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Blaze Fielding (ブレイズ・フィールディング) is one of the main protagonists of the Streets of Rage series, having appeared in every game as a playable character alongside Axel Stone. She is a former member of the Wood Oak City Police Department.


Biography

Appearance

Blaze is a physically attractive caucasian woman with blue eyes and long brown hair. Her designed remains more or less the same in every game, with some small differences.

In the first Streets of Rage, Blaze wears a red headband, a red jacket and skirt, black fingerless gloves and red boots.

In Streets of Rage 2, she loses the jacket and gloves, and instead wears a red top, alongside gold bangles on her wrists, and stockings. In Streets of Rage 3, her design is nearly identical, but back with the leather gloves, and featuring long red boots.

In Bare Knuckle Mobile, her sprites are based on Streets of Rage 2, but with her attire based on the first Streets of Rage.

In Streets of Rage 4, Blaze's design is a combination between her Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 3 appearances. She wears golden hoop earrings, a red top, a black leather jacket, black fingerless gloves, a red skirt with a black belt, and red boots.

Personality

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Blaze has the role of the "female brawler", as she is volunteering, determined, and ready to put her life in jeopardy to bring an end to the Syndicate. She has a strong sense of justice but is ruthless towards her opponents, mercilessly beating them up on the streets and bloodying them with her fists. Some of her quotes from the Bare Knuckle III Battle mode shows that she can't stand perverts and will often remind male opponents to stay focused on the fight instead of her body. She also seems to be somewhat proud and doesn't take defeats kindly.

Story

Streets of Rage

Blaze makes her debut in 1991's Streets of Rage as the leader of the three cops who quit the city's corrupt police force, in order to settle the rampage that has plagued the city and find out those responsible behind those events. Along with Adam Hunter and Axel Stone, she manages to defeat the syndicate leader, Mr. X in his own headquarters.

Streets of Rage 2

A year after the events of the first game, Blaze, who has moved out of the city and became a dance teacher, discovers along with Axel and Adam's kid brother "Skate" that Adam has been kidnapped by Mr. X, who was believed to be dead in the previous battle, in order to lure Axel and Blaze to him in retaliation for his prior defeat. She and Axel set out to rescue their friend with Skate and a professional wrestler named Max Thunder who is also one of Axel's friends. They manage to reach the hidden headquarters of the Syndicate on an isolated island and defeat Mr. X once again and free Adam in the end.

Bare Knuckle III

In the original Sega of Japan produced version, Blaze, along with Axel, had rejoined the police force after the events of Streets of Rage 2. During the events of Bare Knuckle III, Axel and Blaze are being assigned to the leading two cases that will actually reveal to be interconnected: a Rakushin explosion in the Wood Oak City that could be related to the Syndicate's activities, and the disappearance of General Petrov that could lead to a war between the Lima Nations. They're being assisted by Adam (story-wise only), Skate and a mysterious ex-researcher named Dr. Zan.

Streets of Rage 3

The Sega of America produced version (with a slightly altered storyline to lighten the game's tone, but also a representative of the harder difficulty compared to the original version) had Blaze stay in the city after the events of Streets of Rage 2 and become a private detective. When informed by ex-researcher Dr. Zan that the next victim of the Syndicate's evil scheme will be her old friend, the Chief of Police, she writes a letter to Axel, who had moved out of the city now working as a Martial Arts sensei requesting his help (as seen in the intro sequence) and immediately sets up a task force to go to his rescue.

Streets of Rage 4

Blaze ended expelled from the police when she refused to take anger management classes after entering an argument with the Commissioner which ended with her punching him in the face.

Spending her days as a dance instructor, Blaze still kept in touch with the rumors and gossips, eventually learning about the rise of a new Syndicate trying to take control of the city. Taking immediate action, Blaze called all of her old friends to help her.

Gameplay

Blaze is depicted as an all-round character of the series, making the most of her speed, long-range jump attacks, powerful slams, throw moves and efficient Blitz attacks to overcome difficult situations. She often has the strongest throw attacks in the game due to her being proficient at judo.

Blitz Attacks

  • Hishousouzan: Blaze leaps into the air and deliver an energy attack that cuts like a blade. In Streets of Rage 3 this attack hits multiple times. In Streets of Rage 4, this attack can hit enemies that are already down on the ground; in addition, Blaze can cancel this attack into any of her Air Specials.
  • Elbow Strike: the alternate Blitz attack unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 2 Blaze. She performs a quick dash with elbow, knocking enemies away.
  • Chou Reppa Dan: the alternate Blitz attack unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 3 Blaze. She rolls on the ground and does a jumping kick attack.
  • Rekkaken: the alternate Blitz attack unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 4 Blaze. She briefly channels energy on her fist and unleashes a punch that hits opponents multiple times.

Defensive Special Attacks

  • Embukyaku: Blaze perfoms a cartwheel kick which knocks down surrounding enemies.
  • Spinning Dive: the alternate Defensive Special Attack unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 2 Blaze. She jumps in place and perfoms a spinning attack similar to her Hishousouzan.
  • Energy Burst: the alternate Defensive Special Attack unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 3 Blaze. She causes a shockwave of energy around her, knocking enemies away.
  • Uraken Unchi: the alternate Defensive Special Attack unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 4 Blaze. She quickly punches forward and then backwards, with her fists imbued by energy.

Offensive Special Attacks

  • Kikou Shou: Blaze projects a powerful short-range burst of energy which gets stronger (and more hits in) the closer the enemies are to the attack.
  • Arial Grab: the alternate Offensive Special Attack unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 2 Blaze. She jumps and performs an aerial version of Embukyaku, spinning multiple times.
  • Spirit Knife: the alternate Offensive Special Attack unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 3 Blaze. She performs an uppercut attack with an energy blade.
  • Hien Zan: the alternate Offensive Special Attack unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 4 Blaze. She performs Embukyaku upwards two times; this move can be chained with her Air Specials.

Air Special Attack

  • Tobi Kyaku: Blaze's default air special attack in Streets of Rage 4. She performs a flying kick which propels her forward, which can be linked twice if the first hit connects. On the second hit, the player can tilt the analog stick to kick make her kick in the opposite direction.
  • Shin Hishousouzan: the alternate Air Special Attack unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4. Basically an aerial version of her Hishousouzan.

Star Moves

  • Tumbling: Streets of Rage 2 Blaze's Star Move featured in Streets of Rage 4, where she performs her Embukyaku multiple times through the ground, hitting all enemies in its path.
  • Ring of Fire: the alternate Star Move unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 2 Blaze. She will perform a sweep kick which will erupt pillars of flame around her.
  • Razor Sliding Tackle: Streets of Rage 3 Blaze's Star Move featured in Streets of Rage 4, where she performs a somersault attack, and proceeds to slide through the ground with a low kick, hitting all enemies in its path.
  • Slice and Dice: the alternate Star Move unlockable in the DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and exclusive to Streets of Rage 3 Blaze. She summons a pair of energy blades and unleash a flurry of attacks on the first enemy hit.
  • Tamashi Age: Streets of Rage 4 Blaze's Star Move, where she channels her energy, forming a flower pattern behind her, which explodes, launching opponents upwards.
  • Shin Kikou Shou: Streets of Rage 4 Blaze's alternate Star Move, where she performs Kikou Shou three times in succession, with the final hit covering significantly more range.

Notable Attacks

  • Suplex: in all four games, Blaze's suplex is remarkable for being the strongest in the series.

Fighting Style

Blaze's jump kick was one of the very few things censored in Streets of Rage 2. Her white thong is visible in the top animation. The bottom animation shows the censor in the U.S. version.

Blaze is a master of judo. Her fighting style consists of powerful judo throws combined with gymnastic moves and efficient jump attacks. She also uses powerful kicks and knee attacks, punches, uppercuts, and can also suplex her enemies when behind them, dealing massive damage. In the first Streets of Rage, Blaze uses chops to attack her enemies, while in later games, she uses her fists instead. Blue energy is used to give some of her moves a visual psychic effect, a possible reference to the famous Hadouken move performed by Ryu and Ken in the Street Fighter series.

Blaze is also shown to have tremendous physical strength and technique, as she is capable of using the suplex on men significantly bigger and heavier than she is. However, she can't suplex obese opponents in Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 4, as they are too heavy and will fall on her, dealing her damage instead. In Streets of Rage 2 and Streets of Rage 4, Blaze can suplex even the heaviest enemies, though in the fourth game heavier enemies will take more time to suplex or throw.

Character evolution

Blaze started in the first Streets of Rage as a stereotypical female character, faster and weaker than the male characters. She differs from her teammates with her trademark throw move which has a larger range. Her combo is also the hardest to use because of the necessary timing in which the B button must be used to perform the combo. The delay between her kick and her somersault makes her vulnerable to enemies' counterattack.

In Streets of Rage 2, she returns with slightly better stats, making her more of an all-around fighter. She gains efficient new moves such as her famous Kikou Shou and, as opposed to the first game, she uses her fist instead of horizontal chops and high kick instead of back flip.

SEGA Heroes

Blaze Fielding appears as a playable character in SEGA Heroes. She is a Red hero and utilizes a few moves from her own games, such as stabs. Her design is based on her appearance in the first Streets of Rage game.

Moves and ability

  • Normal attack: Blaze rushes forward and attacks with a chop.
  • MAX Skill - Triple Strike: Blaze gets in three swift hits with her knife.
  • Star Skill - Embukyaku Kick: Blaze Fielding leaps into the fray to perform a cartwheel kick.
  • Passive - Blitz Fighter: Blaze's lightning speed gives her an edge over her opponents.

Game appearances

Other appearances

Trivia

  • Blaze was the only canon female playable character and female heroine in the series, until Cherry Hunter (Adam's daughter) joined the cast in Streets of Rage 4.
  • Certain animations in the first three games will allow for a brief peek at Blaze's thong.
  • Contrary to her teammates in Streets of Rage 2, Blaze is the only character that kept her famous idle move (runs her hand through her hair).
  • Blaze's Kikou Shou was was later adoped by Chun-Li from the Street Fighter series, starting on Street Fighter Alpha, sharing both the same name and similar animation.
  • She is the only character that performs a special weapon move in Streets of Rage 2, a double (triple, if the receiver is standing at a certain distance) hit with a knife.
  • She is the only one to have her fighting standing position changing drastically in the series, as they appear to be incorrect in Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 2 because they do not belong to judo art.
  • Her color palette was changed from red to silver due to her attire being sexually suggestive. Curiously enough, her Streets of Rage 3 duel palette still uses a red outfit.
  • She is seen wearing her outfit from the first Streets of Rage in the ending of Streets of Rage 3 / Bare Knuckle III, as an easter egg.
  • In Streets of Rage 3, Blaze and Zan are the only ones without a Super Attack compared to Axel and Skate. Even in Game Genie codes, she is the only one out of the three without a super attack.
  • Blaze's outfit is very similar to the main character of Flashgal, another Sega beat-em-up developed in 1985.
  • Blaze's hair is brown in her in-game spriteset, but in the main screen of the first Streets of Rage, portrait and ending scene, her hair is shown as black. The reason behind this is unknown.
  • In the first two games Blaze's eyes were brown but were changed to blue in the third game.
  • In the character select screen of the first Streets of Rage, Blaze's portrait will wink at the player after some time.
  • Onihime and Yasha, a pair of bosses seen in Stage 5 and of the last section of the Stage 8 from the first Streets of Rage, use Blaze's sprite with a different palette.
  • In both Game Gear and Master System versions of Streets of Rage 2, the endings vary with Blaze: "bro shaking" with Adam and talking with the team.
  • In the Streets of Rage Remake fan game, Blaze is the owner of the shop where the player can buy extra items and unlockables after they beat the game.
    • Depending on the time of day, she will either be awake or asleep. If she's asleep, the player has a 50% chance of stealing an item. If they fail, Blaze will kick the player out of the store and they won't be able to buy anything until they beat the game again.
    • Her attire here is the same as in Streets of Rage 2, but instead of wearing a red tube top, she wears a revealing red bra instead.

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