Rugal Bernstein

Rugal Bernstein is more or less the main antagonist in the King of Fighters games and returned so far in all “Dream Match” games as the final boss while he died back in KOF’95 already officially.

Rugal was introduced in King of Fighters’94 as the boss and returned in a stronger form in the sequel. Years later he was also used for the Capcom vs. SNK games as well as being a card in the Card Fighter’s Clash games.

Rugal returned after over a decade as Omega Rugal in an expectations-shattering manner as a free DLC character in The King of Fighters XV (2022) in April. He is also the first boss in the challenge mode that got revealed as a surprise in March 2022. 

Rugal was born in Germany (like myself) and used to be a wealthy arms dealer when Goenitz gave him a bit of the “Orochi Power” which made Rugal stronger than any other human but it also consumed him slowly and made him mad and more power-hungry than ever. In the end, he was consumed completely by the Orochi Power which meant his death. He left a daughter and a son named Adelheid who would become a playable character in KOF 2003 and have some of Rugal’s attacks.

His Genocide Cutter is one of the coolest special moves ever btw.

Rugal from the King of Fighters Games: an Overview

Charactername: Rugal Bernstein   Developed /Created by SNK
Gameseries:  King of Fighters & Crossover Series   First seen on: Arcades 
First Game:  King of Fighters ’94   Year first seen in: 1994
Last Game:  King of Fighters XV (2022 as free DLC)   Birthplace: Germany
Role(s) and Characteristics: Fighting Game Boss, Fighting Game Character   Weapons or Martial Arts Style:  
Additional Tags:     Similar Characters:  
Has Relations to:

Adelheid Bernstein (Son)

Rose Bernstein (Daughter)

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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Rugal Bernstein

King Of Fighters 2002


Capcom Vs SNK 2 (2001)




Rugal Bernstein in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

Rugal-GAHQ-Boss-Tribute-  Rugal Bernstein is featured in our Fighting Game Bosses Art Tribute from 2011, one of our first Art Collaborations! Rugal-GAHQ-Boss-Tribute 



Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Rugal Bernstein


Rugal Bernstein

by PioSantana

Rugal Bernstein Fan Art by_noisetank21

Rugal Bernstein

by Jesse J. Griffith

Rugal KOF'94 by Jamal Campbell

Rugal ’94

by Jamal Campbell

Rugal Bernstein KOF

Rugal ’95

by bemannen02 



Updates and additions in Rugal Bernstein’s Game Art Gallery and Character Overview

21.03.2022, Rugal returns as Omega Rugal in KOF XV

13.03, links updated to the Fighting Game Boss Tribute V2