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Beowulf
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Beowulf action shot by oh8
Gender Male
Age 37
Birthday March 31
Blood Type O
Height 6'7"
Weight 287 lbs.
Measurements 55-38-42
Likes Hunting, working snug, sweaters, tour buses, boots, ladders, fluorescent light tubes, guaranteed money contracts, microbrews, the sound of an excited crowd, merchandise, chamomile tea
Dislikes Professional writing staff, refined sugar, Allen keys, snakes, disqualifications, taking vacation time, spray on tans, indoor voices, being told what to do, being told what to wear, potatoes
Voice Actor Kai Kennedy
Shoryuken

Beowulf (JP: ベオウルフ) is a wrestler who retired at the height of his professional wrestling career, defeating the seemingly unstoppable Grendel, as well as his frenzied Gigan mom when she nearly ate the audience after her son’s defeat. Years later Beowulf had become restless, wondering if that was his limit. He announced his plans to fight once again. What he didn’t mention was that it wouldn’t be in the ring, since there’s no telling where his greatest opponent will show up.

General Information

Beowulf was the twenty second possible DLC character to be revealed in the Indiegogo campaign, at $440,000. He won the final character vote, and was the 5th DLC character confirmed. He was the first character implemented into the game with stage-specific VO introductions.

Beowulf's weight class is the mid-lower end of cruiserweight, the level just below heavyweight. His non-arbitrary wrestling record was 32:0 before retirement, meaning he is currently undefeated.

He was briefly mentioned in Peacock's story, where Andy Anvil notes that he was coming out of retirement.

Cerebella is noted as being a huge fan of him. In the official Steam Trading Card artwork of Beowulf, Cerebella is seen eagerly getting his autograph.

Personality

Beowulf is a hot-blooded wrestler who enjoys the spotlight he received from wrestling. Even after his downfall following the defeat of Grendal and the slaying of his mother, he is unwilling to give up his career and wants to please his fans. However, he is not really known for thinking things through as he was focusing on the career and receiving advice from his shady "manager" Zane instead of seeing the main problem at hand. Despite his bumbling tendencies, he is a good person and a capable fighter who legitmately cares for his fans and other people. This is proven when he told the crowd later in his story mode that his match with Grendal was fixed after finding out and promising them he will defeat the Skullgirl Marie.

Backstory

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Character Basis

Origin

Beowulf is named after the protagonist of the Old English epic poem with the same name, who also kills a troll-like creature called Grendel along with Grendel's mother.

Hrunting was the sword of the mythological hero, and is referenced in Skullgirls with the "Hurting", an ordinary (but durable) chair used by Beowulf.

Design

Story

Having sunk into a life of excess, Beowulf yearns to reestablish his image as a hero among the people after his wresting career had hit rock bottom following the end of the Grand War. Once regarded as a legend among the Canopy Kingdom for having slayed two members the then feared Gigan race in the ringside during the turbulent Grand War; the warrior Grendel and his mother, he had garnered the adoration of the nation and a slew countless fans as the man who had defeated the unstoppable. As the threat of the war waned however, the patriotic spirit that drove Beowulf’s popularity ultimately crashed; many deeming his cameos in other televised media ending his career on a low note.

Following a breaking news report regarding supposed Skullgirl sightings, Beowulf is attacked by Grendel’s severed arm - a reliable weapon in Beowulf’s arsenal and a keepsake of the battle they had fought in. Deeming it possessed, he takes the arm to the Grand Cathedral and asks for Double's assistance, not realizing that she isn’t an ordinary Nun. Going by the alias ‘Sister Agatha’, Double informs Beowulf that the dead are under the Skullgirl’s control and restores the arm by preventing the Skullhearts influence. Not wanting the Skullgirl to take away what he regards as a trophy from his hayday, he decides to take it upon himself to defeat the Skullgirl and reclaim his fame.

Returning to the ring and eager to prove himself to his fans, he challenges Cerebella, a fan anxious to assist in his wrestling comeback, to a match. Emerging victorious, he consults the advice of his old mentor, Zane MacDougal. Promising his career is back in business, he crafts a plan to get Beowulf's popularity back on the radar in preparation for his fight with the Skullgirl. Discerning that the populace is in a state of terror due to the Skullgirl causing the emergence of suspicious individuals taking advantage of the situation in her wake, Zane assures Beowulf he will set up cameras to film his escapades, with his triumphs against the offenders being on the behalf of the people.

Beowulf enters Little Innsmouth and targets Painwheel (who had been labeled as apart of the 'freakshow'), prompting the cameraman to begin filming despite the citizens confusion as to what he was referring to. Having bested her, he passes by Valentine in the Streets of New Meridian, who had been looking for Painwheel for testing purposes. Deciding to test Beowulf herself, she ultimately loses and alludes to his surprising skill in wielding Grendel's arm; but scoffed at the idea of him besting the giant, pressing that he had simply posed for the crowds having not known the scale of the battlefield and the strength they possessed unlike herself.

Back at the NMO Arena, Beowulf reunites with Annie, not recognizing her as the same person from when he cameoed in her TV show 'Glorious Annie : Symphony of Star Stuff' during his dwindling television career. She warns Beowulf that he had been set up to fight those people, and to not to be "fooled again". Despite her continued protests, Beowulf remains oblivious to the matter, dismissing Annie as a different actress to the one he worked with on the show.

Stopping by Zane's office the next day, Beowulf expresses his concerns over the criticisms he'd received previously from Valentine and Annie. Zane, putting him at ease by saying this is what his fans would've wanted, proceeds with his next task of taking down Big Band at the River King Casino, again personally requesting the camera girl to begin filming, despite her bewildered reaction. Upon his defeat, Big Band leaves believing there match was used as a distraction as so 'they' could target Avian and Lab 8. Realizing things aren't as they seem, Beowulf heads back to Zane's office for answers.

Zane told him not to sweat the detail as he plan another match for him against a opponent that he swear will be bigger then his fight against Grendel. When Beowulf appeared in the ring he was confronted by a doppelganger of himself who reveal to Beowulf that Grendel was drugged during there legendary match.

Abilities and Fighting Style

Beowulf is a character who has immense strength. His weapons of choice are his endurable chair The Hurting and Grendal's gigantic arm. Some of his attacks depend on whether he has his chair or not; if not, then he will use Grendal's arm instead. He attacks with chops, stomps, and other hard-hitting kicks . Another element of his fighting style is his collection of throws and finishers that can be comparable to a character of the Beat'em Up game genre. Whenever he has an opponent in his grasp, he can attack with a headbutt, his knee, or various damaging slams in the air or on the ground. When Beowulf throws his chair around the stage, he must wait a few seconds before the chair is light and he can be able to pick up again. If he slams his opponent onto his chair, he deals a bit of extra damage and regains the possession of it.

The Hype mechanic is another important factor for Beowulf where the levels (Max level is 3) are represented by pyrotechnics and the stream of confetti. There are several ways of increasing the level: performing a taunt, an opponent is slammed onto his chair, dropping the mic several times with S.MP or holding S.LP. The number of actions he can perform depend on the super being used and the level he is currently on. When he at max level and his opponent has a certain amount of health, he can pin the opponent down after performing a body splash and the referee will make his appearance to count to three, dealing additional damage.

Playstyle Speculation

Classic pro wrestling, including violence with his favorite folding chair. Dubbed The Hurting, the legendary piece of furniture could supposedly support a Gigan if one could fit on it.

Beowulf can set his chair on the stage for various effects. He can knock opponents into it, do elevated slams off of it, or just stand on it as a platform to alter the height of his ground attacks. It could also be like Captain America’s shield in that he can throw it, but it needs to be recovered to be used again. In addition to standard pro-wrestling moves like dropkicks and powerbombs, souvenirs from past victories may aid him in battle - after all, it’s only illegal if there’s a referee.

Gameplay Inspiration

Trailer

Skullgirls Encore - Beowulf Character Trailer PS301:26

Skullgirls Encore - Beowulf Character Trailer PS3

Color Palettes

Beowulf Palettes

Beowulf's color palettes.

  1. Default colors
  2. Original colors
  3. Sexy firefighter
  4. Pink Dudley (Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike)
  5. Original colors
  6. Original colors
  7. Beowulf's superhero costume - Indiegogo backer palette
  8. Grendel - Indiegogo backer palette
  9. El Santo
  10. Alex (Street Fighter III: New Generation) - Indiegogo backer palette
  11. 1980s
  12. Wolverine (X-Men)
  13. Jax Briggs (Mortal Kombat 3) - Indiegogo backer palette
  14. Kanji Tatsumi (Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series) - Indiegogo backer palette
  15. Green Ranger (Power Rangers series)
  16. Yamcha (Dragon Ball series)
  17. Jon Talbain (Darkstalkers series)
  18. Naked Snake (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater) - Indiegogo backer color
  19. Currently unknown - Indiegogo backer color - Indiegogo backer palette
  20. William Riker (Star Trek series)
  21. The Ultimate Warrior (WWE/WCW) - Indiegogo backer palette
  22. Original colors
  23. Batman (DC Comics)
  24. The Baz (Divekick / Two Best Friends Play)
  25. Captain America (Marvel)

Trivia

  • Lab Zero went through the archives of many prowrestling videos when looking for inspiration for Beowulf.
    • His mic drop is a shout out to CM Punk, a former professional wrestler.
    • Beowulf's standing light punch has him dramatically holding his hand to his ear in homage to professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.
    • His crumple state animation is identical to Ric Flair's "Flair Flop".
  • The fan cheers and chants of his 'Get Hype' move were recorded during a session of Salty!, using the voices of Skullgirls fans and attendees at the Ultimate Gaming Center.[1]
  • His first Blockbuster is a a shout out to Slayer's Dead On Time overdrive (and also possibly Ralph's Galactica Phantom).
  • Beowulf's Three Wulf Moonsault Blockbuster is a reference to the memetic T-shirt Three Wolf Moon. Successfully landing the move produces a graphic similar to the design of the shirt, featuring three wolves howling at the moon.
  • Palette 20, two of his outtake quotes and his basic outtake animation are reference to Commander Riker of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Riker's rank on board the Enterprise, Captain Picard's catchphrase and Riker's unusual approach to chair usage.

References


Skullgirls (Encore)
Lab Zero Games
Characters
Main Cast Filia (Samson) • CerebellaPeacock (Avery) • ParasoulMs. FortunePainwheelValentineDouble
DLC Squigly (Leviathan) • Big BandFukuaEliza (Sekhmet) • Beowulf (Grendel) • Robo-Fortune
Bosses Marie
Other AdamAeonAlbusAndy AnvilAnnieBeatrixBlack DahliaBrain DrainDelilahDr. AvianFengGeorge BombHiveHoraceHubrechtIleumIrvinIsaacKing FranzLawrenceLeducLonesome LennyLorenzo MediciMinetteMollyMotherMrs. Victoria (D. Violet) • OttomoPanzerfaustQueen NancyReginaRiccardoRoberto ContielloRoxieScythanaSelene ContielloStanleyTaliesinTommy Ten-TonsUmbrellaVenusVitaleYu-WanMisc.
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