|“||Fear the flame! Fear it as a sacrificial lamb does!||„|
|~ Iori Yagami|
Iori Yagami (八神 庵, Yagami Iori) is a video game character who made his first appearance in the Neo Geo fighting game, The King of Fighters '95. He is a central recurring character and the initial enemy (and eventual rival) of Kyo Kusanagi. Being the heir to one of the three clans who sealed Orochi many years ago, his official nickname is Unbridled Instinct.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 7-A | At least High 7-A
Name: Iori Yagami
Origin: King of Fighters
Classification: Human Martial Artist, Bearer of the Sacred Yasakani flames
Speed: Massively Hypersonic (Can keep up with Kyo Kusanagi) | At least Massively Hypersonic (Much faster than before)
Lifting Strength: Superhuman | Class 1
Striking Strength: At least Mountain Class (Can trade blows with Kyo Kusanagi) | At least Large Mountain Class (Can physically restrain Orochi)
Stamina: High | Very high, can fight even while heavily injured.
Range: Standard melee range. Hundreds of meters with his flames.
Standard Equipment: The Yasakani Jewel (which gives him his powers)
Intelligence: Very skilled combatant; fairly intelligent and has mastered the Yagami Martial arts.
Weaknesses: He has more than likely regular weaknesses that any human has and cannot control flames he did not create. | In his Orochi form, he has rarely any control, so his personal safety is not a concern.
- Slashing Hands: Iori specializes in clawing martial arts, and most of his moves are in the form of clawing strikes.
- Pyrokinesis: Due to his Yagami heritage, Iori can control fire. He can create a bright purple fire from thin air, create fireballs, deliver punches of fire, create pillars of fire and put his own body on fire. His fire also has the sacred ability to put enemies in a stasis-like state. He is not immune to other types of fire. He cannot control other fires that he didn't create. Iori can also occasionally wield crimson flames due to the presence of the former Yasakani clan's power, although he does not have the ability to create them intentionally (they appear at random times, usually when Iori is using his sacred ability to seal Orochi (as in KOF '96 and his LDM in KOF 2003). This power was stolen by Ash Crimson in The King of Fighters XI; however, Iori regained it in The King of Fighters XIII.
- Riot of the Blood: Thanks to the pact his clan made with Orochi, Iori goes into this state whenever Orochi's presence is strong. While in this form, his eyes are dilated, his back is hunched, and his skin adopts a shade of violet. He is mostly incoherent, frequently screaming "Kyooo!" during fights. He becomes stronger and faster in exchange for his sanity.
Key: Base | Orochi Iori