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Craig Marduk

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Undefeated for four years in the professional circuit, Craig Marduk was once a respected and feared Vale Tudo fighter. However, Craig is expelled from the professional ranks after being linked to a minor scandal. Bitter against his peers and society, Craig's wrath consumed his soul. One day, Craig started a bar brawl in Arizona and killed an opponent during the fight. Convicted for second-degree manslaughter, Craig was sentenced to 10 years in the state penitentiary. Two years later, Craig was mysteriously released from prison. Some anonymous "benefactor" had apparently paid off numerous judiciaries to arrange for Craig's release. An envelope is delivered to Craig shortly after his release. Craig opens the envelope to find a plane ticket and an article about The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4.
Craig Marduk fought a grueling battle with the wrestler King in the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, victory and defeat eluded both fighters, and in defeat, they found friendship. While returning to the waiting room, Craig was attacked. Catching only a glimpse of the attackers back as he fled, Craig could have sworn he looked exactly like the man he was convicted of killing, Armor King. Determined to learn the assailant's true identity, Craig set out with his sworn friend, King, to participate in the King of Iron Fist Tournament 6.
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Tekken 4

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Tekken 5, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, Tekken 6, Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion, Tekken 7 (Season 2), Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Street Fighter X Tekken

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Page Updated:  Mar. 12th, 2023

Until the arrival of Marduk, the fighting genre lacked a true Vale Tudo / MMA fighter. Marduk is a "No BS" fighter. He looks tough and acts like a jerk... typical for an MMA guy. lol. A legit fighter like Marduk is awesome to have in TEKKEN and represents the series so well. Marduk's grappling techniques (with a touch of pro-wrestling) and nasty punches, elbows, knees, and kicks define him. He's a well-rounded fighter for sure! Personality-wise, there's not much on his mind besides beating his opponent's face in... and talking about it. He's got some naturally comedic aspects about him, but when push comes to shove, The Duk puts his money where his mouth is. What more could you want out of a brawler / "big guy" character design in a fighting game?

As a TEKKEN player, Marduk has always been that character "I love to hate". You naturally feel like an underdog when fighting against him, and he's especially fun to fight against with faster characters. P.S. Don't let his size intimidate you! Learn how to throw-break that tackle! Ground fighting in sorely underused in the fighting genre, but Marduk's moveset and ground game in TEKKEN absolutely nails it. His movelist was also nicely fleshed out in every sequel. Finally, I love Marduk's TEKKEN 7 redesign! The dude never looked better.

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