Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 29: Roger Junior

The Ultimate Mama’s Boy takes the spotlight.

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 29 brings us to one of the several non-human fighters in the lineup. Though his ‘family’ has been in the game since Tekken 2 intermittently, this fighter joined only in Tekken 5, and is probably one of the youngest entrants in the tournament. Surely one of the oddest characters in the roster, or in any fighting game for that matter, this fighter surely embodies the sense of humor and playful fun that is part and parcel of the Tekken series. We’re talking about the boxing kangaroo, Roger Junior.

Roger Junior
Distinguishing Features: He’s a baby kangaroo with boxing gloves firmly ensconced in his similarly-armed Mum’s pouch.

Strengths: High priority attacks, speed and lots of effective moves and combos. Very high irritation factor. Has an extra limb (tail) for use in battle.

Weaknesses: Not one of the game’s power players. Crappy item move. Daddy issues.

Affiliation: None. Fighting in the tournament to secure for him and his Mama a stable future.

Background: During Kazuya Mishima’s reign as head of the Mishima Zaibatsu in Tekken 2, many experiments and projects to create the perfect soldier were set in motion. One of them resulted in the Rogers- genetically-engineered fighting kangaroos with enhanced intelligence and combat skills. The first Roger (Roger Prime?) participated in the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2.
Roger had a family, consisting of a wife and child. Soon after Roger Junior was born, Roger Senior was taken away, leaving his family distraught.

In Tekken 5, Roger Junior (carried by his mother, Roger ‘Mama’) entered the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 to enter the Mishima Zaibatsu and learn about the whereabouts of the missing Roger.

Unfortunately, while Junior was ultimately able to enter the Mishima labs and find his father, it wasn’t a happy reunion. Junior found his sire living a care-free life of luxury, prompting the angry young kangaroo to punch his Pop’s lights out.

Roger Mama then filed for a divorce from her good-for-nothing husband. But now bereft of the Male of the House, Mother and Son were faced with an uncertain future. When the King of Iron First Tournament 6 was announced, they decide to enter, the prize money and the stable life it would bring firmly in their sights.

Character Analysis: It must be noted that the one who does all the fighting and talking really isn’t Roger Junior, but his unnamed mom (by default called ‘Roger Mama’)- Junior only steps up during his CG ending in Tekken 5, dealing the ‘Final Blow’.
So what’s to be said about this Mother-Son Two-in-one Character Combo? Surely one of Tekken’s oddest fighters, and personally I find Roger Jr. totally irritating and annoying to fight against. He’s ridiculous to look at, but his attacks are very effective, combo-heavy, high priority and totally designed to rub it into your face. But once you do beat him into the ground, it’s OH SO SATISFYING. I guess it’s kinda obvious that I don’t consider Roger Junior one of my favorite fighters in the roster, eh? Well, I guess they can be considered pretty cute mascots, but I assure you that won’t be your thoughts for long after you’ve been pounded into the dust several times by this Mauling Marsupial.

Anyway… in contrast to their weirdness, Roger and Mum have a pretty simple story that is pretty much just their own little adventure set against the backdrop of a world being ravaged by megacorporations and demonic entities- all Roger Junior wants is a stable life with the Tournament prize money. That’s it. Well, saving the world along the way would be nice, but really… can anyone see the Mishima Zaibatsu being brought down by a couple of boxing kangaroos?

What lies in the future for Roger Junior? They find themselves up against other hungry teams spoiling for the Tournament prize money this time. Surely Roger and Mom will find some resolution, but I doubt that this will be a simple happy ending. I wonder if Roger Senior is really gone from the story or if he will someday redeem himself. We’ll just have to see what happens since I do believe that these cutesy animals and their sordid little subplot will continue to appear as the series’ comic relief.

Tune in next week as we delve into another fighter’s story!

Tekken 6 is slated for release on PS3, Xbox360 and PSP this October 2009.


One Response to “Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 29: Roger Junior”

  1. Ah yesh, Roger Jr.

    I’m actually rather fond of the duo

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