Ready 2 Rumble is a series of cartoony arcade boxing games released in 1999, starting with Ready 2 Rumble Boxing in 1999. Developed by the now defunct Point of View Inc. (except for Ready 2 Rumble: Revolution, which was developed by AKI Corporation USA) and published by Midway, the game was incredibly popular for the Sega Dreamcast console, even though it wasn't an exclusive.The game was notorious for its "Rumble Meter" system, which, when taunting your opponent or landing a heavy hit, gave you letters to let you initiate a Super Mode for the boxer of your choosing. It also featured famous ring announcer Michael Buffer to introduce the characters and say his well-known phrase "Let's get ready to rumble!" Finally, it had an in-depth Championship Mode in which you trained your boxer, competed in prize fights, and eventually earned your title.A sequel, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2, was released in 2000. It was then followed years later with a series reboot named Ready 2 Rumble: Revolution released in 2009, which removed all of the original characters and replacing them with celebrity parodies.Now with a Character Sheet under construction.
This game provides examples of...
Action Girl: Selene Strike, Lulu Valentine, and "The First Lady" (Hillary Clinton).
Butcher Brown's looks and personality has a lot of similarities to Mike Tyson's.
Tank Thrasher is an unflattering version of David "Tank" Abbott, right down to dominating an unrespected, backwards sport (Abbott - street fighting, Thrasher - gator wrestling) and switching to a somewhat less unrespected sport (Abbott - MMA, Thrasher - boxing).
Likewise, G.C. Thunder is an overly flamboyant version of Prince (the actual Prince was supposedly offered to be included in the game as a rival to Michael Jackson, but he declined).
Afro Thunder sounds nearly identical to comedian Chris Rock, and also has a passing resemblance of him as well.
In an In-Universe example, Big Wallop in Revolution is an expy of Afro Thunder, though his Soul Brotha traits are toned down.
Nat Daddy was a Captain Ersatz version of Shaquille O'Neal (Nat Daddy = Shaq Daddy). When the real Shaq was slated to appear in Round 2, Nat's model was redesigned to properly match Shaq's body, and his move set was given to Shaq.
Fragile Speedster / Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Lulu Valentine was actually the weakest and shortest character in the first game, but she had the highest speed stats, essentially making her a massive Game Breaker if the player knew how to use her move-set properly (or simply spammed the attack buttons). She became more balanced in Round 2, as her speed was slightly nerfed, and the developers made it impossible to button mash several punches at once.
Husky Russkie: Boris "The Bear" Knokimov, although he's Croatian.
Mirror Match: The first game always used it's full roster in the arcade and championship modes, so this would always happen at some point. With the exception of the GBA version, Round 2 has a bigger roster, and it's very rare to encounter the same character you're playing as.
Motion Capture: Notable for having Michael Jackson motion capture all of his own fighting moves, as well as his taunts.
Writers Cannot Do Math: Round 2 takes place three years after the original game, yet some of the returning characters are either aged up double that, or, as mentioned above, their original ages were retconned. Michael Jackson was a strange example, as the Nintendo 64 version of the game bills him at 25 years old (he was actually 42 at the time), while the other ports did not bill his age at all.