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A version of Zero known as Clone Zero is a high-ranking operative of NESTS and the main antagonist of The King of Fighters 2000.

Biography

During the events of King of Fighters '99, he watched the performance of the Kyo clones created by his subordinate Krizalid while analyzing K'. After Krizalid's defeat, the Kyo clones were terminated and Zero kills Krizalid by throwing a boulder on him after stealing the clone transmission data in the process.

In the following game, Zero sets his plan Project '00 into motion impersonating the murdered Ling, a friend of Heidern. Using his Ling persona, Zero orders Heidern to guide the winning team to the factory lift and activate the Zero Cannon's generator. He then has the military personnel hold Heidern prisoner admitting he wants to capture K', Maxima and search NESTS's base.

Zero later reveals himself to the winning team. He also demonstrates the Zero Cannon's power by blowing up part of South Town. As the fights the final team, the generator begins to siphon their energy for the cannon. Even after being beaten, Zero moves to activate the cannon, but the generator fails. As Heidern kills the Ling clone, Zero is confronted by Diana and Foxy for his skullduggery. As punishment, Kula uses the Zero Cannon to kill him.

In the Japanese version of the Ikari Warriors ending, Zero survives long enough to share crucial information about Whip's past before being shot dead by her gun. In the overseas versions, he succumbs to his injuries instead after sharing the information without having Whip to shoot him down.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Killed the real Ling for no reason other than to fool Heidern and accelerate his plans for the Zero Cannon's launch. He also replaced the real Ling with a similar clone to work for his cause while he himself impersonates the real Ling in an attempt to capture Heidern.
  • Lured the KOF winners to activating the Zero Cannon, which is powered by the winners' energies.
  • Attempted to nuke South Town with the Zero Cannon.
  • Killed Krizalid with a boulder after the agent's plan to activate the Kyo Kusanagi clones failed. He also terminated all Kyo clones before they were fully activated.
  • Implied to have killed Seirah and have her cloned as Whip.
  • Betrayed NESTS to activate the Zero Cannon and rule the world for himself and no one else, seeing the organization as no more than a front to create and rule the new world.

Trivia

  • Along with Rugal Bernstein and Goenitz, Clone Zero is one of the three villains from the King of Fighters series who are considered pure evil.

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