5. Black Hawk, Samurai Shodown

Reason for entering tournament: Shaman told him to.

Special Moves: Tomahawk Swing, Double Tomahawk, Hawk Dive

The bar for Native American costume design in fighting games has been set so embarrassingly low, the first one that shows up wearing a shirt will probably win some kind of humanitarian prize. That winner will not be Black Hawk, from Samurai Shodown. Granted, Samurai Shodown is set in the 18th century, so his dress is period-appropriate, even though science tells us that shirt technology existed back then. But "Black Hawk"? When you're naming your token Native American character, why are "hawk" and "wolf" the only animals that come to mind? What about the pugnacious beaver, or the persistent salmon? Don't these spirit animals deserve representation?


4. Rick Strowd, Fatal Fury

Reason for entering tournament: Heard the call of the wind.

Special Moves: Blazing Sun Burst, Machine-Gun Wolf

Welcome to Videogame Cultural Sensitivity Training. Pop Quiz: If you were a young, athletic, Native American man with a forte for boxing, where would you naturally make your living?

If you said a casino, then shame on you, we expected better. Also, congratulations! You're exactly right according to Real Bout Fatal Fury 2. Rick Strowd spent ten years as a casino show boxer until "nature's voice" called him away to become an unpopular bit character in a difficult-to-follow fighting game franchise. It was good advice: Rick had everything a Native American needs to win a fictional multinational fighting tournament: a deep-yet-undefined spiritual connection with nature, gratuitous body paint, and a coupon for discount crab legs at the casino buffet. Unfortunately, he was bumped out of the next game and hasn't appeared in a mainstream title since. The Japanese developers said it was because Rick wasn't "interesting" enough, which, oddly, is the same excuse American frontiersmen used whenever they poured concrete over an Indian burial ground to make room for a new whorehouse.