Well, if it's inspirational characters we're talking about... you gotta admire Strider Hiryu. First, he's given a bad-assed arcade game in 1989 that still amazes people to this day. Strider, not one to rest on his laurels, goes to the Capcom directory, in search of new work....<P>SH: So! Got anything for me?
CD: Do we ever! Everyone wants aboard the strider express! Sega wants to put STRIDER on theur new home system, the Genesis!
CD: Nintendo wants on, as well! But, they don't want STRIDER...
SH: Well, what do they want?
CD: They want Strider Hiryu, the person.
SH: Oh... So?
CD: Anyway, we got an action/adventure game lined up for you.<P>So, they released Strider for the NES. And it was good...<P>Kid: Wow! This Strider game kicks ass<P>Little Girl: Hey! That Strider's a LOT better looking than Mario!<P>But, good things don't last long...<P>CD: Strider! U.S. Gold wants to make a Strider 2 for the Sega!
SH: Strider 2?
CD: Yeah! They say they're gonna max out the Genesis! And, they're bringing Meiko into it, as well (Meiko was the bad guy in the Arcade Strider, just so you all know)
SH: Hmm... Sound Ok, but, Meiko and I just went at it. We had no 'real' reason to try and stop eachother...
CD: Well, now you do! He's gonna capture your girlfriend!
SH: I don't have a girlfriend!
CD: You do now! Bring her in!
SH: *groan*<P>Well, Strider 2 really, really sucked. And, as a result, Strider had a VERY hard time finding work.<P>SH: Any work for me?
CD: Nope. <P>So, down on his luck, Strider turned to drinking. Heavy Drinking. Big Giant Beer drinking!<P>SH: I'm pretty down. Give me another one of those Giant Beers, Newton.
NR: I think you've had enough.
BF: I'm the Beer fairy, Strider!
SH: I think you're right. I have had enough.<P>But, fortunatly for Strider, he had a guardian angel... an angel in a red karate gi!<P>Ryu: So, Ken, hyped about Alpha 2?
Ryu: Why so down?
Ken: Well, my stage seems so empty.
Ryu: Empty? You have have all those other characters! All I have is snow...
Ken: But you LIKE snow!
Ryu: You have Morrigan, fecilia, and all those party go-ers!
Ken: I know. I need something more...<P>So, Ken went to the Capcom Director.<P>CD: Ken! Always so nice to see you, my boy! What can I do for you?
Ken: It's about my stage in Alpha 2...
CD: What about it?
Ken: It just seems that since I have all those fighters, maybe there can be a non-fighter cameo...
CD: Whoa! I know where you're going with this! And, I told Cody, I told Guy, and I'll tell you. Megaman is busy!
Ken: Not Megaman! I was thinking of like, Captian Commando.
CD: We can do that.
Ken: And Strider Hiryu.
CD: Strider Hiryu? That bozo? Ken, you're in Street Fighter! One of the most financially set games EVER! You don't need Strider Hiryu!
Ken: I like his games. I'd like to meet him.
CD: Fine...<P>So, ken's stage was getting ready. Strider Hiryu showed up, and talked with some of the 'new' Capcom stars.<P>Morrigan: Hey, you're Strider Hiryu, aren't you?
SH: Yes, I am.
Morrigan: You're a LOT better looking than Ken.
SH: Thanks... I think.
Morrigan: No! Really! Ken's rich and all, and he's DEFINENTLY gained some weight from Streef Fighter 2.
Morrigan: You're slimmer than ever. See you by the pool!<P>So, the stage shoot over, Strider goes home. A few years pass by, and he gets a call.<P>SH: Hello?
Ken: Strider! What's going on? You got a minute?
SH: Sure. What's up?
Ken: Have you heard about Capcom's 'Marvel vs Capcom' project?
SH: Yeah, a little. Morrigan told me a bit about it yesterday. What's wrong? Didn't make the cut?
Ken: No, they're giving Ryu me and Akuma's powers.
SH: Yeah, that'll work...
Ken: Anyway, that's not why I called. They need a combo crazy character.
SH: A what?
Ken: Have you seen any of those cross-over games I was in?
SH: Yeah, I grazed X-men vs Street Fighter over for a bit. By the way, nice Dragon Punch.
Ken: Thanks, but you know how Wolverine plays? Real fast and combo intense?
Ken: Well, Chun-Li usually does that, but she's got this new super move, and wants to be more of an 'air combo' person.
SH: I see...
Ken: Look, I'll cut it short. Everybody down here likes you, from Jin, to Megaman. You come down here, audition, and I'm damn sure you can get a job.
SH: Ok. I'll try that... Thanks.<P>So, Strider went down to MvC recruitment. And he blew them away.<P>Jin: Damn! Those are some flashy moves!
Roll: Love that Ouroboros! Wish I had something like that.<P>Then, Strider was called into the Director's office...<P>CD: Strider, baby! How's you been! Look, people LOVE you again! Love you! We want to do another Strider game!
SH: Oh, no. We did Strider 2, and it absolutly SUCKED!
CD: No, no! CAPCOM is going to do Strider 2! The way YOU want to do it.<P>And Strider 2 was made, and is still one of the best 2-D side scrollers out there. <P>And, If Strider Hiryu can pull himself out of the gutter, then I think ANYONE can pull himself out of the gutter.<P>