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Regret this while you're sinking in quicksand...
~ Kukri
Having my time wasted by a loser like this. Just like my fortune said this morning.
~ Kukri
Bonjour, Mesdemoiselles... It's no use trying to escape. This a pocket dimension of my own making. Lower life forms like you two stand no chance here. If you pests want to be free from this world, you must take part in my special event and battle your way to victory. Mwahahahaha!
~ Kukri in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy.

Kukri is a minor antagonist in the The King of Fighters series, appearing as a major antagonist in The King of Fighters XIV, the main antagonist in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, and an assumed major antagonist in The King of Fighters XV. A enigmatic member of an unknown group with his face almost always covered, he has the ability to control sand.

He has been voiced by Hiroki Takahashi in all appearances.


A member of a secret society, Kukri is first seen in The King of Fighters XIV, where he was invited by Antonov himself to join the Official Invitation Team alongside Sylvie Paula Paula and Mian. After Verse's defeat, it it revealed that Kukri was tasked by Elisabeth Blanctorche to locate Ash Crimson and to bring him to her, to which Kukri does.

Some months later, while the situation is ambiguous if its just a shared dream or reality, Kukri is next seen in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy generating a pocket dimension and trapping various women in the The King of Fighters series and beyond (alongside morphing Terry and Iori Yagami into women themselves) in it, telling them they must fight their way out of Kukri's castle lair, lest he use their despair to shatter the walls between his realm and the real world in order to turn the women of it into statues. Despite his attempts and fighting the player at the end of the tournament, he fails to keep his prey captive and his pocket dimension is destroyed.

Kukri later reappears in the upcoming The King of Fighters XV with a currently unknown role.


Are you that interested in what is under this hood? It really is tough being a cool, mysterious gentleman. Mwahahaha!
~ Kukri

Kukri's appearance largely is one shrouding his true appearance, with a open-chested, black one-piece garment with various black chords attaching the two ends of it together, a tan, sleeveless coat with black tribal markings and a velvet inside lined with zebra-like print, matching gloves, bracelets around his arms, red earings connected by chains to blue orbs, and tan shoes. While his facial features are intentionally obscured (with Antonov even saying that seeing his face results in a fatal curse being struck upon the viewer), he appears to have gray skin, yellow eyes, and white hair styled into a ponytail.


Even with much of his personality being shrouded in mystery, Kukri stands out as easily one of the more villainous rival characters in the The King of Fighters series, Kukri is extremely abrasive, arrogant, and foul-mouthed to everyone around him, shows a degree of sadism towards others (particularly in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy), and is extremely perverted towards women to the point of him willing to turn every woman on the planet into sculptures. Despite this, Kukri isn't completely terrible, as he is willing to aid Elisabeth in order to find Ash. Kukri also seems to be familiar with Verse and its relation to Shun'ei.

Powers and Abilities

Hehehe, today's cloudy with a chance of sandstorm.
~ Kukri

Kukri has the main ability of fighting through the manipulation of sand through his Hot Sand Assassin's Fist style of fighting, using anywhere from small clouds to large mounds and pillars of it his moveset alongside physical strikes. However, its possible that Kukri is far more powerful than this, as he shows the ability to create and trap others in a pocket dimension in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, in which he also displays the abilities of siphoning the despair and terror from others into powering his dimension to merge with reality and pyrokinesis through his "Fetishism Explosion" ability.


The King of Fighters XIV

You're the heir to the Yagami clan? Just give the hell up. I don't have time for battles I already know I'm gonna win.
~ Kukri to Iori Yagami.
Go ahead and throw this match, you Kusanagi clan douchebag. I'm only here to get to the finals. It's a waste of my time, having to beat all of you one by one. C'mon, hurry up and say something.
~ Kukri to Kyo Kusanagi.
Show you a good time? What the hell are you talking about? What, are you stupid? You probably took too many hits to the head. Management should look into shitheads like this and ban them in advance...
~ Kukri to Kyo.
You have lost to the sand.
~ Kukri
You're a sore loser. The fight was decided before it began.
~ Kukri
Quit stalling. What are you, a politician?!
~ Kukri
You're like a turd boiled in sewage and left out overnight. Nasty.
~ Kukri
You're no "martial artist". You're just flailing around.
~ Kukri

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

Mwahahahah! My power has successfully defanged the Legendary Wolf and turned him into my own sexy bae! Fear my power!
~ Kukri to Terry upon transforming him.
Mwahahah! Ah, that's right. I should explain to the losers watching what exactly is going on. The evil statue will merge this pocket dimension with reality once it has reclaimed its power. The source of the energy? The fear and despair of our beautiful contestants! To put it in laymen terms, this statue is absorbing the energy exuded from the battles between these beautiful fighters. And once enough energy has been collected, this powerful world of mine will break through the boundaries of reality! Once that is accomplished, mademoiselles around the world will be added to my collection! Mwahahahah!
~ Kukri explaining his plot.
I shall suck all the energy from the weak until they are naught but sand sculptures for my collection! Shed your tears! Scream your fears! Let them ring out through your fears!
~ Kukri before fighting the player in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy.
I-Impossible... I control this world! I shouldn't be able to lose! I guess the power of my imagination is still lacking... H-How could this happen? I-It wasn't supposed to be this way!
~ Kukri upon his defeat.
I hoped you enjoyed my speciality... THE SAND OF MUSIC!!! MWAHAHAH!
~ Kukri


  • Despite having seemingly gray skin, Kukri seems to be of a Caucasian or black skin tone in some appearances.
    • Further complicating matters, in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, Kukri oddly has bits on French in his dialogue, although this detail could be in reference to Ash, to which he's an ally of.
  • Kukri's desire to have women turned into sculptures in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy seems to be a call-back to Rugal Bernstein, who similarly had fighters he defeated encased in liquid metal to also turn them into statues.
  • Kukri could possibly be a member of, or as least associated with, Those from the Past, based on him wearing the bracelets and black hoods other members of the organization have.

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