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Khyron, otherwise known as Khyron the Destroyer or Khyron the Backstabber, was a Zentraedi male character of Robotech: The Macross Saga and was voiced by Greg Snegoff. He was a brilliant but often disrespectful and mentally unstable commander during the First Robotech War. He was the leader of the Botoru Battalion and doggedly pursued the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross (SDF-1). He was known as Quamzin Kravshera in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the series which was adapted into the first "saga" of Robotech.
Khyron earned the nickname Khyron the Backstabber because of his habit of attacking his own men when angered or drunk.
The War BeginsEdit
Khyron's Botoru Battalion was summoned to the Solar system by Commander Breetai, against the advice of Exedore, to assist in the capture of the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross (SDF-1). While his unorthodox tactics kept the Robotech Defense Force off balance, he was often rebuked by both Commanders Breetai and Azonia for risking undue damage to the fortress.
On one occasion, Breetai was forced to use the nebulizer in order to forcibly recall Khyron from an unauthorized attack while Azonia had to threaten him with being fired upon himself to force him to disengage from another attack. When Breetai's forces joined the SDF-1 in battle against Dolza's Grand Fleet, Khyron showed his self-serving nature by deserting.
Post Rain of DeathEdit
Following the destruction of the Zentraedi Grand Fleet in April 2011, Khyron's ship crashes in the amazon where he, Azonia and its crew remain dormant for almost two years.
However, in July 2013, Khyron and Azonia steal a Protoculture Chamber from New Detroit which they use to resize the growing number of disaffected micronized Zentraedi back into warrior giants. Although many Zentraedi had been peacefully assimilated into Earth's surviving human population, many others were simply unable to overcome their natural desire to fight and destroy and they turn to Khyron as their leader. In an effort to get their hands on a Protoculture Storage Matrix to repower their warship, Khyron and Azonia kidnapped Lynn Minmei and her cousin Lynn Kyle and attempt to ransom them for the SDF-1.
During their capture, Khyron, who was holding Lynn Minmei in his hand, asked Minmay to sing. Minmay, whose music in the past has been able incapacitate Zentraedi, who have had no exposure to human culture or music, sang "to be in love". The surrounding Zentraedi become scared and paralyzed and even Khyron falls to his knees. However, although Khyron was initially overwhelmed, he was able to overcome the effects and closes his hand around Minmei to stop her singing. Khyron proudly declared that he is immune to Minmei's "magical witchcraft". Minmei, surprised that Khyron had been unaffected by her song, called Khyron an "overgrown clown" and stated she would not help him with his plans. Khyron loses his temper and tightened his grip on Minmei, who shrieks in pain as her body was squeezed tighter and tighter with a disturbing crunching sound. Azonia noticed and yells at Khyron to be careful, causing him to regain his composure and he released his grip. However, Minmei is now deathly still and appears not to be breathing, and Khyron fears he may have killed her (which would ruin his plans). He repeatedly poked Minmay with his finger and eventually she revived and moaned in pain.
Minmay escaped serious injury and Khyron remarks that micronians (humans) were "well-built little things." Eventually, a rescue operation led by Rick Hunter, dubbed Operation Star Saver, was able to free both Minmay and Kyle, and Khyron was forced to resort to even more brutal tactics.
Throughout the second half of 2013, Khyron's forces continued to grow in size as more and more disaffected Zentraedi join him and other Zentraedi rebellions start breaking out all over the world, straining the United Earth Government's forces. Khyron, then restyled himself Khyron the Destroyer, took advantage of these circumstances and, with his new forces, launches an assault on Macross City in December 2013 and manages to steal a Protoculture Storage Matrix. As his forces escaped with the matrix, Khyron detonated numerous bombs hidden within the city, which he coldly declared was a "Christmas present." The bombs caused massive damage to the city and inflicted numerous civilian casualties which soon streamed into overflowing hospitals. The damage was so severe that many people simply left and move to other cities. Even a month later, much of the damage has not been repaired.
Khryon uses the Protoculture Storage Matrix to repower the reflex furnaces warship but although he could simply leave Earth, he decided that he could not leave until the SDF-1 is destroyed. In January 2014, Khryon and his forces launched a full scale assault on New Macross City. Firing his warship's main gun, a swath of New Macross City was obliterated and the newly built Super Dimension Fortress-2 Megalord (SDF-2) took a critical hit. Khyron also fired numerous missiles at the city, causing even more damage than his previous attack. However, Admiral Henry Gloval and the bridge crew manage to regain control of the SDF-1 and launched it a short distance into the air. Using all of its remaining power of the reflex furnaces, the SDF-1's main gun was able to fire one shot of its main reflex cannons, which cripples Khryon's warship.
The SDF-1's final shot sheared off an entire section of Khyron's ship, crippling its weapons, defenses and communications. Bleeding from a severe cut above his eye, Khyron saw that his top lieutenants, Grel and Gerao, laying dead but that Azonia was still alive. Despite the now critical situation, Khyron was still obsessively determined to destroy the SDF-1, even at the cost of his own life.
Khyron, after realizing that his warship's navigation system was still operational, told Azonia that they could still destroy the SDF-1, but then adds "It requires a sacrifice. Are you willing to face it with me?" Azonia joined hands with Khyron and replied, "It will be glorious!" Khyron then rigs his warship's navigation system for a collision course with the SDF-1. The SDF-1, drained of power, could not adequately defend itself as Khryon launched his suicidal run. All available mecha and veritech fighters throw everything they have against Khyron's ship but they could not stop its advance. As the two ships collide, Khyron and Azonia, still holding hands, shout "Victory!" before they were vaporized. The collision and resulting impact and explosion destroys Khyron's ship, the SDF-1 and the newly completed SDF-2.
There were few that survived aboard the SDF-1, notably Commander Lisa Hayes, who was pushed into the only remaining operable escape pod on the bridge at the last moment. The rest of the bridge crew, including Admiral Henry Gloval, Commander Claudia Grant, and bridge operators Sammie Porter and Kim Young, die at their posts.
New Macross City was left in ruins by the battle and the destruction of the three ships lead to the evacuation and sealing off of the entire area, which became known as SX.83, and the city's survivors being relocated to the other areas, in particular, Monument City (which would later become the capital of the reformed United Earth Government (UEG). The remains of the SFD-1 were interred in three silos, while the rest of the SDF-2 and Khyron's ship were gutted and salvaged to aid in the on-going Pioneer Expedition.
- In the Del Rey Robotech novels by Jack McKinney, Khyron's behavior was believed to be a side effect from ingesting the petals of the Invid Flower of Life. It was even indicated that this behavior led to his instability and madness and that he had not always been that way. Also it was suggested that Khyron's final assault on the SDF-1 was an inspiration to many Zentraedi during the malcontent uprisings in 2014 and 2015, although all are eventually put down.
- At one point during the kidnapping of Minmay and Kyle, Khyron kisses Azonia to the shock of Minmay, Kyle and the surrounding Zentraedi, who realize that human culture as affected Khyron far more than they or even Khyron himself thought possible. In previous encounters, humans kissing one another has caused Zentraedi to recoil in fear and disgust, yet Khyron is able to embrace this human custom quite easily and with great pleasure. The irony, that Khyron possesses a burning hatred for humans but embraces elements of their culture that are completely foreign and repulsive to the Zentraedi, is apparently lost on him.