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Kyo-1 (草薙くさなぎ きょう-1) is a character in The King of Fighters series. He was introduced as one of Kyo Kusanagi's many clones who serves the NESTS cartel.

Development

In The King of Fighters '99, two clones of Kyo Kusanagi appeared as selectable characters: Kyo-1 and Kyo-2. The original Kyo was redesigned for the game, but some designers wanted his return to KOF '99 with his iconic school uniform. When they were nearing the end of their production schedule, staff members were indecisive upon which uniform the Kyo clone should wear (KOF '94 or KOF '95) when the project head said to just make two clones instead. To save time, the project head then drew designs for Kyo-1 and Kyo-2 on the spot.[1]

Story

During the course of The King of Fighters '99, Kyo-1 and Kyo-2 were merely two of thousands ready to be activated by Krizalid. They were presumably destroyed, since both characters don't have a personal ending and don't belong to any team. They return in The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match as part of the Clone Team along with Kusanagi, only to presumably test their opponents and eliminate Kyo.

Personality

Kyo-1 is more serious than Kyo-2, and doesn't underestimate any of his opponents. He hates Kyo Kusanagi with a burning passion.

Powers

  • Pyrokinesis - Kyo-1 has control over fire except for those he didn't create.
    • Create Fire - Kyo-1 can create fire from thin air.
    • Fire Attacks - Kyo-1 can throw balls of fire.
    • Fire Projectile - Kyo-1 can fire a projectile of fire through the ground.

Fighting Style

His fighting style is based on Kyo's fighting style during The King of Fighters '94 and The King of Fighters '95 , though heavily modified and arranged. Like Kyo-2, Kyo-1 does not possess any method numbering like the original Kyo does, and his Oniyaki (Ogre Baker) is notably replaced by a variation of the original Kyo's Batsu Yomi (Punishment Recital) known as the Aoki (Pale Ogre).

Music

  • Esaka ~Acid Mix~ - The King of Fighters '99
  • Niritsuhaihan (Antinomy) ~Mutually Exclusive Dichotomy~ - The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match

Voice Actors

Appearances

Games

Cameos

  • Days of Memories (fourth title) - in-text cameo; mentioned as one of Krizalid's minions

Trivia

  • Compared to Kusanagi and Kyo-2, Kyo-1's attacks are more original with moves like the Kurogami (Black Bite; a flameless Aragami-style punch not unlike Shingo's Aragami Mikansei) and Suishin (Crest Swing; a simple elbow drop derived from the Yanosabi/Eight Rusts); even a flameless version of the original Kyo's Migiri Ugachi (Momentary Driller).
  • His new DM and MAX2DM/HSDM in The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match resembles Terry Bogard's Power Wave and Saisyu Kusanagi's Tsumugari (All-Eyes Reaper), respectively. His DM is known as the Shutenbarai (Vermilion Heaven Sweeper), and with his HSDM/MAX2 being a Dokugami-to-Orochinagi combo known as the Ame no Habakiri (Feathery Slash of Heaven), which is a Shintou mythology reference.
    • This predates NESTS Style Kyo's Saishuu Kessen Hiougi: Totsuka (Final Play-Off Hidden Secret Skill: Ten Fists) in The King of Fighters XIII, as the Totsuka-no-Tsurugi (Sword-of-Ten Fists) is also known as both the Ame-no-Habakiri and the Ame-no-Ohabari (Tail Feather String-of-Heaven).

Similar characters

Cards

SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash 2 Expand Edition

Gallery

Sprites

The King of Fighters '99: Millennium Battle


References

The King of Fighters characters
KOF '94 Kyo KusanagiBenimaru NikaidoGoro DaimonTerry BogardAndy BogardJoe HigashiRyo SakazakiRobert GarciaTakuma SakazakiRalf JonesClark StillHeidernAthena AsamiyaSie KensouChin GentsaiKingMai ShiranuiYuri SakazakiKim KaphwanChang KoehanChoi BoungeHeavy-D!Lucky GlauberBrian BattlerRugal Bernstein
KOF '95 Iori YagamiBilly KaneEiji KisaragiSaisyu KusanagiOmega Rugal
KOF '96 Leona HeidernMatureViceKasumi TodohGeese HowardWolfgang KrauserMr. BigChizuru KaguraGoenitz
KOF '97 Shingo YabukiYashiro NanakaseShermieChrisBlue MaryRyuji YamazakiOrochi IoriOrochi LeonaOrochi YashiroOrochi ShermieOrochi ChrisOrochi
KOF '98UM Nightmare Geese
KOF '99 K'MaximaWhipBaoLi XiangfeiJhun HoonKyo-1Kyo-2Krizalid
KOF '99: Evolution VanessaSethSyo KirishimaAlfredFiolina GermiGai Tendo
KOF 2000 RamónLinHinako ShijouKula DiamondClone ZeroFoxyCandy DiamondAnother K'Another IoriAnother BenimaruAnother RobertCosplayer KyokoKang Bae DalSmart ChangCool ChoiKaoru WatabeBaitangDuck KingLilly KaneKim Jae HoonKim Dong HwanUnknownKing LionKim Sue-ilKaedeDuke EdwardsRockyAthenaNeo & GeoG-Mantle
KOF 2001 May Lee JinjuK9999AngelZeroRonGluganIgnizMistyNests
KOF 2002 Kusanagi
KOF 2002UM Nameless
KOF 2003 Ash CrimsonDuo LonShen WooTizocGatoMalinMaki KaguraAdelheid BernsteinMukai
KOF XI OswaldElisabeth BlanctorcheMomokoB. JenetShionMagakiSilberSho HayateJyazuHotaru FutabaTung Fu Rue
KOF XII Raiden
KOF XIII Hwa JaiSaikiEvil AshMr. Karate
KOF XIV Shun'eiMeitenkunGang-ilLuongXanaduSylvie Paula PaulaKukriMianNelsonZarinaBandeiras HattoriKing of DinosaursHeinNakoruruMamahahaMui MuiLove HeartAlice Garnet NakataAntonovVerseNajd
KOF XV IslaDolores • Unnamed Boss
KOF EX: Neo Blood Moe Habana
KOF EX2: Howling Blood Reiji OogamiJun KagamiMiu KurosakiSinobu Amou
KOF: Maximum Impact Alba MeiraSoiree MeiraLien NevilleMignon BeartChae LimDukeRock Howard
KOF: Maximum Impact 2 Luise MeyrinkNagaseJivatmaNinon BeartHyenaHanzo HattoriKyo Kusanagi ClassicWild WolfMr. Karate IIArmor RalfRichard Meyer
KOF: Maximum Impact Regulation "A" Xiao LonMakoto Mizoguchi
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