Paul Phoenix

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Paul Phoenix
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Origin United-States.png USA
Voiced By Scott McCulloch (T1-T2)
Eric Kelso (T3-T6:BR)
Dave Mallow (T6(ending voice), TTT2)
Mike McFarland (SFxTK)
Kanehira Yamamoto (SFxTK)
Fighting Style Integrated Martial Arts Based on Judo
Age 25 (T1)
27 (T2)
46 (T3)
48 (T4, T5/T5:DR, T6/T6:BR, TTT2)
Blood Type O
Height 187 cm (6' 1 ½")
Weight 99 kg (220 lbs)
Occupation (T1 and T2) Unemployed. He works as a bodyguard or a street fighter to make money
(T3) None.
(T4) Owned a dojo, but it ran out of business due to a lack of students
(T5) None.
Hobby Riding motorcycles and training
Likes Pizza
the smell of gasoline
his best friend and his son
Steve Fox
Marshall Law's cooking
Money
Dislikes Japanese freeways
Kazuya Mishima
the first Kuma
the second Kuma

Introduction

Paul Phoenix (ポール・フェニックス Pōru Fenikkusu) appeared in every Tekken game so far in the series, becoming one of only four characters to do so, sharing the title with Heihachi Mishima, Yoshimitsu, and Nina Williams. A hotheaded and agressive man, Paul is determined to prove that he is the absolute best fighter the world has seen, and this dream expanded into literally trying to prove to the universe that he was the best (something that would jokingly be shown in Tekken 5 where he challenges aliens in his ending). Unable to accept failures in winning, Paul sees Kazuya Mishima as his only true rival in being the best, mainly due to Kazuya being the first one who had fought Paul to a draw. As among one of the most active tournament participants, Paul is quite well-known in all the tournaments he participated in, mainly due to the fact that in all five tournaments that he participated in, he has faced bears. His rivalry with the first Kuma ended with Paul's final victory in the second tournament, while in following tournaments, he faced the second Kuma with the older bear's rivalry, inherited by his son. Training with both Lee Chaolan and Marshall Law prior to the first Tekken, Lee would learn a few moves belonging to Paul such as having his own version of Paul's "Double lift kicks"

A good friend of the Law family, Paul is considered as a close family friend and often accompanies the men of the family in things like excursions or business. He also understands their financial situation, as he himself is also financially challenged in later games. He and Marshall Law are known to commit antics together, something that many characters, reference when encountering Paul at the Scenario Campaign. He is however, in a similar case to Heihachi, is a self-made man, often honing his own talents and enduring the hardships of being poor.

Often regarded as an oaf, Paul can be incredibly barbaric at times, preferring to settle things with his fists rather than thinking things through. This surprisingly gives him the courage to take on opponents such as the bears, and to the point where he even calls Azazel in the Scenario Campaign, a "big lizard". He is also quite determined to win money to the point where he would even resort to underhanded means in order to win fights sometimes. Despite being these flaws, Paul is still known not only for his trademark Phoenix Smasher, but also because of the humor and gags that he provides to Tekken.

His title in the original trilogy is Hot Blooded Martial Artist.

Games in order of appearance:

Other appearances:


History

Tekken

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Paul Phoenix Tekken 1 CG Art Image.
Tekken screenshot: Paul VS Paul.

Gameplay

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Story

Prologue (Manual)
Version 1: He is a hot blooded American hand-to-hand fighter who likes training and knows martial arts. He previously fought Kazuya to a draw and unilaterally considers him to be his rival. He considers his true self to be there all the more when he is fighting and he is taking part in this tournament to look for stronger opponents.
Version 2: Driven to be the best of the best, Paul travels the world in search of the perfect opponent. He is a judo expert but he is skilled in many forms of the Martial Arts. There is only one fighter in this tournament who is ranked on an equal level to Paul. His goal is to eliminate any comparisons.
Ending, "Burning Heart" (Unofficial Synopsis)
Paul is in the training room. He breaks a stack of 3 glass blocks with his fist, and kicks two glass blocks into the air. Next, Paul punches a brick wall that has a drawing of Kazuya on it, destroying it. It ends with a close-up of Paul.

Trivia

  • Paul's ending cutscene shows him performing his "Burning Fist" move with his left arm, while in fact he performs this move with his right arm during gameplay and he can't use it until Tekken 2.


Tekken 2

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Character Portrait: Paul, Tekken 2
Tekken 2 screenshot: Paul VS Paul.

Gameplay

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Story

Prologue (Manual)
Fascinated as a child by "Bear Killer Willy Williams", Paul grew up to be one of the world's renowned fighters. He lost the final round of the last tournament and enters once again with an extreme desire to be the champion.
Prologue (Extended)
Paul has apparently no allegiances to either law enforcement agencies or any known criminal cartels, and has been classed as a low security risk. However his hot-headed nature could yet cause problems. Paul performed well in the first Rave War and although he was the only competitor insane enough to challenge a fully grown bear and win, he was defeated by Kazuya in a furious battle that lasted for hours. Shaking his head in disbelief, Paul left the Mishima estate and returned to New York. He found work in the south Bronx as a bouncer, his ego and arrogance led him into numerous confrontations with unsavoury characters; all of whom came off second best to his Judo techniques. After months of punishing streetfighting, throughout the USA, Paul emerges ready for the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2 with overwhelming confidence believing himself to be the strongest fighter in the world. This time, the Tournament belongs to Paul Phoenix!
Ending, "Hammer Fist" (Unofficial Synopsis)
Paul is riding along a mountainside highway on his motorcycle. While on the road, Paul encounters a rockslide, which blocks his path. Paul dismounts his motorcycle and breaks the rock with a single punch.

Trivia

  • In his ending, Marshall Law's ending, and a few artworks for the game show Paul with two earrings in his left ear. Since these earrings haven't been seen since then, one can assume it was an unplanned detail. If considered in a realistic manner, one could say it was a decision Paul made in his youth, which he later took back, or he realized they may be a weakness during a fight.
  • The incomplete backflip, performed by Paul in Marshall Law's ending, later becomes a special move and also a secret win animation for Paul in later installments of the series.


Tekken 3

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Character Portrait: Paul, Tekken 3
Tekken 3 screenshot: Paul VS Paul.


Gameplay

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Story

Prologue (Manual)
Version 1: Paul Phoenix is a fighter who is admired by young kids worldwide. He let victory escape him in the last Tournament, but has since renewed his training with vigor - he won't let victory slip away this time! Even at the age of 46, Paul has no weak spots!
Version 2: WAITING FOR THE BIG ONE. In the last tournament Paul earned the right to fight Kazuya, but a multi-car accident on the expressway prevented Paul from getting to the match on time. He was forced to forfeit. Despite Paul's enviable career, he has yet to win the one tournament that would mark him as being one of the true greats. Last spring he received an unexpected invitation to the '3rd King of the Iron Fist Tournament'. With training still a part of his daily regiment, he is still in peak condition and feels he still has what it takes to win the big one. Now thought to be 46 years old, he still has the eyes of an eagle with the strength and reflexes of a tiger!
Ending, "Winning Run" (Unofficial Synopsis)

Paul is speeding along a freeway, cutting in front of an oil-tanker. An police officer spots him and pulls him over. After much arguing, the officer gives Paul a ticket for speeding. Paul gets angry in a funny way. He kicks the dust and puts his fingers on forehead.

Trivia

  • Paul Phoenix's bosses in the Tekken Force side game are (in order of appearance) Forest Law, Kuma, Jin Kazama, and Heihachi Mishima. Aside from Heihachi, these are also his rivals in Tekken Card Challenge.
  • Paul's ending cutscene, named Winning Run, is also the name of an arcade racing game made by Namco.
  • Paul's stage has a Soul Edge logo on the wall in the background.


Tekken 4

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Character Portrait: Paul, Tekken 4
Tekken 4 screenshot: Paul VS Paul.

Gameplay

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Story

Prologue (In-Game Text)
Paul went undefeated through the entire The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 and was even victorious against Ogre. Swelling with pride, Paul returned home. However, Paul's happy ending was short-lived. Unknown to Paul, Ogre morphed into his second form - True Ogre - and the tournament continued after his departure. Although Paul asserted that he was the true champion of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3, few believed him, and even those that did eventually grew tired of his attitude. Friends and admirers slowly disappeared, and his dojo eventually went out of business from the lack of students. One day, Paul came across a newspaper flyer announcing The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. Burning with the desire to win this Tournament, he decides to give it his all once again to prove that he is the one true champion, once and for all. He had to win!
Epilogue (In-Game Text)
Paul became the undisputed champion of the Tournament and assumed absolute power over the Mishima Zaibatsu. Though Paul inherited the Mishima Zaibatsu's vast fortune, he let others handle the day-to-day affairs of the company. Eventually, his executive position became nothing but a job title. In the end, Abel's total control over him resulting in a life of depravity for Paul. Paul spent his days and nights partying. No trace of his valiant fighting spirit remained.
Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
Paul is walking with a woman after a night of partying. He tells her that they will take a cab home. Paul then turns to the glass behind him to fix his hair. The lights go on in Marshall Dojo and students begin to train. As they train, Paul sees a picture of himself from his 'fighting days' on the wall. The woman, who has found a cab, calls out to Paul but is ignored. The screen turns white. Paul is then shown on his motorcycle. He takes off the red, tinted glasses and tosses them aside, saying: "Ain't my style." Paul then drives out, his fighting spirit renewed.

Trivia

  • Paul's second outfit has him with flat hair, which had not been seen in any other Tekken game. This hairstyle returned in later installations as a customization item.


Tekken 5

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

Gameplay

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Story

Prologue (Manual)
Self-proclaimed 'toughest fighter in the universe'. Paul Phoenix. "This time I'll show them. I'm going to win this tournament!" Paul thought as he tried to contain his excitement about facing off with Kazuya Mishima, a rival he hadn't fought in over twenty years. However, Kuma stood in his way, as always. Paul started out well against Kuma, but soon began to feel desperate because of Kuma's tenacity. Paul realized he had been overconfident when he was dealt a severe blow by Kuma and lost the match. Reflecting on his loss to Kuma, Paul realized that he had forgotten some important lessons and had strayed from the path to becoming a great fighter. He decided to start over again in order to discover that which he had lost. Two months later, Paul entered the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. "I'll win this tournament and prove to everyone that I'm the greatest fighter in the universe!"
Interludes (Unofficial Synopsis)
Stage 4 Kuma: Kuma blocks Paul's way and Paul challenges him. Paul celebrates his victory with a dance while Kuma begs him to save the Mishima Zaibatsu.
Final Stage Jinpachi Mishima: Paul is picking at his ear while Jinpachi gives his speech. Paul tells Jinpachi that he will win in ten seconds. Paul then plans to go to outer space.
Ending, "Judo Practice" (Unofficial Synopsis)
A space colony is shown, which Paul is using to broadcast to the aliens so that he can challenge them. Then, some buildings are shown. Paul is shown throwing a kick. The camera zooms in on a shack that is between the other buildings. Paul is inside this shack. Paul is shown throwing a punch. The camera zooms in on the sign on the top of the shack, which says, "Bring it on ya aliens!" Paul is shown throwing a punch and a kick. A drawing of an alien is taped to a gray brick wall. Paul prepares to punch through the gray brick wall. He successfully does this, and all of the bricks fall to the ground. Paul raises a fist and says, "Yeah! Any time! Any place! Bring it on, ya aliens!" The scene changes to show the space colony. A large number of UFOs approach the space colony.

Trivia

  • Paul has one of the few Tekken 5 epilogues where the game's final boss, Jinpachi Mishima, does not turn to dust.
  • Paul's ending has a reference to his Tekken ending, in which a crudely drawn picture depicting his "nemesis" is stuck onto a wall, which is later smashed by Paul's punch.
  • As of Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Paul is the only character who remains on the ground after performing one of his main throws. This throw is called "Shoulder Pop". The command for this move is (2+4_F+2+4). All of the other characters automatically get up after performing one of their main throws.
  • Paul has two secret win animations in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, giving Paul a total of seven win animations. They are as follows.
    1+2: Paul kneels down, above the head of his unconscious opponent. Then, Paul hits the ground with one of his hands, with his palm striking the ground, three times. Each time, the camera pans outwards slightly. After three strikes, Paul gets up, raises his left arm, looks up towards the sky, and does a kiai.
    3+4: Paul crouches slightly, and then he does a backflip and a kiai. He is unsuccessful, and he lands on his stomach, grunting afterwards. Then, he raises his head and his left arm slightly, while still laying on the ground.


Tekken 6

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

Gameplay

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Story

Prologue (In-Game Text)
Paul Phoenix’s rematch with the bear called “Kuma” was fierce, and though victorious, he was utterly exhausted, leaving him unable to continue the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Unable to collect any prize money from the last tournament, Paul, who was already burdened by his mountain of debt, learns that a new King of Iron Fist Tournament will be held soon. Believing that if he won the tournament, he could finally say goodbye to his loan troubles, Paul deeply thought about ways to increase his chances of winning—participating on his own was out of the question. If he could assemble a team with someone, his chances of winning the prize money would greatly increase. And so he went over his plan with his best friend Marshall Law.
Ending, "Ridiculous Plan" (Unofficial Synopsis)
A narrator states that both Paul and Law "stopped at nothing in their attempt to win the tournament prize money" (as shown by Law having affected Ganryu with the laxative bottle and Paul barricading a door). Both men advanced through the tournament ranks, eventually challenging one another in the finals. But, both men "set the stage" for their match, as everything went "according to their plan".... The scene shifts to a fighting ring, as both Paul and Law prepared to fight (with Paul shouting "Let's get started!" and Law's reply of "Leave it to me...just as we planned". As both men charged each other, Law's kick catches Paul in the face but Paul's punch hits Law in the groin, causing both to fall down. The fight was declared a draw, yet Steve Fox was seen among the spectators, shrugging in confusion.

Trivia

  • Paul's "Item Move" feature in Tekken 6 is the ability to make his hair grow larger ([1]). His second Item Move allows him to hit his opponents with a dojo sign.
  • In Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament, Paul has a pre-fight animation where he ran his hands up his hair. It was not featured in Tekken 4, Tekken 5, and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. However, it is featured in Tekken 6, although the animation for it has changed ([2] and [3]).
  • In the Scenario Campaign mode, Paul is a boss in the West District 13th Avenue.
  • In the opening movie, Paul is shown fighting Bryan Fury.
  • Paul's Stage 1 and Stage 2 opponents in the "Arena" mode are Leo Kliesen and Kazuya Mishima.



Tekken 7

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Spin-Offs and Related Games

Tekken Tag Tournament

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Character Portrait: Paul, Tekken Tag Tournament
Tekken Tag Tournament screenshot: Paul VS Paul.

Gameplay

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Story Tekken Tag Tournament is a non-canonical Tekken game containing no plot.

Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
Paul approaches Kazuya Mishima, and the two of them are about to fight. Kuma appears behind Paul. Paul turns around and punches Kuma, sending him to the ground. Paul turns around to fight Kazuya, but Kazuya is nowhere to be seen now. Disappointed, Paul kicks the floor and walks away. This ending takes place in Ogre's Tekken Tag Tournament stage.

Trivia



Tekken Tag Tournament 2

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

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

Gameplay

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Story (From Wii U Edition)

The Hot-Blooded Martial Artist. He once considered Kazuya Mishima to be his rival, but it's been 20 years since their last match. During that time, Heihachi Mishima's pet, Kuma, became his rival. After his best friend Marshall Law's son, Forest, got into an accident on Paul's motorcycle, he's sunk into enormous debt to cover the repair costs[1].

Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)

Paul, Forest and Marshall are all seen taking a deep breath of air in Alaska. While the trio are walking, Forest spots a bear and thinks that it is Kuma. Marshall explains that it isn't Kuma, but Forest is already closing in on the bear. He hits the bear with a rock, and ends up getting the bear angry as it begins to chase Forest, Paul and Marshall. Paul finally manages to knock the bear back with a Phoenix Smasher allowing Marshall and Forest to cheer for him. It is short-lived however because a larger bear comes to the aid of it's friend. The screen fades to black as Paul screams in fear.

Trivia

  • He has a special tag throw with Bryan. He will perform Kongo Blast and smash the opponent between his Phoenix Smasher and Bryan's Mach Breaker.
  • He has a special tag throw with Kuma, He will perform Push away into Kuma's "Shape-up Hip"
  • He has a special tag throw with Marshall or Forest Law where he will toss the opponent into the air with his Foot Launch allowing Law to hit Dragon's Flight on the opponent in Mid Air.
  • He has a special tag throw with Steve where Paul will hit the opponent (Performing Kongo Blast) to Steve, who Performs Schoolyard Bully.
  • He has a special tag throw with Forest Law. He will perform Kongo Blast and Forest Law will hold the opponent's chest opponent open allowing Paul to Perform Phoenix Smasher, Knocking both Forest and the opponent back.
  • His item move has him do a "Foot Launcher" while he will knock his partner airborne and soon his partner will land on the opponent.
  • He has a special win pose with Marshall when Marshall with perform a somersault kick and Paul will perform one successfully to both of their surprise.
  • He has a special win pose with Kuma where Paul offers a handshake, but quickly withdraws his hand as Kuma would have bitten it
  • When paired with either Forest or Marshall, Paul is able to perform the "Rainbow kick" (ws u 3+4)



Street Fighter X Tekken

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Paul's SFXT artwork image.
Paul and Law

Paul Phoenix has been confirmed as a playable character in the crossover game Street Fighter X Tekken. His official tag partner is Marshall Law ([4]).

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

  • Paul and Law's rivals are Sagat and Dhalsim.
  • Guile is often mistaken for Paul in the game.



Tekken Revolution

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

Paul 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

Shoulder Smash: d+1+2.
Demolition Man: d+4,2:1+2.
Phoenix Bone Breaker: f,F+2:1.
Phoenix Smasher: QCF+2.
Gunba: QCF+1+2.

Videos

Character Trivia

  • Like Heihachi Mishima, Nina Williams, and Yoshimitsu, Paul Phoenix has been in all of the Tekken games.
  • Paul makes a guest appearance in Urban Reign, another game made by Namco, alongside Marshall Law.
  • According to current canon, Kazuya Mishima and Kuma are the only two characters to ever defeat Paul in a tournament. It is very possible that he is one of the "toughest fighters" in the Tekken Universe.
  • Paul sports a scorpion tattoo on his right arm.
  • Paul appeared in the background of a PS3 trailer a few times. [[5]]
  • Paul is currently the only character who has had at least one official match in all the tournaments
  • In a poll asking Tekken: Who is your favourite character? by DigitalSpy in September 2012, Paul was voted the eighth favourite with 4.4% of the votes - ahead of Marshall Law (4.2%) but behind King (5%).[6]
  • Though he doesn't make an actual appearance, Paul is briefly mentioned in the live action Tekken film. While the announcers are hyping up Marshall Law before his Open Call fight against Jin Kazama, one of them mentions that Law defeated Paul in 28 seconds the previous year.


Quotes

Pre-fight Quotes Win Quotes
Osu!
Nothing like a good workout!
Gotcha!
No pain, no gain!

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Pre-fight Win-quote
I'm going for gold. Gotcha!
We're number one!

Street Fighter X Tekken

Pre-fight Win-quote
Best in the universe... Check it out! Even the universe's greatest fighter can't deal with chainsaws and guns! Be careful with that crap next time, will ya!?
Gonna get serious this time! So... special lesson fees are applied! Huh? You like challengin' other dojos to fights? Then why aren't ya at a freakin' dojo, then? Get outta here, girlie!
What kinda business are ya in? Ya make any money from it? Think I could get in on it?
I like fightin' too, y'know... But I ain't the same kind of fighter as you.
No idea who you're talkin' about, toots. I'm bad with rememberin' faces.
Even though I hate your guts, you still got some sweet hair. But aren't ya gettin' too old to fight?
You can try to hit me as much as ya want. A real man only needs ONE knockout punch to finish any fight!
It don't matter if you're a robot or a monster. I'll wreck ya good if you get in my way!
Not bad for a young kid, but you're not good enough to beat the universe's greatest fighter!
Lady, quit yappin' in my ear! I don't understand a word that you're saying!
I gotta admit, you still got the skills, even though that mouth's gonna get you in trouble sooner or later.
Wait, there's some other weirdo runnin' around in a mask? Are they in fashion or somethin' now? (Vs King)
I'm gonna be the best in the freakin' universe! No bear will ever stop me again! Hahaha!
Ya don't move around like I thought ya would. Is that getup a little bit too heavy for ya?
Sorry, bro, but ya know how it goes. There can only be one winner and one loser in this world.
W-w-wait, you're a cop!? Yo man, I didn't do nothin' wrong! You gotta believe me! Here, lemme help you up...
I'm gettin' sick 'n tired of rich chicks like you taking money away from hard-workin' guys like me!
A hard-hitter like you ain't got a chance of beating me! I know too much about your style for you to hoodwink me!
I ain't braggin', but even if ya kill me, you're not gonna get a cent off my darn body!
Nice! I'm the WINNER! ...Right? Ya ain't playin' dead on me, are ya?
You're no substitute for the real thing! Ya don't have the power or the hair to match me! (Vs himself)
Being an entrepreneur is better than working for the man. But bein' free is most important! (Vs Raven)
Heh, you're as tough as they say. How about we sit down and talk business?
Satisfied, kid? Now, get your keister home before I lose my cool.
Huh, that sword looks pretty fancy, dude. Mind if I take it off your hands? I can make a tidy profit off of it.


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