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Fatal Fury: King of Fighters

    Terry Bogard 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Mixed Martial Arts, Hakkyokuseiken
Voiced by: note 
The main protagonist of the series and expert street fighter. An orphan who grew up in Southtown, he and his young brother Andy were adopted by Jeff Bogard, a martial artist and rival of Geese Howard. Geese, out of spite and jealously, killed Jeff in front of Terry and Andy, leading both to seek revenge. After countless battles and many struggles, Terry defeats Geese while atop Geese's personal high rise building and tries to save Geese from falling off, only to see Geese refuse his help and allow himself to fall to his death. Later, Terry adopts Geese's young son, Rock, to raise and ensure that he doesn't go down the same path as his evil father.
  • Animal Motifs: The wolf. His nickname is even "The Legendary Hungry Wolf", a play on the series' Japanese title (Garou Densetsu).
  • Calling Your Attacks: Notable in that he nearly averted this in Garou. Instead of belting out "POWAH WAIF!", "BURNAKKU!", and "POWAH GEESAH!", he said stuff like "ROCK YOU!", "BURNING!", and "GO BANG!" The only exception?: "R U OK? BASTA WOOOOOOOOF!!!!"note 
  • Cartwright Curse: In the anime. Oh so very much. Fortunately, not in the games since his girlfriend love interest there is an Action Girl. To be fair, the second anime special did subvert this as Terry kept things to a nice platonic level with Tony's mother Elsa. If only he remembered to do that in The Movie... This seemes to have carried over to The King of Fighters: Destiny which essentially retells the first anime special and has it set during The King Of Fighters '94.
  • Catchphrase: "OK!"
  • Combat Pragmatist: While he gained some training from Tung Fu Rue, the bulk of his technique was self-taught from years of wandering the streets, getting into fights, and simply figuring out what worked and what didn't.
  • Costume Evolution: Garou: Mark of the Wolves takes place several years after the events of Real Bout: Fatal Fury. During that time, he replaces his iconic red cap and vest with a bomber jacket. He also wears his hair down without tying it in a ponytail.
  • Cycle of Revenge: An ironically tragic one: Geese's death orphaned Rock in the same way that Jeff's death orphaned Terry and Andy. The sliver of hope here is that while Rock is initially angered (and reasonably so) over his sudden status as an orphan, Terry adopts the boy and they strive to move past the bloody Bogard/Howard past together.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Kazukiyo Nishikiori sings "Yoake no Legend" ("Legend of Dawn"), the ending theme of The Movie.
  • Disappeared Dad: Terry's adoptive father Jeff, who was killed by Geese a few years ago prior to the events of the first game.
  • Eagleland: He tends to be a bit of a mix. On the one hand, he's boisterous, proud, and wears stereotypical American clothes. On the other hand, he's largely self-sufficient, at least partially self-taught, and is not only a good guy, but is considered one of the most important characters in the games.
  • Enhanced Punch: Terry's "Burn Knuckle" is a Ki-enhanced punch that rockets him across screen. It's been a mainstay in his arsenal since his debut in the original Fatal Fury and the King of Fighters.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In Mark of the Wolves, he changes his clothes and cut his long hair.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears a pair of these as a part of his Iconic Outfit.
  • Flung Clothing: Tosses off his hat in celebration for his victory pose. In Garou: Mark of the Wolves, he doesn't wear a hat, and instead flings his bomber jacket in the air before catching it and laying it over his shoulder.
  • Gratuitous English: Used liberally in each of his appearances, from shouting his attack names, to his victory cry of, "OKAY!!".
  • Ground Punch: Started with the Power Wave and was eventually supplemented by the Round Wave, which is stationary, and its DM/HDM variants the Power Geyser and Triple/Overshoot Geyser.
  • Guest Fighter: His first appearance as a guest fighter is actually in the now-obscure Xuan Dou Zhi Wang; a Chinese free-to-play fighting game where he was also joined by Benimaru Nikaido. As for more mainstream games, Terry appears as a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Fighting EX Layer.
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    Andy Bogard 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Shiranui-ryuu Ninjutsu, Hakkyokuseiken
Voiced by: note 
The younger brother of Terry and a McNinja. He was taught a basic form of Shuranui ninjitsu by Mai's grandfather Hanzo. After hearing of his father Jeff's death at the hands of Geese Howard, he joins forces with Terry and Joe Higashi, and the three of them enter Geese's King of Fighters tournament. Although Andy fights Geese first, he loses badly, and Terry finishes the villain off... maybe. He's also the apple of Mai's eye, although he rejects her advances.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The first anime special gives him blue hair instead of blond.
  • Always Second Best: To his older brother, Terry. Andy has lost every time they've competed, despite having studied Koppo Ken and Shiranui ninjitsu. By Mark of the Wolves, he's finally made peace with the fact that Terry's skills exceed his own.
  • Best Friend: Of Joe Higashi. Moreso in the anime adaptations, where they're stated to be sparring partners.
  • Bishōnen: Especially in the anime.
  • Celibate Hero: He knows Mai is crazy for him, but his overall behavior is more of a Big Brother Instinct.
    • Andy pretty much sees this as a Like Brother and Sister moment; having lived most of his life with Mai and always seen her as more of a sister as they were both raised and trained together by her grandfather who Andy has much respect towards, he has a hard time adequately returning her any platonic affections. He mostly ignores her advances to focus on his true goal and doesn’t value romance as an importance. The status quo is kept in the second anime special (minus an asskicking of Laurence for harming her), but this is finally averted in The Movie, where they actually share a kiss after Andy trounces Hauer and Mai finishes Panni. However, both anime movies are not officially canon within the main Fatal Fury lore. So this doesn’t happen with them through out the main games.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: He suffers an injury in 3 that continues to plague him throughout the Real Bout series, but it doesn't seem to hamper him in actual fights.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite training extensively in two martial arts forms, Terry still surpasses him through natural talent, resulting from years of surviving on the streets of South Town.
  • McNinja: A highly visible one at that. Sure, white does work as camouflage especially in snow, but what need is there for stealth in a Fighting Game?
  • The Rival: To Terry. He's not the only one, but Terry recognizes Andy as his most legitimate and fiercest rival.
    • In Hokutomaru's ending from Garou, Andy praises his disciple for his growth as a fighter, but then states that their relationship is no longer that of master and student, but that of two rivals.
  • Ship Tease: With Mai in the anime movie only. The ‘Fatal Fury’ games make it more one-sided. The King of Fighters XIV gives them a Relationship Upgrade and confirms them as an item in the Fatal Fury team ending.
  • Shoto Clone: His moveset is the closest to a traditional Shoto's.
    • Kamehame Hadoken: Hisho Ken is his standard projectile, which travels full screen. Whereas the HDM version requires him use it in close quarters.
    • Hurricane Kick: Kuuha Dan is an arcing kick that can be used to travel across screen and doubles as his secondary anti-air attack. Cho Reppa Dan is the flaming HDM variant.
    • Shoryuken: Similarly named, "Shoryudan," though it looks more like Kyo's 118 Shiki Orochi, minus the flames.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Terry's manly man.

    Joe Higashi 
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Origin: Japan
Fighting Style: Muay Thai
Voiced by: note 
A Japanese man who is well versed in the fighting art of Muay Thai. He is the best friend and friendly rival of both Bogard brothers and helped them fight against Geese and his henchmen in the first game. After that, well...
  • Adaptational Jerkass: He's antagonistic towards King in the KOF series, often by flaunting his Bantam Weight championship belt in front her; knowing she isn't allowed to compete for itnote  because of her gender. And adds insult to injury in KOF XIII by calling her Nak Muay style "fake".
  • Anime Hair: Joe's hair is basically a bunch of spikes, which have steadily grown taller with each new game.
  • The Big Guy: To the Bogard brothers, of course. As you can see, his might can't go wrong hoisting an alligator over his head.
  • Blow You Away: "Hurricane Upper" is one of his signature specials, resulting in a mini-tornado that travels across screen. In later games, it's supplemented by his "Double Hurricane," while the "Exploding Hurricane" is a finisher that has to be manually linked from the final hit of his Tiger Talon HDM.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: While the Bogard brothers are typically reserved, Joe is the good-natured braggart of their group.
  • Butt-Monkey: Zigzagged.
    • Joe wasn't always loveless, until the anime adaptations characterized him as being unlucky when it came to women. In the game series itself, however, Joe briefly dated Billy Kane's kid sister, Lily (during the Real Bout saga). But in the King of Fighters series, Billy has prevented Joe from seeing her.
    Joe: Aren't you Lily's big brother?
    • The trend continues in some of their team endings, such as KOF XIII where Mary and Mai show up to congratulate Terry and Andy hi on their victory. But Joe gets hugged by the loony fan he rescued in the previous game.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first two games, Joe was relatively laid-back and reserved. It wasn't until the anime specials (complete with Nobuyuki Hiyama's trademark fiery passion) that Joe evolved into the guy we know today. This characterization has stuck ever since 3.
  • Demoted to Extra: Joe used to be a constant companion of the Bogard brothers, but his role and presence in their group has steadily diminished ever since they joined the KOF roster. In later installments, his spot is usually filled by either Blue Mary or Tizoc, and he doesn't even get a mention in Mark of the Wolves.
  • Hot-Blooded: He has a clear tendency for talking very loud and has a Screaming Warrior thing going on in the various games he appears in.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Big time, usually by mooning his opponent, or poking out his tongue at them. In King's case, he does it by flaunting his championship belt at her at the start of the match.
  • Martial Arts Headband: With the Japanese flag on it.
  • Out of Focus: He's absent during Mark of the Wolves and for several installments of the King of Fighters, where his spot is usually filled by Mary Ryan, or Tizoc.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: While an impressive fighter in his own right, his skills (and Andy's) pale in comparison to those such as Terry and Rock Howard.
  • Playing with Fire: Joe's signature finish is his "Screw Upper": a standing uppercut that results in a massive flame tornado, but it's stationary unlike his standard hurricane. In later games, he tops it with his Twin Tornado HDM, which spawns two of them at once; one on each side!
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Which perfectly describes Joe's TNT punch, though it lacks the vacuum effect of Ryo Sakazaki's "Zanretsuken".
  • Surprisingly Good English: Seems to be able to switch between Japanese and English and sound natural in both.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Always fights shirtless in all iterations of the game and in ""The King of Fighters'' series.

    Duck King 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Breakdance Martial Arts
Voiced by: note 
A street breakdancer who appears in the first game as one of the competitors. In the second game, he opens a nightclub (alongside King), but still fights every now and then. Notable for keeping a duckling in his mohawk.
  • Anime Hair: He's easily recognized by his blonde and blue striped mohawk.
  • But Not Too Black: Though it didn't become apparent till Real Bout.
  • Cool Pet: His pet, P-Chan, the adorable chick that copies Duck's every move. (Not to be confused with the other P-Chan).
  • Cool Shades: Duck is never seen without his trademark blue rayban sunglasses.
  • Dance Battler: His fighting style is based entirely on breakdancing, from his idle animations (which usually has him either juking in place, or pop-locking), to his more devasting attacks such as his "Space Cowboy" HDM, where he generates a miniature storm by windmill kicking his opponent.
  • Fun Personified: Duck isn't in it for the money, the KOF Tournament simply gives him a venue to show off his dance moves and promote his club.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In the anime adaptations, he's friends with the Bogard brothers and Joe, but he's also shown to be on good terms with Billy Kane. The third film even has a scene where he invites Billy to hang around his new nightclub. Billy accepts the invite and congratulates Duck on the opening.
    Duck King: "Hey, Billy. Long time, no see."
    Billy: (making peace sign) "Nice place you got here, Ducky."
    Duck King: "Thanks, man. It's my grand opening. Why not hang around and check it out?"
    Billy: "Right. I think I will."
  • Head Pet: His pet ducklings ride on his hair.
  • Perpetual Smiler: The only time you'll see a frown on his face is when he loses. Though, in later games, he simply shrugs it off.
  • Race Lift: He was clearly white in the first game.

    Richard Meyer 
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Origin: Brazil
Fighting Style: Capoeira
A Brazilian Capoeira master who happens to be the owner of the Pao Pao Cafe, a popular Southtown drinking spot. He competed in the first King of Fighters tournament, but after losing in the competition, he had decided step into the background and focus more on his restaurant. Throughout the series, he can be seen running the Pao Pao Cafe in cutscenes (and in Bob's intro in the third game).
  • The Cameo: Showed up as an unplayable opponentnote  in the first game, relegated to dozens of cameo appearances before appearing, fully playable for the first time ever, in The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2.
  • Chef of Iron: He owns a cafe, and is often seen tending at a bar.
  • Dance Battler: Subverted. While he's the earliest known Capoeira practitioner in fighting games, the limits in technology at the time made his character movements stiff and awkward looking. By the third game, technology had improved enough to allow Bob to more accurately portray the fluidity associated with the style.
  • Demoted to Extra: Keeps making cameos but never returns to the arena (except once, see above). At least once it's said that he realized he was outclassed in combat and decided to focus on his restaurant.
  • Mentor: He's the instructor for Bob Wilson.
  • Retired Badass: From Fatal Fury 3 onwards, which introduced his student, Bob Wilson. Which leaves Meyer free to manage the Pao Pao Cafe full-time.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Only seen during Bob's endings in Fatal Fury 3 and Real Bout, where Richard now dresses as a bartender.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He doesn't wear one as long as he's in the ring.
  • The Worf Effect: The first anime film briefly plays up his credentials during his bout with Terry, who basically shrugs off all of his attacks. One Rising Tackle (and as many seconds) later, Richard was KO'd.

    Michael Max 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Boxing
An African-American boxer who seeks to test his skills out against many opponents. He competed in the first game, but after losing from within the competition, had decided to retire from mainstream fighting, though he does help train Axel Hawk from time to time.
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    Tung Fu Rue 
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Origin: China
Fighting Style: Hakkyokuseiken
The Chinese master of Hakkyokuseiken and mentor to both Terry and Andy. He, along with the trio of Terry, Andy, and Joe had participated in Geese's King of Fighters tournament but doesn't win. Later on, he accepts the Jin brothers (Chonshu and Chonrei) as his new understudies.
  • Death by Adaptation: Died in the first anime special, but is still alive in the games as of Real Bout 2.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Senpu Ken and Senpu Gou Ken is him spinning himself around like a dervish. Terry's Rising Tackle is based on these moves.
  • Old Master: Not only is Tung a prolific martial artist in his old age, he was the one who taught to Jeff Bogard and both briefly mentored both of Jeff's sons.
  • Shout-Out: Has lots of things in common with Kame Sennin/Master Roshi from Dragon Ball, but his personality is different (especially in that he's not a pervert).
  • Super Mode: In the first game only, right after losing 1/3 of his life and until losing another third, he would morph into a hulking giant much stronger than his regular self.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: In later games, his ability to become gigantic is used more freely.

    Hwa Jai 
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Origin: Thailand
Fighting Style: Muay Thai
An arrogant Muay Thai fighter and early rival of Joe, he becomes a more formidable fighter after getting a little tipsy. Eventually smooths out his rivalry with Joe and the two are now good friends.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: He became one to Street Fighter: Alpha's Adon, when Capcom retroactively adapted Hwa's unhinged antagonism towards Joe by having Adon be insane and hostile toward Sagat. Adon also developed a similar laugh and his moves became jaguar themed like Hwa's.
  • Animal Motifs: The cobra, and the Asian dragon. Like the cobra, Hwa Jai's take on Muay Thai has garnered notoriety for being focused on being lethally dangerous to face against, while unlike a lot of martial arts fantasy and ficiton that depicts Asian dragons of being representative of protagonist aspects like mastery over ki and smarter and adaptable internal fighting styles, Hwa Jai adapts in its negative aspects, including striving to arrogantly rise above all others and violently becoming enraged and drunk with power to cruelly rein blows upon those who dare to take his spot. He does however, like how cobras can be "trained" and how Asian dragons have tales of being pacified to not ever take lives again, get better.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After years of antagonism, he finally buried the hatchet with Joe. However, he hasn't given up on trying to defeat him. The difference being that now he's motivated by sportsmanship.
  • Demoted to Extra: Makes cameos around Joe, but never gets to fight again until his ascension to The King of Fighters XIII.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: He was initially a pallet swap of Joe (except bald), but was eventually given his own character sprite and separate moves to further distinguish him from Joe.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Joe, in the earlier parts of the series. In the original game, they share nearly the exact same moveset with two exceptions: Hwa doesn't have a projectile, but he has a drunken mode is unique to him.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: For years, fans have long speculated that the power drink that Hwa ingests is alcohol or even an energy drink levels of sugar and caffeine doped up soda. As according to creators, it's just a special herbal drink that contains none of the aforementioned typical liquid legal drugs.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is evocative of martial artist and actor Michel Qissi, and his role as the villain Tid Po, from the 1989 Jean Claude Van Damme Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer.
  • Heel–Face Turn: For the most part. Hwa's defeat in the first Fatal Fury has him reform and realize the errors of his ways, leading him to be a trainer and sparring partner for Joe. In the King of Fighters series, and in XIII, he's brought into Kim Kaphwan's team along with Big Bear like Choi and Cheng, mistaking them for being evildoers who are still up to no good since 1991, and is shown to play along with the act for getting back into the fighting world. Although, some fans do question his "act" to be in Kim's team as merely a facade along with Raiden, as he does have basis to act like he did from the first game and continue to being a brutalizing killer than reform and be Joe's friend.
  • The Rival: To Joe Higashi, ever since Joe defeated him for the Bantam Weight championship title. The third anime film finally gives him his long-awaited rematch. But after taking punishing blows form Hwa for over a minute, Joe drops him in the opening round with a single well placed Tiger Kick.
  • Start of Darkness: When Hwa lost to Joe, he began engaging in a more rigorous training regiment, but said regiment included focusing on having a more brutal and even killer fighting style, and then spurred Hwa to pick lethal to the death fights with street thugs. He won all of his deathmatches, but word soon got out that he was engaging in murdering to become stronger, and this lead him to become excommunicated from the martial arts world, and especially from the Muay Thai community. Naturally, this would lead him to being sought out by Geese Howard, and accepting the favor, hearing that Joe was going to participate in the first game's King of Fighters tournament.
  • Super Mode: Activated by drinking from his gourd. In the original game, it would trigger automatically once his health meter dipped below half. Later installments require the player to trigger it themselves, though it requires sufficient super meter to use. Hwa gains huge buffs to his speed and attack power, but he's unable to block until the effect wears off.

    Raiden/Big Bear 
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Origin: Australia
Fighting Style: Pro Wrestling
A pro wrestler that has two personas, representing good and bad. When being villainous, he takes on the name "Raiden" and wears a mask. When portraying a more righteous character, he does not wear the mask and goes by the name "Big Bear". Works under Geese during the original Fatal Fury but breaks away once Geese is defeated by Terry.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: He's SNK's equivalent of Zangief, from his beard, to his massive girth and career as a pro-wrestler. It's probable that Big Bear's name itself may be an allusion to the fact that Zangief is said to have perfected his Spinning Piledriver by practicing it on Grizzly bears.
  • Ascended Extra: After an unexpected appearance in both Capcom vs. SNK and Capcom vs. SNK 2, Raiden crossed over to KOF in The King of Fighters XII (originally, he was to appear in '94, but the original idea for the England Team was axed; in 2003, the dev team thought Tizoc would be a better and more popular choice).
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Obviously, since he's a wrestler and all.
  • Breath Weapon/Fire-Breathing Diner: His original desperation move was a fire breath attack.
  • Composite Character: In Wild Ambition, Raiden sports his trademark mask, but also is decked out in the beard of his Face persona, Big Bear. This would carry over into the CvS games.
  • Cool Mask: As Raiden he wears this.
  • Face–Heel Turn: According to his backstory, he became Raiden after his tag-team partner betrayed him in the ring. He then went to work for Geese as an enforcer. After being bested by Terry & co., Raiden had a change of heart and reverted to his honorable, kindly Big Bear persona.
  • Fat Bastard: Usually as Raiden, though as Big Bear he becomes Big Fun.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Big Van Vader, who was massively popular in Japan.
    • Also something of a deconstruction of this trope, as the late Vader's relatives claim he never got paid once. There's a reason they do this, after all.
  • The Rival:
    • The original anime film cast him as Joe's opponent. By the following film, Raiden tries to settle the score in a rigged exhibition match, but Joe defeats him again.
    • Zangief is his rival match in the Capcom vs SNK series, complete with a special pre-fight animation for when they face each other.
  • Stout Strength: Like his inspiration Vader, he's a large, portly guy strong enough to do a Neck Lift on unfortunate souls.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Had an actual English VA at one point.

    Billy Kane 
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Origin: England
Fighting Style: Bojutsu
Voiced by: note 
Geese Howard's British right-hand man. He wields a staff that freely separates into multiple chained sections, and which he can light on fire. His devotion to Geese is total, and if you want to get to Geese, you have to go through Billy. Only his sister is closer to him.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To his sister Lilly. Needless to say, he does not approve of Joe and Lilly dating.
  • The Dragon: Serves as Geese's right-hand and personal bodyguard, including at the KOF Tournament. Anyone who wants a shot at Geese's title has to go through Billy first.
  • Energy Ring Attack: Billy can create a ring-shaped flame projectile by spinning his staff.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: In the King of Fighters series, Billy is the reason Joe's relationship with Lily has seemingly ground to a halt. It's mainly due to Joe helping the Bogards to oppose his boss, but also because Billy thinks Joe is a playboy.
  • No Smoking: His one pet peeve. He wears the sign on the back of his jacket and will knock the block off of anyone who blows smoke in his face. The only exception to this rule would seem to be Geese.
  • Noble Demon: Despite working for Southtown's most feared crime lord who also acts as its "true ruler", Billy is only in with Geese for having essentially adopted him and Lilly off of the harsh streets of London akin to his surrogate son and daughter and their shared backgrounds as those who have come from skid row out into hard fought (if dubiously attained) riches away from the gutter with immense respect. At worst, and even then, and much unlike Geese's other underlings who are in to get money by making pain out of malice, Billy's only in for the easy money and to pay Geese back for his hospitality and generosity.
  • Playing with Fire: All of his DM and HDM techs ignite his staff to deal insane amounts of damage. In certain installments, several of his standard specials also set his opponent ablaze when they connect.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's 100% loyal to Geese to the end, and will bust heads on command, but he's not such a bad guy when he's off the clock.
    • Ring of Fire: His "Salamander" HDM has him rapidly spin his staff to generate a flame ring before he flings it across screen. If done while his opponent is trapped in a corner, the spinning portion juggles them for additional damage.
  • Punny Name: Subverted. His last name isn't pronounced "cane" (like the weapon he uses), but "kon" or "kaan".
  • The Rival: Who it applies to varies between the games themselves and the anime adaptations.
    • In the game series, his beef is with Terry because he defeated Billy during the semi-finals of the original game. Doubly so, since Terry went on to defeat Geese and was responsible for his death.note 
    • The anime changed it by having Andy be the one to defeat Billy. Despite this, their resulting rivalry is downplayed since Billy never gets his chance to settle the score with him. Instead, Andy is challenged by Laurence Blood and Hauer in the second and third films respectively.
  • Shirtless Scene: Except for 2/Special, where he wears a Union Jack tee with the sleeves ripped. In the first game and in the Real Bout series, he wears no shirt under his dungarees or jacket, respectively.
  • Shout-Out: His original appearance was similar to former British pro wrestler Dynamite Kid. His redesign in the Real Bout series has Billy looking like Axl Rose (only without long hair).

    Geese Howard 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Aiki-Jujutsu, Hakkyokuseiken
Voiced by:: note 
The Big Bad. Formerly the Chief of Police for Southtown (as seen in Art of Fighting 2), he stepped down from that role when he decided crime was more profitable. He killed Jeff Bogard when Tung Fu Rue chose Jeff to inherit his secrets, and has a vendetta against Bogard's sons as well. Waterfowl names were never so scary before.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • To Terry Bogard for the murder of his adopted father, Jeff Bogard. Whereas Geese has been out for revenge against Terry ever since his defeat.
    • He's also made enemies with the entire Sakazaki Family and their friend, Robert Garcia, for ordering Yuri's abduction in the original Art of Fighting. Then Geese used her as leverage to blackmail her father, Takuma, into working for him.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Ultimately averted, although the shadow hangs. Rock really hates him for how callously he disregarded Marie but by the time he's old enough to do anything about it Geese is already dead so there's no rivalry to be had in the canon of Fatal Fury. Beyond Fatal Fury, anytime Geese and Rock are in the same game expect them to have a special pre-match intro against each other.
    • Geese himself has a grudge against his own biological father, Rudolph Krauser von Stolheim, for a similar reason (leaving him and his mother to fend for themselves when he was just a boy). He attempted to kill him but was halted by Wolfgang Krauser, his half-brother. This left deep emotional scars and gave him his motivation to seek power at any expense.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the head of the Howard Connection for a reason: because he has extensive underworld connections and influence among South Town's top politicians and law enforcement. And he's capable of channel vast amounts of Ki to supplement his mastery of both Hyakyoku Seiken and Kubojutsu.
  • Aiki-jujutsuka In All Of Us: Geese is a master of Aiki-jujutsu and other traditional forms of barehanded Japanese martial arts, wich shows in the large arsenal of throws he possesses. However, gameplay-wise, he is not a grappler since his playstyle is centered around mix-ups, not landing a high-damage throw.
  • Badass Boast: "The immortal Geese is about to show you to a very hot place, indeed."
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: First seen during his cameo appearance in Art of Fighting 2 and, later, in the opening animation for Fatal Fury 3 which shows him in a different suit (a brown one with a red necktie).
  • Big Bad: Throughout all the series, Geese is this. The only games he appears in where he's not a final boss or a True Final Boss are Special (which reuses the engine from the second game, thus leaving Krauser as the final opponent, on top of being a non-canon Dream Match Game) and 3 - and even in the latter it's his plans for the Scrolls of Jin that drive the story.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With the Jin Brothers in 3, they both seek for the Jin scrolls.
  • Coat Cape: Few video game characters can rock the Coat Cape quite as well as Geese. He combines this with Badass Armfold before flinging it off in nearly all of his intros. In the Capcom vs. SNK games, Geese is actually wearing his Gi (martial arts) jacket properly, so he wears his suit jacket as a cape instead.
  • The Coats Are Off: Overlaps with above, as the practice of pushing your arms out of your gi top and letting it hang around your waist has about the same effect of "lowering the straps" of a wrestling singlet, as it were.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Although it's hard to even say that considering the Howard Connection is itself merely a front for Geese's underworld dealings. The company only exists so Geese can be as corrupt behind the scenes as he pleases without drawing attention.
  • Counter-Attack: He can intercept attacks then slam you down, with a good dose of Engrish to go with it.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: A major lynchpin to his charisma and personality. Hate him or not, one can't help but feel respect for the fact that he essentially walked the dark road to power in the criminal underworld, and became all the more richer and powerful for it, ruling the city of Southtown in all of its late 1980s glory, and became a powerhouse CEO, kingpin crime lord, AND master martial artist that makes the archtypical yuppies of the era look like outright posers, and rules the city from high above on his name owned skyscraper penthouse suite like a god.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: His Raging Storm command has an unusual series of inputs consisting of going from down-back then to a half-circle back (so from forward to back) and then finishing with a down-forward. The Fan Nickname for this is the "Pretzel" because the easiest way to do it is to go from down-back then to up-forward before going to the half-circle back motion and then going one direction past (up-back) before finishing at down-forward, which forms a pretzel-pattern. However it's a good all-purpose reversal and anti-air move so mastery of the motion is necessary for a good Geese player.
  • Disney Villain Death: The first time he's knocked off of Geese Tower by Terry, he gets better. The second? Er, not so much.
  • The Dreaded:
    • For most of South Town, Geese is a modern day Capone. He can ruin lives through his various criminal connections, or take lives by ordering the hit. Worse, he might decide do it himself and he's likely to get away with it, since the most of the city's police force are in his pocket.
    • Geese also counts as a meta example, because he's one of gaming's hardest and most notoriously CHEAP AI bosses. The AI executes his counter holds with split-second timing and near perfect precision, regardless of any mix-up the player uses, and his moves have quick start-up, recovery time, and priority over the majority of the cast. SNK must've thought that wasn't enough, because they made him progressively even more OP than he already was.
  • Dying Smirk: Maniacal grin, actually: Geese sees his death as the last slap in Terry's face, and he lets it show as he falls.
  • Embarrassing First Name: And he'll still kick yourass.
  • Evil Laugh: And he goes plum crazy when you beat him as Nightmare Geese in Real Bout Special.
  • Executive Suite Fight: Most of his matches take place in his office.
  • Expy: Of Thouzer, from Fist of the North Star. Much like the Holy Emperor, Geese shares avian Animal Motif themes, and a backstory of a harsh world without love coming to shape a man into a person of great power but also great evil.
  • Final Boss: Of the original Fatal Fury. He is also the True Final Boss in Real Bout Fatal Fury Special as "Nightmare" Geese if the conditions are met.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a nasty scar on his back from the survival of his first fall. He also has a gaping wound across his chest, though the cause of it is uncertain. Initially, it was implied to have been inflicted by Krauser, when they were teenagersnote . But during The Motion Picture, Geese attributes the wound to his fight with Terry and implies that it was his Burn Knuckle that left the wound in his chest.
  • Gratuitous English: Just as bad as his rival (most famous for "PREDICTABO!").
  • Guest Fighter: Appears as a first season Downloadable Content character in Tekken 7.
  • Hypocrite: Much of his formative years and his lust for power is driven by his father's abandonment and desire to prove himself. Later on he marries a woman and fathers a son only to leave them with nothing as his criminal ambitions grew, cementing his son's own desire for revenge (thankfully his apparent death combined with Terry trying to steer Rock away from becoming his father has managed to at least disrupt the Cycle of Revenge, if not outright break it).
  • Immortality: Speculation rages over whether Geese received immortality from the Jin scrolls.
  • Ki Manipulation: Something he learned by studying Hakkyokuseiken under Tung Fu Rue. Like Terry he can send waves of ki across the ground (the Reppuken, which he can also enhance by charging it twice before firing) but he also has an airborne projectile (the Shippuken, which he can also double up) and his Signature Move is the ability to encase himself in a "cage" of ki on all sides he calls the "Raging Storm".
  • Killed Off for Real: At the end of Real Bout Fatal Fury. Geese still shows up in the following sequels, Real Bout Special and Real Bout 2: The Newcomers, but both of those titles are considered to being Dream Match Games which has no effect on the current Fatal Fury storyline.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em/Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Invoked at the conclusion of his match against Ryo Sakazaki, in Art of Fighting 2. Geese was losing and fled before Ryo could claim his revenge,note  by finishing him off with his Haoh Shoko Ken.
  • Leitmotif/Bootstrapped Theme: Geese Howard's theme, from game to game. So far he's had a kiss, soy sauce, a stiff neck, a nightmare, and now mustard.
  • Longhaired Pretty Boy: In his younger years as South Town's police commisioner (AOF2), which caused some gamers to mistake him for Andy Bogard.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Geese's connection to Mr. Big was first mentioned in the Takara version of Art of Fighting for the SNES, and revealed he was actually the one responsible for ordering Yuri Sakazaki's abduction. This wasn't shown in the arcade version, which ended on a cliff-hanger. But the intro of AOF2 made it official by canonizing the Takara ending almost verbatim.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Geese portrays the image of a corrupt politician: from neatly pressed corporate attire, lavish penthouse suites, to regularly being chauffeured around in black limousines. Even in his first appearance, despite coming to the fight dressed in his akijutsu garb, he reminds everyone who he really is by keeping his Rolex on.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Survived two falls from his tower before the third one that stuck. Or did it?
  • Occidental Otaku: It's heavily implied in almost all his stages and the way he dresses (with the only exception of Art of Fighting 2 when he fights in a executive dress, and in his office) that Geese seems to love Japanese culture maybe too much. In fact, in AOF2, he escapes to Japan after he's defeated.
  • Parental Abandonment: Rock loathes the man not only for abandoning him and his wife Marie, but for turning down his pleas to save his mom the very night that she died. Ironically, Geese hates his father for leaving him and his mother Maria to fend for themselves in Southtown while he went on to become the head of the Strolheim family. Geese even tried to kill his dad, but half-bro Krauser stopped him.
  • Pet the Dog: The anime shows him tending fish.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Speak Softly, Love Is his favorite piece of music according to his bio.
  • Say My Name: Gets this a lot from the Bogard Bros. Luckily, Rock and Kain don't get a chance to join in.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: He's dead here, alive in The King of Fighters, and dead again in KOF: Maximum Impact.
  • Shirtless Scene: From Special onwards, Geese never wore the top of his dogi, arguably thrusting him into the land of Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • Shock and Awe: His Raimei Gouha Nage special throw and his Thunder Break super.
  • Smug Smiler: Wielder of one of the most sinister grins in all of fighting game history. The one on Real Bout Fatal Fury's promotional art shows it off best.
  • SNK Boss: Trope Namer and one of the two main Trope Codifiers, though not a Trope Maker (that honor went to Dr. Muckly).
  • The Syndicate: Howard Connection is this, although Geese fools the people by using his seemingly benevolent actions and the police force as a front.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Rare steak.
  • Turn to Religion: Darkly subverted and also counts as both a Heel–Faith Turn and his Start of Darkness. When Geese couldn't fulfill his revenge against his father, he turned to religion for a while to ease his hatred and seek forgiveness to such a cruel world he was born into. However, he couldn't keep down the taste of humiliation of defeat and the fear of those who mercilessly reigned power over him violently, leading him to turn to martial arts and learning the meaning of power.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Geese was once a kind boy who lived a poor but modest life with his mother Maria, until a combination of Southtown's cruel and cold social environment ruthlessly beating into him tenets of cutthroat survival, helplessness of his mother dying of malnutrition over his well being and their poverty, being beaten by his half brother and fearing him for the rest of his days, and summing a dark conclusion from all of this that power ultimately brings results, regardless of doing good or evil, turned him into the man we all know, respect, and fear today.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Geese's real machinations are generally unknown to the people of South Town because his company, the Howard Connection, creates a substantial firewall between what they appear as and what they actually do. By and large he's seen as a benevolent and charitable man who uses his connections to better the city but it belies his various criminal ties (turning the company's real purpose into a protection racket that shakes down the locals just so he can step in and clean things up with the front-facing entity).
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: The fight against Nightmare Geese is heavily implied to be one big nightmare. That doesn't stop him from being a nightmare of the other variety, though.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Back: For his first appearance only, the American flag was plastered onto the back of Geese's dogi.
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    Mai Shiranui 
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Origin: Japan
Fighting Style: Shiranui-ryuu Ninjutsu
Voiced by: note 
A beautiful kunoichi from Japan. Her grandfather trained Andy and she herself has a bit of a crush on the man herself. Best known for her outfit (or lack thereof). Her main modes of attack are the folding fans she carries.
  • Action Girl <- -> Faux Action Girl: Really depends on which media we're talking about. She's more competent in the games, whereas in the anime she suffers a bad case of Chickification (except for her fight with Panni, where Mai brutally curbstomps and kills her with a single but very well-timed and placed Chou Hisatsu Shinobibachi. About time, dammit).
    • Though it's implied that the anime's supposed chickification is more about Mai going the Deliberately Distressed Damsel way just to get Andy's attention.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has brown or black hair in the games; red in the anime.
    • Her hair in her Real Bout Special ending is purple.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: While Andy does kiss her in the movie, in the Fatal Fury series, no in-game event ever shows him unambiguously returning her feelings in the same degree as hers. Their relationship isn't solidified until The King of Fighters XIV. However, this is an alternate continuity.
  • Ass Kicks You: Her Wild Cherry attack.
  • Clothing Damage: A bit in the second anime special, much more in The Movie.
  • Combat Hand Fan: She is known of using folding paper fans in combat.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: According to her conversation with Takuma Sakazaki in KOF XIII, Hanzou Shiranui’s death leaves the legacy of the Shiranui school of ninjitsu in the hands of Mai and Andy. This implies Mai is the only member of the Shiranui family left.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Hokutomaru, apparently (he refers to her as "Mai-neechan" aka "sister Mai"). She also plays this role to Sulia in The Movie.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Mai's footwear in her ninja outfit consists solely of instep guards and tabi socks. This is taken a step further in Fatal Fury 3 and Real Bout Fatal Fury, where she lacks the socks.
  • Fiery Redhead: Her personality fits perfectly, but she only has red hair in the anime.
  • Flanderization: She wasn't as obsessed with Andy in the early games as she was in later installments. Word of God even jokes about this, as they say that as of Garou she's probably still looking for Andy.
  • Fartillery: In Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, her Gekka-Midare-Botan becomes this. Keep in mind, it's still a fiery explosion.
  • Guest Fighter: Has the rare honor (and possibly the only such example from a game that isn't Super Smash Bros.) of appearing as a guest fighter in more than one game in a series. She has been a Downloadable Content character in both Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and its sequel, Dead or Alive 6.
  • Hammerspace: Where she keeps all of her fans.
  • Hartman Hips: The width of her hips varies according to her character sprite in each game, but her official art shows she's got 'em regardless. Most notably in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum and the upcoming SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy (seen here and here).
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Gets reactions from several male characters, especially in Fatal Fury 3.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: It'd be near impossible for anyone to not notice her, given the ample size of her boobs along with what little she's wearingnote . To quote Ryu from SvC Chaos:
    Ryu: (incredulously) "Ninja style? People can see you coming miles away!"
  • Hopeless Suitor: In the Fatal Fury series, Andy maintained a platonic relationship with Mai out of respect for his ninja master, because she's his granddaughter and he sees her more like a sister than anything else. Mai persisted, despite her frustrations, in hopes that he'd eventually come around. Unfortunately for her, that day never comes as in Garou: Mark Of The Wolves, it’s implied Andy has been gone for a long time and Mai is hopelessly still looking for him according to Word Of God.
    • In The King of Fighters: Destiny, however, she becomes fed up with Andy and almost fell for Benimaru when he flirted with her during her and Andy’s argument. Though, nothing happens later in the series and that animation isn’t officially canon to The King Of Fighter’s timeline.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Introduced in Fatal Fury 2 and probably just as important to the series as Geese or Terry.
  • Impossible Hour Glass Figure: The anime specials and movies especially give her a dainty waist despite her large bust size and while she was subject to She's Got Legs, they were still slender as well. Later installments with Adaptational Curves used the extra game details to give her thicker thighs and more of a belly to better complement her Gag Boobs.
  • Jiggle Physics: She was probably the first video game character to ever do it.
  • Master of Disguise: Not often dwelt upon, but it's apparently part of her kunoichi skill set, as several of her intros and win poses depict her performing Instant Costume Changes. She even playfully disguises herself as Chun-Li during their shared pre-fight intro in Capcom vs. SNK 2.
  • Mondegreen: During Mai's standard winpose, she says "Nippon Ichi!" But to English fans, it sounds like she's saying "Me bouncy!" instead.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Initially averted by her earlier appearances, which were modest by design. Later games steadily increased her breast size and filled out her figure, while her outfit became progressively skimpier.
    • It was her depiction in the anime adaptations that solidified it, by further increasing her breast size, their bounciness, and by making her outfit even more revealing than it already was. All of which lead to several brief nipple slips, groping (by Jubei Yamada), and the third film gave her a Shower Scene, for good measure. In said movie, Mai gets to try on various revealing outfits based on the location she's at.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Averted in the anime movie. There are brief nip-slips that can be seen if one looks hard enough.
  • Playing with Fire: Her special ability is pyrokinesis.
  • Plucky Girl: Always cheerful and stubborn in the face of danger, loneliness, etc.
  • Raised by Grandparents: She is hinted to have lived like this, since her only mentioned relatives are her grandfather and trainer Hanzou and her dead grandmother. The hairpin that she wears is hinted to be a Tragic Keepsake from said grandma.
  • Red Is Heroic: She wears red and is one of the good girls.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: KOF flanderized her character to the point that she literally fights half naked. In most games, no one comments on it. But XIII finally subverts it by having the majority of the cast point out the indecency of what little she's wearing. Mai's reaction varies between trying to explain that it's the traditional garb worn by the women of the Shiranui Ninja Clan, to being insulted.
  • She's Got Legs: They don't get as much attention compared to her chest, but she has thick thighs. It's mainly seen in her official character art and her character sprites in both the Real Bout saga and SNK vs. Capcom series.
  • Sideboob: With breasts that size barely hidden behind strips of cloth, it's a wonder how they don't pop out entirely.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Everyone knows she only has eyes for Andy, 'cuz she won't shut up about it, much to the annoyance of her friends.
  • Stripperiffic: From the moment she joined the KOF roster, but the anime exaggerated it much further, and the spinoff games also ran with it. It ended up being the whole reason why she's the only major SNK fighting character not to have even a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Vapor Wear: As shown in the picture above, she's not wearing underclothes of any kind, only adding to her Ms. Fanservice appeal.
  • Wedding Finale: In Real Bout Fatal Fury 2, her ending involves her finally getting married to her longtime crush Andy Bogard. It turns out to be All Just a Dream.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Mai is supposed to be one (or at least believes to be), and to her credit, she tries hard. One of the official arts has her wearing a kimono while apparently hosting a tea ceremony for Terry and Andy, and this is invoked again in The King Of Fighters: KYO during one of Kyo and Yuki's dates.

    Kim Kaphwan 
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Origin: South Korea
Fighting Style: Taekwondo
Voiced by: note 
A Korean Taekwondo expert and champion of justice! He's also a pretty good father, and his sons are his foremost students.
  • Flanderization: His love of JUSTICE! His desire for reforming criminals was first hinted in Fatal Fury 2, where he manages to teach Krause the wrong of his ways in his ending. This trait was then carried over to The King of Fighters '94 (which is non-canon to the Fatal Fury series) to explain why he's teamed up with prisoners, Chang Koehan and Choi Bounge. This developed into his running gag as the KOF series goes on, and with the discontinuation of the Fatal Fury franchise, it's become his most prominent characteristic.
  • Hair Flip: His sprite for the Real Bout series has Kim doing this.
  • The Worf Effect: It's implied that when the Garou timeline comes in, his burning desire for justice was not yet dead so when he heard of a very dangerous criminal named Freeman is wandering around, Kim took it upon himself to bring him to JUSTICE. Unfortunately, he's aged and was instead beaten by the younger Serial Killer, but survived the attack. His more responsible son, Jae Hoon, is not amused at this and if he defeats Freeman, he claims that his father('s honor) have been avenged.

    Jubei Yamada 
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Origin: Japan
Fighting Style: Judo
Voiced by: note 
An ancient judo master and longtime friend of Mai's father. In the anime films, he pervs on Mai every chance he gets.
  • Adaptational Badass: He isn't said to be noteworthy in the game series. But in the second anime film, he was able to match Andy in an extended sparring session and nearly succeeded in defeating him. Andy wins by pretending to be unconscious, in order to catch Jubei off guard with a surprise attack.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the game series, Andy's master is said to be Mai Shiranui's grandfather. The second and third anime films cast Jubei as Andy's master instead.
  • Dirty Old Man: There's official art depicting him grabbing Mai's butt. Also, the second film had a scene where he leers at Mai before groping her. But in The Motion Picture, Jubei makes a cameo appearance at Duck King's new nightclub, where he's accompanied by a group of younger women Mai's age.
  • Improbable Weapon User: One of his signature attacks is to throw giant rice crackers at you.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's barely half the size of most of his opponents.
  • Old Master: The anime adaptations has Jubei serve as Andy's mentor figure, so long as there aren't any pretty girls around to divert Jubei's attention that is.
  • Put on a Bus: Fatal Fury Special marked his second and final appearance as a playable character in the series. Since then, he's been reduced to being a background character in the KOF series.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Japanese cookies. He eats one in his taunt and even throws them as projectiles!

    Cheng Sinzan 
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Origin: Taiwan
Fighting Style: Tai Chi Chuan
Voiced by: note 
A Taiwanese Tai Chi expert whose strong power is as big as his own greed. Seeks to make himself even more rich from within his participation in the King of Fighters tournament.
  • Art Evolution: His sprite looked different in Fatal Fury 2 and Fatal Fury Special; later games made him look a lot more like in the official art.
  • Balloon Belly: That is used to attack.

    Axel Hawk 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Boxing
A cruel, abrasive, rotund pro boxer with a mean streak a mile wide and a soft spot for his mother that's even bigger.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: He could be seen as this to Capcom's Balrog/M. Bison since both are bosses who both happen to be boxers as well as being part of a four-man Boss Rush that the player must deal with until the end, the difference being that Balrog is fought first, whereas Axel is fought second.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: In conventional boxing, both opponents keep their guard up to protect their faces and upper bodies. Axel apparently disregards safety regulations by leaving his arms at his sides.
  • Awesome McCoolname: "Hawk's" got a pretty nice ring to it, no matter what your profession is.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Even if he is a jerk, this bit of art shows that he dearly loves his mother, even going as far as to quit crime after Krauser's defeat to look after her.
  • Extremity Extremist: Axel is true to his profession, being unable to kick even if a kick button is used.
  • Long Bus Trip: He hasn't been playable, or even mentioned, since Fatal Fury Special which was released all the way back in '93. He does, however, cameos in both Fatal Fury 3 and The King of Fighters 2003.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Axel's design is a homage to George Foreman, another prolific Heavyweight Boxing champion.
  • Playing with Fire: All of his specials result in flame enhanced punches, including his projectile which looks like a bigger version of Guile's Sonic Boom.
  • Stout Strength: Like Foreman, he's big and hits HARD. It only takes a few hits for him to put the player on the canvas.

    Laurence Blood 
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Origin: Spain
Fighting Style: Matador Assassination Techniques
Voiced by: note 
An aristocatic Spanish matador who serves as Wolfgang Krauser's perrenial right hand man.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: To Street Fighter II's Vega, being that they're both Spanish matadors. However, Laurence's design is a closer representation of an actual matador's; complete with a sword and cape. And, unlike Vega, he actually fights in the bull ring.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports the exact same style as Mirror Spock, in fact.
  • Catchphrase: "Strong... too strong!" Said both times in anime film two, after being floored by Andy Bogard, and during The Motion Picture where he gets defeated by Panni.
  • Clothing Combat: Being a matador, it's only natural that Blood hides his sword in his muleta. That very same cape double as a spinning instrument of murder in its own right.
  • Something About a Rose: In his intro pose, he slashes it with his rapier.
  • Tempting Fate: You'd think he'd realize he was outmatched after seeing Panni summon a massive column of water. Laurence dismisses it as mere spectacle, right before Panni flattens him with it.
  • The Worf Effect: The anime adaptations builds him up as Krauser's right-hand, only to have him get effortlessly curbstomped twice by Andy and Panni in the second and third films respectively.
    • Andy shuts him up in mid sentence with a surprise Zan Ei Gan, before flooring him with his Cho Reppadan HDM - ending the "match" in all of 2-3 seconds. By the time Andy walks away with Mai, Laurence's body had only just hit the ground.
    • Panni evades Laurence's sword flurry and counters his "Bloody Spin" by shielding herself behind a pressurized column of water. Then uses it to slam him into the wall at high speed, dropping like a rag doll.
    Laurence: (wheezing) "Strong... too strong." (faints)

    Wolfgang Krauser 
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Origin: Germany
Fighting Style: Kampfringen
Voiced by: note 
The well-known and respected Earl of Stolheim in Germany who happens to be the half-brother of Geese Howard. A cultured gentleman outside of the ring, he shows no compunction in a fight and will always commit the full extent of his ability in any battle.
  • Anti-Villain: A Noble Anti-Villain, to be specific. He may seem evil-natured in battle, but he actually has a more gentle side. Heck, he'll even complement his opponents if they lose to him, saying that "(they) fought well", which is basically the opposite of most other villains in other media.
  • Badass Mustache: Oddly enough, he didn't have one in the anime.
  • Blood Knight: Hosts the King of Fighters tournament in 2 (and its Dream Match version Special) so he can prove his might against strong opponents.
  • Blue Blood: Noted as the ‘Earl of Stolheim’ in supplementary materials. ‘Earl’ is a British title, and the equivalent rank in Germany would be ‘Count’.
  • Bullet-Proof Fashion Plate: Used as a visual cue in the second anime special; whereas Geese has visibly aged and has been scarred, Krauser has retained his youthful looks, showing who is the better and more fearsome fighter of the two.
  • Clothing Damage: Self-inflicted, no less! Poked at with his Real Bout 2 ending, where his butlers become more and more PO'ed at having to refit Krauser's armor just for him to break out of it. Eventually, they uppercut him into the stratosphere.
  • The Dreaded: Even Geese was afraid of him, who at 15, experienced a total Curb-Stomp Battle by a nine years old Krauser who would have killed him if it wasn't for Rudolph stopping him. And when Krauser was 15, he killed Rudolph in one punch during a duel to the death for the right of succession to the Krauser name. Since then, the mere idea of facing him in the world of martial arts was widely considered worldwide to be a death wish.
  • Driven to Suicide: According to Memories of Stray Wolves, Krauser committed suicide sometime after his loss at the hands of Terry.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His head has a "X" going across it, but Krauser is not a hero.
  • Hunk: In a graceful, yet rugged way.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Apparently, Geese is his half-brother.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Even with his armour on, this guy is way faster than he looks.
  • Noble Demon: To a degree. He's not evil per se, just a major Combat Pragmatist who doesn't have any mercy on his opponents, yet is more or less pleasant while not fighting.
  • Playing with Fire: Blitz Ball (no, not that Blitzball), anyone?
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Dies Irae in Fatal Fury 2 and Special. Lacrimosa in the Real Bout series.
  • Ret-Canon: Originally, Krauser was simply a rival crimelord whom Geese was afraid to take on. The anime specials established Krauser and Geese's relationship as that of half-brothers and SNK went with this scenario for the games from Fatal Fury Special and onward.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed his father to become the Earl of Strolheim. Subverted in that he didn't hate Krauser Sr., he just did it because he had to.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly man to Laurence's sensitive guy.
  • Shirtless Scene: When he breaks out of that armor, that is. It becomes a Running Gag in his Real Bout 2 ending, as mentioned above.
  • Shout-Out: His name, taken from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and one of the ring names from former pro wrestler Karl Istaz.
  • SNK Boss: Albeit only in 2. For instance, he can use his Desperation Attack anytime he wants, even when he isn't low on health.

    Ryo Sakazaki/Mr. Karate 
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Origin: Japan
Fighting Style: Kyokugenryu Karate
Guest Fighter from the Art of Fighting series, where he serves as the main protagonist. The son of Takuma Sakazaki, older brother of Yuri Sakazaki, and best friend/rival of Robert Garcia. Practices Kyokugenryu karate, which was created by his father. Originally appeared in Fatal Fury Special as a hidden boss character. Canonically, he is considerably older than the main cast of Fatal Fury, which is reflected in his second appearance during Wild Ambition (where he uses the moniker "Mr. Karate II", which is taken from his father's on-again, off-again persona).
  • '80s Hair: He sports a mullet in Special and Art of Fighting 2. From then on, his hairstyle changed to being short and spiky.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: SNK's version of Street Fighter's Ryu.
  • Animal Motifs: The dragon. Goes by the nickname of "The Invincible Dragon."
  • Badass Beard/Perma-Stubble: He has a moustache and goatee in Wild Ambition.
  • Bonus Boss: Of Fatal Fury Special (this was the first step towards what would end being The King of Fighters franchise) and Wild Ambition (as Mr. Karate (II) - home version only).
  • But Not Too Foreign: Ryo is of mixed heritage, being half Japanese (father/Takuma Sakazaki) and half American (mother/Ronnet).
  • The Cameo: His inclusion in Special served as a tie-in to the Art of Fighting series.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Terry, starting in Wild Ambition. They've been good friends ever since and both their teams regularly compete with each other in the KOF Tournament.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Is supposed to be blond, but appears to have a bit of an orange hue in this game.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's the protagonist of the first two AOF games and became the first canonical champion of the King of Fighters by defeating Geese, 10 years prior to the events of the original Fatal Fury.
  • Ki Manipulation: As in AOF, Ryo can use both the Kooh Ken and it's HDM variant, the Haoh Shokoh Ken which is a massive wall of Ki that depletes half his opponent's health meter if it connects!
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ryuko Ranbu is an unblockable desperation attack that becomes available once his life meter drops below ¼.
  • Shotoclone:
    • Kame Hame Hadoken: Both his Kooh Ken and the much deadlier Haoh Shokoh Ken.
    • Shoryuken: Koho is his standard anti-air attack. In his own series it has low priority, which made it unsafe to use. But in Fatal Fury, it was given invincibility frames on startup.
    • Hurricane Kick: Hien Shippuu Kyaku is a two hit flying kick. In the latter parts of the KOF series, it became a three hit attack that begins with a lunging knee followed by two spinning kicks.

Fatal Fury 3

    "Blue" Mary Ryan 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Commando Sambo
Voiced by: note 
A Southtown freelance agent who takes up any case that comes her way. Had a boyfriend named Butch who was killed on duty when working as a Secret Service agent. Practices Combat Sambo in her spare time and has a dog named Anton.
  • Action Girl: She works as a private investigator in one of the most crime ridden (fictional) cities in the US and has fought alongside KOF veterans such as King and Mai Shiranui, while undercover.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She's conspicuously jacked for a woman, with salient biceps, firmly toned tummy etc...
  • Badass Normal: Her fighting prowess is limited strictly to her own speed, strength, and military training. She has no ability to channel Ki, unlike many of her friends, or the people she's assigned to investigate.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her standard attire includes a red halter top, pictured above.
  • Biker Babe: Often seen riding a motorbike, whether in the games' intros or in the official arts of the game.
  • Boobs of Steel: Her official measurements list her as being bustier than even Mai! Her fighting style is also much more physical and grappling-focused than Mai's ninjutsu.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Her grandfather was Japanese.
  • Canine Companion: Her pet dog Antonio (or Anton for short). Tends to pop up in several of Mary's poses.
  • Expy: According to the series' developer she was modeled after Android 18.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Not canonically, but her EX version from Real Bout Special depicts what would happen if Mary ever went bad and became a sexbomb sadist. She clearly is a Mix and Match of Dark Action Girl and Femme Fatale/The Vamp/The Baroness. EX Blue Mary even wears a red jacket and a black bra. Her ending shows her desire to make Terry into her "pet." When Joe volunteers to also be her pet (and who could blame him?), she retorts that he already is one.
  • Femme Fatale: Subverted. She appears to be one at first, but it turns out that she's actually a kind-hearted Action Girl.
  • Forehead of Doom: Particularly in her first appearance; since then, it's been toned down.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: In the KOF series, she has a working relationship with King, whom she's teamed up with on occasion. She also seems familiar with Whip, albeit to a lesser extent.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: She moves on after her boyfriend's death by the end of Fatal Fury 3, where she continues to serve as a private investigator in South Town to honor his memory.
  • Jiggle Physics: Funnily enough, all that she's wearing is a bra.
  • Murderous Thighs: Goes with her Amazonian Beauty theme.
  • Nice Girl: While she's serious about her job, she's usually very friendly.
  • Second Love: She's implied to have developed feelings for Terry Bogard, though nothing comes of it in Fatal Fury's canon. The KOF series makes the attraction between them more apparent, but they're still only friends as of this writing.
  • Ship Tease: In the KOF series, she often has flirtatious pre fight dialogue with Terry and will occasionally appear in the Fatal Fury team's endings to congratulate him. Likewise, Terry sometimes has special victory quotes for when he defeats her.
  • Shock and Awe: Gained an electric attack in the first Real Bout game, but it's rarely seen in other games.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her jacket was a present from her dead lover Butch.
  • Will They or Won't They?: As previously noted, she has a thing for Terry, but it remains to be seen if it ever goes beyond casual flirting.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: She's said to use Commando Sambo, but mainly subdues her opponents with grappling manuevers and submission holds.

    Bob Wilson 
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Origin: Brazil
Fighting Style: Capoeira
'''Voiced by: note 
A Capoeira student of Richard Meyer. Works at the Pao Pao Cafe with Richard and trains in Capoeria from within his spare time. Also manages the second branch of the Pao Pao Cafe.
  • Blow You Away: Several of his standard specials are wind based kicks and his first HDM generates a mini-cyclone around his body.
  • Dance Battler: The first true example in the series, thanks to the advances in game animation, which finally allowed SNK to accurately portray the fluidity of a proper Jinga, as well as the rhythmic movements of Capoeira in general.
  • Extremity Extremist: All of his attacks result in kicks, including his throws, both his DMs, and his HDM.
  • Superior Successor: In terms of gameplay, both his form and his fighting ability is leagues above Meyer's. Bob even takes over his role as the series' resident Capoeirista from Fatal Fury 3 onwards, limiting Meyers to only making cameo appearances.
  • Theme Naming: All of his attacks tend to have animal name motifs (Wild Wolf, Bison's Horn, Lynx's Fang, Rolling Turtle, Hornet Attack, Dangerous Wolf).

    Franco Bash 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Kickboxing
An Italian-American former kickboxing Super Heavyweight champion whose great strength is matched only by his big heart. Having retired from kickboxing, he was working as an airplane mechanic in Southtown when his son was kidnapped by Yamazaki to draw him into the battle for Jin's secret scrolls. In Real Bout, he resolves to make a comeback, with his wife's blessing.

    Hon Fu 
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Origin: Hong Kong
Fighting Style: Northern Style Kung Fu
Voiced by: note 
An eccentric police officer from Hong Kong and an old friend of Cheng Sinzan. Though klutzy and a little headstrong, he is diligent and popular among his colleagues. His pursuit of Yamazaki brought him to Southtown and the battle for the scrolls. His weapon of choice is a pair of nunchaku, which are set ablaze during some of his special moves.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Yamazaki. This carries onto the Capcom vs. SNK series, where Hon Fu joins up with Chun-Li to bust Yamazaki and cameos in her intro pose with Yamazaki in CvS1 and CvS2.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Subverted. He has the nunchaku and trademark high-pitched Kiai, but he takes more pages from Jackie Chan.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hon-Fu is prone to slapstick misfortune, from jump-kicking through windows and subsequently faceplanting or hitting himself in the head or crotch to setting his posterior on fire in the fake version of his flaming uppercut move.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His kindly demeanor and streak of bad luck notwithstanding, he is a master of Northern Style Kung-Fu and the nunchaku.
  • Expy: Of Jackie Chan.
  • Flanderization: While he was always somewhat clumsy and quirky, he gradually turned into an out-and-out goofball, culminating with his Real Bout 2 P.Power attack: he hits the ground with his nunchaku, causing an explosion which leaves his clothes singed and him with a dumbfounded expression.
  • Groin Attack: Unusually and hilariously enough, it is not directed towards his opponent, but rather towards himself. Should you use his Honoo no Taneba and neglect to keep pressing the A button, Hon-Fu will accidentally hit himself in the crotch, then jump up and down in pain while covering it with his hands. As a Real Bout Special FAQ put it, "Stop pressing to hit dick."
  • Justice Will Prevail: He's a Super Cop. Besides helping to introduce Kim to his wife Myeng Swuk, the two are good friends due to their shared interest in upholding justice. Oddly enough, Hon Fu isn't nearly as justice-obsessed as Kim is. And Kim isn't a police officer.
  • The Worf Effect: When Terry, Andy or Joe faces Yamazaki for the second time in Fatal Fury 3, he has already curb-stomped Hon-Fu.

    Sokaku Mochizuki 
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Origin: Japan
Fighting Style: Seiden Mudō Ryū Bujutsu
Voiced by: note 
A monk of a Buddhist order that has a steep rivalry with the Shiranui clan (the clan Mai belongs to and that Andy trained under). Wields a staff that he can magically control. He had arrived in Southtown to destroy the Jin scrolls, which he perceives as a great evil.
  • The Faceless: Subverted. His face can be seen sometimes, but it's hidden by his kasa most of the time.
  • Playing with Fire: Like Mai, he can envelop himself in fire.

    Ryuji Yamazaki 
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Origin: Japan
Fighting Style: Combative Homicide
Voiced by: note 
An unhinged, murderous Yakuza, hired by the Jin brothers to look for the Jin Scrolls while serving as their bodyguard. Fighting with a self-taught version of Okinawan karate, he also carries a large knife and won't hesitate to use it. ''The King of Fighters '97'' reveals that he possesses the blood of the Orochi, which explains a lot.
  • A Handful for an Eye: One of his moves involves him kicking sand/dirt into his opponent's face.
  • Animal Motifs: The snake, as seen during his Sadomaso tongue-flicking taunt.
  • Bloody Murder: After a fashion. His secret 5th level of his Drill super has Yamazaki throwing multiple Double Return projectiles, which makes it look like he is spraying his opponents with his blood.
  • The Bus Came Back: He finally makes his return as a DLC character in KOF XIV.
  • Catch and Return: One of his specials consists of grabbing energy projectile attacks and then nonchalantly flinging them back at the opponent at breakneck speed.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His status as one of the Orochi Hakkesshu didn't come into perspective until his Crossover into KOF and is a partial explanation for his insanity.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In the King Of Fighters games. He hasn't appeared since KOF 2003, and no real explanation has been given as to where or why he's gone. He does return in KOF XIV, however.
  • Coat Cape: His pre-battle intro has him standing in front of his opponent with a fine fur coat draped over his shoulders. He then walks away from his opponent and discards it as he takes his position for the start of the match.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He kicks sand in his opponents' eyes and stomps on their crotches... repeatedly. If that doesn't do it, he'll bring out his foot-long knife. His Guillotine super also involves him dragging his opponent across the ground. (and in some cases, he ends it by repeatedly stomping and kicking them)
  • Combat Sadomasochist: One of his moves is even named Sadomaso. He taunts by sticking out his tongue, and if he is hit, he takes no damage but instead counters with a vicious attack of his own.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Aside from the above, his drama CD reveals that Yamazaki lived a happy life as a mobster until his boss was killed, prompting Yamazaki to snap and become the psycho we know, love, and fear.
  • The Dragon: His boss is Jin Chonshu in Fatal Fury 3.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Turns down Yashiro's offer to join the Hakkeshu. Besides, if Orochi destroys everything, there'd be nobody for Yamazaki to fight against.
  • Extendable Arms: Ryuji can stretch his arms.
  • Flanderization: His Fatal Fury self started out as a ruthless and sadistic but mostly sane mobster. In the more cartoonish RBS, his malicious chuckle made way for a maniacal laugh and he gained an unsettling "Ikuzo... Ikuzo... IKUZO!" chant while charging his Snake Arms. His KOF incarnation was based on this version, and would gradually (d)evolve into a slavering lunatic whose MAX2 sees him grabbing and tossing opponents using his mouth. YMMV on what version is the most appealing.
  • Fur and Loathing: Just look at that pimp coat.
  • The Insomniac: He apparently has no problem staying awake for up to three days at a time.
  • Played for Laughs: His Snake Arm move is seen as a high-speed bitch slap.
  • Psycho for Hire: Ryuji is a sadistic hitman who enjoys two things: money and killing.
  • Whip It Good: His trademark Snake Arm attack, which might as well be a variation of the Flicker Jab.
  • With My Hands Tied: Always keeps one hand his pockets... unless he's stabbing you to death with his knife.

    Jin Chonshu 
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Origin: China
Fighting Style: Teiou Ken
Voiced by: note 
One half of the Jin brothers who had hired Yamazaki in order to search for the Jin scrolls, a powerful tome that is part of their ancestry. Said to be very stubborn and headstrong, with an inability to understand defeat.
  • Historically Accurate Abusive Predecessors: Although the Qin Dynasty was significant as the first unifying empire of Chinese history, records tell of how brutally totalitarian and ruthless the Qins were during their rule. Qin Hai Long, the ancestor of the Jin Twins, was have said to been the more monstrous and bloodthirsty of the twins who originally founded Hakkyokuseiken and found the secrets of immortality before their early demises.
  • Affably Evil: In Fatal Fury 3 and Real Bout. He drops the act starting in Special.
  • Big Bad: of Fatal Fury 3. This is also one of the two members of a Big Bad Ensemble in Real Bout Fatal Fury with the other competing Big Bad being Geese Howard.
  • Bilingual Bonus/It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Their names are written in Japanese in a more broken-form of Chinese, though the real ways to say his name are as follows:
    • Chinese/pinyin: Qin Chongxiu (Chee-n Choh-ng-she-oh).
    • Japanese/on'yomi: Shin Suushuu (also a case of Spell My Name with an "S" via the final part of his name having an extended vowel via the spelling "Chonshuu").
  • Blue Oni: In stark defiance to his choice of color, Chonshu is the calmer, more easy going of the pair, at least outwardly.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The pair get more and more different properties and moves as time goes on.
  • The Dreaded: It's implied during his ending in Fatal Fury 3 and Neo Geo Battle Colosseum, that if the Jin Twins were to ever reawaken as their "true selves", that Chonshu would actually be the worst of the two.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: ...and sounds like one too. To this day, there are gamers who still believe that Chonshu is really a girl. The fact that he wears eyeliner, while some of his official art also shows him with lipstick, further confuses the issue.
  • Guyliner: In red, from his upper eyelashes, to the corners of his eyes.
  • Final Boss: Of Fatal Fury 3, unless you've met the necessary criteria to face Chonrei.
  • Immortality Seeker: This is one of the reasons he is looking for the Jin scrolls.
  • Power Floats: Seen during his victory pose, where he levitates and snickers at his opponent.
  • Powers via Possession: His power comes from his ancestor's spirit possessing him. He is seeking the Jin scrolls to unlock his and his brother's possessing spirits for more power.
  • Sealed in a Person-Shaped Can: So long as the Jin Scrolls remain sealed, that is...
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Chonrei's Manly Man.
  • Shoto Clone: Both he and and brother, though they lack an equivalent of a Hurricane Kick.
  • Teens Are Short: In every game he appears, he has a sprite that is at least a head shorter than most of the cast. Canonically, he is 169 cm tall in his debut, 170 cm in later games, at age 14 and 16 respectively, which makes him shorter than much of the cast but not by that much.
  • Teleport Spam: His forward and backdash animations causes him to teleport, as do several of his special attacks.
  • This Cannot Be!: This is what he says when you defeat him. (i.e. "Ba-BAKANA!")
  • Unflinching Walk: If you simply hold forward, he casually (albeit, still menacingly) stalks up to his opponent.

    Jin Chonrei 
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Origin: China
Fighting Style: Teiou Ken
Voiced by: note 
Chonshu's brother and the ultimate opponent of Fatal Fury 3. Protector of his brother to a near-fanatical degree. Following Fatal Fury 3, supposedly both brothers mellow out and enter Tung Fu Rue's tutelage.
  • Historically Accurate Abusive Predecessors: Although the Qin Dynasty was significant as the first unifying empire of Chinese history, records tell of how brutally totalitarian and ruthless the Qins were during their rule. Qin Wang Long was the general of Qin Shi Huang, and was a merciless warrior said to have slain a thousand soldiers singlehandedly in combat. Qin Kong Long is Qin Wang Long's eldest son, and was one of the writers of the founding scroll of the Hakkyokuseiken School and the secrets to immortality, until his untimely death. With Qing Wang Long's sons desiring to return to life, they also seek to wrap up the unfinished business of immortalizing themselves and reviving the Qin Dynasty through global domination.
  • Anime Hair: And it's blue with yellow streaks!
  • Anti-Villain: Villain in Name Only.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Doubles as a Berserk Button and crosses into Knight Templar Big Brother territory; the guy will snap if you defeat Chonshu, but not before calling you "mousse-head."
  • Big "WHAT?!": This is what he says when you defeat him. (i.e. "Na-NANDATO!?")
  • Bilingual Bonus/It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Their names are written in Japanese in a more broken-form of Chinese, though the real ways to say his name are as follows:
    • Chinese/pinyin: Qin Chonglei (Chee-n Choh-ng-lay).
    • Japanese/on'yomi: Shin Suurai (though in his used name he unlike his brother Chonshu averts the usual Spell My Name with an "S" cases of romaji).
  • Bring It: his taunt, along with very audibly cracking his neck.
  • Chinese People
  • Demonic Possession: His power comes from his ancestor's spirit possessing him. He wants to get rid of these spirits unlike his brother.
  • Expy: Looks like a kid Vegeta. Sometimes he even has the attitude too.
  • Good All Along: He tears up the Jin Scrolls in his and his brother's endings, ruining the plans of their ancestors that are possessing them to start conquering again.
  • Harmful to Minors: His backstory.
  • Hot-Blooded: So much so that in his idle stance, his fingers twitch impatiently and he barely seems able to stand still.
  • Red Oni: Again, in defiance of his color scheme. He's the raging, hot blooded, explosive red to Chonshu's subdued blue.
  • Screaming Warrior: While this also applies to his brother, Chonrei's case has him display a more deep-tone from Kappei Yamaguchi's voice acting.
  • Sealed in a Person-Shaped Can: As long as the Jin Scrolls remained sealed.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Chonshu's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shoto Clone: Same as Chonshu, though he's more focused on single-hit moves than gimmicks.
  • Teens Are Short: Same thing as his brother.
  • True Final Boss: In Fatal Fury 3, provided the player wins every fight without continuing, or any rounds lost, and defeats Chonshu with an AA rank or higher.
  • Twin Telepathy
  • Unflinching Walk: Same as his brother.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Despite him being so close to Chonshu, he's not as keen on eternal life as his bro. He even tears up the Scrolls of Jin in both his and Chonshu's endings in Real Bout, both to stop anyone else from trying to dabble on its secrets like Geese did, and to give himself and his brother a normal life under Master Tung's wing.

Real Bout Fatal Fury 2

    Li Xiangfei 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Multiple Kung Fu Styles
Voiced by: note 
A Chinese-American girl from the Chinatown district of Southtown, part-time waitress and full-time face-stuffer. She knows Kung Fu.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Made readily apparent by her hairstyle and her attire.
    • But Not Too Foreign: Although she is of Chinese ancestry, Xiangfei was born and raised in Southtown, making her Chinese-American.
  • Big Eater: One of her two main defining character traits, though it's mainly seen during her team endings in the King of Fighters series.
  • Cute Bruiser: She cute, she's hyper, and she hits with the force of a bullet train.
    • Lightning Bruiser: Invoked during some of her specials, which are preceded with a sudden burst of speed.
  • Flash Step: Her Taitesujin HDM (seen at 3:30-3:32) has her stomp the ground, then suddenly teleport across screen and shoulder check her opponent.
  • Fun Personified: Xiangfei takes her job as a waitress seriously, but mainly competes for fun.
  • Genki Girl: Her other defining character trait, which is on a level near rivaling Yuri Sakazaki's in terms of sheer childishness. In other words, she's a goofball.
  • Hammerspace: Seen during her victory poses, where one of them has her whip out a pair of jian from thin air.
  • I Shall Taunt You: From making faces and sticking out her tongue, to simply pointing and laughing.
  • Ocular Gushers: If she loses due to time expiring, she falls to her knees and turns on the waterworks a la Soun Tendo.
  • Spam Attack: Majinga deals 100 hits, while the HDM version varies from 101-108 hits depending on the game.
  • Teen Genius: She's said to be a prodigy at the martial art form that she uses, and is already competiting against heavyweights like Terry and co. at age 17.

    Rick Strowd 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Boxing
A Native American boxer who works prize fights at a casino. Believing he has a higher calling as a fighter than simply acting as a showpiece, he decides to enter a street fighting tournament.
  • Demoted to Extra: Notice how much emphasis is put on him and Xiangfei for this game. Rick was considered for the lineup of The King of Fighters '99, but was ultimately passed over in favor of Xiangfei. Sadly, it seems that Rick might never make it into KOF, especially with Vanessa "borrowing" his moves.

Real Bout Fatal Fury Special: Dominated Mind

    Alfred 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Original Aerial Martial Arts
Voiced by: note 
A young man whose passion is flying. Became the main protagonist in Dominated Mind to defend his village and to get revenge against White for killing his grandfather.
  • Bonus Boss: Shows up as one in Real Bout 2. Getting to him requires winning 10 fights without losing, scoring over 750,000 points and performing either 5 P.Power or 7 S.Power moves.
  • Early-Bird Cameo/Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": Although he was created to be the protagonist of Dominated Mind, Alfred's first appearance was in Real Bout 2, a game released months before his proper debut. Since Dominated Mind was never released outside Japan, most people overseas know him for being a bonus boss in Real Bout 2.
  • SNK Boss: Can't utilize the line system like everyone else or use chain combos, but his attacks do double damage, he has a command throw that can be used on block, and his super take off insane chunks from your lifebar. See here for an example.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Apples!

    White 
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Origin: England
Fighting Style: Psychic Power
Voiced by: note 
A dangerous British drug lord who has more than a few screws loose in his head. Wields a staff and has powers of mind control. Loathes society and desires to remake it in an image he sees fit.
  • Ax-Crazy: Probably the only character to outdo Yamazaki in this department. Now that says something.
  • Arms Dealer: Mentioned as being one in his profile, though it never seems to figure into the story.
  • Brainwashing: White's preferred method of dealing with rivals.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Shows up in Yamazaki and Hon-Fu's endings in Real Bout 2.
  • Expy: Is a huge Shout-Out to Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Enthralls Billy Kane, Geese's former Dragon, to his will.
  • Facial Markings: Which look like eyeliner.
  • Kaizo Trap: When his life bar is depleted when you're on match point, White will deploy a cheap shot from his staff, which is a One-Hit Kill. You have to dodge this and score one final hit on him to end the match.
  • Lack of Empathy: Described in his profile as a "demented psycho who finds pleasure in making people suffer".
  • Laughing Mad: His final victory pose, which will infuriate you very quickly. He'll laugh uncontrollably on the floor, catches his breath a bit... then laughs even harder.
  • Meaningful Name: Say, what color is he wearing?
    • Although, this becomes an aversion if you pick anything other than his main colors.
  • Psychic Powers: Mind control and precognition, mainly. He's also got some illusion-generating abilities, which hints at telepathy.

Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition

    Touji Sakata 
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Origin: Japan
Fighting Style: Dainan-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu
An elderly Aikido expert who seeks to settle an old score with Geese.

    Tsugumi Sendo 
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Origin: Japan
Fighting Style: Wrestling
A young female wrestler who wants to prove herself in being a strong and tough fighter.

Fatal Fury: First Contact

    Lao 
Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Street Fighting
A strong yet sluggish man who isn't exactly the sharpest knife when it comes to thinking.
  • Ascended Extra: Only for this game. Makes a cameo later as one of the Lillien Knights under B. Jenet's service.
  • Shout-Out: His father, mother, and sister are respectively named Darren, Samantha, and Tabitha and his dog is named Lassie. Somebody at SNK must have been a big fan of 1960's Hollywood sitcoms.

Garou: Mark of the Wolves

    Rock Howard 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Mixed Martial Arts, Hakkyokuseiken
Voiced by: note 
Son of Geese and adopted by Terry. Has a grudge against his father for abandoning him and his mother which caused her death though Kain says otherwise. Although his fighting skills were taught by Terry, he somehow acquired some of Geese's attacks as well. He entered the tournament to find information about his mother.
  • Counter-Attack: Besides his dad's Ki Manipulation, Rock also inherited these from his father but puts a little Terry-esque spin on them by doing a Crack Shoot instead of a body slam. Appropriately, he renamed it the "Crack Counter".
  • Cycle of Revenge: Terry is concerned that he is trapped in one, even though his father is already out of the picture by Garou, so he raised Rock himself with the hopes that whatever lingering vindictiveness he feels towards Geese won't cloud his life as it did Geese himself.
  • Disappeared Dad: We're still not sure whether Geese actually died or if it was just a case of Never Found the Body.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Rock is the kid who shows up in Terry's endings in 3 and throughout the Real Bout series.
  • Emo: Commonly misconstrued to be one. K', a character similar to Rock who debuted around the same time, is also seen as one by proxy.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Approved by The Hero, even. Rock ends up joining Kain and becoming his Dragon, but in order to find out about his Missing Mom. Terry told him to just forge his own path.
    • Forced into Evil: However, he's not exactly thrilled and apologized to Terry as he left.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: While it was rectified in later Crossover appearances, Rock's hair has a noticeable green tint in Garou.
  • Happily Adopted: Terry took Rock under his wing after the (apparent) death of his father, and the two are thick as thieves.
  • Heroic BSoD: A somewhat milder example: if Rock wins a match using his Neo Raging Storm or Neo Deadly Rave (moves he "inherited" from Geese), he'll slump down to the floor in pain, agonizingly and momentarily unable to control his Blood Rage.
    Why does my evil blood boil?
  • Ki Manipulation: Despite all his angst towards his father, he doesn't seem to have a problem cribbing attacks from his moveset, since he uses the ki-based Reppuken/Double Reppuken and Raging Storm. His version of the Deadly Rave (called the "Neo Deadly Rave") also ends with a ki blast and he can use a ki blast during his command throw as well by interrupting the follow-through.
  • No Social Skills: Rock can function normally in society, but since he grew up surrounded mainly by men, he's flustered by women, hence his shy reaction to B. Jenet (whom he suggests to get less revealing clothes). However, this doesn't stop him from helping those in need (as seen in his interactions with Hotaru).
  • Oedipus Complex: To a degree. Rock is pretty much defined by his hate of his Disappeared Dad, Geese Howard.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted and later played straight in his ending.
  • Villainous Lineage: Something he dreads, as he believes he still carries his father's legacy, despite trying to find a different path for himself with Terry's help. Most evident when he finishes a match with a Raging Storm or the Neo Deadly Rave (he clutches his ki-infused hand and nearly collapses, overwhelmed by the dark ki from using his father's signature attacks).

    Bonne Jenet 
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Origin: England
Fighting Style: LK Arts
Real name Jennie Behrn, she's a rich British aristocrat who fled from her parents to become a captain of a crew of modern-day pirates out of sheer boredom. Became interested when she found out that the sponsor of the tournament was quite wealthy. Quite the Attention Whore. (When she runs, she waves.)
  • Going Commando/Vapor Wear: Her sprite and animations in Garou send the impression B. Jenet's not wearing underwear thanks to how she wears a dress that REALLY shows off the legs while doing her strong kicks. This is especially noticeable when she's KO'd or doing her stiletto attack, as both look suspciously like she's exposing her crotch. Her official art in the same game does show her wearing underwear though, see Panty Shot below. As such, this might be from an oversight in development.
  • Gorgeous Gaijin: British, and the resident Ms. Fanservice in Garou, considering the absence of Mai and Blue Mary. Her only competition is Hotaru, and that isn't much competition at all.
  • Kick Chick: The LK Arts seem to be primarily based off of Savate, the French version of kickboxing.
  • Kiss of Death: In one of her super moves, she ends her attack with a kiss complete with a heart... which still damages you.
  • The Tease: Especially with Hokutomaru which unnerves him a bit.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sirloin steak.
  • We Used to Be Friends: The extent of their friendship was unknown, but Jenet has a run-in with Terry, fell in love and somehow they broke up. It's unknown if Terry even notices her or was the one who initiated the break-up (or it was Jenet), but Jenet referred him as her 'former love'.

    Gato 
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Origin: Unknown (implied to be Japan)
Fighting Style: Quan Fa, Bājíquán, Xinyiliuhequan
Voiced by: note 
A cold and stoic martial artist who is well-versed in Chinese martial arts involving powerful strikes. He is Hotaru's brother although he constantly denies it. He enters the tournament to prove he is the strongest and get revenge on his father.
  • Aloof Older Brother: If he is indeed Hotaru's brother.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Of course. He'll do his best to show you that your fighting ability and style suck ass compared to his, with a few broken bones as proof if he can.
  • Battle Strip: Inverted. He starts with his shirt open, leaving his chest bare, but closes it when the fight starts.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He's got three on his back, courtesy of his father.
  • Handicapped Badass: Is blinded by a man who appears to be his father in his ending.
  • Jerkass: Wouldn't think twice to shout at his poor little sister to get the hell out.
    • Hell, wouldn't think twice to shout at anyone to get the hell out... complete with Trash Talk.
    • He's such an arrogant prick that he fell into Jae Hoon's Detect Evil radar, though his greatest vice wasn't that he's an evil man, just an utter asshole. (Though Tizoc doesn't consider him villain)
  • Murderous Thighs: A male version; one of his super moves has him jumping with the opponent he just knocked in the air breaking their neck in midair.
  • Shirtless Scene: As a victory pose, which also reveals his scars on his back.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Gato didn't grow up as a complete jerk, he used to be a much gentler person which was why Hotaru was hell-bent in bringing him back. Problem is, after his father murdered his mother for reasons unknown, Gato chose to forsake his own kindness and focuses completely on getting revenge, becoming the Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy we know of him today.

    Hotaru Futaba 
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Origin: Japan
Fighting Style: Neijia, Taijiquan, Baguazhang
Gato's little sister who is well-versed in Chinese martial arts involving soft strikes and ki blasts. She enters the tournament hoping she could convince her brother to come back to her.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: To Gato in her ending. He "lets her off the hook" as he leaves, but promises to kill her should they meet again.
  • Cute Bruiser: The second-smallest fighter in the roster (only beating out Hokutomaru by 2 cm) and yet she's capable of administering a serious beating with her martial arts. The cute part also contrasts with the other female in the game, the incredibly busty Bonne Jenet.
  • Fragile Speedster: Low in defense, and usually doesn't score very high in attacks. Nevertheless, Hotaru is a very agile fighter and scores many hits in many of her attacks.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Aside of her affinity with her pet, in her background, birds fly over to lift off her jacket pre-fight and she thanks them.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She puts her hair on pigtails in with two ribbons and her naivete and innocence is a big focus on her characterization.
  • Ki Manipulation: She has innate power to manipulate ki. Then there are times that she just decides to sit on you and then unload every ki she has onto you with, err... questionable sounds...
  • Martial Pacifist: A more tragic example; Hotaru simply wants to reunite her family. Fighting, unfortunately, is the only way to go.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "firefly," which explains the animation behind a few of her attacks.
  • Morality Pet: Most likely, although she didn't see it, she's this for Gato, if you believe that his Jerkass attitude was merely a facade. In other continuities, Gato tends to indirectly protect her while keeping up his usual Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy attitude.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Defied with moderate success. As opposed to Gato's physical, "hard" style, Hotaru fights with internal (or "soft") Kung Fu and most of her special moves involve Ki Manipulation.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mom is dead and her father has left for parts unknown. Hotaru is currently searching for both her dad and Gato, who is heavily implied (but not outright stated) to be her older brother.
  • Right Makes Might: She has the belief that true strength comes from kindness in contrast of almost everyone else (especially her brother and Kain).
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Hotaru is a very skilled martial artist, but on the other hand, as one of the youngest cast member of the game, she is rather naive to how the actual world works.
  • Weasel Mascot: Her pet marten Itokatsu. She's just that good with animals.

    Tizoc/Griffon Mask 
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Origin: Mexico
Fighting Style: Pro Wrestling
A Mexican Luchador wearing a griffon mask. He enters the tournament for his fans and for charity. At the end of the tournament, he retires but comes back anyway after he caught a glimpse of a young fan who admires him.
  • Animal Motifs: The griffon, of course. It goes well with his tendencies to name his strikes after things from the mythology (especially Greek).
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A big-hearted manly man, with loud voice, good laughter and joy towards general fighting in general.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Considers leaving the ring because he sees himself as a has-been. It takes just the support of one fan to encourage Tizoc to do otherwise.
  • Detect Evil: Less so than Jae Hoon, but Tizoc can know which person is evil and has a modified dialogue for his opening quote into, "Let's go, evildoer!". Because of his less zeal towards justice, he didn't have this modified dialogue on Freeman or Gato.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: While Tizoc is usually a low-tier character, it's mostly because he's a mostly defensive character who excels more in reacting. His signature grab is a 360 motion, one of his Supers are 720 motion, and in a more fast-paced game like Garou, this would work against him. However, if one can read the enemy well and utilizing the Just Defense system in the right place, Tizoc can take more than half of the enemy's hit points in one single swoop without even wasting any meter.
  • Friend to All Children: He enjoys being a Face because he does genuinely loves his (especially children) fans and knows that he inspires them.
  • Hunk: He's certainly got the muscles and manliness for this!
  • Justice Will Prevail: While not as overzealous as any of the Kim family, his in-ring Face persona involves being a stalwart defender of justice, so he DOES fight to uphold justice. He even named one of his signature throws "Justice Hurricane".
  • Large Ham: He loves to shout his move names, possibly to an exaggerated degree.
  • Masked Luchador: He's basically a Mexican luchador, what with the mask and general Face attitude, but he's a lot more muscular and power based than being technical.
  • Mighty Glacier: As luchadors go, Tizoc is proportioned much more like a Raiden/Big Bear or Zangief than a lightweight lucha libre specialist.
  • Shout-Out: A few of his moves seem to mimic that of Japanese pro wrestler Tiger Mask.
  • Spinning Piledriver: Both Justice Hurricane and his signature Big Fall is basically jumping while lifting their opponent, then piles them to the ground head first (except the S-Power Big Fall, where he stomps on them from sky to ground, but the idea is the same)
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: As Tizoc, he goes around without his shirt on, but that's normal because it's what wrestlers or luchadors usually do. When he's off-ring, he sometimes dons a nice suit.
  • The Worf Effect: He's a mighty wrestler, but before the game began, someone attacked him and gave him a sound thrashing, and part of the reason why he's entering the tournament is to find info on such attacker, all of it leading him to ponder if he has been a washed up fighter and not the real deal. According to Word of God, said attacker is implied to be Gato's father.

    Freeman 
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Origin: England
Fighting Style: Ga-ryuu Kakutoujustu
A nihilistic British Serial Killer who lives for life-and-death thrills and views his murders as works of art. A year prior to the events of Mot W, he killed Kevin Rian's partner, who was also the father of Marky.
  • The Faceless: His face is never shown (and is hidden under his bangs in his sprite), save for a cameo in The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match, but it's too small to make out his features properly.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: One of his DM/SDMs, Creeping Death, has him viciously attacking his opponent in the dark.
  • Mad Artist: He thinks of granting someone a "beautiful death" as doing his victims a great service.
  • Mistaken Identity: He's extremely reminiscent of Iori Yagami from The King of Fighters. He also bears a more-than-passing resemblance to Remy, who himself looks similar to Iori.
  • Never Found the Body: He's shot by SWAT teams in his ending and falls into a river, his fate never revealed.
    • Put on a Bus: And this is the main excuse for why he hasn't appeared in anything since Garou Mot W.
  • Shout-Out: Not only does his fighting style resemble that of Mature and Vice, he also follows their tradition of naming his attacks after heavy metal bands. His Round 1 winquote is "Kono akumu he... youkoso", which essentially means "Welcome to my nightmare."
  • Wolverine Claws: At least partially subverted. Some pieces of artwork depict him with long fingernails, but like the aforementioned Iori, Mature and Vice, he seems to shred opponents with his fingertips.

    Hokutomaru 
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Origin: Japan
Fighting Style: Koppou, Shiranui-ryuu Ninjutsu
Voiced by: note 
Andy's young and brash apprentice. Upon learning of a tournament, he comes to the city for the first time and causes a huge mess in a road intersection.
  • Big Eater: One of his winposes has him eating two large apples and a bomb in one gulp each.
  • Teleport Spam: The AI loves to use his overhead slash teleport move. Makes him very difficult to hit.

    Kevin Rian 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: SWAT Mercenary Techniques
A SWAT officer who is often seen around with his young friend, Marky. He's looking for Freeman, the killer of his partner, Marky's father.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: He suspects everyone he encounters of possibly being the one who kidnapped Marky.
  • Hunk: Check out those muscles! And that smile!
  • Police Brutality: He's a heavily armed SWAT officer running around beating up martial artists. Unsurprisingly, he's extremely overpowered.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: Subverted. He's in the tournament not because he wanted to save Southtown from corruption, but because Freeman is participating, but aside of his personal vendetta, it would also do good for the majority of people anyway if he takes Freeman down.
  • Spear Counterpart: Kevin is basically a male version of Blue Mary; It's been suggested that he's her brother or cousin.

    Khushnood Butt/Marco Rodriguez 
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Origin: Brazil
Fighting Style: Kyokugenryu Karate
A Brazilian Kyokugen-ryu practitioner who enters the tournament for the sake of advertising his dojo for new students. He was left in charge of the dojo by Ryo Sakazaki when he went training. At the end of the tournament, his dojo gets trashed anyway so he goes to look for the guy who did it.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Hopefully he's joking, but the sight of Tizoc makes Marco hungry. He mistakes him for a giant poultry.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Shares quite a few traits with Segata Sanshiro.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The Ryuko Ranbu, the signature attack of the Kyokugenryu style. Here it is exclusively a P-Power move with no S-Power equivalent and can be extended if you keep hitting the punch button after executing it.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Zanretsuken move is a staple of Kyokugenryu Karate.
  • Rated M for Manly: Not to say Ryo wasn't that manly (Kyokugenryu Karate is a pretty intense martial art) but he was a bit of a pretty boy compared to his father. Marco, however, is about as grizzled and bear as they come (his stage even takes place out in the woods in his private training retreat, surrounded by wildlife; it's not hard to imagine him toughening up by punching trees shirtless). Also when he wins he bursts out of his gi top with his rippling muscles, Kenshiro-style.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His profile specifically mentions a tendency to cry while reading Disney picture books.
    • One of his alternate color schemes has him wearing bright green shirt and pink pants.
  • Shotoclone: Has a projectile and jumping uppercut, with the Hurricane Kick being replaced by the standard Kyokugenryu Hien Shippuu Kyaku (plus his own variation where he travels up instead of forward).
  • Soul Brotha: Looks a lot like someone who would have starred in a Blaxploitation karate flick of The '70s (like Jim Kelly in Black Belt Jones), complete with beard, era-appropriate hairdo, and sideburns.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: At 6'0".

    Kim Dong Hwan 
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Origin: South Korea
Fighting Style: Taekwondo
Kim Kaphwan's eldest son and Jae Hoon's brother. A slacker who uses unorthodox methods of fighting as he would prefer to hit on women than practice.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy/Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a party dude and a goof ball. But Dong Hwan isn't joking when he called himself a 'Battle Genius', he's just THAT talented at Taekwondo that he doesn't really need training to unlock his true potential.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish sibling to Jae Hoon's responsible one.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Slacks off every time and getting scolded for not attending training sessions by his more serious little bro. But Dong Hwan is just born with natural talent that he can match up with his brother's diligence with just his unorthodox methods while all he did was just partying and having fun.
  • Meaningful Name: Dong Hwan can be read as a 'Koreanized' version of 'Don Juan'. And he's a playboy slacker.
  • Multicolored Hair: Light-brown and black.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: Made up a bunch of imaginary words and phrases on a whim, mostly from playing video games with his bro. One of them ("pompe") is actually a word... it just happens to be one from French and Italian vocabulary.
  • Pretty Boy: He's quite a pretty boy since he must have gotten it from his dad. And he'll use it to his advantage.
  • Retcon: Young Dong Hwan in the anime is actually more shy than Jae Hoon. In Garou, he's the more outgoing and slacker son. Then again, Dong Hwan was a little child in the anime; he could have just grown out of his shell sooner than his brother did.
  • Shock and Awe: How Dong Hwan can charge up electricity in his kicks is anyone's guess, because that is definitely not something Kim could do.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The Performer, since he prefers to do Tae Kwon Do for his own amusement rather than the discipline his brother exudes. Still presents a formidable challenge in spite of it.

    Kim Jae Hoon 
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Origin: South Korea
Fighting Style: Taekwondo
Kim Kaphwan's youngest son and Dong Hwan's brother. He resembles his father in the sense that he upholds a high sense of justice (even more than Kevin, who is a cop) and often scolds his brother for not practicing.
  • Battle Couple: Him and his Action Girlfriend Sausu; both are Taekwondokas.
  • Cheerful Child: In The Movie, he was a totally adorable and outgoing little boy. While Dong Hwan started as a tiny Shrinking Violet in said movie but grew into a cheerful slacker, Jae Hoon became more serious and focused.
  • Detect Evil: Inherited his father's "justice sense."
  • Family Honor: As the responsible son, he took upon upholding the name and philosophy of his family. Which is why if he beats Freeman, he said 'his father has been avenged', because apparently Freeman defeated (but not killed) his aged father in battle, he was actually avenging his honor.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Responsible sibling to Dong Hwan's foolish one.
  • Generation Xerox: Played straight at first, but Jae's ending has him contemplating on if following his father 100% is the right way to go.
  • Instant Fan Club: Has one. Sausu herself is a part of their ranks.
  • Justice Will Prevail: Like Father, Like Son. However, Kain managed to make him question whether it was really the right path for him to babble about justice, but a few surprisingly inspirative words from Dong Hwan makes Jae Hoon re-assert his belief on justice.
  • Pretty Boy: It runs in the family (except the justice obsession on Dong Hwan)! Jae Hoon is very pretty and combined with his hard work ethics, it created an Instant Fan Club in his dojo.
  • Playing with Fire: Jae Hoon can imbue his kicks with fire, something that his father does not do.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: "Evil cannot be forgiven!" ("Aku wa... yurushimasen!")
  • Technician vs. Performer: The Technician, as he retains a strict sense of dedication and pride in his form compared to Dong Hwan's lazy, natural talent.

    Grant (Abel Cameron) 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Ankoku Karate
Kain's best friend and most trusted bodyguard. When Kain and Grant were children, they saw a young boy who was beaten up by some older boys. The young boy didn't fight back and eventually died from the beating, thus the two adopted the philosophy of survival of the fittest. Their bond is so strong, he took a gunshot for Kain in one assassination attempt. Despite this wound, he's still one of the most powerful people to face against in the tournament.
  • Blood Brothers: He's sworn an oath of eternal allegiance with Kain, as seen in a special intro pose.
  • Bring It: "Now show me your awesome power... show me all you have."
  • Deal with the Devil: Gained the sinister power of "Ankoku Karate" through a pact with an unidentified entity.
  • Death Seeker: To a degree. Due to his bullet wound, Grant lives every day as if it were his last and wouldn't mind the prospect of dying in the heat of battle, as long as Kain can live on to fulfill their dreams.
  • I Have Many Names: Real name Abel Cameron, usually known as Grant, also goes by the title "Martyr of Might."
  • Knight Templar: Wholeheartedly supports Kain's plan to build a better Southtown through survival of the fittest cullings.
  • Parental Substitute: In Kain's youth, Grant served as his father figure.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: An interesting detail: he hates hot places, but chooses to fight in a flame-filled underground chamber.
  • Secret Bullet Wound: Hides an injury he received protecting Kain, a bullet which is still lodged in his chest.

    Kain R. Heinlein 
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Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Ankoku Shinkuu-Ken
Geese Howard's brother-in-law and Rock Howard's uncle. He holds the Maximum Mayhem Tournament for the strong to compete against each other. He personally fights the victor in a showdown of who's the strongest. He took over Southtown after Geese's disappearance and, according to Rock's ending, was only following only the will of Geese. Despite this, he holds great contempt against Geese for taking away his sister though he doesn't show it often.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Though he's more balanced than his right hand man was, he has one deadly trick up his sleeve - when fighting him in arcade mode winning the first round leads to his T.O.P bar extending to his entire lifebar afterward/
  • Blood Brothers: He's sworn an oath of eternal allegiance with Grant, as seen in a special intro pose.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: One of his win poses has one of these, made out of his blue flames, form behind Kain.
  • Dark Messiah: Kain's motive is to build a better Southtown through trial, conflict and violence.
  • Gratuitous German: His moveset is completely written (and for the most part, shouted) in German, with attacks like Schwarze Flamme and Schwarze Panzer leading to humorous misunderstandings like "Shirt Flake!" and "Shirt Hunter!"
  • SNK Boss: Is playable by using a code (except in the AES version where he and Grant are immediately selectable,) but is harder to control than Grant, since many of his moves are charge attacks.

Anime specials and The Motion Picture

    Jeff Bogard 
Origin: USA
Voiced by: note 
He is the father of Terry Bogard and Andy Bogard, and once a disciple of Tung Fu Rue. His age is not known, but he was older than his former companion Geese Howard before his death... at the hands of said former companion, who was Driven by Envy since he got passed up as the successor of the secret Hakkyokuseiken techniques to favor Jeff. This happened in front of Jeff's sons, who swear to get even with Geese, and this pretty much gets the ball of the whole Fatal Fury plot rolling...

    Lily McGuire  
Voiced by: note 
In the first anime special, she first appears a little girl whom Geese forces to get involved in the circumstances that lead to Jeff Bogard's death. Flash forward to ten years, and we see her as the "Queen of South Town," a beautiful Femme Fatale who is a part of Geese's entourage. Deep down, though, still feels guilty for the part she took in the aforementioned tragedy.
  • Birds of a Feather: Part of the reason that she and Terry fall in love is because of the fact that they both can relate to the harshness and trials of growing up in Southtown.
  • Broken Bird: Her self-worth never was very good, but after the tragic incident it took a massive nosedive.
  • The Cameo: In The King of Fighters '94, she can be seen among the crowd (and alongside Geese) in the Mexico stage.
  • Decoy Damsel: To be fair it NOT by choice: not only she was a little girl, but Geese forced her to play the role to get Jeff killed.
  • Destination Defenestration: How she dies. More exactly, Lily is cornered by Geese when she's about to escape with the Bogards and an injured Joe; she's right in front of a third story window, Geese unleashes a Reppuken on her, and then...
  • Friend to All Children: We see that she's not The Vamp when Terry catches her giving food, money and affection to the local street children.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl/The Tease: In her first apparition as an adult, Lily seems to be slightly drunk and also consumes some more alcohol on-screen. The truth behind her behavior, however, is much sadder and bitter.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: More implied than anything. She's very beautiful, curvy, nicknamed the "Queen of South Town", first wears a white dress with a generous cleavage, is a part of Geese's entourage, and throws a rose in the air with the promise of spending a whole night with the man who catches it — but any word similar to this trope, "The Mistress" or "High-Class Call Girl" is never directly uttered.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Cruelly subverted, as Geese forces little!Lily to pose as one so she can distract Jeff and he can kill him.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In one of her and Terry's spirit talks, she explicitly tells him to stop grieving for her.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Both of the dresses she wears in the anime.
  • She Is All Grown Up: In her first scene she's an adorable little girl. Flash-forward to ten years later, and she returns as a total babe.
  • Spirit Advisor: Assumes this role for Terry after her death.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's soft-spoken and emotionally broken, but she won't let her few loved ones get hurt.
  • The Tragic Rose: Her life is an almost unending parade of tragedies, and as said above in her first scene tosses a rose up in the air while promising to spend a whole night with the man who catches it. The guy who does is obviously Terry. They never get to spend their night together, as right after her High-Heel–Face Turn, she's killed by her boss Geese.

    Tony 
Voiced by: note 
In the second special, this pre-teen boy from South Town is introduced as a huge Terry fanboy. However, he catches his idol in a particularly low moment...
  • Cute Bruiser: Terribly subverted when he goes against Axel Hawk's assistant (who is reluctant to fight a kid, but only concedes because 1. Tony is eager to fight them so they won't trouble Terry, and 2. Axel wants them to fight to draw Terry's attention).

    Elsa 
Voiced by: note 
Tony's mother, who has been rasing him on her own.

    Sulia Gaudeamus 
Voiced by: note 
A girl who appears in The Movie. A young girl from a rich family with a huge secret, she escapes from her older brother Laocorn's grip and seeks for Terry and his friends's help, becoming the key to unlock a massive conspiration...
  • Healing Hands: Her powers, although apparently any skin-to-skin contact works as well. When Terry's too badly injured for just her hands to work, she has to opt for Intimate Healing instead.
  • Heroic Suicide: When Laocorn gets the complete armor, it makes him virtually invincible, but also amplifies their Twin Telepathy. Stabbing herself in the arm manages to distract him for a moment, but stabbing herself in the heart weakens him enough to be defeated.
  • Intimate Healing: After Terry's first fight with Jamin and Laocorn, his injuries are so serious that she strips down to her underwear and lays on top of him to let her healing powers take full effect. It works, but leaves her too weak to move for a while afterwards. Some cuddling, a You Must Be Cold moment and a bittersweet talk take place then.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite being helpless in combat, the girl keeps going on and doing her best to stop Laocorn. and if she has to commit suicide to save him... she will.

    Laocorn Gaudeamus 
Voiced by: note 
Sulia's older brother and the leader of the Gaudeamus clan. Has been the Soul Jar of the god Mars for some years already, after he tried to use a piece of the Armor to avenge his and Sulia's parents's murders. Ever since then he has been a Corrupt Corporate Executive, hell bent on world domination.

    Kim Myeng Swuk 
Voiced by: note 
Kim's beautiful, serious and kind wife.
  • Proper Lady: Beautiful, polite, soft-spoken but not an Extreme Doormat, and extremely coolheaded when push comes to shove.
  • She's Got Legs: She's actually introduced legs first. (That one's justified as that particular take also included Jae Hoon, who's a very short child back then.)
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: When Kim is being trounced by Cyber Cheng, Joe gets pissed off and decides to help; however, Terry asks Joe to not intervene because doing so would crush the faith of Myeng Swuk and (most importantly) Kim's sons. Cue to a shot of Myeng Swuk staring at her husband's fight and holding her scared kids comfortingly, completely focused on staying calm and on trusting Kim no matter what.

    Jamin 
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One of Laocorn's three retainers. An honorable and powerful man who happens to be on the wrong side and unable to leave.
  • Anti-Villain (Noble Anti-Villain): Follows Laocorn out of loyalty and honor, cares for Sulia greatly.
  • Bullet Catch: With two fingers. And he can throw it back with enough force to kill a man.
  • The Dragon: To Laocorn, although he shares the role with Panni and Hauer.
  • Graceful Loser: When he realizes he and Terry are evenly matched and that the colliding power from their attacks would kill them both, he drops his guard and takes the hit so Terry can go on and save Sulia.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Utterly loyal to the Gaudeamus family.
  • Lightning Bruiser: When Terry first clashes with him, Jamin is shown to have the upper hand in the speed department. Terry also notes that he's as strong as Krauser, a foe whom he barely defeated.
  • Super Strength: Terry notes that Jamin's as strong as Krauser, who was the Big Bad of the previous movie.

    Panni 
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The second of Laocorn's three retainers. A beautiful and powerful woman who sincerely loves her boss.
  • Water Is Womanly: A beautiful woman defined by her sincere love for her boss and power to unleash destructive water streams.

    Hauer 
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The third of Laocorn's three retainers, as well as the most amoral. Has a Villainous Crush on Mai.
  • Clothing Damage: Inflicts this on Mai when they first face-off. Luckily, her trademark outfit is underneath, but there's a brief nip-slip for all of you perverts.

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