The King of Iron Fist Tournament

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Introduction[edit]

The King of Iron Fist Tournament (ザ・キング・オブ・アイアンフィストトーナメント Za Kingu obu Airon Fisuto Tōnamento) is a fictional world-wide martial arts competition that is held infrequently and is hosted by the Mishima Zaibatsu. It draws renowned fighters from all around the globe, with the prize generally being control of the company offered to the victor (who then is free to host the next King of Iron Fist tournament).

Sponsors[edit]

The sponsors of the tournament act as a host of sorts for the competition and are almost always the Sub-Boss or Final Boss of the game.

First Tournament
Heihachi Mishima.
Second Tournament
Kazuya Mishima.
Third Tournament
Heihachi Mishima
Fourth Tournament
Heihachi Mishima
Fifth Tournament
Jinpachi Mishima
Sixth Tournament
Jin Kazama.
Seventh Tournament
Heihachi Mishima.

Participants[edit]

In each tournament, a set of participants would enter the tournament for various reasons. Some for the prize money, some to prove a point and some to fight certain participants.

The following fighters were the participants for each tournament:

First Tournament
Participant Reason
Anna Williams She entered the tournament to fight her older sister, Nina Williams.
Armor King He entered the tournament to fight King, showing their rivalry from a previous encounter.
Ganryu Dissatisfied that he could not reach the Yokozuna rank in the Sumo World, he entered the tournament to experience the outside world.
Heihachi Mishima Sponsor of the tournament. He held it to test his son, Kazuya's strength and also to gather the strongest fighters in the world for his own personal reasons.
Jack He was sent to the tournament by his handlers in order to eliminate Kazuya after getting wind of his plans for a world coup d'état.
Kazuya Mishima He entered the tournament to get revenge on his father, Heihachi, for throwing him off a cliff when he was just five years old.
King He entered the tournament so that he can win the prize money to fund an orphanage.
Kuma Being Heihachi's loyal pet and bodyguard, he entered the tournament to protect his master and fight Paul Phoenix for an unknown reason.
Kunimitsu She entered the tournament to steal the ancient treasure that Heihachi had stolen from the Native-Americans.
Lee Chaolan As a child, Lee was adopted by Heihachi in order to give Kazuya a challenge for the position of the CEO of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Lee entered the tournament to prove he was worthy of that position.
Marshall Law He entered the tournament both to gain world recognition and to win the prize money so that he can open his own martial arts school.
Michelle Chang After hearing that Heihachi killed her father, she took part in the tournament to revenge on him and avenge her father.
Nina Williams She was kidnapped and drugged by an underground force. She was then sent by them to assassinate Heihachi Mishima, believing that he is the enemy.
Paul Phoenix Prior to the beginning of the tournament, Paul fought Kazuya and their fight ended in a draw. He entered the tournament to eliminate any comparison and prove that he's the toughest fighter in the universe.
Prototype Jack Since Prototype Jack was built solely for power, he is much stronger than the completed Jack. Heihachi entered him in the tournament to face him off against Jack.
Wang Jinrei After Wang's best friend, who also happens to be Heihachi's father and Kazuya's grandfather, passed on a while back, Wang puts his faith on Heihachi. He entered the tournament to assist Heihachi, not knowing what his true intentions are.
Yoshimitsu As a leader of the Manji Clan, Youshmitsu's job was to steal from the rich and give to the poor, so he entered the tournament to steal Ganryu's ill-gotten money and return it to the poor.
Second Tournament
Participant Reason
Angel She is Kazuya's small good portion. She entered the tournament to save and purify Kazuya from Devil.
Anna Williams While on a holiday in India, she heard of Kazuya's rise to prominence and travels to his estate. With that, Kazuya gives her a place in the tournament, giving her the chance to kill her sister, Nina, once and for all.
Armor King He entered the tournament in the hopes of defeating King once and for all.
Baek Doo San A secret organization knew about Baek's past and tasked him to assassinate Marshall Law so that the organisation can take his dojo. Because of this, Baek entered the tournament.
Bruce Irvin He entered the tournament as Kazuya's bodyguard/combat champion.
Devil Devil form of Kazuya Mishima. Entered the tournament to enhance the evil within Kazuya.
Ganryu He entered the tournament as Kazuya's bodyguard and to express his love for Michelle Chang.
Heihachi Mishima After losing to his son in the previous tournament, he entered this one to regain everything that he had lost.
Jack-2 Unlike his predecessor, Jack-2 entered the tournament to save and not to destroy. He entered to save Jane from Kazuya so that he can become more human.
Jun Kazama She entered the tournament to arrest Kazuya for illegal use of animals and free him from his evil spirit.
Kazuya Mishima Sponsor of the tournament. Held it to extend his criminal dealings.
King After he previous story, King gave up on his orphanage and started drinking heavily. He entered the tournament to regain the children's hearts by winning the money and setting his life in order.
Kuma He entered the tournament to fight and destroy Paul Phoenix.
Kunimitsu After learning of the power of the sword that Yoshimitsu wields, Kunimitsu entered the tournament to steal the sword from him and get it forged by her grandfather before his death.
Lee Chaolan After losing to Kazuya in the previous tournament, Lee was encouraged by Wang Jinrei to fight Kazuya and gain the title of CEO of the Mishima Zaibatsu.
Lei Wulong He entered the tournament to track down the center of Kazuya's criminal operations and arrest Kazuya for his illegal actions.
Marshall Law Law finally ran his martial arts dojo, but someone injured a number of his students. He entered the tournament to avenge his students and teach the attacker a lesson.
Michelle Chang Kazuya had kidnapped Michelle's mother in an attempt to drag her in the tournament since Michelle possesses a pendant that carries a secret to a great treasure. She entered the tournament to rescue her mother from her captor.
Nina Williams She was sent by her superiors to assassinate Kazuya, but her personal reason for entering the tournament was to settle the score with her younger sister, Anna.
Paul Phoenix Like in the previous tournament, he entered this one to prove he's the toughest fighter in the universe.
Prototype Jack After being defeated by Jack in the previous tournament, he entered this one to fight Jack-2 and hoping for a different result now that he feels stronger.
Wang Jinrei He entered the tournament to fulfill his best friend's final wish of taking out both Heihachi and Kazuya when the time was right due to them choosing the path of evil.
Yoshimitsu After Dr. Bosconovitch had been abducted by Kazuya, Yoshimitsu took part in the tournament to rescue him.
Third Tournament
Participant Reason
Anna Williams Saddened by the brainwashing of her sister, Nina, Anna joined the tournament to help her sister retrieve her memories so that she can avoid being an assassin once more.
Bryan Fury He only entered the tournament to fight Yoshimitsu, who has a strong affiliation to Dr. Bosconovitch, who is Dr. Abel's rival, who revived Bryan from death by add cybernatics to his body.
Eddy Gordo After being sent to jail for the murder of his parents (something he actually didn't do but went under his father's command), upon his release, he entered the tournament to find the person responsible for the death of his parents and avenge them.
Forest Law While his father was away on a business trip, Paul pressured Forest into joining him in the tournament despite Marshall being against his son fighting outside his dojo. However, Paul managed to convince him that he's a very good fighter. With that, Forest decided to join him in the tournament.
Gun Jack Jane was saddened by Jack-2's destruction and spent almost eighteen years rebuilding him. While in the process, she stepped on a Gun Jack project. To fully restore Jack-2's memories into the newly built Gun Jack, she required the help of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Thus, Gun Jack was sent for field testing.
Heihachi Mishima Sponsor of the tournament. Held it to use other fighters as bait in order to lure Ogre to them. Heichai would then take the opportunity to kill Ogre and combine his body samples with his own - creating the ultimate life form.
Hwoarang He entered the tournament for two reasons: To fight Jin Kazama, who managed to fight him in a street fight to a draw and to fight Ogre for attacking his master.
Jin Kazama During Jin's 15th birthday, his mother went missing after fighting Ogre. He then went to Heihachi for adiitional training to prepare for his fight against Ogre. He entered the tournament to exact revenge on Ogre.
Julia Chang When Michelle Chang went to Japan to ask Heihachi why he intended to take her pendant, she did not return to her homeland. This prompted Julia to enter the tournament.
King He entered the tournament to avenge the original King after knowing that Ogre killed him.
Kuma Continuing his father's grudge against Paul Phoenix, he entered the tournament for that particular reason.
Lei Wulong Heihachi invited him into the tournament for an unknown reason. However, Lei believed there is a reason for this action and entered it anyway.
Ling Xiaoyu After learning that the Mishima Zaibatsu is a very rich company, she entered the tournament to look for Heihachi Mishima so that he can fulfill her dream of building an amusement park for her, provided she wins first.
Mokujin When Ogre awoke, Mokujin mysteriously woke up and gained his own identity. It is unknown why exactly joined the tournament, but it was presumed he was there to help the other fighters defeat Ogre.
Nina Williams Brainwashed, she entered the tournament under Ogre's influence to assassinate Jin Kazama.
Ogre He was the primary target of almost every fighter. He was lured into the tournament by Heihachi using other fighters in the tournament.
Panda She entered the tournament as Xiaoyu's bodyguard.
Paul Phoenix Once again, Paul's sole reason for entering the tournament was to prove he was the toughest fighter in the universe.
True Ogre True form of Ogre. Ogre absorbed Heihachi Mishima after being defeated by Paul Phoenix to upgrade into this form.
Yoshimitsu His reason for entering this tournament is to take Ogre's blood so that he can cure Dr. Bosconovitch from a very rare and dangerous disease.
Fourth Tournament
Participant Reason
Bryan Fury As Bryan was near to death, he entered the tournament to win the Mishima fortune to get Dr. Abel to modify his body.
Combot Lee enteed him in the tournament to learn the fighting styles of every fighter in the tournament.
Craig Marduk Marduk was invited by an unknown benefactor to fight him in the tournament.
Christie Monteiro Eddy went missing after training her, so she took part in the tournament to search for Eddy for it was her only lead to find him.
Heihachi Mishima Sponsor of the tournament. Held it to lure out Kazuya and Jin since both of them possessed the Devil Gene needed for Heihachi to create the ultimate life form.
Hwoarang He entered the tournament to fight Jin Kazama once again and would stop at nothing to reach that goal.
Jin Kazama After being betrayed by Heihachi towards the end of the previous tournament, Jin hated anything related to the Mishimas. He entered the tournament to end his bloodline: mainly his father, Kazuya and his grandfather, Heihachi.
Julia Chang She entered the tournament to collect her reaserch facility from the Mishima Zaibatsu about the forests to save her native land from deforestation.
Kazuya Mishima Kazuya knew that his father only hosted the tournament to lure him out, but decided to enter anyway for it was his chance to defeat his father.
King Armor King was murdered in a bar brawl and King sought out vengeance towards the perpetrator. He arranges for the murderer to meet him in the tournament.
Kuma After losing to Paul Phoenix in the previous tournament, Kuma trained hard in the wilderness to prepare to beat him in the next tournament.
Lee Chaolan Entered to test the Combot robot and to take the Mishima Zaibatsu for his own use.
Lei Wulong To redeem himself from a police case gone wrong, Lei entered the tournament to stop an assassin from killing a boxer.
Ling Xiaoyu She entered the tournament to reunite with Jin and expose the evil truth about the Mishima Zaibatsu.
Marshall Law During the events of the previous tournament, Marshall opened a new dojo and a restaurant, but lost in a franchise war to a competitor - leading to bankruptcy. He entered the tournament to claim the Mishima fortune and prize money to end his bankruptcy.
Nina Williams Nina was hired by the Mafia to assassinate Steve Fox. She entered the tournament to complete her task.
Panda She entered the tournament to be Xiaoyu's bodyguard again.
Paul Phoenix As usual, his only goal is to prove that he's the toughest fighter in the universe.
Steve Fox After winning a boxing match that he was supposed to lose, the Mafia put a price on his head. Steve then left England for the United States of America, but the Mafia would find him no matter what. He entered the tournament to be in the limelight once again.
Violet Alter-ego of Lee Chaolan. Used it to prevent anyone from finding out his real identity.
Yoshimitsu When the Manji Clan was running out of funds to give to the poor, Yoshimitsu entered the tournament to win the prize money for his organization.

Winners[edit]

Every winner of every canonical tournament will be crowned the ownership of the tournament.

First Tournament
Kazuya Mishima.
Second Tournament
Heihachi Mishima.
Third Tournament
Heihachi Mishima (Paul Phoenix defeated Ogre in the third tournament, and, believing himself to be the winner, left. Unknown to Paul, Ogre morphed into his second form, True Ogre, and the tournament continued after his absence. In the end, Jin was proclaimed as the true victor of the third Tournament for being victorious over True Ogre, but when Heihachi betrayed him, he awarded himself the victory).
Fourth Tournament
Kazuya Mishima (Heihachi was defeated by Kazuya in official battle, then Heihachi led Kazuya to Jin as promised, when there, Kazuya/Devil knocked Heihachi out of the room, and tried and failed to absorb Jins devil powers, after which Jin woke up beat Kazuya and then Heihachi, and then flew away).

OR

Heihachi Mishima (Kazuya was defeated by Heihachi in official battle, then Jin fled as he defeated Kazuya and Heihachi in the Final Stage as Jin transformed into Devil Jin and left Hon-Maru, but no one saw that).

Fifth Tournament
Jin Kazama (Jin actually lost to Hwoarang but he transformed into Devil Jin and defeated him, allowing him to continue progressing through the tournament).
Sixth Tournament
Unknown
Seventh Tournament
None (Tournament was canceled when Heihachi was reported dead)

Trivia[edit]

  • Heihachi Mishima has sponsored the most tournaments, having sponsored the first, third, and fourth tournaments.
  • Every tournament has been sponsored by somebody within the Mishima bloodline.

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