Lei Wulong

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lei.
Lei Wulong
Tekken character
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First game Tekken 2 (1995)
Voiced by (English) Gray G. Haddock (Tekken: The Motion Picture)
David Jeremiah (Tekken 6 - Street Fighter X Tekken)
Voiced by (Japanese) Wataru Takagi (Tekken 2)
Akio Nakamura (Tekken: The Motion Picture)
Hiroya Ishimaru (Tekken 3 - Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Street Fighter X Tekken - ongoing)
Fictional profile
Birthplace Hong Kong
Fighting style (Five styles of Animal) Wu Xing Quan Kung Fu & Zuiquan (Drunken Fist)
Occupation Police officer, kung fu master

Lei Wulong (雷 武龍 Rei Ūron?) is a fictional character from the Tekken fighting game series. The Chinese characters in his name literally translates to Thunder Martial (Arts) Dragon. The character is a homage to Jackie Chan, using fighting styles influenced from his period kung fu films (Notably Drunken Master and Snake in Eagle's Shadow).[1]

Appearances[edit]

During Tekken 2 and Tekken 3, Lei Wulong (雷 武龍(レイ・ウーロン) Rei Ūron?, pinyin: Léi Wǔlóng) was a respected police officer (dubbed Super Cop) who put countless criminals behind bars. Just as Marshall Law bears a resemblance to Bruce Lee, Lei bears a strong resemblance to Jackie Chan (to the point where he is voiced by Hiroya Ishimaru, Chan's official Japanese voice actor), who also plays a super cop in some of his movies like the Police Story series. He was investigating the illegal hunting and trading of endangered animals done by the Mishima Zaibatsu during Tekken 2 and fought Bruce Irvin, a former cop and a former comrade of his, currently working for Kazuya Mishima. Lei defeated Bruce, who escaped in an airplane, but it crashed. He discovered that the crash was staged and doubted on Bruce's supposed demise.

After the third tournament, Lei continued his job as a crime investigator. However, his recent depression due to his girlfriend dumping him over his assistant and his failures in solving crimes led to his reputation waning. When he found out about a syndicate sending assassin Nina Williams to assassinate professional boxer Steve Fox, he sets out to stop her in order to restore his reputation by joining The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. He tracks down Nina and prevents her from killing Steve, but he could not stop her from escaping through a window. Upon chasing after Nina, he had her at gunpoint, but Steve intervened and saved Nina by tackling Lei to the ground. However, Lei was able to stop the organization who sent Nina, and became famous. Lei enters The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 to search for Feng Wei, the man that has been destroying dojos in China and Japan. Asuka Kazama is also searching for Feng because he nearly killed her father, who was one of the dojo owners sought by Feng Wei. Lei informs her about Feng and that it is possible he might enter the fifth tournament. He is also attempting to destroy the Mishima Zaibatsu with the help of Steve Fox. In pursuit of Feng Wei for his criminal offenses, the military sends Lei to Japan. As the trail for Feng Wei is unsuccessful, Lei is helpless and returns to Hong Kong. With China in utter chaos and riots happening frequently, Lei grew impatient. Lei knew the true reason for the riots were cause of the Mishima Zaibatsu. In an attempt to arrest Jin Kazama, Lei enters The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 6. Unlike the majority of characters, he appears as an ally in the Scenario Campaign mode of the console version. He assisted Lars Alexandersson and Alisa Bosconovitch in defeating the G Corporation's forces at ICPO and telling them that Kazuya claimed the Corporation after eliminating all who opposed him.

The fighting style of Lei Wulong is called the Five animals-style kung-fu. The style includes elements of tiger, crane, leopard, snake and dragon kung fu. Lei Wulong has also some techniques from Zui Quan also known as the drunken fist.

Lei appears as a playable character in non-canonical Tekken games Tekken Card Challenge, Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Tekken 3D: Prime Edition. He also appears as a playable character via DLC in Street Fighter X Tekken, with his official tag partner, Christie Monteiro.

Other Media[edit]

Lei appears in the original video animation Tekken: The Motion Picture, in which he is partnered with Jun Kazama to investigate Heihachi Mishima and the Mishima Zaibatsu during the tournament. Rather than actually competing in the tournament, Lei infiltrates the island's underground base with Jack-2's help.

Lei appears briefly in the 2011 CGI film Tekken: Blood Vengeance, appearing on Ling Xiaoyu's phone sending her a text message informing her that Heihachi Mishima is confirmed alive.

Reception[edit]

About his introduction in Tekken 2, VG247 stated "his multi-stance move set delivered incredible depth that was foreign to the fighting genre at the time."[2] UGO Networks placed Lei among the "fifty greatest fictional detectives of all time" in 2008, describing him as "the longtime star of the Tekken franchise".[3] In 2010, 1UP.com listed Lei as one of the characters they wanted to see in Street Fighter X Tekken.[4] In 2012, Kotaku's Evan Narcisse called Lei his favorite fighting game character.[5] In 2013, Complex named Lei the 8th "Best "Tekken" Video Game Character", commenting "Inspired by Jackie Chan, Lei Wulong is strictly for Tekken experts".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wong, Kevin (2013-09-03). "8. Lei Wulong - The 20 Best Tekken Video Game Characters of All Time". Complex. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  2. ^ Cook, Dave (November 15, 2012). "A history of violence: Harada on his Tekken career". VG247. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jensen, K. Thor (2008-10-21). "Top Detectives". UGO Networks. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  4. ^ Crisan, Neidel (2010-07-30). "Street Fighter X Tekken Preview for PS3, 360, Vita from". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  5. ^ Narcisse, Evan (2012-05-04). "What My Favorite Fighting Game Character Says About Me". Kotaku. Retrieved 2013-12-29.