Why video game characters used to have a blood type

Remember back when video games had manuals and characters had a blood type?  What was that all about?

blood type

Kinda like astrology in the West, blood type is said to predict certain personality traits in Japan.

Blood types can affect just about every part of your life, from making friends to getting a date — or even a job.

This personality profile association with blood types really started to hit mainstream Japanese culture in the 1970s. Author and journalist Masahiko Nomi, in his book Ketsueki-gata de Wakaru Aisho (Understanding Affinity by Blood Type), theorized the concept, and the book became a bestseller.

Type As, like Resident Evil‘s Leon Kennedy, are said to be patient but stubborn, whereas Type Bs, like Street Fighter‘s Dhalsim, are said to be creative, but unforgiving.

VentureBeat put together a list of game characters and their blood types:

 

What your favorite character’s blood type means

Blood Type Compatibility
A is most compatible with A and AB.
B is most compatible with B and AB.
AB is most compatible with AB, B, A, and O.
O is most compatible with O and AB.


game characters with type A blood

Blood Type A: Dependable and self-sacrificing but reserved and prone to worry.
•Pros: Conservative, introverted, reserved, patient, punctual, and inclined to be perfectionists.
•Cons: Obsessive, stubborn, self-conscious and uptight.
Balthier (Final Fantasy 12)
Chun-Li (Street Fighter)
Miles Edgeworth (Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth; Phoenix Wright)
Leon S. Kennedy (Resident Evil)
Kilik, Yun-seong, Seong Mi-na, Raphael (Soul Caliber)


 

Blood Type B: Flamboyant free-thinkers but selfish.
• Pros: Love animals, creative, flexible, individualistic, optimistic.
• Cons: Passionate, forgetful, irresponsible, and self-centered.
Vaan (Final Fantasy 12)
Ken (Street Fighter)
Shi-Long Lang (Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth)
Tifa (Final Fantasy 7)
Sophitia, Heihachi, Cassandra (Soul Caliber)
Kyo Kusanagi (King of Fighters)
Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)
Lance (Pokémon)


Video game characters with Type O blood
Blood Type O: Decisive and confident
• Pros: Ambitious, athletic, robust.
• Cons: Self-confident, arrogant, insensitive, ruthless, and vain.
Solid Snake (Metal Gear)
Kay Faraday (Ace Attorney Investigations)
Ryu (Street Fighter)
Aerith (Final Fantasy 7)
Cervantes de Leon (Soul Caliber)
Chris Redfield (Resident Evil)
Giovanni (Pokémon)


Video game characters with type AB blood

Blood Type AB: Well-balanced, clear-sighted and logical but high-maintenance and distant.
•Pros: Cool, controlled, empathic, introverted.
•Cons: Rational, aloof, critical, indecisive and unforgiving.
Lightning (Final Fantasy 13)
Squall Leonheart (Final Fantasy 8)
Cloud Strife (FF7)
Fran (FF12)