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[[caption-width-right:250: A new legend is about to begin.]]

->''Are you ok?!''

Known in Japan as ''Garou Densetsu'' (''Legend of the Hungry Wolves''), this is a FightingGame series by Creator/{{SNK}} that was released for the NeoGeo arcade and home video game systems.

The story of the series is set in the fictional city of Southtown, USA, and starts many years before the events of the first game, when martial artist Jeff Bogard adopts two orphans, whom he names Terry and Andy. Later, crime lord Geese Howard killed Jeff Bogard, an event that young Terry witnesses. Swearing revenge, both brothers start to train, to fight Geese in his "King of Fighters" tournament. Andy leaves to train in Japan and Terry stays in Southtown. Ten years later, in 1991, the brothers and Andy's friend Joe Higashi enter the King of Fighters to avenge their father.

The first game only had three playable characters, and an interesting mechanic in which a second player joining in the middle of a fight would join the first player in double-teaming their present opponent before facing each other. The sequel dropped this mechanic and adopted the World Tournament format used in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', introducing five new playable characters, and new bosses. More characters and villains were introduced in subsequent sequels, and the original BigBad Geese Howard also returned in most of them.

The distinctive characteristic of the series was the ability of the characters to fight in two different planes in most stages, giving them the capability to avoid attacks by moving between planes. This system suffered some changes after the third installment and was dropped altogether for the last game.

Games in the series:
* ''Fatal Fury''[[note]](This was also used as the canonical KOF tournament for 1992)[[/note]] (1991, NeoGeo, [[SuperNintendo SNES]], SegaGenesis)
* ''Fatal Fury 2''[[note]](a.k.a. KOF '93)[[/note]] (1992, NeoGeo, [[SuperNintendo SNES]], SegaGenesis, PCEngine)
* ''Fatal Fury Special'' (1993, NeoGeo, [[SuperNintendo SNES]], SegaCD, PCEngine)
* ''Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory'' (1995, NeoGeo, SegaSaturn, Windows 95)
* ''Real Bout Fatal Fury''[[note]](a.k.a. KOF '98)[[/note]] (1995, NeoGeo, PlayStation, SegaSaturn)
* ''Real Bout Fatal Fury Special'' (1996, NeoGeo, SegaSaturn)
* ''Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers'' (1998, NeoGeo)
* ''Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special: Dominated Mind'' (1998, PlayStation)
* ''Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition'' (1999, Hyper Neo Geo 64, PlayStation) -- retells the events of the first game in 3D
* ''Fatal Fury: 1st Contact'' (1999, Neo Geo Pocket)
* ''Garou: Mark of the Wolves'' (1999, NeoGeo, SegaDreamcast, PlayStation2)

While the last installment of the series appeared in late 1999, many of its [[Characters/FatalFury characters]] are still widely popular today and continue to appear in a number of SpinOff series, most notably ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series. More recently, pachi-slot machines with the ''Fatal Fury'' theme have been released and there is a crossover game with ''Fighter's History Dynamite'' available for mobile phones in Japan.

[[TheAnimeOfTheGame Two animated TV specials]] (often mislabeled as [=OVA=]s, even though they aired on Japanese TV before getting home video releases) and [[TheMovie one animated film]] were based on the games, all including character designs by Masami Oobari. The TV specials were based on the plots of the first two games, while the feature film had an original plot and villains. While both the specials and the film were released in the States in the late '90s by Viz Video (and re-released on DVD years later), those releases fell out of print years ago -- so DiscotekMedia snagged the licenses for [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=734401346588962&set=a.196378827057886.55668.147168055312297&type=1 all]] [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=671292786233152&set=a.196378827057886.55668.147168055312297&type=1 three]] with plans for a DVD re-release (including a possible anamorphic transfer for the film!) in 2014.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* {{Acrofatic}}: Cheng.
* ActionGirl: Mai Shiranui, Blue Mary, Li Xiangfei, Bonne Jenet, Hotaru, and Tsugumi Sendo. [[GenreSavvy Mai]] purposely [[JustForPun bounces]] in [[FauxActionGirl and out]] of the trope; she has the skills and uses them the major part pof the time, but sometimes [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel plays the damsel in distress intentionally]] in order to make [[CelibateHero Andy]] [[TheDulcineaEffect appreciate her more.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: Despite being clearly blond in all games, Andy inexplicably appears with sky-blue hair in the first anime special.
* AlternateContinuity: While the series initially shared a continuity with the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', Geese's death in ''Real Bout Fatal Fury'' and his continued survival in the ''KOF'' series pretty much confirmed that they are separate.
* AntiVillain: Arguably Wolfgang Krauser; while he seems highly evil natured in battle, he has a very gentle side outside of it. Kim Kaphwan's ending in ''Fatal Fury 2'' even shows Krauser being reformed by Kim. Additionally, when he wins he still respects you enough to say "you were good, you fought well" (even if you didn't), which is the opposite of most villains in any media.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Gato is ''the'' best example out there. The look, the moves, the win quotes... all of it. Laurence Blood and Rick Strowd, too.
* AttractMode
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Geese and the Jin brothers are stronger than their respective subordinates, Billy and Ryuji Yamazaki. Kain R. Heinlein, as well.
** Slight subversion with the latter, as Kain is more balanced (relatively speaking) than Grant, the true SNKBoss archetype in ''Mark of the Wolves''.
* AxCrazy: Freeman. He's a ''{{serial killer}}'', though, so what do you expect? And let's not even get ''into'' Yamazaki.
* BackFromTheDead: Geese at least twice.
* {{Badass}}: Geese can qualify as this. ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNKMillenniumFight2000 Capcom vs. SNK]]'' gives him the line, ''[[GratuitousEnglish "I stain my hands, with your blood."]]'' (though it gets [[BlindIdiotTranslation horribly mangled]]), and in ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'' he says, "You cannot escape from death".
** If that's all you need, then Raiden does as well with, [[GratuitousEnglish "I'll dance on your grave."]]
* BigEater: Xiangfei is basically always eating.
* {{Bishonen}}: Andy, especially his anime incarnation.
* BruceLeeClone: Averted with Hon Fu, whose actually a JackieChan clone. He ''does'' have the standard high-pitched {{Kiai}}s, though.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Subverted; Geese is blond, but so are Andy and Terry. Of course, Kain is blond, too, and Rock's blond hair isn't the only thing that's InTheBlood...
* BloodBrothers: Grant and Kain, who swore an oath of eternal allegiance to each other as children.
* BloodKnight: Krauser, who hosted the world edition of the tournament. Grant, too.
* BonusBoss: Ryo Sakazaki from ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' in ''Fatal Fury Special''. Geese returned as a bonus boss in ''Real Bout Special'', and ''Real Bout 2'' had Alfred. Interestingly enough, it was Ryo's guest appearance in ''Fatal Fury Special'' that inspired SNK to create ''The King of Fighters'' series.
* BroadStrokes: ''Wild Ambition'' served as a rough retelling events of the first game that included most of the original core players (Terry, Andy, Joe, Geese, Billy, and Raiden; Duck King was added to the [=PS1=] port) as well as a few fan-faves from later installments (Mai, Kim, Yamazaki, Xiangfei), newcomers Tsugumi Sendo and Touji Sakata, and even an older Ryo as Mr. Karate II.
* CanonForeigner: Lily [=McGwire=], Tony, Elsa, Sulia, Laocorn, Panni, Hauer and Jamin all from the anime version.
** Just to clarify, there's a Lily in the video games, but she's an unrelated character named Lil'''l'''y '''Kane''', Billy's sister who, like her bro, is a playable character in ''KOF 2006''/''Maximum Impact 2''. Lily [=McGwire=] did make a cameo in the Mexican Pao Pao Cafe stage in ''KOF '94''.
** The girl who appears to be going out with Terry in his ending ''Fatal Fury 2'' is named Medea and she was originally his love interest in Gamest's manga adaptation of the first ''Garou Densetsu''. However, she is replaced a generic character in ''Special''.
* CallingYourAttacks: Most characters do it. Avoided by Terry in ''Garou: Mark of the Wolves'', where most of the time, instead of shouting the names of his attacks, he yells things like "Rock you!" and [[{{Mondegreen}} "Kick Bath!"]], all of which were ported to his ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF]]'' appearances from ''2002'' on.
** One exception: Terry has one special attack where he punches you, saying "Are you okay?" and then punches you with his other fist yelling "Buster Wolf!" (the name of the attack).
* CanonImmigrant: Many details about Krauser's backstory (such as him killing his father or being related to Geese) became canon after the movie. There was an attempt to have him commit suicide as well, but that was abandoned. Likewise, in later games, Krauser gained the Gigatech Cyclone move, which was identical to the tornado spin attack he and Terry used in the anime - but neither had used in the game.
** [[spoiler:According to Memories of Stray Wolves, Krauser did kill himself after losing to Terry]].
* CartwrightCurse: Anyone who is [[spoiler:Terry's]] [[LoveInterests girlfriend]] in the [[AnimeOfTheGame anime specials]] and ''[[TheMovie The Motion Picture]]''.
** The first ([[spoiler:[[FemmeFatale Lily]] [[BrokenBird McGwire]]]]) undergoes a HeelFaceTurn [[LoveRedeems after bonding and falling in love with him]], [[RedemptionEqualsDeath only to be killed by Geese while helping the heroes make their getaway]]. She returns as a SpiritAdvisor in TheMovie and [[ILetGwenStacyDie remains his source of agony]] [[MyGreatestFailure throughout the trilogy]], even when she tells him that it's not his fault [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he shouldn't mourn for her anymore]].
** The second ([[spoiler:[[MysteriousWaif Sulia]] [[PluckyGirl Gaudeamus]]]]) asks him and his friends for help with [[CainAndAbel her maddened twin older brother]], has IntimateHealing with him, and [[HeroicSacrifice commits suicide]] [[spoiler:to save Terry from her brother Laocorn, who she shares a PsychicLink with]]. This leads to his short HeroicBSOD, but her words [[spoiler:allow Terry to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu utterly decimate]] '''''[[PhysicalGod Mars, the God of War]]''''']].
** Presumably, if the movies had continued, the inclusion of [[spoiler:Blue Mary]] probably would have averted this, considering that she's too much of an ActionGirl to get into a dilemma. Plus, all of the ShipTease ([[ShippingBedDeath probably]]) wouldn't allow for it.
* CityOfAdventure: Southtown is where the action of all the games takes place, with the exception of ''2'' and ''Special'', which were about a worldwide tournament. ''Garou'' isn't in quite the same place as the previous games, but a neighbouring city close enough to be considered an extension of it (it's even called ''Second Southtown''). Both locales also double as a ViceCity, albeit gradually moving away from this direction.
* {{Combos}}: From the third game onward.
* CompilationRerelease: ''Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volume 1'' (''Fatal Fury'', ''Fatal Fury 2'', ''Fatal Fury Special'' and ''Fatal Fury 3'') and ''Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volume 2'' (''Real Bout: Fatal Fury'', ''Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special'', ''Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2''), both on the [=PS2=].
* CoolBigSis: Mai is this towards Sulia in TheMovie. Hokutomaru seems to view her similarly in ''Mark of the Wolves''.
* CuteBruiser: Xiangfei and Hotaru.
* {{Cutscene}}: For all the installments that had a plot.
* DanceBattler: Duck King, Richard Meyer, and Bob Wilson. Duck King implies breakdancing, while Richard and Bob are Capoeiristas.
* DarkActionGirl: Panni.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Many of Terry's rivals (such as Duck King and Kim) became his friends after he beat them.
* DemotedToExtra
** Everyone from the first game (except for the three heroes, Billy, and Raiden, who undergoes a literal HeelFaceTurn to become Big Bear) in ''Fatal Fury 2'', although Tung Fu Rue and Duck King would return as playable characters in ''Fatal Fury Special'' (along with Geese, who was presumed dead in ''2''). This also happened to Jubei Yamada, Big Bear and Axel Hawk after ''Special''.
** Hwa Jai and Billy Kane were cut out as opponents in the Genesis port of the first game, but they still make background cameos in Duck King's and Richard Meyer's stages respectively.
* DetectEvil: Kim Kaphwan and, apparently, his son Jae Hoon.
* DifficultyLevels: Up to eight, less for the earliest home versions.
* DirtyOldMan: Jubei Yamada, who bothers Mai a lot with his antics.
* DistaffCounterpart: Kevin is basically a male version of Blue Mary. They're actually distant relatives.
* DistantFinale: All of ''Mark of the Wolves''.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In one of her supers, Hotaru straddles her opponent and releases a ball of energy as she arches her back and screams. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Uhm]]...
* TheDragon: Billy, Laurence, Yamakazi, Grant and, in the anime movie, Jamin.
* DramaticDeadpan: The announcer in ''Mark of the Wolves'' from beginning to end.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Come on, admit it. You thought Jin Chonshu was a girl, didn't you?
* ExecutiveSuiteFight: Geese likes fighting in his office.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Terry changes his clothes ''and'' cuts his trademark long hair in ''Mark of the Wolves''.
** In ''Garou: Memories of Stray Wolves'', it's revealed that other characters missing from ''[=MotW=]'' have also done the same. Blue Mary has her hair worn much longer, and Duck King no longer has a mohawk or MulticoloredHair.
* {{Expy}}: Geese has a striking resemblance to King, the final boss of ''The Super Spy'' (see comparison [[http://img88.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=superspy.jpg here]]). The intro to ''Fatal Fury 3'' may be a reference to it.
** He also draws comparisons with Aussie from the Jean Claude Van Damme movie, ''Bloodsport''.
** Also, Sokaku seems to be based on a [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_3X7poql8fXs/SIc4ASTHrrI/AAAAAAAAAQ4/2tnkfg6AO5M/s400/1993+sengoku+2.png generic enemy]] of ''[[{{Sengoku}} Sengoku 2]]''.
* FaceHeelTurn[=/=]HeelFaceTurn: Raiden is a monster {{heel}}, but when he takes his mask off (and grows a beard), he wrestles as "Big Bear", an [[AllAmericanFace all-Australian face]], pulling a ''literal'' HeelFaceTurn.
** Later games imply that his HeelFaceRevolvingDoor is actually a gimmick and that he's a {{face}} in real life.
** Rock pulls a FaceHeelTurn... in a matter of speaking... it's revealed that [[spoiler:not only did he win the tournament in ''Mark of the Wolves'', but tournament host Kain tells him he has information about his mother supposedly being alive. Terry later finds Rock, who tells him he's going with Kain and nothing's gonna change his mind. Instead of being upset, Terry is pleased that Rock is about to forge his own destiny.]]
* FakeDifficulty: In ''Garou: Mark of the Wolves'', CPU controlled characters tend to do more damage than the player with the same attacks.
* FauxActionGirl: Mai, in the anime.
* FixedFloorFighting: Combat is possible in either the foreground or the background, but the stage itself is consistent.
* FragileSpeedster: Mai and Hokutomaru.
* FiveManBand in TheMovie:
** Terry Bogard, TheHero.
** Andy Bogard, TheLancer.
** Joe Higashi, TheBigGuy including bits of BoisterousBruiser.
** Sulia Gaudeamus, {{The Smart G|uy}}irl. She was a WaifProphet without any fighting skills, but also was the only one of the group who ''really'' knew what was going on and a scene [[MrExposition had her explaining the legend of the Armor of Mars in full detail]].
** Mai Shiranui, TheChick. FauxActionGirl, MsFanservice and CoolBigSis.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Mai.
** Or JigglePhysics if you like; Mai was the first video game character to do it. Blue Mary fit into this trope for a couple of ''Fatal Fury'' games.
* GameBreakingInjury: Terry injures his ankle right before being asked to fight Kim and was unable to use any sort of kicking attacks. He managed to come out on top. However, [[spoiler:his fight against Krauser did not go as well and his injured legs played a major factor in this loss]].
** Andy also
* GenkiGirl: Xianfei.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Gato and Sokaku both have some very bad scars. Neither gets any explanation, and neither is definitively good or evil.
** Gato got 'em from his DisappearedDad. Geese also have some: a particularly nasty one on his back from [[DisneyVillainDeath surviving his fall off of Geese Tower]] and another across his upper chest (presumably from his failed attempt on his dad thanks to half-bro Krauser).
* GoOutWithASmile: Maniacal grin and [[EvilLaugh laugh]], actually -- Geese sees his death as the last slap in Terry's face, and he lets it show as he falls.
* GratuitousEnglish: Terry. He's the [[Pantheon/{{Theater}} God]] of it.
* GuestFighter: Ryo (of ''Art of Fighting'' fame) as a hidden final boss in ''Fatal Fury Special''. Alfred the Pilot was technically created to be the main character of ''Dominated Mind'' (a remixed {{PlayStation}} port of ''Real Bout Special''), but most fans outside Japan know him for his appearance as a secret final boss in ''[[MarthDebutedInSmashBros Real Bout 2]]''.
* GuideDangIt: The method to perform Hidden Desperation Moves in Fatal Fury 3 is extremely convoluted: first you need to enable them before the match by holding down all 4 buttons and Start before the match starts which turns your life bar green if you did it right, and after that, each character has an extremely specific condition that you need to fulfill to make your name flash, at which point you can perform one. The conditions include being as far away from the opponent as possible, performing a specific combo on them, getting knocked down, backdashing and having the timer be on an odd number and getting hit by a heavy attack
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Kim Dong Hwan never practices, and basically made up all his moves himself, but is on par with his dedicated, disciplined brother Jae Hoon in skill and power.
** The same applies to the Bogards; Andy trained his butt off to learn Ninjutsu and Koppoken, while Terry was an ordinary street brawler who made up his own moves and hardly trains. Guess which one is the better fighter.
* HelloNurse: Mai is this. Signs are easily evident in comments made by the male characters, and it's more evident in the anime series. In contrast, Blue Mary, who's also considered attractive, attracts more attention because of her job.
* HerBoyfriendsJacket: Blue Mary. The boyfriend in question is deceased, though how was not elaborated on by much.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sulia and later Laocorn, in the movie.]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Mai battles in a bright red and white outfit; Andy's worse, since his outfit is mostly white, and he doesn't even tie his long blond hair back or anything. Hokutomaru's... okay. He's more a highly ''audible'' ninja, given how loud and obnoxious he is.
* HotBlooded: Kim is a prime example. His son Kim Jae Hoon has tried to follow his example as much as possible... oh, and he's also got the literal fire powers, as well.
** [[DetectEvil Evil]] [[BadassCreed may be]] [[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivable]], but not considering [[NobuyukiHiyama Joe]]'s blood [[LargeHam the hottest in the universe]] is [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking downright]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor monstrous]].
* IconicOutfit: The famous red hat, red jacket, white undershirt, and blue jeans. Terry changes wardrobe largely in ''Mark of the Wolves'', wherein he gives the hat to Rock and swaps out the sleeveless red coat for a brown, sleeved one.
* IDontKnowMortalKombat: Demonstrated in the movie -- Terry sucks at fighting games, but his ''life'' is one.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Terry's Power Dunk is said to be modified after a basketball move.
* ImageSong: While not quite to the extent of ''The King of Fighters'', quite a few characters get their own songs, such as Kong Kuwata (the seiyuu of Geese) [[KilledOffForReal fittingly singing]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqUfa6B9cY0 "Devotion: The Sunset Sky",]] the song that plays during the credits of ''Real Bout Fatal Fury''. Perhaps the zaniest and best example would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-LyKFGp4P4 "Dance de Peace!"]], which involves Duck King leading Terry, Blue Mary, Mai, and Xiangfei in rap while Yamazaki randomly intrudes and screams at them for not including him in the festivities. Each respective character part even incorporates parts of their past themes.
* {{Immortality}}: The entire premise of ''Fatal Fury 3''. Geese is rumored to have this after those events since he got the Jin scrolls.
* IntimateHealing: Sulia gives this to an injured Terry in ''The Motion Picture'', stripping to her bra and panties to ensure full body contact and then turning on her healing powers.
* KaizoTrap: White from the [=PlayStation=] port of ''Real Bout Fatal Fury Special'' (known as ''[[MeaningfulName Dominated Mind]]''). Beat him, and ''be ready'' to dodge his cane laser.
** Or jump over it.
* KiAttacks: Pretty much everyone.
* KnifeNut: Yamazaki, and Freeman, sort of.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Sound Beach in the third game is silent until Terry's pet monkey turns on a boombox.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Geese's theme, from game to game. So far he's had [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a kiss, soy sauce, a stiff neck, a nightmare]], [[PlayedForLaughs and now mustard]].
* LoveFreak: Kim, because JusticeWillPrevail and [[ThisIsUnforgivable Evil Is Unforgivable]]!
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Two examples from the movie: Panni follows Laocorn because she is in love with him; Hauer is obsessed with stealing Mai from Andy. In ''Garou'', Kain's love for his sister Marie and his despair over her apparent death is basically what turned him... [[spoiler:and Rock, apparently]].
* LoveRedeems: Lily, who worked as Geese's sort-of lady in waiting until she met Terry. [[spoiler:And ultimately, RedemptionEqualsDeath.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Kain in ''Garou: Mark of the Wolves''.
* MartialPacifist: Kim, Jae Hoon, Hotaru.
** The latter is a tragic example, as Hotaru fights to find her brother (heavily implied to be Gato) and reunite her family, but she either falls short or he acts like a major {{jerkass}} to her.
* MightyGlacier: Raiden/Big Bear, Franco Bash and Tizoc a.k.a. Griffon Mask.
* MirrorMatch: For all the sequels. In some games, the characters even have special phrases for their alter egos, and in Geese's case, [[spoiler:his double appears in Billy's ''Real Bout'' ending as an impostor.]]
* MsFanservice: Mai has always been like this, but never as much in the ''Fatal Fury'' games as in the anime or the SpinOff games, where {{Flanderization}} did its job. Blue Mary and Bonne Jenet are also fanservicey, but not reaching this extreme.
** B. Jenet probably ''does'' count, however, given Mai's absence in ''Mark of the Wolves''.
* MysteriousWaif: Sulia from the movie.
* {{Ninja}}: Mai, and later Hokutomaru, also part of the Shiranui clan. Oh, and [[McNinja Andy]].
* NoKoreansInJapan: Averted; Kim's school of taekwondo has been represented in every game in the series except the original, as well as nearly every game that borrows characters from the series. Then again, most of these series doesn't take place in Japan, averting [[CreatorProvincialism something else]], too... most of the time.
* NonstandardGameOver: Lose to Geese in the first game and out the window you go.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Geese, again.
* NumberedSequels: Sort of: ''Fatal Fury 2'', ''Fatal Fury 3'' and ''Real Bout 2'', are the second, ''fourth'' and ''seventh'' games in the series, respectively...
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Except for ''2'' and ''3'', all of them; ''Dominated Mind'' probably takes the cake for the most oddly-named one thanks to having enough words to qualify as a WordSaladTitle.
* OldMaster: Tung Fu Rue, who can become tremendously large and muscular.
* OminousLatinChanting: Krauser's [[PublicDomainSoundtrack "Dies Irae"]].
* PaperFanOfDoom: Mai.
* ParentalAbandonment: Gato and Hotaru's father, who briefly returns in Gato's ''Garou'' ending just to knock him senseless and call him worthless.
** And ''blind'' him.
** Rock was also subjected to this by Geese, but Rock hates him for other reasons as well.
** In the second anime special, Geese himself was revealed to have been abandoned together with his mother by his father, Rudolph Krauser, and went to get revenge. His half-brother Wolfgang kicked the crap out of him.
* PhraseCatcher: "[[SayMyName Geese...]]"
* PlayerVersusPlayer: As in all {{fighting game}}s.
* PlayingWithFire: Mai, Jae Hoon, and Kevin.
* PromotionToParent: Terry adopting Rock.
* PsychoForHire: Yamazaki, Freeman, etc.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Kim's [[MemeticMutation semi-famous]] ''"EVIL IS UNFORGIVABLE!"''
* PunnyName: "Geese Howard" was probably meant to be a play on ''Comicbook/HowardTheDuck'' (Howard the Geese).
* RankInflation: The system introduced by ''Fatal Fury 3'' and kept until the end of the series.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Subversion: the red-eyed Rock may be Geese's son, but he rolls with Terry and his crew, and is one of the main characters in ''Mark of the Wolves''.
* RedOniBlueOni: Terry and Andy are the main Red and Blue (respectively). The Kim brothers from ''Garou'' also fit (Jae Hoon is the collected and disciplined Blue while Dong Hwan is the over-confident and arrogant Red).
* SaveTheVillain: Terry tries and fails in ''Real Bout''.
* SecretCharacter: ''Real Bout Special'' had the EX characters: alternate versions of some characters that had different special moves and personality, almost as an EvilTwin (inverted with Billy, who instead has a ''Good'' Twin). BonusBoss characters were playable in the home versions. Additionally, bosses Grant and Kain are playable with a code in ''Garou''.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Jin brothers Chonshu and Chonrei.
* SequelHook: ''The Motion Picture'' pulls one. Geese, the Big Bad of the first special, and a [[HesJustHiding villain in hiding]] in the second, is seen training diligently in a secluded forest in order to enact his revenge on Terry. Billy interrupts his training session just as Geese pulls off a [[LimitBreak Raging Storm]].
* ShipTease: While Mai and Andy's situation is pretty much perpetual [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited love]] ever since ''Fatal Fury 3'', Terry and Blue Mary has actually had a fairly good amount of it. Not so much in ''KOF'', but still.
* ShockAndAwe: Kim Dong Hwan, who can shoot lightning out of his ''feet''.
* {{Shotoclone}}: Jin Chonrei, Jin Chonsu, Khushnood Butt, Hotaru.
** [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Ryo]] [[TheCameo too]].
* SNKBoss: Geese, who started it all, Krauser (Geese's half-brother), and Kain, Geese's bitter brother-in-law. It seems to run in the family... including Geese's in-laws.
** Actually averted with Kain, who lacks any moves with absurd power or priority, has actually pretty long cooldown periods for some of his moves and is quite balanced as a player character, however he has the ability to overpower the player as a boss easily, thanks to him [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard being able to use charge-style attacks while walking towards his opponnent]] and his T.O.P. area expanding to his ''entire lifebar'' if you manage to win your first round against him.
* SourceMusic: Krauser's stage in the second game has an orchestra in the background, busily playing the background music (namely, [[PublicDomainSoundtrack "Dies Irae"]]).
* SpamAttack: Several, the earliest example being Geese's Reppuken from the first game.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The central locale of the series suffers from this. Is it Southtown or South Town?
* {{Stripperiffic}}: ''Hello'', Mai.
* SunglassesAtNight: Duck King and Cheng.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Krauser and Franco Bash have an American voice actor in the games.
** Franco's "OH MY GAWWWD!" as he loses a match has to be heard to be believed.
* TakeMyHand: Terry to Geese at the end of ''Real Bout''; averted when Geese rejects the offer and allows himself to die.
* TornadoMove: Joe's moveset includes multiple attacks of this nature. Beginning with his "Hurricane Upper" and "Twin Hurricane", which are two of his basic attacks. Followed by his [=DMs=] "Screw Upper", and "Exploding Screw Upper". He first gained "Double Cyclone/Cross Gigantes", which unleashes two Screw Uppers at once, in ''Capcom vs. SNK 2''. And last, but certainly ''not'' least, there's his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcK49AnQ8cA NEO MAX, "Screw Straight"!]] They call him [[RedBaron "The Human Storm"]] for a reason.
** [[BloodKnight Wolfgang]] [[BiggerBad Krauser's]] Gigantic Cyclone first made its appearance in the anime adaptation of ''Fatal Fury 2'' in the form of the Senpu-Ken move, where both he and {{T|heProtagonist}}erry [[{{Eagleland}} Bogard]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3IGOvlhVpM could use it (00:45-01:09).]] (though Terry used it in the previous anime as well and he also used a kick variant to beat Geese). It became a case of ThrowItIn, when {{SNK}} added it to Krauser's moves set, as his P-Power move, in ''Real Bout Fatal Fury Special'', where it was renamed "Gigantic Cyclone".
* TraintopBattle: Terry's level in ''2''/''Special'' and ''Mark of the Wolves''.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: ''Garou: Mark of the Wolves''.
* TwinTelepathy: The Jin brothers.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Cheng is a very short, very fat, very immoral... with an incredibly beautiful and affectionate wife. Averted with Kim and Myeng Swuk, since she's an attractive mother and he's an equally dashing father with dashes of HotBlooded and LoveFreak. His ''Fatal Fury Special'' intros/win poses and endings, which have young Jae Hoon and Dong Hwan hanging out with their dad, will make you go [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments "Aaaawwwww."]]
* UpdatedRerelease: Played straight with ''Fatal Fury Special'', which was a heavily revised version of ''Fatal Fury 2'' with more characters, but mostly averted afterward. ''Real Bout Special'' was a very different game from the original ''Real Bout'' despite its title.
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: Invoked in ''Fatal Fury 2'' by [[SpiritedCompetitor Terry]], at the conclusion of his rematch with [[BloodKnight Wolfgang]] [[NobleDemon Krauser]], when he tells Tony that fighting for revenge leaves only emptiness.
* VictoryPose: A few of them rather famous like Terry's and Mai's. In most games, characters also had specific animations when losing, but Krauser, Geese, Jin Chonrei, White from ''Real Bout Special'' and Kain, also had special ''defeat poses'', of which White's is actually ''[[KaizoTrap lethal to the player if ignored]]''.
* WakeupCallBoss: Hwa Jai in the original ''Fatal Fury''. Technically, all the fighters were "bosses" since you couldn't play as them, but the first four were easy, and then Hwa was almost unstoppable.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Kain to his nephew Rock in ''Garou''. [[spoiler:Rock accepts, begrudgingly.]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: ''Garou: Memories of Stray Wolves'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssrgc-IqGjE part 1]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USyvyPZWltk part 2]]), a bonus featurette for the [[MilestoneCelebration 15th Anniversary]] of ''Fatal Fury'', features appearances from characters missing from ''Mark of the Wolves'', notably Richard Meyer, Duck King, and Blue Mary. The movie reveals that [[spoiler:Krauser killed himself [[DrivenToSuicide after losing to Terry]] in ''2'']]. It also deals with the events leading up to and after ''[=MotW=]'', including Terry's feelings on his life's journey [[spoiler:and Rock's decision to join Kain after the tourney]].
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: South Town. While its exact location in the US is never revealed in the games, it's heavily implied that it's located in Florida, and the city is inspired by Miami.
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