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Billy Kane (ビリー・カーン) is a character in both the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series. His official nickname is "The Emperor's Right-Hand Man" (帝王こうてい片腕かとうで).[1][2]


While Billy cannot be considered a "good guy", he is not an "evil" man; his criminal career is motivated more by a desire to make easy money and his respect for Geese Howard than actual malice. His softer side is often shown when he's with his sister Lilly or friends Eiji Kisaragi and Blue Mary; even his hatred for Terry Bogard has softened to be much more of a rivalry.

While his hatred of Terry Bogard may have softened over the years, Billy has a deep hatred for Iori Yagami. During the ending of The King of Fighters '95, Iori beat both Billy and Eiji Kisaragi to near death and then abandoned them. Billy is also very bitter towards Joe Higashi, who took a liking to his sister, of whom he is quite protective.


  • Peak Strength - Billy Kane is stronger than he looks, capable of carrying very heavy weapons like his three-part staff.
  • Weapon of Fire - Billy can set his staff on fire to cause strong fire damage. He can spin his staff to create a powerful ring of fire and throw the ring within a small range. The staff cannot control other fires it didn't create and is not immune to other types of fire.
  • Copy Weapon - Billy can create copies of his staff as seen in his Desperation Moves.
  • Hide Weapon - Billy has another staff that he hides underneath his jacket as seen in his KOF 2002 MAX2DM.

  • Pole Vaulting - Billy excels in pole vaulting. He even use the sport to help him in battle.
  • Musical Instrument - Billy plays the electric guitar very well and has a Heavy Metal band back in the UK.
  • Doing Laundry - Billy loves to do laundry, often helping his sister with the washing and expertly arranging items for the best wash and lasting freshness - something he picked up as an orphan fending for himself and his sister, Lilly.
  • Administration - Billy was left in charge of Howard Connection after Geese died.
  • Bo Staff Tricking - Billy is an expert with both the Bo and a Three Section Staff, he is able to display amazing control and perform many tricks with it too.

Fighting style

Billy fights with a three sectional staff that he somehow can ignite with fire and can be split into three parts connected with a chain. He uses Bojutsu as his primary art, but he may also know some Kung Fu moves in order to use his Three Section Staff.

In Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, Billy can lose his staff by hurling it at the opponent after executing his Senpuu Kon. Once he does this, he will cower in fear before the player character leaving him vulnerable until he is thrown another staff by one of Geese's henchmen in the background. The player can prevent them from assisting him. In KOF '95, he drops his staff only when knocked out. He enters the same stance in KOF 2002 for his MAX2DM/HSDM, where it is named Liar Elemental (as it is meant to be a counterattack that takes advantage of such a state).


  • Hashi wo Arukeba, Bo ni Ataru (Walking on a Bridge, Striking with a Staff) - Fatal Fury
  • Arashi no Saxophone (Stormy Saxophone) - The King of Fighters '95
  • London March - Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Fatal Fury 2, The King of Fighters '97, '98~Ultimate Match, XIII
  • N.D.R. - Real Bout Fatal Fury, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match (as EX Billy)
  • The Long Pole - Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition
  • Yuuwaki no Toki (The Alluring Time) - The King of Fighters 2002
  • Villainous - The King of Fighters 2003
  • Geese ni Katakori (A Stiff Neck for Geese) - The King of Fighters XIII (when the music is set to "Type B")
  • Soy Sauce for Koyadofu - The King of Fighters XIV
  • London March -KOF XIV ver.- - The King of Fighters XIV (as Hein's opponent)
  • Soy Sauce and a Dash of Sake for Geese - The King of Fighters XV
  • Masquerade - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

Voice actors








  • Billy's family name, Kane, is meant to be pronounced like "Kon" or "Kaan" (as in James Caan, an American actor), rather than the word "cane".
  • In an interview for Real Bout Fatal Fury, the staff comments on the "NO SMOKING" print on the back of his jumper. It's not to say Billy doesn't smoke, it's just something he found randomly in the city. He did not pay for it either.[3]
  • There are times where Billy has his head completely shaven, though in some forms of media after that period he lets it gradually to grow back per installment. In some games like KOF 2003, his hair is shown to be very long and stick out of his bandana which gives him an appearance similar to a rock star.
  • His appearance in Fatal Fury 2 seems to be modelled after the former English pro-wrestler, Dynamite Kid. In most games, his overall character takes inspiration from both musicians Billy Idol and later on Axl Rose.
  • Axl Low from the Guilty Gear series, who’s character also takes inspiration from Guns N’ Roses shares many similar character traits with Billy:
    • They both hail from London.
    • They both share the same birthday (December 25th), same blood type (B) and are also the same exact height and weight: 179 cm (5’10”) and 78kg (172 lbs).
    • They both have blonde hair and blue eyes.
    • They both also utilize a fighting style revolving around a long ranged weapon that they’re able to ignite with fire, and primarily have their moves written in Japanese.
    • Both of their designs are heavily influence by the grunge aesthetic, which was extremely popular during the 90’s.
    • Axl’s seiyuu, Keiichi Nanba, also voiced Billy in Fatal Fury 3 and Fatal Fury Dengeki Bunko drama CD. Though primarily in the SNK games, he was originally the voice for Andy Bogard (until KOF XIII).
  • In Gamest's 1997 Heroes Collection, Billy was voted as the staff's fourth favorite character. In the Neo Geo Freak's 1997 Volume 8 character poll, he was voted as the twentieth favourite character with a total of 493 votes. Also, In the character popularity poll on Neo Geo Freak's website, he was voted as the seventeenth favorite character with a total of 757 votes.
  • In Neo-Geo Freak 1998, the characters in KOF '98 have their own interviews. Here are Billy's responses to the questions:[4]
    • What is your aspiration in this competition? - "Do you want me to kill you first?"
    • Who would you like to fight the most? - "Fighting ...? Kukuku - kuku ... I wish I could do such a thing, but ...!"
    • Who would you like to team up with? / Who would you not like to team up with? - "That was decided. Who is there besides him?
    • What is "KOF" for you? - "You're too loud, you...!"
    • Finally, please give a word to your fans. - "Eyes hurt, turn it off. Or this time I will actually kill you...!"
  • For his KOF XIV design, his shirt says "Know your enemy" and the back of his jacket says "Warning. Beware of the dog". [5]

Similar Characters



  1. Official character profile from KOF Maximum Impact Regulation "A" website.
  2. Official character profile from KOIII website.
  4. Neo Geo Freak 1998-08 archive The King of Fighters '98 character interviews.
  5. THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV Premium Art Book, p.058

Fatal Fury characters
Fatal Fury - King of Fighters Logo Sprite.gif Terry BogardAndy BogardJoe HigashiRichard MeyerMichael MaxDuck KingTung Fu RueHwa JaiRaidenBilly KaneGeese Howard
Fatal Fury 2 Logo Sprite.gif Kim KaphwanMai ShiranuiCheng SinzanJubei YamadaBig BearAxel HawkLaurence BloodWolfgang Krauser
Fatal Fury Special Logo Sprite.gif Ryo Sakazaki
Fatal Fury 3 - Road to the Final Victory Logo Sprite.gif Blue MaryBob WilsonFranco BashHon-FuSokaku MochizukiRyuji YamazakiJin ChonreiJin Chonshu
Real Bout Fatal Fury Special Logo Sprite.gif Nightmare GeeseShadow AndyEX Blue MaryEX Billy KaneEX Tung Fu RueIori Yagami
Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special Dominated Mind White
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 - The Newcomers Logo Sprite.gif Rick StrowdLi XiangfeiAlfred
Fatal Fury - First Contact.gif Lao
Fatal Fury - Wild Ambition Logo.png Touji SakataTsugumi SendoMr. Karate II
Garou - Mark of the Wolves Logo Sprite.gif Rock HowardB. JenetKim Dong HwanKim Jae HoonHotaru FutabaGatoTizoc (The Griffon)Marco RodriguesHokutomaruKevin RianFreemanGrantKain R. Heinlein
The King of Fighters characters
KOF '94 Logo Sprite.gif 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 Logo Sprite.gif Iori YagamiBilly KaneEiji KisaragiSaisyu KusanagiOmega Rugal
KOF '96 Logo Sprite.gif Leona HeidernMatureViceKasumi TodohGeese HowardWolfgang KrauserMr. BigChizuru KaguraGoenitz
KOF '97 Logo Sprite.gif Shingo YabukiYashiro NanakaseShermieChrisBlue MaryRyuji YamazakiOrochi IoriOrochi LeonaOrochi YashiroOrochi ShermieOrochi ChrisOrochi
KOF '98UM Logo.png Nightmare Geese
KOF '99 Logo Sprite.gif K'MaximaWhipBaoLi XiangfeiJhun HoonKyo-1Kyo-2Krizalid
KOF '99 Evolution Logo.png VanessaSethSyo KirishimaAlfredFiolina GermiGai Tendo
KOF 2000 Logo Sprite.gif 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 Logo Sprite.gif May Lee JinjuK9999ÁngelZeroRonGluganIgnizMistyNests
KOF 2002 Logo Sprite.gif Kusanagi
KOF 2002UM Logo.png Nameless
KOF 2003 Logo Sprite.gif Ash CrimsonDuo LonShen WooTizocGatoMalinMaki KaguraAdelheid BernsteinMukai
KOF XI Logo Sprite.gif OswaldElisabeth BlanctorcheMomokoB. JenetShionMagakiSilberSho HayateJyazuHotaru FutabaTung Fu Rue
KOF XII Logo.png Raiden
KOF XIII Logo.png Hwa JaiSaikiEvil AshMr. Karate
KOF XIV Logo.png Shun'eiMeitenkunGang-ilLuongXanaduSylvie Paula PaulaKukriMianNelsonZarinaBandeiras HattoriKing of DinosaursHeinNakoruruMamahahaMui MuiLove HeartAlice Garnet NakataAntonovVerseNajd
The King of Fighters XV Logo.png IslaDoloresKrohnen McDougallRe VerseOtoma=Raga
KOF EX Logo.png Moe Habana
KOF EX2 Logo.png Reiji OogamiJun KagamiMiu KurosakiSinobu Amou
KOF MI Logo.png Alba MeiraSoiree MeiraLien NevilleMignon BeartChae LimDukeRock Howard
KOF MI2 Logo.png Luise MeyrinkNagaseJivatmaNinon BeartHyenaHanzo HattoriKyo Kusanagi ClassicWild WolfMr. Karate IIArmor RalfRichard Meyer
KOF MIRA Logo.png Xiao LonMakoto Mizoguchi
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