The characters of Fatal Fury are listed here.Characters are listed by game of introduction.
Characters introduced in Fatal Fury: King of Fighters
Terry Bogard - USA
The main protagonist of the series who happens to be an expert street fighter. A young man who grew up in Southtown, he and his young brother Andy were adopted by Jeff Bogard, a rival martial arts student of Geese Howard. Out of spite and jealously, Geese had killed Jeff in front of him, and both Terry and Andy seek revenge against him. After countless battles and many struggles, Terry defeats Geese from within their last fight at the top of Geese's personal tower building (and tries to save Geese from falling off in the end, only to see that Geese had refused his help and allowed himself to fall to his own death and in due time, Terry adopts Geese's young son, Rock to raise and ensure that he doesn't go down the same path as Geese himself.
Animal Motifs - The wolf. His nickname is even "The Legendary Hungry Wolf", a play on the series' Japanese title (Garou Densetsu).
Badass - Perhaps the most cheerful one you'll ever meet.
Cartwright Curse - In the anime. Oh so very much. Fortunately, not in the games since his girlfriendlove interest there is an Action Girl. To be fair, the second anime special did subvert this as Terry kept things to a nice platonic level with Tony's Hot Mom Elsa. If only he remembered to do that in The Movie...
Combat Pragmatist - While he gained some training from Tung Fu Rue, the bulk of his technique was self-taught from years of wandering the streets, getting into fights, and simply figuring out what worked and what didn't.
Cycle of Revenge - An ironically tragic one: Geese's death orphaned Rock in the same way that Jeff's death orphaned Terry and Andy. The sliver of hope here is that while Rock is initially angered (and reasonably so) over his sudden status as an orphan, Terry adopts the boy and they strive to move past the bloody Bogard/Howard past together.
It also helped that Geese wasn't exactly a good father to Rock.
The younger brother of Terry and a McNinja. He was taught a basic form of Shuranui ninjitsu by Mai's grandfather Hanzo. After hearing of his father Jeff's death at the hands of Geese Howard, he joins forces with Terry and Joe Higashi, and the three of them enter Geese's King of Fighters tournament. Although Andy fights Geese first, he loses badly, and Terry finishes the villain off... maybe. He's also the apple of Mai's eye, although he rejects her advances.
Andy pretty much sees this as a Like Brother and Sister moment; having lived most of his life with Mai, he has a hard time adequately returning her affections. The status quo is kept in the second anime special (minus an epicasskicking of Laurence for harming her), but this is finally averted in The Movie, where they actually share a kiss after Andy trounces Hauer and Mai finishes Panni.
Gameplay and Story Segregation - He suffers an injury in 3 that continues to plague him throughout the Real Bout series, but it doesn't seem to hamper him in actual fights.
A Japanese man who is well versed in the fighting art of Muay Thai. He is the best friend and friendly rival of both Bogard brothers and helped them fight against Geese and his henchmen in the first game. After that, well...
Talking to Himself - Katsuhise Namase voiced Joe, Billy, Geese, and Laurence in 2 and Special.
Throw It In - The dev team at SNK was so impressed with Hiyama's performance as Joe in the second anime special (extra Hot Bloodedness and all), that they decided to have him actually voice Joe from 3 onwards.
A street breakdancer who appears in the first game as one of the competitors. In the second game, he opens a nightclub (alongside King), but still fights every now and then. Notable for keeping a duckling in his mohawk.
A Brazilian Capoeira master who happens to be the owner of the Pao Pao Cafe, a popular Southtown drinking spot. He competed in the first King of Fighters tournament, but after losing in the competition, he had decided step into the background and focus more on his restaurant. Throughout the series, he can be seen running the Pao Pao Cafe in cutscenes (and in Bob's intro in the third game).
Chef of Iron - He owns a cafe, and is often seen tending at a bar.
Dance Battler - His fighting style is Capoeira. He was the first fighting game character to use it.
Demoted to Extra - Keeps making cameos but never returns to the arena (except once, see above). At least once it's said that he realized he was outclassed in combat and decided to focus on his restaurant.
An African-American boxer who seeks to test his skills out against many opponents. He competed in the first game, but after losing from within the competition, had decided to retire from mainstream fighting, though he does help train Axel Hawk from time to time.
The Chinese master of Hakkyokuseiken and mentor to both Terry and Andy. He, along with the trio of Terry, Andy, and Joe had participated in Geese's King of Fighters tournament but doesn't win. Later on, he accepts the Jin brothers (Chonshu and Chonrei) as his new understudies.
Badass Grandpa - You know damn well that age is clearly not slowing this guy down.
A pro wrestler that has two personas, representing good and bad. When being villainous, he takes on the name "Raiden" and wears a mask. When portraying a more righteous character, he does not wear the mask and goes by the name "Big Bear". Works under Geese during the original Fatal Fury but breaks away once Geese is defeated by Terry.
Face-Heel Turn/Heel-Face Turn - According to his backstory, he became Raiden after his tag-team partner betrayed him in the ring. He then went to work for Geese as an enforcer. After being bested by Terry & co., Raiden had a change of heart and reverted to his honorable, kindly Big Bear persona.
Geese Howard's British right-hand man. He wields a staff that freely separates into multiple chained sections, and which he can light on fire. His devotion to Geese is total, and if you want to get to Geese, you have to go through Billy. Only his sisteris closer to him.
The Big Bad. Formerly the Chief of Police for Southtown (as seen in Art of Fighting 2), he stepped down from that role when he decided crime was more profitable. He killed Jeff Bogard when Tung Fu Rue chose Jeff to inherit his secrets, and has a vendetta against Bogard's sons as well. Waterfowl names were never so scary before.
His Real Bout Special form's name of "Nightmare Geese" started out as this as well. The King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2canonized it.
Good Scars, Evil Scars - Has a nasty scar on his back from the survival of his first fall. He also has a gaping slash mark going across his chest, believed to have been inflicted by Krauser when Geese had attempted to kill their father.
Go Out with a Smile - Maniacal grin, actually: Geese sees his death as the last slap in Terry's face, and he lets it show as he falls.
Occidental Otaku - It's heavily implied in almost all his stages and the way he dresses (with the only exception of Art of Fighting 2 when he fights in a executive dress, and in his office) that Geese seems to love Japanese culture maybe too much. In fact, in AOF2 he escapes to Japan after he's defeated.
Parental Abandonment - Rock loathes the man not only for abandoning him and his wife Marie, but for turning down his pleas to save his mom the very night that she died. Ironically, Geese hates his father for leaving him and his mother Maria to fend for themselves in Southtown while he went on to become the head of the Strolheim family. Geese even tried to kill his dad, but half-bro Krauser stopped him.
Characters introduced in Fatal Fury 2 and Fatal Fury Special
Mai Shiranui - Japan
A beautiful kunoichi from Japan. Her grandfather trained Andy and she herself has a bit of a crush on the man herself. Best known for her outfit (or lack thereof). Her main mode of attack are folding fans she carries.
Action Girl <- -> Faux Action Girl - Really depends on which media we're talking about. She's more competent in the games, whereas in the anime she suffers a bad case of Chickification (except for her fight with Panni, where Mai brutallycurbstomps and kills her with a single but very well-timed and placed Chou Hisatsu Shinobibachi. About time, dammit).
What Could Have Been - According to some sources, the original plan was to include a male ninja in her place. One can only try imagine how different things would have been if that route had been taken back in 1992...
The well-known and respected Earl of Stolheim in Germany who happens to be the half-brother of Geese Howard. A cultured gentleman outside of the ring, he shows no compunction in a fight and will always commit the full extent of his ability in any battle.
Bullet Proof Fashion Plate - Used as a visual cue in the second anime special; whereas Geese has visibly aged and has been scarred, Krauser has retained his youthful looks, showing who is the better and more fearsome fighter of the two.
Clothing Damage - Self-inflicted, no less! Poked at with his Real Bout 2 ending, where his butlers become more and more PO'ed at having to refit Krauser's armor just for him to break out of it. Eventually, they uppercut him into the stratosphere.
Driven to Suicide - According to Memories of Stray Wolves, Krauser committed suicide sometime after his loss at the hands of Terry.
Ret Canon - Originally, Krauser was simply a rival crimelord whom Geese was afraid to take on. The anime specials established Krauser and Geese's relationship as that of half-brothers and SNK went with this scenario for the games from Fatal Fury Special and onward.
Self-Made Orphan - Killed his father to become the Earl of Strolheim. Subverted in that he didn't hate Krauser Sr., he just did it because he had to.
Throw It In - The spinning supers (Senpuuken/Hadou Senpuukyaku) that Krauser and Terry used throughout the animated movies eventually became Krauser's Gigatech Cyclone. Sadly, his youthful beauty, lack of a mustache and scars, as well as an authentic German-sounding voice (which were well-received by fans) were not retained.
What Could Have Been - The finale of the second anime special originally would have been Krauser up against not only Terry, but Andy, Joe, and Mai as well. This concept was scrapped, but resurfaced in The Motion Picture.
Guest Fighter from the Art of Fighting series, where he serves as the protagonist and main character. The son of Takuma Sakazaki, older brother of Yuri Sakazaki, and best friend/rival of Robert Garcia. Practices Kyokugenryu karate, which was created by his father. Originally appeared in Fatal Fury Special as a hidden boss character. Canonically, he is considerably older than the main cast of Fatal Fury, which is reflected in his second appearance during Wild Ambition (where he uses the moniker "Mr. Karate II", which is taken from his father's on-again, off-again persona).
'80s Hair - Luckily, Special and Art of Fighting 2 are the final games in which Ryo still has a mullet.
What Could Have Been - In Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, it was planned for him to team up with the good guys! Aside, from King and Eiji being replaced by Panni and Hauer (see below), Mr. Big was also to appear.
Characters introduced in Fatal Fury 3
"Blue" Mary Ryan - USA
A Southtown freelance agent who takes up any case that comes her way. Had a boyfriend named Butch who was killed on duty when working as a Secret Service agent. Practices Combat Sambo in her spare time and has a dog named Anton.
An Italian-American kickboxer whose tough strength is matched by his own big heart. Now works as an airplane mechanic in Southtown. His son was kidnapped by Yamazaki, which draws him into the never-ending conflict from within Southtown itself.
Talking to Himself - B.J. Love also voices Krauser, and was the voice of the announcer in 3.
Hon Fu - Hong Kong
An eccentric police officer from Hong Kong who seems to be much of a klutz when it comes to his job. His pursuit of Yamazaki had brought him to Southtown. Can never seem to catch his prey. Wields a pair of nunchaku which he can also set ablaze.
Justice Will Prevail - He's a Super Cop. Besides helping to introduce Kim to his wife Myeng Swuk, the two are good friends due to their shared interest in upholding justice. Oddly enough, Hon Fu isn't nearly as justice-obsessed as Kim is.
The Worf Effect - In-story, when you go fight Yamazaki with Kim in Fatal Fury 3, he has already curb-stomped Hon Fu.
Sokaku Mochizuki - Japan
A monk of a Buddhist order that has a steep rivalry with the Shiranui clan (the clan Mai belongs to and that Andy trained under). Wields a staff that he can magically control. He had arrived in Southtown to destroy the Jin scrolls, which he perceives as a great evil.
A murderous lunatic, hired by the Jin brothers to look for the Jin Scrolls while serving as their menacing bodyguard. This turns out to be a very, very bad mistake. He has a knife and knows how to use it. The King of Fighters '97 reveals that he possesses the blood of the Orochi, which explains a lot.
Dark and Troubled Past - Aside from the above, his drama CD reveals that Yamazaki lived a happy life as a mobster until his boss was killed, prompting Yamazaki to snap and become the psycho we know, love, and fear.
Flanderization - His Fatal Fury self started out as a ruthless and sadistic but mostly sane mobster. In the more cartoonish RBS, his malicious chuckle made way for a maniacal laugh and he gained an unsettling "Ikuzo... Ikuzo... IKUZO!" chant while charging his Snake Arms. His KOF incarnation was based on this version, and would gradually (d)evolve into a slavering lunatic whose MAX2 sees him grabbing and tossing opponents using his mouth. YMMV on what version is the most appealing.
Point in case: Drill. Brutal with a capital, italicized, and bolded B.
Whip It Good: His trademark Snake Arm attack, which might as well be a variation of the Flicker Jab.
With My Hands Tied - Always keeps one hand his pockets... unless he's stabbing you to death with his knife.
Jin Chonshu - China
One half of the Jin brothers who had hired Yamazaki in order to search for the Jin scrolls, a powerful tome that is part of their ancestry. Said to be very stubborn and headstrong, with an inability to understand defeat.
Chonshu's brother and the ultimate opponent of Fatal Fury 3. Protector of his brother to a near-fanatical degree. Following Fatal Fury 3, supposedly both brothers mellow out and enter Tung Fu Rue's tutelage.
Who Wants to Live Forever? - Despite him being so close to Chonshu, he's not as keen on eternal life as his bro. He even tears up the Scrolls of Jin in both his and Chonshu's endings in Real Bout, both to stop anyone else from trying to dabble on its secrets like Geese did, and to give himself and his brother a normal life under Master Tung's wing.
Characters introduced in Real Bout Fatal Fury Special: Dominated Mind
Alfred - USA
A young man whose passion is flying. Became the main protagonist in Dominated Mind to defend his village and to get revenge against White for killing his grandfather.
Early-Bird Cameo/Marth Debuted in Smash Bros. - Although he was created to be the protagonist of Dominated Mind, Alfred's first appearance was in Real Bout 2, a game released months before his proper debut. Since Dominated Mind was never released outside Japan, most people overseas know him for being a bonus boss in Real Bout 2.
SNK Boss - Can't utilize the line system like everyone else or use chain combos, but his attacks do double damage, he has a command throw that can be used on block, and his super take off insane chunks from your lifebar. See here for an example.
Demoted to Extra - Notice how much emphasis is put on him and Xiangfei for this game. Rick was considered for the lineup of The King of Fighters '99, but was ultimately passed over in favor of Xiangfei. Sadly, it seems that Rick might never make it into KOF, especially with Vanessa "borrowing" his moves.
Characters introduced in Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Rock Howard - USA
Son of Geese and adopted by Terry. Has a grudge against his father for abandoning him and his mother which caused her death though Kain says otherwise. Although his fighting skills were taught by Terry, he somehow acquired some of Geese's attacks as well. He entered the tournament to find information about his mother.
Heroic BSOD - A somewhat milder example: if Rock wins a match using his Neo Raging Storm or Neo Deadly Rave (moves he "inherited" from Geese), he'll slump down to the floor in pain, agonizingly and momentarily unable to control his Blood Rage.
A rich aristocrat who fled from her parents to become a captain of a crew of modern-day pirates out of sheer boredom. Became interested when she found out that the sponsor of the tournament was quite wealthy. Quite the Attention Whore. (When she runs, she waves.)
A man well-versed in Chinese martial arts involving powerful strikes. He is Hotaru's brother although he constantly denies it. He enters the tournament to prove he is the strongest and get revenge on his father.
Muscles Are Meaningless - Defied with moderate success. As opposed to Gato's physical, "hard" style, Hotaru fights with internal (or "soft") Kung Fu and most of her special moves involve Ki Attacks.
Parental Abandonment - Her mom is dead and her father has left for parts unknown. Hotaru is currently searching for both her dad and Gato, who is heavily implied (but not outright stated) to be her older brother.
A Mexican Luchador wearing a griffon mask. He enters the tournament for his fans and for charity. At the end of the tournament, he retires but comes back anyway after he caught a glimpse of a young fan who admires him.
A nihilistic British Serial Killer who lives for life-and-death thrills and views his murders as works of art. A year prior to the events of Mot W, he killed Kevin Rian's partner, who was also the father of Marky.
The Faceless - His face is never shown (and is hiddenunder his bangs in his sprite), save for a cameo in The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match, but it's too small to make out his features properly.
Gory Discretion Shot - One of his DM/SDMs, Creeping Death, has him viciously attacking his opponent in the dark.
Mad Artist - He thinks of granting someone a "beautiful death" as doing his victims a great service.
Wolverine Claws - At least partially subverted. Some pieces of artwork depict him with long fingernails, but like the aforementioned Iori, Mature and Vice, he seems to shred opponents with his fingertips.
Hokutomaru - Japan
Andy's young but brash apprentice. Upon learning of a tournament, he comes to the city for the first time and causes a huge mess in a road intersection.
Big Eater - One of his winposes has him eating two large apples and a bomb in one gulp each.
A Brazilian Kyokugen-ryu practitioner who enters the tournament for the sake of advertising his dojo for new students. He was left in charge of the dojo by Ryo Sakazaki when he went training. At the end of the tournament, his dojo gets trashed anyway so he goes to look for the guy who did it.
Retcon - Young Dong Hwan in the anime is actually more shy than Jae Hoon. In Garou, he's the more outgoing and slacker son. Then again, Dong Hwan was a little child in the anime; he could have just grown out of his shell sooner than his brother did.
Kim Kaphwan's youngest son and Dong Hwan's brother. He resembles his father in the sense that he upholds a high sense of justice (even more than Kevin, who is a cop) and often scolds his brother for not practicing.
Cheerful Child - In The Movie, he was a totally adorable and outgoing little boy. While Dong Hwan started as a tiny Shrinking Violet in said movie but grew into a cheerful slacker, Jae Hoon became more serious and focused.
Kain's best friend and most trusted bodyguard. When Kain and Grant were children, they saw a young boy who was beaten up by some older boys. The young boy didn't fight back and eventually died from the beating, thus the two adopted the philosophy of survival of the fittest. Their bond is so strong, he took a gunshot for Kain in one assassination attempt. Despite this wound, he's still one of the most powerful people to face against in the tournament.
Deal with the Devil - Gained the sinister power of "Ankoku Karate" through a pact with an unidentified entity.
Death Seeker - To a degree. Due to his bullet wound, Grant lives every day as if it were his last and wouldn't mind the prospect of dying in the heat of battle, as long as Kain can live on to fulfill their dreams.
Geese Howard's brother-in-law and Rock Howard's uncle. He holds the Maximum Mayhem Tournament for the strong to compete against each other. He personally fights the victor in a showdown of who's the strongest. He took over Southtown after Geese's disappearance and, according to Rock's ending, was only following only the will of Geese. Despite this, he holds great contempt against Geese for taking away his sister though he doesn't show it often.
Authority Equals Asskicking - Though he's more balanced than his right hand man was, he has one deadly trick up his sleeve - when fighting him in arcade mode winning the first round leads to his T.O.P bar extending to his entire lifebar afterward/
My Rules Are Not Your Rules - Aside from the T.O.P. bar thing above, Kain is a charge input fighter (as in holding backward then tapping forward to use a special, a la Guile). Kain somehow doesn't seem to care while fighting you, as he can use said attacks while walking towards you. Being a SNK Boss, this is entirely intentional.
True Final Boss - You can only fight him (and get an ending) by meeting certain conditions.
Villainous Friendship - Type I with Grant. Whereas the true extent of Geese and Billy's relationship has always been a bit hazy from Geese's side, Kain and Grant truly have each other's back through thick and thin.
He is the father of Terry Bogard and Andy Bogard, and once a disciple of Tung Fu Rue. His age is not known, but he was older than his former companion Geese Howard before his death... at the hands of said former companion, who was Driven by Envy since he got passed up as the successor of the secret Hakkyokuseiken techniques to favor Jeff. This happened in front of Jeff's sons, who swear to get even with Geese, and this pretty much gets the ball of the whole Fatal Fury plot rolling...
Badass - He's said to have been the one who scarred Wolfgang Krauser's face and, in the first anime special, he was doing rather well against Geese's mooks while protecting little!Lily... until he got stabbed In the Back and it went From Bad to Worse.
In the first anime special, she first appears a little girl whom Geese forces to get involved in the circumstances that lead to Jeff Bogard's death. Flash forward to ten years, and we see her as the "Queen of South Town," a beautiful Femme Fatale who is a part of Geese's entourage. Deep down, though, still feels guilty for the part she took in the aforementioned tragedy.
Birds of a Feather - Part of the reason that her and Terry fall in love is because of the fact that they both can relate to the harshness and trials of growing up in Southtown.
The Cameo - In The King of Fighters '94, she can be seen among the crowd (and alongside Geese) in the Mexico stage.
Decoy Damsel - To be fair it NOT by choice: not only she was a little girl, but Geese forced her to play the role to get Jeff killed.
Destination Defenestration - How she dies. More exactly, Lily is cornered by Geese when she's about to escape with the Bogards and an injured Joe; she's right in front of a third story window, Geese unleashes a Reppuken on her, and then...
Hard-Drinking Party Girl/The Tease - In her first apparition as an adult, Lily seems to be slightly drunk and also consumes some more alcohol on-screen. The truth behind her behavior, however, is much sadder and bitter.
The Tragic Rose - Her life is an almost unending parade of tragedies, and as said above in her first scene tosses a rose up in the air while promising to spend a whole night with the man who catches it. The guy who does is obviously Terry. They never get to spend their night together, as right after her High Heel-Face Turn, she's killed by her boss Geese.
What Could Have Been - Lily was originally planned to be Billy's little sister of the same name. However, due to concerns from game developers, this idea was scrapped during production; her name remained as a small tribute.
Woman in White - Was wearing a white dress in her first apparition as an adult.
In the second special, this pre-teen boy from South Town is introduced as a huge Terry fanboy. However, he catches his idol in a particularly low moment...
Cute Bruiser - Terribly subverted when he goes against Axel Hawk's assistant (who is reluctant to fight a kid, but only concedes because 1. Tony is eager to fight them so they won't trouble Terry, and 2. Axel wants them to fight to draw Terry's attention).
A girl who appears in The Movie. A young girl from a rich family with a huge secret, she escapes from her older brother Laocorn's grip and seeks for Terry and his friends's help, becoming the key to unlock a massive conspiration...
Intimate Healing - After Terry's first fight with Jamin, his injuries are so serious that she strips down and lays with him to let her healing take full effect. Some cuddling, a You Must Be Cold moment and a bittersweet talk take place then. Awwwwww.
Sulia's older brother and the leader of the Gaudeamus clan. Has been the Soul Jar of the god Mars for some years already, after he tried to use a piece of the Armor to avenge his and Sulia's parents's murders. Ever since then he has been a Corrupt Corporate Executive, hell bent on world domination.
What Could Have Been - Like the entry under Panni, Eiji Kisaragi was originally in place of Hauer. Given Hauer's quirks, this might have possibly been a chance to poke fun at Eiji's EnglishAOF2 ending, where he proclaims his love for Mai (who, thanks to chronology, would have only been a child at the time).