Marshall Law is a character that was created in a very similar way to Bruce Lee as he is described as a very famous martial artist and even his looks are inspired from the great fighter. In Tekken, Marshall Law has a son who was named Forest Law, and his character is based solely on Brandon Lee.
As you might have already guessed, Marshall Law has his name after the martial law, a terminology for the military rule over a nation. He is represented as a Chinese American that can fight using different types of martial arts. His nickname is “The Fighting Chef” and you will see from the first Tekken games that he is a very good and close friend of Paul Phoenix.
The first time he enters a King of The Iron Fist Tournament was when he decided that he needs money to build his dojo. He finishes as a runner-up and manages to win enough money to make his dream come true.
In the second Tekken, the taekwondo master Baek Doo San destroys his dojo, so Marshall Law enters the second tournament to get his revenge on this man. In the 3rd Tekken, Marshall decides not to enter a new tournament, so his friendship with Paul starts to decline, but Paul convinces his son, Forest to enter the tournament. Marshall becomes a successful martial artist and an owner of a great restaurant called “Marshall China” in America. Soon enough he finds himself struggling with the restaurant and ends up an alcoholic. The only thing that could bring him back in shape in entering a new tournament. The restaurant is lost, and the business is gone soon enough after this.
He doesn’t succeed and later on he is informed that his son has suffered some great injuries while driving with Paul on a motorcycle. So he tries again to win another tournament to pay the medical bills for his son. The only way of being successful is by teaming up with Paul and another fighter named Steve Fox.
Marshall Law first appeared in the first Tekken and had a similar attire to Bruce Lee. His fighting style is described as a simple martial art, but later in the game, Marshall Law will be a practitioner or JeetKune Do, known as a martial philosophy created by the one and only Bruce Lee.
The only motivation that Marshall Law has been money. In every single game, he seems to be having financial problems that can only be resolved by entering and winning a tournament. But this is a difficult mission and not a way of resolving his problems that keep reappearing.
While fighting with Marshall Law, you will see some moves that you might recognize from Bruce Lee’s movies. He is an aggressive fighter, but not enough to make him win a King of The Iron Fist Tournament as he so badly wants to. We shall see where Tekken 7 will take him next time.