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The 39 characters of Marvel vs Capcom 3

Trish

First Appearance: Devil May Cry (PlayStation 2)

Hardly the most famous character from Devil May Cry, Trish filled her role as sexy, mysterious bad girl with a heart of gold well. She’s pretty adept at fighting demons, whether using a wide array of weapons or her strange, lightning-based powers. Sure, there are some minor oedipal issues when she works with DMC hero Dante since Trish looks exactly like his mother, and that’s further complicated when you find out she was created by an arch demon as a trap for Dante. In the end Trish turned on her master and saved the day, and MvC3 is the most exposure Trish has seen since the first DMC nearly a decade ago


Tron Bonne

First Appearance: Mega Man Legends (PlayStation)

Creator of the super-cute Servbots, Tron Bonne is a techo whiz who uses her Gustaff fighting suit to slam, drill and explode enemies into submission. She’s been drastically retooled when compared to her MvC2 incarnation, as evidenced by our hands-on time with Seth Killian, so this once throwaway character may finally have a chance to do some damage. As for Tron as a character, she rides the line between hero and antagonist, often impeding Mega Man Volnutt while harboring a secret crush on him. She’s also starred in her very own PS1 game, “The Misadventures of Tron Bonne.”


Viewtiful Joe

First Appearance: Viewtiful Joe (Gamecube)

Created as a loving tribute to Japanese super heroes of old (think Power Rangers), Viewtiful Joe is a fitting choice to battle Marvel’s heroes. When mild-mannered Joe says, “Henshin a-go-go,” he transforms into the colorful hero Viewtiful Joe, star of serialized adventures. His gaming fame began he searched for his girlfriend Silvia after she was pulled into the movie screen during a classic Captain Blue adventure. Along with fighting and boomerang-throwing prowess, Joe’s powers focus on making his fights more cinematic by slowing down or speeding up the film, or zooming in to make things explode. Continually protecting the world from cliché movie villains and giant robots, Joe takes this responsibility seriously… most of the time.


Wolverine

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #180

James Howlett hasn’t had an easy life since he discovered his gifts of quick healing and bone claws that popped out between his knuckles. A scrapper with a sense of morality he often ignores, Logan (as he preferred to be called) became such a skilled military operative that he eventually took part in an experiment called Weapon X, which bonded indestructible adamantium to his bones and claws, solidifying his position as Marvel’s toughest SOB. Eventually he wound up with the X-Men and softened some after accepting Prof. Xavier’s dream of human/mutant equality, but that doesn’t mean he’s above popping a claw in someone’s face from time to time.


X-23

First Appearance: NYX #3

Technically she first appeared in the early 2000s animated series X-Men: Evolution, and once she came to the print Marvel Universe, X-23 needed to prove she isn’t just “Wolverine-Girl,” which is tough given that she’s literally a clone of Wolverine. After escaping the government facility that spawned her, X-23 lived on the mean streets until she joined up with the X-Men, and currently she operates as part of the black ops X-Force team. Though not as battle hardened as Wolvie, her array of powers are basically the same as Logan, though only her claws have adamantium coating, not her bones. Though she does have a claw on each foot, so, you know… that’s something…


Zero

First Appearance: Mega Man X (SNES)

Prerequisites for being any Mega Man rival are edginess and wearing a lot of red, something Zero pulls off spectacularly. A Maverick Hunter just like his friend X, Zero is Mega Man X’s equivalent to Proto Man, but with an added ponytail. More aggressive than X, Zero prefers to get in close with his lightsaber-ish weapon, and when he became a fully-playable option in Mega Man X4, he challenged players in their second playthrough, having to face enemies in a very different way than X would. Suffering from videogame amnesia - not to mention being destroyed and rebuilt more than once - he eventually learns that he was built by Dr. Wily a century earlier, but he rejects the evil purpose for which he was created, and fights for peace by destroying evil robots, despite the cold, anti-hero exterior he projects.

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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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