Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 17: Bruce Irvin

Bruce Irvin: He’s your worst nightmare.

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 17 brings us to a veteran fighter in the roster who is often a favorite of hardcore players. He’s the guy who just gets things done quick and hard, efficient and ruthless, just like his Muay Thai fighting style. A rock-hard warrior who fights for the hell of it, we’re talking about Bruce Irvin.

Bruce Irvin
Distinguishing Features: A ‘do that seems to be a cross between a Mohawk, a mullet and dreads (just try telling him his hair’s ugly…). Tattoos. Muay Thai bandage-wraps and trunks. Baby Chicks.

Strengths: Epitomizing his martial art, Bruce hits fast, hits hard and takes opponents down with devastating knees and elbows along with his fists and feet. Not as graceful or flashy as some other competitors, but his results speak for themselves.

Weaknesses: Some of his longer strings, once blocked, can be open to punishment. Lacks imagination for making his own cool catch phrases. Has a soft spot for kids.

Affiliation: Currently serving under Kazuya Mishima as commander of G-Corporation’s troops.

Background: Bruce Irvin has not had an easy life. Orphaned early on, he turned to fighting and mastered Muay Thai even as a boy. Eventually he joined the police force and became partners with Lei Wulong. When he was sent to Japan to investigate the Mishima Zaibatsu, his plane was sabotaged on orders of Kazuya Mishima. Bruce survived the plane crash, but lost his memory. Kazuya, intrigued at Bruce’s strength, had him rescued and nursed back to health. Bruce later emerges serving as Kazuya’s bodyguard and enforcer.
Trying to find his old partner, Lei came to the Tekken 2 tournament and eventually confronted Bruce. The two fought a match that pushed both men to their limits, with Lei seizing the victory and taking Bruce into custody. However, the plane taking Bruce home crashed again, and Bruce once again disappeared. Lei suspected that this was no accident, and doubted that Bruce was truly dead.

Bruce does not appear again in Tekken (aside from the non-canon Tekken Tag Tournament) for the next several tournaments- it is speculated that he may have been one of the fighters attacked by Ogre in Tekken 3 as several of his moves were used by the creature. Whether this is true or not, Bruce is alive and well and apparently working as a survival intructor during Tekken 5. Eager to test his skills after his long absence, he once again joins the fighting.

After Tekken 5, Bruce is reunited with his old employer, Kazuya. He agrees to join Kazuya’s plan to take over G-Corporation, and afterwards becomes the leader of G-Corps’ special forces. Bruce leads Kazuya’s troops into various battles with the Mishima Zaibatsu all over the world. As Kazuya puts out a bounty on Jin Kazama’s head and the Tekken 6 tournament is announced, Bruce prepares to enter as well in order to capture the Zaibatsu CEO…

Character Analysis: Yet another fighter I rarely use, Bruce is more for the hardcore player who fights to win. With his hard-hitting combos and relentless pressure, this is one character who doesn’t look pretty or move that gracefully… but he gets results like few others.

Bruce is a tragic character though- a former law enforcer turned into a ruthless mercenary, he does still seem to retain some bits of his former self, shown by his constant appearance as a role model for youths in tough neighborhoods. However, that doesn’t in any way affect his day job, which is basically being an enforcer and henchman to some very bad people.

What does the future hold for Bruce? With respect to his formidable fighting ability, he’s not a big-time player in terms of the plot. He’s a follower and a soldier, a front-line combatant who may be cannon fodder when his employer requires it. But he IS a survivor despite it all, so whatever way the war goes after this latest tournament, we can probably be sure that Bruce will emerge again someday, somewhere to fight again when the fighting’s good.

Tune in next week as we take up another fighter’s story!

Tekken 6 is slated for PS3 and Xbox360 this Fall 2009.


5 Responses to “Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 17: Bruce Irvin”

  1. God, do I hate Bruce so much! Argh!

  2. You and me both, dude. A Bruce always KILLS me at the arcades… sigh. ^_^

  3. Yeap. It’s just that he’s so bs. I always fall for that stupid delayed knee, which stuns me, then launch, wall carry, bound, wall ownage. My poor Hwoarang, Lars and Lee. They always fall for the same noobish tricks. Oh wells.

  4. Bruce is awesome, once you master his combos they become deadly.

  5. You are all idiots. My favorite character on tekken has been bruce since tekken 2, and i am a MF beast with him. I know his entire command list by heart. i cant wait to dick EVERYONE when tekken 6 comes out. watch out for THE BRUCE!

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