Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 23: Baek Doo San

Baek. His name rhymes with wreck.

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 6 in our hands already.

Part 23. We’ve come a long way. It’s the start of June and in perhaps five months or so, we’ll be playing our beloved fighter. Maybe. Hopefully. Damn, we GOTTA be. Sigh. The fighter now in feature is a longtime member of the roster, a feared and respected warrior of a martial art attuned to total destruction. Even though he’s gotten a bit older since his first appearance way back in Tekken 2, he’s only gotten a lot stronger and more ferocious. He’s the original Taekwondo Master, Baek Doo San.

Baek Doo San
Distinguishing Features: TKD gear. Korean flag. Dapper suits. Probably looks like a fitter, Korean version of Steven Seagal.

Strengths: Master of seemingly unending barrages of kicks that can traumatize opponents with their relentless pace. Fast and versatile. In his prime even if he’s getting on in years.

Weaknesses: His long strings take some time to ‘wind up’. May get predictable. Sometimes suffers bouts of depression due to his past.

Affiliation: Accompanies his student, Hwoarang, in his quest to defeat the ‘Supernatural Jin’. Enters the tournament for his own reasons of personal enrichment and experience.

Background: The son of a Taekwondo master, Baek accidentally killed his father during a sparring session, which caused him to go on a rampage. During this time, he attacked and destroyed Marshall Law’s dojo. Baek and Law fought during Tekken 2 to settle the score, with Law emerging the victor.

Prior to Tekken 3, Baek was attacked by Ogre and put into a coma for over a year. During his absence, his student Hwoarang entered the Tekken 3 tournament to avenge his ‘death’.

When Baek recovered, he entered the military and became an instructor of Tae Kwon Do. After Tekken 4, Hwoarang learned of his master’s true fate and the two reunited after Hwoarang finished his military service. Baek then trained Hwoarang in preparation for the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. He also entered to test his student’s skills. Baek fought well but had to withdraw when he found out Hwoarang had been seriously injured. He found out about Devil Jin, and accepted Hwoarang’s plea for further training.

When the Tekken 6 Tournament is announced, Baek enters for one more time to show his skills and superiority of Tae Kwon Do…

Character Analysis: Baek Doo San. Aside from having a pretty exotic name that is almost always mispronounced, he’s admittedly pretty bland, at least in looks. He’s ‘Generic Fighter A’ (as seen in the Tekken anime). However, once he starts fighting though, he’s anything but unremarkable. His legs seem to be double or triple-jointed, striking with the pace of a machine gun. Baek users favor strong offense and relentless pressure, striking high or low and just never letting up. Even on the ground, the opponent isn’t safe from his vicious assaults.

Story-wise though, Baek has his own troubled past, akin to Siegfried’s in Soulcalibur, with the accidental death of his father heavy on his heart. Otherwise, Baek is a low-key player; he’s more of a mentor and supporter for Hwoarang, and he’s the kind to not interfere unless his student’s life is at stake. Though appearing as a harsh taskmaster and strict teacher though, it’s quite obvious that Baek sees Hwoarang as his own son- perhaps as a way of making up for his own dark past with his father, many years ago. So the drama.

What lies in the future for Baek? With his own fighting style quite different and unique from his student, Baek should continue to be a proponent for TKD in the game, considering how popular the martial art is to players. His story may not be that interesting aside from the old fighter seeking to further his experiences, but then someone as formidable as Baek doesn’t need much reason to fight… he just does it so damn well.

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.


4 Responses to “Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 23: Baek Doo San”

  1. Another one of my main characters. Everyone hates my Baek, why why why? Is it because my card data is 743Wins-124Losses? Or is it because I am the only person in my area who uses him, and damn well at that. Oh wells…

  2. Just saw the Tekken 6 E3 Demo….Honestly, there was no big surprise…

    • Nope. But E3 ain’t over yet, so don’t discount your chickens until they’ve all hatched. ^_^ BTW, I just realized something… Tag Team play is back in Tekken 6 (kinda) thanks to the Campaign mode! WAHAHA! ^_^


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