Meet the cast of Tatsunoko vs Capcom

Mega Man Volnutt

First appeared: Mega Man Legends

This isn’t the Mega Man you’re used to. Mega Man Volnutt was the star of the underrated Mega Man Legends series. After being found trapped in a crystal by Dr. Barrel Caskett, he was adopted into the Caskett family, which includes the very human Roll. The amnesiac robot isn’t sure what his purpose is, so Mega Man entered the Caskett business of being a Digger, sort of like a futuristic Indiana Jones. Later he learns from his old pal, the robot monkey Data, that he was a robot hunter typically fighting the Reaverbots, who he continues to battle in his current life, as well as tangling with the Bonne family of pirates.


First appeared: Darkstalkers

Morrigan is probably the best-known character of the Darkstalkers franchise, thanks in no small part to her (literally) vamping it up in revealing clothes. As demon royalty, she was born with incredible power, so her father locked away part of her energy, only giving her access to it upon his death. Even after his passing, and with the throne hers, she would much rather dabble in the world of humans, normally by beating the crap out of them. Not only magically potent, Morrigan also has the ability to transform her bat wings into any number of things, offensive and defensive, which fits in well with all the transforming Tatsunoko characters.


First appeared: Hurricane Polimar

Onitora Takeshi was trained by his law-loving, Secret Police-leading father to be the ultimate cop. Though a top martial artist and a great detective, Takeshi grew up not seeing eye-to-eye with dad, and decided to become a private investigator instead. That’s until he came upon a new, super-strong plastic - or polymer (*wink*) - which could become multiple shapes, including a plane of submarine. Like any sane man, he used it to make a costume and become the crime-fighting hero Polimar, beating up henchmen and robots alike until the world is free or something.


First appeared: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

In the icy world of E.D.N. III, staying warm is a matter of life and death, and freezing will kill you just as dead as any mercenary or giant bug will. So to fight ol’ man Winter, some colonists brought along mechanical assistance in the form of Vital Suits (VS). VSes are much better at fighting the Akrid – the native bugs of the planet – than a regular human, thanks to their metal hides and the heavy-duty weapons they carry, though they aren’t invincible. This particular model is a variation on the standard one that protagonist Wayne drives in Lost Planet, looking more like the one his late father Gale piloted.


First appeared: Mega Man

Mega Man's sister, also built by Dr. Light, Roll normally takes the back seat and supports her Mega-bro from the comfort of the Doc's lab, often with a broom in hand. But when she does enter combat, she shows her homemaker side, fighting with cleaning items and whatever else is on hand. She's generally used for comic relief, with weak or silly attacks. Combine that with her being programmed to cook and clean, and we don’t think Dr. Light was much of a feminist when he built her. Fun fact: her name is based on the fact that Mega Man is Rockman in Japan, making them Rock 'n’ Roll.


First appeared: Street Fighter

The heart and soul of the Street Fighter series, Ryu is probably the most well-known fighting game character in the world. Master of the Hadouken fireball attack, he’s out to perfect his craft and hone his skills instead of winning tournaments or destroying criminal cartels, even if they often go hand in hand. An orphan trained alongside Ken, Ryu has a personality you could call either “stoic” or “boring.” He is often seen as the greatest pure fighter in the world, always out for the next challenge with very little else on his mind. That is except for a quest for vengeance against Akuma, the man he thought killed his master (who was recently revealed to be alive in Street Fighter IV).

Saki Omokane

First appeared: Quiz Nanairo Dreams

Certainly the most obscure Capcom property in the game, Saki is from the Japan-only Quiz Nanairo Dreams, a quiz/dating-sim that came out in arcades and for the Saturn and PlayStation. The lead guy must stop the Devil King by going on dates with cute anime girls and answering their questions; if the dates go well, he collects crystals from their hearts to use against the villain. Unlike the other possible dates, Saki had the very exciting job of working for the Earth Defense Force, which routinely fights off giant monsters attacking the city. That’s why she looks ready for battle and carries artillery. She’s basically all that’s remembered from the game, and even appeared as an assist character in the Marvel vs Capcom series.


  • gojiguyar - January 17, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    Man, this guy didn't give Tatsunoko a break. Karas, Casshern, Gatchaman, and Tekkaman Blade all enjoyed a thorough popularity here in the states. Karas was one of the best selling anime OAV DVDs ever iirc.
  • thochaos - February 7, 2010 4:26 a.m.

    I used to watch both Teknoman and Bob in the Bottle but most of the rest are unknown to me.
  • micahnell - February 4, 2010 4:41 a.m.

    This game is just way 2 awesome!
  • kaaos - February 2, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    this game is 1 of the flyest vs fightin' games i ever played besides MK vs DC.playing as meagaman volnut makes me wanna get the game he waz from,but they could have had more unlockabble characters like axl or megaman zx
  • linkganon - February 2, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    Henshin a-go-go baby, viewtiful joe's catchphrase he says to transform, technically if he just said henshin, he'd still transform, as that's a japanese word for transformation (or something like that) and he just varied it to create a catchphrase. seriously, the japanese version of his catchphrase is not good. hahaha, played the game and frank west has an attack called real mega buster, he even wears the mega man suit when he does it. also, didn't i hear that yatterman is starting to get popular in north america?
  • robotechandnarutosucks - January 29, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    @Vagrant Pheonix was never in the game. He was removed because he had a special objection attack that would've been way too cheap.
  • GR_HenryGilbert - January 27, 2010 5:33 p.m.

    @Ravenborn True he was playable for a limited time in X3, but not I write "fully-playable" meaning you can play as him for the entire game. So that's what I meant.
  • Conman93 - January 27, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    Struggling to decide between this and no more heroes 2. Will get one of the 2 soon I agree GR, WHY THE HELL IS THERE NO AMMY!!!!!
  • Ravenbom - January 27, 2010 10:54 a.m.

    Love the article Hank as well as the game! I played a Japanese import last year and I'm glad (and surprised) that the American version improved upon the original. But as to the article, I'm pretty sure that Zero was first playable in Mega Man X3, not X4.
  • Vagrant - January 27, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Only really care about Frank West (and maybe Viewtiful Joe). Sucks that they took Phoenix Wright out. And that they didn't use a cool Onimusha character. Is it just me or do all of the weird masked superhero-y guys we've never heard of have a white and red colour scheme?
  • Kenzo - January 27, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    Hakushon Daimaou has an eerie "tingle-like" quality to him, definitely not going to miss him also I love paperback versions of things
  • AyJay - January 27, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    Just bought this game super cheap online and am awaiting it in the mail. My friend has the Japanese version, which is awesome, can't wait. :)
  • NeoKef - January 27, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    Thank you for going back and adding Zero in this. I was sorted ticked off when I saw Zero in the in the Hyper Moves video and realize he wasn't mention in the 28 characters of TvC. Again, thanks.
  • Cyberninja - January 27, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    cant wait to play it still need 20 dollars tho
  • GR_HenryGilbert - January 26, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    Ok then, the new guys exclusive to All-Stars are Zero, Frank West, Joe the Condor, Tekkaman Blade, and Yatterman 2. The only character Japan got that we didn't was Hakushan. Hope that clears things up for you
  • dante1924 - January 26, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    Now I finally know what the tatsunoko characters are! Now I will get even more enjoyment! Although the article's really good, I would have liked it if you said what the state exclusive characters are. 'Cause I'm not sure exactly who's new.
  • robotechandnarutosucks - January 26, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    First, and these almost all the new characters suck!

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