Kilik (キリク, Kiriku) is one of the main protagonists of Namco's Soul series of fighting games. First appearing in Soulcalibur, he has returned as a starting character for all subsequent games in the series, with the exception of Soulcalibur Legends and Soulcalibur: Lost Swords. Kilik is well known among Soulcalibur fans for his defining practice of rod martial arts. Kilik returns in Soulcalibur V as a mimic character who uses at random the fighting styles used by male characters, as opposed to Elysium, who mimics female styles and Edge Master, who mimics all styles. One method of unlocking him is to defeat him in Arcade mode (setting on Asia route). Another method is by defeating him in the first stage of Legendary Souls mode with any playable character.
In Soulcalibur, he was given the nickname "Destiny Awakened".
What lies in his soul is Valor.
Kilik is a fair-skinned young man with a slim but well built physique, medium-length brown hair and brown eyes, possessing a distinct V-shaped scar on his left cheek. In his first appearance, he wore black and red sleeves and a pair of red pants with blue belts tied around his legs and a tattered cloth flowing from his belt. He wore the Dvapara-Yuga as his only article of clothing on his upper body, slung around his chest.
In Soulcalibur II, he dons a red coat and brown pants. He still wears the Dvapara-Yuga, but it has been reduced to a pendant worn around his neck after his fight with Nightmare
In Soulcalibur III, he dons an outfit similar to his first appearance but with the addition of a single pauldron, bright blues added to his palette and bird-like decorations on his pants
In Soulcalibur IV, Kilik takes on a more regal appearance with a predominantly blue uniform featuring phoenix decals and four coattails, meant to invoke a bird's tail feathers.
In Soulcalibur V, Kilik retains the lower half of his IV outfit, but wear a golden breastplate and mask that covers the upper half of his face.
In Soulcalibur VI, he is slightly redesigned from his original Soulcalibur appearance, featuring the return of the original Dvapara-Yuga and more clothing to cover the left side of his body. When taken over by the Evil Seed's influence, his hair grows long and wild, his skin turns pale with glowing markings and his eyes gold.
Kilik is a gentle, quiet, and shy man who has strong will. He is noble in heart, but has a quick nature through his moves. He also likes to make witty jokes when the time comes. Pure and strong-willed, Kilik has a powerful sense of justice and the will to fight, train hard and do what is right.
- Iron Rod
- Ling-Sheng Su Staff
- Ling-Sheng Su Bo
- Iron Staff
- Kunlun Bamboo
- Duel Rod
- Soul Edge (Complete) Kilik
- Jingu Staff
- Soul Calibur (Staff)
- Bamboo Staff
- Embrace of Souls
- The Ancient (Kilik)
- The Master
Proving Grounds (SC)
The nearby Hindu temple, constructed in a cave, was built in the 9th century and had been forgotten for many years. With its pure waters the place had a holy atmosphere that made it feel as if it were another world. The stone cave and the temple lay deep within India. The small caves that formed the snake-like shape out of the river were the only things that broke the tranquil scene. The mysterious old man that appeared in before of Kilik lives here in the small hut on the hill like a hermit. "Who could this great master be..." His mind full of questions, Kilik trains himself everyday to control the evil within.
(Note: Kilik shares this stage with Edge Master. Known as The Pure Training Spot on Arcade)
Just like the legends surrounding the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea, many myths and folklores around the world refer to structures called Labyrinths. Most places people refer to as labyrinths, however, are nothing more than intricate places. This ruin is the exception. With complex corridors and chambers that run though numerous levels underground, this ruin defines the word "labyrinth". No one knows when this labyrinth was created or its purpose. The only thing that is known about this recently reawakened ruin is that it is the only structure in this area - there are no cities nor temples anywhere nearby.
Proving Grounds (SC3)
Deep in the Himalayan Mountains, upstream of a cold mountain river, lives a legendary sword master. It was quite some time ago that this old man chose to spend the remainder of his life in this old cave temple. He continues to live eternally. And now, in order to control the power of the evil sword that he had absorbed, a young apprentice devotes himself to training in his place. Once the apprentice's fierce training is complete, he will set out once again to challenge the cursed sword. What thoughts will go through the mind of the old man as he sends Kilik on his way? The flowing water that has watched the old man for so long offers up no words, merely continuing to flow as it always as.
Hall of the Warrior God (SC4/SCBD)
Penitentiary of Destiny (SC5)
- The New Legend
- Labyrinth of Moonlight
- The New Legend
- Tempered Soul
- Samsara: The Wheel of Eternity
- Kilik's epithet is Destiny Awakened.
- Kilik's name is a palindrome.
- Kilik's weapons are named after the four stages of development in the Hinduism culture, Kali-Yuga "Age of Vice" being the last, while Dvapara-Yuga is the third.
- Kilik shares many attacks with Seong Mi-na, although who "copies" who is a lot harder to answer than it first appears. On the one hand, in all games that have contained both Mi-na and Kilik as characters, Kilik has been one of the starting characters, while Mi-na has been an unlockable character, thus giving the impression that she is the "clone" character. However Seong Mi-na was introduced in Soul Edge which was released before Kilik's debut game Soulcalibur meaning he is the clone character. On the other hand; most of the attacks that Mi-na has that makes her similar to Kilik were given to her after Soulcalibur - furthermore they were taught to her by people who had previously trained Kilik, meaning that they were his attacks originally.
- Kilik's name is the Japanese pronunciation of the Sanskrit "Hrih," a seed syllable representing the Buddha of the Western Quarter, and the qualities of meditation and compassion. It comes from the Buddhist mantra he speaks in his Soulcalibur ending and his Critical Finish: "Om vajra dharma hrih" (JP: "On basara darama kiriku"). Why names like Xianghua, Seong Mi-na and Yun-seong were transcribed properly into English, and Kilik's wasn't, is a mystery.
- Looking at the characters used to write Kilik's name in the Chinese ports of the games; 齐 (Verb: Be Level With) 力 (Noun: Power) 克 (Noun: Gram; Weight), it is possible that his name was to mean "Balancing the Weight of Power", but this is just speculation.
- Kilik's current English voice actor, Grant George, is known for voicing Suigetsu Hōzuki from the Naruto series, Warrior of Light from the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, and Keiichi Maebara from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, among others.
- Kilik's Japanese voice actor, Soichiro Hoshi voices Sanada Yukimura in Sengoku Basara, Marcus Daimon in Digimon Data Squad (in the original Japanese version, it's called Digimon Savers), Bartz Klauser in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, and Kira Yamato in the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series and any Super Robot Wars titles involving SEED titles that include voices.
- It is interesting to note that no character has mentioned his origins, especially since he trained in a temple in China. This would leave players to believe he is Chinese, although it is more likely that he is Tibetan or from a western part of ancient China, taking his name and appearance into account.
- In support of the above, he could well be named after Kilik Pass, a mountain trail in Xinjiang on China's border with Kashmir. This location also matches the look of his mountainous "Proving Grounds" stages in Soulcalibur and Soulcalibur III.
- The Soul of Kilik discipline is available to created characters of the Monk class.
- In the second stage of his Story Mode, Kilik fights Xianglian, who is actually an illusion created by Zasalamel. In the fourth stage after he defeats Tira, he fights Maxi, who has become a host for Soul Edge. Xianghua helps Kilik for the first two stages, but then he leaves her behind and carries on ahead.
- In Xianghua's Story Mode, Kilik fights alongside her throughout all five stages.
Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny
- Background 32 in Character Creation may have been inspired by Kilik's Critical Finish.
- Kilik's weapons are called 'The Master' in-game, but are known as 'Primeval Weapon' on his official profile. In addition, he shares the same weapon models with Edge Master with the exception of his own Kali-Yuga staff.
- Kilik is described as an "ill-fated character" and it is said that his life is in danger and Maxi and his group are searching for him. Xiba, who also uses a staff, is the spiritual successor of Kilik. Additionally, both Kilik and Xiba were raised in the Ling-Sheng Su Temple.
- Kilik's 1P costume oddly shows he is wearing the same lower torso design from Soulcalibur IV. His upper torso equipment looks more like the equipment of a Gladiator rather than that of a Monk or a martial artist. Also, his helmet is in the shape of a phoenix.
- It appears that Kilik and Maxi have switched roles in the Soul series. Before, Kilik would attempt to save Maxi from evil, whereas Maxi would almost always succumb to Soul Edge due to his thirst for vengeance. But now, Maxi is instead on a quest to save Kilik from an evil fate, and Kilik is shown to be much darker in appearance. In addition, Kilik usually traveled in a group (or alongside Xianghua), whereas Maxi would travel alone. This has also been switched now.
- Kilik's model render somewhat resembles one of Akuma's win animations from the Street Fighter series.
- While in Xiba's move set in, Kilik wields the Kali-Yuga. Also, some moves are altered and he uses his original taunt.
- Revealed in dialogue between Edge Master and Kilik before and after a match, Kilik has brought it upon himself to become the new Edge Master in place of his mentor and has already succeeded in doing so. Kilik also mentions that he has no regrets with his decision.
- Kilik is chronologically 40 years old, though his age is now listed as 'unknown'. The reason behind his seemingly halted aging is currently unknown, though it is likely that he has become like the original Edge Master, who lived for centuries before retiring the role to Kilik. It is possible that becoming the new Edge Master either stops aging, or greatly reduces it for long periods of time.
- According to the artbook, Kilik uses the weapons of the warriors who served Algol when he was human.
- Soulcalibur II
- Soulcalibur III
- Soulcalibur IV
- Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny
- Soulcalibur V (unlockable character)
- Soulcalibur: Unbreakable Soul
Appearances in Other Media
Kilik appears as a card in Outcast Odyssey. He is a Limited time card, available until 7 September, 2015. He is a Level 5 rarity card.
|Main characters in the Soul series|
|Aeon Calcos | Algol | Amy | Astaroth (Original, Mass Produced) | Cassandra | Cervantes | Charade | Dampierre | Edge Master | Hilde | Hwang | Ivy | Kilik | Leixia | Li Long | Maxi | Mitsurugi | Natsu | Necrid | Olcadan | Patroklos (α Patroklos) | Pyrrha (Pyrrha Ω) | Raphael | Rock | Seong Han-myeong | Seong Mi-na | Setsuka | Siegfried | Sophitia | Soul Calibur (Elysium) | Soul Edge (Inferno, Nightmare, Night Terror) | Taki | Talim | Tira | Viola | Voldo | Xianghua | Xiba | Yoshimitsu (First, Second) | Yun-seong | Zasalamel (Abyss) | Z.W.E.I.|