Iori Yagami is a playable character from The King of Fighters series. He first appeared in The King of Fighters '95 as the leader of the Rivals Team, as the initial enemy and later rival of Kyo Kusanagi.
Before the events of The King of Fighters '95 tournament, Billy Kane and Eiji Kisaragi end a sudden duel in a draw. Billy then introduces Eiji to Iori who comes in dragging the body of one of Geese's assassins. Overwhelmed by Iori's strength, Billy invites both Eiji and Iori to form the Rival team to enter the tournament. Iori joins them as a means to meet his rival. Before Rugal dies, Iori mocks him for trying to use the power of Orochi. Claiming that such power could only belong to him, Iori severely injuries his fellow team members. He then declares Kyo and his clan will be next.
Before the King of Fighters '96 tournament, Iori is visited by two mysterious women who introduce themselves as Vice and Mature. They tell him of Kyo's entry in the tournament and try to coerce him to join as well. After a brief fight, he agrees to enter once the two submit to be his servants, intending to use them to help him kill his rival. When he leaves, Vice and Mature contact their employer, Goenitz, ensuring him everything was going to their plan.
During the finals of the tournament, he helps his rival and Chizuru Kagura, heir to the Yata clan, to defeat Goenitz. The former dies leaving a warning to not underestimate the power of Orochi or Yagami. Vice and Mature are left shaken by the ill omen. It is then when Iori suddenly undergoes symptoms of the Riot of the Blood. Unable to control this surge of Orochi power, Iori violently kills his companions.
Before the events of the King of Fighters '97 tournament, Iori learns of his rival's entry from the local news. Later that night, he has a nightmare of two women mocking his inability to defeat Kyo. The women disappear with the promise of meeting him again soon. When he awakes, he coughs up blood. Filled with a sudden hate and rage, he declares to defeat his rival. However, at the tournament's conclusion, he joins both Kyo and Chizuru again.
He advances into the finals, where he confronts the remaining "Four Heavenly Kings" of Orochi, Yashiro Nanakase, Shermie, and Chris. When they are beaten, Orochi possesses Chris' body and attempts to destroy the three clans at once. As was done in the legends of their clans, the trio successfully defeat him. In a last-ditch effort, Orochi causes Iori to enter the Riot of Blood, expecting him to turn on Kyo and Chizuru. Instead, Iori snares Orochi by the neck, and Kyo obliges his rival by crippling the great demon with one last deathblow, allowing Chizuru to reseal Orochi.
|The King of Fighters Characters|
|'94||Terry Bogard • Andy Bogard • Joe Higashi • Mai Shiranui • Kim Kaphwan • Ryo Sakazaki • Robert Garcia • Takuma Sakazaki • King • Yuri Sakazaki • Ralf Jones • Clark Still • Athena Asamiya • Sie Kensou • Kyo Kusanagi • Benimaru Nikaido • Goro Daimon • Chang Koehan • Choi Bounge • Chin Gentsai • Heavy D! • Lucky Glauber • Brian Battler • Heidern • Rugal Bernstein|
|'95||Iori Yagami • Eiji Kisaragi • Billy Kane|
|'96||Leona Heidern • Kasumi Todoh • Mature • Vice • Geese Howard • Wolfgang Krauser • Mr. Big|
|'97||Chizuru Kagure • Yashiro Nanakase • Shermie • Chris • Ryuji Yamazaki • Blue Mary • Shingo Yabuki|
|'99||K' • Maxima • Whip • Bao • Li Xiangfei • Jhun Hoon • Kyo-1 • Kyo-2|
|2000||Ramon • Vanessa • Lin • Seth • Hinako Shijou • Kula Diamond|
|2001||May Lee Jinju • Foxy • K9999 • Angel|
|2003||Ash Crimson • Duo Lon • Shen Woo • Tizoc • Gato • Malin|