Marshall Law

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Marshall Law
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Origin United-States.png USA
Voiced By Katsuhiro Harada (T1-T5:DR)
Julian MacFarlane (T4 (Ending voice))
Robert Clotworthy (T5-T5:DR (Dialogue and ending voice))
David Vincent (T6-TTT2, SFxTK)
Keisuke Fujii (SFxTK)
Fighting Style Jeet Kune Do (listed as "Martial Arts" in the T1, T2, T4, and T5 booklets)
Age 25 (T1)
27 (T2)
48 (T4, T5/T5:DR, T6/T6:BR, TTT2)
Blood Type B
Height 179 cm (5' 10")
Weight 69 kg (152 lbs)
Occupation Owner of a restaurant and a dojo, currently a dishwasher
Hobby Fishing, collecting socks, and cooking
Likes His best friend
his family
Steve Fox
Lee Chaolan
Wang Jinrei
Jokes/pranks
Money
his restaurant
his son's cooking.
Dislikes Baek Doo San
Being broke

Introduction

Marshall Law (マーシャル・ロウ Māsharu Rou) was introduced in the original Tekken, and he returned for all subsequent games, except Tekken 3 and the non-canonical Tekken Tag Tournament, where he was both replaced by his son, Forest Law, using the same fighting style.

His fighting style is Jeet Kune Do, a "style" created by Bruce Lee, the martial artist whom Marshall Law is based on.

His title in the original trilogy is The Fighting Chef.

Games in order of appearance:

Other appearances:


History

Tekken 1

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Character Portrait: Law, Tekken
Tekken screenshot: Law VS Law

Gameplay

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Story

Prologue (Manual)
The legendary dragon. He works in a Chinatown restaurant in San Francisco while dreaming of opening his own martial arts school. He is a master of martial arts. He is taking part in this tournament to open his own school with the prize money and at the same time to make himself world famous.
Ending, "The Master" (Unofficial Synopsis)
Marshall finally gets his own dojo. Students are performing somersault kicks similar while Marshall watches them. Marshall yells something at them (his words aren't heard). Marshall continues talking to them. Then, he is shown performing three somersault kicks while the others watch him. After he finishes, he puts his hands on his hips.

Trivia

  • Law's Player One outfit was changed from a yellow jumpsuit in the arcade version to a black and yellow tracksuit in the playstation version.
  • Marshall's yellow and black tracksuit is partially inspired by Bruce Lee's own worn in Game of Death.


Tekken 2

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Character Portrait: Law, Tekken 2
Tekken 2 screenshot: Law VS Law

Gameplay

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Story

Prologue (Manual)
Law runs his own martial arts dojo. Unfortunately, his students were attacked and severely injured by a villain who is participating in the next tournament. Law decides to enter the tournament to avenge his students and to restore the reputation of his gym.
Ending, "Oops!" (Unofficial Synopsis)
Marshall is shown with his hands together. He looks to his left. Paul Phoenix is shown standing next to him. Marshall performs a somersault kick. When he finishes, Paul tries to perform a somersault kick, but he fails and lands on his stomach. Paul rests his head on one of his hands. Marshall shrugs.


Tekken 4

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Character Portrait: Law, Tekken 4
Tekken 4 screenshot: Law VS Law

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Story

Prologue (In-Game Text)
Marshall Law was a successful businessman - he managed a newly established dojo and even owned a nationwide Chinese fast food chain called Marshall China. Unfortunately, he lost a franchise war against a competitor and had to declare bankruptcy a year later. Unable to deal with his failure, Marshall fell into depression and spent his days at home in a drunken haze. Then one day, a notice for the Tournament arrived at his doorstep. Marshall's eyes flashed with renewed vigor. After a month of intense training, he beat himself back into top physical form. Something ignited a fire within Marshall. "This is it," he said to himself, "I must place everything on the line for this Tournament and win!" The fire within raged hotter than ever before.
Epilogue (In-Game Text)
Law won the tournament and earned the Mishima Zaibatsu fortune. His fighting spirit was now focused on rebuilding the Marshall China restaurant empire.
Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
The outside of a Marshall China is shown. Marshall walks through the Marshall China and watches his customers. A punk customer says, "Man, the food here sucks!" Another punk, who is at the same table, says, "We hafta pay for this?" Marshall hears them and walks over to them. Marshall asks, "What did you just say?" The punk (the one that said, "Man, the food here sucks!") replies, "You heard me, I said this food sucks! You expect us to eat this stuff?!" Marshall asks, "What do you mean it sucks?!" The man answers, "This pepper beef is too damn spicy!!" Marshall uppercuts the punk into the air. Then, Marshall tries some of the Marshall China food. He says, "What are you talking about? This is good!" The other punk (the one that said, "We hafta pay for this?") smashes a glass bottle on Marshall's head. Angered, Marshall says, "...You!" Marshall kicks the punk who falls to the ground. Marshall starts fighting with some of the other punk. He knocks one wearing a black shirt onto a African-American wearing a red shirt. A newspaper with "The New York Flash" has "Marshall China Goes Out of Business" as a headline. Other things that can be read on the newspaper are, "Marshall China Loses in Court" and "The Factor of a Lost Case." A black and white photo of someone holding Marshall back is also on the newspaper. Next, some students in red shirts are seen throwing punches and grunting. Marshall is shown, and he says, "No, no, no. Put more anger into it!" Marshall shouts loud and throws an uppercut as an example of what he wants the other men to do. The men start throwing faster punches, and they start grunting louder. The outside of the building, Marshall Dojo, is shown as Marshall says, "Yeah! That's more like it! Lower your stance a bit more, and..." The ending video ends.

Trivia

  • In his ending, a punk customer complains to Marshall about a dish at his restaurant, Marshall China, being too spicy. In Tekken 6, when Asuka Kazama encounters Marshall during Scenario Campaign, she tells him that she wants to try this spicy dish, and he insists that it is not spicy at all.


Tekken 5

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Character Portrait: Law, Tekken 5
Tekken 5 screenshot: Law VS Law
CG art in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection

Gameplay

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Story

Prologue (In-Game Text)
Marshall Law, a Martial Arts Cook. Marshall entered the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 to get back on his feet again, however his restaurant failed and he also failed to win the tournament. Marshall did not have enough money to return to America and stayed in Japan as a dishwasher, a month later he had a call from his wife. His son Forest was riding on Paul Phoenix's bike and caused an awful accident. With his son' accident and the money he need to head home, Marshall decides to win and enter the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5.
Interludes (Unofficial Synopsis)
Stage 4 Paul Phoenix: Marshall asks Paul to throw the fight but Paul refuses. If the player loses, Marshall gasps for money but Paul offers him the money. But if the player wins, Paul gasps to be number 1 but Marshall offers him dim sum after he wins the tournament.
Final Stage Jinpachi Mishima: Jinpachi says "Die." Marshall asks if he is "Mishima," and Jinpachi answers yes. He then asks if he'll get the prize money if he beats him, also getting a yes. Marshall then gets ready to fight.
Epilogue (In-Game Text)
Marshall returns to America after his success at the tournament. He meets with a lawyer to discuss how to repay his debt.
Ending, "Bike Problem" (Unofficial Synopsis)
The outside of a building is shown. Marshall walks out of it, lowers his head, sighs, and says, "Broke again." Someone on a bicycle is approaching Marshall. Marshall goes into a fighting stance. The person on the bicycle is revealed to be Paul Phoenix. Paul appears to be having difficulty pedaling. When Paul reaches Marshall, the bicycle falls apart, and Paul falls to the ground. Paul hands a stack of papers to Marshall and says, "Here..." Marshall looks at the paper on the top of the stack and opens his mouth wide in shock. It is a bill for $34,500.00 from BikeShop XYZ. Apparently, this is a bill for Paul's motorcycle. Paul signed "Marshall Law" on the bill. Paul begs Marshall to pay his debt. (He says, "Come on, man. Pay the bill already.") Marshall nervously groans for a few seconds. Then, the screen changes to make it appear as if the two are about to fight (there are health bars and a timer above them, they are in their fighting stances, and an announcer says, "Round 1. Fight!"). Marshall performs an uppercut that knocks Paul into the air and completely depletes Paul's health bar. Paul falls to the ground, landing on his back. Marshall runs away, dropping the papers as the ending video ends.

Trivia

  • Marshall can be customized to look like his son Forest.
  • In Marshall's ending, the music that plays in the short round between Paul and himself is the City at Sunset theme.


Tekken 6

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Character Portrait: Law, Tekken 6 (arcade)
CG art in Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion and Tekken 6 console
Tekken 6 screenshot: Law VS Law

Gameplay

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Story

Prologue (In-Game Text)
During the middle of the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, it was discovered that Marshall Law was working illegally in Japan, and as a result he was immediately deported to his home country of the United States of America. With the deadline to pay for the damages of his son’s accident fast approaching, hopes of getting the money needed were slim. Just then, his best friend Paul Phoenix approached him with the idea of forming a team—securing a high-ranking prize alone would certainly be difficult, but if he was part of a team, the probability of winning would be much higher. Marshall accepted Paul’s invite, but thinking a three-man team was better than a two-man team, the renowned boxer Steve Fox caught his attention.
Ending, "Strong Laxative" (Unofficial Synopsis)
In a distant house, Marshall was seen celebrating with Paul Phoenix and Steve Fox over their win in the tournament, which is obvious due to the many large money cases in the background. Unfortunately for both Paul and Steve, Marshall was holding a small bottle that had "Strong Laxatives" labled on the front. And with super-swift hands, he puts the laxatives onto a whole pizza. "It's ready, My special recipe pizza!". Marshall places the pizza onto the table "It's about time!" Paul says as he takes a slice. "It looks delicious." Steve complimented. Paul and Steve eat the pizza, and they sat there telling Marshall how good it was, Until their faces turned pale blue. Steve and Paul stood up grasping their genitals, and rushed to the bathroom. Unfortunately for Paul, Steve arrived first, leaving Paul shouting at him and holding it in.

Unnoticed, Marshall sneaks out of the house, carrying all the money cases on his back, saying "Sorry, guys. See ya!" as he leaves.

Trivia

  • For the first time since Tekken 2, Marshall is cleanly shaved which lead many people to assume that he was Forest Law in early screen shots of the game.
  • Marshall's item move is wielding nunchaku, which unlike other item moves, can be used infinitely with no delay. This makes him resemble Maxi from the Soul Calibur series.
  • In the Scenario Campaign mode of Tekken 6, Marshall is a boss at West District Chinatown.
  • Marshall is one of the two characters that does not fight Azazel in the "Arena" mode. The other is Raven. Marshall doesn't fight Jin either. His opponents are a random assortment of the tournament's participants. In order, his opponents are Baek, Marduk, Zafina, and Ganryu


Spin-Offs and Related Games

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

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Character Portrait: Law, Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Paul Phoenix and Marshall Law teaming up in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Law will be featured as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Gameplay

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Story (From Wii U Edition)

Marshall Law was previously known as the "Legendary Dragon" and now holds the title of "Fighting Chef." After his Chinese restaurant on the first floor of his dojo gained popularity, he opened a nationwide chain, only to file for bankruptcy a year later. When his son, Forest, got into a motorcycle accident, the medical bills and compensation forced him into debt, alongside Paul Phoenix[1].

Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
Marshall is now seen practicing his nunchakus in front of Forrest, amazing his son. Forrest volunteers to have a go with the weapon but ends up accidentally tossing it out of the window. As if that wasn't enough the nunchakus startle a driver on the road and in a series of events causes a major accident below

Trivia

  • In the Arcade version his name is listed as "Law". Later in the console version he was listed as "Marshall Law" due to the fact that his son, Forest, would also be present in the game's console version.
  • He has special tag throw with Paul when he will perform Dragon's Fire, but he and Paul perform a double Phoenix Smasher.
  • His item move has him whack the opponent with a frying pan.



Street Fighter X Tekken

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Law's SFXT artwork image.
Paul and Law

Marshall Law has been confirmed as a playable character in the crossover game Street Fighter X Tekken. His official tag partner is Paul Phoenix ([1]).

Prolouge (In-Game Text)

Down and out, and lacking funds, Paul and Law watched a street broadcast about the mysterious box that crashed in the Antarctic.

Paul: Hey Law, take a look at that box…

Law: Huh. You thinking what I’m thinking?

Smelling big bucks, the pair makes hasty preparations to head to the Antarctic by boat. They believed if they were to go get their hands on that box, there would be companies lining up for the chance to bid on the contents. They’d be able to finally rid themselves of their bad luck! With that in mind, the two secretly board a ship bound for the Antarctic.

Law: It’s time to say goodbye to poverty!

Paul: Once I get my hands on that box, I’ll be the richest guy in the universe!

Trivia

  • Law and Paul's rivals are Sagat and Dhalsim.
  • Abel nearly mistakes him for Fei Long, Street Fighter's Bruce Lee based character.



Tekken Revolution

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Law (in the back) alongside the other seven starting characters.
Law facing off against Paul.

Law is featured in the free-to-play online game Tekken Revolution as one of the starting eight characters. As with the rest of the cast, his appearance and moveset are carried over directly from Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Special Art/Critical Arts

Dragon Arrow: b+3+4.
Dragon's Tail: d/b+4.
Dragon Spin Kick: b+3.
Body Blow to Dragon Lift: d+2,3.
Slide Kick: FC,d/f,d,D/F+3.

Trivia

  • Like Kazuya, Law is another popular choice for beginners, thanks in part to his Special Art/Invincible and "Dragon's Tail" Critical Art.


Other Media

Tekken (2010 Film)

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Marshall Law appears in the Tekken Movie played by Cung Le. From what is known he was the people's choice in the previous tournament and it is known in that tournament he knocked Paul out in 28 seconds. In the movie he was defeated by Jin.

Cung Le as Marshall Law.


Videos

Character Trivia

  • He is the only character excluded from Tekken Tag Tournament to reappear in further games.
  • His character appearance, along with his son's, is based on legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee.
  • Every game has Marshall wearing at least one outfit based on various iconic outfits worn by Bruce Lee.
  • Marshall seems to have financial troubles in almost every game, which serves as his motivation for joining the tournaments.
  • In his son's (Forest) Tekken 3 ending, Marshall could not do a "Frogman" (d+3+4). However, in Tekken 4 and Tekken 5 / Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection onwards, he can successfully do it.
  • He has several throws that are in Bruce Lee's movies.
  • In his Tekken 4 ending the name of his restaurant is "Marshall China" but in a trailer for Street Fighter X Tekken the name of the restaurant is "Marshall's Diner"
  • Marshall makes a guest appearance in Urban Reign, another game made by Namco.
  • In the game Pacman World 2, Pacman uses an attack similar to Marshall Law's many somersault flip kicks.
  • In a poll asking Tekken: Who is your favourite character? by DigitalSpy in September 2012, Marshall was voted ninth in the list (4.2%), behind Paul (4.4%) and ahead of Kazuya (4%).[2]
  • Marshall's project name was Law the dragon.[3]


Quotes

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Pre-fight Quotes
I'll break your nose in!
Come and get some! I dare you.
I counting on you.

Street Fighter X Tekken

Pre-fight Win-quote
I'm ready. Fight! I don't care what you are exactly, but bringing weapons to a good-old-fashioned fight is not good!
It's all on the line. So... special lesson fees are applied! You may laugh when you challenge other dojos to a fight, but those who you beat are crying! Think about their feelings!
The ultimate body requires strict training and a simple diet! That's how I've achieved my perfect body! (Vs Bob)
How can you enjoy inflicting pain on others!? I have no idea what's going on inside your head!?
Eddy? The name doesn't ring a bell, sorry. But you know, I may remember, if the price is right!
You're in the twilight of your life, old man. Come on, just part with your cash and give it to someone with a future, like me!
What's with today's youth? Don't you know how to respect your elders!?
Now that you're down, I can start selling off your parts for a good chunk of cash! I bet I can make a tidy profit...
You have your reasons for fighting, but so do I! That's why I can't give up here!
Instead of saving the forest, how about saving the poor! Starting with me! (Vs Julia)
What does a man who's been fighting with his own son for the past decade know about my hardships!?
Hey, so this pro wrestling gimmick, does it rake in the big bucks? I just have to do a couple of kicks and... Hey! Are you listening?
Nice! You'll make this sauce base I've been thinking of a lot more flavorful.
Take it from me kid, get too excited during a fight and you're bound to make a fatal mistake. I guarantee it.
It's like I just saw a ghost or something. Did I eat something weird yesterday...? (Vs himself)
I-I'm not doing anything officer, I swear! Especially nothing that would involve stealing your handcuffs and gun and selling them!
You may have the lion's share of wealth and youth... But I'm stronger! Hah!
Nice fight! Too bad it wasn't recorded. I could've used that for publicity... (Vs Marduk)
I have no money and no social status! So lay off me, lady!
Damn! Having to deal with you took almost everything out of me! I don't wanna go through that again.
Paul, you understand, right!? This is so I can pay off my debts! Forgive me, friend!
Agents like you must know a couple of good jokes, right? Got any to tell me? I need some material to work with...
Please accept my apologies, Steve! I'll pay back this debt some day, I swear!
A kid like you can't begin to understand why us adults have to fight. We all have something we need to fight for!
You seem good with a blade. How about you come to my restaurant and work in my kitchen? We need someone on cutting duty!


Character Relationships

  • Father of Forest Law, whose medical bills are currently his reasons for entering the fifth and sixth tournament.
  • Husband of Mrs. Law.
  • Friend of Paul Phoenix, whom he trained with along Lee Chaolan before the events of the original Tekken.
  • Defeated Baek Doo San in Tekken 2 as he had attacked one of Law's dojos and his students.
  • Friend of Steve Fox, who he teams up with along with Paul during the sixth tournament.
  • Possible rival of Lei Wulong in Tekken 6.

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