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Leo Kliesen (レオ・クリーゼン Reo Kurīzen?) commonly known as Leo (レオ Reo?) is a character from the Tekken fighting game series by Namco. Leo is one of several newcomers first introduced in Tekken 6. Leo is from Germany who fights with Baji Quan.

Biography

Outfits

Leo Kliesen/Outfits

Story

Tekken 6

Prologue Text: Leo was part of a very talented family. Leo's father was a world-famous spelunker, while Leo's mother served as a G Corporation executive. Although his father disappeared during an expedition when Leo was a child, Leo still wanted to follow in the family tradition and become a spelunker. Leo possessed a strong sense of character, thanks to a proper upbringing. Life was pleasant and relatively uneventful until one fateful day, when Leo's mother was killed by an unknown assailant. Depressed and filled with grief, Leo became incensed when the police called-off their investigation quickly and without explanation. Leo vowed to find the truth. During Leo’s own investigation, the G Corporation's Kazuya Mishima materialized as a person of interest. The G Corporation was popularized at the time as a world hero, making it difficult to get close to Kazuya, and it looked as though Leo’s quest had reached an insurmountable impasse. It was at this time that news of the Mishima Zaibatsu-sponsored The King of Iron Fist Tournament began to spread. Leo learned that Kazuya Mishima was scheduled to appear in person at the event. Realizing that this may be the only chance to take revenge against Kazuya, Leo decided to enter the contest.

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Tekken 6 - Leo ending - HD 720p

Tekken 6 Leo Ending

Ending Description: Leo pays a visit to Emma Kliesen's grave and finds a letter reading "Dear Leo." Leo reads it and then turns around suddenly to find no one standing there. The camera pans over Leo's face then points up.

Tekken 7

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TEKKEN 7 - Leo Kliesen Ending & Intro (TEKKEN 7 Character Endings)

Prologue Text: Leo entered the King of Iron Fist Tournament in the hope of uncovering more about his deceased mother, who had been a researcher for the Mishima Zaibatsu. When Leo learned that his battle arena was to be a Zaibatsu-owned dojo, he couldn't believe his luck.

However, when he got there, the dojo was in ruins. The moonlight poured in through holes in the walls and roof, illuminating the floor with an eerie beauty. A short while later, a strange, floating silhouette appeared, and slowly glided toward Leo.

The silhouette held a sword in its left hand that rotated at a mind-bending speed. What the hell was this thing? It looked like some kind of a flying squid or octopus! Was it a demon...?

Then it finally dawned on Leo: This bizarre creature was his opponent. Cautiously, he prepared to fight.

Ending Description: After defeating Yoshimitsu, Leo ponders as to what he is exactly. Bending down, Leo pokes at one of his tentacles and immediately jumps back in shock when it starts to squirm. Remembering the mission, Leo bids Yoshimitsu farewell and leaves.

Other Appearances

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - 'Leo Ending' TRUE-HD QUALITY

Ending Description: Leo is seen on a train that seems to belong to G Corporation. Leo sneaks in and reads from a computer that Emma Kliesen (Leo's mother) was once a supervisor for the Mishima Zaibatsu's devil gene program. The cells of the devil gene merge together with a normal person's cells, so the Mishima Zaibatsu created a synthetic strand to use. The program was cancelled after various fatalities of the test subjects. Emma had also reported the "death" of NT01. Suddenly while Leo is saving the information onto a USB, the computer's owner arms himself and goes back into his cabin. Leo manages to get back on the train's roof only to be surrounded by three armed men. Swearing to find mother's murderers, Leo jumps out of the train and fires a hook that lands on the ledge.

Special Alliance Partners:

Tekken Revolution

Leo appears as an unlockable character in Tekken Revolution.

Tekken (Mobile)

Leo appears as an unlockable character in Tekken (Mobile). Leo can be unlocked by playing the featured act entitled "It was me, Leo!" in the update of Tekken (Mobile) Version 0.6 with new Leo arc, customizations, and a new token reward system with many game design changes. Leo also comes with four new appearances which can be seen in Leo Kliesen/Outfits page.

Gameplay

Leo is defined by a balanced gameplay and is good at just about everything: Leo has lots of fast, strong combos and multi-hits, stunning blows that strike high and low. Leo is also very safe, because Leo's moves have little lag or recovery in between. Many of the attacks, however, are pretty straightforward and predictable, so Leo is prone to be sidestepped.

Fighting Style

Leo practices Baji Quan, a Chinese martial art famous for its powerful elbow strikes, arm/fist strikes, hip checks and strikes with the shoulder, delivered with explosive, short-range power.

This style, mixed with other Chinese martial arts, is also practiced by Julia Chang and Michelle Chang. Leo, however, is the first Tekken character to practice this style alone, in its purest form.

Character Relationships

Trivia

General:

  • Katsuhiro Harada confirmed Leo is female at the Cologne premiere of Tekken: Blood Vengeance.[3]
  • Harada later redacted his statement, saying that Leo was female character named Eleonor Kliesen (エレオノーラ・クリーゼン) in the initial concept, but later the gender was changed to neutral.[4]
    • Despite Harada's public statement, English localizations of Leo's story still refer to Leo occasionally as male and categorize Leo to be with male characters, perhaps due to the English language lacking gender-neutral pronouns.
    • It should be noted that in the original, Japanese texts, Leo is often referred to either by the name or by gender-neutral words.
    • Leo's creation as gender ambiguous was to have a character become popular to both male and female fans/players regardless of gender. In spite of what was stated, Leo can be viewed as male or female.
  • Leo is ranked #22 in ugo.com's The 25 Most Androgynous Video Game Characters.
  • It is unknown how Leo's father died, or if he did for certain.
  • In the non-canonical Online Tekken Comic, Leo is portrayed or viewed as a male. In most video game appearances, Leo is only occasionally seen or thought to be male.
  • Leo can equip both male and female accessories.

Tekken 6:

  • Leo can equip a sledgehammer which is a male item, but Leo also can have pigtail hair bases which is usually for female fighters only. Also, Leo's continue and next round animations are those of male characters. 
  • In the Scenario Campaign, however, both Heihachi and Anna refer to Leo as a "boy", most likely due to Leo's main appearance.
  • Leo cannot be attacked by Anna and Nina's Slap Happy (b+2), which is usable against females; but by Heihachi's Headbutt Carnival (f,F+1+4), which is usable against males.
  • In the Tekken 6 Limited Edition Art Book's Designers' Sketches, Leo is under the Male Characters section.
  • Leo resembles Rock Howard from Garou: Mark of the Wolves and King from The Art of Fighting series.
  • Leo can be customized as Ash Ketchum, the main hero from the Pokémon anime. Not surprisingly, Ash's English voice actress, Veronica Taylor, provides Leo's voice.
  • Despite not sharing the same fighting style, Leo shares some moves with Paul Phoenix
  • Leo is one of the few characters who face Kazuya Mishima in the Arena mode.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2:

  • Leo now speaks in their native language, German as Leo's voice sounded more masculine or tomboyish with a deeper pitch. It is unknown, however, if Leo is voiced by a male voice actor or female voice actress.
  • Leo can be customized to look like Sora & Roxas from the Kingdom Hearts series, Tenten from the Naruto series, Eliot from Dead or Alive 4, & Indiana Jones.
  • Leo has got two swimsuits: a bikini revealing Leo's cleavage, giving a more feminine look, and the surfer swimsuit that gives Leo a masculine look, flat-chested and looking like pectorals.

Tekken 7 and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution:

  • In Leo's ending and Yoshimitsu's endings, Leo briefly speaks English, while remaining to speak German throughout the game.
  • In Yoshimitsu's ending, he thought Leo as male, but also made a comment on how "delicate" Leo appeared.
  • In Tekken 7, Leo was removed from all "Tekken Girls" related products and images.
  • Leo has a facial hair item, which not all male characters have. This is most likely to go with Leo's Musketeer/Buccaneer outfit.
  • Leo has 3 female tops in this game, as opposed to only the winter coat in TTT2. Strangely, Leo has both Training Jacket (male) and Tracksuit Top (female), which are somewhat similar and it would be redundant for Leo to have both. However, all of Leo's bottoms are those of male characters. This is most likely to enhance Leo's gender ambiguity 
  • Leo can be customized to look like Mizuki, a former member of a Japanese bifauxnen female idol group "THE HOOPERS". 
  • Leo can also be made to look like Ryo Asuka, the deuteragonist of the classic manga Devilman, notably from his appearance featured in the Devilman OVA series directed by Umanosuke Lida. 

Gallery

Leo Kliesen/Gallery

See Also

References

  1. ^ Harada PD & Yonemori P Talk Show in NAMCO Nipponbashi TEKKEN Museum
  2. ^ Katsuhiro Harada‏ Twitter post about Leo
  3. ^ Leo's gender revealed at Tekken BV event
  4. ^ http://www.twitlonger.com/show/na1kdv

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