Kim Kaphwan
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Kim is a Tae Kwon Do master who has a wife (named Myeng Swuk) and two kids, Dong Hwan and Jae Hoon. His belief in good and his quest for justice borders on obsession and he has no mercy for evil. His famous quote is "evil is unforgivable!" Kim has taught Tae Kwon Do to many fighters in the SNK universe. Seo Yong Seong is one of Kim's star pupils.

During the Fatal Fury timeline, Kim is the reigning world champion of Tae Kwon Do. He decided to join the tournament to test his TKD skills against the best fighters on the planet. He first traveled to fight Krauser, and later encountered the "Lone Wolf" himself, Terry Bogard. After their first battle, they soon became good friends. Kim agreed to help Terry in all that he can, though the two remain rivals when it comes to fighting.

In The King of Fighters series, Kim is considered as a national hero in Korea. His celebrity status enabled him to convince the authorities to give him custody over Chang Koehan and Choi Bounge, in an effort to rehabilitate them out of their criminal ways. Although both men resented Kim for his actions, they eventually grew to respect him. In most of his King of Fighters appearances, Kim was the captain of Team Korea. In later tournaments, he also invited his rival Jhun and up-comer May Lee to join Team Korea. In The King of Fighters XI, Kim appeared as a member of Team Fatal Fury in place of Tizoc. Chang and Choi wanted to see Kim enjoy himself for one, and convinced him to join with Terry Bogard and Duck King.

Before the events of The King of Fighters XIII, Kim realized that his original rehabilitation subjects (Chang and Choi) have amended their ways, and set his sights on two other "villains" that he remembers from the past, Hwa Jai and Raiden. He believes they are still working for Geese Howard and demands that they repent. Even though that they immediately deny that they're still working for Geese, Kim states that they shouldn't waste their talents and change their "criminal ways". The join him in KOF XIII, and Kim's new team shocks the media and it becomes a popular subject of gossip.
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Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Fatal Fury, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Special: Dominated Mind, Real Bout Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Fatal Fury: First Contact, 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 XIV, King of Fighters XV, KOF- R2, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS, Capcom Vs. SNK, Capcom Vs. SNK: Pro, Capcom VS SNK 2, SNK VS Capcom Chaos, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum


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Page Updated:  Mar. 13th, 2024

It's interesting that Kim "believes in good" and is clearly a good guy, because that's stereotypically what a TaeKwonDo practitioner should be... according to the well known "tenets of TaeKwonDo". (I should know, being a 5th dan blackbelt in TKD myself.) ;)

Kim's appearance is very typical for a TKD artist. He wears his traditional TKD uniform proudly, as any TKD practitioner should. His fighting style features many authentic TKD techniques, but is overly exaggerated in some instances (which actually fits the KOF series rather well). Even though he's not the most exciting SNK/KOF character, Kim always balanced out his series as one of the more "serious" and traditional martial artists (which shows that SNK knows a thing or two about real life martial arts). Kim was also one of first representations of TaeKwonDo in a fighting game, which any TKD practitioner would immediately appreciate. ;)

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