Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 22: Bryan Fury


Bryan Fury: Still going, still going…

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.

This week brings us to a fighter who has been around for quite some time- certainly a veteran, and certainly one of the most vicious and dangerous fighters in the roster. Utterly amoral and malevolent, this deadly combatant apparently lives solely for the joy of dealing death, destruction, chaos and suffering… and with a perpetual energy generator installed as his heart, he looks to be the Energizer Bunny of Doom. He’s the rogue cyborg super-soldier, the seemingly invincible and unstoppable Bryan Fury.

Bryan Fury
Distinguishing Features: Deathly pale skin. Scar across face and body. White hair. Lots of munitions. Kinda looks like Roy Batty from Blade Runner.

Strengths: Incredibly strong with a fast, hard-hitting Muay Thai-based fighting style that is geared towards total destruction of his opponent. Chilling, evil laugh. Shrugs off bullets and explosives like nothing.

Weaknesses: All his cyborg strength and invincibility only counts in the cinematics, and not in the actual game…

Affiliation: None. Seems to thrive and fight solely for his love of pounding people into bloody pulps.

Background: A corrupt police detective killed during a shootout in Hong Kong, Bryan Fury’s corpse fell into the hands of the ruthless Dr. Abel and was resurrected into a super-powered cyborg. Mainly built as Abel’s tool against his rival, Dr. Gepetto Boskonovitch, Bryan was sent into the Tekken 3 tournament to spy on Boskonovitch.

Bryan soon found himself abandoned by his creator after Dr. Abel was recruited by Heihachi Mishima as the Zaibatsu’s scientific advisor. Sensing that his life was ebbing away, Bryan decided to enter the Tekken 4 tournament in order to take control of the Zaibatsu and therefore force Abel to extend his life. However, Bryan lost consciousness after several battles. His life was saved though by Yoshimitsu, who brought him to Dr. Boskonovitch’s lab. Yoshimitsu and Boskonovitch believed that Bryan could be the key to defeating whatever Abel would create in the Zaibatsu. Dr. B. told Bryan that he would be given a new, more powerful body to replace his dying one, though it would take a year for the operation to be completed.

Bryan would awaken to find that he indeed was now more powerful, his body now powered by a Perpetual Energy Generator serving as his heart. Instead of thanking Boskonovitch though, Bryan attacked him, gravely injuring the doctor and killing several Manji party members who were guarding the lab. Revelling in his new strength, Bryan joined the Tekken 5 tournament to test his power. However, a returning Yoshimitsu, angered at the murder of his comrades, sought out Bryan and continually attacked him. Bryan left the tournament, disappearing into various war zones and fighting for the sheer delight of causing utter chaos.

Bryan surely was enjoying himself in the war caused by the Mishima Zaibatsu’s militarization. But when Bryan heard of the Tekken 6 Tournament, he immediately knew this was where he would truly satisfy his appetite for destruction…

Character Analysis: Part Replicant, part Terminator… all nasty. Bryan Fury is one sick puppy, even among the colorful Tekken crew. He’s a fighter of pure madness and violence, crazed but cunning, maniacal and unpredictable. In terms of the storyline, Bryan seems to be simply a mad dog, a wild card bearing little consequence on the general scheme of things aside from being a quarry for either Yoshimitsu or Lei Wulong. Such a powerful being though cannot simply remain without a goal or aim though, so who knows where this evil fighter may eventually end up?

What does the future hold for Bryan Fury? He’s certainly too powerful to ignore, and it seems that he may finally be in the sights of some of the game’s other power players, such as Paul Phoenix (as seen in the CG cinematics so far released). Does Paul have the brute strength to pummel the soulless cyborg into submission, or will Bryan continue to rage unabated through Tekken? It really seems that only total destruction can stop the Fury, and till someone can rip that Perpetual Energy Generator from his cold corpse, Tekken’s evil Energizer Bunny will keep going, and going and going…

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.

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