— You burned?
— Kyo letting out his mighty preparation for battle.
Kyo Kusanagi (草薙 京, Kusanagi Kyō) is the main protagonist of SNK Playmore's long-time The King of Fighters video game series, used by Gojiran103 respectively.
In real life, Kyo is arguably the most popular SNK character while most debate that Kyo and Iori together are top of the chain. He is widely recognized coming from The King of Fighters series and being its main protagonist, while his name also being spread throughout other categories, such as social media, comic-con, fanon products, etc.
Kyo was first introduced as a cocky delinquent high school student, unaware of his bloodlines' powers and unaware of the fact that he was the descendant of the Kusanagi Clan, one of the three clans that sealed the legendary serpent entity Orochi 1,800 years ago. His clan consists of Kusanagi-pyrokinetic powers, an inherited power that few members of his clan possess. They, along with the Yasakani and Yata clans, keep one of the three sacred treasures. His family's treasure is the Kusanagi Sword, and his family crest is the sun, represented in a stylized halo of fire.
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 they join forces, it is often begrudgingly and as a last resort solution to the conflict at hand.
Kyo Kusanagi, currently leader of the Kusanagi clan, specializes in the Kusanagi style of ancient martial arts. A Japanese style of powerful empty handed combat only taught to the Kusanagi members. Like most of the clans members in the modern times, these are labeled as Method/Style with numbers. 108 Shiki: Yama Barai (Method 108: Darkness Sweeper), etc. with "Reverse Methods" being stronger than of other attacks such as Kyo's signature movie, the Orochinagi (Reverse Method 108: Great Serpent Mower), a technique that is used to seal the eight headed serpent, Orochi (Though the regular version of this has been used on many opponents). Kyo also knows Kenpo, and uses it in most of his basic and normal attacks).
Kyo's known to be an excellent combo-buster, that did take a while to master. At age 15, they weren't as much, and currently, at age 22, they explode to ridiculous levels. This can be done normally, or mixing up Kenpo and the Kusanagi style of ancient martial arts doing an incredible offensive-focus. In the early/original games, Kyo followed the "Ryu" and "Ken" archetype with Iori as well.
Being apart of the Kusanagi heritage, unlocking its powers and to use it against others; Kyo has the ability to manipulate the sacred Kusanagi flame, and has full control over it. He can perform multiple arts with the flame, such as summoning ridiculous flame explosions, firing typhoons of flames, and even igniting his body on fire without damaging himself. Having a unique skill of fighting. Kyo can't control fire he didn't create such as the basic elements of controlling through a candle. It's unconfirmed if he can control any other element, though it's unlikely and he'll be staying with his regular powers more than long enough.
|“||Miseteyaru! Kusanagi no kobushi WO!!||„|
|“||Kore ga.... Kusanagi no KEN DA!!||„|
— This is..... the Kusanagi's fiiist!!
|“||Sobat, sobat, SOBAT!||„|
— Kyo yelling his triple air kick attack.
|“||Well, uh, y-yeah! Of course I've been working on my college work!||„|
— Kyo putting up an excuse with Kim Kaphwan.
- According to his conversation with Athena Asamiya, she admitted she had a crush on Kyo some point in the past.
- As mentioned by Kim Kaphwan, Kyo has yet to finish his first year in college, finally exceeding highschool in early 2014 after it took at least less than 10 years. To his excuses, the reason why he had such an extremely hard time struggling to exceed highschool is because he had so KoF many tournaments he applied and went to.
- In the mirror match in KoF XIII, while it can simply just be a mirror match, it can be assumed that Kyo is fighting the last and final remaining clone of himself by N.E.S.TS.
- Ryu once said to Kyo that he had a long way to go. Kyo not understanding, he meant his struggling years of highschool, chuckling.