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- 1 Character Outline
- 2 Plot Overview
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Abilities and Weapons
- 5 Character Reception
- 6 Trivia
Kyoya Hibari (雲雀 恭弥, Hibari Kyōya) is the leader of the Namimori Middle Discipline Committee, a group of delinquents who all are loyal to Hibari. He is a violent delinquent who uses his status to harass other students. As shown several times in the series, he prefers to be alone and cares little for his subordinates. He loves Namimori more than anything and will often say "I'll bite you to death," or "kamikorosu," to those that disturb Namimori Middle School. Hibari is very proud of his school and is apparently the only person who likes their school's anthem, even using it as his ringtone. In the Kokuyo Arc, he adopted one of the Kokuyo assassins, Birds' bird. The bird (subsequently nicknamed "Hibird" due to its connection to Hibari) becomes attached to Hibari. Hibird can also sing the school's anthem as Hibari loves it. Reborn piqued Hibari's curiosity early on in the series, and Hibari considers him a worthy opponent, having a strong urge to fight him. However, he has a soft spot for small animals and later to I-Pin (in the anime) after she gave him a Valentine's Day chocolate. He hates to be indebted to anyone and strives to pay them back as soon as possible.
Hibari beat up Tsuna, Gokudera, and Yamamoto for using his office as their new base. Reborn saved them from him and as such Hibari gained interest in fighting him. Later, Dr. Shamal gave Hibari the sakura-kura virus so that Tsuna's Family could view the sakura in peace.
Due to the attacks on students of Namimori Junior High, Hibari went to Kokuyo Land to fight the gang's leader. He was later defeated by Mukuro, who took advantage of his Sakura-kura disease. He was imprisoned but later freed by Gokudera. Hibari then defeated both Ken and Chikusa and was given the cure to his illness. He then fought Mukuro again, but fell unconscious due to his previous injuries. Mukuro later tried to possess Hibari's body, but stopped due to the severity of the wounds.
Hibari later was made the Vongola Cloud Guardian but refused to be taught by Dino unless he could beat him in battle. They fought in multiple environments so as to increase Hibari's fighting experience and so that he wouldn't see the damage to the school. As a result, when Hibari reappeared after the Storm Match he was only calmed by the prospect of fighting Mukuro. During the Cloud Ring Battle, he appeared to defeat the Gola Mosca robot and attempted to battle with Xanxus. However, Gola Mosca once again became active and injured Hibari. During the Sky Ring Battle, he managed to resist the Death Heater venom but was injured while fighting Belphegor. He retired after rescuing Gokudera and Yamamoto.
In the Future, Hibari searched for information concerning Box Weapons by starting The Foundation. He also worked together in secret with the future Tsuna and the Millefiore spy Irie Shoichi. Hibari later saved Gokudera and Yamamoto from Gamma. He agreed to train Tsuna, trapping him in his globe of Needles, resulting in a halucinogenic state where Tsuna was granted his Inheritance. Hibari also helped Chrome draw out the power of her ring when her illusionary organs started to fail. Later, Hibari single handedly, defended the hideout against the Millefiore Raid (as instructed by Shouchi).
After this, he infiltrated the Melone Base and fought Genkishi. The two were evenly matched, though Genkishi gained the advantage when Hibari had no more rings to spare. As he was about to land a finishing blow, Hibari was replaced by his Past self (a fact that his future self was also made aware of). After receiving help from the injured Guardians and Kusakabe, Hibari was able to separate the group from Genkishi when his Hedgehog Box Weapon expanded at great speed due to the strength of his Dying Will Flames. Later (along with the other Vongola Guardians) he was given a Vongola Box Weapon.
During his trial of charisma, Skull paid Viper to trick Mukuro and Hibari into beating up Tsuna. However the two became more focused in battling one another. Eventually Tsuna was able to convince the two to stop, thus demonstrating his charisma and passing the trial. Later, during Reborn's trial of leadership, Hibari was defeated by Reborn (along with the rest of the Vongola Guardians). Hibari later destroyed the robot, sent by Verde to kill him, and joined the other Guardians and Arcobaleno in fighting Verde's army.
He later left the group and encountered the Future Dino, who began training him once again. After the Vongola lost the Choice battle, Hibari used his Vongola Box to slow down the Six Funeral Wreaths in order to help the Vongola escaped.
After being sent back to the past to train, the Guardians met Giotto, who revealed that the 10th Generation Guardians had yet to inherit the true power of the Vongola. Later Skull became Hibari's tutor as they both possess the Cloud Flame. That night Alaude appeared before him from the Vongola Ring. Hibari asked Alaude if he's strong or weak to which Alaude replied that he's strong, but has no interest in facing a child and left. Later that week, Alaude appeared again to give Hibari his trial. Hibari prepared himself to battle but Alaude told him that the trial would not involve fighting, making Hibari lose interest and walk away. Alaude then told Hibari that he shall deem him worthy of his Inheritance if he demonstrated his value as the Cloud Guardian, warning him that he only had until the end of the day.
Ryohei tried to persuade Hibari to take his trial and ended up annoying Hibari with his persistence, and as the two prepared to fight on the school roof, Skull arrived via an airship and, angered by Hibari's lack of obedience, began to attack. During the fight the airship began to lose control and crash towards the School, however the Ryohei and Hibari worked together and managed to stop it while defeating Skull and protecting Kyoko and Haru. Afterwards Hibari agreed to take the trial in order to repay Ryohei for protecting the school but at that moment Knuckle showed up, announcing that Ryohei had already passed his Trial by convincing Hibari. Alaude also appeared, declaring that Hibari too, had passed the test by refraining from socializing with the family while at the same time adapting to the situation to protect those that needed protection. Later, while the other Guardians were trapped in Daemon Spades illusion, Skull took Hibari's armband so that he would chase him to Kokuyo Land. Once there Hibari went on a rampage and broke the illusion around the other Guardians.
Later, back in the future, Hibari and Dino faced off against Daisy at Namimori High. Daisy opened his Hell Hole and defeated Dino. However, Hibari was able to defeat Daisy once he used his Cambio Forma and confiscated the Sun Mare Ring. He later appeared to be killed by Kikyo, though it turned out to be an Illusion created by Mukuro. Later, Hibari had his Dying Will Flames drained by Ghost (along with everyone else present).
After being sent back to the past, Hibari soon started arguing with a transfer from Shimon Middle High School, Adelheid Suzuki, about the control of Namimori Middle School. The next day, they started fighting in the rooftop but were stopped by Tsuna. At the Ceremony, he surprised the entire Family with his murderous intent and the fact that he had decided to show up at all. He states that the people who have disturbed the peace of Namimori Middle will be bitten to death. Later, he along with the other guardians, was defeated by Enma, and their Vongola Rings were broken by him.
After the Shimon had left, Dino asked him if he was all right. Hibari replied that he was, with the exception of his pride. Later, while Talbot was upgrading the Vongola Rings, Hibari waited in a different room from Tsuna and the others. Like the others, he was able to show his resolve and his Vongola Ring upgraded into Bracelet of the Clouds Version X.
Hibari displays bitter resentment and rivalry towards Mukuro Rokudo due to humiliation over his defeat. As such Hibari appears to have developed an obsession to defeat Mukuro and from this, a hate for all illusionists. Reborn is even able to quell Hibari's rage by using the posibility of him fighting Mukuro again. Mukuro seems to have some interest in Hibari, after he was able to move with so many injuries. He even have his subordinates Ken, Chikusa, and Chrome to watch his match against Gola Mosca. In the future, they still continue with this rivalry and have yet to finish (since Mukuro is still imprisoned). However, they seem at least, to have a respect towards each other, Mukuro even sent a map of Melone Base to Hibari when he disguised himself as Byakuran's subordinate.
In the Databook, he commented that he can't understand Tsuna since he's weak sometimes and strong sometimes (Dying Will Mode). At first, Tsuna didn't interest him, but in the Future, Tsuna already gained his respect. Hibari states the only two people that make him joyed to fight is Reborn and Future Tsuna. Together with Irie and Vongola Decimo (Future Tsuna), they planned to send Tsuna and the other Guardians from the Past to the Future. Tsuna also sees him as valuable comrade at fighting and thinks very highly of him. More often, though, Tsuna sees him as a scary person and doesn't want to incur his wrath.
Both of them are the two oldest Guardians. Ryohei acknowledges Hibari's power and had already visited his house several times to challenge him but was always beaten by him (according to the artbook). On the other hand, Hibari only sees him as a "noisy animal" and treats him like the others. However, in the Future, they seem to already have a respect toward each other. Ryohei even invited him to drink together at some event which Hibari refused, and sometimes their thoughts clash with each other and create an argument, which ends up with Ryohei challenging him to fight. In the Inheritance Succession Arc (anime only), Ryohei is the only one who managed to convince Hibari to take the trial. This makes Ryohei the second person to be able to convice Hibari on something, after Dino.
He is Hibari's home-tutor during the Ring Conflict. But Hibari doesn't see him as his teacher and doesn't care about it, only wanting to bite him to death. Dino sees him as his student and acknowledges his skills when he trains him, but also finds it hard to train him since Hibari has no interest in listening to him. Moreover, Dino seems to be the only one who can convince Hibari to stop fighting, though at first, it was very hard to do so. However in the Future, he is able to convince him more easily and always accompanies him if he "runs off" because of his dislike of crowds. They are not on good terms or close to each other, but Dino thinks of him as a reliable Guardian for Tsuna. Hibari doesn't seem to hate him, although he is sometimes irritated by him.
Abilities and Weapons
In the Future, Hibari has become adept at using Rings. His Flame has become so intense that, he shatters normal Rings when he uses them. The younger Hibari is also capable of emitting a massive Dying Will Flame with the Vongola Ring. His capacity to create a powerful Dying Will Flame is due to his resolve; his "irritation" for others.
- Bracelet of the Clouds Version X: The upgrade to the Vongola Cloud Ring combined with Roll.
- Tonfas - Hibari's Tonfas have also been shown to have hidden compartments containing other weapons like chains or needles.
- Cloud Flame Radar - He uses his Ring's Flames as a radar by thinly spreading the Flame over a wide area and using the vibrations to detect anything that enters the area. This allows him to counter illusions by using it to sense where the actual object is, as seen in his battle against Genkishi's Spettrale Nudibranchia .
- Cloud Hedgehog - When used, a hedgehog is shot towards the target. Due to the Cloud's Ability, Propagation, the hedgehog can become bigger when it takes in Dying Will Flames.
- Vongola Cloud Hedgehog - It appears as a Hedgehog with larger, but fewer, spikes than the Cloud Hedgehog. Hibari named it "Roll."
- Cambio Forma: Alaude's Handcuffs - Hibari's Cambio Forma takes the form of a pair of Handcuffs with spikes on one end. Hibari can multiply it using the Cloud Attribute's Ability propagation by absorbing his enemy's Flames or using his own. These Handcuffs can also increase in size and envelope the enemy in a cocoon of Cuffs. Hibari can then shrink the Handcuffs, crushing his opponent.
On November 7, 2007, a character CD entitled "Sakura Addiction," featuring Mukuro and Hibari, was released, and became the most successful Reborn! character CD, debuting in ninth place in the Oricon charts. The single reached its peak at seventh place, but remained in the chart's Top 40 until mid-January of 2008. It contains duets and individual songs sung by both voice actors: Toshinobu Iida and Takashi Kondō. There are two available covers; both show one character as the main feature, with the other shown in the background with his back turned. The song "Sakura Addiction," which was a duet sung by both voice actors, was used as the fifth ending theme for the series.
For the second annual Seiyū Awards, Toshinobu Iida and Takashi Kondō each received a nomination for "Best Musical Performance," for "Sakura Addiction."
- He is referred to as 18 in the Reborn! Fandom as "1" in the old Japanese counting system is "hi" and "8" is "ba" hence, Hiba(ri).
- "Hibari" can be translated into skylark, a kind of bird.
- According to the fanbook, his favorite food is hamburger.
- In a recent popularity poll, Hibari ranked first, with 77,386 votes.
- He loves Namimori Middle School so much that his cellphone ringtone is its school anthem.
- Hibari seems to think that the Dying Will Flames are fueled by irritation instead of resolve.
- Hibari shares the same seiyu, Takashi Kondo, with Alaude and Fon. Coincidentally, these three are all similar in appearance.
- Even though he is still in Namimori Middle School, Hibari apparently owns and rides a Motorcycle.
- Hibari was featured on the cover of the eighteenth volume, the same as his shorthand.
- Due to a previous infection with the sakura-kura disease (which was later cured), he seems to feel uneasy around cherry blossoms and loses his will to fight.
- Even though Hibari has already graduated, he still attends Namimori Middle School, proof of his affection for it.
- He is the only Guardian to not have his family shown or mentioned.
- He lives in a large traditional Japanese house with the same style as the secret Vongola Base in the future.
- In the 2007 and 2008 popularity poll for "The Character I want as a Groom," Hibari ranked first.
- According to Fuuta's ranking in the fanbook, he is ranked 1st in the mafia to be able to protect his village even if a monster appears.
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