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The King of Fighters, officially abbreviated KoF, is a popular fighting game franchise from SNK/Playmore.

Originally conceived as a crossover between The Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury and older games, the series eventually became a mainstay of SNK, with over 100 characters having been introduced into the series over 17 main series games.

The plot of these games centres around an annual "King of Fighters" tournament, which series main characters Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami participate in, amongst many other characters. However, midway through the competition, evil forces intervene, forcing the winning (player's) team to take action and defeat these forces, often manifested as a boss character or two.

This series is also infamous for its SNK Boss Syndrome, with bosses possessing exceedingly good range and priority on their attacks. Many of its bosses have been known to be the first examples of numerous boss-style attacks, such as screen fillers and energy pillars.

Main ArcsEdit

As of the latest game, The King of Fighters XIII, there have been 4 major arcs:

  • The Rugal Saga ('94), involving the defeat of Rugal Bernstein and his crime empire.
  • The Orochi Saga ('95, '96 '97), involving the Orochi and its servants seeking to destroy Earth in the name of nature.
  • The N.E.S.T.S Chronicles ('99, '00, '01), involving the organisation N.E.S.T.S and its leader Igniz's plans to become a god and take over the world.
  • The Tales of Ash ('03, XI, XII, XIII), involving Ash Crimson embroiling the main cast into conflict against the mysterious Those From the Past who seek to reawaken Orochi.

In addition, there has also been a Maximum Impact arc, which uses new characters and 3D models, and Dream Match games, which eschew canon to put as many characters together in one game as possible.

Series MechanicsEdit

This series is a four button fighter (2 punches, 2 kicks) with capabilities to use six button-controllers effectively.

Unique mechanics to this series include:

  • Rolling: By pressing A+B (Button-LP+Button-LK or Button-HP in M.U.G.E.N), the character will roll and is fully invulnerable during the roll, but not during recovery. This can be done forwards or backwards on the ground, or when falling to reduce downtime. Rolls can also be done out of a guard at the cost of one meter to escape pressure.
  • Blowback Attack: By pressing C+D (Button-MP+Button-MK or Button-HK in M.U.G.E.N), the character will deal a powerful attack that knocks the opponent away. Can be done out of guard at the cost of one meter
  • Custom Combo System: varies between games:
    • 2002 and 2002 Unlimited Match featured Max Mode, where consuming one power bar gave a custom combo state until a super (at reduced cost in this mode) was used or after some time.
    • XIII features Drive Cancel. A separate meter for Drive was created, which builds up over the fight. When filled, it holds two drive stock, which can be used for EX specials or special cancels. Alternatively, from a full bar, Hyper Drive mode can be activated, which functions like the old Max Mode (without reduced super cost).

Characters and StagesEdit

The King of Fighters
Characters Adelheid BernsteinAlba MeiraAndy BogardAngelAsh CrimsonAthena AsamiyaAwakened SaikiBaoBenimaru NikaidoBilly KaneBlue MaryBonne JenetBrian BattlerChang KoehanChin GentsaiChrisChizuru KaguraChoi BoungeClark SteelClone ZeroDianaDuck KingDuo LonEiji KisaragiElisabeth BlantorcheEvil AshFoxyGai TendouGato FutabaGeese HowardGoenitzGoro DaimonGustab MunchausenHeavy D!HeidernHinako ShijouHotaru FutabaHuman SaikiHwa JaiIgnizIori YagamiJhun HoonJivatmaJoe HigashiJyazuK'K9999Kasumi TodoKim KaphwanKingKrizalidKula DiamondKusanagiKyo KusanagiKyo-1Kyo-2Leona HeidernLi XiangfeiLien NevilleLilly KaneLinLucky GlauberLuise MeyrinkMagakiMai ShiranuiMaki KaguraMalinMatureMaximaMay LeeMomokoMr. BigMr. KarateMukaiNamelessOmega RugalOriginal ZeroOrochiOrochi ChrisOrochi IoriOrochi LeonaOrochi ShermieOrochi YashiroOswaldRaidenRalf JonesRamonRobert GarciaRose BernsteinRugal BernsteinRyo SakazakiRyuji YamazakiSaisyu KusanagiSethShen WooShermieShingo YabukiShionSho HayateSie KensouSilberSinobu AmouTakuma SakazakiTerry BogardTizocVanessaViceWhipWolfgang KrauserYashiro NanakaseYuri Sakazaki
KOF 94 Stages Black NoahKOF 94 BrazilKOF 94 ChinaKOF 94 EnglandKOF 94 ItalyKOF 94 JapanKOF 94 KoreaKOF 94 MexicoKOF 94 USA
KOF 95 Stages KOF 95 America ArenaKOF 95 America FactoryKOF 95 ChinaKOF 95 EnglandKOF 95 JapanKOF 95 KoreaKOF 95 MediterraneanKOF 95 Middle EastRugal Missile Base
KOF 96 Stages KOF 96 America BoatKOF 96 America BridgeKOF 96 EnglandKOF 96 GermanyKOF 96 KoreaKOF 96 JapanKOF 96 MexicoKOF 96 Stadium
KOF 97 Stages KOF 97 BaliKOF 97 ChinaKOF 97 JapanKOF 97 KoreaKOF 97 MonacoKOF 97 USAOrochi Arena
KOF 98 Stages KOF 98 ChinaKOF 98 KoreaKOF 98 Japan StreetKOF 98 Japan TempleKOF 98 Middle EastKOF 98 SpainKOF 98 USA WharfKOF 98 USA YardSunken Ship
KOF 99 Stages KOF 99 AirportKOF 99 China TownKOF 99 Dinosaur WorldKOF 99 ParkKOF 99 SewerPoint 70599
KOF 2000 Stages KOF 2000 AquariumKOF 2000 DesertKOF 2000 FactoryKOF 2000 Garbage DumpKOF 2000 KoreaKOF 2000 Scrap DumpZero Temple
KOF 2001 Stages KOF 2001 BrazilKOF 2001 ChinaKOF 2001 ItalyKOF 2001 JapanKOF 2001 KoreaKOF 2001 MexicoKOF 2001 USANESTS BaseThe Cloister of Judgement
KOF 2002 Stages Destroyed BaseKOF 2002 CambodiaKOF 2002 ChinaKOF 2002 HollandKOF 2002 ItalyKOF 2002 KoreaKOF 2002 JapanKOF 2002 Mexico
KOF 2003 Stages KOF 2003 Before GateKOF 2003 BleedKOF 2003 DesertKOF 2003 Hunting TimeKOF 2003 Steam LocomotiveKOF 2003 TownSeal CaveSky Noah
KOF XI Stages KOF XI AmericaKOF XI CambodiaKOF XI ItalyKOF XI JapanKOF XI RussiaKOF XI SouthtownKOF XI SpainThe Different SpaceThe Final Hall
KOF XIII Stages KOF XIII Stadium NightDestroyed Rose StadiumMisted Rose Stadium
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