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Rugal Bernstein
The King of Fighters

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Repeat this after me, I'll never take on a god again!
~ Rugal Bernstein

Happiness is but a dream. Pain is the true reality!
~ Rugal Bernstein

That was another luscious symphony of bone-crushing sounds! Ha ha ha!
~ Rugal Bernstein

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Repeat this after me, I'll never take on a god again!
~ Rugal Bernstein

Happiness is but a dream. Pain is the true reality!
~ Rugal Bernstein

That was another luscious symphony of bone-crushing sounds! Ha ha ha!
~ Rugal Bernstein

Omega Rugal.png

Repeat this after me, I'll never take on a god again!
~ Rugal Bernstein

Happiness is but a dream. Pain is the true reality!
~ Rugal Bernstein

That was another luscious symphony of bone-crushing sounds! Ha ha ha!
~ Rugal Bernstein

Rugal (Omega Armour).png

Repeat this after me, I'll never take on a god again!
~ Rugal Bernstein

Happiness is but a dream. Pain is the true reality!
~ Rugal Bernstein

That was another luscious symphony of bone-crushing sounds! Ha ha ha!
~ Rugal Bernstein

Summary

Rugal Bernstein is the head of a large international weapon smuggling cartel who loves to prove that he is the strongest, something he thought until he fought Goenitz who defeated Rugal in a single attack that destroyed Rugal's right eye, however, Goenitz was impressed that Rugal didn't die and gave him a small amount of Orochi's power so that he could see if Rugal could act as a suitable host for Orochi when the Orochi Seal was broken.

Rugal would test his power by slaughtering Heidern's military unit, killing both his wife and daughter in front of him before removing one of Heidern's eyes with his bare hands as a way to make sure he would never forget him.

Eventually, Rugal would host the King of Fighters tournament under the mysterious pseudonym "R" in order to find strong fighters to kill and turn into statues, however, he was defeated by Team Japan would blow himself up along with his base. Rugal would survive this blast due to the Orochi powers he was given by Goenitz with the only injury he sustained being the loss of his right arm.

He would host the next King of Fighters tournament in order to get revenge by using a brainwashed Saisyu Kusanagi against the leader of Team Japan, Kyo Kusanagi who was Saisyu's son. Rugal would have a rematch with Team Japan while using his Orochi powers, turning him into his Omega Rugal form, however, he was still defeated and tried to use more of the Orochi power he had been given but since he wasn't a part of the Orochi bloodline, his body couldn't contain the power and it quickly overwhelmed and destroyed his body, killing him for real this time.

Later in the King of Fighters XIV, Rugal's soul would be absorbed into Verse's body and released upon the creature's defeat, allowing Rugal to be revived after being killed like Shermie, Yashiro and Chris were.

Powers and Stats

Tier: 2-C | At least 2-C

Name: Rugal Bernstein, "R" | Omega Rugal Bernstein, Ultimate Rugal Bernstein, "Unending Calamity"

Origin: The King of Fighters

Gender: Male

Age: 47

Classification: Cartel Leader, International Arms Dealer, The King of Fighters Tournament Host, Potential Host for Orochi

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Immortality (Type 3 & 4), Regeneration (Mid-Low, Regenerated after ripping off large pieces of skin off of his chest with his hand, possible Low-Mid, seemingly no longer has his robotic arm anymore suggesting he regenerated his arm back unless it was retconned from the series, possible Mid-High, his appearances after the King of Fighters 95' (Such as the King of Fighters 98', the King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, the King of Fighters: Sky Stage, Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting, the King of Fighters XIII and the King of Fighters XV) might hint that he is able to completely regenerate after his body was completely destroyed by the Orochi power), Resurrection (Since Rugal has a portion of the Orochi power inside of him, he can always be resurrected if Orochi wishes him to be like Mature and Vice were, It's shown that if Orochi is released from his seal then Rugal gets resurrected), Non-Physical Interaction (Is able to interact with Vice and Mature who are ghostly spectres), Martial Arts (Rugal has officially been stated to be a master of all fighting styles), Chi Manipulation, Energy Projection (With Kaiser Wave, Rugal can fire a large wave of chi at his opponent), Statistics Amplification (Can increase his power by draining chi from the Earth, Can increase his power by using his Orochi powers), Air Manipulation (With Repuken, Rugal can fire a condensed projectile made of air that travels across the ground), Gravity Manipulation, Electricity Manipulation (With Gravity Smash, Rugal can fire a ball of condensed gravity and electricity at his opponent), Forcefield Creation, Attack Reflection (With Dark Barrier, Rugal can create a forcefield that protects him and reflects any projectile that hits it), Absorption (Can absorb chi from others and the environment), Flight, Power Mimicry (Can copy the fighting style and techniques of others by watching them such as Geese Howard's Hakkyokuseiken and Wolfgang Krauser's House of Strolheim martial arts styles), Extrasensory Perception (Rugal can sense other people's chi), Empowerment (Can become stronger by draining chi from the Earth, Can become far stronger with Orochi's power), Danmaku (Can create a large number of projectiles using his chi), Statistics Amplification, Transformation (Can use the power of Orochi in his body to turn him into Omega Rugal who is stronger than his normal form), Dimensional Travel, Time Travel (In Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting, Rugal travels across space and time), Cyborgization (Partial, Has a robotic eye and later a robotic arm and parts of his back), Self-Destruction, Explosion Manipulation (Whenever Rugal loses, he pulls out a switch that triggers a large number of explosives that blows up the area around Rugal), Resistance to Mind Manipulation, Emotional Manipulation (Rugal's body can handle the Orochi power without turning into a mindless beast like Iori Yagami and Leona Heidern do in their Orochi Forms, something that only those from the Orochi bloodline can manage), Analytical Prediction (Maxima has stated that the fighters in the King of Fighters tournament never behave the way his analytical data suggests they will), Heat Manipulation, Ice Manipulation (Is unaffected by Kula Diamond's ice powers which can instantly freeze the area around her when activated), Fire Manipulation (Is barely effected by powerful fire attacks from the likes of Mai Shiranui, Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami and K'), Electricity Manipulation (Can shake off powerful electricity based attacks from the likes of Benimaru Nikaido and Blue Mary), Purification, Soul Manipulation, Sealing, Power Nullification (Despite fighting Iori Yagami, Kyo Kusanagi and Saisyu Kusanagi multiple times and having the Orochi power inside of him, he never felt any of the effects of Kusanagi Sword's or the Yasikani Jewel's purification which would purify the Orochi powers from Rugal's soul)

Attack Potency: Multi-Universe Level (Can fight on par Kyo Kusanagi, Goro Daimon, Benimaru Nikaido, Mai Shiranui, Terry Bogard, Athena Asamiya, Kula Diamond and Iori Yagami, Managed to defeat Saisyu Kusanagi and Heidern, Scales to people like Dolores, Ash Crimson and the members of Team Orochi who all came from a higher plane after their deaths and resurrection, Scales to Nakoruru who could defeat Shizuka Gozen who created her own realm of existence called Eternity and is able to freely able to manipulate it, Enja and Suija who were able to destroy and create and maintain an entire universe respectively and Yuga the Destroyer who fused the Demon Realm and the Human Realm together) | At least Multi-Universe Level (Is far stronger as then he was before, Should be comparable to Orochi Leona, Orochi Iori, Orochi Yashiro, Orochi Shermie and Orochi Chris)

Speed: FTL (Can dodge attacks from Elisabeth Blanctorche who uses light as her main method of attacks, Can react to characters like Kyo Kusanagi who is able to block all of Orochi's light-based techniques, Scales above Takuma Sakazaki and Bao who were both easily able to intercept a laser fired from the Zero Cannon which fired lasers at a fraction of the speed of light) | FTL (Is far faster than he was before)

Lifting Strength: Class 5 (Can lift up Chang Koehan while he is carrying a large iron ball) | Class 5 (Is far stronger as then he was before)

Striking Strength: Multi-Universe Level | At least Multi-Universe Level

Durability: Multi-Universe Level (Shrugged off a beating from Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido and Goro Daimon, Even when he was much weaker, Rugal survived an attack from Leopold Goenitz that was intended to kill him with his only injury being his right eye being destroyed) | At least Multi-Universe Level (Is far more durable than he was before, Shrugged off a beating from Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido and Goro Daimon)

Stamina: Superhuman (Is barely phased by being beaten up badly by Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido, Goro Daimon, Iori Yagami, Terry Bogard, Mai Shiranui, Kula Diamond and Athena Asamiya)

Range: Standard melee range to Extended melee range, Several metres to Tens of metres with Reppuken, Kaiser Wave and Gravity Smasher

Standard Equipment: Explosive Devices

Intelligence: Gifted (Runs a worldwide weapon smuggling organisation, Is able to perfectly use a martial arts technique after seeing it once)

Weaknesses: Using too much of Orochi's power will destroy Rugal's body completely, Rugal's resurrection requires the outside assistance of Orochi or other Godly beings, Is overly cocky and egotistical to the point of fighting with only a portion of his power when he challenges his opponent for the first time even if the said opponent is considered one of the strongest fighters in the world

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

  • Martial Arts Mimicry: Rugal possesses the ability to copy any martial arts he has seen once, this is best seen how he copied Geese Howard's Hakkyokuseiken and Wolfgang Krauser's House of Strolheim martial arts styles as well as their signature techniques, the Reppuken from Geese and Kaiser Wave from Krauser, it is also possible he copied the Dark Barrier from Athena Asamiya (Due to it being similar to Athena's Psycho Reflector) and the Genocide Cutter from Heidern (Due to it being similar to Heidern's Moon Slasher). Since Rugal has copied all of these martial arts, he also gains the benefits from them such as being able to strengthen himself by absorbing chi from the Earth itself and being able to sense other people by sensing their chi.
  • Omega Rugal: The Omega Rugal form is a form that Rugal can activate when using his Orochi powers. It dramatically increases his strength and defence to the point he can survive attacks that would be lethal to him and unlike Iori Yagami or Leona Heidern, Rugal does not lose his sanity when using this form. The only negative about this form is that if Rugal uses too much Orochi power then his body will instantly be disintegrated under the weight of the power because he is not a part of the Orochi bloodline like people like Iori Yagami, Leona Heidern, Yashiro Nankase, Shermie and Chris.

  • MAX Mode: MAX Mode is a power-up all fighters can access. In exchange for their Super Meter depleting quickly over time, the fighter gets enhanced strength and durability for a limited amount of time as well as access to enhanced versions of their strongest techniques and the ability to use their strongest technique. Once their Super Meter is empty, MAX Mode will end.
  • Extra Mode: Extra Mode is an advanced version of MAX Mode where after it runs out, all of the advantages gained from using MAX Mode are kept for the rest of the fight.
  • Armour Mode: Armour Mode is a power-up all fighters can access. In exchange for their Super Metre depleting quickly over time, the fighter gets greatly enhanced durability. Once their Super Meter is empty, Armour Mode will end.
  • Counter Mode: Counter Mode is a power-up all fighters can access. In exchange for their Super Meter depleting quickly over time, the fighter gets enhanced strength as well as the ability to use Guard Cancels and Guard Escapes as much as they want. Once their Super Meter is empty, Counter Mode will end.
  • Critical Counter Mode: Critical Counter Mode is a power-up all fighters can access. When a fighter has filled out their Critical Counter gauge and lands a counter with a heavy attack, they will enter Critical Counter Mode. In Critical Counter Mode, the fighter is able to string together attacks and techniques better making them a better fighter, when Critical Counter Mode is nearly over, the fighter can choose to end it with an enhanced version of their strongest move. Once the Critical Counter gauge is empty, Critical Counter Mode will end.
  • Hyperdrive Mode: Hyperdrive Mode is a power-up all fighters can access. In exchange for their Super Meter depleting quickly over time, the fighter gets the ability to cancel every one of their moves and techniques, allowing them to combo all of their moves and techniques together better. Once their Super Meter is empty, Hyperdrive Mode will end.

  • Scorpion Blow: The Scorpion Blow is a special technique where Rugal grabs the opponent and begins to choke them before throwing them away.
  • Scorpion Death Lock: The Scorpion Death Lock is a special technique where Rugal grabs the opponent and pushes them behind him before he punches them.

  • Double Tomahawk: The Double Tomahawk is a special technique where Rugal kicks the opponent in their stomach before lifting his foot up and bringing it down on the back or top of their head.
  • Reppuken: The Reppuken is a chi based projectile that Rugal fires out of his hands and travels across the ground and cuts the opponent with a powerful cutting wind. This technique was copied from Geese Howard.
  • Kaiser Wave: The Kaiser Wave is a chi based attack where Rugal launches a large wave from his hands. He can either choose to launch this attack as soon as possible or delay it launch an even stronger version of the attack. This technique was copied from Wolfgang Krauser.
  • Genocide Cutter: The Genocide Cutter is a kick attack where Rugal quickly does a spin kick charged with chi that cuts the opponent. There are stronger variations of this move that harm the opponent more and hit them more. This technique was possibly copied from Heidern
  • Gravity Smash: The Gravity Smash is a chi based attack where Rugal uses gravitational power to can create a ball of electricity around his body before launching it at the opponent.
  • Dark Barrier: The Dark Barrier is a defensive technique where Rugal forms a forcefield in front of him that reflects projectiles back at his opponent. This technique was possibly copied from Athena Asamiya.
  • Beads Destruction: The Beads Destruction is a special technique where Rugal charges towards the opponent and rapidly kicks them before kicking them into the air.
  • Vanishing Rush: The Vanishing Rush is a special technique where Rugal quickly rushes past his opponent, quickly hitting them multiple times before appearing behind them.
  • Violent Ray: The Violent Ray is a special technique where Rugal fires a small blast of energy out of his eye towards the opponent.

  • Destruction Omega: The Destruction Omega is a special technique where Rugal quickly rushes towards the opponent and quickly punches and kicks them into the air.
  • God Press: The God Press is a grab where Rugal dashes towards the opponent, grabs them before slamming them against the nearest wall, heavily damaging them.
  • Gigantic Pressure: The Gigantic Pressure is an upgraded version of God Press where Rugal grabs the opponent and slams them into the wall before unleashing an explosion of chi.
  • Desperate Ray: The Desperate Ray is a special technique where Rugal fires a powerful concentrated beam of energy out of his eye at the ground beneath the opponent, slashing them and exploding the ground to launch the opponent into the air.
  • Dead End Screamer: The Dead End Screamer is a Desperation Technique where Rugal jumps on top of his opponent before spinning around, scratching up his opponent with his feet with each spin.
  • Genocide Heaven: The Genocide Heaven is a Desperation Technique where Rugal grabs his opponent before rapidly punching and kicking them before finishing off with a Genocide Cutter.
  • Kaiser Phoenix: The Kaiser Phoenix is a Desperation Technique where Rugal throws out a large number of Kaiser Waves at the opponent.
  • Genocide End: The Genocide End is a Desperation Technique where Rugal grabs his opponent and starts to fill them with the Orochi power until they explode from the pressure.
  • Dread Fatal Wave: The Dread Fatal Wave is a Desperation Technique where Rugal release a wave of energy from his hand that traps the opponent in place before he launches them into the air with a Genocide Cutter before teleporting above them and slamming them to the ground and then Rugal fires a large Kaiser Wave down towards the opponent, exploding them and the area around them.

Key: Rugal Bernstein | Omega Rugal

Note 1: Games like King of Fighters Sky Stage and SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy are considered canon by the creators of the games with KOF Sky Stage taking place after the NESTS Saga and SNK Heroines takes place after King of Fighters XIV.

Note 2: As of King of Fighters 14, the Samurai Shodown is canon to the King of Fighters series and as such, Kyo would scale to any character in those games and the feats they scale to.

Note 3: For more details about the universal scaling in the King of Fighter series, please look at this blog.

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