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Xiaoyu in Tekken 7
Full Name Ling Xiaoyu
Also Known as High Spirited Girl (TK3)
Dancing Phoenix (SFxTK)
Status Alive
Fighting Style Baguazhang and Piguaquan based Chinese martial arts [1]
Nationality Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chinese [1]
Height 157cm (5′ 2″) [1]
Weight 42kg (93 lbs) [1]
Eyes Brown
Hair Brown (TK3-TTT)
Black (TK4-onwards)
Likes Jin Kazama
Alisa Bosconovitch
Miharu Hirano
Chinese steamed buns
Shrimp Dumplings
Press her cheeks to fridge (during childhood)
Peking Duck
Takoyaki [1]
Dislikes Her math teacher [1]
Species Human
Gender Female
Age 16 (TK3-TTT)
18 (TK4-TK5/TK5:DR, TK6/TK6:BR-TTT2)
Blood Type A [1]
Occupation Student, Panda Caretaker [1]
Hobby Traveling and visiting amusement parks worldwide [1]
Family Wang Jinrei (grandfather)
Panda (Pet)
Alignment Good (TK3-onwards)
Game Appearances Tekken 3
Tekken 4
Tekken 5
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
Tekken 6
Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion
Tekken 7
Tekken 7: Fated Retribution
Tekken Tag Tournament
Tekken Advance
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Tekken 3D: Prime Edition
Tekken Revolution
Tekken Card Challenge
Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2
Tekken Resolute
Street Fighter X Tekken
Project X Zone
Tekken Card Tournament
Tekken Arena
Full Bokko Heroes X
Galaga: TEKKEN Edition
Project X Zone 2
Voice Actors Japanese:
Yumi Tōma (TK3-TK6:BR, TK3D:PE, SFxTK)
Maaya Sakamoto (TK:BV, TTT2, PxZ, TKR, TK7, PxZ2)
Carrie Keranen (TK:BV)
Carrie Savage (SFxTK)

In this Chinese name, the family name is Ling.

Ling Xiaoyu (凌 曉雨 Líng Xiǎoyǔ; Japanese: リン・シャオユウ Rin Shaoyū) is a fictional character who was introduced to the Tekken franchise in Tekken 3 as a 16 year old girl and has returned in every subsequent release. Xiaoyu's fighting style was brought on with some influence from her master, Wang Jinrei. Her main goal throughout most of the series is to, through fighting in the tournaments, win so she can earn enough money to build her own amusement or theme park. However, in subsequent games of the series, Xiaoyu more focused on Mishima family's issues, in particular on Jin Kazama. Her role in Tekken 6 is equal to the storyline Jun in Tekken 2.


Tekken 3

Version 1

Xiaoyu is a 16 year-old who loves amusement parks. Entering the Tournament is her first step in having the perfect amusement park built in China.

Version 2

CUTE, SPIRITED, HAS PANDA... WILL TRAVEL. This young girl loves amusement and theme parks. Her dream is to build the perfect amusement park in China when she grows up.


Ling Xiaoyu in Tekken 3

She is both young and small in stature but Xiaoyu is a skilled martial arts expert. Many believe if she was more serious she could achieve real greatness. Having learned that the Mishima Estate is rich and powerful she seeks out Heihachi (president and CEO) to make her dream a reality.

While vacationing in Hong Kong with her family, Xiaoyu stowed away on a yacht bearing the name, Mishima Financial Empire. Heihachi was not on board but Mishima's men discovered her soon after the ship left port and Heihachi was informed immediately.

Upon his arrival, Heihachi found his men beaten and strewn around the ship as if it was hit by a hurricane. She threatened that she would go berserk again if he did not accept her challenge. Roaring with laughter, he promises to build the amusement park of her dreams if she wins the tournament.

Ending Description, "Dreamland?": Heihachi Mishima keeps his promise, and builds Xiaoyu a theme park. Xiaoyu imagines a place full of happiness and color named "Xiaoyu Land". However, when her daydream ends, Heihachi unveils the real theme park, which is a gloomy place he calls "Heihachi Land". Heihachi roars with laughter. Xiaoyu gets angry, and beats up Heihachi, yelling "Jerk". Oddly, this ending is combined with anime-like animation & CGI.

Tekken 4

Xiaoyu was a junior at Mishima High School. She still lived, studied and trained as a ward of the Mishima Zaibatsu. But lacking any particular goals, Xiaoyu grew tired of her everyday routines.


Ling Xiaoyu in Tekken 4

However, one day, she received an anonymous e-mail that warned her of Heihachi’s evil intentions and the danger to her life. Xiaoyu replied to the e-mail, but she did not receive any further messages from the anonymous individual.

Xiaoyu's intuition told her that Jin Kazama, who had been missing since the last Tournament, could have sent the message. She believed the message and started to suspect Heihachi and the Mishima Zaibatsu.

Upon hearing the announcement of the next Tournament, Xiaoyu made the decision to enter — hoping to be reunited with Jin and to unveil the truth behind Heihachi and the Mishima Zaibatsu.

Ending Description: Victory for Xiaoyu in the Tournament is not only a victory that few believed possible but also one that reveals the Mishima Zaibatsu's evil deeds for all to see. Soon after, Miharu Hirano is shown visiting an executive's office, and the chair behind the desk swivels around to reveal Xiaoyu, who has taken over the Mishima Zaibatsu. Miharu wonders what Xiaoyu is doing in the office, and when she replies that she's working, Miharu replies that she looks like she sits there and does nothing. Xiaoyu casually asks her friend how she did in her college entrance exams, and Miharu confesses that she has flunked all of them.

Wanting to help her friend, Xiaoyu offers her a job with the Mishima Zaibatsu, stating that from now on, she is going to make her own dreams come true. She tells Miharu that she saw Jin after the tournament and that he told her if she has a dream that she wants to come true, she should make it happen herself. Miharu lightly teases her, but recognizes a change in Xiaoyu, who used to depend on everybody else. Miharu agrees to work together and asks her friend what her dream is. Xiaoyu points out the window and responds, "Help me build that." The camera reveals a massive theme park being built with Mishima Zaibatsu funding and resources.

Tekken 5

Tekken 5 Manual Version

Xiaoyu cried when she heard Heihachi had been killed. In her sorrow, she wished she could go back in time. One day, Xiaoyu met a self-proclaimed genius who boasted he could invent a time machine if only he had the money. To fund the invention, Xiaoyu decided to enter the tournament.

Official Version

Xiaoyu is a high school student who is on a personal mission to save the Mishima family. In the previous tournament, Xiaoyu was saved from the evil plans of Heihachi by Yoshimitsu, who taught her the history of the

Ling Xiaoyu in Tekken 5

Mishima family. Hearing this, Xiaoyu began to believe that the root of all misfortune surrounding the Mishima's started with Heihachi's cruel upbringing of Kazuya.

When Xiaoyu heard of the death of Heihachi, a tear came to her eye. "If only I could turn back time..." Xiaoyu said with a hint of sadness and regret.

Later, Xiaoyu happens to meet a brilliant scientist who claims that he can make a time machine as long as he gets the funding for development.

Under the condition that she will be first to use the machine, Xiaoyu pulls out the wadded scrap of paper in her pocket... an invitation to the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5.

Ending Description: After winning the tournament, Ling Xiaoyu is the first to use her time machine. She travels back to the time when Heihachi Mishima was about to throw Kazuya off of a cliff, intending to avert this event that will rip the family apart. Unfortunately, Xiaoyu had lost control of the time machine and it barreled into Heihachi and Kazuya, sending Kazuya falling off of the cliff, while Heihachi is nearly sent over himself. Xiaoyu is wretched because of her failure, and the old scientist comes to her, laughing, and tells her that nobody can really change the past, remarking "The best you can hope for are minor improvements." This ending is also animated.

Tekken 6

Ling Xiaoyu breathed a sigh of relief when she heard Heihachi had not truly died. However, as head of the Mishima Zaibatsu, Jin Kazama aims to take Heihachi’s life. Xiaoyu was going to try and stop Jin herself, but the Zaibatsu pushed towards militarization, making it difficult to approach Jin.


Ling Xiaoyu in Tekken 6

The Mishima Zaibatsu’s declaration of war drew hostility from around the globe. When the King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 is announced, Ling Xiaoyu enters in the hope that she can save Jin’s soul from evil.

Ending Description: Xiaoyu meets Jin on a rooftop, where he is on the ledge about to jump. "No Jin! Don't do this." she says, but Jin sadly replies, "The evil I've perpetrated...can never be undone." He makes to sacrifice himself, but Xiaoyu jumps onto the ledge and hugs Jin, saying, "I...I'll stand by you~ Please... You can't do this!" After having a conversation, Jin says, "Thank you, Xiao". Suddenly, it's revealed that the sequence was just a dream. She wonders if she hugged Jin but no; it was Panda.

Tekken 7

To be added...

Other appearances

Tekken: The Motion Picture

Ling Xiaoyu was shown in the opening of Tekken: The Motion Picture movie.

Tekken Tag Tournament

Ling Xiaoyu is featured as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament. She retains her moveset from Tekken 3 with a few more moves added. In this game, like Tekken 3, she continues to seek her dream of a world renowned amusement park and is still slightly concerned for her classmate, Jin Kazama. She has two different endings.

Ending Description: She admires a beautiful evening sunset at the beach. She rides Panda towards the beach.

Alternate Ending: Mishima Polytech lets out for the day. She catches up to Jin whom is in solitude and his school bag over his shoulder, as he continues and she is walking backwards having a conversation with him briefly. She then continues on her way saluting Jin goodbye, but looks forward in a slightly worried state.

Tekken Tag Special Alliance Partners

Tekken: Blood Vengeance

Tekken Blood Vengeance casts Xiaoyu in a starring role. Anna Williams recruits her to spy on Shin Kamiya and she befriends Alisa, who, unknown to Xiaoyu, has been dispatched by the Mishima Zaibatsu. Xiaoyu and Alisa found out that Shin has the M-cell and they both along with Jin and Kazuya follow him to Kyoto Castle. After Heihachi kills Shin, Xiaoyu tries to stop the fighting but fails.

After Alisa is badly damaged, Xiaoyu cries and Jin, now enraged transforms into his devil form and eventually defeats Kazuya. While Heihachi fights Devil Jin, Alisa sacrifices herself to distract Heihachi and Jin defeats him. Jin, seeing Xiaoyu's pain, reverses Alisa from standby mode and Xiaoyu thanks him. He tells Xiaoyu that he would be waiting for the day where she grew strong enough to defeat him and Xiaoyu happily watches him leave. In the credits, Alisa, Panda and Xiaoyu decide to enter the Tekken Tournament together.

Street Fighter X Tekken

Ling Xiaoyu is featured as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken. Her official tag partner is Jin Kazama, with both serving as the mid-boss team for the Street Fighter characters. Their rivals are M. Bison and Juri while their rivals in Arcade Mode are Chun-Li and Cammy.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Ling Xiaoyu is featured as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. She is also featured in the second trailer teaming up with Lili against King. She is also one of the four characters to be featured in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue. The others included are Alisa, Devil Jin and Devil.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Xiaoyu's Arcade Ending03:01

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Xiaoyu's Arcade Ending

Ending Description: Xiaoyu, Alisa, Miharu and Panda are at an amusement park. Rain however, suddenly falls, forcing the girls to find shelter. After they've found it, Miharu brings up how they are becoming adults and will need to make difficult choices. She continues to wonder where they will be in 20 years. Xiaoyu jokingly says that wherever they will be, they will have wrinkles. Miharu thinks that in 20 years, Xiaoyu may be married to "that certain someone". Although both girls know that Miharu is referring to Jin Kazama, Xiaoyu tries to feign ignorance. Just as this is said, the sun breaks through the clouds. Xiaoyu cheers while Alisa inquires on who Miharu thinks Xiaoyu will be married to. Xiaoyu tells Alisa to figure it out herself and runs off. The girls follow and jump in the air with Xiaoyu saying that no matter what happens, the future is what one makes it.

Special Alliance Partners:

Project X Zone

Xiaoyu is featured as a playable character in the tactical role-playing game Project X Zone, with Jin Kazama as her partner.

Tekken Revolution

Xiaoyu is featured as a playable character in Tekken Revolution.

Tekken Card Tournament

Xiaoyu is a playable character in Tekken Card Tournament. Her cards focus on frequent draw-power at the price of having overall weak stats, making her akin to a lightning bruiser or fragile speedster . She also lacks many parries, and although she can boost her damage output with certain cards, these cards are somewhat more tricky to activate. She is not recommended for beginners, as balancing her decks can be tricky, but when mastered, she can be a very annoying adversary. Also noteworthy is that the game developers have stated that Lili players are a tough match-up for her, as Lili basically feeds off of Xiaoyu's plentiful cards to activate her own card abilities.

Project X Zone 2

Xiaoyu is featured as a playable character in the tactical role-playing game Project X Zone 2, with Chun-Li as her partner.


Ling Xiaoyu/Quotes

Character Relationships

  • Panda - Her best friend, bodyguard and pet.
  • Wang Jinrei - Her teacher and grandfather.
  • Miharu Hirano - One of her best friends at Mishima High School and mutual friends with Jin Kazama as classmates.
  • Jin Kazama - High school friend, crush (despite that he is unaware of/doesn't seem to notice this) and former classmate. He is also her partner in Street Fighter X Tekken and Project X Zone.
  • Emilie De Rochefort - Interrupted her battle with Asuka Kazama in Tekken 6 and later fellow classmate in the non-canonical Tekken the Pachislot 2nd.
  • Asuka Kazama - Interrupted her battle with Lili in Tekken 6 and later fellow classmate in the non-canonical Tekken the Pachislot 2nd and Tekken the Pachislot 3rd.
  • Heihachi Mishima - Her tutor after she attacked and knocked out the entire security personnel of a Mishima Zaibatsu boat. In recognition to her extraordinary power and courage (and also amused by her attitudes), Heihachi took her to Japan, where she started studying in the Mishima High School. He even trained a security guard (Panda) to protect her in the King of Iron First Tournament 3. Xiaoyu also warned by Jin about Heihachi's evil intentions via an anonymous e-mail she received in Tekken 4, and warned her about Heihachi and Mishima Zaibatsu in interlude with him in Tekken 5.
  • Yoshimitsu - She was saved by him from Heihachi's evil plans in Tekken 4.
  • Alisa Bosconovitch - Her best friend in Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Project X Zone (non-canon).
  • Anna Williams - Her employer-turned--enemy later in Tekken: Blood Vengeance and rival in Tekken Card Challenge (non-canon).
  • Nina Williams - Her opponent in Tekken Pachislot intro cutscene (non-canon). She seems jealous of Nina for being sticked with Jin, thinking that Jin may have choose her instead of Xiaoyu in misunderstanding, as seen in non-canonical Online Tekken Comic.
  • Lee Chaolan - Her school math teacher in Kyoto International High School. She was forced to transfer to Kyoto and friend in Tekken: Blood Vengeance (non-canon).
  • Shin Kamiya - She was sent to track him down in Tekken: Blood Vengeance (non-canon).
  • Hwoarang - Friendly acquaintance (as shown in Tekken 6's Scenario Campaign).
  • Ganryu - Her PE teacher at her Mishima high school in Tekken: Blood Vengeance (non-canon).
  • Jinpachi Mishima - She entered the fifth King of Iron Fist Tournament for his "prize money".
  • Eddy Gordo - Her rival in Tekken Card Challenge (non-canon).
  • Lei Wulong - Her rival in Tekken Card Challenge and acquaintance in Blood Vengeance (non-canon).
  • Kuma - One of her bosses in Tekken 3's Tekken Force mode due to Xiaoyu's disapproval of Kuma's love for her pet Panda.
  • Crow - Her rival in Tekken Card Challenge (non-canon).
  • Kazuya Mishima/Devil - Her employer in Tekken: Blood Vengeance (non-canon).



  • Despite being born and raised in China, she is a student of the Mishima High School in Japan. She is also a classmate of Jin Kazama and Miharu Hirano.
  • Despite being 18 in Tekken 4, Tekken 5 and Tekken 6, Xiaoyu is still portrayed as a high school student when by this age, she should have finished high school already; however, at this point she could be in her last year and close to finishing.
  • Xiaoyu's name is written in Chinese as 凌 暁雨/凌 曉雨 (Líng Xiǎoyǔ), where in (凌 Líng) is the surname and (暁雨/曉雨 Xiǎoyǔ) is her given name. The Chinese characters for "surpass", "dawn", and "rain", respectively. "Ling" is actually her family name; "Xiaoyu" is her given name. This is witnessed in the English dub of Tekken: Blood Vengeance, where Ganryu pronounced her name as "Xiaoyu Ling" also in Chinese culture the family name is given first and the given name is given second.
  • Xiaoyu is the shortest human female character in the Tekken series.
  • Xiaoyu and Miharu's friendship does share a few similarities with May and April from Guilty Gear series.
  • Xiaoyu was the first youngest fighter in the series to enter the tournament, being 16.
    • However, when Lili was introduced in Dark Resurrection, she was also 16.
  • Despite being Chinese, Xiaoyu speaks only in Japanese, even to her master, Wang Jinrei, in an interlude in Tekken 5, hinting that she considers herself more Japanese than Chinese due to her time spent in Japan.
  • Xiaoyu's Tekken 3 and Tekken 5 endings are the only ones that use a mix of animation and CGI.
  • Xiaoyu's Tekken 3 ending is shown playing in Roger Jr.'s Tekken 5 ending.
  • There is a magazine with Xiaoyu on the cover in the prison from Death by Degrees. She also appears on the cover of various posters and a mousepad in the game.
  • A Maxim model named Krystle starred as Xiaoyu in the Tekken photoshoot for the Maxim magazine.'.

Tekken 3:

  • Ling Xiaoyu's bosses in the Tekken Force side game are (in order of appearance) Lei Wulong, Kuma, Jin Kazama, and Heihachi Mishima.
  • In her ending in Tekken 3, she was initially seen wearing her school uniform while confronting Heihachi to show her Dream Land which it becomes Heihachi Land. She is later seen wearing her primary outfit while beating Heihachi in a bloody pulp before calling him a jerk.
  • Xiaoyu's school uniform can be used after playing as her 50 times. It is selected by pressing the triangle or start button. This also works with Jin Kazama.
    • Xiaoyu's #1 win animation is disabled if she is in her school uniform. Her #1 animation is replaced with her #3 animation in-game, except during the Staff Roll in the arcade version.

Tekken Tag Tournament:

  • Xiaoyu's Stage 7 sub-boss is Heihachi Mishima.
    • Xiaoyu's Stage 7 sub-boss is Wang Jinrei if she is partnered with Heihachi.

Tekken 4:

  • After beating story mode with Xiaoyu, her alternate costume becomes available by pressing Triangle.
  • Miharu Hirano was playable as an alternative costume of Xiaoyu by pressing Circle.
  • In her prologue scene, Xiaoyu wears her Player 2 outfit but without her red and white sports jacket.

Tekken 5 and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection:

  • Ling Xiaoyu's sub-boss is Jin Kazama.
  • Xiaoyu can be customized to vaguely resemble Chun-Li from the Street Fighter series. This is a precursor to Chun-Li's old Street Fighter Alpha costume being her Costume Swap in Street Fighter x Tekken.
  • Xiaoyu's school uniform can be chosen by pressing either the "L1" button or the "R1" button. Also, while wearing this costume, pressing and holding the "Square" and "Triangle" buttons at the same time after winning a fight will allow you to see her secret win animation (she places her hands on her hips and says, "I'm pretty strong, you know!"). In Dark Resurrection, this win animation can also be randomly shown.
  • If she loses to Lee Chaolan and Lee uses his win pose, saying "You have to fight with more class" and raises his right hand, Ling Xiaoyu will move her head but the other body parts will not move.

Tekken 6 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion:

  • Ling Xiaoyu's "Item Move" feature is mounting onto of her opponent's shoulders and clawing at their face while wearing a pair of neko gloves, and she strikes a pose afterwards. The command for this move is "b+2+3".
  • In the new console / NOVO trailer for Bloodline Rebellion, Xiaoyu is shown standing in a subway train while holding a mobile phone. Here, she's wearing her school uniform.
    • In the Tekken 6 "Power is Everything" trailer, she is also shown in the subway train holding a mobile phone. It is similar to Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion NOVO trailer mentioned above.
  • In the Scenario Campaign mode, Xiaoyu is a boss at the Mishima Polytechnic stage, alongside Panda.
    • When the players play as Asuka in Xiaoyu's boss stage, she thinks of Asuka as Jin's rival.

Tekken: Blood Vengeance:

  • She is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese) and Carrie Keranen (English).
  • This is the first time Xiaoyu speaks English, but since a Chinese dub is possible, Xiaoyu may also speak Chinese.
  • Is the first Tekken official work to cast her as the lead (Alisa being the other one cast as lead for the first time).
  • This is the first time Xiaoyu is seen letting her hair down after taking a bath in Lee's mansion.
  • Xiaoyu's character is markedly different from her game counterpart. In games, she acts naïve, energetic, childish, but in this movie, she is serious and careless about Jin's well-being.
    • Also at the end of the movie, Xiaoyu said that she wants to enter the next Tekken tournament in order to build a huge amusement park and offers cooperation with Alisa, which completely contradicts the story of Tekken 6, where she enters the tournament to reason with Jin, but does allude to Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Street Fighter X Tekken:

  • Xiaoyu's English voice is changed to Carrie Savage in this game.
  • Xiaoyu, along with Jin, are the mid-boss characters for the Street Fighter characters.
  • Jin and Xiaoyu's rivals are Chun-Li and Cammy.
  • She is referred to as the "Dancing Phoenix".
  • Xiaoyu's name is mispelled twice in her prologue as "Xiayou" and "Xiaoyou".

Project X Zone:

  • Xiaoyu is a playable along with Jin Kazama
  • During Chapter 16, Xiaoyu and Jin meets Batsu Ichimonji when facing against ghosts and ghouls minions on their travels. Xiaoyu mentions in their conversation that she met him at the school festival at Justice Academy as the latter recognizes her from Mishima Polytechnic.

Project X Zone 2:

  • Xiaoyu returns as a playable character as her previous partner, Jin Kazama has now been partnered by his father, Kazuya Mishima. She was partnered with Street Fighter's Chun-Li in the same game.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2:

  • She has a special tag throw with Jin, Wang, Heihachi, Panda, Sebastian, Alisa, Asuka, Lili, and Miharu.
  • This is the first game where she is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto. [2]
  • Xiaoyu is portrayed by Claudia Alan in the "Girl Power" trailer and Xuan Thanh Nguyen in the live-action short film.
  • Her ending is the seventh and last scene of the interconnected endings between Asuka, Lili, Miharu, Kuma, Panda, and Alisa.

Tekken 7 and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution:

  • In her CGI appearance in Tekken 7, her hair, now significantly longer, is now tied in two low ponytails instead of high ponytails and her hair is in the style of ringlets while wearing her primary outfit.



Ling Xiaoyu/Gallery


Ling Xiaoyu/Outfits

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