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Shion makes his first appearance in KOF XI as a sub-boss. He was conceptually designed to be one of Ron's daughters though developers decided to change his gender (maybe) to startle and appeal to fans with his androgynous appearance.

Shion is an enigmatic character who's past is unknown. He works as an underling for the demon Magaki and seems knowledgeable about the workings of Orochi. After being defeated at the ruins of the tournament finals, he is dragged through an extra-dimensional gate and seemingly killed. However, after Magaki is defeated at the end of the tournament, Shion's spear is hurled through a gate Magaki created and goes through his chest, killing him instantly (supposedly).


The King of Fighters XI

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Page Updated:  May 17th, 2019

To my knowledge, Shion is the first rope-dart user in fighting game. SNK represented the traditional weapon martial art brilliantly with this design. Shion also uses a Chinese spear with expert-like fluidity. Shion is "classic" 2D spriting at its finest. Shion's moves are incredibly dynamic and awesome-looking, especially for such a small 2D sprite... amazing work SNK artists! I think Shion would actually fit into the Samurai Shodown series quite nicely with such a cool weapon-based fighting style (TWO styles at that).

Shion is a cool-looking design... but if you thought SHI-on was a SHE, you're sadly mistaken. 0_o (I admit I was tricked at first, myself.) Shion is a legit ladyboy. SNK Japan just had to go and complicate things by declaring this character as a male. lol. Shion is probably the most feminine male in the fighting game universe (besides Ash, of course). Even so, he's still a very cool design and is definitely an underrated / lesser known KOF character worth checking out. DO NOT MISS Shion's animation pages (below)!

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