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Characters: The King of Fighters
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.

Characters in the main The King of Fighters storyline


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Debuting in the EX series

The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood

    Moe Habana - USA 
Voiced by: Reiko Chiba

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 King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood

    Sinobu Amou - Implied to be Japan 
Voiced by: Sawa Ishige

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.

    Jun Kagami - Japan 
Voiced by: Mariko Suzuki

Another guardian of the Ten Sacred Treasures, Jun is a classy woman who enjoys the finer things in life. She joins Iori's team in EX2 to help out Miu.

    Miu Kurosaki - Japan 
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka

A guardian of one of the Ten Sacred Treasures, Miu is a quiet and lonely girl. She joins the EX2 tournament in search of her older brother Sinobu, who she fears has fallen prey to the Orochi power.

    Reiji Oogami - Japan 
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada

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.

Debuting in the Maximum Impact series

The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact

    Mignon Beart - USA 
Voiced by: Miwa Yasuda (Japanese), Vanessa Bellardini (English)

A sorceress who inherited her grandmother's techniques. She becomes a pop star and has a rival in Athena. She decides to enter the tournament to do battle with her.

    Duke - Unknown (implied to be Russia) 
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (English), Jerry Lyden (Japanese)

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.

    Rock Howard - USA 
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.

    Chae Lim - South Korea 
Voiced by: Yukiko Amano (Japanese), Allie Moss (English)

A young girl who has been training under Kim since she was four. She is rumored to be Kim's secret weapon for KOF. The Maximum Impact tournament marks her first professional debut.

    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.

  • Anime Hair - Dual-toned red and white (the red is presumably dyed if Soiree's hair color is any indication).
  • Author Avatar - Word of God says that Alba was made to be a "cooler Falcoon." That might explain why Alba has a triple projectile, an anti-air reversal, and is only beaten out in terms of bells and whistles by Ash.
  • 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.
  • Bishōnen
    • 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.
  • Cool Shades
  • Counter Attack - Alba has a few reversal throws in his arsenal.
  • Eldritch Abomination - Is one half of the being known as Judeim.
    • It should be noted that Judeim is implied to be a Humanoid Abomination, in a shape similar to that of Luise and Jivatma.
  • I Will Find You - Soiree goes missing after the battle with Jivatma. Alba teams up with Luise to go looking for him.
  • Ki Attacks - Which seem to mimic lightning and wind.
  • 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.
  • Noble Demon
  • Peek-a-Bangs
  • Power Tattoo - Has half of winged, horned skull etched on his back, with the other half belonging to Soiree. This is a marking of his and Soiree's status as Judeim.
    • Tattoo as Character Type - The tattoo, mostly spanning his upper right back and shoulder, fits the supernatural origin, given the twins' true identity as Judeim.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs - Some of his moves consist of this, most notably during his Level 3.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni - Inverted: The red-clad Alba is the blue oni while the blue-clad Soiree is the red one.
  • Red Baron - "The Devil of Daybreak."
  • Sugar and Ice Personality - His stoicism knows no bounds, but he genuinely shows concern for his younger brother and the people of Southtown.
  • Theme Twin Naming - Alba is Italian for "daybreak," while Soiree is "twilight" in French. Get it?
  • This Cannot Be! - "How can this be?!?"
  • Voice of the Legion - At the end of his story in MI2, where he speaks in a bellowing dual voice, implying he's remembering his past as Judeim.
  • Would Hit a Girl
    (to Lien): "There's no mercy even if you are a chick."
  • Yin

    Soiree Meira - Germany 
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.

    Lien Neville - England 
Voiced by: Fumiko Inoue (Japanese), Claire Caponigro (English)

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.

The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2

    Ninon Beart - USA 
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.

    Fiolina "Fio" Germi - Italy 
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.

    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.

    Hyena - France 
Voiced by: Bin Shimada (Japanese), Bill Hemberger (English)

The referee for the first tournament. Hyena is at first Duke's servant, but in the end when Mephistopheles breaks apart, he decides to enter the tournament on his own and build his own gang.

    Jivatma - Indonesia 
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.

    Lilly Kane - England 
Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (Japanese), Ivy Omere (English)

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.

    Richard Meyer - Brazil 
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.

    Luise Meyrink - Germany 
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.

    Nagase - Japan 
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.

The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact Regulation A

    Xiao Lon - China 
Voiced by: Makiko Matsumoto

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.

    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.
  • Fan Disservice - His "Another" costume.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy
  • 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.
  • Shotoclone - More or less.
  • Transplant / The Cameo - Comes from the Fighter's History series.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene

NPC (only exclusive to these series)

    Gustav Munchausen - Unknown 
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.


The following is just a list of the characters' teams. Do not add tropes here.

    Orthodox Team-up 
These teams are predetermined by the character select interface in the given game, and mostly in the series as whole; in other words the official teams.

Japan Team/Hero Team
  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Benimaru Nikaido
  • Goro Daimon
  • Shingo Yabuki

Fatal Fury Team/Garou Densetsu Team/Lonely Wolves Team
  • Terry Bogard
  • Andy Bogard
  • Joe Higashi
  • Mai Shiranui
  • Blue Mary
  • Tizoc
  • Kim Kaphwan
  • Duck King

Art of Fighting Team/Ryuuko Team/Kyokugenryu Team
  • Ryo Sakazaki
  • Robert Garcia
  • Takuma Sakazaki
  • Yuri Sakazaki
  • King

Women Fighters Team/Gorgeous Team
  • King
  • Mai Shiranui
  • Yuri Sakazaki
  • Kasumi Todoh
  • Chizuru Kagura
  • Blue Mary
  • Li Xiangfei
  • Hinako Shijou

Psycho Soldier Team/Neo Psycho Soldier Team
  • Athena Asamiya
  • Kensou Sie
  • Gentsai Chin
  • Bao
  • Momoko

Ikari Team/Ikari Warriors Team
  • Heidern
  • Ralf Jones
  • Clark Still
  • Leona Heidern
  • Whip (Muchiko)

Kim Team/Team Korea/Justice Team
  • Kaphwan Kim
  • Koehan Chang
  • Bounge Choi
  • Hoon Jhun
  • May Lee
  • Hwa Jai
  • Raiden

American Sports Team
  • Heavy D!
  • Lucky Glauber
  • Brian Battler

Rival Team/Yagami Team
  • Iori Yagami
  • Billy Kane
  • Eiji Kisaragi
  • Mature
  • Vice
  • Vanessa
  • Seth
  • Ramon

'96 Boss Team/History's Most Evil Trio
  • Geese Howard
  • Wolfgang Krauser
  • Mr. Big

New Faces Team/Orochi Team
  • Yashiro Nanakase
  • Shermie
  • Chris

'97 Special Team/Outlaw Team
  • Billy Kane
  • Blue Mary
  • Ryuji Yamazaki
  • Gato

Mentors/Masters Team
  • Heidern
  • Takuma Sakazaki
  • Chin Gentsai
  • Saisyu Kusanagi

K' Team/Hero Team
  • K'
  • Maxima
  • Benimaru Nikaido
  • Shingo Yabuki
  • Vanessa
  • Ramon
  • Whip (Muchiko)
  • Lin
  • Kula Diamond

Benimaru Team
  • Benimaru Nikaido
  • Shingo Yabuki
  • Seth
  • Lin

NESTS Team
  • Kula Diamond
  • K9999
  • Angel
  • Foxy

Ash Team/Hero Team
  • Ash Crimson
  • Duo Lon
  • Shen Woo
  • Oswald

God's Caliber Team/Sacred Treasures Team/Divine Vessels Team
  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Iori Yagami
  • Chizuru Kagura

Elisabeth Team/Rival Team
  • Elisabeth Blanctorche
  • Duo Lon
  • Benimaru Nikaido
  • Shen Woo

Garou Team/Mark of the Wolves Team
  • Bonne Jenet
  • Gato
  • Tizoc

Agent Team
  • Vanessa
  • Seth
  • Ramon
  • Blue Mary

Joshikousei Team/High School Girls Team
  • Athena Asamiya
  • Hinako Shijou
  • Malin

Anti-Kyokugenryu Team
  • Eiji Kisaragi
  • Malin
  • Kasumi Todoh

Kyo & Iori Team/Kusanagi & Yagami Team
  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Iori Yagami
  • Shingo Yabuki

Triple Asian Alliance Team
  • Hoon Jhun
  • Lin
  • Shingo Yabuki

    Unorthodox Team-up 
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.

SNK Protagonists Team
  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Terry Bogard
  • Ryo Sakazaki

Secondary Characters Team
  • Benimaru Nikaido
  • Andy Bogard
  • Robert Garcia

Headband Team/Third Characters Team
  • Goro Daimon
  • Joe Higashi
  • Yuri Sakazaki

Classic Characters Team
  • Athena Asamiya
  • Ralf Jones
  • Clark Still

Birthday Team
  • Shingo Yabuki
  • Mature
  • King

Young Boys Team
  • Shingo Yabuki
  • Sie Kensou
  • Chris

Orochi Males Team
  • Ryuji Yamazaki
  • Yashiro Nanakase
  • Chris

Orochi Females Team
  • Shermie
  • Mature
  • Vice

Fathers Team
  • Saisyu Kusanagi
  • Takuma Sakazaki
  • Kim Kaphwan

  • Koehan Chang
  • Bounge Choi
  • Gentsai Chin

Rugal Team
  • Rugal Bernstein
  • Mature
  • Vice

Unrequited Love Team
  • Sie Kensou
  • Robert Garcia
  • Ramon

Japanese Sports Team
  • Goro Daimon
  • Kasumi Todoh
  • Hinako Shijou

Mature Ladies Team
  • Mature
  • Vice
  • Vanessa

KOF Protagonists Team (AKA XIII Team)
  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • K'
  • Ash Crimson


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