games the casts of both FV and VF appeared in the Sega Saturn-only Fighters Megamix. Gameplay is similar to its sister series, albeit faster, more forgiving in the control department, and has the addition of armor-breaking moves that soften up opponents and create weak points. Unlike the Virtua Fighter series, the arenas are walled, but the walls can be busted down if opponents are slammed against them enough times using the armor-break moves.

The story of the games involves armor-clad fighters run rampant in the metropolis, Armstone City. The dictator/mayor of Armstone City, Big Mahler, hosts a tournament for these fighters ending at the City Tower. The game's main character is Bahn, but Honey (Candy in the states) is the Ensemble Darkhorse and the only really well-known character.

Although it is an obscure game, it is a Cult Classic and Bahn appears in Project X Zone, finally giving the game some spotlight once more.

As of 2012, now you too can experience this gem on your PlayStation 3 and/or Xbox 360 with Sega's Model2 Collection series of arcade games on Play Station Network and Xbox Live Arcade for only $5. And finally, Honey gets un-dummied in this game's cartoony and goofier version of itself staring everyone's favorite blue hedgehog in the Model2 Collection's re-release of Sonic the Fighters.

This series provides examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: The plot and character biographies are never featured in the games.
  • Armor Is Useless: Subverted; the armor is useful until it breaks off.
  • Ass Kicks You: Many of Honey's moves use her posterior as a weapon.
    • Sanman has two or three as well.
  • Bishōnen: Tokio. Some official wallpapers even depict him shirtless in a sexy pose.
  • Bonus Boss: Kuhn in the second game.
  • Bowdlerization: Sega of America removed a wallpaper from the home port of the game featuring Honey stripped down to her undergarments (basically, what you see when you break all her armor).
  • Break Meter: Characters have specific moves that damage armor. This was transferred to Fighters Megamix, where the Virtua Fighter characters' signature moves were given this property.
  • Chained by Fashion: Raxel's armor makes heavy use of chains for whatever reason.
  • Clothing Damage: The breakable armor.
  • Cultural Translation: In the American release of the first game, Honey dyed her hair blond and was renamed Candy.
  • The Cutie: Honey in the first game, Emi in the second.
  • Dummied Out: Sonic, Tails and Takashi Iizuka.
  • Expy: Bahn is essentially Jotaro Kujo.
  • Fad Super: Grace, Picky, and Charlie are based on extreme sports—rollerblading, skateboarding, and BMX, respectively.
  • Genki Girl: Emi.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Honey's iconic hairstyle is this.
  • Guest Fighter: PEPSIMAN!! Only in the original Japanese Sega Saturn release, sadly.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Picky and Charlie. Sanman's throw is a bowling toss — there's even a pin-hitting sound effect.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Speaking of Picky and Charlie... Especially Charlie; very few people not named Jackie Chan beat guys up with bicycles.
  • Instrument of Murder: Raxel's guitar. He won't hesitate to swing it around like a weapon, but like Picky's skateboard, it'll break if overused.
  • Joke Character: Kumachan, a giant bear with no articulation points and copies Sanman's moveset. He also has no connection to the story whatsoever.
  • Law Of 100: While players can destroy their character's armor with a special input, winning a hundred matches with Honey in versus mode will change it so that it destroys her skirt as well.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Jane in the American release doesn't look like much due to Palette Swap. In the original Japanese versions however, she turns out to be Private Vasquez.
    • In the second game, Sanman's logo looks very similar to the Hot Wheels logo.
  • Mighty Glacier: Sanman. He's slow but packs a punch and has the most vicious throws in the game.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Honey and Grace, who are both buxom and wear next-to-nothing when their armor is destroyed. But especially Honey, as she wears rubber or leather undergarments under her armor. She gains a number of alternate outfits in the Japanese Saturn version, including a swimsuit and schoolgirl outfit. Her ending also shows pictures of her undressing and showing off her cleavage for the player, and Fighters Megamix gives her the infamous "Taste of Honey" wallpaper. The Dreamcast port of the sequel gives her an alternate Naughty Nurse Outfit.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Grace's backstory. She became romantically involved with her skating instructor only to find out he betrayed her.
  • Product Placement: Pepsiman and Picky's Pepsi skateboard in the first game.
  • Rollerblade Good: Grace. She wears rollerskates and most of her moves involve kicks.
  • SNK Boss: Kuhn. OUCH. And when he beats you, you don't get another go at him.
  • Stripperiffic: Grace and Honey wear next to nothing when their armor breaks off.
  • Totally Radical: Seems to be what AM2 was going for when they made the game.
  • Younger Than They Look: Bahn is 17, but you would never guess it from his huge build and muscles.

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