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Hero Overview

I will end your pain!
~ Iori in battle intro English or Japanese
Are you just going to writhe like that? You're one pathetic piece of work!
~ Iori's win quote

Iori Yagami is an anti-hero of The King of Fighters franchise who made his first appearance in the Neo Geo fighting game, The King of Fighters '95 and a deuteragonist of the Orochi Saga. He is a central recurring character and the initial enemy (and eventual rival) of Kyo Kusanagi.

He is the heir to one of the three clans that sealed the legendary snake entity, Orochi, 1,800 years ago. His clan, formerly known as the Yasakani (八尺瓊, Yasakani), wields pyrokinetic powers. They keep the seal over Orochi intact with help from the Kusanagi and Yata clans using three ancient artifacts. His family's treasure is the Yasakani Jewel (八尺瓊曲玉, Yasakani no Magatama) and his family crest is the crescent moon, which he wears on the back of his jacket. He also wears a plain silver ring around his left middle finger; the significance of the ring, if any, is unknown. His official nickname is Unbridled Instinct.

Aside from the main body of the King of Fighters series, Iori features his own drama CD and character image album. His character is also a member of SNK's character image band, Band of Fighters and he also appears as a regular antagonist in the spin-off manga, The King of Fighters: Kyo.

He was voiced by Kunihiko Yasui who is replace with Takanori Hoshino in the Japanese version, and by Jack Merluzzi in the English from 2009. In the female form, he was voiced by Chisa Horii.

Personality

Iori is a serious, blunt and rude man. He is not interested in making friends or enemies. Despite his crass deposition, Iori hates violence yet sees it as a "necessary evil" to get results.

He seems to want to kill his rival at every opportunity they meet, but he can't recall the reasons why he hates Kyo. Like his rival, he doesn't care about the ancient family feud between them and just seems to instinctively hate him. Iori is also wary of Kyo's father, Saisyu Kusanagi, the man Iori erroneously blames for his own father's death. Iori is plainly unwilling to accept help from Saisyu despite the latter claims that he wants to save Iori. Unlike Chizuru, the matter of losing his flames has not personally scarred or affected him in any way.

While he still wants to hurt or even kill Kyo in XIV, should the opportunity present itself or if Kyo provokes him, it is noteworthy that he has taken a more active role as a member of the 3 sacred treasures, being the one with the initiative to seal Orochi instead of Chizuru. His experience of being free of both the Orochi curse and the Yasakani bloodline during KOF XIII may have some influence over this action.

According to his KOF XIII team story, he smokes frequently.

Biography

XIV Arc

Mature and Vice warn him of a new threat. During Verse's invasion, Iori senses the souls trapped within Verse. Once Verse is defeated, Iori tracks down Orochi's weakened soul in Hungary and helps to reseal it with Chizuru and Kyo.

Other Media

Super Smash Bros.

Iori appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both as background character on the King of Fighters Stadium stage and one of the spirits of Terry's DLC spirit board, he is a ace primary neutral spirit that increases the user's speed. His spirit battle is a stamina battle on the forest portion of the Reset Bomb Forest stage against Wolf with both reduced jump, once Wolf was defeated, a second Wolf appears. Iori's Mii costume for the Mii Brawler was added on the wave four.

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