Should Goro be top 5?
Detective Chimp is awesome and he deserves a spot on the roster. Here's why...
The average chimp would be at least twice as strong as Batman in almost every way. Chimpanzees have genes that create muscle fibers both stronger and more dense than human muscle. They also have huge amounts of testosterone during their youth which, among other things, acts as a natural steroid. Why does that matter? Well, Detective Chimp was blessed with eternal youth from the Fountain of the same name.
An average chimp can run faster on all fours than an Olympic sprinter. Also chimps are known to roll around; a perfect fit for the dash and roll mechanics. His trait could relate to how chimps move via swinging, climbing, and clinging.
Chimp brains are about a 3rd the size of a human's while having similar sized skulls so they are hard to concuss. Chimps live at the mercy of mother nature and fellow apes which implies a certain level of pain tolerance the average man would not have. Their fur protects against laceration and absorbs kinetic force.
A chimp's grip strength is superhuman and they can grasp with their feet. Imagine Detective Chimp choking a foe with his feet while striking them with his fists. Maybe he could perform a throw with his feet, something I have never seen in a fighting game. He could even have a trait based on command grabs
A chimpanzee has a larger set of teeth, jaws, and bite forces than a human, and they rarely brush. Gorilla Grodd looks bad-ass when he bites and so could DC. He could have a trait built around biting his foe as chimpanzees are known to cripple their rivals by biting vital areas.
Despite DC's smaller brain, he has a genius level intellect comparable to Batman. Detective Chimp can communicate with all animals, including all spoken and written languages. It beats talking to fish and, if you think about it, may make him the world's greatest detective. A trait could be built around his detective skills; he could have a chargeable trait where he walks around with a magnifying glass and when fully charged he'd gain new attacks and such. The possibilities are endless.
Detective Chimp could have the smallest hurt-box in the game and Gorilla Grodd the largest. There is something poetic about that game design. I'd enjoy taking the apes to the lab to practice combos.
HE NEEDS IT MORE THAN MOST:
Video games are a great way to introduce lesser known characters to the mainstream without any real risk; if the community doesn't like them, they simply won't be picked leaving the more popular characters to revel in "free publicity." I'd bet a cameo in a popular video game is worth more than one in a popular comic or even TV show. Let's face it... Blue Beetle, Cheetah, and Detective Chimp aren't getting their own movie or cartoon anytime soon so a cameo in a fighting game is honestly the best they can hope for. Characters like Lex Luthor and Joker couldn't care less if they were in this game or not; their legacy remains relatively unaffected by their presence in Injustice 2.
Thanks for reading. Cue the outro...