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Raiden 'n Vader 'n Grater
The Fatal Fury character Raiden/Big Bear as well as the Slam Masters character Alexander the Grater were based directly on "Big Van" Vader, who was immensely popular in Japan at the time.
Applies to: Big Bear Grater Raiden Vader
Ralf the Tank
Although unconfirmed, it seems that Ralf Jones is the playable character in SNK's early game T.A.N.K. (known as T.N.K. III in the west and released a full year before Ikari Warriors) as well as its sequel Great Tank/Iron Tank. Supporting the theory that "Colonel Ralph" [sic?] is Ralf Jones, include Ralph receiving a medal from the United Sta...
Applies to: Ralf Jones
Ramos Will Eat Himself
A logo of English band Pop Will Eat Itself appears on Ramos's 2P shirt. Apparently he's just into them, as they have no connection with the game.
Applies to: Ramos Vs.
Random Warriors
Despite the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series having a vast stable of characters to choose from, Konami felt it necessary to create two original characters for Tournament Fighters: Aska for the Super NES version, and Sisyphus for the Genesis version. It is unknown if Mirage Studios retains the rights to these characters, or if they have defaulted...
Applies to: Aska Sisyphus Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Genesis) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (SNES)
Reduced Roster
According to some leftover data on the home version discs, The King of Fighters XII originally would have had Mai, Yuri, King, Vice, Takuma, Hwa Jai, "Billy", a "Dark" Ash, and a KoF '98 version of Iori, as well as a boss of unknown identity. KoF XII was well-known to have been rushed through development, so these characters all obviously got the a...
Applies to: Billy Kane Hwa Jai Iori with the Power of Flames King Mad Spiral of the Blood Ash Mai Shiranui Takuma Sakazaki Vice Yuri Sakazaki King of Fighters 12, The
Rejected Mascot
Polygon Man was planned to be the original mascot for the PlayStation brand, but was rejected by the PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale marks his first-ever appearance in a video game.
Applies to: Polygon Man PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Riesbyfe In Melty Blood Re-Act
During Sion Tatari's Last Arc Drive, Riesbyfe Stridberg will make a small appearance. But it was not until Melty Blood: Actress Again she made her debut as a playable character.
Applies to: Riesbyfe Stridberg Sion Tatari Melty Blood Re-ACT Melty Blood: Actress Again
Right Back Atcha, SNK
Samurai Shodown 4's programming is credited to DAN...ABE, KURA, and, um, LLAOYLLAKCUF.

(Hint: It's backwards!!)

Applies to: Samurai Shodown 4
Robin Mask Homage
Starting in King of Fighters 2003, Clark drops the Muscle Spark in favor of an equally improbable hold. The LDM version of the Ultra Argentine Backbreaker ends with "Clark Special," identical to Robin Mask's Robin Special finisher.
Applies to: Clark Steel Robin Mask
Royal Reference
Rain's name and purple costume are an allusion to Prince's album, song, and film, Purple Rain.
Applies to: Rain

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