Age: 16 (GS), 18 (GSD)
Born: May 18, CE 55
Height: 165 cm (GS), 170 cm (GSD)
Eye color: purple
Hair color: brown
Blood Type: A
Nationality: ORB Union
Love interests: Flay Allster (deceased), Lacus Clyne (current)
Relatives: Ulen Hibiki (father, deceased), Via Hibiki (mother, deceased), Caridad Yamato (adoptive mother), Haruma Yamato (adoptive father), Cagalli Yula Athha (twin sister)
Allegiance: Earth Alliance (GS), Three Ships Alliance (GS), Terminal (GSD), ORB Union (GSD), ZAFT (GSDSE)
Military Ranks: Ensign (Earth Alliance) (GS), Ensign (ORB) (GSD), Admiral (ORB) (GSD), White Uniform ZAFT (GSD)
Mobile Suits: GAT-X105 Strike (GS), ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam (GS/GSD), ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam (GSD)
Kira is one of the most popular male characters in the Anime Grand Prix popularity polls for favorite male characters. He ranked first in 2002, second in 2003 and 2004 and first in 2005.
Kira is currently the holder of the highest military career advance in Gundam, starting at the rank of Ensign and getting promoted to Admiral status without moving through any other ranks.
Before GUNDAM SEED
Via Hibiki was pregnant with two children - twins who were to be named Kira and Cagalli. Her husband, Ulen, needed a test subject for his artifical womb, a device made to handle the birthing process of Coordinators. To her horror, Ulen used Kira's fetus to modify him into a Coordinator, but the process worked - Kira would be born a flawless Coordinator. Soon after, tragedy struck - a vengeful Rau Da Flaga burnt down the house containing Ulen, Via and Al Da Flaga. Both Kira and Cagalli managed to survive the attack. Seeking to hide and protect the children, Caridad and Haruma Yamato adopted Kira while Uzumi Nara Athha would adopt Cagalli.
Personality and Character:
Kira is a pacifist, while he dislikes war and conflict, he is more than willing to fight if it means protecting his friends and loved ones. Due to his kind and sensitive nature, he is noted to be too soft for war; as the series progresses, Kira becomes traumatized by the people he has killed and the ones he failed to protect, resulting him to become somewhat obsessed with protecting the Archangel.
In Destiny, Kira's overall personality is calmer, matured, and philosophical. He has gained respect from soldiers in Orb's military due to his piloting skills and being the brother of Orb's ruler. Kira often acts in a fashion which would best be described as being that of the reluctant hero; this maybe due to Kira not viewing himself as a leader type as a MS pilot, often leaving actual leadership decisions to Lacus or Cagalli.
As a Coordinator, Kira has advanced hand-eye coordination, greater physical strength, accelerated healing, and higher intelligence than an average human being. With a sharp sense and rapid information processing ability, Kira can instantly grasps the situation on the field. He quickly improve to a remarkable pilot that can handle any sort of combat situation he is facing against, including space, atmosphere, desert and under water. Kira is also capable of performing an upgrade/modify on the Gundam's operating system while fighting in a battle for higher performances (which he has done so several times in Gundam Seed, although never seen in the second season).
Choosing to disarm his opponents rather than to kill them, Kira battle styles gradually become extra-ordinary but are sometimes rather predictable.
While lacking any true form of military training, Kira's fighting ability developed greatly as the time in battle progresses along with his ability to go into SEED mode. In the original Gundam SEED series, Kira is shown to be inexperienced with handguns, preferring not to use them. He even has to be reminded by Mu to remove the safety on his gun in episode 44 while in pursuit of Rau on Mendel station, however by the time of the events of Gundam SEED Destiny, his handgun skills have improved as can be seen in the second assassination attempt on Lacus Clyne at Copernicus City on the Moon.