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Yie Ar Kung-Fu was released in 1985 by Konami and is the second Fighting Game ever (after Karate Champ). It pioneered many aspects now familiar in fighting games including health bars, opponents of various fighting styles, and female fighters.
A considerably different NES version was later released, along with a sequel for home computers.
Tropes used in Yie Ar Kung-Fu:
- Acrofatic: Buchu
- Action Girl: Star and Fan are the first in Fighting Game history.
- Bilingual Bonus: A voice (Oolong?) says "xiè xiè" ("thank you" in Chinese) upon getting an extra life. Buchu says "nǐ hǎo" ("hello" in Chinese) when he recieves a Groin Attack. "Yie Ar" from the title is Chinese for "one two."
- Boss Game: In the first, only Oolong is selectable. On the GBA version, you can be all of the bosses in multiplayer.
- Breather Boss: Feedle is (are?) ridiculously simple compared to the opponents before and after him (them?).
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In the Xbox 360 remake, Bishoo and Clayman from the GBA port aren't included.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: The CPU is notorious for having the opponent just avoid Oolong's attacks and get in two or three hits before the player can react.
- The Computer Shall Taunt You: Nuncha will randomly twirl his nunchucks and strike a pose, leaving him open to attack. To a lesser extent, Pole always twirls his staff above his head before going into an attack sequence, but he will move of the player tries to attack.
- Dual Tonfas: Tonfan/Tonfun
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: With actual kung fu and Chinese weapons, to boot.
- Fighting with Chucks: Nuncha
- Follow the Leader: First Fighting Game to feature health bars, fighting to a KO, characters using different fighting styles, female fighters, groin attacks, changing music when health is low, and more than one win pose.
- Groin Attack: Any attack that hits Buchu's crotch causes his eyes to bug out and he says "nǐ hǎo."
- Hit and Run Tactics: How nearly every opponent fights.
- Me's a Crowd: Feedle is actually a bunch of the same fighter attacking in succession.
- Mirror Boss: Blues uses the same fighting style as Oolong.
- My Kung Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Oolong vs. Blues
- Not Quite Flight: Oolong and Buchu.
- Older Than They Think
- Paper Fan of Doom: Fan
- Improbable Use of a Weapon: She constantly uses her fans as projectiles.
- Set Swords to Stun: Sword's, er, sword doesn't kill Oolong, it just merely knocks him out. Same with Clayman from the GBA version.
- Simple Staff: Pole
- That One Boss: Club, who not only deals a lot of damage with his eponymous weapon, but he also carries a shield, allowing him to block attacks.
- Theme Naming: Opponents are usually named after the weapon he/she uses. In fact, the only exceptions are the unarmed fighters: Oolong, Buchu, Feedle, and Blues.
- Variable-Length Chain: Chain
- Wake Up Call Boss: Nuncha is the first opponent to pose a real challenge.