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Characters page about Buriki One, all fighters are Original Generation excepting Ryo Sakazaki from Art of Fighting.

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Total Fighting: Gai Tendo

Origin: Japan
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama

Gai Tendo is a fighter of the martial arts system named Total Combat or Total Fighting Art. He hails from Japan and heard news of the upcoming Buriki One tournament and decided to enter to test his skills. During the tournament, he started a rivalry with American boxer Rob Python.

This is for his Buriki One appearance only, for more tropes of him from KOF XI, you can also see The King Of Fighters The Tales Of Ash.


Karate: Ryo Sakazaki

Origin: Japan
Voiced by: Masaki Usui

After the events of the Art of Fighting series, Takuma Sakazaki retires from the fighting scene and Ryo takes the identity of "Mr. Karate". This new Mr. Karate travels the world proving the power of Kyokugenryu Karate. He appeared in Southtown and in Japan, during the Buriki One '99 Tokyo tournament.

These are the tropes only related to this version of Ryo (and other appearances of this version), for the classic AOF/KOF version see Art of Fighting and The King Of Fighters The Rugal Saga 02.


  • Badass Beard: Even when his sister and his friends complains about it.
  • Breakout Character: This version of Ryo is seen in various games after Buriki One:
    • From the same time period, in Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition with his classic orange karategi pants and with a black spandex t-shirt as a Secret Character.
    • In The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact series, appears with this look in the first 2 games as Another Outfit of Ryo and in the second game as a separate Secret Character with a Cool Mask in a similar way than his father Takuma (also with the black karategi). Also, the Another Outfit of this version is Wild Ambition's outfit.
    • And finally in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum as "Mr. Karate" and representing Buriki One in this game.
  • Cool Mask: In his Mr. Karate II persona in Maximum Impact 2 as Secret Character.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: In this game appears with dark skin compared to his AOF and KOF appearances.
    • Adaptation Dye-Job: Skin color version, in NGBC he appears again with light skin as in most of the games.
  • Does Not Like Shoes
  • In-Series Nickname: Known as the new Mr. Karate, also called as Mr. Karate II to difference of Takuma.
  • Legacy Character: By the time of this game, Ryo already has the title of Mr. Karate inherited from his father Takuma. Confirmed in his appearance in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, where appears representing this game as Mr. Karate instead of using his own name.
  • Martial Arts Uniform: A straight black karategi instead his classic modified orange one.
  • Messy Hair: As most of his appearances in this version (maybe excepting NGBC).
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: To balance the game, most of Ryo's classic special moves were unused for this game, only leaving some of his physical moves, which also are toned down.
    • Shotoclone: Some of the moves he mantains in the game are his Koho, Hien Shippuukyaku and the final hit of his combo is the pose of Haoh Shokoken.
    • Subverted in all his other appearances (KOF: Maximum Impact 2, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, etc) where Ryo uses all his classic moves, mostly as a Moveset Clone of Takuma.
  • Paint It Black: In clothes only. In this game, Ryo replaces his classic orange karategi with no sleeves by a black karategi with long sleeves.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His 2P outfit, along with white karategi pants.

Boxing: Rob Python

Origin: USA
Voiced by: Kouji Ishii

Rob Python is an American boxing champion with some bad attitude, but with great fighting skills. Seeing that, Silber brings him under his wing. Rob and Silber enter the Buriki One tournament and they develop an interest in the newcomer, Gai Tendo.


Taekwondo: Seo Yongsong

Origin: South Korea
Voiced by: Jun Hashimoto

Seo Yongsong is the star pupil of Kim Kaphwan and a Korean national champion. Since entering the Buriki One tournament he became good friends with Gai Tendo and Takato Saionji.


Aikido: Takato Saionji

Origin: Japan
Voiced by: Eiji Yano

Takato was raised by his grandparents and was taught the art of Aikido by his grandfather. Takato is good friends with Gai Tendo and Seo Yongsong.


Judo: Jacques Ducalis

Origin: France
Voiced by: Eiji Tsuda

Jacques is a successful Judo champion and is now an instructor in France. In his mind, he thinks that a fighter must always evolve and that he wasn't evolving. So, when he received a letter asking him to point the best of his students to enter the tournament, he pointed himself.


Professional Wrestling: Patrick Van Heyting

Origin: Netherlands
Voiced by: Franky Nakamura

A professional wrestler with 15 years of experience, van Heyting was noted for his mic skills. He enters the Buriki One tournament to prove his strength is unmatched.


Greco-Roman Wrestling: Ivan Sokolov

Origin: Russia
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Arita

An olympic gold medal winner, Sokolov is considered the best. When the Russian Wrestling Association receives notice to point someone to participate in the Buriki One tournament, Ivan Sokolov was the instant choice.


Tai Chi Chuan: Song Xuandao

Origin: China
Voiced by: Keiichiro Sakagi

Song is a master of Tai Chi and became a legend in China. Somewhere in the past, he was defeated by Silber. He was invited to the Buriki One tournament by his best friend, who is the chairman of a TV station in China.


Muay Thai: Payak Sitipitak

Origin: Thailand
Voiced by: Atsushi Yamanishi

Payak is a semi-retired Thai kickboxer and former national champion. He decided to join Buriki One because he hasn't participated in an international competition before.


Sumo: Akatsuki-Maru

Origin: Japan
Voiced by: Eiji Yano

Akatsuki-Maru is considered the best sumo wrestler in the 20th century, and is soon to be given the honor of Yokozuna. He decides to show his power and skill not only to the sumo fans, but to all of the world.


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Original Karate: Silber

Origin: Germany
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Arita

Silber is a powerful martial artist that wanders the world in search of strong opponents. Sometime in the past, he challenged and defeated Song Xuandao. When he heard of the Buriki One tournament featuring many fighters with different fighting styles, he decides to enter the tournament. His protegé is Rob Python, he is also acquainted with the mysterious assassin, Oswald, as shown in The King of Fighters XI, but any details on said connection are unknown.

This is for his Buriki One appearance only, for more tropes of him from KOF XI, you can also see The King Of Fighters The Tales Of Ash.


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    Buriki Girls (NPC) 
Buriki Girl is an umbrella term for the showgirls that appear before and after fights in Buriki One. There are five girls in the unit, each appearing at different times and locations. They usually are seen holding placards for the round number or other similar info.

Back when the game still had its homepage, SNK released a contest centered around them called, Buriki Girl Contest. The challenge was to name all the girls and correctly state when each girl appears in the game. Reportedly, the hardest one for users to find and name was Hinako.


Tropes for all the girls:

Hinako Touno

Appears at the Game Over screen. Likes basketball and dancing.
Tropes associated with Hinako:

Nanami Sakai

Tropes associated with Nanami:

Hikaru Kouda

Tropes associated with Hikaru:

Midori Marukame

Tropes associated with Midori:

Shizue Sakurada

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