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Did you know Abigail has strong references to heavy metal legend King Diamond? What we know about Street Fighter 5's next potential character

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. PDT • Comments: 56

There's a good chance that Street Fighter 5's next DLC character is Abigail of Final Fight fame. Though most players know him as a simple Andore palette swap, there are interesting things about Abigail that many may not be aware of, including the strong references to a certain heavy metal legend.

Back in May, we heard a fairly convincing rumor pertaining to Street Fighter 5 Season 2's final three DLC characters. An EventHubs user by the name of Flowtron made some comments back in October correctly predicting Akuma, Kolin, and Ed -- even mentioning Ed's change in appearance.

Flowtron has since said that the final three characters would be Abigail, Menat the Egyptian fortune teller, and Zeku, Guy's master. Over the weekend, an empty page was discovered on the official Capcom Fighters Network website that featured "ABIGAIL|CHARACTER DATA" in its browser tab and "abg" in the URL. This section of the site is the same that houses character data pages for all of the current playable warriors on the roster.

Though his inclusion in Street Fighter 5 has not yet been confirmed, we felt it would be good to talk a little bit more about Abigail -- in light of these events-- to familiarize fans with him before his potential arrival.

Abigail is a member of the Mad Gear Gang and a boss character in the original Final Fight arcade game, which was released in 1989. He stands at 8'0", beating out Hugo by two inches and making him the largest Street Fighter character ever (assuming he's in Street Fighter 5).

You might be thinking that "Abigail" is a rather unorthodox name for an angry giant that tosses his foes around like rag dolls. Well, it also happens to be the name of a popular album by the Danish heavy metal musician King Diamond.

Released in 1987, Abigail was the band's second record and told the tale of a couple in 1845 who inherit an old mansion, move in, and are haunted by the ghost of a deceased relative and the evil spirit of a stillborn child named Abigail. I am seriously not making this up.

One thing that makes King Diamond stand out from other metal singers is his insane use of falsetto. His vocal range is pretty spectacular, and if you've never listened before... his voice might surprise you.

You can check out the music video for a song from the album called "Family Ghost" below.

Though some might call this coincidence, it is worth mentioning that Final Fight was filled with other references to popular music of the time, as well as other famous entertainers. Characters such as the thugs Axl and Slash (Guns N' Roses), Poison (named after the hair metal band), and even Sodom (the German Thrash Metal band) were all prominently featured in-game.

If that's not enough to convince you, though, just take a look at the banner of this story. Abigail is seen wearing face paint in battle that very closely resembles King Diamond's.

The metal star was notorious for donning spooky paint on stage, in interviews, and damn near anywhere else he went as his King Diamond persona.

According to the official CFN character profile for Abigail, the character claims he hails from Holland even though his passport says he's from Canada. I can't see any other reason for Capcom to mention the character's admiration for Europe than as another potential nod to King Diamond, but perhaps I'm just looking to far into it.

As for Abigail's fighting style, he doesn't really have one. The giant is all about brute force and mowing down the opponent.

In Final Fight, we see Abigail take down foes with large punches, throws, and a rampaging charge attack. These techniques could easily transfer over to Street Fighter 5, and still leave room for a ton of new additions to help revamp an old, obscure character.

Capcom enjoys equipping their largest fighters with command grab special moves, much like Zangief's Spinning Pile Driver and T. Hawk's Mexican Typhoon. This tends to be a testament to their size and strength.

It's very possible that Abigail will follow suit, and being the largest character in the series could make his particularly powerful.

For V-Trigger, an enraged state in which he turns red and gets an increase in strength for a short period of time is definitely something I could see making into Street Fighter 5. Perhaps he could gain the ability to charge at the opponent and blow through oncoming attacks, allowing him to move in quickly on his foe and mount a comeback.

Of course, this is simply speculation. Even if Abigail's reveal is looking likely, we still do not have official confirmation.

All I can say is, if Abigail is Street Fighter 5 Season 2's next DLC character (PLEASE be the next DLC character), he needs to have a full-blown King Diamond alternate outfit.

You can have all of my Fight Money right now, Capcom, and all of the Fight Money I earn from now until eternity!

Videos via Classic Video Games and Roadrunner Records.

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