Sodom is a
high ranked member of the original Mad Gear gang. A Caucasian male born in
America, Sodom is completely obsessed with Japanese culture and even considers
himself Japanese. He's well-versed in many aspects of Japanese culture, but
his usage of the language is questionable. Sodom
first appeared in Final Fight. He was renamed Katana in the North
American SNES version. The Japanese kanji shi, meaning death, is
"scribbled" across the front of Sodom's outfit (presumably written
by himself). However, the kanji is not written correctly, deeming it
In Final Fight, Sodom is in charge of running the Mad Gear gang from
the Metro City Subway area. He's undefeated in underground pro wrestling,
primarily due to his use of "foreign objects" (such as swords) until
he meets Guy, Cody
and Haggar. Guy steps into the ring
with Sodom and, at first, Sodom is honored to face a true ninja of Japanese
descent. However, after Sodom is defeated by Guy, Sodom's respect quickly
turns to hate... first because Guy ended his undefeated streak, and second
because Mad Gear appears to be losing power. Sodom's loss to Guy caused his
fellow gang members to lose respect for him and with his loss, Sodom realizes
he's no match for a real Japanese fighter.
In Final Fight Revenge, Sodom is determined to resurrect Mad Gear. He
flies to Japan to try to recruit new warriors for the new gang. The new
worldwide crime syndicate was held together by a powerful second-in-command
Japanese kabuki named Retu. Original Mad Gear member Rolento,
Sodom's proclaimed blood brother, is also a part of the criminal organization.
Retu and Sodom arranged for Guy's fiancée, Rena, and her father, Genryusai,
to be kidnapped as part of a revenge plot. However, the new Mad Gear was
destroyed by the hands of Haggar, Maki
and Carlos. After Maki defeated Retu, the new Mad Gear perished.
In Street Fighter Alpha 2, Sodom attempts to find more strong warriors
for Mad Gear. During this time, Sodom accuses Rolento of losing sight of Mad
Gear's ideals. Rolento declares that he never lost sight, and is simply trying
to find a successful way to implement them. The argument resultw in a fight,
which Sodom lost. Sometime during the events of SFA2, Sodom also
attempts to recruit E. Honda and
fights him in a Sumo match, but loses in both instances.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3, Sodom fights Honda in a possibly
"friendly" rematch. Sodom also meets up with Rolento again, and
still believes Rolento lost the ideals of Mad Gear. This results in another
fight, with Rolento winning for a second time. Despite his loss, Sodom follows
Rolento to the Shadaloo base where he finds Rolento condemning the psycho
drive as a poor attempt to control people. Because of this, Sodom realizes
that Rolento did not lose sight of Mad Gear's ideals, and the two reconcile
their differences. They decide to work together toward making a great utopian
March 27th, 2012
If you didn't
play Final Fight, you probably didn't know or care who this guy was when
he debuted in Street Fighter... and if that's the case, shame on you!
lol. Sodom (AKA Katana) was definitely
one of my personal favorite bad guys from Final Fight, even though he was a pretty easy
boss to beat... too predictable! lol. Nah, he can be a challenge sometimes.
Sodom was considerably "beefed up" when he appeared in SFA... almost
to the point of being unrecognizable. He didn't have many moves in Final
Fight, so Capcom gave him an original moveset in SFA. His moveset had
its cool points, be he was a considerably slow and clunky character. He wasn't the most exciting character in SFA,
but he's still freakin' Sodom... from Final Fight.... in Street
Fighter. Do not underestimate how EPIC that was in the 90's.... "Cross-overs"
didn't even exist back then. ;) Poor Sodom, he sure loses a lot (in his
storyline)... he needs to get a win or two! lol. On a side note, I liked using
him in Alpha 3 since he was an underdog.
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