Desperation Moves (abbreviated as DM's) are the name for what are commonly referred to as Supers. In KOF, these are also sometimes known as Super Special Moves.
- Using a normal DM uses one Super Meter stock.
- Certain DM's, like Ash's Sans-culotte (A~B~C~D) and Shen's Bakushin (C~A~B~C) cost 2 stocks to activate.
- Additionally, some DM's can be powered up as EX Desperation Moves for the cost of 2 stocks. These are executed like EX Specials, by pressing both punch or kick buttons simultaneously instead of one.