Gigas (ギガース Gigāsu?) is a character in the Tekken series who is introduced in Tekken 7 as one of the new playable characters. He was first seen as one of the four fighters (the other three being Jin Kazama, Devil Jin and Josie Rizal) whose in-game character models were leaked online in March 2015.
Gigas is revealed as the adoptive father of Katarina Alves. He adopted her from the orphanage she was sent to after the deaths of her parents. He is also the one who taught Katarina in the art of Savate before his sudden disappearance. It is later revealed during his disappearance that he was captured by G Corporation. He was experimented on and mutated into a red hulking beast through the use of other fighter's DNA. G-Corporation intended to use him as a biotechnological weapon, and the research wing working on him considered themselves rivals to the department working on the Jack robots. He was entered into the King of the Iron Fist Tournament in order to test his fighting capabilities.
It was no secret that G Corporation was locked in a power struggle with the Mishima Zaibatsu. However, within G Corp itself, another battle was raging: the battle to create the ultimate next-gen humanoid weapon. On one side was the development team behind the Jack series led by Jane; on the other was the research team responsible for Gigas, a bio-enhanced super human. With his massive size and uncanny mobility, Gigas was hailed for his versatility in combat, and some saw him as more than capable of dislodging the Jack series from its position as G Corp's premier weapon. Both teams entered their weapons into the King of Iron Fist Tournament to decide once and for all which was the best.
One of G Corporation's weapons divisions entered their latest biological weapon, Gigas, into the King of Iron Fist Tournament for two reasons: first, to pit the strength of their next-gen humanoid weapon against a similar weapon of G Corp's; and second, to provoke Heihachi Mishima. Ironically, the first battle was staged on the rooftop of G Corp's own Millennium Tower, possibly in retaliation for their affront to Heihachi. Unmoved by the striking beauty of the skyscraper, Gigas awaited his victim.
Gigas is a large red male behemoth creature with a mirrored helmet consisting of six "eyes" with a matching black steel collar. If one is to look closely, a glimpse of Gigas's mouth may be caught on some occasions. Most of his body is covered in large black pieces of armor, gauntlets and shoulder pads over his red skin, with numerous loose cables sticking out of his back.
Gigas' personality lingers more to an animalistic side than human, being only able to make sub-human grunts, shouts and gurgles. However, in both his and Katarina's endings, Gigas finally shows a little of his humanity left in him whenever he sees Katarina's presence. Like Devil Jin, Gigas also suffers from headaches, though this is when he sees his adoptive daughter, Katarina.
A fierce arms race between the Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation has lead the G Corporation to design a new military model to use in the war.
With one development team being lead by Jane who is behind the JACK series of military units and another in G Corporation that recently had a new biotechnological weapon development breakthrough. This breakthrough has lead to the creation of Gigas by enhancing the genes of strong fighters that turns them into fierce monsters.
Determined to test out it's new fighting capabilities and armed with a dislike to Heihachi Mishima, Gigas enters the King of Iron Fist tournament.
Character Episode Prologue: One of G Corporation's weapons divisions entered their latest biological weapon, Gigas, into the King of Iron Fist Tournament for two reasons: first, to pit the strength of their next-gen humanoid weapon against a similar weapon of G Corp's; and second, to provoke Heihachi Mishima.
Ironically, the first battle was staged on the rooftop of G Corp's own Millennium Tower, possibly in retaliation for their affront to Heihachi. Unmoved by the striking beauty of the skyscraper, Gigas awaited his victim.
Ending Description: Gigas manages to defeat Katarina in battle as her brown framed sunglasses are knocked off to the ground. Gigas closely looked at Katarina as recognized her, since she was his adoptive daughter. When he barely calls out her name, he starts to suffer migraines due to the experiments inflicted by the company. As he walks away in pain, Katarina recognizes who he is and calls out for him to stop.
Despite having many attack animations visibly similar to that of Craig Marduk, Gigas plays fundamentally different. Although Gigas from face-value looks like a large grappler character, he in fact excels at pressure, having many moves specifically designed to rush the opponent down and make them panic whilst drawing them closer to stage walls. As such, Gigas' biggest strength is his wall pressure - when he gets an opponent against the wall he becomes incredibly dangerous. His Overkill move specifically will take away almost half of the opponent's health if performed against a wall. Katsuhiro Harada has noted that it is "not a very good idea" to adopt a defensive playstyle against Gigas, as some of his moves when blocked have very useful properties and frame advantages. Gigas' attack range is also immensely beneficial. Gigas' main drawbacks however is that many of his moves are quite unsafe, predictable and slow. Though Gigas does possess an incredibly fast 10-frame punish, beyond that he struggles against fellow pressure characters - if Gigas is being outplayed by the opponent, it is especially difficult to make a comeback. Additionally, his back-dash and sidesteps are virtually useless. As Gigas' strengths lie in his wall pressure, he is at an objective disadvantage when using him in wall-less stages.
One of Gigas' more outstanding moves is his Burning Reamer and Crazy Knuckle attacks. Both attacks are fairly average when used without charging them. However, if the moves are fully charged, their properties change; if the opponent takes either attack, they will receive heavy damage. More interestingly, if the opponent blocks either attack, they will be pushed back and put into a special stunned '50/50' state, rendering them immobile. Gigas is then able to use his Goliath stance to rush towards the stunned opponent and deliver either a Metal Crusher (a wall-splatting mid), a Hell Crusher (an unblockable high) or an Advancing Giant Press.
Gigas is one of the few characters in the Tekken series who can air-grab opponents.
Gigas fights using an "original" fighting style which is simply referred as "Destructive Impulse". When observing the movements and motions of his attacks, it is safe to assume that no technique is utilized in this fighting style and is simply sheer brute force using Gigas' immense strength and animalistic instincts.
Originally when Gigas was a human, his fighting style was Savate.
- His design has been compared to that of a comic book character, in which his design holds many similarities to the Hard Suit from Gantz and DC Comics character Bane, especially in the TV series The Batman.
- His skin color can be changed in the customization menu of Tekken 7.
- Due to the similarity in appearance and fighting style, many fans had speculated that Gigas may actually be Australian fighter Craig Marduk as well as inheriting some of Marduk's attacks, though this was eventually confirmed to be false.
- Many of Gigas' attack names affiliate to that of construction or heavy industry, possibly alluring to the methods that resulted in his creation.
- The inscriptions on his metal armor parts such as "03 Prototype" and "Caution High Voltage" are reminiscent of the inscriptions in Metal Gear character Raiden's custom cyborg body in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
- Gigas is one of the few characters that can punish Dragunov's Russian Assault without resorting to sidestepping, spacing or a standard power crush. He can use his Enraged Howl (d+3+4), a non-standard power crush, to absorb the move, then punish it with Sledgehammer (d+2). He can also use it to launch punish moves that are otherwise only punishable with weaker moves.
- Gigas stands as "CRZ" ("Crazy") in the game files.
- Although Gigas seems unable to verbally communicate, he is briefly able to utter "Kat" (Katarina) in his ending.
- Gigas's item move has a small lamp that will only trigger after attacking the opponent several times. After enough attacks, a mini Gigas-genie will emerge from the lamp.
- ^ a b http://www.tekken-official.jp/news/?p=887
- ^ a b c d http://www.avoidingthepuddle.com/news/2016/9/8/tekken-7-famitsu-site-opens-story-background-for-new-charact.html
- ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTk4YKNZrLs
- ^ https://tk7.tekken.com/fighters/jack-7
- ^ https://tk7.tekken.com/fighters/gigas
- ^ https://youtu.be/Uf47cCzzF4o