Iori Yagami

Every main character in a fighting game needs a rival.This is something like a golden rule..Ryu has Ken, Jin Kazama has Hwoarang, etc.and  Iori Yagami is the Rival of Kyo Kusanagi, one of the main protagonists in the King of Fighters games and once THE main protagonist.Iori was introduced in The King of Fighters’95 and returned in every sequel of the series as well as all crossover games by SNK so far. Iori was one of the first characters that were revealed for The King of Fighters XIV (2016).

Beside being a rival, Iori Yagami is a hell of a bad-ass character design with a brutal fighting style and crazy moves.His appearance is super cool and it is no wonder he is one of the most often drawn male fighting game characters by fans.

There are three different versions now with Orochi Iori since 1996 and the partially redesigned Iori since King of Fighters XII, there is also the classic version of him available in KOFXIII as DLC, beside the slightly changed visual look, many of his moves are also different due to him not having those flames anymore.

Iori Yagami from the King of Fighters Games: an Overview

Charactername: Iori Yagami   Developed /Created by SNK
Gameseries: King of Fighters & Crossover Fighting Games
  First seen on: Arcades
First Game: King of Fighters ’95   Year first seen in: 1995
Last Game: King of Fighters XV (2022)   Nationality: Japan
Role(s) and Characteristics: Fighting Game Character   Weapons or Martial Arts Style:  
Additional Tags:     Similar Characters:  
Has Relations to:

Kyo Kusanagi (Rival)

Mature & Vice (Team Members)

Ash Crimson (Rival)

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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Iori Yagami

King of Fighters XIII (2010)

Iori Yagami KOFXII Art

King of Fighters XII (2009) 

Iori Yagami KOF MI2 Art

KOF: Maximum Impact 2 (2006)

Iori Yagami KOFXI Art

King Of Fighters XI (2005)

Iori Yagami NGBC  Official Art

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (2005) 

Iori Yagami NGBC Portrait Official Art

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (2005) 


KOF: Maximum Impact (2004)


KOF: Maximum Impact (2004) 

Iori Yagami KOF Neowave Art

King of Fighters Neowave (2004)

Iori Yagami SNK vs. Capcom SVC Art 1 

SNK vs. Capcom: SVC (2003)

Iori Yagami KOF2003 Art

King Of Fighters 2003

Iori Yagami KOF2002

King Of Fighters 2002


Capcom Vs SNK 2 (2001)

Iori Yagami KOF2001 Art

King Of Fighters 2001

Iori Yagami KOF 2000

King Of Fighters 2000 

 Iori Yagami in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

Iori Yagami KOF Game-Art-HQ FGE

While we had no King of Fighters Art Tribute so far,

Iori Yagami was drawn for our FGE Project by Martina-G.



Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Iori Yagami

Iori Yagami by Dan Howard

Iori Yagami

by Dan Howard

Iori Yagami by Tovio Rogers

Iori Yagami

by Tovio Rogers

Iori Yagami by 2dforever

Iori Yagami

by Tom Waterhouse



Iori Sprite Art by EnlightendShadow



Trivia and own opinion(s)