- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Street Fighter's Ryu.
- Anime Hair: His hairstyle is identical to Joe Higashi's, with both having high spiky brown hair.
- Celibate Hero: While he's aware of Janne's feelings for him, he only regards her as a friend and a rival.
- Double Jump: A skill that only he and Fuuma can perform.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Both his Iga Cutter and Koryuha involve spinning.
- Flash Step: He gains the ability as his forward dash and backdash animation, starting in WH2: Jet.
- Highly Visible Ninja: A blue ninja dogi is hardly ideal for stealth, but it isn't like Hanzou concerns himself with stealth to begin with.
- Martial Arts Headband: A long white one.
- Megaton Punch: In World Heroes 2: Jet, Hanzou gained Shin Koryuha which is the Deathblow variant of his standard Koryuha. It's faster and inflicts an insane amount of damage if he connects with it.
- Ninja: Obviously - complete with being able to spam shuriken.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Based on legendary ninja Hattori Hanzo.
- The Protagonist: Hanzou is the main character and the Series Mascot.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: And they're even Color-Coded for Your Convenience, with Hanzou being the calm reserved one, dressed in blue.
- Shotoclone: Hanzou's basic moveset and DM's are the same as Ryu's:
- Shoryuken: Koryuha is his "go-to" anti-air attack, in which Hanzou's body is enveloped in a dragon shaped wave of energy. While it has invincibility frames on start-up, it's still possible to counter it.
- Energy Ball: Rekku Dan is his standard projectile, resulting in a single large glowing shuriken being thrown across screen. A double quarter circle results in throwing three of them at once. However, if Double Rekku Dan is blocked, it causes them to ricochet and possibly injure Hanzuo instead.
- Hurricane Kick: Iga Cutter is his variant, later games in the series allow him and Fuuma to perform it in midair, the same as Ryu and Ken's midair Hurricane Kick.
- Spirited Competitor: In each game, he travels the world seeking to test himself against strong opponents. Which is reflected in his win quotes and character endings.Hanzou: "To reach the top, I seek the strongest. You don't even rank in the wimpy category."
- The Stoic: Hanzou is often known quite very well for having a stoic and serious personality when it comes to his ninja lifestyle.
- Wandering the Earth: Used as his character ending for each game, though the original has him fly away on a ninja kite instead.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: ADK's version of Ken.
- Always Second Best: If Hanzou's win quote is any indication, Fuuma has yet to defeat him:Hanzou: "Once again, I emerge victorious. Keep trying, Fuuma."
- Anime Hair: Fuuma's hair is flame red, complete with Hot-Blooded Sideburns and looks much like a lion's mane.
- Butt-Monkey: He is considerated this on the series, but not much as Shura (the Trope Namer of the series), mostly because he Took a Level in Badass.
- Continuity Cameo: Ryu Eagle, one of the protagonists of Ninja Commando (another ADK game, also starred by Ninjas), is the 23th descendant of Kotaro Fuuma.
- Divergent Character Evolution: He was originally a pallet swap of Hanzou, but began to gain unique specials of his own in WH2. World Heroes 2: Jet and Perfect continued the trend by giving him is own Crazy Deathblows to further distinguish him from Hanzou, as well as Ken.
- Double Jump: It's unique to him and Hanzou, though the others can triangle jump from the edges of the screen.
- Flechette Storm: In World Heroes 2: Jet, he gained a Crazy Deathblow that's almost identical to Ibuki's Kasumi-Suzaku, except his was two years ahead of hers!note
- Full-Body Disguise: When not being a ninja, he transforms himself into a blonde salaryman with glasses.
- Guest Fighter: In Aggressors Of Dark Kombat, where also has his own tropes for that game.
- Highly Visible Ninja: You think Naruto's bad? Fuuma has bright red hair, wears a matching red dogi, and shouts his atacks. Fat chance of him sneaking up on anybody.
- Hopeless Suitor: He nurses a one-sided crush on Janne, but she only has eyes for Hanzou (WH1) J. Carn in part 2, and in Perfect she can't decide between them. But she beat the hell outta Fuuma when he tried hitting on her.
- Hot-Blooded: Fuuma tends to shout his attack names, to convey his more boisterous attitude.
- Ninja: From the rival Fuuma Clan.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Loosely based on Fuuma Kotaro.
- Playing with Fire: Beginning in WH2, his Enryuu Ha sets the opponent on fire when it connects and in World Heroes: Jet, he gains two flame Deathblows. The first has him create a giant spool of flame that travels along the ground, the other has him leap and shower his opponent with a barrage of flaming shuriken.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the hotblooded one with the flame red hair and dogi, to contrast with Hanzou's reserved demeanor.
- The Rival: He's determined to defeat Hanzou and has special win quotes for when he succeeds, but Hanzou's win quotes imply Fuuma never has.
- Salaryman: How he makes a living outside of his ninja adventures. Unfortunately, his conflicting jobs constantly get him in trouble with his boss.
- Shotoclone: All of his standard specials are the same as Hanzou's, except faster and colored red:
- Shoryuken: EnRyuuHa has a slightly arced trajectory, making it easier to connect with. And from WH2 onwards, he gains the ability to perform it in midair.
- Energy Ball: The double version of Retsu Dan is safe if blocked, since his shuriken don't ricochet like Hanzou's.
- Hurricane Kick: Fuuma Cutter is lower to the ground than Iga Cutter, making it impossible to duck. The downside is, it makes it easy to counter using overheads.
- Action Girl: She's a whipsword wielding knight, who battles other warriors across different time periods in search of 'Mr. Right'.
- All Amazons Want Hercules: Janne's main goal is to get married and settle down, but she will NEVER settle for a man who isn't at least as strong as she is. She seems to quite... admire J. Carn if his ending is to be believed, and is annoyed to find Ryoko fawning over Hanzou in Perfect. However, she flatly (and violently) turns Fuuma down when he hits on her.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Samurai Shodown's Charlotte, many years before SNK bought ADK and both girls became part of the same SNK Universe.
- Animal Motifs: The phoenix/firebird. Her Aura Bird projectile takes the form of a fiery avian, and her Firebird special/super move sees her charge at the opponent engulfed in a bird-shaped aura.
- Boobs of Steel: Has an hourglass figure and effortlessly handles a huge broadsword.
- Circus Brat: In this game she was raised in a circus and acts as its guardian.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts like this towards Ryoko.
- Girly Girl And Tomboy: Between Janne and Ryoko, Janne is the girly girl.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: As if her name wasn't a dead giveaway.
- Lady of War: Much like her inspiration, Janne tends to have a noble and valiant spirit when it comes to fighting.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Has Rapunzel Hair and is the Girly Girl to Ryoko's tomboy
- Noble Womans Laugh: Her notorious laugh is her trademark since the first game to Perfect.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Inspired by Joan of Arc.
- Playing with Fire: During the aforementioned Aura Bird and Firebird moves.
- The Smurfette Principle: Janne was the only woman in the first game until the arrival of Ryoko in World Heroes 2.
- Whip Sword: Preceding Ivy's by six years.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Her sword can even transform into a bow and arrow.
- Adaptational Nationality: In the first game, Dragon's nationality was Chinese, but in the sequels, he's retconned into being a Korean, even gaining the surname Kim.
- Animal Motifs: As his name suggests, the dragon. His Dragon Kick has him delivering a Bruce Lee-esque flying kick while surrounded by an aura that resembles a dragon's head.
- Bruce Lee Clone: One of if not the first in fighting games, predating Liu Kang, Fei Long and the Laws from Tekken.
- Kiai/Funny Bruce Lee Noises: If you've ever seen any of Bruce's movies, you'll already know what this guy sounds like.
- Rapidfire Fisticuffs: Much like the man himself, complete with kiais for effect.
- Shout-Out: His Rapidfire Fisticuffs special move resembles a lot of Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Kim's attire only consists of a pair of black wrist bands and slippers, along with a baggy brown pants.
- All-American Face: We are talking Most Triumphant Example territory here, brother. Mostly evident in his Perfect ending: "America! A great body from that great land!"
- Atrocious Alias: "Muscle Power" is up there with Fight Fever's "Magic Dunker".
- Badass Beard: In the first game; he shaved his moustache because it was unpopular with kids.
- Bicep-Polishing Gesture: Especially noticed in various of his winposes and endings.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center/Friend to All Children: His profile states that he has a soft spot for children.
- Catch-Phrase: "NUMBER ONE!" Also, at least 90% of his dialogue revolves around muscles and exercise.
- Eagleland: Type 1.
- Lightning Bruiser: His walking speed is slow, but his lariat and drop kick attacks give him decent mobility, and god help you if he ever lands a grab on you. His only problem is that he lacks a command move that can destroy projectiles, and so is forced to navigate around these instead.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is Hulk Hogan, complete with Axe Bomber Lariat, Leg Drop, big boot kick, "listen-for-applause" taunt and shirt-tearing/arm-flexing intro poses. This is probably the real reason his moustache was nixed after the first game.
- No Need for Names: Muscle Power is obviously his wrestling persona, his real name is unknown.
- Pro Wrestling Is Real: In a game full of characters with different fighting styles, he represents wrestling (and his country, of course).
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His standing block animation has him sticking his chest out to absorb everything from sword slashes to killer sharks.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Or rather wearing a flag as your wrist-bands, elbow-bands, boots and speedo.
- Wrestling Trunks of Power: Quite unsurprising since he is a pro wrestler.
- Action Bomb: One of his specials involves blowing his ENTIRE UPPER BODY UP. Like Stroheim, that does not keep him down for long.
- Expy: Of Brocken Jr. from Kinnikuman and Stroheim from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. His ending in Perfect even has him boasting loudly about German technology ("Best in the world! Number one on the planet! Jahahahahaha!")
- Heel–Face Turn: Originally made to fight for Hitler, after the war was reprogrammed by Dr. Brown to be a force of good.
- Nice Hat: Wears a standard military peak cap.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Brocken was created by Dr. Brown for the Nazi to win the WWII, getting the nazi attire, blonde hair included. After the defeat, Dr. Brown reprogrammed Brocken to help him with his Army of the Ages.
- Allergic to Routine: J. Carn joined the World Heroes tournament to fight Geegus out of boredom.
- Beard of Evil: Subverted as J. Carn isn't truly evil but rather a Boisterous Bruiser who often enjoys a good fight against tough and worthy opponents.
- Blood Knight: A loud person who likes to eat, fight and conquer other civilizations.
- The Dragon: Of the real Genghis Khan as one of his top officers and his personal bodyguard.
- I Have Many Names: Mostly known just as J.Carn.
- Nice Hat: As a part of his Iconic Outfit.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Based on Genghis Khan.
- The Rival: Ryofu.
- Shout-Out: His Mouko Hakkyoku Do shoulder tackle is based on Uighur's from Fist of the North Star.
- Spikes of Villainy: He has one spiked shoulder-guard. Expect him to use it for tackling.
- Badass Preacher: Rasputin believes in the full power of true love and peace and will not hesitate to fight and battle for his own personal beliefs.
- Fallen Angel: As Rasputin seen Geegus, the main reason why he joined to World Heroes tournament and so top him.
- Fire/Ice/Lightning: His Fire Ball is a standard projectile that can be fired from the air as well as the ground, his Thunder Ball is slow but damaging and his Ice Ball freezes the opponent on hit.
- Giant Hands of Doom: Uses his magic to make his hands (and sometimes his feet) bigger for more power.
- Love Freak: Oh, so much. And can be demostrate with winquotes like this one◊.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: A truly and hilariously frightening take on the "Mad Monk" Grigori Rasputin.
- Technical Pacifist: He fights to spread his message of unconditional love and demonstrate the futility of fighting.
Dr. Sugar Brown
- Army of the Ages: What Dr. Brown tried to ensemble to stop Geegus and the next ones (Dio and Zeus).
- The Chessmaster: He helped all characters in the game to stop evil forces thru time.
- Continuity Cameo: Dr. Brown not just appears in World Heroes, also appears in diverse games from ADK and later in SNK as integral part of SNK Universe. He helped the ninjas in Ninja Commando and Neo Geo heroes in Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting. Also, he appears in The King Of Fighters XIII mentioning Art of Fighting Team story.
- Expy: Of another Dr. Brown. GREAT SCOTT!
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Dr. Brown also is based on Albert Einstein.
- Non-Action Guy: The most prominent character on the series is a NPC. In the endings of Perfect is the first time sprites of him appeared in the series, where Dr. Brown interacts with the character that defeated Neo Dio. Before that, only appeared in Cutscenes.
- Only One Name: Last name to be exact. Known just as Dr. Brown, subverted with Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting where is revealed his full name is Dr. Sugar Brown.
- Blob Monster: A liquid metal variety.
- The Boss: Of World Heroes as Geegus.
- Sub Boss: Of World Heroes 2 as Neo Geegus.
- Breakout Villain: As Geo Geegus thanks to SNK revival of the franchise. First as Neo Dio's Assist Character in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum and later as the Big Bad of Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting.
- Demoted to Dragon: Since being the Big Bad of the first game to be The Dragon of the second one.
- Ditto Fighter: Randomly transforms into another fighters, but has next to no moves of his own. An interesting note is that in the second game he only transforms into the new characters from World Heroes 2.
- Expy: Of Terminator 2's T-1000.
- Final Boss: Of the original World Heroes.
- Punny Name: "Neo" in World Heroes 2 and later "Geo" in other SNK games after SNK had bought and acquired ADK's own intellectual properties.
- SNK Boss: Being a boss in the series, this is obvious. Especially in the first game.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Probably one of the first characters in fighting games to shapeshift into other characters. Many people thinks he's an Expy of Shang Tsung, but this is subverted since the first World Heroes was released in July 1992 and Mortal Kombat was released in October 1992.
World Heroes 2
- Badass Adorable: Just look at her character select animation @ 0:06!
- Cute Bruiser: Ryoko is quite The Cutie and as an expert judoka, her Judo skills are indeed quite very remarkable and extraordinary.
- Flexing Those Non-Biceps: One of her win poses from Jet onwards features this.
- Gainaxing: In one of her winposes and in her selection portrait in Perfect.
- Genki Girl: Ryoko is an energetic girl, which focuses her energy in Judo (and even she's able to make a Energy Ball).
- Girly Girl And Tomboy: The tomboy to Janne's girly girl.
- Hero-Worshipper: Ryoko admires Janne and Hanzou, the last one in a more romantic way.
- Honor Before Reason: Her Kubikiri Nage (Decapitation Throw) is a running grab... preceded by Ryoko bowing to her opponent and thus significantly increasing the move's start-up time.
- Ki Attack: The Bosatsusho, a sphere of energy that is just as fearsome as her throws.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She's an expy of real life judoka Ryoko Tani.
- Plucky Girl: No matter on who she faces from within a fight, Ryoko holds quite a strong and courageous fighting spirit.
- Say It with Hearts: Nearly ubiquitous in her dialogue in the Japanese versions.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is certainly no gentleman but he has a good heart.
- Making a Splash: Has two projectiles that have water taking the form of a Ghost Ship and a Shark.
- Mascot: Kidd has a vulture/condor as mascot, that appears in his intro and winposes.
- Nice Hat: Kidd often wears a traditional pirate hat.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Based on the real Captain Kidd.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Kidd wers a long blue jacket with golden parts and nothing else.
- Pirate: The main theme of his character.
- Victory Is Boring: After robbing all the treasures he could find, Kidd just enters the tournament to avoid boredom.
- Embarrassing First Name: His son's name is... Cock.
- The Faceless: His face is never seen under his helmet. Subverted in his ending, when he takes off his helmet.
- I Know Madden Kombat: His movelist includes throwing/kicking footballs, tackling and sliding, as well as a throw during which he simulates a jumping touchdown with the opponent in place of the ball.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite his huge appearance, Johnny is surprisingly very fast, which shouldn't be much of a surprise given his personal occupation as an American Football player.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Seems to be based on Joe Montana; note the initials, the uniform colors, and the fact his occupation is quarterback.
- Parental Hypocrisy: Calls himself a "Killer Machine" but is quite upset when his son wants to follow in his footsteps.
- Precision F-Strike: His K.O. quote is "SHIIIIIIIT!"
- The Quarterback: His listed occupation on the fighter selection screen from World Heroes 2.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Johnny's eyes glow red whenever he's wearing his helmet.
- Body Paint: Mudman has ritual bodypaint with white and green colors.
- Breakout Character: As one of the characters from the series that appears in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum as long with Hanzou and Fuuma as playable characters.
- Expressive Mask: As seen in his defeated portrait.
- Expy: If well he was based on Papua New Guinea's natives, also could be based on Daijiro Moroboshi's Mud Men manga series, which had the same inspiration.
- Improbable Weapon User: Mudman sometimes uses his own mask to attack the enemy.
- Magical Native American: Subverted: he looks and fights like one, but is actually from Papua New Guinea... in Oceania.
- Religious Bruiser: Battles on the orders of the Earth spirit Fafa(r).
- Summon Magic: Non-RPG example where he summons spirits to attack.
- Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, he ends most of his sentences with "-samasu."
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Almost naked indeed, only wears a waistcloth and his mask.
Shura Nai Khanomtom
- Butt-Monkey: His family treats him like a nuisance, and several characters' Perfect win quotes (including his own mirror match quote!) touch on his perceived status as dull and unpopular.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Deeming his Kuuchuu Nidan Mawashi Geri (Twirl Kick) from WH2 too lethal to use, he sealed it away for Jet. It made its return as the finisher of his MAX Crazy Death Blow in Perfect. The joke here is that it was neither particularly effective nor very spectacular.
- Hero-Worshipper: To his older brother, as well as Dragon (who reminds him of the former).
- I Have Many Names: Often just known as Shura in the games.
- I Will Find You: His older brother disappeared and may have been killed, so he sets out to find him. Subverted: said brother was looking for him instead and dragged Shura back home while scolding him for going off and worrying their family.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He is based on the Muay Thai legend Nai Khanom Tom.
- Red Boxing Gloves: Unlike other Muay Thai practitioners, Shura uses red gloves to fight, similar to boxing gloves (if not are these ones).
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Wearing no other clothes than yellow Muay Thai shorts and red boxing gloves.
- Vocal Evolution: Shura got a new voice actor for Perfect.
- An Axe to Grind: Erick uses an axe as his Weapon of Choice. It's a viking after all, this is not surprising.
- An Ice Person: Can freeze opponents solid with bis Blizzard Breath, or summon a whale to swallow them and blow them out of its air hole.
- Big Fun: Despite his somewhat intimidating appearance, Erick is actually quite a Nice Guy to those who know him very well.
- Horny Vikings: Silly as they may look, those horns are used to good effect in his Long Horn tackle and Hurricane Drop command throw. How would you like 400 pounds of Viking landing horns-first on your belly?
- Making a Splash: Apart of Captain Kidd, Erick also made water projectiles, in this case just with the form of an ocean wave.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Somewhere between Eric the Red and Leif Erickson.
- Shock and Awe: In the form of a giant mallet.
- Stout Strength: Big arms, bigger belly.
- Big Bad/The Boss: In World Heroes 2 as Dio and in World Heroes Perfect as Neo Dio.
- Bishonen Line: Even though he's a shapeshifting alien of mass destruction, Dio tends to have quite a remarkable and extraordinary appearance.
- Body Horror: Several of his shapeshifting forms aren't pleasant to look at.
- Expy: Of Baoh (In terms of appearance) and Dio (The name, the use of "Muda Muda" and "Wry!").
- Final Boss: Of World Heroes 2 and World Heroes Perfect (as Neo Dio). He pulls a Bait-and-Switch Boss in the latter, interrupting the fight with Zeus.
- Power-Up Full Color Change: As Dio, he's grey and purple. But as Neo Dio, he's yellow with orange. However, his appearance in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum is as Dio but with the name of Neo Dio.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: (Neo) Dio can change his body into weapons to protect himself as well to damage the enemy.
- SNK Boss: Probably the toughest boss in all the series.
World Heroes 2 Jet
- Ax-Crazy: Jack likes to hunt down, attack, and kill people in order to satisfy his own personal bloodlust.
- Blood Knight: In quite a literal sense: he desires to drink the blood of the world's strongest, and often refers to this in his quotes. His idle animation in Perfect even has him spraying excess blood from his mouth!
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Most of his attacks involves spinning and make damage with his claws.
- Flung Clothing: Shreds his black cloak and top hat in his intro.
- Jack the Ripper: Half this, half Spring-Heeled Jack.
- Mook: Of Zeus in Jet, along with Ryofu.
- The Quincy Punk: Part of his motif: mohawk hairstyle, heart-shaped tattoo, a penchant for sticking out his tongue farther than the norm....
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: One of his win poses sees him donning a cloak with a Union Jack flag motive.
- Weapon of Choice: His Wolverine Claws.
- Blood Knight: As a seasoned warrior, Ryofu truly enjoys both the thrill and pleasure of a strong and tough fight against worthy opponents.
- Breath Weapon: He can take a big swig of alcohol from a bottle he keeps... and then immediately breathe fire at the opponent.
- The Comically Serious: In a game full of parodies and comical characters, Ryofu stays as one of the more serious characters from the series.
- Mook: To Zeus, who promises more adventures for him if he stays as The Brute by his side.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: His name is the Japanese spelling of Lu Bu. Yes, as in "Do not pursue Lu Bu!"
- The Rival: J. Carn.
- Sub Boss: Of Jet along with Jack, another Zeus' Mook.
- Weapon of Choice: His Fangtian Huaji halberd.
- Big Bad: Of Jet, being the one who organized the tournament in the game.
- Continuity Cameo: Apart of Dr. Brown, Zeus also appeared in Ninja Commando as the Big Bad codenamed as "Spider".
- Demoted to Dragon: Zeus was The Boss in Jet, but only served as Sub Boss in Perfect.
- Expy: Based on Fist of the North Star's Raoh and Souther. Not to mention his name comes from the greek god Zeus.
- Final Boss: Of World Heroes 2 Jet.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Happens to him in Perfect. Win or lose the first round against him, it's made completely irrelevant when Neo Dio shows up and spikes him before the second round can take place.
- Large and in Charge: Zeus was The Man who organized the tournament in Jet.
- Mooks: Jack and Ryofu in Jet.
- SNK Boss: One of the toughest bastards that you'll ever face from within the series, especially if you want to get the good ending/staff credits roll of World Heroes 2 Jet.
World Heroes Perfect
- Cane Fu: Son Gokuu mastered his Mind Stick and uses it not just to hit, but also can Playing with Fire with it.
- Flying on a Cloud: As the Monkey King himself, Son Gokuu also uses his magic cloud to move.
- Idiot Hair: Goes hand-in-hand with his own status as being the Idiot Hero of the cast.
- Me's a Crowd: Can make duplicates of himself.
- Expy: Of the Monkey King himself from Journey to the West.
- Taken for Granite: Can turns himself into a statue to land on his enemy.
- Walking the Earth: Of Flying The Earth in this case, in his search for adventure.
- Weapon of Choice: His Mind Stick.