Born in Germany,
Rugal is a
dealer who operates aboard his aircraft carrier called the BlackNoah. He's an
influential figure and is feared throughout the political and fighting world.
After defeating those who oppose him, Rugal preserves their bodies in liquid
metal to add to his trophy room. When Rugal was 25 years old, he battled an 18
year old Goenitz,
who managed to take out
his eye with one strike. Impressed that he survived the attack, Goenitz gave
him a small portion of Orochi's
power. Since then, Rugal has used a bionic eye.
Sometime in 1986,
Rugal wanted to show his power at a base in Brazil and murdered everyone he
found inside. Heidern
was the only survivor of the fifty man massacre, and lost his right eye during
the attack. Rugal wasn't pleased with his victim enough to add him to his
"collection" so he decided to kill Heidern's wife and child instead.
It's speculated that Rugal later regrets this act.
Before the events of KOF
'94, Rugal hired Mature
as secretaries. With their help, Rugal organized the King of Fighters
tournament, in order to find worthy opponents and expand his trophy room.
While he was sending out invitations to the tournament, Saisyu
Kusanagi arrived at the BlackNoah and challenged Rugal. Although Rugal won
the battle, he was not able to add Saisyu to his trophy room because Kyo,
Saisyu's son, arrived with his teammates and defeated him. Rugal refused to
accept defeat and blew up his ship.
After this event,
Rugal was believed to be dead, but he used the Orochi power to survive. Rugal
replaced his destroyed right forearm with cybernetics, making him more
powerful. Rugal revived Saisyu, brainwashed him, and then organized another
King of Fighters tournament. Rugal used an abandoned missile silo as his base
in 1995, and abducted Kyo's team to fight Saisyu, and then himself. Rugal used
the Orochi power to become "Omega Rugal," but Kyo's team still
managed to defeat him. After being defeated again, Rugal tried to use more of
the Orochi power, but it consumed him and his body disintegrated. As he was
being consumed by the Orochi power, Rugal saw Iori
Yagami, who told him that only those "of the bloodline" could
control Orochi's power.
Omega Rugal is an alternate version of Rugal,
making his first appearance as a boss in KOF '95. When Rugal Bernstein was
trying to channel Orochi's power, Goenitz came to him and attacked him, taking
off his eye. Rugal survived the attack and Goenitz gave him some extent of
power and warned him not to use his full power. Goenitz left Mature and Vice
to watch him. In KOF '94, Rugal sponsored the King of Fighters
tournament but lost to Kyo Kusanagi. He returned the following year and
decided to use 80% of his full power. Even with that power, Rugal lost to Kyo,
Nikaido and Goro
Daimon. With hatred in his heart, he activated his full power, but it was
too much for his body to withstand and he exploded from inside.
In the Capcom VS SNK 2 storyline, Rugal becomes "God
(or "Ultimate Rugal") after he defeats Akuma
in the tournament finals. Invigorated from gaining Akuma's powers, he decides
to test his new found strength on the winners of the tournament. If the player
defeats him, Rugal will be overwhelmed by the Hado power, which creates an
entirely new entity (or possibly an entity merged with Shin
of Fighters '94 Rebout, King of Fighters '95, King of Fighters
of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match, King
of Fighters 2002, King of Fighters
2002: Unlimited Match, King of Fighters:
Neowave, Capcom VS SNK,
VS SNK: Pro, Capcom VS SNK 2, Card
Clash 2, Card Fighters
Dec. 7th, 2017
The original KOF
boss is no doubt an SNK classic, whether you love him or love to hate him.
Rugal's appearance in the early KOF series was memorable... but in my opinion,
his in-game persona needed some work. His original 2D sprite and animations certainly
weren't the greatest around. His original "fighting
attire" with the mesh black shirt is a bit generic, in my opinion.
Later in the year 2000, Capcom took Rugal's in-game appearance to another
level when he appeared in Capcom VS SNK. Now fighting in his badass coat,
and with a crisp new sprite and fluid animations, Rugal never
looked more badass. SNK gets credit for the original design, but Capcom's in-game Rugal is
still unmatched. Omega/God Rugal is also one helluva badass boss in CVS2 (love
that sprite). SNK somewhat redeemed themselves with Rugal's KOF2002
incarnation. Too bad we never got to see a "KOF
XIII-style" Rugal. :( On one final note, Rugal's "Kaiser Wave" is
no doubt of the coolest fireball techniques in
fighting game history! That's one big-ass fireball, I tell you. KAIIZAAAH
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