Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 16: Lars Alexandersson
Lars Alexandersson: A Rebel for a New Age.
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 16 brings us to one of the newest additions to the Tekken universe. He seems to be the central character in the story of Tekken 6’s arcade upgrade, Bloodline Rebellion. Mysterious but unmistakably powerful and a figure of great significance, this new ‘rebel’ will surely make an impact in the series from here on in. It’s the Swedish Super-Soldier, Lars Alexandersson.
Lars Alexandersson (UPDATED!)
Distinguishing Features: Perhaps one of the silliest or most bad-ass hairdos yet in Tekken, and that’s saying something. Distinct lion-crested breastplate, battle armor and superhero-style capes. Never without his cellphone.
Strengths: Has the strength and electrically-charged attacks of the Mishima bloodline. Though, like his father, Heihachi, he does not possess the Devil Gene, he’s still incredibly strong and fast, often sending his foes flying like rag dolls with his combos. Honorable and able to inspire loyalty in his subordinates. Really good with the ladies.
Weaknesses: Can be anticipated when locked into his combos or stances. Spends too much on prepaid cards. Armor often chaffs. Dresses like he’s part of an 80’s pop group.
Affiliation: Formerly a captain in the Tekken Force under Jin Kazama, he eventually rebelled against the Mishima Zaibatsu, taking with him a large number of soldiers and equipment. He now fights to protect those he deems endangered by the ongoing conflict between the Zaibatsu and G-Corporation.
Background: Little is known about Lars Alexandersson prior to his becoming a member of the Tekken Force. It can be assumed that the youth rose through the ranks quickly thanks to his skills and personal charisma. Soon after Mishima Zaibatsu declared war on the world and came into conflict with G-Corporation, Lars made matters even more complicated by breaking away from the Mishima Zaibatsu with a large chunk of the Tekken Force, forming his own separate group and opposing Jin Kazama’s mysterious designs. It is eventually revealed that Lars is indeed an illegitimate son of Heihachi Mishima, giving him the powers and strengths of the cursed Mishima bloodline. Lars has so far shown nothing but contempt and outright hatred of his sire.
According to what has been revealed or portrayed in Tekken 6’s Scenario Campaign storyline, of which Lars is the protagonist (although other fighters can be used and played in his stead), we assume that despite starting off as a member of the Mishima Zaibatsu’s Tekken Force, Lars’ broke away and started a rebellion due to his disagreement with Jin Kazama’s recent expansionist operations.
Despite conveniently suffering a temporary loss of memory, Lars still manages to conduct a running battle/intrusive investigation that sends him time and again against Jin’s forces and agents, and to learn about his own past and eventual destiny to battle Jin and the demon known as Azazel. After encountering Heihachi and later Kazuya, Lars eventually confronts Jin and learns of his true reasons behind causing the world conflict. Lars is present when Jin battles and seemingly destroys Azazel, taking himself with it.
After the confrontation with Jin and Azazel, Lars takes the inert body of Alisa Bosconovitch to be restored by Lee Chaolan. It is revealed in the PSP’s Tekken 6 story mode endings that he later establishes a PMC (Private Military Corporation) called Ydggrasil, with Alisa at his side.
Character Analysis: The fourth and latest member of the Mishima clan bloodline to be revealed in the series, Lars is unique so far in that he is apparently a clear-cut ‘good guy’; a charismatic soldier with a clear sense of honor, justice and humanity.
Lars is bad-ass and powerful, although much of his appeal is of course dependent on how players will stack him up against the long-standing favorites in the game. Certainly he’s got some awesome moves and a way with the ladies, so it’s easy to see why this guy is hero material. Mishima blood courses through his veins, even though he clearly has no love for it. Conflict and brotherly hatred is destined to follow Lars from now on, ensuring that this soldier will see frontline combat as long as the series continues. I’m sure he’d have it no other way.
Tekken 6 is available for the PS3, Xbox360 and PSP.
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