Let’s find out who this new character really is.

Reina is one of Tekken 8’s newest and most ominous characters lurking in the main story. But, who is she and why does she look so suspicious?

Like most characters in the Tekken franchise, there is a deeper meaning behind her origins. Let’s get to the bottom of why she’s here and who Reina really is.

Can I play Reina in VS Battle in Tekken 8?

(Image via Bandai Namco)
(Image via Bandai Namco)

Yes, you sure can. Reina is available to play similarly to any of the other characters in Tekken 8’s long list of cast members. 

She has her own unique fighting style and is playable in virtually every game mode possible in Tekken 8. Reina even gets a turn as one of the playable characters in the Tekken 8 main story.

Who is Reina in Tekken 8?

Reina from Tekken 8
Reina from Tekken 8

Reina made her debut in Tekken 8. The small, purple-haired fighter stood out amongst the other cast of characters in the main story. She is one of only three new characters, but immediately caused a stir in her trailer due to her similarities in battle to the Mishima family.

Character story

(Spoiler Warning) Toward the end of the Tekken 8 main storyline, it is revealed that Reina is the child of Heihachi Mishima. This is hinted at throughout the main story while Jin fights her in the Colosseum when Jin notices her fighting style is familiar to another warrior. 

It’s also revealed through her character story. As soon as you begin, her relation to Heihachi is shared with the audience. It turns out she’s seeking the approval of her father, unaware that Heihachi died in Tekken 7 by Kazuya’s hands.

Heihachi in Tekken 7 (Image via Bandai Namco)
Heihachi in Tekken 7 (Image via Bandai Namco)

As for what her plans are, she shares at the end of her Character Story that she wants to make sure her father's legacy endures. There are also jokes written into the dialogue hinting at the possibility of her becoming like her late father.

While she appears rather happy go lucky when she meets Jin in The Dark Awakens main story, we know from additional cut scenes that she's extremely cutthroat and ambitious. Reina has the makings of a great villain.

Tekken has never really had a female main antagonist outside of Nina Williams, so Reina's addition in Tekken 8 is a breath of fresh air. Plus her connection to Heihachi continues the Tekken franchise legacy of the Mishima family being at the center of the main story.

For those unaware of Heihachi, he is one of the pivotal antagonists throughout the Tekken franchise. He's been in the series since the first Tekken title in 1994, and remained an important character throughout each game.

Whether she becomes just like her father is currently up in the air. We’ll find out more from DLC or when Tekken 9 arrives.

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