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Tekken 7's Season 4 could still have some more classic characters return, but which of the ones still missing seem to have the best shot?

The majority of popular old-timers are finally part of the roster now, but there are still a few who have been left out to dry for too long

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • August 13, 2020 at 5:12 p.m. PDT • Comments: 35

One of the big announcements we got at the Japan Fighting Game Publisher's Roundtable was a brand new trailer for Tekken 7 which announced that it'll be getting its fourth season, complete with balance changes, new moves for the entire cast and even a teaser for a character who may join the fray which I already covered two weeks ago, speculating that it almost has to be Kunimitsu who has been missing from Tekken canon since 1995's Tekken 2.

She isn't the only one who's missing, though. While Tekken 7's roster has grown quite a lot since its initial arcade release, there are still a few old faces who people long to see back and with a fourth season officially happening, some of them may yet have their shot to get back into the fray for Tekken 7. There's little hope looking at characters like older JACK models even though they're technically not in the game or boss characters like True Ogre or Jinpachi who have remained one-and-done characters outside of the Tag Tournament games since their inception (though I would love Ancient Ogre to return, for what it's worth), but I've managed to zero in on five characters I know still have adamant fanbases and who I feel could easily add value to Tekken 7's roster, so let's take a look at who we have.

Before we get in to the picks I'm going to speculate about, there are two characters I want to bring up specifically who won't be appearing in this list. The first one is Kunimitsu, and this is because I already made a full article dedicated to her (which you can find linked further up) and why I think she's the subject of the teaser Bandai Namco gave us at the end of the Tekken 7 Season 4 trailer. I think she's a lock already, so I don't see the need to speculate on her further.

The second character is probably the most important one still missing, namely Jun Kazama. The reason I won't be including her is because Harada has said in the past that he wouldn't want to include Jun as DLC because her return would be an important plot point and something that should be fleshed out in a potential Tekken 8 (or other future title)'s story mode. Plans can of course change, but for now I'm going to assume that's still the case and that Jun is a firm no-go as far as DLC goes, but has a strong chance of finally returning once Tekken 7 makes way for the next main entry in the series.

Christie Monteiro

I know that bringing Christie up may seem completely crazy considering her and Eddy have functionally been more or less identical ever since she was introduced to the franchise, but the fact remains that she is a character who has a good amount of fans (despite being one of the two Capos, who are probably the most hated characters for the majority of Tekken's playerbase to go up against).

The crux with Christie is that it's not going to go over well with anyone to ask them to shell out extra money to pay for someone who plays the exact same as someone already in the game, and that's likely why they made sure to include Kuma and Panda together back before launch to make sure no bear fans felt slighted in such a way.

With Eddy and Christie it becomes a bit more complex since they obviously have different bodies compared to Kuma and Panda, and while you can make them work as skins on each other it's a lot more development time you need to put in since there's a lot of differences visually between them (their sex being one of them).

However, this also makes it a prime opportunity to get rid of that problem where you have to put a lot of extra work into what is essentially just a glorified costume and actually separate Eddy and Christie in a much more real way. They can of course still both be Capos and have similar playing styles, but fill different niches much like many other characters in Tekken do despite having similar roots (such as King to Armor King and Heihachi to Kazuya).

The big drawback here is probably the fact that a lot of people really don't like Capos very much so even though Christie does have a strong fanbase backing her, she also has a strong hatebase who actively don't want to see her. Christie would be a gamble to include, but with who Tekken still has left to add I do think that adding her to the roster may be a good call and to finally make her more distinct from Eddy than she has been in the past.

Wang Jinrei

Wang Jinrei is as of right now the sole and only holdout from Tekken 1's original roster (discounting characters like the original Jack, Michelle Chang and Armor King I who have all been formally replaced by their successors) which makes him a unique case against the others in this list.

Equipped with a unique fighting style and moveset as well, Wang is a bit of an awkward absence at this point when most other unique characters have found their way into the roster. There was speculation early on when we saw Leroy Smith that he'd essentially be the replacement for Wang based on his first trailer, but that turned out to not be the case since he fights in quite a different way from Wang.

Wang is also a solid pick as DLC because his story relevance is basically entirely null and void ever since Tekken moved on from the first two games, which makes him a fantastic choice for pure extra content, an added dessert if you will. It's hard to justify Wang's inclusion when his competition is filled with characters like Marduk, Julia, Lei, Anna and Zafina, but now that they've all made the cut his chances would seem much higher than before.

Roger Jr.

Another character who fights in a unique manner and is undoubtedly fondly remembered by anyone who's played Tekken as a child is Roger Jr., the boxing kangaroo.

It may seem very goofy when compared to the more serious subject matter some Tekken characters have brought with them, but the sheer novelty of being able to fight as a kangaroo (who carries their child in their pouch while fighting, no less) has definitely been a big draw for the Tekken franchise in the past and made it stand out with general audiences.

Roger falls into the same camp as Wang in that he isn't exactly a top tier pick when faced with the power of fan favorite characters, but now that they've largely been added to the roster there seems to be some proper room to include this middleweight marsupial once more.

There's obviously no story content whatsoever that truly matters when it comes to Roger Jr. either, making him an even better pick. Unique movesets being preserved are always a good thing, and at this point it's hard to imagine too many people complaining about a relatively low popularity character returning — especially after Ganryu made his triumphant comeback.

Baek Doo San

The master of Hwoarang, Baek Doo San was the original Taekwondo fighter in the Tekken series, debuting back in Tekken 2. After Tekken 3 had a long timeskip and it was implied that the vast majority of past characters had been slain by Ogre, Baek Doo San took an extended absence from the series before returning (alongside almost everyone else) in Tekken 5.

While the argument can be made that Hwoarang's presence makes Baek a redundant addition, the truth of the matter is that Baek and Hwoarang have been in rosters together more often than they've been separate from one another. Tekken 2 had Baek alone while Tekken 3 and Tekken 4 had Hwoarang on his lonesome, but Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken 5, Tekken 6 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 all had both of them appear as master and student alongside each other.

There's no denying that there are clear similarities between the two and Hwoarang did end up getting some of his master's moves for Tekken 7 recently, but the same arguments were made against both Armor King and Marduk while using King and Gigas getting some of their moves as the main argument, and both of those characters are now in Tekken 7 regardless.

I wouldn't count Baek's chances as astronomically high, though I'd chalk it up more to his relative lack of popularity than any kind of redundancy (he certainly doesn't hold a candle to Armor King or Marduk in any contest of how beloved a character is), but I'd certainly count him as in the running, especially at this point.

Bruce Irvin

The eternal benchwarmer of Tekken 7, Bruce Irvin has had probably the most punished fanbase since the latest game in Bandai Namco's 3D fighting blockbuster series hit the stands. First we saw newcomer Josie Rizal have the same fighting style as him and adapt some of his moves and then we got a brand new character in Fahkumram earlier this year who ... also used the exact same fighting style as Bruce does.

That's not to say that these characters make Bruce invalid by any means — after all, we have a good amount of Mishimas who all fight quite differently from one another as well, but it would be disingenuous to imply that it doesn't hurt his chances at least a little bit when the developers chose to make a brand new Muay Thai fighter over bringing him back.

The fanbase for him is definitely there and they've been scorned many a time for Tekken 7, so maybe Season 4 will finally be the day that this dog gets his bone... But if I were a Bruce fan, I probably wouldn't dare to get my hopes too high up.

As for my personal prediction, I'm calling that we're getting a pass of four characters for Season 4, much like we did in Season 3. While the last pass had two brand new characters in Leroy Smith and Fahkumram, I'm expecting this one to have one brand new character and three returning ones.

My official prediction for Tekken 7 Season 4 is that we'll be seeing Kunimitsu, Wang Jinrei and Christie Monteiro come back, though I'll freely admit I'm not as confident this time around as I've been in past seasons.

Who are you hoping to see return to the fight? Or would you prefer to just have newcomers or guest characters? Let us know in the comments.

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