Back in October 2011, short after this website was created actually, we started a Fighting Game Boss Tribute in our deviantART community Fighting-Games-Elite. Around 25 different fighting bosses were drawn, the artists could claim these from a list we made. We had the popular bosses like M.Bison there, also Pyron from Darkstalkers and I-No from Guilty Gear XX and also a couple of the almost forgotten characters like Bilstein from Star Gladiator or Geegus from World Heroes. Since it was our first big art collaboration, things were pretty rough, the quality standards were different and to be honest, this site looked very different as well. 

By the start of 2016 I thought it would be totally badass to revive the old project and continue it with a new round and many new faces on board but also some that were a part of the project in 2011 already but could use new artworks like Dural from Virtua Fighter. 

We got again over 30 illustrations together with guys like Ogre from Tekken 3, Seth from Street Fighter IV and again almost forgotten characters like Garuda from Street Fighter EX and Vermillion from Battle Arena Toshinden 2. It was an honor to continue this art collaboration with so many awesome artists that are like myself fighting game players that love to tribute these Bosses from the last three decades of Video Game History!

Have fun visiting the following Gallery!

 

 

Abyss

Marvel vs Capcom 2

Abyss

SoulCalibur III

Amakusa

Samurai Shodown

Bilstein

Star Gladiator

Corrupted Shinnok

Mortal Kombat X

Dural

Virtua Fighter

Eyedol

Killer Instinct

Feral Chaos

FF Dissidia 012

Fernandez

Waku Waku 7

Galactus

Marvel vs Capcom 3

Garuda

Street Fighter EX

Geegus

World Heroes

Geese Howard

Fatal Fury

Gill

Street Fighter III

Goenitz

KOF’97

 

Hazama

BlazBlue CS

I-No

Guilty Gear XX

Jedah

Darkstalkers 3

Justice

Guilty Gear

Labrys

Persona 4 Arena

M.Bison

Street Fighter II

Marie

Skullgirls

Master Hand

Super Smash Bros.

Mr. Karate

Art of Fighting

(Ancient) (True) Ogre

Tekken 3

Pyron

Darkstalkers

Ramlethal

Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-

Rugal Bernstein

King of Fighters’98

Sagat

Street Fighter

Seth

Street Fighter IV

 

Shao Kahn

Mortal Kombat 2/3/9

Sissy

Power Instinct M.

Tengu

Dead or Alive 2

 

Unknown

Tekken Tag Tournament

ν-No.13

BlazBlue CT

Vermillion

Battle Arena Toshinden 2

Wolfgang Krauser

Fatal Fury 2

 

Big thanks go to all artists that participated in this project since November 2011, and especially to those that participated in both versions of the Boss Tribute!

Logos were made by Victor Bejarano aka @CepilloCactuar

 

Also Kudos to all the Game Developers and Character Designers that were responsible for all these fighting game bosses!

 

 

Marvin00 (M.Bison, Geese Howard, Wolfgang Krauser)

I just wanted to say, that it’s great seeing so many different artists, with their various styles and ideas for this great Boss Tribute. I’m very impressed with the works in this gallery , and I’m glad, to be counted among them, as well. Can’t wait for the next one!

 

Hybridmink (V13)

The boss tribute was a great way to pull in a large number of audiences with such a broad range of choices available to the community. Integrating the entries into a dedicated website is also a good idea. I had fun with my entry and I look forward to the next contest I find time to enter into. 

 

Soysaurus1 (Shao Kahn)

I am very happy to have been a part of the Boss Tribute Project! Its fun to see all the bosses of fighting games drawn by many artists and the many different styles in which they are portrayed. I’m proud to have my piece included among a geat chosen few!

 

PhillyPhats (I-No, Jedah)

Overall I think it was a dope and successful project. The turnout was great so many artists with different styles. The best idea behind the project was first creating a limitation, being only bosses and only having 1 to 4 artist spaces available. Doing that created a unique gallery with alot of variety, in not only style but content. Thank god, cuz I would have been bored if I saw 30 akuma fan pics lol.

 

BusterGarou (Geegus)

It was great to be a part of this project especially since my favorite characters are usually the villains and bosses from fighting games. I hope that people enjoy the art that all these fans have made for this amazing project!

 

OverOneHundred (Uriko)

So many great artists shown up with some epic entries, wish il’d up’d my game, but was definitely great to add to it and see what the others and there works turned out like, looking forward to the next stage of ideas and add to that wave of awesome paints.

 

Mawnbak (Abyss from Marvel vs Capcom 2)

Being part of large projects like this is really cool! I hope to be a part of more in the future!

 

Augustoflores (Sett Ra)

The Bosses really deserve a nice tribute. Some have given the main character a reason to fight to get to the end, others might have been in the way to a greater goal. Without a boss, there would be no drive to beat the game. The boss has been a staple entity within the fighting genre… usually so powerful to be left unplayable… when they were, it was always a pleasure to walk a mile in their shoes.
A toast to the bosses, for giving us a reason to fight, and here’s waiting for the next battle; I’m sure we’re all itching for round 2.

 

 Hexterian (True Ogre)

The project turned out great. I’ve been able to see a lot of artists with different styles and skills putting their heart into this tribute, and it’s really awesome to be a part of that as well. All I can say is I look forward to the next project.

 

LukeTheRipper (Geese Howard, Fernandez)

Well, what can I say, it’s a pleasure to participate in such a project, more so since it wasn’t just a mere popularity contest, it was a tribute to all amazing fighting game bosses no matter how obscure they are. I hope to see such great projects in the future, and hopefully be a part of these as well.

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