Friday, 26 March 2010

The Coolest Game Characters of All Time: Cody Travers (Final Fight, Street Fighter series)


If you want to talk about cool game characters then there is really only one place you need look: the house that Capcom built. Capcom have been showing character designers the world over how it should be done for decades now. Their characters exude a simple, timeless charm that sees personalities expressed in small visual nuances ; whether it be Ken's irritating thumbs-up, Dan Hibiki's tears or Barry Burton's magnum.To stand out as the coolest amid the inherent coolness of your brothers and sisters is no mean feat and one that is achieved by only one character: Cody Travers.

Despite my increasingly vocal professions of love for Mike Haggar, it is undoubtedly Cody who is the coolest motherfucker in Final Fight. The classic James Dean white t-shirt and blue jeans, coupled with those fly 80's shell-toes makes Cody Travers the kind of dude that mayor Haggar is happy to see railing his daughter. His only goals in life are to get all up in Mad gear's shit and save his smoking-hot girlfriend. Looking good whilst he does it just comes naturally to him.


When Capcom retired Cody from the Final Fight series he told them where to shove it. After saving Metro City and his girlfriend he just couldn't settle down. Cody was built to fight, so that's what he continued to do. You have to admire a guy who knows his purpose and managed to brawl his way from one fighting series and into another. Getting imprisoned for his violent temperament is little more than a slight inconvenience; he frequently breaks out, seeking more opponents, only to return for a meal and a roof over his head whenever it suits him.

Cody's coolness is not so much determined by his actions, but rather his mannerisms and the style he exudes in everything that he does. Opening fights by taunting his opponents to see if they can finally do something about his boredom, still wearing those shell-toes with his prison garb and wearing those handcuffs when he has the key. What a swaggering bad-ass.

Throughout this whole week of coolness, I can see no-one else that I would rather be. Cody is nonchalant about fights when I simply panic and by playing as him I effectively become cooler. If, like me, you think coolness is all about the style and the swagger, then Cody Travers has got it down to a fine art.

3 comments:

Caffeine Powered said...

Listen, Cody is ballin' as fuck. One of my most favorable gaming memories is laying the fucking smack down with him in Final Fantasy for the SNES back in the day.

No one makes shell-toes look more bad ass.

Caffeine Powered said...

Listen, Cody is ballin' as fuck. One of my most favorable gaming memories is laying the fucking smack down with him in Final Fantasy for the SNES back in the day.

No one makes shell-toes look more bad ass.

cr0nt said...

You mean Final Fight right? Or do you have the unreleased Final Fantasy WE ALL REALLY WANT? ^_^

Cody certainly is +10 swagger, if only he wasn't about to be outswaggered by GUILE! NOTHING, EVER, is cooler than flash kick, focus cancel then overriding [as in it doesn't come out] the focus cancel with putting some sunglasses on while your opponent is still flying through the air.
It's a shame the rest of Guile is crap and Cody will of course kick his ass and never give him the chance to do it.

Nice choice.

Followers

Blog Archive