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Earthquake (アースクェイク) is a character in the Samurai Shodown series. He was introduced in the first Samurai Shodown and was dropped from the character lineup after Samurai Shodown II. He continues to make cameo appearances in characters endings.

Story

He is a Texan who had trained under the same master as the ex-sailor Galford, Ayame, but quit early due to his bad ties with Galford. Thanks to some of this training, however, despite his enormous body – huge in both height and girth – Earthquake became deceptively fast and tricky. His ninjutsu combined with his size makes him a formidable warrior. He uses this to his advantage and becomes a bandit, somehow being the leader to his own bandit gang. When Amakusa starts creating havoc, he decides to steal all the world's treasure. A year later, Mizuki telepathically hires him, telling him that if he killed those she told him to, she would reward him with gold. After the defeat of Mizuki, Earthquake and his henchmen go to the Makai, enchanted by the promise of greater treasure. After they enter, the entrance is sealed and they are never heard of again.

Personality

Earthquake respects no one except for himself and his minions. He uses his greed to drive him, wanting to bask in material wealth and riches that he feels he deserves. Like most bandits, he's rude and shameless to others. He was also portrayed as a lovable fool in the RPG, as he'll insult the heroes after his defeat yet humorously get lost while escaping in the following area. His immense weight was gained partially due to his disappointment with his courting skills as he's rejected by many ladies.

He is not on good terms with Galford and he is equally antagonistic in return (even when he claims to have forgotten about him).

Powers

Aside from these powers, he also has all the skills perceived to be had by ninja (stealth, swimming, climbing, ect.) His massive bulk also gives him superhuman strength and durability, easily allowing him to overpower his opponents.

  • Fire Breathing - Earthquake can shoot fire from his mouth.
  • Poisonous Gas - Earthquake can emit venomous gases from his burps or farts.
  • Teleport - Earthquake can teleport short distances above his opponent.

Fighting Style

One of Earthquake's earliest advantages over several fighters was the incredible reach of his kusarigama, reaching fighters from nearly the other side of the field without too much trouble. His main move was to spin rapidly and travel across the screen. His attacks are powerful but slow and his height makes him an easy target if he missed. His moves were also limited, making it sometimes difficult to catch quick characters. In Samurai Shodown II, he gained more ninjutsu techniques to better compensate for his weaknesses such as teleporting, fire breathing, and illusions. He also cannot be tossed into the air like other characters; if the throw command is used against him, a unique attack animation is substituted instead. If needed, he can also fight opponents with his farts and burps.

Music

  • The Solid Earth - Samurai Shodown
  • Malice - Samurai Shodown II
  • Way of the Crook - Samurai Shodown (2019)
  • Malice - Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden
  • Contradiction - Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden

Voice Actors

Game Appearances

Mobile Appearances

  • Samurai Shodown Tenkadaiichi Kenkakuden
  • Puzzle & Dragons

Cameo Appearances

Anime Appearances

Trivia

  • His laugh, "Geheheh", is usually transcribed as "GFFFF" in Japanese.
  • His posse's names are Kantaro Sakamoto, Tonyoshi Hosono, Chinhira Takahashi, Sanji, and Konhachi.
  • In one fan's response to the Neo Geo Battle Coliseum Q&A section, developers admit that they were thinking of implementing Earthquake into the game to balance out all of the "pretty boy" characters. However, they also told them to keep playing as another character in the game to replace the gap. A mix of his design and Genan's later led to the creation of Youkai Kusaregedo.
  • Earthquake may possibly be a reference to Mr. Pogo, a wrestler mostly prominent in the '90s. Mr. Pogo was overweight and noted for his cruelty, carrying a kusarigama into the ring and breathing fire on his opponents. In addition, Mr. Pogo wore a jagged blue facepaint pattern, was considered a greedy mercantile wrestler who would only follow the money, and first got his claim to fame wrestling as a villainous ninja in Texas wrestling shows.

Cards

SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash 2 Expand Edition

Sprites

Shinsetsu Samurai Supirittsu: Bushidō Retsuden Samurai Shodown Samurai Shodown IISamurai Shodown VISNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos

Samurai Shodown II (Doll Transformation) Samurai Shodown VI (Doll Transformation) SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos (Midnight Bliss) SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos (Makai Spell) SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos (Heaven Spell)

Gallery

Samurai Shodown characters
SamSho I Logo Sprite.gif HaohmaruNakoruruMamahahaUkyo TachibanaWan-FuTam TamCharlotte Christine de ColdeGalford D. WellerPoppyKyoshiro SenryoEarthquakeHanzo HattoriJubei YagyuGenan ShiranuiShiro Tokisada AmakusaPurple NakoruruKurokoHikyaku
SamSho II Logo Sprite.gif Genjuro KibagamiCham ChamPaku PakuNeinhalt SiegerNicotine CaffeineMizuki Rashojin
SamSho III Logo Sprite.gif Shizumaru HisameRimururuBasaraGaira CaffeineKim Ung CheZankuro MinazukiShikuru
SamSho IV Logo Sprite.gif Kazuki KazamaSogetsu KazamaAku Amakusa
SamSho 64 Logo.png ShikiHanma YagyuGandaraDeku & DekuinaYuga the Destroyer
Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage AsuraShadow AsuraHalf-Shaded Shiki‎‎Taizan MorozumiKarakuri HanmaEnja KazukiSuija Sogetsu
SamSho Warriors Rage.png Seishiro KukiJin-Emon HanafusaJushiro SakakiRinka YoshinoSayaHaito KanakuraYaci IzanagiGaryo the WhirlwindRan PoMikotoTohma KukiTashon MaoDarumaMintoMugenjiYudaSamuraiHanzo HattoriIga NinjaBruteOboro's AmazonsKunou SeishiroOboro
Nakoruru: Ano Hito kara no Okurimono MikatoHokuteYantamuManariOutadaHibabaUbabaMibabaRera
SamSho V Logo Sprite.gif Yoshitora TokugawaMina MajikinaChampleRasetsumaruEnjaSuijaLiu YunfeiYoukai KusaregedoTam TamPoppySankuro YorozuYumeji KurokouchiGaoh
SamSho VI Logo.png AndrewIrohaSugoroku MatsuribayashiOcha-Maro KarakuriDemon Gaoh
SamSho EOD Logo.png SuzuhimeAngelicaTakechiyoGarrosJ.Kim Hae-RyeongWalterJinbei SugamataBlack HawkKirianClaudeDracoGolba
SamSho 2019 Logo.png Yashamaru KuramaDarli DaggerWu-RuixiangShizuka GozenHibiki TakaneWardenGongsun LiBaiken
SNK vs. Capcom Characters
SNK Characters Kyo KusanagiIori YagamiLeona HeidernOrochi IoriTerry BogardMai ShiranuiGeese HowardRyo SakazakiYuri SakazakiAthena AsamiyaHaohmaruNakoruruJubei YagyuRimururuAkari IchijouMarco RossiFiolina GermiMars PeopleGenjuro KibagamiKim KaphwanMr. KarateKasumi TodohChoi BoungeEarthquakeShikiGoenitzHonki ni Natta Mr. KarateAthenaKingViceBenimaru NikaidoRaidenRyuji YamazakiRugal BernsteinChang KoehanRyuhaku TodohHibiki TakaneGod Rugal
CAPCOM Characters RyuKen MastersChun-LiGuileDan HibikiSakura KasuganoMorrigan AenslandFeliciaAkumaBaby Bonnie HoodM. BisonEvil RyuKarin KanzukiArthurRed ArremerDhalsimVegaSagatBalrogHugoTessaDemitri MaximoffZeroViolent KenShin AkumaRed ArremerBlankaCammy WhiteEdmond HondaEagleRolento SchugergMaki GenryusaiYun LeeKyosuke Kagami
Card Games Characters ShinKeiCapCometThe KidFoKanaHarumiZombieYoshikiNishiTakaNoriSakiYukiAkiTakeMikaNonakaKeikoYuriMikamiThe MaskRikuto ArataHaruna HatenaLip AyahaSasuke FuwaKido YoshijiRyugai TorawoAsō ShūkoDogou SōkenShin DaichiKei KikkaForu GottonYashichi FuwaCap ComComet ComNanako NijiiroZet Charles DetroitSys TemNeomantleRobomantleG-Lady

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Official character profile from Samurai Shodown anniversary website. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SamSho" defined multiple times with different content
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