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Killer Instinct - Maya
Family: Mira (fraternal twin)







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Projectile Rushdown


Kim Wu
TJ Combo


Shadow Jago

Voiced by:

P. M. Rodriguez (KI 2013)

Watch out. You might get cut.

— Maya's intro quote

Maya Fallegeros is a female character originally introduced in the 1996 arcade game Killer Instinct 2. An Amazon warrior-queen hailing from the South American rain forests, she has become the leader of a secretive cabal of monster hunters known as the Night Guard. Maya made her second debut as a playable character in the Season Two of Killer Instinct (2013), and was given a fraternal twin in Season Three through the new character of Mira.

Appearance Edit

In Killer Instinct 2, Maya appears as a South American Amazon queen with blond hair, who wears leopard-skin gloves, greaves, skirt, and bra, and has several leather strings and pouches on her thighs. She also wears a bejeweled silver circlet on her forehead, and wields two wide-bladed steel daggers.

Maya's appearance received a significant overhaul in Killer Instinct 2013. She no longer wears her leopard-skin clothing, and instead dons an Incan-style golden armor set consisting of a chest piece, shoulder guards, gauntlets, greaves, and boots. She has become noticeably taller, her skin tone is slightly darker than before, and her hair is longer; now worn in tightly woven braids down her back. She also features a distinct scar, burn mark, or tattoo running up her left leg. Maya's new twin daggers, the golden blades called Temperance & Vengeance, are ancient Egyptian relics that represent light & shadow, and were confiscated by her order from the sorcerer Kan-Ra.

Killer Instinct 2 Edit


Made queen of the land of Amazonia after her part in banishing the dark lord Gargos. Cast out by her tribe as Gargos returns, Maya must vanquish him to regain her throne.

Extended Story
The return of the tyrannical Gargos to the ancient world is welcomed by few. Among his foremost adversaries are the Amazons of the great jungle, whose recently-crowned Queen, Maya, earned great respect for her part in the original banishment of the demonic warlords. Now that one of them has returned to lay his curse on the world, Maya's tribes folk cast her from the realm. Until the threat is permanently dealt with, she is forbidden to return.

Stage: Jungle

Moveset Edit

  • Mantis:Back, Forward, Fierce Punch [Great Opener]
  • Savage Blades: Back, Forward, Medium Punch [Great Opener]
  • Flip Kick: Back, Forward, Medium Kick [Great Opener]
  • Air Mantis: (In Air) Forward, Back, Fierce Punch [Great Opener]
  • Jungle Leap: Back, Forward, Fierce Kick [Great Opener]
  • Savage Leap: Back, Forward, Quick Kick [Great Opener]
  • Cobra Bite: Back, Forward, Quick Punch
  • Air Double: Forward, Back, Any Kick
  • Throw: Forward, Fierce Punch
  • Reverse Throw: Back, Fierce Punch [In An Opponent's Throw]
  • Parry Move: Back, Hold Quick Punch
  • Pressure Move: Forward, Fierce Kick

Special Moves:

  • Combo Breaker: Back, Forward, Any Punch And Any Kick
  • Ultra Combo Breaker: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Fierce Kick [Requires 6 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Mini-Ultra Combo: Forward, Back, Fierce Punch
  • Ultra Combo: Forward, Back, Fierce Kick
  • Ultimate Combo: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Quick Kick
  • 0-Combo Ultimate: Back, Quarter Back, Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Back, Quick Punch

Super Moves:

  • Super Flip Kick: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Medium Kick [Requires 3 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Super Savage Blades: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Medium Punch [Requires 3 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Shadow Move: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Fierce Punch [Requires 3 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Super Jungle Leap: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Fierce Kick [Requires 6 Super Bar Blocks]

End Specials:

  • End Special 1: Back, Forward, Quick Punch, Quick Punch
  • End Special 2: Back, Forward, Fierce Punch, Fierce Punch
  • End Special 3: Back, Forward, Fierce Kick, Fierce Kick
  • End Special 4: Back, Forward, Quick Kick, Quick Kick
  • End Special 5: Forward, Back, Quick Punch [After First 4 Enders]

Endings Edit

Kill TuskEdit

Maya saves her home land from Gargos. Life in the rain forest can proceed as normal. Triumphant, Maya returns home on her own to the jungle realm of Amazonia. The enchantments of the queen keep the tribe well defended, and although lonely, she rules well.

Don't Kill Tusk Edit

Maya saves her home land from Gargos. Life in the rain forest can proceed as normal. The threat has been destroyed, and Maya has earned a new admirer she quite takes a fancy to. The two are soon married, and with the protection of Maya's goddess, their reign is a long and peaceful one.

Killer Instinct (Xbox One) Edit

Maya was the 2nd character to be released for Season Two of Killer Instinct 2013and she became the first of the original Killer Instinct 2 cast of characters to be reintroduced to the KI franchise after twenty years.


A headstrong warrior with a will of steel, in battle Maya can always be found on the front lines charging in with her daggers, Temperance and Vengeance. When Ultratech raids the hidden temple of her order and starts to loot the dangerous artifacts that were sealed within, Maya takes up the golden daggers known as Temperance and Vengeance, the ancient blades of the mad sorcerer Kan-Ra, and sets out to destroy the horrors Ultratech again unleashed unto the world.

Extended Story Edit

Temperance & Vengeance: A member of a secretive and ancient clan of monster hunters called the Night Guard, Maya Fallegeros has lived her entire life with the knowledge that the world is a much scarier place than most will ever see. While humans believe themselves to have grown beyond childish boogeymen and creatures of myth, Maya and her order know that they indeed exist, and travel the globe to hunt and eliminate these threats as they attempt to prey on humanity.

Maya and her twin sister Mira grew up in the Guard’s timeworn citadel in the Andes—the only home they’d ever known. They listened with rapt attention to the stories of adventure and intrigue from the Guard’s members after they had returned from their missions. They learned that monsters wear many faces…sometimes even human ones.

Both girls loved the honeycomb of maze-like passages below the temples, and spent countless hours exploring them, much to the chagrin of their father and the rest of the order, who repeatedly warned them of the dangers of the many arcane items and antiquities kept deep in the dark places below the headquarters. Maya became fascinated by a certain set of golden daggers uncovered in the vaults after the destruction and immolation of the horror—the sorcerer Kan-Ra—who once ruled the Andean citadel.

When they were of appropriate age, the sisters apprenticed with other Night Guard members on hunts, eventually maturing into capable agents of the order. The young women worked well together, and Maya and Mira became one of the Guard’s best duos, travelling the world and hunting evil wherever it reared its many ugly heads.

While tracking down an age-old evil in vaults deep within the Siberian Mountains, Mira was forced to sacrifice herself to save her sister. In the days and years that followed Maya’s recovery from that mission, she became increasingly enraged at her failure to protect her beloved sister, resulting in poorly executed missions that exposed her and the Guard to the public. This carelessness eventually drew the attention of ARIA—the artificial mind running Ultratech.

Under ARIA’s orders (and led by the fiery plasma creature known as Cinder), an Ultratech army stormed the citadel to raid the Night Guard’s headquarters for its secrets. During this battle, the sorcerer Kan-Ra was accidentally released from a vault where he’d been imprisoned for centuries. Kan-Ra escaped with a collection of tomes documenting an ancient battle with an entity known as a “Shadow Lord.”

Maya, wielding the set of forbidden daggers, was the only order member to emerge from the conflict alive. Her order decimated and multiple evil forces freed once again, she set out to first recapture the sorcerer and bring Ultratech to justice for the murders of the Guard’s members.

Maya finally faced down Kan-Ra, defeating him and discovering his recent manipulations of dimensions through powerful portals. Peering into this other plane, Maya was touched by the Astral entities there, gaining insight into the nefarious plans of a malevolent being called Gargos…but with no clear idea as to how this mighty creature could be thwarted.

She then recruited a number of the heroes in order to plan how best to act against these two growing threats when Ultratech attacked yet again, bent on wiping out the heroes before they could move against the sinister megacorporation. But right before killing Maya and her comrades ARIA withdrew her forces as a new and potentially apocalyptic threat suddenly appeared on the Earth—a demonic force led by Gargos: the master of the Shadow Lords.

In the few moments during which Maya is separated from her golden daggers Temperance and Vengeance, a perhaps clearer mind forces her to wonder if she is gaining mastery over their magicks, or if the magicks are gaining mastery over her. Is she losing access to the daggers’ most powerful techniques, or are those techniques transforming into something greater?

Stage: City of Dawn (Similarity of Jungle (KI2))

When an Ultra Combo is performed in City of Dawn, lightning begins to strike the Mesoamerican pyramids and the dam causing them to explode and leaving them in ruins.


Command Attacks

  • Air Mantis
  • Axe Kick
  • Axe Kick Fakeout
  • Dagger Pickup
  • Savage Strikes
  • Hunter Dash
  • Back Dash
  • Throw Forward
  • Throw Backward

Shadow Attacks

  • Shadow Spirit Slicer
  • Shadow Tumble Kick
  • Shadow Leap Kick

Special Moves

  • Tumble Kick
  • Leap Kick
  • Temperance Strike
  • Vengeance Strike
  • Enmity Strike

Combo Openers

  • Tumble Kick
  • Axe Kick
  • Temperance Strike
  • Vengeance Strike
  • Enmity Strike
  • Shadow Spirit Slicer
  • Shadow Tumble Kick

Combo Linkers

  • Tumble Kick
  • Leap Kick
  • Temperance Strike
  • Vengeance Strike
  • Shadow Leap Kick
  • Shadow Tumble Kick

Combo Enders

  • Spirit Strike Ender
  • Tumble Kick Ender
  • Leap Kick Ender


Ultra Combo: 41 Hits

Dagger Information - Maya possesses two daggers, a light-based one known as Temperance and a shadow-based one called Vengeance. She can throw either of these daggers even in combos. However these daggers, when thrown, will not immediately return to her. If an opponent blocks or gets hit by one of her daggers, it will bounce off to which Maya can catch them. However, if she is too far away or she misses completely, she will have to manually pick them back up. If she is in a mirror match, these daggers will be marked with an icon showing who it belongs to. Both daggers will always automatically return to Maya's grasp during her Instinct Mode.

  • Missing Daggers- If Maya is missing a dagger, that button will trigger a kick of the same strength.
  • Charging The Blades- Earn magical charges by forcing your opponent to block individual dagger strikes. Use Enmity Strike to spend all available charges.
  • Temperance Charge 1- Spent when using Enmity Strike. Adds ricochet ability to the projectile.
  • Temperance Charge 2-Spent when using Enmity Strike. Adds homing ability to the projectile.
  • Vengeance Charge 1- Spent when using Enmity Strike. Adds durability to the projectile (can pass through and destroy other projectiles).
  • Vengeance Charge 2- Spent when using Enmity Strike. Projectile becomes invulnerable.

Combo Trait - Dagger Linkers: If she is close enough in the combo, Maya can throw a dagger as a linker.

Instinct Mode - Possession Rite: Both daggers will always return to Maya no matter where she is and even if they were already on the ground when she activates Instinct.


Huh! You're not worthy prey.

— Maya's victory quote


— Maya in her gameplay

Trivia Edit

  • Maya's music theme for Killer Instinct (2013), titled "Temperance & Vengeance" for her eponymous set of daggers, is a vocalized remix of Maya's classic Killer Instinct 2 theme "Jungle". It was composed by Mick Gordon.
  • During her first reveal, Iron Galaxy described Maya as "Incan inspired" and of "Latin origin", and succinctly characterized her as a "warrior, hunter, badass" and "monster hunter extraordinaire".
  • In a twist of irony, Maya's fraternal twin, Mira, has been given the same dimensions, height, and muscularity that Maya originally had in Killer Instinct 2.

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Killer Instinct 2 Edit

Killer Instinct (Xbox One) Edit

Killer Instinct Franchise
Games Killer Instinct · Killer Instinct 2 (Gold) · Killer Instinct (2013)
Characters Jago · TJ Combo · Spinal · Thunder · Glacius · Fulgore · Cinder · Sabrewulf · Orchid · Riptor · Eyedol · Tusk · Kim Wu · Maya · Gargos · Sadira · Shadow Jago · Kan-Ra · Omen · Aganos · Hisako · ARIA · Mira
Minor Characters Eagle · The Chairman · Ryat Adams · Babylonian King · The Master · Yeouiju
Guest Characters Rash · Arbiter · General RAAM
Organizations Ultratech · Night Guard · Disavowed · The Coven · Red Eyes of Rylai
Soundtracks Killer Cuts · Killer Instinct Gold Cuts · Killer Instinct: Season One Soundtrack + Original Arcade Soundtrack · Killer Instinct (Original Game Soundtrack), Season 2
Literature KI Nintendo Power · KI #1 · KI #2 · KI #3 · KI Special #1 · KI Special #2 · KI Special #3 · Killer Instinct Novella
Extended Stories The Secrets of the Tiger · The Lycanthrope's Tale · The Ice-man Cometh · Murder of Crows · The Widow’s Bite · The Firecat's Summoning · The Quest of the Searing Skull · Fulgore Mark 03 Field Manual-L · Glory Days · Temperance and Vengeance · Death is no Obstacle · You and Your Riptor Unit · The Herald of Gargos · Peacemaker · The Everlasting Child · The Third Degree · Evolve or Die
Gameplay Character Accessories ·Combo Breaker & Counter Breaker · Combo System · Frame Data · Instinct Mode · Knockdown Value · Lock out · No Mercy · Rivals Mode · Shadow Counter · Shadow Lords Mode · Shadow Meter · Shadow Moves · Ultra Combo

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