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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