Please note: This name is Korean; "Baek" is a family name, not a given name; the given name of this character is "Doo San".
Baek Doo San (Hangul: 백두산; Hanja: 白頭山 Baek Du San; Japanese: ペク・トー・サン Peku Tō San; It may be written with given name first as Doo-San Baek) is a character in the Tekken series. Baek first appeared in Tekken 2, and he has returned for most titles with the exception of Tekken 3, Tekken 4, and Tekken 7.
In Tekken 2, Baek first appears as Marshall Law's Stage Eight sub-boss. This is because he had attacked Law's dojo due to being blackmailed into destroying it by a competitor of Law's who knew the truth behind Baek's father's death. In Tekken 3, Baek is not present but he was, in a sense, replaced by his pupil, Hwoarang.
In Tekken 2, not much about Baek's personality can be deduced, except that he deeply cares about his father and strongly wishes that the fact that he accidentally killed him would not come to light.
However, from Tekken 5 and onwards as the master of Taekwondo, Baek shows as being serious and a good man but being a strict person especially to his student Hwoarang. He also disapproves Hwoarang for street hustling as seen from his ending in Tekken 5. He is also shown to be a risk taker as seen in his Tekken 6 ending where he saves Hwoarang at the cost of his life. Therefore his sorrow and his traumatized past still remains within him as he still remembers how he killed his father in his ending in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Baek Doo San, a master of Taekwondo, is the son of a former Taekwondo champion.
During his childhood, his father received a career-ending injury. Devastated, his father turned to alcohol and became a heavy-drinker, which ultimately led to his incarceration.
Plunged into a life of poverty, the young master's family was forced to deal with hard times, and just when things looked as though they couldn't get any worse, his mother disappeared, leaving him and his siblings alone. Not too long after that, his father escaped from prison to assist the family, but due to the deprivation of proper nourishment, Baek mistakenly killed his father, a man he respected above all else.
The frightening experience left him traumatized, driving him crazy every time he saw blood. When the police found him, they took him into their care and raised him.
Years later, he found himself walking the path of his late father, a Taekwondo master, and champion, but unfortunately, a person knowing the truth about his father's death threatened to go public with the truth of his past if he didn't destroy his blackmailer's competition.
Ending Description, "Memories":
Baek is seen sitting on a bench outside a park. He takes out a locket containing a photo of him and his father. Baek reminisces about his training sessions with his father, remembering the great person he was and how much he loved him. Remembering his father for the man he was, Baek finds peace within himself and he forgives himself for killing his father.
According to the Tekken 3 storyline, Baek was presumed dead after encountering Ogre, the fictional Aztec God of Fighting. One of his closest students, Hwoarang, entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 to exact revenge for his master's death and to also have a rematch with Jin Kazama, the only fighter who had ever fought him to a draw.
In-game Prologue: Baek Doo San. A master of Tae Kwon Do. On his way home from training, Baek was attacked and knocked unconscious.
He woke up in a military hospital. According to the defense minister, he had been in a coma for over a year. The minister asked Baek to help train soldiers, and Baek hesitantly accepted.
A year later, Baek writes to Hwoarang, asking him to return to the military.
Hwoarang goes to his mentor. Now the two enter the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 as master and pupil.
Prologue (Manual Version):
Baek, Tae Kwon Do master and Hwoarang's mentor, was on his way home from teaching out in the country when he was attacked and lost consciousness.
Baek later awoke in a military hospital. An official from the Defense Department explained that Baek had been in a coma for over a year. The official persuaded Baek to become a Tae Kwon Do instructor for the military once he recovered.
A year later, Baek was teaching Tae Kwon Do at a military base when the brass convinced him to contact Hwoarang and ask him to return. The two met again for the first time in two and a half years.
Two months later, Baek asked Hwoarang to enter the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 in order to test his skills in Tae Kwon Do.
When his student Hwoarang is about to fight three thugs in the street, Baek immediately calls to his student. Hwoarang stands quickly to attention and Baek says to him: "still up to no good?" (likely in reference to Hwoarang's street hustling, as mentioned in Hwoarang's Tekken 3 profile). Whilst Hwoarang is distracted, one of the thugs knocks Hwoarang to the ground with a single kick. The three thugs then step up to confront Baek, asking who he is and telling him to get out of here. Hwoarang looks up from the ground in dismay as his master is surrounded and says "stop, you bastard!". Baek shakes his head disapprovingly and tuts, then defeats all three thugs easily, piling them up unconscious on the floor. Hwoarang looks at the defeated thugs and shakes his head, before being grabbed by the collar and dragged off down the street by Baek. The ending has a number of nods to Westerns in it, with focus at the start on Hwoarang's spurred boots, and introducing Baek with a close up from under the brim of his hat, along with Western-like music playing throughout.
Official: Baek entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, along with his disciple, Hwoarang. However, Baek withdrew from the tournament when he found out that Hwoarang lost to Devil Jin, and he was seriously injured. Baek then rushed to the hospital to visit Hwoarang. Although Hwoarang's condition wasn't considered as something serious after his treatment, Hwoarang wouldn't wake up, and Baek started blaming himself for being an inadequate instructor.
It took Hwoarang three days to regain consciousness. They discussed the details, and Hwoarang told Baek that he not only has to recover, but he has to strengthen himself even further. Baek sensed his strong will and his unprecedented modesty, and hence he decided to teach him everything he knows. Baek and Hwoarang returned to Korea, and endeavored to practice intensely. Eventually, the announcement of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 came from the Mishima Zaibatsu, and Baek decides to enter the tournament one last time to widen his personal experience-collection.
In-Game Text: Baek withdrew from the tournament and hurried to the hospital after he learning that Hwoarang had been critically injured after losing to his rival, Jin Kazama. Emergency measures had saved Hwoarang's life, but he had not yet awakened. Baek was wrought with guilt that he had failed to prepare Hwoarang for his encounter with Jin.
Hwoarang woke up three days later. After learning of the events that had passed, Hwoarang forced himself up and begged his master with more humility than he had ever shown before to make him stronger. Baek, sensing the intensity of Hwoarang's will, decided to teach everything he knew to his pupil.
After returning to Korea, Baek engaged Hwoarang in the most extreme training he had ever prepared.
The Mishima Zaibatsu announces the King of Iron Fist Tournament 6, and Baek prepares himself for his ultimate battle.
Scenario Campaign: Baek is in a leadership role alongside his student, Hwoarang, in The Resistance, a civilian militia that has banded together to fight the Mishima Zaibatsu. The Resistance suffers a defeat at the hands of an amnesiac Lars Alexandersson, who attacks and defeats Baek and other Resistance members.
Baek has defeated Azazel but soon collapses after the harsh fight. Hwoarang then comes in, asking if he is all right. As soon as he gets up, so does Azazel. However, as Azazel is about to attack Hwoarang, Baek finishes his foe off by front-kicking the demon. Azazel's orb breaks, causing the creature to violently explode into a swarm of scattering locusts. However, Baek falls to the floor after risking his life to save Hwoarang, while the latter cries for his master.
Baek made a minor appearance in Tekken: The Motion Picture, he is shown fighting and being defeated by Kazuya Mishima.
Baek appeared as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament.
Baek returned as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Ending Description: Baek is seen in his dojang reminiscing his time together with his father. He then punches the floor as he remembers the time he accidentally killed him. Hwoarang, who was secretly watching, becomes concerned for his master, and decides to let Baek get mad at him to distract him from his sorrow to lighten him up and does so by shouting that he had overslept and his hopes that Baek doesn't catch him. He does this staying just out of sight (but not earshot) and pretending to boast about getting away with oversleeping and arriving late, leading Baek regain his sense reminded he has a family like Hwoarang, who considered him being one of him. Hwoarang's plan succeeds and backfires at the same time as an incensed Baek tells him to do a thousand pushups for his "tardiness".
Despite being generally clunkier and far less aggressive than Hwoarang, Baek is still to be considered a very agile and fast-paced character.
Baek’s moveset is much more balanced than Hwoarang’s, offering somewhat less efficient but still devastating kicks, decent punching capabilities and a few good counters as well. Baek is best-suited for a balanced style that relies on the long reach and raw power of his kicks mixed with a few quick punches here and there to keep up the pressure.
Despite having good offensive capabilities, pure aggression can be a risky approach against faster characters due to his somewhat sluggish recovery between attacks. Also his about average defense pales in comparison with the likes of Kazuya, King and Steve for example.
In a nutshell, Baek is a quite strategic character while still remaining on the more beginner-friendly side of the spectrum.
As a Taekwondo master, Baek can launch several kicks from out of nowhere and, compounded with his speed, can keep an opponent guessing on what could come next. On a more technical level, Baek uses the more traditional variant of Taekwondo under the International Taekwondo Federation's style which is mostly founded on self-defense as opposed to Hwoarang's "flashier" style which is more aggressive.
Their differences in style are more evident in their moves, where Baek's attacks can outpace his student's, but lacks the same type of damage that Hwoarang has. Baek is also more defensive than Hwoarang, having more tools to pull him out of situations and to punish an opponent from behind.
- Baek Doo San/Tekken 2 Movelist
- Baek Doo San/Tekken Tag Tournament Movelist
- Baek Doo San/Tekken 5 Movelist
- Baek Doo San/Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Movelist
- Baek Doo San/Tekken 6 Movelist
- Baek Doo San/Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Movelist
- Hwoarang - His student, and ally in The Resistance in Tekken 6. While Hwoarang's unruly nature sometimes causes Baek grief, he is still shown to deeply care about his pupil.
- Marshall Law - Baek attacked Marshall's dojo before the events of Tekken 2, and is his sub-boss in Tekken 2. Marshall is also one of his sub-bosses in Tekken 5.
- Mr. Baek - His father and mentor, whom he accidentally killed during a sparring session.
- Ogre - He was put into a coma for over a year by Ogre, before the events of Tekken 3.
- Kazuya Mishima - Baek was defeated by him in Tekken: The Motion Picture (non-canon) and is his sub-boss in Tekken Tag Tournament.
- Wang Jinrei - His possible sub-boss in the arcade version of Tekken 2 (if he is in place of Jun Kazama).
- Jin Kazama - Baek has a grudge against Jin for severely injuring Hwoarang in the fifth tournament (which he actually did while under the influence of the Devil Gene). Also the main enemy of the Resistance in Tekken 6.
- Miguel Caballero Rojo - His ally in the Resistance in the Scenario Campaign of Tekken 6.
- The name "Baek-Du San" is that of a mountain that is split in two by the North Korean-Chinese border. It is treated almost like a national monument by the South Koreans.
- His given name, "Doo-San", is patterned after one of the ITF's 24 patterns, "Do-San", consisting of 24 movements.
- Baek is a 6th dan black belt, as evidenced by the six tags on his belt.
- Baek's name is written in the Hangul alphabet as "백두산", and in Hanja as "白頭山". In both cases, it means "White head(ed) mountain".
- Baek was attacked by Ogre between Tekken 2 and Tekken 3.
- The uniform that Baek wears is called a dobok. Meaning "way of life training clothes" in Korean, the dobok is the uniform for Taekwondo, modeled after the Japanese gi for the basic look and the v-neck for the hanbok.
- Ever since Hwoarang's introduction, all of Baek's subsequent endings have featured Hwoarang.
- In Tekken 7, one of Hwoarang's customizable items is Baek's TK5 & TK6 2P suit. He can also be given the generic beige fedora and a gray beard to make him resemble Baek even more.
- Baek is Marshall Law's sub-boss if not placed as a default character. Once unlocked, Marshall Law is his sub-boss.
- Owners of the Tekken 2 arcade machines were given the option to set either Jun or Baek as one of the ten default characters displayed on the selection screen (in the Playstation version, it was Jun who was placed on this spot). This was accessible via a dip switch.
- If placed as a default character in the arcade machine of Tekken 2, Baek's sub-boss is Wang Jinrei, and he will be Wang's sub-boss if Wang is unlocked.
- When Baek Doo San wins a fight, his name is mispronounced. Instead of "Baek Doo San", "Baek Doo - Doo San" is said.
- Baek's pre-release name was originally Peku, which is the phonetic translation of the same name.
- His Stage 7 sub-boss is Kazuya Mishima. If Kazuya is not available, then it is Forest Law. If neither are available, then it is Hwoarang.
- Baek has two special tag throws with Hwoarang.
- There is a glitch for Baek's tag throw with Hwoarang, where, if the first part of his tag throw is enough to deplete the opponent's health bar, Hwoarang will never actually appear, but Dead-End will still be performed on the opponent as if Hwoarang had arrived.
- In the beta version, Baek had an unknown follow-up to his Right Punch Back Fist, and also used the same hit effect as Hwoarang.
- Baek's sub-bosses are Marshall Law and Hwoarang. He's also Hwoarang's stage 4 sub-boss.
- While playing as Baek, he meets Marshall Law in the story mode. However, neither of them reminisce about the events in Tekken 2, as if they have not yet met each other. After Baek defeats Marshall, Baek says, "I hold instructional sessions on Sundays at my dojo. Why don't you join in on one of my sessions?".
- He is unlocked by beating story mode 3 times with a different character.
- In the Scenario Campaign of Tekken 6, Baek is a boss at the West Coast Canal Industrial Complex and is in an alliance with Hwoarang and Miguel.
- If you use Baek in Law's Stage in Scenario Campaign, Law will mention their meeting during the events of Tekken 2 before the boss battle begins.
- Baek's Arena Mode opponents are Marshall Law and Hwoarang.
- Baek has two item moves.
- With the Beret, Baek will pull out a stick of Dynamite to throw at the opponent
- With the Formal Vest, Baek will drink a cup of coffee, which will restore a bit of health.
- Baek appears in the last part of Wang's ending alongside Ganryu.
- In the Ghost Battle mode, one of Baek's possible partners is Miguel, Law, Christie, Roger Jr., and finally, Hwoarang.
- Baek has a special tag throw with Hwoarang where the leader will send the opponent to the partner with "Human Cannonball". The partner will then catch the opponent with Baek's Hunting Serpent, but the leader will arrive to help deliver the final kick to the back of the opponent's head.
- Baek's item move will cause him to summon an eagle to strike the opponent.
- While he doesn't appear and is never seen in the game, Baek is mentioned a few times in Hwoarang and Steve's story in Street Fighter X Tekken.