Better late than never, right? My apologies, folks... life happens. I didn't forget about you lovely people, though. I may be behind schedule, but that doesn't mean I haven't been giving this month's Character Battle my usual level of thought & creativity. After the jump, let's meet our contestants.
We all know the expression "pick up them sticks". In our culture, it's as commonplace as saying "bless you" when someone sneezes. However, there have been a number of FG characters over the years that take the expression to heart. This month, I'm taking time to focus on two of them in particular that opted to switch things up a bit & showcase their own styles. More to the point, I want to know which one of them could be the Best Fighting Drummer!
I don't think contrasts usually come as stark as it does with these two. In one corner, you got SNK's pimp supreme, Mr. Big (who I think might just be the character I was born to cosplay). Obviously, Big knows how to enjoy the finer things in life. Always dressed to impressed & usually in the company of beautiful women, everything about this guy's image lives up to his name. Be that as it may, however, he's not the BMOC in regards to his Southtown syndicate. That title belongs to the one & only Geese Howard. Geese did leave him in charge once and his actions were the catalyst that not only led to Art of Fighting, but also systemically got the ball rolling for the MASSIVE SNK timeline. While he may not be the most recognizable character, he has definitely played a considerable part in the grand scheme of things.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have the classy & refined Eagle from Street Fighter. (FYI, I'm not talking about the series, I mean the actual -first- Street Fighter.) Just to get something out of way early on, Eagle is somewhat based on QUEEN frontman, Freddie Mercury, and is implied to follow suit in the form of his sexual preference. Despite a decades-long absence from the runnings, Eagle made a general comeback in Capcom Vs. SNK 2 & then had a proper homecoming (of sorts) by being included in the GBA & PSP versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3. Canonically, and I'm being very generous with that term, Eagle made his living as a rather ruthless bouncer. Ultimately, this was parlayed into becoming the personal bodyguard of a rich British family. His World Warrior aspirations never really took off, though, and he went back to doing what he did best: being on the payroll for kicking (specific) people's asses.
As I'm sure you can already tell, these two both fight with kali sticks. Whether or not that means they're practitioners of traditional Eskrima is debatable. I'll leave that up to your discretion. Besides, it's not the discipline I'm focusing on, but weapon of choice. The required manual dexterity one needs to be truly proficient can also translate to some possibly wicked skills on the drums. It's only a theory, mind you, but it seems like something we can have a little fun with today. Oh, and for the record, when I say drummer... I'm thinking full-fledged rock god drummer. Keep that in mind because it will be a factor.
When it comes to drummers, two very important things come into play: a larger than life attitude/stage presence & BPM (beats per minute). Taking those in account pretty much makes this a no contest. Big handily has Eagle beat on both counts. While Eagle is more cold & taciturn, Big lives for the spotlight. On the more technical aspect, Big wins again. While Eagle's attacks do have a certain rhythm to them, I doubt they'd get a whole arena swaying & clapping. Once Big gets rolling, the crowd's going to be behind him 100%. Despite being such a minimal character (and apologizing in advance for the unexpectedly weak pun), Mr. Big was always meant for the bigtime!
WINNER: MR. BIG
Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.