Goenitz (ゲーニッツ) is the main antagonist and final boss of The King of Fighters '96. He is the head of the Hakkesshu and the strongest member of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi. With the power to command wind, his full title as a Heavenly King is Goenitz of the Wildly-Blowing Wind (
Goenitz's namesake is from an alien character in the anime Space Battleship Yamato. His Heavenly King title is a reference to the 1979 opening theme of Cyborg 009. Wanting to portray that he has strength that surpasses Rugal Bernstein, the episode of the young Goenitz taking out Rugal's eye was added to the game's story.
Though influenced by Orochi, he retains much of the mannerisms and civility of a priest, which is reflected in his winning poses and his elegant, somewhat flowery speech, ending most of his sentences with desu, which conveys politeness in Japanese. He seems to be respected by the New Faces Team (as they are allies), and reciprocates the gesture with a bow, as seen in KOF '98 UM and KOF 2002 UM.
He sports the same "messiah" attitude that aspires to "save" people and dispatch disbelievers, and likewise, is harsh towards unholy and demonic beings, and anything that defies nature.
- Slashing Hands - Goenitz's hands can cut and pierce like knives.
- Aerokinesis - Goenitz has full control over the air and wind currents.
- Control Wind - Goenitz can create and stop wind currents.
- Create Hurricane - Goenitz can create hurricanes and tornadoes out of nowhere.
- Cutting Wind - Goenitz can create blades of air.
- Translocation - Goenitz can move himself to somewhere nearby by transporting his molecules through the air.
- Flight - Goenitz can fly.
- Orochi Power - Goenitz has some control over the Orochi power.
- Give Power - Goenitz can give humans Orochi power, as he did with Rugal.
- Activate Riot of the Blood - As a Heavenly King, he can activate the Riot of the Blood in those who have part Orochi blood, like what he did with Leona (as a child) and Iori before disappearing to his presumed death.
Goenitz fights mainly with his control over wind with little concern for utilizing any established combative techniques. Like the other Four Kings, his moves are all written using the Cyrillic alphabet into romaji. His trademark move, Yo no Kaze, is a tornado that comes up at random, slicing any foe it touches, done while uttering his infamous catchphrase "Right here?" (ここですか？, Koko desu ka?). Goenitz is sarcastically toying with his opponent when saying that, asking if they want him to drop his tornado right where the opponent is.
Goenitz seems to posses an 'enhanced' version of a fighting style used by a main character like with the other three kings; in this case, he has shown to possess a "true" version of the Yasakani-Style martial art; namely, some of Iori Yagami's moves done in a different fashion, such as the "true versions" of Iori's Aoihana, Kototsuki and Ya Otome/Maiden Masher. While the other kings of Orochi sport one signature super from each member of the Japan Team, Goenitz has had much on the speculation of the actual origins of his copied techniques. Though it hints that most of the Yasakani-now-Yagami's techniques ever since the curse, have added most of the Orochi's techniques to their regime, with Goenitz being an original practitioner.
However, the Ya Otome out of Iori's techniques is the only one that has been originally granted by Orochi himself to his clan (barring his Aoihana and Kototsuki), meaning Goenitz uses a true version of one of Orochi's gifts.
- Trash Head - The King of Fighters '96, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match
- Trash Head ~Haru Ichiban~ (Best Spring) - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
- Movin' (Favorite Blue Hyper Mix) - K.O.F. Dance Trax
- Yoshinori Shima - The King of Fighters series
- Susumu Akagi - The King of Fighters: World, Destiny, All Star
- Hiroki Yasumoto - The King of Fighters for Girls
- While the strange naming of his leitmotif hasn't been confirmed, some have claimed it may be a joke on Goenitz's hairstyle.
- Oddly, his hairstyle also resembles Ryuji Yamazaki's, a character who debuted in Fatal Fury 3 and later revealed to be a Hakkesshu late in The King of Fighters '97.
- In Gamest's 1997 Heroes Collection, Goenitz ranked 46 of the staff's favorite characters. He shared the spot with seven other characters, including Fighter's History character Makoto Mizoguchi, and Street Fighter character, Akuma/Gouki.
- Official character profile from KOF anniversary website.