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Overview[edit]

Character '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 RB UM
Andy Bogard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Athena Asamiya Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Benimaru Nikaido Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Billy Kane No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Blue Mary No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Brian Battler Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Chang Koehan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chin Gentsai Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chizuru Kagura No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Choi Bunge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chris No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Clark Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eiji Kisaragi No Yes No No No No Yes
Geese Howard No No Yes No No No Yes
Goro Daimon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heavy D! Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Heidern Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Iori Yagami No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Joe Higashi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kasumi Todoh No No Yes No No No Yes
Kim Kaphwan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
King Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kyo Kusanagi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Character '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 RB UM
Leona Heidern No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Leopold Goenitz No No Yes No No No Yes
Lucky Glauber Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Mai Shiranui Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mature No No Yes No Yes No Yes
Mr. Big No No Yes No No No Yes
Orochi No No No Yes No No Yes
Ralf Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Robert Garcia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rugal Bernstein Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Ryo Sakazaki Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ryuji Yamazaki No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Saisyu Kusanagi No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Shermie No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Shingo Yabuki No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Sie Kensou Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Takuma Sakazaki Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Terry Bogard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vice No No Yes No Yes No Yes
Wolfgang Krauser No No Yes No No No Yes
Yashiro Nanakase No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Yuri Sakazaki Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Characters introduced in The King of Fighters '94[edit]

  • Total number of Characters: 25 (of which 24 are playable + 1 unplayable boss character)
  • Characters appearing from other fighting games: 10
  • Characters appearing from other non-fighting games: 5
    • Psycho Soldier (2 characters)
      • Athena Asamiya - A Japanese high school girl with psycho powers from her ancestor Princess Athena.
      • Sie Kensou - A young psycho powers fighter from China.
    • Ikari Warriors (2 characters)
      • Clark - A mercenary for the Ikari Warriors agency.
      • Ralf - A mercenary for the Ikari Warriors agency. Superior officer to Clark.
    • Ikari III - The Rescue (1 character)
      • Heidern - A mercenary for the Ikari Warriors agency. Superior officer to Clark and Ralf.
  • New Characters: 10
    • Benimaru Nikaido - Fights using the power of electricity. Wears a rather short costume and an unusual hairstyle.
    • Brian Battler - A violent Football player from the USA.
    • Chang Koehan - Once a feared and violent criminal in Korea, he is now supervised by Kim. Best (and only) friend of Choi.
    • Chin Gentsai - The elderly mentor to Athena and Kensou.
    • Chang Koehan - Once a feared and violent criminal in Korea, he is now supervised by Kim. Best (and only) friend of Chang.
    • Goro Daimon - A former gold medalist of Judo and a mentor to his own dojo.
    • Heavy D! - A boxing character and the leader of Team USA.
    • Kyo Kusanagi - A fighting High School student and one of the main (canonial) winners of the King of Fighters tournaments.
    • Lucky Glauber - A karate champion who is also a former professional basketball player.
    • Rugal Bernstein - A wealthy arms dealer and host of the KoF '94 Tournament. (Appears only as a not playable boss character)

Characters introduced in The King of Fighters '95[edit]

  • Total number of Characters: 26 (all playable)
  • Characters reappearing from previous game (KoF '94): 22

(Andy, Athena, Benimaru, Chang, Chin, Choi, Clark, Daimon, Heidern, Joe, Kensou, Kim, King, Kyo, Mai, Ralf, Robert, Rugal, Ryo, Takuma, Terry, Yuri)

  • Characters not reappearing from previous game (KoF '94): 3

(Brian, Heavy D, Lucky)

Characters introduced in The King of Fighters '96[edit]

  • Total number of Characters: 29 (of which 27 are playable in all versions + 2 are only playable in the CD version)
  • Characters reappearing from previous game (KoF '95): 20

(Andy, Athena, Benimaru, Chang, Chin, Choi, Clark, Daimon, Iori, Joe, Kensou, Kim, King, Kyo, Mai, Ralf, Robert, Ryo, Terry, Yuri)

  • Characters not reappearing from previous game (KoF '95): 6

(Billy, Eiji, Heidern, Rugal, Saisyu, Takuma)

  • Characters appearing from other fighting games: 4
  • New Characters: 5

Characters introduced in The King of Fighters '97[edit]

  • Total number of Characters: 30 (of which 29 are playable + 1 unplayable boss character)
  • Number of Characters with alternate versions available: 6

(Chris, Iori, Kyo, Leona, Shermie, Yashiro)

  • Characters reappearing from previous game (KoF '96): 22

(Andy, Athena, Benimaru, Chang, Chin, Chizuru, Choi, Clark, Daimon, Iori, Joe, Kensou, Kim, King, Kyo, Leona, Mai, Ralf, Robert, Ryo, Terry, Yuri)

  • Characters not reappearing from previous game (KoF '96): 7

(Geese, Goenitz, Kasumi, Krauser, Mature, Mr.Big, Vice)

  • Characters reappearing from older KoF games: 1

KoF '95: Billy

  • Characters appearing from other fighting games: 2
  • New Characters: 5
    • Chris - One of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi and the dark Orochi counterpart to Kyo Kusanagi.
    • Orochi - One of the series main villains and the final boss of KoF '97.
    • Shermie - One of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi and the dark Orochi counterpart to Benimaru Nikaido.
    • Shingo - A simple, plain and friendly character who considers all fighters as his friends and is liked by most other contestants.
    • Yashiro - One of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi and the dark counterpart to Goro Daimon.

Characters introduced in The King of Fighters '98[edit]

  • Total number of Characters: 38 (all playable)
  • Number of Characters with alternate versions available: 13

(Andy, Billy, Chris, Joe, Kyo, Mai, Robert, Rugal, Ryo, Shermie, Terry, Yashiro, Yuri)

  • Characters reappearing from previous game (KoF '97): 29

(Andy, Athena, Benimaru, Billy, Mary, Chang, Chin, Chizuru, Choi, Chris, Clark, Daimon, Iori, Joe, Kensou, Kim, King, Kyo, Leona, Mai, Ralf, Robert, Ryo, Shermie, Shingo, Terry, Yamazaki, Yashiro, Yuri)

  • Characters not reappearing from previous game (KoF '97): 1

(Orochi)

  • Characters reappearing from older KoF games: 9
    • KoF '94: Brian, Lucky, Heavy D
    • KoF '95: Heidern, Rugal, Saisyu, Takuma
    • KoF '96: Mature, Vice
  • New Characters: 0