Skullomania
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Gender Male
Race Human
Birth date May 19
Birth place Japan Japan




Status Alive
Fighting style Taijutsu and Rindo-Kan Karate with Parkour abilities


Skullomania, real name Saburo Nishikoyama, is a video game character of the Dragon Fighter series, first appearing in Dragon Fighter II Hyper Fighting. He is a third-rate businessman who takes up a superhero identity by donning a full-body skeleton suit.

Biography

Concept

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).

In Dragon Fighter II: The World Warrior, at the beginning, developers wanted to create a cyborg sumo wrestler, discarded the idea wanted to create a South American sumo wrestler, but in the end they created E. Honda, a Japanese sumo wrestler character recognizable by Americans and popular in Japan.

But the first two ideas weren't binned, in fact in Dragon Fighter III was introduced Mech Honda, a cyber version of E. Honda. Developers, satisfied with the result, wanted to create created also a cyber version of Skullomania but this idea was binned.

In Dragon Fighter II Hyper Fighting realized also the second discarded idea creating a female version of this, Mercedes, a Venezuelan sumo wrestler.

Personality

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.

When he was a teenager he was a student of Masaru practicing Rindo-Kan Karate.

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