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Characters in The King of Fighters debuting in the NESTS Chronicles (from KOF '99 to 2002; this includes 2002: Unlimited Match) will be listed here.

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The King of Fighters 2002 / Unlimited Match

"Hallelujah, brother! You just met your maker!"

Origin: Unknown

Fighting style: Kusanagi-style ancient martial arts
Voiced by: note 
Playable in: note 

KUSANAGI is yet another of NESTS experiments, this time, one that transplanted the power of Kusanagi's flames into a cloned body. He's a lot more belligerent and rude than Kyo and his only goal is to fight others. He appears in 2003 as an illusion from the Yata Mirror created by Chizuru Kagura while she was under the possession of Botan. He exists to test the strength of the contestants in the 2003 tournament.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Unlike Kyo-1 and Kyo-2, KUSANAGI has tan skin, likely as a side-effect of the experiment that created him.
  • ArchEnemy: XV revealed he's one to K9999/Krohnen since they often clashed during their time in NESTS, where KUSANAGI treated K9999/Krohnen as a defective copy.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He considers himself to be better not only to other clones but to Kyo himself.
  • Blood Knight: He seems to be one. An Ax-Crazy one.
  • Canon Immigrant: KUSANAGI first appeared in the non-canon 2002 and in 2003 as Kyo's evil magical doppelganger. An update in September 2022 to the character database in the official KOF site made him canon as a NESTS experiment.
  • Cloning Blues: A curious example since he is the result of NESTS imbuing the Kusanagi flame on a blank clone body.
  • Dark Is Evil: Being a result of NESTS experiments, he is violent, rude, and condescending to everyone else since he sees them as inferior.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Much like Kyo-1, KUSANAGI was based on the '94-'95 Kyo template. It's not until 2002: Unlimited Match that he gains a few new moves of his own.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: His K.O. quote.
  • Hot-Blooded: Whatever faint traces of this Kyo shows in the games were assimilated by KUSANAGI and ratcheted up to unprecedented levels. However, this applies more so to Mitsuo Iwata's vocal rendition of KUSANAGI than Masahiro Nonaka's.
  • Leitmotif: Again, if it's a Kyo clone, expect to hear "Esaka?"
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: A darker example. KUSANAGI has a specific line in 2002 against characters who use weapons in battle (i.e. Choi, Chang, Billy, Whip, etc.). It also happens to be a reference to AKIRA.
    KUSANAGI: "Temee! Sude de shoubu shiagare!" ("You [bastard]! Fight me with your bare hands!")

"I'm on my way... Count on it!"

Origin: Unknown
Fighting style: Personal style
Voiced by: note 
Playable in: note 

The 9,999th clone of K' created on NESTS' Deimos base on Mars as part of Project Zhe. The objective was to combine both K' and Kyo Kusanagi's flames and inject the combined DNA into various test subjects. Nameless is the only survivor of the project.

Nameless knew only suffering as a test subject, and had to watch as his "brothers" (other test subjects just like him) were horribly killed or injured by the experiments. One day, after he suffered severe injuries, he saw a beautiful girl named Isolde near the infirmary who was a part of the Anti-K' project and was given the ability to control ice. He fell in love with her, and suddenly gained a newfound resolve to endure the experiments in order to see her again. The scientists noticed the connection, and after realizing that wielding the flames required strong willpower, they changed Nameless's training regimen to endurance tests. They allowed him to visit her to bring out both of their true potentials. Unfortunately, Isolde died during a test, but rather than waste her progress, the NESTS scientists grafted her DNA into Nameless' glove, finally allowing him to control the combined flames. Deemed a success, Nameless became an assassin for NESTS, tasked with hunting and disposing of any traitors to the organization. When he cornered one of his targets, he revealed to Nameless the truth about Isolde as a last-ditch attempt to save his life. Burdened with this knowledge, Nameless eliminated the target and decided to continue working his way up in the eyes of NESTS, hoping this will convince them to restore Isolde.




Voiced by: note 

Kula's caretaker and head of the Anti-K' project. Skilled with a rapier, although she's never been playable.

  • Animal Motifs:
    • Butterflies. See her Flash Step and the shape of her rapier's hilt for a good example.
    • Artwork also depicts Diana with butterfly imprints on her clothes and a tattoo on both her exposed midriff and one of her legs. However, her hobby is collecting butterflies, which could explain why she's so fascinated with them in the first place.
  • The Bus Came Back: She made her return in KOF XV during Team Krohnen's ending, more of a decade since she canonically was last seen.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Kula.
  • Cool Sword: Sadly, you only get a glimpse of it during Kula's Freeze Execution DM.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Allegedly. According to Kula during her pre-fight dialogue with Saiki, Diana always told her that "there were no gods in this world." The events of the Orochi Saga, let alone the dealings with Those from the Past in that particular tournament arc, are inclined to disagree.


A young woman part of the "Anti-K'" project conducted by NESTS with the power to control ice. However, her abilities were deemed to be lacking and she was marked as a defective experiment. She first met Nameless in the infirmary after he had suffered severe injuries in a mock battle to assess combat data. Meeting him greatly improved her impaired capabilities and thus she was allowed to see him again on a regular basis to nurture her powers.

Unfortunately, Isolde died during one of her tests. NESTS did not want to waste their progress on Isolde, so her essence was infused into the glove Nameless wears to help control his flames. Nameless learned of this from interrogating a fugitive of the syndicate and hopes working for NESTS will allow him to restore her to her original body.

It is said Isolde does live on in Nameless' glove, with frequent apparitions of her whenever he uses his own powers.

  • All There in the Manual: She's never directly acknowledged within the game, to learn of her story and her role in Nameless' character arc it was necessary to look at the game's manual or play through the 2002 storymode in The King of Fighters All Star where her relationship with Nameless was expanded upon.
  • An Ice Person: She was given the ability to control ice but her skills were very limited and deemed as a failure by NESTS' scientists. It was only after meeting Nameless that she was able to make proper use of her powers.
  • Empathic Weapon: Her remains were turned by NESTS' scientists into Nameless' glove, the combination of Isolde's own conscience with her Anti-K' powers finally allowed Nameless to gain control over his flames.
  • Ethereal White Dress: Fittingly, she is depicted as wearing a simple white dress, even as a ghost.
  • The Lost Lenore: She died in the middle of the experiments of the Anti-K' program and such she's never seen alive but the hope of resurrecting her is the entire reason Nameless participates in KOF.
  • Mystical White Hair: Interestingly, she has white hair (or very pale blue hair) instead of the bright blue hair that other Anti-K' subjects (like Kula) possess.
  • Posthumous Character: She died during battle tests sometime before KOF 02 started.
  • Power Limiter: She ends up becoming Nameless'. Without her glove, he would be consumed by his flames.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only met Nameless for a very brief time before dying but she became his entire reason for living.
  • Virtual Ghost: The technology through which NESTS grafted her essence to Nameless' glove also allowed her to continue living through it. She even manifests as a hard light construct during Nameless' HDSM and stands beside Nameless on the winning screen if the HDSM was the winning attack of the match.

Igniz's girlfriend/lover. She can be seen in his win pose after Igniz defeats anyone related to NESTS. She apparently has the ability to translocate herself. Last seen at Ron's side in the Psycho Soldier team's XI ending.

The eponymous leader of the NESTS syndicate, he is a no-nonsense type of man. Less than pleased with Krizalid's failure and the betrayal of Clone Zero, he personally oversees the 2001 tournament. Unfortunately, he's done in by the machinations of Igniz, his son, and Misty, his secretary, the former of whom kills him unceremoniously right before the finals.

  • Reduced to Dust: Igniz causes him to disintegrate, leaving only his cloak behind.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed by Igniz no more than 15 seconds after his introduction.

Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda

Former leader of the Hizoku clan. Ron is an ambitious man with a thirst for power. In order to fulfill said ambitions, he betrayed the Hizoku clan by killing several of their members and then disappearing without a trace. He joined NESTS at some point in time and assisted the Original Zero in fighting K's team. Ron escaped from the collapsing blimp and guided the falling satellite into the ocean. He then heads into hiding once again, yearning to obtain the mysterious "Dragon Power", held by Kensou and Bao. Surprisingly, Lin seems to have joined him for some reason. He has several children, including Duo Lon and Xiao Lon, the latter of which he considers a bastard daughter.

  • Ambition Is Evil: When most of the known Hizoku members (such as Duo Lon, Xiao Lon, and Luan) were children, Ron was said to be a kind but strict man who was well-liked by his clan. As time progressed, he slowly became more and more obsessed with gaining power, eventually culminating in his betrayal of Hizoku to join NESTS as well as Ron setting fire to his village and personally killing some of his former followers.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority/Authority Equals Asskicking: Was the leader of the Hizoku and betrayed them to become a high-ranking official in NESTS. Is teamed up with a SNK Boss and can break your guard.
  • Evil Laugh: So evil, in fact, that you don't hear it until after he's left.
  • Fallen Hero: The former leader of Hizoku and one of its four Devas, he was once a noble soul who let his ambition and thirst for power corrupt him, leading to Ron ultimately torching the Hizoku village and slaying many of his kin to then join up with NESTS. His reasons for doing so are unknown to this day, but nearly every remaining member of the Hizoku clan who didn't side with him is looking for Ron so that they can get answers... and kill him.
  • I Need You Stronger: Is lurking in the shadows, showing a great deal of interest in Kensou's training to master the power of the Dragon Spirit.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • So far. He could as well be the next Big Bad of KOF, now that the Tales of Ash saga has ended.
    • In XIII, it's hinted in the pre-fight dialogue between Kensou and Saiki that he has some connection with Saiki and warned him about Kensou's power.
  • Megaton Punch: He uses this to break your guard, and in 2002UM uses a more powerful variant that's powerful enough to force your soul directly out of your body.
  • Professional Killer: The former leader of Hizoku, a clan of assassins.
  • Spell My Name with an S: His name should technically be Long, given the character used to write it, but SNKP seems to be sticking with Ron nevertheless. The same applies to the "Lon" portions of his children's names.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: According to the backstory, Ron disappeared during the fight against Original Zero, with Lin hot on his trail.
  • Villainous Rescue: Is implied to be the one who saved the player upon reentering the atmosphere after Igniz's failed Colony Drop.

Luan, Chat and Sai
From L to R: Luan, Sai, Chat.
Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (Luan and Chat), Takaya Kuroda (Sai)

Three top Hizoku assassins, who alongside Lin are known as the Four Devas of Hizoku. They were first introduced in KOF 2001 in one of Lin's win poses: Luan is the lone female, Chat is the young boy, and Sai is the big dude with an oddly-shaped head. As of recently, Sai and Chat have been missing; since Lin hasn't been around either, they might have joined Ron as well.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Nona's artwork in 2001 has Sai slightly purple in skin tone and Chat as chalky. Sai's in-game sprite, on the other hand, is bright red.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The "Assassin Night" promotional comic that ties in to 2003 shows the three at a formal party, watching Duo Lon make a hit on an unspecified VIP. Both Duo Lon and Sai are suited-up, while Luan wears a dress.
  • Revenge: They all want to kill Ron for betraying their clan.
  • Shapeshifting: Luan can "shift shapes", although whether this means herself, others, or both has not been clarified.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Luan is the sole female Deva. Word Of God places her as the strongest of the four although she's yet to be seen in action.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Luan might be this, as she says Duo Lon is her worst enemy but also is nostalgic in regards to their shared past.
  • Spell My Name with an S: The characters used to spell their names suggest Luan's name should be Ran and Chat is Shǎng (or the Vietnamese Thất).
  • Stripperiffic: Luan. Her choice of formal wear, as seen in Duo Lon's 2003 prologue short story "Assassin Night", is only marginally better.
  • Super Strength: Sai, who combines this with Use Your Head.
  • The Unfettered: Luan. She's apparently willing to disregard the clan's honor code if it means she can get a shot at avenging her family.
  • Whip It Good: Luan favors a long cord weapon, presumably of this weapon family.