Robert "Bob" Richards (ボブ Bobu?) is a character in the Tekken series who was introduced in Tekken 6 and returned for Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. Bob is a renowned martial arts prodigy from the USA.

An alternate version of himself named Slim Bob is playable in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. As the name suggests, he is a skinny version of Bob which made an appearance in his Tekken 6 ending.



Bob is portrayed as likeable and charismatic with a strong sense of justice, usually using his fighting skills to help those in need. He is also quite cocky, appearing as a smooth talker and a bit of a ladies man. As Bob is fully confident in his abilities with his current figure, he is ironically far more insecure about losing weight than gaining it and his demeanor becomes far less enthusiastic when subject to weight loss.



Robert Richards/Outfits


Tekken 6

Bob had always been very serious about his training. He was hailed as a master of martial arts from a very young age, and he garnered many fans with his chiseled body and good looks. However, he could not defeat opponents who were larger than him. He vanished from the martial arts scene and dedicated himself to a special training regimen that increased his power and weight while maintaining his agility.

After several years in seclusion, Bob returned to the fighting world a changed man. Those who know Bob were astonished by his transformation. His handsome looks were gone and he gained a disproportionate amount of weight. Bob paid no attention to his critics, and relied on the benefits of his training: speed, power and unyielding weight. He decided that he was ready to return to competition; he joined the sixth King of Iron Fist Tournament to test his martial arts abilities once again.

Ending Description: After winning the tournament, Bob became a worldwide sensation. And his schedule was filled with a series of television and magazine interviews, with his training secrets becoming unearthed. After cameras take multiple photos, a poster of his obese self appears on the wall, with a blurry image of Bob walking by. He weighs himself in his exercise room, where he discovers he only weighs a shocking 150 lbs on a scale. He steps off, wondering if it was just an illusion, then weighs himself again. After looking at the number once more, not believing that he really weighed 150 lbs. The camera then shows Bob, wearing heavy clothing covering a skinnier and slimmer body, and he shouts in horror, accepting the fact that all of his famous weight vanished without him ever knowing it. He then proceeds to bang his head on the wall, only to be found in the middle of the floor, passed out.
Tekken 6 - Bob Ending

Tekken 6 - Bob Ending

Tekken 7

TEKKEN 7 - Bob Ending & Intro (TEKKEN 7 Character Endings)

TEKKEN 7 - Bob Ending & Intro (TEKKEN 7 Character Endings)

Bob entered the King of Iron Fist Tournament to prove he was the strongest in the world. On the way to his match, the road before him exploded, blocking his way forward. The smoke cleared to reveal a lone man, emanating an evil aura.

Bob had no idea what was happening, but his instinct told him that this guy was somehow connected to the destruction around them. Bob's sense of justice stirred inside him, and he vowed with all his might to defeat the man before him.

As a red mist fell over his eyes, Bob forgot about being in a hurry and walked toward his opponent.

Ending Description: After defeating Bryan, Bob flips high into the air yelling, "Speeeeeed...and...weight!" He lands hard on top of Bryan and crushes his opponent's back. As he stands in victory, the floor under them suddenly cracks and breaks apart, taking both of them down. An epilogue text states that Bob never made it to the tournament.

Other Appearances

Street Fighter X Tekken

Bob appeared in the crossover game, Street Fighter X Tekken, as a playable character. His tag partner is Julia Chang.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Bob appeared in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as a playable character. His Slim Bob alter-ego also appears as a DLC character.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Bob's Arcade Ending

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Bob's Arcade Ending

Ending Description: Using his super-hero alter-ego, Bob saves some kids from a group of thugs and later a woman falling from a building. The scene ends with Bob reading a newspaper about his identity being discovered when pictures of him were taken dressing up as the vigilante.

Special Alliance Partners:

Tekken Revolution

Bob appears playable in Tekken Revolution.


Exceptionally strong, fast and hard-hitting, with good range and devastating combos, Bob is a well-rounded fighter (no pun intended). His offense is very damaging, but most of his good launchers and low hits are punishable. Also, he's a big target for longer juggles. Overall, Bob is generally played as an offensive character.

He has moves that resemble those that the Mishimas use. His Straight Rondel is a mix of Flash Punch Combo and Demon Slayer, his Spiral Rocky shares similarities with Dragon Uppercut, his Langue Washer closely resembles Jin's Right Roundhouse Punch, his Spinach Upper shares the same role as Twin Pistons, his Whopper Kick is similar to Devil Jin's Demon Steel Pedal, he also has a move in a similar role to Demon's Paw in Zip Cutter, and he is also capable of Crouch Dash.

In Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Bob gains more moves to his arsenal. His Rage Art has him punching his opponent to the gut following with a barrage of punches followed by a single roundhouse kick. Then he flip jumps in mid-air and lands a powerful diving downward punch towards his opponent.

Fighting Style

Bob was described as "a freestyle karate practitioner from the U.S." by Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada. His fighting style can also possibly be derived from Martial art-based acrobatic sports such as Tricking. Bob also incorporates his large size and weight into his style to gain an edge against his opponents.


Robert Richards Moves


Robert Richards/Quotes

Character Relationships



  • Rufus from the Street Fighter series is similar and often compared to Bob.
    • They are both overweight American fighters who are amazingly fast for their sizes, they both developed their own fighting styles and they both have blonde hair, their personalities are different though as Rufus is loud-mouthed, obnoxious and impatient, a contrast to the more calm, serious and focused Bob. They have a weight differences between the two as Rufus' current weight is 408 lbs while Bob is 343 lbs.
      • Street Fighter X Tekken takes this a step further, featuring a trailer in which Rufus somehow mistakes Bob for Ken Masters and attacks him (which is extremely ironic, given how well Bob and Rufus resemble and contrast each other in design) in Law's restaurant (ironically, it turned out that the real Ken was just eating there with Ryu).
      • In the rival battle between Rufus and Zangief, Bob calmly faces Rufus because of their weight stating that he has a kindred spirit.
      • Addionally, Rufus and Zangief's ending in said game shows Rufus losing most of his weight (after opening Pandora which causes its energies to take away his obesity) and become skinny, mirroring Bob's ending in Tekken 6 where he loses his weight and becomes skinny as well under mysterious conditions.
    • Bob can be customized to resemble Rufus in Tekken 6.
    • In Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Bob's Rage Art has a slight resemblance to Rufus' Space Opera Symphony Ultra Combo move in Street Fighter IV series but with additional changes.
  • Bob's physical design is possibly inspired by Haru who was portrayed by the deceased actor Chris Farley in the 1997 movie Beverly Hills Ninja.
  • Additionally, Bob may also be inspired by American actor, comedian, and singer Jack Black who is (among many other achievements) known for voicing Po in Dreamworks' Kung Fu Panda film series.
  • Youtuber Eric Jacobus has done Bob's moves to the point that Katsuhiro Harada himself has noticed this and favored him for it.
  • Bob also share the same similarities as Cheng Sinzan from the games of SNK.
    • They both wear the same outfit (unless his P1 can be "customized" as Cheng in TK6 and TTT2 as well as in the PC version of SFxTK only with the use of mods). 
    • Both motives were "modeled" after one of Hong Kong actor Sammo Hung's major roles in movies that he appeared.
    • Cheng is a brunette and very short-haired while Bob is blonde and has a different hairstyle (hence his name as a hairstyle).
    • And both are overweight.

Tekken 6:

Tekken Tag Tournament 2:

  • He can be "customized" as Morshu from Link: The Faces of Evil minus the fedora, but with a beret instead, and those aforementioned ones as well.
  • He gains Rage faster than normal when his partner getting hurt is fellow heavyweight Ganryu, fellow crime fighter Lei Wulong or one of the fellow friendly Americans, Paul or Law. He gains rage slower when his partner is the Brit, Steve, who also happens to resemble Bob's thinner self to some degree. In addition to this, he also gains Rage faster when the partner is either Miguel or Jin, which is most likely a reference to the events of the Online Tekken Comic. [1]

Tekken 7:

  • On the last hit of his Rage Art, Bob utilizes a Rider Jump to a diving Rider Punch like a Kamen Rider.
  • The "Speed & Weight" voices for victory and Rage Art move quotes are from his Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ending.


  • Bob is a bounty hunter in Street Fighter X Tekken.
  • In Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Bob's dossier is briefly seen when Anna Williams opens a file containing dossiers of various persons of interest.


Robert Richards/Gallery


See Also