Kino is the protagonist in the story. They are described as being around 15 years old, with short black hair, large eyes and a fearless face. They usually wear a black jacket, brown overcoat, white shirt, goggled cap and wide belt with lots of pouches. In the winter they have special winter gear. They travel with the motorrad, Hermes. The two have a contract - Kino provides the balance, Hermes provides the speed, and together they can travel anywhere they wish. Kino is an excellent shooter, and their speed and agility make them deadly with their persuaders (guns.) They carries two. One hangs on a holster from her belt; this is the pistol-style persuader "Cannon" which takes 6 .44 caliber bullets and is drawn with their right hand. The other is held in a clip in the small of their back; this is the hand persuader "Forest Person (Mori no Hito)" which takes special bullets and is drawn with their left hand. Kino also carries several knives hidden in various locations around their body. Usually, however, they try not to get too involved in others' business.