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Killer Instinct - TJ Combo
Age: 25 (KI)
26 (KI2)




220 lbs


Neutral (KI & KI2)
Good (KI 2013)


Chief Thunder
Kim Wu



Appears in

Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct 2
Killer Instinct (2013)

Voiced by

Patrick Seitz (KI2013)

Think you got what it takes to beat the champ?

— TJ Combo

Tyler-Johnson Garrett, more commonly known by his ring name, "TJ Combo", is an American boxer and major playable character in the Killer Instinct franchise.


In Killer Instinct (1994) Combo is depicted as a tall, African-American man with a fairly-muscular physique and short, dark hair. Combo wears a red, white and blue, star-spangled tank top, black shorts with a red belt and red and white striped socks under his blue and white shoes. His primary weapons are his red, boxing gloves.

In Killer Instinct 2, Combo gets some slight changes to his appearance. His tank top is fairly shredded and he now wears long camo pants instead of shorts, along with new American-themed shoes. He wears an eyepatch over his left eye, a wound he sustained from Riptor, and he has ditched his boxing gloves for wrist wraps.

In Killer Instinct (2013), TJ Combo's redesign is more in-line with his original appearance when compared to some of the major design overhauls. He now wears a blue workout shirt with the name of his gym on the front, star-spangled blue shorts, long boxing shoes that go up to his ankles but instead of boxing gloves, he now wears red MMA style fighting gloves. He no longer wears the eyepatch from KI2/Gold, and both of his upper arms are covered in long scars from the surgeries that removed his cybernetic implants.

TJ Combo's retro costume largely mirrors his KI2 outfit, but with few changes: He has cybernetic implants covered with blue, red and white wrist wraps, and wears an Ultratech Championship Belt. His tanktop appears more tattered and his American-themed shoes was replaced with boots.

Killer Instinct

Story TJ Combo was once the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world for five years straight. He was stripped of his title for his use of cybernetic enhancements in his arms, he fights to regain his lost fame and fortune.

Extended Story
Having to fight his way from a seedy backstreet gym to the world heavyweight title through sheer raw power and aggression, after 5 years at the top T. J. "Combo" Garrett is brought crashing down by his own overwhelming greed. Having blown most of his cash on titanium arm implants to ensure that the title remained his, Combo is stripped of his belt, wealth and public respect when the Ultratech surgeon who performed the operation sells his story to the media. Furious and humiliated, Combo returns to his old ghetto haunts and vows to defy the world at large in reaching the top once more.

Stage: Boxing Gym


  • Powerline: Charge Back Then Forward, Fierce Punch
  • Rollercoaster: Charge Back Then Forward, Medium Punch
  • Spinfist: Charge Back Then Forward, Quick Punch
  • Flying Knee: Charge Back Then Forward, Fierce Kick
  • Knee K.O.: Charge Back Then Forward, Medium Kick
  • Fast Flying Knee: Charge Back Then Forward, Quick Kick
  • Turn Around Punch: Charge Forward Then Back, Quick Punch
  • Cyclone: Charge Fierce Punch Then Release

Special Moves

  • Combo Breaker: Back Then Forward And Any Kick
  • Ultra Combo: Forward, Back, Fierce Punch

End Specials

  • End Special 1: Charge Back Then Forward, Fierce Punch
  • End Special 2: Charge Back Then Forward, Medium Punch
  • End Special 3: Charge Back Then Forward, Quick Punch

Danger Moves

  • No Mercy 1: [Stand Close] Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Fierce Kick
  • No Mercy 2: [Stand 1 Character Distance Away] Back, Back, Forward, Forward, Medium Punch
  • Humiliation: Down, Down, Down, Quick Punch


With victory in the tournament, Combo has finally achieved his ambition to regain his lost fortune and popular status. Once a nobody from the ghetto, Combo celebrates his win and new found wealth by parading through those same streets. With money and fame at his side, Combo believes he can now achieve anything.

Killer Instinct 2

Story After a decisive victory over Riptor in the tournament, Combo attempted to destroy Ultratech HQ. Caught as Ultratech is ripped into the past, Combo must escapes home before it is too late.

Extended Story

Combo is beginning to wish that he had never seen that tournament bulletin on TV, never succumbed to the wild temptation to use it as a ladder back to the peak of public acclaim. His toughest clash of the contest, in which he only just managed to rid the world of the bestial Riptor, left him hospitalized: on his release, Combo made for Ultratech HQ with a vengeance and was in the process of looting and vandalizing when he was caught up in the temporal chaos…

Stage: Street


  • TJ Tremor: Charge Back Then Forward, Medium Kick [Great Opener]
  • Roller Coaster: Charge Back Then Forward, Medium Punch [Great Opener]
  • Spinfist: Charge Back Then Forward, Quick Punch [Great Opener]
  • Skull Crusher: Charge Back Then Forward, Fierce Kick [Great Opener]
  • Air Tremor: Back, Quarter Back, Down, Quarter Forward, Forward, Medium Kick
  • Spinfist 2: Charge Forward Then Back, Quick Punch
  • Behind Back: Charge Back Then Forward, Quick Kick
  • Cyclone: Hold Fierce Punch, Release Fierce Punch, Fierce Punch
  • Powerline: Charge Back Then Forward, Fierce Punch
  • Stop Powerline: Back, Fierce Punch [Must Be Running]
  • Fake Dizzy: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Quick Kick
  • Air Double: Forward, Back, Any Kick
  • Throw: Forward, Medium Punch
  • Reverse Throw: Back, Medium Punch [In Opponent's Throw Move]
  • Parry Move: Back, Hold Quick Punch
  • Pressure Move: Forward, Fierce Kick

Special Moves

  • Combo Breaker: Back, Forward, Any Punch And Any Kick
  • Ultra Combo Breaker: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Fierce *Punch [Requires 6 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Mini-Ultra Combo: Charge Back Then Forward, Fierce Kick
  • Ultra Combo: Charge Forward Then Back, Fierce Punch
  • Ultimate Combo: Hold Quick Kick For 2 Seconds, Release Quick Kick
  • 0-Combo Ultimate: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Fierce Kick [Hold Forward For 1 Second]

Super Moves

  • Super Roller Coaster: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Fierce Kick [Requires 3 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Super Spinfist: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Quick Punch [Requires 3 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Shadow Move: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Quick Punch [Requires 3 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Dash Frenzy: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Fierce Punch [Requires 2 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Super Tremor: Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Medium Kick [Requires 6 Super Bar Blocks]

End Specials

  • End Special 1: Charge Forward then Back, Quick Punch Quick Punch
  • End Special 2: Charge Back Then Forward, Quick Kick, Quick Kick
  • End Special 3: Charge Back Then Forward, Fierce Punch, Fierce Punch
  • End Special 4: Charge Back Then Forward, Medium Kick, Medium Kick
  • End Special 5: Charge Back Then Forward, Fierce Kick [After First 4 Enders]


Kill Tusk Having won the tournament and vanquish Gargos, Combo knows he can achieve anything. With no challenge remaining in the past Combo returns to the future through a time portal. Strengthened by his experience he vows soon to regain his lost fame and fortune once again.

Don't Kill Tusk Having won the tournament and vanquish Gargos, Combo knows he can achieve anything. Rejected by modern society for cheating, Combo grabs the chance to again win fame in the arena. Staying in the past he puts his fighting skills to work and soon becomes a great champion.

Killer Instinct (2013)


To defend his world championship title, TJ resorted to illegal cybernetic implants. When discovered, he was stripped of his title and his world crumbled. Determined to prove himself and regain glory, TJ rips out his cybernetics and returns to the fight.

Extended Story 

Glory Days:

Main article: Glory Days


Traits Combo Trait - Auto-Barrage: Combo can cancel the first hit off any Auto-Double into another Auto-Double of a different strength, punch or kick. He can keep doing this as long as that Auto-Double has not been used in the Auto Barrage, (i.e. Hard Punch to Medium Kick to Medium Punch etc.) until he hits all six buttons. Repeating a normal attack, or using all six normals without repeating, will trigger either a Damage Ender or Advantage Ender. This can be done continuously, but once he begins Auto-Barrage, he cannot leave the sequence using other linkers or enders, and the attacks slow down slightly over time.

Instinct Mode - Glory Days: Combo earns a speed boost to all aspects of his ground movement and frame data; all moves have faster startup and recover and his dashes are faster. Additionally, if Combo is fully KO’d with a full Instinct Meter, Last Breath will be activated - he will use half his Instinct Meter to resurrect with 20% life and Instinct Mode activated.

Command Attacks

  • Superman Punch - (Down-Forward+HP) - Combo throws a large leaping hook. Acts as an overhead.
  • Rollercoaster - (Down-Forward+MP) - Combo combat rolls forwards with a punch at the end. Any normal can be canceled into Rollercoaster.
  • Turn-Around Punch - (Back+MP, midair) - Combo performs an awkward backwards cross-up punch.
  • Throw - (Forward or back+LP+LK) - Combo punches the opponent in the gut, then weaves around and punches them again into the ground.

Special Moves

  • Spin Fist - (Back-Forward+LP) - Combo spins around and throws a wild hook.
  • Shoot Toss - (Back-Forward+MP) - Combo grabs the opponent around the waist and slams them down. Acts as a launcher.
  • Powerline - (Back-Forward+HP) - Combo dashes forwards and throws a straight jab. Can be canceled into other moves before the jab is performed. Has one hit of armor. Works as a Wall Splat Ender.
    • Backstep - (LK, during Powerline) - Combo cancels his dash and hops backwards.
    • Tumble - (MK, during Powerline) - Combo combat rolls forward without attacking. Invulnerable to projectiles until recovery.
    • Flying Knee - (HK, during Powerline) - Combo hops up with a flying knee attack. Invulnerable to low attacks until recovery. Even though it is not its own specific special move, it can be used as an Exchange Ender using (Back-Forward+K).
  • Tremor - (Down-Up+K) - Combo leaps up and punches the ground, creating a shockwave. Button strength determines distance traveled. Acts as an overhead and can recapture airborne opponents. Works as a Battery Ender.
  • Vortex  - (Down-Up+P) - Combo spins his fist before performing an uppercut. Button strength determines damage and attack speed. Works as a Launcher Ender.
    • Cyclone - (hold P, during Vortex) - Combo follows up with a second uppercut to juggle.

Shadow Moves

  • Shadow Tremor - (Down-Up+2K) - Combo leaps up and punches downwards, hitting five times
  • Shadow Powerline - (Back-Forward+2P) - Combo dashes forwards, throwing a jab that hits five times. Can be canceled on the fourth hit to swivel behind the opponent and avoid the wall splat in order to continue a combo.
  • Shadow Flying Knee - (Back-Forward+2K) - Combo hops up with a flying knee that hits five times.
  • Shadow Cyclone - (Down-Up+2P) - Combo spins his fist before performing an uppercut that hits four times, then follows up with a second uppercut. Fully invulnerable until the first punch.

Ultra Combo: 40 Hits

Signature moves Despite being Human and having no supernatural powers, T.J Combo is quite a skilled, brutal, and agile fighter with his boxing style. Thanks to his cybernetic implants, he is able to have punching power far beyond an average human.

(KI, KI2/Gold)

  • Rolling Thunder: Combo rolls toward his opponent delivering a punch to the mid section.Can be performed twice. (KI, KI2/Gold)
  • Powerline: Combo runs towards his opponent delivering a straight powerful punch sending the opponent back. Can be cancelled. (KI, KI2/Gold)
  • Flying Knee: Combo thrust towards his opponent hitting them with his knee. (KI, KI2/Gold)
  • Upward Knee: Combo thrust him self a few feet in the air hitting his opponent with his knee. (KI, KI2/Gold.
  • Tremor: Combo leaps a few feet in the air and comes down with his fist on fire punching his opponent. (KI2/Gold).
  • Winding Uppercut: Combo winds one of his hands with extreme speed till the point where his uppercut his strong enough to send his opponent high sky in the air if the hit connects. (KI, KI2/Gold).
  • Spinning Backhand: Combo does a spinning back hand punch that hits the opponent's midsection. (KI, K I2/Gold)

No Mercy moves:

  • Neck Breaker: Combo hits the opponent forcing them on their knees, and proceeds to finishing them by breaking their neck. (KI)
  • The Fourth Wall: Combo delivers a spinning backhand and the second punch sends the opponent flying towards the screen. (KI)
  • Target Practice: Combo pulls out his submachine gun and shoots the opponent repeatedly. (KI2/Gold)
  • Up in the Air: Combo pumps up and uppercut his opponent so hard, it sends him/her flying into the air disappear. Only to be executed during the combo on the second bar of the opponent's health. (KI2/Gold)


Main article: Downtown Demolition

During an Ultra Combo, a train will collapse through the road-rail bridge and crashes near the stage. During the slow music due to characters not moving, the sample of his classic theme, "Yo, Check This Out!", and his remixed classic theme, "Street" will play. His stage music also has samples of "Freeze" and his conclusion dynamic theme has different variations of the conclusion themes of "Yo, Check This Out!", "Freeze", and "Street" if no Ultras were performed.

Stage ULTRA - WRECKED: During an Ultra Combo, the victor would send his/her defeated opponent in the air, causing the wrecking ball to hit the defeated opponent, sending him/her flying towards the "TJ Combo Boxing" sign, and explodes on impact.


Is that the best you got, Ultratech?

— TJ Combo after defeating Fulgore in Season 2 Trailer

I took the easy route, once. It got me fame, fortune, and glory... but it was all hollow. When I fell, I fell hard. I lost everything. But I'm back now and this time I'm doing it right. And don't think for a moment that I'll let anything get in my way. Cause if you give me that moment... I Win!

— TJ Combo in Season 2's Trailer


  • In Killer Instinct (2013), TJ Combo can be customized to look like Kick from Iron Galaxy's Divekick.
  • Some of his techniques/moves can be similar to Street Fighter's Balrog & Dudley.
  • He is based off of boxer Apollo Creed.
  • Combo's profile in Killer Instinct 2 describes him as having claimed a "decisive victory over Riptor in the tournament". This very likely indicates Combo killed Riptor in the first game, leading to its absence in the sequel.


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Killer Instinct Franchise
Games Killer Instinct · Killer Instinct 2 (Gold) · Killer Instinct (2013)
Characters Jago · TJ Combo · Spinal · Thunder · Glacius · Fulgore · Cinder · Sabrewulf · Orchid · Riptor · Eyedol · Tusk · Kim Wu · Maya · Gargos · Sadira · Shadow Jago · Kan-Ra · Omen · Aganos · Hisako · ARIA · Mira
Minor Characters Eagle · The Chairman · Ryat Adams · Babylonian King · The Master · Yeouiju
Guest Characters Rash · Arbiter · General RAAM
Organizations Ultratech · Red Eyes of Rylai · Disavowed · Night Guard · The Coven
Soundtracks Killer Cuts · Killer Instinct Gold Cuts · Killer Instinct: Season One Soundtrack + Original Arcade Soundtrack · Killer Instinct (Original Game Soundtrack), Season 2
Literature KI Nintendo Power · KI #1 · KI #2 · KI #3 · KI Special #1 · KI Special #2 · KI Special #3
Extended Stories The Secrets of the Tiger · The Lycanthrope's Tale · The Ice-man Cometh · Murder of Crows · The Widow’s Bite · The Firecat's Summoning · The Quest of the Searing Skull · Fulgore Mark 03 Field Manual-L · Glory Days · Temperance and Vengeance · Death is no Obstacle · You and Your Riptor Unit · The Herald of Gargos · Peacemaker · The Everlasting Child · The Third Degree · Evolve or Die
Killer Instinct Novella The Road to Ravensburg · The Watchman Awakes · Dragon's Choice · Conflux · ARIA for Noömorph · Shadows at Dawn
Gameplay Combo Breaker & Counter Breaker · Ultra Combo · No Mercy · Combo System · Instinct Mode · Shadow Meter · Shadow Moves · Shadow Counter · Knockdown Value · Lock out · Frame Data · Character Accessories · Rivals Mode · Shadow Lords Mode

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