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Angel (アンヘル, pronounced as Ahn-hehl as per the Spanish pronunciation of the word, therefore properly written as Ángel) is a character introduced in The King of Fighters series.

Development

Developers have stated that her design was conceived based purely on her designer's personal "preferences".[1]

Personality

Angel is a lighthearted, flirtatious, and playful individual who behaves like a cat, in spite of her working status as an assassin for NESTS prior the organization disbandment. She is also quite violent and sadistic.

Abilities

  • Enhanced Body - Due to her affiliation with NESTS, much of her body was enhanced to be far stronger than that of a normal human.
    • Superhuman Strength - She is able to lift and throw someone as heavy as Maxima.
    • Superhuman Reflexes - She is able to dodge several attacks.
    • Superhuman Stamina - Her body will only develop fatigue toxins after several hours of physical stress.
    • Superhuman Dexterity - Her dexterity is even greater than that of a 10th grade black belt.
    • Superhuman Speed - Angel is so fast that she can translocate herself.

  • Motorcycle Driving - Angel likes to drive motorcycles.
  • Soccer - Angel often plays soccer as a goalkeeper.

Fighting style

Angel's fighting style incorporates elements of both Muay Thai (as seen in her stance and some of her kicks) and professional wrestling. Her "Unchain Circle" combo attacks make her one of the more distinctive characters in The King of Fighters series in terms of multi-input series of attacks. Though in past games, while they had invincibility frames to help beginners get used to learning how to use them properly, they made her somewhat difficult to counter until they were properly toned down in future installments. She is generally considered one of the more difficult characters in the series to play.

Music

  • NESTS - Ruler of the Dark - The King of Fighters 2001
  • Neapolitan Trance - The King of Fighters 2002
  • QT★@ngel - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
  • Cowgirl with a Horse Loose - Days of Memories (Boku to Kanojo to Koto no Koi)
  • Sky Blue - The King of Fighters XIV
  • Ice Place -KOF XIV ver.- - The King of Fighters XIV (as Kula's opponent)

Voice actors

Appearances

Games

Mobile

Cameos

Trivia

  • Some of her moves and mannerisms pay homage to entertainer Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Most notably, her "Winds Fairground", "Blue Monday Parade" and "Survivor's Banquet" mimic his "Laying the Smacketh Down", "Rock Bottom", and "People's Elbow", respectively. Her 2002, Neowave intro, and "Survivor's Banquet" quote roughly translates to "If/Do you taste The Angel's extraordinary skill!?", a play on The Rock's famous "If/Do you smell what The Rock is cookin'!?" catchphrase.
    • This would end up coming full circle, as Angel and The Rock would eventually appear in the same game, The King of Fighters All Star.
    • Angel's move names are all named after songs by the band Soul Flower Union and their predecessor Newest Model. Many of these references were removed for her appearance in KOF XIV, opting for a more conventional series of names.
  • Both Angel and Shermie are both tied for have the largest bust measurement out of all the KOF female characters (92 cm).
  • Because of the controversy surrounding K9999, Angel's appearance in KOF XIV only had her betraying NESTS, and never mentions K9999 at all (despite Team NESTS ending in KOF 2001 implying that K9999 left the destroyed NESTS base on a helicopter). Thus, it is unknown if she has any relationship with Nameless.
  • In a 2005 poll made by SNK Playmore USA, she was voted as the third fan favorite character with a total of 2498 votes.

Gallery

References


The King of Fighters characters
KOF '94 Kyo KusanagiBenimaru NikaidoGoro DaimonTerry BogardAndy BogardJoe HigashiRyo SakazakiRobert GarciaTakuma SakazakiRalf JonesClark StillHeidernAthena AsamiyaSie KensouChin GentsaiKingMai ShiranuiYuri SakazakiKim KaphwanChang KoehanChoi BoungeHeavy-D!Lucky GlauberBrian BattlerRugal Bernstein
KOF '95 Iori YagamiBilly KaneEiji KisaragiSaisyu KusanagiOmega Rugal
KOF '96 LeonaMatureViceKasumi TodohGeese HowardWolfgang KrauserMr. BigChizuru KaguraGoenitz
KOF '97 Shingo YabukiYashiro NanakaseShermieChrisBlue MaryRyuji YamazakiOrochi IoriOrochi LeonaOrochi YashiroOrochi ShermieOrochi ChrisOrochi
KOF '98UM Nightmare/EX Geese
KOF '99 K'MaximaWhipBaoLi XiangfeiJhun HoonKyo-1Kyo-2Krizalid
KOF '99: Evolution VanessaSethSyo KirishimaAlfredFiolina GermiGai Tendo
KOF 2000 RamónLinHinako ShijouKula DiamondClone ZeroFoxyCandy DiamondAnother K'Another IoriAnother BenimaruAnother RobertCosplayer KyokoKang Bae DalSmart ChangCool ChoiKaoru WatabeBaitangDuck KingLilly KaneKim Jae HoonKim Dong HwanUnknownKing LionKim Sue-ilKaedeDuke EdwardsRockyAthenaNeo & GeoG-Mantle
KOF 2001 May Lee JinjuK9999AngelZeroRonGluganIgnizMistyNests
KOF 2002 Kusanagi
KOF 2002UM Nameless
KOF 2003 Ash CrimsonDuo LonShen WooTizocGatoMalinMaki KaguraAdelheid BernsteinMukai
KOF XI OswaldElisabeth BlanctorcheMomokoB. JenetShionMagakiSilberSho HayateJyazuHotaru FutabaTung Fu Rue
KOF XII Raiden
KOF XIII Hwa JaiSaikiEvil AshMr. Karate
KOF XIV Shun'eiMeitenkunGang-ilLuongXanaduSylvie Paula PaulaKukriMianNelsonZarinaBandeiras HattoriKing of DinosaursHeinNakoruruMamahahaMui MuiLove HeartAlice NakataAntonovVerseNajd
KOF EX: Neo Blood Moe Habana
KOF EX2: Howling Blood Reiji OogamiJun KagamiMiu KurosakiSinobu Amou
KOF: Maximum Impact Alba MeiraSoiree MeiraLien NevilleMignon BeartChae LimDukeRock Howard
KOF: Maximum Impact 2 Luise MeyrinkNagaseJivatmaNinon BeartHyenaHanzo HattoriKyo Kusanagi ClassicWild WolfMr. Karate IIArmor RalfRichard Meyer
KOF: Maximum Impact Regulation "A" Xiao LonMakoto Mizoguchi
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