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For further information on the characters, see their entries on the main character page for The King of Fighters.
A high school pop-star and long-time member of Team Psycho Soldier in the King of Fighters tournaments. As a singer and martial artist, she is passionate and hardworking but can be a bit of a crybaby at times.
- Butt-Monkey: Out of all the jokes made of the heroines, most of it is made at the expense of poor Athena.
- Idol Singer: That's a given.
- Magical Girl: She's always had this going on to some degree, but her new costume takes it even further. With her psychic powers, she does technically qualify as one.
A former member of NESTS, a criminal organization that genetically engineered her to be able to create and manipulate ice. A side effect of her genetic manipulation is that she has a child-like personality, being innocent as a babe and as sweet as the candies she enjoys.
A shrine maiden for the Ainu tribe of northern Japan. She is a kind woman who is a pacifist at heart, but if mother nature is in danger, she will not hesitate to bear her sword and her pet hawk Mamahaha on her foes. Originally the female lead of the Samurai Shodown series before making a canonical appearance in The King of Fighters XIV.
- Belly Dancer: Her Odalisque outfit fits this perfectly, what with her turban and her loose, see-through pants.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: As a Nature Spirit, Nakoruru is able to cross through time and space freely whenever she senses mother nature being threatened, but she is unable to escape from the pocket dimension for some reason. Because of this, she's forced to participate in the tournament like everyone else.
- Innocently Insensitive: She happily tells Athena that she will always cheer her on... even if she's a third-rate idol.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: One of her costumes (as shown here) is that of a skimpy vampire outfit. To take it further, her sword has been turned into an oddly shaped cross while Mamahaha has been turned into a bat.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: She barely gives much of a reaction to Terry's genderbent form other than wondering how it happened. Justified as she's one of the oldest characters in the SNK Universe and has seen things much stranger.
Adopted daughter of the military commander Heidern, who found her as an orphan after her Orochi blood leads to the death of her tribe. She fights using the assassination techniques learned from her surrogate father. She is also very taciturn and stoic.
- Cat Girl: One of her costumes.
- The Comically Serious: Leona puts on arguably the straightest face ever while wearing some of the most revealing outfits in the game.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Shermie. She hasn't forgotten how she and her other teammates forced her to enter the Riot of Blood at the end of KOF '97. Shermie's attempts in making her give into the Riot of Blood again doesn't help either.
A student of Kyokugenryu Karate, alongside her elder brother Ryo. She is a rambunctious tomboy who hopes to use her fighting style, a combination of Kyokugenryu Karate and her own techniques, to support her dojo.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Calling Heart"
- Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Her ending. She dreams the events of Art of Fighting, except she and Ryo have switched roles. Ryo is the one who is kidnapped and she goes into Southtown to save him.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Several of the other characters remark on how Yuri is always a kidnapping target, despite the fact that she was only kidnapped once. She doesn't seem to mind, thinking that it shows how irresistibly cute she is.
A fashion model and part-time keyboardist for a band who, like Leona, also has Orochi blood. She is an acrobatic fighter with powerful grappling techniques who loves to fluster her opponents with her flirtatious taunting.
- Back from the Dead: Shermie did recall she died in 1997, she came back and was able to participate due to Verse's defeat in XIV releasing her soul and the rest of the New Face Team members. None of her former opponents bats an eye on this and are just glad she's back after being missing so long, with the exception of Leona since she did not forget that was Shermie and her two friends Yashiro and Chris who made her enter the Riot of Blood at the end of KOF '97. This is even lampshaded by Mai."Huh? Didn't you die back in... um, 97? Was that an illusion or trick or something?"
- Blinding Bangs: Her eyes are always hidden behind her hair.
- The Corrupter: She wastes no time attempting to tempt Leona into giving in to her Orochi blood. Thankfully, Leona isn't having any of that.
- Easily Forgiven: A lot seemed to forget her status as a Hakesshu and treated her like an old friend that will certainly never repeat her old plot in reviving Orochi again.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She really cherishes her pet hamsters in spite of being on board with the plan to revive Orochi. When beating Nakoruru, one of her win quotes is not about referring to how the champion of Nature is no match for Orochi, but more like she doesn't want Mamahaha to eat her hamster.
- Hidden Eyes: We never see her eyes.
- Pretender Diss: While she's playful about it, Shermie doesn't seem to believe that Fem!Terry is the real deal.
- Token Evil Teammate: Out of everyone trapped in the pocket dimension, she is clearly the most sinister. Though time will tell if she and her teammates plan on resurrecting Orochi again in the future.
- Unexplained Recovery: The game doesn't bother explaining anything about how she's alive again, but taking into account that the events of SNK Heroines happen a few months after those occurred in KOF XIV and as the defeat of Verse liberated the souls of all the warriors who were defeated in the past inside him, it is logical to think that she and the rest of the New Faces Team were included in the list of those who were absorbed by Verse at that time after his death in KOF' 97.
A former NESTS agent, similar to Kula. Unlike Kula, she was deemed a failure when the experiments that granted her control over lightning made her mentally unbalanced and unable to control her powers. She dresses in flamboyant and eye-catching outfits to compensate for her fear of rejection.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Sivilelu Passion"
- Modesty Towel: One of her costumes makes use of one.
- We Used to Be Friends: She and Kukri were once allies as part of the Official Invitation team in XIV, although said team was more of a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that employed a lot of Teeth-Clenched Teamwork. She doesn't take too kindly to him dragging her into her worst nightmare.
A dancer and capoeira fighter, and a fun-loving girl whose honest nature endears her to others.
Leader of the Peace Sky Pirates. She is a capable fighter who can keep a cool head in the heat of battle, but also has a girly side that she prefers to keep under wraps.
- Absolute Cleavage: Goes braless with her police uniform, which bares this and most of her stomach.
- Fair Cop: Dressed skimpily like a policewoman in her regular outfit.
- Girls With Mustaches: Wears one in her cowgirl outfit. Like her hair, it's purple.
- She's Got Legs: Her police uniform bares her legs.
- Ret-Gone: A meta example, as a consequence of SNK selling the rights for Love's series Sky Heart to Highlight Entertainment during 2016, Love was removed from all and any promotional materials when the game was ported to Steam.
A Siuchanese opera performer whose skills in combat are formidable. She tends to come off as standoffish and rude, but in truth, she is actually very shy.
- Chinese Girl: Just look at her!
- Greed: Despite her situation, she seems to be looking to find more ways to get more money. She criticizes Kukri not for dragging her and the others into the pocket world, but for wasting it on that instead of using it as a business. She also briefly considers making money off of Terry's new appearance.
A taekwondo practitioner under the tutelage of Kim Kaphwan.
- Ambiguously Bi: She openly hits on the other girls in her winning quotes and even admits that she wouldn't mind if Terry stayed a girl forever. During her ending, she's blatantly checking out the new girl incorporating into her class. Too bad it turned out to be Gang-Il in a drag
- Horny Devils: What her second costume is based on.
Scion of the Dragon Clan and a master of Kung-Fu.
The legendary "Hungry Wolf" of Southtown and a long-time veteran of the King of Fighters tournaments...except now, he's been transformed into a woman! But how? And why?
- Big "NO!": Does this when paired up with Mai after she points out his new form to him.
- Gender Bender: He's been transformed into a woman, much to his dismay. Needless to say, everyone else on the roster has their own ways of playing off how different he looks now, whether it's how Yuri or Athena are simply shocked, Mai finding the prospect of having her fiancee's brother becoming a woman utterly hilarious, or Shermie refusing to believe that Terry changed that much somehow after the last time she showed up in KOF canon.
- Gratuitous English: It ain't Terry without the Engrish!
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Indulges in this in some of his intro cutscenes.
- Mood Whiplash: His ending is probably the most serious of the bunch in a game that's really wacky in general. He fails to save Geese and suddenly Rock kicks him off the balcony onto his death. Thankfully it's a dream but it really is messed up for this kind of game. The game doesn't even pull any punches by making his ending so detailed compared to most of the characters.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: He's very unhappy with what's happened to him, and makes damn sure that Kukri knows it.
- Pom-Pom Girl: One of Terry's costumes involved this.
- Second Law of Gender-Bending: Begrudgingly admits to himself to getting accustomed to his new body in some win quotes and cutscenes, although it mainly concerns how he can fight as effectively as he did before being transformed.
- Steampunk: Terry's other costume after the Pom-Pom Girl is this.
- Tomboyish Voice: Probably the only way to describe his new voice; after all, he is still a guy. His alternate voice sets go two ways about this - one has his voice go even deeper, another has him adopt a higher, more feminine tone.
- Whole Costume Reference: Looks exactly the same as he did when on the receiving end of a Midnight Bliss.
The main antagonist and a user of the Hot Sand Assassin's Fist. He has sent the Heroines of SNK to his world, but for what purpose?
- Adaptational Villainy: As much of a shady and foul-mouthed jerkass he is in his home series, Kukri is at worst a neutral character. And then his team's ending shows him working with Elizabeth to revive Ash, which may make him one of the good guys. In this game, he is the Big Bad, a loathsome pervert trying to turn the women of Earth into sand.
- All Men Are Perverts: To put it bluntly, he's a far cry from the mysterious asshole we saw from XIV, even if he was already fairly perverse in his win quotes towards female characters. His goal? To merge the pocket dimension with the real world so he can turn all the women on Earth into his personal collection of sand sculptures.
- Big Bad: The one who has abducted all the Heroines into this world.
- Doppelgänger Attack: His supporter is another him. The ending also shows lots of him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His plan is nefarious enough in a way of turning the women of Earth into his personal sand sculptures, but he is aghast when Sylvie gets dragged in, not because she used to be his teammate, but she looks like a 9 years old and he doesn't want to get Mistaken for Pedophile.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: He is perfectly aware of being in a game, going so far as to directly address the player at some points.
- The Faceless: His face is always hidden in shadow, though we can still see his mouth and sometimes his eyes. In the ending, he exposes his face, but it's immediately pixellated out.
- Final Boss: Of the story mode.
- Gratuitous French: Yeah, we aren't sure why he does that either. Perhaps a reference to Ash Crimson, since they both have white hair and he is working with Elizabeth to revive him?
- The One Guy: The only (physically) male character in the game, and he's not playable.
A guest from the Million Arthur: Arcana Blood fighting game and the first DLC character.
- A-Cup Angst: She seems pretty annoyed with the fact that Terry, who got genderbent, got Boobs of Steel after being turned into a woman.
- Ambiguously Bi: Despite stating not being interested in girls on her win quote against Luong, she shows more than passing interest in Athena, Shermie, Mai, and Zarina on her respective win quotes against them.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Wear mismatched stockings.
- Guest Fighter: From the Million Arthur universe. As an exchange, Iori Yagami shows up in the console release of Arcana Blood.
- Idiot Hair: Has a long one.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: It's in her name.
- Pirate Booty: Her personal hit effects are chests filled with jewels.
A guest from Street Fighter EX and Fighting EX Layer and the second DLC character. Third-rate Salaryman Saburo Nishikiyama found passion in fighting crimes after a superhero attraction gig, taking the mantle of the skull-themed superhero Skullomania... Except that he's now a lady. Skullolady, to be exact. Because that's exactly what happens to male characters that entered Kukri's dimension except for Kukri himself.
- Expressive Mask: His mask is surprisingly expressive.
- Gender Bender: The second character after Terry to be put through this.
- Guest Fighter: It would seem that SNK and Arika decided to a mutual crossover since Skullomania appears in this while Terry (in his standard, male form) is set to appear in Fighting EX Layer.
- Mythology Gag: Skullomania's ending in Street Fighter EX3 mentions him having a Distaff Counterpart in the form of Skullolady who we never see, and Skullomania is referred to here as Skullolady.
- Spy Catsuit: What his normal outfit turns into this after being turned into a woman.
- The Unreveal: In his ending, he is seen with his mask off, but an inconveniently placed pipe prevents the player from seeing his face.
The original boss character from SNK Gals Fighters, Iori Yagami has returned as the third DLC character. Only now, Kukri has made Miss X a real woman.
- Blatant Lies: Still refuses to admit that Iori and Miss X are one and the same. In one of his win quotes, when it's pointed out that his moveset is too similar, he claims to be Iori's long-lost sister.
- Hilariously, Iori does have a sister according to design documents but she has never made a physical appearance.
- Gender Bender: The third character to receive this treatment. However, Iori seems to have an exception as his third outfit is not him as a woman but just him cross-dressing as he did in his original appearance as Miss X.
- Mythology Gag: Miss X was originally the boss in the first Gals Fighters game, only it was Iori cross-dressing.
- His second outfit is a send-up to the female Kyo Kusanagi cosplayer and fangirl Kyoko, who showed up as an Another Striker in The King of Fighters 2000 for Shingo.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: One of his win quotes has him about to go Laughing Mad again, but he slips into this.
- The One Guy: So far, he's the only physically male playable character in his third outfit.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt
- Sailor Fuku: His default outfit and his non-gender bent outfit.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Of a sort. While the first two costumes depict Iori as a girl, his third outfit is his normal self wearing Miss X's sailor outfit.
The heroine of the World Heroes series of fighting games. A swordswoman from 15th century France, she is always on the prowl for a good man in her life.
- Guest Fighter: The first guest from an SNK-owned property, the long-dormant World Heroes fighting game series (originally owned by ADK).
- Samurai: Her costumes involved this but mixed Hotter and Sexier. This is a Fanservice game after all.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In World Heroes her name is spelled as "Janne D'Arc" but in SNK Heroines it is seemingly corrected to "Jeanne".
- Whip Sword: Her weapon is a segmented sword she can extend at will to hit at range.