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Samurai
Samurai (08x06b - Uncle Mxyzptlk)
Information
Real name: Toshio Eto
Species: Metahuman
Homeworld: Earth, Japan near the Village of Gorobi
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: black
Base: Hall of Justice
Affiliations: SuperFriends
Weaponry: Power Sword
Voiced/Played: Jack Angel
Samurai Gallery

International Hero and SuperFriends Team Member

Samurai (09x07 - Escape from Space City) 2
Samurai (09x07 - Escape from Space City)

Samurai is a Japanese superhero, and member of the Justice League, who has the ability to command the winds.


Background Information

Toshio went by the name, 'Samurai' and would begin to use these powers in the service of mankind. He would later became a member of the SuperFriends. At first, his career was spent fighting against Lex Luthor’s Legion of Doom, but later his colleagues and he committed themselves to combating Darkseid.

Earth-1A Information

His real name is Toshio Eto, and he was a history professor prior to becoming a superhero.

Earth-1B Information

One day, Eto was struck by a beam of light sent by the Gods of New Genesis,[1] who were trying to create more superheroes to defend the world from Darkseid.[2]


Powers and Abilities

Super Powers

The Samurai usually relied upon a spoken mantra in order to activate his powers.

  • Aerokinesis: When Samurai says, Kaze no yo ni Hayaku! (Swift as the Wind) - All or the lower half of Samurai's body is surrounded by a tornado. This also allows him to manipulate wind currents.
  • Invisibility: When he says: Tomei Ningen! (Invisible Man) - he becomes invisible
  • Pyrokinesis: When he says, Igo Moen! (Great Flame Go) - he bursts into flames.[3]
  • Illusion Casting: When he says: Higa Moay! (the first half translates to un-real) - he can cast illusions.[4]
  • Transformation: He could transform all or some of his body into fire or tornadoes.

Abilities


Weapons


SuperFriends Team Members

Members of the Justice League of America

Aquaman (founding member) • Batman (founding member) • Superman (founding member) • Flash (founding member)
Green Lantern (founding member) • Martian Manhunter (founding member) • Wonder Woman (founding member)

Comic Book JLA Team Members:
Black CanaryElongated ManRed TornadoZatanna Zatara
Phantom Stranger (part-time Leaguer) • Sargon, The Sorcerer (honorary Leaguer)

Other Known Justice Leaguers:
The HuntressBlack OrchidCaptain MarvelSupergirlGreen FuryPlastic ManAtomGreen Arrow

SuperFriends Founding Members:
SupermanBatmanWonder WomanAquaman
HawkmanSamuraiGreen LanternFlashBlack Vulcan

Other Known SuperFriends Members:
HawkgirlApache ChiefEl DoradoRima

Junior SuperFriends:
RobinCyborgFirestorm
ZanJayna
Marvin WhiteWendy Harris

Mascots:
GleekWonder Dog


Episode Appearances

Season 2: The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977)


Season 3: Challenge of the SuperFriends (1978)


1980 Shorts


1981 Shorts


1983 Shorts


Season 4: SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984)


Season 5: The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)


Notes

  • The character of Samurai is exclusive to Earth-Thirty-Two. Samurai appeared in Justice League of America 46 (Aug. 2010) in the mainstream DC Universe. Samurai also appeared in DC One Million 80-Page Giant #1 (Aug. 1, 1999), where he is seen to be one of many people from an alternate reality to be shown.
  • Samurai spoke in a slow, stereotypical fashion of Asian Americans.
  • He would often slip into his native Japanese at seemingly random intervals, like thanking his teammates with "arigato" when they rescued him or referring to another character as "-san".
  • He mostly appeared in the Challenge of the SuperFriends series as a fully active member of the team, he later made sporadic appearances in the later The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.


Appearances in Other Media

Film

  • Samurai makes a cameo in Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon as a banner in the Mega Mondo Pop! Comic ConApalooza.
  • Samurai makes a cameo in The Lego Batman Movie. He is seen as one of the dancing partygoers at Superman's Fortress of Solitude during the 57th Annual Justice League Anniversary Party.


Toys


External Links


Reference

  1. New Genesis is the twin planet of Apokolips. They were both ruled by Highfather.
  2. This continuity is a conjectural origin based on the "Super Powers" version of the character.
  3. This ability is only used twice in the show's run.
  4. He only used this ability in one episode of The All-New Super Friends Hour and in the short, Video Victims )
  5. OAFE - DC Universe Classics 18: Samurai review
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