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Terry Bogard
The Legendary Hungry Wolf (From KOF XV)

First Design (FF1

Timeskip Design (Garou

Female Terry (SNK Heroines

Hey, come on!

Origin: USA
Fighting Style: Mixed Martial Arts, Hakkyokuseiken
Voiced by: note 

The main protagonist of the Fatal Fury series and a world-famous street fighter.

Once an orphan who grew up in the streets of Southtown, he and his younger brother Andy were adopted by Jeff Bogard, a martial artist and rival of Geese Howard. Later on, Geese killed Jeff in front of Terry and Andy, leaving both of the boys to seek revenge as they grew older. Terry went to train under his father's old master, Tung Fu Rue, and learned the art of Hakkyokuseiken which granted him the ability to manipulate the Earth's energy for devastating attacks.

Fatal Fury: King of Fighters has Terry and Andy joining the King of Fighters tournament along with their friend, Joe Higashi. They fight their way through a roster of other strong fighters to eventually make their way to Geese. Terry and Geese engage in an intense battle atop Geese's tower, and Terry defeats him, sending Geese falling off the building to his reported death.

A year later in Fatal Fury 2, Terry is invited to a new KOF tournament hosted by the mysterious Wolfgang Krauser. The tournament takes Terry around the world, and eventually culminates in a battle between him and Krauser in Germany with Terry as the winner.

In Fatal Fury 3, Terry learns that Geese survived their original encounter, and Geese was now seeking the legendary Jin Scrolls that were said to grant immortality. After a lengthy chase around the world for the scrolls, Terry finally 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 orphaned son, Rock Howard, and raises the boy to ensure he doesn't go down the same path as his evil father.

Around ten years later in Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Terry passes on his role of The Hero to a now teenaged Rock. The two enter the newest King of Fighters Tournament dubbed "Maximum Mayhem" to help Rock find his way in life.

Terry is also a mainstay fighter in The King of Fighters series, usually being the leader of "Team Fatal Fury". He's also starred ins several crossovers including the SNK vs. Capcom series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy and many, many more.

In most of his playable appearances, Terry is a Jack of All Stats with a good mix of offensive and defensive tools. His moveset has remained very consistent across both Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters, having iconic moves like Power Wave, Burn Knuckle, Rising Tackle, and more.

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  • Action Dad: To Rock. He joins Kain's tournament with the latter to help him find out more about his Missing Mom. The two of them can also be put on the same team in several games like KOF XIV and Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium
  • Adaptational Dye-Job: Throughout the games, Terry has Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold. In The King of Fighters: Destiny, however, his hair is strawberry-blonde, making him a Fiery Redhead.
  • Afraid of Needles: Implied by an interaction with Mature in KOF XIII
    Mature: "Hello, Wolfy! Would you like me to show you a whole new world?"
    Terry: "Ooh, the seductive blonde routine! Okay, I'll play along! What kind of world would that be, sugar?"
    Mature: "A world of pleasure beyond the threshold of pain! I'm sure you'll be hooked!"
    Terry: "Ah, that's a shame.... Thanks, but no thanks! I get creeped out just seeing a syringe."
  • All-American Face: Very USA-centric motifnote . His traditional outfit even has a red, white, and blue color scheme (red and white hat, red jacket over a white shirt, and blue jeans).
  • All Work vs. All Play: Terry is all play, spending most of his time on playing arcade machines and eating cheeseburgers. His brother Andy, however, is all work, spending most of his time in Japan honing his skills. Despite this, Terry was always ahead of Andy because of his greater fighting skills and natural talent, which is honed by street-fighting that shapes up Terry's instinct for the unpredictable.
  • Animal Motifs: The wolf. His nickname is even "The Legendary Hungry Wolf", a play on the series' Japanese title (Garou Densetsu).
  • Antiquated Linguistics: As a result of SNK's very limited localization capabilities, Terry often throws out some outdated — if not absolutely ridiculous — slang in his quotes. By 90's standards he sounds like an old man.
    "Geese! I knew you were still alive! This time you won't be so lucky, you rapscallion!"
    "Wubba, wubba. I'm in the pink today, boy!"
    "Take a few more lessons, palooka!"
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He's been transformed into a woman on several occasions including via Demitri's Midnight Bliss super attack in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, and by Kukri in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. While not as hunky as his male form, femme Terry is still pretty muscular and hits just as hard.
  • Badass Back: He has his classic victory animation where he turns his back to the camera before throwing his cap.
  • Badass Boast: He's got quite a few he can dole out.:
    "It's been quite a while since my last fight. I'm ready to maul!!"
  • Badass Family: His adoptive father was a legendary martial artist like him. Both Terry and his brother Andy are world famous fighters and KOF regulars. And then Terry's adoptive son Rock is also a blossoming young fighter.
  • Bash Brothers: Literally with Andy. The two teamed up to take down Geese in the first Fatal Fury. They also regularly participate in the same team through multiple KOF tournaments.
  • Battle Intro: In The King of Fighters XV:
    "Hey, c'mon! It's time to get serious! This legendary wolf is gonna show you the ropes! Terry Bogard!
    Terry: "Hey, get ready!"
  • Big Eater: Shown to be one in his ending from Fatal Fury 2/Special, loading up on hot dogs at the Pao Pao Cafe.
  • Blithe Spirit: He spends his non-fighting days going from one temporary job to another (this can even be seen in the Fatal Fury 2 anime, where he is seen working at a construction site at the beginning) and travelling through the world without settling down anywhere, save for coming back to Southtown regularly.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's a pretty chummy and energetic opponent, goading with both Trash Talk and friendly gestures alike, and being generally hammy via Calling Your Attacks.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Notable in that he nearly averted this in Garou. Instead of belting out "POWAH WAIF!", "BURNAKKU!", "CRAK SHOOOOT", "POWAH DANK!", "POWAH CHARGE!", "POWAH GEESAH!", and "OVAHEET GEESAH!", he said stuff like "ROCK YOU!", "BURNING!", "KICK BACK!", "BEAT UP!", "CHANGING!", "GO BANG!", and "LIVEWIRE 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 seems 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: Several:
    "Hey, c'mon!"
    "Are you okay! BUSTER WOLF!"
  • Celibate Hero:
    • In The Movie. Having failed to protect his now-dead girlfriend during the first OVA, he becomes incredibly wary about letting women get close to him. However, he eventually succumbs to Plucky Girl Sulia's crush on him unfortunately, as he's considering reciprocating her feelings, Sulia gets kidnapped by her crazed brother, who uses her to find an Artifact of Doom that transforms him into a godlike being that Terry and his True Companions cannot defeat... Until Sulia performs a Heroic Sacrifice, that is. Poor guy.
    • Averted in the games, where he and Blue Mary are quite... close, to say the least.
  • Characterization Marches On: Terry's Nice Guy attitude isn't very prevalent in earlier appearances. He's actually quite belligerent towards his opponents in the first entry of Fatal Fury and loves to talk trash. From 3 onward though, his role as a Nice Guy and All-Loving Hero is played up more and he's shown to be willing to forgive even the likes of his Arch-Enemy, Geese.
  • Charge-Input Special: "Rising Tackle" has him leap up from a handstand to perform a spinning kick. The input is quite like Street Fighter's Flash Kick, charging down and moving up with a kick input. The start of the move grants Terry invincibility in multiple titles.
  • Chick Magnet: While in other canon he has a Cartwright Curse, he currently has Blue Mary, Bonne Jenet (though it's implied she's more interested in Rock), and Alice which is more than anyone else in the series except Kyo and Iori, who are equal.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Has had his Fatal Fury 2 design for many of his appearances in and out of his home series. then returned to his classic attire. He also has his Mark of the Wolves clothes for a couple of games, then returned to his classic attire.
  • Combat Parkour: Terry's usual method of fighting, combining it with the skills he learned from his mentor Tung Fu Rue and the skills he learned on the streets. With moves like Crack Shoot, Rising Tackle, Power Dunk, and a variety of somersaulting moves. His mastery of acrobatics is best exemplified by his special, Crack Shoot, his iconic somersaulting axe kick.
  • 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.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Terry's win quote against Bob Wilson in 3 is pretty insensitive, to say the least:
    What do you call a guy with broken arms and legs floating in a pool? Bob!
  • Cosmic Motifs: His iconic red vest has a big white star embroidered on the back, something that carries over onto his jacket in Garou.
  • Costume Evolution: Garou: Mark of the Wolves takes place several years after the events of Real Bout: Fatal Fury. During this 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. This version of Terry has appeared three times in the mainstream King of Fighters titles (2003, XI, and as an alternate costume for Terry in XV), NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, and as a character separate from Terry in the Maximum Impact games, going under the name "Wild Wolf".
  • 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. It also helped that Geese wasn't exactly a good father to Rock. Said initial anger might have been because Rock wanted to deal with his father himself.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Terry and Andy both grew up as orphans in the crime-infested streets of Southtown. Eventually though they'd be Happily Adopted by Jeff Bogard who raised them both with love... and then Jeff was killed by Geese Howard.
  • Determinator: Invoked. His advice to others is always very uplifting, encouraging them to keep trying even when they fail.
    "HEY! Today's humiliation's tomorrow's fuel for victory!"
    "Let's fight! Disappointment sprung me to true might!"
    "You did quite well! Keep going and don't get discouraged by this!"
  • Disappeared Dad: Terry's adoptive father Jeff, who was killed by Geese a few years ago prior to the events of the first game.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Kazukiyo Nishikiori sings "Yoake no Legend" ("Legend of Dawn"), the ending theme of The Movie.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: He'll sometimes apologize to his opponent in his win quotes thinking he went too far with his strength.
    "Ooh, sorry. Looks like I overdid it a little!"
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In the King of Fighters entries. While his well-deserved reputation is regarded often in profiles and descriptions, it very rarely is regarded by any character not imported from the Fatal Fury titles. Moreover, Terry has only ever been a side character within the context of story, and even his being the champion of the original The King of Fighters tournamentnote  is never once acknowledged.
  • Drunken Montage: In Fatal Fury 2 The New Battle, Terry Bogard finds himself drinking heavily, after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Wolfgang Krauser. His fall into drunken depression comes complete with him staggering through the streets, with images of neon bar signs passing over his head.
  • 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.
  • Elemental Punch: "Burn Knuckle!" Despite the name, it doesn't set the opponent on fire. Also, his Buster Wolf which creates a massive explosion at the end of the impact.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Terry was already pretty scrappy and resourceful as a kid, and the years of growing up in Southtown only added to this. It's not until he learns Hakkyokuseiken from Tung that he really becomes the "Legendary Wolf" of the present.
  • Enhanced Punch: Terry's "Burn Knuckle" is a Ki-enhanced punch that rockets him across the screen. It's been a mainstay in his arsenal since his debut in the original Fatal Fury and the King of Fighters.
  • Everyone Can See It: It's no secret that he and Mary have a spark between them.
    Terry: "Okay! Time to party!"
    Blue Mary: "Yeah! Where're you taking me?"
    Terry: "Heh, heh. That's my little secret."
    Joe: "I really hate those two people!"
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In Mark of the Wolves, he changes his clothes and cuts his long hair.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Terry's cap has an unusually low brim that obscures his eyes when viewed from most angles.
  • False Reassurance: If you hear him saying "Are you okay?", you better be ready to block because otherwise you will not be okay afterwards.
  • Fatal Attractor: In the anime and movie (but averted in the games). At the point in time in which they were made, Terry did not have a canonical love interest (indeed, Blue Mary wasn't introduced yet and Mai, The One Girl existing in the games proper at the time, is crushing on Terry's younger brother), so a pair of Canon Foreigner girls were added in to amp of the drama:
    • The first OVA gives us Broken Bird Lily McGuire who is practically a slave to the Big Bad, Geese Howard, and in fact was partly responsible for an incident in which Geese killed Terry's father, which emotionally broke her. Regardless, the two fall for each other, and just as Lily has made her High-Heel–Face Turn and agrees to finally leave Geese to be with Terry, Geese Reppuukens her through a window to her death. His failure to protect Lily haunts Terry for the remainder of the trilogy.
    • In The Movie, Terry meets Plucky Girl Suila Gaudemus who as luck would have it, is the Crazed madman Laocorn Gaudemus' little sister. Terry spends the movie trying to keep himself from getting too close to Sulia because of what happened to Lily, but just as he's coming to terms with his feelings, Laocorn becomes a godlike being, and Sulia makes a Heroic Sacrifice that allows Terry to beat him.
  • 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.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: The Power Charge special he has in some games, where he rushes at his opponent shoulder-first.
  • Friend to All Children: He took in an orphaned Rock Howard when the latter was still quite young. He's also pretty friendly towards his younger opponents in KOF.
    "Uh oh, you okay, little miss? I'll make it up to you by buying you something tasty at Richard's place." (vs. Kula)
  • Friendly Rival:
    • With Ryo from Art of Fighting. The two have faced off at several tournaments and generally look forward to their bouts.
      Terry: "Hey, Ryo! How's my favorite Invincible Dragon?"
      Ryo: "Doin' fine! Looks like you've sharpened your fangs a bit, Legendary Wolf! But I've been training for this day, too! You won't get by me easily!"
      Terry: "OK! Let's see if wolf fangs can pierce dragon scales, then!"
    • Also with Ralf Jones, considering the latter a Worthy Opponent to which the feeling seems mutual.
      Terry: "Hey! With you as my opponent, it looks like I'll finally get to enjoy a hot fight!"
      Ralf: "Well, I wouldn't want to disappoint you, buddy!"
    • He's pretty chummy with Ken Masters. The two of them even have a special intro where Ken hands Terry his hat before the two get pumped up for their fight.
  • From Zero to Hero: A poor kid from Southtown who grew up to become one of the most legendary fighters in the world.
  • The Gadfly: He loves to rile up his opponent before a match starts, usually through some well-placed Trash Talk or taunts.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He's stated to use self-taught moves from years of wandering the streets of Southtown, getting in fights, and learning what worked and what didn't. Figuring out how to throw energy waves or explosive punches, was just icing on the cake for him.
  • Good Parents: He looked after Rock with a lot of love and care, teaching him how to fight and traveling the world with him to help him grow strong.
  • Gratuitous English: Used liberally in each of his appearances, from shouting his attack names, to his victory cry of, "OKAY!!". Since most KOF characters speak Japanese by default, this is likely done to make him sound more American.
  • 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.
  • Ground Wave: His Power Wave special has him strike the ground, sending forward a wave of energy. It's been his standard projectile in almost all his appearances. He can also perform a stronger version called "Power Geyser" which creates a massive eruption in front of him.
  • 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.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's a very handsome young man with long blonde hair, and is an overall friendly guy.
  • Having a Blast: Somehow Buster Wolf can hit with enough power to cause a massive explosion at the end. His other supers create explosive results too like Power Geyser, where he makes a massive pillar of energy erupt in front of him, and Star Dunk Volcano, where he creates an explosion using an empowered Power Dunk.
  • Heartbroken Badass: The anime version of him who loses his love interest, Lily (no, not Billy's sister), to Geese.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Some of his designs utilize a leather jacket to emphasize his cool, traveler persona. Special mentions for Mark of the Wolves and KOF XIV.
  • The Hero: Terry is credited for having repeatedly saved South Town by defeating Geese, Krauser, the Jin Twins, and Kain respectively. He also regularly faces world-ending threats in his various appearances in the KOF games.
  • Hero of Another Story: In any non-Fatal Fury appearances he becomes this, particularly KOF where he has mostly nothing to do with the main plot and is there to simply be a tournament regular. He's also this in Mark of the Wolves once Rock takes over as The Hero.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers from one due to the death of Sulia in The Movie. He recovers quickly, just in time to curbstomp Mars, the God of War.
  • Heroic Build: The absolutely ripped protagonist of Fatal Fury. Even by KOF standards he's super buff, making Kyo Kusanagi look scrawny by comparison Depending on the Artist.
  • Heroic RRoD: Much like Robert did for Ryo, in Garou, Terry beats sub-boss Grant, but is too beat from the battle to press on, leaving the other protagonist (Rock) to fight the Final Boss Kain himself.
  • Home Stage: Averted in the first game, but he's had a stage dedicated to him in most subsequent titles.
    • 2: West Albuquerque, USA, where the fighters battle atop a moving train.
    • 3: Sound Beach, a very Floridan-style coast. They battle right in front of the water too.
  • Hunk: A tall and muscular man with a clean-looking face. Mary likes playfully calling him "handsome".
  • Humble Hero: Terry doesn't boast as much as he rightfully could do, at least in his later years (where he seems to channel his MOTW self more). He's proud of his fame, yeah, but also quite level-headed if his XIII quotes mean anything.
    Elisabeth: "I have heard of your legend and the accounts of you defeating many formidable opponents."
    Terry: "Please don't call me a legend. You're making me blush! Let's just get to fighting already! Come on! Hurry up!"

  • I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: There's one official art that portrays him having a hard time playing Art of Fighting at an arcade (though, strange enough, he complains at the demonstration screen). The Movie has a very similar scene where he plays a fighting game in Neo-Geo Land, and loses, something that a little kid points out. (For bonus points, AOF's John Crawley is playing Fatal Fury 2 next to Terry in said artwork.)
  • I Know Madden Kombat: The Power Dunk is a modified slam dunk.
  • Iconic Outfit: His most well-known version of his outfit is the one starring in KOF '98; his red jacket and shirt are sleeveless, paired with jeans and a red cap with Fatal Fury on the front. That version was based on his Fatal Fury II outfit, but replaced the Neo Geo on it.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He's on good terms with KOF fighters like Kyo and Athena who are both high-schoolers. He likes to casually chat with them before a match and exchange words of encouragement.
    Terry: "I know how to please the crowd pretty good, but you've got me totally beat in that category!"
    Athena: "D-Don't be silly! Your performance always gets the fans fired up!"
    Terry: "I'm glad to hear that coming from you! Well then, let's have a fight that'll keep people buzzin' for years!"
    Athena: "Absolutely! My fans around the globe are counting on it!"
  • Intergenerational Rivalry: With Geese. Geese murdered Terry's father when the latter was a child, and this instilled a longtime grudge against Geese in Terry. Geese actively looked forward to facing Terry when he saw that the latter was doing well in the KOF tournament and was determined to defeat him for good after a humiliating loss. By 3 though, Terry has largely let go of his grudge against Geese and now only feels compelled to fight him to stop his evil plans rather than out of any personal malice. He was even willing to save Geese's life to which the latter spitefully denied.
  • Irony: He's one of the most famous and powerful fighters spanning the Fatal Fury/KOF universe. And yet, he sucks at actual fighting games.
  • Jack of All Stats: Terry is consistently an incredibly well-rounded fighter who can adapt to many different opponents. His normals all have good range and frame data to play footsies with, Power Wave and Rising Tackle let him zone well, and his other specials give him a variety of rushdown and punishing options.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Played with, Terry is by far the nicest of the SNK protagonists, even going so far as to try and save the man who murdered his father in cold blood. However, Terry is also a very good trash talker, and his pre and post-match banter show off that he's very good at making dickish comments to get in his opponent's head; from calling Robert a constant loser despite his many achievements in his home series to mocking his own brother for his relationship issues just to get in his head before the fight Terry can be even meaner than the series poster villains when his trash talk is at his best.
  • Ki Manipulation: Nearly all of his attacks weaponize Ki, including both his signature specials: the Power Wave and his Burn Knuckle. His potential for it is immense, as many of his attacks are outright explosive in terms of the power he generates.
  • Leitmotif: He's had several throughout the Fatal Fury games.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He always seems to be wearing a white t-shirt and jeans in most of his appearances.
  • Living Legend:
    • Terry established himself as a force to be reckoned with when he defeated Geese Howard. He has gone on to face far stronger opponents since then, earning him such distinctions as "The Legendary Lone Wolf" and "Hungry Wolf Bogard".
      Kain: "Terry, the legendary wolf... You're as good as I thought."
    • His reputation continues to flourish in The King of Fighters series, where he's become a rival of Kyo Kusanagi. When Krizalid abducted Kyo during the '99 tournament, Terry was listed among those who helped rescue him.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has a body built like a truck, long flowing hair, and a pretty face that's caught a lot of admirers' attention. He does get it cut shorter by Garou, but the trope is still in play.
  • Mascot: This guy has been the face of SNK ever since The '90s, longer than even Kyo Kusanagi. This is solidified by his inclusion in Super Smash Bros. where he represents all of SNK.
  • The Mentor: To Rock in Mark of the Wolves, trying to help the latter come to terms with his identity.
  • Nice Guy: A very friendly, fun-loving fella. He gets along with many of the characters from his series and has even gone as far as trying to forgive the likes of Geese Howard, the man who murdered his father. Doesn't stop him from being one of the biggest badasses in Fatal Fury though.
  • Papa Wolf: What gets him outta his drunken funk in the second OVA is seeing Tony get pummeled by Axel Hawk.
  • Parental Substitute: He becomes the legal guardian of Rock, Geese's erstwhile son, and is a better father for the kid than Geese could have ever hoped to be.
  • Pillar of Light: His Power Stream LDM from KOF 2003/XI.
  • Power Trio: With Andy and Joe. The three of them teamed up to take down Geese in the first Fatal Fury. They'd later form Team Fatal Fury upon joining KOF, and have maintained this team through many installments, only occasionally mixing it up with different team members.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Terry has blond hair and his iconic outfit consists of a red hat, red vest, and blue jeans.
  • Red Baron: "The Legendary Hungry Wolf," which is a Stealth Pun for the Japanese title of his debut series.
  • Red Is Heroic: The standout feature of his signature outfit is the bright red jacket/vest. Averted with his Garou design though which has almost no red at all.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Andy's Blue. Terry is energetic, friendly, and takes pleasure in brawling with strong opponents. Andy meanwhile is composed, stoic, and approaches his training with a dead-serious attitude.
  • Revenge: He sets out to defeat Geese Howard in the first game for his father's murder.
  • Save the Villain: Attempts this on Geese. It fails, as Geese refuses Terry's help and plummets to his death with a mocking grin.
  • Second Love: Implied to be the case between him and "Blue" Mary Ryan, who (in Fatal Fury's canon) has only recently gotten over her previous boyfriend's death.
  • Seen It All: Parodied when he fights a Mirror Match in KOF XIII
    Terry 1: "You know what? I've been doing this so long that even seeing a copy of myself doesn't surprise me anymore."
    Terry 2: "That's right! It feels like meeting an old friend, right? How've you been, old buddy?"
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Andy's sensitive guy.
  • Ship Tease: With Mary. The two flirt with each other a lot, both in and out of battle, and have a generally close bond. Though, even by Mark of the Wolves it seems that they're still Just Friends.
    "OK! If I win, it's a date! Don't forget now, right?!"
    His win quote vs. Mary in Real Bout
  • Shipper on Deck: He teases his brother a lot in regard to whether or not the latter will finally end up with Mai. Though it's possible he also just does this to get under Andy's skin before a fight.
    Terry: "This may not be the time or the place, but come on... Tell me what's going on between you and Mai."
    Andy: "Wh-What are you talking about, brother? That's totally unrelated to what's going on!"
    Terry: "Well, it's just that every time I run into her at a KOF tournament, she's going about "my Andy" this and "my Andy" that... Man, I get tired of hearing all that stuff! You two should just make up your minds already!"
    Andy: "You and Joe are so harsh! Are you trying to agitate me or something?"
    Terry: "Breaking your opponent's pace by taunting him is all part of the game, Bro! I thought you were raised in the streets!"
  • Shoryuken: His up special, Rising Tackle, is this... sort of. One of his signature anti-airs, Terry jumps into the air with an upwards spin, kicking above him.
  • Shotoclone: Downplayed. He's got a projectile move (Power Wave), a Shoryuken-esque move (Rising Tackle or Power Dunk depending on the game) and a rushing move (Burn Knuckle, Power Charge, and Crack Shoot). This is more options than what classic Shotos like Ryu from Street Fighter can perform.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Terry and Andy have been battling for as long as they've both been martial artists. Andy's own motivation for improving comes from wanting to live up to Terry's influence.
    "Fighting you never gets old! You’re my best rival in the world, little brother!"
  • Sibling Team: Terry and Andy are often on the same team during tournaments.
  • Signature Headgear: His cap that was gifted to him by his father. It flies off his head when he's defeated. He also flings it off himself when he wins a round. By Garou however, he's retired the hat in favor of letting his hair out.
  • Signature Move: Nearly his entire core move set, though he's most famous for his Power Wave and Burn Knuckle, the latter of which is implied to be the move he used to defeat Geese Howard. He's also well-known for the Buster Wolf, Power Geyser and the Triple Geysernote .
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Some of his designs have him wearing a t-shirt with the sleeves ripped off, exposing his very muscular arms.
  • Spirited Competitor: One of his defining traits, which he shares with Kim Kaphwan and Ryo Sakazaki. Terry's been a regular at the KOF Tournament ever since the original Fatal Fury, and is still acknowledged as one of — if not its — top competitors. He's also known for travelling the globe in search of strong opponents to test himself against.
  • Super Strength: Terry's physical capabilities are often depicted as superhuman in nature. In the anime, he can hit a falling stack of steel beams with enough force to bend them in half, and then battle and defeat Mars, a literal god. In the games proper he regularly battles supernatural entities like the Jin Brothers, the agents of NEST, and is reputable for being able to fight even with superpowered fighters like Kyo and Iori.
  • Taught by Experience: Though Terry received tutelage under Tung Fu Ru, the bulk of his knowledge comes from years of hands-on experience surviving the crime-infested streets of South Town.
  • Team Pet: His pet monkey, Ukee, who served as the Mascot of SNK before Terry. He seems to have inherited Terry's fighting spirit and usually greets his owner by punching him. He pops up in one of Terry's win poses in '99.
  • Tears of Blood: In the movie, after Sulia's Heroic Sacrifice. Even better, the tears appear to be imbued with bluish ki. He quickly gets over his Heroic BSoD (to the point that he's shown to be visibly angry and bearing fangs). Oh, you've done it now...
  • Technician Versus Performer: Terry is the "performer" to Andy's technician. Andy has dedicated the better part of his adolescence studying Koppoken and spent his adulthood being taught the ways of Shiranui Ninjutsu under Mai's grandfather. Whereas Terry is largely Taught by Experience, having honed his skills by surviving the crime-ridden streets of South Town. Though he did receive formal training from Tung Fu Ru for a brief time. Whenever Andy challenges his brother, Terry's natural talent and experience give him a clear advantage.
  • Tragic Keepsake: According to the intro of Wild Ambition as well as the first anime specials, the hat was a gift from his deceased adoptive father Jeff after he was killed by Geese. Terry later presents it to Rock, and the kid has cherished it ever since.
  • Trash Talk: Despite being a general Nice Guy, Terry is surprisingly effective at talking trash with opponents.
    "It's been a long time since I fought... get ready to be hurt!"
    "You have guts. Too bad. I'm gonna tear them out."
    "Hah! Quite a claim... But you don't convince me, hidden like some weenie!"
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Downplayed. Terry has had lots of formal training over the years, but a large chunk of his fighting style is self-taught and from years of surviving on the streets. Compared to Andy or Ryo, much of his success comes from strength and fighting instinct rather than a disciplined training regime.
  • Variant Power Copying: It's revealed that Terry's Burn Knuckle and Rising Tackle are modified versions of Tung Fu Rue's Senshippo and Senpuuken.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Implied. By the time of Garou and Memories of Stray Wolves, he realizes that getting revenge on Geese paled to the excitement he felt being able to travel the world and challenge strong fighters through tournaments. He even tries to let go of their rivalry in 3 right before Geese lets himself fall of the tower they fought on.
  • Walking the Earth: Terry's lot in life is an unending quest to better himself through practical knowledge of fighting. To that end, rather than take his brother's hardline approach to a disciplined, grounded schooling in martial arts, Terry gets into fights and learns as he goes then moves onto the next one. This has enabled him to be a better fighter by comparison, as he finds creative and new ways to come out on top vs. his brother's rigid training that doesn't give him as much flexibility.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: His entire default getup is meant to represent the American flag, with combinations of red, white, and blue, and even having a star on his back.
  • Wolverine Publicity: He's featured in almost every major crossover SNK produces and is often their go-to for representing the company in third-party titles. He's appeared in every Fatal Fury, KOF, and SNK vs. Capcom title. He's the sole SNK Guest Fighter in the Fighting Layer and Super Smash Bros. series and even made it into SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy despite not being... well, a girl. Kyo lampshades it in KOF XIII, though of course Terry snips back.
    Kyo: "Man, you are here every single time, aren't you? Are you going for a perfect attendance record or something?"
    Terry: "Not really. It's just that when I hear lots of strong people are getting together, I really have to join!"
    Kyo: "You're a sick individual, Terry... And I don't think there's a cure."
    Terry: "Don't act like you're any different! I keep running into you here every time too!"
  • Worthy Opponent: Geese is excited at the prospect of fighting him in the first Fatal Fury after having monitored Terry's progress through the tournament. He shows disappointment whenever he wins against Terry with his quotes expressing higher expectations for Terry's skills.
    Geese: "Terry Bogard? Someone with some backbone, finally!"
  • Wrestler in All of Us: His Neck Breaker Drop from Wild Ambition is a jumping inverted neckbreaker.
  • You Killed My Father: Towards Geese who killed Jeff Bogard when Terry was just a child. It motivates him to enter the first KOF tournament to defeat Geese.