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Yona is the titular protagonist of the manga and anime series, Akatsuki no Yona. She is the 16 year-old daughter of Kohka's King Il, known for her unusual and beautiful red hair. After her father is murdered by her cousin, Su-Won, Yona flees with her loyal friend, General Hak, to find the four legendary dragons of Kohka. She later resolves to travel the country and solve the problems that had arisen during her father's terrible reign.
She is voiced by Chiwa Saitō in the Japanese version, and by Monica Rial in the English version.
Yona had a sheltered, pampered upbringing. But all of that changed when she witnessed her father's murder at the hands of Soo-Won on the night of her 16th birthday. After her father's death she and Hak were forced to flee from the Hiryuu Castle and traveled all the way to Hak's homeland the Wind Tribe for safety. During her journey, Yona started to realize that not everything was perfect during her father's reign as king and had came to terms why he was murdered. So this tragic event and the resolved to fight for herself, throne and kingdom later led to her search for the legendary four dragon warriors who help create the Kouka Kingdom 2,000 years ago. As time goes on her journey she forced Hak to train her how to fight so that she could defend herself in a fight. Along the way she changed from a gentle and naive girl to a fearless and toughened warrior while still maintaining her grace, compassion and integrity. Also slowly began to discover the meaning of friendship and its true purpose in life; which is to protect her love ones and the people of her country.