Top 10 African Video game Characters

African video game characters

Today we look at ten of our favourite fictional characters from Motherland Africa who have made their appearance in video games, whether it be mainstream or indie titles. These characters were born in Africa, hence the reason why black characters born outside of the African continent such as African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Brazilians and so forth won't be featured despite being of African descent.

"we look at ten of our favourite fictional characters from Motherland Africa who have made their appearance in video games"


If you were to take a look back at video game's history you would never realize that Africa is the world's second largest continent. There's a massive hole in the video game industry when looking for games which are themed around African mythology, characters and art. Which have us shaking our heads as Africa has so much depth with it's rich history, citizens, spoken language, traditions, myths, architecture and so forth.

When you look back at gaming history there hasn't been a lot of characters from Africa either, normally black characters are depicted as either American or Brazilian, which isn't necessary a bad thing, but despite this fact we have managed to scope down and find at least ten characters who were born in Africa and have managed to leave a lasting impression on us.


10. Zazie Muhaba
(Fighter's History Dynamite 1994)


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The Neo-Geo fighting game Fighter's History Dynamite, also called Karnov's Revenge, which was released in 1994 was one of the first and only fighting games to include an African martial arts practitioner. This character didn't box, dance or play sports which is indeed a rare instance for a fighting game.

Zazie's love of nature is unparalleled and this is further empathized in his back story and ending. Zazie created the African Nature Protection Society to defend animals from poachers in Kenya, his birthplace. He entered the fighting tournament to raise funding for his organization. Zazie's ending unveiled that he identifies greatly with pacifism.


9. Zasalamel
(Soul Calibur Series 2005-2009)


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Zasalmel made his debut in the Soul series of fighting games since Soul Calibur 3, returning for two other sequels before ultimately being cut from the most recent instalment with no explanation as to why. In the game it's actually never revealed where he was born but as written in his profile, he comes from an old civilisation that was originally chosen as protectors of Soul Calibur, the sacred weapon.

Many people believe this ancient nation was in Africa due to Zasalamel's physical appearance and facial features, hence the reason he made this list. He has no allegiances to anyone but himself and it's believed that his actions may be seen as immoral. It's worth mentioning that Zasalamel has been the only black character in the series to date, outside of guest character Spawn.


8. Crying Wolf
(Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008)


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There's been quite a few African characters in the Metal Gear Solid series to date but one of our favourite female characters in the series, who also happens to be African is none other than Crying wolf. Crying Wolf was the sniper and sentry of the Beauty and the Beast Unit, a group of female soldiers who were affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The intense psychic trauma she endured in her early life sent the poor girl over the edge. Crying Wolf's psychopathy manifested itself in her perpetually crying, weeping loudly even in the heat of battle.


7. Cyrax
(Mortal Kombat Series 1995-Present)


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Despite his cyborg appearance, Cyrax was originally an African man from Botswana who was turned into a cyborg. Making his Debut in Mortal Kombat 3 it wasn't until Mortal Kombat Gold that players got to see the face behind the cybernetic armour, an alternate costume which revealed Cyrax's human identity.

In Mortal Kombat Alliance his alternate outfit shows him to be just about human with several cybernetic parts, while his alt costume in Mortal Kombat 9 goes the extra mile and gives Cyrax a complete human body.


6. The Mbele Squad
(Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 2015)


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Metal Gear Solid TPP's African child soldiers where just some of the things that never left our minds when we think of Kojima's final MGS game. The Mbele Squad were a crew of kid soldiers that Venom Snake met in 1984. Shabani was originally the leader of the Child Solider unit until his untimely dead in the same year. The other children note that Shabani was the one who looked out for them and took care of their needs.


5. Elena 
(Street Fighter Series 1997-Present)


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Elena first appeared in Street Fighter III as the first black female character. She is a princess of an African state in Kenya who have a cultural custom of fighting. Typically Elena doesn't look like your average Kenyan person due to her straight white hair and bright blue eyes, but we always welcome her addition to the Street Fighter roster with each new iteration in the series.


4. Sheva Alomar
(Resident Evil 5 2009)


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Since her conception in 2009 Sheva Alomar and the game which she came from has been a controversial issue and for all the right reasons too, but overall despite the controversy surrounding Capcom's RE5 we can't deny that Sheva has become one of our favourite female characters in video game history.  Her character design and voice really left a lasting on us and we'd love to see more of her.

Sheva was a new and refreshing character for the series, a BSSAA operative of South Africa who acted as a guide for the tired Chris Redfield, who was possessed over the occurrence of his partner Jill Valentine.Without characters like herself and even Josh Stone, you really can't say that the developers are even trying anything new with their characters or series.


3Agaté
(Assassin's Creed III: Liberation 2012)



Enslaved from a early age,  Agaté met a man who taught him the ways of the Assassins. After his mentor's death in 1758, Agaté journeyed to Loisiana, a wanted man, and hid in the bayou. Agate later on founded the local Assassin guild, enlisting  Aveline de Grandpré (the main character) and another man whom he trained to be his agents in New Orleans.

When you are first introduced to Agaté at the beginning of the game you can probably already see that he's a no nonsense character whose character development is without a doubt very strong, Ubisoft certainly did their homework. Agaté moves like a true African warrior and was the very person to teach Aveline her deadly and swift assassin moves.


2. Black Panther 
(Marvel Video game Series 2006-Present)

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While originally a comic book character, the African superhero has gradually made his transition to video games, appearing in several Marvel video games including Marvel: Ultimate Alliance where he is a playable character. Whilst he has appeared in Marvel games, the character has never had a video game to call his own. Since Black Panther has a movie coming out in 2018, we wouldn't mind seeing a Black Panther video game as long as it's made by a reputable game developer.


1. Enzo Kori-Odan
(Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan 2016)



Seldom do you see playable African warriors in video games let alone games based around African Mythology but that's all changed with the release of Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan. An action RPG developed by African developers developer kiro'o Games. Enzo Kori-Odan, the prince of Zama is a refreshing change to the accustomed protagonists which game developers usually come up with.

Enzo is unlike the other generic looking heroes which have become the norm in mainstream gaming, which is what we especially love about the character. Enzo is betrayed by his relative-in-law on the day of his marriage with Erine Evou. The royal couple are then banished from their kingdom and decide to travel the world in search of assistance.

Unlike all the other characters featured on this list Enzo was created by an African game developer and you can really see the difference in comparison to character design and overall presentation. Finally we can say there's a video game hero for Africa.

(So there you have it, here's ten of our favorite African video game characters, did your favourite chracter make the cut or did we miss them? Let us know.)


36 comments:

  1. I've been following Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan since it's developmental years in 2014 and recently played the demo and I must say that the main characters are very likeable so I'm pleased to see that Enzo snagged first place. Btw it's out now so I hope people go out and support it because we need more games like this.

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    1. Yeah it's on Steam, damn sure took long to come out tho but I'm glad to see it finally came out, looking for a PS4 version.

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    2. I don't think we'll see a Playstation 4 or Xbox one release any time soon lol.

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    3. Didn't know that Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan was even a thing until today, but I'm definitely picking it up. Atmosphere looks incredible.

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    4. I'm sure Indiestation will add this to their catalogue eventually, if they don't then it's their loss really.

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    5. The game is quite beautiful, The game does a good job with telling a story. And gameplay mechs are a much welcome of Action RPG element. I've played about 20-30 minutes of the game and it is very impressive. I love the hand drawn characters and the vibrant colors.

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    6. Aurion: Legacy of the Kori Odan is great, I'm having a blast.

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  2. Cyrax's alternate human costume is dope! They need to bring that back for Mortal kombat x or the next game!

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  3. The funny thing is that Sheva Alomar and Elena were both made by Capcom yet they give Elena non-black features although she's from Kenya. Elena's cool and all but it's like they didn't even try.

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    1. True that, the other 'funny thing' is that both characters have the same English voice actor, Karen Dyer.

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  4. Still baffled as to why Namco Bandai got rid of Zasalamel in Soul Calibur V, that's crazy.

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    1. The only black character in Soul Calibur gets cut, figures.

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    2. That's exactly what I was thinking tbh, when or if Soul Calibur VI sees the light of day then I want them to make Zasalamel return or at least add a new black character.

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    3. That really sucks, I don't what Namco Bandai was thinking.

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    4. I don't it's Namco Bandai games per say, I think it's more to do with the Soul developers Project Soul, because when you compare Tekken to Soul Calibur you can see the difference in the roster. In the Soul series there's only been one black character but in Tekken series there's several.

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    5. I noticed that so far Tekken 7 doesn't have a single black character, that's crazy. IMO this would be the perfect time to introduce a new African character

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    6. Right! An African character in Tekken would make sense since it's suppose to be a world martial arts tournament. Tekken 7 would definitely be the right opportunity to add this character to the cast.

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    7. Yup Harada better come up with something because at this point the Tekken 7 doesn't look good, it's missing every single black character that appeared in previous games like Eddy Gordo, Bruce Irvin, Marduk, Raven etc.

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  5. I'd pipe Sheva23/04/2016, 23:11

    Sheva Alomar is so fucking hot, I'd fuck.

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  6. Crying Wolf was my favorite Beauty and the Beast unit girl in Metal Gear Solid 4, glad to see she got some love.

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  7. A black Panther video game would be off the chain. Spiderman, Xmen, Thor and Deadpool have their own video game series so I don't see why Black Panther can't join the party. Besides that movie was long overdue.

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    1. I would LOVE to have a Black Panther video game. It would be the perfect opportunity to create new Panther fans before the movie hits. And since video games exist in their own continuity, we could have Tchalla still be king of Wakanda, but have his KotD upgrades like his tech gloves, shields, and invisibility! With a power-set like Tchalla's, the possible gameplay mechanics could be amazing.

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    2. I'd buy a Black Panther marvel video game in a heartbeat. The only thing I'd be worried about is who the developers are. They'd have to be on top of their game so we don't get another Afro Samurai 2.

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  8. Damn didn't expect to see Zazie Muhaba or Fighter's history Dynamite, that's old school. Props for adding him, it's a shame that there ain't more black martial artists like Zazie in fighting games.

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  9. They could at least given Elena kinky hair or something, even as a DLC costume in Ultra Street Fighter 4 because she really doesn't look African to me. Capcom just ain't trying hard enough, they don't care.

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  10. I always wondered how many African characters there were in video games, thanks for posting. There's also Nadine from Uncharted 4 who comes from South Africa but what's funny is her voice actor won't be played by a black voice actress. I'm not feeling that decision at all.

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  11. I just realized there's never been an African character in Tekken.

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  12. I was so gutted when Sheva didn't appear in Resident Evil 6.

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  13. Great article and video! I'd love to see Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan make it's way to PS4. I also feel that Elena and Sheva Alomar don't get much love in their respective games.

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  14. Metal Gear Solid has a lot of African characters but I swear almost all of them end up getting killed off

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  15. Lol nice! I haven't seen any other articles, blogs or other video game websites highlighting African characters in gaming, I kind of wondered how many there were tbh :)

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  16. aww, please no western comic characters ...

    Japanese you can at least say they only learned from white media but ...


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    MARVEL?
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    - Luke Cage/Powerman - ex-con says "yes sir!" to blonde hair blue eyed Iron Fist/Danny Rand
    - Cloak and Dagger? - druggie with strange speech (speach impediment, he s-s-s-studders and can't talk good like blonde blue eyed Dagger) unless saved (he kills people and his killing appetite power is tamed by blonde blue eyed Dagger) by blonde blue eyed Dagger (his power is he will literally die unless his shadow power eats the blonde/blueEyed light powers)
    - Black Captain America - says "yes sir!" to blonde blue eyed Captain America/Steve Rogers
    - Falcon - says "yes sir!" to blonde blue eyed Captain America/Steve Rogers

    - on top of that, Luke Cage and his masta blonde/blue eyed Iron Fist, were called Heroes for Hire. brought to my attention by [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqfigC04YbM[/url] "White Scripts and Black Masculinities in Comics", he would only be a hero if you paid him because he was a nigga. Nobody needed to pay Superman, nobody needed to pay Hulk, but yeah, teach the children niggas will only save the day if you pay them.

    - depicts Adam Warlock, representative of the first man with blonde hair/blue eyes when Leviticus 13:3 states the Israelites out of Egypt had black hair (his origin story is he was created on a crucifix)
    - depicts Warren Worrthington III aka Angel of the X-Men with a halo and feather wings, with blonde hair and blue eyes when Leviticus 13:3 states the Israelites out of Egypt had black hair

    - Sunspot/Robbie DaCosta - darky melanin from Brazil angry man says "yes sir!" to long flowing white hair Gideon who tames him to be civillized
    - Sunspot/Robbie DaCosta - darky melanin angry man says "yes maam!" to blonde blue eyed leader Illyanna Rasputen who tames him to be civillized
    - not dark skinned (he's grey like a zombie), is also the 1 spanish speaking mexican teen that is of course, a gangster being taught not to kill and shoot guns by the X-Men ... or to be more specific, the blonde blued eyed White Queen (yes, her code name is the "White Queen", Marvel be educating the children, carnel!)

    - Storm - straight white hair, blue eyed, small nose, thin lipped negro thief of Africa (her story is she was an expert lock picker and breaking&entering skills until saved and civillized by the white X-men)
    - Maggot - straight white hair and sunglasses negro of Africa, can turn skin blue if that 's still too black
    - that blonde negro in DC's young justice league or whatever the cartoon is called? Sisco would make James Brown proud
    - GW Bridge - Nice white hair, nigga!

    - Bishop - angry killing black man being saved by the white X-men who tames him to be civillized
    - Robbie of Daily Bugle - white haired negro says "yes sir!" to J Jonah Jamenson
    - Robbie of Daily Bugle's son - white blonde blue eyed girlfriend
    - Tombstone - di bleacha teacha

    - the black computer wiz kid of Runaways... young, smart, computer literate... until SURPRISE! HE'S A BAD GUY AND KILLS CIVILLIAN TEENAGERS EVEN THOUGH HE'S A TEEN COMPUTER WIZ! then written out of series

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  17. - Black Iron Man - Keep the mask on, nigga and say "yes sir!" to the white man

    - Black Panther - keep the mask on, green eyed nigga!
    - Prowl - keep the mask on nigga!
    - the New Warriors nigga - keep the mask on nigga!
    - Ultimate Nick Fury - keep the eyepatch on, and play basketball and talk hip straight outta BET, nigga!
    - DP7 - this black character's power is moving super speed, but he's alway vibrating so he's just drawn as a blur so the quota filler isn't too black
    - Alpha Flight, there's this little black child girl, her power is she turn into a demon to teach the children that black girls are demons, and also she's not too black too when just drawn as a demon

    - Deathlok - zombie white skin with no nose or lips and white hair... and half cyborg face if that's even too black
    - Deadpool - "battle rapping" zombie with no skin, nose or lips... and keep the mask on, nigga, if that's still too black
    - Spawn (IMAGE) - zombie with no skin, nose or lips and green eyes... and keep the mask on, nigga, if that's still too black
    - Chapel (Image) - keep your face painted with a white skull, big gun toting nigga!
    - Bomb Queen (Image) - the 1 black artist quota filler can have an Image book if it's all titties and bikinis and swearing everywhere


    - 12 different Supermen (dog, blonde blue eyed girl, blonde blue eyed woman, boy, evil twin Bizarro bleacha teacha, etc.) NONE OF THEM have masks... JUST KIDDING! SURPRISE! ONE OF THE SUPERMEN HAVE A MASK AND FULL BODY COSTUME INCLUDING EYES COVERED!!! the nigga Superman
    - Icon and Milestone? look up Alonzo Washington... and get outta town before sundown, niggas, and all of Milestone was out of town before sundown
    - from like Superman #75 or something, glossy cover with sphere, blonde/blue eyed main Supergirl, and 4 more Supergirl variants, different Supergirls and none of have masks... JUST KIDDING! SURPRISE! ONE OF THE SUPERGIRLS HAVE A MASK AND FULL BODY COSTUME INCLUDING EYES COVERED!!! the black Supergirl

    - Kingpin and Harvey Dent? the villains can be niggas in the movies



    - Sync - just focus on the rainbow, nigga
    - M - talks funny and zones out with that nice straight hair, and of course the black girl is the one with the attitude of the team
    - that force field X-Men doctor - keep the force field on, nigga! (always covered in orange aura)
    - some Stevie X-Men NPC doctor - nice orange hair and sunglasses, nigga!

    - Firestorm - if he's always in flames and the melenin can look like shadows, let that nigga suffer peacefully
    - can't speak on black Green Lantern, Green Lantern is just gay in general and don't know much about it, there are many Green Lanterns, 1 per universe (dog, alien, a few humans, aliens, etc) and apparently the green lantern ring is a super weapon and none of the Green Lanterns need any other weapons but... SURPRISE! THE BLACK GREEN LANTERN ALSO CARRIES A GUN!



    - Gateway - nice savage tribal nigga of Austrailian outback... don't let him speak at all (he's a mute)
    - Blade - scary bloodlust nigga, always hidden in the shadows (sunlight hurts vampires) and fighting with inner-monologues his constant urge to kill people

    - Marvel's Ancient Egypt - all white pharoah's (black education started after slavery, niggas)
    - the sphinx is a time travelling space ship with a white man as Pharoah (Lord knows we can't teach the children the black man had mathmatics, astrology, art, written language, in 3000 BC instead of only recieving education and civillized society from master after slavery ended). If growing uninterrupted, Egypt and Africa should be as civillized, polite, adult respecting, crime free, intelligent, artististic and violent free as the Asia... the only continent never colonised and raped by the white man


    - nice white girl wifey, Luke Cage/Powerman to show you're not too black!
    - Thor - the God of the fucking universe with blue eyes and long blonde hair, Hitler's Thule Society

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  18. **********************
    can't forget about our brown (as in indian/pakistani) friends
    - in like 2005 or something, the VERY FIRST EVER brown character in a western comic i ever seen. a female evil scientist... REPRESENT FOR THE BROWN FEMALES!... um... oh, she makes a joke about being ugly. yeah, great job teaching the children only blonde is beautiful. Marvel, DC.
    --- in the same american comic (or part 1), they describe minorities fighting for rights as "trying to be cool" to educate the children
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    - Marvel's Ancient Egypt - all white pharoah's (black education started after slavery, niggas)
    ------ let's not forget what else Marvel teaches "your little girls"... of all of ancient Egypt, the middle east, and anywhere else the white Pharoah of ancient Egypt can find a woman, he chooses to love the blonde blue eyed Mrs. Fantasic of the Fantastic 4
    ------ better start buying your daughters conk and hair bleach at a young age if you're hear with Marvel, DC and Image (don't forget to show your product placement too Wu Tang big guns), "where can i get a better job than this? where can i find better food than this?", "i gotta phat car, i gotta phat chain, i gotta..."

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  19. Gotta go indie comics or manga for the propa, black hair Africans... search for art by "Mshindo Kuumba", real shit ... ECBACC (East coast black age comics convention), ONYXcon, Africoz ...

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