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The following is a list of characters from the fighting game series Tekken. The characters are listed in order of the games they debuted in.

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Characters[edit]

Players can choose from a diverse cast that hails from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and fighting styles. A few characters have supernatural origin, such as Devil and Ogre, while animal characters like Kuma the bear provide comic relief.[1] In the story mode of the game, each character generally has their own personal reasons for entering the tournament and competing for the prize. Only five characters have appeared in all nine main Tekken installments to date: Heihachi Mishima, Kuma, King, Paul Phoenix and Nina Williams. Kazuya Mishima, Yoshimitsu and Lee Chaolan also come close having appeared in eight installments.

Character 1 2 3 TTT 4 5 6 TTT2 R 7 Total
Alex No Yes2 5 No Yes2 5 No No No Yes3 No 3
Russia Alisa Bosconovitch No No No No No No Yes1 10 Yes Yes5 3
Ancient Ogre No No Yes4 5 Yes5 No No No Yes1 3 No 3
Angel No Yes2 4 5 No Yes2 5 No No No Yes1 3 No 3
Republic of Ireland Anna Williams Yes3 5 Yes5 Yes5 Yes No Yes5 8 Yes Yes No 7
Flag of None.svg Armor King I/II Yes3 5 Yes5 No Yes No Yes1 9 Yes Yes Yes1 12 7
Japan Asuka Kazama No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes 4
Flag of None.svg Azazel No No No No No No Boss6 No No 1
South Korea Baek Doo San No Yes5 No Yes No Yes5 8 Yes Yes No 5
United States Bob Richards No No No No No No Yes13 Yes Yes1 12 3
United States Bruce Irvin No Yes5 No Yes5 No Yes5 8 Yes Yes No 5
United States Bryan Fury No No Yes5 Yes Yes5 Yes Yes Yes Yes5 7
Brazil Christie Monteiro No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes1 12 5
Flag of None.svg Combot No No No No Yes5 No No Yes3 No 2
Australia Craig Marduk No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 4
Japan Devil/Devil Kazuya Yes2 3 5 Yes4 5 No Yes5 No No No Yes2 Yes2 5
Japan Devil Jin No No No No No Yes5 8 Yes Yes Yes1 12 4
Russia Dr. Bosconovitch No No Yes3 5 No No No No Yes1 3 No 2
Brazil Eddy Gordo No No Yes Yes Yes2 3 5 Yes5 8 Yes Yes No 6
Flag of None.svg Eliza No No No No No No No No Yes1 12 1
China Feng Wei No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes1 12 4
United States Forest Law No No Yes Yes No No No Yes3 No 3
Japan Ganryu Yes3 5 Yes5 No Yes No Yes5 8 Yes Yes No 6
Gon No No Yes3 5 No No No No No No No 1
Flag of None.svg Gun Jack No No Yes5 Yes No No No No No 2
Japan Heihachi Mishima Yes3 4 5 Yes Yes5 Yes Yes4 5 Yes5 8 Yes Yes Boss6 Yes 10
South Korea Hwoarang No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes1 12 7
Flag of None.svg Jack (1, 2, 5 and 6) Yes Yes No Yes5 No Yes Yes Yes Yes 7
Japan Jin Kazama No No Yes Yes Yes5 Yes Yes Yes Yes1 12 7
Japan Jinpachi Mishima No No No No No Yes1 3 4 7 11 No Yes Boss6 3
United States Julia Chang/Jaycee No No Yes5 Yes Yes5 Yes Yes Yes Yes1 12 7
Japan Jun Kazama No Yes No Yes No No No Yes4 Yes1 12 4
Japan Kazumi Mishima No No No No No No No No No Yes 1
Japan Kazuya Mishima Yes Yes5 No Yes5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Mexico King I/II Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Flag of None.svg Kinjin No No No No No No No No Boss1 6 1
Kuma I/II Yes3 5 Yes5 Yes5 Yes5 Yes5 Yes5 8 Yes Yes Yes1 12 9
Japan Kunimitsu Yes3 5 Yes5 No Yes5 No No No Yes1 3 Yes1 12 5
Sweden Lars Alexandersson No No No No No No Yes1 10 Yes Yes Yes 4
Japan Lee Chaolan Yes3 5 Yes5 No Yes5 Yes5 Yes Yes Yes Yes1 12 8
China Lei Wulong No Yes Yes Yes Yes5 Yes Yes Yes No 7
Germany Leo Kliesen No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes5 3
Monaco Lili De Rochefort No No No No No Yes1 9 Yes Yes Yes 4
China Ling Xiaoyu No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes1 12 7
United States Marshall Law Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 7
United States Michelle Chang Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes1 3 No 4
Spain Miguel Caballero Rojo No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes1 12 3
Japan Miharu Hirano No No No No Yes2 3 5 No No Yes1 3 No 2
Flag of None.svg Mokujin No No Yes5 Yes5 No Yes5 8 Yes13 Yes Boss1 6 6
Japan NANCY-MI847J No No No No No No Boss6 14 No No 1
Republic of Ireland Nina Williams Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes5 Yes Yes Yes Yes1 12 9
Panda No No Yes2 5 Yes2 5 Yes2 5 Yes2 5 8 Yes2 Yes No 6
United States Paul Phoenix Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Russia Prototype Jack Yes3 5 Yes5 No Yes5 No No No Yes3 No 4
Flag of None.svg Raven No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No 3
Roger/Roger Jr. No Yes5 No Yes5 No Yes5 8 Yes Yes No 5
Monaco Sebastian No No No No No No No Yes1 3 No 1
Russia Sergei Dragunov No No No No No Yes1 9 Yes Yes Yes1 12 4
United States Slim Bob No No No No No No No Yes1 3 No 1
United Kingdom Steve Fox No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes5 5
Flag of None.svg Tetsujin No No No Yes2 5 No No No No Boss1 6 2
Flag of None.svg Tiger Jackson No No Yes2 5 Yes2 No No No Yes3 No 3
True Ogre No No Yes4 5 Yes5 No No No Yes Boss6 4
Flag of None.svg Unknown No No No Yes3 4 5 No No No Yes1 3 4 No 2
Flag of None.svg Violet No No No No Yes2 5 No No Yes1 3 No 2
China Wang Jinrei Yes3 5 Yes5 No Yes5 No Yes5 8 Yes Yes No 6
Japan Yoshimitsu Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No 8
Egypt Zafina No No No No No No Yes Yes No 2
Total 18 25 23 39 23 36 43 60 36 4

Notes:

^1 Update version only.
^2 Skin/palette swap.
^3 Playable in console versions only.
^4 Playable boss.
^5 Unlockable.
^6 Unplayable boss.
^7 Unplayable in Tekken 5.
^8 Unlockable in Tekken 5.
^9 If only in Tekken 5: DR.
^10 If only in Tekken 6: BR.
^11 Unlockable in Tekken 5: DR.
^12 Update and unlockable.
^13 Unlockable in Arcade version.
^14 Playable in a campaign level.

Introduced in Tekken[edit]

Anna Williams[edit]

Armor King[edit]

Armor King (アーマー・キング Āmā Kingu?) was a rival of King's when the latter was still an inexperienced wrestler. One of his eyes accidentally got damaged during a fight with King. Armor King eventually disappeared from the official Lucha Libre scene but showed unrivaled prowess in shady fights. When his rival and friend King ran away, choosing the path of the drunkard, Armor King became worried and intervened just in time, as King was at the edge of a breakdown. Finding King distraught and drunk in an alleyway, he convinced him to get back into the spirit of fighting and enter the second tournament. In that game, he is also revealed to suffer from an unknown sickness (as shown by his heartbeat and drops of blood in his ending). Years later, King was attacked and killed by Ogre. However, Armor King saw a new fighter with a jaguar mask step into the wrestling ring in order to save the orphanage, and decided to train him to become the second King. Before The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, Craig Marduk started a bar brawl in Arizona. Armor King participated, but he was brutally beaten to the point that because of his sickness, he died. This is the extent of his involvement in this game, as he does not make an actual appearance, but instead becomes King's reason for entering the tournament, for revenge. Armor King returned supposedly in Tekken 5 where he attacked Marduk and left King confused. However, it was revealed in the next title, Tekken 6, that this new figure is actually the original's younger brother who seeks revenge on Marduk for killing his brother.

Ganryu[edit]

Voiced by: Banjō Ginga (TK1), Takashi Nagasako (TK2-TTT, Tekken: The Motion Picture (Japanese)), Hidenari Ugaki (TK5~, Tekken: Blood Vengeance (Japanese)), Lowell B. Bartholomee (Tekken: The Motion Picture (English)), Paul St. Peter (Tekken: Blood Vengeance (English))

Ganryu (巌竜 Ganryū?) was banned from the sumo ring after he was caught fixing fights in his favor. Blackballed from the only sport that he was capable of fighting in, Ganryu ended up being employed by Heihachi Mishima in Tekken. He fights Yoshimitsu, who defeats him and steals his ill-gotten money. Later, he works for Kazuya Mishima in Tekken 2. Entering the second King of Iron Fist Tournament, Ganryu ended up falling in love with Michelle Chang - a love that Michelle was oblivious to, believing Ganryu to be a disgusting, woman-crazed madman. After Michelle defeated him, and the disappearance of Kazuya, Ganryu returned to Japan. However, his ban from Sumo was lifted, and he became the youngest ever Rikishi. Among the dialogue in Tekken 5, it is stated that Ganryu has never won a championship. After the events of Tekken 2, Ganryu opened a sumo stable and worked as a trainer to other sumo wrestlers. He did this to finally forget about Michelle. One day, while watching a televised showing of the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, he spotted Julia Chang as one of the competitors. Remarking how much she looked like his old crush, Michelle, Ganryu decided to enter the fifth tournament, convinced that he would win Julia's heart if he recovered her lost Forest Rejuvenation Data. During the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, Ganryu lost his way. By accident, he entered the lab of the Mishima Zaibatsu and found the Forest Rejuvenation data—the very data that Julia Chang was searching for. With it in hand, he hoped to finally be able to propose to Julia and make her his wife. However, during their meeting, Julia received the disc and left before Ganryu got the chance to propose. Putting the episode behind him, Ganryu moved to Hawaii and opened a restaurant, Chanko Paradise. However, the management was poor and the restaurant was not getting anywhere. Knowing that another King of Iron Fist Tournament was being held, Ganryu decided to enter in hopes of advertising his restaurant.

He appears briefly in the 2011 CGI film Tekken: Blood Vengeance as a teacher (presumably PE) in Ling Xiaoyu's school. In a Facebook poll by Namco, Ganryu currently ranks as the least wanted Tekken character fans want to see in Tekken X Street Fighter, with 1.12% votes.

Heihachi Mishima[edit]

Main article: Heihachi Mishima

Jack[edit]

Main article: Jack (Tekken)

Kazuya Mishima and Devil/Devil Kazuya[edit]

Main article: Kazuya Mishima

King[edit]

Main article: King (Tekken)

Kuma[edit]

Kuma (クマ?, lit. "Bear") is Heihachi Mishima's pet. Like King, there are actually two characters by the name, and between them, they have appeared in all the Tekken games so far.

Raised and trained in the Mishima style of fighting arts, the first Kuma became an avid bodyguard for his master. In the first two tournaments, Kuma enters to defeat Paul Phoenix. However, he loses to Paul in both tournaments, and shortly after, he goes missing, leaving behind a young cub, who becomes a bodyguard in his place for Heihachi. In Tekken, Kuma was represented as a Sun Bear; however in Tekken 2, Kuma is either a grizzly bear or a polar bear, depending on which costume is used.

The second Kuma is the son of the first Kuma. Learning of his father's defeat, Kuma Jr. decides to train with his master and enter The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3. However, he fails, and realizes that due to his docile upbringing by Heihachi, he could not utilize his animal instincts to his full potential. Leaving Heihachi, Kuma Jr. travels to the mountains of Hokkaidō to train himself, both mentally and physically. Now hearing of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, Kuma enters, more powerful than ever to defeat Paul. He succeeds, and he quickly returns home in triumph. Now learning that Jinpachi Mishima has taken over the Mishima Zaibatsu, Kuma once again takes his role of the loyal pet, vowing to return the syndicate to Heihachi by entering the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, but he is defeated by Paul. After the death of his former master, Heihachi Mishima, Kuma believed no one but he could rescue the Mishima Financial Group (MFG) from its captor. Eager to do just that, Kuma confronted the MFG. However, the MFG's new CEO, Jin Kazama, was waiting. Kuma was easily beaten and discarded in the Hokkaidō wilderness. Though defeated, his fighting spirit was not lost and he found his former master Heihachi.

Kuma appears as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken, with his official tag partner, Heihachi. He also makes an appearance in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale as part of one of Heihachi's super moves.

Kuma practices "Kuma Shinken", a move set closely resembling Mishima family's style of karate. This fighting style is considered one of the most unique, as it does not rely on straight attacks, but instead uses tricks such as rolls, dodges, and various other stances. Because of this, Kuma is one of the hardest characters to master, as he is quite slow and not very flexible.

UGO Networks listed Kuma as one of the "The 50 Cutest Video Game Characters", adding "It’s always adorable when bears try to do human things".[2] 1UP.com listed Kuma as one of the characters they wanted to see in Street Fighter X Tekken, stating "you can't have Tekken in the title without some sort of animal that is ready for a throwdown".[3]

Kunimitsu[edit]

Voiced by: Katsuhiro Harada (TK1), Shiho Kikuchi (TK2-TTT), Houko Kuwashima (TTT2)

Kunimitsu (州光?) was a former member of the Manji clan of ninja bandits led by Yoshimitsu. She lost her Japanese identity when she joined the group to maintain her anonymity. Upon joining, she was taught the skills of the stealth knife and Manji-style ninjutsu. She stayed with the group for a few months, until a series of petty thefts from the band's funds led to her dismissal. At a loose end, she decided to train as a mechanic mending air conditioners. She entered the first King of Iron Fist Tournament intending to steal a Native American treasure from a young brave Michelle Chang. Kunimitsu, fearing the wrath of the vengeful Michelle, went into hiding. Feeling humiliated, Kunimitsu sought solace with her grandfather. He was a swordsmith with a reputation. He informed Kunimitsu that the sword used by Yoshimitsu is a relic of unimaginable value. She learned that it was handed down through the Manji band and it had the power to sever an enemy both spiritually and mentally. The sword exchanges hands when a new leader is elected. The old leader is ritually sacrificed and the sword's power is transferred to its new owner. Kunimitsu's grandfather has spent his entire existence trying to forge a copy of the sword. Kunimitsu had to enter the second tournament to face and defeat Yoshimitsu and claim the sword so that her grandfather could make a copy before his death. Her fate, however, is unknown as she has not made a canonical appearance since Tekken 2.

She also appears in the non-canonical Tekken Tag Tournament and appears as one of the console exclusive characters via DLC in the console version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2.[4]

As she is a former Manji Clan member, her fighting style is Manji Ninjutsu, similar to Yoshimitsu. At first, she had the same move set as Yoshimitsu in Tekken, like all other sub-boss characters. In Tekken 2, while still borrowing some of Yoshimitsu's moves, she was given a unique move set of her own that made use of her iconic kunai. She kept this move set in Tekken Tag Tournament, receiving even more unique moves. In Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Kunimitsu's move set was revamped to be even more unique to her.

In the official poll by Namco, Kunimitsu is currently ranked as the 8th most requested Tekken character to be playable in Tekken X Street Fighter, at 10.97% of votes.[5]

Lee Chaolan/Violet[edit]

Main article: Lee Chaolan

Marshall Law[edit]

Main article: Marshall Law (Tekken)

Michelle Chang[edit]

Nina Williams[edit]

Main article: Nina Williams

Paul Phoenix[edit]

Main article: Paul Phoenix (Tekken)

Prototype Jack[edit]

Main article: Jack (Tekken)

Wang Jinrei[edit]

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wang.
Voiced by: Tamio Ōki (TK1~TTT), Hu Qian (TK5~)

Wang Jinrei (王 椋雷(ワン・ジンレイ) Wan Jinrei?, pinyin: Wáng Liángléi) was a companion of Jinpachi Mishima, Heihachi Mishima's father. Wang watched Heihachi and Kazuya Mishima with great interest as they grew and chose their respective paths of life. Wang remained generous and kind whilst living as a recluse in the Mishima gardens. Wang also tutored Ling Xiaoyu, his granddaughter, in the martial arts at a young age. Furthermore, Wang Jinrei took Marshall Law on in the first King of Iron Fist Tournament, which ended in a draw. Wang eventually entered the second King of Iron Fist Tournament in order to fulfill the wishes of the long-dead Jinpachi. During his life, Jinpachi watched with grief as Heihachi and Kazuya followed the path of evil. He instructed his faithful friend to eliminate both of them when the time was right. Wang theorises that the best way to fulfill this plea is to face all challengers giving way to those adept enough to defeat Kazuya and dispatches those unworthy of his attention. Heihachi will stare into the face of destiny at another time. However, he lost to Jun Kazama in the tournament.

Twenty one years later, Wang received a letter from Jinpachi, which quite shocked him as he believed Jinpachi had died a long time ago. His friend told him to come and meet him at the The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. In the middle of the tournament, he was defeated by Jin Kazama, who reassured him that his purpose was to wipe out the Mishima family's cursed blood. However, the real chaos began when Jin assumed control of the Mishima Financial Group (MFG). Blaming his failure on his indifference, Jinrei lamented his lack of action. Once again, The King of Iron Fist Tournament is held, and with newfound purpose, Wang participates in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6. He appears as an enemy in the Scenario Campaign mode in the console version. After defeating him, he had a secret conversation with Lars, telling him about the Mishima Zaibatsu as well as to be cautious with Alisa, apparently knowing that she is in fact a robot spying him. He also had an alliance with Zafina, and convinced her that Lars could defeat Kazuya and Jin.

Wang's fighting style is heavily based on xingyiquan. He originally used moves similar to Michelle Chang, but later installments in the series in which he has appeared have revamped his moveset to be more reminiscent of xingyiquan, as well as to differentiate him from Michelle and Julia Chang.

Yoshimitsu[edit]

Main article: Yoshimitsu

Introduced in Tekken 2[edit]

Angel[edit]

Voiced by: Yuka Koyama (TTT2)

Angel (エンゼル Enjeru?) is a supernatural entity, an opposite of Devil. Her backstory stated that she is the representation of what is left of the goodness in Kazuya Mishima after the latter had been controlled by Devil, although she herself was not a part of Kazuya's soul.[6] Beyond that, however, she is an enigma. According to her Tekken Tag Tournament 2 profile, Angel wielded the power to purify things and carried both a compassionate and cruel side. In gameplay, Angel is a palette swap of Devil in Tekken 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament, but is made an individual character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 with a fighting style based on Kazuya and Devil Jin.[4]

Baek Doo San[edit]

This is a Korean name; the family name is Baek.
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa (TK2~TTT), Um Sang-hyun (TK5~), Kyousei Tsukui (Tekken: The Motion Picture (Japanese)), Lowell B. Bartholomee (Tekken: The Motion Picture (English))

Baek Doo San (白頭山(ペク・トー・サン) Peku Tō San?, Hangul: 백두산 Baek Doosan) first appeared in Tekken 2 as the sub-boss of Marshall Law. According to the storyline, Baek accidentally killed his father during a sparring session, which left him in doubt over his own skills. As a result of his father's death, Baek went on a rampage, destroying several dojos. One of the worst hit happened to be Marshall Law's. Baek then left a note there telling him that he will be in the second King of Iron Fist tournament. The two met there and had a match, in which Baek lost. According to the Tekken 3 storyline, Baek was presumed dead after encountering Ogre, the fictional Aztec God of Fighting. One of his closest students, Hwoarang, entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 to exact revenge for his master's death and to have a rematch with Jin Kazama. According to the Tekken 5 storyline, Baek's encounter with Ogre had left him in a coma, not dead as initially presumed. He woke up over a year later, after Hwoarang had already competed in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3. Baek later began teaching traditional style of Tae Kwon Do at military bases. Hwoarang was drafted into the South Korean military, but he ran away to compete in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. When he was arrested by the South Korean Military Police, he was informed that Baek was alive. Two months later, Hwoarang completed his service, and Baek asked him to enter The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Baek also entered the tournament to test his student's skills.

However, Baek withdrew from the tournament when he found out that Hwoarang lost to Devil Jin, and he was seriously injured. Baek then rushed to the hospital to visit Hwoarang. Although Hwoarang's condition was not considered as something serious after his treatment, Hwoarang would not wake up, and Baek started blaming himself for being an inadequate instructor. It took Hwoarang three days to regain consciousness. They discussed the details, and Hwoarang told Baek that he not only has to recover, but he has to strengthen himself even further. Baek sensed his strong will and his unprecedented modesty, and hence he decided to teach him everything he knows. Baek and Hwoarang returned to Korea, and endeavoured to practice intensely. Eventually, the announcement of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 came from the Mishima Zaibatsu, and Baek decides to enter the tournament one last time to widen his personal experience-collection.

His name is notable for being a play on the common Korean surname Baek and the mountain called Baekdusan, the highest mountain in Korea and the most sacred to Korean folklore.

Bruce Irvin[edit]

Voiced by: Crispin Freeman (TK5~), Seiji Sasaki (Tekken: The Motion Picture (Japanese)), Peter Harrell Jr. (Tekken: The Motion Picture (English))

Bruce Irvin (ブルース・アーヴィン Burūsu Āvin?), who had lost both his parents and elder brother in his infancy, grew up living a life plagued by hunger and much violence. Disliking the cards fate had dealt him, Bruce yearned to live the good life, he therefore turned to fighting and joined the police force. Bruce was sent to Japan to investigate the Mishima Zaibatsu and its leader Kazuya Mishima. Kazuya arranged for the plane Bruce was on to crash, however Bruce survived the crash, although he lost his memories. Kazuya then found him and hired him as a bodyguard. In Tekken 2, Bruce fought his old Police partner Lei Wulong, who entered the tournament to arrest Kazuya. Bruce was defeated and attempted to escape on another plane, however the plane exploded. In Tekken 3, it was shown that Ogre had one of Bruce's moves, The Leg Bazooka, so it might be possible Bruce was one of the fighters who were attacked by Ogre. In Tekken 5, it was revealed that Bruce had been working for several special units, and he was currently working as a survival technical guidance instructor. He entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 in order to test his skills once again. After becoming reacquainted with Kazuya Mishima at the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, Bruce Irvin decided to assist Kazuya with his scheme to take over G Corporation, and after they had succeeded Kazuya managed to control the corporation from behind closed doors. G Corporation waged war with the Mishima Financial Group (MFG), and Bruce, as Kazuya's captain, led Kazuya's private corps into battle, fighting the MFG over the world. Soon afterwards, G Corporation made preparations to annihilate the MFG by placing an enormous bounty on Jin, and as anticipated, the MFG began to show signs of movement: the opening of King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 was announced. Bruce Irvin has entered the tournament to capture Jin.

He also makes an appearance in Tekken: The Motion Picture when fighting Jack-2. Bruce breaks his fist against Jack-2's steel alloy and Jack-2 knocks him into the water.

Jun Kazama/Unknown[edit]

Main article: Jun Kazama

Lei Wulong[edit]

Main article: Lei Wulong

Roger Sr./Jr. and Alex[edit]

As the Mishima Zaibatsu became more corrupt than ever under Kazuya's leadership which engaged in many illegal activities, Kazuya kidnapped Doctor Bosconovitch and later commanded him to create genetically engineered creatures as one of his projects. Through Bosconovitch, modified animals were created with DNA samples. Roger (ロジャー Rojā?) was created from Kangaroo DNA, whereas Alex (アレックス Arekkusu?) was created using DNA from Dromaeosaurid fossil samples. However, Kazuya thought that both of them were worthless creations and wanted to kill them, though they were able to escape and met Armor King, who taught them to wrestle. Both Alex and Roger then enter to fight in the Second Iron Fist Tournament. During the tournament, Jun, who is a WWWC officer assigned to arrest Kazuya for smuggling and experimenting on endangered species, found Roger and Alex. She quickly arranged for them to live out their lives in Australia, where they would be safe. While Alex does not appear or mentioned in subsequent canonical games, Roger's story was expanded in Tekken 5. He was revealed to live peacefully alongside his wife and his son, whom he named Roger Jr.. One day, he was kidnapped by Mishima Zaibatsu, and Roger Jr., aided by his mother enters The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 to find him. They soon found out that Roger was not "abducted", but rather was enjoying an easy and luxury life. In Tekken 6, Roger's wife, having been divorced from Roger decided to start a new life with Roger Jr.. However, she found that living a life without Roger is hard. When she heard announcement of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6, she joins in hopes to win and secure their financial security.

Both Roger and Alex also appear the non-canonical Tekken Tag Tournament as well as its sequel Tekken Tag Tournament 2, although Roger Jr. replaces Roger in the latter game. In Tekken 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament, Roger and Alex share the same slot as they have exactly the same stance and move set, similar to Kuma and Panda. In Tekken Tag Tournament 2 however, Alex was separated and given several unique moves to differentiate him from Roger Jr..

The fighting style of Roger (and later Roger Jr.) and Alex is Commando Wrestling, a mix of professional wrestling and boxing. Some of their moves are shared with King, possibly as a result of Armor King teaching them.

Introduced in Tekken 3[edit]

Bryan Fury[edit]

Voiced by: David Schaufele (TK4~), Tomokazu Seki (SFxTK (Japanese)), Keith Silverstein (SFxTK (English))
Portrayed by: Gary Daniels (Live-action films)

A young ruthless kickboxer and power-hungry former soldier who served as an officer in Interpol, Bryan Fury (ブライアン・フューリー Buraian Fyūrī?) was shot and killed by gunmen during a shootout in Hong Kong.[7] His corpse is placed in the custody of Doctor Abel for scientific research and he is revived in order for him to be Abel's agent in obtaining classified information on raising a cyborg-led army.[7] Bryan enters the King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 in hopes of killing Yoshimitsu and capturing Dr. Bosconovitch, Abel's rival. In Tekken 4, Bryan learns that his body is deteriorating and that he is close to death. Upon learning that his creator, Doctor Abel, has become head scientific advisor of the Mishima Zaibatsu, he grows to despise them for taking Abel away from him, and Abel himself, for abandoning him. Bryan enters the tournament with the hope of becoming the head of the Mishima Zaibatsu, enabling him to order Doctor Abel to modify his body and prevent him from dying. Despite not winning, Bryan eventually finds Abel, and uses his last ounce of strength to knock Abel out before losing consciousness. Later on, he wakes up in the laboratory of none other than Dr. Bosconovitch, who tells him that Yoshimitsu rescued him while robbing Heihachi Mishima's mansion, and promises to transfer Bryan's mind into a new body, although it will take a whole year. Bryan silently agrees to let Bosconovitch put him to sleep. Bryan, however, awakens a month later and is told by Bosconovitch that his body was too complicated for himself to work with, but as a last resort, he had installed a perpetual power generator in him to grant him immortality. Upon learning this, Bryan attacks Bosconovitch and the Manji clan members assigned to guard him, and leaves the laboratory. Bryan enters the Tekken 5 tournament to test his performance with the generator installed, unaware that Yoshimitsu is pursuing him for revenge. Yoshimitsu's repeated meddling hinders Bryan's hopes of unlocking the generator's true powers in the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Soon afterwards, Bryan's frustration reaches its pinnacle, and he begins to destroy everything in sight after abandoning the tournament. Driven by rage, he joins various battlefields over the world, indiscriminately leveling everything in his way into rubble. However, he soon grows tired of the same thing repeating itself countless times. Around this time, he catches wind of the Tekken 6 tournament. Seeing another chance to test the generator's true powers, he signs up. Bryan and his official tag partner, Jack-X appears in Street Fighter X Tekken as playable DLC.

In the official poll by Namco, Bryan is currently ranked as the 10th most requested Tekken character to be playable in Tekken X Street Fighter, at 9.72% of votes.[5]

Dr. Bosconovitch[edit]

Voiced by: Tamio Ōki (Tekken: The Motion Picture (Japanese)), Ken Webster (Tekken: The Motion Picture (English))

Dr. Geppetto Bosconovich (ドクター・ボスコノビッチ Dokutā Bosukonobicchi?, Russian: Джепетто Босконович) originally worked for the Mishima Zaibatsu. During the first Tekken, the Manji ninja clan (led by Yoshimitsu) raided the Mishima Zaibatsu's vault. During the raid, Yoshimitsu lost his arm and was found by Bosconovitch who helped him escape and fitted him with a mechanical arm. He was kidnapped by Kazuya Mishima in the run-up to Tekken 2 and was forced to work for him. Some of the many projects involved the creation of the bio-weapons Roger and Alex and the completion of the Prototype Jack unit. He began the "Cold Sleep" project as a means of preserving his daughter's body (who seemingly died) by using Nina and Anna Williams as test subjects. After completing his tasks, and before being executed, Dr. Bosconovitch was rescued by Yoshimitsu. Nineteen years later, he contracted a rare disease that affects the spine as a result of working on his Cold Sleep project. In order to cure himself and to revive his daughter, he needed the blood of the fighting god, Ogre. He turned to an old friend, Yoshimitsu, for help. Yoshimitsu entered the Tekken 3 tournament and was successful in retrieving a sample of Ogre's blood after it had been killed by Jin Kazama. During Tekken 4, Yoshimitsu found an injured Bryan Fury. He brought him to the doctor to save him. Bosconovitch explained to Bryan that he would mechanize him and allow him to be completely reborn in a new incarnation. Bryan lays supine in the chair and Bosconovitch held an injector containing sleeping gas. Bidding him sweet dreams, he injected the gas into Bryan. Throughout, he spoke in a very gentle, paternal tone and was very calm. However, the doctor found Bryan's body too complex, and he instead installed a perpetual generator. Bryan proceeded to attack the doctor, as well as Manji Clan members who were with him. While the members were slain, Bosconovitch survived, though he was severely injured. In Tekken 6, he creates an android in his daughter's image.

Bosconovitch is also included as a secret bonus character in the console version of Tekken 3 and is playable in the console version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as part of free update that was released on November 13, 2012.[8]

In the official poll by Namco, Geppetto is currently ranked as the 21st most requested Tekken character to be playable in Tekken X Street Fighter, at 6.40% of votes.[5]

Gon[edit]

See also: Gon (manga)

Gon made his first video game appearance in the SNES game of the same name. It is a platformer game that relies on passwords instead of a save system. Gon goes to different types of ecosystems and fights off animals. Gon has attacks such as a tail whip, a head butt, or a chomp.

Gon is a licensed guest character appearing in Tekken 3. He is unlockable by defeating him in the Tekken Ball mode or by achieving a high score in Survival mode and inputting the name "GON". He is one of the two special hidden playable characters, along with Doctor Bosconovitch. It is unknown if Gon's appearance in Tekken 3 is canon or not. His appearance seems purely ornamental, considering no motive is given for him participating in the third King of Iron Fist Tournament. Gon's ending is the only ending in Tekken 3 that goes in a continuous loop. Gon's alternate costume for this game shows him with a turtle shell and blue gloves (the turtle shell being a reference to the time when Gon decided to wear a turtle shell that he found). Gon is the only character in Tekken 3 who is barely affected by True Ogre's fire blast. It only does 1 damage point to Gon and only flinches him as opposed to stunning him like all of the other characters in the game. Producer of the series Katsuhiro Harada has mentioned that Gon will not be returning in any future Tekken games due to licensing, making him the only character in the Tekken series to never appear in any sequels after his initial debut.

Gun Jack[edit]

Main article: Jack (Tekken)

Eddy Gordo/Tiger Jackson[edit]

Main article: Eddy Gordo

Forest Law[edit]

Voiced by: Katsuhiro Harada (TK3-TTT), Todd Haberkorn (TTT2)

The proud, yet naive and somewhat silly son of Marshall Law, Forest Law (フォレスト・ロウ Foresuto Rou?) trains at his father's dojo to achieve Marshall's success and greatness. As a protective father, Marshall has forbidden his son from entering any contests outside the dojo. Marshall's long-time friend and competitor, Paul Phoenix, visits once every few months to spar with Marshall. One day, when Paul arrived, Marshall was away supervising the building of a new dojo. Paul insisted that Forest join him in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3. Although at first Forest declined, he eventually accepted. This caused a falling out between Paul and Marshall however, as Marshall was enraged when he found out what happened.

While Marshall re-replaces Forest in further installments, Forest is still mentioned throughout. He was mentioned in Tekken 5, where he was apparently involved in a motorcycle accident that left him hospitalized, which becomes Marshall's reason for entering The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. He also appears in Tekken Tag Tournament in replacement of Marshall, and its sequel, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as a console exclusive character.

Hwoarang[edit]

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (TK3-TTT, TK4 (grunts)), Greg Dale (TK4 (Endings)), Um Sang-hyun (TK5~), Tomoaki Maeno (SFxTK (Japanese)), Chris Rickabaugh (SFxTK (English))
Portrayed by: Daren Nop (TTT2 live-action short film)

Hwoarang (花郎(ファラン) Faran?, Hangul: 화랑 Hwoarang) is a cocky student of Baek Doo San and well-versed in ITF TaeKwon-Do (Korean Military) as well as a rival and friend of Jin Kazama. He used to gamble in street fighting. His fellow gang members would lose matches, then Hwoarang would step in and win. During one of these matches, he faced Jin Kazama, and he was forced to end in a draw. This was the first time that he had not succeeded in winning a fight. After that him and Jin quickly became friends. Hwoarang decided to train harder and never lose again. Upon visiting the dojang, he saw the dojang destroyed. It had been attacked by Ogre. Frustrated and angry, he entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 to fight a conclusive battle with Jin, and to get revenge for his master. In Tekken 4, Hwoarang was drafted into the South Korean army, notably assigned to a SpecOps unit (apparently rising to the rank of Sergeant). Longing for the rush of the hand-to-hand combat that he used to find only with street hustling, he went AWOL and became a fugitive of the South Korean government. He heard of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, and he decided to enter so that he could face his friend and rival, Jin, in the tournament. He gets his chance to face Jin, then wins the fight, but was interrupted when a South Korean special forces squad (including his field commander) arrived and supposedly arrested Hwoarang. In Tekken 5, while Hwoarang was awaiting court martial, he was taken to the South Korean embassy, where the ambassador issued him some urgent papers. After reading the papers, Hwoarang exclaimed, "I can't believe it! Are you sure this is correct?". It has been suggested that these papers were from Baek Doo San himself, informing Hwoarang that he survived Ogre's attack. Hwoarang completed his military service within two months, and then he entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, eager to give Jin Kazama a chance to even the score with him in his last fight. He was also asked to compete by his master, Baek Doo San. Hwoarang faced Jin and defeated him. While Jin was lying on the ground, suddenly he roars paranormally and produces a gale that blows Hwoarang away. From Jin's back, two black wings spread and Jin rises with his devil form. Hwoarang is at his wits end - he is unable to fight back and soon he is knocked unconscious. When Hwoarang wakes up he finds himself in the hospital. Nearby he sees Baek standing as a visitor. Hwoarang hears the details from Baek. He ignores his nurse, tries to move from his bed, but falls down in order to beseech Baek to make him stronger. After leaving the Hospital, Hwoarang starts training with unprecedented devoutness in order to defeat the "paranormal" Jin. Thus, with the announcement of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6, he prepares to enter the tournament. Hwoarang appears as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken, with his official tag partner, Steve Fox.

His name is based on the 2nd Gup tul of the same name in ITF Tae Kwon Do.[9] He can in fact be seen performing the pattern during the Tekken 3 embu attract screen (both arcade and PS versions).[10]

In 2010, Now Gamer's Dave Cook listed Juri and Hwoarang as one of the matchups in his "Street Fighter X Tekken Character Wishlist".[11] In 2013, Complex listed Hwoarang as the 13th best Tekken video game character.[12]

Jin Kazama/Devil Jin[edit]

Main article: Jin Kazama

Julia Chang/Jaycee[edit]

Main article: Julia Chang

Ling Xiaoyu[edit]

Main article: Ling Xiaoyu

Mokujin/Tetsujin/Kinjin[edit]

Main article: Mokujin

Ogre/True Ogre[edit]

Ogre (オーガ Ōga?) is a mysterious giant immortal humanoid creature that was described as a weapon left upon by aliens during ancient times where it serves as the main antagonist in Tekken 3. He was first mentioned in Heihachi Mishima's character profile. Heihachi sent his own military force, the Tekken Force, to search an ancient Aztec temple located somewhere in Mexico. Soon after arriving there, Heihachi learned that his entire force had been obliterated by Ogre. Heihachi, having witnessed the power of Ogre, sought to capture him in hopes of creating the ultimate life form. According to official canon, Ogre attacked many world-renowned martial arts masters around the world. One of his victims was Jun Kazama, the mother of the then-fifteen year old Jin. Eventually, Heihachi announced the King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 in order to lure Ogre out. Ogre was thought to be defeated by Paul Phoenix during the final phase of the tournament. However, he soon transforms into a more powerful being that resembles a chimera called True Ogre. Still, he is defeated, this time by Jin Kazama and he dissolves into dust. He appears briefly in Tekken 4 during Heihachi's prologue. It is explained that Heihachi have prepared to inject Ogre's blood into his own body to make himself immortal. However, the blood requires a special gene called "Devil Gene". As Heihachi did not possess it, he announces the King of Iron First Tournament 4 in order to capture both his son and grandson (Kazuya and Jin) as they possess it. Ogre makes appearance as a boss in the Devil Within mini-game in Tekken 5, where he was apparently resurrected by the G Corporation. In this game, he is able to transform into a more powerful version called Monstrous Ogre.

At the time of Ogre's introduction in Tekken 3, he (in both forms) mostly compromises moves from most of the Tekken 2 characters such as Armor King, Baek, Bruce, Jun, Kunimitsu, Lee, and Wang as well as the moves of Jin Kazama in Tekken 3. In addition to a couple of moves of his own (his "Deadly Spear" attack and his "Ancient Power" move, which works like an attack reversal or parry technique). True Ogre has the same moveset as Ancient Ogre (lacking his "Ancient Power"), but with the addition of specific moves such as flying and breathing fire. Because of this, both his Ancient and True forms lack string combos (which other characters have). Both forms also gained a unique low attack in Tekken Tag Tournament.

Both Ogre forms also re-appear in the non-canonical Tekken Tag Tournament as well as its sequel Tekken Tag Tournament 2 where his True form serves as the Stage 8 sub-boss and his Ancient form appears as downloadable content for the console version. Ogre's True form appears as an unplayable final boss in Tekken Revolution, where a special golden version of him exists, rewarding the player more if he is defeated. His ancient form also appears in Street Fighter X Tekken, where he is one of the bosses (alongside Akuma).

Panda[edit]

Voiced by: Taketora (Tekken: Blood Vengeance)

Panda (パンダ Panda?) is cared for at Ling Xiaoyu's high school. To participate in The King of Iron First Tournament 3, Xiaoyu moved to the Mishima Polytechnical School in Japan. Heihachi taught Panda "Kuma Shinken" so that she could act as a bodyguard for Xiaoyu during the tournament. Although Kuma is fond of Panda, Panda dislikes him and keeps her distance. At the end of Tekken 3, Panda accompanied Xiaoyu back to her school. Panda also wondered where Kuma might be, as he disappeared in the end of the tournament. Two years later, Xiaoyu decided to enter The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, so once again Panda becomes her bodyguard. After the tournament ended, Xiaoyu suddenly became very depressed. She thought that the disappearance of Jin Kazama, who was Xiaoyu's best friend caused this, so she tried to find him, though she ultimately could not. One day, Xiaoyu became excited and asked Panda to help her participate in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Although Panda did not quite understand Xiaoyu's reason for entering the tournament, but she decided to help if it would make her happy. When learning that Heihachi was actually still alive, Panda and Xiaoyu decided to quit the tournament. However, her moment of relief did not last long when Mishima Zaibatsu launched a war and Xiaoyu asked her again to help her participate in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6. Reluctantly, she accepted.

Since her introduction, she has always been a palette swap of Kuma, and thus has the same move set as him. In Tekken Tag Tournament 2, she is separated from Kuma and is given her own slot, even though she still has the same move set as Kuma's.

Introduced in Tekken 4[edit]

Christie Monteiro[edit]

Main article: Christie Monteiro

Combot[edit]

Combot (コンボット Konbotto?) is a general purpose robot created by Lee Chaolan (under the guise of Violet) to enter in the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. Combot is programmed to do a wide variety of things, from household chores to military action. This design was made to be the ultimate fighting machine and was programmed to learn every fighter's style as it progressed through the tournament. It was also used to increase the chance of Lee gaining the Mishima Zaibatsu if Heihachi were to be defeated by Combot. Unfortunately, the prototype was rushed due to time constraints and a few bugs were left in Combot's data. Because of this, whenever Combot is powered up, he can only utilize one opponent's fighting style at a time during game play, and switches through them randomly from match to match, it is unknown to the player which fighting style it is using until the fight starts, though a player can tell which style it is by watching it is movements before the fight starts. For some characters, it is immediately apparent when Combot is using their fighting style; if imitating Yoshimitsu, it will brandish a sword, and if imitating King, will have a tail comparable in length to King's. Essentially, Combot is the Tekken 4 version of Mokujin. However, Combot was dropped as playable character after Tekken 4 due to its low popularity and instead Mokujin came back to retake his role.

Combot is featured as a training dummy in the new Fight Lab feature in the console version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, where he can be customized and played as. According to the non-canon Fight Lab storyline (which is very similar to Combot's Tekken 4 story), Lee (under the guise of Violet) completes work on Combot as part of his Super Combot DX Plan.[13] One completed model is subjected to a simulation test, but it explodes when Violet forgets to pay attention. He decides to use another model from scratch and subjected it to five tests of fighting. For the final test, Violet kidnaps Heihachi, Jin, and Kazuya to use as challengers. Although Combot manages to gain the upper hand, Jin transforms into his Devil form and destroys it. However, this is merely used as a ruse; Violet goes on to make the model explode, presumably taking the Mishima bloodline with it.

In the official poll by Namco, Combot is currently ranked as the 49th most requested Tekken character to be playable in Tekken X Street Fighter, at 2.16% of votes.[5]

Craig Marduk[edit]

Voiced by: Walter Roberts (TK4), Marcellus Nealy (TK5, TK6~ (grunts)), John DiMaggio (TK6 (endings)), T.J. Storm (TTT2 (quotes and endings), SFxTK (English)), Yasuhiro Mamiya (SFxTK (Japanese))

Craig Marduk (クレイグ・マードック Kureigu Mādokku?) was an undefeated Vale Tudo fighter for four years as a professional. When he was involved in a minor scandal, his backers were only too glad to release him. Imprisoned in Arizona for a homicide accidentally committed in a bar fight, Marduk was suddenly released thanks to the influence of an anonymous benefactor. Upon his release he received a mystery package containing a newspaper clipping about the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, and an airline ticket. Unknown to Marduk, the man he killed in the brawl was Armor King. Swearing revenge, Armor's protege, King, paid for Marduk's release using money he earned in wrestling tournaments. He had also sent the newspaper clipping and airline ticket, so that he could exact revenge on Marduk when he entered the tournament. The two met at the tournament, where King sufficiently defeated him, leaving Marduk hospitalized. Later, King paid a visit to Marduk in the hospital to finish him off, but instead spared him after noticing a photograph next to Marduk's bed showing Marduk and his family. Unable to accept defeat, Marduk trained his body to its limits. Wearing Armor King's black jaguar mask, Marduk entered a Vale Tudo tournament and challenged King after emerging undefeated. The two fought in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, but victory and defeat eluded both fighters, and, in defeat, they found friendship. While returning to the waiting room, Marduk was attacked. Catching only a glimpse of the attacker's back as he fled, Marduk could have sworn he looked exactly like the man he was convicted of killing, Armor King. Determined to learn the assailant's true identity, Marduk set out with King to participate in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6.

He appears in Street Fighter X Tekken, with his official tag partner King. Marduk was a villain pre-Tekken 5, and a hero post-Tekken 5. Craig also share similarities with professional wrestler/actor Nathan Jones.

Miharu Hirano[edit]

Voiced by: Eriko Fujimaki (TK4)

Miharu Hirano (平野 美晴 Hirano Miharu?) is Ling Xiaoyu's best friend and a student of Mishima Polytechnical High School. She first appeared as an alternate costume of Xiaoyu in Tekken 4, sharing the same moves, as well as her prologue, epilogue, and win animations. She wears a school uniform identical to Xiaoyu's and has short, feathered dark red hair. Miharu made her return appearance in the console version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, being released as part of a free update on October 9, 2012.[14]

Steve Fox[edit]

Voiced by: Ezra J. Stanley (TK4), Guy Perryman (TK5, TK6~ (grunts)), Gideon Emery (TK6~ (Quotes and endings), SFxTK (English)), Yoshimasa Hosoya (SFxTK (Japanese))
Portrayed by: Luke Goss (Live-action film)

Steve Fox (スティーブ・フォックス Sutību Fokkusu?) is a level-headed middleweight boxing champion that was conceived in a lab in England; his mother is Nina Williams. After Nina failed to assassinate Kazuya Mishima, Heihachi Mishima captured her and used her as a test subject for cryogenic sleep studies. She gave birth to Steve during this time through in-vitro fertilization. As an undefeated boxing champion, Steve had everything he wanted; the only exception being information about his past. One day, the mafia organized a fight that he was supposed to lose. Refusing to co-operate, Steve won the fight instead. Pursued by the mafia, Steve fled to America, but came to a realization that no matter where he went, the mafia would always track him and he would never learn about his past. He entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 to put himself back into the limelight and gain the answers he sought. Despite failing to win the tournament, he learned that Nina Williams is his mother. Along the way, he also cooperated with Lei Wulong, who was also trying to break up the same crime syndicate. Two months after the conclusion of the fourth tournament, The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 was announced. Steve entered the tournament, this time focusing on the destruction of the Mishima Zaibatsu's research institute, vowing that "The Mishima Zaibatsu will never make another monster like me!". Despite not winning the fifth tournament, Steve found and destroyed the research institute of the Mishima Zaibatsu, and finally settled a long-time feeling of resentment. Steve was intent on returning to the world of boxing again, but the majority of major boxing meets are cancelled by the war that broke out all over the world. Steve, who knew no other trade than the boxing ring, had effectively lost his job and his passion, and went into depression. Soon after, he received an invitation to train together with Marshall Law and Paul Phoenix. Steve, who liked the idea of training in a martial art other than boxing, accepted.

In the 2010 live-action film Tekken, Steve is portrayed by British singer/actor Luke Goss. In contrast to the video game character, this version of Steve is an older, retired fighter with no blood relation to Nina. He witnesses Jin Kazama defeat Marshall Law in battle and becomes Jin's sponsor for the Iron Fist tournament, also becoming a father figure and mentor to the young fighter, and is killed by Jackhammers while breaking Jin and the other imprisoned participants out of their holding cells. Steve appears as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken, with his official tag partner, Hwoarang.

In Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (as a playable character) his childhood with the Mishima Zaibatsu is revealed. He was known as NT01 by Doctor Abel, who experimented on him, resulting in the scar on his left arm. He took refuge with Emma Kliesen, Leo's mother, who once worked for the Zaibatsu. A cutscene shows Steve in the present, lying on the ground looking over to a bright light and saying her name.

At one point during development Steve Fox was once known as Dean Earwicker, but was changed due to backlash.[15] In the Tekken Force mode of Tekken 4, however, an enemy with a moveset identical to Steve's is named Dean Earwicker, a reference to Steve's original name.

Introduced in Tekken 5 and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection[edit]

Asuka Kazama[edit]

Main article: Asuka Kazama

Feng Wei[edit]

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Feng.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida (TK5~ (grunts)), Chuan Yin Li (TK5~ (Cutscenes and endings))

As a boy, Feng Wei (馮威(フェン・ウェイ) Fen Wei?, pinyin: Féng Wēi) was raised as a disciple by a "God Fist" Kung Fu (based on Nanquan style) who was so skilled he was known as Shinken 神拳 (literally God Fist). At 26 years of age, Feng was the best student his school had ever seen. When his master scolded him for fighting outside the dojo, Feng killed him. Now Feng seeks the secrets of the God Fist scrolls stolen by the Mishima family, and enters the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 to do so. Asuka Kazama and Lei Wulong have connections with this ruthless, merciless Chinese Kenpo (Kung-fu) fighter. Feng severely beat Asuka's father and destroyed his dojo in his search for the scrolls. Lei is trying to capture Feng for his similar actions in China. Although Feng was successful in retrieving the treasured "God Fist" scroll from the Mishima Zaibatsu during The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, The scroll merely stated, "Destroyer of all styles, the one true ultimate style, it transcends the power of the Dragon God, which exceeds all human ability." Dumbfounded, Feng Wei later received information about The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6, and, seeking more information, he once again looked towards Japan.

Jinpachi Mishima[edit]

Main article: Jinpachi Mishima

Emilie "Lili" De Rochefort[edit]

Main article: Lili (Tekken)

Raven[edit]

Voiced by: Jack Merluzzi (TK5, TK6~ (grunts)), D.C. Douglas (TK6~ (Scenario Campaign, quotes, and endings), SFxTK (English)), Kenichiro Matsuda (SFxTK (Japanese))
Portrayed by: Darrin Dewitt Henson (Live-action film)

Codename Raven (レイヴン Reivun?) is a ninja and an international intelligence agent who was considered highly skilled and iron-hearted. Apart from a scar in the shape of an "X" on his face, his details are unknown. Raven entered the fifth tournament to find out who or what is behind the event. Raven makes his first appearance in the opening movie for Tekken 5, as he witnesses the attack on Hon-Maru by Jack-4s while on a mission to look into the Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation, as well as the subsequent explosion. It seems that he is the first one to report of Heihachi Mishima's supposed demise. After The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, Raven encountered Heihachi, and fought him. Before a victor could be decided, Raven received orders to return to headquarters, and he had to withdraw from battle. After that encounter, the battle between both the Mishima Zaibatsu and G-Corporation intensified. In order to prevent any further losses, Raven was sent to investigate the Mishima Zaibatsu once again via The King Of Iron Fist Tournament 6. Raven also appears a co-star in the Scenario Campaign mode of Tekken 6. Raven first appears as an enemy boss and is defeated by Lars Alexandersson and Alisa Bosconovitch. Later on, he returns to help Alisa and Lars escape from a rampaging NANCY robot. Once Alisa turns on Lars at the order of Jin Kazama, he becomes the CPU partner in Alisa's place for the final two stages of the mode. He joins Lars to chase down Jin in the desert. With his help, Lars is able to defeat Azazel and Alisa. After Jin defeats Azazel for good, he accompanies Lars with Alisa's body back to Lee Chaolan's robotics company. Lars attempts to thank Raven for his help but he declines, offering the ominous warning "Tomorrow, we might be enemies," before leaving Lars. Following the credits, Raven returns to the site where Azazel's temple once was to find Jin Kazama's half-buried body lying in the sand.

His dyed hairstyle is similar to the character Simon Phoenix from Demolition Man and his black clothing, sunglasses, and personality are reminiscent of the title character of Blade, both portrayed by Wesley Snipes. However, when Electronic Gaming Monthly asked if the similarities were intentional, Namco stated that they simply wanted a true ninjutsu practitioner and a "cool black guy" for a character and that the similarities were purely coincidental.[citation needed]

In the 2010 live-action film Tekken, Raven is portrayed by Darrin Henson. He participates in the Iron Fist tournament where he defeats Eddy Gordo and later gives Jin Kazama some words of advice and encouragement before his fight with Bryan Fury. Raven appears as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken, with his official tag partner, Yoshimitsu.

Sergei Dragunov[edit]

Voiced by: Kenichi Morozumi
Portrayed by: Anton Kasabov (Live-action film)

A member of Russian Spetsnaz who practices Sambo, Sergei Dragunov (セルゲイ・ドラグノフ Serugei Doragunofu?, Russian: Серге́й Драгунов) is considered the very symbol of fear on the battlefield whose overwhelming fighting prowess has earned him the title "The White Angel of Death". Involved in the investigation of an unknown body that fell to Earth in Siberia, Dragunov receives special orders presumably regarding Devil Jin, and entered the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 in order to carry them out. His precise motivations and the true nature of his orders then are unknown. In an in-game cutscene before his sub-boss fight against Raven, the agent says that he is "on to your [Dragunov's] organization." Tekken 6 reveals that Dragunov was unsuccessful in finding Jin, and he returned to Russia. As a result of the chaos and on-going war all over the world caused by Jin, now the new owner of the Mishima Zaibatsu, Dragunov would be travelling all over the country to help maintain order. Eventually, Dragunov was ordered to participate in the King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 to destroy the Mishima Zaibatsu.

Throughout the series, with the exception of battle cries, Dragunov never speaks a single word, either in his pre-fight and win poses or his cinematic endings. However, series producer Katsuhiro Harada confirmed that Dragunov is perfectly capable of speaking, as shown in his Scenario Campaign dialogues (albeit unvoiced), although he uses short, to-the-point words in his speech. Harada also stated that Dragunov enjoys singing outside battles; this is hinted in one of his win poses, which has him humming.

In the 2010 live-action film Tekken, Dragunov is portrayed by martial arts actor Anton Kasabov. Like in the games, he does not speak. He participates in the Iron Fist tournament, and is rather brutally defeated and killed in combat by Bryan Fury.

Introduced in Tekken 6 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion[edit]

Alisa Bosconovitch[edit]

Main article: Alisa Bosconovitch

Azazel[edit]

Voiced by: Richard Epcar (Scenario Campaign-only)

Azazel (アザゼル Azazeru?) made his debut in Tekken 6 as the main antagonist. He is most likely named after the famed demon in Judeo-Christianity, Azazel. Little is known about Azazel's history, other than that he is the embodiment of the ultimate evil guarded in a tomb by Zafina, set to be released after the clash of "two evil stars", and that he is known by the title "Rectifier of All Things"; he proclaims himself to be the one who punishes sinners in the world. He is also the source that created the devil gene within the Mishima bloodline, as evidenced by the tattoos on his chest, which resemble Jin's in his devil form. Azazel looks much like the Egyptian god Set, with blue-gray skin, a large, spiked tail used for attacking, and huge spikes of ice/crystal growing out of his forearms. He also wears an Egyptian ceremonial headdress and loincloth. Like many supernatural entities before him, Azazel appears to own the advantage of superpowered abilities over his opponents. These include a powerful stun attack (similar to Jinpachi Mishima), and eye lasers (similar to Devil Jin, Devil, and Angel). He also has the ability to summon giant crystals from the ground to attack his opponents. He can also summon scarabs to attack opponents and parts of his body get destroyed after taking too much damage. Azazel appears in the final stage of the Scenario Campaign mode in the console versions of Tekken 6. As it turns out, it was Jin's motive all along to bring forth the creature so he may fight and defeat it (and subsequently end himself in the confrontation). By causing chaos across the globe, Jin awoke the physical form of the monster (Azazel's spirit was already resonating within Jin's psyche, being triggered by his struggle with his father Kazuya; hence the prophecy of "two evil stars"). Azazel eventually awakens but is defeated by Lars Alexandersson and Raven. After they return outside and confront Jin, Jin reveals that Azazel can only be vanquished by someone carrying the Devil Gene: indeed, Azazel erupts from underneath the ground, stronger than before. However, Jin begins to power himself up with his Devil form, making him immune to Azazel's attacks. Jin rushes towards Azazel and punches his fist straight through Azazel's chest, sending the both of them plummeting into the temple ruins below. Azazel's fate is not shown, but it is implied later that he is indeed gone.

Robert "Bob" Richards/Slim Bob[edit]

Voiced by: Patrick Seitz (TK6~, SFxTK (English)), Tsutomu Isobe (SFxTK (Japanese))

Bob (ボブ Bobu?) (Full name: Robert Richards (ロバート・リチャーズ Robāto Richāzu?)) is a fighter who hails from America as a martial arts legend. However, due to being unable to defeat larger opponents, Bob disappeared from the fighting world and remains in hiding for a few years, with many wondering about his whereabouts. With The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 drawing near, Bob finally returns, stuns everyone with his new figure, that of a morbidly obese man. Though Bob claims to have engineered his body to increase his weight and strength while maintaining his speed (and thus having "the perfect body" as he describes it), few believe him, and most of his fans lose their faith and respect for him. In order to test his new power and regain his popularity, Bob enters The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6. Tekken developer and Executive Producer of Tekken 6 Katsuhiro Harada describes Bob as a " Freestyle Karate " practitioner from the U.S."[16]

Bob appears as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken, with his official tag partner, Julia. His alternate version, Slim Bob (スリム・ボブ Surimu Bobu?), is playable in the console version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, where he is based on the skinny version of himself from his Tekken 6 ending. Slim Bob was released as part of a free update for the game on October 9, 2012.[14]

Bob ranked 10th on GameDaily's list of the ugliest game characters, who commented "If the bright red shirt covering the gigantic frame isn't insulting enough, he also has a bleach blonde mop on his head".[17] Complex ranked him 14th out "The 25 Most Badass Fat Guys In Games".[18] Complex ranked him 10th out "The 20 Best "Tekken" Video Game Characters of All Time".[19]

Lars Alexandersson[edit]

Main article: Lars Alexandersson

Eleonore "Leo" Kliesen[edit]

Voiced by: Veronica Taylor (TK6, TTT2 (grunts))

Leo (レオ Reo?) (full name Eleonore Kliesen (エレオノール・クリーゼン Ereonōru Kurīzen?))[20] was part of a very talented family. Her father was a world-famous spelunker, while her mother, Emma Kliesen served as a G Corporation executive. Although Leo's father disappeared during an expedition when she was a child, she still wanted to follow in the family tradition and become a spelunker. Leo possessed a strong sense of character, thanks to a proper upbringing. Life was pleasant and relatively uneventful until one fateful day when her mother was killed by an unknown assailant. Depressed and filled with grief, she became incensed when the police called-off their investigation quickly and without explanation. She vowed to find the truth. During her investigation, the G Corporation's Kazuya Mishima materialized as a person of interest. The G Corporation was popularized at the time as a world hero, making it difficult to get close to Kazuya, and it looked as though Leo's quest had reached an insurmountable impasse. It was at this time that news of the Mishima Zaibatsu-sponsored The King of Iron Fist Tournament began to spread. Leo learned that Kazuya Mishima was scheduled to appear in person at the event. Realizing that this may be the only chance to take revenge against Kazuya, she decided to enter the tournament. In her Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ending, Leo infiltrated a train owned by Mishima Zaibatsu and learned that her mother was involved with Mishima Zaibatsu twenty years before, heading a project called "Hybrid Gene". One of her subjects was Steve Fox, previously known as NT01.

Until Katsuhiro Harada revealed Leo's full name and gender at the Tekken: Blood Vengeance premiere in Cologne, her gender had been left ambiguous to the point that in the game itself, Leo was referred to only by name or gender-neutral terms and had no costumes revealing any portion of the torso.

Leo's fighting style is Bājíquán.

Miguel Caballero Rojo[edit]

Voiced by: Liam O'Brien (TK6, TTT2 (grunts))
Portrayed by: Roger Huerta (Live-action film)

An aggressive and rebellious young Spaniard, Miguel Caballero Rojo (ミゲル・カバジェロ・ロホ Migeru Kabajero Roho?) was forced to leave his home by his parents at the age of 15 for constantly starting fights, he then found sanctuary at a bar. His sister, the only person whom he trusted or loved, visited him secretly behind their parents back. Miguel cared deeply for her, to the point where he even considered killing her fiancé, but not wanting to break his sister's heart he decided against it. During his sister's wedding day, a group of jets attacked the church, destroying it and killing her. His investigations led him to realize that the attack was ordered by the Mishima Zaibatsu, and driven by anger, he entered the recently announced King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 to find answers from the Zaibatsu's CEO, Jin Kazama. Tekken developer and Executive Producer of Tekken 6 Katsuhiro Harada describes Miguel as "a brawler from Spain."[16] His appearance resembles a bullfighter, yet he has no formal martial arts training.

In the live-action film Tekken, Miguel is portrayed by Roger Huerta. He is the only character introduced in Tekken 6 to appear in the film, and is renamed "Miguel Rojo". He participates in the Iron Fist tournament, where he is defeated by Jin.

NANCY-MI847J[edit]

NANCY-MI847J is an elephantine robot and security unit who is under orders from Jin Kazama. It is very difficult to destroy and possesses an arsenal of weapons. Like Azazel, NANCY is not an unlockable character. NANCY only appears in Arcade Mode and Time Attack Mode as a bonus round before the player fights Jin Kazama. There appear to be multiple NANCY robots, evidenced by the fact that Lars and Alisa encounter a hostile NANCY during a cinematic in Scenario Campaign. This NANCY is destroyed by Raven during the same cutscene. Another NANCY is actually made available to use in one level of Scenario Campaign (the initial infiltration of G Corporation's headquarters). The player is able to use many of NANCY's abilities to fight the legions of enemies in the G Corporation lobby and courtyard.

Zafina[edit]

Voiced by: Lisle Wilkerson

Zafina (ザフィーナ Zafīna?) is a Middle Eastern woman of Egyptian descent [21] who was born into an ancient bloodline of dispellers of evil. Possessing spiritual powers, she was raised as a warrior and eventually became the clan's sole assassin while publicly using her spiritual gifts as an astrologist. She is tasked by the village elders with guarding a sealed royal tomb that is believed to maintain the well-being of the tribe. Many outsiders have tried to enter the tomb but Zafina has single-handedly defeated them all. She prophesied the clash of two "evil stars", later revealed to refer to Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima which will destroy the seal on the tomb and bring about the end of the world. In order to prevent this, Zafina departs her homeland and travels to the far east, where the dark stars are predicted to meet. Like all other characters, she also appears in the Scenario Campaign mode in the console version of Tekken 6, where, unlike most other characters, she automatically allies herself to fight the Tekken Force with Lars Alexandersson and Raven upon meeting her and then gives them the location of Azazel's Temple. Also near the end of the mode, she is mentioned by Jin as the one who had told him that Azazel can only be awakened through the negative energies of the world, thus making him declaring war around the world.

Zafina's fighting style, only referred to as "ancient assassination arts", emphasizes her extreme flexibility and muscular control. It also incorporates unique stances (namely, tarantula, scarecrow, and mantis), each of which allows for different attacks. The Tekken developer and executive producer of Tekken 6 Katsuhiro Harada likened her moves to those of a spider.[16] Based on feedback from fans, game director Katsuhiro Harada and his development team made Zafina specifically to address the need for a smooth-hitting, prey-stalking female in the series.

The European Tekken 6 website mistakenly refers to Zafina's nationality as Indian. However, her original Japanese bio, as well as her North American bio and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 bio state that her country of origin in unknown. Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada described her as "a female character from the Middle East who uses ancient assassination arts". In one of the Twitter posts answering fan questions, Harada confirmed that Zafina is of Arabic descent and she "probably [came from] Egypt".[21]

Introduced in Tekken Tag Tournament 2[edit]

Sebastian[edit]

Voiced by: Serge Bourrier (TTT2)

Sebastian (セバスチャン Sebasuchan?) is Lili's butler who made his debut as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as part of a free update on October 9, 2012.[14] He previously appeared as an unplayable character in Lili's Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection and Tekken 6 endings. Sebastian also appears alongside Lili in the game Digimon World Re:Digitize with his trained Angemon.[22]

Sebastian utilizes Lili's moveset, sharing many of her moves including the ones from Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection that were removed in the current releases.[23]

Introduced in Tekken Revolution[edit]

Eliza[edit]

Eliza (エリザ Eriza?) is a vampire who made her debut in the free-to-play spin-off Tekken Revolution. She was one of the ten character choices in a poll to determine the new character addition for the game; she was eventually voted number one most wanted character, ahead of Sexy Female Tekken Force and Shin Kamiya at San Diego Comic Con 2013, ensuring her inclusion to the game. According to her backstory, Eliza is a powerful and immortal vampire who had existed since more than 1000 years ago. One day, when she was about to get sleep inside her coffin, she accidentally fell into a deep sleep for hundred of years. In present day Monaco, the Rochefort family built a mansion above her coffin, thus imprisoning her. She eventually woke up and managed to escape recently. Eliza still has difficulty in controlling her sleep and will fall asleep even in the middle of fights; however, she can potentially recover her health while doing so.

Eliza's fighting style incorporates several supernatural moves (such as teleportation). She is the first character in the series with a projectile attack; she can shoot a grounded energy wave that goes straightforward, although unlike Jinpachi's fireball, it is blockable.

Non-playable characters[edit]

The following lists the non-playable characters (NPC) that appear in the series. While they do not participate in the tournament or even are not fighters in any way, they still influence the story, particularly in its characters.

Asuka's Father[edit]

The father of Asuka is a martial art master who practices Kazama Style Traditional Martial Arts which he teaches at his family's dojo located near Osaka. He also taught this martial art to his daughter, Asuka, who is an assistant teacher at his dojo. He is a relative of Jun Kazama, although to what extent their relationship goes is unknown. Before the events of Tekken 5, the arrogant God Fist Kung-Fu prodigy, Feng Wei travels through Japan to find the God Fist scroll, destroying many dojo along the way. The Kazama's dojo is one of his targets, as Feng easily beats Asuka's father and his students, before destroying their dojo. This incident causes Asuka to participate in the fifth tournament to take revenge against Feng. While he is unseen in the main video game series, he does make an appearance in the non-canonical Tekken Comic, set during the events of Tekken 6.

Crow[edit]

Crow is a codename assigned for the lowest ranking members of the Tekken Force (the others, in ascending order, are Falcon, Hawk, and Owl). They appear as enemies in the Tekken Force mini-game in both Tekken 3 and Tekken 4. Crow also appears in Tekken Card Challenge as an unlockable character, as well as in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as non-playable opponents in the Fight Lab mode.

Dr. Abel[edit]

Dr. Abel (ドクトル・アベル Dokutoru Aberu?) is a mad scientist who works for Mishima Zaibatsu alongside his rival, Dr. Bosconovitch. He is the creator of Bryan Fury, whom he converted into a cyborg after he died. Dr. Abel sends Bryan to the tournament to retrieve the machinery from Dr. Bosconovitch for use in his plans to build a cyborg army. At the end of the tournament, Dr. Abel abandons Bryan and attempts to take the G Corporation's scientist, Jane's life when she tries to break through the Mishima Zaibatsu's labs, although Gun Jack shields her from his attacks, thus destroying him instead. Later, at the end of the fourth tournament, Dr. Abel is punched across the room by Bryan, who is in a state of despair when his life has almost come to an end. It is unknown if he survives the attack or not.

Emma Kliesen[edit]

Voiced by: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Emma Kliesen (エマ・クリーゼン Ema Kurīzen?) is the mother of Leo. She worked as an executive of G Corporation. Her husband disappeared when Leo was still a child. Some time before the events of Tekken 6, Emma is murdered by an unknown assailant presumably sent by her superior, Kazuya Mishima, thus sparking Leo's quest to take revenge against Kazuya. In both Leo and Steve Fox's endings in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, it is revealed that Emma once worked for Mishima Zaibatsu twenty years ago and that she was the supervisor of the "Hybrid Gene" program conducted by Heihachi Mishima, which consisted of injecting subjects who could withstand the fatal impact of the Devil Gene. One of the subjects, Steve, then known as NT01, was taken in by Emma, who reported his disappearance as death. After briefly taking care of him, Emma left Steve to be adopted in England.

Jane[edit]

Voiced by: Rumiko Varnes (TK5), Erin Fitzgerald (TK6), Jessica Schwartz (Tekken: The Motion Picture (English))

Jane (ジェーン Jēn?, Russian: Яна) is a Russian scientist working for G Corporation. As a child, she was orphaned in the Russian war zone and was left in the care of Jack-2, who defied his orders to raise her. However, he is eventually destroyed by an explosion, and Jane, who grows up as a scientist, determines to rebuild her friend. Nineteen years later, she develops Gun Jack and sends him to the third tournament to retrieve Jack-2's memories. The two manage to break the Mishima Zaibatsu's labs, but are attacked by Dr. Abel, who destroys Gun Jack when he attempts to protect Jane. Two years later, Jane helps the construction of hundreds of Jack-4 robots who are intended to assassinate Kazuya Mishima. Subsequently, she develops an upgrade of Jack-4 called Jack-5, whom she sends to participate in the fifth tournament for testing. At the end of the tournament, Jane manages to retrieve the fight data to complete the model. However, when she hears that the Mishima Zaibatsu is building NANCY-MI847J, a complex robot designed for warfare, she builds an upgraded Jack model, Jack-6 to counter the robot,

Kazumi Mishima[edit]

Kazumi Mishima (三島 一美 Mishima Kazumi?) is the wife of Heihachi and the mother of Kazuya. Before Tekken 7, she is only alluded twice: once in Heihachi's stage in Tekken 2, in which her and Heihachi's names are written on the floorboard of the temple in the style of Aiaigasa (a romantic expression to show love between couples), as well as in the non-canon OVA Tekken: The Motion Picture, in which she is mentioned to have died shortly after giving birth to Kazuya. She is seen in a photo inside a locket, cradling baby Kazuya. The debut trailer of Tekken 7 features Kazumi appearing in person for the first time, with her and Heihachi's Aiaigasa-stylized name also shown.

Legendary Capoeira Master[edit]

The Legendary Capoeira Master is the grandfather of Christie Monteiro and the teacher of Eddy Gordo. Before the events of Tekken 3, Eddy willingly imprisoned himself after the murder of his parents, where he shared his cell with him. He taught Eddy the art of Capoeira during their incarceration. After Eddy is released, the Legendary Capoeira Master (who still have to serve two more years in prison) leaves a message for him to meet and teach his granddaughter, Christie, Capoeira. He is eventually released two years later, but had become a frail old man. When taken to medical exam, the doctor tells Christie and Eddy that he suffers from a normally incurable sickness that gives him only six months of life expectancy, but also tells that a cure may be found with the technology of Mishima Zaibatsu. Thus, his cure becomes Christie and Eddy's primary reasons for entering the fifth tournament. At the end, neither Christie nor Eddy are able to win, and Eddy, in desperation, takes his master to Japan while he joins the Mishima Zaibatsu's ranks with the promise from its leader, Jin Kazama, that he will help him curing his master. However, Jin ultimately does not keep his promise, and the Legendary Capoeira Master eventually dies at the end of the tournament, with Eddy angrily leaving his ranks.

Richard Williams[edit]

Voiced by: Paul St. Peter

Richard Williams (リチャード・ウィリアムズ Richādo Wiriamuzu?) is a former assassin and the father of Nina and Anna Williams. He taught his children various assassination martial arts. Richard dies sometime after the events of the first Tekken, which further strengthen the rivalry between his children, even after he leaves his final wish that the two would reconcile. His cause of death is unknown, although in the non-canon OVA Tekken: The Motion Picture, it is explained that Anna is responsible for his death. In the spin-off Death by Degrees (also non-canon), Richard had died when the sisters were still young and that he was killed when he was trying to protect his children.

Shin Kamiya[edit]

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), David Vincent (English)

Shin Kamiya (神谷 真 Kamiya Shin?) is a character specifically created for the CGI film Tekken: Blood Vengeance, which is an alternate retelling of the events between Tekken 5 and Tekken 6. He is formerly a student of the Mishima Polytechnic High School, where he was a friend of Jin Kazama. During the start of the film, he has moved out to the Kyoto International High School and is apparently very sought after by both Jin and Kazuya Mishima. Ling Xiaoyu, who is sent by Anna Williams to temporarily attend that school to find Shin, first meets him just as he is about to commit suicide by jumping from the roof, which is ultimately a futile attempt. As Xiaoyu and Alisa Bosconovitch (sent by Nina Williams) delve further, it is revealed that Shin, along with his entire class had been experimented by Heihachi Mishima (thought to be dead at that time) with the Devil Gene to test immortality. Shin is the only survivor and he has since been given immortality, which he despises, thus explaining his temptation to take his own life. Shin is eventually kidnapped, which causes Xiaoyu and Alisa to work together to find him, only to find out that he had purposefully lures Heihachi to himself, wanting to take revenge against him for having ruined his life. Shin attempts to punch Heihachi, but he easily braces against it as he breaks Shin's spine, killing him.

Shin was one of the proposed character concepts as a playable character in Tekken Revolution. The developer found it difficult to make him as a playable character due to his lack of knowledge in martial arts and the fact that he died in the film he appeared in, although there was an idea to make him an immortal character.[24] In the character poll, Shin ranked third, above the Zombie Bride and below Eliza and Sexy Female Tekken Force.

Tougou[edit]

Voiced by: Hozumi Gōda

Tougou (東郷 Tōgō?) is Lars Alexandersson's friend and fellow member of the Tekken Force of Mishima Zaibatsu. When Lars rebels against the force, Tougou follows suit, and he becomes Lars and Alisa Bosconovitch's source of information during their travel throughout the world in attempt to avoid the Mishima Zaibatsu's manhunt. However, during their raid of G Corporation headquarters (in which Tougou also participates), he is killed by the company's forces, causing Lars to swear to take revenge against the enemies for his death.

While he is not a playable character in any of the games, his cybernetic sword is available as an item move for Lars in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Tougou was one of the character concepts considered in a poll for a new character to be added in Tekken Revolution. He would have used a style similar to Lars, but with the added abilities to use his sword and to call for air strikes via radio.[24]

Other characters[edit]

Characters who were supposed to debut in the series, but for one reason or another have not been included by developers on the final release.

Arab Character[edit]

The unnamed Arab fighters was presented by Katsuhiro Harada on Facebook. It is a question whether a new Arab character to appear in the Tekken series and there is a concept image of him. The concept image of him should be a question for the Tekken fans, whether it should look like or whether what is to be changed.

Average, run-of-the-mill Old Man[edit]

An average old man that can be found in any neighborhood. He is not a martial artist, so he is pretty weak. It was an idea mentioned early in the series, and thrown out the instant it was mentioned.[24]

Female Paul[edit]

For some inexplicable reason, Paul Phoenix is transformed into a girl, but the appearance is of a very cute girl. The concept was thrown out in 2 seconds, as it was too off-the-wall.[24]

Ganmi-chan[edit]

A teenage female Sumo wrestler who idolizes Ganryu. The original idea was proposed for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but was discarded 5 seconds later in order to focus on increasing the popularity of Ganryu. A character sketch was completed several years ago, and the result was of a cute character, like those found in Idol Master.[24] The sketch was later revealed by series producer Katsuhiro Harada on his Twitter account, in which he also stated that if the tweet is retweeted 1000 times, he would try to convince the staff to do her design.[25]

Giant Praying Mantis[edit]

During development of Tekken 3, a bug caused the joints of a character to move backwards, and the character model was deformed. It looked like it would be a strong fighter, so there was an idea to actually implement it, but the idea was discarded for lack of development time. Like with Syake/Salmon, the Insect blank data can be found when the Tekken 3 arcade board is hacked. This was also found by some very hardcore fans, and video can be found on YouTube.[24]

Jollibee[edit]

According to Katsuhiro Harada, the Jollibee Food Corporation, Jollibee mascot to appear in Tekken 7.

Sexy Female Tekken Force[edit]

A gorgeous and sexy female Tekken Force member, she is loyal to the Mishima Zaibatsu, regardless of who is in charge. As such, she was not a part of the rebellion started by Lars Alexandersson. The original concept was proposed for Tekken 5, but the clothing was too revealing and the concept was scrapped for fears the rating would increase. The concept surfaced again for Tekken 6 but did not make the final cut. There were several martial arts mentioned for this character, including Silat, Krav Maga, Savate, Taekkyeon, Systema, and Escrima. If chosen, the design may need to be altered in order to pass the ratings boards.[24] In the results of the character poll to determine the new character for Tekken Revolution, Sexy Female Tekken Force ranked second, just below Eliza (then known as Female Vampire).

Syake/Salmon[edit]

Originally planned for Tekken 3, punch buttons would cause the Salmon to flop around, and the kick buttons would make it release eggs, which was quite an idea at the time. However, arcades were still popular worldwide, and charging 100 yen (1 USD) per play with such a character was likely to be a problem. That, and the fact that character would always be the target of Kuma, lead to the concept being scrapped. If the Tekken 3 arcade board is hacked, you will notice there is placeholder data with the character’s name remaining. This has been discovered by a few hardcore fans in the past (video is on YouTube). If, for some unforeseen reason, this character is actually chosen, development may be quite difficult.[24]

Wild Card[edit]

Wild Card is an irregular character only appearing in the arcade version of Tekken. He is the manifestation of the random select used to determine CPU matches when the arcade machine is not in use. For the console version, Wild Card would have been used in conjunction with a random select slot on the character select screen and would have referred to any randomly selected character in the game, but was cut from the final release. A random select option would not be implemented until Tekken Tag Tournament. Wild Card can only be selected through hacking of an emulation of the arcade version. It uses Kazuya's model and Yoshimitsu's moveset. Wild Card does have name plates but does not speak; the only voice clip for Wild Card is the announcer speaking its name.

Zombie Bride[edit]

A zombie bride-to-be in a wedding dress. The idea first came up around Tekken 3 as the first fighting zombie in a game. The idea resurfaced again for Tekken 6, as the sister of Miguel, who was killed in an air strike and came back to life. Since the fighting style for a zombie would be quite difficult to create, the idea was scrapped.[24] Zombie Bride ranked fourth in the character poll to determine the new character for Tekken Revolution, just below Shin Kamiya.

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