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Age: 31




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TJ Combo
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Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct (Xbox One)

No, try me.

— Cinder teaser trailer

"Cinder" (real name Ben Ferris) is a playable character featured in the Killer Instinct franchise. He is a human male with a body composed completely of plasma and flames.


In the original Killer Instinct, Cinder's design was very simple. Cinder's body, due to a chemical accident, is permanently on fire. His skin has been transformed into an orange matter that resembles plasma, like the surface of the sun. The skin may be able to fluctuate its own temperature however, because if it was pure plasma, then Cinder would instantly melt through whatever he was touching. Because of the high temperatures, Cinder has no hair on his body. He has a fairly muscular build and stands at a slightly above-average height, and he has a prominent jawline. His ears are gone, and he has no nose or mouth, but is still able to speak and make sounds. His eyes are solid red orbs with no pupils or irises.

In Killer Instinct (2013), he undergoes several large changes. His body's plasma has darkened and is now brick red, and it emits ribbons of fire that swirl all around his figure. His entire head, shoulders, knees, and chest resemble solid volcanic rock, while his arms and legs remain flames. Over parts of his body are holographic red hexagons that resemble the same patterns found on Riptor's body. His human fingers are beast-like claws, and his eyes now glow white instead of red and are fixated in a vicious glare.

Killer Instinct


Cinder was a convicted criminal who agreed to participate in Ultratech’s chemical weapons test in exchange for early parole. A failed experiment turned him into a being of living flame. He has now been offered freedom if he can defeat Glacius in the Killer Instinct tournament.

Ben Ferris, a small-time criminal with counts of assault, breaking and entering and arson on his record, is the latest convict to be bought out of jail for Ultratech’s twisted uses. His fate is to be used as a human guinea-pig in the company’s chemical weapon developments, an unexpected side-effect leaving him consumed by fire but somehow, much to his own horror, still alive. He is kept confined in a top-security block until Ultratech decide to enter him into the tournament under the codename Cinder to defeat Glacius fairly and in full public view, his freedom providing the ultimate incentive.

Stage: Desert Roof Top


  • Inferno: Forward, Forward And Any Kick
  • Fireflash: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Forward, Forward And Any Kick
  • Heatfist: Back, Back, Quick Punch
  • Heatsink: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Fierce Punch
  • Mirage: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Medium Punch
  • Trailblazer: Charge Back Then Forward And Any Punch
  • Trailblazer (In Air): Up, Forward, Forward And Any Punch

Special Moves

  • Combo Breaker: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Forward, Forward And Any Kick
  • Ultra Combo: Back Then Forward, Fierce Punch

End Specials

  • End Special 1: Charge Back Then Right, Any Punch, Medium Punch
  • End Special 2: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Any Kick, Fierce Kick
  • End Special 3: Forward. Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Any Kick, Medium Kick
  • End Special 4: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Any Kick, Quick Kick

Danger Moves

  • No Mercy 1: [Stand 2 Character Distance Away] Back, Back, Back, Medium Punch
  • No Mercy 2: [Stand 2 Character Distance Away] Half Circle Forward, Quick Kick
  • Humiliation: Back, Back, Back, Back, Fierce Kick


Leaving as the champion of the tournament, a hostile police reception awaits him outside the gates of Ultratech. As no stranger to confinement from his former life of crime, Cinder has no intention of being imprisoned again. Using his newly acquired power, he easily evades the capture attempt, leaving his potential captors in his wake. Picking a location suitable for his current condition, he ponders his next move.

Killer Instinct 2

Cinder did not appear in Killer Instinct 2. In Glacius' character profile, the original Glacius was said to have earned his freedom after "slaying a fire being", implying Cinder was killed by the alien.

Killer Instinct (2013)

Cinder has been confirmed to return in Season Two as the eighth character.

Cinder's presence was first hinted at the end of the TJ Combo announcement trailer. As Combo relishes in his victory over Fulgore he taunts Ultratech, prompting something behind him to suddenly burn brightly. The story is continued at the end of Hisako's trailer, where Cinder laughs at Combo's confidence and ambushes him.

Signature Moves

  • Mini Torch: (Back, Back, Light Punch) Cinder creates a small plume of flame in the palm of his hand.
  • Trailblazer(Forward, Forward, Any Punch) Cinder transforms his body into a spinning fireball, charging towards his opponent. This can also be done in mid-air.
  • Semi Invisibility: (Half-Circle Forward-to-Back, Medium Punch) Cinder dims the natural light from the chemically-induced flames coating his body, allowing projectiles to harmlessly pass by. In the arcade version, he completely disappears from sight, leaving only the red heat haze from his body.
  • Invisibility(Half-Circle Forward-to-Back, Heavy Punch) Cinder alters the composition of his flame-covered body to such an extent that he vanishes completely from sight. Unlike his partial invisibility, this doesn't allow projectiles to pass him by.
  • Inferno(Forward, Forward, Any Kick) Cinder ejects a flamethrower-like stream of chemical fire from his hand, stretching a variable distance across the screen.
  • Fire Flash: (Dragon-Punch Motion/Forward, Down, Forward, Any Kick) Cinder leaps into the air, kicking his enemies off the ground with a somersaulting attack.
  • Air Juggle:


Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct (2013)

Killer Instinct Franchise
Games Killer Instinct  · Killer Instinct 2 ( Killer Instinct Gold)  · Killer Instinct (Xbox One)
Soundtracks Killer Cuts  · Killer Instinct Gold Cuts
Comics KI Nintendo Power  · KI #1  · KI #2  · KI #3  · KI Special #1  · KI Special #2  · KI Special #3
Characters B.Orchid  · Chief Thunder  · Cinder  · Eyedol  · Fulgore  · Gargos  · Glacius  · Jago  · Kim Wu  · Maya  · Riptor  · Sabrewulf  · Sadira  · Shadow Jago  · Spinal  · TJ Combo  · Tusk
Minor Characters ARIA  · Eagle
Organizations Ultratech
Gameplay Combo Breaker & Counter Breaker  · Combo System  · Frame Data  · Instinct Mode  · Knockdown Value  · Lock out  · No Mercy  · Shadow Counter  · Shadow Meter  · Shadow moves  · Ultra Combo
KI Stages Alter (Riptor)  · Boxing Gym (TJ Combo)  · Canyon(Thunder)  · City Rooftop in Chicago[Orchid)
KI2/ Gold Stages
KI Xbox One Stages

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