Terry Bogard (テリー・ボガード, Terry Bogard) is the main protagonist of the Fatal Fury series. Originally an orphan, Terry and his younger brother Andy begin their journeys as martial artists in order to avenge their adoptive father, Jeff Bogard, who was murdered by the crime lord Geese Howard. Over time, Terry becomes renowned as a talented fighter who seeks to continue protecting his hometown alongside Andy and their mutual friend and fellow martial artist Joe Higashi.
Terry is also a prominent character in several of SNK's fighting game series, and one of the major supporting characters in The King of Fighters series. As such, he is widely considered to be one of SNK's most iconic characters. Terry made his Super Smash Bros. series debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the fourth character of Fighters Pass Vol. 1. Terry is the third fighter in Smash to originate from a fighting game, following Ryu and Ken Masters, and preceding Min Min and Kazuya Mishima.
Terry Bogard is an American martial artist known for his charisma and friendliness. His fighting style is a mix of various techniques from a variety of martial arts, including boxing, kung fu, and kickboxing, in addition to the fictional martial art Hakkyokuseiken, created by his master, Tung Fu Rue. Outside of fighting, his other hobbies include playing video games and basketball. Terry also has a love interest, "Blue" Mary Ryan, and a pet monkey named Ukee.
Terry, alongside his younger brother Andy, spent his early childhood as an orphan living on the dangerous streets of the fictional South Town. They were soon adopted by Jeff Bogard, a student of the Hakkyokuseiken martial art. When Terry was 10 years old, he witnessed Jeff's murder at the hands of the local crime boss Geese Howard, host of the "King of Fighters" fighting tournament and former friend of Jeff. Terry and Andy thus spent the next decade honing their skills to avenge their father's death: while Andy traveled to Japan to learn the art of ninjutsu, Terry stayed in South Town, fighting through its mean streets. After this, the two of them, along with their friend, Muay Thai champion Joe Higashi, entered the King of Fighters tournament and ultimately defeated Geese, sending him falling from the top of a high rise, as depicted in Fatal Fury: King of Fighters.
The following year, Geese's half-brother, a German nobleman named Wolfgang Krauser von Stroheim, sponsors a new King of Fighters tournament, bringing it from South Town to the world stage. During the events of Fatal Fury 2, Terry enters this tournament and defeats Krauser in the finals, earning Terry the title of South Town Hero. After this, Krauser mysteriously disappears, apparently having taken his own life shortly after his defeat.
Three years later, in Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory, Terry returns to South Town from his worldwide travels. He meets with Andy, Joe, and Andy's love interest, Mai Shiranui, just in time for the grand opening of Pao Pao Café West. They soon learn that Geese survived his fall, and that he intends to obtain the legendary Jin Scrolls, which are capable of granting their user immortality.
Terry and his friends enter another King of Fighters tournament, where they meet Ryuji Yamazaki, a Japanese crime boss hired by the Jin brothers to find the scrolls. After defeating both Yamazaki and Geese, Terry is suddenly transported to a mysterious chamber by Jin Chon Shu, who challenges him for the scrolls; he ultimately defeats both him and his older brother Jin Chon Rei. While Terry is crowned the champion of this new tournament, he discovers that Geese had managed to escape with the scrolls.
In Real Bout Fatal Fury, Terry and his friends fight their way through the new King of Fighters tournament, once again in South Town. Terry eventually progresses to the final battle in the tournament, a bout against Geese. At the end of the fight, Geese is knocked off the edge of a high rise once again, but Terry grabs hold of him before he can fall any further. Geese, in a seeming act of egotism, refuses Terry's help and knocks his hand away, plummeting to what is believed to be his permanent death. In the aftermath of the tournament, Terry comes across a boy named Rock Howard, Geese's son, who lost his mother after Geese abandoned them and left his wife to die in illness. Terry takes Rock in as a surrogate son, raising him as a means to put the feud between him and Geese behind, and teaches him how to fight on the streets of South Town and during his travels around the world.
Several years later in Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Terry is the only veteran fighter who participates in the King of Fighters Maximum Mayhem tournament, which is held by Rock's uncle, Kain R. Heinlein, in the neighbouring Second South Town. Though Terry realizes the tournament is meant to lure Rock into Kain's control, Terry reluctantly accepts Rock's decision to enter the tournament, driven by Kain's claim that his sister—Rock's mother—is alive.
In The King of Fighters series
Terry is a recurring character in The King of Fighters series, where he is the core leader of the Fatal Fury Team, usually with Andy and Joe as his teammates, in the series' main timeline. Due to being a crossover series like the Super Smash Bros. series, The King of Fighters series ignores the continuity of many of the previous games of each series that it features. For example, characters from Fatal Fury and its prequel series Art of Fighting are depicted as around the same age as one another, despite Art of Fighting being set over a decade before the events of Fatal Fury. Although both first and second games’ storylines of both Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury are being acknowledged in this continuity. Another notable example is that Rock was still raised by Terry in spite of Geese and Krauser's deaths being ignored. However, the 3D fighting game spin-off series The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact is heavily based on the storyline of Mark of the Wolves, where Geese perished at the end of Real Bout Fatal Fury's tournament, thus making it a direct follow-up to the main Fatal Fury shared universe games.
The only The King of Fighters’ saga where Terry played an important role was in its second storyline, NESTS Chronicles (from ‘99 - 2001). Terry helps Blue Mary while she is being targeted by the NESTS organization who kidnapped and cloned Kyo Kusanagi, while taking down one of its remaining secret agents/assassins who were sent by said syndicate somewhere in the world. With the death of all boss characters of the NESTS Saga, Terry returns to helping people in restoring South Town, which was half-destroyed by a traitorous clone of NESTS’ loyalist Zero (who disguised himself as Ling, a tactical advisor to Heidern) back in 2000.
As a playable character
Main article: Terry (SSBU)
Terry appears as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with his inclusion being announced during a Nintendo Direct on September 4, 2019. He is the fourth DLC character of Fighters Pass Vol. 1, and was released on November 6th, 2019.
The overwhelming majority of Terry's moveset consists of attacks he has used throughout the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series, although his up aerial is unique to Ultimate because of the lack of a reasonably corresponding attack. Like Street Fighter characters Ryu and Ken, Terry always faces his opponent during 1v1s, and several of his normal moves can be canceled into his special moves.
Uniquely, Terry also possesses a number of mechanics from his home series: he has access to a dodge attack, a backward special move (Crack Shoot), and two super special moves (Buster Wolf and Power Geyser). However, his super specials only become usable when his damage percentage reaches 100% (or 30% of his starting HP in Stamina Mode). This is in reference to his home series, where characters can use Desperation Moves when their power gauge is full and they have less than half of their health left.
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