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Kia is a character in Saints Row: The Third.

I don't want to arrest you, it won't solve anything. People need to wake up and see the threat that scum like you are to innocent people.
— Kia to Playa[3]


Kia is a high-ranking officer in STAG,[4][5][6][7] answering only to her superior, Cyrus Temple. She is one of the few people whom Cyrus seems to trust and rely on the most; relaying most of his commands to the rest of STAG through her. All the other STAG soldiers appear to obey her orders without question; even when she chooses to go "rogue".[3] She has access to a lot of secure areas on the Thermopylae, including the R&D Department.

Kia and Cyrus are frequently together, and it is alluded that they have been romantically involved.[7] Like Cyrus, Kia always wears protective body armor, but with plain colors and no helmet. She is African-American, much taller than average, and of normal weight. Her tied hair is black.

Although she isn't as powerful or as important as Cyrus, Kia is not someone to be underestimated. Personality-wise, she is ruthless and cold, showing little concern for human life or property, and views everything as a mission which needs to be accomplished no matter the cost. This is further supported in two ways. The first is when Kia shows absolutely no signs of sadness or sympathy for her fellow STAG soldiers who die when the Thermopylae sinks.[7] The second is when she plots to blow up the entire Magarac Island along with everyone on it, innocent or not, just to make the 3rd Street Saints look bad in the public eye.[3]


Following Senator Monica Hughes' unanimous approval from the United States Senate to execute the "STAG Initiative" upon the city of Steelport, Kia makes her first appearance commanding the STAG task force which has surrounded Technically Legal, the building where Playa has taken cover along with Oleg Kirrlov and Viola DeWynter. She makes a report to Cyrus about the situation, and then orders her troops to storm the building. At the end of the mission, she is present at Cyrus' press conference aboard the Thermopylae.[4]

Kia later participates in a teleconference with Monica Hughes, along with Cyrus. She gets upset over Hughes' decision to use Nyte Blayde as the official mascot of STAG for publicity purposes. Kia is not alone in her opinion as Cyrus also expresses some frustration over the issue, believing that "shock and awe" wins wars not "hearts and minds" as Mrs. Hughes believes.[5]

During STAG's attack on the Saints HQ, Kia observes from the deck of the Thermopylae. She contacts Cyrus on the radio and congratulates him on the success of the attack. Afterwards Cyrus sends her some Intel on Shaundi, and requests that she capture the famed Saints lieutenant for questioning. Kia complies with Cyrus' orders and immediately begins hunting for Shaundi.[6]

Kia's troops manage to deduce Shaundi's present whereabouts shortly after Playa defeats Matt Miller and the Deckers.[8] They quickly storm the room and subdue her while she is on the phone with Playa. Shaundi is taken aboard the Thermopylae and placed in the ship's detention center for questioning. In an effort to save her, Playa disguises themselves as Cyrus via plastic surgery, and pretends to bring both Pierce and Viola into STAG custody. Once aboard the Thermopylae, Kia politely greets Playa, believing them to be Cyrus, and congratulates them on their success before having her troops escort Pierce and Viola to the ship's detention center.[7]

After spending a few minutes with Playa, Kia begins to grow suspicious of their disguise due to them not addressing her by her name and not using proper grammar for an army officer; saying things like "Dude" or "What's Up?". Kia's suspicions are finally confirmed when the real Cyrus Temple announces his intentions to return to the Thermopylae to oversee Shaundi's interrogation. Knowing that their cover has been blown, Playa quickly exits the room while Kia draws a pistol, and takes several shots at them, but fails to score a hit. She then sounds the alarm, informs Cyrus of the on-board situation, and orders all STAG units to shoot the imposter on-sight.[7]

Unfortunately for Kia, STAG is unable to stop Playa from sabotaging the Thermopylae's main reactor, and then escaping the ship with their fellow Saints. Though the Thermopylae ends up being destroyed, Kia survives. 12 hours later, as STAG is preparing to lockdown the city, Kia re-joins with Cyrus at his new base-of-operations in Downtown. She tells him that STAG Commando teams are currently en route to Steelport, and then after gaining permission to speak freely, expresses her desire to crack down and "take the gloves off" with the Saints. Cyrus calmly responds by telling her to stick with their original plan before dismissing her from his presence.[7]

Later, Kia takes matters into her own hands,[3] and calls up Playa to state that she has taken Shaundi and Viola hostage, and is planning to use them as scapegoats to frame the Saints for domestic terrorism. At first, Playa doesn't believe her, but is soon convinced after Kia states that she is going to blow up the monument on Magarac Island, and leave Shaundi and Viola's corpses in the wreckage for the "proper" authorities to find.[3]


Kill Killbane

If Playa chooses to eliminate Killbane, they allow Kia's bombs to go off and Shaundi, Viola, and Burt Reynolds are all killed in the resulting explosion.[3] Kia's fate is not shown during the 'Eliminate Killbane' option, and she does not appear during the following mission.[9]

Save Shaundi

If Playa chooses to save Shaundi and Viola, they travel to the Magarac Island and disarm the bombs by launching them into the water with a Sonic Boom. Then they proceed up the statue, fighting off STAG soldiers along the way. At the top of the statue, Playa confronts Kia for the last time to save their fellow Saints along with Burt Reynolds. Kia takes Shaundi as a human-shield, and taunts Playa for failing to "save" so many of their friends. In their struggle, Playa eventually manages to separate Kia from Shaundi, and then kills her, putting an end to her twisted plans.[3]

The "Save Shaundi" ending has been confirmed to be the official ending of Saints Row: The Third.[10]


  • Her name foreshadows the fact she is "Killed in Action" when she fights Playa.
  • If Female Voice 1 is used while disguised as Cyrus,[7] Kia suggests that she previously had sex with Cyrus, and she does not regret it.
  • If using Female Voice 3 while disguised as Cyrus,[7] Playa engages in a conversation with Kia about Aisha. Kia reveals that she was a fan of Aisha's music, and that the news of Aisha's death had gotten her into Law Enforcement.
  • When using the Zombie Voice while disguised as Cyrus,[7] Playa continues speaking in zombie grunts in Cyrus's voice. Kia is taken aback and asks Cyrus if he is feeling sick, making her one of the only characters to say anything about the zombie accent barrier. However, she eventually adjusts to it like the majority of characters have done. Various cutscenes in that mission are preset to have Cyrus speak clearly, regardless of the current voice selection.
  • When using Male Voice 2 while disguised as Cyrus,[7] Kia agrees to pose naked for Playa once they have finished examining the prototypes.
  • In Saints Row IV, Cyrus confirms in one of his Audio Logs that he had indeed slept with Kia, but it was just for one night. He regards their brief intimacy as a very memorable one.[11]
  • Kia's rank is not mentioned at any point during the game.


Cyrus: "Kia - Status?"
Kia: "The Saints have taken cover with one of the DeWynter sisters. We're about to move in."
Cyrus: "Roger that. Contact me once you secure the area."
Kia: "Yes, Commander."
— Kia and Cyrus.[4]
Kia: "Nyte Blayde's the face of STAG? Why don't you just put someone in a fucking deer suit?"
Monica: "Hearts and minds will win the war, my dear."
Cyrus: "Shock and awe wins wars, Senator. Authorize the Daedalus and this will all be over."
Monica: "Absolutely not."
Cyrus: "That kid's gonna get himself killed."
Monica: "Well you ensure Josh Birk's safety or I'll find someone who can. Understand?"
Cyrus: "Yes, Ma'am."
— Kia, Cyrus, and Monica Hughes.[12]
Cyrus: "Kia, do you read me?"
Kia: "I see congratulations are in order, Commander."
Cyrus: "Not quite. The Saints are still at large. I'm sending some intel over..."
Cyrus: "I need leverage on the Saints. Bring in the target for questioning."
Kia: "They're going to run to ground--digging them out won't be easy."
Cyrus: "If it were easy I wouldn't waste your time."
Kia: "Understood, sir--"
Kia: "I'll find her."
— Cyrus, ordering Kia to hunt down Shaundi.[13]
Playa: "These uniforms leave too much to the imagination..."
Kia: "Excuse me sir?"
Playa: "I'm just saying it's a damn shame to cover up a girl like you in body armor."
Kia: "Commander, I...I don't think this is appropriate."
Playa: "What's not appropriate is what I'm thinking about doin' to you."
Kia: "Commander!"
Playa: "Call me Cyrus."
Kia: "I'm sorry... that's... that's not protocol."
Playa: "Do I have to issue you a direct order to see you naked?"
Kia: "I have to get you to sign off on some R&D first... but after that I can obey the chain of command."
— Kia agrees to pose naked for Male Voice 2 Playa as Cyrus Temple.[7]
Playa: "So you ever been to Stilwater?"
Kia: "Once. To see an Aisha concert when I was a kid."
Playa: "Averice tour?"
Kia: "No, The Other Six."
Playa: ""Don't Fuck Me Like I'm Your Wife" was a classic."
Kia: "I never would have pegged you for an Aisha fan, sir."
Playa: "My friend introduced me to her."
Kia: "I've never told anyone this...but Aisha's murder is what got me into law enforcement. I wanted to get those bastards that took my idol away."
Playa: "Hmm... we're more alike than I thought."
Kia: "I'll take that as a compliment sir."
— Kia and Female Voice 3 Playa, as Cyrus Temple, discuss Aisha and her death.[7]
Kia: "Look, sir. Things don't have to be awkward between us."
Playa: "I totally agree."
Kia: "We're both adults. What happened happened, and um... speaking for myself, I don't regret a thing."
Playa: "I like men."
Kia: "Oh..."
— Kia and Female Voice 01 Playa, as Cyrus Temple.[7]
Playa: "[Grumbles]"
Kia: "I'm sorry sir, I didn't catch that."
Playa: "[Gargles]"
Kia: "Are... are you grunting at me?"
Playa: "[Moans]"
Kia: "Are you feeling okay, commander?"
Playa: "[Babbles]"
Kia: "Maybe we should go to sick bay..."
Playa: "[Sneers]"
Kia: "Or not... R&D is this way..."
— Kia and Zombie Voice Playa, as Cyrus Temple.[7]
Kia: "Sir, the commandos are en route. We'll have the whole city locked down in 72 hours."
Cyrus: "Outstanding. Thank you, Kia."
Kia: "Permission to speak freely?"
Kia: "It's about damn time we took off the kid gloves."
Cyrus: "Two little words, Kia. Shock and awe."
— Kia and Cyrus.[14]
Kia: "I'm surprised you came."
Female 1: "None of my crew is getting killed."
Female 2: "I do not abandon my people."
Female 3: "I don't leave people to die."
Male 1: "I don't leave my crew to die."
Male 2: "I don't abandon my crew."
Male 3: "I don't leave anyone behind."
Zombie: "Roars"
Kia: "Really? Lin. Carlos. Aisha. Johnny... all you do is let your friends die."
Female 1: "And I make bitches like you suffer."
Female 2: "You are wrong, Kia. Your little plan has failed."
Female 3: "Enough talk. You want to play, bitch?"
Male 1: "Bitch I'm gonna fuck you up."
Male 2: "Bitch you're gonna wish you never said that..."
Male 3: "Shut your goddamned mouth."
Zombie: "Mumbles"
— Kia's final conversation.[3]

I'll never regret that night I had with Kia. She opened my eyes to things I'd only seen in... Guam. What did she call it,... the helicopter? There's no way they teach that in basic training.
— Cyrus Audio Log 3


Promotional artwork of Kia

Kia and Cyrus

Kia with a pistol

Kia, standing next to Cyrus on the Thermopylae

Kia - character model in Saints Row: The Third

STAG - Kia - character model in Saints Row IV


  1. Mission: My Name is Cyrus Temple
  2. Saints Row Wiki: Saints Row: The Third credits
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Mission: Three Way
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mission: Gang Bang
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mission: Convoy Decoy
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mission: STAG Party
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 Mission: My Name is Cyrus Temple
  8. Mission: http://deckers.die
  9. Mission: STAG Film
  10. Twitter: Steve Jaros' comment about canon ending
  11. Audio Log:
    I'll never regret that night I had with Kia. She opened my eyes to things I'd only seen in... Guam. What did she call it,... the helicopter? There's no way they teach that in basic training.
    — Cyrus Audio Log 3

  12. Mission: Convoy Decoy, post-mission cutscene
  13. Mission: STAG Party, post-mission cutscene
  14. Mission: My Name is Cyrus Temple, post-mission cutscene