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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
) 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
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)