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Kazuya Mishima (三島 一八 Mishima Kazuya?) is one of the main characters in the Tekken series. He appears in all of the 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 is one of the main antagonists of the series ever since Tekken 2. Most importantly, Kazuya is the son of Heihachi Mishima and Kazumi Mishima, the 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

While at a first glance, Kazuya might have seemed to be another archetypical fighting game hero protagonist, supported by his clothing of choice, simple white pants and red gloves and footpads, being reminiscent of another "mysterious loner" hero, Street Fighter′s Ryu, and his justifiable quest of taking revenge on his abusive father, Heihachi, Kazuya was in truth intended to be an irremediable villain 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 on his father 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 for Kazuya's true intents and nature was his secret PS One costume, which turned out to be Devil.

According to differing sources (such as the non-canon Tekken: The Motion Picture and a brief scene in Ling Xiaoyu's Tekken 5 ending), Kazuya was actually quite frail and timid as a boy and was the victim of years of abuse at the hands of Heihachi. One fateful day, Heihachi threw the young Kazuya into a deep ravine, seemingly to test if he would be strong enough to survive and one day head the Mishima Zaibatsu, which nearly kills the 5 year old boy. However, this near-death experience awakens something within him, giving him immense strength and permanently corrupting his personality.

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. His crimes included kidnapping, extorting money from several businesses and many organizations, and smuggling endangered animal species and conducting genetic experiments on them (such as Alex and Roger). 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. One day, Kazuya decides to hold another Iron Fist tournament, and during the tournament, encounters the woman Jun Kazama and impregnates her. At this time, Kazuya's Devil Gene was trying to completely take over his mind and body, and the mysterious entity known as Angel also tried to free him from Devil's control. 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 defeats Kazuya, who is then thrown into a volcano and killed, while part of the Devil in his body escapes and eventually makes contact with his son, who succeeded his father as the series' new protagonist.

Of course, G Corporation eventually located Kazuya's remains and at this point, regenerated his body and made a deal with him to remain hidden within G Corporation's labs and be tested on. 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.

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 Tekkens, as he reproaches Heihachi for killing his mother, Kazumi.

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.

Outfits

Kazuya Mishima/Outfits

Story

Background

At five years of age, Kazuya found out his mother died at the hands of his father and attempts to get revenge against him. Unfortunately, Kazuya was defeated immediately and thrown off a cliff by his father, who claims that his son is weak and will have to survive and climb back up if he is to be his true son as well as his successor. Kazuya survives the fall and makes a deal with the devil in order to survive solely to murder his father. In the years prior to the events of the original Tekken, Kazuya enters martial arts tournaments all over the world, becoming an undefeated champion due to the Devil Gene within him, (only Paul Phoenix ever managed a draw with him). When the first King of Iron Fist Tournament is announced, Kazuya takes the opportunity to get back at him, setting the stage for the first game.

In reality, it is revealed that Kazuya was born with devil's power through his mother, and due to a result of his revenge against his father for killing his mother, and being thrown off a cliff by him, it awakens Kazuya's Devil Gene during his deal with his devil side.

Tekken

Tekken 1 Kazuya Mishima - A Father's Fall

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.[1]

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.[1][2]

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. 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.

Tekken 2 Kazuya Mishima - Evil Smile

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

Shortly after his demise at Heihachi's hands, Kazuya is recovered by G Corporation, a cutting-edge biotech firm and rival to the Mishima Zaibatsu. With help from the scientists, Kazuya slowly learns to control the power of the Devil Gene within him over the next twenty years, but as he begins preparing to take revenge and gain power, G Corporation is raided by Tekken forces on Heihachi's orders to acquire Kazuya's remains. Kazuya ambushes the Tekken Force and promptly defeats them, promising to come for Heihachi next. Around the same time, Kazuya learns of the existence of his son, Jin Kazama, and seeks to capture him with the intention of stealing Jin's devil power.

Kazuya enters the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, despite knowing it is a trap by Heihachi. At the seventh stage, Kazuya is slated to fight Jin, who disappears. Kazuya is declared the winner by default and sent to the final round, where he meets Heihachi and demands to know his son's whereabouts. After winning the fight, Kazuya is taken by Heihachi to Hon-Maru, a Mishima compound in the woods, where Jin is being held captive. Once inside the compound, the Devil Gene brainwashes Kazuya's mind again and tries to steal Jin's Devil power, but is unsuccessful because of Jin's Kazama blood. Kazuya regains control and awakens Jin through psychic taunts, but is unable to defeat Jin in the following fight, and knocked unconscious.

Tekken 4 Kazuya Ending

Tekken 4 Kazuya Ending

Kazuya's ending in Tekken 4

Ending Description: Heihachi and Kazuya arrive at Hon-Maru. When Kazuya sees the body of Jin, the Devil Gene takes control of his body and tells Heihachi that 20 years earlier, he lost a part of himself (which is inside Jin), and he plans to regain it back. After knocking back Heihachi with telekinesis, he attempts to absorb the Devil Gene out of Jin. However he fails and when he loses control of his power, Kazuya once again reigns dominance over himself. He yells for Jin to rise, which he does, and Jin prepares to fight his father. After defeating Jin, Kazuya walks over to his body and successfully sucks the Devil Gene out of him. In triumph, Kazuya transforms into Devil (Using an appearance from Tekken 2 with a tail and scars) once again.

Tekken 5

Tekken 5 Kazuya Interludes

Tekken 5 Kazuya Interludes

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 as they no longer need him. Kazuya and Heihachi 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. When a mysterious man takes over the Mishima Zaibatsu and announces 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, it is during this little conversation that Kazuya finally learns who is holding the tournament: his grandfather, Jinpachi Mishima, suspecting Heihachi's hand in his disappearance. It is unknown how far Kazuya progressed through the tournament.

Tekken 5 Kazuya Ending

Tekken 5 Kazuya Ending

Kazuya's ending in Tekken 5

Ending Description: Kazuya defeats and 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, as if ready to kill his next opponent, with an evil laugh.

Tekken 6

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, he kills them all in revenge to gain all the power for himself, becoming the head of the company and opposing the Mishima Zaibatsu, led by Jin who has 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 Kazuya plans to destroy Jin and take over the world himself with an iron fist. Kazuya uses the company's influence to his advantage: to stop Jin from taking over his plans for world domination, Kazuya places a bounty on Jin's head for whoever can manage to capture him dead or alive and decides to enter the King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 (announced by Jin) to settle the score once and for all with his son.

During the tournament, Kazuya along with the G Corporation arrive at a remote area somewhere in the desert and he feels an overwhelming power within a large corridor/temple and is soon confronted by an entity named Azazel, who is believed to be the reason for the Devil Gene but they are interrupted by the arrival of Jin who has also felt this power and believes that he must win this battle to save the world and destroy the Mishima curse or bloodline but he believes that in order to achieve this, Kazuya, Azazel, and himself must all die. Kazuya later encounters 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: Kazuya is shown leaving Azazel's temple when the Tekken Force suddenly appear out of nowhere to destroy Kazuya (possibly a mission from Jin Kazama). In order to prove his dominance, Kazuya suddenly shows the unconscious body of Devil Jin in his hands to the crowd. Seeing this as a "Mission Accomplished" sign, the Tekken Force then lay down their weapons and salute him. Kazuya grins and laughs evilly, knowing that he has now defeated Jin and can gain more power.

Tekken 7

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.[3]

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 as 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 Tekken: The Motion Picture as one of the movie's main characters, exploring his relationship with Jun Kazama and his motivations for entering the 1st 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.

Tekken Tag Special Alliance Partners:

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 Antartic. 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 Antartic, 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.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Kazuya's Arcade Ending

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

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 affectionately 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

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 causing his Devil powers to activate and cause his corruption, turning him away from his peaceful nature to being 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, causing him to get in a coma and lose a considerable amount of his Devil power.

20 years later, after he had recovered, Kazuya vowed to kill his father once and for all, until finally, in Tekken 7, Kazuya successfully kills Heihachi at their final battle in The Mishima Saga.

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 described her as "pure and mysterious".[4]

Jun originally wanted to arrest Kazuya for his experiments on animals but she changed objectives upon meeting him, Jun saw the mystic powers surrounding Kazuya 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.

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

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 who appears as a completely separate entity from Kazuya. After Tekken 2's 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).

Lee Chaolan

His adopted brother and rival. Kazuya and Lee despise each other, with Lee always wanting to beat him since they were put as 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.

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.
  • Lars Alexandersson - His younger half-brother and enemy in Tekken 6 and Tekken 7. 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 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.
  • 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 Leo's enemy. However, the exact nature of his murder of Emma is undisclosed, by the time when Leo found out Emma’s previous works with Mishima Zaibatsu.
  • 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. Kazuya and Xiaoyu have had no interaction with each other, but 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. Xiaoyu is his 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.
  • 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.
  • Nina Williams - Kazuya was her assassination target during Tekken 2. During the tournament, Kazuya managed to capture her and forced her to undergo the 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, reason behind his murder on her is undisclosed by the time Emma’s kid, Leo found out her previous work with Mishima Zaibatsu prior joining G Corp..
  • 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

Kazuya Mishima/Quotes

Trivia

General:

  • Kazuya is the winner of the first and most likely the fourth (since he defeated Heihachi in the final stage) 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.[5]
  • Kazuya's fighting style is heavily based on Shotokan style of karate.
  • 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". Lastly, "Kazuya" is a loose anagram of "Yakuza" (Japanese Mafia).
  • In Tekken 5, Kazuya can be customized to resemble Devil's appearance in Tekken Tag Tournament by adding Third eye, Devil Wings, and Devil Tail with his 2P costume.
  • 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.
  • Part of Kazuya's techniques are performed by the same motion actor as Jin Kazama, Ryu Narushima (成嶋 竜 Narushima Ryū)[6]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Street Fighter X Tekken, his and his son Jin's karate belts hang below the knee, while in the normal games, they are above the knee.
  • 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 fully alive and well when the third tournament was held 19 years later in Tekken 3 but decided not to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kazuya's physical appearance was possibly modeled after the late Japanese author and writer Yukio Mishima who also shares his family name.

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.

Tekken 4:

  • He is a supporting antagonist and the boss of the third level of the Tekken Force mini-game.

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.

Tekken 6:

  • Heihachi is his sub-boss.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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:

  • If Kazuya and Jin are paired with the solo unit Axel Stone from Street 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 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'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 jacket 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.
  • 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 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
  • During Story Mode, after Kazuya hears about his mother's attempt to kill both him and Heihachi from Akuma, both of his eyes are now brown instead of the other one being red.
  • 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.

Gallery

Kazuya Mishima/Gallery

See Also

References

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