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SNK Portrait Kyo.png

Kyo Kusanagi (草薙 京) is one of the main characters of the King of Fighters series. He is the heir to the Kusanagi clan (members of his clan possess pyrokinetic powers) and the leader of the Hero Team.

Story (in the KOF Orochi Saga)[edit]

KOF Orochi Kyo.png

660 years ago, the Kusanagi and Yasakani clans were once allies. However, due to the latter's jealousy and hatred over the former's fame, the Yasakani struck a blood pact with Orochi for more power. They renamed their family name to Yagami and their flames, previously red like their former allies, changed to violet from Orochi's taint. Since then, the clans have waged a generation long grudge with casualties made from both sides. It continues in The King of Fighters series with Kyo and Iori Yagami.

Shortly after the completion of his training, Kyo competes in a preliminary held in Japan to determine the members of the country's representative team in The King of Fighters '94 tournament. He bests Goro Daimon and Benimaru Nikaido to become the leader of the team, the two becoming his teammates and eventual friends. They reach the finals, where they met the host of the tournament, a powerful fighter named Rugal Bernstein. Rugal boasts his desire to fight powerful opponents and challenges them. After his defeat, he self-destructs his ship in attempt to bring them with him but the team escapes unharmed.

In the next tournament, Kyo and his team are invited once again into a tournament organized once again by Rugal, who survived his craft's self-destruction. This time, Rugal also brainwashed Kyo's missing father, Saisyu, into attacking his son. Kyo's father regains his senses after he was subdued by the team. To counter the team's strength, Rugal challenges them with power sapped from Orochi. However, Rugal's body was overwhelmed by the power's immensity and he was vaporized after his defeat. Pleased with his son's prowess, Saisyu leaves unnoticed, insinuating that he entrusts the clan's duty to Kyo.

Prior to the events of The King of Fighters '96, a mysterious man -later revealed to be one of the "Four Heavenly Kings" of Orochi, Goenitz- challenges Kyo to a fight. Kyo arrives, powered by his overwhelming confidence in his fists, only to be defeated soundly by his challenger and sent to the hospital. In spite of his injuries, his anger and spirit from his loss drove him to invent powerful new techniques -this is the canon explanation for Kyo trading his ground-fireball attack for his now trademark flame-laced melee attack strings. He enters the year's tournament to prove his strength to his unknown attacker. In the tournament's finals, he meets the host of the tournament and the younger heiress of the Yata clan, Chizuru Kagura. At the tournament's end, he vanquishes Goenitz with Iori and Chizuru's help. Though he is warned by Chizuru of his clan's destiny with Orochi, Kyo ignores her and promptly departs.

Before The King of Fighters '97 takes place, he is pestered by fellow high school student, Shingo Yabuki, to teach him how to create his flames. Though annoyed and flustered by his persistence, Kyo partially agrees to mentor him as a means of gaining free meals. He also experiences nightmares of a strange man defeating him at the King of Fighters tournament, but continues to participate. Though it's ambiguous as to which team he enters during the tournament, it is canonly accepted that Kyo joins with Iori and Chizuru for its conclusion.

He advances into the finals, where he confronts the remaining "Four Heavenly Kings" of Orochi, Yashiro Nanakase, Shermie, and Chris. When they are beaten, Orochi possesses Chris' body and attempts to destroy the three clans at once. As was done in the legends of their clans, the trio successfully defeat him. In a last-ditch effort, Orochi (manifested in Chris' body) causes Iori to enter the berserk Riot of Blood state, expecting him to turn on Kyo and Chizuru. Instead, Iori snares Orochi by the neck, and Kyo obliged his rival by crippling the great demon with one last deathblow, allowing Chizuru to reseal Orochi.

Teams[edit]

Moves[edit]

The King of Fighters '94[edit]

Portrait KOF94 Kyo.png
Name Input
Ge Shiki Gou Fu You Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-DKick.png
Ge Shiki Naraku Otoshi Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngArcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png
108 Shiki Yami Barai Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
100 Shiki Oni Yaki Arcade-Stick-Dp.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
101 Shiki Oboro Guruma Arcade-Stick-RDp.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
Desperation Move
Ura 108 Shiki Orochi Nagi
Arcade-Stick-Qcb.pngArcade-Stick-Hcf.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png

The King of Fighters '95[edit]

Portrait KOF95 Kyo.png
Name Input
Ge Shiki Gou Fu You Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-DKick.png
88 Shiki Arcade-Stick-DR.png+ Arcade-Button-DKick.png
Ge Shiki Naraku Otoshi Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngArcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png
108 Shiki Yami Barai Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
100 Shiki Oni Yaki Arcade-Stick-Dp.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
101 Shiki Oboro Guruma Arcade-Stick-RDp.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
202 Shiki Koto Tsuki You Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
75 Shiki Kai Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png ,then Arcade-Button-Kick.png
Desperation Move
Ura 108 Shiki Orochi Nagi
Arcade-Stick-Qcb.pngArcade-Stick-Hcf.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png

The King of Fighters '96[edit]

Portrait KOF96 Kyo.png
Name Input
100 Shiki Oni Yaki Arcade-Stick-Dp.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
707 Shiki Oni Yaki Arcade-Stick-RDp.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
202 Shiki Koto Tsuki You Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
75 Shiki Kai Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Button-Kick.png (first Kick must connect)
114 Shiki Ara Kami Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-APunch.png
__128 Shiki Kono Kizu Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 114 Shiki Ara Kami
____127 Shiki Yano Sabi Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 114 Shiki Ara Kami or Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 128 Shiki Kono Kizu
______125 Shiki Nana Se Arcade-Button-Kick.png after 114 Shiki Ara Kami or
Arcade-Button-Kick.png after 127 Shiki Yano Sabi or
Arcade-Button-Kick.png after 128 Shiki Kono Kizu
______Ge Shiki Migiri Ugachi Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 114 Shiki Ara Kami or
Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 127 Shiki Yano Sabi
115 Shiki Doku Kami Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png
__401 Shiki Tumi Yomi Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 115 Shiki Doku Kami
____402 Shiki Batu Yomi Arcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 401 Shiki Tumi Yomi
910 Shiki Nue Tumi (reversal attack) Arcade-Stick-Qcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Desperation Move
Ura 108 Shiki Orochi Nagi
Arcade-Stick-Qcb.pngArcade-Stick-Hcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png (hold to delay attack)

The King of Fighters '97[edit]

Kyo Kusanagi[edit]

Portrait KOF97 Kyo.png
Name Input
Ge Shiki Gou Fu You Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-BKick.png
88 Shiki Arcade-Stick-DR.png+ Arcade-Button-DKick.png
Ge Shiki Naraku Otoshi Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngArcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png
100 Shiki Oni Yaki Arcade-Stick-Dp.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
910 Shiki Nue Tumi (reversal attack) Arcade-Stick-Qcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
202 Shiki Kotu Tsuki You Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
707 Shiki Kooma Ho Furi Arcade-Stick-RDp.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
75 Shiki Kai Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Button-Kick.png (first Kick must connect)
114 Shiki: Ara Kami Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-APunch.png
__128 Shiki Kono Kizu Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 114 Ara Kami has connected
____127 Shiki: Yano Sabi
Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+
Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 128 Kono Kizu has connected or
Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 114 Ara Kami has connected
______125 Shiki Nana Se Arcade-Button-Kick.png after 114 Ara Kami has connected or
Arcade-Button-Kick.png after 127 Yano Sabi has connected or
Arcade-Button-Kick.png after 128 Kono Kizu has connected
______Ge Shiki Migiri Ugachi Arcade-Button-Kick.png after 114 Ara Kami has connected or
Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 127 Yano Sabi has connected
115 Shiki: Doku Kami Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png
__401 Shiki: Tumi Yomi Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 115 Doku Kami has connected
____402 Shiki: Batu Yomi Arcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 401 Tumi Yomi has connected
Desperation Move
Ura 108 Shiki Orochi Nagi
Arcade-Stick-Qcb.pngArcade-Stick-Hcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Desperation Move
Saishuu Kessen Ougi "Mu Shiki"
Arcade-Stick-Qcf.pngArcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Desperation Taunt Arcade-Modifier-Tap.png Arcade-Button-Punch.png (after any DM/SDM)

Kyo '94 Style[edit]

Portrait KOF97 Kyo94.png
Name Input
Ge Shiki Naraku Otoshi Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngArcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png
Ge Shiki Gou Fu You Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-BKick.png
88 Shiki Arcade-Stick-DR.png+ Arcade-Button-DKick.png
108 Shiki Yami Barai Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
100 Shiki Oni Yaki Arcade-Stick-Dp.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
101 Shiki Oboro Guruma Arcade-Stick-RDp.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
Desperation Move
Ura 108 Shiki Orochi Nagi
Arcade-Stick-Qcb.pngArcade-Stick-Hcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png

The King of Fighters '98[edit]

Kyo Kusanagi[edit]

Portrait KOF98 Kyo.png
Name Input
Ge Shiki Gou Fu You Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-BKick.png
Ge Shiki Naraku Otoshi Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngArcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png
88 Shiki Arcade-Stick-DR.png+ Arcade-Button-DKick.png
114 Shiki: Ara Kami Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-APunch.png
__128 Shiki Kono Kizu Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 114 Shiki Ara Kami has connected
__127 Shiki Yano Sabi Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 114 Shiki Ara Kami has connected
____125 Shiki Nana Se Arcade-Button-Kick.png after 128 Shiki Kono Kizu has connected or
Arcade-Button-Kick.png after 127 Shiki Yano Sabi has connected
____Ge Shiki Migiri Ugachi Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 128 Shiki Kono Kizu has connected or
Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 127 Shiki Yano Sabi has connected
115 Shiki Doku Kami Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png
__401 Shiki Tumi Yomi Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 115 Shiki Doku Kami has connected
____402 Shiki Batu Yomi Arcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-Punch.png after 401 Shiki Tumi Yomi has connected
100 Shiki Oni Yaki Arcade-Stick-Dp.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
910 Shiki Nue Tumi (reversal attack) Arcade-Stick-Qcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
707 Shiki Kooma Ho Furi Arcade-Stick-RDp.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
202 Shiki Kotu Tsuki You Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
75 Shiki Kai Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png, then Arcade-Button-Kick.png (first Kick must connect)
Desperation Move
Ura 108 Shiki Orochi Nagi
Arcade-Stick-Qcb.pngArcade-Stick-Hcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
Desperation Move
Saishuu Kessen Ougi "Mu Shiki"
Arcade-Stick-Qcf.pngArcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png

Kyo '95 Style[edit]

Portrait KOF98 Kyo95.png
Name Input
Ge Shiki Gou Fu You Arcade-Stick-Right.png+ Arcade-Button-BKick.png
Ge shiki Naraku Otoshi Arcade-Modifier-Air.pngArcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-CPunch.png
88 Shiki Arcade-Stick-DR.png+ Arcade-Button-DKick.png
108 Shiki Yami Barai Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
100 Shiki Oni Yaki Arcade-Stick-Dp.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png
101 Shiki Oboro Guruma Arcade-Stick-RDp.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
202 Shiki Koto Tsuki You Arcade-Stick-Hcb.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png
75 Shiki Kai Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Kick.png ,then Arcade-Button-Kick.png
Desperation Move
Ura 108 Shiki Orochi Nagi
Arcade-Stick-Qcb.pngArcade-Stick-Hcf.png+ Arcade-Button-Punch.png

Links[edit]

Other character pages of Kyo Kusanagi: