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The King of Fighters '99: Millennium Battle


New Hero Team

    K' - Unknown
"Now, the finish. Get up, fool!"

Voiced by: Yuuki Matsuda ('99 to XIII), Yoshihisa Kawahara (XIV), Andrew Scott (Maximum Impact series, English)

The protagonist of the NESTS Saga, and NESTS first success in using the Kusanagi DNA in another human. He was abducted from his home when he was young for use as a test subject and was used as an agent for NESTS after his success. After the defeat of his own clone Krizalid in the '99 tournament, he was branded a traitor by NESTS and he and Maxima went on the run. He eventually helped bring the whole cartel down and was reunited with his older sister Seirah (a.k.a. Whip). He now works with the Ikaris investigating Mukai's group, along with Kula and Maxima.

  • Aloof Big Brother: To his "sisters," Whip and Kula.
  • Ambiguously Brown: It's never specified if K' is meant to be East Indian, African American or anything of the sort. This gets even more confusing when you recall that Whip is a clone of K's sister Seirah, and yet she's been largely shown as being much lighter-skinned than her brother. It also should be noted that not only does he share Original Zero and Krizalid's skin to hair colors, but that Kyo's other clones are also darker-skinned than the boy they were cloned from. It's possible K's skin and hair colors are linked to the experiments he went through under NESTS custody, and so he wouldn't have been born looking how he does now.
  • Animal Motifs: Birds, apparently. A few of his attacks are bird-themed and the back of his jacket reads "A Beast Of Prey" (the words are more legible in character art and in the Maximum Impact series).
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: A rare instance of Darker and Edgier done well. For Kyo Kusanagi during the NESTS saga.
  • Ascended Fanon: In some of his XIII pre-fight talks, people call him emo to his face, referencing the tendency for fans to mistake him for emo. He ain't pleased.
  • Badass Back: His walking animation.
  • Badass Boast:
    • "Doitsumo koitsumo", his post-battle quotenote  in a nutshell, is K' saying that he can take on everyone by himself. Eight times out of ten, he can back up this claim.
    • His intro.
    "Just me alone is more than enough."
  • Berserk Button: Hates being called the inferior Kusanagi in comparison to Kyo.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Kula and Whip.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pulls one of these in 2001 when he saves Kula and a wounded Foxy from K9999 and Angel.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: While K' isn't short, he is the little guy to Maxima, who is taller and has a bigger build.
  • Bishōnen: Although he is manlier than average.
  • The Bus Came Back: His return in XIII.
  • But Not Too Black: Zigzagged all the time. Art depictions usually show him with very dark skin. His early sprites give him the same complexion as Heavy D! but later depictions play the trope dead straight. Averted in The King of Fighters 2 pachinko game, though.
  • Cloning Blues: Not a clone in the traditional sense; Kyo's DNA was used on him to see if the pyrokinetic abilities could be transferred. He tries to affirm his existence as something more than a mere "clone" of Kyo. He believes that he'll perpetually be stuck in Kyo's shadow, a feeling that is only reinforced when he fights Mukai in 2003.
    • Also, initially he believed himself to be a clone of Krizalid. Eventually, the truth was revealed to be the other way around.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Kyo. Both are pyrokinetic users and both are arrogant fighters, but while Kyo was born with his pyrokinetic abilities and can also control them, K’ gained his powers via NESTS genetic experiments, he also has a hard time controlling them and uses a special right glove to control his flames.
  • Cool Shades: Is almost never seen without his sunglasses, unless he's in the middle of battle. From XIII onwards, he wears them while fighting, and even weaponizes them for some of his supers.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: He wears a cross pendant around his neck. Concept art for '99 also shows a cross emblem on the back of his jacket, although this design wasn't implemented. If he does have a particular religious belief, it doesn't show.
  • Darker and Edgier: Not just as a protagonist, but his inclusion into the story marks a stark departure from the Orochi Saga.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dresses in all black and has moves with names like "Crow Bite" but is still a much lighter take of being an Anti-Hero.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Platinum blonde, specifically. As with his being Ambiguously Brown, it's unknown if this is K''s natural hair color or a result of the experiments performed on him.
  • Defrosting Ice King: After the conclusion of the NESTS Chronicles. Sadly, the results are akin to trying to melt an iceberg with a match...
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In regards to his origin as a "Kyo clone."
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears only one. The other glove is his Power Limiter.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: The "One Inch".
  • Fire/Ice Duo: With Kula Diamond; K’ controls fire while Kula controls ice.
  • Flash Step: His "Blackout" move.
  • The Glasses Come Off: K' takes off his shades before the battle and tucks them away. He even throws them at his foe to initiate his Chain Drive DM.
  • Glasses Pull: His revamped Chain Drive in XIII has him seemingly stopping time mid-combo just to put them back on. Next thing you know...
  • Good Is Not Nice:
    • Although he's the main hero of his story, he's one cold-hearted SOB.
    • The dialogue he shares with the other fighters in XIII seems to suggest everyone is aware of his status as a heroic and well-intentioned character but he never has a kind word to say back to anyone. Most of his statements to his opponents are cold, stoic, and harsh.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: More recent sprites (2003 and XI) prior to XIII gave K' a bit of a pink/purple hue.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: It’s part of his style for clothing to match his personality.
  • The Hero: Of the NESTS Saga.
  • Hidden Depths: The characterization of K' changes a lot in the multiple printed adaptations. While the most popular portrayal is that of a cold person, a manga depicts as an insecure teenager.
  • Irony: K' loathes KOF, yet seems to be dragged into a new tournament each year. As a result, he seems to be very disaffected while fighting. His previous Idle Animation had K' repeatedly dozing off before falling asleep for good in the middle of a battle. His XIII sprite has him cracking his neck multiple times.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's brash and very crass, but he does legitimately care about those who are close to him. Maxima notes that K' has a tendency to mask his relatively amicable actions with harsh words.
  • Loss of Identity: It wouldn't be unbelievable if K' was a completely different person prior to his abduction by NESTS. Although he hardly muses about it openly, his Character Development is grounded not only in establishing his existence as something more than another "Kyo clone", but in trying to piece together his lost past.
  • Meaningful Name: Although the ' symbol in his name is rarely (if never) pronounced like "prime" (as in derivatives), K' was the first of several cloning processes used to see how Kyo's DNA could be implemented into ordinary humans. In some way or another, he was the precursor to Krizalid, Kula, Nameless, and Isolde.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Given life at the end of the decade but still fits in with the trope. Abrupt and harsh name ("Kay-Dash"), cold-hearted SOB who only cooperates when it suits his end (his victory pose has him saying he's good enough to fight your whole team), and has a laser-like focus on his objective (stamping out the NESTS organization and anyone associated with it). However, as said before, he does move away from this a bit as time goes on.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: As seen above, it's pronounced "Kay Dash."
  • Only Known By Their Code Name: Justified, as the memories of his former life (and thus, his name) were suppressed when Kyo's DNA was grafted into his body. K' still has no recollection of his past life, minus a few flashes following the downfall of NESTS.
  • One-Letter Name: He is called K’ because he couldn’t his real name due his memory being erased.
  • Perpetual Frowner: And he knows it. As he tells Yuri, it's simply who he is.
  • Playing with Fire: He has to wear a special gauntlet to control them, though.
  • Power Incontinence:
    • His body can't properly handle the Kusanagi flames (and can even flare out of control and harm K'), thus the reason behind his Power Limiter.
    • His teams ending in 2000 shows his hand to be rather... burnt.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Maxima's Blue.
  • Red Right Hand: Again, his Power Limiter. He's not evil, but was designed to be the "dark hero" of the series.
  • Required Secondary Powers: An interesting case in that K' doesn't appear to (completely) have these when it comes to his flames, hence the Power Limiter. This extends to Nameless and might also be the case for fellow "clones" Kula and K9999, who wear identical but differently-colored versions of K''s glove.
  • The Rival: Somewhat to Kyo as he wants to surpass him in many other ways despite not having full control over his flames.
  • Rule of Cool: K' is probably the patron saint of this trope in the KOF world. He exerts minimal effort in battle (notice how he nonchalantly flings his wisps of flame at you, or how bored he is at the prospect of fighting). He tosses his snazzy sunglasses at you and then proceeds to warp next to you and beat your face in with a flurry of punches and kicks. He can blow you to Hell and back with a simple thumbs down. To put the cherries on top, there's this display of sheer badassery in XIII. Words fail us.
  • The Snark Knight: To a degree.
  • The Stoic: Given his past, he's not fond of others, bar certain individuals. This still doesn't stop him from having outrageously Hot-Blooded Kiais (at first, anyway).
  • Theme Naming:
    • His themes (with the exception of 2001's "Big Pain"; 2001 was an oddball when it came to just about everything) are designated by the moniker of "KD" (as in his name, K Dash).
    • Said themes gained an extra "D" in XI ("KDD-0075") and XIII ("KDD-0063"), likely to account for the other "KD" (Kula Diamond) joining his team. XIV is an exception with his team theme being called "KD-SR", even though Kula is present.
    • Expect to see the word "Drive" cap his list of DMs (i.e. Chain Drive, Heat Drive, Heaven Drive, etc.). Possibly lampshaded in Days of Memories, where his theme is called "Cool Drive."
  • Too Many Belts: Look closely at his design. Out of the seven belts found on his person, only, one of them is worn properly.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: To be expected of a guy whose discipline is listed as "pure violence", K''s brand of pyrotechnics is unrefined and rarely more creative than blunt, direct attacks meant to be one-shot finishers. While he's suggested to be in the upper ranks of the cast in terms of raw power, his fellow flame wielders are able to match him either by using a more versatile skillset or having comparable strength and the training to go with it.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Implied, but not outright said. You can see traces of this every once in a while.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Not so much "black" as "a very dark gray"; earlier on in his run, K' was only concerned about making NESTS pay. He lightens up progressively over the course of the NESTS Chronicles and beyond, although he remains stoic and unfriendly to most.
  • Younger Than They Look: Looks like he's in his 20s but is stated to appear between 16 and 18.

    Maxima - Canada
"I read your moves like the funny papers!"

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi, Mike Jarnus (Maximum Impact series, English)

K's lifelong friend and partner. He was an ex-policeman whose partner Rocky was killed by NESTS. Maxima decided to go undercover, and with the help of a man named Dr. Makishima, was given a new, cybernetic body armed with several features. His abilities caught the eyes of NESTS, and they recruited him as he had planned. He met K' while in the organization's services, but in '99 he and K' ran away from NESTS. They spent the next 2 years destroying any and all NESTS bases around the world. Upon reaching Igniz in 2001, Maxima was shocked to find that his partner Rocky had been turned into a full cyborg. Igniz, however, killed Rocky once again to display his godlike power. Before he died, Rocky activated the full abilities of Maxima's enhancements, allowing him to fire a large laser out of his chest. After the downfall of NESTS, he acts as an uncle for Kula while both of them, including K' and Whip, rebuild their lives.

  • Arm Cannon: His arms are equipped with powerful vapor cannons, which have been a consistent part of his moveset since his debut.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He has a rather sizeable database of information on the fighters in KOF, which he makes sure to put to good use in his battles. One of his intro animations even has him doing an analysis of his opponent.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The big guy to K'.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Frequently refers to K' as "aibou," the Japanese word for "partner" ("partner" is used in the English localization), as a testament to their fire-forged friendship.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Believe it or not, he has a quick one during his taunt in XIII.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center
  • Canada, Eh?: Averted. If it wasn't All There in the Manual, you'd probably never guess his nationality.
  • Chest Blaster: Ever since 2001 he'll have a DM where he shoots beams from his chest. His Maxima Laser Neo MAX and, later, his DM and Climax DM in XIV takes it up to Wave-Motion Gun levels.
  • Covert Pervert: According to XIII Climax. Are you sure these Athena pictures in your data are solely for info, hmmmmm?
  • Cyborg: He had his body mechanized and outfitted with powerful weaponry in order to infiltrate NESTS.
  • Enemy Scan: He can analyze his opponents. This ability doesn't work on K' and Krizalid, which slightly confuses Maxima.
  • Facepalm of Doom: One of his command throws is a forward dash where he grabs the opponent by the face and smashes their head into the far wall.
  • Genius Bruiser: Combines the heavy weaponry and high physical power of his cyborg body with a calm, analytical mind backed up by a sizeable information database.
  • Guns Akimbo: XIII gives him a DM where he uses both of his vapor cannons.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: His model for XIII has him as a dirty blonde, which is completely contrary to his artwork in the very same game. SNK seems to have caught on, as his in-game sprite in the console version has his hair correctly colored brown. The image in question here is the sprite preview provided on the official XIII site.
  • Hard Head: One of his DMs ends this way. But no worries, he's a cyborg.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With K'.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Kula. He doesn't seem too fond of the moniker, though.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The huge guy to Kula.
  • Hunk: Big, manly, and handsome.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: He's powered by a miniature nuclear reactor called the Maxima Heart. Since only 20% of his body is still organic (hard to tell at times with his clothing), it's unknown if this reactor has replaced his real heart and acts as its artificial analog.
  • Neck Lift: His Bulldog Press, which is quickly followed up by a chokeslam.
  • Never Gets Drunk: As he tells King in XIII.
  • Penny Shaving: After the NESTS organization fell down and its heroic members formed a Secret Project Refugee Family, he is mentioned to regularly hack into multiple bank accounts to steal some money from a lot of people at once to support the family.
  • Recoil Boost: One of his DMs (Bunker Buster) is to fire his vapor canon at the ground, launching himself off the screen to come crashing down on his opponent.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to K's Red.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Albeit sparingly.
  • Sweet Tooth: Revealed in his pre-fight chats in XIII (Mai's and King's more exactly). Confirmed in the K' Team's ending where he's handed a huge parfait... and it's gone in few seconds. Fridge Brilliance hits when you consider that sweet food contains glucose, which is the "fuel" for the brains; Maxima not only is a cyborg but also a technopath who must handle LOTS of data constantly and thus needs these sweets.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: At a whopping 6'9"!
  • Technopath: Maxima appears to possess some form of cyberpathy as he can interface with a satellite connection, as seen in 2003 and MI2. He also uses this connection to steal money to support himself and K', although of late, their funds have been dwindling (Maxima predicts that they'll only last another month or two).
  • Use Your Head: One of his Desperation attacks has him tossing his opponent into the air then using his head to bounce them back up, like a soccer ball.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: A few of his moves, including a German suplex, a chokeslam, and a dropkick.
  • Younger Than They Look: Only 29, but speaks with a solemness that evokes a more aged man, coupled with his appearance as being someone in their mid or late 30s. This causes some confusion with other characters. Word of God says this is intentional as they wanted an older-looking main character to balance the prevalence of younger characters in the series.

Ikari Warriors Team

    Whip - Unknown
"All show. No substance!"

Voiced by: Shiho Kikuchi

Whip is a mercenary who joined Heidern's squadron under the alias "Muchiko" to investigate NESTS, believing it to have some significance to her past. She was a former NESTS agent but she betrayed the organization and ran away. She confronts Krizalid and reveals that he's a clone of K'. Afterward, she confronts Clone Zero and after he reveals that she is a clone of K's sister Seirah, she shoots and kills him. Afterward, she confronts Igniz along with K' and after Igniz's defeat, she settles down with K' and Kula.

Whip is set to return as the first DLC character in XIV.

  • Action Girl: Again, highly trained mercenary.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Ralf tends to call her by the nickname "Muchiko." "Muchi" translates to "Whip" with the right Kanji, with "-ko" being a common female name suffix. Thus, her nickname is literally "Whip Girl." In English, this was changed to "Whippy." Way to be innovative, Ralf.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Like her brother K', Whip has been portrayed at least once as noticeably dark-skinned without flat-out saying what her ethnicity is (see her XI artwork over here). She's also been portrayed as noticeably light-skinned (admittedly more often), despite her relationship to K'. Her latest appearance in XIV sticks with her being light-skinned.
  • Berserk Button: Ralf being generally unable to act his age or like the superior officer he supposed to be.
  • Bowdlerization: Some versions of KOF censor her gun specials, turning her ground gunfire into what appears to be a microscopic explosive, and her HSDM's revolver is repainted gold and given a flanged head. Ironically, a golden revolver seems more awesome.
  • Combat Pragmatist: With her HSDM, where she shoots you with a long-barreled revolver.
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Cool Big Sis: To K' and Kula. And Maximum Impact 2 portrays her as more of a Onee-sama towards Kula.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Not so bad in the later games, but in her earlier appearances, oh man. Be sure to turn the volume down a nudge.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
  • Hair Color Dissonance: In Shinkiro's artwork from '99 and 2000, Whip had brown hair. Her sprite has more of a lavender tint, and subsequent artwork is split between the two.
  • Hand Cannon:
    • Her Desert Eagle, which was censored in the international releases. The result is that she seems to be firing bullets with her gloved hands in a rapid wrist movement.
    • Her HSDM/MAX 2 has her blast you with a fearsome-looking revolver.
  • Heroic BSoD: In her ending in 2000, this causes her to kill Clone Zero.
  • I Call It "Vera": Her transmorphic whip, Voodoo.
  • I Have Many Names: Her affinity for whips earned her the Code Name of Whip, which is sometimes changed to Muchiko/Whippy thanks to Ralf. She also responds to the names Sally and Sarah, the latter of which is a misromanization of her real name, Seirah.
  • Irony: In the non-canon Ikari Warriors ending of '99, she mocks a dying Krizalid for being a clone of K'. It would eventually turn out that she is a clone too.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Whip originally had a move where she'd fire at a downed opponent to hit OTG. It was censored and replaced by a less effective version of Mature, Vice, and Yamazaki's snake arm abilities.
  • Long Lost Sibling: K', Whip is your long-lost little(?) sister. A clone, more precisely.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Her HSDM has her shooting you with a long-barreled revolver/gold plated flanged head revolver in the censored versions.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her real name can be translated as Seirah or Sarah. The series tends to stick with the former.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Officially. Though she is actually rather short according to artwork and her sprites.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Honey. As the developers' diary for 2000 reveals that her name is an anagram of Winnie-the-Pooh, this is by no means coincidental.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ralf. The two bickers a lot, with Ralf constantly teasing her and acting undignified in general. They're still close comrades.
  • Whip It Good: Her name is Whip, Muchiko means whip girl, Whippy comes from Whip, she has a Whip that she uses for attacks. She is this trope personified.
  • Younger Than They Look: In '99's story, she's only 16 years old. She looks much older than that. There is, however, some ambiguity has to whether or not that's her real age.

Psycho Soldiers Team

    Bao - China
"Oh yes! I am victorious! And happy as an oyster!"

Voiced by: Kanako Nakano

A young boy who joined the Psycho Soldiers for the '99 tournament after demonstrating his abilities to Chin. Chin sensed a connection between him and Kensou and was proven right when Kensou suddenly lost his powers around the time Bao joined the team. Eventually, Chin figured out that Bao and Kensou "shared" their power; when Bao had them, Kensou lost his, and vice versa. He has not been playable since the NESTS saga ended but has cameoed in cutscenes and in the Psycho Soldiers' endings semi-regularly.

  • Attack Reflector
  • Be the Ball: One of his numerous Psycho Ball attacks involves curling up and launching himself at the enemy.
  • The Cameo: While he's only playable in the NESTS saga games, he's cameoed in almost every Psycho Soldiers Ending since, and even, rather randomly, accompanies Hugo in both his intros and win pose in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.
  • Creepy Child: In the 2001 ending he gives very strong vibes of the trope, though to be fair it looks like Ron is behind it.
  • Demoted to Extra: After the NESTS saga ended.
  • Happily Adopted: By Chin.
  • Hard Head: A few of his attacks involve headbutting his opponent, and one has him falling headfirst to the ground.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: The youngest playable character in KOF, with a simple but effective moveset.
  • Kid Hero
  • Lethal Joke Character: Despite his silly mannerisms and strange movest, Bao is consistently upper mid-tier in all his playable appearances.
  • Nice Hat: Which became larger in 2001.
  • Psychic Powers
  • She's a Man in Japan: The Latin American translations mistook him for a girl.
  • Sleepy Head: In an easter egg, holding down with him for an extended period of time will eventually have him nod off.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The character that makes up his name is read as "Pao" in Japanese. Many arcade flyers have this spelling, despite his name being officially Bao.
  • Sphere of Destruction: His Psycho Ball Attack, SP DM is an attack that Akira and Tetsuo would be proud of.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: All of Bao's special attacks and Desperation Moves are variants of the basic Psycho Ball used by his teammates Athena and Kensou, but with enough innovation and creativity on his part to have an entirely diverse, if somewhat quirky, moveset.


Women Fighters Team

    Li Xiangfei - USA
"Since I win, you buy dinner. First, some Dim Sum, then...."

Voiced by: Mami Kingetsu

A Chinese-American resident of Southtown who trained in the martial arts from a young age. Living with her uncle, she works as a waitress and doubles as the bodyguard for his restaurant. Her brief scuffle with Kasumi after a misunderstanding gives King and Blue Mary the idea to scout them in the '99 tournament. Xiangfei later returns to the Women Fighters Team in 2001, bringing Hinako in tow.

  • Anime Chinese Girl
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Her win quote against the Psycho Soldiers in 2001 is "Chinese psychic combat? Have you been eating poppies?"
  • Big Eater:
    • Perhaps the only person who can beat Kensou in this department, taking it as far as her 2001 character select portrait. This leads to Balloon Belly in her team's ending for that game.
    • At the China stage in 2002, she's seen in the background, having an eating contest against the much larger Cheng Sinzan. She wins.
    • In the Women Fighters Team's ending in XIV, she's shown hanging out with Hinako at Richard Meyer's cafe. When King says everything will be on the house, Xiangfei is shown holding a fork and knife in anticipation, with a comically intense look on her face.
    Xiangfei: Really?! Let's eat a ton!
  • Bring It: One of the few characters whose taunts rival Yuri's in terms of childishness.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Has Chinese parents, but was born and raised in Southtown, effectively making Xiangfei Chinese-American.
  • The Cameo: Despite a general lack of playable appearances, she's shown up several times in stage backgrounds and ending cameos. She was even featured in two cameos in SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium, one of which included her fellow Anime Chinese Girl, Chun-Li.
  • Cute Bruiser
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Has two sai in certain pieces of artwork, but never uses 'em in battle.
    • And the two swords that somehow appear in one of her win poses. Again a case of GASS.
  • Genki Girl
  • Ki Manipulation
  • Put on a Bus: Hasn't been playable in a canonical KOF since 2001, but she and bus-riding kin Hinako and May Lee returned in 2002: Unlimited Match to form the Pretty Girl Team.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Spam Attack: One of her supers deals 100 hits. The SDM version ups the hit count by two.

Korea Team

    Jhun Hoon - South Korea
"You are really weak. Throw in the towel!"

Voiced by: Kazuya Ichijo

A friendly rival of Kim's who also practices Taekwando, although his style is far more focused on kicks. He's a huge fan of Athena, which got him into trouble at one point as he was hit by a truck after crossing the street to see her. To add insult to injury, the Athena he saw was only a cardboard standee. He recovered by the time of the 2003 tournament but disappeared again the next year.

  • Bilingual Bonus: Jhun apparently hates his family name. Why? The Chinese character Jhun is two strokes less than the character Kim, Kim being the name of his greatest Taekwondo rival.
  • The Bus Came Back: In 2003.
  • Butt-Monkey: Come ON, read the blurb above.
  • Extremity Extremist: The most notable example. Not only does he only fight with his feet, but he also keeps one hand behind his back whenever he fights.
  • Goomba Stomp: His Ryuurou Geki functions as this. It can take a bit of getting used to since it landing it reverses the forward arc of Jhun's jump, but it makes for an impressive combo tool when used properly.
  • Justice Will Prevail: To the point that he and Kim became rivals in regards to rehabilitating Chang and Choi.
  • Hunk: AND a Long-Haired Pretty Boy, too!
  • Kiai: Not as prone to these as Kim is, but he lets out a few of these from time to time, most notably when he performs his Houou Tenbu Kyaku SDM.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Just...look at him.
  • Loony Fan: One of his biggest characteristics is that he's a very enthusiastic fan of Athena's (and J-Pop in general, really). It gets lampshaded a lot, as Robert, Kim, Gang-Il, and Athena herself have all made comments about his obsession at some point in their quotes.
  • Not So Stoic: Usually quiet and reserved... until he talks about or meets his favorite pop stars.
  • Put on a Bus: The aforementioned truck accident.
  • Stance System: Has three different movesets, and they're all kick-based.
  • Technician vs. Performer: With Kim. He's the performer, by virtue of his flashier, more dynamic moves, as opposed to Kim's (technician) more low-key and traditional techniques.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: To a degree, with Kim.


    Krizalid - Ireland
"Useless. It's so hard to find good help now."

Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Iwamoto ('99), Eiji Yano (2001)

A clone of K', and the second-in-command to the cloned Zero. He was given orders to gather battle data from the victors of the '99 tournament for use in the awakening of an army of Kyo clones, but after his defeat, the project was abruptly canceled and Krizalid was killed by his superior. He was later resurrected by the real Zero for his skills, but his whereabouts after the fall of NESTS are unknown.

    Kyo- 1 & Kyo- 2 - Japan
"Victory is mine... was there any doubt?"

Voiced by: Masahiro Nonaka

After Orochi's defeat in '97, the famed Kyo Kusanagi went missing. The cartel known as NESTS had captured his unconscious body and dragged him away, analyzing his fighting style and extracting his DNA for future use. Kyo-1 (the one in navy) and Kyo-2 (the one in crimson) were but two of numerous clones of the Japanese schoolboy.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Oddly enough.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Kyo-2.
  • Cloning Blues
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Originally, they were carbon copies of Kyo's previous movesets (Kyo-1 was the '94-'95 Kyo, while Kyo-2 was the '96-'97 Kyo). 2002: Unlimited Match gives them new and individual techniques that take cues from other characters or sources.
  • Era-Specific Personality: Kyo-1 and Kyo-2 embody their original's characterization throughout the Orochi Saga, Kyo-1 being more levelheaded like post-'95 Kyo and Kyo-2 displaying the cocky bravado Kyo had in the first two games. The irony here is that their movesets are flipped around.
  • Expendable Clones/What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Although never outright stated, it's alluded to. In 2002: Unlimited Match, the Clone Team gets a dark and sinister (but undoubtedly awesome) theme called "Antinomy ~ Mutually Exclusive Dichotomy." While it's a bit Engrishy (antinomy and dichotomy are essentially synonyms, which would make the title redundant), the song refers to a conflict between two opposing forces who, by the necessity of their very identities, cannot reconcile nor co-exist. It relates to the clones since their very existence conflicts with the identity of Kyo himself (as there can only be one Kyo). It could also reference how the clones seek to establish their own identities, which is impossible since they are merely copies of Kyo.
  • Leitmotif: Being associated with the old Kyo, they will always have some sort of "Esaka?" (the Japan Team's theme from '96) to accompany their fight. Always. The only exception was 2002: Unlimited Match.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Natch.
  • Playing with Fire: In the same exact ways as the original Kyo.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kyo-1 is the calmer Blue who prefers not to underestimate opponents, while Kyo-2 is the cockier Red who is the other way around (He tends to underestimate opponents). For bonus points, they're even color-coded (Kyo-1 wears blue, while Kyo-2 wears brown).
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: As a result of the desire to bring back Kyo's old look.
  • Send in the Clones
  • You Are Number 6

The King of Fighters 2000

    Kula Diamond - Unknown
"I won. Now... Where's my prize?"

Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu, Kat Cassteneda (Maximum Impact 2, English)

The end product of NESTS' Anti-K' Project, of which Nameless' lover Isolde was a subject of. Her powers over ice were used as a counter to K' own flames, and she, along with her caretakers Foxy and Diana, were assigned to eliminate K' and investigate the cloned Zero's activities. After the fall of NESTS, she settles down with Diana and Foxy and becomes a little sister of sorts to K', joining him on occasion in KOF.

  • An Ice Person: Thanks to the experiments performed by NESTS, she has the ability to control ice. Also, she loves ice flavored treats.
  • An Ice Suit: One of the few female cryomancers who doesn't have a Stripperiffic outfit, though as of XIV they seem to be taking baby steps to get her there.
  • Assist Character: Originally had Diana (and Foxy in XIII) supporting some of her attacks, averted as of XIV where she fights independently for the first time.
  • Attack Reflector: Her Counter Shell.
  • Berserk Button: Never treat her like a little kid or call her a weapon created by NESTS.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Her personality becomes The Stoic during her "Freeze Execution" SDM, where she fills the entire air around her with ice, signified by the entire background becoming light blue. It's also a full-screen attack that in certain games triggers if the first hit connects.
  • Bonus Boss: In 2000, for breaching various point totals dependent on your team throughout Arcade mode. Notably, she freezes over the entire stage she's fought on and will trigger an extra scene in the ending if she's beaten.
  • Break the Cutie: After Foxy was stabbed by K9999, she realized the true nature of the organization she served. It also happened a year earlier with the "death" of her robot companion Candy. Since breaking off from NESTS, she became more of a Cheerful Child, as her appearance in Maximum Impact 2 indicates.
  • Breath Weapon: Her icy Diamond Breath.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Ever since losing her stoic attitude and becoming more cheerful, she's learned to do this to some of her more mundane attacks. "WAN IN-CHI~!!! SULAIDA SYUTO~!!!"
  • Children Are Innocent: Deep down, she's an innocent, naive girl with little knowledge of the outside world.
  • Code Name: The Anti-K'.
  • Creepy Child: Her upbringing as an assassin hasn't completely been wiped clean. Luckily, this doesn't rear its head often.
  • Dance Battler: To an extent. A few of her attacks resemble graceful movements that you'd see coming from a ballerina, and several moves (and in XI and Maximum Impact 2 onward, her running animation) are pulled straight from a figure-skating routine.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Introduced in 2000 to complement K'.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: She sports these in 2001, after plummeting into the sea during the Hero Team ending... and right before K' rescues her.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her alternate outfit in Days of Memories involves this.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: Her hair turns light blue when she activates her cryokinetic powers. Some of her attacks suggest that this trope may actually be Elemental Hair Composition instead, as her hair seems to actually become ice, or at least take on some of its properties.

    Lin - China
"My venom has no antidote... Death is the only cure."

Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda

Lin is a member of the Hizoku clan, a mysterious band of assassins. After his superior Ron massacres much of the clan and leaves without a trace, Lin sets out to find him. He encounters Ron in 2001, alongside the members of NESTS, and is seen with him in XI, indicating that he may have joined forces with his former enemy.

  • Bald of Awesome: Minus the braid.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Combined with Walking Shirtless Scene, since he's wrapped in bandages rather than wearing a shirt, but they still leave his lower torso bare.
  • Bloody Murder: His blood is poisonous and he can somehow exude it from his hands to enhance his attacks. In his MAX 2 in 2002 Unlimited Match, the poison can drain the opponent's health down to 1% and lasts the whole round, but Lin has to perform the last hit.
  • Breath Weapon: His "Kasumi" special move.
  • Creepy Good: He's a stoic assassin with poisonous blood, but he's willing to work alongside heroic characters like Benimaru to get his revenge on Ron. Possibly subverted as of XI since he seems to have teamed up with Ron for an unknown reason.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Not to the extent of Duo Lon, but he's definitely got this thanks to the yellowish-gray tint of his skin.
  • Enemy Mine: Possibly in XI, where he's suddenly standing beside Ron.
  • Flash Step: His "Himou Kyaku" special.
  • Mentor: To Xiao Lon. One of the few members of Hizoku besides Duo Lon to treat her amiably.
  • Ninja: A Chinese ninja... Somewhat similar to Sub-Zero, he has some notable ninja traits, but he's never specifically referred to as such, instead being referred to by his clan.
  • Ninja Run
  • Poisonous Person: He can use his poisonous blood in fights.
  • Prehensile Hair: His "Benpatsu Ken" move has him whip the opponent with his ponytail.
  • Professional Killer: He's part of a whole clan of them.
  • The Quiet One: While he can deliver a pretty passionate Kiai in some of his attacks, he doesn't really talk all that much in battle.
  • Red Right Hand: Subverted; while he literally has it, he's not evil (at least not like Ron). It is instead a visible indicator of his corrosive, poisonous blood, although this only comes into play when he's injecting foes with his toxic fluids. Which hand it is varies wildly, likely pointing at ambidexterity.
  • Revenge: Against Ron, who betrayed and murdered his fellow clansmen.
  • Rubber Man: In 2001 he acquired attacks that require his arms to stretch significantly and a SDM that makes them look literally like rubber bands.
  • Slashed Throat: One of his DMs, where Lin slowly approaches his opponent while disappearing from sight and reappearing frequently right before grabbing them. He's probably using a very thin garrote, but the sprites make it look like he's doing so with just his thumb.
  • Technicolor Toxin: Green, mixed with some red and purple accents.

    Ramon - Mexico
"Your expression was classic! Lots better than my lucha!"

Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (2000 to XI), Kiyoshi Katsunuma (XIV,The King of Fighters: All Star)

A famous Luchador in Mexico, Ramon was born as one of the less fortunate children in the country, extremely poor and carrying the hardships that come with it, however, the guy never took upon himself to become a sour guy whose life has been most unkind, Ramon was always upbeat and hoped for a better future.

Ramon grew up to become a luchador, a quite beloved one and strong at that, so good that he was scouted to become an Agent and participate in the 2000 edition of the King of Fighters tournament; Ramon was scouted by Vanessa to become part of the Hero Team for that year, in order to investigate and trace NESTS actions around that tournament.

He became a Freelance Agent after that, continuing his career as a luchador but always being in waiting whenever his services are to be requested; while Ramon has a strong sense of justice, his willingness to remain as an agent may have to do with Vanessa, he became quite smitten by her, falling in Love at First Sight, the two trade flirts and teasing however Vanessa keeps a certain distance, while Ramon may be in love with her, Vanessa might not feel the same, sometimes not feeling like playing the flirt game with him, refusing his advances, meaning she isn’t ready to move on from her late husband just yet. Vanessa's husband being alive after Ash's Cosmic Retcon further muddles the waters.

After skipping XII and XIII, Ramon returns in XIV, as the founder and leader of Team Mexico, accompanied by King of Dinosaurs and Angel. His goal is to represent Mexico and didn't seem to mind that Angel was an ex-NESTS member.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Towards Vanessa, he tries to woo her, but Ramon doesn't seem to have any luck.
    • Lampshaded in XI with the Unrequited Love Team (him, Robert, and Kensou).
    • He seems to have gotten over this in KOF XIV but this could simply be due to Vanessa not being part of the original roster, as well the fact her marraige is still going in the XIV timeline.
  • Amazon Chaser:
    • Undoubtedly smitten with the quite talented (and ever-lovely) boxer known as Vanessa.
    • In KOF XIV he tends to flirt with any woman fighter older than him, possibly to soften the implications of his interest in the again-married Vanessa.
  • Animal Motifs: The Tiger, his Luchador Name, his attacks, and as of XIV it extended to Ramon's clothing.
  • Badass Adorable: Very capable when he needs to be, also very funny, friendly and his only two noted likes are Vanessa and Children, having a soft spot for them, possibly due to his rough past.
  • Badass Normal: One of the few fighters in this series with little to no supernatural abilities whatsoever. He's just a highly athletic luchador.
  • Contagious Heroism: Has this effect on Angel during XIV, which makes him one of the few people who gets to see her softer side.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Vanessa.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Played with in KOF XIV, where Shun'ei thinks the eyepatch is a Power Limiter of sorts for Ramon.
  • Flanderization: In 2000, his relation with Vanessa was little more than playful flirting, fitting his personality. Fast-forward to XI; his sole purpose in any scene is to loudly and comically swoon over Vanessa, including during fights.
    • He gets better on KOF XIV where he's more interested in having fun representing Mexico at the tournament. He does still get flirty, but it's not an overwhelming aspect of his character in the game.
  • Friend to All Children: Playing with children is listed as his hobby; due to his clear Tiger Mask inspiration Ramon likely wants to be a role model for them.
  • Fun Personified: One of the most energetic, playful characters on the roster.
  • Gratuitous Spanish:
  • Handsome Lech: He falls somewhere in-between this and Chivalrous Pervert. During KOF XIV Ramon can't help to flirt with many of his female opponents. Between the targets of his attention you can find: Luong, Zarina, Mai his own teammate Angel, and of course Vanessa. Interestingly, despite finding Mature attractive he's not interested in her.
  • Hot-Blooded: Even when he's running away (doing his Tiger Road Wall Jump), his yelling is ferocious.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Is fond of this. In XI his taunt is the exact same provocation Tiger Mask did in some of his fights against Dynamite Kid.
  • Likes Older Women: He's 25 and Vanessa's five years his senior. The best he gets in return is teasing.
    • During XIV story mode, he flirts with Luong before a fight.
  • Masked Luchador: In the backstory, anyway.
    • XIV reveals him to be quite a fan of masks. He compliments Mian for her mastery in the art of Bian Lian and is interested in challenging his buddy King of Dinosaurs for his T. Rex's mask.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Ramon's design seems to reference Mexican Luchadores Shocker and Pirata Morgan.
  • Red Baron: "The Mightiest Tiger" and "El Diablo Amarillo" (that's "The Yellow Devil" for those of you not fluent in Spanish) are his ring names.
  • Romancing the Widow: Tried on Vanessa. The keyword here is "tried."
  • Scars Are Forever: A huge scar fully covering his right eye socket can bee seen under his eyepatch.
  • The Slacker: It seems Ramon can vent off if someone isn’t keeping track of him. In XIII’s Story Mode, when Seth is asking for updates from the other agents scattered around the vicinity of the tournament, Ramon is seen drinking and having a good time at the Pao Pao Cafe (with Chang and Choi behind him), reporting to Seth as if he was conducting some proper and serious investigation.
  • Spirited Competitor: Ramon’s basic reasons for being in the 14th tournament are simply wanting to represent Mexico and help his buddy King of Dinosaur to find Nelson so Dinosaur can have a grudge match against the boxer.
  • Street Urchin —> Self-Made Man: His backstory.
  • Theme Naming: Quite a few of his moves have the word "Tiger" in them. Due his Tiger Mask inspired moveset.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The tiny guy to Vanessa.
  • Token Good Teammate: Sort of, in XIV. He's the only overtly "good" member of Team Mexico, though none are truly evil. Angel is no longer a NESTS operative, but she's still condescending and rude to everyone but her teammates and King of Dinosaurs is a brutal heel, in theory, anyway. He's really the noble and good-spirited Tizoc, who hasn't quite taken to the heel part of his new persona.
  • Twinkle Smile: Sports one in the funny intro he has with Vanessa in XI; Vanessa teases him with the promise of a date if he puts up a good fight, Ramon responds with a textbook twinkle smile.

    Seth - USA
"For victory, bring wine and chinchilla. It's all I desire."

Voiced by: Hidetoshi Nakamura, Glenn Haig (Maximum Impact series, English)

Seth is an agent working alongside Heidern's faction to expose NESTS. He's been on the tournament's sidelines since 2001, but he still occasionally gets involved with investigations into the circumstances surrounding KOF. in the Maximum Impact series he is investigating Addes all by himself.

    Hinako Shijou - Japan
"I reacted without thinking. You okay?... Didn't think so."

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi

A rich girl who formed part of the female team in 2000 and 2001. Her goal was to show that a sweet little girl like her could fight in par with practicing sumo.

    Vanessa - Unknown
"Let's do this again. If you butch up a bit, that is!"

Voiced by: Kaori Minami (2000-XI), Mayumi Hata (XIV, The King of Fighters: All Star)

She is a normal Housewife who discreetly serves as a mercenary agent. Working under the orders of commander Ling, Vanessa and fellow agent Seth are commissioned with the job of joining the King of Fighters tournament, held by Ling himself. They are to follow the footsteps of the NESTS cartel, which Ling and his agency persecuted. The two agents part from one another with Vanessa recruiting prime suspects, K' and Maxima, as her teammates. She also scouts the talents of Mexican wrestler Ramon to complete their team. Her objective from then on is to observe the activities of the NESTS defectors based on Ling's orders.

Returned as DLC character in KOF XIV.

  • Ascended Glitch: Her Climax Super in XIV is based on her infinite combo from 2000 where you could endlessly cancel her far C with her feint special, culminating in her signature Gaia Gear MAX2 from 2002.
  • Action Mom: She's noted to have a four year old son. He hasn't really shown up on screen, but it's pretty clear he's in good hands with Vanessa.
  • Attack Reflector: Her punches have this effect.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Partially subverted. If up first, Vanessa will strip off her suit jacket, leaving only her shirt, tie, and slacks.
  • Badass Normal: As is the case with the other members of her team, Vanessa doesn't really need any supernatural abilities to get the job done in a fight. In her case, she's just really good at boxing.
  • Bare Your Midriff: One of the constants in her design is that her dress shirt exposes her stomach.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's a purely physical brawler. Just like Mai, she lets the sprites talk, instead of the numbers.
  • Boxing Battler: Vanessa stands out among female fighting game characters by using nothing but punches to fight.
  • Depending on the Artist: Sometimes she's toned, sometimes slender, and sometimes downright waifish.
  • Extremity Extremist: Being a boxer, it's logical; she still has one kick attack, though.
  • Fiery Redhead: Subverted. While strong, outgoing, and in possession of a good sense of humor, she's also quite level-headed and her passion rarely dips into Hot-Blooded territory. If you do get on her bad side, you're less likely to end up with a hot-tempered verbal beatdown than a swift fist in the face.
  • Flash Step: Comes as part of her standard moveset. She can dash forward or backwards, and it's able to be followed up by some punches.
  • Flung Clothing: Shows up in one of her intros, where she tosses off her jacket.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: A notable aversion of both this and Fragile Speedster, in a medium and a genre in which female characters almost invariably fit one or both of these tropes.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: A promotional artwork for 2000 has Vanessa doing the "arm bra" variation alongside the other members of the Hero Team (who are all posing stylishly). Seeing as she was the only female member of the K' Team that year, the implications of this should be very clear.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: In one intro pose with Seth, Seth wonders if all of the alcohol is going to be detrimental to her fighting performance, causing Vanessa to retort something along the lines of "I fight better when I'm drunk!"
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Ramon has made this all too clear.
  • Hired Guns: She's part of the same team as Seth and Ramon, and tends to get involved with KOF due to her jobs, such as investigating the events of XIII under Heidern's orders.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: Subverted, as seen by a few of her supers and win quotes.
  • It's a Small World After All: The Agents Team's backstory in XI reveals that Vanessa was acquainted with Blue Mary's dead lover Butch.
  • Ma'am Shock: She notes her age when Rock Howard refers to her as Oba-san in XIV. Granted, Vanessa takes the news a lot more gracefully than the last time Rock tried doing that.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: She has quite a few special moves that make use of fast, consecutive punches. One of the best examples of this would be her "Crazy Puncher" super, in which she lets loose with a flurry of rapid strikes as she dashes around the opponent.
  • Retcon: According to the her profile for KOFXIV, she's still Happily Married and not a Widow Woman. This has ramifications for her relationship with Ramon, as he's no longer Romancing the Widow but a would-be adulterer (as confirmed by Luong's win-quote against him).
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps
  • Statuesque Stunner: One of the taller members of the cast at 182cm (6' for all you stateside tropers).
  • The Tease: In XI her special battle intro with Ramon she teases him, saying if he puts up a good fight maybe they will go out on a date, cue to Ramon's shining smile.
    • In KOF XIV she gets a kick out of teasing Rock.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The huge girl to Ramon. Ramon height is 5'7 (170cm) and Vanessa height is 6'0 (182cm).
  • Widow Woman:
    • Determined Widow: Her husband's death is what pushed Vanessa to investigate NESTS in the first place.
    • Seems this is no longer the case as of KOF XIV

    Clone Zero - Unknown
"Zero doesn't mean I'm nothing. I'm the all that's touched by none!"

Voiced by: Kinta Futogane

As his name suggests, he is a clone of the true Zero, created to oversee the 2000 tournament and to infiltrate Heidern's organization. He killed Heidern's partner Ling and impersonated him in order to obtain the Zero Cannon, a Kill Sat that siphons the energy from fighters. He made a clone of Ling in order to hold Heidern off while he challenged K'. He lost, and tried to use the Zero Cannon, but Heidern killed the Ling clone, which held the switch to the generator, effectively crippling his plans. He was apprehended by Kula and brought before Whip, where he revealed she was a clone. Appalled by this, she shot him dead.

  • Arc Villain: Of KOF 2000.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Noted for being beatable because his AI isn't all that reactive. He's got a lot of deadly moves but you can trounce him with a firm offense because he won't know how to respond adequately.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Another high-ranking member of NESTS.
  • Badass Mustache: Maybe. It doesn't help that the creators themselves laugh and joke specifically about the 'stache, but still, he can pull it off rather menacingly.
  • Beard of Evil: Actually, just a Mustache of Evil.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He tries to destroy NESTS and take over the world on his own, however his plans for world domination were foiled in the end.
  • Black Screen of Death: His Anryuu Tenha HSDM in 2002: Unlimited Match. The best way to describe it would be him sucking his opponent into a black hole, then performing a Raging Demon on it.
  • Casting a Shadow: One of his special moves, Shikka Koujin, uses a shadow and stuns his grounded opponent. Then Zero warps forward and kicks the opponent's ass.
  • Cloning Blues: He wasn't actually intended to be a clone at first, but his character designer wanted to improve on the design, which led to the original Zero becoming a midboss in the next game.
  • Clothing Combat: Bears repeating, his cape-long coat fusion is bladed.
  • Feet of Clay: It's clear he put a lot of work into his plan to hijack the Zero Cannon and conquer the world. Unfortunately for him, NESTS was a few steps ahead of him, and Heidern was more capable in combat than his Ling clone.
  • Gravity Sucks/Gravity Master: Summons a black hole during his Hakura Messei DM. Oddly, the black hole itself doesn't suck the opponent in, instead pelting them with energy drawn in by its vacuum.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: It didn't really matter whether Clone Zero or the tournament's winning team emerged victorious from his boss fight in the grand scheme of his plan. Either way, he'd be able to get the energy he needed to fuel the Zero Cannon. Getting to use that energy, on the other hand...
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses his own cape as a weapon. Also his Shadow Pin techniques.
  • Irony/Hypocrite: In his official bio, Clone Zero's dislike is Traitors, which can be seen as both ironic and hypocritical since he himself is a traitor to NESTS.
  • Kill and Replace: He kills Ling, a military commander and close friend of Heidern, and is replaced by his clone.
  • Master of Disguise: After he kills Ling, he uses the Ling persona as a decoy while working under the noses of the good guys to further his ambitions. His introductory cutscene in KOF 2000 hints at him possessing a shapeshifting ability (in order to take the appearance of Ling), which is confirmed by his dizzy animation, in which his shapeshifting breaks down and his face perpetually warps.
  • Meaningful Name: His "Ling" persona means "Zero" in Chinese.
  • My Hero, Zero: Despite his name being Zero, he is not a hero. He's also pretty fond of this trope, as he tends to bring it up in his win quotes.
  • Power Floats: His run and roll animations involve Zero hovering off the ground, arms crossed.
  • Retcon/Retronym: Clone Zero is simply known as Zero in KOF 2000. This is because he was not intended to be a clone at first, but his character designer was unsatisfied with how Zero turned out and designed to introduce his preferred version of the character as the true Zero in the next game.
  • Shoulders of Doom: His outfit has some really broad shoulders.
  • SNK Boss: Gains super meter incredibly fast, and his supers inflict roughly over half of your health's worth of damage, not to mention one of them being a full-screen attack. Luckily, it's mitigated by his AI's weakness when it comes to reacting to the player, but it's still a good idea to be careful when fighting him.
  • The Starscream: He is the traitor to NESTS.
  • Too Many Belts: Aside from the two around his waist, he's also got leather belts with buckles on his gloves.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Via a Kill Sat. It failed.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once he loses, he tries to kill everyone via the Zero Cannon... which isn't working. He's constantly asking why it won't work, all while Button Mashing with the activation switch...which didn't end well for him as the Zero Cannon's generator ends up exploding.

The King of Fighters 2001

    Angel - Mexico

click here  to see her Diabla Costume.
  • MODE OF COMBAT: "Perfunctory"♥ elements of pro wrestling
  • BIRTHDAY: March 6
  • HEIGHT: 168cm (5'6")
  • WEIGHT: "Write it down and you die!"
  • BIRTHPLACE: Mexico
  • HOBBY: Riding 50cc motorcycles, live concerts
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: Vintage B-3, deck coat, and P-D series clothes
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Tequila, raw cactus slices
  • DISLIKES: Gambling
"Is it a sin to be mighty? Then call me the devil!"

Voiced by: Mina Tominaga (2001), Mayumi Shintani (2002/2002UM, Neowave), Miki Ogura (XIV, The King of Fighters: All Star)

An agent of NESTS who was allied with Kula, Foxy, and K9999. After K9999 wounded Foxy, she went after him and hasn't been seen since.

Due to the Retcon removing K9999, Angel's story is changed. Somewhere after 2011, she defected from NESTS and has been on the run from NESTS assassins trying to silence the traitor. Eventually, she got sick of running away and decided to enter the KOF tournament with both Ramon and King of Dinosaur to settle the score, especially after hearing that there will be a NESTS agent participating.

  • Animal Motifs: Team Mexico's story identifies her as a cat.
  • Author Appeal: Toshiyuki Kotani (alias "Styleos") has gone on record as saying he put everything he liked into Angel's design.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Would you expect anything less?
  • Biker Babe: One of her hobbies.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Her DLC costume in XIV is called "The Diabla", diabla being spanish for "Devil".
  • The Bully: Towards her former NESTS colleagues.
  • The Bus Came Back: She went missing with K9999 at the end of the 2001 story-wise, was last playable in the 2002 game and wasn't heard from at all through the "Tales of Ash" arc. KOF XIV sees her finally returning to the roster.
  • Boobs of Steel: Tied with Shermie at 92cm and one of the more dangerous characters to face in the right hands.
  • Cleavage Window: It even gets weaponized during her Climax Desperation Move!
  • Confusion Fu: Her Unchained Circle combos work like this. The five Unchain Starter attacks can be linked into any of the six Unchain Circle, these, in turn, can be linked to each other in sequence as long you follow three rules: the same attack can't be used twice, a kick attack cannot be chained to another kick attack (or a punch attack to another Punch attack), you cannot chain into an attack with the same directional input. Furthermore, The Unchain Circle can be interrupted with any of the three feints commands (backward, forward, standing) these refreshes the Unchain Circle attacks, allowing you to extend your combo. Lastly, you can use any of the five Unchain Finisher to end your combo. A skilled Angel player will be able to chain long strings of attacks together effectively, making hard for the opponent to react at the combo. Sounds easy, right?
  • Cute Bruiser: She's in the same boat as many of the others; attractive babe with the physical prowess that would put some of the men to shame.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Not so bad in 2001, but her seiyuu changed for 2002 and she fell into this.
    • Her new seiyuu in XIV is slightly better in this regard.
  • Dark Action Girl: You wouldn't know it from looking at her, though.
  • Defector from Decadence: In the Retconned story, Angel eventually defects from NESTS.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Given that she's a Biker Babe by night...
  • Flash Step: Red Sky, Unchain Step, and any time she cancels out of her Unchain specials.
  • Foil: Could be seen as one to Shermie. Their profiles have more than a few common points: promiscuous and flirty, a tad bit ditzy, buxom (they're tied for 1st among the KOF ladies at 92cm)... and far more dangerous than one would peg them at a first glance. The only big differences are their superiors (supernatural vs. science) and their styles of wrestling (Japanese/puroresu vs. American). The two even made their debut at the climax of their respective sagas.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In XIV, though given the retconning of the events of 2001's NESTS team ending, it's unknown just how much of a heel she really even officially was. Since her interactions have her being a pretty nice girl to her teammates King of Dinosaurs and Ramon but an utter bitch to everyone else, it seems she was just of a Jerkass in the post Retcon story.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: She was originally introduced as the one in charge of tracking down and eliminate NESTS traitors, Kula and K' specifically.
  • Horny Devils: Her Diabla DLC Costume in KOF XIV.
  • Idiot Hair: Only in her 2001 artwork, though.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Her name uses the Spanish pronunciation, "An-hell."
  • Irony: Introduced as an assassin in charge of hunting down NESTS traitors, KOF XIV reveals she deflected from NESTS herself and has spent years running from NESTS assassins.
  • Kick the Dog: Her interaction with Kula in XIV, which also serves as a Mythology Gag to 2001 and probably the closest we'll get to any mention of K9999.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her body's physiology was augmented to be far stronger and more resilient than that of a normal human (and even the other KOF competitors), and she can Flash Step on top of it. Averting Gameplay and Story Segregation, this holds up pretty well in her playable appearances.
  • Marshmallow Hell: She gives her opponent a face full of her chest as part of her Climax Desperation Move in XIV.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Maybe even giving Mai a run for her money... until Luong came along, anyway.
  • Mystical White Hair: Of the scientific variety. She's certainly not your average female fighter, having been enhanced by NESTS (see Lightning Bruiser above) to hunt down any dissenters before eventually becoming one herself.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: And with platinum blond hair, to boot.
  • Retcon: There's no mention of Angel's friendship with K9999 for her XIV bio, nor a recap about the last time she was canonically seen. When her Team Story was revealed, it turned out that for some reason, Angel left NESTS and ended up getting chased by assassins.
  • Sexy Coat Flashing/Toplessness from the Back: Her strip tease win pose, depending on which variant it is.
  • She's Got Legs: Plenty. And she's not afraid to use them.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Although she's only 168cm, remember she is Mexican. The average height for women in Mexico is around 155cm (5'1") and that's not the only thing; she's 1cm taller than the average Mexican male.
  • Stripperiffic: What Angel wears isn't particularly modest, to begin with, but in a few of her win poses, she strips down even more.
  • Tattooed Crook: As evidenced by her 2002 artwork.
  • The Tease: Quite possibly the most flirtatious character in the series (surpassing even Mai in this regard and going toe to toe with XIV newcomer Luong), which is not an easy feat by any stretch of the imagination. Whether or not she pushes into Sugary Malice territory is up to interpretation.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Played with. At first, she might not look like one as she's also accompanied by the Heel wrestler King of Dinosaurs, leaving Ramon the sole 'Face' of Team Mexico. However, King of Dinosaurs is actually the good guy Tizoc who's just in Heel gimmick from a business standpoint, making Angel the sole pure 'Heel' of the team.
    • Ultimately subverted since Angel has genuinely turned on a new leaf and her whole motivation to enter the XIV tournament is to track down the remnants of NESTS and shut them down for good. However, she's still pretty condescending to others.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tequila and cactus slices.
  • Underwear of Power: She leaves very little to the imagination and is bar none of the stronger girls in the series.
  • Verbal Tic: Angel has the habit of ending her sentences with "nya" like a meowing cat.
  • Weight Woe: Possibly. Her profile doesn't list her weight, but instead says "Write it down and you die!"
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Downplayed. The worst that comes out of her is being an outright Jerkass to just about anyone she meets that isn't her own teammates and she was involved with NESTS, hunting down any dissenters to the organization. K', Kula, Foxy, and (presumably) Diana included.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: In fact, several of Angel's moves are directly inspired by The Rock.

    Foxy - Unknown
"If you want to sustain your bloated ego, then get some ability!"

Voiced by: Haruna Ikezawa

Kula's other caretaker. Also skilled with a rapier and is playable in 2001 and 2002 Unlimited Match. It was originally thought that she was killed by K9999 on NESTS' orders, but she was only wounded slightly. The incident, however, did traumatize poor Kula.

  • Animal Motifs: The bee. Though generally implied in previous games, the motif first appeared in Kula's Neo MAX in XIII. Fittingly, her hair is also striped like that of a bee, albeit white and blue as opposed to black and yellow. She also went on to own a honey factory long since NESTS' demise.
  • Anime Hair: Long white hair that perfectly tapers at the end. Her hair isn't striped, however; the dark blue is actually a flag that keeps her hair's shape together.
  • Attack Reflector: Her slashes can redirect projectiles.
  • Badass Longcoat: Quite the stylish one if her animation sprites are any indication.
  • Combat Stilettos: It's more evident in the artwork than the sprites.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Kula, although she also sometimes has the air of an Onee-sama.
  • Cool Sword: It's an elegant-looking rapier that also only causes blunt trauma, not evisceration.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Depending on the artist, anyway.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: Honey Bee, her Desperation Attack, will either kill you and your opponent or just you if you happen to be misfortunate enough that you miss it. When Foxy debuted in KOF 2001, this move was actually so broken that it caused Foxy to be softbanned in Tournament Play.
  • Defector from Decadence: In the sense that she defected from NESTS after their destruction at the end of 2001. She's currently Kula's Parental Substitute alongside Diana and the proud owner of her own honey factory.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Depending on your score upon reaching Zero, at the end of KOF 2000, Kula will be seen deactivating the Zero Cannon. When it happens, she and Diana will show up next to Zero, chastising him for his betrayal. She's also one of Kula's selectable strikers in that game, too.
  • Flash Step: Her Evasive Roll, 12th Key throw, and her Atmospheric Adoration special.
  • Flechette Storm: Using paralyzing darts.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Under the overcoat, particularly with Hiroaki's drawings in 2002UM.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Strangely, the manhua by Andy Seto has Foxy as a blonde as opposed to the white locks she sports in-canon. None of the other white-haired characters share this artistic liberty.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Diana.
  • Instant Costume Change: As a win pose, Foxy changes into more casual attire in a flash of light.
  • Irony: Her official bio states that she dislikes Elite executives, yet she used to be a part of an elite organization as an elite member if being tasked to eliminate Clone Zero at the end of 2000 is any indication.
  • Lady of War: Fights using a rapier, has a badass longcoat, serves (or used to serve) NESTS, and is very elegant and poised in her fighting style? Yeah, it just about checks out.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: And quite long hair at that.
  • Motherly Scientist: Enough to eventually become one of Kula's parental substitutes alongside Diana.
  • Not Quite Dead: Supposedly killed off in her first appearance. She still hasn't appeared as a playable character in other games, though. Played endlessly with her supers Honey Bee and Schroedinger's Cat, as seen below.
    • She makes a cameo with Diana during Kula's special intro vs. K' in XI.
    • And again during Kula's Neo MAX in XIII. She also randomly takes Diana's place in Kula's win pose and during the regular version of Freeze Execution.
    • Also, the guy who supposedly killed her may or may not been Ret Goned.
  • Parental Substitute: Shares this role with Diana in regards to Kula.
  • Punny Name: "Foxy" is slang for an attractive woman.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In artwork it varies between artists (Falcoon—his drawing can be seen above to the right—and Hiroaki both have her hair as at least reaching slightly below her hips, but Nona's drawings have it a bit shorter), but it definitely shows in the sprites. Still, it's nowhere close to Duo Lon.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In 2001. Her appearance at the end of 2000 gave her brown eyes, and her eye color seems to switch between the two ever since.
  • Self-Made Woman: After NESTS' destruction, she goes on to own a honey factory.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Stands at an impressive 181cm (5'11") tall, amongst the tallest female fighters in the series.
  • Stripperiffic: A few of her alternate artworks feature Foxy without a shirt under her overcoat. This has yet to transition to any of her playable appearances, though, so she remains one of the Token Wholesomes among the female cast.
  • Sword Beam: Does this during her Honey Bee HSDM.
  • Sword Plant: One of her win poses.
  • Taking You with Me: Her Honey Bee super move, where she rushes towards the opponent with her rapier and it explodes, killing her instantly along with her opponent.
    • Joke Character: In 2001, due to that particular move. This is (arguably) only applicable at face value, though; Foxy was widely seen as a high-tier character in her debut and remains one of the only characters in the series to actually be banned in competitive play (see the YMMV tab for more details). It's her tournament legal revisions in 2002UM that have seen Foxy move closer to the below trope but still not entirely.
      • Lethal Joke Character: In 2002 Unlimited Match, where the Honey Bee is now her MAX 2, meaning it can only be used if she has 3 power stocks and less than 3/4 of her life left.
  • Team Mom: Towards Kula, but not quite to the same extent as Diana. Notably, she did act as Kula's caretaker in 2001 while leading the NESTS Team and keeping an eye on K9999 and Angel.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: The dark blue stripes in her hair are actually part of the NESTS flag that Foxy uses to keep her hair's shape together. 2002UM gave her a super in which she wraps it around the opponent before slashing at them.

     May Lee Jinju - South Korea
"As I live and breathe, evil will not prosper."

Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (2001-2002/2002UM), Aimi Tanaka (The King of Fighters: All Star)

An adoring fan and disciple of Kim Kaphwan, and a firm believer in justice. She ends up joining his team in 2001, but has not been seen since.

    K9999 - Unknown
"How does it feel to be defeated by the new ruler of the universe?"

Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki

The 9,999th clone of Kyo, assigned to kill any traitors to NESTS alongside Angel. His powers are very different, more resembling that of Tetsuo Shima's from AKIRA (complete with the same voice actor from the movie). His role in the story was eventually replaced with another character, Nameless, as SNK felt he was too blatant a copy of Tetsuo.

  • Anime Hair: That changes style and color.
  • Arm Cannon: One of his desperation moves has him transform his right hand into a shotgun. The American version censored it so it looks like he is shooting from his fist.
  • Badass Back: Same as K', only with less "apathy" and added "arrogance."
  • Badass Biker: Presumably. His "cherished motorcycle" is listed as one of his likes, and given his source material...
  • Badass Cape: Complete with Dramatic Wind.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Wounds Foxy, but then is driven off by K' and Kula. The rest, is history...
  • Captain Ersatz: A carbon copy of Tetsuo Shima with a slightly different face. Unlike Tetsuo, though, K9999 had very little sympathetic qualities and his villainy was not played for tragedy. Unfortunately, SNK appears to find him legally dangerous and had him Put on a Bus to Hell.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A pretty extreme case, he was erased from existence once that the franchise returned to SNK's hands. SNK has gone so far to remove him digitally from every piece of artwork included in the anniversary gallery of The King of Fighters XIV.
  • Combat Tentacles: Made of his own flesh. Keep in mind, however, that Angel does use them for a bit of Fanservice in the credits of 2002.
  • Dramatic Wind: During one of his win poses; he dons a cape for extra flair.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: K9999 has been surgically excised from canon and, following a Cosmic Retcon in games following his own, from the backstories of all related characters, despite his apparently large Japanese and Korean fanbase. After their official return in 2016, reports from those who have visited SNK have confirmed that K9999 isn't coming back. Ever.
  • Jerkass
  • Maniacal Laugh
  • No Pronunciation Guide: It's pronounced "Kay Four Nine."
  • Playing with Fire: At a very rudimentary level.
  • Power Limiter: His blue glove, which was made with the same intentions as the red one K' wears.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: The last we see of him, he's betrayed his teammates just for the sake of being a prick and then fled, with his only reappearance afterward being in the sequel, which was a dream match game. Once Eolith was out of the picture and SNK reemerged under Playmore, he was retconned out of existence completely.
  • Sphere of Destruction: His "Tsuki.../Moon..." desperation move, obviously taken from AKIRA.
  • This Is a Drill: This pops up in a few of his moves, but isn't taken to the "GIGA DRILL BREAKER!!" levels of Nameless.
  • Unperson: His ultimate fate in a meta sense. He has been removed completely from canon events, replaced with a completely new character, and just to seal the deal had his original timeline wiped completely so he can never return in any way. Reports from those who have visited SNK post-revival have also confirmed there exists an unspoken rule at the company that mentioning the character by name or even alluding to the fact that he existed at one point is strictly banned.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Backs up his overall lack of training and weak fire powers with his polymorphic arm and (as per his inspiration) rather destructive psionics.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Angel is the only person considered to be his friend and is probably the only one who can calm him down.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And white hair occasionally.

    Original Zero - Unknown
"Before the fangs of the black lion, you're prey!"

Voiced by: Toshimitsu Arai (2001,2002UM), Taiten Kusunoki (The King of Fighters: All Star)

Unlike his traitorous clone, the Original Zero is completely devoted to NESTS's goals. He is a respectable and honorable fighter. In 2001 he fought K' and his comrades aboard a spaceship disguised as a blimp. To even the odds, he fought alongside Krizalid, Ron, and his own personal pet — an enormous, genetically-engineered, black mountain lion who he named Glaugan. All of them lost, and Zero beckoned the team forward to the true base of NESTS. The blimp then began to careen downward into the atmosphere, and Zero's fate has been left ambiguous since then. He would have most likely fought against his comrade Igniz if he knew of his betrayal.

    Igniz - Unknown
"Praise me... For I am a god! Look upon my new world!"

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (2001,2002UM), Masafumi Kimura (The King of Fighters: All Star)

The Final Boss of 2001, the CEO of the NESTS Cartel and the main antagonist of the NESTS Saga. Igniz spearheaded the Kyo Clone, Anti-K', and Zhe Projects, and masterminded all of the events leading up to 2001. He was originally the 2nd-in-command to his father, the true leader of the syndicate, but Igniz enacted a surprise betrayal and murdered him in cold blood before the eyes of the tournament victors. He explains that all of the experiments and the tournaments were just a ruse to fuel his true ambitions of becoming a god. He is defeated by K's team, causing him to suffer a Villainous Breakdown, saying that if the world will not accept him as its god, then he will settle for being seen as a demon instead. Igniz uses all his remaining energy in order to initiate a Colony Drop out of spite. Unfortunately, Ron foils his plan by landing the space station safely into the ocean, and the weakened Igniz dies. However in XIV it’s implied that he is one of the many souls that was inside Verse, when Verse was destroyed, Igniz is resurrected.

The King of Fighters 2002 / Unlimited Match

    Kusanagi - Unknown
"Hallelujah, brother! You just met your maker!"

Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata (2002-2003), Masahiro Nonaka (Sky Stage)

Kusanagi is a servant of Chizuru Kagura created using the Yata Mirror while she was under the possession of Botan. He exists to test the strength of the contestants in the 2003 tournament.

    Nameless - Unknown
"I'm on my way... Count on it!"

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono

The real 9,999th clone of K'. Nameless is the only survivor 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 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, which would allow him to control the combined flames. Nameless was assigned to apprehend an escapee from the organization, and when he was cornered, he confessed to everything. Nameless decides to continue working his way up in the eyes of his superiors with the hope that he can give Isolde a new body.



Diana - Unknown
Voiced by: Kaori Minami (2000 only), Haruna Ikezawa

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

  • Animal Motifs: The butterfly. 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.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Black Bra and Panties: You can see the straps of the top half on display.

Misty - Unknown
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.

Nests - Unknown
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.

Ron - China
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.

Luan, Chat and Sai - China
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.


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