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Rock Howard (ロック・ハワード) is a character who was introduced in SNK's fighting game Garou: Mark of the Wolves, the last chapter in the Fatal Fury series. His official nickname is "The Wolf's Pedigree" (
Rock is a shy man with an inner struggle. Usually as a bit of a gag, he's often nervous around women, especially those older than him, with the exception of Hotaru Futaba (for being kind and compassionate with him). He is also a childhood friend of Kim Kaphwan's sons, Kim Jae Hoon and Kim Dong Hwan.
He is shy with women as aforementioned due to being around men throughout most of his early life as Terry was raising him, though in a more serious case of his insecurities, every day Rock fights off his evil side in order not to succumb to it, and tries to get out of the shadow of his father. He often decries the evil blood in him, which intensifies whenever he uses stronger energy-based attacks, which in some cases causes him pain. He is not proud of his heritage and refuses to refer to Geese as his father, stating him to be "that man" or "that person".
He is the "middle ground" between Geese's excessive evil and Terry's excessive festive personality. Rock is also very compassionate, offering to help those in need (he offered to help Hotaru find her brother). Another notable foil that sets them apart is that in most of his battle quotes, Rock when speaking in the Japanese script has more usage of clear Japanese compared to both Terry and Geese's English.
- Gather Chi - Rock can gather chi energy.
- Sense - Rock can sense the presence of people nearby.
- Energy Projectile - Rock can fire a projectile of energy called Reppuuken, just like his father's. He can even use the Double Reppuuken.
- Energy Attack - Rock can use chi energy to increase the damage of his normal attacks (punches, kicks and so forth). He uses this power in a similar fashion Terry does and, sometimes, the energy takes the form of wings.
- Energy Geyser - By touching the ground with his hands, Rock can make a geyser of energy come from below the ground. He called this attack Raging Storm. Rock's Raging Storm differs from Geese because Rock's version is weaker (as well as resembling a gust of wind more so than Geese's).
- Acrobatics - Taught by Terry, Rock is proficient in acrobatics. His move Rising Tackle is an example of this.
- Basketball - Having played basketball with Terry since a young age, he has become a very proficient player.
- Cooking - Having learnt to live by himself since young age under Terry's tutelage, Rock is very proficient at cooking, as he knows how to cook and prepare several kinds of different culinary recipes.
- Motorcycle Driving - Rock likes to drive around Second Southtown with his Honda.
- Musical Instrument - Rock is a very skillful bass player.
- Musical Mimicry - Rock can recall and replay a musical melody he hears.
Much of Rock's fighting style came from Terry and Geese. Terry taught him the arts of Boxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Kickboxing and Street Fighting, while he instinctively uses Aikijutsu moves derived from his father, Geese Howard. A combination of both of these sides tends to be his Crack Counter technique, a counter/reversal move that is a combination of Aikijutsu's reversal-techniques and Terry's form of basketball-motif kickboxing (via Terry's Crack Shoot). Rock also uses a version of Terry's Buster Wolf known as the Shine Knuckle.
The techniques Rock directly lifts from his father are so far, the Reppuuken, Raging Storm, Shinkuu Nage (Vacuum Throw; which has always stayed as a command throw in Rock's case) and Deadly Rave (known instead as the Deadly Rave Neo); like his father, he too has a mythology demon-based attack, known as the Rasetsu (the Japanese name for Rakshasa). Via Terry's influence, Rock uses a variation of his Power Dunk during his Rage Run: Type "Dunk" (with his Type "Shift" variation being named after the over-shift term), though the only shared technique between them is the Rising Tackle.
Even so, by mixing all these arts, Rock uses a unique fighting style, which gameplay-wise transitions into a well-rounded style that can allow him to apply pressure, mix-up and mindgames all at once. However, this comes with trading both Geese's power and Terry's simplicity in favor of versatility and speed.
- Spread the Wings - Garou: Mark of the Wolves
- Emergence - The King of Fighters XIV
- Raging Fight - Days of Memories
- Eiji Takemoto - Garou Mark of The Wolves, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, KOF: Maximum Impact 2, KOF Maximum Impact Regulation "A"
- Yūma Uchida - The King of Fighters XIV~present
- Ami Koshimizu - The King of Fighters: Destiny (as young Rock)
- Jon Thomas - KOF: Maximum Impact (English)
- Mike Lane - KOF: Maximum Impact 2 (English)
- Rock's face looks similar to Awakened Kaede from The Last Blade series, featuring nearly identical hair color, style and eyes. Possibly to take a jab at this similarity, SNK Playmore included Kaede's outfit as an extra uniform for both KOF: Maximum Impact games.
- In Kimi wa Hero, Terry was unable to tell them apart and greets Kaede under the assumption that he's Rock.
- Rock's theme in Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Spread the Wings, uses part of the melody from Robert Miles's song, Children. This was actually intentional, because the composer of Garou′s soundtrack is a fan of Robert Miles.
- Ironically, Rock's predicament of losing his mother Marie, and developing a vendetta against his own father, is exactly the same scenario in Geese's life as well, unwittingly repeating history with his own son.
- A character that looks similar Rock Howard appears in the Fatal Fury Team's ending in The King of Fighters 2003. He has blue eyes and an orange-and blue jacket, and blond hair similarly shaded to Rock's. However, this is not Rock, as Rock appears as a child in KOF 2003's opening.
- At the time of his debut, he was voted as the number one favorite character with a total of 190 votes.
- Although his canonical appearance in The King of Fighters main series is highly anticipated, the KOF staff revealed that they have no plans to place him in the roster due to their respects for the old Fatal Fury staff; SNK members seem more interested in placing Rock in the next Fatal Fury installment. Despite this, Rock would make his first playable appearance in KOF: Maximum Impact, and then again in a mainline entry, The King of Fighters XIV.
- In his development blog for KOF: Maximum Impact 2, Ureshino states that he doesn't know about Rock's mother or the true inheritor of Geese's legacy, but hints that it would most likely conflict with Terry. Rock's scenario in this game explores his personal take on the character's actions in the yet to be released Mark of Wolves sequel.
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