King (キング Kingu?) is a title that two characters have taken in the Tekken series. Even though there have been two characters who have taken the name, each is simply called King in their respective games, though a numerical value is sometimes given to them to separate them as different characters.
Both King I and King II are luchadores from Mexico who support orphans across the world. In the games, they are never seen without their jaguar masks (except on only one occasion). There has been a King in every game in the Tekken series, and this, along with their unique appearance and trademark “point”, has made them one of the most recognizable characters, not only in the series but also in the fighting game genre.
King used to be a street brawling orphan with no care in the world except fighting. In one of his fights, King was grievously wounded and collapsed in front of a monastery. The Marquez priests took him in, saving him from death. After recovering, King realized the error of his ways and resolved to start a new life. He became a Catholic priest and renounced his old fighting ways. He then became a man with a mission: he dreamed of building an orphanage for street children, hoping to save them from becoming the kind of fighter he used to be.
King was successful in building an orphanage, but funds were tight. To bring income to the orphanage, King fought in wrestling matches, donning his now iconic Jaguar mask to conceal his identity and acquiring the title “Beast Priest”. It was at this time that King came to the attention of his future rival Armor King, one of a wrestling Tag Team who also wore Jaguar masks. Early in his career King accidentally crush the eye of Armor King during a match. King has won many titles since, whilst the injury caused Armor King’s career to plummet.
As King continued fighting to fund the orphanage, he comes across the King of Iron Fist Tournament, a martial arts tournament with a large cash prize. Seizing the opportunity, King entered the tournament. When Armor King came across the tournament and saw his rival participating, he entered, keen to better his rival and reinstate his name in the wrestling world. The two met in the tournament and King emerges victorious. King went on to claim third place in the tournament, securing enough prize money to fund the running of the orphanage. King and Armor King would go on to put aside their differences, and the two became friends and sparring partners.
As time passed, however, the orphanage began to struggle. King turned to drink, and the death of a child in his care pushed him to breaking point. He took to the streets, stumbling around in a drunken stupor. Armor King, worried for his friend, sought him out and helped him get his life back on track, and persuaded him to resume training for a second King of Iron Fist tournament. With the help of his friend, King fully recovered from his depression and alcoholism and trained intensely for the tournament, with the intention of winning the prize money to fund the orphanage. However, King lost in the tournament, and resorted to teaching the orphans his fighting skills instead, as a means of self-defense.
Sometime after the second tournament, King was attacked and killed by Ogre, the god of fighting. This led one of the orphans in his care to don the jaguar mask himself and take on the title of King II, in order to provide further funding for the orphanage and continue the first King’s legacy.
Despite his fearsome reputation in the wrestling ring, King is actually a kind and considerate individual, with his own troubled childhood leading him to dedicate himself to helping disadvantaged children, to prevent them from going through the same issues he faced. The fact that he would go on to become his one-time rivals friend also suggests that he has a positive outlook, favoring peace and friendship over holding grudges. King is also revealed to be a sensitive and soft-hearted man, something which can be seen as an exploitable weak spot by his opponents. It is also this that led him to drink, in an attempt to drown out what he saw as his failure to protect those in his care.
Aside from a brief shot in the Tekken intro movie, King’s face is always hidden behind his trademark jaguar mask, so his eye and hair color is unknown. As a wrestler, King is very muscular and, at over six feet tall, he towers over most of the other playable characters in the series. When his upper body is exposed, King is revealed to have dark, tanned skin.
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