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KOF XV Team Rivals Artwork

Team Rivals (ライバルチーム), also known as Team Deuteragonist (チーム第二役), is a reoccurring team in The King of Fighters series.

Description

This team is one of the most assiduous main teams created and found in The King of Fighters series. As the name implies, the team is composed by characters who act as rivals or deuteragonists of the Hero Team, or against a specific character and/or team. The team is composed, in the most part, of characters who are important to some arc story or the game series. According to the story of each game (or saga), this team has mainline or alternative versions (the alternative can sometimes be the true story of the game). After (and during) each saga, the teams receive the following nomenclatures:

Mainline Formations

Alternative Formations

List of Members

Orochi Saga

Mainline Formations (Team Yagami)

KOF '95

KOF '95 Team Rivals/Yagami

First Leader
  • Iori Yagami (Kyo's rival) - First Leader of Team Rivals and Leader in '95 until '98/UM.
Members
  • Eiji Kisaragi (Ryo and Kyokungeryu's rival) - Member of Team Rivals in '95. Left the team in '96.
  • Billy Kane (Terry's second rival) - Member of Team Rivals in '95. Left the team in '96.
KOF '96

KOF '96~'98 UM Team Rivals/Yagami (also appears with the same formation in KOF 2002/UM, XIII and XIV) (XIV artwork)

Members
  • Mature - Member of Team Rivals in '96. Killed off and turned into undead after '96.
  • Vice - Member of Team Rivals in '96. Killed off and turned into undead after '96.

Alternative (and True) Formations (KOF '97)

Normal Version (Team New Faces)

Team Rivals/Orochi in their normal forms (KOF XV artwork)

Leader
  • Yashiro Nanakase - Leader of Team Orochi/'97 Rivals (A.K.A. Team New Faces). Appears only in '97 (and in Dream Match games), and returned in XV.
Members
  • Shermie - Member of Team OrochiTeam Orochi/'97 Rivals (A.K.A. Team New Faces). Appears only in '97 (and in Dream Match games), and returned in XV.
  • Chris - Member of Team OrochiTeam Orochi/'97 Rivals (A.K.A. Team New Faces). Appears only in '97 (and in Dream Match games), and returned in XV.
Awakened Version (Team Orochi)

Team Rivals/Orochi in their Awakened forms (KOF 2002 UM artwork)

Leader
  • Orochi Yashiro - Leader of Team Awakened Orochi/'97 Rivals. His nickname is Parched Earth. Appears only in '97 (and in Dream Match games).
Members
  • Orochi Shermie - Member of Team Awakened Orochi/'97 Rivals. Her nickname is Insanely Violent Lightning. Appears only in '97 (and in Dream Match games).
  • Orochi Chris - Member of Team Awakened Orochi/'97 Rivals. His nickname is Flames of Destiny. Appears only in '97 (and in Dream Match games).

NESTS Chronicles (Team NESTS)

KOF 2001

KOF 2001 Team Rivals/NESTS

KOF 2002 Team Rivals/NESTS

KOF 2002 UM Team Rivals/NESTS

Second Leader
  • Kula Diamond (K's Rival) - Second Leader of Team Rivals and Leader in 2001 and 2002/UM.
Members
  • Foxy - Member of Team Rivals in 2001 and 2002 UM.
  • K9999 - Member of Team Rivals in 2001 and 2002 (excluding UM update). Left the team after 2001.
  • Ángel - Member of Team Rivals in 2001 and 2002 UM. Left the team after 2001.

Tales of Ash (Team Elisabeth)

KOF XI

KOF XI Team Rivals/Elisabeth

Third Leader
  • Elisabeth Blanctorche (Ash's Rival) - Third Leader of Team Rivals and Leader in XI and XIII; she also appears as Leader of the Alternative Team Hero in XIII.
Members
  • Duo Lon - Member of Team Rivals in XI and XIII; he also appears as Member of the Alternative Team Hero in XIII.
  • Benimaru Nikaido - Member of Team Rivals. Left the team in XIII.

KOF XIII

KOF XI and XIII Team Rivals/Elisabeth

Member
  • Shen Woo - Member of Team Rivals. Appears only in XIII; he also appears as Member of the Alternative Team Hero in this game.

Shun'ei Saga

Temporary Formation (Team Official Invitation)

KOF XIV

KOF XIV Team Rivals/Official Invitation

Leader
Members
  • Kukri (Shun'ei's Temporary Rival) - Member of Team Rivals in XIV.
  • Mian - Member of Team Rivals in XIV.

Mainline Formation (Team Isla)

KOF XV

KOF XV Team Rivals/Isla

Fourth Leader
  • Isla (Shun'ei's Official Rival) - Fifth Leader of Team Rivals and Leader in XV.
Members
  • Dolores - Member of Team Rivals in XV.
  • Heidern - Member of Team Rivals in XV.

Members' Participation

Participation of the members of the team during the mainline series (and some spin-offs).
Character
Orochi Saga
NESTS Chronicles
Tales of Ash
Shun'ei Saga
KOF '95
KOF '96
KOF '97
KOF '98/UM
KOF 2001
KOF 2002/UM
KOF XI
KOF XIII
KOF XIV
KOF XV
Iori Yagami
Yes
Yes (Mainline)/No (Alternative)
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
Yes (Mainline)/No (Alternative)
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Eiji Kisaragi
Yes
No
No
No
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Billy Kane
Yes
No
No
No
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Mature
No
Yes (Mainline)/No (Alternative)
No
Yes (Mainline)/No (Alternative)
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Vice
No
Yes (Mainline)/No (Alternative)
No
Yes (Mainline)/No (Alternative)
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Yashiro Nanakase
No
No
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Shermie
No
No
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Chris
No
No
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Orochi Yashiro
No
No
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Orochi Shermie
No
No
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Orochi Chris
No
No
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No (Mainline)/Yes (Alternative)
No
No/No
No
No
No
No
Kula Diamond
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes/Yes
No
No
No
No
Foxy
No
No
No
No
Yes
No/Yes
No
No
No
No
K9999
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes/No
No
No
No
No
Ángel
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes/Yes
No
No
No
No
Elisabeth Blanctorche
No
No
No
No
No
No/No
Yes
Yes (Mainline)/No (Alternative)
No
No
Duo Lon
No
No
No
No
No
No/No
Yes
Yes (Mainline)/No (Alternative)
No
No
Benimaru Nikaido
No
No
No
No
No
No/No
Yes
No
No
No
Shen Woo
No
No
No
No
No
No/No
No
Yes (Mainline)/No (Alternative)
No
No
Sylvie Paula Paula
No
No
No
No
No
No/No
No
No
Yes
No
Kukri
No
No
No
No
No
No/No
No
No
Yes
No
Mian
No
No
No
No
No
No/No
No
No
Yes
No
Isla
No
No
No
No
No
No/No
No
No
No
Yes
Dolores
No
No
No
No
No
No/No
No
No
No
Yes
Heidern
No
No
No
No
No
No/No
No
No
No
Yes

See also

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