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Kiyo

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If you were looking for the character in the anime whose Japanese name is Kiyo, see Nicholai.
Kiyo
ノブヒコ Nobuhiko
Kiyo anime.png
Kiyo in the anime
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown, possibly Saffron City
Region Kanto, Johto
Trainer class Black Belt
Generation I, II, III, IV, and VI
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold and SoulSilver, X and Y
Leader of Fighting Dojo
Badge Unknown
Specializes in Fighting types
Anime debut A Tyrogue Full of Trouble!
English voice actor Dan Green
Japanese voice actor Takeharu Onishi

Kiyo (Japanese: ノブヒコ Nobuhiko) is a Black Belt and the Master of Fighting Dojo who appeared in games and the anime. He is also referred to as the Karate Master in Generations I and III, while in Generations II and IV, he is known as the Karate King.

In the games

Black Belt Kiyo is a leader of Fighting Dojo in Saffron City. At one point, Kiyo was the Gym Leader of Saffron City until his Gym lost official privileges as a result of a duel between himself and Sabrina. It has since become a place where he and his students train Karate. The player obtains a Hitmonlee or a Hitmonchan as a reward for beating Kiyo. Later, in Generation II and their remakes, he is found training at Mt. Mortar. To reach him, the player much travel through a lengthy maze section within the mountain. Upon defeating him, Kiyo will give the player a Tyrogue if there is an empty slot in the party. His Karate Gym in Saffron is disbanded now, but one of Kiyo's students can still be found there.

In Pokémon X and Y, Kiyo can be found in Lumiose City, trying to start a new Fighting Dojo at a small apartment he has rented in Centrico Boulevard. His business doesn't seem to be running smoothly, however, as a Battle Girl at the apartment tells that he's only getting new students signing up by telling them he's running a dance studio.

His name wasn't revealed until Generation II. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen he is misnamed Koichi (Japanese: タケノリ Takenori) due to an oversight by the original Japanese producers.

Pokémon

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow



Given away

After being defeated, Kiyo lets the player to take one of these Pokémon:

Spr 1y 106.png
Type:
Fighting Unknown
Hitmonlee Lv.30
Double Kick
Fighting
Meditate
Psychic
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 1y 107.png
Type:
Fighting Unknown
Hitmonchan Lv.30
Comet Punch
Normal
Agility
Psychic
  --  
   
  --  
   

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Given away

After being defeated, Kiyo gives the player this Pokémon:

Spr 2c 236.gif
Type:
Fighting Unknown
Held item:
None
Tyrogue Lv.10
Tackle
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
  --  
   

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen



Given away

After being defeated, Kiyo lets the player to take one of these Pokémon:

Spr 3f 106.png
Type:
Fighting Unknown
Ability:
Limber
Held item:
None
Hitmonlee Lv.25
Jump Kick
Fighting
Rolling Kick
Fighting
Brick Break
Fighting
Focus Energy
Normal
Spr 3f 107.png
Type:
Fighting Unknown
Ability:
Keen Eye
Held item:
None
Hitmonchan Lv.25
Mach Punch
Fighting
Comet Punch
Normal
Pursuit
Dark
Agility
Psychic

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver



Given away

After being defeated, Kiyo gives the player this Pokémon:

Spr 4h 236.png
Type:
Fighting Unknown
Ability:
Guts or Steadfast
Held item:
None
Tyrogue Lv.10
Tackle
Normal Physical
Helping Hand
Normal Status
Fake Out
Normal Physical
Foresight
Normal Status

Quotes

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

  • Before battle
"Grunt! I am the Karate Master! I am the Leader here! You wish to challenge us? Expect no mercy! Fwaaa!"
  • Being defeated
"Hwa! Arrgh! Beaten!"
  • After being defeated
"Indeed, I have lost! But I beseech you, do not take our emblem as your trophy! In return, I will give you a prized fighting Pokémon! Choose whichever you like!"
"Ho! Stay and train at Karate with us!"

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

  • Before battle
"Hey! I am the Karate King! I train alone here in the dark! You! Battle with me! Hwaaarggh!
  • Being defeated
"Waaaarggh! I'm beaten!"
  • After being defeated
"I... I'm crushed... My training is still not enough... But a loss is a loss. I admit it. As proof that you defeated me, I'll give you a rare fighting Pokémon."
"Tyrogue is a fighting-type. It evolves into a tougher Pokémon. Keep up the hard work. I'll keep training too. Farewell!"

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

  • Before battle
"Grunt! I am the Karate Master. I am the leader here! You wish to challenge us? Expect no mercy! Fwaaa!"
  • Being defeated
"Hwa! Arrgh! Beaten!"
  • After being defeated
"Indeed, I have lost! But I beseech you, do not take our emblem as your trophy! In return, I will give you a prized fighting Pokémon! Choose whichever you like!"
"Grunt! Stay and train at karate with us!"

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

  • Before battle
"Hey! I am the Karate King! I train alone here in the cave! You! Battle with me! Hwaaarggh!
  • Being defeated
"Waaaarggh! I'm beaten!"
  • After being defeated
"I... I'm crushed... My training is still not enough... But a loss is a loss. I admit it. As proof that you defeated me, I'll give you a rare fighting Pokémon."
"Tyrogue is a fighting type. It evolves into a tougher Pokémon. Keep up the hard work. I'll keep training too. Farewell!"

Pokémon X and Y

"Oh, no one is a no go! This is the Fighting Dojo! How good of you to come! Please, have a look around!"

Sprites

Spr RG Blackbelt.png Spr GS Blackbelt.png Spr FRLG Black Belt.png Spr HGSS Black Belt.png
Sprite from
Generation I
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Blackbelt I OD.png Blackbelt II OD.png Black Belt FRLG OD.png Black Belt HGSS OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In the anime

In the main series

Kiyo appeared as a character of the day in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble!. He is a former student of Chuck's and was in training to compete in the P1 Grand Prix. Despite many protests from nearby townspeople and concerns Ash and his friends had about it, he desired to earn the trust of an abandoned Tyrogue near Mt. Mortar. Kiyo saved Tyrogue from a rock slide and later defeated him as a human in a Pokémon battle, earning his respect. Tyrogue and his wild Pokémon friends then joined Kiyo's team.

It is never mentioned if he is the master of a dojo.

Pokémon

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Kiyo's Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee was called out to defend Ash and his friends from a boulder attack. After that, he battled against a Tyrogue that was causing mischief and was easily defeated by the Scuffle Pokémon.

Hitmonlee's only known move is Rolling Kick.

Debut A Tyrogue Full of Trouble
Voice actors
Japanese
English Eric Stuart
Kiyo's Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan was also called out to defend Ash and his friends from a boulder attack. He then battled Tyrogue and ended up losing.

Hitmonchan's known moves are Comet Punch and Mach Punch.

Debut A Tyrogue Full of Trouble
Voice actors
Japanese
English Eric Stuart
Kiyo's Tyrogue
Tyrogue
Before joining Kiyo, Tyrogue was a Pokémon that would cause mischief to any human. Kiyo battled Tyrogue with his Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan; however, Tyrogue was able to take both of them out. Kiyo then battled Tyrogue himself and won, thus earning Tyrogue's respect.

Tyrogue's known moves are Swift, Tackle, Double Team, and Jump Kick.

Debut A Tyrogue Full of Trouble
Voice actors
Japanese
English Dan Green
Kiyo's Mankey and Primeape
Mankey and Primeape
Mankey and Primeape were originally wild Pokémon that were friends of Tyrogue, and they would often cause mischief together. After Tyrogue fought with Kiyo and decided to go with him, they became sad that they had lost their friend, but Kiyo offered to take them along as well.

None of Mankey and Primeape's moves are known.

Debut A Tyrogue Full of Trouble
Voice actors
Japanese
English Michael Haigney

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 大西健晴 Takeharu Onishi
English Dan Green
Polish Ireneusz Machnicki
European Spanish Lorenzo Beteta

In Pokémon Origins

Kiyo in Pokémon Origins

Kiyo appears briefly in the episode File 3 - Giovanni of Pokémon Origins. Red defeated him in a battle off-screen, and as a reward, Kiyo let Red take either his Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan.

Pokémon

Kiyo's Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan
Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan
Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are Kiyo's only known Pokémon. After being defeated by Red, he let Red pick and take one of them.

None of Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan's moves are known.

Debut File 3 - Giovanni

In the manga

Kiyo in Ash and Pikachu

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Kiyo appears in The Tyrogue's Thoughts of the Ash and Pikachu manga.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Kiyo in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Kiyo makes his only appearance in The Mysterious Underground Amusement Park.

When the roller coaster Red and the gang rode on was separated, Red ended up in an underground area containing an abandoned amusement park. As Red was about to leave, Kiyo reveals himself along with his Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan. He tells them to stay and to try out his underground amusement park instead of the one above ground. Kiyo controlled the rides, but they all malfunctioned. Later he appeared as a hallucination of a mermaid. Kiyo's amusement park motivated Clefairy into making one of his own by stealing the one that was above ground.

Pokémon

Kiyo's Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan
Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan
When Red was about to leave the underground area, Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan reveal themselves along with Kiyo. Later, they appear as hallucinations of mermaids.

None of Hitmonlee's or Hitmonchan's moves are known.

Debut The Mysterious Underground Amusement Park

Trivia

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ノブヒコ NobuhikoGSCHGSS
タケノリ TakenoriFRLG
English, Italian,
Spanish
KiyoGSCHGSS
KoichiFRLG
French FeiGSCHGSS
KoichiFRLG
German LeifGSCHGSS
JunichiFRLG
Korean 노현 NohyeonGSCHGSS
Chinese (Mandarin) 信彥/信彦 Xìn​yàn​ From the name 信彦 Nobuhiko.



Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMomBlueDaisyOld manBillMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimo
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanCelioLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneCameronMr. Game
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourName Rater
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurt
CarrieMaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMaster of the Dragon Tamer ClanLiWilmaPrimoJetDudeMr. Game
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsName RaterFelicityTealaCameron


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