10 Most Popular Tekken Characters

Seven tournaments. Ten fighters. Which Tekken fighters do the fans love most?


Since 1994, Tekken has been the leading franchise in 3D fighting games. While not the first game to do this, an honour that goes to SEGA’s 1993 game Virtua Fighter, it is certainly the most popular and long lasting franchise to feature this style. The original Tekken game features 17 playable characters, 9 of which were unlockable, the same number of fighters that was featured in the fifth release of Street Fighter II, 1994’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo.

The number of characters featured on the roster has been ever growing in subsequent releases, with 65 original playable characters across the many releases of the franchise. As well as this, Tekken also features five guest characters. In Tekken 3, Gon from the manga of the same name appears as a playable fighter. In Tekken 7, Akuma from Street Fighter, Geese Howard from Fatal Fury, Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV and Negan from the Walking Dead all appear as guest fighters.

The rich cast of original characters have made a place for themselves in gaming culture. Dedicated fans stick by their favourite characters through every iteration of the franchise, and cry out for their favourite legacy characters to return in subsequent releases. But out of all the characters, who stands out among the rest as the true King of Iron Fists in the eyes of fans?

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Hey, Darren here! I'm a Media enthusiast with a strong passion for Film and Video Games. I graduated from Plymouth University in 2019 with a degree in Digital Media Design, and now I am here writing articles.