Updated on November 13, 4:13 p.m. (GMT+8): Added Reina.
Fans are buzzing with excitement with the upcoming release of Tekken 8, the highly anticipated latest installment to the iconic fighting game series from Bandai Namco.
With the recent announcements of Tekken 8 characters that will be part of the new roster, fans can’t help but be ecstatic and get drawn to its hype. Tekken 8 is set to redefine the fighting game genre, promising intense battles, stunning graphics, and a diverse roster of fighters.
Since the game was announced, a series of announcements of Tekken 8 characters have been made, keeping the fans on the edge of their seats, waiting for their mains to become part of the starting lineup of fighters.
List of all Tekken 8 characters announced so far
With Tekken 8’s release just over the horizon, here’s a list of all the confirmed Tekken 8 characters that were announced by Bandai Namco.
Here’s the list of all the confirmed characters so far.
- Kasuya Mishima
- Jin Kazama
- Jun Kazama
- Paul Phoenix
- Marshall Law
- Lars Alexandersson
- Ling Xiaoyu
- Nina Williams
- Asuka Kazama
- Leroy Smith
- Bryan Fury
- Claudio Serafino
- Leo Kliesen
- Steve Fox
- Feng Wei
- Devil Jin
- Alisa Bosconovitch
- Lee Chaolan
- Victor Chevalier
Tekken’s golden boy takes center stage once again as one of the first Tekken 8 characters to be confirmed as part of the roster. Driven by his hatred for the cursed bloodline within him, Jin Zazama set out on a mission to end the devil gene’s legacy. Partnering with Lars Alexandersson, they devised Operation Lightning, a strategic plan to eliminate Kazuya Mishima, the remaining bearer of the devil gene. In the past
Utilizing his devil power and the resources of G Corp, Kazuya Mishima made a relentless bid to conquer the world. Following his victory over his father, Heihachi Mishima, Kazuya intensified his pursuit to bring down the leaderless Mishima Zaibatsu. The ensuing brutal war caused a deep division in the world, ultimately leading to G Corp emerging victorious. Despite their triumph, G Corp exhibited no signs of backing down, continuing to assert its dominance over the world with unwavering authority.
Paul Phoenix, a passionate martial artist with aspirations to become the universe’s greatest fighter, enthusiastically joined the seventh The King of Iron Fist Tournament. Driven by the prospect of winning the substantial prize money, he was more confident than ever in his abilities to secure victory. Unfortunately, the tournament came to an abrupt halt when its organizer mysteriously vanished. As a result, Paul received only a fraction of the expected fight money, leaving him in dire financial straits.
Marshall Law, a celebrated martial arts master who operates his own dojo, found himself burdened with debt after his son’s motorcycle accident. In an attempt to repay the debt, Law had to divert his attention from his dojo, leading to a significant decline in student attendance. Faced with this dilemma, he embarked on a quest to find a skilled teacher capable of taking over the dojo and resolving his financial troubles. Despite his efforts, all negotiations fell through, and to add to his woes, the dojo was repossessed as collateral while he was away.
Jun Kazama, the mother of Jin Kazama, is skilled in the Kazama-Style Traditional Martial Arts. From a young age, Jun demonstrated a unique ability to communicate with animals. She later pursued a career as a wildlife surveillance officer for a conservation group, actively investigating Kazuya Mishima, who was suspected of smuggling protected animals. Fate brought them together during the second The King of Iron Fist Tournament, where they formed a close bond.
Nina Williams, an adept in deadly combat and a professional assassin recognized as the “Silent Assassin,” served as the commander of the special forces unit “Tekken Force” under Mishima Zaibatsu. Her mission to capture Jin Kazama resulted in failure, leading her to resign and pursue a freelance career as an assassin. Eventually, Kazuya Mishima takes charge of G Corporation’s world-domination endeavors, and he personally recruits Nina, granting her the prestigious position of commander within the G Corporation forces.
King, a prominent figure in the pro wrestling circuit, has taken on the role of managing an orphanage alongside his wrestling career. The ongoing war between G Corporation and the Mishima Zaibatsu has resulted in an alarming surge in the number of orphaned children in need of assistance. While King is hailed as the undisputed champion in the wrestling world, he now faces the challenge of raising funds beyond the glitz of the arena lights to support all the orphaned children who depend on him.
Meet Jack-8, the cutting-edge humanoid weapon developed by G Corp and the latest advancement in the Jack series. Jane, a skilled developer who owes her life to a Jack in the past, joined G Corp with a burning passion to create her ultimate Jack machine. Despite the well-established reputation of the Jack series within G Corp, Jane dedicated herself tirelessly to refining the design even further. Her vision for the next-generation Jack involved a significantly enhanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) compared to the Jack-7 model, granting it unparalleled learning capabilities with astonishing speed and precision.
Lars Alexandersson, the leader of the rebel army opposing G Corp, is actually Heihachi Mishima’s illegitimate child. Once an officer of the Mishima Zaibatsu’s elite military unit, the Tekken Force, Lars orchestrated a coup d’état against the Zaibatsu, persuading numerous Tekken Force members to join him. Following the coup, G Corp, under the leadership of Kazuya Mishima, gained control over the world. Determined to resist the tyrant’s rule, Lars established a new rebel army named Yggdrasil, gathering additional military strength to launch a revolt against the oppressive regime.
Ling Xiaoyu, a skilled Chinese martial artist, harbors strong feelings for Jin Kazama. She embarks on a daring mission to infiltrate the Mishima Zaibatsu building, seeking clues to locate the missing Jin and gather valuable data to aid her search. Despite traveling worldwide and following every possible lead, six months have elapsed without any signs of hope. With all leads exhausted, Xiaoyu remains resolute in her determination to find Jin, regardless of the challenges ahead. There is something she must learn from him, fueling her unwavering and ever-growing determination to press forward.
Lauded as a heroic Wing Chun master for liberating New York from gangs, Leroy Smith unearths the truth behind the city’s war, attributing it to the Mishima Zaibatsu. Driven by this revelation, he enters The King of Iron Fist Tournament with the sole intent of bringing down the Zaibatsu.
When Heihachi Mishima, the Zaibatsu’s leader, mysteriously vanishes, G Corp seizes the opportunity to overthrow them, and their invasion quickly spreads, subjecting the entire world to their rule.
Upon discovering that Kazuya Mishima, Heihachi’s son, now leads G Corp, Leroy and his dog, Sugar, are resolute in their mission to restore peace to the world.
Asuka Kazama, an adept in Kazama-style traditional martial arts and a renowned mediator, achieved victory against Lili during The King of Iron Fist Tournament. However, her triumph seemed to trigger an unsettling feeling of being constantly followed.
Lili’s behavior grew increasingly irrational and escalated by the day. To Asuka’s surprise, she returned home one day to find that Lili had purchased her dojo and adorned it with roses.
However, amidst the absurd antics, the approaching global invasion by G Corp is about to put an end to these whimsical days.
Hailing from a wealthy Monaco oil magnate’s family, Lili may have led a pampered life, but her true passion lies in fighting. Concealing this from her peace-loving father, she uses the family’s private jet to travel the world, seeking worthy opponents to test and refine her skills.
Her ultimate goal is to defeat her eternal rival, Asuka Kazama, who has triumphed over her twice in The King of Iron Fist Tournament.
Hwoarang, a skilled Taekwondo master, has regarded Jin Kazama as his rival since their initial battle, which ended in a draw. Around six months ago, their paths cross again in the Middle East, where Hwoarang faces the same black-winged figure that had swiftly defeated him before.
Summoning all his strength, Hwoarang manages to defeat the relentless Jin. However, Jin’s disappearance, triggered by the intervention of the Union of Nations forces, leaves Hwoarang with a sense of dissatisfaction over their unresolved conflict. Returning home, he immerses himself in rigorous training, seeking answers to this lingering rivalry.
After acquiring the perpetual generator, Bryan Fury became the ultimate replicant, using its endless energy to wreak havoc worldwide. Despite the G Corp. versus Mishima Zaibatsu battle ending, Bryan continued his destructive path, catching the attention of international police organizations.
During a conflict with the elite counter-terrorist unit he once belonged to, the generator overheated, flooding Bryan with power and pleasure, leaving a lasting impact on his mind.
Claudio assumes leadership of the Archers of Sirius, an ancient order devoted to expelling supernatural threats over centuries.
He was recruited by the head of the Mishima Zaibatsu, Heihachi Mishima, to assist him in controlling Kazuya Mishima’s devil form.
Joining Heihachi at the Mishima Zaibatsu headquarters, Claudio provides intel about a potential inhuman presence in the Middle East, originally believed to be Jin Kazama but later identified as Akuma.
An accomplished agent skilled in ninjutsu, Raven undertakes special operations for the UN’s autonomous forces. His missions span the globe, preempting conflicts through his ninjutsu expertise.
The fierce power tussle between Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corp menaces global stability, fueling Raven’s anticipation of escalating disorder.
To confront looming challenges, Raven readies himself to surpass his boundaries, embarking on renewed training with his ninjutsu master.
Azucena Milagros Ortiz Castillo, known by her moniker “Coffee Queen,” captures hearts with her pure demeanor and fearless MMA prowess.
As the sole heiress of Ortiz Farm, nestled 2,000 meters above sea level, Azucena inherited a coffee legacy. She watched her father’s labor, nurturing dreams of mastering coffee cultivation on a global scale.
Azucena pursued this aspiration relentlessly, experimenting with innovative coffee plantations. Dismissed by adults around her, their skepticism became her fuel, propelling her unwavering resolve.
Her persistence eventually triumphed. Azucena’s coffee beans achieved top honors at an acclaimed trade fair, marking her ascent as a luminary in the industry.
Leo, born to renowned archaeologist Niklas Kliesen and genetic researcher Emma Kliesen, investigates Emma Kliesen’s mysterious death a year prior.
Leo uncovers confidential G Corp data indicating Emma was studying the devil gene. The data also reveals Kazuya Mishima ordered disposal of unnecessary researchers.
Simultaneously, Mishima Zaibatsu discloses Kazuya as a devil, fitting pieces for Leo. Kazuya exploited research for power and seemingly killed Leo’s mother when she became dispensable. Overwhelmed, Leo recalls words of the missing father: “Truth surfaces when the heart is calm.”
Strengthened, Leo embarks on a new quest for answers.
Steve Fox, a charismatic middleweight boxing champ raised by Mishima Zaibatsu, seeks true parentage after learning he is a test subject. Meeting Nina Williams, he discovers their blood connection. Steve craves roots, while Nina finds it inconvenient. He loses purpose post-reunion.
Buddies Paul Phoenix and Marshall Law lift him. They suggest a tournament for change and share winnings. Despite decline, Steve realizes his fists forge a new path. Grateful but independent, he seeks a fresh fighting style.
Kuma, a Tekken Force member and Heihachi Mishima’s pet, aids in Southeast Asia’s disaster relief, winning locals’ hearts despite initial fears. When Heihachi vanishes after confronting Kazuya, Kuma hopes for his return. With G Corp’s rise and Mishima Zaibatsu’s surrender, Kuma readies for battle.
He trains in Mishima style, dons Heihachi’s gear, and fights alone. Determined, he rescues engineers from G Corp, crafting a game-changing secret weapon. Loyalty fuels Kuma’s enduring stand for Heihachi’s return.
Yoshimitsu, head of the Manji Clan, takes on a mission to find Mishima Zaibatsu records. He explores an ancient cave and discovers the archives.
A demonic aura resonates with his cursed blade, intensifying his destructive urge. To control the blade, he stabs himself, seeking balance. Guided by the sword’s voice, he embarks on a journey in reinforced armor, aided by ally Dr. Bosconovitch.
Shaheen, a private military investigator, probes his friend’s mysterious death. Learning Kazuya Mishima’s involvement, he recalls a fateful day 13 years prior when he saved Salim, his friend, using his combat skills. Salim then urged Shaheen to protect others.
Over years, they diverge paths but share a protective spirit. Shaheen uncovers truth from G Corp executive and tells Salim’s family. Zarif, Salim’s brother, entrusts Shaheen with Salim’s sword. Shaheen swears vengeance against G Corp.
Sergei Dragunov, a feared Commando Sambo fighter known as “The White Angel of Death,” enters the King of Iron Fist Tournament.
The organizer, Heihachi Mishima, goes missing, halting the tournament. Dragunov, granted an unusual leave due to his unrelenting work ethic, becomes unexpectedly cheerful.
He opens an eerie-covered notebook, supposedly “The Angel of Death’s List.” However, it’s actually a bucket list. Humming contently, he enjoys homemade sbiten, a traditional East Slavic beverage. Reflecting, he selects a challenging task and sets out to achieve it with newfound determination.
Feng Wei faces a crisis of belief when defeated by Leroy Smith in the King of Iron Fist Tournament, challenging his devotion to overpowering martial arts. Guided by Wu Zhuhao, the “Divine Fist,” Feng hones his emphasis on pure strength.
Six months after his defeat, Nina Williams offers Feng a chance to redeem himself in exchange for his loyalty to G Corp.
Lin Xiaoyu’s trusty panda companion, serving as both pet and guardian, found its world turned upside down when Xiaoyu vanished after her affections for Jin Kazama waned.
With concern weighing on its furry shoulders, the panda stealthily tracked Xiaoyu, marking her path with powder. Eventually, they traced her to the formidable Mishima Zaibatsu Building, where Xiaoyu had acquired Jin’s search data and set out on a global quest to find him.
Impressed by Xiaoyu’s newfound resolve, the panda joined her on this worldwide odyssey, aiming to relish the sights and flavors of each destination. To avoid any potential awkward encounters with Jin, the panda took on the role of coordinating Xiaoyu’s attire and planned their journey, albeit with minimal information. Despite their efforts, half a year passed without a reunion.
Yet, Xiaoyu’s unwavering determination inspired the panda to remain steadfast, accompanying her until their journey’s end.
Devil Jin represents a transformation of Jin Kazama, a character whose reasoning has been consumed by the sinister influence of devil blood. This dark manifestation is characterized by his uncanny ability to gracefully glide through the air on jet-black wings, embodying a level of power and otherworldly capabilities that transcends the boundaries of human potential.
Zafina, the Mystic Stargazer, possesses ancient assassination arts skills and hails from an undisclosed country. Despite her warrior lineage of exorcists spanning back to ancient dynasties, she makes a living as an astrologist using her extraordinary spiritual powers.
Recent events involving Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima’s conflict led to the resurrection of the evil Azazel, whom Zafina’s family had sealed away for generations. Jin managed to defeat Azazel but couldn’t destroy the devil’s spirit, leaving the looming threat of Azazel’s return.
To delay Azazel’s resurgence, Zafina sealed his spirit within her left arm using her family’s secret techniques. However, Azazel’s power surpassed her expectations, continually vying for control of her body and soul.
Exhausted and on the brink of losing consciousness, Zafina sought refuge at the Sirius Sanctuary, the headquarters of the Sirius Marksmen. Ling Xiaoyu and Claudio Serafino assisted her, and Zafina shared her plight with them, earning their trust and unwavering support.
While under the protection of the Sirius Marksmen, Zafina faced the daunting task of altering their grim destiny, with only one challenging path apparent among the countless futures she’d seen—a path that came at a significant cost.
Alisa Bosconovitch, an android built to protect Jin Kazama, faced a crisis when her master temporarily took control of her, forcing her into a life-or-death battle against Lars Alexandersson, despite her feelings for him. This encounter led to her systems shutting down.
Through the efforts of Lars and others, Alisa miraculously rebooted and joined the rebel army. However, she noticed an unusual development—information about Lars would disrupt her thought processes and raise her temperature. Concerned, she sought help from her creator, Dr. Bosconovitch.
After a few weeks, she received a significant update and a surprising revelation: there was no malfunction, and the function Jin used to control her no longer existed. With a gentle smile from Dr. Bosconovitch, Alisa realized she was free to make her own choices.
As she flew home, Alisa made a quiet promise to herself: “This time, I’ll use my own free will… This time, I choose to fight alongside Lars.”
Lee Chaolan, raised under Heihachi Mishima’s harsh rule, now heads Violet Systems, a global humanoid manufacturer. Driven by his deep hatred for the Mishima family, he initially sees Lars Alexandersson as a pawn for revenge.
However, Lee’s perspective changes as he realizes Lars’s genuine desire for peace. Joining forces, they form the rebel army “Yggdrasil,” with Lee as a staff officer. As Kazuya continues his ruthless rule through G Corp, Lee leverages his knowledge and resources to create advanced weaponry and the flying boat “Víðópnir.”
With the aid of scientist Dr. Bosconovitch, Lee develops the formidable Violet Suit, a cutting-edge battle armor designed for close combat. Equipped with advanced technology and his unique style, Lee enters the battlefield, determined to challenge any adversary.
Meet Victor Chevalier, a legendary figure who founded the UN’s independent forces. Descended from a line of distinguished knights, Victor’s childhood dream was to rescue those in need. Following his father’s footsteps as a high-ranking naval officer, Victor faced dangerous missions and jealous peers who accused him of riding on his father’s success.
However, with training from his father’s mercenary friend, Victor always returned victorious. His penny-pinching habits and a string of broken hearts earned him the codename “Phantom Raven,” striking fear and awe in the military.
Victor left the Navy to join the UN, hoping to help more people and explore new paths. Sensing a corporate takeover looming, he founded armed forces capable of countering private corporate armies.
Leading the Raven Unit for special ops worldwide, Victor also became the UN forces’ leader. As G Corp’s brutal military invasion looms, Victor prepares for the impending battle, determined to protect the world.
What sets Reina apart is her adoption of the Mishima Style Karate, a martial art closely associated with the iconic family in the Tekken universe.
While characters like Asuka align more closely with Jun and Jin Kazama, Reina appears to channel the ferocity and power reminiscent of Kazuya and Heihachi Mishima. Her fighting style exudes a mean streak, hinting at a deeper connection to the Mishima bloodline. The revelation of Reina’s history with Jin and Kazuya only adds more layers to her character, leaving fans speculating about her role in the overarching narrative of Tekken 8.