Tekken 8 Newcomer? Here’s A Character Vibes Check

There's an overwhelming amount of information that goes into picking a Tekken 8 character to play. I'm here to simplify things: what are the vibes?
Edited by Kristi Jimenez

Fighting game newcomers (rightfully) feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that goes into picking a character to play. Oodles of guides go over the intricate move sets, mechanics, and strategies for every Tekken 8 character, but today I’m here to arm you with different information: what are the vibes?

Here are the 32 base characters (and 2 Season 1 DLC characters) with pictures, my assessment of What Their Deal Is, and a highly subjective vibe check. Take it from someone with decades of Tekken experience: pick a character who looks cool, and just get started. You can learn everything else as you go. It’s that simple!

Related: All of the Characters in Street Fighter 6

Tekken 8, Kazuya Mishima character art.
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Kazuya Mishima

What’s their deal?

Kazuya has a daddy-sized chip on his shoulder from being repeatedly thrown into volcanoes by his late father. This hardship activated his Devil Gene, so naturally he’s aiming for world conquest now that dear old dad is gone. Kazuya uses his own merciless variant of the Mishima karate style, complete with electric punches and a devil laser that comes out of his forehead. It’s all very edgy and silly.

What are the vibes?

You are ambitious to a fault. You know that you’re cynical, but in this cold world, sheer strength does the talking. And if that talking comes courtesy of some punches? That’s just some nice stress relief.

Tekken 8, Jin Kazama character art.
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Jin Kazama

What’s their deal?

Jin is the son of Kazuya Mishima and Jun Kazama (more on her later). His parents’ light-and-darkness dynamic unfortunately came home to roost. Jun taught him how to responsibly wield his fighting prowess as a child, but after she went missing, he learned under his grandfather Heihachi, their sparring an unwitting catalyst for his Devil Gene activation.

Many allies, heel-turns, and struggles later, Jin has this devil power somewhat under control. All this broodiness really cuts into his time as a high-schooler at Mishima Polytechnic, where fellow combatant Ling Xiaoyu nurses a huge crush on him. Not that he notices. Jin uses a hybrid karate style that’s a hybrid of Mishima, Kazama, and something all his own.

What are the vibes?

You try not to seem too down, but there’s just so much going on in the world that weighs on your heart. You try to push through the gloom to take action. Your mid-2000s emo playlist is your constant companion.

Tekken 8, Jun Kazama character art.
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Jun Kazama

What’s their deal?

Jun Kazama is a nature activist with spiritual cleansing powers, Kazuya’s… girlfriend, I guess, and Jin’s mom. Her sudden disappearance (presumably at the hands of series big bad Ogre) before the events of Tekken 3 raises less questions than her sudden reappearance , but hopefully she can kick a lot of ass and give her son some much-needed dating advice. We’re all rooting for you, Xiaoyu. Jun’s style of traditional martial arts has graceful sweeps, heavy kicks, and what looks like spiritual energy blasts.

What are the vibes?

You wouldn’t kill someone with kindness, but you’d at least strongly maim them. You are firm in your convictions, but not above a little razzle-dazzle. Also you’re pretty sure birds are real.

Tekken 8, King character art.
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King

What’s their deal?

We love a furry with a side hustle. King is a Mexican pro wrestler whose other gigs include running a MMA gym and keeping an orphanage up and running. In true kayfabe style, he only speaks in subtitled growls from underneath his jaguar mask.

Tekken 8’s King is technically not the only one to wear the mask, as his predecessor passed it onto him before an untimely death. He also has a–frenemy? Mentor? It’s complicated–Armor King, who watches from the sidelines. King’s rough-and-tumble wrestling style features clotheslines, divekicks, and the longest recorded sequence of throws in human history. Seriously, his Rolling Death Cradle has like eight phases.

What are the vibes?

Mask for mask (sorry). You have an equal appreciation for showmanship and the craft of wrestling. You invent intricate rituals to sweatily wrestle with other men. You are either gay, a furry, or a gay furry. Sorry if this is how you found out.

Tekken 8, Paul Phoenix character art.
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Paul Phoenix

What’s their deal?

Paul Phoenix is painfully American, as his blond-haired, scruffy, cocky, leather-daddy motorcyclist tendencies betray. He canonically celebrated his victory over Ogre too early in Tekken 3, leaving before True Ogre appeared and consequently forfeiting the prize money to Jin.

Since then, Paul has been down on his luck. He’s once again broke as shit and hopes splitting the Tekken 8 prize pool with longtime friend Marshall Law will get him back on his feet. Depressing, but a true American story. His fighting style is best described as “will knock your ass to the ground” or “ouch, half my health bar is gone.”

What are the vibes?

You punch first and ask questions later. You may be friendly by nature, but you’re not afraid to scrap if you need to. This is equally likely to get you in trouble and out of it.

Tekken 8, Marshall Law character art.
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Marshall Law

What’s their deal?

After unsuccessfully trying to find someone to run his martial arts dojo so he could focus on repaying his son’s medical debt, Marshall Law is in between a rock and a hard place. Yeah, there’s a whole medical debt subplot. Also his son is named Forrest Law. Anyway, Marshall promises to split the winnings with Paul, the other down-on-their-luck American. He fights and sounds like Bruce Lee (mostly complimentary). His pair of nunchaku (not a euphemism this time) are new to Tekken 8.

What are the vibes?

You are a martial arts film connoisseur, the cheesier the better. The speed, the grace, the equal propensity for adrenaline and comedy–these fuel your multimedia fire. You are kind to your friends, maybe a little too much for your own good.

Tekken 8, Jack-8 character art.
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Jack-8

What’s their deal?

Jack-8 is the latest model in a series of war machines manufactured throughout the series. Jack’s lead developer was once rescued by a base model when she was small, so now she works within the labyrinthine Mishima corporate empire to regularly pump out new designs. This backstory, the cyber-mohawk, and some of his mannerisms are as close as Jack-8 gets to a personality. His fighting style is full of heavy punches, weighty movement, and a rocket launcher.

What are the vibes?

Look, it’s not my fault your older relative always got the Player 1 controller. You don’t need to lash out via a robot that has Johnny Bravo proportions. But you do you.

Tekken 8, Lars Alexandersson character art.
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Lars Alexandersson

What’s their deal?

Lars is one of Heihachi Mishima’s many, many illegitimate children. He is easily one of the most well-adjusted people in the family tree. Unlike the dysfunctional Mishima, he gets more to do besides scheming and brooding, leading a rebel army against Kazuya and rescuing Alisa from deep within a research facility. His no-nonsense fighting style comes mostly from his army days, with a little electric flair thrown in.

What are the vibes?

You are the good-natured, swoopy haired shonen protagonist of your own life. You cherish your daily routine, as filled with grunt work as it may be. Unlike Goku, you know where children come from.

Tekken 8, Ling Xiaoyu character art.
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Ling Xiaoyu

What’s their deal?

Xiaoyu once beat the crap out of Heihachi’s security detail aboard a cruise ship, impressing him enough to land a spot at Mishima Polytechnic and be assigned Panda as a bodyguard. She’s grown up from her theme park dreams of yore, but she still can’t find the words to express her complicated feelings to dreamy, broody Jin. If anyone could kick his ass into being more well-adjusted, it’s either Xiaoyu or his mother Jun. Her Chinese martial arts employ multiple stances and fluid change-ups, but it’s Xiaoyu’s cheerful, unflappable attitude that makes it her own.

What are the vibes?

You may not always be the belle of the ball, but you’re candid and fun to be around. People notice your enthusiasm and hard work, even if you’re a little too preoccupied to spot it.

Tekken 8, Nina Williams character art.
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Nina Willams

What’s their deal?

Nina is a hot mess. She’s a trained freelance assassin, but her personality and goals shifted after voluntary cryosleep. She has conflicting feelings about Steve, juggling the familial pull that she’s supposed to feel with the cold reality that is her day-to-day. Her abrupt awakening also left Nina with bouts of amnesia, causing her to lash out more than usual at her sister and lose herself in deadly work.

Nina’s assassination arts use precise kicks, an ear-ringing double slap, and most recently a pair of guns. Even as a gay man, I can confidently say that Nina is a certified hot mama.

What are the vibes?

You’re cool, calculated, and have the most withering one-liners. Is this nature, nurture, or masking something else going on underneath? Only those closest to you can tell. You sing along to your playlists, but only when you’re absolutely sure nobody else is around.

Tekken 8, Leroy Smith character art.
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Leroy Smith

What’s their deal?

Leroy is a native New Yorker through-and-through. Leroy originally joined Tekken 7 to hunt down Heihachi, and the departed patriarch should feel lucky that his son pitched him to his death before Leroy caught up. Leroy’s cute dog, Sugar, often features at the beginnings and ends of fights. Pray you don’t start one in their presence. Leroy’s Wing Chun style has punishing rapid punches and launchers that send his opponents flying.

What are the vibes?

You don’t need others to tell you how cool you are. You take no shit and your fashion sense is incredible. People either want to pet your dog or wish they were the dog.

Tekken 8, Asuka Kazama character art.
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Asuka Kazama

What’s their deal?

Asuka, another shockingly well-adjusted family member, is Jin’s cousin and a fellow student at Mishima Polytechnic. After training hard at her local dojo, she bested her “”rival”” Lili in a tournament, hoping it would pump the brakes on Lili’s odd behavior. It did not.

Asuka is growing exasperated by Lili’s theatrics, blowing off steam by becoming a neighborhood peacekeeper vigilante. The Sapphic fanfics write themselves, really. Asuka practices the same branch of flowing traditional martial arts as Jun, but with a rowdier spin thrown into her palm strikes and ground sweeps.

What are the vibes?

You are straightforward and direct in a way that genuinely disarms people. Or if that approach doesn’t work, you disarm them manually. Either way, you’re perplexed as to why this draws attention. Doesn’t everyone speak their mind?

Tekken 8, Lili character art.
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Lili

What’s their deal?

Lili discovered the thrill of street fighting after being taken ransom to blackmail her wealthy father. Since then, she’s surreptitiously continued to practice her martial arts with the help of her long-suffering butler Sebastian. Lili enjoys Asuka’s outsized reactions for reasons she can’t quite place, and is determined to defeat her “rival” in battle.

The over-the-top provocations leading to that, are just, uh, friendly rivalry. Sure. If she says so. Lili’s self-made fighting style is equal parts smooth pirouettes and tooth-shattering kicks, effortlessly weaving in and out of striking distance.

What are the vibes?

Why do something as plain as talking about your feelings when a grand gesture will do? You like to pull out all the stops and push those around you to greater heights. Or greater resentment, depending on who you ask. You’re an acquired taste.

Tekken 8, Bryan Fury character art.
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Bryan Fury

What’s their deal?

Bryan was a member of an elite special forces unit until he went sicko mode. He’s been slowly replacing his body with cybernetics, and now that he has a perpetual generator installed, he should theoretically be immortal. Bryan is the most Joker-coded in the Tekken roster, his only allegiance to indiscriminate violence. His style of kickboxing includes a lot of unhinged cackling and machine gun fire.

What are the vibes?

You wish these SHEEPLE around you would wake up and realize how tWiStEd the world really is. But you laugh as the world burns, reveling as humanity’s innate chaos shows itself. Your dinosaur chicken nuggets are almost ready.

Tekken 8, Hwoarang character art.
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Hwoarang

What’s their deal?

Hwoarang’s’ on-again, off-again sparring “”rivalry”” with Jin has been a thing since they were both introduced in Tekken 3. Now he’s back from his unfortunate edgy eyepatch phase, wondering why his last victory over Jin’s Devil form felt so bittersweet. 40k words. Tags: plot? what plot, tongues battling for dominance, enemies to lovers, slow burn. Hwoarang’s Taekwondo is all kinetic kicks, stance switching, and crunchy combos.

What are the vibes?

You need a lot of time to process your feelings. Ambivalence doesn’t sit right with you, so you much prefer to keep moving, where your mind is less prone to wander. You have at least one unfortunate wardrobe item you try not to think about.

Tekken 8, Claudio Serafino character art.
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Claudio Serafino

What’s their deal?

Claudio is part of a secret society of Italian exorcists. He looks like the Pope as a young bondage enthusiast. If you couldn’t tell by the glowy arm, glowy eye, and the way he’s stanced up, Claudio is on a mission to RID the WORLD of DEMONS. Namely, Jin and Kazuya. Claudio’s undone one of the FORBIDDEN SEALS on his right arm, so you know he means business. His assassination arts favor that right arm for heavy strikes and have lots of shiny circular runes attached to them.

What are the vibes?

When you have a job to do, you won’t rest until it’s done. Or a loved one compels you to chill for a second. You take your duties very seriously, and your accessories almost as seriously. You believe in life after love.

Tekken 8, Azucena character art.
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Azucena Milagros Ortiz Castillo (New to Tekken 8)

What’s their deal?

Azucena is one of three series newcomers in Tekken 8. Her fast-moving, evasive style reflects both her caffeine dependency and the fact that she’s a walking billboard for her family’s Peruvian coffee farm. Azucena’s early MMA tournament victory resulted in cross-promotional bliss for the farm, so now she’s eyeing up the King of Iron Fist Tournament as the next big thing. Her MMA style is full of last-minute dodges and confident swagger.

What are the vibes?

People should not talk to you until you’ve had your coffee. Loved ones know that you’ll chatter to them endlessly about a topic that’s caught your eye, though. You move fast and unintentionally break things.

Tekken 8, Raven character art.
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Raven

What’s their deal?

Raven is a covert secret agent dedicated to his training. After mistakenly reporting Heihachi’s apparent death in Tekken 5, he is now confronted with the patriarch’s real (we’ll see) death in Tekken 8. The resulting world upheaval from Kazuya’s attempted takeover rocks everyone’s shit, so he doesn’t get as much time to lab combos as he wanted. Oh well. His ninjitsu is the quick-slashing, hand gesturing, occasionally teleporting variety.

What are the vibes?

You are the shadow in the night. Methodical. Stealthy. Single-minded. You prefer the uncontested truth of cold facts to malleable rumors, and balk when the line between them starts to blur. You probably own Hidden Leaf Village memorabilia.

Tekken 8, Leo character art.
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Leo

What’s their deal?

Leo Kliesen’s archaeologist dad and gene scientist mom instilled a healthy sense of curiosity in them. Leo uses their natural inquisitiveness to search for answers to their mother’s death. They uncover records of Emma conducting research into the Devil gene for Kazuya’s G Corporation, throwing Kazuya’s recent reveal that he possesses the devil gene into sharp relief. Leo sets off again, and this time they will not be deterred in their pursuit.

What are the vibes?

Gender is a construct, so you’re building a house right in the middle of it. The kids say you have big “they/them energy,” whatever that means. You’re too busy living your best life to listen much.

Tekken 8, Steve Fox character art.
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Steve Fox

What’s their deal?

Steve Fox was raised in a Mishima lab, made from the genetic material of series hot mama Nina Williams. After a chance encounter with Nina, Steve reels at her seemingly aloof rebuttal of their shared history. His training pals, Marshall Law and Paul Phoenix, get him out of his post-conflict slump by offering an in on their tournament winnings. Unknowingly, their help spurs him to start training alone in earnest. Steve’s British background meshes with his boxing style to give his machine gun punches and weaves a cheeky flourish. He sounds like he would call you a wanker.

What are the vibes?

You feel comfortable in your body, but your identity still wavers from time to time. Hopefully by pursuing one, you can find resolve for the other. Also, you think baked beans on toast is a real food.

Tekken 8, Kuma character art.
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Kuma

What’s their deal?

Like fellow combatant King, this is not the first brown bear to assume to role of Kuma. Kuma served loyally under Heihachi Mishima, so he’s in a tailspin now that his master is (presumably) finally dead. Still grieving, he promises to continue the fight until his late master returns, even as Heihachi’s corporate empire crumbles around him. If that’s not melodramatic enough, he has massive, unrequited feelings for Xiaoyu’s security detail, a panda named Panda.

What are the vibes?

You are the team goofball. Just because the situation is serious doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make your friends laugh at your antics. This carefree manner is how you express your friendship, and it usually lands as intended. Or it would, if you could read a room.

Tekken 8, Yoshimitsu character art.
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Yoshimitsu

What’s their deal?

Yoshimitsu is the head of an, I shit you not, extraterrestrial ninja clan. One of the perks of being Manji clan head is getting to wield the cursed blade. That is, until the blade gets bloodthirsty again.

Yoshimitsu stabs himself with it before the blade can break into his mind, but to no avail. Yoshimitsu will simply have to follow the blade’s resonance until it reunites him with the original owner, then kill the dude. His ninjitsu conceals puzzling moves that let him hover off the ground, teleport, and do damage at the expense of his own life.

What are the vibes?

You indulge in genre-bending works that others describe as “campy.” You believe that culture, like apple juice, is better with a little bit of pulp in it. Jupiter Ascending deserved better.

Tekken 8, Shaheen character art.
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Shaheen

What’s their deal?

Shaheen is a Saudi Arabian military contractor nursing a grudge against Kazuya’s G Corporation. After extracting some information from an executive, Shaheen learns that Kazuya masterminded the death of a close friend.

Now, Shaheen wants to use the fighting techniques of his upbringing with the knowledge his departed friend gave him to avenge this close friend. He keeps his friend’s treasured blade by his side, hoping to use it to cut Kazuya down to size. Shaheen’s close quarters combat style uses the physicality of his enemies against them.

What are the vibes?

You are outcome-driven, eschewing complicated processes in favor of less subtle methods. If the blunt approach gets the job done, why bother with melodramatics? Your critics say you’re an “ends justify the means” person. You say that unlike them, you get results. For the record, the critics are right.

Tekken 8, Dragunov character art.
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Dragunov

What’s their deal?

Sergei Dragunov is a Russian workaholic with a rare moment of rest from his battlefield job. After consulting his bucket list notebook–colloquially known as “the Angel of Death’s List”–he sets a task for himself. We love a grindset king! His Commando Sambo style is a brutal, no-holds-barred approach that mixes sheer force with deceptive grapples.

What are the vibes?

You are a habitual planner, preferring to have backups for your backups. True relaxation doesn’t come naturally to you. You optimize your downtime, strategizing your next move instead of resting on your laurels. You are told your resting face is scary.

Tekken 8, Feng character art.
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Feng

What’s their deal?

Feng Wei is a Chinese Taijiquan martial artist who, much like Kazuya, will do whatever it takes to attain power. He killed his own master in pursuit of that knowledge. After his defeat at Leroy Smith’s hands in the last tournament, he trains ferociously. Nina offers him a chance for revenge if Feng works for G Corporation, but deals like these tend to have the devil in the fine print. Feng’s Taijiquan style is packed with relentless arm and elbow strikes in between his high kicks and blasts.

What are the vibes?

You take “knowledge is power” a bit too literally, using hard facts when perhaps a lighter approach is needed. Holding grudges comes naturally to you. You enjoy the pursuit of definitive answers, even if the journey is somewhat futile.

Tekken 8, Panda character art.
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Panda

What’s their deal?

Panda (a panda) is Xiaoyu’s trusted friend and bodyguard. After Xiaoyu leaves home to pursue Jin, she follows to make sure her friend’s outfits are cute and coordinated for Xiaoyu’s crush. When not being the fashion MVP of Tekken, Panda is fending off Kuma’s persistent proposals, much to her chagrin. She takes protecting Xiaoyu very seriously and is absolutely not to be trifled with. Panda’s fighting style mixes the fluidity and formidability of a bear’s strikes with some of Xiaoyu’s feints and stances.

What are the vibes?

You are a snappy dresser and get grumpy when you haven’t eaten recently. You firmly believe that you can’t kick ass if you don’t look cute. You’re loyal to your friends, but lord help the person that crosses you.

Tekken 8, Lee Chaolan character art.
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Lee Chaolan

What’s their deal?

Lee Chaolan was Heihachi’s adopted son, meant to act as a counterbalance and sparring partner for the rebellious Kazuya. After escaping that hellish home environment, Lee carved out his own identity as the head of robotics manufacturer Violet Systems.

He teams up with Lars to use his technical prowess against the unchecked power of his brother Kazuya. Lee’s martial arts are his signature mix of sleek gadgetry and comic flamboyance. I mean, he has an armored codpiece on his damn suit!

What are the vibes?

You want to be perceived as refined and elegant, but you’re often thwarted by your own comedic timing. Instead of backing down, you wholeheartedly commit to the bit. Sometimes at your own risk.

Tekken 8, Alisa Bosconovitch character art.
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Alisa Bosconovitch

What’s their deal?

Alisa is a Russian android built by Tekken’s resident mad scientist, Dr. Bosconovitch. She was programmed to protect and obey Jin Kazama, but now her thoughts wander away to one swoopy-haired Lars Alexandersson. After learning that this is not in fact a malfunction, she rushes to aid Lars in the oncoming war.

Alisa’s fighting style is the most anime there is, and that’s saying a lot in a Tekken game. Retractable chainsaw hands, detachable head that explodes and regenerates, jet boosters on her back–Alisa has all the bells and whistles.

What are the vibes?

You are often described as quirky. Depending on the day, this either delights or annoys you, but you can’t really argue with the assessment. You are habitually a free spirit.

Tekken 8, Zafina character art.
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Zafina

What’s their deal?

Zafina is a mystic who has sealed an ancient evil away in her left arm. She comes from a different mysterious family of exorcists than Claudio, but soon has to rely on his help when the evil arm attempts a takeover.

After recovering, she sees the future and knows what is necessary to bring the conflict to an end, even if she ends up paying the price. Zafina’s mystic arts utilize her full flexibility to spring into actions, mixing precarious one-legged kicks with ground-flattening crystal arm punches.

What are the vibes?

You have an air of foreboding about you. This part of your nature can enchant or distract others, but mostly it means you keep to yourself until you reach a certain level of trust with someone.

Tekken 8, Devil Jin character art.
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Devil Jin

What’s their deal?

Remember the Devil Gene that Jin Kazama was desperately trying to suppress? This is what happens when that doesn’t work. While Devil Jin doesn’t have the purple hue of his father Kazuya’s devil form, his jet-black wings and merciless strikes more than make up for that ferocity.

What are the vibes?

You are the Chaotic Evil square on an alignment chart, but not in the fun, broody, Shadow the Hedgehog way. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and you would know that firsthand.

Tekken 8, Victor Chevalier character art.
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Victor Chevalier (New to Tekken 8)

What’s their deal?

Victor Chevalier founded fellow fighter Raven’s UN independent force after serving in the French Navy, where he honed his prowess for staying cool in dangerous situations.

G Corporation’s accumulation of private armed forces is alarming, to say the least, so Victor starts building up opposition in his own way. You can tell he’s cool because he has the holy trinity of gun, knife, and sword. His spy tactics utilize all three weapons, phasing through enemies, and mild teleportation.

What are the vibes?

You either are a suave older man, or appreciate them. You know that true refinement comes from one’s bearing, so you carry yourself with perfect composure. Your rugged demeanor hints at a frisson of danger beneath the surface. You hear the whispers of “daddy” wherever you go.

Tekken 8, Reina character art.
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Reina (New to Tekken 8)

What’s their deal?

Not much is known about Reina, but her very presence and fighting style seems to alarm all members of the Mishima family unit. What we do know is that she’s a fellow student at Mishima Polytechnic, her fighting style and mannerisms have an uncanny resemblance to the late Heihachi, and that she’s named Reina for a damn reason. She mixes up Mishima-style electric attacks with ruthless abandon, scraping her opponents through floorboards and slamming them through walls.

What are the vibes?

You are a formidable presence, despite people underestimating you at first glance. You don’t see the need to prove yourself through pointless games–your skills speak for themselves.

Tekken 8, Eddy Gordo trailer screenshot.
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Eddy Gordo (Year 1 DLC)

What’s their deal?

Eddy is a Brazilian capoeira master, bent on exacting revenge for the death of his father at Kazuya Mishima’s hands. This quest for retribution has taken him in and out of mainline installments, working with and against the Mishima Zaibatsu. In between these angsty bouts, he trained his protege, Christie, and opened an orphanage. His capoeira style is all fluid leg movements and arm lifts.

What are the vibes?

You know that taking down your enemies requires as much mind games as physical skill. To that end, you choose the character with a spam-friendly, kick-heavy move list, cackling at the psychic damage that it will bring to your foes.

Tekken 8 vibes check: Lidia looks down at her notebook and says, "Wonder if that restaurant's still open."
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Lidia Sobieska (Year 1 DLC)

What’s their deal?

Lidia is an ardent traditional karate practitioner from Poland. After losing her father and grandfather in a helicopter crash, she went to university at 16 to study law, winning a string of karate championships before graduating. A few national offices later, the Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation conflict devastated Poland. Lidia became Prime Minister at 29 and entered the tournament in Tekken 7 to make the Mishima Zaibatsu withdraw. Her strikes are clean and technical, uncompromising in their strength.

What are the vibes?

You take pride in your home and feel a sense of duty toward other people who live there. You’re not just all talk, however. Your credentials show that you are clearly ready to scrap. Proven fighting methods can still be just as expressive and devastating as the new hotness.

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