For more information about Rock, see his Fatal Fury entry.
- First appearance: Garou: Mark of the Wolves
- Other appearances: The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact
- Related characters: Terry Bogard, Geese Howard
Rock Howard was introduced in SNK Playmore's Garou: Mark of the Wolves, the last chapter in the Fatal Fury series. Rock is the son of the most noteworthy crime lord—and most feared fighter—in all of Southtown, Geese Howard. Since Geese never acknowledged him, Rock was raised solely by his mother, Marie Heinlein. When Rock was barely eight and a half years old, Marie contracted a fatal disease, and died while in Rock's care. When Geese is defeated by Terry Bogard on top of Geese Tower, he refuses Terry's help and falls to a presumed death. Rock having lost both his parents, Terry adopts Rock and takes him under his wing (it is known that this is Terry's own volition and not Geese's wish). As the years go by, Rock becomes a formidable fighter, due in no small part to having been trained by Terry. Approximately ten years after Geese's death, Second Southtown was established. During this time, a new King of Fighters tournament arose dubbed Maximum Mayhem, which Rock and Terry both decide to join. Capcom vs. SNK 2 is the first time when Rock officially faces off with his own father.