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The cast of characters for King of Fighters XI.

The King of Fighters fighting games series, produced by SNK Playmore, contains several characters, some of which are taken from other SNK games. The story takes place in a fictional universe in which an annual series of 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 fighting tournaments are held.

The first game in the series introduces the initial main character of the series, Kyo Kusanagi, a young Japanese fighter who is the heir to a powerful group of martial artists who have pyrokinetic abilities. Kyo fights against the Kusanagi clan's enemies, his rival Iori Yagami, and the demon Orochi and his human followers, among others. The first four games in the series revolve about these fights, while The King of Fighters '99 introduces a new story arc, revolving around K', a clone of Kyo who wants to destroy the mysterious NESTS organization for kidnapping him at an early age and stripping him of his past memories so that they could force him to be a fighter under their control. In The King of Fighters 2003, a new character named Ash Crimson enters the tournament to steal the powers of the clans who sealed Orochi in the past for an unknown reason. A new group of antagonists also appear in the series, known as Those From the Past, who want to obtain Orochi's power for the purpose of giving it to their unknown master.

The main idea from the plot and the characters came from the Yamata no Orochi legend, while there are also several characters in the games that make are parodies or homages to several popular anime, manga and films. Merchandise based on the characters have also been released including action figure and key-chains. The characters have garnered praise from several video game publications for the quality of their designs and movesets. Comments focused on the lack of improvements in some of the characters, but added that the roster is greatly diversed.

Cast creation and influences

The developers of the series claim that their prototype version for KOF was going to be a side-scrolling beat 'em up titled, Survivor. In this version, it would only use core characters from the Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury series, specifically allowing players to play Robert Garcia and Terry Bogard for location testing. However, the idea was quickly abandoned after the debut of Capcom's game with similar gameplay, Final Fight. Since they were attached to the idea of the two series cross-over, they eventually agreed to make their idea into a fighting game. Characters from Ikari Warriors and Psycho Soldier games were also added in spirit of other gaming genres considered for their final product. The concept of a three-man team was one of the ideas kept from the side-scrolling version.[1]

Flagship director, Toyohisa Tanabe, asserts that the Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury fighters were added specifically for adults. The newer KoF characters were aimed to appeal to younger and newer audiences. He adds that every original character for the series is added based on the developers' strong desire to make one. For example, he agreed to include characters such as Benimaru Nikaido and Chang Koehan to add an off-beat variety to the cast, which he previously deemed to be too serious before. Later in the series, their approach to creating their characters altered slightly to also serve as a type of fan service, which he refers to as a collaborative effort between fans and the staff.[2]

Several characters that appear in the series are parodies or homages to either anime, manga, actors, films or television shows that the creators are interested in. Noticeable examples are K9999 and Zero.[2] Characters are sometimes added at the seiyū's convenience or to fill in gaps that occur for each installment's story; this happens with Duck King in The King of Fighters XI and Ryuji Yamazaki in The King of Fighters '97.[3][4] Several characters were added to the roster by Eolith's desire when this company sponsored SNK, to attract fans from Eolith's region.[5]

When designing characters for the first King of Fighters game, developers wanted a new, "snazzy" hero who would easily fight against Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting characters. Late in production, his name was changed to Kyo Kusanagi in order to relate him with the Yamata no Orochi legend, which was used as the idea to the first arc.[6] To continue with the idea of the Orochi plot, the designers several other characters such as Kyo's rival, Iori Yagami to have similar characteristics as the one of Kyo.[7] In The King of Fighters '99, to contrast the previous protagonist of the series, K' was made to be the "dark hero".[8] K's introduction to the series was meant to remove popular characters Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami from the roster though this idea was scrapped in the game's release.[9] Due to the large additions of teenager characters in the series, SNK decided to add several middle-age ones to balance them.[10][11]

Recurring teams

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Japan Team

The Japan Team appears during the first game of the series. Its leader is Kyo Kusanagi (草薙 京 Kusanagi Kyō ?), a high school student who is the heir to the Kusanagi clan, who can use pyrokinetic powers. Once Kyo leaves the Japan Team, it is renamed Benimaru Team by the member Benimaru Nikaido (二階堂 紅丸 Nikaidō Benimaru ?). Benimaru has the ability to create electricity which, due to an exaggerated case of static electricity, causes his straight hair to stand up during fights. He is loosely based on the character Polnareff from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, right down to his outfit in The King of Fighters '94 and The King of Fighters '95. His vocal performance was initially deemed by his original designer to have nothing to do with the character's original image. Due to the particular pitch in his voice and appearance, some fans have voiced question to Benimaru's sexual identity to developers, to which they responded that "he is not what you think."[12] Goro Daimon (大門 五郞 Daimon Gorō ?), a former gold medalist of Judo and a mentor to his own dojo. After the climax of The King of Fighters '97, Goro retires from being a fighter and returns to the Judo circuit representing Japan. He returns as a fighter in his in KOF 2001 and 2003 due to his teammates' requests.[13] His character was created to add a practitioner of Judo to the cast and many elements from his original designs, such as his geta and his victory cries, remained for his final look.[14] Shingo Yabuki (矢吹 真吾 Yabuki Shingo ?) first appears in the 97 as an edit entry, and but in later games he joins the Benimaru Team and the Japan Team. He dreams of being able to wield flames like his idol Kyo, which is stressed to the point of comic relief throughout the series. To follow his character persona, he was also meant to be marketed on a lesser scale of importance for his introduction to the series.[15]

Fatal Fury Team

The Fatal Fury Team is composed by characters from the video game with the same name. The team is initially composed of Terry Bogard: an American fighter who sought to defeat an evil crime lord named Geese Howard in order to avenge the death of his father. Andy Bogard: the younger brother of Terry who uses Shiranui Ninjutsu to fight, and Joe Higashi: a Muay Thai fighter and friend to both Terry and Andy. During the NESTS tournaments, Mai Shiranui, a Shiranui kunoichi, and Blue Mary, a female agent, also enter the team due to the need of having a fourth member during the time. In the 2003 tournament, Andy leaves them to take care of a Shiranui disciple named Hokutomaru, who fell sick and Tizoc, a famous Mexican pro wrestler enters the team to replace him. In The King of Fighters XI, Tizoc and Joe leave the team for their own reasons, enabling Duck King and Kim Kaphwan to replace them in order to help Terry out.

Garou Team

The Garou Team appears only in KOF XI and shows characters that appear in the video game Garou: Mark of the Wolves. The team is composed by Tizoc, a famous pro wrestler, Gato, a powerful martial artist and a female pirate named B. Jenet. Though the members become good friends, Gato decides to leave them after the end of the tournament.

Art of Fighting Team

The Art of Fighting Team is composed of characters from the video game with the same name and most of its member are practitioners of the Kyokugen Karate style. The team is initially composed by the teacher Takuma Sakazaki, his son Ryo, the heir of the dojo and his student Robert Garcia. Takuma's daughter, Yuri only appears in some tournaments since she wants train with the Women Fighters Team, which is exclusively composed of women and sometimes ends in asking King to replace her in the team. Takuma, however, likes this idea and also asks King to stay in the team, wanting her to force the consummation of Ryo and King's still tentative relationship.

Women Fighters Team

The Women Fighters Team is a group composed exclusively by women and christened "The Princesses of Punch." The team is originally composed by the ninja Mai Shiranui, the Muay Thai fighter King and a teenager karate prodigy named Yuri Sakazaki. Throughout the later games of the series, there are several changes in the members of the team, as Yuri is replaced by the heir of the ancient Yata clan Chizuru Kagura and Kasumi Todoh: a young female martial artist who seeks to defeat those who practice Kyokugen karate. In later games, new characters appears due to the new rule of using four members; these include the Chinese-American female martial artist Li Xiangfei:, the sumo fighter Hinako Shijou (四条 雛子 Shijō Hinako ?) and the agent Blue Mary in 2003. In XI, the team is dissolved since the members go to other teams or they have other things to do.

Psycho Soldier Team

The Psycho Soldier Team is a team that specializes in using psychic powers -dubbed by SNK as Psycho Powers. The powers and some members of the team originally belong to a SNK video game Psycho Soldier.[16] The team is composed by Chin Gentsai (鎮元斎), an elderly mentor and master of Psycho Power. He participates with his students throughout the tournaments since 1994 but leaves the competition in 2003 to observe the matter thoroughly, asking K' and Maxima to investigate the tournament in his place for activity.[17] The others members of the team are his students Athena Asamiya: a famous Japanese pop singer, a Chinese teenager named Sie Kensou (椎 拳崇 Shii Kensū ?) and a little Chinese boy named Bao (Chinese: ; Pinyin: Bāo; Japanese: 包 Pao). As Bao trains with them during the time between KOF '97 and KOF '99, Kensou gradually loses his powers until they become obsolete.[18] However, his powers are recovered in KOF XI, causing Ron and Misty seem to take an interest in it, revealing a probable importance of the Dragon Spirit. A young girl who trained with Kensou and Athena, Momoko (桃子 ?), also debuts in the team in The King of Fighters XI She was added into the cast to fit the image of the younger Psycho Soldier team, though developers have expressed discomfort with adding a character as young as her amongst a large group of adults. In addition, Momoko's discipline is capoeira rather than Chinese Martial Arts like her teammates.

Ikari Team

The Ikari Team is a group of mercenaries that enters in each tournament from the series in order to find well-known criminals and capture them. The leader Heidern (ハイデルン Haiderun ?) established the team in order find the criminal Rugal Bernstein so that he could get his revenge against Rugal, who killed his wife Sandra and their daughter Clara. The other two recurring members of the team are the soldiers Clark Still and Ralf Jones, who were originally the player characters in Ikari Warriors and its sequels.[1] Leona (レオナ Reona ?), the adopted daughter of Heidern is introduced in The King of Fighters '96 to replace him. Although she tends to be very quiet, Leona was conceived to be an Orochi descendant by the time of her debut and her designers took special care to let their interests at the time reflect in her actions.[19] Although she recovers from her childhood trauma at the end of KOF '97, she leaves the team after attacking her friends in the Riot of the Blood state at the conclusion of KOF 2003 and tries to regain her focus from within her personal time. Whip (ウィップ Wippu ?) appears in The King of Fighters '99 as the new member to the Ikari team. She is a clone of K''s sister[20] and once worked for NESTS as an assassin. She is eventually assigned to Heidern's mercenary unit for the King of Fighters tournament to investigate NESTS and a mysterious fighter known only as K'.[21] Once she realizes who he is, she reveals their relation to K' and joins him in his objective to destroy the NESTS cartel. After NESTS' downfall, she returns to her duties under Heidern's command. One of her moves depicts her shooting her opponents with a Desert Eagle-like handgun. The firearm is edited from the American release of the games in arcades, but is uncensored in the home release versions.[22]

Korea Team

The Korea team is composed by Tae Kwon Do users. The group is led by Kim Kaphwan, a national hero from his country who forced two criminals to enter his team as part of his "Rehabilitation Project". The criminals are Chang Koehan (Korean: 장거한, Japanese: チャン・コーハン Chan Kōhan), a giant man who uses an iron ball and Choi Bounge (Korean: 최번개, Japanese: チョイ・ボンゲ Choi Bonge), a little person who uses claws to fight based on the famous fictional character Freddy Krueger.[23] During their time with Kim, Chang and Choi befriend each other and scheme many ways of escape, but they eventually mellow out and work with Kim from within his methods of fighting and justice.[24] In the '99 tournament, a new member called Jhun Hoon (Korean: 전훈, Japanese: ジョン・フーン Jon Fūn) enters the team as the fourth member of the group. He has known Kim since childhood and often considers him to be a true rival in his eyes. After seeing Kim's ethics and methods of training, Jhun Hoon decided that he would show him a more "efficient" way of management.[25] In 2001, Jhun breaks his right arm in a car accident while chasing an image of his beloved idol star Athena Asamiya and is replaced by a young girl called May Lee Jinju who admires the group.[26] May Lee's character design stems from sponsor Eolith's desire for a "Korean Athena" that was an "idol-like visual fighter."[5] In The King of Fighters XI, the team takes a break due to Kim entering the tournament as a member of the Fatal Fury Team.

Geese Howard's teams

The villain known as Geese Howard creates several teams in the series due to some of his own desires. In KOF '95, he sends his right-hand man Billy Kane to kill his enemies, the Bogard brothers. Billy allies with Iori Yagami and Eiji Kisaragi to form a Rival Team in the tournament, but once they fail to obtain the victory, Iori brutally attacks them and nearly kills Billy and Eiji from within the process. In The King of Fighters 96, Geese creates the Boss Team, composed by Wolfgang Krauser, Mr. Big and Geese himself. Geese uses both Krauser and Big as pawns in the tournament, hoping to get the power from the Orochi being, while the others only want to prove their strength. As the group disband at the end of KOF '96, Geese sponsors a new group known as the Outlaw Team in the '97 and 2003 tournaments for the same purpose. The team for the '97 tournament is made up of Billy Kane, Blue Mary and Ryuji Yamazaki, though Blue Mary is replaced by Gato in the 2003 tournament.

American Sports Team

The American Sports Team is a group that only appears in the King of Fighters '94 and '98. The team is composed of a former heavyweight boxer named Heavy D!, a cheerful basketball player/martial artist named Lucky Glauber, and an aggressive football player named Brian Battler. The team's only canonical appearance in the series is KOF 1994. They have not been heard from in the later years, though a running gag in the series insists that the members have always received invitations to the later tournaments, only to get beaten up and have them stolen by other fighters.

NESTS Team

The NESTS Team is a group that appears in The King of Fighters 2001, entering in the tournament to eliminate anybody who would try to destroy their organization. The team is composed by Angel, a ditzy yet deadly female fighter. K9999 (pronounced K Four-Nine), a clone from Kyo entirely based on Tetsuo Shima from Akira and is also able to transform his arm into a long tentacle like Tetsuo's. Due to copyright issues, for the The King of Fighters 2002 remake, he was replaced with a similar character. The character is named "Nameless", a clone from both Kyo and K' who uses two types of flames to fight.[27] Kula Diamond, aptly named the "Anti-K" due to her ability of creating ice, and Kula's guardian, Foxy (フォクシー Fokushī ?) are also part of the team. When their boss Zero dies from his battle upon the blimp that takes the winning team to the headquarters of NESTS, Kula and Foxy decide to leave NESTS in order to begin a new life, but the two are attacked by their teammates who consider them traitors upon sight. K9999 and Angel mortally injure Foxy from within the fight and wastes no time in attacking Kula, but when they are about to defeat her, she is rescued by K', whose abilities make them flee in an instant and both K9999 and Angel haven't been heard from since. After the destruction of NESTS, Kula, Foxy, and Diana decide to work together with K', Maxima, and Whip, leading up to Kula joining forces with K' and Maxima in KOF XI after Whip returns to the Ikari Warriors team.

Other characters

Ash Crimson

Ash Crimson (アッシュ・クリムゾン Asshu Kurimuzon ?) is the new protagonist and antagonist for The King of Fighters 2003, in which he makes his first appearance in the series as the leader of the New Hero Team. Ash is designed with the intent of creating an "attractive evil character" with little changes done to him since conception.[28] Falcoon adds that the main goal for Ash was to make him an ambiguous protagonist that purposely makes players "feel bad" for cheering for him.[29] His motives for entering is to take the powers of the descendants of the clans who sealed Orochi away 1,800 years ago, Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami and Chizuru Kagura, for unknown purposes. He is successful thus far, leaving Kyo as the last power he needs to steal.[30][31] Ash is cunning and manipulative, often condescending friend or foe to his whim, and has ambiguous morals in his actions. He often gains his teammates through promises that he can fulfill, though he rarely specifies the means of granting them.[32] Despite seeming frail by appearance, Ash is powerful as he is able to defeat Iori in his Riot of the Blood state seemingly with ease. He also has the unique ability of creating green fire and after defeating Iori he obtains his blue fire.[33] He is voiced by Sōnosuke Nagashiro.[34]

Chizuru Kagura

Chizuru Kagura (神楽 ちづる Kagura Chizuru ?) is a member of the Yata clan that holds one of the three sacred artifacts that originally sealed the serpent monster Orochi 1,800 years ago. As the heiress of the Yata, she is raised as a priestess and maintains the duty of keeping the diligent seal on Orochi intact. One night, a Orochi servant, Goenitz visited their home to and destroys the seal after killing Chizuru's sister, Maki. Ten years afterwards, Chizuru is a very successful and prestigious business woman. She secretly hosts the tournament in 1996 in hopes of entreating Kyo and Iori to help her replace the broken seal. The three of them succeed in their task at the climax of The King of Fighters '97.[35] She hosts another King of Fighters tournament in 2003 with intentions similar to her previous attempt. During the tournament, she is under mind-control by a member from Those From the Past. She creates an illusion of her sister Maki as one of the game's sub-bosses and also creates a clone from Kyo named Kusanagi to test the strength for the tournament's contestants.[36] Eventually, she breaks free from control and tries to restore the seal of Orochi, but Ash steals her powers.[30] She survives the attack but can no longer participate in fights, asking Kyo's disciple Shingo Yabuki to fill her spot in The King of Fighters XI.[37] She is initially voiced by Akiko Saitou, but in 2003 she is replaced by Yukiko Sugawa.[34][38] She is to be played by Françoise Yip in the upcoming The King of Fighters movie.[39]

Duo Lon

Duo Lon (Chinese: 堕瓏; Pinyin: Duòlóng; Japanese: デュオロン Dyuoron) makes his first appearance in The King of Fighters 2003 as a member of the game's Hero Team. His overall look was based on anime title character, Vampire Hunter D.[40] He is a member of the assassin group, the Flying Brigands, -or Hizoku (飛賊 Hizoku ?)- and the half-brother of Xiao Lon. He is an acquaintance of Ash Crimson and Shen Woo. Hoping to hunt down the clan's traitor, Ron, he agrees to enter the tournament with them. However, after discovering Ash's true objectives, he teams up with Elisabeth Blanctorche and Benimaru Nikaido. Information on Duo Lon's design graphy revealed he is one of the nine children of Ron, an assassin who chased after his own father.[41] He is voiced by Tsunehito Maruo.[34]

Eiji Kisaragi

Elisabeth Blanctorche

Elisabeth Blanctorche (エリザベート・ブラントルシュ Erizabēto Burantorushu ?) (spelled "Elisabeth Branctorche" in The King of Fighters XII) is one of three original characters debuting in The King of Fighters XI. Her initial character concept was to be the rival to Ash though developers decided to change her importance into a "leading lady" character. Developers also describe her fighting style as "orthodox with subtle tricks [to it]" despite her minimal moveset.[42] She initially invites Benimaru Nikaido and Duo Lon to France to form the Rival Team. She eventually reveals her acquaintance with Ash Crimson, whom she scolds for seeming to forsake their mission. She is voiced by Kayoko Ooshima.[43]

K'

K' (ケイ・ダッシュ Kei Dasshu ?, pronounced K Dash) is the second protagonist of the games since The King of Fighters '99. He is a young person who lost all his memories when the NESTS syndicate captured him and inserted Kyo Kusanagi's DNA into his body so that he could copy his fire abilities. K', wanting to prove himself in being his own identity, betrays the syndicate and decides to destroy them for using his body and deleting all of his memories. Although he hates fighting tournaments, K' uses the The King of Fighters competition as a way to find those who are associated with NESTS so that he can defeat them in an instant. In his search, he also meets a person named Maxima who has the same purpose and become partners with him. Yuuki Matsuda voices him in Japanese, while Andrew Scott is his English voice actor.[44]

Kula Diamond

Kula Diamond (クーラ・ダイアモンド Kūra Daiamondo ?) first appeares as the sub-boss in The King of Fighters 2000; she enters as a normal participant in her other appearances. Her original hair color is chestnut brown, but it changes to a light blue when she activates her ice powers. She was designed to be the antagonistic foil to K', in an attempt to better develop characteristics of the NESTS cartel. She was specially made with attempts to depict a "14-year-old girl" with "appropriately girlish" gestures with help from newly hired female staff.[45]

She is a being created by NESTS[20] to exterminate the cartel's traitor, K'. Despite the fact that their subject was a mindless puppet with no sign of emotions, the NESTS cartel created an android called Candy Diamond, to monitor Kula's behavior and to ensure that she would accomplish her missions. When Kula destroys the main Zero Cannon, Candy shields her descent from space, sacrificing her body as it is badly burned from Earth's atmosphere. Diana, a former top executive of NESTS acts as the girl's guardian in the series. Kula is often ordered to exterminate other traitors to NESTS but has been known to disobey her orders for the sake of others. After NESTS' destruction, she allies on friendly terms with her target, K' and his companions. Her seiyu is Yumi Kakazu, and her voice actress in English-language adaptations is Kat Cassteneda.

Iori Yagami

Iori Yagami (八神 庵 Yagami Iori ?) is the heir of the Yagami clan, one of the three clans who sealed the Orochi. However, a dark pact with Orochi has left the Yagami clan with a tainted history, causing all of the clan's heirs to die young but granting them the use of purple flames. Iori has an intense hatred for Kyo Kusanagi, the heir to the Kusanagi clan, disregarding their clans past and seeing him as more than just a rival, but as the man whose life he must end. Although, circumstance has sometimes forced the two together as unfriendly allies in the KOF tournaments so that they may fight each other in the aftermath. He is voiced by Kunihiko Yasui, while in some English adaptations he is voiced by Eric Summerer.[44]

Lin

Lin (Chinese: ; Pinyin: Lín; Japanese: 麟 Rin) is one of the new characters introduced in The King of Fighters 2000 as a member of the Benimaru Team. He, along with the Flying Brigands subplot, was created without the entire staff's knowledge, leading to some developers being surprised by his team's ending.[46] Though he is no longer an active member in KOF, his story and character have not been abandoned.[47] He is a member of the assassination group, The Flying Brigands -or Hizoku (飛賊 Hizoku ?) Clan in Japanese- which is apparently on the brink of ruin. He is enticed by the agent Seth to enter the King of Fighters tournament in order to find their clan's missing leader, Ron.[48] After learning that Ron had defected to NESTS for his personal greed, he tracks the activities of NESTS' renegades, K' and his teammates, in hopes of finding his traitorous leader, eventually joining up with K', Maxima, and Whip in the 2001 tournament. He continues to search for Ron even after NESTS' destruction.[49] For an unexplained reason, he appears next to Ron in the Psycho Soldier Team's ending in The King of Fighters XI.[41] He is a master of the Poison Hand technique, which enables the user to turn their own blood into venom. He is voiced by Takaya Kuroda.[50]

Malin

Malin (まりん Marin ?) is a character who debuts in The King of Fighters 2003 as a member of the High School Girls Team (alongside Athena Asamiya and Hinako Shijou). Her addition to the series was made due to Choi's absence in the game of her debut. The game producers state that her name should be spelled as Malin and not Marin, adding that "this is the humble preference of the supervising designer and a mystery to us all".[51] She becomes a member of the Anti-Kyokugenryu Team in The King of Fighters XI due to her animosity towards one of the style's practitioners, Yuri Sakazaki.[52] She is voiced by Kazuyo Inosako.[34]

Vice & Mature

Vice (バイス Baisu ?) and Mature (マチュア Machua ?) appear as members of Iori's Team in The King of Fighters '96. The designers at the time created both Vice and Mature with the image of a "cruel woman" and a "ruthless woman" respectively. Their origin story is mostly based on the notion of Rugal employing secretaries prior to The King of Fighters '96. Aside from serving Rugal, both women were also spies and wielders of Orochi.[53] Both women were unavailable during location testing and were likely finished near the end of the game's production schedule.[54] They are ordered by their superior Goenitz to keep an eye in Iori, but both of them are killed by Iori.[55] Mature is set to be a playable character on the home console version of The King of Fighters XII.[56] Vice and Mature will appear in the upcoming The King of Fighters movie, Vice will be played by Bernice Liu and Monique Ganderton is playing Mature.

Maxima

Maxima (マキシマ Makishima ?) debuts as a member of the Hero Team in The King of Fighters '99. He was added to the cast with the desire to add a "somber and reliable middle-aged character" to counteract the introduction of multiple teenage characters.[11] It's revealed that his game of origin came from the SNK brawler, Robo Army, where he is teamed with a robot named Rocky, who is also his alternate striker in KOF. Maxima was a Canadian soldier who led a normal life until he found out that his comrade-in-arms Rocky was killed in an incident involving NESTS.[57] To avenge Rocky's death, he abandons his ordinary life. To infiltrate the NESTS cartel without being recognized, Maxima was transformed into a cyborg, with strength and reaction time increased to superhuman levels, built-in weapons and the ability to conduct instant data analysis. He also has some degree of cyberpathy. He infiltrates NESTS and is assigned to be the partner to K'. They both defect from the cartel after K' encounters his clone, Krizalid, and grows sickened by the organization. Since then, he has become K's steadfast companion and he is often the one who enters both of them into the following tournaments. He is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi, while his English voice actor is Mike Jarmus.[44]

Oswald

Oswald (オズワルド Ozuwarudo ?) appears in The King of Fighters XI as a member of the game's Hero Team along with Ash Crimson and Shen Woo. He was created under the image of being an older gentleman and is enigma to even the creators. Developers consider his moves to be comical compared to the seriousness of his image, especially the move Joker when it is blocked or misses. They chose to leave the result of his fight with Shen ambiguous, implying that fans would have been disappointed with the outcome.[58] He was originally intended to be the "good-looking glasses" character for the series.[59] It is revealed at the end of the tournament that Oswald joins Ash and Shen Woo to obtain money and drugs named Dragon Pills. Ash agrees to give information regarding the drug to him, explaining that it can only be given to him if he defeats the provider's enemy, Shen Woo.[32] He is voiced by Toshihiro Shigetsuka.[43]

Ramon

Ramon (ラモン ?) makes his first appearance in The King of Fighters 2000 as a member of the game's Hero Team. Ramon is known as the only character to speak Spanish in the game and was created to appeal to the Latin American fanbase and has a fighting style primarily surrounding around Lucha Libre.[60] He is a famous Luchador who is loved by his fans in the wrestling circle known as "El Diablo Amarillo" (The Yellow Devil). He is approached by an agent named Vanessa, who requests in his cooperation with forming a team for The King of Fighters 2000 tournament. Since then, he has a one-sided infatuation with Vanessa.[61] After KOF 2000, he continues to team with Vanessa upon her request, often along with Seth. He is voiced by Eiji Takemoto.[62]

Saisyu Kusanagi

Saisyu Kusanagi (草薙 柴舟 Kusanagi Saishū ?) is a character who debuted in The King of Fighters '94 as a victim in Rugal's gallery of defeated fighters. He appears as a mid-boss in The King of Fighters '95 and becomes playable for the first time on the screen in The King of Fighters '98, although he was selectable in the console versions of KOF '95 as a secret character. He was originally meant to have died in The King of Fighters '94 but was added in at the last minute of developing stages for The King of Fighters '95.[63] He is the previous head of the Kusanagi clan who left his family to face worthy opponents across the globe. After his defeat by Rugal, he is brainwashed by his secretary Vice to fight his son, Kyo. Upon his defeat, he regains his senses and escapes from Rugal's missile silo base.[64] In The King of Fighters 2001, he appears before Shingo Yabuki and spends a year properly teaching him the Kusanagi fighting style. He is voiced by Keiichirou Sakaki.[50] In the upcoming The King of Fighters movie Saisyu will be played by Hiro Kanagawa.[39]

Seth

Seth (セス Sesu ?) makes his first appearance in the series as a Striker in The King of Fighters '99 Evolution. He debuts as a playable character in The King of Fighters 2000 as a member of the Benimaru Team. He was created along with Vanessa, though Seth became the visual model for her. Developers wished to have a character with "the powerful image of a big, dark, middle-aged man with a Mohawk haircut".[65] He was ordered by his superior Ling to enter the King of Fighters tournament to capture the Flying Brigands leader, Ron. To do this, he arranges to work with the Benimaru Team.[48] During the tournament, he learns that Ling is really Zero in disguise and that Ron had joined with NESTS. He continues to investigate Ron's activities as the series progresses.[66] He is voiced by Hidetoshi Nakamura, while in some English adaptations, his voice actor is Glenn Haig.[44]

Shen Woo

Shen Woo (神・武 Pinyin: Shén Wǔ,Japanese: シェン・ウー ?, Shen Ū, meaning Divine Warrior) is one of the members of the Hero Team in The King of Fighters 2003, also composed of Ash Crimson and Duo Lon. He was first conceptualized to be a "wild and sexy man". Due to his fighting style revolving around punches, designers for his fighting style had to create enough distinction in his attacks to avoid confusion with Ralf and Yashiro.[67] What is known is that he was raised in the Chinese city of Shanghai and given the nickname Shen Woo for developing his own, devastating street-fighting boxing style best described as "violent". He soon came to be very feared, and grew to enjoy the thrill of the fight. Eventually, he came to know the enigmatic fighter Ash, who entered Shen Woo, himself, and Duo Lon as the "Hero Team" into the KOF 2003 tournament.[68] At the end of The King of Fighters XI, Ash decides to pit his two teammates against each other by convincing Oswald to defeat Shen Woo for the mention of the "Dragon Pills" made by an unnamed pharmacist in Shanghai, telling Oswald that they will only give the Dragon Pills to someone who could defeat their mortal enemy, Shen Woo.[32] He is voiced by Kouji Suitsu.[34]

Vanessa

Vanessa (ヴァネッサ Vanessa ?) is a character who first debuts as a Striker in The King of Fighters '99 Evolution and becomes playable in The King of Fighters 2000. Like Maxima, she was created as a middle-aged female to contrast the multiple teenage characters in the roster.[10] She is a normal housewife who discreetly serves as a mercenary agent. Working under the orders of commander Ling, Vanessa and fellow agent Seth are commissioned with the job of joining the King of Fighters tournament, held by Ling, to follow the footsteps of the NESTS cartel. The two agents part from one another with Vanessa recruiting prime suspects, K', Maxima, and Ramon to complete their team. Her objective from then on is to observe the activities of the NESTS defectors based on Ling's orders.[69] In The King of Fighters XI together with Blue Mary and Ramon, Vanessa enters the tournament under orders to receive information concerning the broken Orochi seal and the mysterious members of Those From the Past.[70] She is voiced by Kaori Minami.[62]

Boss characters

Rugal Bernstein

Adelheid & Rose

Adelheid (アーデルハイド Āderuhaido ?) (Adel for short) along with his younger sister, Rose (ローズ ?), are the only known children of Rugal Bernstein who reside in an airship called "Sky Noah". Adel is a boss character from The King of Fighters 2003 as well as a secret and mid-boss for The King of Fighters XI.[71] They were added to the series to create an alternate story to the main plot.[72] Despite sharing several physical and fighting traits from his father, Adelheid is an honorable fighter who exhibits good sportsmanship[73] while Rose was developed to be extremely prideful and selfish.[74] In the end of The King of Fighters XI, Rose is manipulated by a member from the mysterious organization Those From the Past to use her in their plans.

Orochi

Orochi (オロチ Orochi ?) is the final boss of The King of Fighters '97. His character origin is another interpretation of the mythical eight headed serpent, Yamata no Orochi. In the KOF series, he is a chthonic supernatural being that regards itself as executing the will of Gaea. He does not regard humanity as trustworthy with regard to coexisting with the planet without ravaging it and so seeks to extinguish it. He was sealed 1,800 years ago by the three sacred treasures of Japan. The three clans' descendants are charged with protecting the seal over it. In KOF '97, his spirit possesses Chris (A herald of Orochi) to fight in the mortal realm.[75] He is sealed again at the end of the '97 tournament by the three descendants of the users of the three sacred treasures, but the seal surrounding is broken in recent games by the demon Mukai.[35][76] A clone of Orochi appears as a boss in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum named Mizuchi.

Hakkesshu

Several members from Hakkeshu.

The Hakkesshu (Orochi Hakketsushū (オロチ八傑集 ?) in the Japanese version) is a group formed by the eight most powerful followers of the creature Orochi. The four top members are referred to as "Kings".[77] Gaidel, the biological father of Leona was also a member of the group, but when he refused Goenitz's offer to continue Orochi's will, Goenitz had manipulated his daughter into killing him and the rest of her fellow villagers. The criminal Ryuji Yamazaki is part of the group, but does not want to get involved with them.

New Faces Team

The New Faces Team is a group from KOF '97. They are three of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi and the group is composed of a young boy named Chris (クリス Kurisu ?), a beautiful but shady woman named Shermie (シェルミー Sherumī ?) and a guitar player named Yashiro Nanakase (七枷 社 Nanakase Yashiro ?). They initially enter due to Yashiro's grudge against Iori and his own band, but as the tournament progresses, the Orochi blood inside their bodies soon awaken, causing them to remember their status as three of the "Four Heavenly Kings". As loyal members of Orochi, they continue to gather power for the awakening until they are forced to kill themselves in order to resurrect Orochi through Chris' body, a concept that began early in the game's production.[78] Using the Orochi power, they are stated as the Hero Team counterparts since they have their same abilities, in which Chris is able create flames like Kyo Kusanagi, Shermie creates lightning like Benimaru Nikaido and Yashiro has an enormous strength like Goro Daimon.

Goenitz

Goenitz (ゲーニッツ Gēnittsu ?) is one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi, with the power to command wind. Despite being an evil villain, Goenitz has a very polite personality, which is reflected in his winning poses and his elegant, somewhat flowery speech. Even though influenced by Orochi, he sports the same "messiah" attitude that aspires to bring about "salvation", expected from people of religious occupations. During the 1996 tournament, Goenitz discovers that Chizuru Kagura plans to gather warriors to seal Orochi and heads there to stop her. Depending on the playable characters, Goenitz can be killed by Iori Yagami and Kyo Kusanagi, sealed by Chizuru, or commits suicide in the end of 96.[79] He is voiced by Yoshinori Shima.[38]

NESTS

NESTS is a mysterious and dangerous cartel that is involved in the events behind the KOF tournaments that's held between 1999-2001. They are responsible for the creation of the Kyo Kusanagi clones and K'. The group is composed of several agents who have different aims, but they all want to become more powerful. The cartel is destroyed with the death of their leader Igniz.

Krizalid

Krizalid (クリザリッド Kurizariddo ?) acts as the mid and final boss of The King of Fighters '99. He was designed to be a stylish and earnestly strong boss, though the supervising designer at the time admits, "I think I overdid it a little."[80] He is made to be the Ultimate Kyo clone, outfitted with a special suit to feed the data of fighters into his body during battle. He also happens to be a clone of K'. As a side effect, he gained some of K's memories and believed that Whip was his sister. He is ordered to activate the thousands of Kyo clones around the world so that they can attack in a simulatenous strike. After his defeat against K', his superior, Zero neutralizes the Kyo clones and kills Krizalid by throwing a boulder to crush him. He is revived later by the original Zero and fights along side him in the 2001 tournament. He is voiced by Yoshiyuki Iwamoto.[81]

Zero

Zero (ゼロ ?) is one of the higher-ranked agents of "NESTS". The designer, C.A.C Yamasaki, admits basing Zero off a certain character from the manga Fist of the North Star.[82] He begins to secretly build his own weapon from NESTS' technology called the "Zero Cannon", setting it to operate. He sets his plans into motion in The King of Fighters 2000. There, he impersonates a military commander named Ling and uses his persona as a decoy to stop the military resistance against him. Depending on the actions of the player, his plans are foiled by either Heidern or Kula, who is sent to execute him for his treacherous acts.

However, the Zero in The King of Fighters 2000 is revealed to be a clone from the Original Zero (ゼロ(オリジナル) Zero (Orijinaru ?), who appears as a sub-boss in The King of Fighters 2001. He was created because the supervising designer to his character claimed to be dissatisfied with Zero's design in 2000.[83] Unlike his clone, Zero is extremely loyal to the NESTS syndicate and was disgusted to learn of his clone's attempted coup d'état. Willing to clear his reputation of his clone's actions, Zero is commanded to destroy the winners of The King of Fighters tournament. He traps the winning team in a space ship that was disguised as a blimp. When he is defeated, he urges the team to escape the collapsing ship and dies on board the vessel. The original Zero is voiced by Toshimitsu Arai, while the clone is voiced by Kinta Futogane.[50][84]

Igniz

Igniz (イグニス Igunisu ?) is the final boss in The King of Fighters 2001. His handsome and youthful appearance was specifically created at the sponsors' request.[85] Igniz becomes the leader of NESTS after he killed his father years ago in a surprising move. After the events of the '99 and 2000 tournaments, Igniz decides to hosts the KOF 2001 tournament in hopes of becoming a new god, deciding to test his newly-acquired power against the finalists. His hopes are short-lived however when even after he easily defeats K''s team, Igniz is defeated by the combined effort of Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami. Cursing his failure and declaring himself a demon instead, Igniz attempts to destroy the planet by plummeting NESTS' main headquarters out of orbit, though it fails and Igniz dies from within the process. He is voiced by Norio Wakamoto.[84]

Ron

Ron (Chinese: ; Pinyin: Lóng; Japanese: 龍(ロン) Ron) is first introduced as a sub-plot character in The King of Fighters 2000. He later appears as a Striker for the Zero in The King of Fighters 2001. Though he is not playable in the series, he serves as an important side-story character. According to his official profile, his main objective is to have the ability to manipulate the dead.[47] He is the former leader to an elite assassination group known as the Flying Brigands -or Hizoku (飛賊 Hizoku ?) Clan in Japanese- and the father to a number of their members, including Duo Lon and Xiao Lon. He betrayed the Flying Brigands by joining NESTS for personal gain, labeling himself as a traitor by many of the group's members, including Lin, his former pupil. After NESTS's destruction, he reveals his great interest in a mysterious power shared by Sie Kensou and Bao known as the Dragon Spirit. He is voiced by Takaya Kuroda.[84]

Those From the Past

Those From the Past (遙けし彼の地より出る者たち Harukeshi Ka no Chi yori Izuru Monotachi ?) is a new group of antagonists that appear in the 2003 tournament. They are mysterious and supposedly inhuman warriors who want to get the power of the Orochi so that they can give it to their shrouded master.

Mukai

Mukai (ムカイ ?, also written as 無界) is the final boss in King of Fighters 2003. His appearance was designed with the concept of petrification in mind. He makes a prompt appearance in the King of Fighters 2003 tournament seeking strong opponents and to test his strength. It is also strongly implied he is somehow connected to the Orochi bloodline and the wills. He speaks in very pious, grandiose declarations, but appears to have a cautious attitude toward the potential of humans. Mukai reveals that his group had organized the 2003 KOF tournament so that they could break the Orochi seal and give its power to the group's unknown leader. Mukai wanted to battle against winning team of the tournament, seeing if they have what it takes to survive in "the new age". However, Mukai is defeated but manages to escape. Mukai's primary power is his control over many things related to stone. He can form stone, either in crude rocks to chuck at foes, or elaborate pillars to crush them with. He is voiced by Toshihiro Shigetsuka.[34]

Shion

Shion (紫苑 Shion ?) makes his first appearance in The King of Fighters XI as a sub-boss. She was conceptually designed to be one of Ron's daughters[86] though developers decided to change his gender (maybe) to startle and appeal to fans with his androgynous appearance.[59] Shion is an enigmatic character who's past is unknown. He works as an underling for the demon Magaki and seems knowledgeable about the workings of Orochi. After being defeated at the ruins of the tournament finals, he is dragged through an extradimensional gate and seemingly killed. However, after Magaki is defeated at the end of the tournament, Shion's spear is hurled through a gate Magaki created and goes through his chest, killing him instantly. He is voiced by Jidai Ogawa.[43]

Magaki

Magaki (禍忌 ?) is the new boss of KOF XI. Nothing is known about the fighter Magaki, save that he hosts The King of Fighters tournament. Like his partner, Mukai, Magaki wants to awake Orochi and give Orochi's powers to his own master. He also shows even less respect for humans in general, believing them to have little-to-no potential, and being weak overall. He also seems to have very little tolerance for not getting what he wants from others. Like Mukai before him, after he was defeated he stood up, apparently unscathed, and after commenting that perhaps it was more than spirit that was needed to awaken Orochi, made his exit into another realm. However as he finally realizes the error in his plan, he is killed by Shion's spear, hurled from the dimensional rift he was escaping from. He is voiced by Spicy Yagi.[43]

Reception

The characters from The King of Fighters series have had praise and criticism by several video game reviewers. Eurogamer commented that the series has a well varied cast of selectable characters since there are characters from other games that the fans will like to play with as well as they praised them to have unpredictable appearances.[87] IGN agreed with this and commented that every character has their unique moves and praised their visuals even though they mentioned they have old 2D designs. However they criticized the difficulty to learn to use their special moves.[88] In reviews for the first game, IGN has praised the main character Kyo Kusanagi to be one of the most enjoyable characters to play with remarking his dynamism and movesets.[89] GameSpot also praised the characters designs to shine through, resulting in a cast of characters that's diverse and not plentiful.[90] In other reviews, they complained about the lack of improvements in their movesets in some games and also mentioned that some techniques were simply removed. They also noted that while new characters introduced in some games are interesting, they do not have the same impact as other ones.[91] 1UP.com labelled the characters from the series as one of the best creations of SNK, claiming that their appearances and quotes are all "cool" although they commented some of the storylines are "nonsense".[92] GameSpy has criticized the abilities of the bosses character "as stupid-hard", commenting that it could take a lot to a player to defeat them.[93] GameSpot also complained about the boss character Krizalid in The King of Fighters '99 to have one of the most ugly designs and to be overpowerful.[91]

The characters designs in the Maximum Impact have been highly praised by IGN, for giving them good detailed faces, interactions with backgrounds where the characters and that someones make good fanservice. However, they complained about the lack of bloody scenes of some characters that are normally violent and how irregular are the English voice actors in the game.[94] Gamezone added that some characters still remain their unique fighting style but complained about the lack of individualized endings and commented that some of their attacks have less style in 3D.[95] GameSpot also added that the English voices lacked originality but commented that their faces and new outfits were well done.[96]

Several types of merchandise have been produced based on the likeness of the characters in the The King of Fighters series. Merchandise includes action figures, puzzles, key-chains and pins.[97][98][99][100] Many characters are also featured on posters, wallpapers, and trading cards.[101][102]

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Kula Diamond


Kula in KOF:Maximum Impact 2

Information
Game Series King of Fighters series
1st Appearance The King of Fighters 2000
Alias:
Alter Ego:
Japanese Name: Kūra Daiamondo
Status:
Affiliation:
Occupation:
Position:
Rank:
Nationality:
Species Human
Age: 14
Height: 169cm
Weight: 48kg
Gender: Female
Blood Type:
Birthdate: May 29,1986
Birthplace: Uknown
Likes: Candy, Strawberry sorbet, Sweet, Skating
Dis-Likes: Crows of people and Blaze
Hobbies: Collecting some parts for amending "Candy"
Family: Sister, Candy Diamond
Home:
Power:
Fighting Style: Anti-K' Arts
Weapon(s):
Skill(s):
Special Skill(s):
Creator(s):
Voice Actor(s): Yumi Kakazu (JP)
Kat Cassteneda(EN)
Trademark:
Notes:

Kula Diamond (クーラ・ダイアモンド, Kūra Daiamondo?) first appeares as the sub-boss in The King of Fighters 2000; she enters as a normal participant in her other appearances. Her original hair color is chestnut brown, but it changes to a light blue when she activates her ice powers. She was designed to be the antagonistic foil to K', in an attempt to better develop characteristics of the NESTS cartel. She was specially made with attempts to depict a "14-year-old girl" with "appropriately girlish" gestures with help from newly hired female staff.

She is a being created by NESTS to exterminate the cartel's traitor, K'. Despite the fact that their subject was a mindless puppet with no sign of emotions, the NESTS cartel created an android called Candy Diamond to monitor Kula's behavior and to ensure that she would accomplish her missions. When Kula destroys the main Zero Cannon, Candy shields her descent from space, sacrificing her body as it is badly burned from Earth's atmosphere. Diana, a former top executive of NESTS acts as the girl's guardian in the series. Kula is often ordered to exterminate other traitors to NESTS but has been known to disobey her orders for the sake of others. After NESTS' destruction, she allies on friendly terms with her target, K' and his companions. Her seiyu is Yumi Kakazu, and her voice actress in English-language adaptations is Kat Cassteneda.

The King of Fighters series
Main series
The King of Fighters '94 | The King of Fighters '95 | The King of Fighters '96 | The King of Fighters '97 | The King of Fighters '98 | The King of Fighters '99 | The King of Fighters 2000 | The King of Fighters 2001 | The King of Fighters 2002 | The King of Fighters 2003 |The King of Fighters XI
Maximum Impact
Maximum Impact | Maximum Impact 2
Spin-Offs, Updates & Compilations
The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood | The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood | Neowave| The King of Fighters R-1 | The King of Fighters R-2 | The King of Fighters Kyo | Compilations/Updates | The King of Fighters: Another Day
Characters
Adelheid Bernstein - Alba Meira - Andy Bogard - Angel - Ash Crimson - Athena Asamiya - Bao - Benimaru Nikaido - Billy Kane - Blue Mary - Bonne Jenet - Brian Battler - Chae Lim - Chang Koehan - Chin Gentsai - Chizuru Kagura - Choi Bounge - Chris - Clark Steel - Duck King - Duo Lon - Eiji Kisaragi - Elisabeth Blanctorche - Foxy - Gai Tendo - Gato - Geese Howard - Goenitz - Goro Daimon - Heavy D! - Heidern - Hinako Shijou - Hotaru Futaba - Igniz - Iori Yagami - Jhun Hoon - Joe Higashi - Jun Kagami - K' - K9999 - Kasumi Todoh - Kim Kaphwan - King - Krizalid - Kula Diamond - Kyo Kusanagi - Kyo Kusanagi 1 - Kyo Kusanagi 2 - Kusanagi (Cloned Kyo) - Leona Heidern - Lien Neville - Lin - Li Xiangfei - Lucky Glauber - Luise Meyrink - Magaki - Mai Shiranui - Maki Kagura - Malin - Mature - Maxima - May Lee - Mignon Beart - Miu Kurosaki - Moe Habana - Momoko - Mr. Big - Mukai - Nagase - Ninon Beart - Orochi - Oswald - Ralf Jones - Ramon - Reiji Oogami - Robert Garcia - Ron - Rugal Bernstein - Ryo Sakazaki - Ryuji Yamazaki - Saisyu Kusanagi - Seth - Shen Woo - Shermie - Shingo Yabuki - Shion - Sie Kensou - Sinobu Amou - Soiree Meira - Takuma Sakazaki - Terry Bogard - Tizoc - Vanessa - Vice - Whip - Wolfgang Krauser - Yashiro Nanakase - Yuki - Yuri Sakazaki - Clone Zero - Original Zero
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