Kuma is one of the most memorable Tekken playable characters simply because he is a bear. This lead to the creation of future playable characters who are animals including Panda, Roger the Kangaroo and Alex the Dinosaur.
Kuma has a lot of humorous arcade endings such as where he posed as a costume for a bear mascot.
Kuma can use his salmon to whack enemies with it.
While he can only communicate by roaring, he can understand everyone else.
Kuma is easy to play as for newcomers and his moves are easy to try out.
Some Tekken players can be annoyed that Kuma appears as a frequent playable character, even if he is targeted towards kids.
His CG model in the first game doesn’t resemble a bear.
Sometimes, he and Panda don’t share the same playable slots.
Kuma appeared in the live-action Tekken film series.