Tekken 8 is set for a 2023 release, so here are all the characters we know will be included in the game, updated with the latest information.
With Tekken 8’s release on the horizon of 2023, fans eagerly await details of the upcoming fighting game. Bandai Namco’s premier fighting game title will feature plenty of familiar faces, as well as some new ones. So far, we don’t have all the details on every character set to be included in Tekken 8, but below, we break down all the announced fighters and what we know so far.
All Tekken 8 characters
Here’s the full list of confirmed characters in Tekken 8. In total, there will be 32 characters on release, with four remaining to be revealed
- Jin Kazama
- Jun Kazama
- Kazuya Mishima
- Lars Alexandersson
- Marshall Law
- Nina Williams
- Paul Phoenix
- Asuka Kazama
- Leroy Smith
- Ling Xiaoyu
- Emilie De Rochefort (Lili)
- Bryan Fury
- Claudio Serafino
- Steve Fox
- Feng Wei
- Victor Chevalier
Tekken 8 character details
Devil / Devil Kazuya
The Devil form of Kazuya Mishima was shown during the first Tekken 8 trailer. However, as seasoned Tekken fans will know, Devil Kazuya is also a stance that Kazuya can transform into in several games to unlock new moves. So whether this is a stand-alone character or a transformation remains to be seen.
Alongside his father’s Devil form, Jin Kazama’s Devil form will seemingly make a return. This was showcased in the first trailer for the game. However, as with Kazuya, it may be the case that Jin has now gained control of the Devil gene, and can transform at will.
Jack’s latest form will be Jack-8, seeing the hulking robot return to the game. There’s been a Jack in every game, and special versions like Prototype Jack also appearing. This character will likely have a similar move set to their previous forms. On March 24, a new trailer featuring Jack was released, confirming some of his move-set, and his incredibly huge new gun.
Jin Kazama returns to the series as confirmed in the first few trailers. However, his fighting style still appears to be a mix of jujitsu and Kazama martial arts.
It’s reported that Jin’s mother, Jun Kazama, will return to the Tekken series for Tekken 8
Revealed in the debut trailer, Kazuya makes his return to the Tekken franchise, perhaps as an antagonist once again. He’s also been shown to potentially have the ability to transform into Devil Kazuya as in previous games.
Lars was also featured in recent gameplay footage, showing off the high-tech assassin and protagonist of Tekken 6.
Marshall Law, one of the OG characters of the Tekken series, is slated to return for Tekken 8. On March 14, 2023, a new gameplay trailer showing off his move-set and Rage Art was added to the Bandai Namco YouTube.
Nina Williams received her own debut trailer on Jan. 5 as part of the Tekken World Tour finals. Her gun-wielding-style fighting seemed to herald a more weapon-orientated style for Tekken 8.
One-time King of Iron Fist champion and fan-favorite Paul Phoenix returns as a character for Tekken 8 as seen in gameplay footage. A trailer for Paul was released on March 10, showing him competing against long-time friend and rival Marshall Law in a hangar-type stage.
Officially revealed on March 29, Ling Xiaoyu, a staple of the Tekken franchise, was confirmed in a gameplay trailer.
After an appearance in the Tekken: Bloodline anime, Leroy Smith makes his triumphant return in Tekken 8. The character was officially revealed on April 2.
Asuka Kazama, the reported cousin of Jin Kazama, is back, making it a Kazama trifecta in Tekken 8. Joining Jun and Jin, Asuka will deliver her own unique take on the Kazama-style of Martial Arts, as revealed on April 2.
Lili, or Emilie De Rochefort was revealed in April, with the refined fighter showing off her deadly moves in a impressive trailer. The student-turned martial artist gymnastics-inspired moves are reportedly part of a "self-taught style" as per her character description.
Hwoarang, the man who caused a thousand rage-quits, returns for Tekken 8 as per a trailer revealed in April. The Taekwondo master is back, with his repeated kicks, rivalry with Jin Kazama, and fast-paced style all intact. Whether he's the button-mashers' favorite fighter again remains to be seen...
Bryan Fury was the confirmed to be in the initial release of Tekken 8, rounding out an (at the time) 15-strong roster. The crazed brawler was unveiled on May 30, with a new trailer showing him toting guns and generally causing havok!
Claudio returns to Tekken to become the 16th fighter in Tekken 8. The Italian martial artist showed off his Colosseum-inspired stage, and Archers of Sirius style in a trailer released on July 20. The so-called "world's strongest exorcist" looks to bring his knowledge of sorcery to the battlefield in Tekken 8
A deadly ninjutsu master and a UN secret agent, Raven returns for the first time since Tekken 6 to beat down opponents with shadow clones. Revealed as part of Evo 2023, the ninja martial-artist is still as stylish as ever, although his moves have been updated for Tekken 8.
A newcomer for Tekken 8, the so-called "Coffee Queen" is the series' first Peruvian character, and utilizes a dance and boxing inspired move-set to deadly effect. Cheerful and hyperactive, we can't help but think it might have something to do with all the coffee she's drinking!
The fearsome Yoshimitsu returns to Tekken for Tekken 8! A fan favorite, and with no doubt that this iconic Tekken character would make the cut, it's still a pleasant surprise to find the eccentric ninja joining the game. Especially with Tekken 8's seeming high focus on weapons. Finally a place for him to swing his sword outside of a Soul Calibur game!
Steve, the boxer with no kicks, but unlimited potential to kick your ass was confirmed along with six other fighters at GamesCom's Opening Night Live event trailer. The British Boxer displayed his stereotypical accent and lightning fast punches in a devastating display during the trailer!
The oldest-looking 27-year-old in existence, Sergei Dragunov returns for Tekken 8. Having spent most of his military career fighting ninjas, perhaps time is taking its toll on the Russian Sambo user.
A surprise reappearance, Shaheen, a user of "military martial arts" is back in Tekken to investigate the suspicious death of his best friend. As with so many things in the Tekken universe, it looks like the Mishima Zaibatsu is to blame, so Shaheen is on a collision course with Kazuya.
Leo, the dashing German Bajiquan-using boy returns for Tekken 8! Just like so many characters in Tekken, it looks like Mishima Zaibatsu or G Corp caused the death of Leo's mother. So he's out for revenge! Join the line, kid. There's like 20 people in this game who want to kill Kazuya... Leo's trailer dropped late after is initial reveal, on Nov. 23
Kuma returns! Kuma was announced at GamesCom, and we love the way he's changed. Having taking on some of Heihachi's fighting-style (his adopted and now deceased father/owner), Kuma looks to be a menace in Tekken 8, and we can't wait to get our paws on him!
Feng Wei was revealed for the game on September 19 alongside the Closed Beta Test. The God Fist Style Chinese martial arts user debuted in Tekken 5 and has been a staple ever since. His preview video showcased a variety of familiar and new moves including dangerous strikes and hammer-fist blows. Feng takes the usually graceful Chinese-style Martial arts and makes them simply brutal.
The deceptively cute and cuddly Panda returns to Tekken 8. Unveiled (quite literally) on September 21, at the Tokyo Game Show 2023 by Bandai Namco, the deadly bear martial artist and friend to fellow roster member, Xiaoyu, is set for Tekken 8.
Victor Chevalier, a Parisian assassin, will join the Tekken roster for Tekken 8. The new French fighter was introduced on social media on November 2.
Reina, the Purple Lightning, is a mysterious new member of the roster, is rumored to be related to the Mishimas due to her distinctive high school. All that's known about her is that she's a highschool student at Mishima Polytechnical School.