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Jun Kazama - Japan
Fighting Style: Kazama-style Martial Arts
Appears in: 2, Tag, Tag 2, Revolution
An Animal Protection Officer for a group known as W.C.C.C., as well as The Chosen One. Raised among nature on a family line with powerful spiritual powers, she's the only one who notices Kazuya being controlled by mystical forces. While officially entering the tournament to arrest him for smuggling endangered animals, she's secretly wishing to release him. At the end, however, they end up getting together and she leaves pregnant with Kazuya's son. After fending off Devil from possessing her unborn child, she refuges herself and raises Jin alone 15 years, after which she's attacked by Ogre, and presumably killed by him.
Word of God, however, clarifies her status as "missing"/"in hiding".
Tropes associated with Jun:
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Not so much in 2 as in her Tag appearances. The Scenario Campaign prologue series recap in 6 also implies that Jun's aura of mystery is partly what drew Kazuya to her.
- Animal Motif: She has ravens and crows on her TTT2 1P costume. Both are usually birds of death. And considering who her alter ego is...
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: How the games treat her disappearance\supposed death. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 treats her as some form of mystical energy being. See her ending (and Jin's).
- Badass: Let's see...
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Pacifist
- Pregnant Badass: She kicks Devil's ass to save the life of her unborn son.
- Took a Level in Badass: In her first appearance she was certainly effective, however when the story was expanded for home consoles it turned out she was somehow important to the story, being linked to Angel. Tekken 3 made her beating Devil official, and her son Jin became The Hero. Then it turns out she's Unknown, was the Final Boss, and in the latest game which has most of the end game bosses in the series she is regarded as better than all of them, beating out Heihachi, Kazuya, Angel, Ogre, and Jinpachi.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her 1P outfit in 2 and Tag 1, surprisingly. Not so in Tekken Tag 2, except for her bonus swimsuit.
- Beach Episode: The Tekken 2 game manual depicts this. See Nice Hat below.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Apart from the fact she is an absolute beast of a fighter and her Mama Bear qualities, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has her shaping up to be this. Her character redesign is darker. She reacts to Lili spying on her by telekenetically shattering her binoculars. And she is the final boss of the game; beat her in the first round and she turns into Unknown.
- The Bus Came Back: Non-canon as it is, the February 2011 trailer for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 shows what appears to be Jun. Upon first impression, Jun seems to have taken a turn into darker territory. Her return is being handled in a similar way as when Kazuya reentered the series with the original Tekken Tag. Hopefully, this heralds her return to the series canon in 7, as Kazuya was revived in 4 after his reappearance in Tag 1.
- Characterisation Marches On: Initially Jun was portrayed as the purest of pure. However as the series progressed her mysteriousness was played up and she had become more aloof... to the point that she accepts the fact that she is Unknown. Like Mother, Like Son?
- The Chosen One: Jun is specifically given this title among her family. Her abilities were considered special among the Kazama, and (unlike Asuka) she is fully aware of them and adept at using them.
- Confusion Fu: Her TTT2 movelist now has a lot more mixups and alternate stances, including one ("Izumo") which hits the opponent and can be initiated from a large majority of her moves, making her one of the most deceptive opponents in the entire game.
- Counter Attack: A very big part of what makes her such an aggravating Final Boss in TTT2.
- Creepy Crows: On her trousers; one of many indicators of Jun's much darker characterization in Tag 2.
- Darker and Edgier: Where her design for TTT2 seems to be going. Recently revealed to have been taken to its logical conclusion, with the reveal of "Junknown". Now, one must consider that this may allow Jun to return to the canon games (probably starting with Tekken 7, since Kazuya returned to the series in Tekken 4, the game succeeding the first Tag Tournament).
- Defeating Ogre in Arcade mode shows a cutscene where he — who went after Jin and attacked and supposedly killed Jun — gets blinded by a flash of light before the boss battle against Jun, and when she appears she's wearing a really dark and angry scowl. Beat her and purple ooze covers her body, then she becomes Unknown and looks up with a slight smirk. The intro also has Lili spying on her, to which she reacts violently.
- Careful Jun, that quote at the top of the page makes you sound like Mishima. Another has her commenting, "So you survive"note , like she's upset you did. Somebody call an exorcist.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Yeah, she did at least once.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Due to Asuka inheriting her old Tekken 2/Tag movelist, most of her abilities were revised for TTT2.
- Fanservice: Aside from the image in the Nice Hat entry below, one of her character panels in TTT2 shows her without pants.◊ And here's the 3D version.
- Final Boss: In Tag 2. Defeat her once and she bathes her peaceful garden in black goop and turns into Unknown to finish the battle.
- Fingerless Gloves: In some P2 outfits.
- Foil: Obviously to her alter ego, Unknown. But also to Asuka. While Asuka is the aggressive type, she has the traditional Aikido stance. Jun, on the other hand, is a Martial Pacifist, and her fighting stance is a hell of a lot more aggressive than Asuka's. And this doesn't get into moveset divergence.
- Friend to All Living Things: Best seen in her ending in 2. She's even a member of the WWWC, a wildlife protection organization.
- Good Is Not Soft: Portrayed as the very definition of pure. Threaten her son however and she will kill you, or kill herself trying to kill you. Those moves aren't just for show. Best her in any one round of the final fight of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and she'll go One-Winged Angel.
- Good Is Not Nice: The animated film portrayed her as something of a grump, wanting to help others but coming across as not being good with people. This also seems to be the case in Tag 2, though how much of it is true in-canon remains to be seen.
- Hair Decorations: The most iconic part of her appearance is her headband. Without it, she'd look like Unknown.
- The Hero: Officially this for Tekken 2, beating Devil and all.
- Heroic Sacrifice: It's believed that she enacted one of the You Shall Not Pass variety against Ogre, but nothing has yet to be confirmed.
- Horrible Judge of Character/No Accounting for Taste: She felt attracted to Kazuya because of the darkness in him. Maybe she wanted to help him, but there's strike one. Jun then tells Jin, her son, that if anything happens to her to find Heihachi, so there's strike two. The second Tag game is (presumably) current and up to date storyline despite being non-canonical. One of Jun's Tag endings shows she still holds a candle for Kazuya even given what a bastard he's been (and when a positive Tag ending is tried with him he ignores her and in his final ending after beating her/Unknown he flat out absorbs her without even any tinge of remorse (not even Mad Love) and follows up with an Evil Laugh), strike three. She needs much better taste in men.
- Harada said that this is because Jun wants to save Kazuya from the darkness within him, regardless of how many times she failed, and even that still lingers after her 'death'.
- Hot Scoop: In The Movie.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Oh, so very much. Until she's made into Unknown, anyway.
- Even this is debatable, though; Unknown is shown as a Good Is Not Nice at worst, her ending is breaking free of the Wolf ghost and another ending has her saving Jin from Ogre.
- Killed Off for Real: Possibly. According to 6, she was indeed murdered by Ogre. However, considering that this was told from Jin's perspective (he assumed that she's dead), this is debatable. Director Katsuhiro Harada says that the only characters that were absolutely confirmed to have kicked the bucket were King I and Armor King I. It doesn't help that there are still all of those Jun=Unknown fan theories... However, the latter is not just a theory anymore, according to the new Tag game.
- Lady of War: She fights with an Aikido-like mixed style and continues to retain an air of grace in her fighting. A way to contrast with Asuka.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Her custom team with Unknown is CounterLady. Jun (well, as played by the AI at least) is an utterly mad counterattack expert.
- Mama Bear: She fought off/was murdered by Ogre, turned into Unknown, and then goes on to fight Ogre again to save Jin's life.
- Canonically speaking, her run-ins with Devil and Ogre qualify.
- Meaningful Name: One of the many meanings of the name Jun is "pure". Jun is able to quell the presence of malevolent entities and is a peace-loving woman.
- Missing Mom: To Jin.
- Mixed Martial Arts: Kazama-ryu/Kazama Style Traditional Martial Arts incorporates traditional Japanese martial arts such as Aiki-Jujitsu or Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu (primarily), Aikido, Judo, and Karate. Her armbar mirrors the type common in MMA (her approach to this, from a standing position, is unconventional to say the least, but actually not unseen there) and her German suplex is traditionally a wrestling move. For bonus points characters can run in, tackle an opponent to the ground then mount them for the signature UFC "ground 'n pound". Some female characters slap doing this move, our Jun throws proper punches. However, in Tag 2, she throws palm strikes/slaps while mounting an opponent, and she lost her German suplex in favor of more traditional Japanese martial arts.
- Morality Pet: A vision of Jun (or possibly her soul) is what prevents Jin from killing Heihachi in 4. Jin even says so himself. Bless your lucky stars, Heihachi...
- In The Movie, she plays this role to Kazuya.
- Nature Hero: She works as a part of a wildlife protection organization. This is mixed in with Jun's status (among her family) as The Chosen One.
- Nice Hat: This piece of official artwork was used for the second game.◊
- Not Good with People: Most characters in Tag 2 have someone they get along well with. Not Jun. She's distant and aloof with everyone. The animated film backs this up where she tries to do the right thing and help others but friendliness is a concept lost on her.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Fighting off Devil and Ogre. Without these actions, Jin would not be alive.
- Older Than She Looks: In Tag and Tag 2, in which she appears no older than she does in Tekken 2. It's not noticeable in Tag since the rest of the Tekken 2 cast also do not change, but becomes glaring in Tag 2 (in which the others do age up), thus having the side effect of making her look younger than her son, Jin, whom she had when she was 22. Justified, since the game is non-canonical and all characters appear in their latest canonical appearance.
- Out-of-Character Moment: In Lars's ending in Tag 2 he dreams of having dinner with Jun. And Asuka. And Heihachi, Kazuya and Jin. Her serious demeanor drops, she enthusiastically serves dinner for the entire family and they are all rather funny. Alas it's All Just a Dream. Considering that by default, Jun is already bonafide Lady of War, whose only chink in her otherwise impeccable niceness is that Good Is Not Soft. And since Lars's dream is more or less making things Lighter and Softer... that's still in character for Jun, whereas she could afford in being nice and soft. So it becomes a question of whether her aloofness or becoming less serious is OOC for her.
- Parasol Parachute: Her TTT2 item move allows her to glide into the stage using an umbrella a la Mary Poppins. Unfortunately, she's also vulnerable the whole time, which is why she usually glides towards her opponent's back.
- Religious Bruiser: She was portrayed as The Lancer to Angel, and they share the same ending in the first Tag game where they heal Jin and Kazuya.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: One of her throws is called Tsukuyomi (The Shinto goddess of the moon).
- She's Got Legs
- SNK Boss: She knows the moves and tactics you use, and she has higher defense than even Unknown. Tie in fast, tricky high/low attacks and juggles and SHE. WILL. HURT. YOU.
- Spirit Advisor: Her father actually appeared to her in ghost form, which helped her retrain her spiritual awareness and powers after living on the city for a long time.
- It's assumed that Jun acts as this for her son. This is strongly hinted at in Jin's Tekken 4 ending where she stops him from killing Heihachi. Also reprised in Devil Jin's TTT2 ending.
- Statuesque Stunner: Like Kunimitsu, she skirts the line at 5'7", which is impressive compared to the other Tekken girls, but if you take into account she's also Japanese this makes her almost an Amazonian Beauty. In gameplay, however, she appears taller than Kunimitsu, if only because Kunimitsu's fighting stance is quite low.
- Strong Family Resemblance: In reverse. Originally, her son Jin resembled Kazuya moreso than her (not to a considerable degree, but there were some who mistook Jin for a teenaged Kazuya). As of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Jun's facial features look closer to that of Jin's.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Unknown.
- Talking to Herself: Both Jun and Kunimitsu in 2 were voiced by seiyuu Shiho Kikuchi. You might recognize her as Whip, Ayamo Nakamura, Hilary/Hikari Tachibana, and Miharu Tatebayashi.
- Technical Pacifist: Jun might like to avoid violence, but if she can't she's a serious Mixed Martial Arts practitioner, one of the best fighters of the series, hero of the second game and taught her son well enough to become the main character of the series.
- The Spartan Way: How she trained her son in the movie.
- Woman in White: Not entirely, but her clothing is predominately light-colored. Most of the artwork from TTT does depict Jun clad in an elegant white dress... which has become an Ascended Meme. Her customization in Tag 2 is the famous white dress.
- Wrestler in All of Us: We can accept Kazama style self defense martial arts incorporating wrestling/MMA-style arm bars, but Chris Benoit's german suplexes? Only in 2 and Tag 1, though; Jun seems to have lost those moves in Tag 2.
- Fridge Brilliance kicks in when, yes, this is a legitimate mixed martial arts move.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Some artwork◊ paints her in this light.
Lei Wulong - Hong Kong
Fighting Style: Five-Form Animal Kung Fu and Drunken Boxing
Appears in: 2, 3, Tag, 4, 5/Dark Resurrection, 6/Bloodline Rebellion, Tag 2
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (2), Hiroya Ishimaru (3-5), David Jeremiah (6-current), Tomokazu Seki (Tekken: The Motion Picture)
The man called "supercop" from Hong Kong, famous of taking down many criminals. Lei at first investigates the Zaibatsu to check the crimes of Kazuya. He continues to do so on the Zaibatsu years later in the 3rd tournament. In the 4th tournament, however, Lei got hammered with misfortunes where his girlfriend dumped him for being too Workaholic and his career plummeted. He got back on track by foiling the plan of a syndicate that planned to kill Steve Fox. Later, he investigates the issue about Feng Wei alongside Asuka Kazama, but doesn't produce good results. But before he can rest, he then starts another job: arresting Jin Kazama.
Oh, and by the way, he looks like Jackie Chan too. Not coincidentally, Hiroya Ishimaru is also the voice actor for Jackie Chan in the Japanese dubs of his movies.
Tropes associated with Lei:
- Awesome McCool Name: It translates to "Thundering Martial Arts Dragon".
- Badass Back: It takes skill to produce an entire moveset around this.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Though comparing his T5 and TTT2 endings suggest he fights a bit differently when on the job and when sparring for fun.
- The Cameo: Lei makes a very brief cameo in Blood Vengeance, and even then he is unseen. His cameo is a brief text message sent to Xiaoyu and Alisa confirming that Heihachi is still alive. A small picture of him displayed in the message is the closest thing he is to being seen in the movie.
- Confusion Fu: He has several different stances, plus a variety of moves that can be used from the ground or while facing the other direction.
- Difficult but Awesome: Lei's stances are tough to master and need to be weaved in and out of combos to make the most of their effectiveness, but he's hard to predict if you learn them well.
- Drunken Master: One of his fighting stances.
- Expy: Of Jackie Chan.
- Faking the Dead: Played with. One of moves is called Play Dead and involves him lying down on the floor. From 6 onward, however, he's a lot less subtle about it; whereas in the earlier games, he lies flat on his back, in the later games, he's in a more relaxed and taunting pose. And since it's now considered a taunt instead of him being in a downed state, characters with stomps can no longer do those moves to him while he's in said pose.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Homage: His Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ending pays homage to Game of Death. Also serves as What Could Have Been a dream match between Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Steve, Wang and Asuka. In Tekken: Blood Vengeance he's also on texting basis with Xiao, though they might just be acquaintances, since she is related to Wang.
- Jackie Chan Clone: And he pulls it off SO nicely...
- Meaningful Name: Maybe not intentional, but Lei is Portuguese for "Law". He's a cop, so, do the math.
- Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: His Tekken 5 story begins with hunting down a notorious dojo destroyer (Feng Wei) and ends with arresting/killing a Humanoid Abomination threatening to destroy the world (Jinpachi).
- Miranda Rights: One of his intro quotes in TTT2.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Since 5, his work uniform is now pink.
- Stance System: Well, he's not a master of Five Form Kung Fu because he only knows four moves, now is he?
- To elaborate, as of TTT2, Lei has no less than 8 different stances he can launch attacks from.
- So how can he be the master of Five-Form Kung Fu if he has eight stances?
- Super Cop: Of the Badass Normal variety. It's also a nod to the subtitle of Police Story III by... you guessed it.
- In-Series Nickname: It's actually "Super Cop/Police".
- Surprisingly Good English: In gameplay, Lei uses a Cantonese accent. However, his interludes and ending in 5 have Hiroya Ishimaru speak with a perfectly clear Hong Kong English accent.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Only in Tekken 4, of the unbuttoned shirt variety. While other games in the series feature him with a nicely-worn blue shirt (as shown in the page image), his Tekken 4 P1 costume instead has him wear it fully unbuttoned. Then again, most of the male characters in that game suddenly seem to forget how to button their shirts, if they don't ditch them completely.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Ax-Crazy cyborg? International dojo destroyer? Demonically possessed old man? Warmongering dictator? "I'm placing you under arrest." The people being referred to above are Bryan, Feng, Jinpachi and Jin, by the way.
- Workaholic: His problem in Tekken 4.
Baek Doo San - South Korea
- Face me.
Fighting Style: Tae Kwon Do
Appears in: 2, Tag, 5/Dark Resurrection, 6/Bloodline Rebellion, Tag 2
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa (2, Tag), Sang Hyun Uhm (5), Byeong Hwa Yun (6-current), Lowell B. Bartholomee (ENG, Tekken: The Motion Picture)
Poor Baek went through the unenviable experience of killing his alcoholic father in a training accident. He was only able to lift his despondency by challenging various dojos. Just before Tekken 2, the situation got worse. A rival of Marshall Law had somehow found out about Baek's tragedy, and threatened to go public with it unless he ransacked Law's dojo, hence setting up their rivalry. After the fight was over, Baek, having come to terms with himself and regained some semblance of sanity, returned home to Seoul, where he spent most of the next two decades training youngsters (of which Hwoarang is the only named so far). He was assumed to be killed by Ogre, but was only put into a coma, which he later woke up from.
Tropes associated with Baek:
- Badass in a Nice Suit: If not in his taekwondo dobok.
- Berserk Button: It is stated he becomes crazy upon seeing blood, after the trauma of having killed his father.
- Convenient Coma: As of 3, Ogre possessing a character's moves generally implied said character's death by his hand. Upon their respective returns to the canon, however, their disappearances are handwaved. In Baek's case, he was rendered comatose by Ogre before his return in 5.
- Cool Old Guy: Well, not that old; see Younger Than They Look below.
- Extremity Extremist: Slightly averted, as he does use punches.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Not him, but his father. Baek's father was originally a Taekwondo competitor, until he suffered an injury that ended that career. The resultant despondency was what lead to him becoming a drunkard, a general Mr. Nasty, and... you know the rest.
- La Résistance: In 6.
- Meaningful Name: Named after a mountain straddling the North Korea-China border. His name also roughly translates to "White Headed Mountain".
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Subverted in regards to Hwoarang, inverted in regards to his father. Played straight in his 6 ending, however.
- Missing Mom: Baek's mother actually abandoned the family after his father got drunk and incarcerated, and the family plunged into poverty.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In his 2 ending, Baek sees a picture of his father and fondly remembers the time they spent together. This shocks him out of his semi-Unstoppable Rage and causes a "for-the-best" change in his characterization. Revisited in TTT2.
- Not Quite Dead: As of 5. If his ending in 6 is canon, however, then he's probably been Killed Off for Real. Poor, poor Hwoarang.
- Papa Wolf: The fact that he's willing to defend Hwoarang from Azazel indicates that you probably shouldn't mess with him.
- Parental Substitute: He was raised by the policemen who found him after his father's death. In turn, he seems to function as this towards Hwoarang, since there are no hints of the latter having any other family members.
- Perma Stubble: From 5 onward.
- Self-Made Orphan: Of the utterly unintentional edition.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Seriously, he can school your ass dressed in a suit and a Nice Hat.
- Stern Teacher: If Hwoarang's reactions are anything to go by. He instinctively braces himself whenever Baek calls on him, and apparently making him do 1,000 pushups is just warm-up!
- Student and Master Team: Him and Hwoarang starting in 5.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Up to Tag, he wears as alternate outfit a vest that is completely unbuttoned, thus exposing his torso. Since 5, it's been replaced with a fancy dress suit.
- Younger Than They Look: 48 years of age in 5 and 6? From his hair, you'd think he was in his mid-50s... At least, it's a nice contrast to the other series veterans who are Older Than They Look.
Bruce Irvin - United States
- I'm your worst nightmare.
Fighting Style: Muay Thai Kickboxing
Appears in: 2, Tag, 5/Dark Resurrection, 6/Bloodline Rebellion, Tag 2
Voiced by: Crispin Freeman (5, Cutscenes), ??? (5-current, Battle Voice), ??? (6-current, Cutscenes)
Kickboxer with a bad childhood. Early on, he decided to make a name for himself after growing up alone, so he got better at doing the only thing he was good at — fighting — and scrounged up enough to go to a fighting tournament in Thailand a bit before Tekken 2. His skill proved to be enough to win, but he beat the favorite for the tournament so badly that a mafia group put a contract out on his head. The hitman who was sent to kill him, as well as a Hong Kong policeman (who ends up having been Lei Wulong's partner) end up bringing the plane home down, and Bruce ends up surviving. Kazuya's men, who had presumably been following the tournament Bruce was in, found him where the plane had crashed and employed him in the Zaibatsu's private army.
After Kazuya's defeat he leaves Japan and travels the world as a mercenary, and once he learns Kazuya's alive he goes back to Japan for Tekken 5. When Kazuya drops out of the tournament he offers Bruce the position of his captain, this time with G-Corp, and Bruce agrees.
Tropes associated with Bruce:
- Bald Black Leader Guy: He's almost completely bald, and he's the leader of Kazuya's forces.
- Black Best Friend: It's funny how Kazuya specifically sought him out both times. They even have a special Tag throw in TTT2, where Bruce knees his opponent's chest, launching them straight towards Kazuya, who then knees the back of the opponent's head and kicks them down to the floor.
- Crispin Freeman: His voice actor in 5.
- The Dragon: To Kazuya.
- Delinquent Hair: A mohawk.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Tekken 6 Scenario Campaign dialogues make this clear.
- Friend to All Children: Several of his endings depict him this way.
- I'm Your Worst Nightmare: So he's been saying, as of 5.
- No Party Like a Donner Party: How he survives the plane crash before Kazuya's forces find him.
- Older Than He Looks: He's 54 as of Tekken 6. He looks like he's in his mid-thirties at the very most.
- Pet the Dog: His ending in 5, where he thrashes a trio of punks that just beat up a kid, messed up his punching bag, and stole his boxing gloves. He promptly returns the gloves to the kid, smiles, and says, "Keep it up, kid."
- His Tekken 2 ending also counts, as he's giving a kid who watched his kickboxing training a thumbs up. Essentially, Bruce is a pretty nice guy, especially to kids, if you disregard he's working for Kazuya.
- His ending to Tag 2 also has him rescue a baby bird from being run over by a car... though the car does explode in the process.
- Scary Black Man
- Throwing the Fight: He refused to do this before the events of 2. The bettors didn't exactly take it well...
- Token Minority: He was the only black guy in the series until Eddy came along in the next game, and then later Raven. A partially justified trope in that Japan does not have a very big black population (they were never involved in the slave trade or colonisation), so it may not have even occurred to the makers to include one until the second game.
- Also, Armor King appears to be black but is canonically a tanned Mexican.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Though only in gameplay (and artworks for that matter). Otherwise, he's covered up, usually with a tank top, be it in cutscenes, openings, and ending movies.
Roger Family (& Alex)
Fighting Style: Commando-style Wrestling and animal techniques
Appears in: 2, Tag, 5/Dark Resurrection, 6/Bloodline Rebellion, Tag 2
Kazuya makes off with Dr. Boskonovitch after taking over the Mishima Zaibatsu. The goal: good old-fashioned genetic engineering to make vicious killer animals. He partially succeeds: the animals are intelligent enough to be trained. They just don't get really vicious.
The first one was Roger, a kangaroo. With boxing gloves, of course. Trying for more vicious, he starts following the Jurassic Park route and comes up with Alex. Between the two of them, he got barely enough bloodthirstiness to swat a fly. It is said, however, that once Alex reaches maturity he'd become real dangerous. If it will ever happen, however, is rather unlikely.
They enter the 2nd tournament, but anything they do there is largely unknown. Roger had a wife back then, and he became a father during his participation. Afterward, he left with his family to live in peace.
Years after, someone knew about where they lived, because Roger gets kidnapped shortly before the fifth tournament. Worried about him, his wife and son (Roger Jr.) enter the fifth tournament and find him. Things don't go well afterward.
Tropes associated with Roger and Alex:
- Action Mom: Roger Jr.'s mother, who actually drags her son with her into the ring.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: Roger Sr. winds up this way in Roger Jr.'s endings. He needs to learn how to not incense his family...
- Badass Adorable: Roger Jr.
- Badass Family: Consisting of boxing kangaroos.
- Big Eater: Alex, apparently.
- Boxing Kangaroo: Parodied with Alex. He's a boxing utahraptor.
- Butt Monkey: Alex, despite returning in Tag 2, immediately proves himself to be even below Roger Jr., as an attempt to eat him ends with Roger Jr. utterly kicking his ass and used him as a transportation vehicle to find his mother.
- And considering the implications of Mrs. Roger hooking up with Alex, this just adds up to Roger Sr.'s Butt Monkey quality.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After Roger Jr. beats up Alex, the latter carries him to his mother and becomes more than content with playing with Roger Jr. than attempting to eat him like before.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Alex has a few moves of his own as of Tag 2, though he and Roger Jr. still largely share the same moveset.
- Happily Married: Until 6, where Roger Sr.'s wife divorces him.
- It doesn't stop Roger Sr. from trying to set a good example for his son, though.
- And in Tag 2, she hooks up with Alex! And yet Roger Jr.'s ending implies that she still holds a candle for Roger Sr., though.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Legacy Character: Roger Jr. (technically, Mrs. Roger carrying Jr. in her pouch) fights in his father's place starting in 5.
- Older Than They Look: Keep in mind that Roger Sr. is running around in Tekken 2, which takes place a good bit before Jin Kazama is even BORN, and yet he's still alive and kicking in Tekken 6, which must take place at least 25 years later. Shouldn't Roger Sr. logically be DEAD by now?
- It makes sense if you consider that they are genetically engineered - and thus were done to be as old as humans.
- Palette Swap: On the select screen for Tekken 2 and Tag 1, they share the same square—Roger is the Player 1 "costume", Alex is Player 2.
- No longer applicable in Tag 2, as Alex has a few unique moves and can be customized separately.
- Put on a Bus: Judging by Roger's ending, Roger and Alex (or at least just Roger) are moved to the Australian Outback sometime after the events of Tekken 2, possibly by Jun (the ending is a documentary produced by WWWC). Whereas Roger Sr. has shown up in later games in his son (and wife)'s ending, Alex seems to have fallen off of the face of the earth.
- Red Boxing Gloves : Though Alex's are blue, and Jr.'s are yellow.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Again, Roger Jr.
- Rock-Paper-Scissors: Yoshimitsu forces Roger or Alex to play it in their TTT ending. The boxing gloves force them to pick rock each time, which Yoshi exploits.
- Send in the Clones: Of Armor King mostly. A persistent justification seems to be that Armor King trained them.
- Shout-Out: Alex's DNA was taken from insects trapped in amber.
- The Unintelligible: Like every other animal (and the Kings).
- Wrestler in All of Us: Notable in that the boxing gloves they wear don't seem to hinder their ability to piledrive, suplex, or powerbomb their opponents.