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* BadassBiker: Paul, Jin, Hwoarang, and Nina.


** The third has Eddy (against Mishima Zaibatsu), and Hwoarang and Jin (against Ogre).

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** The third has Eddy (against Mishima Zaibatsu), and the trio of King, Hwoarang and Jin (against Ogre).



** The sixth has Anna (against Nina), Armor King (against Marduk), Leo (against Kazuya), and Miguel (against Jin)
** The seventh currently has Eddy (against Kazuya) and Miguel (against Jin).

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** The sixth has Anna (against Nina), Armor King (against Marduk), Leo (against Kazuya), and Miguel (against Jin)
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** The seventh currently has Eddy (against Kazuya) Kazuya), Lili (against Asuka) and Miguel (against Jin).



* TheRival: Hwoarang to Jin, Lili to Asuka, Kuma to Paul, Lee to Kazuya, King and Marduk, the members of the Mishima family to each other, Nina to Anna. The PlayerCharacter[=/=]sub-boss pairings of the earlier installments used to indicate this, but the idea was later scrapped.

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* TheRival: Hwoarang to Jin, Lili to Asuka, Kuma to Paul, Lee to Kazuya, King to both Armor King and Marduk, the members of the Mishima family to each other, Nina Anna to Anna.Nina. The PlayerCharacter[=/=]sub-boss pairings of the earlier installments used to indicate this, but the idea was later scrapped.


** Prior to the concept of the Devil Gene (which appeared for the first time in ''4''), in the very two first games, Kazuya's Devil powers were in fact the doing of Devil, who at the time was a supernatural entity independent from Kazuya (as opposed to being simply a mutated Kaz, as seen in the more recent installments). When kid Kaz was dropped into the "Precipice of Fate" by Heihachi that day, he made a literal Faustian DealWithTheDevil, in order to both survive his fall and to gain power enabling him to exact {{Revenge}} on his father. Devil gave the power to Kaz, presumably as a mutation granting him inhuman powers, by the looks of it anyway, though it was never made wholly clear if this form was [[OneWingedAngel a mutation Devil gave to Kazuya for him to use]], or simply [[DemonicPossession Devil temporally taking over Kazuya's body]] [[GrandTheftMe and using it as a medium to manifest himself physically]], but whatever the case, Kaz didn't have complete control over his Devil form/power until ''4'' when he fully "assimilated" Devil into himself upon reuniting with a captured Jin in the Hon-Maru temple. Why is Devil's existence as his own character independent from Kaz important you ask? Well, for one, because Angel's role in the story was a force opposing Devil and trying to "save Kazuya's soul" (in ''Tekken 2'', anyway). As soon as Devil ceased to exist as a standalone character, so did Angel, since her sole purpose was to be Devil's enemy, and with him gone, there was no reason for her to continue existing in the story.

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** Prior to the concept of the Devil Gene (which appeared for the first time in ''4''), in the very two first games, Kazuya's Devil powers were in fact the doing of Devil, who at the time was a supernatural entity independent from Kazuya (as opposed to being simply a mutated Kaz, as seen in the more recent installments). When kid Kaz was dropped into the "Precipice of Fate" by Heihachi that day, he made a literal Faustian DealWithTheDevil, in order to both survive his fall and to gain power enabling him to exact {{Revenge}} on his father. Devil gave the power to Kaz, presumably as a mutation granting him inhuman powers, by the looks of it anyway, though it was never made wholly clear if this form was [[OneWingedAngel a mutation Devil gave to Kazuya for him to use]], or simply [[DemonicPossession Devil temporally taking over Kazuya's body]] [[GrandTheftMe and using it as a medium to manifest himself physically]], but whatever the case, Kaz didn't have complete control over his Devil form/power until ''4'' when he fully "assimilated" Devil into himself upon reuniting with a captured Jin in the Hon-Maru temple. Why is Devil's existence as his own character independent from Kaz important you ask? Well, for one, because [[GoodAngelBadAngel Angel's role in the story was to be a force opposing Devil Devil]] and trying to "save Kazuya's soul" (in ''Tekken 2'', anyway). As soon as Devil ceased to exist as a standalone character, so did Angel, since her sole purpose was to be Devil's enemy, and with him gone, there was no reason for her to continue existing in the story.


** Prior to the concept of the Devil Gene (which appeared for the first time in ''4''), in the very two first games, Kazuya's Devil powers were in fact the doing of Devil, who at the time was a supernatural entity independent from Kazuya (as opposed to being simply a mutated Kaz, as seen in the more recent installments). When kid Kaz was dropped into the "Precipice of Fate" by Heihachi that day, he made a literal Faustian DealWithTheDevil, in order to both survive his fall and to gain power enabling him to exact {{Revenge}} on his father. Devil gave the power to Kaz, presumably as a mutation granting him inhuman powers, by the looks of it anyway, but it was never made wholly clear if this form was a mutation Devil gave to Kazuya for him to use, or simply Devil temporally taking over Kazuya's body and using it as a medium to manifest himself physically, but whatever the case, Kaz didn't have complete control over his Devil form/power until ''4'' when he fully "assimilated" Devil into himself upon reuniting with a captured Jin in the Hon-Maru temple. Why is Devil's existence as his own character independent from Kaz important you ask? Well, for one, because Angel's role in the story was a force opposing Devil and trying to "save Kazuya's soul" (in ''Tekken 2'', anyway). As soon as Devil ceased to exist as a standalone character, so did Angel, since her sole purpose was to be Devil's enemy, and with him gone, there was no reason for her to continue existing in the story.
** And the reason explaining why Heihachi dropped Kazuya off a cliff? Up to ''5'' (as seen in Xiaoyu's ending in the fifth game) it was because Hei wanted Kaz to be strong enough to inherit his own position as ruler of the Mishima Zaibatsu (which is basically a global financial empire at this point, so whoever rules it gets to be one of the most important, influential men in the world). But ''7'' establishes that [[spoiler:Hei actually wanted to ''kill'' Kazuya before he became a demonic being like his mother. Kazuya's survival was NOT part of the plan]].
** And again, Heihachi adopts Lee Chaolan as another son of his own, in order to give a rival adoptive brother to Kazuya and hope said rivalry would groom the latter into a stronger person. Or that's how it was before ''7'' anyway.

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** Prior to the concept of the Devil Gene (which appeared for the first time in ''4''), in the very two first games, Kazuya's Devil powers were in fact the doing of Devil, who at the time was a supernatural entity independent from Kazuya (as opposed to being simply a mutated Kaz, as seen in the more recent installments). When kid Kaz was dropped into the "Precipice of Fate" by Heihachi that day, he made a literal Faustian DealWithTheDevil, in order to both survive his fall and to gain power enabling him to exact {{Revenge}} on his father. Devil gave the power to Kaz, presumably as a mutation granting him inhuman powers, by the looks of it anyway, but though it was never made wholly clear if this form was [[OneWingedAngel a mutation Devil gave to Kazuya for him to use, use]], or simply [[DemonicPossession Devil temporally taking over Kazuya's body body]] [[GrandTheftMe and using it as a medium to manifest himself physically, physically]], but whatever the case, Kaz didn't have complete control over his Devil form/power until ''4'' when he fully "assimilated" Devil into himself upon reuniting with a captured Jin in the Hon-Maru temple. Why is Devil's existence as his own character independent from Kaz important you ask? Well, for one, because Angel's role in the story was a force opposing Devil and trying to "save Kazuya's soul" (in ''Tekken 2'', anyway). As soon as Devil ceased to exist as a standalone character, so did Angel, since her sole purpose was to be Devil's enemy, and with him gone, there was no reason for her to continue existing in the story.
** And the reason explaining why Heihachi dropped Kazuya off a cliff? cliff in the first place? Up to ''5'' (as seen in Xiaoyu's ending in the fifth game) game, and in other media such as the OVA) it was because [[SocialDarwinist Hei wanted Kaz to be strong strong]] enough to inherit his own position as ruler of the Mishima Zaibatsu (which is basically a global financial empire at this point, so whoever rules it gets to be one of the most important, influential men in the world). But ''7'' establishes that [[spoiler:Hei actually wanted to ''kill'' Kazuya before he became a demonic being like his mother. Kazuya's survival was NOT part of the plan]].
** And again, Heihachi adopts Lee Chaolan as another son of his own, in order to give a rival adoptive brother to Kazuya and hope said rivalry would groom the latter into a stronger person. Or that's how it was before ''7'' anyway.anyway...


** And the reason explaining why Heihachi dropped Kazuya off a cliff? Up to ''5'' (as seen in Xiaoyu's ending in the fifth game) it was because Hei wanted Kaz to be strong enough to inherit his own position as ruler of the Mishima Zaibatsu (which is basically a global financial empire at this point, so whoever rules it gets to be one of the most important, influential men in the world). But ''7'' establishes that Hei actually wanted to ''kill'' Kazuya before he became a demonic being like his mother. Kazuya's survival wasn't part of the plan.

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** And the reason explaining why Heihachi dropped Kazuya off a cliff? Up to ''5'' (as seen in Xiaoyu's ending in the fifth game) it was because Hei wanted Kaz to be strong enough to inherit his own position as ruler of the Mishima Zaibatsu (which is basically a global financial empire at this point, so whoever rules it gets to be one of the most important, influential men in the world). But ''7'' establishes that Hei [[spoiler:Hei actually wanted to ''kill'' Kazuya before he became a demonic being like his mother. Kazuya's survival wasn't was NOT part of the plan.plan]].


** The Devil Gene's true origin has changed a lot in between games. The first time, it is explained to be a spontaneous mutation within Kazuya. The second time, Jinpachi is told to be case zero, thus [[TheRuntAtTheEnd skipping Heihachi and Lars]] in the process. The third time, Azazel is said to be the source, meaning that he and Jinpachi must be connected somehow. The fourth (and probably final) time, [[spoiler: it is revealed that Jinpachi is a RedHerring (his case is because of DemonicPossession); Kazumi is actually the true case zero, which explains why Heihachi and Lars do not inherit it.]]

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** The Devil Gene's true origin has changed a lot in between games. The first time, it is explained to be a spontaneous mutation within Kazuya.Kazuya (more on this in the next bullet). The second time, Jinpachi is told to be case zero, thus [[TheRuntAtTheEnd skipping Heihachi and Lars]] in the process. The third time, Azazel is said to be the source, meaning that he and Jinpachi must be connected somehow. The fourth (and probably final) time, [[spoiler: it is revealed that Jinpachi is a RedHerring (his case is because of DemonicPossession); Kazumi is actually the true case zero, which explains why Heihachi and Lars do not inherit it.]]]]
** Prior to the concept of the Devil Gene (which appeared for the first time in ''4''), in the very two first games, Kazuya's Devil powers were in fact the doing of Devil, who at the time was a supernatural entity independent from Kazuya (as opposed to being simply a mutated Kaz, as seen in the more recent installments). When kid Kaz was dropped into the "Precipice of Fate" by Heihachi that day, he made a literal Faustian DealWithTheDevil, in order to both survive his fall and to gain power enabling him to exact {{Revenge}} on his father. Devil gave the power to Kaz, presumably as a mutation granting him inhuman powers, by the looks of it anyway, but it was never made wholly clear if this form was a mutation Devil gave to Kazuya for him to use, or simply Devil temporally taking over Kazuya's body and using it as a medium to manifest himself physically, but whatever the case, Kaz didn't have complete control over his Devil form/power until ''4'' when he fully "assimilated" Devil into himself upon reuniting with a captured Jin in the Hon-Maru temple. Why is Devil's existence as his own character independent from Kaz important you ask? Well, for one, because Angel's role in the story was a force opposing Devil and trying to "save Kazuya's soul" (in ''Tekken 2'', anyway). As soon as Devil ceased to exist as a standalone character, so did Angel, since her sole purpose was to be Devil's enemy, and with him gone, there was no reason for her to continue existing in the story.
** And the reason explaining why Heihachi dropped Kazuya off a cliff? Up to ''5'' (as seen in Xiaoyu's ending in the fifth game) it was because Hei wanted Kaz to be strong enough to inherit his own position as ruler of the Mishima Zaibatsu (which is basically a global financial empire at this point, so whoever rules it gets to be one of the most important, influential men in the world). But ''7'' establishes that Hei actually wanted to ''kill'' Kazuya before he became a demonic being like his mother. Kazuya's survival wasn't part of the plan.
** And again, Heihachi adopts Lee Chaolan as another son of his own, in order to give a rival adoptive brother to Kazuya and hope said rivalry would groom the latter into a stronger person. Or that's how it was before ''7'' anyway.
** And why does Heihachi conceive Lars with an unknown Swedish woman? In ''6'', it was because Hei wanted to make sure he didn't have the Devil Gene in his body (if Lars developed a Devil form like Kaz had before him, it would point Hei as the source of the gene). But in ''7'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Devil Gene's source was Kazumi Hachijo, Heihachi's late wife, and that not only he knew this well, he also killed his own wife in self-defense after she attacked him in her Devil form, and later he tried to kill Kazuya as well before the boy developed a Devil form too]]. So, if Hei knew this information all along, why did he get into an affair to conceive Lars, anyway?

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** Heihachi Mishima is perhaps the most well known example of this trope in fighting games. The main catalyst behind the events of the series is Heihachi throwing his son Kazuya off of a cliff as a child. Kazuya himself is an ArchnemesisDad to Jin, but never quite on the scale of his own father. Aside from [[AnimeHair preposterous hairstyles]], the Mishima family overall are known for [[BigScrewedUpFamily violent feuds with one another]].
** Baek Doosan's backstory in ''Tekken 2'' involved his father who was an abusive alcoholic due to an injury. It got so bad that Baek ended up accidentally killing the guy during a sparring session that degenerated into a fight.
** Richard Williams, the father of Nina and Anna Williams. He raised the two sisters as assassins and showed favoritism towards Nina because of her superior skill in the craft which resulted in Anna's jealousy of Nina and the [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry rivalry between them]]. To Richard's credit, he did make a request on his deathbed for Nina and Anna to put aside their rivalry. Too bad it didn't work.


** In the {{Dream Match|Game}} ''Tag'' games, Heihachi, Kazuya, Ogre/True Ogre, Jinpachi (in ''Tag 2''), and Jin all show up as selectable characters. The boss of the ''Tag'' games, Unknown, has never been knocked off. Heihachi/Jinpachi (as a team) and True Ogre also serve as sub-bosses under Unknown (and her neutral form [[spoiler:Jun]]) in ''Tag 2''.

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** In the {{Dream Match|Game}} ''Tag'' games, Heihachi, Kazuya, Ogre/True Ogre, Jinpachi (in ''Tag 2''), and Jin all show up as selectable characters. The boss of the ''Tag'' games, Unknown, has never been knocked off. Heihachi/Jinpachi (as a team) and True Ogre also serve as sub-bosses under Unknown (and her neutral form [[spoiler:Jun]]) form, [[spoiler:Jun Kazama]]) in ''Tag 2''.


** In the {{Dream Match|Game}} ''Tag'' games, Heihachi, Kazuya, Ogre/True Ogre, Jinpachi (in ''Tag 2''), and Jin all show up as selectable characters. The boss of the ''Tag'' games, Unknown, has never been knocked off. Heihachi/Jinpachi (as a team) and True Ogre also serve as sub-bosses under Unknown (and her neutral form [spoiler]Jun[/spoiler]) in ''Tag 2''.

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** In the {{Dream Match|Game}} ''Tag'' games, Heihachi, Kazuya, Ogre/True Ogre, Jinpachi (in ''Tag 2''), and Jin all show up as selectable characters. The boss of the ''Tag'' games, Unknown, has never been knocked off. Heihachi/Jinpachi (as a team) and True Ogre also serve as sub-bosses under Unknown (and her neutral form [spoiler]Jun[/spoiler]) [[spoiler:Jun]]) in ''Tag 2''.


** Heihachi has had to suffer this indignity twice. Kazuya defeats him in ''Tekken 1'' and he shows up in the sequel as a selectable character from the start. He wins that tournament and manages to maintain his status as boss through ''3'' (below Ogre) and into ''4'' where, despite being the canonical winner, is ambushed at Hon-Maru after the tournament ends and assumed killed. However he survived and canonically returns in ''6'' (his appearance in ''5'' is regarded as non-canon, although it is the only such example where the boss of a previous installment still had to be unlocked in his next appearance).

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** Heihachi has had to suffer this indignity twice. Kazuya defeats him in ''Tekken 1'' and he shows up in the sequel as a selectable character from the start. He wins that tournament and manages to maintain his status as boss through ''3'' (below Ogre) and into ''4'' where, despite being the canonical winner, is ambushed at Hon-Maru after the tournament ends and assumed killed. However he survived and canonically returns in ''6'' (his appearance in ''5'' is regarded as non-canon, although it is the only such example where the boss of a previous installment still had to be unlocked in his next appearance).non-canon).

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* DegradedBoss: Happens to virtually every boss of the series at some point.
** Heihachi has had to suffer this indignity twice. Kazuya defeats him in ''Tekken 1'' and he shows up in the sequel as a selectable character from the start. He wins that tournament and manages to maintain his status as boss through ''3'' (below Ogre) and into ''4'' where, despite being the canonical winner, is ambushed at Hon-Maru after the tournament ends and assumed killed. However he survived and canonically returns in ''6'' (his appearance in ''5'' is regarded as non-canon, although it is the only such example where the boss of a previous installment still had to be unlocked in his next appearance).
** As stated above Kazuya is the host and sub-boss of ''Tekken 2'' (below his Devil form) and is bested by Heihachi. Heihachi dumps him down a volcano but he's rejuvenated by G Corporation and returns as an active participant in ''4''.
** Jin won ''Tekken 3'' but would not ascend to boss status until ''6'' (below Azazel), which he rose to by defeating Jinpachi Mishima (as Devil Jin) in ''5''. After Azazel's temple collapses around him, he survives but barely and returns to ''7'' as a regular participant (although he was a secret boss in the original arcade release of ''Tekken 7'').
** In the {{Dream Match|Game}} ''Tag'' games, Heihachi, Kazuya, Ogre/True Ogre, Jinpachi (in ''Tag 2''), and Jin all show up as selectable characters. The boss of the ''Tag'' games, Unknown, has never been knocked off. Heihachi/Jinpachi (as a team) and True Ogre also serve as sub-bosses under Unknown (and her neutral form [spoiler]Jun[/spoiler]) in ''Tag 2''.


** Eddy/Christie have different throws, but their other moves are identical.

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** Eddy/Christie have different throws, but their other moves are identical. Tiger Jackson started as Eddy's 3P outfit in ''3'' but was made into a different character in ''Tag 2'' with some slightly different moves (see the below bullet about the console-exclusive characters).


** Kuma Jr., King II, and Armor King II are, like the Jacks, identical copies of their deceased LegacyCharacter: Kuma Sr., King I, and Armor King II, respectively.

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** Kuma Jr., King II, and Armor King II are, like the Jacks, identical copies of their deceased LegacyCharacter: Kuma Sr., King I, and Armor King II, I, respectively.


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** Anna was relegated to this in the arcade version of ''Tekken 3'', simply serving as Nina's 3P outfit. However when the game arrived on console she was differentiated back into a full character.


Released in 2001 for the arcades and 2002 for [=PS2=]. Completely reworks the graphics and character designs; a line can be drawn between this game and ''Tekken Tag Tournament'', so all future installments owe their art direction to ''Tekken 4''. The game introduces the concept of juggling due to the presence of walled arenas, which is retained in its successors, and FreeFloorFighting, which is not. Total playable characters: 23.

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Released in 2001 for the arcades and 2002 for [=PS2=]. Completely reworks the graphics and character designs; a line can be drawn between this game and ''Tekken Tag Tournament'', so all future installments owe their art direction to ''Tekken 4''. The game introduces the concept of juggling wall splats due to the presence of walled arenas, which is retained in its successors, and FreeFloorFighting, which is not. Total playable characters: 23.


* EvilVsEvil: Kazuya vs. Heihachi, which evolved into Mishima Zaibatsu vs. G Corporation in ''6'' and ''7''.

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* EvilVsEvil: Kazuya vs. Heihachi, which evolved Heihachi in ''2'' , ''4'' and ''7'' and Kazuya vs. Jin in ''6''. This eventually evolves into Mishima Zaibatsu vs. G Corporation in ''6'' and ''7''.

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