Variety is the spice of life in any video game and this is especially true in the world of fighting games. Making a roster of playable characters that are both uniquely distinct and appealing to players, both casual and pro, is a primary challenge for any fighting game developer. There is a tenuous balance between crafting the visual and story aspects of a character and crafting an approachable playstyle that encompasses who they are and how they look. At times, this can be simple, clean, and even recyclable to a certain degree, such as the Shotokan Hadoken throwers in Street Fighter or the ninjas in Mortal Kombat. However, sometimes reaching for the unique leads to some of the weirdest amalgamations of character design and mechanics we have ever seen. These are some of the most bizarre fighters in the gaming universe.

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