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Rugal Bernstein

Rugal Bernstein


Bernstein is a master villain in the well-established King of Fighters series of brawling video games. He is very evil, very powerful. He even has his own flying fortress, which he uses to store his collection of the martial artists he’s defeated and coated with metal to keep as statues.

All in all he’s a very cool villain that could be used as a reoccurring nemesis.



  • Real Name: Rugal Bernstein.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed estranged younger brother, Adelheid Bernstein (son), Rose Bernstein (daughter).
  • Group Affiliation: His unnamed cartel.
  • Base Of Operations: Original the Black Noah (his airship), later an abandoned missile silo.
  • Height: 6’6” Weight: 231 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond

Powers and Abilities

Bernstein is an arms dealer wielding shadowy influence on the world’s affairs, as well as an impossibly powerful fighter.

He can easily replicate even the most advanced techniques he sees. Thus, his combat moves include many of the best attacks mastered by Geese Howard or Wolfgang Krauser.

Bernstein can also channel vast amounts of energy into pretty much any technique.



Rugal is a huge hulking man. He sports a permanent evil leer on his face and creepy glowing red cyber eye. He wears a red tuxedo with black leather gloves when fighting.

Later when he returned as Omega Rugal he wore black boots, red slacks, and a black tank top with the same black leather gloves. He was even creepier and his cyber eye was even more obvious and his right forearm was a cybernetic replacement.

He was also constantly surrounded by cybernetic toys and gadgets in his abandoned missile silo. He has a creepy evil cyberpunk genius vibe going on.


“’ll be back, you jerks !”

Rugal Bernstein with a black T-Shirt on white background

Heidern: “You were nothing but a shooting star. It’s fate that you perished.”
Rugal: “Ha ha ha… guess again !”

“Ha ha ha ! I was waiting for this chance !”

DC Universe History

Rugal can be inserted as is, but like any great villain he needs a hero to oppose. Batman or Green Arrow are probably good choices power level wise.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Rugal Bernstein

Dex: 08 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Psychopathic Power Lust
Int: 08 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Drug dealer/cartel leader
Inf: 08 Aur: 06 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 015
Init: 028 HP: 080

Adaptation: 04, Adrenaline Surge: 04, Claws: 05, Energy Blast: 05, Invulnerability: 04, Jumping: 01, Life Sense: 03, Reflection/Deflection: 03, Running: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge only works with Running.
  • Life Sense has the discerning bonus.

Acrobatics (Dodging, gymnastics): 04, Animal Handling (Large cats): 04, Martial Artist: 11

Confidants (Vice and Mature), HQ (expansive, Black Noah), Iron Nerves, Languages (German), Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Management).

Underworld (High), Black market (High), Geese Howard (Low), Wolfgang Krauser (Low).

Creepy Appearance (cyber eye), MIA (overconfidence), SIA (coating defeated opponents with liquid metal and keeping them as statues), MPR (missing eye), MPI (psychotic rage), Serious Rage.

The Black Noah was a huge flying airship said to be able to move much faster than any commercial aircraft. Like any good super villain lair it probably had tops of traps, torture devices and other goodies that all great super villains should have just lying around, but alas none of this was ever shown.

At the very least it had a facility capable of coating people with a fine sheet of liquid metal for Rugal to preserve in his trophy room. It’s also entirely possible, but not proven, that Rugal fashioned his own cybernetic equipment. A 6 APs lab with Gadgetry: 06 with the Genius Advantage would be a bare minimum for this and if that’s the case all would likely be higher.

Pet Puma

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Purrrrr
Int: 01 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Feline
Inf: 02 Aur: 00 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 09 HP: 000

Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 02, Claws: 04, Extended Hearing: 02, Jumping: 02, Running: 05, Super Hearing: 02, Telescopic Vision: 01, Ultra Vision: 04

Acrobatics (Climbing): 04, Thief (Stealth): 03

Lightning Reflexes.

Omega Rugal

After Rugal was defeated in KOF ’94 he survived the destruction of his airship using the Orochi power and came back the next year stronger than ever.

Adaptation: 03, Adrenaline Surge: 03, Claws: 06, Energy Blast: 05, Jumping: 02, Life Sense: 03, Reflection/Deflection: 04, Running: 06

In addition to these changes to his Power (note he now lacks Invulnerability), up HP to 90 and Martial Artist to 12. He also had a SPR (missing right forearm), although this was compensated for by a cybernetic replacement.

Rugal Bernstein amidst a skull-shaped flame

The Cursed Power of the Orochi

Rugal is also able to tap into the cursed power of the Orochi, but because he isn’t part of the Yagami or Orochi bloodline his body can’t handle it. At this point he is able to raise his Adrenaline Surge at will and can use it on any of his Attributes, Powers, or Skills, but suffers one automatic point of lethal damage per point raised.

For every point Adrenaline Surge is raised above 3 it gains an R# starting at 2 and following the natural progression upward. If he fails this reliability roll then he automatically the full value of his enhanced Adrenaline Surge as lethal damage. After being beaten by Kyo again he tried to draw upon even more power while he was running very low on HP and this is basically what killed him.

Omega Rugal ’98/’02

Rugal has been dead and stayed dead ever since KOF 95, but due to popular demand he was brought back for the dream matches in 98 and 02. Both tournaments were non-canon and thus the below further enhanced stats are non-canon.

Add Force Field: 05, Running: 06 becomes Superspeed: 06, and add Poison Touch: 06, which is a combined attack with Claws and Claws must score at least 1 AP of damage in order for it to affect the opponent.

Force Field can only be used for one round and can be attacked through. Typically what Rugal does is takes an attack (quite often an energy projectile) and then returns an even more powerful Energy Blast the next round.

Rugal Bernstein on a white background

God Rugal

Another non-canon appearance of Rugal. After he defeats Akuma in the tournament finals, Rugal gains control of his enemy’s power. Invigorated from his win, he decides to test his new found strength on the winners of the tournament.

If the player defeats him, Rugal will be overwhelmed by the Hado power, which creates an entirely new entity. It leaves after declaring its existence in the world.

Same as the previous non-canon version, but even more powerful (that and his tux is pretty ripped up):

Gliding: 02, Teleport: 05, Up Reflection/Deflection to 05, and finally he gains the all powerful Pyrotechnics: 08M, seriously marginal and range of touch only and note that he’s quite fond of using the as a surprise devastating attack by teleporting in and grabbing the opponent someplace vulnerable. This is obvious a parody of Akuma’s Raging Demon.

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: King of Fighters.

Helper(s): SNK wiki , Chris Cottingham (for animal stats), Darci (for editing).