Violet (ヴァイオレット Vaioretto?) is a character in the Tekken series that made his debut in Tekken 4 and later returned for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. He is the alter-ego of Lee Chaolan, created as a disguise in order to enter the fourth King of Iron Fist Tournament without being found out by the Mishima Zaibatsu. He is also the CEO of Violet Systems. Though he was a palette swap of Lee in Tekken 4, he has his own character slot in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and is also the main character in the Fight Lab mode of the game. He returned as a palette swap in Tekken 7.
The persona 'Violet' was created by Lee Chaolan some time between the events of Tekken 2 and Tekken 4. He used this identity to hide from his father, Heihachi Mishima, and was eventually able to build up his own robotics company, based in The Bahamas. Violet is the official CEO of Violet Systems, and, initially, the name Lee Chaolan was completely dissociated from the company. As well as being CEO of his company, Violet is also its foremost roboticist, undertaking much of the engineering work personally himself.
In the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, Lee entered as his alter-ego Violet, and also entered Combot as a competitor, in order to show off its abilities. He was shocked to find his brother, Kazuya Mishima, alive and lost to him as a consequence. Kazuya seems to have instantly seen through Lee's disguise, and thereafter, Lee hasn't particularly troubled to hide himself as Violet. He does still occasionally dress in this persona however, and his company is still registered under this name.
When in his persona as Violet, Lee seems to distance himself from Mishima affairs, and puts on more of a reckless playboy air instead of the more gallant and romantic air he has as Lee Chaolan. Lee will show a more classical and refined image of himself, while Violet is a bit more excited or even sometimes rude as seen in some of his replies in Tekken Supporters, and he likes to tease his secretary, as seen in Fight Lab. With the way he dismisses his secretary’s criticism and always tries to relax and enjoy his drinks whilst partying rather than getting serious, Violet seems more detached than he is as Lee, as if Lee wanted to disconnect from the world through this persona. Violet seems more unaffected by others, more carefree, and more eccentric. He vainly also claims to be 3 years younger than he actually is, with his age given as 45 when he is actually 48. As Violet, his primary aim is to bring fame and renown to his corporation, Violet Systems, and to promote his personally designed line of combots.
When dressed as his alter-ego Violet, Lee has dyed purple hair and wears black sunglasses. His costumes are flamboyant and usually follow a purple color scheme.
- Main article: Lee Chaolan/Outfits
Prologue Text: Violet was the majority shareholder and de facto leader of a manufacturer for humanoid robots. He was apparently a fighter in the past, but now lived a quiet life in a mansion in The Bahamas. Bored by his carefree lifestyle, Violet decided to enter The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. There was another significant reason for his entry into the tournament. Violet believed that he could turn his humanoid robots into the ultimate fighting weapons. He believed in a utopian world where inorganic humanoids would carry out the will of their human masters. Violet accelerated the development of a prototype for the tournament. If completed in time, the tournament would be an excellent PR opportunity. Violet's mind was filled with visions of dominating The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4.
Interlude Description: Final Stage - Combot: In the Arena, the crowd cheers for Lee, who took off his Violet disguise before fighting Heihachi Mishima. Lee thanks the crowd. He states that winning the tournament was not his ultimate goal, that he only participated in the tournament to gather test data for Combot, and to promote its application as the ultimate fighting machine. Then, he presents Combot, who is standing in front of a large electronic advertising screen, to the audience. Lee asks Combot to give them a demonstration, and Combot's eyes start to glow bright red. Combot starts to walk down the stairs, but trips and falls to the ground. A spark of electricity comes from Combot's body as it gets up and its eyes flicker. An angry and embarrassed Lee prepares for a fight as Combot starts to run towards him.
Epilogue Text: Lee won the tournament and finally achieved his dream of becoming the CEO of Mishima Zaibatsu. The first Combot had a fatal bug due to its hasty development. Lee transferred the Combot development project to the Mishima Research Labs, where he spent large sums of money and gathered many brilliant engineers to develop the second prototype.
Ending Description: A secretary walks into Violet's office, and tells him that the new Combot prototype is finished. She lays a book report titled "Combot II" on Violet's desk. Violet expects the new prototype to work better, and she tells him that combat experiments were conducted against Heihachi, and that from 10.23 seconds into the experiment, Combot unleashed a 50 hit combination. She reports that Heihachi was completely helpless. Violet chuckles and, while stirring his glass of brandy, says, "Excellent".
Although, Violet is a playable character swap, he is not mentioned in the story.
Ending Description: Heihachi, Kazuya and Jin are all lying unconscious in a room. As they awaken, Violet speaks to them through an intercom and tells them they have the honor of battling Combot. Combot then enters the arena and, despite their arrogance, manages to defeat all three Mishimas with ease. Suddenly, Jin transforms into Devil Jin and blasts Combot's head off, and Heihachi mocks Violet for the "disappointment". Violet expressed dismay, but remains calm and causes Combot to self-destruct, destroying Heihachi, Kazuya and Devil Jin in the process. Violet laughs and says "Excellent".
Since he is the alter ego of Lee Chaolan, he shared the same moves as him in Tekken 4. In Tekken Tag Tournament 2, there are four moves that differ in their movelists; "Acid Rain Kick Combination", "Silver Sting", "Cossack Kick Combo" and the "Stutter Kick". Until in Tekken 7 reverts him back as a palette swap once again.
Since Tekken 4 and onwards, Lee's fighting style is listed simply as "Martial Arts", alluding to the fact that Lee fights using hybridized techniques from other fighting styles combined into one. From then on, many of his attack movements and motions stem from Jeet Kune Do, Taekwondo, Boxing and even Savate techniques.
- Lee Chaolan - His real identity.
- Lee's Secretary - His secretary.
- Combot - Creator.
- Super Combot DX - Creator
- Kazuya Mishima - His adoptive brother and rival.
- Heihachi Mishima - His adoptive father.
- Lars Alexandersson - His adoptive brother.
- Jin Kazama - His adoptive nephew.
- Jinpachi Mishima - His adoptive grandfather (Jinpachi died before Lee was adopted, so they have never met).
- Kazumi Mishima - His adoptive mother (Kazumi died before Lee was adopted, so they have never met).
- Lee Chaolan/Quotes
- Lee Chaolan/Tekken 5 Interludes
- Lee Chaolan/Scenario Campaign Dialogues
- Tekken Supporters#From Violet
- Violet's other denied possible name was Benjamin.
- Violet speaks English in almost all of his appearances, while Lee speaks Japanese in most of his appearances, making Lee bilingual. Violet speaks in Japanese throughout the Fight Lab mode in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, when just he and his secretary are working on improving Combot.
- Violet and Jin Kazama are the only Japanese characters in the series who have spoken English. While Jin only spoke English to Hwoarang in his Tekken 4 ending, Violet spoke English throughout the game, except in Tekken 7.
- Violet's age in Tekken 4 is listed as 45, whilst Lee's is listed as 48. This means in his persona as Violet, he claims to be younger than he actually is.
- Violet has a strong resemblance to Michael Jackson, especially in Tekken 4 when he spins around and put his arms up after winning a battle.
- Lee can be customized to resemble Violet in Tekken 5, Tekken 6 and Tekken 7.
- In public, Violet presents himself as American or Bahamian, talking perfect English in an American accent, and running his company out of The Bahamas.
- Violet is selectable after beating Story Mode two times with a different character.
- Despite being Japanese, Violet speaks English in this game. His reason for speaking in English was to hide his real identity from the Mishima Zaibatsu and Heihachi.
- Despite speaking English in his gameplay intro and his ending, Violet uses Japanese in the Fight Lab mode and battle gameplay.
- His Arcade Mode ending is the same as the Fight Lab ending.
- He has a separate slot to Lee, like many palette swaps in TTT2.
- He can be customized to resemble Lee's Tekken 4 outfit.
- Violet and his secretary narrate the games tutorial mode, Fight Lab, and have extensive dialogue in this mode.
- Violet and his secretary also facilitate the Wii U's additional mode Tekken Supporters, where they also have much dialogue together.
- This is the first time Violet speaks in his native Japanese language throughout the games since his identity was revealed in the end of Tekken 4 and began to revert back to speak in his native Japanese language since Tekken 5.
- Violet makes a cameo in the background of Island Paradise, where he is reclining at the poolside in his swimsuit.
- Violet can be created in Soul Calibur III onwards.