The Sinister Samurai (Richard Dragon enemy) (DC Comics)

Sinister samurai


This… peculiar… entity was seen that one time in 1976, in a Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter issue.

As I remember it — long after having written this article — the story made little sense. It is is possible, though unlikely, that further stories would have clarified what this chaotic juxtaposition of unexplained elements was.

But in the meanwhile we’re left with a less-than-real elite samurai who rappels.



  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

This warrior is remarkably fast and strong. With surprise and generous Hero Points  spending, he proved able to put a young Ben Turner and Lady Shiva off-balance for a little while. He styles himself after a medieval samurai, and is mainly a swordsman.

He seems to have excellent training in both acrobatics and rope work. He also excels in blocking and even slapping back thrown weapons, such as shuriken, toward the thrower.



The Sinister Samurai is actually a mystical solid light duplicate of an intelligence agent named Telegram Sam. Sam was a G.O.O.D. contact in China, until he was kidnapped by Madame Sun. Another intelligence agent with his own agenda, Blodwyn, replaced him.

Madame Sun used both technology and mysticism to create duplicates based on Telegram Sam. One key tool in her work was a Chinese artefact, the Tiger Tally. Apparently, Sam possessed considerable skill in the Japanese martial traditions, and was a powerful warrior.

Enters the Richard

Sun learned that Richard Dragon and his friends would sooner or later be sent by G.O.O.D. to find the Tally. Thus, she sent a hologram of Sam to kill them. The construct rappelled through the window and invaded Dragon’s hospital room. He was defeated and defenestrated by Dragon, but dissipated into light before hitting the pavement.

The Sinister Samurai later located Dragon and his local contact, a young woman named Sun Ling Po. Po was Madame Sun’s sister, and she and Dragon were infiltrating an ancient Chinese structure in northern China. Their goal was to recover the Tiger Tally. Lunging from the shadows, the samurai killed Sun Ling as she took the Tally from its dais, so Dragon wouldn’t have it.

Furious over the death of the young woman, with whom he was flirting, Dragon coldly defeated and killed the sinister samurai. Through feedback, this also killed Telegram Sam.


The Tally-created hologram is fully solid. In fact it seems indistinguishable from a real human being, to any of the senses.


This efficient, savage killer was entirely silent. Except when punctuating his attacks with a kiai.


“Aaaahhi !!”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Sinister Samurai

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Assassin
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 018 HP: 010

Reflection/deflection: 05, Teleportation: 14

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Reflection/deflection only works against thrown weapons (-2) – although the Deflection aspect can also be used against arrows and the like.
  • Teleportation takes an entire Phase to take effect. If the Samurai is away from the machines powering the Tiger Tally, it can only be used to teleport him back to the machines.

Acrobatics: 04, Charisma (intimidation): 05, Martial artist*: 07, Thief (stealth): 05, Weaponry (swords): 07

Language (Japanese, at least one form of Chinese), Lightning Reflexes.

Underworld (Low).

Minor Rage.


  • Katana [BODY 08, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 08), Descriptor: Slashing, Piercing, Recommended STR 02].. As often in the 1970s, his katana looks more like a sort of scimitar.
  • SAMURAI LAMELLAR ARMOR [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, Partial Coverage (Long coat), Limitations: Damage Capacity only vs. Piercing and Slashing RAPs ; Damage Capacity has the Full Recovery with Infrastructure Bonus].
    He will not wear this if he needs to be stealthy.
  • Any appropriate equipment, even modern ones – for instance, rappelling equipment.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): Roy Cowan.

Source of Character: Richard Dragon Kung Fu Fighter.