UPDATE – This article has been edited to reflect the changes made by the Lab Zero staff.
Now that Big Band has been fully funded through the tremendously successful Skullgirls fundraiser campaign, the folks over at Lab Zero Games have released a ton of information on the fighters who have been revealed as candidates for the third DLC character spot. While some of these background details may be common knowledge to those who have been following the project and its universe since it was conceptualized, this information also provides us a basic idea of how each potential cast members will play should the $600,000 goal be reached and they are voted in by the fans.
We’ve included the entire round of information below, and more will be added as further characters are revealed, so keep checking back for more! But as it stands, which fighters stick out as your favorites? I’m partial to Eliza and, of course, Stanley, but feel free to jump to the comments below and let us know what you think.
As the younger princess of the Canopy Kingdom, Umbrella is drawn into the current conflict by a familiar presence. Umbrella has grown up sheltered from the full circumstances surrounding her mother’s death. What effect will the truth have on her?
Umbrella’s living weapon, Hungern, has an insatiable appetite. Choose between using Hungern to end special moves for extra advantage throughout the match, or let his hunger build up for more damage later!
The current Skullgirl who rose from the ashes of the Grand War. Her country of Rommelgrad fell into anarchy, becoming part of the growing No Man’s Land. As she focuses her wrath on those who prey on its victims, the full extent of her power remains unknown…
Summons undead minions, and can vacuuming up the corpses of enemies to refill her own life.
Lorenzo Medici’s right hand hitwoman who takes thorough enjoyment in her work. Little is known about her outside the carnage left in her wake, which has spanned decades without slowing down. Only two of her targets have walked away so far, which she plans to rectify soon.
Grenade launchers, tear gas, hidden knives, and giant screen-filling doilies – Black Dahlia isn’t She ain’t goin’ down without a fight… or two!
A strict but caring teacher at St. Theresa High School. When one of her students goes missing under violent circumstances, she takes it upon herself to find her. Most would call such an act reckless, but she seems to know an awful lot about fighting, and old instincts die hard.
As a teacher, she prides herself on knowing all there is to know about fighting games, and adopts techniques from many of them while adding her own special flair.
A former crime fighter pulled into the web of intrigue woven around the latest Skullgirl. Deciding it was too much for her stuffy civilian identity, she takes up her Living Weapon, the Pazuzu Whip, and dons her alter ego to enter the fray once more.
She doesn’t just want to win, she wants to be in control. Lick those boots!
As popular figures in nationwide folktales, a children’s television adaptation of Annie and Sagan’s adventures was inevitable. The show’s success lies in its pair of live action hosts, who are as convincing as their cartoon counterparts. Though what the public learns about the real Annie might surprise them.
Fiercer than she looks, braver than anyone, it’s ANNIE OF THE STARS! Now where’s my cigarette?
The Dagonian scientist prefers to fade into the background at work, not that he is always successful. Following the surprise attack on Lab 8, it becomes clear the ASG needs all the manpower it can afford. Stanley originally helped develop weapons in the now defunct Lab 4. He brings them in to fight alongside the soldiers, as quiet scientists are wont to do.
Uses a variety of shark-themed attacks and high-tech weaponry. Shark Dive! Shark Knuckle! Science Upper! FEEDING FRENZY! Be sure to check your work.
A flight-capable ASG Soldier implanted with the amorphous Synthetic Parasite, Beezle Bomb. A younger member, she can be brash and irritable at times but has the team’s best interests at heart. After all, they are the family she always wanted.
Lots of crazy wall dives and weird movement options, stingers. Heavily rushdown-based pixie.
Leduc is a young ASG soldier who joined Lab 8 after the war. Having yet to learn the details of Lab 0’s transgressions, his idealistic image of their organization will be challenged soon. The electricity his body channels is generated by his Synthetic Parasite, the Taranis Generator, which he can use to disable or destroy targets.
He electrifies you with his electricity and his angst. Wahoo.
The mother figure of Lab 8, she was disfigured during the war before agreeing to be grafted with the Synthetic Parasite, Salamander Shell. Able to squeeze through tight spaces, secrete acid, and wield drills, she is brilliant at infiltration and sabotage. However, the nature of her abilities makes them cruel to use on other human beings. She avoids confrontation when possible, but if pushed to fight she is the scariest member of her team.
Ranged, poison and area-damage strategic play. Toxic to the touch during her Lv3.
Lab 7’s only successful psychic experiment, most of Brain Drain’s body was destroyed in the disaster which consumed the facility. Soured by the experience and towards human reliability, he has grown into the ruthless and controlling second in command of Lab 0. As far as he is concerned, anybody who falls short of his expectations is to be replaced.
Stop hitting yourself! No, wait, keep going.
A figment of Peacock’s warped imagination made flesh… or at least something close. One of the unexpected results from Patricia’s use of the Avery Unit, Andy and his buddies are based on her favorite cartoons. What they do when their creator is not around remains a mystery.
Close-range fighter with some tricks up his…gloves? Punches, dodges, more punches, anvil-to-the-face.
A Dragon Empire migrant showcasing her acrobatic skills at the Cirque des Cartes. The pair of birds perched on her head are an enigma, summoned by a lucky mistake in geomancy. As much as her family in Canopolis depends on her income, she worries what she and her friend will be asked to do in the long run..
Agility-based moveset including wall jumps/dives, acrobatics, and trap help from her phoenixes. Possibly a command throw combo setup.
A bard who can turn others into musical instruments, Taliesin’s role includes punishing members of the Cirque des Cartes who would defy their contract. He keeps a collection of his favorite victims, eliciting jealousy from his accomplice and Remote Parasite, Muse. Taliesin’s cursed touch stems from trading his hands for her arms.
Not quite a regular 2D puppet character, because he feels his Muse’s pain. A bit more like the puppet characters from Naruto.
Hubrecht is a good-natured strongman who does not realize the Cirque des Cartes doubles as a talent pool for the mob. Some would call him childishly naive while others say he was just born in the wrong world. But most agree that makes little difference, as even a friendly hug from the big guy earns him his nickname of “Hertz.”
Flexing! Happy command throws! Good-natured noogies! “720 – command throw everyday!”
The domineering beast tamer at the Cirque des Cartes, she commands a wide range of creatures including several outlandish specimens. She derives no pleasure from her cruelty as it is simply in her cold nature to control others by any means necessary. The troupe ultimately answers to Regina, not the ringleader.
Cygers, zombions, spirit bears? Or just regular animals?
The fiercely competitive magician hoping to dethrone Cerebella’s current popularity to replace her, both at the circus and as an agent of the Medicis. Beatrix wears the Cloak of Damocles, allowing her to carry and apply an impossible array of props with some risk. She combines its genuinely supernatural properties with old fashioned sleight of hand for attacks nobody can see coming.
Now you see her, now she’s pinning you down with a barrage of knives before sawing you in half.
The Medicis’ outwardly refined mechanical henchman piloted by the foul-mouthed Dagonian engineer, Tom. Ottomo may comical, but he is nevertheless a lethal clutter of advanced weapons used to take care of family business.
A celebrity diva known for her charity, in reality she uses her Parasite Sekhmet to feed off her blood drives and preserve her own beauty. When the Medicis found out, they used it as leverage for business and to call upon her vampiric abilities. Now forced into the pursuit for the Skull Heart, an ancient ambition stirs… one that Samson and Leviathan are all too familiar with.
The ultimate attack-from-disadvantage character. Because of her kinship with her parasite, Eliza can control her own blood. Each time she is hit, she bleeds MK-style, and the blood stays on the stage, and certain specials and supers can then use it.
A Dagonian from the Dragon Empire who moved his business to the Canopy Kingdom. Outside helping Ms. Fortune get back on her feet, he was hoping to sit back and run a regular business. But with the whole community in a crisis, it might be time to dust off his old skills and teach some young punks some manners.
He’s a freakin’ fish with cleavers! Rushdown with a side of Player 2, chop chop.
One of the River King’s daughters who works as a waitress at Yu-Wan’s restaurant. She and her sisters were kidnapped under orders by the growingly desperate and ruthless Lorenzo Medici. With a lot of courage and a little luck, Minette just might save herself from a ghastly fate.
Cute, clumsy waitress. Movements similar to Roll – not sure which one.
Source: Lab Zero Games