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Vanessa lives a double life. She's a housewife but secretly serves as a mercenary agent. Vanessa's husband was in the mercenary organization opposing NESTS, but he was killed in action. After his death, Vanessa took up boxing and eventually joined the organization herself. Working under the orders of commander Ling, Vanessa and fellow agent Seth are ordered to join the King of Fighters tournament. They follow the footsteps of the NESTS cartel, which Ling and his agency persecuted.

Later, Vanessa recruiting prime suspects, K' and Maxima, as her teammates. She also scouts the talents of Mexican wrestler
Ramon to complete their team. Despite her cold exterior and mourning of her husband, it's possible that the cheerful Ramon can open her heart again. Her objective from then on is to observe the activities of the NESTS defectors based on Ling's orders.

She becomes a free agent after Ling's defeat - who was impersonated by Zero. In The King of Fighters XI, she reveals herself to be an old acquaintance of Blue Mary's past lover, Butch. Together with her and Ramon, Vanessa enters the tournament under orders to receive information concerning the broken Orochi seal and the mysterious members of Those from the Past.
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The King of Fighters 2000


King of Fighters '99: Evolution (as striker), King of Fighters 2001, King of Fighters 2002, King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, King of Fighters XI, King of Fighters XIV, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS

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Page Updated:  Mar. 12th, 2021

I can't believe it took until the year 2000 for a "female boxer" to appear in a fighting game. Well, SNK saw the void and created Vanessa, whose design doesn't rely on sex appeal or any other typical gimmicks for a female fighting game character. All Vanessa wants to do is punch your face in and look awesome while doing it. ^-^

Vanessa's a classy, yet sexy fighting game babe and her fighting style is unique to the core. She's one of the only female boxers of the fighting game universe and her fighting style is flashy and fun-to-use. She has one of the best 2D boxing-based fighting styles of all time in my opinion. Her moves are incredibly fluid (especially for the early KOF series), and she can really kick some ass if you know how to use her! Her personality is also pretty awesome and overall she adds a lot to the KOF series... she's one of my favorite KOF characters for sure. 

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