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-----------------------------[THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2001]-----------------------
---------------------------------[by Ice Queen Zero]---------------------------
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o--------------------o
      INTRODUCTION
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Here we are folks, the final chapter of the NESTS saga, Zero has bit the dust
and now we have a new enemy named Igniz. But what's this? The Zero you fought
in KOF2000 was only a clone? Well you'll have a chance to face the real Zero
before you fight Igniz.

The roster has been shaken up once again. King and Yuri switch teams yet again
and Kasumi has left the team again. Iori has teammates again officially in the
form of Seth, Vannessa, and Ramon. Heidern is back as he replaces Whip on the
Ikari team as she reunites with K' and Maxima to team with Lin. Jhun being the
Athena fan that he is, gets hit by a car just like Japhei and ends up in the
hospital and subsequently replaced by May Lee Jinju. Last but not least, we
have a NESTS team with Kula and Foxy teaming up with two newcomers to the
KOF storyline. 

Get ready as the NESTS saga comes to a close in the King Of Fighters 2001.

o---------------------o
       DISCLAIMER
o---------------------o
King of Fighters 2K1 and its characters are trademarks of SNK n' all copyrights
belong to them.

This FAQ/Walkthrough is the sole copyright of Andrea "Azul Fria" Castillo aka
Ice Queen Zero and cannot be put on other sites or posted without my given 
permission nor can it be reproduced w/o proper consent.

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         TEAMS
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K': K', Maxima, Whip, Lin
Esaka: Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido, Goro Daimon, Shingo Yabuki
Fatal Fury: Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Blue Mary Ryan
Art of Fighting: Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Yuri Sakazaki, Takuma Sakazaki
Ikari: Leona Heidern, Ralf Jones, Clark Steel, Heidern
Kim: Kim Kaphawn, Chang Koehan, Choi Bounge, May Lee Jinju
Women: King, Mai Shiranui, Hinako Shijou, Li Xiangfei
Psycho Soldier: Athena Asamiya, Sie Kensou, Chin Gentsai, Bao
Yagami: Iori Yagami, Seth, Vanessa, Ramon
NESTS: Kula Diamond, Foxy, Angel, K9999
Boss: Original Zero, Igniz

o--------------------o
        STORY
o--------------------o

An entire city was wiped off the globe with the use of the satellite weapon, 
Zero Cannon, during King of Fighters 2000.

This incident was reported to be the result of an artificial satellite crashing
to earth, and adorned the front pages to various newspapers of countries all 
over the world.

A legion of individuals called for the end to the KOF tournament which always 
invited some sort of accident, but ironically this fighting tournament with a 
bad history once again regained considerable popularity.

The interest in the tournament rivaled that of the '97 contest, nay, perhaps 
exceeded it.

But for this tournament carried out on the international stage, an astonishing
fact came to light.

A team from NESTS has entered the tournament!

What are the true objectives of the event's sponsor? There's no guarantee that
even with this tournament, tragedy will not repeat itself....

The third title in the King of Fighters: The NESTS Chronicles. At last, this 
tournament will end it all!

o--------------------o
       GLOSSARY
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u=Up, uf=Up-Forward, f=Forward, df=down-forward, d=down, db=down-back, b=back, 
ub=up-back.

d~u=hold down, briefly then press up
b~f=hold back briefly then press forward
db~f=hold down/back briefly then press forward
+ = simultaneaous

o--------------------o
       CONTROLS
o--------------------o

A button is for light punch
B button is for light kick
C button is for hard punch
D button is for hard kick
Press Start to taunt opponent
Dash: f, f
Backstep: b, b
Knockdown: CD
Safe landing: AB while hit in air
Striker Call: BC
Dodge: AB or b + AB
Taunt: Select
Jump: u, ub, or uf
Big Jump: d, ub/uf or uf when running
Small jump: tap u,uf, or ub
Middle Jump: hold u, ub, or uf
Guard Cancel Evasion: AB during block
Guard Cancel Blow Back: CD while blocking
Dodge attack: attack during dodge

o--------------------o
       SYSTEM
o--------------------o

The striker system has been changed as well as the order select. After you are
done selecting your fighters, you can choose to send up to 4 chatacers into
battle. The less characters you fight with equals up to three strikers and
you increase the numbr of power bars based on fighters and strikers

4 fighters/no strikers = 1 power bar max
3 fighters/1 striker = 2 power bars max
2 fighters/2 strikers = 3 power bars max
1 fighter/3 strikers = 4 power bars max

Bear in mind that using a striker uses up a power bar this time and here is
more info on calling strikers:

1 striker: BC

2 strikers: BC, f + BC, or d + BC for first striker and b + BC for other 
striker.

3 strikers: BC for first striker, d or f + BC for second striker and b + BC for
the third striker.

New to KOF are Wire damage attacks which fans of Waku Waku 7 remember as the
attacks that send the opponent flying to the end of the screen and bouncing
back to take additional damage. There are two ways to do wire attacks. One is
via Critical wire which is done with a move that hits very hard and the other
is done when a move is countering another attack called the Counter Wire.

Like other games DMs costs one power bar each and a SDM costs 2 power bars but
if you cancel into an DM or SDM, you use up an extra power bar.

o--------------------o
 TEAM STORY AND MOVES
o--------------------o


                                    ~~K' Team~~

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Late in the night, three figures appear at an installation that seems to be 
some sort of research lab.

"Nuts. This place is empty, too."

A blond-haired man dressed in black rasps. A red protector is attached to the 
man's right hand.

"We were seconds too late."

A woman gently stroking the whip in her hand mutters.

"This just goes on forever.... Well, I guess I'll look around. ...It doesn't 
seem like anything dangerous is nearby."

A large man of roughly two meters in height responds while surveying the 
premises.

To be honest, the three were impatient. Up till now, these three had destroyed 
quite a bit of NESTS branches.

But recently someone appears to be equipped to anticipate their every action.

All facilities related to NESTS that they have raided have come up empty.

"How do you suppose they anticipate our every move, Whip?"

The mammoth male wonders out loud...and Maxima cannot suppress his irritation 
in his query as he ventures an answer.

"I haven't the faintest idea. But we don't know for certain that all of our 
intel is fresh. So if someone beats us to the punch, we may just have to live 
with it...."

"...No, I'm sorry. It's not that I don't trust you. But...hey, K', don't you 
think there are a bit too many mysteries this time around?"

"What are you getting at?"

The blond-haired K' mutters incredulously.

"They're holding another KOF this year, right? Nothing strange about that, 
happens all the time. But did you check out the roster this time? There's a 
NESTS team! A NESTS team! Think about it. Why would a secret syndicate that 
tried so hard to keep itself hidden all of a sudden make such a point of using
their name in public?"

"Only a privileged few know about NESTS. It looks like they've surfaced at 
last."

"Why would it be necessary for those clowns that destroyed an entire city want 
the world to know their name? Wouldn't it be in their best interests to stay 
behind the veil...?"

"There's no point trying to reason this out. ...I'm out of here, to our next 
objective!!"

"?!"

All three assume a combat position. K' asks Maxima in a whisper.

"...Maxima, can you see it?"

"Yeah...I don't know how it concealed itself, but my heat sensors caught them."

The moment Maxima mumbles his answer, the figure moves into action.

"Wh-What speed!"

The figure slips by Maxima's side and appears for an instant in front of K'.

Then the figure aims at K' and brings his arm down.

Almost simultaneously, K' jams his fists forward, flame shooting from it.

A violent roar rips through the darkness, but misses the figure. The fist the 
form swung at K' is stopped by Whip's bullwhip.

"Tsh, looked like I got a little carried away...."

"Sorry, K'. But you really should try to avoid unnecessary conflict. Well, let's
hear your story."

The three bind the man to a chair near the center of the room that's illuminated
by the moonlight seeping in from the window. All three know this man with the 
pig-tail. He's their "old pal" Lin.

"...Is this, perhaps, the reason for you tailing us?"

Whip sticks a picture in front of Lin's eyes. Lin is clearly affected by it.

"...I thought as much. If you're going to follow us, one day you're bound to 
meet up with this guy, right?"

"..."

"One of those tight-jawed types, eh? ...Ah, whatever. ...How about it? K', 
shall we make Lin a teammate and enter the tournament?"

"Do as you like."

"Hey, hey, K', Whip, are you serious? You'll never know when this guy's going 
to screw us over."

Maxima, clearly rattled, urges his colleagues to reconsider.

"...If you're worried about that, I'd find something else to worry about...."

Lin murmurs dryly.

"Ungh. This guy's quite the hardcase. Well, if K' and Whip are all right with 
this, I guess I can play along. Well, in the spirit of friendship, let's shake 
on it..."

As he turns to look back at Lin, he sees that their captive's already long 
gone.

"What a crud! It's the rules to leave with at least a salutation!"

"Walk it off, Maxima. With Lin as our teammate, the tournament will be a 
breeze. Don't you think, K'?"

"...."

Without answering, K' takes his leave of the place. Alone, K' looks up at the 
night sky.

My past...my future...they took them both...NESTS...the root of my abilities...
Krizalid...Zero...the powers that oppose me...Kula....

"That K' looks like he's got a lot to chew on."

"Yeah, but we've got to bring this to an end at any cost. For all those who have
fallen victim to those scum..."

"Yeah, you're right...And for my own sake...I must destroy NESTS!"

"...You said a mouthful."

The two look up at the night sky. The light from the countless stars in the sky 
pours onto this trio.

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K'
Fighting Style : Explosive Powers
Birthdate : Unknown
Nationality : Unknown
Blood Group : Unknown
Height : 183 cm
Weight : 65 kg
Likes : None
Fav. Food  : Beef
Strong Sports  : None (poor in sports)
Impt Things  : None
Hated Things  : KOF tournaments

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Spot Pile: close, b or f + C
Knee Strike: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

One Inch: f + A
Knee Assault: f + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Iron Trigger: d, df, f + P
Second Shoot: Iron Trigger, f + B
Second Shell:  Iron Trigger, f + D
Blackout: Iron Trigger, b + K
	
Crow Bites: f, d, df + P
Secondary Bites: Crow Bites (C), f + K
Minute Spike: Secondary Bites, d, db, b + K 
	
Minute Spike: d, db, b + K (also in air)
Narrow Spike: Minute Spike, d, db, b + K

Blackout: d, df, f + K

	Chain Drive (DM): qcf, hcb + P
	Heat Drive (DM): qcfx2 + P (delayable)
	Chain Drive (SDM): qcf,hcb + LP+HP

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Chain Drive (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Heat Drive (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P (delayable)
Chain Drive (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + AC

---

Striker Move: Narrow Spike

Notes: Heat Drive is unblockable if delayed until forced.

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Maxima
Fighting Style : M-Style fighting skills
Birthdate : 2nd March
Nationality : Canada
Blood Group : A+
Height : 204 cm
Weight : 204 kg
Likes : Cycling
Fav. Food  : Sweet stuffs
Strong Sports  : Rugby
Impt Things  : His sideburns
Hated Things  : Fermented soy-beans, people who ask for opinions

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Dynamite Drop: close, b or f + C
Chocking Vice: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Mongolian: f + A
M9 Kata Maxima Missile: df + D

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

M4 Kata Vapor Cannon: d, db, b + P
System 1 Maxima Scramble: d, df, f + A
Double Bomber: System 1 Maxima Scramble, d, df, f + A
Bulldog Press: Double Bomber, d, df, f + A
System 2 Maxima Scramble: d, df, f + C
Skull Crush: System 2 Maxima Scramble, d, df, f + C
Centoun Press: Skull Crush, f + K
System 3 Maxima Lift: f, df, d, db, b + K
Centoun Press: System 3 Maxima Lift, d, df, f + K
M11 Kata Dangerous Arch: close, b, db, d, df, f + K
M19 Kata Blitz Cannon: f, d, df + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Bunker Buster (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Maxima Revenger (DM): close, (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + K
Maxima Revenger (SDM): close, (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + BD

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Striker Move: Maxima Gallows

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Whip
Fighting Style : Whip-slashing skills + Heidern-style assasination techniques
Birthdate : 12th October
Nationality : Unknown
Blood Group : O+
Height : 173 cm
Weight : 59 kg
Likes : None
Fav. Food  : Honey
Strong Sports  : None
Impt Things  : Her whip Woodoo
Hated Things  : Angels, Internet abuse, corruption


                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Alpha: close, b or f + C
Zed: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Whip Shot: f + A up to five times

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Boomerang Shot: b, db, d, df, f + P
Assassin Strike: f, d, df + any button
Strength Shot A "Superior": f, df, d, db, b + A
Strength Shot B "Strength": f, df, d, db, b + B
Strength Shot C "Victory": f, df, d, db, b + C
Strength Shot D "Rain": Strength Shot, D
Desert Eagle: b, d, db + P
Hook Shot: d, db, b, (up position) + K
           in air, d, db, b + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Sonic Slaughter(DM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + P
Sonic Slaughter(SDM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + AC

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Stiker Move: Valkyrie Shot

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Lin 
Fighting Style: Qing Shen Gong & Zhang Martial Arts 
Birthdate: February 16 
Nationality: Chinese
Blood Group: Poison 
Height: 195cm 
Weight: 75kg 
Likes: None
Fav. Food: None
Strong Sports: Anything (Mostly long-distance running and sprints)
Most Important Things: The Dictates of Hizoku 
Disliked Things: None

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Akuzan: close, b or f + C
Akuzan Ki: b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Benpatsuken: f+ A
Joudan Hakkyoku Ken Dakai: df + C

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Muei Kusashu: f, d, df + P
Kasumi: d, db, b + P
Hike Kyaku: b, db, d, df, f + K
Hiten Kyaku: f, df, d, db, b + K
Tetsuzan-bu Rasatsu: d, df, f + P
Tetsuzan-bu Nagi: Rasatsu, f, df, d, db, b + P
Tetsuzan-bu Hakei: Rasatsu, f + P

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Hizoku Ougi Yougou (DM): (b, db, d, df, f)x2 + K
Hizoku Ougi Ranbu Dokugi (DM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + P
Hizoku Ougi Ranbu Dokugi (SDM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + AC
Hizoku Ougi Doku Shukou (SDM): d, d, d + AC

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Striker Move: Hirai Kyaku

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                                       ~~Esaka Team~~

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"Oomph."

Bam!

A large man stands out conspicuously in the gym, and he tosses one Olympic 
athlete after another down on the mat.

"That's enough for today!"

"Thank you very much!"

The giant removes his judo clothes and begins to wipe the sweat dripping from 
his granite-firm body.

Then, all of a sudden...

"Hey, long time no see, Daimon! This time, more than I care to."

"Well, if it isn't Benimaru!"

"Must be tough being a coach, isn't it...Or are you the manager?"

The two leave the gym, sit on a bench, and begin talking.

"...Benimaru, judging from the circumstances, I don't think you've come to talk
about the good old days, have you?"

"Well...as a matter of fact, I got one of these."

Benimaru dramatically offers the envelope to Daimon.

"Is this...an invitation to the King of Fighters tournament...?"

"Yup, that's it. I won't beat around the bush, Daimon. I want you to enter with
me."

After a considerable silence, Daimon comes to his conclusion.

"Benimaru...I...."

"I know. It's Kyo, isn't it?"

"That's it...."

"Well, then, what if I told you that Kyo is entering the tournament, too?"

"Kyo, in the tournament?! Have you heard from Kyo, Benimaru?"

"Yup, but we just talked on the phone...It seems that he's in Japan. He told me
he's officially entering the tournament."

"Hmm..."

"Care to be teammates again? Eh, Daimon?"

"...Benimaru. Lead the way."

"That's the old pepper, big guy!"

Shingo sits and fidgets on a park bench, illuminated by the moon's rays.

"Mr. Kusanagi. We didn't have to meet in a place like this..."

There's no trace of another human around. To be honest, Shingo is shivering 
with fear. He's the only one in this park at midnight....

"Oh wow, it's past twelve o'clock. I wonder if Mr. Kusanagi's really going to 
show up...."

He mutters this while looking up at the moon. ...Then in that instant, Shingo 
feels the presence of someone behind him. He quickly swivels around.

"...What? ...Guess it was just my imagination...."

"Hey, Shingo."

"Dwaaaagh!"

Shingo panics and looks back in front of him as his name is called. It turns 
out to be the person that Shingo has been dying to meet all this time.

"Mr. Kusana-aaaaaaagi!"

Shingo, overcome with sheer joy, tries to embrace him, but Kyo bats him away 
with a single hand. Shingo, carried by his own inertia, crashes "neatly" into 
the ground, face first.

"...Jeesh. I see you haven't changed for the better, have you?"

"Ow! That's going to leave a mark. Uh, you too, Mr. Kusanagi! What have you 
been up to all this time?! I was worried sick!"

"Well, a lot has been on my plate. So, Shingo, just where's Benimaru at?"

"Yeah! Benimaru should be coming along any time now. ...Ah, here he is!"

Benimaru walks toward the two, his blond hair gleaming in the moonlight. The 
judo giant walks behind him.

"Th-That's...."

Kyo is surprised.

"Kyo, it's been a while. It's not much of a souvenir, but I brought Daimon 
along with me."

"Benimaru...Daimon..."

"Long time no see, Kyo. It seems you've been through some tough times."

"I've seen a few...."

"Hey you two, lighten up. More important, I have a message for you, Kyo. You 
haven't been by Yuki's have you? She's been pretty worried."

"Yuki? Ah...yeah. Once this is over...."

"Jeesh...Why don't you...ah, whatever. So...I've been looking after your 
self-appointed disciple. I don't know how much my word means, but he seems to 
have improved a little during your absence."

"A little? That's harsh, Benimaru!"

Everyone lets out a brief laugh, but the mood quickly changes.

"Kyo...do you feel it?"

"Yeah...we're surrounded. ...I'd say three, four, five, probably more."

"Hmm..."

The three-Kyo, Benimaru, and Daimon-change their mood previously friendly one 
and they appear poised for combat, their adrenalin increasing. Only one, only 
Shingo, seems to dither about, not grasping what is about to go down.

"U-Uh...What's the problem, guys?"

As Kyo puts his glove back on, he lets out a scream!

"How about breaking a few heads together, for old times sake?!! Are you up for
it, Benimaru?! Daimon?!"

"Sounds like a plan! Team Japan is back in business!"

"All right!"

Kyo, Benimaru, and Daimaru dash into the darkness as one.

"Hey ev-everybody! Don't leave me alone here! Heeeeey!"

-----

Kyo Kusanagi
Fighting Style : Ancient Kusanagi-style martial arts
Birthdate : 12th December
Nationality : Japan
Blood Group : B (RH-)
Height : 181 cm
Weight : 75 kg
Likes : Writing Poetry
Fav. Food  : Barbecued fish
Strong Sports  : Ice hockey
Impt Things  : His motorcycle and girlfriend Yuki
Hated Things  : Hard work

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Hatsu Gane: close, b or f + C
Issetsu Seoi Nage: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ge Shiki Naraku Otoshi: d + C in air
Ge Shiki Gou Fu You: f + B
88 Shiki: df + D

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

114 Shiki Aragami: d, df, f + A
128 Shiki Kono Kizu: 114 Shiki Aragami, d, df, f + P
125 Shiki Nana Se: 128 Shiki Kono Kizu, K
Ge Shii Migiri Ugachi: 128 Shiki Kono Kizu, P
127 Shiki Yano Sabi: f, df, d, db, b + P
202 Shiki Kototsuki You:  127 Shiki Yano Sabi, f, df, d, db, b + K
125 Shiki Nana Se: 127 Shiki Yano Sabi, K
Ge Shii Migiri Ugachi: 127 Shiki Yano Sabi, P
115 Shiki Domu Kami: d, df, f + C
401 Shiki Tumi Yomi: 115 Shiki Domu Kami, f, df, d, db, b + P
402 Shiki Batu Yomi: 401 Shiki Tumi Yomi, f + P
100 Shiki: Oniyaki: f, d, df + P
427 Shiki Hikigane: f, df, d, db, b + K
R.E.D. Kick: b, d, db + K
75 Shiki Kai: d, df, f + K, K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ura 108 Shiki: Orochinagi(DM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + P
524 Shiki Kamukura (SDM): close, (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + AC
Ura 108 Shiki: Orochinagi(SDM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + AC

---

Striker Move: 427 Shiki Hikigane

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Benimaru Nikaido
Fighting Style : Japanese version of Muey Thai (Thai kickboxing)
Birthdate : 6th June
Nationality : Japan (with American heritage)
Blood Group : O+
Height : 180 cm
Weight : 68 kg
Likes : Being the center of attraction
Fav. Food  : Sashimi
Strong Sports  : Clay disc shooting
Impt Things  : Himself
Disliked Things  : Otaku, regrets

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Catch and Shoot: close, b or f + C
Front Suplex: close, b or f + D
Spinning Knee Drop: in air and close, b or f or d + C or D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Jackknife Kick: f + B
Flying Drill: in air, d + D

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

IaiGeri: d, df, f + K
Handou Sandan Geri: IaiGeri, d, u + K
Shinkuu Katategoma: d, db, b + P
Super Inazuma Kick: f, d, df + K
Raijin Ken: d, df, f + P (also in air)

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o
Raikou Ken(DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Gen'ei Hurricane(DM): (d, df, f)x2 + K
Raikou Ken(DM): (d, df, f)x2 + AC

---

Striker Move: Electrigger

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Shingo Yabuki
Fighting Style : (Self-claimed) Ancient Kusanagi-style martial arts 
taught by Kyo Kusanagi
Birthdate : 8th April
Nationality : Japan
Blood Group : O+
Height : 179 cm
Weight : 71 kg
Likes : A fan of 'Lizard Man'
Fav. Food  : Microwave dishes
Strong Sports  : Swimming, water polo
Impt Things  : Life, his girlfriend, his student handbook
Disliked Things  : Milk

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Hatsugane: close, b or f + C
Issetsu Seoi Nage Fukanzen: b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ge Shiki Goufu "Kakkodake": f + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

114 Shiki Aragami Mikansei: d, df, f + A
115 Shiki Dokugami Mikansei: d, df, f + C
Shingo Kick: b, db, d, df, f + K
100 Shiki Oniyaki Mikansei: f, d, df + P
101 Shiki Oborogurama Mikansei: b, d, db + K
202 Shiki Kototsuki Mikansei: f, df, d, db, b + K
Shingo Kinsei Ore Shiki Nietogi: Close, f, d, df + K
Shingo Kinsei Ore Shiki Tsuki Hiji: d, db, b + P

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Burning Shingo(DM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f+P
Ge Shiki Kake Hourin(DM): (d, df, f)x2+P
Burning Shingo (SDM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + AC

---

Striker Move: 202 Shiki Koto Tsuki You Mikansei

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Goro Daimon
Fighting Style : Judo + Self-created fighting techniques
Birthdate : 5th May
Nationality : Japan
Blood Group : A+
Height : 204 cm
Weight : 138 kg
Likes : Understanding nature
Fav. Food  : Zaru soba
Strong Sports  : Judo
Impt Things  : His wooden shoes
Hated Things  : Detailed machinery

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Juuji Shine: close, b or f + C
Okuri Ashi Barai: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Takara Tsubushi: f + A
Zujou Barai: df + C

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Jiraishin: f, d, df + P (C is a fake)
Chou OosotoGari: close, f, d, df + K
Chou Ukemi: d, db, b + K
Nekko Gaeshi: d, df, f + K
Kumo Tsukami Nage: b, db, d, df, f + A
Kirikabu Kaeshi: b, db, d, df, f + C
Tenchi Kaeshi: close, f, df, d, db, b, f + C
Ura Nage: f, df, d, db, b, f + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Jigoku Gokuraku Otoshi: close, (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + P

Nekko Meki: close, (b, db, d, df, f)x2 + K
Zoku Kirikabu Gaeshi: Nekko Meki, b, db, d, df, f + K
Bukko Meki Uranage: ZKG, f, d, df + P

Jigoku Gokuraku Otoshi (SDM): close, f, df, d, db, b)x2 + AC

Nekko Meki(SDM): close, (b, db, d, df, f)x2 + BD
Zoku Kirikabu Gaeshi: Nekko Meki, b, db, d, df, f + K
Bukko Meki Uranage: ZKG, f, d, df + P

---

Striker Move: Tenchi Gaeshi

                                     -----------------

                                    ~~Fatal Fury Team~~

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A pleasant breeze blows through a clear blue sky.

The unbroken laughter of children playing football and baseball echoes 
throughout Southtown's only park-you guessed its name by now, Southtown Park. A
man wearing a familiar red cap makes his way to a group of kids playing 
basketball.

"Hey, kids! How goes the hoops?!"

"Hey everybody, it's Terry! Awesome! You came again, too, like you promised!"

After a quick pick-up game, Terry sits on a bench to chat with the kids.

"Terry! I've seen all the commercials on TV, so you must know there's another 
King of Fighters this year! Are you going to enter?!"

"Huh?! Hmm, is that so? This year, too? ...Come to think of it, I've entered 
every year, haven't I...?

"Gee, Terry, I'd sure like to see you fight again this year! You're this town's 
hero!"

"Me, too. Seeing you fight gives me courage! Since me, heck, everyone here, is 
all alone, you're all we got...right?"

Terry always keeps tabs on the boys here in the park. Like them, Terry happens
to be an orphan. And like his adoptive father Jeff did with him, he wants to 
provide them with the courage and hope to overcome their circumstances. 

If it allows him the opportunity to keep seeing these kids' smiling faces...
then Terry has made up his mind.

"All right! I'm in!"

"You mean it? All right!!!"

Looking at the children's faces, Terry recalls those halcyon days spent with 
his adoptive father Jeff, and looks off in the distance as he waxes nostalgic. 
Suddenly, a woman arrives and, dismounting her motorcycle, heads in Terry's 
direction. 

"What's the word, Terry?"

"Oh, Mary! Long time no see. How did you find me here."

"I knew you'd be here. Call it woman's intuition. By the way, you seemed to be 
having a good time a few minutes ago. I wonder what you were you talking about 
then."

"As a matter of fact, I've decided to enter this year's KOF tournament. I 
thought I'd show these little tough guys here just what I'm made of."

"Is that so? Well, as a matter of fact, I've decided to do the same. And my new
assignment, as usual, has something to do with KOF."

"The Dickens you say. Then I guess I'll have to help you out, Mary. How about 
cracking a few skulls together, for old time's sake?"

"Ooh, hoo, hoo, in your dreams. It is true that I've got a job, but that 
doesn't mean I'm just here on business.... But if you say you're going to 
enter, shall I put my work aside to help you out?"

"Hmph...you really got a mouth on you. Well, then I'll put it more formally: 
will you enter with me, again?"

"If you put it that way, of course I will, Terry!"

"Did you see that, kids? Looks like we're going to win this year, too!"

Meanwhile, back in Japan. Andy is focused in his training with a young lad in 
the hometown of the Shiranuis. The name of Andy's young charge is Hokutomaru.

Andy is practicing hard and shows no mercy toward Hokutomaru, although the kid 
looks like he's, well, just a kid.

As the day inevitably turns to dusk, training draws to an end and Andy begins 
to address Hokutomaru.

"You've heard of KOF, haven't you, kiddo...?"

"Of course. You're always rambling on about it, Master."

"Uh, yeah. About KOF then...I got a message from my big brother. And this time 
I'm going to be on my brother's team again, but...you're coming with me, too.
At long last you're going to get a real taste of actual combat."

"OK...Sounds cool!"

"Uh, and one more thing...do you think you could use your wiles and break this 
news to Mai? If I tried to tell her, well, you know how it goes...don't you?"

"Aw, Master, do I have to go through that again? I always have to smooth things
over with you and the Shiranui maiden...Hey, that reminds me: You opened a 
training gym in Southtown, right? Why don't you keep yourself under wraps there 
for a while?"

"That's no good. I'm positive Mai already has that place staked out."

"Probably. Tough break, Master. I think you'd better handle this matter 
yourself. Later!"

In a flash, Hokutomaru scrambles up the trunk of a large pine tree near by, 
jumps from branch to branch, and in no time disappears into the forest.

"Hey, hold on there! Hey!"

For an instant, Andy looks like he's at the end of his rope, but then a smile 
comes over his face, as if approving of his little disciple's progress.

Meanwhile, Joe has been devoting his time, day in and day out, to participating
in kick boxing matches in Thailand. One day, he takes a break to drop by his 
old gym.

But returning after a long absence, he finds the gym in a pitiful, run-down 
state, only a few athletes in residence. Joe spies the Chairman ringside and 
strikes up a conversation.

"Hey, Chairman, it's been a while. What's going on with the gym? What 
happened?"

" Oh, Joe! Where have you been keeping yourself...? It's an honor welcoming the
Champ here, but our village has had some tough times recently...I wish all my 
boxers could earn a living doing the old Muetai, but when it comes to merely 
making a living, there are so many other speedier ways to do it these days. If 
things keep up like this it'll be just a matter of time before I have to close 
up shop."

As the Chairman finishes explaining his predicament, a well-worn boxing glove 
rolls along the floor; he picks it up and strokes it tenderly.

Joe's heart breaks seeing this scene and he cannot suppress a scream of rage.

"Get a grip, Chairman! I'll do anything I can, just promise you won't close the
gym."

A few days later, Terry, illuminated by the early morning sun just peeking over 
the horizon, stands before the gravestone of his dead adoptive father.

Two men approach as Terry places the flowers before the gravestone.

"How's life been treating you these past months, Terry? Landing all your 
punches?"

"Lookin' good, Andy. So Joe's with you, too? How's it been? I've been hearing a 
lot of rumors about you."

"Hey! You look the same as ever! I guess it's just not the same without us three
together, huh?"

"You said it. And we're supposed to meet up with Mary at the tournament."

With each of their own thoughts in mind, the three set their goals for this 
year's KOF before Jeff's gravestone.

-----

Terry Bogard
Fighting Style : Martial arts taught by his father Jeff Bogard
Birthdate : 15th March
Nationality : America
Blood Group : O+
Height : 182 cm
Weight : 82 kg
Likes : Video games
Fav. Food  : Junk food
Strong Sports  : Basketball
Impt Things  : Gloves from his father
Hated Things  : Slugs

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Grasping Upper: close, b or f + C
Buster Throw: close, b or f+ D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Back Knuckle: f + A
Rising Upper: df + C

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Power Wave: d, df, f + A
Round Wave: d, df, f + C
Burn Knuckle: d, db, b + P
Crack Shoot: d, db, b + K
Rising Tackle: d~u + P
Power Dunk: f, d, df + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Power Geyser (DM): d, db, b, db, f + P
High Angle Geyser(DM): (d, df, f)x2 + K
Power Geyser (SDM): d, db, b, db, f + AC

---

Striker Move: Dunk Geyser

+++

Andy Bogard
Fighting Style: Koppou (Basic knowledge of Shiranui Ninjitsu)
Birthday: 16th August
Nationality: America
Blood Type: A
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Fav. Food: Natto spaghetti
Best Sport: Short track
Impt Things: Photo of him and his master in his training days
Hated Things: Dogs

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Gourin Kai: close, b or f + C
Kakaekomi Nage: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Uwa Agito: f + B
Age Omote: df + A

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Hishouken: d, db, b + A
Geki Hishoken: d, db, b + C
Shouryuudan: f, d, df + P
Kuuhadan: b, db, d, df, f + K
Genei Shiranui: d, df, f + P in air
Shimo Agito: Genei Shiranui, P
Uwa Agito: Genei Shiranui, K
Zaneiken:db~f + P
Gadankou: Zaneiken, d, df, f+P
Geki Kabehaisui Sho: close, b, db, d, df, f + P

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Chou Reppadan(DM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + K
Hisho Ryuseiken (DM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f  + P
Chou Reppadan(SDM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + BD

---

Striker Move: Shippuu Zaneiken

+++

Joe Higashi
Fighting Style : Muey Thai (Thai kickboxing)
Birthdate : 29th March
Nationality : Japan
Blood Group : AB+
Height : 180 cm
Weight : 71 kg
Likes : Creating noises, brawling
Fav. Food  : Deep-fried alligator meat
Strong Sports  : All types of martial arts
Impt Things  : Hachimaki (the bandanna on his forehead)
Hated Things  : School

                      o----------------------o
                                THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Hiza Jigoku: close, b or f+HP
Leg Throw: close, b or f+ D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Sliding Kick: df + B
Low Kick: f + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Hurricane Upper: b, db, d, df, f + P
Slash Kick: b, db, d, df, f + K
Tiger Kick: f, d, df + K
Bakuretsu: P repeatedly
Bakuretsu Finisher: Bakuretsu, d, df, f + P
Ougon no Kakato: d, db, b + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Screw Upper(DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Bakuretsu Shippuu Kakato(DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Super Low Kick (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + K (delayable)
Tiger Kick (DM): d, df, f, uf + K
Screw Upper(SDM): (d, df, f)x2 + AC

---

Striker Move: Super Low Kick

-----	

Blue Mary Ryan
Fighting Style : Commando style
Birthdate : 4th Feburary
Nationality : America
Blood Group : AB+
Height : 168 cm
Weight : 49 kg
Likes : Biking
Fav. Food  : Beef
Strong Sports  : Baseball
Impt Things  : Her leather jacket from her ex-partner Butch
Disliked Things  : Cats

                      o----------------------o
                                THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Victory Throw: close, b or f + C
Head Throw: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Hammer Arch: b or f + A
Double Rolling: b or f + B
Climbing Arrow: df + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Spin Fall: d, df, f + P
M. Spider: Spin Fall, d, df, f + P
Straight Slicer: b~f + K
M. crab Clutch: Straight Slicer, d, df, f + K
Real Counter: d, db, b + P
Backdrop: Real Counter, b, db, d, df, f + P
Head Crush: Real Counter, b, db, d, df, f + K
Vertical Arrow: f, d, df + K
M. Snatcher: Vertical Arrow, f, d, df + K
M. Reverse Face Lock: d, db, b + B
M. Head Buster: d, db, b + D

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

M. Splash Rose (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
M. Dynamite Swing (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + K
M. Dynamite Swing (SDM): A, A, f, B, C

---

Striker Move: Rapid Spider

                                     -----------------

                                        ~~AOF Team~~

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A shout like a woman's wail cleaves the air and reverberates throughout the 
gym. Ryo Sakazaki and his kid sister Yuri are in the midst of morning practice.
Ryo's fists whoosh through the air, and Yuri's high kicks snarl with ferocity.

The furious match finally draws to an end, the two separate, and bow.

"You've improved, Yuri."

"Of course I have! Just how many times do you think I've entered KOF anyway?!"

"Yeah, you're right. ...Well, how about we get some grub?"

"Yeah. ...Oh? Robert?"

Robert Garcia, who's never appeared at the gym at this hour before, 
unexpectedly stumbles into the gym.

"What's up, Robert? What's with the hang-dog look?"

"...We're ruined. We are so ruined...."

Robert mutters on as he crumples down to the ground where he stands.

"Yuri, water! Bring him some water! Robert, snap out of it! What's going on?
What happened?"

Ryo brings his ears to the hear the mumbling emanating from Robert's mouth.

"Ryo! Just what's all the commotion early in the morning? Huh? ...Robert? 
What's going on?"

Takuma, appears from the gym and kneels down alongside Robert next to Ryo.
"...I-It's a takeover, Master..."
Robert answers with a barely audible voice.

A tense mood settles into the gym. The three, having put Robert to sleep for 
the time being, gather together and begin a hushed conversation.

"Robert's really been knocked for a loop by this."

"I didn't understand all of it but he said something about cornering the public
offerings of the foundation, or the rights to development, something like 
that."

"Be that as it may...!

"Sssh! Pop, take the volume down! You'll wake up Robert!"

Takuma, warned by Yuri, lowers the tone of his voice slightly.

"...Be that as it may, Robert's peril is our peril. That is to say, it's the 
peril of Kyokugen Karate its very self."

"?"

Ryo, not well-versed in the ways of the world, does not point out the jump in 
logic to Takuma's reasoning. Takuma pays him no mind and continues.

"And to get over this crisis, we'll need money, won't we."

"...But Pop, we don't have that kind of money on us!"

"That's what this is for!"

Takuma grins, then lets out a laugh as he dramatically produces four envelopes 
from his practice tog.

"?"

"We'll enter this year's KOF and win!"

"KOF? What do you mean, Pop?"

"Have you forgotten, Ryo? The team that wins KOF receives a massive amount of 
prize money! Not only that, this year's KOF is an international tournament, I 
hear. So the amount of prize money should be quite more than usual!"

"Now I got it! I see where you're going with this, Pop! So if we win, Robert 
and this gym will both be saved, right?!"

"That's my boy!"

"...But if Robert can't snap out of his current state, I don't see us 
winning... Huh? Robert!"

There, standing tall, is none other than Robert with a flush expression, 
perhaps the result of excitement.

Robert sits before Takuma and grasps his hand silently, ignoring Yuri's 
question.

"I knew my Master was the only one I could count on! Let's go everyone! We've 
got a KOF to win!"

"Ah, Robert! That's poetry to my ears! If that's what you've decided then we 
must strike while the iron's hot. Everyone, get your stuff together!"

"Yes!"

Takuma, Ryo, and Robert work themselves up to a froth and whip into action.

But Yuri takes time to reflect.

It's probably going to be Robert who'll be picking up the tab for the 
transportation costs and accommodation fees again this year....

-----

Ryo Sakazaki
Fighting Style : Kyokugen Karate
Birthdate : 2nd August
Nationality : Japan
Blood Group : O+
Height : 179 cm
Weight : 75 kg
Likes : Weekend Carpentry
Fav. Food  : Mochi (rice cakes), natto (fermented soy beans)
Strong Sports  : Sumo Wrestling
Impt Things  : His recovered motorcycle, horse
Hated Things  : Bugs with multiple legs

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Tani Otoshi: close, b or f + C
Tomoe Nage: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Hyouchuu Wari: f + A
Joudan Uke: f + B
Gedan Uke: df + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ko Ou Ken: d, df, f + P
Kohou: f, d, df + P
Kohou Shippuuken: d, db, b + P
Mouko Raijinsetsu: d, df, f + K
Zanransetsu: f, b, f + P
Hien Shippu Kyaku: d, db, b + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Haoh Shou Ko Ken(DM): f, b, db, d, df, f + P
Ryuuko Ranbu(DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Tenchi HaohKen (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Haoh Shou Ko Ken(SDM): f, b, db, d, df, f+ AC
Ryuuko Ranbu(SDM): d, df, f + C~A

---

Striker Move: Tenchi Haohken

+++

Robert Garcia
Fighting Style : Kyokugen Karate
Birthdate : 25th December
Nationality : Italy
Blood Group : AB+
Height : 180 cm
Weight : 85 kg
Likes : Collecting cars
Fav. Food  : Sushi, yakisoba (japanese noodles)
Strong Sports  : Motoring sports
Impt Things  : His collection of cars
Hated Things  : Rakkyoo (garlic)

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Ryuuchou Kyaku: close, b or f + C
Kubikiri Nage: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Nidan Sokutou Geri: df + B
Ryuu Han Shuu: b or f + B
Kou Ryuu Gokyageri: f + A	
Ura Kobushi: b + A

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ryuugeki Ken: d, df, f + P
Ryuuga: f, d, df + P
Genei Kyaku: f, b, f + K
Sujin Ranbu Kyaku: close, f, df, d, db, b + K
Hien Shippu Kyaku: b, db, d, df, f + K
Hien Ryuujin Kyaku: df + K in air

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Haoh Shou Ko Ken (DM): f, b, db, d, df, f + P
Ryuuko Ranbu (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Kuzuryuusen (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + K
Ryuuko Ranbu (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + AC

---

Striker Move: Ryuuren Moshuu

+++

Yuri Sakazaki
Fighting Style : Kyokugen Karate
Birthdate : 7th December
Nationality : Japan
Blood Group : A+
Height : 168 cm
Weight : 54 kg
Likes : Karaoke
Fav. Food  : Sweet curry rice
Strong Sports  : Softball
Impt Things  : Friends, Ronnet's earrings
Hated Things  : Octopus

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Oni Harite: close, b or f + C
Silent Nage: close,b or f + D
Tsubame Otoshi: in air and close, b or f or d + C or D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Tsubame Tsubasa: f + A
Senkai Kyaku: f + B, B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ko Ou Ken: d, df, f + P
HaohShokohKen: d, df, f + hold P
Hyakuretsu Binta: f, df, d, db, b, f + K
Hien Senpuu Ken: d, db, b + P
Hien Senpuu Kyaku: d, db, b + K
Raiou Ken: d, df, f + K
Chou Upper: f, d, df + P
Double Chou Upper: Chou Upper (C), f, d, df + C

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o
	
Hien Rekkou (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Hien Hou'ou Kyaku (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + K
Hien Hou'ou Kyaku (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + BD
Shin Yuri Gatsu: A, A, f, B, C

---

Striker Move: Chou Upper

+++

Takuma Sakazaki
Fighting Style: Kyokugen-ryuu Karate
Birthday: 4th February 
Nationality: Japan
Blood Type: O
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Fav. Food: Milled rice, miso soup, kale pellets, vinegar-cured soybeans
Best Sport:  All fighting arts
Impt Things: His two children, his disciples, Kyokugen-ryuu Karate
Hated Things: Insects with many legs

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Oosotogari: close, b or f + C
Ippon Seoi Nage: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Oniguruma: f + A
Hisha Otoshi: b + A
Kawara Wari: f + B
Keima Uchi: df + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ko Ou Ken: d, df, f + P
Hien Shippuu Kyaku: db~f + K
Mouko Burai Gan: d, db, b + P
Zanrestuken: f, b, f + P
Shourankyaku: f, df, d, db, b + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ryuuko Ranbu(DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Haohshikohken (DM): f, b, db, d, df, f + P
Shinkishin Geki (DM): close, (d, df, f)x2 + P
Ryuuko Ranbu (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + AC

---

Striker Move: Cho Hissatsu Tengu Shikohken

                                     -----------------

                                        ~~Ikari Team~~

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A swarm of construction workers and equipment work at a fevered pitch under a 
starless sky. Resting on an outstretched tarp in an elevated thicket, some 
figures stifle their breathing and observe operations on a site for KOF 2001.

"(Well? Can you see anything, Leona.)"

"(Not a thing.)"

"(You said that before. So, what is it?)"

"(Like I said, nothing....)"

Leona answers him as she looks through her night-vision scope."

"(What could they be up to? We know that this year's sponsor has the backing of
NESTS, right? There can't be nothing going on.)"

" (...)"

The previous tournament...the man, gone in the wreckage... feelings when he 
viewed the video data, the only "keepsake" of the event...But after that, came 
the information from the intelligence agency that he was still alive...Could he
really be alive...?

"(Commander...Commander.)"

"(Uh, yeah, sorry. All right, let's call it a day. Leona! Let's rendezvous with
Clark."

" Yes, sir."

A cobalt blue sea stretches out under a bleached white city built out of stucco
and sun-dried brick.

In this picture-perfect city that looks as if it would be included in a feature
article for a travel magazine from Japan or thereabouts is a safe-house used as
a focus of intelligence by the mercenary squad.

"Clark. So how did things go with you?"

"I came up empty. I even tried the military circuit, and there's no mistaking 
that this year's KOF is an official tournament."

"Is that so? ...Then what about NESTS?"

"There's no doubt that this year's KOF sponsor is linked to NESTS, but we don't
know what their objectives are."

"Impossible! NESTS destroyed an entire city during the last tournament, didn't
they? They can't be going to all this trouble for just a mere sporting event."

"But all reports attributed the incident to the fall of an artificial 
satellite...."

Leona mumbles.

"Nuts! We have nothing to go on with this intel!"

Ralf pounds the top of his desk.

"Well aren't you the little hothead."

Everyone looks in the direction of the voice in unison. And there they see him,
the man with the eyepatch, standing in the doorway. It's the leader of this 
mercenary squad, Heidern.

"Leader!"

"Feast your eyes on this!"

Heidern plunks a thick pile of documents down on the desk. Three Ss appear on 
the top page of the pile, which means "top secret" in this squad. Ralf snatches
up the stack of documents and scans over them. As he leafs through the 
documents, Ralf's face turns flush and he mumbles as if groaning in pain.

"Just what in blazes is this...?"

Clark and Leona peek at the document in Ralf's hands. A photograph that looks 
as if it was taken by a surveillance satellite is attached to it. The image is 
extensively blurred by a sort of electronic "snow," perhaps the result of some 
new kind of jamming device. It's impossible to distinguish any fine detail, but
the group can see a giant black shadow.

"...This is all we have to go on. That, and this here."

Heidern pulls out a pamphlet and tournament entry tickets for this year's KOF 
tournament.

"Four tickets, is it? That leaves us a bit short of entrants. Last time...."

"Clark, take a look at the list of entrants."

The three do as instructed and scan the roster of fighters.

"Whippy!"

Ralf screeches wildly, hardly apropos of the situation.

"It's her all right. The genuine article, the one and only Whip. She's got all 
bases covered, I see."

"That little minx! Not even a phone call!"

"And it doesn't stop there. Check out the team she's on."

More surprisingly, the party finds among the list of entered teams the name 
of...

"NESTS! You got to be yanking my chain! A NESTS team?"

"NESTS is a completely secret syndicate...only but a handful of the privileged 
few know of its existence."

Leona once again blurts out the blatantly obvious.

"But if Whippy is listed among the tournament's participants, that means she has
already been accepted as a team member. So, Leader, who's going to be our 
fourth team member?"

"...This time I'm going to join you in the tournament."

"Whoo! That's too much!"

"...OK, enough banter for now. All of you, gather in the briefing room!"

"Yes, sir!"

The three salute Heidern in unison. While they salute, something pops into 
Ralf's mind. What's going to happen this time around...? But we'll have to play
this out. Yup, we'll just have to play this out.

-----

Leona Heidern
Fighting Style : Martial arts + Heidern-style assasination techniques
Birthdate : 10th January
Nationality : Unknown
Blood Group : B+
Height : 176 cm
Weight : 66 kg
Likes : None
Fav. Food  : Vegetables
Strong Sports  : None
Impt Things  : None
Hated Things  : Blood

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Leona Crush: close, b or f + C
Ordeal Buckler: close, b or f + D
Heidern Inferno: in air and close, b or f or d + C or D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Srtike Arch: b or f + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Moon Slasher: d~u + P
Baltic Launcher: b~f + P
Running Saber: b~f + K
Gliding Buster: Running Saber (D), f + D
X-Caliber: d, db, b + P in air
Earring Bomb: d, db, b + K
Earring Bomb 2: b, d, db + K
Manual Explosion: Earring Bomb 2, b, d, db + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

V-Slasher (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b, ub + P or 
                In air, d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Grateful Dead (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Rebel Spark (DM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + K
V-Slasher (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b, ub + AC or 
                 In air, d, df, f, df, d, db, b + AC

---

Striker Move: Killer Touch

+++

Ralf Jones
Fighting Style : Martial arts + Heidern-style assasination techniques
Birthdate : 25th August
Nationality : America
Blood Group : A+
Height : 188 cm
Weight : 90 kg
Likes : Collecting knives
Fav. Food  : Bubble gum
Strong Sports  : Baseball
Impt Things  : Badge of honour
Hated Things  : Snakes

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Dynamite Headbutt: close, b of f + C
Northern Light Bomb: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Gatling Attack: b~f + P
Vulcan Punch: P repeatedly
Super Argentine Backbreaker: close, b, db, d, df, f + K
Blitzkrieg Punch: d~u + P or d, df, f + P in air
Ralf Kick: hold K for 5 seconds and release
Ralf Tackle: f, df, d, db, b + K
Galactica Phantom: (d, df, f)x2 + P

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Bari Bari Vulcun Punch (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Mounted Vulcan Punch(DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + K
Bari Bari Vulcun Punch (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + AC

---

Striker Move: Galactica Phantom

+++

Clark Steel
Fighting Style : Martial arts + Heidern-style assasination techniques
Birthdate : 7th May
Nationality : America
Blood Group : A+
Height : 187 cm
Weight : 89 kg
Likes : Collecting guns
Fav. Food  : Oatmeal
Strong Sports  : Wrestling
Impt Things  : His sunglasses
Hated Things  : Slugs

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

German Suplex: close, b or f + C
Fisherman Buster: close, b or f+ D
Death Lake Drive: in air and close, b or f or d + C or D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Stomping: f + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Gatling Attack: b~f + P
Napalm Stretch*: f, d, df + P
Super Argentine Backbreaker*: close, b, db, d, df, f + K
Frankensteiner*: f, d, df + K
Mount Tackle: b, db, d, df, f + P
Rolling Cradle: Mount Tackle, d, d + K
Clark Lift: Mount Tackle, d, d + A
Super Lift*: Mount Tackle, d, d + C
Flash Elbow: d, df, f + P after * moves

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ultra Argentine Backbreaker (DM): close, (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + P
Running Three (DM): (b, db, d, df, f)x2 + K
Ultra Argentine Backbreaker (SDM): (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + AC

---

Striker Move: Flashing Launcher

+++

Heidern
Fighting Style : Martial arts + Personal-style assasination arts
Birthdate : 1st September
Nationality : Unknown
Blood Group : B
Height : 192 cm
Weight : 90 kg
Likes : Collecting metal figures, fishing nushi
Fav. Food  : Black beer, stuffed wiener
Strong Sports  : Hunting
Impt Things : Family Picture
Hated Things : none

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Lead Belcher: close, b or f + C
Backstabbing: close, b or f + D
Critical Drive: in air and close, b or f or d + C or D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Shooter Narnagel: f + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Cross Cutter: d, df, f + P
Moon Slasher: f, d, df + P
Neck Rolling: f, d, df + K
Storm Bringer: close, f, df, d, db, b + P
Killing Binger Counter: f, df, d, db, b + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Final Bringer (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Final Bringer (SDM): (d, df, f)x2 + AC
Heidern End (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + K
Heidern End (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + BD

---

Striker Move: Moon Slasher

                                     -----------------

                                        ~~Kim Team~~

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Yah! Ha!"

The place is Kim's gym, which he opened to spread the spirit of tae kwon do and
spread his word on justice.

"That kid with the glasses sure has talent. Don't you think, Jhun?"

"Your talk of 'talent' reveals your ever illogical mindset. But the kid's got 
good form, that's for sure. Add some real fighting experience, and you've got a
first-rate tae kwon do fighter."

A very large man is doing push ups along with a comparatively smaller man in a
corner of the gym. Sweat springs from the two in fountains and gathers on the 
floor.

"But...we're lucky...eh, buddy boy. ...Things are back to normal. Me...and you,
Chang...if I stayed in your body...Makes me shiver just thinking about it...
buddy boy."

The small man addresses the bigger one in pained tones.

"Not just you...but me too...Choi. Huff, huff...your body's too small...and you
can't twirl...my lead ball..."

Chang answers this. He looks like he's having a rough time of it, too.

"But...Master Kim...as Jhun said...knocking heads together and returning to 
where we started...it's like a comic book...eh, buddy boy...?"

"You said it..."

"OK. That's enough!"

Kim draws up next to the two.

"Very good! That's all for today!"

"Whew...are we finally finished today, buddy bo-, uh, Master Kim...Huh? Where's
Master Jhun?"

"Uh, he made an early day of it today to go to the Athena Asamiya concert."

"Why do you keep us training if you guys get to go off and play?!"

"Now, now...Everyone needs a rest now and then."

"Does that include us, too?!"

"Hah, hah, hah, that's very drole, gentlemen. There's no vacation from rehab. 
Give me one more set!"

"Gaaa-sssp!!!"

Jhun stands before a large thoroughfare, waiting for the signal to change. 
Today is the long-awaited day for the Athena Asamiya concert. It won't take 
more than five minutes to the concert hall after crossing this crosswalk. Jhun 
glances up at the signal. Still red. Time never flies when you're waiting. Jhun
sets his eyes on the sidewalk across the street.

"Ah, A...Athena!?"

Who could believe it, but Athena Asamiya stands on the other side of the 
street, smiling like an angel and seemingly beckoning Jhun!

Jhun glances at the signal again. It's green. Jhun begins to run across the 
street, as if possessed. Athena, as before, continues smiling.

"Aaaaaaaaa-thena!"

But as much as Jhun runs, he doesn't appear to get closer to Athena. Far from
it, Athena gradually recedes into the distance. Jhun panics. He runs for his 
life.

"How can this be?! Athena! Atheeeeena!"

Then he wakes up. He first sees is a white ceiling, and then a familiar face.

"Are you okay, Jhun? You're in the hospital now!"

"Kim...?! I could swear I was on my way to Athena's concert...."

Jhun's memory returns to him.

On his way to the concert, he happened on a patch plastered with extra-large 
posters of Athena Asamiya and waited there for the signal to change to cross a
crosswalk. But most of the posters had been torn off by her fans, and only a 
few posters remained on the wall.

While growing impatient, Jhun waited for the signal to change but finally 
could wait no longer and ran into the crosswalk although the signal was still 
red. That's when the car hit him.... At least that's what Jhun thought, but 
that's not what actually happened. As a matter of fact, the car driver did see
the red light in front of him and because he stopped in the knick of time, 
Jhun, who had rushed out at top speed, smashed right into the car. Jhun, 
knocked back by the force of the collision, however, ended up injuring his neck
and back pretty bad after landing on the pavement.

"Ah, Kim. Forgive me for shaking you up like that. But an injury like this...
ouch..."

"You shouldn't push yourself, buddy boy...."

"Yeah, that's right, Master Jhun."

"Yeah, I'm sorry, but as far as this year's KOF goes...."

"What?! King of Fighters?"

"Yeah...I was hoping to enter this year's tournament again with you, but it 
looks like this time you won't be up to it."

"B-But Kim. Who will take my place?"

"Uh, it's that kid that you and I were talking about this morning. She's come 
to see you here now. Come on in, May."

The girl wearing a T-shirt and glasses on her head that they had watched this 
morning enters the room.

"Nice to meet you, Jhun! My name is May Lee. How're you holding up? I'll try to
live up to your standards and defeat evil!"

"Hmm, May Lee, is it?? I like it, buddy boy. The old team was looking a little 
shabby with all these guys on it I thought, but a perky little pretty on board 
just may cheer us up, eh, buddy boy!"

"I'll second that. Of course that comment about defeating evil gives me pause."

"What are you talking about, Chang?! That's what our objective is all about, 
too, isn't it?! Her dream is to become an ally of justice!"

"Huh? Are you really s-serious, buddy boy?"

"You bet! I want to be an envoy of justice! That's why I came to the true envoy
of justice, Master Kim that is, and his gym to become a worthy envoy of 
justice!"

"Ha, ha, ha...Well, we'll have to work on that!"

"Well, Jhun, take care of yourself, and make sure you recuperate sufficiently, 
OK? Later."

"W-Wait, Kim! Come on guys! Wait for me!!!"

The door slams shut and Jhun lies stunned, alone in his hospital room, while 
the sound of laughter is heard in the corridor outside. 

-----

Kim Kaphawn
Fighting Style : Taekwondo
Birthdate : 21st December
Nationality : Korea
Blood Group : A+
Height : 176 cm
Weight : 78 kg
Likes : Karaoke
Fav. Food  : Korean barbecue
Strong Sports  : Gymnastics
Impt Things  : His wife and two sons
Hated Things  : Evil

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Kubikime Otoshi: close, b or f + C
Sakkyaku Nage: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Neri Chagi: f + B
Kuuren Geki: f + A

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Hien Zan: d~u + K
Tensouzan: Hien Zan(D), d + D
Hishou Kyaku: d, df, f, (up position) + K
              in air, d, df, f + K
Han Getsu Zan: d, db, b + K
Haki Kyaku: d, d + K
Kuusajin: Haki Kyaku, f, d, df + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Hou'ou Kyaku (DM): d, db, b, db,f + K
Hou'ou Hiten Kyaku (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + K
Hou'ou Tenbu Kyaku (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + K in air
Hou'ou Kyaku (SDM): d, db, b,db,f + BD

---

Striker Move: Hou'ou Tenbu Kyaku

+++

Chang Koehan
Fighting Style : Taekwondo + Power Attacks
Birthdate : 21st October
Nationality : Korea
Blood Group : B+
Height : 227 cm
Weight : 306 kg
Likes : Destruction
Fav. Food  : Whole roasted sheep
Strong Sports  : Table tennis
Impt Things  : His iron ball
Hated Things  : Centipedes, Training days

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Hagan Geki: close, b or f + C
Kusari Jime: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Hiki Nige: df + A

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Tekkyuu Daikaiten: f, d, df + P
Tekkyuu Funsai Geki: d, df, f + P
Tekkyu Taiko Uchi: b, db, d, df, f + K
Dai Hakai Nage: close: f, df, d, db, b, f + C

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Tekkyuu Dai Bousou (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + C
Tekkyuu Dai Assatsu (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + K
Tekkyuu Dai Bousatsu (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Tekkyuu Dai Assatsu (SDM): (d, df, f)x2 + BD

---

Striker Move: Tekkyuu Dai Kourin

-----

Choi Bounge
Fighting Style: Taekwondo + Speed attacks
Birthday: 25th October
Nationality: Korea
Blood Type: B
Height: 153 cm
Weight: 44 kg
Fav. Food: Crab
Best Sport: New gymnastics
Impt Things: The claws he made himself
Hated Things: Konnyaku (a gelatinous candy)

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Zujou Sashi: close, b or f + C
Geketsu Zuki: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Toorima Geri: b or f + B
Mukuro Tsuki: b or f + A
Sankaku Tobi: ub against wall and any f direction

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Shissou Hishou Zan: b~f + P, dir + P/K for Houkou Tenkan
Tatsumaki Shippuu Zan: d~u+P
Hishou Kuuretsu Zan: d~u + K, dir + P/K for Houkou Tenkan
Hishou Kyaku: in air, d, df, f+K
Kaiten Hienzan: d, db, b + P
Kishuu Hien Tsuki: Kaiten Hienzan, P

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Shin! Chouzetsu Tatsumaki Shinkuu Zan(DM): (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + P
Houou Kyaku (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + K
Shin! Chouzetsu Rinkaiten Toppa (DM): in air, (d, df, f)x2 + K
Houou Kyaku (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + BD

---

Striker Move: Chouhatsu Zanmai

Notes: During Senpuu Hien Shitotsu, Choi can change directions up to 3 times by
pressing a direction plus a button

-----

May Lee Jinju
Fighting Style: Her own original arrangement of Taekwondo
Birthday: 24th May
Nationality: Korea
Blood Type: B
Height: 164 cm
Weight: 47 kg
Fav. Food: Fried poultry
Best Sport: Taekwondo
Impt Things: Red muffler and glove given to her by a special someone
Hated Things: Evil

==================================Standard Mode================================

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Crow's Wing: close, b or f + C
Swan Circle: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Switch to Hero mode: ABC

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Blazing Intercept: f, df, d, db, b + K
Lightning Needle: d, df, f + K
Spinning Edge: Lightning Needle, K
Approching Beetle: Spinning Edge, K
Into Sky: Lightning Needle or Spinning Edge, u + K
Dinosaur's Footprint: Lightning Needle or Spinning Edge, d + K
Blazing Intercept: Lightning Needle or Spinning Edge, b + K
Leaping Swordfish: Lightning Needle or Spinning Edge, df + K
Surprise Air: Lightning Needle or Spinning Edge, uf + K
Finish: Surprise Air, d + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Gauze Tail Tinkerbell(DM): (d, db, b)x2 + K
Disposition Frog (SDM): AC, BD, ABC

==================================Hero Mode====================================

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Hero Parry: f + A
Sliding: df + B
Switch to Standard mode: ABC

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Full Swing Chop: d, df, f + P
Shining Thunder Blow: d, df, f + K
"May Lee Cho~p!": d, db, b + P
"May Lee Break!": close, f, df, d, db, b, f + P
"May Lee Dynamic!"(DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P in air
"May The End"(SDM): (d, df, f)x2 + AC

                                     -----------------

                                      ~~Women Team~~

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Yes! This year I'm entering for sure!"

A lone girl mutters this with a touch of excitement as she squeezes the KOF 
invitation in her hand.

Her expression brims with her enthusiasm towards entering the tournament.

Now we're in Southtown's Chinatown. The young woman works here part-time in her
Grandfather Bai's Chinese restaurant.

Her name is Li Xiang Fei. Ever since she can remember she has loved a good 
fight and works as this shop's bodyguard as well as one of its waitresses.

"Last year was a real letdown. Even though I got an invitation, Mary and King 
ended up entering on other teams, and Mai's team was already decided...."

Xiang Fei still stings with the regrets of being unable to find team members 
for the previous tournament, but this time, for sure, she's determined to enter
KOF.

"OK! This year for sure I'm absolutely going to gather together some teammates
and quickly form my team!!!"

Once she makes up her mind, Xiang Fei's quick to act. She bursts out of the 
early morning mist that shrouds Chinatown.

Meanwhile, inside Andy's gym in the middle of Southtown, Mai's voice echoes 
through the structure to no avail.


"That Andy. I'll never forgive him! This is the second time in a row he's left 
me in the lurch, and I won't forget it! Come on! Show yourself, Andy, you 
bleach-blond girlie-man!!!"

With almost perfect timing and no prior notification, in pops Xiang Fei, right
in front of a truly peeved Mai.

"Hey, Mai! I thought you'd be here!"

"Say what?! You're Xiang Fei, right?! What're you doing here?!"

"Eh, heh, heh. I heard Andy had opened a gym, so I came to check it out. And
just as I expected, here you are Mai!"

"Well, yeah. I don't mind about Andy opening a gym here, but...Nuts! The 
loser's not here! It's just getting to be more and more of a chore trying to 
find out where that pretty-boy is! Uh, anyway...do you have something you want
to ask me?"

"Yeah! I thought I could convince you to be on a team with me this year!"

"Huh?"

Xiang Fei tells Mai relates her experience with last year's tournament.

"Hmm...the dickens you say...Well, all right! I understand. Let's kick some 
but, Xiang Fei! And I want to make Andy scream ?Uncle.'!"

"...Y-Yeah, that sounds nice. So let's do it together! (It's not the way I 
pictured it, but it'll have to do...)."

"Hmm, looks like the whole world's on the skids these days...."

A solitary woman sits inside a bar that boasts a reserved atmosphere.

She looks over the newspaper spread out on the table and sighs.

Meet King. Along with being the owner of the bar "Illusion," she is an figure
well-known among fight fans.

There is still a while before she's set to open her shop. King takes her eyes 
off the newspaper and shoots a glance at the envelope placed casually atop the 
thick oak counter. It's an invitation to King of Fighters.

"...It's come uninvited once again this year...ah, whatever...."

And just at that instant, "bing, bong" rings the doorbell.

"I'm sorry, we're not open yet."

King answers melancholically with her back to the door.

"Is that...King? Long time no see!"

"!! Xiang Fei?! And Mai, too. Hmph...."

The instant King saw their two faces, she knew it was another invitation to 
enter KOF. But this year she has not intention in the least of entering the 
tournament. So that's why she would tell the two the real reason and get them 
to leave. But as a result of Xiang Fei and Mai's persistent pleadings, King's 
chance to give these two the boot never arises. King eventually gives in.

"All right. All right already! I'll enter on your team, so enough of this 
whining!"

"Really?! All right!!!"

The two go wild with joy.

"But what are you going to do about the fourth team member? You can't join with
a team of three members."

"Uh, I forgot about that...What'll we do? ...Kasumi said she saw her father in 
the last tournament so she set out to find him and can't be reached...and Yuri 
has already joined up with the Kyokugen Karate team...."

"Mai, uh, what about that sumo chick that entered last year. Won't she do?"

"Ah, you mean Hinako? She has school to worry about now...."

"That's not a problem. I'll convince here!"

Xiang Fei confidently comes to a credible conclusion.

"Nice to meet you. My name is Hinako Shijo."

It didn't take especially long for Hinako to show up at the bar "Illusion." 
What a coincidence that she shows up on a trip to Southtown at this very 
moment! It looks like the final pieces have fallen into place, so Mai's beside
herself.

"So you're that sumo fanatic, Hinako, are you? Well, today everything's on the
house so eat up!"

"!!!"

King stops wiping the glasses momentarily and takes a deep breath. She resigns
herself that there's nothing she can do, today's just not her day. Not her day,
and not her month: accounts this month will surely register in the red.

"Oh really? Thank you very much. I oblige myself of your kind hospitality."

"...So, Hinako, won't you enter KOF with us? With you on our team, I know we 
can win for sure."

"Oh, really-eeee? I'm truly honored to hear that. And if you provide me with 
another opportunity to enter...I'll be able to get more sumo club members, 
and...yeah, can I bring my sumo club teammates to the event?"

"Uh, yeah, the more the merrier, right?! It would be nice to have our own 
cheering section!"

"U-Uh, that's fine with me. Well, anyway, we have all of our members lined up, 
eh? Oh, good grief...."

"And in the event of our victory, I'll be happy to treat you and all your 
friends to a dinner party here at my place."

"Huh?!!! Really?! All right! Now I feel more psyched than ever. We're really 
going to bust some heads!"

And so, with Xiang Fei's passion, Mai's rage, and King's tolerance (?), the new
Women Fighters team came into being.

-----

Mai Shiranui
Fighting Style : Shiranui-style Ninjitsu
Birthdate : 1st January
Nationality : Japan
Blood Group : B+
Height : 165 cm
Weight : 46 kg
Likes : Making osechi (soup with rice cakes specially for New Year)
Fav. Food  : Ozouni
Strong Sports  : Hane-Tsuki
Impt Things  : Hairpin of deceased grandmother
Disliked Things  : Spiders

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Shiranui Gourin: close, b or f + C
Fuusha Kuzushi: close, b or f+ D
Yume-zakura: in air and close, b or f or d + C or D 

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Tsubakuro no Mai: f + B
Benitsuru no Mai: df + B
Daiwa Fuusha Otoshi: in air, d + A
Ukiha: in air, d + B
Yurazaume: in air, d + D

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ryuu En Bu: d, db, b + P
Sachiyo Dori: d, db, b + K
Ka Chou Sen: d, df, f + P
Hissatsu Shinobi Bachi: b, db, d, df, f + K
Musasabi no Mai(air): in air, d, db, b + P
Musasabi no Mai(ground): d, u + P
Ukihane: Musasabi no Mai(ground), d + K
Yusura Ume: Musasabi no Mai(ground), d + P
Toki Tsubute: Musasabi no Mai(ground), close, d + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Chou Hissatsu Shinobi Bachi(DM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + K
Houou no Mai (DM): (d, db, b)x2 + P
Hana Arashi (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Chou Hissatsu Shinobi Bachi(SDM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + BD

---

Striker: Sakura Fubuki

+++

King
Fighting Style : Muey Thai (Thai kickboxing)
Birthdate : 8th April
Age : 24
Nationality : France
Blood Group : A+
Height : 175 cm
Weight : 58 kg
Vital Stats (cm) : Unknown
Likes : Collecting wine glasses
Fav. Food  : Vegetables
Strong Sports  : Billiards
Impt Things  : Her younger brother Jean
Disliked Things  : Gross people

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Hold Rush: close, b or f + C
Hook Buster: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Slide Kick: df + D
Trap Kick: f + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Venom Strike: d, df, f + B
Double Strike: d, df, f + D
Tornado Kick: f, df, d, db, b + K
Trap Shot: f, d, df + K
Mirage Kick: f, df, d, db, b + P
Mirage Dance: close, b, db, d, df, f + P

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Illusion Dance (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + K
Silent Flash (DM): (d, db, b)x2 + K
Surprise Rose (DM): b, f, df, d + K
Illusion Dance (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + BD

---

Striker Move: Trap Rush

+++

Li Xiangfei
Fighting Style : All Varieties of Chinese Boxing
Birthdate : 25th May
Age : 17
Nationality : Noth American (Chinese descent)
Blood Group : B
Height : 160 cm
Weight : 45 kg
Vital Stats (cm) : 77.54.79
Likes : Napping
Fav. Food  : Shrimp-filled Chinese dumplings
Strong Sports  : Sprints
Impt Things  : Her friends
Disliked Things : Etiquette

                      o----------------------o
                                THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Kadoma: close, b or f + C
Ryokuchi Kouen: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Sou Shouda: f + A
Kyuupo: Gosentai: f + B
Fukupo: Gosentai: df + D

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Tenpohzan: f, d, df + K
Nanpa: d, df, f + P
Zen Chuoh: d, df, f + B
Kanku: Zen Chuoh, d, df, f + B
Zen Chuoh Kanku: Zen Chuoh, d, df, f + B
Zen Chuoh Shin Saiha: d, df, f + D
Banhaku Ato Unage: f, df, d, db, b, f + P
Ekisupo: Banhaku Ato Unage, d, db, b + P
Ei Sake (Tai Kuuchuu Kogeki): A, u
Ei Sake (Tai Tachi Kougeki): A, f
Ei Sake (Tai Shagami Kougeki): A, d

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Hirotoshi Kami (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + K
Majinga (DM): close, (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + P
Chou Pairon (DM): LP + HP, b, df + HP, f + HP
Hirotoshi Kami (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + BD
Majinga (SDM): close, (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + AC

---

Striker Move: Chou Pairon

+++

Hinako Shijoh
Fighting Style : Sumo wrestling
Birthdate : 3rd March
Nationality : Japan (her grandmother is 1/4 Russian)
Blood Group : B+
Height : 154 cm
Weight : 42 kg
Measurements : 83 cm, 56 cm, 83 cm
Likes : Collecting sumo stuffs, making herb stuffs (potpourri and herb tea)
Fav. Food  : Chanko (mixed hot pot) made by her mansion's chef, red tea,
pooch-brew
Strong Sports  : Horse-riding, Halberd fencing
Impt Things  : Teddy bear she bought when she was young
Disliked Things  : Insects, sour food, piano scores

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Tasuki Nage: close, b or f+ A
Uwate Nage: close, b or f + B

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Harite Sendai: f + A, A
Harite Nishiki: f + A, C
Tsuppari: f + B, B
Nodowa: df + C, D
Maemitsu Tataki: df + A
Kakeguri: df + D

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Tsukidashi: d, df, f + P
Tsuki Otoshi: d, db, b + P
Kote Nage: close, b, db, d, df, f + K
Kake Nage: close, f, df, d, db, b, f + K
Gaburi Takayori: f, df, d, db, b, f + P
Kataguri: Gaburi Takayori, b, db, d + K
Hatakikomi: Gaburi Takayori, f, db, d + P
Yorigiri: close, f, d, df + K
Tsukidashi: P rapidly

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Oo-Ichiban (DM): (d, df, f)x2 P
Gasshou Hineri (DM): (b, db, d, df, f)x2 + K
Gasshou Hineri (SDM): (b, db, d, df, f)x2 + BD

---

Striker Move: Teppou Hiyouko

                                     -----------------

                                 ~~Psycho Soldier Team~~

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Here is the location of an ancient temple, secluded among steep mountains. It 
has already begun to grow dark, and the characteristic silhouettes of China's 
mountain ranges become distinctly visible.

"Ooh, Kensou. I can't shoot a Psycho Ball!"

"It's okay, Bao. You'll get out of your slump in no time."

Picking up a snatch of mountain plants with his chopsticks, Bao still looks as 
if he's about to cry. Kensou goes out of his way to cheer up Bao, who has been 
down in the dumps for quite a while.

"But, Kensou, you still can't shoot a Super Sphere, can you...?"

"Uh, d-do you have to rub salt in the wounds, Bao? Well, at any rate, all we 
have between us is training! Right?! Bao?!"

"...Uh...yeah, I guess...so I'll keep on trying!"

"That's right, that's right! That's the old pepper!"

Although Kensou says this with a smile on his face, deep down in his heart, 
there is anything but peace of mind."

Kensou's psychic power still forsakes him...As if to keep his mind off this, 
Kensou stuffs his face with food.

"Athena! Another helping, please!"

"Huh?! Kensou, that's you're third bowl of rice already. Something the matter?"

Athena, who's in charge of tonight's meal, looks worried.

"I'm okay. I've got a lead-lined stomach, you know."

Chin, who had been watching the turn of events beforehand, speaks:

"If his power won't come back, he needs to get his stamina in other ways."

"Yeah, that sounds reasonable, Master."

"Yah, ha, ha, Master, Athena. You are both so off the mark."

Athena and Chin continue their conversation long into the night, even after 
Kensou and Bao have fallen asleep.

"Master. What do you think...about Kensou and Bao's predicament...?"

"Hmm. How can I put this...?"

Chin thinks this out while sipping on his tea.

At that time...when Kensou and Bao made contact, it appeared that their psychic
power had risen up to the heavens. Given that, I thought both of them would 
achieve balance with their psychic powers and return to normal, but....

...In reality, Bao became unable to shoot a Psycho Ball and Kensou's powers 
have not shown the slightest sign of returning to normal....

But the energy that coursed through Bao's body was absorbed by Kensou, wasn't 
it? And if that's the case, then, why doesn't Kensou's power return to normal? 
Hmm...it's all a mystery, it is....

After a while, Chin offers his conclusion to Athena.

"Hey, Athena...I've thought about it and I don't have an answer. I guess it's 
enough that they're healthy."

"...Yeah...I guess so. If both of them are healthy, I can't ask for anything 
more."

After reaching this conclusion, the two give each other a smile.

Morning comes with the cheep, cheep, cheeping of the tunes of the songbirds. 
Bao and Kensou are in the midst of their early morning training.

"Ninety-nine...100...Wah! I'm beat."

"That's the spirit, Kensou! You've accomplished today's quota for push-ups."

"Huff, puff...of course I did...No way training like this is going to poop me 
out...I'm in tip-top condition!"

Or so Kensou protests, but deep down he's beyond wiped out.

"Well, then, show me a Super Sphere, will you?!"

"What?! Right now?!"

"But you said when you're in tip-top condition you said you'd be able to do it,
didn't you?"

"Yeah, I guess I did...All right, then! I'm pumped now! Time to serve one 
up!!!"

Undaunted, Kensou leaps to his feet and assumes the position.

"Hah! Super Sphere!"

Kensou's fists grow hot. OH! MAYBE THIS IS IT!

As he concentrates all his might, his fists begin to grow hotter and hotter, 
and after a while a sphere of light appears.

"Awesome! Way to go, Kensou!!!"

As if encouraged by Bao's voice, the lump of light begins to enlarge steadily.

What?! The moment he thinks, "Was the Super Sphere really this big before?!" 
the wad of energy leaves his hands and takes off at a good clip.

BADDA-BAM!!!

Along with the thundering roar, the ball of energy released by Kensou knocks 
down a tree standing in front of them.

"Wah-ooh! I rule! ...Uh-oh...."

"Kesou! Kensou!"

Kensou's eyes roll back into his head as he falls to the ground in a bundle....

"Whoa...Who'd of thought Kensou was capable of that...."

Athena nurses over a sleeping Kensou. Next to her stands Chin, who has heard 
about this morning's training session from Bao. After training to exhaustion, 
Kensou summoned up his Super Sphere. Perhaps Kensou's power may be stifled by 
his subconscious? And maybe that's where Bao's power resides as well....

"OK, I've reached my decision. I was wavering for a while, but we're going to 
enter this year's KOF tournament."

"What, Master? But Kensou's laid up in bed and Bao's power still hasn't 
returned..."

"That is exactly why we're entering the tournament. If we enter the tournament,
it may bring about some change like the previous one, and we may get better 
results than we'd get continuing along at this rate."

"...Yeah, I guess so. If we enter the tournament, we should find some answers."

"I hope I get my psychic power back. And the same goes for Kensou, of course!"

"You said it. I get the feeling something may happen this time around, but this
tournament rarely goes off without a hitch, you know."

"That's it! Kensou, Bao, and Athena too, this may all work out for our 
benefit."

Beside the sleeping Kensou, all come to a new resolve.
-----

Athena Asamiya
Fighting Style : Chinese Martial Arts + Psychic powers
Birthdate : 14th March
Nationality : Japan
Blood Group : B+
Height : 163 cm
Weight : 49 kg
Measurements : 83 cm, 57 cm, 82 cm
Likes : Astrology
Fav. Food  : Strawberry cakes
Strong Sports  : Lacross
Impt Things  : Peter Rabbit teacup set
Disliked Things  : Grasshoppers

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Psychic Throw: close, b or f + D
Bit Throw: close, b or f + C
Psychic Shoot: in air and close, b or f or d + C or D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Renma Momo: f + B
Phoenix Bomb: in air, d + B
Sankaku Tobi: ub into wall and press any f direction

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Psycho Sword: f, d, df + P (can be done in air)
Psycho Ball: d, db, b + P
Psycho Reflector: f, df, d, db, b + B
Psycho Reflector Neo: f, df, d, db, b + D
Phoenix Arrow: in air, d, db, b + P
Psycho Teleport: d, df, f + K
Psychic Shoot: b, db, d, df, f + P

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Shining Crystal Bit(DM): b,f, df, d, db, b + P
Crystal Shoot: Shining Crystal Bit, d, db, b + P (hold and release)
Phoenix Fang Arrow (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Shining Crystal Bit(SDM): b, f, df, d, db, b + AC
Crystal Shoot: Shining Crystal Bit, d, db, b + P (hold and release)

---

Striker Move: Psycho Healing

Another Striker: Athena 86' (Flame Sword)

+++

Sie Kensou
Fighting Style: Superpowers and Chinese Kung Fu
Birthday: 23rd September
Nationality: China
Blood Type: B
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 61 kg
Fav. Food: Meat buns
Best Sport: Soccer
Impt THings: Stuffed toy given to him by a fan
Disliked Things: Training

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Hakkei: close, b or f + C
Tomoe Nage: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Kobokute: f + A
Gousentai: f + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

SenShippo: d, db, b + P
Ryuu Renda: close, f, d, df + P rapidly
Ryuu Renga: b, db, d, df, f + A for Chiryuu, HP for TenRyuu
Ryuu Gakusai: b, d, db + K
Ryuusoh Geki: d, db, b + P in air
Senkyuutai: d, df, f + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Shinryu SeiohRekkyaku(DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + B
Shinryuu Tenbu Kyaku(DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + D
Senki Hakkei (DM): close, (d, df, f)x2 + P
Shinryuu Tenbu Kyaku(SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + BD

---

Striker Move: Niku Man O Kuu

+++

Chin Gentsai
Fighting Style: Chinese Kung Fu (mainly Drunken Fist)
Birthday: 27th April
Nationality: China
Blood Type: A
Height: 164 cm
Weight: 53 kg
Fav. Food: Lemon salmon and lettuce with fried rice, among others
Best Sport: Taking a walk, yo-yo tricks
Impt: Alcohol
Disliked Things: Pandas

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Gou Inshu: close, b or f + C	
Gyaku Ashi Nage: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Suiho Hyoutanshuu: f + A

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Suikan Kanou: d, d + P
Chou Shuuriku Gyo: Suikan Kanou, f + P
Kaitenteki Kuutotsuken: Suikan Kanou or Bogetsui, f + K
Ryuurinhourai: f, d, df + P
Kaiten-teki Kuutotsu Ken: b, db, d, df, f + K
Hyoutan Geki: d, db, b + A for Jaku, C for Kyou
BogetsuSui: d, d + K
RouJu Hanhou: BogetsuSui, u + B
Rigyu Hanhou: BogetsuSui, u + D
Suihai Kou: d, df, f + P
Funen Kou: Suihai Kou, d, df, f + P
Gouen Shourai Kai: Suihai Kou, f, d, df + P

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Gouran Enpou(DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Gouen Shourai (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Gouran Enpou(SDM): (d, df, f)x2 + AC

---

Striker: Hourai Rakuen

+++

Bao
Fighting Style : Supernatural Power
Birthdate : 18th July
Age : 12
Nationality : China?
Blood Group : Unknown
Height : 153 cm
Weight : 40 kg
Likes : Consumer games, network games
Fav. Food  : Hot Milk
Strong Sports  : Fishing
Impt Things  : B-games
Disliked Things  : Huge RPGs

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Genei Tougi: close, b or f + C	
Critical Throw: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Kakugi: f + A
Senheki Shuu: f + B
Senshou Shuu: df + B
Rikotsu Shuu: df + D
Soushou: d + A in air
Hikida: d + B in air

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Psycho Ball Front: d, db, b + A
Psycho Ball Raise: d, df, f + A
Psycho Ball Reflect: d, db, b + B
Psycho Ball Bound: d, df, f + B
Psycho Ball Air Front: d, db, b + A in air
Psycho Ball Air Bound: d, df, f + B in air
Psycho Ball Crash Front: d, db, b + C
Psycho Ball Crash Raise: d, df, f + C
Psycho Ball Crash Reflect: d, db, b + D
Psycho Ball Crash Bound: d, df, f + D
Psycho Ball Crash Air Front: d, db, b + C in air
Psycho Ball Crash Air Bound: d, df, f + D in air

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Psycho Ball Max (DM): (d, db, b)x2 + P
Psycho Ball DX (DM): (b, db, d, df, f)x2 + K
Psycho Ball Max (SDM): (d, db, b)x2 + AC
Psycho Ball SP (SDM): f, b, db, d, df, f + BD

---

Striker Move: Psycho Ball Max


                                     -----------------

                                      ~~Yagami Team~~

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

He has been followed for a long time.

But that is of no importance to him.
If they come, he will crush them.
And that's all there is to it.

"Hmph. What a tremendous presence... Now I know why Benimaru was so on edge."

The man realizes he's been found out. The reason he knows this is because the 
red-haired man has gradually begun to head for more secluded alleyways.

When he approaches a shadowy blind alley, the red-haired man turns to face him.

"What...do you want...?"

Hearing his target's voice, the word "darkness" comes to Seth's mind. 
Darkness...the thing all humans fear primordially and continue to hate. Yes, 
this red-haired man seems to be "darkness" its very self.

Although there is a odious dryness in his mouth, Seth addresses the man.

"Iori...Yagami, is it? I've been looking for you...for quite a long time."

The area surrounding the confrontational Yagami begins to flicker as if it were
shimmering with heat.

"Who are you?"

"Forgive me for my belated self-introduction. The name is Seth. It's a
 pleasure."

"...I don't care who you are...What's your business with me?"

"Pretty harsh ther, Yagami. Do you know that you've been invited to this year's
King of Fighters?"

"...So, what's it to you?"

The surrounding space becomes even more violently warped. Seth feels like 
groaning within but continues to speak.

"If I told you that Kyo Kusanagi will be entering, what would you say to that?"

"Kyo Kusanagi?"

The expression on Yagami's face changes. The surrounding area simultaneously 
warps as if time and space were caving in on itself.

A normal human would probably have died suffering from these brutal emissions 
of Iori's psyche...the very power of Iori Yagami....

"...You're entering on my team...Did you know that?"

"...With you...?"

"That's right. And there are two more after that. ...So how about it?"

"...Yeah, I could enter with you...however...."

"What?"

"If you stand in my way, I'll crush you on the spot!"

Just then the wave of energy rushes like a violent gale from Yagami's body, 
causing Seth to involuntarily kneel on one knee.

An instant later, Seth looks up and notices the form of Yagami is no where to 
be found. Seth rises, revolves his neck around two or three times, and 
mutters...

"...Wow, that was intense. Can that guy be human?"

The amused voices of people enjoying themselves with the crashing of the waves 
can be heard all around.

It appears that it's another crowded day at the indoor pool. A scene that has 
little to do with combat fills the field of vision of a girl chatting on her 
cell phone.

"Yeah. I understand. I intend to meet you today, too. See you later."

She sprawls out on her mat after she hangs up.

"Ah, this is the life..."

She lays down her splendid limbs. A group of men begin to gather around her, 
transfixed by her charms. But she appears to be completely indifferent to their
gaze as if dismissing the gaze of these men, and fends off their propositions.

"Wow! Now that's quite a view."

Emerging from the group of men, a single man calls to her in a particularly 
loud voice. The group of men assume he's intending to claim the girl as his 
own, but nonetheless scatter and disappear, overwhelmed by the man's 
well-sculpted physique.

"You've still got it."

"Oh, when did you get here, Ramon?"

The woman rises up and drinks from a glass of juice as she sits down in a 
chair.

"Well, when Vanessa calls, and we'll always have last year's tournament, too."

"Ooh, it gives me tingles when you put it that way. Well, I know it's a little 
out of the blue, but we decided on the final member of our team for this 
tournament."

"Oh, really. Who may that be?"

"Iori Yagami."

Ramon screws up his face when he hears Yagami's name.

"That's quite a big-shot addition...Hope we can handle him."

"Well, I think we'll manage something, don't you? And he does have more than 
enough of the power we require."

Vanessa purrs, pouring some more juice into her glass as she looks back toward 
Ramon.

"Well, I don't care...."

Ramon motions to receive the glass.

"By the way, what time is it now...Oh, no! The press conference is going to 
start! Vaya con dios; until we meet at the tournament!"

Ramon disappears in a flash, without even drinking his juice.

"Oh, you're always in such a rush...Well, so it goes. Things look like they're
going to get interesting."

Vanessa gulps down her juice and makes her exit.

-----

Iori Yagami
Fighting Style : Ancient Yagami-style martial arts + instinct
Birthdate : 25th March
Nationality : Japan
Blood Group : O+
Height : 182 cm
Weight : 76 kg
Likes : Band
Fav. Food  : Meat
Strong Sports  : All
Impt Things  : His girlfriend
Hated Things  : Violence

                      o----------------------o
                                THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Sakahagi: close, b or f + C
Saka Sakahagi: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Ge Shiki Yumebiki: f + A, A
Ge Shiki Goufu In "Shinigami": f + B
Ge Shiki Yuri Ori: in air, b + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

100 Shiki Oniyaki: f, d, df + P
108 Shiki Yami Barai: d, df, f + P
127 Shiki Aoi Hana: d, db, b + P (up to 3 times)
212 Shiki Koto Tsuki In: f, df, d, db, b + K
Scum Gale: close, f, df, d, db, b, f + P

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Maiden Masher (DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Ura 327 Shiki: Yami Sugi (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Maiden Masher (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + AC

---

Striker Move: Ura 108 Shiki : Ya Sakazuki

-----

Vanessa
Fighting Style: Boxing
Birthday: 9th January
Nationality: Unknown
Blood Type: B
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Fav. Food: Beer
Best Sport: All of them
Impt Things: Her wedding ring
Hated Things: Indecisive people, ghosts

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Dynamite Puncher: close, b or f + C
Clinch Puncher: close, b or f+ D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

One-Two Puncher: f + A
Sliding Puncher: df + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Machine Gun Puncher: b, db, d, df, f + P, P rapidly
Parrying Puncher: f, d, df + C
Puncher Vision(forward): d, df, f + K 
Puncher Vision (backward): d, db, b + K
Uppercut: Puncher Vision, f + A
Straight Puncher Vision, Punch: f + C
Weaving: Puncher Vision, b + P (delayable)
Dash Puncher: b~f+P
	
Puncher Weaving: d, db, b+P (delayable)
Dash Puncher: Puncher Weaving, f + P
Parrying Puncher: Puncher Weaving, b + P
Puncher Vision (forward): Puncher Weaving, f + K
Puncher Vision (backward): Puncher Weaving, b + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Champion Puncher(DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P when near
Crazy Puncher(DM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + P
Crazy Puncher(SDM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + AC

---

Striker: Hard Puncher

+++

Ramon
Fighting Style: Lucha Libre
Birthday: 3rd December 
Nationality: Mexico
Blood Type: A
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Fav. Food: Tacos and tequila
Best Sport: Pro Wrestling
Impt Things: Mask his mentor gave him, 'lovely' Vanessa
Hated Things: Foul play, losses outside the ring

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

Arm Whip: close, b or f + C
Flying Mayor: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Low Drop Kick: df + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Tiger Neck Chancery: close, b, db, d, df, f + P
Feint Step: d, db, b + P (delayable)
Somersault: b, db, d, df, f + K
Rolling Sobat: f, d, df + K
Flying Body Attack: f, d, df + K

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

El Diablo Amarillo(DM): d, db, b, db, d, df, f + K
Tiger Spin(DM): close, (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + P
Tiger Spin(SDM): close, (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + AC

---

Striker Move: El Diablo Amarillo

+++

Seth
Fighting Style: Goshinjutsu (Self-Defense Arts)
Birthday: 1st August
Nationality: America
Blood Type: B
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 108 kg
Fav. Food: Vegetables, fruit (he's a vegetarian)
Best Sport: Individual games
Impt Things: His necktie, his family
Hated Things: Airplanes

                      o----------------------o
                              THROWS
                      o----------------------o

S.S.F.E.S.: close, b or f + C
Tomoe Nage: close, b or f + D

                      o----------------------o
                            COMMAND MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Sliding: df + B
Rolling Sobat: b + A
Tackle: f + A
Mae Age Geri: f + B

                      o----------------------o
                            SPECIAL MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Falling Moon: d, df, f + B in air
Swimming Moon: d, df, f + D in air
Rising Sun: d, df, f + P
Doh-Kuzushi: b, db, d, df, f + B
Ashi-Tori: b, db, d, df, f + D
Bow Moon: f, df, d, db, b + K
Crescent Moon: d, df, f + P in air

                      o----------------------o
                            SUPER MOVES
                      o----------------------o

Open Sea Moon(DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + K
Double Arm Rising Sun(DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Seven Antagonizing Deaths(DM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + P
Seven Antagonizing Deaths(SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + AC

---

Striker: Final Agent

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                                       ~~NESTS Team~~

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"Hmph, ridiculous. Completely!"

A man plopped down at his desk in the center of a darkened room rants.

Two women stand around the desk.

"Why?"

The girl who looks particularly distinctive with her hair gathered up answers 
him.

"Copies of the subject surfaced all over as a result of the previous battle. 
Hasn't his usefulness past?! Well?! Isn't that right, Foxxy?!"

"That's exactly why we need to do away with the original. ...Kyo Kusanagi, he 
is an impediment to our syndicate."

"Hmph, whatever. ...But where is the clone that received those abilities, huh? 
And what happened to K'? He successfully escaped our grasp, didn't he? Why do we
have to wipe up after our predecessors' failures! Well, Leader?!"

"You should mind your tongue, K9999!"

The other tall woman with her arms crossed puts in her two cents.

"It's okay, Diana. He'll be our teammate after all...won't you?"

"Ugh, well, whatever. Then we'll meet at the tournament next. We all have piles
of work to attend to, right?"

"Yes, very well. Until the tournament, then."

K9999 leaves the room and slams it shut, ignoring their farewells.

"How did it go?"

A figure waiting on the landing calls to K9999, who climbs up the stairs, 
stomping on each step as he goes along.

"Kah! Those freaks are making a monkey of me!"

The figure's face still remains visible, owing to the glare of the lighting 
behind it, but it's clear from the silhouette that the lithe body is that of a
woman.

"I'm telling you that's just not so. Don't be so oversensitive, K9999!"

K9999 continues to rage, as if he didn't hear a word the woman said.

"Hmph. Compare me to K', will they?! Did you hear me, Angel? That walking 
defect!!!"

"You're the strongest in the world. You, K9999! K' is not fit to lick the soles
of your shoes! And you'll always have me!"

"Eeeeeeee-nough!"

K9999's voice thunders through the dark corridor.

"I hate him! I hate him! I hate him!!! Him, most of all! I and I alone will 
crush K' with my own two hands!!!"

Muttering his threat, he dashes up the stairs without giving a glance to Angel.

"Hey, wait up, K9999."

Angel hastily follows him up the stairs.

Meanwhile the two women that K9999 had previously argued with remain in the 
dark room.

"Hmph, what a troublesome bunch of team members we have this time, huh?"

"Yeah, sure is."

"We should watch ourselves, Foxxy. Not only Angel, that K9999 is no normal 
being. I don't think he has the syndicate's best interests at heart."

"Yeah, I got the same feeling. But his abilities are equal to the syndicate's 
number one and two. If we watch ourselves, we should come out on top."

"I'm sorry. But this time I haven't officially received the order to enter the 
tournament. ...So, it'll probably be the kid."

"Understood, Diana. Leave Kula to me."

The two fall silent. The affairs regarding this year's tournament, their 
duties, and Kula? This time something other than NESTS best interests concerns 
them. But orders are orders. And there's their loyalty to the syndicate. The 
two scan each other, as if conversing. The silence continues. The two continue 
facing each other wordlessly. Bidding each other leave with a glance, they exit
the room.

It was a dream...A dream of falling earthward...Will I die...? But amazingly 
there is no fear of death...Someone watches over me...Yes...That's it...!!!"

"Candy-eeeeeeeeeee!!!"

She suddenly awakens. Tears run from her eyes. How much time has passed? The 
woman nears the window, without wiping her tear-filled eyes. The sunlight 
flowing in from the opened drapes is dazzling. Being here alive, able to see 
the sunlight, is all because of Candy. That's what she believes. Surely if she 
went to the syndicate, she could see Candy. Candy would surely come to her aid.
But the Candy she knew then no longer exists. A robot...can always be rebuilt. 
I am a living being, and must die. But...these days, I know this: I, too, can 
be rebuilt, can't I? Am I, without my former memories, really a human being?

The woman looks at herself in the mirror in her room. Who...in the name of 
Creation am I? Am I nothing but a robot?

...As this feeling wells up inside her, a feeling of disgust throws her head 
back and she strives to suppress these thoughts.

In spite of this...In spite of this, the cursed one still lives! The traitor to
the organization, the manipulator of the flame!!! He is in some way involved 
with me. He knows me, doesn't he? He is not of the syndicate, but closer to me.

"No, it cannot be!"

I sling my body from the bed. Enough thinking for today. I feel sick....

"Ah, do I have nothing to look forward to?"

Although I don't believe it, maybe if I start talking, things will change, but 
then providence calls...literally.

Bring, bring...bring, bring...bring, bring....

"Ah, it's from Diana!"

Kula quickly pounces on the telephone.

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Kula Diamond
Fighting Style: Anti K' Arts
Birthday: May 29
Nationality: Unknown
Blood Type: Unknown
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 48 kg
Fav. Food: Strawberry sorbet, Peropero candy
Best Sport: Skating
Likes: Candy
Impt Things: Candy
Hated Things: Trashy people, fire


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                                THROWS
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Ice Coffin: close, b or f + C
Behind Slash: close, b or f + D

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                            COMMAND MOVES
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One Inch: f + A
Slider Shoot: df + D
Critical Ice: df + C

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                            SPECIAL MOVES
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Crow Bites: f, d, df + P
Counter Shell: d, db, b + P
Diamond Breath: d, df, f + P
Lay Spin: d, db, b + K
Stand: f + B
Sit: f + D

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                            SUPER MOVES
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Diamond Edge(DM): (d, df, f)x2+P
Diamond Edge(SDM): (d, df, f)x2 + AC
Freeze Execution(SDM): (f, df, d, db, b)x2 + AC

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Striker Move: Lay Spin

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Angel
Fighting Style: Fitness
Birthday: 6th March
Nationality: Mexico
Blood Type: O
Height: 168 cm
Weight: N/A
Fav. Food: Tequila, cactus thorns
Best Sport: Soccer (primarily as a goalkeeper)
Impt Things: Vintage B-3 Decicoat P.D. series clothing
Hated Things: Gambling

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                                THROWS
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Go Go For Ten Girl: close, b or f + C
Starlit Field: close, b or f + D

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                            COMMAND MOVES
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Senseless Chatter: f + B
Formalists' Blue: df + B (a chain begin move)
At Wasteland: d + D in air

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                            SPECIAL MOVES
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Red Sky of Japonesia: f, df, d, db, b + K
Mad Murder Roulette: b, d, db + K

+Chain Begin Moves+
Formalists' Blue: df + B
Welcome to Rouge: Formalists' Blue, A
Citizens of the World: Formalists' Blue, B
Repun Kamui: d, db, b + P
Beyond Frames: b, db, d, df, f + K

+Chain Continuation Moves(after above moves)+

Bye Bye Rouge: u + P
Shelter From Storm: u + K
Buggy And Coffin: f + P
With A Lamp For Pathway: f + K
Train To See Cherry Blossoms: d + P
Impotent Symptom: d + K

+Chain Finisher Moves(after above moves)+
Crown Under Sky: f, f + P
Fullmoon Evening: d, db, b + P
State Of Heat Haze: f, f + K
Ride Your Cycle : b, db, d, df, f + K
Red Sky of Japonesia: f, df, d, db, b + K

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                            SUPER MOVES
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Loyalty Test For Liberalists(DM): b, f, d, df + P
Loyalty Test For Liberalists(SDM): b, f, d, df + AC
Unidentified Victim Consciousness (DM): b, f, d, df + K 

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Striker Move: Ride Your Cycle

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K9999
Fighting Style: His own strength
Birthday: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Blood Type: B
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Fav. Food: Peanuts
Best Sport: None (he can do anything, so why bother?)
Impt Things: His bike, which he rides often
Hated Things: Orders, people who follow orders

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                                THROWS
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Get Lost!: close, b or f + C
Quit Playing!: b or f + D

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                            COMMAND MOVES
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Shut Up!: f + A
Stomping: df + K
Here!: df + P in air

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                            SPECIAL MOVES
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Get In There!: d, df, f + P
Split!: f, d, df + P
Crush!: d, db, b + K

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                            SUPER MOVES
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The moon (DM): db, f, df, d, db, b, df + P
You Get Lost Too! (DM): db, f, df, d, db, b, df + K
Power losing control! (SDM): d, f, df + ABCD

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Striker Move: Sucker Punch Combo

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Foxy
Fighting Style: Swordplay derived from Fencing
Birthday: 9 December
Nationality: Unknown
Blood Type: A
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 61 kg
Fav. Food: Foie gras
Best Sport: Fecing
Impt Things: The syndicate and her underlings
Hated Things: Elite executives

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                                THROWS
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The Third Key: close, b or f + C
The Twelfth Key: close, b or f + D

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                            COMMAND MOVES
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The Seven Medals: f + A
The Seven Minerals: df + A
The Seven Cycles: f + B
The Seven Evaporation: df + B

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                            SPECIAL MOVES
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Horn of the Unicorn: d, df, f + P
Planunium: f, d, df + P
Hope of Nature: f, d, df + K
Tree of Beginning: f, df, d, db, b + P
Memory of Noa: Tree of Beginning, P
The Seven Stars: Tree of Beginning, K
Tree of Wisdom: d, df, f + K
The Silver Moon: Tree of Wisdom, f + P

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                            SUPER MOVES
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Poetry of Cygnus (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P
Silver of the Moon: Poetry of Cygnus, f + P
Wood of Knowledge: Poetry of Cygnus, d + K
Prayer of the Planet (DM): (d, df, f)x2 + P in air
Honey Bee (SDM): (d, df, f)x4 + BD

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Striker Move: The Silver Moon

Note: The Honey Bee is a suicide, do or die move. If she misses or if the move
is blocked then Foxy will lose the match automatically. If she connects, it
will result in a draw game. She can't win with that move.	

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                                         ~~Bosses~~

Original Zero

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                                THROWS
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Yokoshima Karatabe Satsu: close, b or f + C or D

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                            COMMAND MOVES
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Genma Kizashou: Hold A, f
Striker Kryzalid: f + A
Striker Glugan: f + B
Striker Ron: f + C

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                            SPECIAL MOVES
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Zankaze Tsubame Hazaki - Ou Kiba: f, d, df + P
Zankaze Tsubame Hazaki - Hikawa: d, df, f + A
Zankaze Tsubame Hazaki - Satsuma: d, df, f + C

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                            SUPER MOVES
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Dake Kusari Danjin: (d, df, f)x2 + P
Shera Metsusei: (d, df, f)x2 + K

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Igniz

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                                THROWS
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Blue Noah: close, b or f + C
Red Noah: close, b or f + D

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                            SPECIAL MOVES
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Chain Blade
Transaxle Slice: d, df, f + P
Sagittal Edge Slice: f, d, df + P

Diving Arrow
Air: d, db, b + A
Grand: d, db, b + C

Nega Genesis: d, db, b + K
Void Genocide: d, df, f + K

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                            SUPER MOVES
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Edian Blade: (d, df, f)x2 + P
Chaos Tide: f, d, df + K
Brutal God Project (SDM): d, df, f, df, d, db, b + AC

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