Khyron is a male extraterrestrial character that features in Robotech.
Khyron was a male Zentraedi warrior that was a brilliant but often insubordinate and mentally unstable commander of the Botoru Battalion during the First Robotech War. Khyron earned the nickname Khyron the Backstabber because of his habit of attacking his own men when angered or drunk. The Battalion was summoned to the solar system by Commander Breetai, against the advice of Exedore, to assist in the capture of the SDF-1 Macross. While his unorthodox tactics kept the RDF 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.
Following the destruction of the Zentraedi Grand fleet in 2011, Khyron ship's crashes in the arctic where he, Azonia and its crew remain dormant for almost two years. However, in July of 2013, Khyron and Azonia steal a protoculture chamber from New Detroit which they used to resize the growing number of disaffected Zentraedi back into warrior giants. Although many Zentraedi had been peacefully assimilated into Earth's surviving human population, many were 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 Matrix to repower their warship, Khyron and Azonia kidnapped Lynn Minmay and her cousin Lynn Kyle and attempt to ransom them for the SDF-1. During their capture, Khyron, who is holding Minmay in his hand, asks Minmay to sing. Minmay, whose music in the past has been able incapacitate Zentraedi, who have had no exposure to human culture or music, sings "to be in love." The surrounding Zentraedi become scared and paralized and even Khyron falls to his knees. However, although Khyron is initially overwhelmed, he is able to overcome the effects and closes his hand around Minmay to stop her singing. Khyron proudly declares that he is immune to Minmay's "magical witchcraft." Minmay, surprised that Khyron has been unaffected by her song, calls Khyron an "overgrown clown" and states she won't help him with his plans. Khyron loses his temper and tightens his grip on Minmay, who shrieks in pain as her body is squeezed tighter and tighter with a disturbing crunching sound. Azonia notices and yells at Khyron to be careful, causing him to regain his composure and he release his grip. However, Minmay 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 pokes Minmay with his finger and eventually she revives and moans in pain. Fortunately, Minmay escapes serious injury and Khyron remarks that Micronians (humans) are "well-built little things." Eventually, a rescue operation led by Rick Hunter, dubbed Operation Star Saver, is able to free both Minmay and Kyle, and Khyron is forced to resort to even more brutal tactics.
Throughout the second half of 2013, Khyron's forces continue 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, takes 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 escape with the matrix, Khyron denotates numerous bombs hidden within the city, which he coldly declares is a "Christmas present." The bombs cause massive damage to the city and inflict numerous civilian casualties which soon stream into overflowing hospitals. The damage is so severe that many people simply leave and move to other cities. Even a month later, much of the damage has not been repaired. Khryon uses the protoculture matrix to repower his warship but although he can simply leave Earth, he decides that he cannot leave until the SDF-1 is destroyed. In January of 2014, Khryon and his forces launch a full scale assault on Macross City. Firing his warship's main gun, a swath of New Macross City is obliterated and the SDF-1 takes a direct hit. Khyron also fires numerous missiles at the city, causing even more damage than his attack a month earlier. However, Admiral Henry J. Gloval and the bridge crew manage to regain control of the SDF-1 and launch it a short distance into the air. Using all of its remaining power, the SDF-1's main gun is able to fire one shot which cripples Khryon's warship.
The SDF-1's final shot shears off an entire section of Khyron's ship, crippling its weapons, defenses and communications. Bleeding from a severe cut above his eye, Khyron sees that his top lieutenants, Grel and Gerao, have been killed but that Azonia is still alive. Despite the now critical situation, Khyron is 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 is still operational, tells Azonia that they can still destroy the SDF-1, but then adds "It requires a sacrifice. Are you willing to face it with me?" Azonia joins hands with Khyron as says "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, cannot defend itself as Khryon launches his suicidal run. All available mecha and veritech fighters throw everything they have against Khyron's ship but they cannot stop it. As the two ships collide, Khyron and Azonia, still holding hands, shout "Victory!" before they are vaporized. The collision and resulting impact and explosion destroys Khyron's ship, the SDF-1 and the newly completed SDF-2. There are no survivors of those aboard the SDF-1 except for 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 J. Gloval, Commander Claudia Grant, and bridge operators Vannesa Leeds, Sammy Porter and Kim Young, die at their posts.
New Macross City is left in ruins by the battle and the radioactive fallout from the destruction of the three ships leads to the evacuation and sealing off of the entire area, with its survivors being relocated to the other cities, in particular, Monument City (which would later become the capital of the United Earth Government (UEG). The remains of the three ships are buried under three giant mounds of dirt, but not before everything that can be salvaged out of the wreckage is removed to continue to rebuild Earth and to aid in the planned construction of the SDF-3.
Personality and attributes
He was known by a number of epithets that included Khyron the Backstabber and as Khyron the Destroyer.
He was shown as being highly ill-disciplined with him enjoying petty acts of amusement. In one case, he made a bet with his subordinate to see how many friendly Zentraedi ships they crashed onto upon emerging from a hyperspace fold.
Such was the extent of his disobedience that he once claimed that he was conducting wartime exercises only to use the opportunity to ambush the SDF-1. This forced Commander Breetai to make use of a Manual Override Beam to force Khyron to retreat as it was known that the Zentraedi warrior would have simply ignored any commands given to him. Despite his insubordination, he was shown as brooking no such disobedience from his own ranks. This was shown when an impatient subordinate broke ranks and threatened to expose their position which resulted in Khyron shooting the warrior down. According to Khyron, if he could manage to show patience in such a situation then he expected his warriors to similarly follow. He was shown to be quick to anger if anyone questioned his leadership abilities such as when Miriya challenged him with him taking it as an insult.
It was shown that Khyron hated to lose a fight. Though eager for conflict, he was noted to had refused to engage in battles where the odds were against his favour. Such was the case when the Grand Fleet decided to destroy any Zentraedi that had been in contact with the SDF-1. Khyron was unable to return to Dolza's forces but refused to participate in the battle and instead stood on the sidelines to observe the battle over Earth.
Powers and abilities
As a Zentraedi, Khyron was a genetically engineered warrior who was giant in size in his native form. In his infantry armour, he was shown as being accurate enough with a rifle to shoot damage enemy fighters. He was noted for being a skilled warrior and ace pilot who was able to operate Zentraedi mecha.
As a officer in the Imperial Zentraedi Forces, he was able to command battleships in their fleets and led the 17th Mechanised Division of the Botoru Battalion.
- Khyron was voiced by actor Greg Snegoff.
- The character was adapted from Quamzin Kravshera in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross.