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There are four SNK fighting game series with (mostly) mutually canonical timelines:

  • Gekka no Kenshi (The Last Blade 1 and 2)
  • Ryūko no Ken (Art of Fighting)
  • Garō Densetsu (Fatal Fury)
  • Fūun (Savage Reignand Kizuna Encounter; has the fuzziest connection to the other three)

Parallel universes with many similarities to these that happen not to fall very strictly within this timeline include the KOF series, the Samurai Shodown series, and Buriki One. It should be noted that KOF and SS have some timing problems within their own timelines, though (due to the spinoffs and multiple retcons).

The four series covered here are consistent enough that an incomplete timeline can be made.


The Last Blade series takes place in the Japanese bakumatsu period, a sort of cold war that was de jure a conflict between supporters of the shōgun and the Emperor, and de facto very complex in its issues and allegiances, but in its time would have been difficult to recognize as a strict civil war (and still would be so, even with today’s historical hindsight). It precedes the Boshin War (1868–9), which established a modern, Western-style régime under the rule of the Emperor of Japan.


The other three series ‘emigrate’ the story out of Japan (in actuality, the Last Blade series was released after most of the games in the other three), and into and around a fictional city (actually, two cities; the original was destroyed) in the United States with some of the more ancient conflicts immigrating along with the descendants of the Last Blade characters. Some of the Fatal Fury games are worldwide in focus, however.

Southtown, USA is a very cosmopolitan city with eclectic influences from real-life cities all over the United States. Unlike most U.S. cities, however, Southtown has a permanently entrenched tradition of organized crime, street brawling, and frequent global crises stemming therewith (ironically, the character of the organized crime seems to have reduced the amount of gang activity and drug abuse in the city). Particularly considering the general unrest levels in America from 1964 to the early 90’s, the 20th-century crime rate is not really overexaggerated; the more futuristic settings are a continuation of the mob influence that in actuality ceased its more public activities in the 1980’s due to hard-hitting U.S. government action and the rise of street gangs.

Its geography and atmosphere probably aligns best with SoCal cities (and many games strongly hint that it is close to the border with Mexico), with the notable exception that the sea is to the south (which is probably the origin of the name); its grittier nooks look more like those of Chicago or New York (as depicted in films, of course), and its architecture, like many U.S. cities, is highly eclectic (you can catch glimpses of American Gothic, Spanish missions, and of course lots of the typical post-Bauhaus glass/steel/concrete constructions). The ethnic profile of the city is probably too diverse to estimate accurately from the games, but there are very prominent Asian populations (particularly from Japan, Korea, and all parts of China) and descendants thereof, many of whom still have strong ties to their countries of origin.


The “King of Fighters” tournament in Fatal Fury was continued in the “spin-off” King of Fighters series, which actually has its own timeline and events (the primary conflict with the timeline on this page is that the Art of Fighting characters would have to be a whole generation younger to make their concurrent appearances with the Fatal Fury characters; moreover, characters in KOF do not really age over the years). To add to the complexity, KOF has its own spin-offs, creating multiple canons; the string of local-ish KOF tournaments in the style of the Fatal Fury series is continued in (what will eventually be) many KOF spin-off games, whereas a cataclysmic international KOF tournament with the highly formal invitations and dire consequences worldwide is chronicled in the main KOF series. Moreover, this being long after the end of the NEO·GEO era, SNK now owns the properties of many of its former second-party developers, and some of these factors are also imported into the modern games, which would add very much to the confusion if KOF were included on this timeine. However, the events on this timeline more or less cease with anything released by SNK Playmore (i.e., post-bankruptcy SNK) so far, with maybe a couple of exceptions (because some KOF elements are required to time the events). Perhaps they will expand on it soon enough (I hope they do, someday!).

The Samurai Shodown series does not truly tie in to this timeline in anything more than tangential ways (e.g., Shiranui Gen'an being a distant predecessor to Mai), and Buriki One was a one-off, so they can be excluded without truly losing important details, or introducing highly contradictory ones.

Finally, it should be noted that within the Fatal Fury series, the events of Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 (even if there were any to mention) are not canonical. They are dream match games. If Real Bout Fatal Fury Special: Dominated Mind could be said to be canonical, it would have taken place in 1998.


This timeline is a harmony of two sources, all research credit going to them:

  • The bulk of the timeline comes from Crymson’s “SNK Perfect Database” (which certainly would be darn close to what it is, if he had the years of spare time it’d take to finish the entire project!)
  • Several tough spots were clarified by Ryō’s site “Red Cyclone” (the title is a reference to Zangief). It is a pretty cool Street Fighter site, for the most part.

The timeline

  • c. 220 B.C.
    • Qin Wang-long wrote the Qin (Jin) secret texts.
  • 1809 A.D.
  • 1811
    • The first Zantetsu is born
  • 1841
  • 1845
    • Yuki is born
  • 1846
    • Kaede is born
  • 1847
  • 1849
    • (real world: Chopin deceased)
    • Yuki to Gaisei.
  • 1850
    • Kaede is picked up by Gaisei in Kyōto.
      • There is an alternate account that he is picked up by Genbu no Okina; cf. Gamest Mook vol. 127, p. 6.
  • 1853
  • 1854
    • (real world: Convention of Kanagawa concluded)
    • Kagami Shinnosuke (the Suzaku) seals his good friend Naoe Shigen (the Byakko), replacing him with the “Puppet Shigen” made of mud.
  • 1858
    • (real world: Commodore Perry deceased; Ansei treaties establish trade rights between Japan and the Netherlands, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and France; Ansei purge)
    • Gaisei murdered by Kagami Shinnosuke; seeing Moriya at the scene of the murder, Kaede comes to believe that Moriya was the one who killed Gaisei; Kaede and company split up.
    • Genbu no Okina’s life is endangered by Kagami, so he hides behind a barrier.
    • Kaede is 12, Moriya is 17, Yuki is 13, Kagami is 25.
  • 1862
  • 1863/4/5
    • (real world: Ikedaya incident; Siege of Petersburg begun)
    • Last Blade: Last ten days of June – (beginning of July) or (early winter).1
      • Kagami Shinnosuke (the Suzaku) attempts to open the Jigoku-Mon; in the aftermath, unusual incidents occur in various places.
      • Kaede, while pursuing Moriya, is informed by Yuki that Kagami is the true enemy.
      • Kagami Shinnosuke (the Suzaku) is defeated by Kaede, who now has the power of the Seiryū. In accordance with his own æsthetic, Kagami throws himself into the Jigoku-Mon.
      • Kaede, accepting his fate, becomes the new Seiryū.
      • Akari, from a very long time after Abe no Seimei, becomes an onmyōji entrusted with the power of the Shijin, transitioning smoothly into the sequel....
      • Kaede is 17, Moriya is 22, Yuki is 18, Kagami is 30.
    • Last Blade 2: Last ten days of December 1864 – (first ten days of January) or (early summer).1
      • From the Jigoku-Mon, the fifth of the (four) Shijin emerges: Kōryū.
      • The four Shijin (Genbu no Okina; Naoe Shigen the Byakko, now returned to his senses; Kagami Shinnosuke the Suzaku, who despite throwing himself into the Jigoku-Mon was unable to die; and Kaede, who succeeded Gaisei as the Seiryū) seek the “Maiden of Sealing” in order to perform the “Rite of Sealing”.
      • From the Jigoku-Mon, the “Messenger of the Eternal World” Setsuna appears, said to kill the Maiden of Sealing.
      • Kaede defeats Gaisei, who has been subdued by the thoughts of the Eternal World and is Kōryū. Yuki is identified as the Maiden of Sealing. Kōryū, who has come to his senses, and Yuki the Maiden of Sealing peform the Rite of Sealing and seal the Jigoku-Mon. Yuki dies as a result. Also on this occasion, Shigen the Byakko dies to protect his adopted daughter Kotetsu. Kotetsu becomes the new Byakko.
      • Zantetsu passes on the Kisaragi-Ryū Ninjutsu techniques to his grandson and apprentice, some Kisaragi. This Kisaragi styles himself the second Zantetsu.
      • Kaede is 18, Moriya is 23, Yuki is 19, and Kagami is 31.
  • 1886
    • (real world: Karl Benz’s first gasoline automobile patented; Liszt deceased)
    • The first “Strongest Tiger” [or “Raging Tiger”], Li Gakusū [Chinese reading unknown?] is born.
  • 1931
  • 1953
    • (real world: Elvis Presley made first [and private] recording)
    • Geese Howard and Kisaragi Eiji born.
    • Takuma is 22. It has to be sometime in his 20’s that he fights with Li Gakusū, and the latter is estimated to have died sometime in the 1950’s. It is also surmised that Takuma soundly defeated Tōdō Ryūhaku in the 1950’s (this match would have taken place in Japan).
  • 1957
    • (real world: the USSR successfully launches the first man-made satellite Sputnik-1)
    • Second “Invincible Dragon” Ryō Sakazaki and second “Strongest Tiger” Robert Garcia born.
    • Takuma is 26, (Geese and Eiji are 4).
  • 1961
  • 1967
    • (real world: Operation Cedar Falls in the Vietnam conflict; the “Six-Day War” conducted)
    • Takuma and Lonette Sakazaki are in an automobile collision. Lonette, mother of Ryō and Yuri, dies as a result. The incident is most likely an assassination attempt on Takuma.
      • Mr. Big is supposedly 21 at this time, so he is must be in the Army at this time. Afterwards, he should be on the military rolls until he reaches the rank of Colonel in the Delta Force [presumably during the Vietnam conflict], so it is almost certain that he did not call this hit.
    • Takuma puts his life on hold, and goes missing in search of revenge for his wife, leaving his son Ryō with only one note: “Ryō: I entrust Yuri to you. Dad.” The Kyokugen-Ryū dōjō is sold in order to pay off Takuma’s debts for hospitalization and such. The dōjō is not rebuilt because the grandmaster has disappeared. The days of Ryō and Robert’s troubles begin.
    • Ryō and Robert are 10, Yuri is 6, Takuma is 36, (Geese and Eiji are 14).
  • 1968
    • Geese’s mother Maria succumbs to illness about this time. Geese Howard (age 15) and Wolfgang Krauser (age 9!) face off.
  • c. 1970
    • Sometime between 1966 and 1975, Jeff Bogard and Shiranui Hanzō faced Krauser. The distinctive cross-shaped scar on Krauser’s forehead was due to Jeff’s Power Wave.
    • Sometime after 1968, Geese defeated Suō Tatsumi (grandfather of Blue Mary).
  • 1971
    • (real world: Louis Armstrong deceased; UAE federated and Bangladesh declares independence; New York Times exposes the top-secret “Pentagon Papers”; Led Zepplin releases its fourth album)
    • Terry [later Bogard] is born.
    • Ryō and Robert are 14, Yuri is 10, Takuma is 40, (Geese and Eiji are 18).
  • 1972
  • 1978
    • (real world: Hamasaki Ayumi, Shiina Ringo, Yaida Hitomi born; two popes deceased in succession, resulting in a Year of Three Popes; Japan and China conclude their Treaty of Peace and Friendship)
    • Art of Fighting (the Yuri Sakazaki kidnapping incident)
      • Yuri Sakazaki is kidnapped by Mr. Big; Takuma Sakazaki is thus forced to work under Big, but he takes on the guise of Mr. Karate.
      • Ryō and his close friend Robert rescue Yuri together. They defeat Mr. Karate (who is actually a reluctant Takuma wearing a mask).
      • Along the way, Ryō defeats Tōdō Ryūhaku (apparently mistaken in the belief that the Tōdō-Ryū grandmaster had something to do with the racketeers), adding insult to injury (understandably, Ryō was extremely concerned for his sister’s welfare, but). Ryūhaku apparently goes missing ever afterward (perhaps to train?), though he does show his face at some KOF tournaments. Tōdō-Ryū’s primary (only?) practitioner by the late 90’s seems to be his daughter Kasumi, because KOF XI sees her participate in a team opposed to Kyokugen-Ryū; an advertisement for Kyokugen-Ryū karate set in 2006 (alternate-reality Mark of the Wolves artwork) depicts a dead ringer for Ryūhaku in its minor pantheon, so perhaps he ended up leasing his talent to the rival school in the end....
      • Because Yuri was defenseless during these events, she is taught the ways of Kyokugen-Ryū to prevent this kind of blackmail against the Sakazaki family from occurring again. It is probably successful, because it doesn’t happen again.
      • Ryō and Robert are 21, Yuri is 17, Takuma is 47, Mr. Big is 32, (Geese and Eiji are 25, Terry is 7, Andy is 6).
  • 1979
    • (real world: Ono Shinji, Inamoto Jun'ichi, Nakama Yukie born; John Wayne deceased; smallpox officially eradicated; USSR invaded Afghanistan; 1979 Iranian Revolution begun, with accompanying hostage crisis)
    • Art of Fighting 2 (the first “King of Fighters”)
      • The very first “King of Fighters” tournament is hosted by Geese Howard.
      • Zantetsu’s successor in Kisaragi-Ryū, Kisaragi Eiji, participates with the intent of proving Kisaragi-Ryū Ninjutsu to be the strongest.
      • Geese, nearly done in by Ryō, escapes to Japan (where he apparently picks up a passion for Japanese accoutrements and æsthetics, because by the time of the Fatal Fury series, his offices always feature Japanese-style artifacts and he fights wearing what appears to be an Aikidōgi).
    • Ryō and Robert are 22, Yuri is 18, Takuma is 48, Geese and Eiji are 26, (Terry is 8, Andy is 7).
  • 1980
    • (real world: Ronaldinho, Hirosue Ryōko, born; Alfred Hitchcock, John Lennon, Col. Sanders deceased; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back released; Reagan defeats incumbent Carter in U.S. presidential election)
    • Art of Fighting 3 (The GlassHill Valley incident)
      • Half a year after the first King of Fighters tournament, Robert goes to the small, scenic town of GlassHill Valley, Mexico [where the primary language is apparently English?] in order to help out a childhood friend of his, and both go unaccounted for; Ryō, (traveling with Yuri) soon follows in search of Robert.
      • Tōdō Kasumi, her father gone missing (his last known whereabouts being the Tōdō-Ryū dōjō at the time he was defeated), comes to America from Japan seeking revenge against Kyokugen-Ryū.
      • Robert and Ryō part ways for a while. Ryō allows Yuri to go with Robert.
    • Kain R. Heinlein is born.
    • About this time, the young Terry Bogard and Duck King would have scuffled; this became Duck’s motivation for adapt his B-boy style into a fighting style.
  • 1981
    • (real life: Elijah Wood, Justin Timberlake, born; Yokomizo Seishi, Bob Marley, William Wyler deceased; multiple high-profile assassination attempts on world leaders)
    • Geese returns to Southtown (perhaps before ’81?).
    • Jeff Bogard is murdered by Geese in hand-to-hand combat.
    • Geese acquires one of the three Qin secret texts belonging to Tang Hu Lu (Tung Fu Rue).
    • Geese probably stole another from Jeff (whether this is so is not officially known)
    • Terry is 10, Andy is 9, Geese is 28, (Ryō is 24, Yuri is 20, Takuma is 50).
  • 1983
    • Using the name of Geese’s 1979 model, Don Gonzalez sponsors another King of Fighters tournament in Southtown. This is likely the first of many largely unchronicled KOF’s held throughout the 1980’s.
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1990
    • (real life: Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is under development at capcom, where it will kick off the fighting game genre once released. Fatal Fury, being in development at SNK before SFII’s release, follows quick on its heels, though some jump to accuse it of being a rip-off anyway. At any rate, the two companies spend the next decade or so trying to one-up each other; Viktor Tsoi, Bernstein deceased)
  • 1991
    • (real life: USSR dissolved; Gulf War begins)
    • Fatal Fury (Geese declares another King of Fighters tournament) / Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition (remake retconning the original Fatal Fury)
      • Brothers Terry and Andy Bogard, and their friend Joe Higashi participate in “The King of Fighters”, held by Geese, now a crime boss of Southtown.
      • Terry gets revenge on Geese for his father’s murder; Geese falls from the top floor of his own tower. In the original Fatal Fury, Geese dies three hours after he hits the ground [pretty hardcore!].
      • In Wild Ambition, Geese, moments away from an inevitable death, devises the prototype of the Shippūken, slowing his fall. While seriously injured, he narrowly manages to hang on to life. His secretary Ripper starts a rumor that Geese has died.
    • Terry is 20, Andy is 19, Geese is 38, (Rock is 2, Kain is 11, Ryō is 34, Yuri is 30, Takuma is 60).
  • 1993
    • (real world: Abe Kōbō, Audrey Hepburn, Brandon Lee deceased; Jurassic Park film released; beginning of the “Republican Revolution” in U.S. Congress; two Hokkaidō earthquakes)
    • Fatal Fury 2 (Krauser saga)
      • Krauser, intending to fill in for the “late” Geese, appears in America, but is defeated by Terry.
      • Billy, while serving as a henchman for him, steals the Qin text belonging to Krauser and delivers it to Geese (whether this is so is not officially known).
    • Terry is 22, Geese is 40, (Rock is 4, Kain is 13, Ryō is 36, Yuri is 32, Takuma is 62).
  • 1995
    • (real world: Michael Ende, Yamada Yasuo [VA for Lupin III] deceased; Pocahontas in theaters; Great Hanshin earthquake; Aum Shinrikyo subway sarin attack; U.S. “government shutdown”)
    • Fatal Fury 3 (the Qin scrolls)
      • The secret texts of Qin have made their way to Southtown.
      • The Qin brothers Kong-long and Hai-long, sons of Wang-long, possess their descendants the brothers Chong-lei and Chong-xiu; they attempt to collect the secret texts in order to resurrect themselves.
      • The Qin brothers’ plan is in vain, for Geese takes the last one. However, Geese declares with disdain that it has no sort of power, and orders Billy to dispose of it (which Billy does not do).
      • Geese’s wife Mary (not on the family register) dies of illness.2
        • His son Rock, despises Geese for doing nothing for his mother; he escapes from the institution of his custody. Rock heads for Southtown, searching for the hero Terry, Geese’s longtime enemy; as chance would have it, Terry finds him. Terry looks after him from this point.
        • Because Terry, who was an orphan, worried whether Rock would end up having the same personal history as himself, it seems that Geese and Rock have cut off all connections. Since Geese does say that he minds Rock’s attitude once, it is believed that Geese does have some feelings about it, but Rock certainly hates Geese.
    • Terry is 24, Geese is 42, Rock is 6, (Kain is 15, Ryō is 38, Yuri is 34, Takuma is 64).
  • 1996
    • Real Bout Fatal Fury (the last KOF held by Geese)
      • Terry, winning his way up, performs a Power Geyser at nearly the same time Geese performs a Raging Storm, but Terry is just a moment faster; Geese is blown away, flung from the top of his tower [yes, again]. At the last moment, Terry catches Geese’s hand, but Geese releases himself from this grip, and falls to his death, laughing all the way.
      • Rock, perhaps experiencing a change of heart, challenges Terry to a fight (and gets the snot beat out of him because Terry, while slightly depressed by the situation, does not like to disappoint).
    • Terry is 25, Geese dies at the age of 43, Rock is 7, (Kain is 16, Ryō is 39, Yuri is 35, Takuma is 65).
  • 1998
    • Kain overthrows Don Papas, becoming the boss of the Family.
    • Terry is 27, Rock is 9, Kain is 18, (Ryō is 41, Yuri is 37, Takuma is 67).
  • 2000
    • According to the events of KOF 2000, Southtown is wiped off the map by the use of the Zero Cannon. This ties into the canonical timeline by setting up the pretext for Second Southtown’s existence (which did not have a fully-defined raison d'être when it was introduced in Mark of the Wolves in 1999). Needless to say, this slaughter of many innocents does not sit well with many SNK-universe heroes, but they are accustomed to dealing with personal tragedies....
    • Obviously, things have been rebuilt pretty quickly by the year 2006. While this isn’t official, one can infer that the mob under Kain likely had a lot to do with this speedy rebuilding.
  • 2003
    • Terry Bogard makes his (one of his?) first appearances at a KOF tournament without the red hat and jacket. He will keep this new look for the next few years, though apparently he reverts c. 2009 (KOF XII) because the developers at SNKP like to throw monkey wrenches into fanon, it seems. Guess we don’t know when or whether Zhong ends up with Terry’s getup in particular!
  • 2006
    • Mark of the Wolves (the Maximum Mayhem tournament, which was actually set in the future when the game was released, but now the year has come and gone)
      • Kain R. Heinlein, working behind the scenes, attempts to outshine his brother-in-law Geese’s accomplishments. Ten years after the latter’s death, the Southtown tradition of KOF should have ended, but Kain declares a new KOF tournament: Maximum Mayhem.
      • Terry and Rock participate, as does Ryō’s student Marco Rodriguez.
      • Rock is given information on his father’s will and that his mother yet survives by Kain, and so he decides to follow him.
      • The leader of Kyokugen-Ryū karate, Ryō, goes to the mountains to be an ascetic, and while the assistant instructor Marco is busy with the tournament, the Southtown branch of the dōjō falls prey to dōjō yaburi.
    • Terry is 35, Rock is 17, Kain is 26, (Ryō is 49, Yuri is 45, Takuma is 75 if alive).

How we can say that these stories are connected

First, we connect Last Blade with Art of Fighting 2.

Zantetsu is predecessor of the AoF Kisaragi Eiji (though it seems that they are not related by blood). Not only do they both bear a frightening grudge about proving that their school is the strongest, they use the same moves. Because Eiji himself is depicted in Zantetsu’s ending, the evidence is strong enough to link the series.


The connection between Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury is easier to understand.

The setting is clearly the same Southtown (with the map in AoF2 and FF having the same layout, and Geese Tower located in the same place), and Geese Howard makes his appearance in Art of Fighting 2 as a boss.

Moreover, Mark of the Wolves makes it quite clear from Marco Rodriguez’ story that Ryō is the leader of Kyokugen-Ryū karate.


The problematic connection is Fatal Fury to Fūun; it should be there, but the evidence is flaky.

This much is known: The old man Zhong has the hat given him by the “legendary wolf” (Terry), and does the same hat-throwing celebration; and the relative/descendant of the Taegwondo master Gim Gap-hwan, Gim Su-il.

However, Zhong’s hat is blue, and Terry’s is red; also, Terry supposedly bequeathed his hat to Rock. While these facts are not wholly contradictory, things have to be stretched quite a bit for both of these to be true.

Because the Fūun series is supposed to take place at the beginning of the 21st century, it should be sometime around or after the events of Mark of the Wolves. Since the world setting is clearly somewhat different between the two, one can conjecture that either Fūun actually takes place a pretty good time after Mark of the Wolves (I’d estimate 2020–50 would be fair enough), or that Fūun has been split off to be a parallel universe (which is more likely).

Footnote I: There is contradiction in Last Blade’s background setting

In the story, Last Blade 2 should take place half a year after the events of Last Blade, but everyone’s age increased by a year [this is only a minor problem].


The dates being the latter weeks of June to the beginning of July derive from the (real) Ikedaya incident taking place 8 July 1864. In Washidzuka Keiichirō’s ending in Last Blade, we are told that of the Shinsengumi that “Rōshi are gathering at Ikedaya and Shikokuya”, so Last Blade had to take effect before the incident. In addition to that, at the beginning of the ending, Washidzuka mutters (probably of Kagami) that “he was a dreadful guy....”, implying that it couldn’t have been long since then. Therefore, the listed end date must surely be early July in 1864. However, there is still the possibility that Washidzuka was referring to some other fight, perhaps a long time before.

The first Last Blade has mostly autumn and winter stages, and Last Blade 2 has mostly spring and summer scenery. If that is the case, just when did Last Blade take place? It doesn’t seem very plausible that autumn happens around January to March [even less so with the first few months of the lunar calendar, it being shifted forward if you want to include Ikedaya]. You could try to make the case to keep the autumn in 1864, but in this case, you have to date it after Ikedaya.

A plausible fanon-style dating would ignore the official dates, and set the beginning of Last Blade in late 1863, assume (reasonably) that the fights can be up to a few months between each other allowing time for everyone’s journeys, and that Kagami is defeated in the early months of 1864; about half a year later (around between ’64 and ’65) the Shijin begin the search for the Maiden of Sealing, and Kōryū and Setsuna appear, and after Kōryū is defeated, the Jigoku-Mon may be sealed. This takes more than half a year between the end of LB and the beginning of LB2, but it solves the discrepancy while throwing out a minimum of official facts, and allows everyone to age a year [especially if we cheat and use the older Asian system of incrementing one’s age on New Years instead of birthdays].

Footnote II: There is contradiction between the times of Mary Howard’s death and Rock’s orphanhood

Official materials state that Rock was 7 years of age when his mother Mary died and he went to Terry. In the same materials, it is said that Geese died a year later. Therefore, Geese should have died when Rock was 8, and Rock would participate in Maximum Mayhem 10 years later (making him 18). The problem is, Rock is 17 in Mark of the Wolves.

This page makes it out so that Rock is introduced at the time of Fatal Fury 3, and Geese dies in RBFF a year later, Rock is found by Terry when he is only 6. If we assume this, his mother dies when he is 6, so he then goes to Terry; at the age of 7, his father dies, and he fights with Terry; and so he participates in Maximum Mayhem at the age of 17.

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