9. Paul Phoenix
First Appearance: Tekken
A franchise mainstay, Paul Phoenix is an American martial
artist with a goal of becoming the strongest fighter in the universe. He is one
of the few characters to be in all seven Tekken games, along with Heihachi
Mishima, Nina Williams and Yoshimitsu.
Paul has been trying to succeed in his goal by becoming the champion of the King of Iron Fist Tournament. His closest attempt at this came in 1997’s Tekken 3, where he was able to defeat the ‘God of Fighting’ known as Ogre. However, he leaves the tournament before it is officially concluded, resulting in a final battle between Jin Kazama and True Ogre, an empowered form of Ogre.
Paul was originally the rival of Kazuya Mishima, due to their fight ending in a draw. However after Paul joins the ranks of the King of Iron Fist Tournament he enters a rivalry with both Kuma I and Kuma II.
Paul is an iconic fighter in the Tekken franchise. Easily
recognisable by his tall, goofy hair, the American martial arts master is
beloved by many Tekken fans. Despite being more of a comedy character in recent
games, Paul is still a formidable fighter who can hold his own amongst the