Joe Higashi (ジョー・ヒガシ, Jō Higashi or ヒガシジョー, Higashi Jō) is a character in both the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series, used mainly for comic relief. He tried to date Lilly Kane, a relationship which her brother greatly disapproves. His official nickname is The Young Champ of Muay Thai.


The development team wanted to make a fighter who filled the same role as Ki Ranger from Himitsu Sentai Gorenger. In contrast to Terry and Andy, the "hero" characters who have to shoulder the heavier and more serious plotlines, Joe is meant to be more of a "clown-ish" character and a "life of the party" type. He was modeled after the lead character of Abarehacchaku.


At first, Joe was a stoic man who lived for fighting and training. As time passed, he became a pretty goofy man who self-proclaims himself to be a genius with mostly everything. He doesn't take battles as seriously as the Bogards, but he loves to fight. If Joe could, he would fight every fighter he sees. He loves the spotlight and the glory of victory.


  • Multiple Attacks: Joe can punch several times with incredible speed.
  • Energy strikes: Joe can infuse his strikes with chi energy, being able to cause more damage than normal.
  • Explosive strikes: Joe can deliver a punch of tremendous strength that generates explosive force upon contact. He has also shown to causing small explosions with some of his super moves, such as his Tiger Kick.
  • Aerokinesis: Joe has shown some limited aerokinesis, the power of controlling air and wind.
    • Hurricane: With an uppercut, he can create a small hurricane that moves forward. He named this attack Hurricane Upper. The stronger version is Screw Upper, a tornado-like vortex that can cause severe damage to his opponents. He also has a SDM that is an even stronger version of the Screw Upper: the Double Cyclone, which is seen in numerous Dream Match games such as Capcom vs. SNK 2 and The King of Fighters 2002.


  • Survival: Joe learned his way to survive in Thailand's jungles, where he trained to hone his skills.

Fighting Style

Joe uses traditional Muay Thai moves.


  • Chotto Koikki na Kenka Yarou (A Somewhat Stylish Brawling Punk) - Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, shared with Terry and Andy Bogard
  • Thai Nanbu no Tsutaetai Atarashii Shi (A New Poem that Southern Thailand Wants to Recite) - Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special
  • Wani no Mi (Crocodile Meat) - Fatal Fury 3, Real Bout Fatal Fury
  • Thai Nanbu ni Tsutawatta So no Shi (A Poem that Traveled Down the South of Thailand) - Real Bout Fatal Fury Special and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2
  • Napolitan Blues - The King of Fighters '94
  • Club M ~Flute in the Sky~ - The King of Fighters '95
  • Big Shot! "Elegant Simplicity" - The King of Fighters '96, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match (When teaming EX Joe with EX Terry and EX Andy)
  • The River - Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition
  • Kurikinton - The King of Fighters '98, The King of Fighters 2002
  • 176th Street - The King of Fighters '99
  • Terry 115 - The King of Fighters 2000
  • All OK! - The King of Fighters 2001
  • Prolongation - The King of Fighters 2003
  • Wild Street - The King of Fighters XIII
  • Street Dancer - The King of Fighters XIII (when the music is set to "Type B", console version only, also shared with Terry and Andy Bogard)
  • Departure from South Town - The King of Fighters XIV
  • Ride the Big Wave! - The King of Fighters XV
  • Sun Shine Glory - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
  • Muay Thai - Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
  • Sharakusee ze - Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture

Voice Actors

Live Action Actors

  • Benny Wong - Fatal Fury Special live action commercials

Game Appearances

Mobile Appearances

Cameo Appearances

Anime Appearances


  • Joe's headband is a personal gift from his grandmother. She gave it to him before he went for his Muay Thai training in the hopes that he would "never forget his Japanese spirit."
  • In the KOF Station Channel XIV, the Fatal Fury developers state that Joe was never intended to be a comedy character like he was in the KOF series.
  • Although not confirmed outright, it is implied from within the Fatal Fury Team's backstory in The King of Fighters XIV that he got rejected due to his incident with a drag queen at the end of KOF XIII.
  • In Gamest's 1997 Heroes Collection, Joe was voted as the staff's thirty-ninth favorite character. He shared the spot with four other characters, including Fatal Fury character, Jin Chonrei, and Street Fighter character, Zangief. In the character popularity poll on Neo Geo Freak's website, he was voted as the second favorite character with a total of 3,654 votes.


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