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This page is about the character. For the stage with the same name, see Unknown (Stage).

Unknown (アンノウン An'noun?) is a character in the Tekken series. She is the main villain of the Tekken Tag Tournament games, having made her debut as the final boss in the original Tekken Tag Tournament and returning for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, where she once again served as the final boss. Unknown is considered non-canon in the story of the main series, having never made an appearance outside of the non-canon Tag games.

Biography

Little is known of Unknown's origins, yet it seems as though a werewolf spirit-like creature possessed her for its own purpose, which is to complete itself, as shown in Unknown's Tekken Tag Tournament ending. The creature accompanies her in battle and mimics Unknown's moves and actions, possibly as it controls her actions.

Unknown returns in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, this time without the wolf spirit, implying that she was able to escape the spirits control at the end of the first Tag Tournament.

Since Tekken Tag Tournament's release, Namco has not provided any clear explanation on Unknown. The comic book Tekken Forever was meant to explain who Unknown was, but it was canceled after only one issue. A Limited Edition version of Tekken 6 was released in September 2009[2], and an artbook which was part of the package revealed that Unknown was originally supposed to be Jun Kazama's sister by the name of Hitomi (仁美?), but this story arc was dropped when Tekken Tag Tournament became a non-canon spin-off game.[3]

The Jun Kazama/Unknown Controversy

In TTT1, Unknown starts with the fighting style of Jun Kazama at the onset of every battle. This, in addition to their similar features, led many to believe that Unknown is a possessed Jun Kazama. Unknown also appears in Ogre's Tekken Tag Tournament ending. In this ending, Ogre has defeated Jin Kazama, and he is about to consume Jin's soul. However, Unknown interrupts him, and it is implied that the two engage in a fight, and Unknown is seen without the Wolf Demon. Her apparent independent and selfless intervention on the behalf of Jin furthers suspicions that she is Jin's lost mother Jun Kazama.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 would later confirm the suspicions of Jun and Unknown being the same person; when the player reaches the final battle, Jun is fought in the first round, before transforming into Unknown upon defeat. Unknown is then fought in the second round of the match. Whether this is canon in the main series story has yet to be confirmed.

Personality

Unknown shows little in the way of personality, being a silent and enigmatic character who shows little interaction with the other fighters. However, Unknown does not seem to be entirely evil or devoid of emotion, as she is still shown to be protective and caring of Jin in Ogre's Tekken Tag Tournament ending, implying that some of the kind nature of Jun is able to overcome the dark powers that control her.

Appearance

Unknown is an Asian-looking woman with purple slime coating her otherwise naked body. Unknown has shoulder-length dark hair and glowing, yellow eyes. She has the Devil Gene tattoo on her right arm. Behind her, some sort of wolf-like spirit acts out every move she performs, giving the impression that it is controlling her actions.

Outfits

Main Article: Unknown/Outfits

Unknown's main outfit has her being naked, and only covered with the purple slime. The second outfit has her dressed in a dirty and tattered dress with her hands and legs in bandages. There is also a concept art of her wearing a schoolgirl outfit, but it was never implemented.

Story

Tekken Tag Tournament

Unknown made her first appearance as the final boss of Tekken Tag Tournament.

Tekken Tag Tournament - Unknown Ending

Tekken Tag Tournament - Unknown Ending

Ending Description: The screen shows Unknown blinking, focusing on one of her eyes. It then changes to a side view of Unknown. Suddenly, she senses the evil wolf-like spirit behind her. It then attempts to hit her, but misses as Unknown ducks. She then strikes it in the torso, and her arm gets stuck in the spirits body. As she tries to free her arm, the spirit grabs her body and absorbs her. Seconds later, the spirit is shown developing legs, indicating that Unknown has become fully consumed within the body of the spirit. The screen then shows Unknown raging inside him, before she manages to tear herself free of the spirit's body, breaking out from its possession. She lands face down on the ground, then slowly lifts herself up with a slight smile on her face from the pleasure of knowing she has escaped the grasp of the evil spirit.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Unknown returns as the final boss of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 without her wolf-like creature. She is also a playable DLC character. She acts as Jun Kazama's final form after a transformation sequence before the final round of the games Arcade Mode.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - Unknown Ending

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - Unknown Ending

Ending Description: Unknown is seen slowly falling, unconscious and barely covered, into deep water. Then, Angel suddenly appears and reaches a hand out towards Unknown. Angel then gently touches one of Unknown's hands while smiling. Angel's pureness strips Unknown of her evil powers. Unknown then bends backwards after being touched by Angel. The slime on her body slowly begins to wash away in front of Angel as the evil is expelled. Unknown is now almost fully bare as Angel absorbs the evil. Angel promptly vanishes afterwards. Unknown then closes her eyes as she descends downwards into the depths of water, completely naked. 

Other Appearances

Project X Zone 2

Unknown appears as a rival unit in the tactical role-playing game Project X Zone 2.

Gameplay

In TTT, Unknown has the ability to copy all of the other characters' abilities (except the Jack's), and the player can switch fighting styles on the fly simply by pressing the right analog stick.

Unknown and the wolf-like creature that possesses her aren't actually a tag team per se, as one cannot be switched out for the other. The wolf-like creature actually possesses Unknown to "even out" this disadvantage. While playing against her in Story mode, she has the ability to regenerate lost health that is still red in her health bar, a trait normally attributed only to characters who are tagged out. Further more, Unknown is not knocked out until even the red bits of her health bar have been fully depleted (these traits do not carry over if a player plays as her).

In Tekken Tag Tournament 2, she is no longer with the wolf-like creature, having presumably previously broken free of its control and killed it.

Fighting Style

In TTT, during gameplay, Unknown mimics the fighting style of the other Tekken characters, just like Mokujin, Tetsujin and Combot. There are some differences with the mimicry between them, however:

  • Mokujin and Tetsujin have to be tagged out and in again in order to mimic a different fighting style. Unknown can do that as well, but additionally, she can mimic a different fighting style by pressing R3 (the right analog stick) while playing as her. The new style she will mimic is chosen at random.
  • Unknown is unable to mimic the fighting styles of certain characters that Mokujin and Tetsujin are able to mimic, such as the fighting styles of Prototype Jack, Jack-2, and Gun Jack.
  • If Tetsujin or Mokujin is the character first tagged in a battle, the fighting style they mimic will be chosen at random, while Unknown will always start off by mimicking the fighting style of Jun Kazama. Similarly, while Tetsujin's and Mokujin's win animations are those of the character they last mimicked, Unknown's win animations will always be those of the character she previously mimicked apart from when she is swapped out, where she will have Jun's animations. Also, she has Jun's win animation in Tekken Bowl mode.

In Tekken Tag Tournament 2, she has Jun's moveset and unique, boss-style moves. In place of the wolf spirit is her ability to form large slime constructions from the floor to attack her opponents, commonly using spikes and, occasionally, fists. She also possesses a new attack which summons energy in a whirling formation. If her opponents are ensnared in this, she summons a giant slime hand to smack them into the floor which reduces all of their health to red and auto tags them out.

Character Relationships

  • Jun Kazama - Her alternate/evil form (non-canon).

Trivia

General:

  • While Unknown has the Devil Gene tattoo on her right arm, it is still unknown and unconfirmed so far if she actually carries the devil gene or not.
  • Unknown has so far only appeared in the two non-canon installments of the Tekken series.
  • Unknown is the first female final boss character in the series (although, in Tekken 2, if the player plays as Devil, Angel is the final boss), later followed by Devil Kazumi in Tekken 7.
  • The slime-like substance covering Unknown could be seen as a manifestation of the Wolf Spirit, as the Spirit has no lower body up to the point of which the slime covers Unknown (feet to waist, and hands). Furthermore, this slime could be the way in which he controls Unknown, only partially controlling her as she is only "half-covered". Also, Unknown's ending shows The Wolf Spirit gaining legs (the covered part of Unknown) by absorbing Unknown, implying further that the slime has some connection to the Spirit. Although, in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, the wolf spirit is absent and yet she still has the slime.
    • For the first time, she is seen without slime and completely nude after Angel purifies her in her Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ending.
  • Unknown and Mokujin (female counterpart) are currently the only female mimic characters introduced in the series.
  • Soul Calibur V character Z.W.E.I. has a wolf-like spirit called E.I.N. in his possession, who looks similar to the wolf spirit of Unknown.

Tekken Tag Tournament:

  • Unknown's voice is a distorted version of Angel's.
  • Depicted in her ending, it shows that Unknown's real eye color is apparently green, but has turned yellow since being possessed by the Wolf Spirit.
  • The Wolf Spirit may not be in full control of Unknown, as before the boss fight she can be seen covering her face in apparent pain or confusion before entering her fighting stance, as if she is fighting or resisting the Spirit. Interestingly, however, the Spirit performs the actions with her.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2:

  • Unknown's voice is now a distorted version of Jun's, given that she is Jun's evil alter-ego in this game.
  • Unknown is the only character (along with Tiger Jackson) who cannot be customized to wear clothing or have her hairstyle altered as there are no items for her to purchase or obtain.
    • Unknown does, however, have a P2 color which also changes her hair color, but said palette swap is only available if two non-customized Unknowns fight each other.
  • If defeated by Unknown in Arcade Mode, a special continue screen will be seen; as the countdown goes down, Unknown can be seen approaching the player (from first-person perspective). The view isn't clear, and she appears blurry. As she kneels down towards the player, the slime-like substance covering her skin starts to shift as she tilts her head (seemingly in curiosity). After the countdown ends, she gets close enough for herself to be clearly seen, and reaches out her hand toward the screen. The screen then fades to black.
  • While the wolf spirit from the previous game does not make an appearance, spirits in the form of a wolf's head can be seen circling a defeated Unknown in Kazuya's ending movie, accompanied by faint howling sounds.

Gallery

Unknown/Gallery

See Also

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.tekken-official.jp/tag2/chara/unknown.html
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090924185808/http://blogs.ign.com/NB_Tekken/2009/09/22/129168/
  3. ^ Unknown's profile in the Tekken 6 Artbook
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