Tekken Character Countdown Part 3: Jin Kazama

Welcome to the Dark Side.

As a way of counting down the time to the release of Tekken 6 for the PS3 and Xbox360, I’ve decided to begin this weekly series of lengthy, character-specific articles, each one featuring one of the 40 or so competing warriors in the latest and greatest King of Iron Fist Tournament. Hopefully, by the time we finish and reach character number 40, we’ll have the console version of Tekken in our hands already.

Part 3 brings us to the third point of the twisted Mishima Hate Triangle; the tormented, conflicted hero who has now seemingly been lost to darkness. Tekken’s main storyline pretty much revolves around him, a youth borne of the purest good and darkest evil. He’s a chick magnet, an emo momma’s boy, hero-turned-anti-hero… he’s Tekken’s very own Fallen Angel: Jin Kazama.

Jin Kazama
Distinguishing Features: Spiky hair and bangs that can skewer birds. Ever-dour expression. Flame-emblazoned pants. Red, metal-studded gauntlets. A trail of fan girls dogging his every step.

Strengths: Power and speed. Combines the ruthless power of the Mishima style with ‘regular’ karate and self-defense arts from his Mom’s school. The inexplicable Devil Gene. Oh, and all the resources, manpower and machinery of the Mishima Zaibatsu is at his command.
Weaknesses: Impetuous and hot-headed. Prone to daydreaming about his mother. Chronic emo-ness.

Affiliation: He’s the Mishima Zaibatsu’s new CEO, placing him squarely in the hot seat of the world’s current troubles.

Background: Jin Kazama, the son of Kazuya Mishima and Jun Kazama, probably had a happy childhood- he was raised by a beautiful, kind and kick-ass mom in a peaceful, happy forest paradise. Unfortunately, that all changed in his early teens when the being known as Ogre came, destroyed his home, supposedly killed his mom and branded him with his trademark tattoos of evil. Since then, revenge has driven Jin, first against Ogre, then later against his own grandfather, Heihachi Mishima, when the latter tried to murder him in cold blood.

Finally aware of the Mishima Zaibatsu’s evil and torn from within by his own, awakening Devil’s Gene, Jin became the embattled, fugitive hero. In Tekken 4, he was eventually captured and brought before his greatest enemies- his father and grandfather- in order for them to harvest the dark powers in his body. However, his strength was such that he prevailed over them, sparing their lives only at the apparent behest of his missing mother.

Tekken 5 saw him returning to the Zaibatsu to destroy it once and for all- but despite his final and total victory over Jinpachi Mishima, quite the opposite happened. Instead of ending the Zaibatsu, Jin has taken it over as the new CEO. Within a short time, the Tekken force is laying siege to cities and overthrowing governments. Now creating many enemies from the ashes of his conquest, Jin announces the 6th King of Iron Fist Tournament so he can eliminate all who stand against him once and for all…

Character Analysis: From Hero to Villain faster than you can say Sith Lord. One can only speculate what gave rise to that portentious, evil smirk on Jin’s face at the end of Tekken 5. Perhaps Jin has been taken over by the evil in his Devil Gene-infused blood… something perhaps caused by his killing of his great-grandfather, Jinpachi. He certainly seemed to act strange after his victory… a self-assured calm that seemed to indicate that something has taken control.

But then, it could very well be that Jin isn’t under some evil influence. His eyes at the end of Tekken 5 were alert and thinking… perhaps something just clicked and he came to a decision. A direction which will, ultimately, attain his goal of ending the Mishima bloodline. For surely, that’s the only conclusion that can be attained by starting a world war. Everything and everyone will be destroyed. Maybe for Jin, that’s the only way to make sure he can end his curse. Pretty crazy idea, but hey… he’s a troubled kid.

But then there’s still as well that little chance that it’s all an act. Perhaps Jin is still a good guy, just deep undercover. Maybe he’s there to take out the true villain of the plot- his own, mega-evil dad, Kazuya. In order to draw Kaz out, Jin has to do very questionable, but necessary, acts.

What lies in the future for Jin? Surely this is his darkest and greatest, hour. Regardless of whether he wins or loses, Jin’s future (and that of the world) hinges on what is revealed at the end- was he being controlled or influenced, or has he become truly evil? Or was it all a plan after all? Surely a character as popular as Jin will probably survive to fight again no matter what happens… but will it be as a redeemed hero, or as Tekken’s true Devil? We can only wait and find out, come this Fall.

Next week, we delve into another fighter’s story. Stay tuned!

Tekken 6 arrives for the PS3 and Xbox360 this Fall 2009.


2 Responses to “Tekken Character Countdown Part 3: Jin Kazama”

  1. I have been waiting for you to post Jin’s story, i rly can’t wait to play his story and see what happens

  2. Angel tattoo…

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