'''''Fighting Vipers''''' is a 3D FightingGame series created by Creator/{{Sega}}'s [=AM2=] development team (of ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' fame) in [[TheNineties 1995]]. A sequel was released in 2001, and in the interim between the two games the [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover casts of both FV and VF appeared in the Sega Saturn-only]] ''VideoGame/FightersMegamix''. 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 EnsembleDarkhorse and the only really well-known character.

Although it is an obscure game, it is a CultClassic and Bahn appears in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', finally giving the game some spotlight once more.

As of 2012, now [[NoFourthWall you]] too can experience this gem on your UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and/or UsefulNotes/XBox360 with Sega's [=Model2=] Collection series of arcade games on UsefulNotes/PlayStationNetwork and UsefulNotes/XboxLiveArcade for only $5. And finally, Honey gets un-dummied in this game's cartoony and goofier version of itself staring [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog everyone's favorite blue hedgehog]] in the [=Model2=] Collection's re-release of ''VideoGame/SonicTheFighters''.
!!This series provides examples of:
* AllThereInTheManual: The plot and character biographies are never featured in the games.
* ArmorIsUseless: Subverted; the armor is useful until it breaks off.
* AssKicksYou: Many of Honey's moves use her posterior as a weapon.
** Sanman has two or three as well.
* {{Bishonen}}: Tokio. Some official wallpapers even depict him shirtless in a sexy pose.
* BonusBoss: 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).
* BreakMeter: Characters have specific moves that damage armor. This was transferred to ''VideoGame/FightersMegamix'', where the ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' characters' signature moves were given this property.
* ChainedByFashion: Raxel's armor makes heavy use of chains for whatever reason.
* ClothingDamage: The breakable armor.
* CulturalTranslation: In the American release of the first game, Honey dyed her hair blond and was renamed Candy.
* TheCutie: Honey in the first game, Emi in the second.
* DummiedOut: [[http://www.x-cult.org/games/150/Fighting_Vipers Sonic, Tails and Takashi Iizuka.]]
* {{Expy}}: Bahn is essentially [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo.]]
* FadSuper: Grace, Picky, and Charlie are based on extreme sports--rollerblading, skateboarding, and BMX, respectively.
* GenkiGirl: Emi.
* GirlishPigtails: Honey's iconic hairstyle is this.
* GuestFighter: Advertising/{{PEPSIMAN}}!! Only in the original Japanese Sega Saturn release, sadly.
** Through hacking, [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic and Tails]].
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Picky and Charlie. Sanman's throw is a bowling toss -- there's even a pin-hitting sound effect.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Speaking of Picky and Charlie... Especially Charlie; very few people not named Creator/JackieChan beat guys up with bicycles.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Raxel's guitar. He won't hesitate to swing it around like a weapon, but like Picky's skateboard, it'll break if overused.
* JokeCharacter: Kumachan, a giant bear with no articulation points and [[MovesetClone copies Sanman's moveset]]. He also has no connection to the story whatsoever.
* LawOf100: 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.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Jane in the American release doesn't look like much due to PaletteSwap. In the original Japanese versions however, she turns out to be [[Film/{{Aliens}} Private Vasquez]].
** In the second game, Sanman's logo looks ''very'' similar to the Hot Wheels logo.
* MightyGlacier: Sanman. He's slow but packs a punch and has the most vicious throws in the game.
* MsFanservice: Honey and Grace, who are both buxom and wear next-to-nothing when their armor is destroyed. But especially Honey, as she wears [[{{Stripperiffic}} rubber or leather undergarments]] under her armor. She gains a number of alternate outfits in the Japanese Saturn version, including a [[SchoolSwimsuit swimsuit]] and schoolgirl outfit. Her ending also shows pictures of her undressing and showing off her cleavage for the player, and ''VideoGame/FightersMegamix'' gives her the infamous "Taste of Honey" wallpaper. The Dreamcast port of the sequel gives her an alternate NaughtyNurseOutfit.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Grace's backstory. She became romantically involved with her skating instructor only to find out he betrayed her.
%%* PaletteSwap: Jane in the American version.
* ProductPlacement: Advertising/{{Pepsiman}} and Picky's Pepsi skateboard in the first game.
* RollerbladeGood: Grace. She wears rollerskates and most of her moves involve kicks.
* SNKBoss: 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.
* TotallyRadical: Seems to be what [=AM2=] was going for when they made the game.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Bahn is '''17''', but you would never guess it from his huge build and muscles.