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Kim Kaphwan (King of Fighters)

Kim Kaphwan


Kim is one of the characters who originally featured in the Fatal Fury brawling video games, then carried over to the King of Fighters video game series.

He’s both the tae kwon do world champion and a sort of paladin  fighting for truth, justice and the Korean way.


  • Real Name: Kim Kaphwan.
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Known Relatives: Kim Hye-Ryen (ancestor), Myeng Swuk (wife), Kim Dong Hwan (son), Kim Jae Hoon (son), Kim Sue II (descendant).
  • Group Affiliation: Originally Korea Team, most recently Fatal Fury Team.
  • Base Of Operations: Seoul, Korea.
  • Height: 5’9″ Weight: 178 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Kim has been the tae kwon do world champion for 20 years, and fights by-the-book. He’s also an acrobatics expert, and can sense evil intent.

He has been occasionally seen summoning a phoenix as part of his disciplines.


Kim is a rigid and polished do gooder. He always has a very serious look on his face. His teeth are also extremely white and he always wears his Tae Kwon Do gi presumably because he’s always training.

Kim Kaphwan delivers a high kick


“Evil is unforgivable !”

DC Universe History

Korea is basically empty so Kim could be inserted as is. He would have likely petitioned and been accepted as a member of the Justice League. It seems likely that he would idolize boyscout heroes such as Supes, but sternly disapprove of the more rough in your face vigilantes such as Batman and Green Arrow.

Kim Kaphwan readies a kick

His work with reforming criminals would also very likely bring him to the attention of the Suicide Squad. But he would never for a second even consider some of the black ops, the ends justify the means type of rationale. So he may well wind up opposing them and duking it out with some of the semi-reformed minor villains along with his comedy side kicks of course.


Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Kim Kaphwan

Dex: 08 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 07 Occupation: Dojang owner, Tae Kwon Do master
Inf: 06 Aur: 08 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 009
Init: 024 HP: 060

Adrenaline Surge: 04, Air Walking: 02, Detect (evil): 04, Earth Control: 02, Flame Being: 02, Gliding: 02, Jumping: 03, Running: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge only works with Air Walking, Gliding, and Martial Artist.
  • Air Walking is minor marginal.
  • Detect (evil) has the Discerning bonus.
  • Earth Control is Diminishing.
  • Flame Being is Catastrophically Marginal and he may not be touching the ground when he uses it.

Acrobatics (Dodging, gymnastics): 07, Martial Artist: 09

Iron Nerves, Languages (Korean), Leadership, Lightning Reflexes, Local Hero (Korea).

Kim has a special version of Leadership that only allows him to give HP to criminals that he’s reforming and they are only allowed to spend it on heroic deeds.

Terry Bogard (High), Chang Koehan (High), Choi Bounge (High), Jhun Hoon (High), Mae Lin (High).

Attack Vulnerability (-1CS RV against alcohol), Dependent (wife, and sons).

By Tom Eilers.

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

Helper(s): SNK wiki , Darci (for editing).