Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 12: Eddy Gordo

Capoeira’s Poster Boy faces his Darkest Hour.

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 12 brings us to a fighter who came in relatively late in the series, bringing with him a unique fighting style that was, at the time unknown in videogames. His fascinating, dance-like stance and powerful and seamless, seemingly unending kick combos made him an instant favorite for players of all levels- including button-mashers, much to many an opponents’ frustration. Much has happened since then, and while he has been balanced out considerably since, in the right hands, Eddy Gordo is still a force to be reckoned with.

Eddy Gordo
Distinguishing Features: Dreadlocks. Expensive sunglasses and lots of bling. FASCA!!! Usually seen in a handstand.

Strengths: A deadly combo machine with kicks and gymnastic moves that hit like an avalanche on the unprepared. Once he gets into his groove, the rhythm of destruction he can rain down on his opponent is almost a force of nature.

Weaknesses: If he gets predictable, can be easily countered, anticipated and punished. Will do anything for those he considers his only family left- his ailing master and his lady love, Christie Monteiro.

Affiliation: Currently working as a member of the Tekken Force under Jin Kazama, taking part in covert operations throughout the world.

Background: Born to one of the richest families in Brazil, Eddy’s life was forever changed when his parents were murdered by drug cartels. As part of his father’s dying request, Eddy admitted to the crime and was put in prison where he would, supposedly, be able to escape the immediate attention of his family’s enemies. There in the hard and merciless hell behind bars, Eddy waited to strike back at the ones who had killed his father and grew stronger. He met an old man, the Great Master of Capoeira, who taught him how to fight. Later, when Eddy broke out of prison and joined the Tekken 3 Tournament to begin his quest for vengeance, he found out the identity of his father’s murderer- Kazuya Mishima.

Eddy would disappear in the next tournament, his spot on the roster filled in by his student and his master’s granddaughter, Christie Monteiro. It is implied that Eddy went deep underground at this time, seeking out the whereabouts of Kazuya. Little is known of his activities, and Eddy would only resurface and return to the King of Iron Fist Tournament in Tekken 5.
When Eddy’s master was released from prison, the great Capoeira Master was but a shadow of his former self. An unknown illness plagued the old man, giving him only six months to live. However, Eddy learned that his master’s life could be saved through the technology and resources of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Setting aside his personal vendetta for now, Eddy sought to win the tournament for his master’s sake.

At the end of the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, Jin Kazama emerged as the victor and new CEO of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Eddy approached Jin and the two spoke in private, soon reaching an agreement. In return for the Zaibatsu’s aid in finding a way to save his master’s life, Eddy joined the Tekken force and began using his strength and skills to help the Mishima Zaibatsu carry out its plans of world conquest…

Character Analysis: Easily one of the most popular and well-known Tekken characters, Eddy Gordo probably popularized Capoeira to the layman and mainstream society, for better or worse. As a character, he is usually portrayed as a righteous young man whose life has been thrown into chaos thanks to his family’s involvement in the business of Kazuya Mishima. His only anchors to a life apart from his thirst for revenge are his master, the Great Capoeira Master, and Christie Monteiro… for them, he would do anything and everything- perhaps even make a deal with the devil himself.

Eddy and Jin Kazama joined the Tekken Tournament at the same time, way back in Tekken 3. It seems likely that two youths, but seeking justice, would find a certain kinship or even friendship in one another, even if circumstances may place them on opposing sides. Since then, each has changed, for better or for worse. Today, Eddy is forced by fate to approach Jin. Does he recognize the radical change that has transformed Jin since they last met? Does he care that he is now carrying out much of the same evil that caused him his own misfortunes many years ago?

In any case, Eddy has thrown his lot in with Jin and the Zaibatsu, and no doubt he will carry through with his promise if it means saving his master’s life. And, if in the process it brings him into confrontation with the man who set him on the Devil’s Road- Kazuya Mishima himself- all the better, it seems. Everything that Eddy has been fighting for seems to be falling into his grasp. But dealing with the devil always has its price- Eddy may end up with everything or nothing depending on how the rhythm goes.

What does the future hold for Eddy Gordo? When Jin and the Zaibatsu fall into their inevitable ruin, a survivor and fighter like Eddy should have the sense to jump ship and make for the surface. It’s been a hard time so far for Eddy- perhaps now he’s due for some payback. Surely the main proponent of Capoeira will land on his feet when all is said and done- hopefully with his lady love at his arm and his master at his side- in order to fight and dance another day.

Stay tuned next week for another fighter’s story!

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


7 Responses to “Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 12: Eddy Gordo”

  1. Everytime I VS a Eddy or Christie player online or at the arcades, I automatically go into ‘No Mercy’ mode. Even if it’s a scrub playing, since there is that odd chance that they MAY actually win. 🙂

  2. PALOS (Philippines DAVAO) Says:

    hi… i’m a die-hard fan of EDDY GORDO… ahhhm… is there any posibilities that Eddy’s master would appear in tekken tournament if his master would recover?…

  3. PALOS (Philippines DAVAO) Says:

    Can you help me where can i find eddy’s new moves in tekken 6 BR?…. hehehe…

    • Go to Tekken Zaibatsu for all your needs. Just a hint- PLEASE do not just go in there are create threads and topics for your questions. Look at the topics and post in existing threads, PLEASE. Your questions have probably already been asked a hundred times, so answers should already be there to be read.

  4. What is the fighting move called when eddy is in negativa and break dances out of it…meaning spinning kicks out of negative.

  5. when i play by eddy i don’t have mercy so that’s what i like eddy

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