Tekken to the catwalk: judging the new birthday outfits


Brendan: Fisticuffs game Tekken 7 celebrates its first birthday today and is gifting players some free costumes, hairstyles, effects and props to use in the fighting game’s silly-yet-joyful character customiser. As a strong adherent of fashion in the world of the Iron Fist, I am duty-bound to inspect these new bits and pieces with the critical eye of a trendsetting face-puncher. I’m joined now by fashion guru and kung-fu stylist Jean Claude Tekken, who will accompany me on this round-up of the best outfits. Hello Jean Claude.

Jean Claude: Good afternoon, Brendan. Let’s Tekken the sights, shall we?

Brendan: Ha ha ha. Very good, Jean Claude. Very good.

Brendan: First up we have Kazuya Mishima, crime boss and prominent anti-christ, displaying a splendid purple jacket, crimson gloves, stunning belt, and a third eye in his forehead through which the grim lord Satan is eternally watchful.


Jean Claude: So hot this season.

Brendan: Next up is Mexican orphanage magnate and fan of meat, King, and – oh my! – he’s rocking his birthday suit. That’s appropriate.


Jean Claude: Yes. It’s a little known fact that King is not a man dressed in a jaguar mask, but a jaguar dressed as a man dressed in a jaguar mask. And a noted philanthropist.

Brendan: Yes, very generous.


Brendan: Now we have sad man-bot and notorious arm-haver Jack, cosplaying here as Reinhardt from Overwatch. What a humourous gentleman.

Jean Claude: Observe the attention to detail. That’s a hammer on his back.


Brendan: Ah, here comes Noctis. Able fisherman and heir to the throne of a nation full of demons.


Jean Claude: The silver hooded coat seems to be chanelling Steve, Tekken’s resident boxer. It doesn’t really do anything for me, I’m afraid.

Brendan: No, a bit underwhelming. But here is Lucky Chloe, dancer and pop idol who normally has her outfit fine-tuned by a committee of Japanese music producers. And here it’s…


Jean Claude: It’s different, Brendan. I will say that. Very different to her usual style.

Brendan: She looks like she belongs in Noctis’ kingdom of RPG characters, ha ha ha.

Jean Claude: That’s very narrow-minded of you, Brendan.

Brendan: It was just a joke, I apologise.

Jean Claude: I accept your apology but please be more mindful. This is fashion, not a school bus.

Brendan: I am ashamed.

Jean Claude: Let’s move on. Here we have stoic Russian militarist Sergei Dragunov, wearing a festive fundoshi and a balaclava, perhaps not wishing to be identified in such a compromising loin cloth.


Jean Claude: Of course, we know it’s him from the Sambo stance of a perfectly trained Spetznaz officer, but for the Russian state, it is sufficient to retain plausible deniability.

Brendan: Uh…

Jean Claude: Look, a cat!


Brendan: Ah yes, this is really a Panda called Panda disguised as a cat. She is pet, bodyguard and [checks notes] gardener to fellow brawler Ling Xiaoyu. Did you know the tortoiseshell cat is also known as “Calico”, or in some countries as “Tricolor”?

Jean Claude: That’s mildly interesting, thank you.

Brendan: And thank you, Jean Claude. Because that’s all we have time for from the fashion stands of the Iron Fist Tournament. There are more costumes included in this free update, but I think we’ve covered some of the more sublime pieces today. I hope you can join me again some time, perhaps next year?

Jean Claude: Thank you for the opportunity. Good bye and remember: dress well, fight well!


  1. Pharaoh Nanjulian says:

    Merci, Jean-Claude. This game makes even less sense to me than it normally does. The format is amusing, however. I hope Jean-Claude returns soon.

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  3. Mezelf says:

    Writing like this is why I subscribe to Rock Paper Shotgun

  4. Durgendorf says:

    The characters in Left for Dead always look one generation behind any other 3D brawler, and the characters in Tekken always look one generation behind that.

    LfD gets by on bewbs, and Tekken gets by on fun.

    Fun > Bewbs, not that they’re mutually exclusive.

    • Kolbex says:

      I was boggling at the idea that Left4Dead got by on “bewbs” until I realized you meant “Dead or Alive,” which, yes.

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