Vanessa (ヴァネッサ) is an original character from The King of Fighters series. She first debuted in the series as a Striker in The King of Fighters '99 Evolution. She becomes playable in The King of Fighters 2000 as a member of the K' Team (the Hero Team in that age). She is the first boxing female of the series and one of the first females to use this style in fighting games. Her nickname is "Crimson Agent" (
Like Maxima, she was created as a middle-aged female to contrast the multiple teenage characters in the roster. Especially the female characters who were mostly teenagers. Because of this, the developers created the concept of a woman in her thirties who broke all the rules and overflowed with adult appeal. Developers also mention their intentions to make her playable in The King of Fighters '99 though this didn't happen due to time constraints. Since Seth was created before Vanessa her clothes were designed to match his.
Vanessa is a woman who enjoys the flavor of life and good jaunts to the bar for a drink. It's not known how she is able to keep her job a secret from her family, but she still seems to treasure them.
Although often teasing in return, she will sometimes discourage Ramón's flirtations as she is married.
- Translocation - Vanessa can translocate herself at incredible speeds.
- Reflector - Vanessa can punch a projectile back to its sender.
- Wind Blast - Vanessa can create a strong air current by punching the air.
- Cutting aura - Vanessa's punches are so fast that they seem to slice the air around them.
- Power Punch - Vanessa has incredible punching power, enough to hurt even giant characters like Chang, Maxima, and Daimon. The downside to this is that she will hurt her hands while doing so.
Vanessa uses a very agile boxing style and makes very minimal use of kicks, with even her low attacks and kick-button attacks being punches, with kicks only seen in her blowback attacks. Her style closely resembles Rick Strowd's, a similarity made obvious with her appearance in KOF 2002.
- KD-0084 - The King of Fighters 2000, 2002
- The Immortal Mirror of the Sun - The King of Fighters 2001
- Secret Circumstances - The King of Fighters XI, The King of Fighters XV (reveal trailer)
- Undercover - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
- Secret Circumstances -KOF XIV ver.- - The King of Fighters XIV
- KDD-0075 - The King of Fighters All Star
- Femme Fatale - The King of Fighters XV
- Kaori Minami - The King of Fighters '99 Evolution~The King of Fighters XI
- Mayumi Hata - The King of Fighters XIV~present
- K', Maxima, Vanessa and Ramón were the winners of The King of Fighters 2000. This makes Vanessa the first female character to win a KOF tournament.
- Vanessa's Climax Super Special Move, Infinity Puncher, is a call back to KOF 2000, where she had an infinite involving using standing and Puncher Weaving in a rhythm.
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