Top 10 BROKEN Fighting Game Characters

October 20, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

Top 10 BROKEN Fighting Game Characters

Nick: If you’ve been following Screwattack for a while, you know how much we love fighting games. For us, they bring us so much hype and excitement, but then there are some characters that just bring us nothing but salt and frustration. The 10 you see here aren’t necessarily unbeatable, but man, oh man, they can be rage inducing. So hey! I’m Nervous Nick for Screwattack’s Top 10 BROKEN fighting game characters. Announcer: NUMBER 10. Nick: Killer Instinct has never been a super execution heavy series, but even then, why is Cinder such an easy character to play in the original KI!? Not just easy, but rewarding too! Not only does he have one of the most famous infinite combos in fighting games, but he’s got another combo that ends up stunning you, letting him rinse and repeat until you lose. Oh, also, he can turn invisible. You know, just for good measure. Cinder was such a problem in the arcades back in the day, that Nintendo actually had to patch KI just to take away his infinite nonsense. Yes, behind the times Nintendo PATCHED A GAME IN 1994 by sending technicians out to all 17,000 arcade machines… …just to tone Cinder down. I love it. A man on fire did more to modernize Nintendo than competition from Sony and Microsoft ever did! Announcer: NUMBER 9. Nick: Love her or hate her, Ibuki will forever be one of my very favorite Street Fighter characters. Back in Street Fighter 3: New Generation, she was the first fighting game character I ever mained. But I’ll call it like I see it, this character’s broken. I can’t think of too many characters who have ever had a one button infinite. but here’s Ibuki comboing Elena with nothing but a standing heavy kick. Even I could do this infinite back in the day, and I was a complete fighting game newbie! Plus, her super, “Hashin Shou” was just dumb! I remember one time, I got hit by Ryu’s fireball and somehow mashed out a super fast enough to hit Ryu with it before he even had a chance to block! Oh, also this super sets up Ibuki’s infinite as well. If ever a case could be made for thick thighs taking lives… …this would be it. Announcer: NUMBER 8. Nick: When Street Fighter Cross Tekken was announced, it was like a childhood dream come true. I mean, two huge fighting game franchises coming together in an official game?! The possibilities were endless! Unfortunately, the game launched as a buggy glitch-filled disappointment and nothing embodies that better than “Mega Man”. Mega Man with GIANT quotation marks around it. Anyway, Mega Man could eke out wins with the tactic not so affectionately referred to as a TIMER SCAM. Basically all he had to do was get the life lead and trigger a bug which took him to frigging orbit, out of your reach, you can never hit him again for the rest of the game. After that it was only a matter of waiting for the timer to run out, or for the opponent to rage quit. But hey, on the plus side, Capcom has since managed to fix both this bug and Mega Man himself. Thank God! Announcer: NUMBER 7. December 15, 2015… …the final character for Smash Brothers Wii U is revealed to be none other than Bayonetta. The internet loses its collective mind with hype! …And today, the internet is losing its collective mind with SALT. Anybody who’s had to face Bayonetta knows the pain of losing an entire stock just because she got you with one Witch Time counter. This move is fricking dumb! Even without it, Bayonetta still has plenty of other ways to take you from 0% ALL the way to the Big Battlefield in the sky by killing you off the top. Pretty much the only reason Bayonetta’s not higher is because she did get patched so that you can escape her zero to death combos, but you’ve got to do this to your controller to do it! [BOOM] The only thing that wears down faster than your control stick is your patience when you’ve got to fight the Umbra Witch. Cross your fingers that if and when this game gets a Switch-port that Nintendo burns the witch one more time. Announcer: NUMBER 6. Nick: One word: RESURRECTION. Anybody who has had the misfortune of playing against Gill from Street Fighter 3 probably shudders at that very word. It wasn’t enough that this game’s boss character does chip-damage with his normals… shoots projectiles that can eat through everyone else’s… can stun most characters in one combo and also hits like a titanium truck carrying bricks! What truly puts Gill over the edge is everything he does with his Super Meter. You can use it to rain down a wall of projectiles from the sky… shoot rainbows that do a billion damage whether you block it or not… or worst of all, his dreaded RESURRECTION. Let me tell you the story of how this usually goes: You barely managed to land the final hit that downs this giant naked man… when suddenly he just gets back up like he’s demon-possessed and his health bar turns green again! I’ll skip to the end of the story: You lose! Hey, at least he’s banded by default in 3rd Strike: Online Edition! Announcer: NUMBER 5. Nick: How can you talk about broken fighting game characters without bringing up the all-time classic Akuma from Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo? You want to know what an overpowered fighter looks like? Behold! The quintessential textbook example! We all remember experiencing the nightmare that was the hidden boss Akuma… so when it turned out that the version YOU could play as was toned down, everybody said: “Oh, thank God!” But, he was STILL too powerful. Akuma was always meant to be something of a glass cannon, who hits hard but gets it even harder. The thing is, in his first appearance here, he was a too much cannon and not enough glass. If he kept throwing his red fireballs at you… YOU WERE STUCK-AND-BLOCK FOR THE REST OF THE MATCH, and even if you got past that, he couldn’t be stunned! At least Gill was banned by default in Street Fighter 3! Not so with Akuma. Announcer: NUMBER 4. Nick: Something that makes Marvel vs Capcom games so appealing is the idea that EVERYONE is cheap. That’s such a huge reason why these games are so fun! And yet, for most people, Dark Phoenix managed to suck the fun right out of Marvel vs Capcom 3. Phoenix may have the smallest amount of health in the game, but if she dies while sitting on all 5 Hyper-Meters HO HO, BOY, ARE YOU IN FOR SOME BULLCRAP! Reborn as Dark Phoenix her speed and damage output both get a huge boost, and since her teleport can appear in front or behind you, you basically have to guess which way to block. And then, on top of all that, if she triggers her X-Factor… she gets even faster and even stronger until she’s an nigh-unreactable powerhouse that can undo all your hard work in just a few combos. I haven’t played this game since 2013 and even though I was never really good at it… this character is still a big reason why I quit. Announcer: NUMBER 3. Bayonetta may be the modern-day controversial Smash character, but not so long ago, that dishonor belonged to Meta knight in Super Smash Brothers Brawl. This beach ball with wings seemingly has almost every advantage going for him! Ridiculously fast moves both on the ground and in the air, a powerful combo game, and for those of you into this sort of thing… NO BAD MATCHUPS ACROSS THE ENTIRE CAST! He may be a lightweight, but if your attack does anything less than kill him outright, Meta Knight is practically GUARANTEED to get back onto the stage again, since every single one of his special moves also works as a recovery. Plus, Meta knight is really good at running away from you the entire match. Remember that glitch that let him disappear for as long as he felt like? Yeah, not so fun for everybody else. Fun fact: Because Meta Knight is such a stupidly powerful character… he’s the only one in all of Smash who is nearly banned from all tournament play. And in hindsight, he probably should have been… Announcer: NUMBER 2. Nick: You know a fighter is bonkers if they’re banned from tournaments WITHOUT being a boss character, and if you played Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future, you can see why this exact thing happened to a little bird called Pet Shop. This freaky falcon is small, hard to hit, and loves nothing more than shooting you with a giant icicles that lead to TONS of damage. Pet Shop is so hard to keep track of because he’s all over the screen in this game… and he’s so strong, that he can even take Jojo himself from full health all the way to death in a single combo. GOLLY-MIT! I JUST- I JUST WANT TO SMASH HIS LITTLE BIRD FACE IN PIECES UNTIL IT SHATTERS! Oh yeah, just like that. Announcer: IT’S… NUMBER 1. Nick: If you’re watching a Screwattack Top 10 you must understand that if it’s number one on the list IT IS THE ANSWER. Ladies and gentlemen, let me personally introduce you to the number one most broken fighting game character of all. Ivan Ooze. In Power Rangers Fighting Edition on SNES, this character actually flies around the arena the entire game all the while shooting you with columns of lasers and projectiles that, get this, HOME IN ON YOU. Even if you somehow get in close on him, Ivan Ooze’s aptly-named invulnerable strike has, well, obvious advantages. It’s true that he literally can’t block, but with moves like these, WHY WOULD HE NEED TO?!?!?!? On top of all that, what if I told you that you can’t throw him OR hit him with low attacks!? That means half of your basic offense is COMEPLETELY WORTHLESS against him! Picking the best character in a fighting game doesn’t usually mean that you’re going to win automatically… Unless you pick Ivan Ooze in which case you will win every time. For secret number 11 we’re going back to Smash one more time for the Ice Climbers. These kids trolled their way through not just Melee, but also Brawl as well! If your opponent knew the right inputs, one grab from the Ice Climbers meant one death for you guaranteed. So maybe it’s for the best that they never made their return in Smash Brothers Wii U

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  1. Jo Biehle

    There's an easy fix for Gil in 3rd Strike. Step back, wait for him to levitate & immediately jump kick him to stop his meter refill. There'll b a little recharge, but if u have meter, u should b good. 1st time I did this, I hit him & immediately gave him the Raging Demon

  2. Freddy Fazbear

    you forgot the most OP character of all the online spammer

  3. Darth ZZONERD

    MK9's Kabal is most brocken char of all fighting games on my opinion

  4. Den

    beach ball with wings…hahaha

  5. Singularity

    wheres bgod

  6. Ritik Malik

    This guy never met mk3 Kabal and never play against kof boss 😒😒
    My no.1 Pick were Anthena from SVC super plus

  7. ThatRandomGuy

    4:00 oh don’t worry about that

  8. The 4th Komodo

    No Kabal or Rain?

  9. Yasser Ramadhan

    Paul Tekken 3?

  10. O Booder O

    projared is in the vid
    oh no

  11. Jewtaro Kujew

    Nothing from MK, at all, alright then.

  12. Afonso Caetano

    Come on everyone kbows the most broken fighter is HOL HORSE BABY IM TALKING ABOUT THE ENTIRE STALION

  13. Armando Lopez

    50% of these characters are from CAPCOM fighting games. Seriously, Capcom needs to fix their roster before the games release.

  14. Ovan

    Thicc thighs take lives ☻

  15. Jose A. Peralta

    Where is Eddie Gordo from Tekken on this list!?

  16. Batman And Robin

    Brawl meta knight? Melee Fox?

  17. Dial A For Awesome

    Which of these characters would win in one giant fighting game?

  18. Groundup Gaming

    Omg ivan ozoo for the new power rangers game must happen

  19. Kevin Yasutomi

    Speaking of broken characters, I am very surprised that Iron Man in MVC2, or Akira from SDK were not mentioned. Both have the easiest infinite in their games, one has theirs with a single button. Guess which.

  20. n11ono

    No snk boss means you've not played enough fighters.

  21. Random YouTube name

    No melee fox

  22. Douchebag brigade

    Projared #Gropejared #sinjared #pedojared playing street fighter 3 lamo

  23. 제이 사이야죠스타 Jay SaiyaJoestar

    uh… Toki from Hokuto No Ken PS2?

  24. gang weed

    10. Cinder
    9. Ibuki
    8. Mega Man
    7. Bayonetta
    6. Gill
    5. Akuma
    4. Dark Phoenix
    3. Meta Knight
    2. Pet Shop
    1. Ivan Ooze

  25. JarnBjorn

    no steve fox from tekken 5?

  26. Vex nor

    Alexa play bloody stream

  27. Tohfool

    What's the song in the number 10 topic?

  28. I am Absolute Filth

    No melee fox? QmQ

  29. Sleep

    General from Kaiser Knuckle

  30. AO17

    Alpha 152 – DOA 4
    Karai – TMNT Tournament Fighters (SNES)

  31. DC xoreo

    Who’s here after Hero Dropped 😂😂😂

  32. Shadow Bonnie

    No Shao kahn?

  33. Tacobellgg

    They actually added JJBAHFTF?! Omg

  34. Hunter Williams


  35. The Red Panda

    What was the song they used on the Bayonetta segment?

  36. Frost Burn

    Azazel and Nancy in tekken 6😒

  37. Chistopher Morales

    What is the music for bayo?

  38. RobDaGrape

    Vergil from umvc3 ?? Lol

  39. VonOverlord

    I would like to add Link from Soul Calibur II on GameCube. He could keep most fighters at a distance with his bombs and arrows AND win by ring outs by throwing you the distance of half the screen! The boss fighter from the Ninja Turtles fighting game on SNES was no joke either.

  40. william41moreno

    No NRS characters 👍

  41. shanecle

    Azazel from Tekken 6 was almost impossible to beat

  42. Levii

    The Ice Climbers Wobble is still tournament legal to this day in melee, yet nobody in the top 20 plays them.

  43. TrippyThreat

    ssbb mk easy

  44. Random kid With hat

    Where’s hol horse

  45. Spanishfutbol2010

    No jinpachi mishima ?

  46. Type -E

    Gill wasn't that bad only the rainbow move. His resurrection only happens when his bar is at max lvl.

  47. Aleph F. Zero

    Do you guys even play fighting games?


  48. Adam Warlock

    Wow. I hope whoever designed that Mega Man was blacklisted from ever working in the industry again.

  49. Adam Warlock

    Also, I can't tell if you're using dumb as a good thing or a bad thing.

  50. Tien Shinhan

    Noctis, tekken 7

  51. rogelio taruc jr

    ivan ooze? are you kidding? very easy to defeat. so is gill….akuma is ok…

  52. Dylan Gibbons

    Projared being in any video now before being revealed for being a cheater is gonna be awkward now.

  53. BumBoy242

    "7:33 he's the only one to be almost baned from tournments".
    The day was july 30th, it was the calm before the storm, everyone was getting ready to buy download a dlc, and hero was released.

  54. Leo andres Martin

    Ike vs guts

  55. OptimusHighMegaBong

    Hit Gill while he resurrects. Stops his heals. Btw Ivan ooze really??? Smh

  56. mike tran

    m bison in sf2 championship edition and eyedol in killer instinct 1

  57. The Pcda

    no tekken characters ?

  58. HelloJinxie

    I remember in kinderguarden I SMASHED people with Blanka on the SNES. Just spam crouch and electric, no one can touch you, if they shoot, just do that move that makes you fly across the room at there feet where you can…you guessed it, spam electric.

  59. dave latumbo

    I remember getting the chrat codes for playing as ivan ooze in 2p versus. My friends hated me. Thanks to gamepro hahaha

  60. Dr. Mindfulness of Water


  61. I love dying

    0/10 not enough snk boss syndrome

  62. I love dying

    0/10 not enough snk boss syndrome

  63. James Clary

    We need a new Bloody Roar game. This is a fighting game series owned by Hudson Soft. I feel like this is a perfect series to bring it back on the current generation platforms. It has been displayed on Playstation, Xbox, and Nintendo. A port to current gen consoles for Extreme/Primal fury would be amazing with online play. Or… An entirely new game would fit perfectly for a release on the PS5 and could also be cross platform released, and would be an exceptional opportunity for the cross play platform between Xbox and Playstation.

  64. Mar Boy

    deidara in ninja storm is just the worst

  65. supajared

    No Sentinel from mvc2?

  66. Devilman383

    No God Rugal from capcom vs SNK 2 ??

  67. Light

    Steve tekken 5 jin kazama tekken 3 lol ?

  68. Marcov Sasa

    I really would love to know the music in the intro….but they didnt link it and shazam dont work so im stuck 🙁

  69. sSpecta's Realm

    Sailor moon characters are the most op

  70. REA Rose

    I was just fighting Gill. And of course, resurrection.

  71. Richard Shambaugh

    Dissapointed that mk2 lui kang wasnt on here. You get your opponent towards a side of the stage and spam fly kick. Every time the opponent is about to get up that serious air time catches you and then youre hit again. Once you are caught there is no movement no blocking no stopping. Just saying.

  72. jay

    Where's Fox from melee

  73. cat lover

    I can dodge Bayonetta’s time counter with Mac

  74. Quentin Duhart

    Cinder was my favorite guy to play with cuz he looked cool but mainly easy to play with

  75. Rico Salvante

    Serious Mr. Karate of SvC Chaos should be included here.

  76. Mestre Oni Destruidor de Oponentes

    Boa parte dos americanos nunca jogaram um kof na vida se jogassem o 2002 veriam muito personagens quebrados e são mais que muitos dessa lista

  77. Ryme Muhammad

    set speed to 1.5…..
    eminem rapping to game

  78. Boozy Wiener

    Triceratron from tmnt tournament fighter

  79. AmatMiguel

    Make a video called "Top 10 Broken fighting game characters"
    Doesn't include anyone from the company that invented the term "SNK Boss Syndrome"

  80. The Peoplz Show

    Inkling would body Ivan Ooze

  81. Valxiya’s Old Channel

    And now we have Hero in ultimate…

  82. Yophi Smith

    No KOF 2002 Rugal?
    No Igniz?
    No TMNT Tournament Fighters Karai!? Really?

  83. Daboofbagstink

    Where Scorpion?

  84. dji manufacture

    What is broken smean

  85. YourMasterBro

    Saiki is obviously the cheapest if your a King of fighters fan

  86. Alex Dela Cruz

    Uranus from Bloody Roar is banned in all of the game’s series bc her attacks aren’t reactable at all. And she was really fast. Too fast and her beast form takes half the screen when up close.


    Night Terror and Abyss
    From Soulcalibur 3

    Noob Saibot from Mortal Kombat 9

    Soulcalibur series

    Soulcalibur 4 and 5

    Those guys will make you rage for me I don't rage that easily and I beat Night Terror on first try

  88. OrichalkosTV

    Obviously nobody who made this list played any Snk games… There's a reason people call it Snk Boss Syndrome

  89. listo castillo

    What about magneto in marvel vs capcom 2? He had that combo if done correctly u could attack all round without giving any time for recovery.

  90. Marcell J. Trice

    Yall forgot SETH!!!

  91. Doom and Gloom

    Cinder was the bane of my existence back in the day.

  92. David Reyes

    But, but, pika and HIYA

  93. Konuko

    damn brawl is the best smash hands down

  94. SONof SPARDA

    MVC Infinite's Chun Li has a verticle spinning bird kick. She can keep you airborne with that kick. The only thing that can save you is the very top of the screen in which she can't kick you any higher.

  95. Eduardo Mendez

    What happened to marvel vs capcom 2? Cable, sentinel, magneto, storm?

  96. DreamWarrior

    Gill is a boss….

  97. Eddy King

    Eddy Gordo in Tekken 3 was a mf

  98. Akuma Gouki

    Love the cover!

  99. Ferra Joachim

    Any character with jump kick

  100. Gabriel Freitas

    Balrog sf2 his spinning punch

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