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Rugal Bernstein
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Profile image of Rugal Bernstein in Capcom vs. SNK 2, illustrated by Kinu Nishimura.
Series The King of Fighters series
SNK Vs. Capcom series
First game The King of Fighters '94 (1994)
Voiced by Toshimitsu Arai (KOF '94-98, Capcom vs. SNK series, KOF 2002: Unlimited Match)[1]
Norio Wakamoto (KOF 2002 )[2]
Banjō Ginga (Dengeki Bunko drama CD)[3]
Fictional information
Birthplace Germany
Fighting style A hybrid of numerous martial art styles he mastered.

Rugal Bernstein (ルガール・バーンシュタイン ?) is a video game character created by SNK. First introduced in The King of Fighters '94, he is a recurring boss in the The King of Fighters series fighting game series. As the host of the tournaments from The King of Fighters '94 and '95, Rugal plans to turn all the competitors from the tournament into stone statues as part of his collection. Despite his death in '95, Rugal is still featured in following The King of Fighters titles which do not contain a storyline (nicknamed "Dream Matches"). He has also been featured in the SNK Vs. Capcom as a boss character.

His character has also appeared in other media related to The King of Fighters franchise, including comics adaptations and will appear in the upcoming The King of Fighters live-action film. As the first boss character from The King of Fighters, the SNK staff created him to be one of the most difficult characters to defeat. His Omega Rugal form from '95 has been noted by the staff to be their favorite boss to the point they added him the Dream Matches titles. Publications for video games and other media have provided praise and criticism for Rugal's character.


Conception and design

The concept for making Rugal in The King of Fighters '94 was to make "the mightiest (most violent) and most evil boss character ever". Despite the difficulties in defeating him, Rugal has become the boss character with the biggest number of appearances in The King of Fighters series as he has been liked by players and developers. Due to the several numbers of times Rugal "dies" in the series, developers have joked with him, adding to his official profile that his hobby is resurrection.[4] Flagship director, Toyohisa Tanabe, states that his fighting style was created to emphasize Rugal's strength as the series' first boss character. He also comments "going a bit overboard" with his Genocide Cutters technique damage ratio in The King of Fighters '94.[5] His Dead-End Screamer special moves was originally a technique in which Rugal breaks the neck of his opponent and crushes it. However, it was seen as lacking drama so it evolved into a move in which he busts his victim's neck, crushes the victim, and then further spins the victim around to do more damage, striking a pose at the end of the move.[4] In The King of Fighters '95 Rugal appears as an enhanced version named Omega Rugal; developers liked him so much that they added him be the boss character from dream matches (video games without storyline) from The King of Fighters as developers comment "He's the only character who truly represents the ultimate KOF boss". His The King of Fighters '98 moveset was noted to be strongest from all the versions Rugal ever had, becoming the favourite boss character from the developers.[6]

Rugal stands 197 cm (6 ft 6 in) hiegh and weighs 103 kg (230 lb).[4] In his first appearance in King of Fighters '94, Rugal is shown wearing red formal clothes and with his right eye covered, having lost it in a previous confrontation. After his initial defeat, Rugal appears in a battle outfit composed of a sleeveless green shirt, but still keep his red pants. In King of Fighters '95 Rugal keeps his formal clothes but when he becomes Omega Rugal, they are destroyed. His body is much bigger in this form, his skin becomes darker while his hair appears gray. From his right eye it appears a red light, and is shown using a prosthetic in his right hand's place. In following games from the series, Rugal's Omega form appears wearing his battle suit from King of Fighters '94.[7][8] In the SNK Vs. Capcom video games, he is featured in his formal clothes in both his common and God form.[9] Original drafts from Rugal showed his character using black glasses and having several wires connected from his chest to his hands. His Omega form appearance had chains along his pants and tattoos on his chest, one of which being a tiger.[10]


In video games

Voiced by Toshimitsu Arai in most titles,[1] Rugal makes his first appearance as the boss character from King of Fighters '94. The plot from the game introduces Rugal as an incredibly rich arms and drugs trafficker who organizes a King of Fighters tournament to reunite the strongest fighters from all the world. Once the player meets Rugal, he will reveal that he wants to turn his victims into stone statues to add them to his collection of fighters. Once defeated by Kyo Kusanagi and his teammates, Rugal self-destructs his ship to kill his opponents, but fails.[11] In King of Fighters '95, Rugal organizes a new King of Fighters tournament to take revenge on Kyo. To this end, Rugal brainwashes Kyo's father, Saisyu, to kill him. After Saisyu is knocked unconscious, Rugal procceds to fight as the boss character, in an enhanced form named Omega Rugal (オメガ・ルガール ?). However, once defeated, he is unable to control his new powers and his body is destroyed.[12][13] Although Rugal is not featured in King of Fighters '96, the new tournament organizer mentions that the man responsible for taking Rugal's right eye and giving him greater power is the game's antagonist, Goenitz.[14]

Since appearing in King of Fighters '95, Omega Rugal has appeared in later SNK-produced titles, serving as the final boss for both King of Fighters '98 and King of Fighters 2002, destroying his ship in the former and disintegrating in the latter when defeated.[15][16] Omega Rugal also appears as a boss character in several other King of Fighters titles, including King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match and King of Fighters: Neowave, with different criteria for the character to appear in each.[17][18][19] In King of Fighters 2000, Rugal appears as a non-playable assistant character (dubbed a "striker") to Kula Diamond.[20] Arai reprises his role as the character's voice actor in each appearance, with the exception of the original King of Fighters 2002 in which the character is voiced by Norio Wakamoto.[2]

In Capcom vs. SNK 2, in addition to his normal form Rugal appears as a new, enhanded version of himself named God Rugal (ゴッド・ルガール ?), serving as an optional final boss. Renamed "Ultimate Rugal" in English localizations, the character is the result of Rugal defeating and absorbing Street Fighter character Akuma's powers.[21] This version of Rugal later appears as a card in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters 2 Expand Edition.[22]

In other media

Aside from the main series, Rugal has also appeared in other media from the King of Fighters series. Rugal appears in the first chapter from the spin-off manga The King of Fighters: Kyo, showing his fight against Kyo Kusanagi from King of Fighters '95.[23] In 1995, the character was voiced by Banjō Ginga in the Dengeki Bunko-produced CD drama The King of Fighters - King of Fighters '94, a retelling of the story from the video games.[3] In the manhua The King of Fighters: Zillion, one of the stories is based on King of Fighters 2002, in which Rugal confronts another lead character from the series, K'.[24] In the upcoming The King of Fighters movie Rugal will be played by Ray Park.[25]

Critical reception

Japanese magazine Gamest ranked Rugal 48th on their list of the top 50 video game characters introduced in 1994, sharing the spot with Chang Koehan.[26] Video games publications have commented on Rugal's character, adding praise and criticism. Retro Gamer praised the character, stating he "rocks hard...harder than [Street Fighter's M. Bison]".[27] praised the introduction of Omega Rugal in KOF '95, noting him to be "one of the most stylish boss designs in fighting history", although players could hate him due to how difficult is to defeat him. However, they mentioned that one of the good points from KOF '96 was the absence of Rugal.[28] Eurogamer reviewer Matt Edwards also commented that Rugal was very hard to defeat and that he started "a trend in the KOF series of notoriously overpowered bosses who are hard to take down".[29] IGN's Jeremy Dunhan praised Rugal, describing how his character developed the new rules for the King of Fighters tournament,[30] and noted the difficulty in defeating Rugal himself.[31]


  1. ^ a b SNK. The King of Fighters '94. (SNK). Neo Geo. Level/area: Credits. (1994)
  2. ^ a b SNK. The King of Fighters 2002. (Eolith). Neo Geo. Level/area: Credits. (2002)
  3. ^ a b (1995) Album notes for Electric Shock CD Library - The King of Fighters '94. MediaWorks (MWCG-0014).
  4. ^ a b c "Rugal Bernstein Official Profile". King of Fighters 10th Anniversary Official Website. Retrieved 2009-03-07.  
  5. ^ Akihiko Ureshino, ed (September 20, 2005) (in Japanese). The King of Fighters Perfect Reader. Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.. ISBN 4-8222-1711-6.  
  6. ^ "Omega Rugal Official Profile". King of Fighters 10th Anniversary Official Website. Retrieved 2009-03-16.  
  7. ^ (in Japanese) The King of Fighters Fighting Evolution 10th. SNK Playmore. December 2004. pp. 80. ISBN 978-4575164312.  
  8. ^ (in Japanese) The King of Fighters Fighting Evolution 10th. SNK Playmore. December 2004. pp. 84. ISBN 978-4575164312.  
  9. ^ "SNK Fighters". Capcom. Archived from the original on 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2009-03-29.  
  10. ^ (in Japanese) The King of Fighters Perfect Art Collection '94-'97. Gamest. 1998. p. 203. ISBN 978-4881994597.  
  11. ^ SNK. The King of Fighters '94. (SNK). Neo Geo. (1994-08-25) "Rugal: I... impossible! How could I lose a battle...!!/Benimaru: We are No. 1! I knew it!/Rugal: Y... yes, indeed... but I haven't really lost yet!! A watery grave awaits you!/Benimaru: Jesus! Let's get away!"
  12. ^ SNK. The King of Fighters '95. (SNK). Neo Geo. (1995-07-25) "Saisyu Heh, Kyo. My power wasn't so great after all. Kill him, Kyo. Avenge me...!/Kyo: Rugal, you slime!/Rugal: Heh, heh. The defeated dog barks loudest! Taste my fury! Wooooo..."
  13. ^ SNK. The King of Fighters '95. (SNK). Neo Geo. (1995-07-25) "Rugal: Even with my new power, I lost. What? My body...????? No... to meet such a fate! But I'll be back... you jerks!"
  14. ^ SNK. The King of Fighters '96. (SNK). Neo Geo. (1996) "Chizuru: You defeated the mighty Rugal. To see your true power, I held this tournament. As I thought, you won. Next I had to test you myself. / Kyo: Why? / Chizuru: Because there's little time left to seal off the Orochi Power. I need your help. I feel him coming! / Kyo: Who? / Chizuru: Kyo Kysanagi, you should know more than anyone. The man who took Rugal's right eye is almost here!!"
  15. ^ "The King of Fighters '98". King of Fighters 10th Anniversary Official Website. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  
  16. ^ "The King of Fighters 2002". King of Fighters 10th Anniversary Official Website. Retrieved 2009-01-29.  
  17. ^ SNK Playmore. The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match. (SNK Playmore). PlayStation 2. Level/area: Special Battle/Stage. (2008)
  18. ^ SNK Playmore. The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match. (SNK Playmore). PlayStation 2. Level/area: Final Stage. (2009)
  19. ^ "The King of Fighters NeoWave Hints & Cheats". GameSpot.;cheats. Retrieved 2009-03-17.  
  20. ^ "Another Striker" (in Japanese). SNK Playmore. Retrieved 2009-03-17.  
  21. ^ Edwards, John; Omar Kendall, Paul Edwards (2001). Capcom Vs. Snk 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 Official Fighter's Guide. Brady Publishing. ISBN 0744000971.  
  22. ^ SNK. SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters 2 Expand Edition. (SNK). Neo Geo Pocket Color. Level/area: Card gallery. (2001-09-13)
  23. ^ Natsumoto, Masato (1996). The King of Fighters Kyo, volume 1. Kodansha. ISBN 978-4063197594.  
  24. ^ "Remembrances of KOF: An Interview with Eiji". King of Fighters 10th Anniversary Official Website. Archived from the original on April 18, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-28.  
  25. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2009-07-11). "King of Fighters Movie Promotional Images". Kotaku. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  
  26. ^ Ishii, Zenji; Pigu (January 1995). "第8回 ゲーメスト大賞". Gamest Magazine (136): 40. Retrieved 2008-12-25.  
  27. ^ Staff (January 2007). "Fists of Flame". Retro Gamer (35): 65.  
  28. ^ "History Of... The King of Fighters, SNK's classic team-based 2D fighting series". UGO Networks. Retrieved 2008-08-13.  
  29. ^ Edwards, Matt (2008-12-10). "The King of Fighters: The Orochi Saga Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2008-08-16.  
  30. ^ Dunhan, Jeremy (2004-10-06). "Fighter's History: King of Fighters '94, page 1". IGN. Retrieved 2009-03-10.  
  31. ^ Dunhan, Jeremy (2004-10-06). "Fighter's History: King of Fighters '94, page 2". IGN. Retrieved 2009-03-10.  

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Rugal Bernstein is a character in the King of Fighters series.


  • "You'll be my best collection." (KOF '94 vs. U.S.A. team)
  • "Justice has never prospered!" (KOF '94 vs. China team)
  • "You'll be the best statues!" (KOF '94 vs. England team)
  • "I'll exhibit you and your dad!" (KOF '94 vs. Japan team)
  • "Is that all of your power?" (KOF '94 vs. Italy team)
  • "Leave Kyokugenryu to me. Die!" (KOF '94 vs. Mexico team)
  • "I found a good addition." (KOF '94 vs. Korea team)
  • "Your family awaits you!" (KOF '94 vs. Brazil team)
  • "I'm more than a god! I'm a superstar! Hah, hah!" (KOF '95 as Omega Rugal)
  • "You never had a chance, blowhard! Good day!" (KOF '95 as Omega Rugal)
  • "Repeat this after me: I will never take on a god again!" (KOF '98)
  • "Done your packing? Your life's journey is over." (KOF '02, winning against an Edit Team)
  • "You call yourselves legendary? Talk about spin..." (KOF '02, winning against the Hungry Wolves Team)
  • "Now that's quite an outfit! I'll add it into my collection." (KOF '02, winning against the Women Fighter's team)
  • "There are some things in this world you just can't betray..." * (KOF '02, winning against the NESTS team)
  • "Act like a guinea pig & be experimented on!" (KOF '02, winning against K's team)
  • "Evil is what makes the world go around. Now do you understand that?" (KOF '02, winning against the Korean team)
  • "Only the crazy are sane in a crazy, mixed-up world!" (KOF '02, winning against Iori's team)
  • "So this is the best you mangy mercenaries can do?" (KOF '02, winning against the Agents team)
  • "Heidern, you will make a monkey of me no more!" (KOF '02, winning against the Ikari team)
  • "Another lucious symphony of bone-crushing sounds!" (Capcom vs. SNK)
  • "How very uninteresting. You are not worthy to join my collection." (Capcom vs. SNK)
  • "A hospital or a cemetery? It is your choice". (Capcom vs. SNK)
  • "I have entered the sanctuary of the Martial Arts gods!" (Capcom vs. SNK 2, as G. Rugal)


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Rugal Bernstein

Game Series King of Fighters series
SNK vs. series
1st Appearance King of Fighters '94
Alter Ego:
Japanese Name: ルガール・バーンシュタイン
Height: 197cm
Weight: 103kg
Blood Type:
Birthdate: February 10
Likes: His evil soul
Dis-Likes: Justice, people who perform selfish evil.
Hobbies: Resurrection
Fighting Style: A Gesamtkunst composite with mastery of all fighting styles.
Special Skill(s):
Voice Actor(s): Norio Wakamoto (King of Fighters 2002), Toshimitsu Arai (all others)
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