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The Malloy List – April 2016

They say that good things come in threes, so I'm going to apply that logic to the Malloy List. Our inductees this month actually do need a little introduction because they're all living proof that looks can be deceiving. After the jump, see who made the cut... 

I'll tell you all a little secret about yours truly: I used to get into my fair share of fights growing up. There's a veritable laundry list of reasons as to why I was driven to being so combative in my youth, but that's a story for another day. The sordid details of my past notwithstanding, one of the most important things I learned is that you can't judge a book by its cover when it comes to sizing up your opponents. You're pretty much begging to get embarrassed at that point. Never underestimating your opponent is one of the first things you learn and there's a damn good reason for it. The crew I'm about to introduce are perfect examples of that lesson...

Three the hard way...

Three the hard way...

You can say what you want about Kung Fu Hustle, but it definitely gave us some memorable characters. Stephen Chow is really good at embracing extreme lunacy when it comes to action in his films. In my opinion, these three embody the sentiment of everything that's been discussed so far in this article. Case in point, the Axe Gang made the fatal mistake of assuming they could run roughshod over the tenants of Pig Sty Alley. You can only push some people but so far before they decide to push back... and the Pig Sty Masters did exactly that. With unimaginable force, no less. Coolie, Tailor & Donut were all living unassuming lives under their chosen professions in Pig Sty Alley. So dedicated they were to those humble identities, their skills & prowess were unknown even to each other. Imagine the unholy hell they could raise if they were all aimed at the same opponent... oh wait, you don't have to imagine.

There's no reason whatsoever to even pretend that choosing a game for these three was anything other than immediate. The Pig Sty Masters straight up belong in King of Fighters XIV. What makes it even better is that their respective styles gel & mesh with the game because all three lend themselves to already well established characters. Coolie is a master of the Twelve Kicks of the Tam School. Right off the bat, that makes him a stylistic hybrid of Joe, Kim & Hwa. Tailor makes quite literal use the Iron Fist Technique. If you were paying attention, you'll notice how that translated into him having a few hits of armor on almost all of his attacks. In that aspect, he shares qualities with Ralf & Maxima, with a little Gato thrown in for good measure. Donut effectively utilizes the Eight Trigram Staff. As such, his style harkens to an equal combination of Billy & Shion. In hindsight, it's a surprise these three haven't been a KOF game already.

Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.

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