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The characters in The King of Fighters debuting in The King of Fighters '97.


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    Team Orochi in general 
  • Affably Evil: When not in their Awakened forms, the three are generally quite pleasant, on the surface at least. Even Yashiro mostly comes off as more of a spirited competitor than the Orochi herald he actually is, provided he's not talking to Iori. In Chris's case however, it's much less genuine.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: All three of their Orochi selves in 2002 suffer from this with their MAX2s. Orochi Yashiro's Harmageddon is a Megaton Punch of comparable power - and impracticality - to Ralf's Galactica Phantom, being far too slow and telegraphed to be useful on a decent opponent. Orochi Chris's Sanagi wo Yaburi, Chou wa Mao sounds amazing on paper: transforming into Orochi itself and performing a powerful, screen wide attack that does decent chip, but its overly long start up makes it easily punished and impossible to combo into. Orochi Shermie's Unmei no Ya is the most infamous of the 3 - a bolt of lightning who's target is completely random, and can even include herself. This is probably why all 3 were replaced with entirely different attacks in XV (though Shermie's Raijin no Sabaki at least, is a throw-back to her old MAX2 thematically).
  • Back from the Dead: They ultimately come back due to Verse's defeat XIV. As he had their souls, they were released.
  • Backup from Otherworld: in 2000, where they're the alternate strikers for 3 of the 4 Ikari Warriors. They even vanish like ghosts after performing their attacks.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In their Awakened forms' ending in XV, they, using the shard that they had obtained from Otoma=Raga and with a helping hand from fellow Heavenly King Goenitz, succeed in breaking the seal on Orochi and bring about the end of days for humanity. Unfortunately, they soon find out that their victory wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Chris doesn't seem to mind too much, though.
  • Badass Preacher: Yashiro, Shermie, and Chris, when actually dressed as members of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi also appear like priests in the same way Goenitz presented himself, the ending artwork in their winning screen for '98 is where the player can see the trio dressed like the top brass of Orochi's servants. It wouldn't be until XV that these outfits would become part of their Awakened Orochi forms.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: How their normal and Orochi forms meet in KOF XV, apparent by the dark background compared to the stage being fully visible.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Zig-zagged with "Rhythmic Hallucination," which originally debuted as their Awakened team's theme in 97 before Chris and Shermie got unique new themes of their own in 98. Their subsequent appearances would use a medley of all three themes, until XV brought not only brought back "Rhythmic Hallucination" as the team's theme, but with two extra variations that incorporate Chris and Shermie's themes when they're placed first on a team. Additionally, their standalone themes from 98 return as special battle tracks for Shermie vs Orochi Shermie and Chris vs Orochi Chris respectively.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a 24-year long absence (which involved being dead), all three return in XV.
  • Co-Dragons: The team is this to Orochi, being tasked with the latter's resurrection.
  • Double Consciousness: XV implies that all of them suffer this to a certain degree. Yashiro may throw himself headlong into fulfilling Orochi's will whenever he is called upon, but outside of that he's a decent guy who enjoys the luxuries of human existence. Shermie takes her duties to the clan with the utmost seriousness, but deep down really likes interacting with people as well as her hobbies as a member of a band and a fashionista. Chris is psychotically into the "Kill All Humans" part of Orochi's plan, but this mainly stems from him seemingly getting little to no enjoyment out of anything in life.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Yashiro and Shermie have ample ship teasing, and even Chris offers to cook for Shermie as an apology for beating her in one of his win quotes, suggesting all three genuinely do care about one another. Even when Yashiro has to sacrifice all three of them for Orochi's revival in their 97 ending, he takes no pleasure in it and offs himself just as quickly as Shermie and Chris.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Team Japan:
      • Orochi Yashiro is this to Daimon, as a member of the Orochi Team. He gets the powerful grapple moves plus his own version of Daimon's Jigoku Gokuraku Otoshi DM.
      • Orochi Shermie is this to Benimaru. Funnily enough, they're both the designated flirts of their teams, one being the attractive tease and the other the Camp Straight ladies man. She gets electrical moves plus her own version of Benimaru's Raikouken.
      • Orochi Chris is this to Kyo as a member of the Orochi Team. He gets fire powers plus his own version of Kyo's Orochinagi.
    • To Team Ikari:
      • Normal Yashiro, like Ralf, is the cocky guy who takes the lead and is known for his punches, even including a charge-up punch that's unblockable (only if charged all the way). Even their playstyles have some parallels here and there, too.
      • Normal Shermie is this to Clark, being the second in command who's all about wrestling moves and has a follow-up attack after they grab you.
      • Normal Chris is this to Leona, being the youngest of the group based around high speed, dashing around, and aerial flip attacks that's got a hidden power within them that makes them very dangerous.
  • Evil Laugh: All three of them will either cackle hysterically (Yashironote , Chrisnote ) or chuckle slyly (Shermienote ) while in their Awakened forms in KOF XV. Shermie gets a surprisingly maniacal as she's disappearing after assisting in 2000.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: In-story, and in all previous games, barring a handful of non-competitive modes where you can pick multiples of the same character otherwise, the standard and awakened selves of the Orochi team are mutually exclusive: pick Orochi Yashiro, for example, and his normal self cannot be part of the same team. XV does away with this and lets you double up to your heart's content in all modes.
  • Hades Shaded: 2002 (and Ultimate Match) has their Orochi selves be noticably more tanner than their regular versions. Averted in most other games, where their skintones don't change.
  • Hellish Pupils: Just like Orochi, Yashiro and Chris have slitted snake eyes in the KOF R-1 for the Neo Geo Pocket.
  • Leitmotif: "Bloody" for their base versions. In XV, it's "Resonant Objects" instead, with a remixed version of the former being reserved for a Fateful Battle between Yashiro and Iori.
  • Literal Split Personality: Their storyline in '97 elaborates that their Awakened versions, their true selves, have the ability to do this. The Heavenly Kings can willingly separate the aspects of themselves which make them devoted to Orochi's cause from their bodies in order to remain hidden while enacting their plans to resurrect Orochi. Their "normal" selves, as the remaining aspects of their own souls, are for the most part in agreement and alignment with their Awakened selves, and are also loyal to Orochi's cause while still engaging in the finer aspects of human culture. To accentuate this, the information listed in their bios is completely different between their normal and Awakened versions, with their Awakened versions having no information whatsoever on them listed anywhere.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: While visually similar, Team Orochi's Heavenly Kings uniforms each vary from one to another, Shermie's in particular.
  • Only One Name: Shermie and Chris have no known surnames for whatever reason. Yashiro Nanakase, naturally, averts this.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The three are servants to the malevolent god Orochi. Outside of that though, they're actually pretty decent and well-adjusted folks (or possibly do a good job of seeming the part), even socializing with other more heroic fighters through various merch and special edit teams. They also have a strong following as a rock band. This is even acknowledged in their Awakened versions' story prologue in XV, and it applies to all of the Hakkesshu, not just them. While all of their destinies are tied to Orochi, the circumstances which lead to their ultimate fates are not.
  • Puny Earthlings: Besides the Gaia's Vengeance views, their Orochi forms have them disgusted with humans in general for being "conceited", Orochi Shermie in particular. Considering that they're reincarnating lesser gods under Orochi, it's likely that they have a view that humans (and probably mortal life in general, non-sapient included) are supposed to be completely servile without doing anything on their own. It may even be that damaging the Earth is partially seen by them as "just" a side-effect of mortals wanting to be something other than "completely lowly".
    O. Shermie: That's right. You creatures were meant to crawl along the ground.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In their Orochi forms, go figure. Chris overlaps with Supernatural Gold Eyes in 2002: Unlimited Match's artwork.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In the EX continuity, at least, the three were sealed away with Orochi after its defeat in '97, as mentioned by Reiji. Goenitz was the only member of the Four Heavenly Kings to escape that fate, as he was killed the preceding year.
  • Ship Tease: In the SNK Character Sounds Collection album series, volume 10, a conversation between Yashiro and Shermie in a bar shows he doesn’t like Shermie being a flirt to many of the pretty guys she fancies in the cast, Shermie rebukes him by saying she is a free woman and can do whatever, but she changes to a playful tone, teasing him about how he wants her all for himself, in her own private thoughts however, Shermie follows in a serious tone, saying she truly cherishes Yashiro and Chris above everything.
  • Skill Gate Character: All three of them have the added benefit of being relatively simple and easy-to-use characters that are perfect if you're new to KOF or are a seasoned veteran. Especially Chris.
  • Time Abyss: All the Hakkeshu have memories stretching all the way back to their first incarnations.
  • Tragic Villain: Their Awakened versions' story, dialogue, and even ending in XV seem to paint them in this light now that they've been revived and have a chance at Character Development. In their prologue, Yashiro and a resurrected Goenitz discuss the events that led them to this point, with Goenitz correctly deducing that Yashiro is beginning to question his faith in and duty to Orochi, having learned to enjoy human culture despite his destiny utlimately being to destroy humanity. It's heavily implied that Shermie shares much of the same concerns as Yashiro through her interaction with her Awakened incarnation. Chris seems to be the only one exempt from this at first, until one realizes that part of the reason why he may be misanthropic and nihilistic is because of his own shyness and insecurities, which are heavily implied through his interactions with other characters. Goenitz and Yashiro ultimately conclude that despite being able to find their own personal happiness through human culture and interaction, they will always be the Hakkesshu and thus are forever bound by their destiny to serve Orochi whether they may like it or not. Their ending shows that after they have finally succeeded in enacting Gaia's Will, they suddenly feel a profound sense of loss.
  • Victory Is Boring: In their Awakened forms' ending in XV, they use the shard they obtained from defeating Otoma=Raga to finally enact Gaia's Will, bringing Orochi's desires to fruition. The result is a world devoid of humans where nature is abundant and has grown over all of mankind's creations, with flora and fauna covering buildings. Despite their success, however, they find the new world boring.

    Yashiro Nanakase 
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Dauntless and Decisive

Yashiro, the Parched Earth (Orochi Yashiro) 

"Hmph. This ain't gonna take long."
"I'll crush you like the trash you are."

Origin: Japan
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Fighting style: Power attacks (Yashiro), the power of Earth granted by Orochi (Orochi Yashiro)
Voiced by: note 
Playable in: note 

The guitarist of the band C.Y.S., Yashiro is the powerhouse of the New Face Team. Alongside his bandmates Shermie and Chris, he entered the King of Fighters '97 tournament to get revenge on Iori for stealing one of their gigs...or so he claimed. In actuality, Yashiro is a member of the Hakkesshu, a clan dedicated to serving the will of the legendary eight-headed serpent Orochi and designated as one of the deity's Four Heavenly Kings. His true power is the ability to control the element of earth, and his true motive for entering the tournament was to gather energy in order to revive Orochi alongside his teammates and fellow Hakkesshu members. After being defeated, he and Shermie sacrificed themselves in order to resurrect Orochi through Chris, committing suicide by tearing out their own throats. In XV, however, he and his teammates are brought back to the world of the living due to the defeat of Verse. Interested in the power that revived him, he enters KOF once again.

  • Affably Evil: For the most part. He's still a member of the dreaded Hakkeshu, but he's also very friendly and easy-going if some of his interactions with the cast (who aren't the Sacred Treasures) are anything to go by. He even gets a bonus ending with Benimaru and Robert where the three interact playfully with one another.
  • Battle Aura: In his introduction before fighting as Orochi Yashiro.
  • Battle Intro: In XV:
    "It's an open brawl when his band walks in! He'll bust you up and break you down! Yashiro Nanakase!
    Yashiro: "Hmph, this ain't gonna take long."

    "Can you hear the earth roar? He's risen above humans and commands the land itself! Orochi Yashiro!
    O.Yashiro: "I'll crush you like the trash you are."
  • Being Evil Sucks: Implied with the Awakened Orochi team's XV story.
  • Big "WHAT?!": When knocked out.
    "NANI~?!"
  • Blood Knight: As Orochi Yashiro, conveyed in one of his winquotes in 2002, after defeating Mature or Vice.
    Orochi Yashiro: "Enemies! Bring me enemies!"
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He is quite the arrogant fellow, judging by his quotes, but he actually is that strong. He also enjoys fighting by nature (despite his forte is merely "power attacks") and as long as his Orochi blood is in check, he's also generally easygoing and fun.
  • Charged Attack: You can charge his Megaton Punch in his regular form, making it stronger the longer you hold it. The last inch of charging makes it unblockable.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Many of Yashiro's specials require him to be up in his opponent's face. In turn though, he can deal devastating combos that leave his opponent no room to breath. Downplayed in KOF XV, however, which gives Yashiro's normals much more range to play with and makes him equally solid at defense as he is in offense.
  • Counter-Attack: His new Climax Super in XV serves as one, oddly enough, though it can still be used to cash out combos like other Climaxes.
  • Dance Battler: Some of his moves are reminiscent of Capoeira, and several of his animations involve him dancing about (e.g., crouching D).
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: As Orochi Yashiro, though in some renderings, it's more of a zombie-like complexion.
  • Dash Attack: "Jet Counter"; Yashiro rushes forward at blinding speeds to deliver a haymaker. From 2002 onward, he can follow up with a second hit (done by performing a quarter-circle input + punch) to perform either a straight punch or an uppercut. Sledgehammer is an airborne variant; the EX version of which lets him plow right through zoning with its projectile invulnerability.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His "Parched Earth" version. Similar to Daimon, his prowess with earth comes from his powerful new grapple moves. There's also a bit of Magma Man theming to go with it, but it's mostly for visual flair in a couple of his appearances.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Vowed to beat up Iori in the KOF tournament... for him stealing his band's gig. It's left up in the air whether this was an excuse so he and the rest of Team Orochi can be there once Orochi is released, or Iori inadvertently just dragged the remaining Heavenly Kings into the tournament and in the right place for them to regain their memories. His Rival Intro with Iori in XV indicates he still wants revenge in some form.
  • Drench Celebration: In '98, one of his winposes is picking a bottle of water and get dumped with it as he yelling when it happens.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the New Faces' ending. After subjecting both Shermie and Chris to impromptu tracheotomies to power up Orochi, he kills himself in the same way and for the same purpose.
  • Evil Laugh: His Orochi form indulges in this quite often in XV, surprisingly enough.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: His zombie costume in All Stars resembles the monster, with stitched patches of skin and bolts coming out of his head.
  • Friend to All Living Things: In one of his win poses in 97, he whistles as if calling a dog... and summons an eagle.
  • Flash Step: A special move in his regular persona has him dashing so fast toward the enemy and punching them at such blistering speeds, he seems to flicker while doing so.
  • Gender Bender: All Stars introduces a female version of Yashiro who trades his hunkishness for a more buxom build.
  • The Grappler: In his Awakened form, Orochi Yashiro is essentially a much quicker, more well-rounded Daimon. And he's got more utility than even Shermie does for a grappler, too.
  • Hellbent For Leather: His XV design reinterprets his classic jacket as red leather.
  • Hunk: Tall, muscular, and well cut, Yashiro is a classic example. He's even part of special edit team called "Hunk Team" with Benimaru and Robert in XV.
  • Immune to Flinching: His main Anti-Air, Upper Duel, trades invulnerability frames for auto-guard, letting him muscle through pressure or - even better - plow through the opponent's attempts at shaking him off.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: His HSDM in 2002(UM).
  • Kamehame Hadoken: His projectile super in '98(UM) is this. He also sends out a projectile made of air as part of his Climax in XV.
  • The Leader: Subverted. Formally Yashiro is the leader of the New Faces Team, but they act more like equals, much more so as their Heavenly King roles, as they are all the same under Orochi’s rule. With their gig as musicians, Yashiro’s name doesn’t even come first in Chris Yashiro Shermie, he is in the middle, holding them together.
  • Leitmotif: Rhythmic Hallucination for Orochi Yashiro. Doubles as a Bootstrapped Theme, as it became Yashiro's theme after '97.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Yashiro does have minor Super Speed similar to what Chris possesses, but he also has the added bonus of hitting like a freight train.
  • Meaningful Name: Translated, his name reads, "Shrine of the Seven Shackles." The shackles likely refer to the slain sisters of Kushinada-hime.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Orochi Yashiro is this in spades as of XV. To wit -
    • He's the only character that can cancel into his Blowback, but only during a combo (i.e., close C, f+A into CD).
    • His standing Blowback causes a Wall Bounce if it connects on counter hit, something no other character in the roster can do.
    • His main command grab, Musebu Daichi, works differently depending on the version used. The A version is the standard grab while the C version only grabs airborne opponents. The EX version, on the other hand, is OTGnote  only.
    • Like B. Jenet, his Climax Super is a counter attack ordinarily, but if cancelled from another attack it will connect as if it were any other Climax.
  • Megaton Punch:
    • His Final Impact DM. It can be charged for bigger damage, becoming much like Ralf's Galactica Phantom.
    • Actually, he has three: one as normal Yashiro; two for Orochi Yashiro (one doubles as a Rocket Punch and the other is his HSDM in 2002).
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Keeping with his parallelism to Daimon, Orochi Yashiro's Musebu Daichi (and its DM variant Ankoku Jigoku Gokuraku Otoshi) involves him choke-slamming his opponent several times in succession.
  • Mystical White Hair: Implied to be indicative of his Orochi status.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Downplayed. It's just a jacket rather than a longcoat. Otherwise, the spirit of the trope remains prominent.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His Climax Super in XV turns the screen black as he punches the crap out of his opponent (basically a Raging Demon) with an added Shrug Take at the end.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: A subversion in his case (especially in comparison to his teammates); the team is introduced as a band with a petty rivalry against Iori, but Yashiro actually has the physical constitution of a fighter.
  • Off with His Head!: Does this to himself in his team ending in '97.
  • Officially Shortened Title: Yashiro's actual name in his Orochi form is Yashiro, The Parched Earth for he is one of Orochi's four Heavenly Kings, but SNK also makes it simple by calling him just Orochi Yashiro, like Iori and Leona who aren't one of the four.
  • Painfully Slow Projectile: His projectile DM in '98 isn't this because of the execution itself, but because of its charging time if you want to make it useful (read: unblockable). Averted in XV for his Climax Super, which is actually quite fast and hits full-screen on top of that.
  • Pillar of Light: At the end of his Araburu Daichi DM, and the SDM version of Ankoku Jigoku Gokuraku Otoshi.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Missile Might Bash is a straight example, especially the EX version in XV. Ditto for his Variable Bash Stream DM, too.
  • SNK Boss: The hardest to beat of the trio, because he's a blocking whore. Most of the time you will find him blocking almost all of your attacks. And then he'll be right in the needed position to use one of his very powerful throws...
  • Super Strength: As Orochi Yashiro. He hits pretty damn hard, to begin with, but Orochi Yashiro, drawing his power from the earth itself, treats his foes like they're nothing but mere toys.
  • Tranquil Fury: Orochi Yashiro's interaction with Yamazaki is naturally hostile, but it's especially apparent how calm Yashiro is despite Yamazaki being, well... Yamazaki.
  • Unknown Rival: Of Iori, due to Iori's jazz-themed band cancelling his own rock band's performance at a local venue. Iori, true to form, doesn't even care for the guy. In '98, Yashiro's intro against Iori ribs on Iori's own intro pose (while quoting Chris' standard intro or (in 2002 (UM)) Shermie's).
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Yashiro is a power-based fighter but he never really received proper training, so his fighting style is listed as "Power attacks". Also may explain why when he becomes a grappler due to being Orochi, he doesn't really care about grappling finesse, all that matters is that if he can grab his opponent and smash them to the pavement as hard as he can. Clark even describes his Orochi form's grapples this way in XV.
    Clark: You put a lot of strength into your throws. No techinique. Just strength.
  • Victory Is Boring: Interestingly, Team Awakened Orochi's ending in XV shows Yashiro thinking like this, in which he finds a world in which Orochi is resurrected and accomplishes its goal of ending humanity to be surprisingly boring to him.
  • Violation of Common Sense: Remember the second Megaton Punch we talked about? If you're right next to him, it whiffs.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Nona's artwork from 2002 plays this up extensively, where the normally handsome Yashiro looks rugged in his normal form and downright monstrous as Orochi Yashiro.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: After remembering his status as a Heavenly King of Orochi, Yashiro immediately discards his old fighting style in favor of several grappling and throwing techniques. Though most of said attacks lack the finesse of wrestling moves, he does pull off a powerbomb in his XV Climax.

    Shermie 
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Coquettish

Shermie, The Insanely Violent Lightning (Orochi Shermie) 

"Heh, don't hurt me, okay? ♪"
"My lightning will turn you to ash."

Origin: France
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Fighting style: Grappling (Shermie), the power of Lightning granted by Orochi (Orochi Shermie)
Voiced by: note 
Playable in: note 

A fashion designer, and the keyboardist for C.Y.S. Like Yashiro and Chris, Shermie is another of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi, with power over lightning. She's normally laid back and somewhat ditzy, but when she reveals her true power she becomes very serious and devoted to Orochi's cause. After sacrificing her life in '97 to resurrect Orochi, Shermie is brought back in XV due to Verse's defeat in the prior tournament, and enters the latest one alongside Yashiro and Chris once again.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Orochi Shermie in 2002 maintains her red hair after its original depiction in 97 made her hair go purple, All-Stars and XV has it back at purple.
  • Affably Evil: This is applicable to all of CYS with varying degrees, but Shermie in particular is the most easy going, with implied friendships and relationships outside the band.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Her Unmei no Ya MAX2/HSDM from 2002 and 2002UM has got to be one of the worst examples. She makes lightning come down, but has no control of where it lands, and because it requires low health, she can even get killed without even damaging her opponent! Sure she can make a last-minute evasion (the move is unblockable) but so can the opponent. Sometimes, nothing will even happen!
  • Back from the Dead: Shermie's appearance SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, which takes places after XIV, actually confirmed her resurrection before XV.
  • Battle Intro: In XV:
    "Nobody knows the color of her eyes. Talk smack, and she'll rearrange your back! Shermie!
    Shermie: "Heh, don't hurt me, okay?"

    "She's not smiling anymore! She's livid and ready to kill with her roaring lightning! Orochi Shermie!"
    O.Shermie: "My lightning will turn you to ash."
  • Boobs of Steel: Shermie has a very large bust and is incredibly strong, able to lift even the biggest fighters like ragdolls. Even in her Awakened form, she's still a force to be reckoned with.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Her '98 win quote —
    Shermie: Game over, pal! Don't forget to save. Sweet dreams!
  • The Cameo: In XIII, Shermie can randomly appear in the France stage, sitting bored at a table on the left-hand side of the arena. It's possible due to the tampering of the Orochi Seal she was also brought back like Mature and Vice, but lacks an active role and is relegated to this cameo. It wouldn't be until XIV where Verse's defeat would spell her actual resurrection back into the world.
  • Casual Kink: Just look at the way she fights in her base form. Those poses are way too kinky: she willingly catches you with her ample chest in a command move, after all. Averted for her Awakened form, where she is far more serious and liable to electrocute you until there's nothing left.
  • Cleavage Window: Coupled with the fact that she has the largest bust size of all female characters (tied with Angel). Her redesign in XV trades this out for Navel-Deep Neckline instead.
  • Combat Stilettos: She wears high heels and seems to fight well despite that.
  • Contralto of Danger: If her voice gets deeper and more serious, she's in full Heavenly King mode and things are about to get serious.
  • Cool Big Sis: Plays this role to Chris, apparently.
  • Dark Action Girl: Debatably, as she has little screen time, but her personality while in Orochi Mode fits.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: As Orochi Shermie in 2002. In XV, she's back to having purple hair.
  • Dash Attack: In her base form, there's Shermie Shoot, where she dashes towards the opponent and slams them down with her knees. In her Orochi form, she has Shukumei, Genei, Shinshi, which sees her flying across the screen with an electrified kick. Shajitsu no Odori has also been reworked this way in XV, where she dashes in with an electrified axe kick compared to its original animation.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the New Faces Team ending in '97. Yashiro rips her throat (and Chris's too) so their Life Energy can aid to Orochi's awakening, then as Shermie dies he holds her in his arms and promises to follow her soon. And he does. She gets better come XV, at least.
  • The Ditz: Sings and dances nonchalantly in her victory poses. Subverted in her Orochi form though, where she's much more serious and bloodthirsty. Only Yashiro and Chris are safe from this, though. Also notable for this trope is her SNK Gals Fighters ending: after she wins the tournament, she gets to make a wish, and wishes for a larger cage for her pet hamster, since said hamster is having babies. Later, Yashiro points out that she could've used said wish to resurrect Orochi.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Her intro quote translates to "Since this is my first time, please be gentle."
    • She also presses her crotch into your face during her Shermie Spiral grapple, and jiggles her breasts as a command counter.
  • Dominatrix: Some of her command grabs are very... sensual. Mostly if they utilize her legs. Taken to its logical conclusion as Orochi Shermie has a special edit ending in XV called Team Queens, involving Luong and Whip.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier if French: She's French. Gets a lot of emphasis on her legs and hips.
  • Evil Redhead: In her normal form, though when she first revealed herself as one of Orochi's Four Heavenly Kings, she had the purple hair of her Orochi persona.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: As normal Shermie, she has a chipper, high-pitched voice. But as Orochi Shermie, she uses an angrier and deeper tone. Both of Shermie's voice actresses utilize this difference, with Erina Seto first demonstrating this in KOF All Stars.
  • The Faceless: It's said that her eyes have a malevolent glare about them... but we never see them, save the one time Shinkiro teased them in one of '97 fliers.
  • The Fashionista: Is seen hosting a fashion show in the KOF:KYO game. Which is where she meets Yuki (she and Kyo were there in a date) and identifies her as Kushinada.
  • Gendered Outfit: Her Heavenly Kings uniform has a skirt in place of the pants the 3 male kings wear.
  • Girlish Pigtails: To a degree. It's more like a Girlish Split Ponytail.
  • Groin Attack: Gains a new front throw animation in XV that sees her pulling an electrically imbued one on the opponent. Ouch.
  • Has a Type: In the sprite based games, she has a unique intro animation where she flirts with her opponent when she's up against handsome men like Kyo, Iori, K' and Terry.
  • Hidden Eyes: Unlike other examples of characters with their eyes covered by hair (like Chin), her eyes were never shown after the one stance where they were partially seen, in a single Shinkiro promotional flier for 97.
  • Hurricane Kick: Axle Spin Kick as normal Shermie, Shajitsu no Odori as Orochi Shermie. Though the latter went from an electrified version of the former to a new animation in XV, playing the trope straight only for base Shermie.
  • Implied Love Interest: Yashiro, a fellow bandmate and servant of Orochi, is clearly attracted to Shermie (if 2002 is anything to go by). She appears to at least reciprocate his feelings to some degree. As for the credits reel of 2002? That speaks volumes.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Her moves in her regular form are quite sexy, but she doesn't really seem the type that likes perversion.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Like Clark, she's able to add on an additional attack to certain throws of hers. Shermie's particular variant involves her stomping on her foe's downed body.
  • Kiss of Death: One of her attacks in Orochi Mode has her sending electric projectiles as if she were blowing kisses. Her MAX 2 in 2002 also starts out this way.
  • Leitmotif: Fanatic Waltz for Orochi Shermie.
  • Leotard of Power: Her original outfit actually had one, though her vest otherwise obfuscated this.
  • Light Is Not Good: Par the course for the New Faces Team, who dress in bright outfits, but her standard costume is all white. Her Orochi version has her wearing a shade of purple shared by her teammates.
  • Mark of the Beast: In one of the ending pictures for '98, Shermie is revealed to have Orochi's tattoo on her back.
  • Murderous Thighs: Emphasized to the point of her sprite receiving larger hips than Mai Shiranui, whom officially has the largest hip measurement of the series.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She tends to do suggestive poses, act very seductive, and displays her prominent legs and hips all the time. She's got the biggest bust amongst the cast, but her outfit only capped out at Cleavage Window. By XV, Shermie instead opts a wide Navel-Deep Neckline to show off that this is the biggest bust of all KOF fighting ladies that is only matched with Ángel.
  • Mythology Gag: In 2002, Orochi Shermie's MAX2, Unmei no Ya (Fate's Arrow) involved summoning a giant lightning bolt from the sky that would randomly strike a certain portion of the screen. (She does say that she's letting Heaven decide who gets punished.) This attack could lead to one of four possible outcomes: hit the opponent and turn the tide of battle in Shermie's favor, hit Shermie herself, instantly killing her, hit nothing, thus wasting the meter that Shermie just used on the attack, or hit both Shermie and her opponent if they're close enough, potentially resulting in a double KO or leaving the opponent severely weakened for Shermie's next teammate to finish off. This move, unfortunately, ended up contributing to Orochi Shermie's Joke Character status. In XV, Orochi Shermie's Climax, Raijin no Sabaki (Thunder God's Judgement), involves lightning striking her, which she proceeds to pass through her body and use as a conduit to strike the opponent, both shocking herself and the opponent in the process, bypassing the random factor altogether for a more practical move overall.
  • Naughty Nuns: Shermie's Heavenly King uniform is the same as her male colleagues on the upper half, but going down she is wearing a short skirt like always. This is unique to her since according to concept art, Mature and Vice have longer skirts like in their usual outfits.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Her new outfit in XV has one that goes all the way down to her navel, and is held close only by a few pieces of thick string.
  • Not so Above It All: Orochi Shermie has an unlockable ending in XV with Luong and Whip that has her moonlight as a dominatrix. Something that she's all too happy to indulge in.
  • Officially Shortened Title: Shermie's actual name in her Orochi form is Shermie, The Insanely Violent Lightning for she is one of Orochi's four Heavenly Kings, but SNK also makes it simple by calling her just Orochi Shermie, like Iori and Leona when they succumb to the Riot of the Blood.
  • Only One Name: She doesn't have a confirmed surname, and it's unclear if "Shermie" is even her true given name.
  • Painfully Slow Projectile: Mugetsu no Raiun, which is especially slow in XV. However, like Guile, she can still move towards the opponent after firing off the EX punch version, giving her a very solid barrier to approach behind. The EX kick version, on the other hand, travels behind the opponent, giving her a threatening mix-up anywhere on the screen.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Shermie is the only Heavenly King whose hair gets a dye when fully reverting to her Orochi nature, going from red to purple; her Orochi form depiction in 2002 didn't change her hair color, but following depictions in other games and media did, solidifying purple hair as her most notable change in and out of Orochi Form.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Particularly in XV, where she still has her purple hair and her electricity is likewise purple, to contrast from Benimaru's (and also Geese in the rare occasions he uses electricity in his attacks - e.g., Raigou Reppu Ken and Raimei Gouha Nage) blue electricity.
  • Psycho Electro: She gets electric powers when she is in her Orochi mode.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In the EX continuity, at least, Shermie, along with her teammates, was sealed away with Orochi after its defeat in '97, as mentioned by Reiji. Goenitz was the only member of the Four Heavenly Kings to escape that fate, as he was killed the preceding year.
  • Sexy Walk: Her standing walking animation has her strutting like she is on a catwalk.
  • She's Got Legs: She's got 'em all right.
  • Shock and Awe: Orochi Shermie in a nutshell. Her Lightning Leg Lariat HSDM in 2002 for regular Shermie also counts, but it loses the lightning aspect in 2002: Unlimited Match.
  • Show Some Leg: Some of her moves were redesigned in 2002 to show off more of her leotard. Her taunt in the game also invokes this trope.
  • SNK Boss: A cruel subversion: Her "Insanely Violent Lighting" version was originally a boss and hidden to play as, but was and has always been something of a Joke Character. As of XV, not so much with all the improvements made to her toolkit, at the cost of being a DLC character instead.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is 173cmnote  tall, making her taller than many male characters around her age and even other prominent ladies in the series, like Mai or Yuri.
  • Stone Wall: What Orochi Shermie's playstyle entails, especially as of XV, where her Yatanagi no Muchi is a full-screen projectile as opposed to only traveling halfway across the screen. Additionally, there's also the threat of Mugetsu no Raiun, where Shermie can leave a bolt of lightning at any position on the screen, giving her incredible space control. And being that she carries over her base form's excellent normals, she's not too bad in the footsies department, either.
  • The Tease: She flirts with any male she finds attractive, strikes several suggestive poses, and makes a few lewd comments.
  • Theme Naming: Three of her special moves' names in her Awakened moveset reference enmity with the Sacred Treasures clans: Shajitsu no Odori (Dance of the Setting Sun) against the Kusanagi, Mugetsu no Raigumi (Moonless Thundercloud) against the Yasakani, and Yatanagi no Muchi (Yata-Rending Whip) against the Yata.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Her cellphone's ringtone in XV plays an electronic snippet of Bloody, the Orochi Team's theme from most of their other appearances.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Orochi Shermie from a gameplay standpoint, to be specific. In her previous 2002UM outing she was a borderline Joke Character due to her rather lackluster frames, mediocre specials (barring her two projectiles, Yatanagi no Muchi and Mugetsu no Raiun), and her infamously abysmal Unmei no Ya. In XV? The mid-to-long range zoner and mix-up beast that she's supposed to be, being an incredibly simple, solid, and devastating anchor character that can go toe-to-toe with XV's other resident zoners, Ash and King.
    • Hell, even her theme got more menacing in its KOF XV remix, with more strings and the increased intensity of the drums on top of added ambient vocals.
  • Victory Is Boring; Much like Yashiro, Shermie is shown to be a bit apprehensive after finally enacting Gaia's Will in their team's ending in XV. Although she does find the new world beautiful as Chris has just pointed out, it's heavily implied she has some regrets.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Her normal fighting style revolves mainly around grapples. Both of her Super Special Moves involve throws.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Blue from '97 to 2002, purple in XV as Orochi Shermie.

    Chris 
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Tempo Mixer

Chris, The Flames of Destiny (Orochi Chris) 

"Please go easy on me."
"I'll burn all you conceited fools."

Origin: Sweden
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Fighting style: Speed attacks + acrobatics (Chris), the power of Fire granted by Orochi (Orochi Chris)
Voiced by: note 
Playable in: note 

The speed-based member of the New Faces Team, vocalist and percussionist for the band C.Y.S., and Orochi's chosen vessel. A cute boy who knows it and takes advantage of it. As one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi, he wields purple flames not too dissimilar from those of Iori Yagami. He is resurrected alongside his teammates due to Verse's defeat.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In '97 he did debut with brown eyes, but subsequent portrayals did have Chris with blue eyes. In XV, they return to brown.
  • Adorably-Precocious Child: Keep in mind that he's fourteen and he still manages to pull the look real well to fool those who don't know him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Orochi Chris in XV is all too happy to raise hell and bring death to humanity, as evidenced by his maniacal giggling and his horrifying facial expressions. And if they successfully cause Humanity's Wake in their team ending, Orochi Chris is the only one who fully sees it as being Worth It.
  • Battle Intro: In XV:
    "Don't let his innocent smile fool you. This speed demon will destroy you before you can blink! Chris!"
    Chris: "Please go easy on me."

    "Don't be fooled by his angelic appearance! Those black flames look like bad business! Orochi Chris!"
    O.Chris: "Heheheh! I'll burn all you conceited fools."
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: In Sky Stage, Orochi Chris' boss theme is "Butterfly Emerges From Chrysalis", the Orochi Team's theme in 2002: Unlimited Match. The problem here is that the song is a medley of "Mad Fantasy" (Orochi Chris' '98 theme) and "Rhythmic Hallucination" (the Orochi Team's '97 theme/Orochi Yashiro's '98 theme) note  and Orochi Yashiro already has the actual "Rhythmic Hallucination" as his theme in the same game.
  • The Cameo: Chris appears in the England stage, but much like Shermie, his appearance here is of questionable canonicity, especially since only Verse's defeat is what would resurrect him and the rest of Team Orochi for good.
  • Creepy Child: In his Orochi form, where he becomes ungodly powerful and deranged. Only his teammates are safe from this. Taken up to Enfant Terrible levels in XV, where he's shown to be significantly more unhinged and vicious.
  • Dance Battler: many of his moves are modified break dancing techniques, and he moonwalks to move backward.
  • Dash Attack: Both versions have this in some capacity. Base Chris has both versions of his Shooting Dancer specials (and Slide Touch in the older games), while Orochi Chris has Kagami O Hofuru Honoo and Daichi O Harau Gouka in '98.
  • Decomposite Character: Chris is meant to be the host body of Orochi's will, with Orochi Chris transforming into Orochi when using his Level 3 super or when you are facing Orochi himself. In KOFXV, Orochi Chris doesn't transform into Orochi at all, with him even getting a brand-new Level 3 super.
  • Demonic Possession: His transformation into Orochi.
  • Evil Laugh: During his Climax Super, Onslaught Mirage, in XV. Even if it sounds childish, there's definitely a mocking tone to it. His Orochi form in XV takes this to Laughing Mad levels, as his laughter is damn near constant every time he attacks.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: His official XV bio uses this almost word for word.
    "At first glance, Chris seems like a well-mannered young boy, however his angelic smile hides his devilish demeanor."
  • Faux Affably Evil: In sharp contrast to his teammates, who can be sociable when not on duty for their master and genuinely like some aspects of human mentality and cultures, Chris's innocent façade is exactly that and nothing more. Even in his normal form, it's clear he's just filtering out his true unpleasant side as a servant of Orochi to appear normal. Once those flames come out, he's all too happy to show his true colors as a cruel, sadistic nihilist who hates humans (and potentially doesn't actually love anything except causing pain and despair) and is all too happy to end their worthless lives.
  • Flash Step: A key part of his normal form's fighting style. He can either dash across the screen, or various combinations of dashing, punching and kicking.
  • Fragile Speedster: Most of his normal moveset revolves around Flash Steps, granting him blinding speed and maneuverability at the cost of damage.
  • Grapple Move: Both versions have one, oddly enough. His base version has Direction Change, which sees him jump at the opponent and switch sides with them (in XV, he kicks them away instead), while his Orochi form has Shishi O Kamu Honoo, which is an equally unorthodox example. The Light and EX versions in XV break the opponent's guard, but the former can't be canceled into from a command normal in most cases. The Heavy version, on the other hand, is the most ideal for combos, but it's also blockable (and very much punishable, at that). Both the Light and Heavy versions are Special Cancelable (best used with Tsuki O Tsumu Honoo) either way, though.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: While this can be expected from the Heavenly Kings in general with their Gaia's Vengeance dogma, Chris's disdain extends into both malign nihilism (he doesn’t seem to see intrinsic worth in anything, perhaps not even the natural) and scorn towards his own teammates. Specifically, his team quote at the end of KOF R-2 is labeling Yashiro as an idiot, and his interactions with Shermie in KOF 2002 involve making fun of her possibly gaining weight. While these aren’t as severe as his attitude towards normal humans, it still suggests an even more cruel attitude than the other Hakkeshu. This can even be seen in his sideline animations in '97 and '98 - he's listening to a walkman the whole fight, barely paying attention, and grins and shrugs nonchalantly if his teammate loses, while looking more surprised than anything else if they win. It can even be surmised that this aspect of Chris's personality is what makes him such a suitable candidate for Orochi's chosen vessel.
  • Hidden Depths: it's subtle, but XV suggests that Chris is at least partially as misanthropic as he is due to shyness or lack of confidence. He turns down interviews because "reporters freak (him) out", seems uncomfortable around fighters his own age, and even compliments from Shermie seem to fluster him.
  • Image Song: To a degree. The arranged version of "Rhythmic Hallucination" features vocals performed by none other than Rio Ogata herself.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Orochi Chris. Compared to his regular counterpart, he has a solid means of both offense (Kagami O Hofuru Honoo and Shishi O Kamu Honoo) and defense (Taiyou O Iru Honoo and Tsuki O Tsumu Honoo), and carries over his regular counterpart's maneuverability and normals, on top of that.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Orochi Chris has both the Kusanagis' signature Orochinagi, and Taiyou O Iru Honoo, giving him some great zoning capabilities.
  • Killed Off for Real: As the vessel of Orochi, his defeat meant his demise in '97. It wouldn't be until XIV upon the defeat of Verse, where his soul is released back into the land of the living.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Yashiro and Shermie give up their lifeforce to empower Chris, and he becomes the vessel in which Orochi is resurrected.
  • Leitmotif: Mad Fantasy for Orochi Chris.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Much of his dialogue in XV implies that he doesn't actually care much about Orochi's vision for the world, he just loathes humanity so much he's willing to erase them all.
  • Not so Above It All: He has moments of being flustered at things like Shermie's compliments or at the prospect of hanging out with some of the other younger fighters, and while he turned down the interview he was offered in their normal selves ending in XV, he acknowledges he should of taken it, if only to get the band out there more.
  • No Social Skills: Heavily implied in XV through his interactions with other fighters and his team's ending. Chris can function socially, but he's often flustered when complimented and confused when others try to approach him, even fighters within his own age group like Meitenkun. Unfortunately, because he's a member of the Orochi bloodline, this trait gets taken to its worst possible conclusion with his true personality as Orochi Chris - a nihilistic psychopath who's really into the "wiping out humanity" part of being a Hakkesshu member, to a terrifying degree.
  • Officially Shortened Title: Chris' actual name in his Orochi form is Chris, The Flames of Destiny for he is one of Orochi's four Heavenly Kings, but SNK also makes it simple by calling him just Orochi Chris, like Iori and Leona who aren't one of the four.
  • One-Winged Angel: He transforms into Orochi at the end of KOF '97 and also in 2002, during his MAX 2/HSDM (Orochi Chris only).
  • Only Sane Man: He seems to view himself like this with regard to his teammates. He has to constantly make sure they aren't frittering away their budget on "frivolous" things (new guitars for Yashiro, generally girly things for Shermie). More grimly, in the CYS's XV ending he's the only one of the three who's consistently keeping ensuring Kushinada-hime's sacrifice on his mind.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: As Orochi Chris. He might be a petite 160cmnote , but where he falls in size he greatly makes up for in his sheer speed, versatility, and damage output.
  • Playing with Fire: His "Flames of Destiny" version. Despite turning him into an Evil Counterpart to Kyo, his flames are purple, similar to Iori's. They were originally planned to be black and grey, except trying that resulted in visibility issues for his attacks.
  • Shoryuken: Both versions of Chris have this. The base version performing one with his legs, while the Orochi version is a proper, flame-imbued one.
  • Shotoclone: Orochi Chris just about checks all the boxes - a projectile (unique one, in this case) to zone with, the DP as mentioned right above, and a Dash Attack (not so much a Hurricane Kick) that can go over most (grounded) projectiles.
  • The Sociopath: While his normal self already displays some sociopathic traits, he becomes a far more blatant example while in his Orochi form. He meets the following criteria:
    • Lack of Empathy and Devoid of Conscience: Expresses nihilistic views towards humanity, and takes glee in slaughtering them in needlessly painful ways the first chance he gets when he becomes Orochi Chris.
    • Consummate Liar and Manipulator: Able to play the role of an Adorably-Precocious Child to get people to do what he wants, successfully tricking Yuki in the KOF: KYO manga by pretending to be seriously ill.
    • Pathological Need for Stimulation: XV depicts him as the most gung-ho to cause The End of the World as We Know It, and he frequently uses thrillish violence (if his participation in the titular fighting tournament isn't evidence enough) to achieve his goals.
    • Shallow Affect and Complete Lack of Emotional Reciprocity: Despite being teammates with Yashiro and Shermie, he's more than willing to call Yashiro an idiot in KOF R-2 and make fun of Shermie's possible Weight Woe in KOF 2002. Sideline animations barely have him react towards a teammate's victory, and he grins in the case they lose.
    • Grandiose Sense of Self-Importance: Chris's dialogue and taunts frequently displays a sense of arrogance compared to his own teammates, and as Orochi Chris, he frequently compares other people to mere insects.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: During his Ankoku Orochi Nagi DM he says, "Hai. Shinde kudasai!" ("Yes. Die, please!")
  • Stepford Smiler: Always with a smile in his face, even when killing random people. The fact that he's the Big Bad's host doesn't help, either. Word Of God describes him as a character who can "kill with an innocent smile." Additionally, some of Orochi Chris's artwork (as well as his idle stance in 2002) shows him with a Slasher Smile instead.
    O.Chris: (In the cheeriest tone imaginable) "Chikyu daisuki, jinrui kirai! ("Love the Earth, hate humanity!")
  • Supreme Chef: He does all the band's cooking and is apparently pretty good at it. One of his win quotes has him pondering aloud what to make for dinner that night.
  • Technicolor Fire: Orochi Chris's flames are purple like Iori's, signifying their connection to Orochi. They're referred to as black in his Battle Intro, however, which depending on how one looks at it, is either a production callback note  or simply wrong.
  • Theme Naming: Three of his specials in his Flames of Destiny moveset reference enmity with the Sacred Treasures clans: Taiyo wo Iru Honoo (Sun-Shooting Blaze, as with an arrow) against the Kusanagi, Tsuki wo Tsumu Honoo (Moon-Catching/Sundering Blaze) against the Yasakani, and Kagami wo Hofuru Honoo (Mirror-Slaughtering Blaze) against the Yata. Beyond that, his other moves tend to have a perdition theme—Chi no Batsu (Earthly Punishment), Ten no Tsumi (Heavenly Malice), Fuyou no Ono (Dispraising Axe), Jyukei no Oni (Punishing Demon), Setsudan no Koto (Severing Word), Shishi wo Kamu Honoo (Corpse-Biting Blaze), Daichi wo Harau Gouka (Earth-Sweeping Hellfire), Daichi ni Hisomu Gouka (Hellfire Lurking in the Earth), and Hirameki Kogaretaru Tamashi (Guttering Soul).
  • Time Abyss: Like all the Hakkeshu except Yamazaki, his memories stretch all the way back to his first incarnation.
  • Turns Red: He is the only member of the New Faces Team to be able to unlock his Orochi form during battle in 2002 as a DM — the other two must have their Orochi versions selected from the character select screen. The only other character who can do this is Leona.
  • Worth It: The Awakened Orochi Team ending in XV has them wipe out humanity. In contrast to Shermie's implied regret and Yashiro's declaration that it's boring, Chris outright calls the decayed ruins of civilization "beautiful".
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: How Chris manages to get to Yuki in KOF: KYO. When she's waiting for Kyo in what's supposed to be their last pre-KOF date, Chris comes in while pretending to be ill. He then asks Yuki for help, making him lower her defense enough to get caught.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: His Orochi form's sole win quote in '97: "Mushikera ni shite wa, yoku ganbatte ne." ("For a mere worm, you did well.")
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    Ryuji Yamazaki 
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Wicked Heretic
"Hyahahaha! Your screams are music to my ears!"

Origin: Japan
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Fighting style: Homicidal instinct
Voiced by: note 
Playable in: note 

The Psycho for Hire when it comes to psychos for hire. Yamazaki has been in the crime business for as long as he can remember; he actually started as an orphan from Okinawa, who at an early age joined a local Yakuza cell and ultimately became the right hand of his idol, the high-ranked Yakuza boss Sorimachi, who considered him as a sort-of surrogate son and possible successor. One day, when he and Sorimachi were on their way to make a deal in Osaka, they were set up and ambushed, and Sorimachi was bloodily killed in front of him. This drove him completely insane, and he killed everyone who was there without a scratch. He became something of a criminal mercenary, broker and arms dealer, offering his services to the highest bidder no matter how dirty the job was: his biggest activities were took place in Hong Kong, where he clashed with the policeman Hon Fu. He was approached by the Jin brothers, who hired him to obtain the Jin Scrolls, but was defeated by Terry. He also kidnapped Franco Bash's son for some reason, but Franco rescued him eventually.
In the King of Fighters timeline, it's revealed that he is part of the Orochi bloodline, but he doesn't seem to care about that. In '97 he decides to bust up dojos for pleasure, and Billy Kane approaches him with a substantial offer of money courtesy of Geese. At first he doesn't feel like it, but after being infuriated by a surviving student and killing him, Yamazaki agrees. After the tournament he confronts Geese regarding his money and is paid. In 2003 he teams up with Billy yet again on the behest of Geese, along with Gato, but after a scuffle with Billy he has not been heard from since.

He makes his return as a DLC character for KOF XIV and as part of Team South Town in KOF XV.

See Fatal Fury 3 for tropes on him.

    Blue Mary 
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Joint Crusher
"This isn't about logic, it's about smashing your face in!"

Origin: USA
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Fighting style: Sambo
Voiced by: note 
Playable in: note 

A freelance agent who was originally hired to investigate the theft of certain important scrolls. Her activities usually revolve around Geese's intentions; it's just as well, as her grandfather was Geese's mentor. In her KOF debut, she was hired to team with and investigate Geese's right-hand-man Billy Kane and Psycho for Hire Ryuji Yamazaki, only to find that Geese was behind her employment. Since then, she has served as a semi-regular team member, usually alongside other South Town representatives or female fighters. She gets along very well with Terry Bogard, though he wouldn't call her a girlfriend or pursue any relationship with her other than that of an "acquaintance" or "close friend."

After her last playable appearance in The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match, Blue Mary made her return as DLC for The King of Fighters XIV. She's also a base roster fighter in XV, teaming up with her acquaintance Vanessa and a new teammate from XIV, Luong.


See Fatal Fury 3 for tropes on her.

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    Shingo Yabuki 
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"Did you see me, Mom?! I... I won! King of the World!"

Origin: Japan
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Fighting style: Kempo (based on Kyo's style)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu
Playable in: note 

Kyo Kusanagi's biggest fan, and a junior in his old highschool. He enters the tournament to fight his idol, and in '99 goes looking for him with Benimaru, K', and Maxima. Afterwards, Saisyu takes him in as an apprentice. He re-enters the XI tournament to replace Chizuru, but though he sorta manages to keep Iori and Kyo from killing each other, he's beaten senseless by a reawakened Orochi Iori.

He's slated to return in KOF XV as a DLC fighter.

  • All-Loving Hero: His good sportsmanship in '98 is simply absurd compared to literally everyone else, Shingo will have higher chances of randomly risking himself to protect a team mate in a match with every single character in the game save Iori, Yashiro, Goenitz, Rugal and Orochi, that’s five out of more than forty characters, not a single other character who can also be considered a good person will even have higher affinity for more than three others at most; this puts Shingo as a borderline saint who’s out to be in good terms with everyone he fights alongside with.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: High-school student who idolizes the main hero of the series to the point of emulating their fighting techniques? Yep, Shingo is pretty much a male Sakura.
  • Ascended Fanboy: From merely watching the '96 tournament on TV, to actually participating in it in '97, to being part of the Hero Team in '99 to finally teaming up with his idol Kyo in 2001 and XI.
  • Badass Normal: Despite how people treat him, Shingo is no slouch as a fighter, and does have the strength to back up following someone like Kyo..
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't be fooled by his kindness and optimism; he's a very strong fighter in his own right.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a long, almost 20-year absence since KOF XI, he's due to return as a DLC fighter for XV in 2023.
  • The Cameo: Appears in the flesh during The Sacred Treasures' KOF XV ending, alongside Saisyu. This is before he was to be revealed as a DLC Character alongside Kim Kaphwan, similarly to Billy Kane.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: His clothes hide very well just how packed he is. Only his powerful forearms attest to what his clothes hide.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Treated mostly as a Butt-Monkey, but his Critical Hit attacks actually give him a big edge. Also, in the Kyo and Iori team ending in XI, he survives one hell of a beating by Orochi Iori.
  • Critical Hit: His status as a Lethal Joke Character revolved around this. It's gone after '98.
  • Dash Attack: One of his Super Special Moves, Kake Hourin, is a running shoulder tackle (provided he's far away from the opponent). If it hits, it's gonna hurt, since Shingo also gets a free follow-up on hit depending on the game (in case the initial damage and guard crush properties weren't enough).
  • Determinator: His techniques are low-grade imitations of Kyo. He can't shoot flames, no matter how much training he receives from Kyo or Saisyu or the fact that he has Kyo's old gloves. But every single fighter be damned if Shingo will ever give up. Case in point, He survives a beatdown from Orochi Iori in XI.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: At first glance, it's easy to assume Shingo is a clone of his idol, but his own techniques make him stand out from Kyo. For starters, not only does he have two different Grapple Moves (though one is more of a Dash Attack than anything), but he has both his own take on Kyo's ReD KicK and Oboroguruma when the latter usually has only one or the other (the SDM version from 2003-XI notwithstanding). He also can't do the follow-ups from his idol's trademark chain punches, but to compensate for that, they often knock down on hit in most cases and still have the same reach as Kyo's versions. Finally, since 2003, he's able to do his signature Shingo Kick in the air, something that Kyo's equivalent doesn't have.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Milk. It's his official dislike and the special "Birthday Team" (him, King and Mature) ending in '98 has him getting a milk carton, much to his dismay. Played for Laughs, of course!
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He and Saisyu appear in Team Sacred Treasure's ending outside of the Kusanagi residence. This was all a prelude to his return as DLC in Season 2, including his updated outfit.
  • Epic Fail: Originally, Shingo could miss the landing on a strong Oboroguruma after the third kick. This got changed into him performing even worse, so then it becomes a double kick that he'll randomly follow with a third but always fumble and crash into the opponent as he falls. 2003 and XI then turn it into his Leader Desperation Move, having him spam midair kicks until he screws up and crashes head-first on the opponent for a now comically high amount of damage.
  • Flung Clothing: Sometimes wears a track jacket over his uniform.
  • Grapple Move: The Nietogi is a proximity-based unblockable that, similar to Orochi Chris' Shishi o Kamu Honoo or Ash's Vendemiare, pretty much functions like one. As with the latter, it also acts as a Launcher Move, giving Shingo a free follow-up if it connects. There's also his own take on the Kototsuki You, which he's had since KOF '99.
  • Heroic Build: He almost never struts his stuff, but images where he is shirtless show he's unusually jacked for a young man his age.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Idolizes Kyo Kusanagi, to the point of mimicking his moves and speech. He's training to be as good as Kyo, and is convinced that he, too, can "shoot fire."
  • Hero-Worshipper: One of Kyo Kusanagi. Incidentally he debuted around the same time as Sakura Kasugano, another Hero Worshipper.
  • The Heart: The other one aside of Chizuru who can keep Kyo and Iori from being at each other's throats. Though he did a good job in XI, Iori went Orochi and beat up both him and Kyo at their ending.
  • Hurricane Kick: The Oboroguruma, which he borrowed from the Kusanagi Style. It's a Super Special Move in 2003 and XI.
  • Iconic Item: The Kusanagi gloves Kyo gave to him in '97. Shingo has worn them ever since.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Him and Chizuru, who's around 6 years older than he is.
  • Keet: Has some traits. He acts loud and excited most of the time, despite one of his intros having him telling himself to keep it cool.
  • Leitmotif: It's usually "Still Green", being his theme tune in '97, '98, and in XI, but he's also shared the leitmotifs of his respective teams in each of his appearances.
  • Lethal Joke Character: While a very light-hearted character, Shingo possesses a unique Critical Hit mechanic (only in '98) that will let him hit much harder when it happens. That aside, he's also a fairly standard Rushdown character that, usually, builds meter very quickly on whiff, making him a pretty good point (1st) character. The XI iteration of the Nietogi (which has a whiff animation in that game) is a prime example.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Another homage to Kyo is his white headband, although it isn't quite the same cut as Kyo's.
  • Moveset Clone: In regards to Kyo and Iori, he's akin to a Dan/Sakura-hybrid, although his spins on Kyo's teachings make him a formidable fighter.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He's just too modest to show it off properly, but he's actually very muscular, much more than Kyo or Iori themselves.
  • Nice Guy: He is almost never arrogant or condescending to his enemies in his quotes. Most of the time, he is just very excited and surprised that he won.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Moeru Shingo, the animation of which is different depending on the game. '98's version, for example, has him perform a barrage of quick and unrefined blows in place while the version from 2001-onwards has him perform a barrage of chain punches into a Nietogi, demonstrating a newfound confidence (or at the very least, more experience) in his techniques.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Though one with the power of Critical Hit attacks. And that random flame from his attacks in 2003 and XI.
  • Painting the Medium:
    • During his HSDM in 2002UM, Shingo tries to copy one of Kyo's moves... and forgets about halfway through. He then takes advantage of the fact that he's in a video game to read through his notebook and finishes the chain of attacks.
    • Also in '99, one of his intros had him saying, "Shingo is not an Edit Character this year!", considering that in his debut in '97 and the subsequent Dream Match in '98, he's exactly that: an Edit Character without an official team.
  • Playing with Fire: What Shingo wants to achieve. In his spinoff manga, he eventually manages to pull off using flames for real. His are blue in color.
  • Put on a Bus: Hasn't made a playable appearance since XI, which was released in 2005. That being said, he has made cameos in XIII, XIV, and in XV, as well as being playable in the mobile spin-off, All Star. Come EVO 2022, however…
  • Random Number God: In some games, Shingo will randomly perform the aforementioned Critical Hit attacks, occasionally do two hits (and produce flames) with his Dokugami Mikansei, and randomly lose his balance and fall at the third hit of Oboro Guruma Mikansei.
  • Route Boss: In '98. He can be fought anywhere from after the 3rd team to before the 6th. Uniquely, even when Ultimate Match has Eiji and Kasumi usually tag along with him, Shingo is fought solo as a mid-boss.
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: His default outfit is a blue school uniform. Mainly due to him wanting to emulate Kusanagi-san as much as possible. Averted in XV, where he sports an entirely new look altogether.
  • Shoryuken: He uses the same Oniyaki as Kyo and Iori's styles. Since he's not of either bloodline, he lacks the flames to augment it.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Squee: His intro with Kyo in '99 is quite the squee.
    Shingo: KYAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAA, KUSANAGI-SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
    Kyo: [burns his headband] Ikuze.
  • Signature Move: A few. The Nietogi, Moeru Shingo, Kake Hourin, and of course —
    SHINGO KIIIIIIICK!!!
  • The Team Normal: No matter what team he is in, he is only one without any special powers. At first.
  • Use Your Head: His Shingo's Own Red-Hot Chariot DM/LDM ends with Shingo flubbing the move and divebombing into the ground. Said divebombing does a tremendous amount of damage, nearly equaling the rest of the move's damage output.
  • The Worf Effect: At the receiving end in KOF: KYO and KOF XI. In the first he gets beaten up by the Sendoh siblings note  and later by Yamazaki during the investigation on Yuki's supposed disappearance; in the second he and Kyo are curbstomped by Orochi Iori, though Shingo takes the worst part and, unlike Kyo, he can't join KOF XIII.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: There's the spark of flame that randomly appears during his 115 Shiki: Dokugami Mikansei in 2003 and XI. It seems that only Shingo notices it, most likely due to his goal to shoot flames (as evident in the Japan Team's ending for 2003).

    Orochi 
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"The butterfly emerges from its chrysalis..."

Origin: Japan
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Fighting style: Divine Orochi Power
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The infamous creature of legend. Orochi is the Genius Loci of the planet as a whole, although the biosphere itself is up for debate. Although it originally gave aid to humanity, its frustration with humanity’s capacity for ruin and cruelty ultimately led to it concluding that humans could never be more than pests, and needed to be treated as such. Therefore, it deployed its eight subordinate divinities, known as the Hakkeshu, to give it the chance to efface them. They were stopped 1800 years ago by the Kusanagi, Yasakani, and Yata clans, who sealed them away. However, Orochi was still able to use some of its power through the seal, and began to spread its influence to others. The first instance was corrupting Yasakani’s 1330s descendants into the Yagami, who proceeded to unseal the Hakkeshu. Through Goenitz in the present day, the seal was further weakened with the death of Maki Yata. The seal was fully broken in '97, when Yashiro Nanakase and Shermie offered their powers to reawaken him inside Chris. Orochi was nonetheless resealed by Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru after a fierce battle.

  • Achilles' Heel: His AI is actually rather poor for an SNK Boss, and most of his normal attacks were nothing special and repetitive.
  • Ancient Evil: He is a deity created by the planet and is the greatest threat to humanity, and the only people that can stop him are the Kusanagi, Yagami and Yata clans.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes, this is Orochi after all. Still, the snake aspect is mostly in his eyes. Naturally, these extend to his followers. He also invokes a butterfly motif with his "rebirth" stemming from Chris' status as his host; his intro quote ("Sanagi o yaburi, chou wa mau") translates to "Breaking the cocoon, I shall flutter" and the Orochi Team's 2002UM theme is entitled "butterfly emerges from chrysalis."
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Kusanagi, Yagami and Yata clans, as they sealed him away in ancient times. He’s also this to the to the heirs of the three clans Kyo, Iori and Chizuru.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In The King of Fighters: KYO and a few pieces of bonus artwork for '98, Orochi is depicted as a total babe (probably because Orochi reincarnated itself into a female follower).
  • Audible Sharpness: His Ukei, which is pretty much a standing Genocide Cutter.
  • Back for the Dead: One of the many deceased fighters revived at the end of XIV... only to immediately get sealed again by Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru in Yagami Team's ending. Effortlessly to boot.
  • Big Bad: Of the Orochi Saga, but due to his major influence in the series, he can be considered to be the main antagonist of the King of Fighters series as a whole.
  • The Bus Came Back: After Ash erased himself at the end of XIII, Orochi became a part of Eldritch Abomination called Verse, which is the final boss of XIV. After the destruction of Verse, he manages to escape...
  • Catch and Return/Counter-Attack: Both. His Utsushi Iwai special can counter moves of varying properties (ranging from overheads to physical attacks) depending on the button pressed, while his Tadasu special absorbs projectiles and returns one of his own.
  • Complete Immortality: He cannot be killed by any normal means, and the only way to stop him is to seal him away.
  • Deal with the Devil: His main interaction and connection with the Yagami (called "Yasakani" back then) family. The Yasakani clan swore subservience (and some other terms) in exchange for the power to overcome the Kusanagi family.
  • Ethereal Choir: His Marokare super is accompanied by a brief choir. Orochi Chris' version in KOF 2002 retains this choir.
  • Expository Pronoun: Refers to himself with the highly formal first-person pronoun ware, emphasizing his nature as a divine being of ancient provenance.
  • Flash Step: His rolling animation.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: To an insanely fanatical degree, as he seeks to commit planetary genocide in order to protect the earth.
  • Genius Loci: Of the basal Earth—crust, mantle, and core alike. Hence its Leitmotif being called “The Origin of Mind”; it was an attempt at “The First Mind” or “The First Soul”.
  • God of Evil: More of a quasi-deity, really. Orochi wasn't originally like that either; chalk it up to his frenetic attempts to "protect" his beloved creator from humanity.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: One for the whole Orochi saga, and the effects of his involvement are still felt even in the NESTS, Tales of Ash and Shun'ei sagas. Most of the other villains from later sagas want his power, and making sure he stays sealed is pretty much the overlying focus of the series as a whole.
  • Hellish Pupils: Has slitted eyes like a snake.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Sacred Weapons ending of KOF '97, a defeated Orochi tries to use Iori against Kyo and Chizuru by activating his Riot of the Blood, but Iori instead grabs Orochi and restrains him long enough for Kyo to give the final blow.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: And a threat to his beloved Gaia, which fuels his quest to wipe them out.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: Ever since the Hakkesshu tampered with his seal (with some assistance from the Yagami, formerly Yasakani, clan), he's been this. In XV, he makes a a speaking cameo through Iori's Climax Super, Shiki Hozuki. Unless he's fighting one of the Hakkeshu, where Iori will refrain from tapping into his Orochi blood and using his own strength to deal with them.
  • Kill All Humans: A plan that had been derailed extremely heavily due to the efforts of the Three Sacred Treasures clans. Even causing the Yasakani to betray the other two clans didn't prevent his defeat.
  • Knight Templar: On his worst days, Orochi walks the narrow tightrope between Well-Intentioned Extremist and this, as he claims to be acting according to Gaia's will. It remains to be seen if he'll slowly move away from it all.
  • Leitmotif: Origin of Mind
  • Light Is Not Good: His Bright Light/Fade to Nothingness/Marokare (Churning Chaos) DM, which fills the screen with an eerie greenish light.
  • Mark of the Beast: His "dark sun" tattoo that is over his chest. It's probable that Chris has the same tattoo, as his clothes cover the key areas where it would be.
  • Meaningful Name: His namesake is the eight-headed Yamata no Orochi of Japanese lore. While not canon, some sources (Iori's ending in SVC Chaos, Andy Seto's The King of Fighters: Zillion manhua) depict his true form as the Orochi.
  • Mystical White Hair: Better seen in his intro, where Chris morphs into Orochi, and his brown hair becomes white.
  • No Biological Sex: Despite "his" appearance as a fully-grown man, Orochi is a genderless deity whose appearance depends on its host (see Attractive Bent-Gender above). Most refer to Orochi as a male due to the fact that "his" appearance in '97 is its most commonly known form.
  • Nothing Is Scarier / You Cannot Grasp the True Form: All of Orochi's moves in '97 are completely unnamed on the move list. Subverted with later appearances.
  • Numerological Motif: 8, fitting for a deity named after the legendary eight-headed serpent. He has eight minions (the Hakesshu), and special/super moves done by his minions or those corrupted by him (such as the Yagami clan) occasionally mention number 8, such as the famous Yaotome (8 maidens).
  • One-Winged Angel: While never shown within gameplay proper, Orochi's "true" form is that of a massive serpentine monster. The actual design of said form is inconsistent between depictions, and no canon installment has shown it in any kind of detail.
  • Orochi: SNK's version of the mythological serpent, no less.
  • Physical God: He is a divine being created from the earth itself, and he considers himself to be "Gaia’s will".
  • Power Floats: His original version never touched the ground on purpose.
  • Power Glows: His original sprite had a flickering glow that seems to be absent in KOF '98 UM.
  • Religion of Evil: His cult engages in sacrifices and hijacking tournaments for the purposes of breaking his seal and reviving him.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Orochi's true form is a giant serpentine monstrosity and is generally associated with snakes and reptiles.
  • Rule of Cool: Orochi's Oomiwa DM involves drawing you in with his godly powers. He then rips your soul out of your body and crushes it in the palm of his hand. Ouch.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: So far, always inside a person. First it was Chris in 97. Then Verse in XIV.
  • Sigil Spam: Orochi is often associated with a multi-pointed sun symbol, most clearly seen on the chest of his host.
  • Snakes Are Sexy: Following his serpent motif, he's a very attractive deity. It doesn't help that his physical form is just Chris's body remolded into a more suitable form.
  • SNK Boss:
    • Was the first to use an absolute priority projectile, a full screen attack, and to fight without needing to crouch.
    • In KOF 98 UM, Orochi has been revamped from his original incarnation and now has a crouching animation, along with updated normals and several of his original moves switched around, but his Marokare screen filler super still does ridiculous damage, and if you're positioned exactly in the middle of the screen and don't block, it does double the amount of hits and damage, especially the MAX version; 50% plus 50% equals 100%. Yes, it instantly kills you if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Goes both ways on this. Orochi's dark sun tattoo is commonly hypothesized to belong to Chris (whose shirt covers where the marking would be). The location of Shermie, Mature, and Vice's tattoos, all in different spots, would support this idea, but the female Orochi seen in artwork and KOF: KYO depicting the legendary battle from 1,800 years ago has the same tattoo (although, due to her robes and current body shape, the sun primarily spans across her neck and breasts as opposed to her entire torso). By default, the "warrior" aspect of a chest tattoo could be applied to Orochi, but his female form is depicted as a bit of a temptress or seductress (which, consequently, would certainly explain the hypersexual personalities of Orochi's known female followers).
  • Vocal Dissonance: It's a bit of a Downplayed Trope since the voice is basically that of his vessel, Chris, but it's still odd hearing such a rather effeminate and youthful voice coming from the well-built man he appears as in his boss fight.
  • Voice of the Legion: Which still comes off as child-like due to Chris's voice.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Never wears a shirt, and it also reveals that when he fully possessed Chris, he's ripped with chest muscles, something that the petite Chris wouldn't have.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seeing him as a Captain Planet wannabe who wants to save the Earth by killing all of humanity seems to describe him well.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He takes the form of a young man with white hair, with a desire to wipe out humanity that is.

Alternative Title(s): The King Of Fighters The Orochi Saga 97

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