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Everybody's favourite lumps of clay!

A meteor crashed one fateful day
Turned Mudville creatures into clay
With heroes bent on doing right
And twisted foes up for the fight!
Clayfighter 63⅓ Sculptor's Cut intro

Clayfighternote  is a series of fighting games published by Interplay Entertainment in The '90s. The series is known for its usage of stop motion animation and clay animation.

The story of Clayfighter begins when a meteor made entirely out of clay crashes on the grounds of a circus located in the town of Mudville. The circus' employees are contaminated by the goo the meteor has emitted, and causes them to transform into twisted and wacky versions of their former selves.

In Clayfighter 2: Judgment Clay, the evil Dr. Kiln uses the goo from the meteor to create even more clayfighters! After the fall of the N. Boss, the final opponent from the first game, Dr. Kiln declares himself grand master of Mudville, and decides to hold a fighting tournament, to see who will become the next grand master of Mudville! Who will win?


In Clayfighter 63⅓, is set on the island of Klaymodo, where Dr. Kiln hatches a new scheme to transform the entire world into clay! The clayfighters are set to defeat him for once and for all.

Games in the Clayfighter series include:

  • Clayfighter (1993) (SNES, Mega Drive/Genesis [1994], Virtual Console [2009], Evercade [2020], Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Mini 2 [2022])
  • Clayfighter: Tournament Edition (1994) (SNES) (an updated version of Clayfighter that was only available for rental at Blockbuster locations)
  • C-2: Judgment Clay (SNES [1995], Evercade [2020])
  • Clayfighter 63⅓ (1997) (N64)
  • Clayfighter: Sculptor's Cut (1998) (N64) (an updated version of 63⅓ that was only available for rental at Blockbuster locations)

Interplay also announced various new Clayfighter games for Nintendo Wii and DSi, including improved graphics and gameplay, but this was ultimately cancelled. Interplay announced another Clayfighter in early 2015, with an expected release in 2016, also cancelled.


But not all is lost, the franchise has revived in The New '20s thanks to various fangames, becoming a game series Saved by the Fans.


  • The Ahnold: Hoppy, in C2.
    • When he becomes a Cyborg in the third game, he loses the Arnold accent entirely and instead becomes a Drill Sergeant Nasty.
  • A.I. Breaker: In the original, you can run the timer down just by standing in place and doing very fast attacks over and over again in a range close to the computer, which forces them to not just block but also causes them to just stay blocking and it never occurs that they should do anything else. The computer also tends to jump extremely often at the start of a round (which is very easy to hit them out of), so once you do that and have more life than them so you can win by timeout, if you desire, you can just park your character in front of the opponent, engage in Button Mashing (or use a turbo controller), give it a minute, and instant victory. Though depending on the opponent the range in which this "tactic" works can be punishingly low (in particular, Bad Mr. Frosty and the Blob require very precise range to the point a straight fight is often much easier).
  • Anti-Hero: Bad Mr. Frosty.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Taffy and Nana Man, candy and banana respectively.
  • Artificial Limbs: Dr. Kiln has replaced his left hand with a mechanical prosthetic one, that can transform into a chainsaw, a scalpel, a machine gun and other dangerous things, after he was forced to amputate it when he accidentally touched the goo the meteor emitted. T-Hoppy also counts, having his right arm and left leg with robotic limbs.
  • Ass Kicks You: Helga in the first game. This went up to eleven with Sumo Santa, who even has a Claytality version of this.
  • A Winner Is You: In the original game, beating the game on a difficulty other than Hard would simply show the credits. Only with beating Hard mode do you get a text ending.
    • This carries over into 63⅓, where Dr. Kiln and the proper character endings are inaccessible on the easiest setting.
  • Bad Santa: Sumo Santa.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Kiln, not just in 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut, he was mentioned in C2's story as the one who managed the events in the game and created the clones for every character.
  • Blob Monster: The Blob, whose entire gimmick in fighting is shapeshifting into weapons.
  • Boobs of Steel: Both Helga and Lady Liberty are extraordinarily buxom.
  • Boxing Kangaroo: Kangoo (and her Evil Twin Thunder) from C2.
  • Brawn Hilda: Helga.
  • Briar Patching: Taffy has a move where he can fake being dizzied to lure an opponent in for a beatdown.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Kung Pow.
  • The Cameo: C2's Mount Mushmore stage has the clay silhouettes of all the characters that weren't part of the game then: Helga, Bonker, Taffy, Blue Suede Goo and Ickybod Clay.
  • Capcom Sequel Stagnation/Updated Re-release: Clayfighter: Tournament Edition, as well as the Sculptor's Cut of 63⅓.
    • There were plans to make an updated version of C2 for 3DO but was cancelled.
  • Charged Attack: Good part of fighters in the series use charge commands to perform their powers. Most especially the 2 protagonists in the series, Bad Mr. Frosty and Blob.
    • This kind of move is more common in 63⅓, where this is the Combo Opener just like that other game series. In Sculptor's Cut the combo system was deleted, but some combo openers were kept as special moves instead.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • Bad Mr. Frosty was implied to be a villain in the first game, putting Santa Claus out of work, and in the second, he'd just gotten out of prison, having beaten up Santa Claus directly. By the third game, he's one of the good guys and "Sumo Santa" is one of the playable villains.
    • Bonker was maniacally smiling in the first game, but frowning and depressed in the third.
    • Blob started out upbeat in the first game, became outright angry and psychotic in the second game, but then turned into a thick-voiced cheerful moron in the third.
    • Ickybod Clay went the other way: starting with a creepy and whispery voice in the first game, but a high-pitched cheerful whine in the third.
    • Santa Claus is mentioned in the two first games as The Rival for Frosty. In some moment between the first and third game, he made a Face–Heel Turn and became Sumo Santa, having his first physical appearance in 63⅓.
      • It's probably safe to say that no character kept exactly the same personality.
  • Claymation: Amazingly enough, no computer animation was involved here, the developers painstakingly did it the old-fashioned stop-motion way. The only exception were with the N64 games, but only for lifebars and backgrounds.
  • Cloning Blues: The main setting of C2, which the Final Boss of every character in the game is his/her Evil Twin.
  • Compilation Rerelease: The first two games were included in the "Interplay Collection" packs for the 2020 handheld console Evercade.
  • Crossover: Not an uncommon thing in the series:
    • The Lost Vikings: Olaf the Stout is mentioned in Helga's ending in the first game as being Helga's boyfriend, but after winning the tournament she left him and got married to Tiny; in C2, the animated faces of Erik the Swift and Baleog the Fierce are part of Tiny's stage "Clay Keep"; and in some early interviews, there were hints that some of them would be part of Clayfighter III, but that never happened in the end.
    • Claymates has the animals Clayton morphs in the game as part of the "Round X" in the first game. Also, as a possible nod to this game, Claymates's Big Bad is a Witch Doctor who wants the clay formula for himself... and so Houngan in 63⅓.
    • Not to mention the two famous Guest Fighters of 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut: Earthworm Jim and Boogerman, each one with their own game series.
    • In the M.U.G.E.N game ClayFighter: Infinite Clayfare, Kung Fu Man, the engine's Series Mascot, was added as Guest Fighter, even with the complete 63⅓ combo system and Claytalities of his own.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: C1's Tiny ending is the only canon ending, being part of the C2 backstory and the reason why Tiny is back in the second game, defending his title against new clayfighters (and his Evil Twin).
  • Darker and Edgier: C2 is both literally and figuratively darker than its predecessor. While the original had a cheery circus motif and cheery music, C2 has a gritty, ghetto style with heavy rock music and dank, dusty backgrounds. 63⅓ is even darker, with ominous orchestral music and much more advanced gameplay, including parries and fatalities (which are still comical).
  • Digitized Sprites: Notably, ones made from photographs of actual clay models.
  • Dumb Muscle: Tiny (and for extension, Butch).
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: In 63⅓, Dr. Kiln can't be fought on cookie difficulty. The game ends after the Mirror Match with a message thanking the player for doing some warm-up practice before the real playthrough.
  • Edible Ammunition: In C2, Hoppy throws carrots and Nanaman throws banana slices, both as their projectiles. And before them, Bonker in C1 in the form of Pie in the Face. This trend continues in 63⅓ with Taffy throwing gumballs to the enemy.
  • Elvis Impersonator: Blue Suede Goo, of course. OH MOMMA!
  • Evil Redhead: Dr. Kiln, also Bonker.
  • Evil Twin: The final boss of Judgment Clay is an evil version of your chosen character, with different moves and (usually) different animations, as well as a different name (Blob fights Slyck, Bad Mr. Frosty fights Ice, Tiny fights Butch, etc).
  • Expository Theme Tune: Sculptor's Cut's opening.
  • Expy: A lot of them in the series:
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • In some moment between Clayfighter and 63⅓, Santa Claus changed his ways to convert into Sumo Santa and wanting to conquer the world with Dr. Kiln.
    • In Sculptor's Cut, T-Hoppy is captured by Dr. Kiln and is put a microchip that makes him evil. Only is rescued by Lady Liberty and Boogerman in their endings, but not in his own ending.
  • Fan Animation:
  • Fan Game: The game series has been rescued by fans in The New '20s thanks to various fangame projects, as Ultra ClayFighter (a romhack of Tournament Edition with new content), ClayFighter: Infinite Clayfare (a M.U.G.E.N fullgame featuring all game characters) and ClayFighter: ReSculpted (a complete new game made in 3D under Unity.)
  • Fartillery:
    • In C2, Butch (Tiny's Evil Twin) has this as a projectile.
    • In 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut, this is part of Boogerman's whole schtick (just as it is in his game of origin). Even two of his Claytalities involve him blasting his opponent to death with farts.
  • Finishing Move:
    • Dubbed Claytalities in 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut.
    • Thanks to M.U.G.E.N, some characters from C1 and C2 gained Claytalities in their adaptations.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Tiny.
  • Food-Based Superpowers: The food-themed characters, such as Taffy (a literal Candyman) and Nanaman (a living banana), have attacks based on the same theme: Taffy uses gumballs as projectiles and stretch his body to attack at distance, and Nanaman can throw banana slices as projectiles and slide to reach the opponents.
  • Fun with Flushing: A stage in 63⅓ takes place above a toilet that it's possible to knock your opponent into.
  • Funny Animals: Various animals in the series became this after being in contact with the meteorite or clay mutagen: Hoppy, Kangoo, Octohead and Lockjaw Pooch. And if she would appeared as official, Lucy the Gorilla, of course.
  • Funny Octopus: In C2, there's Octohead and his Evil Twin (and less funny) Jack.
  • The Ghost:
    • Dr. Kiln in C2. He's supposedly the Big Bad of the game, but he didn't appear in person until 63⅓.
    • Same for Santa Claus, mentioned in Frosty's backstory in the first two games to later appears as an antagonist as Sumo Santa.
  • Guest Fighter: Earthworm Jim and Boogerman in 63⅓.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Several of the Claytalities. Most characters have at least one that does this.
  • Hero of Another Story: Earthworm Jim and Boogerman, of course.
  • Hero Protagonist: The Blob. Frosty also became this after 63⅓ in the form of Anti-Hero.
  • Home Stage: All characters have a background stage related to them in all three games, including Earthworm Jim (Aquadome) and Boogerman (Boogerhenge) in 63⅓. Fighters who return from previous games get brand new ones each time, such as Bad Mr. Frosty and Blob who appeared in all three.
  • Horny Vikings: Helga dresses like one.
  • Human Alien Discovery: Inverted with Blob, a clayfighter who can shapeshift in the form he wants, but at the beginning he thought he Was Once a Man mutated by the clay meteor in the circus. But later in his ending in the first game he discovered he was an alien all the time, and even that he came to the Earth along with the clay meteor.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Houngan and Zappa Yow Yow Boyz.
  • Idiosyncratic Combo Levels: 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut use a combo system similar to Killer Instinct's, complete with names making fun of it, such as Itty Bitty (3 hits), Little Girlie (8 hits) and Triple Brown Betty (13-15 hits).
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Googoo and Spike in C2, Zappa Yow Yow Boyz in Sculptor's Cut.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Clayfighter 63⅓ comes with an option in the menu that allows the player to dictate the volume of "gibs" that fly off the characters during combat, though the "gibs" themselves aren't bits of gore, instead usually being accessories associated with the character.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Kiln. Complete with the stereotypical hunched back, glasses and the German accent.
  • Made of Plasticine: Literally.
  • Magic Meteor: The meteor made out of clay that emits goo that is able to transform living creatures and inanimate objects into clay creatures.
  • Monster Clown: Bonker from the first and third game.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Blue Suede Goo. Elvis impersonator much? Also Hoppy/T-Hoppy as The Ahnold.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: After the end credits for 63⅓ a message appears saying that "This animal was severely hurt in the making of this game. Rest in peace Lockjaw."
  • No Fourth Wall: The "Knock Off The Island" Claytality is about the character hitting so hard the opponent he goes out off the island... to later be splatted in the screen of your TV.
  • Obvious Beta: The entire series seems to be this since the many events surrounding the creation of every game:
    • Clayfighter have various unwanted features like some characters making too much damage (like Blob's buzzsaw move making more chip damage than being hitted by it), the lack of other modes apart of Story and Versus, and the glitch to choose N.Boss, things that were fixed with Tournament Edition.
    • C2 is the only game that didn't received an updated version, but various things were getting out of the final release, mostly Lucy the Gorilla who were replaced by Tiny using the same sprites of the first game. Also in prior announces, there were hinted the game would have Claytalities, which wasn't true in the end (but this was added in the next game).
    • 63⅓ isn't safe of this: five characters and various things like a proper intro were left of the final release because of the limited capacity of N64 cartridges, but also there were some bugs unfixed, mostly on stages. Sculptor's Cut re-added these things at the cost of removing the KI-esque system and some characters got less moves and Claytalities. At least some of Combo Openers were kept as special moves (like Jim's Dashing Elbow).
      • And the characters weren't finished after all: only Lady Liberty, Lockjaw Pooch and Zappa Yow Yow Boyz have complete movelist, High-Five have a limited moveset, one super move and no Claytalities, this one finally set as a Secret Character selectable via code.
      • And with all of this, HoboCop was left out of both games because of the censorship.
    • All possible games (mostly ports of 63⅓) possibly were cancelled for this, plus Executive Meddling. This would include the final appearance of HoboCop.
  • Organ Autonomy: High Five, Dr. Kiln's severed hand, that has been mutated into a large and sentient being by chemicals. Holds deep hatred for his former host.
  • Palette Swap: Found in all games, but handled oddly in the original. Palette is hardwired to which port you are playing on, so if you are Player 1 you fight against only palette swaps. Inversely if you play as Player 2 you will fight the characters' original palette. In the Super Nintendo version (but not the Genesis port), all the stages are recolored for the second time they are played on (the rematches against Bonker, Tiny and Taffy, and the fight against N. Boss who uses Blob's stage; this quirk is maintained for the redone stages in Tournament Edition).
  • The Pig-Pen: HoboCop and Boogerman.
  • Pun-Based Title: Clayfighter 2: Judgment Clay, and Clayfighter 63⅓; the former is an allusion to Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the latter is an allusion to the "64" endings of N64 games and Naked Gun 33⅓. Also Sculptor's Cut alluded to Director's Cut in movies. And one of the cancelled 63⅓ ports was called Call of Putty, obviously based on Call of Duty series.
  • Punny Name:
    • The first game's final match against N. Boss.
    • Many of the fighters' names, most obvious being Elvis Impersonator Blue Suede Goo and pumpkin-headed Ickybod Clay.
    • All of the character endings in Sculptor's Cut as well. For instance, here is Ickybod Clay's:
    "Ickybod Clay has succeeded in scaring all of the good guys off the Island of Claymodo. He knew that those weaklings didn't stand a ghost of a chance. His spirit high, his sole wish was to terrorize everyone on Claydonia and frighten all that see him. Icky's dream has just come to life, as he has made our heroes flee from his haunting visage. I'm afraid that's the end of this macabre tale."
    • And about Sculptor's Cut, the character High Five is indeed a giant talking hand.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Blue Suede Goo, Helga, Ickybod Clay, Taffy and Bonker were unavailable in the 2nd game. N. Boss also disappears, as the final boss of Clayfighter 2 is your character's evil twin.
    • Octo, Kangoo, Nana Man, Googoo, and the evil twins disappear after Clayfighter 2, with Tiny from the first Clayfighter joining Blue Suede Goo and Helga on that bus.
  • Rabbit Magician: In 63⅓, in addition to the great physical strength from talking to his muscles and the cybernetic enhancements given to him, T-Hoppy is also an accomplished stage magician. This is seen in a couple of his Claytalities in which converts his opponent into a carrot (and then eat it) and in a clone of himself (with a heated chat that ended with the real T-Hoppy filling the clone with bullets).
  • Rival Final Boss:
    • In C2, the final boss is your Evil Twin, who has a different palette and various modified moves.
    • Sculptor's Cut changes Dr. Kiln with the designated rival of every character as the final boss (Kiln stays as this for the characters who have him as rival).
  • Sad Clown: Bonker in 63⅓.
  • Secret Character: At least one per game (save Tournament Edition):
    • Clayfighter: N.Boss is playable in two-player mode via a glitch.
    • C2: The evil twins can be played by entering button-pressing codes. (Beating the game gives you the code to unlock the boss you just fought, but there's also a code to unlock all eight of them at once, gotten by beating the game on the hardest difficulty)
    • 63⅓: Boogerman, Dr. Kiln and Sumo Santa by entering button codes, also with the codes revealed by finishing the ame in highest levels.
    • Sculptor's Cut: Earthworm Jim and Boogerman by beating the game. High Five by a code.
  • Series Mascot: Bad Mr. Frosty, having appeared on the cover art for every game thus far and prominently featured in advertising.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: The Blob.
    • Bad Mr. Frosty and Taffy also can convert their own body parts into weapons.
    • Dr. Kiln's prosthetic hand is able to transform into dangerous weapons.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Helga's Hard mode ending from the first game tells the player she once was married to Olaf the Stout, one of The Lost Vikings, and left him for Tiny the wrestler.
      • And about The Lost Vikings, their heads appear in Tiny's stage in C2. Also, in one game magazine there was a rumour that one of them would appear in 63⅓ as a character, which wasn't true.
    • Not just Hoppy and the game name, C2's intro is a parody of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
    • Mortal Kombat's fatalities, Street Fighter III's parries, Vampire Savior's general gameplay system, and Killer Instinct's combos system in 63⅓ (you can even do combo breakers in the game).
    • Also, this inscription on 63⅓ back cover:
      WARNING: Contains No Bloody Carnage or Fighters Named "Ryu" or "Ken".
      • Not to mention Kung Pow's costume is white and his second palette is red. Some other references to Street Fighter on him are special moves "Egg Fu Young" (Fei Long's "Shien Kyaku"), "Crane Technique" (shotoclones' Hadouken pose), "Chop Suey" (Dan's "Dankuukyaku") and hyper move "Lo Mein" (Ryu's "Shinkuu Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku".)
  • The Smurfette Principle: Helga is the only playable female in the first game, while Kangoo is this in the second (though her Evil Twin Thunder can also be unlocked). 63⅓ bucks this trend by having an all-male cast. Sculptor's Cut adds Lady Liberty as the sole female fighter, returning it to the status quo.
  • Snowlems: Bad Mr. Frosty and Ice. Version III.
  • Spin-Off: Claymates is considered as this for Clayfighter series.
  • Stealth Pun: The ending credits of Clayfighter always have an animation of Helga shouting at the very end. It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings.
  • Stingy Jack: Ickybod Clay, who, of course, has a Jack O' Lantern for a head.
  • Sumo Wrestling: Sumo Santa.
  • Title Theme Tune: One of two known SNES games (the other being Tales of Phantasia) to have a vocal theme song. Unlike the latter game though, this game's theme song consists of only one stanza.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Lady Liberty and Helga in the series.
  • Totally Radical: Originally, Bad Mr. Frosty wore a blue top hat (to be evocative of the magic hat that is commonly depicted as bringing the original Frosty the Snowman to life). In C2, though, he started wearing a backwards baseball cap (the top hat was restored in the third game, though.)
  • Tropical Island Adventure: 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut got as their setting the Klaymodo Island, a paradise island where the meteorite "Betsy" is found, primordial for Dr. Kiln to make his clay formula and Take Over the World. In fact, various of the characters went to Klaymodo for vacations without knowing this to later find this scheme and then choose to help Kiln or stop him.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Most of Dr. Kiln's creations in 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut with the exception of Lockjaw Pooch and T-Hoppy in the latter game.
  • Turns Red: Most of the CPU opponents from the first game. Even on the harder difficulties, it's usually a piece of cake to pulverize your opponent down to the last inch of their life meter. After that, though, the CPU will start spamming their most difficult-to-avoid attack (which, in terms of damage caused, is probably also the most lethal), prompting some absolutely infuriating comebacks by the computers. By and large, then, the entire challenge of the game is crammed into the tail-end of each fight.
  • Unseen No More: The series has 2 of them: Santa Claus, The Rival of Bad Mr. Frosty mentioned in his backstory in the first 2 games, and Dr. Kiln, The Man behind the clones in the second game. Both finally appear in the third game of the series, ClayFighter 63⅓ and its update Sculptor's Cut as the bosses: the former as Sumo Santa (having a Face–Heel Turn) and the latter as the Big Bad and Final Boss.
  • Vacation Crossover: In 63⅓ and Sculptor's Cut, this is the main reason why Earthworm Jim and Boogerman appear as Guest Fighters: after their respective adventures in their origin games, both superheroes go to vacation at the same place: Klaymodo Island.
  • Was Once a Man: All of the characters from the first game were mutated humans with the exception of Blob, a clay alien that came with the clay meteor who got Identity Amnesia when he crashed to Earth.
  • Weaponized Land Mark: Lady Liberty, the Statue of Liberty shrinked to human scale and turned into a sentient being made out of clay by Dr. Kiln, that is able to use her torch as a flamethrower.
  • Witch Doctor: Houngan, the evil Jamaican witch doctor.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Bonker, the character that changed the most of all the franchise, basically a totally different character between C1 and 63⅓.
  • Your Reward Is Clothes: A Real Life example. As part of the promotion of 63⅓, the winners of various of Interplay's contests like gaming tournaments and the "Create your own CF website" received apart of copies of the game, an exclusive nice pair of boxer shorts!