Antonov (Japanese: アントノフ; Cyrilic: Антонов) is a character in The King of Fighters series and the host of The King of Fighters XIV tournament. His nickname in The King of Fighters XV is "Restored Siberian Magnate" (
He is voiced by Moriyuki Hishida.
At first glance, Antonov appears to be an arrogant and cunning businessman, but he is, in truth, a respectful, brave man with a strong code of ethics and a good heart. He willingly risks his life to protect the innocent from the collateral damage caused by Verse. Despite appearances, he's somewhat sensitive and will cry during a sappy movie.
- Superhuman Strength - Antonov possesses incredible strength surpassing Goro Daimon, King of Dinosaurs or Chang Koehan.
- Seismic Wave - Using his incredible strength, Antonov can slam the ground using his palms causing anyone to fall.
Antonov fights with his Siberian Golden Fist, where he uses his brute strength with a side of strong punches, grapples, and flexing while dashing into opponents. Most of these are associate to that of professional wrestling.
- I'm THE KING OF FIGHTERS Type-1 - The King of Fighters XIV
- I'm THE KING OF FIGHTERS Type-2 - The King of Fighters XIV (Story Mode and when he fights in Training Stage or DLC stages in Versus Mode)
- Enter the Venue - The King of Fighters XV
- SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy - mentioned by Zarina in her boss scene with Athena
- Antonov is the second host to not have evil intentions for the tournament, the first being Chizuru Kagura.
- The two characters also are the only sub-bosses who returns in a regular team in future KOF games.
- However, unlike Chizuru, he didn't have any kind of a hidden agenda behind him hosting a KOF tournament.
- The game's composers shout his name during his theme song and Antonov himself proclaims "I am the King of Fighters!" in the intro of the theme song, as well as saying "Thank you!" and "Okay, one more!" near the end before looping.
- Antonov is likely based on WWE American wrestler Triple H (alias of Paul Michael Levesque).