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A vast majority of the first wave of M.U.G.E.N sites have either not been updated since 2010 or have been shut down. Because of this, finding certain characters that have become infamous within the M.U.G.E.N community is a near-impossibility.

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A vast majority of the first wave of M.U.G.E.N sites have either not been updated since 2010 or have been shut down. Because of this, finding certain characters that have become infamous within the M.U.G.E.N community is a near-impossibility.
near-impossibility without the use of "warehouse sites", which try to contain as many characters as possible.


** [[Tropers/SeventhAndNinth The_None]] released a version of [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Kishima Kouma]] dubbed "Shadow Kouma" that at first appears to be a perfectly innocent custom take on the character. Then you actually see him in action [[spoiler:and he turns out to be a [[MortalKombat Shang Tsung]] type fighter who transforms into every character The_None has created for his attacks. He does have a handful of unique moves, including a team up with [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Ralf Jones]] and [=JoJo=] style tandem attacks.]]

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** [[Tropers/SeventhAndNinth The_None]] released a version of [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Kishima Kouma]] dubbed "Shadow Kouma" that at first appears to be a perfectly innocent custom take on the character. Then you actually see him in action [[spoiler:and he turns out to be a [[MortalKombat [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shang Tsung]] type fighter who transforms into every character The_None has created for his attacks. He does have a handful of unique moves, including a team up with [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Ralf Jones]] and [=JoJo=] style tandem attacks.]]



** [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shang Tsung]] himself as well. [=OMEGAPSYCHO's=] version deserves special mention, as he managed to make him able to transform into nearly every [=MK1=] character but Goro. Juano's Shang Tsung features every VideoGame/MortalKombat2 character (including Jade, Noob Saibot, and Smoke) save for the bosses.

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** [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shang Tsung]] himself as well. [=OMEGAPSYCHO's=] version deserves special mention, as he managed to make him able to transform into nearly every [=MK1=] character but Goro. Juano's Shang Tsung features every VideoGame/MortalKombat2 ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' character (including Jade, Noob Saibot, and Smoke) save for the bosses.


** [=HelloMyNameIsAAA's=] Mathrus has an alternate .def known as "Lesser Mathrus", which reduces the character to this (when they are otherwise more BroughtDownToBadass).



* BroughtDownToBadass: [=HelloMyNameIsAAA's=] version of Mathrus, also called "Lesser Mathrus", isn't a deadly virus that can brick computers like the original character, but it's still insanely overpowered and nigh impossible to defeat with normal fighters.

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* BroughtDownToBadass: [=HelloMyNameIsAAA's=] version of Mathrus, also called "Lesser Mathrus", Mathrus isn't a deadly virus that can brick computers like the original character, but it's still insanely overpowered and nigh impossible to defeat with normal fighters.


* BreakMeter: Some characters have this. For example, Evil Kung Fu Man will get dizzy if hit enough times in short order, rendering him vulnerable. Characters with Guard Meters, or [[Videogame/{{Persona4Arena}} P-Card]/[[Videogame/{{JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture}} Stand]] meters also have this.

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* BreakMeter: Some characters have this. For example, Evil Kung Fu Man will get dizzy if hit enough times in short order, rendering him vulnerable. Characters with Guard Meters, or [[Videogame/{{Persona4Arena}} P-Card]/[[Videogame/{{JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture}} [[VideoGame/Persona4Arena P-Card]]/ [[VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture Stand]] meters also have this.this.
* BroughtDownToBadass: [=HelloMyNameIsAAA's=] version of Mathrus, also called "Lesser Mathrus", isn't a deadly virus that can brick computers like the original character, but it's still insanely overpowered and nigh impossible to defeat with normal fighters.



* EasterEgg: Some fighters have special entrances with other fighters, and sometimes special ending poses. ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}, for example, has special entrances with ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, TheJuggernaut, Comicbook/GhostRider, and ComicBook/TheMightyThor.
** Thanks to the 1.0 update, winquotes also can be directed to certain fighters.

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Some fighters have special entrances with other fighters, and sometimes special ending poses. ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}, for example, has special entrances with ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, TheJuggernaut, Comicbook/GhostRider, and ComicBook/TheMightyThor.
** *** Thanks to the 1.0 update, winquotes also can be directed to certain fighters.fighters.
** [=AOAO's=] [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Jam]] has a secret move where she knocks the opposing character onto a bed and humps until their energy is drained, resulting in either a DKO or a victory.



** A certain take on Jam from ''Guilty Gear'' knocks the opposing character onto a bed and humps until their energy is drained, resulting in either a DKO or a victory.


* [[http://mugenarchive.com/ The MUGEN Archive]] - This is probably the largest M.U.G.E.N database in existence, bigger than even ''mugencharacters''. Like ''mugencharacters'', MUGEN Archive had a lot to do with Warehousing, but in recent years it has redeemed itself by setting up its own forum where creators can upload their own characters, characters and stages that have been offline for years, and works from offline or retired creators.



* [[http://saltybet.com SaltyBet]] - [=SaltyBet=] is like betting on boxing or MMA fights…but instead of betting on when Mike Tyson is going to knock someone out, you get to bet on who would win in fights involving [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} magicians who beat you up with dolls and lasers (sometimes both),]] ComicBook/{{Superman}}, [[Franchise/MortalKombat robot ninjas and undead ninjas who brutally murder their opponent,]] [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear crossdressing nuns]], [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood princess vampires,]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX robot animals]], [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} killer mecha]], [[Series/BarneyAndFriends a children's mascot with an assault rifle]], [[Anime/DragonBallZ a fat pink demon, human aliens, and fancy golden-haired aliens who spew poorly-ripped, badly-acted Spanish]]. (Oh, and Mike Tyson.) [=SaltyBet=] uses a modified M.U.G.E.N setup to play a continuous stream of randomized matches picked from a roster of literally several thousand characters, and visitors to the site can register to bet on who will win a given match. The money used to bet on these matches is not real, but the salt produced by these fights sure as hell is. The site also features a pay-(real-money-)for premium service--the Illuminati--that allows bettors to access the site's Compendium, which contains character statistics and matchup odds that can help them make better bets. Check out the site's FAQ for more information, and remember: [[MemeticMutation Always never bet on DBZ...sometimes.]]

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* [[http://saltybet.com SaltyBet]] - [=SaltyBet=] is like betting on boxing or MMA fights…but fights... but instead of betting on when Mike Tyson is going to knock someone out, you get to bet on who would win in fights involving [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} magicians who beat you up with dolls and lasers (sometimes both),]] ComicBook/{{Superman}}, [[Franchise/MortalKombat robot ninjas and undead ninjas who brutally murder their opponent,]] [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear crossdressing nuns]], [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood princess vampires,]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX robot animals]], [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} killer mecha]], [[Series/BarneyAndFriends a children's mascot with an assault rifle]], [[Anime/DragonBallZ a fat pink demon, human aliens, and fancy golden-haired aliens who spew poorly-ripped, badly-acted Spanish]]. (Oh, and Mike Tyson.) [=SaltyBet=] uses a modified M.U.G.E.N setup to play a continuous stream of randomized matches picked from a roster of literally several thousand characters, and visitors to the site can register to bet on who will win a given match. The money used to bet on these matches is not real, but the salt produced by these fights sure as hell is. The site also features a pay-(real-money-)for premium service--the Illuminati--that allows bettors to access the site's Compendium, which contains character statistics and matchup odds that can help them make better bets. Check out the site's FAQ for more information, and remember: [[MemeticMutation Always never bet on DBZ...sometimes.]]


** Supermystery's {{Sonic the Hedgehog}} characters play like the Classic Sonic games. Pressing A, B, and C will jump (or spindash if you're crouching), X spawns itemboxes, Rings spawn at random, and, much like ''Sonic 2'', collecting 50 rings will make you super.

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** Supermystery's {{Sonic VideoGame/{{Sonic the Hedgehog}} characters play like the Classic Sonic games. Pressing A, B, and C will jump (or spindash if you're crouching), X spawns itemboxes, Rings spawn at random, and, much like ''Sonic 2'', collecting 50 rings will make you super.


* RuleOfFun: This is the only real explanation for the numerous offbeat characters available in the community. Considering how you can pit [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] against WesternAnimation/{{Fat Albert|AndTheCosbyKids}} against Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog against Music/MichaelJackson against Creator/ChuckNorris if you want to, no other explanation is really needed.

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* RuleOfFun: This is the only real explanation for the numerous offbeat characters available in the community. Considering how you can pit [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] against WesternAnimation/{{Fat Albert|AndTheCosbyKids}} against Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog against Music/MichaelJackson against Creator/ChuckNorris if you want to, no other explanation is really needed.



** [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Kamek]] is ''loaded'' with them. He can summon one of three Franchise/{{Pokemon}} at will and can use [[Franchise/MortalKombat fatalities]], one of which is directly based on one of Smoke's. His Troopa Rush super is admitted in his readme to be a takeoff of [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Tron Bonne's]] Lunch Rush special. Some of the objects that can fall from the sky in his Switchblock Drop super are [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog the Egg-o-matic, the Master Emerald,]] [[VideoGame/EarthwormJim a cow]], and [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Lavos]]. ''And'' he can use [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Ultima]].

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** [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Kamek]] is ''loaded'' with them. He can summon one of three Franchise/{{Pokemon}} at will and can use [[Franchise/MortalKombat fatalities]], one of which is directly based on one of Smoke's. His Troopa Rush super is admitted in his readme to be a takeoff of [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Tron Bonne's]] Lunch Rush special. Some of the objects that can fall from the sky in his Switchblock Drop super are [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog the Egg-o-matic, the Master Emerald,]] [[VideoGame/EarthwormJim a cow]], and [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Lavos]]. ''And'' he can use [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Ultima]].


** [[OriginalGeneration Adam Admuson]] can use a GameBoy, a spiked ball (named Mr. Spickles), and a [[VideoGame/CommanderKeen Neural Stunner]] as projectiles.

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** [[OriginalGeneration Adam Admuson]] can use a GameBoy, UsefulNotes/GameBoy, a spiked ball (named Mr. Spickles), and a [[VideoGame/CommanderKeen Neural Stunner]] as projectiles.


* PettingZooPeople: Izuko Chrysoberyl and many other characters.

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* BlueMeansCold: Blizzard has ice powers and he has bluish-black hair, blue skin, and blue pants.


* CharacterTiers: This is generally impossible due to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and the varying quality thereof, since analyzing them and their match-ups would take years. Some have tried to do this by separating cheap characters from normal ones, but there is no official tier list outside of a full M.U.G.E.N game.
** [=SaltyBet=] uses a form of tiers in its custom system. Characters who are excessively strong (read: cheap as all hell) get pushed into X-Tier by default. All other tiers are decided by a character's winning record; if a character wins or loses enough matches in a row, they are either promoted (up to S-Tier) or demoted (as low as P-Tier). This tier system does not prevent overly unfair matchups (or system crashes), but it generally produces better random fights than if characters were left to fight each other willy-nilly. The tier system is thrown out for Exhibitions, where players can request fights between characters from different tiers.
** Taken UpToEleven with certain characters that are ''meant'' to be overpowered, to the point where they'll ouright [[GameBreakingBug damage the computer the user has]] to win.


* AwesomeButImpractical: Many new screenpacks are Hi Resoultion and have stylistic portraits and icons in their select screen and lifebars, but most characters don't have the portraits needed to do that. Therefore, you must use a (hopefully provided) select screen template, and manually add them in as well. It's an easy task for a small roster, but almost impossible for a bigger roster!



* BreakMeter: Some characters have this. For example, Evil Kung Fu Man will get dizzy if hit enough times in short order, rendering him vulnerable.

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* BreakMeter: Some characters have this. For example, Evil Kung Fu Man will get dizzy if hit enough times in short order, rendering him vulnerable. Characters with Guard Meters, or [[Videogame/{{Persona4Arena}} P-Card]/[[Videogame/{{JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture}} Stand]] meters also have this.



* ChekhovsGunman: A meta-example. Anyone and anything encountered outside of M.U.G.E.N has a good chance of eventually being adapted to it.

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**Taken UpToEleven with certain characters that are ''meant'' to be overpowered, to the point where they'll ouright [[GameBreakingBug damage the computer the user has]] to win.
* ChekhovsGunman: A meta-example. Anyone and anything encountered outside of M.U.G.E.N has a good chance of eventually being adapted to it.it, especially if they're from a 2-D Fighting game.



* CloningBlues: There are many, many edited [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kula]] and [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Len]] clones out there. Not to mention Basara-kun's ''VideoGame/AntiGoukiProject'', a game made of [[PlanetOfHats Akuma clones only]].

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* CloningBlues: There are many, many edited [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kula]] and Kula]], [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Len]] Len]], and Touhou clones out there. Not to mention Basara-kun's ''VideoGame/AntiGoukiProject'', a game made of [[PlanetOfHats Akuma clones only]].


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**At the highest point of power, some character outright attack the [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou Computer]]


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**Colonel Sanders wields chicken and uses one of his statues to block


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**The same "Sandbag" also has been used for characters that can't do ''anything'', and are just there for someone to beat up.


[[caption-width-right:320:It's so simple, yet so complex. It's the perfect FightingGame formula! [[ManiacalLaugh HUEHEHEHEHEHEHE!]][[labelnote: Click here to see the previous oficial Winmugen menu]] https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mugen0.png[[/labelnote]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:It's so simple, yet so complex. It's the perfect FightingGame formula! [[ManiacalLaugh [[LaughingMad HUEHEHEHEHEHEHE!]][[labelnote: Click here to see the previous oficial Winmugen menu]] https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mugen0.png[[/labelnote]]]]

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* AdaptationInspiration: The variety of characters adapted to M.U.G.E.N is wide, most of them not just adapted from {{fighting game}}s, there're character adapted from other games, mostly platformers, but there're others exceptions like being adapted from {{RPG}} (like Shippu no Reon from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown RPG'') and even cancelled characters (like [=HoboCop=] from ''VideoGame/ClayFighter'' games for Nintendo 64.)

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** If character edits are included, then already strong characters can become even ''more'' badass. Even just focusing on [[Franchise/SuperMarioBrothers Mario]], there are a good deal of edits of him that can take down characters of much higher strength, like Rare Akuma.
* AdaptationalWimp: Inversely, some characters have [[DependingOnTheAuthor different versions]] that are much weaker than the source material (whether it be intentional or because they're [[SturgeonsLaw shoddily made]]), some to the point where even ''[[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy The Kid]]'' can kill them.
** [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Orochi]] is a strange case. While there are many versions of him that are absurdly powerful, there are just as many that turn him into [[JokeCharacter a completely wack joke filled to the brim with Japanese memes]] [[MemeticMutation while screaming "ARIEN!"]]. And then there's versions that make him [[TakeAThirdOption both deadly]] ''[[TakeAThirdOption and]]'' [[TakeAThirdOption a bizarre joke]]...

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