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Violence Fight is a Fighting Game developed and published by Taito in 1989 in arcades. The game is notable for being on the earlier beat'em-ups previous to Street Fighter II, not to mention having some elements that SFII will popularize later, like matches divided in rounds and even special moves, albeit neither as fantastical as their Capcom's counterparts. It was also notorious for having all the characters some kind of small backstory and their reasons for fighting in the tournament


In the U.S. during The '50s, there was a underground fighting tournament named as "Violence Fight", who was popular between the criminal underworld and the general audience. The contestants, drawn from all the country, compete for a large sum of money and the glory of being named "The Number One Quarreler" of the good old U.S.A. The contestants are the following:

  • Bad Blue: A young man from Los Angeles, CA and The Hero of sorts of the game. He is the Jack-of-All-Trades of the game and he wants to win the tournament, so he and his manager, a Sharp-Dressed Man named "Blinks", could get the prize money for themselves.
  • Ben Smith: An African-American former war veteran from Carson City, Nevada, nicknamed the "Fierce Eagle of Nevada'' due to his quick reflexes and speed.
  • Lee Chen: A Chinese-American kung-fu fighter from Miami, FL and an expert of the deadliest forms of kung-fu he learned from his father after traveling to China for training.
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  • Rick Joe: A disgraced wrestler from Ardmore, Oklahoma, expelled from the wrestling world after killing 13 wrestlers and he wants to atone his crimes in this tournament.
  • Ron Max: A fat farmer from Texas, whose bald head is tougher than his fists. One of the final bosses of the game and promoted to playable in the sequel.
  • Tony Won: A Scary Black Man from New York, who doesn't have any problems to use any kind of dirty trick to wipe the floor with you, including using chains. He's also the leader of the gang who organized the tournament in first place. He is also promoted to playable in the sequel as well.

The game spawned a Mission-Pack Sequel named Solitary Fighter, when the bosses are playable and some extra elements are included, like hostile audiences.

The game wasn't particulary popular in neither in Japan or the U.S. in the arcades, albeit it was ludicrously popular in Mexico in the same time period and it was never ported to consoles until the Playstation 2/Xbox era (and only in Japan, oddly enough).



  • All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: Lee Chen, albeit technically, he is Chinese-American.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: Rick Joe's backstory of killing thirteen wrestlers in the ring is incredibly ludicrous, even for the standards of the genre: While it could be explained by both Values Dissonance from the Japanese programmers and lack of research about how combat sports are handled in both the U.S. and many western countries,note  Rick Joe not only would had being expelled from wrestling: He could also being arrested for mass murder, and taking into account the time period when the game takes place, likely executed.
  • Bald of Evil: Ron Max.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Violence Fight features one of the most inconsistent translations of a Taito game ever featured in their story, as many of the names of the characters (and sometimes, even cities) aren't translated correctly: As an example, Bad Blue is translated as "Bat Blue", Rick Joe as "Lick Joe", Los Angeles as "Los Angels"note  and "Ardmore" as "Aadmore". The sequel features an even worse translation.
    • Not even Japanese players understand just what the "Sammy You!" text balloon that appears on the win screen is supposed to mean.
  • Corrupt Hick: Rick Joe (albeit in a sympathetical way) and Ron Max.
  • Evil Twin: The final boss of the first game is not Tony Won, but a Palette Swap of your character, who consider himself as your lost twin brother, and you have to fight against him.
  • Flipping the Bird: Lick Joe and at least one of the members of the audience in one stage have a knack for doing that, at least in the arcade version. Subsequent releases may have edited that out owing to obscenity concerns.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Bad Blue.
  • Scary Black Man: The final boss, Tony Won, and in less degree, Ben Smith.
  • Written Sound Effect: GOON!, GOGOON!, GOGOGOON!

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