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Virtua Fighter is a successful 3D Fighting Game series created by Yu Suzuki and Sega's AM2 development team.The game's story is about the dealings of the mysterious corporation, Judgment Six (J6) who holds the World Fighting Tournament as a front to create the ultimate fighter. The game's star is Akira Yuki a Hot-Blooded martial artist seeking to fight worthy opponents and perfect his fighting style. A major recurring storyline in the game is with J6's involvement with some of the other competitors. Kage-Maru's mother, Tsukikage, is turned into Dural, the final boss of the series. Sarah and Vanessa are both kidnapped by J6, the latter used to make the newer version of Dural after Kage saved his mother.Compared to other 3D fighters like Tekken and Dead or Alive, Virtua Fighter's storyline is not as developed. This is partially due to trying to make the gameplay realistic (sorta) and the depth in the characters' fighting styles as a whole and the moves they use. Virtua Fighter is known for the balance of its characters between each other. Sumo wrestler Taka-Arashi was removed from a couple of sequels because the sumo style at the time was too hard to integrate into future games.Aside from Taka-Arashi (who returned in Virtua Fighter 5R), all the characters from previous games always return for the next.A 35-episode anime aired in Japan from October 2, 1995 – June 27, 1996. Only the first season, consisting of 24 episodes, was dubbed into English, though the entire series has been dubbed in Spanish, Italian, and Arabic. An OVA titled Virtua Fighter Costomize Clip was also released in 1996, consisting solely of animated music videos set to songs from the Virtua Fighter image song album Dancing Shadows. The OVA is incredibly obscure, but the music videos can be viewed here.
Boobs of Steel: Vanessa. Large chested and physically the strongest female.
Boring but Practical / Simple Yet Awesome: The series in general when compared to most other fighting games. The VF games eschew any kind of super meter or gimmick, and instead have relied on fleshing out the core mechanics over the years, making it a very deep game. YMMV on whether this is enjoyable or not.
Brainwashed and Crazy: This is part of the process of making Dural. It also happens to Sarah, who is a candidate for the same process. It's likely happened to Goh and Jean as well, when they were younger.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: In Final Showdown, during the game over countdown Taka stares up at the players and begs them to continue.
But Not Too Black: A particularly egregious example in Vanessa going from Virtua Fighter 4 to 5.
Button Mashing: Depends who you play as, and whether your opponent knows the mechanics. You can be punished severely for this practice, even by the AI.
Canon Foreigner: Liu Kowloon, Eva Durix and Oni-Maru from the anime series.
Darker and Edgier: The second season of the anime, compared to the much more light hearted first. The characters are older and their designs are changed to match, becoming less cute and rounded. The plot is treated more seriously and contains less comedy as well.
Training mode includes an animation frame counter that displays how long it takes for a technique to execute, as well as how much of an advantage you have after a successful hit or guard. Usually, this kind of feature is available only to the developers, who would use it to tweak moves to make them faster or slower. This trope is notable because no other fighting game before Final Showdown has a frame counter.
You can configure your buttons at the character select screen. A much-appreciated feature for tournament players.
Difficult but Awesome: The series is widely recognized for being one of the most complex and difficult to get into in the Fighting Game genre, but it is also arguably the most well-balanced amongst its characters and a perennial tournament favorite. While the game has tier lists, a low-tier character can easily best a high-tier one with practice and skill. The difference is nowhere near as pronounced as in other series.
A more specific example would be Akira himself. Despite being the main character, he's, ironically, generally considered one of the hardest characters to master in this already difficult to master game. That said, he consistently tops tier lists.
Drunken Master: Shun. He has a move where he takes a swig; certain moves are only available after having taken so many swigs.
Edge Gravity: Averted. Despite being the first major fighting series to use Ring Outs, there is nothing stopping you from meandering over the edge and costing yourself the round. Later installments did include physical walls, however.
Idiot Hero: Akira in the anime, a far outcry from his 'Ryu clone' game persona. But it still works.
Image Song: Aside from the stage music for each character, image songs were produced for the first game, the second game, and the anime. The second game's image song album Dancing Shadows even got animated music videos for some depicting individual characters' backstories.
A downplayed version (due to it being a Long Shot) appears in the fifth installment between Eileen and El Blaze.◊ where we get an half non-Evil Overlooker in the background and the rest of the cast in the middleground spectating the fight.
Jiggle Physics: Virtua Fighter 5 uses this. The breast size and the type of clothing the female character wears actually affects the amount of jiggle, making this a much more realistic and well executed example than most. The only character this doesn't effect is Eileen, the youngest girl in the cast. Inversely, Vanessa, who has Boobs of Steel, jiggles no matter what she wears.
Ship Tease: Akira gets this with Pai a lot, but only outside of the games. It's extremely prevalent in the anime and even comes up in the American comic. Borders on Official Couple.
Akira and Sarah was also teased in the anime, before it started teasing Sarah and Kage.
In addition to that, Jacky and Pai are ship teased on two separate occasions when they travel together without Akira, first being thought of as a couple on a honeymoon, and then confronted by paparazzi in the second season who think they're having a secret affair, since by that point they've become celebrities.
In the actual games, Aoi/Brad is teased in one intro and one of Brad's special item wins.
Shown Their Work: When developing the early games, Yu Suzuki required the development team to learn martial arts. This helped make the moves realistic, and the style utilized by each character is a very close approximation of it in real life, with a few liberties taken for the sake of fun. For example, many of Jacky's moves utilize Wing Chun techniques, which were the foundation of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, as opposed to simply copying moves from Bruce Lee's movies, and ends up being much closer to actual Jeet Kune Do than the average Bruce Lee Clone.
SNK Boss: Dural...though she doesn't spam powerful attacks.