King is the name of two different characters in the Tekken fighting game series, both of whom fight in the style of luchadores from Mexico. Both versions of the character wear a jaguar mask that totally hides their heads in matches. The character was inspired by both legendary Japanese pro wrestler Jaguar Mask, as well as Mexican wrestler Fray Tormenta, a Catholic priest who became a masked wrestler in order to support an orphanage. King does not speak, per se. Instead, he makes growls and snarls in the manner of a jaguar, which are translated into English subtitles at the bottom of the screen. Interestingly, other characters do not have a problem understanding King, and converse with him as though he was speaking naturally.King is a very powerful fighter who can finish an opponent in a hurry, should he need to. He is one of the best fighters in Tekken along with /Devil/ Jin. Moves like the Exploder and Frankensteiner are extremely powerful, inflicting lots of damage and proving difficult to block--the Frankensteiner is particularly hard to avoid. Learn these moves and you'll have a winning chance, no matter how bad things look.
King is a deceptively fast character who surprises many opponents with the rate at which he moves around the battle area. You can use this speed to score a couple of easy hits at the start of the match, then as the bout continues, apply it to move in on your enemy and use one of King's many throwing attacks. This combination of speed and throwing ability is unrivaled.
Because of his many varied techniques, King is the hardest character to escape from, once he has started a sequence of throws. Use this to your advantage. Always vary your throwing combinations--your foe will have no idea what's coming next and little chance of escaping the chain of moves.
King has got one of the best kick reversals, therefore you should use it whenever possible. An opponent cannot escape it once it has been used, making it invaluable against characters who have many low kicking attacks, such as Law and Lei.
Because of his wrestling background, King doesn't have many basic punching and kicking attacks, so unless you know how to use his throwing techniques, you soon hit trouble. If you try to play King like you would a normal character, you give yourself no chance at all. King is a wrestler, so if you want to control him well, you must learn to play like a wrestler. This means using all of his throwing attacks to maximum effect.
Due to the fact that King's regular grapples, it's very hard to get this type of opponent out of your face once he or she gets started.
When you're playing as King, you need to be close to your opponent in order to make his throwing and multi-part strengths pay. It requires excellent skill on the part of the King player to get around this shortcoming.
Once a ruthless street brawling orphan with no care in the world except fighting, King was grievously wounded and collapsed in front of a monastery, during one of his fights. The Marquez Priests saved him from death. After recovering, King realized the error of his ways and resolved to start a new life. He became a Catholic priest and renounced his old fighting ways. He then became a man with a mission; he dreamt of building an orphanage for street children, hoping to save them from becoming the kind of person he used to be.
King has one problem, however. He lacks the necessary funds to achieve his dream. King discovers The King of Iron Fist Tournament and hopes to win the prize money. King enters the tournament and manages to get third place, winning enough prize money for the orphanage. He also met his rival, Armor King.
King I won enough money and had his orphanage, which became very successful. After a child died in his care, King became depressed and, giving up his jaguar mask, returned to the street and became a raging alcoholic. He would have perished had he not been convinced by his old rival, Armor King, to again wear the jaguar mask and join The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2.
King trained intensely and recovered from his alcoholism. He battled Armor King at the tournament and lost. After the tournament, King participated in both pro-wrestling and martial arts tournaments to win money for his orphanage. He also taught his fighting skills to the children under his care as a means of self-defense.
Sometime later on, Ogre, the God Of Fighting, was awakened from an ancient ruin in Mexico by Heihachi Mishima's Tekken Force. Ogre attacked several martial artists around the world, including King, who was supposedly killed afterwards.
A street urchin was brought up in a Mexican orphanage owned by the original fighter to bear the name 'King.' By the age of 24, this wrestler worked hard with King until one day, news broke of King's tragic death at the hands of Ogre.
Seeing that the orphanage would crumble into ruin (the money gained from King's wrestling matches was the only funding received), this man donned the mask of King and imitated his style. Unfortunately, he had only seen King's wrestling moves as a child, and he lost every competition he entered. One day however, another man with a mask visited the new King, introducing himself as an old friend. This man revealed himself to be Armor King, who was interested in finding out if the rumors of a new King were true.
For four years the two of them trained, and the new King learned quickly; maturing into a forceful wrestler with extreme power, known as King the Second. By this time, the now 28 year old wrestler was a worthy heir to the throne, however he longed to punish the one responsible for the original King's death.
With rumors of the "God of Fight" circulating, Armor King revealed to his student that the elusive entity was the one most likely responsible. Armor King watched as the new King, fueled with rage, set his sights on avenging his foster father's death and proving himself worthy of wearing the mask.
Tekken 4 Edit
King discovered that his master, Armor King, had been killed in a bar fight. The perpetrator, Craig Marduk, had been arrested in Arizona and was sent to prison. Upon Marduk's release (thanks to bribes paid by King himself), King sent a letter challenging Marduk to the tournament in Tekken 4.
He defeated Marduk in Tekken 4, sending him to the hospital, where King followed him to deliver a deadly blow. However, he stopped after seeing a portrait of Marduk and his elderly parents. King puts the portrait on Marduk's chest, and he leaves, realizing how foolish he had become.
Tekken 5 Edit
King is later enraged to find out that Marduk has been defeating opponents in a black jaguar mask (identical to Armor King's), and he has issued a televised challenge to King for The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Seeing Marduk disgrace his master, King steps into the ring once again to settle the score once and for all. He defeats Marduk once again and the two develop an unlikely friendship for each other.
King's friendship with Craig Marduk developed during The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5.
At the end of the previous tournament, King caught wind of an attack upon Craig--he blew a gasket when he heard the assailant looked exactly like Armor King. King was determined to learn the true identity of Craig's attacker.
During that time, King heard The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 would soon be held. He decided to enter the tournament with Craig.
In his ending, King was in his room, he's looking at a picture of Armor King, he carefully tries to put the picture on the shelf but accidently bumps it which made him drop the frame and broke the glass. Looking at the frame King notices there is a another photo inside the frame and sees that the photo contains 2 Armor Kings. King then learned that there is another Armor King still alive, and he catches up with Marduk in the cemetery (this ending continues in Armor King's second ending)
- King does not speak, but instead growls like a jaguar. These growls are however translated into speech via subtitles, and the people he interacts with seem to clearly understand what he says.
- King's bosses in the Tekken Force side game in Tekken 3 are (in order of appearance) Lei Wulong, Paul Phoenix, Nina Williams, and Heihachi Mishima.
- As of Tekken 5, King seems to have drawn more professional wrestler-inspired moves into his repertoire, especially from superstars employed by the world-famous WWE, e.g. Stone Cold Stunner (Stone Cold Steve Austin), Tombstone Piledriver (The Undertaker), Figure 4 Leg lock (Ric Flair), People's Elbow and Rock Bottom (The Rock), and one of his new moves in Tekken 6, the "Angle Slam"" (Kurt Angle).
- Not surprisingly, King also shares moves with other fighting game wrestlers, such as the Giant Swing also used by Wolf Hawkfield (Virtua Fighter) and Tina Armstrong (Dead Or Alive). Also, his Tekken 5 incarnation has a version of the Spinning Pile Driver (often abbreviated as SPD), the trademark command throw of Zangief's (Street Fighter).
- One of King's victory poses shows him side-stepping in a manner displayed by Rey Mysterio. King is also seen in the opening FMV performing a 619 after being thrown across the wrestling ring by Marduk, in order to prevent a collision to the outside of the ring. The 619 is Mysterio's trademark move. Furthermore, both King and Rey Mysterio are masked Mexican wrestlers, who carry on the tradition from their predecessors, also named King and Rey Mysterio respectively. For a further similarity, "Rey Mysterio" means "The King of Mystery" in Spanish.
- King rivals in Tekken Card Challenge are Gun Jack, Paul Phoenix and Lei Wulong.
- King's sub-bosses in Tekken 5 and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection are Julia Chang and Craig Marduk.
- In Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament, King's second costume has him wearing a similar mask to Armor King's black jaguar mask with one green eye and one red eye. In Tekken 5 and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Armor King's mask is one of King's customization items.
- Tekken 4 is the only game to show that King has long hair.
- Like several other characters, King has a special move in Tekken 5 and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. His special move consists of him "dancing" around his opponent (). The command for this move is "1+2+3+4~1+2+3".
- When performing the "Reverse Special Stretch Bomb", which follows up from the move "Reverse DDT" on King's "Mexican Magma Drive 2" combo, instead of doing "Backdrop", you can instead start the "Reverse Special Stretch Bomb" combo by replacing "Backdrop" with "Cannonball Buster", then continuing the combo.
- He makes an appearance in Namco X Capcom, where he teams up with Felicia from Dark Stalkers.
- He shares some similarity in appearance to Guin from Guin Saga.
- In Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, King can be customized to wear his first outfit from Tekken 3.
- King's "Item Move" feature in Tekken 6 is a grab move called the Octopus Special. The command for this move is "D/B+1+2", and it replaces "Figure Four Leg Lock" (). The Octopus Special was originally a Stagger Kick counter hit chain back in Tekken 2. Tekken 6 is the first game where King II has this move.
- In the "Power is Everything" trailer, King and Marduk are being confronted by Armor King in what appears to be a graveyard (at 0:57 - 0:59).
- King is portrayed by WWE wrestler Dave Batista in the Tekken film.
- In the Scenario Campaign mode of Tekken 6, King and Craig Marduk are bosses in the "Mixed Martial Arts Gym Wild Kingdom" stage.
- In T6, he can be customized as Sonic the Hedgehog, a Lawyer, His T1, T2, and T4 form, his conceptual form from T1, and an humanized Leopard.
- In King's Tekken 6 ending, a picture of Tiger Mask, the Japanese wrestler whom King is based on, can be seen on the wall behind him.
KING IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!
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