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"Time to save your princess Sion!"
—Kou
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Kou from The Bouncer

Kou Leifoh is a playable protagonist from The Bouncer.

S Rank (Max) StatsEdit

200 Life

185 Power

210 Defense

Vital StatisticsEdit

Age: 25

Height: 6'0"

Fighting Style: A style that uses Tae Kwon Do's ferocious long-range kicks.

A bouncer at Fate. A man of many words, he is cocky and sets the mood for the rest of the group. Fortunately, he is not all talk; he also has the skills to back up his smart mouth.

BackstoryEdit

"Teacher: Your boy is a genius. Not only scholastically; he is also musically and artistically very talented.
Mother: Indeed. I want him to bring honor to the Hurst family name.
Kou: I'd like to learn martial arts too.
Mother: Absolutely not! What if something happened to you!?
Kou: ...
"
—17 years ago

Kou was originally the only male heir to the prestigious Hurst family. Academically bright and highly talented, he also desired to excel in martial arts - something that his mother did not approve of and find safe for his and their family's security.

Constantly pleading his mother to practice Tae Kwon Do, Kou left home after having enough of his mother's overprotectiveness and sought out a school to teach him, as he also believed that the one to truly inherit his family's name must not also be knowledgeable and striving, but also physically fit and strong.

Over the span of two years, Kou prodigiously excelled in his martial art of choice at 14, and even earned high marks by his grandmaster after going face to face with him in battle. Growing older, the grandmaster also regarded Kou as a worthy successor of the school, even though as that was not even possible for him and the ecstatic Kou, as the prestigious Hurst family name was the very obstacle.

Later on, when he was 20, Kou enrolled into the investigation agency LUKIS, desiring something more thrilling and adventurous in his life. Passing with flying colors during training, it was then Kou started to grow tired of the fame associated with his family name, often getting him misappropriate perceptions of an elite upper class man, which nearly got him disqualified with his overseeing senior officer.

During his career at LUKIS, he had also met Leann Caldwell, another high ranking agent, yet more careful and thorough than the excitable Kou, where he had warmly received her upon their introduction. On the mission that followed, Leann had unexpectedly tripped up the attention of their opposition's security. Coming in mass and more than expected, Kou helped draw their attention, while she was told to make a quick getaway. Surviving and succeeding, Leann received a promotion, and their relationship blossomed further, as she owed Kou a date.

A year prior to the events of Mikado's official launch for their new solar energy technology, LUKIS received crucial information regarding Mikado's ulterior motives, and including their research concerning questionable bionic and biological applications. With Leann as the leader of the mission to infiltrate Mikado, Dominique soon was spotted in Edge with Sion at FATE. Because of this, Kou was ordered to get a full body tattoo to help fit in on Dog Street with his surveillance activities.

Applying as a bouncer at FATE, the recession didn't help at all, as Boss didn't have enough money on his payroll for the position. Attending as a regular, Kou showed some goodwill and also helped keep roughhousers in line, and because of this, Dominique also helped negotiate things to help get Kou in as a bouncer for the bar.

The Bouncer storyline Edit

Warning: Spoilers for The Bouncer Edit

During the night of Sion's anniversary as a bouncer, the bar, Fate, was pretty dull as Kou mentioned; he wasn't pretty busy, which meant the bar was doing fine. He also recalled that this was the exact same night when Sion started that "giant brawlfest." Then, Mikado's special forces invaded the place and Mugetsu abducted Dominique. Kou called his superior, Leann Caldwell, for any intel on transport to Mikado. She informed him there's a special cargo train heading there within 30 minutes, and she'll help them in her prized plane, the Orage. Kou, along with Sion and Volt, eventually reached the station after dealing with a few ninjas and rent-a-cops. They managed to climb aboard and there they eventually met their first assailant, Echidna. Somehow, he knew about her and Volt's troubled relationship, and his smart mouth constantly led him into trouble. The Orage came and shot the train disabling the brakes and making it crash into its destination! Walls of water caused the barriers to close around them, until they managed to escape. Following Kou's suggestion, Sion decided to hop aboard an approaching Air-Carrier. though he was met by his unyielding sarcasm, especially when Volt scared off the pilot.

They've crash landed in the woods and Kou said that saving Dominique was "easier said than done" with all the heavy security. After dealing with Mugetsu and his cronies, they encountered Dauragon and his stalking panther. Kou managed to beat them and demanded to hand over his sister. Unfortunately, after Sion was sucker punched, he, Volt, and Kou were separated. He ended up in a locker room and his communicator started ringing which triggered the attention of a nearby elite. After he fought him off, he decided to infiltrate the building disguised as the elite himself, even though his hair kind of made him stand out. Through his cellular, he obtained info on how to follow certain poses from the ninjas in order to avoid "upsetting the situation." After successfully mimicking their moves, he officially declared he was a superspy! As the mole, he overheard that the executive floor has been restricted, so Kou went up and shut off his comm after it almost got him in serious trouble. He was later met by Volt who threw him into the fray. He discarded his disguise, fought off Mugetsu again, and began to worry about Dominique as being labelled the target.

When he decided to escort Dominique down the rocket tower, she wasn't very pleased. She also became ashamed the bar was in shambles. Then, they were ambushed by PD-4. She was unconscious and Sion and Volt helped him deal with the android. Soon after, Dominique became haywire, and Kou already knew this would happen. He was surprised that Mugetsu was still alive as he took her to the Galeos. He was also astonished that Volt knew so much about Mikado since he was a personal bodyguard to Dauragon's predecessor. He then called LUKIS for backup as they headed to the shuttle. Unfortunately, they were stalled by a few robots and then Echidna. She lost and she informed they were already too late. However, thanks to Kou's quick wits, he summoned Leann and her fighter jets to slow down the shuttle. He was ordered to take a nearby Air-Carrier and they lifted off until Mugetsu challenged them without his mask! Kou managed to knock him off and he was incinerated by its boosters. He said he'd better get used to it since he said he'll be in Hell soon.

As the bouncers went aboard, Kou noticed the black panther that was following them. He figured it was another one of Mikado's fancy pets, but in the end, it was Sion who revealed that it was actually Kaldea, his childhood friend. Kou and the others dealt with Dauragon after he noticed he was "going to rule the world with a satellite," and Dominique was used as a laser-guiding computer. After a few lethal bouts, they were successful; even though, Kou hoped he would have a date with Leann after he accomplishes the mission.

They escaped the Galeos as it split in two while the first half destroyed the satellite. Leann congratulated him with a long vacation. As he returned to Fate, he noticed it was too quiet since it was attacked by the special forces. He went on his shift and Leann called that even though the satellite was destroyed, Dominique still needs to be watched. She actually wanted to find a replacement for him, but Kou actually decided to stick with the assignment instead. By the time his shift was done, she called him again saying he needs to meet her at the central plaza. However, she has to fight him to his dismay. When he won, she just wanted to test him. He could only keep his assignment if he was able to beat her. LUKIS didn't have a lot of good faith in him. He offered to catch up with her, but she reprimanded him that it's against the rules to get emotionally involved with his missions. He last thought was, it's a tough job.

Game InfoEdit

Kou is less powerful than the other two protagonists, but he compensates for his lack of power with speed and reach. Many of his special attacks can score multiple hits on enemies, and with proper timing, his Circular Uppercut can be used to perform infinite combos.

Trivia Edit

  • Kou without doubt resembles Laguna Loire from Final Fantasy VIII.
  • Kou's hairstyle and tattoos show up years later as Sho Minamimoto.
  • He's known as the mole; he works with Dominique but can eliminate her and go against his friends wishes at anytime. All the while feeding info to his superiors.
  • In the soundtrack, there are two versions of Kou Leifoh's theme. The first one is the basic theme from the game, the other is a more fun remake featuring an extended version of it.

GalleryEdit

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