Joe Higashi
Name Joe Higashi
Height 5'10 7/8" (180 cm)
Weight 154 lbs (70 kg) (KOF XII-KOF XIII)
176 lbs (80 kg) (Fatal Fury-KOF 2003)
Homeworld JAPA0001 Japan
Race Human
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Weapon(s) Fists
Debut Fatal Fury: King of Fighters
English Voice Actor Greg Irwin
Japanese Voice Actor Katsuhisa Namase (Fatal Fury (2+Special); The King of Fighters '94)
Nobuyuki Hiyama (Fatal Fury 3~present)

Joe Higashi (ジョー・ヒガシ, Jō Higashi or 東丈, Higashi Jō) is a playable character from both Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series. His official nickname is The Young Champ of Muay Thai.

In Gamest's 1997 Heroes Collection, Joe was voted as the staff's thirty-ninth favorite character. He shared the spot with four other characters, including Fatal Fury character, Jin Chonrei, and Street Fighter character, Zangief. In the character popularity poll on Neo Geo Freak's website, he was voted as the second favorite character with a total of 3,654 votes.


The Legacy of Joe HigashiEdit

  • Fatal Fury: King of Fighters (1991)
  • Fatal Fury 2 (1992)
  • Fatal Fury Special (1993-2007)
  • The King of Fighters '94 (1994-2008)
  • Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory (1995)
  • The King of Fighters '95 (1995)
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury (1995)
  • The King of Fighters '96 (1996)
  • The King of Fighters '97 (1997)
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (1997)
    • Real Bout Fatal Fury Special: Dominated Mind (1998)
  • The King of Fighters: Kyo (1998-2007)
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers (1998)
  • The King of Fighters '98 (1998)
  • Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition (1999-2007)
  • The King of Fighters '99 (1999)
  • The King of Fighters 2000 (2000)
  • The King of Fighters 2001 (2001)
  • The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood (2002)
  • The King of Fighters 2002 (2002)
  • The King of Fighters 2003 (2003)
  • The King of Fighters Neowave (2004)
  • Fatal Fury: The Legend of Wild Wolf (2006)
  • The King of Fighters XII (2009)
  • The King of Fighters XIII (2010-2012)


At first, Joe was a stoic character who lived for fighting and training. As time passed, he became a pretty goofy man who self-proclaims himself to be a genius with mostly everything. He doesn't take battles as seriously as the Bogards, but he loves to fight. If Joe could, he would fight every fighter he sees. He loves the spotlight and the glory of victory.

Theme SongEdit

Along with Terry and Andy Bogard, their theme is "Wild Street" from The King of Fighters XIII.



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