The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

There's a charm to fighting games that's irresistible. I mean, aside from all the face-punching, the character rosters are usually insane, and there's a tongue-in-cheek vibe that runs deep through most titles in the genre.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the stupid little quotes you get after a match in most games.

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From Street Fighter to King of Fighters, World Heroes to Galaxy Fight, for me they've long been the highlight of the entire experience, a much-needed injection of humour and stupidity in a genre otherwise defined by little else but twitch reflexes.

These images come from one of my favourite Tumblr sites around, Eben Frostey's bison2winquote. While heading over there will get you a flood of post-match quotes from fighting games new and old, I've tried to stick to the old ones here, not just because this is a history feature but because they tend to be more lolwhut than recent titles.

Bison II's Winquote Dump [Tumblr]

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The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.

The Best Part of Fighting Games? The Stupid Quotes.