Shermie (シェルミー Sherumī?) is a video game character in The King of Fighters series who is a member of the Orochi Team (temporarily under disguised team name, "New Faces Team" in KOF '97).[2][3] She is one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi who is the dark counterpart to Benimaru Nikaido.

Aside from the main body of the King of Fighters series, Shermie also stars in her own character image album. Her official nickname is Roaring Lightning.[4]


Shermie and her teammates were created to offset the remaining top three characters. [5] It's stated on her KOF 10th anniversary profile that she was based on the character Fujiko Mine from the manga/anime series Lupin the Third. The developer states that the design for Shermie was easily decided on, given that her long bangs never revealed her eyes. They would go onto calling her Tesse from Waku Waku 7 at one time.[6]


The King of Fighters

The true origins of the Orochi fighter known as Shermie are shrouded in mystery. She, along with Yashiro Nanakase and Chris formed a music band called "CYS" (based on the first letter of the name of each member), where Shermie played the keyboard. They enter the KOF '97 tournament due to Yashiro's grudge against rival musician, Iori Yagami. Though originally not qualified for the tournament due to deciding to enter after the preliminaries were already over, the trio had succeeded in still getting in by individually assaulting and defeating each member of the qualified American Sports Team (Heavy D!, Lucky Glauber, and Brian Battler) while stealing their invitations from within the process. When Shermie remembers her duties as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi, she, along with Yashiro and Chris uses the tournament in order to gather enough power from the fighters so that the trio themselves can help awaken Orochi from its long dormant sleep. Near the end of the tournament, both Yashiro and Shermie commit suicide in order to transfer their remaining energy into Chris and because of this, Orochi is able to return to the world while using Chris' body as the host, but Orochi itself is re-sealed again by the Three Sacred Treasures: Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru.

Verse's defeat during the events of The King of Fighters XIV had released numerous souls and has caused many who have perished throughout the series to be brought back to life. Shermie is revived as a result, along with her comrades, Yashiro and Chris.[7] Although Shermie herself did not participate in the fourteenth KOF tournament, due to her recent revival at the end of the said event, she is immediately pulled into Kukri's pocket dimension along with most of the fourteenth tournament's female participants, including both gender-swapped Iori Yagami (under alias Miss X) and Terry Bogard. In her ending, she had a nightmare of her lord, Orochi, being tamed by the songs from The Band of Fighters during a band battle between her band and the opposing band. She soon wakes up from the nightmare to practice for a upcoming concert with her bandmates.


Although considered to be a non-canon game to the main storyline, it is revealed that the New Face Team are now living peacefully. They have long given up on awakening Orochi, due to his foul mood after being resurrected. A letter informs her of the Queen of Fighters tournament. Interested in the tournament's participants and prize, Shermie enters the competition in her own given time and accord. After winning the tournament, she uses the K' Talisman to get a cage for her new hamster, which is having babies soon. She is happy at first, until Yashiro points that she could have used the talisman to free Orochi.

Despite being another non-canon game to the main storyline, the story itself takes place where Shermie beats Lucky in a basketball match to obtain his invitation to the tournament. She originally enters to create scene in order to help promote her band for their concert the following week but simply forgets her initial reasons by the end of the competition. She is congratulated by Yashiro and Chris for her victory, the two excited and convinced their next performance will be a huge success.


Shermie is very outgoing and friendly. However, like some people, she has reservations about society at large, as she considers them stupid, when it crosses beyond her interests and profession. She doesn't seem to take battles and fighting too seriously, often dancing around and picking up her cellphone during battle. Shermie blows a kiss towards her opponent before the battle begins. She only seems to do this when fighting against a male character that she finds attractive. She seems to dislike noisy people, as seen in her special intro with Brian Battler in KOF '98 UM. Shermie has an affinity for hamsters, and owns two of them as pets, a male and female pair named Achu (あちゅ Achu?) and Ururi (うるり Ururi?).

Her long bangs makes it difficult to see her eyes but underneath them lies a glare with strong murderous intent.[6] Even though she considers human society stupid, it's been noted that she enjoys her lifestyle working as a fashion designer. [8]

In her other (mostly non-canonical) appearances, she seems to be aware of her own Orochi heritage, which sometimes reflects in her quotes. However, while she's clearly not antagonistic as with her Orochi form, she can be just as murderous, manipulative and ruthless if provoked, especially if faced with particular foes, most notably perverted men like Kukri, and to a lesser extent, Brian.


  • Ignore Weight - She can grab and throw anyone in spite of their weight.
  • Elektrokinesis - Even while in her base form, Shermie can still project half of her Orochi lightning element in few of her move sets. This power is used in The King of Fighters 2002, The King of Fighters Neowave and Neo Geo Battle Coliseum.

When not using her Orochi powers, Shermie relies on grappling as her combat style. She is also quite agile and some of her moves represent gymnastics. She performs a variety of body slams, most involving acrobatic moves, some counter throws and a few face-sitting throws. Her grappling gameplay is further improved in KOF '98 and further expanded in KOF 2002. She seems to be based on Joshi Puroresu, that being female Japanese professional wrestling. She uses the Diamond Dust move, which is popular in Japan and her bridging German suplexes, specially her Shermie Flash resemble the way joshi wrestlers execute the move. The SDM version of the Shermie Flash has her hold her enemies and trying to count to three, if she is successful, the enemy will lose all of their health. This is a nod to the bridging German suplex in wrestling, as it consists in the wrestler execute the move and holding the opponent with his/her shoulders touching the mat. The referee will count to three, and if the opponent does not kick out of the bridge, the match will be finished and the attacker will be the winner. Shermie's new command move for King of Fighters '02, "Baku New Suplex", is a play on the Japanese slang "bakunyuu", which can be used to imply that a woman has large breasts. In Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, Shermie uses a few of her Orochi power.


  • Bloody - The King of Fighters 97, 98/UM, R-1, R-2 and 2002
  • Re:Bloody - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
  • Fanatic Waltz ~SNK Heroines Edit~ - SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy
  • Resonant Objects - The King of Fighters XV

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  • Shermie's outfit in battle was designed by herself, being a fashion designer by profession.[4]
  • In Neo-Geo Freak 1998, the characters in KOF '98 have their own interviews. Here are Shermie's response to the questions.[9]
    • What is your aspiration in this competition? - "Like a power shutter (everyone killed) - like!"
    • Who would you like to fight the most? - "Monsieur Nikaido."
    • Who would you like to team up with? / Who would you not like to team up with? - "Wouldn't it be good if it were a team centered on breaking. Oh, I like throwing. Then Clark Still, Goro Daimon."
    • What is "KOF" for you? - "You can't do it again, right? It's more fun than video games in that regard."
    • Finally, please give a word to your fans. - "There are unexpected bonuses for those who came … please wait, Mon Chéri!"
  • Shermie and Angel are both tied with having the largest bust measurement of all of The King of Fighter females fighters (both clocking in at 92 cm).
  • In Neo Geo Freak's August 1998 issue, she was ranked as the 4th best character.[10]
  • In SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy, during an interaction with Kula Diamond, Shermie breaks the fourth wall by mentioning that the last time they've met was in 2002, to which Kula is confused by her claim.


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  1. Orochi Team official character profile from The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match website
  4. 4.0 4.1 SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Artbook, p.40
  5. Official character page from KOF anniversary website.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Official character profile from KOF anniversary website.
  7. "Exclusive: We Talk To Oda San About SNK Heroines, KOF Manga and Anime and More". NeoGeo Now (formerly KOF World). 2018-09-06. Retrieved 2019-11-23. Archived from the original on 2019-11-23.
  8. Gamest Mook Vol. 117: The King Of Fighters Perfect Art Collection. page 269
  9. Neo Geo Freak 1998-08 archive The King of Fighters '98 character interviews.
  10. Neo Geo Freak 1998-08 archive Neo Geo Freak 10 best character set original image collection.
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