Name Yoshimitsu
Origin None (formerly Japan)
Voiced By Katsuhiro Harada (T1-TTT)
Tomokazu Seki (T4-T7, SFxTK)
Fighting Style Advanced Manji Ninja Arts (卍忍術進化型)
Age Unknown
Blood Type O
Height 178 cm (5' 10")
Weight 75 kg (165 lbs)
Occupation Leader of the Manji Clan
Hobby Watching sumo matches and surfing the net
Likes TV Games
Browsing the Net
Helping the Innocent
Doctor Bosconovitch
his swords "Yoshimitsu" and "Fumaken".
Dislikes Villains
Poor Losers
Bryan Fury
People who harm the innocent
Ganryu (TK1)
Heihachi Mishima



Yoshimitsu (吉光) was originally introduced in Tekken. Due to his unique look and fighting style he has proven popular amongst fans and he has returned for all subsequent sequels, becoming one of only four characters to do so, the others are Paul Phoenix, Nina Williams, and Heihachi Mishima. Additionally, an analogous character bearing the same name, weapon, clan, and background was later carried over into Namco’s Soul Series of fighting games, making his debut in Soul Calibur and once again returning for all of the sequels. This has led fans to speculate about the connection between the two series and the history of the character. Yoshimitsu is one of the most recognisable characters outside of the series even with his ever changing appearance, becoming a Namco Bandai staple.

Yoshimitsu was one of only two characters to carry a weapon in Tekken, the other being Kunimitsu. Though Kunimitsu got the chance to actually use it in gameplay in Tekken 2. In Tekken 6 he gains a second sword and a drastic change in gameplay. Based from win quotes in Street Fighter X Tekken the curse of his sword seems to be of some renown since many fighters such as Jin, Kazuya, Ryu and Akuma all seem to know the curse of his sword while some fighters like Hwoarang also sense supernatural powers within it.

Yoshimitsu's most popular design seems to be his Tekken 3 default outfit, as it has appeared in the most games: Tekken 3, Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken Advance, and Street Fighter X Tekken. The outfit was also used as the design for Yoshimitsu in the 2010 live action Tekken film.

His title in the original trilogy is Mechanized Space Ninja.

See main article, Yoshimitsu, Outfits.

Games in order of appearance:

Other appearances:


Yoshimitsu's CG-art in Tekken
Tekken screenshot: Yoshimitsu VS Yoshimistu


In addition to being the only character to incorporate the use of a weapon into his fighting style, Yoshimitsu is also characterized by his many "spinning" moves, particularly in his kicks, such as 3 Kick Combo (4,4,4) and Zig Zag (3,4). Another defining trait of Yoshimitsu is his usage of moves that will make him dizzy and send him falling to the ground if performed all the way through (B+1,1,1,1,1,1 Stone Fist and D/B+3,3,3,3,3 Crouching Spinning Kick).


Prologue (Non-Official)
Yoshimitsu is the leader of the Manji Clan, a group of ninjas that steal from the rich and give to the poor. He enters the 1st Tournament to rob Ganryu's of his ill gotten gains and return it to the poor.
Ending Description
Yoshimitsu along with follow Manji clan members ride through a slum on horseback. Yoshimitsu is opens a box and empties it of it's contents, Ganryu's ill gotten gains. Onlookers rejoice. Marshall Law, his wife and young son, Forest Law are overjoyed and wave goodbye to the strangers as they ride off in to the distance.


  • Yoshimitsu is Ganryu's stage 8 sub-boss.
  • Ganryu is Yoshimitsu's stage 8 sub-boss.
  • In the game manual, he is referred to as "Space Ninja".
  • Yoshimitsu is the first character to have a 10 Hit Combo that incorporates Unblockable moves. At a count of three, it is also the one to feature the most of them.

Yoshimitsu's CG-art in Tekken 2
Tekken 2 screenshot: Yoshimitsu VS Yoshimistu


Yoshimitsu's fighting style incorporates a blend of ninjutsu, sword attacks, and special stances. In addition to performing slashes with his sword and using it to impale his opponent, he can now rotate it with his mechanical left hand in a windmill manner (he can also use this method to fly). Another use of his sword is in "Harakiri" moves, where he impales himself and his opponent with it, damaging them both. He has many stances. One is "Meditation", where he turns his back to his opponent and heals himself. A variation of this is "Indian Stance", where he heals himself while sitting Indian style. Another of his stances is "Manji Dragonfly", where he rotates his sword and his mechanical left hand to levitate in midair. He also has a "Flea" stance, where he stands on his sword by placing the tip into the ground and wrapping his hands and feet around the hilt.


Prologue (Non-Official)
The scientist Bosconovitch, who once saved Yoshimistu's life, has been abducted by Kazuya Mishima. Yoshimitsu will stop at nothing to rescue Bosconovitch. To do so, he has entered the tournament.
Ending Description
Yoshimitsu attacks a helicopter escaping with the abducted Bosconovitch. He jumps onto the helicopter and breaks through the wind shield in to the cockpit. Yoshimitsu grabs Doctor Bosconovitch and jumps out of the helicopter, gliding them both to safety as the helicopter explodes in the distance.


Yoshimitsu's CG-art in Tekken 3
Tekken 3 screenshot: Yoshimitsu VS Yoshimistu


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Prologue (Non-Official)
Boskonovitch created the Cold Sleep machine during his experiments in his search for eternal life. The technology, still unproven, was used to preserve his young daughter, who suddenly passed away. Yoshimitsu raised research funds, and as the leader of the Manji party, he helped the poor and disadvantaged. Yoshimitsu visited Boskonovitch when he learned of the many martial artist disappearances. Yoshimitsu was surprised to find Boskonovitch suffering from a mysterious pathological organism. It's believed to have been contracted during lab experiments while making the Cold Sleep machine. Boskonovitch claims he needs blood from Ogre to live. Indebted to Boskonovitch for saving his life, Yoshimitsu enters the tournament to help an old friend.
Ending Description
Yoshimitsu and Boskonovitch having secured a vile of Ogre's blood must first test it on a lab rat. The caged rat takes a sip of the blood while Yoshimitsu and Doctor Boskonovitch watch and wait in anticipation. Moments later the rats eyes begin to glow. Yoshimitsu flees the mansion, holding Doctor Boskonovitch under one of his arms. The rat, now gigantic, bursts through the building.


Yoshimitsu's CG-art in Tekken 4
Tekken 4 screenshot: Yoshimitsu VS Yoshimistu


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Prologue (In-Game Text)
As the leader of the Manji Party, Yoshimitsu dedicated himself to providing food, medical assistance, and shelter to the ever-increasing number of political refugees around the world. Unfortunately, with a constant lack of necessary funding and manpower, Yoshimitsu was unsure about the future of his organization.When Yoshimitsu heard about The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, he envisioned a union between the Manji Party and the Mishima Zaibatsu. With this dream in mind, Yoshimitsu decides to enter the Tournament immediately. He must defeat Heihachi Mishima at any cost.
Epilogue (In-Game Text)
When word of victory reached the Manji Clan, they were ecstatic--their long-awaited wish would finally come true... Yoshimitsu, however, knew better than to trust Heihachi Mishima. Yoshimitsu gave an order to his clan members and headed to the Mishima Manor.
Ending Description
Yoshimitsu confronts Heihachi Mishima, surrounded by bodyguards. Heihachi proclaims "You may have won the tournament... But I will never hand over Mishima Zaibatsu to the Manji Party! You Manji are nothing but a bunch of con artists. You incite the masses with your false promises--and get in our way." The bodyguards draw their guns. Yoshimitsu replies, "Those who tread the path of evil shall face judgment eventually." Heihachi begins to laugh only to be interrupted by a voice over an intercom, "Someone has broken into the central treasury vault! Sir, the Manji have lifted the entire vault with a helicopter!" "What?!... You! Shoot him!" A flurry of bullets ricochet off of Yoshimitsu's body armor. A smoke screen suddenly envelopes the room, allowing Yoshimitsu to escape through the roof of the building. "After him!" Heihachi looks on, "Damn you!"


  • Yoshimitsu is Bryan Fury's sub-boss.
  • Bryan Fury is Yoshimitsu's sub-boss.
  • Since Tekken 4, Yoshimitsu has been voiced by Tomokazu Seki.

Yoshimitsu's CG-art in Tekken 5
CG-art in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
Tekken 5 screenshot: Yoshimitsu VS Yoshimistu


Yoshimitsu has a special move that only works when fighting Bryan Fury. The move is an imitation of Bryan's Fury Taunt, Yoshimitsu will lift his knee and wave his fist, but instead of laughing like Bryan, he spews Bad Breath from his mouth.


Prologue (Official, In-game)
Yoshimitsu, head of the Manji Party and Helpful Ninja. During the King Of Iron Fist Tournament 4 he rescued an injured Bryan Fury and taken him to Dr Boskonovitch's lab. When Yoshimitsu arrive at Boskonovitch's lab he found the doctor and his colleagues dead. This was a thanks to Bryan. "I will never forgive him for what's he done," says Yoshimitsu. He learns Bryan entered the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Yoshimitsu shines up his sword and enters the fight.
Stage 4, Raven: Raven accuses Yoshimitsu of not being a real Ninja to which he challenges Raven and calls him a wannabe ninja. Raven proclaims he will not lose the fight. If the player loses, Raven will try to teach Yoshimitsu the hand signs of his style of ninjutsu with humorous results such as Raven kicking Yoshimitsu in the shin, stating "You got it all wrong!" about to smack Yoshimitsu's head, proclaiming "No! You're hopeless!" If the player wins, Yoshimitsu does one of his win animations.
Stage 7, Bryan Fury: Yoshimitsu finds Bryan and defeats him. He is about to deliver the final blow before Bryan runs away and Yoshimitsu in pursuit.
Final Stage, Jinpachi: Yoshimitsu walks through Final Stage 2. Jinpachi (in human form) walks up behind him and says, "I'm impressed that you've made it this far. I am Jinpachi Mishima. My goal... My goal is to destroy all existence!" Shortly after Jinpachi starts to speak, Yoshimitsu turns around and notices him. After he finishes speaking, Jinpachi transforms into his "Demonic" form.
Ending Description
Bryan Fury is walking towards a destroyed and burning building with a gatling gun. He notices something and starts shooting wildly. Yoshimitsu appears, dodging a cascade of bullets then disappears. Bryan stops his berate. Suddenly, Yoshimitsu reappears from above, slicing through Bryan with his sword. Bryan screams in agony as he explodes. Yoshimitsu proclaims, "Retribution."


  • Raven and Bryan Fury are Yoshimitsu's sub-boss.
  • Yoshimitsu can be customized to look like his Tekken 3 Player 1 incarnation (T5:DR only).
  • When successfully performing the "kamikaze feint" move, a distinct "oops" can be heard afterward.

Yoshimitsu's CG-art in Tekken 6 (arcade)
CG-art in Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion and Tekken 6 console versions
Tekken 6 screenshot: Yoshimitsu VS Yoshimitsu


Yoshimitsu has gone under the most drastic change regarding his play style, compared to the other characters. The canon explanation for this is that his sword is now losing power, forcing him to use a new fighting style, Kenjutsu from the Manji clan; this includes both dual sword fighting and pure fist fighting. Yoshimitsu's sword attacks used to be unblockable, however, in Tekken 6, some of them can actually be blocked ([1] [2]).


Prologue (In-Game Text)
Trying to avenge his fallen Manji clan comrades, while going after Bryan Fury, Yoshimitsu realizes that his sword is weakening. His sword is a cursed blade. By killing evil doers and villains the sword would retain its power, otherwise the cursed sword will make the user go insane. Yoshimitsu realizes that he can no longer use his old sword and decides to use another blade called Fumaken, that seals the properties of the cursed sword. He then decides to enter The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6.
Ending Description
Yoshimitsu defeats Azazel and retrieves the last remnant from his body, an orb. As Yoshimitsu surveys it, the orb begins to levitate then circles around him and merges with his sword. It's great power begins corrupting the sword and poisoning Yoshimitsu. Yoshimitsu has succumbed to his cursed blade and slashes the great temple in half.

Yoshimitsu's CG-art in Tekken 7


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Story (Official Webstite)

With Heihachi reinstated as the CEO of the Mishima Zaibatsu, Yoshimitsu sensed something bad was afoot, and so entered the King of Iron Fist Tournament as way of confirming his suspicions.

His infiltration point would be the Mishima dojo. It seemed like the perfect location for collecting intelligence, and even though the building would act as the arena for his tournament match, Yoshimitsu approached from the air just in case.

When he entered the Mishima dojo, the place looked as though it had been hit by a typhoon.

Waiting for Yoshimitsu in the gloom was a charming young martial artist. Yoshimitsu couldn't say for sure, but he thought he seemed a little "tense...". Though his looks were enchanting, he also seemed dangerous, so Yoshimitsu braced himself for battle.


After defeating Leo, Yoshimitsu realizes that Leo has stopped breathing, and begins applying pressure to his opponent's chest.

Leo is barely able to regain consciousness, but as Yoshimitsu makes frantic efforts of relief to tell Leo to get some rest, Leo knees Yoshimitsu's groin.

Leo then flees shouting that a weird octopus man is after her.


  • The final slash in Yoshimitsu's rage art, is the same slash he used to finish Bryan off in Yoshimitsu's Tekken 5 ending.
  • His character design was made by Kenichirou Yoshimura.
  • According to Harada, Yoshmitsu's new battle suit was created from Bosconovitch's Research Labs based on Aquatic Animals biotechnology.

Spin-offs and Related Games

Yoshimitsu's CG-art in Tekken Tag Tournament
Tekken Tag Tournament screenshot: Yoshimitsu VS Yoshimistu


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

Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
Yoshimitsu and Kunimitsu stare at each other in fighting stances, preparing to fight. They then charge toward each other. Yoshimitsu creates clones of himself to confuse her. After that, they slice through each other. However, only Kunimitsu was affected and she falls on the ground. Yoshimitsu then does one of his win animations. This ending takes place in Yoshimitsu-A stage.


  • Kunimitsu is Yoshimitsu's stage 8 sub-boss.
  • This is the last Tekken game where Katsuhiro Harada voices Yoshimitsu.

Yoshimitsu's CG-art in Tekken Tag Tournament 2


Yoshimitsu's moveset is the same as in Tekken 6 counterpart, with the addition of a few more moves.


Yoshimitsu was following Bryan Fury in order to take revenge for his friend, when he noticed that the Spirit Sword Yoshimitsu was becoming more wild. The Spirit Sword, by its very nature, was in continuous pursuit of blood and drove its owner to lunacy. Yoshimitsu had been suppressing the sword's power by supplying it the blood of the malicious and evil. However, recently he had been having trouble maintaining that balance. If he kept going as he was, there was a chance the sword may have left him to seek another owner and gone on a rampage of death. In order to prevent this, Yoshimitsu attained the Fuumaken, a sword with the ability to contain evil. At the same time, in order to return the Spirit Sword's energy to normal, he joined The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6, where evil energy was collected.

(From Wii U Edition)

On a mission to help the world's poor, Yoshimitsu is the leader of the Manji Clan of chivalrous thieves. Failing to steal the secret to Dr. Bosconovitch's perpetual generator and losing his left arm in the process, he gained an artificial limb with the help of the perpetual general and now aids Dr. Bosconovitch in his research. He harbors an unadulterated hatred for Bryan Fury, after he murdered his clansmen and escaped the research laboratory, for which he still vows to take revenge[1].


Yoshimitsu is seen hiding behind a pillar about to ambush Bryan however Bryan senses him and attempts to attack him with a laser gun. Bryan continuously fires the gun to try and attack Yoshimitsu, who deflects all his shots with his sword. Later Bryan manages to fire straight at Yoshimitsu, but Yoshimitsu charges straight for him deflecting the gun's blast with the sword. He finally manages to slice Bryan in half and cause an explosion saying "You reap what you sow".


  • His item move has him slash the air, where the vacuum of air will hit the opponent.

Yoshitmitsu's artwork in Street Fighter X Tekken
Yoshimitsu vs Dhasim


Yoshimitsu will be featured in the Street Fighter X Tekken crossover game.


As the leader of the "Robin Hood" style ninja group known as the Manji Clan, Yoshimitsu hears a strange ringing sound throughout the night, as if it was calling for something. Yoshimitsu wonders if his demonic sword is resonating with from the people now in the Antarctic who are in pursuit of Pandora. He sets out for the frozen continent in order to appease the appetite of his cursed sword

Yoshimitsu: (I fear for what is about to happen. To do this alone, I cannot.)

Yoshimitsu hires the services of Raven to watch over him should he lose control of the demonic sword. However, Raven only on the condition that the mission play out according to his rules.

Raven: Alright Yoshimitsu I'll show you how a real ninja get's things done.

Yoshimitsu: (Hah! How absurd! I like it!)

Rival Battle

As Balrog and Vega are walking Raven tells Yoshimitsu his plan but before he can finish Yoshimitsu attacks Balrog and Vega but Raven kicks him and starts shouting why he didn't follow the plan(to which Yoshimitsu jokingly states that he wants to be honorable)


When the two finally get the box Yoshimitsu had now gone insane(as hinted because his eyes were now red). Yoshimitsu attacks Raven who teleports on top of the box. but failed to realize that it had opened. It then closed with Raven inside and Yoshimitsu is later seen carrying the box with Raven shouting to let him out.


It is revealed that Yoshimitsu went insane so that he could unleash all the demonic energy from his sword. With his sword now calm he planned on using Pandora to help the Manji Clan but he goes off to look for it after the box suddenly disappears.


  • Yoshimitsu appears in his Tekken 3 costume, not seen since Tekken Tag Tournament.
  • His mask from the very first Tekken game can be seen at one of the trucks at Pit stop 109
  • Yoshimitsu is the only character who has been voiced only in Japanese.

Other Media

Gary Stearns as Yoshimitsu.

"Yoshimitsu. Master swordsman. A true samurai warrior." - Kazuya

Story (Unofficial Synopsis)

Yoshimitsu is featured in the live-action Tekken movie as one of the Iron Fist tournament's competitors, portrayed by actor and stuntman Gary Stearns. He is pitted against Jin Kazama in the tournament. To make it more of a fair fight, Jin is allowed to use a weapon of his own, a naginata. After eventually disarming one another, Yoshimitsu goes berserk on Jin, hitting him with numerous punches and kicks. Having Jin floored, Yoshimitsu retrieves his sword and prepares to finish him off. However, a distraction caused by Heihachi lashing out against Kazuya's takeover and activating a security alert allows Jin to recall training advice from his mother ("Destroy the mask of death, and you will see there is nothing behind it to fear."), which gives him the strength to counter Yoshimitsu's offense and deliver a powerful right-handed strike directly to his face, securing a victory for Jin and nearly killing Yoshimitsu. Despite his loss, Yoshimitsu is shown to have done serious damage to Jin, temporarily dislocating his left shoulder and leaving Christie and Steve to carry him out of the arena together when The Jackhammers are detaining the Iron Fist fighters. This fight serves as inspiration for Kazuya to make the rest of the tournament's fights under his command "to the death".


  • Like in Tekken 1, Yoshimitsu seems to be completely human in this film.
  • His mask appears to be based off his Tekken 3 incarnation.
  • During his battle with Jin, one of the announcers calling the action credits Yoshimitsu with being a past Iron Fist champion, although in the games, Yoshimitsu has yet to win any of the tournaments.

Minor Appearances

Tekken: The Motion Picture

Tekken Forever

Tekken: Tatakai no Kanatani

Tekken (2010 Film)


Character Trivia

  • Yoshimitsu was voiced by Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada from Tekken until Tekken Tag Tournament, and in Tekken 4 and onwards he was voiced by Tomokazu Seki, who also voiced Bryan Fury in Street Fighter X Tekken.
  • Yoshimitsu is an assumed name which is given to all the leaders of the Manji Clan.
  • The blade wielded by Yoshimitsu is also called "Yoshimitsu".
  • Yoshimitsu is the only character to gain a new appearance in every subsequent title of the main series.
  • Yoshimitsu is human despite his left mechanical arm from Tekken 2 onward.
  • Yoshimitsu's sword is strong enough to cut stone in half (as seen in Kunimitsu's Tekken 2 ending)
  • Like Heihachi Mishima, Nina Williams, and Paul Phoenix, Yoshimitsu has been featured in every canonical Tekken title.
  • Yoshimitsu was the first one to say an actual phrase in the series. In one of his Tekken 3 winning poses, he is heard chanting a fragment of the Heart Sutra: "Shiki soku ze kuu".
  • Yoshimitsu is a bonus character in Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis, for the Playstation, alongside fellow Namco characters, including Richard Miller (from Time Crisis), Pac-Man, Reiko Nagase, and fellow Tekken characters Heihachi Mishima and Eddy Gordo.
  • Yoshimitsu and Kunimitsu (along with Mokujin, Combot, and Unknown when mimicking either of them) are the only playable characters who use a weapon by default.
  • Yoshimitsu is able to spit out noxious gas, teleport, turn invisible, run at an amazing speed, and able to fly if he rotates his sword.
  • Yoshimitsu rivals in Tekken Card Challenge are Paul Phoenix, Doctor Boskonovitch, and Heihachi Mishima.
  • Yoshimitsu's Tekken 3 "energy sword" is an unlockable tennis racket in Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis
  • In a poll asking Tekken: Who is your favourite character? by DigitalSpy in September 2012, Yoshimitsu was fourth-best in the list acclaiming 6.1% of the votes - ahead of Ling Xiaoyu (5.6%) but behind Jin (7.3%).[3]
  • Yoshimitsu's left hand is a prosthetic.


Street Fighter X Tekken

Pre-fight Quotes Win Quotes
(The battle begins...) (Crafted by the good doctor himself, you must be! His fine attention to detail, I notice vividly!)
(Disappear with the dew of my sword!) (Monster, you dare call the leader of the Manji clan!? Unforgivable!)
(Your speed, your frame betrays! The result of your hard training, is it?)
(No matter how many times I cut you down, it is simply not enough!)
(Eddy? That name I do not know.) (Vs Christie)
(Your sinful ways, for how long will you hold on to them?)
(Necessary, strength is. But finely crafted techniques, you have forgotten.)
(How magnificent this world is! A man of valor, now steel!) (Vs JACK-X)
(With your inner demons, still in conflict are you? Too late to help, am I?)
(My sword, you wish to examine!? Inexcusable!)
(Your family affairs, kept in private they should be. Witness your family's follies, we won't see.)
(Mere bluff, that mask is! Pitiful!) (Vs King)
(Wish to join the Manji clan's animal surveillance corps, do you? Yes?)
(Young one... To lose sight of your goal now, you cannot. Continue to fight, you must...)
(To repay all one's debts in a single stroke... Hmm, yes... Only more debts, does that lead to...) (Vs Law)
(The people who require your protection, you cannot hope to save.)
(Deceiving, your appearance is. Stronger than you look, you are.)
(Power used merely for show... No worth that has to me...) (Vs Marduk)
(An assassin, you are? Assassinate a young, squealing duck, you could not!)
(Any further use of your blood, I have not... However... To allow you to survive... I cannot...)
(A mere dream, your hopes of becoming the greatest fighter in the universe are.)
(Superior, my ninja arts are! Into the very fiber of your being, I shall drill that notion!)
(Nicely honed, your technique is. But brittle a sword becomes after too much sharpening.)
(Tainted by the evil spirit, you are not. No further use of you, I have...)
(Take my appearance, you do! Impossible! From the Manji village, are you!?) (Vs himself)

Character Relationships