Lidia Sobieska (リディア・ソビエスカ Ridiya Sobiesuka?) is a karateka and the Prime Minister of Poland within the Tekken series. She made her debut in Tekken 7 as DLC in the Season 4 Pass.

Biography

Personality

Lidia is very patriotic as she vows to win The 7th King of Iron Fist Tournament in the name of the people of her country. She is seemingly unphased by the threats that her aide warns her about, and unafraid to confront Heihachi Mishima when he refuses to withdraw Tekken Force from Poland. She is a dedicated karateka, and, in her character reveal trailer, accidentally slips into speaking like she is in the dojo whilst on the phone with her aide, suggesting she is more comfortable in a martial arts setting than a political one.

One of her default win animations shows her offering a hand to her opponenant whilst saying "I went too far, an ambulance is on its way", suggesting a thoughtful and self-restrained side to her. Another win animation shows her thanking her opponent for the match in a traditional karate bow, suggesting she has respect for her opponents and upholds a code of honor in her martial arts.

Appearance

Lidia has platinum blonde hair which she ties into a high ponytail. She has blue eyes, with a scar through her left eye. She wears winged eye make up and glossy red lipstick.

Outfits

Lidia is a politician and therefore dresses formally, donning a white dress shirt underneath a black vest and blazer whilst a light gray coat, which contains a pin featuring the Polish white eagle, is worn on top of them. She also wears a brown knee-length pencil skirt with black trim, pantyhose as well as black pumps with white accents.

Her main costume consists of a patterned black and red sports top with an imprint of an eagle and text which says "Polska". She wears leather sparring gloves which have a symbol of an eagle on a shield, as well as red sports tape and a protective elbow pad on her left arm. She has a white gi, the top of which hangs around her waist. On her gi pants there is a badge, possibly of her Karate school, which has a glossy silver motif of wings. There is also a red rim on the pantlegs. Alongside this, she wear a pair of leather sandals with red accents and a white-red headband tied around her head.

Her 2P color makes the red parts in her costume appear in a darker shade of purple while her gi becomes black.

Her alternate costume consists of her wearing a black jacket with a brown leather trim, reminiscent of the ones that the Polish highlanders wear, that also has a decorational pin with a feather motif. Underneath the jacket she wears a white summer dress with a red trim that appears to be tied with a brown leather belt. She also seems to be wearing a pair of blue leggings and a pair of black shoes. Instead of her headband she wears a plain red beret.

Story

Tekken 7

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Tekken 7 - Lidia Sobieska Character Reveal Trailer

Version 1: Young Prime Minister Lidia Sobieska, who will lead the next generation of Poland.

Born into a prominent political family, Lidia was destined to be a politician from an early age. When Lidia was 10 years old, her grandfather became President of Poland, which attracted public attention to her as the next generation of politician. However, as a matter of fact, Lidia had no intention of becoming a politician and wanted to pursue the path of traditional karate, which she was learning for self defence. Two years later however, a life-changing incident occurred for Lidia. Intending to welcome her grandfather and father home from a trip abroad, Lidia was waiting for the designated helicopter when, in front of her eyes, the government helicopter carrying her grandfather and father suddenly exploded and crashed. At that time, the scattered debris injured Lidia’s face and she fainted. A few days later Lidia finally regained consciousness, and, although her grandfather miraculously survived, her father died. It was reported that the crash was not just an accident, but a terrorist act aimed at assassinating the prime minister using explosives.

Lidia was deeply angry and upset that her father had been killed and that it hadn’t been an accident. Two months after the incident when visitation restriction was finally lifted, she visited her grandfather, and she was told, “Never give in to unjust power. Never. Be strong both physically and mentally”. Whilst squeezing her grandfather’s hand, she put hidden determination into her words. “I have decided. I will be a good politician like my grandfather and father!”

To put those words into practice, Lidia enrolled in the law department of a university at the age of 16 and graduated at the top of her class five years later. As soon as she was 21 and earned eligibility for election, she ran for national election and won on her first run. In addition, she won the world championship kumite division of karate, which she first appeared in at the age of 18. She continued to participate in tournaments even after becoming a member of parliament, and achieved an unprecedented six consecutive victories and became familiar to people under the nickname “the strongest member of parliament”.

As time went by, the war between the Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation intensified all over the world, and various conflicts occurred, such as the Mishima Zaibatsu illegally deploying special forces in Poland. With this, the demand for a new political leader rapidly increased in the country, and in order to answer that call, Lidia won the ruling first party presidential election and became Prime Minister of Poland at the young age of 29. Lidia, who became prime minister, requested the Mishima Zaibatsu to withdraw the illegally stationed Tekken Force, but a threatening letter arrived from Heihachi Mishima, the head of the Mishima Zaibatsu: “I’m not going to obey the withdrawal request at all. If you’re dissatisfied, you should come to The King of Iron Fist Tournament and negotiate directly with me”. Lidia was angry with the content of the letter, but decided to participate in the tournament. “I cannot stand injustice. For the sake of the people of Poland, I cannot lose!”[5]

Version 2: Lidia has always been an upright and resolute woman. She believes that justice requires absolute power, which is why she has shown great interest in karate from a very young age. The loss of her father stoked her interest in the family tradition of politics. Lidia showed great qualities in both areas, entering and winning her first karate world championship at 18, and more recently being one of the youngest rising stars in the Polish political arena. The war started by the Mishima Zaibatsu is greatly affecting Poland and she is committed to settle the situation with her own fists.[6]

Summary of Events during Tekken 7
Lidia sent a request to Heihachi Mishima, the head of the Mishima Zaibatsu, to withdraw Tekken Force from Poland. In an ostensibly pleasant response, covertly full of threat, Heihachi informed her he would do no such thing. He complimented Lidia on her ascension to head of state at such a young age, and informed her that she should co-operate with the Zaibatsu or find herself in a perilous situation.

Heihachi invited her to participate in the King of Iron Fist Tournament if she had any objections to this. Lidia is furious with this response, and decides to enter the tournament on behalf of her people.

Letter from Heihachi

Dear Ms. Prime Minister

I do not intend to follow your request for the withdrawal of the Tekken Force deployment in Poland.

However, I hold you in high regard on account of your ascension to the post of prime minister at such a young age. I have no doubt you will play a prominent role in shaping the future of your country. If you are of the mind to cooperate with my ambitions, you will have the strong support of the Mishima Zaibatsu for your country and all of the endeavors related to politics, economics, and military affairs.

If you refuse this offer, I am sure you understand the perilous situation in which it would place your country.

If you have any objections, you could always enter the King of the Iron Fist Tournament and propose them directly to me.

January 22nd

CEO of Mishima Zaibatsu

Heihachi Mishima[7]

Gameplay

Fighting Style

Lidia uses a Polish style of Karate.[8]

Moves

Character Relationships

  • Heihachi Mishima - Lidia requested Heihachi withdraw Tekken Force from Poland when he was head of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Heihachi refused to do so, causing Lidia to enter the Iron Fist Tournament at his invitation to further discuss the dispute.
  • Her grandfather - He was President of Poland and an inspiration to Lidia.
  • Her father - He was killed in a helicopter crash, during an assassination attempt on Lidia's grandfather. She vowed to follow in his and his father's footsteps to become a good politician.

Quotes

Lidia Sobieska/Quotes

Trivia

  • She practices the Shōtōkan-style of Karate, as is evident from her wide stances, straight closed fist strikes and performing the Kankū-dai kata in her reveal trailer, a signature kata of Shōtōkan. Kazuya Mishima's fighting style is also based on Shōtōkan but Lidia's is much more traditional. Shōtōkan is the most widely practiced style of Karate and also the most influential, with nearly all other styles of Karate (and some other martial arts as well, such as Taekwondo) listing it as an influence.
  • Several of Lidia's attacks were motion captured from Tatsuya Naka of the Japan Karate Association and a 7th dan master that teaches Shōtōkan-style Karate.[9]
  • Information on Lidia's background was sent out as a care package to some fans by Bandai Namco. A letter is included that is sent from Heihachi Mishima to Lidia in her capacity as head of state.[10]
  • In the same above mentioned care package, a black belt with Lidia's name on it is provided. The belt has the polish word "Potęga" (power) sewn onto it, along with "Polskie Karate" (Polish Karate), indicating she is likely has a black belt in a style of karate.
  • Her surname is possibly based on Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland who commanded the Polish Winged Hussars against the Ottomans in Siege of Vienna in 1683 in the largest cavalry charge of all time.
    • Her surname could indicate she is a descendant of, or named after the Sobieski household, a real-life noble Polish family which existed during the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Due to her hair color and scar, she was mistaken for Ciri from The Witcher series during her initial teaser.
  • An early file found on the XBOX store entitled 'DLC18-Krystyna' led fans to believe that the character's name would be Krystyna.[11] The character's name was confirmed as Lidia Sobieska by Katsuhiro Harada on 16th March 2021.[12]
    • The name change could have possibly been due to the similarity to Christie.
  • Like many DLC characters, despite having been added to the game later, Lidia's story does not take place after Tekken 7, but during it. This is evidenced by her communication with Heihachi who is now the deceased head of the Zaibatsu, and by her choice to enter the Iron Fist Tournament, an event which is cancelled part way through Tekken 7's story.
  • Lidia was released in Season 4 DLC alongside the stage Island Paradise.
  • Lidia's reveal trailer was first aired live on Twitch during the King of the Hill tournament on 21st March 2021.

Gallery

Lidia Sobieska/Gallery

References

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