Christie in Tekken Tag Tournament 2
|First game||Tekken 4|
|Voiced by (English)||Xanthe Smith (Tekken 4)
Lisle Wilkerson (since Tekken 5)
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Sayaka Kinoshita (Japanese dub of the Tekken film)
Marina Inoue (Street Fighter X Tekken)
|Portrayed by||Kelly Overton|
Christie Monteiro (Japanese: クリスティ・モンテイロ Hepburn: Kurisuti Monteiro ) along with her male counterpart, Eddy Gordo, are the first Afro Latinos( Afro: unofficial term describing people of african/black ancestry from any nationaility or ethnic group. Latino: People of latin/south american and Caribbean origin who speak any the romantic European languages, regardless of race. ) to be presented in the Tekken series of Brazilian nationality. Eddy Gordo and Christie Monteiro were also the first Afro-latinos in gaming history to represent the diversity of the latino/latin american ethnicity. Christie is the granddaughter of Ho Chi Myong, the Capoeira mestre who taught Eddy Gordo the Afro-Brazilian art of Capoeira during his incarceration in prison. While in prison, Eddy swore an oath to the Mestre to pass on the art of Capoeira to his granddaughter, Christie.
In video games
In the Tekken series, Eddy Gordo sought out Christie Monteiro shortly after his return from King of Iron Fist Tournament 3, and taught her the art of Capoeira (a martial art brought to brazil by enslaved Africans, disguised as a dance to use against their Portuguese captors in rebellion). After only two years of training, Christie became an impressive fighter. But soon thereafter, Eddy abruptly vanished, leaving Christie only with the words, "Those responsible for my father's death must pay." Troubled by his sudden and mysterious disappearance, Christie chased Eddy. Her only lead — The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. Christie's grandfather, a great Capoeira mestre (Portuguese for master or teacher), was released from prison after a long incarceration. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with an incurable illness and was given only six months to live; a cure might be possible with technology from the Mishima Zaibatsu. Several days later, Christie learns of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. She sees it as a chance to save her grandfather, believing that she may be able to find a cure for him if she possessed the advanced technology from the Mishima Zaibatsu.
Christie then entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, hoping to save the life of her grandfather. She was defeated and went home to Brazil. Upon her arrival, she finds out that not only is her grandfather missing, but Eddy, as well. Disappointed and baffled to the location of both Eddy and her grandfather, she learns from the hospital where her grandfather was staying that he was transferred to the Mishima Zaibatsu's medical facility. In order to find the exact location of her grandfather, Christie enters The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6. In the ending, she finds that her grandfather is dead. In her ending, she is crying at his grave, and Eddy can be seen dropping the emblem of the Mishima Zaibatsu, where it breaks on impact.
Christie also makes appearances as playable character in the non-canon Tekken games, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Tekken Revolution, as well as Street Fighter X Tekken via DLC released on July 31, 2012, with her official tag partner, Lei Wulong.
In other media and merchandise
In the 2010 film Tekken, Christie is portrayed by American actress Kelly Overton. This version of Christie is a mixed martial artist instead of a Capoeira fighter. The change in her fighting style caused a lot of complaints from many Tekken fans who wished for the movie to stay as close to the game as possible. This version of Christie also has no relationship with Eddy Gordo, and is a love interest of Jin Kazama. In addition to complaints about drastic changes to Christie's story line and fighting style, many fans complained about the changing of Christie's race in the movie. Unlike in the video game, this version of Christie is not Afro latina(An afro latino is a latin american of black/african ancestry. examples of afro latinas would be Dominican actress Zoe Salanda and Cuban singer, Christina Milian). This stirred complaints from many afro latino fans about the misrepresentation of Christie's race in the movie, and the director not choosing an actress of latino ethnicity the way they did for Eddy Gordo ( who was played by Brazilian actor and martial artist, Lateef Crowder Dos Santos).
References to the video game incarnation is her fighting gear and her being trained by her grandfather. A model portrayed Christie in the Tekken Maxim Photoshoot gallery in Maxim. In the 2011 CGI film Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Christie's dossier is briefly seen when Anna Williams opens a file containing dossiers on various persons of interest.
Kotobukiya released a 1/7 scale (9.8 inches tall) Christie action figure in January 2012 as part of their Tekken Tag Tournament 2 stoyline. Christie is seen in a dance-like posture and in her usual Tekken costume, except her pants are turned into chaps with her panties clearly visible.
Christie has been featured in several lists of the "hottest girls" of video games. GameDaily listed her in their "Babes of Tekken" article, stating "When it comes to Tekken, no character moves as gracefully as Christie." She additionally appeared in their "Babes We're Thankful For" article, stating while attractive, "she can break a guy's arms and legs in seconds. We love a girl that stands up for herself." GameDaily also listed her on the "Top 25 Hottest Game Babes" list, ranking her second behind Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series. Heavy.com listed her at #20 on their list of "The 20 Hottest Video Game Girls". UGO Networks placed Christie at #14 on their list of "Fighting Games' Finest Female Fighters", commenting that she's "totally foxy". In 2010, Christie and Michelle Chang tied at #13/#12 on Complex's list of "The 50 Hottest Women In Video Games" and listed out the similarities between them. In 2012, Complex did a revised list of "The 50 Hottest Women In Video Games", where she ranked at #12. Complex also ranked Christie as "The 17th Best "Tekken" Video Game Character of All Time", commenting "With big eyes and an even bigger... um... smile, Christie has our immediate attention." Christie ranked at #7 at PopCrunch.com's list of "10 Hottest Video Game Babes Ever", called "Tekken’s hottest babe by far." Christie was featured in a "Today's Girl" article by Maxim, where they called her a "barefoot babe" and a "pixilated princess". MSN listed Christie among the "20 hottest women in video game history", calling her an improvement upon Eddy. Joystiq list Christie at #9 on their list of "The top ten girls of PSP", complimenting her dance-like moves. GameFront ranked Christie's breasts as the 22nd best in gaming history. Complex listed her as the 17th best Tekken character, adding "Christie allows any person of any age to play Tekken – just rock the joystick and mash the kick buttons, and she's bound to do something cool."
GamesRadar, on the other hand, has criticized Christie for having nearly exactly the same moveset as Eddy, even though they thought she looked promising. IGN has criticized Christie for being a button masher character in Tekken 4, but was happy they toned her down in Tekken 5. Honest Gamers comments about Christie being hot, saying "Namco seems to understand that the largely male demographic likes to see hot women bouncing around, and Christie is about as hot as they come." She was featured in a "Gaming's Most Inappropriate Outfits Ever" by Now Gamer, who commented, "Cheapness aside, we can’t get our head around how Christie’s top manages to stay on as she spins and rolls about like Sonic the Hedgehog on speed." In 2012, she was listed as one of the most "ridiculous" Tekken characters by Writtin King of Game Informer, who stated, "I don't know why Christie thought joining (and inevitably losing) a fighting tournament would save her sick grandpa, but the fact that everyone in her life disappears tells us something about her. Mainly, that she's insufferable."
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