List of Tekken characters
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. 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 four characters have appeared as playable characters in all seven main Tekken installments to date: Heihachi Mishima,Nina Williams, Paul Phoenix, and Yoshimitsu. Although Heihachi and Kuma are playable in all home versions of Tekken, they are both unplayable in the arcade version of the first Tekken and only appear as opponents. King and Kuma have appeared in all of the main Tekken games with two different characters.
Five characters: Anna Williams, Kazuya Mishima, Lee Chaolan, Lei Wulong and Marshall Law would come close, having appeared in six installments (though Kazuya and Law made cameo appearances in the third game). Jack also have appeared in six main installments with 6 different characters (Jack, Jack-2, Gun Jack, Jack-5, Jack-6 and Jack-7), with Tekken 4 being the game a Jack cyborg was absent (although a Jack-4 was created, this version was mass-produced instead of only one produced like the other Jack cyborgs).
|Alisa Bosconovitch||No||No||No||No||No||Yes10 17||Yes||2|
|Ancient Ogre||No||No||Yes4 5||Cameo14||No||No||No||2 (1)|
|Anna Williams||Yes3 5 16||Yes5||Yes5||No||Yes5 8||Yes||Yes3 19 20||6|
|Armor King I||Yes3 5 16||Yes5||Cameo14||Cameo14||No||Cameo14||No||5 (2)|
|Armor King II||No||No||No||No||Yes1 9||Yes||Yes3 19 20||3|
|Baek Doo San||No||Yes5||No||No||Yes5 8||Yes||No||3|
|Bob Richards||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes17 19||2|
|Bruce Irvin||No||Yes5||No||No||Yes5 8||Yes||No||3|
|Christie Monteiro||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Cameo14||4 (3)|
|Craig Marduk||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes3 19 20||4|
|Devil/Devil Kazuya||Yes2 3 5||Yes4 5||Cameo14||Cameo14||No||No||Yes2||5 (3)|
|Devil Jin||No||No||Cameo14||Cameo14||Yes5 8||Yes||Yes17||5 (3)|
|Dr. Bosconovitch||No||Cameo14||Yes3 5||Cameo14||Cameo14||Cameo14||No||5 (1)|
|Eddy Gordo||No||No||Yes||Yes2 3 5||Yes5 8 12||Yes||Yes3 19||5|
|Eliza||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes3 19 20||1|
|Fahkumram||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes3 19 20||1|
|Forest Law||Cameo14||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||2 (1)|
|Ganryu||Yes3 5 16||Yes5||No||No||Yes5 8||Yes||Yes3 19 20||5|
|Geese Howard||No||No||No||No||No||No||Guest3 19 20||1|
|Gun Jack||No||No||Yes5||No||Enemy15 22 23||No||No||2|
|Heihachi Mishima||Yes3 4 5 16||Yes||Yes5||Yes4 5||Yes5 8||Yes||Yes||7|
|Jinpachi Mishima||No||No||No||No||Yes3 4 7 11||Cameo14||Cameo14||3 (1)|
|Julia Chang||No||No||Yes5||Yes5||Yes||Yes||Yes3 19 20 25||5|
|Jun Kazama||No||Yes||Cameo14||Cameo14||No||No||No||3 (2)|
|Kazumi Mishima||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes4 18||1|
|Kazuya Mishima||Yes||Yes5||Cameo14||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||7 (6)|
|Kid Kazuya||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes3 19 21||1|
|Kuma I/II||Yes3 5 16||Yes5||Yes5||Yes5||Yes5 8||Yes||Yes3 19||7|
|Kunimitsu||Yes3 5 16||Yes5||No||No||No||No||No||2|
|Lars Alexandersson||No||No||No||No||No||Yes10 17||Yes||2|
|Lee Chaolan||Yes3 5 16||Yes5||No||Yes5||Yes||Yes||Yes3 19||6|
|Lei Wulong||No||Yes||Yes||Yes5||Yes||Yes||Yes3 19 20||6|
|Leroy Smith||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes3 19 20||1|
|Lili De Rochefort||No||No||No||No||Yes1 9||Yes||Yes||3|
|Marshall Law||Yes||Yes||Cameo14||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||7 (6)|
|Master Raven||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes17 19||1|
|Michelle Chang||Yes||Yes||Cameo14||No||No||No||No||3 (2)|
|Miguel Caballero Rojo||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes3 19||2|
|Miharu Hirano||No||No||No||Yes2 3 5||No||No||No||1|
|Mokujin||No||No||Yes5||No||Yes5 8||Yes||Cameo14||4 (3)|
|NANCY-MI847J||No||No||No||No||No||Boss6 13||Cameo14||2 (1)|
|Negan||No||No||No||No||No||No||Guest3 19 20 25||1|
|Noctis Lucis Caelum||No||No||No||No||No||No||Guest3 19 20||1|
|Panda||No||No||Yes2 5||Yes2 5||Yes2 5 8||Yes2||Yes3 19||5|
|Prototype Jack||Yes3 5 16||Yes5||No||No||No||No||No||2|
|Roger Jr.||No||No||No||No||Yes5 8||Yes||No||2|
|Sergei Dragunov||No||No||No||No||Yes1 9||Yes||Yes||3|
|Slim Bob||No||No||No||No||No||Cameo14||No||1 (0)|
|Tiger Jackson||No||No||Yes2 5||No||Cameo9 14||No||No||2 (1)|
|True Ogre||No||No||Yes4 5||No||Enemy15 22 23||No||No||2|
|Violet||No||No||No||Yes2 5||Cameo14 22||No||Yes2 3 19||3 (2)|
|Wang Jinrei||Yes3 5 16||Yes5||No||No||Yes5 8||Yes||Cameo14||5 (4)|
|Zafina||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes3 19 20||2|
^1 Update version only (console version).
^2 Skin/palette swap.
^3 Playable in console versions only.
^4 Playable boss.
^6 Unplayable boss.
^7 Unplayable in Tekken 5.
^8 Unlockable in Tekken 5.
^9 Only in Tekken 5: DR.
^10 Only in Tekken 6: BR.
^11 Unlockable in Tekken 5: DR.
^12 Skin/palette swap in Tekken 5.
^13 Playable in a campaign level.
^14 Characters appearing in cinematics, or intros, or an trailer, or in the background one a stage, or in a picture.
^15 The characters are only enemies in a certain mode.
^16 Unplayable in arcade version.
^17 Update version only (arcade version).
^18 Unplayable boss (release date (arcade)) / playable update character (later (arcade)).
^19 Only in Tekken 7: FR/Round 2.
^20 Only Pre-Order/DLC in console version.
^21 Only playable in story mode for a short time in console version.
^22 Only in Tekken 5.
^23 Only in Devil Within Mode.
^24 Only in story mode in console version.
^25 Only an update in Round 2.
Bryan Fury, Jin Kazama, Ling Xiaoyu, Paul Phoenix, King II, Mokujin and Nina Williams are the only characters to have appeared in all five major spin-off games. Games highlighted in blue are no longer supported.
|Alex||No||Yes2 5||Yes3||No||Yes1 5||3|
|Ancient Ogre||Yes5||Yes5||Yes1 3||No||Cameo8||4 (3)|
|Angel||No||Yes2 5||Yes1 3||No||No||2|
|Anna Williams||Yes5||Yes||Yes||No||Yes1 5||4|
|Armor King I/II||No||Yes||Yes||Yes1 7||No||3|
|Baek Doo San||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||2|
|Bob Richards||No||No||Yes||Yes1 7||Yes1 5||3|
|Bryan Fury||Yes5||Yes||Yes||Yes5||Yes1 5||5|
|Christie Monteiro||No||No||Yes||Yes1 7||Yes5||3|
|Devil Jin||No||No||Yes||Yes1 7||No||2|
|Dr. Bosconovitch||Yes5||Cameo8||Yes1 3||No||No||3 (2)|
|Eliza||No||No||No||Yes1 7||Yes1 5||2|
|Feng Wei||No||No||Yes||Yes1 7||Yes5||3|
|Halloween Dragunov||No||No||No||No||Yes1 5||1|
|Jin Kazama||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes1 7||Yes1 5||5|
|Julia Chang||Yes5||Yes||Cameo8||No||No||3 (2)|
|Jun Kazama||No||Yes||Yes4||Yes1 7||No||3|
|King II||Yes5||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes1 5||5|
|Kuma II||Yes5||Yes5||Yes||Yes1 7||No||4|
|Kunimitsu||No||Yes5||Yes1 3||Yes1 7||No||3|
|Lee Chaolan||No||Yes5||Yes||Yes1 7||Yes1 5||4|
|Leo Kliesen||No||No||Yes||Yes5||Yes1 5||3|
|Lili De Rochefort||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes5||3|
|Ling Xiaoyu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes1 7||Yes5||5|
|Michelle Chang||No||Yes||Yes1 3||No||No||2|
|Miguel Caballero Rojo||No||No||Yes||Yes1 7||Yes1 5||3|
|Miharu Hirano||No||No||Yes1 3||No||No||1|
|Mokujin||Yes5||Yes2 5||Yes||Boss1 6||Boss1 6||5|
|Nina Williams||Yes5||Yes||Yes||Yes1 7||Yes||5|
|Sergei Dragunov||No||No||Yes||Yes1 7||Yes5||3|
|Slim Bob||No||No||Yes1 3||No||No||1|
|Summer Asuka||No||No||No||No||Yes1 5||1|
|Summer Bob||No||No||No||No||Yes1 5||1|
|Summer Lili||No||No||No||No||Yes1 5||1|
|Summer Nina||No||No||No||No||Yes1 5||1|
|Tetsujin||No||Yes2 5||No||Boss1 6||Boss1 6||3|
|Unknown||No||Yes3 4 5 10||Yes1 3 4 10 12||No||No||2|
|Total||21 (22)||39||60 (61)||30 (36)||37 (40)|
^1 Update version only.
^2 Skin/palette swap.
^3 Playable in console versions only.
^4 Playable boss.
^6 Unplayable boss.
^7 Update and unlockable.
^8 Characters appearing in cinematics, or intros, or an trailer, or in the background one a stage, or in a picture.
^9 The characters are only enemies in a certain mode.
^10 Unplayable in Arcade version.
^11 Unplayable in online mode.
^12 Unlockable in Wii U Edition.
^13 Unlockable if not selected in Adventure Mode.
Jin Kazama and Ling Xiaoyu have all appeared in eight out of the nine games listed. King, Heihachi Mishima, Nina Williams and Paul Phoenix have appeared in seven out of the nine games listed. Games highlighted in blue are no longer supported.
|Armor King I/II||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||2|
|Baek Doo San||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||1|
|Devil Jin||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||Yes1 2||No||Enemy5||3|
|Lili De Rochefort||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||4|
|Miguel Caballero Rojo||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||1|
|Unknown male Character 1||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||1|
|Unknown male Character 2||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||1|
|Unknown male Character 3||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||1|
^1 Update version only.
^2 Skin/palette swap.
^3 Playable boss.
^5 Unplayable character/boss.
^6 Characters appearing in cinematics, or intros, or an trailer, or in the background one a stage, or in a picture..
Introduced in Tekken
Armor King I/II
Armor King (アーマー・キング, Āmā Kingu) was a rival of King when the latter was still an inexperienced wrestler. He suffered eye damage in a fight with King, but when he later found King distraught and drunk in an alleyway, Armor King convinced him to get back into fighting and enter the second King of Iron Fist tournament. After King is killed by Ogre, Armor King trains a new fighter who sports a jaguar mask similar to that of King's. Armor King is not selectable in Tekken 4, as he is beaten to death in a bar fight instigated by Australian brawler Craig Marduk, who then steals his mask and mockingly wears it in the tournament, provoking Armor's protege King into entering the competition to seek revenge. Marduk is then attacked in Tekken 5 by what is believed to be Armor King, but his assailant is revealed in Tekken 6 as the original Armor King's younger brother.
Brett Elston of GamesRadar said of the character's appearance in the 2006 PSP game Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection: 'We're big fans of Armor King's 'grab you out of the air and pile drive into the ground' attack."
- Voiced by: Banjō Ginga (Tekken); Hidenari Ugaki (TK5-present); Takashi Nagasako (TK2-Tekken Tag Tournament; Tekken: The Motion Picture); Lowell B. Bartholomee (Tekken: The Motion Picture, English); Paul St. Peter (Tekken: Blood Vengeance, English)
Ganryu (Japanese: 巌竜, Hepburn: Ganryū) is a sumo wrestler who is barred from the sport for infractions such as firebreathing and taunting his opponents. This rejection, coupled with his mounting gambling debts, steers him into a life of crime. Heihachi Mishima hires him as a henchman for the first King of Iron Fist tournament, in which Ganryu loses to Yoshimitsu, who then drains Ganryu's remaining finances and leaves him broke. Kazuya Mishima pays him handsomely for his services in his Mishima Zaibatsu corporation. Ganryu participates in the second tournament as Kazuya's bodyguard, but he also wishes to build his own sumo ring to impress his secret crush, Michelle Chang, but instead, she defeats him in battle and Ganryu returns to Japan. Two decades after the events of Tekken 2, Ganryu opens a sumo stable and trains other wrestlers. However, after seeing Michelle's daughter Julia on television fighting in the fourth tournament, he enters the fifth in hopes of wooing Julia if he is able to recover her lost "Forest Rejuvenation Data" that he eventually finds inside the Mishima Zaibatsu's laboratory, but Julia receives the information and flees before Ganryu can propose marriage. Now faced with a failing restaurant he had opened afterward in Hawaii, Ganryu enters the tournament again in Tekken 6 in attempt to advertise the restaurant and bring in revenue. Unfortunately, Ganryu accidently donated all his restaurant earnings to Julia's reforestation campaign. In other to fix his financial problems, Ganyu decided to enter the seventh tournament.
Ganryu's occupations have varied in alternate Tekken media; in the animated film Tekken: The Motion Picture, he is Lee Chaolan's bodyguard, and in Tekken: Blood Vengeance, he is a PE teacher at the Mishima Polytechnic School.
GameSpy named Ganryu as one of their "25 Extremely Rough Brawlers" in video gaming: "Ganryu is more of a tragic character as his unrequited love for fellow fighter Julia fuels his brutality." In 2011, Computer and Video Games deemed Ganryu one of the series' "worst ever characters": "If losing some weight and not wearing a massive nappy all the time isn't the first thing you do to attract someone whose mother you've already failed to hit on, then you're doing something terribly, horribly wrong."
Jack (1, 2, 5, 6 and 7)/Gun Jack/X
Kazuya Mishima and Devil/Devil Kazuya/Kid Kazuya
Kunimitsu (Japanese: 州光) is a treasure hunter who conceals the upper half of her face with a cat-shaped mask. She was a member of the Manji, a clan of ninja bandits led by Yoshimitsu, and became skilled in usage of the stealth knife and Manji-style Ninjutsu before being expelled from the group for petty theft. She enters the first King of Iron Fist Tournament in the original Tekken, intending to steal a Native American pendant from fellow competitor Michelle Chang, but she is defeated by Chang and goes into hiding before seeking solace with her bladesmith grandfather. He reveals to Kunimitsu that Yoshimitsu's sword is a priceless relic that was handed down through the Manji and capable of dismembering enemies spiritually and mentally. Kunimitsu enters the second tournament in Tekken 2 to defeat Yoshimitsu and claim his sword so her grandfather can duplicate it before his death, but the outcome of this storyline is unknown as she does not make any further series appearances. Kunimitsu is selectable in the noncanonical Tekken Tag Tournament, and is a downloadable console-exclusive character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Nina Williams/Summer Nina
- Voiced by: Tamio Ōki (TK1~TTT); Hu Qian (TK5)
Wang Jinrei (Japanese: 王 驚雷(ワン・ジンレイ), Hepburn: Wan Jinrei, pinyin: Wáng Jīngléi) is an elderly man who was a close friend of Heihachi Mishima's father Jinpachi, and lived as a recluse in the Mishima gardens. Wang tutors his distant relative Ling Xiaoyu (who debuts in Tekken 3) in the martial arts at a young age. He draws rival Marshall Law in the first King of Iron Fist Tournament, then enters the second tournament in Tekken 2 in order to fulfill the deceased Jinpachi's wishes of eliminating Heihachi and Jinpachi's grandson Kazuya, who have both followed the path of evil. Wang opts to face all challengers giving way to those adept enough to defeat Kazuya. In Tekken 5, set two decades after Jinpachi's death, Wang receives a letter from Jinpachi, who is actually alive and requests Wang's participation in the latest tournament. He loses to Jin Kazama, who then informs him that his purpose is to wipe out the Mishima family's cursed blood.
Gavin Jasper of 4thletter.net ranked Jinpachi's death fifth in his 2012 ranking of the fifteen best fighting game storylines, but commented: "The elderly Wang Jinrei has been in the Tekken cast since the beginning, but he's also been boring as hell while adding nothing of interest."
Introduced in Tekken 2
Angel (Japanese: エンゼル, Hepburn: Enjeru) is an ambiguous supernatural entity and opposite of Devil. According to Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada, she is the representation of what is left of the goodness in Kazuya Mishima after he had been controlled by Devil, although she herself is not a part of Kazuya's soul. Her Tekken Tag Tournament 2 profile states that she wields the power to purify things, and carries a compassionate and a cruel side. Angel is a palette swap of Devil in Tekken 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament, but receives a distinct design for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 while her fighting style borrowed from Kazuya and Devil Jin.
Baek Doo San
- 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 (Japanese: 白頭山(ペク・トー・サン), Hepburn: Peku Tō San, Hangul: 백두산 Baek Dusan) is a master of Tae Kwon Do who debuted in Tekken 2 as the sub-boss of Marshall Law. He accidentally kills his father during a sparring session, causing him to destroy several dojos—including Law's—in a fit of rage. He then challenges, and loses to, Law in the second tournament. In Tekken 3, Baek is presumed dead after encountering Ogre, and his student Hwoarang enters the third tournament to avenge his master's supposed death, but Tekken 5 reveals that Ogre had beaten Baek into a yearlong coma. After his recovery, Baek begins teaching traditional Tae Kwon Do at military bases. Hwoarang is drafted into the South Korean military but flees to compete in the fourth tournament, for which he is arrested, but is also informed that Baek is alive. After Hwoarang completes his service, he and Baek enter the fifth tournament to test Hwoarang's skills, but Baek later withdraws after Hwoarang is injured in battle and lays unconscious in the hospital for three days. Once he recovers, Baek and Hwoarang return to Korea, and devote themselves solely to improving their fighting skills. Baek's last playable appearance is in Tekken 6, in which he and Hwoarang enter the tournament together once again.
- Voiced by: Crispin Freeman (T5 Cutscenes); Peter Harrell, Jr. (Tekken: The Motion Picture; English); Seiji Sasaki (Tekken: The Motion Picture; Japanese)
Bruce Irvin (Japanese: ブルース・アーヴィン, Hepburn: Burūsu Āvin) is a muscular and Mohawked African-American Muay Thai practitioner. He lost his parents and older brother in his youth, and grew up in a violent environment. He longed to make a difference, and became a police officer. He was sent to Japan to investigate the multinational conglomerate Mishima Zaibatsu and its leader, Kazuya Mishima, who knew of Bruce's mission and therefore arranged for his flight to crash. Bruce survives the crash but becomes an amnesiac, and Kazuya hires him as his bodyguard. In Tekken 2, Bruce fought his old police partner Lei Wulong, who had entered the tournament to arrest Kazuya. Bruce was defeated and attempted to escape on another plane, but it somehow exploded later. He is then absent from the series until returning in Tekken 5 as an unlockable character. After becoming reacquainted with Kazuya Mishima in the tournament, Bruce assists Kazuya in taking over G Corporation, a biotech firm. G Corporation then wages war with the Mishima Financial Group, and Bruce, as Kazuya's captain, leads Kazuya's private corps into battle. G Corporation attempts to gain an advantage by placing an enormous bounty on Jin Kazama, which results in the staging of the sixth tournament, in which Bruce is selectable from the start and participates in attempt to capture Jin.
Brenda Brathwaite of The Escapist, in 2008, included Bruce among many African-American fighting game characters, such as Mortal Kombat's Jax and Street Fighter's Balrog, as "either non-existent or consistent in their overall attributes." Bruce's Tekken 5 render was additionally the lone character illustration that was used for the article.
Roger/Roger Jr. and Alex
Roger and Alex are comic-relief characters who make their first appearances in Tekken 2. They are genetically-modified animals created by Dr. Bosconovitch, under Kazuya's orders. Roger (ロジャー, Rojā) was crafted from kangaroo DNA, and Alex (アレックス, Arekkusu) from Dromaeosaurid fossil samples. However, Kazuya considered them worthless and wanted to kill them, but they escape and meet Armor King, who schools them in wrestling. Alex and Roger compete in the second Iron Fist Tournament, where Jun Kazama, a WWWC wildlife-protection program officer, is dispatched to arrest Kazuya. She finds Roger and Alex and relocates them to a safe location in Australia. Alex disappears from the series canon thereafter while Roger's story is expanded in Tekken 5, in which he is not playable but appears in the game's cinematic sequences, where he is shown to be married with a son named Roger Jr., who is a kangaroo with human attributes like his father. After Roger is abducted by Mishima Zaibatsu, Roger Jr. enters the fifth tournament to find him but discovers that he was not abducted but instead secretly living a luxurious lifestyle. In Tekken 6, Roger, again not playable, and his wife are since divorced but she suffers financial hardship without his presence. She and Roger Jr. both participate in the sixth tournament in hopes of establishing financial security. Roger and Alex both appear in the noncanonical Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, in which Roger Jr. is playable in Roger's stead.
Introduced in Tekken 3
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. 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.
Eddy Gordo/Tiger Jackson
Forest Law (Japanese: フォレスト・ロウ, Hepburn: Foresuto Rou) is the good-natured but slow-witted son of Marshall Law who makes his only appearance in the Tekken series as a selectable character replacing Marshall in Tekken 3. He hopes to duplicate his father's greatness as a fighter but is forbidden by Marshall to enter any contests. However, Forest's friend and sparring partner Paul Phoenix convinces him to enter the third King of Iron Fist Tournament behind his father's back, which causes a rift between Paul and Marshall. Forest is mentioned in Tekken 5 as having been hospitalized after a motorcycle accident, which becomes Marshall's motive for entering the tournament. He is playable in Tekken Tag Tournament in replacement of Marshall and in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as a console-exclusive character.
Gon (Japanese: ゴン) is a diminutive dinosaur who is the eponymous title character of the manga series and media franchise. He makes a one-time playable guest appearance in the PlayStation version of Tekken 3.
Jin Kazama/Devil Jin
Introduced in Tekken 4
Combot (Japanese: コンボット, Hepburn: Konbotto) makes his lone series appearance in Tekken 4 as a general-purpose robot created by Lee Chaolan for the fourth tournament, crafted to be the ultimate fighting machine. It is programmed to learn every fighter's style as it progresses 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. Production of the prototype was rushed, resulting in glitches such as using only one fighting style at a time while switching through them randomly. The robot utilizes some physical attributes of other characters, such as brandishing Yoshimitsu's sword or having a long tail similar to King's.
Combot is a playable training dummy in Tekken Tag Tournament 2's "Fight Lab" tutorial. Lee (as his alter ego, Violet) completes work on Combot as part of his Super Combot DX Plan. However, Lee is caught up in the success of his handiwork that he neglects to pay attention to the robot and it explodes. He constructs a second model and then kidnaps Heihachi, Jin, and Kazuya as test subjects until Jin destroys it.
Miharu Hirano (Japanese: 平野 美晴, Hepburn: 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 her storyline, special moves, and win animations. She wears a school uniform identical to Xiaoyu's, has short, dark red hair. Miharu was included in the console version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as a free update released by Namco on October 9, 2012: in that game, Miharu has a light blue nail polish on her hands and her feet.
- Voiced by: Ezra J. Stanley (TK4); Guy Perryman (TK5-present, in-game voice); Gideon Emery (TK6-present, English); Masaki Terasoma (2009 live-action film); Yoshimasa Hosoya (Street Fighter X Tekken, Japanese)
Steve Fox (Japanese: スティーブ・フォックス, Hepburn: Sutību Fokkusu) is a British boxer whose mother is Nina Williams; she was impregnated via in vitro fertilization and gave birth while held captive by Heihachi Mishima as one of the test subjects for the Doctor Abel's cryogenic sleep studies on the children like Steve to create a perfect Tekken Force's super soldiers. Steve was adopted in his infancy by Emma Kliesen (Leo's mother) until he grew up and was secretly sent to an orphanage by Emma to cover his status from Zaibatsu's eye. This led to the super soldier project being cancelled, and at that time Emma resigned to G Corporation. Steve is one of the survivors, but left a scar on his left arm for the rest of his life from Abel's experiment. Many years later, Steve became a middleweight boxing champion while searching for the truth about his past. While on the run from the Mafia after refusing to throw a fight for them, Steve enters the fourth King of Iron Fist tournament, which he loses but learns that Nina is his mother. During the events of the fifth tournament, Steve succeeds in destroying the Mishima Zaibatsu's research institute. However, his boxing career dries up due to the world war started by Jin Kazama, but he is invited by Marshall Law and Paul Phoenix to train with them in the martial arts. During his training in a boxing gym, his left arm is hurting while also remembering the experiment he had from Mishima Zaibatsu and good memories with Emma. He later found Nina in a chapel during her private undercover mission as a bride to assassinate a certain mob boss, ever since she resigned from Mishima Zaibatsu after Heihachi's return and Jin's presumable disappearance. Once Steve defeated her, Nina explains to her son everything she knows when she was captured by Zaibatsu, led by Heihachi for Abel's experiments. After Steve finally got as much information from his mother as he could, Nina warns him that he will never be her son because she couldn't care less about him. Unfortunately, the Tekken Force are after Nina for leaving Heihachi and being branded a traitor. Steve holds off the Tekken Forces allowing Nina to escape. Steve is playable in Tekken 3D: Prime Edition, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Revolution, and Street Fighter X Tekken. His main costumes feature the red, white and blue of the Union Jack.
British actor and musician Luke Goss played Steve in the 2009 Tekken film. His storyline from the games is changed to his being a retired fighter with no relation to Nina and instead becoming the friend and mentor of Jin Kazama after Jin defeats Marshall in the tournament. Steve is later killed by Jackhammers while breaking Jin and other imprisoned participants out of their holding cells.
In 2012, Gelo Gonzales of FHM listed Steve and Street Fighter character Balrog as one of his "10 Awesome Fantasy Fights" for Street Fighter X Tekken: "Balrog's the aggressive, in-your-face, no-nonsense Mike Tyson type. Steve, on the other hand, is a pretty boy British boxer who likes to weave around and counter at the ideal moment." Samuel Riley of GamesRadar ranked Steve fourth in his selection of the "7 baddest boxers in video games" in 2014: "Decked out in Union Jack shorts and a tasty pair of golden gloves, Steve favours punishing body strikes to the precision jab, a high stakes style that metes out as just much pain as it invites."
Introduced in Tekken 5 and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
Asuka Kazama/Summer Asuka
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida (TK5 gameplay); Chuan Yin Li (TK5 cutscenes and endings)
Feng Wei (Japanese: 馮 威(フェン・ウェイ), Hepburn: Fen Wei, pinyin: Féng Wēi) was raised as a disciple of the God Fist style (神拳 Shinken, based on nanquan). Though he was the top student, Feng killed his master after he was scolded for fighting outside the dojo. Feng seeks the secrets of the God Fist scrolls that were stolen by the Mishima family, leading to his competing in the fifth King of Iron Fist Tournament and his destruction of Asuka Kazama's dojo in the process of his search. and he is ultimately successful in retrieving the scrolls. Feng has featured regularly in the series since his Tekken 5 debut.
Lili De Rochefort/Summer Lili
- Voiced by: Jack Merluzzi (TK5, also TK6-TTT2 gameplay); D. C. Douglas (TK6–TTT2 cutscenes); Kenji Sugimura (2009 live-action film; Japanese); Kenichiro Matsuda (Street Fighter X Tekken; Japanese)
Raven (Japanese: レイヴン, Hepburn: Reivun) is an international intelligence agent who sports a distinctive X-shaped scar across his face. He enters the fifth tournament to seek out those responsible for the event, and witnesses an attack on Hon-Maru by G Corporation's Jack-4 foot soldiers while on a mission to look into the company and Mishima Zaibatsu, as the conglomerates are warring with each other. Raven fights Heihachi after the tournament but leaves in the middle of battle to return to headquarters. Raven was then sent to investigate the Mishima Zaibatsu once again via the sixth tournament. Raven is a featured character in Tekken 6's "Scenario Campaign" story mode, first appearing as an enemy boss defeated by Lars Alexandersson and Alisa Bosconovitch. He later helps Alisa and Lars escape from a rampaging NANCY robot. He appears with Yoshimitsu as a playable unit in Street Fighter X Tekken.
Sergei Dragunov/Halloween Dragunov
Sergei Dragunov (Japanese: セルゲイ・ドラグノフ, Hepburn: Serugei Doragunofu, Russian: Сергей Драгунов) is a Russian Spetsnaz soldier who practices Sambo and is nicknamed "White Angel of Death" due to his fighting prowess. While investigating a mysterious body found in Siberia, Dragunov receives special orders from an unknown party supposedly regarding Devil Jin and enters the fifth tournament to carry them out, but Tekken 6 reveals that his mission is unsuccessful. As a result of the ongoing world war caused by Jin, now the new owner of the Mishima Zaibatsu, Dragunov competes in the sixth King of Iron Fist Tournament to capture Jin and bring down the organization. Dragunov shares a rivalry with Raven that includes having inflicted his facial scar. Save for battle grunts, the character has no dialogue in any of his in-game appearances.
Dragunov is portrayed by martial artist and actor Anton Kasabov In the 2009 live-action Tekken film, in which he has no dialogue. He participates in the Iron Fist tournament and is killed in battle by Bryan Fury.
Introduced in Tekken 6 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion
- Voiced by: Richard Epcar (story mode)
Azazel (Japanese: アザゼル, Hepburn: Azazeru) is the main antagonist of Tekken 6, and the source that created the devil gene, set to be released from his tomb after the clash of "two evil stars" (Jin and his father Kazuya). He is the physical embodiment of the spirit resonating within Jin's psyche that is affected by his struggles with his father Kazuya (the "two evil stars"). Azazel has blue-gray skin, a large spiked tail and huge crystalline spikes protruding from his forearms, and wears a ceremonial headdress and loincloth. His offensive attacks range from summoning giant crystal stalagmites from the ground to unleashing scarab beetles onto his opponents. Azazel appears in the final stage of Tekken 6's story mode, brought forth by Jin so he can defeat him and end his own life in the process. Azazel is defeated not by Jin but by Lars Alexandersson and Raven, but Jin reveals that Azazel can only be permanently vanquished by someone carrying the Devil Gene. Jin powers up with his Devil form, making him immune to Azazel's attacks. Jin kills Azazel by punching his fist straight through his chest but both fall and disappear into the temple ruins.
Azazel has received critical reception for his difficulty as a final boss. Lucas Sullivan of GamesRadar included him in his 2014 selection of twelve "unfair" fighting-game bosses. "Hated that mutated old guy [Tekken 5 boss Jinpachi], huh? Here, have a fire-breathing crystal dragon that's as tall as the screen." Rick Marshall of MTV said in 2009, "As far as boss battles go, Azazel is the most difficult the franchise has ever offered—even on 'Easy' mode." Stephen Nadee of WhatCulture named Azazel the number-one "worst" fighting game boss in 2013: "Understanding the game mechanics mean almost nothing when it comes to fighting Azazel particularly when he has his advantage in defense, his moves are fairly difficult to sidestep, and can counter-attack through his own blocking." Eric Neigher of GameSpy wrote in his 2009 review of the game's PlayStation Portable release: "Azazel, Tekken 6's official nemesis, is perhaps the most badly designed, frustrating to play against, and overall worst boss ever."
Bob Richards/Slim Bob/Summer Bob
Making his debut in Tekken 6, Robert Richards (Japanese: ロバート・リチャーズ, Hepburn: Robāto Richāzu), simply known as Bob, is an American martial artist who participated in numerous fighting competitions but lacked power against larger opponents. He therefore fattened himself up to the point of morbid obesity while maintaining his previous speed, then entered the sixth tournament to silence his doubters. A thin version of the character, called "Slim Bob", is included in Tekken Tag Team Tournament 2 as a download, while the original Bob was added to the roster of the 2016 Tekken 7 update.
Reception to the character has been mixed, mainly due to his design. Robert Workman of GameDaily ranked Bob the tenth "ugliest game character" in 2008: "If the bright red shirt covering the gigantic frame isn't insulting enough, he also has a bleach blonde mop on his head." In 2010, GamesRadar proposed a fantasy fight between Bob and Street Fighter's Rufus for Street Fighter X Tekken: "How two totally different companies [Namco and Capcom] decided they both needed speedy fat asses in their games at exactly the same time is something of a mystery, though ... we feel there's room for both of them." Complex ranked Bob among the "25 Most Badass Fat Guys in Games" in 2011. In 2012, Jeff Marchiafava of Game Informer deemed Bob one of the most "ridiculous" Tekken characters: "Bob is from America. Bob is also morbidly obese. That's pretty much all the thought Namco put into Bob."
- Voiced by: Veronica Taylor (TK6 [English], TTT2 - present [grunts]) ??? (TTT2 [German], TK7)
Leo Kliesen (Japanese: レオ・クリーゼン, Hepburn: Reo Kurīzen) is a Bajiquan practitioner from Germany whose father was a world-famous spelunker and whose mother Emma a G Corporation executive. Though the father disappeared during an expedition, Leo still wanted to follow her career path, until the mother was murdered by an unknown assailant. When the police abruptly call off the investigation, Leo opt to seek the truth alone, during which the G Corporation's Kazuya Mishima materializes as a person of interest. It was at this time that Leo learned of the Mishima Zaibatsu sponsoring The King of Iron Fist Tournament, at which Mishima planned to appear, and Leo decides to enter the competition in hopes of gaining access to him. In the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ending, Leo infiltrates a train owned by Mishima Zaibatsu and learns that the mother was involved with the company twenty years before, heading a project called "Hybrid Gene", and one of her subjects was Steve Fox. The Tekken Tag 2 ending story in regarding of the mother's former job as a researcher in Zaibatsu is continued in Tekken 7. In Tekken Comic, Leo is male and Lili Rochefort's bodyguard, accompanying her to Osaka to shoot a martial arts film.
Namco attempted to cater to both male and female players with the character's shortened name and ambiguous design of short blonde hair and non-revealing clothing. Series producer Katsuhiro Harada revealed Leo's full name (Eleonore) at the 2011 Tekken: Blood Vengeance premiere in Cologne, Germany. He, however, did a comment on the character saying that "Leo was female during developing". However, there has been some misunderstandings that brought fans to think that Leo was officially confirmed as a female since that TTT2 provides for Leo a bikini and a male surfer suit. In a live and in some tweets Katsuhiro Harada stated that Leo was conceived as a female character with the name of Eleonore but since that Leo looked like a male in the concept arts he decided to change the concept before the release of arcade version of Tekken 6. He stated that the video about Leo's gender revealing in Germany has been modified by being cut back and forth. He confirmed that Leo's sex and gender always have been unknown and that the truth was still in the darkness. He explained also the TTT2 swimsuits situation saying that "They are for those who see Leo as female and for those who see Leo as male". He then affirmed that he's frustrated because Leo is always translated and referred with 'she'. Making Tom Goulter of GamesRadar said in a 2012 feature on the Tekken characters, "Choose this character if anyone tries to tell you that video games are all about enforcing restrictive gender binaries."
Miguel Caballero Rojo
- Voiced by: Liam O'Brien (TK6, TTT2 - present (English, grunts)); Daichi Endō (2009 live-action film), Héctor Garay (TTT2 - present (Spanish, dialogues))
At the age of fifteen, Spanish brawler Miguel Caballero Rojo (Japanese: ミゲル・カバジェロ・ロホ, Hepburn: Migeru Kabajero Roho) was kicked out of the house by his parents for constantly fighting. He ran away and sought sanctuary inside a bar, where his sister, with whom he was extremely close, would visit him in secret. However, she is later killed on her wedding day after a group of Mishima Zaibatsu fighter jets launch an airstrike on the church where the ceremony was being held. Miguel's investigation leads to the sixth tournament in order to seek answers from the corporation's CEO, Jin Kazama. Unfortunately, Jin suddenly disappeared, Miguel's life purpose to kill him also disappears. From that point forward, Miguel began to wander like a living specter from battle-torn town to another. Until one day, he is confronted by now ex-Zaibatsu leader Jin, with Miguel's purpose to kill him rise again. However, Jin held back and let Miguel finish, but Miguel refuse and spared, telling Jin that he will kill him once Jin has found hope without dying earlier yet. His early appearances resemble that of a bullfighter, but his design was simplified in Tekken 7 to an open red shirt and green combat trousers. He has no formal training in the martial arts.
NANCY-MI847J is a massive robotic security unit under the command of Jin Kazama. It is very difficult to destroy and possesses an arsenal of missiles and lasers. NANCY only appears in Tekken 6's arcade mode and "Time Attack" Mode as a bonus round battle before the player fights Jin. In the story mode, the robot is controllable in one level of the story mode when the player attempts infiltration of G Corporation's headquarters.
Steve West of Cinema Blend said about the character's fighting style: "Nancy doesn't react like a typical Tekken opponent. Rather than block your puny attempts to damage it, the robot will simply attack you whenever it feels like it." However, Dale North of Destructoid commented in 2008: "Where do [Namco] get these [character] names? Bob and Nancy? That sounds like a Middle-American surburban couple."
- Voiced by: Lisle Wilkerson
Zafina (Japanese: ザフィーナ, Hepburn: Zafīna) is a Middle Eastern woman, probably of Egyptian descent. She was born into an ancient bloodline of dispellers of evil and possesses spiritual powers. Raised as a warrior and serving as her clan's assassin, she uses her spiritual gifts on the side working as an astrologist. Zafina is tasked with guarding a sealed royal tomb that believed to maintain the clan's well-being, and she has defeated all who have tried to infiltrate it. She prophesies the clash of two "evil stars" (Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima) who will bring about the world's end. Zafina, therefore, travels to the Far East, where Jin and Kazuya are predicted to meet. In Tekken 6's "Scenario Campaign" story mode, Zafina allies herself with Lars Alexandersson and Raven against the Tekken Force, and gives them the location of Azazel's Temple. In Tekken 7, she has a new design and has gained possession of Azazel's Orb (as seen on Devil Jin's Tekken 6 ending), giving her Azazel-like powers to the hand she's holding as the orb seems to be still holding the demon's essence.
Introduced in Tekken Tag Tournament 2
- 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. 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.
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.
Introduced in Tekken Revolution
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 after escaping from one of the members of ancient time's Sirius organization, whom Claudio Serafino descendant to, with the intention of taking a nap inside her coffin, she accidentally fell into a deep sleep for hundreds of years. In present-day Monaco, the Rochefort family built a mansion above her coffin, thus imprisoning her, which was also meant for her shelter from being chased by each descendant of the ancient time's Sirius members. She eventually woke up and managed to escape recently and plan an exact revenge on the present day Sirius organization. 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.
Tekken 7 is her main series playable debut, where she utilizes a similar playstyle to Akuma from Street Fighter, such as having 2D-area fighting game mechanics like jumping attacks and special cancels, and Street Fighter-styled Super meter, referred to as a "Blood" gauge. Her sleeping mechanic has also been reworked, allowing her to build her "Blood" gauge rather than recovering health.
Eliza's fighting style incorporates several supernatural moves (such as teleportation). She can also shoot a grounded energy wave that goes straight, although unlike Jinpachi's fireball, it is blockable.
Introduced in Tekken 7 and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution
- Voiced by: Taketora
Akuma, known in Japan as Gouki (豪鬼, Gōki), is a Japanese martial artist who has mastered the dark powers of the Satsui no Hado, seeking to increase his own strength and defeat the most powerful opponents in the world. Hailing from Capcom's Street Fighter series, Akuma makes a special guest appearance in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. In the story, Kazumi saves his life when he suffers an unknown critical injury. Shortly thereafter, Kazumi asks him to find and kill Heihachi and Kazuya should she perish. Akuma agrees, claiming that this will settle the debt that he owes her. Akuma retains many of his abilities from the Street Fighter games, such as his Gohadoken, Shakunetsu Hadoken, Gou Shoryuken, Tatsumaki Zankukyaku, Zanku Hadoken, Hyakkishu, and Ashura Senku, along with Messatsu Gou Hadou as his Super Move and Shin Shun Goku Satsu as his Rage Art. Akuma is the first character to possess an exclusive game mechanic in the form of the EX/Super meter and Focus Attack from Street Fighter IV, which replaces his Rage Drive. This meter mechanic was also given to Eliza from Tekken Revolution following her introduction into the game.
It was revealed before Akuma was announced to guest appearing in Tekken 7, the protagonist of Darkstalkers trilogy series Morrigan Aensland was originally meant to appear in the said game instead of him. However, Harada and his team gave up and chooses Akuma instead.
Claudio Serafino (クラウディオ・セラフィーノ, Kuraudio Serafīno) is a white-clad man hailing from Italy. He is a leader of a secret Anti-Devil organization in combating the Devil Gene's threat, known as Archers of Sirius. Empowered with a Sirius magic, he has tattoos around his left eye and black tapes covering his right arm, which can project and shoot blue lights/boost during battles. He is one of the playable characters in the first location tests of Tekken 7. During an interview with Harada, it was said that Claudio was created to counter the Devil Gene's reign, thus will play an important role in the game.
The reason behind his organization's secret from the public and a sudden disclosure is not yet known at this point. Some time later, Claudio's organization was approached by the Mishima Zaibatsu, led by Heihachi Mishima, to join their conglomerate. However, the archers refused and the Mishima Zaibatsu continues to attempt to persuade them. Having noticed some suspicious acts by Heihachi and his Zaibatsu, Claudio was prompted to investigate the reasons behind the Mishima Zaibatsu's persuasion, even though his uneasy service with Heihachi is temporary. During his alliance with the Mishima Zaibatsu, he met Ling Xiaoyu. After learning about her connection to Jin Kazama, Claudio decides to use her as bait to capture Jin.
Fahkumram (Thai: ฟ้าคำราม) is a tall, tattooed, strong and muscular man from Thailand. He is a legendary Muay Thai champion and the national hero of Thailand. The scars he received were a result from being stricken by lightning at age 12, with Fahkumram somehow surviving and obtaining superhuman abilities, as well as growing over two meters tall. He eventually becomes a champion at the age of 18 and grows into an honorable family man who cares for his family, including his daughter who looks up to him. Unfortunately, at the age of 24, his life was to take a dramatic turn for the worse. Corrupt officials attempt to lure and use Fahkumram as a slave for their illegal activities, even taking his family hostage after Fahkumram is falsely arrested for defending himself against and killing his would-be assassins (who also rigged his last official match). These events cause him to become more cynical and deluded by his country's corruptions. When the war between the Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation occurs four years later, the corrupt government dispatches Fahkumram primarily to eliminate the Zaibatsu by enlisting him for the seventh King of Iron Fist Tournament; Fahkumram hopes to use this as an opportunity to save his family, should he win liberty once and for all.
Geese Howard (ギース・ハワード, Gīsu Hawādo) is an American martial artist who serves as the reigning crime boss of the city of South Town. Originating in SNK's fighting game series Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting and The King of Fighters, he appears as the second guest character to be included in Tekken 7 and the second downloadable fighter for the console and PC versions after Eliza. In the trailer for his addition to the cast, Geese's disembodied voice calls out to a meditating Heihachi Mishima, taunting him with the suggestion that he surrender his plan of worldwide conquest before Geese, due to the world being too big for the old Mishima to control and presumably predicting his death at the hands of his son and now G Corporation CEO, Kazuya.
In a similar vein to fellow guest character Akuma, whose gameplay uniquely incorporates its own version of Street Fighter IV's Focus Attack and EX/Super meter mechanics, Geese's gameplay mechanics derive from his appearance in The King of Fighters XIV, utilizing his own unique MAX Mode to access specific EX moves and being able to cancel normal and command moves into this state. Like Akuma, Geese does not possess a Rage Drive, but similar to how the former can expend his Super meter to perform the Messatsu Gou Hadou, Geese has access to two Super Moves ("Climax Arts" in KoF XIV), which are Raging Storm and Raigou Reppuken. Geese is also the only character to have two Rage Arts, his first being Rashōmon, now initiated with a regular attack instead of a counter-throw, and the second his infamous 10-button combination input super, Deadly Rave. Prior to the Season 2 update, he was the only character to have a wall-bounce mechanic.
Gigas (ギガース, Gigās) is a hulking, red-skinned humanoid who appears to have cybernetics attached to his otherwise nude body. His fighting style is "Destructive Impulse". He was one of the characters whose existence was leaked before being officially revealed as the second new character added post-launch of Tekken 7. Gigas was revealed to be created by a research team in the development of biotechnological weapons. Gigas was sent in the tournament to tests his fighting capabilities. It is hinted in both of his and Katarina's endings that he might be Katarina Alves' adopted father, who is kidnapped by G Corp and mutated into Gigas.
Josie Rizal (ジョシー・リサール, Joshī Risāru) is a young woman from the Philippines. She wears a yellow top, a blue miniskirt, and a red rabbit ear-like hair accessory. Josie practices eskrima, the native martial art and the national sport of her home country (formally known as Arnis), combined with kickboxing reminiscent of Yaw-Yan, an indigenous kickboxing martial art. She lacks the characteristic sticks used in Eskrima, instead fighting completely unarmed. Josie's name bears a very close resemblance to José Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. Shortly after Josie was introduced to the public on March 29, 2015, she became a trending topic on Twitter with many Filipino fans expressing generally positive reactions. Just two days after Josie was officially announced, someone claiming to be an official from the Philippine National Center for Culture and the Arts told the Philippine media that they plan to "take steps to correct any wrong impression Josie Rizal may have given about Dr. Rizal and the Philippines." However, three days later NCCA legal counsel Trixie Cruz-Angeles clarified that the agency had yet to issue any position on the matter in a post she made in her personal Facebook page stating "The NCCA has not asked for the deletion of Tekken character Josie Rizal. In fact, the NCCA has not taken cognizance of the issue nor issued an opinion. If you've been reading that website, unders. The name of our chairman is Prof. Felipe de Leon, Jr. Also, matters pertaining to national heroes are within the jurisdiction of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
Josie was designed by character designer Mari Shimazaki, well known for her work in the Bayonetta series, who also worked on the design of the final boss of Tekken 7, Kazumi Mishima. Before her official announcement, Josie was first revealed in a leaked arcade data discovered by players, who also found data relating to other characters yet to be added at the time.
Josie was a big crybaby from a young age, unlike her parents who were fans of martial arts. They insisted she also train in martial arts, which she initially refuses, but eventually she reluctantly agrees to her parents' expectations. However, she is unable to get over her crybaby nature whilst she undergoes training in kickboxing.
After Josie grew more accustomed to her training, she became a professional kickboxer and a model to help get her household's finances on track, until a large typhoon struck their home. When the Mishima Zaibatsu sends the Tekken Force, led by Kuma, to give relief aids to the typhoon victims in her ravaged country, Josie aspires to become the member of the Tekken Force. She eventually decides to join the Tekken Force by taking an employment examination, with Kuma as her final examiner.
- Voiced by: Thaís Durães
Katarina Alves (カタリーナ・アウヴェス, Katarīna Auvesu) is a Brazilian woman who practices the art of savate. She is described as a "sassy, mouthed talker", as well as a beginner-friendly character, with simple strings to execute combos. Along with Claudio, she is one of the characters available in the first location tests of Tekken 7.
She is currently searching for her missing adoptive father, who happens to be G Corporation's brainwashed monster known as Gigas, as seen on her and Gigas' ending.
Katarina seems to be very confident in her abilities as a fighter; alongside her cocky attitude, her fighting pose has her guard totally lowered (contrary to a traditional savate stance), and her posture is completely relaxed.
Kazumi Mishima/Devil Kazumi
- Voiced by: Yumi Hara
Kazumi Mishima (三島 一美, Mishima Kazumi), née Hachijo (八条), is the wife of Heihachi and the mother of Kazuya, the daughter-in-law of Jinpachi Mishima, and also the paternal grandmother of Jin Kazama. She serves as the final boss in Tekken 7. Before Tekken 7, she was only alluded to 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. Prior to becoming the seventh time release character added to Tekken 7, her human form was playable, yet her devil form remains unplayable.
Kazumi's fighting style is Hachijo Style Karate, which is very similar to the Mishima Style Karate as practiced by the rest of her family, with additional tiger-summoning and levitating ability akin to Jinpachi Mishima. As a final boss, Kazumi is fought in two phases; upon beating her once, she transforms into a stronger phoenix-like white Devil form and remains that way for the duration of the stage. In her devil form, besides having the original devil's powers of third eyed Devil Blaster and wings, her tiger-summoning ability is enhanced, and the tiger's color itself changes to white.
In the story, Kazumi first meets Heihachi when she visits Jinpachi's dojo to train with him. Both Heihachi and Kazumi grow closer and eventually marry, with Kazumi giving birth to Kazuya. Five years later, Kazumi suddenly grows sick; her illness passes quickly, but Kazumi begins behaving differently, exhibiting signs of a split personality, likely due to the awakening of her Devil Gene. During this time, Kazumi saves Akuma's life. After he recovers, Kazumi asks Akuma to find and kill Heihachi and Kazuya should she perish. Akuma agrees, claiming that this will settle the debt that he owes Kazumi. Many days later, Kazumi suddenly attempts to kill Heihachi, revealing that the reason she married him is because her clan foresaw his attempted world domination in the future and sent her to kill him. However, Heihachi proves stronger and, realizing the woman he loved is gone, regretfully kills her in self-defense.
- Voiced by: Unknown
Leroy Smith (リロイ・スミス, Riroi Sumisu) is an African-American martial artist from New York City. During his childhood, escalating gang violence leads to the Big Apple War, a massive battle between rival gangs that results in many civilian casualties, including Leroy's family. Leroy is also injured in the conflict, falling into a river and being washed out to sea before being found by a merchant ship. With nowhere to return to, Leroy travels the world as a trader before settling in Hong Kong to learn the Wing Chun martial art. Fifty years later, Leroy returns to New York to take revenge on the gangsters and the Mishima Zaibatsu, whom he learns were responsible for the events leading to the Big Apple War. He also has a pet pit-bull dog named "Sugar", that can assist Leroy in his battles.
- Voiced by: Sorcha Chisholm
- Voiced by: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Negan (ニーガン) is a fictional character from the Image Comics' comic book series The Walking Dead. He is the leader of the Saviors, a group of roughly 1,000 survivors in the Sanctuary that enslaves other survivor communities, and forces them to pay tribute to him. He fights using "Lucille", a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, named after his late wife.
Negan is the fourth guest character to appear in Tekken 7, and was added as part of the second season of downloadable content. Negan is also the second guest character to originate from a comic after Gon in Tekken 3, and the first guest character who was not created by a Japanese publisher. He is modeled after and voiced by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who portrays the character on the television series.
Noctis Lucis Caelum
- Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Noctis Lucis Caelum (ノクティス・ルシス・チェラム, Nokutisu Rushisu Cheramu), Noct (ノクト, Nokuto) for short, the prince of the kingdom of Lucis and the main protagonist of Square Enix's role-playing game Final Fantasy XV. He appears as the third guest character in Tekken 7. In the trailer for his appearance in the game, he is one of Lars' acquaintances, and the two enjoy time fishing together. Unlike the English versions of Final Fantasy XV, where he is voiced by Ray Chase, Tekken 7 has him voiced only in Japanese.
Noctis' gameplay is slightly different amongst both the regular and guest fighters of Tekken 7. He is a standard Tekken-style character who can also utilize the meter-style characters' (Akuma, Eliza, Geese) jump-in attacks. He can summon a variety of different weapons during battle, as well as utilize some magic attacks.
Fellow Final Fantasy XV characters Ignis Scientia, Gladio Amicitia, Prompto Argentum, Cindy Aurum, Cid Sophiar and a Chocobo make non-playable cameo appearances on Noctis' home stage, the Hammerhead gas station.
- Voiced by: Fadi Rifai
Shaheen (Japanese: シャヒーン Shahīn, Arabic: شاهين Shahin) is a Saudi Arabian man wearing a shemagh and agal on his head. He also wields a scimitar around his waist. Shaheen was designed by illustrator NINNIN, one of several character designers and illustrators employed to create character designs for Tekken 7, with help from community feedback on social media, particularly those from Saudi Arabia. The character drew attention from the Middle Eastern mainstream press, being featured in publication medias from several countries, including Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Shaheen is a bodyguard for a private military company, tasked with protecting key figures in the world. It is said that under his guard, no one has come to be attacked. However, one day a friend to Shaheen who was a top figure in the oil industry was mysteriously found dead. Although it was reported as an accidental death, Shaheen always had his doubts. Sometime later, G Corporation acquires the PMC employing him and everyone that Shaheen was previously familiar with ended up resigning after the acquisition. Having figured that all of this was too much of a coincidence, Shaheen decided to investigate and find out the truth of what is really going on by confronting the corporation's CEO and a suspect of his, Kazuya. After Shaheen defeats Kazuya and offers to make peace instead of taking revenge, in honor of his deceased friend, Kazuya refuses the truce and flies away in his Devil form, to Shaheen's surprise. Now realizing how abominable Kazuya is, Shaheen sets out to apprehend Kazuya when they encounter each other again and avenge his friend's death.
Introduced in Tekken Mobile
Isaak is a free-to-play character in Tekken Mobile. His nationality and fighting style are unspecified. He has short blonde hair, wears a jacket with lightly shredded jeans.
Revenant is a non-playable boss. He is a paranormal being masked in heavy gear, and comes from an unknown country. He is an enemy of Kazuya, and mimics his fighting style.
Bo "Rodeo" Montana is an all-American fighter. He was a star athlete in college, captain of the football team, and a military soldier with a flawless combat record. While in the army, his squad was ambushed by Revenant, leaving them with their "life force" stripped. He soon becomes a fighter to exact revenge on Revenant, and in turn, restore his comrades lives.
Ruby is a female biker who has a fighting style similar to Paul Phoenix.
Tiger Miyagi is a kung-fu fighter from an unspecified part of Asia. His first outfit has him with plaited long black hair, while his second outfit gives him very short hair.
Yue is a female Asian fighter who practices generic martial arts. She heavily resembles Pai Chan.
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.
The father of Asuka Kazama 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, traveled through Japan to find the God Fist scroll, destroying many dojo along the way. The Kazama's dojo was one of his targets, as Feng easily defeated Asuka's father and his students, before destroying their dojo. This incident caused Asuka to participate in the fifth tournament to take revenge on 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.
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 revives the deceased Bryan Fury by reanimating him into a cyborg. Abel sent Bryan to Tournament 3 to collect mechanical data from Bosconovitch for his plans to build a cyborg army. After the tournament, Abel abandoned Bryan and attempted to kill the G Corporation's scientist Jane when she tried to break into the Mishima Zaibatsu's labs. However, Gun Jack shielded her from his attacks, thus destroying him instead. Later, Bryan was in a state of despair when his life was expiring. At the end of Tournament 4, Bryan found Abel and punched him across the room. It is unknown whether he survives the attack or not.
- 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 was 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.
Hawk, Falcon, and Owl
Hawk, Falcon and Owl are codenames assigned for the lowest ranking members of the Tekken Force. They appear as enemies in the Tekken Force mini-game in both Tekken 3. In Tekken 3 you can play it with a cheat.
- Voiced by: Eri Sendai (Tekken: The Motion Picture (Japanese)), Rumiko Varnes (TK5), Erin Fitzgerald (TK6), Jessica Schwartz (Tekken: The Motion Picture (English))
Jane (ジェーン, Jēn) is a scientist working for G Corporation. As a child, she was orphaned in the war zone and was left in the care of Jack-2, who defied his orders to raise her. However, he was eventually destroyed by an explosion, and Jane, then a scientist, determined to rebuild her friend. Nineteen years later, she developed Gun Jack and sent him to the third tournament to retrieve Jack-2's memories. The two managed to break the Mishima Zaibatsu's labs, but were attacked by Dr. Abel, who destroyed Gun Jack when he attempted to protect Jane. Two years later, Jane helped the construction of hundreds of Jack-4 robots with the intention of assassinating Kazuya Mishima, which she did not involved and spared by Kazuya for his use. Subsequently, she developed an upgrade to Jack-4 called Jack-5, whom she sent to participate in the fifth tournament for testing. At the end of the tournament, Jane managed to retrieve the fight data to complete the model. However, when she heard that the Mishima Zaibatsu was building NANCY-MI847J, a complex robot designed for warfare, she built an upgraded Jack model, Jack-6, to counter the robot.
Jane later led a development team to create another upgraded model, Jack-7. Another research team within the company created a bio-enhanced super human, Gigas, whom some saw as more than capable of replacing the Jack series as G Corporation's premier weapon. Both teams decided to enter their weapons in the seventh tournament to determine which one is the best.
- Voiced by: Josh Keller
The Journalist is the narrator of the Tekken 7 story mode. An unnamed journalist, who lost his family and home during the war between Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation researches the Mishima Clan during the events of King of Iron Fist Tournament 7. He is currently living in a small hotel afterwards, with some of his acquaintances manage to find the darker secrets within G Corp's schematics without being spotted by their watch. Seeking to know the answers behind this endless Mishima conflict war, the journalist went to the library to know more about, starting from Jinpachi Mishima's coup against his greedy son Heihachi Mishima, in the same year after Heihachi killed his wife Kazumi Mishima née Hachijo, then throws a young vengeful Kazuya Mishima off the cliff, which he managed to survive. He is later recruited by Lee Chaolan to join Lars Alexandersson' rebel squad, with the journalist's help, they will find out the answers behind this endless war.
He harbors hatred towards Jin Kazama, who had started the global war. The Journalist was even prepared to kill Jin, but agreed to let him live on the request of Lars, so he could stop the war for some good reason. On the next day, he, Lars, Lee and Alisa Bosconovitch are watching Kazuya's devil form being broadcast live while fighting Akuma at G Corporation's Rooftop by Heihachi, shortly before Heihachi recently activate Doctor Abel's death ray on the said building Kazuya and Akuma fought, presumably kills them, with the public began to turn down their trust towards G Corp, but unaware that Kazuya and Akuma survived the blast.
After Kazuya destroys Doctor Abel's death ray, with the public regain their trust towards G Corp and redeeming the Zaibatsu as the villain once again, he seeks to interview with Heihachi, and is scheduled to meet him at the secret location on the small hut, as Heihachi finally reveals to the journalist about the dark secrets of the Mishima Family and how he killed his wife, Kazumi, especially the origin of the Devil Gene, which Kazuya, and even Jin inherited from her. After the interview, he was taken away by two of his Tekken Force to get him out of the hut and being picked up by Lars soon after. He remains with Lars, Alisa and Lee at another branch of Violet Systems to watch the final battle between Heihachi and his son, Kazuya Mishima at the volcanic pit.
The journalist is last seen typing about the confrontation between both a father and a son before he turns off the lantern once he's done typing his report to end the Story Mode and the credits will roll.
He hopes that the information will be able to reveal the truth, though at a more peaceful time instead.
Legendary Capoeira Master
The Legendary Capoeira Master is the grandfather of Christie Monteiro and the mentor of Eddy Gordo. Before the events of Tekken 3, Eddy willingly imprisoned himself after he was framed by Kazuya for the murder of his parents, where he shared his cell with the Master. He taught Eddy the art of Capoeira during their incarceration. After Eddy was released, the Legendary Capoeira Master (who still had to serve two more years in prison) left a message for him to meet and teach his granddaughter, Christie, Capoeira. He was eventually released two years later, but had become a frail old man. When taken to medical exam, the doctor told Christie and Eddy that he was suffering from a normally incurable sickness that gave him only six months of life expectancy, but also told that a cure could be found with the technology of Mishima Zaibatsu. Thus, his cure became Christie and Eddy's primary reasons for entering the fifth tournament. At the end, neither Christie nor Eddy were able to win, and Eddy, in desperation, took his master to Japan while he joined the Mishima Zaibatsu's ranks with the promise from its leader, Jin Kazama, that he would help him curing his master. Although Jin really did keep Eddy's promise, it turns out not even Mishima Zaibatsu's technology can save the Legendary Capoeira Master, thus without any other option to let the old master dies at the end of the tournament for Eddy and Christie to move on their life, with Eddy angrily leaving his ranks after his many efforts ended all for nothing, now solely remain targeting Kazuya.
- 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 died sometime after the events of the first Tekken, which further strengthened the rivalry between his children, even after he left his final wish that the two would reconcile. His cause of death is unknown, although in the non-canon OVA Tekken: The Motion Picture, Nina accused Anna of being 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 (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 was 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 lured 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. In the character poll, Shin ranked third, above the Zombie Bride and below Eliza and Sexy Female Tekken Force.
- 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.
Unused characters refer to characters who were once planned to appear in the series as playable fighters, but never made it past the conceptual stages.
Average "Run-of-the-mill" Old Man
Ganmi-chan (巌美ちゃん) was to be a teenage female Sumo wrestler who idolized Ganryu. She was proposed for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but was discarded in fears that she would overshadow the somewhat-unpopular Ganryu. A character sketch was completed several years ago, and the result was of a "cute anime girl", like those found in The Idolmaster. The sketch was later revealed by series producer Katsuhiro Harada on his Twitter account, in which he stated that if the tweet is retweeted 1000 times, he would convince the staff to attempt her design as a real character.
Giant Praying Mantis
During development of Tekken 3, a game bug caused the joints of a character to move backwards, making the character model deformed and appear like a mutated praying mantis. It inspired the team to make a giant praying mantis creature as a fighter, but by then it was too late to start work on him. Unused data within the Tekken 3 arcade machine shows evidence of him being planned for the game.
Sexy Tekken Force Member
A female Tekken Force member described as "gorgeous" and "sexy". The original concept was proposed for Tekken 5, but her costume was too revealing (the armor being very bikini-like) and the concept was scrapped for fears the rating would increase. The concept resurfaced for Tekken 6, but again went unused. Many different martial arts for her were proposed, including Silat, Krav Maga, Savate, Taekkyon, Systema, and Escrima. In the results of the character poll to determine the new character for Tekken Revolution, she ranked in second place, just below Eliza (who was then known as "Female Vampire").
A salmon out of water. Originally planned for Tekken 3, punch buttons would cause the Salmon to flop around, and the kick buttons would make it release eggs. However, given that the original arcade game charged 100 yen (US$1) to play, playing as a joke character that would inevitably lose would've caused some backlash. Like the praying mantis, leftover data can be found within the Tekken 3 game files. Hacking the game also allows you to play as "Syake", but it is simply Yoshimitsu with Jin Kazama's moves.
Taekwondo Girl was a female Taekwondo fighter who bore a resemblance to Hwoarang, and was scheduled to appear in Tekken Mobile in a new update. However, due to the game being cancelled, she remains an unused character. Fans gave her the name Shuwawei, but is not an official name.
Wild Card is an irregular character appearing only in the arcade version of Tekken. It is essentially the game's "random select" (that picks out different fighters by random to display for the game's demo attraction), but hacking the game reveals it is a standalone character. Playing as Wild Card simply chooses Kazuya Mishima and gives him Yoshimitsu's moves.
A zombie bride in a wedding dress. The idea first came up around Tekken 3 as the first zombie in a fighting 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 was considered too difficult to create, the idea was scrapped. Zombie Bride ranked fourth in the character poll to determine the new character for Tekken Revolution, just below Shin Kamiya.
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