|Headmaster Kaien Cross|
Kurosu Kaien Rijicho
Over 1200 years old
Headmaster of Cross Academy
Christopher Corey Smith
Kaien Cross (黒主灰閻 理事長, Kurosu Kaien Rijicho) is both the Headmaster of Cross Academy, and current head of the Vampire Hunters Association. He is the guardian of Zero Kiryu and adoptive father of Yuki Cross, the heroine of the story.
Kaien has long straw coloured hair and usually pulls it back into a ponytail. Though he is over 200 years old, he looks to be a man in his mid-thirties. Kaien enjoys wearing very odd clothing and can be spotted with oversized lion feet slippers, large colourful hats and pink aprons, occasionally. Kaien is one of the few characters that wears spectacles, though he removes them in times of action. Kaien can also have a generally light-hearted appearance, sometimes comical, but occasionally puts on a serious face during such situations. As a Vampire Hunter, Kaien had a generally more serious and mature design. He appeared to wear more simpler, yet dark clothes and often discarded his glasses, especially before during a big battle. His straw coloured hair was often loose.
Kaien sports a cheerful personality, yet can be serious at the same time. It can be said that he has a few odd personality quirks, such as his propensity to launch into tearful dramatics over the idea of being a poor parent to Yuki. Additionally, he enjoys ribbing his adopted children, particularly Zero, often mocking him about being a vampire as he refuses to consider Kaien and Yuki family, a fact which Kaien jokingly claims breaks his heart. Kaien also enjoys cooking very strange food and making Yuki and Zero eat it.
Kaien can also appear thoughtless, frequently overriding and ignoring Zero's distaste for vampires. He often tells only half truths to protect Zero and Yuki, and kept his knowledge of Yuki's past secret from both her and Zero. He is however quite proud, and very protective, of both his children.
Kaien has not always been so happy go-lucky. At his prime as a Vampire Hunter, Kaien Cross was known as the "Vampire without Fangs" due to his strength and skill as a Vampire Hunter, and also the fact that he was born with an abnormally high amount of vampire genetic material compared to other Vampire Hunters, which he obtained by eating his twin, or so the former president hints when he says he was cursed since birth just like the Kiryu twins. Thanks to his vampire DNA, Kaien is over 200 years old and no longer seems to age.One night in winter, Kaien had foolishly agreed to hunt down Juri Kuran, who was vulnerable due to her pregnancy with Yuki. Juri spared Kaien's life and soon forgave Kaien for being so irrational. Kaien and Juri somehow became friends, though Kaien still owes a lot to her.
Kaien is friends with Pureblood vampire, Isaya Shoto, and used to intentionally pick fights with him.After befriending Juri Kuran (though it is not yet revealed if he befriended Haruka Kuran too) Kaien took on Juri's dream of establishing a school for vampires and humans, and retired as a Vampire Hunter in order to establish Cross Academy 16 years prior to the story's beginning. Following the deaths of Haruka and Juri, Kaien took in their hidden daughter, Yuki, after Kaname Kuran brought her to him for safekeeping. Thus Kaien became Yuki's very doting and slightly odd father, much to Yuki's annoyance. Kaien also took in Zero Kiryu several years later, after the deaths of Zero's parents. As he did with Yuki, Kaien also wished to adopt Zero, but Zero refused. Kaien still referred to Zero as his son, which always got quick-tempered Zero worked up.
Shortly after Zero's arrival, Kaien, with Kaname's assistance, was finally able to establish the Night Class to promote understanding between humans and vampires. Due to the vampire presence at the school, Zero initially refuses to attend high school and is left behind a year, but Kaien is later able to convince him to attend the following year in order to prevent Yuki from being alone in the duties of being a guardian.
- Main article: Kaien Cross/Plot summary
Powers & AbilitiesEditKaien is a very strong hunter, known as the best until he retired. Kaien is unusual amongst the vampire hunters as he appears to have stopped physically aging, appearing to be a man in his mid-twenties despite being two hundred years old. They have been studying his DNA, which he is said to possess extremely high amounts of vampire DNA that stopped his aging and causes Zero to confuse him with that of a vampire's aura. Like all vampire hunters, Kaien is able to wield anti-vampire weapons and carries a sword hidden in a cane and he has an acute smell that senses vampires. Kaien is considered the legend of vampire hunters.
Kaien Cross/Kurosu has a vampire hunting sword hidden in his cane. It is shown to be unsheathed in Vampire Knight Guilty, right before the battle of Rido Kuran.
- Main article: Juri & Kaien
Kaien and Juri met as enemies when Kaien tried to kill her and they eventually became good friends. It's been implied during certain points in the series that Kaien may have harbored romantic feelings for Juri, though this is unconfirmed. What is clear, however, is that Kaien held both Juri and Haruka Kuran in high regard during their years of their friendship, even taking in Yuki as his adoptive daughter following Haruka and Juri's deaths.
You can drink my blood if you want to, Zero. - To Zero
|Yuki Kuran | Kaname Kuran | Zero Kiryu|
|Haruka Kuran | Juri Kuran | Kaname Kuran | Yuki Kuran | Rido Kuran | Shizuka Hio | Ouri | Sara Shirabuki | Isaya Shoto | Toma (Lord)|
|Hanabusa Aido | Tsukiko Aido | Asato Ichijo | Takuma Ichijo | Akatsuki Kain | Maria Kurenai | Seiren | Senri Shiki | Ruka Souen | Rima Toya|
|Vampire Hunter's Association|
|Zero Kiryu | Ichiru Kiryu | Kaito Takamiya | Toga Yagari | Kaien Cross | Jinmu | Momoyama|
|Yuki Cross | Nadashiko Shindo | Sayori Wakaba | Kaseumi Kageyama | Ichiru Kiryu|