The Skull Cross Gang’s mookish underlings get their day in the limelight!
After examining the remaining bosses of the Skull Cross Gang in the first CFN Portal profiles of 2018, the Shadaloo Combat Research Institute returns to 1995’s Final Fight 3 to look at the files on some of the lesser underlings of the Skull Cross Gang. As always, Private Nakagawa returns to dutifully convey Shadaloo’s findings, while also adding in some of his own personal commentary on the individuals.
We begin with the psychotic brawler clad in a sports uniform: Hunter.
Private Nakagawa:“A sinister masked man who carries a baseball bat. He approaches you while muttering something… Scary!”
Name: HunterHeight: 189cmWeight: 90kgBlood Type: UnknownBirthday: January 7thCountry of Origin: UnknownLikes: DelusionsDislikes: Sports
Private Nakagawa:“What does it mean that he hates sports when he’s wearing baseball attire? He’s a member of a gang that operates in the city. He approaches you from behind your back and maims you mercilessly with his bat. It’s rumored that under his mask he’s actually a very handsome man.”
Next up is the eccentric and hyperactive Joe.
Private Nakagawa:“A strange, eccentric dresser. He wears what seems to be a gas mask. Hay fever, perhaps?”
Name: JoeHeight: 164cmWeight: 50kgBlood Type: ABirthday: August 1stCountry of Origin: USALikes: NutsDislikes: Grasshoppers, Praying Mantises
Private Nakagawa:“He toys with his opponents with his rapid movements. He’s continuously moving, a man who doesn’t know the meaning of calmness. He loves to stand out, and desperately tries to do what others don’t. He hates all green insects. His favorite type of nut is cashew.”
Moving on, let’s take a look at the powerful Arby.
Private Nakagawa:“A strong, powerful giant. He frequently changes jobs, using his strength to seek employment as a bodyguard for various organizations.”
Name: ArbyHeight: 191cmWeight: 179kgBlood Type: 0Birthday: March 21stCountry of Origin: USALikes: Eating, SleepingDislikes: Horror Movies
Private Nakagawa:“He’s interested in sumō wrestling since he saw it on TV once, and learned as an autodidact how to do harite” [The standard sumō palm strike. It’s not technically a slap (see Honda’s Hyakuretsu harite often translated as “100 hand slap”).] “and buchikamashi.” [Sumō’s name for the head/shoulder block, often done at the start of a match. In Japanese pro wrestling it’s used as an alternative name for the regular Shoulder Block if executed by a former sumō wrestler like Takeshi Rikiō.] “He’s unexpectedly helpful with people, and often shoulders his friend’s debts. It seems he doesn’t actually work for the money; instead, he’s only searching for a place to show off his strength and fully demonstrate his abilities.”
Continuing on, the next member is Billy.
Private Nakagawa:“A psyched-up man with eye makeup and a mohawk. He’s weak in a fight, but nevertheless likes to be noisy and cause havoc. He’s the sort of man that likes the means more than the results.”
Name: BillyHeight: 181cmWeight: 68kgBlood Type: BBirthday: May 31stCountry of Origin: UKLikes: Being Noisy, FriendsDislikes: Boasters
Private Nakagawa:“He moved to the U.S. from the U.K. just two years ago. He came to live with an acquaintance, befriended during a punk band concert. Eventually, when he and his friend were fooling around, they ended up in a gang. It seems he knows romantic literature and theater unexpectedly well.”
Next up is iron-clawed Rick.
Private Nakagawa:“He hits with equipped iron claws! Special attention must be paid to his rushing attacks. Once he’s knocked out, he lies on the ground for awhile; because of this, there’s a rumor he regenerates his health bar during that. (He actually doesn’t do it in-game.”)
Name: RickHeight: 198cmWeight: 98kgBlood Type: ABBirthday: March 5thCountry of Origin: ColumbiaLikes: Grinding, Tooth brushingDislikes: Meat
Private Nakagawa:“He became a gang member after being invited by a man whom he got to know in prison. He has the bad habit of reducing the street signboards to pieces with his claws. Hey, kids, it’s property damage! Don’t imitate him!”
Next up is one of the lowest-ranking members of the Skull Cross Gang, G.
Private Nakagawa:“Mr. G loves himself. He has no relation at all with that ‘other’ G. As a good delinquent, every day he works hard towards his evil deeds. His slight clumsiness makes him somewhat attractive.”
Name: GHeight: 172cmWeight: 77kgBlood Type: ABirthday: April 2ndCountry of Origin: USALikes: His HairstyleDislikes: Money Management
Private Nakagawa:“His favorite attack is the Kenka Kick” [Standard name for the running frontal kick, aka “Running Big Boot”. Its original name was Yakuza kick (because it was used by Masahiro Chōno, who played the part of a yakuza man), but, because of the Japanese TV censorship, it was changed into the neutered kenka, “brawl”.] “The ‘G’ stands for ‘Great.’ Because he cannot maintain his hairstyle on rainy days, he usually doesn’t work when it does. He’s very generous and always treats his friends to dinner, but as he doesn’t pay attention to his money, he usually ends up skint in no time.”
Let’s continue onward to the grenade-tossing Fritz.
Private Nakagawa:“This man loves his Stielhandgranaten beyond all else. The warm feeling of their wooden stalks causes him to never want to leave them… That’s daaangerous!”
Name: FritzHeight: 158cmWeight: 62kgBlood Type: 0Birthday: October 26thCountry of Origin: GermanyLikes: The Smell of Gunpowder, FireworksDislikes: Hamburgers
Private Nakagawa:“His family-owned business went bankrupt, and just when he found himself in financial crisis, he discovered in the warehouse of his late father, a large mass of hand grenades. He used them to assault a bank, then he joined a criminal group. Now he’s supporting a criminal organization for which he smuggles weapons.”
Finally, we have G’s partner, Johnny.
Private Nakagawa:“Johnny is a silent person. He has a quick punch, probably that of a former boxer. He has a short temper, and frequently causes brawls.”
Name: JohnnyHeight: 186cmWeight: 88kgBlood Type: BBirthday: May 4thCountry of Origin: USALikes: Hip-hop danceDislikes: His Brother
Private Nakagawa:“He had an older brother who dreamt about becoming a professional boxer, but became a gang member when Johnny was 10. His brother tried to justify himself saying that he needed money to help the family, but Johnny didn’t accept it and ran away from home. Years later, Johnny learned that his brother was gunned down shortly after he had run away. He became a gang member himself to find out the culprit.”
That wraps up another round of CFN Portal profiles, with four more members of the Skull Cross Gang left to go. For those who’ve played Final Fight 3, do you have any memories of facing this motley crew of mooks? Which one was your favorite? After the Skull Cross Gang is fully profiled, who would you like to see Shadaloo data on next? Sound off in the comments.
Special thanks to Midgardsorm for translations and footnotes.
Source: CFN Portal