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Orochi Leona (覚醒かくせいレオナ, lit. Awakening Leona), also named as Insane Leona with Blood of Orochi Awakened within the Darkness (ヤミノナカオロチノチニメザメルレオナ), is Leona Heidern under the effects of the Riot of the Blood. She first appeared in The King of Fighters '97.

Story

When Goenitz came to ask Gaidel for help to resurrect Orochi, Gaidel refused. as a revenge Goenitz activated the Riot of the Blood within Gaidel's daughter Leona leading her to murdering her family and the entire village. During the finals of the '97 tournament, the Riot of the Blood is triggered, she ended up attacking her teammates, Ralf and Clark, but she was eventually defeated. In 2003, when Orochi seal is damaged she entered the Riot of the Blood once again, badly injuring Ralf and Clark.

Appearance

Leona's hair turn red/dark pink. Her pupils are completely white like Orochi Iori's (though in some artworks, its appear to be glowing red or glowing yellow or sometimes retains as normal).

Personality

During this state, especially with Orochi's heightened presence, Leona goes berserk and will attack anyone on sight. Beginning with The King of Fighters '99, as long as Orochi's presence is kept safely distant, her personality remains unchanged while in control of the Riot of the Blood.

Powers

  • Slashing Hands - Leona can cut or pierce with her hands.
  • Cutting Aura - Leona can create a cutting aura around her hands and feet.
  • Cutting Ball - Leona can create a ball of energy surrounded by several energy blades.

Fighting Style

Her fighting style remains unchanged, but she becomes faster and more brutal, but akin to Iori's state, she may be more difficult to control and may take more damage as a trade-off compared to her normal version.

Unlike Iori's version of this state, her actions seem to be more primal in that she has a new walking animation and even a new running animation that has her running on all fours and enables her to run under mid-level projectiles. Also unlike Iori, there are often times where Leona in most games can access this state of her own will but at a possible cost (such as half of her current health in 2002; which most likely has spawned fan-made versions of Iori that can do the same). Later versions of the regular Leona has her temporarily transform into Orochi Leona while using mostly powerful techniques, and most notably retaining her sanity and humanity, reinforcing Leona's control and better utilization of her Orochi powers.

Music

  • Control Crisis - The King of Fighters '97, The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match, The King of Fighters R-1, The King of Fighters ALLSTAR
  • Irregular Mission + Control Crisis - The King of Fighters ALLSTAR (Boss Syndrome Leona Heidern)

Appearances

Games

Mobile

Cameos

Voice Actors

  • Masae Yumi - The King of Fighters '96~XIII, Metal Slug Defense (recycled audio), Metal Slug Attack (recycled audio)
  • Seiko Yoshida - The King of Fighters XIV~present
  • Lisa Leonard - Maximum Impact series (English voice)

Similar Characters

Cards

SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash 2 Expand Edition SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS KOF98UM OL KOF X Joker KOF X Joker Kimi Wa Hero KOF All Star

Sprites

Metal Slug Attack The King of Fighters R-1 The King of Fighters '97

Gallery

Trivia

  • Earlier English translations for The King of Fighters series had Orochi Leona named "Wild Leona".
  • In KOF2002UM, in the Japanese version, she has a different win quote (mostly visceral screaming) if Leona wins a match while transformed as Orochi Leona. In the English version, she uses her regular win quote even if she wins the match while transformed, reinforcing Leona's implied control over her own Orochi power.
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