Here's a random thought.

I wonder how the Japanese perceive Terry Bogard from the SNK fighting games. Do they actually take him seriously as a character instead of viewing him as an extremely violent, terminally delusional nutjob? Because that's the only way I can characterize him in any way that makes sense. How else could someone justify a character whose main schtick is ruthlessly beat the crap out of people while yelling "HEY! C'MON C'MON! GET SERIOUS! ARE YOU OKAY?! BUSTER WOLF!"

I know that the SNK games have some kind of plot going to them, and I doubt that they would intentionally make the Big Damn Hero of their games a whacked-out lummox who seemed to lose control of what he was saying whenever he got into a fight. If they did, then kudos to SNK. That's a brave choice. It turns Fatal Fury into the "Rain Man" of fighting games. I picture Terry as this mentally deficient martial artist who gets entered into a fighting tournament by some jerk who likes to pick on the handicapped, and his brother Andy enters in order to look out for him. If that isn't a part of the SNK fighter plots, it really should be. If I ever make a fighting game, I'm using that one.

Wait, are there any English speaking fans that regard Terry Bogard as a serious character? I don't believe it's possible, but maybe there are.

From: [identity profile] sethimothy.livejournal.com


Taking you seriously for a moment, that's kinda like thinking people will take Cress of Tales of Phantasia less seriously because of the way he taunts and announces his attacks. Still, though, it is food for thought.

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I've never played Tales of Phantasia, but I assume it uses the same trope where people shout the name of their special attack and then glowy shit comes out of their hands. It isn't just about how their Japanese voice actor has trouble pronouncing English words. Does Cress ever say things that make sense? Because Terry says things that only ever make the opposite of sense. He shouts "ARE YOU OK?!" between roundhouse kicking a guy in the face and shooting a cone of glowy shit from the ground at them. He shouts "GET SERIOUS!" at people who intend to do him serious bodily harm.

SNK apologist like to argue that Terry is a sarcastic bastard, but I think it's far more likely that Terry is incapable of understanding the situation because of a mental handicap.
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