Kyo Kusanagi debuted as one of the new characters in The King of Fighters ’94 by SNK for Arcades and the NeoGeo where he was introduced as the leader of the Japan Team.

He returned in all later King of Fighter’s games and was often one of the main protagonists. He even got his own game with King Of Fighters: Kyo on the Sony Playstation in 1998.

Kyo was also in all the crossover games by Capcom and also almost all Crossover Games (with the Exception of the Dating Simulators) by SNK like Neogeo Battle Coliseum or the Neogeo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting game.

Kyo Kusanagi was one of the first two characters (with Iori Yagami) that were revealed to return in The King of Fighters XIV that is coming to the Playstation 4 in 2016. In January 2021, Kyo was confirmed to be back in The King of Fighters XV (2021) as well. 

His fighting style is described as a personal form of the Chinese Boxing martial arts.

His special moves changed a lot during the KOF series where he started with some Ryu & Ken similar moves but developed his very own arsenal of moves.

Fun Trivia note – Kyo is mentioning that he was not able to finish High School due to the KOF Tournaments.

Was this a jab at some “E-Sport Athletes?” ūüôā


Kyo Kusanagi from the King of Fighters Games: an Overview

Charactername: Kyo Kusanagi   Developed /Created by SNK
Gameseries:  King of Fighters & Crossover games   First seen in: Arcades
First Game: ¬†King of Fighters’94 ¬† Year first seen in: 1994
Last Game:  King of Fighters XV(2021)   Birthplace: Japan
Role(s) and Characteristics:  Fighting Game Character, Protagonist   Weapons or Martial Arts Style:  
Additional Tags:     Similar Characters:  
Has Relations to: Iori Yagami (Rival)   See also:  


Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Kyo Kusanagi

King of Fighters XIII (2010)

King of Fighters XII (2009)

King Of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2 (2006)

King Of Fighters XI (2005)

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (2005)

King of Fighters Neowave (2004)

King Of Fighters: Maximum Impact (2004)

SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos (2003)


King Of Fighters 2003

King Of Fighters 2002



Capcom Vs SNK 2 (2001)

King Of Fighters 2001

King Of Fighters 2000




Kyo Kusanagi in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects


Kyo Kusanagi is not yet a part of a Game-Art-HQ Community Art Collaboration but is featured  with his teams in our KOF 1994-2014 Tribute


Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Kyo Kusanagi

Kyo Kusanagi returns in KOFXIV

Kyo Kusanagi: Let’s play with Fire!

By 2DForever

Oldschool Kyo Kusanagi

By 2DForever

Kyo Kusanagi Portrait

by Orientalowl


Sprite Art Variations of Kyo Kusanagi all by EnlightendShadow