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The NESTS Chronicles, also known as the NESTS Saga (ネスツへん) is the second mainline story arc in The King of Fighters series. It covers the events found in The King of Fighters '99, The King of Fighters 2000 and The King of Fighters 2001.

Past Events

NESTS is a secret organization that had control over all kinds of criminal activity throughout the world. Their dealings made many corporations around the globe to go bankrupt. Their members were wanted by all investigation agencies, but no one could find their headquarters, since their true location was on a satellite hovering around the world. NESTS had a high-technological arsenal of weapons and machines at their disposal, which allowed them to research on many fields of science, specifically on bio-engineering.

Sometime during the Orochi Saga (possibly during the period between the '95 and '96 tournaments), they learned about the Orochi power, as well as Kyo Kusanagi. When Kyo was knocked out after the fight with Orochi in the end of the KOF '97 tournament, they kidnapped him and beginning the "Kusanagi Cloning Program", an experiment where children were turned into human weapons based on Kyo's appearance and DNA.

The second wielder of the flame.

One of these children for this program was a boy with an unknown name, and his elder sister Seirah. In 1998, the boy was made to participate in the Kusanagi cloning program. He was infused with Kyo Kusanagi's DNA, which gave him the power of pyrokinesis, as well as a clone based on his appearance named Krizalid. During the program, his memory was tinkered with, and he was made to believe that he was Krizalid's clone. Any real memories from his past has either been erased by NESTS, forgotten, or repressed. With his memories suppressed, and now working for NESTS, the boy with no name now became known as K'; and who would eventually become NESTS's ultimate downfall.

Story

The King of Fighters '99

New Challengers, New Rules

Two years after The King of Fighters '97, The King of Fighters tournament returned in full force. However, this new tournament came with a surprising new rule; Teams were no longer comprised of 3 members, but rather 4. This 4th member of a Team would be dubbed as "Strikers", allowing them to be summoned at any time during a match for assistance, albeit for limited attempts. With these new rules in place, every single team was shaken up with new dynamics:

  • Benimaru Nikaido and Shingo Yabuki, (Kyo's best friend and huge fan, respectively), are given a special invitation to KOF with preset members for their team, with those members being K' and Maxima. With this, the Japan Team is undone, and becomes this year's Hero Team. Goro Daimon, Kyo and Benimaru's friend, returns to his Judo carrer.
  • Mai Shiranui joins with the Fatal Fury Team, fulfilling her desire to be close to her loved Andy.
  • A mysterious new agent by the name Whip joins the Ikari Warriors Team with Leona, Ralf and Clark.
  • Sie Kensou suddenly lost his Psycho Power, but appears in the possession of a boy named Bao. Confused why this is happening, the young child joins KOF along with Athena Asamiya and Chin Gentsai to form the Psycho Soldier Team.
  • King takes over the leadership of the Women Fighters Team, and Kasumi returns to fight for the team after one tournament off, after an invitation of the bartender and Mary. Li Xiangfei also joins up with them.
  • Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami enters to this tournament alone (Iori for the second time solo). Both wish to know the intentions of the cartel.

Fallen Angel

Once again, all of the teams fought will all their strength, culminating with the Hero Team winning The King of Fighters '99. However, during the tournament, several reports from many agencies reported that many people with the appearance of Kyo Kusanagi have shown up in various locations around the world, a feat that Heidern requests the Ikari Team to look into.

K' vs Krizalid.

During the finals, the Hero Team is taken to an underground base to meet Krizalid, an agent who reveals himself to be a member of the mysterious organization NESTS. Krizalid reveals that the whole tournament was used to record combat data from all of the fights he obtained to activate an army of Kyo clones that NESTS themselves had created after the fight against Orochi. He is faced in two states: first he appears with a special coat that analyzes an opponent's data. Once he's defeated, he burns away his coat and increases his strength while having stronger moves. K' used everything that he had and more to take down Krizalid.

K' and Maxima barely escaping.

After Krizalid's defeat, his superior kills him via falling debris while other members of NESTS attack K' and Maxima, who are both revealed to be former NESTS agents and that the duo succeed in defeating their enemies before making their escape from the collapsing location of their battle against Krizalid. K' then discovers that he is a test subject designed to replicate Kyo's techniques. Interested in learning more about his stolen past, he decides to take down NESTS, with Maxima helping him.

Aftermath

Awakening the Dragon Spirit.

Mere moments after Krizalid's death, the underground NESTS base exploded, which caused many of the fighters to get caught up in. Terry Bogard, a yearly combatant in The King of Fighters, was nowhere to be found, with his glove being the only thing left. Takuma Sakazaki was seemingly crushed underneath the rubble, although he humorously broke out of it shortly afterwards. Athena was caught underneath the falling rubble and passed out. Though he has no memory of it, Kensou saved her with a formidable latent energy known as the Dragon Spirit, something that seems to affect both him and Bao.

The agent mourns silently.

A few hours after the tournament's conclusion, Whip returned back to the area where the final battle took place and found Krizalid, still barely alive from the crash. She asks Krizalid if he remembers his father's face, to which he discovers that he cannot remember. Whip reveals to him the reason why he couldn't is because he was not her brother; K' was. Krizalid would shortly die realizing that he was K' clone. His corpse was later taken into custody by the Ikari mercenaries, with Whip crying silently.

The King of Fighters 2000

Anti-K'

Nearly a year after the events of the 1999 tournament, Heidern is determined to figure out the objective of the NESTS cartel so that he can stop them from achieving their ruthless ambition. A fellow commander and long-time friend of Heidern, named Ling, tells the veteran fighter that K' and Maxima may hold the key to locating the whereabouts of the mysterious organization. Using this information, Heidern decides to focus his efforts on finding the duo so that they can be captured and interrogated for information.

Depending on the player's performance during the tournament, Kula Diamond might appear to eliminate K', but fails from within her mission. Shortly afterwards, Ling and a couple of his associates suddenly attack and betray Heidern near the end of the tournament, the former revealing himself to be a clone of the real Ling who was murdered in the past and being replaced via the machinations of a high-ranking NESTS member named Zero, who seeks to destroy NESTS itself and create a new world order under his own rule.

Zero Cannon

Through the accumulated fighting power he had gathered during the tournament, Zero initiates and utilizes a space-based satellite weapon named the "Zero Cannon", with which he sends a powerful energy blast from it straight towards Earth, destroying most of South Town via the energy blast's explosive impact upon it. After Zero's defeat in combat, he attempts but fails to use the cannon again while Heidern swiftly and forcibly removes the clone Ling's remote control of the cannon while dispatching him in the process. If the player defeats Kula previously, her supporters Diana and Foxy stop Zero while Kula destroys the Zero Cannon herself.

At the finals of the tournament, the Hero Team are taken to an underground mansion via a hidden elevator and are greeted by a mysterious but sinister-looking man. At the same time, Ling and a couple of his associates suddenly betray Heidern. In the underground mansion, the man known as Zero reveal he had the real Ling killed and replaced with a clone in disguise. Also, Zero tells the fighters that he was a former member of NESTS with plans to eliminate the cartel by using a powerful space-based weapon known as the Zero Cannon. To demonstrate his power, Zero fires a warm-up shot of the cannon towards Earth and wipes a city off the map.

The fighters battle against Zero not realizing that their energy powers the Zero Cannon. Zero is defeated and tries to fire the cannon again but it explodes. When K' and Maxima explore the ruined city above them, Whip appears and joins their cause to defeat NESTS.

The King of Fighters 2001

NESTS's Requiem

After the destruction of South Town by the hands of the Zero Cannon, the incident was reported to be the result of an artificial satellite crashing to earth, and adorned the front pages to various newspapers of countries all over the world. A legion of individuals called for the end to The King of Fighters tournament, which had a notorious history of always inviting some sort of violent accident. In an ironically turn of events, this ended up causing the KOF tournament to regain considerable popularity. And thus, The King of Fighters 2001 was planned to take place. The interest in the tournament rivaled that of the KOF '97 tournament, nay, exceeded perhaps exceeded it.

But for this tournament carried out on the international stage, an astonishing fact came to light. A team from NESTS has entered the tournament. The NESTS cartel decides to host the 2001 KOF tournament so that they can use it as a method to eliminate their enemies and enter their own team into the ranks.

The testament of NESTS.

In the tournament finals, the Hero Team boards a special blimp that is soon revealed to be a spaceship. There they meet Original Zero, whose clone decimated the cartels' secrecy with his scheme in the previous year. He congratulates them for reaching the finals and states that they're headed for NESTS's real headquarters. He decides to entertain his passengers with a match and is backed up by his pet black lion Glugan, Ron, and Krizalid. Despite the oppressive force of his group, he is defeated moments before the ship docks at NESTS's space satellite. He stays on board the exploding ship and urges the Hero team to proceed forward.

Save the Universe

Igniz: "K'... Are you still able to stand up? Just as expected~" K': "...I'll finish this."

Once inside NESTS's satellite, they face the NESTS leader, Nests. He expresses wishes for his renegade agents to return to the organization and is soon afterward killed by Igniz, who claims ownership of the cartel. Igniz also reveals that K', Kula, Krizalid, K9999 and Whip were are guinea pigs; creations made for his own personal entertainment. Kula, who was separated from the rest of her team and present at the time, also heard her origin as an artificial life form. Declaring himself a god, he assaults the team as his first act of "divine retribution" and defeats them. As soon as he's about to kill K', other fighters came to intervene and help in the fight. When he's defeated, he proclaims that he is fallen god and names himself a "demon" instead. He plunges the satellite through earth's atmosphere in an attempt to demolish his competition.

Harmony and Conflict.

Thankfully, the satellite crashes into the ocean and the fighters aboard were somehow saved from the explosion, presumably thanks to Ron. K' saves Kula from drowning; in gratitude, she and her guardian, Diana, ally themselves with K' and company. K9999 and Ángel are presumably still alive though their exact whereabouts are unknown. Foxy is also stabbed by them though her apparent on screen death is later revealed to be false. Both of them want to make their own future and make up for the time lost in their lives.

Ron reveals to Misty about the Dragon Spirit, and how its power surpasses NESTS. This power currently resides in Kensou, and is intrested in releasing this power.

With Igniz's death, it signaled the end of the NESTS cartel.

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match (Non-Canonical)

This section's information is based on materials that is not canon within the NESTS Chronicles, due to K9999's eventual omission from succeeding story series and being replaced, as seen below.

Project Zhe Prime

Nameless with his "Dual-Flame".

Nameless is the 9,999th K' clone and the only survivor of "Project ЖZhe". He is known by NESTS by his codename "ЖZhe'" or "Zhe Prime". Existing as an experiment subject to perfect the Kyo Kusanagi cloning program that was first achieved with K', he only knew pain and suffering from excruciating endurance tests, with his "brothers" (other clones dubbed as "K' children") being guinea pigs to the Kusanagi DNA, with gruesome results from explosions and genetic mutations, or even death. Nameless himself has come close to death at least 180 times.

Nameless's miserable existence would one day be eased with Isolde, having fallen in love with her. Whenever he was badly injured, he would see the beautiful yet sad girl near the infirmary. Isolde became his motivation to live on and endure the painful experiments, and little did Nameless know he would also indirectly help Isolde improve her own powers, and that his attraction for her was mutual.

During the course of the experiments, Nameless eventually gains control and strength over his power. Once the laboratory members deemed him fit to wield the Kusanagi flame, his custom glove was grafted onto his left arm. The glove is meant to enhance his strength of will, which would theoretically make him as adept as Kyo. A similar glove design was originally planned for K' but he left before it could be used on him.

He was immediately sent to Earth to test his fighting skills, and with him being able to kill by mere touch (a tap on the shoulder), demonstrated unintentionally with an unfortunate woman victim, he was designated as an assassin. On one of his assignments, he cornered a man who was trying to escape from the syndicate. In a bid to spare his life, the escapee confessed the truth behind Isolde.

Nameless and Isolde.

She was a part of the Anti K' Project, similar to Kula Diamond, and was given the power to control ice. However, her abilities were deemed to be inadequate until she saw Nameless. The organization soon noticed that Nameless and Isolde's abilities are increasing by meeting each other, and so they were allowed to routinely see one another to bring out their full potential. Regrettably, Isolde died from her testing. Rather than waste her progress, NESTS crafted her DNA into Nameless's glove. Her abilities keep the flames pacified until needed for use.

Nameless doesn't know if he should believe the man, but he realizes that his words have weight to them. He hasn't seen Isolde since he received his glove. Not wanting to risk losing Isolde, he unquestionably follows any orders he's given by NESTS. He hopes to one day return her to her rightful body and perhaps, even bring her back to life.

Characters

Debutant Characters

Characters who made their canonical debut in The King of Fighters series, ordered by their first appearance in the series.

KOF '99

Original Characters
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K' (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Maxima (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Whip (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Bao (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001 and 2002 UM)
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Jhun Hoon (Playable in '99, 2000, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Kyo-1 (Mid-Boss; Playable in '99 and 2002 UM)
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Kyo-2 (Mid-Boss; Playable in '99 and 2002 UM)
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Krizalid (Final Boss; Playable in '99 [only in Dreamcast and PS2] and 2002 UM; he appears as a Maniac Striker in 2000, only in PS2 and as a Striker in 2001)
Fatal Fury series
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Li Xiangfei (Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers) (Playable in '99, 2001 and 2002 UM; she appear as a Striker only in 2000)

KOF 2000

Original Characters
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Vanessa (Playable in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; she debut as a Striker in '99 Evolution and appear as a hidden character in Neowave)
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Ramón (Playable in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he appear as a hidden character in Neowave)
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Lin (Playable in 2000, 2001 and 2002 UM)
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Seth (Playable in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he debut as a Striker in '99 Evolution and appear as a console exclusive character in Neowave)
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Hinako Shijou (Playable in 2000, 2001 and 2002 UM)
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Kula Diamond (Playable in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; Mid-Boss in 2000)
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Clone Zero (Final Boss; Playable in 2000 and 2002 UM)

KOF 2001

Original Characters
May Lee Jinju (Standard Mode) May Lee Jinju (Hero Mode)
May Lee Jinju (Playable in 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; she appear as a PS2 exclusive character in Neowave)
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Foxy (Playable in 2001 and 2002 UM; she debut as a Striker in 2000)
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K9999 (Playable in 2001 and 2002; removed from the series in 2002 UM and Neowave due to copyright issues)
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Ángel (Playable in 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; she appear as a PS2 exclusive character in Neowave)
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Zero (Sub-Boss; Playable in 2001 and 2002 UM)
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Igniz (Final Boss; Playable in 2001 and 2002 UM)

Returning Characters

Characters who are returning from previous installments in The King of Fighters series, ordered by their first appearance in the series.

KOF '94

Original Characters
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Kyo Kusanagi (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Benimaru Nikaido (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Goro Daimon (Playable in 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he appears as a Striker in '99 Evolution and as a Normal Striker in 2000)
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Heidern (Playable in 2001 and 2002 UM; he appears as a Maniac Striker in 2000, only in PS2)
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Chin Gentsai (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Chang Koehan (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Choi Bounge (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
Fatal Fury series
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Terry Bogard (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Andy Bogard (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Joe Higashi (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Mai Shiranui (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Kim Kaphwan (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he appears as a hidden character in Neowave)
Art of Fighting series
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Ryo Sakazaki (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Robert Garcia (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Takuma Sakazaki (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Yuri Sakazaki (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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King (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; she appear as a console exclusive character in 2002)
Ikari Warriors series
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Ralf Jones (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Clark Still (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
Psycho Soldier
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Athena Asamiya (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Sie Kensou (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)

KOF '95

Original Characters
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Iori Yagami (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Saisyu Kusanagi (Playable in Neowave; she also appears as a Maniac Striker in 2000)

KOF '96

Original Character
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Leona Heidern (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
Art of Fighting series
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Kasumi Todoh (Playable in '99, 2000 and 2002 UM)

KOF '97

Original Characters
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Shingo Yabuki (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he appears as console exclusive character in 2002)
Fatal Fury series
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Blue Mary (Playable in '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)

Non-Canon Characters

Characters who are not playable in this saga canonically, but do appear in Dream Match games, ordered by their first appearance in the series.

KOF '95

Original Character
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Omega Rugal (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; his normal version appears as a Striker in '99 Evolution and as a Maniac Striker in 2000; also appears as Final Boss in 2002, Special Boss in 2002 UM and a console exclusive character in Neowave)
Fatal Fury series
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Billy Kane (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he appears as a Striker in '99 Evolution and as a Normal Striker in 2000)

KOF '96

Original Characters
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Mature (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; she appears as a Striker in 2000)
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Vice (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; she appears as a Striker in 2000)
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Goenitz (Playable in 2002 and 2002 UM; he appears as a Striker in 2000 and as a console exclusive character in 2002)
Fatal Fury series
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Geese Howard (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he appears as a Normal Striker in 2000 and as a console exclusive character in 2002; his young version appear as a final boss in Neowave)

KOF '97

Original Characters
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Yashiro Nanakase (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he appears as a Striker in 2000)
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Shermie (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; she appears as a Striker in 2000)
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Chris (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he appears as a Striker in 2000)
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Orochi Yashiro (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Orochi Shermie (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Orochi Chris (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave)
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Orochi Iori (Playable in 2002; he appear as a Maniac Striker in 2000, only in PS2, and also appear as a console exclusive character in 2002)
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Orochi Leona (Playable in 2002 and 2002 UM; she appears only by MAX 2 as an Install DM, and as a Maniac Striker in 2000, only in PS2)
Fatal Fury series
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Ryuji Yamazaki (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he appears as a Striker in '99 Evolution and 2000)

KOF 2002/UM

Original Characters
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Kusanagi (Playable in 2002, 2002 UM and Neowave; he appear as a console exclusive character in Neowave)
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Nameless (Playable in 2002 UM; he replaces K9999 due to copyright issues)
Fatal Fury series
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Nightmare Geese (Fatal Fury: King of Fighters) (Playable in 2002 UM)

KOF Neowave

Art of Fighting series
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Young Geese (Art of Fighting 2) (Final Boss; Playable in Neowave)

Character Strikers

Non-Playable Characters who appear as Strikers.

KOF '99 Evolution

Original Characters
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Kyo Kusanagi (The King of Fighters '94) (in Special Version; Usable Striker only in '99 Evolution)
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Chizuru Kagura (The King of Fighters '96) (Striker in '99 Evolution and 2000)
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Syo Kirishima (Striker in '99 Evolution and 2000)
Fatal Fury series
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Alfred (Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special: Dominated Mind) (Striker in '99 Evolution and 2000)
Metal Slug series
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Fiolina Germi (Metal Slug 2) (Striker in '99 Evolution and 2000)
Psycho Soldier
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Athena Asamiya (in School Outfit; Usable Striker only in '99 Evolution)
Buriki One
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Gai Tendo (Striker in '99 Evolution and 2000)

KOF 2000 (Normal Strikers)

Original Characters
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Another K' (Striker in 2000)
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Another Benimaru (Striker in 2000)
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Another Robert (Striker in 2000)
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Cosplayer Kyoko (Striker in 2000)
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Baitang (Striker in 2000)
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Kaoru Watabe (Striker in 2000)
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Kang Bae Dal (Striker in 2000)
Fatal Fury/MOTW series
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Duck King (Fatal Fury: King of Fighters) (Striker in 2000)
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Lilly Kane (Striker in 2000; Cameo Character)
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Kim Dong Hwan (Garou: Mark of the Wolves) (Striker in 2000)
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Kim Jae Hoon (Garou: Mark of the Wolves) (Striker in 2000)
Art of Fighting series
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Eiji Kisaragi (Striker in 2000)
Samurai Shodown series
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Nakoruru (Samurai Shodown I) (Striker in 2000)
The Last Blade series
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Awakened Kaede (The Last Blade I) (Striker in 2000)
Robo Army
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Rocky (Striker in 2000)
Burning Fight
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Duke Edwards (Striker in 2000)
Savage Reign/Kizuna Encounter series
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King Lion (Striker in 2000)
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Kim Sue Il (Striker in 2000)
Athena
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Godess Athena (Striker in 2000)
Psycho Soldier
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Psycho Soldier Sie Kensou (Striker in 2000)

KOF 2000 (Maniac Strikers)

Original Characters
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Rugal Bernstein (Striker in 2000)
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Another Iori (Striker in 2000)
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Smart Chang (Striker in 2000)
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Cool Choi (Striker in 2000)
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Heavy-D! (Striker in 2000, only in PS2)
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Lucky Glauber (Striker in 2000, only in PS2)
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Brian Battler (Striker in 2000, only in PS2)
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Orochi (Striker in 2000, only in PS2)
Fatal Fury series
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Wolfgang Krauser (Striker in 2000, only in PS2)
Art of Fighting series
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Unknown (Art of Fighting 1) (Striker in 2000)
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Mr. Big (Striker in 2000, only in PS2)
Quiz Dai Sousa-sen series
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Neo & Geo (Striker in 2000)
SNK Mascot
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G-Mantle (Playable in 2000)

NPC Characters

Non-playable characters who appear during the saga's lore.

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Ron (NPC in 2000, 2001 and 2002 UM)
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Diana (NPC in 2000, 2001 and 2002/UM)
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Candy Diamond (NPC in 2000 and 2001; debut as a Striker in 2000)
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Luan, Chat and Sai (NPC in 2001 and 2002 UM)
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Glugan (NPC in 2001 and 2002 UM)
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Nests (NPC in 2001)
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Rock Howard (NPC in 2001, 2002 and 2002 UM)
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Misty (NPC in 2001 and 2002 UM)
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Kogoro Daimon (NPC in 2001, 2002 and 2002 UM)

Characters & Teams' Participations

Teams in which the characters who participated in the saga were inserted.

Mainline Games

Participation of the debutant or returning characters in mainline games of the saga, either they canonical or not.
Note: The order of the tables are based on the appearances on the first mainline game of the saga.
Character
KOF '99
KOF 2000
KOF 2001
KOF 2002
KOF 2002 UM
K'
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Maxima
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Benimaru Nikaido
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Benimaru Team
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Shingo Yabuki
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Benimaru Team
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Console Exclusive Character
Asian Triple Alliance Team (Jhun Team)
Terry Bogard
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Andy Bogard
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Joe Higashi
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Mai Shiranui
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Women Fighters Team
Women Fighters Team
Women Fighters Team
Women Fighters Team
Ryo Sakazaki
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Ryuko no Ken Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Robert Garcia
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Ryuko no Ken Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Yuri Sakazaki
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Women Fighters Team
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Women Fighters Team
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Takuma Sakazaki
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Ryuko no Ken Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Masters Team
Leona Heidern
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ralf Jones
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Clark Still
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Whip
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Athena Asamiya
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team) (Also as an Extra Striker in '99 Evolution)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Sie Kensou
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Chin Gentsai
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Masters Team
Bao
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Absent
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
King
Women Fighters Team
Art of Fighting Team (Ryuko no Ken Team)
Women Fighters Team
Console Exclusive Character
Women Fighters Team
Blue Mary
Women Fighters Team
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Outlaw Team (KOF '97 Special Team)
Outlaw Team (KOF '97 Special Team)
Kasumi Todoh
Women Fighters Team
Women Fighters Team
Absent
Absent
Women Fighters Team
Li Xiangfei
Women Fighters Team
Normal Striker
Women Fighters Team
Absent
Pretty Girls Fighters Team
Kim Kaphwan
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Chang Koehan
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Choi Bounge
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Jhun Hoon
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Absent
Absent
Asian Triple Alliance Team (Jhun Team)
Ramón
Absent
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Yagami Team
Agents Team
Agents Team
Vanessa
Console Exclusive Striker
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Yagami Team
Agents Team
Agents Team
Lin
Absent
Benimaru Team
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (K' Team)
Absent
Asian Triple Alliance Team (Jhun Team)
Seth
Console Exclusive Striker
Benimaru Team
Yagami Team
Agents Team
Agents Team
Hinako Shijou
Absent
Women Fighters Team
Women Fighters Team
Absent
Pretty Girls Fighters Team
Goro Daimon
Console Exclusive Striker
Normal Striker
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Heidern
Absent
PS2 Maniac Striker
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Absent
Masters Team
May Lee Jinju
Absent
Absent
Korea Justice Team (Kim Team)
Women Fighters Team
Pretty Girls Fighters Team
Yashiro Nanakase
Absent
Normal Striker
Absent
New Faces/Orochi Team
New Faces/Orochi Team
Shermie
Absent
Normal Striker
Absent
New Faces/Orochi Team
New Faces/Orochi Team
Chris
Absent
Normal Striker
Absent
New Faces/Orochi Team
New Faces/Orochi Team
Orochi Yashiro
Absent
Absent
Absent
Awakened Orochi Team
Awakened Orochi Team
Orochi Shermie
Absent
Absent
Absent
Awakened Orochi Team
Awakened Orochi Team
Orochi Chris
Absent
Absent
Absent
Awakened Orochi Team
Awakened Orochi Team
Ryuji Yamazaki
Console Exclusive Striker
Normal Striker
Absent
Outlaw Team (KOF '97 Special Team)
Outlaw Team (KOF '97 Special Team)
Billy Kane
Console Exclusive Striker
Normal Striker
Absent
Outlaw Team (KOF '97 Special Team)
Outlaw Team (KOF '97 Special Team)
Mature
Absent
Normal Striker
Absent
Yagami Team
Yagami Team
Vice
Absent
Normal Striker
Absent
Yagami Team
Yagami Team
Orochi Iori
Absent
PS2 Exclusive Striker
Absent
Console Exclusive Character
Absent
Saisyu Kusanagi
Absent
Maniac Striker
Absent
Absent
Absent
Kyo Kusanagi
Solo Participation (Hidden Character and Extra Striker in '99 Evolution)
Solo Participation
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Iori Yagami
Solo Participation (Hidden Character in '99 Evolution)
Solo Participation
Yagami Team
Yagami Team
Yagami Team
Kyo-1
Mid-Boss
Absent
Absent
Absent
Clones Team (Mid-Boss Team)
Kyo-2
Mid-Boss
Absent
Absent
Absent
Clones Team (Mid-Boss Team)
Kula Diamond
Absent
Mid-Boss (Hidden Character)
NESTS Team (Rivals Team or Deuteragonist Team)
NESTS Team (Mid-Boss Team)
NESTS Team (Mid-Boss Team)
Foxy
Absent
Normal Striker
NESTS Team (Rivals Team or Deuteragonist Team)
Absent
NESTS Team (Mid-Boss Team)
K9999
Absent
Absent
NESTS Team (Rivals Team or Deuteragonist Team)
NESTS Team (Mid-Boss Team)
Absent for copyright issues
Ángel
Absent
Absent
NESTS Team (Rivals Team or Deuteragonist Team)
NESTS Team (Mid-Boss Team)
NESTS Team (Mid-Boss Team)
Kusanagi
Absent
Absent
Absent
Mid-Boss
Clones Team (Mid-Boss Team)
Nameless
Absent
Absent
Absent
Absent
Mid-Boss
Omega Rugal
Absent
Absent
Absent
Final Boss
Special Boss
Goenitz
Absent
Normal Striker
Absent
Console Exclusive Character
Single Entry Boss
Geese Howard
Absent
Normal Striker
Absent
Console Exclusive Character
Single Entry Boss
Nightmare Geese
Absent
Absent
Absent
Absent
Single Entry Boss
Young Geese
Absent
Absent
Absent
Absent
Absent
Krizalid
Final Boss
PS2 Exclusive Striker
Sub-Boss Striker
Absent
Final Boss
Clone Zero
Absent
Final Boss
Absent
Absent
Final Boss
Zero
Absent
Absent
Sub-Boss
Absent
Final Boss
Igniz
Absent
Absent
Final Boss
Absent
Final Boss

Spin-Off Participations

Participation of the debutant or returning characters in spin-off games with direct relation to the saga, either they canonical or not.
Character
KOF Neowave
K'
K' Team
Maxima
K' Team
Benimaru Nikaido
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Shingo Yabuki
Dream Team (Mixed Team)
Terry Bogard
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Andy Bogard
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Joe Higashi
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Mai Shiranui
Women Fighters Team
Ryo Sakazaki
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Robert Garcia
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Yuri Sakazaki
Women Fighters Team
Takuma Sakazaki
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Leona Heidern
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ralf Jones
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Clark Still
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Whip
K' Team
Athena Asamiya
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Sie Kensou
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Chin Gentsai
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Bao
Absent
King
Women Fighters Team
Blue Mary
Outlaw Team (KOF '97 Special Team)
Kasumi Todoh
Absent
Li Xiangfei
Absent
Kim Kaphwan
Hidden Character
Chang Koehan
Korea Justice Team (Jhun Team)
Choi Bounge
Korea Justice Team (Jhun Team)
Jhun Hoon
Korea Justice Team (Jhun Team)
Ramón
Hidden Character
Vanessa
Hidden Character
Lin
Absent
Seth
Console Exclusive Character
Hinako Shijou
Absent
Goro Daimon
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Heidern
Absent
May Lee Jinju
PS2 Exclusive Character
Yashiro Nanakase
New Faces/Orochi Team
Shermie
New Faces/Orochi Team
Chris
New Faces/Orochi Team
Orochi Yashiro
Awakened Orochi Team
Orochi Shermie
Awakened Orochi Team
Orochi Chris
Awakened Orochi Team
Ryuji Yamazaki
Outlaw Team (KOF '97 Special Team)
Billy Kane
Outlaw Team (KOF '97 Special Team)
Mature
Yagami Team
Vice
Yagami Team
Orochi Iori
Absent
Saisyu Kusanagi
Dream Team (Mixed Team)
Kyo Kusanagi
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Iori Yagami
Yagami Team
Kyo-1
Absent
Kyo-2
Absent
Kula Diamond
Dream Team (A.K.A. Mixed Team)
Foxy
Absent
K9999
Absent for copyright issues
Ángel
PS2 Exclusive Character
Kusanagi
Console Exclusive Character
Nameless
Absent
Omega Rugal
Console Exclusive Character
Goenitz
Absent
Geese Howard
Absent
Nightmare Geese
Absent
Young Geese
Final Boss
Krizalid
Absent
Clone Zero
Absent
Zero
Absent
Igniz
Absent
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