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Sabu (さぶ, Sabu) is one of the main antagonists in the Kunio-kun series. He is the ruthless and lethal leader of the yakuza crime organization known as the Sanwakai (三和会 "Sanwa Gang")" and is the final boss in Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun and some of its sequels. Unlike Kunio's other adversaries, Sabu relies on a semi-automatic handgun instead of using his fists.

Appearances

Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun

Sabu and his knife-armed henchmen attacked Hiroshi outside the school. After running away back to their headquarters chased by Kunio. They battled and ended with Kunio's victory. In the NES version, he instead battled against Kunio alone inside a room.

Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka

Sabu returns in Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka as the main antagonist and final boss, where he hires a Kunio look-alike named Ken to frame him for a hit and run accident.

Super Dodge Ball

Sabu's first appearance as a playable character is in Super Dodge Ball for the Neo Geo. In this game, he is voiced by Yukimasa Kishino.

Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun Special

As a reboot and remake of the original arcade and Famicom game, this game re-imagines Sabu's first encounter with Kunio. Hiroshi's father is against the construction of a casino, which is the reason for Sabu to antagonize Hiroshi. After he is defeated by Kunio, Sabu agrees to keep his hands off of Tokyo.

River City: Tokyo Rumble

Sabu is revealed to be behind the "Tokyo Lion Alliance"'s attempt of conquering Tokyo, which he orchestrated to avenge his previous loss against Kunio. He achieves this with the help of his older biological brother, Lee.

River City Super Sports Challenge ~All Stars Special~

Sabu leads the Outlaw Team. The team can be unlocked by using a code on the Mode Select screen. The team includes Katsuji, Tetsu and Gen (his underlings from Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun Special), Lee (from Tokyo Rumble) and Yoshihiro (the final boss from Shodai Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun).

River City Melee: Battle Royal Special

River City Girls

A picture of Sabu is seen in the chamber where the fight with his daughter, Sabuko, takes place. Sabuko mentions that she is in charge of the Sanwakai while Sabu is indisposed.

In the picture, Sabu is holding a white dog. In River City Ransom: Underground, Merv had a similar appearance to Sabu and the only reason he antagonized the Flock was because he thought they had kidnapped his dog.

River City Melee Mach!!

Gallery

Trivia

  • He is the only character not to change his name nor appearance in most versions of Renegade (though his palette was changed in the Arcade, NES and most home computer versions of the game and he is not named in the arcade version).

References


Kunio-kun Characters
Main characters KunioRiki
Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun HiroshiTōruAkiraShinjiTakeshiMisuzuKumikoSabu
Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu ShinichiKōjiMitsuhiroIchirōAkishiNaritakaHeilmanLao ChenMordovWilliam
Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari HasebeYamadaMamiRyūichiRyūjiGōdaGodaiOnizukaKobayashiMochizukiTairaKinoshitaNishimuraSawaguchiSonokawaKamijōYamamoto
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku SugataNanaseMomozonoIchijōTakamineMorimotoMaedaYoshinoSaotomeWashioShimizuTōdōHayasakaOtonashiAiharaKumadaHayamiKirishimaMorisawaKōzuki
Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki MatsudoNedachiSankichi
Bikkuri Nekketsu Shin Kiroku JohnnyRaphaelJimmyKōnosukeAlex
Downtown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari TachibanaRikaKunikoNishinoReikaMurasakiFubukiKazaokaTsugeTsukasa
Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu: Soccer Hen MisakoTakashiMasaGenei
Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey Bu YōichiHidekiTsuyoshiMasashiKaoriTōruSadaoYōkoToyoichiHideTobiyama
Nekketsu Kakutō Densetsu EbiharaAoiHimeyamaOkumaToraichiToraji
Shodai Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun YoshihiroMihoMasakiHondaHokutoUrabe
Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka KyōkoTakayamaMamoruKōjiTōruDaikiRyūtaKenAkioNobuLisaKinjiJoe
Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari EX SaoriHimada
River City Super Sports Challenge Michael TobiokaTomorinSierraStanislav
Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun Special YūyaToshioMadokaPrincipalWataruMikotoMiyukiFatherKatsujiTetsu
Riki Densetsu SakataOkadaMaezawaMegumiGonda
River City: Tokyo Rumble GinjishiMajishiBenijishiUkyōSakyōShishiōKinshishiLee
River City: Rival Showdown NagatsukaChihoShioriŌtaMinamotoRinaMakotoMinoriMikaShinoda
River City Melee: Battle Royal Special TsubakiMiyakodaShimokitaMiyagasakiNakaSumi
Live-action series TadokoroYumeko
River City Ransom: Underground GlenBrunoProviePaulMikeRudyMervChrisPurple BeePink BeeCalvinEtherAlexisAdamWesProtoDr. DSentinel
River City Girls HibariNoizeSabuko
River City Melee Mach!! AijimaYokomizoNishiwaki
Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san! MizoguchiYamadaTakeruSayoNo. 21No. 29No. 47No. 35
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