Characters: The King Of Fighters The Orochi Saga
The characters in The King of Fighters
introduced during the Orochi Saga ('95
) will be listed here.
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).
And remember: this is just a part of all the characters that comprise the series. For characters who debuted in KOF '94
, go here
For characters who debuted in KOF '99
(2002: Unlimited Match
included), go here
For characters who debuted in KOF 2003
, go here
Finally, for characters who appeared outside the main series, go here
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The King of Fighters '95
Billy Kane - England
"How does it feel to be well-done? But I bet you taste terrible." Voiced by:
Katsuhisa Namase ('95
), Atsushi Yamanishi ('97
, Maximum Impact
series), Seijirou (2003
), Marc Donovan (Maximum Impact 2
, English), Tomohiro Nishimura (Fatal Fury anime
Geese's loyal right-hand man ever since the first Fatal Fury
. A punk from England whose skill with a staff is second to none, he's nonetheless committed to his sister Lilly, and when Geese was killed, returned to England to support her. When Geese resurfaced, he went back to Southtown to carry out Geese's request to investigate the Orochi power in the '97
tournament. Loathes Iori Yagami, since he was on the receiving end of a beating dished out by him once. In the Maximum Impact
series he's trying to convince Rock to follow in his father's footsteps. Finally, in the console version of XIII
and in Climax
, he returns and sports his original attire; this time he's in a personal "mission" to find and kill Iori.
- Ambition Is Evil - Averted. Billy serves Geese because he genuinely likes the guy and wants to provide for his sister, not due to any ulterior motives on his part. This is why he hangs up his coat and relocates to the English countryside after Geese's death in the MI series (until, of course, he hears words of a new group leading Southtown).
- Badass in a Nice Suit - His "Another" costume in the Maximum Impact series. It depicts how he dresses while serving Geese.
- Berserk Button - Four of these. One, don't insult Geese. Two, don't bring up his sister Lilly (and worse if the other person tries to shame him because of her). Three: don't be Iori. Four: don't smoke near him.
- Best Served Cold - Towards Iori Yagami, whom both he and Eiji hate for beating them up for their failure.
- It's Personal - His hatred of Yagami is so great that XIII currently marks the only time he's entered KOF for reasons other than Geese's orders.
- Big Brother Instinct - Towards Lilly.
- Bald of Evil <- -> Blond Guys Are Evil - It depends on the game, actually. In the original Fatal Fury games and KOF '95 he has his head shaved bald. In '97, '98 and Maximum Impact, he has let his blond hair grow. And in XIII, he shaves his head bald again.
- Boring, but Practical - His Sansetukoncyuudanuchi special attack simply involves moving toward your opponent and pressing a button. Thanks to its ridiculous range and stun properties, it also makes Billy the most broken character in The King of Fighters-i 2012, to the point where he can solo Team Battle Mode and get perfect victories on Ash Crimson.
- British Accents - Dub only. Cockney.
- The Dragon - To Geese Howard.
- Noble Top Enforcer - He's a surprisingly decent chap for a crime boss' right-hand man, even being rather... friendly to the Fatal Fury crew he's usually at odds with.
- Evil Brit
- Gratuitous English - Notable for this, especially his infamous "I'MMA GONNA BATCHES 'N BURN!" line from Real Bout (Translation: I'm gonna bust you so bad!)
- Surprisingly Good English - Consider his intro against Iori in '97 and '98 which had him shouting "I wish I could tear him apart!" (complete with additional Eiji backing in '98), his eponymous "Hey-hey-hey!" intro and his "Who's turn is it?" quote.
- All in all, which side of the English/Engrish fence Billy falls upon depends on two things: a) who's voicing him and b) which installment of the series this is.
- Hammerspace - Maybe. In his 2002 HSDM, if Billy is attacked while he doesn't have his staff, he'll pull out a second staff from underneath his jacket.
- Hitbox Dissonance - While his Weapon of Choice gives him great range (sometimes propelling him into Game Breaker status), Billy is probably the one character in KOF most notorious for adhering to being on the wrong end of this trope. One great example can be found here.
- Morality Pet - Lilly. Lampshaded in XIII: Climax when people like Kim or Athena bring her up in their pre-fight talks and Billy gets PISSED OFF.
- My Sister Is Off Limits - He doesn't like it one bit that Joe Higashi is seeing Lilly.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed - His outfit in KOF '95 (carried over from the first Fatal Fury game) appears to be modeled after former English pro-wrestler, Dynamite Kid. Later games have Billy resembling Axl Rose.
- No Smoking - It's one of his pet peeves. He even wears the sign on the back of his outfit and will assault anyone who blows cigarette smoke in his face. The only exception to this is when Geese smokes.
- Nice Bandana
- Odd Friendship - With Eiji and Blue Mary. The former is more so due to their mutual hatred of Iori. He's even something of a Friendly Enemy to Terry and co. nowadays.
- Playing with Fire
- Precision F-Strike - He screams "Go to hell!" during his Great Windmill DM.
- Punny Name - Subverted. His last name isn't pronounced "cane" (as in, the weapon he uses), but "kon" or "kaan."
- Double subverted - "Kon" in Japanese roughly means "cane."
- Simple Staff - One that separates and combines, to boot.
- Super Strength - Relatively speaking, it would take a great deal of might to properly utilize a three-section staff held together by chains with great tensile strength.
- Undying Loyalty - In the Maximum Impact series, even with Geese dead, Billy still serves no one other than Geese. This is why he's returned to Southtown; he believes that no one is more fitting to rule over the city than Geese.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head - Wore an Union Jack shirt in his Fatal Fury 2/Special appearance.
Eiji Kisaragi - Japan
"I'm a ninja! I have no pity for losers!"
Voiced by: Yoshinori Shima
A ninja assigned by Mr. Big to assassinate the Sakazaki family. He has failed repeatedly to do this, but nonetheless still pursues his goal. He joined up with Billy and Iori in the '95
tournament to form the Rival Team, but the three failed to reach the finals; Iori beat the two ruthlessly for their failure, resulting in a lifelong grudge from them. He also joined up with Kasumi and Malin in the eleventh tournament to form the Anti-Kyokugen team. If the KOF: Kyo
manga is canon, he may have had an hilariously nasty run-in
with Kyo's mother Shizuka at one point, too.
Saisyu Kusanagi - Japan
"Defeat is defeat. Fighting's no picnic, kid."
Voiced by: Toshimitsu Arai ('95, The King of Fighters: KYO), Keiichiro Sakagi ('98, Neowave)
The father of Kyo Kusanagi, and the current head of the clan. After the events of the '94 and '95 tournaments, he handed off the responsibilities of the clan to Kyo, claiming it was Kyo's time to face his destiny. He hasn't done much since then, aside from training Shingo.
- Brainwashed and Crazy - In '95, done by Rugal through his secretary Vice.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer - Lazy, eccentric, a slacker... and an extremely powerful fighter and mentor when he bothers to get serious. The KOF: KYO manga is really good at this.
- Cannot Spit It Out - He was so moved by Shingo's courage and determination that he couldn't reveal the fact that the Kusanagi flames are hereditary powers, thus meaning that Shingo would never be able to use fire.
- Cool Old Guy - He's essentially Kyo with a more cheerful disposition and more lifetime experience.
- It's A Small World After All - He and Takuma have known each other for years. It comes handy in KOF:KYO when Yuki mysteriously disappears and Saisyu ropes the Sakazakis plus Robert into helping Kyo to find her. Also, Takuma often talks about Saisyu when around Kyo, as shown in XIII.
- Old Master - Despite being somewhat younger than the standard.
- Open Minded Parent - Due to his status within the Kusanagi clan and the fact that his son can't avoid his destiny.
- Playing with Fire
- Retired Badass
- SNK Boss - In '95, he can read your inputs and counter almost anything you attack him with.
- Spell My Name with an S - Saishu?
- This is when you consider that his name has been written on screen ever since as "Saisyu."
- Both "shu" and "syu" are accepted Romanizations for the syllable しゅ, so either spelling is technically correct. SNK seems to prefer Saisyu for whatever reason.
- The Worf Effect - Twice. First he's beaten to near death by Rugal before being captured and then Brainwashed and Crazy, which pisses the fuck out of Kyo. In the KOF:KYO manga he and Eiji are both curb-stomped by Goenitz.
Iori Yagami - Japan
"Remember me when you look at the moon." Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui
, Eric Summerer (Maximum Impact
series, English), Jack Merluzzi (XII
, English), Shou Shudo (KOF
live-action movie Japanese dub)
Iori is the latest descendant of the Yagami clan, formerly the Yasakani. His family was a former ally of Kyo Kusanagi's, but they became jealous of the Kusanagi clan's power, and entered into a blood pact with Orochi, their former enemy.
They were granted newer, blue-tinted flames, but at with three huge downsides: suffering extreme pain when using these powers, each mother of a newborn would die in childbirth... and most importantly, they were now susceptible to the Riot of the Blood, a state in which under special circumstances, the user is driven insane until they become nothing more than mindless zombies, killing and destroying everything in their path. When the Kusanagi clan found out about this, they waged war against the Yasakani clan, who changed their name to Yagami prior to the blood pact.
Iori himself enters the '95
tournament to fight Kyo, but fails to do so, and ruthlessly beats his teammates into the ground. In '96
he finally faces Kyo, but is approached by Chizuru to ally with them. He fights Goenitz and kills him, but his flames turn crimson. Chizuru explains that this is the true power of the Yagami clan that has long been hidden inside him, and also warns him about the Riot of the Blood, but he brushes it off. While conversing with Vice and Mature, he is suddenly stricken with blindness and nausea, and starts to cough up blood. He is finally wracked with extreme pain, and he ends up killing both Vice and Mature as he enters the Riot of the Blood for the first time. In '97
he is about to face Kyo in the finals, but then he enters the Riot of the Blood along with Leona, who attacks her teammates while Iori attacks Kyo. Both are snapped back to their senses and Iori teams up with Kyo and Chizuru to fight Orochi. Orochi attempts to drive him back into the Riot, but the plan backfires when he attacks Orochi instead of Kyo, and then he holds Orochi in place long enough for him to be struck down by Kyo and resealed by Chizuru.
Iori resurfaces in '99
, once again searching for Kyo, and overhears about the various Kyo clones around the world. He finds the real one and fights with him in the collapsing base. In 2000
he is also a single entry, again looking for Kyo. In 2001
he joins with Vanessa, Seth, and Ramon, under the premise that he will fight Kyo again. He teams up with Kyo and Chizuru in 2003
, and witnesses Ash's theft of Chizuru's powers. In XI
, he teams up with Kyo and Shingo, but due to the increased presence of Orochi, he enters the Riot of the Blood once again and attacks Shingo; Ash intervenes and takes the fance to hit Iori In the Back
taking his powers. His fate afterward was unknown, but in Maximum Impact
he is searching for Ash Crimson to regain his powers. In XIII
he doesn't have his flames but has somewhat compensated via becoming a Badass Normal
, and after a brief talk with Chizuru he is back alongside none other than Vice and Mature, who are temporarily Back from the Dead to keep Those From The Past to break the Orochi seal. In the end, Iori regains his powers, forsaking his chance for a normal life.
- And Then What? - If playing as Flames Iori in XIII, Mature will prod at his unending goal to kill Kyo, claiming that Iori's stuck in the past because he's afraid of where the future may lead if he does end Kyo's life.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Boast - His usual opening pose ("Sugu raku ni shite yaru") translates to "I'll make it easy for you" or "I'll end your pain soon." If you believe Iori's claim that he hates violence, the quote then potentially turns into Iori backhandedly giving the opponent his condolences for having the misfortune of running into him, thus promising to give them a quick death for their troubles.
- Badass in Distress - In the KOF: KYO manga's last volume, he's captured by Goenitz and tied up to a metal cross. Then Goenitz severely injures Kensou and, when Chizuru steps in, he runs away with both Iori and Yuki as hostages; for worse, he tortures Iori via using his powers to intermittently cause him to go into the Riot of the Blood as he's is still in chains and completely defenseless. Kyo has to rescue him and Yuki with Chizuru's help.
- Badass Longcoat - Another Iori (Iori's striker from 2000, which represents how Iori dresses outside of KOF) has one.
- Badass Normal - He was brought down to this after Ash stole his flames.
- There is nothing normal about Iori, with or without flames; even without the Magatama, the clawing and slashing techniques employed by the Yasakani martial arts are brutally effective and vicious enough to decimate an opponent. Combine this with Yagami's ridiculous speed and strength, and suddenly the loss of his flames do not appear to be anything more than a minor handicap.
- Bare Your Midriff - His outfit from XII onward.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind - Quite a few drama CDs hint at an Orochi-like presence that resides inside him, irritating him to the point that Iori usually reacts violently. His XII profile seems to confirm this, as Iori seems to be suffering from a slight identity crisis. This is presumably the reason behind his refusal to associate with others and his solitary lifestyle.
- The Berserker
- For some reason, losing his flames causes Iori's bloodlust and violent tendencies to intensify up to the point where the cast of KOF XIII can feel it just by being around him.
- Bonus Boss - To the Japan Team in KOF '97, but only if Kyo beats Orochi. He's also this in KOF '99. Shares this status with Kyo, and you can only fight him if your battle points are over 190, and you fight Kyo if they are over 280.
- Breakout Character - Something of a meta example. While Iori was a main character from the beginning (being The Rival to Kyo), he was of such a different mold from other video game characters at the time (such as his trademark Evil Laugh) that he became an instant hit with fans (and not just the female ones). Thus, most subsequent games have shoehorned him to a role of at least some significance.
- It is said Iori's design from the start sought this end, so he may have been an invoked example.
- Can't Stay Normal - In his ending in XIII, Iori decides to reabsorb the Yasakani-no-Magatama into his body, despite Mature and Vice warning him that he has the chance to live a normal life without needing to worry about the Riot of the Blood or his bloodline's curse. Ultimately, they go along with his choice and return to the afterlife, telling Iori that they'll perhaps meet again on a moonlit night.
- Chick Magnet - In the CD dramas, having a very pretty prospect girlfriend who's infatuated with you is probably not much to boast about... but having her also beautiful little sister to become even more infatuated with you is definitely no small feat. And that's not mentioning the numerous amount of fangirls (and maybe even some fanboys) he managed to charmed.
- Clothes Make the Legend - Unlike Kyo, he didn't change his clothing until KOF XII and even then, the change is rather slight.
- Dark Is Not Evil - Very anti-heroic, though.
- Deadly Upgrade - The pact his clan made with Orochi to acquire power reduces his life span, hurts him when he summons flames, and subjects him to the Riot of the Blood, which causes him to lose control of himself and makes him vomit blood.
- Depower - Happens at the end of XI, leaving him to fight with his slashing hands for XII and its sequel. Unlike Chizuru, at least he stayed on the roster despite losing his flames. Though, considering the mobility and priority of Iori's movelist when exhibiting the full extent of the Yasakani martial arts, one has to wonder whether losing those flames can even constitute a depowerment or not...
- Downloadable Content - "Iori with the Power of Flames" in XIII (i.e. his original, pre-XII moveset).
- The Drifter
- Emo - Again, the fans are mistaken. Let it be said that Iori's debut in 1995 predates the mainstream popularity (and common idea) of the word emo by a margin of five years. Also, it's quite clear that Iori does not match up to the emotional stereotypes.
- Still, XIII pokes fun at this via having several characters, like in K''s case, call him "emo" to his very face. Obviously, Iori isn't amused. Joe decides to one-up the others by labeling him (or rather, Flames Iori) as this and goth.
- Easily Forgiven - Although he killed Mature and Vice (albeit not of his own volition), they say that they don't hold a grudge against him and ask to accompany him as his teammates in XIII. Perhaps they like Iori a bit too much...
- Enemy Mine/Teeth-Clenched Teamwork - Happens on no less than four occasions with Kyo ('96, '97, 2003, and XI). Luckily, Chizuru or Shingo is there to keep the team from falling apart.
- Enemy Within - Orochi Iori.
- Evil Redhead - At least, that's how his debut portrayed him. '96 and beyond have shifted Iori towards an antagonistic, but more anti-heroic role.
The King of Fighters '96
Mr. Big - Australia
"The name's Mr. Big, That's B-I-G, BIG! Burn it into your memory!"
The Big Bad
of the first Art of Fighting
game, he is invited by Geese Howard to join him and Wolfgang Krauser in the '96
tournament. He used to be the head of Southtown's underworld until Geese displaced him and made him second-in-command, and it was under Geese's orders that he kidnapped Yuri Sakazaki and kickstarted the events of AOF
. His current status is unknown, but he is likely still serving Geese and biding his time until he can retake his claim on Southtown. Until that time, however, it's assumed he's currently living the good life with his ladies and henchmen.
- Ambiguously Brown - Oddly enough, his sprites in NGBC and XI are lighter-skinned.
- Badass in a Nice Suit - A pimp coat complete with fur and some pretty snazzy clothing underneath.
- Bald of Evil
- Beard of Evil
- The Casanova - He's never without his ladies, although it's never stated if he's a pimp or not.
- Catch Phrase - "Happy, guy?"
- Cool Shades - Never takes 'em off.
- Dual Wielding - Uses a pair of sticks that happen to have hidden tazers.
- Everything's Better with Spinning - Two of his moves have him spinning like mad.
- Gratuitous Spanish - "Viva!"
- It's Personal - Big only agreed to join the '96 tournament because Geese lead him to believe he'd get the chance to settle his grudge against Ryo and Robert. Except it was a lie, Geese was merely using him to try to gain control of the Orochi power. When Big realized this, he retaliated by ordering a sniper to take Geese out, but Billy saw the shot coming in time to deflect it with his staff.
- Although it isn't shown in-game, Big has a personal score to settle with Robert, in particular, since he was the one who fought and defeated him in the original Art of Fighting. Which is reflected in Robert's pre-fight dialog with Big, in AOF 2.
- Land Down Under
- Only Known by Their Nickname - We really don't need to spell this one out.
- Simple Staff - One that separates and combines, to boot.
Leopold Goenitz of the Wildly-Blowing Wind - Unknown
"Now the world burns in hate's flames, and chaos reigns!"
Voiced by: Yoshinori Shima
One of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi
, Goenitz possesses the ability to control the wind. He is the one who killed Chizuru's twin sister Maki and awakened Leona's Orochi blood, causing her to completely obliterate her entire village. He also gave Rugal a portion of Orochi's power after Rugal withstood the pain of having his right eye gouged out. He tries to kill Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru in the '96
tournament, but fails and ends up being dealt a fatal blow by Iori. It's implied that his spirit escapes, though.
- Affably Evil - Very polite and courteous to his rivals.
- Badass Bookworm - It's a possibility. His sideline waiting animation involves him reading a book (it might be some sort of holy scripture) while wearing Scary Shiny Glasses. The next thing you know, KOKO DESU KA?
- Badass Fingersnap - During both of his Razor Wind specials. Bonus points for turning away from his opponent before letting his winds rip them to shreds.
- Badass Preacher - You can't deny it. Of course, when we say God, we mean Orochi. (And with that said, the two are probably interchangeable in Goenitz's eyes, given the "This is God's punishment" line he drops at the beginning of both versions of his Shin Ya Otome.)
- Beard of Evil
- Blow You Away
- Catch Phrase - "KOKO DESU KA?"
- Clothing Combat - One of his normals sees Goenitz doing little more than whacking you with his robes.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard - In KOF '96 he could do desperation moves without having to fill his power gauge.
- Also, if his AI entered a loop, he would continually use his Tornado Summon move over and over, making him completely unbeatable and forcing you to forfeit the round.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus
- Dramatic Wind - Subverted. Although his elemental affinity is wind, none of his poses invoke the trope. This can be seen subtly in his standing animation, where the wind breezes through his cloak.
- Face Palm of Doom - His Yami Doukouku DM, wherein Goenitz picks up his opponent by the head and, bearing a Slasher Smile and laughing, traps them inside a tornado at point-blank range as he bids them farewell.
- Finger Wag - He nonchalantly does this and snickers while performing a back roll.
- Flash Step - Using the wind, of course.
- Gender Flip - The infamous Goeniko fad, which stemmed from his Midnight Bliss form in SVC Chaos. Notable in that she actually showed up as an official character in the pachinko games.
- Ghost Amnesia - In a non-canonical story, his ghost meets up with Ninon Beart from Maximum Impact 2. Goenitz can't remember anything but seems to recognize the mention of his title: the wildly-blowing wind.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language - Sorta. The movesets for him and the other Heavenly Kings (Yashiro, Shermie, and Chris) are written in Cyrillic.
- Hellish Pupils - Before fighting him, his pupils turn into slits in the cutscene.
- Herald - When he showed up, things would never be the same in the KOF world. One could argue that he's the catalyst of everything that's gone wrong in this series.
- High Priest - Presumably this for Orochi's Religion of Evil. At any rate, he's been the most active in reviving his master, working from the shadows for at least ten years.
- It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY - Based on the Japanese spelling of his name, it's pronounced "gay-nits."
- Based on the spelling and German pronunciation, it should be somewhere between "gurnits" and "guhnits," similar to Karl Doenitz from World War II. That is, unless he's friends with John Boehner.
- Hostage Situation - Stages one in the KOF:KYO manga's last volume. He first captures Iori and gets him in a Crucified Hero Shot in the middle of the teen cast's School Festival, then tells Kyo to fight him. When Chizuru intervenes and says that Kyo will be ready in two days, he accepts the truce but takes both Iori and Yuki with him...
- Multicolored Hair - His theme song, "Trash Head" lampshades this.
- Neck Lift - During one of his throws (complete with strangulation followed by a chokeslam), as well as his Shin Ya Otome: Mizuchi DM (and its SDM equivalent, Shin Ya Otome: Jissoukoku).
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain - At the end of the day, Goenitz and Goenitz alone is responsible for his own defeat. Although he succeeded in breaking Orochi's seal by taking Maki's life, by not killing Chizuru (the weaker of the Kagura twins, may we add), he gave Chizuru a decade's worth of time to devise countermeasures and regroup the splintered descendants of the Three Sacred Treasures. While he easily made an example out of Kyo (whose ego had overinflated thanks to his two victories over Rugal, despite narrowly winning both times and having no idea of how far outclassed Rugal was by Goenitz prior to meeting Chizuru), by not finishing what he started, Goenitz allowed Kyo to undergo introspection, causing him to mellow out a bit and develop a variety of powerful new moves to add to his style. Part of this, however, stems from what seems to be Goenitz's attempt at Pragmatic Villainy in regards to accomplishing his goal to resurrect his master. His Graceful Loser status in all but the canonical ending could also be viewed as an implicit understanding that the remaining Heavenly Kings will simply pick up where he left off; as long as Orochi is again amongst the living, the individual steps are mere technicalities.
- Person of Mass Destruction - Just take a look at his stage. That was a perfectly good stadium before his arrival.
- Razor Sharp Hand
- Razor Wind
- Sexy Priest - Overlaps with Evil Is Sexy and Stupid Sexy Flanders.
- Sinister Minister - Looks suspiciously like a Catholic priest. He's quite sane, fortunately, and detests demonic entities such as Demitri Maximov and Red Arremer.
- SNK Boss
- Subverted in KOF 2002: UM; before people started unlocking him, many players expected him to be of boss level, but he lost the SNK Boss traits in this incarnation, and plays more like he did in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.
- This is actually part of a strange Double Subversion of sorts. Goenitz was a midboss in SVC Chaos, and was originally ported to the PS2 and Xbox versions of the original 2002. In SVC he was less cheaper than his original form, but still overpowered. These issues were, unfortunately, left intact in his original 2002 appearance, but 2002UM corrected these errors, and made him a high-tier secret character instead.
- Spam Attack
- Villainous Breakdown - The Three Sacred Treasure's ending (which is the canonical ending) has Goenitz screaming about why the wind isn't blowing after Kyo and Iori deliver the coup de grace on him.
Leona Heidern - Unknown
"Had enough? Then beat it, fool."
Voiced by: Masae Yumi, Lisa Leonard (Maximum Impact series, English), Rachel Waltzer (XII, English)
Young Leona's father, Gaidel
, was one of the Orochi heralds, but when Goenitz visited his village to remind him of his role in Orochi's resurrection, Gaidel wanted no part of it. As punishment for his betrayal, Goenitz forced his pre-teen daughter into the Riot of the Blood state, causing her to go berserk and slaughter the entire village
singlehandedly, including her family. When she woke up and saw what she had done, a traumatised and amnesiac Leona then wandered aimlessly until she was found by Heidern; he planned to drop off her at an orphanage, but found Leona had cut down a tree with her bare hands, and not to mention he had lost his own daughter some time ago. She was adopted by Heidern shortly afterwards, becoming his de facto daughter. Although she appears cold
, she maintains this persona out of fear that being emotional will cause her to regress into the Riot once more.
- Action Girl - She is a trained mercenary after all.
- Ascended Glitch - Her infamous salute to Chang in '98 was originally a bug. Word of God said this was intentional, but it led to a plethora of both fan and official art as well as a few fan theories back in the day.
- Bare Your Midriff - Even more so with her XII outfit.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents - Horrible subversion: she was the one who killed the people whose blood she's splattered with. When under More than Mind Control, to be fair.
- Break the Cutie - Her backstory.
- Broken Bird - Alongside Elisabeth and Chizuru, she's one of the straightest examples of the trope.
- Child Soldier - Became one of the "just plain tragic" type after being taken in by Heidern.
- Deadly Upgrade - During her Riot of the Blood state she loses control of herself and vomits blood.
- Dramatic Wind - During her caped/hooded intro mentioned below.
- Emotionless Girl - Of the "emotionally repressed" type.
- Enemy Within - Orochi Leona.
- Fanservice Pack
- Eye/Hair Color Dissonance - In sprites, her eyes used to be green with blue eyebrows. Everywhere else, they were always blue with black eyebrows.
- Flash Step - One of her DMs in XIII can be summed up as a deadly game of pinball involving blades.
- Flung Clothing - Her dress uniform in KOF '96/'98, a cape/hood in KOF '97/'99 (first turn only).
- Happily Adopted - Well, as happy as an emotionally repressed, self-orphaned, cursed girl can get, anyway.
- Heroic BSOD - Had one after the horrendous incident with Goenitz, until she was found and adopted by Heidern.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns - Ayup, those aren't actually locks.
- Limp and Livid/Primal Stance - Orochi Leona.
- Long Hair Is Feminine - Although she's shown to usually tie up her hair in a ponytail, when undone, her hair is this.
- Monochromatic Mind-Control Eyes - As Orochi Leona. Crosses over with Glowing Eyes of Doom and Supernatural Gold Eyes Depending on the Artist.
- Perpetual Frowner - To the point that by the time of XIII, Leona is ordered by her superior officers to smile more often.
- Replacement Goldfish - To a degree, for her boss and adoptive father.
- Razor Sharp Hand - Unlike her adoptive father, Leona's is apparently an inherited ability from Gaidel. Again, there's Audible Sharpness.
- Self-Made Orphan - Under Goenitz's control, in her defense.
- She's Got Legs - More noticeable in her original outfit.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl - Although the "shy" is more like "emotionally withdrawn."
- Skyward Scream - During her Orochi mode's intro.
- Slipknot Ponytail - In one of her winposes.
- SNK Boss - Orochi Leona. In this form she's twice as fast, twice as strong, and has new animations that give her priority over several moves (such as her new run animation, which now lets her go underneath fireballs). When you play as her, she has a weaker defense, and is much harder to control, but, yep, she's cheaper than Orochi Iori.
- Statuesque Stunner
- The Stoic - Inherited from her stepfather.
- Sugar and Ice Personality - So, so much.
- Too Many Belts - In Maximum Impact 2, courtesy of◊ Falcoon.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia - After she slaughtered her village, she was so horrified that she couldn't remember what happened. She found out the truth in '97 and, after being briefly Driven to Suicide, got over it.
- Turns Red - Her hair and her skin turn red in her Orochi form.
- When She Smiles - A staple of her team's endings. Learning of her past and horrified by her actions while having succumbed to The Riot of the Blood, Leona attempts to commit suicide after the '97 tournament. Ralf and Clark talk her out of it and cheer her up, prompting Leona to smile for the first time in years. The Ikari Team's ending in XIII takes this a step further. Having fallen unconscious after the tournament, Leona awakes to see Ralf, Clark, and Whip dotingly checking up on her. Touched by the concern of her teammates, Leona laughs.
- Why Am I Ticking? - She really takes after her adopted father.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity/This Is Your Brain on Evil - Again, listen to her pleasured Skyward Scream.
- On the other hand, her EX DMs and Neo MAX in XIII seem to imply that Leona is learning how to better control her Orochi form, at least for short bursts of time.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair - Or red, if it's Orochi Leona.
- Or pink in her "Another" outfit from Maximum Impact.
Geese Howard - USA
"You really think you can beat me? That is so unfunny."
Voiced by: Kong Kuwata, Tom Bitler (Maximum Impact series, English)
The Big Bad
and Final Boss
of pretty much every Fatal Fury
game. Geese, along with Jeff Bogard
, trained under Tung Fu Rue
in the art of Hakkyokuseiken. After learning that Jeff would inherit the style's secret arts, Geese left the school embittered, and swore revenge. He eventually became the most known mastermind in the criminal underground. He took control of Southtown after winning it over from Mr. Big and making him his underling. Afterwards, Geese finally got his revenge by killing Jeff Bogard in a vicious battle, and causing his sons to train under Tung for revenge. Over the course of several years he worked his way from police commissioner to mayor of Southtown. He decided to host the first King of Fighters tournament out of boredom, and faced Terry Bogard in the final battle after Terry defeated his right hand man Billy Kane. Geese lost and was given a swift boot out of the top floor of his tower, but somehow survived the fall. Geese sends Billy in '95
to form the Rival Team and enact revenge upon the Bogard Bros. He resurfaced in '96
, entering the King of Fighters tournament along with his half-brother Krauser and Mr. Big to learn more about the Orochi's power. Mr. Big, learning he was being used, attempted to assassinate Geese, but Billy arrived just in time to stop the sniper's bullet aimed at Geese's head. In '97
he chose Billy, Yamazaki, and Blue Mary to go and investigate the Orochi power further. Later that same year, he obtained the Jin Scrolls and once again held the King of Fighters tournament in Southtown. He faced Terry for the last time, and history repeated itself as Geese was once again sent out of his tower. Terry tried to save him, but Geese refused and fell. His body was never found
, but in the Maximum Impact
and Mark of the Wolves
storylines he is Killed Off for Real
, coming back as literal Nightmare Fuel. In 2003
he sponsors the Outlaw Team consisting of Yamazaki and Billy once again, as well as Gato.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Badass - Don't let his name fool you. This guy has fallen off the same 50-story building twice and lived to tell the tale. He practically rivals Akuma in terms of badassery when it comes to KOF.
- Badass Arm-Fold
- Badass Baritone - His voice is menacingly deep, as should be expected of one of the biggest and baddest names in SNK history.
- Badass in a Nice Suit - Like Billy, his "Another" outfit is Geese's business attire.
- Battle Aura - He has a constant blue/purple aura surrounding him in his "Nightmare Geese" form.
- From Real Bout Fatal Fary 2 onward, he briefly gains one while performing his Rashomon.
- Benevolent Boss - No joke. He's shown to treat his subordinates fairly and with the utmost respect, which is part of why Billy actively enjoys working for Geese.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Bonus Boss - In 2002: Unlimited Match, Geese is the last Expert challenge of the Challenge Mode.
- Bring It - His taunt.
- Counter Attack - Roughly one-third of his moveset revolves around attack reversals and throws. Luckily for you, these moves have been toned down from their That One Attack status in the original Fatal Fury, where he'd counter everything, even you jumping towards him.
- Disney Villain Death - The undisputed God of this trope.
- Does Not Like Shoes - He instead prefers to wear tabi, symbolizing his fascination with Japanese culture.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry - Although he wears a rather modest dogi and hakama pants, Geese's battle attire also includes a blinged-out gold necklace.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars - Has a particularly nasty one on his back (from his fall in Fatal Fury) as well as another one going across his chest.
- Gratuitous English - Terry's Evil Counterpart in terms of this.
- Flung Clothing - Does this in Capcom vs. SNK 2.
- How To Cheat Death - The greatest authority on this trope.
- Immortality - Sought this in Fatal Fury 3 by obtaining the Jin Scrolls. It's unknown if he truly gained it, but he seems to love stating that he's immortal whenever he returns.
- I Was Quite a Looker - Although he isn't ugly nowadays nor does he seem to lament this, Geese's appearance in Art of Fighting 2 (also seen in Neowave) had him as a evil version of Andy Bogard who was a Badass in a Nice Suit.
- Ki Attacks
- Leitmotif/Bootstrapped Theme/Recurring Riff - Has had the same theme song in every game he appears in. It's become a very popular tune among fighting game fans.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy - In his Neowave appearance.
- Long Lost Sibling - He's Krauser's half-brother, as well as Kain R. Heinlein's brother-in-law.
- Man of Wealth and Taste - Well, he is a Corrupt Corporate Executive with shades of Wicked Cultured.
- Mundane Made Awesome/Rule of Cool - Nightmare Geese's Raging Dead End HSDM in 2002: Unlimited Match IS this trope. His hands glow, and if hit, Geese takes off his dogi and starts firing Reppukens like there's no tomorrow. Eventually, they form one XBOX HUEG Reppuken roughly four times the size of a regular one that encases his opponent. He then fires it.
- Awesome, but Impractical - Getting it to trigger is a task though as once you activate it, you have to connect an Atemi Nage (any that you like) and against an opponent that fights back, it's difficult to predict it and act accordingly. Be thankful though that you have infinite time to do so here. Its spiritual predecessor in Fatal Fury Wild Ambition (Raising Dead End) had a time limit that, after it ran out, thanks to that game's power bar mechanics, meant that the next hit connected on Geese would stun him, no questions asked.
- Nigh-Invulnerability - Let's face it: falling from a 50-story building and living to tell the tale is an automatic sign of badassery.
- No One Could Survive That - Again, the tower schtick. Unless they Never Found the Body.
- Occidental Otaku - Possibly, although the hints are stronger with his transition between Art of Fighting 2 and Fatal Fury in the other timeline.
- Orcus on His Throne - Ever since '97, he's been this, sitting in his office giving Billy orders. Word of God states that they have no plans to put him in XIII as DLC because he wouldn't fit the system, although fandom speculates that it's actually for the same reason they won't let his son Rock be in a canon KOF game: they want to respect the original Fatal Fury team, who were laid off from SNK when they went bankrupt.
- Parental Abandonment/Parental Neglect - Towards Rock, but he also hates Geese for numerous other reasons. Also did Waifu abandonment towards his wife Marie, causing her "death," and his brother-in-law Kain hates him for that.
- Ironically, Geese hated his father for the exact same reasons that Rock hates him: His dad left him and his mother to fend for themselves in Southtown as he went to Europe to lead the Stroheim family. When his mother Maria died, Geese even tried to kill his dad, but was stopped by half-brother Krauser. Like Father, Like Son, eh, Geese?
- Pillar of Light - While it's usually a Cage or Claw of Light, the SDM variant of his Raging Storm actually took on this form in '96.
- Playing with Fire - For some odd reason, Geese's Level 3 version of his Deadly Rave in the CvS titles has the final hit setting the opponent ablaze with purple flames.
- Punched Across the Room - His Rashomon. More accurately, it's "Thrown into the Air and Then Double Palm Strike Ki Blasted Halfway across the Screen with a Row of Kanji in the Background."
- Put on a Bus - Ever since '96, players have expected him to make a playable appearance. Yet aside from the home ports of 2002 and XI, 98UM,Neowave and 2002UM, SNK never put him in any of the other games.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - As Nightmare Geese. Coupled with Glowing Eyes of Doom in 2002: Unlimited Match's artwork.
- Say My Name - Gets this a lot from Terry and Andy. And Rock.
- Schrödinger's Cat - Has been dead in the Fatal Fury storyline since 1996, but in KOF he is still alive and well.
- Self-Made Man - Even though his business practices are illegitimate, the ways in which he succeeds are.
- Shock and Awe - His Raimei Gouha Nage special throw and his Thunder Break DM.
- SNK Boss - The other Trope Codifier and God.
- Status Quo Is God - Geese is always top tier in every game he appears in.
- The Syndicate - Howard Connection is this, although Geese fools the people by using his seemingly benevolent actions and the police force as a front.
- Trademark Favorite Food - Rare steak.
Chizuru Kagura - Japan
"Playtime's over. Winning is too easy. You can't lay a finger on me!"
Voiced by: Akiko Saito ('96-'98), Yukiko Sagawa (2003), Maki Terakado (KOF live-action movie Japanese dub)
Possessor of the Yata Mirror and guardian of Orochi's seal
. A wealthy businesswoman and Shinto priestess who hosted the '96
tournament in order to test the abilities of Kyo and Iori, to ensure the would be able to defeat Orochi if he was revived. Her twin older sister Maki was killed by Goenitz in order to weaken Orochi's seal, and her fond memories of her sister were used to manipulate her in the 2003
tournament by Botan, who used her to weaken Orochi's seal further. Her powers were then stolen by Ash Crimson, taking her out of the fight. She asked Shingo to form a team with Kyo and Iori in her place for the next tournament.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl - Although she does become less aloof over time (thanks to the likes of her fellow Sacred Treasures members, the Women Fighters Team, and King's younger brother Jean), Chizuru does adhere pretty closely to this trope. Oh, and being a Barrier Maiden for a human-hating quasi-deity, trouble is always close behind.
- Animal Motifs - Exclusive to the Days of Memories series, Chizuru is represented by a fox while having a spat with Mature◊ (who is, appropriately, represented by the snake). Chizuru, however, doesn't seem to embody the traits most fox-like characters are known for. Alternatively, Word of God refers to the younger Kagura twin as a stork (despite Chizuru meaning "a thousand cranes"); a stork's attachment to their nesting site could correlate to Chizuru's devotion towards maintaining the seal on Orochi.
- Attack Reflector
- Barrier Maiden - She and Maki.
- Big Fancy House - KOF XIII's backstory implies that she lives in a Japanese traditional home.
- Big Good - As she's the one who spurs Kyo and Iori into action against Orochi, she could be seen as this for the Orochi Saga.
- Also in KOF: Sky Stage. She's the one who gives the player characters (Kyo, Iori, Kula, Athena, Mai and Terry) the ability to fly so they can close a temporal rift caused by Orochi and rescue the fighters who have been caught on it.
- Biker Babe - In her free time, she loves riding motorcycles. She also had Maki, her sister, as her Wrench Wench whose hobby was fixing Chizuru's motorbike, according to her profile.
- Brainwashed and Crazy - During 2003. She recovers, only to have Ash swoop down and steal her powers.
- Broken Bird - Had some traits early in the story, but recovered thanks to Mai, King and specially King's brother Jan.
- Catch Phrase - "Sa hajimemasho?" ("Well, then, shall we begin?")
- Compressed Hair - In the KOF:KYO game. As a part of her Master of Disguise stunt, she wore a short wig. When she reveals herself to Kyo, Athena and Kensou, she takes it off and they're surprised to see how long her actual hair is.
- Chickification - Unlike Iori, once Ash took away her power, she couldn't fight anymore and had her confidence shaken by the ordeal. Isn't it sad, Chizuru?
- In Ryo Takamisaki's KOF: G, she not only isn't seen as the sub-boss (thus only acting as the Big Good, and as much she forcibly keeps a belligerent Kensou under her thumb), but she's beaten to near death by Goenitz. To be fair Kensou also was horribly curb-stomped by him, but poor Chizuru's injuries were so bad that she almost got Stuffed into the Fridge, and she can barely ask Athena to take her place.
- Combat Stilettos - Years have gone by, and fans are still wondering how Chizuru can fight competently in heels like those.
- Cynicism Catalyst - Maki's death was likely this judging by Chizuru's demeanor early on.
- Dance Battler - Her fighting style resembles traditional Japanese dancing and Chizuru even breaks out into a funky jig in a few post-battle poses.
- Does This Remind You of Anything? - In one of her win poses, Chizuru places her hands on her chest and then lets out a breathy, heaving sigh. It sounds a bit more sexual than it probably should be.
- Doppelgänger Attack
- Everything's Better With Sparkles
- Harmful to Minors - In KOF:KYO, Maki was killed in front of Chizuru when both twins were 10 years old. It was most likely Jossed by 2003, but the flashback with a terrified tiny!Chizuru in front of a teenage!Goenitz is still very well-done.
- Hair Decorations - Her white headband
- Hair Flip
- Lady of War - Lady of Black Magic: A rare blend of the two types. On one hand she does have physical attacks, but on the other she relies a lot on her Master of Illusion powers as well.
- Leitmotif - For every appearance that she had a musical theme, Chizuru always received some rendition of "Fairy."
- Light is Good
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- Magic Mirror - She gives the Yata Mirror this use in KOF: KYO. Specifically, when she spies on Kyo and Orochi Iori's Battle in the Rain.
- Master of Disguise - Attempted in the KOF: KYO manga, when Chizuru disguises herself as a Hot Scoop to approach Kyo without being identified. At first manages to fool Kyo's parents (though Saisyu still senses her Battle Aura), but in her second try both Saisyu and Eiji unmask her very easily as the protector of the Orochi Seal.
- Master of Illusion
- Meaningful Name - Her surname, Kagura, is the same as a traditional Shinto theatrical dance performed during festivals, hence her fighting style. Her true last name, Yata, stems from the Yata-no-Kagami, one of Japan's Three Sacred Treasures which represents wisdom or honesty and was used to help lure the sun goddess Amaterasu out of a cave, thus bringing light back to the world. Guess what Chizuru does by helping seal Orochi.
- Miko - In one of her special intros in KOF '98, she magically changes into her priestess kimono when fighting anyone linked to Orochi, then changes back.
- Also does this in her special intro in '97, but only against Orochi. She switches to her usual outfit and also says, "Well, then, let's end this."
- She puts on a similar attire in 2003 (complete with an oni mask) before revealing herself to the players.
- She also wears robes in a scene◊ of KOF: KYO.
- No Badass to His Valet - She's probably the closest thing Iori has to this trope. She easily convinces him to team up with her and Kyo in 2003 and is personally visited by him before XIII, promising to return her mirror in due time. Fans have picked up on this, and for this reason, Chizuru is one of the more popular het pairings for Iori.
- Non-Idle Rich - The woman's loaded, and she works as hard as she can in both maintaining her business and dealing with the KOF tournament.
- Ojou - Starts as the Defrosting Ice Queen type, but quickly switches to the Proper Lady version.
- Power Nullifier - One of her DMs actually seals her opponent's specials and supers for a brief period of time. Her 2003 LDM (Third of the Trinity) combines this with her illusory dancing body doubles.
- Proper Lady
- Public Domain Artifact/Amplifier Artifact - Holds the Yata-no-Kagami inside her body. Ash pretty much gropes and violates her to steal it.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin - Very pale, very dark-haired, and very beautiful.
- Self-Made Woman - She toiled for a decade to become a successful businesswoman and the owner of her own enterprise. For the record, she was no more than twelve when Maki was murdered.
- Sensor Character
- SNK Boss - She was a lot more powerful (and cheap) in '96 but has since been depowered after becoming a selectable character.
- She got her boss status back in 2003, where you must fight both her and an illusion of her sister Maki. Subverted because she's not the SNK Boss this time, Maki is.
- Synchronization - For the Dual Boss fight against Chizuru and Maki, they share a three-tier healthbar. In other words, if one sister falls, the other goes down with her. As for making one fall...
- Her and Maki's illusions also share this trait; you can smack around one of their body doubles and damage the woman from across the screen.
- Team Mom - Chizuru can keep Iori and Kyo from killing each other and can get them to work together. 'Nuff said.
- Not only that, but Iori's interactions with her are among the very few ones where he's somewhat less of an aloof jerk to others.
- And apparently Kyo can't deny her lots of things either, as proved in Sky Stage; if not for Chizuru asking him to join the rescue group, he'd likely not be there. He even lampshades it if he talks to Terry after the fight with a mid-boss Kusanagi (whom Chizuru sent as a test of character); Kyo says he feels she's looking after them a bit too much, and Terry replies that he believes "she's just worried."
- Lampshaded in the third back-cover of KOF: G, which features Kyo and Iori as Chibis in fighting stances... and an adorable Chibi!Chizuru is trying to stop them.
- Twincest - Sure, Chizuru was Brainwashed and Crazy in 2003, but she and Maki seem to be a bit too attached to each other, as you can see in artwork, cutscenes, and their respective knockout cries.
- When She Smiles - In the Women Fighters Team ending in '97, thanks to the encouraging words of her departed sister's spirit.
- Yamato Nadeshiko - As if this lovely kimono wasn't an indication.◊
Wolfgang Krauser - Germany
"Opposed me with such low ability, you make me laugh."
Voiced by: B.J. Love
The current Earl of Strolheim, the latest in a line of bodyguards of European nobility. He is Geese's half-brother and hosted the second King of Fighters tournament after hearing of Geese's disappearance. Krauser took the tourney worldwide, wanting to face the best of the best. Although there were rumors of his demise following his defeat at Terry's hands, they were proven wrong when Geese invited him to join a team Geese had formed for the '96 tournament. Krauser is a cruel opponent in the ring, but is a kind soul outside of it, as he sees no justification for mercy in combat.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold - A promotional artwork◊ for KOF '96 shows him walking in the countryside with two Dobermann dogs. That, and as already said, he's a rather pleasant and noble person unless you're his opponent.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen - As already established, in the confines of a match, there is no room for restraint and Krauser will call upon all of his strength to win. However, if this weren't a fight he'd gladly sit down and share a glass of wine with you.
- Playing with Fire - His Blitz Ball attacks.
- Public Domain Soundtrack - Dies Irae in Fatal Fury 2, Special, KOF '96, and KOF '98 Ultimate Match. Lacrimosa in Real Bout Fatal Fury, Real Bout Special and Real Bout 2.
- Lightning Bruiser - Very fast, even with the armor on.
- Shirtless Scene - When he breaks out of that armor.
- SNK Boss - In the old Fatal Fury games.
- Spirited Competitor - He's somewhere between this and a Blood Knight, albeit much closer to the former.
- Surprisingly Good English - Has an actual English VA to portray him. His Dramatic Wind line is probably the best known example.
- Wrestler in All of Us - Many of his throws, specials, and this beta DM that was Dummied Out resemble basic pro-wrestling techniques such as dropkicks and powerbombs.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair - And mustache, too.
Mature - Unknown
"Good night. Forever. Have a million sweet dreams."
Voiced by: Hiroko Tsuji, Donna Burke (XII, English)
One of the servants of Orochi. She, along with Vice, were assigned by Goenitz to watch over Rugal in case he overused his Orochi power, but he did
, and both of them were reassigned to watch Iori Yagami. Both of them joined him for the '96
tournament, but they were killed by Iori after he entered the Riot of the Blood state. As revealed in XIII, both women have returned from the dead to protect the power of Orochi.
Her Orochi power was the ability to create illusions.
- Ascended Extra - Remember the woman who escorted you to Rugal's lair in '94? That's Mature.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys - She clearly has a crush on Rugal.
- There's also her quote after beating Iori in XII: "You're the best." In XIII, she says that she's looking forward to seeing Iori fight without his flames. Oh, and she doesn't seem to mind that he killed her.
- Back from the Dead - Sorta. Iori actually did kill them, but they can take the form of solid shadows in the living realm.
- Badass in a Nice Suit - Reverts back to her '94 attire starting in XII.
- Bandage Babe - Her grand reappearance in XII has her as one.
- The Baroness - Fits this to a T.
- Bi the Way - Apparently.
- Blondes are Evil
- Christmas Cake - At 28, she was the oldest woman in the series (hence her name) until Vanessa came along. Of course, Vanessa was 30 four years later, so...
- However, she doesn't seem to care a lot about it, if her quotes are any indication.
- Cleavage Window - To what extent depends on her attire, though.
- Combat Sadomasochist - A much, much milder version compared to Vice. In XIII her lines sound very flirty... and then she switches to talking about violence with equaling pleasure, creeping out the other person.
- Combat Stilettos
- Dark Action Girl
- Double Entendre - Very, very fond of these particularly in XIII. Vice may be more sexually aggressive from a physical standpoint, but Mature definitely has a way with words, to the point that her most suggestive lines take round trips flying under the radar.
- Evil Versus Evil - Mature reveals to Iori in XIII that she and Vice want to prevent the power of Orochi from falling into the hands of either Ash or Those from the Past.
- Eyepatch of Power - After her comeback in XII and XIII.
- Femme Fatale
- Femme Fatalons
- Girly Girl - Mature is calm, collected, very feminine and classy. Vice is her opposite, see the entry.
- Gory Discretion Shot - Used when Orochi Iori kills her and Vice.
- Kiss of Death - Her HSDM Eternal Illusion from 2002 ends with this right before her foe is caught in an explosive bolt of energy. She also blows a kiss to Rugal in the same way in their intro pose together.
- Lovely Angels - Has this dynamic with Vice, despite the two not necessarily being friends (although the Days of Memories Spin-Off series actually paints them in this light). They don't quite qualify for a full-on Evil Duo, as both women are actually sensible. In the same vein, they seem to straddle the line of being Heterosexual Life-Partners. Some◊ artwork◊ also plays up this aspect.
- Maniacal Laugh - In a few of her desperation moves. Overlaps with Noblewoman's Laugh.
- Marilyn Maneuver
- Mark of the Beast - Although it's hard to make out due to the sprites, her Neo MAX in XIII reveals that Mature has a snake-shaped birthmark on her right eye.
- Not Quite Dead
- Pillar of Light - Often appears in her desperation moves, and is a very common in characters of the Orochi bloodline.
- Razor Sharp Hand
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - In her Awakening Blood Neo MAX from XIII, Mature briefly takes off her eyepatch. Her eye turns red as she unleashes a crapload of Orochi power in an method similar to Sol Badguy's All Guns Blazing). It is dead sexy.
- Rubber Woman - Her Deicide special.
- Sexy Secretary
- Sexy Walk
- She's Got Legs - She values her own legs, and well, she does sport a pretty impressive pair.
- Show Some Leg - In a few poses of hers. Clark obviously likes it a bit too much.
- Statuesque Stunner
- The Vamp - Unlike the very straightforward and dirty-mouthed Vice, she relies on class and...
- Sugary Malice - She'll first act soft-spoken and a little flirty... then she'll verbally lash you out.
Kasumi Todoh - Japan
"The honor of the Todoh school is in my hands. Me, the daughter of Ryuhaku!"
Voiced by: Masae Yumi
Kasumi is the daughter of Ryuhaku Todoh, the first enemy in the original Art of Fighting
. She grew up learning the Todoh school of Aikido and Kobujutsu, taught to her by her father. As her family's sole heir, she does all she can to stand up for the Todoh way. When Ryuhaku stayed at Southtown to settle an old score with a man named Takuma Sakazaki, Kasumi remained in her house, waiting for her father's return. A couple of months later, she got some bad news: Ryuhaku had been defeated by Ryo Sakazaki, Takuma's son and hasn't been seen since. She decided to fight Ryo and anybody else in order to avenge her father. Unfortunately enough, her mother Mizuho did not like that idea. But she eventually makes peace with him and returns to Japan with her mother.
Vice - Unknown
"Well, I guess I'm through. There are no more bones to break."
Voiced by: Masae Yumi
One of the servants of Orochi. She, along with Mature, was assigned by Goenitz to watch over Rugal in case he overused his Orochi power, but he did
, and both of them were reassigned to watch Iori Yagami. Both of them joined him for the '96
tournament, but they were killed by Iori after he entered the Riot of the Blood state. Much like Mature, she returns from the dead and teams up again with Iori in XIII to prevent Orochi's power from falling into the wrong hands.
Her Orochi power was the ability to hypnotize anyone to do her bidding.
- Ambiguously Brown/But Not Too Black - She's one of the two. Most artwork seems to suggest the former, although her artwork from 2002◊ and Neowave◊ imply the latter. And then there's the case of her sprites in XIII.
- Ascended Extra - Remember that woman who talked to Rugal in '95? That's Vice.
- Ax-Crazy - Oh yeah! And by far the most violent female of the whole series, barring maybe Orochi Leona.
- Back from the Dead - Same deal as Mature.
- Badass in a Nice Suit - Much like Mature, Vice dons her '95 outfit once more in XIII.
- The Baroness - When she isn't in psycho-bitch mode, that is.
- Bi the Way
- Boyish Short Hair - Although how short and how it's styled (i.e. short but straight, unkempt and unruly bangs. depends on the artist, her hair sometimes appears bobbed.
- Christmas Cake
- Cleavage Window - Same deal as Mature.
- Combat Sadomasochist - So blatant, it's a wonder SNK didn't get called out for it.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dominatrix - She's very attractive but also very domineering.
- Femme Fatalons
- Forgiven But Not Forgotten - In a sense. Unlike Mature, who seems rather unfazed by her death at Iori's hands, Vice still holds it against Iori (as revealed by her exchanges with Flames Iori) and, while she realizes dealing with Ash and Those from the Past takes priority, she wants to get all of her pent-up hostilities out of the way before they can work together.
- Gory Discretion Shot - Her new HSDM/MAX 2 in 2002UM. Also when Iori kills her, only their silhouettes can be seen.
- Hair Color Dissonance - It's usually easy to tell that she's a brunette, but in XIII, her hair is a bit more of a chestnut color.
- Hair-Trigger Temper - If you thought a ticked off Iori was bad, think of a crazy female Iori with constant PMS.
- Hates Everyone Equally - The only possible exceptions being Mature and Iori.
- Hidden Depths - Pan-human Orochi minion, sadistic assassin, comic book nerd. Seriously.
- I'm a Humanitarian - Her 2002 UM HSDM implies this. Heavily.
- In Love with Your Carnage - Yes, she's a sadistic, Ax-Crazy bitch, in case you hadn't figured out by now.
- Limp and Livid - Her Idle Animation in '98.
- Lovely Angels - She and Mature are rare evil variation of this trope (see Mature's entry for more details).
- Maniacal Laugh - Except hers is way scarier than that of Mature.
- Mark of the Beast - If XIII is any indication,◊ Vice sports an Orochi tattoo on the back of her left shoulder.
- Meaningful Name - Her name refers to anything that is immoral. Given her lines in battle, it's safe to assume that this refers to sexual impurity.
- Murderous Thighs
- Omnicidal Maniac - Whenever she enters her Orochi Blood Riot, she wants to kill everyone.
- Pillar of Light - Often appears in her desperation moves.
- Progressively Prettier - Weirdly subverted/inverted. While Vice was always attractive, her stances have become more bizarre and creepy over the years. She's oft-kilter in '98 and zombie-like in 2002.
- And who can forget her introduction pose? You know the one where she crouches to all-fours and starts stretching and howling like a rutting she-wolf... Also a case of Never Live It Down.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over - Her default colour scheme, to go with her aggressive and violent persona.
- Rubber Woman - Much like Mature, her Deicide special. The Capcom vs. SNK series expands on this by giving Vice an anti-air version of the move.
- Sex Is Violence - In spades. She is much more overtly sexual in her poses and attitude than Mature.
- Sexy Secretary
- She Cleans Up Nicely - In quite a few pieces of artwork such as this.◊
- Spam Attack - Kick-based.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Super Strength - Presumably due to her Orochi powers. Her hobby (lifting/bench pressing) is likely done to amplify the effect.
- Tomboy - To Mature with which she forms a classic Tomboy and Girly Girl duo. She is indeed physically stronger, wears her hair short in additions to being much more violent and sexually provocative than Mature.
- Too Slow - Unlike Goenitz above, her "Osoi!" is expectedly delivered with far less tact and delicacy.
- Unstoppable Rage
- The Vamp - Unlike Mature who relies mainly on femininity and class to deceive her enemies, Vice mostly uses aggressive sexual provocations to distract her enemies... and then beat the shit out of them!
- Wrestler in All of Us - Powerbombs are a part of her arsenal.
The King of Fighters '97
Chris - Sweden
"You make me laugh, chump. And laugh. And laugh. And laugh."
Voiced by: Rio Ogata
The speed-based member of the New Faces Team, and Orochi's chosen vessel. A cute boy who knows it and takes advantage of it. He uses the power of fire in his Awakened form.
- Adorably Precocious Child - Keep in mind that he's fourteen and he still manages to pull the look real well to fool those who don't know him.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif - In Sky Stage, Orochi Chris' boss theme is "butterfly emerges from chrysalis", the Orochi Team's theme in 2002: Unlimited Match. The problem here is that the song is a medley of "Mad Fantasy" (Orochi Chris' '98 theme) and "Rhythmic Hallucination" (the Orochi Team's '97 theme/Orochi Yashiro's '98 theme) note and Orochi Yashiro already has the actual "Rhythmic Hallucination" as his theme in the same game.
- Creepy Child/Enfante Terrible - In his Orochi form. Only his teammates are safe from this.
- Crossdressing Voices - Voiced by Rio Ogata, who is female.
- Demonic Possession/Involuntary Shapeshifting/Painful Transformation - His transformation into Orochi.
- Do It Yourself Image Song - To a degree. The arranged version of "Rhythmic Hallucination" features vocals performed by none other than Rio Ogata herself.
- Evil Counterpart - To Kyo as a member of the Orochi Team.
- Fragile Speedster - Most of his normal moveset revolves around Flash Steps.
- Hellish Pupils - His "Flames of Destiny" version has slitted snake eyes in the KOF R-1 for the Neo Geo Pocket.
- Killed Off for Real - Possible subversion in that they Never Found the Body, which means Orochi could still be inhabiting it. Orochi being killed by Kyo and sealed by Chizuru in another dimension does make things more than a little difficult, though.
- Late Arrival Spoiler - Yashiro and Shermie give up their lifeforce to empower Chris, and he becomes the vessel in which Orochi is resurrected.
- One-Winged Angel - He transforms into Orochi at the end of KOF '97 and also in 2002, during his MAX 2/HSDM (Orochi Chris only).
- Playing with Fire - His "Flames of Destiny" version.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - As Orochi Chris, go figure.
- Sealed Evil in a Can - In the EX continuity, at least, Chris, along with Yashiro and Shermie, was sealed away with Orochi after its defeat in '97, as mentioned by Reiji. Goenitz was the only member of the Four Heavenly Kings to escape that fate, as he was killed the preceding year.
- Stepford Smiler - Always with a smile in his face, even when killing random people. The fact that he's the Big Bad's host doesn't help, either.
- Word of God describes him as a character who can "kill with an innocent smile." Additionally, some of Orochi Chris's artwork (as well as his idle stance in 2002) shows him with a Slasher Smile instead.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit - How Chris manages to get to Yuki in KOF: KYO. When she's waiting for Kyo in what's supposed to be their last pre-KOF date, Chris comes in while pretending to be ill. He then asks Yuki for help, making him lower her defense enough to get caught.
Yashiro Nanakase - Japan
"You're not too bad. That is, you're second."
Voiced by: Makoto Awane
One of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi
. Yashiro, Shermie, and Chris entered the '97
tournament to get revenge on Iori for stealing their band's gig. In the finals, the three of them reveal their true agenda, and in the end Yashiro and Shermie commit suicide, offering their energy to Orochi to resurrect him inside Chris. His Orochi power was the ability to control the earth.
- Friend to All Living Things - In one of his winposes he whistles as if calling a dog... and summons an eagle.
- Flash Step - A special move in his regular persona has him dashing so fast toward the enemy and punch them at such blistering speeds, he seems to fade while doing so.
- Gaia's Vengeance
- Hellish Pupils - His "Parched Earth" version has slitted snake eyes in R-1.
- Invulnerable Knuckles - His HSDM in 2002(UM).
- Kamehame Hadoken - His projectile super in '98(UM) is this.
- Killed Off for Real
- Lightning Bruiser - Has minor Super Speed similar to that Chris possesses and hits like hell.
- Megaton Punch - That can be charged For Massive Damage, much like the Galactica Phantom.
- Actually, he has three: one as normal Yashiro; two for Orochi Yashiro (one doubles as a Rocket Punch and the other is his HSDM in 2002).
- Metronomic Man Mashing - Keeping with his parallelism to Daimon, Orochi Yashiro's Musebu Daichi (and its DM variant Ankoku Jigoku Gokuraku Otoshi) involves him chokeslaming his opponent several times in succession.
- Mystical White Hair - Possibly indicative of his Orochi status.
- White Hair, Black Heart - Nona's artwork from 2002 plays this up extensively, where the normally handsome Yashiro looks rugged in his normal form and downright monstrous as Orochi Yashiro.
- No Shirt, Short Jacket
- Not-So-Harmless Villain - A mild subversion in his case (especially in comparison to his teammates); Yashiro actually has the physical constitution of a fighter.
- Painfully Slow Projectile - His projectile DM in '98 isn't this because of the execution itself, but because of its charging time if you want to make it useful (read: unblockable).
- Pillar of Light
- Real Men Wear Pink - Look at his jacket, people. And his earrings and choker. And he remains badass.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - As Orochi Yashiro.
- Sealed Evil in a Can - See Chris' entry above.
- SNK Boss - The hardest to beat of the trio, because he's a blocking whore. Most of the time you will find him blocking almost all of you attacks. And then he'll be right in the needed position to use one of his very powerful throws...
- Super Strength - As Orochi Yashiro. He hit pretty damn hard to begin with, but Orochi Yashiro, drawing his power from the earth itself, treats his foes like they're nothing but mere toys.
- Unknown Rival - Of Iori, due to Iori's jazz-themed band cancelling his own rock band's performance at a local venue. Iori, true to form, doesn't even care for the guy. In '98, Yashiro's intro against Iori ribs on Iori's own intro pose (while quoting Chris' standard intro).
- Violation of Common Sense - Remember the second Megaton Punch we talked about? If you're right next to him, it whiffs.
- Wrestler in All of Us - Borderline example: After remembering his status as a Heavenly King of Orochi, Yashiro immediately discards his old fighting style in favor of several grappling and throwing techniques. Most of said attacks lack the finesse of wrestling moves.
"The butterfly emerges from its chrysalis..."
The infamous creature of legend. Orochi is one of the servants of Gaia, but along the way he became fanatical in his views, and believed that humans were a threat to Gaia. As such, he began putting a scheme into motion to eliminate humans from existence. He created a cult known as the Hakkesshu, or the 8 Heads of Orochi, to help him with his plans. He was stopped 1800 years ago by the Kusanagi, Yasakani, and Yata clans, who sealed him away. However, he was still able to use some of his power through the seal, and began to spread his influence to others. Through Goenitz, he managed to open the seal partially upon the death of Maki Kagura. The seal was broken in '97
, when Yashiro Nanakase and Shermie offered their powers to reawaken him inside Chris. He was resealed by Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru after a fierce battle. Recently there has been a plot to try and break his seal once again by Those From The Past, meaning he may return in the final chapter of the Tales of Ash. Or not, seeing as Ash's Heroic Sacrifice in XIII nullified every event in the current saga.
- Achilles' Heel - His AI was poor, and most of his normal attacks were nothing special and repetitive.
- Animal Motifs - The snake, it's even in his name. Orochi means "Great Snake." Still, the snake aspect is mostly in his eyes. Naturally, these extend to his followers. He also invokes a butterfly motif with his "rebirth" stemming from Chris' status as his host; his intro quote ("Sanagi o yaburi, chou wa mau") translates to "Breaking the cocoon, I shall flutter" and the Orochi Team's 2002UM theme is entitled "butterfly emerges from chrysalis."
- Attractive Bent-Gender - In The King of Fighters: KYO◊ and a few pieces of bonus artwork◊ for '98, Orochi is depicted as a total babe (probably because Orochi reincarnated itself into a female follower).
- Audible Sharpness - His Ukei, which is pretty much a standing Genocide Cutter.
- Bigger Bad - While he's—naturally—the Big Bad of his eponymous saga, making sure that Orochi stays sealed is pretty much the overlying focus of the series as a whole.
- Catch and Return/Counter Attack - Both. His Utsushi Iwai special can counter moves of varying properties (ranging from overheads to physical attacks to projectiles) depending on the button pressed.
- Crossdressing Voices - As with Chris, he is voiced by Rio Ogata.
- Deal with the Devil - His main interaction and connection with the Yagami (called "Yasakani" back then) family. The Yasakani clan swore subservience (and some other terms) in exchange for the power to overcome the Kusanagi family.
- Flash Step
- Gaia's Vengeance - To an insanely fanatical degree.
- God of Evil - More of a quasi-deity, really. Orochi wasn't originally like that either; chalk it up to his frenetic attempts to "protect" his beloved creator from humanity.
- Hellish Pupils - Has slitted snake eyes.
- Hoist by His Own Petard - In the Sacred Weapons ending of KOF '97, a defeated Orochi tries to use Iori against Kyo and Chizuru by activating his Riot of the Blood, but Iori instead grabs Orochi and restrains him long enough for Kyo to give the final blow.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters - And a threat to his beloved Gaia.
- Lawful Stupid - Hates humans because he sees them as a threat to his beloved Gaia. Gaia made humanity according to the storyline.
- Light Is Not Good - His Bright Light/Fade to Nothingness/Marukare (Churning Chaos) DM, which fills the screen with an eerie greenish light.
- Mark of the Beast/Power Tattoo - His "dark sun" tattoo that is over his chest. It's probable that Chris has the same tattoo, as his clothes cover the key areas where it would be.
- Meaningful Name - His namesake is the eight-headed Yamata no Orochi of Japanese lore. While not canon, some sources (Iori's ending◊ in SVC Chaos, Andy Seto's The King of Fighters: Zillion◊ manhua) depict his true form as the Orochi.
- Mystical White Hair
- No Biological Sex - Despite "his" appearance as a fully-grown man, Orochi is a genderless deity whose appearance depends on its host (see Attractive Bent-Gender above). Most refer to Orochi as a male due to the fact that "his" appearance in '97 is its most commonly known form.
- Orochi - Well, DUH.
- Power Floats - His original version never touched the ground on purpose.
- Power Glows - Again, his original sprite had a glow that seems to be absent in KOF '98 UM.
- Religion of Evil
- Rule of Cool - Orochi's Supreme Divinity DM involves drawing you in with his godly powers. He then rips your soul out of its vessel and crushes it in the palm of his hands. Your soul.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- SNK Boss - Was the first to use an absolute priority projectile, a full screen attack, and to fight without needing to crouch.
- Tattoo as Character Type - Goes both ways on this. Orochi's dark sun tattoo is commonly hypothesized to belong to Chris (whose shirt covers where the marking would be). The location of Shermie, Mature, and Vice's tattoos, all in different spots, would support this idea, but the female Orochi seen in artwork and KOF: KYO depicting the legendary battle from 1,800 years ago has the same tattoo (although, due to her robes and current body shape, the sun primarily spans across her neck and breasts as opposed to her entire torso). By default, the "warrior" aspect of a chest tattoo could be applied to Orochi, but his female form is depicted as a bit of a temptress or seductress (which, consequently, would certainly explain the hypersexual personalities of Orochi's known female followers).
- Voice of the Legion - Which still comes off as child-like.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Well-Intentioned Extremist - Seeing him as a Captain Planet wannabe who wants to save the Earth by killing all of humanity seems to describe him well.
Blue Mary (real name Mary Ryan) - USA
"This isn't about logic, it's about smashing your face in!"
Voiced by: Harumi Ikoma
A freelance agent who was originally hired to investigate the theft of certain important scrolls. Her activities usually revolve around Geese's intentions; it's just as well, as her grandfather was Geese's mentor. In her KOF
debut, she was hired to team with and investigate Geese's right-hand-man Billy Kane and Psycho for Hire
Ryuji Yamazaki, only to find that Geese was behind her employment. Since then, she has served as a semi-regular team member, usually alongside other Southtown representatives or female fighters. She gets along very well with Terry Bogard, though he wouldn't call her a girlfriend or pursue any relationship with her other than that of an "acquaintance" or "close friend."
- Finger Gun - Playfully uses one as a win pose in later games.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Flung Clothing - In some games, she will throw away her jacket, which her dog, Anton, catches.
- Foreign Fanservice
- Gainaxing/Jiggle Physics - Oddly enough, all she's wearing for a top is a sports bra.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger - In one of her win poses, Mary makes a gun gesture with her index finger and then "fires" it as she says "Bakyuun!" ("Bang!").
- Gratuitous English - "Are you ready?" and "I shall return!"
- Image Song - "Blue Mary's Blues." Made it into '97 and '98 as her theme song (sans vocals).
- In the PS2 version of Ultimate Match the vocal version is present if you go into Practice Mode against her with the Arrange soundtrack on or if you have EX Mary face EX Terry.
- Murderous Thighs - Her "Mary's Splash Rose" DM.
- Perpetual Frowner - In her backstory, the loss of her lover Butch has left her unable to smile. She's still pretty lively, though.
- Ship Tease - With Terry. If it wasn't for Terry's lack of interest in pursuing romance and their lack of commitment to actually becoming a couple, she'd definitely be his Action Girlfriend.
- Standard Female Grab Area - Inverted, a large portion of Mary's repertoire involves her doing the arm-breaking (and all other kinds of breaking), not being on the receiving end.
- Static Stun Gun - Whips one out on her foes every once in a while in her Stun Fang special.
- Token Good Teammate - For the '97 Special Team. She jumped ship the very moment she found out Geese was her real employer, however.
- Tragic Keepsake - Her jacket was presented to her by her dead lover Butch.
- Too Many Belts - Only one, yes, but it doesn't serve any practical purpose.
- Wrestler in All of Us - Another hazy example, considering that Mary's fighting style is labeled as some variation of Combat Sambo.
Shermie - France
"Game over, pal! Don't forget to save. Sweet dreams!"
Voiced by: Hazuki Nishikawa
One of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi
. Shermie, along with her bandmates Yashiro and Chris, entered the tournament to get back at Iori Yagami, stealing the American Sports Team's invitations. After the tournament, they reveal their true identities and fight the Japan Team. They then ripped their own throats out as offerings to revive Orochi inside Chris. She's normally very ditzy and somewhat clumsy, but when she reveals her true intentions she becomes extremely serious and devoted to Orochi's goal. Her element was lightning.
- Awesome, but Impractical - Her Orochi Shermie MAX 2/HSDM from 2002 and 2002UM has got to be one of the worst examples: She makes lightning come down, but has no control of where it lands, and because it requires low health, she can even get killed without even damaging her opponent! Sure she can make a last minute evasion (the move is unblockable) but so can the opponent.
- Blinding Bangs - Her eyes have slitted pupils and are probably red like her fellow teammates in Orochi Mode.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall - Her '98 winquote, reproduced above.
- The Cameo - In XIII, she can randomly appear in the France stage, boredly sitting at a table on the left-hand side of the arena. There's no word if she's Back from the Dead like Mature or Vice or if this is Fanservice a la the other cameos found in the game.
- Chris appears in the England stage, but much like Shermie, the canoncity of such an appearance is unknown. However, given that Mature and Vice depart for the afterlife once more at the end of XIII, even if the trio was back, their revival wouldn't last for long.
- Casual Kink - Just look at the way she fights. Those poses are way too kinky - she willingly catches you with her ample chest in a command move, after all.
- Cleavage Window
- Combat Stilettos
- Cool Big Sis - Plays this role to Chris, apparently.
- Dark Action Girl/Femme Fatale - Debatably, as she has little screentime, but her personality while in Orochi Mode fits.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead - As Orochi Shermie in 2002.
- Did They or Didn't They? - She and her fellow Heavenly King Yashiro. Too much sexual tension between the two. Chris... no. Unless it's Saigado.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight - In the New Faces Team ending in '97. Yashiro rips her throat (and Chris's too) so their Life Energy can aid to Orochi's awakening, then as Shermie dies he holds her in his arms and promises to follow her soon. And he does.
- The Ditz - Sings and dances nonchalantly in her victory poses.
- Subverted in her Orochi form, where she's much more serious and bloodthirsty. Only Yashiro and Chris are safe from this, though.
- Also notable for this trope is her SNK Gals Fighters ending: after she wins the tournament, she gets to make a wish, and wishes for a larger cage for her pet hamster, since she (the hamster) is having babies. Later, Yashiro points out that she could've used said wish... to resurrect Orochi.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- Her intro quote translates to "Since this is my first time, please be gentle."
- She also presses her crotch into your face during her Shermie Spiral grapple, and jiggles her breasts as a command counter.
- Dominatrix - Just look at those fancy grapples! She can intertwine her legs between your neck like a pro!
- Everyone Wants Redheads - Yashiro, a fellow bandmate and servant of Orochi, is clearly attracted to Shermie (if 2002 is anything to go by). She appears to at least reciprocate his feelings to some degree. As for the credits reel of 2002? That speaks volumes.
- Evil Counterpart - To Benimaru as a member of the Orochi Team. Funnily enough, while this avoids a Designated Girl Fight, her opponent is Benimaru.
- Evil Redhead
- Evil Sounds Deep - As normal Shermie, Hazuki Nishikawa gives her a chipper, high-pitched voice. But as Orochi Shermie, she uses an angrier and deeper tone.
- The Faceless - It's said that her eyes have a malevolent glare about them... but we never see them.
- The Fashionista - Is seen hosting a fashion show in the KOF:KYO game. Which is where she meets Yuki (she and Kyo were there in a date) and identifies her as Kushinada.
- Foreign Fanservice - She's French.
- Girlish Pigtails - To a degree. It's more like a Girlish Split Ponytail.
- Hidden Eyes
- Kiss of Death - One of her attacks in Orochi Mode has her sending electric projectiles as if she were blowing kisses. Her MAX 2 also starts out this way.
- Leotard of Power - Wears one underneath her vest.
- Mark of the Beast - In one of the ending pictures for KOF '98, Shermie is revealed to have Orochi's tattoo on her back.
- Murderous Thighs - Emphasized to the point of her sprite receiving larger hips than Mai Shiranui, whom officially has the largest hip measurement of the series.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Sealed Evil in a Can - See Chris' entry above.
- Sexy Walk
- She's Got Legs - She's got 'em all right.◊
- Shock and Awe - The "Insanely Violent Lightning" version. Her Lightning Leg Lariat HSDM in 2002 for regular Shermie also counts, but it loses the lightning aspect in 2002: Unlimited Match.
- Show Some Leg - Some of her moves were redesigned in 2002 to show off more of her leotard. Her taunt in said game also invokes this trope.
- SNK Boss - A cruel subversion: Her "Insanely Violent Lighting" version was originally a boss and hidden to play as, but was and has always been, a low tier, if not a true Joke Character.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Stomp Them While They Are Down - Like Clark, she's able to add on an additional attack to certain throws of hers. Shermie's particular variant involves her stomping on her foe's downed body.
- The Tease - She flirts with any male she finds attractive, strikes several suggestive poses, and makes a few lewd comments.
- Innocent Innuendo - Her moves in her regular form are quite sexy, but she doesn't really seem the type that likes perversion.
- Wrestler in All of Us
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair - As Orochi Shermie in '97 and '98. Oddly enough, in 2002, her hair became auburn in color.
Shingo Yabuki - Japan
"Did you see me, Mom?! I... I won! King of the World!"
Kyo Kusanagi's biggest fan, and a junior in his old highschool. He enters the tournament to fight his idol, and in '99
goes looking for him with Benimaru, K', and Maxima. Afterwards, Saisyu takes him in as an apprentice. He re-enters the XI
tournament to replace Chizuru, but though he sorta manages to keep Iori and Kyo from killing each other
, he's beaten senseless by a reawakened Orochi Iori.
- Adorkable - Is he ever.
- Ascended Fanboy
- Badass Normal
- Butt Monkey - Particularly in KOF '98's ending pictures.
- Critical Hit - His status as a Lethal Joke Character revolved around this.
- Cute Clumsy Guy - Sometimes trips after performing some special moves.
- Determinator - His techniques are low-grade imitations of Kyo. He can't shoot flame, no matter how much training he receives from Kyo or Saisyu or the fact that he has Kyo's old gloves. But every single fighter be damned if Shingo will ever give up. Proof? He survives a beatdown from Orochi Iori in XI.
- Fingerless Gloves - Presented to him by Kyo as a sign of Shingo's progress as a martial artist in '97.
- Flung Clothing - Sometimes wears a track jacket over his uniform.
- Heroic Wannabe
- Hero-Worshipper - The parallels between him and Sakura Kasugano (who made her debut around the same time) are so staggering that you might wonder if they're Distaff Counterparts.
- The Heart - The other one aside of Chizuru who can keep Kyo and Iori from being at each other's throats.
- I Gave My Word - To Chizuru.
- Intergenerational Friendship - Him and Chizuru, who's around 6 years older than he is.
- Keet - Has some traits.
- Lethal Joke Character - Thanks to his hard-earned Super Strength and high Critical Hit capacity.
- Moveset Clone - In regards to Kyo and Iori, he's akin to a Dan/Sakura-hybrid, although his spins on Kyo's teachings make him a formidable fighter.
- Ordinary High-School Student
- Painting the Medium - During his HSDM in 2002UM, Shingo tries to copy one of Kyo's moves... and forgets about halfway through. He then takes advantage of the fact that he's in a video game to read through his notebook and finishes the chain of attacks.
- Also in '99, one of his intros had him saying, "Shingo is now no longer an Edit Character!", considering that in his debut in '97 and the subsequent Dream Match in '98, he's exactly that: an Edit Character without an official team.
- Shout-Out - His '99 taunt is basically feigning being hit and saying "You hit me! Not even my father hits me!"
- Squee - His intro with Kyo in '99 is quite the squee.
- The Team Normal
- Use Your Head - His Shingo's Own Red-Hot Chariot DM/LDM ends with Shingo flubbing the move and divebombing into the ground. Said divebombing does a tremendous amount of damage, nearly equaling the rest of the move's damage output.
- The Worf Effect - At the receiving end in KOF: KYO and KOF XI. In the first he gets beaten up by the Sendoh siblings note and later by Yamazaki during the investigation on Yuki's supposed disappearance; in the second he and Kyo are curbstomped by Orochi Iori, though Shingo takes the worst part and, unlike Kyo, he can't join KOF XIII.
- Your Mind Makes It Real - There is the belief that '98's "Dream Match Never Ends" comes from Shingo's dream. Every character in this dream match is Shingo's impression of them, based on either personal experience or his notes in his notebook.
- There's also the spark of flame that randomly appears during his 115 Shiki: Dokugami Mikansei in 2003 and XI. It seems that only Shingo notices it, most likely due to his goal to shoot flames (as evident in the Japan Team's ending for 2003).
Ryuji Yamazaki - Japan
"Annoying. Annoying! Annoying! You're just so bleeding annoying!" The Psycho for Hire
when it comes to psychos for hire. Yamazaki has been in the crime business for as long as he can remember; he actually started as an orphan from Okinawa, who at an early age joined a local Yakuza cell and ultimately became the right hand of his idol, the high-ranked Yakuza boss Sorimachi, who considered him as a sort-of surrogate son and possible successor. One day, when he and Sorimachi were on their way to make a deal in Osaka, they were set up and ambushed, and Sorimachi was bloodily killed in front of him. This drove him completely insane, and he killed everyone who was there without a scratch. He became something of a criminal mercenary, broker and arms dealer, offering his services to the highest bidder no matter how dirty the job was - his biggest activities were took place in Hong Kong, where he clashed with the policeman Hon Fu. He was approached by the Jin brothers, who hired him to obtain the Jin Scrolls, but was defeated by Terry. He also kidnapped Franco Bash's son for some reason, but Franco rescued him eventually. In '97
he decides to bust up dojos for pleasure, and Billy Kane approaches him with a substantial offer of money courtesy of Geese. At first he doesn't feel like it, but after being infuriated by a surviving student and killing him, Yamazaki agrees. It is revealed that he is a part of the Orochi bloodline, but he doesn't care about that. After the tournament he confronts Geese regarding his money and is paid. In 2003
he teams up with Billy yet again on the behest of Geese, along with Gato, but after a scuffle with Billy he has not been heard from since.
- Animal Motifs - Snakes. Particularly their various poisons.
- Ax-Crazy - More so than any other character. Don't catch him in a bad mood.
- Badass in a Nice Suit - Yamazaki (with the exception of 2003) wears slacks and a vest. In his intro he even wears a pimp coat.
- Beating A Dead Player - One of his win poses in CvS has Yamazaki grab the fallen opponent from afar, hoist them up by the face, and then taunt them, implying he has this in mind.
- Blood Knight - Takes refuge in absolute carnage.
- Bloody Murder - In his Real Bout 2 incarnation and, by proxy, his EX form in '98UM, he has a secret 5th level of his Drill super move where he fires his own blood at his opponent several times.
- Catch and Return - Usually more prevalent in his Fatal Fury appearances, but included in his CvS moveset and EX Yamazaki's moveset in '98UM (which is based off of Yamazaki in Real Bout 2).
- Chekhov's Gunman - In addition to his Dark and Troubled Past from Fatal Fury, '97 also reveals that some of his insanity is caused by his Orochi blood. Not that he cares or anything...
- Combat Sadomasochist - Not quite. While he doesn't seem to enjoy being hit, one of his specials goes by the name of SadoMaso and it involves him goading on his opponent, and then countering their attack with a Drill.
- Demoted to Extra - He's the only surviving member of the Hakkesshu, not that he gives a shit or anything about it. With Orochi's justifiably minimal presence after the climax of the Orochi Saga, Yamazaki has only seen one non-Dream Match appearance since '97 (KOF 2003).
- Flanderization - Par for the course for KOF (and especially immigrants from other series). Believe it or not, Fatal Fury Yamazaki had a lot less screws loose (his Maniacal Laugh actually started out as a sly little chuckle). KOF took his Real Bout Special/Real Bout 2 psychopathy and ran with it, turning him into the nutter we all know and love. YMMV on whether this was for better or worse.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Knife Nut - He loves collecting knives.
- Laughing Mad - See directly below.
- Maniacal Laugh - Nobody beats him in the maniacal part.
- He starts foaming at the mouth, people.
- Multicolored Hair - He's perhaps the only character in the series to rival Goenitz, Mr. "Trash Head" himself, in this department.
- Played for Laughs - His Snake Arm move has another interpretation: a super-fast pimp slap.
- Psycho for Hire - THE psycho-for-hire in the KOF world.
- Screw Destiny - Doesn't give a rat's ass about his Orochi heritage.
- Self-Made Man - Sort of. As said before, Yamzaki went from a poor Street Urchin to a top Yakuza.
- Slasher Smile - All the time. Never loses it, not even for a moment.
- Smug Snake
- Torture Technician - His 2002 win quotes reference skinning the opponent and throwing him/her to the sharks, or feeding them their own intestines.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty - Not only the aforementioned knives, but he also kicks dirt in his opponents' faces and stomps on their crotches in one of his supers.
- Use Your Head - His knockback attack is a headbutt. He also has a souped-up version of the move as a special called Bombshell Badda-Bing. It causes an explosion.
- Whip It Good - His arms can strike so fast it looks like they turn into whips or snakes.
- Wild Card - In regards to his fellow Hakkesshu. The remaining Heavenly Kings were hoping to enlist his aid during The Reveal in '97. It didn't go quite as planned.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity - Or maybe it's the other way around with Yamazaki.
- With My Hands Tied - Always keeps his right hand in his pocket out of respect for the gangster he idolized as a child. He still manages to kick copious amounts of ass. The only time you'll ever see his right hand is when he's carving you to shreds with his knife.
- Yakuza - Minus the tattoos, it's all there.
- Years Too Early - 100, to be exact, in one of his win poses.
NPC and characters from related KOF media
Gaidel - Unknown
The biological father of Leona and a member of the Orochi Hakkesshu, Gaidel was an avatar of water. Distancing himself from the rest of his clan, Gaidel moved to a remote village with his wife and young daughter. When Goenitz visited him and asked for help with Orochi's revival, Gaidel refused, prompting Goenitz to activate the Riot of Blood in Leona. Gaidel, his wife, and the entire village was slain by Orochi Leona.
- The Call Knows Where You Live - He managed to hide for several years from the other Orochi, but Goenitz managed to find him. It went From Bad to Worse.
- Death by Origin Story - Thanks to Goenitz's Moral Event Horizon, Leona was deprived of her parents... by her own hands. Granted, it was More than Mind Control, but still.
- Defector from Decadence - He simply wanted to live a peaceful life in seclusion with his family, with no care for the other followers of Orochi. Goenitz would have none of that, especially when Gaidel refused to help resurrect Orochi.
- The Faceless - His appearance has never been fully revealed. The best we've received was this silhouette to the right, in '97.
- Making a Splash
- Razor Sharp Hand - Leona inherited them from him.
- Spell My Name with an S - Expect his name to also be spelled as Guidel.
- Spirit Advisor - In 97's Ikari Team ending, as Leona fully recovers her memories and understandably shuts down, she hears her father's voice in her mind. Gaidel tells her that nothing in regards to her Self-Made Orphan status was her fault, and that she must keep fighting against her Orochi "destiny."
Yuki - Japan
Voiced by: Tomoko Kojima
An Ordinary High-School Student
and Kyo's girlfriend. She also has the bad luck of being the last descendant of Princess Kushinada, the famous Barrier Maiden of the Orochi legend
, so during KOF '97
she's kidnapped by the New Faces Team so she can be sacrificed in the ritual to bring Orochi back
; luckily, she's rescued by Kyo and his team. She only had cameos in the proper games, but had her role expanded in the KOF: Kyo
RPG and manga, as well as the CD dramas. Finally, SNK Gals Fighters
made her a playable character.
Jokyojo Daimon - Japan
An instructor at the University of Osaka, she is the wife of Goro Daimon. It takes some unlikely matchmaking from the likes of Kyo and Shingo in The King of Fighters: Kyo to get these two together.
- Birds of a Feather - She's quite serious and straight-to-the-point, just like Daimon. Surely enough, they clicked.
- Date Peepers - Inverted. Kyo and Shingo spy on what they believe to be a private moment between the two - in reality, it was only academic matters. Shingo asks if Daimon already asked her out, which embarrasses and angers Daimon... and then Jokyoko merely replies, "Why couldn't we go out?", leaving Goro speechless. The two then go out on a date. The rest is history.
- Happily Married - To Daimon, obviously.
- Hot Teacher - She's a director at the University of Osaka.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife - Subverted. She is eye-candy, but Goro isn't ugly, just plain and conventional. (Until XIII, where he becomes a case of Progressively Prettier, that is.)
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Shizuka Kusanagi - Japan
Voiced by: Miho Kaneta
Kyo's beautiful, young looking, always calm mother.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother - This woman doesn't look like the mother of an older teenager/young adult, period.
- Action Mom - No frontline fighter, but is more than capable of handling a naginata and giving any intruders quite the verbal beatdowns.
- Blade on a Stick - A naginata polearm, which she uses to peacefully subdue Eiji in the manga.
- Closer to Earth/Women Are Wiser
- Guile Hero - She doesn't throw herself into fights, but can protect herself solely with her sharp wit and biting words. She proves this via verbally owning Eiji (and pointing her naginata at him) and later via hilariously showing her own husband Saisyu why he should NEVER go out behind her back.
- Informed Ability - Shizuka is implied to be a member of the Kusanagi clan by both blood and marriage note , but she isn't seen using the clan's traditional flames. Instead, her Weapon of Choice is her naginata.
- Kimono Is Traditional - She's seen wearing one all the time.
- Mama Bear - Slightly more subdued example, but still there. Get into her Big Fancy House to look for info when neither her husband nor her son are there? She'll calmly point her naginata at your neck. Then she'll give you a softspoken but piercing lecture. And then she'll make you tea before sending you off. And you'll love it.
- Naginatas Are Feminine
- Open Minded Parent - For the same reasons as Saisyu.
- So Proud of You - She tells this to a young Kyo when she learns he's a Bully Hunter instead of a bully.
- Parasol of Prettiness - Has one in the manga. Oddly, it's a Western one that offers quite the contrast with her kimono.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat and Tranquil Fury - It's rare to get Shizuka angry, but when she does, she acts like this.
- Plucky Girl - Older version.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Yamato Nadeshiko - Calm and kimono wearing mother, with emphasis on the core of steel. She's also the sanest member of the Kusanagi household, capable of holding her own when her husband and Eiji Kisaragi act almost like kids.
- You Can't Fight Fate - Shizuka married Saisyu fully knowing about his destiny as the Kusanagi leader, and similarly supports Kyo in his mission.
Souji and Aoi Kusanagi - Japan
Kyo's cousins, introduced in The King of Fighters: Kyo. Souji was chosen to represent and lead the Kusanagi clan for his generation, but unceremoniously resigned from his duties for an unknown cause and moved from Osaka to Tokyo. His little sister Aoi is something of a rebel, although both siblings dearly love their family and clan.
- Anime Hair/'80s Hair - Uh... nice mullet, Souji.
- The Ace - Souji, although by pushing himself to become the best Kusanagi, he gives in to his dark side and becomes a Broken Ace. You can see the results of that in Kyo, at some point.
- Big Brother Instinct - Naturally, Souji is like this towards Aoi. The two squabble a lot.
- Big Brother Mentor - Souji is this to Kyo. Kyo highly respects Souji and even addresses him as "Souji-san."
- Biker Babe - Aoi. Includes Hell-Bent for Leather.
- The Cameo - Souji, in KOF '98. Remember the guy who's seen training with Kyo and Saisyu in one of these random illustrations you can get when you beat the game? Yep, that's him.
- Deal with the Devil - Aoi makes the same pact with Shermie that the Yasakani made with Orochi, thus she could be susceptible to the Riot of the Blood.
- Playing with Fire
- Sharp-Dressed Man - Souji, when he's not in his sparring clothes.
- You Are Not Ready - When Souji loses himself to his darker side and begins to fear that he'll end up like the Yasakani/Yagami, he passes up the succession of the leadership of the Kusanagi clan (which is why Kyo is chosen in Saisyu's stead).
The Sendo Siblings - Japan
L-R: Junko, Kyoji, and Syota
Hirotaka Hayashi (Kyoji, credited as Konomanma Hayashi), Yumiko Kikuchi (Junko), Taison Ohya (Syota), Miho Kaneta (Keisuke
A trio of siblings (Kyoji, Junko, and Syota) who constantly pester Kyo throughout The King of Fighters: Kyo and try to defeat him so that they can steal his invitation and compete in the '97 tournament. It's revealed that the three wanted their younger brother Keisuke to see them fight in the tournament.
Kaoru Watabe - Japan
An Athena fangirl who is stuck in a wheelchair and very depressed, but regains the will to live and walk thanks to seeing Athena in a TV concert. She sends Athena the letter that motivates her and Kensou to ask Chin forfeit his veto to them going to the 1997 tournament. Kaoru joins up with them at the end of the tournament, starts getting better physically speaking, and ever since then she works as their aidé, taking care of Bao and their Temple when they're not around. She also appears as a Striker in KOF 2000.
- Big Damn Heroes - In the '99 endings, she shows up and helps the Psycho Soldiers find their way out of the NESTS base.
- Chekhov's Gunman - It's thanks to her letter to Athena that the Psycho Soldiers team went to KOF '97, but we don't see her until the end.
- Dynamic Entry - As a Striker, when summoned she runs towards the other character on-screen and tries to push them to the ground.
- Hikkikomori - Was in her way to become this. She got better, fortunately.
- Ill Girl - As said before, she's in a wheelchair at the start. She has only started to take her first steps out of it by the time she meets the Psycho Soldiers. Around '99, her health has improved dramatically, at least enough to have her help the group out of the NESTS base.
- Meido - Her most usual attire.
- Nice Girl - She's totally adorable, okay?
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship - She and Athena, as the picture shows.
- Team Mom
- Zettai Ryouiki - Grade A.
Rika Kashiwazaki - Japan
Athena and Yuki..., er, Rika!
Voiced by: Asano Shirakura
Athena's best friend from the Darker and Edgier
game Athena: Awakening from the Ordinary Life
. She is also her classmate and tries to cheer Athena up when she's down.
Konoe and Kikuri Tanima, Mr. Kuwahara - Japan
Kikuri (long hair, left) and Konoe (short hair, right). Kuwahara doesn't appear.
Two sisters and a band manager featured in the The Sun and the Moon ~ Prologue
radio drama, released in 1999. They're from "five years in the past" of Iori Yagami: back then Konoe was the lead singer of Iori's old band, Kuwahara was the band's manager, and Kikuri was their Tagalong Kid
- Audio Adaptation - The Sun and the Moon ~ Prologue canon first debuted as a Radio Drama, and later was given its own CD. Now, about finding it online...
- Be Yourself - An hospitalised Kikuri tells this to Konoe, and she hopes Iori will do it as well.
- Birds of a Feather - Subverted: Kikuri and Iori both like singing and songwriting, but they can't be more different in other ways.
- Break the Cutie - The Tanima sisters have been quite broken in their lives.
- Broken Bird - Konoe, who has gone through lots of work and heartbreak in her life to support herself and Kikuri.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl - Iori and Kikuri.
- Continuity Nod - Sorta. The sisters were mentioned in one of the Days of Memories dating sims.
- Chekhov's Gun - "The Sun and the Moon" is the name of a song that Kikuri wrote as a duet. It's very important for the relationship between Iori, Konoe and Kikuri.
- Disappeared Dad - The father of the Tanima girls left years ago. He sends them letters and money, but Konoe doesn't want to accept them since he abandoned them. Iori believes that his and Konoe's manager, Kuwahara, is actually their dad. And he's right.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine - Kikuri is the Light, Konoe is the Dark. Lampshaded in the Image Song versions of "The Sun and the Moon": Yumi Kakazu's relies on Kakazu's soft-spoken performance and the sound of a guitar, whereas RUMI'S has more rhythmic arrangements and is sung by her in a much deeper tone.
- Ill Girl - Kikuri. We don't know what she has, but it gives her more than one seizure and an Incurable Cough of Death.
- It's Not You, It's Me - Iori tells this to Konoe as the reason why he won't perform with her anymore. He reaffirms it when he goes to Corrupt Corporate Executive Himemiya and accepts an offer to sing for him in the USA, on the condition that he never bothers the sisters again.
- Ms. Fanservice - Konoe has Boyish Short Hair, is Hell-Bent for Leather and wears belly-baring tops... She doesn't have only her looks to go by, though, as we get to learn that she's a kind girl who works hard for herself and her little sister.
- Morality Pet - Iori has displayed more gruff kindness towards Konoe and Kikuri than for almost anyone in the franchise.
- Perpetual Poverty - The Tanima sisters barely manage to scrap by. In fact, Kikuri doesn't want to have her sister spend money on her medicines, but Konoe will have nothing of it.
- Promotion to Parent - Konoe.
- Sibling Triangle - It's implied by Orochi that Iori is attracted to both sisters. A talk between the girls as Kikuri is hospitalised implies that they also love him in their own ways, and Kikuri is well aware of it. It doesn't go anywhere since Iori leaves Japan to protect them from himself, and Kikuri dies of her illness a while later.
- Silk Hiding Steel - Kikuri is very mature, kind and soft-spoken, despite barely being a teenager. She's basically a Yamato Nadeshiko in training.
- Shipper on Deck - Kuwahara once comments that Kikuri and Iori would be a good couple. Iori isn't amused.
- Talking in Your Sleep - Kikuri tells Konoe that she has muttered Iori's name in her sleep for a long time.
- Whole Episode Flashback - The story happened five years ago. And it starts with Iori and Konoe finding each other in front of poor Kikuri's grave.
Jean, Sally and Elizabeth - France
L-R: Mai, King, Jean and Chizuru. Sally and Elizabeth don't appear.
Voiced by: Harumi Ikoma (Jean, KOF: KYO)
King's closest associates. Jean is her beloved younger brother and only relative, a sweet but very sickly young boy. Sally and Elizabeth are the cute twin waitresses of King's bar, Illusion
, and take care of it when she's away.
- Adorably Precocious Child - Jean.
- A Glass of Chianti - In King's '98's intro, one of the girls serves her some wine◊ before fighting.
- Always Identical Twins - Sally and Elizabeth.
- Canon Immigrant - Jean appeared first in King's Art of Fighting 2 ending.
- Distress Ball - Jean is cornered by gangsters in the first volume of the Tatsuya Shinjyouji manga, so Mai and Yuri bail him out. Then Jack Turner shows up and King rescues the three.
- Dirty Kid - In the "Original Women's Team"'s ending in '97 (which you get if you swap Chizuru with Yuri), Jean runs off... with Yuri's bikini top.
- Fanservice with a Smile - The twins's waitressing outfits are a milder version. They don't have lots of cleavage, but the skirts are short and tight enough to showcase their really cute legs.
- Ill Boy - Jean's illness is never specified but it's mentioned that he can only walk short distances, so his sister's main goal is to pay for his surgery and later for his treatment. He gets noticeably better around AOF2 (Robert and Ryo paid for his operation as thanks for King's help when Yuri was kidnapped) and KOF' 96 (he was hospitalized and in treatment as his sister, Mai and Kasumi fought around the world).
- Morality Pet - Jean, for King.
- Satellite Characters - All three, since King is the main reason why they exist and all of their apparitions are related to her.
- Spell My Name with an S - Jean or Jan? His appearances throughout this series and Art of Fighting 2 flip-flop a bit, though Jean seems more likely, as he and his sister are French. (Both Jean and Jan derive from the same Hebrew origins.)
Takaya Maeta and Sanae - Japan
Maeta to the left, Sanae to the right!
Two kids who attend Kyo Kusanagi's same school, and they only show up in the KOF: KYO
manga. Sanae is Yuki's closest friend outside her and Kyo's circle, Maeta is the captain of the judo team.
Voiced by: Kouji Ishii
(Yasakani ancestor, KOF:KYO
), Eiji Tsuda (Kusanagi ancestor, KOF:KYO
1800 years ago, three extremely powerful clans (the Yasakani, the Kusanagi and the Yata) united their forces to seal Orochi. 660 years ago, however, the Yasakanis and Kusanagis started fighting among each other, and things went From Bad to Worse
(though the cathalysts and exact stories vary depending on the source) — the Yasakani clan made a Deal with the Devil
with Orochi, and became the Kusanagi's mortal enemies. This part of the article will deal with the Yasakani and Kusanagi leaders of 660 years ago.
- Apologetic Attacker - I Did What I Had to Do - In KOF:KYO, Kusanagi was NOT happy to keep Yasakani prisoner after attempting to betray him, but did it anyway since he didn't have other options. It's not like it worked, since Orochi still managed to reach for Yasakani.
- The Atoner - The Sacred Treasures ending in KOF '97 implies that the second Yasakani ancestor regrets his treason, and this is why he briefly acts as Kyo's Spirit Advisor and asks him to help Iori seal Orochi.
- Badass - Implied. Some non-canon/semi-canon sources show this fully.
- Beta Test Baddie/Driven by Envy - In KOF: KYO, the second Yasakani betrayed the Kusanagis because of his feelings of insecurity and inferiority towards the other leader as well as his own desire for power, which the Orochi spirit took advantage of. He then attempted to break the Orochi seal to obtain the power he believed it'd help him to dominate everything, and the Deal with the Devil followed.
- Deal with the Devil - No shit, Sherlock.
- Depending on the Writer - The KYO:KYO manga and game actually differ on how Yasakani's betrayal took place.
- Friendly Rivalry - How the relationship between the clans originally was like, according to KOF:KYO.
- Generation Xerox - The flashback in KOF:KYO shows the second Yasakani and Kusanagi leaders... and they're both exactly like Iori and Kyo physically speaking, save for their clothes and long ponytails.
- Adding to this, while KOF:KYO (the game) shows only one (female) Yata ancestor fighting alongside Kusanagi and Yasakani against Orochi, artwork from '98 instead depicts identical twins as the Yata clan leaders, directly mirroring the four (now three) present-day clan heirs.
- Playing with Fire - Both of them.
- You Murdered My Wife - In some sources, 660 years ago the remaining descendants of the Orochi clan threw a wrench in the Yasakani and Kusanagi's deals via kidnapping and murdering the wife of the then-Yasakani clan leader, while he was away and working on reinforcing the seal; then, they set everything up to make it look like the Kusanagi killed the poor woman as "punishment" for Yasakani not being strong enough. This made Yasakani cross the Despair Event Horizon and go through the Deal with the Devil to have Revenge.
Lei-Lien - China
Chin's granddaughter, who is mentioned once in a while in the Psycho Soldiers's stories. She has only been seen in KOF:KYO
Voiced by: Masae Yumi (KOF:KYO)