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Leona (レオナ, Reona), also known under her codename Leona Heidern (レオナ・ハイデルン, Reona Haiderun), is a character introduced in The King of Fighters '96 as the new member to the Ikari Team. Before production for her debut game began, developers wanted to create a suitable replacement for Heidern as a part of the game's overhaul. Leona was conceived to be an Orochi descendant by the time of her debut and her designers took special care to let their interests at the time reflect in her actions. Her official nickname is The Silent Soldier. In an interview with one of the series designers, Shinkiro, he replies that Leona is his favorite original character in the series.

Aside from the main body of the King of Fighters series, Leona is also featured in a one-shot chapter in the spin-off manga, The King of Fighters: Kyo and has her own character image album.

StoryEdit

Leona was born in an unnamed village, residing with her family. When she was just a child, Goenitz arrived at her home and demanded to talk with Guidel, the leader of the village. He requested that Guidel join him in their duties to serve Orochi, as everyone in the village were Orochi bloodline members. However, Guidel refused as he and his family liked peace and not the violent tendencies created by the Orochi blood. Enraged, Goenitz leaves, but not before smiling towards Leona. The same night, Leona underwent the Riot of Blood and slaughtered everyone in the village. Goenitz, pleased by the results, puts her blood lust and her memories of her life to rest for another time "when he needs her again". Dazed, she wanders aimlessly until she is found and later adopted by Heidern. Surprised by her natural fighting ability, he decides to raise her as a warrior under his command.

In 1996, Leona is in her late teens and a capable mercenary. She receives her first official mission: she must take Heidern's place in the Ikari Team for the year's King of Fighters tournament. Her partners were Heidern's favorite mercenaries: Ralf and Clark. Their mission was to investigate Geese Howard, the Southtown kingpin of crime, who had entered the tournament in search of an unknown goal. Knowing that anything Geese may be after could only mean trouble, the new Ikari Team began their mission. During the events of the '96 finals, Goenitz confronts her and reminds her of her Orochi lineage, causing her to worry about the future.

Her troubled state carried over to the battlefield, which eventually lead to her and her partners' suspension from military service. Wanting to cheer her up, Ralf enlists them again in the the next year's tournament. She eventually remembers her past fully during the events of King of Fighters '97. Towards the tournament finals, Leona, along with Iori, suddenly went into the Riot of the Blood, induced by Orochi. By the tournament's end, she is successfully subdued and Orochi is sealed away again. Even so, Leona regrets her actions and attempts to end her life. Ralf stops her, and encourages her to continue living.

Leona stays as a member of Ikari team for each and every King of Fighters tournaments during the NESTS saga. It was assumed she partook in her normal duties with Heidern during this time frame.

In 2003, at the end of the tournament, Orochi's presence was getting stronger, as the seal was broken again. She entered the Riot of the Blood again and attacked Ralf and Clark, badly injuring them. She was pulled out of the team by Heidern in The King of Fighters XI due to the emotional trauma she suffered after the incident.

Personality Edit

Leona is a reticent individual who has trouble expressing herself outside of combat or a mission. Aside from Ralf, Whip, Clark and Commander Heidern, Leona does not talk to anyone. Due to her past, she often keeps her emotions in check as she is afraid of losing control and hurting her friends because of her Orochi blood. She often feels lonely, but is comforted with the new family she has found with the Ikari mercenaries.

Powers Edit

  • Cutting/Piercing Hands - Leona can cut or pierce with her hands.
  • Cutting Aura - Leona can create a cutting aura around her hands and feet.
  • Cutting Ball - Leona can create a ball of energy surrounded by several energy blades.
  • Riot of the Blood - Thanks to her part Orochi, part human blood, Leona goes into this state whenever Orochi's presence is strong. While in this form, her eyes are dilated, her back is hunched, her skin adopts a shade of violet and her hair goes pink. She is mostly incoherent and frequently screams. She becomes stronger and faster but loses her sanity.

Fighting Style Edit

She shares several moves with her adoptive father, Heidern.

The V-shaped slashmarks that appear at the end of her V-Slasher Desperation Move and Super DM are an homage to Choudenji Machine Voltes V -- the titular giant robot had an attack in which it made a V-shaped slash through the enemy, leaving a glowing V for a few dramatic moments before it is destroyed. Her Rebel Spark Desperation Move and Super Desperation Move where she plants an explosive on her opponent then moving away from the opponent while making a pose, is actually a homage to Kamen Rider Black RX -- a Japanese tokusatsu show where the hero impaled his enemy and proceed to do the same pose as sparks came out from his opponent's belly and eventually exploded. Also, her jumping CD attack (Strong attack which knocks the opponent away using both the heavy punch/kick buttons.) resembles Kamen Rider Black's version of the Rider Kick, owing to the sudden, unexplained glow of reddish energy around her foot, and being performed while in the air. Another sentai homage includes her exploding earrings (Himitsu Sentai Goranger).

Her other moves take their namesakes from Grendizer and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

Music Edit

  • Rumbling on the City - The King of Fighters '96, '98, SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium
  • W.W.III - The King of Fighters '99
  • The Trooper - The King of Fighters 2000
  • My Whip - The King of Fighters 2001
  • Jungle Bouncer - The King of Fighters 2002
  • Inside Skinny - The King of Fighters 2003
  • DESERT REQUIEM ~Operation02UM~ - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
  • Ray - Days of Memories (Boku to Kanojo to Koto no Koi)
  • Irregular Mission - The King of Fighters XIII

Game Appearances Edit

  • The King of Fighters '96
  • The King of Fighters '97
  • The King of Fighters '98
  • SNK Gals' Fighters
  • SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium
  • The King of Fighters '99
  • The King of Fighters 2000
  • The King of Fighters 2001
  • The King of Fighters EX
  • The King of Fighters 2002
  • The King of Fighters EX2
  • The King of Fighters Neowave
  • KOF: Maximum Impact
  • The King of Fighters 2003
  • KOF: Maximum Impact 2
  • KOF Maximum Impact Regulation A
  • The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match
  • The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match
  • The King of Fighters XII
  • The King of Fighters XIII

Mobile Appearances Edit

  • Ikari - Leona Gekitohen
  • Days of Memories - (first and seventh games) - unplayable
  • Metal Slug Survivors
  • Metal Slug Soldiers
  • Metal Slug Team Mission
  • The King of Fighters Volleyball
  • The King of Reversi
  • The King of Fighters Mahjong
  • SNK Beach Volley Gal's Attack
  • Moeyo! KOF Daiundokai
  • SNK Gals Island Dokidoki Puzzle Shock!

Cameo Appearances Edit

  • The King of Fighters XI - background cameo in PS2 port
  • Neo Geo Battle Coliseum - background cameo
  • Capcom vs SNK 2 - background cameo; standing beside Edward Falcon
  • The King of Fighters: Battle de Paradise
  • The King of Fighters '94: Rebout - background cameo
  • The King of Fighters (pachinko)

Anime Appearances Edit

  • The King of Fighters: Another Day

Similiar Character Edit

  • Wild Leona

Trivia Edit

  • In KOF 98, Leona mysteriously salutes Chang Koehan and belittles Ralf. This was originally thought to be a bug in the game mechanics, but developers add that it was her showing respect for "real power". The exact meaning of this statement remains unclear though it became a popular subject in fan doujinshi for a time.
  • In KOF: Maximum Impact 2, Fio compares Leona to her own comrade Eri.
  • After KOF '96, she adopted a heavier training regime and the results are reflected in her current stats.

SpritesEdit

KOF R - 2 Leona Sprites Gals Fighters Leona Sprites KOF 96 Leona Sprites KOF 99 Leona Sprites KOF XII Leona sprites

MovelistEdit

The King Of Fighters '96Edit

Throws

- Killer Bite : Close opponent → or ← + C

- Orient Buckler : Close opponent → or ← + D

Mid - Air Throws

- Heidern Inferno : Near opponent in air → or ← or ↓ + C/D

Special Attacks

- Moon Slasher : Charge ↓ then ↑ + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- X - Caliber : Charge ↓ then ↑ + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Baltic Launcher : Charge ← then → + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Grand Saber : Charge ← then → + B (Weak Version, Shorter than D Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Sonic Kick Finisher : During Grand Saber, → + D

Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + A or C

The King Of Fighters '97Edit

Throws

- Killer Bite : Close opponent → or ← + C

- Orient Buckler : Close opponent → or ← + D

Mid - Air Throws

- Heidern Inferno : Near opponent in air → or ← or ↓ + C/D

Special Attacks

- Moon Slasher : Charge ↓ then ↑ + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- X - Caliber : Charge ↓ then ↑ + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Baltic Launcher : Charge ← then → + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Grand Saber : Charge ← then → + B (Weak Version, Shorter than D Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Sonic Kick Finisher : During Grand Saber, → + D

- Eye Slasher : →↘↓↙← + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + A or C

- Gravity Storm : ↓↘→↓↘→ + A or C

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + B or D

Super Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + (A + C)

- Gravity Storm : ↓↘→↓↘→ + (A + C)

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + (B + D)

The King Of Fighters '98Edit

Throws

- Killer Bite : Close opponent → or ← + C

- Orient Buckler : Close opponent → or ← + D

Mid - Air Throws

- Heidern Inferno : Near opponent in air → or ← or ↓ + C/D

Special Attacks

- Moon Slasher : Charge ↓ then ↑ + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- X - Caliber : Charge ↓ then ↑ + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Baltic Launcher : Charge ← then → + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Grand Saber : Charge ← then → + B (Weak Version, Shorter than D Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Sonic Kick Finisher : During Grand Saber, → + D

- Eye Slasher : →↘↓↙← + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Earring Bomb : →↘↓↙← + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + A or C

- Gravity Storm : ↓↘→↓↘→ + A or C

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + B or D

Super Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + (A + C)

- Gravity Storm : ↓↘→↓↘→ + (A + C)

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + (B + D)

The King Of Fighters '99Edit

Throws

- Killer Bite : Close opponent → or ← + C

- Orient Buckler : Close opponent → or ← + D

Mid - Air Throws

- Heidern Inferno : Near opponent in air → or ← or ↓ + C/D

Command Moves

- Strike Arch : → or ← + B

Special Attacks

- Moon Slasher : Charge ↓ then ↑ + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- X - Caliber : In air ↓↙← + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Baltic Launcher : Charge ← then → + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Grand Saber : Charge ← then → + B (Weak Version, Shorter than D Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Sonic Kick Finisher : During Grand Saber, → + D

- Earring Bomb : →↘↓↙← + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Heart Attack : ↓←↙ + B or D

- Kibaku : After set Heart Attack, ↓←↙ + B or D

Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + A or C

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + B or D

- Grateful Dead : ↓↘→↓↘→ + A or C

Super Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + (A + C)

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + (B + D)

- Grateful Dead : ↓↘→↓↘→ + (A + C)

The King Of Fighters '00Edit

Throws

- Killer Bite : Close opponent → or ← + C

- Orient Buckler : Close opponent → or ← + D

Mid - Air Throws

- Heidern Inferno : Near opponent in air → or ← or ↓ + C/D

Command Moves

- Strike Arch : → or ← + B

Special Attacks

- Moon Slasher : Charge ↓ then ↑ + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- X - Caliber : In air ↓↙← + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Baltic Launcher : Charge ← then → + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Grand Saber : Charge ← then → + B (Weak Version, Shorter than D Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Sonic Kick Finisher : During Grand Saber, → + D

- Earring Bomb : →↘↓↙← + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Heart Attack : ↓←↙ + B or D

- Kibaku : After set Heart Attack, ↓←↙ + B or D

Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + A or C

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + B or D

- Grateful Dead : ↓↘→↓↘→ + A or C

Super Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + (A + C)

The King Of Fighters '01Edit

Throws

- Killer Bite : Close opponent → or ← + C

- Orient Buckler : Close opponent → or ← + D

Mid - Air Throws

- Heidern Inferno : Near opponent in air → or ← or ↓ + C/D

Command Moves

- Strike Arch : → or ← + B

Special Attacks

- Moon Slasher : Charge ↓ then ↑ + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- X - Caliber : In air ↓↙← + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Baltic Launcher : Charge ← then → + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Grand Saber : Charge ← then → + B (Weak Version, Shorter than D Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Sonic Kick Finisher : During Grand Saber, → + D

- Earring Bomb : →↘↓↙← + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Heart Attack : ↓←↙ + B or D

- Kibaku : After set Heart Attack, ↓←↙ + B or D

Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + A or C

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + B or D

- Grateful Dead : ↓↘→↓↘→ + A or C

Super Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + (A + C)

The King Of Fighters '02Edit

Throws

- Killer Bite : Close opponent → or ← + C

- Orient Buckler : Close opponent → or ← + D

Mid - Air Throws

- Heidern Inferno : Near opponent in air → or ← or ↓ + C/D

Command Moves

- Strike Arch : → or ← + B

Special Attacks

- Moon Slasher : Charge ↓ then ↑ + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- X - Caliber : In air ↓↙← + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Baltic Launcher : Charge ← then → + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Grand Saber : Charge ← then → + B (Weak Version, Shorter than D Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Sonic Kick Finisher : During Grand Saber, → + D

- Earring Bomb : →↘↓↙← + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Heart Attack : ↓←↙ + B or D

- Kibaku : After set Heart Attack, ↓←↙ + B or D

- Kakusei : ↑↓↑↓↑↓ + (B + D.Make turn Leona into Riot Of The Blood, your life will drain to 50% when you use this move)

Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + A or C

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + B or D

Super Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + (A + C)

Hidden Super Desperation Moves

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + (B + D, Only can use when Leona on Riot Of The Blood)

The King Of Fighters '03Edit

Throws

- Killer Bite : Close opponent → or ← + C

- Orient Buckler : Close opponent → or ← + D

Mid - Air Throws

- Heidern Inferno : Near opponent in air → or ← or ↓ + C/D

Command Moves

- Strike Arch : → or ← + B

Special Attacks

- Moon Slasher : Charge ↓ then ↑ + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- X - Caliber : In air ↓↙← + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Baltic Launcher : Charge ← then → + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Grand Saber : Charge ← then → + B (Weak Version, Shorter than D Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Sonic Kick Finisher : During Grand Saber, → + D

- Earring Bomb : →↘↓↙← + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Heart Attack : ↓←↙ + B or D

- Kibaku : After set Heart Attack, ↓←↙ + B or D

Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + A or C

- Rebel Spark : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + B or D

Leader Desperation Moves

- Aerial V Slasher : ↓↘→↓↘→ + (A + C)

The King Of Fighters XIIEdit

Throw

- Leona Crush : Close Opponent → or ← + (A + C)

Command Moves

- Strike Arch : → or ← + B

Special Moves

- Baltic Launcher : Charge ← then → + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Moon Slasher : Charge ↓ then ↑ + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

- Earring Bomb : →↘↓↙← + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Grand Saber (Move) : Charge ← then → + B (Weak Version) or D (Strong Version)

- Grand Saber (Roll) : During Grand Saber, + B or D

- Grand Saber (Attack) : During Grand Saber, + A or C

- X - Caliber : In air ↓↙← + A (Weak Version) or C (Strong Version)

Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + A or C

The King Of Fighters XIIIEdit

Throw

- Leona Crush : Close Opponent → or ← + (A + C)

Command Moves

- Strike Arch : → or ← + B

Special Moves

- Baltic Launcher : Charge ← then → + A or C.(Ex Mode), Charge ← then → + (A + C)

- Moon Slasher : Charge ↓ then ↑ + A or C.(Ex Mode), Charge ↓ then ↑ + (A + C)

- Earring Bomb : →↘↓↙← + B or D.(Ex Mode), →↘↓↙← + (B + D)

- Grand Saber : Charge ← then → + B or D.(Ex Mode), Charge ← then → + (B + D)

- X - Caliber : In air ↓↙← + A or C.(Ex Mode), In air ↓↙← + (A + C)

Desperation Moves

- V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + A or C

- Slash Saber : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + B or D

Ex Desperation Moves

- Ex V Slasher : In Air ↓↘→↘↓↙← + (A + C, Ex Mode only)

Neomax

- Leona Blade : ↓↙←↙↓↘→ + (A + C)

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