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Kira Yukimura
ActorArden Cho
StatusThunder Kitsune
First AppearanceAnchors
Last AppearanceRequired Reading


Kira Yukimura first appeared during the second half of Season 3 of MTV’s Teen Wolf.

The character is portrayed by Arden Cho.

Kira is a student and the daughter of Beacon Hills High School's new History teacher.

She was unaware of her true nature until her supernatural abilities were forced to manifest during an attack by mass murderer William Barrow.

Derek says she is a "young" Kitsune and unable to mask her nature from the enhanced werewolf vision and flash photography.

Her mother describes her as a "Thunder" Kitsune.

Biography

Kira and her family move from New York to Beacon Hills a few weeks before the events of Season 3(b).

Kira's mom, Noshiko, is Japanese while her father is Korean. Her mother's family has a connection to Beacon Hills going back generations.

Her father, Ken, claims Kira hasn't made any friends during her first three weeks in school but she is not shy and boldly inserts herself into a private conversation with Scott and his friends. Kira and Scott quickly start a romantic relationship.

Kira first manifest a supernatural ability by absorbing dozens of megawatts (estimate) of electricity into her hands. Flash photography and Scott's enhanced werewolf vision reveal the glowing outline of a fox surrounding Kira's entire body.

She also found that having a sword in her hand gives her balance and agility she lacks in her everyday life.

Season 3

Kira's father embarrasses her with a very public introduction in History class. In the hallway, she seems to sense that Scott can hear her conversation with her father despite being very far away. Later, she overhears the conversation about the hallucinations and other side effects Scott and his friends are suffering and offers a possible explanation for their troubles. (Read More...)

Kira does research on Bardo for Scott and she forgets her papers at home. Her father walks over and hands her the papers claiming that she forgot the papers for the boy she likes, referring to Scott, which embarrasses Kira. Later, she is almost attacked by the Werecoyote but is saved by Scott. (Read more...)

Kira confesses to her father, with Scott listening in, that she is not ready to date or have a boyfriend. Her father invites Scott to dinner and he and Kira bond over chopsticks and sushi - pizza and Pepsi. Kira is kidnapped by William Barrow and escapes by absorbing electricity through an as yet unknown ability. (Read More...)

Kira is desperate to get rid of pictures of herself that are on her phone but the device is in the evidence lockup at the Sheriff's Station. She allows Scott to photograph her revealing what appear to be glowing flames surrounding her body. With the help of Stiles they break in and erase the pictures from her phone. Later, Scott uses his werewolf enhanced vision and sees the outline of a glowing fox surrounding Kira's entire body. (Read More...)

Kira asks Scott to show her his werewolf side which he does. Later, she goes to Scott's house and confesses that she is Kitsune showing him a children's story book about the creature. She is tagged by the Oni, proving that she is not a Nogitsune or dark kitsune. (Read More...)

Kira's foxfire manifests and she breaks a light bulb with it. Derek believes William Barrow may have used her, and her foxfire, to somehow energize the Nogitsune inside Stiles. (Read More...)

Kira uses foxfire to defuse a downed power line. She witnesses her mother breaking one of her "tails" and helps Scott fight the Oni. (Read More...)

Kira learns to use a katana and tries to help steal Silverfinger's silver finger. (Read More...)

Learning that her mother is actually a 900 year old Kitsune, Kira must decide if she trusts her family. She uses foxfire to repair her mother's sword. (Read More...)

Kira and Allison take on the twins and Isaac who are all possessed by the flies of the Nogitsune. (Read More...)

After learning about the game of GO, Kira realizes that another enemy she has to face is her mother who still believes the only way to save Stiles is to kill him. She battles the Oni with Isaac and Allison after their allegiance switched to the Nogitsune. (read more...)

She joins Scott, Stiles, and Lydia to battle the Nogitsune at the school. (read more...)

Season 4

Kira goes with Scott and the gang to Mexico, to find Derek. (read more...)

She and Lydia discover a slashed up body. Later she helps Scott and Malia fight the berserkers. (read more...)

Kira discovers her parents want to move back to New York. She and Scott resume their romance. (read more...)

Kira tricks Liam into going to Lydia's lake house. She and Scott dance in the light of the full moon. (read more...)

She joins Scott, Stiles, and Liam in the first lacrosse game of the season and after failing a play to pass the ball, Coach benches her for the rest of the game. (read more...)

She becomes infected but unlike the wolves, the weaponized distemper hits her on a neurological level. She releases foxfire accidentally while the CDC is trying to get a blood sample and later loses her eyesight briefly. (read more...)

She "kills" Scott using her foxfire. She and Liam then face off with a Beserker on the hospital roof. (read more...)

Kira helps Braeden, Scott, Derek, and Chris Argent defend Satomi's Pack from assassins. (read more...)

She and Scott have a date. It's interrupted when Kate Argent and a berserker attack. Kira is captured along with Scott and taken to Mexico. (read more...)

Kira escapes her cell in the temple of Tezcatlipoca and is seriously wounded by berserker Scott. She manages to trigger her innate healing by breaking a piece of obsidian and causing herself great physical pain. She keeps the piece and it becomes her first "tail" (read more...)

Season 5

MTV says - "Kira has finally found the group of friends that she's always wanted. She, Malia and Lydia couldn't be closer and her relationship with Scott is just about perfect. Both her Kitsune abilities and her sword remain sharper than ever. While she could not be more excited about Senior Year and the prospect of graduating with the group of friends she cares about so deeply, the Kitsune spirit inside her may have other plans."

Kira has spent her summer in New York with her family. On their way home, they get stuck in traffic until Scott picks Kira up. Later, she brings out a katana made from her belt to fight a creature with large talons. (read more...)

Kira joins Lydia and Scott in AP Biology and, later, when her and Scott make out, she blows up a light blub by accident. (read more...)

Kira helps Lydia investigate a motive for murder and later, when she fights off a kanima, she shows off her kitsune aura. (read more...)

She attacks a creature that nearly hurts Mason. Her kitsune aura erupts and nearly kills it until Scott stops her. (read more...)

While at Eichen House, her powers begin to flare up and disrupt the electromagnetic field that keeps the Dread Doctors out. She collapse and Scott takes her to safety outside the building (read more...)

Kira has trouble reading the book about the Dread Doctors. Mason explains to her that kitsunes have trouble understanding language. (read more...)

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Development

Teen Wolf Executive Producer Jeff Davis announced during a panel at San Diego Comic Con 2013 that Season 3(b) would focus on Japanese folklore.

"We're heading into a new mythology based on the Kitsune myth, which some people might know a little bit about," he shared. "It is a very, very fascinating Japanese shapeshifter myth about the were-fox and the trickster spirit."

Arden Cho was cast in the part of Kira in August 2013 and began filming immediately.

Initially, Kira was meant only for Season 3, Part 2, but because of the chemistry between Arden Cho and Tyler Posey Jeff Davis decided to keep her around.

Quotes

  • I can set myself on fire and be noticed.” — Kira to her father about being noticed in Anchors.
  • Hi, I'm Kira. You knew that. I knew you knew that. I don't know why I just told you that again.” — Kira to Scott in More Bad Than Good.
  • That was awesome! I mean terrifying, completely terrifying, but kind of awesome. I've never done anything like that before, have you?” — Kira to Scott and Stiles about breaking and entering a police station in Illuminated.
  • Okay, I might have slightly Mommed you.” — Kira to Scott when getting paint off his face in Illuminated.
  • I just found out you're 900 years old. I don't think I'm ever going to trust you again.” — Kira to her mother when asked by her mom if she trusts her in The Fox and the Wolf.
  • But I don't know how much space or how much time I'm supposed to give them. I know I'm still just the new girl at school.” — Kira to Lydia about being the "new girl" at school in The Divine Move.

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