Sergei Dragunov (Japanese: セルゲイ・ドラグノフ Serugei Doragunofu; Russian: Сергей Драгунов Sergey Dragunov) is a character in the Tekken series. He was first introduced in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection as one of the two new characters, the other one being Lili, and has returned in every subsequent game. Dragunov is a member of the Spetsnaz (also known as the Russian Special Operatives) who have dubbed him "The White Angel of Death" because of his overwhelming fighting powers and inscrutable personality.
Dragunov is cold, calculating, and totally impassive when fighting opponents. Aside from a few lines of dialogue, Dragunov has barely uttered a single word throughout the series as he dislikes speaking; this tends to either annoy, confuse or unsettle other characters. He serves his motherland with utmost diligence and loyally follows orders when given. He also enjoys singing as a hobby.
Despite not being necessarily evil, Dragunov is very apathetic and dispassionate. He cares little for others and only focuses on the mission at hand. He shows no mercy towards his enemies or opponents and if provoked enough, will kill them if they are jeopardizing the mission. Because of these qualities, even his allies tend to be intimidated by his presence.
Prologue Text: A frozen land buried in dense sub arctic forests. While undergoing geological research in preparation for the development of natural resources, an anomalous object is discovered below the permafrost. The military quickly calls special forces into action and the entire area is completely sealed off. The mysterious object is then transferred under absolute secrecy to a research facility for further study. A month later, military headquarters receive an investigative report regarding the mysterious object and decides to order one of the men working at the dig on a clandestine mission. That man is Dragunov, a member of an elite special forces team who is feared in battlefronts throughout the world as The White Angel of Death. He acknowledges the mission with a silent nod and leaves for Japan.
Ending Description: Scientists working for the Russian Government have Devil Jin inside a water tank. Dragunov gives them a signal to start. Activating the tank, electricity flows from the tank Devil Jin is inside to a similar one in the opposite side of the room, filling the opposite tank with many bubbles. As Devil Jin screams in pain, two glowing, demonic eyes can be seen in the tank on the opposite side of the room.
Prologue Text: Sergei Dragunov received orders from Russian Military Command to capture the organism known as the 'Devil' In pursuit of his mission, he successfully infiltrated The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, but was unable to locate the organism. Russia was in complete disorder with rampant civil disturbances, all believed to be caused by the covert actions of Mishima Zaibatsu operatives. Commissioned to suppress national unrest, Dragunov spent quite some time fighting across the country. Without any hesitation to stop the Mishima Zaibatsu of intruding the Russian government, the leaders decided to overthrow their leader, Jin Kazama, and decided to put a bounty on his head before anything gets worse. He was eventually called back by the Russian military and ordered to infiltrate The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 to crush the Mishima Zaibatsu. Dragunov embarked once again for Japan.
Ending Description: The Russian military have Azazel captured and Dragunov signals them to haul it in. Suddenly, a plane shows up and Raven jumps from it, extracting a magenta-colored orb out of Azazel. He then makes his escape back to the plane with the soldiers shooting at it. Unbeknowingst to Raven, a charge had been slipped onto the plane and Dragunov detonates it with a smirk.
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Dragunov appeared in the Tekken 2010 live action movie as a Russian fighter and portrayed by Anton Kasabov. In this movie, he is very expert in the art of the spear or sōjutsu in Japanese language as he wields a straight-headed spear similar to the Japanese spear called yari. He came into the semi finals where he fought against Bryan Fury with with a spear, despite having the upper hand in the beginning, he is ultimately killed after Bryan Fury managed to take away his spear and is easily overpowered by Bryan Fury.
Sergei Dragunov is featured as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. His item move is Grenade Booster.
Ending Description: Dragunov enters his office, having received a special package from Doctor Bosconovitch. Inside the box is an Alisa-model android and an instruction sheet. Dragunov attempts to put the android together only for something to impede his progress each time, such as the android falling apart, being unable to connect certain limbs to certain sockets and inadvertently activating Alisa's jet boosters. After somehow getting Alisa's head stuck to her hips, Dragunov refers to the instructions one last time, having noticed a red button inside of a compartment in her right thigh. Dragunov presses the button only to trigger an explosive device which causes a large scale explosion visible for a few miles. Naturally all throughout the movie, Dragunov's expression does not change and he says nothing in regards to his predicament as well.
Sergei Dragunov appears in Tekken Revolution as a playable character.
- Raven - Raven has tried to prevent Dragunov from completing various missions, it is implied that there is a history and potential rivalry between the two of them.
- Jin Kazama/Devil Jin - Dragunov was sent by the Russian government to capture Jin in Tekken 5 (in the latter's devil form) and Tekken 6. In his TK5:DR ending, Dragunov is seen possibly extracting an entity from Devil Jin.
- Alisa Bosconovitch - Alisa became Dragunov's temporary partner in the Scenario Campaign story in Tekken 6. Despite Alisa's feeling of unease when around Dragunov, the two seemed to work well as a team with Alisa frequently trying to lighten the mood during missions.
- Kazuya Mishima - Dragunov targeted him since he has the Devil Gene like Jin.
- Azazel - Upon seeing him for the first time (in the Scenario Campaign mode and Arena Mode), Dragunov changes his target on the rectifier instead of Jin and Kazuya in Tekken 6.
- Bryan Fury - In the 2010 film, Bryan killed Dragunov by slitting his throat with a chain (non-canon).
Dragunov is a powerhouse character with an arsenal of dangerous moves. Dragunov especially excels in pressure, with high priority high and low attacks that can catch opponents off near instantly. Dragunov is the only character to be able to counter attacks whilst crouching. Good Dragunov players will use his counters to their advantage, specifically for pressurizing opponent's attacks and controlling the battle.
His assortment of grappling attacks are able to keep the opponent guessing which of his moves are going to hit. For example; the eye gouge to stingray attack is a popular move because it's final blow is a sweep that catches opponents off guard. However, if the opponent is aware of that move and is ready to block the attack with a crouch then players can change the move to a clipping sweep to feint and catch attack which then grabs the crouching enemy and deals extra damage to them.
Dragunov fights using Commando Sambo; a modified offensive style of Sambo used and trained by members of the Russian army to defend one's self in a hand-to-hand combat situation. Sambo as a sport focuses on throwing and submissions whilst restricting chokeholds. Commando Sambo differs from the sport variation as users are given the privilege of punching, kicking and the intention of fracturing bones. The punching and kicking motions are derived from Mixed Martial Arts techniques.
- Although mostly silent (save for grunts) in the series, an interview with one of the creators of the Russian character revealed that Dragunov is perfectly capable of speaking, just that he doesn't want to, and that he also enjoys singing outside of battle.
- So far in the series, Dragunov has only spoken eight lines of dialogue, all of which are in the scenario campaign and two of which were only single word sentences.
- Dragunov's name is based on the two Russian rifle designers; Sergei Simonov and Evgeny Dragunov, the latter of which designed the sniper rifle SVD Dragunov. His name may also be based on real life sambo practitioner, Sergei Kharitonov.
- Dragunov and fellow Tekken character Nina seem to share some similarities in personality. Both being cold, emotionless and always considers the mission to be the main priority.
- Dragunov is one of the two characters that work for the government rather than a private company. The other is Lei Wulong.
- His face also slighty resembles Edward Scissorhands from the film of the same name.
- It is still currently unknown what the entity in Dragunov's Dark Resurrection ending is; speculation leads the entity to be Azazel, Devil Kazuya or the devil inside Jin, but paying particular attention to the ending section of the clip, is possible to note a similarity between its silhouette and Jinpachi's. This may mean that the model of Jinpachi was used for the entity, but not that it actually is Jinpachi in terms of storyline, since it was kept unrecognizable. Recent speculation has even suggested that the entity may be newcomer Gigas that was extracted from Devil Jin.
- Dragunov's first sub-boss, encountered at Stage 4, is Raven. Raven divulges that he is onto his "organization" and actions. It is also highly speculated that Raven may have some ties to Dragunov and vice-versa, as both are members of elite units and are both sent to investigate the events in Tekken 5.
- Before Dragunov fights Devil Jin during his Stage 8 encounter, he looks at a picture of his opponent. It appears to be a picture of Devil Jin in his complete transformation (see Devil Jin's Tekken 5 ending). Also, after Dragunov defeats him, Dragunov can be seen dragging him by the horns.
- In the arcade beta-version of Tekken 6, Dragunov's name is spelled "Dragnov". It is also spelled "Dragnov" in an issue of Arcadia. This is a transcription error, and Dragunov's name is correctly spelled "Dragunov" in the international version of Tekken 6.
- Dragunov has a new pre-fight animation. In it, the camera focuses on Dragunov's face as he approaches his opponent. Then, the camera lowers to show all of his body except his lower legs and feet. Then, the camera moves up to Dragunov's upper body as he goes into his fighting stance.
- Dragunov has three new win animations:
- His first is seen by pressing and holding "3+4" after winning a fight with Dragunov. For it, the opponent will be shown laying unconscious on the floor. Then, Dragunov will come in crawling from the right to the left, in front of his unconscious opponent.
- His second win animation starts with Dragunov walking in a very casual and apparently joyful manner away from his opponent with his hands behind his back. His back is facing the screen. If the player listen very closely, Dragunov can be heard humming.
- His third new animation, added in Bloodline Rebellion, starts with a closeup of Sergei's face with him apathetically looking at his watch and realizing he is late for something (for what he is late for is unknown), then he turns around and quickly walks away.
- Sergei Dragunov can be equipped with the SVD sniper rifle, but the player also need the Tactical Goggles to use it. To use the sniper, they must set Dragunov's pose into a lying pose and press down Left Punch + Right Punch at the same time.
- Sergei Dragunov is the only character who can reverse low attacks. The command for that is d/f 1+2.
- Sergei Dragunov can be customized to resemble the Joker from DC Comics' Batman comic series, Edward Scissorhands from Tim Burton's movie of the same name, M. Bison (Dictator) from Capcom's Street Fighter series, Scorpion or Sub-Zero from Midway's Mortal Kombat series or a hatless version of Dark Horse comic character The Mask.
- His ending is a counterpart of Raven's ending; in Raven's ending, he escapes with the orb. In Dragunov's, Dragunov slips a charge on the plane that Raven escapes on and detonates it, more than likely killing him.
- Dragunov's Rage Art bears a resemblance to Q's Deadly Double Combination in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.