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New Faces Team
Yashiro Nanakase - Japan
"You're not too bad. That is, you're second."
Voiced by: Makoto Awane (KOF 97-KOF 02UM), Hamaoka Keisuke (KOF All-Star), Shinichiro Kamio (The King of Fighters for Girls)
One of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi. Yashiro, Shermie, and Chris entered the '97 tournament to get revenge on Iori for stealing their band's gig. In the finals, the three of them reveal their true agenda, and in the end Yashiro and Shermie commit suicide, offering their energy to Orochi to resurrect him inside Chris. His Orochi power was the ability to control the earth.
- Awesome Mc Coolname/Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: Translated, his name reads, "Shrine of the Seven Shackles."
- Battle Aura: In his introduction before the fighting as Orochi Yashiro.
- Bigger Is Better: The more you charge his Megaton Punch in his regular form, the stronger. The last inch of charging makes it unblockable.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Chris, to a degree.
- Big "WHAT?!": When knocked out.
- Blood Knight: As Orochi Yashiro, as senn in one of his winquotes in 2002, after defeating Mature or Vice.Orochi Yashiro: "Enemies! Bring me enemies!"
- Boisterous Bruiser: He is quite the arrogant fellow, judging by his quotes, but he actually is that strong.
- Co-Dragons: He and his team are this to Orochi.
- Dance Battler: Some of his moves are reminiscent of Capoeira, and several of his animations involve him dancing about.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: As Orochi Yashiro.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His "Parched Earth" version. Similar to Daimon, his prowess with earth comes from his powerful new grapple moves.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Vowed to beat up Iori in the KOF tournament... for him stealing his band's gig. Possibly Subverted, as his true mission is to awaken Orochi, and Iori was just an excuse.
- Drench Celebration: In '98, one of his winposes is picking a bottle of water and get dumped with it as he yelling when it happens.
- Driven to Suicide: In the NFT's ending. After subjecting both Shermie and Chris to impromptu tracheotomies to power up Orochi, he kills himself in the same way and for the same purpose.
- Evil Counterpart: Depending on whether they're the New Faces or Orochi versions they're this to either the Ikari Warriors or the Japan Team. NF Yashiro is this to Ralf, the cocky guy who takes the lead and is known for his punches, even including a charge up punch that's unblockable (only if charged all the way).He is this to Daimon, as a member of the Orochi Team. He gets the powerful grapple moves plus his own version of Daimon's Jigoku Gokuraku Otoshi DM.
- Friend to All Living Things: In one of his winposes he whistles as if calling a dog... and summons an eagle.
- Flash Step: A special move in his regular persona has him dashing so fast toward the enemy and punch them at such blistering speeds, he seems to fade while doing so.
- Hellish Pupils: His "Parched Earth" version has slitted snake eyes in R-1.
- Invulnerable Knuckles: His HSDM in 2002(UM).
- Kamehame Hadoken: His projectile super in '98(UM) is this.
- Killed Off for Real: Unlike Mature and Vice, he and his team were never brought back canonically. Also, Shermie and Chris make stage cameos in XIII whereas Yashiro doesn't. However, it's also implied that it's not going to last, as Shermie appeared in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy which had her being stuck within a dream, and when she wakes up, Yashiro was also around to greet her back, implying that Verse's defeat might have brought him back to his original body.
- Leitmotif: Rhythmic Hallucination for Orochi Yashiro. Doubles as a Bootstrapped Theme, as it became Yashiro's theme after '97.
- Lightning Bruiser: Has minor Super Speed similar to that Chris possesses and hits like hell.
- Megaton Punch: His Final Impact DM. It can be charged for bigger damage, becoming much like Ralf's Galactica Phantom.
- Actually, he has three: one as normal Yashiro; two for Orochi Yashiro (one doubles as a Rocket Punch and the other is his HSDM in 2002).
- Metronomic Man Mashing: Keeping with his parallelism to Daimon, Orochi Yashiro's Musebu Daichi (and its DM variant Ankoku Jigoku Gokuraku Otoshi) involves him chokeslaming his opponent several times in succession.
- Mystical White Hair: Possibly indicative of his Orochi status.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Nona's artwork from 2002 plays this up extensively, where the normally handsome Yashiro looks rugged in his normal form and downright monstrous as Orochi Yashiro.
- No Shirt, Short Jacket: His outfit features this. It's similar to Billy, but with a shorter jacket.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: A mild subversion in his case (especially in comparison to his teammates); Yashiro actually has the physical constitution of a fighter.
- Off with His Head!: Does this to himself in his team ending in '97.
- Painfully Slow Projectile: His projectile DM in '98 isn't this because of the execution itself, but because of its charging time if you want to make it useful (read: unblockable).
- Pillar of Light: At the end of his Araburu Daichi DM.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Look at his jacket, people. And his earrings and choker. And he remains badass.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Orochi Yashiro.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: See Chris' entry below.
- SNK Boss: The hardest to beat of the trio, because he's a blocking whore. Most of the time you will find him blocking almost all of your attacks. And then he'll be right in the needed position to use one of his very powerful throws...
- Super Strength: As Orochi Yashiro. He hit pretty damn hard to begin with, but Orochi Yashiro, drawing his power from the earth itself, treats his foes like they're nothing but mere toys.
- Unknown Rival: Of Iori, due to Iori's jazz-themed band cancelling his own rock band's performance at a local venue. Iori, true to form, doesn't even care for the guy. In '98, Yashiro's intro against Iori ribs on Iori's own intro pose (while quoting Chris' standard intro or (in 2002 (UM)) Shermie's).
- Violation of Common Sense: Remember the second Megaton Punch we talked about? If you're right next to him, it whiffs.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Borderline example: After remembering his status as a Heavenly King of Orochi, Yashiro immediately discards his old fighting style in favor of several grappling and throwing techniques. Most of said attacks lack the finesse of wrestling moves.
Shermie - France
"Game over, pal! Don't forget to save. Sweet dreams!"
Voiced by: Hazuki Nishikawa(KOF 97-KOF 02UM), Erina Seto (SNK Heroines, KOF All-Star)
One of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi. Shermie, along with her bandmates Yashiro and Chris, entered the tournament to get back at Iori Yagami, stealing the American Sports Team's invitations. After the tournament, they reveal their true identities and fight the Japan Team. They then ripped their own throats out as offerings to revive Orochi inside Chris. She's normally very ditzy and somewhat clumsy, but when she reveals her true intentions she becomes extremely serious and devoted to Orochi's goal. Her element was lightning.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Her Orochi Shermie MAX 2/HSDM from 2002 and 2002UM has got to be one of the worst examples: She makes lightning come down, but has no control of where it lands, and because it requires low health, she can even get killed without even damaging her opponent! Sure she can make a last minute evasion (the move is unblockable) but so can the opponent.
- Back from the Dead: She's somehow alive in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, which takes places after XIV, even though she died at the end of the Orochi saga. It's implied that Verse's defeat released her soul and put her back to her old body, therefore she's susceptible of Kukri's plot of trapping people within dreams.
- Blinding Bangs: Her eyes have slitted pupils and are probably red like her fellow teammates in Orochi Mode.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Her '98 winquote, reproduced above.
- The Cameo: In XIII, she can randomly appear in the France stage, boredly sitting at a table on the left-hand side of the arena. There's no word if she's Back from the Dead like Mature or Vice or if this is Fanservice a la the other cameos found in the game.
- Chris appears in the England stage, but much like Shermie, the canoncity of such an appearance is unknown. However, given that Mature and Vice depart for the afterlife once more at the end of XIII, even if the trio was back, their revival wouldn't last for long.
- Casual Kink: Just look at the way she fights. Those poses are way too kinky: she willingly catches you with her ample chest in a command move, after all.
- Cleavage Window: Coupled with the fact that she has the largest bust size of all female characters (tied with Angel).
- Co-Dragons: Shermie and her team are this to Orochi.
- Combat Stilettos: She wears high heels and seems to fight well despite that.
- Cool Big Sis: Plays this role to Chris, apparently.
- Dark Action Girl/Femme Fatale: Debatably, as she has little screentime, but her personality while in Orochi Mode fits.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: As Orochi Shermie in 2002.
- Did They or Didn't They?: She and her fellow Heavenly King Yashiro. Too much sexual tension between the two. Chris... no. Unless it's Saigado.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the New Faces Team ending in '97. Yashiro rips her throat (and Chris's too) so their Life Energy can aid to Orochi's awakening, then as Shermie dies he holds her in his arms and promises to follow her soon. And he does.
- The Ditz: Sings and dances nonchalantly in her victory poses.
- Subverted in her Orochi form, where she's much more serious and bloodthirsty. Only Yashiro and Chris are safe from this, though.
- Also notable for this trope is her SNK Gals Fighters ending: after she wins the tournament, she gets to make a wish, and wishes for a larger cage for her pet hamster, since she (the hamster) is having babies. Later, Yashiro points out that she could've used said wish... to resurrect Orochi.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- Her intro quote translates to "Since this is my first time, please be gentle."
- She also presses her crotch into your face during her Shermie Spiral grapple, and jiggles her breasts as a command counter.
- Dominatrix: Just look at those fancy grapples! She can intertwine her legs between your neck like a pro!
- Everyone Wants Redheads: Yashiro, a fellow bandmate and servant of Orochi, is clearly attracted to Shermie (if 2002 is anything to go by). She appears to at least reciprocate his feelings to some degree. As for the credits reel of 2002? That speaks volumes.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French: She's French. Gets a lot of emphasis on her legs and hips.
- Evil Counterpart: Depending on whether they're the New Faces or Orochi versions they're this to either the Ikari Warriors or the Japan Team. Normal Shermie is this to Clark, being the second in command who's all about wrestling moves and has a follow up attack after they grab you. Orochi Shermi is this to Benimaru. Funnily enough, while this avoids a Designated Girl Fight, her opponent is Benimaru. She gets electrical moves plus her own version of Benimaru's Raikouken.
- Evil Redhead: In her normal form. When she first revealed herself as one of Orochi's, she had the purple hair of her Orochi persona, though.
- Evil Sounds Deep: As normal Shermie, Hazuki Nishikawa gives her a chipper, high-pitched voice. But as Orochi Shermie, she uses an angrier and deeper tone.
- The Faceless: It's said that her eyes have a malevolent glare about them... but we never see them.
- The Fashionista: Is seen hosting a fashion show in the KOF:KYO game. [[spoiler:Which is where she meets Yuki (she and Kyo were there in a date) and identifies her as Kushinada.]
- Girlish Pigtails: To a degree. It's more like a Girlish Split Ponytail.
- Hidden Eyes: Unlike other examples of characters with their eyes covered by hair (like Chin), her eyes were never shown.
- Kiss of Death: One of her attacks in Orochi Mode has her sending electric projectiles as if she were blowing kisses. Her MAX 2 also starts out this way.
- Leitmotif: Fanatic Waltz for Orochi Shermie.
- Leotard of Power: Wears one underneath her vest.
- Light Is Not Good: Par the course for the New Faces Team, who dress in bright outfits, but her standard costume is all white. Her Orochi version has her wearing a shade of purple shared by her teammates.
- Mark of the Beast: In one of the ending pictures for KOF '98, Shermie is revealed to have Orochi's tattoo on her back.
- Murderous Thighs: Emphasized to the point of her sprite receiving larger hips than Mai Shiranui, whom officially has the largest hip measurement of the series.
- Rapunzel Hair: It already looks long even when tied up.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: See Chris' entry above.
- Sexy Walk: Her standing walking animation has her struting like she is in a catwalk.
- She's Got Legs: She's got 'em all right.◊
- Shock and Awe: The "Insanely Violent Lightning" version. Her Lightning Leg Lariat HSDM in 2002 for regular Shermie also counts, but it loses the lightning aspect in 2002: Unlimited Match.
- Show Some Leg: Some of her moves were redesigned in 2002 to show off more of her leotard. Her taunt in said game also invokes this trope.
- SNK Boss: A cruel subversion: Her "Insanely Violent Lighting" version was originally a boss and hidden to play as, but was and has always been, a low tier, if not a true Joke Character.
- Statuesque Stunner: She is 173 cm tall, making her taller than many male characters around her age.
- Stomp Them While They Are Down: Like Clark, she's able to add on an additional attack to certain throws of hers. Shermie's particular variant involves her stomping on her foe's downed body.
- The Tease: She flirts with any male she finds attractive, strikes several suggestive poses, and makes a few lewd comments.
- Innocent Innuendo: Her moves in her regular form are quite sexy, but she doesn't really seem the type that likes perversion.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Her fighting style revolves mainly about grapples. Both of her desperation moves involve throws.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: As Orochi Shermie in '97 and '98. Oddly enough, in 2002, her hair became auburn in color.
Chris - Sweden
"You make me laugh, chump. And laugh. And laugh. And laugh."
Voiced by: Rio Ogata (KOF 97-KOF 02UM), Shiki Aoki (KOF All-Star), Yuki Sakakibara (The King of Fighters for Girls)
The speed-based member of the New Faces Team, and Orochi's chosen vessel. A cute boy who knows it and takes advantage of it. He uses the power of fire in his Awakened form.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Keep in mind that he's fourteen and he still manages to pull the look real well to fool those who don't know him.
- Bishōnen: Being a 14-year old boy who is voiced by a woman, it was pretty much inevitable.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: In Sky Stage, Orochi Chris' boss theme is "butterfly emerges from chrysalis", the Orochi Team's theme in 2002: Unlimited Match. The problem here is that the song is a medley of "Mad Fantasy" (Orochi Chris' '98 theme) and "Rhythmic Hallucination" (the Orochi Team's '97 theme/Orochi Yashiro's '98 theme) note and Orochi Yashiro already has the actual "Rhythmic Hallucination" as his theme in the same game.
- Co-Dragons: Chris alongside his team are this to Orochi.
- Creepy Child/Enfante Terrible: In his Orochi form. Only his teammates are safe from this.
- Crossdressing Voices: Voiced by Rio Ogata, who is female.
- Demonic Possession/Involuntary Shapeshifting/Painful Transformation: His transformation into Orochi.
- Do It Yourself Image Song: To a degree. The arranged version of "Rhythmic Hallucination" features vocals performed by none other than Rio Ogata herself.
- Evil Counterpart: Depending on whether they're the New Faces or Orochi versions they're this to either the Ikari Warriors or the Japan Team. He's this Kyo as a member of the Orochi Team. He gets fire powers plus his own version of Kyo's Orochinagi. Normal Chris is this to Leona, being The Kid of the group based around high speed, dashing around and aerial flip attacks that's got a hidden power within them that makes them very dangerous.
- Flash Step: A key part of his fighting style. He can either dash across the screen, or various combinations of dashing, punching and kicking.
- Fragile Speedster: Most of his normal moveset revolves around Flash Steps.
- Hellish Pupils: His "Flames of Destiny" version has slitted snake eyes in the KOF R-1 for the Neo Geo Pocket.
- Killed Off for Real: Possible subversion in that they Never Found the Body, which means Orochi could still be inhabiting it. Orochi being killed by Kyo and sealed by Chizuru in another dimension does make things more than a little difficult, though. Chris did appear in Shermie's ending in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, where he's shown to be greeting Shermie back when she awakened from her dream, and since that took place after XIV, it's implied that Chris' soul was released with Verse's defeat and then put back to his old body, as Orochi got into another body that was immediately taken care of by Kyo, Iori and Chizuru.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Yashiro and Shermie give up their lifeforce to empower Chris, and he becomes the vessel in which Orochi is resurrected.
- Leitmotif: Mad Fantasy for Orochi Chris.
- One-Winged Angel: He transforms into Orochi at the end of KOF '97 and also in 2002, during his MAX 2/HSDM (Orochi Chris only).
- Playing with Fire: His "Flames of Destiny" version. Despite turning him into an Evil Counterpart to Kyo, his flames are purple, similar to Iori's.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Orochi Chris, go figure.
- Seems to overlap with Supernatural Gold Eyes in 2002: Unlimited Match's artwork.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In the EX continuity, at least, Chris, along with Yashiro and Shermie, was sealed away with Orochi after its defeat in '97, as mentioned by Reiji. Goenitz was the only member of the Four Heavenly Kings to escape that fate, as he was killed the preceding year.
- Sophisticated as Hell: During his Ankoku Orochi Nagi DM he says, "Hai. Shinde kudasai!" ("Yes. Die, please!")
- Stepford Smiler: Always with a smile in his face, even when killing random people. The fact that he's the Big Bad's host doesn't help, either.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: How Chris manages to get to Yuki in KOF: KYO. When she's waiting for Kyo in what's supposed to be their last pre-KOF date, Chris comes in while pretending to be ill. He then asks Yuki for help, making him lower her defense enough to get caught.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: His sole win quote in '97: "Mushikera ni shite wa, yoku ganbatte ne." ("For a mere worm, you did well.")
'97 Special Team
Ryuji Yamazaki - Japan
"Annoying. Annoying! Annoying! You're just so bleeding annoying!"
Voiced by: Kouji Ishii ('97-2003), Tsuguo Mogami (XIV)
The Psycho for Hire when it comes to psychos for hire. Yamazaki has been in the crime business for as long as he can remember; he actually started as an orphan from Okinawa, who at an early age joined a local Yakuza cell and ultimately became the right hand of his idol, the high-ranked Yakuza boss Sorimachi, who considered him as a sort-of surrogate son and possible successor. One day, when he and Sorimachi were on their way to make a deal in Osaka, they were set up and ambushed, and Sorimachi was bloodily killed in front of him. This drove him completely insane, and he killed everyone who was there without a scratch. He became something of a criminal mercenary, broker and arms dealer, offering his services to the highest bidder no matter how dirty the job was: his biggest activities were took place in Hong Kong, where he clashed with the policeman Hon Fu. He was approached by the Jin brothers, who hired him to obtain the Jin Scrolls, but was defeated by Terry. He also kidnapped Franco Bash's son for some reason, but Franco rescued him eventually. In the King of Fighters timeline, it's revealed that he is part of the Orochi bloodline, but he doesn't seem to care about that. In '97 he decides to bust up dojos for pleasure, and Billy Kane approaches him with a substantial offer of money courtesy of Geese. At first he doesn't feel like it, but after being infuriated by a surviving student and killing him, Yamazaki agrees. After the tournament he confronts Geese regarding his money and is paid. In 2003 he teams up with Billy yet again on the behest of Geese, along with Gato, but after a scuffle with Billy he has not been heard from since.
Confirmed as a DLC character for KOF XIV.
Confirmed as a DLC character for KOF XIV.
- Animal Motifs: Snakes. Particularly their various poisons.
- Ax-Crazy: More so than any other character. Don't catch him in a bad mood.
- 2003 takes it to absurd levels. Yamazaki is at his absolute zaniest here.
- XIV dials it back to believable levels, but he still has plenty of moments, like sticking his tongue out during Level 3 Drill.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Yamazaki (with the exception of 2003 and XIV) wears slacks and a vest. In his intro he even wears a pimp coat.
- Beating A Dead Player: One of his win poses in CvS has Yamazaki grab the fallen opponent from afar, hoist them up by the face, and then taunt them, implying he has this in mind.
- Blade Spam: One of his Drill variants is him carving his foe with his knife multiple times before ending with the Drill.
- Blood Knight: Takes refuge in absolute carnage. One of the reasons he agrred to enter '97 was a rush of adrenaline he felt after trashing a dojo and killing the martial artists there.
- Card-Carrying Villain: His winquote against Kim in 2003 shows him to be this. As if it wasn't obvious already...Yamazaki: What? Can't you forgive villains like me? Gyah, ha!
- Catch and Return: Usually more prevalent in his Fatal Fury appearances, but included in his CvS moveset and EX Yamazaki's moveset in '98UM (which is based off of Yamazaki in Real Bout 2) and later also in 2002, 2003 and XIV. Depending on the button used, he may opt to either absorb the projectile for his Mana Meter or immediately return it with a projectile of his own.
- Charged Attack: His Drill (Climax) DM has multiple levels of potency, depending on how much you mash the A/C button after he successfully grabs his opponent (indicated by his laugh becoming more crazed). Then Spam Attack ensues.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In addition to his Dark and Troubled Past from Fatal Fury, '97 also reveals that some of his insanity is caused by his Orochi blood. Not that he cares or anything...
- Combat Pragmatist: Kicks dirt in his opponents' faces and stomps on their crotches in one of his supers.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Not quite. While he doesn't seem to enjoy being hit, one of his specials goes by the name of SadoMaso and it involves him goading on his opponent, and then countering their attack with a Drill.
- Damage Over Time: He gets a new DM in XIV named Pit Viper where he jabs his foe with his right hand covered in red energy, then violently pulls it out, leaving the opponent poisoned. Its SDM version instead front-kicks the foe towards the wall after the grab.
- Demoted to Extra: He's the only surviving member of the Hakkesshu, not that he gives a shit or anything about it. With Orochi's justifiably minimal presence after the climax of the Orochi Saga, Yamazaki has only seen two non-Dream Match appearance since '97 (KOF 2003 and XIV, the latter as DLC).
- Evil Laugh: So much that in his Drill DM he starts foaming at the mouth. Many of his winquotes have him laughing as well.
- Flanderization: Par for the course for KOF (and especially immigrants from other series). Believe it or not, Fatal Fury Yamazaki had a lot less screws loose (his Maniacal Laugh actually started out as a sly little chuckle). KOF took his Real Bout Special/Real Bout 2 psychopathy and ran with it, turning him into the nutter we all know and love. YMMV on whether this was for better or worse. His reappearance in XIV dials the crazy back a bit, only cutting loose once the fight starts.
- Fingerless Gloves: Usually a part of his outfits but they're absent in XIV.
- Grapple Move: his Bakudan Pachiki (Bombshell Badda-bing) special has him grab an opponent and then do an explosive headbutt. His Drill (Climax) DM is another grab move with varying kind of attacks afterward.
- Insanity Immunity: Despite being of Orochi blood, Yamazaki's just so batshit insane that he doesn't suffer from any of its negative side effects and unlike Iori and Leona, lacks an Orochi form.
- Knife Nut: He loves collecting knives. And one of his moves involves slashing away at the enemy with one. In XIV however, he lost his Judgement Dagger special move and none of his win poses ever have him pull out a knife.
- Lag Cancel: His Suna Kake (Sand Spray) special can be cancelled to Hebi Tsukai (any version) and then aborted by pressing D. As Suna Kake does more hitstun than most other special moves, he can quickly do another attack after this cancel combination, thus this makes up the bulk of his combos.
- Maniac Tongue: He tucks out his tongue during some of his animations, whether to mock the opponent or when he's being fired up in general. And yes, he's a maniac.
- Multicolored Hair: He's perhaps the only character in the series to rival Goenitz, Mr. "Trash Head" himself, in this department.
- Neck Lift: Aside from his Bakudan Pachiki and Drill grab moves, EX Hebi Tsukai ends with him hoisting his foe by the neck.
- Only in It for the Money: His team story in '97. Though also due to his insatiable bloodlust, he jumps at the offer to enter the tournament when Billy promises him double the amount of the prize money. In his team's ending, he appears at Geese's office, lunging at him and demanding his pay.
- Psycho for Hire: THE psycho-for-hire in the KOF world.
- Random Effect Spell: In XIV, one of the new variants of his Drill is him pulling an object from the background to be slammed on top of his opponent; the object varies depending on the stage.
- Rapidfire Fisticuffs: If you charge his Drill DM to the max, he'll then rapidly attack his opponent with multiple Serpent Slashes before ending with the Drill. There's also his 2002 HSDM named "...!" where he'll whip his downed opponent with both of his arms before biting them in the head and throwing them away. In XIV, his full-charged Drill does a similar thing to the aforementioned HSDM, but it attacks forward instead of downward and, well, ends with the Drill.
- Rubber Man: his Hebi Tsukai (Snake Charmer/Serpent Slash) special has him do a mid-ranged punch with his arm stretched. He can aim it to one of 3 directions.
- Screw Destiny: Doesn't give a rat's ass about his Orochi heritage.
- Self-Made Man: Sort of. As said before, Yamzaki went from a poor Street Urchin to a top Yakuza.
- Slasher Smile: All the time. Never loses it, not even for a moment.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Most notably with Billy. He derides him as Geese's lapdog while Billy finds him a liablity due to his unhinged mental state. Both have special winquotes against each other in 2003, where they're also teammates.
- Torture Technician: His 2002 win quotes reference skinning the opponent and throwing him/her to the sharks, or feeding them their own intestines.
- The Drill. Brutal does not even begin to describe it.
- Use Your Head: His knockback attack is a headbutt. He also has a souped-up version of the move as a special called Bombshell Badda-Bing. It causes an explosion. Its EX version has him do it 3 times. In one of his Drill variations, he may do multiple head-butts to his opponent before ending it with a Drill.
- Wild Card: In regards to his fellow Hakkesshu. The remaining Heavenly Kings were hoping to enlist his aid during The Reveal in '97. It didn't go quite as planned.
- Wipe the Floor with You: His Guillotine special has him doing a jumping uppercut, then slamming them to the ground, then dragging their body along the ground and kicking them away. Its SDM/MAX version has him either stomping the poor sap multiple times before the last kick or (in XIV) repeatedly slamming them onto the ground.
- With My Hands Tied: Always keeps his right hand in his pocket out of respect for the gangster he idolized as a child. He still manages to kick copious amounts of ass. The only times you'll ever see his right hand is when he's carving you to shreds with his knife, or during his desperation moves.
- Yakuza: Minus the tattoos, it's all there.
- Years Too Early: 100, to be exact, in one of his win poses.
- You Will Not Evade Me: His EX Hebi Tsukai in XIV ends up with him pulling his foe close to him, allowing for further combos.
Blue Mary - USA
"This isn't about logic, it's about smashing your face in!"
A freelance agent who was originally hired to investigate the theft of certain important scrolls. Her activities usually revolve around Geese's intentions; it's just as well, as her grandfather was Geese's mentor. In her KOF debut, she was hired to team with and investigate Geese's right-hand-man Billy Kane and Psycho for Hire Ryuji Yamazaki, only to find that Geese was behind her employment. Since then, she has served as a semi-regular team member, usually alongside other Southtown representatives or female fighters. She gets along very well with Terry Bogard, though he wouldn't call her a girlfriend or pursue any relationship with her other than that of an "acquaintance" or "close friend."
After her last playable appearance in The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match, Blue Mary is set to make her return as DLC for The King of Fighters XIV.
- Action Girl: On par with Vanessa and mercenaries Leona and Whip.
- Amazonian Beauty: More evident in her sprites than artwork, though her ''XI'' artwork◊ makes one of the better cases amongst her art renders.
- Bare Your Midriff: She is always wearing a short sports bra that leaves her belly exposed.
- Belly Dancer: As a part of one of her taunts.
- But Not Too Foreign: Mary is actually part-Asian, given that her grandfather was a Japanese kobujutsu master named Tatsumi Suo who once taught Geese Howard.
- Canine Companion: Her dog Anton (short for Antonio), who appears in some of Mary's intros and win poses.
- Counter-Attack: A few of her throws work like this.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Her Stripperiffic "Another" outfit from the Maximum Impact series.
- Finger Gun: Playfully uses one as a win pose in later games.
- Fingerless Gloves: Always wears them in her outfits.
- Flung Clothing: In some games, she will throw away her jacket, which her dog, Anton, catches.
- Gainaxing: Oddly enough, all she's wearing for a top is a sports bra.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: In one of her win poses, Mary makes a gun gesture with her index finger and then "fires" it as she says "Bakyuun!" ("Bang!").
- Gorgeous Gaijin: She is an American woman in a Japanese fighting game series, who wears very little.
- Gratuitous English: "Are you ready?" and "I shall return!"
- Human Hammer-Throw: Her Dynamite Swing DM, which involves her violently spinning her opponent and tossing him to the other side of the screen.
- Image Song: "Blue Mary's Blues." Made it into '97 and '98 as her theme song (sans vocals).
- In the PS2 version of Ultimate Match the vocal version is present if you go into Practice Mode against her with the Arrange soundtrack on or if you have EX Mary face EX Terry.
- Murderous Thighs: Her "Mary's Typhoon" DM.
- Nice Girl: While she's serious about her job, she's usually very friendly.
- Perpetual Frowner: In her backstory, the loss of her lover Butch has left her unable to smile. She's still pretty lively, though. Averted in the games proper.
- Ship Tease: With Terry. If it wasn't for Terry's lack of interest in pursuing romance and their lack of commitment to actually becoming a couple, she'd definitely be his Action Girlfriend.
- Something About a Rose: For some reason, one rose shows up in SDM version of her Typhoon DM.
- Standard Female Grab Area: Inverted, a large portion of Mary's repertoire involves her doing the arm-breaking (and all other kinds of breaking), not being on the receiving end.
- Static Stun Gun: Whips one out on her foes every once in a while in her Stun Fang special.
- Token Good Teammate: For the '97 Special Team. She jumped ship the very moment she found out Geese was her real employer, however.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her jacket was presented to her by her dead lover Butch.
- Too Many Belts: She wears two. Only one holds her pants in place.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Another hazy example, considering that Mary's fighting style is labeled as some variation of Combat Sambo.
Shingo Yabuki - Japan
"Did you see me, Mom?! I... I won! King of the World!"
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu
Kyo Kusanagi's biggest fan, and a junior in his old highschool. He enters the tournament to fight his idol, and in '99 goes looking for him with Benimaru, K', and Maxima. Afterwards, Saisyu takes him in as an apprentice. He re-enters the XI tournament to replace Chizuru, but though he sorta manages to keep Iori and Kyo from killing each other, he's beaten senseless by a reawakened Orochi Iori.
- Adorkable: Is he ever.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: High-school student who idolizes the main hero of the series to the point of emulating their fighting techniques? Yep, Shingo is pretty much a male Sakura.
- Ascended Fanboy: From merely watching the '96 tournament on TV, to actually participating in it in '97, to being part of the Hero Team in '99 to finally teaming up with his idol Kyo in 2001 and XI.
- Badass Normal: Believe it or not, he's more powerful than any normal human being, in fact, his chiseled body and strength are a force to reckon with, it's just nobody takes him seriously.
- Bonus Boss: In '98. He can be fought anywhere from after the 3rd team to before the 6th.
- Butt-Monkey: Particularly in '98's ending pictures.
- Clark Kent Outfit: His clothes hide very well just how packed he is. Only his powerful forearms attest to what his clothes hide.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Treated mostly as a Butt-Monkey, but his Critical Hit attacks actually give him a big edge. Also, in the Kyo and Iori team ending in XI, he survives one hell of a beating by Orochi Iori.
- Critical Hit: His status as a Lethal Joke Character revolved around this. It's gone after '98.
- Cute Clumsy Guy: Sometimes trips after performing some special moves.
- Determinator: His techniques are low-grade imitations of Kyo. He can't shoot flame, no matter how much training he receives from Kyo or Saisyu or the fact that he has Kyo's old gloves. But every single fighter be damned if Shingo will ever give up. Proof? He survives a beatdown from Orochi Iori in XI.
- Does Not Like Spam: Milk. It's his official dislike and the special "Birthday Team" (him, King and Mature) ending in '98 has him getting a milk carton, much to his dismay. Played for Laughs, of course!
- Fingerless Gloves: Presented to him by Kyo as a sign of Shingo's progress as a martial artist in '97.
- Flung Clothing: Sometimes wears a track jacket over his uniform.
- Heroic Build: He almost never struts his stuff but the rare canon images of him shirtless do show that he's unusually jacked for a young man his age indeed.
- Heroic Wannabe: Idolizes Kyo Kusanagi, to the point of mimicking his moves and speech. He's training to be as good as Kyo, and is convinced that he, too, can "shoot fire."
- Hero-Worshipper: The parallels between him and Sakura Kasugano (who made her debut around the same time) are so staggering that you might wonder if they're Distaff Counterparts.
- The Heart: The other one aside of Chizuru who can keep Kyo and Iori from being at each other's throats. Though he did a good job in XI, Iori went Orochi and beat up both him and Kyo at their ending.
- I Gave My Word: To Chizuru.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Him and Chizuru, who's around 6 years older than he is.
- Keet: Has some traits. He acts loud and excited most of the time, despite one of his intros having him telling himself to keep it cool.
- Lethal Joke Character: Thanks to his hard-earned Super Strength and high Critical Hit capacity.
- Moveset Clone: In regards to Kyo and Iori, he's akin to a Dan/Sakura-hybrid, although his spins on Kyo's teachings make him a formidable fighter.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: There's a reason why Shingo can hit so hard despite being just a regular human. It's hard to tell at first but take a closer look and you will notice that he's actually very muscular, much more than Kyo or Iori themselves. He's just too modest to show it off.
- Nice Guy: He is almost never arrogant or condescending to his enemies in his quotes. Most of the time, he is just very excited and surprised that he won.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Though one with the power of Critical Hit attacks. And that random flame from his attacks in 2003 and XI...
- Painting the Medium: During his HSDM in 2002UM, Shingo tries to copy one of Kyo's moves... and forgets about halfway through. He then takes advantage of the fact that he's in a video game to read through his notebook and finishes the chain of attacks.
- Also in '99, one of his intros had him saying, "Shingo is not an Edit Character this year!", considering that in his debut in '97 and the subsequent Dream Match in '98, he's exactly that: an Edit Character without an official team.
- Random Number God: In some games, Shingo will randomly perform the aformentioned Critical Hit attacks, occasionally do two hits (and produce flames) with his Dokugami Mikansei, and randomly lose his balance and fall at the third hit of Oboro Guruma Mikansei.
- Shout-Out: His '99 taunt is basically feigning being hit and saying "You hit me! Not even my parents hit me!"
- His Intro in 2001 is "If you don't fear the shine of the sun, bring it on !"
- Squee!: His intro with Kyo in '99 is quite the squee.
- The Team Normal: No matter what team he is in, he is only one without any special powers.
- Use Your Head: His Shingo's Own Red-Hot Chariot DM/LDM ends with Shingo flubbing the move and divebombing into the ground. Said divebombing does a tremendous amount of damage, nearly equaling the rest of the move's damage output.
- The Worf Effect: At the receiving end in KOF: KYO and KOF XI. In the first he gets beaten up by the Sendoh siblings note and later by Yamazaki during the investigation on Yuki's supposed disappearance; in the second he and Kyo are curbstomped by Orochi Iori, though Shingo takes the worst part and, unlike Kyo, he can't join KOF XIII.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: There is the belief that '98's "Dream Match Never Ends" comes from Shingo's dream. Every character in this dream match is Shingo's impression of them, based on either personal experience or his notes in his notebook.
- There's also the spark of flame that randomly appears during his 115 Shiki: Dokugami Mikansei in 2003 and XI. It seems that only Shingo notices it, most likely due to his goal to shoot flames (as evident in the Japan Team's ending for 2003).
Orochi - Japan
"The butterfly emerges from its chrysalis..."
Voiced by: Rio Ogata (KOF 97), Motoko Kumai (CD dramas), Shiki Aoki (KOF All-Star)
The infamous creature of legend. Orochi is one of the servants of Gaia, but along the way he became fanatical in his views, and believed that humans were a threat to Gaia. As such, he began putting a scheme into motion to eliminate humans from existence. He created a cult known as the Hakkesshu, or the 8 Heads of Orochi, to help him with his plans. He was stopped 1800 years ago by the Kusanagi, Yasakani, and Yata clans, who sealed him away. However, he was still able to use some of his power through the seal, and began to spread his influence to others. Through Goenitz, he managed to open the seal partially upon the death of Maki Kagura. The seal was broken in '97, when Yashiro Nanakase and Shermie offered their powers to reawaken him inside Chris. He was resealed by Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru after a fierce battle. Recently there has been a plot to try and break his seal once again by Those From The Past, meaning he may return in the final chapter of the Tales of Ash. Or not, seeing as Ash's Heroic Sacrifice in XIII nullified every event in the current saga.
- Achilles' Heel: His AI was poor, and most of his normal attacks were nothing special and repetitive.
- Animal Motifs: The snake, it's even in his name. Orochi means "Great Snake." Still, the snake aspect is mostly in his eyes. Naturally, these extend to his followers. He also invokes a butterfly motif with his "rebirth" stemming from Chris' status as his host; his intro quote ("Sanagi o yaburi, chou wa mau") translates to "Breaking the cocoon, I shall flutter" and the Orochi Team's 2002UM theme is entitled "butterfly emerges from chrysalis."
- Arch-Enemy: To the Kusanagi, Yagami and Yata clans, as they sealed him away in ancient times. Hes also this to the to the heirs of the three clans Kyo, Iori and Chizuru.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: In The King of Fighters: KYO◊ and a few pieces of bonus artwork◊ for '98, Orochi is depicted as a total babe (probably because Orochi reincarnated itself into a female follower).
- Audible Sharpness: His Ukei, which is pretty much a standing Genocide Cutter.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Thanks to M.U.G.E.N, Orochi is commonly associated with yelling "ARIEN!" note upon being KO'ed. In reality, this is only muttered by his clone in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, Mizuchi. Orochi, meanwhile, doesn't say a word upon being KO'ed.
- Big Bad: Of 97, but due to his major influence of the series, he can be considered to be the main antagonist of the King of Fighters series as a whole.
- The Bus Came Back: After Ash erased himself at the end of XIII, Orochi became a part of Eldritch Abomination called Verse, which is the final boss of XIV. After the destruction of Verse, he manages to escape...
- Back for the Dead: ...Only to immediately get sealed again by Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru in Yagami Team's ending. Effortlessly.
- Catch and Return/Counter-Attack: Both. His Utsushi Iwai special can counter moves of varying properties (ranging from overheads to physical attacks to projectiles) depending on the button pressed.
- Crossdressing Voices: As with Chris, he is voiced by Rio Ogata.
- Deal with the Devil: His main interaction and connection with the Yagami (called "Yasakani" back then) family. The Yasakani clan swore subservience (and some other terms) in exchange for the power to overcome the Kusanagi family.
- Expository Pronoun: Refers to himself with the highly formal first-person pronoun ware, emphasizing his nature as a divine being of ancient provenance.
- Flash Step
- Gaia's Vengeance: To an insanely fanatical degree.
- God of Evil: More of a quasi-deity, really. Orochi wasn't originally like that either; chalk it up to his frenetic attempts to "protect" his beloved creator from humanity.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Became this for the whole Orochi saga, and the effects of his involvement are still felt even in the NESTS, Tales of Ash and XIV sagas. Most of the other villains from later sagas want his power, and making sure he stays sealed is pretty much the overlying focus of the series as a whole.
- Hellish Pupils: Has slitted snake eyes.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Sacred Weapons ending of KOF '97, a defeated Orochi tries to use Iori against Kyo and Chizuru by activating his Riot of the Blood, but Iori instead grabs Orochi and restrains him long enough for Kyo to give the final blow.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: And a threat to his beloved Gaia.
- Lawful Stupid: Hates humans because he sees them as a threat to his beloved Gaia. Gaia made humanity according to the storyline.
- Leitmotif: Origin of Mind
- Light Is Not Good: His Bright Light/Fade to Nothingness/Marukare (Churning Chaos) DM, which fills the screen with an eerie greenish light.
- Mark of the Beast/Power Tattoo: His "dark sun" tattoo that is over his chest. It's probable that Chris has the same tattoo, as his clothes cover the key areas where it would be.
- Meaningful Name: His namesake is the eight-headed Yamata no Orochi of Japanese lore. While not canon, some sources (Iori's ending◊ in SVC Chaos, Andy Seto's The King of Fighters: Zillion◊ manhua) depict his true form as the Orochi.
- Mystical White Hair: Better seen in his intro, where Chris morphs into Orochi, and his brown hair becomes...
- White Hair, Black Heart: He takes the form of a young man with white hair.
- No Biological Sex: Despite "his" appearance as a fully-grown man, Orochi is a genderless deity whose appearance depends on its host (see Attractive Bent-Gender above). Most refer to Orochi as a male due to the fact that "his" appearance in '97 is its most commonly known form.
- Orochi: Did you really expect anything else?
- Power Floats: His original version never touched the ground on purpose.
- Power Glows: Again, his original sprite had a glow that seems to be absent in KOF '98 UM.
- Religion of Evil: His cult engages in sacrifices and hijacking tournaments for the purposes of breaking his seal and reviving him.
- Rule of Cool: Orochi's Supreme Divinity DM involves drawing you in with his godly powers. He then rips your soul out of your body and crushes it in the palm of his hand. Ouch.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: So far, always inside a person. First it was Chris in 97. Then Verse in XIV.
- SNK Boss: Was the first to use an absolute priority projectile, a full screen attack, and to fight without needing to crouch.
- In KOF 98 UM, Orochi has been revamped from his original incarnation and now has a crouching animation, along with updated normals and several of his original moves switched around, but his Mu Ni Kaerou screen filler super still does ridiculous damage, and if you're positioned exactly in the middle of the screen and don't block, it does double the amount of hits and damage. 50% plus 50% equals 100%. Yes, it instantly kills you if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- Tattoo as Character Type: Goes both ways on this. Orochi's dark sun tattoo is commonly hypothesized to belong to Chris (whose shirt covers where the marking would be). The location of Shermie, Mature, and Vice's tattoos, all in different spots, would support this idea, but the female Orochi seen in artwork and KOF: KYO depicting the legendary battle from 1,800 years ago has the same tattoo (although, due to her robes and current body shape, the sun primarily spans across her neck and breasts as opposed to her entire torso). By default, the "warrior" aspect of a chest tattoo could be applied to Orochi, but his female form is depicted as a bit of a temptress or seductress (which, consequently, would certainly explain the hypersexual personalities of Orochi's known female followers).
- Voice of the Legion: Which still comes off as child-like.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Never wears a shirt.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seeing him as a Captain Planet wannabe who wants to save the Earth by killing all of humanity seems to describe him well.
- Knight Templar: On his worst days, Orochi walks the narrow tightrope between well-intentioned extremism and this. It remains to be seen if he'll slowly move away from it all.