Shu-Hu (Iron Fist enemy) (Marvel Comics) the lightning

Shu-Hu the Lightning


Shu-Hu is a tough robot who does kung-fu.

He’s also notable for having featured in the first Iron Fist story, back in 1974. Which is when Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting  was kicking high in the charts, not coincidentally.


  • Base Of Operations: K’un-lun.
  • Height: 6’11” Weight: 330 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed if any Hair: Presumably none.


Powers and Abilities

Shu-Hu is a martial arts robot. He’s as accomplished in K’un-Lun kung-fu as any champion, and superhumanly strong and durable.

He has slits in his palms, from which he can shoot big knives. He has one knife stored behind each hand.


Shu-Hu (Kunlunese for “Lightning”, sometimes translated as “Lightning Lord”) was a masked humanoid robot. He was part of a ritual trial for top champion martial artists in K’un-Lun.

The trial would begin by the Trial of the Many, pitting the fighter against half-a-dozen lesser champions. It would then progress to the Trial of the One, with Shu-Hu walking into the arena.

Shu Hu vs. Iron Fist

During one such trial, Iron Fist progressed to the Trial of One without undue difficulty. But then Shu-Hu quickly seized the upper hand. Iron Fist realised that the lightning lord was a robot, and Shu-Hu confirmed this by shooting knives from his hands.

Reflecting upon the death of his mother, Iron Fist found new strength. He hammered Shu-Hu, finishing him with the iron fist.

It is likely that there were other such robots. And since a part of K’un-Lun merged with Tōkyō semi-recently, it is possible that some such robots are now on Earth.


Shu-Hu’s head is definitely robotic. But when he wears his hood most observers would think that he’s a very large human male.


Shu-Hu fights hard and doesn’t talk.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 08 Str: 07 Bod: 07 Motivation: Programmed
Int: 02 Wil: NA Min: NA Occupation: Trial
Inf: NA Aur: NA Spi: NA Resources {or Wealth}: NA
Init: 010 HP: 000

Density increase: 01, Projectile weapon: 06, Self-link (Gadgetry): 08, Skin armour: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Density Increase is Always On and already factored in.
  • Projectile weapon has Ammo: 02.

Martial artist*: 08

None demonstrated.


None demonstrated.

Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG

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Shu-Hu the lightning — Averaged PL9.5

06 03 02 08 00


I, kung-fu robot ● 46 points ● Descriptor: K’un Lun technology
– Immunity 30 (Fortitude effects).
– Protection 10, with two Ranks having Impervious.
– Palm knife launchers — Ranged piercing Damage 5, limited 1 (two shots).
– Feature 1 (three Ranks of body mass).

Combat Advantages

Accurate Attack, Close attack 1, Defensive Attack, Improved trip.

Other Advantages

None demonstrated.


Athletics 4 (+10), Close combat (Unarmed) 3 (+12), Perception 1 (+1).


Initiative +3
Unarmed +12, Close, Damage 6


Dodge 12 Fortitude
Parry 12 Toughness 10

* Without Defensive Roll

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 9, Dodge/Toughness PL 11, Parry/Toughness PL 11, Fort/Will PL N.A..
  • Points total 105. Abilities 38, Defences 13, Skills 4, Powers 46, Devices 0, Advantages 4. Equiv. PL 7.


His “I, kung-fu robot” is arguably Subtle, but that only works with his hood on. And he generally falls well short of the level of Human life simulation you’d expect for a robot to get Subtle. OTOH, it does give him an advantage as his opponents likely expect to fight a Human person.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel premiere #15.