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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.


Examples:

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    Fighting Game 

    Platform Fighters 

    Action 

    Action-Adventure 

    Beat 'em Up 

    Card Game 

    Dating Sim 

    First/Third-Person Shooter 

    Free-to-Play 

    Gacha Game 
  • 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 had a few guest fighters attainable through limited banners or as welfare units.
    • The first instance of guest fighters occurred 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 could be acquired for free in their respective events while the rest had 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. Another event allowed players to collect the cast of Bakemonogatari, reimagined as Puella Magi.
  • Punishing: Gray Raven had 2B, 9S, and A2 from NieR: Automata be recruitable for a limited window during the Untold Naraka event.

    Hack and Slash 

    Maze Game 
  • Pac-Man
    • While Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness primarily features different Pac-Man characters in its multiplayer mode, Pooka from the Dig Dug series can be unlocked as a secret character.
    • Pac-Man 256 features an unlockable skin based on Crossy Road, and if the game is played using the skin, the player controls a chicken instead of Pac-Man himself. The multiplayer mode in the game's console versions also features the chicken as one of the playable character options.

    Minigame Game 

    MMORPG 

    MOBA 

    Party Game 

    Platformer 

    Puzzle Game 

    Racing Game 

    Rhythm Game 

    Roguelike 

    Role-Playing Game 

    Sandbox 

    Shoot 'em Up 

    Simulation 
  • 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 Game 
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Game 
  • Turok was meant to be an unlockable character in WWF War Zone, but was Dummied Out for unknown reasons. He's still accessible via cheat device, though.
  • 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.

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