Survival Mode is a mode where the objective is to defeat as many opponents as possible on a single health bar. The game ends when the player loses a match. This mode made its debut in Tekken 2 and has returned in every subsequent Tekken game since.
The player selects a character, who then faces a succession of opponents until the player loses a match. The difficulty of the opponents is fixed, with the opponents gradually becoming more difficult with each match, and the number of rounds is locked to 1. If the player takes damage during a match, only a small amount of it will recover for the next match. The amount of health restored is slightly higher if more time is left on the clock, providing an incentive for the player to defeat opponents faster. In earlier installments, if the player got a high score, they would be allowed to sign their initials. Otherwise, they got a message saying something along the lines of "You need more practice".