Kazuya Mishima (三島 一八 Mishima Kazuya?) is one of the main characters in the Tekken series. He appears in all Tekken games except Tekken 3, in which he only made two cameo appearances. Although he is seen as the main protagonist and hero of the first Tekken game, Kazuya became one of the major antagonists of the series ever since Tekken 2. Most importantly, Kazuya is the son of Heihachi Mishima and Kazumi Mishima, the possible love interest of Jun Kazama and the father of Jin Kazama. He's also the half-brother of Lars Alexandersson, the adoptive brother of Lee Chaolan, and the grandson of Jinpachi Mishima.

Biography

At first glance, Kazuya seems to be another archetypal fighting game hero protagonist, supported by his clothing of choice, simple white pants and red gloves and footpads, and his justifiable quest of taking revenge on his abusive father, Heihachi. However, Kazuya was in truth intended to be more villainous from the start, as his character profile in the first Tekken stated that his reason for entering the first King of Iron Fist Tournament was to exact revenge, and then use his father's vast fortune to carry out his plans for world domination. The Russian military even learned of these plans and entered the first Jack android into the tournament to stop him. Another clue indicating Kazuya's true intent and nature was his secret costume in the Playstation port of the first game, which turned out to be Devil.

According to some sources,[4] Kazuya was actually quite frail and timid as a boy and was the victim of years of abuse at the hands of Heihachi. In Tekken 7 he is more defiant towards Heihachi as a boy, though is still small and powerless against him. One fateful day, Heihachi threw the young Kazuya into a deep ravine, seemingly to test whether he would be strong enough to survive and one day head the Mishima Zaibatsu,[5] which nearly kills the 5 year old boy. However, this near-death experience awakened something within him, giving him immense strength and permanently corrupting his personality.[6]

Tekken 2 saw Kazuya's true nature revealed in full. After killing his father (or so he thought), instead of bringing justice and honor to the Mishima Zaibatsu and righting the wrongs of his father, Kazuya repeated the corrupt practices of his father and turned it into an even much more ruthless and evil organization.[6] His crimes included kidnapping, extorting money from several businesses and many organizations, and smuggling endangered animal species.[6] He even seized control of nearly all of Japan's northernmost and second largest island, Hokkaido, and planned to build his own independent nation and a strong military force there. As part of realizing this dream, he attempted to genetically engineer animal soldiers (Roger) and even genetically engineered a dinosaur from fossils and kangaroo DNA (Alex). One day, Kazuya decided to hold another Iron Fist tournament, and during the tournament, encountered the woman Jun Kazama and impregnated her under unknown circumstances. At this time, Kazuya's Devil Gene was trying to completely take over his mind and body,[6] and both Jun and the mysterious entity known as Angel struggled to keep it from controlling him entirely. At the final round of the tournament waited none other than the man who Kazuya thought to have killed two years ago: his father. Heihachi defeated Kazuya and tossed his body into a volcano, killing him. Kazuya's Devil was split in two and part of it escaped his body to eventually make contact with his son,[7] who succeeded his father as the series' new protagonist.

This would not be the end for Kazuya however. Against all odds, the G Corporation eventually located Kazuya's remains and managed to restore him to life, eventually reaching an agreement to use him as a test subject. Kazuya had learned from his mistakes: the next time he faced Heihachi, he wanted to be in full control of his Devil powers. Of course, this plan did not go as Kazuya intended: Heihachi ruined it by invading G Corporation and stealing their research. Once his existence was revealed to Heihachi, Kazuya entered the fourth tournament, despite knowing it was a trap set up by his father. He was due to fight his son (and meet him for the first time) in the semi-finals of the tournament, but Jin was kidnapped by Heihachi's Tekken Force before this could happen. They instead met after Kazuya lost the final round of the tournament to Heihachi, with Heihachi revealing he had kidnapped Jin and intended to use both him and Kazuya for his experimental research. After briefly being taken over completely by his devil, Kazuya was able to take back control and permanently merge with his devil. Despite this, he was still defeated by his son.

Kazuya and Heihachi were subsequently attacked by JACK robots, and Kazuya spent most of the Iron Fist Tournament 5 seeking the perpetrator of the attack. When it was revealed that G Corporation had betrayed him and ordered the attack, Kazuya killed those responsible and seized control of the corporation, become its new CEO between the events of Tekken 5 and Tekken 6. Following Jin Kazama's ascendence to the head of the Mishima Zaibatsu, and his subsequent declaration of world war, Kazuya found himself in the position of being one of the few powers large enough to challenge the Zaibatsu's warmongering. He militarised G Corporation and declared war on the Mishima Zaibatsu, and at this time was heralded as a hero for his actions.

When Heihachi took control of the Mishima Zaibatsu in Jin's absence at the start of Tekken 7, the war between the Zaibatsu and G Corporation continued. Kazuya finally defeated his father in one-on-one combat, but it seems that despite G Corporation winning the war, the violence continues and Kazuya is set on world domination.

Since his original appearance, Kazuya's character has gone through many transformations: From hero to villain, from villain to anti-hero. Whatever was left of his good side appears to be totally suppressed by his Devil persona, and the two have become fully fused by the events of Tekken 4, allowing Kazuya to activate his Devil form at will. In Tekken 7, Kazuya seems more sentimental than in the previous Tekken games, as he reproaches Heihachi for killing his mother, Kazumi, and laughs at the idea that Kazumi would want to kill him, since he believed she cared for him.

Personality

Kazuya is driven by his need for control, power, and revenge against his father. After initially appearing to be a sympathetic protagonist in Tekken 1, from Tekken 2 onwards he has shown that everything comes second to his plans for complete control and power. There are very few individuals that Kazuya is not cold or cruel towards. He often laughs at others' misfortune, talks down to them, and in the course of his quest for complete domination, has amassed a large number of enemies, many of whom have been personally injured by his exploits. A notable exception to this concerns Jun Kazama. It is unknown exactly what Kazuya's relationship with her was, but meeting her troubled him enough that he lost concentration in his fight with Heihachi, and ultimately lost everything to him in Tekken 2. Jun believed that there was goodness in Kazuya, and that he could be saved from the devil inside him. The entity Angel is a testament to there being some truth to Jun's beliefs. After he merges with his devil in Tekken 4 however, Kazuya's emotions and desires seem to be more in line with that of his devil. Despite this, Kazuya does initially shows respect and affection towards his grandfather in Tekken 5, and in Tekken 7 continues to harbour anger towards Heihachi for killing his mother, whom he loved dearly.

Unlike his father or adopted brother, Kazuya does not like the limelight. His desire for power seems to stem from an obsession with control and he has little interest in fame. When Kazuya takes over the Mishima Zaibatsu in Tekken 2, he "disappears into the shadows", and likewise, both as an experiment, and later as CEO of G Corporation, he prefers control from the shadows, rather than making public appearances and announcements. This is likely related to his devil form, which he has striven to keep secret from the public.

Despite having a demonstrably cruel streak to him, Kazuya also seems to have a sense of personal honor. He is insulted by Heihachi's accusation in Tekken 5 that he would order JACKs to kill him, calling such a method crude. This is in keeping with Kazuya's overall approach in the games, where, despite at numerous times having the advantage of corporate backing, his personal fued with Heihachi is always confined to tournaments and fights with his own bare hands. This is noticeably different from Heihachi, who has used a gun, abduction, and blackmail during the course the Iron Fist Tournaments, and attempted to kill Kazuya with a laser satellite whilst he was engaged in fighting Akuma.

Kazuya, unlike his devil,[8] is invested in using scientific study and advancement. He has a personal stake in understanding his own genetics, and has the patience and long term planning to see research as a necessary step on his path to control and revenge.[9] He has a cunning streak and, much like his brother and father, is capable of being devious and scheming.

Outfits

Kazuya Mishima/Outfits

Story

Background

At five years of age, Kazuya finds out his mother died at the hands of his father and attempts to get revenge against him.[10] However, Kazuya is defeated almost immediately and gets thrown off a cliff by his father,[10] who claims that his son is weak and would have to survive and climb back up if he was to be his true son as well as his successor.[11] Kazuya barely survives the fall, but is able to climb back up the cliff due to his Devil Gene activating and causing his devil powers to awaken.[6] In the non-canon Tekken: The Motion Picture, this was explained as Kazuya, on the brink of death, making a deal with with the Devil in order to survive to solely murder his father. In the NTSC-U/C (North American) manual of Tekken 2, it was also said that "there is a rumor that Kazuya has made a deal with the Devil," but in canon sources this has never been directly said to have happened. It seems that as the series has progressed, the canon explanation for his devil powers has instead become that his near-death experience simply caused his latent powers granted to him by the Devil Gene to activate. It is revealed that Kazuya was born with devil's power through his mother.[10]

After climbing back up the cliff, Kazuya was raised by Heihachi. This is evidenced by Kazuya's profile in the first Tekken, which states that, since his father is a rich businessman, he doesn't need to worry about money, which seems to suggest that Kazuya remained a part of Heihachi's household. It is also stated that Kazuya and his adoptive brother Lee Chaolan were raised from childhood as rivals, and that Heihachi adopted Lee because he was a skilled scrapper living on his own in the street, meaning Lee would have to be older than 4 years old when he was adopted.[12] This means Kazuya was raised by Heihachi even after he was thrown off the cliff, since he and Lee were raised together. Before the events of the first King of Iron Fist Tournament, Kazuya participated in martial arts tournaments or unofficial fights around the world. In one of these fights Paul Phoenix fought him to a draw. When the first King of Iron Fist Tournament was announced, the 26 year old Kazuya took the opportunity to get back at his father, setting the stage for the first game.

Tekken

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Tekken 1 Kazuya Mishima - A Father's Fall

A Father's Fall

Version 1 (Manual): Kazuya is the eldest son of the tournament's sponsor, the Mishima Financial Group's CEO, Heihachi Mishima. Kazuya's purpose for participating in this tournament is to kill his father, and to use the power his father commands to orchestrate a worldwide coup d'etat.

He received the scar across his chest when his father dropped him from a ravine at the age of five.[2]

Version 2: Kazuya enters the tournament and makes it to the final against Heihachi. Apathetic towards the tournament's considerable prize money, Kazuya engages his father in a vicious, bloody battle in which Kazuya emerges victorious. Kazuya then proceeds to throw Heihachi's broken body off the same cliff Heihachi threw Kazuya off many years ago and smiles with his revenge completed.

Ending Description, "A Father's Fall": Having beaten Heihachi, Kazuya picks Heihachi's body up and throws it off the cliff, and smiles in satisfaction.

Tekken 2

Version 1: Kazuya defeated Heihachi in the previous tournament, and in doing so inherited all the power of the Mishima Financial Group's head; he now takes pride in surpassing Heihachi's power.

Presently, Kazuya has nearly seized all of Hokkaido for the purpose of building his ideal independent nation, where he's trying to establish a strong military force.[2][3]

Version 2: By the time of the second tournament, Kazuya has been the Mishima Zaibatsu's CEO for two years and engaged in much more evil actions beyond that of Heihachi Mishima. Kazuya announces the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2 as part of proving his dominance.[5] During the tournament, Kazuya encounters a contender, Jun Kazama, and impregnates her with his son before leaving her to raise the child alone. Eventually, Heihachi makes it to the final round to face Kazuya and starts to gain the upper hand against him. As a last resort, Kazuya transforms into his Devil Form and continues the fight, but Heihachi still emerges victorious due to his training to take back the Mishima Zaibatsu. In retribution, Heihachi throws Kazuya's body into the mouth of a volcano and escapes on a helicopter as the volcano erupts, leaving Kazuya to be presumed dead.

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Tekken 2 Kazuya Mishima - Evil Smile

Evil Smile

Ending Description, "Evil Smile": Kazuya is shown to have expelled and defeated Devil, and starts to walk away. However, without knowing, Devil starts to rise again and is about to shoot Kazuya with his eye laser. Although, as he fires, Heihachi appears in front of Kazuya and blocks the attack. Kazuya, surprised by his father's act of protection, at first he considers helping him but then he shakes his head, picks up his father's body, and uses him as a human shield. Even though Devil uses many eye lasers, none of them close to harming Kazuya, instead apparently killing Heihachi. As Kazuya throws Heihachi's body and Devil hits it away, Kazuya finishes Devil off with a Dragon Uppercut, and smiles with satisfaction, having rid himself of both Devil and Heihachi.

Tekken 3

Kazuya did not return as a playable character for Tekken 3, as he was stated to be dead at the time and he was replaced by his son, Jin Kazama. Kazuya himself, however, is still briefly seen in the short arcade version opening movie where he appears alongside Jun Kazama, giving an evil smile to the camera before their son, Jin Kazama, is seen. Pictures of him are also seen in Eddy Gordo's ending where Eddy learns that he was the one behind the death of his parents.

Tekken 4

Prologue: Twenty years ago, Kazuya lost to Heihachi and was thrown into the mouth of a volcano. A few days later, he was brought back to life by G Corporation, a biotech firm making revolutionary advances in the field of biogenetics research. With G Corporation's aid, Kazuya investigated the biomechanics of the Devil Gene within him by subjecting himself to various experiments. Kazuya believed that once he unlocked and controlled the power of the Devil Gene, he would be powerful enough to defeat Heihachi and destroy the Mishima Zaibatsu. Twenty years later, the Tekken Forces attacked G Corporation's facility and stole their research data. Kazuya was also targeted in the attack. Kazuya was infuriated by Heihachi's interference once again. He was determined more than ever to exact his vengeance. Kazuya was not fooled by the sudden announcement of the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. He knew that it was a trap orchestrated by Heihachi to lure him out. Despite this knowledge, Kazuya enters the Tournament - this is his chance to defeat Heihachi.[13]

Summary of In-Game Events
At the seventh stage, Kazuya was slated to fight Jin, but Jin disappeared. He had been abducted by Tekken Force soldiers under Heihachi's command. Kazuya was declared the winner by default and sent to the final round, where he met Heihachi and demanded to know his son's whereabouts.

After (canonically losing)[14] the fight, Kazuya was taken by Heihachi to Hon-Maru, a temple within the Mishima compound in the woods, where Jin was being held captive. Kazuya was initially surprised to see Jin chained up, but was then overpowered by his devil, who took control of his body. Devil explained that he lost half of himself when Kazuya was thrown into a volcano and that his other half resides within Jin. He knocked Heihachi out with a laser and then unsuccessfully attempted to draw the Devil Gene from Jin. Devil speculated that it must be Jin's Kazama blood that was preventing the assimilation. While Devil was distracted, Kazuya was able to take back control of his body, fighting down Devil and then merging their power. Kazuya then called for Jin to awkaken. Once Jin woke up however, they fought and Jin succeeded in defeating Kazuya, who was then knocked unconscious.

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Tekken 4 Kazuya Ending

Kazuya's ending in Tekken 4

Ending Description: The tournament officials sent Kazuya a message: The winner of Round 7 by default is Kazuya Mishima. Please proceed to the final stage. Though Kazuya sensed Heihachi's hand in Jin Kazama's disappearance, a fearless grin crept upon his face as he headed towards the final stage. Heihachi led Kazuya deep within the Mishima Zaibatsu compound. A massive temple stood in the midst of a forest enshrouded in fog. The two entered the building...

When Kazuya sees Jin, he is overpowered by his devil, who takes control of his body. His eyes glow red, and he steps forward and says, "So you were with him after all, my half...". Heihachi immediately knows something was wrong, turning to him as asking, "Who are you?!" Devil gives a huff of amusement and says, "I am what you refer to as 'Devil'. Twenty years ago, I lost a part of myself when you nearly killed me. Now, I'll retrieve what's rightfully mine from him! The time has come for my resurrection!". Heihachi gasps and steps back. "You saved me the trouble of having to search for him," Devil says, "For your troubles, I'll give you a taste of my power!" He then shoots a laser from his eyes, throwing Heihachi back and knocking him unconscious. Devil laughs: "What's the matter? Didn't your precious science provide all the answers you needed... about my power?"

Devil then turns to Jin and stretches out a hand. An aura glows around Jin, then his devil markings appear. Devil draws back his hand, confused. "What?!" he says, "Why won't you change?" After a moment of thought, he says, "Is it because of that Kazama blood?!"

Devil suddenly cries in pain and bolts of blue electricity roll up his body. He writhes in pain and says "Kazuya! What are you do...?!" He falls to his knees. "No! It can't be!"

Kazuya's eyes stop glowing red, and his voice no longer has Devil's intonation in it: "I see... Didn't know about this method of unifying our power." Kazuya stands, his electricity fading. "This is the end of you..." he says to his devil, "Now you'll become... a part of me." He looks up at Jin, "All I need to do is destroy you, then everything will be mine! Rise! Jin Kazama!"

Jin suddenly wakes up. He looks at his chains, and struggles to get free. He breaks out and falls to the floor. Jin gasps and struggles with against his devil, and says to Kazuya: "You! If only you were dead... Once I kill you, it'll all be over!"

Kazuya defeats Jin, then stands over Jin's fallen body. Kazuya stretches out a hand and another aura glows around Jin. The aura draws up into Kazuya's hand as Kazuya begins to laugh. "Finally, everything is mine!". Kazuya throws back his head and laughs maniacally. As he does, there is a flash and he transforms fully into his devil.

White text comes up on a black screen that reads: That day, the Mishima Zaibatsu compound and the area surrounding it vanished without a trace. The truth behind the incident never came to light.

Tekken 5

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Tekken 5 Kazuya Interludes

Prologue Version 1: Kazuya Mishima, knocked unconscious by Jin in the battle of Honmaru. As he came to, he was attacked by JACKs. "Damn! Are they after me too?!" says Kazuya. For a while, Kazuya and Heihachi fought as father and son. But Devil Kazuya flew away, leaving Heihachi to die alone. Kazuya enters the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, to make the traitors pay.

Prologue Version 2: Son of Heihachi Mishima and the one who possesses the devil gene, Kazuya Mishima... During the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, Kazuya suffered a defeat at the hands of Heihachi and later Jin at the Honmaru. When he finally regained consciousness he was surrounded by a Jack-4 squad. "G Corporation! So they plan to take me out too." Kazuya teamed with Heihachi to fight off the successive waves of Jacks until he saw his chance and left the Honmaru without Heihachi. He morphs into a devil and takes flight just as the Honmaru explodes. Kazuya, determined to exact revenge on those who betrayed him, decided to enter the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5.

Summary of In-Game Events
Following their defeats to Jin, Kazuya and Heihachi are ambushed by a squad of Jack-4s, who have been sent by G Corporation to destroy Kazuya and Heihachi. The father and son are forced to work together to fight the Jacks until Kazuya throws Heihachi into a group of Jack robots and leaves him to die in the ensuing explosion. Heihachi is pronounced dead, but someone has mysteriously taken over the Mishima Zaibatsu and announced the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Kazuya enters to track down those who betrayed him and discover the sponsor's identity.

During the tournament, Kazuya crosses paths with Raven, who recognizes him after seeing him flying away from the Hon-Maru. Kazuya defeats Raven and interrogates him. When he makes Raven talk, Kazuya discovers that he was betrayed by G Corporation, and that something was awakened from under Hon-Maru. Kazuya realises what Heihachi has done, and speculates that in fact it is his grandfather Jinpachi Mishima, who is somehow controlling the Zaibatsu now. In a (likely non-canonical) interlude with Heihachi, he accuses Heihachi of imprisoning his grandfather under Hon-Maru and explains to him that he's now been released. It is unknown how far Kazuya progressed through the tournament.

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Tekken 5 Kazuya Ending

Kazuya's ending in Tekken 5

Ending Description: After initially greeting his grandfather with respected, Kazuya fights and defeats him. He holds the dying Jinpachi in his arms, he tries to wake him up, Jinpachi barely regains consciousness, Kazuya then smiles softly at his grandfather, as he remembers one of the few happy moments of his childhood, spent affectionately training with his beloved grandfather. After a few moments, Kazuya's expression suddenly changes, one of his eyes turn red alerting Jinpachi who is too exhausted to react, and he punches through Jinpachi's chest, destroying him heartlessly and turning him to dust. Satisfied with himself, Kazuya grins and looks back, and gives an evil laugh.

Tekken 6

Prologue: After he had killed the G Corporation officials who betrayed him, Kazuya Mishima succeeded in taking control of the corporation from behind the scenes. In the meantime, the world was quickly slipping into chaos due to the activities of the Mishima Zaibatsu, led by Jin Kazama. Kazuya could never accept a world controlled by anyone but himself, and he set out to use the military power of the G Corporation to suppress the Mishima Zaibatsu. At this point, the G Corporation was praised by the nations of the world for its heroic actions.

When the G Corporation's public influence had become great enough, Kazuya used it to announce a hefty bounty for anyone who could capture Jin alive. In reply, the Mishima Zaibatsu announced The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6. This was just as Kazuya had predicted, and it put a satisfied smile on his face.[15]

Summary of In-Game Events
Despite not winning the fifth tournament, Kazuya discovers the division of G Corporation that tried to kill him, thinking that he may be too much of a threat. In retaliation, with the help of his former henchman Bruce Irvin, he kills them all to gain all the power for himself, becoming the head of the company and opposing the Mishima Zaibatsu. The Zaibatsu, led by Jin, has already begun world conquest and declared war on the world to destroy a greater evil. By this time, the world's population sees G Corporation as its only savior, though in reality Kazuya plans to destroy Jin and take over the world himself with an iron fist. Kazuya utilizes the company's newfound popularity to his advantage: Kazuya places a bounty on Jin's head for whoever can manage to capture him dead or alive.

After learning about Azazel, the presumed source for the Devil Gene, Kazuya along with the G Corporation arrive at his temple somewhere in the desert, seeking to obtain Azazel's power. Kazuya however is stopped by Lars Alexandersson, a rogue Tekken Force leader who he discovers to be his half-brother. The battle ends without an outcome with Kazuya merely leaving and warning his half-brother about their fate being Mishima.

Ending Description: Tekken Force are lined up before Azazel's temple and point their guns towards the temple entrance. Kazuya emerges from within the temple and holds up the body of Devil Jin for all to see. On seeing the body of their leader, Tekken Force slowly lower their weapons. They then quickly stand to attention and salute Kazuya, recognizing him as the new leader of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Kazuya smirks and gives a maniacal laugh.

Tekken 7

Version 1: Kazuya was raised as the heir to the Mishima Zaibatsu but rebelled against his father Heihachi. After awakening the power of the devil within him, he's finally able to control it.[1]

Version 2: Kazuya Mishima – the son of Heihachi Mishima, head of the Mishima Zaibatsu and King of the Iron Fist. Although he once defeated Heihachi and took over the Mishima Zaibatsu, he lost to Heihachi in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2, and was thrown into the crater of a volcano. At that time, Kazuya was able to save his life by becoming Devil. He allowed his body to be studied by G Corporation, a new company who were continuing to make breakthroughs in the field of genetics, and succeeded in being able to control the power of the devil freely. After that, Kazuya succeeded in taking over G Corporation. He controlled G Corporation from behind the scenes, and fought a fierce war with the Mishima Zaibatsu, led by his son Jin Kazama. Now, the war is gradually starting to tilt in G Corporation’s favour.[16]

Story Mode

Several decades ago, Kazuya confronted his father Heihachi for the murder of his mother. He desperately tried to fight his father, but Heihachi easily overpowered and defeated the boy. Kazuya was then tossed off a cliff.

In the present day, Kazuya watches from G Corporation tower as Heihachi announces his return and the announcement of the King Iron Fist Tournament 7, not surprised that his father is still alive. Learning that his father is searching for Jin, Kazuya tells his subordinates to hasten the preparations for his plans.

Later, Kazuya sends his Jack-6 army to kill Heihachi, who happens to be targeted by Akuma at the Mishima Dojo. However, after learning that Akuma was sent by his mother to kill both Heihachi and Kazuya himself, he disbelieves it, then maniacally laughs and deems his mother's task to kill him and Heihachi absurd. He also wants to know how powerful Akuma is.

In the same time he suspects Heihachi faking his death at the hands of Akuma, he is soon confronted by Akuma on a later day, and they fight on top of G Corporation Tower after he dismissed his men not to engage Akuma due to his powers can beat them easily. Overwhelmed by his opponent's amazing powers, Kazuya transforms into the devil to increase his powers, not knowing that his devil form has been caught on camera by the Mishima Zaibatsu. Kazuya and Akuma are then attacked by Heihachi via a laser attack from a satellite that destroyed G Corporation tower. Although Kazuya survives the attack, public opinion is turned against G Corporation due to his devil form exposed to the world. Vowing to have the last laugh as a counteract on Heihachi, Kazuya shoots a Devil Blaster at Heihachi's satellite, causing it to plummet down to Earth and destroy an entire city. The world mistakenly believes that the Mishima Zaibatsu destroyed its own satellite, and public opinion is on G Corporation's side once again.

A few hours later, Kazuya finally confronts Heihachi inside a volcano. As they fight, Kazuya changes into his devil form and nearly defeats his father. But Heihachi musters all of his remaining strength and strikes back, causing his son to revert back to his human form. Even though the two of them have become severely weakened at this point, they continue to exchange blows when Heihachi headbutts Kazuya. Looking up at the man he has always hated for all of his life, Kazuya finally kills Heihachi with a deadly blow to the chest, which stopped his father's heart. He then takes Heihachi's corpse and tosses him into a river of lava, whilst repeating his father's teachings.

Shortly afterwards, Kazuya is once again confronted by Akuma, who has also survived the attack at G Corporation tower. Transforming into the devil once again, Kazuya fights Akuma in a heated battle. In the end, Kazuya fires a powerful Devil Blaster at Akuma's Hadoken, and the collision destroyed the volcanic surroundings.

Although the final outcome of the battle is unknown, Kazuya's influence over the world is still present, as G Corporation is not ending the war and various nations face an incoming invasion.

Other Appearances

Tekken: The Motion Picture

Kazuya appears in the non-canon Tekken: The Motion Picture as one of the movie's main characters, exploring his relationship with Jun Kazama and his motivations for entering the King of The Iron Fist Tournament.

Tekken Tag Tournament

Kazuya is a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament. He retains his moveset from Tekken 2 with many new moves added. Many moves were added because of his absence in Tekken 3.

Ending Description: Jin is defeated and falls down while Kazuya stands over him. He then scoffs at a weakened Jin and then proceeds to walk away. Suddenly, Jin rises with vengeance (showing Devil Jin's third eye appear on Jin's forehead). As Kazuya hears this, he stops and turns around, preparing for the final fight.

Kazuya in Jin's Ending: Jin picks up an unconscious body of his father, Kazuya. Jin is about to finish him with a single punch, only to have paused and dropped Kazuya's body back in the ground. He is then seen with his hands shaking as he falls down to his knees. This restraint is possibly due to "Kazama blood" influence or his mother's influence taking control of him.

Kazuya in Angel's Ending: Angel stands over Devil Kazuya's unconscious body, she puts her hand over his forehead that transforms him back to his human form. He then regains consciousness and wakes up, but Angel is nowhere to be found.

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Tekken (2010 movie)

In the 2010 live-action film Tekken, Kazuya is the main antagonist and is portrayed by American actor Ian Anthony Dale. In this version, he has facial hair and bears none of the video game character's bodily scars. Kazuya is Heihachi's right-hand man in Tekken Corporation, wishing to take over his father's company. Also, rather than being a hand-to-hand combatant, Kazuya relies on melee weapons such as axes and Eskrima sticks. Furthermore, the Devil Gene subplot is not used in the film. At the end of the tournament, he is defeated by his son, Jin Kazama.

Street Fighter X Tekken

Kazuya appears in the crossover game Street Fighter X Tekken. He was first revealed as one of the first few playable characters at San Diego Comic-Con International in 2010, along with Nina Williams, Ryu, and Chun-Li.

In the game, Kazuya (who is still the head of G Corporation) learns of the mysterious box known as the Pandora, which crash-lands in the Antarctic. He then plans to use the box's power to increase his Devil Gene, defeat his son Jin and take control of the Mishima Zaibatsu in his quest for power and to take over the world. At that moment, an old foe appears from the shadows: Nina Williams. Nina decides to accompany Kazuya on his trip to the Antarctic. Kazuya accepts her assistance, but due to her relationship with the Mishima Zaibatsu and Jin, she has to do everything Kazuya tells her to despite the fact that she hates him.

During their journey, Kazuya and Nina run into Ryu and Ken Masters. Nina suggests to leave them be, not wanting to bother them, but Kazuya takes an interest in the two warriors and their power. Realizing that he could "use a warm-up" before arriving at the Antarctic, he challenges them both to test his devil powers and their strength, much to Nina's dismay.

Ending Description: After defeating Akuma, Pandora's box opens. Kazuya and Nina then walk up to the box. Suddenly, Nina walks ahead of Kazuya and stands before him, much to his confusion. She then tells him that he can't have the box and that someone else wants it more, possibly Jin. Knowing her true intentions and that she means his son, Kazuya summons his soldiers from G Corporation, who had camouflaged themselves in the snow in case something like this would happen. Nina then runs and the screen immediately turns black with gunshots fired. Then it's revealed that all the soldiers have been defeated quickly, presumably Nina's doing. Despite her treachery, Kazuya still obtains the box, knowing that this is all that truly matters, he plans to take it back to his company in order to fully restore his body as well as the Devil Gene resting inside him.

Tekken: Blood Vengeance

In Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Kazuya is one of the film's main antagonists. He's still the head of G Corporation, as well as the boss of Anna Williams, who he orders to recruit Ling Xiaoyu as a spy (knowing that Jin would never harm Xiaoyu) to gather information on Jin's old school friend, Shin Kamiya. He later arrives in Kyoto at Kyoto Castle, where he finds Xiaoyu, Shin, Jin, Alisa Bosconovitch and a surprisingly alive Heihachi. After Heihachi ruthlessly kills Shin, Kazuya, Jin, and Heihachi have an epic three-way brawl and he's rendered unconscious by his father. After Heihachi's seemingly defeated, Kazuya confronts his son. After Jin declares to him that Kyoto will be his grave, Kazuya transforms into Devil Kazuya and smashes his son through the wall, taking the battle outside. Jin attempts to fight back, but his father easily defeats him. Devil Kazuya then urges him to transform into Devil Jin. Xiaoyu begs Jin not to, but Alisa puts her out of harm's way by declaring to take down Devil Kazuya by herself. However, Jin shuts her down immediately afterwards. Annoyed that Jin has been using a "doll" to do his work, Devil Kazuya stamps on Alisa and, with one single stomp crushes her in half, throwing Xiaoyu into despair. Afterwards, Jin finally transforms into a Devil, though his form is not yet complete as he battles his father. Devil Kazuya then tells his son that he's left with no choice but to finish him if he wants to end the Mishima Bloodline. He then easily defeats him and immediately believes that he's victorious. But suddenly, Jin finally takes control of his new form, surprising Devil Kazuya. His Devil powers now utilized, he finally defeats Devil Kazuya, telling his father that the Devil's power is his and sending him plummeting into a nearby waterfall. Devil Kazuya then tells his son that this isn't over before doing so.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Kazuya returns as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. He retains his moveset from Tekken 6 with new moves added as both of his normal and devil forms are now one due to having the same fighting style as well as matching the current story that states how Kazuya attained full control of Devil ever since Tekken 4.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Kazuya's Arcade Ending

Ending Description: After Kazuya defeats Unknown, he absorbs her power (represented by the signature purple ooze on her body vanishing and washing over Kazuya instead.) Kazuya transforms into his Devil Form from Tekken: Blood Vengeance, laughing madly and triumphantly as he flies into the night. The absorption is similar to how Devil Jin absorbs Jinpachi's powers in Tekken 5.

Tekken Tag II Special Alliance Partners:

Tekken Revolution

Kazuya appears in Tekken Revolution as a playable character.

Tekken Card Tournament

Kazuya appears as a playable character in Tekken Card Tournament. As his in-game information reads, he becomes more powerful and his cards' abilities activate when his health is at a set amount, which is a drawback since his best cards require very low HP in order to activate. He also specializes in dealing relatively powerful attacks, and can drain his opponent's health and draw quickly, but sometimes at the cost of his own health. He can also take away parries, and can weaken and parry his opponent's attacks, ideally punch attacks, and can strike without worry thanks to his cards that give him protection when striking. He also obviously has little to no basic cards that grant him healing abilities. Overall, he has good strength and great abilities, and a slightly roughly average draw ability, but he's recommended for anyone that doesn't mind losing HP to tap into his more powerful abilities.

Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge

Kazuya is the main protagonist of the prequel to the 2010 live-action film.

King of Fighters: All Star

Kazuya, alongside Jin and Heihachi, appears as part of Tekken's guest characters in SNK's mobile game.

Gameplay

Kazuya is one of the most basic characters in the series. His moveset furthers powerful single strikes, and despite them being mostly slow and/or unsafe on block, they do a lot of raw damage. Most of Kazuya's best moves are predictable and hard to surprise with, so his most rewarding method of play is centered around block punishment. In fact, Kazuya's greatest assets are his punishing moves, like the Electric Wind Godfist, one of the best, if not the best punisher in every game he's in. In summation, he's overall best used as a defensive character, and good timing is required to main him. Despite his rather heavy reliance on the aforementioned good timing and strong defense, Kazuya is a formidable force of steady aggression in the hands of an experienced player. A certain rhythm of dodges, sidesteps and blocks is required to maintain the upper hand and with creative use of stuns, Kazuya's onslaught is virtually unstoppable. This is very much a high-risk tactic and requires a lot of nerve from the player.

Starting with Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Kazuya gains the ability to morph into his Devil form at will. His Devil form gives him some demonic powers, like the ability to fly and shoot laser beams. Also changes slightly his moveset, most notably giving him the ability to perform the Twin Pistons move from a standing position, which can be used as a solid launcher move for juggle combos. However, he lost most of D/F+1 follow-ups in Devil Form.

His Rage Art has him doing two consecutive punches and transforms into Devil Kazuya to rake his opponent with a powerful Devil's Beam. This ability is also retained in his powerful devil form along with his Rage Art of his own during the battle against Heihachi and later Akuma.

In Tekken (Mobile), Kazuya's Rage Art has a minor change, instead of raking his opponent by Devil Kazuya's Devil's Beam, he maintains to hit his opponent with two consecutive punches followed by Hell Lancer and heavily knocks his opponent with a Dragon Uppercut and having his arm crossed on his downed opponent.

Fighting Style

Kazuya fights using Mishima Style Fighting Karate. In a style similar to Shotokan karate.

Moves

Character Relationships

Heihachi Mishima

His now-deceased father and archenemy. Kazuya hates Heihachi more than anything or anyone else. His hatred was caused by Heihachi's murder of his mother, Kazumi. After this, Heihachi threw him off a cliff when Kazuya was 5 years old. This caused his Devil powers to activate, resulting in his corruption, and turning him away from his peaceful nature to become ruthless and cold. Ever since that event, Kazuya has been wanting to kill Heihachi.

Although Kazuya successfully defeated his father in the first tournament, Heihachi survived, and later, during the events of the second tournament, defeated him and threw his body in a volcano. This caused Kazuya's body immeasurable damage and lost him a considerable amount of his Devil power.

20 years later, after he had recovered, Kazuya vowed to kill his father once and for all. Whilst still researching his own devil genetics, Heihachi launched a strike on G Corporation, disrupting Kazuya's work. Heihachi intended to capture Kazuya at the end of the fourth tournament, but their losses to Jin and G-Corp's betrayal of Kazuya forced them to briefly work together, before Kazuya turned on Heihachi and left him to fend fo himself. In Tekken 7, Heihachi reveals Kazuya's devil nature to the world via broadcast and tells his story to a journalist. Kazuya successfully killed Heihachi at their final battle in The Mishima Saga.

Jinpachi Mishima

His deceased grandfather. Jinpachi trained Kazuya in the Mishima Karate when he was a child and before Jinpachi was imprisoned under Hon-Maru by Heihachi. Unlike Heihachi, Kazuya liked his grandfather very much and looked up to him as a father figure, and Jinpachi liked spending time with him, being one of his few happy childhood memories.

In his Tekken 5 interludes, Kazuya is polite and respectful towards his grandfather, and in his ending, smiles affectionately to him while a flashback is seen where Jinpachi and him spend time training in the family-style. However, Kazuya's Devil side suddenly kicks in, causing him to finish off his weakened grandfather and laugh menacingly.

Jinpachi held a deep affection for his grandson, their TTT2 intro pose will show Jinpachi saying Kazuya's name in a sad tone, regretful of what he had become due to his father.

Kazumi Mishima

His deceased mother. Kazuya loved and was fond of his mother, and Kazumi was always devoted to him when he was a baby. In Tekken 7, Kazuya was surprised to hear that Kazumi was trying to kill both him and Heihachi by sending Akuma, and thought it was absurd, causing him to laugh maniacally, but was also confused at how Akuma knew Kazumi.

Jun Kazama

His son's mother, the real relationship between Kazuya and Jun remains one of the biggest mysteries of the series. While their relationship's exact nature is unknown, Kazuya describes her as a "mysterious" woman "approaching without fear".[5]

Jun originally wanted to arrest Kazuya for his experiments on animals but she also saw the mystic powers surrounding him and wanted to free him from the Devil. Sometime before the final confrontation between Kazuya and Heihachi, Kazuya impregnated Jun and she gave birth to Jin.

In their TTT2 win pose, Kazuya and Jun look at each other while they have their backs turned against one another, with Jun having a sorrowful look expressing discomfort and sadness in her failure of saving him from Devil. While it is clearly hinted that Jun harbors feelings for Kazuya, it is difficult to say whether Kazuya reciprocates any of these feelings. In Devil Kazuya's TTT1 ending, however, he comes across Jun unconscious on the ground and carefully lifts her into his arms before flying away implying Kazuya has some degree of care for Jun.

Angel

A mysterious benevolent entity that wanted to free Kazuya from Devil in Tekken 2. According to her Tekken 2 profile, her existence was entwined with Devil's, and she is one of the appearances that Kazuya takes in addition to a pitch-black Devil when people look upon him.

Devil Kazuya

His Devil form. When Kazuya was thrown off a cliff when he was 5 years old, his latent Devil powers activated, allowing him to survive and permanently changing his personality. For some reason, in Kazuya's Tekken 2 ending, he is shown defeating Devil Kazuya who appears as a completely separate entity from Kazuya.

After Tekken 2s events and the loss of a part of his devil power, Kazuya started working with G-Corp to try to unlock the full power of the Devil Gene. In the first part of his Tekken 4 ending (which is canon, as it precedes Jin's ending), Kazuya fuses fully with his Devil self and they become a single fully unified entity.

Jin Kazama

His son and enemy. Kazuya wants to extract Jin's portion of the Devil that left Kazuya's body after the second tournament. Kazuya and Jin first met in Tekken 4 but their duel did not take place in the tournament because the Tekken Force had kidnapped Jin, allowing Kazuya to win his official tournament match against him without confronting him. After his fight against Heihachi, the latter takes him to the temple of Hon-Maru where Jin was imprisoned. Kazuya tries to absorb back Jin's half of the Devil power, but fails, as his Kazama blood prevents this. He then tries to first defeat him, but fails again.

In Tekken 6, Kazuya was unable to accept a world dominated by anyone but him, and became the Jin-led Mishima Zaibatsu's strongest adversary. They are also uneasy partners in Project X Zone 2 (non-canon). In Tekken 7, Kazuya learns that after Heihachi took over the Zaibatsu, he was searching for Jin, but Kazuya does not seem to be going after his son due to having had other things to deal with (Akuma is coming to kill him and claims to have been sent by Kazuya's mother, as well as killing Heihachi). At the end of Tekken 7, after seeing what the world looks like under Kazuya's control, Jin agrees with Lars that it is up to him to kill Kazuya.

Lee Chaolan

His adopted brother and rival. Kazuya and Lee despise each other, with Lee always wanting to beat him since they were forced to be rivals by Heihachi since childhood. Kazuya has a low opinion of Lee and, while he doesn't hate him as much as Heihachi, enjoys humiliating him. Kazuya made Lee his secretary during his tenure as CEO of the Mishima Zaibatsu, a position he seems to have given his brother to humiliate him, though it is noticeable that he did still accept to have Lee working for him, despite their differences.

Other Relationships

  • Devil Jin - His son's Devil form and rival. Devil Jin and Kazuya dislike each other, as they compete for power and show their hate in their winning poses. Kazuya wants to reabsorb this part of Devil back into himself.
  • Lars Alexandersson - His younger half-brother and enemy since Tekken 6. By the time he found out who Lars is during their second encounter at Azazel’s Temple, Kazuya warned him about being a Mishima by blood, always fated to kill each other, just as Kazuya left his half-brother to handle Azazel. Despite leaving things in cool terms, Kazuya doesn't seem to fully focus on his half-brother the way he does on Jin and Heihachi.
  • Paul Phoenix - Paul considers himself to be Kazuya's rival, as they once fought to a draw, but Kazuya himself seems to consider Paul a nuisance at best.
  • Anna Williams - His bodyguard and secretary in Tekken 2, Tekken 6 and Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
  • Bruce Irvin - His bodyguard and second-in-command in Tekken 2 and Tekken 6. Assuming that the first half of his Tekken 5 interlude with Kazuya is canon, the two have a distant personal relationship.
  • Violet - His brother's alter-ego.
  • Ganryu - His bodyguard in Tekken 2. In the Scenario Campaign, Kazuya refers to him as "that bumbling rikishi."
  • Dr. Bosconovitch - Kazuya kidnapped him and ordered him to work for him in Tekken 2.
  • Roger & Alex - Kazuya ordered Bosconovitch to create them before Tekken 2.
  • Eddy Gordo - Before Tekken 3, Kazuya had Eddy's parents killed and framed Eddy for their murder.
  • Leo Kliesen - Kazuya is responsible for Leo's mother's death and is Leo's enemy. Leo found out about Emma's previous work with the Mishima Zaibatsu, but is still hunting for details on the exact nature of Kazuya's murder of Emma.
  • Baek Doo San - He defeated him in the Tekken: The Motion Picture (non-canon).
  • Lei Wulong - Lei attempted to arrest Kazuya in Tekken 2, and also in Tekken 6 and Tekken 7.
  • Michelle Chang - Kazuya kidnapped her mother before Tekken 2 in order to get access to the mysterious pendant Michelle possessed, giving Michelle cause to enter the second tournament. Kazuya also defeated her in Tekken: The Motion Picture (non-canon).
  • Ling Xiaoyu - She tried to save Kazuya in her Tekken 5 ending. Xiaoyu does not seem to hate Kazuya, instead she would like to stop the conflict between Kazuya, Jin, and Heihachi in an attempt to reconcile them. In Tekken 6 Scenario Campaign, Xiaoyu calls him 'Father' and tells him to stop fighting with Jin so that she and Jin can elope. Xiaoyu is Kazuya's former employee in Tekken: Blood Vengeance (non-canon).
  • Armor King II - In the Scenario Campaign in Tekken 6, Kazuya wants to get revenge on him for helping G Corporation's test subjects escape.
  • Wang - Wang disapproves of Kazuya and tried to convince Lee to turn against him prior to Tekken 2. Wang has known both Lee and Kazuya since their childhood. In his Scenario Campaign playthrough, Kazuya shows he's very well acquainted with Wang's habits and actions.[17]
  • Jack-series - The original Jack was sent to the first tournament by the Russian military to stop Kazuya's plans for world domination. Many years later, in Tekken 5, when G Corporation now had control of the robots, the company tried to kill both Kazuya and Heihachi with an army of Jack-4s. When Kazuya then later took control of G Corporation in Tekken 6, he also gained control of the Jack-series. In Jack-7's ending there is a letter from Kazuya granting him a small personal allowance that the robot is very excited by.
  • Nina Williams - Kazuya was her assassination target during Tekken 2. During the tournament, Kazuya managed to capture her and forced her to undergo a cold sleep experiment, where she would then remain frozen for the next 19 years. Also his "partner" in Street Fighter X Tekken (non-canon).
  • Emma Kliesen - One of Kazuya's main victims during his takeover of G Corporation. However, the reason behind the murder is undisclosed. Emma’s child, Leo, found out that she previously worked Mishima Zaibatsu prior joining G Corp, so her murder could be related to this, or to her being involved in G-Corp's betrayal of Kazuya.
  • Shin Kamiya - Kazuya hunted him down until realized he is just a veteran of M-CELL experiment in Tekken: Blood Vengeance (non-canon).
  • Jane - She helped Kazuya create Jack-6 and Jack-7.
  • Ryu and Ken Masters - His rivals in Street Fighter X Tekken, enemies in Namco x Capcom (to Devil Kazuya), and situational allies in Project X Zone 2 (non-canon).
  • Akuma - Kazumi ordered Akuma to kill Kazuya and Heihachi should she fail to do so in Tekken 7. They fought each other twice, their first fight at the G Corporation tower was interrupted by Heihachi. They fought each other again at a volcano in a bonus episode after the final story battle, but the final outcome of the battle (and if it is canon) is unknown.
  • Lucky Chloe - His employee.
  • Shaheen - Kazuya was responsible for Shaheen's close friend's death. In his ending, Shaheen makes a decision of sparing Kazuya instead of taking revenge, but when Shaheen sees him transform into his devil form and fly away, he vows to keep pursuing Kazuya.

Quotes

Trivia

General:

  • The kanji in his name individually mean: "one" (一 kazu); "eight" (八 ya). Also, the surname of all members of the Mishima family 三島 (Mishima) means "third island".
  • Kazuya's fighting style is heavily based on Shotokan style of karate.
  • Kazuya is the winner of the first King of Iron Fist Tournament.
  • Possibly because of the Devil Gene, Kazuya's left eye glows red. However, it is also a possibility that Kazuya gained this red eye due to the reconstruction G-Corporation implemented on him, especially since the red-eye only first appeared in Tekken 4. However, Devil Jin's eyes glow red at times too.
  • Despite fan misconception, Kazuya does not consider Jun Kazama his wife. There has never been any confirmation on his civil status either.[18]
  • In Kazuya's Tekken 4 prologue it states that he willingly subjected himself to G Corporation's experimentation. It is possible that some of these experiments maybe have been psychologically traumatic however, as implied in the Devil Within (Mode) of Tekken 5. Deep in G Corp's underground facilities there are testing chambers of a child's bedroom, populated with clones of Heihachi Mishima.
  • Part of Kazuya's techniques are performed by the same motion actor as Jin Kazama, Ryu Narushima (成嶋 竜 Narushima Ryū)[19]
  • In Heihachi's Tekken 2 ending, Kazuya is wearing his purple tuxedo outfit (his extra outfit). However, in the Tekken 4 intro, he is shown wearing his 1P outfit.
  • Kazuya is playable in every Tekken game with the exception of Tekken 3 as he was believed to be dead.
    • As was revealed by his Tekken 4 prologue, he was resurrected mere days after the events of Tekken 2, meaning that he was alive when the third tournament was held 19 years later in Tekken 3 but did not participate. This was apparently due to him being fully focused on unlocking the full power of his Devil Gene with the help of G Corporation, which would then later get interrupted by Heihachi during the events leading to Tekken 4, causing Kazuya to join the fight once more. It is possible Kazuya feared he was not ready to fight Heihachi as he did not yet have control over his gene (and he did indeed lose to Heihachi in the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4), or that he had no knowledge of the tournament, since he was being heavily experimented on and does not seem to have left G-Corporation labs for the entire interval between Tekken 2 and Tekken 4.
  • Kazuya is the only Tekken character that has appeared in all motion pictures based on the game franchise. He has appeared in Tekken: The Motion Picture, Tekken (2010 film), Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Street Fighter X Tekken: The Devil Within, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 live-action short film, and Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge.
  • Also, he is the character that has been portrayed the most as a live-action character. He has been portrayed by 4 actors; Ian Anthony Dale, Mark Musashi, Kefi Abrikh and Kane Kosugi.
  • Kazuya's role in the 2010 film seems to be the same as Lee Chaolan's role in Tekken: The Motion Picture.
    • In Tekken: The Motion Picture, Lee was raised by Heihachi, while in the 2010 film, it is Kazuya who was raised by Heihachi instead.
    • In Tekken: The Motion Picture, Lee tries to kill Kazuya while in the 2010 film, Kazuya tries to kill Jin Kazama.
    • In Tekken: The Motion Picture, Lee seduces both Nina and Anna Williams while in the 2010 film, it is Kazuya who makes out with the Williams sisters.
    • Kazuya in the 2010 film and Lee in Tekken: The Motion Picture are upset that Heihachi refuses to give his corporation to them.
    • Both are ultimately defeated by the characters they try to kill. Lee is defeated by Kazuya in Tekken: The Motion Picture, while Kazuya in the 2010 film is defeated by Jin Kazama.
  • After his crossover debut as an NPC in his Devil Form in Namco x Capcom, Kazuya (with his ability to change into his Devil Form) finally made his playable debut in Project X Zone 2, paired with his son, Jin.
  • Some of Kazuya's character design may have been inspired by the late Japanese author and writer Yukio Mishima who also shares his family name,[20] though Harada confirmed that no characters were physically modelled on any living people.[21]
  • With the exception of Tekken Tag Tournament, Kazuya laughs and/or smirks in all of his endings throughout the series. While he does not have an ending movie in Tekken 7, he still laughs at least once in the Story Mode.

Tekken:

  • He is the main character and main protagonist of the game.
  • His sub-boss is Lee Chaolan.
  • He is Lee Chaolan's sub-boss.
  • He is the only character with a third costume.
  • He has the same voice and grunts as Lee Chaolan.

Tekken 2:

  • He is the semi-boss and main antagonist of the game.
  • Roger and Heihachi Mishima are his sub-bosses.
  • Still the only character with a third costume.
  • He has the same fighting stance as Baek, Devil, and Angel.
  • To unlock him, the player has to beat Arcade mode with every default character, then one hidden character.

Tekken Tag Tournament:

  • He can be unlocked by beating the game with 7 different characters.
  • He has interludes with Hwoarang, Eddy, Jin, and Heihachi.
  • When paired up with Devil, they will morph into each other instead of tagging out.
  • Strangely, Kazuya's Tekken 2 player 2 costume is not available in this game, unlike other Tekken 2 characters who received both their player 1 & 2 costumes with the upgraded graphics.

Tekken 4:

  • He is a supporting antagonist and the boss of the third level of the Tekken Force mini-game.
  • Kazuya beat Lee Chaolan in this tournament, who was in his alias as Violet as the time.[22]
  • According to his Tekken 5 profile, Kazuya lost his final match against Heihachi in this tournament.[23]

Tekken 5:

  • His sub-bosses are Raven and Heihachi.
  • He is a sub-boss of Eddy, Heihachi, Bruce, and Lee.
  • His childhood self appears in Xiaoyu's animated ending before being thrown by his father Heihachi.
  • He also appears in Heihachi's ending where he is bound in chains along with his grandfather, Jinpachi, and his son, Jin, on a space rocket.
  • In Tekken 5, Kazuya can be customized to resemble Devil's appearance in Tekken Tag Tournament by adding Third eye, Devil Wings, Devil Horns, and Devil Tail with his 2P costume.

Tekken 6:

  • His first two opponents in Arena mode are Lars Alexandersson and Heihachi Mishima, and his sub-boss is Azazel.
  • His final boss is Devil Jin.
  • He is the sub-boss to Jin and Miguel.
  • He is arguably considered one of the antagonists alongside Jin and Azazel due to the fact that he is one of the two "Evil Stars" alongside Jin and responsible for the unsealing of Azazel.
  • Kazuya has a third outfit which appears to be G-Corporation body armor. This outfit was designed by the people behind the Online Tekken Comic, where it was also seen for the first time.
  • He can be customised to have his classic P2 outfit from Tekken. He can also be customized to be a yakuza member, Heihachi (in younger years), Akuma from the Street Fighter series, Joker (without makeup) from Batman and Geese Howard from SNK's Fatal Fury series.
  • In Heihachi's and Kuma's endings, he and Jin are bound inside a spaceship before his father or Kuma tries to release them to space. The main differences between the endings are: in the former, Kazuya is able to kick his father to also be released into space and, in the latter, Kuma accidentally claws open his own spacesuit. In both, all three characters end up becoming shooting stars. Kazuya also appears in Lee's ending along with his father and his son, bound on firework rockets in their primary outfits.
  • In the Scenario Campaign mode, he is the boss of the second half of the G Corporation, Millennium Tower Heliport and the first half of Azazel's Temple, Central Corridor.
  • During Scenario Campaign mode, Kazuya wears his purple military gear from the arcade and console openings of Tekken 6 where he jumps from a G Corp helicopter. This outfit and color variations of it are also available through customization.
  • In Tekken 6, if one customizes Kazuya with "Neo Sunglasses" and presses u+1+2, he will take off the glasses and attack his opponent using Devil's eye beam.

Street Fighter X Tekken:

  • Kazuya's Super Art is the "Devil Beam" which is also the name of his son's Super Art. Kazuya hits his opponents in three consecutive punches and hits them with a red beam. His Cross Art, however, is his 10-hit combo from Tekken 2, with blue lightning coming from his punches along with his Dragon Uppercut.
    • In Tekken 7, his Super Art became his Rage Art but with minor changes as he only hits his opponents twice and briefly transforms into Devil Kazuya to fire a yellow laser before reverting back to normal. The purple miasma coming from his fists is also absent.
  • Kazuya is voiced in English by Jordan Byrne, as his Tekken: Blood Vengeance voice actor, Kyle Hebert, voices Ryu in this game.
  • In the first trailer of this game, Kazuya wears his CEO outfit from the arcade opening of Tekken 6 but the color of his outfit is black instead of white. He also wears this outfit against M. Bison and Jin when they are about to engage in a three-way fight in the fourth and final episode of the cinematic PS Vita trailers.
  • Kuro's moveset was based on Kazuya, similar to how Toro's moveset was based on Ryu.
  • In Street Fighter X Tekken, his and his son Jin's karate belts hang above the knee, while in the normal games, they are below the knee.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2:

  • His iconic purple suit is available through customization, unlocked by defeating gold-plate enemies in either Arcade Battle or Ghost Battle.
  • He appears in Lars' ending and the last part of Angel's ending wearing his primary outfit.
  • Kazuya makes a cameo appearance in the short Tekken Tag Tournament movie by Wild Stunts Europe in association with Bandai Namco, where he is depicted by Kefi Abrikh.
  • Kazuya has an alternate costume as Link in the Wii U Edition of Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Tekken Revolution:

  • In the E3 2013 Debut trailer for Tekken Revolution, Kazuya is quoted as saying, "With the Power I have Obtained, Overwhelming and Absolute." (俺は手に入れた、圧倒的な力を Ore wa te ni ireta, attō-teki na chikara wo). This was taken from his lines from the Scenario Campaign prologue in Tekken 6.
  • His critical arts are Rising Uppercut, Abolishing Fist, Spinning Demon to Left Hook and Left Splits Kick. His special art is Kumo Kiri.
  • His DLC costumes are his iconic purple suit (2P costume), his military gear from Tekken 6 (using the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Armored Gear models), and a hakama similar to his father Heihachi's with a tiger design emblazoned on them.

Project X Zone 2:

  • In Project X Zone 2, Kazuya maintains his behavior from the main games. He also shows interest in the other characters' performance such as Estelle's skills in writing a book about parents and children, and monster hunting when they speak to Natsu about the broken curse. Kazuya also recognizes Ryo Hazuki's father who is the master of Hazuki-ryu Ju-Jutsu when he encounters Ryo Hazuki much to his son's confusion. Like Jin, Kazuya is also confused when Segata Sanshiro says how he is a big fan of Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada's games, only for Jin to say how the name somehow sounds familiar.
  • If Kazuya and Jin are paired with the solo unit Axel Stone from Streets of Rage, they have a special win quote where Axel says that Kazuya truly is the "Cold Blooded Leader" people are talking about, which leads to Kazuya questioning how can he know that title as he hasn't been called that "in ages." This is followed by Jin saying that Axel will probably call him "Fatal Lightning" next. These were the titles Kazuya and Jin had on their Tekken Tag Tournament (released in 1999) profiles.
  • Kazuya's theme is a remix of the Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion arcade opening theme.

Tekken 7 and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution:

  • Kazuya is one of the main characters of the Tekken 7 story, along with Heihachi.
    • This could be considered to be Kazuya's first protagonist role since Tekken 1.
    • Kazuya is the main antagonist and final boss of the story mode.
  • Kazuya's new default outfit seems to be inspired by the outfit he is seen wearing in the Tekken Tag Tournament intro, as they are almost exactly the same, even including the grid-like design on the tie. The only major differences between the outfits are that the shirt and tie are a different color and that the coat in the intro does not feature shoulder buttons.
    • It is also somewhat similar to the costume from his Tekken Tag Tournament 2 artwork by Shunya Yamashita.
    • His 2P colour theme resembles the colour of his iconic purple tuxedo.
    • One of his other default outfits is his purple shirt and grey vest first seen in Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
  • During the opening sequence in his fight with Heihachi, Kazuya glows in a purple miasma instead of his usual blue lightning. In Street Fighter X Tekken, he also glows in purple miasma during his execution of his Super Art.
  • In the near end of the opening sequence, Kazuya gains a third eye and hits his father with a yellow laser without transforming into a devil. This is also seen in the second battle of The Purpose of Battle, the final chapter of the story mode.
    • Interestingly, this is similar to his son, Jin, in Tekken 6 as the final boss of the Scenario Campaign mode where he shoots a red laser without transforming into his devil form. Kazuya has already been shown to have similar abilities to this before, however, since he gained devil abilities without fully transforming when he merged with his devil in his Tekken 4 ending.
    • Kazuya was also able to shoot a laser like this through his Tekken 6 item move.
    • His third eye was later added as a customization item in the anniversary update of Tekken 7, called "The Evil Eye". The Evil Eye was also a customization item in Tekken 5.
  • His Wind God Fist was improved to have the same recovery as the electric variant in this game. As a result, one of his standard combos (f,n,d,d/f+2, f,n,d,d/f+2, b+4, (1,2),4,3, f+3) can be done with neither wind god fist being electric.
  • When encountered as a special boss in Treasure Battle as Devil Kazuya, he will receive many new variations to his moves. Some examples are: His hellsweep can now be done twice before allowing him to finish the string with the left hook to Heaven's Door, he regains the ability to follow-up his "Glorious Demon God Fist" with his "Soul Thrust" (which was removed at Tekken 6) as well as performing this string to follow-up the "Abolishing Fist". He has a new, unlisted Rage Drive which is an enhanced "Glorious Demon God Fist" and will resplat an opponent at the wall while his Rage Art can be canceled to leave the opponent at an unrecoverable stun.
  • Kazuya appears in the Tekken 7 Season 4 trailer with light shining onto him with the words "There's hope in the darkness" written over him. A later shot of him in the trailer also reads "There's always light after every darkness". [24]

Other:

  • In Astro's Playroom, there's a reference to Kazuya's rivalry with Heihachi, with the Astro Bots even donning their likeness. This was done as a tribute due to Tekken being formerly exclusive to Playstation.
  • In Square's fighting game, Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring, Ken "Godhand" Mishima is similar to Kazuya in terms of his physical appearance and the fighting style which was inspired by the Mishima Fighters in Tekken.
  • According to Xenosaga Episode I's bonus e-mails, Kazuya is friends with Shion Uzuki, the primary protagonist of the Xenosaga series. At one point in the first game, Kazuya sends Shion an email advertising Tekken 4 as a sort of Namco universe Easter egg.
  • Kazuya is a playable character in the mobile game The King of Fighters: All Star.
    • In his profile in the game, his birthday is listed as 2nd November.[25]

Gallery

Kazuya Mishima/Gallery

References

  1. ^ a b https://tk7.tekken.com/fighters/kazuya
  2. ^ a b c d e f Character Profiles for Tekken 1 & 2, www.tekkenzaibatsu.com
  3. ^ a b c d https://www.bandainamcoent.co.jp/cs/list/tekken2/kazuya.html
  4. ^ Such as the non-canon Tekken: The Motion Picture and a brief scene in Ling Xiaoyu's Tekken 5 ending.
  5. ^ a b c Tekken 6 Scenario Campaign prologue
  6. ^ a b c d e TEKKEN Retro Recap - Part 1
  7. ^ Kazuya's Tekken 4 ending
  8. ^ Devil mocks Heihachi's attempt to analyse and replicate the power of the Devil Gene through science, in Kazuya's Tekken 4 ending.
  9. ^ He spends the better part of twenty-one years allowing himself to be experimented on by G Corporation in order to better understand his Devil Gene. It is also noticeable that Kazuya is one of the first ones to work out that Jinpachi Mishima is the sponsor of the 5th Iron fist Tournament. His cool-headedness is also apparent when he temporarily sets aside his vendetta against G Corporation, who have just betrayed him, in order to reason through who is behind the 5th tournament.
  10. ^ a b c Tekken 7 Story Mode
  11. ^ Tekken 6 Scenario campaign prologue. Also found in Xiaoyu's Tekken 5 ending, where Heihachi asks Kazuya if he is scared, and after Kazuya tells him to let him go, Heihachi says internally that Kazuya must have no fear if he is to be his successor.
  12. ^ See both Lee Chaolan's Tekken 1 profiles, his Tekken 2 version 1 profile, and both of his Tekken 7 profiles.
  13. ^ https://youtu.be/9e3cNtGmhvU
  14. ^ See Kazuya's Tekken 5 prologue.
  15. ^ http://www.tekkenzaibatsu.com/wiki/Tekken_6/Kazuya
  16. ^ https://www.tk7.tekken-official.jp/chara/
  17. ^ Kazuya Mishima/Scenario Campaign Dialogues#Wang Jinrei
  18. ^ https://twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN/status/305190144057688065
  19. ^ https://twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN/status/362838926160969729
  20. ^ https://gnn.gamer.com.tw/detail.php?sn=55975
  21. ^ https://twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN/status/420023613404631040
  22. ^ See Lee's opening Tekken 5 movie
  23. ^ http://www.tekkenzaibatsu.com/tekken5/profile.php?id=kazuya
  24. ^ Season 4 Announcement Trailer
  25. ^ https://kofallstarx.com/character/kazuya-mishima-all-star/

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