Who is Terry Bogard, and why is he in Smash Ultimate? - Dexerto

Who is Terry Bogard, and why is he in Smash Ultimate?

Published: 5/Sep/2019 21:00 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 21:18

by Virginia Glaze


Controversy stirred in the Smash Bros community after potential leaks pointed to an SNK character joining Ultimate’s already giant cast of fighters – and those rumors were later confirmed, with Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard announced as an upcoming fighter in September’s Nintendo Direct. But… who exactly is this blondie, and where does he come from?

Who is Terry Bogard?

Terry Bogard is the main protagonist of SNK’s “Fatal Fury” fighting game series, the first installment of which released for the Neo Geo in 1991.

An orphan and brother to Andy Bogard, Terry raised himself on the streets, later being adopted by Jeff Bogard to live in South Town – a city ruled by crime lord Geese Howard, who can be seen during Terry’s Smash Bros announcement trailer.

Toshaki Mori/Shinkiro, SNK PlaymoreTerry Bogard made his first appearance in SNK’s Fatal Fury games, going on to become a veritable mascot for the King of Fighters series.

In fact, it was Geese who later killed Jeff and began the King of Fighters tournament series, which Terry and his team used as a way to defeat him in revenge for murdering their father figure.

Geese himself ultimately died as a result of his battle with Terry in Real Bout: Fatal Fury in 1995, despite Terry making a vain attempt to save him from falling off the side of Geese Tower – a scene humorously recreated in Terry’s Smash trailer.

“Hey, C’mon, C’mon!”

Terry made later appearances in SNK’s forthcoming King of Fighters titles, as well as Garou: Mark of the Wolves in 1999, which saw Geese’s son, Rock Howard, take the helm as the game’s main protagonist.

A popular mascot for the King of Fighters series, Terry Bogard is an iconic fighting game character within the fighting game community, making guest appearances in such games as Fighting EX Layer and SNK Heroines – and now, Smash Bros Ultimate.

Of course, this wouldn’t be his first stint with Nintendo: Terry has been featured in a slew of SNK ports to Nintendo systems, including such titles as Fatal Fury Special for the SNES, KOF ’95 on the Game Boy, and KOF EX 2: Howling Blood on the Game Boy Advance.

The King of Fighters series is also exceedingly popular throughout Latin America, sporting a massive fanbase for the game that gave rise to a healthy competitive community, which thrives to this day in the King of Fighters XIV.

SNK PlaymoreTerry Bogard as he appears in the latest King of Fighters title, KOFXIV.

Terry’s “burning knuckle” heats up the competition

Terry marks the third traditional fighting game character to be featured in Smash Ultimate, alongside Ryu and Ken from the Street Fighter series.

Thus far, Terry’s official moveset remains to be seen – but preemptive footage shows his iconic “power wave” and “burning knuckle” attacks have already made the cut, although how they’ll play with Smash’s meta is up in the air.

Thus far, many Smash fans are confused as to why the “Hungry Wolf” made the cut – but his relevance in the fighting game community cannot be understated, with many FGC members delighted about his appearance in such a mainstream title.


Hungrybox explains why he’s temporarily quitting Twitch and social media

Published: 24/Oct/2020 12:31

by Joe Craven


Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma, Team Liquid Smash main and popular Twitch streamer, has explained why he will be taking a short hiatus from the streaming platform. 

As far as Smash pros go, few have reached the popularity of Hungrybox. The Jigglypuff main, currently plying his trade for Team Liquid, has accumulated a monumental Twitch audience, sitting at over 230,000 followers at the time of writing.

In the 2019 MPGR world rankings, Hungrybox came out as first in the world. However, it seems that the chaotic, full-on life that comes with professional gaming and full-time streaming has caught up with Debiedma.

Team Liquid Smash Melee God Hungrybox addresses accusations
Hungrybox is the world number one ranked Smash player.

On October 23, the 27-year-old explained his decision to his 235,000 Twitter followers, citing the need to “step away and unplug” for a while. According to his Twitch stats, he has been live every single day since the middle of July. That is over 106 days of consecutive streaming, so there is no surprise that Hungrybox wants some time away.

“Hi guys,” he tweeted, “it’s time for me to unplug and step away for a little while. [I] haven’t taken an actual break from this life in over three years. It’ll do my brain & heart a lot of good. Thank you for all the love. Looking forward to returning stronger. Juan.” 

When will Hungrybox return to streaming?

The Smash pro has not been explicit over when he will make a return, but fans can expect to see him back streaming in the near future. Past streaming breaks have been a few days to a week-long, but it will ultimately come down to how rested and rejuvenated Hungrybox feels.

Fans will just have to remain patient and trust that Debiedma will be back as soon as he feels able.