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Tekken Hall of Fame: The Top 5 Women of Tekken

One of Tekken’s strongest points has always been its diverse and creative character roster. As a self confessed Tekken addict, I’ve been a fan of the series for two decades now (I feel old just typing that!…), and I’ve been lucky enough to grow up playing as some amazing and innovative characters throughout the years.

I have always admired the women of Tekken; from their intricate designs, to their impressive backstories, these characters are most certainly cemented in history as some of gaming’s finest. There’s a generous selection when it comes to the ferocious females of the saga, but I’m going to list the characters who I think have earned their place in the ‘Top 5 Women of Tekken’.

Ling Xiaoyu

Debuting Tekken 3, Xiaoyu has appeared in every installment since. Her petite design and should not be mistaken for weakness, as she is a master of Chinese Martial Arts. Her innocent fun-loving nature and the ongoing saga with Jin are just some of the factors that make her a firm fan favorite.

Kunimitsu

Kunimitsu’s only canonical appearances have been in Tekken 1 and 2, with her later appearing in the non-canon Tekken Tag Tournament 1 & 2. The significant amount of mystery surrounding her character and her agile & lightening fast fighting style is what makes her stand out to me. Despite her only appearing in four major titles, she’s still considered as one of the most notable female characters from the series.

Michelle Chang

Although not everyone will share the same views, I see Michelle Chang as one of the most  iconic female characters from Tekken. This is probably down to the fact that Tekken 2 is when I really started to get into the series, and she was one of the characters I used the most (biased? Maybe!). I enjoyed her fighting style and character design, and although Julia is similar to her adoptive mother, she doesn’t quite ‘cut it’ like Michelle.

Jun Kazama

Even though I never used Jun that often back in the day, I always appreciated her character and how important she was in Tekken’s story. However, when she was revived in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 I had a new found love for her. I really enjoyed her powerful fighting style and she quickly became one of my main characters. I do hope Jun returns in Tekken 7, especially as she seems to be an important part of the developing story.

Nina Williams

When you think of Tekken there are certain characters that will always stand out, and Nina Williams is one of these. Appearing in every installment since the game’s debut, and even having her own spin-off, Nina Williams is the most iconic female character of the series. When it comes to Tekken and recognition, Nina is up there with Heihachi and Kazuya. Her deadly fighting style and lethal combos are just one of the many factors that have earned her the top spot on this list. Nina Williams is the Queen of Iron Fist Tournament.

Do you agree with the selection I have chosen, or do you think I’m mad and have a completely different list in mind? Share your opinions with us! Who are your ‘Top 5 Women of Tekken’?

Advocate of the Tekken community and self-proclaimed Queen of the Iron Fist Tournament, gaming has been a main hobby of Zoë's since she was a kid. Her favorite genres are fighting and action/adventure. Her other passions include football (soccer - Liverpool FC to be exact!), fashion, music, and eating far too much pizza! Lastly, one name for you - Nina Williams.

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