Anna Williams (Tekken)

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Anna Williams
Tekken character
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Anna Williams in Tekken Tag Tournament 2
First game Tekken (1994)[1]
Voiced by (English) Claire Hamilton (The Motion Picture)[2]
Lenne Hardt (Tekken 5 - Tekken 6 (archive footage), Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (grunts), Tekken 3D: Prime Edition)[2]
Debra Jean Rogers (Death by Degrees)
Tara Platt (Tekken 6, Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - onwards)[2]
Voiced by (Japanese) Yumi Tōma (Tekken 1 - Tekken Tag Tournament)
Kaori Yamagata (The Motion Picture, Drama CD)
Tamako Nohama (Japanese dub of the Tekken film)
Akeno Watanabe (Blood Vengeance)[2]
Motion capture Mayu Hiratsuka (Blood Vengeance)
Portrayed by Marian Zapico (live-action film)[3]
Elle Navarro (Tekken Tag Tournament 2 trailer "Girl Power")
Fictional profile
Birthplace Ireland
Nationality Irish
Fighting style Assassination Arts (based on Aikido, Hapkido and others such as Koppo-jutsu)
Occupation Bodyguard (Tekken 2, Tekken 6)
Paramilitary (Death by Degrees, Blood Vengeance)
Assassin (The Motion Picture, live-action film)

Anna Williams (Japanese: アンナ・ウィリアムズ Hepburn: Anna Wiriamuzu?) is a fictional character in the Tekken fighting game series, first appearing in Tekken in 1994. Anna is the narcissistic and arrogant younger sister of the quiet and serious Nina Williams, and an aunt of Steve Fox. She is defined by her rivalry with Nina, a trait that has been around since the original Tekken game.

Anna originally shared most of her moves with her sister Nina, but has since gained a more unique moveset. In the other Tekken media, including films, Anna usually appears in role of a minor villain. The character was met with positive critical reception.

Appearances[edit]

In video games[edit]

Anna Williams was born and raised in Ireland together with her elder sister Nina.[4] She and Nina were taught various martial arts by their father, a former assassin Richard Williams since young age. When Richard died under mysterious circumstances the sisters blamed each other, leading to a long-standing rivalry between them.

Anna plays only a very minor role in the story of the first game, appearing as a sub-boss character for Nina. Her story was further expanded in later games. In Tekken 2, as in the first tournament, the 20-year-old Nina was once again hired to assassinate the sponsor of the current tournament, Kazuya Mishima. Whether at Kazuya's discretion or Anna's own volition, Anna became a bodyguard for Kazuya, along with Ganryu and Bruce Irvin, who were all charged with Kazuya's protection. Nina was later captured by Mishima Zaibatsu forces and used in Doctor Bosconovitch's cryonics research. Learning about this, Anna volunteered to be another test subject, requesting that she be woken in the future at the same time as Nina. Her reason for doing this is unknown, though it is most likely so that she would not feel lonely without Nina.

In Tekken 3, after being placed in suspended animation during the second tournament, Nina was awoken 19 years later by the influence of the recently excavated Ogre, who compelled her to assassinate Jin Kazama. As per her request, Anna was awoken at the same time as her sister, though she was unaffected by Ogre's influence. Nina also began to suffer ill effects from the 'cold-sleep', resulting in long term memory loss. In an act of compassion, Anna set out to stop Nina from once again becoming an assassin, and to help her recover her memory loss. However, she failed at the end of the tournament when Nina recovered her memory about her rivalry with Anna, which resulted in Nina leaving and cutting all contact with Anna.

In Tekken 5, Nina decides to make contact with Anna in hopes of restoring her memory, but their meeting triggers Nina's lost feelings of hostility towards her sister, and she immediately opens fire. Anna retaliates, and the reunion descends into a gunfight which lasts for days. The sisters eventually reach a stalemate and agree to settle things for good and a portion of their battle can be seen in the introductory sequence of the game. During their battle in the tournament, both sisters agreed that only one would walk away from their battle alive. However, when Nina defeats Anna, she refuses to take Anna's life as she felt the fight was not satisfactory.

Humiliated by her loss, Anna seeks revenge at Nina, who has already gone into hiding. Anna hears rumors she has become Jin's new bodyguard, thus being involved with the Mishima Zaibatsu. In another attempt to have a chance to battle Nina, she offers herself as a personal bodyguard to the CEO of G Corporation, Kazuya Mishima, knowing that his plan to confront Jin would eventually lead her to her sister. She enters The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 at Kazuya's request. In Scenario Campaign, Anna leads the defense of G Corporation against Mishima Zaibatsu and Lars Alexandersson's rebel army, and during a confrontation with the rebel army, she sends troops that results in Lars' friend, Tougou's death. She also accompanies Kazuya when he comes to Azazel's Temple in the desert. Upon the latter's stalemate battle with Lars, Anna escapes with Kazuya after he is let go by Lars.

Anna appears in Nina's own spin-off action game Death by Degrees as a member of the Tekken Force. Like in the Tekken games, Anna fights using her fists and her feet, appearing in several encounters. After Nina wins the game's final boss fight against her, Anna almost falls into the water below. Nina grabs her hand, and then she reminisces about when her father Richard Williams was killed with gunfire and Anna comforted her afterwards. Another explosion almost sends them both into the water, but Anna jumps rescues Nina in turn. She then smiles and says, "Now we're even, sis." Once the game is completed, Anna becomes a player character in her own scenario, titled "Anna Mode".

Anna is absent in Tekken 4, though she is briefly mentioned in Nina's Tekken 4 prologue. She also appears in the non-canon games Tekken Card Challenge, Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Tekken 3D: Prime Edition.

Design and gameplay[edit]

Anna is sexy, sultry and curvy,[5] wearing stylish outfits in matches. Usually, she's shown wearing a modified silk qipao/cheongsam with floral pantyhose along with matching gloves and shoes, often high heels, and she keeps her hair well-coiffed and cut to the neckline. She is often among the few characters who are given a third outfit option, as opposed to the standard two. In Death by Degrees, Anna is wearing a more Nina-style high-tech combat outfit and has a different haircut. Her look was revamped once more for Tekken Tag Tournament 2.[6] She was 18 in the first Tekken, and was 20 in Tekken 2. Her age is 41 in Tekken 6. Although she is in her 40's, cryosleep effects preserved her physical abilities of her 20's.

Anna was featured as Nina's sub-boss in the original Tekken game (also appearing in Anna's ending) and did not become a playable character until the console version of the game. She is Nina's sub-boss in the other Tekken games as well, except for Tekken 4, the only game in the Tekken series in which she does not appear. In Tekken 5 her sub-boss is Lee Chaolan, and she is also a sub-boss for Craig Marduk. She is also the final boss of Death by Degrees. In most games she is in, she usually only appears as an unlockable/time-release character, though she become a default character as of Tekken 6, which does away with time-release characters.

Anna's fighting style is based on Korean art of hapkido, though she and Nina have both incorporated other fighting arts into their personal styles.[7] She originally shared mostly same moveset with Nina, but has developed a more unique moveset overtime to the point that as of Tekken 5, she only shares several moves with Nina and even then they have different properties. Anna's grappling moves have also changed over the series, reflecting less of her bone breaking martial arts. In Tekken 3, Anna only appears as a playable character in the console version; in the arcade version, she was just an alternate costume for Nina, and therefore had the same exact moveset as her sister.

Other appearances[edit]

Elle Navarro as Anna Williams at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012

Anna appears in the anime Tekken: The Motion Picture as one of primary antagonists. Her rivalry with Nina is also one of the film's subplots, with a few differences, such as the two vying for the attention of Lee Chaolan (their unfaithful contractor) and Anna being responsible for the death of their father, something Nina never forgave Anna for. She is the only sister who manages to have sex with Lee, implying that he felt more loyalty to her than Nina, and later scenes imply that she may be pregnant with Lee's child. During her fight with Nina, Anna is ambushed from behind and devoured by a biologically enhanced dinosaur-like being (based loosely on Alex).

In the live-action film Tekken, portrayed by Marian Zapico as a Yakuza assassin working alongside Nina. They are also Kazuya's lovers. Kazuya sends them to assassinate Jin Kazama, but the ensuing fight attracts Christie Monteiro's attention and Nina and Anna flee. Unlike the games, she and Nina are in good terms and has no relation to Steve Fox. Anna also appears in the CGI-animated film Tekken: Blood Vengeance, in which she works under Kazuya Mishima and forces Ling Xiaoyu to find Shin Kamiya.

Her manga and comic book appearances include Tekken: Tatakai no Kanatani, Tekken Saga, Tekken Forever and Tekken 2.[8] In 2000, Epoch Co. released a 1/6 scale Anna Williams action figure, based her appearance from Tekken 3.[9] A small PVC figure was also released by Yujin in the SR Namco Girls Part 5 series in 2004.[10] A live-action Anna, portrayed by Elle Navarro, also appears in the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 trailer "Girl Power", shown at Comic-Con in 2012.[11]

Reception[edit]

The character was often noted for her sex appeal. In 2008, GameDaily listed Anna as one of its top 50 "hottest game babes", adding that "her debonair fighting style shouldn't be ignored, and she's got the sexy looks to back them up;"[12] in 2011, UGO.com featured her on their own list of the 50 "hottest" female characters in video games.[7] Play included her on the lists of top ten "bitches in games" and ten of best chat-up lines.[13][14] In 2012, Complex ranked her as the seventh "hottest" video game character,[15] and her breasts as the fourth best "pair of boobies" in video games.[16] In 2013, 4thletter placed Anna's Tekken 5 ending at 136th place in their list "The Top 200 Fighting Game Endings", adding "That’s some impressive precision. Anna gets up in the background and laughs to herself."[17]

Many noted her similarity to her sister Nina; Interia.pl included both among the "sexiest game heroines" of 2012.[18] In 2011, Joystiq stated they "can't help but be saddened by the news" that Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono wanted Anna to be included in the character roster of Street Fighter X Tekken, but "the director was against putting Anna because we already had Nina in."[19][20] GamesRadar commented on that: "We can only hope that the Irish femme fatale finds her way into Tekken X Street Fighter."[21] In the official poll by Namco Bandai Games, Anna was as the 16th most requested Tekken character to be added to the roster of Tekken X Street Fighter.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anna Williams". Uk.ign.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Characters - Voice Of Anna Williams". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  3. ^ "10 images from 'Tekken' « Kung Fu Cinema". Kungfucinema.com. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Kiss Me, I’m An Irish Video Game Character". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  5. ^ "The warriors of Tekken 6". GamesRadar. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  6. ^ "Does This Tekken Lady Look Better?". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  7. ^ a b UGO Team (2011-10-27). "Anna Williams- Hottest Girls in Games". UGO.com. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  8. ^ "Anna Williams (comic book character)". Comicvine.com. 1964-08-15. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  9. ^ "Databases › Figures › Tekken 3 - Anna Williams - 1/6 (Epoch)". MyFigureCollection.net. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  10. ^ "Databases › Figures › Tekken - Anna Williams - SR Namco Girls Part 5 (Yujin)". MyFigureCollection.net. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  11. ^ "TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 - Behind the scenes of "Girl Power" trailer". YouTube. 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  12. ^ Top 50 Hottest Game Babes on Trial. GameDaily. Retrieved on 2008-12-30.
  13. ^ "Top 10 bitches in games | PLAY Magazine". Play-mag.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  14. ^ "Ten of the best chat-up lines | PLAY Magazine". Play-mag.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  15. ^ Larry Hester, The 50 Hottest Video Game Characters, Complex, June 27, 2012.
  16. ^ "The 20 Best Pairs Of Boobies In Video Games". Complex. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  17. ^ "The Top 200 Fighting Game Endings: Part Four". 4thletter.net. 2013-05-25. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  18. ^ "Najseksowniejsze bohaterki gier 2012 roku". Gry.interia.pl. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  19. ^ Spencer (2011-07-27). "These Two Characters Are Not In Street Fighter X Tekken, Paul Might Make The Cut". Siliconera. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  20. ^ Mallory, Jordan (2011-07-30). "Dan and Anna knocked out of Street Fighter X Tekken's final roster". Joystiq.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  21. ^ Lucas Sullivan (2013-07-12). "Street Fighter X Tekken character rejects". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  22. ^ Tekken vs Street Fighter. Facebook.com. Retrieved June 26, 2013.

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