Fighting games are known for certain recurring character archetypes. There's the heroic Japanese warrior, the big-breasted women with the gymnastic kicks, and the palette-swapped ninjas out for revenge. One type of character that we just don't see often enough are the folks with the real powers... political powers! Reach back in time to the era of the Sega CD and recoil in horror at Eternal Champions: Challenge From The Dark Side's ripped-from-today's-headlines hidden character: The Senator!
Occupation: Politician, or corrupt puppet of the lobbyists
Time Zone: 1995 AD
Fighting Style: Dishonesty; Using deceit and lies the senator can deliver a wide variety of underhanded moves. He can also abuse and misuse the political powers that were given to him. The most dangerous weapon he has is a total lack of morals.
Biography: The Senator made a living by voting the ways of special interest groups and creating issues to make himself popular. Given his lifetime membership in the good-old-boys club, he was surprised when he wasn't supported by his party for re-election. It seems that he once voted for a Human rights issue and his party was angry that humanity was considered above their personal profits. When he lost in a landslide election after spending millions of his own money, he died of a massive heart attack.
Goal: If the Senator was to recover from his bad case of death by winning the contest, he would attempt to came back and make up for his years of civil abuse, maybe.
Yes, this particular installment of Eternal Champions offered up a corrupt senator as a playable character in a nod to (and possibly a response to) the various Congressional hearings over video game violence that were springing up at the time. Remember, this was the age of controversial games such as Mortal Kombat and Night Trap. I-Mockery has taken a look back at The Senator and his amazing arsenal of special attacks, such as covering his opponents in red tape, banning foes outright so they cannot fight back, citing diplomatic immunity to avoid taking damage, and impaling other warriors with large VOTE pins. And who says that video game developers don't have a sense of moral outrage (and a sense of humor)?