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Hwa Jai is a character from the Fatal Fury series and The King of Fighters series. He first appeared in the original Fatal Fury game and appeared as a playable character once more in The King of Fighters XIII.
The producer for KoF XIII stated that he was added to be the "surprise character" for KoF fans, keeping true to their theme of not always adding popular characters for the newer cast's balance. He thought Hwa Jai would be one of the most interesting characters for an appearance in KoF, due to his detailed background history and previously lone playable appearance.
Hwa Jai grew up in the jungle and learned Muay Thai with the aim to become the world champion. However, he was always defeated by the young and reckless Joe Higashi. Hwa Jai started taking special drugs to improve his fighting, and soon went to Southtown where his illegal methods wouldn't matter. He entered the King of Fighters tournament to beat Joe, but failed again. However, he forgot his rivalry with Joe and now helps him as a sparring partner.
After being defeated by Joe in 1992's KOF, he and Joe eventually became friends. Now, he realizes that life isn't about winning and he and Joe support each other all the time. His KOF counterpart is rougher than his Fatal Fury counterpart, talking in a more brutal and intimidating manner. Even though he claims to have changed, he is rather cocky of his skills and is ready to start a fight at any time. His friendship with Joe has also been abandoned, thinking that he still needs to defeat his rival in a match.
Fatal Fury/Garou Densetsu
Art of Fighting