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Characters: The King Of Fighters The Orochi Saga
The characters in The King of Fighters introduced during the Orochi Saga ('95-'98) 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 through 2002 (2002: Unlimited Match included), go here.

For characters who debuted in KOF 2003 through XIII, go here.

Finally, for characters who appeared outside the main series, go here.

    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.

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.

  • Ascended Extra - First, she was a mere mention in Kyo's profile. The designers started playing around and imagining how Kyo's "girl" would be like, then Shinkiro occasionally included her in Team Japan-related illustrations, and one thing led to another... This was fully sealed in the KOF:KYO continuity, where she gets quite a bit of spotlight.
  • Badass Adorable, Lethal Joke Character and Lightning Bruiser - Only in SNK Gals Fighter.
  • Barrier Maiden
  • Break the Cutie - In the Shingyouji manga, when she's kidnapped by Rugal and used as a pawn in his cruel Deadly Game against the Japan Team; once she's free and safe, the poor girl is rather shaken by such an intense experience. It mostly fails in KOF: KYO, as she bounces back more or less well from her kidnapping at the hands of the NFT.
  • Depending on the Writer - Since there weren't many leads on her aside of how she looked like at first, the Yuki from the Tatsuya Shinjyouji manga was a borderline Shrinking Violet. Then, the KOF: KYO media rewrote her into a Girl Next Door with shades of a Type B Tsundere.
  • Distress Ball - Before she was caught in the struggles of KOF: KYO and KOF '97, the KOF '94 manga by Tatsuya Shingyouji handed her one of these. It went more or less like this: Poor Yuki gets captured per Rugal's orders, then is Bound and Gagged inside an hotel room with a bomb. The Japan team is blackmailed into fighting their upcoming rivals in the streets of Osaka with a time limit, or Yuki gets blown into smithereens. (And they get taunted all the time via cellphone calls.) They manage to win their match and are told where Yuki is. Kyo bails her out with few seconds to spare. The bomb turns out to be a fake, because Rugal was trolling Kyo and Co. For the Evulz.
    • Subverted in the KOF:KYO video game. Yuki doesn't arrive to one of her and Kyo's dates and it seems she has been kidnapped and taken abroad by some mysterious people, so Kyo has to search for her in three different countries with the help of other fighters. Then it turns out that the deal is a Secret Test of Character from Chizuru, who wants to test Kyo's will and reasons to to fight so she asked Yuki to lay low to give Kyo a "purpose" aside of merely fighting for the thrill of it. (Not to mention, Kyo had been neglecting Yuki lately and they almost had a fight as well...)
  • Girl Next Door
  • Improbable Weapon User - Her schoolbag.
  • I Will Wait for You - Her sole quote from '97 ("Matteru kara ne, Kyo!") translates to this.
    • In KOF: Kyo, she says that line during her inner monologue as she's kidnapped by Yashiro and taken away from Kyo, right before the fight against the fully Orochi-empowered New Face Team.
  • Joshikousei - Almost always shows up wearing her sailor uniform.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation - After her disastrous Go Through Me towards Iori in KOF: KYO, Yuki tells Kyo that she felt useless upon not being able to stop them. Kyo says it's just because she doesn't know how KOF is like and tells her that she shouldn't blame herself.
  • High School Sweethearts - How Kyo and Yuki's relationship began. Not only that, but they're also classmates and in KOF: KYO they often go into dates in their high school uniforms.
    • Lady and Knight - Informal example. Yuki isn't a princess but she is the descendant of the Sole Survivor from the Eight Kushinada Maidens; Kyo is pissed off when told about that by Yashiro, and in the end he's asked to protect her by the spirit of the Yasakani.
    • Long Distance Relationship and Loved I Not Honor More - As of XIII, their relationship seems to have settled on this. In NESTS!Kyo's pre-fight talks with Athena, she tells him that he shouldn't push himself too hard and that everyone back at home love and support him, and Kyo guesses that Yuki asked Athena to tell him such things.
  • Locked Out of the Loop - In KOF: KYO, Yuki knew that Kyo was the champion of the Japanese All-Martial Arts Tournament but had no idea about the KOF Tournament and the Kusanagi myths. She was very unhappy when she found out about the first and, while not angry at Kyo, she resented him for not trusting her; some time later she, Athena and Kensou learned about the latter from Saisyu. (Kyo himself only knew two or three things, but not the whole story.)
    • Additionally, sources aren't clear about her knowing or not the full details about her own role and heritage in the Orochi storyline. The Andy Seto manhua has Yuki knowing about the myths all along; she's also present during Kyo and Iori's fight after sealing Orochi and Chizuru briefly explains the proper story before Kyo wins the fight but then goes missing. Similarly, the KOF: KYO game has Yashiro, Shermie and Chris confirming the Kushinada deal to Kyo right in front of a restrained Yuki (as seen in the above video), and later she objects to Kyo fighting Iori right after defeating Orochi but Chizuru makes her relent. Neither of this happens in the KOF '97 game itself, since the NFT had still not taken a hold of Yuki before the fight against them and Orochi.
  • Love Triangle - She, Kyo and Athena (and Kensou and Maeta), in KOF: KYO. Luckily, Athena and Yuki actually become friends after a skittish beginning (mostly due to Yuki being Innocently Insensitive towards Athena) and much drama is avoided.
  • Meaningful Name - Fanon usually gives Yuki the surname Kushinada due to her ancestry. If this is true, it hearkens to Kushinada-hime, the eighth maiden Orochi was planning on eating. Either way, her role in the story correlates to the Orochi legend.
  • Naïve Everygirl
  • No Badass to His Valet - In KOF: KYO. She and her friend Sanae discuss Kyo's behavior before class...
    Yuki: "He's just a guy who gets flaming mad at times."
    Sanae: "That's why everyone's afraid of him. They're just too scared to speak to him!"
  • Plucky Girl - Even when she's no fighter, Yuki still wants to do her best and live life as much as she can. Double in the KOF: KYO manga, where she stands up to Iori motherfucking Yagami of all people.
  • NPC - Unless we talk of Gals Fighter.
  • Revenge - Has some kind of grudge against Iori in Gals Fighter for some reason.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely - If not in uniform, she dresses up quite prettily.
  • Smooch of Victory - Subverted in the Shonjyouji manga. After Kyo rescues her from Rugal's Deadly Game, she tries to give him one while crying due to the terrifying stress that the deal brought her. However Kyo gently places a finger over her lips, smiles sadly and tells her he's not worthy of a kiss from her since she was kidnapped in an attempt to lure him out and force him to fight. She understands his reasons and doesn't insist, only watching him walk away.
  • SNK Boss - In SNK Gals Fighters, where she has the longest combo string of the entire game.
  • Stood Up - She does this twice to Kyo in the KOF:KYO game, and both times are quite plot-important. The first one happens because Chizuru asked Yuki to not show up and then play along with Kyo's belief that she has been kidnapped, as a Secret Test of Character for him. The second is much more serious since Yuki now has been kidnapped for real by the New Faces Team, who want to make her a Human Sacrifice.
  • Take That - Her entire creation is one to the rabid fangirls of Kyo. Yes, that includes Yaoi Fangirls too.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine - In one of the credits illustrations of '98, she is seen sewing Kyo's school jacket.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She's a playable fighter in SNK Gals Fighters
  • Tsundere - In the KOF: KYO games and manga. She's a Type B aka Type Dere: sweet, gentle, polite and friendly, unless she's with Kyo.
    • The manhua by Andy Seto also seems to go by this characterisation. Vice attempts to seduce Kyo while disguised as Yuki, but he blows her cover when she's about to kiss him. This is because he knows Yuki well enough to realise that, in their current situation, Yuki would actually be upset at Kyo instead of acting all sweet at him.
  • Unwilling Suspension - She finds herself into this position in KOF:KYO, when Saisyu stages a fake Hostage Situation to snap Kyo out of an Heroic BSOD that makes him vulnerable to the Riot of the Blood.
  • Virgin Sacrifice - Intended to serve as one for Orochi's resurrection, as per the real life myth (and in the KOF story, the tale of Yuki's ancestress). Note that this only applies to The King of Fighters: Kyo. In ''97'', the Orochi Team mostly needed life energy gathered from the tournament grounds in general and planned on sacrificing the winning team to revive their lord - her situation only comes up if you fight them with the Gods Caliber Team, with Yashiro telling them that they plan to kidnap Yuki to taunt Kyo.

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.

Shizuka Kusanagi - Japan
Voiced by: Miho Kaneta

Kyo's beautiful, young looking, always calm mother.

Souji and Aoi Kusanagi - Japan
Voiced by: Naoki Oikawa (Souji), Ayako Kawasumi (Aoi)

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.

The Sendo Siblings - Japan
L-R: Junko, Kyoji, and Syota
Voiced by: 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
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi

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.
  • Meganekko
  • 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.

Voiced by: RUMI (Konoe), Yumi Kakazu (Kikuri), Daiki Nakamura (Kuwahara)

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.

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.

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.

The Ancestors

Yasakani and Kusanagi. It's easy to see who is who.

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.

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)


The King Of Fighters The Rugal SagaCharacters/The King of FightersThe King Of Fighters The NESTS Chronicles

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