Shadow Warrior original box art

Shadow Warrior

(Lo Wang)


Shadow Warrior was part of a specific generation of mid-1990s shoot ’em up computer games, using the 2.5D Build engine . These were a grungy, crassly lowbrow lot emulating D-list action movies and over-the-top violence. This wave was Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, Redneck Rampage and Shadow Warrior.

Shadow Warrior is thus a big pile of cliché from bad Japanese action fare as seen from the US, in the service of eager and relentless action. Well, unless you get stuck as to how to unlock the next section. There were notable ideas in terms of software and gameplay, but it’s hard to appreciate under the piles of racism and sexism.

Somehow, Shadow Warrior ended up having the strongest legacy. During the 2010s, new SW games were released to solid reviews and sales and the original was even back was cleaned-up tech to run on modern PCs.



  • Real Name: Lo Wang.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed (almost certainly single).
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Shadow Warrior.
  • Base Of Operations: An unnamed Japanese city.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 180lbs.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Grey

Powers and Abilities

Lo Wang is the best Shadow Warrior of them all. He is thus a ninja-like warrior of remarkable skill.

While he has considerable stealth abilities, his usual modus operandi is to jump in chuckling with both guns blazing – as he often puts it : “be proud, Mister Woo ”.


In the Shadow Warrior world, some Japanese villages and towns have a Shadow Warrior. This is a traditional protector of the community from threats within and without. The Shadows Warriors have adapted to the modern world, and now some big Japanese city still have a Shadow Warrior.

Lo Wang is the best Shadow Warrior of them all, and also one of the oldest. He did a magnificent job in protecting his city, and its main source of income. Namely Zilla Enterprises, which employed many of the city’s inhabitants. His day job was to be the sensei at Lo Wang’s Dojo of Death.

The Shadow Warrior over a white background

in 1997, Lo Wang discovered that Mister Zilla, the head of Zilla Enterprises, was truly a twisted, magic-using mastermind. Zilla had a sick plan for world domination. Thus, he had been amassing an army of undead, demons, transgenic monsters, mutants and so onto take over Japan.

Mister Zilla, aware of Lo Wang’s discovery, gave his army its first mission. To kill one man, the Shadow Warrior.

Much, much mayhem ensued… Especially after Lo Wang started using that rocket launcher that, hm, fell off a corpse.


Lo Wang is a very muscular, old Japanese man. He’s nearly bald, and wears an eye patch over his wrinkled features. He has a nearly white moustache and goatee. He has a belt of cloth over his left shoulder for his shuriken, bladed bracers, carry his sword on his back and is often seen toting a gun or five.

He wears traditional Japanese trousers and tabi.

Well, see illo. The animated .gif was of fittingly bad taste for the character.


Lo Wang is an old pervert with a sense of humor. Despite his age, he loves babes, senseless violence and action movies. He probably chases schoolgirls.

He does not sound at all like a deadly sensei – more like a semi-senile fanboy. He likes good Japanese food, and eats a lot and very noisily.

He’s very dangerous.

Original Shadow Warrior video game - Playable character in mirror

Mirror, mirror, who’s the fairest in all the land ?


“A ninja knows no fear.”

(Slicing an opponent in half with his katana) “Ha-ha. Split personality !”

“You don’t mess with Lo Wang.”

“You drive like a baboon in heat !”

DC Universe History

He could be Katana’s black sheep uncle. The one she’d rather never mention.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Shadow Warrior

Dex: 08 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 07 Occupation : Shadow Warrior
Inf: 06 Aur: 06 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 05
Init: 022 HP: 030

Iron will: 05, Regeneration: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:
Regeneration only when training in “Lo Wang’s Dojo of Death” using the karate dummies (15 pts Advantage).

Acrobatics: 06, Charisma (intimidation)*: 06, Martial artist*: 08, Medicine (first aid): 04, Occultist (occult knowledge, identify artefact, ritual magic): 05, Thief*: 08, Vehicles (land): 04, Weaponry*: 08

Vehicles include the Repair bonus (+1).

Intensive Training, Language (Japanese), Schtick (paired firearms), Expertise (Japanese pornography, action movies).

Shadow Warriors (Low).

MIA to lecherousness, MIA to action movies (and quoting from them), MPR (one-eyed).


  • Katana [BODY 09, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 09), Descriptor: Slashing, Piercing].
  • Shuriken [BODY 05, EV 03, Ammo: 15, Note : Lo Wang always flings a volley of three shuriken (his actual ammo score is thus 05), and gains +2 on his die roll before re-rolling doubles].
  • However, Lo Wang is not really a traditionalist, and will get his hands with great glee on any hi-tech firepower available. In the game, he gladly uses:
    • Uzis [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 07, R#03, Advantage : Autofire] – he prefers to use one in each hand akimbo-style).
    • Quad-barreled riot gun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06 (Diminishing), Range: 03, Ammo: 30, R#03, Advantage: Scattershot, Limitation : Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range listed instead, Drawback: Very long reload time, Note : The burst mode uses up 4 ammo but raises EV to 07, changes the Scattershot Advantage to an Area of Effect (0 APs) Bonus and gives a minimum AV of 07 to the attack].
    • Rocket launcher (!) [BODY 04, Bomb : 08, Range: 08, Ammo: 10, R#3. Note : the rocket launcher can be equiped with Heat-seeker cards (each Ammo acquires AV 06, Thermal vision: 06, a single card can enhance 5 Ammo) or a special “Nuke” rocket (Bomb: 16, Range: 06, Two-Phases countdown before it can be shot)].
  • But wait, he also gets to use:
    • Caltrops [BODY 04, EV 03, Snare: 04, Limitation: Snare only if the EV gets RAPs before LDD is used].
    • Smoke bombs [BODY 01, Fog: 06, Grenade Drawback].
    • Poison gas bombs [BODY 01, Poison touch: 05, Fog: 06, Grenade Drawback, Bonus: Poison touch is active thorough the Fog].
    • Spiked grenades with timer [BODY 03, EV 03, Bomb: 07, Detect (movement): 02. Note: the spiked grenade is hurled with an EV 03, enabling it to “stick” to a target (wall, wood beam, enemy…). The next Phase it activates its movement detector and will detonate if something moves within range].
    • 40mm grenade launcher [BODY 04, Range: 03, Ammo: 12, R#02] with offensive grenades [BODY 03, EV 07 (Area of effect 1 AP), Grenade drawback, R#03].

… hmm, that should be enough.

Shadow ninja (Invisibility 04 APs, Casting time 5mn, Components : a kata weapon, Restrictions : must be able to move freely. Wang is way too impatient to use it once blows and bullets start flying, however).

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): Babtech  for reminding me of some weapons I had forgotten and for having the animated .gif ; Michael Davis ; Quotes from 3D Realms .

Source of Character: Shadow Warrior video game (the 1997 one).