Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 21: Lei Wulong

Lei Wulong: The Supercop’s ready for his toughest case yet.

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.

The fighter for this week is a longtime stalwart of the Iron Fist Tournament, joining the fray in Tekken 2 and quite readily gaining many fans with his mastery of various martial arts, including various animal styles and the infamous Drunken Master kung-fu. A renowned detective and international police operative, he is one of the few true-blue good guys in a roster known for many anti-heroes and bad boys. He’s the Hong Kong Supercop, Lei Wulong.

Lei Wulong
Distinguishing Features: Dead ringer for Jacky Chan. Long hair tied in a ponytail. Large handcuff and pistol Collection. Apparently moonlights as one of the Village People.

Strengths: Master of many styles, which allow him to shift attack stances and directions to confuse the opponent. Fast and agile, with many effective combos. Dizzying array of attack possibilities.

Weaknesses: Vulnerable in between stances. Hard to master and may be a bit underpowered compared to some of the roster’s power players. Wants to be taken more seriously as an actor. No, wait…that’s Jacky Chan…

Background: Known as Hong Kong’s ‘Super Cop’, Lei Wulong has been investigating the King of Iron Fist Tournament and its sinister sponsor, the Mishima Zaibatsu, ever since the second Tekken Tournament, in order to find his partner, Bruce Irvin, who had gone missing during his investigation of Kazuya Mishima. Since then, Lei has become aware of how dangerous the Zaibatsu is, his dangerous cases bringing him time and again into the tournament.

19 years later, Lei is a detective feared by most criminal organizations. Nobody believes that he is already 45 due to his unmatched vigor, strength and youthful appearance.
During the crisis with Ogre in Tekken 3, Lei investigated the rash of disappearances among the world’s martial artists. He receives an invitation to the Tekken tournament from Heihachi Mishima himself. Though Lei suspects a trap, he enters believing in his fate. There are few details regarding Lei’s performance during this time, but surely he leaves with more questions than answers.
In Tekken 4, Lei’s life and career seemed to come to a standstill. Suspended from work after a botched investigation, Lei sought out a way to redeem himself. The solution presented itself when he found out that the Syndicate he was after was planning to have a boxer named Steve Fox assassinated. Entering the fourth Iron Fist Tournament, Lei worked to save Steve’s life and uncover the Syndicate’s plot. Ultimately, Lei triumphed and regained his stature within the department.
Afterwards, Lei investigated the rash of attacks on dojos by a mysterious kenpo fighter. Lei entered the Tekken 5 tournament seeking the attacker, the fighter Feng Wei. Unfortunately, he failed to find his elusive target, although he managed to find some clues to the events that had been raging inside the corrupted Mishima Zaibatsu.

Some time later, when the Mishima Zaibatsu declared war on the world in the events prior to Tekken 6, Lei was back working cases in Hong Kong. With China suddenly in chaos due to the events initiated by the Zaibatsu, Lei knew that the true cause of the problem was Jin Kazama. As the sixth Tekken Tournament is announced, Lei enters to arrest the Zaibatsu’s new CEO…

Character Analysis: Hey, it’s Jacky Chan! Well, supposedly the Hong Kong Superstar is the inspiration of the Hong Kong Supercop, and it fits indeed. Lei is one of the most popular Tekken characters, and of course made an appearance in the Tekken anime as one of the leads opposite Jun Kazama. He was presented as a bit reckless (at least, outwardly) and fun-loving, but a pretty competent and fearless detective…AND he did try to hit on Jun, although she only had the hots for Kazuya.

Well, Lei is a very interesting and cool character, and certainly the wealth of awesome moves and multiple animal styles is a great draw. But mastering Lei’s vast arsenal requires quite a bit of patience and time- which I usually don’t have. Still, you just need a few major moves to start you off, and then just study on a couple of styles at a time, and how they transition into one move to the next. The results should show and there’s nothing quite as cool as kicking butt on your back or while flapping your arms like a bird.

As one of the roster’s white knights, Lei is always investigating this or that case, but Tekken 6 brings him to the big one- in fact, the first time that he goes up against the Zaibatsu itself, directly. Whether he teams up with other fighters of like mind (such as Julia, Asuka or perhaps even Wang) or goes at it solo, the Super Cop should make his mark and perhaps strike his biggest bust of all.

What does the future have in store for Detective Lei Wulong? Surely this popular protagonist will continue to kick butt and take down evil doers as long as the series continues. Even though he’s pushing late forties, Asians age gracefully… he’ll be around just like his real-life counterpart, taking falls and performing his own stunts to our enjoyment.

Stay tuned next week as we delve into another fighter’s story!

Tekken 6 is set for release on PS3, Xbox360 and PSP this Fall 2009.


6 Responses to “Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 21: Lei Wulong”

  1. SolRahlX Says:

    Man keep it up. I always enjoy reading these at work. Namco should hire you to do condensed bios for these characters.

  2. Don’t worry- I’ll keep doing this till I finish off every character or have the game already- whichever comes first. And if Namco wants to hire me, all I need is a copy of the game as payment… ^_^

  3. Agreed. Keep it up!

  4. Marcel Warren Says:

    As a master of the Xiaolin martial arts I believe as in the game form this character is the best of all of the new set. DONT TAKE THE KINDNESS AS A WEAKNESS!!!!

  5. Nice! I stumbled upon your blog and manga page recently and check back often. Great job! I have posted both links on my blog. Lei Wulong has been my main character since Tekken 3.

  6. eggfooyung2go Says:

    Yea man, either namco or Tekken movie producers should hire you. It’s no small task to make a fighting game’s story interesting

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