5) M. Bison (Street Fighter series)
Every fighting game needs a major villain, right? Well, in the Street Fighter series, there is none tougher or meaner than the nefarious M. Bison. He can levitate, he can use his fists of doom to unleash Hell upon his enemies, and he has a snazzy cape. What more could you want in a fighting game villain?
4) Roy (Super Smash Bros. Melee - GCN)
Roy is a character featured in the Fire Emblem franchise. Now some would state that Super Smash Bros. is a party game-- not a fighter. These people are what we here at SPC call "idiots". Regardless, Roy can charge up his sword unlike his FE counterpart, Marth, and cause massive damage to any Nintendo staple foolish enough to hang around near him.
3) Ryu (Street Fighter series)
Ryu is practically the fighter's fighter. He's the face of the Street Fighter franchise, and he's well-known as a Capcom hero. That's why he was one of the first characters introduced in the upcoming Marvel VS. Capcom 3. Ryu is infamous for his shoruyken (Sure, you're Ken) and hydouken moves which form from his powerful fists.
2) Zero (Tatsunoko VS. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars - Wii)
Zero was a badass in the Mega Man X series of games. Sure, he died and needed to be resurrected, but he was immensely strong with his Z-saber. In Tatsunoko VS. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars on Wii, he was a combo-getting, enemy-hitting, S.O.B. His ultimate attacks required Zero to unleash multiple swipes with his Z-saber on his poor, unfortunate opponent.
1) Link (Super Smash Bros. Series - N64, GCN, Wii)
I don't like "maining" characters as is popular in fighting games. Instead, I like to pick and choose, playing as the entire roster. Perhaps that's why I always get beat online in Super Street Fighter 4... Anyway, Link has an arsenal of tools picked straight up from his exploits in the Legend of Zelda franchise. He has a hookshot to grab walls if he's too far away from the arena, boomerang, bombs, and many more. He gives off appropriate enough damage to enemies, can clean up a room with his up + B maneuver, and looks great in tights. Does that make me gay?
My fighting game experience is limited, obviously. I'm sure you can come with a more impressive list, no? I encourage you to do so. Share your secrets with the rest of SuperPhillip Central! List your top five favorite fighting game characters for the world to see!