Nunchaku (Batman & the Outsiders enemy) (DC Comics)



Nunchaku is one of the ancient warriors trapped in the Soultaker magical katana. He and his colleagues were seen but once, in a 1984 Batman and the Outsiders storyline.

These guys were somewhat cryptic, and we only glimpsed what they can do. I thus took the liberty of speculating a bit, since a purely factual profile would be barren.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed.
  • Height: 5’8” Weight: 155 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Like all other Soultaker characters, Nunchaku’s abilities are unclear. Apparently, he has lost both of his hands, who have been replaced with a steel chain and truncheon to form partial nunchaku. He can hit extremely hard with those, and his great martial proficiency makes him quite dangerous.

He also wears a period suit of Japanese lamellar, samurai-style armour.


Nunchaku is an ancient warrior from “the Orient” (presumably Japan). He was slain using the cursed katana Soultaker somewhere between the XIVth and XIXth century. His soul was imprisoned in that blade for centuries, along those of other warriors killed by the magical sword.

During the 1980s, the sword was stolen from Katana (Yamashiro Tatsu) of the Outsiders. The thief was Yamashiro Takeo, Katana’s stepbrother and a yakuza of the Noguri clan.

On orders from the Noguri oyabun (boss), Takeo conducted a mystical ceremony to free the souls held captive in the blade – including Yamashiro Maseo, his own brother. These persons would mystically forced to be the oyabun’s servants and bodyguards.

Those resurrected from Soultaker efficiently conducted their duties against both the Outsiders and American gangsters. But they could not prevent Katana from reclaiming Soultaker and using it to slay Takeo.

All Soultaker resurrectees are still alive, and with a body. With Soultaker safely in Katana’s possession, they are pretty much free to act as they want. However, none was seen since.


See illustration.


Brash, aggressive, deadly serious, authoritarian, brutal, proud.


“Who ? Who summons Nunchaku ?”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: None
Init: 019 HP: 025

Martial artist (EV): 08

Language (Japanese), Sharp Eye, Schtick (Paired flails).


SPR (no hands), Misc.: A person holding the Soultaker sabre and knowing the correct occult ritual can force the resurrected Nunchaku to obey him entirely.


  • NUNCHAKU (x2) [BODY 10, EV 04 (09 w/Martial Artist), Lighting Reflexes].
  • LAMELLAR BODY ARMOUR [BODY 03, Blunting: 02, Damage capacity: 03, Enhance (Bludgeoning, Piercing, Slashing RV): 01 (cap is 07), Enhance (Slashing, Piercing RV): 01 (cap is 08), Enhance (Laser, heat/flame, Acid RV): 01 (cap is 06), Stealth penalty 3/3, Limitations:
    • Partial Coverage (Long coat).
    • Damage Capacity only vs. Piercing and Slashing RAPs.
    • Damage Capacity has the Full Recovery with Infrastructure Bonus.]

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Batman and the Outsiders #11-12.