Lili Rochefort, the latest legacy character, has made a return in Tekken 8.I had been loving all these Legacy returns and I am excited who is next, I hope to see more new characters too.
Her return was inevitable the moment Asuka had her character reveal. Many Fighting Game fans compare her to Street Fighter character Karin Kanzuki, as both are blond rich heiresses. However, both characters are still different from each other. Karin’s fighting style is more similar to real Martial Arts like Aikido because of her Palm Strikes, while Lili fights using gymnastic and ballet moves as her attacks. She is not a trained Martial Artist; she got kidnapped when she was 12 but managed to beat up her kidnappers using her Ballet and gymnastics skills, which she converted to street fighting. That moment of adrenaline rush made her crave fighting. Lili debuted in Tekken 5: Dark resurrection and had been a mainstay ever since.
Since Tekken Tag tournament 2, most Tekken characters speak their Native language. Lily is Monegasque, so she speaks French, which makes her more bougie. The Fighting Heiress is still obsessed with her rival, Asuka Kazama, but there is no new character development. Lili now has a pet cat named Salt. Salt appears on her intro and winpose. She is very fond of her feline friend, but the cat seems to dislike her.
Lili Rochefort, Tekken reveal trailer
Lili Rochefort is considered a fashion icon in Tekken due to her preference for elegant dresses. Her latest design retains elements of her classic look, yet it exudes modernity and femininity. Fortunately, Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken’s creator, secured the services of Twitter artist Jasmine Darnell before she gained widespread fame. Harada feels fortunate that he was able to secure Darnell’s talents. Darnell’s redesign of Lili is stunning, sophisticated, and elegant.
Lili returns to #TEKKEN8 !
Lili's new costume designed by Lady artist @JasminDarnell. I met her amazing talent in 2017& a few years later I ordered Lili's costume design from her. Plz visit her website (I was lucky enough to order a design from her before she became famous)! https://t.co/HVvl7d3cqm pic.twitter.com/NfFJRIbuEg
— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) April 23, 2023
One of the biggest criticisms against Lili is that her fighting style does not look practical in real life. If you will look at her attacks though, she hits the head, and neck a lot making her attacks fatal in real life. There is actually real life Martial Art similar to Lily’s fighting style. It is called Tricking, it combines Martial Arts, Ballet,Gymnastics and Parkour.