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* Doubtful about Vice, but Mature being the mother of Rugal's kids is very possible. Adel looks pretty much like a mix of Mature and Rugal. Rose not so much, but if her measurements are anything to go by, she will grow up to play GenerationXerox more or less straight (or would grow up, if not for ComicBookTime). Also, both kids are blonde, which is a recessive trait and is guaranteed to occur if both parents are blonde.


Basically, the guy had gotten involved in something that caused him to become immortal ([[CaptainObvious obviously]]), and now that he's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld several hundred years old]], he's grown tired of living, and now wishes to die. He holds the tournament(s) to find someone powerful enough to rid him of his immortality and kill him. The sub-bosses and regular bosses of his arc (other than him) are simply others that he had manipulated/befriended in an attempt to meet his own ends. Naturally, the arc ends with one of the teams finally granting his wish and pulling a MercyKill on him. Bonus points if his wish to actually die causes him to freak out [[BloodKnight Iori]], [[PsychoForHire Ryuji]], and [[WalkingTheEarth Silber]] (if the latter two become playable).

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Basically, the guy had gotten involved in something that caused him to become immortal ([[CaptainObvious obviously]]), (obviously), and now that he's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld several hundred years old]], he's grown tired of living, and now wishes to die. He holds the tournament(s) to find someone powerful enough to rid him of his immortality and kill him. The sub-bosses and regular bosses of his arc (other than him) are simply others that he had manipulated/befriended in an attempt to meet his own ends. Naturally, the arc ends with one of the teams finally granting his wish and pulling a MercyKill on him. Bonus points if his wish to actually die causes him to freak out [[BloodKnight Iori]], [[PsychoForHire Ryuji]], and [[WalkingTheEarth Silber]] (if the latter two become playable).


Due to [[spoiler:Verse exploding and various BigBads having come back from the dead as a result]], the entire world is kind of thrown into chaos from the sudden rise of various {{BlackShirt}}s, whether fanatic worshipers of Orochi or sleeper and/or hiding loyal NESTS agents. Whether these minions are going into bloody open warfare with each other and/or causing wanton destruction, the situation is forcing all the various military and police organizations to be stretched thin in dealing with the insanity. The Ikari Warriors are no exception. Both Ralph and Clark are unable to participate in the newest KoF due to them needing to actively assist in rounding up all the {{BlackShirt}}s, leaving Leona as the only veteran. However, she is teamed up with two new volunteers who are throwing in there expertise on Orochi to help on half of the problem.

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Due to [[spoiler:Verse exploding and various BigBads {{Big Bad}}s having come back from the dead as a result]], the entire world is kind of thrown into chaos from the sudden rise of various {{BlackShirt}}s, whether fanatic worshipers of Orochi or sleeper and/or hiding loyal NESTS agents. Whether these minions are going into bloody open warfare with each other and/or causing wanton destruction, the situation is forcing all the various military and police organizations to be stretched thin in dealing with the insanity. The Ikari Warriors are no exception. Both Ralph and Clark are unable to participate in the newest KoF due to them needing to actively assist in rounding up all the {{BlackShirt}}s, leaving Leona as the only veteran. However, she is teamed up with two new volunteers who are throwing in there expertise on Orochi to help on half of the problem.


** Highly likely now that XIV's events have undone his erasing himself in his XIII ending.

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** * Highly likely now that XIV's events the eventd of XIV have undone his erasing himself in his XIII ending.



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** Highly likely now that XIV's events have undone his erasing himself in his XIII ending.



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*** [[spoiler: Possibly {{Jossed}} in ''XIV'', since its final boss Verse has Rugal among a collection of souls. These souls are released once Verse is defeated, leaving Rugal's return in the future open.]]



Because of the ending of XIV, namely [[spoiler:Verse exploding and the souls inside him scattering across the globe, among them being Orochi and Ash Crimson]], not to mention his win quotes implying that [[spoiler:he has the souls of Rugal, Igniz, Krizalid and possibly Gaidel inside him]], some of those are ought to be playable in the sequel. In no particular order:

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Because of the ending of XIV, namely [[spoiler:Verse exploding and the souls inside him scattering across the globe, among them being Orochi and Ash Crimson]], not to mention his win quotes implying that [[spoiler:he has the souls of Rugal, Igniz, either Krizalid or Original Zero, and possibly Gaidel inside him]], some of those are ought to be playable in the sequel. In no particular order:

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[[WMG: Alternatively, the characters ''have'' aged, but not by much]]

In the run-up to KOFXIV's release, SNK said on Twitter that it would take place a few years after XIII. But of course, [[ComicBookTime nobody seems to look any older]]...but if it's only a two or three year age difference, we can't really expect ''too'' much to change. Also, notice how Rock looks a tad bit younger than he does in past appearances. Perhaps SNK chose to age everyone up just a few years, but only show it through Rock (who was 12 in the Ash Saga and 15 in the present day)?



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** Given that Rock was recently announced as a DLC character for ''XIV'' and making his main roster appearance soon, you might be getting some answers on that front soon.

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[[WMG: Rock was taken from an alternate timeline.]]

As discussed numerous times, one of the main reasons behind Rock not appearing in the main series games is that ''KOF'' runs on ComicBookTime; if its assumed that the characters no longer age then Rock would have remained a child no older than 10 years old, preventing him from matching his age in ''Garou'' and be considered a regular participant.

However, ''XIV'' has shown that characters outside the normal KOF timeline are fair game: the Another World team obviously being comprised of individuals from the distant past and in Love Heart's case, a whole new world; this is still without mentioning Verse being the culprit behind their arrival. As such, it would be fair to say that Verse had dragged in more than just Nakoruru, Mui Mui and Love Heart; a version of Rock hailing from the original ''Fatal Fury'' timeline (where Geese is dead and he would be ready to fight at the right age, for instance) could be on the table to at least preserve the passage of time (or in this case lack thereof) in the games.

Plus, in this Troper's humble opinion it'd be providing more interesting interactions: the Fatal Fury-affiliated characters like Terry, Geese, Andy, Joe and Mai would question why Rock's aged up really fast while Rock would have to deal with knowing he has an alternate younger self and Geese being alive.

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[[WMG:Possibilities of ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'' characters getting into KOF via verse]]

We might get rumors that Lee Rekka could be a DLC character as an extra for Another World Team. That or another Lee from Dragon Gal. However, with Verse's nature who's to say that the only past figure that was within him was just [[spoiler:Mizuki Rashoujin]]? There's a good chance some evil bastard that was vanquished by the Last Blade characters might be one of the souls gathered within Verse, most prominently, Setsuna. Considering the ending of Last Blade 2, it's safe to say that Setsuna failed his mission to keep Hell's Gate open, and because of his evil nature, there's no way that Kaede, Moriya or one of the Four Guardians (Kagami, Okina or Shigen) will leave this one alive, so he's killed in battle, and possibly return in the future trying to re-spread his reign of terror from the Bakumatsu era to the present day in the hypothetical XV.

In addition, with information that it's not just evil people that gets absorbed (Jeff Bogard and Gaidel can attest), it also opens up for the possibility that Verse is also carrying one good soul that died in the whole Hell Gate Sealing event: The Sealing Maiden herself, Yuki. The fact that the Sealing Maiden lived means that probably Hell's Gate is in danger to open again in the present day, and Yuki might have to choose again: Go with the old way or find a new way (considering it's KOF, she might find other options). And if Shigen's ending in 2 is to be taken into account, there's also a chance that Shigen is also one of the souls within Verse (he died in his ending, and not exactly old age dying).

If this is true, KOF would be even more of a melting pot of various fighting series SNK had.


Consider this: Antonov is always, ''always'' smoking cigars when fighting, the one exception to this rule being when he unleashes his [[LimitBreak ultimate attack.]] He's also billed as an extremely powerful fighter in the story, though he surprisingly [[AvertedTrope lacks]] the otherwise-omnipresent SNKBoss Syndrome in spite of this. These two facts may simply be unrelated... or, much like [[VideoGame/FinalFight Cody]] and his handcuffs, his extreme smoking habit is a deliberate means of [[PowerLimiter limiting his power]] while fighting; and given the board's reaction to Antonov winning his own tournament in his ending, he has a good reason for doing so (that, and he seems like [[NiceGuy a good sport]] as far as SNK Bosses go).

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Consider this: Antonov is always, ''always'' smoking cigars when fighting, the one exception to this rule being when he unleashes his [[LimitBreak ultimate attack.]] He's He also billed bills himself as an extremely powerful fighter in the story, fighter, though he surprisingly [[AvertedTrope lacks]] the otherwise-omnipresent SNKBoss Syndrome in spite of this. Syndrome. These two facts may simply be unrelated...unrelated, and he may simply be flattering himself... or, much like [[VideoGame/FinalFight Cody]] and his handcuffs, his extreme smoking habit is a deliberate means of [[PowerLimiter limiting his power]] while fighting; and given the board's reaction to Antonov winning his own tournament in his ending, he has a good reason for doing so (that, and he seems like [[NiceGuy a good sport]] as far as SNK Bosses go).


* '''WORSE''' than EvilAsh? [[OhCrap]]!!

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* '''WORSE''' than EvilAsh? [[OhCrap]]!!
Evil Ash? OhCrap!!

[[WMG:Antonov's CigarChomper tendencies]]

Consider this: Antonov is always, ''always'' smoking cigars when fighting, the one exception to this rule being when he unleashes his [[LimitBreak ultimate attack.]] He's also billed as an extremely powerful fighter in the story, though he surprisingly [[AvertedTrope lacks]] the otherwise-omnipresent SNKBoss Syndrome in spite of this. These two facts may simply be unrelated... or, much like [[VideoGame/FinalFight Cody]] and his handcuffs, his extreme smoking habit is a deliberate means of [[PowerLimiter limiting his power]] while fighting; and given the board's reaction to Antonov winning his own tournament in his ending, he has a good reason for doing so (that, and he seems like [[NiceGuy a good sport]] as far as SNK Bosses go).

With this in mind, if he had an EX version in which he laid off the cigars entirely, his unfortunate opponent (i.e. you) would quickly and painfully find out that he is [[IAmNotLeftHanded Not Left Handed]] (or rather, his Senses Are Not Being Clouded By Smoke). They could even call him ''[[CallBack Serious Antonov]]'', or possibly ''No Smoking Antonov''. [[MythologyGag Billy Kane would approve.]]



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* '''WORSE''' than EvilAsh? [[OhCrap]]!!


The inter team conflict can be used as hilarious callback to the infamous NinjaVsPirate conflict, as well as possibly [[spoiler:reveal that the cult Xanadu was implied to lead worshipped]] '''''[[spoiler:OROCHI]]'''''.

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The inter team conflict can be used as hilarious callback to the infamous NinjaVsPirate PiratesVersusNinjas conflict, as well as possibly [[spoiler:reveal that the cult Xanadu was implied to lead worshipped]] '''''[[spoiler:OROCHI]]'''''.


Vanessa fills in for Angel on the team when the latter joins the Anti-NESTS team, and the team in general now enters as a cover to investigate the goings of the Orochi vs. NESTS war, as well as possibly Ron's activities. The King of Dinosaurs is still there as a means of further strengthening said cover, the man's HamAndCheese Heel persona as a perfect ObsufactingStupidity.

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Vanessa fills in for Angel on the team when the latter joins the Anti-NESTS team, and the team in general now enters as a cover to investigate the goings of the Orochi vs. NESTS war, as well as possibly Ron's activities. The King of Dinosaurs is still there as a means of further strengthening said cover, the man's HamAndCheese Heel persona as a perfect ObsufactingStupidity.
ObfuscatingStupidity.



After a couple of months of trying to plunder the riches of Makai, Earthquake soon came to the realization that there ''were'' no real treasure to plunder to being with, mostly due to.....ya know.....Makai being essentially ''a freakin' HELL DIMENSION''. Disappointed and annoyed, Earthquake decides to round up his gang, wich now included a couple of demons, and return to the land of the living......only to find [[DayInsideYearOutside its now the 21st century]]. Thankfully for him, Jenet managed to rescue Earthquake and his gang before he killed himself with dealing with the modern day police. She manages to acclimate the ninja to the far future quite well, and after some sweet talking and sexy motions, convinces Earthquake to join her for the next tournament. Conflict soon arises in the team, however, as Earthquake soon realizes that he's actually taking orders from a woman who's not even a real criminal (rich brat who's into piracy as a hobby) for essentially ''free,'' but he finds himself unable to just ditch her since all this modern technology, particularly all these modern day guns scare the begeebus out of him, leaving him in a rather undesirable situation.

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After a couple of months of trying to plunder the riches of Makai, Earthquake soon came to the realization that there ''were'' no real treasure to plunder to being with, mostly due to.....ya know.....Makai being essentially ''a freakin' HELL DIMENSION''. Disappointed and annoyed, Earthquake decides to round up his gang, wich now included a couple of demons, and return to the land of the living......only to find [[DayInsideYearOutside [[YearOutsideHourInside its now the 21st century]]. Thankfully for him, Jenet managed to rescue Earthquake and his gang before he killed himself with dealing with the modern day police. She manages to acclimate the ninja to the far future quite well, and after some sweet talking and sexy motions, convinces Earthquake to join her for the next tournament. Conflict soon arises in the team, however, as Earthquake soon realizes that he's actually taking orders from a woman who's not even a real criminal (rich brat who's into piracy as a hobby) for essentially ''free,'' but he finds himself unable to just ditch her since all this modern technology, particularly all these modern day guns scare the begeebus out of him, leaving him in a rather undesirable situation.

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