- First appearance: Fatal Fury 3
- Other appearances: The King of Fighters series
- Related characters: none
In contrast with most of the other fighters in combat video games, Yamazaki does not use any particular martial art - he is a self-taught brawler, and uses a wide variety of attacks in his fighting, including unfair and dishonest moves such as kicking sand in his opponent's eyes, and his ever-present knife. He also rarely takes his right hand out of his pocket unless he is using his knife. Yamazaki never had parents to look up to when he was growing up, so he quickly fell in with the wrong crowd at a young age. Eventually, after years of petty crime, he fell under the tutelage of a crime boss, where he soon climbed the ranks of crime until he became the boss's right-hand man. One day, Yamazaki and his boss went to a warehouse where an illegal deal was taking place. Yamazaki felt that something wasn't quite right with the situation, and told his boss so. The boss laughed Yamazaki's feeling off and ordered him to stay with him. Unfortunately, the deal was a setup, and both Yamazaki and his boss were ambushed by rival criminals. Yamazaki's boss was killed, and seeing the only "parent" that he ever had die before his eyes drove Yamazaki to insanity. He is now completely psychotic and is extremely mentally unbalanced. In 1995, Yamazaki was signed up by Jin Chonrei and Jin Chonshu to protect them and the scrolls of immortality.
Pro version changes
- Capcom added a new delay after his missed Drill Super Combo; he swings his arm instead of just lowering his hand, making it easier to counter-attack him.
- All three of his Hebi Tsukai have increased speed allowing you to use them as counters outside of combos for poking.
- It's harder to combo into the serpent slash from his crouching (timing must be during the first part of animation).
- If you press and hold down the Punch button for the Hebi Tsukai, then cancel with , the taunt will be faster and Yamazaki will recover sooner.
- Sabaki no Aikuchi no longer knocks down after the second hit.
- Normal Yamazaki loses his overhead hit (+ in the original CvS).
- Extra Yamazaki gains the overhead hit that Normal Yamazaki lost.
|Hebi Tsukai||+||(hold to delay)|
|__Hebi Damashi||while delaying Hebi Tsukai|
|Sabaki no Aikuchi||+|
|Bakudan Pachiki||+||, close|