Shado (Green Arrow character) (DC Comics)


(Green Arrow character)


Shado was a major character in 1987 mini-series The Longbow Hunters, by Mike Grell. The Longbow Hunters was critical in revitalising Green Arrow, propelling him into the Iron Age of comics and leading to a lengthy run by Grell with the character.

Shado continued to pop up during Grell’s run, and (with a reduced frequency) after that, and is now well part of the Green Arrow mythos.

This is an ancient (circa 1995) set of notes, but it still might be useful as the stats are probably not too far off.



  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Tomonaga (father, deceased), Son (name unrevealed).
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Height: 5’4” Weight: 105 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Shado is one of the deadliest women on DC Earth, along with such killers as Lady Shiva or Cheschire. She has reached past mere archery to become shado, the essence of archery. As such she is a zen mistress, one with nothingness. She is able to kill heavily armed groups of men with little difficulty.

Although Shado has only four arrows, that generally means four kills. Once she has used them, she will use her fallen opponent’s weapons against the survivors. She has demonstrate to ability to use any weapon at hand with extreme efficiency, from hand grenades to nunchaku and assault rifles to thrown knives.



Shado’s father, a man named Tomonaga, was Yakuza and knew where a Yakuza fortune was hidden. Former OSS  agents attempted to discover that fortune after the war, and killed his wife to make him talk. Tomonaga executed seppuku soon after.

The Yakuza  took his orphaned child to be raised as their instrument of vengeance against those Americans. They gave her to a master kyudoka , Yoshitomo, so he would raise her. They had the child tattooed with a dragon to mark her allegiances and giri .

Yoshitomo himself owned obedience to the Yakuza due to ancestral giri. He taught the kid in the way of bushido and kyudo, until she became a master of both, becoming shado. She then was ordered to kill all the men responsible for the death of her parents, and left Japan for several years.

Revenge is an archer

Her path crossed Green Arrow’s twice, on two of her targets. Green Arrow first opposed her, but collaborated with her on killing one of her targets.

Later, Dinah “Black Canary” Lance, then Green Arrow’s companion, was captured and tortured by Shado’s last target. Accepting that his vengeance was more important that hers, she let him kill that man.

The oyabun commanded that Shado cut off her own bow finger to atone for not killing the man herself. But Yoshitomo stopped that foolishness by threatening to shoot the oyabun, allowing her to flee. The fool gunned Yoshitomo down in anger, and Shado took his life.

Thus was war declared between Shado and a large part of Japan’s underworld. They will either kill her, or she will destroy them. There is no other way.

Duty has been honoured

Shado has since crossed the path of Green Arrow several times. On one occasion, they lived together for a short time, and Shado became the mother of Green Arrow’s second son. This relationship was one of the things that led to the break-up between Green Arrow and Black Canary.

Shado still lives calmly under assumed identities. She does what has to be done and raising her son to become an archer.


Shado is a petite Japanese woman. She wears her hair long, tying them in a braided queue when fighting.

Her usual clothes while fighting are white hakama and obi, black tabi, and a black dress/loincloth, with a right sleeve and a “collar” covering the lower half of her face. Her left arm, shoulder, breast and shoulder blade are tatooed with a red dragon.

Shado uses a 30kg daikyu, with four 1m long arrows set in a kyujutsu quiver, on the back of her obi.


Just like explaining Shiva to someone who does not feel the tao is pointless, explaining Shado to someone who does not have some experience with zen is difficult. She does what has to be done.

She is a kyujustu master, speaking little and walking in honor and clarity. She neither gives nor expects quarter. The only time when she can get slightly expansive is when she’s with someone she loves. This has only happened with two men, now dead, and her son.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 08 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Justice
Int: 07 Wil: 10 Min: 08 Occupation: Archer
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 04
Init: 026 HP: 090

Acrobatics: 05, Detective (All but Law and Police Procedure): 05, Martial artist: 09, Military science (Danger recognition): 07, Thief: 07, Weaponry (Firearms, missile, melee): 12, Weaponry (Other Subskills)*: 08

Connoisseur (Japanese), Iron Nerves, Language (Japanese), Lightning Reflexes, Omni-Connection, Scholar (Japanese history), Sharp eye.

Oliver Queen (Low).

Arch-Enemy (Several Yakuza clans), Exile, MIA toward honour, Dependent (Her son), Mistrust, Secret ID.

Bow [BODY 04, Enhance (EV): 01 (cap is 05), Enhance (Range): 03 (cap is 07), Ammo: 01, Recommended STR: 04, R#02, Limitation: Low Penetration, Descriptor: Piercing] with four arrows.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): Lou, Alex Hunter.