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Killer Instinct - Riptor
Age 1


6'2" (Normal Stance)






Altar (KI)
Hatchery 09 (KI 2013)




TJ Combo
Sadira (temporary)

Story Mode Rival:

Retro Riptor

Appears in:

Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct (2013)

Voiced by:

Zachary Quarles (KI 2013)

The ancient gods created the dinosaur, and the ancient gods destroyed it. So Ultratech has created the Stalker unit. And so it in turn shall destroy an ancient god.

ARIA during the events of Shadow Lords

Riptor is a crossbreed of human and reptilian DNA, made by Ultratech and one of the playable characters featured in the original Killer Instinct.

Biography Edit

Appearance Edit

Riptor is a human/raptor hybrid, having the basic appearance of a velociraptor, but with much larger arms, humanoid muscle mass in the chest area, and broken shackles hanging from its wrists. The color of its scales changes depending on its renders and in-game appearance, ranging from being primarily orange with black stripes not unlike a tiger, to green scales around its back and tail to orange scales on the underside of its body.

In Killer Instinct (2013), Riptor's appearance was changed. Its muscle mass is distributed in a more reptilian and less humanoid manner, giving it a smaller chest and thinner arms. Its eyes are slightly larger and its head less pointed, and three flimsy spikes protrude from the back of its head. However, the biggest change by far are the cybernetic components. Metal bionics run down Riptor's back and down to the end of its tail, and its claws have been given blue energy enhancements. In place of its signature shackles are metal plates. The hexagonal patterns along its body slowly fade in and out from light blue to black, and bar codes and the UltraTech logo are tattooed in several places. Its tail can now separate into several linked units to stretch out and attack, similarly to the Snake Sword used by the character Ivy in the Soul Calibur series.

Riptor's retro costume mirrors it's Killer Instinct (1994) appearance with additional anklet's on it's legs and has become less bulky than it was in the first game.

Personality Edit


Abilities Edit

If you're lucky, you might actually see her before she begins to eat you.

— Riptor's story mode description


Killer Instinct Edit


Riptor in the original KI

Story Edit

A product of UltraTech's DNA manipulation project. By splicing human and reptilian genes, they have created a fighting creature with animal ferocity and human intelligence.

Extended story
Another of Ultratech's miraculously realized concepts: a crossbreed of human and reptilian DNA, resulting in a creature that combines formidable intelligence with sheer brute strength. Nurtured from the egg by a dedicated Ultratech professor and her team, the beast nicknamed 'Riptor' by others has barely reached 4 years of age before it first demonstrates its full savage power in a human kill. Riptor is confused and often finds itself torn between human reasoning and predatory instincts, resorting to attack when it fails to understand the situation, as ever more people find out the hard way.

Stage: Altar


  • Claw Uppercut: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Quick Punch
  • Tailflip: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Any Kick
  • Flaming Venom: Down, Quarter Back, Back, Any Punch
  • Dragon Breath: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Fierce Punch
  • Jump Rake: Charge Back Then Forward, Any Kick
  • Rampage: Charge Back Then Forward, Any Punch
  • Reverse Jump Rake: Forward Then Back, Medium Kick (Or Quick Kick)

Special Moves

  • Combo Breaker: Charge Back Then Forward, Any Kick
  • Ultra Combo: Back, Forward, Quick Kick

End Specials

  • End Special 1: Down, Quarter Back, Back, Any Punch, Fierce Punch
  • End Special 2: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Any Kick, Medium Kick
  • End Special 3: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Quick Punch

Danger Moves

  • No Mercy 1: [Stand 2 Character Distance Away] Back, Back, Back, Medium Kick
  • No Mercy 2: [Stand 2 Character Distance Away] Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Medium Punch
  • Humiliation: Back, Back, Back, Back, Fierce Kick

Ending Edit

Ultratech's plans at creating a genetically engineered weapon have escalated beyond even their control. By toying with the laws of nature, UltraTech have finally doomed the human race.... Dinosaurs once again rule the Earth.

Killer Instinct (2013)Edit

Killer Instinct Season 2 - Riptor Concept Art

Riptor Concept Art

After 20 years since her last appearance, Riptor returned as the fourth character of Season Two. Riptor was brought back to life by Ultratech via cybernetic inplants, thus becoming a cybernetic Riptor.

Story Edit

Ultratech reveals the newest addition to its ever-growing brand of military products, the Riptor battlefield infiltration and disruption unit! Plasma claws, internal flame generators, and cybernetic tail extensors are combined with a natural predator’s advantages. Don’t wait! Genetic assembly pods are filling up now. Order yours TODAY![1]

Biography Edit

Ultratech doesn’t always look forwards to find the solutions to future military development. Sometimes, they look to the past.

So it was with the Riptor project.

A competing combat contract project with the Fulgore line and the Cinder initiative, brilliant Ultratech genetic engineer Dr. Erin Gupte saw a better path to follow. She thought that Fulgore’s maintenance and lack of ability to adapt to radically different hostile environments would create a nightmare for upkeep and result in a prohibitively expensive machine. At the same time, she saw the Cinder initiative as pure R&D with years before any interesting developments could be realized. She believed that a creature built on a ruthless adaptable predator and augmented and constrained by modern technology would result in the ideal combat platform. It could rely on its own victims for sustainment, and could maneuver and infiltrate in areas that the Fulgore line would never be able to function; Riptor couldn’t be jammed or hacked, stopped by weather, or be disabled by a grain of sand in an intake. Nor would it take a decade of research to decode the alien technologies the Cinder initiative toyed with.

The first batch of Riptor units were vicious, and even with cybernetic augmentation and programming, were completely uncontrollable. No amount of shock, drugs, or control systems would contain them, and they would tear anything it saw apart in moments, making it impossible for them to work as a coordinated team as planned.

Digging into the problem, and amidst the pressures from Utratech leadership for results, Erin theorized that all her creations had no upbringing, no parenting, only genetic memories to kill that she could not overwrite; they came into the world fully ready to fight, and without any other upbringing to guide them, that’s exactly what they did.

She destroyed the initial batch of Riptor assets and began work on a new batch, augmenting the creatures even further than the originals. Borrowing cast-off technology from the Fulgore project, Erin began using her own mind as a training tool for her new creations, simulating upbringing through her own directed thoughts, guiding the creatures into understanding that there was a place for family, and the idea of a pack…[2][3][4]

Extended Story Edit

You and Your Riptor Unit:

Main article: You and Your Riptor Unit

Moveset Edit

Combo Trait - Fire and Tail Linkers: After an auto-double, Riptor can follow up with a three hit flame or tail attack by simply pressing Hard Punch or Hard Kick.

Ultra Combo: 31 Hits

Stage Edit

Main article: Hatchery 09

Similarity of Altar (KI)

During an Ultra Combo, a military base in the background launches multiple missiles at the stages, destroying many evidence that is left at the crash site.

Trivia: Her theme is basically her remixed classic theme, "Rumble".

Signature Moves Edit

  • Claw Uppercut: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Quick Punch.
  • Tailflip: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Any Kick.
  • Flaming Venom: Down, Quarter Back, Back, Any Punch.
  • Dragon Breath: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Fierce Punch.
  • Jump Rake: Charge Back Then Forward, Any Kick.
  • Rampage: Charge Back Then Forward, Any Punch.
  • Reverse Jump Rake: Forward Then Back, Medium Kick (Or Quick Kick).

Other movesEdit

  • No Mercy 1: Riptor unfurls its hood and spits acid in its opponents face.
  • No Mercy 2: Riptor stabs and impale the opponent with its tail.
  • No Mercy 3: Riptor jumps at opponent, then the screen goes black, then you see Riptor burping and farting with a full tummy.


  • Riptor did not appear in Killer Instinct 2. In TJ Combo's character profile, he was said to have had a "decisive victory over Riptor", implying he had put an end to Riptor once and for all in the previous tournament.
  • Though Riptor's actual gender has never been confirmed and it was left ambiguous to the fans, it is very likely that Riptor is a female due to having laid eggs during the tournament as shown in Riptor's ending. How Riptor got itself impregnated is unknown.
    • It is known that female reptiles can produce an egg asexually, though the egg produced is a genetic copy of the mother.
      • Iron Galaxy, developers of Killer Instinct Season 2, refer to Riptor as a female.
  • The original Riptor model has a hidden cobra hood which it only unfurls when it prepares one of its three No Mercy-moves.
  • Riptor's 2013 design is similar to Talon from Primal Rage.

Gallery Edit

Killer Instinct Edit

Killer Instinct (2013)Edit

References Edit

Killer Instinct Franchise
Games Killer Instinct · Killer Instinct 2 (Gold) · Killer Instinct (2013)
Characters Jago · TJ Combo · Spinal · Thunder · Glacius · Fulgore · Cinder · Sabrewulf · Orchid · Riptor · Eyedol · Tusk · Kim Wu · Maya · Gargos · Sadira · Shadow Jago · Kan-Ra · Omen · Aganos · Hisako · ARIA · Mira
Minor Characters Eagle · The Chairman · Ryat Adams · Babylonian King · The Master · Yeouiju
Guest Characters Rash · Arbiter · General RAAM
Organizations Ultratech · Red Eyes of Rylai · Disavowed · Night Guard · The Coven
Soundtracks Killer Cuts · Killer Instinct Gold Cuts · Killer Instinct: Season One Soundtrack + Original Arcade Soundtrack · Killer Instinct (Original Game Soundtrack), Season 2
Literature KI Nintendo Power · KI #1 · KI #2 · KI #3 · KI Special #1 · KI Special #2 · KI Special #3
Extended Stories The Secrets of the Tiger · The Lycanthrope's Tale · The Ice-man Cometh · Murder of Crows · The Widow's Bite · The Firecat's Summoning · The Quest of the Searing Skull · Fulgore Mark 03 Field Manual-L · Glory Days · Temperance and Vengeance · Death is no Obstacle · You and Your Riptor Unit · The Herald of Gargos · Peacemaker · The Everlasting Child · The Third Degree · Evolve or Die
Killer Instinct Novella The Road to Ravensburg · The Watchman Awakes · Dragon's Choice · Conflux · ARIA for Noömorph · Shadows at Dawn
Gameplay Combo Breaker & Counter Breaker · Ultra Combo · No Mercy · Combo System · Instinct Mode · Shadow Meter · Shadow Moves · Shadow Counter · Knockdown Value · Lock out · Frame Data · Character Accessories · Arcade Mode · Rivals Mode · Shadow Lords Mode

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