Kyo Kusanagi (草薙くさなぎ きょう, Kusanagi Kyō) is the main protagonist in SNK's The King of Fighters video game series. He was first introduced in The King of Fighters '94 as the leader of the Japan team. He is the rival of Iori Yagami.

He was first introduced as a cocky delinquent high school student who is the heir of the Kusanagi clan, one of the three clans that sealed the legendary snake entity, Orochi, 1,800 years ago. His clan wields pyrokinetic powers, an inherited power that few members obtain. They, along with the Yasakani and Yata clans, keep one of the three sacred treasures used to contain Orochi long ago. His family's treasure is the Kusanagi Sword (草薙くさなぎつるぎ, Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi), and his family crest is the sun, represented in a stylized halo of fire.

His official nickname is Scion of the Flame (ほのお貴公子きこうし, Honō no Kikōshi) [1][2] or The Cleansing Exorcising Flame (火炎かえん はらう ゆす, Kaen Harau Yusu).[2][3]

Aside from the main series, Kyo also has a spin-off manga story based on his adventure in The King of Fighters '96, entitled The King of Fighters: Kyo. A video game under the same name was also created to further expand his character. In addition, a number of image songs and audio dramas featuring Kyo's character have been released, including the contents of his own character image album consisting of all of his theme songs. He is a member of SNK's character image band, The Band of Fighters and also co-star alongside Iori in one of SNK's promotional series, Part Time Stories: Kyo & Iori. At Vigamus,[4] a museum of videogames sponsored by the municipality of Rome, a special illustration lists Kyo as the mascot of the mid-90's era of Neo Geo.[5]

Personality

Kyo is the over-confident but well meaning protagonist of the series, more interested in enjoying life than having to partake in any particular responsibilities. He is quick to dismiss subjects that don't interest him and will often carry out his actions with a devil-may-care attitude. Despite his seemingly arrogant and rude demeanor, he treasures his friends and family, enjoying their presence and particularly doting on his girlfriend, Yuki. His extreme disinterest in studies has led to his chronic inability to graduate from high school (which has become subject to in-jokes). Although he is confident in his poetic talent, most of his poems aren't considered to be good by his listeners.

Kyo takes his clan's responsibilities on a more personal level, disregarding ancient legends and predestined events as any reason for his actions. His strong sense of justice and his zeal to fight stronger opponents are what he believes to drive him to carry out his destiny. His rivalry with Iori is one of mutual hatred and was hardly spurred by their clans' history. When Kyo and Iori join forces, it is often begrudgingly and as a last resort solution to the conflict at hand.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Official character profile from The King of Fighters XII
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official character profile from KOF Maximum Impact Regulation "A"
  3. Official site for The King of Fighters XIII
  4. Vigamus official website.
  5. SNK Legends at Italian Museum of Videogames, Vigamus! Archived from the original
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The King of Fighters '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

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The King of Fighters '95

Iori YagamiBilly KaneEiji KisaragiSaisyu KusanagiOmega Rugal

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The King of Fighters '96

LeonaMatureViceKasumi TodohGeese HowardWolfgang KrauserMr. BigChizuru KaguraGoenitz

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The King of Fighters '97

Shingo YabukiYashiro NanakaseShermieChrisBlue MaryRyuji YamazakiOrochi IoriOrochi LeonaOrochi YashiroOrochi ShermieOrochi ChrisOrochi

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The King of Fighters '99

K'MaximaWhipBaoLi XiangfeiJhun HoonKyo-1Kyo-2Krizalid

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The King of Fighters '99: Evolution

VanessaSethSyo KirishimaAlfredFiolina GermiGai Tendo

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The King of Fighters 2000

RamonLinHinako 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

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The King of Fighters 2001

May Lee JinjuK9999AngelZeroRonGluganIgnizMistyNests

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The King of Fighters 2002

Kusanagi

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SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium

Kyo KusanagiTerry BogardMai ShiranuiLeonaHaohmaruRyo SakazakiAthena AsamiyaNakoruruIori YagamiAkari IchijouYuri SakazakiGeese HowardOrochi Iori

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Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000

Benimaru NikaidoKingViceJoe HigashiRaidenKim KaphwanRyuji YamazakiRugal Bernstein

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Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001

Rock HowardChang KoehanChin GentsaiRyuhaku TodohHibiki TakaneGod Rugal

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