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Yukio (Marvel Comics) (Wolverine ally) by Steve Skroce

Yukio the wild one


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Yukio is a recurrent Wolverine supporting character – one of the more important ones in Japan. She is also a close friend of Storm of the X-Men. She appeared in the 1982 Wolverine limited series by Claremont and Miller, which was a critical step in developing Wolverine as a character.

She is a mix of nutty, rebellious Tōkyō alternative scene wild girl – and elite, acrobatic ninja agent.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed. Her actual first name seems to be Yukiko
  • Other Aliases: The Wild One, Ninja Mother (occasional nickname from Amiko)
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Amiko Kobayashi (foster daughter), James Howlett (aka Wolverine, aka Logan, adoptive father of Amiko)
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of Xavier’s Mutant Underground
  • Base Of Operations: Tōkyō
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 110 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
  • Other distinguishing features: Dragon tattoo across her back and buttocks
  • Note: Officially, Yukio is 5’9”, but she’s rarely drawn as being that tall


Powers and Abilities

The Wild One is extremely fast and agile, and a superb acrobat and fighter.

Her training is in traditional Japanese martial arts, with her two main forms being apparently jujitsu (pragmatic close-combat techniques for warriors) and shurikenjutsu (thrown small blades, these techniques having historically been taught at jujitsu schools). She also seems trained in kenjutsu (swordswomanship) and knows some ni-to-kenjutsu (paired swords).

Her fighting style is very acrobatic and evasive. On the offence, it favours low kicks.

Beyond her agility, her main asset is that her thrown blades are remarkably precise and deadly. She reliably can kill 3 men surrounding her by hurling 3 blades in a single motion.

The Wild One is known for consistently pulling off very high-risk tactics. A typical move was vaulting over an opponent and throwing herself off a mountain, gambling that the high winds would catch her and throw her back – thus allowing her to attack her surprised foe from behind.

Yukio in black and green, over a white background

Yukio operates at a cinematic but not super-heroic level. She will dominate goons under most circumstances, especially if she has throwing blades. But an entire squad of Hand genin, or a master like Ogun or Shingen, is clearly too much for her. Psylocke is also a significantly better fighter than she is, though not by a huge margin.

Yukio has various intrusion skills such as stealth, weapons concealment, demolitions, escapes artistry, climbing over difficult surfaces, etc. She’s pretty good at those, especially stealth, but doesn’t seem to have B&E skills such as lockpicking or security systems expertise.

She is highly knowledgeable about Japanese martial arts lore, and about the Hand – its history, factions and politics. Much of her information about the Hand came from defector Goro the Poisoner (since deceased), but she clearly has some sort of network keeping tabs on Hand activities.

Yukio also evidenced immunity to some very specific toxins used by ninja assassins.

Wild gear

Yukio’s flat will usually have a hidden crate with about 100 kilos of bladed weaponry, climbing gear and other field equipment. She will also often have a tanto or sai on her, but those never actually get used.

What she does use is her arsenal of throwing blades — shuriken, bo-shaken, numerous types of throwing knives, etc. — used in volleys. When expecting to face Hand footsoldiers or similar opponents, she will sometimes get a katana from her stash.

She also uses sophisticated, but not cutting edge, surveillance equipment – particularly audio equipment and night vision goggles. Combined with her stealth and daring, this is normally sufficient to run surveillance on even highly secure areas.

Yukio hugging Wolverine

She will normally have a trendy keitai , of course.

On rare occasions, to take down high-value targets, Yukio has used throwing blades coated with very powerful poisons or sedatives. This seems more driven by plot considerations than being a normal part of her arsenal, though.

After she is crippled in late 2010, Yukio can no longer move her legs and has to use a wheelchair.

One of the handles of her wheelchair hides two telescopic katana-like blades. The handle detaches to serve as the handle between the two blades (much like Darth Maul’s double lightsabre), and it seems that it can be further detached to leave Yukio with two katana. She might also have a handgun hidden in the chair.

The wheelchair also includes a smoke charge and a self-destruction charge. The normal modus operandi when hopelessly surrounded is to disappear and roll away in the smoke, leaving the wheelchair to explode among enemies.

Two scenes show her flying some sort of heavily-armed mini-helicopter, but nothing else is known.

The big bad Canadian badger dude

In her earliest appearance, Yukio was able to stay hidden from Wolverine (who has animalistic super-senses). She then fell him with a single poisoned blade. These are impressive feats, but she never performs again on that level. Though the game stats partially take these achievements into account, they are toned down since :

  • 1982 Wolverine was still being defined, and considerably less powerful than he would eventually become.
  • It likely was an instance of neglecting the characters’ capabilities for plot reasons.

How rich is the Wild One ?

Traditionally, Yukio was portrayed as operating from a near-derelict, unfurnished studio apartment in a run-down section of Tōkyō – a slum. In DC Heroes terms, that’s Wealth 003 and, at best, a Confined Headquarter.

One small problem is that there are no such areas in Tōkyō, even back in 1982. If you want to keep that aspect, our completely made-up explanation is that there is a subculture of Tōkyōites living in parts of the town that were razed by giant monster attacks, and are kept cordoned off while the radioactivity dies down.

Everybody ignores these rag-tag houses, until the time come for rebuilding and these kaiju -enabled squatters have to move away.

Another small problem is that Yukio simultaneously has no problems taking international flights and partying in exclusive night clubs. Based on a remark by Wolverine, it is likely that living in a hovel is a choice rather than the results of financial constraints. Perhaps it was a wish to emulate medieval ronin  aesthetics.

Yukio and Wolverine closeup

In the Wolverine anime, Yukio is depicted as having a safehouse at at Shinjuku 8 chōme, where the only furnishing is a couch. This suggests that the flats seen in the comics are but boltholes, not living places. There are plenty of cheap place to spend the night or day in Tōkyō especially if you have connections.

The area mentioned — 8 chōme — is pretty upscale, but also heavily under construction. It’s also within walking distance of Kabukichō, one of the seediest areas in Tōkyō with plenty of clubs and Yakuza to keep things interesting and an area which she would most likely be a regular.

In 2000, to raise Amiko, Yukio moves to a huge (by Tōkyō standards) and luxurious flat, quite possibly in an area such as Roppongi or Shinjuku. She implies that it was made possible by a windfall (and quite a large one, given Tōkyō prices), making her wealth even more difficult to assess.

In game terms she may have 5 or 6 APs of Wealth at that point. Her 2010s appearance would lead one to err toward 6.


History

“Yukio”, aka the Wild One, is a woman without a past. She is an enigmatic ronin drifter and masterless outlaw living in Japan.

Even her name is unknown. Her actual first name seems to be Yukiko (“fortunate girl”). However she has always been known as Yukio (“fortunate man”) for reasons that she refuses to discuss, even with her close friend and occasional lover Wolverine (James Howlett).

Wolverine indicated that Yukio took a man’s name when she also started wearing her hair in a more masculine cut. These minor bits of gender-bending seem to contribute to her fame among the Japanese underworld.

Yukio face closeup

Yukio may have had ties with the Hand, given how much she knows about them. She was once described as a “half-ninja”. This seemed to be about her ancestry or original training, but the remark was too random to hazard hypotheses.

In the past she was an international thief who occasionally clashed with Remy Lebeau, the future Gambit. Once, in London, Yukio informed the police about Lebeau to facilitate her operations, but her rival outmaneuvered her and she was arrested by the Met. They also clashed in Singapore and Milan.

If you are not using a sliding timeline, these clashes occurred during the 1970s.

Wolverine

In 1982, Yukio was working for the Yashida clan, a mainstay in Japanese politics, industry and crime. The clan had recently returned under the leadership of the dreaded Lord Shingen, who married off his daughter Mariko to cement a political alliance. The marriage took place against Ms. Yashida’s will, and her new husband was beating her.

Shingen knew that a romance had been developing between his daughter and a Westerner named Logan (James Howlett, aka Wolverine). Correctly assuming that Logan would come to Japan and cause trouble, Shingen-san had Yukio run security around Mariko.

When Logan came, she took him down with a throwing spike lacquered with poison. The gaijin only survived his subsequent honour duel against Yashida Shingen thanks to his mutant healing factor .

Intrigued by Wolverine, Yukio convinced Shingen-san to let her keep tabs on the foreigner by becoming his friend. The manipulation worked, especially after Shingen had a squad of Hand killers attack and nearly kill Yukio to bolster the credibilities of the lies she told Wolverine.

Fixated on Mariko, Logan turned down Yukio’s advances – until Shingen manipulated him into going berserker before Mariko’s horrified eyes.

fearing that Mariko would never love him again after seeing his animalistic rage, Wolverine became Yukio’s lover. The Japanese’s wild, near-suicidal temper nearly killed them when she insisted on having sex in the path of a bullet train .

Yukio and Amiko

Now in love with Wolverine, Yukio betrayed Shingen and killed the Yashida agents who were to murder Logan in his sleep. However, Logan mumbled Mariko’s name in his sleep and Yukio ran off in tears, wanting to commit suicide.

During her preparations to have a spectacular death, she accidentally ran into and killed a friend of Wolverine, an intelligence officer named Asano. This led to Wolverine realising that Yukio had been a Shingen agent all along, and the Wild One fled again.

Yukio attempted to convince Shingen that she had never betrayed him, using Asano’s death as a proof. While it briefly seemed successful, Shingen wasn’t fooled. He was killing Yukio when Wolverine returned and invaded the Yashida compound.

During the subsequent battle, Mariko’s husband attempted to take his wife hostage to stall off Wolverine. The Wild One killed him. Owing her for Mariko’s life but unable to forgive the death of Asano, Logan let Yukio leave after she tearfully kissed him goodbye.

Storm and shadow

Wolverine later returned to Japan to marry Mariko. As she was spying on him, Yukio spotted the Silver Samurai (Kenuichio Harada) and attacked him before he could ambush Wolverine and his teammates the X-Men. During the fight Yukio met Storm (Ororo Munroe), and the two became instant friends.

As Yukio and Ororo were investigating the Samurai’s handler the Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian), Storm was badly wounded. Yukio saved her life by rushing her to an hospital. By this point Storm had been experiencing a mounting malaise about her identity, and as she recovered from her wounds decided to completely change her style to be more like Yukio.

The pair made up a new punk leather look for Storm, complete with a mohawk.

Yukio vs Hand ninja, by Frank Miller

Due to mind control, Mariko later rejected Wolverine. The marriage did not take place. However, this did not change much his relationship with Yukio, as Logan was unable to get over Mariko.

In 1985, Wolverine returned to Japan to find his missing teammate Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat). Yukio immediately attacked him for thrills — then helped him investigate the Shigematsu yakuza clan, who seemed behind Pryde’s disappearance.

The Wild One was instrumental in recovering Pryde. She then helped break the mystical domination that ninja master Ogun exerted over her. She also twice fought the renegade sumotori Shumai, who was planning to take over the Shigematsu.

Some later bits of dialogue imply that, during this time frame, Storm and Yukio had undocumented adventures together.

Techno-ninja and techno-aliens

In 1992, Yukio prevented the Death Touch Cult (a Hand splinter led by Matsuo Tsurayaba) from killing Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), a friend of Wolverine. She even evaded the deadly cyborg Cylla (Cylla Markham).

Gambit (Remy Lebeau), now a member of the X-Men, later contacted her to help Wolverine out of a depression after the Hand murdered Mariko Yashida, but she refused. Presumably, she feared becoming a disposable rebound romance.

Yukio face closeup by Frank Miller

Two years later, killer aliens called the Phalanx tried to manipulate Yukio to lead them to the X-Men. Sensing that something was amiss, Yukio only met with Storm in a Manhattan nightclub. Three Phalanx agents attacked, but narrowly failed.

To Yukio’s annoyance, Gambit came in to help, and saved her from drowning. The Phalanx hunters were then destroyed using teamwork.

Yukio later realised that Wolverine was doing an annual pilgrimage to Japan, to the temple where he and Mariko had planned to meet. She determined that others had learned of this and intervened to prevent an ambush. Tsurayaba’s killers were already on site and might have killed Wolverine, who was greatly weakened by the removal of the Adamantium  in his body.

However, Yukio bluffed them. She pointed at Wolverine’s bone claws and weak healing factor to convince them that this man was a ringer.

Sugar and everything nice

Fearing that he would soon die or lose his mind, Logan reunited with Yukio. They apparently became lovers again. He handed over to her his 2 Japanese responsibilities — the Yashida clan honour blade, and his adoptive daughter Amiko. The sacred katana was later handed over to the Silver Samurai, but Amiko-chan stuck with Yukio.

Kobayashi Amiko

Amiko’s parents were killed during a kaiju rampage, and her dying mother asked Wolverine to take care of her daughter. Using clan Yashida resources, the Canadian arranged for he and Mariko to be declared Amiko’s foster parents. After Mariko’s murder, Wolverine set up a trust fund via Landau, Luckman & Lake to compensate a new foster family.

The foster agency bungled the case, and the new foster parents were atrocious if not outright abusive. Wolverine forcibly removed Amiko from her wards, then made the strange choice of having the famously irresponsible Yukio raise Amiko.

Oddly enough, it worked. Yukio took good care of Amiko and used the trust fund to have a local couple, Mr. and Mrs. Kuan, handle the parts that Yukio was incapable of providing. The Kuans may have been paedopsychiatrists, since they played an important role in helping Amiko get over her childhood traumas.

Wolverine visited when he could, which was seldom. As to Yukio, once Amiko was in her early teens, she did the obvious and usual thing – start training Amiko-chan in stealth, athletics and the martial arts.

During the mid 1990s, Yukio rescued American government agent Havok (Alex Summers) from the assassin Fatale. She also nearly stole the giant Red Ronin robot for a joyride. Before she could do so it was accidentally activated by Wolverine and Sunfire (Shiro Yashida).

She also allied with Elektra (Elektra Natchios) after the Silver Samurai pointed the Greek assassin toward the Wild One for intelligence about current Hand operations. Yukio and Elektra killed a Hand officer. Though they didn’t find their actual target, the super-ninja Kuroyama, Yukio found leads that allowed Elektra to continue her mission of vengeance.

Yukio on the phone with Wolverine

Some months before, Tsurayaba and his Death Touch Cult had kidnapped Yukio and Amiko to gain revenge on Wolverine. Though Wolverine and allies narrowly rescued them, nobody realised that Amiko had been brainwashed by the Hand. They convinced her that Wolverine had killed her mother.

Before she left, Elektra pointed out that there logically had to exist a Hand informer close to Yukio, since there had been clear leaks about her mission. That Amiko had been brainwashed was thus established… and never mentioned again. A possible hypothesis is that Yukio simply called Storm to have a X-Men telepath remove the conditioning, quickly undoing the damage.

Some months later it was Yukio’s turn to be brainwashed as part of a revenge attempt against Wolverine, led by the Viper. The case was closed when Wolverine agreed to honour his old promise, and married the Viper.

Mongols and claws

As Amiko grew up, Yukio renounced her dirt-poor ronin lifestyle to move to an affluent part of Tōkyō. The girl abandoned her unhealthy childhood fixation on medieval Japan, but as a young teen tended to imitate her foster mother. She hung out in bad parts of town, had an attitude and used the skills Yukio taught her to beat up bullies.

Wolverine’s visits became more frequent in order to see his apparent lover and his foster daughter, though he was often away for months. After a lengthy absence (caused by mind control making him a Horseman of Apocalypse), he realised how much Amiko-chan resented his absences.

In 2002 the feared Kaishek clan, an international Mongolian criminal organisation, came to Japan to carve out turf. The Silver Samurai requested that Yukio and Wolverine assist the Yashida clan, and they agreed. However, Yukio was then attacked by Kaishek soldiers. Though she killed 3 attackers, she was forced to surrender when they threatened Amiko.

Yukio kicks the Silver Samurai

The Kaishek leveraged the captive Yukio and Amiko to force Wolverine to become their agent. Not only did that fail, but Yukio and Amiko narrowly escaped after killing their guards. Yukio then embarked on vengeance against the Kaishek, beating a guard for information then leaving for Outer Mongolia.

Wolverine tracked her down and found her as she was about to kill the last Kaishek chief. He requested that he let her do the deed so he would be the one to bear the blood debt. The distraction resulted in Yukio getting shot, but Amiko (who had been accompanying Wolverine so he could protect her) intervened and saved the Wild One. The Kaishek stronghold was burned to the ground.

Amiko was kidnapped again by a pirate lord, and Logan somehow convinced Yukio to let him handle it alone. Amiko was swiftly recovered, as the opposition had manifestly underestimated who the fudge they were dealing with.

Yet another kidnapping of Amiko to get at Wolverine resulted in Yukio facing Lady Deathstrike (Yuriko Oyama) and Omega Red (Arkady Rossovich). Outmatched, Yukio was crippled by Deathstrike, who carved a kidnapping note in her back. Yukio requested that Wolverine kill her if it turned out that she would never walk again, but then made a miraculous full recovery.

Though Yukio was back to her acrobatic self within a year, it would seem that she and Logan broke up during that time.

Mutants and monks

In 2004, Storm came to Japan to investigate a ring of mutant pit fighters. Yukio helped her locate the organisation underneath a discotheque, but to her dismay Storm decided to take over the organisation through fighting challenges.

As the Wild One suspected it was all a trap, and the former Morlock called Masque nearly broke Storm. Masque brainwashed Storm and wanted her to kill Yukio as a test, but Munroe once again proved indomitable and refused. Masque’s organisation was dismantled, though Storm had to leave a few days for X-Men business.

Yukio vs. the Silver Samurai

By 2005, Amiko was looking 14 or 15, and in a mysterious-and-aloof-to-get-attention phase. As to Yukio, she stole an invaluable necklace from a heavily guarded Japanese temple. When this jewel, the Mark of Mana, telepathically contacted her she got spooked. She asked Wolverine for advice. A conflict with warrior monks serving the evil sorceress Ashurado ensued.

Wolverine took point, as Yukio had to hide Amiko from the monks. That didn’t work since their enemies used magical scrying to find them, and captured them. They were transported to the Bridge of Six Realms, a mystical locus dimension where a war between two mystical orders was about to take place.

However, Logan tricked the demons guarding Yukio and Amiko, and destroyed them.

Amiko then picked up the Sword of Blood. This is the sacred blade of the Shosei sect, who had fought along with Wolverine against Ashurado and the demons. After she told Yukio and Wolverine that the sword was speaking in her mind, the last Shosei priestess determined that Amiko’s biological mother had been a member of the Shosei.

Amiko volunteered to become the miko (shrine maiden)  of the Shosei priestess, to honour both her biological mother and her adoptive parents.

2010s

In 2010, Wolverine asked Yukio to protect Matsuo Tsurayaba, whom he had been torturing for years to gain revenge for Mariko’s death.

Tsurayaba had manipulated Psylocke (Elizabeth Braddock) and Djinn (Fahd Alireza) into attempting to kill him to put an end to his suffering. Yukio ended up facing Braddock. Despite her dogged attempts Psylocke overcame her, though she slowed her down enough for Wolverine to reach the scene and confront Braddock and Alireza.

A few months later, a demonically-possessed Logan sent by an organisation called the Red Right Hand attacked Yukio and Amiko. The pair couldn’t hurt the demon Wolverine, who gutted Yukio – but they narrowly escaped atop a commuter train.

However, the demon within Wolverine had accomplished his objective – severing Yukio’s spine to break her. Presumably, Amiko got the Wild One to a hospital in time to save her life, but her mother was now crippled.

Yukio vs. Fatale

Though confined in a wheelchair, Yukio retrained and stuck around, as she wasn’t about to leave her daughter alone. By this point, she had trained Amiko (now about 16) to a high degree of competence, and the youth related to Yukio primarily as her mother but also as her sensei.

The Red Right Hand onslaught had also killed the Silver Samurai. This left the Yashida clan leaderless and precipitated a major underworld war involving the Hand and various Yakuza concerns. Meanwhile, Amiko dated the new Silver Samurai – Shingen Harada, the son of the previous Silver Samurai (Kenuichio Harada).

However, “Shin” was approached by a rogue Hand leader. He agreed to ally with them, betraying Amiko. The furious teenager broke up with him while her adoptive parents were eliminating the Hand faction after it overextended.

Yukio continues raising and training her teenaged daughter in Tōkyō, and now apparently resorts to technological weapons and vehicles to compensate for her lost mobility.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Yukio craves enjoying life to the fullest, and is an adrenaline junkie. She routinely puts herself in deadly situations, trolls for fights, and enjoys pastimes such as high-end hard liquor, sex with dangerous men, extreme stunts and hardcore partying. The Quotes section in this entry presents her view of life.

However, she isn’t just a nutbar. Though she lives outside of society, she has her own moral code. She is hard, cynical and a killer – but not evil. For instance she will never agree to hurt children or teenagers. She also has occasional flashes of common sense.

Yukio kicks a thug

The Wild One seldom formed close personal bond, but when she did these are very strong – such as her love for Wolverine or her friendship with Storm. On the other hand, she can’t stand Gambit (Remy Lebeau).

Traditionally, whether Yukio and Wolverine are lovers was left unsaid. The History section in this entry traces our best guess, but even that is based on body language such as holding hands – and smoke signals used in older comic books to signal implied sex.

One gets the impression that their relationship has always been non-conventional, ambiguous and hard to follow, but it was never explored. Nearly 30 years of discretion were broken in 2010, with a statement that had been having sex nearly every time that Wolverine was in Japan since 1982.

Amiko’s presence resulted in significant changes in Yukio’s lifestyle. The Wild One was still a punk mercenary, a reckless party girl and a troubleshooter – but she’s also a mother and had to have some level of stability and responsibility.

The main impact was to have Yukio forego the quasi-suicidal vibe she had in the 1980s and 1990s. Over the 2000s, the Wild One even became increasingly sensible about what Amiko was allowed to do.

Rider on the Storm ?

A non-trivial number of X-Men fans, mostly LGBTQ ones, formed the impression that Storm and Yukio were lovers. My own reading doesn’t trend that way, but it is not absurd. And back then there was a near-absence of such romances one could read about in super-hero comics (the one exception coming to mind being cryptic allusions about Mystique and Destiny).

There isn’t, to my knowledge, anything solid to back that interpretation. But if that’s a view of Storm and Yukio you want to feature in your game, the main two springboards in the material are :

  • Uncanny X-Men #312 has a caption that describes them as “more than friends, less than sisters”. It also has a scene where Yukio, relieved to find Storm still alive after an explosion, caresses her hair and snuggles against her as she explains she couldn’t bear losing her.
  • X-Men Annual has various X-Men telepathically made to live their greatest fantasy, and Storm’s is to be back in Tōkyō with Yukio to live purely in the moment, enjoy herself and be a thief without any responsibilities.

DC Universe history

DC’s Japan is underpopulated and having Yukio around wouldn’t change much. Being the foster mum of the big bad man’s adoptive daughter being a significant aspect of the character, she could have a similar relationship with Deathstroke the Terminator.

Yukio would secretly be a former member of the League of Assassins.


Quotes

“Gotcha !” (her signature, recurrent exclamation)

“I’m a tigress, Logan. But if you think me skilled in the arts of war… wait ’til you see me perform those of love.”

Wolverine: “Are you flamin’ crazy, woman – playin’ chicken with a 200-mile-per-hour bullet train ? D‘you want to die ?!”
Yukio: “Does it matter ? I will eventually. So will you. But until then, Logan, I want to live every moment to the fullest ! And when I die — I wish to die spectacularly !”

“We are two of a kind, soul-mates — born rebels, Logan, who make our own rules in a society where we have no place. And which has no true place for us. I love you Logan-chan – kill me, and kill yourself.”

Yukio hugging Storm

“Life is the ultimate adventure, wind-rider, and death the prize that awaits us all. Since it’s inevitable, why worry about it ?”

Yukio: “Hello. I am called Yukio, and any friend of Wolverine is a friend of mine.”
Jubilee: “…” (beat) “How come he doesn’t know any plain girls with frumpy tastes in clothes —?”

“Let them run for their boring little lives — you and I get to do the fun stuff.”

“You pour me some drinks, Logan-san, and we’ll sing a few songs and tell lies about all the good times we had !”

“I am not your blood mother, Amiko, but you, Logan and I are related in a way few families are. In our lives, we’ve each had to face a life and death question. And now it’s your turn. I need your help, Amiko. So what will it be – victim or victor ?”

(To a pensive Storm) “Earth to goddess. Anybody home ?”

“Logan, Amiko’s a teenager. You should be happy she’s already outgrown that whole rebellious phase she was going through.” (beat, mutters to herself) “God knows where she picked that up.”


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Yukio

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Outlaw
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: See below
Init: 017 HP: 020

Powers:
Projectile weapon: 05, Systemic antidote: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Projectile weapons is a Skilled Power.
  • Projectile weapon has Autofire.
  • Projectile weapons requires having efficient small, bladed thrown weapons at hand – usually various types of shuriken and/or throwing knives.
  • Systemic Antidote only applies against toxins specifically used by ninja organisations such as the Hand, but it applies to Physical, Mental and Spiritual attacks.

Skills:
Accuracy (Projectile weapon): 08, Acrobatics (Athletics, Dodging): 07, Acrobatics (Climbing): 06, Artist (Dancer): 03, Evasion (Ranged only): 07, Martial Artist (EV): 04, Medicine (First aid): 03, Military science (Demolitions): 04, Thief (Stealth): 08, Thief (Concealment): 04, Thief (Escape artist): 05, Vehicles (Land): 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 05, Weaponry (Melee)*: 06

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Japan ; Tōkyō ; Reputed night clubs), Expertise (Japanese martial arts lore and recognition ; the Hand), Headquarters (see below), Language (Japanese), Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Schtick (Blindside adept, Sweeping Autofire (Projectile weapon Power), Goonbane (Projectile weapon Power only), Fall Guy), Familiarity (High-end liquors and sake ; Clubbing fashions).

Connections:
Street (Low), Underworld (Low), Wolverine (James Howlett/Logan, High), Storm (Ororo Munroe Iqadi T’Challa, High).

Drawbacks:
SIA toward Thrill, Dependent (Amiko), MIA toward Wolverine, Eclipsed (this Drawback triggers whenever somebody is trying to kidnap her and/or Amiko as part of a plot against Wolverine).

Equipment:

  • A number of throwing blades (throwing stars, bo-shaken, throwing knives…) – allowing her to use her Skilled Power.
  • Yukio’s throwing blades are on rare occasions coated with poison or sedatives [Poison touch: 10, Range: 03, Ammo: 01 – not that this is an independant attack and not Combined with her Projectile Weapons, though she still gets to use the appropriate AV. We further suggest treating this attack as being Minor Marginal.]
  • She will occasionally wield a Katana [BODY 07, EV 05].
  • Trendy keitai, obviously.

2010s

After she is crippled in late 2010, Yukio acquires a Serious Physical Restriction – she can no longer move her legs and has to use a wheelchair. Her Physical and social OVs are increased by 1CS, her Physical OV is lowered by 1CS and she can no longer use her Acrobatics or Artist Skills under most conditions.

However, Yukio now seems able to use her Goonbane Schtick with her Weaponry (Melee) Skill and may have developed the Schtick (Paired Swords), since she has inexplicably stopped using thrown weapons.

The Wheelchair has [BODY 02, EV (Area of effect 2 APs, Ammo 01): 09, Fog (Ammo 01, No Range): 05, Running: 01, Limitations: EV is a self-destruction charge ; Running only useable on even, flat surfaces.] and includes two katana with the same stats as above.

Two scenes show her flying some sort of heavily-armed mini-helicopter, but nothing else is known.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe (chiefly Wolverine and X-Men titles).

Helper(s): Chris Cottingham, Frank Murdock, Pufnstuff, Tom Eilers, Darci.

Writeup updated on the 22nd of December, 2013.

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