Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 11: Lee Chaolan

Too Cool or just Cold-blooded?

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 11 brings us to yet another fighter whose past and apparent future twist inexorably with that of the ubiquitous Mishima Zaibatsu and the King of Iron Fist Tournament. A figure of dubious morality and definite ambition, his skills are exceptional both in and outside the fighting arena, with a cunning mind always seeking to further his own calculated agenda. He’s the fearsome white-haired demon… Lee Chaolan.

Lee Chaolan
Distinguishing Features: A head of thick silver-white hair that has marked him since childhood. Baby-faced and young-looking even though he’s pushing well into his late forties or early fifties. Designer wardrobe, all tailor-fit. A bit of makeup.

Strengths: Having trained with Marshall Law in his youth, this natural prodigy in the fighting arts created his own unique style characterized by whiplash-fast kicks and seemingly unending barrages of blows. Flashy, stylish and quick as lightning, his nickname is truly apt for a high-level Lee is a truly demonic opponent.

Weaknesses: While he overflows with style and flash, he still lacks in pure power. His infinite kicks, if blocked or avoided, can leave him wide open to punishment. Tends to lose his usual calm composure when faced with Heihachi or Kazuya, his most hated enemies. Sometimes distracted by mirrors or reflective surface. A stake through the heart.

Affiliation: Lee is a secret stockholder of G-Corporation but is firmly an opponent to Kazuya, seeking to defeat his hated foster brother in the upcoming Tekken 6 tournament.

Background: No one knows who the man named Lee Chaolan was before he was found by Mishima Heihachi in China many years ago. Impressed by the spunky 12-year old’s ability to defend himself from other youths who were ridiculing him for his white hair, Heihachi adopted Lee into his household. Heihachi’s reasons for doing this are open to speculation, though it is generally accepted that Lee was meant to become a rival to Heihachi’s own blood son, Kazuya.

Despite his obvious martial arts talents, Lee showed no aptitude for the Mishima-style of Karate. He was sent to China and there trained with fighters like Paul Phoenix and Marshall Law; it is from them that his fighting style was mostly based, though he has since then greatly expanded his skills to their current formidable level.

Lee was a loyal son to his adoptive father, acting often to manage affairs of the Mishima Zaibatsu outside of Japan. His rivalry with Kazuya came to a head during the first Tekken tournament. Lee and Heihachi were defeated by Kazuya, and the Zaibatsu fell into his hands. Lee was forced to serve as Kazuya’s under boss, leading the Tekken Force and handling menial matters to his utter chagrin. Lee was later approached by Wang Jinrei who cautioned him about his brother’s evil, and asked that he help Wang return honor to the Zaibatsu. In this capacity Lee apparently acted in a fashion, delaying the returning Heihachi long enough for Jun Kazama to defeat the Devil that was possessing Kazuya. Heihachi later reclaimed the Zaibatsu after apparently disposing of Kazuya, and Lee was expelled for helping Kazuya (no matter how reluctantly).

Lee was apparently one of the fighters that was attacked by Ogre during the events of Tekken 3, but he seems to have escaped relatively unscathed since that turbulent era. Almost twenty years after Tekken 2 and his dismissal from the Mishima Zaibatsu, Lee was living an almost carefree life in the Bahamas, making millions in online stock trading from the poolside of his walled mansion.
Though he was consumed by hatred for Heihachi years before, he had eventually realized that taking revenge on an old man who had only a few years to live was pointless. Still, his supposed peace of mind was broken when news of the Tekken 5 tournament reached him, and he jumped at the chance to gain a measure of revenge. However, when he found out it was Jinpachi Mishima and not Heihachi or Kazuya behind the tournament, he lost interest and returned to the Bahamas.

When the war between the Mishima Zaibatsu and G-Corporation broke out after Tekken 5, Lee was intrigued by the sudden militarization of G-Corp, of which he was secretly a sponsor and stockholder. His investigations revealed that Kazuya had become the true power behind G-Corporation. Eager to throw a monkey wrench into his hated brother’s plans, Lee uses his influence to secretly enter the upcoming King of Iron Fist Tournament. When Kazuya finally reveals himself in the competition, Lee will be there to defeat him once and for all.

Character Analysis: Ah, Mr. Lee Chaolan. Few characters are as close to the central plot of the Tekken saga as he is. Of all the sub-bosses in the original Tekken, he was certainly the coolest. Paradoxically always a part of the Mishima Zaibatsu storyline and yet someone as well who will always be an outsider. Lee has had a bad rap in previous Tekken material, being cast as a plain villain in the lamentable Tekken movie. Yeah, he got to be head honcho of the Zaibatsu for a while, running the show with his creepy invisible raptors and even getting to bang both Williams Sisters. However, he also had a crappy lisp (in the english version), was a pretty crappy fighter and went nuts and self-destructed at the end.

The game (and canon) version of Lee however is far more stable and a less cut-and-dried character. He’s not irredeemably evil given how he is open to acting for the greater good on the suggestion of Wang Jinrei. Plainly though, Lee is not a white knight; he has ambition and a degree of ruthlessness, although most of his negative energies are directed towards those who have wronged him- particularly Heihachi and Kazuya. But Lee himself doesn’t seem to be that bad a guy. He loves to party and knows how to enjoy himself, and he’s a pretty good businessman. Lee would rather just live (well) and let live, kicking back in the Bahamas with his lady friends and just living it up. If Lee was in charge of the Zaibatsu, it would probably be just your everyday ultra-powerful and profitable weapons-manufacturing company instead of the oppressive world-beating empire that Jin has turned it into today.

Lee fans see him as the cool, suave, debonair charmer. Detractors see him as a fop and a metrosexual girly-man, whose polished sheen of class is easily broken when the chips are down. The occasional bit of silver lip gloss aside, Lee is a serious competitor in every sense of the word.

What lies in the future for Mr. Chaolan? Lee will surely be a part of the Mishima Zaibatsu storyline as long as it goes, being a solid player in the vicious food chain that makes up the Mishima Family’s legacy. However, while history has proven that Lee is more of a follower and a steward rather than a true heir, Kazuya and his kin should sill always watch their backs- the white-haired demon is always waiting to strike.

Stay tuned next week for another fighter’s story!

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


11 Responses to “Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 11: Lee Chaolan”

  1. Lee FTW! Dude you forgot his motto, ‘Ca’mon!’

  2. Wahaha! “Ca’ MOAN!” ^_^

  3. Lmao, nice one.

  4. I want a Tekken3 online game,Because i love tekken3,reply on my site,thank you

  5. My favourite character… I use him a lot… Horn my skills a lot… Cos i look like him a lot…

  6. BlacKRain_666 Says:

    It’s silver-haired demon not white haired. You should edit. If you think I’m wrong, look it up.

    Lee is the shit man, been my favorite since the original.
    I never loose with him online either, i mean, ive been playing him for 14 years lol

  7. Alexander**** Says:

    I thought he was sent to train to America. His kiais are ridiculous. How that dude with a rather low voice can get it so high?!

  8. Alexander**** Says:

    I thought he was sent to train to America.

    His kiais are ridiculous. How that dude with a rather low voice can get it so high?!

  9. Alexander**** Says:

    How did I get the reply there twice? *headdesk*



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