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KOF XIV Team Japan

Team Japan (日本にほんチーム) is a reoccurring Team in The King of Fighters series.

Description

As the name implies, this team is formed by characters who hails from Japan. The team is also the first Hero Team in the series' history, acting during the Orochi Saga. The classic formation of the teams occurred when Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido and Goro Daimon met during one of the qualifiers for the KOF tournament, which at the time was organized by criminal Rugal Bernstein. Kyo, heir of the Kusanagi clan, one of those who sealed the entity known as Orochi, won the first place, followed by Benimaru and Daimon. The team led by Kyo had, as one of his main missions, prevent the imminent return of Orochi.

During the NESTS Chronicles, the team was undone due to Kyo's disappearance in '99 and later his solo mission in 2000, until it was remade at the end of the saga, with the presence of Shingo Yabuki, the big fan of Kyo, to defeat the cartel that cloned the heir to the Kusanagi clan. The team was also present in the 2003, XIII and XIV tournaments, until it was disbanded twice: in the 11th and 15th tournaments, due to the intentions of each member during the saga in which they are inserted, outside the team.

List of Members

Orochi Saga

KOF '94/Re-Bout

Team Japan's Classic Formation (appears in the Orochi Saga, KOF 2002/UM, XIII and XIV)

Leader
  • Kyo Kusanagi - Leader of Team Japan. He left the team in '99, 2000, 2003 and XV and returned in 2001 and XIII.
Members
  • Benimaru Nikaido - Member of Team Japan. He left the team in '99, XI and XV, and returned in 2001 (in KOF 2003, he replaces Kyo as a leader of the team) and XIII.
  • Goro Daimon - Member of Team Japan. He left the team in '99, XI and XV, and returned in 2001 and XIII.

NESTS Chronicles/Tales of Ash

KOF 2001

KOF 2001 Team Japan

KOF 2003 Team Japan/Benimaru

Member
  • Shingo Yabuki - Member of the team in 2001 and 2003. He left the team in XI.

Members' Participation

Character
Orochi Saga
NESTS Chronicles
Tales of Ash
Shun'ei Saga
KOF '94/Re-Bout
KOF '95
KOF '96
KOF '97
KOF '98/UM
KOF '99
KOF 2000
KOF 2001
KOF 2002/UM
KOF 2003
KOF XI
KOF XIII
KOF XIV
KOF XV
Kyo Kusanagi
Yes/Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes/Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes/Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Benimaru Nikaido
Yes/Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes/Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes/Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Goro Daimon
Yes/Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes/Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes/Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Shingo Yabuki
No/No
No
No
No
No/No
No
No
Yes
No/No
Yes
No
No
No
No

Other Team Variants

Team Benimaru

Team Benimaru in KOF 2000

Team Benimaru (べにまるチーム) is a team present in The King of Fighters 2000 and The King of Fighters 2003 and is a variant of Japan Team. This team is formed, initially, with Benimaru's intentions of searching Kyo Kusanagi, who has gone solo to find a culprit who cloned him at that time. In KOF 2003, Benimaru replaces Kyo in the leadership of the Japan Team, after a request of Chizuru Kagura.

List of Members

NESTS Chronicles (KOF 2000)
Leader
  • Benimaru Nikaido - Leader of the team that bears his name. Joined in 2000 and 2003.
Members
  • Shingo Yabuki - Member of Benimaru Team. Joined in 2000 and 2003.
  • Lin - Member of Benimaru Team. Left after 2000.
  • Seth - Member of Benimaru Team. Left after 2000.
Tales of Ash (KOF 2003)
Member
  • Goro Daimon - Member of Benimaru Team. Joined only in 2003.

Team Clones

KOF 2002 UM Team Clones

Team Clones (チームクローン) is a variant of Team Japan. This team is formed by Kyo's clones made by NESTS cartel (with exception of Kusanagi, who is a creation of Chizuru Kagura, as revelead in The King of Fighters 2003), and apperas only in The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match.

List of Members

NESTS Chronicles (KOF 2002 UM)
Leader
Members
  • Kyo-1 - Member of Clones Team.
  • Kyo-2 - Member of Clones Team.

Trivia

  • This team has the second most tournament wins out of any Official KOF Teams; as they officially won the tournaments of '94, '95, '96, '97, XIII and XIV (in the Orochi Saga, as the Team Hero).
    • His win in XIII is considered given the canonical events of the game, with the team having an cannonical ending which confirms their victory.
    • Due to Benimaru jumping to different teams throughout the installments, he is the character with most tournament wins out of any official participant in the KOF series.
  • The two variants of this team (Team Kyo and Team Sacred Treasures) includes Iori Yagami and Chizuru Kagura, due to the fact that Kyo, along with the other two, is descended from one of the clans that sealed Orochi. However, Iori and Chizuru can't be considered part of the Team Japan, due to his intentions in the tournament.

See also

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