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King Lion / King Leo
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The boss of Savage Reign, King Lion (Kage Shishioh) is responsible for holding the Battle of the Beast God tournament, wielding a sword called "The Sword of Leo." He appeared as King's Striker in King of Fighters 2000 and is also the boss of Neo Geo Battle Coliseum.

King Lion (blue) is the impersonator of King Leo (red) also known as Shin Shishioh. King Lion participates in the tournament on the latter's orders and uses the name King Lion as an element of intimidation. However, he really wants to take the city for himself and plans to overthrow the original crime lord. In his ending to the games, he takes over the futuristic city with an iron fist.

King Leo is a legendary fighter who got bored of the fighting circuit and silently disappeared from within the darkness of secrecy. Upon returning back to the public, King Leo decided to host and sponsor the Battle of the Beast God tournaments in the Savage Reign series to prove his strength to worthy opponents. To distract the competition, he also raised an impostor of himself named King Lion so that he can test out his challengers and see if they have what it takes to battle against him from within their own given time and accord. He was unstoppable until he was defeated by Hayate and later Jyazu.


Savage Reign



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Kizuna Encounter, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS



Page Updated:  Feb. 4th, 2020

Talk about coming back from the dead... King Lion was a potentially "overlooked" boss of one of SNK's most obscure games. His original appearance wasn't terrible, but definitely "random" and not particularly cool or memorable... (do you really need boxing gloves if you have a giant sword?). 0_o However, Lion's EPIC return in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum completely redefined the design. His new proportions, redrawn 2D sprite, and badass artwork in NGBC leveled up his design by 1000. In NGBC, he looks particularly pissed off and ready to bust someone up. (Maybe he's pissed because the games he's from weren't very successful. Makes sense! lol)

I'm glad Lion went with the fingerless gloves this time and put those silly boxing gloves away. He definitely looks better now. His design is still an "odd" mix of boxer, super-hero, and futuristic knight... but somehow it comes together in NGBC. Gotta love his 90's mullet-mohawk. That thing will send you back to the token machine by itself. ^o^ Worth noting, King Lion's striker appearance in KOF2000 was also quite good... he was obviously in preparation for his comeback only a few years later. >;) Good stuff SNK. This is a perfect example of how to bring an "outdated" character back into the limelight with new depth. I wouldn't mind seeing this guy hosting a future KOF!

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