There are many, many, MANY fighters and characters that appear throughout Tekken Franchise. Some of them are really strange. Others are cool. Some are boring and nobody cares about them. And then there is Kuma, the bear, the best of all.
Yes, Kuma is a bear who also stands upright and fights in martial arts tournaments. It’s strange, but it’s nowhere near the strangest thing in the world Tekken Franchise.
The thing is, if you think about it, a bear is probably the deadliest character you can face in a one-on-one battle. I don’t care how well you kick and punch, if a bear grabs you and starts chewing your face and neck, you’re dead.
The real reason Kuma is the best character is because of his ending videos. Since his first appearance in Tekken, His endings have often shown him hanging out with or feuding with him Heihachi Mishima, one of the main villains in the franchise.
Sometimes he signs paperwork with paw prints (and trolls Mishima.)
Sometimes he’s in space!
And sometimes he just dances and has a good time. Who doesn’t want to dance and party with a big brown bear?
I should point this out now because if I don’t want it there are TWO kumas. After the events of Tekken 2, But before Tekken 3, that the first kuma died. His Son would grow up and become a fighter just like his father, but he also developed a hatred for Paul, another Tekken Fighter. How many things in Tekken, It is a the whole thing
We’re not here to talk about it Tekken Tradition, or at least I hadn’t planned it. Let’s watch more Kuma ending videos instead. Fortunately for us, someone put them all together. Bless them.
I hope in years when Tekken 10 it is known that Kuma will continue to be part of the series. It’s been there since day 1 and I can’t imagine it Tekken without my bear hugs and silly endings.
Panda is great too and you should check out all of them Panda ends next.