Joe Higashi (Fatal Fury and King of Fighters) adjusting his handwraps

Joe Higashi


Joe is a Japanese boxer raised in Thailand. He’s a popular character due to his goofy, clownish nature.

Thus, he has featured in an endless list of Fatal Fury and King of Fighters video fighting games since 1991. Yet the games’ narration keep telling us (as a running gag) that “his legend is only beginning”.


  • Real Name: Joe Higashi.
  • Other Aliases: The Young Champ of Muay Thai, Hurricane Upper.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Lonely Wolves.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’10″ Weight: 157 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Joe uses traditional Muay Thai moves. He also learned how to survive in Thailand’s jungles.

He can create a small hurricane that moves forward with an uppercut, and knows various techniques to enhanced the speed or power of his blows using energy.


Joe is an athletic Japanese man with spiky hair who has a crazy grin on his face most of the time. He typically wears his custom trunks that say Joe on them as well his favorite bandana, and leg and arm guards.

He sometimes brings his Muay Thai Champion belt along with him when he really wants to show off.

Joe Higashi delivers a spinning kick


“If ‘sorry’ solved everything there’d be no need for the cops.”

(After being knocked into brick wall during a massive battle royal) “I find myself looking very uncool right now.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Joe Higashi

Dex: 08 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure !
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Mu Thai Champion
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 009
Init: 024 HP: 060

Adrenaline Surge: 08, Air Control: 09, Jumping: 06, Superspeed: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge only works with Air Control, Jumping, Superspeed, and Martial Artist.
  • Air Control has no range and can only be used to make tornadoes.
  • Superspeed can only sub for EV and be added to Initiative.

Acrobatics (dodging, gymnastics): 05, Martial Artist: 09, Survival (jungle): 04

Attractive, Iron Nerves, Languages (Japanese, Thai), Lightning Reflexes, Popularity.

Andy Bogard (High),Terry Bogard (High), Mai Shiranui (Low), Blue Mary (High), Lilly Kane (High).

MIA toward acting impulsively and taunting opponents.

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Fatal Fury and King of Fighters video games.

Helper(s):SNK wiki .