Robert Garcia
 
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BIO:

Robert is the son of a wealthy Italian businessman named Alberto Garcia, who happens to be best friends with Takuma Sakazaki. When Robert was a boy, he was greatly inspired by the Kyokugen fighting style and saw it as a way to escape from his father's shadow in the high class society. Against his father's wishes, Robert trained under Takuma, where he met and trained with his son, Ryo Sakazaki. Over time, Ryo and Robert became best friends. Robert also developed romantic feelings for Ryo's sister, Yuri. In fact, Robert has pretty much been infatuated with her ever since the first time he saw her.

During the events of Art of Fighting, Geese Howard blackmailed Takuma into working for him, which lead to Yuri being kidnapped. After Yuri's disappearance, Ryo and Robert began searching all of Southtown, particularly dojos, nightclubs, and restaurants for clues. After beating the information out of several criminals, thugs, and martial artists, they eventually learned that Mr. Big was the mastermind behind Yuri's kidnapping. Thanks to the information King gave them, they were able to save Yuri from Mr. Big.

After the first King of Fighters tournament (and during the events of AOF3), Robert visited Central America to help Freia Lawrence, a childhood friend. She needed help to save her friend Wyler. Robert acted as Freia's bodyguard during their journey through Glasshill. Once he saw his friends reconcile, he returned home and helped manage the family company. Before he boarded the plane home, Yuri surprised him by having her own ticket, and they returned to Italy together.

During the King of Fighters timeline, Robert aligned himself with Takuma and Ryo to represent Kyokugen Karate in the tournament. Yuri later joined the team, and Robert was overjoyed. When King replaced Yuri in KOF 2000, he was indignant about not having prior knowledge of Yuri's absence and thought that it was just a scheme for Ryo to get closer to King. He challenged King to prove her worth to the team and they engaged in a fearsome kicking contest. Their match ended as a draw, and Robert agreed to let her join. In KOF 2001, Robert and his family were faced with financial problems. Thankfully, his friends and master agreed to help him out by winning the tournament.

During The King of Fighters 2003, Robert was out of financial trouble and decided to enter the tournament once again. He was absent in The King of Fighters XI due to trouble with his father's company, which required Robert's presence. He finally managed to get enough free time to join the KOF XIII tournament. After the tournament, Robert showed Takuma a wedding ring that he got for Yuri, but Takuma disagreed. Afterwards, both of them ended up hitting each other without Ryo, Yuri and King noticing them.
 
           

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ORIGIN:
Art of Fighting


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OTHER APPEARANCES:
Art of Fighting 2, Art of Fighting 3, King of Fighters '94, King of Fighters '94 Rebout, King of Fighters '95, King of Fighters '96, King of Fighters '97, King of Fighters '98, King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match, King of Fighters '99, King of Fighters 2000, King of Fighters 2001, King of Fighters 2002, King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, King of Fighters 2003, King of Fighters XI, King of Fighters XII, King of Fighters XIII, King of Fighters Neowave, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS

 
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Page Updated:  Sept. 12th, 2014

When I first met Robert in an early 90's arcade, I was hooked on his cool fashion sense and traditional Karate fighting style. Robert can be seen in a variety of stylish European-flavored outfits, all of which suit his persona (and ethnicity) well. Robert also might hold the record for most "stance changes" in fighting game history (take a look at his 1st animations page for reference). The fact that he's changed up his style so much has definitely kept him a fresh design (though somewhat unnecessary I think).

In 1995, Capcom decided to mock Robert Garcia and the Kyokugen style by creating Dan (to get revenge for some of SNK's rip offs of Capcom characters). Dan uses the same fist thrusting taunt as Robert used in AOF2 (which he actually stopped doing). Overall, Robert is a classic SNK character that adds flavor to any game he appears in. I gotta say his appearance in KOF XII is badass (especially since his look & fighting style returned to his roots), and is easily one of the best versions of him ever. He's possibly my favorite character to use in KOF XII.

Fighting  Style  /  Moveset
Personality  /  Charisma
Outfit(s)  /  Appearance
Effectiveness  in  series
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