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The 39 characters of Marvel vs Capcom 3

Chun-Li

First Appearance: Street Fighter II (Arcade)

Probably the most well known and popular woman in fighting games, Chun-Li and her insanely huge legs began her life as a street fighter during her crusade against Shadaloo. An experienced Interpol agent, her hatred for Shadaloo boss M. Bison began when the would-be dictator murdered her father, which apparently happened on a Tuesday. After Bison's defeat at the hands of the world warriors, she still works to better society in her day job, though she continually returns to road combat, putting her lightning kicks to good use.


Crimson Viper

First appearance: Street Fighter IV (Arcade)

Unlike other World Warriors who throw fireballs and stretch their limbs with supernatural ability, Viper uses a fancy techno suit to enhance her considerable martial arts skills. These Iron Man-esque add-ons let her charge punches with electric power, pound the ground with superhuman strength or set her legs aflame, plus enable her to leap higher than any of the other characters (well, before they were all exaggerated for MvC’s hyperactive play style). She’s gained a sizeable following since SFIV released, partially because her fighting style is unlike any other Street Fighter character (which makes her hard to predict when compared to other longtime SF fighters), and partially because she’s a super hot MILF. Bonus fact: Viper was created in 2009, making her the newest character in the entire roster.


Dante

First Appearance: Devil May Cry (PlayStation 2)

Born from the union of a rebellious demon and a human woman, Dante lives to exterminate demons and has become very proficient at it. With incredible strength, speed and fighting skills, Dante dispatches devils easily, and he’s even better when using his trademark guns Ebony and Ivory, plus he’s well versed in most close-combat weapons (his sword Rebellion is pictured above, which indicates it’s his weapon of choice in MvC3). His inherited devil powers give him the “Devil Trigger” ability, which are devastating special moves dependant on the weapon in hand. Though a continually popular character, Dante’s about to get a rather intense redesign in his next game, a prequel simply titled DmC.


Deadpool

First Appearance: New Mutants #98 (1991)

Spider-Man aside, most Marvel characters take themselves pretty seriously. Deadpool, on the other hand, is like a murderous mirror version of Spidey, a man who kills with glee, spouts a one-liner and makes off in a hail of bullets. In addition to expert-level marksmanship, he also has a hyperactive healing factor that almost makes him completely impervious to harm. Naturally that ability doesn’t come into play in MvC3, but his devil-may-care attitude and incessant mouthing off (usually breaking the fourth wall in the process) is in full effect ; for example, his level 3 ultra combo has him ripping the life meter off the top of the screen and using it to beat the crap out of the other team.


Doctor Doom

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #5

The fools on earth may not understand it, but Victor Von Doom was born to lead them. A Gypsy from the fictional Eastern European country Latveria, Doom's brilliant intellect brought him to the greatest schools in America, until a freak accident (which he blames on Reed "Mr. Fantastic" Richards) scarred his face. He left academia, studied the dark arts, made an advanced metal suit, conquered Latveria, and planned his revenge on the infernal Richards. On top of a powerful mechanical ensemble that’s on par with most anything Tony Stark can create, he's also the second best sorcerer on Earth, and can invent nearly anything. Though normally the foe of the Fantastic Four, sometimes his plans bring him in conflict with all of Marvel’s heroes, and woe be to those that challenge the might of Doom!


Dormammu

First Appearance: Strange Tales #126

An elder god of the nether realm, Dormammu has tried to invade our reality on occasion, which over the centuries brought him into contact with earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. Power-wise he’s almost without limits, but thanks to the various bindings and sanctions created by Doctor Strange, he trapped in his spirit realm, rarely directly threatening earth. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t bestowed a fraction of his power on earthly agents, like the Wand of Watoomb thief Mordo, or would-be kingpin of super-powered crime The Hood, but only in special case, like a crossover videogame, does he fight his own battles.


Felicia

First Appearance: Darkstalkers (Arcade)

Raised by a nun until her foster mother’s untimely passing, Felica dreams only of stardom and a singing career. She has the grace, agility and claws that fit her catwoman species, with body language that comes off as more cat than human. Though she’s cast as a more cute character when compared to Darkstalkers’ femme fatale Morrigan, it’s hard to ignore Felica . It helps that she's one of very few fighters who battle nude, as everything she's "wearing" just seems to be conveniently placed hair.

64 comments

  • Deutero - February 12, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    great stuff Henry, i love these types of articles
  • Afrodisiac39 - February 12, 2011 4:57 a.m.

    While X-Men is obviously an important part of the Marvel Universe, I really wish we got more varied characters from Marvel (Storm, Magneto, Sentinel, Jean Grey, Wolverine AND X-23?!). I would have loved to see Whiplash, Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer or even just some villains of the characters in game. I know Marvel limited the roster on their side but it would have been nice. Regardless I am still loving this game. Also, who else would want to buy the Zombie Slayers DLC with Frank West and Ashley J. Williams in it?
  • JamesT - February 11, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    These kind of articles are very useful. I can link them to my friends who have no idea who a certain character is. Also a slight correction: According to Capcom "Dmc" is a reboot not a prequel. http://doesnotcompute.org/devil-may-cry-dmc/ although they have been flipping back and forth on that so I guess it doesn't really matter either way.
  • kibbles0515 - February 11, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Question. In the background (the circle thingie) who is the character above Hulk on the right? At about 2 o'clock?
  • nyef - February 11, 2011 4:05 a.m.

    WHAT??!?!?! NO SERVBOTS!?!?! ...How else will I utilize my fine dining skills during a fight??? set tables at a boxing match? I don't think so >:(
  • Sleuth - February 11, 2011 2:29 a.m.

    Please put Sentry or Fantomex in this!
  • darkraichu34 - February 11, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    Why is Chris always in fighting games? My favorite Resi Character is Leon, so I am disappointed... But still, AMATERASU!
  • CoppertopJohnson - February 10, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    Holy shit, Dormammu!
  • Solid_Gabriel - February 10, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    I'm saving all these pics for myself, ok?
  • Ridureyu - February 10, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    OKay, see, MVC2's ginormous roster was partly because they could recycle the graphics, sounds, and movelists for 90% of the challengers. The "new" characters made from scratch were actually pretty scant. MVC3? They had to make everybody from scratch from the beginning. Everybody is new. No shortcuts. Now, MVC4, if it runs on the same engine, could undoubtedly keep this roster and then pile on more characters afterward.
  • philipshaw - February 10, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    This is comprehensive to say the least
  • cell989 - February 10, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    This is a FAIL!! roster. Where the fuck is Ken Masters!!! and why the Fuck is there nothing but Resisdent Evil Characters? CapCom did this on purpose to give Resident Evil more exposure. Where is Megaman, BB Hood, Strider, and Guile? Where is Venom, The Punisher, Thanos, SaberTooth, Omega Red, and Cyclops? Why the fuck do we get C.Viper? She Hulk? Sentinel? Trish and Gil Valentine are practically the same shit, and for the love of God where the fuck is CAPTAIN COMMANDO?
  • BurntToShreds - February 10, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    The problem with some of the characters people want in the game is that they're outdated and/or irrelevant. Jin, Strider, and Captain Commando are all awesome, but I'm pretty sure that players new to the series don't know who they are. also, their game are all 10+ years old with no sequels or remakes in sight. Like I said, you can't please everyone.
  • FirLocke - February 10, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    Wow. Really? Dude, this list could be so much better. First of all, why the fuck are both Akuma AND C.Viper in this game? They both have their own fighting game series in the first place, come on now. Three representatives are enough. Chris Redfield is great but really, Leon S. mothafuckin' Kennedy is where it's at. And no Mega Man? Are you SERIOUS? X would have been fantastic but not even a single version of Mega Man at all? That's like spite againt Keiji Inafune, sheesh. Zero and Tron Bonne are really nice, but seriously? And don't forget Venom, Nick Fury, Cyclops, Daredevil and Ghost Rider. Where are they huh? And the blue wolf dude from DarkStalkers. You know the one.
  • Turboash - February 10, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    Do-up your damn boots Dante.
  • JPorFavor - February 10, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    Hopefully Megaman will at least get some DLC.
  • Phoenix4 - February 10, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    I bet my ass that they keep more kewl heroes on the next DLCs
  • Nazcom555 - February 10, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    Gotta say, I'll aways take DC over Marvel. BUT Marvel's characters lend themselves to a fighting games alot better then DC's.
  • Scammeleon - February 10, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    OBJECTION! Where's Megaman and Phoenix Wright? :-( And Venom?!
  • EdDeRs1 - February 10, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    im hopeing for crossover DLC to the world of 2000AD (the comics moron) to bring in the most deadly creature in the multiverse, the unkillable Judge Death (fools! you cannot kill what dose not live!) and Meaga City One's greatest lawman, Judge Dredd, a dude who has faced every imagninable threat, killed his univers's version of Superman, crossed dimension and travaled in time on more than one occasion, and even beaten up and arrested Batman

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