- This article details King (TK - TK2).
For his successor (TK3 - TK7), see King II.
King (キング Kingu?) is a title that two characters have taken in the Tekken series. Even though there have been two characters who have taken the name, each is simply called King in their respective games, though a numerical value is sometimes given to them to separate them as different characters.
Both King I and King II are luchadores from Mexico who support orphans across the world. In the games, they are never seen without their jaguar masks (except on only one occasion). There has been a King in every game in the Tekken series, and this, along with their unique appearance and trademark "point", has made them one of the most recognizable characters, not only in the series but also in the fighting game genre.
King used to be a street brawling orphan with no care in the world except fighting. In one of his fights, King was grievously wounded and collapsed in front of a monastery. The Marquez priests took him in, saving him from death. After recovering, King realized the error of his ways and resolved to start a new life. He became a Catholic priest and renounced his old fighting ways. He then became a man with a mission; he dreamed of building an orphanage for street children, hoping to save them from becoming the kind of fighter he used to be.
King was successful in building an orphanage, but funds were tight; to bring income to the orphanage, King fought in wrestling matches, donning his now iconic Jaguar mask to conceal his identity and acquiring the title "Beast Priest". It was at this time that King came to the attention of his future rival Armor King, one of a wrestling Tag Team who also wore Jaguar masks.
As King continues fighting to fund the orphanage, he comes across the King of Iron Fist Tournament, a martial arts tournament with a large cash prize. Seizing the opportunity, King enters the tournament. When Armor King comes across the tournament and sees his rival participating, he enters, keen to better his rival. The two meet in the tournament and King emerges victorious, while Armor King sustains an eye injury and is forced to withdraw. King went on to claim third place in the tournament, securing enough prize money to fund the running of the orphanage. King and Armor King would go on to put aside their differences, and the two became friends and sparring partners.
As time passed, however, the orphanage began to struggle. King turned to drink, and the death of a child in his care pushed him to breaking point. He took to the streets, stumbling around in a drunken stupor. Armor King, worried for his friend, sought him out and helped him get his life back on track, and persuaded him to resume training for a second King of Iron Fist tournament. With the help of his friend, King fully recovered from his depression and alcoholism and trained intensely for the tournament, with the intention of winning the prize money to fund the orphanage. However, King lost in the tournament, and resorted to teaching the orphans his fighting skills instead, as a means of self-defense.
Sometime after the second tournament, King is attacked and killed by Ogre, the god of fighting. This led one of the orphans in his care to don the jaguar mask himself and take on the title of King II, in order to provide further funding for the orphanage and continue the first King's legacy.
Despite his fearsome reputation in the wrestling ring, King is actually a kind and considerate individual, with his own troubled childhood leading him to dedicate himself to helping disadvantaged children, to prevent them from going through the same issues he faced. The fact that he would go on to become his one-time rivals friend also suggests that he has a positive outlook, favoring peace and friendship over holding grudges. King is also revealed to be a sensitive and soft-hearted man, something which can be seen as an exploitable weak spot by his opponents. It is also this that led him to drink, in an attempt to drown out what he saw as his failure to protect those in his care.
Aside from a brief shot in the Tekken intro movie, King's face is always hidden behind his trademark jaguar mask, so his eye and hair color is unknown. As a wrestler, King is very muscular and, at over six feet tall, he is also very tall. When his upper body is exposed, King is revealed to have dark, tanned skin.
Main Article: King/Outfits
King has two styles of outfit; the first is his wrestling outfit, where he wears trunks over wrestling tights and wears boots, gloves and knee and elbow pads. His second outfit is his casual wear, which consists of pants with suspenders, a shirt with a tie and shoes, although he does retain his fighting gloves.
King, the friendly rival of Armor King, was in need of money to fund the orphanage that he was taking care of. With the little money he had, King decided to enter The King of Iron Fist Tournament in the hopes of winning the prize money. King entered the tournament, where he accidentally damaged Armor King's eye during their fight. King emerged victorious, managing to secure third place, winning enough prize money for the orphanage.
Ending Description, "Church": King watches as the clock atop the church tower strikes twelve. The bells in the tower start to ring, and the children of the orphanage run out to greet him. As the children jump excitedly around him, King raises his arms triumphantly.
After winning 3rd place in the first tournament, an orphan died within King's care. Depressed and enraged, King threw away his jaguar mask and ran away. Armor King worried about his rival, and went in search of him. After a long and tiring day of searching and finding no clues as to where King may be, he found him in an alleyway behind a bar. Armor King saw how his friend's life had crumbled and convinced him to return to the orphanage in order to take care of the kids, who were still in need of him. Armor King also convinced him to resume training for The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2.
Ending Description, Children: In the dark early hours of Christmas day, King stands outside in the snow, watching through a window as children in an orphanage building celebrate Christmas with an orphanage worker. Shamed by his loss in the tournament, King shakes his head and walks away, leaving behind a pile of presents for the children. The children King had been watching then run from the building, and run over to greet him. As the children jump joyously around him, King raises his head in happiness.
King briefly appeared in Tekken: The Motion Picture. King is seen in a minor scene, standing among other fighters.
Contrary to expectation, King rewards a more defensive approach, as he has short reach and few moves which allow him to close the space between an opponent. While he does have some ranged moves, such as his lariat and exploder, they are very unsafe and have slow start up and recovery times.
When engaged is close-quarters combat, King excels; he has some powerful strikes and follow-ups, and he has five 10 Hit Combo's which follow the same general pattern, making it difficult for opponents to anticipate and counter them. As a wrestler, King has the largest and most powerful arsenal of throws in the game, and is one of very few fighters to utilize chain throws. Some, such as the Boston Crab, have simple inputs and are in chains of only two moves, while others have multiple, complex inputs which can chain into up to five hits, dealing enough damage to KO an opponent from full health. These chains can, however, be broken with the correct button input, so are a risky strategy against experienced players.
While King is not a beginner-friendly character, he is a character well worth taking the time to learn as his devastating throws and punishers make him formidable opponent, able to deal significant damage on reckless or unwary foes.
King and Armor King fight using Pro Wrestling. However, King uses the "catch" variation, focusing more on holds and submissions, whereas Armor King uses the "Shoot" variation, which focuses more on strikes.
- Armor King - His friend and rival.
- King II - His successor.
- Ancient Ogre - Ogre killed King prior to the events of the third tournament.
- King does not speak, but instead growls like a jaguar.
- King was inspired by the legendary Japanese pro wrestler Satoru Sayama (better known as Tiger Mask) and a Mexican wrestler named Fray Tormenta, a Catholic priest who became a masked wrestler in order to support an orphanage.
- Not surprisingly, King also shares moves with other fighting game wrestlers, such as the Giant Swing also used by Wolf Hawkfield (Virtua Fighter), Bass Armstrong (Dead or Alive) Antonio Cesaro (WWE 2K) and R. Mika (Street Fighter V).
- King's grapples and strikes comes from various famous wrestlers.
- This includes Undertaker's (and Kane's) Tombstone Piledriver, Kinnikuman's Kinniku Buster, Jake the Snake Roberts' DDT, Sting's (and Bret Hart's) Scorpion Deathlock/Sharpshooter, and Iron Sheik's Camel Clutch.
- His Basic pro-wrestling grapples includes the Atomic Drop, Frankensteiner, Wristlock, Knee Cross Lock, Choke Slam, Power Bomb, Suplex, Back Slam, STF, Boston Crab, Russian Leg Sweep, Giant Swing and German Suplex.
- King was 47 at the time of his death.
- King is the first character with a known religion (in his case, Catholic), the second being the Muslim Shaheen.
- King's sub-boss is Armor King.
- In King's ending, he was seen wearing his Player 2 outfit while being surrounded by children from the orphanage.
- The children in his ending are real rather than animated, making his the only ending in the game to feature real-life footage.
- Tekken is the only game to have ever shown King's full face. It can be seen during the console intro on the PS1, before he puts on the mask.
- Also during the PS1 intro, King seems to have a cape made of a jaguar hide, but it is never seen in-game as part of any costume.
- King's sub-boss is once again Armor King.
- In the console opening, King is not seen wearing a jaguar mask. Instead, Armor King throws him the mask after finding him drunk in an alleyway. King's face is not seen, however, staying hidden from view in the scene.
- In his ending, King is seen wearing a brown trenchcoat over his Player 2 outfit while standing in the snow watching the children from the orphanage.
- Once again, King's ending uses footage of actual children rather than using animated children.