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Debuting in the Maximum Impact series

The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact

    Mignon Beart - USA 
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Voiced by: Miwa Yasuda (Japanese), Vanessa Bellardini (English)

A sorceress who inherited her grandmother's techniques. She becomes a pop star and has a rival in Athena. She decides to enter the tournament to do battle with her.

    Duke Burkoff - Unknown (implied to be Russia) 
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Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japanese), Jerry Lyden (English)

The boss of the Mephistopheles gang, a sub-syndicate of Addes. Duke is a Self-Made Man who was a part of a genetic experiment by a scientist named Jalange. He is referred to as Type "D" by his superiors, just as Nagase is referred to as Type "N". It is said that he is immortal, evidenced by the large scar across his neck. He is the one who killed Alba and Soiree's mentor Fate in order to gain full control of Southtown. He hosts the new King of Fighters tournament to lure his enemies out. In the final round, Duke is defeated by Alba, but vanishes during a blackout of the stadium. He enters the 2nd tournament held by Jivatma to find out the truth of what happened to his sister, whom Jalange promised would be well taken care of.

  • Affably Evil: In the first game. In the second he becomes more affable and less evil.
  • Archnemesis Dad: An adopted one to Lien, as he killed her biological parents but then went on to raise her himself.
  • Audible Sharpness: His Swivel Gun special (read: "modified Genocide Cutter") has a distinct slashing sound for it.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Former leader of Mephistopheles (a sub-syndicate of Addes) and one of the top members of the Children of Kokaviel (select members of Addes known for their fighting prowess). Even when he's acting as Jivatma's Dragon, he still kicks ass.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: he kicks ass in a pretty sharp red and black suit.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports one of these in both games, though by the second it's hard to say he counts as he undergoes as a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Bio-Augmentation: Twenty years ago he volunteered to be a guinea pig for Addes (they were supposed to cure his sister of a disease in exchange, but she died under mysterious circumstances). Duke was altered regardless, though, and labeled "Type D" by Addes. He's not exactly a fan of the name.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Has a gigantic, red-colored D on the back of his suit.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The classic Dead Little Sister catalyst is his sister Marian Burkoff, who was the Littlest Cancer Patient of the MI universe twenty years ago and the motivation for Duke to allow himself to be experimented on by Addes. She died under mysterious circumstances, hardening Duke into the man we see today.
  • Defector from Decadence: After the events of the second game he turns against Addes, and seems to have struck out on his own with Lien.
  • Demoted to Dragon: After the events of the first game he is stripped of his title as King of Southtown and must answer to his boss Jivatma.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Acknowledges that he was a guinea pig for Addes, though their designation for him still makes him sick.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Across his throat.
  • Gravity Master: He has a super called Gravitational Wave. It's unknown if this is connected to his fire powers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Undergoes one in the second game thanks to his relationship with Morality Pet Lien.
  • Hidden Depths: His hobby is listening to operas and he is apparently a big dog fan, owning no less than five St. Bernards.
  • Hitman with a Heart: He was ordered to kill Lien Neville's entire family but couldn't go through with killing the little girl, and instead adopted her and trained her in the assassin arts.
  • I Am Your Opponent: In the first Maximum Impact, right before facing a non-central character for his boss fight.
    "The plan is that I'm going to be your opponent in the finale. And I promise you, heh heh, you'll enjoy it."
  • Immortality: Rumored to have this because of the aforementioned scar.
  • The Mafia: Looks and acts similar to a classic mafia Don.
  • Large and in Charge : At least in the first game, where he's the Final Boss and "King of Southtown". By the second game he's lost that title and is revealed to be little more than a Middle-Management Mook working for Jivatma.
  • Mighty Glacier: Pretty slow, but plenty powerful. Described by the design team as a "strong-bodied, serious man in his thirties".
  • Morality Pet: His sister. You could argue that this role was transferred over to Lien after his sister's death.
  • Multicolored Hair: Justified in that part of his hair seems to be graying. That is, when said portions don't appear to be yellow instead.
  • Obviously Evil: Really easy to pick out in a crowd, as he's not only extremely tall, but his skin is pale and he has dual-toned hair. His nickname is "The Man Hell Coughed Up." Despite all that, however, he does have a little sister he cares about.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Has two theme songs that contain this.
  • Pet the Dog: Tells Lien that if she had stayed away, she would have been able to live to pleasant life.
  • Playing with Fire: his main elemental power.
  • Red Baron: "Hell's Executioner."
  • Retcon: In the first game the Meira brothers see a man of Duke's stature standing over Fate's dead body and initially mistake Seth, an unrelated character, for the crime. But in the second game it's established that Lien was Fate's killer and Duke merely ordered the hit on orders from Jivatma.
  • See You in Hell: He leaves this message in blood after he vanishes.
  • Self-Made Man: Stated to have had nothing but his sister, no parents, no relatives. Worked his way up to become the King of Southtown.
  • Shockwave Stomp: A few of his moves involve slamming his fist/foot into the ground so hard that flames are created.
  • SNK Boss: In Maximum Impact, he had an infinite super meter and That One Attack ("JUDGMENT!") that got nerfed heavily for the second game.
  • Taking the Bullet: For Lien in her MI2 story.
  • This Cannot Be!: "How can I...!"
  • "Uh-Oh" Eyes: His sclera is yellow.
  • Use Your Head: One of his combos ends with Duke grabbing his opponent and then reeling them in for a headbutt.
  • Would Hit a Girl / Would Hurt a Child: Bags two tropes for the price of one with the following special quote from the second game:
    "Looking for an escort, young lady? I can... I can only take you to hell."
  • Wrestler in All of Us: His Volcanic Bomb Level 3 starts with a Giant Swing followed by an explosive, fiery atomic bomb. For added measure, Duke drops a "Go to hell!" at the end.

    Chae Lim - South Korea 
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Voiced by: Yukiko Amano (Japanese), Allie Moss (English)

A young girl who has been training under Kim since she was four. She is rumored to be Kim's secret weapon for KOF. The Maximum Impact tournament marks her first professional debut.

    Alba Meira - Germany 
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Voiced by: Hiroyuki Satou (Japanese), Jason Wooley (English)

The current ruler of Southtown's crime empire. Alba and his brother Soiree were orphaned at the age of three, when their parents died in an accident. At 14, they escaped the orphanage and were taken in by Fate, the then-leader of Southtown's criminal underworld who succeeded Geese Howard after his death. Fate told both of them that they had a role to play for Southtown's future. Unfortunately, since Southtown was the den for several other crime lords, after Geese's death war had erupted in their ranks to see who would succeed Geese, and Fate ended up assassinated by Duke, the leader of Mephistopheles, using Lien Neville as a proxy. Alba sets out to find his mentor's killer, and enters Duke's tournament. He defeats Duke, but he vanishes. Alba becomes the leader of Southtown along with his brother, but both hear of mysterious events around the town. He encounters Luise Meyrink, who reveals that he is part of a prophecy, but when Alba questions her about it, he has no choice but to fight her for the answers. She vanishes afterward, and Alba encounters Jivatma, the leader of Kusiel, which are the remnants of Mephistopheles and a sub-syndicate of a new Nebulous Evil Organization called Addes. Jivatma confirms Luise's claims, referring to Alba as "Judeim", and reveals that Alba is needed for an ancient prophecy to occur. Alba fights him, but after beating Jivatma suddenly has visions of a black-silhouetted being with white hair and collapses. When he wakes up, he realizes that Luise saved him, and she reveals that Soiree has been taken by Addes. Luise decides to reveal everything to Alba.

  • Anime Hair: Dual-toned red and white (the red is presumably dyed if Soiree's hair color is any indication).
  • Author Avatar: Word of God says that Alba was made to be a "cooler Falcoon." That might explain why Alba has a triple projectile, an anti-air reversal, and is only beaten out in terms of bells and whistles by Ash.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: In Maximum Impact, if Alba's faced in Story Mode, you'll see him doing this on top of a crane at the Rooftop stage as he talks about how he'll use his next opponent as a stepping stone to the top. He then proceeds to calmly walk off the crane and drop to the floor without uncrossing his arms or performing a Three-Point Landing.
  • Cool Car: Is shown driving one in the intro FMV to Maximum Impact 2.
  • Cool Shades: Never seen without his distinctive sunglasses.
  • Counter Attack: Alba has a few reversal throws in his arsenal.
  • Face of a Thug: Other mediums sometimes describe Alba as a mean-looking punk who speaks in an eloquent yet rude manner. Even his seiyuu refers to Alba as a virtuous and kind-hearted person who "looks like a bad guy."
  • Humanoid Abomination: He's stated to be half of a being named Judeim, in a shape similar to that of Luise and Jivatma.
  • I Will Find You: Soiree goes missing after the battle with Jivatma. Alba teams up with Luise to go looking for him.
  • Ki Attacks: Which seem to mimic lightning and wind.
  • Mangst: Although his grief for both his biological parents and adopted father are implied, he holds a picture of his parents as a treasured keepsake and isn't the type to thrust his problems onto others.
  • Noble Demon: He's a crime lord but seems to be trying to use his position for good rather than evil.
  • Peek-a-Bangs
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Some of his moves consist of this, most notably during his Level 3.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Inverted: The red-clad Alba is the blue oni while the blue-clad Soiree is the red one.
  • Red Baron: "The Devil of Daybreak."
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: the Yin to Soiree's Yang.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: His stoicism knows no bounds, but he genuinely shows concern for his younger brother and the people of Southtown.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Has half of winged, horned skull etched on his back, with the other half belonging to Soiree. It fits the supernatural origin as it's a marking of his and Soiree's status as Judeim.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Alba is Italian for "daybreak," while Soiree is "twilight" in French. Get it?
  • This Cannot Be!: "How can this be?!?"
  • Voice of the Legion: At the end of his story in MI2, where he speaks in a bellowing dual voice, implying he's remembering his past as Judeim.
  • The Worf Effect: In "Another Day" he is pitted against Kyo Kusanagi as a show of his strength. While he doesn't absolutely curbstomp Kusanagi, he is shown as having the better of the fight before Ash shows up.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Though it should be noted that the girl in question did kill his mentor so obviously It's Personal there:
    (to Lien): "There's no mercy even if you are a chick."
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    Soiree Meira - Germany 
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Voiced by: Kouji Haramaki (Japanese), Ed Bishop (English)

Alba's brother. He and Alba escaped the orphanage they lived at and were adopted by Fate. They both sought and avenged his death. Soiree is the more laid-back and carefree of the two and tries to help Alba in any way he can. He encounters Jivatma, but is incapacitated by visions of Judeim and is captured by the Addes organization.

    Lien Neville - England 
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Voiced by: Fumiko Inoue (Japanese), Claire Caponigro (English)

A former subordinate of Duke. Her family was killed by Jivatma so she goes undercover to exact revenge. She kills Fate and prompts Alba and Soiree's rise to power. She eventually finds a kindred spirit in Duke, as both of their lives were ruined by Addes.

The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2/The King of Fighters 2006

    Ninon Beart - USA 
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Voiced by: Jun Koutsuka (Japanese), Jessica Wachsman (English)

Mignon's sister and rival. When Mignon inherited their grandmothers' secret techniques, she felt jealous and decided to see if Mignon was worthy of them by competing in the 2nd tournament. Hates being underestimated by her older sister.

    Fiolina "Fio" Germi - Italy 
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Voiced by: Ryoko Nakano (Japanese, credited as Aikel), Melissa Ex (English)

A character ported over from the Metal Slug series, she a member of the Sparrows Intelligence Unit who is best known for helping the Peregrine Falcon Squad defeat General Morden's Evil Army and the Mars People on several occasions.

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    Hanzo Hattori - Japan 
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Voiced by: Masaki Usui (Japanese), Liou Johnson (English)

Ported over from Samurai Shodown, he serves as a holographic sparring partner for Nagase.

    Hyena - France 
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Voiced by: Bin Shimada (Japanese), Bill Hemberger (English)

The referee for the first tournament. Hyena is at first Duke's servant, but in the end when Mephistopheles breaks apart, he decides to enter the tournament on his own and build his own gang.

    Jivatma - Indonesia 
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Voiced by: Kyouzo Kudou (Japanese), Kevin Cummings (English)

The final boss of the second game. Jivatma is the leader of Kusiel, which are the remnants of Mephistopheles and a sub-syndicate of Addes. Jivatma is one of the high ranking members of Addes, which are known as the Children of Kokaviel. He is The Man Behind the Man for Duke, and is the one who ordered the death of Lien's parents. He faces off against Alba in the finals, and refers to him as Judeim. Upon his defeat, he disappears, having already taken Soiree hostage. He is, in fact an alien creature who has been hunting Luise, and used the tournament to draw her out. His objective is to return to his homeland.

  • Above Good and Evil: Invoked in his pre-fight quote against Kim.
    Jivatma: "I do not wish to be bound by notions of justice and evil."
  • Affably Evil: Although he also dabbles in snark.
  • Animal Motifs: Insects and plants, in his alternate costumes.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of Kusiel and another top leader of the Children of Kokaviel.
  • Bash Brothers: Seems to have been one with the entity Judeim, which is amnesiac and split between the two Meira brothers. When either one beats him he remarks "That's the Judeim I know" and seems more pleased than distressed by the loss.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He rejects the notions of good and evil as human concepts but seems to have a strange code of honor all the same. Particularly when it comes to the Heel–Face Turn characters who worked for his organization only to challenge him now, he becomes incensed, calling them traitors and saying he'll dispose of them and so on. As a character who tends to be The Stoic most of the time, this show of emotion stands out. He also tells Luise he "won't sell out his comrades" in her ending and seems pretty bent on reviving Judiem, who he seems to consider a comrade-in-arms.
  • Body Snatcher: One theory is that he is actually a parasitic alien. He talks of taking the bodies of several characters in their pre-fight dialogue with him; however, this also gives some of the female fighters the wrong impression. What's more, the theory goes on to explain that his alternative outfit is a result of him infesting Luise.
  • Break Them by Talking: He's very fond of picking at the motivations of others.
  • Breath Weapon: The next thing you know, KO!
  • Combat Stilettos: A male example.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's dark-skinned, has menacing mannerisms and his battle theme is called "Giving A Manicure To The Fingernails of Darkness".
  • Graceful Loser: In almost all the endings he's very composed about being beaten, with only Luise driving him to a This Cannot Be!
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Represents one in comparison to the boss of the first game Duke, who is revealed to be his underling. He's not the Big Bad, though, as he alludes to Addes having a master above even him.
  • Guyliner: Wears some sort of intricate tribal design on his face.
  • Human Alien: Like Luise, Jivatma is an alien, though it is unknown if the form we see him in is his true form or simply a powerful body he has stolen.
  • Humanoid Abomination: An alien entity in a humanoid body that can stretch and contort to impossible (by human standards) limits.
  • Lean and Mean: Very tall and pretty slim, and is the Final Boss.
  • Left Hanging: When last we saw him he had abducted Soiree and seemed intent on reviving Judiem through him. That was over 10 years ago.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's set up the tournament with the express purpose of drawing powerful fighters together to test their abilities and harvest the best ones. He's also personally manipulated the lives of Duke, Lien, Nagase and the Meira brothers.
  • Master of Your Domain: Stated to have total control of his molecular structure, hence his Rubber Man abilities.
  • Mr. Exposition: In every prefight conversation with him he dumps his exposition load on the player, introducing himself as the leader of Kusiel (the assassin-training sub-syndicate of Addes) and explaining Addes itself, despite the fact that a secret syndicate that controls Earth's underworld would seem to thrive better with, you know, secrecy.
  • Multicolored Hair: Mostly black with some white portions.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His alternate costume depicts him as a woman with enormous spiked breasts and moth wings. All while keeping his male voice..
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Present briefly in his theme, "Giving a Manicure to the Fingernails of Darkness."
  • Puny Earthlings: His pre-fight quote in Story Mode is even, "Then come, you weak bug from this tiny planet."
    (to Lilly): "You're adorable. But, you're just a weak human."
  • Really 700 Years Old: Strongly suggested (or perhaps lending more credibility to the above Body Snatcher theory) when he encounters Hanzo.
    "I think we have met before... haven't we?"
  • Red Baron: The Dark Talon. In contrast, Judeim is "The Dark Fang."
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: Which is also capable of lighting impaled victims on fire.
  • Rubber Man: In the vein of Capcom characters like Dhalsim and Necro.
  • Scary Black Man: Looks very inhuman. A more accurate descriptor would be "Scary Charcoal Man."
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: For starters, his hands can turn into blades.
  • Smug Super: Considers most if not all humans to be beneath him, and he only even values strong humans as vessels (either for himself or for other members of his race).
  • SNK Boss: His super meter regenerates in his debut game.
  • Stance System: Has one, though an AI-controlled Jivatma will never use it.
  • The Stoic: In contrast to previous KOF bosses like Rugal and Igniz, Jivatma is very calm and collected even in defeat, and when he fights Lien he chides her for her lack of emotional control.
    (to Lien): "An assassin who lacks control of her rage is absolutely useless!"
  • Taking You with Me: Detonates the mosque that you fight him in after he loses and makes a getaway. Unlike Rugal, Jivatma maintains his calm composure.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: And by dark, we mean dark.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Though not a part of his moveset, he apparently has this ability (one he shares with Luise) as he always teleports away in each character's ending when beaten.
  • That One Attack: His Breath Weapon can break your guard and kill you in one or two hits if you're not careful.
  • This Cannot Be!: In Luise's ending: "How could this happen? My plans have been hugely disrupted!"
  • Villainous Breakdown: Very distinctly averted, as Jivatma breaks the mold of past SNK villains who would fall into this when defeated (looking at you, Rugal) and keeps his calm composure in almost every scenario. Even when someone does break his cool, he seems more amused than outraged (probably because he knows he can always teleport away on a whim, and usually does).
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: It's presumed that this is the reason behind his "Another" design, although his voice remains the same.
  • We Can Rule Together: Or Go Back Home Together, as he makes an offer to Luise to "become one of us" and return to their home planet. Luise turns him down, of course.
  • We Will Meet Again: To Alba, referring to his friendship with Judeim: "I hope we can gaze at the same starry sky when we meet next."
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His main goal is to return Zoans like Luise back to their homeland (an offer that he tempts Luise with). Too bad that his methods are less than pleasant.
  • You Have Failed Me: Another villain trope Jivatma averts. When Duke defeats Luise in his playthrough and she escapes, he takes it in stride, saying "It's too bad Lakia escaped us, but... it happens."

    Lilly Kane - England 
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Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (Japanese), Ivy Omere (English)

Billy's kid sister, who he is overly protective of. Having moved back to England to enjoy a happy life with her brother, Lilly awakes one day to discovers that Billy has left. Angry and worried, she travels to Southtown to find him and drag him back home.

    Richard Meyer - Brazil 
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Voiced by: Kong Kuwata (Japanese), Kofi Candela (English)

A former competitor in Geese Howard's tournament. He is the owner of the Pao Pao Cafe. He entered the tournament to promote the restaurant. Although he lost, the restaurant became immensely popular and became a local hangout for fighters in Southtown. He found an apprentice in Bob Wilson, and opened the Pao Pao Cafe 2, giving Bob the management rights. He enters the Maximum Impact 2 tournament out of boredom.

    Luise Meyrink - Germany 
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Voiced by: Hiroko Tsuji (Japanese), Katrin Biemann (English)

A mysterious woman with even more mysterious abilities. She exemplifies the butterfly: a free spirit that goes wherever the wind takes her. When her father is abducted by Addes for refusing to work with them, she enters the tournament for answers. She seems to have a connection with Alba, knowing about his true identity as Judeim; this is because she is a being similar to Judeim known as Lakia.

    Nagase - Japan 
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Voiced by: Ryoko Tanifuji (Japanese), Kristen Erdman (English)

A mysterious young girl who was modified by the Addes scientist Jarange into a "Type-N" cyborg. She uses a complex form of Ninjutsu similar to that of legendary ninja Hanzo Hattori, which she acquired through her data disc system. She works for Jivatma, but harbours no loyalty towards him; she fights only to test her own strength. Hates "pretty boys" for some reason.

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    Xiao Lon - China 
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Voiced by: Makiko Matsumoto

Ron's daughter, and Duo Lon's half-sister. Like her brother she is searching for her father to find out the truth behind her clan's massacre. She ends up in Southtown, believing that Alba knows about her father.

    Makoto Mizoguchi - Japan 
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Voiced by: Kay Inage

A bruiser who fights on the streets. Aside from that, we... don't know much about him.

  • Bonus Boss: You can only fight him in Regulation A if you don't continue and get a certain amount of super finishes.
  • The Cameo: He wasn't originally supposed to be in MI:RA and only got in after hard lobbying from the head producer (Falcoon, the lead producer of the series, was a fan of Fighter's History back when he was a kid; Mizoguchi held the distinction of being his favorite character; it didn't hurt that he was a favorite of most fans of the series). Mizoguchi also shows up as a hidden boss character in Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble as well as an enemy in Joe & Mac Returns.
  • Hunk: Those muscles. That smile. That face.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His "Another" costume.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy
  • Running Gag: Whenever Mizoguchi tries to escape from the Mafia, they usually catch him and send him into the tournament to carry out one of their hits. Subverted, as MI:RA is the first time he's been able to enter a tourney for fun. However, he did beat Lucky to enter, thus continuing the American Sports Team's running gag of receiving an invite to KOF, only to be defeated and have their invites stolen.
  • Shotoclone: More or less.
  • Transplant / The Cameo: Comes from the Fighter's History series.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene

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