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Well, they would technically all be text editors...but I guess you are referring more to the interface of the application itself. So in that sense yes, Gedit and Kwrite are graphical programs, and emacs and vi are used on the command line.
I think the misconception you have is between gui and command line not between editors. Programs like vi use the base linux console to allow you to edit the file contents and save them. It does not depend on kde or gnome or any desktop. Kwrite and others like that use the desktop gui to open and will only work when the desktop is running. Kwrite is a bit like Microsoft's Write program but better IMHO.