King is a pro wrestler
from Mexico with a mysterious jaguar mask.
The original King (who appeared in Tekken & Tekken 2) died
sometime before Tekken 5. The second (and current) King appears in Tekken 3
through Tekken 7. King was inspired by the legendary Japanese pro
wrestler known as Tiger Mask, who also inspired the creation of a manga
(1968). King was also inspired by real life Mexican wrestler Fray Tormenta, a
Catholic priest who became a masked wrestler in order to support an orphanage.
The original King was
street brawling orphan with no care in the world except fighting. During one of
his fights, King was grievously wounded and collapsed in front of a monastery.
The Marquez Priests saved him from death. After recovering, King realized the
error of his ways and resolved to start a new life. He became a Catholic priest
and renounced his old fighting ways. He then became a man with a mission; he
dreamt of building an orphanage for street children, hoping to save them from
becoming the kind of person he used to be.
King has one
problem, however. He lacks the necessary funds to achieve his dream. King
discovers The King of Iron Fist Tournament and hopes to win the prize money.
King enters the tournament and manages to get third place, winning enough prize
money for the orphanage. King opened his orphanage, which became very
successful. After a child died in his care, King became depressed and, giving up
his jaguar mask, returned to the street and became a raging alcoholic. He would
have perished had he not been convinced by his old rival,
again wear the jaguar mask and join The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2.
King trained intensely
and recovered from his alcoholism. He battled Armor King at the tournament and
lost. After the tournament, King participated in both pro-wrestling and martial
arts tournaments to win money for his orphanage. He also taught his fighting
skills to the children under his care as a means of self-defense. Sometime later
on, Ogre, the God Of Fighting, was awakened
from an ancient ruin in Mexico by Heihachi Mishima's Tekken Force. Ogre attacked
several martial artists around the world, including King, who was killed
"King II" was a street urchin who was brought up in a Mexican orphanage owned by the original
masked fighter. By the age of 24, this wrestler worked hard
with King until one day, news broke of King's tragic death. Seeing that the
orphanage would crumble into ruin (the money gained from King's wrestling
matches was the only funding received), this man donned the mask of King and
imitated his style. Unfortunately, he had only seen King's wrestling moves as a
child, and he lost every competition he entered. One day however, another man
with a mask visited the new King, introducing himself as an old friend. This man
revealed himself to be Armor King, who was interested in finding out if the
rumors of a new King were true.
For four years the two
of them trained, and the new King learned quickly; maturing into a forceful
wrestler with extreme power, known as King the Second. By this time, the now 28
year old wrestler was a worthy heir to the throne, however he longed to punish
the one responsible for the original King's death. With rumors of the "God
of Fight" circulating, Armor King revealed to his student that the elusive
entity was the one most likely responsible. Armor King watched as the new King,
fueled with rage, set his sights on avenging his foster father's death and
proving himself worthy of wearing the mask.
events of Tekken 4, King discovers that his mentor and foster father,
Armor King, was killed in a bar fight. King pledged on Armor
King's grave that he would seek revenge against the man responsive for
his mentor's death. The man was currently serving time in an Arizona State
Penitentiary. With the money he saved from professional wrestling tournaments,
King arranged for the murderer's release from prison and sent him a plane
ticket. With his plans in motion, King headed for the Tournament to await
his sworn enemy, the Vale Tudo fighter -
King is later enraged to find out that Marduk has been defeating opponents in a
black jaguar mask (identical to Armor King's), and he has issued a televised
challenge to King for The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Seeing Marduk disgrace
his master, King steps into the ring once again to settle the score once and for
all. He defeats Marduk once again and the two develop an unlikely friendship for
Surprisingly, a friendship
between King and with Craig Marduk developed during the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5.
At the end of the previous tournament, King caught wind of an attack upon
Craig. He blew a gasket when he heard the assailant looked exactly like
Armor King. "Who in the hell would do such a tasteless imitation?!" King
said. King was determined to learn the true identity of Craig's attacker.
During that time, King heard the King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 would soon
be held. He decided to enter the tournament with Craig.
2, Tekken 3, Tekken
Tekken 4, Tekken
5, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection,
Dark Resurrection, Tekken 6, Tekken
6: Bloodline Rebellion, Tekken Tag tournament 2,
Tekken 7, Tekken
7: Fated Retribution, Tekken 8, Tekken Advance,
Tekken 3D: Prime
Edition, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken
X Capcom, Street Fighter X Tekken
Updated: Aug. 4th, 2023
As the token pro-wrestler of the Tekken series, King has always managed
to be an interesting, distinguishable character in the fighting genre. In every
sequel to Tekken, he always added some awesome new moves. Thankfully,
King's opponents also always take good "bumps" during King's throws (a
la the great animation of Tekken), so his throws always look spectacular. In my
opinion, King is one
of the best tributes to pro-wrestling the genre has ever seen, as he can perform
many iconic WWE moves, and even moves from other fighting game wrestlers! I'd
say King has
the smoothest, flashiest, and most brutal wrestling moves out of any fighting
game wrestler in existence. I can't think of much that he lacks as a design...
All I know is, I can't ask for much more out of a well-rounded fighting game
wrestler. King is a really fun character to use
if you master his moveset, and I'd highly recommend learning him to any
pro-wrestling fan (Along with A. King).
On a side note: If I
hear one more person refer to King as "that guy with the lion-head"... I
swear I'm going Rock Bottom their candyass. For those that still don't know: King wears a Jaguar MASK and is based off of the famous Japanese
manga character, Tiger Mask. Got it?! Good. Tell your friends. :)
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