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The Wraith (ザ・レイス Za Reisu?) is a character from Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II, the third and final installment in the Slam Masters series of wrestling/fighting games.

BiographyEdit

AppearanceEdit

The Wraith is a hulking and demonic wrestling contender who is described as one of the undead. This is a visual irony, as his attire leaves him more often described as resembling a priest rather than a wrestler. His hood, his tattered cape and his loose fitting baggy pants would all provide quick and convenient handholds for his opponents. In truth, this might actually be a deliberate handicap on Wraith's part in order to help aid his search for a worthy and difficult opponent to do battle against (even siding against Victor Ortega’s CWA wrestling alliance and becoming a loyal member of the rival BWA could also be seen as another sign of this concept as well).

Another irony to his appearance is the green skin, long serpentine tongue, scaly face, and employ of snakes that accent his appearance. As mentioned above already, he is described as one of the undead, but he also appears to possibly be a massive snake-esque man as well. His alternative palette color is grey, making him more like a risen corpse.

ConceptEdit

It's quite possible that The Wraith may have been based on and inspired by past supernatural wrestlers such as The Undertaker and Papa Shango.

GameplayEdit

With the exception of formulaic reaching attacks, Wraith will attack the player from up close, sometimes drawing gore (blood splatters) as he does so. He appears to be a glacier trope fighter, with a high emphasis on attack and stamina and little application of speed. Under no circumstances does he ever utilize any movement or technique that separates from his body (although a laughing skull made of flames is left cackling in midair after his Burning Dead technique).

As a whole, his motions and moveset are almost a complete opposite of Dhalsim, the other fighter from India in the Street Fighter universe.

TriviaEdit

  • Wraith evokes the name of Kali, a blood-drinking Hindu goddess in his win quote.
  • Wraith’s inclusion to this franchise makes it the second franchise of three that Capcom has produced to incorporate the Makai (Demon Realm) from Japanese mythology; the first franchise is Ghosts 'n Goblins and the third is Darkstalkers.
  • Wraith incorporates horror movie nods into his moves, win poses, and other nuances. Among these is him turning away from the screen and rotating his head around 180 degrees a la Pazuzu in the body of Regan MacNeil, as seen in the 1973 film adaptation of The Exorcist.
  • Like the other members of the BWA, Wraith has steel chains on his stage which serves as the "ropes" for the wrestling ring itself. They seem to be purely aesthetic however, as they still operate the same as normal elastic ropes, though.

GalleryEdit

SpritesEdit

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Slam Masters Characters
Saturday Night Slam Masters Biff · Grater · Gunloc · Haggar · Jumbo
Oni · Rasta · Scorpion · Stingray · Titan
Ring of Destruction B. Widow · Ortega · Saber · Wraith
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