Please note: This name is Chinese; "Wang" is a surname, not a given name; the given name of this character is "Jinrei".
Wang Jinrei (王驚雷 Wáng Jīngléi; Japanese: ワン・ジンレイ Wan Jinrei; It may be written with given name first as Jinrei Wang) is a fighting game character who was introduced in the original Tekken game and has returned for every other Tekken game, except Tekken 3, Tekken 4 and Tekken 7.
Main Article: Wang Jinrei/Outfits
Version 1: Jinrei is an old man with whom bravery still runs strong, a practitioner of Shinirokugo-ken.
Jinrei, a kindhearted individual who sympathizes with his fellow countrymen, is the head of overseas Chinese merchants. He was also a very close friend to Kazuya's deceased grandfather, Jinpachi Mishima. After Jinpachi's death, Jinrei fell under Heihachi's influence, but truth be told, he doesn't feel comfortable with Heihachi's conduct.
Version 2: Wang Jinrei is a brave old man who has a kind heart. Wang continued to remain generous and kind while living as a recluse in the Mishima gardens. Wang was a close friend of Heihachi Mishima's father, Jinpachi Mishima. After Jinpachi's death, he put his faith in Heihachi. However, Wang does not know of Heihachi's actions. He faces Marshall Law in the King of Iron Fist tournament and the fight ends in a draw.
Version 1: Jinrei, an old man with whom bravery still runs strong, is a practitioner of Shinirokugo-ken. He was also best friend to Kazuya's grandfather, Jinpachi Mishima.
Wrapped up in the wishes of Jinpachi; "In order to bring about peace the Mishima clan must be destroyed", Jinrei decided to join the tournament, but he seeks to transfer the burden of taking Kazuya out to someone else capable of doing so. But, if there is no other, he's prepared to do what must me done (He will not leave until the deed is done).
Version 2: Wang is an old friend of Jinpachi Mishima, the father of Heihachi Mishima and the grandfather of Kazuya Mishima. Wang had seen the way Kazuya and Heihachi abused and corrupted the Mishima Zaibatsu. Wang later becomes Lee Chaolan's instructor and convinces him to help him bring honor back to the Empire.
Ending Description, "Celebration": Wang walks up a hill while the sun is setting. He approaches a grave stone of Jinpachi Mishima. Wang pours a bottled drink on the top of the grave stone. Then, Wang pours some of the drink into a small cup. He drinks from the cup, and then he exhales. A close-up of Wang's face is shown as the ending video ends.
Jinpachi disappeared leaving these words behind. Some time after, Wang learned of the death of his friend as the world was embroiled in war.
Thirty years later, Wang was living in isolation when an invitation to the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 was delivered. Along with it was a message... "I need your help, old friend. Seek me out, Wang Jinrei". The letter was signed, "Jinpachi Mishima".
Believing his friend to be dead, Wang Jinrei was quite surprised by the message and decided to enter the tournament to look for Jinpachi.
Ending Description: Wang has defeated Jinpachi Mishima. Jinpachi's "Devil" form fades away, leaving only Jinpachi in his human form laying on the ground on his stomach. Wang holds Jinpachi, shakes him, and asks, "Jinpachi, are you ok?" Jinpachi replies, "I'm sorry I caused you so much trouble..." Wang says, "Don't say such things! We have been through so much and have always been like brothers.". Jinpachi reaches up to Wang with one of his hands and says, "Jinrei...", Wang grabs Jinpachi's hand with one of his hands and says, "Jinpachi!". Jinpachi says, "I wish we could have had one last drink together...but I'm afraid my time has come... Good bye, my dear friend... It was fun..." Jinpachi turns to dust in Wang's arms. Wang runs his fingers through the sand that was Jinpachi while saying, "Jinpachi... Jinpachi!..." Wang continues talking, saying, "It's the curse of the Mishima bloodline!..." Wang gets up while saying, "Jinpachi...it appears that my time has yet to come!" A shooting star flies across the sky.
Wang Jinrei heard of the Mishima family's cursed blood from his close friend, Jinpachi Mishima.
Wang was utterly defeated in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 by Jin Kazama, whose purpose was to wipe out the Mishima family's cursed blood. However, the real chaos began when Jin Kazama assumed control of the Mishima Financial Group (MFG).
Blaming his failure on his indifference, Wang lamented his lack of action.
Once again, The King of Iron Fist Tournament is held, and with new-found purpose, Wang participates in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6.
Ending Description: Following his victory over Azazel, Wang prepares to leave before sensing Azazel's presence behind him. But as the monster was about to attack, Wang used a powerful elbow attack right on his foe's spine (though apparently it was the tail), causing the latter to disperse into a orb with magneta-colored scarabs fading into nothingness.
Yet, it also took its toll on Wang as he murmurs "Jinpachi..my friend. My time has come." before falling onto his knees, saying "I'll see..you again..." as he falls onto the ground.
Wang is seen warning the amnesiac Lars Alexandersson after their fight about Alisa Bosconovitch's true allegiance, Jin's pure-mindedness and how the Mishima Zaibatsu still has enough manpower to take on the entire world. Wang also tells them to ask Heihachi about a tablet he found in Central America that could provide useful. After Lars' departure, Zafina appears from the shadows. They then talk about how they believe Lars will be the one to stop Azazel from destroying the world, something which became only half-true.
Ending Description: Wang is doing internal Kung Fu with Xiaoyu. Wang suddenly stops and Xiaoyu rushes to his side. Wang holds his back in pain, Xiaoyu looks at the camera with a reluctant smirk and her hands on her hips as though he is finding an excuse not to continue.
Wang returned as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. He retains his moveset from Tekken 6 with a few new moves added.
Ending Description: Wang has called a meeting with Jinpachi Mishima, Sebastian and Doctor Bosconovitch on a discussion table. Their main topic is their existence as well as future appearances in the Tekken series.
Wang and Jinpachi discuss each other's popularity, with Jinpachi pointing out how Namco very nearly killed Wang off in his Tekken 6 ending (where he does indeed die after beating Azazel), to which Wang claims his "awesome popularity" kept him alive. When Jinpachi expresses disbelief at Namco nearly killing off a "no name character" like Wang only to chicken out at the last minute, Wang counters said argument by pointing out how Jinpachi literally crumbled into sand before Wang's very eyes in his Tekken 5 ending. Doctor Bosconovitch shows no concern, as he believes that so long as the Jack-series, Yoshimitsu, Alisa and Bryan are still present in the game, he will still also be present through them. Sebastian states that he doesn't mind being unpopular as long as he protects and serves Lili.
Bosconovitch eventually comes up with the idea of using technology on every elderly person in the room, himself included, to turn them into Alisa-style cyborgs. Some time later, Ganryu and Baek arrive to see that plans were already being made to turn all four old men into cyborgs. While Baek finds the idea ridiculous, Ganryu seems to be excited at the prospect.
Wang is one of the few characters in the series to primarily use soft form Kung-Fu techniques. He has some of the most interesting and effective parries, crushes and reversals which he can use to frustrate and rebuke less experienced players.
Less useful at distance, in the hands of a seasoned player he can obliterate even the best of close range defence with an off-kilter collection of stun attacks, attacks throws and strikes that give some of the best frame advantage in the series. He is a character with some unique defence options and a relentless, lethal close range game.
Wang fights using Xin Yi Liu He Quan.
His best friend, they had a strong friendship due to them both being skilled martial artists with a mutual interest in keeping the world peace, Wang liked Jinpachi very much and they often drank Sakè together, he was the last person seeing Jinpachi alive before Heihachi imprisoned his father in Hon-Maru's basement. After Jinpachi disappeared, Wang was deeply saddened and mourned his friend, entrusting Jinpachi's son, Heihachi, to continue his legacy. Wang entered the fifth tournament when he received a letter from Jinpachi, asking him for help. In their (non-canon) dialogue in Tekken 5, Wang is shocked when seeing Jinpachi transformed into a monster but refuses to harm him, until Jinpachi begs him to kill him as his consciousness is fading and he doesn't want to cause any more harm to humanity.
- Ling Xiaoyu - His student and distant relative.
- Lei Wulong - His friend and training partner according to Lei's winquote against Xiaoyu in Street Fighter X Tekken.
- Heihachi Mishima - He was initially one of Heihachi's supporters during the original Tekken, but withdrew once he realized what Heihachi truly used the Mishima Zaibatsu for.
- Marshall Law - He was Law's sub-boss in the first game. Their fight ended in a draw. Law is one of the fighters who knows and respects Wang in the Scenario Campaign dialogues.
- Lee Chaolan - He trained and convinced Lee to bring good to the Mishima Zaibatsu before Tekken 2.
- Jun Kazama - He was her sub-boss in Tekken 2. He was defeated by her in the tournament. Wang has positive Netsu with her in TTT2.
- Feng Wei - They can be seen interacting in Tekken 5. Despite first thinking that he is arrogant due to not responding, Wang respects Feng when he accepts defeat, and urges him to continue his training. Have positive Netsu with each other in Tag 2.
- Jin Kazama - He was defeated by Jin in the fifth tournament. According to their dialogues in the Scenario Campaign, Wang holds Jin responsible for murdering Jinpachi and wants to get revenge.
- Lars Alexandersson - His ally in the Scenario Campaign, Wang teaches Lars about what he knows about the Mishima clan. The look in his eyes reminded Wang of a certain man he knows (possibly Heihachi, Lee, or Jin).
- Alisa Bosconovitch - His ally, however Wang became somewhat suspicious of her and warned Lars about Alisa's "true" personality.
- Zafina - His ally in the Scenario Campaign, she also told him that Lars would save the world (a prediction that only became half true).
- Wang is the oldest playable human character in the Tekken games.
- Wang Jinrei's name in Chinese as 王驚雷/王惊雷; where in (王 Wáng) is the surname and (驚雷/惊雷 Jīngléi) is his given name.
- Wang, unlike Heihachi, who is also an older man, is deeply respected by others. (Xiaoyu, Leo, Lei and Feng can be seen showing respect to him).
- Wang's given name was mispelled as 'Jinfrey' in the Tekken 2 PlayStation instruction book (Jun's bio page).
- Wang's 2+4 throw in the earlier games is reminiscent of Chun-Li's throw in Street Fighter II.
- Wang somewhat resembles Master Roshi from the Dragon Ball franchise.
- He also resembles Gen Fu from the Dead or Alive series. They also share the same fighting style.
- He also resembles Shujinko, the protagonist from Mortal Kombat: Deception.
- In fact, Shujinko's Deception render bears a striking resemblance to that of Wang's from TK5: DR, sharing a similar stance as each other.
- Wang shares some moves with Michelle and Julia (d/f+2,1; u/f+3+4 etc.). This originates from Wang originally being a clone of Michelle in the first Tekken with a few moves of his own, but lorewise it can also be explained due to him partly using the same fighting style as the Changs. In Tekken 5, when Wang returned, the animations and properties for some of these shared moves were changed to differentiate him more.
- Wang's sub-boss is Marshall Law.
- Wang's sub-boss is Jun Kazama.
- On the arcade version, it is possible to switch the default positions of Jun and Baek Doo San in the game options; in the latter case, Baek will become Wang's sub-boss.
- On the arcade version, some of Wang's sound effects are mixed up. When Wang is hit by a 'heavy' move, one of his attack sounds plays; when Wang is knocked out, his second 'hurt' sound plays instead of his usual wail. This was fixed on the PlayStation 2 version.
- Wang is unlocked by beating story mode five times with a different character.
- Wang's sub-bosses are Ling Xiaoyu, Feng Wei, and Heihachi Mishima.
- Wang has the most interludes with the total of four.
- Wang Jinrei's second player Tekken 5 costume makes him resemble Master Roshi from the Dragon Ball franchise.
- Wang has two secret pre-fight animations, which will only be shown before fighting a female character (excluding Ling Xiaoyu, female Mokujin and Lili). In one of them, Wang says, "Wow... You're hot...", and in the other, Wang says, "Wow... Today must be my lucky day". The latter will occasionally be used after Wang gets a strike in the Tekken Bowl side game in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection.
- Wang can be customized to resemble the Dragon Ball series' Master Roshi.
- Wang's pre-fight animation saying "Wow... Today must be my lucky day", that previously only appeared when encountering female characters, can now happen for all characters.
- Wang's partners in Ghost Battle (from lowest to highest ranks) are Ling Xiaoyu, Roger Jr., Feng Wei, Sebastian and Jinpachi Mishima.
- Wang's ending seems to hold a double meaning where all the characters participating in the meeting discussing their "future" in Tekken are not only old age-wise, but also rather unpopular usage-wise. Appropriately, none of the characters in the ending have returned for Tekken 7 so far.
- Wang appears in the opening sequence of Tekken: The Motion Picture (along with Hwoarang, Forest, Kunimitsu, Eddy and Xiaoyu) but he doesn't appear in the actual movie (which is the same case with the aforementioned characters).
- In Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Wang's dossier is briefly seen when Anna Williams opens a file containing dossiers of various persons of interest.