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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


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

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Page Updated:  Sept. 1st, 2022

I can't believe it took until the year 2000 for a "female boxer" to appear in a proper fighting game. SNK noticed the void and introduced Vanessa, a cool newcomer to help define the new vibe of KOF2000. Her design doesn't rely on sex appeal or other typical gimmicks used for female fighting game characters of the past. All Vanessa really wants to do is punch some faces and look awesome while doing so. ^-^

Vanessa's a classy, yet sexy, female fighting game character design and fits perfectly in KOF. Her dynamic boxing style is pretty unique in the 2D fighting game world, as well. As one of the only female pugilists of the fighting game world, she easily stands out. Her moveset is flashy and fun-to-use! Also worth mentioning, Vanessa's 2D sprite was one of the most impressive of the "new generation" characters of the later 2D KOF games. Her redesign in KOF14 / KOF15 lost a bit of her coolness factor, in my opinion. Boxing in sandals? That's just wkward. :/ Even so, I'm glad she's still doing her thing in modern KOF games.

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