Kyo Kusanagi, one of the main protagonists in the King of Fighters games by SNK got redesigned multiple times during the 20 years of the series and the developers wanted to have multiple versions of him in the game that are based on his older fighting style and variations of it. Born were Kyo-1 and Kyo-2 in The King of Fighters’99. Both returned in The King of Fighters 2002 and its remake in 2009.

The third Kyo clone, just named Kusanagi and more looking like an “Evil Kyo” than the other ones is not actually a clone but was made with Chizuru‘s Magic. He joined the series as unlockable mid-boss in The King of Fighters 2003 and returned in the console version of The King of Fighters Neowave (2004) and the 2002 remake as the third Kyo Clone there to form a team with the other two. Kusanagi was also featured in the KOF shoot’em up games. 

All three share Kyo Kusanagi’s moveset from 94-97 but also have a few unique moves.  


TheKyo Clones from the King of Fighters Games: an Overview

Charactername: Kyo-1, Kyo-2, Kusanagi   Developed /Created by SNK 
Gameseries: The King of Fighters   First seen on: Arcades 
First Game:  The King of Fighters ’99   Year first seen: 1999 
Last Game: The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match (2009)   Birthplace:  Japan
Role(s) and Characteristics: Fighting Game Character + Boss   Weapons or Martial Arts Style:  
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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of the Kyo Clones from The King of Fighters



King Of Fighters 2003


King Of Fighters 2002




The Kyo Clones in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects


The Kyo Clones are not yet a part of a Game-Art-HQ Community Art Collaboration


Selected Fan Art and Cosplay of the Kyo Clones


Kyo’s Clones

by Aleksi Remes



Updates and Additions in Kyo’s Clones Game Art Gallery and Character Overview