Craig Marduk (クレイグ・マードック Kureigu Mādokku?) is a character in the Tekken series who was introduced in Tekken 4 and has returned for all subsequent releases except Tekken 7, although both he and Armor King are mentioned in King's Character Episode.
Marduk is an extremely violent and short-tempered individual. He is very brash and tends to be quite unkind to others around him. He is also incredibly cocky and has a huge ego. Marduk's mannerisms are very questionable and usually border on mental instability, as he is usually seen before or after a fight screaming and acting like a vicious wild animal and breathing heavily and violently. Other actions that contribute to this is when Marduk killed King II's mentor Armor King in a bar brawl just because he was in a bad mood (albeit it may have been unintentional). The only people that Craig seems to actually care for are his loving parents as whilst unconscious in a hospital, King saw a family photo of Marduk's mother and father on a desk next to his bed. Although just as cocky and belligerent as before, he has since become progressively more good-natured after befriending his ex-rival King II.
Prologue Text: Undefeated for four years in the professional circuit, Craig Marduk was once a respected and feared Vale Tudo fighter. However, Craig was expelled from the professional ranks after being linked to a minor scandal. Bitter against his peers and society, Craig’s wrath consumed his soul. One day, Craig started a bar brawl in Arizona and killed an opponent during the fight, which turned out to be Armor King. Convicted for second-degree manslaughter, Craig was sentenced to ten years in the state penitentiary. Two years later, Craig was mysteriously released from prison. Some anonymous "benefactor" had apparently paid off numerous judiciaries to arrange for Craig’s release. An envelope is delivered to Craig shortly after his release. Craig opens the envelope to find a plane ticket and an article about The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4.
Epilogue Text: For Marduk, fulfilment was elusive... "Winnin' some tournament don't mean nothin'." When he realized where he was, he was heading back to the place of his former glory.
Ending Description: After winning the Tournament, Marduk returns to his place of former glory. There he meets the new Vale Tudo champion: an egotistic blond-haired man named Jeff Slater, who challenges him to a fight. Without accepting the fight, Marduk headbutts the new champion, instantly knocking him off his feet and tells him not to "bother getting up". Marduk then walks away, stamping on Slater as he does so.
Prologue Text: Craig Marduk, the once undefeated Vale Tudo Fighter. Unable to accept his loss to King in the previous tournament, Marduk transformed himself into the ultimate weapon. One day, Marduk in a black jaguar mask, beat everyone in a Vale Tudo tournament to a bloody pulp. "King! You're next!" The stage is set for a rematch at the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5!
Epilogue Text: Marduk wins the Tournament and is crowned the new champion. For Marduk, being champion was not enough. He attack various martial art champions to show his superiority.
Ending Description: The scene opens with the words: "And today's target is..." Two boxers are getting ready to fight in a typical boxing match. The boxers have just begun their bout when Marduk comes into the ring and interrupts, challenging both of them to come at him. The referee tries to stop the madness, only to be K.O.ed by Marduk. The two boxers decide to attack Marduk but are easily taken down. Marduk taunts the audience and gloats in front of the camera, tearing up the ropes in the boxing ring for good measure. Steve Fox, who is in the audience, has a look of disgust on his face as he gets out of his seat to confront Marduk.
Prologue Text: Craig Marduk fought a grueling battle with the wrestler King in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Victory and defeat eluded both fighters, and, in defeat, they found friendship. While returning to the waiting room, Craig was attacked. Catching only a glimpse of the attacker's back as he fled, Craig could have sworn he looked exactly like the man he was convicted of killing, Armor King. Determined to learn the assailant's true identity, Craig set out with his sworn friend, King, to participate in The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6.
Ending Description: While in a graveyard of the first Armor King, Marduk shoveled Armor King's grave, who should be dead to see Armor King's dead body. When he opens Armor King's grave, it was really him, who revealed he was dead. The mysterious figure, who resembles Armor King, gave Marduk a blank stare in silence after being asked who he is. Just as Marduk was about to know the truth behind who the figure is, King II arrived at the graveyard and asked the figure who he is, as the figure claims himself to be "Armor King" and no one else. Marduk believes this to be a lie, as he killed Armor King "with his own hands", but the figure calling himself "Armor King" said that the "Armor King" name is not exclusive to just one person. The figure calling himself "Armor King" said that he is the one, but so was his late brother, known as Armor King I, whom Marduk killed 2 years ago, thus making the figure "Armor King II". Armor King II deemed that his brother's murder was unforgivable and points at Marduk as a sign of revenge.
It is revealed that when King tried to make peace between Marduk and Armor King II and explain everything to Armor King, Marduk and Armor King II decide to ignore King's treaty; Armor King II did not trust Marduk, and Marduk felt Armor King II would not listen to any explanations but revenge. Both fighters were injured in the struggle, ending up in the hospital. Thus, King sets out to earn the money needed to pay for their hospital bills.
Marduk appeared in Street Fighter X Tekken as a playable character, his official partner is King.
Marduk is a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Ending Description: Craig is in a wrestling ring. He is fighting Armor King II, whom he knocks down with a strong arm attack straight to the head. Then Jaycee knees him from his side right in his face. He gets knocked into a corner, weakened. Then, King II is seen climbing up into the ring. Jaycee notices and runs backs to her corner of the ring and uses it as a boost to flip backwards and kick him with both feet in his chest, he is thrown out of the ring.
Marduk then breaks off one of the bars of the ring and swings it around. Armor King ducks but it knocks Jaycee down on her face. King II recovers, to see Armor King cornered by Marduk who is still swinging the bar around. Marduk finally throws up the piece up into the ceiling, making most the lights go out. Now there is only a spotlight on the ring. It turns out to be a distraction, as King II tackles him by surprise. He knocks him down so then Marduk picks him up and swings him around by one of his legs and slams him down. The bell dings as they are the winners. Both him and King II cheer and high five. The scene ends with them holding each other's arms up as they are the champions.
A traditional "big and slow" character with strong moves, great throws and a unique Mount grapple. His main drawback is that most of his attacks have a very slow startup time; making them unreliable when trying to beat an enemy to the punch let alone being an overall slow character in general. However, when his attacks do hit, players are rewarded with heavy damage to the opponent and also some very useful launch properties. His ready position is also another good tactic at unsettling opponents as the mount attack is very effective at promptly deplenishing a decent amount of an opponent's health without performing a combo.
Marduk is also one of the few characters that can grab opponents whilst in the air. This can be used during a juggle or just when the opponent jumps. His air grabs are a good tactic at dealing an extra bit of damage if used as a juggle finisher.
Craig fights using Vale Tudo. Vale Tudo is a combat sport with few rules that hosts a variety of fighting styles, ranging from wrestling to Judo to Sambo to Muay Thai.
Marduk does not seem to have a specific fighting style and is more acquainted to that of Brawling, much like Miguel. However, some of his moves are derived from wrestling as he can be seen using moves such as leg locks, throws and takedowns. Marduk's iconic mount attack, as the name suggests, has him tackle his opponent to the ground and brutally pummel them into submission, similar to techniques seen in mixed martial arts.
- Armor King I - Marduk killed him in an Arizona bar brawl due to him being in a bad mood after being framed for scandals sometime before Tekken 4.
- Armor King II - Armor King II hates Marduk for killing his brother and the two are now rivals. Marduk was attacked by him prior to Tekken 6. In Tekken 6 after their endings along with King II's are connected, Marduk and Armor King II attempt to kill each other and ignores King II's plea to make peace and explain everything how Armor King I died at the hands of Marduk while the former was having a cardiac disease. Thankfully in Tekken 7, they are still alive and currently incapacitated from the fight, leading King to enter the seventh tournament for their medical bills and also for the orphans from the church King II resided.
- King II - His rival in Tekken 4, but the two soon set aside their differences and became friends after the events of Tekken 5. King is also his partner in Street Fighter X Tekken.
- Jeff Slater - Slater was supposedly a fan of Marduk. He was knocked out by Marduk after smugly taunting him.
- Marduk holds great similarity to real-life (now retired) pro wrestler, Nathan Jones. Both are about the same size, Australian, served prison time and are often portrayed as crude muscle-heads. However, unlike Marduk, first Jones went to prison, then he took up wrestling, not the other way around. Also, Marduk's style is Vale Tudo, & Nathan Jones's style is Muay Thai.
- Fans have also speculated that Marduk may be a tribute to professional wrestler and Football player Bill Goldberg.
- Not surprisingly, Marduk has some moves taken from the Japanese mixed martial artist Kazushi "Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba. Like Mongolian Chop from the mount position, jumping stomp, etc.
- Marduk is the only character who uses a knee for a low kick. (This is because, due to being based on Nathan Jones, both used knee strikes, a common move used in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Muay Thai, & Tae Kwon Do.)
- Many of Marduk's attack animations were later reused and slightly altered for Tekken 7 newcomer, Gigas. This, alongside similar physical features led fans to speculate that Gigas was in fact Marduk before the games release, (this was later de-confirmed in-game).
- Craig Marduk's sub-bosses are Anna Williams and King II.
- Marduk can be customized to look like Mr. T.
- Marduk's sub-bosses are Steve Fox and King II.
- In the Scenario Campaign mode, Marduk and King II are bosses in the Mixed Martial Arts Gym "Wild Kingdom" stage.
- His ending is connected to King II's and Armor King II's endings.
- Marduk can be customized to resemble other real-life wrestlers, such as Andre the Giant, The Big Show, The Godfather (but without the feathered purple fedora & necklace), & Kane (during his corporate days).
- In Tekken 6, Marduk's ending takes place in the Graveyard. This is a tribute to how Nathan Jones was (kayfabe) portrayed as the Undertaker's protégé in 2003, during their feud against the Full Blooded Italians as well as the battle during WrestleMania 19 against The Big Show & A-Train (who is now commonly known as Tensai).
- Marduk is the name of a Mesopotamian god.
- In Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Wolf Hawkfield can be customized to resemble Marduk.