Nameless (ネームレス) is an original character made for The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match. He was made to replace K9999 in the lineup presumably due to the copyright issues surrounding his character. Ureshino comments on his personal blog that other key concepts for Nameless were "ninja" and "immediate reaction".
He is voiced by Daisuke Ono, who also provides the voice of the announcer.
He is the 9,999th K' clone and the only survivor of "Project Ж". He has no name and is known by NESTS by his codename Ж' or "Zhe Prime" -Ж being a Cyrillic letter with the appearance of a combination of a backwards K and a normal K (ʞK'). For as long as he can remember, he knew only pain and suffering as a test experiment. He and his "brothers" (other clones dubbed as "K' children") were tested to see how normal DNA could withstand the Kusanagi DNA due to their unprecedented success with K'. Most of his brothers either exploded or suffered from severe burns from the genetic mutation. Nameless himself has come close to death at least 180 times. Eventually, the scientists learned that it required strong will power to keep the flame in check and focused on painful endurance tests.
Nameless lived a miserable existence until he spotted a beautiful yet sad girl named Isolde. Whenever he was badly injured, he would see her near the infirmary. Though he was usually too wounded to speak to her, he fell in love with her. The thought of one day being with her kept him alive through his merciless training and experiments. Once the laboratory members deemed him fit to wield the Kusanagi flame, his custom glove was grafted onto his right arm. The glove is meant to enhance his strength of will, which would theoretically make him as adept as Kyo.
After the final testing with his glove was complete, he was sent to earth to test his combat capabilities. He unintentionally killed a woman by merely tapping her shoulder. Impressed by the results, he became an assassin for NESTS. On one of his assignments, he cornered a man who was trying to escape from the syndicate. In a bid to spare his life, the escapee confessed the truth behind Isolde.
She was a part of the Anti K' Project and was given the power to control ice. However, her abilities were deemed to be inadequate until she saw Nameless. Seeing the connection between the two subjects, NESTS allowed the two to routinely see one another to bring out their full potential. Regrettably, Isolde died from her testing. Rather than waste her progress, NESTS crafted her DNA into Nameless's glove. Her abilities keep the flames pacified until it's needed for use.
Nameless doesn't know if he should believe the man but realizes that his words have weight to them as he hasn't seen Isolde since he received his glove. Not wanting to risk losing Isolde, he unquestionably follows any orders he's given by NESTS. He hopes to one day return her to her rightful body.
A tragic young man who wishes only to be with his beloved. He locked away his emotions to follow his creators' orders without question with the hope that he can resurrect his lover.
- Pyrokinesis - Due to him containing Kusanagi DNA, he can manipulate genetically altered blood-colored flames.
- Flame Wave - Nameless can create an angled wave of flame in close proximity.
- Flame Shield - Nameless can create a dome-like shield around himself made entirely of fire.
- Flame Thrower - Nameless can fire several bursts of fire at once.
- Full Power Flame Pillar - If Nameless uses his full power, he can create a pillar of fire around himself that covers a large proximity area. Doing so leaves him very fatigued afterward. It is said that a woman appears when he uses this technique...
- Polymorphic Ice Glove - Crafted using Isolde's DNA, the glove keeps his flames pacified due to Isolde being a part of the Anti-K' project.
- Drill - The glove can turn into a drill of any size.
- Projection - Isolde, channeled through the glove, can appear when Nameless unleashes his full power. Whether this is an astral or holographic projection remains unknown.
His fighting style is roughly the same as K9999's with the exception of several aesthetic changes. He relies more on pure instinct and less on his glove. Gameplay-wise, he is much more balanced than his predecessor and can be seen as a mid/high-tier character.
- Ж' (Zhe Prime) - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match