In almost every game in The King of Fighters series, characters are grouped in teams. Each team consists of three characters (or four on a few occasions).

There are instances where a character doesn't belong to a team, and are considered "Single Entries". There are also "Special Edit Teams", unique combinations of characters that have a special ending picture if the player chooses them together.

List of Teams

Below is a list of recurring teams in the KOF series:

Classic Teams (formed during the Orochi Saga)

  • American Sports Team: formed by American characters who practice sports, Heavy-D!, Lucky Glauber and Brian Battler. They appear in The King of Fighters '94 and have only reappeared once in The King of Fighters '98 (a Dream Match game which also includes its Ultimate Match version as well). Despite various cameo appearances, they have never been heard from nor seen again in the main storyline due to a running gag of their tournament invitations getting stolen by other characters.
  • Yagami Team: many of Iori's teams have been referred to as the "Yagami Team", with his most common partners being Mature and Vice. He has also teamed up with the Agents Team in 2001, and with Jun Kagami and Miu Kurosaki in the EX games.
  • Outlaw Team (A.K.A '97 Special Team): a team formed by Ryuji Yamazaki, Blue Mary and Billy Kane at the behest of and through the machinations of Geese. This team is unique in that its members were chosen in a KOF fan contest via three Japanese gaming magazines (Famitsu, Gamest and Neo Geo Freak, respectively). It reappears in 2003, with Gato replacing Mary.
  • Orochi Team: the New Faces Team in their transformed and real states; Orochi Yashiro, Orochi Shermie and Orochi Chris.
  • Sacred Treasures Team: Kyo, Iori and Chizuru, the three descendants of the clans that imprisoned Orochi. Commonly appears as an Edit Team and their endings are usually the canon ones. In The King of Fighters R-1, they are an official team.

NESTS Chronicles New Teams

  • K' Team: The Hero Team of the NESTS CHRONICLES saga, it's led by K' with Maxima (as his partner), other members include Benimaru, Shingo Yabuki, Ramon, Vanessa, Whip, Lin and Kula Diamond.
  • Zero Team: led by the original Zero in 2001, it is unique in that Zero is the only one that fights directly, with the other three members (Krizalid, Ron and Glaugan) being strikers.

Tales of Ash New Teams

  • Ash Team: The "Hero Team" of the Tales of Ash saga, it's led by Ash Crimson, and his teammates include Duo Lon, Shen Woo and Oswald.
  • High School Girls Team: a team formed by Athena, Hinako and Malin in 2003.
  • Mark of the Wolves Team: formed by B. Jenet, Tizoc and Gato, all of whom originated from the game Garou: Mark of the Wolves.
  • Anti-Kyokugenryu Team: opposing the Art of Fighting Team in XI, its members are Eiji, Kasumi and Malin.
  • Kusanagi-Yagami Team: a team formed by Kyo, Iori and Shingo in XI.

KOF XIV New Teams

  • Villains Team: formed by three escaped convicts; Xanadu, Chang and Choi.
  • Mexico Team: a team formed by Ramon, Angel and King of Dinosaurs, all of which are fighters hailing from Mexico.

Dream Match Teams

  • Masters Team: a team formed by master/mentor type characters; Heidern, Takuma and either Saisyu Kusanagi (98 and UM version) or Chin (2002 UM). It only appears in Dream Match games.
  • Edit Team: Eiji, Kasumi and Shingo are grouped together in '98 UM, despite not having a special ending picture.
  • Pretty Girls Fighters Team: formed by Xiangfei, Hinako and May Lee, appears in 2002 UM.
  • Asian Triple Alliance Team: formed by Jhun, Lin and Shingo, appears in 2002 UM.
  • Clones Team: consists of Kyo-1, Kyo-2 and Kusanagi, all of which are clones of Kyo Kusanagi.

Alternative Teams

  • South Town Team: Terry, Ryo and Kim, appears in R-1. In R-2, Mai replaces Kim in this team. Unrelated to the team of the same name in XIV.
  • 'Heroine Team':Athena, Mai and Yuri, appears in R-1.
  • 'Kusanagi Team': Kyo, Saisyu and Shingo; a team formed by practitioners of the ancient Kusanagi style. Appears in The King of Fighters R-2.
  • Super Babe Team: Athena, Yuri and Kasumi, appears in R-2.


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