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Miguel Caballero Rojo (ミゲル・カバジェロ・ロホ Migeru Kabajero Roho?) is a fictional Spanish character in the Tekken series of fighting games.

Along with Leo, Zafina, and Bob, Miguel is one of the new characters who were introduced in Tekken 6.

Biography

Personality

Nothing much is known of Miguel yet, as he has only been featured in the two most recent Tekken games. He is a rather blood-thirsty and rebellious character, whose reckless nature can be seen as both his weakness and his strength.

Miguel is depicted as an undisciplined Spaniard with a very intense passion for fighting, which often brought him into conflict with others. Despite being born into a conservative family, his wild and unruly nature made him the black sheep.

Despite his negative side, Miguel is shown to be capable of love, especially in the case of his sister, whom he grew to trust and treasure. However, Miguel’s extremely over-protective concern for his sister made him consider killing his future brother-in-law, though he decides against it for the sake of her happiness. But, once his sister is killed in the bombing raid by the Mishima Zaibatsu ordered by Jin Kazama, Miguel finally shows his vengeful side and rages at her killer. This also happens in his ending in Tekken 6.

Miguel has also been frequently described as the "manliest man" in the series due to his big, towering figure and his oppressive aura of power. Most of his customization options feature the theme of manliness, like muscle shirts, unzipped leather coats, and facial hair, and his outfits prominently feature his muscular and chiseled figure.

However, in his ending in Tekken 7, despite showing his vengeful side and his rage while he brutally beats Jin into a pulp, Miguel spares him, restraining himself from delivering the finishing blow, showing his mercy and self-restraint. It also implies that despite his hatred for Jin, Miguel would rather face him honorably as well as show him the kind of a monster Jin had turned into since he took over the Mishima Zaibatsu.

Appearance

Miguel is a muscular dark-skinned brawler who has brown curly hair, a light unshaven beard, thick brown eyebrows and light brown eyes. His default outfit (in Tekken 6) resembles a typical bullfighter's outfit.

Outfits

Main Article: Miguel Caballero Rojo/Outfits

In Tekken Tag Tournament 2, he wears an unbuttoned reddish-orange button shirt with a large red bull amid a yellow design on the back, green pants fastened with a black belt and revealing his boxers, which have the word "Luchador" written on them, and black shoes. He also wears a silver necklace, a bracelet on his right hand and black gloves.

His new outfit in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution can be considered a mixture of traditional formal wear, which his Tekken 6 outfit evoked, and more streetwise fashion, which his Tag 2 outfit evoked. He now wears a formal shirt with pinstripe pants and black boots, while sporting a pair of brass knuckles and a burgundy jacket with skull insignias adorning the arms and a fur collar. This creates the visage of a high-class gangster.

Story

Tekken 6

Despising the thought of having his life in the hands of other people, Miguel sought to live it on his own. Even after being raised by strict parents, his bloodthirsty personality found him starting fights with people around him and caused him to be seen as a rebel.

Countless arguments with his parents had forced Miguel to leave home at the age of 15, but he soon found sanctuary at a bar he visited often. He trusted no one except his kind-hearted sister whom he cared about more than anyone.

She visited him secretly without their parents knowing about it. Some time later, Miguel’s sister told him that she was going to get married. Miguel, being outraged by this, thought of killing her fiance, but, not wanting to break his dear sister's heart, Miguel decides against it.

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Tekken 6: BR
Miguel's sister

On the day of the wedding, Miguel watched the ceremony from outside of the church, not wanting to be seen by his parents. Under the clear blue sky, almost as if it was a blessing, a line of planes passed by the wedding.

Just a moment later, a blazing inferno covered the scene. Miguel was blown away, and although he was in great pain and almost collapsed, Miguel tried desperately to look for his sister inside the remains of the church.

Miguel Prologue Pic 2

Tekken 6: BR
Ordered by the Zaibatsu

Later on, Miguel found her, already dead and with her wedding dress soaked in blood.

Some time after, Miguel discovered that the air raid that killed his sister was ordered by the Mishima Zaibatsu and, with lust for vengeance, he vowed to get revenge on the Zaibatsu’s leader, Jin Kazama.

Ending Description: Jin Kazama is about to take off in a helicopter, when Miguel is seen rushing towards him. Tekken Force soldiers try to stop Miguel but he defeats every soldier that stands in his way with either a single punch or kick.

Jin Kazama takes off and Miguel tries to grab onto the flying helicopter. He, unfortunately, fails at exacting his revenge. He shouts in frustration as Jin Kazama, the person who killed his sister, escapes unscathed.

Tekken 7

After losing his sister in an airstrike ordered by the Mishima Zaibatsu under the direction of Jin Kazama, Miguel Caballero Rojo devoted his life to seeking revenge. However, when Jin suddenly vanishes without a trace, Miguel's life purpose to kill him disappears along with him.

From that point forward, Miguel began to wander like a specter from battle-torn town to battle-torn town. One day, as he ambled through rows of dilapidated buildings, he stumbled across a strangely familiar hooded man. There in front of him was none other than his sworn enemy, Jin.

Consumed by both euphoria and rage, Miguel becomes frenzied and goes in for the kill.

Ending Description: After defeating Jin, Miguel angrily remarks that Jin doesn't recognize him. He then delivers a barrage of punches to Jin's face, shouting that his sister was killed by the Mishima Zaibatsu. Jin tells Miguel to finish him off. Miguel, noticing Jin's lifeless demeanor, decides to spare him, but only because Jin has not suffered enough to deserve death; not until Jin's life is filled with hope, will he kill his sister's murderer.

Other Appearances

Tekken 2010 Movie

Miguel appeared in the 2010 live action film Tekken, where he is portrayed by Roger Huerta. He is the only Tekken 6 character to appear in the film, and is renamed "Miguel Rojo". He participates in the Iron Fist tournament and faces Jin Kazama. Despite holding his own rather formidably, he is defeated by Jin when he crushes his leg and is beaten unmercifully, nearly killing him.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Miguel appears as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Miguel's Arcade Ending

Ending Description: Miguel is seen beating up various thugs at once in an alleyway. As he defeats two, he corners the last one, intending to give him a beating as well. However, a girl comes in and protects the last thug while looking at Miguel. Miguel looks into the girl's eyes and is reminded of when his sister was killed because of Jin (the same scene that was played in Tekken 6's opening) and releases his grip from the thug. Miguel then turns around and kicks the floor in frustration.

Special Alliance Partners:

Tekken Revolution

Miguel appears in Tekken Revolution as one of the playable characters.

Gameplay

Miguel is a character with a very strong offensive approach. He can deal high damage and has access to good strings, a special throw that puts him in advantage, and a surprisingly good mix-up game. He can cancel certain attacks into his Savage stance, which has a multitude of attacks that can deal with multiple situations offensively or defensively. Miguel, however, is a bit on the slow side, and has to keep his opponent in check with offense in order to keep the momentum. The lack of a proper "get off me" move, unless in Savage stance, hurts Miguel, as all his options have a bit of start up time. Players who want to master Miguel must be equipped with the ability to rush down but also have a defensive back up in case they are on the receiving end of pressure.

Fighting Style

Namco stated that Miguel has no formal martial arts training and that he does not use or follow any established style or discipline. Instead, he brawls his way out of any fight, making use of his overwhelming strength and raw muscle-power. His self-made "style" confuses and disorientates opponents with wild, powerful blows.

His moves consist of no-holds-barred, underhand techniques such as devastating haymakers, vicious body-checks, brutal headbutts and splitting leg swipes. His lack of any formal training is most visible during his grabs, in which he is usually depicted dishing out completely random strikes and throws with no real sense of coordination. Due to his size, Miguel is a bit on the slow side, and is often a huge target. However, Miguel's kick-coordination is surprisingly flexible and well disciplined for a man with no formal training.

Tekken developer and executive producer of Tekken 6, Katsuhiro Harada, describes Miguel as "a brawler from Spain".[1] Unlike many of the other fighters, Miguel is no martial artist. He appears to be very overconfident of his fighting abilities, though he has never taken any formal martial arts training.

Moves

One of Miguel's stances is called "Savage Stance". Some of the commands for Miguel's moves are "1,2,4", "f,f+2", "d/f+1,1~F (goes into "Savage Stance")", "("Savage Stance") b+1,2", "FC d/f+2", and "d/f+1+2". The command for Miguel's unblockable move is "f+3+4~F". For this move, Miguel slowly walks towards his opponent while putting a hand over his mouth and laughing (this is one of Miguel's taunt moves), then performs a quick downwards punch with the hand that he used to cover his mouth with. This move takes away an entire health bar for a one hit K.O. if it hits unhindered, and takes away 75% of the health bar if it connects.

Quotes

Character Relationships

Trivia

General:

  • "Caballero Rojo" means "Red Knight" or "Red Gentleman" in Spanish.
  • In Tekken 6 / Bloodline Rebellion, Miguel speaks English with subtitles, while in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Revolution, and Tekken 7 / Fated Retribution, Miguel speaks Spanish.
  • He seems somewhat devout about his religion (presumably Catholicism), as in one of his Tekken 6 win poses, he'll state he regrets the fight, as if he's just made a confession.

Tekken 6 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion:

Tekken Tag Tournament 2:

  • He now wears his new primary outfit instead of the bullfighter suit.
    • The reason that Miguel wears a new outfit is because Katsuhiro Harada himself disliked the idea that Miguel wears a "cliché" matador suit. In fact, many Spanish fans criticized this point of the character, to which Harada himself apologized, and promised that in the new Tekken game (Tekken Tag Tournament 2), Miguel would wear something more "normal".[2]
  • From Tekken Tag Tournament 2 onward, Miguel speaks in his native Spanish language.

Tekken 7 and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution:

  • His new outfit's color scheme and appearance are almost identical to Captain Marvelous of Super Sentai's Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
  • Miguel has two new pre-fight animations in this game. In the first one, he is seen biting a single apple before staring down his opponent, and the other one has him trying to pick a fight with his opponent before he aims a strong punch at the screen, breaking it.
  • His Rage Art is based on his ending in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but has minor changes - while he punches his opponent several times off-screen, the camera shows Miguel in the first-person view of his opponent, before he taunts his opponent and delivers the finishing blow.
  • He's the first Tekken character whose dialogue during his Rage Art move are brand new, unlike Bob, whose dialogue for his Rage Art are reused from his Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ending.
  • In his ending in Tekken 7, Miguel wore a single brass knuckle instead of a pair to beat Jin into a pulp. In real life, the weapon itself can give his opponent a concussion, while one knockout blow or severely beating his opponent could lead to death.

Other:

Gallery

Miguel Caballero Rojo/Gallery

See Also

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