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Video Game: Power Instinct

Known in Japan as Gōketsuji Ichizoku ("Gōketsuji Clan"), Power Instinct is a Fighting Game series by Atlus.

The games in this series are the following
  • Power Instinct / Gōketsuji Ichizoku (1993; Arcade/Genesis/SNES)
  • Power Instinct 2 / Gōketsuji Ichizoku 2 (1994; Arcade/PlayStation)
  • Gogetsuji Legendsnote  / Gōketsuji Gaiden: Saikyou Densetsu (1995; Arcade)
  • Groove on Fight / Gōketsuji Ichizoku 3: Groove on Fight (1997; Arcade/Saturn)
  • Matrimelee / Shin Gōketsuji Ichizoku: Toukon Matrimelee (2002; Neo-Geo; released two years later for PlayStation 2 as Shin Gōketsuji Ichizoku: Bonnō Kaihō)
  • Gōketsuji Ichizoku Matsuri Senzo Kuyou (2009; Arcade)

The series also produced one Spin-Off, Prikura Daisakusen, an isometric Action Game released for arcade and Sega Saturn in 1996.

This series features examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: of most other fighting games at the time.
  • Big Bad: Each game in this series has its final boss:
    • Power Instinct: Oume Goketsuji
    • Power Instinct 2: Otane Goketsuji
    • Gogetsuji Legends: Chuck
    • Groove On Fight: Bristol-D note 
    • Matrimelee: Princess Sissy (or Bobby Ologun in the PS2 version)
    • Matsuri Senzo Kuyou: Shinjuro Goketsuji
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Every playable character in the series and a number of the non-playables are members of the Goketsuji family. Some more distant than others, of course...
  • Bishōnen: Several, most interestingly Prince's alternate form.
  • Crossover: The guest fighters from Rage Of The Dragons appeared in Matrimelee. On the other hand, Kurara appeared in a Virtua Fighter-esque PlayStation game, Heaven's Gate.
  • Energy Absorption: The Otane, Oume, Elizabeth, and Sandra do this in order to transform into their younger selves.
  • Expies:
  • Goketsuji Publicity: Otane and Oume themselves.
  • Gonk: Prince.
  • Green Oni, Blue Oni: The Kuno brothers Shintaro and Buntaro.
  • Guest Fighter: Jimmy, Lynn, Elias, and Mr. Jones in Matrimelee.
    • So did Bobby Strong in the Playstation 2 version of said game.
  • Kid Appeal Characters: Kintaro Kokuin, Kurara Hananokōji, Popura Hananokōji note , and Takumi Hattori
  • Limit Break: A few characters in Matrimelee and up had a level 3 Forbidden super move.
  • Lohengrin and Mendelssohn: Whoever defeats Sissy in Matrimelee will proceed to marry her... NOT!
  • Look what Matrimelee did to some of the characters' names:
    • Annie Hamilton -> Anny
    • Kurara Hanakōji -> Clara
    • Kuroko (non-player character)  -> Enabler
    • Otane Gōketsuji -> Tane
    • Oume Gōketsuji -> Ume
    • Thin Nen -> Chinnen
      • On a similar note, Oshima is spelled Osima in Power Instinct 2.
  • Mana Meter: Introduced in Power Instinct 2. Getting hit or striking a blocking opponent builds this up. Groove On Fight introduced multiple levels of the meter, which shows up in later games.
  • Meaningful Name: Groove On Fight utilizes background dance music.
    • On the subject of acronyms, Max Ax Dax in Groove On Fight was better known as M.A.D.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Otane Goketsuji has nothing to do with actress Tane McClure, but she went by her new first name Tane in Matrimelee. Her sister's first name is also the surname of Denji Blue.
    • Groove On Fight has nothing to do with a boxing game, Glove On Fight. However, both of these games have similar logos.
  • Older than They Look: See Energy Absorption.
  • Only One Name: Chuck, Falco, M.A.D. (subverted; his name is Max Ax Dax), and Marutanote 
    • There's a related the unlockable music video for it for it: onmyoji Yabeno Hikomaro, shrine maiden Kotohime, and three backup monks (referred to only as the Bouzu Dancers) dance in the background to a surprisingly catchy tune. The song and video became something of a meme.
  • Rule of Three: Strangely enough, each character in Groove On Fight has a three-pieced special move.
  • Shoto Clone: Reiji and Keith. In Groove On Fight, it's Larry and Chris. Annie also qualifies.
  • Source Music: The background musicians are usually visible in each stage.
  • SNK Boss: Bristol D. and Princess Sissy. Especially Sissy.
  • Taunt Button: Matrimelee introduced this. In case both players taunt at the same time, they must proceed to a "Bloodline Battle", where they'll press a correct button to respect each other until either fighter makes the wrong move.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Angela (Butch Lesbian) and Annie (Lady of War).
  • Transformation Trinkets: Shown in the Gogetsuji Legends intro are Clara's wand and Kinta's bib, which respectively turn them into Super Clara and Poochy.
  • Widget Series
  • X Meets Y: Groove On Fight is Street Fighter Alpha meets Kizuna Encounter with a touch of Street Fighter III and Mark of The Wolves.

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