Characters: Killer Instinct
Introduced in Killer Instinct
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"One step closer to flushing out UltraTech."
Voiced by: Anzu Lawson (KI 2013)
An agent of a mysterious origin who's tasked with infiltrating UltraTech's tournament and shutting down their operations. Her actions at the end of KI1 caused a rip in the timestream and thrust UltraTech back in time by 2000 years.
Back in the present, she continues her crusade to defeat UltraTech, despite her superiors' insistence that it is gone. Her insistence leads to her being disavowed by the organization, while she begins forming a new network to destroy the corporation.
- Action Girl
- Animal Motif: The jaguar, which she turns into in one special. KI 2013 even makes it materialize as a separate entity, as well as use it in several attacks, supers, and even her Instinct Mode.
- Ambiguously Brown/But Not Too Black. It's unclear whether or not Orchid is Caucasian, Latina, or Black. Her appearance in KI 2013 leans towards Caucasian.
- Baleful Polymorph: Her Frog Stomp finisher
- Biker Babe: Takes on the appearance of one in KI 2013.
- Boobs of Steel: One of the most up-front offensive characters in the game, as well as being one of the easier ones to master.
- Brother-Sister Team: One of her endings in KI 2013 has Jago coming to her aid to help ease her very troubled mind.
- Brown Note/Death by Sex/Sexy Spandex-Top Flashing/You Can Leave Your Hat On: Her Breast Flash finisher (unless her opponent is another Orchid. If done, then the other Orchid just stomps the ground and pouts).
- Calling Your Attacks: The biggest offender in KI 2013, it seems. She shouts "Buster!" when using her Buster Knee (both normal and Shadow), calls out "Ichi Ni San" on every hit of the move, her Instinct Mode has her sometimes call out "Firecat!" and she calls out "Finish!" whenever she activates her Ultra Combo.
- Combat Stilettos
- Dual Tonfas: In the second game.
- Dual Wielding: Whatever weapon she has, she'll always have it in both hands.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: She's wearing a kneepad on only her right knee in KI 2013.
- Face-Heel Turn: One of her KI 2013 endings has her paranoia consume her, thinking only of taking UltraTech down. Her mercenary group grows in numbers, but with less and less control or order.
- Genre Motif: Hers is electronic pop in KI 2013; it sounds like something you might hear on Top 40 radio stations.
- Goggles Do Nothing: She wears goggles in her KI 2013 design, but they're just there for show.
- Grenade Spam: Season 2 of the 2013 release gives Orchid the ability to throw grenades at will now, which detonate only on a timer.
- The Hero: The closest there is to one, considering she beat Eyedol.
- It's Personal/You Killed My Father: All There in the Manual states that she, as a grown-up, saw the murder of her (and Jago's) parents during the events of 2, something which made her hatred of the Fulgore cyborgs to be extremely intense.
- I Shall Taunt You: Her theme features several verses dedicated entirely to taunting her opponent.
- Jiggle Physics: Probably the greatest victim of this, considering how her costumes tend to lack any support. The new game has toned it down with one exception.
- La Résistance: Her character in the 2013 game centers around her singular crusade to take down UltraTech at all costs.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: She's Jago's older sister.
- Ms. Fanservice: Between her Orgasmic Combat and her Leotard of Power that looks practically painted-on, you bet that this trope is in force.
- Mythology Gag: Before doing an Ultra in Killer Instinct (2013), she does her Killer Instinct 1 victory pose, complete with Jiggle Physics.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: After she destroyed UltraTech, the surviving characters from the first game are thrown into a time vortex in the second.
- Oh, and she also got rid of Gargos's competition by killing Eyedol.
- Not as You Know Them: The first two games portrayed her as a sexy, flirtatious secret agent with 90's pop as her theme. The 2013 game turns her into some kind of GRRL power killer bounty hunter, with the lyrics emphasizing this. "Touch me and I'll break your face!" Turns out her plot for the third game's story mode is that her former agency has cut ties and disavowed her for unknown reasons. Even though UltraTech was allegedly destroyed (2013 takes place some years after KI2), Orchid still feels like they're operating, and thus forms a rebel group to take down whatever's left of them, leaving her paranoid and vengeful, thus justifying her taking a level in...assness.
- Further justified with the revelation that ARIA is now leading a new Ultratech whose motives and goals have yet to be determined.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "This should be quick" in KI 2013.
- When activating Instinct, she shouts, "Take 'em down!"
- Before doing her Ultra, she yells out "FINISH!"
- Simple Staff: Her kali sticks in the first game. They even double as Laser Blades when it comes to some of her moves. They became Dual Tonfas in KI2 and stun batons similar to her original Weapon of Choice in KI 2013.
- Start My Own: When Orchid is disavowed by her anti-Ultratech agency she gathers likeminded agents and forms her own, which appears to operate more similarly to a mercenary group.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female fighter in the first game. Averted in 2, which added more female characters, and in 2013, as she's the second female fighter to be revealed as playable, the first being newcomer Sadira.
- Super Mode: Her Instinct Mode summons her Firecat familiar, which can be summoned with the Instinct Mode command to help deal damage in combos.
- Theres No Kill Like Overkill: Despite the already lofty standards of overkill established in the third game, Orchid is capable of stringing together FIVE ULTRAS together to make a 200-hit combo.
- Thigh-High Boots: A key part of her earlier costumes, though her new look is a lot more realistic with this.
- Thong of Shielding: Shown in the second game.
- Took a Level in Badass/Took a Level in Jerkass: The 2013 game has her go from her flirtatious and secretive persona in previous versions to bitter, vengeful and paranoid. Just listen to the lyrics and remember that she went from pulling off killer combos with ease to upwards of two hundred hits.
Chief Thunder (a.k.a Hinnamatoom/Hinmatoom)
"Now I go along with the law."
Voiced by: Ken Lobb
During the previous Killer Instinct tournament, Chief Thunder's brother, Eagle, was one of the combatants. When Eagle did not return, Thunder entered the next tournament hoping to either return or avenge Eagle. The only real certainty about his involvement in the tournament is that he did defeat Spinal, but little else.
The third game continues this thread by having the newest UltraTech boss promise to help the Chief find Eagle's remains and give them a proper burial.
- Animal Motif: His 2013 redesign places a heavy influence on Creepy Crows, to the point that his Instinct Mode surrounds him in a flock of crows.
- Badass Native: Though he didn't look to much like it before, he does look the part in force for 2013.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Not so obvious from the first game, but his new look definitely embraces this aspect.
- Darker and Edgier: His story and appearance in KI 2013 are much darker than his initial appearance.
- Drowning My Sorrows: The explanation for what he has been doing since the first game.
- Domino Revelation: Thunder discovers in the first game that Eagle has apparently died. His questioning of Orchid in KI2013 about the circumstances of his death lead to him learning that Eagle has been turned into Fulgore.
- Due to the Dead: His story in KI 2013 involves him looking for his brother Eagle's body, likely so that it might get a proper burial.
- He also sports a massive tattoo of an eagle on his chest marked with Eagle's date of birth and supposed year of death.
- Genre Motif: Much like Jago, his stage has rock music as this, only his includes some Native American instruments befitting his origin.
- Ground Pound: A new move of his in KI 2013 allows him to stomp the ground right below him from midair after performing his Sammamish attack.
- Home Run Hitter: His Axe Uppercut No Mercy.
- Hurting Hero: Thunder is hit particularly hard by the apparent death/disappearance of his brother Eagle.
- Immune to Flinching: His Shadow Moves in KI 2013 have a point of super armor on them.
- Large and In Charge: Both a massive fighter and a chieftain.
- Magical Native American: Thunder wields spritiual powers that are usually associated with shamans.
- Odd Friendship: With Sabrewulf. Thunder admires him for his oneness with his spirit guide.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Thunder is almost never referred to by his actual name; Hinnamatoom.
- Powerful Pick: His DLC costume lets him replace his tomahawks with pickaxes in one of the accessory sets.
- Put on a Bus: After the first game.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in the 2013 game.
- Shock and Awe: His Rain Dance No Mercy. There's a greater emphasis on lightning in his KI 2013 moveset, to the point of giving him a new move in 2013 Season 2 where he summons lightning that subsequently strikes and empowers himself.
- Super Mode: In the 2013 game, when he triggers Instinct Mode, his dash becomes invulnerable and he can dash much further, allowing him to rush in without fear of retaliation as well as quickly cross-up his opponents when they're caught unawares.
- Take It to the Bridge: His stage in the original game was a long wooden bridge (though oddly it didn't include a stage finisher in spite of it). His stage in the 2013 game is likewise inspired by that setting (now taking place in a northwest corner of the US on a natural stone walkway).
- Tattooed Crook: Is implied to have formerly been this; his chest is covered in tattoos and his intro quote implies that he didn't always follow the law.
- Tribal Facepaint: Both versions of Thunder include this. His DLC costume, though, does not.
- An Axe to Grind: His trademark weapons are Two tomahawks.
- Use Your Head: In the first game, he had his mohawk light up for one special, Sammamish. In the 2013 release, the mohawk's gone, but he's still got the move.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Wrench Whack: One of the accessory sets for his DLC Costume replaces his tomahawks with wrenches.
Cinder (a.k.a Ben Ferris)
- "I would NOT want to be you today."Ben Ferris, a small-time criminal with counts of assault, breaking and entering and arson on his record, is the latest convict to be bought out of jail for UltraTech’s twisted uses. His fate is to be used as a human guinea-pig in the company’s chemical weapon developments, an unexpected side-effect leaving him consumed by fire but somehow, much to his own horror, still alive. He is kept confined in a top-security block until UltraTech decide to enter him into the tournament under the codename Cinder to defeat Glacius fairly and in full public view, his freedom providing the ultimate incentive.In the Reboot, Ben Ferris is instead an ex-spec-ops soldier turned thief-for-hire. After receiving a contract to infiltrate UltraTech to steal information on "Project Cinder", Ben began digging deep into UltraTech, making friends with higher-ups, bugging offices, and listening for anything that could clue him in. After being exposed by ARIA, he was given the choice to either join her, or be killed. Obviously, joining UltraTech came with a few strings attached. Though honestly, he doesn't seem to mind that one bit.
- Adaptational Villainy: Previously, he was a Death Seeker who despised what he became. Come 2013, he's a con-man who loves the power his current form gives him, and he's a Blood Knight to an absolutely psychotic degree.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Even for Killer Instinct his alternate colors push the envelope, ranging from intense violets to gray to two shades of green affectionately nicknamed "Mountain Dew and Xbox" by the developers.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Due to being enhanced with alien DNA, 2013 Cinder looks quite a bit more alien as a result.
- Blood Knight: From some of his dialogue, it looks like it.Cinder: (victory) Ha ha, that was too much fun!Cinder: (throwing Pyrobomb) Heads up!Cinder: (doing Trailblazer) Sick burn!
- Brick Joke: This is actually a pretty long one. TJ Combo's trailer, which debuted at E3 2014, had him saying "Is that the best you got, UltraTech?" while standing over a defeated Fulgore. At the end of this trailer, an orange glare appears behind him; he turns around, and the trailer ends. That was almost a year before Cinder was shown in full near the end of Hisako's trailer, using the exact same set-up as TJ's trailer. The month after that, Cinder's trailer opens with him beating the crap out of TJ Combo, and his first spoken dialogue is:Cinder: About now, I'm thinkin' ol' TJ has to be regrettin' that witty line of his. (in a mocking impersonation of TJ's voice) "Is that the best you got, UltraTech?" I mean, who says things like that?!
- Captain Ersatz: He's basically an evil version of The Human Torch.
- Character Blog: While not an official constant one, Cinder took over the Killer Instinct twitter after his release.
- Con Man: Ben Ferris in KI 2013 is a former Spec Ops agent-turned-professional con artist instead of a petty crook.
- Cursed with Awesome: Cinder in KI 2013 is obviously having one hell of a time using his powers.
- Downloadable Content: Cinder is the second-to-last character to be released for Season 2, set to be released on April 30, 2015.
- Deadpan Snarker: As part of his new design.
- Death Seeker: According to the comic, Cinder wishes for death due to what he has become.
Cinder: It's hard to go by Ben when you look like I do. But you know what? I like this new me.
- Averted in KI2013. According to what he says in his trailer, he's pretty fine with it.
- Difficult but Awesome: Somewhat in 2013. His individual hits deal very little damage, and even an 11 hit combo performed by him can only end up being around 12% damage, which is much lower on average than even Kan-Ra or Omen. But, he can build up a ton of potential damage, meaning that if you're patient and play your cards right, your next combo is going to really hurt.
- Evil Feels Good: If his in-game quotes are any indication, 2013 Cinder sounds like he's having a lot more fun compared to his older counterpart.
- Face-Heel Turn: In the 2013 game, he went from being an ordinary spec-ops operative to a career criminal, before ultimately working for UltraTech.
- Fire/Water Juxtaposition: His chief rival is Glacius.
- Genre Motif: Cinder is associated with heavy metal tracks.
- Grenade Spam: Cinder can throw up to 3 Pyrobombs he can detonate at will, making this a viable zoning strategy.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Ben's DNA was spliced with that of Glacius' in the 2013 game during his transformation, effectively making him part alien.
- A lot of prototypes/UltraTech test subjects can be seen in his stage background. Some are stuck in tubes, but one person in particular is strapped to a metal bed with some mechanical hand trying to grab them. Are you surprised, since this is coming from UltraTech?
- I'm Melting: His Lava Pool No Mercy.
- Incendiary Exponent: The crux of his fighting style.
- Kill It with Fire: His Meltdown No Mercy. It's also his whole shtick, considering he's a being of living flames.
- Killed Off for Real: Glacius kills him in the first tournament. The comic depicts this as a mercy killing (see Death Seeker above).
- Averted with the 2013 game, as the Ben Ferris we're dealing with is an entirely new person backstory-wise.
- Laughably Evil: In 2013. He sounds like a stereotypical high-school jock, all while spouting off insults, dumb nicknames, and fire puns. Though unlike in the original Killer Instinct, he is very much on UltraTech's side this time, and is obviously enjoying causing havoc with his new powers.
- Large Ham: The guy sounds like he's having the time of his life in 2013, gleefully laughing and trash-talking his opponents throughout the fight.(using Inferno) "BUUUUUURN!"
- Malicious Misnaming: Cinder likes to spout out ridiculous nicknames for those he is beating.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Nightmare Face: His face without his mask on looks pretty creepy. Becomes especially apparent when he starts smiling.
- Playing with Fire: What kind of power would a man of fire have? Three guesses, first two don't count.
- The Rival: To Glacius.
- Smug Super: Cinder's huge ego is backed up with his pyrokinetic powers.
- Spirited Competitor: Cinder enjoys the thrill of battle more than anything else.Cinder: But if they really wanna fight it, who am I to complain? I just means I get to have more fun.
- Standard Status Effects: Some of his combo enders set the opponent on fire, generating potential damage (white health) over time. There's both kick and punch burn enders, and if the opponent uses a kick or a punch attack respectively while on fire, they refresh the duration of the debuff.
- Sticky Bomb: His Pyrobombs in the 2013 game, which will stick to the opponent if they connect. He can detonate them at any time by pressing all three punch buttons, but if he's hit while his opponent has any Pyrobombs on them, they fizzle out, and they will also fizzle out automatically after a short time.
- Super Mode: Along with the standard Instinct, Cinder in the 2013 game also has a special state called Fired Up. When he's Fired Up, his special moves are given new properties such as extended range. Using a special move will remove the Fired Up state, but it recharges after a few seconds.
- His Instinct Mode fires him up continuously.
- Trash Talk: Cinder always has a witty comment for his opponent.
- Transhuman: Due to UltraTech messing with alien tecnhology to create Cinder, Ben Ferris is no longer an ordinary man. Taken Up to Eleven in the 2013 game, he's barely even a human anymore.
- Visible Invisibility: He had a special that either makes him only partially invisible (only a silhouette) or fully invisible. Both give him projectile immunity, though the former only lasts against one move. He'd be almost unspottable if it weren't for the fact that he's Wreathed in Flames.
- Visionary Villain: Cinder is convinced that Ultratech is this and is therefore the right side to be on, and doesn't understand how others don't see it this way.
- A prototype cybernetic soldier created by UltraTech. He was put into the Killer Instinct to test his abilities. If he proves effective, mass production will begin. He was killed by Jago in the tournament, but robots don't die that easily.After the original's death, UltraTech builds a new, deadlier Fulgore. When UltraTech HQ is sent into the past, he is released with one order: kill Jago.He is made again in the third game, but this time, Fulgore begins developing a mind, an awareness that begins making it feel almost human...
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot/ Turned Against Their Masters: If Fulgore wins KI2 after killing Jago, humanity becomes enslaved by Fulgore as he leads machines to war against their creators.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Laser Blades below the shoulder, in fact.
- Death Is Cheap: Death doesn't stop this robot from returning in the sequels.
- Downloadable Content: Fulgore was released for Killer Instinct 2013 in April 8, 2014.
- The Dragon: In the first two games, he is always the second-to-last opponent. The third game promotes him to end-boss.
- Expy: Pretty much a robot version of the Predator, right down to how the blades are shaped. Less so in the 2013 game (although he still arrives using optic camo, something Predator was fond of).
- Eye Beams: A special move of his as well as a No Mercy. In KI2, his Ultra Combo consists of jumping into the air and unleashing a barrage of Beam Spam. The Eye Laser spam makes a return as a Shadow Move for his 2013 redesign.
- Final Boss: In Season 1 of the 2013 game (as of March 2014), you fight Fulgore at the end of the game instead of one stage before (as in the last two entries). However, if you perform the necessary steps to get to Shadow Jago, Fulgore's battle will be skipped entirely.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Besides his eye lasers, his 2013 design also gives him a chest-mounted one. And he gets to use it as an actual attack.
- Genre Motif: His stage theme is industrial metal, which is combined with his KI2 theme. For the record, the only other character who even references the second game's soundtrack in Season One is Glacius.
- Ghost in the Machine: It turns out that Fulgore has the soul of Thunder's brother Eagle within him. Because of this, Fulgore is slowly gaining Eagle's sentience.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: They glow even more when his Instinct Meter is full
- Invisibility: Starting in the second game. The 2013 version combines this with his teleport.
- Kill Sat: His No Mercy in the second game.
- Laser Blade: His claws.
- Ludicrous Gibs and More Dakka: His Gun 'em Down No Mercy.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: In the 2013 release, Fulgore does not get a Shadow Meter. Instead, he gets a charge meter that determines how much energy he can spend on attack cancels and shadow moves. The rate at which the charge meter can be charge faster via attacking or unique auto-doubles, while it slows down if Fulgore gets hit or stays idle.
- Season 2 modified these rules but he remains mechanically unusual in spite of it. Now his meter gains power on its own (initially there was no charge command for Season 2 Fulgore but a later patch adds this back as an Instinct-only feature) and increases gain rate as Fulgore hits his opponent with physical strikes. As it gains, Fulgore's movement behavior improves with each level of Reactor Gauge (green-yellow-red). The Devestation Beam is now usable outside of Instinct Mode (just fill the Reactor Gauge to use it) and activating Instinct will make the reactor's growth rate instantly and perpetually maximum for the duration of Instinct.
- More Dakka: End a match with an Ultimate in KI2 and Fulgore will turn into a giant robot (or replace his head with a turret in the first game) to ventilate his enemy.
- Power Glows: An aura of red energy glows around him when he activates Instinct Mode.
- Rocket Punch: His 2013 iteration not only uses rockets to boost his Shoryuken, but he also uses this to boost himself along for the Cyber Dash move.
- Robot Hair: Fulgore has a red/brown, ponytail-like protrusion coming from the back of his head. This can be replaced with accessories.
- Shock and Awe: Mainly for show, but he can do it as a projectile. He could also use this to counter enemy attacks and reflect projectiles in the second game.
- Shoryuken: While he has always had this move, his 2013 version combines this with Rocket Punch.
- Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: His story in the third game focuses upon the possibility that he might actually have a human intelligence. Normally, though, he is around a Level 2.
- Super Mode: Fulgore's Instinct Mode automatically charges his battery, speeding him up considerably.
- Teleport Spam: He was guilty of this in the first game, and one of his combo enders uses it.
- Villain Teleportation: Starting in the second game.
- Was Once a Man: It's eventually revealed that the newest version of Fulgore has Eagle's soul programmed in it. The comics brought this point as well, but 18 years earlier.
- Wave Motion Gun: Whatever the heck is erupting out of his chest in the 2013 game's teaser for him. It can only be used by getting full shadow meter.
- Younger Than They Look: Justified in that he's a robot.
Voiced by: Kevin Bayliss (KI, KI2), Jean-Edouard "Jedsound" Miclot (KI 2013)
An alien from who-knows-where captured by UltraTech and forced to fight in Killer Instinct, supposedly to prove aliens' inferiority. He eventually defeated Cinder and escaped to his homeworld.
But 2000 years in the past, the remaining combatants have been thrust back in time, and Glacius' ancestors are all trapped on Earth. One of them, also named Glacius, seeks to free them and return home.
- Alien Blood: Purple.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Among the color palettes available in every game, Glacius tends to have some of the most varied among them. His DLC costume in the 2013 release even gives him a transparent costume!
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Glacius and possibly all of his race are revealed to have two hearts.
- Damage Control: His story in the third game involves fixing whatever mayhem that may ensue from the misuse of his technology. As it turns out, Sadira's after this technology as well.
- Extreme Omnivore: Possibly one of his KI 1 finishers: he turns into a puddle and engulfs the doomed opponent while in this form.
- An Ice Person: Though he sadly lacks any kind of stunning move.
- Fire/Water Juxtaposition: Glacius' primary rival is Cinder.
- Genre Motif: Glacius gets an electronic one of these for his stage, Crash Site, in KI 2013.
- I Did What I Had to Do: One of his endings in KI 2013 has him activating the self-destruct mechanism on his stolen technology to keep those damn, dirty Earthlings from ruining the universe with it. Said mechanism ends up destroying Earth and it's implied that he's not happy about it.
- Immune to Flinching: In the Xbox One game, his Instinct Mode allows him to take up to five hits without flinching as long as it's active.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His Ice Pick No Mercy. Made into a spear in the second game.
- Large and In Charge: In KI 2013, the guy towers over most of the cast so far.
- Legacy Character: The one in the second is not the same as the one in the first. The third game brings back a previous Glacius (Possibly the second considering the DLC costume), though visibly different.
- Literally Shattered Lives: His No Mercy in the second game.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: For the first two games at least, he had more throws involved.
- Mighty Glacier: Well, he is made of ice, after all, but ultimately this is subverted-he's actually one of the faster characters in either game, absorbs a decent amount of damage before depleting his bars, and can pummel opponents to a pulp in a heartbeat.
- Compared to the later versions (especially the 2013 version), the first Glacius could also be a Lightning Bruiser, depending on how he was played.
- Likewise, Glacius in KI 2013 actually fits the trope as the roster's first zone/keepaway character, with a floaty jump, slow walking speed, and long range attacks not unlike Dhalsim.
- Power Armor: In KI 2013, Glacius is wearing a transparent form of this. Circuitry patterns can occasionally be seen flashing on it.
- Shapeshifting: The first two games had more fun with this, with his hands turning into various sharp blades or spikes for special moves. The third game toned this down considerably to only melting into a puddle.
- Super Mode: The 2013 release's Instinct Mode temporarily gives Glacius 5 hits worth of super armor, making him Immune to Flinching.
"I'm afraid your path ends here."
Voiced by: Kevin Bayliss (KI, KI2), Mike Willette (KI 2013)
A Tibetan monk mentored by the Tiger Spirit who believes it is his destiny to destroy UltraTech. After learning of Gargos' deceit Jago sets out to purge what remains of the demon's spirit from within him, and work through his own guilt along the way, by fighting in the newest Killer Instinct tournament.
- Anvil on Head: His Falling Car No Mercy.
- Animal Motifs: The tiger. Particularly prominent in the 2013 game.
- Anime Hair: His 2013 design makes his hair windswept almost entirely to the side.
- Arch-Enemy: Fulgore and Gargos.
- Back from the Dead: KI2 gave Jago a specific method: He can use a specific command that drains him of about 1/8 of his health, but if he is out of health bars (and isn't finished with an Ultra or Ultimate), his spirit will leave his body and regain that sliver of health so he can fight again.
- Cult: Jago was originally part of one...
- The Dark Side: His story in the third game centers around him trying to manage the corruption within him from serving Gargos under the guise of the Tiger Spirit, as well as dealing with the guilt of being used in the first place.
- Darker and Edgier: Although it's only really present in the backstory, Jago is this in KI 2013.
- Deconstruction: Of the Ryu-type who is commonly the lead in Fighting Games. Not only is he not the main hero, (that honor arguably goes to Orchid) but his intense faith and dedication actually cause a myriad of problems for Jago, including the possibility of a Super-Powered Evil Side. Not to mention that most of his endings either involve him suffering for his victory or outright failing altogether.
- Enemy Without: Omen.
- Expy: Originally of Ryu, but nowadays he is a full on Deconstruction.
- Genre Motif: Rock music is his for KI 2013, although there are some Eastern instruments included, reflecting his Tibetan origin.
- Hurting Hero: Being manipulated by a millenia old demon has taken its toll on Jago.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His Sword Stab No Mercy.
- Improbable Weapon User: One skin for his sword in KI 2013 is a keytar for his classic costume.
- Improvised Clothes: His new outfit in the 2013 game is made from materials he found around the temple.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Can turn it into a Laser Blade too. His 2013 design makes it a scimitar instead of a katana.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Is revealed to be Orchid's brother.
- McNinja: He's really a Warrior Monk from Tibet but has a very ninja-esque design.
- Mr. Fanservice: His skintight and tastefully ripped outfit, showing off his lean muscles with about 1% body fat, were a blatant attempt at reaching for this. He's still fairly fanservice-y in KI 2013, but he looks far more rugged now. His Classic DLC Outfit then ratchets the fanservice back up to the same level, if not a little more.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Breaks Gargos free.
- Place of Power: His stage is set in the Tiger's Lair, where the Cult of The Tiger Spirit was formerly located.
- Playing with Fire: His Charring Fireball No Mercy in the second game.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His combo trait Around The World invokes this by allowing him to chain his doubles in a Heavy - Medium - Light - Heavy sequence, building Instinct meter and drastically raising the ender value of the combo in the process.
- Shotoclone: Even with a sword, he still has Ryu's basic moveset.
- Shout-Out: The special accessory set that is available for his DLC classic costume references none other than Voltron with the Tibetron accessories.
- Sinister Scimitar: Inverted in KI 2013. He wields a scimitar, but he's a good guy.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Shadow Jago in the 2013 game, although for now it's mostly a Palette Swap and Evil Sounds Deep with the possibility of more significant differentiation down the line. The boss version (see below) has more variety than his playable incarnation. Either way, this is what's gonna happen to Jago if he doesn't get rid of what's left of Gargos.
- Super Mode: 2013's Instinct Mode temporarily gives him faster recovery on all his moves as well as healing properties on his fireballs and a double-fireball attack.
- Too Many Belts: Jago's outfit features roughly four sets of paired ropes functioning as belts. In all fairness, atleast two appear essential to holding together his ensemble.
- Turned Against Their Masters: When the cult you were following is idolizing a Humanoid Abomination who murdered your parents and then used you to free himself from his dimensional prison, there aren't many other options...
- His plot in KI 2013 revolves around the above spoiler.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His new outfit in the 2013 game.
- Warrior Therapist: One of Orchid's endings has him track her down and help ease her very unstable mind.
Voiced by: Zachary Quarles (KI 2013)
One of UltraTech's little "projects", crossing human and reptile DNA to create a creature with the viciousness of a raptor and the mind of a person. A dangerous creature due to its unstable and indecisive mind, trapped between the predatory tendencies of its reptile half and its humanity, UltraTech is eager to see how vicious it performs in the tournament.
- Commercial Switcheroo: The teaser for Riptor is almost entirely made as a legitimate advertisement for UltraTech's military applications, with the only mention of the game being in the gameplay footage and the intro/outro. And the teaser for Omen.
- Cyborg: Now with some fancy new cybernetic upgrades, including an extending tail.
- Breath Weapon: Able to expel spurts of fire. The Season 2 release dedicates an entire button just to flame breath.
- Downloadable Content: Riptor is to wrap up 2014 as December's new character release for Season 2.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Especially genetically engineered (and later cybernetic) ones.
- Extreme Omnivore/Balloon Belly: One of her finishers involve eating the opponent.
- Genre Motif: Riptor's theme in KI 2013 is mostly orchestral (fitting of Jurassic Park movies), with some electronic mixed in.
- Hollywood Acid: The Acid Spit No Mercy.
- Killed Off for Real: By T.J. Combo. Though it's been revived by the time of the 2013 title as a cybernetic weapon.
- Raptor Attack: Co-Goddess of this trope along with Talon. Surprisingly enough, both first installments debuted in the 90's.
- Super Mode: Her Instinct Mode in the Xbox One game enhances her breath and tail attacks, increasing their damage or range.
- Shout-Out: One of her shadow moves (a ram that knocks opponents to the air) is affectionately called the "Clever Girl".
- Samus is a Girl: Though in all honesty, this is only noted in the first game's ending and is usually ignored because is a dinosaur.
Count von Sabrewulf
- A poor soul cursed with the disease "Lycanthropy", causing him to unwillingly transform into a hideous creature of the night. Rejected by society and forced to live in solitude, his sanity is deteriorating but prays someday for a release from his burden. As unlikely as it sounds, UltraTech has extended their hand in aid should he be victorious in their tournament and thus he finds himself unable to refuse the opportunity.
- Alchemy Is Magic: Sabrewulf's new arms in KI 2013 were made through alchemical processes. His stage is even called "Alchemical Lab."
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Until his transformation.
- Beast Man: Being a Wolf Man, this automatically applies. However, the third game plays with his mentality, as he tries to reclaim his human mind.
- Bittersweet Ending: One of Sabrewulf's KI2013 endings; After an encounter with Thunder, Sabrewulf comes to believe that he is not a man in the shape of a wolf, but a wolf with the heart of a man. While he does finally gain peace with himself, he resolves to remain alone.
- Body Horror: Not only is he forced to transform into a werewolf due to Lycanthropy, he lost both arms to another champion (possibly Orchid or Glacius), in his first tournament. After that, UltraTech figured he could be a powerful pawn for them and built him a new pair of robotic arms and some internal machinery. Once he embraced his inner beast, however, he forcibly rips out his arms and artificial organs with his teeth, and is forced to use agonizing alchemical surgery to regrow them, becoming addicted to his supernatural painkillers in the process.
- Butt Monkey: He got the crap beaten out of him in the tournament and was then experimented upon for his failure. He even gets possessed by Gargos, as he tries to kill Orchid.
- Looks like he's finally lashing out: in KI 2013, he's become more monster than man, and got rid of his mechanical arms through some alchemical processes.
- Button Mashing: A unique mechanic Saberwulf has in the 2013 game is Rapid Doubles, which allows the player to mash the same button repeatedly as an autodouble as a means to extend his combo.
- The Cameo: He's loosely based on a character of the same name, invented by Rare for a puzzle-platformer they had released for computers (and remade for the Game Boy Advance) known as Sabre Wulf.
- Cyborg: Similar to Pre-retcon Jax, Sabrewulf got cybernetic arms in the second game, thanks to unwilling implantation by UltraTech. The new game does away with them aside from an accessory set for his DLC costume.
- Extremity Extremist: A majority of his attacks tend to only focus on his arms or his bite, with only a small number of moves actually involving kicking.
- Genre Motif: Sabrewulf's stage in KI 2013 features classical-styled music.
- Heel-Face Turn: One of his KI 2013 endings has him, in the rush of victory, finally reclaiming a good deal of his humanity. His first thought is wondering if he should put on a shirt or not.
- Jack of All Stats: He has a decent mix of strength and speed.
- Magic Pants: Subverted with his ending in the first game. He's only shown from the waist up after returning to human form. One guess as to why.
- Exaggerated with in ending in the SNES port of the first game. When he turns human, a pair of tattered shorts appears out of nowhere.
- Lampshaded in the Xbox One game. In one ending after regaining his mind, Sabrewulf's first thought is to whether he should find a shirt.
- Odd Friendship: With Thunder. Thunder for his part admires Sabrewulf for being one with his spirit guide. Sabrewulf sees another restless spirit in Thunder.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Unless the ability to throw flaming bats has become standard.
- He loses that ability in KI 2013 in order to become a pure rushdown character.
- Painting the Medium: He has a finisher in the first game which smacks his opponents into the screen.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In KI 2013.
- Shout-Out: One of his color palettes in KI 2013 is inspired by Gmork.
- Super Mode: 2013's Instinct Mode temporarily gives him extra speed and strength, including the ability to inflict chip damage, and a new Lag Cancel command that allows him to stop any command he wants.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Starting in KI 2. (In the first game he was a Walking Pantsless Scene instead.)
Voiced by: Chris Seavor (KI, KI2),David Robert Donatucci (KI 2013)
Another ghastly product of UltraTech's science, this time in the field of cell regeneration. A warrior from over two millennia ago, Spinal finds it difficult to exist in the modern world but strives to prove his worth to his "creators" regardless.
Later games give him a more arcane origin, stating his resurrection being because of a certain mystical artifact that controls his destiny. He is searching for this item so that he may destroy it and finally live free.
- Attack Backfire: He has a move where if his shield gets hit by a projectile, he'll get a skull from it. His 2013 form ups this so he can gain a skull from using this move against normal specials too.
- Anvil on Head: The second game gives him a finisher that drops a giant skull on someone...and THAT skull laughs at you, too.
- Captain Ersatz: Spinal's KI 2013 design seems to take several cues from Captain Jack Sparrow. His trailer also shows that his head catches green fire when his Instinct Meter is full, taking from Ghost Rider, and his Skull projectiles look a lot like Quan Chi's.
- Dem Bones: He's a sword-and-shield-bearing skeleton who effectively broke Nintendo's longstanding taboo against undead protagonists. He's rather unique with his magical attacks, some of which require the expenditure of a floating skull; up to five can orbit him at any given time and they must be cast summoned of time. No other character has a mechanic like this.
- His 2013 redesign gives him the ability to summon ghost hands a la Shinnok.
- Difficult but Awesome: Easily the most complex character in KI 2013 to date, requiring good spacing as well as resource management due to his skulls. A decent Spinal is a manageable nuisance. A good Spinal can invariably be a Stone Wall that can drain both Shadow and Instinct meter from his opponents while countering any tactic they might use to break his defense.
- Spinal was this SO much in the original game that he was nearly cut from the sequel just for being that hard to use.
- Diving Kick: A move that nobody else has besides Shadow Jago.
- Downloadable Content: Spinal has been announced as the first DLC character for Killer Instinct 2013, releasing January 31, 2014.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Not only does his 2013 stage display a monstrous Kraken crushing a ship, but also his 2013 design straps on an octopus to his shield. It's mostly a cosmetic design though, as it can get replaced with accessories alongside his sword.
- Evil Laugh: The freak's infamous for it. Ugh...
- Eye Pop: A totally ridiculous one if Orchid uses her Breast Flash No Mercy finisher on him.
- Genre Motif: Very drum-driven music for his stage, with some industrial metal/orchestral vibes thrown in alongside Ominous Swedish Chanting.
- Mana Drain: His Flaming Skull Fireballs in KI 2013 can leech off his enemy's Shadow and Instinct gauges when powered by a skull. Normal Skull Fireballs drain Shadow meter, Shadow Skull Fireballs drain Instinct meter. The rate of drainage can be stacked up with subsequent uses of the fireballs in combos, but the effect stops the moment Spinal is hit.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: His floating skull mechanic requires replenishment in order to gain certain perks for his special moves. These skulls are only gained via certain specials, throws, and his special manuals that summon skeletal hands to strike.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: In his KI 2013 Leitmotif, although it's Swedish rather than Latin.
- Pirate: He was one 2000 years ago. He even had a ship and a huge crew of fellow skeletons! He definitely looks the part of one in KI 2013.
- Power Copying: He could include copies of his current opponent's moves in his combo finishers in earlier titles. The first game even allowed him to temporarily imitate his enemy.
- Shield Bash: Taken to ridiculous extremes in classic Killer Instinct games. He can stab, levitate, and electrocute people with his shield there. In KI 2013, he just bashes you with it.
- Shout-Out: Along with Eyedol, to The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, as well as Jason and the Argonauts.
- Sinister Scimitar: His Weapon of Choice.
- Sub Boss: He is always third-to-last on the ladder in the first game.
- Super Mode: His Instinct Mode gives him infinite skulls. Not only does activating it instantly summon every skull he can, but he can actually regenerate skulls over time as well. Considering that he can drain an opponent's Instinct Meter, this can lead to him staying with infinite skulls for, at most, ten seconds longer.
- Teleport Spam: His Skeleport. Downplayed in the second game, where the move is much slower and less practical for spamming. The third then ups it a bunch, with an invulnerable shadow teleport and letting skulls make his heavy teleport (which puts him behind his enemy) special-cancelable.
- War God: The Swedish lyrics to his theme have the chanters refer to Spinal as a god multiple times. He probably isn't actually a deity, but might be worshipped as one.Vakna, vakna, mäktiga gud! (Awaken, awaken, Mighty God!)Kallar på Spinal, krigarguden! (Calling for Spinal, the Warrior God!)Fräls oss, fräls oss, mäktiga gud! (Deliver us, deliver us, Mighty God!)Med guden Spinals krafter och mod (With the powers and courage of Spinal the God)
- Win Your Freedom: His story in the second and third games involve him breaking out of servitude. The main pull is that he is being resurrected and controlled by a mystic artifact, the Mask of the Ancients, and that by breaking it, he may finally be free.
T.J. "Combo" Garrett
"Think you got what it takes to beat the champ? Come on!"
Voiced by: Patrick Seitz (KI 2013)
A championship boxer who was eventually banned from the sport after it was discovered he used cybernetic implants to improve his punching power. Without fame or wealth, he turned to UltraTech's tournament and their promise to restore his honor and title if he could best the competition. Later, after realizing how far he has fallen, TJ decides that the only way to regain his dignity is to come back, but this time to do things right. He has his implants removed and sets his sights on taking down UltraTech and regaining his lost honor along the way.
- Arch-Enemy: His theme declares that he is personally gunning for Ultratech's leader ARIA.
- Badass Normal: He's just a boxer in a tournament where the competitors are an ice alien, a cybernetic killing machine, a genetically engineered dinosaur, a skeleton, a werewolf, and a man who's made out of fire. The few normal humans besides him all either have weapons or special powers. (Energy projectiles, turning into a flaming cat, etc.). Combo just uses his FISTS (and the occasional knee.) Even his finishing moves in KI 1 (smacking his opponent into the screen/breaking their neck) are of the badass normal variety in a game where all the other characters have at least one over the top finisher involving special powers.
- Bald of Awesome: One of his accessories makes Combo lose his hair, but instead he gets a Badass Beard.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Even though Jago is an actual monk, TJ fits this particular trope better as a heavyweight boxer and the only fighter without an obvious weapon or superpower. His arms formerly contained cybernetic enhancements, but he's often overlooked in favor of the flashier characters despite his strengths.
- Brought Down to Normal: Come KI 2013, he has his implants removed in an attempt to "do things right" and prove to the world that his skills are truly his own.
- Character Development: He went from a cheater who used augmentations to better his boxing (who then fought for Ultra Tech to regain his former glory) to The Atoner who desires to go straight in KI 2013.T.J. Combo:"I took the easy route, once. It got me fame, fortune and glory. But it was all hollow. When I fell, I fell hard. I lost everything. But I'm back now, and this time, I'm doing it right. And don't think for a moment that I'll let anything get in my way. 'Cause if you give me that moment...I win!"
- Combat Pragmatist: His backstory shows that he formerly used cybernetic implants and was banned from boxing because of it. He is also known for fighting dirty: one of his finishers in the first game involve breaking the opponent's neck; in the second game, his No Mercy was shooting the opponent with a machine gun. His 2013 redesign plays up this pragmatism more with more noticeable grabbing. Then again, he is shifting his fighting style from Boxing to MMA.
- Downloadable Content: He is the first Downloadable Character to be announced for Season 2 of Killer Instinct 2013, with people able to get him in advance by pre-ordering Season 2 and by buying the boxed release of Season 1.
- Empowered Badass Normal: His implants improved his already nigh superhuman strength and speed. Even after having them removed he can draw on their latent effects to trigger his Instinct.
- Expy: Of Balrog, Jerkass and everything. His movesets are also an expy of Guile taken Up to Eleven, as EVERY move requires the player Charge back or forward (except the Super moves).
- His redesign for the Xbox One reboot strays from his boxing roots and turns him into a mixed martial artist instead. This is most noticeable with his gloves, which are the thinner kind used by MMA fighters as opposed to the traditional boxing globes. And he even has a Kimbo Slice-styled costumization option.
- Extremity Extremist: He's a boxer, after all. However, he does have a flying knee move. His redesign is looking to stray from this route even further.
- Eyepatch of Power: His second appearance does have him sport an eyepatch for dubious reasons. It's off for the third game, making one wonder what it actually was needed for.
- Fallen Hero: He fights in the second tournament to get his heavyweight title back. Later pulls a Heel-Face Turn.
- Genre Motif: A hard-hitting rap number befitting the more urban atmosphere of his stage and his roots. The lyrics reflect on TJ's pride and his desire to show everyone who doubts him that He's Back.
- Heel-Face Turn: Combo was pretty much an unpleasant cyborg jerk who fought sponsored by Ultratech in the first series of games. In KI 2013, he has had his implants removed and has taken a severe attitude adjustment. Now, Combo is ready to prove to the world that he can fight under his own power and take the fight to Ultratech.
- Heroic Second Wind: If he loses both health bars while having full Instinct in 2013, he will get back on his feet, using up his Instinct Meter to restore a tiny bit of health (almost like Jago's Spirit ability in 2), and uses a Ground Pound to emit a powerful shockwave. After that, he'll have the rest of the meter to use as if he triggered his normal Instinct Mode."I ain't done yet!"
- Jack of All Stats: He has a decent mix of strength and speed.
- Mr. Fanservice: Like Jago, he too is quite ripped in both muscle and clothing.
- Neck Snap: One of his finishers in the first game.
- Painting the Medium: He has a finisher in the first game which smacks his opponents into the screen.
- Power Glows: His Instinct Mode starts making blue light glow from inside his veins, caused by him drawing on the aftereffects of his implants.
- Precision F-Strike: At the very beginning of his theme;"I'm fuckin' back!"
- Recursive Reality: Score an any sort of finisher with him in 2 and the cinematic that plays after the match shows him tossing a Killer Instinct 2 machine.
- Sociopathic Hero: In the comic book, he's not above quite brutally maiming foes, threatening non-fighters to get what he wants and cheating in tournaments. He also reacts with confusion when he sees Jago choosing not to kill an opponent. He's one of the protagonists.
- Shout-Out: One of his customization's in the 2013 game make's him wear Kick's outfit, fitting since Iron Galaxy made Divekick before getting moved to KI Season 2.
- Super Mode: His Instinct Mode for 2013 grants Combo a small speed boost, cutting the recovery of all his moves. Additionally, he gets a Heroic Second Wind if he gets K Od with Full Instinct Meter.
- Time Passage Beard: In contrast to his clean-shaven earlier designs, his new design gives him a short beard. Some have been saying that this makes him look like former NBA star Patrick Ewing. Some of his accessories remove the beard.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: One of his finishers.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: His boxing shorts in the first and third games are patterned after the American Flag. The second game makes his tank top flag-patterned, while his pants become camo.
Voiced by: Henry Sterchi, Isaac Marshall
- UltraTech's champion, a warlord that was freed from his dimensional confinement to challenge the winner of the tournament. A two-headed monstrosity who carries a gigantic club, Eyedol is a fearsome foe who UltraTech banks everything on.
- A.I. Breaker: Fairly easy to do despite his SNK Boss traits. Trying to fight him straight-up is suicide, but he can be easily baited via proper spacing into jumping or dashing. As long as the player is on their feet, he's completely vulnerable during either and he can even be combo'd if the player responds to his dash with an opener; this is largely useless since he'll always break combos almost immediately, but it makes it easy to land an ultra for bragging rights. Exploiting his dash is also much easier if he's fought on the Lava Bridge where the extra space gives the player more time to react.
- The Dragon: UltraTech likely sees him this way, since they freed him to fight in their tournament.
- Evil Versus Evil: :In his backstory, we find he was imprisoned while fighting another warlord. This is revealed to be Gargos in KI2.
- Final Boss: For the first game, at least.
- Humanoid Abomination: Besides his two-headed cyclopean appearance, he is also described as a mystical warlord from ancient times.
- I Am Legion: Well, maybe. When he speaks in his ending he first uses "I" and "My", but then at the end switches to "we".
- Killed Off for Real: By Orchid.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: UltraTech breaks him out.
- Secret Character: Only available through a secret code.
- Shout-Out: In the first part of his ending, a woman in purple approaches him claiming that he's her long lost son Billy, lost in a car incident. This is almost the same scene which mirrors the ending of Blanka. (Also note that Blanka's real name is Jimmy... Billy? Jimmy? Anyone?)
- SNK Boss: A pretty merciless bastard between his healing taunt and his insane attack priority.
Introduced in Killer Instinct II/Gold
- Descendant of the heroes who once banished Eyedol and Gargos, Kim is elected as the guardian of her people. With the return of Gargos, she must fulfill her duty to her homeland and destroy him forever.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Considering who she's pretty much taking after, it's hard to see how this doesn't fit.
- Captain Ersatz: It's hard not to see her appearance and not to think of Chun-Li in a pink dress.
- Fighting with Chucks: Her Weapon of Choice...though she uses her legs more.
- Kid Hero: She's 17.
- Playing with Fire
- Red-Headed Heroine
- Stocking Filler
- The Chosen One: Chosen by her people as their guardian and to defeat Gargos as her ancestors had done.
- Waif-Fu: Her fighting style, which is based on Chinese Martial Arts.
"You're not worthy prey."
Maya was made Queen of Amazonia after finishing her part in banishing the Dark Lord Gargos. Banished by her people as Gargos returns, Maya must vanquish him to regain her throne.
- Anvil on Head: Her Elephant Drop finisher.
- Badass: Explicitly stated to be one by beating the demon Gargos.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Justified, since the jungle would have them ruined in an instant. Averted in KI 2013, which apparently added golden or metallic boots to her attire.
- Downloadable Content: Maya has been announced as the second downloadable character for Season 2's launch.
- Dual Wielding: Her knives Temperance and Vengeance have unique properties that trap enemies when thrown. They have the powers of light and darkness in them and both gain unique properties.
- Fur Bikini: For her original look. Her newer look is more conservative with more leather armor.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: In the reboot she has a huge scar on her left leg, possibly left by some creature she has slain before.
- Genre Motif: Similar to Orchid, she also has an electronic pop theme, but it's also mixed with her Killer Instinct 2 theme and Brazilian lyrics.
- The Hunter: Stated to be a monster hunter extraordinaire, and also refers to her opponents as a prey. Maya's order of monster hunters, the Night Guard, is Incan in origin, but she herself is not Incan.
- Jungle Princess: She's the Dark-Skinned Blonde queen of the Amazons in 2. Only time will tell how this will change with the new design.
- Kick Chick: While she normally has plenty of focus on both her feet and knives, if she doesn't have the knives she'll have her movelist changed to add more kicks.
- Knife Nut: Het trusty daggers are always at her side.
- Official Couple: With Tusk in 2. They get married!
- Reverse Grip: She's never been seen using her knives in any other fashion.
- She-Fu: Her style focuses a lot on her leaping around and flipping and spinning. Even more in the Season 2 release.
- Shrink Ray: Her No Mercy. No, they give no explanation as to how she does it.
- Spicy Latina: In her KI 2013 appearance. Her parents were Brazilian, and her lineage is from South and Central American cultures.
- Statuesque Stunner: At 6'2 height, she definitely qualifies.
- Super Mode: Her Instinct Mode in the 2013 game has her daggers return to her whenever they're thrown instead of having to collect them off the ground.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Maya's daggers have a unique property that they level up when her oppenent blocks the dagger strikes.
- With the return of the Demon Lord Gargos to the land, Tusk leaves the arena to issue his challenge. Only by defeating all of his adversaries can a hero earn the right to challenge Gargos.
- Ambiguously Brown: It's unclear if Tusk is supposed to be non-Caucasian of if he's just really tan (though the logical explanation could be that he's a Dark-Skinned Blonde).
- Anvil on Head: His No Mercy has a storm of meteors, followed by a giant meteor.
- BFS: His Weapon of Choice.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Though it is unclear where he exactly is from.
- Expy: Of Conan the Barbarian.
- Friend to All Living Things: Has a dinosaur eat his opponent as his Ultimate.
- Loincloth: Wears one made of fur.
- Mr. Fanservice: He came along in 2 to show the boys how it's done.
- Official Couple: With Maya. They get married!
Voiced by: Ken Lobb
- The Tiger Spirit, the Supreme Warlord, the Ultimate Servant of Chaos. He has had many names and many appearances to match, all equally deadly. Returning to the ancient world with neither Eyedol nor those responsible for his banishment around to threaten him, Gargos takes his place once more at the head of his devoted cult amidst the shadows. Swiftly recovering the strength lost during his 2000 year exile, he sets his sights on a reign of unopposed fear and brutality.
- A.I. Breaker: He's much smarter than Eyedol when it comes to this; his jump move is much faster and is also a combo opener, so the player has less time to react to it and must know the proper counter for their character. He will still occasionally jump in normally, giving the player a chance at landing an anti-air attack, and he seems to eventually trip up and miss a block if the player stays close and plays aggressively.
- Big Bad: Of KI2.
- The Corruption: His spirit served as this for The Cult of The Tiger Spirit, and the remains of it still torment Jago.
- Demonic Possession: To Saberwulf's corpse in some of Orchid's endings, and arguably to Jago in KI1, though Jago didn't realize it as such. Shadow Jago is the direct result of this.
- Evil Versus Evil: Eyedol's rival from before their imprisonment. And then Orchid killed Eyedol, letting him win by default.
- Guide Dang It: The only way to defeat him is to trigger the Stage Fatality. Otherwise, he'll just keep fighting at zero health and will even win if the timer runs out. While anyone can finish him off with an Ultra Combo, if you manage to forget, you're practically screwed unless you remember or you figure out how to knock him off.
- Humanoid Abomination: Again, mystical warlord from ancient times, like Eyedol.
- Lethal Joke Weapon: His taunt has a hidden property. That is, he reflects your projectiles by laughing.
- As the boss, Gargos trades the reflector property with an even worse one: Healing by laughing. He will spam this without mercy while you're unable to hit him.
- Perfect-Play A.I.: Aside from his high damage and health regeneration, he's more this than SNK Boss. He usually doesn't attack right through the player's offense like Eyedol but regularly counters the player instead; jumping in towards him will often result in an uppercut or mid-air fireball to the face. He also uses his projectiles in a more complex manner than Eyedol's fireball spamming.
- Place of Power: The Shadow Tiger's Lair. After being forcibly removed, Jago takes over.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Thanks for letting him out, Jago!
- Secret Character: Can only be unlocked by a secret code or modding the arcade machine.
- SNK Boss: Maybe not as terrible as the other examples, let alone Eyedol, but his combos are brutal and he has a terrible habit of laughing while you're down, healing him a substantial amount. Like with Eyedol, it's pointless to try for a combo over four or five hits.
- Treacherous Advisor: He's the Tiger Spirit who sends Jago on his quest, then uses Jago to escape his imprisonment. And if said monk doesn't purge what's left of his influence soon...SHADOW JAGO.
- Winged Humanoid: He's a gargoyle.
Introduced in Killer Instinct 2013
"Welcome to my web."
Voiced by: Erika Harlacher
The leader of a secret clan of female assassins called the Red Eyes of Rylai. She enters into the Killer Instinct tournament for bloodsport and begins hunting down the other competitors by the orders of a certain employer.
- Animal Motifs: Spiders. Just like another recently-made female antagonist who focuses on kicks.
- All Webbed Up: Considering her spider motif, it would be more shocking if she didn't have this.
- Her Instinct Mode ability is to set sticky traps across the arena whenever she performs a double-jump or the Instinct Mode command, allowing her to web up her foes to halt their advance or hold them in place to deal damage.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Her skin tone is almost grayish in appearance.
- Arabian Nights Days: There's a definite middle-eastern vibe about her in terms of her own design and her stage's propping (albeit a very dark variation). Her name means "dreamer" in Persian.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Quite a few of them, and she puts them to good use.
- Dark Action Girl: She's the first outwardly evil female character in the series.
- Difficult but Awesome: She's an aerial fighter in a game full of ground fighters, and she's a bit unwieldy & hard to control. That said, she's generally considered top tier.
- The Dragon: Plot-wise at least, to ARIA.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: She has a flip kick special, a pirouette-like special that uses her many blades, and has a backflip for a backdash. Seems Sadira agrees with this notion.
- Eyes of Gold: Her irises, pupils, and even her sclerae are gold.
- Genre Motif: Her stage's music has a pronounced heavy metal vibe to it; it's far heavier than what you hear in Jago's and Thunder's stages.
- Giant Spider: One will come out of her stage if you perform an Ultra. Shame it can't eat anyone, though...
- In the Hood: Wears a hooded Qipao, or something close to it.
- Kick Chick: Most of her physical attacks are kicks.
- Ms. Fanservice: Girl is showing a good amount of skin with her outfit.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Her intro quote, as seen above.
- She-Fu: Her fighting style is almost entirely based on spinning and leaping around like a spider.
- She's Got Legs: Her design seems to accentuate her legs. Fitting that she's a Kick Chick, then.
- Super Mode: Her Instinct Mode allows her to create webs on demand to trap her opponent.
- When Jago returned victorious from the first Killer Instinct tournament he attempted to commune with his mentor; the Tiger Spirit. To his shock he discovered that the Tiger Spirit was an ancient warlord spirit called Gargos, who had been attempting to possess Jago. Jago fought off the possession, but did not come out unscathed. Jago retained some of Gargos' essence within him. Shadow Jago is the result of him succumbing to this fragment of Gargos' spirit and is controlled by Gargos' herald Omen.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is an icy blue.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is intensely deep, in contrast to normal Jago's voice which is quite tenor.
- Bonus Boss: Fighting Shadow Jago is not required to see all character endings, but defeating him will net you the secret ending that teases ARIA and a new map, the Shadow Tiger's Lair.
- Casting a Shadow: A more prolific example then most since his Shadow and Instinct modes both feature distorted shadows of himself.
- Chained by Fashion: Replaces Jago's rope belts with sets of chains.
- Demonic Possession: The existence of Omen confirms that Shadow Jago is the possessed form of Jago, controlled by Omen.
- Dark Reprise: His theme, which he fittingly shares with Omen, is a death metal remix of Jago's theme.
- Diving Kick: A technique that only Spinal shares with him.
- Evil Sounds Deep: And oh boy does it, almost unsettlingly so.
- Finishing Move: Boss Shadow Jago is the first character in KI 2013 to be given a No Mercy/Ultimate Combo. He cuts through you twice before sending you skyward. Then he jumps and cuts through you again before landing. This is the only known Ultimate Combo in 'the game as of Season 1.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Shadow Jago's eyes glow blue or yellow during gameplay.
- Guttural Growler: When not being a Screaming Warrior.
- Hell Is That Noise: The growl heard before Shadow Jago fights.
- Mana Drain: Boss Shadow Jago's Instinct Mode allows him to sap your Shadow Meter just by approaching you.
- Palette Swap: The playable version, to a degree. His vocals are swapped to a deeper and more ominous tone, and his Character Select and Instinct graphics are changed slightly. Still, there is no true difference beyond the aforementioned changes and the obvious re-skin.
- Potentially averted; if the KI donation drive goal of $100,000 is met, Shadow Jago will be receiving his own unique moveset.
- Perfect-Play A.I.: Fighting Shadow Jago ignores the difficulty level you set and he will always fight as if he's at "Kyle" difficulty.
- Pre-Order Bonus: Shadow Jago was initially available for those who bought an Xbox Live subscription upon the Xbox One's launch. Problem is that this Shadow Jago is merely a reskinned Jago as opposed to the later boss version with new abilities.
- Fortunately, there are still a few unused Shadow Jago subscription cards floating around the internet.
- And now for a donation drive to fund the tournament scene, Shadow Jago is available to buy as part of a bundle.
- Screaming Warrior: Even moreso than normal Jago! His "ENDOKUKEN!" sounds as if he is screaming at the very top of his lungs.
- Shown Their Work: Shadow Jago in KI 2013 may seem like a Palette Swap with a new voicepack, but the developers snuck in a little reference in a few split second things you'd only notice if you were looking for them (or purchased the art book). Shadow Jago's symbol when he is selected in the character select screen is tough to make out, but it seems to be a reinterpretation of Gargos. The same goes for his Instinct Mode, whereas Regular Jago gets a glowing golden tiger behind him when he activates it, Shadow Jago gets a very demonic symbol that resembles the big gargoyle baddie himself, most likely hinting at Shadow Jago's allegiance, or perhaps simply showing what Jago would've been like if he had continued worshiping the so-called "Tiger Spirit". As a Boss, he gets more moves, a unique intro and victory animation, a new Instinct Mode, and a unique Finishing Move.
- Split Personality Takeover
- Super Mode: As the boss, Shadow Jago's Instinct Mode will drain your Shadow Meter insanely quick.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Of Jago, although unusually for this trope Shadow Jago is not implied to be all that much stronger than regular Jago.
- Too Many Belts: Although unlike Jago he actually mixes it up with some chains.
- True Final Boss: You must first have seen every ending for the character you're sending to do battle with Shadow Jago, then complete the game without losing on at least Medium and and finish the fifth and sixth opponents with an Ultra. Complete these steps and the stage 7 battle with Fulgore at the end of Arcade Mode will be ignored and instead you'll be jumped ahead to an invisible 8th stage to take on Shadow Jago. Good luck...note
- Undeathly Pallor: Although he isn't dead he could certainly pass as a corpse.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
"You'll make a fine specimen..."
Voiced by: Edward Bosco
A 3500-year-old Babylonian sorcerer. After attempting to steal the Babylonian throne, he was exiled and cursed with a withering rot that causes his flesh and organs to disintegrate. To offset this, he places more curses upon himself, along with covering himself in talismans and artifacts to ease the pain they bring.
- Arch-Enemy: To Aganos, as it was the same golem that served the king that Kan-Ra betrayed. Aganos was sent to kill him by the king, and the two have been in an ongoing conflict for centuries.
- Badass Bookworm: Besides being the Vizier, he also read up tons on ancient sorcery. It's this sorcery that's keeping him alive, after all. He's going up against killer cyborgs, aliens, werewolves, and demonically-powered monks.
- Collector of the Strange: Kan-Ra seeks out artifacts that would help him resist rotting. During 2500 years he has collected so much that his stage, the Forbidden Archive, is littered with them.
- Complete Immortality: He seems to have it to some degree thanks to all the dark magic keeping him alive. Not only has he been alive for 2500 years, he also survived being burned to ash by the Night Guard some time ago.
- Difficult but Awesome: Kan-Ra is the only hard zoning character in the game, deals much less damage that most other characters, and is possibly the most complex character in the game, even when compared to fellow Difficult but Awesome character Spinal. But when played to his strengths, he can use his massive arsenal of tools and tricks to make it near impossible to get near him while managing to rack up hefty amounts of damage.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His fighting style alternates between either bandages or summoning sand pits as both an offensive tool or an aid for mobility.
- Downloadable Content: The third character to be released for Season 2 by November 25, 2014.
- Evil Chancellor: His backstory to a T. Thought himself smart enough to overthrow assassinate the king using magic. Problem is that he botched it at the last second.
- Evil Sorcerer: His other part of the backstory, considering he's learned up almost everything about magic. He can also use this experience to curse enemies with his throws or his sand magic command normals, making them move slower and get floatier jumps. This is especially distressing against Orchid or Sadira.
- Genre Motif: His theme is more middle-eastern influenced, blending rock with various string instruments and drums.
- Mad Scientist: Despite being a sorcerer, he shows traits of this.
- Make Them Rot: Is a victim of this. The king he served cursed Kan-Ra to rot forever. Kan-Ra has used several other hexes to slow the process down, but he is still rotting.
- Mayincatec: His Royal accessories hold a resemblance to this theme.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: His Shadow Wrap will slam them around while bandaged up.
- Mummy Wrap: His other specialty, he can use his bandages as whips or to tie up people and throw them around, and it's a lot meaner than how Anakaris did it.
- Room Full of Crazy: Kan-Ra's stage, the Forbidden Archive, is full of various artifacts, mummified bodies and magical symbols he has collected during his search for a cure that would help his condition. A black hole even appears when performing an Ultra.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was imprisoned by the Night Guard in the past after being weakened in a battle with Aganos. When UltraTech attacked their city in the present, they accidentally released Kan-Ra, and he escaped unnoticed.
- Shout-Out: His Chinese accessories set references Lo Pan.
- Slasher Smile: His default expression.
- Super Mode: His Instinct Mode allows him to perform all of his sand-based moves as if he always has a sand trap under him, and gives him tons of canceling capabilities.
- Surprisingly Good English: Kan-Ra's English is flawless and up to date. Justified, as he had plenty of time to learn various languages.
- Teleport Spam: He can teleport by exploding then reforming using sand pits he places on the floor.
- Throw the Book at Them: His Ultra Ender.
- The Undead: While not technically dead, he's severely rotted away, and only survives due to the aid of dark magic. Before his story was revealed, his codename was #NotAMummy.
- Mummy: And then his DLC outfit went all the way with making him a mummy. #NowAMummy indeed.
- Your Soul Is Mine: After winning a match, he steals his opponent's soul or life energy.
"Woe to those who stand against me, for I am his herald, and the sign of things to come! I...am...OMEN!"
After absorbing enough negative energy through possessing Jago, Omen finally decides to leave his host and manifest his power. As the Herald of Gargos, he seeks now to pave the way to the coming age of darkness.
- Awesome but Impractical: With all three Shadow Meter bars filled Omen can perform a command grab, Demonic Despair, that inflicts 100% potential damage. Sounds incredibly broken, right? The problem is that like all potential damage this health recovers over time and if you Combo Break Omen once you gain all of your potential damage back as health, effectively meaning Omen wasted all of his Shadow Meter which he needs more than almost any other character.
- Bait and Switch: In the Season 2 Launch Trailer, one of the silhouettes was a figure that looked like Shadow Jago, possibly hinting to actually getting him available outside of pre-order. Then Iron Galaxy said that it won't be Shadow Jago, so fans thought it would be Gargos' return. Needless to say, his reveal after Riptor's trailer confirmed that we're dealing with a totally new person.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Very disturbingly averted. Pay close attention during his victory animation.
- Beam Spam: Omen's biggest tool is the fact that he can fire tons of fireballs. Between the Rashokuken, the Orda Shield, and the Shadow Furious Flurry, he can fill the screen with fireballs in no time.
- Casting a Shadow: Considering he's the guy who made Shadow Jago evil, it has to fit this. He is hinted to have a special ability to cancel any ability with his shadow meter so he can teleport.
- Confusion Fu: His Rashokuken, a fireball attack that has 11 different effects. Which effect you get is completely random, and both you and your enemy will have to react on the spot depending on the effect.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique/Awesome but Impractical: He has an attack like this in Demonic Despair, a shadow move that uses all three of his shadow stocks to preform a powerful grab. It has a long windup and is difficult to hit with, but if it does hit, it deals 100% damage to your enemy as potential damage, meaning that all Omen has to do from there is get a single combo and effectively One-Hit Kill his enemy.
Maximilian: Wonderful, Omen! THERE'S A REASON WE WILL NEVER USE THAT MOVE!
- Like any type of white health, it disappears after a combo breaker, leading to rage-inducing situations like this one.
- Dark Is Evil: This guy works for a demonic warlord who plagued the world about two thousand years ago.
- Dark Reprise: His theme is a full-on death metal remix of Jago's theme, The Tiger Warrior, complete with screaming lyrics and all. Appropriately, given his status as Gargos' herald, bits of Gargos' theme from 2 are mixed in as well.
- Demonic Possession: He's the force that possessed Jago.
- Difficult but Awesome: Omen needs quick execution, good meter management, and also demands the ability to react to and take advantage of his random fireballs. If you as a player can bring all of that to the table Omen can force your opponent to retreat and make mistakes out of sheer force of randomness while you take advantage and mix them up however you please.
- Downloadable Content: Rings in 2015 as January's Downloadable Character for Season 2. Even more surprising, he's only available if you purchase Season 2 as an entire pack and cannot be bought separately.
- The Dragon: Quite obviously serves Gargos to some capacity.
- Enemy Without: Serves as this to Jago.
- Evil Laugh: Prone to it like his master.
- Genre Motif: As mentioned above, death metal.
- Intangible Man: By using one stock of Shadow Meter, Omen can become intangible and dodge his opponent's attacks.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Omen's Rashokuken, which has 11 different variants, and you can't know for sure which variation will be used. The strength of the button determines the number of projectiles, meaning a light punch will launch 1, a medium punch will launch 2, and a heavy punch will launch 3, and each projectile will have a different variant.
- Living Shadow: Of Jago to an extent considering that he possessed Jago. His appearance is a shadow in the shape of a person with the mask, and lightning coursing through his body in the shape of a circulatory system.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Wears a mask resembling the face of an Oni. It can be changed into a different mask or removed entirely through accessories.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Omen also has three shadow stocks as opposed to everyone else's two.
- On the same note, Omen relies on his meter more than most other characters, but only spends it on two moves in most situations.
- Orbiting Particle Shield: Orda Shield, which summons 3 fireballs to orbit around him and deal damage, 5 if he's currently in instinct. They can be upgraded by using Orda Shield again, and can be made into homing projectiles by combining it with a different shadow move.
- Power Nullifier: His combo trait is called "Demonic Loop" that allows him to chain his doubles in a light-medium-heavy-light sequence (the reverse of Jago's "Around the World" combo trait). If he pulls off a loop without being broken, his opponent will temporarily lose one stock of Shadow Meter for approximately five seconds (and doing it again in the same combo will lock out the next one).
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Furious Flurry, which is similar to Chun-Li's Lightning Kicks. The Shadow move upgrades this to have each kick fire a fireball
- Super Mode: His Instinct Mode will increase the amount of Rashokukens that are summoned when he does moves that create them (so doing a light Rashokuken will summon two balls and doing a shadow Orda Shield will summon five balls). In addition if these balls hit an opponent while his Instinct is triggered they will get a Shadow Meter stock locked off as if they had been hit by Omen's Demonic Loop combo trait.
- Voice of the Legion: Very subtle but still present.
- Winged Humanoid: He can materialize shadowy wings to make his jump floaty and go air gliding.
- Kan-Ra: Why do you continue? Centuries have passed, worn you down, and yet still...you pursue me.Aganos is an ancient war golem that only obeyed what it was told. It was eventually taken in by the same king that Kan-Ra served under, and was ordered to learn how to think and to act for itself, effectively giving Aganos free will. Though after learning that Kan-Ra was still alive after being exiled, the king sent Aganos to kill him once and for all.
- Arch-Enemy: To Kan-Ra, as it is the same golem that served the king that Kan-Ra betrayed. It was sent to kill Kan-Ra, and the two have been in an ongoing conflict for centuries.
- Barrier Warrior: Aganos' can create walls behind itself or its opponent, and these walls will count as new boundaries for the stage, effectively making the battlefield smaller. However they can be destroyed by knocking Aganos down, getting knocked into it, or simply being punched straight through it by Aganos.
- Batter Up: When it holds a club in its hand, Aganos' normal grab is replaced by a special grab where it throws its opponent in the air and swings its club, sending them flying through the fullscreen distance, destroying any walls in their way.
- Counter Attack: Playstyles focusing on chunk-armor tend to use these heavily.
- Determinator/Super-Persistent Predator: Aganos has been pursuing Kan-Ra for centuries after the king's death, and has even gone all over the world in search of him. Kan-Ra himself even points this out in Aganos' reveal trailer.Kan-Ra: I crossed oceans to elude you, yet still you found me.
- Downloadable Content: Aganos is the 6th character released for Season 2, and is available for download as of February 27th, 2015.
- Finger Poke of Doom: Finger Flick of Doom really, but it still applies. Aganos can even destroy projectiles with it.
- Golem: Duh.
- Good Is Not Soft: Aganos might be respectful post-fight, but don't expect it to go easy on whoever it's facing.
- Genre Motif: Unsurprising from Mick Gordon, but Aganos also has a metal theme; however, it's accompanied by a Greek choir composed of multiple Iron Galaxy members.
- Gentle Giant: It's right there in the name; Aganos means "gentle"
- Grave Marking Scene: Aganos does it in its victory animation, where it buries its fallen opponent in rocks and then tops the pile with a flower.
- Immune to Flinching: One function of Aganos' rock chunks. Each one allows it to take one hit without flinching.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Aganos' Shadow Payload Assault sends shards of rock flying down from the sky across the entire screen, giving him the ability to easily chip out defending opponents or convert into huge unbreakable damage on reaction.
- Meaningful Name: Aganos is Greek for "gentle."
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Much like Spinal, Aganos has a limited resource (in his case rock chunks) to use to shoot projectiles, give itself armor, or create walls. It can carry up to a maximum of 4, and its speed and jump height changes depending on how much it has, being at its slowest at all 4 chunks.
- Megaton Punch: Ruin, and especially Shadow Ruin.
- Mighty Glacier: At 8 feet tall, Aganos is waaaay larger than every other character in the game and it hits like a ton of bricks. Predictably, it's also quite slow, and its massive size makes it an easy target.
- Nice Guy: His name does mean "gentle". Aganos is one of the few fighters to respectfully send off their opponents after death, remains loyal to the Babylonian king that gave it free will even centuries after his death, and is attempting to hunt down the monstrous Kan-Ra.
- No Gender: Due to being a golem and all.
- Punched Across the Room: Aganos can do it with its attack Ruin, and it will send you though any walls that it set up beforehand, dealing damage for each wall you go through.
- Rock Monster: Naturally. It wasn't always this way though; the official story says that it was originally made out of metal, and when it was damaged no-one knew how to recreate it so it had to improvise.
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: A rather literal take on the trope, but Aganos' Shadow Payload Assault sends rock shards cascading down from the sky and tends to cause a rather sudden end to matches.
- Rolling Attack: Aganos can jump during it as well, and the strength of the attack changes its distance and speed.
- Shout-Out: A rock-themed fighter using an elbow drop as its finishing move. Why does it sound familiar? Also doubles as Stealth Pun.
- Super Mode: Aganos' instinct mode gives it clubs that will regenerate as long as instinct mode is still active.
- Telephone Polearm: Aganos can pick up walls it sets around the stage and use them as a club that has near fullscreen reach. It can use it 3 times before it breaks, and the club can even be thrown as a projectile.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Upon his debut, Aganos was capable of performing Ultra Combos of over 280 hits due to a glitch in his recapture system. While the glitch has unfortunately since been patched, the record stands as one of the highest "legitimate" Ultra Combos in the books. note
- Undying Loyalty: To the Babylonian king who gave Aganos a sense of purpose and granted it the ability to think for itself. Aganos still pursues Kan-Ra on the king's last request and has been doing this for centuries after his death.
- Walking the Earth: In search of Kan-Ra.
- Wrestler in All of Us: For the end of its Ultra Combo, Aganos does an elbow drop on its opponent.
- "I will hunt them. I will find them. I will take back what was stolen. And they will pay with their lives!"A 19 year old girl from a rural Japanese village and the daughter of an ex-samurai, Hisako was killed in an invasion on her village along with the rest of her family. To memorialize her death after helping fight off the invaders, the remaining villagers created a shrine in honor of Hisako. After an unknown corporation disturbed her grave in the present day, she was awoken, and aims to take revenge on those who have disturbed her.
- Anti-Hero: On the anti side, she's a Sadako Expy who's out for vengeance. On the hero side, her enemies are the members of UltraTech.
- Blade on a Stick: She wields a naginata, which originally belonged to her father before his death during the attack on their village.
- Confusion Fu: She can "hold" her attacks during a combo to change their timing, which can really mess your opponent up in the attempt of a combo breaker.
- Contralto of Danger: Hisako's voice drops down several octaves when she's angry.
- Counter Attack: Hisako has a second meter called "Wrath meter", which she can use to turn all of her attacks that utilize her naginata into counter hits, even if your opponent doesn't attack. She also has a parry-type counter attack that she can execute, and she can even link it into a combo if it hits, or cancel her moves into it if she has enough Wrath meter.
- Creepy Good: Ungodly creepy, yes, but she's only out to take revenge on the company that disturbed her place of eternal rest. And considering that said grave-defiling company is likely UltraTech, it certainly helps the "good" part.
- Demonic Possession: Her command grab Possession, as the name implies, has Hisako pull in and possess her opponent, before contorting their body in very painful ways.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Being, well, a vengeful ghost, she probably doesn't care about footwear.
- Downloadable Content: She was released for download at end of March 2015.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Her home stage's unique Stage Ultra has a bunch of shadowy hands sprout up from the ground, grab the victim, and pull them down to god knows where.
- Genre Motif: Metal, but with REALLY creepy Japanese vocals.
- Glacier Waif: Despite her size, she's a grappler, moves slowly when not using her dash, and seems to rival even Thunder in damage output.
- Jump Scare: In her intro animation. Hisako disappears from view for a second, before re-appearing directly in front of the camera saying "I will devour you".
- Kimono Is Traditional: She's dressed like this. Also justified, as she's been dead for around 450 years, meaning that that style of dress would have been the norm when she was still alive.
- Limp and Livid
- Meaningful Name: Hisako means "eternal child", which fits her status as a late-teens ghost.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: In her victory animation.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: She's a woman, and she uses a naginata.
- Nightmare Face: She pulls off a pretty damn good one in her victory animation.
- Ominous Visual Glitch: She's constantly giving off discolored afterimages, which corresponds to how much Wrath meter she has.
- Ominous Walk: In good horror movie villain fashion, Hisako does not run after her targets. She walks, and very slowly at that - one of the slowest characters in the game if not the absolute slowest. When speed is required she breaks into a deceptively fast crawling dash.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Judging by her appearance, movements, and the whole "avenging ghost" thing, she's likely an onryo.
- She's also different in her nature as an onryo as well. Instead of looking to take vengeance on the living as a whole, she's simply seeking out the ones that disturbed her grave, and wasn't wronged by a man in her life.
- Peek-a-Bangs: One of her eyes is covered by her hair most of the time.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The whole reason she's fighting is to get revenge on the people (presumably UltraTech) that disturbed her grave.
- Running on All Fours: Her forward dash makes her crawl towards her opponent at high speed.
- Screaming Warrior: She can pull enemies in by screaming at them, her victory pose has her scream into the camera, and even her theme features screaming. Oh, and that quote at the top of her folder? She screches that last part like a madwoman.
- Shout-Out: To Japanese-inspired horror flicks, such as The Ring and Ju-on.
- Super Mode: Her Instinct Mode gives her infinite Wrath Meter and enhances her counters so that they counter attacks of all heights.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl
- Take Up My Sword: Took up her father's naginata against the army of bandits who killed him.
- Teleport Spam: Her Descent normal and Influence command grab use it to a really scary extent.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Due to a unique pause in her Ultra, Hisako can easily exploit the Ultra Ender in order to initiate another combo before the opponent drops and extend her combo effectively infinitely.
- Volumetric Mouth: When she screams, her jaw seems to unhinge and stretch down far enough for her mouth to be bigger than her head.
- "Oh no... Not. Just. Yet."The secretive new head of UltraTech. She is responsible for contracting Sadira and turning Ben Ferris into Cinder, and is promising to return Eagle's remains to Thunder.
- Bald of Evil: She seems to have this if her silhouette is anything to go by.
- Big Bad: For this venture, as UltraTech steps back into the spotlight.
- Captain Ersatz: Since her tease at the end of Cinder's trailer, many people have noted that she looks either like a Gundam or a Murakumo Unit.
- Downloadable Content: ARIA is set to be the final character for Season 2, being released sometime in May 2015.
- The Faceless: You actually get to see right into her face during the extra, hidden ending but all the features except for the Glowing Eyes of Doom are obscured in shadow.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Being the head of UltraTech, this applies.
- Robot Girl: If Cinder's trailer is to be believed, it seems like she can take the appearance of one with robotic wings
- The Unfought: The only time you even see her in Season One is in a bonus cutscene after beating Shadow Jago in Arcade Mode, though she's set to appear as the final character of Season Two.
Cult of The Tiger Spirit
- A cult based in the mountains of Tibet that venerated an ancient Tiger Spirit who bestowed great power on its worshipers. Jago was originally a member of this cult before it was revealed that the Tiger Spirit was a disguised Gargos. In the chaos following this revelation, most of the cult members were slaughtered by Gargos.
- Cult: Right there in the name, although a fairly benign example.
- Demonic Possession: What happened to those "granted powers" by the Tiger Spirit. Jago manages to fight it off by force of will.
- Kill 'em All: It is unclear if any members besides Jago managed to escape Gargos' wrath.
- Place of Power: Formerly resided in the Tiger's Lair. Jago moves back in after forcibly evicting Gargos.
- Religion of Evil: They unknowingly worshipped Gargos.
- The beloved brother of Thunder and the winner of a past Killer Instinct tournament. Eagle was an outspoken protester of Ultratech and thus drew the corporation's ire. Eagle disappears immediately before the first game and although Thunder searches far and wide, he is not found and is presumed dead. Eagle's fate is revealed in KI2013; He was captured by Ultratech and converted into the newest incarnation of Fulgore. Eagle's spirit survived and is slowly manifesting in Fulgore.
- Animal Motifs: Eagles.
- Bash Brothers: With Thunder.
- Ghost in the Machine: His soul is slowly granting Fulgore true sentience.
- Magical Native American: Like his brother Thunder.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: And unlike Thunder his real name hasn't even been mentioned outside of the games.
- Was Once a Man: Eagle has been converted into the newest model of Fulgore.