Throughout the years, Tekken has introduced us to well over 70 different characters, each one sporting a unique look and fighting style. From demons to schoolgirls, the Tekken roster is as diverse and varied as they come, but not all fighters are made equal. So who’s the best of the best? We sifted through them all to bring you the 30 best Tekken characters ever made.
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30. Roger/Roger Jr. and Alex
Comic relief in its purest form, this pair of anthropomorphic kangaroo and dinosaur fighters are the result of scientific experiments by Kazuya Mishima and the Mishima Zaibatsu. Both characters share a similar boxing-focused fighting stance, allowing them to dish out rapid flurries of punches with the occasional tail whip thrown in for good measure. While Roger's son Roger Jr. is unlikely to make another appearance due to the efforts of animal rights campaigners, we'll always remember his springy stance and plucky spirit.
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29. Julia Chang
Julia Chang, the adopted daughter of former Tekken fighter Michelle Chang, is an eco-warrior that fights to save and replenish the world's forests amidst the ongoing global conflicts. Abandoned at birth, Julia is taken in by the Native American tribe that Michelle Chang belongs to, and when her adoptive mother goes missing, Julia makes it her mission to find out what happened to her. Eventually Julia sets her mind to conservation of the Arizona forest, hoping that she can use the Mishima Zaibatsu's resources to help if she wins the Iron Fist tournament. Julia employs a mixture of Chinese martial arts to overwhelm and defeat her opponents.
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28. Lee Chaolan
As eccentric as he is flamboyant, Lee Chaolan is an impressive fighter that is more than capable of matching the series' antagonist Kazuya Mishima in strength. An orphan living on the streets, Lee was noticed by Heihachi Mishima due to his ability to fight at such a young age. Heihachi adopted Lee not out of compassion, but to act as a rival for Kazuya during their childhood. Lee would eventually break away from the Mishima Zaibatsu, biding his time while waiting for the opportunity to move in and take over amidst the internal power struggles within the company.
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27. Paul Phoenix
While most fighters entering into the Iron Fist tournament do so with a greater purpose, Paul Phoenix simply wants to compete to prove that he is the best fighter in the world. A hot-blooded American Judo practitioner, Paul is best known for his outlandish pillar-like hairstyle. While he may be a reasonably competent fighter, Paul's overconfidence often lands him in trouble along with his friend Marshall Law.
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26. Leo Kliesen
This German spelunker experienced disaster at a young age when her father disappeared mysteriously and her mother was murdered. After the police called off the investigation into her mother's death, Leo took it upon herself to investigate the circumstances surrounding the murder, leading her to eventually sign up to the Iron Fist tournament to get more information on the people involved. Leo doesn't boast the largest frame, but her knowledge of Baji Quan makes her an effective fighter against any sized opponent.
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25. Lars Alexandersson
A flashy and resilient fighter, Lars Alexandersson was under the employ of Heihachi Mishima as a commander in the Tekken Force when it was revealed that he was Heihachi's illegitimate son. Lars's main goal is to bring peace to the Mishima Zaibatsu and, by extension, the world. His fighting style includes numerous low strikes and repetitive dashes that help him burst through his opponent's defenses with lightning-fast attacks.
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24. Claudio Serafino
New to the Tekken series, Claudio Serafino is part of an underground group dedicated to exorcising and eradicating supernatural threats. A cocky and sarcastic fighter, Claudio is often dismissive of his opponents as he utilizes his order's signature fighting style, Sirius-Style Purification Sorcery, to gain the upper hand with a combination of martial and magical attacks.
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This Russian-made robot has made an appearance in one way or another throughout the history of the Tekken games. Sporting a punk Mohawk, the modular nature of Jack has made him into an unorthodox killing machine, often employing the use of pistons within his limbs to deliver bone-shattering blows. Each new entry sees another iteration of the Jack model get released, with the latest Tekken game introducing Jack-7, now with go-faster glowing neon stripes.
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22. Anna Williams
Sister to Tekken's resident assassin Nina Williams, Anna acts as the polar opposite to the frosty assassin. Sassy, fashionable and able to chop people down with a single backhand, Anna revels in the drama of her sibling rivalry. When she learns of her sister's plans to become cryogenically frozen, Anna insists that she too goes into stasis, so as to not let her sister look younger and more youthful than her.
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This ursine duo may not seem like the most obvious choice for a tournament where the world's best fighters gather, but you'd be foolish to underestimate their strength and fighting prowess. Acting as bodyguards to Xiaoyu and Heihachi respectively, Panda and Kuma eventually become romantically entangled. If the thought of them birthing a half panda/half brown bear super bear doesn't sound like a good idea to you, then I don't know what will.