Hyena (ハイエナ, Haiena) is a fictional character from the SNK Playmore's fighting game series KOF: Maximum Impact, part of The King of Fighters series. He appears during story scenarios in the first game but enters as an unlockable playable character in KOF: Maximum Impact 2.
When creating his design, Falcoon's main objective was to make a man who looks best in a green suit. His wacky gestures and his annoyed face were created to add an off-beat character to the cast. His role in the series is to serve as the cowardly yet boastful "new recruit", best shown in his ineptness during fights and his groveling to Duke. He was originally not going to be a player character in the second game, but was requested by Falcoon to be placed into the roster. His lines during gameplay were devised in a collaborative effort between Hyena, Alba, and Soiree's seiyuu who became good friends during the length of the project.
He was previously Duke's henchman who acted as his messenger to challengers during the first tournament -later established mostly due to his personal fear of Duke. After Duke's defeat and Mephistopheles collapse, he goes into hiding and develops his own fighting style to protect himself. He gains a reputation as a fighter in the underworld media and is invited to KOF to participate.
Hyena is a cowardly man with a hunger for power. If he wants something, his first choice is to use someone who is able to do what he wants. He will only act as a last resort.
Hyena fights with playing cards. As Hyena's fighting techniques are very clumsy and unfocused, he is likely meant to be more of a joke character. One of Hyena's supermoves, This Century's Most Fearsome Acting, shows him dying instantly from a hit by an opponent, and then springing back to life with a enigmatic kick move. This technique has caused many a thrown controller in competitive play, as many save it so the fake KO would look realistic. Using This Century's Most Fearsome Acting comes with a price, however. If Hyena is subjected to a throw by the opposing character, he will be knocked out instantly, making this move more subjective to timing and defensive purposes.
- The King of Fighters Maximum Impact - as the tournament guide
- The King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2 - unlockable
- The King of Fighters Maximum Impact Regulation A
- Maximum Impact - event character
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