Gai Tendo is the protagonist of Buriki One (1999) a 3D fighting game by SNK that was never ported to a console. He became also a striker in The King of Fighters’99 Evolution and KOF 2000.

In 2005 he made a return as a guest character and possible mid-boss in The King of Fighters XI. He is unlockable and playable there, his moveset from Buriki One was changed a lot to fit in a 2D fighting game.

Gai Tendo’s design was probably a tribute to Kazushi Sakuraba, a real life MMA fighter from Japan.


Gai Tendo from SNK: an Overview

Charactername: Gai Tendo   Developed /Created by SNK
Gameseries: Buriki One, King of Fighters   First seen on: Arcades 
First Game: Buriki One    Year first seen in playable form: 1999 
Last Game: King of Fighters  XI (2005)   Birthplace: Japan 
Role(s) and Characteristics: Fighting Game Character   Weapons or Martial Arts Style: MMA / Total Combat 
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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Gai Tendo

Gai Tendo KOF XI  Gai Tendo KOF XI Portrait Art

King Of Fighters XI (2005) 

Gai Tendo KOF 2000 Striker Art

KOF 2000

Gai Tendo KOF 99 Evolution Striker Art

KOF’99 Evolution (2000)

Gai Tendo Buriki One Official Art

Buriki One (1999)





Gai Tendo in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects


Gai Tendo is not yet a part of a Game-Art-HQ Community Art Collaboration


Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Gai Tendo




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