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One step closer to flushing out Ultratech.

— Orchid's victory quote

Orchid (also called the Black Orchid in reference to her dark beauty) is a female playable fighter and a major signature character of the Killer Instinct games, having featured prominently in each installment of the series to date. A secret agent and highly trained assassin who boasts mystic powers, Orchid was dispatched by a shadowy government organization to uncover the truth behind Ultratech's activities. In Killer Instinct (2013), she's a rogue counterintelligence operative who has embarked on a personal crusade against the nefarious megacorporation, and founded an underground resistance movement known as the Disavowed. Along with her half-brother, Jago, Orchid is one of the main protagonists of the Killer Instinct franchise.



In the original Killer Instinct, Orchid is a young, athletic and dark-haired woman wearing a green leotard with the word "HOT" written on the side in yellow letters. The ends of her leotard feature a yellow lining around her thighs, and she wears green gloves and ankle-length, high-heeled boots. The boots also have yellow cut-offs and show extra weapons strapped to them. Orchid has a green and yellow headband wrapped around her head and wields two plasma-based eskrima sticks.

In Killer Instinct 2, Orchid had a slight redesign, with her leotard now possessing holes on the sides of her chest and cutting off at the 'v' between her legs, her boots extending all the way up to her thighs, and her eskrima sticks being replaced with electrified tonfas. She also has a pair of circular earrings.


Cougars—always watching, waiting for you to let your guard down

In Killer Instinct (2013), she receives a complete design overhaul but in comparison to many of the other characters she retains a design largely similar to her original appearance. Orchid now has a pair of nightvision goggles atop her head, a green armored bustier over a white top, green shorts with a belt around them, black cut-off gloves while on her left upper arm she has a green strap of cloth wrapped around her bicep, bandages wrapped around her wrists and a mini-computer on her right wrist. She wears a single shin-guard on her right knee along with another strap of cloth, and ankle high, high-heeled combat boots. Orchid once more uses electronic eskrima sticks in battle.

Orchid's retro costume closely mirrors her original 1994 appearance but also mixes in minor elements from her KI2 outfit, such as boots and a pair of circular earrings which are much bigger than she had in the previous game.


A devoted soldier driven to obsession, Orchid will never abandon a mission while she lives.

— Orchid's story mode description

Orchid, on the surface, has a flirty, feisty, and playful demeanor, toying with her enemies before beating them down relentlessly. Beneath her sassy exterior she secretly suffers from intense paranoia, believing that Ultratech is anywhere and everywhere and that it is her duty to personally destroy them. This is because of Ultratech’s involvement in the death of her father Jacob, who she was very close to. She occasionally has outbursts of sudden rage, which characterized in the form of her Firecats when she was a child. Her emotional instability is held together by her brother Jago who, although suffering from his own afflictions, does his best to support her.


Orchid fights in a military CQC style from when she was trained as a secret agent, though she mainly focuses her attacks on kicks. She wields two electrified eskrima sticks/tonfas and also carries a set of smoke grenades in the rebooted universe. Because of a government experiment performed on her grandmother, Orchid can also summon a flaming projection of a jaguar called a Firecat which explodes on contact with opponents.

Killer Instinct



♫ Oh baby, she's a killer—such a killer ♫ (KI, 1994)

B. Orchid is a secret agent, sent by an unknown group to investigate the mysterious disappearances that surround the Killer Instinct tournament. Her true identity and abilities are shrouded in secrecy.

Extended Story

For many years, Black Orchid has been amongst the code-named elite of a professional spy organization working for the greater good of society. Her past remains hidden, including some things of which even she is unaware; she won't find out for some time yet that Jago is actually her brother. Realizing that clear evidence of Ultratech's crimes and dark ambition is proving impossible to come by, she eventually decides that the only way into the company is also the most dangerous: straight through the open front door. Once her superiors are persuaded of the necessity, she goes ahead and enters the tournament.


Orchid Classic

♫ Such a feeling—killer feeling ♫ (Orchid's retro costume in KI 2013)

Escaping unscathed with vital information about the corrupt future plans of Ultratech, Orchid rushes back to report. Informing her superiors of Ultratech's evil intentions, they can now act in bringing about the destruction of the corruption presiding there.


Main article: Chicago Rooftop


Command Moves

  • Lasaken: Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Any Punch
  • Flick Flak: Charge Back Then Forward And Any Kick
  • Fire Cat: Charge Back Then Forward And Any Punch
  • Spinning Sword: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back Plus Fierce Punch
  • Ichi: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back Plus Medium Punch Or Quick Punch

Special Moves

  • Combo Breaker: Charge Back Then Forward And Any Kick
  • Ultra Combo: Back, Forward, Medium Punch

End Specials

  • End Special 1: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Fierce Punch, Fierce Punch
  • End Special 2: Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Any Punch, Fierce Punch
  • End Special 3: Charge Back Then Forward And Any Kick, Medium Kick

Danger Moves

  • No Mercy 1: [Outside Sweep] Back, Back, Forward, Forward, Quick Punch
  • No Mercy 2: [Stand Close] Down, Forward, Back Plus Quick Kick [Press Forward Kick To Stomp On Frog]
  • Humiliation: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back Plus Fierce Punch

Killer Instinct 2


Eyedol’s death by Orchid’s hand freed massive energies, ripping Ultratech back in time. Now 2000 years in the past, Orchid must face a new challenge and an even greater foe.

Extended Story

The lethal secret agent remains as enigmatic as always. Had she been caught and detained in her infiltration of Ultratech, the authorities would eventually have exposed her as a valued asset of an international spy organization. However, Orchid's role in the tournament and ultimate victory over the warlord Eyedol yielded some very unexpected results, leaving not only her but most of Ultratech trapped two millennia in the past with rather more urgent concerns on their hands.



♫ Don't give in to fear—this is all you need to hear ♫ (KI2, 1996)

Kill Sabrewulf, don't kill Jago: Gargos is defeated. The way stands clear for the forces of good to rid the world of Ultratech. Cursing Orchid as he is dying, Gargos reveals that Jago is her brother and they'd both soon be dead. Separated at birth, the orphaned brother and sister are reunited. A new fighting team has been formed.

Kill Sabrewulf and Jago: Gargos is defeated. The way stands clear for the forces of good to rid the world of Ultratech. With his dying breath, Gargos curses Orchid to the same fate that had befallen her brother Jago. She returns home, but her victory is hollow. For the rest of her life, she mourns the loss of the brother she never knew.

Don't kill Sabrewulf or Jago: Gargos is defeated. The way stands clear for the forces of good to rid the world of Ultratech. Cursing Orchid as he is dying, Gargos reveals that Jago is her brother and they'd both soon be dead. Reaching beyond the grave, Gargos possesses Sabrewulf and attacks. But Jago slays the wolf and the siblings return home to a new life.

Don't kill Sabrewulf, kill Jago: Gargos is defeated. The way stands clear for the forces of good to rid the world of Ultratech. With his dying breath Gargos curses Orchid to the same fate that had befallen her brother Jago, his spirit possessing Sabrewulf in a last desperate act. Gargos attacks. Taken by surprise, Orchid falls and Gargos has his vengeance.


Main article: Helipad


  • Flick Flack: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Any Kick [Great Opener]
  • Ichi: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Medium Punch [Great Opener]
  • Tiger Slide: Quarter Back, Down, Quarter Forward, Any Kick [Great Opener]
  • Tonfa Fire: Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Any Punch
  • Fake Tonfa Fire: Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Quick Kick
  • San: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Fierce Punch
  • Air-Buster: Forward, Down, Quarter Forward, Any Kick
  • Air Double: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Any Kick
  • Throw: Forward, Fierce Punch
  • Reverse Throw: Back, Fierce Punch [In An Opponent's Throw Move]
  • Parry Move: Back Plus Hold Quick Punch
  • Pressure Move: Forward, Fierce Kick

Special Moves

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

Super Moves

  • Super Ichi: Quarter Back, Down, Quarter Forward, Back, Fierce Punch [Requires 3 Super Bar Blocks, Linker]
  • Fire Cat: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Forward, Medium Kick [Requires 3 Super Bar Blocks, Linker]
  • Super Flak: Down, Quarter Back, Back, Quarter Back, Down, Quarter Forward. Forward, Fierce Kick [Requires 6 Super Bar Blocks]

End Specials

  • End Special 1: Forward, Down, Quarter Forward, Any Kick, Fierce Kick
  • End Special 2: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Any Kick, Fierce Kick
  • End Special 3: Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Fierce Punch, Fierce Puncj
  • End Special 4: Quarter Back, Down, Quarter Forward, Any Kick, Quick Kick
  • End Special 5: Down, Quarter Forward. Forward. Quick Punch


  • Ultimate: Hold Back, Half Circle Back, Medium Kick
  • Ultimate 2: Half Circle Front, High Kick (Killer Instinct: Gold Only)

Killer Instinct (2013)


♫ Listen, this is war—you are gonna hit the floor ♫ (KI, 2013)


Paranoid, unstable, and disavowed from her agency, Orchid is determined to carry out her crusade against the dismantled organization, Ultratech. In war-torn Eastern Europe, she sets out to build an underground network that will prove Ultratech is still active.

Extended Story

The Firecat’s Summoning:

Main article: The Firecat's Summoning

Shadow Lords

To be added....


Spare Sadira, ULTRA Fulgore: Gasping and defeated, Sadira reveals the identity of the one who sanctioned her: ARIA leads a reborn Ultratech. With renewed purpose, Orchid becomes a mercenary angel of vengeance, bent on burning Ultratech to the ground.

Spare Fulgore, ULTRA Sadira: Branded a rogue and psychotic, Orchid leaves behind a wake of death and terror in her single-minded campaign against Ultratech. As others are drawn to her cause, Orchid's network becomes an increasingly unstable and deadly global force to be reckoned with.

ULTRA Both Sadira and Fulgore: With only personal conviction to maintain her crusade against Ultratech, Orchid nearly falters-- until she is again reunited with her brother, Jago. Each grappling with inner demons, they are strengthened by mutual cooperation, resolved to aid each other to the end.


Main article: Rebel Outpost

The rebel outpost is similar in theme to Orchid's Chicago Rooftop and Helipad stages from the previous two games. During an Ultra Combo, the apartment building in the background will be demolished by army helicopters, who demolish it with a missile barrage. If both characters remain idle on this stage for a while, a remix of Orchid's classic theme, "K.I. Feeling", will begin to play in the background.



B. Orchid in her new Rebel Outpost stage for Killer Instinct (2013)

Combo Trait - Double Linkers: Ichi Ni San, when used as a linker, can be performed twice.

Instinct Mode - Cat's Call: Orchid calls her fire cat as the projectile to attack her opponent, leading to some unblockable mix-ups; the fire cat will no longer be used as a projectile after the Instinct Mode is finished, which she can turn into a fire cat of her own.

Command Moves

  • Whiplash
  • Danger Zone
  • Throw

Special Moves

  • Flick Flack: A multi-hitting handstand kick.
  • Ichi Ni San: A quick attack with her batons.
    • 1st Hit:
    • 2nd Hit:
    • 3rd Hit:
    • Ichi Nise: Orchid can dash cancel forward.
  • Blockade Runner: Fast, low hitting slide kick.
  • Air Buster: A powerful knee strike which launches Orchid in the air.
  • Grenade Toss: A stun grenade. Explodes after a time delay or on contact with projectiles.

Shadow Moves

  • Fire Cat: Transforms into a fire cat. This attack is projectile invulnerable.
    • Upper Firecat:
  • Shadow Flick Flack:
  • Shadow Ichi Ni San:

Combo Openers

  • Flick Flack:
  • Ichi Ni San 3rd Hit:
  • Blockade Runner:
  • Shadow Flick Flack:
  • Firecat:

Combo Linkers

  • Flick Flack:
  • Ichi Ni San:
  • Blockade Runner:
  • Shadow Ichi Ni San:
  • Firecat:

Ultra Combo

  • 26 Hits

Ultimate Combo

  • TBA


Target spotted. This should be quick.

— Orchid's intro quote

Coming through!

— Orchid performing her sliding tackle and firecat charge


— Orchid's air grapple technique


— Orchid, seconds before performing her Ultra Combo on the opponent

Take 'em down!

— Orchid activating her Instinct Mode

You're through!

— Orchid unleashing her Ichi Ni San attack on her opponent

Take that!

— Orchid performing her Flick Flack attacks


— Orchid's 1994 victory quote, also used as part of her Time Out pose in KI 2013


— Orchid throwing her Lasaken projectile in KI (1994)


Killer Instinct (1994)

Killer Instinct 2

Killer Instinct (2013)

Killer Instinct Nintendo Power Issue


  • If the opponent is another Orchid during her breast flash No Mercy, instead of having a heart attack, she will throw her eskrimas down and stomp her heels in frustrated jealousy.
  • Orchid's animation while using the Fire Cat in Killer Instinct 2 is recycled from the first Killer Instinct game; the sprite reverts to her original appearance while transforming.
  • In Killer Instinct (2013), Orchid's KI2 costume was meant to be her retro costume but it was later scrapped and gave her Killer Instinct (1994) appearance instead.
  • During development of the original arcade version of Killer Instinct in 1994, which at the time was under the original name "Brute Force", Orchid was not yet created, and in her place were two scrapped female characters: Roxxy/Roxy Rave and Wanda.
    • While Roxxy has not been used in the KI media at all (due to her character being scrapped and replaced with Orchid), her concept appearance looks similar to Ultratech secretary Kara from the non-canon KI Special comics.
  • When heard very closely in her intro, a voice can be heard talking to and supposedly directing Orchid from her unseen communication device, saying "Orchid, confirm visual." and "What's your time estimate?". This is possibly a fellow member of the Disavowed or presumably her superior.

External Links


Killer Instinct (1994) Characters
Playable Jago ·Black Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Chief Thunder ·Sabrewulf ·Spinal ·Cinder ·Riptor ·Fulgore
Boss Eyedol
Killer Instinct 2/Gold Characters
Playable Jago ·Black Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Sabrewulf ·Spinal ·Fulgore ·Maya ·Kim Wu ·Tusk
Boss Gargos
Killer Instinct (2013) Characters
Season 1 Jago ·Sabrewulf ·Glacius ·Thunder ·Sadira ·Orchid ·Spinal ·Fulgore ·Shadow Jago
Season 2 TJ Combo ·Maya ·Kan-Ra ·Riptor ·Omen ·Aganos ·Hisako ·Cinder ·ARIA
Season 3 Kim Wu ·Tusk ·Arbiter ·Rash ·Mira ·Gargos ·General RAAM ·Eyedol ·Kilgore ·Shin Hisako
Killer Instinct Universe
Playable Characters
Killer Instinct Logo HD Jago ·Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Thunder ·Sabrewulf

 ·Spinal ·Riptor ·Cinder ·Fulgore ·Eyedol

Killer Instinct 2 Kim Wu ·Maya ·Tusk ·Gargos
Killer Logo copy Season 1 Sadira ·Shadow Jago
Season 2 Kan-Ra ·Omen ·Aganos ·Hisako ·ARIA
Season 3 Mira ·Rash ·Arbiter ·General RAAM
Season 3+ Kilgore ·Shin Hisako
Non-Playable Characters and Organizations
Minor Characters Eagle ·The Chairman ·Ryat Adams ·Babylonian King ·The Master ·Yeouiju
Organizations Ultratech ·Red Eyes of Rylai ·Disavowed ·Night Guard ·The Coven ·The Alliance
Comics KI Nintendo Power ·KI Issue #1 ·KI Issue #2 ·KI Issue #3 ·KI Special #1 ·KI Special #2 ·KI Special #3
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 ·Kim Wu's Extended Story ·Tusk's Extended Story ·Mira's Extended Story ·Gargos' Extended Story ·The Reawakened ·Rash's Extended Story ·Arbiter's Extended Story ·General RAAM's Extended Story
Killer Instinct Novella The Road to Ravensburg ·The Watchman Awakes ·Dragon's Choice ·Conflux ·ARIA for Noömorph ·Shadows at Dawn
Soundtracks Killer Cuts ·Killer Instinct Gold Cuts ·Killer Instinct Season 1 Soundtrack ·Killer Instinct Season 2 Soundtrack ·Killer Instinct Season 3 Soundtrack
Music "The Way U Move" ·"It's A Jungle" ·"The Instinct"
Gameplay Combo & Counter Breaker ·Ultra Combo ·Ultimate Combo ·Humiliation ·Combo System ·Instinct Mode ·Shadow Meter ·Shadow Moves ·Shadow Counter ·Knockdown Value ·Lock out ·Frame Data ·Character Accessories ·Arcade Mode ·Rivals Mode ·Shadow Lords Mode

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