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Baek
Baek 1
Baek in Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Full Name Baek Doo San
Status Alive
Fighting Style Taekwondo
Nationality Flag of South Korea.svg South Korean
Height 180cm (5′ 11″)
Weight 70kg (154 lbs)
Eyes Brown
Hair Brown (in his youth)
Gray
Likes Memories of his father
Hwoarang
Dislikes Opposing Dojos
Marshall Law (TK2)
Species Human
Age 27 (TK2)
48 (TK5, TK6)
Blood Type B
Occupation Dojang Master
Hobby Skydiving
Family Mr. Baek (Father)
Alignment Evil (TK2)
Good (TK5-onwards)
Game Appearances Tekken 2
Tekken 5
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
Tekken 6
Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion
Spin-off:
Tekken Tag Tournament
Tekken 3D: Prime Edition
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Voice Actors Sang-Hyun Um (TK5-TTT2)

Baek Doo San (Hangul: 백두산; Hanja: 白頭山) is a character in the Tekken series. Baek first appeared in Tekken 2, and he has returned for most titles with the exception of Tekken 3 and Tekken 4.

In Tekken 2, Baek first appears as Marshall Law's Stage Eight sub-boss. The reason for this is because Baek Doo San went on a rampage after accidentally killing his father. Baek destroyed many dojos, including the one owned by the Laws. In Tekken 3, Baek is not present but he was, in a sense, replaced by his pupil, Hwoarang.

History

Tekken 2

Baek Doo San, a master of Taekwondo, is the son of a former Taekwondo champion.

During his childhood, his father received a career-ending injury. Devastated, his father turned to alcohol and became a heavy-drinker, which ultimately led to his incarceration.

Plunged into a life of poverty, the young master's family was forced to deal with hard times, and just when things looked as though they couldn't get any worse, his mother disappeared, leaving him and his siblings alone. Not too long after that, his father escaped from prison to assist the family, but due to the deprivation of proper nourishment, Baek mistakenly killed his father, a man he respected above all else.

The frightening experience left him traumatized, driving him crazy every time he saw blood. When the police found him, they took him into their care and raised him.

Years later, he found himself walking the path of late his father, a Taekwondo master and champion. But unfortunately, a person knowing the truth about his father's death, threatened to go public with the truth of his past if he didn't destroy his blackmailer's competition.

The attack on the martial arts school Marshall Law instructs at took place while the schools instructor was away; a confrontation between Beak Doo San and Marshall Law is inevitable.

Ending Description: Baek is seen sitting on a bench outside a park. He takes out a locket containing a photo of him and his father. Baek reminisces about his training sessions with his father, remembering the great person he was and how much he loved him. Remembering his father for the man he was, Baek finds peace within himself and he forgives himself for killing his father.

Tekken 3

According to the Tekken 3 storyline, Baek was presumed dead after encountering Ogre, the fictional Aztec God of Fighting. One of his closest students, Hwoarang, entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 to exact revenge for his master's death and to also have a rematch with Jin Kazama, the only fighter who had ever fought him to a draw.

Tekken 5

Several male characters from the Tekken 2 lineup returned in Tekken 5, including Baek. According to the game's storyline, his encounter with Ogre had left him in a coma; not dead as initially presumed. He woke up over a year later, after his student Hwoarang had already competed in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3. Baek then began teaching Taekwondo at military bases. Hwoarang was drafted into the South Korean Military, but he ran away to compete in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. When he was arrested by the South Korean Military Police, he was informed that Baek was alive.

Tekken 6

Baek entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, along with his disciple, Hwoarang. However, Baek withdrew from the tournament when he found out that Hwoarang lost to Devil Jin, and he was seriously injured. Baek then rushed to the hospital to visit Hwoarang. Although Hwoarang's condition wasn't considered as something serious after his treatment, Hwoarang wouldn't wake up, and Baek started blaming himself for being an inadequate instructor.

It took Hwoarang three days to regain consciousness. They discussed the details, and Hwoarang told Baek that he not only has to recover, but he has to strengthen himself even further. Baek sensed his strong will and his unprecedented modesty, and hence he decided to teach him everything he knows. Baek and Hwoarang returned to Korea, and endeavoured to practice intensely. Eventually, the announcement of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 came from the Mishima Zaibatsu, and Baek decides to enter the tournament one last time to widen his personal experience-collection.

Ending Description: Baek has defeated Azazel. Hwoarang then comes in, asking if he is all right. As soon as he gets up, so does Azazel. However, as Azazel is about to attack, Baek finishes him off by front-kicking him. Azazel's orb broke and he broke to pieces. However, Baek falls to the floor after risking his life to save Hwoarang, while the latter cries "MASTER!!!".

Other appearances

Tekken: The Motion Picture

Baek made a minor appearance in Tekken: The Motion Picture, he is shown fighting and being defeated by Kazuya Mishima.

Tekken Tag Tournament

Baek appeared as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - 'Baek Ending' Movie HD02:29

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - 'Baek Ending' Movie HD

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Baek's Ending.

Baek returned as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Ending Description: Baek is seen in his dojang reminiscing his time together with his father. He then punches the floor as he remembers the time he accidentally killed him. Hwoarang, who was secretly watching, becomes concerned for his master, and decides to let Baek get mad at him to distract him from his sorrow. He does this staying just out of sight (but not earshot) and pretending to boast about getting away with oversleeping and arriving late. Hwoarang's plan succeeds and backfires at the same time as an incensed Baek tells him to do a thousand pushups.

Character Relationships

Trivia

General:

  • The name "Baek-Du San" is that of a mountain that is split in two by the North Korean-Chinese border. It is treated almost like a national monument by the South Koreans.
  • His given name, "Doo-San", is patterned after one of the ITF's 24 patterns, "Do-San", consisting of 24 movements.
  • Baek is a 6th dan black belt, as evidenced by the six stripes on his belt.
  • Baek's name is written in the Hangul alphabet as "백두산", and in kanji as "白頭山". In both cases, it means "White head(ed) mountain".
  • Baek was attacked by Ogre between Tekken 2 and Tekken 3.
  • The uniform that Baek wears is called a dobok. Meaning "way of life training clothes" in Korean, the dobok is the uniform for Taekwondo, modeled after the Japanese gi for the basic look and the v-neck for the hanbok.
  • Baek Doo San is also the name of a fictional character in Korea, who was a great taekwondo master who lived in Japan.

Tekken 2:

  • Owners of the Tekken 2 arcade machines were given the option to set either Jun or Baek as one of the ten default characters displayed on the selection screen (in the Playstation version, it was Jun who was placed on this spot). This was accessible via a dip switch.
  • Baek is Marshall Law's sub-boss if not placed as default character. Once unlocked, Marshall Law is his sub-boss.
  • If placed as default character in the arcade machine of Tekken 2, Baek's sub-boss is Wang Jinrei, and he will be Wang's sub-boss, if Wang is unlocked.

Tekken Tag Tournament:

Tekken 5 and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection:

  • Baek's sub-bosses are Marshall Law and Hwoarang. He's also Hwoarang's stage 4 sub-boss.
  • While playing as Baek, he meets Marshall Law in the story mode. However, neither of them reminisce about the events in Tekken 2, as if they have not yet met each other. After Baek defeats Marshall, Baek says, "I hold instructional sessions on Sundays at my dojo. Why don't you join in on one of my sessions?".
  • He is unlocked by beating story mode 3 times with a different character.
  • Among the characters who returned in Tekken 5 and been missing in game since Tekken 2, Baek had the most drastic aging of all these characters. His hair is now gray and he has a beard.

Tekken 6 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion:

Tekken Tag Tournament 2:

  • Baek appears in the last part of Wang's ending alongside Ganryu.

Other:

  • While he doesn't appear and is never seen in the game, Baek is mentioned a few times in Hwoarang and Steve's story in Street Fighter X Tekken.

Gallery

Baek Doo San/Gallery

See also

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