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Geese Howard (ギース・ハワード Gīsu Hawādo?) is a playable guest character within the Tekken series of fighting games. He is from the Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting and The King of Fighters series created by SNK. He made his debut in Tekken 7 as a DLC character.
Geese has short blond hair and blue eyes. His overall outfit is almost identical to Heihachi's primary outfit in Tekken 3 but his hakama is red. He also wears a gold necklace on his neck with an oval shaped jade gem serving as his pendant. His chest bears a long horizontal scar, as well as a long scar across Geese's left eye, inflicted by Wolfgang Krauser, his half-brother.
Although defined by his pride and insatiable lust for power in all its forms, Geese is both cunning and strong. He knows all of the faces of power, from money to immortality, and in many cases, he is well aware of the paths by which to obtain such power; such paths were taught through the harsh lessons Geese learned during childhood and while working his way up the underworld of his native South Town.
Despite appearing to be heartlessly evil however, he has his own code of honor and there are lines that even he will not cross, such as never underestimating his opponents. He will crush anyone who stands in his way and reward those he deems worthy of his respect, such as his right-hand man, Billy Kane, or Tung Fu Rue, his former master.
Geese is also known to hold grudges. As both police commissioner and mobster, Geese harbors hatred of people who threaten his status, lest they return to forcefully remove him from his seat of power. A grudge held against a former classmate, Jeff Bogard, is ultimately what led to him killing his former classmate, setting the events of his native Fatal Fury series in motion.
Geese has also developed a fascination with Japanese culture. This is evident in both his estates, which are adorned with items relevant to Oriental history, and in his own self-crafted moves, as many of them are named in Japanese, such as the Shinkuu Nage and Reppuu Ken techniques, to name a few.
Various profiles released by SNK state that Geese loves steak, is good at billiards, and that his favorite song is Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from "The Godfather") by Andy Williams.
Born to Rudolph Von Zanac and Maria Howard post World War II in Southtown, USA, Geese's father Rudolph was an Austrian martial artist who also worked as a terrorist in Europe. Mysteriously disappearing after winning a major martial arts tournament in Germany, Maria struggled to make ends meet and raise a young Geese on her own. Though Geese had staked out odd jobs to help support his mother when he had come of age, Maria eventually died of poor health and malnutrition.
Impulsed to know of his father's whereabouts, Geese tracked down info on him, until at the age of 15, his findings pinned Rudolph down as a royal figure in Germany. Sneaking into Mittelburge Castle, Geese had planned to assassinate Rudolph for his neglect and abandonment of his mother, but before he could do so, he was soon intercepted by a boy nine years of age. Beating up Geese and without pause, Rudolph broke up the boy's onslaught before he potentially killed Geese. Letting Rudolph know that he was the son of the woman he had left behind in America, Geese then learned that the young boy who stopped him was his half brother Wolfgang Krauser, and that Rudolph had married into the royal family of the Stroheims after the tournament years ago. Before he and his father could reconcile, Geese then immediately ran off, empty of victory.
While Geese turned to religion after this in attempts to forgive his father and come to peace with his anger, he could ultimately not shake off his pride, including the humiliation of defeat and the fear of Wolfgang. Realizing after this that power brings results, Geese then turned to studying martial arts to gain such power.
It was during this time of his youth that Geese began studying the martial art of Hakkyoseiken under Tung Fu Rue, and his two disciples, Jeff Bogard and Cheng Sinzan. Sometime during this, he also began tutelage in Japan for his teachings of koryu schools of martial arts and aikijujutsu, including studying under the expert Aikido master Toji Sakata and Tatsumi Suo, the grandfather of "Blue" Mary Ryan. Fighting together as friends with Jeff and Cheng, the three were then once known throughout the martial arts world as "The Three Brothers of Godly Battle".
Despite the golden time that defined his late youth, such a time would eventually come to an end. As Cheng was expelled for participating in gambling and rigging street fights, Geese would come to Southtown for periodic visits and made connections with the local mafia, including showcasing intimidation and scheming intrigue to build up his network. Knowing that Geese would likely turn to use his power for evil, Tung decidedly chose Jeff as his successor to Hakkyoseiken. Though he had hoped to mentor Geese and turn him away from the path he was about to walk, Geese immediately left, enraged and jealous, and never to see Tung again.
Upon returning to Southtown, Geese then used his influences and mafia connections to help him gain head as the city's police commissioner. Hoping to expand his turf, he challenged the then kingpin Mr. BIG and took over his enterprises. Knowing too well that there would be plenty to try and stop him, he then targeted Takuma Sakazaki of the local Kyokugenryu Karate school, and forced him to be his hired goon. Hoping to gain more people of strength to his cause, Geese effectively founds the King of Fighters martial arts tournament, but is thwarted by Ryo Sakazaki, the son of Takuma. Sometime after this, Geese then started the launch of his security company enterprise front of Howard Connection, effectively cementing his control as Southtown's true ruler, including putting the mayor in his payroll. During a business trip to London, Geese had taken under his wing the street urchins Billy and Lilly Kane, after seeing himself in the two and watching Billy defend himself.
Sometime before the events of Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, Geese married Marie Heinlein, a humble woman who would for the first time, attract him. After their marriage, Geese knew Marie would pose a liability to his ambition, and in turn, would put Marie in danger, but does not want to estrange himself to his wife like his father did, so he gave Marie a safe and quiet place to live in, in an apartment, far away from the eyes of the public. Their marriage yields fruit, Marie bore him a son and named him Rock. But unfortunately, Geese's growing reputation made it next to impossible to see Marie and Rock, as this can become a leverage for his enemies.
However, Marie fell ill and contracted an illness, and Rock's only hope for her to be cured was with Geese's intervention. However, Geese had to turn Rock away, for obvious reasons. From that day on, and from Marie's reported death, Rock grew to hate his father, refusing even to call him as such.
It would not be however, until 1982, that Geese would truly sow the seeds of his demise. Knowing the last of his greatest enemies exist, Geese soon confronted Jeff Bogard out on the streets of Southtown. Upon putting Jeff at a disadvantage by having him stabbed by his henchmen, Geese then further wounds Jeff grievously, and leaves him to die. As Geese makes a quick getaway, he does not realize the two children that rush to him are his foster sons, Terry and Andy. Later on in 1987, during a King of Fighters tournament, Geese soon spots three newcomers that have made strong headway into the tournament. Learning about them during their rise to the top, Geese realizes that they are Terry and Andy Bogard, and their friend Joe Higashi, who aim to defeat Geese and avenge Jeff. Though he sends hired martial artists and even Billy, who had grown into a formidable fighter and his loyal bodyguard, Terry ultimately makes it as the winner of the competition. Ordering his kidnapping and hoping to finally put an end to the threat to his power, Geese however is defeated, and is thrown out of his own skyscraper, Geese Tower, who is considered dead as he plummets to the ground.
While officially considered dead to the eyes of the public, Geese however had secretly recuperated at a private hospital. It is revealed that he was able to survive thanks to the possession of a Chinese scroll of magic called the Phoenix Scroll, allowing him to recover from such death inducing injuries. While he had recovered, he was informed that Krauser soon made his appearance into the fighting world again, and hosted a global scale King of Fighters tournament to lure out Terry after he had grown in renown after defeating Geese. Along with this, Krauser had also sent an impostor to tarnish Howard Connection and ensure its financial collapse. Billy was sent out to investigate and join Krauser's forces. While Krauser's tournament was underway, Geese soon learned of the Jin Scrolls, two long lost scrolls said to have once accompanied the scroll of the Hakkyoseiken school and were to contain the secrets to immortality when read altogether.
Hosting another tournament upon the end of Krauser's tournament and the arrival of the Jin twins into Southtown who also seek the scrolls, Geese attains the last two scrolls by doing business with Ryuji Yamazaki, the hired Yakuza thug of the Jin twins. Hoping to cement his ultimate victory by drawing out the Bogard brothers after having gone through both of them, he is defeated by Terry once again. Though Terry instead decides to spare Geese from death, Geese refuses, and plummets again to his demise. He is then survived by his son Rock Howard and brother-in-law, Kain R. Heinlein. While in Fatal Fury canon Geese is no more, alternate depictions, including King of Fighters, shows that he is alive and well.
Rock Howard witnessed Terry defeat his father, and associated himself with his father's enemy ever since. Geese may or may not be aware that Rock is his son, but pays no heed to him.
According to promotional materials, Geese does not and will not have a Story Mode entry, and is considered non-canon to the storyline, unlike fellow guest character Akuma.
Being originating from SNK's KOF and Fatal Fury, Geese's playstyle is more akin to his appearance in KOF XIV, such as having command move and MAX Mode cancels instead of Street Fighter IV's Focus Attack cancel. He has 2 Supers, similar to Hwoarang's 2 Rage Drives, unlike Akuma and Eliza who only possess one. His gameplay is a merger of both his normal and Nightmare forms, dating back to SvC Chaos.
He is also the only character to have two Rage Arts, his first being his Rashoumon his other Rage Art move being Deadly Rave, which requires attack input followups to perform the continuous moves, akin to Tekken series’ 10 Hit Combo moves.
Geese is one of the few characters in the series to be able to grab grounded opponents.
Geese is said to be an expert martial artist who utilizes a personal style derived from his own teachings in Japanese martial arts. One of his main influences is that of Aikijujutsu, a defensive martial arts style with several throws, counter throws and locks. Because of its defensive nature, it is a style that is limited to Atemi-Waza striking attacks. To reinforce a focus on offense, Geese also utilizes Koryu centered Japanese martial arts, being the Warring States and samurai era originated schools of hand to hand fighting that is centered on crippling blows and flowing onslaughts, including styles not unlike the Kazama school of martial arts and hard styles of Aikido.
Hakkyokuseiken is a fictional Chinese martial art within the SNK universe taught to him by his former teacher Tung Fu Rue, that specializes in the cultivation and harnessing of qi. Skilled martial artists are said to have a great deal of internal power that comes with the style, including being able to channel their own qi to utilize as attacks. The affinity that he displays with his qi are themed after the wind and the skies, including a consistent sky blue color emanation, flowing yet slicing forms of energy, and being able to channel down lightning in his more powerful attacks. Geese is one three students of Tung Fu Rue that are prominent practitioners of this martial art.
Though Geese is from the USA, his extensive practice of such martial arts has lead nearly all of his techniques to be written and spoken out in Japanese. Via his codifying 2/3-way counter throws, some games may or may not allow Geese to even reverse physical supers/rage arts.
The Tekken 7 official site listed Geese's fighting style as "Kobujutsu (古武術)"
- Double Reppuken
- Atemi (his counter moves)
- Raimei Goha Nage (his OTG throw)
- Raging Storm
- Raigou Reppuken
- Deadly Rave
|"Bring it on! I'll destroy you all!"||"Give in to your fears!"|
|"Come on! This might be amusing."||"Stay down, maggot."|
|"Double Reppuken!"||"Know your place."|
|"Come on! The Mishima line ends here!"|
|"Come on! The Kazama line ends here!"|
|"Come on! Show me that power of yours."|
|"Now die. Rashomon!"|
|"You loser. Deadly Rave!"|
- Heihachi Mishima - Possible Rival CEO. Geese deemed Heihachi as not strong enough to conquer the entire world, and wants him to continue his ambition through Geese himself (non-canon).
- Geese is often known as the major antagonist of Fatal Fury series (except Mark of the Wolves where he is considered long deceased) and the second game of its prequel series Art of Fighting, as well as being one of the supporting antagonists in The King of Fighters timeline.
- This Geese is presumably from The King of Fighters timeline, where he is still alive and well, as well as his meter mechanics are from the fourteenth main installment of the said series. His rivalry with the Bogard brothers and the Sakazaki family is still present, but slightly downplayed, to the point that he doesn't actively antagonize them if he doesn't have to.
- Geese Howard is the second guest character confirmed for Tekken 7, the first guest being Akuma, as well as the third guest character overall, after Gon in Tekken 3.
- His and Akuma's appearances in this game marks the return of Capcom and SNK clashes in fighting games since SNK vs. Capcom: SvC Chaos.
- He and Akuma currently share the same English voice actor, Richard Epcar.
- Epcar also voiced Azazel in Tekken 6's Scenario Campaign cinematics, and became Akuma's main voice provider, replacing Dave Mallow who has provided his English voice since Street Fighter IV.
- He is the third SNK character to be featured under the Bandai-Namco Entertainment banner. Mai Shiranui and Iroha appeared in Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos
- He is also the second Fatal Fury character to be featured in a non-SNK fighting game. Mai Shiranui appeared in Koei-Tecmo's Dead or Alive 5.
- In Ultimate Tekken Bowl, the color of Geese's bowling ball is vibrant red.
- He has a special intro against the current main Kazamas (Jin & Asuka) in which he says "Come on! The Kazama line ends here!" Imitating two of his pre-fight animations which is "Come on!" and "The Mishima bloodline ends here!".
- ^ http://www.tk7.tekken-official.jp/special/?tab=2
- ^ http://www.tk7.tekken-official.jp/special/?tab=2
- ^ http://www.tk7.tekken-official.jp/special/?tab=2