Ivan Karaev (イワン・カラエフ, Iwan Karaefu; "Ivan Karaev"), also known as

"The Russian Reaper" (ロシアの死神, Roshia no Shinigami),[2] is a professional Russian kickboxer that has been making headlines in recent times and has participated in the K-1.


Ivan is a man with a lean build, fair hair, a thin face with deep cheekbones, barely any eyebrows and thin stubble on his chin.


He is a man who is very confident in his own abilities, bordering on overconfidence. While generally maintaining a cool, focused demeanour, this crumbles when he is put in a pinch.


Arriving at Tokita Ohma's residence alongside Rihito, Ivan told his associate that he would take care of Ohma himself. Telling Ohma it was nothing personal, Ivan attacked but was soon put down by a groin attack. With Rihito impressed by Ohma's abilities, a grimacing Ivan complained that he'd take care of Ohma before Rihito put him out for good by slicing through his neck using his "Razor's Edge" ability.

Some time after this, while out drinking with Komada, Rihito came in and Ivan quickly reacted in rage, ready to take revenge upon him but he ended up working under Rihito at his new company SF Cold Storage, alongside Komada.

During the Kengan Annihilation Tournament, he and Komada travelled to Ganryu Island as well. He and Komada were accosted by some of Hayami Katsumasa's Guardians during the latter's attempted coup, but were saved after Bando Yohei brutally killed them all after being released from his bindings.

Power & Abilities

The Reaper's Sickle

Ivan's Reaper's Sickle kick

Ivan is noted to be a strong kickboxer, especially in the public scene, with his high kicks standing out in particular. However, he was no match for Ohma nor Rihito.[3]


  • The Reaper's Sickle (死神の鎌, Shinigami no Kama):[3] A roundhouse kick similar to karate, which uses a snap from the knee down. Because of Ivan's spring-like body, the speed and power of his kicks go off the charts which is how his high kicks got their name.[3]

Notes & Trivia

  • Despite being from Russia, Ivan's least favourite places are anywhere that is cold.[1]
  • Since being subdued by Ohma (and Rihito), Ivan has since found a job working at SF Cold Storage.[2]
  • Ivan is the uncle of Gina Boyd, a character who appears in Sandrovich's series Danberu Nan-Kiro Moteru?.[4][5]



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