- This article is about the second Kuma. For the first, see Kuma I.
|Fighting Style||Heihachi Style Advanced Kuma Shin Ken|
|Age|| 8 (18-20 years old in terms of the human) (T3) |
10 (T4, T5/T5:DR, T6/T6:BR, TTT2)
|Height|| 280 cm (9' 2") (T3, TTT) |
235 cm (7' 9") (SFxTK)
|Weight||210 kg (463 lbs)|
|Occupation||Heihachi Mishima's bodyguard (T3), Tekken Force Operative (T7:FR)|
|Hobby||Training and cooking salmon|
|Likes|| His father|
|Dislikes|| Black and white TVs (difficult to see)|
Bear related foods
Kuma (クマ, lit. "Bear") was first introduced in Tekken 3, and returned for all subsequent games. He replaced his father, starting with the third tournament.
Continuing his father's rivalry, Kuma would inherit his father's rival, Paul Phoenix, and the two would continue on fighting each other, carrying on from the original Kuma. Upon his loss in the third tournament however, he realized the necessity of taking his training to another level. Through this, he immediately left the Mishima Estate in order to train in the wilderness. Described as the harshest training regimen he received, Kuma pushed himself to limits with the wild, but his addiction to television would lead him to the announcement of the fourth tournament, and his inevitable match with Paul once more.
In the fourth tournament, he finally achieved victory over Paul, but much to the bear's surprise, Heihachi was no longer in control of the zaibatsu, leading to Kuma's desire to reclaim the corporation for his master. In the process, he would fight with Paul once more, this time on the losing end. Despite his loss, Kuma still continued to the corporation's headquarters. Surprisingly, he would meet it's new head, Jin Kazama, and he was immediately banished to the Hokkaido wilderness. Burning with a new rage, Kuma immediately set out with the desire to defeat Jin.
Kuma is considerably more of a joke character compared to Panda and his father. It is unknown how he met Panda (presumably when Heihachi was teaching them Kuma Shin Ken), but he has always had a very unrequited but humorous love for her. This jokingly leaves him on the receiving end of her attacks, and the concern of her owner, Xiaoyu.
Despite leaving him in the fourth tournament, Kuma is still devoted and loyal to Heihachi, though, in recent adaptations, Kuma and Heihachi's love for one another has been put into question. The first example occurred in Tekken 4 when Heihachi attempted to cheat Kuma out of the Zaibatsu in his ending.
His title in the original trilogy is Raging Bear.
Games in order of appearance:
- Tekken 3 (1997)
- Tekken Card Challenge (1999)
- Tekken Tag Tournament (1999)
- Tekken 4 (2001)
- Tekken 5 (2004)
- Tekken 6 (2007)
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (2011)
- Tekken 3D Prime Edition (2012)
- Tekken Revolution (2013) 
- Tekken 7 (2017)
- Street Fighter X Tekken (2012)
- Prologue (Manual)
- The first Kuma died of old age during its travels with Heihachi. Its child, also named Kuma, became Heihachi's second pet.
- This Kuma is smarter than its father, and a good bodyguard for Heihachi. One day, when it was absorbed in watching TV, it suddenly went wild at the sight of a martial artist with a scarlet go-gi. It was Paul Phoenix!
- Kuma has trained since that day to defeat Paul in battle. It doesn't think anything of the God of Fighting, only of defeating Paul.
- By the way, Kuma is secretly in love with Xiaoyu's Panda.
- Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
- Kuma is waiting outside of the gate of Mishima Polytechnical School. Ling Xiaoyu and Panda are leaving the building. As they walk out of the gate, Kuma offers Panda a bouquet of flowers; Panda, however, has not noticed and continues to walk past him with Xiaoyu. Kuma continues to stand there, even until the end of the scene.
- Kuma is unlocked by beating the game once.
- Kuma's bosses in the Tekken Force side game in Tekken 3 are (in order of appearance) Panda, Ling Xiaoyu, Paul Phoenix, and Heihachi Mishima.
- Prologue (In-Game Text)
- After losing to Paul Phoenix in the last Tournament, Kuma realized that he had lost touch with his animal roots. As long as he was Heihachi's pet, he would be unable to harness the power of his natural instincts, no matter how much he trained. Determined to revive his wild instincts, Kuma trained by himself in the mountains of Hokkaido (a northern island of Japan). Life in the wilderness was more brutal than any training Kuma went through with Heihachi. Despite this, Kuma continued his harsh regimen because he burned with the desire to defeat Paul. His efforts paid off- his skills improved dramatically to the point where he developed his own attacks. One thing Kuma could not get rid of, however, was his habit for watching television. He went down to the village every so often to watch TV through the windows of the villagers' houses, much to the surprise of the villagers. After waking from hibernation during his second year of training, Kuma went down to the village as usual to watch some TV. When he looked through the window of one house, he saw a commercial announcing The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. Kuma's instincts raged for battle, and he headed for the tournament site. Paul would be at the Tournament without a doubt, and Kuma was determined to defeat him.
- Epilogue (In-Game Text)
- After defeating Paul and winning the Tournament, Kuma set his sight on a new goal. 'Grrr... I'm gonna try my paw at corporate management!'
- Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
- Kuma has won the Tournament and the Mishima Zaibatsu. During a ceremony, Kuma is signing some documents (by placing his paw print on it) that will officially hand the Zaibatsu to him (the documents have pictures of Heihachi's head with an arrow pointing to Kuma's head). The last paper is just the opposite of all the others; when Kuma reaches it, Heihachi smiles, as this means that Heihachi will get the Zaibatsu back from Kuma. Kuma, realizing this, places his paw mark on Heihachi's face rather than on the document, thus outsmarting Heihachi.
- Kuma becomes playable in by beating the game seven times, or as soon as you complete Story Mode with Ling Xiaoyu.
- In the mini-game "Tekken Force," Kuma (or Panda) is the boss for the second stage, the "Jungle" stage.
- Prologue (In-Game Text)
- Kuma, loyal pet of Heihachi. Kuma finally defeated Paul in the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. However, his master Heihachi was dead. Kuma was alone without Heihachi. Then he realized the Mishima Zaibatsu was in trouble he knew what he must do "Grr! (I Must save the Zaibatsu!)" When Kuma reached headquarters he heard someone was taken controll and announced the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Kuma vows revenge to save the Zaibatsu for his master and enters the tournament.
- Interludes (Unofficial Synopsis)
- Stage 4 Ling Xiaoyu: Kuma fights Xiaoyu who tells him to move on. Kuma wins and claims it was because of the "power of love" before running to save the Mishima Zaibatsu.
- Stage 7 Paul Phoenix: Kuma meets Paul and asks him to leave before defeating Paul who yells "dammit."
- Final Stage Jinpachi Mishima: Kuma 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, Kuma turns around and notices him. After he finishes speaking, Jinpachi transforms into his "Devil" form.
- Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
- Kuma is reading something on a piece of paper. After he finishes reading it, he places his paw print on it. Suddenly, Lee Chaolan runs into the room and says that Heihachi Mishima wishes to see him. Lee asks Kuma how he would like to proceed. Kuma replies, "Bring him here". Lee allows Heihachi to enter the room. Heihachi enters the room and congratulates him for protecting the Mishima Zaibatsu for him. A couple of seconds later, a closeup of Kuma's eyes is shown. Kuma presses a circular red button on his desk. A trapdoor opens underneath Heihachi, and Heihachi falls down into the hole. Lee gives Kuma a "thumbs-up" gesture with one of his hands. Then, one of Kuma's servants offers him a fish. Kuma opens his mouth to eat the fish, but before Kuma can eat the fish, Heihachi manages to climb back up the hole and press a triangular blue button that is right next to the circular red button, sending Kuma, his chair, and his fish into the hole. Heihachi begins to climb out of the hole, saying, "Damn Kuma and his worthless hide... As long as there's a breath left in my body, I won't let you do as you please!" Lee gives Heihachi Mishima a "thumbs-up" gesture with one of his hands.
- Kuma's sub-bosses in Tekken 5 / Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection are Ling Xiaoyu and Paul Phoenix.
- In Tekken 5 he is unlocked by beating story mode 6 times with different characters.
- Prologue (In-Game Text)
- Kuma barely lost to Paul in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Since the death of his master, Heihachi Mishima, Kuma was convinced that he was the only one who could save the Mishima Zaibatsu. With great resolve, he set out for the Mishima Zaibatsu headquarters, only to find Jin Kazama--the new leader of the Zaibatsu--waiting there for him. Jin unleashed a pummeling against Kuma, then dropped him from a helicopter into the plains of Hokkaido. Despite the tremendous fall, Kuma survived and traversed the vast plains in search of the Mishima Zaibatsu headquarters. This time, he was determined to defeat Jin and take his place as the rightful successor at the Mishima Zaibatsu.
- Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
- Kuma has tied up Jin and Kazuya in a rocket. He succeeds in letting the both into outer space. Kuma starts to cheer while moving his hands up and down causing him to put a hole in his spacesuit causing him to fly into outer space along with Jin and Kazuya. The trio catches on fire because of gravity and plunge into the Earth while they turn into sparkles. Ganryu is then seen watching them.
- In the Scenario Campaign side game in Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion, there are some Kuma bears that are an obstacle that you must fight.
- Kuma's "Item Move" feature in Tekken 6 is the ability to strike his opponent with a fish, which stays attached to his back until he uses it. ().
- In the Scenario Campaign of Tekken 6, Kuma is a boss at the North Nature Park.
- Kuma's Item moves include hitting his opponents with a salmon and dancing while hitting his opponent at the same time.
- Kuma's Stage 1 and Stage 2 opponents in Scenario Campaign's "Arena" mode are Panda and Paul Phoenix.
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Story (Official Website)
The Mishima Zaibatsu dispatched Kuma, along with the Tekken Force, to the Philippines on the pretext of helping out with relief efforts after a monstrous typhoon. With the Zaibatsu's financial clout behind them, Kuma and the soldiers visited the stricken areas, gaining the trust of the locals. Before long, local youths, jobless after the disaster, came forward asking to join the Tekken Force. A recruitment test was quickly established and many young hopefuls went to the test location deep in the jungle.
Unbeknownst to them, the final test was a fight against none other than Kuma himself! Some buckled under the pressure and quit, others were eliminated, but in the end one candidate remained: an athletic young woman.
However, the girl took one look at Kuma and burst into tears! Kuma felt bad but attacked anyway in order to complete his assignment.
Kuma defeats Josie but is still impressed with her performance. He decides to let her join his team once she wakes up.
Once she does wake up, however, she is still terrified by Kuma, and backs away, pleading that for him not to eat her. Kuma, however, growls "Why would I eat you !?". In her fright, Josie faints, causing Kuma to instead reconsider her potential.
- One of Kuma's new win poses has him mimic Lars's "We have injured. Send a medic." win pose.
- Another one of Kuma's new intro poses has him mimic one of Bryan's new intro poses added in Fated Retribution, albeit with a fish instead of a construction beam.
Spin-Offs and Related Games
If teamed with Heihachi Mishima, Kuma and Panda will be able to perform Heihachi's "Demon's Boar (b+2)" move.
Tekken Tag Tournament is a non-canonical Tekken game containing no plot.
- Heihachi Mishima sits on the ground and claps his hands together while Kuma dances. They are in Jin Kazama's second Tekken Tag Tournament stage (the stage is called "Jin-B").
- Kuma's Stage 7 sub-boss is Paul Phoenix.
Kuma will be featured as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Story (From Wii U Edition)
First his late father, and now Kuma is Heihachi Mishima's loyal pet and bodyguard. He has a fierce rivalry against Paul Phoenix through the King of Iron Fist Tournament. His loyalty to Heihachi drives him to want to save the Mishima Zaibatsu, so he's currently trying to reclaim it from Jin Kazama.
- Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
Kuma is seen taking poses with two girls from Mishima Polytechnic in an amusement park. While enjoying his time, and not minding the girls' comments that Kuma was actually just a guy in a costume rather than a real bear, Kuma soon spots Panda. He goes on a rampage in the amusement park, looking for her. Though he finds her, Panda promptly knocks out Kuma. As soon as he wakes up, Kuma then grabs a panda, but it simply turns out to be a man in a panda suit. He then cries loudly in failure as the terrified man runs away in fear.
- He and Panda no longer share a character space and can be paired together. He also has a special win pose with her: Kuma rushes to Panda, but she immediately punches him ().
- He has a special tag throw with Heihachi. Kuma will perform a "Rock'n'Roll Circus" on his opponent and after throwing them Heihachi will grab the opponent and powerbomb them ().
- He has special tag throw with Panda when he will perform "Bear's Bite" and Panda grabs the opponent and performs "Bear Slam".
- His item move has him charge for the opponent while riding a log.
- When paired with Heihachi, Kuma will receive Heihachi's "Demon's Boar".
- He and Panda have a special continue screen where Kuma will be seen crying on the ground before Panda hits him with a fully-charged "Salmon Hunter".
Kuma will be featured as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken, an crossover game between the Tekken and Street Fighter franchises.
Story (Official Site)
A ferocious bear who uses a variation of the Heihachi Mishima style of karate. He is more than a mere pet to Heihachi, and stands as sort of a partner with him. When Jin was in control of the Mishima Zaibatsu, Kuma rescued the company in Heihachi's stead. He has also sat on the Mishima Zaibatsu's board of directors but lost control of the leadership to Jin. Filled with the desire for revenge, he reunites with his master Heihachi and heads to the Antarctic.
Story (In-Game Text)
After Heihachi learns that both Kazuya and Jin are headed to the Antarctic in pursuit of Pandora, he devises a plot to foil both their plans. However, Heihachi also learns that Pandora will only react when a large number of powerful fighters begin to fight amongst each other. Heihachi worries about finding fighters who could match him in strength in order to trigger a reaction. Then without warning, Kuma, who is also trying to control the Mishima Zaibatsu, shows up.
Kuma: (Jin! I know you're there come out now!)
Heihachi: Kuma! I didn't realize you were here!
Kuma: (H-Heihachi! It was you all along!)
Heihachi: It's been too long, friend!
While infuriated with Jin's actions, Kuma is pleased at the sight of his old master and decides to travel with him.
Heihachi: When the dust settles, I shall be victorious!
As Heihachi and Kuma walk they see Guile (whose hair, Heihachi remarks is weird) and Abel. As Guile and Abel notice them, they start walking towards them with Abel giving Kuma a strange stare. Heihachi decides to take them down before moving on.
Heihachi and Kuma now walk away from a defeated Akuma and try to open the box. Kuma starts hitting Heihachi reminding him that they're splitting the box's contents but Heihachi says that he would only give 10% if it was possible except if it granted power or youth. When Heihachi finally opens the box Kuma hits the box and a giant flash appears. Shortly after Heihachi spots Kuma, now a cub, and realizes that only a small portion of his hair was young and shouts that it isn't fair.
- His official partner is Heihachi. Their special intro has Heihachi say that the opponents have the nerve to challenge him and Kuma, who nods in agreement. Heihachi then states they aren't going to lose so easily and shouts "Let's Go Kuma" but Kuma, who just mimicked him doesn't look like he was paying attention.
- Kuma is the only Tekken character to receive a new outfit whereas the others keep their outfits from Tekken 6, with the exception of Yoshimitsu, who wears his P1 outfit from Tekken 3.
- Kuma and Heihachi's rivals are Guile and Abel.
- During rival battles against them Kuma repeatedly states that bears taste like chicken because many people (especially Law and Bob) consider eating him.
- Kuma's win quote with Zangief reveals that there is a Russian Bear Society and that he may be a member.
- In a similar fashion with Rufus mistaking Bob to be Ken Masters, Kuma mistakes Guile for Paul, due to their similar hairstyles.
Kuma is featured in the free-to-play online game Tekken Revolution as an unlockable character, added in the September 4, 2013 update (). As with the rest of the cast, his appearance and moveset are carried over directly from Tekken Tag Tournament 2. However, his "Fatal Wind" (b,B+2+3) is strangely absent in this game, which makes him the only character to lose a move so far.
Special Art/Critical Arts
Hip Smash: d+1+2.
Double Claw: f+1+2.
Bear Skip: u+1+2.
Demon Uppercut: f,F+2.
Rabid Bear: f,F+1+2.
- "Kuma" means "bear" in Japanese (in kanji it is 熊).
- Kuma rivals in Tekken Card Challenge are Heihachi Mishima, Paul Phoenix, and Panda.
- It is revealed in the Scenario Campaign that Kuma can understand three languages: English, Japanese, and German.
- Kuma's Tekken 6 CG art was printed on the first images of Tekken 7's tickets.
|Pre-fight Quotes||Win Quotes|
|(Come at me from any direction!)||(So, you are a robot! No wonder I didn’t smell anything…)|
|(What's with the weird accent? Are you from the sticks or something?)|
|(Come on, my body is closer to perfection than you.)|
|(I smell nothing but trouble with you. Stay down or else you'll be sorry!)|
|(I don't know any Eddy, sorry. You should ask some humans for help.)|
|(This is what happens when I don't take care of the Mishima family!) (Vs Heihachi)|
|(A young bear cub is more of a match than you were!)|
|(If I can get this thing under my control, I can destroy the whole lot of them and take back the Mishima Zaibatsu…!)|
|(Now I shall take back the Mishima Zaibatsu! I will revive this company and bring it back to its former glory!) (Vs Jin)|
|(I, too, want to revive the forest! Once I reclaim the Mishima Zaibatsu, we shall help you!)|
|(I will save the Mishima Zaibatsu! And you will not be a part of it, Kazuya!)|
|(That mask gave me a false sense of hope that you'd be a good opponent. At least you were kind of tough.)|
|(I don't know where you came from, buddy, but you better scram before I get REALLY angry!) (Vs himself)|
|(If you’re a part of the Tekken Force, don’t stand in my way! I’m the next head of the Mishima Zaibatsu!)|
|(Whenever I prepare for my hibernation, I stock up on my goods. You oughta do that with your money!)|
|(I don’t want to get in your way, so please don’t get in mine!)|
|(You want my hide? What about the rest of me!?)|
|(Don't be silly! An ordinary human like you can't beat a bear like me!)|
|(Words are meaningless in battle? That's what we bears say as well!) (Vs Nina)|
|(Hey, if you're going to stay on this Earth, at least try to fit in and get some new clothes!)|
|(You're really getting on my last nerve! I oughta throw you up into outer space!)|
|(A great ninja like you should know that tricks that work on humans won't work on bears!)|
|With those punches, you'd be lucky to even damage my fur!)|
|(I'll pass on Miss Panda this time... But if you could... Could you tell her that I... I...)|
|(I had no intention of getting in your way, but you're getting in my way!)|
- Kuma I's son.
- Pet of Heihachi Mishima.
- Rival of Paul Phoenix, whom he was defeated by in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3, won against in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, and was yet again defeated by in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5.
- In love with Panda, but she neither shares his feelings nor has any interest in him. It is noted that although she does not love him she does occasionally give him a thought.
- Banished to the Hokkaido wilderness by Jin Kazama before Tekken 6. His goal is to defeat him so he enters The King Of Iron Fist Tournament 6.
- Friends with Roger and his family.
- Acquaintance of Wang Jinrei and Lei Wulong.
- ↑ TTT2 Wii U Edition bio. (image)