Saisyu Kusanagi is a playable character from the King of Fighters games by SNK. He debuted in the first KOF game, The King of Fighters ’94 as a part of the background story already. In The King of Fighters ’95, Saisyu is a Mid Boss character that can be unlocked via code.

He became a regular character for the first time in The King of Fighters ’98 as part of the Masters Team and appeared only in ports and other “Dream Match” KOF games like KOF Neowave (2004) and the remakes of KOF’94 and 98 as a playable character again. Saisyu also made cameo appearances as part of the background stages or the endings in more recent parts of the series including The King of Fighters XIV (2016).

Saisyu is the father of the series main protagonist, Kyo Kusanagi. He was defeated by Rugal Bernstein and barely survived the encounter. The reason for him being a mid boss in KOF’95 was that he was brainwashed by Rugal’s “Secretary” Vice actually. 


Saisyu Kusanagi from the King of Fighters Games: an Overview

Charactername: Saisyu Kusanagi    Developed /Created by  SNK
Gameseries: The King of Fighters   First seen on:  Arcades
First Game: The King of Fighters ’95   Year first seen:  1995
Last Game: The King of Fighters ’94: Re-bout (2004)   Birthplace: Japan 
Role(s) and Characteristics: Fighting Game Character & Mid Boss   Martial Arts Style:  
Additional Tags:     Similar Characters:  
Has Relations to: Kyo Kusanagi (Son)   See also:  



Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Saisyu Kusanagi from The King of Fighters


KOF98 Ultimate Match Online (2014)

King of Fighters Neowave (2004)

The King of Fighters ’95



Saisyu Kusanagi in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects


Saisyu Kusanagi is not yet a part of a Game-Art-HQ Community Art Collaboration


Selected Fan Art and Cosplay of Saisyu Kusanagi


Saisyu Kusanagi KOF Redux Redesign

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Updates in the Video Game Character Database entry and game art gallery of Saisyu Kusanagi

08.06.2018 – Creation of Saisyu Kusanagi’s Gallery and DB Entry