Characters in ''VideoGame/{{The King of Fighters}}'' introduced during the Tales of Ash (''KOF 2003''-the present, i.e. ''KOF XIII'') will be listed here. This includes the [[{{PlayStation 2}} PS2]]-exclusive characters in ''KOF XI''.

Characters are listed in alphabetical order of last names. It should be noted that all the Chinese and Korean character names are rendered in the Western style (given name-surname rather than surname-given name).

References, such as {{Mythology Gag}}s, {{Continuity Nod}}s, "NoCelebritiesWereHarmed", {{Expy}}, ShoutOut, CaptainErsatz, and the like, should go in [[ShoutOut/TheKingOfFighters this page]].

And remember: this is just a part of all the characters that comprise the series. For characters who debuted in ''KOF '94'', go [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheRugalSaga here]].

For characters who debuted in ''KOF '95'' through '' '97'', go [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheOrochiSaga here]].

For characters who debuted in ''KOF '99'' through ''2002'' (''Unlimited Match'' included), go [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheNESTSChronicles here]].

Finally, for characters who appeared outside the main series, go [[Characters/TheKingOfFighters here]].
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[[WMG:Adelheid Bernstein - ''Unknown (implied to be Germany)'']]
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->''"So it's defeat for you, is it? Some day I must meet a similar fate."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Tetsuya Tanaka

-> As his last name suggests, he is Rugal Bernstein's son, and has inherited his father's wealth and fighting style. Unlike his evil father, he is a good person who exhibits sportsmanship and honor. At the behest of his little sister Rose, he challenged the champions of the ''2003'' tournament in the [=SkyNoah=], he and his younger sister's flying fortress. He entered the next tournament as a single entry, and was under investigation by Heidern until he assured him he was a different person from his father. In ''XIII'' he becomes a key player in regards to [[spoiler:investigating Those from the Past, who have brainwashed Rose into assisting them.]]

* AloofOlderBrother - Subverted, as the console version of ''XIII'' proves this is an act. When Adelheid discovers his sister Rose acting out of character and fails to confront her, he becomes emotionally distraught over not understanding the cause. See BigBrotherInstinct for his reaction [[spoiler:when Rose is released from Botan's control]].
* AttackReflector
* AudibleSharpness - His Groß Kreis (Great Circle) DM, which is a slide leading into a toned-down version of the Genocide Cutter.
* AntiVillain
* BerserkButton - Endangering his sister.
* BetterByADifferentName - "Adel" was the nameplate used for his lifebar in ''2003''. Fans preferred to use that in general instead of his full name, due to Adelheid being a feminine name in German.
* {{Bishonen}}
* BigBrotherInstinct - Never harm Rose. He's vows to her and himself, that nothing is off limits when it comes to protecting her. This quote from ''XIII'''s Story Mode exemplifies it perfectly, especially since it's paired with a CG of Rose [[FallingIntoHisArms collapsing into a distressed Adel's arms]] [[spoiler:as she's released from Botan's control and Ash rewrites time to eliminate Saiki and himself.]]
-->"To protect Rose as her brother -- that is his role. It would never change, come hell and high water... In the end [[spoiler:his memory was completely gone]], but a strong sense of fulfillment remained. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Adelheid succeeded in protecting Rose]]."
* BringIt - His taunt.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome - Subverted: After being touted as the other protagonist of the saga, Adelheid is inexplicably absent from the arcade version of ''XIII''. However, depending on how you play the console version's Story mode (which fills in gaps left in the core story), it is eventually revealed that he plays a key part behind the scenes. He's still not playable, though.
* CoolAirship - The ''[=SkyNoah=]''.
* DeclarationOfProtection - Ties in with the aforementioned BigBrotherInstinct.
* FingerlessGloves
* FormFittingWardrobe - Much like his father.
* GenerationXerox - Subverted. As seen, he's way more noble than his old man.
* GratuitousGerman - Not spoken, though. All of his attacks are written in German, although it's clear what they're supposed to be.
* HeroicAlbino - Possibly. He has the look (pale skin, red eyes) and is the "[[WordOfGod other protagonist]]" of the "Tales of Ash" saga, yet he's done nothing noteworthy that would land him in this trope. Oh, and there's the whole "[[GenerationXerox I'm Rugal's son]]" thing. Only time will tell...
** Well, he ''does'' [[spoiler:tip off Heidern and the Ikari Warriors about the plans of Those From the Past. Perhaps there's more evidence in support of this than we thought.]]
* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Son]] - He's a younger, slightly shorter Rugal who's missing a BadassMustache.
** Adel has a smaller frame, paler skin, and more feminine face than his father.
* MoralityChain - Rose is almost completely devoted to Adel, and he keeps her from being too much like their father.
* NobleDemon
* OutOfFocus - Despite the fact his sister is being brainwashed into hosting the ''XIII'' tournament, Adelheid is oddly missing from action.
** The story mode for the console version of ''XIII'' has scenes with Adelheid talking with his sister and playing a veyr important role backstage. He's not a playable chara, but according to WordOfGod he was planned to be.
** A [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/nx2/game/kof13cards/kof13-adelheid-card.png trading card]] from ''The King of Fighters-i'' (an iOS port of ''XIII'') shows what appears to be an ''XIII''-styled Adel sprite standing in the ''XIII'' [=SkyNoah=] stage. Character art concepts also exist for his ''XIII'' [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111216155211/snk/images/5/5f/Bw_adelheid.png profile]] and [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111216160426/snk/images/6/69/Win_adel.png winquote screen]].
* TheProtagonist - Said to be one by the creators.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack - In ''2003'', you fight him while listening to Chopin's "Revolutionary Etude No. 12" (better known as Kakumei ["Revolution"] to ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' and ''VideoGame/{{Beatmania}}'' players), but then about a minute in it turns into an unintelligible techno song called "R2."
* RuleOfCool - He fires Reppukens ''with his feet''.
* SlideAttack - G. Kreis, but only if performed with D (HK); inputting the command with B (LK) will have Adel perform the original version of Rugal's Genocide Cutter from a stationary position. The standing version is straightforward but has more power behind it, while the sliding version is better suited for combo purposes.
* SNKBoss - In ''2003''. Toned down somewhat in ''XI'', where he was just a mid-boss. Still really good, though.
* SpiritedCompetitor - Just loves a good challenge. Also takes defeat well and respects those who can beat him. Definitely not the same man as his father.
* SugarAndIcePersonality - Adel always seems to give Rose the cold shoulder or bored indifference to her dialog. However ''XIII'' shows a lot of moments, direct and subtle, that Adel is very emotional about Rose.
* TakeThat - "To fight over and over until victory is meaningless."
* TheStoic
* WellDoneSonGuy - Subverted. At first it seems he's like his father, taking on opponents in the ''[=SkyNoah=]'', until he reveals his true nature.
** It is implied that Adel follows in his dad's footsteps because of the fact that he and Rose are Rugal's only living legacy. However, his ''XI'' backstory may be playing this trope straight, as Adel briefly muses about how dear ol' dad didn't do anything with him.

[[WMG:Ash Crimson - ''Unknown (raised in France)'']]
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->''"Don't play your trump card until the end... The very end!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Sōnosuke Nagashiro, Peter von Gomm (''XII'', English)

-> Current protagonist of the series, and the focus of the Tales of Ash saga. His past and motives are currently a mystery, save his connection to Elisabeth (whom he affectionately nicknames [[Film/KungPowEnterTheFist "Betty,"]] much to her annoyance). Like Kyo and Iori, he wields flames, although his are green and it's unknown how he obtained them. He entered the tournament in order to steal the Sacred Treasures (and powers) of Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru.

* AgentPeacock
* AllYourPowersCombined - After stealing Iori and Chizuru's powers, he actually reworked his fighting style to implement them. His Germinal LDM in ''XI'' [[PowerNullifier briefly seals away his opponent's powers]] while his Fructidor Neo MAX in ''XIII'' is a direct lift of Iori's LDM from ''2003'' and ''XI''. And [[spoiler:after stealing Saiki's power ''and'' [[SplitPersonalityTakeover being taken over]], he turns into an SNKBoss from Hell that would make even Rugal want to piss his pants.]]
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent - For Remy of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII''. His moves are also almost identical to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Guile's]], although so are Remy's.
** Also French, like Remy.
* AmbiguouslyEvil
** [[spoiler:GoodAllAlong - Although his actions and demeanor teeter on the edge of NecessarilyEvil.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay - His hobbies and overall appearance don't help things. Also, listen to his voice.
** [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Ash's alternate costume in]] ''[[UpdatedRerelease Maximum Impact Regulation A]]'' [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant says hello.]]
** QueerAsTropes - Pretty much most of the gay tropes qualify for Ash.
* AntiHero - VillainProtagonist - [[spoiler:At first; still, GoodIsNotNice.]]
* TheAtoner - Magaki notes in his winning quote against Ash that he seems to be trying to repent for something. [[spoiler:It is very well possible that this is linked to that of Saiki's ambitions.]]
* [[spoiler:BatmanGambit - Possibly what he planned during the final events of ''XIII''.]]
* {{Bishonen}} - Many mistook him for a girl initially.
** [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100720025148/snk/images/6/6e/Snapshot20100719213855.png It's probably genetic.]]
* BlondGuysAreEvil - What we're lead to believe. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Turns out that we were wrong]].]]
* [[spoiler:CosmicRetcon - Because Ash decided to absorb his ancestor ''and then'' erase himself from history, the whole "Tales of Ash" saga ''never happened''. Saiki wasn't there to form "Those From the Distant Land," Ash didn't steal the Three Sacred Treasures (Kyo, Iori and Chizuru's powers), ''[[CanonDiscontinuity nothing]]''. Let's just say that the KOF tournaments still happened (as proved by the Japan Team's ending), but nothing super special went on behind the scenes...]]
* CharClone - Maybe. Think about it. He's blond, skilled, wears red, and [[spoiler:is a WellIntentionedExtremist.]]
* [[spoiler:DarkIsEvil - As [[PaintItBlack Evil]] [[SNKBoss Ash]].]]
* [[spoiler:DeclarationOfProtection - For Elizabeth.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady - All too much.
* EnigmaticMinion - Before the climax of ''2003''. According to ''XIII'', he plays this role in regards to Those from the Past. Saiki is distrusting of him, and for good reason.
* [[spoiler:EvilAlbino - As Evil Ash.]]
* EvilLaugh - During his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErIC7vlI7v0 Fructidor Neo MAX]] in ''XIII'', he goes into a manic, if not [[NoblewomansLaugh somewhat feminine]] bout of laughter.
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* [[spoiler:FakeDefector]]
* TheFightingNarcissist
* FingerlessGloves
* FlashStep - His Germinal LDM. It also leaves a trail of green flames.
* FrenchJerk - Starts that way. [[spoiler:Ends in subversion.]] It ties nicely into....
* [[spoiler:GoOutWithASmile - He smiles sadly at his "big sister" Elisabeth as he's written away from history.]]
* GratuitousFrench - In ''XIII'' all of a sudden, both in his pre-battle banter and as random quotes during and after a match. All of his moves are named after months in the French Republican Calendar as well.
** In ''XII'', he'd drop an "Au revoir!" as his win quote in the English version.
* HairDecorations - His black hairband.
** [[spoiler:TragicKeepsake - All that's left from him is said 'band, which Elisabeth keeps.]]
* HairFlip - During one of his [[BringIt taunts.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroAntagonist - A clever [[InvertedTrope inversion]] in that Ash is deliberately set up as an ObviouslyEvil VillainProtagonist, which would make the likes of Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru ''his'' {{Hero Antagonist}}s until ''XIII'' turns this on its head and fleshes out Ash's backstory and motivations, essentially meaning that [[GoodAllAlong Ash was on the same side as the heroes from the beginning]].]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]] - In ''XIII''.
** [[spoiler:TheHeroDies - In a series where only the villains die, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt you weren't expecting them to actually KILL him off, right?]] '''[[WhamEpisode Right?]]''']]
* AHouseDivided[=/=]DivideAndConquer - The Hero Team's ending in ''XI'' has Ash [[EnemyCivilWar turn Shen and Oswald against one another]] ([[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after they've both served their purpose, natch]]) [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse by presenting them both with a chance opportunity]]: Shen gets a strong opponent to face and Oswald comes one step closer to obtaining the Dragon Pills he needs for his illness by defeating the provider's enemy--Shen himself. Meanwhile, [[VillainExitStageLeft Ash makes his getaway]], allowing him to go after Iori. Thanks to Ash's [[SarcasmMode impeccable timing]], Iori himself has been worn down immensely from his Riot of the Blood-induced battle with Kyo and Shingo, making his treasure ripe for the taking.
** PlayingBothSides - [[spoiler:Arguably pulls this between Those from the Past and ''everyone else'' in ''XIII''. While undermining Saiki's plot, he spends his time with an intentional "Kick Me!" sign on his back, drawing Those from the Past's eye to the heroes. [[InTheBack By the time Saiki realizes Ash's meddling...]]]]
* UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns - In the original Japanese, he refers to himself with ''boku''. It's an interesting take on the trope since ''boku'' is considered as "male but non-threatening" (contrasting with Kyo, K' and Iori's rougher ''ore''), and it reflects Ash's fake humility as well as how [[ObfuscatingStupidity he passes himself as a normal fighter]] -- only to strike at the perfect moment and cause massive damage to his targets. It also contrasts with Saiki's use of ''shousei'', another self-deprecating pronoun used by someone who's not humble at all.
* IntergenerationalFriendship - Had this with Elisabeth.
* [[spoiler:IdenticalGrandson - Saiki is his ancestor.]]
* {{Jerkass}} [[spoiler:[[JerkassFacade Façade]]]]
* KillItWithFire - ''[[TechnicolorFire Green]]'' fire.
* KissOfDeath - Taking a page from Orochi Shermie, Ash gains an attack in ''XII'' called Genee where he blows a fiery kiss.
* TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort - Although in his case, it's more like The Law of Diminishing '''[[UpToEleven Anything]]''' Effort. His new stance in ''XII'' seems to support this (in ''2003'' and ''XI'' he had a more purposeful fighting stance but by ''XII'' his stance had become a nonchalant "hands-on-hips-and-looking-amused" pose, complete with distracted hair-twirling; this comes at a time when he not only has the Yata Mirror but the Yasakani no Magatama from Iori, meaning he's more powerful than ever).
* ManipulativeBastard - He tends to pick his teammates knowing how to manipulate them to his own ends.
** [[spoiler:GuileHero]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity - Took down Orochi Iori and stole his power; all apparently without much effort.
* PeekABangs - The right side of his face is usually obscured by his hair.
* PlayingWithFire - His own flames at first, but as of ''XIII'', he also utilizes Iori's flames.
* RedEyesTakeWarning - In the intro of ''2003'', Ash's eyes turn red before [[BreakingTheFourthWall he punches the screen.]] That should have been a very ''big'' visual cue...
** His eyes also briefly flash red in gameplay when he's charging up some of his more powerful moves, but it's hard to notice.
* [[spoiler:RetGone]] - Does this with ''himself'' in ''XIII''.
* SailorEarth - Long before he was introduced, fans liked to make fanfics about a new ''KOF'' character that would have an alternate flame color, sometimes green.
* SmugSnake - Very fond of acting like this [[ObfuscatingStupidity for his own purposes]].
* [[spoiler:StepfordSmiler - Could easily be seen as this in light of ''XIII''.]]
* [[spoiler:SuperpoweredEvilSide[=/=]SplitPersonalityTakeover[=/=]VillainOverride - After fully absorbing Saiki's power, Ash undergoes some sort of transformation where his eyes are permanently red, and his body is covered in black flames. Fittingly known as Evil Ash.]]
** [[spoiler:BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind - What results from the above, between Ash and Saiki. The latter is initially (and firmly) in control of Evil Ash's body, but Ash regains control after they lose, which leads into...]]
* [[spoiler:TakingYouWithMe - With Saiki currently stuck in Ash's body, he prevents him from going back to the past before the door closes, essentially killing Saiki by time paradox. But since Ash is a descendant of Saiki, he goes away too. It really gets intense when you realize that Ash ''must'' have known this would happen and was willing to erase himself from existence rather than give Saiki another chance.]]
* TeenGenius - He does all of this... ''while being only in his mid-to-late teens''.
* ThemeNaming - Many of his moves are named after months of the French Republican Calendar. One notable exception is his Sans-culottes LDM, which may be referring to the Sansculottides (the last days of the year in that particular calendar). Most, if not all, of the moves, including Sans-culottes, refer to the French Revolution.
** His theme in ''XI'' is titled "Joker," whereas his theme in ''XIII'' is "The ''Second'' Joker" (likely referring to the "big" and "little" Joker cards in decks).
* [[spoiler:TrueFinalBoss - Again as [[PaintItBlack Evil]] [[SNKBoss Ash]].]]
** [[spoiler:ClimaxBoss]]
** [[spoiler:FinalExamBoss - With a twist. You had better get Ash's strengths and weaknesses down to a science because you're essentially facing him ''twice'' at endgame.]]
* TheTrickster - {{Troll}}
** TheGadfly - It's hard to tell when he's being maliciously truthful or intentionally trying to get a rise out of the other fighters for kicks.
* UsedToBeASweetKid - [[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/9/9a/Ash_and_Elisabeth_as_children.JPG Really.]]
* [[spoiler:VoiceOfTheLegion - Evil Ash.]]
* [[spoiler:WellIntentionedExtremist]]
* [[spoiler:WhiteHairBlackHeart - As Evil Ash. Ash can be excused in that it's the ugliness of Saiki's personality shining through and not his own.]]
* WordOfGay - [[http://bitmob.com/articles/kof12-75-dollar-demo "He's gay, he paints his nails, and he's awesome!"]]
* YouthfulFreckles
* {{Zipperiffic}} - It's a bit hard to notice, but he has zippers places in several odd places in addition to his shirt and collar, ''including the tip of his sleeves''. At least he only wears [[TooManyBelts one belt]], or you might have mistaken him for [[Franchise/FinalFantasy one]] [[Franchise/KingdomHearts of]] Creator/{{Tetsuya|Nomura}} [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Nomura's]] [[VideoGame/TheBouncer characters]].

[[WMG:Gato - ''Unknown (implied to be Japan)'']]
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->''"Crushed your spine, and your silly pride I hope!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' KoujiIshii

->A practitioner of an assassination fighting style. Gato is searching for a mysterious man who is connected to his past. In ''Mark of the Wolves'' he enters the tournament believing that Kain knows about the man he's after, and sure enough, that man appears and saves Kain from the collapsing mansion. The man is revealed to be Gato's father, who drove his mother to death and vanished without a trace, but not before brutally maiming Gato and leaving him for dead. He encounters Hotaru Futaba, who believes him to be her older brother, [[InsistentTerminology but Gato continually denies this for some reason]]. In ''2003'' he is hired by Geese Howard to investigate the events going on in the tournament, and in ''XI'' forms a new Garou team along with B. Jenet and Tizoc.

* AloofAlly - Although in Gato's mind, he has no friends or enemies.
* AloofBigBrother
* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* {{Badass}}
* BloodKnight
* GoodScarsEvilScars - Courtesy of his father, he's got three neat scars on his back.
* {{Jerkass}} - ''Especially'' to his little sister Hotaru.
* KoujiIshii - His seiyuu.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MurderousThighs - He'll break your neck in ''[[RuleOfCool midair]]''.
* TheStoic
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TrashTalk
* TraumaInducedAmnesia - After being beaten to near death.

[[WMG:Maki Kagura - ''Japan'']]
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->''"This is the power of... the Watcher!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Kazuyo Inosako

-> The late elder twin sister of Chizuru, and one of the two heiresses of the Yata Clan alongside her sister. Of the two, Maki is actually the more skilled combatant. Years before the KOF tournaments, Maki was killed by Goenitz, the leader of the Orochi Hakkesshu, to weaken the seal of Orochi. The Maki who appears in ''2003'' is nothing more than an illusionary product of Chizuru's memories created while Chizuru was under the influence of Botan. While serious about their duty to protect the seal, [[{{Irony}} she and Chizuru only serve to do just the opposite.]]

* AnimalMotifs - [[WordOfGod "If the younger sister Chizuru Kagura is the stork, the elder sister Maki Kagura's name comes from the tortoise (storks live a thousand years, but tortoises live 10,000)."]]
* AnnoyingLaugh - And you'll hear it ''[[MostAnnoyingSound a lot]]'' as she's dodging.
* BarrierMaiden
* CombatStilettos
* CynicismCatalyst - She's the reason Chizuru became a LadyOfBlackMagic adamant on finding skilled fighters to help her combat Goenitz and the rest of the Orochi Hakkesshu in the first place.
* DanceBattler
* DoppelgangerAttack
* [[spoiler:DeadHandShot]] - In ''KOF: KYO'', [[spoiler:we only see her [[HarmfulToMinors tiny]] and blood-covered hand in the manga's rendition of her murder.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles
* HairDecorations
* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]YouShallNotPass - Knowing that the Yata clan could not defeat one of the Heavenly Kings of Orochi without aid from the other legendary clans, Maki died in a valiant struggle to protect the seal of Orochi and allow Chizuru to contact her brethren.
* LadyOfWar - LadyOfBlackMagic
* LongHairIsFeminine
* MasterOfIllusion - Despite being a mere illusion in ''2003'', Maki was actually the stronger of the two sisters, thus allowing her to create multiple illusions or have them perform extra followup attacks. And she can do this in ''[[OhCrap rapid succession]]''. We're talking about a ''sane'' version of ConfusionFu.
* MeaningfulName
* {{Miko}} - Presumably.
* {{Ojou}}
* PowerNullifier
* SecretCharacter - In the GameBoy port of ''[='96=]'', Maki (as "Kagura") is selectable as a fill-in for her sister. This version also included Orochi Iori, Orochi Leona, and Mr. Karate as {{Secret Character}}s, while the GameBoy port of ''[='95=]'' had [[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Nakoruru]] guest star.
* SNKBoss - WordOfGod says that Maki is the litmus test for players: you might be able to beat Chizuru, but Maki is another story.
* [[spoiler:SpiritAdvisor]] - In the AlternateUniverse manga ''KOF: G''. [[spoiler:Maki's spirit appears in the last volume to emotionally support Chizuru after she's beaten to almost death by Goenitz]], and later she's also seen [[spoiler:inside Iori's mind after he's barely defeated by the Japan Team, begging him to fight Goenitz with Kyo and Athena -- and he does so.]]
** Also present in canon. In the Women Fighters Team's ending in ''[='97=]'', [[spoiler:Maki's voice calls out to a somber Chizuru to cheer her little sister up, telling Chizuru that she'll always be with her.]]
* WrenchWench - Chizuru is a BikerBabe, while Maki enjoyed fixing up her motorcycle.

[[WMG:Duo Lon - ''China'']]
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->''"Those who live in darkness are not ruled by it. Those drawn by the shadow do not live by it."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Tsunehito Maruo, Josh Keller (''XII'', English)

-> Duo Lon is also a member of the Hizoku clan, and one of Ron's sons. He is also searching for his father for his betrayal of the clan. He teams up with Ash Crimson for a time, but later joins Elisabeth Blanctorche's team, along with Benimaru Nikaido, after noticing that Ash was manipulating his teammates. Later he and Elisabeth team up with his and Ash's ex teammate Shen Woo, and they get ready to confront Ash again.

* BadassBack - Frequently seen in his moveset, particularly during/after his [=DMs=].
* BadassInANiceSuit - As seen in [[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/1/1b/Duolon_2003comic.jpg "Assassin Night"]] (a promotional short story set before ''2003''), where Duo Lon infiltrates a formal party in Shanghai, [[PeekABangs wearing his hair down]] and donning a snazzy suit.
* BadassLongRobe
* BigBrotherInstinct - To Xiao Lon, his ''half''-sister and [[TheUnfavourite the bastard child of Ron]]. It should be noted that he was the ''only'' sibling [[PetTheDog to show her kindness.]]
* BraidsOfAction - Rare male example.
* CreepyGood - Quiet, cynical, with a ghastly BattleAura that creeps many people out, very somber and solemn, raised as an assassin, ''very'' creepy fighting stance... but he's actually a kindhearted NiceGuy and very firmly on the side of good.
* DarkIsNotEvil - Seemed to be averted at first, but as ''XI'', played straight; Duo Lon is a noble soul and is in direct opposition to AntiHero Ash.
** Arguably subverted from the start, seeing as he only joined Ash and Shen because he enjoyed their company and immediately jumped shipped once he caught wind of Ash's intentions. Aside from that, he's well-mannered for a trained assassin and possesses a strong sense of justice, as shown by his mission [[SelfMadeOrphan to kill his own father.]]
* DeathFromAbove - His Genmu Hishou Keikou technique. Duo Lon [[BadassBack turns his back to his opponent]], and then sinks into the ground, [[DemBones dissipating into a skeleton in a manner not unlike that of his father]]. He then dives in from the top of the screen with a flying kick.
* DisappearedDad - Ron, who may or may not become his ArchnemesisDad in the upcoming years.
* DissonantSerenity - At times. For example, he expresses some sort of happiness from the prospect that dying would free him from his heavy burdens in life (presumably his standing as a Hizoku assassin and Ron's son).
* DivingKick
* DoppelgangerAttack - His Ouji Tajiuu Genmu Aneki LDM in ''XI''.
* DysfunctionJunction - His relationship with [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheNESTSChronicles Luan]], his {{childhood friend|s}} and one of the Four Devas of Hizoku (she's the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple sole female]] who cameos in some of Lin and Duo Lon's appearances), would seem to be this, as their relationship is strained due to Ron's meddling (notably, killing her mother and grandmother). It also doesn't help that Luan hates women that she perceives to be weak, such as Xiao Lon.
* EasilyForgiven - Despite Ash using him for his own ends in their first meeting, Duo Lon still considers Ash to be a genuine friend [[spoiler:and doesn't take too kindly to Saiki controlling him as Evil Ash in the final battle of ''XIII'']].
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette - No worries, though; Duo Lon's a good guy.
* {{Emo}} - Called this by Joe.
* FlashStep
* GoodIsNotSoft - A NiceGuy through and through, as well as one of the most unambiguously heroic characters in the series. In spite of his aversion to killing, as an assassin, Duo Lon is very capable of doing so if need be, as seen in a promotional comic for ''2003'' set before the events of the game.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* {{Ninja}}
* NuclearFamily - Is the eldest of nine children, all male. Also has a half-sister in the form of Xiao Lon. Backstory dictates that the family as a whole dabbles in BigScrewedUpFamily and (by technicalities) RoyallyScrewedUp.
* PainfullySlowProjectile - His Ju-on Shi Katamari in ''XIII''. Its DM equivalent in previous titles, Hiden Genmu Ju-on Shikon, was launched at faster speeds, but dealt full damage if used at close range. In theory, the projectile's slow crawl could be used to bait the opponent or create a cross-up in conjunction with Duo Lon's [[FlashStep Hike Kyaku]].
* ProfessionalKiller - Comes from an entire clan of assassins.
* TheQuietOne - Not so much as Lin, but Duo Lon is described as "laconic."
* RapunzelHair
* RedEyesTakeWarning - Subverted; even with his alliance with Ash, he's still a NiceGuy. When he learns of Ash's machinations, he immediately jumps ship to stop him.
* RubberMan - A few of his specials.
* SummonMagic - [[{{Necromancer}} Can summon spirits from the netherrealm.]]
* TheStoic
* TallDarkAndHandsome - And Mai refers to him as such in ''XIII'' word by word, In a sort-of amusing [[MythologyGag nod]] to what she told Hauer in ''VideoGame/FatalFury: The Motion Picture''.
* TechnicalPacifist - An assassin who actually dislikes the prospect of fighting and gets no enjoyment out of it (unless he's facing [[OddFriendship Shen]]). Yes, it is as ironic as it sounds. Duo Lon even admits that [[InTheBlood he can't change who he is or his upbringing so easily]], equating himself to a tree rooted in the abyss while chatting with Kim in ''XIII''.
* TheWisePrince - Kind and noble? Check. Melancholic disposition? Check. Skilled warrior who detests fighting? Check. He even has the "aristocratic" angle somewhat covered; as he's the son of Hizoku's former Xi Du deva and leader, Duo Lon and his eight brothers were sometimes referred to as princes.

[[WMG:Malin - ''Japan'']]
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->''"And the winner is... the mighty babe, Malin!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Kazuyo Inosako

-> An adversary to the Kyokugen school of Karate (specifically Yuri). Aside from that, no one knows much about her. She may not be what she seems...

* AirplaneArms - While running.
* BitchInSheepsClothing - Possibly.
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* CuteBruiser
* CuteButCacophonic
* FingerlessGloves
* FragileSpeedster - As Choi's replacement, she is one of the fastest ''KOF'' characters.
** FlashStep - In fact, this is how she impressed Athena and Hinako enough to convince them to let her join the High School Girls Team, stealing their KOF invitations ''and'' HairDecorations before either girl could even blink.
* {{Hammerspace}} - Literally. She hides a very large hammer to use as a weapon. She also has knives, swords, deadly yo-yos, concealed claws and blades, electric batons, throwing darts...
* HiddenWeapons - The basis of her style.
* IdiotHair
* KillerYoyo
* NamesTheSame - An ambiguous, in-universe example. The name Malin was previously used in the series, belonging to a female member of Athena's fan club who was on good terms with the White Tiger (aka [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheNESTSChronicles Jhun Hoon]]). It's unknown if these two women are one in the same, but it does possibly explain why Malin teamed up with Athena in ''2003''.
* [[NiceHat Nice Bandana]]
* PantyShot - During her Kagerou DM.
* TheRival - To Yuri, who [[FelonyMisdemeanor called her style "cowardly."]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - According to WordOfGod, her name is supposed to be spelled "Malin." Since the Japanese language lacks an "L" sound, the "Marin" spelling tends to pop up often in media.
* TerribleTrio - The Anti-Kyokugen Team in ''XI''--consisting of herself (as the leader), Eiji, and Kasumi--is presented as this to the Kyokugen Dojo, [[ComicTrio although their main shtick seems to be comic relief]].
* ThemeNaming - Many of her specials reference bugs. Included in her repertoire are Hornet, Yellowjacket, Mayfly, Scorpion, Spider, and Queen Bee. Curiously, these moves all involve Malin's blades in some way, possibly evoking the stingers and movements of these insects.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl - Respectively Malin and Yuri.
** TomboyWithAGirlyStreak - Her profile notes that Malin's forte in sports is swimming and badminton and that she prizes her made-to-order hammer. It also mentions her dislike of bugs and frogs, her love of J-pop (perhaps lending further credence to the possibility that Malin belongs to the same Athena fan club Jhun Hoon is part of), and her musical expertise when it comes to the clarinet and [[HarpOfFemininity koto]].
* ZettaiRyouki - With leg warmers. She's a Type A, by the way.

[[WMG:Mukai - ''Unknown'']]
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->''"How does it feel, becoming a living statue?"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Toshihiro Shigetsuka

-> An earth elemental, and one of the members of Those From The Distant Land. Mukai, unlike Magaki, is more cautious when fighting humans. After his defeat, he vanishes. [[spoiler:He reappears in ''XIII'', only to be ultimately double-crossed and killed by his own leader [[BadBoss Saiki]].]]

* AntiVillain ([[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I]]) - Easily the most [[NobleDemon venerable]] member of his group. He's usually [[AffablyEvil civil and polite]] and is among the few to [[IntriguedByHumanity understand the potential that humanity holds]] (Shion, to a lesser degree, also holds this sentiment, leading to some friction between him and Magaki). [[spoiler:Sadly, his death is one of the most cruel, ''[[MoralEventHorizon made even worse]]'' by the fact that Saiki kills him ''after'' Mukai outright states that he intends to face the competitors instead of Saiki to ensure that his master's plan could progress forward.]]
* DishingOutDirt - His earth-based powers have [[EpilepticTrees many fans wondering about a connection between him and Yashiro.]]
* TheDragon - To [[spoiler:Saiki]] in ''XIII''.
* [[spoiler:FamilyUnfriendlyDeath - Saiki first punches him through the chest, then drains him to a skeletal husk.]]
* {{Golem}} - Fits the physical description, [[GeniusBruiser but is actually quite intelligent]].
* MonochromaticEyes
* MysticalWhiteHair
* NoSell - Normal attacks are pretty much useless against him.
* PowerGlows - His tattoos partially glow in a way that resembles a flow.
* SlasherSmile - Default sprite expression, oddly enough. This gets creepier considering that the well-spoken, respectful Mukai is ''the NobleDemon'' of his group.
* TakenForGranite - One of his grabs and his Leader DM turn his opponent into rock for a moment.
* TrueFinalBoss - Unless you met certain conditions (which basically amounts to "kill Kusanagi with a DM or LDM"), you could not fight him, and therefore won't get an actual ending.
* WalkingShirtlessScene

[[WMG:Shen Woo - ''Unknown (raised in China)'']]
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->''"Who's truly tough? Now you know, huh?"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Kōji Suidzu, Jeff Manning (''XII'', English)

-> A brawler from Shanghai who joins Ash Crimson solely to fight strong opponents. After Duo Lon leaves the team in ''2003'', Shen sticks around for ''XI'', teaming with Oswald. However, Ash pits the two men against each other, tricking Oswald into believing Shen was someone standing in his way. After this, he grows sick of being jerked around by Ash, joining up with Elisabeth and Duo Lon for the ''XIII'' tournament.

* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* {{Badass}}
* BadassNormal - Only has ''two moves'', and most of them are just "Punch REALLY REALLY HARD". Still kicks so much ass.
** He can bat away projectiles with a mere swing of his fists. [[RuleOfCool There's an entire mission in]] ''[[RuleOfCool XI]]'' [[RuleOfCool devoted to this]].
* TheBerserker
* BloodKnight - So, so much.
* DarkSkinnedBlond - Not quite as dark as some of the other examples, but yeah.
* GlassCannon - He can dish it out marvelously, but his low defense can be a problem.
* GoodOldFisticuffs
* HotBlooded - Which contrasts Duo Lon's cool-headed demeanor.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll[=/=]NoodleIncident - ''XIII'' all but states that he and Chin met each other in the past. Shen [[HeyYou never refers to Chin by name]] and '''gets pissed off''' whenever he shows up, and Chin tries to {{troll}} him when this happens. [[HilarityEnsues And it's really funny.]]
* LetsYouAndHimFight - The main reason he gets sick of Ash in ''XIII''.
* MegatonPunch - His primary DM is simply a massive, lunging haymaker.
* MrFanservice - DarkSkinnedBlond? Check. WalkingShirtlessScene? Check. Handsome features? Check. Plenty of bad boy attitude? Check. Quite a share of HoYay and FoeYay with Duo Lon and Ash (and arguably K', Benimaru and Oswald)? Check.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname - Shen Woo is the name he picked up while brawling in Shanghai. [[BilingualBonus It means "Divine Warrior."]] [[RedBaron How fitting.]]
* PetTheDog - In his team's ending from ''XIII'', [[spoiler:neither he nor Duo Lon stop checking on Elisabeth as she mourns over Ash's death. They stay in close proximity for what appears to be ''an entire day.'']]
* RealMenWearPink - Not to the extent of Yashiro, although Shen's jacket is ''actually'' pink. [[{{Badass}} He doesn't even have to make up for it, either.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - Syen?
* StockForeignName - Subverted, Shen Woo was only ''raised'' in Shanghai. His real name is also unknown, suggesting that Shen actually isn't Chinese.
* TattooedCrook - Well, more so "extremely violent brawler" than outright crook, but still.
** TattooAsCharacterType - The main one, depicting (among other things) what appears to be twin seahorses and a pair of bat wings, is on his back, fitting his status as an unruly brawler. The armband-like markings on his forearms seem more like badges of honor as opposed to having any deeper, more personal reasons.
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* UnskilledButStrong - Unlike the other characters, Shen's ''modus operandi'' is pretty much punching the shit out of everything with little finesse behind his moves. You'll notice that this does not deter him in the slightest.
* UnstoppableRage - One of his Desperation Moves is an explosion of fury that powers him up for a while.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom - Despite him and Duo Lon having suspicions about Ash's true agenda, Shen sticks around, eager to face new opponents, an experience that could be attained if he stayed with Ash. There's a subversion here, as Shen Woo might not have even ''played'' a role in the depowering of Chizuru and Iori. On top of this, [[EnsembleDarkhorse Shen Woo is quite popular with fans]], to the point that developers have commented that he would appear to be the protagonist of this arc due to his looks and personality.
** In ''XIII'', Shen finally breaks away from Ash and decides to team up with Elisabeth and Duo Lon, not too pleased by the fact that he's being used by a person he really doesn't know.
*** [[EasilyForgiven Yet despite this]], his win quote against Ash suggests they eat [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Shanghai crabs]] together after the tournament.
* UseYourHead - Depending on the game, he does this three times in succession for his throws.
* WouldHitAGirl - ''Prides'' himself on it.
--> (''to Mature'') "You wanna know one of my strong points? I have no problem hitting women!"
** Hm... While Shen's not above hitting a girl [[ActionGirl who can defend herself]], when he faces Kula [[JustAKid he first tells her to go to her mommy]], [[BerserkButton which pisses her off quite a bit]]; it seems that [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence he's pleased at the thought of fighting]] [[FemmeFatale a strong and sexy]] ActionGirl but he's not too keen on the idea of fighting [[CuteBruiser a younger]] or [[TokenWholesome more wholesome]] one unless said girl [[PluckyGirl takes this on stride.]] (See his pre-fight talks with Athena and Yuri, etc.)

[[WMG:Tizoc/The Griffon Mask - ''Mexico'']]
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->''"Tizoc, this wall of muscle, is invincible to the fists of evil!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Hikaru Hanada

->A professional luchador wrestler who fights for charity. After a while, however, he starts [[ContemplateOurNavels thinking]] about retirement. He recovers, and enters the ''KOF 2003'' tournament with Terry and Joe to promote his entrance into the American wrestling circuit. In ''XI'' he joins Jenet and Gato's team.

* AnimalMotifs - [[CaptainObvious Here's a hint]]: his name in Japan is "Griffon Mask." ''[[OurGryphonsAreDifferent Griffon]]'' Mask.
* BoisterousBruiser
* FingerlessGloves
* FriendToAllChildren
* InASingleBound - He's got some mad ups. Just check out Big Fall Griffon.
* JusticeWillPrevail
* LargeHam - [[FinishingMove BIIIIIIIIIIG! FAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!]]
* LoveFreak
* MaskedLuchador
** CoolMask
* MightyGlacier
* [[MurderousThighs Murderous Ankles]] - Active [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Turpon/Tupon]].
* ProfessionalWrestling
** ProWrestlingIsReal
* SpinningPiledriver - The LDM version of [[MeteorMove Big Fall Griffon]] ends with one. He also has a special called Justice Hurricane that results in a faster, slightly less dramatized version of this.
* SpiritedCompetitor - Whereas B. Jenet requests that he joins her team in her ploy to earn the tournament's prize money, Tizoc is unconcerned with this, merely tagging along for the "heart" of the fight.
* ThemeNaming - Judging by his move list, Tizoc is quite the [[ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]] buff: Poseidon Wave, Olympus Over, Icarus Crash, Hercules Throw, Daedalus Attack...
* WalkingShirtlessScene

[[/folder]]

[[folder:''The King of Fighters XI'']]

[[WMG:Elisabeth Blanctorche - ''France'']]
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->''"Showing calm in the eye of the storm. That's the mark of a true fighter, no?"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Kayoko Ōshima, Sally Koshinaka (''XII'', English)

-> A former associate of Ash Crimson who is out to prevent whatever he's planning, and the heir to the Blanctorche family. She uses light-based attacks and fights with a riding crop. Hates to be called [[Film/KungPowEnterTheFist "Betty,"]] a trait which Ash loves to exploit.

* AccidentalMisnaming - Of course, Ash just won't listen. [[spoiler:He even calls her this ''in his FamousLastWords''.]]
* AloofDarkHairedGirl - Her hair is dark blue, but personality-wise she fits in here well.
* AttackReflector - Her Etancher can do this if timed properly.
* BoobsOfSteel - 90cm bust, and one of the more useful characters in ''XI''.
* BrokenBird - She's extremely cynical and with a sharp wit, and whenever she has to fight younger girls in ''XIII'', Elisabeth will always remark on how innocent and gentle they are, unlike herself.
* CleavageWindow - Her outfit in ''XI'' has this.
* CombatStilettos
* CounterAttack - Her Étoile Filanto Neo MAX.
* [[spoiler:CryCute]] - In her team's ending in ''XIII''.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles - Between Athena's Psycho Powers and Elizabeth's ictokinesis, ''XIII'' is guaranteed to give you a seizure.
* FlashStep
* ForeignFanservice - 1. EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench; 2. Her ''XI'' outfit (complete with a [[CleavageWindow boob window]] that was put on full display in her ''XI'' ending); 3. [[FetishFuel The kinky implications of]] [[WhipItGood being whipped by her riding crop.]]
* [[spoiler:HeartbrokenBadass - A rare platonic example regarding Ash.]]
* IronLady
* IntergenerationalFriendship - Has this with Ash. In some flashbacks, she is seen as a young teenager and Ash is a boy no older than 8.
* LadyOfWar - Fights like one, especially with that riding crop.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Her Kind]] - Thanks to a fire burning down her mansion to the ground (and many of her clansmen along with it), she is now the sole remaining Blanctorche. She currently lives with her butler, Jacques, near the remains of her family's home.
* LightEmUp - ''Overkilled'' by her Noble Brass (L)DM and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dcJe4rKqcM Étoile Filanto Neo MAX.]] It's a good thing for you that [[LightIsGood she's a heroine]].
** LightIsNotGood - For her opponents, anyway.
* [[spoiler:MoralityPet and OnlyFriend - For Ash. All of his plotting was done to keep her safe.]]
** [[spoiler:TheNotLoveInterest]] - In light of everything the story divulges about [[spoiler:her and Ash's childhood and relationship]], one could easily peg Elisabeth as this.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling - She can sometimes sense Ash's presence and uses it to keep tabs on him.
* NoIAmBehindYou - Platinum Mirage, depending on the button used when Elisabeth is attacked.
* {{Ojou}} - She's something of a Type 2, but more serious and cold than stuck-up.
* OneeSama - She once fondly played this role to Ash until her house burned down, separating the two for a long period of time. She's now wholly devoted to defeating him.
** Most likely, she still thinks of him as a brother, which is why [[spoiler:she cries when he vanishes into nothingness]].
* OneSteveLimit - Averted. There exists another Elizabeth, a minor NPC who is one of twin waitresses (alongside her sister Sally) serving at King's bar, Illusion. (Both can be seen from ''[='95=]'' to ''[='99=]'', either in King's intro or as cheerleaders for King's team when Illusion is featured as a stage.)
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - ''XII'' and ''XIII'' spell her last name as "B'''r'''anctorche".
** This applies to her first name as well, which started out as "Elizabeth" but then became "Elisabeth" in her other appearances.
* SphereOfDestruction
* StatuesqueStunner
* TheStoic
** [[spoiler:BreakTheCutie]]
* [[spoiler:SugarAndIcePersonality - Her true colors, as seen in flashbacks and her team's ending in ''XIII''.]]
* [[spoiler:TragicKeepsake - Ash's headband.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid - ''XIII'' sheds a lot of light on her and Ash's childhood.
* WhipItGood - Uses a riding crop. Close enough.
** Subverted in ''XII'' and ''XIII'' where she still seen holding the riding crop, but doesn't use it.
* WomanInBlack - Her civilian clothes in ''XIII''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

[[WMG:Duck King - ''USA'']]
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->''"Yes! I am the Duck King!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Kong Kuwata

-> A friend of Terry Bogard who's been around since the first installment of ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' but only made his playable appearance in ''KOF'' in ''The King of Fighters XI''. He's a notable DJ in Southtown.

* AnimeHair
** MulticoloredHair - It's usually blond and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]], but some of his alternate colors have even crazier combinations.
* ButNotTooBlack
* CheshireCatGrin - If he and [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Dee Jay]] met, it would be a smiling contest for the ages.
* CoolShades
** SunglassesAtNight - However, you ''do'' get a glimpse of his sunglasses partially popping off of his face if his Flying Spin Attack misses and Duck King crashes into the ground on his back.
* DanceBattler
* DarkSkinnedBlond
* FingerlessGloves
* FunPersonified
* ImprovisedParachute[=/=]JumpPhysics - Duck King is able to brake midair using his pants.
* PerpetualSmiler
* SpinAttack
* TeamPet - His ''adorable'' pet baby duck, P-Chan. She even mimics his moves in battle!
** CoolPet
* TotallyRadical - With his line of work, it was inevitable, although Duck surprisingly trips the alarm less often than most.

[[WMG:Hotaru Futaba - ''Japan'']]
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->''"I won't lose! I've got someone to protect too!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Yuki Horie

-> Originally making her debut in ''Garou: Mark of the Wolves'', Hotaru is the daughter of a family of martial artists. Unfortunately, she isn't fond of violence. When her mother dies, both her father and older brother simultaneously disappear. Hotaru enters Kain R. Heinlen's King of Fighters: Maximum Mayhem tournament after hearing rumors that her brother might be there, fervently hoping to reconnect with her family. She appears in ''XI'' for a similar reason.

* AttackReflector - Her Kobi Kyaku. Works like a charm on DM-level projectiles, too.
* TheCameo - She first appears in the ''Mark of the Wolves'' Team's ending in ''XI'' looking for her brother. She's later made a SecretCharacter in the home port.
** She also has one in the Women's Fighters Team ending in ''XIII'', relaxing at the Pao-Pao Cafè with them and other girls.
* CuteBruiser
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything - Her Tenshou Ranki LDM where she tackles her opponent from the skies, straddles them, and then lets out a loud scream as she arches back and releases several bursts of energy. She then pants for a bit afterwards. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar There's a reason]] [[FanNickname it's called]] "The Fatal Orgasm." In another game, it's called "My First Time."
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption - PlayedForLaughs in the ''MOTW'' Team's ''XI'' ending, [[TearJerker although you should feel sorry for the poor girl]]. It seems that Hotaru will ''never'' reunite the family that was torn asunder.
* GirlishPigtails with HairDecorations
* KiAttacks
* KillerRabbit - Seems harmless (and usually is) but gameplay-wise is almost as powerful as Gato.
** BewareTheNiceOnes - In the console port of ''XI'', where Gato and Kula run rampart in the [[CharacterTiers God Tier]], Hotaru is only one rank behind them in A-Tier. In ''Neo Geo Battle Coliseum'', she's S-Tier. Clearly (as said above), her pacifistic disposition means nothing if in the hands of a competent player.
* MartialPacifist - She's nothing more than a kind, docile, and overall sweet girl who simply wants to reunite her fragmented family. Unfortunately, fighting is the viable means of doing so.
* MeaningfulName - Her name means "firefly," which explains the animation behind a few of her attacks.
* ParentalAbandonment - Her mom? Dead. Her father? Long gone. Her brother? Missing. Hotaru is currently searching for both her dad and Gato, who is heavily implied (but not outright stated) to be her older brother.
* SayMyName - Calls out "[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseSiblingTerminology Onii-chan!]]" (i.e. Gato) as a KO cry.
* StanceSystem
* WeaselMascot - Itokatsu, her adorable marten.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

[[WMG:Sho Hayate - ''Japan'']]
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->''"The name's Sho Hayate! People call me [[TheTropeKid the Funky Fu'un Kid]]!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Hiroyuki Inoue

-> TheHero of ''[[VideoGame/FuunSeries Savage Reign]]'', Hayate is an old-fashioned warrior and the sole practitioner of his self-taught combat form, Fu'un Ken. He trains non-stop, vigorously hoping to become a true master and show the world the power of his fighting style.

* BareYourMidriff
* BattleBoomerang - His WeaponOfChoice, [[ImprobableUseOfAWeapon which he uses in his self-made fighting style]], Fu'un-ken.
** PrecisionGuidedBoomerang
* BicepPolishingGesture
* BonusBoss - If the right conditions are met, you'll fight him instead of Adel as a mid-boss in ''XI''.
* TheCameo[=/=]UnexpectedCharacter - Did you really expect a character from ''Savage Reign''/''Kizuna Encounter'' to make his way into ''KOF''?
** He also cameos in the Kyokugen Dojo stage added to the console ports of ''XIII''.
* DoesNotLikeShoes
* HotBlooded
* {{Kiai}} - His trademark [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY_VK7fYYeo "Uoooooooh!!!"]]
* KiAttacks
* LongHairedPrettyBoy - Just look at his artwork for ''XI'', as seen to the right.
* MartialArtsHeadband
* NoIndoorVoice - According to his bio, this is his ''specialty''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - Much like the Saisyu/Saishu example, expect his name to be spelled as Syo from time to time.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* ToBeAMaster

[[WMG:Bonne Jenet - ''England'']]
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->''"Beautiful victory!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Rei Saitō, Gina Rose (''Maximum Impact 2'', English)

-> A RichBitch who was ported over from ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Mark of the Wolves]]'', along with Gato and Tizoc, much to the delight of fans. B. Jenet is the captain of a group of pirates calling themselves the Lilien Knights. Although she's rich herself, Jenet doesn't like mooching off of her parents, so she pretty much founded the Knights out of boredom. She enters the KOF tournament for the prize money.

* AntiHero - Type [[KnightInSourArmour II]].
* AttentionWhore - Ever noticed how she ''waves'' while running? All things considered, Jennie's not ''too'' bad about this.
* BewareTheNiceOnes - Because if you're unlucky she might pin you down and [[ShoeSlap smack you with her shoe]].
* BlowYouAway - Has some degree of aerokinesis.
* CombatStilettos - ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser Which she whacks you with]]''.
* CoolBoat - The Lillien Knights sail the seven seas in a boat bought by Jennie's money. It can also transform into a [[SubStory submarine]] and is ''armed to the teeth''.
* CounterAttack - Her LDM, Ennui Mademoiselle (the aforementioned ShoeSlap attack), is a reversal.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles - A few sparkles can be seen briefly at the beginning of her Harrier Bee special.
* FemmeFatale - Although she isn't evil. She doesn't, however, have a problem using her charms to get what she desires.
* FingerlessGloves
* ForeignFanservice - Borderline MsFanservice, to the point that ''Mai'' is jealous of her in ''Maximum Impact 2''.
* FunPersonified
* GoodBadGirl - {{Downplayed|Trope}}; she exhibits the domineering sexual aggression associated with this trope, but doesn't appear to be unchaste. This is possibly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with her ''Garou'' theme, "Bad Girl."
* KickChick - Her fighting style, the LK Arts, is similar to Savate (the French answer to kickboxing).
* KissOfDeath - Sort of. One of her super moves (Aurora) is finished off with a flying kiss.
* TheLadette - She has a bit of a HardDrinkingPartyGirl in her, too.
* LongHairIsFeminine
* NiceHat - A few of her normal color variations in ''[=MI2=]'' deck out Jenet in a pirate hat, predictably enough. Her "Another" design in the same game features a different straw hat.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname - Is only referred to as Jennie Behrn in [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental materials]].
* PantyShot - She avoids this in her 2D appearances, but alas... ''Maximum Impact 2''.
* {{Pirate}}
** PirateGirl - [[CaptainObvious ...]]
** ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything - Despite the Lillien Knights being modern-day equivalents of {{pirate}}s, they aren't seen doing much other than [[TheDrunkenSailor partying]].
* ThePollyanna
* ProudBeauty - To wit, any of her [[CatFight more catty interactions]] with Mai usually involve the two bickering over which of them is hotter.
* RichBitch - Subverted. Her family is rich, but she prefers not to bother them for her financial troubles.
* RuthlessModernPirates[=/=]APirate400YearsTooLate
* SexyBacklessOutfit
* SexyWalk
* ShesGotLegs
* {{Sideboob}}
* SomethingAboutARose - Has a tattoo of a rose on her left shoulder, painted with inks from India.
* SpamAttack - Many Many Torpedoes consists of Jenet gliding across the air while delivering a flurry of kicks.
* TheTease - Upon seeing a picture of pre-''Garou'' Terry, she considers him to be her "first love." As of ''Maximum Impact 2'', her affection seems to have switched to a new target: Rock Howard.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood - Sirloin steak.

[[WMG:Jyazu - ''Unknown'']]
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->''"Does it hurt? Hoo hoo hoo..."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Enma Itō

-> Leader of the terrorist group known as Jaguar, Jyazu is the TrueFinalBoss of ''[[VideoGame/FuunSeries Kizuna Encounter]]'', the sequel to ''Savage Reign''. An enigma, not much is known about his past or motives. To date, he is one of two people to have ever bested King Leo, the [[BigBad tyrannical host]] of the Battle of the Beast God Tournament.

* AnimalMotifs - The crow. [[VoluntaryShapeshifting He actually can assume the form of one.]]
* AsianRuneChant - Not quite, but he does something very similar in his intro.
** InstantRunes - During his intro and his LDM.
* {{Badass}}
* BattleAura
* BladeBelowTheShoulder - Complete with [[ArmCannon mini-cannons underneath]].
** SetSwordsToStun - Again, it's the only way to explain how his opponents aren't mincemeat.
* BonusBoss - If the right conditions are met, you'll fight him instead of Adel as a midboss in ''XI''.
* TheCameo
* ComboPlatterPowers - Uses both [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[AnIcePerson ice]] to attack his opponents, in addition to his bladed talons.
* CoolMask - Complete with a mane of white hair and {{glowing|EyesOfDoom}} {{red eyes|TakeWarning}}.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning - Is it ever!
* HandSeals
* {{Ninja}}
* RapidFireFisticuffs[=/=]SpamAttack - Has two [=DMs=] that are a flurry of fire-based melee attacks; one is a series of punches, the other involves kicking.
* SmokeOut - One of his specials involves Jyazu outstretching his hands, creating an elliptical shape with the space between his arms. If he's attacked while in that pose, Jyazu will disappear in a puff of smoke and {{counter|Attack}} with a fiery claw from above.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - Sometimes spelled as Jazu.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart
* WingedHumanoid - In one of his taunts.

[[WMG:Magaki - ''Unknown'']]
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->''"You craved a strong opponent, right? You can die satisfied then."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Spicy Yagi

-> One of the members of Those From The Distant Land. Unlike Mukai, Magaki shows no caution when fighting humans, considering them to be [[PunyEarthlings insignificant trash]]. He traps Shion in another dimension for his failure, and fights the winning team. After his defeat, he tries to escape, but he ends up [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled by Shion's spear]] and dies. His body ends up in the jurisdiction of Heidern, but two children from the group (Rimelo and Shroom, who have their own section below) manage to take his body back.

* AmbiguouslyGay - Listen to his voice.
** He's wearing lipstick, too.
* {{Bishonen}} - [[FanDisservice Horribly subverted when he appears.]] He's one in the beginning... then his skin turns [[RealMenWearPink pink]], he has blue energy markings around his body, and his face looks more insectoid than human.
* BringIt - His taunt.
* BulletHell - Due to BeamSpam, this is essentially what your fight against him will digress into. It's like ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' in fighting game form.
* FlashStep - Borderline example, as [[TeleportersAndTransporters he also uses dimensional portals to teleport]].
* ForegoneConclusion - He dies after you fight him.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom - His extremely creepy eyes, when he's fully powered up.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard - [[spoiler:His dimensional portals. He throws Shion into one for failing against the winning team. When he too is beaten and tries to escape through a portal, [[TheDogBitesBack Shion's spear flies through it]] and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice fatally through his chest.]]]]
* [[spoiler:ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice]]
* {{Invisibility}} - By snapping his fingers, Magaki can disappear from sight, [[VisibleInvisibility although he's still perfectly visible]].
* ManInWhite - At first.
* MysticalWhiteHair
** WhiteHairBlackHeart
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant - See the {{Bishonen}} description above.
* PunyEarthlings - Considers humans to be insignificant, unlike Mukai.
* ShirtlessScene - Once he loses that [[BadassInANiceSuit elegant suit]]. [[FanDisservice Ick...]]
* SlasherSmile
* SNKBoss - The first to appear in a ''long time'', but there's a [[OutsideTheBoxTactic little trick]] you can do to subvert this trope. [[spoiler:He's completely helpless when trapped in the corner. If you keep him there, he has no choice but to block or take the punishment. So be patient...]]
* TakeThat - Before facing the team, Magaki briefly emulates Mukai's refined manner of speech, mocking his fallen comrade (the two don't hold humans in the same regard).
* TeleportSpam
* VillainExitStageLeft - Subverted.
* YouHaveFailedMe - Pulls Shion through a dimensional gap when he is unable to defeat the winning team. [[spoiler:And gets speared InTheBack for his trouble.]]

[[WMG:Momoko - ''Japan'']]
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->''"Momoko's no kiddly-diddly-doo!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Kazuyo Inosako

-> The newest addition to the Psycho Soldiers. She mixes her Capoeira with PsychicPowers

* ACupAngst - If you have her fighting ladies with BoobsOfSteel (Mai, Mary, Bonne Jenet, Elisabeth and/or Vanessa), she'll go googly-eyed and then shake her hips in an attempt to reassure herself.
* AssKicksYou - Three times in a row.
* BadassAdorable - CuteBruiser - A tiny, cheerful bundle of PsychicPowers and kicks.
* BareYourMidriff
* CuteButCacophonic
* DanceBattler - Her fighting style is part Capoeira, part Psychic Power.
* DoesNotLikeShoes - Being a capoeira fighter, she can't exactly wear any...
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles
* GirlyBruiser
* HairDecorations - That fluffy pink bow of hers.
* KamehameHadoken - The first character in the series to use it.
* KickChick
* OlderThanTheyLook - No official ages were included in any of the profiles for the cast of ''XI'', but one of the cell phone date sims put out by the company ([[UnreliableNarrator where the ages of the girls are already shuffled around between games as it is]]) claims 16... [[BlatantLies yeah, sure SNKP]].
* PsychicPowers
* TeensAreShort - She's roughly no taller than Bao, judging by the Psycho Soldiers' ending in ''XIII''.

[[WMG:Oswald - ''Ireland'']]
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->''"Karnoffel would be satisfied with me. Your hand, sir?"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Toshihiro Shigetsuka

-> Ash's newest partner in ''XI''. Oswald is a suave Irish assassin who uses razor-sharp cards to attack his opponents. Likewise, he has an expertise in playing Karnoffel, a form of poker. Coincidentally, it's how he joined Ash's team: by a game of poker. He is searching for a rare drug known as the "Dragon Pill," suggesting that Oswald may have a terminal disease.

* {{Badass}}
* BadassGrandpa - Arguably qualifies as one even though he's only 53 years old, which is only slightly under the normal senior age.
* BadassInANiceSuit - He wears just a regular old suit, but he makes it look ''real'' classy.
* CardCarryingVillain - ''Literally''.
** ImprobableWeaponUser - His cards.
** DeathDealer - His Joker LDM even inflicts fifty-two hits.
* CoolOldGuy
* CoolShades - With a ''red'' tint. [[WordOfGod Was designed to be]] the "good-looking glasses" character in the series.
** SunglassesAtNight
* DarkAndTroubledPast - Allegedly. [[MysteriousPast His past]] is listed as one of his dislikes, while he values trust.
* DarkSkinnedBlond - This applies more so to his sprites, which gives him a pretty noticeable tan. He's lighter-skinned in artwork and endings.
* TheGambler - Why did it take so long for this trope to be added?
* HandicappedBadass - [[EpilepticTrees Is believed]] to be suffering from some sort of terminal disease, hence his search for the aforementioned Dragon Pills.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll - Ralf and Clark appear to recognize him. This may become an AbortedArc. Silber also is somehow acquainted with Oswald, which results in one of the few times Silber will say more than one word in his win quote.
* NiceHat - Which he throws off and cuts with one of his cards in his intro, thus subverting the trope... until it ends up as a double subversion when he magically produces another hat and puts it on in one of his winposes.
* PlayingCardMotifs: His attacks have playing card themes. Spade, Clover, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to 3 times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, similar to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. His super move Four Suits, at its strongest, does 21 hits (Black Jack) while Joker has him unload his 52 cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.
* ProfessionalKiller - He's said to be a professional hitman.
* SlasherSmile - Has one plastered on his face while running. It is freaking ''creepy'', especially since his running animation is so odd to begin with.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood - Chocolate.
* YouRemindMeOfX - B. Jenet says that he reminds her of her father. Only Jennie and her mother truly know what Mr. Behrn is like.

[[WMG:Shion - ''China'']]
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->''"Warfare is deception. The deceived are at fault, dolt!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Tokiyo Ogawa

-> Magaki's servant. He (we ''think'' they're a he) challenges the winning team but gets thrown into another dimension by his master, and later kills him in revenge.

* Literature/TheArtOfWar - The source of half of his win quotes.
* BladeOnAStick
* BraidsOfAction - Not entirely; only a few locks of hair in the front are tied into braids.
* CrossdressingVoices - His seiyuu is Tokiyo Ogawa, a female.
* CulturedBadass - Knows Sun Tzu like the back of his hand.
* TheDragon - To Magaki. Shion doesn't seem to enjoy his status.
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* EnigmaticMinion
* FlechetteStorm - He can summon a barrage of throwing darts from off-screen.
* GenderBlenderName
* HyperspaceArsenal - From {{Hammerspace}}, he can produce a [[BladeOnAStick Qiang spear]], a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy rope dart]], and [[SimpleStaff short staves]]. The spear is even stored in some sort of interdimensional portal.
* KiAttacks - Notably, he's the only other character able to fire an invisible projectile at a high velocity (Takuma/Mr. Karate could also accomplish such a feat).
** Technically, he doesn't use Ki, but rather [[BlowYouAway punches the air so hard it forms a pressure missile]].
* {{Leitmotif}} - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-pLXTHxyxA This]] usually plays when he's around, including [[spoiler:in ''XIII''[='s=] [[TheStinger stinger]]]].
* LongHairedPrettyBoy - Emphasis on [[DudeLooksLikeALady "pretty."]]
* MulticoloredHair - Brown with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]] braids. [[AllThereInTheManual The braids are apparently a cherished feature of Shion's.]]
* [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead - It'd be reasonable to assume that Shion was killed by Magaki due to how... ahem, ''[[BodyHorror violently]]'' he was dragged through Magaki's portal, but he's apparently alive enough to [[TheDogBitesBack exact revenge on him]]. He also comes back in the last scene of ''XIII'''s story mode.]]
* RapidFireFisticuffs
* RocksFallEveryoneDies - [[DishingOutDirt Quite literally.]] Two moves of his cause a chunk of the ceiling above ([[FridgeLogic even if you're fighting outside]]) to drop upon his opponent's head. In the first, he throws his spear into the air; the second (his LDM) is a flying kick. In fact, with the right timing, you can follow-up the former with the latter ForMassiveDamage.
* SNKBoss - Shion is to Magaki as Saisyu and Chizuru were to Omega Rugal and Goenitz. Not quite ''as'' litigously cheap, but he '''will''' give you a run for your money if you do not constantly apply pressure on him.
** Inverted when [[DefeatMeansPlayable playable]]; Magaki's bastardry is mitigated by the [[SomeDexterityRequired complex button inputs]] required for his more dangerous attacks, while ''all'' of Shion's moves are easily accessible, meaning that you can be just as unfair with Shion as the A.I. is.
* SpinToDeflectStuff - By twirling his shěng biāo (rope dart), Shion can deflect all but the most powerful of ranged attacks (anything at the strength of a DM or higher will do the trick).
* StanceSystem - By default, Shion starts the round with his spear, but will revert to using Wushu if he's either hit or discards of the spear manually. He can switch between the two styles throughout the battle.
* [[spoiler:TheStinger - He returns in the last scene of the Story Mode in ''XIII'', suddenly showing up in front of Rimelo and Shroom.]]
* TortureTechnician - The ''other'' half of his win quotes consists of musings on what brand of torture he should apply to his opponent, ranging from [[EyeScream eye-gouging]] to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_wheel the breaking wheel.]]
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters - He's the one who kills Magaki.
** This arguably is an example of TheDogBitesBack, as Magaki was the one who imprisoned Shion (and presumably killed him) in another dimension for losing his fight. Retreating as he states that TheBattleDidntCount, Magaki is then [[JustForPun speared]] by his own underling.

[[WMG:Silber - ''Germany'']]
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->''"Idiots..."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Hiroyuki Arita

-> The main antagonist of ''Buriki One'', Silber is a powerful martial artist who constantly travels in search of new challenges. He enters Buriki One tournament, intrigued by the gathering of numerous martial artists and their various disciplines.

* AboveGoodAndEvil - He doesn't care about good and evil; he's only focused on obtaining more power.
* {{Badass}}
* BadassBack - His taunt.
* BloodKnight
* BonusBoss - If the right conditions are met, you'll fight him instead of Adel as a mid-boss in ''XI''.
* TheCameo - In addition, his mid-boss intro involves him taking Payak Sitpitak (a nak muay from ''Buriki One'') [[TheWorfEffect OUT]].
* CounterAttack - One of his specials (and its DM version) requires this.
* DarkSkinnedBlond
* DeathFromAbove - One DM of his is little more than [[GoombaStomp an aerial curbstomp]].
* DishingOutDirt - When he [[GroundPound stomps]], [[ShockwaveStomp he creates mini tremors]].
* DoesNotLikeShoes
* FurAndLoathing
* GoodScarsEvilScars - Sports 'em on his face and chest.
* InASingleBound
* LimpAndLivid - Partially. His idle stance has one of his arms drooping down behind his leg.
* MightyGlacier - Slow as hell, but once he gets going, ''he gets going''.
* TheQuietOne - Silber is ''not'' a man of many words.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - His name is spelled as Sil'''v'''er in ''XI''.
* SpiritedCompetitor - In contrast to his looks, victory and defeat doesn't matter to him. Only the fight itself matters.
* StatusBuff - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4musy5welM Has an unlisted DM]] (which presumably wasn't DummiedOut) that raises his defense.
* WalkingTheEarth - He wanders the world in search of strong opponents.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart

[[WMG:Gai Tendo - ''Japan'']]
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->''"The reason for victory doesn't matter. The strong win, and that's it!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NobuyukiHiyama

-> The very brash and noisy protagonist of ''Buriki One'', Gai utilizes a free-form style known as Total Combat. Deciding to test his skills, Gai enters the Buriki One tournament and becomes a rival to the American boxing champion and protegé of Silber, Rob Python.

* ActorAllusion[=/=]LampshadeHanging - Yuri tells Gai to try pulling off a Hurricane Upper. The joke here is that Gai and Joe [[Creator/NobuyukiHiyama sound the same]].
* BadassNormal - He was essentially Shen Woo [[CaptainObvious before Shen Woo existed]]. Here's a guy who [[GoodOldFisticuffs only uses his fists]] to lethal effect.
* BoisterousBruiser
* BonusBoss - If the right conditions are met, you'll fight him instead of Adel as a mid-boss in ''XI''.
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* TheCameo[=/=]UnexpectedCharacter - As [[WordOfGod The KOF 10th Anniversary Website]] puts it best: "A ''Buriki'' character in ''KOF''? You can't be serious!"
* DoesNotLikeShoes - As [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts a MMA fighter]], this does make a great deal of sense.
* DuelToTheDeath - His LDM, Timing Shoubu, if it successfully connects, forces a non-lethal version of this upon both players, prevent them from tagging out or using Quick Shifts/Saving Shifts until one of the two fighters is down for the count. The move also allows Gai to use Slider, Knee Upper, Gai Driller, Gai Wheel, and Gai Spider as standalone attacks instead of needing to access them from specific combinations/stances.
* FieryRedhead
* FingerlessGloves
* HotBlooded - Just look at who's voicing him.
* SpiritedCompetitor
* StatusBuff - In direct contrast to Silber, Gai's second DM, Kodoku no Ring, increases his offensive power for a brief duration.
* WalkingShirtlessScene

[[WMG:Tung Fu Rue - ''China'']]
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->''"I may be old, but I'll never lose to an inexperienced brat like you!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Shigefumi Nakai

-> Master of the legendary fighting art known as Hakkyokuseiken, Tung was the former sensei of Jeff Bogard and Geese Howard who made a vow not to train any more disciples after the latter killed Jeff out of jealousy. He competed in the [[VideoGame/FatalFury first King of Fighters tournament]] held by Geese, but lost. Living his current days in retirement, Tung occasionally enters a competition to keep his body and mind in shape.

* BadassBeard
* BaldOfAwesome - How awesome? It ''shines''.
* TheCameo
* KamehameHadoken - His Chou Shou Nami LDM.
* KiAttacks - Most notably, a more liberal use of [[SuperMode muscular inner spirit]] from the first ''Fatal Fury''. There, it was a TemporaryBulkChange. Now, it's more along the lines of being a BattleAura[=/=]FightingSpirit.
* OldMaster - Overlaps with BadassGrandpa. The geezer is ''72-freakin'-years-old''.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname - Tung Fu Rue is actually an alias. [[BilingualBonus It also happens to be the namesake of the egg dish listed in his profile]], cha-tamago.
* RapidFireFisticuffs - As a ''throw''.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:''The King of Fighters XII'']]

[[WMG:Raiden/Big Bear - ''Australia'']]
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->''"I AM RAIDEN!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' DaisukeGouri (''XII''), Iain Gibb (''XIII'')

-> A professional wrestler who appeared in the first ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' game. Originally he was bribed by Geese Howard into serving him, but after Geese's defeat went straight and narrow, reverting to his kindly Big Bear persona. He doesn't make an appearance in ''KOF'' until ''XII'' ([[WordOfGod although he was originally considered to represent England in]] ''[[WordOfGod '94]]''). His {{Face}} persona is ''still'' Big Bear, but WordOfGod says that [[{{Heel}} Raiden]] was chosen over him due to a lack of villains in ''XII''. He eventually leaves Geese's employ to return to his homeland, passing up KOF for many years due to his satisfaction with his Face and Heel personas. While there's a slight misunderstanding about his current allegiance, Raiden decides to join Kim and Hwa Jai, believing that it will help boost his reputation as a fighter.

* AscendedExtra - C'mon, [[UnexpectedCharacter you weren't expecting]] him to make it into either ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'' or ''The King of Fighters XII''.
* BadassBeard - His Big Bear alt.
* BaldOfAwesome - His Big Bear alt.
* BoisterousBruiser
* BreathWeapon
** TechnicolorToxin - Green, although the mist in question really isn't poisonous.
* CoolMask
* FatBastard - Sort-of.
* FingerlessGloves
* FireBreathingDiner
* LandDownUnder
* LeotardOfPower
* MeanCharacterNiceActor - As of now, Raiden has cut his ties with Geese and his FaceHeelRevolvingDoor status is a merely an in-the-ring gimmick. In reality, he's a {{face}}.
* MegatonPunch - His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVIODHyfTB0 Raiden Bomber Neo MAX]] in ''XIII'', although a more accurate description would be Megaton Clothesline.
* MightyGlacier
* TheOtherDarrin - For ''XIII''. The [[AuthorExistenceFailure unfortunate consequence]] of the suicide of his original seiyuu, DaisukeGouri.
* ProfessionalWrestling
** ProWrestlingIsReal
* StoutStrength
* UnderwearOfPower - One of his ''XIII'' color schemes (based off of his very first costume from ''Fatal Fury''). [[FanDisservice He's fighting in little more than a speedo.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:''The King of Fighters XIII'']]

[[WMG:Hwa Jai - ''Thailand'']]
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-->'''Voiced by:''' Sōnosuke Nagashiro

-> Yet another fighter who debuted in the original ''Fatal Fury'', Hwa Jai is an arrogant Muay Thai fighter and early rival of Joe, he becomes a more formidable fighter after getting a little tipsy. He was defeated by Joe and [[DefeatMeansFriendship became his friend]] and sparing partner. Now he teams up with Kim Kaphwan and Raiden in ''KOF XIII'', seeing the tournament as a chance to revitalize his career and get another shot at besting Joe.

* AmbiguouslyBrown - He had a much lighter skin color before.
* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Muay Thai Guy]] - Even more so than Joe.
* AscendedExtra
** UnexpectedCharacter - He's a guy who hasn't been playable since the very first ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' (way back in ''1991'') and shows up in ''XIII''.
* AxCrazy - He's definitely unhinged this time around. Point in case, his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpEQcZ1mBwk Final Dragon Kick Neo MAX,]] where he drags his opponent into the air with a lunging knee and kicks them, leading to a BlackScreenOfDeath. When the player sees him again, he's [[LaughingMad howling insanely]] and ''wagging his tongue''.
** Even more so when he drinks. Even in his idle animation, you can see him drooling and looking crazier than usual, if it was even possible.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BlowYouAway
* CombatPragmatist - Shades of it, considering that his DM involves kneeing a guy into the air and then ''breaking their back'' on said knee.
* DrunkenMaster
* GenreSavvy - He knows better than to underestimate old Chinese kung-fu masters, and is absolutely terrified at the prospect of facing Chin.
* MartialArtsHeadband - If you want to be technical, it's called a [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Mongkhon/Mon kon]].
* MovesetClone - His and Joe's movesets are practically identical, but have radically different functionality.
* PaletteSwap - The main complaint about him. See MovesetClone above.
* TheRival - To Joe, although ''KOF'' seems to be underplaying or completely dropped the fact that [[DefeatMeansFriendship the two became friends]]. Also, [[TigerVersusDragon Joe is the Tiger and Hwa is the Dragon]].
* SuperMode
* WalkingShirtlessScene

[[WMG:Saiki - ''Unknown'']]
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-->'''Voiced by:''' Sōnosuke Nagashiro

->The leader of Those From The Distant Land and the mastermind behind the events of the most recent tournaments. Looks suspiciously like Ash Crimson. [[spoiler:He and his group's origins lie in Western Europe, Saiki himself functioning as the Western emissary of Gaia. As such, Those from the Past can be considered counterparts to the Orochi clan. Whereas Orochi can distort space, Saiki possesses control over time. Saiki's alleged goal is to break Orochi's seal, resurrect the entity known as Gaia's Will, and use Orochi's power to open a monolith known as the Gate, allowing Saiki to travel back in time and rewrite history; ages ago, many members of Those from the Past were wiped out, presumably by Elisabeth's ancestors. To this end, he conspires to have Those from the Past manipulate Chizuru Kagura and Rose Bernstein, the sponsors of the most recent tournaments, to prepare the ritual necessary for reestablishing his forces and eradicating his enemies before they can become a threat to his operations.]]

* AGodAmI - Like you wouldn't believe.
* AmbiguouslyGay - Though not to the extent of Ash, considering [[spoiler: he had to have procreated for Ash to even exist]].
* [[spoiler:AndIMustScream[=/=]VillainousBreakdown - Saiki screams for his life after Ash used his remaining willpower to stop Saiki from [[GrandTheftMe controlling his body]].]]
** [[spoiler:FateWorseThanDeath - He even said this word by word.]]
* [[spoiler: [[ArchnemesisDad Archnemesis Parental Ancestor]]]]: with Ash
* [[spoiler:AssholeVictim - His baseless murdering of Mukai did ''not'' win him any points here.]]
* BadBoss - Mukai found out first hand that Saiki does not appreciate someone taking care of business he deems his own...
* BigBad
* {{Bishonen}} - Basically Ash wearing white and without the hairband.
* BlondGuysAreEvil[=/=]WhiteHairBlackHeart
* BreakThemByTalking - ''Very'' fond of using this tactic.
* CombatPragmatist - Despite his supernatural powers, Saiki will still pick up rocks off the ground and throw them at you.
* FanDisservice - Just read below, will you...?
** FullFrontalAssault - When his boss form faces the participants, (or when he uses his [=NeoMax=]) he turns into a completely naked muscular guy (who still somehow moves effeminately) [[FanDisservice with only his face, hands and feet covered in black, tar-like stuff.]] It's like SNK wanted to mock [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Gill]] and [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Seth's]]... erm, "fashion" sense.
*** Yes, his genital area isn't covered but he [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything doesn't seem to have any balls showing anyway]].
* FemaleGaze - Both the artwork seen above and his winning portrait in ''XIII'' seems to have quite the focus on his ''really'' nice ass.
** [[spoiler:Then there's the ending of ''XIII'', where the camera is focused just around his naked rear for the majority of the sequence.]]
* [[spoiler:FusionDance[=/=]GrandTheftMe - [[BaitAndSwitchBoss He first pulls this on Mukai]]. When Ash absorbs his powers, Saiki's influence overwhelms him, transforming Ash into Evil Ash.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe - Saiki might just be ''the'' most self-serving villain in ''KOF'' history. Not even '''Rugal''' was this much of an unpleasant, egotistical dickwad and ''he's'' the guy with paintings of himself who submerges his defeated conquests in liquid metal.
* {{Jerkass}}
* [[spoiler:KickTheDog - Kills [[AffablyEvil Mukai]] for disobeying his orders, even though Mukai loyally offered to fight in his place.]]
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown - One of his specials in his regular form is literally this. ''Repeatedly.''
* UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns - In the original version, he uses the ''very'' archaic and self-deprecating ''shousei''. Like Ash, he isn't half as humble as his speech patterns suggest.
* LackOfEmpathy
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* ManInWhite
* OneWingedAngel
* PowerEchoes[=/=]PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep[=/=]EvilSoundsDeep - His transformed state has an eerily deep, booming voice.
* PunyEarthlings
* RedEyesTakeWarning - Unlike Ash, he always has them.
* [[spoiler:RetGone - Along with Ash.]]
* SlouchOfVillainy - Often seen lounging around in a couch in cut scenes.
* SNKBoss
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - Before his name was officially revealed to be Saiki, sites spelled his name as "Psyche."
* [[SurroundedByIdiots Surrounded by Incompetent Fools]] - Mentions this in one of the story mode scenes.
* TechnicolorFire - Black fire, which behaves more like ink. [[spoiler:Evil Ash's black fire is actual fire, being a tainted version of Ash's.]]
* TeleportSpam - His playable version in the console and UpdatedRerelease can do this.
* [[spoiler:TemporalParadox - The cause of his ultimate demise.]]
* TimeStandsStill - This appears to be one of his powers [[spoiler:or at the very least, connected to the time gate that allowed him [[TimeTravel to travel to the present day]]]] as seen in his pre-fight intro, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation although he seldom uses it in battle]].
* [[spoiler:UncannyFamilyResemblance - He bears a striking resemblance to [[IdenticalGrandson his direct descendant, Ash Crimson]].]]
* [[spoiler:VillainBall - Sure Saiki, one of your strongest minions who has nothing but loyalty for you offers to fight in your stead, which would ''really'' help if you needed to duck into the door to the past in a hurry... and your response is to '''kill him''' for no reason other than that he spoke up to you. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, that's REALLY going to help.]] Specially when you follow it via taking over the body of your own descendant ''despite knowing clearly that he is NOT to be trusted''.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting - Saiki outside his true form is playable in the console version of ''XIII'' ''and'' the UpdatedRerelease for arcade machines (''XIII Climax''). His Neo MAX allows him to turn into his true form to deal some damage.
* YouHaveFailedMe - There are some implications that [[spoiler:Saiki offed Mukai because of his defeat back in ''2003'', spurring Saiki to want to take matters into his own hands and not risk screwing up their operations so late in the game]]. Doesn't make it any less of a callous move [[spoiler:or [[VillainBall a wholly stupid one]], for that matter]].

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[[WMG:Botan - ''Unknown'']]
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-> The fourth member of Those From the Distant Land, she has the ability to control the actions of anyone she chooses through invisible puppet strings. Botan established herself as quite the [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]] as early as ''2003'', when it turns out she was controlling Chizuru the entire time. After Mukai's failure, she sets her sights on Rugal Bernstein's daughter Rose [[spoiler:and controls her from ''XI'' to ''XIII'']].

* BareYourMidriff
* FurAndLoathing[=/=]PrettyInMink
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini - Her fate in ''XIII'' is infinitely less harsh than [[EmptyShell that of the honourable Mukai.]] She actually makes it out of ''XIII'' completely unscathed. In one of the closing scenes of the story, Botan is seen alive and well, walking in the middle of a crowd.]]
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]
* MarionetteMaster
* PeoplePuppets
* ShesGotLegs
* WhoWearsShortShorts
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair - Her hair is in a ''very'' odd [[HairColorDissonance black/blue]] shade.

[[WMG:Rose Bernstein - ''Unknown (implied to be Germany)'']]
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-->'''Voiced by:''' Kazuyo Inosako

-> Adel's little sister and a RichBitch to the hilt. While Adel got Rugal's fighting skill, Rose got his sense of unfair play. She's a noncombatant (although [[LadyOfWar skilled at fencing]], according to [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]]), but very fond of her brother.

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling - All she does is [[CuteButCacophonic yap, yap, yap]] all day long.
** Subverted in-story - Adel may be annoyed with her, but he ''does'' care and worry for her sake. [[spoiler: And with ''very'' good reasons.]]
* ArmsDealer - Though never directly stated, it's strongly implied the Bernstein family continues to maintain their source of income. [[spoiler:The only reason Botan mind controlled Rose was because she possessed the influence, power, and wealth to host the KOF tournament on such short notice: up to and including the quiet construction of a lavish colosseum with secret magic relics underneath.]]
* BigBrotherWorship - Gets too extreme at times, and sometimes Adel himself has to put his foot down. Her devotion for Adel (as well as her BerserkButton when he is defeated in ''2003'') seems to border on BigBrotherAttraction.
** It's not helped by Adel's ''massive'' case of BigBrotherInstinct towards Rose herself. [[IncestSubtext ... Um.]]
* [[spoiler:{{Brainwashed}} - How she spends the entirety of ''XIII''. She is freed in the end.]]
* CuteButCacophonic
* DualityMotif - Her usual dress (seen to the right) is half-red, half-[[WomanInBlack black]]. Possibly symbolic, as these are the two dominant colors of her father's tuxedo attire.
* UsefulNotes/JapaneseSiblingTerminology - Calls Adel "onii-sama." It's translated as "Dearest Brother" in English.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn - Subverted/inverted when facing Adel in ''2003''. At first, Rose appears to be playing "Revolutionary Etude" (the brief opening segment of Adel's theme), but once the music diverts into incomprehensible techno and never looks back for its "R2" portion, it becomes clear she's not performing on the piano for her brother's fights.
* {{Narcissist}} - Loves herself, absolutely ''loathes'' ugly and weak people.
* NeutralFemale - Despite her haughty nature and being a fencer, Rose doesn't do much other than sit on the sidelines and play the piano. ''XI'' even pokes fun at this with one of Adel's moves: Rose is summoned, but only so that she can taunt Adel.
** One of the stages of ''XIII Climax'' takes place in the ''Skynoah'', and she's seen hanging around in the background like it's just another day: playing the piano, having tea with her panther at her feet, checking on the controls with Adel...
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace - Around her brother, Adel. On occasion, some of her clutching could be considered [[IncestSubtext inappropriate or too intimate for siblings.]]
* [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC]]
* [[NotHimself Not Herself]] and/or OutOfCharacterAlert - When Rose begins doing things without telling her brother and ignores whatever he tells her, Adel instantly knows something is wrong since she always does what he says and always tells him what's on her mind.
** To reiterate, upon discovering her plans for [[spoiler:the ritual grounds built underneath Rose Stadium]], he's put at unease, partially due to [[spoiler:what they're being used for]], but mainly because she would've have told him before even deciding to act.
* {{Ojou}} - Type 2. ''Oh yes''.
* OjouRinglets
* PimpedOutDress - To up the ante, Rose is seen sporting even ''more'' extravagant clothing in ''XIII''. Special notice goes to the one described in TrueBlueFemininity.
* RedEyesTakeWarning - She's not "evil" ''per se'', but she's definitely more of a [[SpoiledBrat selfish brat]] than Adel, that's for sure.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia - For some strange reason, she wears a tiara despite not being of noble blood.
** The Atlus translation for ''XIII'' called her bloodline the Bernstein Family. However the original Japanese text could also be translated as House of Bernstein. Given their influence and wealth, it's possible the Bernstein are fictional German nobility.
* RichBitch - Hoo boy.
* RightHandCat - Is seen playing with a baby panther, which is apparently Rodem's offspring.
* RoyalBrat
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* SoreLoser - Like father, like daughter. Even though it's her brother that does all of the fighting.
* SymbolMotifClothing - Nearly all her outfits have roses or feature decorative rose flower patterns.
* TagalongKid - To a degree (see AnnoyingYoungerSibling above).
* TrueBlueFemininity - She wears a very PimpedOutDress in a light blue tone [[spoiler:during the Final Stage of ''KOF XIII''.]]
* TheTragicRose - While tragedy doesn't exactly hit '''her''', she ''is'' a vital part in [[spoiler:Those from the Past's plans... which end with Ash [[RetGone Ret-goning]] himself in what becomes a massive TearJerker.]] The dress she's wearing in that moment even has rose motifs all over it.
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn - [[SarcasmMode Thank you very much, Botan]].]]
* [[spoiler:{{Yandere}} - Adel's ending in ''XI'' reveals that Botan is trying to use this side of her against Adel. She succeeds and Rose spends all of ''XIII'' in a {{brainwashed}} state thanks to her, and only is released at the end.]]

[[WMG:Shroom and Rimelo - ''Unknown'']]
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-> Two characters who previously appeared as unnamed members of Those from the Past in ''2003''[='s=] ending. Shroom is the [[DudeLooksLikeALady girly-looking]] blond man while Rimello is the brunette weird girl. They first appeared in the Ikari Team's Ending in ''XI'' [[spoiler:to reclaim Magaki's lifeless body, taking Heidern's EyepatchOfPower with them in the process.]] They return in the ''XII'' manhua and later are included in several scenes of ''XIII'''s Story Mode, including the OP video where they give Kyo his invitation to the KOF tournament.

* AscendedExtra
* BlondGuysAreEvil - Shroom.
* CuteMute - Rimelo never ''ever'' says a word.
* DudeLooksLikeALady - Shroom, so much that...
** ShesAManInJapan - More exactly, in the Chinese manhua.
* ElegantGothicLolita - Rimelo's black/white dress and really cute pump shoes evoke the style.
* EnfanteTerrible - Rimelo can't be older than 15 (at least in looks), yet she's a full blooded membress of Those from the Past.
* EyepatchOfPower - Shroom sometimes wears an eyepatch in ''XIII''. Rimelo is often seen playing with it, too. [[spoiler:It belonged to ''Heidern'', actually, and if you have Ralf face Saiki he'll ''furiously'' demand to have the eyepatch back in their pre-fight talk.]]
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini - While they're not half as villainous as Saiki, they also get away with their activities as members of Those from the Past. May be subverted in the Story Mode, if them being there when [[TheStinger Shion returns]] is any indication.]]
* OddFriendship - Shroom is quite the cold {{Jerkass}}, but he seems to treat Rimelo better than he does to others.
* [[spoiler:ScrewThisImOuttaHere - Having made some research and realized that he and the others were few more than peons, Shroom and Rimelo decided to get ready and bail out ASAP. They don't really get the chance, as far as we know.]]
* TheSmartGuy - Shroom is seen doing research [[spoiler:about the Gate]].
* UnfortunateNames - Come on, '''Shroom'''?!
* TheUnfought - Despite the fact that they prominently appear in ''XIII'''s intro and Story Mode (even managing to rough up Kyo a little before handing him his invitation to the tournament), you never get to fight either of them.

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