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The Shun'ei Saga (シュンエイへん) is the fourth and current on-going mainline story arc in The King of Fighters series. It covers the events found in The King of Fighters XIV and The King of Fighters XV, as well as SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy (a canonical spin-off game).

Past Events

Verse

After Ash Crimson sacrificed his existence to erase his ancestral Saiki from this world during the thirteenth tournament, a entity known as Verse began forming. Verse is formed from various fallen souls that spread not only through The King of Fighters series, but also other SNK series. When Nakoruru, a young priestess from the Feudal Japan (in the end of the 18th century), sensed a terrible malice coming from a crack in spacetime, she traveled to the modern times (where The King of Fighters universe and story takes place) and enters with Mui Mui, a dragon clan member, and Love Heart, a pirate and captain of the Peace Air Pirates.

The King of Fighters XIV

The "First" Champion

"The King of Fighters... begins now!"

Several years after the events of the thirteenth tournament, a confident billionaire named Antonov buys the rights to The King of Fighters tournament, over the strong objections of the board members of his company, the Antonov Corporation. Proclaiming himself as the “first champion”, he eagerly host a new tournament and sends out invites across the world, challenging the teams to take his title.

Follow Me

Once again, all of the teams fought with all their strength, culminating with the Japan Team reaching the finals, which was a final confrontation with the "first" champion, Antonov. Team Japan easily beats him, making them winners of The King of Fighters XIV, the first time since their last victory in the '97 tournament.

Verse appears, causing Shun'ei's collapse.

However, mere moments after beating Antonov, a mysterious entity appears, destroying the stadium and causing the death of many people.

This Verse's manifestation has already caused time anomalies. A fragment of Verse is inside, and its presence compelled Nakoruru (who refers to him as Wei Kamui) to traverse through spacetime to defeat it. Shun'ei defeated Verse, but upon the defeat, it exploded and released omnimous mist across the world. With Verse's defeat, The King of Fighters tournament ends.

Burning On

36 hours after the tournament's conclusion, Heidern receives information from Maxima about the creature that appeared during the finals of the tournament. The Ikari squad leader dubs the entity as Verse, due to it only yelling "Veeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrse" when it spoke. Heidern confirms that there are several bodies that were resurrected and has already commenced a 24 hour surveillance. After the meeting he tells Leona that Gaidel's resurrection has not been confirmed, although Leona responds that she's not concerned with it.

Several characters were revealed who were revived:

  • Besides that, other evil souls are trapped and released (some of them belonging to bosses from previous games and sagas).

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy

Note: Due to this game's events being treated as a self-contained dream sequence they do not affect the future mainline KOF titles directly, with only a few minor tidbits like Shermie's presence being followed up upon.

Athena and Kula moments before waking up in Kukri's universe.

Several months prior to the events of the fifteenth torunament, Kukri's obsession for women caused him to create a pocket dimension where women fighters must survive in his universe and join forces and slug it out with other women.

Kukri transports and kidnaps most of SNK female fighters, including few of them who aren't present in the previous tournament (such as Jeanne D'Arc and the recently revived Shermie) to this pocket dimension, and they suddenly fall unconscious. Upon waking, they find themselves in a strange mansion, along some male fighters who have been changed into women.

Kukri explains his main objective to the losers reading this section.

Kukri's main objective is to transform the female fighters into sand sculptures. For this, he has the help of an evil statue whose energy comes from the battles between the fighters, in addition to the fear and despair of each of them. The fighters attempt to battle their way out, but are confronted by the mastermind, Kukri, who reveals he has trapped them in his castle in a pocket dimension and they must defeat him to return home. The heroines all defeat Kukri, which causes the pocket dimension to collapse all together, sending the heroines back to reality (indicated as the events being revealed to be a bad dream), while Kukri is left in an unknown status.

The King of Fighters XV

Prologue

Only the world's toughest fighters can duke it out in the largest martial arts tournament in the world.

Though a mysterious being called Verse destroyed the KOF arena, its threat was quelled thanks to the brave efforts of the winning challengers.

Time has passed since the closing of that tumultuous tournament, and the next KOF begins, backed by a new sponsor.

Meanwhile, Chizuru Kagura senses something interfering with the seal of Orochi, otherwise known as Gaia's Will.

She teams up with Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami to join the KOF and investigate.

Amidst these myriad motives, fighters resurrected after Verse's defeat also join the fray.

Once again, a storm is on the horizon...

Shatter All Exceptations

Following Antonov's early retirement, the new tournament commissioner Anastasia sends out invitations to fighters to join the tournament; the mayhem caused by Verse's powers resurrects various long-thought deceased fighters from past tournaments as well.

Chizuru Kagura gathers Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami in order to look after the seal of the snake demon Orochi. Shun'ei, a teenager with mysterious powers resembling Verse's, enters the tournament again alongside Meitenkun and Benimaru Nikaido to better understand his powers. During the tournament, they encounter a rival team led by a girl with similar powers to his own, Isla. Isla is being mentored by a woman named Dolores who wishes for her and Shun'ei to stop the appearance of more creatures like Verse, believing Ash Crimson's timetravelling in a previous tournament to have caused their appearance. However, a new creature labeled as Re Verse appears as the tournament progresses and targets the fighters, pulling them into another world. Following Re Verse's defeat, the mysterious goddess Otoma=Raga appears and attacks the teams. Upon Otoma=Raga's defeat, the fighters escape back to their world and are crowned the new King of Fighters champions.

Characters

Debutant Characters

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

KOF XIV

Original Characters
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Shun'ei (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Meitenkun (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Gang-il (Playable in XIV)
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Luong (Playable in XIV, SNKH and XV)
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Xanadu (Playable in XIV)
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Sylvie Paula Paula (Playable in XIV and SNKH)
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Kukri (Playable in XIV and XV; Non-playable Boss in SNKH)
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Mian (Playable in XIV and SNKH)
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Nelson (Playable in XIV)
Zarina (Playable in XIV and SNKH)
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Bandeiras Hattori (Playable in XIV)
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King of Dinosaurs (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Hein (Playable in XIV)
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Antonov (Playable in XIV and XV; Sub-Boss in XIV)
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Verse (Final Boss; Playable only in XIV)
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Najd (Playable in XIV, only as DLC)
Samurai Shodown series
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Nakoruru (Samurai Shodown I; Playable in XIV, SNKH and XV; only DLC in XV)
Dragon Gal series
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Mui Mui (Dragon Gal; Playable in XIV and SNKH)
Sky Love series
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Love Heart (Sky Love; Playable in XIV and SNKH)
Fatal Fury/MOTW series
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Alice Garnet Nakata (Garou Densetsu: The Legend of Wild Wolf; Playable in XIV)
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Rock Howard (Garou: Mark of the Wolves; Playable in XIV and XV, as DLC)

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy

SNK Original Characters
SNK Gals' Fighters
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Miss X (Playable in SNKH, as DLC, in both genders)
World Heroes series
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Jeanne D'Arc (World Heroes I; Playable in SNKH, as DLC)
Crossover Guest Characters
Square Enix
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Thief Arthur (Million Arthur series; Playable in SNKH, as a Crossover DLC)
ARIKA
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Skullomania (Fighting EX Layer series; Playable in SNKH, as a Crossover DLC)

KOF XV

Original Characters
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Isla (Playable in XV)
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Dolores (Playable in XV)
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Krohnen McDougall (Playable in XV; K9999's new identity and updated version)
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Re Verse (Sub-Boss; Unplayable in XV)
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Otoma=Raga (Final Boss; Unplayable in XV)
Samurai Shodown series
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Haohmaru (Samurai Shodown I; Playable in and XV, as DLC)
???
Darli Dagger (Samurai Shodown (2019); Playable in and XV, as DLC)

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 XIV and XV)
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Benimaru Nikaido (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Goro Daimon (Playable in XIV)
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Heidern (Playable in XIV and XV; only DLC in XIV)
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Chin Gentsai (Playable in XIV)
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Chang Koehan (Playable in XIV)
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Choi Bounge (Playable in XIV)
Fatal Fury series
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Terry Bogard (Playable in XIV, SNKH and XV)
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Andy Bogard (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Joe Higashi (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Mai Shiranui (Playable in XIV, SNKH and XV)
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Kim Kaphwan (Playable in XIV and XV; only DLC in XV)
Art of Fighting series
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Ryo Sakazaki (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Robert Garcia (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Yuri Sakazaki (Playable in XIV, SNKH and XV)
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King (Playable in XIV and XV)
Ikari Warriors series
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Ralf Jones (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Clark Still (Playable in XIV and XV)
Psycho Soldier
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Athena Asamiya (Playable in XIV, SNKH and XV)
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Sie Kensou (Playable in XIV)

KOF '95

Original Characters
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Iori Yagami (Playable in XIV, SNKH and XV; Appears as Miss X in SNKH)
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Omega Rugal (Playable in XV, as DLC Boss; also available in Boss Challenge)
Fatal Fury series
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Billy Kane (Playable in XIV and XV; only DLC in XV)

KOF '96

Original Characters
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Leona Heidern (Playable in XIV, SNKH and XV)
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Chizuru Kagura (Playable in XV)
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Mature (Playable in XIV)
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Vice (Playable in XIV)
Fatal Fury series
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Geese Howard (Playable in XIV and XV; only DLC in XV)

KOF '97

Original Characters
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Yashiro Nanakase (Playable in XV)
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Shermie (Playable in SNKH and XV)
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Chris (Playable in XV)
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Orochi Yashiro (Playable in XV, as DLC)
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Orochi Shermie (Playable in XV, as DLC)
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Orochi Chris (Playable in XV, as DLC)
Shingo Yabuki (Playable in KOF XV, as DLC)
Fatal Fury series
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Ryuji Yamazaki (Playable in XIV and XV, as DLC)
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Blue Mary (Playable in XIV and XV; only DLC in XIV)

KOF '99

Original Characters
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K' (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Maxima (Playable in XIV and XV)
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Whip (Playable in XIV and XV; only DLC in XIV)

KOF 2000

Original Characters
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Kula Diamond (Playable in XIV, SNKH and XV)
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Vanessa (Playable in XIV and XV; only DLC in XIV)
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Ramón (Playable in XIV and XV)

KOF 2001

Original Character
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Ángel (Playable in XIV and XV)

KOF 2003

Original Character
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Ash Crimson (Playable in XV)
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
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Gato (Playable in XV, as DLC)

KOF XI

Original Characters
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Elisabeth Blanctorche (Playable in XV)
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Oswald (Playable in XIV, as DLC)
Fatal Fury/MOTW series
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B. Jenet (Playable in XV, as DLC)
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Tung Fu Rue (Playable in XIV)

NPC Characters

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

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Yakov (Antonov's assistant; seen in XIV and XV)
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Clemence Bellamy (KOF Tournament journalist; seen in XIV as reporter and in XV as anchorman and announcer)
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Anastasia (KOF XV Tournament host)

Characters & Teams' Participations

Teams in which the characters who participate in the saga are inserted.
Note: As there the system of the game is 2-vs-2 (Tag-Battle System), all participations in SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy are solo.

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 table are based on the appearances on the first mainline game of the saga.

SNK Characters

Character
KOF XIV
KOF XV
Shun'ei
China Team (Hero Team, Protagonist Team or Shun'ei Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (Shun'ei Team)
Meitenkun
China Team (Hero Team, Protagonist or Shun'ei Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (Shun'ei Team)
Tung Fu Rue
China Team (Hero Team, Protagonist Team or Shun'ei Team)
Absent
Kyo Kusanagi
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Sacred Treasures Team (Kyo Team)
Benimaru Nikaido
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Hero Team or Protagonist Team (Shun'ei Team)
Goro Daimon
Japan Team (Kyo Team)
Absent
Iori Yagami
Yagami Team
Sacred Treasures Team (Kyo Team)
Mature
Yagami Team
Absent
Vice
Yagami Team
Absent
Terry Bogard
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)
Joe Higashi
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Fatal Fury Team (Garou Densetsu Team)
Ryo Sakazaki
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Ryuko no Ken Team)
Robert Garcia
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Art of Fighting Team (Ryuko no Ken Team)
Yuri Sakazaki
Art of Fighting Team (Kyokugenryu Team)
Super Heroines Team (Women Fighters Team or Athena Team)
Kim Kaphwan
Kim Team
DLC Character
Gang-il
Kim Team
Absent
Luong
Kim Team
Secret Agents Team (Agents Team)
Xanadu
Villains Team
Absent
Chang Koehan
Villains Team
Absent
Choi Bounge
Villains Team
Absent
Sylvie Paula Paula
Official Invitation Team
Absent
Kukri
Official Invitation Team
Ash Team
Mian
Official Invitation Team
Absent
Nelson
South America Team
Absent
Zarina
South America Team
Absent
Bandeiras Hattori
South America Team
Absent
Ramón
Mexico Team (Wrestling Team)
Galaxy Anton Wrestling Team (G.A.W. Team or Wrestling Team)
Ángel
Mexico Team (Wrestling Team)
Krohnen Team (Former 2002 NESTS Team)
King of Dinosaurs
Mexico Team (Wrestling Team)
Galaxy Anton Wrestling Team (G.A.W. Team or Wrestling Team)
Geese Howard
South Town Team (Geese Team)
South Town Team or Geese Team (DLC Team)
Billy Kane
South Town Team (Geese Team)
South Town Team or Geese Team (DLC Team)
Hein
South Town Team (Geese Team)
Absent
Athena Asamiya
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Super Heroines Team (Women Fighters Team or Athena Team)
Sie Kensou
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Absent
Chin Gentsai
Psycho Soldier Team (Athena Team)
Absent
Leona Heidern
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ralf Jones
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Clark Still
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Ikari Warriors Team (Ikari Team)
Nakoruru
Another World Team
Samurai Team (Samurai Shodown Team) (DLC Team)
Mui Mui
Another World Team
Absent
Love Heart
Another World Team
Absent
K'
K' Team
K' Team
Kula Diamond
K' Team
Krohnen Team (Former 2002 NESTS Team)
Maxima
K' Team
K' Team
King
Women Fighters Team
Art of Fighting Team (Ryuko no Ken Team)
Mai Shiranui
Women Fighters Team
Super Heroines Team (Women Fighters Team or Athena Team)
Alice Garnet Nakata
Women Fighters Team
Absent
Whip
DLC Character
K' Team
Ryuji Yamazaki
DLC Character
South Town Team or Geese Team (DLC Team)
Vanessa
DLC Character
Secret Agents Team (Agents Team)
Rock Howard
DLC Character
Garou Team or Mark of the Wolves Team (DLC Team)
Oswald
DLC Character
Absent
Heidern
DLC Character
Rivals Team (Isla Team or Deuteragonist Team)
Najd
DLC Character
Absent
Blue Mary
DLC Character
Secret Agents Team (Agents Team)
Chizuru Kagura
Absent
Sacred Treasures Team (Kyo Team)
Yashiro Nanakase
Absent
Orochi Team (Former '97 New Faces Team)
Shermie
Absent
Orochi Team (Former '97 New Faces Team)
Chris
Absent
Orochi Team (Former '97 New Faces Team)
Isla
Absent
Rivals Team (Isla Team or Deuteragonist Team)
Dolores
Absent
Rivals Team (Isla Team or Deuteragonist Team)
Krohnen McDougall
Absent
Krohnen Team (Former 2002 NESTS Team)
Ash Crimson
Absent
Ash Team
Elisabeth Blanctorche
Absent
Ash Team
B. Jenet
Absent
Garou Team or Mark of the Wolves Team (DLC Team)
Gato
Absent
Garou Team or Mark of the Wolves Team (DLC Team)
Orochi Yashiro
Absent
Awakened Orochi Team (DLC Team)
Orochi Shermie
Absent
Awakened Orochi Team (DLC Team)
Orochi Chris
Absent
Awakened Orochi Team (DLC Team)
Haohmaru
Absent
Samurai Team (Samurai Shodown Team) (DLC Team)
Darli Dagger
Absent
Samurai Team (Samurai Shodown Team) (DLC Team)
Shingo Yabuki
Absent
DLC Character
Miss X
Absent
Absent
Jeanne D'Arc
Absent
Absent
Omega Rugal
Absent
Free DLC Boss
Antonov
Sub-Boss
Galaxy Anton Wrestling Team (G.A.W. Team or Wrestling Team)
Verse
Final Boss
Absent
Re Verse
Absent
Sub-Boss
Otoma=Raga
Absent
Final Boss

Crossover Characters

Character
KOF XIV
KOF XV
Thief Arthur
Absent
Absent
Skullomania
Absent
Absent

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.

SNK Characters

Character
SNK Heroines
Shun'ei
Absent
Meitenkun
Absent
Tung Fu Rue
Absent
Kyo Kusanagi
Absent
Benimaru Nikaido
Absent
Goro Daimon
Absent
Iori Yagami
Absent
Mature
Absent
Vice
Absent
Terry Bogard
Solo Participation (Female Version)
Andy Bogard
Absent
Joe Higashi
Absent
Ryo Sakazaki
Absent
Robert Garcia
Absent
Yuri Sakazaki
Solo Participation
Kim Kaphwan
Absent
Gang-il
Absent
Luong
Solo Participation
Xanadu
Absent
Chang Koehan
Absent
Choi Bounge
Absent
Sylvie Paula Paula
Solo Participation
Kukri
Final Boss
Mian
Solo Participation
Nelson
Absent
Zarina
Solo Participation
Bandeiras Hattori
Absent
Ramón
Absent
Ángel
Absent
King of Dinosaurs
Absent
Geese Howard
Absent
Billy Kane
Absent
Hein
Absent
Athena Asamiya
Solo Participation
Sie Kensou
Absent
Chin Gentsai
Absent
Leona Heidern
Solo Participation
Ralf Jones
Absent
Clark Still
Absent
Nakoruru
Solo Participation
Mui Mui
Solo Participation
Love Heart
Solo Participation
K'
Absent
Kula Diamond
Solo Participation
Maxima
Absent
King
Absent
Mai Shiranui
Solo Participation
Alice Garnet Nakata
Absent
Whip
Absent
Ryuji Yamazaki
Absent
Vanessa
Absent
Rock Howard
Absent
Oswald
Absent
Heidern
Absent
Najd
Absent
Blue Mary
Absent
Chizuru Kagura
Absent
Yashiro Nanakase
Absent
Shermie
Solo Participation
Chris
Absent
Isla
Absent
Dolores
Absent
Krohnen McDougall
Absent
Ash Crimson
Absent
Elisabeth Blanctorche
Absent
B. Jenet
Absent
Gato
Absent
Orochi Yashiro
Absent
Orochi Shermie
Absent
Orochi Chris
Absent
Haohmaru
Absent
Darli Dagger
Absent
Shingo Yabuki
Absent
Miss X
DLC Character (Both Genders)
Jeanne D'Arc
DLC Character
Omega Rugal
Absent
Antonov
Absent
Verse
Absent
Re Verse
Absent
Otoma=Raga
Absent

Crossover Characters

Character
SNK Heroines
Thief Arthur
Crossover Guest DLC Character
Skullomania
Crossover Guest DLC Character
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