- This article details Armor King (TK - TTT).
For his younger brother (TK5:DR - TTT2), see Armor King II.
Armor King (アーマー・キング Āmā Kingu?) is a title that two characters have taken in the Tekken series. Even though there have been two characters who have taken the name, each is simply called Armor King in their respective games, though a numerical value is sometimes given to them to separate them as different characters, similar to King.
Both Armor King I and Armor King II are luchadores, brothers and have a complex relationship with the Kings.
Armor King I was a prominent enemy of King I, especially when King was an inexperienced wrestler. However, the two would later become friends and rivals after sparring. Later on, Armor King I was left depressed when his best friend, King I, dies at the hands of Ogre, but later he heard a rumor about a second King and trained him to improve his skills.
Main Article: Armor King/Outfits
Armor King I entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament. Going against his rival and good friend, King I, the two had an intense battle. King won the fight, during which Armor King's eye was scratched and damaged. Thus, Armor King bowed out of the tournament.
After the events of The King of Iron Fist Tournament, Armor King disappeared from the professional fighting world. However, he would have his limelight in the underground rings. After some time, Armor King heard news from the orphanage that King had gone missing because of a child's death in his care. Worried about his old friend, he went out in search of him and found him in an alleyway, mentally broken. He convinced his rival to get back into the fighting spirit just in time for The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2.
Ending Description: Armor King is sitting on a bench in a locker room with a heartbeat monitor fastened to him (hinting that he has a heart condition). Getting ready for his wrestling match, he stood up, only for his vision to go blurry and for him to stumble, blood running from his damaged eye. He gets up and walks into the ring, much to the excitement of the crowd.
Sometime surrounding the events of Tekken 3, Ogre attacked many fighters around the world, including King I, who was murdered by this unknown creature. A young orphan, upon hearing news of his mentor's death, donned King's jaguar mask and imitated his style under the King name in order to continue supporting the orphanage financially. However, the new King was not on the same level as his mentor, and repeatedly lost every competition he entered. Out of respect for his dead friend, Armor King visited the new King, introducing himself as an old friend. He decided to train this new King, who would become King II. King II then entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 to test his skills.
In King II's ending, he was watching his protege fight well in the ring. After he gives him the go-sign to finish the fight, he left the match to return to the locker room. King II hurriedly ran there, only to find Armor King sullenly thinking about his disease and about his dead friend (King II's success was reminiscent of King I's greatness).
Before The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, Craig Marduk started a bar brawl in Arizona, and Armor King was killed. King II entered the tournament in the hopes that he would beat Marduk in defense of his now dead master. King II payed for Marduk's release from prison, and waited for Marduk at the tournament.
In King II's ending, King II was ready to deliver a finishing blow to Marduk, only to realize revenge is not the answer when King II witness a photo of his family besides him.
Armor King I appeared in Namco x Capcom as both an enemy unit and playable character. This was Armor King I's last appearance.
Armor King was something of a King "clone character", although he differed by having some slightly different button inputs and gaining some Mishima-style moves in his moveset, most noticeably the Dragon Uppercut and the Wind God Fist. These moves replaced some of King's more complex chain-throws and 10 Hit Combo's, giving Armor King a more offensive fighting style compared to King's, which favored more defensive play. These changes make Armor King a more accessible and beginner friendly character than King, and arguably a better character choice for players who prefer to apply pressure to their opponents.
- Armor King Moves
- Armor King/Tekken Movelist
- Armor King/Tekken 2 Movelist
- Armor King/Tekken Tag Tournament Movelist
- Armor King II - His younger brother.
- King I - His former enemy, rival and close friend.
- King II - His disciple.
- Ogre/True Ogre - Ever since Ogre killed King I, Armor King I has seen Ogre as his enemy.
- Roger - Trained him to fight in Tekken 2.
- Alex - Trained him to fight in Tekken 2.
- Craig Marduk - Killed by him in a bar brawl due to Marduk being in a bad mood.
- The Armor King's are mostly based on the masked wrestler, Black Tiger. The first Armor King was based on British wrestler Mark Rocco's depiction as Black Tiger, and the second was based on the late Mexican wrestler Eddie Guerrero's depiction of Black Tiger. However, their depiction of wearing spiked shoulder pads and spiked wristcuffs make Armor King I and II look like a combination of Demolition and the Road Warriors.
- Like King, he growls like a jaguar instead of talking.
- Armor King was originally called Black King prior to production of the first Tekken.
- While he puts in cameo appearances, Armor King is not a playable character in Tekken 3, 4 or 5.
- Armor King's throws and holds, along with many of his basic attacks, are adapted from pro wrestling moves.
- Armor King made a minor appearance in Tekken: The Motion Picture.
- In Street Fighter X Tekken, an illusion of Armor King is created by Pandora, and he appears in King and Marduk's ending. Street Fighter character Abel has also Armor King's outfit as his Swap Costume.