* CrazyAwesome: Ryuhaku Todoh's turn as a police officer in the OVA. One scene involves him breaking into the baddies' hideout ''by riding on a wrecking ball''. The whole time, [[MundaneMadeAwesome he's laughing and swinging his shinai around furiously]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Ryuhaku Todoh. Despite only appearing in the very first game (with ''a single'' special move!), he has a large number of cameo appearances under his belt and was eventually added to the roster of ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium''.
** Eiji Kisaragi from ''2''. When he returned to ''KOF'' in ''XI'' (after a hiatus spanning eight games and several cameos in the backgrounds of said games), the fandom went bonkers.
%%* EvilIsCool: Hey there, Young!Geese Howard.
* GameBreaker: Wyler. Then again, he ''is'' the boss of ''3''...
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Jin Fu-Ha from ''3'' is quite popular among the Japanese fanbase, who have been clamoring for him to make it into a ''KOF'' game ([[WildMassGuessing perhaps the reason behind]] his cameo in ''XII''?); elsewhere... wait, who are we talking about again? Oh yeah, the nondescript musclebound ninja whose spinning lariat special move is turned into a mini-version of an amusement park ride for children in the background of a KOF 2002 Unlimited Match stage.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Yuri holds the distinction of being [[Creator/{{SNK}} SNK's]] most shipped character, in both doujinshi and fanfiction.
** She has her very own series by Saigado Comics, aptly titled: ''[[GirlOnGirlIsHot "Yuri]]'' '''''[[FriendsWithBenefits & Friends"]]''''', which pairs her with multiple characters from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. Most stories featured her with [[OneTrueThreesome Mai and King]][[note]]since they were the original three members of the [[AmazonBrigade All Womens Team]][[/note]], but she was also paired with Chizuru Kagura, Kasumi Todoh, and even ''[[BrotherSisterIncest her own brother]]'', Ryo. Plus, there was a crossover featuring her with ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Street Fighter's]]'' Ryu and [[Characters/StreetFighterAlpha Sakura.]]
** In fanfiction, she's been paired with Kyo Kusanagi by fans who [[FanPreferredCouple find her preferable]] to [[DieForOurShip his girlfriend, Yuki.]] While the now defunct shoujoai.com archive had crossovers pairing Yuri with Chun Li, Sakura, [[Characters/StreetFighterIII Makoto, and Ibuki.]]
* MagnificentBastard: ''Geese Howard'',
* MemeticMutation: [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-must-use-haoh-sho-ko-ken "I must use Haoh Sho Ko Ken,"]] spawned from the intermission scene of Ryo in the first game riding his motorcycle while still wearing his dogi and geta sandals.
* {{Narm}}: The live-action Japanese commercial for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKQbm241oiY Art of Fighting 2]]'', complete with [[TheEighties 80's theme song.]] Try watching it with a straight face, we dare you.
** The US version of ''Art of Fighting 2'' redubs some of Robert's, King's and John's lines with English-speaking actors, and Mr. Big and Geese are voiced in English in either version. The problem is, nobody can act or kiai worth a damn. "Ha-HA! Piece of... cake!"
* VideoGameMoviesSuck: The TV special.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: ''Art of Fighting 3'' is easily one of the most graphically impressive fighting games ever made. The character animations are amazingly smooth (since they were made via {{Rotoscoping}}), the background art is immensely detailed, and it features both sprite scaling and [[MotionParallax parallax scrolling]] at the same time. Did we mention this game came out in 1996?
* {{Woolseyism}}: The English translation of the second game was almost a Gag Translation, changing the serious tone of most endings into jokes, which are arguably much more enjoyable than the originals.
** Your mileage may '''SERIOUSLY''' vary on the point of the dialogue/ending "translations" being more enjoyable. While not as jarringly out of place as in [[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown some]] [[TheLastBlade SNK]] [[TheKingOfFighters games]], there are more than a few [[MoodKiller painful attempts at humor]] in there. Micky quoting [[RockyIV Ivan Drago]]? Fine. Micky [[OutOfCharacter quoting Frank Sinatra]] and [[ShellShockedVeteran John Crawley]] being implored to come out of retirement to [[BadassDecay save the president's canary?]] Ugh.
** Curiously, the Spanish-translated version of the game retains the serious tone of the original Japanese dialogue.