The 40 Best Fighting Game Guest Characters

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Fighting games have proven to be the ultimate "crossover dream turned into a reality" scenario since 1993. And since then, the best fighting game guest characters have become a hot topic amongst the FGC.

Fatal Fury Special kickstarted the ongoing trend of fighting game guest characters with the surprise appearance of Art of Fighting's Ryo Sakazaki as a special boss challenge/playable character. And in the years since, some of the most popular and obscure fighters have spread out their roster by adding in outside participants. What makes that aspect of fighters so interesting is the fact that guest characters have not only been lifted from other fighting games - they've also been taken from non-fighting games, TV shows, and movies. The best fighting game guest characters tend to add that extra bit of pizzazz to any fighter they're added to.

For this list, we're going to acknowledge 40 of the greatest fighting game guest characters of all time. And for some of these picks, we just had to show love to the entire guest ensemble that made their presence felt in certain fighters (we're looking at you, Mortal Kombat!).

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Best Fighting Game Guest Characters

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1. Akuma ('X-Men: Children of the Atom')

2. Zero Akuma ('Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness')

3. Sakura ('Rival Schools: United By Fate')

4. The 'Final Fantasy VII' Characters ('Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring')

5. Link ('Soulcalibur II')

6. Sonic the Hedgehog ('Super Smash Bros. Brawl')

7. Solid Snake ('Super Smash Bros. Brawl')

8. The 'Star Wars' Characters ('Soulcalibur IV')

9. Kratos ('Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny')

10. The 'Virtua Fighter' Characters ('Dead or Alive 5')

11. Mai Shiranui ('Dead or Alive 5')

12. Akira Yuki ('Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax')

13. Mega Man ('Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U')

14. Pac-Man ('Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U')

15. Ryu ('Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U')

16. Cloud Strife ('Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U')

17. Bayonetta ('Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U')

18. Iori Yagami ('Million Arthur: Arcana Blood')

19. Rash ('Killer Instinct' - 2013)

20. Akuma ('Tekken 7')

21. Geese Howard ('Tekken 7')

22. Geralt of Rivia ('Soulcalibur VI')

23. 2B ('Soulcalibur VI')

24. Haohmaru ('Soulcalibur VI')

25. Kratos ('Mortal Kombat' - 2011)

26. Freddy Krueger ('Mortal Kombat' - 2011)

27. Scorpion ('Injustice: Gods Among Us')

28. The Movie Characters ('Mortal Kombat X')

29. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ('Injustice 2')

30. Akira Kazama ('Street Fighter V')

31. Spawn ('Mortal Kombat 11')

32. Terry Bogard ('Fighting EX Layer')

33. Baiken ('Samurai Shodown' - 2019)

34. Ryu ('Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid')

35. Chun-Li ('Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid')

36. Ken ('Super Smash Bros. Ultimate')

37. Terry Bogard ('Super Smash Bros. Ultimate')

38. Sephiroth ('Super Smash Bros. Ultimate')

39. Kazuya Mishima ('Super Smash Bros. Ultimate')

40. Sora ('Super Smash Bros. Ultimate')

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