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Fukua (JP: フクア) is a physical clone of Filia (with her Parasite Shamone being a clone of Samson) who contains two souls: one who was the strongest at close combat, and another who was the strongest at ranged attacks. She was created by Brain Drain. However, she is actually a joke character and her existence is non-canonical.

General Information

Fukua is one of the playable characters in Skullgirls Encore. She was created as a test for Robo-Fortune and initially implemented as a joke character on April Fool's Day, 2014. She became a permanent fixture of the Skullgirls Encore roster on May 13th after polishing and balance tweaks due to large fan demand. Her homestage is Nightmare Crest.

Her fighting style re-uses bits of script from "Zoner Filia" and "Grappler Filia", who were alternate green and red-skinned versions of Filia Mike Zaimont had made for the first public EVO demo of Skullgirls before a second character had been completed. The two warriors that inhabit Fukua's body are a reference to these alternate versions of Filia.

Personality

Her personality is not clearly defined as her lines are recycled from Filia's and she does not speak for most of her Story Mode, other than to express her desire to "become" Filia. It is possible that she has some masochistic inclinations as Fukua is (thus far) the only character who smiles when finished with a Blockbuster.

Backstory

"Movies? When, Saturday? Nah, can't. Yeah, I'm busy. Cloning. YES, really! Sorry, maybe next week."

One of Brain Drain's less-socially-acceptable hobbies is cloning, and often he forces the souls of dead warriors to inhabit these clones. Fukua is the result of a fortunate - or unfortunate - Lab Zero accident: a union of two souls. One, a once-proud warrior known for her brute strength in close combat; the other a silent assassin who specialized in ranged weapons for her kills. Together as one, Fukua possesses the best of both specialties ... but relationships formed under intense circumstances often don't last.

Character Basis

Origin

While also based on the futakuchi-onna like Filia, Fukua's true origins are as a parody of the numerous "clone" (re-colored) characters that exist in fighting games.

Name

Fukua is an erratum of Filia; one's right hand being one key too far to the left while spelling Filia's name will result in spelling "Fukua" instead.

Shamone comes from the 1987 Michael Jackson song Bad, being a deliberate mispronunciation of the phrase "come on". This works in tangent with Fukua's name, as both are grammatical aberrations.

Design

Her appearance is nearly identical to that of Filia's since she is a direct clone of her, but is of a completely different color palette as to differentiate between them. As such, she also has her own version of Samson named Shamone. Her shirt and shoes are black, and her hair is dark green with her necktie, skirt and thighhighs being the same color except slightly less saturated in intensity. She also wears light blue-ish green lipstick and hot pink eye shadow.

Her color scheme is based on a glitch found in several games wherein characters turned green abnormally; the glitch tending to occur more often on older game systems. Direct inspirations for Fukua’s coloration include Glitch Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and a glitch from the first Mortal Kombat game where all characters would turn green on the character select screen temporarily.[2]

Fukua's eye color is inconstant in her portrayals. Her action shot has green eyes in the character select screen, and black eyes during her reveal trailer. In gameplay, her eyes appear dark greenish-brown when highlighted in the character select screen and during the fight. The same can be said for the shading on her nose, which while shown to be her normal skin color in her action shot, appears a light color during gameplay. Originally her character select icon had a slightly tanned nose, but this has since been changed to be light like during gameplay.

Story

After a scene showing Filia asleep (in similar vein to Fukua's reveal trailer) the setting transcends to the contents of her nightmare. Starring Fukua, she battles every playable character (regardless of whether or not the consumer has purchased the DLC) in the games roster, excluding herself, in reverse order from when they were implemented into the game; beginning her quest against Robo-Fortune up until achieving her goal of besting Filia, the final boss.

Ending

With Filia beaten, Fukua dons a look-alike mask (implied to actually be Filia's skinned head, Samson and all), claiming she is now the true physical embodiment of Filia. The story ends with Filia waking up, spooked by her replacement, and traversing to her bathroom only to find her reflection suddenly transform into Fukua's. Shortly after the credits, Umbrella and Annie appear to the left and right of Fukua in the reflection, with the mirror cracking afterwards.

Strategy

The Boss fight against Filia is always set to Nightmare difficulty and she has 300% more health than usual regardless of the difficulty setting chosen at the beginning. These buffs make her a very tricky opponent, especially for players who struggle with the higher difficulty settings. Despite this Filia still has some major weaknesses that can be exploited for the user's benefit:

  1. Filia tends to block low very consistently, but she forgets to block high while the opponent is on the ground. This makes her vulnerable to overhead attacks, such as Fukua's HK version of Forever a Clone.
  2. While she almost always techs (escapes) normal grabs, she is easily susceptible to command grabs to the point that the player can continuously command grab her over and over again.
  3. Filia tends to jump and air dash if the player is at half screen to sweep range which can be easily punished with j.HP. Filia often attempts this jump to air dash a couple times in a row even if the first is punished. The j.HP will even beat out Filia adding an Airball to the airdash with decent timing. Try combining the j.HP punish with a lv.1 Blown Kiss. 
  4. Filia doesn't react quickly after being hit with the HK version of Platonic Drillationship. While she can successfully block the move, it leaves her "stunned" for a brief amount of time allowing players to keep repeating that same move in succession before she has the chance to recover. This method causes chip damage, which while not the most effective way of cutting her health down quickly can be used to secure a safe keep away game preventing her from closing in and attacking the player.
  5. If all else fails, the player can get to a corner and continuously spam c.MP (Ariel Rave). Filia will usually block but sometimes attempt to c.LP (Comb Under), which will result in her being interrupted and taking damage. You can do the entire fight like this. Not reccommended, but possible.

Abilities & Fighting Style

Since she is a clone of Filia, Fukua has most of her fighting moves as well as new ones and different properties on old ones. However, she has a rather different playstyle from Filia. In addition to that, Fukua herself attacks with basic punches, chops, and kicks while Shamone is capable of spitting out energy balls, shapeshifting, and biting. Unlike Filia, Fukua is unable to air dash, but she is able to perform a double jump. In addition to having normal throw like Filia's, Fukua has two variations of her command grab: one that is slow, but has armor and does not throw the opponent very far and one that is fast and throws the opponent further way. Another move involves Fukua and Shamone grabbing the opponent and flinging them in the air, which causes the damage scaling to increase to 200%.

One important element of Fukua is the ability to send her shadow clones at her opponents. Along with the energy balls, Fukua's shadow clones are dangerous assets for her zoning abilities. With them, she is able to overwhelm her opponents with projectiles and perform mix-ups. She is also able to let her shadow clones stay in place for a few seconds before letting them attack, which can be used for various purposes. Players, however, must be aware of how they are going to use them. If one type of clone has been used in a combo, then they cannot use it again until they drop the combo. Also, holding the clone in place drains Fukua's health and they disappear when an opponent's attack hits them.

Trailer?

Skullgirls_Encore_Meet...Fukua?

Skullgirls Encore Meet...Fukua?

Color Palettes

  1. "Rough Copy" - Default colors
  2. "Infernal Twin" - Original colors
  3. Original colors
  4. Decapre (Street Fighter series)
  5. "Souls Sisters" - Ermac (Mortal Kombat)
  6. Shadow Lady (Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes)
  7. Akuma (Street Fighter series)
  8. Mech-Zangief (Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter)
  9. "Vaporwave Vixen" - Original colors
  10. Sean Matsuda (Street Fighter series)
  11. "Rain Shadow" - Rain (Mortal Kombat)
  12. "Chameleon Twist" - Reptile (Mortal Kombat)
  13. Maeruto Suezumaeki (Joke character created by Lab Zero Games)
  14. "Feathered Edges" - Falco Lombardi (Star Fox)
  15. Alpha-152 (Dead or Alive)
  16. Violent Ken (Street Fighter series)
  17. "Shadow Puppet" - Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  18. Eva Earlong's HARs (One Must Fall: 2097)
  19. Allen Snider (Street Fighter series)
  20. Red Venom (Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes)
  21. "Splitting Image" - Honoka (Dead or Alive 5 Last Round)
  22. War Machine (Marvel Comics)
  23. Robo-Ky II (Guilty Gear Isuka)
  24. "Night Terror" - Mind-controlled Ryūko Matoi (Kill la Kill)
  25. Orochi Shermie (King of Fighters)
  26. Alt. 2B (Soulcalibur VI)
  27. Princess Daisy (Super Mario series)
  28. "Phantom Threads" - Ann Takamaki (Persona 5)
  29. Badeline (Celeste)

Trivia

  • Fukua's trailer is a parody of Decapre's reveal trailer for Ultra Street Fighter IV.
  • According to Mike Zaimont, Fukua's Forever A Clone move is a reference to the Shadow HAR's Shadow Kick, Shadow Punch and Shadow Grab moves from One Must Fall 2097.
  • The majority of scenes where Filia is seen sleeping in Fukua's story mode is very similar to, if not a direct reference of that of Mario in the ending of Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • The ending to Fukua's story mode is a reference to the final scene during the finale of the Twin Peaks television series.
  • Umbrella and Annie appearing at the end of Fukua's story mode is a reference to a reoccurring joke among the Skullgirls' staff/community, where they are pictured as resentful in several images due to Umbrella being replaced by Big Band as a playable character, and due to Annie not being voted as a playable character despite how close she was to winning the vote twice.
    • But with Annie already in the game, and Umbrella coming soon as DLC characters, the joke is now outdated.
  • In Fukua's Tutorial stage, the description for "Drill Of My Dreams" reads: "When performed on the ground, Fukua rises up towards the heavens with a piercing leg drill". This is a reference to Gurren Lagann, with the mention of a heaven-piercing drill.
  • Fukua is acknowledged by only 3 characters. Filia speaks to her during a pre-round introduction, and when the Anime Peacock and Politician Double voice packs are activated for their respective characters, they have pre- and post-round quotes and even call Fukua's name during tag-ins.
  • The names of Fukua’s moves have a more romantic, platonic or simply relationship based twist on the names of Filia’s moves which is probably a reference to how she’s a fusion of two souls. Ironically even though the two souls try their best to work together, the relationship between them is formed under intense circumstances and is said that it won’t last.
    • Even more ironic with her move names being “friendly” or “love” based is that she clearly is an unfriendlier version of Filia character-wise. But it is fitting as her disturbingly obsessive behavior is likened to that of a yandere by several fans even if she isn’t one herself.
  • The two souls are based off of two unused versions of Filia with different fighting styles. As a joke character it is very likely that the warrior and assassin don’t exist as actual separate characters within the canon but it is implied by her win quotes that the two souls might have existed as alternate versions of Filia (along with the possible two souls for Shamone being alternate versions of Samson) who took on the alias, Fukua.
    • After defeating Marie, Filia and Shamone will say quotes that imply they had the same or similar past lives to Filia and Samson. As clones who originated in the Labs it seems odd that they would have the same pasts as Filia and Samson and assuming that they have souls from different people then it would seem odd that they wouldn’t at least have the memories from those different people. So it seems to imply that Brain Drain got hold on two souls from alternate versions of Filia and Samson but how he got hold of them are unknown.
    • Many fans mistake one of the two souls as inhabiting Fukua and the other inhabiting Shamone but since the two are separate entities who just share a symbiotic relationship it is pretty clear that it states that both souls inhabit Fukua herself. When astral projecting the images of the two souls can clearly be seen as two Fukuas and two Shamones.
  • As a joke character some fans speculate that while Fukua herself is not canon, her “existence” could imply some lore to a future character similar to her that will be canon or some other things that might be canon such as Brain Drain’s hobby of cloning. This is currently something that is unknown on Fukua’s part but something similar might happen for Robo Fortune as it is said that if anyone were to make a canonical robot replica of any of the characters it would be Brain Drain.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Reuses voice clips from Filia.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Skullgirls 2nd Encore Instruction Manual from the Limited Run Games physical releases for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
  2. Brady Hartel's Twitter

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