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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 once
a ruthless 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,
Armor King, to 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 afterwards.
"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.

Before the 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 - Craig Marduk.

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 each other.

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.
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Page Updated:  May 16th, 2024

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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