20 Greatest Ever Beat Em Up Video Game Characters

9. Yoshimitsu (Tekken)

Yoshimitsu

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Yoshimitsu is a staple character of the Tekken franchise, though has also appeared in a few of the SoulCalibur games over the years in various forms. He is the leader of the Manji Clan, an honourable tribe who seek to cut down injustice wherever they find it. Yoshimitsu’s most distinctive attribute is his bizarre appearance, kitted out in elaborate ninja armour covering his entire body, and also being equipped with a sword which, depending on the game, may also exude its own form of energy to cause more damage to his opponents.

Yoshimitsu is not an easy character to master by any means (many of his moves are fiddly and require extreme precision), but those who make the effort will be rewarded with the only Tekken character who can actually restore some of their health. Also, with more costume changes than Hannah Montana, he’s easily one of the fighting genre’s most stylish characters.