As many tropers know, The King of Fighters contains Loads and Loads of Characters. This will be a HUGE project, possibly remaining a WIP for several thousands of years to come. Here is a list of EVERY CHARACTER in the series, including the crossover characters.Characters are listed in alphabetical order of last names. It should be noted that all the Chinese and Korean character names are rendered in the Western style (given name-surname rather than surname-given name).Due to size problems, this page has now been split. Please put new relevant characters and their related tropes in the new pages linked below. For the sake of simplicity, characters debuting in The King of Fighters '94 will be listed in the Rugal Saga page and so on.Please refer to the Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting character pages for tropes applying to alternate incarnations of characters that also appear in this series.
The female lead of the series, Moe is a guardian of one of the Ten Sacred Treasures, the Yatsuka no Tsurugi. A high school student residing in America, she comes across a wounded Kyo after his battle with Orochi and subsequent evasion of NESTS. Worried for his safety, Moe nurses Kyo back to health and accompanies him throughout KOF.
The shy guardian of one of the Ten Sacred Treasures, the Makaru Kaeshi no Tama, Sinobu was kidnapped by the European millionaire Gustav Munchausen, who plans to channel the spirit of Goenitz through his body.
A member of the Hero Team in EX2 alongside Kyo and Moe, he is a guardian of the Hetsu Kagami, one of the Ten Sacred Treasures. A representative of Chizuru Kagura currently living in America, he is the one who invites Kyo to the tournament so they can investigate the phenomena disturbing the seal on Orochi.
Dark-Skinned Redhead - Artwork gives off this impression more so than his sprites. Compare this to his daughter, who appears significantly paler.
She Is Not My Girlfriend - Because his daughter dresses in a manner similar to Chizuru and even resembles her, there was a strong rumor that he was Chizuru's husband. The two are merely good friends and representatives of the same clan.
Alternatively, she might be named after the title character of the French opera Mignon by Ambroise Thomas (as well as the novel Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which Mignon was based off of)... which may or may not do much to deter potential steak jokes all the same.
The boss of the Mephistopheles gang, a sub-syndicate of Addes. Duke is a Self-Made Man who was a part of a genetic experiment by a scientist named Jalange. He is referred to as Type "D" by his superiors, just as Nagase is referred to as Type "N". It is said that he is immortal, evidenced by the large scar across his neck. He is the one who killed Alba and Soiree's mentor Fate in order to gain full control of Southtown. He hosts the new King of Fighters tournament to lure his enemies out. In the final round, Duke is defeated by Alba, but vanishes during a blackout of the stadium. He enters the 2nd tournament held by Jivatma to find out the truth of what happened to his sister, whom Jalange promised would be well taken care of.
Authority Equals Asskicking - Former leader of Mephistopheles (a sub-syndicate of Addes) and one of the top members of the Children of Kokaviel (select members of Addes known for their fighting prowess). Even when he's acting as Jivatma's Dragon, he still kicks ass.
Voiced by:Eiji Takemoto (Japanese), Jon Thomas (Maximum Impact, English), Mike Lane (Maximum Impact 2, English)
The only son of Geese Howard. Rock was raised solely by his mother Marie, who cautioned him not to approach his father. Unfortunately, due to the loneliness suffered from Geese's neglect, Marie fell ill and passed away in Rock's care. Sometime later, Terry Bogard took Rock in his care and trained him. When Terry revealed the truth about his father, Rock charged at him in a rage, but got over it. He enters the Maximum Mayhem tournament held by Kain R. Heinlein to get answers regarding his mother, and may or may not have been tricked by Kain into working with him to uncover Geese's secret legacy. In Maximum Impact, Billy Kane is trying to get him to take over Geese's role as ruler of Southtown.
Raised by Dudes - Rock can function normally in society, but since he grew up surrounded mainly by men, he's flustered by women, hence his shy reaction to B. Jenet and Ninon Beart hitting on him in Maximum Impact 2. This doesn't stop him from helping those in need.
As of Regulation A, the only woman he can keep face when talking to is Blue Mary. And his introduction with Mai Shiranui is an humorous example of his lack of understanding regarding women. Realizing their relationship to each other (Rock is Terry's adopted son; Terry is Andy's older brother; Andy is Mai's self-proclaimed fiancé), Rock addresses Mai as Oba San but is cut off with her angrily yelling This Is Unforgivable several times.
This Is Unforgivable - Kim's ideals and intolerance for evil tend to rub off on his students. She's no exception.
Alba Meira - Germany
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Satou (Japanese), Jason Wooley (English)
The current leader of Southtown. Alba and his brother Soiree were orphaned at the age of 3, when their parents died in an accident. At 14, they escaped the orphanage and were taken in by Fate, the then leader of Southtown who succeeded Geese Howard after his death. Fate told both of them that they had a role to play for Southtown's future. Unfortunately, since Southtown was the den for several crime lords, after Geese's death war had erupted in their ranks to see who would succeed Geese, and Fate ended up assassinated by Duke, the leader of Mephistopheles, using Lien Neville as a proxy. Alba sets out to find his mentor's killer, and enters Duke's tournament. He defeats Duke, but he vanishes. Alba becomes the leader of Southtown along with his brother, but both hear of mysterious events around the town. He encounters Luise Meyrink, who reveals that he is part of a prophecy, but when Alba questions her about it, he has no choice but to fight her for the answers. She vanishes afterward, and Alba encounters Jivatma, the leader of Kusiel, which are the remnants of Mephistopheles and a sub-syndicate of a new Nebulous Evil Organization called Addes. Jivatma confirms Luise's claims, referring to Alba as "Judeim", and reveals that Alba is needed for an ancient prophecy to occur. Alba fights him, but after beating Jivatma suddenly has visions of a black-silhouetted being with white hair and collapses. When he wakes up, he realizes that Luise saved him, and she reveals that Soiree has been taken by Addes. Luise decides to reveal everything to Alba.
Badass Arm-Fold - In Maximum Impact, if Alba's faced in Story Mode, you'll see him doing this on top of a crane at the Rooftop stage as he talks about how he'll use his next opponent as a stepping stone to the top. He then proceeds to calmly walk off the crane and drop to the floor without uncrossing his arms or performing a Three-Point Landing.
Face of a Thug - Despite falling into the above trope, other mediums sometimes describe Alba as a mean-looking punk who speaks in an eloquent yet rude manner. Even his seiyuu refers to Alba as a virtuous and kind-hearted person who "looks like a bad guy."
Cool Car - Is shown driving one in the intro FMV to Maximum Impact 2.
Mangst - Although his grief for both his biological parents and adopted father are implied, he holds a picture of his parents as a treasured keepsake and isn't the type to thrust his problems onto others.
Voiced by: Kouji Haramaki (Japanese), Ed Bishop (English)
Alba's brother. He and Alba escaped the orphanage they lived at and were adopted by Fate. They both sought and avenged his death. Soiree is the more laid-back and carefree of the two and tries to help Alba in any way he can. He encounters Jivatma, but is incapacitated by visions of Judeim and is captured by the Addes organization.
The Charmer - With an added dash of Chivalrous Pervert. Watch how he tries to woo Luise by asking her to dance with him. She tries to avoid him, but his charisma is so electric that she can't help but be amused by him.
Meaningful Name/Punny Name - Aside of the "different as night and day" theme between his name and Alba's, a soiree is also a social gathering or party, usually formal and held at night. Soiree's showboating and his "Well, well, the main attraction!" intro line may be meant to reflect this.
A former subordinate of Duke. Her family was killed by Jivatma so she goes undercover to exact revenge. She kills Fate and prompts Alba and Soiree's rise to power. She eventually finds a kindred spirit in Duke, as both of their lives were ruined by Addes.
Spell My Name with an S - For whatever reason, her first name is translated as "Lien" rather than "Leanne" (which makes much more sense), despite the direct translation of the kanji for her name: リアン = Leanne.
Voiced by: Jun Koutsuka (Japanese), Jessica Wachsman (English)
Mignon's sister and rival. When Mignon inherited their grandmothers' secret techniques, she felt jealous and decided to see if Mignon was worthy of them by competing in the 2nd tournament. Hates being underestimated by her older sister.
A-Cup Angst - Her Regulation A opening with B. Jenet reveals this.
Voiced by: Ryoko Nakano (Japanese, credited as Aikel), Melissa Ex (English)
A character ported over from the Metal Slug series, she a member of the Sparrows Intelligence Unit who is best known for helping the Peregrine Falcon Squad defeat General Morden's Evil Army and the Mars People on several occasions.
You Remind Me of X - Her intros with the Ikari Warriors has Fio compare them with her fellow Peregrine Falcons (Ralf looks just like Marco, Clark looks kind of like Tarma, and Leona looks nothing like Eri).
Hanzo Hattori - Japan
Voiced by: Masaki Usui (Japanese), Liou Johnson (English)
Ported over from Samurai Shodown, he serves as a holographic sparring partner for Nagase.
Animal Motifs - His "Another" outfit was designed with a dragonfly in mind.
Voiced by: Kyouzo Kudou (Japanese), Kevin Cummings (English)
The final boss of the second game. Jivatma is the leader of Kusiel, which are the remnants of Mephistopheles and a sub-syndicate of Addes. Jivatma is one of the high ranking members of Addes, which are known as the Children of Kokaviel. He is The Man Behind the Man for Duke, and is the one who ordered the death of Lien's parents. He faces off against Alba in the finals, and refers to him as Judeim. Upon his defeat, he disappears, having already taken Soiree hostage. He is, in fact an alien creature who has been hunting Luise, and used the tournament to draw her out. His objective is to return to his homeland.
Body Snatcher - One theory is that he is actually a parasitic alien. He talks of taking the bodies of several characters in their pre-fight dialogue with him; however, this also gives some of the female fighters the wrong impression. What's more, the theory goes on to explain that his alternative outfit is a result of him infesting Luise.
Billy's kid sister, who he is overly protective of. Having moved back to England to enjoy a happy life with her brother, Lilly awakes one day to discovers that Billy has left. Angry and worried, she travels to Southtown to find him and drag him back home.
Voiced by: Kong Kuwata (Japanese), Kofi Candela (English)
A former competitor in Geese Howard's tournament. He is the owner of the Pao Pao Cafe. He entered the tournament to promote the restaurant. Although he lost, the restaurant became immensely popular and became a local hangout for fighters in Southtown. He found an apprentice in Bob Wilson, and opened the Pao Pao Cafe 2, giving Bob the management rights. He enters the Maximum Impact 2 tournament out of boredom.
Voiced by: Hiroko Tsuji (Japanese), Katrin Biemann (English)
A mysterious woman with even more mysterious abilities. She exemplifies the butterfly - a free spirit that goes wherever the wind takes her. When her father is abducted by Addes for refusing to work with them, she enters the tournament for answers. She seems to have a connection with Alba, knowing about his true identity as Judeim; this is because she is a being similar to Judeim known as Lakia.
Animal Motifs - The butterfly (specifically, the Morpho butterfly), playing up both its beauty and symbolism. Her brassiere resembles the body and wings of a butterfly, her belt buckle is a butterfly, and she even sports a pair of butterfly wings on different occasions (the intro FMV, right after teleporting, and in two color variations of her normal attire).
Freakiness Shame/I Am a Monster - For some reason, while around the Meira twins and Jivatma, Luise seems to show some resentment for her Zoan heritage, although the former duo takes this in stride. And to be honest, her "Normal" outfit does sport some majestic butterfly wings in her G and H color variations.
Locked Out of the Loop - While ambiguous in some of her words of guidance, Luise seems strongly against letting the Meira bros. learn about their history as Judeim, possibly for good reason. She recants when Soiree is kidnapped by Jivatma at the end of MI2, meeting up with Alba in the epilogue and promising to tell him everything she knows.
Voiced by: Ryoko Tanifuji (Japanese), Kristen Erdman (English)
A mysterious young girl who was modified by the Addes scientist Jarange into a "Type-N" cyborg. She uses a complex form of Ninjutsu similar to that of legendary ninja Hanzo Hattori, which she acquired through her data disc system. She works for Jivatma, but harbours no loyalty towards him; she fights only to test her own strength. Hates "pretty boys" for some reason.
Ron's daughter, and Duo Lon's half-sister. Like her brother she is searching for her father to find out the truth behind her clan's massacre. She ends up in Southtown, believing that Alba knows about her father.
Beware the Quiet Ones - While meek and frail-looking, it should be said that her skills with poison surpass even that of Lin's, and he's one of Hizoku's Four Devas.
Big Brother Worship - Debatable. Xiao was very dependent on Duo Lon when Ron left them to fend for themselves, treasures the quartz crystal he gave her, and even calls him "the third crowned prince" (as opposed to "king" and "that man" for Ron). It should be said that Duo Lon was the only member of her family to ever show her compassion. Her feelings about Duo Lon are mixed due to Duo Lon's mission to kill their father.
Blessed with Suck - Xiao doesn't take well to her status as a Hizoku assassin because her powers alienate her from being truly accepted into society.
Canon Foreigner - Notable in that she was created to loosely tie together the main timeline with the Maximum Impact series and prevent storyline inconsistencies (seeing as MI2 was developed alongside XI).
Flower Motifs - Her Another design, according to Word of God, is based on the aconite (Another Xiao wears eight aconite flowers on her person, including four in her hair). Fittingly, the flower is known for its toxic nature and called (among other monikers) the "queen of poisons," whereas Xiao Lon is a Shrinking Violet who might very well have the deadliest command of poisons in her clan.
Good Is Not Soft - Same deal as her brother. In fact, Xiao seems even more hung up on the woes of being an assassin than Duo Lon is.
Non Royal Princess - Technically speaking; as Ron's daughter (illegitimate, but his daughter nonetheless), she should be of (at least) somewhat high standing within the Hizoku. Ron is (or was) sometimes referred to as a king, while his sons (including Duo Lon) are called princes on occasion. Additionally, Falcoon notes that Xiao Lon was intended to be an "aristocratic character," although he feels that she strayed from the image as time went on.
Summon Magic - One of her attacks involves summoning a dark sorcerer to disrupt her opponent's movements.
The Unfavorite - To Ron. It still doesn't stop her from loving him, though. It should be noted that it might not entirely be Ron's fault. Apparently, Ron's wife hated Xiao's mother, and since Xiao greatly resembles her mother, Ron's wife convinced him to ignore his illegitimate daughter.
Makoto Mizoguchi - Japan
Voiced by: Kay Inage
A bruiser who fights on the streets. Aside from that, we... don't know much about him.
Bonus Boss - You can only fight him in Regulation A if you don't continue and get a certain amount of super finishes.
The Cameo - He wasn't originally supposed to be in MI:RA and only got in after hard lobbying from the head producer (Falcoon, the lead producer of the series, was a fan of Fighter's History back when he was a kid; Mizoguchi held the distinction of being his favorite character; it didn't hurt that he was a favorite of most fans of the series). Mizoguchi also shows up as a hidden boss character in Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble as well as an enemy in Joe & Mac Returns.
Running Gag - Whenever Mizoguchi tries to escape from the Mafia, they usually catch him and send him into the tournament to carry out one of their hits. Subverted, as MI:RA is the first time he's been able to enter a tourney for fun. However, he did beat Lucky to enter, thus continuing the American Sports Team's running gag of receiving an invite to KOF, only to be defeated and have their invites stolen.
An illustrious millionaire hailing from Europe, he is a man who hungers for power. Having discovered a way to channel the spirit of Goenitz, one of Orochi's Heavenly Kings, he kidnaps Sinobu and subjects him to numerous experiments, transforming the boy into his puppet. Gustav uses the tournament as a test for his new weapon.
God's Caliber Team/Sacred Treasures Team/Divine Vessels Team
Elisabeth Team/Rival Team
Garou Team/Mark of the Wolves Team
Joshikousei Team/High School Girls Team
Kyo & Iori Team/Kusanagi & Yagami Team
Triple Asian Alliance Team
These teams are likely to be possible to amount in only one or a few games, they are not predetermined by the character select interface, it depends on the player's knowledge of their background to be aware of their existence; the only traits preventing these teams to be considered random, is that they have ending sequences, or a music track, or special quotes of their own.