Sie Kensou (椎 拳崇, Shii Kensū) is a character who first appeared in the SNK video game Psycho Soldier. He appears in The King of Fighters series as an active member of the Psycho Soldiers Team. Ever since his first appearance, he has always served as a comic relief character. In scenes where he and Athena would jump from a high level to one below, Kensou would fall flat on his face. At one point, developers described his psychic powers being similar to Koichi's powers in Babel II. His official nickname is The Young Rising Dragon.
In Gamest's 1997 Heroes Collection, Kensou was voted as the staff's twenty-fourth favorite character. He shared the spot with Ryo Sakazaki and Toru Kurosawa, a character from Sega's Last Bronx.
He is one of the young disciples of Chin Gentsai who wields psychic powers -dubbed by SNK as Psycho Powers. Both he and Athena are trained by Chin to prepare for "the worst case scenario of oncoming evil" and use the tournaments as a method of training forsuch an event. Plans go awry when Kensou loses his powers in The King of Fighters '99 yet saves Athena with a previously unknown latent energy.
It is later revealed to be the Dragon Spirit (龍の気, Ryu no ki), a power he somehow shares with younger teammate, Bao. He regains his powers and masters this newer power in The King of Fighters XI, much to the satisfaction of former NESTS member, Ron. The deeper meaning of the Dragon Spirit's importance has yet to be revealed. It's probable that the Dragon Spirit is a reference to Kensou's ability to morph into a dragon from Psycho Soldier.
Kensou remains relatively the same as his other incarnations. The main difference from this Kensou is that he doesn't exhibit psychic powers during the majority of the story. He declares himself to be "Athena's knight" and often rushes to her aid when she is in danger. He recklessly runs into one of her teleportations and joins her search in Tantauls' headquarters. While she is battling the Tantauls system, he temporarily shields her by using his previously latent psychic powers. During the ending, he comforts her brooding by trying to not over think things and repeats some of his kenpo teacher's advice. He also tries to confess his feelings for her but is interrupted when Athena spots a healthy Rika.
Goofy, outgoing and jovial, Kensou wants to live his young years to their fullest. He has a crush on Athena, but she chooses to ignore it and when every time he gathers the courage to confess his feelings to her, he is often cut off or interrupted. He sometimes gets too excited over trivial events, such as mistaking Chin for cheating on his wife (his master was really talking to Kula Diamond over the phone). He is sometimes known to be lazy as he show his dislikes for training.
- Telepathy - Kensou can project his thoughts to other minds.
- Psychic Projectile - Kensou can fire a ball of psychic energy.
- Psychic Aura - Kensou can attack enemies with a psychic aura around his hands to increase punching damage.
- Psychic Dragon - Kensou can create a giant dragon of psychic energy. Also, by merging with it, he can increase his overall power and strength.
- Dragon Spirit- Kensou has a mysterious power that is shared with Bao and seems to be the source of his power. During the 99-2001 KOF Tournaments, the power can be switched between Kensou and Bao if one of them is gravely injured.
Kensou learned Kung Fu from Chin Gentsai, especially the particularly more acrobatic styles such as Northern Shaolin. Though holding such level of power like that of the said Dragon Spirit, he doesn't seem to use too much psychic powers while fighting, and mostly relies on his fighting style. (The opposite often is sometimes said to occur nodding to Sie's distaste for training.)
- Psycho Soldier "K.O.F. Version" - The King of Fighters 94, 2002
- Senritsu no Dora - The King of Fighters 95
- Psycho Soldier Remix 96 - The King of Fighters 96
- Shin! Senritsu no Dora - The King of Fighters 98
- Psyco Sonic Trip ~Dance at the Paddy Field~ - The King of Fighters 99
- Will - The King of Fighters 2000
- Psychic Guys - The King of Fighters 2001
- PURE ~at good old days~ - The King of Fighters XI
- Purity Soldiers - The King of Fighters XIII
- Psycho Soldier ~Super Chinese Remix~ - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
- Theme "Kensuo" - Athena: Awakening from the Ordinary Life
- Nikuman - Athena On Stage
- Eiji Yano - all games except Athena: Awakening from the Ordinary Life
- Josh Keller - The King of Fighters XII (English voice)
- Yuki Ishii - Athena: Awakening from the Ordinary Life
- Psycho Soldier
- Crystalis - as "Kensu"
- The King of Fighters 94
- The King of Fighters 95
- The King of Fighters 96
- The King of Fighters 97
- The King of Fighters 98
- The King of Fighters 99
- Athena: Awakening from the Ordinary Life
- The King of Fighters 2000 - Sie "Psycho Soldier" Kensou is Kensou's Striker
- The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood
- The King of Fighters EX2
- The King of Fighters 2001
- The King of Fighters 2002
- The King of Fighters Neowave
- The King of Fighters XI
- The King of Fighters 98: Ultimate Match
- The King of Fighters XII
- The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match
- The King of Fighters XIII
- Fatal Fury 3 - in Bob's stage
- KOF: Maximum Impact 2 - background cameo
- The King of Fighters (pachinko)
- The King of Fighters 2
- SNK Gals' Fighters - as a human shield for Athena
- In earlier incarnations, his victory poses often had "wardrobe malfunctions" with over-exaggerated poses. The food he sometimes eats before or during matches are baozi.
- Since they both share the same accent, Kensou will sometimes have a special intro with Robert.
- His story mode intro with Maxima in KOFXIII makes a reference to the "Over 9000" meme from Dragon Ball Z.
Psycho Soldier artworkThe King of Fighters '94 artworkThe King of Fighters '99 artworkThe King of Fighters 2001 artworkThe King of Fighters XI artworkThe King of Fighters XII artwork