Fighting games often battle with trying to be “realistic”. Especially since the best fighting games have characters from other worlds, or demonic powers, or abilities that are just insane. So you’d think that any character in nearly any fighting game would be ok. Right? I mean, it’s not like there’s a real set of “rules” when making a character for certain fighting games. Right? Well, not so much. As Tekken 7 found out, there are rules, and the fans know them.
For while fighting games may not be “realistic”, they are meant to be believable. Or at least, believable within the context of the world. If you compare Street Fighter to Tekken, you see clear differences between the fighters and their styles. But even in those worlds, what’s believable, and what’s not, is clear. Enter…Lucky Chloe…
You’d think that this character would be welcomed for obvious reasons. But no, she wasn’t. In fact, she was hated by most of the community when she debuted. Why? Because she wasn’t believable in the context of Tekken 7. Whether it was her ridiculous outfit, the fact that her hands are essentially padded (and thus won’t have as much striking power as her hands without them), or even her breakdancing fighting style, fans just couldn’t put stock into her.
What’s more, the fan hate got so bad, that the producer of the game Katsuhiro Harada, would consider not releasing Lucky Chloe in the North American version of Tekken 7. That speaks volumes.
Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t scantily clad women in fighting games. There are, in multiple franchises. The problem here, is that those ladies back up their looks with their technique. Chun-Li, Cammie, Kitana, Mileena, and more are all powerful fighters. Ones that you wouldn’t mock else they’ll kill you. For Lucky Chloe, she’s been referred to as a “fighting cosplayer”, which is an insult to cosplayers in my mind.
Thankfully, the next characters revealed in Tekken 7 were much more believable, and the fanbase noted that. Hopefully the Tekken team will remember this going forward: We don’t mind how a character looks per se, but don’t insult our intelligence.
Tekken 7 arrives on June 2nd.