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    Story Guide by KLantis

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    (by Kailu Lantis)
    	Greetings, and welcome to the cronology of the events that have occured in
    the legendary King of Fighters tournament. This document has been recorded up to
    April 1, 2002, only months after the conclusion of the seventh tournament that
    introduced the team battle mode. This goes way back to the year of 1994, but the
    story of the tournament goes way more back than that. However, I shall cover the
    events that have occured ever since, and the present situation in the
    tournament. The King of Fighters '98 event is not covered, since it has no
    official link with the main storyline (as well as the KOF R-1/R-2 games, as they
    are basically the retelling of some KOF games), but there are some interesting
    features in it, which I will mention in the right moment...
    	First, let me state that, behind the glamour and glimmer of the
    tournament, lies true carnage and passion. The fights in the event not only
    represents advancing, winning positions, and earning a lot of money out of it.
    It also involves honor, glory, fame, and even taking care of several grudges,
    personal vendettas, or longtime rivalries between families. The warrior must
    dedicate their mind, body, soul, even their very lives into perfecting their
    skills, to overcome all obstacles and come out a winner at the end. However, if
    he/she doesn't rely on their partners, defeat is not only a choice, but a
    reality. That is why, as of late, some fighters have decided to enter the
    tournament alone, since they feel they have no need for partners to aid them.
    However, this is also a proof of true courage, strength, and determination.
    	I haven't had this experience yet, but after watching so many cases
    (especially Kao Megura), I want to avoid misinterpretations:
    	This FAQ is created for public use, and intends to inform people about the
    story of the King of Fighters series. This FAQ is NOT to be sold in any way
    possible, nor can it be published in any page or printed media (aka those lazy
    bums at EGM and such) without the permission of yours truly. This FAQ does NOT
    include gameplay info, so if you're looking for strategies, combos, or the like,
    go take a look elsewhere. If these rules are not applied, I will be tempted to
    send the messengers of the Orochi down to your quarters, and you'll be wishing
    that you had kissed that girl/boy you had this terrible crush, or punch your
    chemistry teacher's face, or what not.
    	The King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, and Art of Fighting series are
    registered trademarks of SNK Corporation (for now!). The info contained in this
    document contains mostly real data that I've extracted from the SNK sources
    (drama CDs, SNK home page) and the endings. Of course, there is also made-up
    info made to tie loose ends (which, at the end, always works and can be hardly
    denied). Obviously, you can tell where they are (the final battles, for
    example). This was put in because some people think I'm making fool out of
    people, especially some certain lousy URL whore Brit whose name begins with G
    and ends with unsmith. Yeah, that guy actually put in his page that some info on
    my FAQ was made up. Look, I'm not ashamed! Wanna pick a fight? >:)
    1.-The Beginning
    2.-The Evolution
    3.-The Chaos
    4.-The Resurrection
    5.-The City of Sins
    6.-The Downfall
    7.-The Fighters of Legend
    	Now, let me begin with has happened before the team battle mode was
    introduced back in 1994.
    	Southtown. A city overflown with industrial activity, and most of all,
    well known for it's passionate nightlife, and the interesting fights that take
    place in the innards of the small city. Because, basically, that is the
    lifestream that feeds the veins of Southtown: Fighting has stopped being a hobby
    to become a way of life, a way to survive in a town gone mad. Even if you chose
    anotehr path, ultimately, your life will sooner or later head you to the battle
    arena. This reflects, in summary, the violent nature of the citizens of
    Southtown. However, this has been more evident ever since the arrival of a
    mysterious man named Geese Howard.
    	Geese Howard soon established himself as the most powerful man in
    Southtown, thanks to his illegal operations in gun and drug dealing. His
    personal wealth became far beyond anybody could ever imagine, even surpassing
    that of the mayor of Southtown. Even though he was not the mayor of the city,
    Geese began to insert the flow of corruption and fear in the hearts of
    Southtown's policy. It has reached such high levels, that the police barely does
    something about it. Not only have they been paid well to keep their mouth shut,
    they also fear for their very lives. People in Southtown were no different.
    Geese's illegal operations couldn't be stopped in any way. And even if they
    tried, they would soon be violently rejected by Geese's forces. But Geese was
    not a man who needed personal protection all day. Geese himself is a master in
    the Hakkyokuseiken school of martial arts, and his strength is so terrible that
    no one had survived while facing him. Wielding an incredible power at his hands.
    Geese ruled Southtown with an iron fist, indeed.
    	However, to keep himself entretained and to eliminate any possible
    opposition, Geese created the "King of Fighters" tournament. The competition
    involved having a group of fighters fight among themselves the prove who is
    truly the most powerful, and the one with the right to challenge Geese in the
    championship match. However, nobody has ever reached him, since Geese placed as
    his number one contendant his own personal bodyguard: pole master, Billy Kane,
    from England. His ability with the stick was so admirable, he made short work
    out of anyone who challenged him. That was why Geese almost never fought
    anybody. Until one faithful day...
    	On the outbreak of yet another tournament, new contenders came in. It
    seemed practically normal, except for one thing: a certain pair of brothers who
    came in to make things harder for Geese and his men. And it was quite obvious,
    considering that their father, another great Hakkyokuseiken master named Jeff
    Bogard, was killed by Geese since Jeff was alywas a better student and stronger
    fighter than Geese. That's why Geese eliminated him as any possible threat to
    his grip on the city. However, Jeff's two sons, Terry Bogard and Andy Bogard,
    along with their friend, Japanese kickboxer Joe Higashi, had come to exact
    revenge from Geese, and this time, Geese's championship was put in serious
    jepordy, even more notable by their incredible easiness in winning their
    battles, and even in smashing Billy Kane. Geese saw in this the perfect
    opportunity to squish the worms. However, he was surprised by the incredible
    strength of the elder brother, Terry Bogard. He used all the techniques his
    father had used, but he had a certain something that separated him from Jeff:
    the fact that he actually enjoyed fighting and in defeating stronger opponents.
    Geese wasn't expecting so much enthusiasm out of a man, and he was even more
    surprised by the fact that he also knew a few more tricks. In his agony of
    defeat, Geese was knocked out of the window on the top of his tower where he and
    Terry were fighting. Geese was presumed dead afterwards.
    	A year later after Geese's defeat, the world was shuddered when a man by
    the name of Wolfgang Krauser took the role of the tournament and increased it
    from a local stage to a worldwide stage. Krauser was a German noblesman, but his
    fighting skills, extracted from the Strolheim boodline, were devastating and
    ruthless. His strength was many times more bigger than Geese's, and his skills
    were twice as deadly. Krauser began a intensive search of the man who defeated
    Geese Howard, but not precisely to take revenge, but to challenge him, as
    Krauser enjoyed having a little fun with men inferior to him. So, as the
    tournament was taking place in several parts of the world, Krauser himself began
    his own streak in smashing reknown fighters around the world, making more and
    more evident his power to the world. Once again, the Lonely Wolves (as the trio
    formed by Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, and Joe Higashi was later known as) took on
    the challenge of Krauser, but they were no longer alone in their battle. Five
    other warriors from around the globe gathered to compete for the right to face
    Krauser in the last, fateful battle. Once again, Terry managed to reach the
    finals, passing through such tough opponents like the ex-heavyweight boxing
    champion Axel Hawk, and Krauser's right-hand man, the Spanish bullfighter
    Lawrence Blood.
    	Once again, a fatal battle was about to begin. Terry and Krauser engaged
    in a legendary battle, indeed. Both had finesse, skills, and the enjoyment of
    battle in their souls. It was the clash of two inmense powers. However, Terry
    had learned a lot from his previous battles, and gained enough experience, thus
    which Krauser did not gain in his previous encounters with other fighters. So
    while Krauser was only goofing around, Terry actually learned something from his
    previous opponents. Taking a new air, Terry used his ultimate techniques, and
    managed to defeat Krauser. Thus, the second King of Fighters tournament ended,
    and as last year, it was unknown who would take the tournament in his/her own
    hands. Until...
    	1994. The modern age is now in it's total fulfillment. The world has
    suffered various changes, and technology has advanced as well. However, in the
    fighting world, a more dramatic outbreak was to take place...
    	This year, the man known as Rugal Bernstein began to make waves in the
    world. His reputation as a black market leader and expert in weapon and drug
    trafficing were unsurpassed, and known by many as one of the more wealthy men in
    the world. Aboard the Blacknoah, his private air carrier, from where he receives
    and delivers his stocks, Rugal cruised the seas of the world, without being able
    to be stopped by the world governments. And not only was Rugal feared and
    respected in the crime world. He was also known to be quite a formidable
    fighter, and it is known that anybody who has faced him aboard the Blacknoah,
    has not escaped alive.
    	Rugal, bored by the lack of competition, had an ominous idea. He ordered
    one of his personal secretaries, Mature, to go around the world, and give eight
    invitations to certain people around the world. These invitations were enclosed
    in white envelopes, with red seals marked the "Rugal" sign. He was to retake the
    old King of Fighters tournament, and take it in his own hands. However, he was
    going to create some new rules this year. Instead of one-on-one fights, the new
    competition system was to include battles between teams of three people. Fights
    will take place between these teams, in a tag-team fashion. If one of the
    members were to be defeated by one of the other team's members, the next member
    will come in to fight the winner, and will go on until all three members of one
    team would be defeated. However, before the tournament was to be commenced, a
    man stood before Rugal...ready to fight him to the end and finish his stupid
    ambition. Of course, Rugal was not the one to be intimidated...
    	Days later, the new King of Fighters tournament began. Eight teams had
    entered, representing eight different countries. Japan, with the newest breed of
    Asian heroes. Italy, having no other than the legendary Lonely Wolves. Mexico,
    showing the power of Kyokugenryo Karate. Brazil, represented by Ikari
    mercenaries. China, combining both old and new generations. Korea, sporting some
    weird combination of justice and crime. England, the only all-female team. USA,
    and the three most important country sports. Thus, the battles began. Emotive
    encounters took place, and the passion and fury of battle once again raged on,
    with more emotion than ever before. So many different fighters, so many
    different styles. It was a delight to see so many fighting skills facing one
    another, in a battle not presenting hatred, just the satisfaction and honor of
    winning. The battles were long and winded, and the winners were only defined by
    short instances.
    	At the end, it was not the Lonely Wolves, but the Japan Team which came
    out the winner. This team had two young fighters and one experienced warrior.
    One of the young ones was Kyo Kusanagi, latest descendant of the Kusanagi clan,
    reknown for their crimson flames. The other was Benimaru Nikaido, a brash and
    arrogant fighter, expert in shooting karate (a variation of Muay Thai
    kickboxing), and also having the power of lightning. The experienced one was
    Goro Daimon, the large Judo champion, who's impressive strength made the earth
    itself tremble. All three were defined by a national martial arts championship
    which took place in Japan: Kyo came out on top, beating Benimaru in the finals;
    Daimon was third, after being beaten by Kyo in the semifinals.
    	Mature, Rugal's personal secretary, invited the Japan Team atop a
    helicopter, which was to transfer them to the Blacknoah: their final battle was
    about to begin. Rugal saluted the team as they came in the Blacknoah, aside his
    pet panther and a glass of wine. He laughed and honestly thought they wouldn't
    come this far. Shocked at this statement, the three fighters were paralyzed at
    the sight around them: groups and groups of statues of fighters extended
    everywhere. With another evil laughter, Rugal admits that all those fighters
    were alive once, and that he had defeated them all, and bathed their bodies in
    steel so that they would be inmortalized. And the Japan Team was the next in the
    eerie collection...
    	Rugal fought the three fighters. Benimaru and Daimon fought well, but they
    only managed to make Rugal a lot more angrier, obligating him to use his best
    techniques. He confesses that he never had to reach to such instances, but the
    circumstances so applied for it. Using his full power, Rugal even took the best
    techniques of Geese and Krauser, past hosts of the tournament! After defeating
    Benimaru and Daimon, Kyo was the last one standing. Although Kyo fought with all
    his might, Rugal turned out to be a ruthless fighter, and began to make Kyo feel
    the heat of the battle. Almost on his knees, Kyo, with sore eyes, saw a body
    lying in a corner of the room. With disbelief, he saw that it was no other than
    his own father, Saisyu Kusanagi. He had turned out to face Rugal prior to the
    tournament, but had been defeated...perhaps even killed. Kyo couldn't take it
    anymore. He bursted in rage, and in sheer fury, attacked Rugal like a crimson
    tornado. Unable to avoid the rage of the Kusanagi, Rugal fell in defeat. With
    his voice paused by the pain, Rugal silently condemns the Japan Team to a swift
    death...crazy of revenge, and a poor loser, Rugal took a strange device, and
    pressed the button. The Blacknoah was now to autodestroy itself! Kyo, Benimaru,
    and Daimon barely made it out alive, as the Blacknoah, engulfed in flames, sank
    to the bottom of the ocean. Thus, the King of Fighters tournament ended yet
    again, and as the same as the past two years, nobody was seen to be able to take
    hand of the tournament.
    	A year passes. It's 1995. All the fighters of the past tournament remember
    the competition with fond memories, but now know that now that Rugal is dead,
    the tournament would die with him. That was, until seven of the eight teams
    began to receive invitations once again...
    	This time, the envelopes were signed by some "R" fellow. Who was he, and
    what was that he wanted? Nobody knew, and many didn't even care, as the fighting
    will take place yet again...in 1995! All the teams gathered again, except
    one...the USA team was nowhere to be seen. This year, the teams were no longer
    affiliated to no country, but it was strange not to see or hear from them.
    However, one team did show up in their place...and, for some of the fighters, it
    wasn't a very grateful team at all. The team was formed by: Billy Kane, ex-
    champion of the tournament, and with a grundge against the Lonely Wolves. Eiji
    Kisaragi, a ruthless ninja with unfinished business with the Sakazaki family.
    And, the captain of the team, a lonely, but yet, incredibly strong fighter, whom
    used similiar techniques to Kyo, but with the difference that he wielded purple
    flames! The mysterious young man was known no other as Iori Yagami, a descendant
    of the Yagami family, eternal rivals of the Kusanagi family. Now, the tournament
    would be filled of personal interests, giving way to more passionate fights than
    last year!
    	With this frame of hatred, emotion, and excitement, the battle began once
    again. Warriors once again took one another, now with one year of experience,
    and some new techniques, making the battles more intriguing and exciting. This
    time, the results of the battle were decided in some times in the last fighter
    of each team, and the winner was nowhere to be defined. Not even the current
    champion, the Japan/Hero Team had an easy path. Revitalized warriors, combined
    with the new blood, made this tournament much more emotive and skillful than the
    last one.
    	As the Hero Team was about to enter one of the last battles, they
    concentrated in the locker room. However, all of a sudden, a green smoke began
    to surround them. The trio noticed that they were losing their senses, and
    suddenly, all became black. Sleeping gas...
    	Kyo woke up in a dark place. He could barely see his fainted companions
    next to him. He was received with a certain familiar laugh. It was no other than
    Rugal! Kyo, Benimaru, and Daimon were skeptical, but it was indeed him! He had
    something new about him...besides his cybernetic arm, he had a lot more power
    than before! How could this be? It seems that Rugal is also in terrible need of
    revenge! Rugal beckoned for the Hero Team, but he had a new partner up his
    sleeve...His other secretary, Vice, let way to a familiar man. Benimaru and
    Daimon were surprised, but Kyo was speechless...It was Saisyu Kusanagi, his own
    father! Kyo was filled with joy and happiness, but was stopped cold when his
    father challenged him to a fight. His eyes indicated that he was not himself.
    Rugal had brainwashed him, and ordered him to kill his own son! Kyo was so
    confused in fighting his own father...but Benimaru and Daimon fought the battle
    for him. Saisyu was a formidable opponent, being the father and master of Kyo,
    but he couldn't fight at his whole potential, due to his resistance to the
    brainwash. He was finally defeated, but both Benimaru and Daimon were exhausted
    and couldn't fight anymore. Saisyu regained his senses, and summoned Kyo. He bid
    his son to defeat Rugal, and avenge him. Then, Saisyu loses consciousness. Kyo
    slowly gets up, and faces Rugal once again. However, facing Kyo's rage, was
    Rugal's hatred! He suddenly began to emit a previously undetected aura, and his
    power began to rise to unexpected heights! His appearance took a different form,
    now with a demon look! It was the fury of Omega Rugal!
    	The last battle began in the missile platform of Rugal's hidden
    underground base. Even though Kyo fought with the same entusiasm as last year,
    the new power acquired by Rugal was far too much for Kyo to handle. His power
    and speed had now been doubled, and along with his feelings of hatred and
    revenge, things began to become bleak for Kyo. However, at the same time, he was
    aided by his friends, Terry, Ryo, Athena, between others. They all gave him
    strength to go on. Kyo got up once and once again. However, the tide had began
    to turn in Kyo's favor. And to boot, Rugal was beginning to lose control of his
    own body. Kyo forced Rugal to go all out, but that was his own downfall: the
    power in his body began to go out of control, and his body began to twitch and
    begin exploding. During his suffering, a deep voice could be heard in a far
    place: "You fool! Only those of the bloodline can control such power! You didn't
    have a chance!" Rugal vowed vengeance, and a pillar of light consumed Rugal,
    blinding Kyo. When he turned around, both Rugal and Iori had vanished. Taking
    Benimaru and Daimon with him, Kyo escapes from the base. Now, even though Rugal
    was gone for sure, nobody could tell if the tournament was dead or not.
    	And nobody could tell what horror lied behind the power Rugal had...
    	A year passed since the last tournament ended. It is the year of 1996, and
    once again, most of the past tournament's teams were invited to the ultimate
    fighting tournament. This time, the host was to be unknown, but it was certainly
    not Rugal; not just by the fact that the host was known to be a famous business
    woman, but also, the tournament broke it's own solemn seal of silence, and
    turned into a commercial, worldwide known event. The fights would be broadcasted
    by international T.V., and many sponsors would be watching the tournament. Soon,
    the King of Fighters tournament got as much attention as the Olympics or the
    soccer World Cup.
    	As mentioned before, the same teams of last year were invited, but most of
    them presented some interesting changes. Some of the more veteran fighters, such
    as Heidern and Takuma, retired from the battle scene, leaving their places to
    those of the younger generation. Takuma sent his daughter, Yuri, in his place in
    the Kyokugenryo Team, and teh Gorgeous Team welcomed Kasumi Todoh as their new
    teammate. Heidern gave his place to his student, Leona, a young woman with
    mysterious powers. Iori, after severly beating up his old partners, had made an
    eerie union with both of Rugal's secretaries: Mature and Vice. But the one team
    that got the most attention, was the most evil team: the one leaded by Geese
    Howard and Wolfgang Krauser. Both of them showed by themselves that they were
    pretty much alive, and ready to claim rights for the tournament. Alongside them,
    was one of Geese's lackeys, Mr. Big, who had a very bad grudge against the
    Kyokugenryo school. It seems that this year would be filled of passion and honor
    as well!
    	Before the main event began, Kyo, the fateful warrior that defeated Rugal
    twice in the past, was challenged by a mysterious man. Attending the invitation
    alone, Kyo faced this ominous man, whom offered Kyo a fight. However, even
    before the battle began, Kyo sensed a terrible power behind that man. The same
    power that Rugal possesed, and the one that destroyed him at the end. Kyo was
    even more anguished by the fact that the man was outrageously strong, making
    short work of Kyo in an instance. Kyo winded up in the hospital, forced to
    improve his techniques, and to fight him once more.
    	As fights took place, everything seemed to go perfectly on the outside:
    the battles went on with a more dramatic sense to it, the fighters putting their
    own life on the line in order to win, thus, creating much more intense fights to
    decide the winner. Personal vendettas, such as the Kyo-Iori, and the Terry-Geese
    rivalries, took central stage in the tournament. However, an evil presence
    surrounded the tournament. The shadow of Rugal wasn't quite gone from the
    tourney, and something even worse was presented to come. Iori and the new Ikari
    member, Leona, began to show powers far beyond those of the fighters'
    comprehension, and the entrance of Geese was also quite disturbing. What was all
    this ominous feeling about? As the life-and-death battles raged on, the sense of
    evil power remained more and more resident in the mind of the fighters.
    	As the finals drew nearer, the host finally revealed herself: it was no
    other than Chizuru Kagura, latest descendant of the Clan of the Yata, the group
    in charge of taking care of the seal that was imposed over an evil power.
    Chizuru revealed to the competitors that the seal upon this dangerous power was
    broken ten years ago, and that now, it has began to run amok, now more than
    ever. She now needs the help of the strongest team in order to aid her in her
    quest to seal off the power once again. She called for the Hero Team, past
    champion of the two tournaments, and they responded. The Hero Team was invited
    to a very big stadium, property of the Kagura family. The many people united
    there was pretty impressive. Chizuru appeared in front of the Hero Team, and
    asked them, if they were worthy, then they should have a battle with her.
    However, Chizuru gave more attention to Kyo than any of the other two teammates.
    	The Hero Team won the emotive battle against Chizuru, but she stood up to
    tell Kyo and his two friends that the power that ultimately vanquished Rugal
    was, indeed, the power of the Orochi. Benimaru and Daimon did not understand,
    but it did seem to ring a bell in Kyo's head. He had heard from his father that
    the Kusanagi was destined to battle the Orochi once again, as they did 1800
    years ago in order to seal the power. However, in the present day, the Orochi
    power was released by a messanger of Orochi, and that Rugal, in a haste to
    control that power, winded up being defeated and his right eye taken, but that
    he received the Orochi power anyway, the messanger knowing that it would kill
    him sooner or later. As they talked, a strong wind began to blow in the stadium,
    and suddenly, a huge gush of wind blew everyone away...
    	As the Hero Team got up, the festive and happy background had been morphed
    into that of death and destruction. The stadium was a bit less than destroyed,
    and a very big power began to surface. Chizuru was barely standing, badly
    wounded by the past gust. With her last breath, she tells Kyo to join Iori in
    order to seal the Orochi power. Kyo couldn't believe that he had to ally with
    his age-old enemy in order to seal the Orochi power. However, a strange voice
    emerged from the middle of the wind. Benimaru and Daimon did not know who that
    voice was, but Kyo knew for sure, since it was no other than the man who
    defeated him prior to the tournament. The surface materialized. The man
    introduced himself as Goenitz, and that he was the one would liberate the Orochi
    power completly. Kyo stood in front of him, daring Goenitz that he would be the
    one to stop him. Goenitz chuckled and warned Kyo the same result as the first
    battle. Kyo grinned and tells Goenitz he is not the same man he defeated
    earlier. Kyo tells Benimaru and Daimon to stand back, as they would only get
    killed by Goenitz subsequently. Soon enough, Kyo and Goenitz began the fight
    that would decide the fate of all mankind.
    	Kyo fought with every ounce of strength in his body, making a lot more
    effort than the battle he lost. However, it was not enough to match the
    humongous power of Goenitz, whom, unlike Rugal, did know how to control his
    power, and using it in a devastating way. However, even Goenitz had trouble
    subduing the brave Kusanagi, and was glad that he had improved. The huge bursts
    of power made the wrecked stadium tremble, and both auras were expanded to
    unimaginable heights. However, one blow sent Kyo flying away, and Goenitz was
    ready to dispose of him once and for all, until he was caught off guard by a
    mysterious man. Kyo recovered and saw that it was no other than Iori! He was
    surprised that he would help him, but Goenitz looked even more pleased. He
    laughed and tells Kyo that he is finished, since Iori himself posseses the power
    of Orochi. Not only Iori, but also the young Ikari woman, Leona, was of Orochi
    blood as well.  Kyo was shocked. Was that the reason why Iori was able to launch
    purple flames? Iori just stood there, motionless. Iori than laughed maniacally.
    He tells Goenitz that only he can kill Kyo, and that's that. Goenitz grumbled,
    and dared both enemies to take him on. So, two eternal foes forgot their rivalry
    for a while, and fought side by side against a common enemy.
    	This time, Goenitz payed his overconfidence dearly. Facing both a Kusanagi
    and a Yagami was a huge mistake, and he even noticed that Iori was beginning to
    launch crimson flames himself! With a weakened Goenitz, Kyo and Iori winded up
    for the final blow. A huge crimson blast from both warriors was more than enough
    to take Goenitz away. Goenitz gasped. He kneeled down, and was living his final
    moments. Suddenly, Chizuru surged behind him. Kagura tells him that both the
    Kusanagi and the Yagami were both allies before the war, and both had aided in
    sealing the Orochi power 1800 years ago. Chizuru also demands payback, since
    Goenitz killed her sister in order to unleash the Orochi power. Goenitz grins,
    and tells Chizuru that the battle is far from over. With a gust of wind, Goenitz
    vanished in thin air.
    	The wind receeded. Chizuru tells both Kyo and Iori that they should become
    allies once again, in order to face the inminent danger that would unfold in
    front of them. Iori grumbles, and says he has his own intentions. And has he
    walks away, Iori finally stops and begins to clutch his chest. He then launches
    a blood-curling scream, and spits out blood. Chizuru is surprised, and says Iori
    is now passing through the Riot of Blood, process in which the Orochi blood
    inside him begins to awaken. Iori begins to terribly freak out, becoming more
    monster than human. His teammates, Mature and Vice, try to stop him, but they
    pay for their interference by being ripped away by the insane Iori. Kyo now
    stands alone, with the danger of Orochi still fresh in his mind and soul.
    	One year flew by. Although the last tournament had a tragic ending, the
    sponsors were satisfied by the success of the tournament in gathering millions
    of spectators worldwide. Thus, many of the more richer men in the world began to
    sponsor what would be the fourth tournament, to be taken place in 1997. This
    time, though, there would be preelimanry rounds before the definitive matches.
    This time, the excitement would build up even before the actual tournament, and
    more people would see the battles worldwide.
    	This time, most of the teams which have always participated in the last
    tournaments won the right to compete yet again.  Chizuru, the past host of the
    tournament, teamed up with Mai and King, whom had lost Kasumi. Iori and Kyo's
    student, Shingo Yabuki, entered as single entries. Two new teams were
    introduced, however. One of them was a team sent out by Geese Howard, whom had
    quitted to the tournament, as well as Krauser and Mr. Big. In it was Billy Kane,
    Geese's bodyguard, with direct orders to watch over Iori, and investigate about
    the Orochi power, despite Billy's hatred towards Iori. Alongside him was Ryuji
    Yamazaki, a madman who would kill his own mother for a dime. Yamazaki was
    promised double the tournament's prize money if he could win. The third member
    was Blue Mary, an agent who was working undercover to investigate Yamazaki, and
    even Billy. The other team was unexpected; a last minute entry, to be precise.
    The three fellows were known to be members of a music band, but they suddenly
    emerged as the new team of the King of Fighters tournament. The team was formed
    by Yashiro Nanakase, Shermie, and a little kid named Chris. The three seemed to
    be innocent, but lethal fighters...
    	Thus, began the tournament once again. This time, the final matches would
    take place in six different countries around the globe, always receiving a huge
    propaganda, mostly on T.V.. The matches were more intense than ever, but the
    danger of the Orochi was covering the competition with it's eerie shadow. What
    would happen with Iori and Leona? What does the New Face Team really want?
    Nobody dared to ask those questions, as perhaps, the answers would be
    catastrophic. The fights were still held on, and the people were satisfied by
    the huge amount of competition, mostly since all of the fighters came back with
    more and better techniques than ever before. It was unexpected to see who would
    win, and the fighters gave all they got in order to keep the heat on. That is,
    until the last days of the tournament...
    	During the final days, Iori and Leona were reported missing. A frantic
    search began for the two Orochi blood members. Also, the New Face Team began to
    act a lot more stranger these past days. As if they knew something...
    	Finally, Iori and Leona were encountered. However, they were no longer the
    same: the Riot of Blood had gained total control of their minds, and since they
    were not able to control the power, they became just bloodthirsty monsters,
    seeking out to kill as many people as they could. Kyo and the rest of his
    friends had a hard time trying to stop the enraged Iori and Leona. Ralf and
    Clark, Leona's partners, promised they would stop Leona's rampage, and told Kyo
    to do the same with Iori. Thus, the heroic fighters began to fight again. But,
    if they went berserk, was that because it was a sign of Orochi being near? They
    tried to spare the thought, but as they met and fought the freaked out Iori and
    Leona, it became more and more evident...
    	Kyo and his friends managed to stop the crazed Iori in his tracks, and
    Ralf and Clark finished their mission as well, successful in stopping Leona.
    However, this was no more than the beginning... Three figures stood besides
    them. The figures were more than familiar. It was the New Face Team! However,
    they had certainly changed. Their clothes had a different color, but most of
    all, their aura was filled with the evil stench of Orochi. That could only mean
    that the New Face Team were of Orochi blood as well! However, they seemed to be
    perfectly normal. Yashiro took a step forward, and smickered. He beckons that
    they are three of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi, the fourth being Goenitz.
    Yashiro also tells the surprised competitors that they are out to finish
    Goenitz' mission. It seems that although defeated, Goenitz was successful in
    gathering enough fighting energy from the fighters, and this time, even more
    fighting aura was gathered, and the Orochi was close to being resurrected! Even
    so, it was revealed that even the crazy Yamazaki was an Orochi blood member! Kyo
    and his friends vowed to the Orochi New Face Team, that they would stop them
    before they realize their ambition. Yashiro grins, and clenches his fist,
    calling out arrogantly: "You do not have to pray...even if you win, a living
    hell will be waiting for you all!"
    	Kyo and his justice friends, Benimaru, Terry, Ryo, Daimon, Athena,
    Kim...all did their best in fighting against the inmensly powerful Orochi New
    Face Team. Their powers were superb, surpassing far more those of Goenitz. Their
    powers, however, simulated those of the Hero Team. It seems that they copied
    their techniques since they were so useful in the past! However, evil can not
    triumph. With a great deal of sacrifice, an all-out battle took place, the age-
    old war between good and evil took place once again. Every fighter did their
    best effort to stop the three Heavenly Kings, even though most of them were
    terribly underpowered. But the human spirit, the need to defend their world
    prevailed. The good will always triumph against evil. Thus, the Orochi New Face
    Team, after a long and difficult battle, was finally defeated. Few fighters were
    left standing, but all glad they were able to protect their world...
    	However, the worst part of the battle had not yet come. Yashiro and
    Shermie both laughed, and congratulated the fighters. Kyo demanded their real
    purpose, and it seemed that they only fought as long as to gather the remaining
    energy for the Orochi to awaken! Suddenly, Chris, the innocent kid, began to
    float among the other two Orochi kings. And, all of a sudden, Yashiro and
    Shermie killed themselves right in front of Chris' eyes! The fighters were
    dumbfounded. Chris had began to gather a VERY strong amount of energy. Chris
    opened his eyes. He began to talk in an omnipotent voice. He claimed that all
    humankind would die at his hands, and that this time, he would finish what began
    1800 years ago. Chris then morphed, from becoming an innocent kid, to a young
    man, with such a goldike feeling to him. His hair was white, his chest tattoed,
    and his eyes gleeming with the scent of death. This time, the moment had
    arrived, the time to fight Orochi!
    	It didn't take long for Orochi to prove his true power. With no effort at
    all, he blew the rest of the fighters away. This was the true power of the
    Orochi! Even Kyo fell to the ground, defeated. He began to lose his
    consciousness, and everything turned black around him. Suddenly, amidst the
    darkness, Kyo could hear voices...faint voices, similiar to those of spirits.
    The ghosts told Kyo that they were the spirit of the Yagami, dead ancestors of
    Iori. The Yagami pledged Kyo to end the curse that has been imposed on the
    Yagami ever since their blood pact with the Orochi 660 years ago. It seems that
    the Orochi power was the cause of the Yagami's short lifespan! Kyo then heard
    the voices of his friends, and his girlfriend, Yuki. Yuki was one of the eight
    Kushinada girls, destined to be sacrificed in order to awaken Orochi. Yuki says
    that since she was the only Kushinada to not be sacrificed, she would aid him.
    Kyo slowly got up. He found Iori standing right next to him. He had seems to be
    able to get back to normal, and smiled at Kyo. "It seems that we will die
    together, eh Kusanagi? How ironic that you will not die by my hand...". Kyo just
    grinned, and tells Iori that they have a lost job to do. Chizuru calls both from
    behind, and tells them they she will take care of the seal once they have
    defeated Orochi.
    	Kyo and Iori go into battle...a mortal battle, a battle were no one could
    live. Somebody was going to die that day, and the one who would live, would take
    the world. Kyo and Iori fought with the last amounts of power left in their
    tired bodies, but managed to turn Orochi back. They fought with no regrets, no
    preoccupations. They would die anyway, so it was better to make the most of it!
    Even Chizuru colaborated a bit to fight Orochi, and the battle of 1800 years ago
    repeated itself...Kusanagi and Yagami fighting together, Kagura taking care of
    the seal.
    	At the end of the battle, Orochi grew tired, and used all his power to
    input the Riot of Blood on Iori once again. Iori began to go insane again, but
    Kyo pledged for him to regain senses. But it was too late...Iori had gone
    berserk again. Orochi commanded Iori to attack both Kyo and Chizuru, and kill
    them both. However, it was Orochi who was attacked by the powered Iori! Iori
    grabs Orochi by the neck, and Chizuru bids Kyo to hurry up and finish him. Kyo
    denies, and exclaims he would kill Iori as well. Chizuru says he has no time,
    since Iori will hold no longer, since Orochi was using the remaining of his
    power to take Iori out of the way. Kyo then gathers all the strength given to
    him by Yuki and his friends, and gives a full, crmison blow to Orochi...
    	The sky's dark clouds clear. The sun shines again. The world is safe once
    more. Everybody still remember the heroic deeds of the tournament fighters.
    Orochi sleeps once again, but still, it is yet to be defined who will be the
    	Two years had passed since the fateful battle against the Orochi clan.
    During this period of time, the winds of peace blew again throughout a world
    that had suffered the consecuences of the ambition of the Orochi power. Once
    having been a fighting stage to the death between the Kusanagi and Yagami clan
    against Orochi, the people of the world once again lived with joy and
    satsifaction. The fighters of the past tournaments could finally get a rest from
    so many years of battle, and decided to only hone their skills in local
    tournaments, in order to maintain themselves in practice. Thanks to these
    warriors, the human race could live to see the dawn of another day.
    	However, unknown was the fate of the two main fighters that fought bravely
    against the menace of the Orochi power: Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami. After the
    final battle, the two latest descendants of the legendary clans had vanished,
    and nobody had heard anything about them. Not even Chizuru Kagura, the
    descendant to the Clan of the Yata, protectors of the Orochi seal, knew what was
    the fate of the two young warriors. Despite that, all the fighters decided to
    take a rest, knowing that now that the Orochi threat was gone, the world would
    be at rest, since nobody could attempt the revival of the Orochi power for 100
    years. But destiny does not respect personal thoughts....
    	All of a sudden, and out of nowhere, invitations were sent out once again
    to the most powerful fighters in the world in order to gather around for the
    fifth King of Fighters tournament. This time around, the tournament would return
    to the shades of secrecy from where it surged, away from the glamour of public
    attention and massive communication transmission. The battles would once again
    retain its category of honor and glory battles from the bases of the fight.  No
    longer was there any business profits among the battles, but just sheer, pure
    brawls to the finish. However, that was the least important modification to the
    tournament. For the first time in 5 years, the basic rules of the tournament had
    changed. This time around, now up to 4 fighters could make up a team: three of
    them would act as main fighters of the match, the remaining warrior was only
    allowed to participate for a short while in the match, executing any attack they
    would prefer, and their appearances would be restricted to a certain number.
    This would made the battles a lot more dramatic than ever before, with up to
    four fighters dueling at the same time!
    	Basically, the main teams of the past four tournaments were to be invited
    again to this ultimate brawl, some of them bringing back faces from the past in
    order to do battle again, and some of them had new faces among their lineup, for
    a shocking new experience. The Lonely Wolves finally accepted the red-haired
    female ninja Mai Shiranui in their team (of course, to fight aside her one true
    love, Andy Bogard). The students of Kyokugenryo Karate joined their master,
    Takuma Sakazaki, once more in order to show the world the might of their martial
    art! The Ikari Warriors recruited a new mercenary among their ranks: another
    young female soldier, whose name reflected her weapon of choice: Whip. The
    Psycho Soldiers introduced a new child with psychic powers called Bao, but with
    the Sie Kensou enigma, who had began to lose his own powers himself. Kim
    Kaphwan's old training partner, Jhun Hoon, joined the Tae Kwon Do justice
    fighters in order to show which way of justice was more adequate (much to Chang
    Koehan and Choi Bounge's dismay!). King gathers her Southtown female friends
    (Blue Mary, Kasumi Todoh, and newcomer Li Xiangfei) to form a more beautiful and
    more lethal gorgeous team! However, the new fighters were to create quite the
    mysterious athmosphere in the tournament....
    	Benimaru Nikaido, decided to take Kyo's spot as number one fighter, and
    Shingo Yabuki, intent of honoring the memory of his master, were teamed with two
    enigmatic warriors. Both were silent, but had furious looks in their eyes,
    showing no trace of feelings. A gloomy aura and violent fighting techniques soon
    awaked the bad feelings of the other participants. Their names, as mysterious as
    their lives: K' and Maxima. Nobody knew their real purpose, but many obviously
    suspected about them....
    	The most incredible thing ever saw was the two new single entries. It was
    Kyo Kusanagi...times two! It was unbelievable how the two fighters had such a
    striking resemblance to the most powerful fighter that ever graced the King of
    Fighters scene. Both clones used the legendary Kusanagi techniques that made Kyo
    the legend he was, precise to the drop of a dime. How could they appear? Did
    they knew anything about the fate of the real Kyo? Before any questions could be
    asked, the tournament was already in progress....
    	Despite having been out of activity for two long years, the fighters could
    develop new and devastating techniques that were prompt in lighting up the
    battle stage in a more brilliant way than ever! It was almost like a new battle
    once again...the battle that indicated the beginning of a new millenium! The
    four member rule made the fights a lot more strategic than ever before, and the
    will of becoming the new champion impulsed the warriors to make their best
    effort, more than ever before. With the memory of Kyo in the minds of many
    fighters, and the shadow of the Orochi power being only a bad dream, the
    contestants could unleash forward their true power with no withdrawl or regrets.
    This time around, the sense of vengeance and score-settles were replaced by the
    glory and excitement of facing a worthy opponent and fighting with all their
    might to become a more complete fighter and hone their skills!
    	Taken by the hand by K' and Maxima, Benimaru and Shingo realized their
    dream of arriving to the final match, and becoming the new figures of the King
    of Fighters scene. The last fight was scheduled at a very rare spot: the sewers.
    Not quite the place to fight the last match. While the new Hero team was waiting
    for the last team to arrive, the sewer stream suddenly dried out, running
    through some shafts below them. They suddenly found themselves standing on a
    metal surface. As if it weren't enough, the floor began to move, and sent the
    four warriors down! It was no other than a huge elevator platform that was
    sending the young fighters underground, to an unkown location....
    	Meanwhile, at the Ikari Warriors command room, the commander of the
    mercenary squad, Heidern, was monitoring several parts of the world, and
    detected a weird signal pattern. Several bizarre radio patterns were being
    emitted from many countries worldwide. Heidern ordered the origins of such
    signals, and to his surprise, all the signals came from exact replicas of Kyo
    Kusanagi! There were Kyos all over the world: among the citizens of the big
    cities, hidden in the deepest forests, underwater, in the air...everywhere!
    Heidern could present an evil stench at the core of the tournament, and the
    source came from the more powerful signal: sector 70599.
    	The elevator that was taking Benimaru, Shingo, K', and Maxima finally
    stopped in front of a huge metallic door, with the inscription "70599" at the
    front. Benimaru and Shingo are confused with the whole situation, but K' and
    Maxima don't seem to be altered at the very least. Before Benimaru and Shingo
    could realize what was going on, the huge door opened. It was too unexpected.
    Suddenly, red lights flashed everywhere, and several computer screens turned on.
    Among the whole show, a deep, daring voice invited the team to enter his domain.
    The finals would begin as soon as possible. Benimaru and Shingo demanded the man
    to show himself. The man who came out was more than intimidating: he was rather
    tall, not very well built, but his eyes expressed anger and bloodlust. He weared
    a very thick clothing, not revealing anything of his body. Stranger than that,
    the fighters could not feel any fighting spirit from him...but his strength
    showed otherwise. Benimaru cried out: "What is this all about?!". K' sneered and
    said: "I don't know, but it's a challenge that I'm sure we can't decline!".
    	The ultimate match began. The bloody fight raged on, with the mystery man
    showing no effort in executing devastating moves. The Hero team suspected that
    this ravaging warrior wasn't using his whole power, and was merely playing with
    them. Sensing something funny going on, they decided to hold back to see his
    reaction. However, despite not using their full power, the ominous fighter was
    getting the upper hand with his overwhelming, unnatural power. The fight was
    certainly getting nowhere, and becoming terribly long. All of a sudden, in a
    display of raging outburst, Benimaru attacks the man with his full power. K'
    tries to stop him, but strangely enough, Benimaru knocks the man down to the
    ground rather easily. Could this be the end of the match...?
    	The mysterious man slowly stood up, and began to chuckle eeringly. All of
    a sudden, all the computer screens surrounding the whole dark room lighted up,
    displaying a bunch of computer data. The whole chamber lighted up, to show an
    inmense base, displaying the ultimate technology! Benimaru and Shingo are
    puzzled at the size of the facility. The man begins to laugh manically, and
    grumbles in a low pitched voice: "You knew, didn't you, K'?". Benimaru and
    Shingo turn back to K' looking for an answer, but are met with the cold gaze of
    the mysterious warrior. Shingo wants to know who he is and what he wants. The
    man introduces himself as Krizalid, and that he brought them here to accomplish
    his ultimate purpose. Shingo affirms that what does the King of Fighters
    tournament have to do with anything. Krizalid smiles and says he used the King
    of Fighters name to call the strongest fighters, so he could bring them to his
    facility, and accomplish his goal. Suddenly, all the screens display the same
    image: scenes of the Kyo Kusanagi replicas all around the world. Krizalid
    accepts that he took the unconsicious body of the original Kyo Kusanagi, worn
    out by the effort made in the last battle against the Orochi clan, and took his
    DNA to clone him into several clones, two of which entered the King of Fighters
    tournament. However, the real Kyo Kusanagi escaped midway through the process,
    and his whereabouts unknown. He would input the fighting data that he had
    collected through the last battle in order to activate the clones, and create a
    unified attack that would take out all the governments of the world, and
    surrender to him! Benimaru and Shingo gasp in terror.
    	At the Ikari Warriors command room, Heidern orders the deploy of his units
    in order to stop the Kyo invasion, and that he would soon follow. However,
    before the operation begins, one of the radios manages to capture the dialogue
    in the underground base. In it, Benimaru asks how could Krizalid capture the
    fighting data. Krizalid informs him that it was sent through his body, and
    channeled through the computers. As a matter of fact, Krizalid reveals that K'
    is no other than his clone, since Krizalid infused himself with the power of the
    Kusanagi through a battle suit, and K' being a clone of himself. However, since
    K' had no control over his power like Krizalid could, he was forced to use a
    special glove in order to retain the inmense power inside him. K' refuses to
    believe this, but when Krizalid asks him about his parents and childhood, K' is
    speechless, as he can't remind it. Krizalid reveals that one last data is to be
    collected...the killer instinct! And he would do that by killing them all!
    Suddenly, Krizalid burns his clothes out, and remains with his battle suit. The
    true battle was about to begin....
    	The change of pace of the fight soon began to become terribly one-sided.
    The power of Krizalid was more than godlike, his inhuman powers just plowing
    through Benimaru and Shingo. Using the power of the Kusanagi, Krizalid's violent
    attitude was more than anyone could withstand. His speed and strength had no
    match. Soon enough, Maxima and K' were alone to fight Krizalid. Despite fighting
    with all their might, Krizalid's superior power almost obligates them to kneel
    before his advantage. Krizalid laughs, and is impressed by their resistance, but
    it would soon end. Suddenly, Maxima nails Krizalid with a power punch from
    behind, making Krizalid reel. Maxima shouts out for K', who in an instant, used
    his whole power to channel a full-fledged flame blast at Krizalid. The
    consequent explosion sends Krizalid flying away. Maxima and K' fall   to the
    ground, sure of their victory.
    	However, as both help Benimaru and Shingo up, Krizalid still stands behind
    them. Maxima and K' are dumbfounded, having no remains of strength. Krizalid is
    downright mad, and is about to eliminate the couple of traitors. He just can't
    believe that he had lost with his inmense power. Suddenly, a very bright light
    shines from above. Everybody is dumbfounded at the shine of it. An omnipotent
    voice shouts: "You have failed."  Now fearful and insecure, the once raging
    Krizalid begs for his life, as he can still activate the clones with the data he
    has collected. However, the clones have already been deactivated, and the data
    shall be saved for another time...and all the agents of this project must be
    eliminated. Krizalid is paralyzed by the fear, but he does not have any time to
    think it over...a huge rock falls from above, burying Krizalid to the ground.
    	As Krizalid's prone body lies motionless on the ground, K' and the others
    go to check on the man who was behind the complot of NESTS. Suddenly, K' felt
    insecure and restless. Maxima knew his partner well, and quickly asked what was
    K' up to. But K' just stood there, motionless. Benimaru notices K's odd
    reaction, but he too, becomes aware of the power that approaches them. It was
    vaguely familiar, but this raging aura came from a man with insane power. Shingo
    then spotted a man who was standing beside them, shrouded in the darkness cast
    on the room. Benimaru knew it was him. Shingo couldn't hold back his inmense
    joy. K' felt that his own power was reflected in that man. Maxima didn't know
    what was going on, but it was so obvious now: the figure smiled, and walked
    towards the light which once destroyed Krizalid. The figure turned out to be a
    revitalized Kyo Kusanagi, back from his trip to rediscover himself and prepare
    himself in the battle against the NESTS cartel, although his work seemed very
    much cut out for him.
           But while everyone was anxious about Kyo's return, Kyo, enraged, demands
    the true intention to the light. The omnipotent voice rings again: "We, the
    NESTS cartel, plan to forward the plan for 10 years! But you must be
    eliminated!". Kyo laughs, and says arrogantly: "Don't mess with me, pal!".
    Suddenly, the base begins to shake, and pieces of scrap begin to fall from
    above. The base is beginning to crumble! However, K' is more than intent on
    fighting his original. "I've been waiting to fight a powerful opponent...someone
    like you, Kyo Kusanagi!", K' growls. However, a door shuts between him and Kyo,
    as well as closing Benimaru and Shingo out of the room. Shingo wants to help Kyo
    out, but Benimaru warns that their own lives are in danger, and persuades him to
    escape from the base.
    	Meanwhile, K' and Maxima are ambushed by the unit of the Ikari
    Warriors.... and the leader of the unit nears Krizalid's inert body. A female
    	Outside the crumbling NESTS base, a tall figure stands near the edge of a
    cliff, watching over the chaos that was unleashed beneath him. He notices
    several figures rushing out of the base as fast as they could. The red-haired
    man didn't flinch a bit at the sight. He always stayed so cool and precise. His
    own eerie aura glowed, and the ground beneath him trembled. The man known as
    Iori Yagami had came here in search for answers about the proliferation of Kyo
    clones worldwide, hoping to find Kyo himself. But Iori knew he wasn't here...at
    least not any longer. He had been following his rival's trail for so long, and
    found nothing. Iori just grinded his teeth, clenched his fists, as purple flames
    surround his body. As his wild red hair flows in the sheer energy of his aura,
    Iori vows: "Just you wait, Kyo! Next time, I won't let anyone stand between us.
    Our battle will not end until one of us dies!"
    	The last King of Fighters tournament signified the appearance of a new
    enemy that threatened to break the reigning peace in the world: the NESTS
    cartel. It was more than clear that Krizalid was a mere pawn in a game of life
    and death, and that the participants of the King of Fighters tournament were
    nothing more than actors in a planned stage. However, there were still many
    doubts about the ominous NESTS cartel. What was their real purpose? What do they
    really intend to do with the fighting energy of the competitors? So many
    questions, but little time to answer them, as another year cruises by, and the
    dawn of a new millenium approaches in the horizon....
    	Despite being a new year, the King of Fighters tournament was in jeopardy.
    Now that everyone knew about the evil intentions of the NESTS cartel, it was
    doubtful that anybody would dare participate again and colaborate in the
    downfall of the world. However, as long as the NESTS cartel remained unpunished,
    the threat of world domination was never far behind. The situation reached a
    critical peak, until one day....
    	Sitting in his office in the Ikari Warriors mercenary squad HQ, Heidern
    receives a notice from Ling. Ling was a commander of a fellow mercenary agency,
    closely linked to the Ikari Warriors. Ling informed Heidern about a plan to lure
    the NESTS cartel out of its' hideout, and take them down. The plan followed as
    this: The King of Fighters tournament would be held once again, in the year
    2000! This time Ling and his agents would control everything that happened in
    the tournament, and track any suspicious characters. The main objective of the
    tournament was to attract former NESTS agents, K' and Maxima, who had once
    escaped from the Ikari Warriors a year ago. They would surely know about the
    NESTS cartel's whereabouts. The plan is accepted by Heidern, who will once again
    play an important role in the sidelines.
    	And so it begins again. Invitations are sent out once again to the most
    powerful fighters of the world in order for them to form their teams of 4
    members each, and fight once again in a memorable battle of emotions and
    passion! It was made clear that this time, NESTS would be out of any involvement
    with the tournament. This clearly relaxed the worries of all the warriors who
    feared that their strength would be misused for the wrong intentions of NESTS.
    Now, the stage would be set for yet another battle of epic proportions,
    involving many different fighting styles, many different stories, but most of
    all, many different lives that gathered in one single goal: to become the best
    there is, to become the King of Fighters!
    	Since the same rules of the past tournament applied here as well, many
    teams remained unchanged: Of course, the Ikari Warriors couldn't be left out in
    order to seek for the NESTS agents. The Psycho Soldiers will make sure that this
    year, no sort of interference will come from the ominous NESTS cartel! Kim
    Kaphwan and Jhun Hoon will stage their politics of justice one more time, using
    the former convicts Chang Koehan and Choi Bounge as their guinea pigs. Some
    other teams suffered slight variations, mostly a change of members: Yuri
    Sakazaki, who wishes to pay her debt with Mai Shiranui and team up again for old
    times' sake, invite their old friend Kasumi Todoh along, as well as a newfound
    friend who hails from a Japanese ladies' school: Hinako Shijou, who also happens
    to practice Sumo. Now, it's Terry Bogard's time to cope with his oldtime love
    affair: Blue Mary, who has decided to tag along with the Lonely Wolves in hopes
    of catching NESTS red-handed. Due to the absence of Yuri, the patriarch of the
    Kyokugenryo school of karate, Takuma Sakazaki, decides to recruit his son Ryo's
    beloved woman: former-enemy-turned-ally King. Two new teams, however, are the
    main attractions of this year's competiton, due mostly to their strange collage
    of individuals....
    	As previewed, K' and Maxima are back again, more than intent on breaking
    their past links with the NESTS cartel. This time, Benimaru Nikaido and Shingo
    Yabuki are no longer their teammates: a sexy, yet deadly woman known as Vanessa
    and a fancy Mexican wrestler called Ramon shall be their comrades this year.
    Meanwhile, Benimaru and Shingo have plans of their own: to not allow last year's
    incidents to happen once again. Their new partners, however, are not precisely
    the warmest people in the world: an elegant strongman known as Seth, and an
    eerie and bizarre ninja called Lin, complement this lively duo with their own
    mark of coldness and bitterness. And, of course, the immortal legends of Kyo
    Kusanagi and Iori Yagami, who now cast off their cloak of secrecy and deciding
    to participate in a all-new no-holds barred match!
    	Once again, the battles take place amidst a climate of doubt and danger.
    The nasty influence of the NESTS cartel might have vanished, but still the
    menace of a new evil arising in the world was more than inminent. However,
    during the battles in the tournament, these worries flied away with the greatest
    of ease, since the feeling of battle and testing one's own skill against a
    strong opponent is stronger than any other negative feeling! After all, there
    was no need to worry about exteral problems. What mattered, most of all, was to
    increase one's own fighting spirit, concentrating on the battle completely, and
    being able to unleash not only their amazing skills, but also deliver their
    whole souls for the sake of the fight! After all, the philosophy of the true
    fighter is to not allow themselves to be fazed by threats, but to fight to
    accomplish their goals in life: to become the best there is!
    	All of a sudden, the fights led towards one final location, where weird
    things were going on. The most suprising fact was that the place was the city
    where the King of Fighters tournament first saw the light of day: Southtown, the
    city where fighting was the bloodstream that gave the city life. With Geese
    Howard gone, Southtown had fallen into the hands of those who live for the
    fight, a lawless pithole. The city had gone far beyond recognition, and
    corruption wasn't even existent, because Southtown itself, had become a city
    straight out of hell. In short, the whole city became the world's biggest
    fighting arena, and the King of Fighters tournament had once again returned to
    its' origins.
    	During their arrival at Southtown, K', Maxima, Vanessa, and Ramon were
    wandering through the docks of Southtown, hiding from the Ikari Warriors'
    mercenaries. It seemed likely that the NESTS cartel could be operating in
    Southtown. K' and Maxima were deeply concerned about it, but Vanessa wasn't all
    that amused (and Ramon ignored all that cartel stuff). Suddenly, a fine, cool
    breeze began to blow through the wind. K' sensed something terribly wrong, and
    sends Maxima and his friends off. Maxima wants to know why K' is so jumpy, but
    K' does not heed reason. Mindful about K's stubborness, Maxima takes Vanessa and
    Ramon and heads directly for the factory zone of Southtown, and seek for cover.
    Meanwhile, K' stands in the middle of a full-fledged snow storm. The water of
    the docks freeze instantly, and the ships hold in place. K' sneers, and greets
    his next opponent: a young woman with long blue hair, and lost eyes. She used a
    suit very similiar to that K' weared, down to the glove. The figure introduced
    herself as Kula. K' shrugs her off, and so begins the eternal fight between the
    rival elements: fire and ice.
    	Meanwhile, Maxima, Vanessa, and Ramon have managed to take shelter in an
    abandoned factory located near downtown Southtown. Maxima wonders about the fate
    of his friend, and thinks about the involvement of NESTS in all this. Suddenly,
    a noise is heard behind them. When battle seemed unavoidable, it came to a
    surprise that it was no other than Benimaru and Shingo, with Lin and Seth along!
    It seems that they, too, had been lured into the abandoned factory. Nonetheless,
    reunion time is cut short, since Ling's mercenaries have already surrounded the
    building. With no other place to run to, Benimaru suggests they should hide in a
    huge room nearby. Ramon thinks everybody's crazy, and Shingo protests based on
    the fact that they would be trapped there. "It's better than being slaughtered
    out here", Benimaru replies. So, the 7 fighters head towards the dark room....
    	At the same time, in the Ikari Warriors' command room, Heidern attempts to
    contact his best lieutenant, Ralf Jones. Ralf is located far from the designated
    location, which disturbs Heidern, since the soldiers are already there, and they
    will be needing all the help they can get (after all, K' and Maxima did trash a
    whole unit of mercenaries last year). Ling interrupts, and says: "That will no
    longer be a problem.". Heidern demands an explanation, and Ling suggests that
    the soldiers located at the factory should turn on the elevator, and then
    activate the underground generator. Heidern is left with even more doubts, and
    Ling continues: "This way, we should be able to activate the Zero Cannon.".
    Heidern recalls the name: a satellite that had been launched in order to detect
    and destroy the hideouts of the NESTS cartel, done by Ling prior to the mission.
    Heidern reminds Ling that their only purpose is to capture K' and Maxima, and
    investigate the whereabouts of the NESTS cartel. "Yes, officially", says Ling
    with a sinister grin. When Heidern is about to complain, he is instantly held at
    gunpoint by Ling's soldiers! "What kind of loony ideas do you have in mind?",
    demands Heidern. "You don't have to know anything", Ling laughs. "You're just a
    mere spectator, and I...I am the executor!".
    	Meanwhile, in the abandoned factory, Maxima wonders why the soldiers have
    stopped looking for them. When the tension level has raised to pitch fever
    levels, the roof begins to open. Much to the warriors' surprise, they have been
    located underground! The floor raises them to ground level, where they find
    themselves inside an ancient temple, which, in turn, turns out to be Ling's
    command center! The fighters see with disbelief as Heidern and his agents are
    held at gunpoint by Ling's soldiers. Suddenly, out of nowhere, an ominous figure
    surges in the middle of the room. Seth and Vanessa are quite a bit surprised,
    which sparks the attention of their teammates. The mysterious shadow welcomes
    the fighters. Vaneesa shouts out: "Commander! What is this all about?!". His
    cover blown, the mystery person steps into the light. It is Ling, but dressed in
    a more extravagant fashion. Upon further inspection, it turns out to be that
    Ling is, simply put, not Ling at all! Heidern demands the fake Ling to spit out
    his true name, and the false Ling gives him the expected answer: Zero.
    	As it turns out to be, Zero used his cloning abilities to create Ling, and
    give him specific orders of gaining the trust of the Ikari Warriors and the
    world leaders, before deactivating the clone. Zero was also the man responsible
    for Krizalid's elimination last year, as the voice of the ominous light.
    Consecuently, it is revealed that Seth and Vanessa are also NESTS' agents, under
    the command of Zero. However, they had been duped into bringing the strongest
    fighters of the the last King of Fighters tournament, after their separation.
    This turns Seth and Vanessa against Zero for having used them as his pawns. But
    Seth and Vanessa own Zero a great deal, as they had been infused with Zero's
    fighting power enclosed in his DNA. And Zero, no doubt, had a truly fearsome
    power: his eerie aura could be felt all around the temple, making the whole
    walls shake beneath him!
    	Not content with duping the fighters for his own personal ambitions, Zero
    has an extra something in store for the daring fighters. He now intends to fight
    them so he can extract enough fighting energy in order to charge up the Zero
    Cannon! This is achieved via the underground generator, which siphons the energy
    released in the main chamber of the temple. The generator will then transmit the
    data to the Zero Cannon (of which 20 units were placed, each aimed at strategic
    locations around the world) in outer space, and Zero can use it to destroy any
    designated point on the face of the earth! "So, this must be the ultimate plan
    of NESTS, huh?", mumbles Lin. "NESTS? That was just a gimmick!", growls Zero.
    "The future of this world isn't NESTS. It's me!". Seth gestures, and vows: "This
    time, you won't get away with your pitiful plans, you filth!".
    	Easier said than done, as Zero soon proves to his gullible guests. Ramon
    and Shingo are the first two fighters to fall. They stood up bravely against
    Zero, but due to his quick movements, they proved to be no match for the crazed
    commander. Another upsetting fact was that all the energy of the fight would be
    used for the Zero Cannon, so the brave warriors were a bit more than reluctant
    about displaying their full strength. Would they be responsible of the downfall
    of society as we know it? Everyone had that doubt in mind, as Ramon and Shingo
    get blown away by Zero's quick skirt movements.
    	Benimaru and Maxima now stand against the confident Zero. They knew that
    this battle couldn't be won no matter what, but there was no choice: it was kill
    or be killed. Benimaru and Maxima begin to attack Zero with everything they got,
    but Zero has some more tricks up his sleeve: he now uses dark shadow arts to
    sneak upon the heroes! These sinister tricks soon pay their price, as Benimaru
    and Maxima begin to get whacked by invisible figures, and then followed up by
    Zero himself. The battle was turning gruesome, until unexpected help came.
    	Taking Zero by surprise, Seth and Vanessa jump on their former commander.
    Zero begins to feel the incredible pressure of fighting both his enemies AND his
    former allies. The noble fighters begin to inflict damage on the pressured Zero,
    but Zero attempts one last desperate trick: surrounding himself with magnetic
    energy, Zero becomes a huge damage void. Sucking in energy from every living
    being in the room, and gathering it in his own aura, Zero makes the finalists
    fly through the air. After a few seconds, everyone falls flat. Zero already
    brags his victory, until....
    	Suddenly, Lin jumps from behind, and stabs Zero in the back with his hand.
    Zero quickly makes short work out of Lin, but Lin already gloats about his
    victory. Zero doesn't understand what he means, but he soon realizes another
    weird fact: someone has just entered the room. Another challenger? Yes, it's K'!
    However, K' is weak from his battle against Kula. Zero bursts into laughter, and
    taunts K': "How can you ever hope to defeat me in such a battered state? You
    can't even deal with your own soul!", brags Zero. But, when Zero is about to
    proceed to finish K', he feels his whole body getting weak. What is this all
    about? It was Lin's doing: his stab in the back had it's own share of poison,
    which had began to make Zero feel the heat. With his remaining strength, K'
    gathers the last ounces of his flaming power, keeps it in his gloved hand, and
    rushes directly at Zero. The inminent impact makes the whole temple and it's
    surroundings to shudder like no tomorrow.
    	K' begins to help his partners and former friends. He appears to have
    defeated Zero...or so he thinks. In bad shape, a bruised and bittered Zero walks
    up to his defeaters. He holds a trigger in hand and a nasty smile on his face.
    "You're doomed!", laughs Zero. "Even if you have defeated me, nothing can stop
    the Zero Cannon now! Now vanish into the light of a new world!". Things get
    worse when the world leaders receive the notice of Zero's "capture"...by Ling. A
    decoy notice that will take them by surprise. Zero presses the trigger's button
    in order to fry the wounded warriors with the Zero Cannon...but nothing happens.
    The generator suddenly shuts down, and Zero is more than confused by it. Out of
    the blue, Zero is inmoblized by a strange force around him. Inmediately after,
    two women, going by the name of Diana and Foxy, appear by Zero's side.
    	The two femme fatales approach Zero. They are beautiful, yet deadly,
    women. Diana and Foxy silently seal Zero's fate. Traitors to the NESTS deserve
    no less than death. By attempting to destroy his superiors with the Zero Cannon,
    Zero himself has signed his own pact of destruction. Diana calls someone via a
    radio transmittor. It is Kula, who is located atop the Zero Cannon in outer
    space! Kula had reprogrammed the Zero Cannon to not respond to the main controls
    (in Zero's possession), and activate it manually instead. Kula fires the Zero
    Cannon, which is directly aimed at Zero's position. Zero reels in fear and
    agony. The surviving fighters are urged to escape from the inminent impact.
    	Meanwhile, inside the temple, where everything was shaking and falling due
    to the incoming Zero Cannon shot, Zero lied on the ground, exhausted from
    battle, unable to move and condemned to death by his superiors. After all, he
    was just a clone for a higher purpose. But he beatryed the trust of his
    superiors, and now he would pay for it. As Zero awaits the moment of his death,
    a person walks near him...asking for questions....
    	Moments later, among all the chaos and all the explosions that the Zero
    Cannon had caused, the temple was falling down to ruins. But a lone man still
    approached Zero in his agony. The young man noticed a small gray mechancial box
    near Zero's fallen body. Something must have been contained there, but no idea
    of what it was. Zero smiled when he saw the figure approach him, and just
    managed to mutter in his delusions: "Well, well...what a honor to have you as my
    final witness to my death, Kyo Kusanagi!". It was indeed the young Kusanagi who
    came near Zero, demanding explanations about the experiments conducted on him 2
    years ago, and which created the army of Kyo clones. But Zero knew that the army
    of Kyo clones was just the final stage of the process. But instead of telling
    him everything he knew, and looking at the sheer determination in Kyo's eyes,
    Zero smiled and told him: "Dont you think you have one opponent to defeat yet,
    Kyo Kusanagi?". Kyo didnt know what he was talking about, but a deep voice
    behind him thundered in his eyes...a familiar voice....
           Kyo Kusanagi stands among the chaos around him. He seems confident, as
    always. He smiles, closes his eyes, and says: "So, you're still around, eh?".
    The mysterious voice approaches Kyo: "You knew that I would come back for
    you...". Kyo waves his hand and affirms: "Well, that guy's toast, anyway.
    Besides, only those of the bloodline could control such power! He didn't have a
    chance!". The figure behinds him laughs, and stands into the light. It's Iori
    Yagami, who has returned as well. He smiles and says: "Good memory of
    yours...shall we get this show done?". Kyo just shrugs his shoulders and says:
    "Really need to ask?".
    	The two legendary fighters engage in battle once more. No longer is there
    hatred in their eyes. Only the feeling of fighting a worthy opponent, and the
    excitement of battle....
    	The skies of Southtown emit a blinding light, and suddenly, there is a
    huge explosion, the shock effect wiping out everything in its' path, like paper
    dolls. The noise is unsurpassed. Metal, wood, glass, and people fly around, as
    if swapped by an incredible force. Minutes later, nothing can be heard
    	As K' and his friends emerge from among the rubble, the sight that unfolds
    beyond their eyes couldn't be more desolating. Everything, in shambles. Nothing
    remains but a huge pile of ruins and destruction. And with destruction, comes
    death. Corpses cover the streets of what was once called as Southtown. After
    being controlled by so many years by the NESTS cartel, the city of Southtown has
    suffered its' inevitable fate: after having been build upon the history of
    fighting, crime, and bloodshed, the city of sins, Southtown, has finally
    crumbled down to nothing. A city which once strived upon the fight, has now died
    by it.
    	All the twenty Zero Cannon units that were flying in outer space were
    deactivated and promptly removed from their orbit around Earth to be destroyed
    later on. The question about how many innocent people should die is irrelevant,
    up until this point. The point now, is that this tragedy should never repeat
    itself. And one name remains unpunished:
    	The destruction of Southtown and the investigation that began against the
    criminal organization NESTS, as the main suspect of the massive catastrophe,
    were a couple of events that shaked the whole world, which groveled in its' own
    hierachy of corruption and insecurity. The example of Southtown was but a
    warning to many countries throughout the world, that NESTS would not stop at
    anything to accomplish their evil ambitions, and no country would be safe as
    long as they maintained a strong presence in the world of crime.
    	Strangely enough, NESTS had maintained a low profile ever since the
    destruction of Southtown was confirmed. Having covered up their tracks, NESTS
    has retreated to seclusion, even though the Ikari Warriors mercenary agency has
    been leading an extensive investigation on the former facilities of NESTS. On
    the other hand, those who have abandoned the ranks of NESTS were also doing
    their own kind of investigation. These former NESTS agents, led by the
    mysterious K', were also trying to keep on NESTS' trail, but both the Ikari
    Warriors and K's squad could not find any trace of the activities of NESTS. What
    was going on? Did NESTS know that they were being followed? The situation seemed
    rather hopeless, until one day, invitations to the greatest fighting tournament
    of all time once again reached the hands of those worthy enough to go into
    combat, and do battle against the greatest warriors the world has ever known....
    	The King of Fighters tournament enters the scene once again...the first
    competition of the 21st century!
    	But something odd was going on. The invitations were signed by the NESTS
    cartel themselves! It was obvious that NESTS was going to sponsor this
    tournament directly, and they didn't even seem fazed that several governments
    were searching for them the world out. Something seemed terribly wrong, but all
    the fighters knew that NESTS was up to no good, as usual. Would NESTS try to
    collect fighting data for yet another evil project? Why would they make a public
    appearance, hosting such an important event as the King of Fighters tournament,
    after leveling a whole city down to a burning heap of rubble? But this time,
    everyone knew that NESTS could not get away with this this time around. With the
    disaster of Southtown still fresh in their minds, the fighters gather around to
    find the best of the best, the ones who could stand up to NESTS and destroy them
    once and for all!
    	On one side, the main actors stepped on stage. K', his newfound sister
    Whip, and their android friend Maxima, all renegade NESTS agents, plan to make
    NESTS pay for their crimes, mostly the atrocities that NESTS performed against
    their own lives. This time, they would be joined by the enigmatic Hizoku ninja
    Lin, who is also after NESTS for personal reasons. The former Hero Team reunites
    once again, and this time, Shingo Yabuki gets to realize his golden dream of
    fighting alongside his master, the legendary fighter Kyo Kusanagi, in a King of
    Fighters tournament. Iori Yagami also finally gets a team to fight in once
    again, this time with the help of former NESTS underdogs Seth and Vanessa, along
    with goofy Mexican wrestler Ramon. Terry Bogard and the rest of the "Lonely
    Wolves" don't plan to remain idle and let the destruction of Southtown be for
    nothing! The Sakazaki family now has to help their old friend, Robert Garcia,
    who has fallen into a financial crisis due to the huge recession that the world
    economy had witnessed. The Ikari Warriors are more than intent on concluding
    their investigation on the NESTS cartel by busting them, and this time, Heidern
    would finally leave the sidelines and join the battle fray once more! The Psycho
    Soldiers dig further down on the whole issue of Sie Kensou and Bao sharing the
    same psychic power source. Once again, the Gorgeous Team has a nearly complete
    remaking, and this year, Jhun Hoon is forced to be left out of the tournament
    due to a street accident, and his place will be taken by a young and
    enthusiastic young girl called May Lee, a member of Kim's honorable school of
    Tae Kwon Do justice fighters!
    	But one team watches the whole development of the events from among the
    shadows. Their intentions are not yet known. But leading the team is no other
    than Kula Diamond, the anti-K' biological weapon that NESTS ordered to do away
    with the traitor Zero. She is closely followed by her superior and close friend,
    the swordswoman Foxy. But behind them, are a couple of new faces that will
    surely create a new reign of chaos in the tournament. They are new NESTS agents
    assigned especially for this tournament. One of them is a slender, yet deadly,
    female warrior, whose good looks match her killer moves. Her name is Angel, the
    high-spirited and lethal agent. And behind her, is the image of a frail young
    man. His physical appearance looks to be majorly deteriorated and incredibly
    fragile. But inside him rages the fire and power of a demon. He is the new
    biological weapon that NESTS plans to use against the traitors to their cause.
    His name...K9999. And he now targets K' and his team of renegades!
    	And so, the cry of batle can be heard once more! Now, teams have the
    choice of deciding their own lineup. Will one fighter prefer to fight alone,
    using his three partners as backup in the battle, or will all four warriors
    engage in combat, with no one to support them in the fight? The variety of
    strategies and the newcomers make this tournament more than a simple display of
    sheer strength and skill, but also requiring a great deal of mind power, of
    intelligence, of planning in order to emerge victorious. As the shadow of NESTS
    looms over the competitors, everyone tries their best, putting in their best
    efforts into battle, in order to find out those who could be worthy enough to
    fight against those who have caused so much pain. In the middle of this fight
    for revenge and justice, sometimes personal affairs are left aside, but even the
    flame that rages within the blood of those who are guided by hatred can't be
    easily swayed away. With that in mind, K', Kyo, Iori, and K9999 fight their own
    personal battles of resentment and harsh feelings.
    	As the final matches approaches, the battles are being monitored to a high
    technology base. Three mysterious figures watch the screens as the fights rage
    on with the maximum degree of passion ever seen in a fighting tournament.
    Throughout the world, the fights that are bound with glory and honor are being
    supervised by an ominous old man, cloaked in elegant clothing, sitting on a
    majestic throne. He is the very leader of the NESTS cartel, who watches the
    tournament as if it were his own show that he staged by himself, and as if the
    fighters were his mere puppets. Two persons stand on both his sides. On his
    right side, a man with long blond hair and drapped in an eerie black cloth. On
    his left side, a beautiful woman with blond hair, the leader's secretary, who
    couldn't look more similiar to a Hollywood star. The evil headmaster of NESTS
    gloats as his play takes place. But his plan should be wrapped up, so he now
    summons the best man for the job. Attending to the leader's call, is a man who
    inspires a certain feel of familiarity. His clothing is definetly similiar to
    that worn by Zero...but his face was very much different. The man who the leader
    of NESTS trusts in accepts the orders given to him, and he sets out to fulfill
    the evil plans of his boss.
    	Meanwhile, K's team is once again declared the winner of the 2001 King of
    Fighters tournament! But as the crowd and the millions of fans following the
    tournament through the news rage on, K' and his teammates remain emotionless.
    They know that the fight is far from over. As it turns out to be, they are
    invited by officials of the tournament to a celebration ceremony that is shaped
    out to be pretty unique: atop a floating blimp! K' tries to hide his suspects as
    the blimp takes flight. Maxima makes K' weary of the team's worries about this
    so-called reception party, but K' assures him that they will get to the bottom
    of this. The peculiar team reaches a huge hall, with only a narrow bridge that
    crosses above the whole engine room. An impressive woodwork and the advanced
    machinery fill the room. But as soon as they get there, the blimp begins to
    shake violently! The whole engines begin to work at maximum capacity, as the
    blimp splits into half! It is revealed that one half of the blimp hides a rocket
    ship, which blasts into the sky at an incredible speed. Whip is shocked at the
    unexpected turn of events, but K' places his attention on the other side of the
    bridge. A man with white hair and a familiar uniform stands in the door at the
    other end. A ferocious black lion lies by his side, sneering and growling at the
    team with a beastlike look in its' red eyes. It was the man who was assigned by
    the leader of NESTS to do away with the winning team!
    	Everyone knows who this man is...he looks vaguely familiar to Zero, the
    lunatic NESTS exceutive who tried to use the Zero Cannon against his own
    superiors! Indeed, the man admits he is Zero, but the Zero they knew (and his
    clone, Ling) who tried to blast them away with the Zero Cannon was in fact his
    clones. He accepeted that there was a mistake in his plans, as the clone
    developed his own consciousness. But he knew of other clones who must be
    disposed of, and pointed out to K'! He had received direct orders to do away
    with K' and his band of traitors. But this time, things would be a lot more fair
    for them. Zero called forth two of his most trustworthy helpers for a REAL four-
    on-four brawl! Another shocking revelation is shown as Krizalid, the advanced
    clone of K' who was thought to have died 2 years ago, appears aside the true
    Zero. Zero had retrieved the remaining data of the Krizalid project to create
    another clone of the late NESTS agent. The other figure was a familiar person
    for Lin. It was Ron, who had betrayed the Hizoku cause to join NESTS, and had
    been enhanced with NESTS' diobolical genetic technology to become a fearsome
    menace! As Zero's pet lion also readied for battle, Zero calls forth for the
    battle to end all battles to begin!
    	What followed was a cruel fight that would define who would live or die in
    this merciless combat. Lin inmediately went after Ron, in a fight of two members
    of the Hizoku clan. Maxima and Whip had to deal with Krizalid and Zero's pet
    lion, while K' came face-to-face with Zero himself. The intense action made the
    whole ship shake from the force of the blows inflicted by each side, but Zero
    was the one showing off the greatest amount of power, his incredible strength
    creating huge vortexes around him. But everyone was familiar with the style that
    the NESTS agents displayed. Lin knew Ron well because they both came from the
    same village, and had a repertoire of moves similiar to Lin's. Krizalid was no
    secret, having fought him 2 years ago, and Zero made the big mistake of inputing
    several of his moves into his clones. True, they all had greater power than what
    the group was used with, but their strategy was to wear down their power until
    they could finally finish them off. Finally, K' was able to strike down Zero
    after a troublesome battle, as well as his assistants. However, Lin could not
    capture Ron, who escaped from the battle in a rush.
    	However, this time, Zero did not make a big deal out of his defeat. Zero
    admits that he was bested by K' and his crew. As Zero says this, K' and the
    others feel how the ship rumbles once more. Zero tells the group that they have
    just arrived at NESTS' main HQ, and that they should hurry up and find the truth
    behind their past. Having said that, the whole ship begins to shake once more,
    but this time, it was beginning to fall apart! Wood and metal crashed down one
    another, as the ship began to suffer a series of violent explosions. Zero
    pointed out the exit for the cast of fighters, but before he could get out of
    the ship, K' turned back to look at Zero, who had given his back towards him and
    his comrades among the whole chaos in which the ship had turned into. K' smiled,
    and continued his path inside the main base of NESTS.
    	  K' and the others now find themselves inside a highly advanced base. The
    impressive amount of technology was adorned with the details taht one could only
    see in European castles. Carpets spread over the floor, and several ornaments
    and paintings hung on the walls. As the group stares in awe at the amazing
    scene, Maxima calls for K's attention. Maxima is motionless at the sight he
    witnesses outside the window. K' and the others go to where Maxima, and the
    sight they see is also overwhelming. The entire planet Earth could be seen from
    the window! The ship had taken them to an outer space base! But there were more
    important matters to attend, as Lin points out a huge door at the end of the
    	As the group enters, they are met with 3 figures standing in the darkness.
    Once again, the NESTS leader and his assistants make their star appearance! K'
    and Whip know that they must be the upper executives of NESTS, as they ready
    themselves for any sort of unpleasant surprises. The old man sits still, as a
    loud voice boom towards the foursome. The voice introduces himself as Igniz, the
    CEO of NESTS. Igniz congratulates K' and his partners for coming this far, and
    for defeating Zero. But he doubts that some worthless products of NESTS could
    ever get to topple the cartel! K' sneers, and replies that it is NESTS who
    should be worrying about their fate, as they had come here to destroy them once
    and for all!
    	Meanwhile, back on Earth, Foxy and Kula stare at the star-filled sky at
    nighttime. The night sky was so pretty, but they had been too busy following
    orders from NESTS to ever notice it. They watch as the remains of Zero's rocket
    ship plummets to the ground, engulfed in flames, down to the sea. Kula, who had
    gone through a whole deal of experiences of human feelings and life itself
    through the last 2 years, smiles. Maybe it was time for her and Foxy to begin a
    new life. But as she turns to Foxy, her friend and superior is speared in the
    back! Foxy falls to the ground, dead. Kula is in utter shock as Foxy's killer
    shows his face. It was K9999, who shapes his glove from a blade back to its'
    normal form. Angel smiles, and tells Kula that there are enough capable
    assassins in NESTS, and that they didn't need any sort of agents who would turn
    against them like K' did. Kula's tears flow freely down her cheeks, but they
    freeze before they can even fall down. Kula shouts out that she will never
    forget them for killing Foxy. But K9999 just shrugs her off as a biological
    defect, and both he and Angel get ready to dispose of Kula, before she can
    develop a will of her own!
    	Back in the space base, Igniz continues to taunt K' and the others. The
    cloning process that they had experimented on Kyo Kusanagi after the Orochi
    battle spawned 4 products: K', Krizalid, Kula Diamond, and K9999. Now that the
    experiments had proven succesful, their battle experience was already recorded
    on NESTS' supercomputers, so they had all the data they needed, data collected
    ever since 2 years ago. They had erased K's memories, because clones have no
    need of memories in order to fight to their full potential. But as soon as Igniz
    finishes his line, the blond man standing at the left of the old man grabs the
    NESTS leader by the head! It seems that Igniz was the assistant of the leader of
    NESTS, not the old man! In a moment, the old man turns into dust under Igniz'
    great power. Igniz stands forward, and claims that he will rid the world of all
    those who would stand in his way. That's why NESTS organized the King of
    Fighters tournament after all: to find out who was the strongest of the world,
    and then eliminate them to vanquish all possible threats to world conquest! And
    once he had done that, he would become the god for the new era...the era of
    NESTS! Igniz removes his cloak, and beckons for the team to attack him!
    	But Igniz was definetly no common underling. Having collected all the
    fighting data stored in the NESTS' database from the past 3 KOF tournaments, he
    channeled it to his own body, all that sheer fighting potential made quite a mix
    inside his organism! His incredible, overwhelming power, had the force of a
    deity, a superior being who could take down a whole army by himself! Igniz
    shurgged all attacks by Maxima, Whip, Lin...and even K' was like a mere toy to
    Igniz. Their attacks could not even faze him. Igniz was too fast, too powerful,
    his energy channeled into inhumanly strong explosions, which made the whole base
    shudder in its' vast strength. The team fell like paper dolls, and K', although
    brave and insistent, soon fell quickly. Igniz laughs at the team's futile
    attempts to impress him. But before K' could close his eyes and lose
    consciousness, as Igniz looms over with a glowing hand, ready to give him the
    final blow, a crimson flame blast shoves Igniz' hand aside!
    	Now, Kyo Kusanagi has entered the scene! But not only him...Terry, Athena,
    Ryo, Kim, even Iori all stood up to Igniz! Kyo wipes his mouth, and tells Igniz
    that NESTS has benefited themselves too much thanks to him. Now, after 2 years
    of hunting them down, Kyo would finally exact revenge from those who dared
    attempt to ruin his life! Likewise, the other fighters blamed Igniz for his
    divine delusions, which have costed the life of many, innocents and even the
    people of NESTS themselves! Igniz laughs, and explains that it was all just a
    means to an end...and that the end would be the destruction of those who stood
    against him! Now, the fight against Igniz would start once again...this time no
    one would allow him to realize Igniz' ambition of an utopia!
    	All the fighters put in their best effort, their bravest attempt, their
    whole energy, their whole souls into the battle. Igniz was still overpowered,
    and was too much for all them to handle, but the immortal will to survive and to
    keep on living by the rest of the fighters was what led them to keep on trying.
    Igniz could not understand why they would prefer to lose their lives than to
    accept a new world order! K' was inspired by the bravery of the other fighters,
    and stood up to fight once again! K' stands by Kyo's side, and tells Kyo that he
    never thought he would fight along him one day. Kyo turns to Iori, smiles, and
    tells K' that his quote is all too familiar. Now, the heat was on Igniz!
    	With the force of the 3 flames combined, Igniz could no longer stand
    strong. His whole numerical data was just that...numbers and statistics. Kyo and
    Iori knew what the real deal behind those numbers where, and K', who was a
    result of a biological experimient, had also came to realize that as well! Igniz
    was soon beginning to falter, until after being worn down by Iori and Kyo's
    flames, K' gave him the final blow, a huge flaming explosion which burned all
    the machines in the room to a crisp!
    	With his last ounce of strength, Igniz drags his battered body to a couple
    of pillars which stood in the highest point of the room, above some stairs.
    Igniz is surprised and enfuriated that the humans would shun the existence of a
    god among them. But, if the humans didn't desire a god, then he would become a
    demon! With those words, Igniz placed his hands on the cravings atop the
    pillars, and his whole body was surrounded with a beam of light. Not long after,
    the whole space station began to tremble violently. K' noticed that Earth had
    grown bigger and bigger outside the window. The space station was set on a crash
    course to Earth! The rest of the brave heroes tried to stop Igniz from his
    suicidal attempt, but a huge door closed the way to where Igniz was standing.
    The whole base became a flaming comet upon entrance to the atmosphere, and
    headed towards the planet in a quick path to final destruction.
    	Meanwhile, down on Earth, Kula tried her best to fight off K9999 and
    Angel. She fought bravely, using her freeze powers to her maximum capability.
    But two NESTS assassins against a young and confused girl was just too much. And
    K9999's violent behavior didn't allow for much, either. When Kula began to
    falter and feel weak from the effort, she noticed a bright light coming from the
    morning sky. K9999 and Angel also noticed it, and stood there, staring at the
    huge flaming sphere shooting down to the ground. The wrecked NESTS space station
    made a huge splash in the middle of the ocean, as the disturbed water and the
    raging flames shoot up to the sky. Angel wonders if that was the NESTS station,
    and if so, what would have happened to the leader of NESTS? But K9999 was
    determined to finish his job at any cost. The mere existence of Kula disturbed
    him to no end, so K9999 launches himself at Kula to finish her off. As K9999's
    hand mutates into a bizarre shape, a crimson flame blast shoves his mutated hand
    	The man who interfered was K'! He was in quite a bad shape, but he could
    still stand tall, and face his advanced clone head to head. Now, Kula and K'
    stood together as partners for the first time ever, leveling the odds. K9999 was
    beginning to get really mad, as his hair waves in the wind, flashing tones of
    white. But Angel made to his notice that some helicopters were drawing nearby.
    They could be the remaining troops of NESTS looking for them! K9999 decides its'
    not time to stay around and play, as they should reunite with what's left of
    NESTS and think of a new plan. Angel and K9999 vanished, not before K9999 gives
    Kula and K' a final death sentence before he departs!
    	Diana, the other NESTS executive, meets with Kula and the others, trying
    to talk the situation out. Diana is disappointed that NESTS would have gone this
    way, but Whip reassures her that everything will be OK now that the higher ranks
    of NESTS have been dealt with, but Whip knows that her past is far from being
    resolved. Maxima and Lin watch over the other survivors of this faithful
    tournament as they walk away to their places of origin. Another year has flew
    by, but this time, a climate of peace and tranquility could be felt roaming in
    the air. Maxima is relieved that the nightmare that was once NESTS is finally
    over, as he looks over to the sinking NESTS space station, which is no better
    than ashes right now. But Lin knows better...Ron is still out there, perhaps
    planning a new scheme. Indeed, in a cliff not faraway from where the fighters of
    destiny are reunited, Ron and the mysterious NESTS secretary watch the scene of
    joy and triumph that overwhelms the warriors of faith. But Ron knows better. He
    vows that things won't stay like this for too long, and those who dare to
    interfere would have to prepare themselves, as Ron makes plans of his own....
    	Walking on the coast line, two similiar figures walk along the humid sand,
    as the waves splash against their feet. The sun has already placed itself atop
    the middle of the sky, lighting up the heavens...as well as their souls. Kula,
    one of the figures, walks in a jolly fashion, kicking away the incoming water.
    She turns towards K', who has been walking along her the whole time. With his
    shades on, K' can't conceal the marks of his past battle, but his face does
    express a certain deal of relief. Kula nears K's side, and as she snucks up to
    him, she asks what would be in store for them now that NESTS is done for. K'
    seems reluctant to answer at first, but after some more insistence, he takes off
    his shades, and smiles at Kula. He knows that a new life, free from slavery and
    personal torments, would soon dawn on their lives...just like the morning sun.
    	The following is the personal story of each and every of the 64 fighters
    that have participated in each of the six tournaments. I have divided them in
    alphabetic order, and have developed a list of them all. After this, I will
    detail the story of every fighter:
    *Andy Bogard
    *Athena Asamiya
    *Benimaru Nikaido
    *Billy Kane
    *Blue Mary
    *Brian Battler
    *Chang Koehan
    *Chin Gentsai
    *Chizuru Kagura
    *Choi Bounge
    *Clark Steel
    *Eiji Kisaragi
    *Geese Howard
    *Goro Daimon
    *Heavy D!
    *Hinako Shijou
    *Iori Yagami
    *Jhun Hoon
    *Joe Higashi
    *Kasumi Todoh
    *Kim Kaphwan
    *Kyo Kusanagi
    *Li Xiangfei
    *Lucky Glauber
    *Mai Shiranui
    *May Lee
    *Mr. Big
    *Ralf Jones
    *Robert Garcia
    *Rugal Bernstein
    *Ryo Sakazaki
    *Ryuji Yamazaki
    *Saisyu Kusanagi
    *Shingo Yabuki
    *Sie Kensou
    *Takuma Sakazaki
    *Terry Bogard
    *Wolfgang Krauser
    *Yashiro Nanakase
    *Yuri Sakazaki
    	Here's the list of the teams, composed by these characters. Notice that I
    have divided them in certain sections, depending on their appearances and
    changes in each tournament. This way, you will know which fighter pledged
    alliance to whom. However, never assure that a team will remain the same every
    *Teams which have appeared in every tournament/no changes:
    -Japan/Hero Team:
     Kyo Kusanagi-Benimaru Nikaido-Goro Daimon
    -Italy/Fatal Fury Team:
     Terry Bogard-Andy Bogard-Joe Higashi
    -China/Psycho Soldier Team:
     Athena Asamiya-Sie Kensou-Chin Gentsai
    -Korea/Kim Team:
      Kim Kaphwan-Chang Koehan-Choi Bounge
    *Team which have appeared in one tournament:
    -USA Sports Team:
      Heavy D!-Lucky Glauber-Brian Battler
    -Boss Team:
      Geese Howard-Wolfgang Krauser-Mr. Big
    -New Face Team:
       Yashiro Nanakase-Shermie-Chris
    -'97 Special Team:
       Ryuji Yamazaki-Blue Mary-Billy Kane
    *Teams which have changed from tournament to tournament:
    -Mexico/Kyokugenryo Team:
      Ryo Sakazaki-Robert Garcia-Takuma Sakazaki (The King of Fighters '94-'95)
      Ryo Sakazaki-Robert Garcia-Yuri Sakazaki (The King of Fighters '96-'97)
    -England/Gorgeous Team:
       Mai Shiranui-King-Yuri Sakazaki (The King of Fighters '94-'95)
       Mai Shiranui-King-Kasumi Todoh (The King of Fighters '96)
       Mai Shiranui-King-Chizuru Kagura (The King of Fighters '97)
    -Yagami Team:
       Iori Yagami-Eiji Kisaragi-Billy Kane (The King of Fighters '95)
       Iori Yagami-Mature-Vice (The King of Fighters '96)
    -Brazil/Ikari Team:
       Heidern-Ralf-Clark (The King of Fighters '94-'95)
       Leona-Ralf-Clark (The King of Fighters '96-'97)
    *Single entries:
    -Rugal Bernstein (The King of Fighters '94-'95)
    -Saisyu Kusanagi (The King of Fighters '95)
    -Chizuru Kagura (The King of Fighters '96)
    -Goenitz (The King of Fighters '96)
    -Shingo Yabuki (The King of Fighters '97)
    -Iori Yagami (The King of Fighters '97)
    -Orochi (The King of Fighters '97)
    *The King of Fighters '98 teams:
    -Hero Team (Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido, Goro Daimon)
    -Fatal Fury Team (Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi)
    -Art of Fighting Team (Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Yuri Sakazaki)
    -Ikari Team (Leona, Ralf Jones, Clark Steel)
    -Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Asamiya, Sie Kensou, Chin Gentsai)
    -Gorgeous Team (Chizuru Kagura, Mai Shiranui, King)
    -Kim Team (Kim Kaphwan, Chang Koehan, Choi Bounge)
    -New Face Team (Yashiro Nanakase, Shermie, Chris)
    -Special Team (Ryuji Yamazaki, Blue Mary, Billy Kane)
    -Yagami Team (Iori Yagami, Mature, Vice)
    -Middle Age Team (Heidern, Takuma Sakazaki, Saisyu Kusanagi)
    -USA Sports Team (Heavy D!, Lucky Glauber, Brian Battler)
    -Rugal Bernstein (single entry)
    -Shingo Yabuki (single entry)
    *The King of Fighters '99 new teams:
    -Hero Team (K', Maxima, Benimaru Nikaido, Shingo Yabuki)
    -Fatal Fury Team (Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Mai Shiranui)
    -Art of Fighting Team (Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Yuri Sakazaki, Takuma
    -Ikari Team (Leona, Ralf Jones, Clark Steel, Whip)
    -Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Asamiya, Sie Kensou, Chin Gentsai, Bao)
    -Gorgeous Team (King, Blue Mary, Kasumi Todoh, Li Xiangfei)
    -Kim Team (Kim Kaphwan, Chang Koehan, Choi Bounge, Jhun Hoon)
    -Kyo Kusanagi ver.1 (single entry)
    -Kyo Kusanagi ver.2 (single entry)
    -Shin Kyo Kusanagi (single entry)
    -Iori Yagami (single entry)
    -Krizalid (tournament host)
    *The King of Fighters 2000 teams:
    -Hero Team (K', Maxima, Ramon, Vanessa)
    -Benimaru Team (Benimaru Nikaido, Shingo Yabuki, Lin, Seth)
    -Fatal Fury Team (Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Blue Mary)
    -Art of Fighting Team (Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Takuma Sakazaki, King)
    -Ikari Team (Leona, Ralf Jones, Clark Steel, Whip)
    -Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Asamiya, Sie Kensou, Chin Gentsai, Bao)
    -Gorgeous Team (Mai Shiranui, Yuri Sakazaki, Kasumi Todoh, Hinako Shijou)
    -Kim Team (Kim Kaphwan, Chang Koehan, Choi Bounge, Jhun Hoon)
    -Kyo Kusanagi (single entry)
    -Iori Yagami (single entry)
    -Kula Diamond (unknown participant)
    -Zero (tournament host)
    *List of "special" strikers in KOF 2000 (note: This list contains the extra
    strikers that can be chosen aside from the regular striker version of your
    character, and who have not appeared in past KOF games as playable characters.
    Obviously, they don't have any relation with the original KOF timeline.):
    -Rocky (Maxima's special striker)
    -Duke Edwards (Ramon's special striker)
    -Fio (Vanessa's special striker)
    -Kyoko (Shingo Yabuki's special striker)
    -Duck King (Joe Higashi's special striker)
    -Kaede (Ryo Sakazaki's special striker)
    -G-Mantle (Ryo Sakazaki's hidden special striker)
    -Gai Tendou (Takuma Sakazaki's special striker)
    -King Lion (King's special striker)
    -Baijang (Chin Gentsai's special striker)
    -Kaoru Watabe (Bao's special striker)
    -Nakoruru (Yuri Sakazaki's special striker, she also appeared in the Game Boy
    version of KOF '95, by the way)
    -Unknown (Kasumi Todoh's hidden special striker, who is no other than Ryuhaku
    Todoh, Kasumi's father)
    -Lilly Kane (Hinako Shijou's special striker)
    -Kim Sue-il (Kim Kaphwan's special striker)
    -Kim Dong Hwan (Chang Koehan's special striker)
    -Kim Jae Hoon (Choi Bounge's special striker)
    -Kang Baedal (Jhun Hoon's special striker)
    -Syo Kirishima (Kyo Kusanagi's special striker)
    -Neo and Geo (Ramon's hidden special striker)
    *The King of Fighters 2001 teams:
    -Hero Team (K', Maxima, Whip, Lin)
    -Japan Team (Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido, Goro Daimon, Shingo Yabuki)
    -Yagami Team (Iori Yagami, Seth, Vanessa, Ramon)
    -Fatal Fury Team (Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Blue Mary)
    -Art of Fighting Team (Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Takuma Sakazaki, Yuri
    -Ikari Team (Heidern, Leona, Ralf Jones, Clark Steel)
    -Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Asamiya, Sie Kensou, Chin Gentsai, Bao)
    -Gorgeous Team (King, Mai Shiranui, Hinako Shijou, Li Xiangfei)
    -Kim Team (Kim Kaphwan, Chang Koehan, Choi Bounge, May Lee)
    -NESTS Team (Kula Diamond, Foxy, K9999, Angel)
    -True Zero (middle boss)
    -Igniz (tournament host)
    1.-Name of character/meaning of name (if applicable)
    2.-Bio data
      *Birthplace                             *Birthdate (age as of the end of 1999)
      *Height                                 *Weight
      *Blood type                             *Hobbies
      *Favorite food                          *Favorite sport
      *Most valuable                          *Hates the most
                                   *Fighting style
    4.-Alternate versions (if applicable)
    5.-Fun fact
    6.-Cloth changes (if applicable)
    8.-Other games (if applicable)
    	Now, with no more prologues, the stories begin now!
    Birthplace:    USA
    Birthdate:     August 16, 1974 (28 years old)
    Height:        1.71 m (5'6")
    Weight:        69 kg  (152 lbs)
    Blood type:    A
    Hobbies:       Practicing martial arts
    Favorite food: Spaghetti ala Natto
    Favorite sport:  Short track
    Most valuable: Picture of him and Hanzo Shiranui
    Hates the most: Dogs
    Fighting style: Kopo-ken and Shiranui Ninjitsu
    *Natto = fermented soy beans
    	Andy Bogard is the younger brother of the great fighting legend, Terry
    Bogard, champion of the first two King of Fighters tournament. Both are sons of
    the great martial artist, Jeff Bogard, whom was killed by his training partner,
    Geese Howard. The orphan Andy's heart was crushed when he knew about the death
    of his father, whom he respected and saw as his greatest idol. Being a lot more
    sentimental, and a lot more brash, Andy vowed revenge against Geese, and
    promised to kill him no matter what it takes: even if it cost him his own life.
    	Andy, using some of the money inherited to him by his father, traveled to
    Japan, in order to train himself in what he had learned to be the most deadly
    martial art in close-combat: Kopo-ken. He then went to see the great Hanzo
    Shiranui, a very skilled ninja who also happened to be a Kopo-ken master. Andy
    pledged for Hanzo to train him, and Hanzo, seeing the dedication and spirit in
    his eyes, accepted his offer.
    	Andy began to train in the mountains of Japan, amidst the forests and
    rivers. He first only thought of Geese, and he was unlucky in learning the
    basics due to his stubborness. With the help of constant training and the
    advices of his master, Hanzo Shiranui, Andy managed to mildy surpress his
    feeling of revenge. Now completly dedicated to his skills, Andy began to make
    exceptional progress, and quickly began to learn the more advanced skills of
    	During his stance in Japan, Andy met the beautiful grandaughter of Hanzo,
    Mai Shiranui. While he managed to completly ignore her for the first couple of
    months, Andy began to involve himself more and more with the young red-haired
    girl. Although he has developed strong feelings for her, Andy always pretends to
    be uninterested, since he thinks of Mai as a foster sister, due to his
    admiration towards Hanzo as sort of a paternal figure.
    	After the completion of his training period, Andy decided it was time to
    go back to Southtown to reunite with his brother, Terry (despite the evident
    sadness of Mai). During his trip back, he saw a fight between two Muay Thai
    fighters in a secluded area of Japan. Seeing the very impressive skills and
    arrogance of one of the Muay Thai fighters, Andy decided to challenge him. Of
    course, it wasn't an official bout, but the Muay Thai fighter accepted anyway.
    However, his happiness soon ran away as Andy began to show his incredible skill,
    and finally, defeated the astounished Muay Thai champion. However, the Muay Thai
    warrior just laughed, and shaked Andy's hand. He introduced himself as Joe
    Higashi, world Muay Thai champion! Ever since, both have become the best of
    friends, although ever since that moment, Andy thinks Joe always talks too
    	Andy and Joe agreed to go back together to the United States, and reunite
    with Andy's brother, Terry, in order to exact revenge on Geese. Andy then was
    informed by Terry upon his return that there was going to be a tournament called
    "The King of Fighters", and that the winner of the competition would end up
    fighting Geese. Andy's sense of revenge once again grew strong, truly straying
    him from the true sense of fight. Although he managed to gain enough road in the
    tournament, he couldn't win against the mighty Geese, due to his rashness and
    too much emotion. His brother was the one who, in the end, who managed to defeat
    Geese. Seeing that revenge blinded him, Andy then began a new journey ever
    since: to surpass his brother's skills, and perhaps defeat him in battle.
    	Once in a while, Andy travels back to Japan, where he resumes his training
    and continues to improve his skill. Of course, he is constantly pestered by Mai,
    and although she has grown into quite a woman during the last few years, Andy
    still tries to remain focused on his skill improving, and this requires quite
    some willpower, because no normal man would ever resist Mai's attributes!
    	Andy has always agreed to follow his brother Terry whenever he decided to
    enter the new version of the King of Fighters tournament, not as much as helping
    him, but just to show who's the best brother around! He was about to not enter
    in the King of Fighters '97, despite Joe's pestering, but since his brother
    decided to enter as well (to investigate on Geese's involvement in the
    tournament), he had no choice but accept as well.
    	All seemed to be perfectly normal when Terry received the invitation to
    the King of Fighters '99 tournament, since he and Joe would be joining once
    again, and he would be glad to show his brother what he had learned the last two
    years! However, it seemed they needed a fourth team member. Before Andy could
    think about anything, a person requested the fourth position in no time. Andy
    was more than surprised that it had been Mai, who didn't lose anytime in taking
    advantage of the situation to be close to Andy! Before Andy could object
    anything, the tournament was well underway....
    	The battles of the Lonely Wolves finally took them to a sewer, where they
    had been scheduled for their next battle. Suddenly, the sewer began to tremble,
    and began to crumble! Andy dashed right out, but Terry remained for some unknown
    reason...Andy tried to save his brother, but the rocks had already falled and
    blocked the pass. Andy wonders about the fate of his brother, but deep within,
    he knows he just can only train harder for the next time they meet!
    	Andy's training would once again be put at test in the year 2000, to prove
    his worth against the menace of NESTS. This time around, Mai had left the Lonely
    Wolves to join her old friend Yuri Sakazaki. This eased Andy's mind, but not his
    soul. He felt a bit guilty for having mistrusted Mai in last year's tournament,
    but there was no time to be sorry. Andy should not fail his brother Terry's
    trust this year, and so, Andy focuses all his inner strength into finishing the
    evil reign of NESTS!
    	Ironically, the final battle takes the Lonely Wolves to Southtown: Andy's
    city of origin. Andy feels bad about how Southtown keeps degrading itself by the
    actions of the crime lords, but he also feels somewhat assured for being at home
    again. But since NESTS was around, there was no kicking back. Andy and his
    friends are directed to the factory zone of Southtown, where NESTS is suspected
    to be hiding out. Andy and Terry know this well, and lead Joe and Mary there. By
    the time they reach the factor district, a legion of soldiers are found
    surrounding an abandoned factory. Andy wonders that this is odd, but as soon as
    they approach the soldiers, they begin to fire! Fighting for their lives, the
    Lonely Wolves have to deal with an army of NESTS agents! Andy helps out in order
    to knock the corrupt troops down.
    	While fighting inside the factory, the troops keep falling like chess
    pieces. But more seem to appear everytime they fall. Andy begins to feel
    somewhat tired, but has decided to keep on fighting, not allowing his friends
    and brother to die. Suddenly, the whole building begins to shake, and the
    soldiers freak out instantly. Terry feels something wrong, and with right
    reasons: a wounded soldier reports that the Zero Cannon has just been fired, and
    that the city is doomed! During the previous shock, the building begins to fall
    down at the seams, and Terry is knocked by a falling rock. Andy is shocked and
    stops at nothing to help his brother, but Terry pushes him aside, and urges him
    to escape. Andy looks at Terry's eyes, and recognizes his brother's determined
    look. Andy nods, and leads the others to shelter.
    	Minutes later, all is gone. Southtown had crumbled down to nothing. Andy
    feels a great deal of pain in his heart, for the city that he has been raised in
    has fallen, but he knew it was just a matter of time, as Southtown had always
    lived upon the principles of fighting, and it could only lead to destuction.
    Suprisingly, Andy knows Terry is alive, because he knew, by his brother's sight,
    that he would be determined to come back soon, as stronger as ever. Andy gives a
    slient promise that he, too, will keep on fighting, and training to become ever
    stronger and not lag behind his legenadary brother. In the meantime, he still
    has to cope with one little problem: having to avoid Mai's crazy marriage
    attempts for one whole year!
    	As the year 2001 looms over the horizon, Andy decides to take a trip back
    to Southtown, however, he tries his best to avoid Mai at any costs (he has left
    his student, Hokutomaru, to deal with her in the meantime). There, in the middle
    of the devastation that rules the city, he finds his brother Terry safe and
    sound, lending a helping hand to the orphans in Southtown, who had lost their
    parents in the Southtown explosion. Andy watches with joy how Terry overcomes
    his sadness, and claims that he will fight to give the orphans a new home! Andy
    notices a little kid by Terry's side. His blond hair makes him look like Terry's
    disciple, but his inner energy...what was it? Andy can't think about that
    anymore, since the next King of Fighters tournament quickly arrives!
    	Andy employs his maximum strength against his opponents, as he gets more
    and more recognized in his own right. His efforts find a deserved reward: the
    destruction of NESTS. However, even after their downfall, Andy still has to make
    amends and settle down the raging fury of Mai!
    	As explained before, being a sentimental fellow, Andy has very extreme
    cases of depression, like when fighting in order to exact revenge. Since the
    only thought on his mind was hatred, he was distracted from battle. However,
    Andy, when not disturbed, is always a cool and serene guy, a good natured fellow
    at heart. He also seems to be very serious around the always-kidding Joe! Ever
    since his sttuborness to defeat Geese, Andy has decided to hide his emotions,
    even his love for Mai, but from time to time, he shows how much she cares for
    her, but he doesn't want to make it too evident!
    	REAL BOUT: FATAL FURY 2 ANDY BOGARD (The King of Fighters '98): Alternate
    version of Andy based on his Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2 incarnation. He regains his
    long-range Hishoken, his Shouryuu Dan has been altered in its' look, loses his
    Dam Breaker Punch and the Gen'ei Shiranui (as well as its' follow-ups) and gains
    a new DM: the Dan Da Dan (sort of like a quick version of his Flying Meteor Fist
    DM, which he loses in this version by the way).
    *Fun fact = -If you possess a copy of the PSX version of The King of Fighters
    '97 (I don't know if this happens in other home versions), you have two art
    galleries featuring SNK official artwork. In Art Gallery I, there is a drawing
    of Andy hugging a dog! Hum, wasn't he supposed to HATE dogs? Maybe it's another
    display of sheer willpower. ^-^
                -Do you remember Hokutomaru, the little ninja boy who appears in the
    latest Fatal Fury game, Garou: Mark of the Wolves? You may have noticed that the
    kid has some of Andy's moves (note: the Kuuha Dan), and is well trained in
    Shiranui-style Ninjitsu. This is because, well, Andy IS Hokutomaru's master!
    Hokutomaru receives a letter from Andy at the end of Garou, congratulating his
    student by surpassing his own skills. But don't ask me if Hokutomaru is Andy and
    Mai's son...from the likes of it, it doesn't seem likely.
    *Cloth changes = In KOF '94 and KOF '95, Andy wears handguards and boots. He
    adds more protection on these places (apparently to deliver more devastating
    impacts?), more evidently on his legs, where he wears some sort of leg
    protectors, by KOF '96. His flame design on the shirt of his uniform from KOF
    '94/'95 also disappears, and a red zig-zag pattern appears on his "skirt"
    appears instead. By KOF  '98, he loses all this protection, and wears only very
    light gloves and shoes. In KOF 2001, Andy loses any trace of flame designs on
    his uniform (it's all white now, including the handguards), and with a black
    body suit beneath it, that covers all of his upper body skin (the only exposed
    skin is the head).
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Fatal Fury 3: Road to
    Final Victory, Real Bout: Fatal Fury, Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout:
    Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Real Bout: Dominated Mind, Fatal Fury:
    First Contact
    Birthplace:      Mexico
    Birthdate:       March 6, 1982 (20 years old)
    Height:          1.68 m (5'5")
    Weight:          Unknown (she won't tell)
    Blood type:      O
    Hobbies:         Going to live concerts
    Favorite food:   Sliced cactus, tequila
    Favorite sport:  Soccer
    Most valuable:   Vintage B-3 and Deck Coat P.D. series clothing
    Hates the most:  Gambling
    Fighting style:  No style in particular
    	One must not be fooled by Angel's slender and well-shaped body, and
    neither by her happy-go-luck personality she displays at times. This "femme
    fatale" is actually yet another dangerous agent that works for the feared NESTS
    cartel. Her bizarre blend of several martial arts make her quite unpredictable,
    as her style and moves can change in just a mere instant. After the increasing
    shortage of personal over the past few years, thanks to the King of Fighters
    tournament, Angel is called forth to defend the pride and honor of the NESTS in
    their moment of truth, where they will finally reveal themselves to the world in
    the 2001 King of Fighters tournament!
    	Being a friendly spirit at heart, Angel tries to seek the most human
    traits in her best friend, a friend that she met in NESTS: the heartless
    Kusanagi clone, K9999. Ever since they met, Angel had a hard time trying to get
    through K9999, since he refused to accept the friendship of anyone, and would
    rather live by himself without any trouble. But Angel knew that K9999 deserved
    the chance of being happy, and refuses to believe that he was created just to be
    a mindless assassin for the NESTS. Slowly, but surely, Angel has managed to gain
    herself the trust and friendship of K9999, as she attempts to open the warm
    heart within K9999's chest.
    	Angel and K9999 are assigned by their superiors to team up with Foxy, a
    high-ranked officer of NESTS, and one of their latest biological creations, Kula
    Diamond, to enter the next King of Fighters tournament. As usual, K9999 hates it
    when he gets ordered around by Foxy and her comrade Diana. Angel tries to cheer
    K9999 up by claiming that he is a lot more powerful than Foxy and Diana will
    give credit for. But she knows that K9999 won't stand the pressure for too long.
    Angel makes it her duty to look over her friend so that Foxy and Kula won't try
    anything funny against him, may he attempt to overthrow them.
    	During the tournament, Angel does a precise and clean job, carrying out
    her duties in the best way possible. She is soon noticed as a superb newcomer,
    but Angel knows better. Her skills are no fluke, but instead tries to stay sharp
    and precise during the whole fight. Soon, the tournament draws to an end, and
    Angel soon receives new orders by the higher commands. He informs them to K9999,
    who is instantly pleased and anxious. As the winners are transported to a blimp
    to stage their final battle, Foxy and Kula stay behind as they watch the blimp
    vanish in the precious star-filled night sky. Foxy wonders what will be NESTS'
    next move, but as soon as she says this, she is stabbed in the back by K9999!
    Angel stands right behind K9999 as he gloats over the fatally wounded Foxy.
    	Angel informs the shocked Kula that NESTS no longer needs so many agents,
    so both Foxy and Kula were assigned for swift elimination! Kula vows revenge for
    her fallen friend, but both K9999 and Angel are ready to assault the young anti-
    K'. Angel teams up with K9999 to attack Kula, who proves to put up quite a
    fight, mostly fueled by her anger for Foxy's death. But she is soon put against
    the ropes by the two NESTS agents. As Angel anticipates the killing blow,
    renegade NESTS agent K' appears and saves Kula from K9999's attack! Angel is
    terribly surprised that K' is still alive, and at the same time confused that
    NESTS could have been eliminated so easily by their own creations. A helicopter
    squad flies over the scene, and Angel assumes that it's the remaining NESTS
    troops. Angel suggests K9999 to retreat and regroup for their next plan. K9999
    doesn't seem very pleased to leave his business unfinished, but he regretfully
    retreats, as Angel wonders when will the moment come and K9999 will go
    completely out of control!
    	Even if she is a NESTS agent who carries out illegal orders by her
    superiors, Angel is not cold-hearted or blood-thirsty as one might suppose by
    her status. She is actually quite friendly if not met as an opponent, and acts
    in quite a cheerful way, always trying to spice things up. Her blazing fast
    speed and limber legs allow her to quickly hit the opponent in many places with
    a single stroke. The only known friend to K9999, Angel also begins to doubt the
    true purpose of her superiors at NESTS.
    *Fun fact = -For your personal information, the way you pronounce the name
    "Angel" is the same way you would pronounce it in Spanish: "An-hell".
    		-That weird Angel pose (where she points her fingers upwards at the
    sides of her head) is actually part of a rather popular dance here in Mexico
    that has to do with a cow. Yes, you heard right, a song about a cow (hence, the
    "horns"). So, what else is new? We have made up dances about chickens, deers,
    worms, horses, even snail soup! O_O;;;
    Appearances: The King of Fighters 2001
    "Athena of the Hemp Shrine"
    Birthplace:    Japan
    Birthdate:     March 14, 1979  (23 years old)
    Height:        1.63 m (5'3")
    Weight:        49 kg (108 lbs)
    Blood type:    B
    Hobbies:       Astrology
    Favorite food: Ichigo-daifuku
    Favortie sport:  Lacross
    Most valuable: Peter Rabbit teacup set
    Hates the most: Grasshoppers
    Fighting style: Kung Fu and Psychic Powers
    *Ichigo-daifuku = strawberry cakes
    	Athena is said to be the present incarnation of the Greek goddess Athena
    (Saint Seiya?), the goddess of the earth. However, even if she did held her
    divine reputation, Athena always tries to act like a normal girl, doing such
    typical stuff for girls such as going to school, shopping, and of course,
    listening to music! In fact, Athena likes to sing a lot. Her voice almost lets
    out her divine attributes, and Athena seems to put a lot of feeling in it
    (although most people think the contrary!).
    	Athena has always been concerned of the evil roaming around the world, and
    the increasing amount of crime as well. Having been born with a special psychic
    power, based on the power of the ressurection bird, the Phoenix, Athena vows to
    use her powers in order to protect justice, and make evil recoil! However, even
    the job a justice fighter needs some help. While she was traveling back to home
    from school, she finds a pair of Chinese fellows fighting against a local tough
    guy. One of them was about Athena's age, the other was just an old drunkard!
    Both seem to have problems with the big lug, since they don't seem to take the
    battle too seriously. Athena, taking away any suspicion, blows the strongman
    away, and seeing the skills of both men, asks them if they want to be her
    sidekicks. The young boy, later known as Sie Kensou, accepted inmediately, much
    in favor thanks to his infinite liking towards Athena, and as for the old man,
    soon known as Chin Gentsai, well, he decided to tag along as well...
    	Soon enough, all three began to fight against crime and evil in Japan.
    Since Kensou also seemed to manage psychic powers as well, the trio was soon to
    be known as the Psycho Soldiers! All three fought bravely against any evildoear,
    although most of them didn't pass from your run-of-the-mill criminal or a mob
    	Meanwhile, Athena decided to continue her studies in high school. She is
    certainly very attracted to Kyo Kusanagi, one of her classmates, but she decides
    to leave it alone, since she is also a very good friend of Yuki, Kyo's
    girlfriend (even though it causes quite a scene of fury from Kensou!). She then
    begins to hear rumors of the King of Fighters tournament, and soon enough, she
    receives an invitation to participate. Taking along her sidekicks, Athena
    decides to show the world what true justice does, and in the meanwhile, fight
    those who threaten mankind.
    	During the pass of the tournaments, Athena has grown more mature and
    responsible in order to keep up with her duties as a justice fighter. She also
    has to keep up rejecting Kensou, since the young man doesn't seem to understand
    when to quit proposing himself to Athena! However, after three tournaments, the
    Psycho Solider team begins to spark more and more popularity among the world,
    especially among the young people, who are encouraged with the actions of the
    brave Psycho Soliders. Athena always forces herself to be the best, not
    pretending to lose the confidence of thousands of young men and women around the
    world who send her thousands of letters each week! It was even one fan letter
    from a invalid girl named Kaoru Watabe which encouraged her to enter the King of
    Fighters '97, competition which she did not accept to enter at first. After all,
    Athena is fighting for the goodfare of all mankind, so she is always up and
    ready for the challenge!
    	After defending justice for so many years, Athena and her Psycho Soldiers
    got a well-deserved rest for two years...Period of time in which Athena met Bao,
    an adoptive student of Chin. Athena liked the kid very much, since he was so
    cute and so friendly. Bao seemed to like Athena very much as well, and since he
    too, had very potent psychic powers, he decided to take a cue from Athena's
    psychic techniques in order to get started. However, Athena could not resist her
    worries about Kensou, who had began to lose his psychic powers for some unknown
    reason. And so, arrived The King of Fighters '99....
    	Athena fought bravely along her comrades, but once she realized the real
    purpose of the tournament, being a set-up by Krizalid, Athena decides to take
    the bad guy down! However, before Athena and the Psycho Soldiers could arrive to
    the underground base, there was an explosion, and the passage began to fall
    down! Athena demanded an escape, but midway through, a heavy rock falls on
    Athena's leg, and can not budge it free. Another rock is about to fall atop
    Athena, and Athena faints before it can hit her. However, Kensou, turning on
    what remained of his psychic powers, manages to rescue her and exits to
    	Having barely escaped the hands of death in last year's tournament, Athena
    comes back in the King of Fighters 2000 tournament, in order to demand justice
    from the NESTS cartel! This time she has dedicated herself to become stronger
    and exploit her psychic powers to stand against the evil forces of NESTS. Athena
    still wonders about what the relation between Kensou and Bao really means, but
    relaxed by master Chin, Athena is impulsed to dedicate herself completly to the
    	After many rounds of fighting, Athena manages to find out that the final
    battle would take place in Southtown, where NESTS is supposed to hide out.
    Athena feels a lot more braver, and injects her inspiration to the rest of her
    companions (although Kensou really doesn't need any words for that). However,
    upon arriving at Southtown, it is too late. The whole city has been reduced to
    nothingness, destruction and deoslation spreading everywhere. Athena senses a
    great deal of withdrawl in her heart, for not having been able to do anything to
    save the citizens of Southtown, no matter how corrupt they were. However, there
    are other things to worry about: Athena notices a falling star in the sky, but
    it's no ordinary falling star...it turns out to be the wrecked Zero Cannon,
    which plummets to the ground. It is still active, however, and in its' crazy
    descent, still manages to fire several laser blasts! One of these blasts is
    directly aimed at the young psychic heroes, and their loyal follower, Kaoru!
    	With Athena in shock, the young heroine manages to notice her little
    friend Bao leaping towards the approaching beam. Athena urges Bao not to do so,
    since he would be risking his life. But it's too late for reason now: Bao has
    now come intro direct contact with the laser blast, and creates a huge impact,
    which Bao suprisingly absorbs into his body! This brave doing does not remain
    without a price, though: Bao falls to the ground, badly wounded. Not even
    Athena's healing psychic powers are enough to soothe Bao's pain. When everything
    else seems hopeless, Kensou comes into contact with Bao, and absorbs his psychic
    powers. Athena is happy now that Kensou has regained his psychic powers, but
    what about Bao...?
    	When the new King of Fighters tournament is announced, Athena is faced
    with yet another dillema: Kensou seems to have regained his psychic powers back
    to normal, but now it's Bao who suffers from psychic power shortage! Athena
    thinks it has something to do with the incident last year, when Kensou absorbed
    Bao's psychic powers last year with the "kiss of life". But her determination to
    put NESTS away for good this year is stronger than any kind of suspition! Now
    that NESTS has exposed itself to the public, Athena considers it the perfect
    time to stop their reign of terror once and for all! With her help, and with her
    huge psychic powers placed on the ulitmate test, Athena plays a crucial role to
    defeat Igniz, the CEO of NESTS, and put the evil cartel to an eternal rest, as
    their space base crashes into the ocean. Athena is glad to see that her friends
    are safe, and thanks the heavens that no one got hurt this year. But not too far
    away, two survivors of NESTS brew up a plan which will directly involve Athena
    and her closest friends in a plot for global domination...
    	Athena is known to be a very sweet girl among her friends, and very polite
    too. She is never rude except among gangsters and sometimes, Kensou (whenever he
    decides to pester a lot). She always helps her friends, and always takes her
    time to live her life as a normal girl. After all, she has a lot more to live,
    and life is short! Athena also respects master Chin a lot, although she wishes
    she will stop drinking for his own health. Being very concerned to where the
    world is heading to, Athena decides to fight hard for all mankind!
    *Fun fact = -If you ever play KOF '98, Athena will seldomly change her outfit to
    a bikini while executing her Shining Crystal Bit DM! This is no glitch at all.
    This is what she was supposed to look like back in her 8-bit action games!
                -For the record, Athena is the character with the most changes in
    their voice actors (named "seiyuus" in Japan, for the record). Being a "seiyuu"
    for Athena means that you will usually not keep your job for more than 2
    straight years! ^_^
    *Cloth changes = Athena has been the only KOF character to change clothes every
    year! In KOF '94, she wears a long. floppy shirt with floppy pants, with some
    sort of red dress covering the upper part and her waist. In KOF '95, the sleeves
    are shortened. In KOF '96, she dons some shorts instead of pants. In KOF '97,
    she now wears a skirt (but with long red silk pants, sorry men!), and some
    strappers above her white shirt. In KOF '98, she wears a costume similiar to
    that of KOF '96, but a lot more tighter (could it be leather!?). In KOF '99 ,
    Athena gets herself a hair cut (mushroom style), and she wears a red blouse
    (with a white shirt beneath it) with red shorts. In KOF 2000, Athena's hair is
    fixed in two bunches (think Chun Li), and she wears a red body suit (no sleeves,
    includes shirt and shorts), with yellow trims. She has a blue shirt beneath the
    red one. In KOF 2001, Athena loses the sleeves on her costume, and her shoulders
    are now exposed, and her hair is now cut VERY short. The only constant
    accesories are her beads and her star hairdress!
    Appearances: 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 (also appears in her old Athena game
    version as her special striker, wearing Xena-like clothes, fully equipped with
    sword and shield!), The King of Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters: Kyo, The
    King of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters R-2, The King of Fighters EX: Neo
    Other games: Athena, Psycho Soldier (two 8-bit side-scrolling games, being
    Athena the heroine), Athena: Awakening from Ordinary Life (a Playstation quest
    game where you play as Athena as she wanders around her hometown trying to
    figure out about her newfound psychic powers. Only available in Japan), SNK Gals
    Fighters, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001, SNK vs. Capcom: Match of
    the Millenium. She also plays the host of the photo-editing machine, called "Neo
    Print", made by SNK, in which you could create your own photo designs.
    Birthplace:       China
    Birthdate:        July 18, 1987 (15 years old)
    Height:           1.53 m (5')
    Weight:           40 kg (88 lbs)
    Blood type:       Unknown
    Hobbies:          Playing on home versions of video games (console gaming)
    Favorite food:    Hot milk (without sugar)
    Favorite sport:   River fishing
    Most valuable:    B-type games (FMV games?), games that are tough to beat (i.e.
    		      he likes Viewpoint)
    Dislikes:         RPG-making games
    Fighting style:  Psychic Powers
    	Bao is a young child who has yet to live enough experiences in life. Being
    born without knowing who his parents were, Bao lived wandering China as an
    adventurer, a kid with no lead at all. His only hobby was found in playing video
    games at local stands to pass the time. Aside from that, there was no place that
    Bao considered to be "home". That was until Chin Gentsai, a respectful, but
    drunk-propense old man, decided to adopt the child out of pity and good will.
    Thus, Bao finally stays at Chin's home with his wife.
    	During the next few days, Bao begins to display enormous amounts of
    psychic power that he never had realized about. Before it could get out of
    control, Chin deems it neccesary that Bao should train with him in order to
    control such power. And thus, Chin introduces Bao to Kensou, his other adoptive
    student, and Athena, the reknowned Psycho Soldiers, fighters of justice! Bao
    quickly begins to get acquainted to his two new friends, whom he sees as his
    elder brothers. He gets particularly worried at the sadness of Kensou, who has
    began to lost his psychic powers. Being too young, Bao has yet to understand the
    real meaning of feelings.
    	Bao is gladly admitted as the new Psycho Soldier for the new King of
    Fighters tournament in 1999. Bao accepts to do his best effort in the
    tournament, and not let his adoptove family down. Bao results to be quite a
    surprise, not just for his martial arts skills but for his impressive display of
    psychic powers. Added to that was his innocence and purity, and the fact he
    never fighted with hate or mocking in his attitude. The path of Bao leads him to
    follow Athena and the others into an underground passage in search of the
    hideout of the evil host of the tournament, Krizalid. Bao feels a little afraid,
    but doesn't want to quit out now. Suddenly, the whole passage begins to shake,
    and fall down in a hurry! Bao freaks out, and Chin tells him to run. Bao just
    runs and doesn't look back. He quickly escapes with Chin, but is worried about
    Kensou and Athena, who remain in the passage as it crumbles down. Bao wishes
    that nothing had happened to his dear friends. The heavens hear the child as
    Kensou bursts out of the ruins with his remaining psychic powers, carrying
    Athena in his arms. Bao suddenly feels a sting in his head, and passes out. It
    seems that Bao's psychic powers are somewhat bonded to those of Kensou's. Chin
    then reminds a passage of the "worst day in history", and wonders about
    Bao...the mysterious psychic boy.
    	After the whole tense situation, Bao resumes his training, apparently
    unaware of his psychic potential. Not to anyone's surprise, though, as Bao is
    always a happy-go-lucky kid! Unlike other people, who train in hopes of fighting
    the forces of NESTS in the King of Fighters 2000 tournament, Bao just wants to
    have a fun time, and see how strong everyone has become. And so, the day
    	Bao follows his grandfather Chin and his elder brothers Athena and Kensou
    in their fights, with the innocence and humor of a young child. His journey
    finally leads him to Southtown. Bao feels sad about the tragic destiny of the
    city, but something catches his eye: a bright light in the sky, which glows more
    and more, as if it was approaching...And it is! A lost shot by the crumbling
    Zero Cannon has fired directly at Bao and his friends. Decided to save his
    foster family from the path of destruction, Bao does a long leap to meet the
    Zero Cannon blast head on, despite everybody's objection. But Bao has made up
    his mind: he can't let his loved ones die. After a while, Bao is at the meeting
    end of the Zero Cannon shot. Bao is met with incredible pain, but he still
    gathers enough concentration and strength to absorb the force of the impact, and
    avoid it from doing any harm.
    	Bao's brave efforts take its' toll on him, however. Bao plummets to the
    ground, mortally wounded. Everybody tries to help Bao, but to no avail. It seems
    as if Bao's young life is about to vanish into thin air. Bao painfuly asks
    Kensou for help. Kensou, in one last desperate attempt, comes into close contact
    with Bao, and absorbs his huge source of psychic powers. This manages to regain
    Kensou's lost psychic powers, but Bao's fate is yet to be known...will he be
    able to fight again? Only Bao knows for sure....
    	Suprisingly, Bao manages to recover before the next King of Fighters
    tournament begins. He seems to be as glad and merry as ever before, but when bao
    attempts to release his psychic powers, his energy seems to fade away! These
    were the same symptoms that Kensou suffered the last 2 years. But Bao doesn't
    make a big fuss about it. He feels happy only to enjoy life and the experiences
    he lives with it. He once again enters the King of Fighters tournament with his
    self-proclaimed "family", hoping to be of use again! In the end, after the
    demise of NESTS, Bao is happy that his friends were not hurt, and thinks that
    the nightmare is finally over. But Ron, and the secretary of the president of
    NESTS, sole survivors of the cartel, have another plans for Bao. The shared
    psychic power of the Dragon that lives both in Bao and Kensou has proved to be a
    inmense source of energy, that Ron plans to harness in a near future! Will Bao
    be safe from Ron's dark intentions?
    	Bao doesn't let the feeling of hatred and vengeance displayed in some
    battles get to his heart. Being an innocent child, he is reluctant to such
    emotions. Bao looks at life as a precious gift, and is thankful for everything
    he has: his "grandfather" Chin, and his "elder brothers", Kensou and Athena.
    Despite being somewhat of a brat sometimes, Bao can keep his cool in extreme
    situations, and always bear a huge smile on his face.
    *Fun fact = Bao's outfit belongs to the typical Chinese communist uniform. Now,
    I don't know if Bao is conscious enough to realice that communism is pretty much
    dead these days, but hey...
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '99, The King of Fighters 2000, The King of
    Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    "The Two-Story Shrine of the Sun"
    Birthplace:    Japan (of American heritage)
    Birthdate:     June 6, 1976 (26 years old)
    Height:        1.80 m (5'9")
    Weight:        70 kg (154 lbs)
    Blood type:    O
    Hobbies:       Being the center of attraction
    Favorite food: Sashimi
    Favorite sport:   Clay shooting
    Most valuable: Himself
    Hates the most:  Otaku
    Fighting style: 'Shooting' (Japanese variation of Muay Thai)
    *Otaku = Japanese animation fan
    *Sashimi = typical Japanese dish, similiar to sushi
    	Benimaru Nikaido presumed himself, for a lot of years, to be not only the
    most skilled fighter in Japan, but also to be the most handsome! Being a half-
    American, Benimaru combines the best of both worlds, and besides being a very
    good looking fighter on the outside, he dresses well too, also doning several
    hairstyles. The problem is, since he always presumes his own beauty, women,
    instead of finding him attractive, find him to be very annoying!
    	A few years ago, Benimaru finally found someone to object about his so-
    called "beauty". It was a man named Kyo Kusanagi who began to steal his crowd,
    and was enfuriated at it. He challenged Kyo to a fight and define who would be
    the most popular student. Kyo shrugged and said he would only accept a challenge
    if he participated in the national martial arts tournament, which was taken
    place in order to decide the three members of the team that would participate
    for Japan in the next King of Fighters tournament. Benimaru promised Kyo he
    would be there, and then, he would proceed to humilliate him.
    	Being a master of 'shooting' boxing, and able to channel his inner power
    into bursts of electricity, Benimaru had no problems in confirming his
    superiority among other fighters, and advanced up to the finals. In the final
    match, Kyo was waiting for him. Both already had a place in the Japan team, but
    Benimaru desired so badly to be number one. So, he took on Kyo. But since
    Benimaru never did polish his skills against real fighters, he was no match for
    the sheer power and the crimson flames of Kyo! Benimaru had no choice but to
    accept Kyo's victory, and although they wouldn't talk to each other at first,
    they then became the best of friends, and hence, along with third team member
    Goro Daimon, made quite a powerful team that would be champion of the King of
    Fighters tournament several times.
    	Even though Benimaru respects Kyo a lot, he has always disliked being
    second place. That's why he always trains hard to become better than Kyo and
    eclipse the Kusanagi sun. He also loses no time in praising himself to the women
    in the tournament, although they too, think Benimaru is nothing more than a
    pushover!  Since he goes to school along with Kyo as well, it's pretty tough to
    try and surpass your own best friend when he's so popular!
    	In the last tournament, Benimaru fought against the Orochi menace to the
    very end along with Kyo. They had been together in very tight situations, and
    now, they would fight together, and Benimaru finally lost his obsession to be
    number one, and decided to fight against the most powerful enemy of mankind.
    After the faithful battle, Benimaru ventures throughout the world and becomes a
    very popular fighter among the people. Whether he has become better than Kyo has
    yet to be seen, but for now, Benimaru takes the limelight, and loves being the
    number one!
    	Benimaru sees the King of Fighters '99 as his big chance to be the number
    one fighter for one huge reason: Kyo was nowhere to be seen, and although
    Benimaru worries for his friend, it's no time to worry about where he is. It's
    about time that the whole world would see the power of the most beautiful
    fighter of them all! Suddenly, Benimaru is met by Shingo, who is more than
    willing to help Benimaru out, and by two mysterious man, whose roles would be
    very important until the very end...their names: K' and Maxima.
    	As his wish would have had it, Benimaru arrives to the final match, but
    after seeing K' and Maxima in action, he wonders what is it they really want.
    Not before long, Benimaru receives answers in the form that Krizalid, the host
    of the tournament, had been using them for his own ambitions, and that K' and
    Maxima were his aides! Benimaru decides to fight Krizalid head-on, but realizes
    he needs the help of K' after all. There was something in K' that reminded him
    of Kyo...and is there were Benimaru realizes he should have fought for himself,
    not just for overcoming Kyo. And as of fate would have had it, Kyo appears in
    the nick of time to save them from Krizalid's final assault. However, the
    reunion is cut short when the NESTS cartel brings the whole underground HQ down.
    Benimaru helps Shingo to escape as Kyo, K', and Maxima are trapped. He knows
    that his friends may have been lost for now, but he would practice a lot more,
    for the true battle is yet to begin....
    	The moment of truth comes one year later, in the year 2000. Despite his
    efforts, Benimaru hasn't managed to make contact with his lost friends: K',
    Maxima, and most of all, Kyo. K' and Maxima have become fugitives, for being
    former agents of the NESTS cartel, and Kyo, as usual, has vanished into thin
    air. Benimaru's worries increase when he receives the invitation for the King of
    Fighters 2000 tournament, since he is short two members (along with Shingo).
    Benimaru receives his expected answer when he meets face-to-face with an eerie
    ninja called Lin, who begs Benimaru for a chance to join his team this year.
    With his own share of doubts, Benimaru accepts. The man who presents Lin to him
    is no other than Benimaru's old friend, Seth, who is glad to see Benimaru once
    again, after so many years in which Benimaru has been busy wandering off
    fighting. The table is set for Benimaru to prove his value once more!
    	During the course of the tournament, Benimaru gets into constant quarrels
    with Lin, since Lin seems to be ruthless, in contrast to Benimaru's precious
    style. Benimaru even suspects about his old friend, the big, silent guy, Seth.
    He seems to be all cool about the whole situation, which kind of reminds
    Benimaru about K' last year. Nonetheless, Benimaru proves that he's back,
    tougher than ever! Ranked as one of the best fighters of this year's tournament,
    Benimaru and his incredible electric powers lead his team to the finals...which
    is scheduled to take place in the legendary crib of the King of Fighters
    tournament: Southtown.
    	Benimaru and his friends are supposed to meet their final rivals at an
    abandoned factory in the industrial district of Southtown. Smelling something
    suspicious, Benimaru relcutantly enters the building. To his surprise, who is
    there but his former teammate, Maxima! Benimaru wonders about the whereabouts of
    K', but his suspicions are cut short when NESTS agents surround the building.
    Benimaru and the rest of the fighters take shelter in a back room of the
    factory, which turns out to be an elevator to a hidden temple, and another of
    NESTS' main agents: Zero!
    	Benimaru once again fights with his whole might against the evil plans of
    Zero. He may still be powerless against Zero's cheap tricks, but Benimaru plays
    an important role in deteriorating Zero's strength in order for K' to deliver
    the final blow. After Zero's defeat, the whole temple begins to crumble in
    anticipation of the Zero Cannon's impact. On his way out, Benimaru meets with
    his eternal friend, Kyo Kusanagi once more. Reunion time is short, though, as
    Kyo urges his friend to get out quickly. Benimaru and Kyo exchange arrogant
    smiles, and Benimaru runs out just in time for the huge blast caused by the Zero
    Cannon's shot.
    	Once outside, Benimaru wakes up to see his friend Lin being harassed by a
    ninja who was similiar to Lin. Invoking his last ounces of strength. Benimaru
    grabs the intruding ninja, and executes one of his most well done Elec-Triggers.
    Futile, however, as the ninja has summoned an old ninja trick to escape from
    Benimaru's grasp, and replace his presence with a log. Benimaru has a lot of
    doubts about the ninja's power, but when he is getting chewed out by Lin for
    having helped him, Benimaru firmly replies: "Shut up! I can't let those NESTS
    traitors escape next time!"
    	As both Seth and Lin vanish to unknown whereabouts (although Benimaru
    could care less what happens with Lin anyway), Benimaru stays in Japan until the
    invitation for the next King of Fighters tournament. This time, though, NESTS
    seems to have gone public, and will expose themselves to the world. Benimaru
    smells something fishy behind their plot. But this time, an old friend has came
    back to help him out once again: Kyo Kusanagi has finally decided to help
    Benimaru once again in their attempt to foil NESTS and upset their evil
    ambitions, whatever they may be. Benimaru sets out to look for his old friend,
    Goro Daimon, and invite him back to active duty, as the old Hero Team returns
    with a blast once again! Benimaru and Daimon join Kyo and Shingo, and they enter
    the tournament to be a force to be reckoned with, as the former champions once
    again enter the battle fray!
    	Glad to help his friends once again, and perhaps even missing the old days
    as a champion, Benimaru ends the tournament safe and sound, and with NESTS
    finally destroyed, he can rest up for once. "It was fun while it lasted",
    Benimaru exclaims as he bids his friends farewell. The reunion of the Hero Team
    was short-lived, but still passionate and tainted with nostalgia. As he heads
    back home, Benimaru wishes he can be able to fight like this once again, because
    he had forgotten that fighting was so fun with Kyo and Daimon by his side.
    	Benimaru likes being payed attention, and hates those who steal his
    popularity. Although Kyo has stolen much of it, he has developed a very stable
    friendship (despite their constant quarrels!). Benimaru mostly likes to be
    praised by women, but as said, he just is more of an arrogant man than anything
    else, but he always concludes that they can't resist him!  Benimaru, despite
    always wanting to be number one, will always support Kyo in the very end!
    *Fun fact = Much rumors have surged that Benimaru is supposed to be gay (maybe
    due to his kiss-blowing and "Airabyu" statements). But he is not. Not only is he
    attracted to women (or he either wants them to be attracted to him!), he is a
    narcissist, which means, he praises himself. Narcissists have been commonly (and
    mistakenly) taken for gays, also taking the example of Samurai Shodown's
    Amakusa, and Street Fighter's Vega.
    *Cloth changes = In the past KOF, he wore a sort of tight shirt (with no sleeves
    at all), which has changed slightly from KOF '94/'95 to KOF '96 (it had a
    separate collar from the shirt in KOF '94/'95, while his KOF '96 shirt has the
    collar attached to it). In KOF '98, he has a sort of gym shirt (which reveals
    his abdomen), and which suspiciously has an opening in the middle of the chest.
    Was it that the shirt was originally designed for women?
    Appearances: 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 (also appears dressed almost like
    Shermie and with his hair pulled down as his special striker), The King of
    Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters: Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium
    Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001
    Birthplace:    England
    Birthdate:     December 25, 1969 (33 years old)
    Height:        1.79 m (5'9")
    Weight:        77 kg (169 lbs)
    Blood type:    B
    Hobbies:       Washing clothes
    Favorite food:  Food with eggs
    Favorite sport: High-jump with rod
    Most valuable:  His little sister, Lilly
    Hates the most:  Commands
    Fighting style: Fighting techniques with long rod
    	Billy Kane, and his little sister, Lilly, grew by themselves in the
    underground England. Having no parents, Billy had to take care of his sister
    alone, and was desperate in getting a stable job. Having no fortune in England,
    he and his sister traveled to the land of promise: the United States. They soon
    surfaced up in Southtown, a town filled with filth (lousy rhyme) and crime.
    Billy tried to stay away from such influences, and soon got a job in a local
    steel factory. Even though he worked a lot to sustain his sister, he couldn't
    see an end to such a tedious and unsatisfying job. One day, Billy got so
    frustrated, he tore out a metal pipe, and began wielding it wildly, threatining
    the physical integrity (politically correct term here!) of the workers there.
    The owner of the factory had happened to pay a visit that day to see how things
    were going, and saw the whole incident. The supervisor was more than willing to
    fire Billy, but the owner, seeing the sheer will of the worker, decided to have
    more interesting work for him.
    	Billy was then introduced to his boss, and he introduced himself as Geese
    Howard. Geese admitted that that show back there at the factory was quite
    impressive, and he likes people with creativity and guts. So, Geese proposes
    Billy to be his personal bodyguard. Billy accepts, thinking it would be a lot of
    a better pay. Geese recommended him, however, to polish up those rod fighting
    techniques. In no time flat, Billy picked up a staff and began practice.
    	Billy's skills soon became a natural thing to him, and he became a walking
    threat with a big stick. Billy improved his own stick so that it could divide in
    three parts with the help of a chain. Geese became more and more impressed with
    Billy's work, that he even proposed him to be the King of Fighters champion, and
    that anybody who would want to fight Geese, would have to pass through Billy
    first. Billy grew more and more united with Geese, and even though Billy hates
    orders, he takes his boss' commands as a pleasure. Soon, every year, anybody who
    got a shot at Billy, was soon to painfully realize the futileness of being in
    the King of Fighters tournament. Billy had soon realized of Geese's criminal
    activity, but had become so used to it, he didn't even bother.
    	However, one day, on the latest King of Fighters tournament, Billy was to
    face three fighters who were destined to break the monopoly on the tournament
    imposed by Geese. They were Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, and Joe Higashi, three
    lonely wolves decided to put an end to Geese's reign, and soon reached Billy
    with no trouble. Even though doing his best, Billy couldn't resist the power of
    the Bogards, and was defeated. Later, Terry Bogard defeated Geese, and the
    hatred of Billy rose against the Bogards. Thinking he was too predictable with
    his stick, Billy decided to train harder in order to exact revenge against the
    Lonely Wolves.
    	However, it was one day when Geese received an invitation for the next
    King of Fighters tournament in 1995. Geese commanded Billy to go in his place
    instead, since he was pretty bored. Billy soon seeked out teammates in order to
    participate in the tournament, and he found them faster than he thought: the
    killer ninja, Eiji Kisaragi, motivated by his grudge against the Sakazaki clan;
    and, one distinctive young man, whom had a particular power of launching purple
    flames, his name, as mysterious as the man himself: Iori Yagami.
    	The three fought in order to satisfy their own personal needs. Obviously,
    they didn't reach too far, and even Iori, at the end of the tournament, winded
    up beating up his two teammates badly, Billy included. Billy recovered after a
    while, but his hatred towards the Bogards now focused entirely on Iori.
    	The next year, Geese decided to enter himself, in order to investigate the
    so-called Orochi power. Billy was frustrated since he was burning for a rematch
    against Iori. However, Billy ended saving Geese's life at hands of Mr. Big, who
    shot him, but Billy managed to block the bullet with his stick.
    	The next year, Billy was sent once again by Geese, whom now assigned Billy
    to take notes on the Orochi power. Surprisingly for Billy, he had to watch over
    Iori, and see his reaction to the Orochi power, in order for Geese to see could
    exploit him. Billy was enfuriated, but was a bit calm at the idea of having
    Geese's permission to kill Iori (after all, if Iori died, that was all he was).
    Geese had already prepared Billy his two partners: Blue Mary (whom Geese had
    contracted through a dummy agent), and Ryuji Yamazaki, promising a pay for him
    if he managed to win.
    	Billy entered with Mary and Yamazaki, and no doubt tried his shot against
    Iori, but was doubtful when Iori entered his Riot of Blood self. When Billy
    finally decided to kill him no matter what, Iori had already been dealt with.
    Billy's worries didn't finish there, as soon he found out Yamazaki was of Orochi
    blood himself! So, this was Geese's plan all around. Billy managed to barely
    escape the Orochi threat, but he lost sight of Yamazaki in the action. He
    reported to Geese, and both heard a knock at the door. It was Yamazaki...and
    demanding his pay! Yamazaki fought with Geese and Billy, and the result was
    unknown, but it was heard that Yamazaki got his pay, and retired happy...after a
    bit of struggle though!
    	Billy isn't really that bad. The problem is people drive him the wrong
    way. Billy serves Geese loyally, and considers him something like a friend. He
    also takes care of his little sister, Lilly, very much, and is concerned that
    she is dating Joe Higashi, one of his enemies! Billy is also a bit sarcastic,
    and will seek revenge on those who humilliate him. Billy is concerned of the
    growing Orochi power, but decides to not take it so deeply. Billy, as most
    English young people, also loves rock and roll!
    	REAL BOUT: FATAL FURY 2 BILLY KANE (The King of Fighters '98): An
    alternate version of Billy based on his incarnation in Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2.
    He gains back his Sparrow Drop special move (his diagonal stick attack), and
    gains a new DM: the Salamander Stream (which is mostly like his Super Flaming
    Whirlwind Cane DM), but loses his Great Whirlwind DM, his uppercut move, and
    both counters.
    *Fun fact = In Fatal Fury 1, Billy had a special move where he threw his stick,
    leaving him waeponless! However, some grunt from the background would throw a
    new stick back at him. The weird thing was Billy was invulnerable until he
    received the stick (he seemed to be whining while he was waiting for his
    *Cloth changes = Billy wore a sort of "mechanic" (as in a mechanic who works
    with tools) cloth back in KOF '95, with no shirt. In KOF '97, he changes to a
    leather jacket and leather pants, still no shirt. His jacket also sports a no-
    smoking sign on the back! (supposedly, most punks/hooligans in England have such
    weird signs on their clothes)
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '95, The King of Fighters '97, The King of
    Fighters '98, The King of Fighters '99: Evolution (Dreamcast version, as a
    secret striker), The King of Fighters 2000 (Andy Bogard's special striker), The
    King of Fighters: Kyo
    Other games: Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout: Fatal
    Fury, Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild
    Ambition, Real Bout: Dominated Mind, Fatal Fury: First Contact
    Birthplace:      USA
    Birthdate:       February 4, 1974 (28 years old)
    Height:          1.68 m (5'5")
    Weight:          49 kg (108 lbs)
    Blood type:      AB
    Hobbies:         Bike touring
    Favorite food:   Beef cup
    Favorite sport:  Baseball
    Most valuable:   Her leather jacket
    Hates the most:  Cats
    Fighting style:  Commando Sambo
    	Blue Mary was raised since a child by his father, whom had a very busy
    life. Ever since she was young, Blue Mary began to learn the arts of Commando
    Sambo and build up her body, following the lessons of her father, whom in turn,
    had been a student of Geese Howard, Southtown's mob leader. Learning from his
    father how crime is a society disease, Mary quickly learned what her vocation
    would be: that of a police agent.
    	Mary trained very hard and became, in time, one tough woman! Not only was
    she deadly from afar, she could easily get in and grapple her opponent, leaving
    almost no bone unwrecked. Blue Mary then got her chance as a secret agent at a
    very young age. There is where she met what she thought at the time, was the man
    of her life. His name was Butch (why do I always picture a bulldog when I hear
    that name?).
    	Blue Mary and  Butch worked together in several missions, sucesfully
    completing each and every one. They got to know each other more and more after
    every mission. Mary was charmed by Butch's lovely attitude, his will for doing
    the job well done, and most of all, his will to live. Butch was also very
    impressed with Mary, since he had never known a woman so tough and decided as
    her! Soon, Mary and Butch began to learn a lot about each other, and both were
    very happy with each other. Mary saw Butch as a man who would never surrender
    until he got the job done. She admired him for that. Once, when they were
    drinking at a bar, Butch got up, stood behind the barstool, and began to whip
    out a drink. After it's completion, Butch named it the "Blue Mary", his favorite
    drink, and something he would always rely on. Thus, that's where the name Blue
    Mary came from.
    	One day, Butch was assigned a very precarious mission of high risk. Mary
    offered to accompany Butch, but he refused, excusing that Mary was still not up
    for the job, and that it was for her own sake. With a tender smile, Butch bid
    Mary farewell, and went out to complete the mission as soon as possible. Mary
    waited for days, for weeks...and Butch never came back...and he never did.
    	Finally, Mary received from a member of her agency a leather jacket. It
    was Butch's, and it was found right in the place where Butch had died. Mary took
    the jacket, and still puts it on, reminding her of her love for Butch. Mary then
    realized she  would complete Butch's mission: that of erradicating the scum of
    society and wipe them off the face of the earth.
    	Mary soon began even more popular than Butch. Her missions were always
    realized with quickness, and efficiency. She always had a way to get things
    done, always at her way. Mary, and her pet dog, Anton, traveled the whole world,
    cracking cases and trapping the bad guys. However, in one mission, she
    discovered a very serene man who was fighting once. Mary distinguished him as a
    strong man with long, blonde hair, and a trademark red cap. After finishing his
    battle, the man took a look at Mary, and recognized her as a pretty tough woman.
    Mary laughed, and ever since, the man and her have been very close friends. The
    man was no other than King of Fighters legend, Terry Bogard, the man whom
    defeated Geese and Krauser.
    	As of late, Mary has began being more and more involved with the Lone
    Wolf. She was amazed on so many experiences Terry had ever since his father died
    at the hands of Geese Howard. Mary found a lot in common between her and Terry,
    and she was beginning to feel something she had not felt for a long time.
    Something she had not felt ever since Butch was with her. Mary was truly
    enchanted by Terry, and she began to fall in love with him.
    	However, her work was far from over. One day, a secret person, in charge
    of a personal investigation agency, sent a letter to Mary for a secret meeting.
    Mary attended the meeting, and the person was there, waiting for her. The man
    told her that soon, Ryuji Yamazaki would be entering the King of Fighters '97
    tournament. Mary was familiar with Yamazaki, who was reknown as a very infamous
    gangster. The mystery man told Mary to keep an eye on him and Billy Kane, who
    was sent by Geese to look after Yamazaki as well. Mary's suspicions grew more
    and more: what did Geese want with Yamazaki? Without any other clue, Mary teamed
    up with Yamazaki and Billy, forming one of the more peculiar teams of the
    tournament. During the outcome of the tournament, Mary discovered, from
    Yamazaki's reactions to the manifestations of the Orochi power, was that indeed,
    Yamazaki was of Orochi blood! Mary was surprised, and figured out that Geese had
    sent Billy in order to keep an eye on the Orochi power of Yamazaki. But, then,
    what did the mysterious man want with Yamazaki and his Orochi power? This became
    very suspicious for Mary, but during her moment of confusion, Yamazaki had run
    	With no other cue more than to investigate the true intentions of the
    secret man, Mary began a new case. She soon found out that the mystery man was
    working for Geese Howard, and that he was using her to aid Billy to control
    Yamazaki, and bring the gangster to him! Mary was enfuriated, and taking a new
    case in her hands, Mary went out to catch the most powerful man of Southtown.
    	After two years of being on the trails of Geese Howard, Mary received a
    surprise invitation by King, one of her contacts in Southtown and personal
    friend. She was asked to join King in the latest King of Fighters tournament.
    Thus, Mary decides to leave the case temporarily, and helps her friend out.
    After all, it's always time to have some fun breaking some bones!
    	Ever since Mary became aware of the existence of the NESTS cartel at
    action in the King of Fighters tournament, Mary now directs all her attention in
    investigating the whereabouts of the evil organization. Upon futher inspection,
    she finds out that NESTS is now very active in Southtown: her own hometown. She
    decides to join the Lonely Wolves and her beloved Terry in order to warn them
    about the evil at work in their own turf. To this end, Mary has a new purpose:
    to stop the NESTS cartel ay any cost!
    	After the matches ended, Mary urges Terry and the others to hurry to
    Southtown, as NESTS might already be formulating another twisted plot. Upon
    arrival, Mary's contacts inform her about some suspicious actions taking place
    in the factory zone of Southtown. Mary leads the Lonely Wolves into the
    abandoned industrial district, where they suddenly find a factory surrounded by
    soldiers. Mary warns Terry and his friends about the danger, and is futher
    confirmed when the soldiers begin attacking the intruders! Mary uses her police-
    honed skills to stop the NESTS agents in their tracks. But the sheer number of
    soldiers down their throat is so intense, Mary and the others are forced into
    the building itself.
    	During the fight to survive, the whole building begins to shake, and the
    soldiers escape hastily. Mary makes a soldier cough up the truth: the Zero
    Cannon has just fired, and is now directed towards Southtown. The previous shock
    of the Zero Cannon blast makes the building begin to fall, and one fallen rock
    knocks Terry, wounding him. Not ready to give up her beloved one again, Mary
    hurries to help Terry, but Terry tells Mary that she won't be any good for him
    if she dies here. Mary, reminding Terry's sheer will to survive, escapes along
    with Andy and Joe.
    	After the complete destruction of Southtown, Mary's rage towards NESTS now
    knows no end. She begins to scout the areas around Southtown in hopes of finding
    out about NESTS. The several thugs she meets doesn't giv her any useful info. In
    a police hunt at a local criminal hideout, Mary violently wishes to punch the
    truth out of the thugs. She finds no answer, but she does feel that somebody is
    following her. It turns out to be Terry! He's pretty much alive, and on her way
    out, Mary promises Terry that she'll take care of NESTS for good.
    	Using her superior detective skills, Mary has managed to find out that
    NESTS is finally going to go public at the next King of Fighters tournament as
    the new hosts! Mary finds is surprising that NESTS would reveal themselves and
    cast away their disguise after they had just totalled Southtown, but the only
    thing she can think about now is to inform Terry. Terry tells Mary that the sins
    of NESTS will not go unpaid. He offers Mary to help him once more to deal with
    NESTS once and for all, and Mary isn't the woman to back out of a case!
    	During the fights in the tournament, Mary begins to realize something very
    important: even though NESTS has brought everyone lots of despair and suffering,
    and their actions could not be forgiven, she owned them the pleasure and honor
    of being able to team up with her beloved partner: Terry. Throughout the last
    years, Mary and Terry, more than fighting together, have lived more and more
    experiences as a couple, and Mary has been able to find more attributes in Terry
    than ever before. After the end of the tournament, and after NESTS falls to its'
    destruction, Mary and Terry have a whole new life to see in the future,
    	Mary is a very spirited young woman, and since she is pretty well known of
    how men fall for her beauty. She even exploits her enchants to make her fights
    more easier! She is as gracious as a rose, but also with deadly throns. Once in
    a while, Mary feels a bit lonely, that's when she begins to sing a blues.
    However, Mary is also a very dedicated woman, who has no other vision in mind
    than to complete her mission, and trash the bad guys!
    *Fun fact = In Real Bout: Fatal Fury, characters can fall out of the edge of the
    rings, and lose the round. There was a stage which was surrounded by water, and
    encased in wooden boards, which would break if the opponent broke through them,
    and fall into the water. Now, if Blue Mary knocked her opponent into the water,
    and she fell as well, she would come out of the water...topless! Woooooowww!!! A
    bit of eye candy for the pacient gamer! ^_^
    Appearances: 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: Kyo
    Other games: Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory, Real Bout: Fatal Fury, Real
    Bout: Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2, Real Bout: Dominated Mind
    Birthplace:       USA
    Birthdate:        April 15, 1970 (32 years old)
    Height:           2.19 m (7'2")
    Weight:           152 kg (335 lbs)
    Blood type:       O
    Hobbies:          Car racing
    Favorite food:    Mashed potatoes
    Favorite sport:   Hunting
    Most valuable:    His Viper (car)
    Hates the most:   Steady exertion
    Fighting style:   None in particular, mainly power-based attacks
    	Brian was a very powerful linebacker, and was overwhelming in the football
    field. His impressive physique allowed him to literally plow through the team's
    defensive line, and his great pleasure was to crash the quarterback, not
    mattering what or who would cross his way. However, this violent behavior only
    brought hardships towards Brian, accusing him of unnecesary roughness. Brain
    held that the philosophy of football was too much for weaklings such as them,
    and left the football field.
    	While was fooling around, Brian was encountered by his friend, Heavy D!.
    Heavy D! told Brian he was only wasting his time, and that he should do
    something good out of his life. Brian told him that the only thing he wanted was
    to crush a couple of heads, since that was the only thing in what he found
    pleasure. Heavy D! found this the perfect opportunity, and tells Brian that the
    King of Fighters tournament would be starting soon, and that it would introduce
    the team battle mode. Brian was interested by the idea, and accepted Heavy D!'s
    offer to enter the King of Fighters tournament.
    	Brian is known to be a very rude man, and that the only way in what he
    feels truly alive is when he breaks some bones. He also seems to find pleasure
    in seeing people recoil from his attacks, and uses his huge bulk to crash
    through the competition. However, Brian wishes he finds something else to
    distract himself on, but since he's so involved in rudeness, he discards the
    thought and dedicates himself to be the strongest!
    *Fun fact = Doesn't Brian's "Number one" victory pose (from KOF '98) remind you
    of World Heroes' Muscle Power? Reminds me of pizza! ^_^
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '94, The King of Fighters '98
    Birthplace:       Korea
    Birthdate:        October 21, 1958 (44 years old)
    Height:           2.27 m (7'4")
    Weight:           203 kg (447 lbs)
    Blood type:       B
    Hobbies:          Breaking things
    Favorite food:    Roasted whole sheep
    Favorite sport:   Table tennis
    Most valuable:    His iron ball
    Hates the most:   Centipedes
    Fighting style:   Tae Kwon Do combined with power attacks
    	Chang was a feared criminal throughout Korea. Using his huge body mass
    like a giant wrecking ball, and his bald head as hard as iron, it was not hard
    at all for Chang to accomplish his robberies and escape, literally flattening
    any police resistance. If his huge humanity wasn't enough, Chang wielded a very
    heavy iron ball, which aided him in breaking through walls and thrashing any
    police car in his way.
    	Once, while he was comitting a crime in a humble Korean suburb, Chang met
    a little man named Choi, who was outside a butchery. Chang found him to be very
    funny, and offered Choi to aid him in his crime business. Choi refused as he
    already had a job to sustain him. Still resistant, Chang tells Choi that it
    would be fun anyhow, and with his help, they won't ever get caught. Choi finally
    accepted his offer, as he was quite bored of his daily life, and wanted a bit of
    excitement...but they agreed that they shouldn't tell anything to Choi's wife!
    	So, began the evildoings of Chang and Choi, a duo feared among the banks
    and tiny shops. With their combined powers, it was unlikely to stop them! Chang
    and his impressie strength allowed them to break through barricades, allowing
    him and Choi to run away with the loot. Chang didn't only did this for the
    money, but he also found it very funny. He was also very happy to have Choi with
    him, since he found him to be a very good friend. However, Chang, not being so
    bright, wasn't so smart to think about everything, and he was once caught by the
    police, which had formed quite an impressive number around Chang and Choi.
    However, as promised, Chang made one last attempt to free Choi, and he helped
    him in his escape, while Chang was sent to prison, where he obviously, didn't
    stay for much time.
    	When Chang escaped, he quickly reunited with Choi and planned their next
    crime. They soon found a client in a passing woman, whom seemed to have a lot of
    booty on her. It was the time to attack! Suddenly, a white stream passed in
    front of their eyes. What was that? Then the duo was swept away. A man stood in
    front of them. With a challenging pose and a serious sight, the man introduced
    himself as the fighter of justice, Kim Kaphwan! Chang and Choi laughed at such a
    puny man, but they unexpectedly got thrashed by him in no time. Kim then picked
    them up and told them that he would take care that they would be men of good
    once again! Chang sighed and moaned...his life of crime was at a hault. Now he
    would know true punishment at the hands of Kim Kaphwan.
    	Chang, during the past years, has been obligated to train himself in the
    art of Tae Kwon Do, and fighting in the King of Fighters tournament. However,
    Chang never loses hopes that he will be free again and begin his crime life
    again, but when he always expresses his mind, he always gets caught by Kim and a
    subsequent beating. It seems Chang won't be a free man anytime sooner!
    	While enduring the harsh training with Kim, Chang was surprised by the
    arrival of a man that was once the training partner of Kim: Jhun Hoon. His bad-
    ass attitude made it seem that Chang would finally have someone aside him
    (besides Choi). However, it seems Jhun shares the same ideals as Kim, but marked
    with his own tone of violence and cruelty! It seems that the punishment for
    Chang would be never-ending! And it will soon get worst, as Chang is assigned to
    Kim at the end of the fifth King of Fighters tournament, in order to settle the
    personal difference between Kim and Jhun regarding which justice method is best.
    	After another hellish period of training with Kim for one eternal year,
    Chang comes to the brilliant resolution that, if he and Choi manage to defeat
    the NESTS cartel, they will be justified enough to be free! And so, Chang
    strangely fights with all his might in order to make a good impression on Kim's
    eyes, but he isn't so convinced by Jhun (who really doesn't impress himself too
    often). His hopes grow high as they near the final match in Southtown, but once
    they arrive at the crime-filled city, they are met with the inminent collision
    of the Zero Cannon shot! Chang and Choi do not manage to escape from damage's
    path, but they are saved in the nick of time by their own punishers: Kim and
    	After waking up from unconsciousness, Chang realizes with shock that he
    has exchanged bodies with his friend Choi! Now, Chang has to deal with yet
    ANOTHER ordeal...having to live in an incredibly small body for his huge anger.
    That is, until they manage to find a solution from NESTS themselves.
    	The problem of the body exchange was quickly resolved thanks to Kim's
    creative plan: the two former convicts would bash their heads together
    repeatedly until their bodies switched again! Both partners-in-crime ended with
    a huge headache (but Chang was used to it, banging his head against his iron
    ball for so much time), but finally returned to their original bodies. Just in
    time, too, as the next King of Fighters tournament would begin soon, but things
    were looking pretty bleak as Jhun got wounded in a street accident, and was out
    of comission. Chang's joy didn't last long, as a substitute was quickly found
    for him. The new member was a young woman, no less! Her name was May Lee, and
    she was totally different from Kim and Jhun: aside from being greatly skilled in
    Tae Kwon Do (she hailed from the Tae Kwon Do dojo that Kim ran), she was quite a
    nice young lady, and acted generous towards Chang and Choi. It seemed like this
    year would go smoothly as never before!
    	The tournament once again staged the chance for Chang and Choi to show
    their so-called "improvement" as men of justice, and the destruction of NESTS
    actually did kind of did something for their image. The people of Korea
    celebrated their return, considering they were the ones who destroyed NESTS. But
    Chang felt happy for May Lee, who had finally made her dream come true: to fight
    for true justice. As Kim and Jhun quarrel about their claim for fame, Chang
    agrees with Choi in that the only true figure this year, was May Lee. Chang will
    fight for his dream for liberty as well!
    	Chang is a joyful man, always seeing the bright side of things, and
    laughing at them. However, his life with Kim has left him very sad, and though
    he thinks Kim is a boring man, there's nothing he can do to avoid it! Chang is
    also very reluctant to keeping his mouth shut, and when he always talks ill of
    Kim, it's always in the wrong moment, earning him and Choi a swift beating.
    Chang cherishes his friendship with Choi, and both pass most of the time
    planning their escape when they're not training.
    *Fun fact = What CAN'T you find funny about Chang? Patting his stomach, cleaning
    his iron ball with his shirt while humming, moving his belly, picking his
    nose...you sure will get a laugh out of this man! And his constant humming
    through the fights also sounds so funny!
    *Cloth changes = In KOF '94/'95, he wears a grey outift, possibly his prison
    uniform. In KOF '96, Kim gives him and Choi uniforms similiar to that he wears.
    Appearances: 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 (also appears in a "handsome" version of
    himself, like a strong, beardless, and tall man with a Benimaru-like shirt and
    tooth necklace, as his hidden special striker), The King of Fighters 2001, The
    King of Fighters: Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fight 2001 (along with Choi Bounge as
    a team)
    Birthplace:         China
    Birthdate:          April 27, 1908 (94 years old)
    Height:             1.64 m (5'4")
    Weight:             53 kg (116 lbs)
    Blood type:         A
    Hobbies:            Mah-jong
    Favorite food:      Sake (alcohol in general)
    Favorite sport:     A walk in the park, skipping
    Most valuable:      Alcohol
    Hates the most:     Pandas
    Fighting style:     Kung Fu and Suiken (drunk-style martial art)
    	Chin was reknown many years ago as a very skilled warrior and an expert
    martial artist. However, during the pass of the years, Chin's physique has
    deteriorated, and from being a well-built warrior, Chin became a midget,
    disaligned old man. Chin now enjoys the company of his wife, and is constantly
    submerged into smoking his pipe and drinking "sake" (Japanese alcohol drink
    based on rice). However, Chin's fashion for "sake" is so high, that Chin has the
    bad habit of getting drunk very often...even when it's time to fight!
    	While enjoying a moment of peace and tranquility, Chin was met by a little
    boy. The boy had heard much about Chin, and he would feel honored if Chin would
    teach him. Under the dizzying effects of the "sake", Chin accepts the boy as his
    student, and when Chin finally realized what he did, he had no other choice but
    to keep his promise. Chin then teaches the boy named Sie Kensou, and is
    surprised that Kensou is a host of incredible psychic powers, while Chin himself
    masters himself in the art of the Drunken Monkey, a fighting style which tends
    to be very confused and mortal, since the opponent is lead into believing that
    the fighter is drunk, and is then nailed by several martial arts moves.
    	Kensou grew to be a spirited young man, and Chin was so revitalized by the
    attitude of Kensou, that he found spirit once again to keep on fighting. Much
    like the son he never had, Kensou and Chin always wandered together around China
    and other countries around the Asian area, in order to keep their training
    constant. One day, both traveled to Japan in a training journey. They soon found
    a competitor in a form of a bulky man. While Chin just sat by and smoked his
    pipe, Kensou had to deal with the strongman alone. However, both did not count
    on the help of a ceratin somebody, who blew the big bully away. Both turned
    around to see a girl in a Japanese school uniform. She introduced herself as
    Athena Asamiya, fighter of justice! Athena wanted both Kensou and Chin to help
    her against the crime in town, and both accepted, but Chin was reluctant until
    he saw Kensou's inmediate interest in Athena. Seeing how his boy became a young
    man, Chin considered it to be fun, and that he would tag along awhile.
    	The trio, quickly to be known as the Psycho Soldiers (mostly, because
    Athena and Kensou possesed psychic powers), made a lot of remarkable feats
    around Japan, thwarting crime wherever it would surge. Chin, however, did not
    participate too much in the fights: he was happy just training the both
    youngsters, and was proud of their evolution as fighters. Being a follower of
    the old rules of fighting, Chin induced Athena and Kensou the principles of the
    true meaning of fight, and what can somebody take from the fights.
    	In 1994, the team was invited to the first King of Fighters tournament
    which introduced the team battle concept. Chin once again accompanied the
    youngsters, and demostrated his skillful fighting style. However, sometimes, the
    "sake" reached up to Chin's head, and then you really wouldn't know if Chin was
    fighting seriously, or if he was just fooling around! However, Chin was never
    blind at the evil at work in every tournament, so that's why before every
    tournament, Chin always trains Athena and Kensou, as well as himself, very hard
    to be able to face the evil forces. Chin soon recognized the power of Orochi at
    work, and warned the teenagers. All three proposed to fight the evil power to
    the end.
    	However, since the fights of the Psycho Soldiers have become so popular,
    thousands of fans gathered around the group. Seeing this, Chin feared the young
    children would stray from the real sense of battle. So, told them not to enter
    the King of Fighters tournament in 1997. However, a fan letter from a certain
    Kaori to Athena cheered the two young fighters very much, and Chin had no other
    option but to accept to enter as well, but admiring the spirit of the two
    youngsters. They would fight together for mankind...until the end!
    	Almost right after the final battle with Orochi, and after peace settled
    somewhat, Chin encountered a little kid named Bao. He was very young...perhaps
    even younger than Kensou the first time he met him. Feeling pity for the child,
    he decided to bring him to his home with his wife, and give him shelter for
    awhile. However, as of late, Chin had noticed two very exceptional cases: the
    impressive psychic powers of Bao, and the loss of such powers from Kensou. Both
    curious and worried, Chin decides to train Bao in the basics of martial arts,
    while he tries to train Kensou in new techniques that no longer require Psycho
    Power. The results would soon be appreciated at the fifth King of Fighters
    	Always aware of the evil at work behind the curtains of the tournament,
    Chin keeps silent, not to distract the youngsters during the battles. However,
    the evil deeds of Krizalid becomes more and more evident by the hour as the
    tournament advances, so Chin has no other choice but to lead his disciples to
    the location of the evil source. However, the explosion of the base obligates
    the Psycho Soldiers to escape. Chin and Bao manage to escape, but Athena and
    Kensou lag behind...Chin refuses to believe that the two teenagers died beneath
    the ruins of the underground base. As if the heavens would have heard him, a
    super-psycho charged Kensou emerges from the ruins, Athena in his arms. Just in
    that moment, both Bao and Kensou pass out. Chin is surprised by this fact, as he
    begins to investigate the bond between the two powers of his two adoptive
    students....which leads to a certain term..."the worst day in history".
    	Despite his worries about Bao, and the new menace of the NESTS cartel in
    the King of Fighters tournament, Chin finds himself more inspired than ever, due
    to the excitement of his young disciples in anticipation of the next King of
    Fighters tournament in the year 2000. Also cheered by their eternal fan and
    inspirator, Kaori, Chin trains with new vigor in order to help his disciple's
    intentions to vanquish the NESTS cartel once and for all. This, of course,
    involves lots of drinking and sleeping by Chin!
    	After the fights end in the tournament, Chin and his youngsters receive
    the awaited notice: NESTS is now hiding out in Southtown, where the finals will
    take place! Chin is reluctant about risking their lives by going to that
    hellhole, but the hopes in the eyes of the children raises his spirit, and
    decides to lend a helping hand. However, upon reaching Southtown, they find out
    that it has been reduced to dust. Chin wonders about the true fate of humanity,
    if really inclined towards destruction, as Southtown was. No time for moaning,
    though, as Chin and the others spot a shining object in the sky. It turns out to
    be the trashed Zero Cannon, fallen from outer space. However, the Cannon is not
    yet completely disabled. Out of control, the Zero Cannon fires several shots,
    one headed directly at Chin and his disciples!
    	Chin urges his children to hide, but suprisingly enough, Bao takes the
    initiative and leaps to meet the blast head-on. Chin desperately shouts for Bao
    to come back, and not allow his young life to extinguish like this. But Bao has
    already made up his mind: he faces the beam, and receives the explosion
    directly. It looks bad, but Bao, in a suprising manuever, absorbs the impact of
    the laser! This refreshes Chin, but not for long, as Bao silently falls to the
    	Chin is worried about Bao's fate. He doesn't react to Athena's healing
    powers, and Chin is faced with the guilt of being able to lose one of his
    disciples at such a young age. In an unexpected outcome, Kensou touches Bao
    closely, and absorbs his psychic powers in a huge blast. Chin is overwhelmed
    about Kensou's new psychic powers, but Bao's shape is bad. This teaches Chin a
    valuable lesson about life: a young, yet fulfilled, life is better than a long
    	As one year flies by, Chin watches over the progress of Kensou and Bao.
    Bao has apparently recovered faster than last year, but now he suffers the same
    symptoms that Kensou did the last couple of years: his psychic powers were
    slowly vanishing. Did it had anything to do with Kensou's "kiss of life" last
    year to save Bao? On the other hand, Kensou seems to have returned to his
    original state, with his psychic powers back to full again. Chin smells trouble
    as NESTS steps forth from the shadows to host the next King of Fighters
    tournament. It seems that NESTS is planning to give their final step towards
    world domination. Chin has no other choice but to rely on his students as he
    always has, and hope he can help them out in order to save the world for the
    	Old age doesn't stop Chin, as he continues to be a great asset to the
    group of psychic warriors as they participate in the new tournament. Chin's
    dream of finally watching the fall of NESTS comes true as the space station of
    NESTS crashes down to the sea. Chin puts special attention in Kensou and Bao,
    who far from feeling ill, are filled with life and enthusiasm. Chin wonders why
    there is a new feeling to Kensou's psychic aura, as if something totally new was
    arising in Kensou's body. What could be the end of this puzzle? Chin hopes he
    can live long enough to resolve what's going between the shared powers of Kensou
    and Bao.
    	Chin is sometimes very distracted, and once in awhile, he gets so dead
    drunk, nobody can tell what he'll do next. However, Chin is a jolly man, and
    since he always takes fighting as a sort of game (thanks in part to all that
    "sake"), he is always so cheerful, dancing, smoking, and most of all, drinking!
    However, he uses all resources possible, such as using his own sake jug, and
    igniting the sake with his inner power so that he becomes a walking
    flamethrower! Chin also likes to accompany Athena's singing with his drums, in
    which he is also very skillful at.
    *Fun fact = The way how Chin fights won't seem likely that he has began very
    powerful in the lastest versions! I mean, when you see that old man lying on the
    ground all of a sudden, wobbling in his place, or inducing his opponent to drink
    from his sake jug, won't you feel humilliated?
    *Cloth changes = In KOF '94 to '98, he wears a brown vest with no shirt (showing
    off that big belly of his), white pants, sandals, and that wacky hat. In KOF
    '99, he now wears a traditional Chinese karate garb (green shirt with sleeves,
    red belt, green pants, much like Tung Fu Rue of the Fatal Fury series).
    Apperances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood (as a striker for the Psycho
    Soldier Team)
    "A Thousand Cranes that dances to please God"
    Birthplace:          Japan
    Birthdate:           June 26, 1974 (28 years old)
    Height:              1.69 m (5'5")
    Weight:              52 kg (114 lbs)
    Blood type:          AB
    Hobbies:             Sleeping, bike racing
    Favorite food:       Hot/spicy food
    Favorite sport:      Bike racing
    Most valuable:       Pet bird 'Chi-chan'
    Hates the most:      Irrational things
    Fighting style:      Kagura style Ancient Martial Arts
    	Chizuru is the last remaining survivor of the Clan of the Yata, whose
    obligation is to take care of the seal which is held over the Orochi power.
    Chizuru is actually the youngest of two sisters which were born in the latest
    Kagura generation. Her older sister was the rightful heir to the power of the
    Clan of the Yata, and she was granted the power to protect the seal. Chizuru, in
    the meanwhile, look up to her sister, since they had a very fraternal
    relationship, and Chizuru's sister also taught her the secrets of the Clan of
    the Yata. Everything was going well until...
    	It was a cold night, when suddenly, an evil wind blew through the village
    of the Clan of the Yata. Chizuru woke up aware of the evil power at work in her
    village. Her older sister had felt that too, and she had come out to face the
    malignous entity. Suddenly, a man surged in the middle of the mist. A tall man,
    with very familiar clothes. Chizuru's sister called out for the Orochi messenger
    to come out. The man came out. He named himself Goenitz. He had come to destroy
    the seal that is imposed over the Orochi power. Chizuru's sister refuses and
    challenges Goenitz to battle. Both engage in a deadly battle, but Goenitz, being
    one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi, wields inmense power, and since the
    power of the Kagura can not fight the Orochi without the help of the other two
    clans, Chizuru's sister loses. Goenitz laughs, and claims that the seal over the
    Orochi power has been broken, but it is still weak. So, there's no other thing
    to do than wait. Goenitz vanishes. Chizuru runs to her sister's side. With her
    dying breath, Chizuru's sister asigns the task of sealing the Orochi power once
    again. If she fails, chaos and destruction will take over the world. Chizuru has
    to make the Kusanagi and Yagami clans unite one again so that the seal will be
    imposed again. With that, Chizuru's sister dies.
    	Ten years has passed since the faithful incident. Chizuru has became a
    very succesful business woman, and is a very prestigious woman in Japan. She has
    secretly followed the King of Fighters tournament since it began, and after
    being aware of Rugal's death, Chizuru takes his place as the new host of the
    tournament, in 1996. She sends invitations to several teams...including Kyo
    Kusanagi and Iori Yagami. In the finals, Chizuru takes on the Hero Team, where
    Kyo is captain. In the middle of a bustling stadium, Chizuru fights the Hero
    Team, but is more interested in the skills of the Kusanagi. Using illusions to
    confuse the fighters, Chizuru manages to put Daimon and Benimaru away. But Kyo
    was different. Kyo uses his Kusanagi power to fight Chizuru, and finally wins.
    Chizuru is then happy, since she knows Kyo is ready to face the challenge in
    front of him. However, soon enough, the same evil wind that blew ten years ago,
    now once again appeared. Chizuru and the Hero Team are blown away, but Chizuru
    takes the worst part. She bids Kyo to join with Iori and help defeat the Orochi
    power. Then, she faints. When she regains consciousness, Goenitz is at the edge
    of defeat. Chizuru promises Goenitz that the Orochi power will be taken away
    once and for all. Goenitz then vanishes, and so does Chizuru.
    	Chizuru did not appear until days before the next tournament in 1997.
    Since many sponsors were in charge of the tournament, Chizuru's job was a lot
    more easier. However, she needed a team to enter the tournament this year. She
    then knew that Kasumi Todoh, the third member of the Gorgeous Team of last year,
    had disappeared. Chizuru took this chance, and reunited Mai Shiranui and King,
    the remaining members. She then begins to fight in the tournament, never letting
    an eye away from Kyo and Iori.
    	As she previewed, Orochi was about to grow stronger and stronger, and the
    situation went critical with the rampage of Iori under the effect of the Riot of
    Blood, and the appearance of the other three Heavenly Kings of Orochi, in the
    form of the New Face Team. But fate lend it's lucky hand, and both Kyo and Iori
    were up and ready to face the faithful and final battle against the Orochi
    power. Chizuru wishes both Kyo and Iori good luck, and Chizuru begins developing
    the seal against Orochi. As the battle reached it's climax, Kyo prepared for the
    final punch as Iori held Orochi. Chizuru then invokes the seal, and everything
    goes blank.
    	Nobody knows where Chizuru has gone now, but it's presumed she lives with
    ease now that the Orochi power is sealed once again...for now.
    	Chizuru seems to be a very serious woman, and using the power of the
    mirror of the Clan of the Yata, she manages to create multiple images of
    herself. However, she is still a very spirited young woman at heart, and
    sometimes acts like a teenager. However, she is always ready to fight the Orochi
    power, and takes in her hands the hard duty of joining Kyo and Iori once again.
    *Fun fact = -Acting so seriously, Chizuru can do some pretty loony dances...
    		-You may have noticed that Chizuru carries out a wand and dresses
    differently in her special intro against Orochi clan members in KOF '98. Those
    are the garments of a Shinto priestess, and that weird paper wand she carries
    around is used in purification rituals. Shinto priests usually go around
    cleansing people's souls or objects from evil spirits. You can also notice the
    same pattern in the last boss of Samurai Shodown II (Rashoujin Mizuki, who
    possesses the spirit of a Shinto priestess, and even attacks with her wand!), as
    well as Rei (Sailor Mars) from the Sailor Moon manga/anime series.
    		-Chizuru's talk and use of mirrors have to do a lot with the legend
    about her (regarding the Clan of the Yata), in which the Orochi was sealed away
    in a mirror, and supposedly Chizuru can see things through mirrors. The sealing
    effect also has a lot to do with her Reigi no Ishuze DM, in which she seals you
    from performing special moves/DMs.
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '96, The King of Fighters '97, The King of
    Fighters '98, The King of Fighters '99: Evolution (Dreamcast version, as a
    secret striker), The King of Fighters 2000 (Mai Shiranui's special striker), The
    King of Fighters: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1
    Birthplace:            Korea
    Birthdate:             October 25, 1961 (41 years old)
    Height:                1.53 m (5')
    Weight:                44 kg (97 lbs)
    Blood type:            B
    Hobbies:               Cutting things
    Favorite food:         Crabs
    Favorite sport:        Gymnastics
    Most valuable:         His claws
    Hates the most:        Kongyaku
    Fighting style: Tae Kwon Do combined with self-taught fighting skills with claws
    	Choi lived a pacific life once, as an owner of a butcher shop in a suburb
    of Korea, and happily married. However, both the tedium of his life and the lack
    of excitement made Choi a bit desperate for action. He was very skillful, from
    an early age, in slicing and dicing things, learning to cut the meat that came
    to the butcher shop. However, sometimes Choi thrived in cutting other things
    besides animal meat.
    	One night, Choi was standing in front of his butcher shop, contemplating
    the stars. Once again, the need for some action in his life invaded his mind.
    And as of fate would have wanted it, a huge, bulky man came running into Choi.
    After a few minutes of recoil, Choi was astonished at the giant individual. He
    was fat, bald, bearded, and wielding a huge iron ball. It was Chang Koehan, the
    infamous criminal, who had just broke out of jail. Soon, Chang told Choi about
    all the fun and excitement in his crime life, and Choi got excited all of a
    sudden. Seeing Choi's gleer, Chang decided to invite him as a partner at night.
    Choi soon took out his steel claws which he had built himself, and began his
    adventures with Chang, without his wife ever knowing.
    	Chang and Choi thrived in terrorizing the local population with their
    evildoings. Mugging is the best thing that they practiced. Choi now led a double
    life: pacific butcher man by day, little terror by night. He finally found
    himself alive by seeing the face of horror of his victims. That is, until he
    	In a cold night, Chang and Choi had located their latest targets, one of
    them being a young woman. As soon as the duo prepared for the assault, a sudden
    white streak cruised their eyes. Quickly and efficiently, Chang and Choi were
    sent flying into the air. Having a hard time recovering, Chang and Choi barely
    distinguished a man in a white "dogi" (uniform). It was the fighter of justice,
    Kim Kaphwan! Kim had already heard about them, and decided to rid the world of
    the evil scum, he decides to reform the two criminals by taking them to his dojo
    and training them on Tae Kwon Do. Choi opposed instantly, but he was swiftly
    whacked by Kim (and Chang, too, even though he was just looking!).
    	Thus, began the personal hell of Chang and Choi. Choi was promptly
    "retired" from his night criminal life, and had to train instead. Choi soon
    regretted the day he desired having emotions in his life, since all that it led
    him to was a lifetime of training under the sadistic Kim. Day after day, Chang
    and Choi planned their escape, but failed miserably each time (and gaining a
    subsequent beating afterwards). Choi saw the liberty a few feet away a few
    times, but Chang always screwed up. However, Choi never loses hopes to run away
    from Kim and finally go back in business!
    	During a normal, hard training day with Kim, Choi met a man that had
    trained aside Kim long ago, but was totally different from him: he was ruthless,
    and quite a short-tempered fellow. Choi saw in him a last chance in escaping
    from the clutches of the merciless Kim, but it would soon turn out totally
    against him: the man, Jhun Hoon, was there to show the TRUE ways of justice: the
    way of violence! The cavalry continues for Choi, and more so when, just after
    the 1999 version of the King of Fighters tournament, he is assigned to the same
    Jhun to see which method of training is best. It seems that there will be no way
    in hell that the criminal duo will be escaping soon!
    	Upon training during a very long year with Jhun, Choi gets more and more
    hopeless about escaping one day, since Jhun has made it clear that he and Chang
    are going to be around for a long time if they don't make amends! When Chang and
    Choi finally get reunited for the King of Fighters 2000 tournament, Chang
    proposes Choi to do his best to destroy the NESTS cartel in order to give Kim
    and Jhun a good impression. Choi thinks it's a good idea, and that he will do
    his best in order to be free once and for all!
    	Destiny plays a cruel card, however, when Choi finally reaches Southtown
    in time for the finals. He and Chang arrive just in time of the Zero Cannon
    explosion...Choi and Chang are the only persons who don't escape at time from
    the inminent blast. Kim and Jhun manage to rescue the two ex-convicts, but when
    Choi and Chang finally wake up, the realize in panic that they have changed
    bodies! Now it seems that they will be attached with Kim and Jhun for awhile
    until they manage to find a solution, even if it means going up to ask NESTS for
    a favor.
    	Choi was living a pure hell living in Chang's gigantic body, not being
    able to move as quickly as before. But Kim had the perfect solution for this
    exceptional case: Chang and Choi should butt heads repeatedly until they
    switched back again! Much to Choi's surprise, the plan actually did work, and he
    happily returns to his midget self, only to know that he must train once again
    for the next King of Fighters tournament. Another year of suffering seems to
    loom in the horizon, but Choi's take on life changes when Jhun is wounded in a
    street accident. This leaves the team short one member, and Choi considers this
    the chance to finally rest one year of the King of Fighters tournament. But Kim
    had a backup plan, which involved recruiting a new member, straight from his
    	Choi cringed at the idea of yet another Kim wannabe in his team, but the
    student that Kim referred to was no other than a young woman called May Lee. She
    shared the same justice principles than Kim and Jhun, but she wasn't even half
    as cruel or psychotic. Choi was surprised that some student of Tae Kwon Do could
    actually be tolerant with him and Chang! Aside from Kim's strict discipline,
    Choi sees in May Lee a chance to actually have fun in the tournament. Choi puts
    his best effort in the tournament, and the result is the ultimate destruction of
    NESTS. Choi and the others are received as heroes in their native Korea, even
    though they weren't the main stars of their downfall. In the celebration parade,
    Kim and Jhun get in an arguement about who is the true hero of the story. But
    Choi and Chang know better: they couldn't have done it without the help of May
    Lee, as Choi claims with pride and joy!
    	Choi is always taking advantage of the opportunity to show off and impress
    Kim, and see if that way he can finally gain his liberty. He is the best of
    friends with Chang, but he truly hates that Chang always says the wrong things
    in the wrong times! Choi always loves the excitement of battle, and loves to
    gouge claws into the opponents' flesh.
    *Fun fact = -In KOF '97, when Kim executed his "C" throw against Choi (the grab-
    by-the-head-and-slam-them-on-the-floor throw), it caused double damage! I guess
    Kim always takes it hard against poor Choi! ^_^
    		-Choi's "D" throw (from KOF '97 and beyond), where he pokes his
    clawed fingers up your arse, is supposed to be a popular Japanese prank (like
    pinching), of course, minus the clawed fingers...^_^;
    *Cloth changes = In KOF '94/'95, Choi wore black pants, green shirt, and some
    strappers. In KOF '96, he is given an uniform similiar to Kim, courtesy of his
    Appearances: 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 (also appears as a taller, more human-
    like version of himself with a tight shirt, as his hidden special striker), The
    King of Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters: Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo
    Other games: Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fight 2001 (along with Chang Koehan
    as a team)
    Birthplace:           Sweden
    Birthdate:            May 3, 1983 (19 years old, assumed dead at age 14)
    Height:               1.60 m (5'2")
    Weight:               48 kg (105 lbs)
    Blood type:           AB
    Hobbies:              Cooking
    Favorite food:        Butan
    Favorite sport:       Orienteering
    Most valuable:        Nature
    Hates the most:       Gummy candy, people who touch his head
    Fighting style:       No style in particular, mainly speed-based attacks
    	Chris is a little, innocent child who has to live forever with the curse
    of being the host of the Orochi power. Even though Chris seems to be cute and a
    funny kid (though he hates beging touched in the head), his dark little secret
    can lead to the inminent end of the world.
    	As the legend says, a boy will be born with the power of the Orochi, and
    when he fully awakes, Orochi will be released in the world once again, and chaos
    will prevail. One would say that the last person on Earth that would carry this
    power would be Chris, but he is. In fact, he is one of the Four Heavenly Kings
    of Orochi, being able to wield, in his awakened form, the purple flames of
    disaster, the same which Iori so painfully wields.
    	Ever since he has memory, Chris never had any parents. He grew up by
    himself, being self-dependant, and being able to live by himself. He learned to
    cook and clean by himself. He was also a bit anti-social, since he got a bit
    tired of hearing everyone praising his cuteness. However, one day, he was
    encountered in the streets by a young man named Yashiro Nanakase. It seemed he
    was about to form a music band, and Chris inmediately presumed his skills on the
    drums. Yashiro was reluctant, but something beyond mere recognition was
    attracting him to that kid. Yashiro sent Chris to a casting for the band, and he
    passed very well. Thus began the musical career of the music band, lead by
    Yashiro, Shermie, and Chris. Chris saw in Yashiro and Shermie his best friends
    in the world...perhaps his ONLY friends. He, too, felt that something beyond
    friendship was bonding them.
    	Several years passed, and the new music band got a lot of attention. But
    soon, they would find their position in the show biz world. Being invited to
    lead a concert in Japan, the music band traveled with a lot of joy and emotion.
    Their first stellar appearance! However, when they arrived at the concertplace,
    the managers had told them they had to wait their turn. Yashiro demanded that
    they were proposed to be the leading band, but one last band had been admitted
    in their place instead. Taking a peep at main stage, the crowd was going wild at
    the enhancing music of the band onstage. Chris recognized a red-haired man as
    the leader of the band. Yashiro cursed him, and they all went away.
    	Soon enough, Yashiro entered the band in the King of Fighters tournament
    of 1997. He claimed it was the perfect opportunity to take revenge on the red-
    haired man who stole their spotlight. He would be entering the tournament as
    well. His name seemed to be 'Iori Yagami'. Shermie and Chris really did not know
    what to do: they didn't have much experience at fighting anyway. But Chris was
    also decided, as long as he had fun (still a kid). Thus, the New Face Team was
    born and all three entered the tournament.
    	However, it didn't take long before some weird things began to happen. The
    New Face Team began to felt weird, but Chris was absolutely going wild. Their
    Orochi blood began to awaken, but in Chris, it had a lot worse effect. Being the
    actual vector of the Orochi power, his body was controlled completly. Having
    fought the fighters of the tournament, more and more energy was given into
    Chris' body. Soon, the Orochi inside Chris was powerful enough to surge again,
    after 1800 years. Even though the Orochi has godlike powers, it could not resist
    the power of those who sealed it 1800 years ago: the Kusanagi and the Yagami.
    Having been defeated, it is unknown whether Chris had survived the battle or
    	Chris, despite being a cute being, dislikes being treated like one: that
    is, being touched in the head, and his cheeks being pulled! In fact, he is
    pretty quiet and anti-social. His only friends are Yashiro and Shermie. Unaware
    of the fact that he resides the Orochi power in his body, Chris likes to fight
    for fun, not for the violence thingy. He also constantly mocks the opponent's
    skills, and sometimes, his own.
    	OROCHI CHRIS (The King of Fighters '97/The King of Fighters '98/The King
    of Fighters R-1/ The King of Fighters R-2): The awakened form of Chris, becoming
    one of the Heavenly Kings of Orochi. This Chris gains much more power, and
    wields purple flames, which Iori wields as well (but can not resist as much as
    Chris). His clothing also  turns into a purple hue, and constantly has two
    purple flames in his hands. His special powers and super moves are all different
    from the normal Chris (although one of his super moves mimics one of Kyo's super
    *Fun fact = Those cute eyes and laughs are enough to make your opponent cry and
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '97, The King of Fighters '98, The King of
    Fighters 2000 (Whip's special striker), The King of Fighters: Kyo, The King of
    Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters R-2
    Birthplace:         USA
    Birthdate:          May 7, 1963 (39 years old)
    Height:             1.87 m (6'1")
    Weight:             99 kg (218 lbs)
    Blood type:         A
    Hobbies:            Collecting guns
    Favorite food:      Oatmeal
    Favorite sport:     Wrestling
    Most valuable:      His sunglasses
    Hates the most:     Slugs
    Fighting style:     Martial Arts and Heidern style assasination techniques
    	Clark is part of the Ikari Warriors mercenary agency. He is currently
    under the orders of commander Heidern and lieutenant Ralf, but since he is so
    involved with them, Clark treats them as friends more than superiors. He is
    mostly united with Ralf, since they have gone through several missions together,
    and practically even know what each other thinks of the other! Clark gets so
    excited when he gets a gun on his hands, you can never know what he'll do next.
    Clark's past is filled with severe trauma, after losing almost all his unit in a
    failed operation as a rookie. He even got to see all of his comrades being
    tortured, and then killed, one by one. After barely escaping with his life,
    Clark decided to cover his eyes with some sunglasses to hide his sadness, and
    refuse to see the light of the sun, which he avoids to not see the face of his
    fallen partners....
    	However, his first meeting with commander Heidern was more eventful. While
    Ralf and Clark were realizing a secret operation in the Amazon jungle (in
    Brazil), their helicopter crashed, and they had to venture alone in the jungle.
    When they were about to give up hope,a helicopter suddenly appeared above them.
    Heidern got down from the helicopter, and knowing of the missions of the two
    mercenaries, he offered to recruit them in the next King of Fighters tournament
    that had the team battle mode, in 1994. The two soldiers soon accepted.
    	Having passed most of his military training capacitating himself in close
    quarter combats, Clark soon became a danger up close, where he could grab and
    smash anything in front of him. Though not being too talkative, Clark prefers to
    make his actions talk! He follows Heidern loyally, and frequently jokes with
    Ralf. They passed two tournaments together, investigating on Rugal, host of the
    tournament, and murderer of Heidern's wife and daughter. After Rugal's death,
    Heidern gave up the tournament, and Ralf and Clark received a new partner:
    Heidern's personal student, Leona. Clark accepted Leona as a partner, since
    Clark is so serious in military duty. However, Clark began acting more like a
    friend to Leona after she knew of her cursed Orochi blood heritage. However,
    since Clark is not good for words, he has to let Ralf do all the smooth talking!
    	After the Orochi menace ends, Clark and his friends focus more on other
    operations ever since the King of Fighters tournament was suspended. However,
    Clark soon gets bored with the missions, and misses the action of fighting hand-
    to-hand. His request gets granted, when commander Heidern assigns the Ikari
    Warriors to investigate the force behind the tournament this time around. As an
    added bonus, Clark gets to have a new partner: another female soldier, Whip.
    Being the experienced side of the team (along with Ralf), Clark is charged with
    the responsibility of the mission, and he will surely not fail!
    	The Ikari Warriors and Clark begin a deep investigation on the NESTS
    cartel once they find out their involvement in the latest version of the King of
    Fighters tournament. Once again, Heidern bids Ralf and Clark, his most
    trustworthy mercenaries, to go out and search for NESTS in Southtown, a
    dangerous city that thrives on the history of fighting. This time they will be
    aided by a fellow mercenary commander, Ling. Clark and Ralf, taking Leona and
    the former NESTS member, Whip, begin one of their most dangerous missions ever.
    	Once Clark and his teammates arrive at Southtown, the Ikari Warriors try
    to contact Heidern, but to no avail. Sensing something wrong, Clark goes to the
    designated reunion poin, given by Ling. Once there, located in an abandoned
    factory in the industrial zone, Clark finds his commander badly wounded, but
    alive. Heidern informs his soldiers that Ling was just a fluke, and that he was
    really Zero, a high-ranked NESTS agent. Clark proposes himself to stop Zero, but
    Heidern forbids it, as the Zero Cannon has already been fired and headed towards
    Southtown! However, Clark realizes that Whip is missing. Too late to go back.
    The Zero Cannon impacts on Southtown, leveling the whole city to nothingness.
    	Back at the Ikari Warriors headquarters, Clark, Ralf, Heidern, and Leona
    find a video addressed to them in Whip's room. In it, Whip bids her former
    comrades farewell, and congratulates them for being such a friendly bunch. The
    farewell is a sad one, but Clark, with his typical soldier calmness, gives a
    silent salute to Whip's memory...he knows that they will meet again some day.
    	The operation to dismantle NESTS quickly begins as the tournament ends,
    and Clark is in the front line of duty for this dangerous mission. They raid and
    attack several buildings where NESTS operations are supposed to take place, but
    to no avail: almost no one seems to be there. Clark attends to a meeting called
    by his commander Heidern, in which he tells everyone that Whip has informed them
    that NESTS will finally play their hand in the next King of Fighters tournament
    as the new hosts. Clark is suspicious about the true intentions of NESTS, but
    they have faced this question before, so he won't surrender this time. Clark
    once again straps his uniform and goes into battle once more!
    	Quietly, but surely, Clark manages to realize an undercover operation in
    the King of Fighters tournament along with his fellow Ikari Warrior comrades
    while he still fights in the competition. Their investigation soon takes them to
    a common clue: the main HQ of NESTS, located in outer space. Clark leaves the
    task of eliminating NESTS up to Whip, who has now teamed up with her lost
    brother K' to take down NESTS once and for all. The mission is accomplished once
    the NESTS base falls to the ocean, but there is no rest for the reckless.
    Inmediately after, Clark and the others are sent to another mission in which
    they were requested. Clark begins to think about what his commander Heidern told
    him, that Whip was indeed another clone created by NESTS. Clark knows how Whip
    must feel right now, but considering how she's so strong and brave, he also
    knows that she will find a way out of this enigma somehow.
    	Clark is very quiet, and doesn't show too much emotion in his cold face.
    His melancolic eyes, hidden by some shades. Since he has known nothing more than
    fighting, it is hard for him to relate with others. He's also not good for
    sentimental words, but he is a very warm man in the inside. He cherishes his
    relation with his military partners, being Ralf, Leona, Whip, and commander
    *Fun fact = There was a victory pose from Clark where he took out some "dog
    tags" (tags which you receive in the military), and clenched them in his hands.
    There are more than one there. Clark reminds his fallen partners, and tells his
    opponent that he shall suffer the same fate if he won't take care of his own
    comrades. Clark actually looks at the sky for a brief time in his intro in KOF
    '98, before putting on his shades, perhaps recalling old days, and avoiding the
    pain of his partners' lost.
    *Cloth changes = In KOF '94 to '98, Clark wears a heavy black vest, white shirt
    (with a bullet belt aligned across it), and jeans. In KOF '99, he changes to a
    lighter, blue military vest (lots of pockets), black shirt (no bullets
    anymore!), and darker blue jeans.
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Ikari Warriors, Ikari Warriors II, Ikari Warriors III (in these
    three games, Clark was known as 'Paul')
    Birthplace: Japan
    Birthdate:  December 25, 1968 (34 years old)
    Height:     1.72 m  (5'6")
    Weight:     70 kg (154 lbs)
    Blood type: B
    Hobbies:    None
    Favorite food: Unknown
    Favorite sport: Unknown
    Most valuable: Nothing
    Hates the most: Sakazaki family
    Fighting style: Kisaragi-ryu Ninjitsu
    	Eiji is an assasin ninja from the feared and respected Kisaragi clan. Eiji
    has learned since he was little, the killing arts of the Kisaragi, and he also
    became an expert in teletransportation, as well as being able to wield two
    blades in his hands like if it where his own. Eiji eventually became a cold
    blood killer, and would work for anybody who paid him enough money for his
    	Eiji still held one personal grudge, though. His family had been in war
    with the Sakazaki family for some time now, and he has decided to end the
    rivalry now, with their deaths! He once traveled to Southtown to kill them all,
    but found no one in their dojo. That's where Eiji learned of the King of
    Fighters tournament, which the Sakazaki clan is participating. So, the rumors in
    town where that Billy Kane, Geese's personal bodyguard, was looking for some
    teammates for his team for the next tournament. Eiji saw in this a perfect
    opportunity to face the Sakazaki family one last time. After the tournament, he
    would know how to take care of the "pests" he had for teammates. But he had
    overlooked the new Yagami fellow...
    	Eiji fought like a authentic killing tornado, using his stealth
    techniques, and bone cutting techniques. However, he never could get a clean
    shot against any of the Sakazaki family. When he was about to escape and go
    search for them on his own, Iori appeared in front of Billy and Eiji. Using some
    unknown techniques, Iori defeated Billy and Eiji in a very bad way, and left.
    However, Eiji did survive the encounter with Iori, and after that, he has
    desperatly sought for another chance in the tournament. It is unclear if Eiji
    wants to enter to kill the Sakazaki family or Iori...
    	Eiji is ruthless, unsensitive, and heartless. For him, human life has no
    meaning, and will not doubt in killing any person, of any sex, and of any age.
    His cold eyes, and his mortal silence truly makes him sinister at first sight.
    He is also very skillful at dispatching several people at once. Few people know
    his past, but all remain silent, fearful of Eiji's fury.
    *Fun fact = -Eiji has appeared in several background cameos in every game after
    KOF '95. In KOF '96, he appears in Chizuru's stage. In KOF '97, he appears in
    China. In KOF '98, he appears in U.S.A.. He even appears in the battlefield,
    teaming up with Billy to insult Iori! (I wonder why can't Eiji knock Billy out
    and fight himself? That would be cool...)
    		-In the sword-fighting game The Last Blade 2, if you've seen the
    ending of Zantetsu (the guy with the straw hat and pair of daggers), you could
    have noticed that Eiji makes a cameo appearance. This should mean that Eiji is a
    descendant of Zantetsu's bloodline, considering that both have similiar slashing
    moves, and that both are somewhat cold-blooded assassins.
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '95, The King of Fighters 2000 (Lin's special
    Other games: Art of Fighting 2
    Birthplace:         Venezuela
    Birthdate:          December 9, 1973 (29 years old, assumed dead at age 28)
    Height:             1.81 m (5'10")
    Weight:             61 kg (134 lbs)
    Blood type:         A
    Hobbies:            Gardening
    Favorite food:      Foei Gras
    Favorite sport:     Fencing
    Most valuable:      NESTS cartel and her assistants
    Hates the most:     Elite troop leaders
    Fighting style:     Fencing
    	A high-ranked officer of the NESTS cartel, Foxy has been a member of the
    NESTS since the very beginning. She was honored with a high position in the
    organization by the president of NESTS, thanks to her superior skills with a
    sword (thanks to many years of practice of fencing) and her undisputed loyalty
    towards the cartel. She instantly became friends with another fellow female
    executive, Diana. They both were assigned to the Kusanagi cloning project after
    the NESTS cartel managed to get ahold of Kyo Kusanagi, who was exhausted from
    the battle against the Orochi. But Foxy was comissioned to do a different job:
    she would supervise the creation of a new biological weapon that would use the
    data from the Kusanagi DNA, but instead of wielding the typical crimson flames
    of the Kusanagi cland, it would use the power of ice instead. Foxy and Diana
    instantly got involved with the project as soon as they could.
    	Known for being a strict, yet gentle leader, Foxy carried her crew along
    in this ambitious project. The product was a female warrior, in the shape of a
    young lady, who could wield the power of ice in the same way a Kusanagi would do
    with the flames. Taking some data from the Kusanagi cloning project, Foxy
    inputed the fighting data into the clone's system. More than her creation, Foxy
    saw the new agent, named Kula Diamond, as a young sister, a daughter even. Foxy
    was then informed that the clone of Zero, one of the most higher ranked NESTS
    executives, has attempted to rebel itself against NESTS. Foxy thought it would
    be perfect combat experience for Kula, and she soon ends her creation to the
    battle fray, accompanied closely by her android bodyguard, Candy, assigned to
    watch over Kula in case she decided to turn herself against NESTS.
    	Foxy watched with interest at how Kula did battle with K'. Foxy now knew
    what her superiors meant by classifying Kula as the 'anti-K'': she had the same
    fighting ability as the short-tempered renegade NESTS agent, and both didn't
    seem to let go of the advantage! The battle ended with a tie, and soon after,
    Foxy informs Kula that she must do away with the Zero Cannon, the lethal killer
    satellite that the Zero clone planned to use against them! Meanwhile, Foxy
    attends to Zero's hideout with Diana, in the moment when the Zero clone was at
    the brink of defeat at the hands of K'. He had already attempted to fire the
    Zero Cannon, but it was evident that Kula managed to arrive at the Zero Cannon
    just in time to deactivate the remote transmission. Foxy stands next to the fake
    Zero, and arrogantly tells him that those who betray NESTS are most likely to
    pay the price of their ambition. Diana gives the final regards to Zero as Kula
    manually fires the Zero Cannon atop the Zero clone's temple! The subsecuent
    explosion had also leveled the city of Southtown to rubble, causing the death of
    many innocent people. Foxy and Diana retreat back to HQ, bringing with them a
    devastated Kula, who was in grief after the death of Candy, with whom Kula had
    developed an unlikely friendship.
    	Along with the president of NESTS, Foxy and Diana planned their next move.
    The president of NESTS plans to make the cartel public for the next King of
    Fighters tournament, as a way to inform the people of the world who shall be
    their new leaders! Foxy wonders if the decision is not too sudden, but the
    president replies that the destruction of Southtown had pushed their plans. A
    catastrophic event such as that could no longer be ignored by the general
    public. The leader of NESTS ordered Foxy to set the stage for the incoming
    uprising of NESTS, and assigned her to lead the team of NESTS in the next King
    of Fighter tournament! Her assistants would be Kula herself, the jolly Angel,
    and a new biological creation, created completely through the Kusanagi cloning
    project: K9999. Foxy didn't sympathize with K9999 at all, tagging him as an
    emotionless brute who couldn't even follow orders. Foxy departs to carry out her
    assignment, but she can't avoid feeling uncomfortable by the sight of the CEO of
    NESTS, Igniz, who stares her down as she exits the operation room.
    	Foxy thought the tournament would be a perfect opportunity for Kula to put
    her mind away from Candy's death. But still, Foxy couldn't stop feeling
    suspicious about K9999 and Angel, who always seemed to be in conspiracy. Foxy
    led her team bravely, and proved to be quite a decided and courageous leader.
    Foxy even began to felt the same way as Kula: that maybe the world did deserve
    another chance to be free. But the tournament was already closing by then, and
    the winning teams were assigned to be transported to a blimp, where they would
    hold their final match. Foxy knew that her president had a plan in between hands
    as the blimp vanished in the darkness of the colorful night sky. But not long
    after, Foxy felt a piercing pain in her back. Foxy's senses began to vanish
    slowly as falls to the ground, feeling how her very life escapes her prone body.
    K9999 had unleashed a killing stab to Foxy from behind, following orders from
    Igniz to do away with those still loyal to the president. Foxy cursed herself
    for not noticing Igniz' plot before, and cursed even more that she couldn't move
    in order to do something about it. A tearful Kula tried to attend Foxy, but it
    was too late. Foxy's wound was lethal, and wishing Kula a promising future, and
    hoping Igniz would fail in his plot for world domination, Foxy dies, still loyal
    to her beliefs.
    	Having joined NESTS in hopes of creating a new world ridden of violence
    and personal ambitions, Foxy fights bravely, without any reserves, to accomplish
    her dream. However, she never realized that her own organization was plagued
    withe same flaws, and paid the price for her blind loyalty. As her final wish,
    she hopes that Kula and Diana can carry out her dream of a world where peace can
    finally overcome the whole wave of war and violence.
    *Fun fact = It seems to me that Foxy was meant to die in KOF 2001. Besides the
    part where she gets killed by K9999 in the cinema before you fight Igniz, one of
    her SDMs is called the "Honey Bee". In this SDM, Foxy lunges herself against the
    opponent, and will instantly KILL them...but at the cost of Foxy's own life
    (whether it hits or not, Foxy still dies). As you may know, whenever honey bees
    sting, they lose their stinger and die shortly after. So sad! Foxy, we barely
    knew ya!
    Appearances: The King of Fighters 2000 (Kula Diamond's striker), The King of
    Fighters 2001
    Birthplace:        USA
    Birthdate:         January 21, 1953 (49 years old, assumed dead at age 45)
    Height:            1.83 m (6')
    Weight:            82 kg (180 lbs)
    Blood type:        B
    Hobbies:           None (gets tired quickly of things)
    Favorite food:     Red fried steak
    Favorite sport:    None
    Most valuable:     Himself
    Hates the most: People that stand in his way
    Fighting style: Kobojutsu/Hakkyokuseiken
    	The most powerful man in Southtown, and also the most feared and
    reverenced, Geese Howard has created a monopoly over Southtown, using his dirty
    businesess to buy the law, and impose fear on all those who dare challenge him.
    A man with an evil heart and a treacherous mind, Geese will do anything to
    reafirm his position as the strongest man in the world!
    	Geese began learning the arts of Hakkyokuseiken under the teachings of
    Tung Fu Rue, a very old, but respectable master, who was a skilled and very
    admired warrior back in his time. Among all the other students, two students
    brighted more than the others: Geese Howard and Jeff Bogard. While Jeff trained
    to perfect his skills and to become a true warrior, Geese only wanted the power
    to crush the world. Being a man with lots of money, Geese felt that physic power
    will ultimately prevail upon economic power, and that the Hakkyoukuseiken style
    would bring him true strength. But master Tung, seeing Geese's ambition, and
    Jeff's dedication, decided to teach the style's secrets to Jeff, rather than
    Geese. Enfuriated by this, Geese vowed to kill both Tung and Jeff. Several days
    later, Geese accomplished his mission: he killed Jeff in cold blood, and claimed
    that if he didn't learn the arts of Hakkyokuseiken, nobody would! Laughing,
    Geese returns back to his tower, symbol of his power, and continues growing his
    reign of terror and fear over Southtown.
    	But, Geese felt bored real quick, and out of boredom, created the King of
    Fighters tournament (which makes Geese the father of the tournament). He
    proposed fighters around the world to come and challenge him at his turf, and
    many did so. But Geese had everything under control; with his dirty treats under
    the water, and with the help of his personal bodyguard, Billy Kane, Geese took
    care of all those who he considered a "bother" for his plans. Once in a awhile,
    when Geese felt forgiving, he would face that fighter himself, and that fighter
    would never come back alive. The truth was, Tung did not want to teach Geese the
    secrets of Hakkyokuseiken because he was also too powerful to be able to wield
    the secret techniques without causing a disaster. So passed many years until one
    	The latest King of Fighters tournament was organized, and it was previewed
    to be better than ever. More fighters gathered this year, but three mainly
    caught Geese's eye: Terry and Andy Bogard, the two sons of Jeff, ready to exact
    revenge from Geese, and the Muetai champion, Joe Higashi. Geese did not consider
    them a threat until they all advanced very far into the tournament. Even Billy
    was defeated by them, and now Geese was the last opponent left. Geese now faced
    Terry face to face. Both Andy and Joe were not in conditions to fight against
    Geese, and were quickly dispatched. Geese and Terry faced off. Geese had more
    power and experience, but Terry had youth and one thing Geese was lacking: the
    enjoyment of fighting. While Geese fighted for sport, Terry fighted for
    improving his skills. Then, Terry displayed never-before-seen techniques, and
    with a swift blow, sent Geese flying through the window of his office, located
    on the top of his tower, and plummeted to his doom. Or so they thought...
    	Nothing was heard about Geese for awhile, presumed dead. However, in 1996,
    when the new format of the King of Fighters tournament was in pure
    consolidation, Geese made a public appearance once again. Sporting one huge scar
    on his back, and calling himself "the inmortal Geese", Geese teamed up with
    Wolfgang Krauser, German noblesman, and his right-hand man, Mr. Big. These three
    fighters were considered the biggest threat of the tournament, and most of the
    warriors were very careful about them. But Geese had other intentions; the same
    intentions he had by sending Billy into the last tournament: to investigate the
    Orochi power, and take it over! Geese remained a passive figure at the
    tournament, until the final matches. Then Geese showed his true power, a much
    more fearsome and terrible power than before. His strength became bigger and
    bigger, but something suddenly kicked in: the Orochi power now showed itself in
    full scale! The messanger of Orochi, Goenitz, had appeared. Geese was
    dumbfounded, and ran to meet with the power he had seeken for so much time.
    However, when he arrived, he found Goenitz near death. And then he saw both Kyo
    and Iori. Geese then grunted, shrugged his shoulders, and considered the Orochi
    power "useless". However, when Iori entered his Riot of Blood, Geese once again
    became interested...
    	The next year, Geese refused to enter the tournament, and once again sent
    Billy in his place. he also made arrangements for Billy's other two teammates:
    one, being Blue Mary. Geese sent a false agent to contract her to keep sight
    over Yamazaki, the other member, whom Geese promised double the amount of the
    prize money if he won. Then, Geese ordered Billy to take a look on Iori, whom he
    considered to be a very powerful Orochi blood member. However, he also sensed
    something towards Yamazaki, an aura he had never felt before, and had suspicions
    about it. His suspicions became true, when Billy informed after the tournament
    that Yamazaki was of Orochi blood! While Geese pondered on this, Yamazaki bashed
    in, and demanded Geese his pay!
    	It was unknown who won the riot between Geese and Yamazaki, but Geese has
    survived worse enocunters with deat. You can never know where this guy will
    surface again!
    	Geese belongs to the old school of evil: he is not interested in world
    conquest, but in obtaining the highest power possible. Sometimes, Geese even
    considers himself bored and refuses to enter in more tournaments! He is
    arrogant, and desires all his enemies to be sixt feet under. He is constant seek
    of eternal power: like the scrolls of inmortality (this belongs to the Fatal
    Fury series), and the Orochi power. However, Geese is always undercover, and the
    next time he surfaces, it will not be pretty!
    *Fun fact = -In Real Bout: Fatal Fury Dominated Mind (exclusive game for the
    Playstation), Geese appears with a golden ring on the top of his head, like an
    angel! This is like something out of the anime/manga series Dragon Ball, but
    does this mean Geese is truly dead? We may never know for sure! (He could have
    received some horns instead, but hey, it doesn't suit him...)
    		-If you didn't know by now, the main character of the latest Fatal
    Fury game, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, is actually Geese's son (Rock Howard).
    Geese had a child with a woman called Marie Heinlein (who is sister to the last
    boss of Garou, Kain R. Heinlein), but refused his responsibility as a father,
    and shortly after, died in the incidents following the end of Real Bout: Fatal
    Fury. As a result, Rock keeps harsh feelings towards the memory of Geese, but
    the evil blood within Rock still beats hard....
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '96, The King of Fighters 2000 (Terry Bogard's
    special striker, appears with no shirt), The King of Fighters: Kyo, The King of
    Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury Special, Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final
    Victory, Real Bout: Fatal Fury, Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout: Fatal
    Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Real Bout: Dominated Mind, Fatal Fury: First
    Contact, Art of Fighting 2, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000, Capcom vs.
    SNK: Millenium Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001,
    SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millenium
    (Bio sheet unknown)
    	Goenitz is one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi, and controls the
    element of Wind. He is the man who broke the seal that was imposed on the Orochi
    power 1800 years ago, by the Kusanagi and the Yagami. It is unknown about the
    past and origins of Goenitz. It has been only recently when the world shaked at
    the demostration of his power.
    	Goenitz did not appear with strength until the year of 1986, while many
    fighters where only young boys and girls. He showed up at the village of the
    Clan of the Yata, the people that took care of the seal that was imposed on the
    Orochi power. He then invoked for the heir to the Clan of the Yata to come out
    and face him in battle. The woman came out, and cursed both Goenitz and the
    Orochi power for ever being present in this world. Goenitz just chuckled and
    began to display his inmense power. His aura was so powerful and devastating it
    was too much for the Yata clan member to hold. With an inmense gust of wind,
    Goenitz blew the Yata clan member away. Leaving her mortally wounded, Goenitz
    laughs and tells her that from now on, the Orochi power will be free again.
    However, the Orochi power is still dormant, and too weak to be able to do
    anything. So, he would gather fighting energy for the Orochi to feed on, and
    that his task would be much easier if he had allies with him. Saying this,
    Goenitz vanishes in a night breeze.
    	Sometime later, an ambitious man named Rugal Bernstein tried to keep hold
    on the Orochi power, wishing to absorb his power to himself and become the most
    powerful man in the world. Sensing a disturbance in the Orochi power balance,
    Goenitz soon transports himself to where the entity attempts to steal the
    precious Orochi power. Rugal was surprised by the inmediate appearance of
    Goenitz. Goenitz menacingly informs Rugal that any mortal who dares lend a hand
    upon the Orochi power is sure to die. Rugal sneers and says he will have that
    power no matter what. Rugal then attacks Goenitz very quickly, but Goenitz just
    raises his hand, and strikes it towards Rugal, gouging his right eye out. Rugal
    reels of pain. Goenitz, however, is surprised that Rugal had survived his
    attack. Grinning, Goenitz tells Rugal that possesing the Orochi power will be
    his own doom. He then transfuses some Orochi power into Rugal's blood. Rugal is
    reeked with pain, and is left near unconsciousness. Goenitz leaves, and finally
    tells Rugal that he must not use this power until completly necessary, since it
    will kill him. Goenitz then leaves Rugal to his fate, not before ordering his
    two aides, the assasin women Mature and Vice, to keep an eye on him, and  see
    that he never uses the power of Orochi against them.
    	Goenitz then goes to a remote village, where several Orochi blood members
    still live. He presumes that they would gladly help him in his task to gather
    fighting energy for the Orochi. However, Guidel, the leader if the village,
    refuses to help Goenitz since they have found peace and tranquility and does not
    want to colaborate in the destruction of the world. Goenitz gets furious, but he
    then spots a little girl coming out of Guidel's house. Seeing how gracious and
    full of spirit she was, Goenitz then gleers at Guidel and tells him that he will
    regret ever having betrayed their own bloodline. That same night, the little
    girl called Leona began to feel sick, and soon enough, she lost consciousness.
    Before her family could take care of her, she mysteriously woke up, with a very
    sinister look in her eyes. Guidel recognized those blood-filled eyes...it was
    the Riot of Blood! But it was too late. The mortal rampage of Leona began, and
    did not stop until the whole village was destroyed, not leaving anybody alive.
    Goenitz contemplates with glee the death and destruction, and heads towards the
    blood-stained Leona. Goenitz touches her head, and tells her that she is still
    too young to be able to control the power for too long, so he would have to wait
    until she became an adult. Saying so, he begins to walk away. Goenitz laughs, as
    he knows that Leona would be of use to him pretty soon...
    	A time passed before something was heard from Goenitz, who had seemed to
    go out and scavange the world for more fighting energy for the Orochi. He once
    took a journey to Japan, and decided it was time to see how much the Kusanagi
    have improved since 1800 years ago. He decided to challenge Kyo alone, the
    latest descendant of the Kusanagi clan. He fought him, but Kyo's techniques
    seemed so primitive for Goenitz, who had no trouble in putting the young warrior
    out of comission. Sensing that that was not all the young warrior could do, he
    beckoned for him to challenge him when he was more prepared...say, for the next
    King of Fighters tournament. He left a wounded and humilliated Kyo wretching on
    the ground
    	 Soon, he sensed it was time to wrap up the job. He heard about Rugal's
    death by using the Orochi power, and he comissioned Mature and Vice to now keep
    an eye on Iori Yagami, who also had Orochi blood in his veins, due to the unholy
    pact the Yagami and the Orochi had 660 years ago, unleashing the war against the
    Kusanagi. He followed the King of Fighters tournament of 1996 closely, always
    hidden in the shadows. He was impressed by all those strong fighters, and wished
    he could fight them all, but he had to concentrate on the strongest only. He was
    also very pleased at seeing Leona there as well. She had grown alright, but he
    was still unsure of using her just yet. Soon, the finals began, and Goenitz was
    there. He then saw a woman coming out for the final battle against the Hero
    Team. Goenitz identified her as a Clan of the Yata member. She seemed so much as
    that woman she killed ten years ago. Maybe her sister...? Anyways, Goenitz
    stalled until the defeat of Chizuru. Then, taking advantage that everybody was
    dumbfounded, Goenitz gathered all his power and unleashed it, reducing the
    plethoric stadium into mere rubble.
    	Goenitz then greeted Kyo once again, and asked if he had improved anything
    since the last time they met. Kyo smiled and tells Goenitz he had changed a lot.
    It was true, since Goenitz now had a harder time trying to neutralize Kyo. And
    when it was evident that he would finish Kyo, Iori appeared to help him. It was
    rare for Goenitz that this would happen. Iori shouts to Goenitz that Kyo is his
    alone, and Goenitz suspects that Mature and Vice must have left him alive in
    order for him to kill her. Cursing both of them, Goenitz now has to face Kyo and
    Iori, reviving the ancient battle between the Orochi and the Kusanagi/Yagami
    alliance from 1800 years ago. However, it was too much for Goenitz to handle
    himself, despite his incredible strength. Goenitz is then defeated by a double
    crimson flame blow from both Kyo and Iori. Before disappating, Goenitz chuckles,
    and tells Chizuru, Kyo, and Iori that the Orochi power is far from erradicated,
    and that soon they would have to bow to Orochi's incredible power! Goenitz then
    raises his hand, and a gust of wind vanishes him, never to be seen again.
    	Goenitz is an ambitious man, and as a Heavenly King of Orochi, he is
    obssesed with the destruction of the mortals and the resurrection of Orochi. But
    Goenitz is not your run-of-the-mill badguy. He is very polite, and always seems
    to talk with so much confidence in himself. After all, he didn't plan to revive
    Orochi by himself. Soon, the other three Heavenly Kings of Orochi would help
    finish what he began...
    *Fun fact = There has been many rumors that Goenitz and Ryuji Yamazaki are
    possibly blood-related (aside from both being of Orochi blood). This is said
    because both have similiar physique, similiar hair, and even some moves that are
    the same! It is unknown what they are, but one thing's for sure...Goenitz is a
    LOT more self-controlled than crazy Yamazaki! ^_^
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '96, The King of Fighters 2000 (Leona's
    special striker)
    "Fifth Child of the Great Gates"
    Birthplace:     Japan
    Birthdate:      May 5, 1968 (34 years old)
    Height:         2.04 m (6'7")
    Weight:         138 kg (304 lbs)
    Blood type:     A
    Hobbies:        Be in unison with nature
    Favorite food:  Zaru-Soba
    Favorite sport: Judo
    Most valuable:  Geta sandals
    Hates the most: Complex machinery
    Fighting style: Self-taught Judo skills
    	Goro Daimon is the current world champion of Judo style, and an all-around
    national hero. But not only his Judo tournament sucesses have taken him to where
    he is now. His participation with the Hero Team has also been recognized, as
    much or even more as his Judo wins.
    	Daimon, being a large boy, took advantage of his large physique to began
    learning on Judo, a mainly close-contact style, based on throws mostly. Building
    up his body and even creating his own moves, Daimon quickly rose to be the
    surprise in the Judo world. He became the Japanese champion in no time, and
    shortly after, conquered the world champion. After several winning streaks,
    Daimon retired and hid in seclusion in the mountains of Japan, seeking some more
    moves, since he felt restricted to the Judo world, and liked to prove himself
    against other fighters of other styles. His chance came soon enough with the
    national martial arts tournament to decide the three fighters that would
    represent Japan in the new King of Fighters tournament. Daimon entered, hoping
    to come out on top and show the power of Judo to all!
    	Daimon had no real trouble advancing to the semfinals of the tournament,
    using his imponent physique to plow throught the other fighters, who couldn't
    stop this walking mountain of power, and were defeated by one of Daimon's earth-
    trembling moves. His opponent in the semifinals was, suprisingly, a young man
    named Kyo Kusanagi. Daimon had been friends with Kyo's father, Saisyu, and only
    knew Kyo when he was a little boy. Now he had grown, and become very strong.
    Daimon got excited on testing Saisyu's son's skills, and both climbed up to the
    	Daimon soon found out how strong Kyo really was when he felt how powerful
    Kyo's blows where, scorching Daimon everytime he wanted to grab him. It was a
    very close fight after all, but Kyo was the winner of the match. Daimon was
    happy for Kyo, though, since he had become stronger than he thought. Daimon and
    Kyo shaked hands, but Kyo whispers to Daimon that he should better win in the
    losers match to make a team with him and Benimaru (the other finalist). Daimon
    smiles and promises. And having said that, Daimon used his entire strength to
    win his next match and become the third member of the Japan Team.
    	The rest is history. Daimon has been like the experienced side of the Hero
    Team, and often gives advice to the young Kyo and Benimaru, and also being so
    serene, he tends to be the windbreaker between Kyo and Benimaru's constant
    quarrels. After every tournament, Daimon takes his time to win the next Judo
    tournament as a warm-up for the next King of Fighters tournament. He has no
    personal interest to surpass Kyo as Benimaru does, only to show the power of
    Judo to the world! However, it is also very often for Kyo and Benimaru to help
    Daimon around women, since he seems to be pretty bad at it! (and he really wants
    to get married)
    	Daimon is also like a parental figure to Kyo, since Saisyu is out
    travelling most of the time, and advices him during hard times. He doesn't talk
    too much, but his confident smile and friendly grunt often proves to be more
    than enough. After the last tournament, Daimon decides to lead the Japan Judo
    team towards the world championship, and finally lead a life of peace and
    happiness up in the mountains.
    	After so many years of retirement from the King of Fighters tournament,
    Daimon has actually established himself, and even make up a family. With his
    little son, Daimon resumes his training in his own Judo dojo. He has no worries,
    and lives peacefully, but he knows something is amiss. After so many years of
    not seeing Kyo or Benimaru, Daimon wonders what happened to them after their
    separation following the battle of the Orochi. Soon enough, after a training
    session, Benimaru comes visit Daimon at his dojo! Daimon is overwhelmed with joy
    at the reunion, but Benimaru has better plans: they should reunite with Kyo and
    Shingo to resurrect the old Hero Team! Daimon doubts at first, but accepts with
    nostalgia and anxious to rejoin his friends for the rebirth of the Hero Team.
    	After reuniting with Kyo and Shingo, Daimon once again enters the King of
    Fighters arena, and his skills haven't seemed to deteriorate one bit. Even
    though he has not developed any sort of new moves, that ones he still has are
    sharped and tweaked to perfection. Daimon is still considered to be a huge
    fighting machine who likes to work out his opponents. Just like old times,
    Daimon helps Kyo and the others in their struggle to destroy the evil NESTS
    cartel, who have messed up Kyo's life for long enough. After the demise of
    NESTS, and barely escaping with their lives from the downed NESTS space station,
    Daimon and his son retreat back to their dojo in Japan. Daimon does not know if
    they will team up again next year, but one thing is for sure, and it's that
    Daimon sure had a lot of fun fighting like this once more! His heart burns with
    passion in anticipation for the next time they will fight together again....
    	Daimon always seems to have a very serious expression, and grunts a lot.
    However, he has a very warm heart, as he always takes his time to coexist with
    nature and encounter himself there. He also likes to teach youngsters about Judo
    in his free time. He also takes his time to serve as advicer and as a mediator
    between Kyo and Benimaru. However, Daimon really wants to get married someday,
    but the problem is, he is too nervous!
    *Fun fact = -Did you know the only ACTUAL word that Daimon has said in his
    fights has been "Nan-no" (That's nothing!)? He says this during his recovery
    roll in KOF '96 and beyond.
    		-Check out whenever Kyo and Benimaru fight against each other in
    Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000. You can see that Daimon always stands in
    the middle of the background with his arms crossed, and his shirt over his
    Appearances: 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: Evolution (Dreamcast version, as a secret striker), The King of
    Fighters 2000 (Seth's special striker, appears with his shirt on), The King of
    Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters: Kyo
    HEAVY D!
    Birthplace:       USA
    Birthdate:        March 25, 1969 (33 years old)
    Height:           2.08 m (6'8")
    Weight:           113 kg (249 lbs)
    Blood type:       A
    Hobbies:          Listening to "New Jack Swing"
    Favorite food:    Anything that's big
    Favorite sport:   Wrestling
    Most valuable:    Puu (his cat)
    Hates the most:   Tidyness
    Fighting style:   Boxing
    	Heavy D! trained since very young to be a professional boxer. He builded
    up the power in his fists and arms, but he never got his chance in the big
    leagues. Frustrated and alone, Heavy D! dedicated himself to random fights in
    private boxing rings, and then retired to seclusion in his turf, where he
    thrived his feeling of combat in the streets.
    	After several years, a new chance appeared for Heavy D!. He received an
    invitation for the new King of Fighters tournament introducing the team battle
    concept. Happy to finally do battle in the professional ring, Heavy D! knew just
    the people who would help him: his friends, Brian Battler and Lucky Glauber.
    Forming the USA Sports Team, the three enter the tournament, but do not have
    much success. Heavy D! then goes back to training in order to perfect his skills
    and be ready for the next invitation to the King of Fighters!
    	Heavy D! is quite a cool and calm man, and in fight, he moves like a bird
    and strings like a mosquito. He is also pretty calm in battle, and does not
    dispair under any circumstance. He respects all fighters who are very skillful,
    and also gets disappointed by those who do not show their true power. Heavy D!
    also likes to visit bars and the slums frequently, and encourage young ones in
    practicing a sport.
    *Fun fact = Heavy D! also seemed to appear frequently in the King of Fighters
    backgrounds after KOF '94. In KOF '95, he appeared in King's bar drinking it up
    with Duck King. In KOF '97, he also appeared in the China stage twice! (With his
    team, and with Duck King).
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '94, The King of Fighters '98
    Birthplace:                   Unknown
    Birthdate:                    September 1, 1954 (48 years old)
    Height:                       1.92 m (6'3")
    Weight:                       90 kg (198 lbs)
    Blood type:                   B
    Hobbies:                      Metal figurine collection, fishing
    Favorite food:                Stout beer and home-made sausages
    Favorite sport:               Hunting
    Most valuable:                Picture of his family
    Hates the most:               Rugal
    Fighting style: Martial Arts and self-taught assasination tecniques
    	Heidern, inside his cool exterior, hides a man full of guilt and haunt.
    This strict commander hides a very dark past, all thanks to a cruel and evil man
    that reduced his life to shambles in a blink of an eye.
    	Heidern was a very spirited soldier in his young times, training very hard
    and accomplishing his goal of being the best of his class. Participating in
    several wars as a mercenary, Heidern was feared as a man with hands like claws,
    and his cutting-edge fingers. Heidern also fell in love with a precious woman
    named Sandra, and decided to marry her. Not much time later, they had their only
    daughter, Clara. Heidern was very happy with his family, and after having
    received the title of commander, he retired to pass more time with his family.
    	However, there was one last mission assigned to Heidern. He and his unit
    must investigate a man who has gained a name for himself in the black market,
    and has become such a powerful man, that he represents a menace to the world
    governments. He was called Rugal Bernstein. Heidern accepted, conditioning that
    his family must be safe at all moments. The governments located a security group
    in front of Heidern's house, so Heidern was free to investigate Rugal. Or so he
    	Heidern dedicated himself day and night to follow the trace of Rugal. He
    seemed to pop up everywhere, even in two different continents the same day!
    Heidern did not know what made Rugal so fast, but he managed to bust some
    criminal warehouses and other illegal locations properties of Rugal. However,
    Rugal was nowhere to be found. Amidst the tedium and desperation, Heidern wanted
    to see his family again. Given permission to do so, Heidern traveled back to his
    house for a certain period of time. When he came back, he saw the security force
    totally wiped out, and his family missing, his house trashed. Then, Heidern saw
    a letter on the table. It was signed by a certain "R" individual. Heidern opened
    the letter, and it was Rugal! He told Heidern he had his family, and that he
    should better stop all that foolishness of trying to stop him and play hero. If
    he declined the investigation, he would free his family again. Heidern slashed
    the letter to pieces, and now more than ever, was dedicated to trap Rugal.
    	Sooner than ever, Heidern located Rugal's trail. It seemed he had a
    personal air carrier called the 'Blacknoah', where he voyaged with an impressive
    arsenal. Heidern gathered his unit, and took the plane that would take them to
    the Blacknoah. They landed on the Blacknoah soon after, surprisingly finding no
    resistance. After penetrating the carrier, Heidern found Rugal ready for battle.
    Rugal laughed and considered them all to be fools. Before they could do
    anything, the unit was almost plowed by Rugal's inmense power. Just in a few
    minutes, Rugal had taken out all of Heidern's unit. Heidern was so shocked he
    barely noticed how Rugal got closer to him. Heidern, enraged, took Rugal on. But
    his fury did not allow him to fight well, and Rugal and his huge strength made
    short work out of him. In a single move, Rugal managed to gouge out Heidern's
    right eye. Wounded and unable to go on, Rugal prepared to deliver the final
    blow, but if he had to die, he must at least die in style. Rugal then began to
    gather huge power, and before he unleashed it, Sandra and Clara appeared to
    cover Heidern. Heidern shouted for them to stay away, but they did not listen. A
    blinding light fazed Heidern, and then all became blank.
    	Heidern woke up in a hospital bed. He was wrapped up in bandages, and his
    eye covered with a patch. His nearest nurse got closer to him, and Heidern
    desperately asked her for information on his unit and his family. His unit:
    Almost all killed, the survivors badly wounded. His family: Dead. Heidern was
    destroyed. He passed many months in grief and pain, and burned in desires of
    taking revenge on Rugal. As of destiny would have had it, a little girl appeared
    sleeping in the jungle near Heidern's house. She was filled with blood, but she
    had no wounds. Maybe it was other's blood? Heidern felt compassion for the
    child, and took her home. Once, he noticed the incredible power she had, and he
    decided to train her personally in martial arts. She said they used to call her
    Leona, but that's all she reminded of her past. Also having the company of his
    best mercenaries Ralf and Clark, Heidern's pain was quenched, but his revenge
    was soon to be realized: he received a personal invitation to the new King of
    Fighters tournament, which had the new team battle mode. Taking Ralf and Clark
    with him (since Leona was still too little), Heidern faced the tournament. He
    didn't reach the finals, but he was relieved when he knew about Rugal's death
    after his carrier being destroyed. That was, until next year...
    	Heidern was invited once again to the King of Fighters tournament, and he
    suspected that something fishy was going on since the invitations were signed by
    "R". Calling Ralf and Clark back to duty, the trio once again investigated, and
    indeed, it was Rugal once again! Heidern was ready to end the score with Rugal,
    but realized it was all up to Kyo and his team. He aided the Hero Team in all he
    could, and when Rugal was finally destroyed by his own power, Heidern considered
    it a proper death for a man thirsty of power, and walked away.
    	After that, Heidern declined all future invitations to the King of
    Fighters tournament, since Rugal was destroyed, and he had nothing to do with it
    anymore. So, he sent his best student, Leona, to fight along with Ralf and
    Clark, the persons he sees as his sons. He especially cares for Leona, not only
    just because she resembles Clara so much, he also wishes that Leona can finally
    get over her past, and when she does, Ralf and Clark will be with her. Heidern,
    after all, is still able to care for other people.
    	Shortly after the 1997 version of the King of Fighters tournament ends,
    and with the situation back to normal again, Heidern receives the visit of a
    young girl. She calls herself Whip, and wants to enter the Ikari Warriors squad.
    After seeing her impressive skills with a whip, Heidern brings her in, and
    decides to train her in his own assasination techniques. After two years,
    Heidern detects some strange anomalies during the King of Fighters 1999
    tournament, so he dispatches his best Ikari squad to investigate. And soon,
    results would jump to sight....
    	Heidern manages to detect from his command room several images of Kyo
    Kusanagi around the world. This is a weird success, indeed, and it makes it look
    like the tournament is nothing more than a set-up. Heidern tries to contact his
    unit, but fails. Thus, he decides to dispatch several elimination squads to the
    location of the Kyo clones, and prepare to eliminate them. After that, Heidern
    directs himself to the main base of the enemy. Upon arriving, he notices the
    several wounded bodies of his soldiers among the ruins, and one dead body: that
    of the past host of the competition, Krizalid. Heidern closes the eyes of the
    deceased man, and asks for any survivors. One soldier noticed two persons
    evacuate the place before they arrived. Heidern feels the menace is barely
    starting...and not yet reached the full terror.
    	After a while upon investigating the NESTS cartel, Krizalid's
    organization, Heidern finds himself stumped and without a clue. It is then when
    he is given a helping hand by a fellow mercenary commander Ling. Ling informs
    Heidern about the most recent location of NESTS: in Southtown. Heidern considers
    it ironic for the tournament to return to its' origins. Ling also tells Heidern
    that he will organize the new King of Fighters tournament in the year 2000 in
    order to get the strongest fighters to do battle against the NESTS agents if
    they ever appear. Heidern assists to Ling's command room in order to supervise
    the mission. Their primary objective, aside from destroying NESTS, is to locate
    K' and Maxima, who also have close ties with the NESTS.
    	As the winning teams approach Southtown, Heidern senses something going
    terribly wrong as his soldiers investigate the wrong direction. Ling tells
    Heidern that he has sent the soldiers to the factory zone in Southtown in order
    to turn on the elevator and activate the generator in the abandoned factory.
    Heidern is dumbfounded, but before he can ask anymore questions, he is held at
    gunpoint by Ling's soldiers! It turns out to be that Ling is not really Ling,
    but Zero, a NESTS officer who had created a clone of himself (in the form of
    Ling) in order to gain the trust of the participating fighters and the world
    leaders, fooling them into believing that he realy had a clue in order to find
    and destroy NESTS. Heidern then knows about the sinister plans of Zero,
    involving using the energy of the warriors in order to activate the Zero Cannon,
    and being able to destroy any designated point on earth! Heidern is then knocked
    out cold by Zero's agents, but is later waked up by his elite mecenaries: Ralf,
    Leona, and Clark. The whole Ikari Warrior squad decides to escape before the
    Zero Cannon destroys Southtown completely...all, except one.
    	Heidern realizes with panic that Whip is missing. Heidern desperately
    calls Whip via radio, calling Whip by her real name, which only he knew up until
    then: Muchiko. However, Whip does not respond to Heidern's demands, and the
    commander of the Ikari Warriors is forced to escape before the Zero Cannon
    vanquishes Southtown into dust. After that, Heidern finds a video in Whip's
    quarters directed to Heidern and his closest followers. The video contains a
    warm goodbye by Whip, and a reminder to Heidern that her name is not Muchiko,
    but Whip. Heidern gives a sad smile, and hopes that, wherever she is, Whip might
    find happiness.
    	After scouting the ruins of Southtown, Heidern realizes that NESTS has
    abandoned Southtown without leaving a trace. So, he begins to gather his forces
    in order to attack and arrest all NESTS officers in several locations around the
    world. Heidern sends his best men to do the job, but unfortuantely, they have no
    success at all. It is then when Whip sends a letter to her former commander,
    telling him that NESTS is about to make their move, and they're planning to use
    the King of Fighters tournament was their new arena! Heidern summons his best
    officers to his quarters: Leona, Ralf, and Clark. Heidern thinks it's pretty
    obvious that NESTS is planning something big, entering the tournament when they
    had just destroyed a whole city. And since the Ikari Warriors were short one
    member ever since Whip leaved, Heidern thought it was time to make his official
    comeback to the fighting scene once more!
    	During the progress of the tournament, Heidern tracked down the movements
    of NESTS, and also took special care in Whip's actions as she teamed up with her
    lost brother K'. Heidern followed the tracks of NESTS up to the point where the
    winning teams met inside a flying blimp, where the final battle was supposed to
    be hosted. Heidern knew for sure that it was a trap used by NESTS to lure the
    winners into their inminent death. But Heidern trusted the warriors would defeat
    the evil within NESTS, and his wishes came true when NESTS main HQ, their space
    station, fell into the ocean. Heidern inmediately sent a reconissance squad to
    the crashing site of the NESTS space base after the fighters had been placed in
    a safer place. The report confirmed that most of the base was still kept intact
    after the crash, which helped Heidern resolve that they could investigate on
    that basis. But what bothered Heidern, was the report confirming that his dear
    Whip was yet another clone brewed by the evil technology of NESTS. Heidern must
    now start worrying about the fate of those close to him, instead of looking
    after the world.
    	Heidern is a lonely man, and passes most of the time enclosed in his
    office and meditating. He sees in Leona the chance to start all over, and get
    over the death of his family. His old friends, Ralf and Clark, are also with him
    and make him feel good in those grim moments. Heidern, even after Rugal's death,
    still feels pain in his heart, but decides life goes on, and his soldiers are
    the only family he now has.
    *Fun fact = -What's with Heidern's salute ala Nazi? Or is it just me? (Nah, he
    is so cool who cares? ^_^)
    		-Did you know that "Ikari" is supposed to mean "to get angrier"?
    *Cloth changes = His primary color was light brown in KOF '94/'95/2001, and dark
    blue in KOF '98.
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '94, The King of Fighters '95, The King of
    Fighters '98, The King of Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters: Kyo
    Birthplace:                   Japan (of part-Russian heritage)
    Birthdate:                    March 3, 1984 (18 years old)
    Height:                       1.54 m (5')
    Weight:                       41 kg (90 lbs)
    Blood type:                   B
    Hobbies:                      Collecting sumo ranking lists, making herbal
    	                        products (potpurris and herbal tea)
    Favorite food:                Sumo stew made by her private cook, tea, and
    Favorite sport:               Horse riding, halberd jousting
    Most valuable:                A teddy bear she received as a girl
    Hates the most:               Bugs, sour stuff, piano practice
    Fighting style: 			 Sumo wrestling
    	Normally, a junior high school girl would prefer to spend their free time
    practicing a sport at school. Among the most popular female sports are:
    volleyball, gymnastics, and softball. By doing so, not only did young women
    support their health, but also their sheer femininity. Hinako Shijou, a
    passionate young woman with lots of incredible dreams, is a different case. She
    has decided to practice a traditional Japanese sport, only practiced by large,
    heavy men: Sumo!
    	After Hinako first joined a prestigious ladies-only school, the expected
    pressure for such institutions instantly fell upon young Hinako. Not only was
    she demanded good grades and exceptional behavior, she also had to be the first
    in her class in any sport. She was offered many different sports, but none of
    them raised Hinako's attention. That is, until she visisted a Sumo arena....
    	Once she saw a Sumo match, Hinako's world turned around completely. Sumo
    was an art in itself, much more than any other martial art. She realized that
    Sumo should not only be practiced by overwhelming men, but also normal women
    could be able to exceed themselves in the practice of this art. Hinako decided
    she would restore the grace and beauty that Sumo is supposed to represent.
    	Back in her school, Hinako wanted to join a Sumo club, but everybody just
    laughed at her, and deemed her as a crazy brat. Sumo was just out of the
    question for the refined and delicate ladies of her school. Hinako didn't bother
    to hear any reasons, as her mind was already decided. Everyday she practiced the
    arts of Sumo, and instead of gaining weight, she decided to train her arms and
    legs to be able to support the weight of any huge Sumo wrestler. After all, it
    wasn't the size that counted, but the refinement of the technique that mattered.
    	After a long period of training, Hinako has decided to prove her worth as
    a Sumo wrestler. After trying (and failing) to convince her school's superiors
    to show her fellow students the beauty of Sumo, she decides to go to a local
    martial arts tournament, and smash the tough-looking opponents with her Sumo
    style. Surprisingly, many martial artists were caught off-guard by the strength
    of this fragile woman. It was outrageous how a simple junior high school girl
    could practice Sumo so well! After the tournament finished, Hinako was content
    about her performance, as many men stare at her in awe. On her way out of the
    fighting arena, she is faced by a red-haired, ravaging woman called Mai
    Shiranui, and another younger, spunky girl named Yuri Sakazaki. The two consider
    Hinako worthy enough to join their team and participate in the next King of
    Fighters 2000 tournament. Hinako is overwhelmed: this time, she can really prove
    her true Sumo strength against the best fighters in the world!
    	During her vacation period of junior high school, Hinako decided to take a
    school trip back to the place where the whole nightmare had developed last year:
    Southtown. The city was still reduced to shambles, but people were trying their
    best to rebuild what was left of it. Hinako was proud and felt compassionate for
    those people who still struggled. She wished she could have done more for them
    back then.
           Hinako and her schoolmates were starving after so much walking and
    sightseeing, so they decided to stop at a local establishment that was still
    standing (even though a bit wrecked). Hinako entered, and there she found her
    old friend Mai, along with King, who owned the bar. King was also a female
    warrior that entered the last King of Fighters tournament. The other girl was a
    young Chinese lady with a big forehead and strange hair style. Hinako wonders
    what's going on, and Mai tells her that the King of Fighters tournament is being
    held again. Hinako said she would be glad to join, and nobody seemed to have a
    problem with that. But first, she and her friends needed a meal, and King was
    forced to offer all her fleet a nice dinner! Hinako also didn't seem to carry
    too much money with her...in fact, after the tournament ended, and the four
    women went for a celebration dinner honoring the fall of NESTS, everyone
    expected Hinako to pay the bill (since she came from a prestigious family) and
    fed their hearts off, only to realize with grief that Hinako no longer had any
    money! We'll see if Hinako can make up to it next time....
    	Hinako, despite being of a rich family and in a top-class ladies school,
    is not spoiled by money or social class. She has lots of dreams which she hopes
    to accomplish some day. She is very feminine despite the masculine art she
    practices. Despite getting down and rough with her opponents, she takes care of
    her personal appearance a lot. She defends the opinion that anything can be done
    with grace and style if done correctly!
    *Fun fact = After many people saw the official drawings of Hinako, many people
    assumed she would be somewhat like Karin Kanzuki (of Capcom's Street Fighter
    Alpha 3), only that she dressed like a plane waitress. What a surprise it was to
    see her practice Sumo!
    Appearances: The King of Fighters 2000, The King of Fighters 2001
    (bio sheet unknown)
    	Acting as the CEO of the NESTS cartel, Igniz is second in command only
    behind the president of NESTS. As one would think about a CEO, Igniz does
    everything he can to make NESTS arise to the top of the criminal world, and make
    sure it becomes an organization to be feared worldwide through their advanced
    cloning technology, always accompanied by his gorgeous secretary. But no even
    bothered in suspecting about Igniz and his lethal plans to take over NESTS, and
    claim his "rightful position" as the new god to reign over all humans!
    	Actually, Igniz has been the mastermind behind the Kusanagi cloning
    project, manipulating the process at his own twisted will. With the information
    he gathered from the extraction of Kyo Kusanagi's DNA, he created his own
    advanced Kyo clones: first, the rebel K', then the loyal agent Krizalid, and
    later on handed over the Kula Diamond project to Foxy, and he directly
    supervised the creation of K9999, a purely artificial Kusanagi clone. All the
    pieces were being moved by Igniz on his own board of corruption and treason.
    	Igniz watched with certain interest how Krizalid and the clone of Zero
    were eliminated in the King of Fighters tournament, ironically defeated by his
    own creations. However, the destruction of Southtown thanks to the Zero Cannon
    had impulsed the NESTS cartel to reveal itself to the world in the brink of the
    disaster. Argumenting a malfunction in a satellite, Igniz and the rest of the
    NESTS organization tried to justify their horrible actions. But there was no
    time to lurk any further. NESTS had to put its' plan in motion. The president of
    NESTS left the responsibility of holding the 2001 King of Fighters tournament to
    Igniz, as he would order his agents to do their job. Igniz thought it would be
    the perfect chance to show that old coot who truely ran things in NESTS.
    	Cautiously watching over the development of the tournament, Igniz gloated
    as his theory came true: the products of NESTS were slowly, but surely, making
    their way up in the tournament. Kyo and Iori were also doing their part as well.
    But even though the fighters displayed new techniques and totally different
    power levels than ever before, Igniz knew all their secrets. He had the fighting
    data that was collected from the past KOF tournaments, and he had an even darker
    idea. He would use that data to infuse it in his body, and become more powerful
    than any mortal!
    	Soon enough, fellow agent Zero was sent to deal with the winners in the
    special space shuttle designed by NESTS, in the disguise of a blimp. Free from
    any meddling from Foxy, Diana, or Zero, Igniz could easily deploy his plan.
    Before they could arrive, Igniz issued orders to Angel and K9999, the agents
    that were teaming up with Foxy and Kula Diamond for the King of Fighters
    tournament, to do away with them as soon as possible, to erradicate all
    followers of the president. Waiting for the winners in the NESTS space station,
    Igniz could expect no less that it would be K' and his team who would show up.
    Sitting along the president of NESTS and her secretary, Igniz congratulates K'
    and company for defeating Zero, as it was no easy task to accomplish. Igniz
    explains his plan to K' and his partners, and he would confess his ultimate
    ambition: to become the new god that would rule the existence of the world!
    Having said that, Igniz grabs the head of the NESTS leader sitting on the
    throne, and reduces him to dust! Igniz now stands strong against his
    challengers, the products of NESTS, that he once created, and now vows to
    	It was astonishing how Igniz displayed his incredible amount of strength.
    His energy strikes were faster than lightning, striked with the force of a
    mountain, and quickly threw away the opposition! All that sheer, raw fighting
    data amassed in Igniz' body caused a huge reaction, and it was surprising that
    Igniz could manage to control it. All attacks were futile, any countermeasure,
    useless. Igniz anticipated all the moves he already knew of, and those that he
    didn't, were promptly overwhelmed by the inmense display of strength from Igniz!
    	But soon after Kyo and the rest of the strongest fighters of the
    tournament joined in the battle, Igniz began to grow tired of such pests, and
    tried to eliminate them as fast as possible. But while the strength of Igniz
    came from numbers and computer data, the force of these brave warriors came from
    within, they fought with the soul, fighting with every ounce in their body! That
    was what Igniz could never understand. Soon enough, the 3 main targets of NESTS
    got together: K', Kyo, and Iori. Igniz really appreciated what they all did for
    the cartel (indirectly, of course), and soon began to gather what was left of
    his energy to deal with the three bugs. But it was Igniz who was surprised when
    the 3 flame wielders channeled their energy through K', who blasted a huge flame
    of justice straight towards Igniz! Igniz was overpowered, as the whole data room
    they were fighting in began to crumble by the force of the impact.
    	Battered and bruised, dragging along his burnt body, Igniz could not hold
    back the frustration of his defeat. All these years of planning and gathering
    fighting data to be finally defeated by his own creations. Igniz could not stand
    such humilliation. Igniz could not come to understand why humans would deny the
    existence of a new god. As he slowly walked towards a couple of pillar atop some
    stairs, Igniz, in his insanity, claims that if the world will not accept a god,
    then they shall yield to a demon! Igniz places his hands on the pillars, and is
    soon surrounded by a pillar of light. Amazed by Igniz' actions, K' and the
    others are surprised when they feel the whole space station tremble, as they
    draw closer to the atmosphere of the Earth! Igniz was activating the space
    station on a crash course towards the planet! K' and the rest try to stop his
    ambition, but a huge metal door shuts them out from any possible meddling. Igniz
    is left laughing out of sheer madness, surrounded by chaos and destruction, as
    the whole space station is engulfed in flames upon the entrance to the
    atmosphere. Flames...how did Igniz hate flames. Consumed by his own evil, Igniz
    falls to his death, just like the whole ambition of NESTS. Those who will
    succeed him will surely take his example, and not yield to ambition.
    	Rather elegant and with good manners, Igniz doesn't seem to lose his
    temper so easily. He usually remains calm, cool, and precise, as his superior
    intelligence always analyzes the situation, and exploits it to his advantage. A
    conspirating and creative person, Igniz had prepared himself well for the King
    of Fighters tournament via his own resources. But he could never predict the
    outcome, and finally losing any trace of sanity, burns to his doom along with
    his own cruel plot.
    *Fun fact = Usually, all of the upper ranked agents of NESTS have the names of
    things that usually mean the beginning of something. Krizalid was already
    mentioned (his name meaning "cocoon"), Zero is, well...zero, and Igniz is an
    abbreviation for "ignition" (as when something is turned on).
    Appearances: The King of Fighters 2001
    "Hearth of Eight Gods"
    Birthplace           Japan
    Birthdate:           March 25, 1976 (26 years old)
    Height:              1.82 m (6')
    Weight:              76 kg (167 lbs)
    Blood type:          O
    Hobbies:             Band
    Favorite food:       Meat
    Favorite sport:      All
    Most valuable:       Base guitar of Rickenbacher
    Hates the most:      Violence
    Fighting style:      Yagami style Ancient Martial Arts and Instinct
    	Iori is the latest descendant of the Yagami clan, a cursed bloodline which
    has been condemned to living a short lifespan due to the Orochi blood flowing
    through their veins. The story goes as far as 1800 years ago...
    	The Orochi power was devastating the world. With all the chaos and panic
    running amok, two clans came together to fight the menace: the Kusanagi,
    representing the sword that seals, and the Yagami, the shield that holds.
    Uniting the power of the both clans, and using the mythical crimson flames, the
    two bloodlines managed to seal away the Orochi power, then assigning the task to
    the Clan of the Yata to look over the seal. After that, both clans retired to
    their respective villages.
    	1140 years later (which means, 660 years ago), however, the bond between
    both clans would break dramatically. The Yagami, thirsty of the magnificent
    Orochi power, broke the pact between them and the Kusanagi clan, and decided to
    strike a deal with the Orochi: an unholy pact that would grant the Yagami
    tremendous power, and their crimson flames would turn into purple flames of
    death! The Kusanagi reclaimed that the Yagami disobeyed the pact, and they were
    considered as traitors. Since then, the two clans have been in a mortal war,
    resulting in the death of many clan members on both sides, much to the glee of
    the Orochi clan.
    	Now, in the modern ages, Kyo and Iori are out to settle the score.
    Although their destiny was resolved before they were ever born, Kyo and Iori
    seem more than willing to finish the 660 year grudge! And mostly, Iori is
    decided to kill Kyo at all costs, although he is destined to a horrible fate: to
    die before his time, victim of the ambition of his ancestors, and his cursed
    blood. However, Iori does not to seem to care too much about it. His heart keeps
    no happy feelings, and is only interested in ridding the path of enemies.
    However, wielding the purple flames is painful even for Iori, since the power is
    so great that it even hurts him!
    	Iori and Kyo have similiar techniques because both clans had developed
    together a very special martial art before they engaged in the war. That's why
    Iori has developed some mortal techniques, and even uses his hands as cutting
    weapons, his fingers tearing through the opponent's flesh. He has known to be
    very violent in battle, even though he hates using violence (???). His clan
    symbol is the crescent moon of the Yagami. His physique also allows him to be
    very famous among the women, but he doesn't seem to care about that, either!
    	Once Iori was training, he was informed about the entrance of Kyo in the
    King of Fighters tournament. Iori was interested and supposed he would have a
    perfect shot against Kyo. He then knew that a man named Billy Kane was looking
    for some teammates for the next tournament. Iori volunteered, and so, the trio
    entered the tournament. However, Iori was not interested in any of the only
    fighters. He only focused on Kyo. But, it seemed that he couldn't have a clean
    shot against him, since prior to their battle, Kyo was missing. However, Iori
    still felt Kyo's combat aura burning in a faraway place. When Iori arrived to
    the secret underground base were Kyo was fighting, he found him fighting Rugal,
    who was about to be destroyed by his own power. Iori felt something strange
    boiling in his blood while Rugal was being destroyed by the inmense power.
    Recognizing the power, Iori mocked Rugal, "Only those of the bloodline can
    control such power! You didn't have a chance!". Saying that, Iori walks away
    while Rugal is vanished by the huge power. Taking advantage of the power he felt
    in his veins, he used it to beat his teammates badly. Considering them only a
    bother, Iori decides he will take on Kyo next time.
    	By next year, Iori trained very hard, and practiced until near the border
    of unconsciousness. He considered himself ready to kill Kyo this time! While he
    was walking through a forest, Iori was confronted by two women. Iori recognized
    one of them as one of the secretaries of Rugal. Actually, both were the
    secretaries of Rugal. Iori wanted them to get out of his way, but one of them
    began attacking him. While he fought the women, the other told Iori that they
    had been watching over them, and that he would be perfect as their teammate in
    the next King of Fighters tournament. Iori stopped, and turned towards the other
    woman. Iori just smiled and released a maniacal laugh. He said he would help
    them if they wanted to. "But nobody touches Kyo, he's mine! Mine only!", Iori
    	The tournament begins, and once again, considers the other fighters as
    trash, only thinking in his battle against Kyo. His wish comes true as his team
    will face the Hero Team. Kyo and Iori waited paciently until their turn to
    fight. Then, Kyo and Iori got their shot. It was a very dramatic battle, with
    flames bursting everywhere, and so much power released that it was overwhelming!
    However, the time ran up, and the match ended in a draw. Both fighters were
    exhausted, but Iori was determined to kill Kyo. Then, the host, Chizuru Kagura,
    interfered. She said it was useless that the two must kill each other, and
    instead, must be helping each other in order to erradicate the terrible power
    that draws nearer. Iori is enraged, and demands that she gets away. But Chizuru
    takes Kyo away, and disappears. Iori then shouts of madness, and begins to
    destroy everything around him. He would not be left without killing Kyo, and not
    by any smartass woman!
    	Iori inmediately searched out Kyo, but when he found him, he suddenly felt
    that feeling in his blood again. What was that feeling that made him feel so
    powerful, but at the same time, so painful? When those thoughts cruised Iori's
    mind, a very strong gush of wind blew him away. When Iori woke up, it was Kyo
    fighting against a very powerful man. Iori recognized the power as the same that
    had destroyed Rugal. So, it had to be of Orochi blood! Iori then begins to
    attack the man called Goenitz. He tells him that only him can take care of Kyo,
    and he can not interfere! Both fighters battle with all their strength, and Iori
    even manages to surpress his cursed blood and begin wielding crimson flames.
    With a final, double crimson blow, Kyo and Iori take out Goenitz, but before he
    dies, Goenitz tells Iori that he is doomed to serve Orochi as a servant! Iori
    then bids Goenitz farewell, as he disappears. Iori begins to walk away, and
    encounters his companions, Mature and Vice, who had let him live in order to
    kill Goenitz. However, Iori begins to feel extremly bad, and his blood begins to
    boil. His eyes get hazy, and he begins coughing blood. The Riot of Blood was in
    full effect! Going berserk because he can not control the Orochi power. Going
    crazy, Iori rips through his companions, and continues to walk away, roaring and
    slashing madly.
    	Nothing was known from Iori up to next year. He had seem to feel the Riot
    of Blood several times, causing several deaths. Cursing his own weakness, Iori
    realizes he has been entered in the next King of Fighters tournament of 1997 as
    a single entry. It must have been Chizuru, thinking he may help her again. Iori
    just laughs and, since he has no more bothers in his way, he can concentrate on
    killing Kyo this time! He views the spectacular display of shows and
    commuinications, and decides it was the perfect backdrop for Kyo's death.
    However, not much later, Iori once again entered the Riot of Blood yet again,
    and went into a killing rampage. His craziness had reached unsuspected limits,
    and since Orochi was involved as ever in the tournament, his power grew stronger
    and stronger. However, he also wasn't too much conscious of what he was doing,
    allowing the other fighters to submit him, and cooling him down. Iori then loses
    	When Iori was sleeping, he receives a message from his ancestors, bidding
    him to aid Kyo in this final fight against the Orochi. This would rid the
    dishonor of the Yagami name, and would cleanse their own cursed bloodline. Iori
    woke up, and almost like if controlled by someone, he walked towards the Orochi
    awakening spot. He finds Kyo and Chizuru there. They are surprised to see Iori,
    and he just smiles, and tells them that it is ironic that after so much time of
    war, they should fight together. Kyo smiles as well, and both go against Orochi.
    They display their huge strength, as 1800 years ago, and begin to turn the tide
    in their favor. However, Iori gets controlled by Orochi via the Riot of Blood,
    but now, Iori will not be easily subdued! He takes a grasp of Orochi, and allows
    Kyo to punch right through them...
    	Nobody knows what happened after that faithful battle. However, it seems
    that Iori and Kyo began their last battle, to see which one prevails...
    	Iori awakes, surrounded by a strange place. His whole body aches, but
    that's the less of his worries. Kyo was nowhere to be found. He later knows that
    nobody knew where he had gone, but Iori knows that Kyo will not be so easily
    eliminated. Iori's scouting takes him to a hidden laboratory, where he believes
    bizarre experiments are talking place (I'm not talking Resident Evil here, OK?).
    To his disbelief, he finds several Kyo clones being produced! They must have
    taken Kyo's genetic code, and insert it into these mindless clones, obeying some
    twisted plot! Enraged for the tampering with his rivalry with Kyo, Iori tears
    the place down with an incredible display of rage and anger. The name "NESTS" is
    soon to pop up, and Iori vows he will find them and destroy those who dared mess
    up with his plans for revenge!
    	Not long after, Iori finds out about the King of Fighters tournament being
    held again. He senses that the person responsible for the Kyo clonage might be
    here. Iori takes a hidden role in the tournament, following the battles closely.
    He finally manages to catch up with the hidden NESTS base, but unfortunately for
    him, it is already ruined and crumbled. Iori can feel Kyo's presence, but does
    not see him. Iori knows that NESTS must be destroyed so he can have a fair
    showdown with Kyo to the very end.
          After being shrouded in secrecy for awhile, Iori hears about the rumors of
    the NESTS cartel in action again. However, Iori does not seem too interested,
    but since Kyo Kusanagi was determined to stop the NESTS at any cost, Iori
    decides that he shouldn't let Kyo die at the hands of NESTS, but his own.
    Following Kyo's trace, he finally arrives at the hidden NESTS hideout in
    Southtown. It seems that the city was doomed for destruction by the rampant Zero
    Cannon, but Iori could care less how many innocent lives were lost. He dwelled
    deep into the base, and finally finds Kyo standing next to a fallen body.
    However, Iori takes things easy. He has learned to control his anger. He
    approaches Kyo, and like always, demands a true fight. This time, it wasn't
    family rivalry going on. This time, only the feeling of fighting a worthy
    opponent was the only thing Iori felt...and he was sure Kyo felt the same way.
    	The whereabouts of Iori were unknown after that tournament, and he seemed
    the person who less cared about what happened in Southtown. He's just unpleased
    that he lost his chance to kill Kyo last year. Former NESTS agent Seth actually
    went out to search for the miscarried youngster. Upon finding out where he was,
    he politely invited Iori to join his team for the next King of Fighters
    tournament, with a promise that he would get his shot against Kyo if he entered.
    Iori did not care about what his other teammates did, his purple flames of
    disaster only hungered for Kyo. Iori's own overwhelming aura made Seth tremble
    with fear. The power that Iori harnessed within him was beyond any logic! As
    Iori retreats with his promise to enter the King of Fighters tournament with
    Seth, the huge tough guy wonders what kind of surprises will Iori give them.
    	Iori made it clear from the beginning of the tournament that teamwork was
    definetly not in his plans, as he could take on whole teams by himself. His
    vicious attitude was even more notorious than before. Iori was indeed a threat
    to be considered, but as if fate would have had it, he would even have to help
    Kyo defeat the NESTS executives once again. This time, he had to assist Kyo's
    clone, K', to defeat Igniz, the CEO of NESTS, in their own space station. Once
    Igniz was defeated, Iori thought that since there were no longer any obstacles,
    he would challenge Kyo right there and now! But he was cut short when he was
    forced to escape from the falling space station. Iori and his teammates escaped
    with their lives, but Iori then realizes that his own team has considered him
    "expendable" by his superiors, and attempt to get rid of him before he can cause
    any more trouble than needed. Iori just shrugs his shoulders, and threatens that
    if anybody should stand against him, he would tear them down like the trash they
    	Iori is a single, self-important person who cares of nobody but himself.
    He considers other people to be no more than "bothers". He dislikes being
    controlled by Orochi, since he doesn't like to be bossed around! His only goal
    in life seems to kill Kyo, and won't rest until he does. He also plays music in
    his band in his spare time, and also manages to gather quite a number of people.
    	RIOT OF BLOOD IORI YAGAMI (The King of Fighters '97/The King of Fighters
    R-1): This is the uncontrolled, the crazed version of Iori. His Orochi blood
    completly awaken, Iori now is only a mindless monster, thirsty for blood and for
    death. He is always hunched over, his eyes lost, and foam coming out of his
    mouth. Iori is unable to control his Orochi blood, that is why he becomes a
    mindless zombie. His techniques are all identical to those of normal Iori, but
    more faster, and a lot more powerful.
    *Fun fact = -Can anybody understand why a man so propense to violence can be so
    popular among the ladies? Totally uncomphrensible!
    		-If you take a nice look in the far background of the Japan Street
    stage in KOF '98, you can see a small Iori standing in front of a shop, in his
    traditional "hands-in-pocket" pose. This could lead to some mismatches if you're
    happening to use Iori at the moment! ^_^ Maybe a cosplayer...?
    		-Iori bases his DMs usually on the legend of the Yagami, and the
    whole Orochi incident. For example, his "Maiden Masher" DM (which is actually
    called the Ya Otome) is named after the "Eight Maidens" that were supposed to
    sacrifice themselves in order to satisfy the Orochi's ferocious hunger (and
    check out how many hits the Ya Otome usually delivers: eight). His other DM, the
    Ya Sakazuki (a DM in KOF '97/'98, and his striker action from KOF '99 and
    beyond), is translated to "Eight Wine Cups". In the actual legend of the Orochi,
    it took eight cups of wine (one for each head of the eight-headed Orochi dragon)
    to get it drunk, and finally put it to sleep long enough for the Kusanagi sword
    to strike and do away with the Orochi. And what does the Ya Sakazuki actually do
    in the game? It pins the opponent down long enough for Iori to strike them
    again. You gotta love how SNK actually follows the actual Orochi legend. ^_-
    Appearances: 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 (also appears as a pseudo-Riot of Blood version of himself,
    dressed like a punk rocker, as his hidden special striker), The King of Fighters
    2001, The King of Fighters: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters
    R-2, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium
    Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001, SNK vs. Capcom:
    Match of the Millenium (also appears as Riot of Blood Iori Yagami in all of
    these games)
    Birthplace:         Korea
    Birthdate:          July 26, 1967 (35 years old)
    Height:             1.77 m (5'8")
    Weight:             77 kg (169 lbs)
    Blood type:         O
    Hobbies:            Collecting perfumes and admiring idols
    Favorite food:      Eel, clams, and kaddou
    Favorite sport:     Billiards
    Most valuable:      All of Yuso Mimori's debut CDs, a seagull-shaped ornament
                        kept in an alcove at home
    Hates the most:  Squids, and his family name
    Fighting style:    Tae Kwon Do
    *Kaddou = Boiled arrowroot
    	Jhun Hoon has always been eager of imparting justice ever since he was
    little, but since he was so weak, it was rather hard to accomplish such task. In
    order to get stronger, Jhun decides to train himself in Tae Kwon Do, a national
    sport in his native Korea. When he is admitted in the class, he quickly meets
    who would be his best friend, but at the same time, most bitter rival: Kim
    	Jhun and Kim trained in the same martial art, but each developed their own
    technique. Besides being different in their style, they also had different
    justice ideals. While Kim trusted people and aided them when in need, Jhun
    supported the idea of an iron fist justice, and strict discipline. This is what
    made the two masters rivals in their own game. After completing their training,
    each one goes their own way, to see who was finally right.
    	After years of kicking the living hell out of criminals worldwide, Jhun
    decides that it is time to go back to Kim and show him the results of his
    travels. Upon arriving at Kim's dojo, he watches two particulary funny figures
    training in the backyard: one being a small midget with a hat and iron claws,
    the other being a large giant wielding an iron ball. Jhun recognizes them as the
    two famed Korean criminals, Choi Bounge and Chang Koehan. After Kim greets him,
    Jhun wants to know what those two are doing in his dojo. Kim tells Jhun that he
    has accepted his fate to train those two and completly reform them. Jhun laughs
    and considers Kim's methods obsolete. He shall join him so he can teach him how
    it is really done!
    	Things couldn't get worse for Chang and Choi. Besides having to support a
    good-natured psycho, they had to get the worst out of a psycho by nature. While
    Jhun and Kim can't fix their differences in training, Kim proposes Jhun to enter
    the King of Fighters tournament with him, and then they would see who's who.
    Jhun agreeds, and makes a promising entrance in the battle arena. However, after
    the battles end, both still argue about the same tune. Only one thing is left to
    do: each one will take one of the convicts and train them their own way. Jhun
    chooses Choi, and vows to deliver him completly reformed by next year. Only hard
    discipline can take you anywhere!
    	Jhun begins his ferocious training on the poor Choi. His iron-hand
    discipline is determined to beat the evil right out of Choi! More than
    attempting to reform Choi, however, Jhun trains himself a lot in order to show
    Kim who the real master of Tae Kwon Do is, and to show him his wrong ideals of
    justice...and assisting to the concerts of Athena and her band (which Choi
    doesn't really understand the relation with training). Jhun considers himself to
    be worthy enough to be the new Korean justice fighter, so when he reencounters
    with Kim after a year, Jhun considers it to be a final test. The goal: To see
    who can destroy NESTS with their beliefs. Jhun will concentrate all his fury in
    doing just that!
    	After arriving at Southtown, the location of the final battle, Jhun burns
    in anticipation of destroying NESTS once and for all. His plans fall short,
    though, as he finds himself in the middle of the destruction of Southtown by the
    Zero Cannon! Jhun manages to leap out of the path of destruction, but he sees
    how Chang and Choi don't. With drawbacks, Jhun, along with Kim, saves the two
    ex-criminals from sure death. As they wake up, it is revealed that Chang and
    Choi have now changed bodies! Jhun considers it to be quite a bad omen, but no
    matter who has to pay, he will get things even sooner ot later.
    	The next King of Fighters tournament looks pretty promising for Jhun, as a
    new year comes around. He has trained for a whole year to participate once
    again, and with new enthusiasm after Kim managed to brew up an idea to exchange
    Chang and Choi's bodies back (due to a quite rude head-butting therapy). But
    after hearing news of a new Athena Asamiya concert in Korea, Jhun wasted no time
    in going to the event. He was running a little late, so he rushed down the
    traffic-filled streets. As he ran down the street, a glimpse of a young woman
    who looked like Athena crossed his eye. Confused by the vision, Jhun tried to
    call the attention of the Athena lookalike. But he never paid attention to the
    car he was just about to run into, and hit the vehicle violently. Jhun ended up
    in the hospital with a broken leg, and so was his dreams about entering the next
    King of Fighters tournament (although it was said that the car was even in a
    worst condition than Jhun himself!).
    	While at the hospital, Kim showed Jhun who would be his replacement for
    the King of Fighters tournament: a young Tae Kwon Do student called May Lee. She
    was quite enthusiastic, and Jhun never did complain (although he was being
    ignored when he tried to give out his opinion). Jhun was forced by medical
    advice to watch the tournament from the sidelines. He lost contact with Kim and
    the others when they were about to board a blimp for the finals. Soon after,
    news of the fall of NESTS' space station and their demise reached Jhun and all
    the other Koreans. The people thought it was Kim and the others who finally
    punished NESTS for their sins, but Jhun also wants a bit of credit in the whole
    celebration. As soon as Kim arrives in the welcoming party, Jhun and him get
    involved in a rowdy bash to define who truly deserved the credit. It looks like
    they won't be agreeing on anything for quite some time!
    	Aside from being so sarcastic and short-tempered, Jhun's ideals are noble
    at heart, and only desires to fight for justice and thwart evil. His rants
    normally end in violence, but he is usually a calm man if not messed with. He
    passes a lot of time by himself, contemplating on life more often than not. He
    is also a big fan of Athena's music career, and he doesn't like to show his
    weakness towards her in front of Kim in the KOF tournament (in which Athena has
    always been a regular participant). He respects Kim as a person and fighter, but
    totally disagrees in his philosophy!
    *Fun fact = Notice that the relationship between Jhun and Kim sort of reminds
    the one Goku and Vegeta had in the Dragon Ball manga/anime series: one likes to
    do justice in a pacific manner, one loves to wreck havoc in the name of justice!
    Isn't justice a great pretext to gather up quite a fuss? :)
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '99, The King of Fighters 2000, The King of
    Fighters EX: Neo Blood (as a striker for the Kim Team)
    "The Healthy East"
    Birthplace:           Japan
    Birthdate:            March 29, 1974 (28 years old)
    Height:               1.80 m (5'9")
    Weight:               72 kg (158 lbs)
    Blood type:           AB
    Hobbies:              Brawling
    Favorite food:        Deep-fried alligator meat
    Favorite sport:       All martial arts
    Most valuable:        Hachimaki
    Hates the most:       School
    Fighting style:       Muay Thai
    *Hachimaki = bandanna
    	Joe is the current world champion of Muay Thai, which is Thai kickboxing.
    Despite being born in Japan, Joe passed most of his youth training in Thailand,
    home of the Muay Thai style. There he trained both in the gym and the jungle in
    order to fortify his knees, fists, and feet. When Joe was ready, he entered the
    Muay Thai world championship, and suprisingly breezed through the opposition,
    rising as world champion in no time, a title which he conserves up until today.
    	Joe has taken his time to travel the world defending his championship
    belt, and has bragged himself to be the strongest fighter in the world! However,
    in one fight in his native Japan, after pummeling his opponent in turn, a man
    with long, blond hair challenged him to a fight. Still whole after that
    "sparring match", Joe accepts the challenge of the stranger. However, this time,
    Joe meets more than his match, and gets whacked by Andy, leaving the crowd
    around Joe astonished. Joe slowly gets up, and suddenly breaks out in laughter.
    He shakes the man's hand, and he realizes the man's name is Andy Bogard. Joe
    asks where Andy is going from here, and he says that he is going back to the
    United States "to set an old score." Joe gets so emotive, he decides to go with
    Andy. Ever since, the both fighters have been the best of friends, and Joe
    constanly pesters Andy with his constant talk, and his arrogancy.
    	Joe and Andy arrive to Southtown. Joe sees all the fear and resignation in
    the townspeople's face, all due to the iron rule of Geese Howard. So, when they
    reunite with Andy's big brother, Terry, Joe decides to help them defeat Geese.
    Ever since, the trio known as the "Lonely Wolves" have become a feared team in
    the fighting circuit, and Joe never loses a chance to brag how good he is, and
    how his Bogard friends are really some excellent fighters, but he is the number
    one! However, actions speak more than words, and that's where Joe tends to not
    be believed...
    	Joe has always been with the Bogard brothers in all the King of Fighters
    tournament, and all their fights against both Geese and Krauser. Joe knows he
    doesn't have the inmense skill of the Bogard brothers, but he sure can put up a
    fight. Joe is determined to both win and give a good show for his fans. After
    all, you always have to impress your fans before going in the main spot!
    	In the 1999 King of Fighters tournament, Joe has once again defended the
    Muay Thai world championship, and this time he will surely prove his might
    against all challengers! This time, however, he finds himself in a fix when he
    finds out that Mai is to be with him, along with the Bogard brothers. Both have
    explosive tempers, and they are more than willing to engage in verbal (and
    sometimes, physical) fighting! However, their fights are cut short when they
    lose Terry in the explosion that crumbles the base of Krizalid, the evil host of
    the tournament. Joe is the only one who is sure that someone like Terry just
    can't die that way. After all, he has yet to show Terry just how powerful Muetai
    really is!
    	Joe gets quite happy as Terry comes back to join the Lonely Wolves again,
    and gets even more happy when Mai abandons the team in order to join her old
    friend Yuri Sakazaki. Now Joe can concentrate better on showing NESTS (and the
    world) the true magnificence of his Muay Thai! With Mary in their team, she
    informs them about NESTS' current operation in Southtown. Joe is surprised that
    NESTS would use Southtown as their current hideout, but he is glad that he can
    once again fight in the city that launched him towards worldwide fame.
    	Upon arrival at Southtown, things get hairy as Mary leads the team to the
    abandoned factory zone of Southtown. There, in a rundown building, is where the
    final battle is supposed to take place. Joe thinks Mary has been drinking one
    too many lately, but soon he will be proved wrong: a bunch of soldiers, which
    had surrounded the building, begin attacking Joe and his friends! Joe makes
    short work out of several soldiers using the overwhelming power of his Muay
    Thai. The vast number of NESTS agents, however, obligates Joe and the others to
    retreat inside the building and fight them off there.
    	After a while of fighting, the whole factory begins to tremble. The
    attacking soldiers cease to do so, and retreat in a flash. Joe thinks he has
    initimidated them, but he is once again left short: the Zero Cannon has just
    condemned Southtown to destruction! Joe and the others also escape in a rush,
    but Terry is knocked by a rock and can't keep up. Joe helps Andy and Mary take
    shelter, since he is perhaps the best person who knows Terry: he won't die as
    easily. After Southtown is leveled, Joe mourns the passing of his beloved city,
    but now his life takes a new meaning: he will become a true Muay Thai master in
    order to make NESTS pay for their insolence!
    	After a while of helping out the survivors of Southtown and attending to
    the wounded, Joe returned to his training site in Thailand to prepare himself
    for the payback against NESTS which would surely come the next year. But once he
    returned to the dojo where he had trained for so long since he was a kid to
    become the world Muay Thai champion, he found his master and the whole dojo to
    be in a precarious economical situation. Joe was in shock to see that the place
    where he had passed the most part of his life as about to disappear. Joe vowed
    that as long as he was still the king of Muay Thai, he wouldn't allow that to
    happen. Hoping to promote his dojo in the next King of Fighters tournament, Joe
    once again resorts to his friends of the "Lonely Wolves" to help him out in his
    noble task!
    	Joe puts in his best performance in the tournament, hoping that his
    victories would bring glory and recognition for his old dojo. For once in his
    life, Joe no longer fought for his own personal status: he fought for those who
    would be left out of practicing the most popular sport in Thailand, and for
    those who died in Southtown after the Zero Cannon incident. After NESTS was
    destroyed and everything went back to normal, Joe could finally return back to
    Thailand, not only as a national hero, but also as a man who fulfilled his
    promise and saved his dojo from certain demise.
    	Joe always talks too much. He does some lousy jokes even in bad times, and
    although he seems to be pestering most of the time, his friends find him to be
    motivating due to his very good humor. However, Joe also likes to brag himself,
    and is so arrogant he gets so annoying! However, Joe is also a very good friend,
    and a man you can always count on. He is currently dating Lilly, Billy Kane's
    little sister, despite Billy's constant objections.
    	FATAL FURY JOE HIGASHI (The King of Fighters '98): An alternate version of
    Joe based on the first games of the Fatal Fury series. He regains his long-range
    Hurricane Upper, and his Bakuretsuken has a different animation (besides, the
    finisher is also different now: it's a rising uppercut). His only DM is the
    Screw Upper, and loses the Exploding Hurricane Tiger Heel DM, and his Golden
    Heel Hunter.
    *Fun fact = When Joe "moons" his opponent by showing his butt! That has to be
    one of the most insulting taunts in a fighting game! ^_^
    *Cloth changes = Joe had bandages in his feet in KOF '94/'95. This changes for
    some foot protectors in KOF '96. He adds some ribbons on his biceps for KOF '99
    and beyond.
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood (as a striker for the Fatal
    Fury Team)
    Other games: Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Fatal Fury 3: Road to
    Final Victory, Real Bout: Fatal Fury, Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout:
    Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Real Bout: Dominated Mind, Fatal Fury:
    First Contact, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2:
    Millionaire Fighting 2001
    Birthplace:          Unknown
    Birthdate            Unknown
    Height:              1.83 m (6')
    Weight:              65 kg (143 lbs)
    Blood type:          Unknown
    Hobbies:             None
    Favorite food:       Beef jerky
    Favorite sport:      None
    Most valuable:       Nothing
    Hates the most:      The King of Fighters tournament
    Fighting style:      Violence
    	K' is the result of an unnatural creation. Planned to become the ultimate
    Kyo Kusanagi clone by the NESTS cartel, they begin to work on a prototype that
    would carry the overwhelming power of the Kusanagis. They succeeded, but only in
    part. While K' inherited the inmense Kusanagi flames, his weak body is unable to
    sustain so much power. Thus, K's creators decide to place a special glove on his
    hand so K' can wield the power with no problem at all. Since K' was to become
    Krizalid, but was an incomplete clone, was just named with his incomplete name:
    	However, unlike many people tend to believe, K' was a normal human being
    before the cloning operation. He led a normal life, but only for a few years
    after his birth. As an infant, K' was taken away by the NESTS agents, as the
    experiment subject for the prototype. He would be infused with Kusanagi power,
    and then the NESTS cartel would prove how feasible it was to inject the inmense
    Kusanagi power in a human being (obviously, the results were to be expected:
    normal human beings were unable to control the power, and thus, the neccesity of
    a special glove). The only thing K' reminds of his past life is a little girl
    that kept calling him "brother" and cried out for him. But this memory only
    exists in dreams now....
    	After activation, K' is sent out by his master, Krizalid, to join with his
    partner Maxima, and team up with Benimaru Nikaido and Shingo Yabuki in order to
    enter the King of Fighters tournament and collect battle data from the fighters
    of the competition in order to activate the Kyo Kusanagi clones around the
    world. Disgusted by such petty orders, K' joins Benimaru and Shingo with little,
    if at all, interest in the King of Fighters tournament. He didn't even talk with
    Maxima a lot, either. He was just a clone on a mission...and soon, many would
    fear the new beast of fire!
    	K' demonstrated his capacity as a fighter in the tournament, using
    interesting variations to the Kusanagi crimson flame power. Based on his sheer
    violent spirit, K' became a force to be reckoned with. Soon enough, he jumped to
    be the most sighted fighter of the tournament, not only by his cruelty and
    quickness, but by his totally different attitude and techniques from Kyo. K'
    doesn't mind any of it, and soon enough, he guides Benimaru and Shingo to the
    place of reunion set by Krizalid, in a sewer. The sewer drains to reveal a
    secret elevator that takes the whole team to the underground base of Krizalid.
    Somehow, K' sensed something exceptional would happen that day....
    	K' watches with little amusement as Krizalid does battle with Benimaru and
    Shingo. He knew that their attempts would be futile, but why did they keep
    trying? K' felt something exceptional in those persons...something he had failed
    to sense before: human compassion. He knew that the plot of Krizalid was to
    extract enough data from Benimaru and Shingo in order to activate the clones.
    So, as Benimaru was about to deliver a devastating blow, K' tried to stop him,
    to no avail. Krizalid had finished his process, and thanks K'. K' refuses to
    follow orders for Krizalid anymore, but Krizalid reminds him of his position as
    a clone. When in doubt, Krizalid asks K' about his parents or childhood...to
    which K' can not reply. However, one final data is amiss: the killer instinct.
    Krizalid asks K' if he desires it, but K' is not so sure anymore. However,
    before he can know it, Krizalid's final rampage is already in its fullest....
    	K' fights Krizalid alongside Maxima with unexpected feelings. He felt both
    excited and angry. He was tired of living under the shadow of Krizalid, and he
    would show him who manages the Kusanagi flames best! K' puts it all into his
    techniques, and manages to make Krizalid pass a hard time. However, it is not
    enough to defeat Krizalid. The end seems near, when all of a sudden, a crimosn
    flame blast puts Krizalid down. The assailant was no other than the original Kyo
    Kusanagi! K' finds in him the true challenge he was looking for, but before he
    has the chance to fight his original, a steel door slams in his face, closing
    both him and Maxima. A voice from above thunders in K's ears, asking him if he
    would prefer to live the life of a normal human. K' demands him to shut up,
    since he can do whatever he wants. The omnipotent voice of the NESTS cartel
    dooms both K' and Maxima to a swift death, as they are surrounded by the Ikari
    extermination squad that have already infiltrated the facility.
    	However, K' is not the one to be impressed by such toys. At the limit of
    his capabilities, K' unleashes the remaining force he has to blow several
    soldiers away, making his glove collapse. Now unable to stop his hand from
    flaming, he is aided by Maxima in escaping the collapsed base. There is still
    much to do for K', at the beginning of a new millenium...and a new life.
    	During a whole year, K' and his friend Maxima have been running away from
    two parties: first, the Ikari Warriors, who have been hunting them as fugitive
    criminals, and second, the NESTS cartel, who wishes to exact punishment for the
    traitors. K' has been on the run ever since, and managed to get away fighting
    from several precarious situations. K' thinks he should enter the next King of
    Fighters tournament, in the year 2000, in order to clean up his image, and
    eliminate his persecutors at the same time. However, he can't blow his cover by
    teaming up with Benimaru and Shingo again, so the situation gets even more
    complicated. It is then when K' is met by an enigmatic woman called Vanessa, who
    is accompanied by a jolly Mexican wrestler called Ramon. She offers to team up
    with them. K' doesn't trust Vanessa at all, but if you want to beat the lions,
    you might as well go in the den with them....
    	And so, K' gets another chance of proving his own worth, aside from the
    fact that he was just as Kyo clone. However, during the last few nights, K' has
    been having some weird nightmares: in each nightmare, a little girl shouts out
    for him in a lonely background. She claims to be her sister, but K' remembers
    nothing about her. What could all this mean? This further fuels K's rage to burn
    every poor commoner that cruised his way. This earns K' and his partners to once
    again return to Southtown for the final encounter. K' feels a lot of deja vu
    once he enters Southtown, and feels deeply connected to it. K' and his teammates
    walk through the docks in order to arrive at the factory zone, where they are
    supposed to fight their final match. It is then when K' senses a cold wind in
    the air...something that makes him feel full of fear. K' bids Maxima and the
    others to hurry on to the factory zone, and that he will stop the threat here.
    Maxima tries to talk K' out of it, but K' activates the flames in his hand.
    Maxima understands, and leads Vanessa and Ramon out.
    	K' shouts for the intruder to show himself. Oddly enough, an innocent
    young woman with long, blue hair, and a similiar outfit to K's, appears in front
    of K'. She claims to be the "anti-K'", and proceeds to attack K' with identical
    attacks to his own! K' has a hard time fending off the girl's ice attacks, as he
    tries to counter with his own fire attacks. Each attack counters the other, and
    the battle begins to wear out both of them. K' wonders who this girl really is,
    but by wandering off in his own thoughts, K' is blasted by a full-fledged ice
    blast from the girl. The memory of the young girl calling out for K' flashes in
    his mind again. Could this girl really be his sister? Desperate to know the
    truth, K' invokes a wave of fury, and creates an inmense raging fire aura around
    him. He gathers them to blast the young woman with a final flaming attack. K'
    drops to his knees, spent and exhausted.
    	To his surprise, the young woman is still standing! Burned badly, but with
    a kind smile on her face. The girl introduces herself as Kula, and she has been
    sent here to stop Zero, a NESTS agent that has become power-drunk, and intends
    to destroy his superiors with the help of the Zero Cannon. K' doesn't understand
    anything, but he gets animated when Kula tells him to go look for his sister,
    since she is looking for him. With new enthusiasm, K' rushes to aid his friends
    in the abandoned factory.
    	When K' arrives, he notices how Zero has already dealt with most of his
    partners, and even former partners. Zero notices K', and bluffs about how K' is
    in such a bad shape. K' realizes this will be a tough match, but is futher
    simplified by the fact Lin has poisoned him previously, and Maxima and the rest
    had already worn him out. With this in mind, K' calls upon the remaining ounces
    of strength, and fires Zero to oblivion. This unleashes the fury of Zero, who
    now intends to fry K' and the other fighters with the Zero Cannon. K' is
    dumbfounded, since he is too weak to attempt anything else. Nothing to worry
    about, though, as NESTS itself takes care of Zero via two female agents. With a
    bad feeling about all this, K' leads his friends to safety before the Zero
    Cannon destroys Southtown completely.
    	On their way out, K' finds out that Ramon and Vanessa were lost, but there
    was no time to stay around and think. Suddenly, a familiar figure appears in
    front of him. Is that the girl in his dreams? She seems older...but once she
    calls out K's name, there is no doubt: it is K's sister, and it turns out to be
    Whip, a member of the Ikari Warriors, K's persecutors! K', along with Maxima,
    escape from the devastated Southtown amidst a beautiful meteor shower. A
    beautiful show to eclipse the disaster. K's decides to willingly discard his
    protective glove. Maxima warns him, but by taking a glimpse at Whip, he promptly
    tears it off. To everyone's surprise, K's flaming power does not go out of
    control! He has finally learned how to control the legendary crimson flames of
    the Kusanagi. With a smile on his face, K' burns in anticipation of his final
    match with his former bosses...the NESTS.
    	Throughout his trips to several NESTS bases located around the world,
    accompanied by his sister Whip and by Maxima, K' finds something very suspicious
    in his findings: the bases they have tried to raid for such a long time are now
    deserted. Why is it that no one was there? K' suspects that someone is tracking
    their steps. During another ambush to yet another abandoned NESTS building, K'
    and the others stumble upon Lin, who has also been on the track of NESTS in
    search of the the traitor to his clan, Ron. Whip suggests taking him in to enter
    the next King of Fighters tournament, where NESTS will finally reveal themselves
    to the world. K' couldn't care less about Lin, but he was rather curious of what
    NESTS planned to do with trying to go public after destroying a whole city.
    	K', who still wears his special red glove out of sheer tradition (he no
    longer conceives himself without it), once again makes a smashing appearance in
    the King of Fighters tournament along the people whom he really cares about
    (except Lin). This is finally the chance K' has been waiting for all these
    years: the chance to exact revenge on NESTS. He didn't care who got in his way,
    everyone should fall! K's burning desire for victory allowed him to gather a
    strong spirit, and be able to classify to the finals, which would take place
    atop a blimp. K' noticed that something was terribly wrong the moment he boarded
    the blimp, and was proven right when a familiar figure appeared to challenge on
    the ship's bridge: the original Zero had came to defy them to a fight to the
    very end!
    	K' had to deal with Zero just as he did with his clone one year ago. While
    his friends dealt with Zero's companions, K' focused on trashing Zero. Even
    though the original Zero had a lot more power and skill than his clone, the
    techniques were almost the same, so K' took this as his cue to finish Zero once
    and for all. The defeated Zero accepts his defeat as a true warrior, and motions
    for the team to continue. The blimp, which had turned into a rocket ship of
    sorts, docked on a station in the heavens, and suddenly, the ship began to
    crumble. K' and the others hurry to board the station, not before giving a final
    glimpse at the man that he thought was a mere NESTS underdog, but was proud
    enough to let his enemies leave before they went down with him.
    	After boarding the station, K' notices that they have arrived at outer
    space! This should be the main HQ of NESTS, without doubt: a place which could
    not be discovered even if you scouted every inch of the world. K' knew he would
    meet his true destiny here, and he indeed encountered himself face to face with
    the president of NESTS himself in his own throne room! K' growled and cursed the
    leader of NESTS and his two companions, an attractive blonde secretary, and some
    tall man dressed in a cloak. The old man in the center seemed calm and didn't
    move at all, even under the pressure of K's insults. While K' was addressing the
    old man, the young man in the cloak grabbed the president by the head, and
    vaporized him! K' was surprised to realize that the lackey of the president
    (Igniz, the CEO of NESTS) was actually conspirating to overthrow the president
    and take his rightful place as the new god of the humans!
    	Igniz arrogantly tells K' about his plans and the project that involved
    the usage of the DNA of Kyo Kusanagi. Krizalid, Kula, and K' himself were the
    results of several experiments, and the final product turned out to be another
    clone called K9999, who was a completely artificial product of NESTS'
    technology. Then he confesses that he had to erase the memory data of K' so he
    could fight at his whole capacity, but since he thought it would be fun to watch
    a clone to actually have full awareness, granted K's memories back to him. With
    the memories of his childhood and his family now burning deep within his mind,
    K' stands poised to return the favor to Igniz and put an end to his twisted
    plot! But Igniz has already begun to set his plan in motion, as he summons all
    the inhuman power he had hiding deep within him (as a result of the fighting
    data that was collected the past few years), and challenges K' to do or die!
    	A cruel battle ensued, a fight which K' couldn't seem to win, terribly
    overpowered by Igniz and his incredible power. When all seemed lost, Kyo, Iori,
    and the other main heroes of the King of Fighters tournament arrived to get rid
    of Igniz and NESTS once and for all! With the help of the flames of Kyo and
    Iori, K' managed to channel a huge flame blast that overpowered Igniz himself
    and made the whole room tremble! A defeated and embittered Igniz slowly
    condemned all of his clones, and even tagged Whip as a useless clone herself!
    Amidst K's surprise, Igniz climbs a set of stairs to where two pillars were
    located. Since the humans would deny the existence of a god among them, they
    would have to be cursed with a demon instead! With those words, Igniz places his
    hands on the pillars, and sends the whole space station on a crash course
    towards Earth! As a huge door closes the passage to where the maniacal Igniz
    was, K' attempts to make a hasty retreat.
    	After escaping from the space station which crashed into the ocean, K'
    washed up on a nearby shore, exhausted and wounded. Still, he managed to go in
    Kula's rescue, who was trying to fight off K9999 and Angel, who were trying to
    finish her off, as ordered by Igniz. K' manages to drive a furious K9999 and
    Angel away, and promises that if K9999 ever messed with him again, he would know
    who was the true "beast of fire"!
    	Leaving Maxima, Whip, and the others to survey the ruins of the wrecked
    NESTS space station and the deceased Foxy, K' and Kula took a stroll down the
    beach. K' was trying to ask himself who was Whip, and if she really was her
    sister. He also wanted to know if NESTS was dead for sure, and what would K9999
    do next? His eyes of sadness and confusion were hidden behind his trademark
    shades, but Kula could read right through them. Kula walks up to K', asking what
    would be in store for them now that NESTS is gone. K' just limits himself to
    respond that a new life would soon dawn on them, a life where they could make
    their own decisions, and be free from personal revenge from NESTS, as the
    morning sun begins to light on the young biological weapons.
    	K' is certainly bitter with life, being an unnatural creation and living
    underneath the shadow of Krizalid. He dislikes being ordered around, and wishes
    to live his own life as he pleases. His furious attacks in battle are to be
    feared indeed, since he seems to lose it. Antisocial and only friend to Maxima,
    K' is impervious to human feelings, and is a very cold and ruthless young man.
    *Fun fact = -K's outfit supposedly reflects the typical image of a Japanese
    cyberpunk (for further references, please consult the anime movie Akira). Also,
    it was once rumored that K' was Benimaru Nikaido's brother.
    		-My guess is that K' is supposed to represent Susano Orbatos, the
    main character in the Orochi legend. Susano was the entity who wielded the
    Kusanagi sword and slained the eight-headed Orochi dragon in the ancient tale.
    So, what makes him so similiar to K'? Well, K' wields the Kusanagi power, even
    though he's not a member of the Kusanagi bloodline himself. Also, Susano wasn't
    precisely a benevolent god: he was pretty badass, and didn't care how many
    humans he could kill in order to eliminate the Orochi. K' is also distinguished
    for being a rather emotionless bastard. Now you see where I'm getting at? ^_^
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '99, The King of Fighters 2000 (also appears
    as a K' with red, combed hair and purple outfit as his special striker), The
    King of Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood (secret striker)
    Birthplace:          Unknown (probably Japan)
    Birthdate            Unknown
    Height:              1.68 m (5'5")
    Weight:              58 kg (128 lbs)
    Blood type:          B
    Hobbies:             Working on bikes
    Favorite food:       Peanuts
    Favorite sport:      None
    Most valuable:       His bike
    Hates the most:      Orders and those who give orders
    Fighting style:      Sheer power
    	After the NESTS cartel captured Kyo Kusanagi shortly after the battle with
    the Orochi battle ended, they extracted his DNA from his body, and was later
    experimented with. The product of this research are the Kyo clones that wander
    around the fighting scene, using the power of the Kusanagi clan in their own
    way: one of them is K', a loner, who had left the NESTS cartel out of his own
    free will in search of his own past to discover his future. The other is Kula
    Diamond, whose genetic tampering allowed her to wield ice in the same way K'
    used fire. The third clone, Krizalid, had died in the advanced stages of the
    project. But although that seemed enough, NESTS was not content. All these
    experiments were conducted on normal people, injected with the DNA of the
    Kusanagi, and analyzed their reaction to the power. But, what would happen if
    you could create your own clone, artificially modified, start it up from zero,
    and create a new fighter altogether?
    	That was the premise behind the creation of K9999. Viewed to be the
    ultimate Kusanagi clone, the NESTS organization used their advanced technology,
    and based on the experimient data they had already gathered in the past, created
    a young man frail in appearance, but who represented the evolution of the
    Kusanagi power. This clone could gather an incredible amount of power, so
    frightening that even his original, Kyo Kusanagi himself, would be shocked at
    the result. But K9999 had his own thoughts....
    	Despising his unnatural origin, K9999 quickly showed traces of rebellion
    in his attitude. He hated the fact that everybody treated him like some product
    they could use at their will, a mere object, something they could toy around
    with. K9999 thought no one could understand him, that he was alone in a place
    where everyone saw him as a number. Only one woman was bold enough to go beyond
    such formality: fellow NESTS agent, Angel. Angel was interested more in K9999's
    feelings than his possible potential, but K9999 was already too bitter to trust
    	Ever since he has memory of it, K9999 was assigned to eliminate and do
    away with K', the traitor to the cause of NESTS. But K9999 didn't hate K'
    because they ordered him to do so. He loathed K' because he wouldn't be treated
    so badly, not even created, if K' wouldn't have turned against NESTS. Thanks to
    his rebellious nature, K9999 had to pay the price. K9999 now aims all his anger
    and hatred against K9999, as his superiors assign him to team up with other
    NESTS agents (including Angel) to enter the King of Fighters tournament. The
    objective of K9999 was clear: to eliminate the deserted clone, K', and set the
    stage for the rising of NESTS to power!
    	The incredible power of K9999 was inmediately shown to the world, and
    everyone was amazed by it. K9999 could not only control flames at will, he could
    also shape his body into piercing blades and the such. But one flaw was not
    being seen: K9999's fragile body was not too adapted to the Kusanagi power.
    Being just a genetic product, K9999 was not able to control the Kusanagi flames
    without suffering horrible mutations in his body when he channeled his power at
    full force. His hair would turn white and raise up at the maximum level of
    power. The power he could display could destrou whatever he wanted, but what was
    the price he had to pay for such suffering?
    	The tournament was soon drawing to an end, as K9999 and the rest of the
    team awaited orders from the HQ of NESTS. They all stood on a cliff near a
    coastline, watching how the winning teams got up on a blimp that would surely
    take them to the main HQ of NESTS, located in outer space. K9999 watched with
    passionate fury as K' was among the entries, and burned with resentment. But
    soon, Angel would soothe his pain. She tells K9999 that she has received direct
    orders from Igniz, CEO of NESTS, to eliminate their other 2 companions, as a way
    to erase all trace of loyalty to the president of NESTS. K9999 grinned and
    almost laughed out in pleasure. He could no longer stand Foxy's pestering
    orders, telling what to do, and what not. He was also disgusted of Kula, because
    she reminded him every day what he was. K9999 sneaked up behind Foxy as she and
    Kula were talking, and promptly stabbed Foxy in the back!
    	Foxy's dying body slumped to the ground, as Kula stood poised to object
    against K9999's actions. But K9999 and Angel were more than willing to do away
    with Kula as well. K9999 even called out Kula as a "biological defect", as he
    readied himself to eliminate Kula. But Kula's rage for losing her friend maked
    up up for the disadvantage in number against the 2 NESTS agents. But K9999 was
    also a fire ablaze, raging with anger, and slowly deteriorated Kula's status.
    Dawn arised as K9999 continued to pressure Kula. Kula was on the brink of
    defeat, and K9999 was too anxious to finish her off. But when he was about to do
    so, he was stopped by K'! K' had survived his adventure to the NESTS space
    station, and now stands along Kula to fend off the remaining NESTS members.
    K9999 gets more and more angry, but Angel warns him that NESTS helicopters are
    on their way, probably looking for them. Angel advices that it should be wise to
    escape now and regroup, since more backup for K' and Kula could be on the way.
    K9999 grinds his teeth, and quickly condemns the two clones to death, before he
    makes a hasty retreat. What will be in store for K9999 next time? What will
    happen if he continues to exploit his power like this...?
    	A man not to be tampered with, K9999 has a short temper and is easily
    driven to violence. He attacks with enough ferocity and strength that sometimes
    he doesn't even mind being attacked, as long as he gets the opponent down. His
    only known friend is Angel, but for the most part, K9999 despises all those
    around him, even his superiors. A true sociopath, K9999 contiunes to walk down
    the path of self-destruction.
    *Fun fact = You can smell what's going to be in here, right? Yep! It's the
    obvious ripoff that SNK made of Tetsuo, one of the main characters of the epic
    anime, Akira! And it couldn't be so obvious...First, K9999 has a near-identical
    physical appearance (with that ragged cape, and his prominent forehead).
    Secondly, K9999's arms mutate in rather grotesque ways, just like Tetsuo when he
    could no longer control his inmense psychic powers. Also, K9999's Get in there!
    special move resembles an actual move by Tetsuo, where he creates a shockwave
    with just a mere scream. Also, notice K9999's bio sheet: working on bikes? Hates
    orders? And last, but not least...SNK hired the same voice "seiyuu" (actor) that
    played Tetsuo for K9999! Oh my...KANEEEEEEDA! ^_^;
    Appearances: The King of Fighters 2001
    Birthplace:            Japan
    Birthdate:             March 29, 1980 (22 years old)
    Height:                1.54 m (5')
    Weight:                45 kg (99 lbs)
    Blood type:            B
    Hobbies:               Watching movies (especially horror movies)
    Favorite food:         Croquette (piece of beef), given to her by the local
    	                 butcher on her way home from school
    Favorite sport:        Aikido
    Most valuable:         Charm, given to her by someone
    Hates the most:        Skills that bride prospects have to possess (dancing,
    	                 arrange flowers, serving tea)
    Fighting style:        Todohryo Kobujutsu
    	Kasumi Todoh is the single daughter of Ryuhaku Todoh, a master of
    Kobojutsu. She has grown up learning the strict ways of her style, induced to
    her by her father. Being the single heir of the Todoh family, Kasumi has to do
    all she can to stand up to the honor of the family! Being trained in close-
    contact techniques, Kasumi grows up becoming more stronger and with a stronger
    respect for her father and for her martial art.
    	When Ryuhaku travels to Southtown to set an old score with a man named
    Takuma Sakazaki, Kasumi remains in her house, waiting for his father's reaturn.
    After a couple of months, he comes back with bad news: he had been defeated by
    the son of Takuma, Ryo Sakazaki. Kasumi then tells her father to rest up, and
    let it all to her. Now, Kasumi takes the Todoh name and decides to fight Ryo and
    anybody else in her way to avenge her father!
    	When Kasumi travels to Southtown, she is surprised to not see Ryo
    anywhere. She visits the Kyokugenryo dojo, to no avail. Losing all hopes, Kasumi
    goes to a bar in downtown Southtown (excuse the pun). She bids the owner for a
    drink, and the owner tells her that sale is restricted for females. Kasumi
    stands up enraged and demands her drink. The owner sees this, and admires the
    young woman's spirit. The host introduces herslef as King, and sees in Kasumi a
    chance to enter the King of Fighters tournament. She invites Kasumi to the
    competition, with the promise that she would meet Ryo there. Kasumi gleefully
    accepts, but she still wants her drink...
    	Kasumi is then sent by King to look out for Mai, who may be wandering
    around with no idea of what to do. Kasumi goes and finds Mai, and attacks her to
    see her worth. After seeing Mai sucessfully dodging her attack, Kasumi laughs
    and tells Mai she is pretty good. She introduces herself, and as that, the
    Gorgeous Team of 1996 is formed!
    	Kasumi fights in the tournament, but when she faces Ryo, she sees that her
    attempts are futile. She then understands why her father lost to him. Without
    having nothing to do, Kasumi runs away after the tournament, and is said to be
    in a training journey, although everybody considers her "lost".
    	Having trained strictly under the orders of her father, Kasumi is anxious
    to return to the battle scene once again, and show Ryo how much she has
    improved! However, since the King of Fighters tournament was put on hold ever
    since the end of the battle against the Orochi clan, Kasumi's chances seemed
    slim. One day, Kasumi visited a Chinese restaurant, reeling in hunger, in
    downtown Southtown. She gets to eat so much, she doesn't even have enough money
    to pay the bill! Inmediately after, she picks a fight with the rowdy waitress of
    the restaurant, a young girl named Li Xiangfei. Despite the fact that Xiangfei
    was a waitress, she gives Kasumi quite a fight, which Kasumi finds to be a tough
    match. During the battle, she receives a visit by her old friend and teammate,
    King, who invites her to the new King of Fighters tournament, taking place with
    new rules. Kasumi accepts, and she is more ready than ever to kick some major
    butt! But she also has to accept the fact that her new opponent, Xiangfei, will
    be in the team as well!
    	A year flies by, and Kasumi still hangs around King in hopes for another
    participation in the King of Fighters tournament. However, she is suddenly
    turned down when King tells her that she has decided to lend the Kyokugenryo
    Karate clan a helping hand. This increases Kasumi's fury against the Sakazaki
    family, but King suggests that she should go meet Mai and tell her. Kasumi
    thinks it's the right thing, and realizes she is just in time! Mai needed a last
    team member, complemented by a young school girl practicing Sumo named Hinako
    Shijou...and Yuri Sakazaki. Kasumi isn't very fond of the idea of teaming up
    with a Kyokugenryo Karate fighter, but she is ready to do anything in order to
    raise the Todoh name up high!
    	Kasumi can be a strong woman, but unfortunately, she is so stubborn and
    clueless she often loses track of her next opponents. Some say she inherits this
    from her father, but if one things' for sure, Kasumi will always fight for the
    honor of her family, and will defend it against anyone! She says that soon
    everyone will know the Todoh...not the dog!
    *Fun fact = -In the KOF '96 drama CD, Kasumi Todoh appears in King's bar with a
    bunny outfit ala Playboy! This causes a nose bloodgash from Ryo, and King's
    		-Kasumi appears a lot of times along her father, Ryuhaku Todoh, in
    several of his intros and victory poses in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire
    Fighting 2001. I think this time she finally has to let her father take the
    spotlight! ^_^;
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '96, The King of Fighters '99, The King of
    Fighters 2000, The King of Fighters R-2
    Other games: Art of Fighting 3
    Birthplace:          Korea
    Birthdate:           December 21, 1967 (35 years old)
    Height:              1.76 m (5'8")
    Weight:              78 kg (171 lbs)
    Blood type:          A
    Hobbies:             Karaoke
    Favorite food:       Hefake
    Favorite sport:      Gymnastics
    Most valuable:       His two sons
    Hates the most:      Evil
    Fighting style:      Tae Kwon Do
    *Hefake = Korean barbecue
    	Kim is a master of Tae Kwon Do, and also considers himself a fighter of
    justice. Since Kim was little and during his Tae Kwon Do training sessions, he
    was always reminded to fight for justice, and use the martial art as a way to
    accomplish this. Taking it at heart, Kim has now grown up to a man that will
    fight evil wherever it surges, and he will use the power of his kicks to make a
    	Being the current world Tae Kwon Do champion, Kim has been able to use
    this in his favor and fight against the best fighters in the world. He first
    traveled to fight Krauser, who was looking for some decent challenges. On the
    way, he met Terry Bogard and his friends. They soon became very good pals, and
    ever since, Kim always agrees to help Terry in all that he can, but that doesn't
    mean that they won't fight once in awhile!
    	Kim always takes care of his free time to pass time with his wife and two
    sons. He trains both of them in Tae Kwon Do, as well as many others in his dojo.
    One day, when Kim was watching the T.V., he saw a report of a huge man with an
    iron ball and a little clawed man causing panic among the people of Korea, and
    that the huge man known as Chang Koehan had escaped from prison recently! Kim
    suddenly gets up, and vows he will make those criminals retire from the path of
    crime and go back to the way of justice!
    	Going out at night where he would surely find them in action, Kim inspects
    the streets. He then comes upon some female screams. Attending the call of help,
    Kim rushes forward. Seeing the two mischief makers, Kim enters in action, and
    puts the two criminals away. Still unaware of what just happened, the two
    criminals try to catch on. Kim tells them that he has come to put an end to
    their evil ways, and would personally take care of their way pack to the good
    ways! The little man called Choi Bounge stood up and refused to accept Kim's
    orders. Then, Kim decides to teach him and Chang (even though he was just
    standing there) the strength of Tae Kwon Do by knocking them silly. Now, with
    resignation and fear, both criminals retire to Kim's dojo, where their torture
    would just begin...
    	During the King of Fighters tournaments, Kim has entered with his two
    "students" to show the world the power of Tae Kwon Do (even though the only
    thing those two have in mind is escaping from Kim's clutches). Kim has not
    allowed the duo to escape, and everytime they try to, Kim induces them to a more
    harder training (even though Kim thinks it's not too hard). Kim always thinks
    his students are closer to the good path, but he always manages to overhear
    their macabre conversations, and has no other choice but to reel them back
    again. Kim's goal, to impart justice, is neverending!
    	After the Orochi menace was rid of the world, Kim feels that finally the
    world might have a chance to enjoy some peace. However, he is soon challenged by
    his old training partner, way back in the times when Kim was just a child
    learning Tae Kwon Do. It was Jhun Hoon, old friend and rival. Jhun denies Kim's
    ways of wielding justice, since he is so gullible, and tends to trust on people
    too much. He will prove how an iron hand and strict discipline go farther than
    that! Kim wishes to prove the contrary, and to do that, he takes Chang, one of
    his students, and agrees with Jhun to see who can reform the criminals best, and
    lends Choi to Jhun. Justice, after all, will be the only winner at the end!
    	Training day after day, Kim and Chang train harder than ever in order to
    face the menace of the NESTS cartel next year (much to Chang's dismay). Kim
    feels inspired by Jhun's appearance, since he now feels more determined than
    ever to show who has the best justice principles! The long year ends, and the
    new King of Fighters 2000 tournament arrives. Kim is surprised to know that the
    final battles will take place in Southtown once more. To that end, Kim fights
    harder than ever in order to make amends in the criminal city of Southtown.
    	Upon arrival at Southtown, Kim seeks everywhere for clues of the
    whereabouts of the NESTS organization. He is instead received by the pitiful
    notice that a deadly device known as the Zero Cannon has fired a mortal laser
    blast straight towards Southtown! Kim and Jhun manage to escape from the Zero
    Cannon at time, but much to Kim's despair, Chang and Choi are paralyzed with
    fear. With Jhun's help, Kim manages to save his two formal students and take
    cover. When all the dust clears off, Kim is powerless against the destruction of
    Southtown, but something else turns out a lot worse...Chang and Choi have
    exchanged bodies! Kim now feels more compelled than ever to show the evil NESTS
    who is the real justice fighter.
    	Fortunately for Chang and Choi, Kim had a very bright idea to exchange
    their bodies back to their original selves: they would butt heads until they
    switched back! The idea turned out well, and after a tiring session of
    headbutts, Chang and Choi got back to their bodies. But Kim was then facced with
    another problem: Jhun was wounded in a street accident and was not fit to
    compete in the next King of Fighters tournament. Kim really needed Jhun this
    year to exact justice from those evildoers at NESTS! But a student in Kim's dojo
    catches his eye for being so dedicated to justice and training: a young lady
    called May Lee, who also happened to admire Kim and Jhun a lot. Kim considered
    her to be the perfect replacement for Jhun this year, and now more than ever,
    Kim focuses all his justice power to bring down NESTS now more than ever!
    	Kim's style was tweaked to perfection, and he helped out May Lee by giving
    her some pointers throughout the tournament. After NESTS was destroyed and their
    HQ met its' ultimate resting place at the bottom of the ocean, Kim and the
    others returned to Korea, where they were received as true heroes! A huge
    celebration party was hosted for the winners, and Kim finally felt that his
    principles of justice were rightfully recognized! But, like always, Jhun tries
    to object about his part in Kim's victory, and they soon get into a huge brawl.
    The eternal fight between Kim and Jhun's ideals continue!
    	Kim is a very kind man, mostly because he is so determined to impart
    justice, and his love for his family. His opponents also consider him a very
    honorable fighter, and a very wise man too. He considers Chang and Choi to be
    strayed souls that must be corrected. He despises evil and will fight whomever
    fights for that cause. Kim trains very hard every day to show the world the
    power of Tae Kwon Do!
    *Fun fact = -You may never know it by seeing his calm face, but Kim is a true
    psycho! Those who see his ominous looking face in the end of KOF '96 will know.
    Not all is what it seems!!
    		-For more reference to Kim's two sons, look at Garou: Mark of the
    Wolves, the latest Fatal Fury game. His two sons (now teenagers), Kim Jae Hoon
    (the responsible one) and Kim Dong Hwan (natural fighter, but always wandering
    off) set out to avenge Kim's defeat at the hands of the creepy murderer Freeman.
    It is unknown whether if Kim died or not at the hands of Freeman (he does appear
    in one of Dong Hwan's victory poses, haunting him, but he could easily pass as a
    ghost). I guess all doubts will be cleared when Garou 2 comes out....
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout: Fatal Fury, Real Bout:
    Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Real
    Bout: Dominated Mind, Fatal Fury: First Contact, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight
    2000, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire
    Fighting 2001
    Birthplace:              France
    Birthdate:               April 8, 1973 (29 years old)
    Height:                  1.75 m (5'7")
    Weight:                  58 kg (127 lbs)
    Blood type:              A
    Hobbies:                 Collecting wine glasses
    Favorite food:           Vegetables
    Favorite sport:          Billiards
    Most valuable:           Her own beauty
    Hates the most:          Gross people
    Fighting style:          Muay Thai
    	King is a very beautiful woman that hides her beauty under men clothes,
    mainly for several reasons. First, when King was a little girl, she was sent to
    Thailand in order to learn Muay Thai, with her baby brother, Jan. King, despite
    being a woman, demostrated to be a skillful Muay Thai fighter, and could even
    face the best of fighters. However, she could not fight in an official
    tournament because she was a woman. King was very disappointed and at certain
    point, she despised being a female herself. She also had to take care of her
    brother Jan. However, the clever mind of King began to brew something in her
    	In the next Thai Muay Thai tournament, all fighters were surprised by a
    certain fighter who wore a shirt, and very short blond hair. They were even more
    surprised when that person began advancing in the tournament, with his
    impressive skills. The mysterious person quickly reached the final battle, where
    he had to face the current champion. The fight was pretty even, but the man
    named only "King" was getting the upper hand. In a rage burst, the champion took
    hold of King's shirt, but King kicked him back. The force of the impact made the
    champion tear King's shirt, and King's secret soon became evident to the crowd:
    she was a woman. Everybody was dumbfounded. The organizers considered the final
    invalid, and threw King away. The humilliated King traveled to the United
    States, where she would begin a new life with her brother Jan.
    	King arrived at Southtown, a city with a lot of problems and crime due to
    the reign of Geese Howard. King opened a bar in downtown, since she always liked
    to drink. However, King hated her womanhood now more than ever, ever since that
    incident back in the tournament. She now dressed elegantly as a man, and
    received all her guests. One day, a man named Ryo Sakazaki broke into the bar.
    He demanded information about his kidnapped sister, Yuri. King tells Ryo that
    that isn't a way for man to barge in a bar, and if he wants information, he
    would have to fight her. It had been awhile before she had fought, and wanted to
    feel what it was to fight again. The fight was pretty even, but Ryo was
    determined to find her sister, his only family left. He also wasn't aware that
    King was a woman, so that's why he fought with more spirit than ever. However,
    that incident once again became present. Ryo gathered inner spirit in his hands,
    and threw a Ko'ou Ken towards King. This caused King to be blown away, her
    shirt tearing apart. Ryo was then surprised when he noticed King trying to hide
    her now exposed chest. But now, Ryo said he was sorry, and helped King up. No
    man had ever treat King that way. Ever since, even though she refuses to accept
    it, King always likes to see Ryo.
    	King then received one day a invitation to participate in the new King of
    Fighters tournament, introducing the new team battle mode. Before she even knew
    what to do with the invitation, the ninja girl, Mai Shiranui, and Ryo's sister,
    Yuri, appeared to team up with her. Accepting anyway, the troublesome, but
    beautiful trio entered the next two tournaments. By 1996, Yuri had to return to
    her father's team, and King then received the visit of Kasumi Todoh to her bar.
    King was friend of her father, Ryuhaku, so she accepted her in the team.
    Although, she also had to worry about her sick brother Jan, but he managed to
    recover thanks to King's effort. He decided to fight too, as much as her sister.
    King was very excited by that. After that tournament, King liked to pass more
    time with Jan, but King was then invited by the host of last year's tournament,
    Chizuru, to participate with her in the tournament. She had also taken Jan with
    her, so King had no worries. King is now ready to show her female power to the
    	The battles have ended, and King once again returns to her bar and keep an
    eye on things. Everything seemed to be easygoing, before the next invitation for
    the 1999 King of Fighters tournament arrived. Things were looking pretty bleak,
    after Mai decided to join Andy this time around, since the teams where to be of
    four warriors this time around, and Chizuru had retreated to a peaceful life of
    watching over the seal imposed on the Orochi power. Not the one to be left
    behind, King seeks out two of her best friends in Southtown: Blue Mary and
    Kasumi. She is also approached by Li Xiangfei, an enthusiastic (but very hungry)
    Chinese martial artist, who was happening to fight Kasumi at the moment King
    arrived to recruit Ryuhaku's daughter, due to an unpaid bill. Once again, the
    most beautiful (and lethal) fighters would gather again, and all who
    underestimates them will surely fall!
    	Once the tournament ends, King returns to her bar in Southtown and
    continues her hard work. Clients diminish, however, due to the malevolent
    influence of the NESTS cartel towards her business. One night, Ryo pays a visit
    at King's bar, and finds it desolated. Ryo wonders why, but even King wants to
    know what the devil is going on. Not baring to see King's pain, Ryo goes as far
    as inviting King to the Kyokugenryo Karate team for the new King of Fighters
    2000 tournament, being held soon. King asks about Yuri, and Ryo tells her it
    isn't any problem, since Yuri has left the Kyokugenryo Team on her own will, and
    has reunited with Mai now. After sending Kasumi to team up with Mai and Yuri,
    King finally takes a chance with the big boys, and finally gets to fight
    alongside her secret love, Ryo, and demand revenge against the NESTS. But she is
    met with the opposition of one of the members of the Kyokugenryo clan, Robert,
    who is oblivious about the fact that his beloved Yuri is gone, and now refuses
    to accept King as a teammate, even if she is an old friend of his. Robert plans
    to fight King to prove her worth, and seeing the determination in Robert's eyes,
    King accepts. They both fight a long and winded battle, in which both end
    exhausted. Robert accepts King's value as a fighter, and finally King gets to
    fight with some dependable partners, for once!
    	The destruction of Southtown left King's bar badly wrecked, but it still
    stood afoot. King was terribly shocked at the result of the Zero Cannon blast,
    and decided it was time to help the city that received her from so faraway like
    a lost child. She stayed in order to rebuild her bar and Southtown. But she
    forgot all about the upcoming King of Fighters tournament! Without warning,
    Xiangfei and Mai came to her bar, wanting to team up with her again! King didn't
    know what to do when Hinako, former teammate of Mai's in the past King of
    Fighters tournament, dropped by, and overheard their talk. Hinako was on a
    school trip to Southtown, and decided to help them out, willing to help the
    people of Southtown. King was not only forced to accept to enter the King of
    Fighters tournament, but she also had to invite dinner to Hinako and her bunch
    of hungry friends, as well as the bottomless pit called Xiangfei!
    	King is always very reserved, and does not like to act femine around
    strange men. She also tries to even talk like a man, but her woman side is
    always so evident due to her warm feelings. King likes to take some drinks, but
    never gets drunk. King only feels safe when she is around Ryo, the only man
    important for her. King also cares for her brother Jan very much, taking care of
    his sickness. King is aided in her bar works by the twin maitress sisters, Sally
    and Elizabeth.
    *Fun fact = When King was defeated by a special move/DM, her shirt tore and her
    bra was revealed. This happened in the first two AOF games, as well as the first
    two KOF games. However, sometimes, there was some bugs where the bra sprite
    seems to DISAPPEAR! Oh God! An involuntary nudity? Booooooooy! o_O
    *Cloth changes = King wore an elegant suit in KOF '94/'95 and 2000/2001, and
    removed her jacket for KOF '96/'97. In KOF '98, she wears some sort of white
    vest with purple trims, and long sleeves. In KOF 2000/2001, her gloves are
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Art of Fighting, Art of Fighting 2, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight
    2000, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire
    Fighting 2001
    Birthplace:              Ireland
    Birthdate:               October 23, 1970 (31 years old, assumed to be dead at
              			  age 29)
    Height:                  1.88 m (6'1")
    Weight:                  83 kg (182 lbs)
    Blood type:              AB
    Hobbies:                 Collecting clones of celebrities, working as a
    Favorite food:           Butter and cracker sandwiches
    Favorite sport:          None
    Most valuable:           His inferiors
    Hates the most:          Meetings with no significance
    Fighting style:          Collected combat data (his battle suit collects
            feedback which he uses to fight with)
    	Krizalid is the latest incarnation of evil that attempts to conquer the
    world by means of the King of Fighters tournament. After this competition was
    left behind after the defeat of the Orochi power, Krizalid decides to take it
    and use it for his own ambitions. Being the host of the tourney, its no wonder
    that he means business, and his power will be most feared indeed!
    	However, Krizalid's past is full of grief and bad experiences in itself.
    Krizalid was designed to become the ultimate Kyo Kusanagi clone, infused with
    the power of the Kusanagi family. Being a more advanced prototype than K',
    another clone, Krizalid is now skillful enough to control the overwhelming power
    of the crimson flames of the Kusanagi family! As a bonus, Krizalid is dressed
    with a special battle suit that helps him analyze combat data during battles,
    and will help him gather more strength as he fights more and more. The NESTS
    cartel, Krizalid's creators, urges for him to gather enough data to activate the
    crowd of Kyo Kusanagi clones along the world in an unified strike! However, he
    has to support the lost of his adoptive sister, Whip, as she decides to no
    longer continue by the side of someone who has lost his mind....
    	Krizalid wastes no time in dispatching his two most trusthworthy
    subordrinates, K' and Maxima, to join Benimaru Nikaido and Shingo Yabuki, the
    stronger candidates for winning the tournament, and collect enough battle data
    to activate the Kyo clones. Thus, Krizalid changes the established rules, and
    decides to add another member in the original three fighter team-up. From the
    depths of his underground base, Krizalid watches with glee as how his plans are
    taking place. The tournament arrives to the end he had expected it to be: K' and
    Maxima, along with Benimaru and Shingo, arrive to the final battle. To wrap it
    up, Krizalid leads them to a sewer, drains the sewage water, and activates the
    hidden elevator. In no time, the final team arrives at Krizalid's facility.
    	Krizalid laughs and congrats the team for having arrived this far, but he
    would proceed to extract the battle data out of their bodies. Not willing to
    fall that easily, Benimaru and Shingo decide to fight, which is was Krizalid was
    looking for. He stalls enough time to extract a great amount of battle, before
    Benimaru strikes him down with a powerful blow. Krizalid chuckles, and condemns
    them all to a swift death. He burns his outfit to reveal his fully-charged
    battle suit. However, he now receives the surprise that his own lackeys will
    attack him too! Krizalid damns the traitors, and uses all the power of the
    Kusanagis, and his own battle information to blow the whole team away. With the
    aid of his crushing power, Krizalid turns the tide of the battle in his favor
    rather quickly....
    	However, Krizalid gets overconfident, and the moment is taken care by
    Maxima, who nails Krizalid long enough for K' to blast him with a crimson flame
    blast. Protected by his battle suit, Krizalid survives the shot, and proceeds to
    finish the already battered warriors. However, as soon as he walks toward them,
    a huge flame sails through the room and impacts on Krizalid. This time, the blow
    is too much for Krizalid to resist, and slumps on the floor. Upon watching up to
    his assailant, he wretches in anger at seeing the same man who meant his very
    existence: the original Kyo Kusanagi! Krizalid takes what's left of his power to
    fight Kyo, but he is stopped by the NESTS cartel. They will certainly not
    forgive Krizalid's weakness, and considers it pertinent to eliminate him.
    Krizalid desperately affirms that he can still activate the clones, but it's too
    late for him. A huge rock falls from the sky, and impales over Krizalid.
    	Among his pain and sorrow, Krizalid hears the steps of someone coming
    near. It is Whip, who had came with the Ikari extermination squad. Krizalid
    calls out for his sister, but Whip tells Krizalid not to be fooled. She wasn't
    her sister, but just a memory implemented in him by the NESTS cartel. Whip
    informs to Krizalid about his origin as an advanced clone of K', and Krizalid is
    filled with grief. He passes his last moments in his desperation, and when the
    Ikari Warriors' commander, Heidern, arrives at where Krizalid is, he asks him
    his name. Krizalid just can't remember, and dies shortly after.
    	Two years later, Zero, Krizalid's superior and the one who had punished
    him for his mistake, once again resorted to the Krizalid project data and
    created another clone that would help him in his fight against the winners of
    the King of Fighters tournament. This Krizalid clone no longer had any self-
    consciousness, but only a zombie-like will to obey his master and destroy his
    enemies, a mere shadow of what Krizalid once was....
    	Krizalid is a man whose destiny was that to be a ruthless power monger,
    but his life, being controlled by the NESTS cartel, was filled with lies and
    ambitions. The wreckless attitude and evil disposition were no more than harsh
    feelings inflicted in him by his superiors. His only human trace lies within his
    love for Whip, whom he presumes to be his sister. A sad destiny for a sad
    *Fun fact = Krizalid's name supposedly means "cocoon", from which life surges. I
    suppose this has something to do with the supposed future ressurection project
    of Orochi (notice the "10 year process" and the scheduled "Rising" project).
    Time will tell....
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '99, The King of Fighters 2001 (as one of True
    Zero's strikers)
    Birthplace:              Unknown
    Birthdate:               May 29, 1986 (16 years old)
    Height:                  1.69 m (5'5")
    Weight:                  48 kg (105 lbs)
    Blood type:              Unknown
    Hobbies:                 Spray painting on Candy
    Favorite food:           Strawberry sherbert, peropero candy
    Favorite sport:          Ice skating
    Most valuable:           Candy
    Hates the most:          Crowds, flames
    Fighting style:          Anti-K'
    	The current year is 1999. The King of Fighters tournament of this year
    ends with the defeat of Krizalid, and by failing to convince his superiors at
    the NESTS cartel, the disgraced Kyo clone is promptly eliminated. After the
    Krizalid Project is ended, the next operation is about to take place. It will
    certainly take time for NESTS to regather their strength and accomplish their
    evil plans, but one of their most important agents, Zero, has threatened to
    destroy them with their own weapon: the Zero Cannon. To erradicate the black
    sheep of the organization, NESTS begins the creation of a new human weapon....
    	A year later, in the year 2000, Zero makes his move: he takes the place of
    Ling, a very important mercenary commander, and organizes the new King of
    Fighters tournament in order to gather enough fighting energy to charge up the
    Zero Cannon. NESTS deems it fit to display the power of their new weapon. Her
    name: Kula, mentioned as the 'anti-K'. This beautiful young woman, with the
    innocence of an infant and the instincts of a killer, was designed in a totally
    different manner than K' and Krizalid. Her power did not came from the crimson
    flame power of the Kusanagi family, but from the rival element of fire: ice.
    With her perfectly recognizable leather outfit, and her trademark gauntlet,
    which signals her as a NESTS' creation, Kula begins her mission: to eliminate
    all traitors to the NESTS cause.
    	Kula is promptly dispatched at Southtown, nearby the location of Zero's
    hideout. She is accompanied by Candy, an assassin cyborg with no trace of human
    feelings, created in order to keep an eye on Kula and avoid any possible treason
    (which has became a common evil among NESTS agents as of late). Kula and Candy
    are dropped at the docks of Southtown, and Kula inmediately begins her scouting.
    After a while of searching, Candy spots two ex-agents: Maxima, and the original
    K'. Kula shall eliminate them with no mercy, according to her principles. As a
    sheer display of her power, Kula unleashes a full-fledged ice aura blast that
    freezes nearly the entire dock. When she nears the objective, she only
    encounters K'. Fine, a solitary target is more easier. Thus, Kula begins battle
    with K', in a battle of the two elements.
    	It is a tough fight. Both warriors fight each others with identical
    techniques. K' violent behavior is contrasted by Kula's serenity, and both
    attacks counter each other. With no other possible solution, Kula and K' resort
    to their finest techniques. Kula invokes a powerful ice blast that sends K'
    reeling. Kula is sure of her victory, but K' surprisingly recovers, stronger
    than ever. This time, it is hard for Kula to avoid K's inhuman flaming assault,
    and it's her turn to get whacked. If it weren't for the help of her ice shield,
    Kula would have been fried to a crisp. Kula walks up to the tired K', and tells
    her about his sister, which has been installed in her memory since K's sister
    was a former NESTS agent as well. Kula sends K' off to meet Zero. Seeing this,
    Candy knows that this would be reason enough to eliminate Kula for not
    accomplishing her objectives. However, the pure humanity of Kula under that
    cold, ruthless appearance triggers something inside Candy's mechanical heart,
    and spares her life. Kula smiles, and tells Candy that one thing is left to do
    	Kula asks Candy to take her to outer space, to the location of the Zero
    Cannon. Her ice energy would take care of the oxygen in her lungs, so there was
    no problem at all. Once she arrives at the orbiting Cannon, Kula fixes the
    controls so the Cannon can be operated manually from up there. There, she will
    await for the signal of the two NESTS' agents sent to see to Zero's death. Once
    the signal arrives, Kula fires the Cannon. The subsecuent blast not only
    destroys Zero, but the whole city of Southtown as well. After the destruction,
    Kula is contacted by her fellow agents, which inform her about the completion of
    their mission. Kula denies this, as there is one thing left to do: destroy the
    Cannon itself. The two agents thinks it's crazy to attempt such a thing, but
    Kula's mind is decided. Once again, Candy is moved by Kula's interest in helping
    and such love for life. Kula swears that the Zero Cannon will not kill anymore
    people, and inmediately destroys the machine. Kula drops directly towards the
    atmosphere, where she is almost sure to burn upon entrance. From out of nowhere,
    Candy grabs Kula, and shoots into the atmosphere like a shooting star....
    	When Kula wakes up, she is in Southtown...or what is left of it. The two
    female agents, Diana and Foxy, wonder about her condition, but when Kula looks
    around her, she can only worry about the person who saved her life: her only
    friend, Candy. Candy had burned up completely, except for her trashed head.
    Candy keeps repeating the word 'friend'. Kula cries, and promises to make her
    friend proud no matter what.
    	During the next year, Kula was covered in grief and self-pity for having
    lost Candy. The executives of NESTS tried to fool her with so-called phone calls
    from Candy to Kula so she wouldn't deteriorate her fighting abilities due to
    depression. But Foxy knew that she needed a lot more distraction than that. To
    fool Kula like that was not a very trusty method. So, Foxy decided to take her
    along for the next King of Fighters tournament, along with the newcomer NESTS
    agents Angel and the ever troublesome K9999. Kula entered the new NESTS team,
    unaware of the evil plot brewing up behind her.
    	Kula's amazing freeze powers were once again put to test in th new King of
    Fighters tournament. Being the first time she ever fought as an official
    competitor, Kula did her best to help Foxy and to sway her mind away from the
    whole Candy incident. After many fights, Foxy tells Kula to await for orders
    from the NESTS HQ. Kula and Foxy watch how the winning teams board the blimp
    that would carry them away to the final battle. Foxy knows that the blimp is
    merely a trick by NESTS to lure them to their HQ in outer space. But while Foxy
    was telling this to Kula, she suddenly fell to the ground, covered in blood!
    K9999 had speared her in the back with his hand! Kula was shocked and stared in
    disbelief. One of her last friends was killed right in front of her very eyes,
    by people she trusted in! Not only that, but K9999 and Angel now focused their
    killing attempts at Kula! Kula began to burn with rage and anger, and swore that
    they would pay for all that they did! But K9999 tells her that no biological
    defect is going to threaten him, and so, the fight for survival begins....
    	Driven by her anger and the pain of losing Foxy, Kula manages to hold
    Angel and K9999 back for awhile. But still, the disadvantage in number was
    evident, and Kula began to yield to K9999 and Angel's attacks. Near sunrise,
    Kula was exhausted. She could no longer avoid K9999's assault. The advanced Kyo
    clone tried to do her away, but Kula was surprised when K' came to her rescue!
    K' had managed to survive the trip to NESTS' HQ, and now came to face K9999.
    Angel and K9999 were forced to retreat and analyze their next move, although a
    ticked K9999 vowed that he would kill K' and Kula some day!
    	Diana, Kula's last remaining friend, came to assist her and comfort her
    for the lost of Foxy. She tells Kula that there is no longer anything that ties
    them with NESTS, as they have been eliminated by their own personal ambitions.
    But Kula looks around her, and realizes she has made many new friends! Whip, K's
    long lost sister, tells her she is no longer alone, and that this tournament
    helped her realize that she had a lot more friends than what she was willing to
    admit. Candy and Foxy were gone, but she still had many friends to look up and
    to trust into. Kula shed a tear, and thanked Whip for her consideration.
    	While Diana, Whip, and the others were considering the destruction of
    NESTS, Kula and K' walk down the coastline. Kula watches K' as he walks with his
    battered self, wounded and bashed, but still with his cool composure. Kula
    smiled and stood up to K'. Kula wanted to know what K' thought now that NESTS
    was no more. K' just limited himself in replying that they had a new life to
    look forward to, a life free of NESTS and all those nightmares of persecution.
    Kula smiled, and knows that she too, has a whole new world to discover, and lots
    of friends to help her on the way.
    	Kula may be tagged as a merciless assassin created by NESTS in order to
    eliminate any treason to the NESTS cause, but despite her violent techniques,
    Kula is pure hearted and does not mean any real harm. She just follows orders,
    and secretly desires a normal life far away from the pressures of being an
    assassin. Filled with hope, Kula represents the good side of the evil interior
    of NESTS.
    *Fun fact = The woman that always appears with Kula during her intros, victory
    poses, and even in some of her moves is Diana, one of Kula's fellow NESTS
    assassins. Both she and Foxy consider Kula to be some sort of "little sister" to
    them, that's why Diana is always so mushy around Kula!
    Appearances: The King of Fighters 2000, The King of Fighters 2001
    "Metropolis of the Dragon Slayer"
    Birthplace:               Japan
    Birthdate:                December 12, 1976 (26 years old)
    Height:                   1.81 m (5'9")
    Weight:                   75 kg (165 lbs)
    Blood type:               B
    Hobbies:                  Writing poetry
    Favorite food:            Barbecued fish
    Favorite sport:           Ice hockey
    Most valuable:            Motorcycle and his girlfriend, Yuki
    Hates the most:           Hard work
    Fighting style:           Kusanagi style Ancient Martial Arts
    	This is the story of the greatest fighter that ever fought in the King of
    Fighters tournament...
    	Kyo is the latest descendant of the legendary Kusanagi clan, which is one
    of the two families that managed to seal away the Orochi power 1800 years ago,
    along with the Yagami. However, ever since the Yagami striked an unholy pact
    with the Orochi, the Kusanagi have objected to this and due to the challenge of
    the Yagami, the Kusanagi now engage in a mortal war with the Yagami, and now
    they use their crimson flames, which were once used to put Orochi to sleep,
    against their ancient allies. Many members of both clans have perished up until
    this day, where Kyo and Iori must now finish the battle of 660 years.
    	Kyo, despite his respect for Iori, considers he can not escape his fate,
    and that he has to fight, and maybe kill Iori one day. Meanwhile, Kyo studies in
    high school (where he had been for quite some time, due to his lack of will to
    study), and passes most of the time with his girlfriend Yuki, his best friend
    Benimaru, his confident Athena, and his pesky student Shingo. He also likes to
    talk with his mother, Shizuka, whenever he gets home. Since Kyo's father,
    Saisyu, is always out searching opponents to fight, Shizuka is the one to carry
    on the legacy of the Kusanagi and pass it on to Kyo. However, Kyo also seems to
    be a very cold and arrogant man, and pretty unsocialable to all those who he
    sees as bothers. Meanwhile, Kyo keeps on training, and learning to wield the
    crimson flames of the Kusanagi. He uses specially designed gloves in order to
    wield the flames effectively.
    	After fighting so many opponents, Kyo is attracted by a poster that
    announces a martial arts tournament, that will take place in order to define the
    three most powerful fighters of Japan, so they can form a team and fight in the
    new format of the King of Fighters tournament. Inspired to fight, and more due
    to the challenge from Benimaru, Kyo enters the competition. Not using his whole
    power, Kyo manages to reach the semifinals with not too much effort. There, he
    faces a huge Judo fighter. His name was Goro Daimon, and he turned out to be an
    old friend of the family. Either way, Kyo has to fight Daimon, and for the first
    time, Kyo has to go all out, and manages to defeat Daimon in the end using his
    crimson flames for the first time. Daimon congratulates him, and Kyo is so
    impressed with Daimon that he would like to see him in his team. Daimon
    promises, and said that, Daimon wins the third-place match. The final battle was
    against no other than Benimaru, the narcissist who dared Kyo to a fight. Now,
    they both had their shot. The fight was very spectacular, with flames and
    electricity flying everywhere. However, Kyo won at the end. Benimaru accepted
    his defeat, and decided to be friends with Kyo. The duo has been the closest of
    friends, but they also tend to quarrel too much when they discuss aout their
    skills, having to be cooled down by Daimon!
    	Kyo and his team now enter the King of Fighters tournament. Kyo now has to
    fight living legends such as the past champion, Terry Bogard, the fighters of
    Kyokugenryo Karate, and others. Kyo was very excited to fight so many good
    warriors, and extracted a bit of knowledge from each battle. The Japan Team
    fought with all their might, and won the right to fight in the last battle. A
    beautiful woman invited them to a helicopter, which transported them to a air
    carrier in the middle of the sea. Inside, Kyo saw a man sitting in a black chair
    with a pet panther aside him. The man introduced himself as Rugal Bernstein, the
    host of the tournament. Rugal admits that their skills were quite impressive,
    but he had to finish them now. Then, the Hero Team realizes with horror that
    Rugal has a personal collection of statues of fighters who were actually alive,
    but bathed into metal once defeated. Refusing to accept this horrible destiny,
    Kyo and his team fights against Rugal. Although Benimaru and Daimon fight well,
    they only manage to increase Rugal's wrath, and once he reveals his true power,
    he blows Benimaru and Daimon away, and now Kyo has to face him. But Kyo doesn't
    fair any better, and begins to get trashed. However, Kyo notices a man lying on
    the ground in a corner of the room. Upon closer inspection, it was his father!
    Fill with rage, Kyo now attacks Rugal with all the rage of the Kusanagi. Pushing
    Rugal to the limits, the evil fighter bombs his own carrier, and Kyo and his
    team barely escape with their lives. However, Kyo worries about his father, and
    thinks if he managed to survive...
    	A year later, Kyo is invited again by a certain "R" fellow. Suspecting
    something going on, Kyo enters again to look for his father. However, he also
    has to be aware of one man who has entered the tournament to kill him...Iori
    Yagami! Now with two worries, Kyo fights with all his might. While the Hero Team
    was preparing themselves for one of the final battles, gas fills the room. Kyo
    feels doozy, and falls unconsicious. When he wakes up, he finds himself in a
    hidden base. But then, a laughter catches his attention. It was Ruagl! He seemed
    pretty much alive, and ready to take revenge from last year. Kyo challenges
    Rugal, but he instead calls for his "partner". Kyo is dumbfounded when he meets
    Rugal's aide. It was no other than his father! Kyo is so happy to see his father
    alive again, but he doesn't seem to care that much. In fact, he challenges Kyo
    to a fight! With no courage to fight his own father, Benimaru and Daimon decide
    to take care of him. Finally, when Saisyu loses control, he is defeated. Then,
    with his last breath, he tells Kyo to fight and take out Rugal for him. Enraged
    again, Kyo faces Rugal. But this time, Rugal was ready. Kyo suddenly felt a
    terrible power surging from Rugal's body. It seemed so powerful, and now Kyo had
    to fight a certainly ticked Omega Rugal! It was pretty useless for Kyo to attack
    Rugal, since his power had increased beyond imagination. However, with a bit of
    help from his friends, Kyo managed to fight back. When Rugal was about to use
    his full power, his body suddenly began to destroy itself. Rugal couldn't
    control his own power! Unable to withstand the inmense surge of power, Rugal and
    his base begin to explode. Kyo goes where his father lied, but he isn't there
    anymore. With no time to lose, Kyo exits the base, and begins to ponder on what
    sort of power was that destroyed Rugal.
    	Some time later, a mysterious man challenges Kyo to a fight...alone.
    Having a bad feeling, Kyo attends the battle scene, and is then greeted by a
    tall man in strange clothes. An eerie wind begins to blow, and Kyo feels chills
    up his spine. The man seemed to have the same power as Rugal, but this time, he
    DID know how to use it. Kyo never had a chance, and was promptly defeated by
    that man. Standing next to Kyo's battered body, he tells him to keep on
    training, since the fight is not over yet. He then promises Kyo to fight again
    if he reaches the finals of the tournament. Kyo loses consciousness and wakes up
    in a hospital. Yuki and his friends are around him, but Kyo suddenly gets up and
    goes outside, with his friends hopelessly watching how he painfully walked. Kyo
    then begins to charge his crimson flames, and concentrates it in his fist. He
    then releases it with a very strong blast of power and flames; a punch filled
    with hatred and passion. Fazed by the blast, Kyo's friends watches how he still
    stands up. Kyo has finally developed a new technique, born from the desperation
    and the feel of battle.
    	Kyo enters the next tournament with his team again to go look for that
    man. Kyo proves to be next to new by using his new techniques against his
    opponents. However, Kyo notices how all his fights are overlooked by the new
    host of the tournament...a very elegant woman. Kyo would soon know who she was
    when she fights against them amidts a stadium filled with emotive people. Kyo
    feels familiar with the woman's aura, but doesn't realize what it is until he
    defeats her. She reveals to be Chizuru Kagura, heir of the Clan of the Yata, and
    protector of the seal imposed over the Orochi power. It had been awhile before
    Kyo heard that word. It seemed that some man broke the seal by killing Chizuru's
    sister, and now it menaces all the world. Said that, a huge gust of wind blows
    through the stadium, but Kyo resists the wind blast. However, everything else
    gets blown to pieces, and Chizuru is wounded. She tells Kyo that he has to fight
    aside Iori if he wishes to defeat him. Before Kyo could ask anymore questions,
    Chizuru faints, and once again, a familiar figure appears from the mist. Kyo
    identifies him as the man who had defeated him earlier. The man tells his name:
    Goenitz. He was pretty impressed with how much Kyo had improved. Kyo clenches
    his fist, and beckons for Goenitz. Both engage in a fatal battle, but Kyo's
    powers seem useless against Goenitz' huge strength. When all indicated that the
    same result would take place, Iori appeared from out of nowhere. Kyo is
    surprised, but Goenitz laughs and tells Kyo that since Iori has Orochi blood in
    his veins, he would help him in killing Kyo. But Iori thinks otherwise, and
    attacks Goenitz instead. He tells him that Kyo can only be his to kill. Confused
    by the moment, Kyo clears his mind by fighting Goenitz with Iori. Although Kyo
    was using his whole crimson flame power, he noticed that Iori's purple flames
    gradually became crimson as well, and with a final double crimson blast, Kyo and
    Iori defeat Goenitz. Goenitz promises that the Orochi threat would never end,
    and saying that, Goenitz vanishes. Chizuru wants Kyo and Iori to become allies
    again, but Iori refuses, and walks away. Kyo knows that the two would encounter
    again next year...until somebody gets killed.
    	A long year passes, and Kyo has been having nightmares of a strange man
    defeating him. Including that, he has to train a young fanboy named Shingo
    Yabuki, whom desires to be as strong as Kyo, and be able to wield crimson flames
    just like him (but of course, he can't). Having some bad thoughts about the next
    tournament, Kyo has no other choice but to enter. He then fights  all his
    battles like if it where the last, and it esentially where. By the final stages
    of the tournament, Iori and Leona, the new Ikari warrior, disappear without
    further advice. Kyo is worried about Iori's fate, knowing both he and that Leona
    girl were of Orochi blood. Iori and Leona are found in full Riot of Blood. Kyo
    aids in stopping them, but when they do, more trouble looms in the horizon. It
    was the New Face Team, but they seemed to have planned everything, and used the
    tournament to gather as much fighting energy as they could to feed Orochi. Kyo
    vows to stop them, and engages in a desperate battle with the rest of the
    fighters, a fight where the fate of the world rests. Kyo then knows from
    Yashiro, that her girlfriend, Yuki, is one of the 8 Kushinada girls, the women
    destined to sacrifice themselves for Orochi! Kyo refuses such a fate for his
    beloved, and fights for more than the world, but for Yuki and for him! But even
    after defeating them, the fight was not over. The kid, named Chris, revealed
    himself as the host of the Orochi power, and soon, it would awaken completly!
    Kyo then had to face the Orochi power itself. It was useless battle for Kyo,
    even with Chizuru aiding him. But suddenly, Iori out of nowhere, comes to help
    Kyo. Iori smiles, and feels it is ironic for him to help Kyo at this moment. Kyo
    was satisfied that Iori and him could finally fight together as friends. And
    during the fateful battle, it became more evident that both wanted it more than
    ever. During a moment of the battle, when Kyo and Iori had the upper hand,
    Orochi began to control Iori, once again making him enter the Riot of Blood. But
    this time, Iori grabbed Orochi by the neck! It was the perfect time for Kyo to
    finish Orochi off. Kyo, with Yuki in his mind, gives a bone-crushing cry and
    punches both Iori and Orochi.
    	The fight was over...and Kyo and Iori were never to be seen again. It was
    said that he and Iori now engage in their final fight...a fight for detsiny!
    	However, destiny proved otherwise. Being knocked out by the inhuman effort
    against Orochi, Kyo lies unconscious. He is then approached by a mysterious
    figure, who takes Kyo's limp body, and takes him to an underground base. Kyo is
    then subjected to several experiments, while being kept out cold by some
    narcotics. Samples of blood of Kyo are extracted, as well as memory images from
    his brain. Several clones are created by these experiments, and the mystery man
    deploys them to several parts of the world. As long as Kyo's body remained
    there, there would be no deadlier weapon than him!
    	Kyo manages to open his eyes one day, and finds himself surrounded by
    weird gadgets and needles. Decided to find some answers, Kyo breaks out of
    captivity, and while still woozy by the drugs, he manages to make a way out of
    the hidden fortress. During his path, he constantly hears references to the
    NESTS cartel and to some certain "Krizalid". Who can they possibly be? With no
    time to ask himself, Kyo finally breaks out, and begins to recover slowly from
    his sleepy effect, and decides to perfect his techniques, and deploy the best of
    the Kusanagi power in order to make that Krizalid fellow pay for his daring
    	Ready and as powerful as ever, Kyo follows the trail of the King of
    Fighters tournament, in hopes that he would get his chance of payback. Suddenly,
    everything began to turn familiar as he reaches the same place where he had been
    taken to for the experiments. Taking a familiar path, Kyo quickly arrives in
    time to see his best friend, Benimaru, and Shingo, his student, fighting against
    a familiar face: Krizalid, no doubt! However, there was also two unknown
    fighters helping them out: a skinny, but explosive young man named K', and a
    huge man with heavy armor called Maxima. Kyo felt something familiar about the
    energies of K' and Krizalid. Could it be Kusanagi power? They should have
    infused his power into their bodies in order to acquire his strength. Kyo stared
    in awe as his own clone, K', dispatched Krizalid with a final flaming blast.
    Before he could knew it, Kyo was standing next to a defeated Krizalid, and
    facing his friends (and not-so friends).
    	Kyo is quite happy to finally see some familiar faces, but reunion time is
    cut short when an omnipotent voice begins to echo in the room. He had heard that
    voice during his bold escape...It was the NESTS cartel! Kyo demands their true
    intentions, and they explain that they would forward the 10-year process. Kyo
    begins to get a bad feeling about this, but not after long, the base begins to
    fall down to nothing, and Kyo is trapped by steel doors. However, Kyo remains
    cool and calm. He is glad about how much he has improved, and feels he can take
    anything on! Kyo gets a chance to escape from the base in ruins, but he knows
    that NESTS must no be allowed to continue doing such atrocities. He must put an
    end to their ambition with his flames of justice!
    	One year passes by, and Kyo is ready to face the menace of the NESTS
    cartel once again, this time, in Southtown. Upon locating the hideout of the
    NESTS, Kyo suddenly finds his friend Benimaru, his student Shingo, and his clone
    K'. It would be very grateful to talk to them once again, but now is not the
    time. Kyo finds the voice that had talked to him in Krizalid's base, but he was
    now rendered hopeless and didn't have much time left in his life. His name was
    Zero, but Kyo wanted to know a lot more. Zero might have been Krizalid's
    superior, but he knows he's not the highest command. Kyo demands Zero where his
    superiors are, but Zero warns Kyo that a much bigger menace draws near. And as
    fate would have heard him, a familiar voice invites him to a friendly match. Kyo
    turns around to face his eternal rival, Iori. This would be the time that they
    would fight with no hatred in their souls, but just the feeling of fighting and
    giving their bests with no regrets....
          Everyone assumed that Kyo would be lost once again for a year as Southtown
    was destroyed and Kyo was not heard from ever since. But suprisingly, he shows
    up to meet his old friend Benimaru Nikaido before the next King of Fighters
    tournament, expressing his interest in participating this year with him again.
    It would be a very special occasion, as Daimon would also come back from
    retirement, and lend his friends his strength once again. The former Hero Team
    now regroups to find the obscure truth behind NESTS! Kyo knows that several
    spies have been following them, but he also knows that they can't avoid the
    inevitable: that he would kick their butts! Even if it means having to stand his
    annoying student Shingo as the fourth team member....
          Kyo made his official return to a team in the next King of Fighters
    tournament, quickly confirming that both he and his team have returned to run
    things once again in the new tournament! Kyo lends his incredible power to the
    cause, and even helps out his own clone K' to fight Igniz, the man behind his
    cloning operation. Kyo was pretty tired that both Igniz and NESTS would mess up
    their life so much, and he made it his business to finish them off! After K'
    defeats Igniz, Kyo realizes that Igniz has a familiar suicidal behavior, and
    persuades the others to escape as soon as Igniz sets the whole NESTS space
    station (the place where the final battle was held) on a crash course to Earth.
    Kyo and the others manage to survive the crash on the ocean, and after his
    friends and him set foot on dry ground, Kyo confesses that he was really happy
    to see his friends again and fight along them once more. The old partners bid
    their farewells once again, but Shingo wants to know why aren't they happy for
    winning. Kyo arrogantly replies that Shingo should just buzz off, and leaves him
    on his own! But Kyo knows that in order for Shingo to progress, he must walk the
    path of a fighter alone. Feeling assured, Kyo goes back to his girlfriend Yuki
    to continue his life.
    	Kyo is a very proud and arrogant man, and is sometimes very cold with
    those he deems to be a bother. However, his friends know him to be a warm and
    caring man. He cares a lot for Yuki, his girlfriend, and is also very romantic,
    since he likes to write poems. He quarrels with his friend Benimaru a lot, and
    sees in Daimon a sort of parental figure. Kyo respects all the fighters in the
    tournament, and about Iori, he really doesn't want to kill him, but he also
    doesn't seem to have another choice.
    	THE KING OF FIGHTERS '94 KYO KUSANAGI (The King of Fighters '97/The King
    of Fighters R-1): Alternate version of Kyo based on his KOF '94 self. He regains
    his Yami Barai (projectile) and his spinning kick, but loses ALL of his other
    special moves with the exception of the Oniyaki (uppercut). His only DM is the
    Orochi Nagi (he loses the Saishuu Kessen Ougi DM).
    	THE KING OF FIGHTERS '95 KYO KUSANAGI (The King of Fighters '98/ The King
    of Fighters R-2): Alternate version of Kyo based on his KOF '95 self. Much like
    his '94 self, he has his old moves back, and still retains his Modify (double
    kick) and Koto Tsuki You (rushing grab) special moves. He still has one DM,
    though (the Orochi Nagi).
    	KYO KUSANAGI VERSION 1 (The King of Fighters '99): First replica of Kyo
    Kusanagi, created by Krizalid, extracted from the original Kyo Kusanagi's DNA.
    This clone takes from the first fighting experiences of Kyo, using his Yami
    Barai, Oniyaki, Modify, and the Twilight Ride (spinning kick). He also has an
    all-new move, the Blue Demon (similiar to the Koto Tsuki You). His only DM is
    the Orochi Nagi. Some of his normal moves are different than the original Kyo's
    (but are just variations).
    	KYO KUSANAGI VERSION 2 (The King of Fighters '99): Second replica of Kyo
    Kusanagi, created by Krizalid, extracted from the original Kyo Kusanagi's DNA.
    This clone copies the latest techniques of Kyo, used in the past 2 tournaments,
    which includes his whole Ara Gami and Doku Gami fire punch combos, the Oniyaki,
    the R.E.D. Kick (the arc kick), and the Koto Tsuki You. His only DM is the
    Saishuu Kessen Ougi. Some of his normal moves are different than the original
    Kyo's (but are just variations).
    *Fun fact = Could Kyo ever enter the Riot of Blood? This could be unknown, but
    after a session of The King of Fighters: Kyo (an adventure game, exclusive for
    the PSX), it has yet to be seen. His older brother (uncle?) Souji also seems to
    enter what seems to be the Riot of Blood. Could he have stroke a pact with the
    Orochi as well? Since I don't understand Kanji all that well, who knows...
    *Cloth changes = From KOF '94 to '98 (as well as both of his clones in KOF '99),
    he wears a typical Japanese male black school uniform. His jacket is opened,
    with a white shirt beneath it, and his sleeves are wrapped up. He wears a
    bandanna, and special Kusanagi gloves (to control his power). In KOF '99, he
    gets more casual: a shirt sporting a black cross, white jacket, jeans, normal
    black gloves, and no bandanna (he burns it at the beginning of each match).
    Appearances: 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 '99: Evolution (Dreamcast version, as a
    secret striker, wearing a brown leather jacket), The King of Fighters 2000, The
    King of Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1, The
    King of Fighters R-2, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium
    Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001, SNK vs. Capcom:
    Match of the Millenium
    Birthplace:              Unknown
    Birthdate:               January 10, 1978 (24 years old)
    Height:                  1.76 m (5'8")
    Weight:                  65 kg (143 lbs)
    Blood type:              B
    Hobbies:                 None
    Favorite food:           Vegetables
    Favorite sport:          None
    Most valuable:           Nothing
    Hates the most:          Blood
    Fighting style:          Martial Arts and Heidern style assasination techniques
    	Leona has a very blurry past, and a even more bleak future. It all began
    when Leona was just a little girl, living with her family in their village.
    Leona liked being in company with her father, Guidel, more than anything. It all
    seemed too good to be true, and it was...ever since that man came. One day, a
    tall man arrived to the village, and demanded to talk with Guidel, who was the
    leader of the village. Goenitz asked Guidel to join him in his quest to awaken
    the Orochi power. It seemed that the village was made up of Orochi bloodline
    members! However, Guidel refused, since his family had lived in peace for such a
    long time, and now will not return to the violent ways of the Orochi. Goenitz
    got mad, and before retiring, he said that the Orochi will not forgive the
    traitors to their cause. Then, Goenitz gave a quick glimpse to Leona, grinned,
    and walked away.
    	That afternoon, Guidel talked to Leona. As if he was predicting the
    future, Guidel puts his hands on Leona's shoulders, and tells Leona that she
    must fight against her own destiny, no matter how cruel and sad it may be. Night
    falled, and all was calm. However, Leona began to feel sick, and her head ached
    a lot. Her family began worrying, and then, Leona coughed up blood. Guidel was
    shocked. It was signs of the Riot of Blood! And since Leona was never taught how
    to control the Orochi power in her veins, the consecuences could be terrible!
    Everybody tried to calm her down, but soon, Leona's eyes were lost, and she
    began to howl and sneer. It all happened very quickly...blood, screams, and
    then, nothing. Most of the villagers ran away, fearful of the wrath of the
    child. But Leona was thirsty for blood, and managed to get some of them. After
    many deaths, Leona was alone in the ruined village. She was stained with blood
    all over. Then, Goenitz came near the child. She puts a hand on her head, and
    tells her that she would go back to sleep again, and that she would only wake up
    again when the time comes. But, she would wake up in good company, so there was
    nothing to worry about. Goenitz goes away, and Leona is left with no memory of
    her past, due to the mental overrush she had when she was in her Riot of Blood
    	Leona began to walk with no particular destiny in the jungle. She was then
    found by an army man. His name was Heidern, and he took her back to
    headquarters. Heidern asked her so many questions, but Leona remained silent.
    Realizing it was useless to talk any further, Heidern decided to keep her at the
    base for some time, and then send her to an orphanage. However, when Heidern
    came back from a mission, he noticed how Leona slashed a tree to the ground.
    Surprised at this display of power, Heidern thought it would be better for the
    girl to stay with her and train as a female soldier.
    	Leona began her  training under Heidern's orders. She learned all of
    Heidern's techniques, due to her incredible facility to cut things down with her
    hands. Heidern was surprised at how much Leona progressed, as if she was
    predisposed towards fighting... Anyway, it was not until 1996 when Leona
    received her first official mission order: she was to take Heidern's place in
    the Ikari Team that would participate in the King of Fighters tournament. Her
    new partners would be Heidern's favorite mercenaries: Ralf and Clark. Their
    mission was to investigate Geese Howard, the Southtown mob leader who has
    entered the tournament in search of something important (and it is known that
    anything Geese seeks will be something very bad). So, the new Ikari Team began
    their mission in the tournament. It was all going fine, until the finals...
    	Heidern orders the Ikari Warriors to go to the stadium where the finals
    are taking place in order to investigate any possible incident by Geese. While
    there, however, the stadium just got wrecked when a strong gust of wind blew.
    Leona was still reeling, when she felt an ominous presence. It was so
    familiar...then, Goenitz appeared. While he was fighting Kyo Kusanagi, Leona
    began to remember so many things...blood, screams, death. She began to lose her
    cool, and Ralf and Clark had to calm her down. Then, when Iori Yagami appeared,
    Goenitz laughs and tells Kyo that both him and Leona are of Orochi blood! Leona
    was shocked, and so where Ralf and Clark. Even when Goenitz vanished after being
    defeated by Kyo and Iori, Leona remained full with doubts and fear, with no idea
    of what to do...
    	By next year, Leona was so tense that she barely could do anything right.
    During a mission in a burnt village, Leona revived moments of her dark past when
    she saw a fearful kid trying to run away from her. The mission was almost a
    failure thanks to Leona's distraction. Afterwards, Ralf bids Heidern to give
    them a suspension period so they can go to the King of Fighters tournament to
    distract Leona a bit. They did, but Leon was afraid that she may kill Ralf and
    Clark, and go out on a rampage. She also had a bad feeling about the tournament.
    Her fears became real in an instant. During the final laps of the tournament,
    Leona began to feel sick again. When she began coughing blood, Leona began to
    panic. Ralf and Clark tried to keep hold of her, but once again, Leona entered
    her Riot of Blood self, and goes berserk. Along with Iori, both begin going on a
    killing rampage. Ralf and Clark then decide to go after Leona and take her back.
    Leona manages to go back to normal with the help of her friends. When she wakes
    up, Leona tries to kill herself so that she won't cause anymore trouble.
    However, Ralf stops her and tells her she's not alone anymore, not as long as
    they are there with her. Then, Leona goes back home with her friends, ready to
    start a new life.
    	Leona finally finds some mild happiness after the Orochi menace ceased to
    exist. Enjoying more time with her partners during several missions, Leona also
    manages to control her hidden Orochi blood somewhat, and use it to become ever
    stronger! After quite some time of not fighting seriously, Leona is commanded by
    Heidern to participate in the King of Fighters tournament again, but she gets to
    have a new companion: another female soldier, Whip. Leona quickly finds a lot in
    common with Whip, as they seem to be very reserved, and not too talkative.
    However, they seem to get along quite well, which sort of gives Ralf and Clark
    something to worry about...after all, it's not good to pair up two violent women
    against two poor mercenaries!
    	Once the Krizalid project is dealt with, Leona and the rest of the Ikari
    Warriors are more than ready to do battle with the true menace behind Krizalid:
    the NESTS cartel. Their commander, Heidern, reports that he and his fellow
    comrade, Ling, will take care of the organization of the next King of Fighters
    tournament in order to lure NESTS out of there hole. Leona is considered to be
    of major importance, and so, the unit is dispatched to Southtown, last location
    of the NESTS.
    	There, Leona feels something at unease. He urges her partners to hurry
    towards the designated meeting point, informed by Heidern. Leona and the others
    hurry to an abandoned factory in the industrial zone of Southtown. There,
    Heidern is found, badly wounded, but with life still in his body. Leona helps
    her foster father up, and Heidern thanks her. Leona tells her commander that it
    was finally time for her to do something for Heidern. Heidern smiles, but is
    soon removed when he notices that Whip is missing. Heidern contacts Whip with
    desperation, but to no avail. Leona, Ralf, and Clark escape with Heidern in the
    nick of time: the Zero Cannon, NESTS' ultimate weapon, destroys the whole city
    of Southtown with one huge blast!
    	After scouting the area for possible survivors and traces of NESTS, the
    Ikari Warriors sorrowfully return to their base. Leona is, once again, depressed
    for the lost of a fellow friend, who she thought she could save if given the
    chance. Soon enough, Heidern shows them a video that Whip had left them as a
    reminder. In it, Whip bids her former partners farewell, and confesses her deep
    affection for all of them. She hopes to meet again soon, and gives a final
    salute. Leona, for once, finally manages to break open a smile, and shed a tear
    for her fallen friend.
    	As her life keeps going on, Leona now focuses her spirit in taking down
    NESTS, as ordered by her commander and foster father, Heidern. But in every
    operation that she carries out, even with her amount of skill and stealth, she
    does not have much success inflitrating the several bases of HQ around the
    world. Leona thinks it's weird that these places were abandoned in such a short
    notice. Attending to Heidern's call, Leona hears from her commander that Whip is
    still around, and has sent them info regarding NESTS. It seems that NESTS is
    going to host the next King of Fighters tournament, and go public. Leona knows
    NESTS is up to no good, and will help Heidern in all she can to take them down.
    	Leona keeps her real mission of investigating NESTS under wraps as she
    continues to fight in the tournament. She is happy to see Whip once again, even
    though she has to see her as a rival, as Whip is now participating with K' and
    the other NESTS renegades. However, as usual, Leona keeps her emotions to
    herself as they continue tracking down the trail of NESTS. They finally manage
    to locate their main HQ, which is no other than a base located in outer space!
    Leona now has to settle herself with watching the whole fight from afar. In the
    end, the space station of NESTS comes crashing down, and Leona's mission is
    considered over. Leona inmediately asks Heidern about Whip's whereabouts, and
    Heidern confirms that she managed to escape the space station in time, but there
    was also some disturbing news concerning Whip: she was just another clone
    created by NESTS' diabolical bio-technology! Leona knows what it is not being
    able to know oneself, and she hopes Whip manages to pull it together one day, as
    she takes out on another mission along with her loyal comrades, Ralf and Clark.
    	Leona is very quiet, and does not like to talk too much. She has a very
    cold attitude, and other than Ralf, Whip, and Clark and commander Heidern, Leona
    does not talk to anyone. She seems fearless from the outside, but she's always
    afraid that she may cause harm to her friends. Leona also seems to hate the
    sight of blood ever since killing her family, but when she fights, she seems to
    always get covered with it. She feels lonely, but knows that Ralf, Whip, and
    Clark are always behind her.
    	RIOT OF BLOOD LEONA (The King of Fighters '97/The King of Fighters R-1):
    This is the unleashed version of Leona. Since her family never trained her in
    controlling the power inside her Orochi blood, she can not control it, and thus,
    once she enters the Riot of Blood, she becomes a blood thirsty beast. She
    hunches over, her eyes are lost, and begins to growl and roar like a feline. Her
    moves are the same as normal Leona, but are more faster and a lot more powerful.
    *Fun fact = So...who does Leona prefer, Ralf or Clark? It all seems that Clark,
    since in a drawing displayed in the PSX version of KOF '97, she draws a heart
    over Clark in a drawing also including Heidern and Ralf. She is never displayed
    in the picture, but the drawing is indeed signed "Leona". What does she look in
    the bland, silent Clark? Makes me feel bad for Ralf (after all, HE is the only
    guy who seems to bother in cheering Leona up).
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1, The King of
    Fighters R-2, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: SNK Gals Fighters, SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millenium
    Birthplace:           U.S.A. (of Chinese heritage)
    Birthdate:            May 25, 1982 (20 years old)
    Height:               1.60 m (5'2")
    Weight:               45 kg (99 lbs)
    Blood type:           B
    Hobbies:              Taking midday naps at home
    Favorite food:        Shrimp gyoza
    Favorite sport:       Short-distance running
    Most valuable:        Her friends
    Hates the most:       Etiquette
    Fighting style:       All Chinese martial arts
    *Gyoza = Fried dumplings
    	Li Xiangfei is a cute female fighter who had just only appeared recently
    in the battle scene. Being of Chinese heritage, but raised in Southtown,
    Xiangfei grew up with vast knowledge about the several Chinese martial arts, and
    her extensive training soon pays up, as she becomes a quick and lethal fighter.
    She enters the battle arenas of Southtown, where she gets to meet true Southtown
    legends: Koppoken master Andy Bogard, Muay Thai champion Joe Higashi, and most
    of all, the "Lone Wolf" himself: Terry Bogard. Having grown with an intense
    admiration for such heroes, Xiangfei feels honored to compete with them.
    	Xiangfei soon knows about the entry of the "Lonely Wolves" in the King of
    Fighters tournament, and decided to follow them and fight with them again,
    Xiangfei tries to enter, but realizes she needs three more partners to enter as
    a team. During a normal evening of work at the Chinese restaurant where she
    lends her servies as a waitress, Xiangfei attends the table of a young woman who
    seemed like she was a martial artist. She seemed dead hungry, and with no
    reservations, she bidded for a lot of food. This woman had as much appetite as
    Xiangfei herself! But it soon was obvious that the girl didn't have enough money
    to pay such a harsh meal. Furious, Xiangfei demands her payment, and both soon
    engage in a ferocious battle. Xiangfei finds this customer to be toughter than
    other thugs who planned on eating for free. Her theroies were right: this young
    woman was a fighter, and boy, was she good! The fight was at all its' rage, when
    suddenly, she is approached by King, a female Muetai fighter and owner of a bar
    in Southtown, who proposes Xiangfei to enter, having seen her fights in
    Southtown. Xiangfei's stomach growls. She needs some food! Upon the promise that
    she would get enough food to feed her face, Xiangfei joins along with Blue Mary
    and Kasumi Todoh (the woman who denied to pay) to form the new all-female team!
    	Having missed out on the 2000 King of Fighters tournament after being too
    late for the inscriptions, Xiangfei promises she won't be left out this time!
    Since Southtown was reduced to a crisp due to the Zero Cannon, she was left
    without Chinese restaurants to attend to. Now who satisfy her appetite?
    Wandering the wrecked Southtown like a miscarried soul, Xiangfei arrives at
    King's bar, which hasn't suffered much wreck after the incident. Xiangfei
    decides she should team up with King and her friend, Mai Shiranui for the next
    King of Fighters tournament! The fourth member arrives at the bar soon after:
    Hinako Shijou, the sumo school girl who fought in the last King of Fighters
    tournament. Now, Xiangfei is all set to show off her amazing skills in the
    tournament...but not before talking King out to inviting her to dinner! That
    ferocious appetite of Xiangfei's will not subdue, not even after the
    	Xiangfei is an innocent young girl whose appetite rivals her own martial
    art skills! Being a quick fighter, Xiangfei is able to connect dozens of hits in
    matter of seconds, focusing on the vital spots of the opponents. Having grown
    with an intense admiration for the Chinese culture (and food), Xiangfei follows
    several discipline codes, which she doesn't seem to obey too much once she gets
    all crazy!
    *Fun fact = Chinese people could have some really big egos...Please notice
    Xiangfei's forehead (and Lee Rekka's forehead, of the Last Blade series). Now if
    they could only headbutt opponents...the match would be over pretty soon! :) (An
    apology for all Chinese readers...it's loony American humor!)
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '99, The King of Fighters 2000 (Kasumi Todoh's
    special striker), The King of Fighters 2001
    Other games: Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Fatal Fury:
    First Contact
    Birthplace:                   China
    Birthdate:                    February 16, 19??
    Height:                       1.95 m (6'4")
    Weight:                       75 kg (165 lbs)
    Blood type:                   Poison
    Hobbies:                      None
    Favorite food:                None
    Favorite sport:               Anything (mostly long-distance running and
    Most valuable:                The Dictates of Hizoku
    Hates the most:               Nothing
    Fighting style: 			Qing Shen Gong and Zhang martial arts
    	Lin hails from the legendary Hizoku ninja clan, shrouded in secrecy ever
    since the middle ages, hidden in seclusion among the mountain range of China.
    For years, the Hizoku clan has been feared as a dangerous race of assassins, a
    fatal group of stealth warriors that could slice anything without the use of
    weapons, but with their own hands. Another feared ability is the poisoned blood
    of the Hizoku, which can haunt an enemy even after a Hizoku ninja dies. Few,
    however, have managed to attain such ability among the Hizoku clan....
    	Lin began his training hidden away from any contact with modern society,
    and ever since he can remember, he only lived to obey orders, and to eliminate
    all those who represented a threat to his clan. Grown bitter and cold, Lin
    gathers enough features to be a ruthless ninja: along with his antisocial
    behavior, Lin's abilities exceed those of any other Hizoku ninja. His incredibly
    quick speed allows him to move in a blur, his hands as sharp as any sword, and a
    hidden presence, which not even the wind could find. Lin had became a true
    Hizoku ninja, except for the fact that he couldn't turn his blood into
    	Throughout the years, as time flew by, Lin was assigned the task of
    eliminating all those who would betray the Hizoku. And while several students of
    the Hizoku style tried to escape the harsh training periods, or attempted to
    reveal its' secrets, would quickly end up being swiftly dispatched with excess
    of violence by Lin himself, who would eliminate them with his killing
    techniques, making his victims suffer and finally die from utter pain by
    consuming the poisonous blood of Lin.
    	Years later, Lin discovers that several villagers have disappeared the
    last few months. The number grew considerably, so Lin was sent to investigate.
    Using his supreme stealth tactics, Lin manages to track down a suspicious
    kidnapper. When he finally follows him to his hideout, Lin ambushes the
    criminal, and obligates him to cough up the truth. The name "NESTS" sprouted for
    the first time in Lin's mind. After informing this to his superiors (and
    eliminating the spy), Lin is assigned his most important task yet: to infiltrate
    the next King of Fighters tournament, and eliminate any NESTS agent in his way.
    	To enter the tournament, however, Lin needed a team. By then, Lin had
    finally managed to gain the ability to turn his blood into poison, but
    regretfully finds the risk of it: doing the process wrongfully would quickly
    lead the user to a swift death. Lin needed full concentration in order to
    survive, not just from NESTS but from himself as well.
    	In a nice day of training up in the mountain range of China, Lin could
    feel the presence of an incoming man, who was brave enough to show his foolish
    carcass near Lin's whereabouts. Lin devised the man as a rather tall, bulky,
    black man, wearing a fancy suit. No doubt, some fancy agent trying to follow the
    track of his murders. Lin said nothing to the man, despite his constant
    questions about his skills. He should die. There was no other way. Lin attempts
    to stab the large man in the chest for a quick kill, and resume his training,
    but surprisingly, the huge oaf pushes Lin aside. Lin is surprised at the man's
    speed and skill to avoid such a lethal blow. Before Lin could strike again, the
    man introduces himself as Seth, a man who knew the whereabouts of the NESTS
    organization. Lin was interested in what Seth had to say, and although quite
    reluctant to form a team (being the sociopath he is), Lin accepts Seth's offer
    to enter the KOF tournament.
    	When Seth and Lin travel to Japan to meet up with their new teammates, Lin
    gets to meet Seth's old friend, Benimaru Nikaido, and Benimaru's close
    companion, Shingo Yabuki. Lin tags them as worthless fighters. When the ever-
    friendly Shingo tries to strike a conversation with the ominous ninja, Lin's
    short temper runs dry, and in a swift rage attack, attempts to do away with
    Shingo. Having seen Lin's obscure intentions, Benimaru anticipates the attack,
    and strikes Lin away. This was the first time Lin was ever repelled like that.
    Lin now vows that he won't let Benimaru get away with his audacity....
    	During the tournament battles, Lin constantly gets into fights with
    Benimaru, due to contrasting personalities (sounds a lot like a formal
    relationship, eh?). The sheer rudeness and violence of Lin clashes with the
    beautiful, self-centered attitude of Benimaru. The problems, however, don't seem
    to affect the team's performance at all, as the team reaches the finals. There
    next battle will take place in Southtown, in the factory zone. Lin boils in
    anticipation of a final battle with NESTS.
    	When Lin and the others arrive at the designated point, they find it odd
    to be an abandoned factory. Lin feels a strange presence among them, but
    suddenly, Benimaru rejoins with Maxima, former partner of Benimaru and Shingo,
    as well as a former NESTS agent. Lin, ignorant of this fact, asks who they are,
    but the question is cut short when suddenly, the whole factory is surrounded by
    NESTS soldiers! Lin confirms his suspicions, and escapes along with the other
    fighters, to a dark room.
    	In the room, Lin is shocked by the fact that it was a set-up by one of the
    main NESTS followers, Zero. He plans to use everybody's fighting energy in order
    to activate the Zero Cannon and destroy everything from outer space...even
    NESTS! Lin vows vengeance, as he discovers that several Hizoku ninjas have been
    eliminated for snooping around NESTS' business. Lin takes action when the
    situation is most desperate, and when Benimaru and the others are near defeat.
    He manages to concentrate all his strength and poison blood in one stab in
    Zero's back. Zero beats Lin around afterwards, but the damage had already been
    done: Lin's deteriorating blow weakens Zero enough for K' to deliver the final
    	After Zero is defeated and the Zero Cannon fired, Lin barely manages to
    survive. However, he is met with one final challenge: Ron, his old rival, has
    shown up to kill him! Lin senses something odd about Ron: not just his
    disfigured appearance, but also his incredibly evil aura. As Ron reveals later,
    he has offered to be a NESTS' guinea pig, and now he has sold his soul in favor
    of eternal power. Lin condemns him as a traitor to the Hizoku cause, but Ron is
    ready to eliminate him anyway. Benimaru manages to save Lin at the nick of time,
    though, as he appiles an Elec-Trigger against Ron, who manages to break free
    from Benimaru's grasp. Lin recriminates Benimaru's action, but inside him, he is
    grateful that someone would do something for him. Perhaps friendship might have
    a meaning after all....
    	Ever since, Lin has been conducting an investigation of his own. Lin has
    scouted several NESTS locations, according to his sources and using his ninja
    stealth to infiltrate these places. Lin was seeking out the traitor Ron
    throughout the world, but could not yet find him. Every place was just
    abandoned, leaving Lin to find out from scratch again. During another raid on
    yet another abandoned NESTS base, Lin casually stumbles upon K', Maxima, and
    Whip, who also happen to be renegade NESTS agents. Lin was tied up by the trio
    and talked into confessing his plans. Despite refusing to talk at first, Whip
    knew he was after Ron, considering his objective in the last tournament, and
    offers Lin to join them in the next King of Fighters tournament to find out
    where Ron is. Lin will not bother with the three of them, but accepts to help
    only out of personal desire. Having said so, Lin escapes, but promising to come
    back to the tournament....
    	In fact, Lin did arrive to help K' and the others out in order to exact
    revenge on NESTS for ruining their lives. Lin would not comunicate too much with
    the other team members, but he did his job done: he would inject his lethal
    poison into the blood of his opponents to wither them down to nothing. Lin was
    precise and deadly. It seemed like he couldn't be stopped. Lin felt an ominous
    presence creep in his heart as he entered the blimp that would take him and his
    team to the final battle. Fully aware that it would be nothing more than a trap,
    Lin follows. It is, in fact, a plot held by the original Zero to eliminate them.
    After having his clone stage the last King of Fighters tournament, Zero would
    now do the job personally. But Lin is not interested in Zero. Lin spears the
    floor with his hand, and almost in an instant, Ron materializes from beneath.
    Lin knew Ron was in hiding all this time, but now that the games are over, he
    should eliminate Ron for the lost honor of the Hizoku clan. As K' and the others
    deal with Zero and his other teammates, Lin stands ready to finally fight Ron.
    	The power of the two Hizoku ninjas clashed over and over again. Their
    blinding speed cruised the whole chamber, slashing and hacking at each other. It
    seemed like no one could gain the upper hand. But after K' defeats Zero, the
    ship in which they were travelling finally docks in some dark place. Ron takes
    advantage of the confusion to escape, leaving Lin a bit disappointed. But Lin
    has to force himself into escaping from the ship as it begins to self-destruct.
    With a bitter feeling, Lin now has to stand against Igniz and his ambition to
    become a human god, betraying his own cartel to fulfill his purposes. But it
    seems like Lin's purpose is gone: he no longer bothers with the tournament, even
    after Igniz is defeated by K', and sets the whole space station where the ship
    docked into a crash course straight towards the planet. Lin has no trouble in
    escaping among the whole chaos, but he wonders how much time it will take, and
    how much will he resist hunting Ron down for so long? His only answer seems to
    rely in the hope of a better life that everyone seems to express after NESTS has
    	Having been trained to be non-sentimental and downright cruel, Lin is not
    the one to lend others a helping hand. He only thinks about what's good for him
    or his clan. Never having learned the true meaning of love or friendship, Lin is
    a bitter man with little to say but a lot to kill. His poison blood is risky for
    his health, but he considers it a risk that he must take in order to become
    stronger. Lin admires Benimaru's courage, and Shingo's tenacity. Perhaps he can
    learn something from it...?
    *Fun fact = Ninjas in fighting games, up until now, have always been perfect
    examples of incredibly cool and well-dressed characters. Lin, on the other hand,
    is mostly bald and with some crazy post-war ninja outfit of sorts. Oh yeah, and
    the poison blood in his hand could easily be mistaken by snot or the like (don't
    ask why).
    Appearances: The King of Fighters 2000, The King of Fighters 2001
    Birthplace:              USA
    Birthdate:               December 2, 1970 (32 years old)
    Height:                  2.22 m (7'3")
    Weight:                  105 kg (231 lbs)
    Blood type:              AB
    Hobbies:                 Magazine postcard subscriptions
    Favorite food:           Nimame
    Favorite sport:          Baseball
    Most valuable:           His basketball when fighting
    Hates the most:          Sound of glass being scratched
    Fighting style:          Basketball techniques + Karate
    *Nimame = Cooked beans
    	Lucky is a basketball player who also practices martial arts when he's not
    jamming and slamming in his local basketball court. Taking advantage of his long
    body, Lucky combines his skills using a basketball with his karate skills to
    create a deadly and spectacular new style.
    	After a game at the street court, Lucky is approached by his old friend,
    Heavy D!. Heavy D! tells Lucky that he has received an invitation for the new
    format of the King of Fighters tournament, which would be introducing the team
    battle mode. So, he was anxious to hear if Lucky would join him. Since Lucky
    seems to owe Heavy D!, he gladly accepts. After the tournament, Lucky goes back
    to his turf and keeps polishing his skills in martial arts, of course, never
    overlooking a good one-on-one ocassionally!
    	Very different from Brian, who is always so violent, Lucky is very kind
    and very friendly. His jolly attitude and optimism always inspires a good fight.
    He also inspires teamwork, as he feels it is essential for victory. He never
    feels bad when he loses, he just takes it as a step towards perfection (so he
    doesn't seem to care about his team's mediocre participation in the tournament).
    In all, Lucky is a pretty nice guy, and never loses his cool.
    *Fun fact = Has Lucky ever played in the NBA? Perhaps so, as in KOF '98, he has
    three colors which represent three historic teams in NBA history! His original
    color is purple and yellow for the Los Angeles Lakers. His second color is green
    and white for the Boston Celtics. His third color is red, black, and white for
    the Chicago Bulls. The black and white color could be the one for the San
    Antonio Spurs (a recent NBA champion, prior to the victories of the Lakers)
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '94, The King of Fighters '98
    "The Dance that knows not of Flames"
    Birthplace:              Japan
    Birthdate:               January 1, 1976 (26 years old)
    Height:                  1.64 m (5'4")
    Weight:                  50 kg (110 lbs)
    Blood type:              B
    Hobbies:                 Making Osechi
    Favorite food:           Ozouni
    Favorite sport:          Hane-Tsuki
    Most valuable:           Hairpin of  dead grandmother
    Hates the most:          Spiders
    Fighting style:          Shiranui-style Ninjitsu
    *Ozouni = special soup made on New Year, accompanied with rice cakes
    	Mai Shiranui is the grandaughter of Hanzo Shiranui, master of Ninjitsu and
    Kopo-ken. Mai has learned from her father the secrets of Ninjitsu, and as such,
    she is an expert in stealth and other sneaky tricks. Although she was a very
    beautiful girl, she rejected all the boys who proposed to her, considering them
    	However, one day, she would be obssesed with a young boy by the name of
    Andy Bogard. Andy had came from Southtown in the United States to train under
    the orders of Hanzo Shiranui in Kopo-ken. Mai then had to take alternate courses
    from his grandfather's friend, Jubei Yamada in Ninjitsu. However, far from
    hating him, Mai fell instantly in love with the American kid, since he was so
    strong and so handsome. However, Andy never did pay attention to Mai, too
    absorbed in his training. Mai, by the other hand, had even made plans when Andy
    would marry her! When both grew up, Andy became a good-looking young man, and
    Mai a very attractive woman. Even more men desired her, but she still remained
    tied to Andy. However, Andy decided to travel back to the United States, and
    reunite with his brother Terry to exact revenge on Geese Howard, the man who
    killed their father. Mai was enfuriated, but had no choice but to stay and keep
    training. She knew that Andy would come back one day...and he did...
    	Not much time later, Andy returned to Japan in order to continue his
    training. He had found out in his fights in Southtown that he had been fighting
    for personal emotion, and not for the real sense of fighting. Mai didn't care
    for any of that, she just wanted Andy to be close to her again! So, when Krauser
    decided to go out in search of worthy fighters, she follows Andy to fight
    Krauser! After the journey, Mai felt more attached to Andy, and thought it was
    the time to wrap things up. However, the new King of Fighters tournament came
    across. The fights would take place between teams of three persons each. Mai
    felt it a sure bet to make a team with Andy, but he thought otherwise: he would
    team up with Terry and his friend, Joe Higashi. Mai felt left out, but she
    promised Andy that she would be in the tournament as well. Once she found out
    that the Southtown bouncer King had received an invitation as well, and had no
    present team, Mai inmediately assisted to propose herself as a team member,
    along with Yuri Sakazaki. King was not expecting but had to accept the two
    "bimbos" anyhow. During the next two tournaments, the Gorgeous Team was seen as
    a beautiful, but deadly team, like three roses with some nasty thorns!
    	However, by 1996, Yuri was obligated to take her father's place in the
    Kyokugenryo Team,and King and Mai were left without a third team member. Mai got
    so disturbed at this, since she wanted to see Andy again so badly. When all
    seemed hopeless, a strange woman attacked Mai out of the dark. Mai avoided the
    attack and got ready for the fight. The woman just laughed and praised Mai's
    skills. She introduced herself as Kasumi Todoh, the new third member of the
    Gorgeous Team! Once again, the Gorgeous Team was back in action.
    	However, by next year, King and Mai were in trouble once again. Kasumi got
    lost all of a sudden, and there wasn't anybody who like to be a third team
    member anytime sooner. They got reunited, and they resigned to lose the
    tournament this year. King had to take care of her brother, Jian, anyway.
    However, Chizuru intervened, and tells Mai and King that she would gladly be the
    third team member, and that she would take care that Jian would go with them.
    Mai gets inspired once again. People must be aware of female power!
    	Mai took the two year recess to go back to Japan and perfect her Ninja
    skills...and, of course, to pass some more time with Andy! Mai insists in that
    next time, she would team up with Andy, which he takes more as a joke (after
    all, it had been four tournaments where they didn't). However, a stroke of luck
    gets Mai to finally accomplish her wish: an invitation for the new King of
    Fighters tournament, with the new four team member rule! Mai loses no time in
    joining along with Andy, not minding the presence of his brother Terry, or the
    bothersome Joe. After all, she gets her golden wish by fighting alongside Andy!
    However, the disappearance of Terry after the tournament, after disappearing
    under the ruins of Krizalid's base (the host of the tournament). She will now
    help Andy in a more useful way: trying to cheer him up, not allowing him to
    think that Terry is dead.
    	Even though it hurts to leave her beloved one once again, Mai has decided
    to abandon the Lonely Wolves. After finding out that Terry was alive, Mai and
    Yuri finally reunite after a long while. They decide to team up once again,
    since they miss the fun times way back when the King of Fighters tournament was
    just beginning to soar. They also decide to accept Kasumi along as well, but one
    team member was amiss. The answer came soon enough, during a local martial arts
    tournament in Japan, where they saw a peculiar little girl practice the unusual
    art of Sumo. They later discovered that her name was Hinako Shijou. Mai was so
    impressed with her skills, that she was taken in as the fourth team member of
    the legendary all-female team, which hypnotizes with their beauty, and strikes
    with deadly force!
    	By next year, Mai wants to team up with Andy once again, but it seems that
    her place had already been taken, and Andy doesn't seem to bother about it. Once
    again, Mai seeks her old friend King for a chance to team up with her for the
    next King of Fighters tournament. She visits King in her bar at Southtown, which
    has barely managed to stay afoot after the Zero Cannon blast. King seems a bit
    reluctant to enter this year, but she is soon convinced when Li Xiangfei comes
    back to ask King the same favor as Mai, and soon after by Hinako, who has came
    to visit Southtown with her school on a trip. Mai is convinced that there is
    nothing that these four dangerous women can't do. They are about to show the
    whole world just what the new female power is capable of!
    	Mai doesn't seem a danger when she attacks, since she uses fans and the
    tail of her dress to attack. However, they turn into deadly weapons when Mai
    flames them on and burns the opponent down! Mai is also always praising her
    beauty, and does not think a beauty such as her can ever lose. She loves Andy so
    much, she never even bothers to tak a glimpse at other men. She also seems so
    careless with her skimpy outfits, since she considers her body her best weapon.
    However, she is a bit of an airhead, and doesn't think logically in most
    	REAL BOUT: FATAL FURY 2 MAI SHIRANUI (The King of Fighters '98/ The King
    of Fighters R-2): Alternate version of Mai based on her Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2
    incarnation. She doesn't seem to change much: she loses her Hakuro no Mai (fan
    spin), and wins a new fan slash instead. She still conserves her Chou Hissatsu
    Shinobi Bachi DM, and gains a new Shinryuken like DM (Hana Arashi), but loses
    the other two DM (the Mizudori no Mai and the Hou'ou no Mai).
    *Fun fact = -Mai the Samurai! Anybody who finished Samurai Shodown I back in the
    day with Gen-an Shiranui (cousins? Not quite likely!) and Haohmaru. She appeared
    in both character's endings, and always ends up doing her Ryuu Enbu attack. She
    seems to KILL Gen-an with it (ouch! ^_^), and the result with Haohmaru was
    unknown (the action freezed). Pretty zany!
    		-Please refrain yourself of sending any hate-filled mail to me
    regarding Mai's lack of "bounce" since KOF 2000. Come on, it's not like Mai is
    represented as a fanservice sex symbol! *sarcasm* ^o^
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters R-2, The King of
    Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final
    Victory, Real Bout: Fatal Fury, Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout: Fatal
    Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Real Bout: Dominated Mind, Fatal Fury: First
    Contact, SNK Gals Fighters, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000, Capcom vs.
    SNK: Millenium Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001,
    SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millenium
    Birthplace:              Unknown
    Birthdate:               April 8, 1969 (33 years old, assumed to be dead at age
    Height:                  1.77 m (5'8")
    Weight:                  58 kg (127 lbs)
    Blood type:              O
    Hobbies:                 Playing with machines, making figurines with sculpy
    Favorite food:           Poultry (especially chicken)
    Favorite sport:          Snow boarding
    Most valuable:           Her legs
    Hates the most:          Pigeons, the Kagura family
    Fighting style:          No style in particular, mainly speed based attacks
    	Mature is one of the two Orochi assasins that work for Goenitz, one of the
    Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi. Being the most attractive one, Mature's beauty
    mesmerizes all, but at the same time, is deadly.
    	Mature has taken care of many of those who oppose to Orochi as commanded
    to her by her master Goenitz. She uses her cutting fingers and moves her arms so
    fast, she creates wind slashes with it. Her ultimate goal was to liberate the
    Orochi power, and accomplished it when Goenitz killed the heir of the Clan of
    the Yata. However, the Orochi power was still weak, so they decided to wait.
    However, a man named Rugal Bernstein, a powerful man hungry for power, tried to
    take control of the Orochi power. When he knew about this, Goenitz goes and
    faces Rugal, and in punishment, gouges his right eye out. Surprised he was still
    alive, Goenitz allows him to possess a small part of the Orochi power, but warns
    him not to use it until the last moment, since it would eventually kill him. He
    then assigns Mature and Vice to keep an eye on Rugal, and make sure he doesn't
    do anything smart against the Orochi clan. so, Mature and Vice became the two
    secretaries of Rugal, and aided him in the organization of the first two King of
    Fighters tournaments which had the team battle mode. Mature was assigned to take
    care of the details of the first tournament, in 1994. Mature did not see any
    display of Orochi power from Rugal in that year, but he did next year. As
    scheduled, Rugal died from the overdrive of power, and Mature and Vice
    accomplished their mission and returned to Goenitz.
    	Once reunited with their master, Goenitz assigns them a new "client". He
    was Iori Yagami, of Orochi blood and a candidate for joining the Orochi cause.
    Mature and Vice both go meet Iori, and to have a little bit of fun, decide to
    play with him before offering their help. So, Iori and his two female assasins
    form a team for the new King of Fighters tournament.
    	However, during the tournament, Mature noticed how powerful Iori could be,
    from his display of strength and determination. Mature even considered him more
    powerful than Goenitz! So, Vice and her thought it was the best idea to side
    with Iori against Goenitz. So, when the finals came up, Mature and Vice knew
    that Goenitz was going to strike, so they warned Iori, who went after Goenitz.
    As planned, Iori fought against Goenitz, since he considered Kyo to be his to
    kill. Goenitz suspected how Iori knew about this, but it could only be two women
    he knew...Mature and Vice! Upon his defeat, Goenitz curses both assasins, and
    tells them that they would die by the hands of their own "savior". Unknown of
    this, Mature and Vice go to help Iori, but Iori begins to already enter the Riot
    of Blood. Realizing too late that Iori was not able to control his Orochi power,
    Mature suffers the cutting edge of Iori's hands, and is left to die...or so it
    is said.
    	Mature is a ruthless woman, who doesn't reflect her beauty image and slim
    figure. She only cares to kill who opposes her, and those who stands in her way.
    She desires to awaken Orochi without the help of Goenitz, and sides with Iori in
    order to do so. Mature usually enchants men before she goes for the kill. After
    all, she thinks that everything is valid to win, even if it means to use one's
    own attributes!
    *Fun fact = -Mature Monroe? You may believe so, especially when Mature does her
    victory pose where she grabs her arm and says something in a sexy way. And with
    that skimpy dress, boy can she be a sex symbol for the 90's! (Well, any blond
    bimbo can, but hey...)
    		-During Vice's special intro with Rugal in Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium
    Fight 2000, Mature makes a small cameo by bowing before Rugal, and then
    disappearing. Fitting, but many people would prefer Mature would also be a
    playable character....
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '96, The King of Fighters '98, The King of
    Fighters 2000 (Iori Yagami's special striker along with Vice)
    Birthplace:             Canada
    Birthdate:              March 2, 1970 (32 years old)
    Height:                 2.04 m (6'7")
    Weight:                 204 kg (449 lbs)
    Blood type:             A
    Hobbies:                Motorcycle touring
    Favorite food:          Anything sweet
    Favorite sport:         Rugby
    Most valuable:          Momiage
    Hates the most:         Natto, people requesting his opinion
    Fighting style:         "Type-M" fighting techniques
    *Momiage = Sideburns
    *Natto = Fermented soy beans
    	 Being a boy that has always lived in the streets of Canada, earning his
    life as he could, Maxima grew up being quite an antisocial fellow, with lots of
    harsh feelings towards society. Since brawling was the only way he knew to
    survive, Maxima developed an inmense body that is potent enough to resist the
    hardest of blows and plow through the opponent at the same time. Maxima begins
    to earn a name for himself, when he is approached by several mysterious
    	The mystery people explain that they are from the NESTS cartel, and have
    seen that Maxima's abilities were superb. They would offer Maxima a REAL job:
    working for Krizalid, one of the main agents of the cartel, and enhance his
    strength far beyond his belief. Seeing this as his exit from the harsh life,
    Maxima accepts. He is soon transported to an underground base, where he meets
    with his new boss, Krizalid. Krizalid dons Maxima with a special battle armor,
    that aside from enhancing his physical attributes and giving him built-in
    weapons, also allows him to perform battle data analisis. Then, Maxima is
    introduced with his new partner, a quiet and short-tempered chap named only K'.
    Maxima and K' don't talk too much, but they both share a grudge against life
    that allow them to be closer than they think....
    	After eliminating several threats to the NESTS cartel, Krizalid assigns
    Maxima to a new mission. He must go with K' to join Benimaru Nikaido and Shingo
    Yabuki, two of the strongest fighters, and collect battle data to activate the
    Kyo Kusanagi clones that Krizalid had created in order to conquer the world. The
    scene would be the King of Fighters tournament that Krizalid himself would be
    host of. Maxima joins up with Benimaru and Shingo, and thus begins their venture
    in the competition, where Maxima displays an incredible amount of strength,
    delivering blows that would make whole buildings shake at impact!
    	Maxima is comissioned to meet at a designated point in a sewer in order to
    travel back to the underground base, along with his partners. Upon arriving,
    they are greeted by Krizalid himself. Not willing to fight his own boss, Maxima
    holds back while Benimaru and Shingo fight it out. However, it seems illogical
    to Maxima that they would fight without a chance of winning. Maxima notices
    something special in those fighters' hearts, and accords with K' to help them.
    In that moment, Benimaru manages to strike Krizalid down, and Maxima knows that
    this would be the time for the true battle. Krizalid dons his battle suit,
    charged with battle data from the past battle, and demands the traitors to die
    as the scum they are. Maxima and K' proceed to prove him otherwise....
    	Despite being as strong as a mountain, Maxima can't stop Krizalid's divine
    power. However, he manages to hold out for his life, and during a moment of
    distraction by Krizalid, Maxima manages to tag him for long enough for his
    friend K' to finish the job with a well-timed crimson flame blast. However, this
    doesn't seem enough as Krizalid still stands, furious and more than willing to
    end their lives. Maxima awaits his death, when suddenly, a huge flame shot
    cruises the room, and strikes Krizalid down. Maxima wonders, and it is then when
    the original Kyo Kusanagi jumps into scene. So this is the person from which K'
    was taken from.... Soon after that, the NESTS cartel condemns all to death.
    Maxima feels betrayed by his superiors, and shrugs them off. A steel door closes
    both him and K' off. Maxima is then pointed by several laser aims. It seems they
    got company...the Ikari extermination squad had arrived to scout the place.
    Maxima manages to stop the impact of several bullets with his bare hands.
    "Shish-kabob, K'!", shouts Maxima, urging for his friend to help him out in the
    time of need....
    	Maxima and K' manage to push the squad back with their remaining forces.
    Maxima wields his gattling gun from his forearm, and blows the rest of the
    competition away. After spending all his strength, Maxima helps his friend K'
    up. K's special glove, which worked as a shield for his inmense power, had been
    broken, and K's hand was engulfed in flames. Still, Maxima helps him up. K' is
    worried about the flames burning Maxima. "Don't worry", Maxima happily replies.
    "I'm used to play with fire".
    	After barely escaping from the NESTS underground base, Maxima and K' are
    left to wander the world. From here on, they become fugitives, and have to
    escape from both the Ikari Warriors (who wish to prosecute them for their
    crimes), and the NESTS cartel (who wishes to punish their treason). Maxima and
    K' have been covering each other's backs, but they knew it wouldn't be long
    before they are caught off guard.
    	Hearing about the new King of Fighters tournament, Maxima realizes that
    this is their big chance to destroy the NESTS cartel and finally win some favor
    in the eyes of the Ikari Warriors. The problem is that they no longer have
    Benimaru or Shingo with them. Suddenly, during one of Maxima and K's bold
    escapes from the Ikari Warriors, they meet up with an enigmatic woman, named
    Vanessa, who is accompanied by a high-hoped Mexican wrestler called Ramon.
    Vanessa offers them their services, which Maxima doubts. But if they are going
    to take a risk, they might as well do it now. Maxima and K' accept the two
    onboard, but not without according to keep a watchful eye on them.
    	With the help of Maxima's incredible strength, K' and the others raise
    once again to the top of the charts in the King of Fighters tournament. Now that
    he has liberated himself from the chains of opression of the NESTS cartel,
    Maxima can now concentrate on doing what he does best: beating the living hell
    out of his opponents! Maxima proves to be a vaulable asset up until the finals,
    set to be in Southtown, where Maxima expects a final shodown with the NESTS
    	However, during a scouting through the docks, another NESTS bio weapon
    takes them by surprise. It is the "anti-K'": Kula. Maxima is more than ready to
    fight, but K' affirms that he will take her down, and that they should keep
    going to the designated point for the finals. Maxima tries to object, but deep
    inside, he knows he can't do anything to convince K'. With a bit of regret,
    Maxima leads Vanessa and Ramon to the industrial zone of Southtown, wishing K'
    the best of luck.
    	Upon arrival at an abandoned factory, Maxima seeks out for their last
    rivals. To his surprise, though, he reunites with Benimaru and Shingo, who have
    also made a new team with two mean-looking persons: Lin and Seth. Surprisingly,
    Maxima and the others are caught off-guard by the NESTS soldiers which now
    surround the whole complex! Maxima leads the others to a dark room in the back
    of a factory...straight to a trap.
    	Maxima regretfully finds out that the whole tournament had be plotted by
    Zero, a NESTS madman that plans to use their ultimate weapon, the Zero Cannon,
    and use it against NESTS themselves! Zero needs the fighting energy of the
    others in order to charge the Zero Cannon. Maxima fights bravely in order to
    stop it, but Zero keeps Maxima at bay with his sort of dirty tricks. Despite all
    that, Maxima fights to the bitter end, and with the final help of Lin and K',
    manages to defeat Zero.
    	After Zero is defeated, and the Zero Cannon activated, Maxima helps the
    others to escape. On his way out, he catches a running figure pass by him. Was
    it Kyo Kusanagi? With no time to figure out, Maxima sends the others off, and
    remains with K'. Maxima shelters them both with his super armor body from the
    incredible explosion, that levels Southtown to nothingness. Maxima is left weak,
    and K' thanks him. Suddenly, a mysterious figure appears in front of them. K'
    suffers a bad case of deja vu, which awakes the suspicions of Maxima. It turns
    to be one of their persecutors: Whip, of the Ikari Warriors. Maxima doesn't
    trust her one bit, but K' seems to accept her. Maxima realizes that she may be
    the figure in K's dreams: his sister! Maxima watches how K' finally rips his
    glove off, and does not burn out of control. With a beautiful meteor shower as a
    background, Maxima can finally consider some peace and quiet. That is, until
    next year...!
    	Always by K's side, Maxima travels with K' and Whip to scout on several
    NESTS bases that Whip has managed to investigate thanks to her contacts. But
    when they arrive to each base, they find out that it's already deserted. Could
    this mean that NESTS has anticipated their moves? Maxima notices something funny
    is going around, but remains alert when he notices that they are having company
    with them. Maxima analyzes the area, and finds out that Lin, the lethal Hizoku
    ninja, has also been tracing the steps of NESTS. Whip tells the others that Lin
    must be looking for Ron, a traitor to the Hizoku cause and who happens to be a
    member of NESTS as well. Whip offers Lin to team up with them in the upcoming
    King of Fighters tournament, and he accepts out of his own personal affair.
    Maxima doesn't trust Lin one bit, but in order to destroy NESTS, they even had
    to trust the devil himself in order to win!
    	As the King of Fighters tournament begins once again, Maxima shows off his
    updated moves. His incredible power, enhanced by his own superior technology,
    allows K' and the others to access to the finals once more. Despite having
    worked for NESTS for so many years, Maxima is baffled at what they will do next.
    Their final match is scheduled to take place in a blimp that would cruise the
    skies. But as soon as they get on, the blimp reveals itself to be a rocket ship,
    and when they arrive at the ship's bridge, a familiar figure reveals himself:
    Zero! This happened to be the original Zero, and that the one that was destroyed
    last year was merely a clone. Maxima previews a huge battle, and more so by the
    fact that Zero has a few partners of his own: a clone of Krizalid, Zero's pet
    lion, and Ron. While K' is left to deal with Zero, Maxima and Whip have to deal
    with the lion and with Krizalid as Lin settles his score with Ron.
    	The fight turns out to be rather gruesome, but Maxima already knows the
    tactics of Krizalid, and the lion is not a really decent match. K' deals with
    Zero as well, and Zero admits defeat, something that isn't really normal for
    NESTS agents to do. The ship docks in a strange place, and as soon as it does
    so, it begins to self-destruct! Zero hurries the team to enter the facility
    where they have just docked, as he stays behind. Maxima realizes that Zero
    wasn't really a bad guy to begin with, and rushes out of the crumbling ship.
    	Maxima and the others realize upon arrival that they have docked in a
    space station! Maxima knows almost for a fact that this must be the main HQ of
    NESTS. And they soon get to meet the NESTS president himself, face to face! The
    president is accompanied by two people by his sides: a tall blond man in a cloak
    and an attractive female secretary. The voice that sounds in the the throne room
    is mostly directed to K' and his whole past. Maxima is willing to help K' out in
    any way he can, but it turns out that the old man that was sitting in the throne
    was merely a decoy! The president's head is grabbed by the blond man by his
    side, who calls himself Igniz, the CEO of NESTS. Igniz disintegrates the
    president, and claims that he will assume the role of a leader to the new world
    order ahead of them! He soon claims that he will eliminate K' and the others as
    his first act as a human god!
    	No matter how hard he tries, Maxima and the others are no match for the
    incredible strength of Igniz, who proves why he was so highly ranked in the
    NESTS cartel. Maxima has to let K' and the other heroes to do the job on Igniz.
    Once Igniz is defeated by K', he drags himself to a couple of pillars atop some
    stairs. Igniz begins to lose his sanity as he condemns those who defeated him to
    a swift death! Igniz places his hands on the pillars, and sets the whole space
    station crashing down to Earth! Igniz then encloses himself, and Maxima and the
    others are left to escape on their own. The NESTS space station falls on sea,
    and Maxima escapes. After arriving at shore, Maxima looks back on the sinking
    station, and wonders what it will be like to finally be free from the shadow of
    NESTS. He also wonders what lies ahead for K' and Whip, who has been proven to
    be another clone created by NESTS. Maxima knows that whatever should happen,
    this should be a head start for their new life.
    	Maxima is a silent and lumbering giant with the need for some action! His
    harsh behavior really hides a vulnerable person, who has lived in need for
    friends. K' is the closest person to a friend that he can mention. During the
    past fights, Maxima realizes the importance of friendship. Still, when Maxima
    gets berserk, it's recommended to stay out of his way!
    *Fun fact = Maxima was rumored to be Goro Daimon's student prior to the release
    of KOF '99 (but, anyways, this rumor turned out to be false, seeing how Maxima
    is NOT a grappler, and doesn't even practice Judo in the first place!).
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '99, The King of Fighters 2000, The King of
    Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood (secret striker)
    Birthplace:         Korea
    Birthdate:          May 24, 1984 (18 years old)
    Height:             1.64 m (5'4")
    Weight:             47 kg (104 lbs)
    Blood type:         B
    Hobbies:            Watching TV
    Favorite food:      Fried chicken, cold noodles
    Favorite sport:     Tae Kwon Do
    Most valuable:      Her red scarf and gloves
    Hates the most:     Evil
    Fighting style:     Tae Kwon Do
    	Training in the Kaphwan dojo are hundreds of students who hope to improve
    themselves, and to one day fight for justice just like the dojo's master, Kim
    Kaphwan. Women are few and far between, but one of these students is actually a
    young girl who has gone a long way since she entered the dojo. The belief of
    justice burns deep within her heart. Her name is May Lee, and she has became one
    of the most outstanding students in the Tae Kwon Do discipline.
    	Inspired by the actions of her idols, Kim Kaphwan and Jhun Hoon, and with
    a great flexibility in her legs, May Lee has managed to create an interesting
    blend between the styles of her two masters. Her legs can move in quite a
    flurry, and bedazzle the opponent in a short notice. She doesn't tolerate evil,
    and will do anything to stop it wherever it shows up. She continues to train
    until one day, she is granted her greatest wish: to fight aside her hero, Kim
    Kaphwan, in the King of Fighters tournament no less!
    	Since Jhun has injured his leg due to a street accident, May Lee is
    required to replace him as a member of the greatest team of Tae Kwon Do! Kim
    suggests she also keeps an eye on her teammates, former criminals Chang Koehan
    and Choi Bounge. But unlike her masters, who thrived on strict discipline, May
    Lee liked to talk and make jokes with the ex-convicts. Chang and Choi finally
    saw a chance to actually see this tournament through without suffering a great
    deal of pain....
    	Even though she is just a rookie, May Lee surprises the audience with her
    unique Tae Kwon Do style in the tournament. Kim and the others are surprised by
    her achievements, and she soon gains a pretty strong reputation. After the
    tournament ends, May Lee returns to Korea along with her partners, where they
    are received like heroes for ending the menace of the evil NESTS cartel, that
    was at work behind the tournament. While Jhun and Kim argue about the validity
    of Kim's celebration, Chang and Choi tend to agree on one thing: that May Lee
    has definetly proven herself to be the most outstanding newcomer the tournament
    has seen this year!
    	With a warm heart and a passionate feeling for justice, May Lee takes
    after her masters Kim and Jhun, but she doesn't follow the same line of swift
    punishment that they perform on Chang and Choi. Eager to know the world, and to
    fight worthy opponents and evildoers alike, May Lee's dream is to one day become
    a master herself, even though she isn't aware that she's closer to achieving
    this goal than what she thinks.
    *Fun fact = Yuri might be the Sakura ripoff when it comes to moves, but May Lee
    resembles Sakura's principles the most. She loves to personally worship her
    idols, Kim Kaphwan and Jhun Hoon, and even shares the same theory of defending
    justice! Oh well, I guess there goes more fanservice for all of ya!
    Appearances: The King of Fighters 2001
    MR. BIG
    Birthplace:         Unknown
    Birthdate:          July 4, 1963 (39 years old)
    Height:             1.87 m (6'1")
    Weight:             81 kg (178 lbs)
    Blood type:         B
    Hobbies:            None
    Favorite food:      Unknown
    Favorite sport:     Unknown
    Most valuable:      Southtown
    Hates the most:     Pests
    Fighting style:    Stick fighting
    	Mr. Big has always been involved in the crime life since he was little,
    and due to his deep involvement in the high ranks of the mob, he is very skilled
    at managing the mob links. He has also learned to fight with two batons, one in
    each hand, and has become feared both in the crime circles and fighting
    circuits. Mr. Big now resides in Southtown, a city which fits his tastes: filled
    with crime and disorder, and where a mob leader like him could live the good
    life. However, he had to pay tribute to the greatest crime leader of them all,
    and practically the leader of Southtown: Geese Howard. So, Mr. Big decided to
    join the ranks of Geese's organization, and his experience took him very high,
    even being Geese's right hand man.
    	Once, Geese was going to be out of the city for awhile, so he comissioned
    Mr. Big to take care of things in "his town", and that nothing should stand in
    their way. However, he was fearful that the Kyokugenryo Karate master, Takuma
    Sakazaki, could interfere in his plans, so Geese kidnapped Takuma's daughter,
    Yuri, and blackmailed him into working for Geese's organization. Then, Geese
    left, and Mr. Big was to keep an eye on things. He never considered that both
    Yuri's brother, Ryo, and his friend, Robert Garcia would go out to rescue her,
    but Mr. Big was so confident that he decided to take them on himself. This was
    received painfully by Mr. Big, who was defeated and Yuri had been rescued.
    	Upon Geese's return, Mr. Big had to face him and tell him about the
    Sakazaki situation. He saved it though, since Geese was pretty busy himself with
    the Bogard brothers, who came to exact revenge from Geese from the death of
    their father. But Mr. Big never did forgive the Sakazaki clan, so he planned his
    revenge. His time came when Geese invited him to enter the King of Fighters
    tournament of 1996. Mr. Big wished for his chance to take his revenge on the
    Sakazaki family, but he soon realized that Geese was just using him to control
    the Orochi power. Enfuriated, Mr. Big tried to kill Geese at the end of the
    tournament by shooting at him. The shot was blocked by Billy Kane, Geese's
    personal bodyguard. Then, Mr. Big retires, and vows Geese he will return for
    payback some day!
    	Mr. Big is pretty cocky and is so confident in his abilities that he
    sometimes gets carried away. He is also a pimp, always getting the women, and
    they all consider him such a stud! Mr. Big is also very respected in the inner
    crime circles, and is known to be one of the most powerful. He marks for death
    all those who defy him or challenge him. He is also pretty sarcastic when he's
    feeling good.
    *Fun fact = -So, what does Mr. Big do to be such a pimp? It must be the
    shades...chicks dig the shades ^_^.
    		-Mr. Big makes a small cameo in the U.S.A. Wharf background in KOF
    '98, during the first rounds, always blessed with the company of those two fine
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '96, The King of Fighters: Kyo
    Other games: Art of Fighting, Art of Fighting 2
    (Bio sheet unknown)
    	The Orochi has been considered an evil entity, and a messanger of the gods
    to purify the world of the human race. Many fight against it, and many fight for
    it. However, one thing is for sure: the Orochi posseses incredible power,
    capable of vanquishing the human race with it's incredible powers.
    	The Orochi first appeared in the human world 1800 years ago, where it made
    it's power feel in the world, beginning to cause destruction and death. The
    world was enveloped in darkness until two clans, the Kusanagi (the sword that
    seals), and the Yagami (the shield that holds) faced the Orochi, ready to
    sacrifice their life to erradicate the entity. Despite the incredible and
    devastating power displayed by the Orochi, the Yagami managed to keep it under
    hold with their power, while the Kusanagi eliminated it by sending several
    crimson flame blasts. Once defeated the Orochi power, the Clan of the Yata
    imposed a seal on the Orochi power, never allowing it to be run amok in the
    world once again.
    	However, Orochi planned it's revenge, and tempted the Yagami clan, which
    were the more problematic clan. The Yagami thought it would be a good idea if
    they had abit of the Orochi power, in order to have the upper hand on the
    Kusanagi, whom everybody considered to be the more powerful clan. Then, the
    Orochi and the Yagami dealed an unholy pact, and the Yagami were conceded a
    portion of Orochi power into their blood, turning their crimson flames into
    purple flames of destruction. Then, the Kusanagi objected, and then both clans
    engaged into a war. This happened 660 years ago, and the Orochi saw with glee
    how both clans, which had ruined it's plans, were now killing themselves.
    	The Orochi was kept sealed up until the year of 1986. There, one of the
    Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi, Goenitz, killed the heir of the Clan of the Yata,
    and broke the seal which was imposed on the Orochi power. Still weak and unable
    to display it's full power, the Orochi seeked a new host for it's power, and
    found it in the figure of a little child, a young Heavenly King named Chris. Not
    long after the seal was broken, however, a man named Rugal Bernstein, who had
    the evil ambition of being the most powerful man in the world, seeked to claim
    the Orochi power for himself. Goenitz stopped him, however, and since Rugal was
    so willing to see how powerful the Orochi was, he granted him a tiny part of
    Orochi power. This, in 1995, was the reason why Rugal was destroyed: simple
    mortals such as him just can not aspire to control such power as the Orochi.
    	However, Orochi was still awaiting to wake up, and Goenitz would take care
    of this, by gathering fighting energy to strengthen the Orochi power. This
    energy was taken from the battles in the King of Fighters tournament in 1996,
    but Goenitz did not live enough to gather enough energy. His task was taken on
    by the other three Heavenly Kings of Orochi by next year: Yashiro Nanakase,
    Shermie, and the Orochi host, Chris. They accomplished their task after fighting
    the warriors of the King of Fighters tournament. Then, Orochi awaked inside of
    Chris' body, and took his new form: that of a spirited young man which reflected
    the passionate battles that took place in the fights of the King of Fighters
    tournament. Once again, Orochi regained it's whole power, and the world was once
    again in grave danger. However, Orochi did not count on the union between the
    Kusanagi and Yagami clans once again, represented by Kyo and Iori, and once
    again managed to stop the Orochi, even when Orochi activated the Riot of Blood
    in Iori's blood. Orochi was once again banned from this world, but by now, the
    dimensions will remain pacific, as for Orochi every hundred years will be like
    ten years for human, until the next time...
    *Fun fact = -Everybody and the cat must be of Orochi blood! As of last year, we
    found out many bloodline members of Orochi, even including Ryuji Yamazaki of the
    Fatal Fury series! Now, who will be an Orochi next year? Not Athena??!
    		-The strange tattoo on Orochi's chest is an abstract drawing of the
    eight-headed Orochi dragon from the legend (count the number of extensions). Did
    you know that a violent god known as Susano Orbatos was the one who did away
    with the Orochi in the original legend? He was the one who wielded the Kusanagi
    sword to kill the Orochi (there is also a manga drawn by Masamune Shirow called
    "Orion" which depicts such events, aside from the Blue Seed manga/anime series).
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '97, The King of Fighters: Kyo, The King of
    Fighters R-1
    Birthplace:            Brazil
    Birthdate:             August 25, 1958 (44 years old)
    Height:                1.88 m (6'1")
    Weight:                100 kg (220 lbs)
    Blood type:            A
    Hobbies:               Collecting knives
    Favorite food:         Bubble gum
    Favorite sport:        Baseball
    Most valuable:         Badge of Honor
    Hates the most:        Snakes
    Fighting style:        Martial Arts and Heidern style assasination techniques
    	Ralf Jones, along with his lifetime friend, Clark Steel, have passed
    through so many missions that many mercenaries would wish doing even half of
    them. However, no mission was as tough for Ralf as those he passed in the King
    of Fighters tournament.
    	As said, Ralf and Clark have been partners for a long time, and
    accomplished a lot of missions with unarguable results. Their combination of
    power and intelligence represent a threat for criminals and corrupt politicians
    alike. While Clark loves to use guns, Ralf prefers the down-and-dirty work of
    his knives to get the work down. He has also been very skilled in the uses of
    punches and close-contact moves, even being able to move his arms so fast and so
    powerful that they create explosions upon contact!
    	During a mission, Ralf and Clark had to penetrate the Amazon jungle to
    destroy a local weapon warehouse. Upon completion of the mission, Ralf and Clark
    had noticed that they were left in the jungle. They kept walking (and Ralf,
    unfortunately, had to trip with a couple of snakes on the way), until a
    helicopter located their position. Then, their commander, Heidern, leaped out of
    the helicopter. He tells his two most effective mercenaries that he needs their
    help to take out Rugal Bernstein, a criminal merchant and a menace for the world
    governments. He also happened to kill Heidern's family awhile back, so it was
    also personal for Heidern. Both mercenaries accepted, and thus began the
    adventures of Ralf and Clark in the King of Fighters tournaments. Ralf was much
    more enthustiatic than Clark, since Ralf always seeked a good brawl wherever he
    went. Ralf also respected Heidern a lot, not onyl for being his superior, but
    also his master and the man who trained him in combat situations. He helped
    Heidern up until Rugal's death, and then, one day, Ralf was called to Heidern's
    	Clark was there as well, and Heidern began to speak. He says that the King
    of Fighters tournament is coming up once again, but this time, he won't be
    coming along. Rugal was dead, so Heidern can finally sit back and rest, but he
    would not leave them alone, of course. Heidern then called Leona in. Ralf was
    astonished as his new partner was to be a woman! And a very tomboy woman at
    that...Ralf decided to protest very harshly, but Heidern did not pay too much
    attention, and only tells Ralf: "Don't underestimate her until you have seen her
    in action.". Heidern then briefed the trio of their new mission: to track down
    Geese Howard, main mob leader of Southtown, and investigate his intentions of
    entering the tournament. If his actions represent a threat for humanity, then
    they were ordered to stop him. Ralf accepts for Heidern's sake, but still has
    his doubts of Leona. Although, he has this strange feeling of respect towards
    her as well...
    	Ralf investigates Geese as ordered, but finds out a lot more things about
    Leona as well. As Ralf knew more about Leona, more he became interested in her.
    Then, Heidern calls the Ikari Warriors and orders them to reunite in the stadium
    to keep an eye on the final battle. As soon as they arrived, a huge gust of wind
    blew and destroyed the whole stadium. Ralf then saw a tall figure amidst the
    rubble. He said his name was Goenitz, but that wasn't the most surprising thing
    he heard: when Goenitz confesses that both Iori Yagami and Leona are of Orochi
    blood, Ralf is more than surprised. Once Goenitz is defeated, Ralf decides to
    comfort the confused Leona by doing a funny scene with Clark. This manages to
    cheer Leona up, but Ralf knows things would only become harder from now on.
    	By next year, Ralf had to almost abort a mission due to Leona's flashbacks
    of her past in the middle of a mission. Ralf then asks for Heidern a temporal
    suspension to enter the King of Fighters tournament, as a mode of distracting
    Leona from her bad memories. However, the worst was yet to come. In the final
    stages of the tournament, Leona enters the Riot of Blood, and then goes out on a
    killing rampage. Worried for his friend, Ralf takes Clark and decides to go
    search for Leona and stop her. They manage to stop Leona, but after the sealing
    of the Orochi power for good, Leona decides she is too dangerous to be allowed
    to live, and is about to pierce herself with her blade hairdress, but Ralf stops
    her, and tells her that she was alone before, but now she had her friends to
    look up to. Then, Ralf gives her his headscarf, and all three friends walk back
    looking towards a new future.
    	Ralf feels kind of relaxed once the fights are over, and back in the life
    of mercenaries along with Clark and Leona, taking some extreme missions. While
    none of them even got close to the experience of Orochi, Ralf is relieved to see
    Leona a little bit more calmed down, and of course, always trashing the house
    with Clark! The happy times don't last forever, however, as commander Heidern
    informs Ralf about the new King of Fighters tournament, and the urge in
    investigating the evil intentions of the host this time around. He also gets to
    have a new member with him: the female mercenary, Whip. Ralf accepts, but begins
    to wonder if the Ikari Warriors have became a women's club....
    	But the danger is not over yet. The NESTS cartel, the organization behind
    Krizalid, was still at large, and Ralf had vowed to stop them. Along with his
    commander Heidern, they analyze the next objective: it seems that NESTS was last
    located at Southtown. Heidern assigns his mercenaries to the attack site.
    Heidern would remain with his fellow commander Ling and supervise the mission.
    As the field leader, Ralf sends his comrades out.
    	Upon arriving at Southtown, Ralf orders a scouting. Nothing has been found
    yet, but once a building begins to shake in the horizon, Ralf senses something
    ominous. He rushes his partners to the abandoned factory, were he found his
    commander Heidern wounded. It turns out to be that Ling was actually Zero, a
    high ranked NESTS agent that assumed Ling's identity. Too occupied evacuating
    the buliding, Ralf notices that Whip is amiss! Before he can get into action,
    Ralf has to retire in order to avoid the inminent impact of the Zero Cannon.
    	After scouting the area and finding no trace of NESTS whatsover, Ralf goes
    back to his headquarters with a feeling of defeat. Back in the base, Ralf is
    summoned by Heidern. He has a gift to give him, Leona, and Clark. Whip actually
    left a video before the mission. In it, Whip bids the mercenaries farewell, and
    acclaims their big feeling of friendship, and begs them not to miss her. Ralf
    wonders if it's too late for that....
    	During the next year, Ralf commands the Ikari Warriors into investigating
    several locations were NESTS is supposed to have operation bases. However, by
    the time they arrive and raid the places, they are already empty, with no track
    of NESTS ever being there. Ralf starts to get incredibly frustrated until
    Heidern orders the Ikari Warriors to a new task: to enter the next King of
    Fighters tournament! It seems that NESTS has finally decided to go public as the
    tournament host this year, even after they destroyed Southtown with their Zero
    Cannon. Ralf knows that something just isn't going right, but is surprised to
    know that the one who gave them this information was Whip, with whom they had
    lost all contact for a whole year. Ralf knows he must make it up to Whip by
    trashing those losers at NESTS!
    	Ralf fights with all his might in the King of Fighters tournament, but
    this is yet a decoy to foil the possible NESTS spies. What Ralf really aims is
    to find the secret hideout of NESTS. Thanks to their contacts, Ralf now knows
    that the main location of NESTS is in outer space, in a space station. Ralf
    leaves the task of defeating NESTS up to Whip and company, and watches with joy
    how they managed to accomplish the mission by taking NESTS down. Not long after,
    Ralf and his partners are assigned to another mission, but along with him, he
    takes a recent photograph of Whip, who seems to be going along just fine with
    Kula, a former NESTS bio-weapon. Ralf knows Whip must understand Kula very well,
    since it was confirmed that Whip was also a clone created by NESTS. But Ralf
    knows how strong Whip really is, and says to himself: "Keep it up, you
    	Ralf is sort of cocky, unlike his serious partner Clark. However, when
    paired up together, this duo sort of does the most loony things! However, that
    doesn't mean Ralf doesn't take the missions seriously. He is aware of his
    responsibility, and will do anything to get the mission done. He cares a lot for
    Leona, and seems to like her, but doesn't want it to be revealed. So, Ralf
    decides to be a counselor for Leona, and help her pass her crisis.
    *Fun fact = Ralf and Clark are always pure dynamite when paired up! These guys
    do the silly Cross Changer pose dance whenever they face themselves since KOF
    '96. They also do some funny scenes, like when Clark gets Ralf in a hold to
    cheer Leona up. Maybe Chang and Choi are loony, but these two certainly don't
    hold back!
    *Cloth changes = Ralf wears a camoflague headscarf, heavy black vest, white
    shirt (with a bullet belt aligned across it), and jeans from KOF '99 to '99. In
    KOF '99, Ralf's headscarf is plain red, brown pants, a lighter, green military
    vest (lots of pockets), has no bullets on his shirt, and has two red gloves. In
    KOF 2000, Ralf changes his shirt to black, and his dog tag is now exposed.
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Ikari Warriors, Ikari Warriors II, Ikari Warriors III (in these
    three games, Ralf was known as 'Vince')
    Birthplace:                   Mexico
    Birthdate:                    December 3, 1975 (27 years old)
    Height:                       1.70 m (5'6")
    Weight:                       80 kg (176 lbs)
    Blood type:                   A
    Hobbies:                      Playing with children
    Favorite food:                Tacos, tequila (a good ol' Mexican choice! :)
    Favorite sport:               Pro wrestling
    Most valuable:                Mask given to him by his mentor
    Hates the most:               Foul play, losses outside the ring
    Fighting style:               Lucha libre
    *Lucha libre = Pro wrestling
    	Ramon was a poor kid with limited resources as a child. He had to work
    overtime in order to sustain himself and his family, doing multiple jobs. He was
    desperate since not even working day and night could he earn enough money. That
    was until one faithful day, when Ramon entered a wrestling arena....
    	Ramon was marveled at the sights of pro wrestling. Wrestlers were living
    idols in Mexico, as popular as the president himself. Their actions were
    worshipped, and their techniques, admired by thousands of fans. Ramon was so
    submerged into this world, that his life took only one path: that of becoming
    the best wrestler there ever was!
    	Ramon began his training under the teachings of a famous ex-wrestler, and
    ever since the beginning, Ramon was pushed to the limits. He had to have a lot
    of flexibility, movement, and strength in every hit and throw he executed. Ramon
    was a bit clumsy, so it took him some time. His short size allowed him to move
    fast and scurry himself through the opponent's arms and inflict damage himself.
    It wasn't long until Ramon finally got into the big leagues, and he stayed there
    for a long time....
    	As a famous pro wrestler, Ramon gained the admiration of thousands of
    wrestling fans by putting it all in every match. His spectacular techniques and
    superb moves were more than enough to get the crowd wild. His charity actions
    towards the poor allowed him to sooth the pain of the past. After a short while,
    Ramon became the most famous wrestler in all Mexico. But he knew he was limited
    to one country and one style, so he was anxious to test new waters. His chance
    would arrive soon....
    	After a championship match which Ramon won with ease, the Mexican wrestler
    met up with a gorgeous woman in the dressing room. Ramon shamefully tells the
    woman that the ladies' room is next door, but the mystery woman was actually
    looking for him, which ashamed Ramon even more. The woman introduces herself as
    Vanessa, and she is looking for another partner to team up with her and two
    other partners, yet to be defined, and participate in the next King of Fighters
    tournament. Ramon didn't know what that meant, but he knew he would be able to
    expand his horizons futher, so he accepeted, his shame vanished.
    	Ramon has the "great luck" of teaming up with K' and Maxima, former NESTS
    agents, but he is still unknown to the fact of what NESTS was. Ramon lends the
    joy and light to the naturally-gloomy team members, and contrasts a lot with K's
    violence, Maxima's coldness, and Vanessa's inner despair. With Ramon's help, he
    and his team manage to reach the finals, that will take place in Southtown.
    Ramon finally gets to know the NESTS cartel better, when the location for their
    final battle, an abandoned factory, is ambushed by NESTS soldiers, and they head
    right into a trap set up by one of the top head-honchos of the NESTS cartel,
    Zero! Although Ramon can't fight too well against the powerful Zero, his desire
    and passion for winning inspire the others to do their best as well.
    	When Zero is finally defeated, and the Zero Cannon condemns Southtown to
    death, Ramon takes the wounded Vanessa on his shoulders and escapes through an
    underground passage. As Vanessa awakens, Ramon explains the situation to her.
    Vanessa is worried about Ramon's physical condition, but Ramon, with his
    classical optimism, claims with a wide grin on his face: "Being like this, I
    just couldn't be better!".
    	After escaping his own ordeal, Ramon and Vanessa take a vacation to rest
    up from their wounds of battle. Ramon takes his spare time to refine his
    techniques and define his own style. He can't wait for the day where his skills
    would be needed in battle once again, and that day comes during a day off near a
    pool with Vanessa. The attractive lady tells Ramon about the next King of
    Fighters tournament, which gets Ramon all hyped up! But his new teammate makes
    him cringe in suspition: the ever-unpredictable Iori Yagami.
    	Even with the presence of his ominous partner, Ramon resolves to help his
    friends Seth and Vanessa in their task to take down NESTS. His high-flying
    skills and quick grapples make him a very popular figure in the tournament,
    moreso thanks to his desire of self improvement, and to never give up. As the
    King of Fighters tournament ends with the final destruction of NESTS and their
    HQ striked down from outer space, Ramon is required to accomplish one last task:
    to supress Iori himself! Since Iori was too dangerous to be wandering around
    like that, Vanessa and Seth resolved to do away with him. Ramon jumps into
    action, wondering if Iori's bitter hatred can surpass his optimistic attitude.
    	Ramon is a very jolly and hopeful wrestler. His excitement in battle and
    his determination to fight to the very end no matter what, makes all the
    gloominess vanish around him. He wishes his partners would be more happy, and
    share this passion he feels when he wins. His compassion for the poor children
    has made him a very admired person in Mexico, and Ramon can only do his best in
    order to not let his fans down.
    *Fun fact = -As of late, Mexican wrestlers have been gaining a lot of reputation
    in the video game business. They were mildy known by T.Hawk (from Capcom's
    Street Fighter series), and Stinger (from Capcom's Saturday Night Slam Masters
    series). But now you should know them better by the likes of King (from Namco's
    Tekken series), Tizoc (from SNK's Garou: Mark of the Wolves), and now Ramon. It
    was about time, since Mexican pro wrestlers don't fake it as much as those of
    the WWF. :)
    		-Speaking of King and Tizoc, has anybody noticed a trend with the
    Mexican wrestlers in fighting games? I mean, these two and Ramon have this habit
    of helping the children in need. Not that this is too farfetched, mind you.
    Several Mexican wrestlers have been known to help organizations that assist
    children with cancer, orphans, or kids who live in the street. There was even
    one Mexican wrestler called "Fray Tormenta" who was actually a masked priest who
    wrestled to help the children of his orphanage (this sounds a HELL lot more
    similiar to the concept of King from Tekken, but it still applies to the SNK
    wrestlers somewhat. ;)
    		-The blue mask that Ramon holds in his hands in his official KOF
    2001 drawing looks a lot like the mask of Blue Demon, one of the most famous
    Mexican wrestlers of all time.
    Appearances: The King of Fighters 2000, The King of Fighters 2001
    Birthplace:             Italy
    Birthdate:              December 25, 1973 (29 years old)
    Height:                 1.80 m (5'9")
    Weight:                 85 kg (187 lbs)
    Blood type:             AB
    Hobbies:                Collecting cars
    Favorite food:          Sushi, yakisoba
    Favorite sport:         Motor sports
    Most valuable:          His collection of cars
    Hates the most:         Rakkyou
    Fighting style:         Kyokugenryo Karate
    *Sushi = Japanese dish, made mainly of raw fish
    	Robert is the son of the wealthy Italian business man Alberto Garcia. Due
    to Alberto's friendship with Takuma Sakazaki, master of Kyokugenryo Karate, and
    willing to teach some discipline to Robert, the multimillionaire sends Robert to
    Takuma's dojo, where he begins to train. While acting like a spoiled brat the
    first few days, Takuma shows him the state of things in his dojo, and Robert had
    no other choice but to stay put and obey, and began to wield the power of the
    dragon. He quickly made friends with both of Takuma's children: the older son,
    Ryo, and the younger daughter, Yuri. While Robert and Ryo were very good
    friends, Robert had a special relationship with Yuri. He felt she was something
    special, and all three grew up being the best of friends...until...
    	One day, Takuma disappeared, and soon after that, Yuri vanished as well.
    Ryo and Robert felt something bad was behind all this, so they accepted to go
    out and search for her in the hostile and crime-filled Southtown. Robert and Ryo
    divided themselves to search clues for where she could be. Robert was determined
    to find her, since he knew he was very much in love with her, but he wasn't able
    to tell both Ryo and Takuma, fearful that they would be very angry at his idea.
    Still, Robert faced most of the criminals in Southtown in order to find Yuri,
    and all clues pointed towards Mr. Big, one of the more powerful gang leaders of
    Southtown. Robert managed to defeat the bluffing Mr. Big, and demanded where
    Yuri was. Mr. Big laughed and called for Mr. Karate. This warrior used a "tengu"
    (bird) mask, but his fighting spirit was very powerful. He also seemed to use
    Kyokugenryo Karate as well! Ryo was the one to fight him, and once defeated, Ryo
    decided to finish him off, as he thought he was the mastermind behind all this.
    But then, Yuri barged in, and tells Ryo not to harm him, as Mr. Karate was
    really Takuma! Robert and Ryo were surprised by this, and decided to go after
    the man who had fooled them, Geese Howard. However, he was already in trouble
    for facing the Bogard brothers, whom were ready to exact revenge for the death
    of their father at Geese's hands. So, the Sakazaki family and Robert decided to
    go back to the dojo.
    	Robert, always benefited by the money of his father, always wore fancy
    clothes and drived in luxurious cars. He also likes to impress Yuri with his
    presents, but Ryo and Takuma always keep a handy eye on him. By 1994, Robert was
    invited by Takuma to represent the Kyokugenryo Karate in the new King of
    Fighters tournament, which now introduced the team battle mode. Robert was a bit
    confused that Yuri would not enter with them, but he accepted anyway. After two
    tournaments, the Kyokugenryo Team has shown the power of their style, and Robert
    has done a pretty well role in honoring the Kyokugenryo Karate. However, Robert
    and Ryo have to run away after each tournament to avoid Takuma's orders to train
    again! Robert had a little pause in the action to help a childhood friend save
    her brother, Wyler, who had gone berserk using a demonic power. After a short
    trip to Southtown, Robert returned to the dojo, to be known that Takuma would
    retire his position as leader of the Kyokugenryo Team and deliver his place to
    his daughter Yuri. Robert was glad that Yuri would fight with him, but Ryo will
    keep an eye on him!
    	Since that moment, Robert has represented Kyokugenryo Karate the best way
    possible. He gets very excited when Yuri fights, and more when she wins. Problem
    is, Ryo is always behind him and does not let him do anything smart. After the
    tournament of 1996, Robert arrived one day to the Kyokugenryo dojo. He saw it to
    be destroyed and many students to be wounded. He then consulted with Ryo and
    Yuri. Ryo tells them that Takuma has told him to tell both of them to fight in
    the next tournament and clean the honor of the Kyokugenryo Karate. Robert and
    Yuri accept, and now, Robert is more willing than ever to fight and show that
    the Kyokugenryo Karate is the best martial art in the world!
    	Robert decides to focus more on trying to sweep Yuri off her feet during
    the two year break after the Orochi battle, but is abruptly brought back to
    training by his master, Takuma, and friend, Ryo, in punishment for his
    insolence! Robert gets more serious in his training, however, when he realizes
    the next King of Fighters tournament coming up, and this time around, he will
    have both Takuma AND Yuri in his team, so he's got a lot to prove. Despite being
    the only foreigner among the team, he feels as if he was in his own family. He
    just can't lie back and do nothing while the others trust in him!
    	Once the tournament ends, Robert takes some time off in order to rearrange
    his thoughts. The whole NESTS business has been quite wild, so Robert decides to
    take a well-deserved vacation. Upon his return, however, Robert dedicates
    himself entirely to training in order to fight the NESTS menace for the next
    King of Fighters tournament. However, Robert realizes with shock that Yuri will
    once again leave the Kyokugenryo dojo in order to reunite with her old friend,
    Mai Shiranui. And to add more to his suffering, Ryo tries to get King into the
    team, which triggers Robert's anger, refusing to lose his beloved to some
    tomboy! Robert challenges King to a fight, to see if she deserves to fight in
    name of the Kyokugenryo. King accepts, and as Robert expected, it was a tough
    fight. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn't pin King down. Robert's energy
    finaly starts to falter, and in the agony of the battle, he gives it to King
    that she has proved herself worthy. Now, Robert would have to live without Yuri
    this year. Now her place has been taken by King, and the time for Robert to
    really prove himself to Yuri, now that she has became her rival, and show her
    how worthy he really is!
    	The year after Southtown was destroyed, the Garcia foundation passed
    through a lot of trouble. A world financial crisis, in fear of the awakening of
    NESTS or their possible reaction against economic superpowers who might
    challenge them, deteriorated and finally made the business of the Garcia family
    go bankrupt. Devastated and penniless, Robert turns to his old friends, the
    Sakazaki family, for guidance. The Sakazaki clan can not bear the sight of a
    morally destroyed Robert, deprived of all hope. So, they resolve to help Robert
    out by winning the next King of Fighters tournament, win the prize money, and
    even get rid of NESTS in the process! Robert thanks them all for their support,
    and promises that he will do his best as well to lift his company from the
    	Out of sheer desperation and in terrible need of honoring his family name,
    Robert fought in the King of Fighters tournament like never before, improving
    his skills to the upmost. Finally, the end of the King of Fighters tournament
    was signed by the destruction of the HQ of NESTS in outer space, and the
    Kyokugenryo Team was left to cash the money. The Sakazaki family is relieved
    that they will finally make Robert rich again, so he can fulfill their financial
    needs! Robert is enfuriated, and chases the Sakazaki clan away. But deep inside
    he knows that they are just like his family, and his debt can be hardly paid
    with his life.
    	Robert thinks he has put the style and finesse in the Kyokugenryo Karate,
    and is always bragging about himself. He has been interested in Yuri ever since
    he first met her, even though he has the money and power to get other girls. He
    respects both Takuma and his best friend, Ryo, but is really bothered when both
    of them interfere in his intentions to propose to Yuri. He also avoids Yuri's
    wrath whenever he helps his childhood friend.
    	ART OF FIGHTING ROBERT GARCIA (The King of Fighters '98): Alternate
    version of Robert Garcia, based on his Art of Fighting series incarnation. His
    Ryuugeki Ken recovers it's long range, and his Genei Kyaku returns (the multiple
    hit kick). Robert's Hien Shippu Kyaku also changes back to its' original state.
    He still has two DM: the Ryuko Ranbu and the Haoh-Sho-Koh-Ken, but loses the Mu
    Ei Shippuu Jyu Dan Kyaku DM.
    *Fun fact = Remember Robert's trusty coin which he has always flipped since KOF
    '95? Well, it was included as a limited edition coin in certain Neo Geo Art of
    Fighting 3 games. Now...well...you can flip it and try to catch it yourself!
    (And don't feel bad if you don't, even Robert misses once in awhile, as shown in
    one of his KOF '98 victory poses).
    *Cloth changes = Robert had a black shirt and brown vest in KOF '94/'95, and
    then dons a blue shirt with long sleeves and white neck from his AOF 3
    incarnation for KOF '96. In KOF '99, he goes back to his KOF '94/'95 outfit, but
    his black shirt has longer sleeves now.
    Appearances: 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 (also appears dressed like Ryo, but in
    white, as his special striker), The King of Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters:
    Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Art of Fighting, Art of Fighting 2, Art of Fighting 3
    Birthplace:               Unknown
    Birthdate:                February 10, 19??
    Height:                   1.97 m (6'4")
    Weight:                   103 kg (227 lbs)
    Blood type:               Unknown
    Hobbies:                  Resurrection
    Favorite food:            Eats anything
    Favorite sport:           None in particular, is good at anything
    Most valuable:            Evil soul
    Hates the most:           Anything that gets in his way, justice
    Fighting style:           Compilation of several martial arts
    	Rugal has been admired and feared throughout the world, by crime leaders
    and politicians alike, by his influence and power in his illegal deals. He
    controls all his operations from his personal air carrier, the Blacknoah, and
    his pet panther always by his side. However, Rugal is not only feared in the
    higher social circles, he is also a personality in the fighting world, where he
    has been known to be a man who does not allow his defeated opponents to live.
    Nobody who has faced him had come out alive. Not only that, but Rugal takes his
    defeated opponents, and covers them in liquid metal, and keeps them as morbid
    statues. He even wiped out a whole unit of mercenaries, commanded by a certain
    Heidern, and when he was about to kill him, Heidern's family, whom Rugal had
    captured to keep Heidern away from his plans, protected Heidern and ended up
    being killed. However, Rugal's downfall was his own ambition, as all those who
    desire absolute power.
    	Even though he was already an expert martial artist, and gathered the best
    techniques of the best fighters in the world (including Geese Howard and
    Wolfgang Krauser, past two hosts of the King of Fighters tournament), Rugal
    still felt he needed extreme power. While he was cruising through the seas with
    the Blacknoah, he felt a very powerful source in a remote part of the world.
    Rugal decided to take a trip there, and when he arrived, he sensed a magnificent
    power, a very calm, but devastating energy source. Ruagl's eyes gleamed with
    ambition, and reached out to control it. Suddenly, a tall man appeared in front
    of Rugal. He was very menacing, and Rugal sensed a huge power emanating from
    him. Rugal tells the man to stand aside, and the man, named Goenitz, tells him
    that the Orochi power will be of no simple mortal. Rugal then decides to teach
    the man not to be so impolite, but before Rugal can do anything, the man swoops
    his hand, and gouges his right eye off. Rugal reels in pain,and Goenitz praises
    Rugal for surviving his attack. He then acceeds to give Rugal a small part of
    the power he seeks. Goenitz then infuses Rugal with a portion of the Orochi
    power. Rugal's body is trembled with pain, but then, Rugal laughs maniacally. He
    now feels the true power! Goenitz informs Rugal that if he ever overuses this
    power, the result would be fatal for him. Rugal then goes back to the Blacknoah,
    with the huge sense of power flowing through his body. Shortly after, Rugal
    receives the visit of two mysterious women, who offer to be Rugal's secretaries.
    Their names were: Mature and Vice. Rugal accepts them, unknown of their true
    	Upon his return, Rugal implants a powerful sight orb in place of his right
    eye, and plans his next step. Rugal then has an incredible idea: he decides to
    invite the most powerful fighters to fight each other, and the most powerful
    will face him in the final battle. He then takes the King of Fighters
    tournament, which was carried before by Geese Howard and Wolfgang Krauser, and
    decides to change it's rules: instead of being one-on-one fights, the battles
    will take place between teams of three people each. Then, Rugal sends
    invitations to the best fighers in the world, signed personally by him, and then
    awaits the outcome of his tournament. However, Rugal receives an unexpected
    visit of a mysterious fighter. Rugal identifies the symbol on the warrior's
    clothes to be that of a Kusanagi. Indeed, it was Saisyu Kusanagi, head of the
    Kusanagi clan. He dares Rugal that he will not accomplish his evil plan to rule
    the world. Rugal chuckles and decides to take him on. The battle then begins...
    	At the end, Rugal receives the visit of the Japan Team. He then laughs and
    tells them that they will be next in in their collection. Benimaru and Daimon
    fight Rugal, whom is too confident in his abilities, and manage to put him in
    serious jeopardy. But Rugal does not surrender, and decides to fight at full
    potential. He takes Benimaru and Daimon and wipes them out easily with his
    superb skills. Then, Rugal faces Kyo. Having to fight a Kusanagi again, Rugal
    almost reads Kyo's mind, and previews all his moves. Rugal uses his superior
    power to knock Kyo around. Kyo then notices his father lying in a corner of the
    room, he gets enfuriated, and attacks Rugal with all his power. This time, Rugal
    is unable to control the wrath of the Kusanagi, and is constantly burnt and hit
    by Kyo's attacks. At the edge of defeat, Rugal sneers and takes out a remote
    control device. He presses the red button, and he puts the Blacknoah in
    autodestruction mode! The Japan Team manages to escape, but Rugal is presumed to
    be blown to bits...Or at least, that is what it seems...
    	But Rugal was not dead yet. Using the Orochi power for first time, Rugal
    has managed to survive the blast almost harmless. His right arm, however, is
    terribly wounded, and decides to implant a cyborg arm instead. He then begins
    his plan of revenge. He comissions Vice to brainwash Saisyu so he would help him
    in his plot. Then, Rugal invites almost the same teams as last year, but with
    one new team thrown in. He is especially interested in the Hero Team...and
    mostly, Kyo Kusanagi.
    	Before the final battles, Rugal decides to put sleeping gas in the locker
    rooms of all the most important teams. He then takes them to his new underground
    base, and when the Hero Team finally wakes up, he finally introduces himself.
    The mysterious "R" who had signed the invitations was no other than Rugal once
    again! He decides to have fun with his victims before they die. He then sics
    Saisyu at the Hero Team, knowing Kyo wouldn't attack his own father. However,
    Benimaru and Daimon take care of him, and now Rugal has to do the dirty job
    himself. This time, Rugal is sure of his victory, as he uses the Orochi power to
    turn into a godlike entity by the name of Omega Rugal! Rugal makes short work of
    Benimaru and Daimon again, and even Kyo can not avoid the huge power Rugal
    displays. The power seems to be too much, but Rugal seems to handle it quite
    well. However, thanks to the help of other fighters such as Terry, Ryo, and
    Athena, Rugal has to go all out, and in doing so, the Orochi power in Rugal's
    body begins to get out of control, and Rugal begins to feel how his body begins
    to burn and explode. He has overused the power, and is now unable to control
    it's limits. Before Rugal vanishes, Iori Yagami appears. He considers Rugal a
    fool, as only those of the bloodline could control such power. Rugal promises to
    return, and is dissipated by a beam of light...
    	Rugal is an evil man with no warm feelings at all. His only desire is to
    have eternal power in order to conquer the world, and uses the Orochi power in
    order to do so, which finally killed him at the end. He loves the smell of
    blood, and is a sadistic maniac by nature. He likes to take a sip of his glass
    of wine once in awhile, as like a preview of all the blood he is gonna spill out
    from all his enemies.
    	OMEGA RUGAL BERNSTEIN (The King of Fighters '95/The King of Fighters '98/
    The King of Fighters R-2): The super powered version of Rugal, where he uses the
    Orochi power and becomes a blood thirsty monster. He doesn't lose consciousness
    like Iori and Leona do, but rises his sense of killing. His hair turns white,
    his eye gets lost, and normally begins acting very weird (roars, rips his own
    chest). He is very powerful in this version, but this ends up being the
    catastrophe of Rugal in the end. He also has the Omega symbol (something like a
    horseshoe) tatooed in his back, as a mark left to him by Goenitz.
    *Fun fact = Rugal has seemingly replaced Mature and Vice in KOF '98, as now, in
    one of his victory poses, his two new secretaries (dressed in pretty elegant
    gray costumes) come to refresh him. Note how one of them even has a cyborg eye
    as Rugal does! (Now that's fanatism for ya!)
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '94, The King of Fighters '95, The King of
    Fighters '98, The King of Fighters 2000 (Kula's hidden special striker)
    Other games: Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium
    Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001
    "Good beyond the Hill"
    Birthplace:            Japan (of American heritage)
    Birthdate:             August 2, 1973 (29 years old)
    Height:                1.79 m (5'9")
    Weight:                68 kg (149 lbs)
    Blood type:            O
    Hobbies:               Weekend carpentry
    Favorite food:         Mochi, natto
    Favorite sport:        Sumo wrestling
    Most valuable:         Restored motorcycle, horse
    Hates the most:        Bugs with multiple legs
    Fighting style:        Kyokugenryo Karate
    *Mochi = rice cake
    *Natto = fermented soy beans
    	Ryo is the older son of Takuma Sakazaki, master of Kyokugenryo Karate, and
    older brother of Yuri Sakazaki. Being the oldest of the two children of Takuma,
    he has been chosen to be the heir of the Sakazaki legacy, and Ryo tries to live
    up to it by training very hard every day in the Kyokugenryo Karate dojo, using
    the power of the tiger to fight. He has trained since he was a little kid, and
    wants to make his father proud. He considers Yuri to be nothing more than a
    pest, and that she must not be training in Kyokugenryo Karate, since she is just
    a girl, and besides, Ryo fears she might be hurt in a battle.
    	While still training, Ryo receives a new training partner, the son of one
    of Takuma's friends, Robert Garcia. Both became the best of friends, joined by
    the same style. They quarrel a bit, especially when Robert gets close to Yuri.
    However, they both respect each other, and sometimes get in a little battle once
    in awhile. Both fighters become the top students of the dojo, but suddenly,
    Takuma disappears with no notice, and Yuri is kidnapped shortly after. Ryo is
    resolved to go and seek his family in the dangerous and criminal Southtown,
    aided by Robert. Ryo and Robert divide themselves to look out for clues of
    Yuri's location. Ryo then meets a lot of enemies and friends, one of them being
    King, a bouncer of a bar which Ryo thought to be a man, and upon using a Ko'ou
    Ken on her, Ryo breaks King's shirt, revealing Ryo that she is a woman. Pretty
    ashamed, Ryo offers to help King, and ever since, both have become the best of
    friends...and even a bit more than that, but both refuse to accept their true
    	Finally, Ryo is informed that the man who kidnapped his sister was no
    other than Mr. Big, one of the more important gang leaders of Southtown. Ryo and
    Robert go to his lair, and Ryo furiously demands Mr. Big to give him back his
    sister. Mr. Big obviously smiles and tells them that the won't do anything
    unless they defeat him. Robert takes care in doing so, but then, the defeated
    Mr. Big calls infor Mr. Karate. This man wore a strange "tengu" (bird) mask, and
    Ryo sensed a powerful, but familiar, aura from him. Mr. Big orders Mr. Karate to
    attack them. Robert is exhausted from his battle with Mr. Big, and Ryo takes the
    battle on. The two warriors fight, and Ryo realizes with astonishment that this
    man uses Kyokugenryo Karate as well! However, Ryo is determined to save his
    sister, and with an exceptional display of courage and strength, defeats Mr.
    Karate. About to finish him off, determining he was the cause of Yuri's
    kidnapping, it is no other than Yuri herself who bids Ryo not to finish him. It
    turns out that Mr. Karate was really Takuma, who had been blackmailed by Geese
    Howard, main criminal leader of Southtown, to fight for him if he did not want
    Yuri to die. Ryo accords to stop Geese, but he already has his hands full with
    the Bogard brothers, who had come to exact revenge from him for the death of
    their father. Ryo decides to retire back to the dojo and continue with his
    training, now that his father and sister are all right.
    	Ryo, after a few years, has been invited by Takuma to form a team with him
    and represent the Kyokugenryo Karate style in the new King of Fighters
    tournament, which introduced the team battle mode. Ryo personally refuses that
    Yuri to join in their team, since she is too unprepared to fight with them. So,
    Robert comes with them instead. Ryo then helps his father to show the world the
    power of Kyokugenryo Karate, and since Ryo is the heir to the family, he fights
    to live up to expectations, and fights with all his will. However, he dislikes
    being ordered to train again by Takuma after every tournament. Ryo takes a break
    in the King of Fighters tournament when Yuri asks him to help her in looking for
    Robert in Southtown, trying to help a childhood friend. After his return, Ryo is
    told by his father that Yuri will replace him instead. Ryo refuses that idea
    with fury, but Takuma has already made a decision. Not willing to stop showing
    the power of Kyokugenryo Karate, Ryo has to resign. He also has to keep an eye
    on Robert so he doesn't do anything smart as well! Ryo fights with spirit, but
    next year. Ryo is faced with the humilliation of the dojo being wrecked and the
    students in the dojo being defeated and wounded. Ryo is told by his father to go
    fight in the tournament once again, and clean the name of Kyokugenryo Karate.
    Now, Ryo is the leader of the Kyokugenryo Karate, the best martial art in the
    	Ryo does not rest his discipline even after the world was rid of the
    Orochi presence. He knows he must prove that the Kyokugenro Karate is the best
    martial art in the world any chance he can get. His efforts would soon be
    rewarded, as he gets another chance to fight in the King of Fighters tournament,
    this time fighting with his whole family, and of course, his friend, Robert.
    This time is better than ever to prove once and for all the true power of
    Kyokugenryo Karate!
    	The King of Fighters tournament ends once again, but the future looks
    bleak. Ryo is now aware of the evil at work in his own hometown, and prepares to
    fight the plague of NESTS by training harder every day. He knows he must become
    ever stronger in order to keep the Kyokugenryo name high! One night, after
    finishing an intense period of training, Ryo retreats to the local bar of his
    great friend and secret love, King. Upon entering, he finds the bar pretty much
    deserted. King sorrowfully explains that NESTS, due to its' huge sphere of
    influence in Southtown, has earned the bar a bad reputation. Unable to bear
    seeing King suffer, Ryo takes King in as his new team member. Ryo now had to
    think what he should do in order to make a vacant place in his team, but the
    answer arrived by its' own, when Yuri, tired of being the underdog for the
    Kyokugenryo masters, decides to leave in order to join her old friend Mai
    Shiranui. But the entrance of King does not come without opposition: King first
    has to deal with the enraged Robert, who previewing Ryo's intentions, challenges
    King to a fight to see if she's worthy. Ryo stands poised to defend the woman he
    loved, but King is determined to do the job herself. The inminent fight ends in
    a draw, as Robert and King wind up exhausted after the intense effort. This
    makes Robert finally accept King in the team. Knowing this was a test of fate,
    Ryo takes a step forward in order to concentrate all his Kyokugenryo Karate
    against the evil forces of NESTS!
    	It was real hard work for Ryo to help rebuild the Kyokugenryo dojo, which
    was almost totalled by the explosion in Southtown thanks to the Zero Cannon.
    During the process of construction, a sad Robert arrived with bad news: his
    company had bankrupted thanks to a world financial crisis that wiped out his
    foundation's savings. Ryo is determined to help his friend in need, since he has
    done so much for him and his family. Ryo makes it his sworn duty to enter the
    King of Fighters tournament, win the prize money, and destroy NESTS to cheer up
    his friend once more!
    	The raging tiger enters the fray of battle once more, this time to aid
    those in need of his strength. With his amazing prowess, Ryo manages to see the
    tournament through, as well as being a main spectator to the downfall of NESTS
    as their space station HQ crumbles down to nothing. Ryo is satisfied to cash the
    prize money, as nobody bothered to do so, and moreso, that Robert is wealthy
    enough to finance their needs once again! Robert shuns the Sakazaki family away,
    and Ryo couldn't be more happier to see that Robert has finally returned to his
    old self.
    	Ryo is a proud man, and is a very friendly man, but sometimes pretty
    stubborn. He cares for his sister very much, that is why he does not want her to
    be hurt by fighting. He also respects Robert as his friend, but since he is so
    jealous, he does not want him to get close to his sister. He wants to train hard
    to keep on to Takuma's exceptions. He is also very interested in King, but he
    thinks she will not pay attention to him, he tries to stay away.
    	ART OF FIGHTING RYO SAKAZAKI (The King of Fighters '98/ The King of
    Fighters R-2): Alternate version of Ryo, based on his incarnation of the Art of
    Fighting series. He regains his long range Ko'ou Ken (ground and air versions),
    and his Zan Retsu Ken (multiple punch move). He still has two DM: the Ryuko
    Ranbu and the Haoh-Sho-Koh-Ken, but loses the Tenchi Ha Ou Ken DM.
    *Fun fact = Ryo represents the Tiger, and Robert the dragon. Both animals are
    said to be the most lethal enemies in the Chinese mythology (thus, explaining
    the rivalry between Ryo and Robert).
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters R-2, The King of
    Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Art of Fighting, Art of Fighting 2, Art of Fighting 3, Fatal Fury
    Special, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000, Capcom
    vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting
    2001, SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millenium
    "Two Dragons beyond the Mountain"
    Birthplace:             Japan
    Birthdate:              August 8, 1964 (38 years old)
    Height:                 1.92 m (6'3")
    Weight:                 96 kg (211 lbs)
    Blood type:             A
    Hobbies:                Collecting knives
    Favorite food:          Basashi
    Favorite sport:         None
    Most valuable:          Anything that financially benefits him
    Hates the most:         Labor
    Fighting style:         Self-taught brawling skills
    	Ryuji Yamazaki is a man with a tormented past. Ever since he was young,
    Yamazaki had no parents to look up to, so he became a dweller in the streets of
    Hong Kong, trying to survive in the harsh life of the streets, escaping from the
    dangers of crime and weather. That is, until Yamazaki met a very powerful man,
    respected in the criminal circles of Hong Kong. Seeing a spirit and
    determination in Yamazaki's eyes, this man takes the little boy with him, and
    soon, Yamazaki becomes acquainted with the criminal activities that happen in
    Hong Kong.
    	Yamazaki grew up to be the right man of this mysterious fellow. He
    certainly was not wrong about him: Yamazaki sported a cunning sense of crime,
    and was also very skilled in using his trusty knife, his eternal partner.
    Yamazaki also likes to dress with class, and have the highest priorities. This
    all changed when Yamazaki and his boss went to strike a deal with another gang.
    Yamazaki felt something was terribly wrong, but his boss discarded it as a
    simple premonition. Yamazaki was right, as the rival gang ambushed them, and the
    results were terrible. Yamazaki's boss and benefactor, who was almost like his
    father, was killed in the ambush. This turned out to be fatal for Yamazaki, who
    then became a crazy, sadistic maniac, who loves to torture and make his victimes
    suffer before they finally die. With his maniac laugh and dirty tricks, Yamazaki
    will do anything to win, even if the opponent is killed in the outcome.
    	Since then, Yamazaki has worked as an assasin for hire. He has worked for
    many powerful crime leaders, and they have been more than satisfied with
    Yamazaki's work...even more than they expect to. That is because Yamazaki takes
    pleasure in killing people and making them suffer, and his salary is not bad,
    either. One day, he was signed up by the two Jin twins (Jin Chonrei and Jin
    Chonshu), to protect them and the scrolls of inmortality. After that job,
    Yamazaki kept working upon other people's lives. However, taking some time for
    himself, Yamazaki went to a local dojo, and found a lot of competition there. He
    dedicated himself to have a good time and trash the fighters. As he was having
    some fun, Yamazaki was faced by Billy Kane, personal bodyguard of Geese Howard,
    main crime leader of Southtown. Billy offers Yamazaki to join him and
    participate in the King of Fighters tournament. Yamazaki refuses at first, but
    after terribly mauling one of the warriors, he felt a adrenaline rush through
    his blood. It was as if he was excited to meet some worthy fighters for him to
    demolish. Feeling a need to fight and kill, Yamazaki accepts Billy's offer, and
    Billy offers to Yamazaki double the amount of the prize money if he wins.
    	Yamazaki fights in the tournament, and both Billy and Blue Mary (his other
    partner) notice how Yamazaki goes more and more berserk. His thirst for blood
    becomes more and more uncontrollable. He is seemed to be lured by something, and
    when the Orochi New Face Team finally appears, they reveal that Yamazaki is of
    Orochi blood! That surely explains his violent attitude and pleasure in killing.
    However, Yamazaki refuses to obey the Orochi as he does not like to follow other
    person's orders. However, after the tournament, the Orochi blood in Yamazaki's
    veins finally awakens, and goes to Geese's office to demand his pay!
    	Yamazaki is a man propense towards violence, and loves to kill his
    opponents with sadism. He even doesn't care if he takes a hit or two to make the
    opponent suffer! He loves to use dirty tricks such as wielding his sharp knife
    and kicking sand in the opponent's eyes. He also works only for those who can
    reach his price. However, far beyond the money, Yamazaki loves the smell of
    blood and the sound of broken bones!
    *Fun fact = Yamazaki, after KOF '97, does not seem to adopt a Riot of Blood form
    like Iori and Leona do. Maybe it is because he is so familiar to violence that
    he has already adopted his Orochi blood as part of himself?
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '97, The King of Fighters '98, The King of
    Fighters '99: Evolution (Dreamcast version, as a secret striker), The King of
    Fighters 2000 (Blue Mary's special striker), The King of Fighters: Kyo
    Other games: Fatal Fury 3: Road to Final Victory, Real Bout: Fatal Fury, Real
    Bout: Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition,
    Real Bout: Dominated Mind, Fatal Fury: First Contact, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium
    Fight 2000, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2:
    Millionaire Fighting 2001
    Birthplace:          Japan
    Birthdate:           November 27, 1947 (55 years old)
    Height:              1.77 m (5'8")
    Weight:              69 kg (152 lbs)
    Blood type:          B
    Hobbies:             Fishing
    Favorite food:       Curry/Udon noodles, strawberry charlotte
    Favorite sport:      Golf
    Most valuable:       Pride as head clansman, Shizuka (his wife)
    Hates the most:      High places
    Fighting style:      Kusanagi style Ancient Martial Arts
    	Saisyu is the father of the legendary Kyo Kusanagi, and current head of
    the Kusanagi clan. He has carried on with the legend of the Kusanagi, and has
    passed it down to his son, Kyo, so he can contiune his legacy.
    	When very young, Saisyu was inculcated with the legend of the Kusanagi,
    it's eternal battle against the Orochi and the war that they are raging against
    the Yagami. Iori Yagami's father and him faced many times, following the bloody
    tradition of their ancestors. However, it was finally Yagami's own cursed Orochi
    blood that killed him in the end, due to the short lifespan the Orochi blood
    gives. Despite having to battle the Yagami, Saisyu wishes that some day the
    madeness will end. When Saisyu was a young man, he fell in love with a woman
    named Shizuka. She accepted Saisyu despite his fate, filled with combat and
    pain. They both got married, and had their son, Kyo. But since then, Saisyu has
    been out in constant training journeys, looking for the next good battle. Some
    say he  was aware that the Orochi would awaken soon, but did not know when.
    Meanwhile, Shizuka had to teach Kyo the principles of the Kusanagi, during
    Saisyu's trips.
    	Saisyu is, obviously, an expert in wielding the crimson flames that
    distinguish the Kusanagi clan. He does not need special gloves like Kyo does,
    since he is already skilled enough to wield it without much pain. Using the
    crimson flames to burn all those who oppose him, Saisyu soon hears about a man
    named Rugal Bernstein. He was a very powerful criminal merchant, and his power
    extended to very high limits. Saisyu desired to prove himself against this new
    test. So, he searched out for the Blacknoah. Upon arrival, Saisyu sensed a
    terrible power. It was definetly an evil power, and it was incredibly strong. He
    had a bad feeling that it must be the Orochi power. He now felt compelled to
    destroy Rugal as soon as he could. Entering the Blacknoah, Saisyu challenges
    Rugal to a fight to the very end. Rugal accepts happily. The battle begins, but
    Saisyu is unable to fight back the inmense power of Rugal, and gets soundly
    beaten. Before passing out, Saisyu notices a shadow behind Rugal. Saisyu had no
    doubts...it was the Orochi power! After that, Saisyu's eyes went blank.
    	After his son, Kyo, took revenge, Rugal, who had survived his own suicide
    bombing by using the Orochi power, decided to use him as a new ally. He ordered
    Vice to use her power to brainwash Saisyu so he can serve Rugal. But Saisyu's
    mindpower was strong, and did not submit so easily. Always thinking about his
    son and wife, Saisyu held on to his own mental health. But he was too weak to
    resist for too long. Soon enough, Saisyu became the loyal follower of Rugal,
    looking behind his steps for revenge. After Rugal captures the strongest
    fighters, Saisyu is comissioned by Rugal to kill his own son. Kyo was shocked,
    as he could not attack his own father. His friends, Benimaru and Daimon, took
    care of Saisyu instead. Daimon was an old friend of Saisyu, so it was also
    painful for him to have to hurt Saisyu. Saisyu fought, but since he was not in
    his right mind, he could not fight with his full power, and finally lost. Saisyu
    then bids Kyo to fight Rugal and destroy him. He then passes out. After fighting
    with Rugal, and after he gets destroyed by his own power, Kyo seeks for Saisyu,
    but he is already gone. Saisyu had escaped, and now keeps searching the world
    for worthy opponents, but he knows now that the Orochi will be loose again in
    this world. Until then, he has nothing else to do but wait...
    	Many years have passed since Saisyu was last seen, and many events had
    happened: the sealing of the Orochi power, and the appearance of the new menace
    to the world, the NESTS cartel. Shortly after the demise of the NESTS cartel in
    the King of Fighters tournament, a familiar figure approaches the young fighter
    Shingo Yabuki, who had been abandoned by his master Kyo and his other friends.
    The legendary Saisyu offers Shingo his help and his assitance to become the
    strongest warrior ever. Shingo's tearful eyes lighten up upon realizing who the
    man is. The two warriors depart on a new training journey.
    	Saisyu is in some ways just like Kyo: proud and arrogant. He loves his
    wife Shizuka very dearly, and hates to leave her to go out training, but he
    feels his fate lies elsewhere. However, it seems that old age is finally coming
    to Saisyu, as he seems to be too lazy in his fights (scratching his own belly,
    picking his ear). However, Saisyu is a fearful fighter for his experience, and
    his Kusanagi power. He is also very proud that his son has finally overcome him,
    since he feels that the Kusanagi always get better by each generation.
    *Fun fact = Saisyu's matters don't seem to be so polite! Always scratching his
    beard, belly, and ear, he looks more like a lazy bum than the Kusanagi clan
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '95, The King of Fighters '98, The King of
    Fighters 2000 (Kyo Kusanagi's hidden special striker), The King of Fighters:
    Kyo, The King of Fighters R-2
    Birthplace:           USA
    Birthdate:            August 1, 1959 (43 years old)
    Height:               1.90 m (6'2")
    Weight:               108 kg (238 lbs)
    Blood type:           B
    Hobbies:              Wiretapping, driving
    Favorite food:        Vegetables, fruits (vegetarian menus)
    Favorite sport:       Any individual event
    Most valuable:        Neckties, his family
    Hates the most:       Airplanes
    Fighting style:       Art of self-defense
    	As a survivor of the ghetto, Seth has became an overall tough guy
    throughout his life. Ever since he can remember, fighting to live was his only
    goal. The risk of death lied around every corner, so Seth had to be prepared to
    face the worst. Many a friend has Seth seen dying. Unable to take it any longer,
    Seth begins to work his body out and study several martial arts.
    	Time passes, and Seth has finally adopted an inmense body and an
    incredible strength. His sheer power is more than enough to take several blows
    without even getting fazed. On the other hand, a single blow delivered by Seth
    could destroy brick walls in itself. Always taking care of his family, Seth
    takes advantage of his powerful status to earn jobs as bouncers or bodyguards.
    Seth was the ultimate line of defense, and his abilities were soon to be noticed
    by a certain organization.
    	Approached by several people, Seth is offered to join a certain agency
    that deals with weapons development. Deeming it as nearly harmless, Seth
    accepts. Before beginning his new job, Seth is given a rather extravagant
    medical treatment. Soon enough, Seth gets to know his boss: a certain fellow
    named Ling. Seth was now in the mercenary business. Working part time as a
    professional hitter, Seth convinces himself that this should be the perfect job.
    But not everything was settling for him. Upon further inspection, Seth became
    conscious about the several biological experiments at work in his own
    organization. Unable to ask in fear of losing his job, Seth follows orders
    	One faithful day, Seth is asked by commander Ling to join Benimaru Nikaido
    and Shingo Yabuki in order to fight in the next King of Fighters tournament,
    which he will be holding in order to lure NESTS out of their hole. NESTS sounded
    familiar to Seth, but he was ready to set out on his journey. His contact would
    be Vanessa, a sexy yet deadly woman that was also a skilled fighter. She would
    go after K' and Maxima, fugitive NESTS agents, herself, and Seth would follow
    Benimaru and Shingo, former teammates of K' and Maxima. NESTS will no doubt be
    after both duos since they frustrated their plan last year. Arranging the last
    details of the misson, Seth and Vanessa continue their paths.
    	Before Seth can rejoin his old friend Benimaru, he first has to go to the
    mountain range in China to find a certain ninja that would be most interested if
    he ever told him about NESTS. When he gets there, Seth is received by haunted
    village people and skeptical wanderers who dare not give Seth information about
    the man he seeks. Finally, Seth's track leads him to a nearby waterfall, where
    he hopes to find the person he has been searching for. The person referred to
    doesn't last long to appear. It is a tall, skinny ninja, with a dead man look in
    his eyes, and strange, ominous aura surrounding him. Seth previewed his obscure
    intentions, but tried talking to the man anyway. No use, as the ninja takes no
    time in trying to eliminate Seth as quickly as possible. Seth uses his great
    agility to avoid all of Lin's deadly blows, enough to amuse Lin enough and
    finally convince him to join him, as he would bring Lin to NESTS. As it was
    foretold, Lin was interested in Seth's plan. Seth then travels to Japan, and
    finally joins his friend Benimaru, and his partner, the young Shingo. It was now
    time to get in the tournament!
    	Not surprising, Seth was more than enough to plow through several
    opponents, or leave them in bad shape for the next one in line. His sheer
    strength and skill have gained him and his team a place in the final battle.
    Ling comissions Seth to meet at Southtown, since there is where NESTS is
    supposed to be hiding out. Seth guides the others, and awakes some suspicions in
    Lin's eyes. Upon arriving at the abandoned factory in the industrial zone of
    Southtown, Seth is surprised to see Vanessa, who was also told to meet in the
    same place. Before realizing what was going on, the whole building was crawling
    with NESTS soldier. Seth fends the soldiers off as his friends escape to a
    secluded dark room. Seth follows suit, only to realize they have fallen into a
    	The most impressive revelation up until then was that Ling was no other
    that one of NESTS high-ranked officers, Zero, who had taken Ling's identity, and
    later finished Ling off. More to Seth's surprise was the fact that he and
    Vanessa were injected with Zero's genetic code in order to become ever-stronger.
    Enraged by the fact they were used, Seth vows to make Zero pay. Seth's strength
    now matches with Zero's dark abilities. Seth may be at a disadvantage, be he
    plays a major role in toning Zero down for K' to deliver the final blow. After
    Seth realizes that the Zero Cannon, one of his agency's most devastating
    weapons, was about to fire upon Southtown. So, he leads his partners to freedom
    before Southtown is blasted to bits.
    	When Seth awakens after the explosion, more than the ruins that the city
    was left in, Seth was more worried by the mysterious ninja assaulting Lin and
    Benimaru. Seth had definetly seen him before around his headquarters, but he
    never knew that that sort of bio-weapon was such in late stages of development.
    Seth is now very expectant about NESTS' next action, and how to stand against
    it, fearful it might be too late....
    	The time came, one year later, for Seth to claim payback on NESTS. He
    regrouped with Vanessa and planned their next move. Vanessa told Seth that she
    had Ramon by her side, but they were still missing one partner. It would be
    tough since both Vanessa and Seth's former partners had already found a team to
    stay in. Then, Seth had a crazy, but practical idea. He would push his luck by
    asking the only man who he knew would still not have a team to fight in the King
    of Fighters tournament: the dangerous and unpredictable Iori Yagami. Seth left
    to propose Iori his new offer.
    	When Seth finally caught up to Iori, the rumors were proven true: Iori
    really did not like having company around, and Seth could feel his cold, yet
    terribly powerful aura. Seth began to sweat cold as Iori replied furiously to
    Seth's questions regarding the King of Fighters tournament. It was almost like
    the ground shaked whenever Iori made a statement. But Iori finally accepted only
    out of sheer boredom and his burning desire to bury Kyo. Seth wonders what Iori
    really has in store for them this tournament.
    	Seth used his cunning and intelligence to trace the steps of NESTS through
    out the tournament, while he was realizing a decent role in the tournament. The
    huge powerhouse was a force to be dealt with, after all. Finally, Seth gets to
    experience the final downfall of NESTS as their space station explodes and falls
    from the skies to their fiery demise. Seth once again leads his team to safety,
    but he has another plans for Iori as they reach to shore: he had to terminate
    him before Iori would present more trouble. Seth and Vanessa stand poised to do
    away with Iori, who just slumps his shoulders, and beckons for the others to
    come. Seth knows this task would prove to be harder than anything they had ever
    faced before, but he attacks Iori, sure that he can do something to stop Iori's
    crazed ways.
    	Seth isn't precisely the world's most friendly man. His toughness and
    brute strength reflects a rude and insensitive man, but deep inside, he tends to
    see to his partners' welfare. Seth is very homesick, but he tries to keep his
    mind off nostalgia by fighting constantly. Seth admires his partner Vanessa's
    determination, and Seth himself hopes that one day he can finally call quits
    with NESTS once and for all.
    *Fun fact = The first designs of Seth made us assume he was to be a Heavy D!
    clone, but it turns out to be that it is Vanessa who is similiar to the American
    boxer and not Seth.
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '99: Evolution (Dreamcast version, as a secret
    striker), The King of Fighters 2000, The King of Fighters 2001, The King of
    Fighters EX: Neo Blood (secret striker)
    Birthplace:           France
    Birthdate:            February 13, 1976 (26 years old, assumed to be dead at age
    Height:               1.73 m (5'7")
    Weight:               68 kg (149 lbs)
    Blood type:           B
    Hobbies:              Band, watching French movies
    Favorite food:        Fish
    Favorite sport:       Ice skating
    Most valuable:        Personal computer
    Hates the most:       Stew, celery, high school baseball
    Fighting style:       No style in particular, mainly throws and holds
    	Shermie is a very sexy woman who lives mostly like any modern girl:
    shopping, dreaming with romance, and living her own life as much as they can.
    However, her destiny is already marked, as her Orochi blood and her place as one
    of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi indicate what her life will be.
    	Shermie was a young, unworried woman who lived in France, and loved to go
    to the local shops and buy anything new. She also loved to play the keyboard in
    her free time, and she liked to play the most popular radio songs in it. Once,
    she met a tall, handsome man playing a guitar in a local mall. She just loved
    how he rolled his fingers through the strings, but Shermie just could not
    explain why she felt something else attracting her to him. She soon joined the
    man with the keyboard, and the duo were gathering quite a crowd. After the
    fabolous performance, and the roar of the crowd, the man offered Shermie to join
    him and form a music band. He introduced himself as Yashiro Nanakase, and
    Shermie was pleased. Soon after, a kid named Chris joined too, and the three
    formed a popular music band, which played all around the world, and winning a
    lot of fans. Shermie felt like in her own family, but she felt like something
    that bonded them far more than friendship.
    	When the band was going to have one of their most important performances
    in Japan, Shermie was impatient to go out on stage. However, soon, the manager
    came out and told them that they had to wait until the band on-stage finished.
    Yashiro demanded to go out, since they were supposed to be the leading band. But
    another band had been taking their place. Shermie saw that it was a very
    mysterious red-haired man who was playing on the stage and the crowd was getting
    wild. Yashiro did not last long in losing his patience, and told them all to get
    	Soon after, Shermie was told by Yashiro that they were joining the King of
    Fighters tournament, in order to exact revenge from that man who seemed to be
    named "Iori Yagami". Shermie was not quite sure, as she did not have any
    previous fighting experience. Then Yashiro recommended her to always get in
    close and smash them, as her attributes would help her a lot. Soon, the New Face
    Team made their appearance in the King of Fighters tournament as the newest
    attraction. However, the Orochi power had already made a strong presence in the
    tournament. And the Orochi blood in Shermie's veins began to awaken. Soon, the
    three fighters showed their true face, as the Heavenly Kings. Shermie was then
    compelled to gather energy for the Orochi, and then fought the other warriors.
    After gathering enough energy for the Orochi, they channeled it to Chris, the
    host of the Orochi power. Shermie and Yashiro ended up killing themselves, for
    the sake of Orochi. It is unknown if Shermie managed to survive afterwards...
    	Shermie is a very attractive woman, and not unaware of it, Shermie
    exploits it to her advantage. She always mesmerizes her opponents to get in
    close enough and slam them on the floor. She also uses VERY explicit sexual
    phrases to the opponent as a manner of distracting them even more. She likes
    Yashiro a lot, and cares over Chris as if a little brother. She still acts like
    a normal woman, even though she is destined to sacrifice her life for the
    Orochi, as she takes her time in battle to call her friends with her cell phone!
    	OROCHI SHERMIE (The King of Fighters '97/The King of Fighters '98/The King
    of Fighters R-1/ The King of Fighters R-2): The awakened form of Shermie, as one
    of the four Heavenly Kings of Orochi. She gains much more power, and she is able
    to channel electricity from every part of her body. Her clothes also gain a
    purple hue to it. She is destined to sacrifice herself for the Orochi. All of
    her special moves and DM are different from those of normal Shermie (one of her
    DM even mimics one of Benimaru's DM!)
    *Fun fact = -Yeah, I bet anybody would just luuuuuuv to be in between Shermie's
    legs like in her Shermie Spiral special move. But, as somebody said, the pain
    soon overrides that sense of pleasure down flat!
    		-If you ever get the chance to watch the anime series called "Saber
    Marionette J" (or its' follow-up, "Saber Marionette J to X"), you can get to see
    a character who looks a whole lot like Shermie. It's one of the "evil" cyborg
    ladies called Linx. Straight down to the hair covering the eyes! o_O
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '97, The King of Fighters '98, The King of
    Fighters 2000 (Clark Steel's special striker, her outfit no longer has sleeves),
    The King of Fighters: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters R-2
    Other games: SNK Gals Fighters
    "The True Boy of the Blowing Arrow"
    Birthplace:            Japan
    Birthdate:             April 9, 1980 (22 years old)
    Height:                1.78 m (5'8")
    Weight:                69 kg (152 lbs)
    Blood type:            O
    Hobbies:               Fan of 'Lizard Man'
    Favorite food:         Microwavable dishes
    Favorite sport:        Water polo, swimming
    Most valuable:         Life, girlfriend, his student handbook
    Hates the most:        Milk
    Fighting style:        Kusanagi style Ancient Martial Arts, taught to him by Kyo
    	Shingo is a mild-mannered student, who studies a lot and goes to high
    school every day to become somebody in life in the near future. However, he not
    only goes to school just to study. He is also very excited in seeing his idol
    and "master", the great Kyo Kusanagi!
    	Always being a fan of Kyo ever since his participation in the martial arts
    tournament that defined the Japan Team for the King of Fighters tournament,
    Shingo could not believe his luck when it turned out to be that Kyo also studied
    in the same school as he did. When he first entered high school, he could not
    believe that Kyo was still studying there, despite being the age of a college
    student. He always pesters Kyo so he can teach him, but several times has Kyo
    refused to. Being a persistant young man, Shingo knows that he will do it one
    day. One day, being hungry and the cafeteria full of already lined students, Kyo
    just needed a lunch break! Then, he noticed Shingo was getting near. He then
    exploited the admiration Shingo felt for him, and tells Shingo that if he gets
    some sandwiches for him, he would teach him. Getting all excited, Shingo bolts
    in the cafeteria and disputes with other students, but finally manahes to
    retrieve a bunch of sandwiches. After chowing them down, Shingo reminds Kyo of
    his promise. Having nowhere to hide, Kyo then decides to teach Shingo. The deal
    is like this: Kyo performs a special move once, and Shingo has to learn it from
    there. However, even though Kyo does it only once, Shingo is always so careful
    in deatils, and writes down all the steps in his handbook. From there on, Shingo
    executes all the moves of Kyo, hoping even one day that he can be able to wield
    crimson flames as Kyo does! (Of course, it is not possible since Kyo can wield
    them due to his Kusanagi blood)
    	Shingo trains without rest night and day, and his big chance finally comes
    when he passes the preliminary battles for the King of Fighters tournament in
    1997, and makes it as a single entry. Shingo always takes his chance to learn
    the moves of the other fighters, for his later battles. Shingo is like a friend
    for everyone, even for those who do not seem to care too much about others.
    However, his trial comes when the Orochi power makes an appearance in the
    tournament, and he has to fight for real. Since Shingo has no notes on this new
    opponent, he has to do whatever he can do to fight the evil entity. Finally, the
    Orochi shows itself, but before Kyo goes to his final destiny, Kyo gives Shingo
    his gloves. He then bids Shingo farewell. Shingo wants to help him, but Kyo
    tells him to stand back, as his opponent is stronger than anybody he has known.
    Shingo then sees how Kyo vanishes in the mist, and Shingo remains to keep on
    	It has been two years since Shingo last saw Kyo. Only his gloves remain as
    his only legacy Kyo left to him, but Shingo misses him a lot. He wonders where
    he would be as keeps trying to perfect the Kusanagi martial art style. One day,
    Shingo is approached by Kyo's best friend, Benimaru. Shingo likes to know if
    Benimaru has any news of Kyo lately, but he has other news: an invitation to
    participate in the next King of Fighters tournament! This is the perfect way to
    show Kyo, wherever he would be, how much he has improved! He would certainly
    feel proud!
    	Shingo then meets his new partners, K' and Maxima. It seems weird to him,
    having participated as a single entry last tournament. Although the two fighters
    are quite cold and insensitive, Shingo greets them warmly. And soon, Shingo
    begins to fight with all his might in the tournament. He also gets really down
    when he sees K' wield flames. "Geez, why can't I can", moaned Shingo. His
    question would soon be answered by Krizalid, host of the tournament, who had
    taken Shingo and his teammates to his underground facility for the final battle.
    It seems that Krizalid kidnapped Kyo to create clones and infuse both him and K'
    with Kusanagi power in order to conquer the world! Shingo curses Krizalid, and
    fights with Kyo's memory burnt in his mind and heart. Despite being severly
    overpowered by Krizalid, Shingo never holds back. However, he is about to be
    eliminated by Krizalid, when all of a sudden,a huge crimson blast fills the room
    and blows Krizalid away. It was Kyo! He had saved him! Shingo's eyes filled with
    tears. He had so much to say to Kyo! However, a steel door slams in front of
    him, and the whole base begins to fall apart! Shingo has no choice but to run,
    but as he looks back, he promises Kyo that one day, he would see him turn into a
    true man!
    	After training for a whole year with the sole promise to his master Kyo of
    becoming a better fighter, Shingo is more than ready to face the new challenges
    that can be seen in the next King of Fighters tournament! The only problem
    resides in that neither him nor Benimaru have any idea of how they are going to
    complete their team for this year's tournament. K' and Maxima have been missing
    ever since the Krizalid battle, and there were no other qualified warriors to
    replace them.
    	One day, Benimaru tells the anxious Shingo that there might be a chance
    yet to enter the next KOF tournament. Shingo trembles in excitement, and
    Benimaru quickly tells him that an old friend of his will help them out to form
    the new team. At the meeting place, Shingo finds himself face-to-face against a
    huge black man in a suit. He looked rather impressive, and he looked quite
    serious, unless around Benimaru, where the lumbering oaf was kind and gentle.
    Along with the man was an ominous ninja who seemed very unfriendly. Since
    Benimaru was talking with his longtime friend, Shingo saw it fit to strike a
    conversation with his new partner. Shingo kindly introduced himself, but the
    ninja seemed unimpressed. Shingo insisted on making the creepy guy talk, up to a
    point where the ninja finally grew tired, and in a swift motion, tried to strike
    Shingo down. Benimaru saves Shingo in the nick of time, knocking the eerie
    warrior away. Shingo may seem out of place in a team of bitter people, but his
    high spirits of a youngster can't be quenched!
    	Suprisingly, Shingo performs superbly in the tournament, complementing the
    great work of his partners. With his help, the new team makes their way into the
    finals. Shingo is burning with excitement to finally prove himself (and Kyo) the
    real man he has become! Shingo and the others travel to Southtown for the final
    battle, but things begin to go wrong the moment they set foot in the industrial
    zone: NESTS agents surround the abandoned factory, site of the last match.
    Forced into a dark room at the back, Shingo realizes that he was set up for a
    trap by Zero, one of NESTS' officers!
    	Dumbfounded by Zero's plans to use their fighting energy in order to
    charge up the Zero Cannon, Shingo fights with all his might in order to stop
    Zero's evil plans. Shingo, despite being no match for Zero, puts it all he's got
    into the fight, reminding the burning spirit of his master Kyo. The rest are
    surprised by Shingo's fierce determination. Being one of the main pillars in
    Zero's defeat, Shingo and the others escape from the unavoidable destruction of
    Southtown at the hands of the Zero Cannon. On his way out, Shingo barely gets a
    chance to exchange words with Kyo, who has been watching over them. Kyo pats
    Shingo's shoulder, and has now seen how powerful he has become. Shingo is so
    excited, but Kyo hurries him on his way. Shingo turns back, and wishes Kyo good
    luck, for a new life begins for Shingo, a life dedicated to the fight!
    	They say if you fight hard enough for your dreams, they just might come
    true. And Shingo's golden dream finally comes true one year later, when he
    receives news from Benimaru that Kyo will be joining them for the next King of
    Fighters tournament! Shingo is overwhelmed with joy and just can't believe that
    he will be fighting along his master in a King of Fighters tournament after so
    many years. During the final meeting in a local park with all the teammates
    (which includes the former partner of Kyo and Benimaru, Judo tough guy Goro
    Daimon), Kyo confesses that spies might be behind their tracks, and most likely,
    they must be NESTS spies. Shingo wonders what his master will do about it, and
    Kyo answers that the solution is simple: enter the King of Fighters tournament
    and destroy them!
    	The tournament was almost like a walk in the clouds for Shingo. To
    experience the power of his master Kyo firsthand was an event that just couldn't
    be explained with words. He feeled totally inspired, and put his best effort to
    help out the former Hero Team members. Shingo never gave up, even during the
    final battle against the NESTS cartel, which took place in their main HQ, a
    space station floating around the planet! Shingo was severly underpowered, but
    he mustered enough courage and dedication to surpass his lack of technique and
    skill. As the CEO of NESTS, Igniz, was defeated and the space station crumbled
    to the sea by his own ambition, Shingo and the others manage to escape to shore.
    Shingo is at a lack of words from the experience. To be part of history, to be
    part of the downfall of NESTS, and he was on the front row of it all! Shingo
    turned around to meet his shared happiness with his friends, but all he met was
    with cold shoulders, especially from Kyo, whos just turned him down in a rude
    fashion! Shingo was abandoned to his luck, as his partners walk away from the
    scene. The dream had came to a sudden and harsh end. Shingo was left alone with
    a feeling of wasted emotion...until a familiar man approaches him and offers
    Shingo the chance to become stronger than ever before. Shingo looks into the
    man's eyes, and realizes that it is Saisyu Kusanagi, Kyo's father and mentor!
    Shingo happily accepts, and both depart on a journey to encounter themselves,
    and for Shingo to find a new purpose.
    	Shingo is a bright, funny, and good natured young man. He is always so
    jolly, and never seems to get angry. He considers all the fighters as his
    friends, and everybody sees in him as a weird kid, but a good kid nonetheless.
    Shingo admires Kyo like a idol, and dedicates his victories to him. However, he
    also seems to tire due to his inexperience! He always takes out his handbook if
    he seems to forget a move. An all-around good guy, Shingo always fights with his
    best moves, but he is also afriad his mother may come and put him to study
    *Fun fact = Shingo always thinks he can wield crimson flames like Kyo can one
    day! He always keeps blowing his finger and saying "Moetarou!", but he doesn't
    seem to wield out anything! There was a rumor about an alternate version of
    Shingo that could wield green flames, but that rumor is discarded (as the only
    person who seems to wield green flames is Omega Rugal).
    *Cloth changes = In KOF '98, Shingo replaces his wristbands for Kyo's gloves,
    but painted blue to match his uniform.
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters R-2, The King of
    Fighters EX: Neo Blood (as a striker for the Hero Team)
    Birthplace:            China
    Birthdate:             September 23, 1977 (25 years old)
    Height:                1.72 m (5'6")
    Weight:                61 kg (134 lbs)
    Blood type:            B
    Hobbies:               Reading manga
    Favorite food:         Niku-man
    Favorite sport:        Soccer
    Most valuable:         Debut album of Yu Hayami
    Hates the most:        Practicing martial arts
    Fighting style:        Kung Fu and Psychic Powers
    *Niku-man = meat bun
    *Manga = Japanese comics
    	Sie Kensou is a young man who possess a special gift of psychic powers,
    but he is not really all that weird like most psychics are. He is currently
    fighting for justice in the Psycho Soldier Team, but he really seems to be a
    careless boy always neck-up in trouble.
    	Kensou was an orphan since a young boy, and had nowhere to turn to. He
    vagued through China like a homeless child. When he reached a camp village, he
    heard that the legendary Chin Gentsai lived there. Kensou hurried to his house,
    where he found him lying on the floor, dead drunk. Kensou pledged to be his
    student, and suprisingly he was accepted without too much effort. Kensou thus
    began his training under Chin's orders, who was drunk the most time, but managed
    to show Kensou the basics of kung fu. This was when Kensou began displaying his
    psychic power, being able to launch energy blasts. Chin, seeing this much power,
    decided to take Kensou on a training trip through the Asian area. Kensou enjoyed
    being with Chin, since he was like his father...er, grandfather, but they mostly
    got in trouble due to Chin's drunk rampages. Meanwhile, Kensou lived his life
    like any normal kid: reading "manga" (Japanese comics), and eating rice buns all
    the time. The training journey reached up to Japan.
    	While in Japan, Kensou and Chin met against a big bully, who challenged
    them to a fight. Kensou was to fight first, to show the fruits of his training,
    but the strongman was so silly looking, Kensou could not help but laugh. Then
    Chin had to butt in, but he too did not fight with seriousness. Suddenly, the
    big man was sent flying by a psychic blast. Kensou noticed a very beautiful
    young woman who had launched it. Kensou inmediately fell in love with the girl,
    and when she offered to join them and fight for justice, Kensou did not hesitate
    and accept. Of course, Chin had no other choice but to stay as well. Since then,
    Kensou has followed Athena and fought the bad guys along her side. Kensou has
    tried to get closer to Athena, but she keeps kicking him away. Kensou knows
    Athena likes Kyo, but despite his desperation, he knows Athena will fall for him
    	Kensou of course did not doubt into following Athena when she received an
    invitation for the new King of Fighters tournament, introducing the team battle
    mode. Kensou fights bravely, always trying to show Athena how powerful he is!
    Even though sometimes he falls short of expectations, he always creates a good
    impression every year. At the end of each tournament, Kensou tries to show off
    to Athena, but ends up doing something humilliating. He was also pretty shamed
    that Athena always got the fan letters of people who admired their brave actions
    and justice fights. He got some, once in awhile. But Chin, seeing that the
    youngsters were getting too confident in their abilities, he decided to restrain
    them from entering the tournament of 1997, but a fan letter from a certain Kaori
    cheered Athena and Kensou up, almost obligating Chin to accept their entrance.
    Now, this is Kensou's chance to finally show Athena what he is really made of!
    	All seemed perfectly normal after the fall of Orochi, but in the
    subsequent months, Kensou's psychic powers began to vanish. With no logical
    reason to such success, Kensou began to grow desperate, angry at the idea that
    he would no longer be of help to Athena in her quest for justice. Around that
    time, a little kid named Bao was taken in by master Chin, and the child soon
    displayed enormous amounts of psychic powers! This made Kensou's sorrow grow
    even stronger, but Chin helped him out in perfecting other techniques that no
    longer needed psychic powers. Even so, Kensou could not stop feeling powerless,
    and unable to help his team in the new King of Fighters tournament.
    	Anyways, Kensou decided to follow Athena in her quest to stop Krizalid's
    ambition, being Krizalid the evil host of the tournament. After all, Kensou
    still loved Athena deep within, and would go anywhere for her. But as soon as
    they approached the base, the whole place began to tremble and fall down to
    pieces. Kensou runs right behind Athena in their hasteful escape. Athena,
    however, gets trapped by a rock, and is about to get squashed by another one.
    Kensou can't resist the image of her dead beloved, and turning on what was left
    of his psychic powers, manages to save Athena from sure death, and blasts out of
    the ruins. Afterwards, Kensou and Bao, who had been waiting outside, pass out.
    What secret connection lies between Bao and Kensou? Will Kensou ever recover his
    psychic powers? The question lies inside them....
    	But the question remains without answer. Kensou, despite his incredible
    actions, continues without a spec of psychic power in his body. The situation
    becomes certainly critical when Kensou is not as recognized as his fellow Psycho
    Soldiers in their justice acts. On the border of madness, his beloved Athena,
    and his foster family, Chin and Bao, help him out in the times of need. Without
    their help, Kensou would have become a sad young man. Determined to not let them
    down, Kensou will put all his strength into the fight, in order to maintain
    	Following their devotion, Kensou and the rest finally arrive at Southtown,
    where the hideout of NESTS is supposed to be located. However, the moment is not
    the adequate. With the whole city in ruins, Kensou is shocked at the destructive
    power of human beings. Suddenly, Kensou notices a falling star in the sky. It is
    actually the destroyed Zero Cannon, falling to the earth. Despite being reduced
    to junk, the Zero Cannon still manages to fire several shots before exploding.
    And one shot is heading right towards Kensou and company! Unable to move because
    of the fear, Kensou reacts when Bao leaps directly towards the beam. Kensou
    tries to warn Bao, but it is too late. Bao absorbs the impact of the Zero Cannon
    blast, but the effect is merciless: Bao plummets to the ground, mortally
    	Athena's healing powers are futile, and Chin is hopeless. But Kensou will
    not allow the only friend he considered to be like a brother to him die like
    this. Responding to the dying cries of Bao, Kensou makes contact with Bao, mouth
    to mouth. In doing this, a huge transmigration of psychic power takes place.
    After the effect passes, Kensou emerges, as powerful as ever! But, at what cost
    did this power come from...?
    	Despite the sacrifice of Bao, Kensou has managed to harness his psychic
    powers once more. Being able to use his energy for justice once more, Kensou is
    even more pleased when he realizes that Bao has also recovered from the initial
    shock, but now it is he who is lacking psychic power now. Kensou wonders if this
    happened when he gave Bao the "kiss of life". Either how, there is no time to
    ponder such things, as the next King of Fighters tournament is just around the
    corner, and Kensou joins Athena once again to demand justice from the criminals
    at NESTS for their atrocities!
    	Everyone is surprised by how Kensou could recover to full strength in such
    a short time, after several years of psychic power lack. Kensou has returned to
    his former self, and will not let anyone stand in his way now! By the end of the
    tournament, after the downfall of NESTS, Chin notices that there is an
    increasing power in Kensou's body, the likes that Chin never imagined possible.
    Kensou admits that he is indeed feeling quite stronger by the minute, but does
    not know exactly why. Unknown to Kensou is the fact that Bao really does know
    something about the power dormant within him...and so does an evil man who
    watches the youngsters from afar: a survivor of NESTS, the renegade Hizoku ninja
    Ron. Ron makes it his duty to harness the Dragon Spirit that Kensou and Bao
    share, and use it to build his own empire!
    	Kensou is a very distracted young fellow. He gets confused easily, but is
    force to reckon with when in battle. While madly in love with Athena, he tries
    to do anything to grab her attention, but ends up doing something embarassing
    instead (his shorts either ripping or falling down, choking on his rice balls).
    He respects Chin very much, but hates it when he gets all crazy and has to drag
    him away. He treats Bao as a little brother, but is mad at the fact that he can
    wield psychic powers and he can't. He's a lively young man, always seeking to
    live his life at it's fullest.
    *Fun fact = Rice ball fiesta! Kensou has gained a new funny DM in KOF '97 where
    he munches on his rice ball. This move is called the Niku Man o Kuu, and in
    normal DM mode, he regains a bit of life, but in SDM, he chokes and loses life
    afterwards! Do it under your own risk...
    *Cloth changes = Has white shirt/shorts with blue jacket in KOF '94 to KOF '97.
    In KOF '98, he wears a blue sports sweater, and blue shorts.
    Appearances: 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 (also appears dressed in the way he was
    back in the Psycho Soldier game, with a green ninja-like outfit and red
    headband, as his special striker), The King of Fighters 2001, The King of
    Fighters: Kyo, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Psycho Soldier (an 8-bit side-scroller action game, being Athena
    the heorine, and Kensou the second player).
    Birthplace:              Japan
    Birthdate:               February 4, 1947 (55 years old)
    Height:                  1.80 m (5'9")
    Weight:                  70 kg (154 lbs)
    Blood type:              O
    Hobbies:                 Making Soba noodles
    Favorite food:           White rice, miso soup
    Favorite sport:          All martial arts
    Most valuable:           His two children, his students, and Kyokugenryo Karate
    Hates the most:          Snakes
    Fighting style:          Kyokugenryo Karate
    *Soba = buckwheat
    	Takuma is the current head of the Sakazaki family, and leader of the
    Kyokugenryo Karate style. He has two children: his older son, Ryo, and his
    younger daughter, Yuri. He also has a lot of students training in his dojo, but
    his most cherished student is Robert Garcia, son of one of his friends, the
    millionaire Alberto Garcia.
    	Takuma learned Kyokugenryo Karate from his father, and trained very hard
    since he was to be the sole heir to the Kyokugenryo Karate style. Takuma became
    a skillful fighter in no time, due to his constant training and desire of
    superation. After being named the heir of the Kyokugenryo Karate style, Takuma
    meets an American woman, called Ronnet. He falls in love, and they get married,
    both moving to Southtown, a small city which was still peaceful at the time.
    Takuma and Ronnet had their two children, but Ronnet gained a disease, and died
    time later. Takuma was filled with grief, but his hopes now rely on his two
    children. He resolves to make them the best fighters in the world!
    	Takuma begins training his son Ryo, using the same method his father used.
    He left Yuri since she was still too young to be training. Soon after, Takuma
    received Robert, and began training him as well. There were not many students,
    but Takuma vowed that soon Kyokugenryo Karate would gain many followers!
    However, Southtown slowly became plagued with crime and dispair. Geese Howard
    was in charge, and he had corrupted any way of justice in town. Now, Southtown
    was nothing more than a criminal central. Not able to tolerate so much evil,
    Takuma decides to go and stop Geese. He leaves the dojo, and heads for Geese's
    tower. Easily taking out any resistance, Takuma arrives to Geese's personal
    office. He demands Geese to stop the madness, but Geese just grins, and snaps
    his fingers. Then, some of his lackeys take out Yuri with them! Takuma is unable
    to do anything, since Geese promises that if Takuma does anything smart, he
    would kill her. Then, having Takuma under control, Geese demands Takuma to work
    for him, and so he can not be recognized and dishonored, Geese gives him a
    "tengu" (bird) mask for him to wear. Then Geese leaves on a business trip, and
    leaves his right-hand man Mr. Big in charge. Now Mr. Big ordered Takuma around
    and obligated him to do criminal stuff, the things that Takuma hated to see and
    now had to do.
    	However, Takuma soon was informed that his son, Ryo, and Robert had went
    on a journery around town to search for the disappeared Yuri. Secretly wishing
    that they may have success, Takuma then sees how old rivals of his come out to
    fight his students. There was Rhiyaku Todoh, and Lee, but he was happy to see
    that both Ryo and Robert overcame all obstacles. That rised Kyokugenryo Karate's
    pride, and soon, they arrived to where Mr. Big was. Watching from a secret room,
    Takuma saw with pleasure how Robert thrashed Mr. Big. Kyokugenryo Karate rises
    high! However, Mr. Big calls out for Mr. Karate, which was Takuma's name now.
    Now he had to face his own son, as Robert was unable to fight. Both engaged in a
    heavy, passionate battle. Takuma liked to prove how much his son has improved,
    and became evident when Ryo defeated him. The new generation had won, and Takuma
    was happy. When Ryo was about to finish him off, considering him the mastermind
    behind Yuri's disappearance, Yuri appeared. She begs Ryo not to harm him, as he
    was his father! Indeed, Takuma removes his mask to reveal his true face. Once
    again, the family is reunited, and all vow to defeat Geese, but they abandon the
    plan when Geese gets involved in trouble with the Bogard brothers, sons of Jeff
    Bogard, who was murdered by Geese. Takuma once again leaves to his dojo, where
    he begins training Yuri at Ryo's back (since he opposed to Yuri being trained).
    He also begins to receive lots of students, and Takuma finally sees how the
    Kyokugenryo Karate has finally been honored as it should be.
    	One day, Takuma received an invitation for the new King of Fighters
    tournament, introducing the new team battle mode. Takuma tells Ryo to join him
    and represent Kyokugenryo Karate in the competition, but then Ryo opposes that
    Yuri should come with them.  Takuma accepts anyway, and invites Robert to tag
    along. So, all three now desire to make Kyokugenryo Karate proud, and Takuma
    proves that you can still teach an old dog some new tricks! Being one of the
    last fighters of the past generation, Takuma fights to show true Kyokugenryo
    Karate power! He always puts Ryo and Robert to train again after ever tournament
    still! (Much to Ryo and Robert's dismay)
    	After the second King of Fighters tournament, though, Takuma feels too old
    after seeing all that display of young power. He then decides to leave it to his
    children and Robert. He calls for Yuri to make a team with Ryo and Robert, but
    since she is not too sure now, Takuma threatens to cancel all her credit cards,
    and Yuri is obligated to go fight in place of her father. Takuma then takes a
    seat back and watches the tournament, but he is always trying to pass by a
    secret guy using his Mr. Karate identity! However, he now goes back to action
    after his dojo and his students get trashed by some maniac. He then decides to
    go out on his own and look for this man, and meanwhile, he tells Ryo to go to
    the tournament cleanse the name of the Kyokugenryo Karate. Saying this, Takuma
    follows his own path...
    	After his sons and best student successfully defended the name of
    Kyokugenryo Karate for the last two tournaments, Takuma feels that his martial
    art style has finally earned a name for itself. However, the new King of
    Fighters tournament rekindles Takuma's fighting spirit, and is obssessed with
    the idea of showing the whole world that Kyokugenryo Karate has not grown old
    during the two-year recess period. This time, taking advantage of the four
    fighter system, he would once again leap into action as the patriarch of the new
    generation of Kyokugenryo Karate!
    	Last year was a good year for Kyokugenryo Karate, but Takuma is worried
    about the future destiny of the clan. Takuma considers the relation between
    Robert and Yuri, but Yuri is still his little girl, so the idea is discarded for
    now. On the other hand, Ryo has that crush on the bar Muetai girl, King. She was
    strong, determined, and brave...everything that Takuma could ever ask for!
    Takuma is decided to sustain that relationship to the very end, but how can he
    demonstrate his support? Suddenly, Ryo meets him, and tells him that, since Yuri
    has gone away with her friend Mai Shiranui, they should might as well take King
    in their lap. Perfect! With enthusiasm, Takuma welcomes the entry of King, much
    to Ryo's surprise (he thinks Takuma has a few loose bolts).
    	The year didn't end well for Takuma, as the Zero Cannon explosion had
    wrecked his dojo big time. But Takuma vowed he would build it up back from
    scratch again. But while he was busy supervising the process, his student Robert
    came up to him with bad news: Robert's company had gone bankrupt thanks to a
    world financial crisis. Takuma instantly made ends meet, and he knew that
    without Robert's financial support, he wouldn't expand his dojo anymore! Takuma
    hurried his sons into the task of entering the next King of Fighters tournament,
    in order to win the prize money and help Robert out!
    	With his wealthy experience and stiff battle skills, Takuma was a veteran
    to be watched in the tournament. His wise knowledge and vast experience against
    many martial artists proved to be his ticket to many victories, and ultimately
    prevail in the end. After NESTS was destroyed, Takuma saw it fit to cash the
    prize money in order to help Robert, but Takuma admits that he did it in order
    for Robert to keep supporting his financial needs. Robert gets pretty ticked,
    but Takuma is already used to the fact that his students easily disrespect him!
    	Takuma seems to be a strict man, but he is really kind-hearted and loves
    his children and respects Robert a lot. He is proud of how Kyokugenryo Karate
    has evolved, but still feels that it has more path to follow. Takuma still
    trains whenever he has the chance. He has not left his "tengu" mask, though, as
    he has taken quite a liking for it. He is also always giving corny speeches to
    his students, which they more likely seem to be bored.
    *Fun fact = -Takuma or Mr. Karate? Although Takuma had revealed himself as Mr.
    Karate way back in AOF 1, he still keeps the "tengu" mask, and always puts it on
    in the Kyokugenryo Team's endings of KOF '96/'97. He thinks his students do not
    know who he is (although they think he's just getting senile), and gives some
    lengthy speeches. They leave him talking by himself in KOF '96, and punch him to
    the sky in KOF '97! Such caring students! ^-^
    		-Takuma makes a special appearance in Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium
    Fight 2000, in his own stage in the Kyokugenryo dojo, which is under
    construction. Takuma stands in the middle of the background in utter panic as
    the heat of battle slowly batters down his dojo!
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '94, The King of Fighters '95, The King of
    Fighters '98, The King of Fighters '99, The King of Fighters 2000, The King of
    Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters: Kyo
    Other games: Art of Fighting, Art of Fighting 2
    Birthplace:                USA
    Birthdate:                 March 15, 1973 (29 years old)
    Height:                    1.82 m (5'10")
    Weight:                    77 kg (169 lbs)
    Blood type:                O
    Hobbies:                   Video games
    Favorite food:             Junk food
    Favorite sport:            Basketball
    Most valuable:             Gloves from Jeff Bogard
    Hates the most:            Slugs
    Fighting style:            Martial Arts, taught to him by Jeff Bogard
    	Terry Bogard is considered to be the first champion of the King of
    Fighters tournament before even Kyo Kusanagi was ever known. Considered to be
    one of the greatest fighters of all time, Terry Bogard has gone a long way since
    he was just a little kid trying to survive in the dangerous streets of
    	Terry and his younger brother, Andy, lived happily with their father, Jeff
    Bogard, considered to be one of the greatest fighters of Southtown. Jeff trained
    in the style of Hakkyokuseiken under the orders of his master Tung Fu Rue.
    However, he had a partner named Geese Howard, who was more powerful than Jeff,
    but had evil ambitions. Seeing this, Tung Fu Rue decided to teach the secrets of
    his style to Jeff, who always wanted to surpass his skills constantly. This
    caused the rage of Geese, and vowed revenge. Years later, Geese became the most
    powerful man in Southtown due to his great criminal actions and many earnings.
    However, he never forgot the humilliation imposed on him, and one day, he
    murdered Jeff in combat. Terry and Andy, now orphans, decided to go separate
    ways and train in their own style and come back one day to exact revenge out of
    Geese. While Andy flyed over to Japan to learn the deadly art of Koppo-ken,
    Terry decided to stay in Southtown and face his destiny in the rough streets
    were the secrets of fighting are made.
    	Equipped with only his gloves given to him by his father and his eternal
    cap, Terry wanders the streets of Southtown, and begins to train himself in
    several martial arts, mixing it along with what he had learned from his father.
    Almost living near the edge, Terry manages to survive the hellbound streets of
    Southtown, and begins to adapt to it after many years of training and surviving.
    Terry grew up, and his combination of several martial arts made him a very
    dangerous opponent to consider.
    	Terry awaited the arrival of his brother, Andy, but when he arrived, he
    did not come alone. He had taken a friend, a Japanese kickboxer named Joe
    Higashi. The trio agreed to participate in the King of Fighters tournament,
    which Geese held each year to clean the path of any opposition. Terry entered,
    and soon began to show himself as the most dangerous menace to Geese. He totally
    plowed his way towards Billy, the champion put by Geese to defeat anybody who
    won the final match. After defeating Billy, Terry arrived with Geese at the top
    floor of his tower. Geese mocked Terry, saying he was still too young and weak
    to fight him. Terry vowed to exact revenge, and fought against Geese. However,
    unlike Andy, Terry did not fight just for revenge: he also fought because he
    liked to battle, and defeat worthy opponents, to enjoy the fight rather than
    feeling obligated to win. This, joined with some new techniques he had learned,
    impulsed Terry to victory, and on the final hit, knocked Geese out of the
    window, and sent him plumetting to his doom.
    	His blood filled with the sense of victory, Terry kept training to keep in
    shape. His victory had resounded in the whole world, far more than Southtown.
    This also happened to reach the ears of Wolfgang Krauser, a German noblesman who
    enjoyed the sense of fighting. He was excited to fight the man who defeated
    Geese Howard, but he did not know who the man was, so he began a quest around
    the world, beating all the fighters that could be this man. Terry was informed
    about him, and decided to give him a chance, went out to look for him. He met
    some new faces along the way, new fighters and new friends: Kim Kaphwan, the Tae
    Kwon Do justice fighter; Mai Shiranui, the red-haired bouncy ninja; Jubei
    Yamada, the Judo master. Fighting and learning a bit from everyone, came his
    faithful fight with Krauser. The battle was more than even, since both did not
    fight for personal feelings, but for the pleasure of fighting. The difference
    was that instead of fooling around with inferior fighters as Krauser did, Terry
    did progress in his trips, managing to channel all that experience into his
    techniques and defeating Krauser. Once again, Terry became a worldwide figure,
    and it seemed that nobody could stop him.
    	Of course, Terry was one of the first fighters to be invited to the new
    format of the King of Fighters tournament, which was taken by a new host. It
    introduced a new team battle mode, so Terry invited his brother, Andy, and Joe
    to accompany him. Ever since, the team that was to be known as the "Lonely
    Wolves" became one of the most powerful teams in the tournament. Although they
    never won the tournament, they always reached the finals, and Terry was always
    an excellent fighter, always overcoming himself. He always helped Kyo in his
    fights against Rugal and the Orochi clan. Terry retained his tag of a great
    fighter, since no fighter seems to close to his dedication and spirit. A true
    fighter, Terry seeks the next challenge...
    	Terry does not rest his fighting spirit during the last few years. Still
    waiting for the true combat to begin, Terry trains and fights every day in the
    lawless streets of Southtown. He is worried about his friend Kyo, nonetheless,
    who has been reported as missing ever since the last King of Fighters tournament
    ended. He is once again hurled into battle when he is one of the main guests to
    the 1999 King of Fighters tournament, and now accepts Mai as his new teammate
    (though he leaves to Andy the task of controlling her). During the last pace of
    the tournament, however, as Terry nears the underground base of the mysterious
    host, Krizalid, Terry senses a strange aura. Could it be Kyo's?! Before he could
    think any further, the whole passage begins to collapse. His partners manage to
    escape, but Terry refuses to leave his friend alone. The ruins fall to the
    ground shortly after, and none of the Lonely Wolves knows the fate of Terry.
    However, Terry still fights on the streets, always willing to take one anyone
    who challenges him, as he is the one and only "Lone Wolf"!
    	After his strict period of training, Terry finally returns to the fighting
    scene, ready to join his brother Andy, and eternal friend, Joe, in order to
    fight one more time in the King of Fighters tournament. However, now that Mai
    has gone to join her past friend Yuri Sakazaki, one partner was needed. Before
    they could even consider, Mary offered herself to become the new member of the
    Lonely Wolves. Terry assumes this tournament will be most interesting....
    	Much to Terry's surprise, the final battle is scheduled to be in
    Southtown, where it all began. Terry is suspicious about NESTS' actions in his
    hometown. Terry, who knows the city like the palm of his hand, leads the others
    to their meeting place: an abandoned factory in the industrial zone. Upon
    arrival, Terry notices a huge hustle around the factory. They look like
    soldiers, but are they good or evil? His answer soon arrives when the soldiers
    attack without warning. Terry has no problems in dealing with the trash with his
    incredible fighting skill. But the overwhelming number of troops forces Terry
    and the others to retreat inside the building.
    	Once inside, and while Terry is starting to have some fun, the whole
    factory begins to tremble. The mercenaries run away like scared children. From
    what he managed to hear, some sort of cannon has fired a destructive laser beam
    straight at Southtown! Terry aids his partners in the escape, but Terry himself
    is knocked by falling debris. Andy and Mary try to rescue him, but Terry urges
    them to escape, as there is no time left. Having said that, Terry remains in the
    building up until the final explosion...and destruction, of Southtown.
    	Nothing is known about Terry ever since, but he is still around...perhaps
    mourning the death of his beloved town, which, despite being a city filled with
    criminals and perverted intentions, he knows deep inside that Southtown never
    belonged to NESTS, but to those who fought for it. Now he helps Mary out in her
    investigation, but Terry knows more than anyone that it will take more than just
    harsh words to take down NESTS next time, but the strength of a hungry wolf!
    	Terry stays in Southtown, his beloved home city, as he tries to rebuild
    what was once left of his glorious town. It is painful for Terry to have to see
    his hometown reduced to ashes, but he knows that the city was already condemned
    ever since it gave in to NESTS. What Terry is worried about most is that he must
    take care of the orphans who now wander around the ruins of Southtown. He knows
    that he was once like them, and he must make up to them as a tribute to his late
    father, Jeff Bogard, who also helped him out when he was just a street urchin
    wandering around Southtown. He knows it is his sworn duty, since he has already
    taken a kid under his wing ever since he defeated Geese for the last time, 3
    years ago....
    	After knowing that his children are sure and safe, Terry meets up with
    Mary, who also happened to be roaming around Southtown, following the tracks of
    NESTS. Terry is more than intent on taking NESTS down for what they did to
    Southtown, and he also knows for sure that Andy and Joe would soon show up to
    enter the next King of Fighters tournament. Terry knows that this time, he must
    fight for a lot more than just his pride as a fighter and his desire to
    encounter worthy opponents: he must for the fate of the world, which has once
    again been jeopardized by the evil ambition of NESTS.
    	The "Lone Wolf" once again shows his fangs as the King of Fighters
    tournament kicks off this year! His fists and power now aim towards the downfall
    of NESTS, and he won't rest until he has found ultimate justice! But, Terry
    knows that deep inside, the disaster of Southtown allowed him to appreciate his
    beloved ones a lot more than before: his younger brother Andy, his close friend
    Joe, and his dearest Mary. He also knows that he made many friends in the
    tournament, and for that, he should be grateful. For them, Terry fights to the
    very end, once again helping out inmensely in the final downfall of NESTS, and
    the defeat of Igniz, the CEO of NESTS, atop his own space station. The space
    base falls to the ocean back on Earth, but Terry does manage to escape, hoping
    that a whole new era of peace will finally dawn on their planet.
    	Terry, as his nickname "Lone Wolf" implies, is always alone, but he is a
    very good natured fellow. He always seems to be cool and calm, but in battle, he
    attacks with fury and determination. He has many friends, many of which he met
    in battle. He also likes to play with kids and meet with his brother Andy and
    remember the good old times. He and Blue Mary seem to be attracted to each
    other, but Terry always seems to lose her phone number! When Terry fights, he
    does not always seek to win, but to take something from the fight.
    	REAL BOUT: FATAL FURY 2 TERRY BOGARD (The King of Fighters '98/ The King
    of Fighters R-2): Alternate version of Terry based on his Real Bout: Fatal Fury
    2 incarnation. He regains his long-range Power Wave, and his Rising Tackle goes
    back to being a charge motion. His Power Charge is nixed in favor of the Fire
    Kick (which esentially has the same functions as the Power Charge). He only has
    one DM: the Power Geyser (he loses the Angled Power Geyser DM).
    *Fun fact = -What does Terry's cap read? In FF 1, it had the old King of
    Fighters logo. In later versions, it either has nothing on it, or "Fatal Fury"
    engraved in it. Once, he even had "Neo Geo" engraved on the cap! Cheap plug-ins
    really make a difference! ^-^
    		-Who is that little kid that is with Terry in his victory poses in
    KOF 2001? Well, it's no other than Rock Howard, the main character in Garou:
    Mark of the Wolves (the latest Fatal Fury sequel), just 6 years away from hiis
    official debut (Garou takes place in the year 2008).
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters R-2, The King of
    Fighters EX: Neo Blood
    Other games: Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Fatal Fury 3: Road to
    Final Victory, Real Bout: Fatal Fury, Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout:
    Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Real Bout: Dominated Mind, Garou: Mark
    of the Wolves, Fatal Fury: First Contact, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000,
    Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire
    Fighting 2001, SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millenium
    Birthplace:           Unknown
    Birthdate:            January 9, 1970 (32 years old)
    Height:               1.82 m (5'10")
    Weight:               67 kg (147 lbs)
    Blood type:           B
    Hobbies:              Saving money, catalogue shopping
    Favorite food:        Beer
    Favorite sport:       All
    Most valuable:        Her wedding ring
    Hates the most:       Indecisive people, ghosts
    Fighting style:       Boxing
    	Perhaps once you consider Vanessa's past life, you may never have realized
    how this beautiful woman became the way she is now. As a matter of fact,
    Vanessa's youth was pretty much that of a normal girl. As a young woman, she
    fell in love with a tender and caring man, who promised her the best in life.
    Time passed, and both got married. Vanessa almost had her life drawn out for
    	But one can not erase the mistakes of the past. Her husband worked for
    some corporation which specialized in the fabrication of weapons. It's name was
    unknown, but Vanessa sort of heard the word "NESTS" mentioned a couple of times.
    It seemed that her husband was having trouble with this organization, and they
    he wanted out, once he realized what kind of man his commander has become. One
    day, Vanessa's husband went out to work...never to come back. He suddenly
    vanished, and later reported as dead.
    	The news caused havoc in Vanessa's soul. As a way to distract from the
    pain, Vanessa practiced boxing, which her husband exceled at. Her mind was full
    of questions, with no one to answer them. Her fury grew and grew, but no one to
    unleash it against. No longer could Vanessa hold back her suspicions. Vanessa
    now joins the organization which her husband was once part of to find out the
    truth about NESTS, without actually knowing the real truth....
    	Working under the orders of commander Ling, Vanessa realizes that the
    organization was mostly a mercenary agency. Vanessa gained her superiors'
    confidence after several successful missions. Her sheer determination to find
    out the truth behind NESTS was what made her the ferocious woman she is now.
    After a while, Ling summons her to his office. She is comissioned with the job
    of joining the next King of Fighters tournament, held by Ling himself. They are
    to follow the footsteps of the NESTS cartel, which Ling and his agency
    persecuted. Vanessa thought it would be the perfect time to find out what's
    going on. Vanessa is introduced with Seth, another top mercenary. Vanessa is
    assigned the hardest job: win the trust of K' and Maxima, former NESTS agents,
    and perhaps they could lead them to NESTS themselves. Vanessa is also assigned
    to find another fighter for the team, and Vanessa is given info about this
    man...not before given a strange medical treatment....
    	After the briefing, Vanessa and Seth go their separate ways. First,
    Vanessa goes to Mexico and recruits Ramon, a professional wrestler which was
    glad to show his power and skill to the world. After that came the hard part:
    trying to convince K' and Maxima to participate in the tournament. After all,
    both of them did not want to risk their lives by becoming the main target of
    NESTS. However, Vanessa, just like them, wants to destroy NESTS in order to bury
    her past, and live without drawbacks. Vanessa's dramatic story is what leads K'
    and Maxima to believe the same way, and finally accept.
    	Vanessa and the others have no problems in getting to the finals after
    letting their sheer sense of vengeance lead them to victory. Vanessa is
    contacted by Ling, and assigned to Southtown, where the finals are supposed to
    take place, in the industrial zone of the city. Weird things begin to happen
    once they set foot in Southtown, however, as they are suddenly attacked by a
    woman with similiar features to those of K'. K' stays to fight his alter-ego,
    and urges the other to destroy NESTS. Vanessa accepts and heads towards the
    designated spot: an abandoned factory.
    	With surprise, Vanessa finds out that Seth and his team are in the same
    spot as well. Once inside, Vanessa and the others are forced into a dark room by
    the unexpected assault of NESTS' agents that surround the complex. Once inside,
    Vanessa realizes that it was a set-up, staged by her own commander, Ling, or
    should we say, Zero! Zero congratulates Vanessa for her efforts, but her final
    job is yet to be done. She must give her fighting energy to Zero in order to
    activate the Zero Cannon and use it against NESTS! Vanessa realizes now what
    killed her husband, and even gets to know that she was injected with Zero's
    genetic code in order to enhance her abilities! With pure rage and anger,
    Vanessa dooms Zero to a swift death.
    	The memory of her departed husband burns into Vanessa's mind, and that is
    what finally helps her out in the final battle against Zero. After a hard fight,
    Zero is finally defeated by K'. Zero plans to fry everyone with the Zero Cannon
    anyway, but he is stopped by two enigmatic women. Without fully knowing what's
    going on, a huge stone falls on Vanessa's head, and everything goes dark...
    	When Vanessa finally wakes up, she finds herself being carried off by
    Ramon. Vanessa wonders about the fate of K' and Maxima, but Ramon, as always, is
    optimistic about them. Vanessa understands that the Zero Cannon has been fired,
    and that Southtown is doomed. She wonders about Ramon's current status, but
    Ramon jokes her off. This certainly ticks Vanessa off, but Ramon reminded her,if
    not for a while, of her husband. Now Vanessa is determined to live free from her
    anger, but not before making NESTS pay for their evil deeds!
    	Vanessa rests up for the next year, trying to think over the things that
    happened during the last King of Fighters tournament. She keeps in touch with
    her eternal partner, Seth, upon the activities of NESTS and the way to finally
    do away with them. The name of the King of Fighters tournament once again pops
    up, and Vanessa realizes that the chance to fight again has came. Vanessa tells
    Ramon the news, as Seth goes out to recruit a new teammate that proved to be of
    high risk: the insane Iori Yagami. Vanessa knew full well what Iori was capable
    of, as well as his blood-stained past. But Vanessa needed to take the risk in
    order to get to the bottom of NESTS.
    	The fists of Vanessa blaze once again in the King of Fighters tournament,
    pummeling faces to her heart's content. Vanessa's lightning paced speed and
    solid blows take her far into the tournament, up where she finally gets the
    chance to visit the main HQ of NESTS: a space station! Vanessa witnesses with
    relief how NESTS is finally thwarted, and falls in ruins down to Earth. But even
    after her nightmare ends, one problem remains: Iori, who could most likely turn
    against them in any minute, just like he did to all his former teammates.
    Vanessa thought it was the right moment to strike first, and Seth seemed to
    understand her perfectly. Reading their thoughts, Iori stands poised to mow down
    anybody who dares to challenge him. Vanessa and the others commence their attack
    on Iori, knowing that perhaps something good might come of all this.
    	Vanessa may act like a bitter woman, but she is really still a dreaming
    woman deep im her heart. She pretends to act tough and whack people around, but
    her real nature is that to be a caring woman and a good friend. The past memory
    of her husband still haunts her, which makes her sort of cold towards other men.
    Nonetheless, Vanessa's tough exterior contrasts a lot with her soft, tender
    *Fun fact = OK, so boxing women are not precisely a common sight nowadays, but
    to be sincere, Vanessa is the tallest and heaviest woman in the whole KOF
    series, so perhaps she can adapt to the style perfectly. Besides, sex doesn't
    really matter when a devastating left hook is blown in your face. Ouch!
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '99: Evolution (Dreamcast version, as a secret
    striker), The King of Fighters 2000, The King of Fighters 2001, The King of
    Fighters EX: Neo Blood (secret striker)
    Birthplace:              Unknown
    Birthdate:               November 28, 1970 (32 years old, assumed to be dead at
            age 26)
    Height:                  1.78 m (5'8")
    Weight:                  59 kg (130 lbs)
    Blood type:              A
    Hobbies:                 Collecting American comics
    Favorite food:           Plums
    Favorite sport:          Bench press
    Most valuable:           The signatured comic book of Dan Brereton
    Hates the most:          Saisyu Kusanagi
    Fighting style:          No style in particular, mainly power based attacks
    	Vice is one of the two Orochi assasins that work for Goenitz, one of the
    four Heavenly Kings of Orochi. Considered to be the most ruthless and sadistic
    of the duo, Vice is like a wild panther: always stalking their prey, and killing
    them with so much brutality. That could define Vice's work as an assasin for
    Goenitz, as her victims can no longer tell after falling prey to her slashing
    kicks and her incredible strength that allows her to carry some opponents which
    double her in weight and toss them like pieces of paper.
    	Always expecting the awakening of the Orochi, Vice works along Goenitz and
    aids him in killing the heir to the Clan of the Yata, who holds the seal. After
    liberating the power of Orochi, Goenitz still feels it is weak, and it will not
    help now. So, Vice awaits new orders, until an ambitious man known as Rugal
    Bernstein came looking for the Orochi power. Vice was about to enter into
    action, but Goenitz decides to take care of it himself. He faces Rugal, and
    tells him no mortal can ever possess the Orochi power. Rugal fights Goenitz to
    accomplish his plan, but Goenitz just swifts his hand, and it gouges Rugal's
    right eye. Surprised that he had survived the attack, Goenitz decides to lend
    Rugal a bit of the Orochi power. Rugal's body is racked in pain as the Orochi
    power is introduced in him. Then, Goenitz comissions both Vice and Mature to
    look over him. If he misuses the power and tries to use it against the Orochi,
    they will kill him. Vice and Mature go join Rugal, and keep a watching eye over
    	Vice always serves Rugal with her supposed loyalty, and Rugal, sensing her
    to be rather trustworthy, assigns Vice to brainwash Saisyu Kusanagi, whom Rugal
    had defeated earlier. Rugal had already been defeaten by Kyo Kusanagi the year
    before, and now he plans revenge, and Saisyu would be of use to blackmail Kyo.
    Vice proceeds to brainwash Saisyu with her power, but Saisyu turns to be more
    persistent than she thought. She uses all her mind power to clean Saisyu's
    brain, but is left almost without strength. Vice despises Saisyu for having
    exhausted her power, and is pretty glad when both Saisyu and Rugal fail in
    eliminating Kyo once again. Vice then prepares herself to dispose of Rugal,
    since he has used the Orochi power, but it is no need, since Rugal's power
    destroyed himself at the end. With their mission accomplished, Vice and Mature
    return to Goenitz.
    	But this time, Goenitz assigns the assasins to keep an eye on Iori Yagami.
    He is of Orochi blood, and he would become useful in the near future. So, he
    wants Mature and Vice to make a team with him for the next tournament, and lead
    him towards the Orochi bloodline. Vice and Mature go have a little tussle with
    Iori before offering their help. So, Iori has two new teammates to join the next
    	But Iori began to display an inmense power during the tournament, and Vice
    was amused at it. This man certainly had Orochi blood in his veins, but Vice
    never thought it was so powerful! Iori could even result a more powerful man
    than Goenitz, so Vice decided to rely on Iori to awaken Orochi instead of
    Goenitz. By the end of the tournament, Vice and Mature advice Iori to go to the
    stadium, since Goenitz would plan to attack there and kill Kyo for sure. Iori,
    not letting anybody kill Kyo but himself, goes to fight Goenitz. Goenitz thought
    Iori was going to help him, but it went all wrong, and ends up being defeated
    after Kyo and Iori join forces. Goenitz thought Mature and Vice were going to
    make him join the Orochi cause, but instead of that, they betrayed him! Goenitz
    curses both assasins, and vows that the treason will not go without pay. Goenitz
    then vanishes, and Mature and Vice go to help Iori out. But Ioir begins to feel
    sick, and enters the Riot of Blood, his Orochi blood beginning to awaken. Vice
    realizes too late that Iori is not of complete Orochi blood, but has gained his
    Orochi power via an unholy pact by his ancestors 660 years ago. Vice then
    suffers a miserable death at Iori's slashing hands, but is unknown if she is
    actually dead or not...
    	Vice is a blood-thirsty monster. She always likes to kill her opponents
    with so much violence, and finds to be quite relaxing to see blood all around.
    Mature and her are not precisely friends, they just help each other to free the
    power of Orochi. Vice also seems to be in an eternal state of anger and
    frustration, and always seems to be in the mood. She also despises Saisyu for
    having making her pass so much trouble in brainwashing him.
    *Fun fact = Is Vice suffering the Riot of Blood? Perhaps, but it doesn't seem to
    have full effect on her yet. She dangles her arms, just like Riot of Blood Iori
    does. She coughs up blood too, and that is one of the syntoms of Riot of Blood.
    It seems that all that violence that Vice seems so alike to, has made her Orochi
    blood awaken more than usual. She also seems to be want to be KILLED, as in one
    of her victory poses in KOF '98, she kneels and begs to kill her! Whoa...I wish
    Iori wanted that too...the loony bastard. ^-^
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '96, The King of Fighters '98, The King of
    Fighters 2000 (Iori Yagami's special striker along with Mature)
    Other games: Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium
    Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001
    Birthplace:                    Unknown
    Birthdate:                     October 12, 1983 (19 years old)
    Height:                        1.73 m (5'6")
    Weight:                        59 kg (130 lbs)
    Blood type:                    O
    Hobbies:                       None
    Favorite food:                 Honey
    Favorite sport:                None
    Most valuable:                 Uddodou (her whip)
    Hates the most:                Angels, abuse of the Internet (shame on you! :),
    Fighting style:                Soubenjutsu and Heidern style assasination
    	Whip's past is as shrouded in mystery as the young woman herself. She only
    remembers that she was looking for her brother, and the only name in her mind
    was NESTS, so that is where she heads to. She has always worked for the NESTS
    cartel as an assassin, expert in the use of firearms, and of course, her weapon
    of choice ever since she began her life of fighting: her whip, Uddodou. Whip,
    actually named Muchiko, never learned to do anything else, and it becomes
    troublesome for her. However, during her stance in the cartel, she meets a
    troubled young man, who at the same time, seems to act nicely around Whip: he
    called himself only Krizalid.
    	Whip is confessed that Krizalid is the most advanced Kyo Kusanagi clone to
    date, and that he is destined to make the NESTS cartel the reigning order of the
    world. However, Whip just can't imagine Krizalid as a world destroyer. They
    passed a lot of time together, up until the point that Krizalid considered her
    to be just like a sister. Whip knows the truth, but refuses to shatter the
    precious dream of Krizalid. Soon enough, Krizalid is doned with his battle suit,
    and he begins to change for the worst. During that period of time is when Whip
    finds out a shocking truth about Krizalid...and her lost brother.
    	Soon enough, Krizalid becomes obssessed in dominating the world, and pays
    little to no attention to Whip's warnings. Seeing how his dear friend had become
    mad of power, Whip realizes she has nothing to do in the NESTS cartel anymore.
    She leaves one night, and wanders around for awhile, before she hears about a
    mercenary agency named Ikari Warriors. Whip goes to the main Ikari base, and
    reports to commander Heidern. She would like to recruit herself in the Ikari
    Warriors. After seeing a display of her skills, Heidern deems her worthy of such
    honor, and soon enough, Whip raises her rank up to where few had reached
    	Whip is introduced to the main members of the Ikari Warriors: lieutenant
    Ralf, field leader. Clark, most important man. And Leona, another rookie in the
    Ikari lines. Whip and Leona soon find a lot in common. Both having personal
    conflicts that they don't want to share with anyone but themselves. They also
    were haunted by ghosts of the past. But in order to resolve their problems, they
    should first try to depend on others. Whip gets to go along with the unit quite
    well, as Heidern assigns Whip her first important mission: investigate the evil
    host of the next King of Fighters tournament. Somehow, Whip knew what was coming
    for them.
    	The familiar settings brings back some memories to Whip. She can't believe
    how much her friend has changed, and much less trying to activate the Kyo clones
    worldwide. Whip slowly guides her companions to the underground base, hoping
    Krizalid would reconsider sooner or later. As they near the base, Whip contacts
    Heidern, and summons the extermination squad. However, as soon as she does so,
    the whole base begins to crumble down. Whip urges her partners to flee as soon
    as possible. Leona vida for Whip to come with them. But Whip's mind is decided:
    she would face her past no matter what!
    	Whip slowly enters the main facility. Among the havoc, Whip sees a body
    underneath a rock in agony. It was Krizalid, severly battered up. Krizalid calls
    out for his sister, but Whip demands him to stop calling her that. All his past
    memories were just infused to him by the NESTS cartel, and that he was nothing
    more than an advanced clone of K', the ultimate Kyo clone. Krizalid curses his
    destiny, as Whip bids him farewell for the last time. "Thanks for the good
    memories", Whip silently whispers as she exits the base.
    	Outside, Whip is awaited by her commander and by her friends. Heidern
    demands an explanation. Whip simply salutes, and says she had to say goodbye to
    an old friend. Having said that, tears freely flow out of Whip's eyes. She knows
    Krizalid would be happier whereever he would be....
    	But Whip has finally found her desired answer to her prayers: since
    Krizalid was K's clone, then K' must be her brother! The memories of K' were
    implanted into Krizalid's mind, so it must be true. Filled with joy, Whip has
    dedicated herself to find K' on her own, but since K' was a fugitive, the Ikari
    Warriors had set a manhunt the likes that were never seen before. Worried for
    her brother and for the future actions of NESTS, Whip is the most decided member
    of the Ikari Warriors squad to enter the next King of Fighters tournament. But
    before anything else, Whip records a video, as if foretelling the outcome of
    this competition....
    	Growing concerned about her brother's fate, Whip arrives at Southtown,
    where the final battle (and surely, the NESTS cartel) is located. Whip scouts
    the area, to no avail. Suddenly, she receives orders from Ralf to hurry over to
    an abandoned factory in the industrial zone of Southtown, since he has lost
    contact with commander Heidern. While Leona, Ralf, and Clark go to assist
    Heidern, Whip takes an alternate route. After cruising a dark room, Whip finds a
    battered man on the ground, with a small, grey box. Whip is certain she has met
    him before, and it is true: it was Zero, one of the main NESTS agents. Zero
    opens the box to reveal an optic disk, knowing that Whip would come for it. Whip
    doesn't fully understand, but she takes the disk with her, knowing that it was
    the project data for this year. Heidern begins to contact her, but Whip ignores
    his commands. Whip then hurries from the exploding city....
    	Once outside, Whip looks over a precious meteor shower in the sky. It has
    been a long time ever since she saw such an amazing show. Suddenly, a more
    happier sight appears in front of Whip: it's K', who has managed to barely
    survive the explosion! He is accompanied by Maxima, but is a bit dumbfounded by
    the appearance of Whip. Once his memory returns, K' rips his special glove from
    his hand, and this time, he does not burn out of control. This means that he has
    controlled his power! K' and Whip smile at each other, but reunion time should
    wait for a better time. Whip leads her newfound brother and Maxima out of the
    burning ashes of Southtown...towards a new life.
    	As a way to make up for her absence in K's life, Whip joins K' in his
    quest for revenge against NESTS. Thanks to the information located in the optic
    disk that Zero gave her, Whip could locate several NESTS bases around the world.
    K' was resolved in destroying them all, searching for the missing ends of his
    past, but when they arrive at these locations, they are mysteriously empty.
    Almost as if NESTS knew they were coming. Place after place, not even a single
    NESTS agent could be found. Whip didn't understand what was going on, until they
    finally stumble upon someone who was also following the footsteps of NESTS: the
    lethal Hizoku ninja, Lin. Whip and the others manage to catch on Lin, but Whip
    knows better than anyone else what Lin is after: the traitor to the Hizoku clan,
    Ron, who also happens to be an active member of the NESTS cartel. Lin is amused
    that Whip knows so much, and Whip makes him an offer: to team up with them for
    the next King of Fighters tournament to finally defeat NESTS! Since NESTS was
    going public during this tournament, it would be their chance to find out what
    they're planning. Lin accepts, and Whip previews a mortal battle ahead.
    	For the first time ever, Whip enters the tournament without the help of
    his former partners, the Ikari Warriors, who she now has to fight against. But
    Whip is confident that she will resolve her brother's missing past if she gets
    to NESTS...and quite possibly even hers. Whip and the others, after winning
    several matches, are summoned to attend to the final match, which would take
    place in a blimp in flight. Whip knows something is definetly wrong, especially
    when the blimp takes off, gains speed, and sheds its' disguise: a rocket ship!
    But that's not the least of surprises...a familiar man steps up to challenge
    Whip and her comrades. It's Zero, but he is actually the real Zero, while the
    Zero that was defeated last year was merely a clone. Whip is surprised by this
    scheme, and suddenly, a clone of Krizalid and Ron himself appear by Zero's side!
    Zero predicts that a carnage will ensue, but they are going to be the victims
    now! Whip now stands by her brother's side to fend off the attack of Zero....
    	Whip and Maxima fight to fend off Krizalid and Zero's pet lion, while K'
    deals with Zero and Lin fulfills his destiny by fighting Ron. Whip and the
    others are victorious in the end as K' thrusts Zero to the ground. Zero
    honorably accepts defeat, and as he speaks, the ship begins to shake, and all of
    a sudden it begins to explode! Confused in the mayhem, Zero hurries them to exit
    the ship towards their destiny, which might not be nice, but will define a lot
    of things in their life. Zero bids the strong warriors farewell, as Whip is
    moved by Zero's honor. Whip hurries with K' and the others to the place where
    the ship docked...which turns out to be a space station! Whip knows for sure
    that this must be the main base for NESTS, as she locates a throne room where
    several ominous figures wait for them....
    	An eerie voice, claiming to be Igniz, the CEO of NESTS, greets the
    fighters. Whip notices that there is an old man sitting in the throne, and two
    tall figures standing next to him: a cloaked blond man and a female secretary.
    Whip assumes that the old man is Igniz as he keeps talking trash to K' and his
    comrades. K' gets cocky and talks back some more smack. Igniz claims that he
    will grant K' back his memories, so K' can fight him at full strength and
    without a doubt in his mind. In a moment, K' recovers from his amnesia, and the
    tall blonde man grabs the old man's head, and disintegrates him! He is actually
    Igniz, who has turned against his own president. Even though he was just a
    lackey, Whip knows that Igniz has more power than what they can actually see
    about him...which is proved right soon after when Igniz begins to pummel K' and
    the others around with incredible ease. Igniz' power is indeed fearful and
    awesome! It takes help from Kyo and the others to finally aid K' in defeating
    Igniz after a long, twisted battle for life and death.
    	With his delusional divine dreams crumbled, Igniz slowly walks his way up
    to where some pillars are located. But before he places his hands on it and
    sends the space station crumbling down, Igniz claims that even Whip herself is a
    clone, and now that she has shunned the existence of a human god among them, she
    would never know her true past! The following events for Whip are totally passed
    by: she never even paid attention to the space base falling down to sea, and
    escaping from certain death. Whip regroups with Diana and Kula, former NESTS
    agents, to find out certain details of NESTS that could lead them to knowing
    what is left of them, but most of all, Whip wants to know if there is some
    evidence that can lead her to her own mysterious past. Whip is happy that K' has
    recovered his memory, but she knows that her own quest for self-encounter has
    just begun.
    	Whip is quite enigmatic and silent for a young woman of her age, but is
    comprehensible once you realize that she didn't pass too much with the rest of
    society. Despite being surrounded by violence and death, Whip secretly desires
    true happiness one day. It hurts her to see what Krizalid had turned into, for
    she knows that Krizalid is not truly evil. She finds new hopes in her friends
    Ralf, Clark, and Leona. A family, that Whip never enjoyed of and keeps looking
    for, and one that she hopes Krizalid may find one day.
    *Fun fact = The fact that we thought that Whip's original name was to be that of
    "Uippu" (which, once you see it right, is just "Whip" spelled in Japanese).
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '99, The King of Fighters 2000, The King of
    Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood (as a striker for the Ikari
    Other games: SNK Gals Fighters
    Birthplace:                   Germany
    Birthdate:                    Unknown
    Height:                       2.00 m (6'5")
    Weight:                       145 kg (319 lbs)
    Blood type:                   A
    Hobbies:                     Collecting antiques
    Favorite food:               Anything
    Favorite sport:              Has no interest, but can play anything
    Most valuable:               Chivalry
    Hates the most:              Vanity, falsehood
    Fighting style:              Combination of several martial arts
    	Wolfgang Krauser is the latest heir to the Strolheim bloodline, which has
    produced a very long line of terrible dictators, which besides being a threat
    for Europe in past centuries, they have also been distinguished as admirable
    warriors. Krauser is now aimed to be the most powerful in his family, as his
    strength is more than a match for many fighters. Some say that Krauser even
    killed his own father to gain the title of heir to the Strolheim clan, but one
    fact remains true: Krauser lives to fight worthy opponents, and trash them and
    claim honor for the Strolheim way.
    	Since very young, and surrounded by a middle-age climate, Krauser learned
    the tradtional gentleman values, but he is very different in the battlefield.
    Having been trained by his father, Krauser has learned to wield the inmense
    power that was inherited to him. But Krauser was not satisfied in just
    practicing. He wanted to prove what was going on in the rest of the world. When
    Krauser grew up, he began to do some random travels to different places in the
    world, in order to face the strongest fighters. Krauser had no fun in destroying
    them, and once he returned to his castle in Germany, he dedicated himself to
    listening to his personal orchestra. Such was Krauser's life, always bored with
    the lack of competition...until one day.
    	Krauser was informed about a man named who had defeated Geese Howard, the
    main crime leader of Southtown. Krauser personally knew Geese, and he was
    surprised somebody could defeat him. His blood boiling with excitement, Krauser
    decides to once again travel the world to meet this man. Krauser met several
    people whom he considered to be the candidates for having defeated Geese, but
    none where as worthy. Some challenged Krauser too, but he just blew them away.
    The power and skills Krauser had were fearful. Being able to devastate an entire
    group of fighters in just a few seconds, Krauser did not last long in passing
    undetected by several fighters who wanted a shot at him. But one of them was the
    only man worthy to fight him: Terry Bogard, the man who had defeated Geese. The
    battle ensued in Krauser's castle, where Krauser and Terry displayed an inmense
    show of power and speed. The battle was very even, both fighters enjoying the
    most out of the fight. Krauser delivered his best blows, but Terry resisted, he
    too giving away terrible hits. However, soon Krauser was getting tired while
    Terry was still up and going. While Krauser had lost his time fooling around,
    Terry had gained much experience and skills from his past battles, and was able
    to defeat Krauser at the end.
    	Nothing was heard from Krauser until 1996, where he joined Geese and his
    lackey, Mr. Big, and formed a very powerful team. Krauser wished to fight Terry
    again, but he was also very excited to fight all those other great fighters.
    Even though Geese was using him to take over the Orochi power, Krauser had a
    great time. He now realized how Terry got so good last time, and decides to
    fight for fun as well, as he too, extracts experience from the battle.
    	Some may say Krauser is an evil and ruthless man, but this only happens in
    the battlefield, where Krauser displays an incredible brutality. In real life,
    Krauser is a honorable man, always using his rights as a gentleman. He always
    wears the Strolheim armor wherever he goes, disposing of it when he fights. He
    loves to fight and defeat worthy opponents, but sometimes his strength is so
    great few people can resist it.
    *Fun fact = Krauser seems to get his payback when he defeats Terry in RBS, and
    this also happened in the second Fatal Fury anime. It seems that Krauser is the
    only man who can brag defeating Terry!
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '96
    Other games: Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special,
    Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2, Real Bout: Dominated Mind, Fatal Fury: First Contact
    "Shrine of Seven Shackles"
    Birthplace:                Japan
    Birthdate:                 December 31, 1973 (29 years old, assumed to be dead
               at age 24)
    Height:                    1.90 m (6'2")
    Weight:                    99 kg (218 lbs)
    Blood type:                O
    Hobbies:                   Band, travelling
    Favorite food:             Menma
    Favorite sport:            Swimming
    Most valuable:             Amber
    Hates the most:           Eggplants, narrow places
    Fighting style:           No style in particular, mainly power based attacks
    	Yashiro is a lonely man who wanders the world playing his guitar. Ever
    since he has memory, Yashiro only remembers playing his guitar in local places,
    and getting in a brawl once in awhile. Getting tired of his hometown, Yashiro
    grabs his things and begins to travel around the globe.
    	Yashiro then finds two persons who he seems to identify himself with: in
    France, he meets Shermie, a beautiful woman who plays the keyboard. Besides
    noticing something very familiar in her, Yashiro was very attracted to her.
    Then, in Sweden, Yashiro meets a little kid called Chris, who was an antisocial
    child, but seemed to be very friendly with Yashiro. He plays the drums, so
    Yashiro has formed a music band. Soon, the band begins to play around the world,
    and thousands of fans claim them. Yashiro feels alive, and sometimes even feels
    the souls of the crowd. But Yashiro also feels a sort of special bond between
    him and his two partners. Something beyond life and death...
    	Yashiro was excited when he was invited to play at a big performance in
    Japan as the lead stars. Yashiro rehearsed hard to be as good as ever, and
    Shermie and Chris were a bit tired out because of this. The big day arrived, and
    a roaring crowd arrived at the scene, a number which Yashiro had never seen. His
    fingers were trembling with excitement, but was left out cold when the manager
    tells them they have to wait their turn. Yashiro furiously demands an
    explanation, and the manager tells them a new band has appeared recently and has
    gained a large number of fans. Yashiro walks with rage towards front stage. He
    then sees a red-haired man at stage, driving the crowd wild. Yashiro left, anger
    flowing in his eyes, but he also seemed to feel something in that man's soul
    that made him feel so familiar...the same feeling he sensed with Shermie and
    Chris as well.
    	Yashiro passed the last few days training in his fighting style rather
    than rehearsing, and get his chance against the red-haired devil. His chance
    came when the King of Fighters tournament arrived. Yashiro did not have an
    invitation, so he recommended his friends to go get some "free" invitations.
    When they accomplish their mission, Yashiro is now ready to kick that man's
    butt! It seems his name is Iori Yagami, and Yashiro now marks him as his prey in
    the tournament. However, not much later, Yashiro begins to feel how his blood
    boils, as his Orochi blood begins to awaken. He would soon arise as one of the
    four Heavenly Kings of Orochi, and would fight to gather fighting energy for
    Orochi! Yashiro becomes the most fearful threat for the fighters, and when he is
    finally defeated after many sacrifices, Yashiro tells them that it is useless
    now, since Orochi has received enough energy. He and Shermie then kill
    themselves to fully awaken the Orochi. It is unknown if Yashiro survived
    	Yashiro is a proud, arrogant man, who thinks that his good looks rival his
    own skills. He also always seems to appear that after a fight, he is not tired.
    He also makes fun of the opponent's skills, and does not like to be accompanied
    by weaklings. Yashiro's passion lies in his music, though, and in his friendship
    with Chris and Shermie. He seems to like Shermie as well. However, Yashiro has
    no other path but to follow his duty as a Heavenly King of Orochi, and fight to
    sacrifice his life for the Orochi.
    	OROCHI YASHIRO NANAKASE (The King of Fighters '97/The King of Fighters
    '98/The King of Fighters R-1/ The King of Fighters R-2): The awakened form of
    Yashiro Nanakase, as one of the four Heavenly Kings of Orochi. He gains
    tremendous power from the earth, and is able to shaken the earth beneath his
    feet with his power! His clothes gain a purple hue. Yashiro is destined to
    sacrifice his life for the Orochi cause. All of his special moves and DM are
    different from those of normal Yashiro (one of his DM even mimics one of
    Daimon's DM!).
    *Fun fact = It seems that Goenitz' clothes are the official clothes of a
    Heavenly King of Orochi! Yashiro and Chris wear identical clothes to Goenitz.
    It's all in the style! ^_^
    Appearances: The King of Fighters '97, The King of Fighters '98, The King of
    Fighters 2000 (Ralf Jones' special striker), The King of Fighters: Kyo, The King
    of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters R-2
    "The Lily beyond the Hill"
    Birthplace:                Japanese (of American heritage)
    Birthdate:                 December 7, 1976 (26 years old)
    Height:                    1.68 m (5'5")
    Weight:                    59 kg (130 lbs)
    Blood type:                A
    Hobbies:                  Karaoke
    Favorite food:            Sweet curry rice
    Favorite sport:           Softball
    Most valuable:            Friends, Ronnet's (her mother) earrings
    Hates the most:           Octopus
    Fighting style:           Kyokugenryo Karate
    	Yuri Sakazaki is the younger daughter of Takuma Sakazaki, and the little
    sister of Ryo Sakazaki. Ever since she was very young, Yuri's mother died, and
    her father was left to take care of her and her brother alone. Takuma loved both
    of his children, but he dedicated more time to Ryo, as he was to be the heir of
    the Kyokugenryo Karate style. However, he never let Yuri out of the picture, and
    was always a loving father. Yuri always looked up to her father, and wishes that
    someday she will be as strong as he is. But Ryo never accepted the idea of his
    sister training, since it could get her into trouble. Yuri then found a friend
    in the new boy that had just arrived from Italy: Robert Garcia. She had much fun
    talking with him, but her father and her brother always seemed to be obssesed in
    separating them. However, Yuri liked to be with Robert, as she considered him to
    be an invaluable friend.
    	Yuri was in the dojo one day, when she suddenly received the visit of
    several strange people. All dressed in black, and they refused to answer Yuri's
    questions. Realizing they were not there for anything good, Yuri tried to
    escape, but she was too slow, and got kidnapped. She was stashed in a dark room,
    and remained there for several days. She was very worried about her family, and
    was also thinking a lot about Robert. Suddenly, one day, the door opened, and
    Yuri was able to crawl out. She then finds out Ryo and Robert fighting a man
    with a "tengu" (bird) mask. Being so unite with her father, Yuri recognizes the
    man to be Takuma, and bids Ryo not to hurt him anymore. Takuma then removes his
    mask, and reveals his true identity. The whole family and Robert now go back to
    the dojo, and plot their comeback against Geese Howard, the man who kidnapped
    Yuri, and blackmailed Takuma into working for him. However, Geese already had
    his hands full with the Bogard brothers, who had came to exact revenge on Geese
    for the death of their father. After rescuing her father, Yuri asks Takuma to
    train her in Kyokugenryo Karate without letting Ryo know. Takuma accepts, and
    both begin training, making Yuri some exceptional progress in quite a few time.
    	When Yuri considered herself ready for action, she received a terrible
    notice. When she was looking forward to making a team with her father and her
    brother in the new King of Fighters tournament. But Ryo refuses since he does
    not want her to make fun of Kyokugenryo Karate. They admit Robert insetad, and
    Yuri is so furious, she goes to a bar in Southtown, and demands a drink. Then,
    she sees an invitation for the King of Fighters tournament, held by the host of
    the bar, King. Yuri then rushes over to beg her to join her and make a team.
    Unfortunately, so was a bouncy ninja girl called Mai Shiranui. Both got in an
    argument, and King had no other way but to accept both of them. Now, the all-
    female team of England now enters, and all shall fear both their beauty and
    fighting skills!
    	After fighting in two tournaments, Yuri is called back to the dojo by her
    father. Upon her return, Takuma tells her to take his place in the Kyokugenryo
    Team, since she has showed her value to him. But Yuri has already found somebody
    to fight with, but Takuma persuades her a bit more by threatening to cancel her
    credit cards. Yuri then has to join Ryo and Robert and fight to represent
    Kyokugenryo Karate, much to Ryo's dismay and Robert's joy. Now, Yuri vows to
    honor her father by fighting in the King of Fighters tournament, although she
    just wishes that he stops being such a pushover at the end of each tournament,
    when he gives very boring speeches using his old "tengu" mask and calling
    himself Mr. Karate! She also accepts to clean the honor of Kyokugenryo Karate
    when the dojo gets trashed and the students get whacked. Yuri is always ready to
    help in anyway she can!
    	Yuri lives her life as a carefree young woman after Orochi is erradicated
    of this world, but not for very long. She is once again called back to action
    when the next King of Fighters tournament comes up. Not the one to let down her
    family and friends, Yuri trains harder to ever that she too, despite being the
    only female of the team, can put up quite a display of what Kyokugenryo Karate
    can do!
    	Once the tournament ends, a sense of nostalgia invades Yuri. It has been a
    long time since Yuri has joined her father's team, but she misses the days where
    she wrecked havoc in the tournament along with Mai and King. Tired of being tied
    to her father's quelms, Yuri finally declines to be in the Kyokugenryo Team once
    more, and leaves her team without a clue of who they would team up with (leaving
    Robert grief-stricken). One day, she meets up with Mai, and the decision is
    made: they are to make a team again! King now replaces Yuri's place in the
    Kyokugenryo Karate team, and Mai invites her old friend Kasumi Todoh over.
    However, one team member is missing, but the answer arrives in the form of
    school-girl-turned-Sumo-wrestler Hinako Shijou, during a local martial arts
    tournament. Now, Yuri determines herself to prove the world the power of true
    female power!
    	Yuri returns to Southtown in order to attend to the rebuilding of the
    Kyokugenryo dojo that was heavily damaged after the Zero Cannon explosion,
    willing to help his father and brother out. But it is then when tragedy strikes!
    A sad Robert arrives at the dojo, and admits that his company had gone bankrupt
    thanks to a world financial crisis that went directly against his empire. Yuri
    is worried about Robert's stamina, so she decides to help him out, for once!
    Yuri will have to team up with his family and Robert once more, this time to
    help her beloved Robert.
    	Putting in her best effort, Yuri does her best to hold the Kyokugenryo
    name up high. This time, she can't let anything hold her back! As the tournament
    draws to an end, with the final demise of NESTS, Yuri watches with joy as Robert
    gets his wealth back from the prize money of the tournament. But now, she
    wonders what Robert is going to buy her now that he's rich again? Robert is mad
    at the fact that the Sakazakis are only interested in his financial resources,
    but Yuri knows that they appreciate Robert for what he is and not for what he
    has (although that sure helps!).
    	Yuri is a very sweet young lady, always caring about her friends and her
    family. She loves her father and sees him like an example, and respects her
    brother as well, but is bothered when he always gets involved in her business.
    She also likes being with Robert, but she has denied to show him her feelings
    since his journey to Southtown to help a childhood friend. She has lots of
    friends in the tournament and outside of it, and likes to go out with them. In
    all, she is a very friendly young lady.
    	ART OF FIGHTING YURI SAKAZAKI (The King of Fighters '98/ The King of
    Fighters R-2): Alternate version of Yuri based on her Art of Fighting 2 and King
    of Fighters '95 incarnations. She regains her long-range Koh-Ho-Ken, her Saiha
    (a shield move), and her Rai-Ou-Ken (jumping projectile). She also gains back
    her Hundred Slaps special grab. She still regains two DM: the Hien Houou Kyaku
    and the Haoh-Sho-Koh-Ken, and her Yuri Cho Upper DM is changed for the Shin Cho
    Upper DM.
    *Fun fact = Yuri really needs to stop watching Street Fighter! Lately, she has
    gained two DM which are similiar to two supers of Ryu and Ken, the heroes of the
    SF series. The Yuri Cho Upper is a ripoff of Ken's Shoryureppa, and the Shin Cho
    Upper is a ripoff of Ryu's Shin Shoryuken. She also has Sakura's Shun-pu-Kyaku.
    And now, in KOF 2001, Yuri gets herself a ripoff of the infamous Shun Goku Satsu
    from Akuma (better known as the "Raging Demon"), and guess how it's called? The
    Shin Yuri Satsu! Whoopie! ^_^; If that was not enough, she even ripoffs the
    "Service, service!" victory pose from Misato Katsuragi of the Neon Genesis
    Evangelion anime series. Random ripoffs is every day's history! ^_^
    Appearances: 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: Kyo, The King of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters R-2, The King of
    Fighters EX: Neo Blood (as a striker for the Kyokugenryo Team)
    Other games: Art of Fighting 2, SNK Gals Fighters, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium
    Fight 2000, Capcom vs. SNK: Millenium Fight 2000 - Pro, Capcom vs. SNK 2:
    Millionaire Fighting 2001, SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millenium
    Birthplace:               Unknown
    Birthdate:                October 7, 1956 (46 years old, assumed to be dead at
              age 46)
    Height:                   1.93 m (6'3")
    Weight:                   88 kg (194 lbs)
    Blood type:               O
    Hobbies:                  Working
    Favorite food:            Sukiyaki, sushi
    Favorite sport:           Golf, baseball
    Most valuable:            Transformation skills
    Hates the most:           Traitors
    Fighting style:           No style in particular, mainly a striking style and
      cutter attacks
    *Sushi = Japanese dish, made mainly of raw fish
    	Zero is one of the higher-ranked NESTS agents. Due to his rank, Zero
    managed to become one of the most important men among the NESTS cartel, aiding
    them in their evil plans. A man who was purely devoted to the cartel, Zero was
    always loyal and faithful to his organization, and along with his fellow
    executive Igniz, carried NESTS to new heights as ordered by their wise leader.
    When their plan for world conquest was set in motion, Zero was commanded to
    watch over the performance of the Kusanagi cloning process, set forth by one of
    their lower ranked officers, Krizalid.
    	Zero began his true work when the Krizalid project had begun. Acting as
    the project supervisor, he was to monitor all actions done by Krizalid, and also
    analyze the performance of K', who is a human being infused with Kusanagi power.
    After Krizalid was defeated, Zero was the ominous voice who talked to the heroes
    of the battle. Zero considers Krizalid to be a worthless agent, and dispatches
    him by launching a huge boulder over Krizalid. After proclaiming the superiority
    of NESTS, Zero retreats to seclusion once again....
    	During one full year, Zero begins the fabrication of what should be the
    most fearsome weapon ever created by man: the Zero Cannon. A killer satellite
    that would orbit the Earth in outer space, it would contain a huge laser cannon
    that would be able to fire at any designated spot on the ground. But this type
    of destructive energy needed an equally powerful energy source. Using the same
    technology that was used for Krizalid's battle armor, Zero fabricated a power
    generator that would be able to absorb the fighting energy of any human being.
    The generator would then channel the energy towards the Cannon, and power it up
    enough for it to destroy whole cities at once. Not one, but twenty of these
    death machines were created. Zero knew these were weapons capable of wiping out
    any designated point on the face of the planet. But he needs someone outside the
    organization to launch it, to avoid suspitions....To accomplish this, Zero
    created a clone of himself that would assume another image, and infiltrate a
    local mercenary agency that would prove most valuable for his plans.
    	The Ikari Warriors proved to be the perfect target for Zero's evil plans.
    That way, he could avoid any possible investigation by his bosses. But there was
    no direct way to approach the mercenary squad. Zero, using the advanced clone
    technology of the NESTS cartel, created a clone of himself, and programmed him
    to pass as a fellow mercernary commander named Ling, who would lead the fighters
    straight into his trap. His plan would soon begin....
    	Taking advantage of the friendship between Ling and Heidern, Zero launches
    the Zero Cannon to outer space, saying that it would be a weapon to use against
    NESTS. After that, Zero suggests Heidern to organize a new King of Fighters
    tournament in order to attract NESTS out of their hideout. In order to do so,
    Zero advises that Heidern should follow K' and Maxima, former NESTS agents, who
    should be able to confess something about NESTS' whereabouts. While Zero fixes
    that situation, he also makes some movements on his side. He dispatches two of
    the most important agents that worked for Ling, and sends them to attract the
    former members of the fighters of the faithful battle one year ago. Seth and
    Vanessa are assigned to search out for K', Maxima, Benimaru Nikaido, and Shingo
    Yabuki, and bring them to Southtown for the final battle. Zero's plan begins as
    	But NESTS has also moved their pieces. After sending the "anti-K'" Kula to
    stop Zero's plans, NESTS plans to wipe their trace in Southtown. Meanwhile, as
    the tournament advances under the happy gesture of Zero, the final battle in
    Southtown nears. After Heidern realizes that things aren't going as planned,
    Zero puts the final part of his plan into motion. He captures Heidern using his
    soldiers, which posed as Ling's soldiers, to stop Heidern from any further
    interference. Now, Zero prepares himself for the final match in a temple located
    behind an abandoned factory in the industrial zone of Southtown.
    	When Maxima and the others arrive with Zero, he tells them his malevolent
    intentions. He even used his own agents, Seth and Vanessa, as pawns in his
    maniacal game. He injected them with his own genetic code to enhance their
    abilities so they could perform better in battle. Facing the rage and anger of
    many of the fighters in front of him, Zero manages to get one step closer. The
    warriors are so angry that they will fight with no drawbacks. This will gain him
    enough energy to charge the Zero Cannon!
    	During the battle, Zero manages to display two styles: one of them was
    pure strength and speed, using his power and his razor-edged skirt. The second
    part of the battle, when things suddenly got serious, Zero used dark arts in
    order to surprise his opponents, and even use his own fighting aura to create
    chaos around him. After wiping out practically all the resistance, Zero declares
    himself the winner, but not before Lin stabs him in the back. Furious, Zero
    gives Lin a sound beating, but now he has to face K'. Zero feels that his body
    doesn't reply to his commands anymore. The stab from Lin injected poison into
    his body, downgrading his physical status, allowing K' to deliver the final
    	Badly wounded and enraged, Zero is ready to activate the Zero Cannon,
    since it should already have enough energy to blow his enemies to bits. However,
    the generator does not respond to his command inputs. Suddenly, Zero is
    inmobilized, and two mysterious women, called Diana and Foxy, appear at his
    sides. They condemn Zero to death for trying to betray NESTS. Amidst his anguish
    and pain, Zero watches how Kula activates the Zero Cannon from outer space. The
    beam falls on the temple itself, and Zero receives the impact head on. In his
    dying place, Zero delivers Whip the project data, and watches over as Kyo and
    Iori engage in their faithful battle, before finally being buried by the debris
    of the falling temple, with Southtown as his crumbled tomb....
    	But the original Zero was still safe and sound in the main NESTS HQ. He
    was disgusted at the clone's feeble attempts to destroy NESTS. His superiors
    were shocked that Zero's clone would attempt such an outrageous action against
    their own organization. But Zero discarded the action as an individual action
    carried out by his clone. What was important now was to plan the scheme for next
    year, as the leader of NESTS intended to set out their primary plan to world
    conquest. The fighting data information had already been gathered and saved in
    the main database of NESTS' computers, so all that was left was to take care of
    all those fighters once and for all. This way they would ruin the world of the
    strongest fighters they had, leaving the planet hopeless! Zero was more than
    willing to clean his image to his superiors, but he noticed a funny way in which
    his comrade Igniz had been acting lately.
    	Zero was summoned by the president of NESTS as the King of Fighters
    tournament was well underway. There he was faced by Igniz, but said nothing to
    the president about his suspitions. The president of NESTS commands Zero to
    destroy the winners of the King of Fighters tournament as soon as possible, and
    tells Zero to take one of their rocket ships and lead them to their main HQ,
    where they will surely become guinea pigs for NESTS in their new world order.
    Zero accepts, and soon comes up with an idea to camoflage the ship as a mere
    blimp so it won't cause any suspition. Zero does so, and leads the winning teams
    into his own trap....
    	As soon as the teams board the blimp, Zero discards the blimp disguise,
    and sets the ship towards a new course: the main HQ of NESTS in outer space!
    Meanwhile, he walks down to the bridge along with his pet lion to face the
    winning team himself. He is pleased to see that it is K' and his partners who
    have arrived this far. Everyone is surprised to see Zero still alive, but Zero
    tells them about his treacherous clone. But this time, things would be very
    different since they would now face the original! But Zero knows that facing
    them alone would be a mistake. He summons the help of his sidekicks: a clone of
    Krizalid, which Zero had made from the Krizalid project data, scrapped 2 years
    ago. He also summoned Ron, who had bone to pick with Lin, one of K's teammates.
    He even pits his own lion into battle, as Zero comes face to face with K', and
    claims that he won't be getting away this time!
    	Zero indeed shows that he has a lot more power and skill than his clone,
    and it shows when he displays a great amount of force behind his techniques. But
    K' knows what he is going up against, having faced Zero's clone a year before.
    After a moment of letting his guard down, K' begins his assault, and Zero is
    unable to resist for too long. Zero is then defeated by K', as well as his
    sidekicks are defeated by K's partners. But Zero doesn't seem to take harsh
    decisions as his clone did. He just stands there, disappointed but calm. He
    admits his inferior technique, and notices that the rocket ship has finally
    arrived at the NESTS space station. Knowing what would come next, Zero tells K'
    and the others to keep on going, since the real fight has yet to begin. Then,
    Zero notices that the whole place is beginning to explode and come down in a
    heartbeat. Zero hurries the others, as he stands there with resolve. K' and his
    friends manage to escape, as K' bids farewell to Zero. Zero knows that whatever
    Igniz is planning, he won't get away with it. Zero stands tall to the very end,
    as the ship explodes and vanishes into the dark void of space.
    	The two sides of Zero are expressed in the 2 tournaments in which he took
    place in: one, his clone, which expressed his own ambition and desire to control
    NESTS and take over the world using the power they wielded. But his true self,
    although loyal to NESTS, is not evil at all. He is actually quite honorable, and
    likes to have a fair match. He will do anything for the cause of NESTS, and will
    not hold back against anyone. Zero pledges his alliance to the president of
    NESTS even during his final hour, as the true warrior he is.
    *Fun fact = From hero to zero? Many people didn't like Krizalid that much, but
    mostly because he was cheap, not precisely because he was a bad design (although
    he dressed like Prince or something). However, Zero has been tagged as the worst
    last boss of the KOF series, mostly since his design is lame (somewhat of a two-
    bit Rugal), and he's THAT easy to beat once you've gotten the hang of it. Well,
    at least the True Zero from KOF 2001 doesn't look so bad, but still his attacks
    are so-so.
    Appearances: The King of Fighters 2000, The King of Fighters 2001 (as True Zero)
    	Well, that's all, folks! This is my second videogame story FAQ (well, the
    second fighting game story FAQ, to be precise), the first one being that of the
    Street Fighter series. Why a story FAQ? Well, many people don't know much about
    the story of the characters, and when they finish the game, questions like "Why
    did he/she did that?" or "Why did that guy appear there?" always pop up. Then,
    many questions arise of the characters themselves. So, here you go. Also, I just
    LOVE writing! It's one of my favorite hobbies, aside of drawing and (of course!)
    videogaming. Of course, most of the fanfics of videogames and anime in general
    where the ones to cultivate this passion. The SF story FAQ came from a insistent
    request of the stories of some characters, and can you believe I did this FAQ
    just because Hanzo (S.Holmes) had some doubts of some character's profiles?
    Geez, I'm such a crazy bastard looking for some stupid excuse, eh? Well, the
    credits go in order of importance...well, sort of :P.
    1.- SNK (http://www.neogeo.co.jp/)
         Of course, the primary credit goes to the company who made the King of
    Fighters series possible, SNK! Honestly, SNK has gone a long way from being a
    third-party company for the 8-bit Famicom/NES (Crystalis and Iron Tank still
    rock! :) and from their first fighting games (Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting,
    etc.), to being one of the top fighting game companies in the business. Some
    people may say they have surpassed the daddy of all fighting game companies,
    Capcom, but they have yet to make a game as balanced and skillful as Street
    Fighter II: Turbo Hyper Fighting or Super Street Fighter II Turbo. However, as
    of late, SNK is winning in the long run, due to great games such as The King of
    Fighters '98 and '99 and both Last Blade games, while Capcom has four certain
    games that truly ruin their reputation (*coughcoughVersusseriescoughcough*). Of
    course, a company is recognized more by other games aside from those of   the
    fighting genre (and SNK has yet to create series as legendary as Mega Man and
    Resident Evil, but Metal Slug and Pulstar still rule!), but SNK is gaining a lot
    of terrain! Truly, a company in the uprise...
    2.- Local arcade stands
          SNK produces the games, but it is no use if somebody doesn't get them! And
    I know many people just can't afford a Neo Geo and play them in the comfort of
    their own home (or wait for their conversion for other systems, and sometimes
    they have to buy import games to do that!). So you can just only go to your
    local arcade, pass the local Mortal Kombat 4 and Versus game (and if you can,
    spit at 'em!), and plink a quarter in the SNK arcade cabinet! And thank God KOF
    '98 has gotten a larger distribution than past SNK games...is it just me, or is
    Capcom losing its sphere of influence in the Mexican arcade scene? I have only
    seen TWO Third Strike machines in a lot of states that I have visited, and while
    KOF '99 isn't all that hot, either, at least you see a plethora of these games
    compared to recent Capcom games. My most uttermost thanks now go the only stand
    I visit in my new hometown (Leon, Guanajuato, a couple of miles away from
    Irapuato): Delijuegos! It's located in downtown Leon (among a bunch of other
    stands), but they get all the KOF games (and they got Marvel vs. Capcom 2, as
    well) before anyone else! I visit there every Saturday evening, so if you want a
    good beating (hah hah, did you believe that? :) you know where to find me. I
    will still extend a thanks (though I'm a bit reluctant, mind you) to the best
    arcade stand in Irapuato, the small arcade 'Cerebro', owned by my personal
    friend, Arturo "Oni Man" Rocha (he has one of the high scores in Kao Megura's
    The King of Fighters '97 FAQ, with his bizarre team of Shingo Yabuki, Chizuru
    Kagura,and Riot of Blood Iori Yagami). Dude, invite me to the next KOF
    presentation, don't be such a hog! And thanks to all the competiton as well
    (skilled and scrub players alike)!
    3.- Chika (http://members.aol.com/iorin/chika)
           Thanks for the bio sheets of most of the characters. Now, she draws cute
    characters, has a really nice page (fanfics and J-pop), but do you think she's a
    very nice girl? Well, you're in for a surprise, because she is pretty harsh with
    people who are not friends to her! She has gotten very antisocial due to all
    those spammy bastards that always bother her. However, despite all her
    conditions and closed mind, she's still a pretty nice girl. Warning to all:
    better NOT send senseless crap to her mail, or else I'll beat ya down with a
    dead raccoon! Too bad there is no more KOF info on the page. Guess Chika just
    snapped, and voila, no more nice info for us. I wonder why she won't like fans?
    Is she like Benimaru or what?
    4.- Kao Megura (http://i.am/kao)
            Thanks for some names of some moves, extracted from his FAQ. In fact, he
    is THE FAQ man! He has created lots and lots of FAQs, and he has taken Joe
    Palanca's throne in doing the most complete KOF FAQs. He also the most complete
    Dan Hibiki FAQ in the net! Fear the power of Saikyo-ryuu, ya Shoto lugs! ^-^
    	Kao, you're da man. I hope someday, we can join minds and perhaps create
    one BIG, most complete FAQ in history. How 'bout it? Can we call it amends for
    SNK vs. Capcom? A big FAQ for a big game!
    5.- The King of Fighters Mailing List (kof-request@dhp.com with subject
    "Subscribe" to subscribe)
            The most complete source for KOF info in the net. Whatever you want to
    know about strategies, combos, and other random KOF stuff you can find it right
    here! However, don't think we are so dumb to accept that Iori Yagami rules with
    skill in The King of Fighters '96, or that Benimaru Nikaido, Terry Bogard, and
    Blue Mary were the coolest team of KOF '97, because it might blow up in your
    face! Most important members (not in any particular order): EX Andy, Shlomo
    Abraham, Brian Lui, Yasakani, Yuhang, Pancho, and well, me! ^_^
    	Extra thanks: Sheila "Mao" Kohsla, Ikuzo, Raymond Leung, Tony W, Matt
    Greer, Travis Fahling, Javier Aparicio, hell, I'll even give credit to the URL
    whore, Gunsmith (oh yeah, he was whining that I stole his info. I never saw the
    reason why, but to stop any misunderstandings, HERE YOU ARE, YA NOISY BRIT! NOW
    SHUT YOUR TRAP!). You guys are simply the best bunch of pals on the Net today. I
    feel like I can share anything with you guys, being videogames or whatever. I
    might as well take this chance to rant and rumble whatever I want, so from the
    bottom of my heart, thanks a lot guys!!! You are the men! :)
    6.- The Neo Geo Mailing list (neogeo-request@dhp.com with subject "Subscribe" to
            Wanna know where the most loony and delusional guys in the net are? Yep,
    in the Neo Geo mailing list, no doubt. Here you can find the guys who had the
    enough dough (and cash!) to afford a Neo Geo, and buy it's games too! Of course,
    just by that action alone, these people seem like they rule the world, wielding
    their huge Neo Ego! The worst thing you can do is go in and  say that the
    Playstation rules...and don't even THINK about praising the Nintendo 64 if you
    don't want to get more flamed that a summer in Chicago! Most important members
    (again, no particular order): Dion, Chris, Deuce, Travis, Shidoshi Naga, and
    well...me again (well, sort of)! (*gasp* Are you surprised? :)
    7.- ...........
    	Errrrrrrr....lots of things happened this last year. No, I don't mean
    about the KOF series as a whole! Well, I have pretty much returned to being a
    loner right now...no girl, no interest, no nothing. I think I need a freakin'
    break! I'll dedicate my time to writing FAQs now...try to keep my mind off the
    pain. Boy! Women are sometimes REALLY materialistic...and that's bad. WAY bad.
    Bad for me, because I'm no casanova...Ah, well! Just my luck! Let's see what's
    in store for me in the future...OK, now I'm ranting...o_O
    8.- YOU!!! (Place your homepage or e-mail address here)
    	There can't be enough words to thank everyone who has read this FAQ, and
    sent me comments about it! You know who you are, because I have made sure to
    send a reply to each and every reader of this FAQ! Send me anything people!
    Complaints are certainly most welcome! But to all of those people who sent me
    mails, you are the ones who make this FAQ possible (because if you didn't read
    it, what is it the point of making it in the first place). From those on the top
    of my mind: Renato Henrique, Ivo (Mephisto), Mr. Geese Howard, Omar Mosqueda, Al
    Amaloo, James Howard, Terry Bogard (GameFAQs board member, from Phllipines),
    Billy Kane (GameFAQs board member, from France), Kunio, Miss Yuki (Singapore
    sweetheart), Umgogo, Orochi K, Beni Jenkins, Phwang, Shoto Man, Hurricane
    Higashi, Shin ATproof, Ed!, Neo Rasa, and everybody else! Thanks a million! My
    love for all of you!
    Say no to drugs and Versus games, say yes to sliced bread and KOF 2000! ^_^ ^_^
    Hey, buddy! Show's over! If you've read THIS far, you must be COMPLETELY out of
    your minds, pals. Go get some! :)
    -First update: January 18, 2000
    Just added the story of The King of Fighters '99, plus the bios of the new
    characters: K', Maxima, Jhun Hoon, Li Xiangfei, Whip, and Krizalid, plus some
    updates to all the returning characters. Phew...college can get the best of you,
    but nevertheless, KOF is something you just can't quit that easily. Besides,
    devoting your writing to love letters...sort of gets you off-balanced for
    videogame FAQs. Geez...
    Nevertheless...I still love Rubi...
    Things can only up once you've touched rock bottom, I suppose...
    -Second update: September 24, 2000
    Added the story of The King of Fighters 2000. Man, the second update in the same
    year? Yeah, as busy as a bee. Also new are the bios of the new characters:
    Ramon, Vanessa, Lin, Seth, Hinako Shidou, Kula, and Zero. Boy, can you really
    believe that I'm having one of my best months of college? Surprising, eh? Also
    noticed how the stories of the new characters have been extended? To be
    perfectly honest, info on the new characters is rather bleak, so I exploited the
    little info given and blew it up. If it changes, I'll be sure to include it in
    the next update.
    Work, work, work! Now on to more story FAQs, asked by you!
    Have to recover a bit, though. Still a bit jumpy after Rubi's car accident.
    -Third update: June 23, 2001
    Damn! Fingers crossed that KOF 2001 will become a reality! After all the hoopla
    involving SNK's bankrupcy, alliances, etc., I hope we can still get our annual
    KOF game! Anyways, I just updated this thing because of some minor (Muetai for
    Muay Thai, for example) and not-so-minor (the story for the Benimaru Team in KOF
    2000, duh! Major goof-up) mistakes, so I hope this makes the FAQ pinpoint
    perfect. Like I said, this happened thanks to YOU, who went beyond fascination,
    and actually pointed out my mistakes! ^_- Ah! Thanks to Ed! for passing me the
    bios of Krizalid, Kula, and Zero. Thanks, man!
    Duuuuhhh...the Rubi fad is gone. I'm so ashamed!! Well, back to being a loner
    ago (and if Ryu can live alone for 37 years, hey, so can I! Well, not for so
    long, but for the time being...).
    -Fourth update: April 1, 2002
    BOOYA! It's April Fools' Day, but don't expect any lame jokes here (no "Garou 2
    coming next month!" kind of crap). What IS for sure, is that you bet that SNK is
    coming back with a bang, and we know that KOF 2002 is looming over the horizon,
    so wait for it, dudes! *phew* Finally managed to get this update through, sorry
    for all those who were kept waiting. I mean, how tough is that bastard Igniz
    anyways? What a cheap loony! OK, you MAY expect another update soon as I get
    more info on KOF EX: Neo Blood, the KOF game for the Game Boy Advanced which is
    SUPPOSED to be the REAL KOF '98 tournament, but we shall see. The tournament
    doesn't seem too important anyways. I'll keep you informed on that....
    Busy like a bee!
    Kailu Lantis

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