Characters: The King Of Fighters The Tales Of Ash
Characters in The King of Fighters
introduced during the Tales of Ash (KOF 2003
-the present, i.e. KOF XIII
) will be listed here. This includes the PS2
-exclusive characters in KOF XI
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).
References, such as Mythology Gags
, Continuity Nods
, "No Celebrities Were Harmed
, Captain Ersatz
, and the like, should go in this page
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 '95
, go here
For characters who debuted in KOF '99
included), go here
Finally, for characters who appeared outside the main series, go here
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The King of Fighters 2003
Adelheid Bernstein - Unknown (implied to be Germany)
"So it's defeat for you, is it? Some day I must meet a similar fate."
Voiced by: Tetsuya Tanaka
As his last name suggests, he is Rugal Bernstein's son, and has inherited his father's wealth and fighting style. Unlike his evil father, he is a good person who exhibits sportsmanship and honor. At the behest of his little sister Rose, he challenged the champions of the 2003 tournament in the SkyNoah, he and his younger sister's flying fortress. He entered the next tournament as a single entry, and was under investigation by Heidern until he assured him he was a different person from his father. In XIII he becomes a key player in regards to investigating Those from the Past, who have brainwashed Rose into assisting them.
- Aloof Older Brother - Subverted, as the console version of XIII proves this is an act. When Adelheid discovers his sister Rose acting out of character and fails to confront her, he becomes emotionally distraught over not understanding the cause. See Big Brother Instinct for his reaction when Rose is released from Botan's control.
- Attack Reflector
- Audible Sharpness - His Groß Kreis (Great Circle) DM, which is a slide leading into a toned-down version of the Genocide Cutter.
- Berserk Button - Endangering his sister.
- Better by a Different Name - "Adel" was the nameplate used for his lifebar in 2003. Fans preferred to use that in general instead of his full name, due to Adelheid being a feminine name in German.
- Big Brother Instinct - Never harm Rose. He's vows to her and himself, that nothing is off limits when it comes to protecting her. This quote from XIII's Story Mode exemplifies it perfectly, especially since it's paired with a CG of Rose collapsing into a distressed Adel's arms as she's released from Botan's control and Ash rewrites time to eliminate Saiki and himself.
"To protect Rose as her brother — that is his role. It would never change, come hell and high water... In the end his memory was completely gone
, but a strong sense of fulfillment remained. Adelheid succeeded in protecting Rose
- Bring It - His taunt.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome - Subverted: After being touted as the other protagonist of the saga, Adelheid is inexplicably absent from the arcade version of XIII. However, depending on how you play the console version's Story mode (which fills in gaps left in the core story), it is eventually revealed that he plays a key part behind the scenes. He's still not playable, though.
- Cool Airship - The SkyNoah.
- Declaration of Protection - Ties in with the aforementioned Big Brother Instinct.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe - Much like his father.
- Generation Xerox - Subverted. As seen, he's way more noble than his old man.
- Gratuitous German - Not spoken, though. All of his attacks are written in German, although it's clear what they're supposed to be.
- Heroic Albino - Possibly. He has the look (pale skin, red eyes) and is the "other protagonist" of the "Tales of Ash" saga, yet he's done nothing noteworthy that would land him in this trope. Oh, and there's the whole "I'm Rugal's son" thing. Only time will tell...
- Well, he does tip off Heidern and the Ikari Warriors about the plans of Those From the Past. Perhaps there's more evidence in support of this than we thought.
- Identical Son - He's a younger, slightly shorter Rugal who's missing a Badass Mustache.
- Adel has a smaller frame, paler skin, and more feminine face than his father.
- Morality Chain - Rose is almost completely devoted to Adel, and he keeps her from being too much like their father.
- Noble Demon
- Out of Focus - Despite the fact his sister is being brainwashed into hosting the XIII tournament, Adelheid is oddly missing from action.
- The story mode for the console version of XIII has scenes with Adelheid talking with his sister and playing a veyr important role backstage. He's not a playable chara, but according to Word of God he was planned to be.
- A trading card◊ from The King of Fighters-i (an iOS port of XIII) shows what appears to be an XIII-styled Adel sprite standing in the XIII SkyNoah stage. Character art concepts also exist for his XIII profile◊ and winquote screen◊.
- The Protagonist - Said to be one by the creators.
- Public Domain Soundtrack - In 2003, you fight him while listening to Chopin's "Revolutionary Etude No. 12" (better known as Kakumei ["Revolution"] to Dance Dance Revolution and beatmania players), but then about a minute in it turns into an unintelligible techno song called "R2."
- Rule of Cool - He fires Reppukens with his feet.
- Slide Attack - G. Kreis, but only if performed with D (HK); inputting the command with B (LK) will have Adel perform the original version of Rugal's Genocide Cutter from a stationary position. The standing version is straightforward but has more power behind it, while the sliding version is better suited for combo purposes.
- SNK Boss - In 2003. Toned down somewhat in XI, where he was just a mid-boss. Still really good, though.
- Spirited Competitor - Just loves a good challenge. Also takes defeat well and respects those who can beat him. Definitely not the same man as his father.
- Sugar and Ice Personality - Adel always seems to give Rose the cold shoulder or bored indifference to her dialog. However XIII shows a lot of moments, direct and subtle, that Adel is very emotional about Rose.
- Take That - "To fight over and over until victory is meaningless."
- The Stoic
- "Well Done, Son" Guy - Subverted. At first it seems he's like his father, taking on opponents in the SkyNoah, until he reveals his true nature.
- It is implied that Adel follows in his dad's footsteps because of the fact that he and Rose are Rugal's only living legacy. However, his XI backstory may be playing this trope straight, as Adel briefly muses about how dear ol' dad didn't do anything with him.
Ash Crimson - Unknown (raised in France)
"Don't play your trump card until the end... The very end!"
Voiced by: Sōnosuke Nagashiro, Peter von Gomm (XII, English)
Current protagonist of the series, and the focus of the Tales of Ash saga. His past and motives are currently a mystery, save his connection to Elisabeth (whom he affectionately nicknames "Betty,"
much to her annoyance). Like Kyo and Iori, he wields flames, although his are green and it's unknown how he obtained them. He entered the tournament in order to steal the Sacred Treasures (and powers) of Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru.
- Agent Peacock
- All Your Powers Combined - After stealing Iori and Chizuru's powers, he actually reworked his fighting style to implement them. His Germinal LDM in XI briefly seals away his opponent's powers while his Fructidor Neo MAX in XIII is a direct lift of Iori's LDM from 2003 and XI. And after stealing Saiki's power and being taken over, he turns into an SNK Boss from Hell that would make even Rugal want to piss his pants.
- Alternate Company Equivalent - For Remy of Street Fighter III. His moves are also almost identical to Guile's, although so are Remy's.
- Ambiguously Evil
- Ambiguously Gay - His hobbies and overall appearance don't help things. Also, listen to his voice.
- Anti-Hero - Villain Protagonist - At first; still, Good Is Not Nice.
- The Atoner - Magaki notes in his winning quote against Ash that he seems to be trying to repent for something. It is very well possible that this is linked to that of Saiki's ambitions.
- Batman Gambit - Possibly what he planned during the final events of XIII.
- Bishōnen - Many mistook him for a girl initially.
- Blond Guys Are Evil - What we're lead to believe. Turns out that we were wrong.
- Cosmic Retcon - Because Ash decided to absorb his ancestor and then erase himself from history, the whole "Tales of Ash" saga never happened. Saiki wasn't there to form "Those From the Distant Land," Ash didn't steal the Three Sacred Treasures (Kyo, Iori and Chizuru's powers), nothing. Let's just say that the KOF tournaments still happened (as proved by the Japan Team's ending), but nothing super special went on behind the scenes...
- Char Clone - Maybe. Think about it. He's blond, skilled, wears red, and is a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Dark Is Evil - As Evil Ash.
- Declaration of Protection - For Elizabeth.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady - All too much.
- Enigmatic Minion - Before the climax of 2003. According to XIII, he plays this role in regards to Those from the Past. Saiki is distrusting of him, and for good reason.
- Evil Albino - As Evil Ash.
- Evil Laugh - During his Fructidor Neo MAX in XIII, he goes into a manic, if not somewhat feminine bout of laughter.
- Fake Defector
- The Fighting Narcissist
- Fingerless Gloves
- Flash Step - His Germinal LDM. It also leaves a trail of green flames.
- French Jerk - Starts that way. Ends in subversion. It ties nicely into....
- Go Out with a Smile - He smiles sadly at his "big sister" Elisabeth as he's written away from history.
- Gratuitous French - In XIII all of a sudden, both in his pre-battle banter and as random quotes during and after a match. All of his moves are named after months in the French Republican Calendar as well.
- In XII, he'd drop an "Au revoir!" as his win quote in the English version.
- Hair Decorations - His black hairband.
- Tragic Keepsake - All that's left from him is said 'band, which Elisabeth keeps.
- Hair Flip - During one of his taunts.
- Hero Antagonist - A clever inversion in that Ash is deliberately set up as an Obviously Evil Villain Protagonist, which would make the likes of Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru his Hero Antagonists until XIII turns this on its head and fleshes out Ash's backstory and motivations, essentially meaning that Ash was on the same side as the heroes from the beginning.
- Heroic Sacrifice - In XIII.
- A House Divided/Divide and Conquer - The Hero Team's ending in XI has Ash turn Shen and Oswald against one another (after they've both served their purpose, natch) by presenting them both with a chance opportunity: Shen gets a strong opponent to face and Oswald comes one step closer to obtaining the Dragon Pills he needs for his illness by defeating the provider's enemy—Shen himself. Meanwhile, Ash makes his getaway, allowing him to go after Iori. Thanks to Ash's impeccable timing, Iori himself has been worn down immensely from his Riot of the Blood-induced battle with Kyo and Shingo, making his treasure ripe for the taking.
- Japanese Pronouns - In the original Japanese, he refers to himself with boku. It's an interesting take on the trope since boku is considered as "male but non-threatening" (contrasting with Kyo, K' and Iori's rougher ore), and it reflects Ash's fake humility as well as how he passes himself as a normal fighter — only to strike at the perfect moment and cause massive damage to his targets. It also contrasts with Saiki's use of shousei, another self-deprecating pronoun used by someone who's not humble at all.
- Intergenerational Friendship - Had this with Elisabeth.
- Identical Grandson - Saiki is his ancestor.
- Jerkass Façade
- Kill It with Fire - Green fire.
- Kiss of Death - Taking a page from Orochi Shermie, Ash gains an attack in XII called Genee where he blows a fiery kiss.
- The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort - Although in his case, it's more like The Law of Diminishing Anything Effort. His new stance in XII seems to support this (in 2003 and XI he had a more purposeful fighting stance but by XII his stance had become a nonchalant "hands-on-hips-and-looking-amused" pose, complete with distracted hair-twirling; this comes at a time when he not only has the Yata Mirror but the Yasakani no Magatama from Iori, meaning he's more powerful than ever).
- Manipulative Bastard - He tends to pick his teammates knowing how to manipulate them to his own ends.
- Obfuscating Stupidity - Took down Orochi Iori and stole his power; all apparently without much effort.
- Peek-a-Bangs - The right side of his face is usually obscured by his hair.
- Playing with Fire - His own flames at first, but as of XIII, he also utilizes Iori's flames.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - In the intro of 2003, Ash's eyes turn red before he punches the screen. That should have been a very big visual cue...
- His eyes also briefly flash red in gameplay when he's charging up some of his more powerful moves, but it's hard to notice.
- Ret Gone - Does this with himself in XIII.
- Sailor Earth - Long before he was introduced, fans liked to make fanfics about a new KOF character that would have an alternate flame color, sometimes green.
- Smug Snake - Very fond of acting like this for his own purposes.
- Stepford Smiler - Could easily be seen as this in light of XIII.
- Superpowered Evil Side/Split Personality Takeover/Villain Override - After fully absorbing Saiki's power, Ash undergoes some sort of transformation where his eyes are permanently red, and his body is covered in black flames. Fittingly known as Evil Ash.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind - What results from the above, between Ash and Saiki. The latter is initially (and firmly) in control of Evil Ash's body, but Ash regains control after they lose, which leads into...
- Taking You with Me - With Saiki currently stuck in Ash's body, he prevents him from going back to the past before the door closes, essentially killing Saiki by time paradox. But since Ash is a descendant of Saiki, he goes away too. It really gets intense when you realize that Ash must have known this would happen and was willing to erase himself from existence rather than give Saiki another chance.
- Teen Genius - He does all of this... while being only in his mid-to-late teens.
- Theme Naming - Many of his moves are named after months of the French Republican Calendar. One notable exception is his Sans-culottes LDM, which may be referring to the Sansculottides (the last days of the year in that particular calendar). Most, if not all, of the moves, including Sans-culottes, refer to the French Revolution.
- His theme in XI is titled "Joker," whereas his theme in XIII is "The Second Joker" (likely referring to the "big" and "little" Joker cards in decks).
- True Final Boss - Again as Evil Ash.
- Climax Boss
- Final Exam Boss - With a twist. You had better get Ash's strengths and weaknesses down to a science because you're essentially facing him twice at endgame.
- The Trickster - Troll
- The Gadfly - It's hard to tell when he's being maliciously truthful or intentionally trying to get a rise out of the other fighters for kicks.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid - Really.◊
- Voice of the Legion - Evil Ash.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- White Hair, Black Heart - As Evil Ash. Ash can be excused in that it's the ugliness of Saiki's personality shining through and not his own.
- Youthful Freckles
- Zipperiffic - It's a bit hard to notice, but he has zippers places in several odd places in addition to his shirt and collar, including the tip of his sleeves. At least he only wears one belt, or you might have mistaken him for one of Tetsuya Nomura's characters.
Gato - Unknown (implied to be Japan)
"Crushed your spine, and your silly pride I hope!"
A practitioner of an assassination fighting style. Gato is searching for a mysterious man who is connected to his past. In Mark of the Wolves
he enters the tournament believing that Kain knows about the man he's after, and sure enough, that man appears and saves Kain from the collapsing mansion. The man is revealed to be Gato's father, who drove his mother to death and vanished without a trace, but not before brutally maiming Gato and leaving him for dead. He encounters Hotaru Futaba, who believes him to be her older brother, but Gato continually denies this for some reason
. In 2003
he is hired by Geese Howard to investigate the events going on in the tournament, and in XI
forms a new Garou team along with B. Jenet and Tizoc.
Maki Kagura - Japan
"This is the power of... the Watcher!"
Voiced by: Kazuyo Inosako
The late elder twin sister of Chizuru, and one of the two heiresses of the Yata Clan alongside her sister. Of the two, Maki is actually the more skilled combatant. Years before the KOF tournaments, Maki was killed by Goenitz, the leader of the Orochi Hakkesshu, to weaken the seal of Orochi. The Maki who appears in 2003
is nothing more than an illusionary product of Chizuru's memories created while Chizuru was under the influence of Botan. While serious about their duty to protect the seal, she and Chizuru only serve to do just the opposite.
- Animal Motifs - "If the younger sister Chizuru Kagura is the stork, the elder sister Maki Kagura's name comes from the tortoise (storks live a thousand years, but tortoises live 10,000)."
- Annoying Laugh - And you'll hear it a lot as she's dodging.
- Barrier Maiden
- Combat Stilettos
- Cynicism Catalyst - She's the reason Chizuru became a Lady of Black Magic adamant on finding skilled fighters to help her combat Goenitz and the rest of the Orochi Hakkesshu in the first place.
- Dance Battler
- Doppelgänger Attack
- Dead Hand Shot - In KOF: KYO, we only see her tiny and blood-covered hand in the manga's rendition of her murder.
- Everything's Better With Sparkles
- Hair Decorations
- Heroic Sacrifice/You Shall Not Pass - Knowing that the Yata clan could not defeat one of the Heavenly Kings of Orochi without aid from the other legendary clans, Maki died in a valiant struggle to protect the seal of Orochi and allow Chizuru to contact her brethren.
- Lady of War - Lady of Black Magic
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- Master of Illusion - Despite being a mere illusion in 2003, Maki was actually the stronger of the two sisters, thus allowing her to create multiple illusions or have them perform extra followup attacks. And she can do this in rapid succession. We're talking about a sane version of Confusion Fu.
- Meaningful Name
- Miko - Presumably.
- Power Nullifier
- Secret Character - In the Game Boy port of '96, Maki (as "Kagura") is selectable as a fill-in for her sister. This version also included Orochi Iori, Orochi Leona, and Mr. Karate as Secret Characters, while the Game Boy port of '95 had Nakoruru guest star.
- SNK Boss - Word of God says that Maki is the litmus test for players: you might be able to beat Chizuru, but Maki is another story.
- Spirit Advisor - In the Alternate Universe manga KOF: G. Maki's spirit appears in the last volume to emotionally support Chizuru after she's beaten to almost death by Goenitz, and later she's also seen inside Iori's mind after he's barely defeated by the Japan Team, begging him to fight Goenitz with Kyo and Athena — and he does so.
- Also present in canon. In the Women Fighters Team's ending in '97, Maki's voice calls out to a somber Chizuru to cheer her little sister up, telling Chizuru that she'll always be with her.
- Wrench Wench - Chizuru is a Biker Babe, while Maki enjoyed fixing up her motorcycle.
Duo Lon - China
"Those who live in darkness are not ruled by it. Those drawn by the shadow do not live by it."
Voiced by: Tsunehito Maruo, Josh Keller (XII, English)
Duo Lon is also a member of the Hizoku clan, and one of Ron's sons. He is also searching for his father for his betrayal of the clan. He teams up with Ash Crimson for a time, but later joins Elisabeth Blanctorche's team, along with Benimaru Nikaido, after noticing that Ash was manipulating his teammates. Later he and Elisabeth team up with his and Ash's ex teammate Shen Woo, and they get ready to confront Ash again.
- Badass Back - Frequently seen in his moveset, particularly during/after his DMs.
- Badass in a Nice Suit - As seen in "Assassin Night"◊ (a promotional short story set before 2003), where Duo Lon infiltrates a formal party in Shanghai, wearing his hair down and donning a snazzy suit.
- Badass Long Robe
- Big Brother Instinct - To Xiao Lon, his half-sister and the bastard child of Ron. It should be noted that he was the only sibling to show her kindness.
- Braids of Action - Rare male example.
- Creepy Good - Quiet, cynical, with a ghastly Battle Aura that creeps many people out, very somber and solemn, raised as an assassin, very creepy fighting stance... but he's actually a kindhearted Nice Guy and very firmly on the side of good.
- Dark Is Not Evil - Seemed to be averted at first, but as XI, played straight; Duo Lon is a noble soul and is in direct opposition to Anti-Hero Ash.
- Arguably subverted from the start, seeing as he only joined Ash and Shen because he enjoyed their company and immediately jumped shipped once he caught wind of Ash's intentions. Aside from that, he's well-mannered for a trained assassin and possesses a strong sense of justice, as shown by his mission to kill his own father.
- Death from Above - His Genmu Hishou Keikou technique. Duo Lon turns his back to his opponent, and then sinks into the ground, dissipating into a skeleton in a manner not unlike that of his father. He then dives in from the top of the screen with a flying kick.
- Disappeared Dad - Ron, who may or may not become his Archnemesis Dad in the upcoming years.
- Dissonant Serenity - At times. For example, he expresses some sort of happiness from the prospect that dying would free him from his heavy burdens in life (presumably his standing as a Hizoku assassin and Ron's son).
- Diving Kick
- Doppelgänger Attack - His Ouji Tajiuu Genmu Aneki LDM in XI.
- Dysfunction Junction - His relationship with Luan, his childhood friend and one of the Four Devas of Hizoku (she's the sole female who cameos in some of Lin and Duo Lon's appearances), would seem to be this, as their relationship is strained due to Ron's meddling (notably, killing her mother and grandmother). It also doesn't help that Luan hates women that she perceives to be weak, such as Xiao Lon.
- Easily Forgiven - Despite Ash using him for his own ends in their first meeting, Duo Lon still considers Ash to be a genuine friend and doesn't take too kindly to Saiki controlling him as Evil Ash in the final battle of XIII.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette - No worries, though; Duo Lon's a good guy.
- Emo - Called this by Joe.
- Flash Step
- Good Is Not Soft - A Nice Guy through and through, as well as one of the most unambiguously heroic characters in the series. In spite of his aversion to killing, as an assassin, Duo Lon is very capable of doing so if need be, as seen in a promotional comic for 2003 set before the events of the game.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Nuclear Family - Is the eldest of nine children, all male. Also has a half-sister in the form of Xiao Lon. Backstory dictates that the family as a whole dabbles in Big Screwed-Up Family and (by technicalities) Royally Screwed Up.
- Painfully Slow Projectile - His Ju-on Shi Katamari in XIII. Its DM equivalent in previous titles, Hiden Genmu Ju-on Shikon, was launched at faster speeds, but dealt full damage if used at close range. In theory, the projectile's slow crawl could be used to bait the opponent or create a cross-up in conjunction with Duo Lon's Hike Kyaku.
- Professional Killer - Comes from an entire clan of assassins.
- The Quiet One - Not so much as Lin, but Duo Lon is described as "laconic."
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - Subverted; even with his alliance with Ash, he's still a Nice Guy. When he learns of Ash's machinations, he immediately jumps ship to stop him.
- Rubber Man - A few of his specials.
- Summon Magic - Can summon spirits from the netherrealm.
- The Stoic
- Tall, Dark and Handsome - And Mai refers to him as such in XIII word by word, In a sort-of amusing nod to what she told Hauer in Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture.
- Technical Pacifist - An assassin who actually dislikes the prospect of fighting and gets no enjoyment out of it (unless he's facing Shen). Yes, it is as ironic as it sounds. Duo Lon even admits that he can't change who he is or his upbringing so easily, equating himself to a tree rooted in the abyss while chatting with Kim in XIII.
- The Wise Prince - Kind and noble? Check. Melancholic disposition? Check. Skilled warrior who detests fighting? Check. He even has the "aristocratic" angle somewhat covered; as he's the son of Hizoku's former Xi Du deva and leader, Duo Lon and his eight brothers were sometimes referred to as princes.
Malin - Japan
"And the winner is... the mighty babe, Malin!"
Voiced by: Kazuyo Inosako
An adversary to the Kyokugen school of Karate (specifically Yuri). Aside from that, no one knows much about her. She may not be what she seems...
- Cute Bruiser
- Cute, but Cacophonic
- Fingerless Gloves
- Fragile Speedster - As Choi's replacement, she is one of the fastest KOF characters.
- Flash Step - In fact, this is how she impressed Athena and Hinako enough to convince them to let her join the High School Girls Team, stealing their KOF invitations and Hair Decorations before either girl could even blink.
- Hammerspace - Literally. She hides a very large hammer to use as a weapon. She also has knives, swords, deadly yo-yos, concealed claws and blades, electric batons, throwing darts...
- Hidden Weapons - The basis of her style.
- Idiot Hair
- Killer Yoyo
- Name's the Same - An ambiguous, in-universe example. The name Malin was previously used in the series, belonging to a female member of Athena's fan club who was on good terms with the White Tiger (aka Jhun Hoon). It's unknown if these two women are one in the same, but it does possibly explain why Malin teamed up with Athena in 2003.
- Nice Bandana
- Panty Shot - During her Kagerou DM.
- The Rival - To Yuri, who called her style "cowardly."
- Spell My Name with an S - According to Word of God, her name is supposed to be spelled "Malin." Since the Japanese language lacks an "L" sound, the "Marin" spelling tends to pop up often in media.
- Terrible Trio - The Anti-Kyokugen Team in XI—consisting of herself (as the leader), Eiji, and Kasumi—is presented as this to the Kyokugen Dojo, although their main shtick seems to be comic relief.
- Theme Naming - Many of her specials reference bugs. Included in her repertoire are Hornet, Yellowjacket, Mayfly, Scorpion, Spider, and Queen Bee. Curiously, these moves all involve Malin's blades in some way, possibly evoking the stingers and movements of these insects.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl - Respectively Malin and Yuri.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak - Her profile notes that Malin's forte in sports is swimming and badminton and that she prizes her made-to-order hammer. It also mentions her dislike of bugs and frogs, her love of J-pop (perhaps lending further credence to the possibility that Malin belongs to the same Athena fan club Jhun Hoon is part of), and her musical expertise when it comes to the clarinet and koto.
- Zettai Ryouki - With leg warmers. She's a Type A, by the way.
Mukai - Unknown
"How does it feel, becoming a living statue?"
Voiced by: Toshihiro Shigetsuka
An earth elemental, and one of the members of Those From The Distant Land. Mukai, unlike Magaki, is more cautious when fighting humans. After his defeat, he vanishes. He reappears in XIII, only to be ultimately double-crossed and killed by his own leader Saiki.
- Anti-Villain (Type I) - Easily the most venerable member of his group. He's usually civil and polite and is among the few to understand the potential that humanity holds (Shion, to a lesser degree, also holds this sentiment, leading to some friction between him and Magaki). Sadly, his death is one of the most cruel, made even worse by the fact that Saiki kills him after Mukai outright states that he intends to face the competitors instead of Saiki to ensure that his master's plan could progress forward.
- Dishing Out Dirt - His earth-based powers have many fans wondering about a connection between him and Yashiro.
- The Dragon - To Saiki in XIII.
- Family-Unfriendly Death - Saiki first punches him through the chest, then drains him to a skeletal husk.
- Golem - Fits the physical description, but is actually quite intelligent.
- Monochromatic Eyes
- Mystical White Hair
- No Sell - Normal attacks are pretty much useless against him.
- Power Glows - His tattoos partially glow in a way that resembles a flow.
- Slasher Smile - Default sprite expression, oddly enough. This gets creepier considering that the well-spoken, respectful Mukai is the Noble Demon of his group.
- Taken for Granite - One of his grabs and his Leader DM turn his opponent into rock for a moment.
- True Final Boss - Unless you met certain conditions (which basically amounts to "kill Kusanagi with a DM or LDM"), you could not fight him, and therefore won't get an actual ending.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Shen Woo - Unknown (raised in China)
"Who's truly tough? Now you know, huh?"
Voiced by: Kōji Suidzu, Jeff Manning (XII, English)
A brawler from Shanghai who joins Ash Crimson solely to fight strong opponents. After Duo Lon leaves the team in 2003, Shen sticks around for XI, teaming with Oswald. However, Ash pits the two men against each other, tricking Oswald into believing Shen was someone standing in his way. After this, he grows sick of being jerked around by Ash, joining up with Elisabeth and Duo Lon for the XIII tournament.
Tizoc/The Griffon Mask - Mexico
"Tizoc, this wall of muscle, is invincible to the fists of evil!"
Voiced by: Hikaru Hanada
A professional luchador wrestler who fights for charity. After a while, however, he starts thinking
about retirement. He recovers, and enters the KOF 2003
tournament with Terry and Joe to promote his entrance into the American wrestling circuit. In XI
he joins Jenet and Gato's team.
The King of Fighters XI
Elisabeth Blanctorche - France
"Showing calm in the eye of the storm. That's the mark of a true fighter, no?"
Voiced by: Kayoko Ōshima, Sally Koshinaka (XII, English)
A former associate of Ash Crimson who is out to prevent whatever he's planning, and the heir to the Blanctorche family. She uses light-based attacks and fights with a riding crop. Hates to be called "Betty,"
a trait which Ash loves to exploit.
- Accidental Misnaming - Of course, Ash just won't listen. He even calls her this in his Famous Last Words.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl - Her hair is dark blue, but personality-wise she fits in here well.
- Attack Reflector - Her Etancher can do this if timed properly.
- Boobs of Steel - 90cm bust, and one of the more useful characters in XI.
- Broken Bird - She's extremely cynical and with a sharp wit, and whenever she has to fight younger girls in XIII, Elisabeth will always remark on how innocent and gentle they are, unlike herself.
- Cleavage Window - Her outfit in XI has this.
- Combat Stilettos
- Counter Attack - Her Étoile Filanto Neo MAX.
- Cry Cute - In her team's ending in XIII.
- Everything's Better With Sparkles - Between Athena's Psycho Powers and Elizabeth's ictokinesis, XIII is guaranteed to give you a seizure.
- Flash Step
- Foreign Fanservice - 1. Everyone Looks Sexier If French; 2. Her XI outfit (complete with a boob window that was put on full display in her XI ending); 3. The kinky implications of being whipped by her riding crop.
- Heartbroken Badass - A rare platonic example regarding Ash.
- Iron Lady
- Intergenerational Friendship - Has this with Ash. In some flashbacks, she is seen as a young teenager and Ash is a boy no older than 8.
- Lady of War - Fights like one, especially with that riding crop.
- Last Of Her Kind - Thanks to a fire burning down her mansion to the ground (and many of her clansmen along with it), she is now the sole remaining Blanctorche. She currently lives with her butler, Jacques, near the remains of her family's home.
- Light 'em Up - Overkilled by her Noble Brass (L)DM and Étoile Filanto Neo MAX. It's a good thing for you that she's a heroine.
- Morality Pet and Only Friend - For Ash. All of his plotting was done to keep her safe.
- The Not-Love Interest - In light of everything the story divulges about her and Ash's childhood and relationship, one could easily peg Elisabeth as this.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling - She can sometimes sense Ash's presence and uses it to keep tabs on him.
- No, I Am Behind You - Platinum Mirage, depending on the button used when Elisabeth is attacked.
- Ojou - She's something of a Type 2, but more serious and cold than stuck-up.
- Onee-sama - She once fondly played this role to Ash until her house burned down, separating the two for a long period of time. She's now wholly devoted to defeating him.
- Most likely, she still thinks of him as a brother, which is why she cries when he vanishes into nothingness.
- One Steve Limit - Averted. There exists another Elizabeth, a minor NPC who is one of twin waitresses (alongside her sister Sally) serving at King's bar, Illusion. (Both can be seen from '95 to '99, either in King's intro or as cheerleaders for King's team when Illusion is featured as a stage.)
- Spell My Name with an S - XII and XIII spell her last name as "Branctorche".
- This applies to her first name as well, which started out as "Elizabeth" but then became "Elisabeth" in her other appearances.
- Sphere of Destruction
- Statuesque Stunner
- The Stoic
- Sugar and Ice Personality - Her true colors, as seen in flashbacks and her team's ending in XIII.
- Tragic Keepsake - Ash's headband.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid - XIII sheds a lot of light on her and Ash's childhood.
- Whip It Good - Uses a riding crop. Close enough.
- Subverted in XII and XIII where she still seen holding the riding crop, but doesn't use it.
- Woman in Black - Her civilian clothes in XIII.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Duck King - USA
"Yes! I am the Duck King!"
Voiced by: Kong Kuwata
A friend of Terry Bogard who's been around since the first installment of Fatal Fury
but only made his playable appearance in KOF
in The King of Fighters XI
. He's a notable DJ in Southtown.
Hotaru Futaba - Japan
"I won't lose! I've got someone to protect too!"
Voiced by: Yuki Horie
Originally making her debut in Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Hotaru is the daughter of a family of martial artists. Unfortunately, she isn't fond of violence. When her mother dies, both her father and older brother simultaneously disappear. Hotaru enters Kain R. Heinlen's King of Fighters: Maximum Mayhem tournament after hearing rumors that her brother might be there, fervently hoping to reconnect with her family. She appears in XI for a similar reason.
- Attack Reflector - Her Kobi Kyaku. Works like a charm on DM-level projectiles, too.
- The Cameo - She first appears in the Mark of the Wolves Team's ending in XI looking for her brother. She's later made a Secret Character in the home port.
- She also has one in the Women's Fighters Team ending in XIII, relaxing at the Pao-Pao Cafè with them and other girls.
- Cute Bruiser
- Does This Remind You of Anything? - Her Tenshou Ranki LDM where she tackles her opponent from the skies, straddles them, and then lets out a loud scream as she arches back and releases several bursts of energy. She then pants for a bit afterwards. There's a reason it's called "The Fatal Orgasm." In another game, it's called "My First Time."
- Failure Is the Only Option - Played for Laughs in the MOTW Team's XI ending, although you should feel sorry for the poor girl. It seems that Hotaru will never reunite the family that was torn asunder.
- Girlish Pigtails with Hair Decorations
- Ki Attacks
- Killer Rabbit - Seems harmless (and usually is) but gameplay-wise is almost as powerful as Gato.
- Beware the Nice Ones - In the console port of XI, where Gato and Kula run rampart in the God Tier, Hotaru is only one rank behind them in A-Tier. In Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, she's S-Tier. Clearly (as said above), her pacifistic disposition means nothing if in the hands of a competent player.
- Martial Pacifist - She's nothing more than a kind, docile, and overall sweet girl who simply wants to reunite her fragmented family. Unfortunately, fighting is the viable means of doing so.
- Meaningful Name - Her name means "firefly," which explains the animation behind a few of her attacks.
- Parental Abandonment - Her mom? Dead. Her father? Long gone. Her brother? Missing. Hotaru is currently searching for both her dad and Gato, who is heavily implied (but not outright stated) to be her older brother.
- Say My Name - Calls out "Onii-chan!" (i.e. Gato) as a KO cry.
- Stance System
- Weasel Mascot - Itokatsu, her adorable marten.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Sho Hayate - Japan
of Savage Reign
, Hayate is an old-fashioned warrior and the sole practitioner of his self-taught combat form, Fu'un Ken. He trains non-stop, vigorously hoping to become a true master and show the world the power of his fighting style.
Bonne Jenet - England
Voiced by: Rei Saitō, Gina Rose (Maximum Impact 2, English)
A Rich Bitch
who was ported over from Mark of the Wolves
, along with Gato and Tizoc, much to the delight of fans. B. Jenet is the captain of a group of pirates calling themselves the Lilien Knights. Although she's rich herself, Jenet doesn't like mooching off of her parents, so she pretty much founded the Knights out of boredom. She enters the KOF tournament for the prize money.
- Anti-Hero - Type II.
- Attention Whore - Ever noticed how she waves while running? All things considered, Jennie's not too bad about this.
- Beware the Nice Ones - Because if you're unlucky she might pin you down and smack you with her shoe.
- Blow You Away - Has some degree of aerokinesis.
- Combat Stilettos - Which she whacks you with.
- Cool Boat - The Lillien Knights sail the seven seas in a boat bought by Jennie's money. It can also transform into a submarine and is armed to the teeth.
- Counter Attack - Her LDM, Ennui Mademoiselle (the aforementioned Shoe Slap attack), is a reversal.
- Everything's Better With Sparkles - A few sparkles can be seen briefly at the beginning of her Harrier Bee special.
- Femme Fatale - Although she isn't evil. She doesn't, however, have a problem using her charms to get what she desires.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Foreign Fanservice - Borderline Ms. Fanservice, to the point that Mai is jealous of her in Maximum Impact 2.
- Fun Personified
- Good Bad Girl - Downplayed; she exhibits the domineering sexual aggression associated with this trope, but doesn't appear to be unchaste. This is possibly lampshaded with her Garou theme, "Bad Girl."
- Kick Chick - Her fighting style, the LK Arts, is similar to Savate (the French answer to kickboxing).
- Kiss of Death - Sort of. One of her super moves (Aurora) is finished off with a flying kiss.
- The Lad-ette - She has a bit of a Hard-Drinking Party Girl in her, too.
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- Nice Hat - A few of her normal color variations in MI2 deck out Jenet in a pirate hat, predictably enough. Her "Another" design in the same game features a different straw hat.
- Only Known by Their Nickname - Is only referred to as Jennie Behrn in supplemental materials.
- Panty Shot - She avoids this in her 2D appearances, but alas... Maximum Impact 2.
- The Pollyanna
- Proud Beauty - To wit, any of her more catty interactions with Mai usually involve the two bickering over which of them is hotter.
- Rich Bitch - Subverted. Her family is rich, but she prefers not to bother them for her financial troubles.
- Ruthless Modern Pirates/A Pirate 400 Years Too Late
- Sexy Backless Outfit
- Sexy Walk
- She's Got Legs
- Something about a Rose - Has a tattoo of a rose on her left shoulder, painted with inks from India.
- Spam Attack - Many Many Torpedoes consists of Jenet gliding across the air while delivering a flurry of kicks.
- The Tease - Upon seeing a picture of pre-Garou Terry, she considers him to be her "first love." As of Maximum Impact 2, her affection seems to have switched to a new target: Rock Howard.
- Trademark Favorite Food - Sirloin steak.
Jyazu - Unknown
"Does it hurt? Hoo hoo hoo..."
Voiced by: Enma Itō
Leader of the terrorist group known as Jaguar, Jyazu is the True Final Boss
of Kizuna Encounter
, the sequel to Savage Reign
. An enigma, not much is known about his past or motives. To date, he is one of two people to have ever bested King Leo, the tyrannical host
of the Battle of the Beast God Tournament.
Magaki - Unknown
"You craved a strong opponent, right? You can die satisfied then."
Voiced by: Spicy Yagi
One of the members of Those From The Distant Land. Unlike Mukai, Magaki shows no caution when fighting humans, considering them to be insignificant trash
. He traps Shion in another dimension for his failure, and fights the winning team. After his defeat, he tries to escape, but he ends up impaled by Shion's spear
and dies. His body ends up in the jurisdiction of Heidern, but two children from the group (Rimelo and Shroom, who have their own section below) manage to take his body back.
- Ambiguously Gay - Listen to his voice.
- He's wearing lipstick, too.
- Bishōnen - Horribly subverted when he appears. He's one in the beginning... then his skin turns pink, he has blue energy markings around his body, and his face looks more insectoid than human.
- Bring It - His taunt.
- Bullet Hell - Due to Beam Spam, this is essentially what your fight against him will digress into. It's like Touhou in fighting game form.
- Flash Step - Borderline example, as he also uses dimensional portals to teleport.
- Foregone Conclusion - He dies after you fight him.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom - His extremely creepy eyes, when he's fully powered up.
- Hoist by His Own Petard - His dimensional portals. He throws Shion into one for failing against the winning team. When he too is beaten and tries to escape through a portal, Shion's spear flies through it and fatally through his chest.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
- Invisibility - By snapping his fingers, Magaki can disappear from sight, although he's still perfectly visible.
- Man in White - At first.
- Mystical White Hair
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant - See the Bishōnen description above.
- Puny Earthlings - Considers humans to be insignificant, unlike Mukai.
- Shirtless Scene - Once he loses that elegant suit. Ick...
- Slasher Smile
- SNK Boss - The first to appear in a long time, but there's a little trick you can do to subvert this trope. He's completely helpless when trapped in the corner. If you keep him there, he has no choice but to block or take the punishment. So be patient...
- Take That - Before facing the team, Magaki briefly emulates Mukai's refined manner of speech, mocking his fallen comrade (the two don't hold humans in the same regard).
- Teleport Spam
- Villain Exit Stage Left - Subverted.
- You Have Failed Me - Pulls Shion through a dimensional gap when he is unable to defeat the winning team. And gets speared In the Back for his trouble.
Momoko - Japan
"Momoko's no kiddly-diddly-doo!"
Voiced by: Kazuyo Inosako
The newest addition to the Psycho Soldiers. She mixes her Capoeira with Psychic Powers
- A-Cup Angst - If you have her fighting ladies with Boobs of Steel (Mai, Mary, Bonne Jenet, Elisabeth and/or Vanessa), she'll go googly-eyed and then shake her hips in an attempt to reassure herself.
- Ass Kicks You - Three times in a row.
- Badass Adorable - Cute Bruiser - A tiny, cheerful bundle of Psychic Powers and kicks.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Cute, but Cacophonic
- Dance Battler - Her fighting style is part Capoeira, part Psychic Power.
- Does Not Like Shoes - Being a capoeira fighter, she can't exactly wear any...
- Everything's Better With Sparkles
- Girly Bruiser
- Hair Decorations - That fluffy pink bow of hers.
- Kamehame Hadoken - The first character in the series to use it.
- Kick Chick
- Older than They Look - No official ages were included in any of the profiles for the cast of XI, but one of the cell phone date sims put out by the company (where the ages of the girls are already shuffled around between games as it is) claims 16... yeah, sure SNKP.
- Psychic Powers
- Teens Are Short - She's roughly no taller than Bao, judging by the Psycho Soldiers' ending in XIII.
Oswald - Ireland
"Karnoffel would be satisfied with me. Your hand, sir?"
Voiced by: Toshihiro Shigetsuka
Ash's newest partner in XI. Oswald is a suave Irish assassin who uses razor-sharp cards to attack his opponents. Likewise, he has an expertise in playing Karnoffel, a form of poker. Coincidentally, it's how he joined Ash's team: by a game of poker. He is searching for a rare drug known as the "Dragon Pill," suggesting that Oswald may have a terminal disease.
- Badass Grandpa - Arguably qualifies as one even though he's only 53 years old, which is only slightly under the normal senior age.
- Badass in a Nice Suit - He wears just a regular old suit, but he makes it look real classy.
- Card-Carrying Villain - Literally.
- Cool Old Guy
- Cool Shades - With a red tint. Was designed to be the "good-looking glasses" character in the series.
- Dark and Troubled Past - Allegedly. His past is listed as one of his dislikes, while he values trust.
- Dark-Skinned Blond - This applies more so to his sprites, which gives him a pretty noticeable tan. He's lighter-skinned in artwork and endings.
- The Gambler - Why did it take so long for this trope to be added?
- Handicapped Badass - Is believed to be suffering from some sort of terminal disease, hence his search for the aforementioned Dragon Pills.
- It's a Small World After All - Ralf and Clark appear to recognize him. This may become an Aborted Arc. Silber also is somehow acquainted with Oswald, which results in one of the few times Silber will say more than one word in his win quote.
- Nice Hat - Which he throws off and cuts with one of his cards in his intro, thus subverting the trope... until it ends up as a double subversion when he magically produces another hat and puts it on in one of his winposes.
- Playing Card Motifs: His attacks have playing card themes. Spade, Clover, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to 3 times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, similar to the value of the card. King and Queen are Counter Attack and projectile moves respectively. His super move Four Suits, at its strongest, does 21 hits (Black Jack) while Joker has him unload his 52 cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.
- Professional Killer - He's said to be a professional hitman.
- Slasher Smile - Has one plastered on his face while running. It is freaking creepy, especially since his running animation is so odd to begin with.
- Trademark Favorite Food - Chocolate.
- You Remind Me of X - B. Jenet says that he reminds her of her father. Only Jennie and her mother truly know what Mr. Behrn is like.
Shion - China
"Warfare is deception. The deceived are at fault, dolt!"
Voiced by: Tokiyo Ogawa
Magaki's servant. He (we think they're a he) challenges the winning team but gets thrown into another dimension by his master, and later kills him in revenge.
- The Art of War - The source of half of his win quotes.
- Blade on a Stick
- Braids of Action - Not entirely; only a few locks of hair in the front are tied into braids.
- Crossdressing Voices - His seiyuu is Tokiyo Ogawa, a female.
- Cultured Badass - Knows Sun Tzu like the back of his hand.
- The Dragon - To Magaki. Shion doesn't seem to enjoy his status.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady - And just to add to the confusion, Magaki calls him something starting with "b" when he's killed. He flops over dead before the remaining letters come out.
- Enigmatic Minion
- Flechette Storm - He can summon a barrage of throwing darts from off-screen.
- Gender-Blender Name
- Hyperspace Arsenal - From Hammerspace, he can produce a Qiang spear, a rope dart, and short staves. The spear is even stored in some sort of interdimensional portal.
- Ki Attacks - Notably, he's the only other character able to fire an invisible projectile at a high velocity (Takuma/Mr. Karate could also accomplish such a feat).
- Leitmotif - This usually plays when he's around, including in XIII's stinger.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy - Emphasis on "pretty."
- Multicolored Hair - Brown with blue braids. The braids are apparently a cherished feature of Shion's.
- Not Quite Dead - It'd be reasonable to assume that Shion was killed by Magaki due to how... ahem, violently he was dragged through Magaki's portal, but he's apparently alive enough to exact revenge on him. He also comes back in the last scene of XIII's story mode.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies - Quite literally. Two moves of his cause a chunk of the ceiling above (even if you're fighting outside) to drop upon his opponent's head. In the first, he throws his spear into the air; the second (his LDM) is a flying kick. In fact, with the right timing, you can follow-up the former with the latter For Massive Damage.
- SNK Boss - Shion is to Magaki as Saisyu and Chizuru were to Omega Rugal and Goenitz. Not quite as litigously cheap, but he will give you a run for your money if you do not constantly apply pressure on him.
- Inverted when playable; Magaki's bastardry is mitigated by the complex button inputs required for his more dangerous attacks, while all of Shion's moves are easily accessible, meaning that you can be just as unfair with Shion as the A.I. is.
- Spin to Deflect Stuff - By twirling his shěng biāo (rope dart), Shion can deflect all but the most powerful of ranged attacks (anything at the strength of a DM or higher will do the trick).
- Stance System - By default, Shion starts the round with his spear, but will revert to using Wushu if he's either hit or discards of the spear manually. He can switch between the two styles throughout the battle.
- The Stinger - He returns in the last scene of the Story Mode in XIII, suddenly showing up in front of Rimelo and Shroom.
- Torture Technician - The other half of his win quotes consists of musings on what brand of torture he should apply to his opponent, ranging from eye-gouging to the breaking wheel.
- Turned Against Their Masters - He's the one who kills Magaki.
- This arguably is an example of The Dog Bites Back, as Magaki was the one who imprisoned Shion (and presumably killed him) in another dimension for losing his fight. Retreating as he states that The Battle Didn't Count, Magaki is then speared by his own underling.
Silber - Germany
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Arita
The main antagonist of Buriki One, Silber is a powerful martial artist who constantly travels in search of new challenges. He enters Buriki One tournament, intrigued by the gathering of numerous martial artists and their various disciplines.
Gai Tendo - Japan
"The reason for victory doesn't matter. The strong win, and that's it!"
The very brash and noisy protagonist of Buriki One, Gai utilizes a free-form style known as Total Combat. Deciding to test his skills, Gai enters the Buriki One tournament and becomes a rival to the American boxing champion and protegé of Silber, Rob Python.
- The Cameo/Unexpected Character - As The KOF 10th Anniversary Website puts it best: "A Buriki character in KOF? You can't be serious!"
- Does Not Like Shoes - As a MMA fighter, this does make a great deal of sense.
- Duel to the Death - His LDM, Timing Shoubu, if it successfully connects, forces a non-lethal version of this upon both players, prevent them from tagging out or using Quick Shifts/Saving Shifts until one of the two fighters is down for the count. The move also allows Gai to use Slider, Knee Upper, Gai Driller, Gai Wheel, and Gai Spider as standalone attacks instead of needing to access them from specific combinations/stances.
- Fiery Redhead
- Fingerless Gloves
- Hot-Blooded - Just look at who's voicing him.
- Spirited Competitor
- Status Buff - In direct contrast to Silber, Gai's second DM, Kodoku no Ring, increases his offensive power for a brief duration.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Tung Fu Rue - China
"I may be old, but I'll never lose to an inexperienced brat like you!"
Voiced by: Shigefumi Nakai
Master of the legendary fighting art known as Hakkyokuseiken, Tung was the former sensei of Jeff Bogard and Geese Howard who made a vow not to train any more disciples after the latter killed Jeff out of jealousy. He competed in the first King of Fighters tournament
held by Geese, but lost. Living his current days in retirement, Tung occasionally enters a competition to keep his body and mind in shape.
The King of Fighters XII
Raiden/Big Bear - Australia
A professional wrestler who appeared in the first Fatal Fury
game. Originally he was bribed by Geese Howard into serving him, but after Geese's defeat went straight and narrow, reverting to his kindly Big Bear persona. He doesn't make an appearance in KOF
(although he was originally considered to represent England in '94
). His Face
persona is still
Big Bear, but Word of God
says that Raiden
was chosen over him due to a lack of villains in XII
. He eventually leaves Geese's employ to return to his homeland, passing up KOF for many years due to his satisfaction with his Face and Heel personas. While there's a slight misunderstanding about his current allegiance, Raiden decides to join Kim and Hwa Jai, believing that it will help boost his reputation as a fighter.
The King of Fighters XIII
Hwa Jai - Thailand
Voiced by: Sōnosuke Nagashiro
Yet another fighter who debuted in the original Fatal Fury
, Hwa Jai is an arrogant Muay Thai fighter and early rival of Joe, he becomes a more formidable fighter after getting a little tipsy. He was defeated by Joe and became his friend
and sparing partner. Now he teams up with Kim Kaphwan and Raiden in KOF XIII
, seeing the tournament as a chance to revitalize his career and get another shot at besting Joe.
- Ambiguously Brown - He had a much lighter skin color before.
- Arrogant Muay Thai Guy - Even more so than Joe.
- Ascended Extra
- Ax-Crazy - He's definitely unhinged this time around. Point in case, his Final Dragon Kick Neo MAX, where he drags his opponent into the air with a lunging knee and kicks them, leading to a Black Screen of Death. When the player sees him again, he's howling insanely and wagging his tongue.
- Even more so when he drinks. Even in his idle animation, you can see him drooling and looking crazier than usual, if it was even possible.
- Bald of Awesome
- Blow You Away
- Combat Pragmatist - Shades of it, considering that his DM involves kneeing a guy into the air and then breaking their back on said knee.
- Drunken Master
- Genre Savvy - He knows better than to underestimate old Chinese kung-fu masters, and is absolutely terrified at the prospect of facing Chin.
- Martial Arts Headband - If you want to be technical, it's called a Mongkhon/Mon kon.
- Moveset Clone - His and Joe's movesets are practically identical, but have radically different functionality.
- Palette Swap - The main complaint about him. See Moveset Clone above.
- The Rival - To Joe, although KOF seems to be underplaying or completely dropped the fact that the two became friends. Also, Joe is the Tiger and Hwa is the Dragon.
- Super Mode
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Saiki - Unknown
Voiced by: Sōnosuke Nagashiro
The leader of Those From The Distant Land and the mastermind behind the events of the most recent tournaments. Looks suspiciously like Ash Crimson. He and his group's origins lie in Western Europe, Saiki himself functioning as the Western emissary of Gaia. As such, Those from the Past can be considered counterparts to the Orochi clan. Whereas Orochi can distort space, Saiki possesses control over time. Saiki's alleged goal is to break Orochi's seal, resurrect the entity known as Gaia's Will, and use Orochi's power to open a monolith known as the Gate, allowing Saiki to travel back in time and rewrite history; ages ago, many members of Those from the Past were wiped out, presumably by Elisabeth's ancestors. To this end, he conspires to have Those from the Past manipulate Chizuru Kagura and Rose Bernstein, the sponsors of the most recent tournaments, to prepare the ritual necessary for reestablishing his forces and eradicating his enemies before they can become a threat to his operations.
- A God Am I - Like you wouldn't believe.
- Ambiguously Gay - Though not to the extent of Ash, considering he had to have procreated for Ash to even exist.
- And I Must Scream/Villainous Breakdown - Saiki screams for his life after Ash used his remaining willpower to stop Saiki from controlling his body.
- Archnemesis Parental Ancestor: with Ash
- Asshole Victim - His baseless murdering of Mukai did not win him any points here.
- Bad Boss - Mukai found out first hand that Saiki does not appreciate someone taking care of business he deems his own...
- Big Bad
- Bishōnen - Basically Ash wearing white and without the hairband.
- Blond Guys Are Evil/White Hair, Black Heart
- Break Them by Talking - Very fond of using this tactic.
- Combat Pragmatist - Despite his supernatural powers, Saiki will still pick up rocks off the ground and throw them at you.
- Fan Disservice - Just read below, will you...?
- Female Gaze - Both the artwork seen above and his winning portrait in XIII seems to have quite the focus on his really nice ass.
- Then there's the ending of XIII, where the camera is focused just around his naked rear for the majority of the sequence.
- Fusion Dance/Grand Theft Me - He first pulls this on Mukai. When Ash absorbs his powers, Saiki's influence overwhelms him, transforming Ash into Evil Ash.
- It's All About Me - Saiki might just be the most self-serving villain in KOF history. Not even Rugal was this much of an unpleasant, egotistical dickwad and he's the guy with paintings of himself who submerges his defeated conquests in liquid metal.
- Kick the Dog - Kills Mukai for disobeying his orders, even though Mukai loyally offered to fight in his place.
- Kick Them While They Are Down - One of his specials in his regular form is literally this. Repeatedly.
- Japanese Pronouns - In the original version, he uses the very archaic and self-deprecating shousei. Like Ash, he isn't half as humble as his speech patterns suggest.
- Lack of Empathy
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Man in White
- One-Winged Angel
- Power Echoes/Power Makes Your Voice Deep/Evil Sounds Deep - His transformed state has an eerily deep, booming voice.
- Puny Earthlings
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - Unlike Ash, he always has them.
- Ret Gone - Along with Ash.
- Slouch of Villainy - Often seen lounging around in a couch in cut scenes.
- SNK Boss
- Spell My Name with an S - Before his name was officially revealed to be Saiki, sites spelled his name as "Psyche."
- Surrounded by Incompetent Fools - Mentions this in one of the story mode scenes.
- Technicolor Fire - Black fire, which behaves more like ink. Evil Ash's black fire is actual fire, being a tainted version of Ash's.
- Teleport Spam - His playable version in the console and Updated Re-release can do this.
- Temporal Paradox - The cause of his ultimate demise.
- Time Stands Still - This appears to be one of his powers or at the very least, connected to the time gate that allowed him to travel to the present day as seen in his pre-fight intro, although he seldom uses it in battle.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance - He bears a striking resemblance to his direct descendant, Ash Crimson.
- Villain Ball - Sure Saiki, one of your strongest minions who has nothing but loyalty for you offers to fight in your stead, which would really help if you needed to duck into the door to the past in a hurry... and your response is to kill him for no reason other than that he spoke up to you. Yeah, that's REALLY going to help. Specially when you follow it via taking over the body of your own descendant despite knowing clearly that he is NOT to be trusted.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting - Saiki outside his true form is playable in the console version of XIII and the Updated Re-release for arcade machines (XIII Climax). His Neo MAX allows him to turn into his true form to deal some damage.
- You Have Failed Me - There are some implications that Saiki offed Mukai because of his defeat back in 2003, spurring Saiki to want to take matters into his own hands and not risk screwing up their operations so late in the game. Doesn't make it any less of a callous move or a wholly stupid one, for that matter.
Botan - Unknown
The fourth member of Those From the Distant Land, she has the ability to control the actions of anyone she chooses through invisible puppet strings. Botan established herself as quite the Magnificent Bitch
as early as 2003
, when it turns out she was controlling Chizuru the entire time. After Mukai's failure, she sets her sights on Rugal Bernstein's daughter Rose and controls her from XI to XIII
Rose Bernstein - Unknown (implied to be Germany)
Voiced by: Kazuyo Inosako
- Annoying Younger Sibling - All she does is yap, yap, yap all day long.
- Subverted in-story - Adel may be annoyed with her, but he does care and worry for her sake. And with very good reasons.
- Arms Dealer - Though never directly stated, it's strongly implied the Bernstein family continues to maintain their source of income. The only reason Botan mind controlled Rose was because she possessed the influence, power, and wealth to host the KOF tournament on such short notice: up to and including the quiet construction of a lavish colosseum with secret magic relics underneath.
- Big Brother Worship - Gets too extreme at times, and sometimes Adel himself has to put his foot down. Her devotion for Adel (as well as her Berserk Button when he is defeated in 2003) seems to border on Big Brother Attraction.
- Brainwashed - How she spends the entirety of XIII. She is freed in the end.
- Cute, but Cacophonic
- Duality Motif - Her usual dress (seen to the right) is half-red, half-black. Possibly symbolic, as these are the two dominant colors of her father's tuxedo attire.
- Japanese Sibling Terminology - Calls Adel "onii-sama." It's translated as "Dearest Brother" in English.
- Left the Background Music On - Subverted/inverted when facing Adel in 2003. At first, Rose appears to be playing "Revolutionary Etude" (the brief opening segment of Adel's theme), but once the music diverts into incomprehensible techno and never looks back for its "R2" portion, it becomes clear she's not performing on the piano for her brother's fights.
- Narcissist - Loves herself, absolutely loathes ugly and weak people.
- Neutral Female - Despite her haughty nature and being a fencer, Rose doesn't do much other than sit on the sidelines and play the piano. XI even pokes fun at this with one of Adel's moves: Rose is summoned, but only so that she can taunt Adel.
- One of the stages of XIII Climax takes place in the Skynoah, and she's seen hanging around in the background like it's just another day: playing the piano, having tea with her panther at her feet, checking on the controls with Adel...
- No Sense of Personal Space - Around her brother, Adel. On occasion, some of her clutching could be considered inappropriate or too intimate for siblings.
- Not Herself and/or Out-of-Character Alert - When Rose begins doing things without telling her brother and ignores whatever he tells her, Adel instantly knows something is wrong since she always does what he says and always tells him what's on her mind.
- To reiterate, upon discovering her plans for the ritual grounds built underneath Rose Stadium, he's put at unease, partially due to what they're being used for, but mainly because she would've have told him before even deciding to act.
- Ojou - Type 2. Oh yes.
- Ojou Ringlets
- Pimped-Out Dress - To up the ante, Rose is seen sporting even more extravagant clothing in XIII. Special notice goes to the one described in True Blue Femininity.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - She's not "evil" per se, but she's definitely more of a selfish brat than Adel, that's for sure.
- Requisite Royal Regalia - For some strange reason, she wears a tiara despite not being of noble blood.
- The Atlus translation for XIII called her bloodline the Bernstein Family. However the original Japanese text could also be translated as House of Bernstein. Given their influence and wealth, it's possible the Bernstein are fictional German nobility.
- Rich Bitch - Hoo boy.
- Right-Hand Cat - Is seen playing with a baby panther, which is apparently Rodem's offspring.
- Royal Brat
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!
- Sore Loser - Like father, like daughter. Even though it's her brother that does all of the fighting.
- Symbol Motif Clothing - Nearly all her outfits have roses or feature decorative rose flower patterns.
- Tagalong Kid - To a degree (see Annoying Younger Sibling above).
- True Blue Femininity - She wears a very Pimped-Out Dress in a light blue tone during the Final Stage of KOF XIII.
- The Tragic Rose - While tragedy doesn't exactly hit her, she is a vital part in Those from the Past's plans... which end with Ash Ret-goning himself in what becomes a massive Tear Jerker. The dress she's wearing in that moment even has rose motifs all over it.
- Unwitting Pawn - Thank you very much, Botan.
- Yandere - Adel's ending in XI reveals that Botan is trying to use this side of her against Adel. She succeeds and Rose spends all of XIII in a brainwashed state thanks to her, and only is released at the end.
Shroom and Rimelo - Unknown
Rimelo (left) and Shroom (right)
Two characters who previously appeared as unnamed members of Those from the Past in 2003
's ending. Shroom is the girly-looking
blond man while Rimello is the brunette weird girl. They first appeared in the Ikari Team's Ending in XI to reclaim Magaki's lifeless body, taking Heidern's Eyepatch of Power with them in the process.
They return in the XII
manhua and later are included in several scenes of XIII
's Story Mode, including the OP video where they give Kyo his invitation to the KOF tournament.
- Ascended Extra
- Blond Guys Are Evil - Shroom.
- Cute Mute - Rimelo never ever says a word.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady - Shroom, so much that...
- Elegant Gothic Lolita - Rimelo's black/white dress and really cute pump shoes evoke the style.
- Enfante Terrible - Rimelo can't be older than 15 (at least in looks), yet she's a full blooded membress of Those from the Past.
- Eyepatch of Power - Shroom sometimes wears an eyepatch in XIII. Rimelo is often seen playing with it, too. It belonged to Heidern, actually, and if you have Ralf face Saiki he'll furiously demand to have the eyepatch back in their pre-fight talk.
- Karma Houdini - While they're not half as villainous as Saiki, they also get away with their activities as members of Those from the Past. May be subverted in the Story Mode, if them being there when Shion returns is any indication.
- Odd Friendship - Shroom is quite the cold Jerkass, but he seems to treat Rimelo better than he does to others.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here! - Having made some research and realized that he and the others were few more than peons, Shroom and Rimelo decided to get ready and bail out ASAP. They don't really get the chance, as far as we know.
- The Smart Guy - Shroom is seen doing research about the Gate.
- Unfortunate Names - Come on, Shroom?!
- The Unfought - Despite the fact that they prominently appear in XIII's intro and Story Mode (even managing to rough up Kyo a little before handing him his invitation to the tournament), you never get to fight either of them.