One of Street Fighter 6’s new characters has an attack that references the iconic “This is Sparta!” stage

In 2006, Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder released a movie called 300 based on the comic book series of the same name created by legendary artist and writer Frank Miller. Said movie featured a scene (and one line in particular) that has become iconic, with even those who haven’t seen the movie likely familiar with the “This is Sparta!” quote and kick very well.

16 years later, Capcom introduced us to a handful of newcomers that should be playable in their upcoming 2023 fighting game, Street Fighter 6, and one of those new fighters has what definitely seems like a reference to the most famous of 300s. scene.

At The Game Awards 2022 last week, Capcom unveiled its latest major trailer for Street Fighter 6. This new showcase revealed four additional fighters joining the playable roster: legacy fighter Dee Jay from Street Fighter 2, as well as all new characters JP, Manon, and Marisa.

Marisa is our priority here as this hulking fighter fights with massive punches and kicks that do a lot of damage to her enemies. As we now officially know, Marisa is an up-and-coming Italian jewelry designer who has ancient Greek warriors as her ancestors.

This new world warrior really takes the gladiator role to heart as she can be seen fighting with giant lions in her part of the trailer, fighting on her unique stage heavily inspired by the Roman Coliseum and even has a fashioned hairstyle around his head like a Spartan helmet – after taking off a real Spartan helmet and laying it on the ground before battle.

Needless to say, much of the inspiration behind Marisa’s design came from ancient Greek culture and Spartan warriors. Naturally, a reference to one of cinema’s most iconic scenes involving Sparta is entirely justified and almost expected here.

In the trailer, we see Marisa perform a combo using an Overdrive special move that ends in a big hammer fist that bounces the opponent off the ground. To continue the combo, Marisa uses the Overdrive version of what we now know to be a special move called “Quadriga”, which is a big, hard-hitting forward kick that knocks back Marisa’s enemy. Sound familiar?

The trailer goes on to show the normal version of this attack being used to close the combo after the OD version before it causes a wall bounce.

Now those of us in the fighting game community first saw Marisa’s Quadriga special move and immediately linked it to Street Fighter 3 boss Gill’s Quarrel Kick and Quarrel Kick. Urien’s choral foot – both of which are forward moving normals and big front kicks that have a very similar animation to what Marisa does. This comparison is certainly relevant, but it seems that Capcom itself also had 300 in mind for this attack.

In the PlayStation Blog post detailing the new Street Fighter 6 reveals, Capcom Senior Director Andy Wong made a direct reference to the legendary 300 quote and kick. front foot to show your opponents that ‘It’s. Marisa!'” reads the PS Blog.

Scene 300 features Gerard Butler as King Leonidas, King of Sparta and leader of the 300 Spartan warriors. Leonidas finds himself in an unpleasant interaction with a messenger from the Persian Empire, who threatens the people of Sparta and tells Leonidas to watch his next words carefully as they might be his last.

After backing the messenger up against the edge of a massive pit, Leonidas finds the exact words he wants to say in this situation. He shouts “It’s. It’s. Sparta!” and hits the messenger with a massive forward kick that sends them hurtling into the pit.

Left: King Leonidas in 300 (2006) / Right: Marisa Street Fighter 6 (2022)

Marisa is emerging as the mighty fighter of Street Fighter 6, with a stature that towers over everyone and punches that seem harder than anything we’ve ever seen in the Street Fighter franchise. Some of her attacks are so strong, in fact, that they can pierce Drive Impact – a universal mechanic in Street Fighter 6 that has two armor hits and had no “break” counters before Marisa was revealed.

Those hoping to get their hands on Street Fighter 6 won’t have to wait for its June 2, 2023 release date. Tomorrow, December 16, Capcom will livestream the game’s second closed beta test, and those lucky enough to e selected for this can look forward to an action-packed Street Fighter 6 weekend.

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