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Characters in The King of Fighters introduced in The King of Fighters XIV will be listed here.


Characters are listed in alphabetical order of last names. It should be noted that all the Chinese and Korean character names are rendered in the Western style (given name-surname rather than surname-given name).

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Official Invitation Team

    Sylvie Paula Paula - France
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Electromagnetic force
  • BIRTHDAY: June 24th
  • HEIGHT: 161 cm
  • WEIGHT: Private
  • BIRTHPLACE: France
  • HOBBY: Collecting fingerprints from good-looking men; piano
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: Her friends (her favorite eyes, and the friend who lives in her head)
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Sweets, meat, miyako kombu
  • DISLIKES: Non-cute things, overgrown beards
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Horizontal bar
"My friends just saw what a good job I did! See?"

Voiced by: Mio

An eccentric woman who formerly worked for the NESTS organization, she was formally invited to the tournament after proving herself to be a serious threat in the underground fighting circuit.

  • Anti-Villain: Sylvie is a nasty little girl who was an ex-NESTS agent. However, she was abused and treated as useless during her time at NESTS, and when she has proven her worth after NESTS' fall, she has zero interests in reviving the organization. In the end, she just comes off as an extremely eccentric but otherwise quite innocent girl.
  • Ass Kicks You
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite her goofy mannerisms and absurd clothing, she's a former NESTS operative and has a serious mean streak. If her backstory is to be believed, she's also a terrifyingly ruthless fighter.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Cute But Psycho: Beneath that silly, j-pop inspired exterior lies a very nasty and cruel woman. Subverted. She's not an evil and cruel woman at all, just a little nuts.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When she was in NESTS, her power didn't manifest that greatly, so the NESTS crews treated her horribly and abused her. As shown in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, she's also regularly whipped.
  • Energy Ball: Her Climax DM has her deploy a slowly-moving but powerful ball of electricity.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Athena, but it's currently unknown if they even know each other or will meet at all.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The giant eyeballs in her hair. Some fans have joked that those are her actual eyes, not unlike Q-Bee from Dark Stalkers. Given her sinister nature, this may not be far from the truth.
  • Grapple Move: Her Magneto-Trapo! DM has her grabbing her foe with electricity, then slams them down hard to the ground.
  • Idol Singer: Very obviously based on Kyary Pamyu Pamyu right down to her name.
  • Imaginary Friend: According to her bio, she has one. Her "extra eyeballs" are also Companion Cubes to her.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Her Paula Experiment DM can hit downed foes. She can even link the move twice in a row.
  • Magikarp Power: In story, she was initially considered useless during her time in NESTS. It was only after the organization fell that her powers began to grow.
  • Not Quite Flight: Her standard dash is her levitating with her electricity while jetting herself forward.
  • Psycho Electro: To put it mildly, Sylvie is nuts, and she's got the power to match.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has very long, big blonde hair.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: It's like a thrift clothing store threw up on her.
  • Shock and Awe: Sylvie commands electricity and magnetism as part of her fighting style.
  • Shoryuken: Her Kaiten Coil special is this, done with her legs.
  • Third-Person Person: Played With. She refers herself as... 'Paula'. Not 'Sylvie'. The only exception being when she's chosen on the character select screen.
  • Vague Age: Appearance-wise, she looks younger than Kula, but her model in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy revealed that she's pretty buxom when not using her idol outfit, which raises question on how old she actually is.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Unlike Benimaru's, her lightning attacks are yellow.

    Kukri - North Africa
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Hot Sand Assassin's Fist
  • BIRTHDAY: Unknown
  • HEIGHT: 180cm (visual estimation)
  • WEIGHT: Unknown
  • BLOOD TYPE: Unknown
  • BIRTHPLACE: North Africa (from Antonov)
  • HOBBY: Nitpicking on other people (from Sylvie)
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: Brooms, showers
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Pastilla shop (from Yakov)
  • DISLIKES: Does he even like something? (from Antonov)
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Beach sports? (from Mian)
"Regret this while you're sinking in quicksand..."

Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi

A mysterious fighter in a hood who fights with sand powers. Working from the shadows in a secret society, he is believed to have some connection to "Those From The Distant Land" and wears the signature arm bracelets that the group's members possess. His true identity is unknown.

  • Ambiguous Situation: What he represents and his interests are matters yet to be revealed, as are why he resembles certain other villains from previous installments.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a dirty grey longcoat with a hood.
  • Big Bad: Of SNK Heroines. Not only is he the one behind dragging the cast into the events of the game, he serves as the final boss, as well.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: His eyes are the only things visible as the rest of his face is completely hidden.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In a series that never relied on cursing, Kukri sure does like his swearing.
  • Dark Is Evil: He kind of zig-zags this. On one hand, he has a very muted color scheme, an ominous character design and speaks in deep, threatening whispers, and turns out that he instigates the plot of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy to satiate his own lust. But on the other hand, he's also helping Elizabeth to reunite with Ash, and at worst, his sin wasn't seriously malevolent but comes off as someone a bit too perverted.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Makes use of sand-based powers for his techniques, which includes teleporting, burying his opponents and suffocating them.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: His win dialogue by far is littered with this towards women he defeats, and pretty much is the instigator of the whole plot of SNK Heroines for his own lust and amusement.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Unlike Sylvie and Mian, he was hired as the final member for the Official Invitation Team without providing any record of his fighting ability but Antonov believes he's got potential as well. He also seems to have his own agenda.
  • Evil Laugh/Signature Laugh: "Kekekekeke~"
  • The Faceless: His dark hood covers his face in complete shadow. The one time he shows it in SNK Heroines, it's immediately blurred out.
  • Foreshadowing: In every other team's cutscene that comes before the Final Boss, Kukri's seen silently saying "inside that...", in his own team version of the cutscene, he said "just as planned... so far", and if you beat the Final Boss with Kukri, his victory quote says "I have business with what's inside you." Turns out that he's looking for Ash.
  • Hidden Depths: While XIV features a few flirtatious win quotes against certain female characters, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy (if Kukri's depiction in it can be taken as canon) just straight up reveals that beneath his mysterious demeanor is a massive pervert.
  • Hurricane Kick: One of his specials (Nessa Senpuu) is this, with him hand-standing on his sands as he spins with legs outstretched.
  • In the Hood: Wears a hood over his head, covering everything except for his eyes, and occasionally his mouth.
  • Jerkass: Is extremely condescending, and somehow perverted. He demands an entry to the Official Invitation Team while referring the more affable Antonov as a 'sack of shit'. Even if Yakov tells him to mind his language, he still acts condescending.
  • Mummy: His bandaged appearance, zombie-like movements and sand powers give this impression.
  • Shrouded in Myth: To the extent that pretty much everything in his bio are informations that sounds more like guessing by his teammates and Antonov....outside of his perversions that is.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Despite his mysterious appearance, he has quite a dirty and speedy mouth.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Mukai, as he fights using earth powers and has some kind of affiliation to his group.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: His Gen'ei Sajin special is him reappearing from the ground at another point of the stage while leaving a sand body double on his initial place. Its EX version adds a layer of confusion by having 3 sand copies of himself appear before he moves.
  • The Rival: Very much downplayed but for some reason, he shares a Fated Battle theme against the arc protagonist Shun'ei, despite having little to zero interactions with him (only having specified match win quote). This is usually a privilege given with characters with strong links with each other, antagonistic or friendly, which foreshadows a larger role for him aside of helping bring about the return of Ash Crimson or instigating the SNK Heroines plot.
  • This Is a Drill: One of his DMs has him flying forwards while drilling his foe, accompanied by sand powers. Think M. Bison's Psycho Crusher.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: While he is both foul-mouthed and perverted, it's also subverted somewhat in the ending of his team where he was looking for Ash that whole time.
  • Zombie Gait: His movements are very bizarre, giving the impression of a reanimated corpse.

    Mian - China
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Sichuan Bushinryu
  • BIRTHDAY: December 8
  • HEIGHT: 163 cm
  • WEIGHT: 53 kg
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type O
  • HOBBY: Trying to reveal her natural smile
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: Her family, spectators, glasses, smartphone
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Siniperca chuatsi deep-fried whole with sweet and sour sauce
  • DISLIKES: The look of others
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Bowling
"The s-spectators... They're definitely more focused on the moment of my Bian Lian than the fight..."

Voiced by: AYUKA

Third member of the Official Invitation team. A woman fighter who battles using moves from the traditional Chinese dancing art Bian Lian. She fights in underground tournaments along with Sylvie. Despite her high dancing skills, Mian is an extremely shy person, and doesn't drop her mask often.

  • Anti-Villain: Subverted. She's surrounded with Sylvie, an ex-NESTS personnel, and Kukri, a highly condescending person, from the looks alone, Mian would look like a Token Good Teammate. Turns out, none of them are full on villainous, with Sylvie having no interest in reviving NESTS' old activities, while Kukri is helping Elizabeth) and Antonov, the one who gathered and sponsored the whole team, is a fully decent guy.
  • Cool Mask: Wears traditional Bian Lian masks in combat. Like how it works in real life, she's able to seamlessly change her masks as she attacks. She does show her face however during her Climax Desperation Move. Played for Laughs in one cutscene where, when she's expressing her confusion, she changes her mask to a white one with a big "?" on it.
  • Dance Battler: Her fighting style is based on Chinese traditional Bian Lian mask opera.
  • Diving Kick: Her Bienkyu special is a jump that can be continued with diving kicks to multiple directions.
  • The Faceless: Averted, she wears a mask most of the time but removes it briefly during her Climax Desperation Move, as well as during one of her victory poses and her team's ending.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Once she starts jumping, it becomes hard to catch Mian as she can cancel her Diving Kick into ANOTHER jump to another direction, making it difficult to catch her before she sprung another kick.
  • Jump Physics: She's able to jump to multiple directions in midair with her Bienkyu special.
  • Lady of War: Being a graceful dance-fighter, her moves are extremely feminine and deadly.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Her Rangurenbu DM is a ranbu-styled DM.
  • Only in It for the Money: She seems quite concerned with her contract and getting her payment. Notably, she briefly becomes angry when she thinks Antonov is dead, and when she sees who's responsible, she chooses to "treat it like it was part of the contract". This is explored in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy: She wanted that money to treat her family members that have been hospitalized for some reason.
  • Punched Across the Room: Her Hiyoushou special can knock people across the screen.
  • Serious Business: Bian Lian dance is this for her, just don't mistake it as a Noh dancing style.
  • Shoryuken: Her DM Hiren Enbu has her rising upward while spinning. Its SDM version has her do it twice.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's actually quite pretty under her mask, but because she's so shy she tends to hide it. This makes her Not So Different to Leona, the latter of whom hides her emotions due to her Orochi blood, as evidenced in one of her win quotes.
    Mian: You don’t seem like you’re that good with people. I’m the same...
  • Slide Attack: Her Rasen special starts with a sliding kick, followed by an upward kick.
  • When She Smiles: Listed to be her hobby... or at least attempting the trope. Her shy attitude might be because she wanted her revealing smile to be perfect (and she never quite gets that).


South America Team

    Nelson - Brazil
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Boxing
  • BIRTHDAY: December 27th
  • HEIGHT: 175 cm
  • WEIGHT: 69 kg
  • HOBBY: Watching sports
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: Liccia (his fiancée who is currently comatose and hospitalized )
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Churrasco
  • DISLIKES: Weight loss
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: All type of sports
"If you go down that fast, you're not even as good as a punching bag."

Voiced by: Kengo Takanashi

This young boxing prodigy had lost an arm after a terrible accident, but has been able to quickly return to the ring thanks to a prosthesis based on the latest and most advanced robotics technology. He fights now in order to seize the world championship, while hoping every day his fiancée will awaken from a coma.

  • Ambidextrous Sprite: His cybernetic arm switches places depending on where he's facing; by default it's in his left hand.
  • Artificial Limbs: After nearly losing his arm, had a cybernetic one put in its place.
  • Boxing Battler: A fighting game staple.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A non-villainous example. He fought and defeated Tizoc some time before the XIV tournament. While this sent Tizoc into despair and prompted him to have a Face–Heel Turn, Nelson didn't think much of the fight and didn't understand why the King of Dinosaurs had a grudge against him.
  • Companion Cube: His cybernetic arm. Nelson even says "I'm counting on you, partner!" before unleashing the max level version of his Mighty Punch super.
  • Confusion Fu: His command normals can be cancelled into many other different command normals. He can choose to use an overhead, attack low, dash into position for a reset or dash back for a safe retreat.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Averted, Nelson has seemingly only become more determined and idealistic by his fiancee's comatose state.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead
  • Empowered Badass Normal: A very strong and skilled boxer with cyborg implants. Apparently, it was enough to hand Tizoc a defeat so devastating it warranted a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Fiery Redhead: A spirited, highly optimistic redhead.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a bunch of scars around his left eye. And quite a good guy.
  • Punched Across the Room: His Mighty Punch SDM ends with him punching his foe to the other side of the screen.
  • Rapidfire Fisticuffs:
    • One of his specials "I will hit ya until you go down!" is a Grapple Move that consists of multiple punches.
    • His DM Invisible Punch is a series of punches so fast that the arm is nigh invisible when he does it.
    • In a variant, his Climax DM has him delivering a flurry of punches while circling his opponent, ending with a finishing uppercut.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To the scientists who gave him the prosthetic left arm, who were the ones that caused the accident that made him lose his arm and then turn him into one of their test subjects.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: His main source of meterless damage is going to be coming from his command normal chains and resets as he only has two special moves: a command dash and a Grapple Move.

    Zarina - Colombia
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Kicking techniques
  • BIRTHDAY: June 12th
  • HEIGHT: 174cm
  • WEIGHT: 58kg
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type B
  • HOBBY: Dance (samba)
  • DISLIKES: People with bad manners.
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Beach Volley
"I get lots of energy when this little one is watching me!"

Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura

Third member of the South America team, Zarina is a smiling and cheerful woman fighter. Fond of samba dance, she uses her dancing skills to kick her opponents in rhythm. She fights hard to protect the nesting place of her toucan companion "Coco" whose species is facing the threat of extinction.

  • Ass Kicks You: Quite a number of her attacks (be it her throw, her DM or even her Climax DM) has her use her posterior.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In her ending, she sealed the deal with Antonov getting to help her preserve Coco's kicking him in the nuts.
    Bandeiras: That sounds like a dangerous NINPO!
  • The Cutie: She's adorable and bubbly with a love for her toucan companion and the rainforest its live in.
  • Dance Battler: A practitioner of Capoeira and a samba dancer.
  • Grapple Move: Her Floral Screw is a long-ranged grab move where she leaps over the opponent's body and then kicks them in the back.
  • Hurricane Kick: Her Growing Flower special where she handstands and spins with legs outstretched.
  • The Capital of Brazil Is Buenos Aires: You will be forgiven for thinking she is another Brazilian character, as there is nothing in her design that indicates her being from Colombia.
  • Kick Chick
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not quite on the same level as the likes of Mai and Luong, but she still shows some skin.
  • Nature Lover: Joins the tournament to raise money to save the rainforest. She succeeds in her team's ending.
    • Also somehow Played for Laughs when she met Nakoruru. She showed about how she liked her bird Coco... only for Nakoruru to reply in kind by describing Mamahaha, which happens to be a frickin' carnivorous bird who ate frogs, rodents, and smaller birds. Zarina then starts fearing for Coco's life.
  • Parrot Pet Position: A toucan named Coco rides on her shoulder.
  • Petal Power: Some of her attacks are accompanied with yellow flowers.
  • Shoryuken: Her Spinning Petal special, done with her legs. Also her Yellow Eruption DM.
  • Statuesque Stunner: a beautiful Colombian woman who stands at 174 cm (5'9''), because why not.
  • Third-Person Person: Can be heard doing this in one of her win quotes.

    Bandeiras Hattori - Brazil
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Brazilian Ninjutsu
  • BIRTHDAY: October 23th
  • HEIGHT: 188cm
  • WEIGHT: 79kg
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type O
  • HOBBY: Training
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: The amulet to "pray for the safety of his family" given by a tourist to him when he was a kid
  • DISLIKES: Frogs
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: All types of athletics
"Do you have an interest in disciplining yourself with Brazilian NINJUTSU?"

Voiced by: Eiji Miyashita

A South American ninja who uses the fighting style of Hanzo Hattori from Samurai Shodown. Founder of the Brazilian Ninja Arts school who joins the King of Fighters tournament in hopes of attracting students to his dojo.

  • Ascended Fanboy: He really wants to be a ninja, and the dialogue in his trailers is him insisting on being Mai's student after he realizes she's a ninja herself.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: His dialogue in his initial trailer makes him come across as someone who can't be taken seriously. In turn, no one would be at fault for assuming he'd be a Fighting Clown or worse, a Joke Character. However, this isn't the case, as gameplay shows that he's very competent in battle and has impressive ninjutsu.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: He attacks with a shadow clone of himself in his Climax DM.
  • Famous Ancestor: His last name suggests that he is a descendant of Hanzo Hattori from Samurai Shodown. His fighting style even uses several of Hanzo's moves, particularly his grabs.
  • Gratuitous Japanese, Occidental Otaku: Often spouts random Japanese phrases (which are highlighted in all caps in his dialogue, as seen above) and really wants to be the student of Mai Shiranui. The story seems to identify him as some sort of weeaboo.
    • Deconstructed (for laughs) in his team's ending where he goes to Japan, he finds it baffling that it's not the same as the Japan he thought (namely, still being a traditional country with ninjas abound). He also creeps out many people around him which got him arrested by the police (as Nelson previously warned him).
  • Hand Seals: Banderias belts out a bunch of these before using his Climax Desperation Move.
  • Hunk: With the most piercing blue eyes you've ever seen on a ninja!
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: After a patch, his Tatami Gaeshi SDM (where he releases a localized explosion near his feet) can hit downed opponents.
  • Loony Fan: To Mai. She finds him disturbing during their special intro when he keeps trying to get her to accept him as her student. And yet, her win quote against him has her accepting him, implying she at least respects his skills.
  • McNinja: From Brazil.
  • Ninja Log: One of his specials (Kawarimi) has him prepare a counter stance; if attacked, he'll disappear, leaving a block of wood in his place, before reappearing behind the attacker.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Mai accepts him as her student after she beats him, complimenting his skill as she does so.
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: One of his DMs (Kama Itachi) has him slashing his foe several times with his bare hands.
  • Shoryuken: His Shinobiashi special is this, done with his knees.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Banderas vs Bandeiras. The former was how his name was first spelled out but SNK-P seems to have changed it to the latter to make his name sound more Brazilian.
  • Spinning Piledriver: He has his own version of Hanzo's Mozu Otoshi (without its bone-crunching early strikes) and Galford's Strike Head called Iguazu Otoshi.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: At 6'2".
  • Teleport Spam: One of his specials (Tengu no Tobikiri) has him teleporting multiple times to smack his foe around.
  • Verbal Tic: Ends occasionally what he says with de gozaru, again a ninja stereotype.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In a variant, his arms are covered with gloves, while his chest and abdomen are bared.

Kim Team

    Gang-Il - South Korea
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Tae Kwon Do
  • BIRTHDAY: May 3
  • HEIGHT: 165cm
  • WEIGHT: 96kg
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type O
  • HOBBY: Reading (especially detective stories)
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: His love for Tae Kwon Do
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Korean barbecue
  • DISLIKES: Undecided people
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Swimming
"If there's any way you can stop my steady advances, go ahead and try!"

Voiced by: Toshiya Fujisawa

Gang-Il is the chairman of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation, and Kim's master as well. His astonishing kicking techniques can break through any opponent guard. Always accompanied by a different woman each time he comes back from his travels, Gang-Il's personality is the complete opposite of Kim's.

  • Ambiguously Brown: For some reason, he's got a brownish skin. The likely explanation is that he travels a lot.
  • Chick Magnet: If his backstory's an indication.
  • Composite Character: In more of a gameplay sense. He has some of Kim's leftover attacks, as well as some from Kim's sons Dong Hwan and Jae Hoon. Presumably, he created all of those techniques. He also somehow has both traits of Kim's sons, he's a womanizer like Dong Hwan, but has a serious dedication towards Tae Kwon Do like Jae Hoon.
  • Dirty Old Man: If it has the same chromosomes, then Gang-Il will hit it, age be damned.
  • Extremity Extremist: Like Kim, most of his attacks are kicks.
  • Hurricane Kick: His Ressen Kyaku special.
  • Invulnerable Attack: His Shakka Shuu special can be delayed, during which he can guard against attacks before launching said attack.
  • It's a Small World After All: He's very well acquainted with the Sakazakis, enough to treat Yuri with familiarity.
  • Mighty Glacier: In relation to Kim, Gang-Il's the slower one but his kicks pack more... kick.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His Climax DM is a simple, but strong, Hou'ou Kyaku.
  • Old Master: He taught Kim everything he knows. That's how you know he means business.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Quite short (though not as much as other mentor fighters, such as Chin and Tung), but ridiculously powerful.
  • Rolling Attack: His Hangetsuzan special, shared with Kim.
  • Shoryuken: He has Kim's Hienzan, but Gang-Il's works as a DM.
  • Silver Fox: Like nobody's business.
  • Spam Attack: His Shakka Shuu special is a kick version of this.
  • Stern Teacher: Implied. From the prologue for his team's story, Kim doesn't seem to like having his master around (he tries hiding it of course).
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: His lover, Luong, is 6 inches taller than him.
  • Three-Strike Combo: His Haki Kyaku can be continued with 2 more, varied attacks.

    Luong - Vietnam (?)
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Tae Kwon Do?
  • BIRTHDAY: July 7
  • HEIGHT: 180cm
  • WEIGHT: Won't tell you
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type A
  • HOBBY: Nail Care
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Almonds
  • DISLIKES: Dry Weather
"You were knocked down too fast... If you don't last longer, I can't enjoy myself."

Voiced by: Chika Kino

Luong is a “femme fatal” type woman fighter with mysterious motivations. She will lacerate her enemies like a whip with her long legs and her arranged tae kwon do kicking techniques. Luong met Gang-Il during his world tour, and fell in love with him.

She returns in KOF XV as part of the Secret Agent Team along with Blue Mary and Vanessa.

  • Beauty Mark: Has one under her right eye.
  • Cleavage Window: Combined with a healthy amount of Absolute Cleavage. Her costume has a window that begins beneath her breasts and extends slightly downwards.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She fights barefoot.
  • Femme Fatale / Heroic Seductress: Seems to ride the line between both, from what little we know about her. Since she's on Kim's team it's very unlikely that she's evil, but her personality and bio imply that she enjoys toying with opponents. On the other hand, she seems genuinely dedicated to Gang-Il, and really is not amused about Xanadu snatching Chang and Choi from Kim. And then comes the reveal that she's a member of the Secret Agents team in XV alongside Vanessa and Mary.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Appears to have one with Shermie of all people if SNK Heroines and her KOF XV reveal trailer are to be believed.
  • Glass Cannon: Downplayed. In XIV, she has lower than average health (950; the average is 1000, but the lowest is 900), but more than makes up for it with her very solid damage potential, both with and without meter.
  • Hidden Depths: Her tenure in XIV seems to mark her as a typical Heroic Seductress within Kim's team. Come XV, it turns out she's something of a secret agent, teaming up with Blue Mary and Vanessa, which is something she hid really well beneath teasing Kim and being in a relationship with Gang-Il.
  • Kick Chick: As expected.
  • Lady of War: A seductive, elegant woman who uses an acrobatic, kick-based fighting style.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: She has long hair and is very feminine.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Some fans argue that she possibly surpasses Mai in this regard. She's pretty, busty, has long and slender legs, and has a lot of suggestive quotes and a very suggestive Climax super.
  • Neck Snap: For her Climax Desperation Move she mounts her opponent on their shoulders then gives their neck a mean twist. She also does a different one for one of her supers where she steps on the opponent's head and then twists her foot.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Her "Tei" super is a ranbu-styled one.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: She lets out a laugh that sounds like a cross between this and an Evil Laugh during the MAX version of her "Tei" super.
  • Proud Beauty: She seems to be aware of how attractive she is, as during her Climax Super she snaps the opponent's neck and ends up landing with her rear on their face. She turns back and asks, "So, are you satisfied?", indicating she considers her sitting on their face as a privilege for them.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Has purple highlights on her clothes as well as purple eyes (and as of XV, purple hair), and has fairly high combo damage (without meter) in XIV.
  • She's Got Legs: Very long and shapely ones that deliver very painful kicks.
  • Shipper on Deck: SNK Heroines gives Luong some special dialog with Athena about the latter's relationship with Kensou, chastising the idol for leaving him hanging and joking about how Athena should send Kensou a picture of herself in costume.
  • Shoryuken: Her "Rin" special is this, with her foot.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Luong is 180 cm (5'11''), making her the third tallest female in the series, only being surpassed by Vanessa and Foxy.
  • The Tease: Par excellence. She teases nearly everyone, but special notice goes to Kim (whom she has immense affection for... despite also being in love with his master, Gang-il) and Kensou (whom she treats as the quintessential "young boy").
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She's 5'11", and her lover, Gang-il, is 5'5".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: One of Luong's spare win quotes against Athena disdains the idol for not returning anyone's feelings and not even so much as being honest about her own, but somehow getting all the affection anyway.

Mexico Team

    King of Dinosaurs - Mexico
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Pro wrestling + dinosaur fighting
  • BIRTHDAY: April 25
  • HEIGHT: 215 cm
  • WEIGHT: 118 kg
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type O
  • HOBBY: Biking
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: Legendary Beast Masks
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Parasaurolophus
  • DISLIKES: Meteorites, ice ages, plagues
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Triathlons
"Just win! That's what muscle is for! Strength is justice! Wait, justice? ....Aaaaah!!"

Voiced by: Hikaru Hanada

A newcomer for the Mexico Team in XIV, he's a dinosaur-themed luchador and a Heel. He is confirmed to be Tizoc; other characters recognize him, like Terry, and King of Dinosaurs himself can't help ranting about Justice for a bit in his winning quotes, then stopping himself realizing he is supposed to be a Heel now. His name is usually shortened to "Dinosaur".

  • Always Accurate Attack: The EX version of his Assault Raptor special tracks the opponent's place.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He takes his dinosaur persona way too seriously but he is one of the best luchadores in the series all the same.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town - Tries to pretend he is a Heel, but King of Dinosaurs can't help but slip into his Tizoc self, as in JUSTICE, sometimes. Notice how most of his bio are the same as Tizoc's, the only changes are about conforming to his new masked identity. Terry doesn't even buy it and recognizes him right away.
    Terry: That was the first time I've fought a dinosaur, but it was pretty fun! I'm excited to see which 'saurus you'll choose next, Tizoc!
  • Contemplate Our Navels - He does this in his team's ending. He reminisces about his transformation from a "griffon of justice" to a "dragon of vengeance", about his trainings, how he struggles with his face/heel identity, and how he can continue to encourage positive morals in his younger fans.
  • Dash Attack: His Dinner of Dinosaur DM is him rushing forward to bite his foe multiple times.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: A pro wrestler in a dinosaur outfit. How can you go wrong with that?
  • Expressive Mask / Latex Perfection - His dinosaur get-up is hilariously almost realistic, complete with expressive eyes. Then there's the fact that his teeth and claws hurt (and could even lift people with his mouth no less!), and his tail is practically almost-real due to how he can move it as though it is part of his body rather than a costume. It makes you wonder if he's an actual dinosaur-man. He sometimes even gets Lost in Character as he occasionally acts like an actual dinosaur.
  • Face–Heel Turn - He is Tizoc with a different heel persona; he still boasts some of his signature grabs (Justice Hurricane, only differently named to sound more Heel). He apparently went Heel because of a humiliating defeat he suffered in the past and decides that being a more brutal heel will help him paying it back, although his true honorable nature still slips occasionally.
  • Fingerless Gloves - only partly; his index and middle finger end with small claws instead.
  • Grapple Move - as expected from a luchador, he has a lot of this.
  • In a Single Bound - In the SDM version of Super Zetsumetsu Hurricane, he grabs his foe, then jumps sky-high and smashes his foe against the "ceiling" (while he's hitting the camera) then falls back down with the foe beneath him. It's pretty much like his Face persona's Big Fall Griffon, only a bit more suited for a Heel.
  • Invulnerable Attack: Some of his moves have a ridiculous amount of super armor, making him able to tank anything the opponent throws at him...provided the player has good reflexes of course
  • Irony: As Tizoc, his listed dislike was "Illegal moves". As the Heel King of Dinosaurs, he now has to use those liberally.
  • It's Personal: He is on a quest for revenge during the tournament, a quest that Ramon is aware of and is helping him with. The Team Story and in game interaction with other characters reveal he got defeated by Nelson and wanted a grudge match. Most likely the Face status of Tizoc will not let him have a grudge match, but being Heel will allow him to.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: His "Giga Chompy" special is him biting the downed opponent, then throwing them to the other side. His other special Ankylo Hammer's second hit can also hit downed opponents, making them open for more combos.
  • Masked Luchador: With a dinosaur head. He even can bite his opponents with it.
  • Mighty Glacier: As opposed to someone like Ramon, who is nimble and lithe as one would expect of a typical luchador, he is a hulking giant of a man, and while he's capable of some rather impressive feats of acrobatics, he's a lot slower than Ramon is.
  • My Greatest Failure: His defeat at Nelson's hands. The "scars" on his body serve both as reminder of this and as a mark of shame.
  • No Indoor Voice / Incoming Ham: Yeah, he likes shouting. A lot.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise - Tizoc didn’t do a very good job in changing his game, other characters still recognize him; Terry even thinks it’s fun and wonders how many “Dinosaurs” Tizoc will come up with, while Meitenkun believes his inside and outside don't match.
  • Primal Stance: Fitting for a dinosaur themed Heel.
  • Spinning Piledriver: His Zetsumetsu Hurricane special and its DM version, Super Zetsumetsu Hurricane.
  • Tail Slap - his blowback attack utilizes his long dinosaur tail to whack enemies to the other side of the screen. His sweeping normal also uses it.
  • Three-Strike Combo: His Ankylo Hammer special has him clawing his opponent twice, then does a full-body charge towards them. It's almost similar to Tizoc's Daedalus Attack, except for the final hit.
  • Unknown Rival: To Nelson.
  • Use Your Head - Sometimes makes good use of his dinosaur head to headbutt his foes; his Climax DM is pretty much a series of this. It's taken from how actual T-rex heads are very strong.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene

Another World Team

    Nakoruru - Japan
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Dancing Sword Art of Shikanna-Kamui
  • BIRTHDAY: October 10th
  • HEIGHT: 153cm
  • WEIGHT: Won't tell you
  • BIRTHPLACE: Kamuikotan, the Ainu Lands (past)
  • HOBBY: Listening to the voice of nature
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: Kamuikotan forest and animals
  • FAVORITE FOOD: N/A (official KOF bio), Simmered dish & boiled eggs (Samurai Shodown bio)
  • DISLIKES: Evil humans who pollute nature
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: N/A (official KOF bio), anything that includes running (Samurai Shodown bio)
"This is nature's punishment."

Voiced by: Harumi Ikoma ('95, 2000), Mai Nakahara (XIV)

One of the stars of SNK's Samurai Shodown games, an Ainu priestess of Kamui Kotan and protector of Mother Nature, fighting alongside her pet hawk Mamahaha, although she was last seen becoming a spirit of nature. Joins the King of Fighters tournament as part of the "Another World" team alongside Mui Mui and Love Heart, apparently sensing a possible disturbance caused by a crack in space-time at her timeline and goes to the present day in order to investigate. Originally first seen in the Gameboy port of KOF 95, KOF XIV will be her first canon appearance in KOF.

  • Apologetic Attacker: She apologizes in her forward throw, before she stabs her blade on her opponent's body.
  • Badass Adorable: Nakoruru is quite the Cute Bruiser, but she doesn't take being called cute kindly.
  • The Beast Master: Mamahaha, her adopted Hawk companion, aids her in battle. She can use Mamahaha to either attack the enemy directly or provide a lift for her, especially in her Climax DM.
  • Blade Spam: One of her DMs is her carving her opponent multiple times with her knife.
  • The Cameo: As a Striker for Yuri Sakazaki in KOF 2000. She also acts as the tutorial instructor in The King of Fighters-i 2012.
  • Catchphrase: Daishizen no oshioki desu! / This is Nature’s punishment! This phrase has accompanied Nakoruru in all her appearances; it seems to be her creed, she can deliver it in cheerful tones or somber tones, the latter while resorting to killing the opponent in her home series.
  • Dimension Traveller: Travels to the King of Fighters dimension to investigate the crack in space-time caused by the events of XIII, picking up Mui Mui and Love Heart from their home dimensions along the way to accompany her.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Though this won't be her first experience. The Team Story actually shows this to a great extent. Nakoruru has absolutely zero idea about how to apply to KOF, or what this box called 'Television' is.
  • Glass Cannon: As of 2.0 update, she has a 900 health rating. Fitting for her quick attacks and powerful tools.
  • Guest Fighter: One of two from the Samurai Shodown series (the other being Hattori Hanzo who appears as part of KOF:Maximum Impact 2 and KOF:Maximum Impact Regulation A's roster). However, in context of XIV, along with the nature of her teammates (Muimui and Love Heart), it looks like she's more than a guest and taking part of canon this time around. The Story Trailer reveals that she appears in a cutscene observing evil spirits flying to a place, then popped up right next to Tung and his students as the true Big Bad showed its face, and in her bio, it's stated that she traveled from the past because there was a disturbance that created a space-time crack.
    • That said, her original appearance in a King of Fighters game (the Game Boy version of '95) was as a bonus character with no tie to any ongoing event in-universe.
  • I Choose to Stay: In her team ending, she decided to stay in the current timeline, while she seemed to pass it like 'taking vacations', most likely it is to prepare for the outcome of Verse's arrival and defeat which might come in the near future, at least until the whole business/arc is wrapped up completely.
  • Hime Cut: As one can tell from the image for profile.
  • Knife Nut: She's armed with a tanto.
  • Mascot: One of SNK's mascots and particularly a Series Mascot for her native series. Enough that she also appears in the earlier promotional image of XIV alongside series' main faces like Kyo, Iori and Mai, as well as new protagonist Shun'ei, in spite of this being her KOF official debut.
  • Nature Heroine: Downplayed in her KOF appearance, but she does nonetheless make it clear that she is a Friend to All Living Things and of course, a Nature Lover.
  • Nature Spirit: Has been this since Samurai Shodown 2, and this is why she appears very youthful for someone from the past.
  • Nice Girl: One of the most kindhearted and virtuous girls in not just KOF-verse, but throughout all of SNK games. Just don't mistake it as a sign of a doormat.
  • Really 245 Years Old: Because she's a Nature Spirit, she still looks like a petite, cute teenage girl even if she's born at 1771. She had to point this out (without mentioning her actual age) to Chin, who mistook her as a normal young lady.
  • Reverse Grip: This is the way she holds her knife.
  • Set Swords to "Stun": This isn't that sort of game so you won't see Nakoruru carving up her foes or any High-Pressure Blood sprays like her native series tends to employ, not that she enjoyed it in the first place, mind you.
  • Shotoclone: She's got a projectile move (Amube Yatoro, with Mamahaha), a Shoryuken (Rera Mutsube) and a rush-forward move (Annu Mutsube).
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Sort of. In her home series, Nakoruru is super serious and dedicated to her mission as nature's protector that she just rarely had times to smile or laugh (except if she's in nature and 'playing' with the animals). In KOF, she's still dedicated to her mission and had times to be serious, but she's somehow flightier and can afford to smile and laugh like a girl of her age, as shown with her interaction with Mui Mui. Not to mention, her status of Fish out of Temporal Water is shown more explicitly she could come off as a little more clueless. Her team's ending also shows her talking rather seriously at first, before suddenly talking cheerfully about vacations.
  • Unexpected Character: Sort of. While a Samurai Shodown character showing up in a King of Fighters game IS a bit of a surprise, she is one of SNK's most popular characters, even appearing in some King of Fighters titles beforehand (Like as a striker for Yuri in 2000 and as an exclusive character for the Game Boy version of '95 and so on).

    Mui Mui - China
  • BIRTHDAY: March 12th
  • HEIGHT: 147cm
  • WEIGHT: Won't tell you.
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type B
  • BIRTHPLACE: China (past)
  • HOBBY: Eating tours
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Nikuman/Meat Buns
  • DISLIKES: Bad Guys
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Foot races
"I'm still descended from dragons! My true power will never lose!"

Voiced by: Namiko Otsu

Protagonist of the Dragon Gal pachislot games. Comes from ancient China and is the last successor of a clan of martial artists that has been gifted with dragon blood. How she ends up in the King of Fighters tournament is currently unknown, but she has a clear goal: to look for certain jewels that contain mysterious power.

  • Anime Chinese Girl: A classic example.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Big Eater: Meat buns, specifically.
  • Commonality Connection: Being themed after Dragons and loving Meat Buns couldn't have ended any other way, SNK had Mui Mui and Kensou have a Special Intro; Mui Mui says this world's Meat Buns aren't as good as the ones in her world, Kensou begs to differ, telling Mui Mui he will take her to a place that serves some really good Meat Buns.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: She's Chinese, but unlike other fighters like Chin, she comes from the distant past era of the country.
  • Grapple Move: Her Doraryutotsu special.
  • Hurricane Kick: Her Ryuusenshu special.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: One of her DMs is the classic beam-style Kamehameha version.
  • She's Got Legs: The designer gave her thick thighs as intended.
  • Summon Magic: Her Climax DM Seinryuutenmei has her summoning a Chinese dragon, then she knocks her foe towards the dragon's mouth.
  • Three-Strike Combo: Her Ryusougeki special is a 3-hit rekka.
  • Unexpected Character: Who honestly expected that a character from a pachislot game, let alone one set in ancient China, would become a playable fighter in a King of Fighters game?
    • That being said, she was the most popular character from SNK's infamous "Pachislot Era", being a fan-favorite of the fans and the staff, and having cameo appearances in pachinko games based off of SNK's other properties.
  • Use Your Head: Her blowback attack is a headbutt.

    Love Heart - Unknown
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Like Airstream Arts
  • BIRTHDAY: Unknown
  • HEIGHT: 170cm
  • WEIGHT: 55kg
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type O
  • BIRTHPLACE: Another World (but it has Sky Pirate there)
  • HOBBY: Knitting, gambling
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: Her father, the Peace Sky Pirates
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Duck Saute
  • DISLIKES: Her Arch-Enemy Falcon
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Lacrosse
"This martial arts competition is more fun than I expected."

Voiced by: Toa Yukinari

Leader of the Peace Sky Pirates from SNK's Sky Love Pachinko games, a group of Sky Pirate defending the peace of the skies, inherited from her father Like Heart. How she ends up joining the King of Fighters tournament is as of yet unknown, but she's not really native to the King of Fighters world.

  • Adapted Out: She's absent from the official manga adaptation, The King of Fighters: A New Beginning. This may be due to Sky Love's acquisition by Highlights Entertainment following SNK's departure from pachislot gaming.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Bystander Syndrome: Her only concern is to just get back to her world, dismissing most of the concerns of this Earth. This is why she's really shocked that Nakoruru declared a vacation.
  • Cool Sword: Pulls out an energy sword out of nowhere to fight.
  • Diving Kick: One of her DMs (Sky Love Arrow) is this.
  • The Leader: Of the Peace Sky Pirates. As of KOF, subverted. Her team is named after the world, but Nakoruru is the official leader.
  • Mistaken for Romance: In the Special Intro she has with Athena, Love Heart seems to think Athena and Kensou are quite close to each other thus asking if they are a couple, Athena says that it isn't like that, they are just good friends, although Athena stutters while answering that; Love Heart finds Kensou similar to Earth, reversing the blushing and stuttering to herself when Athena asks if Love Heart has someone she likes.
  • Not So Above It All: Acts up really brave but occasionally shows a childlike trait.
  • Only Sane Man: She unwittingly becomes one in her team's ending. Nakoruru at first talks rather seriously about the current events and what they're gonna do for the future... and then she decides (with Mui Mui) to go on a trip to see the current world. Love, being more concerned with sorting out things and going back home, is irritated.
  • Ret-Gone: A meta example, as a consequence of SNK selling the rights for Love's series Sky Heart to Highlights Entertainment during 2016 (Highlights Entertainment would close down in 2019), Love hasn't been mentioned or acknowledged by SNK after SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy's release. Furthermore, during 2019, SNK's community manager confirmed that Love had joined K9999 as one of the characters they can't talk about.
  • Shoryuken: 2 of her specials do this; Rush Heart is her dashing forward before doing an uppercut that knocks the foe upwards, while Rising Heart is her jumping upwards with her sword outstretched.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Her Climax DM has her strike through her foe with her light sword.
  • Sky Pirate: If her game of origin's title is not a hint enough, she's a pirate that soars through the sky instead of sailing across the sea. She's also a Type 2 Pirate in that she's the kind of swashbuckling charismatic pirate instead of the ruthless cutthroat ones.
  • Take Up My Sword: Inherited her whole gang (and sword style) from her father.
  • Three-Strike Combo: The EX version of her Peace Slash special has her doing 3 slashes instead of 2.
  • Unexpected Character: The main protagonist of a Pachinko series like Mui Mui, except she's even lesser known. In fact, out of all the members of the Another World Team, she's probably the most obscure. At least Nakoruru and Mui Mui were ensemble darkhorses in their own right. Hell, even Alice makes more sense compared to her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair, to be specific.

Villains Team

    Xanadu - Unknown
  • BIRTHDAY: Unknown
  • HEIGHT: 198cm
  • WEIGHT: 108kg
  • BLOOD TYPE: Unknown
  • BIRTHPLACE: Unknown
  • HOBBY: Fusion
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Proteins
  • DISLIKES: Big Rip
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Air Olympics (intracerebral sports tournament)
"Can you hear it? That apocalyptic timbre…"

Voiced by: Yuji Fujita

Leader of the "villain team" alongside Chang and Choi. He's a legendary criminal that was sealed in an underground jail before the events of the game, and somehow broke out. He has ideas and concepts hard to understand for the average person. Xanadu is considered as the "King of the Underground" by the other prisoners. Will he bring back Chang and Choi to their dark days again?

  • Ax-Crazy: Oh, you'd better believe it. Gives Yamazaki a run for his money.
  • Badass Beard
  • Bald of Awesome / Bald of Evil
  • Bridal Carry: His "The Pleasure" special is a Grapple Move where he does this to his foes (and then rocking them like one would a baby) before slamming them down.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: According to his official profile, "he has ideas and concepts hard to understand for the average person." When one takes a look at his character sheet with likes, dislikes and favorites, it's all a bunch of nonsense and gibberish. He even manages to weird out Chang (himself not being very bright) and Choi in their ending, while also burning the prize check they won in the tournament without even giving an explanation as to why.
  • Cult: All but stated to be the leader of one.
  • Dash Attack: His "The Sorrow" special is him dashing forward while flailing his arms.
  • The Dreaded: He's a legendary criminal imprisoned deep underground who somehow managed to break out.
  • Facial Markings: Has a bindi on his forehead, surrounded by pale white paint.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: His outfit consists of what appears to be an orange prison jumpsuit with an oddly patterned purple and white fur robe over it. It's an outfit that only adds to his strangeness.
  • Gonk: With his greyish skin, long braided beard, face paint, irregularly shaped head, pointy teeth and wild eyes, he almost makes Chang and Choi look normal in comparison.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He's got a rather nasty scar running all the way around his scalp. Being the head of a team of escaped convicts, it falls pretty neatly onto the "evil scars" side.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: He likes giving out seemingly meaningful speeches with hard terms, all of which are nonsense.
  • Laughing Mad: He sometimes lets out crazed laughs during his supers.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: If he crouches for long enough he slowly turns his head to stare at the player.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: One of his specials ("The Rage") is him screaming and knocking his foe off their legs.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His fighting style, or lack thereof, consists of loud screaming and childish tantrums.
  • Red Baron: "The King of the Underground."
  • Scary Teeth: His teeth are filed into points.
  • Shoryuken: His "The Rapture" special is him flailing his arms while leaping up. His "The Satisfaction" DM is its stronger version.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: He has large, glaring eyes with dark circles around them.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: He apparently likes vortexes, so much that at the end of his super "The Wisdom", he starts seeing a massive one appear in front of him while he gleefully shouts, "Tenmei Da!". It's just his imagination and he's on the other side of his opponent.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Unlike Chang and Choi, there's no real method to his madness. He's a crazy brute who pulverizes his foes without prejudice.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or at least, a blue beard.

China Team

    Shun'ei - China
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Hakkyougen'eiken
  • BIRTHDAY: October 10th
  • HEIGHT: 181cm
  • WEIGHT: 72kg
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type O
  • HOBBY: Listening to music
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: His parents' keepsakes.
  • DISLIKES: Bitter things
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: All ballgames
"Don't get up. I don't know if I can hold back anymore."

Voiced by: Takashi Ohara

The new protagonist of this storyline. In his childhood, his parents shunned him because of his strange powers; he then got taken under Tung Fu Rue's wing. Nowadays he decides to take on the challenge of the King of Fighters tournament along with his best friend Meitenkun.

  • Bad Powers, Good People: He commands powers of a demonic nature, it's rumored to be a similar one with those of Verse's.
  • Bishōnen: Par for the course for KOF protagonists.
  • Coat Cape: Wears a black jacket over his shoulders when fighting (that somehow doesn't fall off).
  • Deadly Lunge: His Scarlet Phantom special is him dashing forward with a punch with his red fist. Also his Specter Extension DM.
  • Elemental Powers: His demonic powers possess fire and water.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: His powers manifest as a pair of big floating ethereal hands, one red and one blue.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike every other KOF MC in the history of the franchise, Shun'ei is actually a nice, caring, understanding guy, though he still talks a bit rough. The only KOF champions who measure up are Terry and Ryo, and they still aren't actual KOF MC's. (Seeing as they hail from Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting respectively.)
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Climax move with his demonic powers, which involve man-sized fisticuffs.
  • Shoryuken: His Rising Efreet special, done with his red fist.
  • Video Game Dashing: Can dash in the air with a special move.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair.

    Meitenkun - China
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Hakkyokuminminken (Eight Extremities Sleepy Fist)
  • BIRTHDAY: April 10th
  • HEIGHT: 168kg
  • WEIGHT: 52kg
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type O
  • HOBBY: Going back to sleep for the fifth time
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Tamagoyaki
  • LIKES: Pajamas
  • DISLIKES: Mosquitos
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Short-distance running
"Now I'll brush my teeth and continue my dream..."

Voiced by: Seira Ryu

Meitenkun is a sleepy young fighter who is always seen holding a pillow. Along with Shun'ei, he strove to train under the legendary Master Tung Fu Rue. His fighting style was named Hakkyokuminminken (Eight Extremities Sleepy Fist) by Tung. He conceals enough energy to earn himself the title of Tung's "secret weapon".

  • Anime Hair: He's got unkempt white hair.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His name is Chinese though written in on'yomi; the actual pinyin reading is "Mingtianjun".
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: While he would rather sleep than fight, he's apparently so strong that he always wins his fight with Shun'ei (as mentioned in their special intro). And don't forget how he has a lot of energy.
  • Charged Attack: He's unique among "charge" type characters that, the more you charge to a direction, the stronger his specials become when he launches it.
  • Deadly Lunge: His Sen-Siss Hou special has him leaping forward to punch his foe.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Throws, blocks, and strikes with his pillow. When he throws it he seems to charge it with some kind of ki, at least, but how it protects him or harms his opponents otherwise is anyone's best guess.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Kamehame Hadoken: His Climax DM ends with one.
  • Ki Manipulation: He has lots of energy inside him and he can release them in big bursts.
  • Meaningful Name: His name has the Chinese word for "tomorrow", explaining his sleeping habit.
  • Really Fond of Sleeping: Meitenkun belongs to the protagonist Shun'ei's team. He likes to sleep whenever he can, sometimes during fights even. His hobby is "getting back to sleep for the 5th time", and his fighting style is called "Eight Extremities Sleeping Fist". However, he's a surprisingly strong fighter whom Shun'ei struggles to beat every time they spar.
  • Sleepy Head: His entire theme. One of his DM (Chou Geki Hou) involves a large burst of energy, before he collapses and lays on his pillow afterward. His other DM (Hakuchuu Musou) has him attacking while sleeping.
  • Spam Attack: Kick-based version with his Ressen Kyaku special.
  • Surprisingly Good Chinese: His VA is Chinese born.

South Town Team

    Hein - Germany
  • MODE OF COMBAT: "Gambits"
  • BIRTHDAY: May 22
  • HEIGHT: 185cm
  • WEIGHT: 70kg
  • HOBBY: Handicrafts
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Bienenstich (a type of pastry)
  • DISLIKES: Alcohol
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Motorsports
"You should first learn the proper etiquette to plead for your life."

Voiced by: Naoki Sagawa

Geese Howard's butler and bodyguard who joins him in the King of Fighters tournament. A member of the Howard Connection, he's generally very polite and well spoken, but has a sadistic side.

Women Fighters Team

    Alice Garnet Nakata - United States
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Self-taught Southtown Arts
  • BIRTHDAY: June 16th
  • HEIGHT: 158 cm
  • WEIGHT: 43 kg
  • HOBBY: Dancing
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Bananas
  • DISLIKES: Broccoli
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Basketball
"I plan on getting even stronger, so be ready!"

Voiced by: Akino Hayashi

A new entrant on the Women Fighters team. Originally from a pachislot game called Garou Densetsu [Fatal Fury]: The Legend of the Wild Wolf. She's one of Terry's fans, in which her adoration caused her to emulate his and his team's fighting style, only to find out that she's quite decent at fighting. She is known for her cheerful and somewhat irresponsible personality. She ends up offering herself as the third member of the Women Fighters Team and impressed Mai Shiranui enough to let her in the team.

  • Deadly Lunge: Her Southtown Variation special is a lunging elbow strike just like Andy's Zan'ei Ken. One of its followups is a shoulder lunge, taken from Terry's Power Charge.
    • Her Shadow Dunk DM also starts with Zan'ei Ken.
  • Distaff Counterpart / Expy: She's pretty much a female version of Terry; Rock notes as such in his win quote against her ad happens to be the Women Fighters team's equivalent of him (With Mai being the equivalent of Andy due to using Ninjutsu like him and King being the equivalent of Joe due to using Muay Thai like him) In fact, one could say that she is to the Fatal Fury Team what Shingo was to the Japan team. Given her penchant for copying moves from different Fatal Fury characters, she could also be considered one of Rock.
  • Ditto Fighter: Alice packs a full combination of many moves taken straight out of Fatal Fury characters, some with her own touch; the easily recognizable ones are from Terry, Joe and Andy, but Alice brings Li Xiangfei and Duck King into the fray as well. To wit, one of her desperation moves is almost the same as Rock's Shining Knuckle.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Is actually considered top tier in XIV.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Mythology Gag: Her attacks have coins special effect and sound to them, a reference to her being a pachislot game character.
  • Name's the Same: Alice and Alice Chrysler are pretty much the same character with minor differences, some fans even speculate they are the same person but SNK has never confirmed, insisting Alice is its own character.
    • While its canonicity is arguable, KOF All Stars gives Alice a special link With Kim titled Student, seemingly confirming that she and Alice Chrysler are in fact, the same character.
  • Nice Hat: A black one with "Fatal Fury" on it.
  • Only One Name: She was just "Alice" for years before XIV gave her a full name.
  • Retool: SNK took Alice Chrysler from Fatal Fury, changed her last name and the fact she is a disciple of Kim, gave her an outfit themed after her idol and made her more Fanservice fueled for Pachislots.
  • Shoryuken: Her Tiger Crack special (taken from Joe and Terry). Also her Special Wolf Combination DM.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Speaks in fluent English (though not 100% perfect) and Japanese, Alice doesn’t share Terry’s charming broken English.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Alice Chrysler, an upbeat blondie who is a disciple of Kim and is a huge fan of Terry got replaced (or reimagined as) by Alice Garnet Nakata, an upbeat blondie who styles herself after Terry whom she is a huge fan of.
  • This Is a Drill: She has Terry's Rising Tackle move (a drilling kick), redone as Diving Tackle and part of Special Wolf Combination.
  • Three-Strike Combo: Her Wolf Combination special is a 3-hit rekka that has parts of Joe's Hurricane Upper and Terry's Power Wave. Her Climax DM also hits exactly 3 times.
  • Unexpected Character: Another main character from a pachislot game, though SNK have been pushing her for a while.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She lacks formal training and is prone to throwing herself off balance or getting dizzy after attacks, but she's got enough raw talent that she can fight on even footing with veteran Women Fighters Team members Mai and King. In their pre-fight conversation, Terry jokes that Alice's lack of experience meant that Mai and King had carried the load for the team, pissing her off.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Very short. Her shirt almost covers them entirely when she stands upright.


    Antonov - Russia
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Siberian Golden Fist
  • BIRTHDAY: January 11th
  • HEIGHT: 214cm
  • WEIGHT: 120kg
  • BLOOD TYPE: Type B
  • HOBBY: Watching calming programs (mainly ones involving small animals)
  • FAVORITE FOOD: different every meal
  • LIKES: Pets (dogs, cats, squirrels)
  • DISLIKES: Changes based on surroundings
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Only watches sports
"Completely satisfied the viewers, and delivered a huge victory on top of that. That's why I'm the quintessential king!!"

Voiced by: Moriyuki Hishida

A mysterious billionaire who bought out all the rights to the King Of Fighters tournament. He claims to be the "first champion" of King of Fighters and is hosting the tournament this year.

  • Ambiguously Evil: The director described him as "nice and lovable" so it's ambiguous to see if he's either Affably Evil or a fighting champion who wants to organize the tournament up to his standard. In the Official Invitation team's prologue, he hired Sylvie and Mian as well as Kukri on the spot while turning down other fighters recommended by sponsors because he cares about potential against likes of him instead of looks. Even Team Ikari in their prologue did a background check on him and they find nothing dirty about him. It's ultimately subverted in the story itself. He takes the brunt of the blast from the Big Bad to protect a young boy who idolized him.
  • Badass Back: One of his specials (Gigantic Back) is him lunging forwards back-first, hitting his foe with his whole body. One of his DMs (Tunguska Bomber) also ends with him hitting the foe with his back.
  • Badass Boast: "I AM THE KING OF FIGHTERS!"
  • Badass Normal: Notably the first boss in the series to have no supernatural abilities.
  • Benevolent Boss: He treats his assistant Yakov and the Official Invitation Team very well, even Kukri despite being bad-mouthed by him, and handpicked the 3 Official Invitation Team members because of their ability, rather than corporate ties and sponsorships.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Has quite the personality to match his strength.
  • Carpet of Virility: To the point that it extends from his chest to the back of his arms and even the first joints on his fingers! The guy has body-hair like an orangutan. It's blonde, too, like his head hair.
  • Cigar Chomper: He always has a cigar in his mouth, the only moment he losses his cigar is after successfully landing his Climax super move. And even then he keeps spares inside his champion belt.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Shades of it. Such as how he's moved to tears from watching a kid's cartoon or how he becomes awkward when Sylvie and Mian compliment him. He also apparently loves small animals.
  • Fiction 500: The man not only owns a lot of companies, he also has his own stadium, his own airport, and has bought all of the tournament rights by himself.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: He's so proud and confident on his own abilities that he chooses to face any team by himself.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a towering figure with a brash personality and a lot of power in his punches, but he's a very pleasant guy who, as his profile notes, really likes small animals.
  • Good Counterpart: To Rugal Bernstein. Both are incredibly wealthy marital artists who host the King of Fighters to prove their supremacy, but whereas Rugal is a brutal, sadistic killer with a Faux Affably Evil persona, Antonov is a honorable and a good man, but also a bit rough around the edges.
  • Graceful Loser: Upon his defeat, he's willing to give his champion belt for the winner (before the disaster strikes, that is). He then also says to one of his fans that calls him "Mr. Champion" that he's not a champion anymore.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's got blonde hair and a big heart.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: That's a pretty uniquely wild sideburns he has, matching his spirited personality.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: He's well loved by his fans and the media, for good reason. Ultimately he's the series's most noble subboss since 96's Chizuru, 2001's Original Zero and 2003's Adel.
  • Husky Russkie: He is this in spades!
  • Large and in Charge: He towers most of the fighters in the game, at 214 cm (that's 7 feet).
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's fast and strong, as expected from a SNK Boss.
  • Megaton Punch: More of a kick, but still, one of his DMs (Kamchatka Collapse) is simply a strong upward kick.
  • Meta Twist: From its very beginning the King of Fighters tournament has had a lot history of hosts with ulterior, often sinister motives and/or some connection to the current Arc Villain. Antonov has neither; He's just a completely unrelated rich guy who wants a good fight.
  • Nice Guy: He isn't evil, malicious or mean spirited at all. He's just a bit cocky and extremely loud. He really loves KOF and the spirit of competition, which is why he invests in the tournament. He also throws himself in the way of an attack from Verse to save the life of one of his fans.
  • Red Herring: From what has been gathered from cutscenes, he has absolutely nothing to do with the supernatural air surrounding this year's KOF, and no affiliation with the Final Boss.
  • Shoryuken: His Vertical Macho special is this, done with his whole body.
  • Spiritual Successor: He's one for Wolfgang Krauser. Both are big, strong, tall men who are surprisingly fast, both are tournament organizers (at different points in time), both are a famously rich person, both went shirtless during fight, and both are rather honorable fighters.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He bears a striking resemblance to Duke from the Maximum Impact games.
  • Tempting Fate: He says in one cutscene that there's no way he's gonna be beaten by "some magician who shoots fire from his hands." Played with in that any of your characters may or may not be the guy he described, but nevertheless, he does lose at the end.
  • Tender Tears: He is shown quietly weeping at a sappy movie about a boy and his dog.
  • Title Drop: The aforementioned Badass Boast is also the name of his Leitmotif.
  • Uncle Pennybags: He bought rights to the King Of Fighters tournament for the spirit of competition and treats his employees and fighters alike very well. In the South America Team ending, he even helps Zarina in buying the land for her bird Coco's habitat, and in the Official Invitation Team's ending, he actually pays Mian and Sylvie (and Kukri by extension, but he isn't present) double of what he had initially offered them, both for winning the tournament and beating Verse.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Only when he's in battle. Out of combat, he likes to wear a pretty snazzy button-down dress shirt.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: One of his special attacks is a jumping backslide suplex.

    The Final Boss - SPOILER CHARACTER 

Verse - Unknown
  • BIRTHDAY: ???
  • HEIGHT: ???
  • WEIGHT: ???
  • BLOOD TYPE: ???
  • HOBBY: ???
  • DISLIKES: ???

Voiced by: Yusaku

A mysterious entity that suddenly appears from the sky in the middle of the tournament, causing mass destruction around the arena.

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: According to Nakoruru, Verse personifies the hatred of warriors' lost souls. He is essentially every major character important to KOF's storyline rolled into one, as evidenced when he's defeated and several endings show that he releases the souls of former competitors who are canonically dead, such as Ash Crimson and even Orochi. In some cases, he even has winquotes against certain characters where he speaks as if he were a person they knew. And it's not just present day lost souls, but also distant past figures, as he also recognizes Nakoruru, implying that one of the villains in Samurai Shodown is also thrown in the mix, which is Mizuki.
  • Appropriated Appellation: "Verse" is technically what Heidern names him after a report from Maxima hearing the boss screaming what sounds like "VEEEEEEERSSSSE".
  • Arc Villain: Of XIV. Due to their own personal connection to Verse and standing in the story, the Japan, China, Official Invitation and Another World teams have unique CG cutscenes before the Final Boss fight.
  • Chest Blaster: His Verse Ray DM has him fire a fiery projectile from his chest. His Climax DM also ends with this.
  • Death from Above: His Meteor Verse DM is him raining lots of fiery fists from above. The move can also hit downed opponents.
  • Evil Is Bigger: By far the biggest character in the game, and also serves as the final boss.
  • Enemy Within: To Shun'ei.
  • Evil Laugh: During his win quote against Nakoruru, using the soul of Mizuki.
    "Following me to this world...YOU DISGUST ME...RAKIKI!"
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Floating Limbs: Has a pair of flaming hands above his shoulders that reappear any time they are used for attacks.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Doesn't seem to have much of a personality, instead being a berserk amalgamation of multiple dead characters.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Literally. He has no connection with Antonov as far as cutscenes go and just shows up out of the blue to cause destruction.
  • Glass Cannon: In the 2.0 update he has 950 health rating which is less than average especially for his height when playable but he is still pretty dangerous until the 3.10 update where it is increased to 1000, no longer fitting this trope.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He is an actual demon with similar powers to Shun'ei as Meitenkun noticed. He's also the source of the space-time break which got Nakoruru and the rest of Team Another World involved. It's revealed that he exists because of Ash's Cosmic Retcon, wherein he erased himself from existence by killing Saiki. This caused a disruption in the space-time continuum, creating Verse.
    Nakoruru: Something happened in the past that disrupted both time and space.
  • I Am Legion: As stated above, Verse is an amalgam of lost souls, which include Ash and Orochi. This is indicated by his win quotes against certain characters as lost souls they encountered in their life:
    • Kyo as Orochi
    • Iori as Ash
    • Leona as Gaidel
    • Mature as Rugal
    • K' as Krizalid
    • Sylvie as Igniz
    • Nakoruru as Mizuki
  • Made of Evil/The Power of Hate: He's the embodiment of the rage from departed warriors' souls manifested in corporeal form.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Every other character, even the ones with unrealistic proportions, still appears human. Verse looks like a monster straight out of Dark Souls.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Hate Knuckle special has him do The Slow Walk while his floating fists do the punching. Up to Eleven in his Climax super move, outdoing Shun'ei with hundreds of flaming fists!
  • The Spook: All the answers in his profile contain only question marks.
  • Voice of the Legion
  • Walking Spoiler: His appearance and role in the game leads to a much bigger outcome to the story of KOF from then on especially after his defeat.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: One of his normal throws is a delayed vertical suplex.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: His Stray Scaffold special is him sending one of his hands forward; if it hits, the foe will be encased in an energy bubble and dragged towards Verse.

    Rock Howard - United States
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Street Fighting
  • BIRTHDAY: June 24, 1989
  • HEIGHT: 178 cm (5'10")
  • WEIGHT: 70 kg (154 lbs.)
  • HOBBY: Touring, playing the bass (he can perfectly copy any song he hears once)
  • PERSONAL TREASURES: The hat Terry gave him, his Honda bike that he bought with his earnings
  • FAVORITE FOOD: Jambalaya (but he doesn't like the sausages)
  • DISLIKES: People who boast all the time
  • FORTE IN SPORTS: Street Basketball
"I won't let destiny make me dance its tune!"

Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (Japanese, MI), Yūma Uchida (Japanese, XIV), Ami Koshimizu (The King of Fighters: Destiny, young) Jon Thomas (Maximum Impact, English), Mike Lane (Maximum Impact 2, English)

The only son of Geese Howard. Rock was raised solely by his mother Marie, who cautioned him not to approach his father. Unfortunately, due to the loneliness suffered from Geese's neglect, Marie fell ill and passed away in Rock's care. Sometime later, Terry Bogard took Rock in his care and trained him. When Terry revealed the truth about his father, Rock charged at him in a rage, but got over it. He enters the Maximum Mayhem tournament held by Kain R. Heinlein to get answers regarding his mother, and may or may not have been tricked by Kain into working with him to uncover Geese's secret legacy. In Maximum Impact, Billy Kane is trying to get him to take over Geese's role as ruler of Southtown. Finally makes his main series debut as Downloadable Content in XIV.

  • Brutal Honesty: His other defining trait. This tends to create very awkward situations with female characters.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Rock has nothing but contempt and hate for Geese due to his abandonment resulting in his mother Marie working herself to death.
    That pain you're feeling right now? Mother suffered ten thousand times worse than that!
  • Comic-Book Time: While a young adult in Maximum Impact, Rock is still a child in the series' main timeline and thus unable to participate in any canon installments thus far - until this game, that is.
  • Counter-Attack: Just like old man Geese, he has this in his repertoire, albeit modified to have him retaliate with Terry's Crack Shoot.
  • Continuity Snarl: Averted with XIV, apparently. If he were still a child due to Executive Meddling below, it would have contradicted Tizoc, Gato, B. Jenet, and Hotaru's earlier debuts in the main series (especially Tizoc showing up as the King Of Dinosaurs, along with their more recent cameos in other games' endings) since they would have been much younger as well. His debut seems to have helped their appearances make more sense.
  • Dash Attack: His Hard Edge special, a dashing elbow strike, as well as his Shining Knuckle DM. XIV modifies it; whereas in previous appearances Rock would finish with a Rising Tackle, he tweaks it by doing Terry's Power Dunk; he also does a spin during the uppercut part, making it similar to Alice's Shadow Dunk DM.
  • Ditto Fighter: He has moves taken from both Terry and Geese, with some original moves thrown in like Hard Edge and the Rage Run specials.
  • Downloadable Content: Appears for the first time in main series history as a downloadable character in XIV.
  • Executive Meddling: SNK Playmore's desire to save Rock for the Garou sequel was the only thing keeping Rock from full-on becoming a playable character in the main series... where he's eternally a child of about six or seven years. With his first canon appearance in XIV, the trope has officially been averted.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His Neo Deadly Rave, which becomes his Climax DM in XIV.
  • Oedipus Complex: Towards Geese, of course.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of his parents are dead. Well, supposed to be, anyway.
  • Power Incontinence: Winning a round or match with any of his father's super moves (Raging Storm or Deadly Rave) will result in Rock's right hand suddenly getting engulfed in purple energy, causing him to clench it and reel over in pain. Doubles as Heroic RRoD.
    Why...? My blood is boiling...
  • Raised by Dudes: Rock can function normally in society, but since he grew up surrounded mainly by men, he's flustered by women, hence his shy reaction to B. Jenet and Ninon Beart hitting on him in Maximum Impact 2. This doesn't stop him from helping those in need.
    • As of Regulation A, the only woman he can keep face when talking to is Blue Mary, and that's only as a sort of honorary aunt thanks to her friendship with Terry. His introduction with Mai Shiranui is an humorous example of his lack of understanding regarding women. Realizing their relationship to each other (Rock is Terry's adopted son; Terry is Andy's older brother; Andy is Mai's self-proclaimed fiancé; ergo, making Rock and Mai technically nephew and aunt), Rock addresses Mai as Oba-san, but is cut off with her angrily yelling This Is Unforgivable! several times.
    • Similarly, one of his pre-battle quotes against Vanessa in XIV has him refer to her in a similar manner; Vanessa takes the news a lot more casually than Mai, noting her own age compared to Rock. To be fair to the kid, Vanessa spent the entire conversation flirting with an uncomfortable Rock. He's also a bit too straightforward with Whip, stating outright the heavy dominatrix vibes she gives to her face. While he tries to smooth things over and apologize when Whip is offended, it's too late.
  • Retool: Rock was seen as a child in one of Terry’s intro in 2003 and his team’s ending, come XIV and Rock is as old as he was in Garou despite no passage of years being attributed to XIV’s narrative.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. He's nothing like Geese and is actually a pretty nice guy.
  • Revenge by Proxy: On the receiving end in his pre-fight conversation with Yamazaki in XIV.
  • Shoryuken: The same one as Terry's, Rising Tackle.
  • Shotoclone: He's got a projectile attack (Reppuuken), an anti-air attack (Rising Tackle) and a rush-forward attack (Rage Run and Hard Edge).

    Najd - Saudi Arabia
  • MODE OF COMBAT: Unknown
  • BIRTHDAY: September 24th
  • HEIGHT: 168 cm
  • WEIGHT: Unknown
  • BIRTHPLACE: Saudi Arabia
  • HOBBY: None
  • LIKES: Cosmetics
  • DISLIKES: People who lack courtesy
"I shall judge you myself"

Voiced by: Ayaka Fukuhara

Najd is a very quiet person dressed with an Abaya (traditional Saudi garment) with extraordinary powers. At night, she puts on her Abaya and turns into a vigilante to protect her fellow citizens. In contrast to her mysterious appearance, she is a college student during the day.

  • Arch-Enemy: Seems to have Verse on her sights, having a special intro pose and win quote against him.
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Casting a Shadow: She uses shadows in her attacks.
  • Charged Attack: Retribution of the Unknown is a charged kick.
  • Combat Stilettos: Fights on some pretty elegant looking high heels.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her voice is noticeable deeper compared to the rest of the girls in the cast.
  • Counter-Attack: Her moveset includes two: Vow of Glory for high attacks and The Enduring Dream for lows.
  • Dance Battler: In a similar manner to Chizuru Kagura.
  • Dramatic Wind: During her special intro against Verse.
  • Downloadable Content: She's part of the second DLC Pack.
  • Expy: Without her hood on, she looks a lot like Krizalid, although perhaps unintentionally as her concept artnote  has slightly different features. Gameplay-wise, she has similar moves to Chizuru Kagura.
  • Fangirl: Her winning quotes reveal she's something of a manga buff, and she's more than excited to meet a real ninja when fighting Bandeiras.
    Najd: I've never seen a real ninja before! Just like in the mangas!
    • Amusingly, she can't believe Mai is a ninja thanks to the latter's outfit.
    Najd: No ninja dresses that scantily! Even I know that!
  • Glass Cannon: Able to demolish health bars in a matter of seconds but not very durable.
  • Hypocrite: Shows shades of this during her winning quotes, like calling Kim's concept of justice twisted, despite herself being a vigilante more than willing to kill any criminal she defeats, or complaining about other fighters' use of weapons when she has a Djinn at her command.
  • In the Hood: Wears an Abaya, a traditional Saudi cloak.
  • Justice Will Prevail: She fights to punish the wicked and bring justice to their victims.
    Najd: In the name of bringing justice, I must ease wounded hearts
  • Lady of War: Her general attitude during the fight is that of a dignified lady, better shown on her crouching animation where she looks more like she's lounging than fighting.
  • Mystical High Collar:Her outfit includes one particularly ornate, as seen on her profile image.
  • Mystical White Hair: As can be seen in her profile image.
  • Off with Her Head!: Her climax Scorching Fate ends with Najd pulling this on her opponent.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Her abaya gives off this impression.
  • Sphere of Destruction: She shields herself in the shadows she wields to damage the opponent in one of her SDM.
  • Vigilante Woman: Spends her nights hunting for criminals, seeing herself as the one in charge of judging and punishing them.
    Najd: My name is Najd... And I will judge you.


Yakov - Russia

Voiced by: Kuniyoshi Itoi
He is Antonov's assistant and associate director of the King Of Fighters tournament his boss is organizing. He was the one who helped scout fighters for Antonov's Official Invitation Team who consist of Sylvie, Mian, and Kukri.

  • All There in the Manual: His name first appeared in Kukri's profile whose, according to him, favorite food was pastilla.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: While Antonov isn't an outright jerk towards him, Yakov nevertheless tends to get exasperated by his boss' antics. Though it doesn't help that Yakov does irritate him sometimes, like when he comments on his boss' sensitive nature.
    Antonov: Shut up, associate director.
  • Number Two: To Antonov

Clemence Bellamy - Unknown

Voiced by: Kazuma Otsu
The news reporter for AMBC. He covers the news during the King of Fighters tournament like your typical news reporter.

Two unnamed Antonov fans - Unknown

Voiced by: Rina Shikura (Boy A), Noriko Abe (Boy B)
Two young fans of Antonov, who express their concerns about their idol when he seemingly sacrifices himself to protect them.

Ring Announcer - Unknown

Voiced by: Yuma Yamaguchi
The ring announcer for Antonov's King of Fighters tournament.


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