6. Maxima (The King of Fighters)
One of the few characters in The King of Fighters‘ history to replace their mortal might with high-tech implants, Maxima is an unstoppable force in the arena. First introduced in The King of Fighters ’99, this former member of the Canadian military’s roots extend back to 1998’s Psikyo-developed arcade game The Fallen Angels (堕落天使, Daraku Tenshi in Japan). That long forgotten fighter featured characters designed by artist Shinichi Morioka, who left Psikyo for SNK to work on their flagship fighting game franchise. One of The Fallen Angels‘ characters, Harry Ness, was a cyborg cop, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Maxima.
Maxima makes use of a variety of augmentations to wipe the floor with his opponents, including a cannon mounted to his right fist, along with another explosive implant stuffed into his barrel chest. These lethal upgrades make Maxima one of the most dominating figures in The King of Fighters‘ history.
5. Kano (Mortal Kombat)
Another fighting game favorite equipped with some added hardware, Kano is a ruthless criminal and member of the shadowy Black Dragon Cartel. A seasoned mercenary, Kano savors the opportunity to shred his foes with a pair of nasty knives. And when push comes to shove, he doesn’t have any qualms about taking things into his own hands, including his opponent’s beating heart. Given his penchant for savagery, Kano’s glowing, Terminator-inspired optics almost seem like overkill. His cutting edge optics not only give him enhanced vision, but also allow him to unleash a laser with the potential to burst the opposition like a Ballpark Frank that’s been left in the microwave a few minutes too long. Messy!
4. Cyberdemon (DOOM)
Sure, we may usually see humans trading in their supple flesh for cutting edge armaments in video games, but sometimes even the legions of hell need to use high technology to stay one step ahead of the good guys. The Cyberdemon is a perfect example of this phenomenon. Nearly ten feet tall and weighing as much as your grandmother’s Buick, this mass of meat and steel comes equipped with a rocket launcher that can hurl rapid fire volleys of explosive death, more than enough missile to turn your space marine into a puddle of chunky red mush. One of the most iconic creatures in gaming, his roar still sends chills down the spine of an entire generation of players who managed to meet their maker at the business end of his arm cannon.
While later iterations of the Cyberdemon haven’t managed to be quite as intimidating as his original form, you always know you’re in for a fight when this horned tyrant makes his debut. Thankfully, you can usually tell when he’s about to appear thanks to the mountains of guns, ammo, and armor that hearken his arrival.