Kshin is an orphaned Asian boy adopted by Mandrake the Magician
, who is training him as his apprentice. As the youngster of the Defenders of the Earth
, he is always trying to prove he is worthy of being a true hero. His country of origin was never specifically identified in the series. Kshin has a pet alien called Zuffy
—an orphaned Zuffoid found by Rick Gordon on the planet Mongo.