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Paul Phoenix

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Paul is a hot headed biker with experience in Judo and other marital arts, and is known for his famous punch "The Phoenix Smasher." He has been in every Tekken tournament to date, and went undefeated through the entire  King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 and was even victorious against Ogre. Swelling with pride, Paul returned home. However, Paul's happy ending was short-lived. Unknown to Paul, Ogre morphed into his second form - True Ogre - and the tournament continued after his departure. Although Paul asserted that he was the true champion of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3, few believed him and even those that did eventually grew tired of his attitude. Friends and admirers slowly disappeared, and his dojo eventually went out of business from the lack of students. One day, Paul came across a newspaper flyer announcing The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4. Burning with the desire to win this Tournament, he decides to give it his all once again to prove that he is the one true champion, once and for all.
Paul Phoenix's rematch with the bear called Kuma was fierce, and though victorious, he was utterly exhausted, leaving him unable to continue the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Unable to collect any prize money from the last tournament, Paul, who was already burdened by his mountain of debt, learns that a new King of Iron Fist Tournament will be held soon. Believing he that if he won the tournament, he could finally say goodbye to his loan troubles, Paul deeply though about ways to increase his chances of winning... participating on his own was out of the question. If he could assemble a team with someone, his chances of winning the prize money would greatly increase. And so he went over his plan with his best friend Marshall Law.
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Tekken 2, Tekken 3, Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken 4, Tekken 5, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, Tekken 6, Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken 7, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Tekken 8, Tekken Advance, Tekken 3D: Prime Edition, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Revolution, Urban Reign, Street Fighter X Tekken

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Page Updated:  Apr. 18th, 2024

One could say... Paul has a Polnareff, Benimaru, or even Guile inspired hairstyle. But the likeness pretty much stops with the hair. Paul debuted as an immediately cool and unique fighter in the original Tekken. Known for his brute strength but also Karate prowess, Paul's evolution in the first few sequels was done very well. I think his design reached a peak in TEKKEN 4. Sadly, Namco turned Paul into more of a joke character in T5, T6 and after. :( They definitely screwed up his story direction big-time for some weird reason, but at least Paul still gets down to business when it's time to throw fists. 

For some reason or another, a lot of "noobs" like to pick Paul and spam Phoenix Smashers and Hop kick combos all day long. Those noobs are fun and easy to defeat, but I kinda feel bad for Paul. lol. On the flipside, when under the control of an experienced player, Paul is a monster and usually looks badass while fighting. Namco did a great job keeping his moveset fresh, but Paul's vintage, hard-hitting Phoenix Smasher never gets old.

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