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Skullomania (スカロマニア Sukaromania?), real name Saburo Nishikoyama (西小山 三郎 Nishikoyama Saburō?)[1], is a character from the Street Fighter EX series developed by Arika. He made his first appearance in the first Street Fighter EX game.

BiographyEdit

ConceptEdit

Skullomania's design was inspired by the Japanese superhero Kamen Rider created by manga author Shotaro Ishinomori, with extra elements drawn from the Skull Man, a character from a manga Ishinomori wrote in order to work out the concepts for Kamen Rider. Skullomania also draws from real-life luchador La Parka (also known as The Reaper/Death).

AppearanceEdit

In Street Fighter EX, Skullomania's costume is simply a black body stocking with a skeleton motif printed on it. The Kamen Rider/"Skull Rider" image was enhanced in Street Fighter EX2, where Skullomania's costume gained a red scarf, gloves, and boots, as well as a belt almost identical to the Typhoon belt worn by Hayato Ichimonji, Kamen Rider #2. Both the belt and the forehead of Skullo's mask bear a stylized letter "S".

In Street Fighter V, his gloves and boots are white, he no longer wears a belt and a gun holster on his right thigh and the "S" on his mask is orange instead of red.

PersonalityEdit

StoryEdit

Street Fighter EXEdit

Skullomania was once an average salesman called Saburo Nishikoyama. His superiors were not pleased with his results as a salesman. Down on his luck and constantly under pressure for results, he was forced to act in a hero show held for the customers at the department store he worked at. During the performance, he felt an indescribable passion awaken within him, and decided to become a vigilante crime-fighter, swearing to protect the world from evil. As a result, he began to compete against the top-ranked martial artists in the world, fighting them on an even playing field.

Street Fighter EX2 Edit

In Skullomania's story mode in Street Fighter EX2, he sets out to defeat Garuda, whom he regards as a villain attempting to dominate the world. In his secret ending, Skullomania fights Shadowgeist, another vigilante with a different definition of justice. After defeating the vigilante, he exclaims "I am Skullomania, the hero who fights for the sake of justice!!"

In Street Fighter EX2 Plus, it is revealed that Nishikoyama was promoted to the department manager at his job, but received a lot of criticism from his employees, who believe he was chosen to be a scapegoat. Whenever the stress of working gets too much for him to handle, he takes up the mantle of Skullomania and fights crime with an overwhelming sense of justice.

Street Fighter EX3 Edit

In Skullomania's Street Fighter EX3 ending, he manages to defeat Shadaloo, but realizes that there are still evil forces in the world. Skullomania decides that he must fight until the day that evil is completely eradicated from the world.

The final line of his ending spoofs typical superhero shows, giving a "preview" of a hypothetical episode of a show starring Skullomania, stating "Next week: Episode 25, "Friend or Foe? Enter the Skullolady!""

Other appearancesEdit

Skullomania also made an appearance in the PlayStation game, Fighter Maker, even with some of his special moves intact. His signature move is the Skullo Dream, an unblockable combo attack which is increasingly comedic in execution as the series progresses.

Cameo Edit

Skullomania made a very small cameo appearance in the Street Fighter Legends: Sakura comic.

Stage ThemesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • His ending in the original Street Fighter EX is a reference to Kinkotsuman from Kinnikuman (M.U.S.C.L.E) Giant Scene.
  • Skullomania states in his Street Fighter EX ending that he has a wife, children and a pet named Pochiro-kun.
  • The title background in his Street Fighter EX3 ending is based on the Choudenshi Bioman episode which is "Enter New Warrior, Jun".

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Street Fighter series Playable Characters
Main Series
SF Logo Ken · Ryu
Street-fighter-ii-logo World Warrior Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Zangief
Champion Edition Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega
Super Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk
Turbo Akuma
SFAlogo Alpha Adon · Birdie · Charlie · Dan · Guy · Rose · Sodom
Alpha 2 Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Shin Akuma
Alpha 3 Cody · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika
Alpha 3 Upper Eagle · Maki
Alpha 3 MAX Ingrid
Street fighter iii logo New Generation Alex · Dudley · Elena · Gill · Ibuki · Necro · Oro · Sean · Yang · Yun
2nd Impact Hugo · Urien
3rd Strike Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve
Street fighter iv logo IV Abel · C. Viper · El Fuerte · Gouken · Rufus · Seth
Super Hakan · Juri
Arcade Edition Oni
Ultra Decapre · Poison
SFV-Logo-R-3 F.A.N.G · Laura · Necalli · Rashid
Spin-off games
Street Fighter The Movie Logo Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber · Sawada
Street-fighter-ii--the-animated-movie Cyborg
Sfexlogo EX Allen · Blair · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark
Hokuto · Kairi · Pullum · Skullomania
EX Plus Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Garuda
EX2 Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon
EX2 Plus Area · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace · Bison II
VsSeriesIcon MSHvSF Cyber-Akuma · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Shadow
MvC Shadow Lady
SVC Chaos Violent Ken
SFO Shin
Street Fighter EX Characters
EX Original Akuma · Allen · Blair · Chun-Li · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark · Guile
Hokuto · Kairi · Ken · Pullum · Ryu · Skullomania · Zangief
Plus Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Evil Ryu · Garuda · M. Bison
Plus α Dhalsim · Sakura
EX2 Original Blanka · Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon · Vega
Plus Area · Sagat · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace · Bison II
CPU Only Shin-Bison · Cycloids · Zako

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