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Mature (マチュア) is a character in The King of Fighters series who first appeared as one of Rugal Bernstein's secretaries, then appeared as a member of the Yagami Team in The King of Fighters '96. Her official nickname is "The Speedy Cruel Beauty" (疾走しっそうする残酷ざんこく美貌びぼう).[1]

Development

The designers at the time created both Mature and Vice with the image of a "ruthless woman" and a "cruel woman" respectively. Their origin story was mostly based on the notion of Rugal employing secretaries prior to The King of Fighters '96. Both women were unavailable during location testing and were likely finished near the end of the game's production schedule.[2][3]

Mature's original outfit consists of a long skirt with a slit aside. The director for KOF XII notes that the costume played a role in highlighting her "legs" which is her charm point along with emphasizing the unique movement of her fighting style.[4] However, in KOF XII, the costume was changed to a pants suit close to the secretary theme. The director was aware that people might be disappointed in the costume as it concealed Mature's legs, but he points out that the quality of the 2D dot graphics allows them to add more detail to the wrinkles and fabric's of her clothing whenever she executes an attack.[4]

Personality

In contrast to Vice, Mature is ruthless but she likes to toy with her victim a little bit, often using her charms. She seemed to have liked Rugal while they were together. Though Iori killed both of them and continued to be hostile to them as phantoms, she and Vice seem genuinely concerned for Iori's well being and respect his wishes, despite clearly being an enemy of theirs. Their dislike of Goenitz implied that they are uninterested in the affairs of the Hakkeshu and in connection, the Orochi as well.

Powers

  • Slashing Hands - Her hands can slash and pierce as if they were knives.
  • Cutting Attacks - Mature can infuse her hand strikes with cutting energy.
  • Cutting Projectile - Mature can create a projectile made of cutting energy.
  • Snake Arms - Mature can stretch her arms in front of her within a long range and with high speed (But it is not as fast as Vice's Snake Arms).
  • Negative Energy - Mature can slam a foe out of pure hatred, producing a pillar of dim light with a large skull inside, this attribute sometimes manifests itself in a burst of deep crimson as well.
  • Knife Nails - Mature has pink, sharp, acrylic nails, most likely used to cut and slash.
  • Hakkeshu: Light - The powers of light grant Mature fast reflexes and movements, along with enhanced speed.
  • Solid Illusion Image - Mature can make a copy of herself to assist in slashing for a short period of time.
  • Lipstick Trail - Mature can leave a trace of on her lipstick when moving fast, as evidenced in her KOF XIV Climax DM.

Fighting Style

Her fighting style focuses on speed and using her cutting powers. She has some acrobatic maneuvers as well.

Voice Actors

Live Action Actors

Music

Appearances

Games

Mobile

Cameos

Anime

Trivia

  • In Neo-Geo Freak 1998, the characters in KOF '98 have their own interviews. Here are Mature's response to the questions.[5]
    • What is your aspiration in this competition? - "Aspiration is a careless thing."
    • Who would you like to fight the most? - "Anyone who wants to try is welcome. I'll slice them thin."
    • Who would you like to team up with? / Who would you not like to team up with? - "I want to team with … Yes, Rugal Bernstein? Huh, I'm kidding. The person who I don't want to be with … Chizuru Kagura. She's a little … I hate her. (Laughs)
    • What is "KOF" for you? - "The body that stopped the movement is an object, the blood that comes down on it is a painting tool painting the object. Yes … decorations?"
    • Finally, please give a word to your fans. - "You're not thrilled from now on? It's obvious that it's over you in terms of having fun. So a little excessive map … I'm going to be entertaining enough."
  • Mature is bisexual.[6]

Cards

SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash 2 Expand EditionSNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS Weiss Schwarz SNKHighSchool-Mature.jpg SNKHighSchool-Mature2.jpg SNKHighSchool-Mature3.png SNKHighSchool-Mature4.png Snkhssr88.jpg Snkhssr88p.jpg KOF98UM OL Kimi Wa Hero KOF All Star KOF All Star KOF All Star KOF All Star KOF All Star

Sprites

Metal Slug Defense The King of Fighters '96 The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Mature with Vice vs. Rugal intro in Capcom vs. SNK 2 The King of Fighters XII

Gallery

References

  1. Official site for The King of Fighters XIII
  2. Official character profile from KOF anniversary website
  3. Official character profile from KOF anniversary website
  4. 4.0 4.1 KOF XII message entry from The King of Fighters XII message entry, 2009.6.11.
  5. Neo Geo Freak 1998-08 archive The King of Fighters '98 character interviews.
  6. The King of Fighters XII for novices from Kotaku.
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KOF '98UM Nightmare Geese
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KOF '99: Evolution VanessaSethSyo KirishimaAlfredFiolina GermiGai Tendo
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KOF 2002UM Nameless
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KOF XIII Hwa JaiSaikiEvil AshMr. Karate
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