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Iori Yagami (King of Fighters)

Iori Yagami


Context

Iori Yagami is a central recurring character in the King of Fighters series of classic brawling video games.

He is the sworn enemy, then eventually main rival, of the hero Kyo Kusanagi.


Background

  • Real Name: Iori Yagami.
  • Other Aliases: Unbridled Instinct.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed Yagami ancestors.
  • Group Affiliation: Iori’s Team, Rickenbacker, Sacred Treasures Team.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’0‘‘ Weight: 168 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Red


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Powers and Abilities

Iori fights with the Yasakani style of ancient martial arts, which is a violent offensive style incorporating use of claws. He uses his instincts to fight as well, and most of his moves are in the form of clawing strikes. His Yagami ancestry also allows him to control fire.


History

See the biography over at the SNK wikia .


Description

Iori is a handsome Japanese man with long flowing red hair and a permanent scowl affixed to his face. He typically wears a black jacket with his family’s crescent logo on the back and long white button shirt underneath, which he never seems to tuck in.

He also wears red pants and, uhm, has his knees loosely bound together with a black cord for some unknown reason.

Iori pours some milk for a cat


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Personality

Iori is a very serious, rude and direct-and-to-the-point character. He seems to want to kill his rival at every opportunity they meet, but deep down inside he doesn’t want to. Creators have stated Iori’s personality starkly contrasts other characters in KOF as well as other fighting games at the time of his debut.

He tends to laugh maniacally after winning. In various drama CDs, Iori is frequently tormented by an Orochi identity that resides within him, which mocks and belittles him as its master. Iori answers it with irritation until it angers him, causing him to physically react in a usually violent manner.

This may be partially the reason why he sometimes acts withdrawn towards others.

Iori carries his guitar in the city at night

In the non-canon HK King of Fighters comics, Iori states that he despises the color of his crimson flames. Whether this is due to his feud with the Kusanagis or a matter of personal preference after wielding Orochi-tainted purple flames for so long is not known. But he does mention at some point during the games that he no longer cares about the feud between the Yagami and the Kusanagi clans.

He also seems to be extremely lonely and misunderstood. Athena pointed out in the KOF: Kyo manga that when she read his thoughts during his fight with Kyo, all she saw was a crying child inside.


Quotes

“Look to eternity ! Look to the moon and me !”

“Are you afraid of me ?”

“Only those of the bloodline can control such power ! You didn’t have a chance !”

“But nobody touches Kyo, he’s mine ! Mine only !”


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Iori Yagami

Dex: 09 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Anti-heroic Seeking Justice
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 06 Occupation: Yagami clan heir
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 024 HP: 090

Powers:
Adrenaline Surge: 05, Claws: 06, Iron Will: 03, Jumping: 00, Running: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge only works with Martial Arts, Running, and Claws.
  • Misc.: Wielding the cursed purple flames is said to be extremely painful for him. While this doesn’t represent a Limitation it might go a long way to explain why he’s so full of angst all the time.

Skills:
Acrobatics (includes athletics): 06, Artist (base guitar, singer): 05, Martial Artist: 12

Advantages:
Attractive, Iron Nerves, Language (Japanese), Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
None. He considers other people bothersome.

Drawbacks:
Enemy (Billy Kane, Eiji Kisaragi), Serious Rage, Socially Inept, Misc. Iori’s life is said to be dramatically shortened due to his family’s unholy pact with Orochi. It’s more a story not than an actual Drawback, but if you want a mechanic for him then you could give him an Attack Vulnerability (aging). The Riot of the Blood is treated more as a plot device than anything else (see below).


Previous statistics

Prior to his last two appearances Iori had Flame Projection: 08 (with his signature purple flames) with the Diminishing Drawback, and Mystic Freeze: 04, Contingent on Flame Projection. Dex was 08, Claws was 05, Jumping was 01, and Running: was 04. Adrenaline Surge of course worked with Flame Projection and Mystic Freeze.


Stats in “riot of blood” mode

He has not demonstrated these since his flame powers were taken so it’s possible that he no longer has his power complication.

Dex: 10 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 05 Occupation: Berserker
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: NA
Init: 023 HP: 100

Powers:
Adrenaline Surge: 07, Claws: 07, Flame Projection: 09, Iron Will: 03, Jumping: 02, Running: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge only works with Martial Arts, Flame Projection, Running, and Claws.
  • Flame Projection is Diminishing.

Skills:
Acrobatics (includes athletics): 07, Martial Artist: 14

Advantages:
Attractive, Iron Nerves, Language (Japanese).

Connections:
None. He considers other people bothersome.

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance, Enemy (Billy Kane, Eiji Kisaragi), SIA (death and violence), CIH (Kyo Kusanagi), Catastrophic Rage, CPI (homicidal maniac), Socially Inept, Misc. Iori’s life is said to be dramatically shortened due to his family’s unholy pact with Orochi. It’s more a story not than an actual Drawback, but if you want a mechanic for him then you could give him an Attack Vulnerability (aging).

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: King of Fighters video games.

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet, SNK wiki .

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