Kiyo

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Kiyo
ノブヒコ Nobuhiko
Kiyo anime.png
Kiyo in the anime
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown, possibly Saffron City
Region Johto
Trainer class Black Belt
Generation II, IV, VI
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, 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 leader of the Fighting Dojo.

He is known as the Karate King (Japanese: カラテだいおう Great Karate King).

In the games

Kiyo is found training at Mt. Mortar. To reach him, the player must 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, the Dojo sensei (either Kiyo or Koichi) 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.

Pokémon

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Given away

After being defeated, Kiyo gives the player this Pokémon:

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Type:
Fighting Unknown
Held item:
None
Tyrogue Lv.10
Tackle
Normal
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Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver



Given away

After being defeated, Kiyo gives the player this Pokémon:

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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 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 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-type Pokémon."
  • If the player's party is full
"You have no room in your party!"
  • If the player's party is not full
"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 GS Blackbelt.png Spr HGSS Black Belt.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Blackbelt II OD.png Black Belt HGSS OD.png Black Belt XY OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld model from
Generation VI

In the anime

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 the nearby townspeople and concerns Ash and his friends had about it, he desired to earn the trust of an abandoned Tyrogue. Kiyo saved Tyrogue from a rockslide and later defeated him in hand-to-hand battle, earning his respect. Tyrogue and his wild Pokémon friends then joined Kiyo's team.

Despite the appearance of the Saffron City Fighting Dojo in Pasta La Vista and Solitary and Menacing!, Kiyo did not appear in these episodes, and the leader was different characters in each episode (Master Hamm and Koichi, respectively).

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 Michael Haigney
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 Mega Punch.

Debut A Tyrogue Full of Trouble
Voice actors
Japanese
English Michael Haigney
Kiyo's Tyrogue
Tyrogue
Tyrogue was abandoned by his original Trainer in the mountains. This caused it to become bitter and begin lashing out at any human who approached it. It wore a blue neckerchief as a reminder of its abandonment. At some point, it befriended a wild Mankey and Primeape, and together, the trio committed a number of mischievous acts in nearby villages.

One day, Tyrogue leaped in to save Misty's Togepi from some rampaging Tauros. Later, it gave a trio of wild Pokémon some fruit to eat after noticing they were hungry. After Jessie stole fruit from a Sandshrew, Tyrogue attacked Team Rocket and sent them blasting off.

Later, Kiyo battled Tyrogue with his Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan, but both of his Pokémon were defeated. Kiyo then battled Tyrogue himself and won, earning Tyrogue's respect in the process. He gave Tyrogue a new red neckerchief, made from his own armband, to commemorate the new friendship.

Tyrogue's known moves are Swift, Tackle, Headbutt, 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 Tyrogue's friends, and they would often cause mischief together. After Tyrogue fought 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
Brazilian Portuguese Guilherme Lopes
Spanish Latin America Andrés Gutiérrez Coto
Spain Lorenzo Beteta



In the manga

Kiyo in Ash & Pikachu

Ash & Pikachu

Kiyo appears in The Tyrogue's Thoughts.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Kiyo in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Kiyo appeared 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 revealed himself along with his Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan. He told 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 Nobuhiko From Nobuhiko Takada, a Japanese mixed martial artist
English, Spanish,
Italian
Kiyo Possibly from the Japanese name Kiyoshi
German Leif  
French Fei* Possibly from Wong Fei-hung, a Chinese martial artist
Kiyo* From his English name
Korean 노현 Nohyeon Similar to his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 信彥 Xìnyàn From the Japanese name 信彦 Nobuhiko
Chinese (Cantonese) 信彥 Seunyihn

Karate King

Language Title
France Flag.png French Roi du Karaté
Germany Flag.png German Karate-MeisterCHGSS
Karate ChampGS
Italy Flag.png Italian Maestro di karate
South Korea Flag.png Korean 태권도 대왕 Taegwondo DaewangHGSS
태권대왕 Taegwon DaewangGS
Spain Flag.png Spanish Rey del Karate


See also


Non-player characters in the core series games
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrieDude
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetCaitlinCynthiaCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides


Ash & Pikachu characters
Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogepiBrockMayMaxJessieJamesMeowth
Rivals
Gary OakDrewMorrison
Gym Leaders and Frontier Brains
WhitneyClairRoxanneNormanNolandGretaLucy
Other
AnnaAzusaProfessor BirchCalistaCarolineProfessor CozmoDrakeEriko
Eriko's grandmotherMrs. GrimmHirotoJack PollocksonKaburagiKiyoLilyProfessor Oak
OliverRobertShellySolanaSusieTabithaTeam Rocket ScientistTimmy
Whitney's grandmotherWinstrate family


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