Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 24: Miguel Caballero Rojo

“My name is Miguel Caballero Rojo. You killed my sister. Prepare to die.”

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 24 brings us to another newcomer to the series, one who makes his first appearance in the original arcade version of Tekken 6. In stark contrast to many of the other characters, this fighter is no martial artist. Though he works as a bullfighter, he doesn’t come from any school of combat, unless you count the School of Hard Knocks. He’s just a street fighter and bar room brawler, using his stubborn, hard head as much as he does his fists and feet. But behind every blow is a seething, raw anger which may equal any force of chi, chakra or spiritual power from any seasoned martial arts warrior. He’s the Fighting-Mad Spaniard, Miguel Caballero Rojo.

Miguel Caballero Rojo
Distinguishing Features: Matador outfit or pimpish street fashion. Big, towering, oppressive aura of anger and power. Face that hasn’t seen a razor for many days. Manly aroma.

Strengths: Brutal strength and raw muscle-power. Wild, powerful blows. High irritation factor. Uses a deceptively random and unbalanced, self-made ‘style’ that may confuse and disorient opponents.

Weaknesses: A bit on the slow side. A huge target due to his size. Has perhaps the slowest and perhaps most useless (although pretty bad-ass) unblockable in the game.

Affiliation: None. On a personal vendetta against the Mishima Zaibatsu.

Background: A headstrong youth, Miguel hated the idea of anyone controlling his life or dictating what he had to do. As a result, he often fought with his parents and was eventually forced to leave home and live on his own at the age of 15. He found sanctuary in his favorite bar, and since then lived a life of a bullfighter by day, brawler by night. The only person he truly trusted was his kind-hearted sister, who visited him in secret.
One day, Miguel’s sister told him that she was getting married. Feeling outraged, Miguel at first comtemplated murdering his sister’s fiancee, but eventually pushed these thoughts aside. On the day of the wedding, he stayed outside the church to keep out of sight of his parents. From out of the clear sky, a line of planes appeared, as if blessing the happy occasion. But after a few seconds, the church exploded and was bathed in an inferno. Miguel was blown away and knocked out.
When he recovered, Miguel immediately scoured the burning building for signs of his sister. He found her already dead, her wedding dress soaked in blood. Miguel screamed his anguish to the heavens, his cries echoing throughout the battered ruins.

Some time later, Miguel learned that the air raid that struck down his family was ordered by the Mishima Zaibatsu. Seething with hatred, Miguel entered the upcoming King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 to exact revenge on the Zaibatsu’s CEO, Jin Kazama.

Character Analysis: If there be a manlier man than Miguel, I know not who he is. Is there a male character in the game with more machismo than this towering, unshaven, unyielding pillar of macho? Seriously though, Miguel is not a fighter high on my list. His style is, in my opinion, pretty awkward, unattractive and uninteresting to look at. However, he does get results, and an expertly-played Miguel is quite a monster of an opponent. And he’s got some pretty funny dialogue to go with his cavalier attitude.
Miguel’s very personal story though is pretty engaging- revenge is always a classic theme, though he shares the same goal as several other fighters in the roster, like fellow newcomer Leo. However Miguel’s story seems more passionate, more visceral. His sister’s blood must still feel fresh on his hands, his anger so much more intense and heated. We can only imagine what this guy will do once he gets the ones responsible for his pain in those frighteningly large hands of his…

What lies in the future for the Manly Man of Tekken? As I’ve said before… revenge may be popular, but the batting average of vengeance-seekers on the Mishima heirs is pretty low (but not impossible). I doubt that Miguel will even get near Jin, much less be able to take down the Dark Angel, no matter how strong he is. But that doesn’t mean he will ever stop trying. Like the bulls he may have taken on in the arena, this Mad Matador will continue his stubborn crusade for as long as he breathes.

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.


14 Responses to “Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 24: Miguel Caballero Rojo”

  1. I was thinking of picking him up as a new character to use when the console version comes out. Seems interesting.

    • I’ve actually never made it a point to watch Miguel match vids- he seems mostly heavy hits and not much in interesting moves or throws. But perhaps I’m just giving him a bum rap due to ignorance. When the console version comes around, I’ll give him a spin or so.

  2. True that. Never watch any videos or check up anything on him. Just mainly check out my main characters, i.e…Hwoarang, Lars, Baek, Lee, Jin etc etc.

  3. Well, I watched a couple of vids (KoreanTakkenvids) with Miguel… and…. well… DAMN he’s fights ugly. He’s so freakin’ stiff. I mean, his stance is the male, drunk version of Alisa, but she moves gracefully, at least. Miguel just looks… ugly. Oh well… Heheh…

  4. True that, KoreanTakkenVids have probably the BEST Tekken players I’ve seen on YouTube, well that’s understandable since they ARE Koreans, shouldn’t be surprised, though the audio is out of sync. Yeah his fighting style is a little weird. Maybe I just don’t like him since he has an unseeable low (d/b+1), which is so very annoying. But meh..I’ll see how he goes when it comes out on PS3. Just a few more months…

    • I’m actually worried that I’ll run out of Tekken fighters before we even get the console version. There are only about 15 left, and two of them will come on the same day (Kuma and Panda). I may have to do some hocus-pocus to keep the series going until late October… heheh.

  5. when is it actually coming out

  6. by the way could you do some more muses just to tide me over ’till the release

  7. No solid release date yet. But around October.

    • Yep. Though I am hoping early October… but the game sites like Gamestop and Play-Asia are saying the 27th. But that can change, give or take a week or so. Who knows… maybe Harada and Team will finish early.

  8. actually i think miguel fights pretty cool. he is one of the only people in tekken who fight like….. well he fights knowing or thinking hes gonna win.
    he fights stiff but a badass kinda stiff. his arial combos and bound combos are killer though.

  9. I actually like Miguel, and I don’t really think he’s ugly. I think he’s cute. 🙂

    I am still trying to work with in (although Zafina will be number one for me for now), but he’s seems promising. I just hope that he had more moves and such.

  10. i think miguel is the most sexiest and cutiest and handsomest character in the game what do you think

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