The characters in the ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' series will be listed here.

Characters are listed by game of introduction.

!!Characters introduced in ''Art of Fighting''

[[folder:Ryo Sakazaki - ''Japan'']]
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-> The Invincible Dragon. Trained in the Kyokugen Style of Karate by his father Takuma, Ryo was forced to care for himself and his younger sister when he was 10 after their mother Lonette died in a car accident and their father disappeared shortly afterward. He makes his living by earning money on street fights. Whenever she saw Ryo in such condition, Yuri's desire to run away became greater. When Yuri is kidnapped by Mr. Big, Ryo and his friend, Robert, scour Southtown while battling its toughest enforcers and Mob bosses to rescue her, finding out that his father was still alive under the guise of Mr. Karate. After the incident, Ryo went to the mountains to train himself in combat, only to return to to Southtown a year later to participate in the King of Fighters tournament sponsored by Geese Howard. Despite beating him, Geese had managed to escape.

-> After these events, Ryo goes to Mexico in search of Robert.

-> Ryo has been voiced by Tetsuya Bessho (OAV, JP) and Marcelo Campos (OAV, EN).
* EightiesHair: Dear God, that mullet!
** Switches to AnimeHair in the ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters]]'' series.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: {{Creator/SNK}}'s [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]].
* AdaptationDyeJob: He's [[TallDarkAndHandsome raven-haired]] in the anime special, [[ShownTheirWork which was taken from]] the Japanese live-action commercials for ''2''.
* BadassBiker: Moreso in the first game.
* BestFriend: The Garcias have had close ties with the Sakazakis ever since Alberto's friendship with Takuma. Their association is what lead Alberto to send Robert to the Kyokugen dojo, which is were he met and befriended Ryo and his sister, Yuri.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Yuri, who wishes he and their father would butt out of her love life. In later games, Ryo is torn between the desire to let Yuri live her own life and his pre-installed desire to protect her.
* ButNotTooForeign: Half-American, half-Japanese.
* CatchPhrase: "OSU!" [[BringIt "Ora ora!"]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Subverted in that in the first game, he wears geta sandals outside fights.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Since Geese has to kill Jeff Bogard in order to set the events of ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' into motion, [[VillainExitStageLeft he fled before Ryo could finish]] him with his Haoh Shoko Ken, at the end of ''Art of Fighting 2''.
* FamedInStory: Ryo achieved his status by bringing down Big's syndicate, during the original game and, in ''[=AoF=] 2'', he went to become the champion of the first official ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters]]'' tournament, by forcing Geese Howard to flee the match. Afterward, his reputation flourished and eventually earned him the title of "Mouteki no Ryu" ([[MeaningfulName "The Invincible Dragon"]]).
* [[{{Adorkable}} Fashion Victim]]: Suffice to say, his taste in clothes leaves a lot to be desired. Such as the [[ neon orange suit and blue shirt]] he wears for his date with King, in their team's ''[=KoF=] XI'' ending.
* FightingYourFriend: Ryo confronted Robert, near the conclusion of ''[=AoF=] 3'' to demand answers concerning his sudden disappearance, which Robert refused to answer as he was desperate to find Freia before Wyler could complete his elixir. So they fought, on the condition that Robert would explain himself if he lost[[note]]Robert eventually explained everything that happened, during his ending[[/note]] According to canon, [[spoiler: Robert won]].
* FingerlessGloves: In ''2''.
* FriendlyRivalry: According to SNK, Ryo and Robert are equals in terms of prowess and stature, and have been competing against each other since their training days. Their rivalry is even reflected in the series' Japanese title: ''Ryuko no Ken'' - [[TigerVersusDragon "Fists of Dragon Tiger"]].
* GuestFighter:
** He made appearances as a BonusBoss in ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Fatal Fury 2: Special]]'' and ''Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition'' as his Mr. Karate II persona.
** An older Ryo appeared as the Karate representant in ''VideoGame/BurikiOne'' with a black karategi, this version also was seen in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters: Maximum Impact'' series and ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'', again as Mr. Karate II.
* HeirToTheDojo: By the time of ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'', he takes up the mantle of [[LegacyCharacter "Mr. Karate II"]] and has a disciple named Marco Rodriguez.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Robert.
* ILetYouWin: Ryo tried to pull one on Jin Fu-Ha, so he could resume his search for Robert. So he threw their fight in hopes that he'd be satisfied and leave him alone. But Jin saw through it and called him on it:
-->'''Jin: (indignant)''' [[WhatTheHellHero "What is the meaning of this, Ryo Sakazaki?]] Why would you throw our fight?"
-->'''Ryo: (feigns ignorance)''' "I don't know what you mean."
-->'''Jin: (not buying it)''' "You can't fool me, I can sense the power. You were clearly holding back."
* ItsPersonal: When Mr. Big kidnapped Yuri, he and Robert raised hell across Southtown, beating the ever-loving tar of anyone who got in their way (including Ryo's ''father'') to get her back.
* KiAttacks: Ryo can perform both the basic Kooh Ken and the Haoh Shoko Ken DM. But the former lost its long range capability from ''[=KoF=] '96'' onward, reducing it to more of a ki-powered palm strike.
** ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Both he and Robert have mastered the Haoh Shoko Ken and can use the full powered variant, Haoh Shikoh Ken. This version of the attack is much larger, travels quasi-instantly across screen, hits 5 times, and can deplete nearly 2/3 of an opponent's life meter if landed as a counter hit. However, they only have access to it if ''[=KoF=] '98'', '99, 2000, and ''[=KoF=] 2002 UM''.
* LaserGuidedKarma: A positive example. After defeating King, she helps him and Robert find Yuri. So they return the favor during King's ending in ''[=AOF2'=]'', by paying for Jan's operation. King was grateful to them both, and soon developed [[ShipTease a personal interest in Ryo]].
* MegatonPunch: Ryo has two variants: the "Heaven Glaze Punch" (''[=KoF=] XI'' and 2000) which results in an automatic stun. And the "Ichigeki Kessatsu" (''[=KoF=] XIII''), which dials the trope UpToEleven and [[ has to be seen to be believed.]]
* MySisterIsOffLimits: For reasons unknown, he and his dad are convinced that Robert would only take Yuri for granted, so they won't let him anywhere near her. ''Art of Fighting 3'' seemingly resolved the issue, during Ryo and Robert's respective endings, where Ryo finally relented and [[ tells Yuri to go after him.]] But in their team's ''[=KoF=] XIII'' ending, his dad prevents Robert from proposing to her.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Loosely modeled after the late Creator/PatrickSwayze.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown[=/=]UnblockableAttack: Kyokugen's [[DesperationAttack Ryukoh Ranbu]], an attack so devastating, that in the original game only he, Robert, and Takuma had access to it. It was toned down in later installments of the ''King of Fighters'' series, where it's significantly weaker and can be blocked. Though their respective HDM versions make up for it.
* PromotionToParent: When Takuma left the family, a ten-year-old Ryo was forced to look after his six-year-old sister.
* TheProtagonist: The series revolves primarily around him. As such, he's directly involved all major plot events.
** In the original game, he and Robert scoured South Town to find his sister, Yuri. Which concluded with Ryo saving her by defeating Mr. Karate [[spoiler: his father, Takuma]]. The following game covered the events of the first ''King of Fighters'' tournament, at the end of which he [[spoiler: humiliated [[VideoGame/FatalFury Geese Howard]], by forcing him to withdraw from the match]]!
** Ryo was also of the four people[[note]]the others being: Terry Bogard, Athena Asamiya, and Kim Kaphwan[[/note]] who helped Kyo Kusanagi defeat Omega Rugal, at the end of the ''[=KoF=] '95'' tournament.
* RedBaron: The Invinicible Dragon.
* RapidFireFisticuffs[=/=]SpamAttack: Ryo's Zanretsuken.
* {{Shotoclone}}
* TookALevelInBadass: It took the death of his mother and the subsequent disappearance of his father for Ryo to man up and become the legendary fighter he is today.

[[folder:Robert Garcia - ''Italy'']]
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-> The Raging Tiger. The son of multi-billionaire businessman, Alberto Garcia. To teach Robert humility and discipline, Alberto sent him to Takuma's dojo, where he met and befriended Takuma's children: Ryo and Yuri. Despite their initial differences, he and Ryo developed a mutual respect for one another's abilities, eventually becoming both friend and rival to each other. He developed a different kind of relationship with Yuri...which was carefully monitored by her father and brother. Robert returned home to Italy, after completing his training, where his father began teaching him the family business. Years later, he receives word of Yuri's kidnapping and rejoins Ryo. The two of them search Southtown, facing many of its worst criminals and Mob bosses to find her. They eventually learn that Mr. Big orchestrated Yuri's abduction and defeat him. After the incident, Robert trained himself in combat, only to return to to Southtown a year later to participate in the King of Fighters tournament sponsored by Geese Howard.

-> After these events, Robert visited Mexico to help Freya Lawrence, a childhood friend, save her brother Wyler. Wyler is attempting to perfect a drug that will enhance one's physical characteristics to superhuman levels. Robert beats Wyler, but due to the usage of the drug his mind has been destroyed. Freya, concerned for Wyler's well being, decides to stay with him in order to take care of him, and the adventure comes to an end.
* ActionFashionista: Robert has changed his attire as often as he's changed his fighting style and is the earliest known example of the [[SharpDressedMan sharp dressed]] character archetype in fighting games. Which is illustrated by the trope's page image.
** SharpDressedMan: As seen, he's always dressed to the nines. The man kicks ass with class.
* AnimalMotifs: Robert is associated with the tiger which is best seen in his SDM from ''[=KoF=] 2002 UM'', where he performs a special modified version of his [[LimitBreak Ryukoh Ranbu]] that ends with a tiger shaped version of the Haoh Shikoh Ken ([[FreezeFrameBonus pause]] [[ at exactly 1:39, here).]]
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: SNK's Ken.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Same deal as Ryo; he's a brunette in the anime.
* BestFriend: Noted in the related entry in Ryo's section.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Ryo and Yuri.
* BringIt: This became his signature taunt animation, starting in ''Art of Fighing 2'', complete with the phrase: "Bring it on, clown," and has continued to use it throughout the ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters]]'' series.
* CharacterFocus: In ''3''. Most notably, the story revolves around Robert revisiting his childhood town of Glasshill Valley, Mexico and aiding his old friend, Freia.
* CulturedBadass: In addition to the ActionFashionista entry, he's the earliest known example of this trope in fighting games as well.
** Robert [[SharpDressedMan has class out the ass]] and his family's so incredibly wealthy, that he's known to have bought several luxury sports cars - including [[CoolCar a Ferrari F-40.]] Which gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d during his pre-fight dialog with Ryo, in ''[[ Art of Fighting 2.]]'' But if you think he's all style without substance, think again. Robert fights well enough to rival Ryo and is considered one of the toughest competitors in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Robert stars opposite Ryo, as the series next most pivotal character.
** In addition to helping Ryo find Yuri and bringing down Big's syndicate, Robert is personally credited with defeating Big himself. A fact which Big ''[[ItsPersonal hasn't forgotten]]'', as reflected in their pre-fight dialog at the end of ''[=AoF=] 2''. Robert was defeated by Ryo, during the finals of the original ''King of Fighters''[[note]]''Art of Fighting 2'' marked the very first tournament[[/note]], but returned the favor during the events of ''[=AoF=] 3''. After which, he went on to defeat Karmen, Sinclair, and Wyler.
* FamedInStory: Robert was jointly responsible for bringing down Mr. Big's syndicate and is personally credited for defeating Big in single combat. He's also achieved recognition as both the first known foreign practictioner of Kyokugenryu Karate and as the first foreigner to ever master the discipline. As such, he's heralded as Ryo's equal and is acknowledged as a natural genius [[DefeatMeansRespect by friend and foe alike]] - which has earned him the title of "Saikyo no Tora" ([[MeaningfulName "The Mightiest Tiger"]]).
* FightingYourFriend: See the related entry in Ryo's example section.
* FingerlessGloves: This has been a standard part of his attire since his debut appearance in the original ''Art of Fighting''.
* FriendlyRivalry: Covered in Ryo's example section.
* HairColorDissonance: His hair (which is black) appears to be purple in the first two games and blue in ''[=AOF3=]''.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Ryo.
* InformedFlaw: The Ryugeki principle of Kyokugen-ryuu is said to have severe imbalances as [[ExtremityExtremist it relies mainly on kicks]], placing it between the Raiou and Kou'ou principles (Raiou is the lowest principle and is used by Yuri; it revolves around user instinct and creativity), but closer to the former. Tell that to Robert.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: [[WordOfGod To substitute for the fact that in English, Robert would be speaking with an Italian accent.]]
* KiAttacks: Varies according to each game, but he almost always has access to the Ryuugeki Ken and Hoah Shoko Ken.
** ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Both he and Ryo can perform the Haoh Shikoh Ken, which is the fully mastered HDM version of the standard Haoh Shoko Ken blast. It's much larger, travels near quasi-instantly across the screen, hits 5 times, and can deplete nearly 2/3 of an opponent's life meter if landed as a counter-hit. Thankfully, they only have access to it in ''[=KoF=] '98'', '99, 2000, and ''[=KoF=] 2002 UM''.
* LatinLover
* LikeBrotherAndSister: He and Freia Lawrence. Yuri, [[ClingyJealousGirl a tad bit jealous]], decides to tag along and keep an eye on Robert.
* LoveInterest: Robert's been trying to get with Yuri since he first met her and, for the most part, the feeling is mutual. But between Yuri [[PlayingHardToGet playing hard to get]] and Ryo and Takuma's constant interference, [[StatusQuoIsGod their relationship hasn't made any progress.]] This was seemingly resolved by his and Ryo's endings in ''[=AoF=] 3'', but the ''King of Fighters'' series has restored the status quo.
* MementoMacGuffin: The coin he flips in the third game was a gift from his father Alberto. It was meant to remind Robert of his roots so that he could one day come back to them.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Loosely modeled after Creator/StevenSeagal in his prime.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown[=/=]UnblockableAttack: Kyokugen's [[DesperationAttack Ryukoh Ranbu]], a move so devastating, that in the original game, only he, Ryo, and Takuma had access to it. It was toned down in the ''King of Fighters'' series, where it inflicts less dmg. and can be blocked. Except for Robert's HDM version of it, which hits the opponent 30 times and drains over half their life meter!
* OfficialCouple: He and Yuri, if his and Ryo's endings in ''3'' are to be believed.
* PoseOfSupplication: Seen in the original game as his "facedown" defeat pose. If he's defeated by chip damage, or [[CherryTapping a light attack]], he slumps forward in a humiliating pose where he's bent over on his knees, with his butt protruding upward. [[]]
* RedBaron: The Mightiest Tiger.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayjob: Robert's the scion of one of the wealthiest families in the world and is the current CEO of the Garcia Foundation. But, he'll hand your ass to you on a silver platter, courtesy of [[ExtremityExtremist his thousand dollar wingtip shoes]] if you make the mistake of crossing him.
* ShipTease: Despite the lack of progress in their relationship, he and Yuri get plenty of scenes together, usually in the form of special pre-fight dialog where they often flirt with each other and special victory quotes reserved each other. There's also several scenes during the credits of ''[=AoF=] 2'', including one where Yuri becomes jealous when she catches Robert flirting with King and [[FunnyMoments blasts him with a Haoh Shoko Ken!]]
* {{Shotoclone}}: Mainly during the ''Art of Fighting'' series and the earlier installments of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. From '97 onwards, his style began to change, ranging from minor tweaks to complete overhauls.
** ExtremityExtremist: These days, he's more of a kickboxer. In some games, he and King have similar play styles while, in others, their moves are near identical with slight variations in range and power.
* ShoutOut: [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed He's modeled after]] Andy Garcia and Creator/StevenSeagal.
* SpamAttack: Robert's Geneikyaku, the kick counterpart to Ryo's Zanretsuken - he also has his Muei Shippu Jyudan DM, which is an aerial version of his Geneikyaku combined with the Hien Shippu Kyaku.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Because of an English-speaking voice actor.
** Although that's only in certain sections of the first two games.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: According to his character profile, he's a looker and a charmer and is said to be a real ladies man. But he only has eyes for Yuri.

[[folder:Ryuhaku Todoh - ''Japan'']]
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-> Ryuhaku Todoh is the creator and main teacher of Todoh style karate, which derives its style from Aikido and Kendo. Todoh had a long standing rivalry with disciples of the Kyokugenryu school of karate and considers them a threat to his style of teaching in terms of profits as well as personal animosity dating back to a rivalry with Takuma Sakazaki when both men were very young. On his quest to find his younger sister Yuri, who had been abducted by Mr. Big under Geese Howard's orders, Ryo Sakazaki blatantly attacked Todoh at his school and fought him to interrogate him about the whereabouts of his sister. After Ryo easily defeated Todoh, he was humiliated and saw his schools finances as well as his attendance at his schools suffer. After the loss, Todoh went into hiding and hasn't been seen since. Because of his disappearance, his daughter Kasumi went on a personal quest to not only try to look for her father, but to gain revenge on Ryo and all Kyokugenryu disciples to try to reclaim her family's honor.

-> Todoh has been voiced by Creator/TakeshiAono in ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'', carried over from the anime, and by Creator/JimmyZoppi in the dub of the OVA.
* BadassMustache
* BootstrappedTheme: His [[ theme]] went on to become the groundwork for ''every theme'' of the ''Art of Fighting'' Team in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' (the only exceptions being ''[[ '96]]'' and ''[[ 2001]]'') as well as Ryo's themes in ''[[ Art of Fighting 2,]]'' ''[[ Fatal Fury Special,]]'' and ''[[ Fatal Fury Wild Ambition.]]''
* TheChewToy: To the point that he makes cameos in ''Maximum Impact'''s Extra Mode as the driver of the vehicles ''[[VideoGameCrueltyPotential you push off of a cliff and watch explode]]''.
* DemotedToExtra: After ''[=AOF1=]''.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Soun Tendo]]. Todoh looks just like him, he's a comic relief character who's prone to [[OcularGushers crying spells]] (just like Soun), and he even has a daughter named [[DaddysGirl Kasumi]]. What's more, his old rival, Takuma, looks loosely similar to Genma Saotome (especially by ''[=KoF=] XIII'').
* ManlyTears: He's often seen crying when Kasumi accomplishes something.
* MartialArtsHeadband
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Compared to most people, his skills would be impressive. Problem is, Ryo ''isn't'' "most people". Even his own daughter seems to have surpassed his ability, at least, [[GameplayStorySegregation in terms of gameplay.]]
* RazorWind: Todoh's signature special is Kasanete, where creates a set of blades out of thin air. Hou Kasanete is the HD variant.
* TheRival: To the Kyokugen school of karate.
* RunningGag: His absence in the series (which was retained in ''The King of Fighters'') as well as Kasumi's resolve to find him. This in fact ascended into meta humor, as the magazine ''Neo Geo Freak'''s RunningGag was "Where's Ryuhaku?"
* UnexpectedCharacter: When Todoh appeared in ''Capcom vs. SNK 2''.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He hasn't been seen since his loss to Ryo in the original ''[=AoF=]''. It was rumored that he was hiding, but according to his wife, he's been training for a rematch... which has yet to happen 20 years later.

[[folder:Jack Turner - ''USA'']]
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-> Jack was a member of Mr. Big's syndicate, and a developer of his own fighting style. As one of Mr. Big's highest-ranking subordinates, he waits at Mac's Bar to devastate anyone who crosses his path. Jack is also the leader of the Southtown based bike gang known as the Neo Black Cats. He is defeated by Ryo and Robert, losing favor with members of his gang. In the tournament held by Geese Howard, Jack tries to reestablish his control over the Neo Black Cats by winning the Tournament and defeating Mr. Big. In the (non-canon) translated version of his AOF2 ending, he transforms the gang into a dance group.

-> Jack has been voiced by the late Ginzo Matsuo in the anime and by Creator/EricStuart in the dub of the anime.
* {{Acrofatic}}: For someone of his girth, he catches a lot of air with that drop kick of his.
* BadassBiker: How badass? He subdued a rampaging circus bear at ''age 13''!
* TheBrute: Jack's a brawler, plain 'n simple. What he lacks in finesse, is amply made up for with raw power and stamina; enough that he was able to strong arm King into working for Mr. Big.
* FingerlessGloves: As part of his biker attire.
* MartialArtsHeadband:
* StoutStrength: Jack's moves '''HURT''' when they connect, especially if he has a full spirit gauge. His "Super Drop Kick" was one of the best anti-air attacks in the game, due to it's range, speed, priority, and it's striking power.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Dropkicks, body slams, hip drops.... you get the idea.

[[folder:Lee Pai Long - ''Taiwan'']]
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-> Lee is a master of Chinese medicine and Chinese martial arts, the latter of which is dubbed as "a gentle yet destructive" art. His adoptive father and mentor, Lee Gakusuo, passed on his pharmaceutic knowledge and martial arts to him before instructing Lee to finish his studies in South Town. Once he arrived there, Lee became fascinated with the local style of Kenpo and neglected his roots to be a street fighter. When Ryo was looking for information on Yuri's disappearance, he goes to Lee. Since he is a former adversary and long-time friend of Ryo's father Takuma, he faced the son in battle to test his skills. During the tournament, he still sought to test kis fighting skill but also pursues his father's wishes to be a pharmacist.
* AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu
* AscendedExtra: How else did he make it to ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum''?
* CombatMedic: He is a master of Chinese Kenpo, a prison warden and an expert in the pharmaceutic world. In his translated ''[=AOF2=]'' ending, he becomes famous by finding the cure to hemorrhoids.
* CoolMask
* FingerlessGloves: In ''NGBC''.
* OldMaster
* TheRival: To Takuma, although they are good acquaintances as well.
* WolverineClaws

[[folder:King - ''France'']]
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-> Formerly the bouncer at the L'amour dance club, while she was in the employ of Mr. Big. After being defeated, by Ryo, she helped him and Robert find Yuri, by divulging her last known whereabouts. She quit shortly after they brought down Big's syndicate and has since gone into business for herself, as a full-time bartender, alongside [[VideoGame/FatalFury Duck King's]] rave club.

-> King has been voiced by Creator/MasakoKatsuki in the OAV.
* BadassInANiceSuit: To the point of practically being [[SharpDressedMan Robert's]] DistaffCounterpart, as she's rarely seen without her tux.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: The first time [[SheCleansUpNicely she ever wore women's clothing]] was ''The King of Fighters XI'', in the ''AOF'' Team ending... ''thirteen years'' after her first appearance.
* BoomerangBigot: According to her backstory, prior to meeting Ryo she was a misogynist.
* {{Bouncer}}: Her former profession, while working for Mr. Big. Since then, she's quit her old job and has become a full-time bartender.
* BoyishShortHair: As seen in the accompanying picture, to the left. She also provides the page image for the trope itself.
* BringIt: Something else she shares in common with you-know-who. Except her variant has her taunt her opponent with: "C'mon, baby!"
* ClothingDamage: This could be invoked in the first two games, if the player defeated her with a special attack during the final round of the match. Incidentally, this is also how Ryo came to realize she was a woman.
* CoolBigSis: To Yuri, who looks up to her and really, REALLY, [[ShipperOnDeck wants King to become part of the family by hooking up with her brother]], to make it official. Which is seen in both their pre-fight dialogue ([[ at 4:54-5:26]]) and [[ their team's ending]] in ''[=KoF=] XIII''.
* CulturedBadass: She runs an upscale establishment and is a connoisseur of fine wine and Ming crystal wine glasses. [[AllThereInTheManual She even has her own vintage collection.]] She's also a regular in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' - usually as [[TeamMom the captain]] of the [[AmazonBrigade All Women's Team]] - though she's occasionally filled in for Yuri on the Kyokugen Team, as well.
* DistaffCounterpart: For all intents and purposes, she's basically female Robert; though the degree of similarity [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the game.]] Particularly in the '97, 2000, and XI installments of ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters]]'' series.
* DopeSlap: She gives one to Yuri for saying [[ThatCameOutWrong someone like King would be her ideal husband]], during their team ending for ''[=KoF=] XIII''.
* {{Expy}} / NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Her androgynous design and fashion sense were inspired by singer/actress Grace Jones and Dutch Muay Thai fighter Saskia Van Rijswijk.
* FingerlessGloves: Like Robert, they're a standard part of her attire.
* ForeignFanservice: Well, she ''is'' [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench French]].
* HealthcareMotivation: In part 2, she entered the ''"King of Fighters"'' to earn the money to treat her brother's legs.
* HiddenBuxom: You'd never know by looking at her, since she usually dresses conservatively, but she's stacked. Her official bust measurement is 85cm, which are best seen during her special KO animation in ''Art of Fighting 2''.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Since King helped Ryo and Robert find Yuri ([=AOF1=]), the following year, they used their tournament winnings to pay for her kid brother's operation, as a show of thanks.
* KickChick: Slight subversion, since her fighting style lacks the fanservice aspect of the trope. Aside from that, yeah... her entire style is exclusively based on kicking. {{Justified}}, being that she's a practictioner of nak muay.
** KiAttacks: Performed with her legs, like all her other attacks.
* OnlyOneName: To this day, it's unknown whether it's her first, or last name. Or even (part of) her birth name; for all we know, it's a pseudonym/nickname that she originally came up with to conceal her gender.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: She had a much more stereotypically "butch" face in the first ''Art of Fighting'', presumably to hide the reveal that she's a woman. In the subsequent games, she's given more conventionally attractive facial features. Her figure also changed somewhat as time went on.
* PromotionToParent: For [[IllGirl Ill Boy]] [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Jan/Jean]].
* [[PunchClockVillain Punch-Clock Villainess]]: She originally worked as a bouncer for Mr. Big, because she was strong-armed into it by Jack and his gang. But once Ryo and Robert busted his organization, she quit and went into business for herself, as a bartender.
* SamusIsAGirl: Probably the first fighting game example.
* ShipTease: With Ryo, a lot. Even more so in ''The King of Fighters'', where they're apparently dating as of their team's ''XI'' ending.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The sole female character in the first game.
* SpamAttack: Her Trap Shot and her 'Phantom Vemon Strike' HDM, which has her launch a barrage of 10 Venom Strikes in rapid succession.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: In ''Art of Fighting 2'', where she was presumably voiced by an English-speaking actress. Her "Venom strike!" cry in particular sounds much more less awkward than it does in later games.
* SweetPollyOliver: Don't ask how she managed to pass for a male while dressed in traditional Muay Thai garb.
* TeamMom: She's almost always the captain of [[AmazonBrigade the All Womens Team]] in the annual ''King of Fighters'' tournament; excluding the '97 tournament, where Chizuru was their team's captain. King has also joined the Kyokugen Team on occasion.
* TomboyishName
* WholesomeCrossdresser: During the second game; she was a crook in the first game, albeit begrudgingly.

[[folder:Mickey Rogers - ''USA'']]
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-> Mickey's career as a professional boxer was cut short after he accidentally killed a man in the ring. As a small time hood, he worked for Mr. Big so that he can get money as a street hustler. Confronted by Ryo and Robert, Mickey sought opponents to vent his anger and frustration on. After Mr. Big's defeat, he reforms and enters the tournament to test his skill, wanting to get back into the professional boxing circuit.
* BoxingBattler: As mentioned in his character summary, he was a former professional. By part 2, he's presumably turned over a new leaf and is aiming to re-enter pro circuit.
* CallingYourAttacks: For his trademark "Burning Upper" and "Rolling Upper" projectile attacks.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: He wore dreadlocks in the first game, but traded them for a more functional buzzcut in the sequel, possibly to reflect his return to the boxing circuit.
* ExtremityExtremist
* GratuitousEnglish and SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Has bouts of both.
* MistakenIdentity: The reason he fights Ryo and Robert in the first game, aside from being pissed off about his luck, is because he assumes they are cops due to their questions.
* RealMenWearPink: His boxing shorts and sneakers.
* ShoutOut: Young boxing champ who has a high-pitched voice and is recovering from a major scandal... [[UsefulNotes/MikeTyson Mickey Tyson]]?
** Possibly also to [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Mickey Mouse]]. In his ''[=AOF2=]'' stage, there's even poster depicting someone wearing a Mickey Mouse hat.

[[folder:John Crawley - ''USA'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> A martial arts instructor with a brutal and aggressive fighting style, John was a member of Mr. Big's gang. The former marine was challenged by Ryo and Robert and lost. Later on, he enters the tournament to win the prize money and test his skills.

-> John has been voiced by Creator/KanetoShiozawa in the anime and Creator/EricStuart in its dub.
* BringIt: In part 2, he uses the same taunt as King ("Come oooon, baby"), except in a drawn out masculine tone.
* CoolShades: As part of his look since he's military.
* {{Expy}}: Of John Kreese from ''Film/TheKarateKid''. Besides having similar names, they share the same background, hairstyle and training methods.
** John has also been compared to "Iceman" from ''Film/TopGun'' and Albert Wesker from [[Creator/{{Capcom}} Capcom's]] ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, due to the similarities in their appearance.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: John vaults above his opponent's head during his "Flying Attack", where strikes with a rapid-fire spin attack as he switches sides with them. "Leg Bomber" is similar, but doesn't switch sides with the target.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: His hair was longer and shaggier in the first game.
* IOweYouMyLife: According to the manual of the SNES version by TAKARA, Mr. Big saved John during a war. In return, he agreed to work for him.
* LighterAndSofter: In [=AOF1=] he came of as equal parts [[NoNonsenseNemesis callous]] and [[SociopathicSoldier savage]], while his [=AOF2=] version emphasizes his status as a ShellShockedVeteran who owns a dog and enjoys working on his propeller plane. His ending even sees him turning down an offer to rejoin the army.
* [[PoseOfSupplication Pose of Supplication]]: Similar to Robert, in the first two Art of Fighting games, whenever John is defeated, he's rendered unconscious in disgraceful pose where he's bent-over on his knees with his butt sticking up
* PsychoForHire: Only in the anime, which depicted him as being unhinged and [[LaughingMad way, WAY]] [[KnifeNut too eager]] to want to torture Yuri.
* SunglassesAtNight: They have to be knocked off his face in battle to be removed.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Voiced by native English speaker in the English version of ''2''.

[[folder:Mr. Big - ''Australia'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> One of Southtown's most feared crimelords, who formerly operated under [[VideoGame/FatalFury Geese Howard]] (whom he loathes). However, they were concerned that Takuma would be a potential threat, so Geese had Big orchestrate his daughter's (Yuri) abduction, to use as leverage against him; leaving Takuma no choice but to work for them. This eventually lead to Takuma's son, Ryo and his student, Robert's involvement, and ultimately resulted in Big's defeat. And he's had it in for them ever since. Despite being the main antagonist of the series, he doesn't serve as the final boss in any of the ''Art of Fighting'' games.

-> Mr. Big has been voiced by Creator/IemasaKayumi in the OAV.
* BadassInANiceSuit: He wears a {{fur|AndLoathing}} [[BadassLongcoat longcoat]]. In part two, he returns with a three-piece suit and scarf to go with it.
* BadassMustache
* BaldOfEvil
* BeardOfEvil: Grows one for the sequel.
* CoolShades: Worn at all times.
* DemotedToExtra: Of the SNK bosses who have appeared in more than one game, Mr. Big is by far the least remembered. He's not even the final boss in his ''own'' games.
* TheDragon: Formerly, to Geeses. Big severed ties with him at the conclusion of ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters '96]]'' after realizing Geese was merely using him.
* DualWielding: With a pair of rattan sticks.
%%* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Spinning Lancer
* ExtremityExtremist: In the first game, he couldn't even JUMP! For his stint in [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF '96]], he gained actual kick attacks.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: His translated dialogue in Art of Fighting 2. "Let's just say I know which holes in which to put my pegs," indeed!
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]]: Big used this as leverage to blackmail Takuma so he'd have to continue working for Geese, but his plans were ruined by Ryo and Robert.
* ItsPersonal: Although he holds them both responsible for bringing down [[TheSyndicate his syndicate]], he has a personal beef with Robert, since he was the one who [[AllThereInTheManual fought and defeated Big at the end of the first game.]] Which is reflected in Robert's pre-fight dialog with Big at the end of ''Art of Fighting 2''.
* ALadyOnEachArm: Seen in his pre-fight animation, ever since ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters '96]]'', which has led fans to believe that one of his syndicate's operations is prostitution.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: As if it needs to be said.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Big has no fear of the police, since many of them are [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney on his payroll]] and the rest [[ShameIfSomethingHappened know better than to cross him.]] And he isn't concerned about the Feds either because he has extensive connections in the criminal underworld. Which gives him free reign to operate as he sees fit... if it weren't for Ryo and Robert.
* ShockAndAwe: His "Blaster Wave" DM/HDM.
* SNKBoss
* StarterVillain: Especially apparent when Geese comes into the picture in ''2''.
* SunglassesAtNight: As with John, you have to knock them off by force if you want to look him in the eye.

[[folder:Mr. Karate/Takuma Sakazaki - ''Japan'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> Takuma Sakazaki originally came to South Town in hopes of spreading Kyokugenryu's influence. Naturally, being a martial artist of great renown, this made him a cause for concern for Geese Howard, who was the Police Commissioner at that time. By using his criminal connections, he soon learned that Takuma's son and daughter were also in South Town, unbeknownst to Takuma. Geese used this to his advantage and had Mr. Big arrange to have Yuri abducted, to use as leverage against her father. Now under the guise of "Mr. Karate", he regrettably became their top enforcer.

-> Sometime afterwards, Takuma began to hear rumors that his son, Ryo, and his student, Robert had begun searching for her and was proud to learn they were defeating some of Big's top henchmen. Which included some of his old rivals, such as Ryuhaki Todoh and Lee Pai Long. Eventually, he even got wind that Big, himself, had been defeated by his student and found himself facing his son not long afterward. Their fight was an intense one, but Ryo's drive to save his sister gave him the strength to overcome his own father. Though Yuri intervened before Ryo could finish him with his Haoh Shoko Ken and explained who he was and how he'd been conscripted by Geese. Ryo understood and Takuma returned home with his family to resume his rightful place as head of their dojo.

-> The following year, he entered the first chronological ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters]]'' tournament (''[=AoF=] 2'') to exact his revenge on Geese and Mr. Big.

-> Since then, he has continued to push himself and his students to greater heights, believing that Kyokugenryu is constantly evolving and is without limit. As such, he makes it a point to enter the annual ''King of Fighters'', to promote their school in hopes of further spreading it's influence by attracting new students.
* CoolMask: Whenever he's using his Mr. Karate persona, he dons his red Tengu mask. In most cases, [[RunningGag it's for comedic effect]] since Ryo, Robert, and Yuri know it's him (though Takuma'll insist that he's someone else). But when he's using his Shin Karate persona... [[SNKBoss that's another case entirely.]]
* {{Expy}}: He's visually based off of the "Karate Man" character from ''Street Smart'', an obscure fighting game SNK put out a few years prior to ''Art of Fighting''.
* ForcedIntoEvil: As previously mentioned, he was forced to work for Geese and Mr. Big under threat of harm coming to his daughter, Yuri, if he didn't comply.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a [[XMarksTheHero X-shaped scar]] on his right pectoral, earned from his fight with Lee Gakusuo, Lee Pai Long's father. During his special KO pose, he clutches it as blood spurts from the wound.
* IWantGrandkids: Ever since finding out about his son's tentative relationship with King, he's given them his full support and actively encourages them. In their team's ''[=KoF=] 2000'' ending, he says he saved her since [[ he couldn't allow the mother of a Kyokugen heir to perish]] and, during their ''[=KoF=] XI'' ending, he gives them the key to a penthouse suite!
* KiAttacks: Having taught Ryo, Robert, and Yuri, it comes as no surprise that he's mastered both the Kooh Ken and Haoh Shoko Ken. Though in the ''King of Fighters'' series, his Kooh Ken becomes short ranged and has become more of a force shove, if the opponent doesn't block it. Though the EX version has slightly longer range.
** ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: As seen in their team's ''[=KoF=] 2000'' ending, Takuma has mastered the Shi Kohken blast to such an extent that he was able to deflect a direct hit from the Zero Cannon. A feat which was believed to be humanly impossible. In ''2002 UM'', he gains this as his HDM where it now takes the form of roaring lion's head before firing (seen here [[ at 6:08-6:11]]), [[WaveMotionGun resulting in a massive wave of ki]] that can deplete over 1/2 of his opponent's meter if it connects.
* LivingLegend: There's hardly anyone who ''doesn't'' know him, or at least heard of him. As the founder and creator of Kyokugenryu Karate, he's the foremost authority in its disciplines, having achieved levels of mastery that even his son and student have yet to attain, themselves. Takuma has fought and defeated many prolific martial arts masters in his lifetime, such as Gaksou Lee (Lee Pai Long's master), Ryhaki Toodoh, and has remained in top form through rigorous training and repeat participation in ''The King of Fighters''.
* LukeIAmYourFather: The original game concludes with Yuri revealing that Mr. Karate was their father, to her brother.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[EpilepticTrees It's commonly believed]] that Takuma either restrains a great deal of his power when fighting normally, or that his Tengu mask somehow draws out his full power when he assumes his [[SNKBoss Shin Karate]] persona. Either way, he's significantly faster and stronger when fighting as his alter ego, despite his normal fighting ability already being considered beyond exceptional. For that reason, it is believed by some that Takuma may be the most powerful character in Creator/{{SNK}}'s [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters universe.]]
* OldMaster: He isn't ''that'' old (he's 49 in the second game), but he's getting on in his years. Not that this slows him down at all.
* OneHitKill: In the original game, his Haohshoken has to potential to deplete nearly an entire life bar (depending on whether it hit normally, or as a counter hit) [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard assuming it's AI controlled Mr. Karate.]]
* OverprotectiveDad: This is part of the reason Yuri can't have a love life, 'cuz her father (and her brother) won't let Robert near her, even though she's an adult and mutually attracted to him. During their team's ''[=KoF=] XIII'' ending, Robert had intended to propose to her, except [[ Takuma wouldn't allow it.]]
* PassingTheTorch: By the time of ''Garou: Mark of the Wolves'', he's handed the title of Headmaster over to Ryo; along with the mantle of "Mr. Karate".
* PecFlex: Seen in his standard VictoryPose in the ''[=KoF=]'' series from '94-2002 UM, where he slips the top of his dogi off of his shoulders.
* RedBaron: Takuma is referred to as "Mr. Karate" and as "The Invincible Fighter".
* RetiredBadass: By the time of ''Garou: Mark of the Wolves'' (see: PassingTheTorch).
* ShipperOnDeck: Covered in the IWantGrandkids entry.
* ShippingTorpedo: On the other hand, he absolutely will '''''[[OverprotectiveDad NOT]]''''' abide the idea of Robert dating Yuri, since he's convinced ([[StatusQuoIsGod for whatever reason]]) that he'd only take Yuri for granted. Despite the fact that she's an adult and mutually attracted to Robert.
* SpamAttack[=/=]RapidfireFisticuffs: With both the Zanretsuken and the Shorankyaku, which is a rapid series of knee bashes directly to the opponent's face, while balanced on their shoulders. As the name implies, it's part of the Shoran Discipline[[note]]which is the most advanced of Kyokugenryu's disciplines and is reserved strictly for its Headmaster[[/note]] making it unique to Takuma's moveset.
* SternTeacher: No matter how well Ryo and Robert perform in the ''King of Fighters'', he also tells them it isn't enough and has them redouble their efforts. In '96, they run away from him, while in '97 they (along with Yuri) walk off and leave him talking to himself.
* {{Shotoclone}}
* SNKBoss: One of the earliest and fiercest examples. As Shin Karate (aka "Serious Mr. Karate"), his attacks become much faster, stronger, and have priority over most other attacks. Depending on which game he appears in, he gains additional attacks to his standard moveset, while losing others. The following link showcases his abilities in ''[[ KoF XIII]]''
* TrueFinalBoss: Of the original ''Art of Fighting''.
** He shares this spot with [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Shin Akuma]] in ''[=CvS=]: Chaos''. Which one you face depends on what set of criteria you meet, part of which includes not losing any rounds.
* UnblockableAttack[=/=]NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Takuma can also perform Ryukoh Ranbu, though his variation of it ends with a Haoh Shoko Ken blast. While the HDM version ends with three consecutive Haoh Shikoh Ken blasts.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: In ''Art of Fighting 2'' only.

!!Characters introduced in ''Art of Fighting 2''

[[folder:Yuri Sakazaki - ''Japan'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> Takuma's daughter and Ryo's little sister, who was abducted by Mr. Big in the first game. She began training under her father, during the time following her rescue and soon mastered the basic's of Kyokugen's Raioh discipline[[note]]which is the lowest and most basic of the four Kyokugen disciplines[[/note]]. In the years that followed, she's continued to hone her skill through repeat participation in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' tournament, in order to prove herself to her brother.

-> Yuri has been voiced by J-pop singer Music/AyumiHamasaki in the OAV and by Creator/VeronicaTaylor in its English dub.
* [[HomoeroticSubtext Accidental Innuendo]][=/=]ThatCameOutWrong: Yuri unintentionally makes it sounds as if she'd like to marry King, when asked to describe her ideal husband, during their team ending in ''[=KoF=] XIII''.
-->'''Interviewer:''' "I see. And, what would your ideal husband be like?"
-->'''Yuri: (thinking aloud)''' "Hmm... Let's see... That's a tough one... I think they would have to be someone nice and polite..."
-->'''Yuri: ([[EurekaMoment Aha! prose]])''' "Oh, I know! [[LesYay Someone like King!"]]
-->'''*King [[DopeSlap dope smacks]] Yuri*'''
* AscendedExtra
* AssKicksYou: One of her special normals has her launch herself at her opponent, hip first.
* BadassAdorable: Many would find it hard to believe someone as cute and generally friendly as she is could deliver a world of hurt. Well, she can.
* BraidsOfAction: She had one, until she finally decided to cut it off, just before the ''[=KoF=] XIII'' tournament.
* ButNotTooForeign: Same as Ryo.
* CantHaveSexEver: Yuri is likely to remain a virgin for life, as long as [[OverprotectiveDad her dad]] has anything [[ShippingTorpedo to say about it.]]
* ClothingDamage: Same as King, if she's defeated by a special attack during the final round of the match (seen at the end of [[ this clip]]). This also carried over to ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters]]'' '94, '95, and ''[=KoF=] XIII''.
* CuteBruiser: She may not look it, but she packs a pretty mean punch. Such as her aptly named "Yuri Hardcore Super Upper", which is her own rendition of [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Ryu's]] "Shin Shoryuken".
* DamselInDistress: She was abducted by Mr. Big in the first ''Art of Fighting'', and used as leverage to blackmail her father to work for him.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: She cuts her hair short, sometime before ''[=KoF=] XIII'', much to the surprise of her father and brother. Allegedly, because she's still trying to carve out her own identity on the team.
* FantasticNuke: Yuki packs two of these in her arsenal:
** The first is her family's signature DM: the now infamous Haoh Shoko Ken, which results in a massive fireball. Its speed and power varies by game - with some iterations only inficting about a 1/4 dmg, while in it's original incarnation, it depleted half the target's life meter.
** The other's the [[ Haoh Raiou Ken]], her NEO MAX from ''[=KoF=] XIII''. As the name implies, combines her Raiou Ken with the Haoh Shoko Ken's power.
* FingerlessGloves
* FragileSpeedster: In terms of gameplay, she's quick on her feet and can string some fairly devastating combos, but her stamina's not so good. Harder hitting opponents can present problems for her, especially if they start landing counter hits.
* GenkiGirl: To the point of almost acting (and ''[[CuteButCacophonic sounding]]'') [[OneOfTheKids like a schoolgirl]].
* KiAttacks
* LoveInterest: Robert first developed feelings for her back when he first began training with her brother and has grown fonder of her since then. The feeling is mutual, except her father and brother have made it a point to keep an eye on them and won't let Robert anywhere near her.
* MartialArtsHeadband
* {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PC: In ''3'', due to being wounded by Sinclair. She appears as a side character in Ryo and Robert's story, and can assist Robert in a last-ditch shot against Wyler.
* RescueRomance: It's implied that Yuri fell for Robert after he and Ryo saved her at the end of the first game. Some of this is seen in the scenes interspersed during the credits reel in ''2''. In the third game, they actually seem to hook up in Robert and Ryo's endings.
* ShipperOnDeck: She REALLY likes the idea [[CoolBigSis of King]] hooking up with her brother. She even sets them up ona date, in their team's ''[=KoF=] XI'' ending while, during their pre-fight dialogue in ''[=KoF=] XIII'', she asks King what she thinks of her brother. And in their team ending for ''XIII'', she puts King on the spot again.
* ShipTease: Between her and Robert, usually in the form of special pre-fight animations and dialog, as well as some of their victory quotes when they defeat each other. Also shown in several scenes during the credits reel for ''AOF 2''.
** SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: She's found one, the problem is, [[OverprotectiveDad her dad]] and [[MySisterIsOffLimits her brother]] won't let her have a love life; which annoys her to no end. ''[=AoF=] 3'' seemingly resolved the issue, when her brother finally relented. In the ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters]]'' [[StatusQuoIsGod though...]]
* {{Shotoclone}}: She parodies many of their attacks, including their supers. In ''[=KoF=] '01'', she even gains a mock version of Akuma's "Raging Demon", which uses the exact same button sequence!
* TookALevelInBadass: Between ''Art of Fighting 1'' and ''2''.
* VerbalTic: Most of sentences end with "-chi", [[ThrowItIn a quirk devised by her seiyuu]].

[[folder:Eiji Kisaragi - ''Japan'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> Eiji is an ninja from the feared and respected Kisaragi clan. His school is the sworn enemy of both the Sakazaki clan and Kyokugenryu Karate. He enters the tournament to kill his rivals.
* EightiesHair: To this very day!
* ArchEnemy: To the Kyokugen school of karate. [[InTheBlood Apparently, it is a generational feud.]]
* AttackReflector
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Thanks to the translators having no knowledge of the Japanese script, Eiji's ending has him sulking about how [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai Shiranui was stolen from him by Andy]]. Keep in mind the ''Art of Fighting'' series takes place at least a decade before the events of ''Fatal Fury''...
* CoolMask
* {{Expy}}: [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Mature]] has some similar moves.
* FlashStep
* KiAttacks
* {{Ninja}}: It is heavily implied that he's a descendant of [[VideoGame/TheLastBlade Zantetsu]].
* TheQuietOne: His special skill? Not talking.

[[folder:Temjin - ''Mongolia'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> Temjin is a Mongolian wrestler who works as a dock worker at the Southtown port to raise money for a school in Mongolia. He enters the tournament to get the prize money and make his dream come true.
* BadassMustache
* BadassTeacher: Well, a Badass Principal anyway.
* BraidsOfBarbarism: The object of ridicule by both Yuri and some of the students at his school.
* ChinesePeople
* FriendToAllChildren: Unless they insult his hairstyle....
%% * MightyGlacier
* ShoutOut: Likely the first fighting game character to use the Kinniku Buster.
* StoutStrength

[[folder:Geese Howard - ''USA'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> The commissioner of police, and even more corrupt than Mr. Big. He appears as a secret boss in ''Art of Fighting 2'', and goes on (chronologically) to become an even worse danger to Southtown once we reach ''VideoGame/FatalFury''.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's the reigning crime lord of Southtown.
** AsskickingEqualsAuthority: It's how he got so far in life.
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BigBad
* CanonImmigrant: Originally from the ''Fatal Fury'' series.
* DirtyCop: He's also the police commissioner of Southtown. Do the math.
* GuestFighter
* {{Leitmotif}}: A technofied version of his original theme, perhaps to portray Geese before his fascination with Japanese culture.
* TheManBehindTheMan
* MistakenIdentity: When his silhouette was leaked in ''Neo Geo Freak'', fans first believed him to be an evil Andy Bogard or even Ryuhaku Todoh.
* OldShame: In-universe. It's a little known fact that he once fought Ryo Sakazaki, during the finals of the very first King of Fighters tournament. The embarrassing part was, Ryo thrashed him so soundly, that Geese turned tail and ran before Ryo could deliver the coup de grace.
* SNKBoss
* TheSyndicate: Howard Connection.
* TrueFinalBoss: Of ''Art of Fighting 2'', provided the player won every fight without continuing, or losing any rounds.
* VillainExitStageLeft: When you beat him in ''Art of Fighting 2'', he escapes when a blackout hits his office and hightails it to Japan.

!!Characters introduced in ''Art of Fighting 3''

[[folder:Rody Birts - ''USA'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> Rody Birts is a bounty hunter and partner of Lenny Creston, who has been hired by Wyler to find Freia Lawrence.
* AnimeHair
* BountyHunter
* BrainsAndBrawn: The Brawn to Lenny's Brain.
* BringIt
* DualWielding: DualTonfas, in fact.
* OddFriendship: With Lenny.
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Tonfa Always Works]]

[[folder:Kasumi Todoh - ''Japan'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> Daughter of Ryohaku Todoh, who has disappeared. She sets out to find him, but has some trouble as she only speaks Japanese. In her VictoryPose, she pulls out a phrasebook. She keeps up the family's rivalry with the Sakazakis (her team in ''The King of Fighters XI'' is the Anti-Kyokugen Team).
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Receives one from her mom in her ''Art of Fighting 3'' ending when she refuses to give up on her vendetta against Ryo.
* BadassAdorable
* CatchPhrase: Used as her default victory quote, after consulting her translation guidebook:
-->'''Kasumi: (pointing)''' [[GratuitousEnglish "Come back when you grow up."]]
* CuteBruiser: From using her family's style of kobujtsu, which is a counteroffensive style of grappling. Though she supplements it with handstrikes and her [[RazorWind Kasaneate]].
* DaddysGirl: She's the apple of her father's eye and she aspires to uphold the family name to make him proud.
* DemotedToExtra: For the most part {{averted|Trope}} as she became a recurring character in ''The King of Fighters''. However, she was the only character whom debuted in ''[=AOF3=]'' who didn't play this trope straight.
* DisappearedDad: For which she blames Ryo.
* GenerationXerox: Downplayed. Very much like her father, but she goes out of her way to emulate her mother, a full-blown YamatoNadeshiko.
* GratuitousEnglish: Invoked during her [[VictoryPose win pose]], where she pulls out a pocket guide to look up the phrase: "Come back when you grow up!"
* ItsPersonal: When her character was first introduced, she held Ryo responsible for her father not coming home[[note]]Todoh was believed to have gone into hiding, after his loss to Ryo[[/note]] and was determined to avenge him, by settling the score. Her mother put a stop to it by smacking some sense into her, then explained what really happened.
* LadyOfWar: In training.
* MartialArtsHeadband: Which she given to Ryo in her ending in order to ensure that he remembers her vow to defeat him one day.
* NoblewomansLaugh:
* PluckyComicRelief[=/=]TheComicallySerious: She's portrayed this way, due to her dedication to her family name and her obsession with finding her father.
* RazorWind: The Todoh family's signature special: Kasaneate. And, like her father, she can also perform Hou Kasaneate, which is the HDM version of it.
* TheRival: To the Kyokugen school, in general. Though her issue lies mainly with Ryo, whom she holds responsible for her father's disappearance. Later, during the ''[=KoF=]'' series, she also forms a rivalry with Yuri, who she refers to as: "Kyokugen girl."
* ShesGotLegs: They're hot enough that [[Characters/StreetFighterII Chun Li]], ''of all people'', actually said she was envious of them, in ''SVC Chaos''.
* TranslationConvention
** EloquentInMyNativeTongue
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: As seen in her folder image.

[[folder:Wang Koh-San - ''China'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> Wang went to Glass Hill for inspiration for a drawing he plans to enter in a contest, Wang heard about Wyler's attempt to create a powerful elixir, and decided to attempt to find it himself for his friend Lee Pai Long.
* {{Acrofatic}}
* EyesAlwaysShut
* FingerlessGloves
* GogglesDoNothing
* KiAttacks
* NonHumanSidekick: Wang is fiercely protective of his pelican Hoe Hoe, and will initiate combat with anyone who bothers it (though the bird is in actuality to blame most of the time).
* WarriorPoet: He is also an accomplished artist who has come to Glasshill looking for inspiration.

[[folder:Lenny Creston - ''USA'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> Lenny Creston is a journalist and partner of Rody Birts, who has been hired by Wyler to find Freia Lawrence.
* BareYourMidriff
* BrainsAndBrawn: The Brain to Roddy's Brawn.
* IntrepidReporter: Overlapping with GoingForTheBigScoop. She's come to Glasshill in search of a big news report.
* MartialArtsHeadband
* OddFriendship: With Rody.
* TomboyishName
* {{Tsundere}}: Type 2 with Rody, although it seems purely platonic (at least on her side).
* WhipItGood

[[folder:Karman Cole - ''Germany'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> Karman is an assistant to the Garcias who has been sent to find Robert, who left for Glasshill Valley to look for his childhood friend Freia.
* BadassBeard
* BadassMustache
* BattleButler
* CoolShades
* SharpDressedMan
* TallDarkAndHandsome

[[folder:Jin Fu-Ha - ''Japan'']]
-> [[quoteleft:250:]]
-> Jin Fu-Ha is a was once the disciple of Eiji Kisaragi who was betrayed by his master. He has come to Glass Hill to test his skills against Ryo Sakazaki.
* AttackReflector
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: One of his moves is quite similar to [[Franchise/StreetFighter Zangief]]'s Spinning Clothesline.
* FingerlessGloves
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has one across his chest, presumably from Eiji.
* {{Invisibility}}: Hey, at least he's not screaming [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear "FIND ME!"]].
%% * MightyGlacier
* {{Nice H|at}}eaddress
* {{Ninja}}: An extremely unorthodox one.
* {{Revenge}}: Against Eiji, his former master, who got him InTheBack and [[LeftForDead left him to be]].
* WalkingShirtlessScene

[[folder:Sinclair - ''Unknown'']]
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-> Sinclair is the assistant of main antagonist Wyler. She is secretly looking for somebody to convince him to give up his pursuit of the drug he is attempting to create.
* ActionGirl
* BareYourMidriff
* CoolSword
* DanceBattler: Her techniques resemble Indian sword dancing.
* DoesNotLikeShoes
* TheDragon
* EnigmaticMinion: To Wyler.
* ExtremityExtremist
* ForeignFanservice: She appears to hail from the Middle East.
* MindOverMatter: She can telekinetically control her sword from afar.
* ReverseMole: It would seem that she's either Wyler's [[TheDragon underling]] or [[BigBadDuumvirate partner]], but she's actually working undercover to stop him.

[[folder:Wyler - ''Unknown'']]
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-> Wyler is looking for Freia Lawrence, the daughter of his dead father's former partner, who possesses information about a formula for some kind of "Jekyll and Hyde" formula that he is attempting to create. The essential data needed for completing it was taken by Freia's father when the two's partnership broke up. Wyler believes this action is the cause of his father becoming destitute and even the cause of his death. Freia now has the data.

-> Wyler hires the private investigator partnership of Rody Birts and Lenny Creston to find her (they are convinced it is for romantic reasons). Freia is also being sought out by her old childhood friend Robert Garcia. Wyler finds Freia, though seemingly without the help of the private eyes he hired, completes his elixir and takes it himself, turning into a large Hulk-like man. However, it has an unforeseen after-effect and reverts his mind to a child-like state. Freia chose to stay and tend to him...
* BigBad
* BlowYouAway
* HeroicBuild: {{Exaggerated|Trope}}, seeing as he pretty much [[HulkingOut Hulks Out]].
* MagicPants
%% * MightyGlacier
* MulticoloredHair
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In his ending ([[BadExportForYou exclusive to the Japanese Neo Geo CD version]]), he regains his normal form after beating all of the other fighters (unlike the other endings, he retains his lucidity) and sees the error of his ways once he realizes Freia's feelings for him.
* OneWingedAngel
* PsychoSerum: The elixir he intakes turns him into a hulking giant, [[PsychopathicManchild but reverts his mentality to that of a child]], a side-effect that seems to be permanent after he returns to his normal form.
* ShoutOut: To [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] and ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde''.
* SNKBoss
* WalkingShirtlessScene