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Strobaya
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Stats
Japanese: ストロバヤ
Sutorobaya
Debut: Game: Strider (CPS-1)
Voice Actors: Yukitoshi Hori (PC-Engine)
Profile
Gender: Male
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Black
Nationality: Russian
Affiliation: Kazakh Federation
Fighting Style: Grappling-based Combat
In-Game Information
Enemy Type: Cyborg
Hit Points: 5 HP
Score: 500 PTS

Strobaya (ストロバヤ) is a character from the original arcade Strider and all its ports. He's the very first boss Hiryu faces off, and thus among the easiest in the entire series.

Strobaya is a muscle-bound cyborg man working for the Kazakh government[1]. Also called an "Enhanced Human" (強化人間), his weapon is his entire body, whose functions have been considerably boosted by the administration of drugs[2]. He appears to be a brute of few (if any) words, and has a fondness for shouting out loud warcries during battle.[2]

While he has no actual dialogues in the original game, his dialogue in the PC-Engine port has him telling Hiryu he's been awaiting in anticipation for him to show up[3], indicating he enjoys fighting strong opponents, much like Commander Keith from the manga.

StoryEdit

StriderEdit

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Strobaya (CPS-1)

Strobaya patiently awaits for Hiryu within St. Petersburg, in a large room located below the main path, with a retractable ceiling ready to seal off the area. As he awaits, he's hooked up to a backup machine that prepares his body for the battle with the use of special drugs. Eventually Hiryu is forced to face him. Strobaya greets him and then unleashes his attack, ripping off his shirt and destroying his backup machine in the process.

However, he wasn't expecting to be completely outmatched by Hiryu's skill and technique. After receiving enough damage, Strobaya's body rips apart and he violently explodes causing a shock wave strong enough to bring down the ceiling in flames, creating a final hazard for Hiryu to avoid.

AbilitiesEdit

Strobaya fight

Ready for battle

Strobaya possess great physical strength thanks to the enhancements he's been subjected to, most notably in his legs which allow him to thrust off walls with great force. But in contrast to this, however, he has a very single-minded and repetitive battle strategy[2], making him a very easy enemy to defeat in battle.

His main method of attack consists on grabbing his enemies with either his arms or legs to throw them violently against an opposing wall. He can either approach his target by impulsing himself off the ceiling with the strength of his legs[1], or by doing a ground Rolling Attack, his signature technique[2]. If he fails to grab his enemy during either approach, he'll quickly turn around and thrust himself at the enemy again, doing it continously until he makes contact. This strategy, however, can be easily interrumpted by a quick strike, stunning Strobaya and throwing him off his attack.

Strobaya is also capable of blocking and parrying Hiryu's strikes with his arms, although only briefly since repeated slashes can easily break through his defense.

Design NotesEdit

Strobaya bears quite a close resemblance to Ivan Drago, the main antagonist from Rocky IV. They both share similar designs, clothing, hairstyles and their use of drugs to enhance themselves. This resemblance is also noticeable in his portrait for the PC-Engine port.

His name may be inspired by the Japanese restaurant "Storovaya". "Stolovaya" (столовая) is actually a Russian word which can be translated into restaurant or canteen, and is also a brand of vodka which Isuke featured in his 1991 follow-up game, Nostalgia 1907.

Other AppearancesEdit

CameosEdit

RYU-TMR no Retro Game Kaitai Gekijyou
Strobaya makes a brief cameo in this video game-centric manga, in the chapter where its two protagonists (Iria and Risetto) join Hiryu in his quest. Strobaya appears in his spot in Stage 1, blocking Hiryu's path. He shows off his enhanced muscular body and rolling technique, only to be comically defeated by a single strike of Hiryu's Cypher, much to the girls' surprise.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Strobaya was one of six Strider characters to rank in the "Best Characters" category of Gamest magazine's "3rd Gamest Grand Prix", ranking in 39th place.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sega (September 1990, Mega Drive). Strider Hiryû (Japanese). Instruction manual, Pg. 19
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Capcom (October 2006, PlayStation). Gamebook: Strider Hiryu (Japanese). Pg. 13. ISBN 4-86233-076-2.
  3. Dice Creative Ltd.; NEC Avenue (September 1994, PC Engine CD-ROM²). Strider Hiryû (Japanese). Stage 01: Kazakh Federation.
  4. Staff (December 27, 1989). "3RD Gamest Grand Prix". Gamest (41). Pg. 68-79.

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