The universe spans infinity, the mind is a labyrinth so why not dilute the air of mystery with coincidence.
I'm interested in 'look' and/or obvious connection.
You'll see what I mean.
Unless stated, screens are from the coin swallowing original.
Strap yourself in because the hurricane I'm about to unleash will blow you away.
No commentary has been influenced, no argument has been stolen and any opinion inferred that what's on show was somebody else's to begin with is, if you'll forgive me - bullshit.
If some of the text is out of 'size', I gave it my best shot to fix it...
For starters, goo-goo-ga-ga.
|We should all remember Baby Herman from 1988 live action/cartoon extravaganza Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Those who don't really need to give it a watch.|
The cigar chomping infant had company in the creche.
|Working Class Hero.|
|He moves without sound. Kills without emotion. Disappears without trace.|
|Oliver Stone's 1994 satire gained incredible notoriety as the media made mass murderers Mickey and Mallory superstars...|
|Michael LeRoi is unintentionally depicted as Woody in the 1999 video game based on the Valiant Comic.|
|I'll be back in 2015.|
|A 2001 third-person shooter.|
|Say hi to Nova from Taito's Power Blade, released in 1991 on NES.|
|His identity remains unknown but he sets the challenge of rescuing President Ronnie from the ninjas in Data East's 1988 cult action hokum Bad Dudes vs Dragon Ninja. Are you a bad enough dude to achieve your objective and share a tasty burger?|
|Our man Duke went 3D in 1996.|
Ahem, meet the geezers who prove to be a thorn in the King of Gods side.
As these men clearly shouldn't be trifled with, they at least deserved some kind of name.
Wesley Snipes expertly brought the Marvel vampire buster Blade to the silver screen. The Daywalker was rarely without his ubiquitous shades.
Here's the most famous video game villain to ever wear a pair.
Here's the most famous video game villain to ever wear a pair.
|Icy cool, sinister and suave, Albert Wesker frightens the shit out of senior Umbrella executives and laughs in the face of any experiment.|
Drum roll please as I introduce the ultimate Wesker lookalike...
|Like Bad Dudes, his particulars are anonymous but in 1994, Taito took inspiration from Konami's Lethal Enforcers as Operation Wolf 3 went digistised.|
Explain that shit of the most unbelievable kind?
You should see...
|...a young Steven Seagal.|
|The legend that is Chuck Norris.|
|By the power of Grayskull, it's Orko.|
|Sonia is the principal antagonist in 1993 SNES marmite Equinox. It's the sequel to Solstice which appeared on the NES in 1990.|
All bow down and fear the beard.
|Chang Koehan (The King of Fighters '94 to present)|
|This boss from the SNES version of Mr Nutz is obviously some kind of cheesy parody of the famous Goliath from Jack and his Beanstalk.|
|Look Bluto, Olive Oil just isn't interested so get over it and move on.|
|Bear Hugger first appeared in Super Punch-Out way back in 1984.|
|Doin' the Do in 1991.|
|When in the flesh, this 1989 game essentially looks like a Mario rip off but a yo-yo assists a successful diversion.|
|I cannot comment on the quality of this 1987 arcade adventure but this guy looks vaguely familiar...|
|Yeah, the late and great Richard Pryor.|
|Thing (Ben Grimm) from Fantastic Four has appeared in the Marvel universe since the swinging sixties. His first live action appearance was in 2005 and again in 2007 when a Silver Surfer rose.|
|Take a skeg at the guy in gold. What the fuck? For the majority who aren't fluent in Japanese, the title of this forgotten title from 1994 is After Armageddon Gaiden.|
|M. Bison has defeated several since making his debut in Street Fighter II. This is how he looks in Champion Edition.|
|Command an army and rule. Could this have been an inspiration for Sid Meir's groundbreaking Civilization and what's more, this even predates Pirates!|
|The original was no slouch but SNK's Samurai Shodown II still ranks as one of the best sequels in video game history. You'll see very shortly why I've used her new victory portrait...|
Also, both games were released in 1994. Ah ha!
Sorry, you have to be an SNK geek to appreciate that one.
It's impossible to rationalise this so please read carefully.
This is of course nothing like the fairly famous IK+ as Seagal was already a face.
Here is my analysis on the unexplicable.
It'd make sense for this 'illustration' to be of an actual Sea Air Land soldier from Dockery's 1991 book, set against a super imposed background.
Okay, even if that assumption was 'correct', Operation Thunderbolt is unquestionably only a painting and first surfaced in 1989.
The obvious explanation would be that the SEAL Team photo was staged and simply became 'Thunderbolt' by using a very primitive photo editing tool.
Hmmm, when you look very closely at the 'point man' in photo, he isn't even identical to his learned friend which screws that theory up.
1. Posture is more elevated.
2. Just above his headband, he doesn't have a 'chunk' of hair missing.
3. He's partially out of shot and;
4. His eye line is glancing up, whereas the other is looking straight ahead.
It's unlikely that EA or the original members of Ocean would remember so the mystery remains.
I'm nowhere near done yet so please, scroll on.
|Here's a model of Slasher, a nasty member of the Necromorph family who will risk life and limb in order to gore the tortured Isaac Clarke in Dead Space|
|King of Demons, KXX 1995.|
|Dungeons and Dungeons: Shadow over Mystara, Capcom 1996.|
|The Chamberlain was puppet wizardry.|
|Ghost Rider was another Marvel creation from the 60's with Nicolas Cage portraying the soul selling Johnny Blaze to become a raging inferno in 2007, and again in 2011.|
|It's 'game over' when this appears in Psygnosis Bloodwych update, Hexx: Heresy of the Wizard from 1994. The flames just adds the extra sauce.|
|Tekken mainstay Paul Phoenix has been around since 1994.|
|Along with Bullova and Blitz, the cornily named Berserker is one of three vigilantes out to kick cartoon like ass in Techno's 1990 scrolling brawler, The Combatribes.|
You've got to love the bones off these next two.
|Jack Skellington provides a typically 'festive' 1993 musical in The Nightmare Before Christmas.|
|In 1991, Sega/Success created the strange arcade shmup franchise Cotton.|
Does this boss have an identity? Who knows?
Now for this mind melting McFlurry fest.
|Activision first released this curious boat race in 1984.|
Of the above, who qualifies more as a preposterous mirror image of Cybermorph?
I'm inclined to say either or but I'm settling on Deux Ex. It of course holds another coincidence as it's completely unrelated to the Deux Ex that everybody knows...
I'll drop this in with grace and pace, as it'll please to show a familiar face.
If things were shady before, they're about to become deadly.
John Crawley was originally a CPU only character in SNK's Art of Fighting and became playable in the vastly superior sequel. While the overbearing aroma of Guile has scope, I don't entirely concur.
|"Come On Baby!"|
Ironically, both games were released in 1994.
You want even crazier shit? Great, you've twisted my arm...