Kazuya Mishima is the main protagonist of the first two Tekken games and a major antagonist on Tekken 4 onwards, he is the son of Heihachi Mishima and Kazumi Mishima, the husband of Jun Kazama and the father of Jin Kazama.
- 1 Story
- 2 Game Appearances
- 2.1 Project X Zone 3: Sacred Destinies
- 2.2 TPXZF1997's Super Smash Bros.
- 2.3 Super Smash Bros. Overskill
- 2.4 Super Smash Bros. Reset
- 2.5 Super Smash Bros. Revolution (ZS Project)
- 2.6 Super Mario Maker 3 (TheProjectXZoneFan1997)
- 2.7 Super Smash Bros. (arcade)
- 2.8 PlayStation All-Stars: Ultimate Battle
- 2.9 United X: World Defenders
- 2.10 Neo Geo 2: Match of the Century
- 3 Gallery
- 4 Trivia
At five years of age, Kazuya finds out his mother died at the hands of his father and attempts to get revenge against him. However, Kazuya is defeated almost immediately and gets thrown off a cliff by his father, who claims that his son is weak and would have to survive and climb back up if he was to be his true son as well as his successor. Kazuya barely survives the fall, but is able to climb back up the cliff due to his Devil Gene activating and causing his devil powers to awaken. In the non-canon Tekken: The Motion Picture, this was explained as Kazuya, on the brink of death, making a deal with with the Devil in order to survive to solely murder his father. In the NTSC-U/C (North American) manual of Tekken 2, it was also said that "there is a rumor that Kazuya has made a deal with the Devil," but in canon sources this has never been directly said to have happened. It seems that as the series has progressed, the canon explanation for his devil powers has instead become that his near-death experience simply caused his latent powers granted to him by the Devil Gene to activate. It is revealed that Kazuya was born with devil's power through his mother.
After climbing back up the cliff, Kazuya was raised by Heihachi. This is evidenced by Kazuya's profile in the first Tekken, which states that, since his father is a rich businessman, he doesn't need to worry about money, which seems to suggest that Kazuya remained a part of Heihachi's household. It is also stated that Kazuya and his adoptive brother Lee Chaolan were raised from childhood as rivals, and that Heihachi adopted Lee because he was a skilled scrapper living on his own in the street, meaning Lee would have to be older than 4 years old when he was adopted. This means Kazuya was raised by Heihachi even after he was thrown off the cliff, since he and Lee were raised together. Before the events of the first King of Iron Fist Tournament, Kazuya participated in martial arts tournaments or unofficial fights around the world. In one of these fights Paul Phoenix fought him to a draw. When the first King of Iron Fist Tournament was announced, the 26 year old Kazuya took the opportunity to get back at his father, setting the stage for the first game.
Kazuya enters the tournament and makes it to the final against Heihachi. Apathetic towards the tournament's considerable prize money, Kazuya engages his father in a vicious, bloody battle in which Kazuya emerges victorious. Kazuya then proceeds to throw Heihachi's broken body off the same cliff Heihachi threw Kazuya off many years ago and smiles with his revenge completed.
At some point, Kazuya encountered Jun Kazama, who was in Tokyo to stop the Mishima Zaibatsu's illegal animal trading. Kazuya impregnated Jun with their son. When Jun entered the tournament, she was aware of an evil within Kazuya that she wished to free him from. The confusion within Kazuya that arose from meeting Jun, caused him to lose concentration in his final fight with Heihachi. When Heihachi made it to the final round to face Kazuya he started to gain the upper hand against him. As a last resort, Kazuya transformed into his Devil Form and continued the fight, but Heihachi still emerged victorious. In retribution, Heihachi threw Kazuya's body into the mouth of a volcano and escaped on a helicopter as the volcano erupted, leaving Kazuya to be presumed dead.
Kazuya did not return as a playable character for Tekken 3, as he was stated to be dead at the time and he was replaced by his son, Jin Kazama. Kazuya himself, however, is still briefly seen in the short arcade version opening movie where he appears alongside Jun Kazama, giving an evil smile to the camera before their son, Jin Kazama, is seen. Pictures of him are also seen in Eddy Gordo's ending where Eddy learns that he was the one behind the death of his parents.
At the seventh stage, Kazuya was slated to fight Jin, but Jin disappeared. He had been abducted by Tekken Force soldiers under Heihachi's command. Kazuya was declared the winner by default and sent to the final round, where he met Heihachi and demanded to know his son's whereabouts.
After (canonically losing) the fight, Kazuya was taken by Heihachi to Hon-Maru, a temple within the Mishima compound in the woods, where Jin was being held captive. Kazuya was initially surprised to see Jin chained up, but was then overpowered by his devil, who took control of his body. Devil explained that he lost half of himself when Kazuya was thrown into a volcano and that his other half resides within Jin. He knocked Heihachi out with a laser and then unsuccessfully attempted to draw the Devil Gene from Jin. Devil speculated that it must be Jin's Kazama blood that was preventing the assimilation. While Devil was distracted, Kazuya was able to take back control of his body, fighting down Devil and then merging their power. Kazuya then called for Jin to awaken. Once Jin woke up however, they fought and Jin succeeded in defeating Kazuya, who was then knocked unconscious.
Following their defeats to Jin, Kazuya and Heihachi are ambushed by a squad of Jack-4s, who have been sent by G Corporation to destroy Kazuya and Heihachi. The father and son are forced to work together to fight the Jacks until Kazuya throws Heihachi into a group of Jack robots and leaves him to die in the ensuing explosion. Heihachi is pronounced dead, but someone has mysteriously taken over the Mishima Zaibatsu and announced the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5. Kazuya enters to track down those who betrayed him and discover the sponsor's identity.
During the tournament, Kazuya crosses paths with Raven, who recognizes him after seeing him flying away from the Hon-Maru. Kazuya defeats Raven and interrogates him. When he makes Raven talk, Kazuya discovers that he was betrayed by G Corporation, and that something was awakened from under Hon-Maru. Kazuya realises what Heihachi has done, and speculates that in fact it is his grandfather Jinpachi Mishima, who is somehow controlling the Zaibatsu now. In a (likely non-canonical) interlude with Heihachi, he accuses Heihachi of imprisoning his grandfather under Hon-Maru and explains to him that he's now been released. It is unknown how far Kazuya progressed through the tournament.
Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion
Despite not winning the fifth tournament, Kazuya discovers the division of G Corporation that tried to kill him, thinking that he may be too much of a threat. In retaliation, with the help of his former henchman Bruce Irvin, he kills them all to gain all the power for himself, becoming the head of the company and opposing the Mishima Zaibatsu. The Zaibatsu, led by Jin, has already begun world conquest and declared war on the world to destroy a greater evil. By this time, the world's population sees G Corporation as its only savior, though in reality Kazuya plans to destroy Jin and take over the world himself with an iron fist. Kazuya utilizes the company's newfound popularity to his advantage: Kazuya places a bounty on Jin's head for whoever can manage to capture him dead or alive.
After learning about Azazel, the presumed source for the Devil Gene, Kazuya along with the G Corporation arrive at his temple somewhere in the desert, seeking to obtain Azazel's power. Kazuya however is stopped by Lars Alexandersson, a rogue Tekken Force leader who he discovers to be his half-brother. The battle ends without an outcome with Kazuya merely leaving and warning his half-brother about their fate being Mishima.
Tekken 7: Fated Retribution
Several decades ago, Kazuya confronted his father Heihachi for the murder of his mother. He desperately tried to fight his father, but Heihachi easily overpowered and defeated the boy. Kazuya was then tossed off a cliff.
In the present day, Kazuya watches from G Corporation tower as Heihachi announces his return and the announcement of the King Iron Fist Tournament 7, not surprised that his father is still alive. Learning that his father is searching for Jin, Kazuya tells his subordinates to hasten the preparations for his plans.
Later, Kazuya sends his Jack-6 army to kill Heihachi, who happens to be targeted by Akuma at the Mishima Dojo. However, after learning that Akuma was sent by his mother to kill both Heihachi and Kazuya himself, he disbelieves it, then maniacally laughs and deems his mother's task to kill him and Heihachi absurd. He also wants to know how powerful Akuma is.
In the same time he suspects Heihachi faking his death at the hands of Akuma, he is soon confronted by Akuma on a later day, and they fight on top of G Corporation Tower after he dismissed his men not to engage Akuma due to his powers can beat them easily. Overwhelmed by his opponent's amazing powers, Kazuya transforms into the devil to increase his powers, not knowing that his devil form has been caught on camera by the Mishima Zaibatsu. Kazuya and Akuma are then attacked by Heihachi via a laser attack from a satellite that destroyed G Corporation tower. Although Kazuya survives the attack, public opinion is turned against G Corporation due to his devil form exposed to the world. Vowing to have the last laugh as a counteract on Heihachi, Kazuya shoots a Devil Blaster at Heihachi's satellite, causing it to plummet down to Earth and destroy an entire city. The world mistakenly believes that the Mishima Zaibatsu destroyed its own satellite, and public opinion is on G Corporation's side once again.
A few hours later, Kazuya finally confronts Heihachi inside a volcano. As they fight, Kazuya changes into his devil form and nearly defeats his father. But Heihachi musters all of his remaining strength and strikes back, causing his son to revert back to his human form. Even though the two of them have become severely weakened at this point, they continue to exchange blows when Heihachi headbutts Kazuya. Looking up at the man he has always hated for all of his life, Kazuya finally kills Heihachi with a deadly blow to the chest, which stopped his father's heart. He then takes Heihachi's corpse and tosses him into a river of lava, whilst repeating his father's teachings.
Shortly afterwards, Kazuya is once again confronted by Akuma, who has also survived the attack at G Corporation tower. Transforming into the devil once again, Kazuya fights Akuma in a heated battle. In the end, Kazuya fires a powerful Devil Blaster at Akuma's Hadoken, and the collision destroyed the volcanic surroundings.
Although the final outcome of the battle is unknown, Kazuya's influence over the world is still present, as G Corporation is not ending the war and various nations face an incoming invasion.
PR Tekken 7: Devil Uprising
Enraged by Samuel Nakaoka the Second unintentionally awaken his BEAST within and take a form of Fuku, Mana's ancestor and Hari Koo combined into a horrified gruesome form, he transforms into his Devil form to tries to kill him but his killing actions are no avails that he become a immortal and became more powerful whenever he was seemingly killed. Kazuya became feared by Samuel Nakaoka's new form's rage after he was brutally beaten by her and grew extremely furious for his humiliated defeat, he evolves into his powered up form to attempt to kill Samuel Nakaoka the Second once and for all. However, Samuel Nakaoka the Second menacingly defeat Kazuya and turned back to his human form. Samuel Nakaoka coldly tells Kazuya that he was weak and foolish enough to world domination, he also rudely calls him a weakling idiot and leave the battle. Humiliated for hating his whole life and Samuel Nakaoka provoking him as a weakling idiot, Kazuya went insane and transforms into his Devil form before assuming his mindless final form as a last attempt to kill Samuel Nakaoka the Second, but he transforms back to his gruesome form and clenches his fist and brutally stab Kazuya's chest, turning back his Devil form and then human form before he destroys Kazuya with his extremely destructive blow, blowing up Kazuya's every remains and leaving Kazuya's skeletal head. Before Samuel Nakaoka claims Kazuya's remain as the second trophy, Heihachi (who was revived by Samuel Nakaoka the Second's horrified transformation) saved Samuel Nakaoka the Second from his further corruption of both Fuku and Hari and convince him that the old Samuel Nakaoka the Second will never die and sadly tell Samuel Nakaoka to let it go his actions which he was finally accepted reluctantly.
Four months later, Kazuya's head remain was placed to cemetery by both Jin and Heihachi. Jin asked his grandfather about Samuel Nakaoka's condition and Heihachi replied him that Samuel Nakaoka's condition is extremely critical because of his huge trauma of Natalie's death by hands of Reginald and losing his sanity which is why he wants to revive Natalie by using the Stone of the Wishes. Heihachi revealed to Samuel Nakaoka the Second that his trauma and his countdown timer are the curse that certain someone implants his mind and body which cannot be removed except herself and he was used by someone who implants him.
Kazuya appears as both a Boss Unit and a playable Solo Unit, during both his boss and solo attacks, Kazuya can transform into Devil Kazuya to perform is "Backstabbing Devil Blaster" attack.
Kazuya appears in this reboot as a playable DLC character.
Kazuya returns as a playable fighter.
He appears as an unlockable character.
Kazuya returns for this game as a playable character.
Kazuya appears as a playable character, he can be unlocked by registering his Amiibo.
Retroactive June 29, 2021, Kazuya is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for the arcade. He uses both his original and tuxedo looks, having 16 pallete swaps altogether.
Kazuya is a playable character in PlayStation All-Stars: Ultimate Battle. He uses both his original and tuxedo looks, having 16 pallete swaps altogether.
Kazuya is one of the six starter characters in this game.
In this sequel to the 2005 game Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, Kazuya appears as a playable DLC guest character.