Spinal is an undead skeleton pirate. He carries a curved sword (which kind depends on his costume; default is a cutlass) and a buckler shield. He is able to teleport in a flash of smoke. He is able to absorb energy and return it as fireballs.
His attacks are primarily slashes and sword swipes, though he also attacks with some kicks.
His method of movement is unknown as he has no visible muscle tissue to manipulate his skeleton. It is likely whatever unknown source allows his energy and teleportation attacks.
Story (Basic): Spinal's origin is a closely guarded secret of Ultratech. A secret branch of the corporation, using a variety of special techniques, have succeeded in reviving an ancient warrior. With only the vaguest memories of his past life, Spinal knows how to do only one thing: fight!
Story (Extended): A legendary warrior over 2000 years ago, the thing now known as Spinal has been torn from the peace of death by Ultratech's cell regeneration experiments. Trapped in the new world, he has no choice but to obey orders despite his reluctance, and to make things worse, he begins to suffer tormenting flashbacks to the ancient life he can never quite remember. After the awe and wonder he inspired when first unveiled to the public this year, Spinal finds himself in the shadow of Ultratech's latest creations (Fulgore, Riptor, etc.) and, filled with resentment, he sets out to prove his worth.
Tired of constantly being surrounded by death and destruction, Spinal decides on a career break. Although nominated for an Oscar for his first film, Spinal still has great difficulty finding roles that have meat to them.
Killer Instinct 2
Kill Kim Wu
Freed of the chains of slavery, Spinal relishes his freedom. Unable to recover the artifact that summoned him, Spinal contemplates his future. Consultation with his ancestors offers Spinal no guidance. Sadly, he resigns himself to an eternity alone and without purpose.
Don't Kill Kim Wu
Freed of the chains of slavery, Spinal relishes his freedom. Unable to recover the artifact that summoned him, Spinal contemplates his future. Lost, he goes to consult with his ancestors. During the ceremony, he learns one important lesson: never leave your enemies alive.
Killer Instinct (2013)
Spinal was revealed on Halloween at the end of Orchid's trailer, and was set to be available in January 2014 in the launch trailer.
Story: Awakened after centuries, and under the control of an ancient artifact, Spinal’s sole quest is to find the Mask of the Anciencts. The relic was used to give him life and bind him to this world. Spinal’s hope is that once it is in his possession, it will grant him freedom.
Stage: Shipwreck Shore (Similarity of Ship (KI2)): The shores of sorrow were to be the final resting place of countless vessels that were victims to Spinal and his pursuit across seven seas to regain of some artifact of power. The Shipwreck Cove is a graveyard of souls and broken hulls that have accumulated over the years and its new home of creatures and kraken of the waves.
During an Ultra Combo, a kraken's tentacles will grab the wrecked ship in the background, then smash it in half, and drags it into the depths of the wasted ocean.
Ultra Combo Hits: 25 Hits
Skull Mechanic: Spinal gains skulls that hover above him by hitting his opponents with certain attacks, a maximum of 5. These skulls can then be applied onto attacks to change its properties. Spinal can also use these skulls as projectiles that curses his opponent and drains his Instinct Meter or Shadow Meter and adds them to his own while the curse is active. These curses can stack and Spinal can drain meter faster with extra stacks. But if he gets hit while there is a curse active, it is removed.
Instinct Mode - Searing Skulls: Spinal immediately gains the maximum amount of skulls with a new skull regenerating every two seconds during the duration of the Instinct Mode. In addition, the drain from curses is increased. By using the Instinct Meter drain curse, he can extend the time that Instinct can last.
Combo Trait - Spectral Manual: Spinal can follow up a double with a manual, shown as a skeleton arm punching from the ground, by pressing the same strength as the double.
Other Attributes: Spinal's forward dash is a run instead of a dash.
Trivia: During the slow music due to characters not moving, his remixed classic theme, "Ya Ha Haa" will play.