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Spawn: You've been to other dimensions?
Scorpion: Each has had its own Injustices.
Spawn: Maybe that's why my Soul still burns.

A Guest Fighter is a character that doesn't belong in the setting who just shows up in a Video Game, especially a Fighting Game, much like a Special Guest on a TV show. It seems like if a fighting game hasn't had a full-blown Crossover, it has at least had a Guest Fighter or two.

Guest Fighters are quite the Base Breaking Characters; depending on who you ask, they are either awesome and hilarious because they're fishes out of water bringing all their superpowers and continuity nods to the conflict or detracting from the premise of the established fictional universe and/or a cheap cash grab because they're... fishes out of water. That being said, the Guest Fighters least likely to inflict base breaking are the fishes whose styles and settings are more in water, such as Link in Soulcalibur II, Freddy Krueger in Mortal Kombat 9, or Spawn in Mortal Kombat 11 or guests in Massive Multiplayer Crossover games in which case there is no such thing as a fish out of water. And even then, it's still not a sure bet.

In nearly all cases, those characters are Unexpected Characters and have achieved Just Here for Godzilla for fans of their original franchises, so Guest Fighter can be considered a subtrope of those.


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  • Fighter's History:
    • The earliest known fighting game with a guest fighter would have to be the first game by Data East, which its final boss is Karnov from the arcade game of the same name, who also appeared in later titles in the series (and also appeared as an enemy in Bad Dudes and Trio the Punch). However, he wasn't playable until the arcade game was ported to the SNES with a cheat code to play as him.
    • In Fighter's History Dynamite (known in Europe as Karnov's Revenge), another guest fighter appears as an Optional Boss, which was the Ox from Data East's 1984 Karate Champ.
    • In the Japan-exclusive Super Famicom title in the series, Fighter's History: Mizoguchi Kiki Ippatsu!!, the final boss this time is another guest fighter, Chelnov, from the run 'n' gun arcade game Atomic Runner.
    • Makoto Mizoguchi from this series made two appearances as a guest fighter: the first was in Suiko Enbu: Fuu'un Saiki (with Liu Yungmie), while the second was in KOF: Maximum Impact Regulation A.
  • Although both the Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting franchises take place in the same universe, Ryo Sakazaki from the Art of Fighting series appearing in Fatal Fury Special (an update of Fatal Fury 2) as the secret final boss counts.
    • Also, following the story from this chronology, Ryo takes the mantle of Mr. Karate appearing in his 30s and changing his look. This older version of Ryo appears as secret character in the 3D reboot of the first Fatal Fury (FF: Wild Ambition), representing Karate in Buriki One (the only known character in a game full of Original Generation characters), as an unlockable character in KOF: Maximum Impact 2 wearing a mask similar to his father Takuma's (apart from using his Another outfit, which takes after his Buriki One appearance) and in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum representing Buriki One instead of Art of Fighting.
    • Geese Howard from Fatal Fury appears as a secret final boss in Art of Fighting 2, though with a different appearance, due to Art of Fighting being placed chronologically before Fatal Fury, thus making the Geese in AOF younger.
    • Truly a remarkable example because from one simple guest appearance, the entire The King of Fighters franchise was given birth (which is like "Guest Fighter: The Game", at least in its original design, as not only did characters from Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting appear on the roster but so too did non-fighting game characters from games such as Psycho Soldier and Ikari Warriors). KoF in itself has had a few guest fighters (particularly in XI where characters from fighting games like Savage Reign and Buriki One got to join the cast). And while it features characters from multiple universes, KOF '94 can be considered the earliest cross-over fighting game.
    • Leaving aside the games that explicitly fold into it, The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2 has fun with this trope. Hanzo Hattori and Fio both show up... and are quite confused (Hanzo wonders what happened to ninjitsu when he meets Mai, and Fio mistakes Ralf and Clark for Marco and Tarma, respectively). Its update, Regulation A, also has the aforementioned Mizoguchi, though he's notably the first and only non-SNK character to join the KOF cast.
    • Clark and Ralf make appearances in Metal Slug 6 and 7, as well as one or two of their signature moves. Leona is an add-on character in Metal Slug XX, the PSP re-release of Metal Slug 7. Additionally, Metal Slug Defense has all 3 of them, plus Kyo, Iori, Benimaru, Goro Daimon, Mature, and Vice, as purchasable units.
    • The King of Fighters 2000 has Assist Characters known as strikers to help you out. Some of them are from other SNK games, such as Rocky from Robo Army, Duke Edwards from Burning Fight, and Neo & Geo from Quiz Dai Sousa-sen. (The first two are from Beat em Ups, but Neo & Geo are from, oddly enough, a quiz game.)
    • The King of Fighters XIV has a subversion: The Another World Team is a team seemingly loaded with this trope. Led by Nakoruru, its members include two heroines from Pachislot series: Mui Mui and Love Heart. The subversion is that there is a high chance that they're not temporary guests: the Big Bad of the game has the power to yank beings from another timeline/dimension into the current dimension, possibly forcing the team to take part in canon as opposed to just being 'bonus' characters.
      • And predating this game and going straight with the trope, Nakoruru first appeared in the Game Boy version of KOF '95.
      • And as of XV, Nakoruru returns to the roster alongside Haohmaru and Darli Dagger as a DLC team, the latter two replacing Mui Mui and Love due to rights issues.
  • Gon in the console port of Tekken 3. Almost two decades later, Akuma from Street Fighter crashes Tekken 7: Fated Retribution on a mission to hunt down Heihachi Mishima and Kazuya Mishima.
    • Strangely enough, Akuma appears in Tekken 7's Story Mode going after Heihachi and Kazuya as part of a debt he owes to Heihachi's late wife after she saved his life, implying that he may actually be part of Tekken canon now.
    • The first Season Pass DLC character for the console version of Tekken 7 is Fatal Fury's Big Bad Geese Howard, marking the first time an SNK character has appeared in a fighting game with fighters from Bandai Namco's character library (previously, Mai Shiranui and Emile "Lili" de Rochefort came together in the crossover game Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos).
      • And indirectly, this is the first time Akuma and Geese have been in the same game in 14 years.
    • The Guest Character train keeps going, with Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV joining the roster.
    • Noctis hit a high level of Unexpected Character for Tekken but it's still a pretty reasonable choice next to Season 2 DLC headliner Negan from The Walking Dead.
  • The Soul series is downright notorious for this:
    • Link, Heihachi and Spawn in Soulcalibur II. The catch is that each of these three are exclusive to a single console (GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, respectively). The HD remake for the Xbox Live Arcade and PSN brings only Heihachi and Spawn back (not Link for obvious reasons), but now both are available across both platforms.
    • Lloyd Irving in Soulcalibur Legends.
    • Darth Vader, Yoda and "The Apprentice" in Soulcalibur IV; the latter is effectively an Early-Bird Cameo. The catch for the first two is each of them are playable from the start exclusively on one console (Vader on PlayStation 3 and Yoda on Xbox 360) and are paid Downloadable Content on the other, making the pair from a technical point of view the first fighting game DLC characters, predating Makoto Nanaya by almost two years.
    • Kratos from God of War in Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny.
    • Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Soulcalibur V.
    • Likewise, Soul Calibur V has a fighting style based on Devil Jin. Tekken's producer, Katsuhito Harada, appears as a bonus character in Quick Battle mode using this style. In the game, he's known under his Twitter handle Harada_TEKKEN, and wears an outfit resembling Heihachi's gi.
    • Geralt of Rivia in Soulcalibur VI. This is followed by 2B from NieR: Automata and Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown as DLC.
    • While not Guest Fighters in the same sense as the others, there are also a number of characters who were created for the series by well-known artists. In this sense, they count as well.
      • Necrid was designed by Spawn creator Todd Mc Farlane for Soulcalibur II, the game which McFarlane also made a toy line for (the making of which was conditional on Necrid's inclusion). He was available on all three console versions.
      • Angol Fear was created by Sgt. Frog creator Mine Yoshizaki. She is a cousin to Angol Mois from that series and made a one-off appearance in chapter 148 of the manga after her debut, making her a genuine retroactive guest.
      • Ashlotte Maedel was created by Oh! Great.
      • Kamikirimusi was created by My-HiME character designer Hirokazu Hisayuki.
      • Scheherazade was created by RahXephon creator Yutaka Izubuchi.
      • Shura was created by Gantz creator Hiroya Oku.
    • All these guest fighters have background stories and plots that sufficiently explain why they are in the series. However, they are never actually referenced again or even hinted about having existed at any point, and have zero impact within the story. The 5 created characters for IV, including Angol Fear, are an exception as they are actually mentioned as part of the story, with Ashlotte having the strongest connection due to her part in the story for V's new Astaroth.
    • Ubisoft's Word of God on Ezio's presence is that it is easily explained through the Animus, the decidedly time-spanning but not universe-spanning Framing Device of the Assassin's Creed universe. Though at one point the Soulcalibur community manager noted the fuzziness of Ezio's timeline during the events of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (the incarnation used in V), suggested that it was actually time/dimensional travel instead of Soul Calibur V itself being a video game inside the Animus. The latter seems to be backed up by Ezio's official profile, which has him retrieving an item from the Templars that seems to briefly transport him to 1607, this leaving erratic readings in the Animus.
    • And Yoshimitsu could be considered one, at least in spirit, given a similar character exists since the first Soulcalibur. While vaguely hinted at first, it was confirmed for V that this Yoshimitsu is the founder of the group the Tekken Yoshimitsu forms part of, and the first in a long line of successors carrying the same name.
    • On top of all that, the very first game subverts this trope with the hidden character Han Myong. He actually has a name in-game, and can be unlocked, but the game's MC only ever refers to him as "Guest Fighter" for some reason, even though this was the first time such a character ever existed.
  • Dead or Alive:
    • Nicole-458, a female Spartan from Halo who appears in Dead or Alive 4. It's worth noting that she has never appeared in any actual Halo media, since she was created specifically for DOA4.
    • Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant, and Pai Chan from Virtua Fighter are playable characters in Dead or Alive 5. Jacky Bryant joins up as well in Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate.
    • In 2016, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round received Naotora Ii from Samurai Warriors and, later in the year, Mai Shiranui from The King of Fighters/Fatal Fury (quite fittinglynote ).
    • Mai returned in Dead or Alive 6, and brought along fellow KOF regular Kula Diamond. Mai returning also marks one of the only examples of a guest character making appearances in multiple installments of a fighting game series (and likely the only such example outside of Smash Bros).
  • The Japanese version of Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter had Norimaro, an original character created by Japanese comedian Noritake Kinashi. He carried around a little satchel full of props as he fought. His super move was to fling every prop in the bag in a giant shotgun-blast of random objects. When he won, he'd pull out a little camera, hold it at arm's length, turn it around, and snap a picture of himself. He was removed from the US version, although data for him still exists in the game.
  • Akuma appeared in X-Men: Children of the Atom. After that there was Anita from Darkstalkers in Marvel Super Heroes. Similar to The King of Fighters example, the use of Capcom-owned characters in their Marvel Comics-licensed fighting games predicated the start of the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
  • Akuma also appeared in the console version of Cyberbots as a mecha under the name "Zero Akuma". This characters was very likely inspired by Cyber Akuma, the final boss in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.
  • Sakura shows up in the first Rival Schools game. This is finally paid in kind come season 5 of Street Fighter V when Akira Kazama was added as Downloadable Content (it should be noted that Rival Schools exists in the Shared Universe of Street Fighter, much like Final Fight and the characters that crossed over from that series).
  • The now-discontinued PC mouse game Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation had several crossover characters from other licenses, namely Wuxia novels by Jin Yong, Cyborg 009, Kiminori Wakasugi from Detroit Metal City and the title character from Space Sheriff Gavan.
  • MegaMan.EXE and Zero are unlockable fighters in Onimusha Blade Warriors.
  • K-1 fighter-turned-comedian Bobby Ologun appears as the final boss in the PlayStation 2 port of Power Instinct Matrimelee. He uses much Gratuitous English and has a Beam Spam super called "Bobby Beam".
  • In Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Arale Norimaki from Doctor Slump is an unlockable character. Arale did appear in episodes 55, 56, and 57 of the first Dragon Ball anime series, so when they said they would put everyone in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, they really meant everyone. And in an example of Guest Stage, Penguin Village is an unlockable stage.
  • The Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 had an alternate costume for Frieza, as his son Kuriza from Akira Toriyama's self-parody manga Neko Majin Z. Neko Majin himself appears as a guest assistant character in the Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 for the Nintendo DS.
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 allows you to use Lars Alexandersson from Tekken 6. Bandai Namco Entertainment has the rights to both series and Naruto author Masashi Kishimoto designed Lars's alternate outfit, so he reappears here with said outfit and redesigned to fit with the art style of the game.
  • As an example of a Guest Costume, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 had Goku's outfit as a DLC costume for Naruto. In return, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z has a Sage Naruto costume for Goku.
  • Similar to the WWE Smackdown: Just Bring It! example, Fred Durst was also featured as an unlockable character in the ill-advised fighting game adaptation of Fight Club.
  • Similarly, rocker Henry Rollins has a sizably role in Def Jam: Fight for NY, featuring the eponymous rap label's performers. Actors Omar Epps and Danny Trejo also make appearances and are playable characters.
  • While not a playable character, Donkey Kong is a not-so-secret challenger in the Wii Punch-Out!! title. He would only appear during the last phase of Career Mode: Mac's Last Stand. Win or lose, once you met him, you could fight him any time in Exhibition Mode. But because all opponents at this point are random, you ran the risk of him being Permanently Missable if you lost the Last Stand before fighting him. And for the GameCube port of EA's Fight Night Round 2, you can play as Little Mac in his SNES appearance.
  • Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 has hidden boxers including basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, Bill & Hillary Clinton, and Michael Jackson.
    • Could possibly count Rumbleman, who's basically boxing announcer Michael Buffer hopped up on Venom.
  • Ryougi Shiki of The Garden of Sinners in Melty Blood.
  • Fate/Unlimited Codes had a guest appearance by the Lancer from the 4th Grail War, who is from the same fictional universe but from a different time period than the one covered by the game.
  • ClayFighter 63⅓:
    • Earthworm Jim has appeared as a guest fighter in this game and the PC edition of Battle Arena Toshinden. In the former, he has his own moveset and even his own story and stage, but in the latter, he is just a bonus skin for Rungo Iron.
    • Boogerman from the game of the same name also appeared here, aptly showing a rivalry of sorts with Jim in the story mode.
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Fighting Vipers:
    • The Japanese Sega Saturn version had PEPSIMAN! as a secret playable character. Only in the original Japanese Sega Saturn release, sadly. Interestingly, the Arcade version has some unused Guest Fighters that were Dummied Out in the final release, that were likely added as a joke and not meant to be in the full game: Sonic, Tails and Takashi Iizuka (director of Sonic Team). However, they are still playable thanks to emulation hacking. Source links. Sonic being there was the result of a bored programmer, and Yuji Naka saw it and loved the idea, thus Sonic the Fighters was born.
    • Sonic the Fighters originally had Honey the Cat, an original character based on the character of the same name from Fighting Vipers. She was Dummied Out in the original Arcade version of the game and the Sonic Gems Collection re-release, but she's now available for play in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 digital re-release. Also, in an interesting evolution from excised video game character, she appears a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) series.
    • Here's an obscure one: secret character Del Sol from Fighting Vipers 2 shows up as a guest character in an unreleased Atomiswave fighting game from Sammy called "Force Five".
  • Fighters Megamix, aside from being Virtua Fighter 2 vs. Fighting Vipers, also features many weird and out-of-place characters from other Sega AM2 works, who were added clearly Just for Fun. Including Bean the Dynamite, Bark the Polar Bear, Akira and Sarah (from Virtua Fighter Kids), Siba (a scrapped character from the first Virtua Fighter) Janet, Rent A Hero, Hornet (yep, you can fight as a race car), Deku, Mr. Meat and Palm Tree (A 3D version of the palm tree from Sega AM2's logo!). Needless to say, as crazy as this game and its roster was, it was great because it was 100% grade A Guilty Pleasure.
  • Cloud, Tifa, Yuffie, Vincent, Zack, and Sephiroth (the latter two making their first playable appearances) in Ehrgeiz, plus the final boss's first form looks suspiciously similar to Red XIII. Incidentally, this was the only reason most fans bought the game.
  • Street Fighter X Tekken on PlayStation 3 and Play Station Vita had FIVE Guest Fighters.
    • Firstly, there's Cole MacGrath of Infamous. He's then joined on the same platforms by two cats (Toro and Kuro) that are Sony's mascots in Japan. Plus Bad Box Art Mega Man, and Pac-Man riding a Mokujin robot. The former three are avaliable from the start of the game, while the later two were released as free Downloadable Content. Needless to say, the five of them are major Base Breaking Characters.
    • To an extent, Poison counts as this. She was from the Final Fight video game series, and while she did make an appearance with Hugo in Street Fighter III, she wasn't playable. Street Fighter X Tekken is the first time she's playable in a Street Fighter game.
  • Vattroller X for the Game Boy Advance features Zoro, Kogenta and Beet as secret characters who are unlocked by passwords available in Japanese cards of the Vattroller X manga.
  • Spider-Man was a guest fighter in the Activision title X-Men: Mutant Academy 2.
  • Arm Wrestling (a Punch-Out!! spinoff) involves this; the third round is against Mask X. But, during the round, pull off the mask and looky here, it's Bald Bull from Punch-Out!! The text also says, "Wow!!! Bald Bull!!!"
  • Terry Bogard and Benimaru Nikaido in Xuan Dou Zhi Wang. The fact that XD clearly takes inspiration from The King of Fighters has not been lost on fans, which is probably the reason SNK struck a deal with Tencent to put the two in the game in the first place.
  • Scorpion is part of the cast of Injustice: Gods Among Us as DLC. A little unusual, sure, but doubles as a Mythology Gag towards Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
  • Injustice 2 features Sub-Zero and Raiden as DLC fighters. Outside of Mortal Kombat, the Dark Horse Comics character Hellboy and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also appear as DLC.
  • Baoh's Ikuro Hashizawa in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, but only technically as Baoh is another manga by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki.
  • Akira Yuki again in Sega and Dengeki Bunko's 2D Massive Multiplayer Crossover fighting game Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, acting as a boss character. Pai Chan serves as his Assist Character. The console versions get two more with Selvaria Bles and her assist character, Alicia Melchiott. On top of that, none of the stages in the game are from any visual novels. Instead, they are from Sega games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star Online 2, NiGHTS into Dreams…, and 7th Dragon.
  • Divekick has Johnny Gat of the Saints Row series as one of the new characters in the "Addition Edition". Shaundi also appears as an assist character in one of Gat's moves. The fencer from Nidhogg also arrived in a later update.
  • Aggressors of Dark Kombat has Kotaro Fuuma from World Heroes making a guest appearance.
  • Alongside its original cast of characters, indie game Project G featured Zero from Mega Man X two years before Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 did.
  • Killer Instinct (2013) brings in Rash from Battletoads, the Arbiter from Halo, and General RAAM of Gears of War. The Arbiter is a particularly interesting case, because Word of God is that he's not any specific Arbiter, but a Composite Character made up of various Arbiters.
  • Newgrounds Rumble's second release included Fancy Pants from Fancy Pants Adventures. Unlike the other characters in the roster, he's not a Newgrounds original.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy video game included General Skarr as a secret character. While he did appear as a minor character in the series down the line, he was originally from Billy & Mandy's sister show, Evil Con Carne.
  • Cartoon Network's other fighting game, Titanic Kungfubot Offensive has some playable characters from shows that did not originate from CN, which includes Johnny Test, Duncan, and Chef Hatchet.
  • Whenever a big crossover fighting game is coming out, you know that someone's gonna make a fake leak. Some of them are outright jokes. Take this "leak" of John Cena in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for example.
  • For April Fools Day, Skullgirls released a prank saying that Zone-Archive's Zone-Tan would be a playable DLC character. Zone's... *ahem* "fans" would know that her bio and playstyle have references to Zone-Tan's creation and short appearances, such as having a demon slaying mother, welding a size-changing key as a weapon, and, of course, having her pet tentacle monster Lemmy help her out in the fight.
  • In the PSP rerelease of Street Fighter Alpha 3, Capcom Fighting Evolution's Ingrid was a playable character. Interestingly, Capcom now retroactively considers her a Street Fighter character with series producer Yoshinori Ono even considering her a possibility as DLC for Street Fighter V. Her appearance in Project X Zone 2 even lists her origin as Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX despite that obviously not being her first game.
  • The Super Puzzle Fighter and Super Gem Fighter games featured Super-Deformed versions of Street Fighter and Darkstalkers characters. However, both games had one character that wasn't from either series. Puzzle Fighter had Devilotte from the Giant Mech Fighting Game Cyberbots appear as a secret character, while Gem Fighter had Tessa from Red Earth.
  • Mischief Makers' Marina Liteyears made a playable appearence in the Japan Only Rakugaki Showtime. She can even use her trademark shaking abilities after picking up a Smiley Ball.
  • Nitroplus Blasterz Heroines Infinite Duel features Saber in all of its versions while Homura and Heart Aino are available as Downloadable Content in the console versions.
  • The fighting game Phantom Breaker has Kurisu Makise and Rimi Sakihata as playable characters. Later in the cutesy retro-styled spin-off Beat 'em Up Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, Kurisu returns as a playable character via DLC; later in November 17th, 2016, a second DLC added Frau Kojiro as a playable character, which can be selected in all modes.
  • You could consider the cast of RWBY in Arc System Works' Massive Multiplayer Crossover BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle as Guest Fighters, considering the other three base series are from already existing fighters. As far as DLC goes, though, there's also Yumi, although she at least comes from a video game series (A Fanservice-laden beat 'em up series, but a video game series nonetheless), not to mention Heart from Arcana Heart and Akatsuki and Blitztank from Akatsuki Blitzkampf being added in as well.
  • Gundam Battle Assault 3: Featuring Gundam SEED focused solely on, well, Gundam SEED unlike the previous games which were crossover games. That said, it also featured the God and Master Gundams, Wing Zero Custom and Tallgeese III as unlockables.
  • The Nicalis developed fighting game Blade Strangers had Inti Creates' Azure Striker Gunvolt and Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight as playable characters.
  • Power Rangers:
  • Under certain conditions, Pocket Rumble allows you to fight against different indie characters as bosses: Kick, Fencer, Dust, The Kid, Candyman, Joy, Wyrn, and Ace. Geiger from Fantasy Strike was a stretch goal DLC character on the game's Kickstarter, but the goal wasn't reached.
  • Fighting EX Layer has Terry Bogard as a playable character.
    • Like the Million Arthur example below, Arika gets a guest fighter in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy with a genderbent version of Skullomania as a trade.
      • Amusing to note that Skullomania was a guest fighter in another game, Fighter Maker released two decades prior.
  • A two-way street in Million Arthur: Arcana Blood and SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. The former receives The King of Fighters mainstay Iori Yagami as a console-exclusive character and the latter Thief Arthur as Downloadable Content from Million Arthur (the superseries of Million Arthur: Arcana Blood). MA:AB also gets three other Guest Fighters in addition to Iori for its console and PC release (Yamaneko Arthur from HanGyaku-Sei Million Arthur, an MMO spinoff of said series, Riesz from Trials of Mana, and Koume Sakiyama from Lord of Vermillion 4, a digital collectible card game) but Iori is the only guest from a franchise outside Square Enix's umbrella.
  • Tech Romancer, a fighting game by Capcom, included Jin Saotome. Since all characters fight in giant robots, this is one of the few crossover appearances where Jin pilots his Humongous Mecha, Blodia.
  • Since Street Fighter and Final Fight take place in the same universe, characters from the latter appear in the former. This includes Guy, Cody, Rolento, Hugo, Poison, Abigail, and Lucia.
  • The American Dad! vs Family Guy games had none other than Ryu as the final boss. And yes, it was official.
  • The Nickelodeon Super Brawl browser fighting game series featured several characters who aren't owned by the company but appeared in shows that aired on the network. 2 features Skipper, Rico, King Julien and Dr. Blowhole from The Penguins of Madagascar while 3 has B.O.B. and Sqweep from Monsters vs. Aliens (2013), Po and Master Junjie from Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and the Raving Rabbids from Rabbids Invasion. Gold Ranger and Xandred from Power Rangers Samurai also appeared as playable fighters in the third game, but were removed once the season ended. Characters from Power Rangers Dino Charge and Power Rangers Ninja Steel were featured in subsequent games without being removed.
  • The Warden from For Honor joins the cast of the 2019 Samurai Shodown game as the final character of the second season pass, one of the few examples of a guest character in an SNK game that isn't from their own character library.
  • Tobal 2, an obscure Japan-only fighting game from Square that's mostly only notable for holding the still-unbroken record for most characters in a fighting game, features a chocobo as a guest fighter, complete with a remix of the chocobo theme as background music.
  • Giga Bash, a Kaiju fighting game, features four Godzilla characters as DLC fighters consisting of Godzilla himself, the original Gigan, Destoroyah, and the Millennium incarnation of Mechagodzilla.

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  • AFK Arena has a faction dedicated to these: the Dimensionals, who wound up stuck in Esperia due to Annih messing with the fabric of the universe, and have a canonical common goal in finding a way to get home. So far, these include: Arthur, Merlin, Nakoruru, Ukyo, Ezio Auditore, Ainz Ooal Gown, Albedo, Joker, Makoto, the Prince of Persia, Leonardo da Vinci, and Wu Kongnote . Markiplier and Chica were also spotted in Esperia for a while, though they stayed in the Noble Tavern as Non Player Characters, and the Niannote  from Chinese mythology is a non-playable boss.
  • Dragalia Lost has had a few guest fighters attainable through limited banners or as welfare units.
    • The first instance of guest fighters occurs with a crossover event with Fire Emblem Heroes which added Alfonse, Marth, Veronica, and Fjorm. A year later, more Fire Emblem characters were added as part of a second crossover event with the game. Said characters being Sharena, Peony, Tiki, and Chrom. Alfonse and Sharena can be acquired for free in their respective events while the rest have to be summoned.
    • Mega Man was added as a welfare unit for the crossover event "Mega Man: Chaos Protocol".
    • When an event for Monster Hunter happened three existing adventurers got special Monster Hunter themed alts. Not only that, but Fatalis and two versions of Rathalos were added as playable dragons.
    • Pecorine from Princess Connect! Re:Dive was added to the game as permanent addition to the summon pool, making her the first of any guest in the game to game such a treatment.
    • The Caged Desire event brought the Phantom Thieves Joker, Mona, Panther and Sophie with it and tweaked the UI elements to go with it; Sophie was a welfare unit while the others had to be summoned.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle has Doflamingo as a special card.
  • Fist of the North Star: Legends Revive had characters from Virtua Fighter, Street Fighter and Baki the Grappler in addition to Sonic himself, of all people, altogether appear as part of crossover events.
  • Honkai Impact 3rd added Asuka Shikinami Langley from Neon Genesis Evangelion as a limited time recruitable character during the "New Century" event in Version 4.5.
    • Version 4.9, titled "Outworld Quest", featured a crossover with sister game Genshin Impact and added Fischl as a permanently obtainable unit, while Keqing was playable in certain event missions.
  • Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story had a crossover event with Lyrical Nanoha, where players could unlock Nanoha, Hayate, and Fate.
  • Punishing: Gray Raven had 2B, 9S, and A2 from NieR: Automata be recruitable for a limited window during the Untold Naraka event.

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    Rhythm Game 


    Role Playing Game 


    Shoot 'em Up 

  • The Sims 4: The Snowy Escape expansion introduced Kaori Nishidake, the teenage Japanese Genki Girl from the SSX series of snowboarding games, as a resident of the new town of Mt. Komorebi, in keeping with the pack's focus on winter activities (including a ski resort) and Japanese aesthetics.

    Sports Games 
  • New International Track & Field is a sports game for the Nintendo DS. The characters are big-headed and Super-Deformed, and overall it has a kiddie aesthetic. It was also published by Konami, who thought it a good idea to put a bunch of their characters in it. These vary from the fitting, such as the mascot of their Pro Baseball series with similar styling, to the somewhat out there but not terrible weird, like Simon Belmont and Sparkster, to completely family-unfriendly characters like Pyramid Head and Evil Rose.
  • The Gamecube version of NBA Street 3 has Mario, Luigi and Peach as playable characters to make up for the console's lack of online play. Plus, all versions of the game have the Beastie Boys as a secret team.
    • SSX On Tour also had the trio (Cube only, obviously.)
    • SSX 3 also had Stretch, one of the characters from NBA Street, as a secret character, as well as all the characters from the previous games.
      • And in that same game, the secret character Churchill debuted as a Quake III: Arena custom skin. Yes, it's true!
      • Stretch's inclusion in SSX 3 mirrors SSX riders Zoe and Moby's status as unlockable characters in the original NBA Street, along with Tracey from Sled Storm. Also in that game? R&B group 3LW.
      • Also Zoe and Psymon were playable in Sled Storm.
  • Also notorious for this: the Tony Hawk's series had some weird guest skaters. Some are from Activision's game catalog (the Doom guy, Guitar Hero characters), others licensed by the company (Spider-Man, Wolverine, Shrek), and musicians as well (Billie Joe Armstrong, Travis Barker, MCA). The rest are there just for fun, fictional (Darth Maul and Jango Fett; Eddie; Bigfoot) or not (Benjamin Franklin?!).
  • Kelly Slaters Pro Surfer had Tony Hawk as a bonus surfer. Kelly Slater was previously a bonus skater in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3.
  • Similarly, Mario Hoops 3-on-3 featured a White Mage, Black Mage, Ninja, Moogle, and Cactuar from Final Fantasy, due to Square Enix being the developer. Mario Sports Mix featured the same guest characters, plus Slime from Dragon Quest, and added Behemoth as a boss.
  • NBA Jam featured anyone and everyone from the designers to President Bill Clinton as hidden characters.
    • Of particular note is that the NBA asked Midway to remove Raiden, Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile of Mortal Kombat fame from later revisions of NBA Jam Tournament Edition because they were not at ease with MK being Rated M for Money. You read that right.
    • Then again, a notable guest in Electronic Arts' installment is Isaac Clarke from Dead Space. Apparently, either NBA has issues with characters from fighting games and yet has no problem featuring a character who gets graphically chopped up by necromorphs or the times have changed on the subject of video game violence since the Mortal Kombat controversy.
    • They seemed to change their minds on this early, as Raiden and Shinnok are playable in NFL Blitz. Scorpion and Sub-Zero also made appearances in MLB Sluggers, but that was made by a different company.
  • Virtua Striker 3 and 2002 has a Sonic team consisting of the hedgehog and his friends. Yuji Naka is also an announcer and coach of Sonic’s team.
  • NHL 12 features an All-Legend Team, made up of NHL greats like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe, Ray Bourque, among others. You can even put them on your favourite teams, presenting interesting situations all around.
  • Jak, Daxter, Ratchet, Clank, Kratos, Sackboy, Kat, and Toro have all made appearances in some of the later Hot Shots Golf games.
  • The Surf's Up video game featured Elliot from Open Season as a Secret Character.
  • EA Sports UFC had Bruce Lee as a Secret Character. The sequel, EA Sports UFC 2, made Joe Rogan a hidden character (unlockable by using the Konami Code on the title screen) while bumping Bruce Lee to Downloadable Content status in addition to offering Mike Tyson as DLC as well.
    • Back in THQ's days, they put Shaquille O'Neal in as a fighter in UFC Undisputed 2010. We must assume his fighting style was listed as Shaq Fu.
  • Pro Baseball Famista 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS includes various Namco characters as guest players, including Siegfried from the Soul Series, Nina and Heihachi from Tekken, Haruka, Miki, and Chihaya from The Idolmaster, the title character of Klonoa, and - perhaps the strangest of all - the XFA-27 fighter jet from Ace Combat.
  • In the Gamecube version of Fight Night Round 2, Little Mac, as he appears in Super Punch-Out!! is a playable character, allowing him to go up against real life boxing greats like Muhammad Ali.
  • The Slash and Bust versions of Haohmaru and Nakoruru are playable in Freestyle 2: Street Basketball.
  • Shironeko Tennis has had characters from Re:Zero, A Certain Magical Index, YuYu Hakusho, Gintama, The Prince of Tennis, Sgt. Frog, Yo-Kai Watch, Vocaloid, Kizuna AI, Pop Team Epic, K-On!, and Attack on Titan - but only for a limited time. It is a gacha game, after all.

    Stealth-Based Game 
  • Among the original students that wander the school in Yandere Simulator, there's Pippi, the mascot of the rhythm game osu!. She even plays osu! in the game. However, just because she's from another series doesn't mean she's immune to the wrath of the school's local Yandere (i.e. you)...

    Strategy Game 
  • The Battle Cats has featured characters from Annihilation City, Dragon League A/Dragon League X, Dragon Poker, Merc Storia, Princess Punt Sweets/Princess Punt 2, Survive! Mola Mola!, Monster Hunter, Million Arthur, Mr.Ninja!! Fever, Metal Slug Defense, and Yakuza Apocalypse.
  • One mission in Warcraft III is infamous for having a Hydralisk you can add to your forces. The character models for Terran Marines and Zerglings are also available.
  • Interestingly, Plague Inc., a game about killing humanity with diseases, got its first official Guest Fighter in the form of the Simian Flu from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which was a result of a partnership with 20th Century Fox.
  • Toy Soldiers: War Chest features Duke and Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe, Ezio Auditore da Firenze from Assassin's Creed and He-Man from Masters of the Universe.
  • Rondo of Swords features other Success characters Shino, Izuna and Cotton.
  • Evil Genius 2 has the Pyro from Team Fortress 2 as a free DLC Henchman with the "Pyro Pack" DLC. Better yet, you can decide whether to recruit a RED Pyro or BLU Pyro (with the one you don't recruit becoming an enemy).

    Survival Horror 

    Wrestling Games 
  • Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is a playable character in both the PS2 WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! and the Xbox's concurrent WWF RAW. Rumor has it, this was one of the conditions for allowing the developers to use the song "Rollin'", which was The Undertaker's entrance theme at the time, in the game.
    • The later WWE games feature hidden "legends"; in other words, popular wrestlers from WWE's past.
    • WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 also features Rob Van Dam, who hadn't been in WWE for a couple of years prior to the game beginning development and, indeed, signed with TNA shortly after its release. He's listed as a "Free Agent", not as a Legend (the only other characters so designated are the Red and Green demonstration models, Paul Bearer, and the Undertaker's druid). Apparently, the dev team were just really big RVD fans and wanted to use him in the game very badly.
    • WWE '12 featured the returns of Brock Lesnar (a few months shy of his outright return in 2012) and Eddie Guerrero. As an aside, custom wrestlers could also have their listed hometown set as Stilwater.
    • WWE '13 featured Mike Tyson.
    • WWE 2K15 features Sting, the first wrestler to be featured in the game despite never actually having wrestled for WWE until shortly after the game's release.
    • WWE 2K16 features not one, but two versions of the Terminator.

    Vehicular Combat 

    Visual Novel 
  • In VA-11 HALL-A, you can trigger the appearance of three guest characters from Read Only Memories by serving a secret drink to specific characters at certain points of the game.


Spyro, Hunter and Gnasty Gnorc

For the Spyro & Friends Grand Prix, Spyro, Hunter and Gnasty Gnorc join the race, all with their own karts and a whole new race track.

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