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Wolfgang Krauser von Stroheim (ヴォルフガング・クラウザー・フォン・シュトロハイム), originally introduced as Wolfgang Krauser (ヴォルフガング・クラウザー), is a boss character in SNK's Fatal Fury series and The King of Fighters series.


Krauser debuted as the "emperor of darkness": a paramount example of power and villainy. He prided himself as the ultimate pillar of strength who could surpass any challenger fair-and-square, holding the King of Fighters tournament with the motivation of global acknowledgment and stealing Geese's fortune for himself. He is uncaring to any who fall before him.

His Fatal Fury Special and Real Bout Special revisions borrow traits introduced by his animated counterpart, and this portrayal is the one that survives in current lore. Krauser may be seen as cruel and corrupt, but he is also a refined nobleman who proudly represents his family's ancient foundations in Europe. He thinks himself to be an enigmatic genius like Mozart and views his fights as prized masterpieces. Therefore, he seeks to only fight strong opponents. Krauser considers trickery and opponents weaker than him a waste of his time and talents. This nobleman trait also finds its way to his KOF96 appearance, where he simply fights for self-improvement and pride.

Krauser's animated counterpart entertains his opponents' challenges simply because he is so confident that he will overpower them. While he retains the original's ruthlessness, he does voice his respects to the foes who impress him. He occasionally bores of his comfortable world of luxury and seeks new ways of amusing himself. His initial reason for fighting Terry is for the thrill of one-upping Geese. He is an accomplished organ player; he plays the organ at least once per year to honor his father, the only time he confesses to being sentimental.


  • Superhuman strength level: Krauser possesses incredible strength capable of throwing anyone high in the air using only one arm. He can also defeat skillful enemies using his brute strength only.
  • Fire Projectile: Krauser can launch fire balls from his hands. He named this move Blitz Ball.
  • Energy Projectile: Krauser can launch a wave of chi energy as his super. He named this move Kaiser Wave.
  • Hurricane Fist: Krauser can spin his body in great speeds creating a hurricane around him. This is named Senpuuken or Hadou Senpuukyaku; originally belonging to and was copied from Terry Bogard during a fight between the two fighters. In Real Bout Special, he calls this technique Gigaton Cyclone.


  • Agility: For a big muscular man, Krauser is a very fast and agile fighter, even with his full armor on him.
  • Armored Fighting: As shown in the OVA, Krauser can fight very well while wearing his heavy golden armor. He takes it off for further speed and agility.
  • Musical Instrument: He can play the piano/organ very well which he plays at least once a year on the anniversary of his father's death.
  • Horse Riding: Krauser can ride horses very well as he has been riding since young age playing sports like polo.
  • Gambling: Krauser is said to be an adept and shrewd gambler, though due to his stinginess, will choose his games carefully.

Fighting Style

Krauser's fighting style is the Stroheim Fighting System which is a synthesized martial arts style based on the German martial art named Kampfringen and the ancient Greek fighting style of Pankration. Krauser also uses wrestling moves such as drop kicks, suplexes and others. These moves were inspired by the anime character Tiger Mask. Most of them have a Kaiser theme naming motif, which is the German word for an emperor or ruler.


  • Sleep Well - Fatal Fury 2
  • Dies Irae - Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, The King of Fighters '96, for a recreation of his stage in SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium
  • Lacrimosa - Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special and Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2
  • Krauser - Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
  • Teiou I - Yabou (The Emperor I - Ambition) - Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
  • Teiou II - Kako (The Emperor II - Past) - Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
  • Teiou III - Requiem (The Emperor III - Requiem) - Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle

Voice Actors

  • Michael Beard - Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match (stock audio, intro against Fatal Fury characters)
  • B.J. Love - The King of Fighters '96~'98 Ultimate Match
  • Duncan Hamilton - SNK Fan Collection Fatal Fury CD
  • Hirotaka Suzuoki - Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle, Dengeki Bunko drama CDs
  • Paul Dobson - Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle (English voice)
  • Takuya Iwabata - The King of Fighters Destiny
  • Yutaka Aoyama - The King of Fighters All Star







  • The namesakes for his full name are Mozart and one of the ring names from former pro-wrestler Karl Istaz.
  • The finishing strike of Krauser's SDM version Unlimited Desire is a possible homage of Raoh from Fist of the North Star fame.
  • His theme music Dies Irae is a pre-existing classical and religious music piece used in earlier Catholic and Christian funeral and requiem masses. The music is attributed to Thomas of Celano, an Italian friar of the Franciscans.
    • His other theme, Lacrimosa, is another religious music piece often used in modern Catholic and Christian funeral and requiem masses.


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