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Characters who appear in the time-traveling fighting game series World Heroes.

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World Heroes

    Hanzou Hattori

Origin: Sengoku-era Japan, 1542

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Street Fighter's Ryu.
  • Anime Hair: His hairstyle is identical to Joe Higashi's, with both having high spiky brown hair.
  • Celibate Hero: While he's aware of Janne's feelings for him, he only regards her as a friend and a rival.
  • Criss-Cross Attack: Hanzou has a move like this in Perfect called "Slice The Shimmering Light" in which he dives at his opponent from the wall, then teleports around while slicing repeatedly. This move also returns in his appearance in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum.
  • Double Jump: A skill that only he and Fuuma can perform.
  • Energy Ball: Rekku Dan is his standard projectile, resulting in a single large glowing shuriken being thrown across screen. A double quarter circle results in throwing three of them at once. However, if Double Rekku Dan is blocked, it causes them to ricochet and possibly injure Hanzuo instead.
  • Flash Step: He gains the ability as his forward dash and backdash animation, starting in WH2: Jet.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: A blue ninja dogi is hardly ideal for stealth, but it isn't like Hanzou concerns himself with stealth to begin with.
  • Hurricane Kick: Iga Cutter is his variant, later games in the series allow him and Fuuma to perform it in midair, the same as Ryu and Ken's midair Hurricane Kick.
  • Martial Arts Headband: A long white one.
  • Megaton Punch: In World Heroes 2: Jet, Hanzou gained Shin Koryuha which is the Deathblow variant of his standard Koryuha. It's faster and inflicts an insane amount of damage if he connects with it.
  • Ninja: Obviously - complete with being able to spam shuriken.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Based on legendary ninja Hattori Hanzo.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: And they're even Color-Coded for Your Convenience, with Hanzou being the calm reserved one, dressed in blue.
  • Series Mascot
  • Shotoclone: Hanzou's basic moveset and DM's are the same as Ryu's.
  • Shoryuken: Koryuha is his "go-to" anti-air attack, in which Hanzou's body is enveloped in a dragon shaped wave of energy. While it has invincibility frames on start-up, it's still possible to counter it.
  • Spin Attack: Both his Iga Cutter and Koryuha involve spinning.
  • Spirited Competitor: In each game, he travels the world seeking to test himself against strong opponents. Which is reflected in his win quotes and character endings.
    Hanzou: "To reach the top, I seek the strongest. You don't even rank in the wimpy category."
  • The Stoic: Hanzou is often known quite very well for having a stoic and serious personality when it comes to his ninja lifestyle.
  • Wandering the Earth: Used as his character ending for each game, though the original has him fly away on a ninja kite instead.

    Kotaro Fuuma

Origin: Sengoku-era Japan, 1603

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: ADK's version of Ken.
  • Always Second Best: If Hanzou's win quote is any indication, Fuuma has yet to defeat him:
    Hanzou: "Once again, I emerge victorious. Keep trying, Fuuma."
  • Anime Hair: Fuuma's hair is flame red, complete with Hot-Blooded Sideburns and looks much like a lion's mane.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is considerated this on the series, but not much as Shura (the Trope Namer of the series), mostly because he Took a Level in Badass.
  • Continuity Cameo: Ryu Eagle, one of the protagonists of Ninja Commando (another ADK game, also starred by Ninjas), is the 23th descendant of Kotaro Fuuma.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: He was originally a pallet swap of Hanzou, but began to gain unique specials of his own in WH2. World Heroes 2: Jet and Perfect continued the trend by giving him is own Crazy Deathblows to further distinguish him from Hanzou, as well as Ken.
  • Double Jump: It's unique to him and Hanzou, though the others can triangle jump from the edges of the screen.
  • Energy Ball: The double version of Retsu Dan is safe if blocked, since his shuriken don't ricochet like Hanzou's.
  • Flechette Storm: In World Heroes 2: Jet, he gained a Crazy Deathblow that's almost identical to Ibuki's Kasumi-Suzaku, except his was two years ahead of hers!note 
  • Full-Body Disguise: When not being a ninja, he transforms himself into a blonde salaryman with glasses.
  • Guest Fighter: In Aggressors of Dark Kombat, where also has his own tropes for that game.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: You think Naruto's bad? Fuuma has bright red hair, wears a matching red dogi, and shouts his atacks. Fat chance of him sneaking up on anybody.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He nurses a one-sided crush on Janne, but she only has eyes for Hanzou (WH1) J. Carn in part 2, and in Perfect she can't decide between them. But she beat the hell outta Fuuma when he tried hitting on her.
  • Hot-Blooded: Fuuma tends to shout his attack names, to convey his more boisterous attitude.
  • Ninja: From the rival Fuuma Clan.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Loosely based on Fuuma Kotaro.
  • Hurricane Kick: Fuuma Cutter is lower to the ground than Iga Cutter, making it impossible to duck. The downside is, it makes it easy to counter using overheads.
  • Playing with Fire: Beginning in WH2, his Enryuu Ha sets the opponent on fire when it connects and in World Heroes: Jet, he gains two flame Deathblows. The first has him create a giant spool of flame that travels along the ground, the other has him leap and shower his opponent with a barrage of flaming shuriken.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the hotblooded one with the flame red hair and dogi, to contrast with Hanzou's reserved demeanor.
  • The Rival: He's determined to defeat Hanzou and has special win quotes for when he succeeds, but Hanzou's win quotes imply Fuuma never has.
  • Salaryman: How he makes a living outside of his ninja adventures. Unfortunately, his conflicting jobs constantly get him in trouble with his boss.
  • Shotoclone: All of his standard specials are the same as Hanzou's, except faster and colored red:
  • Shoryuken: EnRyuuHa has a slightly arced trajectory, making it easier to connect with. And from WH2 onwards, he gains the ability to perform it in midair.

    Janne D'Arc/Jeanne D'Arc

Origin: Kingdom of France, 1412

    Kim Dragon

Origin: People's Republic of China, 1967 (later retconned to Korea)

    Muscle Power

Origin: United States of America, 1955


Origin: German Empire, 1891

  • Action Bomb: One of his specials involves blowing his ENTIRE UPPER BODY UP. Like Stroheim, that does not keep him down for long.
  • Expy: Of Brocken Jr. from Kinnikuman and Stroheim from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. His ending in Perfect even has him boasting loudly about German technology ("Best in the world! Number one on the planet! Jahahahahaha!")
    • Also because of his stretching limbs, has been compared to be the Dhalsim of the series.
    • Cyborg: Not to mention about Terminator's T-800, which Brocken has his Evil Counterpart on Geegus (which should be the T-1000 of the series).
  • Heel–Face Turn: Originally made to fight for Hitler, after the war was reprogrammed by Dr. Brown to be a force of good.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a standard military peak cap.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Brocken was created by Dr. Brown for the Nazi to win the WWII, getting the nazi attire, blonde hair included. After the defeat, Dr. Brown reprogrammed Brocken to help him with his Army of the Ages.

    Julius Carn

Origin: Mongolian Khaganate, 1162


Origin: Russian Empire, 1864

    (Neo) Geegus

Origin: Unknown


World Heroes 2

    Ryoko Izumo

Origin: Japan, 1976

    Captain Kidd

Origin: Kingdom of Scotland, 1544

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is certainly no gentleman but he has a good heart.
  • Making a Splash: Has two projectiles that have water taking the form of a Ghost Ship and a Shark.
  • Mascot: Kidd has a vulture/condor as mascot, that appears in his intro and winposes.
  • Nice Hat: Kidd often wears a traditional pirate hat.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Based on the real Captain Kidd.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Kidd wers a long blue jacket with golden parts and nothing else.
  • Pirate: The main theme of his character.
  • The Stateless: Unlike his fellow World Heroes, he doesn't fight under a national flag, as like many pirates throughout history, he considers himself stateless and fights under the Jolly Roger banner of piracy. Technically of course, as he's based on real-life pirate William Kidd, he's Scottish by birth.
  • Victory Is Boring: After robbing all the treasures he could find, Kidd just enters the tournament to avoid boredom.

    Johnny Maximum

Origin: United States of America, 1962

  • Embarrassing First Name: His son's name is... Cock.
  • The Faceless: His face is never seen under his helmet. Subverted in his ending, when he takes off his helmet.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: His movelist includes throwing/kicking footballs, tackling and sliding, as well as a throw during which he simulates a jumping touchdown with the opponent in place of the ball.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite his huge appearance, Johnny is surprisingly very fast, which shouldn't be much of a surprise given his personal occupation as an American Football player.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Seems to be based on Joe Montana; note the initials, the uniform colors, and the fact his occupation is quarterback.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Calls himself a "Killer Machine" but is quite upset when his son wants to follow in his footsteps.
  • Precision F-Strike: His K.O. quote is "SHIIIIIIIT!"
  • The Quarterback: His listed occupation on the fighter selection screen from World Heroes 2.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Johnny's eyes glow red whenever he's wearing his helmet.


Origin: Papua New Guinea, (year unknown)

    Shura Nai Khanomtom

Origin: Kingdom of Siam note , 1742

  • Butt-Monkey: His family treats him like a nuisance, and several characters' Perfect win quotes (including his own mirror match quote!) touch on his perceived status as dull and unpopular.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Deeming his Kuuchuu Nidan Mawashi Geri (Twirl Kick) from WH2 too lethal to use, he sealed it away for Jet. It made its return as the finisher of his MAX Crazy Death Blow in Perfect. The joke here is that it was neither particularly effective nor very spectacular.
  • Expy: His mode of dress closely mirrors Sagat and the haircut is similar to Adon, too.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To his older brother, as well as Dragon (who reminds him of the former).
  • I Have Many Names: Often just known as Shura in the games.
  • I Will Find You: His older brother disappeared and may have been killed, so he sets out to find him. Subverted: said brother was looking for him instead and dragged Shura back home while scolding him for going off and worrying their family.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He is based on the Muay Thai legend Nai Khanom Tom.
  • Red Boxing Gloves: Unlike other Muay Thai practitioners, Shura uses red gloves to fight, similar to boxing gloves (if not are these ones).
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Wearing no other clothes than yellow Muay Thai shorts and red boxing gloves.
  • Vocal Evolution: Shura got a new voice actor for Perfect.


Origin: Kingdom of Norway, 953

    (Neo) Dio

Origin: Unknown

  • Big Bad: In World Heroes 2 as Dio and in World Heroes Perfect as Neo Dio.
  • Bishōnen Line: Even though he's a shapeshifting alien of mass destruction, Dio tends to have quite a remarkable and extraordinary appearance.
  • Body Horror: Several of his shapeshifting forms aren't pleasant to look at.
  • Expy: Of Baoh (In terms of appearance) and Dio (The name, the use of "Muda Muda" and "Wry!").
  • Final Boss: Of World Heroes 2 and World Heroes Perfect (as Neo Dio). He pulls a Bait-and-Switch Boss in the latter, interrupting the fight with Zeus.
  • For the Evulz: His special victory quote against Nakoruru in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum states that he wastes natural resources "for kicks".
  • Power-up Full Color Change: As Dio, he's grey and purple. But as Neo Dio, he's yellow with orange. However, his appearance in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is as Dio but with the name of Neo Dio.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: (Neo) Dio can change his body into weapons to protect himself as well to damage the enemy.
  • SNK Boss: Probably the toughest boss in all the series.

World Heroes 2 Jet


Origin: United Kingdom, 1880

    Ryofu (aka Lu Bu)

Origin: Song Dynasty China, 192


Origin: Unknown

World Heroes Perfect

    Son Gokuu

Origin: Han Dynasty China, 100

Non-playable Characters

    Dr. Sugar Brown

Origin: Unknown

  • Army of the Ages: What Dr. Brown tried to ensemble to stop Geegus and the next ones (Dio and Zeus).
  • The Chessmaster: He helped all characters in the game to stop evil forces thru time.
  • Continuity Cameo: Dr. Brown not just appears in World Heroes, also appears in diverse games from ADK and later in SNK as integral part of SNK Universe. He helped the ninjas in Ninja Commando and Neo Geo heroes in Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting. Also, he appears in The King of Fighters XIII mentioning Art of Fighting Team story.
  • Expy: Of another Dr. Brown. GREAT SCOTT!
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Dr. Brown also is based on Albert Einstein.
  • Non-Action Guy: The most prominent character on the series is a NPC. In the endings of Perfect is the first time sprites of him appeared in the series, where Dr. Brown interacts with the character that defeated Neo Dio. Before that, only appeared in Cutscenes.
  • Only One Name: Last name to be exact. Known just as Dr. Brown, subverted with Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting where is revealed his full name is Dr. Sugar Brown.


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