Leo's full name is Eleonora "Leo"
Kliesen. Baji Quan is Leo's fighting style. Leo is part of a very
talented family. Leo's father was a world-famous spelunker, while Leo's mother
served as a G Corporation executive. Although Leo's father disappeared during an
expedition when Leo was a child, Leo still wanted to follow in the family
tradition and become a spelunker. Leo's gender is disputed and seemingly meant
to be an ambiguous part of the character design from the beginning.
Leo possessed a strong
sense of character, thanks to a proper upbringing. Life was pleasant and
relatively uneventful until one fateful day, when Leo's mother was killed by an
unknown assailant. Depressed and filled with grief, Leo became incensed when the
police called-off their investigation quickly and without explanation. Leo vowed
to find the truth.
During Leo's own
investigation, the G Corporation's Kazuya
materialized as a person
of interest. The G Corporation was popularized at the time as a world hero,
making it difficult to get close to Kazuya, and it looked as though Leo's
quest had reached an insurmountable impasse. It was at this time that news of
the Mishima Zaibatsu-sponsored The King of Iron Fist Tournament began to spread.
Leo learned that Kazuya Mishima was scheduled to appear in person at the event.
Realizing that this may be the only chance to take revenge against Kazuya, Leo
decided to enter the contest.
Nov. 22nd, 2023
To a fighting
Leo might remind you of Rock Howard or
even Virtua Fighter's Lion at first
glance. I wasn't sold on Leo's visual design originally, but some years later
(after learning how to use Leo and fully
appreciating all of Leo's badass moves, combos & counters)... I'm a Leo player
for life. Leo's fluid & authentic Baji Quan brings a beautiful moveset to
the series. While a very flowing and flashy style, Leo's Baji Quan allows devastatingly hard strikes at any time,
(which never fail to make me cringe in a
good way). What a fun-to-use and dynamic character.
On a side note,
Namco really gave us the run-around with Leo. First, the official Japanese T6
website stated that Leo was FEMALE. I read it myself. Later, the T6 English website stated Leo a
guy. What kind of shenanigans are these!? I bet Namco did that just to make people talk about it and dispute it, which only added
hype to the character (a pretty smart move actually). Namco wanted to create a
character that would be loved by fans regardless of gender... and personally, I
don't care what gender Leo is anymore. This character is fun to use.
Style / Moveset