Will Baki Hanma be in Tekken 8?

By Melany Moncada

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Apr 12, 2023

Reading time: 2 min

Will Baki Hanma be part of Tekken 8? A Redditor convinced a good number of fans that this crossover is happening. We have the final answer to this question.

Baki Hanma is the main character of Baki the Grappler, a manga by Keisuke Itagaki that ran from 1991 to 1999. Baki the Grappler had multiple anime series, including sagas released in 2020 and 2021, that are available on Netflix.

Baki is a fighter who is on a journey to become the most powerful fighter in history. Eventually, Baki fights his father and is defeated. He continues to learn until he comes across an underground fighting arena.

Baki’s story shares some similarities with Jin Kazama’s story, the protagonist of the Tekken franchise. Jin is constantly antagonized by his father, and now, according to the information released about Tekken 8, the father-son duo will finally clash.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that fans want Baki in the Tekken universe. Unfortunately, this will remain a wish.

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Is Baki Hanma part of Tekken 8?

The short answer is no. The speculation started after a Redditor shared a fan-made trailer on the Tekken subreddit. The trailer shows a rendered model of Baki that could perfectly fit on the new Tekken 8 game. The trailer was published by a channel called “Hanmason.”

The quality of the video led people to believe that Baki would be part of the game and inspired others to create similar videos.

Ahead of the release of Tekken 8, Bandai Namco confirmed all the returning characters and Baki is not on the list. The Tekken 8 confirmed characters are:

  • Asuka Kazama
  • Jin Kazama / Devil Jin
  • Jun Kazama
  • Kazuya Mishima / Devil Kazuya
  • King II
  • Lars Alexandersson
  • Leroy Smith
  • Ling Xiaoyu
  • Marshall Law
  • Nina Williams
  • Paul Phoenix
  • Jack-8

Perhaps having two sons antagonized by their fathers is too much for a single franchise.

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