Joe Kusanagi, the street fighter known as the "Red Panther from Honmoku" is the strongest brawler in Kanto, the eastern area of Japan. Bored with no fighters that are good enough for him, he goes to the west, trying to find strong warriors.
Tropes associated with Joe:
- Anime Hair: Clearly his anti-gravity haircut (strangely similar to another Joe in another game series).
- Battle Couple: With Kisarah.
- Blood Knight
- The Cameo: While Joe only appears in this game as a Playable Character, he appears as a cameo in other ADK (and later SNK) games, like ADK World, SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS, The King of Fighters 2002: Ultimate Match and in Kisarah's Jealousy Bomber super in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum.
- Color Motif: Joe uses Orange as his main color, representing excitement and enthusiasm, which is basically the motif of the game.
- In-Series Nickname/Red Baron: Joe is called as the "Red Panther from Honmoku"note .
- Japanese Delinquent: Joe is a yankii leader of his own gang (known as bancho) in the Kanto zone (where Tokyo is located).
- Name's the Same: He shared the first name (and haircut) from Joe Higashi and the last name of Kyo Kusanagi.
- Non-Player Companion: Joe has Katsuo, a Mini Mook who helps him in his super move.
- Retroactive Recognition: Katsuo also appears in a card against Sheen in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS and with Joe in the artwork of ADK Tamashii.
- The Protagonist: Joe is the main character of the game, but he's nowhere near The Hero.
- Rail Enthusiast: Joe's stage is in the train station with a crowd watching the fight and the Station Master uselessly trying to stop it.
- Rapidfire Fisticuffs: He has a kick variation that predates Garou's B.Jenet for 5 years, and a straight version in his super move.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Joe (more like "Orange Oni") and Goh.
- The Rival: To Goh, who is his final boss.
- Friendly Rivalry: In his ending.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Also called as "Jo", mostly because of the kanji in his Japanese name.
Also known as the "Strong Spirit from Naniwa", Goh is the strongest brawler in Kansai, the west part of Japan. When he hears that the "Red Panther from Honmoku" is coming to Kansai, he waits for him. He's also scheming to control all of Japan.
Tropes associated with Goh:
- Badass Longcoat
- Boots of Toughness: More like "Sandals of Toughness." Goh uses his geta (wooden sandals) not just for walking and running, but he also wields them several times as weapons.
- Delinquent Hair: His pompadour-like hair.
- In-Series Nickname/Red Baron: Goh is called as the "Strong Spirit from Naniwa".
- Japanese Delinquent: Like Joe, he's the leader (or bancho) of his own gang. But different from Joe, he's a bosozoku and he has a motorcycle gang.
- Japanese Spirit: Goh is very nationalist, and even wears a Japan headband.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Coming from Kansai, this is obvious.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Also wearing a Sarashi.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Joe and Goh.
- The Rival: To Joe, which is his final boss.
- Tornado Move: His super move has this, which elevates the enemy so Goh can grab it into the air to make a backbreaker in the ground.
Kisarah is a popular high school idol whose family came from England. She hounds Joe Kusanagi ever since he made a childhood promise to make her his girlfriend. She tries everything she can to make him notice her, eventually having to enter the tournament in Aggressors of Dark Kombat. Also, she's the only character from this game that appears in another game: SNK Playmore's NeoGeo Battle Coliseum.
Tropes associated with Kisarah:
- Action Girl: Necessary in a fighting game full of men.
- Alpha Bitch: Certainly she is in the game, manipulating (and fighting) men.
- Ass Kicks You: uses three versions, one generic horizontal back-turned butt-first leap, one jumping reverse somersault attack with rear impact "Hip Bazooka!", and one throw during which she leaps high into the air and lands on the opponent's face "Supreme Inferno!"
- Battle Couple: With Joe.
- The Bus Came Back: Kisarah is the only character from this game that appears in other games besides AODK (that aren't just cameos), making her comeback to SNK's NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (since ADK was bought by SNK) and later for other games like Days of Memories series and SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Joe Kusanagi.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Kisarah goes after Joe because, as children, he promised to date her. And now she's willing to fight him, if that means she'll get him to keep it. She succeeds only in her own ending.
- Fanservice with a Smile: Her attitude in general and The Cheerleader skills. Also her cleavage in NGBC.
- Femme Fatale: She's considered as one in Japanese schools.
- Foreign Exchange Student: Kisarah is an exchange student from England.
- Girl Next Door: With the exception of her occidental look, she can pass as another girl in town.
- Hypocrite: She taunts Bobby for being a kid, only for him to point out she's technically a kid herself.
- In-Series Nickname/Red Baron: She's known as the "Naive Tomboy".
- Intercontinuity Crossover: Because they know each other in this game, Fuuma and Kisarah have a special intro in NGBC.
- The Lad-ette: Kisarah is a Girly Girl with a Tomboy attitude.
- ManEater: Kisarah likes men and often plays with their hearts and uses her body to get special favours from them. That, until she meets Joe, of course.
- Progressively Prettier: She was already pretty in AODK, but she was redesigned for Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, which made her more beautiful and even added some Boobs-and-Butt Pose for male fans. And this becomes Up to Eleven later in Days of Memories series.
- Salt and Pepper: Kisarah and Bobby, just because they're the youngest characters in the game.
- The Smurfette Principle: Kisarah is the only woman in the game.
- Weapon of Choice: Her schoolbag in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum.
- You Don't Look Like You: Kisarah's change of look in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, included a longer hair.
Leonhalt Domador is a German street fighter that travels the world in order to become the strongest. He entered the United States illegally and is running from the authorities as a result.
Tropes associated with Leonhalt:
- Animal Motif: The tiger, as seen in his various moves and yells (in Spanish). Also the bull, as seen in his In-Series Nickname and his stage.
- Bond Creatures: Leonhalt summons a white tiger in his super move to attack the opponent.
- Blood Knight: A big guy who likes to fight... and provoke people to get what he wants, no matter the consequences.
- Brutish Bulls: While not a bull himself, obviously, the bull is a prominent Animal Motif for him: he has the Red Baron title of "The Black Bull", a skull of a bull on his jacket and his stage is in a desert with bull skeletons in the background. His personality fits the trope quite closely: he's a straightforward Garbage Wrestler and Mighty Glacier and one of the more brutish fighters in the game.
- The Bully: Certainly he is in the game, not just for his size and attitude, also...
- The Cameo: Leonhalt appears in The King of Fighters 2002: Ultimate Match as part of the Greece stage.
- Garbage Wrestler: He only hits... and hits pretty strong.
- Fingerless Gloves: He has a black pair of them, with some metal plaques to hit harder.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: He mostly uses his fists, and sometimes his feet for kicks.
- Gratuitous Spanish:-Soy el hombre más fuerte del mundo.note-Palma de Tigre.note-Qué pasa? Levántate idiota.note
- The Illegal: In various countries like the United States.
- Lost in Translation: Leonhalt, a German guy talking in Spanish.
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Subverted here. Or maybe not with Sheen, his rival.
- Red Baron: The "Black Bull", also including a bull skull on his jacket.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In some parts he's called Lionhalt.
- Stone Wall: The strong-but-slow character of the game.
- Suddenly Bilingual: A German speaking Spanish, basically.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: The tiger to Lee's dragon.
- Translation Convention: All his attacks are in Spanish, with the moveset is translated into Japanese.
- Walking the Earth: Looking for new challengers to be the World's Best Warrior, no matter the methods he uses to achieve it.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Leonhalt speaks Spanish, but coming from Germany, he talks with a German accent and a lot of rrrrs. Also, he was mistaken for some fans about being Mexican for the Spanish language and his stage.
Lee Hae Gwon
Lee is a Korean martial artist that lives in Japan. He worked on a gym until Leonhalt Domador came and trashed his gym. Lee now roams the land searching for him.
Tropes associated with Lee:
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: In this case would be All Koreans Know Taekwondo. Also, he's the typical Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy.
- Animal Motif: The Dragon.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Lee is the only character in the game that doesn't wear shoes.
- Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Lee has the Yin-Yang only on his t-shirt, but the dragons are present as part of his stage.
- In-Series Nickname/Red Baron: The "Wild Fang".
- It's Personal: Lee goes against Leonhalt because he trashed his gym.
- I Will Find You: For Leonhalt, see above.
- Kiai: Lee makes a lot of these, also sounds like Funny Bruce Lee Noises.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: The dragon to Leonhalt's tiger.
He and four more wrestlers were kicked out of a major Canadian pro wrestling organization because they often knocked out their opponents. Sheen travels the world seeking members for the pro wrestling division he is trying to create.
Tropes associated with Sheen:
- Backyard Wrestling: But he wants to become a pro wrestler in his own league.
- The Cameo: Sheen appears in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighter Clash DS as a card fighting against Joe's Mini Mook.
- Canada, Eh?: Sheen comes from Canada, also he's gentle with the others when he's not fighting like most Canadians.
- Fight Clubbing: His stage, which is a ring.
- Fighting Shirtless Match: Also the only character who doesn't wear any tops.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Leonhalt, his rival in the game who recruits him for his amateur wrestling league in his ending.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A blonde guy who's a kind person outside the ring.
- In-Series Nickname/Red Baron: Sheen is known as the "Rising Tiger".
- Pro Wrestling Is Real: He's a pro wrestler AND a street brawler, so his moves are very real.
- Walking the Earth: Looking for fighters for his wrestling league.
Bobby is a young basketball player that aspires to be a professional player. To fulfill his dream he travels the world alone, often getting into trouble.
Tropes associated with Bobby:
- The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest character of the game.
- Bratty Half-Pint: A self-important kid with a serious attitude problem.
- Crossover: Bobby appears playing basketball with Sean Matsuda in one of the cards of SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS.
- David vs. Goliath: Mostly against everyone (maybe excepting Kisarah).
- The Determinator: A child with a strong will. Bobby won't stop until his dreams are achieved.
- Fighting Clown: If there's one in this game, Bobby qualifies for it.
- Ghetto Name: Bobby Nelson.note
- I Know Madden Kombat: Bobby uses his basketball skills (and his ball) to defeat opponents even taller and bigger than him.
- In-Series Nickname/Red Baron: He's known as the "Brown Bullet". Yes, pun intended.
- Kid-Appeal Character: The only child in the game.
- Playing with Fire: In his super move, Bobby makes a lot of fireballs with his basketball and releases them to the opponent, when is still on ground.
- Salt and Pepper: Kisarah and Bobby, just because they're the youngest characters in the game.
- Walking the Earth: Looking for an agent that sees his talent.
- Weapon of Choice: His basketball. Also Bobby is the only character on the game who has one all the time.
The Rival of Hanzou from World Heroes series that arrived in Japan in 1994 just for the fight between these characters. This is for his AODK appearance, see World Heroes for more tropes.
Tropes associated with Fuuma:
- Color Motif: In red, just like in his home series, World Heroes. His 2P color is yellow.
- Crossover/Guest Fighter: Fuuma comes from World Heroes, another game series from ADK.
- Friendly Rival: Kisarah Westfield.
- In-Series Nickname/Red Baron: Here, Fuuma is known as the "Angry Hurricane", a different nickname than in World Heroes.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: Because they know each other in this game, Fuuma and Kisarah have a special intro in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum.
- Kid from the Future: Not a kid, but certainly from the future.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: In World Heroes he uses fire attacks and ninja moves. In AODK, he instead uses a variety of combo-friendly moves and a teleport. The only move remaining from his origin series is his EnRyuHa, which hits a lot instead of burning the opponent.
- Ninja: The only one in the game.
- Serious Business: Fuuma in this game is more serious, contrasting his World Heroes persona.
- You Don't Look Like You: Fuuma's outfit changes from World Heroes.