Christie in Tekken Tag Tournament 2
|First game||Tekken 4 (2001)|
|Portrayed by||Kelly Overton|
Christie Monteiro (Japanese: クリスティ・モンテイロ Hepburn: Kurisuti Monteiro) is a fictional character in the Tekken video game series of Brazilian nationality. Christie is the granddaughter of a legendary capoeira master who taught Eddy Gordo the art of capoeira in prison. After Eddy Gordo's release, Eddy swears an oath to his master to teach his granddaughter, Christie, the art of capoeira. Becoming a prodigy in only two years, Christie mainly involves herself in The King of Iron Fist Tournaments in search for a cure for her grandfather, who has become sick during his incarceration.
Christie was the original design that was supposed to introduce capoeira into the series, but developers decided to go with a male version of her instead, releasing Eddy Gordo. There were plans not to use the female version, but after some time, the original female design was released into the game. Originally she was an effective palette swap (in reality a costume and gender swap) of Eddy in playability, but successive games have given her subtly different timing and a few moves of her own, making her feel like a different character.
In video games
In the Tekken series, Christie is the granddaughter of a legendary capoeira master who is incarcerated in the same prison cell as Eddy Gordo. Eddy is taught the art of capoeira and after his release, his master requests that he seek and teach his granddaughter capoeira. Finding her soon after his return from The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3, Eddy manages to teach Christie to become a capoeira prodigy in only two years. But soon thereafter, Eddy abruptly vanishes, leaving Christie only with the words, "Those responsible for my father's death must pay." Troubled by his sudden and mysterious disappearance, Christie goes looking for him, her only lead being The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4.
Christie is able to reunite with Eddy during or after the tournament, as the two are together to see Christie's grandfather being released from prison. Because of his incarceration, Christie's grandfather has become a frail old man and is diagnosed with a terminal illness that leaves him only six months to live, although a cure might be possible with technology from the Mishima Zaibatsu. Several days later, Christie learns of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. She sees it as a chance to save her grandfather, believing that she may be able to find a cure for him if she possessed the advanced technology from the Mishima Zaibatsu. Christie enters the tournament, but she is defeated and goes home to Brazil. Upon her arrival, she finds out that both her grandfather and Eddy are missing. She learns that her grandfather was transferred to the Mishima Zaibatsu's medical facility. In order to find the exact location of her grandfather, Christie enters The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6. In her and Eddy's epilogues, Christie finds that her grandfather is dead. She breaks down in tears over his grave, and Eddy, who was the one responsible for transferring her grandfather so he could be cured from funds he received by working with Mishima Zaibatsu, drops his Mishima Zaibatsu emblem to the ground, breaking it slightly.
Christie also makes appearances as a playable character in the non-canon Tekken games Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Tekken Revolution, as well as Street Fighter X Tekken via DLC released in July 2012, with her official tag partner, Lei Wulong.
In other media and merchandise
In the 2009 film Tekken, Christie is portrayed by American actress Kelly Overton. This version of Christie is a mixed martial artist instead of a capoeira fighter, has no relationship with Eddy Gordo, and is a love interest of Jin Kazama.
A model portrayed Christie in the "Tekken Maxim Photoshoot" gallery in Maxim. Kotobukiya released a 1/7 scale (9.8 inches tall) Christie action figure in January 2012 as part of their Tekken Tag Tournament 2 storyline; she is seen in a dance-like posture and in her usual Tekken costume, except her pants are turned into chaps with her panties clearly visible.
The character has received reception from gaming media as one of the "hottest" women in video games. Aubrey Sitterson of UGO Networks placed Christie fourteenth on his 2011 list of "Fighting Games' Finest Female Fighters": "In addition to being totally foxy, something about the idea of a lady Brazilian Capoeira expert just totally clicks for us." Kevin Wong of Complex commented in 2013: "With big eyes and an even bigger...um...smile, Christie has our immediate attention." Maxim said of the character in 2010, "Replacing the previous lone Capoeira-style character, Eddy Gordo, Christie has quickly made herself a popular Tekken fighter." Tom Loftus of NBCNews.com said in his 2005 review of Tekken 5, "Who can resist Christie Monteiro, a Brazilian capoeira expert with a fashion preference for tie-dye?"
However, Christie has been criticized for other factors such as her gameplay mechanics, characterization, and visual appearance in the 2009 Tekken feature film. USGamer's Samantha Leichtamer named her one of the "10 Lamest Video Game Characters of All Time", in that "button mashers and scrubs far and wide finally had a shot to enter the fighting game arena." GamesRadar said in 2002, "[Eddy] Gordo replacement Christie was promising, but below her purple-sequinned exterior she's the same old button-masher's delight with two new victory poses and a few different throws." Jeremy Dunham of IGN commented in his review of Tekken 5, "I'm particularly jazzed that Namco finally toned down newbie 'mash bastards' like Christie Monteiro". She was featured in a "Gaming's Most Inappropriate Outfits Ever" feature by NowGamer in 2010: "Cheapness aside, we can’t get our head around how Christie’s top manages to stay on as she spins and rolls about like Sonic the Hedgehog on speed." In 2012, the "insufferable" Christie was listed as one of the "most ridiculous" Tekken characters by Writtin King of Game Informer: "I don't know why Christie thought joining (and inevitably losing) a fighting tournament would save her sick grandpa." Brent McKnight of PopMatters described Christie in the 2009 Tekken film as the "forced love interest" of main character Jin Kazama.
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