7 of the beefiest brawlers in fighting games

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This weekend, fighting game virtuosos will gather in Las Vegas for the Evolution Championship Series (also known as Evo), one of the biggest esports events in the world.

In honour of the fierce battles that will take place, we’ve put together a list of the beefiest brawlers in the genre, ranked in approximate order of how frightened we would be if we ran into them in our local pub.

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This weekend, fighting game virtuosos will gather in Las Vegas for the Evolution Championship Series (also known as Evo), one of the biggest esports events in the world.

In honour of the fierce battles that will take place, we’ve put together a list of the beefiest brawlers in the genre, ranked in approximate order of how frightened we would be if we ran into them in our local pub.

1. Zangief

Find him in: Street Fighter

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There are some big lads in fighting games, but Zangief is on another level. I mean, you look up ‘huge’ in the dictionary and there’s a picture of this guy. An absolute unit.

2. King

Find him in: Tekken

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Sporting what we can only assume is a real jaguar head as some sort of inhumane headwear, King is at first glance one of the scariest characters in the Tekken canon. Take a look at his backstory though, and you will find that he’s actually a bit of a tortured soul, starting out as a holy man who gave up the priesthood to start an orphanage, and turned to fighting to pay the bills. A brawler with a heart of gold.

3. Bass Armstrong

Find him in: Dead or Alive

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Dead or Alive’s resident beefy boy is Bass (like the fish, not the musical instrument). Bass is an undefeated pro wrestler, but most importantly, he’s a single dad who never misses the school run.

4. Scorpion

Find him in: Mortal Kombat

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Look, you don’t mess with a guy called Scorpion… especially when he’s a ninja with no pupils. Sure, he may not be as large as some of the other fighters on this list, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in brutality. This is a guy who will rip your heart out and then slice your face off just for good measure.

5. Nightmare

Find him in: Soul Calibur

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You can’t get much more badass than a being created from pure evil. Nightmare is an entity that was formed from the will of the Soul Edge sword, taking on the form of a terrible armoured knight with a huge disfigured hand, hell-bent on devouring the souls of the living. Look, just stay well back. You do not want to get too close to this guy.

6. Goku

Find him in: Dragon Ball FighterZ

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Basically Superman but with spikier hair, Goku is a member of a supremely powerful alien race known as the Saiyans, who was sent to Earth as an infant to go on to become its ultimate defender. As if his regular form wasn’t beefy enough, Goku can also transform into a Super Saiyan, and on the off-chance that even that doesn’t scare off his enemies, he can also turn into a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. Try saying that ten times fast.

7. Bowser

Find him in: Super Smash Bros.

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Bowser is one of the original eight fighters in the very first Super Smash Bros. game, and an iconic villain whose influence reaches to every corner of the planet. Don’t be fooled by his relatively cuddly appearance, though. In Super Smash Bros., the already beefy Bowser is capable of transforming into Giga Bowser – a hulking monstrosity that is probably capable of flattening the unwary with a single sneeze.

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