Every Playable Jump Force Fighter So Far
Everyone's Jumpin' In
The release of Bandai Namco's fighting game Jump Force is imminent, and so we now know every playable character in the game. There are 42 fighters in total, with all but two coming from one of 16 different Shonen Jump manga. You can see every one of these below.
The two fighters that don't come from any manga, Galena and Kane, are original characters made specifically for the game. The other 40 playable fighters come from major manga series. At launch, Jump Force is pulling fighters from Black Clover, Bleach, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, City Hunter, Dragon Ball, Dragon Quest: The Adventures of Dai, Fist of the North Star, Hunter x Hunter, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, My Hero Academia, Naruto, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Saint Seiya, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Yu Yu Hakusho. Although they're not playable, characters from other Shonen Jump manga, such as Death Note, are in Jump Force as well.
Jump Force's release date is set for February 15 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. As part of Jump Force's Character Pass, more playable fighters are scheduled to come to the game as post-launch DLC. Bandai Namco has not announced who will be released as part of that, though we have plenty of names on our wishlist. We'd love to see To Love-Ru's main heroine Lala Satalin Deviluke, Nisekoi: False Love's trigger-happy Seishiro Tsugumi, and Assassination Classroom's Koro-sensei make the cut.
In our Jump Force review, I gave the game a 7/10, writing, "Jump Force is a worthy celebration of the legacy of Shonen Jump manga, but it honors its source material a little too well with how filler-heavy the middle of its story arc is. However, even if the game rarely provides a clear motivation for stopping evil other than good must always oppose it, the act of stomping out villains in Jump Force's frantic bouts of tag-team arena combat is an enjoyable test of strategy. And with over 40 characters to master, there's ample opportunity to develop new strategies and reach greater feats of combat prowess in online multiplayer."
Asta (Black Clover)
Black Clover borrows numerous elements from other popular shonen manga, but the growth of its protagonist, Asta, over the course of the story has allowed the series to find its own place amongst the greats. An orphan born without the ability to use magic in a world defined by magical talent, Asta dreams of becoming the next Wizard King. Through sheer physical ability alone, he's able to keep up with most aspiring wizards and witches, and with his special five-leaf clover grimoire, he's able to use Anti-Magic and nullify the abilities of others.
Blackbeard (One Piece)
Possessing one of the more powerful abilities in One Piece, creation and control of black holes, Blackbeard is a force to be reckoned with on the high seas. He acquired his abilities by killing his crew mates, and, after being promoted to a position of power in the World Government, he abuses his authority to create a pirate crew composed of prisoners.
Boa Hancock (One Piece)
Hancock, also known as Snake Princess and Pirate Empress, is leader of an all-female tribe. She becomes one of Luffy's allies after falling in love with him, and only agrees to assist the World Government that was once responsible for her enslavement after Luffy asks for her help.
Boruto Uzumaki (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations)
The son of Naruto first appeared in the finale to his father's manga series before getting his own spin-off in Shonen Jump. Although he looks a lot like his dad, Boruto's dreams for his future could not be more different, as he desires to follow in the footsteps of Naruto's best friend and rival Sasuke. Although Boruto has a similar fighting style to his father, he can also utilize the same Gentle Fist technique used by his mom, Hinata Hyuga.
Cell (Dragon Ball)
One of the more famous antagonists in Dragon Ball, Cell is an artificial life form from the future that travels back in time to the present day in order to grow stronger and become the perfect being. Cell is composed of the genetic information of Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Frieza, and King Cold, and thus can utilize the abilities and skills of all five warriors.
Dai (Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai)
As the name of the manga implies, Dai is the protagonist of the Dragon Quest manga that's based off of the video game series of the same name. A young orphan, Dai grows up amongst monsters on an island, where he dreams of becoming a hero. His aspirations become a reality when Avan, the world's previous hero, arrives on the island to instruct Dai in how to use his super strength and magical abilities to help others.
Dio Brando (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
Dio is the major villain of the popular manga/anime series, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. A ruthless, calculated 19th century vampire with a God complex, Dio will stop at nothing to get what he wants, including killing a dog, sacrificing the lives of his allies, and forcing an unassuming politician to run over a crowd of innocent civilians with a car. In addition, he can literally stop time--at least for a moment--with his Stand, The World. Even in death, Dio's influence runs deep within the 30+ year old JoJo universe he exists within, ruining the lives of countless individuals with his selfish ambitions. -- Matt Espineli
Dragon Shiryu (Saint Seiya)
One of the main heroes from the Saint Seiya manga, Shiryu wears armor that grants him enhanced strength, speed, and durability. His armor is stronger than most others, coming equipped with a shield that can block almost any attack and a gauntlet that can pierce pretty much any surface.
Frieza (Dragon Ball)
Although not seen until the second half of the manga, Frieza is regarded by many as the main antagonist of Dragon Ball, as his decision to destroy the Saiyan's homeworld is the entire catalyst to Goku's story. Like the Saiyans he sets out to destroy, Frieza is able to change his form and achieve different abilities as a result. Although Frieza is eventually killed, he's temporarily resurrected to help Goku, Vegeta, and the other heroes in Dragon Ball Super's Tournament of Power, and is completely brought back to life afterwards in repayment for his help.
Gaara is best described as a foil for Naruto, as the villain is, just like the titular hero, possessed by a demon, ostracized by others, and a talented fighter. However, unlike Naruto, these experiences influenced Gaara to grow up cynical, narcissistic, and blood-thirsty. Upon meeting Naruto, though, Gaara changes his ways, and also aspires to become the leader of his village to make it better for all.
Galena (Jump Force)
Galena is a fighter who is original to Jump Force's story. Her background is unknown to the player at the game's outset, but is slowly revealed over time. She possesses cryokinesis powers, which allows her to freeze her enemies in place before skewering them with a barrage of icicles.
Gon Freecss (Hunter x Hunter)
The protagonist of Hunter x Hunter fits the template of other Shonen Jump heroes: brash, physically strong, and quick to anger when his friends are in trouble, while also being high-spirited and sometimes friendly to a fault. Gon becomes a Hunter in order to find his father, who is also one of the traveling specialists who take on odd jobs around the world.
Himura Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin)
The protagonist of Rurouni Kenshin, Kenshin is a former assassin who travels the Japanese countryside in order to find atonement for his past actions. He ultimately ends up in Tokyo, where he settles down and tries to make a new life for himself, all while his past returns to both help and haunt him.
Hisoka Morow (Hunter x Hunter)
Hisoka is both an adversary and ally to Gon, letting him live through the Hunter Exam only so that Gon and his friends could become worthy opponents for him to fight and kill one day. One of the most narcissistic and arrogant characters in Hunter x Hunter, Hisoka takes great delight--to the point of sexual arousal--in toying with his prey, especially if said opponent is strong enough to extend the duration of the fight.
Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach)
The protagonist of one of the most popular Shonen Jump manga out there, Ichigo is one of many sword-wielding fighters in Jump Force. A bit of an anti-hero, Ichigo is a Soul Reaper, a person who fights evil spirits, called Hollows, and helps good ones, called Wholes. However, most of Ichigo's adventures focus on the inner workings and politics within the Shinigami Order, as well as tensions between his group and rival factions.
Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)
Born without a superhuman Quirk in a world where possessing one is the norm and becoming a superhero is a career path, Izuku defies all odds when he's given a powerful ability, called One For All, as a gift from his role model, All Might. One For All fills its wielder with enormous amounts of energy, allowing their muscles to move faster and hit harder. Currently unable to use One For All beyond 17 percent without breaking his body, Midoriya utilizes small portions of the Quirk to deliver fast punches and devastating kicks that, like All Might, he names after US states and cities.
Jotaro Kujo (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
One of the last characters announced for Jump Force, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3 protagonist Jotaro Kujo fits the "delinquent with a heart of gold" archetype. While the series has several heroes, Jotaro remains a fan-favorite due to his cool yet calculated demeanor and over-the-top appearance (his schoolboy hat literally fuses into his hair). Like many other characters in the series, Jotaro is blessed with a Stand that possesses superhuman strength and speed. However, his tactical mind, unyielding confidence, and ability to stop time puts him in a league all his own. -- Matt Espineli
Kaguya Otsutsuki (Naruto)
A member of the Otsutsuki clan and primary antagonist of Naruto, Kaguya was once revered as a goddess. However, her lost faith in humanity led to her committing ever more cruel and horrifying acts, until her subjects began referring to her as a demon.
Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)
Kakashi is the teacher to the series' main protagonists Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura. He fits the shonen mold of the seemingly apathetic sensei who secretly cares deeply for their students. A skilled ninja, Kakashi invented the Chidori technique and its Lightning Blade variation, two moves that utilize electricity to devastating effect.
Kane (Jump Force)
Kane is a fighter who is original to Jump Force's story. The primary antagonist of Jump Force, Kane is responsible for the event that caused every Jump world to crash into the human one, an act he hopes will lead to total destruction so that he may remake his world in his own image.
Kenshiro (Hokuto no Ken)
The main hero of one of Shonen Jump's more violent series from the '80s, Hokuto no Ken, Kenshiro defeats his enemies by applying pressure to certain points on an enemy's body, which causes them to die in a delayed, yet explosively bloody way. Because of this, Kenshiro will take the time to tell an opponent, "You are already dead," just prior to their death. While all this makes Kenshiro sound like a cold-blooded killer, he's actually a kind and compassionate hero who will do anything it takes to defend the innocent from the evils of the post-apocalyptic world he inhabits. -- Matt Espineli
Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)
One of Gon's friends, Killua is as mischievous as he is bloodthirsty. His body count in Hunter x Hunter is higher than most characters, and he passed his Hunter Exam by simply killing all of the other applicants and winning the trials by default. Killua does care about his friends though, as they're the only individuals he's ever put before himself.
Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter)
Another one of the heroes in Hunter x Hunter and ally to Gon, Kurapika is the last surviving member of his race. He becomes a Hunter in order to acquire the necessary resources to take revenge on the ones responsible for the death of his people. Unlike the rest of Gon's group, Kurapika is fairly level headed, and solves many of his problems through intellect as opposed to force.
Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)
After accidentally eating the supernatural Gum-Gum Fruit, One Piece protagonist Luffy becomes living rubber, which allows him to stretch, reshape, and expand his body in a variety of ways. Recruiting a crew that he names the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy sails in search of the legendary One Piece, a treasure that will earn him the title of the King of Pirates.
Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
The image of Naruto has become almost synonymous with manga and anime. An aspiring ninja, Naruto is rather carefree and childish, although he's fairly dense too. Naruto's appearance in Jump Force is closer to his teenage years--titled Part II in the manga--when the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox within his body had begun to give him claws and fangs.
Pegasus Seiya (Saint Seiya)
Protagonist of Saint Seiya, Seiya is a 13-year-old boy and one of the 88 mythical warriors, called Saints, who serve the goddess Athena. Like other Saints, Seiya's unique armor--his is named after the Pegasus constellation--gifts him with superhuman strength and speed. However, Pegasus also provides Seiya with enhanced durability and flight.
Piccolo (Dragon Ball)
Piccolo was initially an enemy of Goku, before becoming the Dragon Ball protagonist's friend and a better father to his son, Gohan, than Goku ever was. Although not as powerful as Goku or Vegeta, Piccolo has held his own against some of the series' Saiyans, as he possesses superhuman strength and regeneration, as well as the power to fly, extend his limbs, fire energy blasts, and read minds.
Renji Abarai (Bleach)
Initially an antagonist to Ichigo, Renji quickly became a friend and ally to the Bleach protagonist. A powerful Soul Reaper in his own right, Renji is also the childhood friend and eventual love interest to Rukia, who's also a playable fighter in Jump Force.
Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
One of the first to join Luffy on the quest for the One Piece, Zoro is a talented swordsman who wields a blade in either hand and holds a third in his mouth. Zoro has a poor sense of direction, is insecure, and--unlike most of the other Straw Hat Pirates--is not averse to killing. He does, however, live by an honor code.
Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)
The main heroine of Bleach, Rukia is the supernatural Soul Reaper who gifts her powers to series protagonist Ichigo after she suffers severe injuries. The act leaves her too weak to return to her world, so she remains with Ichigo to teach him how to be a Soul Reaper in her stead. Despite no longer being able to fight at full strength, Rukia is far from helpless, and her natural talent of restraining opponents makes her a capable ally for Ichigo and a strong contender in Jump Force.
Ryo Saeba (City Hunter)
Protagonist of City Hunter, a shonen manga from the late 1980s and early '90s, Ryo is a underground private detective that splits his time between solving crimes and aggressively pursuing women. Unlike many of the fighters in this gallery that regularly utilize their fists or swords in combat, Ryo wields a gun--specifically a Colt Python .357 Magnum.
Sabo (One Piece)
Sabo is the sworn brother to Luffy, after the two exchange cups of sake--along with Ace--in a yakuza-like ritual. He's stricken by amnesia after surviving a devastating naval attack, but reading about Ace's death causes his memories to return.
Sanji (One Piece)
One of Luffy's Straw Hat Pirates, Sanji is an excellent cook. In order to protect his precious hands that he needs to make food, he only ever fights with his feet and legs. Although a formidable combatant, Sanji refuses to cause a woman harm, which can be easily exploited by anyone who utilizes a female fighter in Jump Force.
Son Goku / Kakarot (Dragon Ball)
This wouldn't be a Shonen Jump-focused game without everyone's favorite idiot Saiyan. Like Naruto, Goku is one of the most recognizable characters in both manga and anime, first starring in the Dragon Ball manga back in 1984, before becoming more mainstream in the Dragon Ball Z anime in 1989. His most recent adventures occurred in the hugely popular Dragon Ball Super series, which continued in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie. Super saw Goku surpass his limits and go to even greater levels of power beyond Super Saiyan 3, known as Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. He's able to achieve the latter in Jump Force.
Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
Sasuke is the best friend and rival of Naruto, as well as the role model and mentor to Boruto. A mostly silent character, Sasuke is a powerful ninja, utilizing sword-based and lightning focused techniques to great effect. Despite his rather cold demeanor, he does care about his friends and when he teams up with Naruto--like in their battle against Momoshiki in Boruto: Next Generations--their natural affinity makes them second to none.
Shishio Makoto (Rurouni Kenshin)
One of protagonist Kenshin's enemies, Shishio is a ruthless antagonist, his bloodthirsty nature only tempered by a dark sense of humor and steadfast intelligence. The bandages he wears are to hide scars all over his body, a result of his enemies trying to burn him alive in order to keep him from spilling their secrets.
Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)
Sosuke is the main antagonist for the first half of Bleach, a traitor to the Soul Society that Renji and Rukia are a part of. Although he seems humble and caring on the outside, Sosuke is actually quite cunning and merciless in his quest to achieve his goals. Like the other Bleach fighters in Jump Force, Sosuke carries a sword into battle.
Trunks (Dragon Ball)
Son of Vegeta and Bulma and best friend to Goku's grandson, Goten, Trunks is one of the most popular characters in Dragon Ball. There are two versions of Trunks, the first nicknamed Future Trunks and the second Present Trunks. Future Trunks is from the future, a 17-year-old who travels back in time in order to prevent a catastrophe, while Present Trunks is an infant--and later a young child--in the series. Future Trunks is the playable fighter in Jump Force, although Present Trunks hasn't been ruled out as potential DLC.
Vegeta (Dragon Ball)
Much like other shonen rival characters, Vegeta initially was an enemy to protagonist Goku before becoming an ally. Like Goku, Vegeta is a Saiyan, and able to achieve greater feats of strength by improving his power level through sheer force of will. Although arrogant to a fault, Vegeta has become popular amongst fans, especially when he revealed his softer side and fell in love with Bulma, the closest Dragon Ball has come to a main heroine.
Younger Toguro (Yu Yu Hakusho)
The younger of the two Toguro brothers is one of the antagonists in Yu Yu Hakusho. A human turned demon, Younger Toguro possesses immense physical strength and desires to face off against someone who will push him to using 100 percent of his power.
Yugi Muto / Yami Yugi (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
The protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh is a master at playing games, and aspires to unlock the Millennium Puzzle in hopes it will grant him his wish to have friends. Instead, unlocking the Puzzle releases the spirit Yami Yugi, who possesses Yugi and aids its new host whenever he's in trouble. These moments typically occur whenever Yugi is at a disadvantage during a card game duel, allowing Yami to turn the tide back to his host's favor.
Yusuke Urameshi (Yu Yu Hakusho)
A delinquent turned hero, Yusuke is considered a bad person until his decision to sacrifice his life for a child earns him the respect of heaven and hell. Instead of being sent to either, he's allowed to be resurrected and resume his life, albeit now as a detective that investigates the supernatural. Possessing a powerful level of spirit energy, Yusuke is able to fire aura blasts from his finger with great precision.