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Billy Kane
Billy-XIII
Billy Kane in The King of Fighters XIII
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Full nameBilly Kane
BirthdateDecember 25th, 1966; 26 years old (Fatal Fury 2), 30 years old (Real Bout Special), 28 years old (KOF)
BirthplaceGb London, England
Height179 cm (5'10.5")
Weight78 kg (172 lbs)
Blood typeB
Family/RelativesLilly Kane (sister)
Job/OccupationSecurity guard for Geese Howard
LikesHis kid sister Lilly
DislikesDirty clothes; smoke; orders (Fatal Fury 2)
HobbiesDoing laundry
Favorite foodHis kid sister's cooking; egg dishes (Fatal Fury 2)
Forte in sportsPole vaulting
Special skillPlaying long guitar solos
Most unpleasantJoe trying to date his sister
Favorite musicHeavy Metal
WeaponSantetsukon
Fighting styleBojutsu

Billy Kane (ビリー・カーン, Birī Kān) is a character in both the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series. His family name, Kane, is meant to be pronounced like "Kon" or "Kaan" with a silent "e" (as in James Caan, an American actor), rather than the word "cane". He fights with a three sectional staff that he somehow can ignite with fire and can be split into three parts connected with a chain. He always tries to look out for his little sister Lilly Kane.

His appearance in Fatal Fury 2 seems to be modeled after the former English pro-wrestler, Dynamite Kid. In later games, his design takes inspiration from the musician Axl Rose. In Gamest's 1997 Heroes Collection, Billy was voted as the staff's fourth favorite character. In the character popularity poll on Neo Geo Freak's website, he was voted as the seventeenth favorite character with a total of 757 votes.

StoryEdit

Fatal FuryEdit

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Billy in Fatal Fury.

When he was a young teenager, both Billy and his sister were orphans in London. Life was hard for them with Billy having to steal food to feed Lilly. They were spotted by Geese Howard, who was on a business trip in Europe. Seeing himself in the two orphans, he takes them in after he sees Billy's skill with his bo.

Years later, Billy became the crime lord's right-hand man. Geese would hold The King of Fighters tournament every year with Billy as his champion. Billy was undefeated until he was beaten by Terry Bogard, who moved on to defeat Geese. Billy then swore revenge against "The Lone Wolves" Terry, Andy Bogard, and Joe Higashi.

After his boss' apparent death, Billy went back to England with his sister. In order to adequately provide for her, Billy continued his life of crime and joined Wolfgang Krauser. Although it seemed like he was loyal to the nobleman, Billy was actually working undercover to search and destroy Geese's impostor. His additional order was to overthrow Krauser. He succeeded in the former and continued to serve the real Geese until the latter's death. Later, in Real Bout Fatal Fury Special: Dominated Mind, he was brainwashed by White to serve him.

Billy's whereabouts during the Garou: Mark of the Wolves timeline remain unclear. In his development blog for KOF: Maximum Impact 2, Akihiko Ureshino states that he doesn't know about Rock's mother or the true inheritor of Geese's legacy, but hints that it would most likely conflict with Terry. Billy's scenario in this game explores his personal take on the character's actions in the yet to be released Mark of the Wolves sequel. He particularly wanted to emphasize Billy's anger and bitterness, which is later found in the cellphone novel.

The King of FightersEdit

In The King of Fighters series, Billy's biography is identical, except Geese isn't dead in this continuity. As a result, he is consistently following Geese's orders in all of his appearances.

In The King of Fighters '95, he became one of the members of the Geese organized Rival Team, which included Iori Yagami and Eiji Kisaragi. His orders were to get revenge for Geese's defeat by the Bogard siblings. In his team's ending, he was badly beaten by Iori in the tournament's climax. In the 1996 tournament, Billy stayed on the sidelines and saved Geese's life from a sniper sent by his teammate Mr. Big. The following year, he teamed up with Blue Mary and Ryuji Yamazaki to investigate Orochi and the effects of Orochi blood in humans.

Although he is often paired with these two in many appearances, Billy didn't officially enter another tournament until 2003 with Gato and Yamazaki. His personal orders from Geese were to keep a close eye on them, especially Gato, since his father could be tracking him. Remembering the broker's attack on Geese after their last team up, Billy remained hostile to Yamazaki throughout the tournament. In their team's ending, the duo fight to an unknown conclusion.

The King of Fighters: Maximum ImpactEdit

In KOF: Maximum Impact 2, Billy moved back to the countryside of the United Kingdom with his young sister after Geese's fatal showdown with Terry. Although he spent his days in tranquility, Billy internally struggled with his desire to fight and stay with his sister. Once he hears that the Meira borthers, Alba and Soiree, were running Southtown, Billy embarked from his home to defend his old boss' legacy. He additionally wants to settle his differences with Terry, which is explored in detail during his and Terry's story mode.

The second episode of The King of Fighters: Another Day also explores a possible encounter Billy would have if he met Geese's son, Rock.

PersonalityEdit

While Billy cannot be considered a 'good guy' he is not an evil man; his criminal career is motivated more by a desire to make easy money and his respect for Geese Howard than actual malice. His softer side is often shown when he's with his sister Lilly or friends Eiji Kisaragi and Blue Mary; even his hatred for Terry Bogard has softened to be much more of a rivalry. Billy is violently anti-smoking, hating cigarettes, and will assault anyone who blows cigarette smoke in his face (a fact that acts as the explanation for the 'no smoking' sign on the back of his jacket) and while his hatred of Terry Bogard may have softened, Billy has a deep hatred for Iori Yagami: Iori beat both Billy and Eiji Kisaragi to near death and then abandoned them (in The King of Fighters '95). Billy is also bitter towards Joe Higashi, who took a liking to his sister, of whom he is quite protective.

PowersEdit

  • Peak Strength - Billy Kane is stronger than he looks, capable of carrying very heavy weapons like his three-part staff.
  • Weapon of Fire - Billy can set his staff on fire to cause strong fire damage. He can spin his staff to create a powerful ring of fire and throw the ring within a small range.
  • Copy Weapon - Billy can create copies of his staff as seen in his Desperation Moves.
  • Hide Weapon - Billy has another staff that he hides underneath his jacket as seen in his KoF 2002 Hidden Super Desperation Move.

SkillsEdit

  • Pole Vaulting - Billy excels in pole vaulting. He even use the sport to help him in battle.
  • Musical Instrument - Billy plays the electric guitar very well and has a Heavy Metal band back in the UK.
  • Doing Laundry - Billy loves to do laundry.
  • Administration - Billy was left in charge of Howard Connection after Geese died.

Fighting StyleEdit

Billy uses the art of Bojutsu as his primary art, but he may also know some Kung Fu moves in order to use his Three Section Staff.

In Fatal Fury only, Billy can lose his staff by hurling it at the opponent after executing his Senpuu Kon. Once he does this, he will cower in fear before the player character leaving him vulnerable until he is thrown another staff by one of Geese's henchmen in the background. The player can prevent them from assisting him. In KoF '95, he drops his staff only when knocked out. He enters the same stance in KoF 2002 for his Hidden Super Desperation Move.

MusicEdit

  • Hashi wo Arukeba, Bo ni Ataru (Walking on a Bridge, Striking with a Staff) - Fatal Fury
  • Arashi no Saxophone (Stormy Saxophone) - The King of Fighters '95
  • London March - Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Fatal Fury 2, The King of Fighters '97, The King of Fighters '98, The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match, The King of Fighters XIII (console version only), Garou Densetsu The Legend of Wild Wolf, Garou Densetsu Special
  • N.D.R. - Real Bout Fatal Fury, The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match (as EX Billy)
  • The Long Pole - Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition
  • Yuuwaki no Toki (The Alluring Time) - The King of Fighters 2002
  • Villainous - The King of Fighters 2003
  • Masquerade - The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match, shared with Yamazaki and Mary.
  • Geese ni Katakori (A Stiff Neck for Geese) - The King of Fighters XIII (when the music is set to "Type B", console version only)

Voice ActorsEdit

  • Katsuhisa Namase - Fatal Fury II ~ Special, The King of Fighters '95
  • Keiichi Nanba - Fatal Fury 3, Fatal Fury Dengeki drama CD
  • Atsushi Yamanishi - Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series (Real Bout ~ Wild Ambition, KOF '97 ~ 2002, Maximum Impact series)
  • Seijirou - The King of Fighters 2003; The King of Fighters: Another Day; The King of Fighters XIII
  • Marc Donovan - Maximum Impact series (English voice)
  • Daiki Nakamura - Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf
  • Tomohiro Nishimura - Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
  • Paul Dobson - animated films (English voice)

Game AppearancesEdit

Mobile AppearancesEdit

Cameo AppearancesEdit

Anime AppearancesEdit

Similar CharactersEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Billy wears his Fatal Fury Wild Ambition outfit in KOF 2003 and in KOF 2006 as his Normal Outfit-Variation F.
  • Billy yells "Go to hell!" during his Great Whirlwind DM in his appearances in KOF games '97 and on.

See AlsoEdit

CardsEdit

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SpritesEdit

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