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Hadoken! The top 10 most famous attacks.

Posted by Jason on April 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM

There's really no question that over the years, the world has seen some incredible attacks in anime, video games, and movies. There's just something about an iconic attack move that seems to stick around in our memories. From Iron Man's uni-beam attack to the famed Hadoken from the Street Fighter series-- there's been so many incredible signature attacks over the years. With that being said, it can be a little difficult to narrow down which ones are truly the most noteworthy. Luckily, this article has done just that! So kick back, relax, and get ready to read about the top 10 most famous attacks in anime, gaming, and movie history.

10. Shun Goku Satsu (AKA: The Raging Demon) - Super Street Fighter II: Turbo

This is by far one of the most well-known super moves in all of video game history. It has been parodied several times in multiple fighting games over the years. It also was one of the first instances of the "multi-meter" super moves. Super Street Fighter II: Turbo featured the first appearance of this attack as Akuma's introduction has him perform the attack on Bison. The move often appears as Akuma's most powerful Super Combo. In this signature attack move, the user glides towards the opponent and grabs them. Suddenly, the screen blacks out as the opposition is relentlessly beaten to submission, which is then showcased by a series of flashes.

9. Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame— Yu Yu Hakusho

By combining his natural fire demon powers with the pure essence of evil, Hiei summons an energy from the deepest pits of hell. Not only is this power completely uncontrollable, it also inflicts severe damage on those who use it. As for the attack's target, every trace is completely destroyed. Since he is the only one to ever master the technique, Hiei is capable of adding some unique twists that make the attack even stronger. When he uses the attack on himself, he is able to absorb it for a huge power boost. His strength, agility, and defensive abilities are all increased exponentially, and it becomes nearly impossible for anyone but the strongest demons to defeat him. This legendary attack is visually incredible as well. It would be safe to say you do not want to end up on the wrong side of this iconic attack.

8. Falcon Punch - Super Smash Brothers

Bringing in number eight, we have the famed falcon punch from the Super Smash Brothers series. Throughout the Super Smash Brothers series, the Falcon Punch has consistently been one of the most powerful and iconic special attacks. Although it does have a long wind-up that is quite easy to dodge, the sheer power behind Captain Falcon's punch is enough to deal a significant blow and even light opposing enemies on fire. As a testament to this move's popularity and significance, there's even an F-Zero anime, which shows him Falcon Punching someone so hard you can see it clear across the other side of the galaxy! Now that's intense.

7. Might Guy's Eight Gates - Naruto

Bringing in number 7, we have Might Guy's infamous eight gates from none other than Naruto! By opening up all eight gates, Guy is able to render an insanely large amount of power and damage. He is actually the only person alive that can open all eight gates at once. Due to the immense amount of chakra flooding the body all at once, drastic changes occur upon the user's body. The most common of these changes are the changes to skin color, eruption of veins around the temples, and the eyes turning completely white. Any shinobi who activates this state temporarily gains power a hundred times greater than their normal level, but will ultimately die because of the damage inflicted upon their body. Now that's power.

6. Goku's Spirit Bomb - Dragon Ball Z

Almost every anime fan, even the most casual of fans who rarely watch anime, are familiar with the spirit bomb. By channeling the energy of every living thing in a given area, Goku is able to create an orb of pure destructive energy. It won't hurt those who are pure of heart and it completely wrecks those who are evil. Its only drawback is that charging the attack takes a significant amount of time, which ultimately builds up the fight's tension to uncomfortable levels. When Goku creates a Spirit Bomb and then transforms into his Super Saiyan state, the Super Saiyan form causes him to sprout an evil heart and become impure which results in him losing consciousness and absorbing the energy of the Spirit Bomb. Nevertheless, it's easy to see why this powerful, iconic move made the list.

5. The Toasty Uppercut - Mortal Kombat

Is anyone feeling a little toasty? The Mortal Kombat Uppercut is well known, simply for its somewhat ridiculous nature. Landing one of these on the opponent would catapult them high into the air while making the ground shake, easily one of the hardest hitting moves of the early days of fighting games. The uppercut was also used to trigger stage fatalities and even activate secrets in the game. You just simply can't have a list of most famous attacks without including the famed toasty uppercut.

4. Scorpion's Spear Throw - Mortal Kombat

This next attack is yet another from the Mortal Kombat series. It's easy to see why, too, as Mortal Combat is chock full of insane attacks and signature moves. And let's face it, it's one thing to throw a projectile that hits an enemy and takes a chunk of their energy away. It's another to have a projectile that drags them closer to you for more damage. That's exactly what Scorpion's spear does in Mortal Kombat, plunging into the chest of the opponent and quite literally dragging them over for even more humiliation. Hearing a digitized, "Get over here!" or "Come here!" meant that there was a Mortal Kombat cabinet somewhere in the vicinity. It was one of the first and easiest to execute combos in fighting game history.

3. Ryu Hayabusa's Izuna Drop - Dead or Alive

Bringing in number three, we have Ryu Hayabusa's famed Izuna Drop. Let's face it. Ryu Hayabusa is the ultimate video game ninja. There's really no question about it. Not only will he carve up an opponent with his ultra quick ninja moves, but he'll also send them flying into the air with a combo, only to then teleport behind them and slam them to the ground with authority. This move's placement on the list really just speaks for itself.

Enough said.

2. The Shoto Three - Street Fighter Series

At number two, we have the incredibly famed, influential Shoto Three. This compilation of three moves from the Street Fighter series are easily some of the most iconic and influential in the history of gaming. Hadoken, Shoryuken, and Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku-- also commonly known as Fireball, Dragon Punch, and Hurricane Kick, are quite easily the three most commonly known moves in fighting game history. With that being said, none of the three can be said to be better than any of the rest. These moves make up the toolset of Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter II and are what most current day fighting game move-sets are based around. These iconic moves defined the projectile, the reversal, and expansion/pressure move. In fact, they were so influential that the motions used to execute these moves have been codified as "Fireball" and "Dragon Punch" motions. If it weren't for these three moves, we wouldn't even have fighting games to play in the first place. It just doesn't get much more influential than that.

1. Simon's Giga Drill Break - Tengen Toppa Gurren Laggan

And now, for our number one most famous attack, we have-- drumroll please-- Simon's famed Giga Drill Break from Tenga Toppa Gurren Laggan. Using an incredible combination of spiral power and pure fighting spirit, Simon and his co-pilot are able to create a series of drills that steadily and continuously increase in both size and power. In the beginning, the drill is probably the size of a skyscraper. Then it increases to around the size of a large state. And once team Dai-Gurren takes the fight to outer space, Gurren Lagann is probably packing a drill the size of Jupiter. But even that isn't as big as it gets. During the final battle when Gurren Lagann is larger than most galaxies, the giga drill break is many times larger than that. Unlike Goku's famed Spirit Bomb, which was mentioned earlier on the list, Simon finds all of that power in his own heart, using nothing but pure, unfiltered determination to ignore conventional reason as a power source. With its insane power and utterly gigantic size, this incredible attack would surely destroy anyone else that came up against it. For those reasons, it is clearly number one on this list of famed attacks.

Now that we have covered the top ten most famous attacks in gaming, anime, and movie history, it's easy to see just how many insanely popular attacks there have been throughout the beginning of this era. It certainly was not easy to narrow down the list to just ten, as there are truly so many more that could have been covered. However, these top 10 attacks definitely deserved to be here and get the recognition they deserve for being so influential. With all that being said, hopefully this list was just as enjoyable and entertaining to read as it was fun to write. Thanks for reading!

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