created to replace K9999 in the KOF
2002: UM roster due to the copyright issues surrounding K9999. The
man known as Nameless is the 9,999th K'
clone and the only
survivor of "Project Ж". He has no name and is known by NESTS
by his codename 'Ж' or "Zhe Prime". For as long as he can
remember, he knew only pain and suffering as a test experiment. He and his
"brothers" (other clones dubbed as "K' children") were
tested to see how normal DNA could withstand the Kusanagi DNA due to their
unprecedented success with K'. Most of his brothers either exploded or
suffered from severe burns from the genetic mutation. Nameless himself has
come close to death at least 180 times. Eventually, the scientists learned
that it required strong will power to keep the flame in check and focused on
painful endurance tests.
Nameless lived a
miserable existence until he spotted a beautiful, yet sad girl named Isolde.
Whenever he was badly injured, he would see her near the infirmary. Though he
was usually too wounded to speak to her, he fell in love with her. The thought
of one day being with her kept him alive through his merciless training and
experiments. Once the laboratory members deemed him fit to wield the Kusanagi
flame, his custom glove was grafted onto his right arm. The glove is meant to
enhance his strength of will, which would theoretically make him as adept as Kyo.
A similar glove design was originally planned for K' but he left before it can
be used on him.
After the final
testing with his glove was complete, he was sent to earth to test his combat
capabilities. He unintentionally killed a woman by merely tapping her
shoulder. Impressed by the results, he became an assassin for NESTS. On one of
his assignments, he cornered a man who was trying to escape from the
syndicate. In a bid to spare his life, the escapee confessed the truth behind
She was a part of the
Anti K' (Kula) Project and was given
the power to control ice. However, her abilities were deemed to be inadequate
until she saw Nameless. Seeing the connection between the two subjects, NESTS
allowed the two to routinely see one another to bring out their full
potential. Regrettably, Isolde died from her testing. Rather than waste her
progress, NESTS crafted her DNA into Nameless's glove. Her abilities keep the
flames pacified until those needed for use.
Nameless doesn't know
if he should believe the man, but realizes that his words have weight to them,
as he hasn't seen Isolde since he received his glove. Not wanting to risk
losing Isolde, he unquestionably follows any orders he's given by NESTS. He
hopes to one day return her to her rightful body.
Page Updated: Jan. 12th, 2021
The fact that Nameless was created to replace K9999 due to licensing issues makes him an interestingly unique character, I suppose... lol. A character created out of the fear of a lawsuit? Funny stuff, SNK.
Visually, Nameless is a fairly cool design I suppose. He definitely
has a Krizalid vibe about him. He also reminds me of
Lars from TEKKEN (although, Nameless did actually come first). Did he inspire Lars? Knowing Namco, it's actually possible! Haha. In the actual game, I think his animations could've been smoother. The dude already looks like an ancient 2D sprite upon his debut, and that's kinda sad... K9999's sprite and animations were
Style / Moveset