Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 8: Anna Williams

Life’s a bitch, and so is she.

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 8… we’re one fifth of the way to the end, gents! This installment brings us to a combatant who has been in the series since the very beginning, though she has been absent on occasion. A lady known for her distinct look and trademark fashion sense as well as her deadly skills as an assassin, this femme fatale lives beneath the shadow of her more well-known sibling. Is she sinner or saint? Bewitching or simply a witch? She’s Tekken’s high-heeled harlot… Anna Williams.

Anna Williams

Distinguishing Features: Trademark coiffed bowl-cut hairstyle. Long, red silk dress (cheongsam or quipao), stockings and high heeled shoes. Scent of perfume mixed with C4 explosives.

Strengths: Mixing aikido and assassination techniques from a myriad of sources and styles, Anna has put together a potent arsenal of deceptive and deadly moves. The simple fact that she can actually run and do flip kicks in her high heels without breaking her ankle every time is testament to her incredible skill. It’s amazing what levels of expertise hate and jealousy can drive a woman to.

Weaknesses: Not the most physically strong of combatants in the tournament, which makes her mastery of under-handed tricks, deceptive strings and combos essential to victory. Is consigned to forever being known as Nina Williams’ sister. Has psychotic tendencies. Spends far too much on shoes.

Affiliation: Joined G-Corporation in order to get a chance to find and fight Nina.

Background: The other daughter of the notorious Richard Williams, Anna grew up with an intense rivalry of her older sister, Nina. While Nina was her father’s golden girl, she was the one shoved into the background, whether intentionally or not. Richard taught Nina the tricks of his trade, while Anna had to make do with just watching on from the shadows. As a result, she grew up hating Nina and going a separate yet parallel way to her infamous sister. When Nina became a notorious assassin, Anna mirrored her sibling as well, in many ways becoming an even more deadly and secretive operative than Nina. She has worked under and has been a part of the Mishima Zaibatsu’s special forces unit as well as other sinister organizations… her resume of mastermind’s moll, hatchetwoman, femme fatale and freelance assassin is probably longer than she is tall.

However, Anna’s true role in life seems inexorably tied to being the counterweight to her sister- when Nina was sent to assassinate Heihachi Mishima in the first Tekken, Anna was there to interfere. This continued in Tekken 2, as she protected Kazuya and caused Nina’s capture and subjection to Cold Sleep experimentation. Jealous and perhaps fearful that Nina would stay young while she’d grow old, Anna volunteered for the experiment as well, thus prolonging their rivalry two decades later.

During the crisis with Ogre, the Williams were awakened, though Nina was a blank slate stricken with amnesia and totally under Ogre’s influence. Anna worked to stop her sister, helping thwart her attempts to assassinate Jin Kazama. She succeeded and then attempted to revive her then-amnesiac sister’s memories. Eventually, Nina would indeed remember her sister, and their rivalry, thus causing their long-standing hatred to flare up once again.

Anna sat Tekken 4 out, going into seclusion and re-emerging just before the events in Tekken 5, when she was contacted by Nina. Upon their meeting, shots were immediately fired (it is not known which sister actually started the battle), and a fierce battle raged for days. Finally exhausted (and perhaps running out of ammunition), they decided to finish their ‘argument’ in the fifth King of Iron Fist tournament.

As the events with Jinpachi Mishima played out, the sisters fought their own personal war, finally ending with Nina victorious. Left defeated on the field, Anna swore revenge. Unfortunately, Nina disappeared soon after that, going deep underground. Anna would later find out that Nina had joined the Mishima Zaibatsu as Jin Kazama’s bodyguard.

Once again, Anna throws herself in the path that will take her into direct confrontation with her hated sister, as an operative of Kazuya Mishima’s G-Corporation.

Character Analysis: Anna has often gotten a bad rap in Tekken, as she has often been portrayed as a villain (She was Lee Chaolan’s hachetwoman in the Tekken anime movie). To be sure, she’s a natural fit as temptress and skank, reflected in her provocative attire and demeanor. She embraces the role with no reservations. However, not all can be dark in this harridan’s heart. One can usually see that in every Tekken ending, it’s Anna who is usually the one on the receiving end of crap thrown by her sibling. Anna is the one more often conciliatory and showing more than a bit of concern for Nina’s well-being, even if in later chapters it seems solely for the reason of keeping their rivalry alive.

Most probably Anna is a result of her tragic past- something she can no longer rectify with the death of the one man both women idolized and loved over all else- their father. Anna’s distinctive dress, her outrageous, provocative way of moving, speaking and acting, her choice of red as her favorite color- it’s all a way to try and call attention to herself; at heart, the daughter yearning in vain for her father’s attention.

That said, Nina is all the family that Anna has left, despite the apparent hatred that still burns between them. Anna’s relationship with her sister is truly a dangerous bond- a certain kinship between the two transcends the rivalry, no question. While both women can and will willingly beat the other to within an inch of their life, it seems pretty obvious that neither one is willing to finish the job. For Anna, perhaps it’s not simply just a deep-seated familial tie to her sibling, but perhaps her true reason for living.

What does the future hold for Anna? Whether one or the other wins, I am almost certain neither will see fit to end Tekken’s version of Spy Vs Spy. It would be safe to say that Anna will continue to be what she is… Nina’s shadow. Her nemesis. Her eternal adversary. Or perhaps Nina’s one true soul mate, in a twisted way. Thus the never-ending catfight continues.

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

Tekken 6 is slated for release on PS3 and Xbox360 in Fall 2009.


5 Responses to “Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 8: Anna Williams”

  1. Dude, cleavage! You forgot to add cleavage!

  2. love her and her new moves, she’s the slutty version of Nina that’s why i like her more hehe “Come over here, let me talk to you real close”

  3. dabaddest93 Says:

    anna is da baddest on tekken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in my eyes she will always be betta than nina!!!!!!!!!! nina is just jealous b cuz anna looks betta than she does!!!!!

  4. aceuk5678 Says:

    Actually nina and anna hate each other because they blame each other for thier farthers death but to be fair anna is the one trying to make the peace but thats only because nina lost her memory during tekken 2 when she was captured by mashima and all she can remember is that she was an assassin and that she had a hatred with her sister.

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