Ralf and Clark
are members of an elite mercenary-for-hire agency called the Ikari Warriors. Over
the years, Ralf has
proven himself to be a powerful soldier with natural leadership abilities and
courage on the battlefield. He currently holds the rank of colonel. Ralf and
Clark became friends when they were in their 20s and have stayed good friends
since. This friendship originated in the 1986 SNK arcade game Ikari
Ralf was actually called Paul in the
game. Ralf is also a playable character in Metal Slug 6. And in KOF
Ralf has an alter-ego known as Armor
Ralf and Clark are are
under Commander Heidern's
command who orders them to enter the King of Fighters tournament. In KOF
joined the team in Heidern's place. At first, Ralf was skeptical due to
Leona's young age but he eventually accepted her. Under Ralf's command, the
Ikari Warriors team investigates Geese
Howard's suspicious involvement in the tournament.
In KOF '97, the
team successfully completed one of their missions on the battlefield.
However, Ralf felt unsettled about failing to save innocents in the war zone and requests a suspension from his duties. Ralf
is also worried about Leona's troubled state and wants her to recover. Heidern
decides to allow the team off duty, and during their time off, Ralf enlists them
in the tournament
to help keep them in shape and to further rehabilitate Leona. When Leona
attempts suicide at the end of the tournament, Ralf stops her and assures her
that, even if she has no family, she isn't alone anymore.
During the NESTS saga,
Ralf and the team are ordered to participate in the tournaments to
investigate what is going on behind the scenes. They are also introduced to a
young soldier from the Axe Platoon of the Ikari Warriors, SALLY, who formerly
introduces herself as Whip.
Ralf, who knows of her whipping skills, initially mistakes her name to be
Whippy (Muchiko in Japanese). Since then, he continues to call her this as an
affectionate nickname. When she is missing from the aftermath of The
King of Fighters 2000, Ralf demands permission to lead a search team for
her. While he is ordered on another mission after the 2001
tournament, Heidern relieves his worry by sending him a photo of Whip and Kula
on a friendly outing.
In the Ash saga, he
and his team seek out the origins of a mysterious airship. They identify it as
Sky Noah and are sent in the tournament to investigate its inhabitants. Due to
the Orochi seal being broken, Leona experiences the Riot
of the Blood and goes berserk on Ralf and Clark at the end of the 2003
tournament. Fortunately, they subdue her and are able to report back to
headquarters. In KOF
XI, Ralf and his team are sent to secure evidence of Those
From the Past. They succeed in obtaining Magaki's
corpse but it's hauled away by two mysterious and powerful people.
of Fighters '94 Rebout, King of Fighters '95, King of Fighters
of Fighters '97,
King of Fighters '98,
of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match, King
of Fighters '99,
King of Fighters 2000,
of Fighters 2001,
King of Fighters
2002, King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match,
of Fighters 2003,
King of Fighters XI,
of Fighters XII, King of Fighters XIII,
King of Fighters XIV, King
of Fighters XV, King of Fighters:
Neowave, King of Fighters:
Maximum Impact, King of
Fighters: Maximum Impact 2,
Fighters Clash, Card Fighters
Clash 2, Card Fighters
May 19th, 2021
Ralf & Clark were
always sprite clones, even all the way up to the latest KOF installments
(KOF XII/XIII). Thankfully over time, the two Ikari Warriors became more
and more distinct from one another in terms of how they fight. Between the two, I prefer
Ralf... (but maybe that's because I really dislike Clark. lol). Anyhow,
Ralf kinda has the
badass Rambo vibe going on, but he was always an average design visually.
His redesign in KOF 12/13 definitely upped his badass factor (although
he clearly had to hit the steroids to get there). Hah.
As one of the
"non pretty boy" / no nonsense fighters, Ralf at least adds some
diversity to KOF. His anger-driven,
brawling fighting style has improved from the early days, but I still find something kinda
uninspired about his overall fighting style. I think they went a bit overboard with the
"explosion" hit effects.... So does he have grenades in his fist or something.
Whaaatever, I guess that's cool. :/ Ralf can throw some mean punches, I'll give him that.
His super moves can be pretty satisfying.
Style / Moveset