Two unknown characters were listed for Tekken 7's Season 3 pass — which important classic combatants are still missing from the cast?

Zafina seemed like the most beloved cast member not yet added, so let's discuss who else might be next in line

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • September 17, 2019 at 7:24 p.m. PDT

At this year's EVO which took place last month in Las Vegas, the third season of Tekken 7 was unveiled, along with long-awaited returning combatant Zafina who originally appeared in Tekken 6 in 2009, and brand new fighter Leroy Smith who fans were extremely receptive to.

Besides this, we also saw that there will be two more characters, one stage and one new feature coming at some point throughout this season. Although most of Tekken's beloved cast are in the game, there are still several glaring omissions. I previously did a story about this back before Season 2's unveiling, and later a more detailed analysis of each notable character still missing in two parts (part 1 can be found here, and part 2 here.) Now that all of the characters I presented in my original speculation piece are in the game, let's have a look at a few who are still missing, and how good their chances seem.

Before we move on to the list, I will make special mention of two characters I think are definitely important and relevant enough to be part of the roster but who I simply do not see as part of the Season 3 additional content for their own two reasons.

The first one is Jun Kazama, who gave birth to Jin at some point between Tekken 2 and Tekken 3 and has been mysteriously absent ever since, with Bandai Namco always carefully going out of their way to state that she is not "dead", but rather "missing". Given her intense story significance, she seems unlikely to be brought back as a simple DLC addition, and seems much more fit to be the focus of the next chapter in the story, and such held on to for Tekken 8 or another future title.

The other character I'm deciding not to detail is Wang Jinrei, simply on the basis that it looks like the upcoming brand new character Leroy will be fighting in a style similar to what we've come to expect from Wang. Since we haven't seen actually seen gameplay of him yet, this is more speculation-based than anything, but I know that I'm not alone in this assertion within the Tekken fanbase.

Baek Doo San

First appearance: Tekken 2 (1995)
Latest appearance: Tekken 6 (2007)
Numbers of playable appearances in numbered games: 3

Baek Doo San is a fairly classic Tekken character, originating back in Tekken 2, who has been fairly popular throughout his appearances in the series.

While he's been somewhat replaced by his in-universe disciple, Hwoarang, it's disingenuous to say that they fight the same, and they are actually quite different characters in how they play.

Storywise, there really isn't much for Baek to do, though given what we've seen for characters like Lei Wulong in Tekken 7, the emphasis on story seems to be very low for post-launch characters, making this a bit of a non-issue.

In the end, the only things that might hurt Baek's chances somewhat is the possible perception that him and Hwoarang play alike due to using the same fighting style of Taekwondo as well as the fact that he doesn't get brought up that much as far as character requests go.

In comparison, Zafina — this season's first addition — was asked for relentlessly both on Twitter and in stream chats and while no other character's fanbase can probably match the zeal of hers, the demand for Baek has seemed lukewarm at best.

Bruce Irvin

First appearance: Tekken 2 (1995)
Latest appearance: Tekken 6 (2007)
Numbers of playable appearances in numbered games: 3

Bruce, much like Baek, is a character who's from the early days of the franchise and while he was MIA for a few games he returned in Tekken 5 and stayed around until this latest game in the series.

Although he's probably a nostalgic character for many a Tekken player, there's a multitude of things that make the situation somewhat difficult for him, with the first one being that a number of his moves were appropriated for newcomer Josie in Tekken 7, making him seem like quite the uninspired DLC choice gameplaywise.

On top of this, he's never been particularly high in popularity, and in the story he amounts to little more than being one of Kazuya's henchmen (and Kazuya already has a new, cuter bodyguard in Lucky Chloe this time around).

That said, Bruce definitely has his share of fans, and it's not like Josie is a copypaste of his old moveset, and even less so concerning his character and personality. All in all, there's nothing huge that's keeping him back, the only thing being that all of these tiny issues together might be keeping him at bay from joining the game's post-launch content this go-around.

Despite these issues, most of which existed before Josie was ever introduced in Tekken 7, Bruce has been a recurring character that has been brought back a number of times, so there's clearly some level of demand for him. The question is just if it will be enough to nab him one of these limited spots.

Ganryu

First appearance: Tekken (1994)
Latest appearance: Tekken 6 (2007)
Numbers of playable appearances in numbered games: 4

Ganryu may be the most recurring character present on this list, as well as having the mark of honor that comes with being part of the roster in the very first game, but he's also famous in the community for something perhaps a bit less desirable.

Although it's hard to gauge exactly how true it is, there's the common statement that Ganryu is the least popular character in the entire series. Although Harada has stated on occasion that Ganryu is his favorite character, it's been interpreted to be in a joking manner, leaving the sumo wrestler looking even more unloved.

Given that there isn't much reliable information for actual character usage that's been publicly shown, the exact nature of Ganryu's popularity or lack thereof will likely remain unknown to us, with Bandai Namco being the only ones truly aware of how sought after this classic character is.

The fact that he's been back so many times, though, would suggest that there is more demand for him than the possibly unfair label of "least popular" shoved upon him might suggest, though. On top of that, he does have his own unique fighting style and never had a successor character who took over his style, either.

Couple his unique gameplay value with the fact that his canonical infatuation with Julia now gives him a whimsical story reason to return to The King of Iron Fist Tournament, and you've got yourself something of a slam dunk as far as a returning character addition goes.

Kunimitsu

First appearance: Tekken (1994)
Latest appearance: Tekken 2 (1995)
Numbers of playable appearances in numbered games: 2

Even though Kunimitsu might seem like something of a long shot at first glance due to her being largely retired after the very first two games in the series, that would be taking a bit too shallow of a look at her situation.

As is often said, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and the many requests for Kunimitsu kept piling up higher and higher throughout the years, especially after Tekken 6 brought back almost everyone from the entire cast and she was one of the unfortunate few to be left out anyway.

Kunimitsu was pushed to the point that her return in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was made a huge deal of by even the developers, showcasing her heavily in promotional materials and trailers for the game, because they knew fans had been awaiting her return for a very long time.

It also doesn't hurt that she has a fighting style nobody else has really taken up the mantle of after her. Despite being a ninja, she doesn't actually fight like Master Raven or the classic Raven do, which makes her a more unique inclusion than some of the other potential additions.

Even if Bandai Namco have been trying to forget her, it's very clear that the fans have not. She's been left out of Tekken 7 for quite a while now, but the more rivals disappear, the higher her chances go.

Guest Character

Of course, there's always the strong possibility that the final addition will be a guest character. After all, we've seen that a new stage is featured as one of the additions coming this season, and so far each guest character released post-launch — Geese Howard, Noctis Lucis Caelum and Negan — have received a stage along with their release.

With the character and stage being right next to each other at the end, this makes even more sense, considering that Negan was the final character last season, and he was that pack's guest.

The only thing poking holes in this theory for me is that you'd want your guest to have a very big splash, like Negan did last year at EVO 2019. It seems strange to focus on the brand new Leroy Smith (who admittedly looks amazing) over a guest character that's presumably primed to bring more people from outside the game's current audience into it.

If it is indeed a guest character, it's also really difficult to imagine who it would even be. Clearly, all bets are off since we first moved outside the realm of fighting games with Final Fantasy's Noctis last year, and then removed ourselves even further when Negan from The Walking Dead, a comic book and TV show, showed up and completely disregarded the assumption that guests had to be game characters.

At this point, all bets are off, and I've been saying for a long time that the logical next step to take is to bring in not a character played by a real life actor, but instead a real life person themselves, so... John Cena, anyone?

Now that I've outlined a bunch of potential additions, it's time for me to make a prediction like I have in the past. Although I do think a guest character seems very likely due to the stage being listed right next to the final fighter, I'm going to assume that we have two more Tekken classics coming up.

With that in mind, my official predictions are Ganryu and Kunimitsu. To be honest, I'm not quite as confident as I was with my previous predictions (who have all been added at this point), but... That's what I'm going with.

Who are you hoping to see added to Tekken 7 this time around? Who are you expecting? Let us know in the comments.

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