Although Mai Shiranui is arguably the most popular character in the King of Fighters franchise, she is not the only beautiful woman that KoF has bestowed upon the gaming world.
The King of Fighters series has traditionally been male-dominated and has only featured women in tasteful, classy clothing – and perhaps this is the reason it is not as successful as Dead or Alive or Soul Calibur.
However, KoF is still more popular than Rumble Roses, which features an all-female roster – so perhaps that theory needs work.
The woman warriors of the King of Fighters franchise range from blonde buxom assassins to cute pink-haired Japanese schoolgirls, some of them long-time veterans and others mere newcomers.
Without a doubt, Shermie is one of the most enticing femme fatales of the King of Fighters franchise. She was playable from 1997 to 2002, after which she only made cameo appearances – a deeply disappointing decision by SNK. Shermie ties with Angel – featured below – for the biggest bust size of any King of Fighters girl. Shermie is outgoing and doesn’t seem to take her battles too seriously, often dancing around and answering her cell phone during battle. Her eyes are never seen, always covered by her hair – a trait which adds a dark sense of mystery to an otherwise friendly character.
Angel – whose breast size is matched only by Shermie – is dressed far less conservatively than her rival-in-bust, wearing skintight clothing and showing off her midriff and thighs. Like many of the other girls in King of Fighters, she is lighthearted, flirtatious, and playful – although she has a tendency to become quite violent and sadistic. Angel has only been featured in King of Fighters ’01, ’02, and Neowave, which is quite a shame; considering her sexy body and revealing outfit, she could have become just as well-known and recognized as Mai herself if she had been featured in more games and promotional artwork.
She is quite well-known for constantly flaunting her backside during combat, a habit which is doubtlessly distracting for her opponents:
Bonne Jenet is another one of the few King of Fighters girls who can compete with Mai Shiranui’s sex appeal. KoF is a long-running series, and Bonne is a relatively new addition, being transplanted from another SNK game called Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Outside of Garou, she has only appeared in King of Fighters XI and Maximum Impact 2, and due to her short history, artwork of her is rare.
Lien Neville could be considered something of a polar opposite to her fellow KOF participant, Mai Shiranui. Mai is a cheerful bouncy Japanese ninja, and Lien is a serious, seductive Western assassin. Her outfit is tight and constricting, a stark contrast to Mai’s loose garments. Her zipped-down jumpsuit exposes a great deal of her generously-sized breasts, which jiggle with every attack. Like Bonne, Lien is a new character who has only appeared in the KoF: Maximum Impact games, and so illustrations and renders of the buxom beauty are very scarce.
Lien has only appeared in three dimensions, and has no sprites to speak of. However, gif animations of a different kind can easily illustrate the appeal of the character; below are highlights from the intro movie to King of Fighters: Maximum Impact.
Mignon Beart is another babe who was added to the KOF roster starting at Maximum Impact, perhaps leading credence to the notion that the Maximum Impact games were made to attract new players using attractive gals. She doesn’t have the sexy, saucy, seductive allure of Mai, Bonne, or Lien, but is no less appealing. She refers to herself in third-person, is cheerful around everyone, and declares herself to be an “idol for love and peace.” Add the pink curled hair, and you’ve got a recipe for one of the cutest fighters that gamers have ever seen. Not that she can’t be sexy when she wants to:
In 1986, SNK developed Athena, a game about a Greek goddess wearing little more than a red bikini who slays monsters with a sword – quite possibly one of the earliest games marketed based on the sexual appeal of the main character. The trend of designing games about bikini-clad women slaying monsters with blades continues to this day. Although the goddess’ official 1986 artwork is charming, her SNK vs Capcom appearance is a vast improvement:
Athena lived in ancient times, but her descendant of the same name is featured in King of Fighters.
Her modern-day equivalent dresses far more conservatively than the goddess herself, but has the same cutesy appeal as Mignon; she’s a friendly, happy girl with good virtues and morals – and it’s almost impossible to avoid being adorable with poofy pink hair.
While she has never been featured in a King of Fighters game, Shiki is certainly worth an honorable mention. She hails from a different SNK franchise which is titled – perhaps erroneously – “Samurai Shodown”, and fought alongside many KoF gals in SNK vs Capcom.