|Epithet:||"The Russian Machine Gun"|
|Weight:||76kg (70kg for kickboxing matches)|
|Affiliations:||SF Cold Storage|
|Ashura Debut:||Chapter 3|
Iwan Karaev (イバン・カラエフ, Iban Karaefu; "Ivan Karaev"), also known as "The Russian Machine Gun", is a professional Russian kickboxer that has been making headlines in recent times and has participated in the K-1.
Iwan 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, Iwan told his associate that he would take care of Ohma himself. Telling Ohma it was nothing personal, Iwan attacked but was soon put down by a groin attack. With Rihito impressed by Ohma's abilities, a grimacing Iwan 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, Iwan sought out Rihito to take revenge upon him but ended up working under him at his new company SF Cold Storage.
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: A roundhouse kick similar to karate, which uses a snap from the knee down. Because of Iwan's spring-like body, the speed and power of his kicks go off the charts which is how his high kicks got their name.
Notes & Trivia
- Despite being from Russia, Iwan's least favourite places are anywhere that is cold.
- Since being subdued by Ohma (and Rihito), Iwan has since found a job working at SF Cold Storage.
- Iwan is apparently the uncle of Zina Void, a character who appears in Sandrovich's series Danberu nan Kiro Moteru?.