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Clark Still (クラーク・スティル) is a character from the Ikari Warriors, Metal Slug and The King of Fighters video game series. A member of the mercenary group, his official nickname is "Tough & Cool " (タフ & クール).[1][2][3]

Development

During the early stages of The King of Fighters '94, the development team intended Ralf Jones and Clark to be shirtless in order to express the feeling of "Ikari" or rage. But the higher ups ordered them to update their designs to look a little more modern.[4][5] In order to differentiate the duo, the designers gave Ralf a bandana and Clark a hat, then later sunglasses.[6]

The duo started out as palette swap characters in Ikari Warriors. In KOF '94, Ralf and Clark were very similar in looks and move repertoire, but by '95, Clark got a newer stance and win pose, while Ralf retained his old ones. In every new instalment of the KoF series, Clark seems to be further and further differing from Ralf; while Clark is a powerful grappler, Ralf is more of a power player, making use of some very efficient long-range attacks. Both characters were redesigned in KOF '99.

For The King of Fighters XIV, the team reverted Clark back to his classic look making him more slimmer than he was in XIII.

Personality

In contrast to the rowdy and outgoing Ralf, Clark is taciturn and rarely displays much emotion. However, a melancholic streak is hinted at, and his loyalty towards his comrades is never questioned. He is known to sometimes make fun of Ralf's stubbornness and serious nature.

Skills

  • Superhuman strength / Ignore Weight - Clark can grab and throw anyone in spite of his/her weight. He can do this to anyone heavier than him including Goro Daimon, Chang Koehan, Brian Battler, Wolfgang Krauser, Mr. Big, Mukai, Silber, Tizoc/King of Dinosaurs, Raiden, Xanadu and Antonov.

  • Firearms - Clark is proficient with many if not all kinds of firearms.
  • Survival - Clark can survive in many kinds of rough terrain, especially jungles.
  • Knife - Clark can also use knives.

Fighting style

Clark has been trained in the mercenary combat styles of the Ikari Warriors but he is also an accomplished wrestler and grappler.

Music

  • Jungle Bouncer - The King of Fighters '94, 2002
  • Desert Requiem - The King of Fighters '95, '98 Ultimate Match (when teamed with Ralf and Heidern)
  • Rumbling on the City - The King of Fighters '96, '98
  • WWIII - The King of Fighters '99
  • The Trooper - The King of Fighters 2000, EX, EX2
  • My Whip - The King of Fighters 2001
  • Inside Skinny - The King of Fighters 2003
  • Smell of Gunpowder - The King of Fighters XI, The King of Fighters XIII (when the music is set to "Type B", console version only, shared with Leona/Orochi Leona and Ralf)
  • Irregular Mission - The King of Fighters XIII
  • Survivors Under The Sky - The King of Fighters XIV
  • Great Grit - The King of Fighters XV
  • IKARI -KOF XIV ver.- - The King of Fighters XIV (as Ralf's opponent)
  • DESERT REQUIEM ~Operation02UM~ - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

Voice actors

  • Yoshinori Shima - The King of Fighters '94~XIII, Metal Slug Defense (recycled audio), Metal Slug Attack (recycled audio)
  • Tomo Kasaya - The King of Fighters XIV~present
  • Sean Michaels - KOF: Maximum Impact series (English voice)
  • Eric Kelso - The King of Fighters XII (English voice)

Appearances

Games

Mobile

Cameos

Anime

Trivia

  • Clark's full name, "Clark Still", has been commonly mistakenly spelt as "Clark Steel" in many translations.
  • In Neo-Geo Freak 1998, the characters in KOF '98 have their own interviews. Here are Clark's response to the questions.[7]
    • What is your aspiration in this competition? - "I'll do it as usual."
    • Who would you like to fight the most? - "If it's possible to face a Soup Rex Mania. I'd want to face that person."
    • Who would you like to team up with? / Who would you not like to team up with? - "Goro Daimon. "Judo", he's a person who feels the aesthetics of throwing different from wrestling."
    • What is "KOF" for you? - "Variety show. There's nothing like it."
    • Finally, please give a word to your fans. - "It seems to be a comprehensive approach. Take care. Is this OK?"
  • In KOF: Maximum Impact 2, Fio compares Clark to her own comrade Tarma Roving.
  • His special move Napalm Stretch is likely a homage to Ataru Kinniku from the Kinnikuman series; both characters share the same technique and perform it in a similar manner. The "Clark Spark" is likewise a direct copy of the "Kinniku/Muscle Spark," and another of Clark's moves also imitates the "Tower Bridge" move used by Robin Mask in the series.
  • In his team's backstory for XI, Ralf mentions that the two veterans' relation with Heidern is best represented by the white magnolia flower from the funeral they attended. In flower language, it means deep unspoken trust.[8]
  • A character named Clark can also found in Crystalis. He lives somewhere on Evil Spirit Island. He was most likely included as an easter egg for fans.
  • In Gamest's 1997 Heroes Collection, Clark was voted as the staff's twenty-seventh favorite character. He shared the spot with Kizuna Encounter character, Kim Sue Il.

Gallery

References

  1. Official character profile from KOF Maximum Impact Regulation "A" website.
  2. Official character profile from The King of Fighters XII website.
  3. Official site for The King of Fighters XIII website.
  4. The King of Fighters ’94 – Developer Interview originally featured in the “All About KOF’94” mook
  5. Official character profile from KOF anniversary website.
  6. Official character profile from KOF anniversary website.
  7. Neo Geo Freak 1998-08 archive Neo Geo Freak 10 best character set original image collection.
  8. The King of Fighters XI: Ikari Team Story from KOF anniversary website.


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 Leona HeidernMatureViceKasumi TodohGeese HowardWolfgang KrauserMr. BigChizuru KaguraGoenitz
KOF '97 Shingo YabukiYashiro NanakaseShermieChrisBlue MaryRyuji YamazakiOrochi IoriOrochi LeonaOrochi YashiroOrochi ShermieOrochi ChrisOrochi
KOF '98UM Nightmare 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 Garnet NakataAntonovVerseNajd
KOF XV Isla • Unnamed Female Character • Unnamed Boss
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
Metal Slug characters
Metal Slug Marco RossiTarma RovingAllen O'NeilGeneral Morden
Metal Slug 2 Fiolina GermiEri KasamotoMars PeopleHyakutaro IchimonjiRumi AikawaAbul Abbas
Metal Slug 3 UtanRootmars
Metal Slug 4 Nadia CasselTrevor SpaceyAmadeus
Metal Slug 5 UtanRootmars
Metal Slug 6 Ralf JonesClark Still
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