Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 33: Bob

Fat and Furious.

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 33 brings us yet one more week closer to our much-anticipated console version, and as well to one of the newest fighters to join the roster. This controversial combatant surely made a BIG first impression, if only for his quite unusual appearance. But once gamers actually saw him in action, one could surely say looks can be totally deceiving! With some formidable (some would say too formidable) skills and unbelievable quickness, this American-born martial artist has immediately become a force to be reckoned with in Tekken. He’s the ultra-fast ultraweight, Bob.

Distinguishing Features: Cherubic, curly blonde hair. Goatee. Working-class denims. Fiery zeal in his eyes. Oh, and he’s hella fat. Like, Staypuft Marshmallow fat.

Strengths: Where do we begin? Incredibly fast for his size- in fact, superhumanly fast for his size. Exceptionally strong and hard-hitting, with good range and devastating combos. Even after being nerfed, still one of the stronger fighters in the lineup.

Weaknesses: Burgers. Donuts. Fries. Anything deep-fried. Scratch that… anything EDIBLE.

Affiliation: None. Joins to prove his strength, as well as the effectiveness of his new lifestyle and diet to the martial arts world.

Background: A practitioner of freestyle karate from a very young age, Bob was admired both for his prowess and chiseled good looks. However, Bob reached a roadblock in his career when he realized that he lacked the weight and power to combat opponents far larger than him. In order to overcome this hurdle, he went into seclusion, disappearing from the public view. His goal was to increase his power and weight while maintaining his agility and speed.

Years later, when Bob re-emerged, everyone was surprised (or perhaps more aptly, horrified) at his drastic change in body shape. Now morbidly obese, Bob was greeted with jeers instead of cheers. However Bob ignored all the ridicule and was confident in the results of his training- speed, power and unyielding weight. Bob prepared himself for the fight ahead. In the King of Iron Fist Tournament 6, he will prove his strength to the world.

Character Analysis: Presenting… BOB! Seriously, this rotund newcomer would at first seem to be a joke character, but once you actually see him in action, LOOK OUT. This guy breaks the laws of physics and mass- NO ONE that big should be able to move like he does. But well, in a world of cyborg supersoldiers, demonic entities and magical martial arts, why not?
One can see Bob from many angles. You can see him as a negative stereotype, the Fat American. Or you can see him as a true warrior who dedicates himself to perfection, no matter where this road leads. As well he is a true example of looks not being everything, since it’s all in one’s fighting spirit and soul that true strength resides… if not beauty. But from what little we’ve seen, Bob may not look it, but he’s certainly one of the few Good Guys in a roster filled with anti-heroes and villains.

Players may initially scoff at Bob, but once you try him he’s a well-rounded (heh) fighter who’s surprisingly light and fun to use, and the results speak for themselves. So don’t judge a book from it’s overstuffed cover- Bob will surely surprise you!

What lies in the future for the Fighting Fat Guy? Well, Bob has surely become a fat, er fast favorite, so he’ll probably be around for the near future. His storyline is still pretty generic, but hopefully his formidable power will become more focused as the series continues. Will he truly become a Heavyweight in the canon storyline as much as he is in gameplay? We’ll just have to weight and see.

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

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


2 Responses to “Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 33: Bob”

  1. Bob’s d/f+2 gave me nightmares back in the day of T6.0

  2. staypuft marshmellow fat

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