Storm Shadow

Melee
RV 40
Coordination
RV 40
Brawn
RV 10
Fortitude
RV 30
Intellect
RV 20
Awareness
RV 50
Willpower
RV 40
Lifestyle
RV 30
Repute
RV -20

Health:
Fortune:
120
110

Origin:

Unlike the vast majority of his allies (whether he's aligned with GI Joe or Cobra at the moment), Storm Shadow is a physically normal human, albeit one who has acquired several quasi-mystic powers due to tutelage offered by the family ninja clan.

Known Powers:

Ninja Powers: nephew of the Arashikage clan's Hard and Soft masters, Storm Shadow studied the 'family business' with them as a child. Having finally mastered such after the Vietnam War, he has demonstrated these supernatural abilities thus far:

* the Arashikage Mind-Set: the Mind-Set is a powerful form of the Clarity ability, allowing Storm Shadow to instantly free a body from external influence of any variety upon achieving eye contact. He can perform this feat with rank value 50 ability.

However, the Mind-Set also has a secondary use. It can be utilized to place a body in a sort of Zen combat trance, one which will focus their mind absolutely on a given task, to the detriment of all else that may concern said body.

* the Cloak of the Chameleon: this technique is one that the Arashikage can use to disguise themselves as another person. While they are visually unchanged, they can assume someone's movement style, heart and breathing rate, and any other sounds they make.

This rank value 50 technique, the Cloak of the Chameleon, is a powerful complement to disguise skills. In fact, it is so potent that it is about the only way to fool the Ear that Sees, a Arashikage technique that is on a par with superhuman senses of hearing.

* the Ear that Sees: one of Storm Shadow's most potent - and dangerous - techniques is the Ear that Sees, an uncanny ability to tune his hearing to an almost super human degree. When using the Ear that Sees, he can locate a target by the sounds they make.

This allows him, when doing nothing else, to attempt hearing-based Awareness ACTs at a +2 RS. This ninja-enhanced hearing ability is so potent that Storm Shadow can target opponents without seeing them, even through solid objects such as walls or doors!

* Mind Link: Storm Shadow has been shown to share a mental bond with his sword-brother, Snake-Eyes. This bond works on a global level, and likely has at least a rank value of 100, allowing one to sense when the other is in trouble, powerful emotional conflicts, etc.

Limitations / Enhancements:

(none)

Equipment:

Compound Bow: his weapon of choice, Storm Shadow can use this weapon to incredibly lethal effect. Any arrows he fires from this bow inflicts his Brawn +1 RS (rank value 20) in Piercing damage - and considering his skill with the bow, this is a bad thing for his foes.

Katanas: while not as good with these weapons as is his sword-brother, Snake-Eyes, Storm Shadow always carries at least one at all times. He can use this blade (or blades, for he occasionally carries several) to inflict his Brawn rank value +1 RS in Slashing damage.

Knives: in addition to his Katana(s), Storm Shadow is always armed with at least one shorter blade. While most often a regular knife, these are occasionally Wakizashi, Japanese short swords. Such weapons allow Storm Shadow to inflict Slashing damage in melee.

Nunchaku: depending on his mission needs, Storm Shadow occasionally carries one of these weapons with him. Linked by chain, these two hard wooden sticks can be used to reach a target about five feet away from Storm Shadow, and inflict rank value 10 Bashing damage on impact.

Shuriken: Storm Shadow always has several thrown weapons on him, and if they aren't knives, they'll invariably be these throwing stars. He can use these small blades to inflict his Brawn (rank value 10) in Thrown Slashing damage to foes within three sectors of his person.

Quirks:

(none)

Skills:

Climbing: his years as a ninja have given Storm Shadow quite the climbing ability. He can move up almost any vertical surface, even those that at first glance have no hand-holds to speak of, as though his Coordination trait was +1 RS higher than is listed above.

Detective / Espionage: ever stealthy, Tommy is good at this kind of work. Surveillance missions, information gathering operations, and even old-fashioned, hard-boiled detective work is his cup of tea. He can even tell when others use this skill against him!

Guns: though he is one of the most accurate and dangerous archers in the world, Storm Shadow is still more than competent with firearms. Whether it be a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Storm Shadow may use such weapons at a +1 RS.

Languages / English and Japanese: an American citizen of immediate Japanese descent, who has lived in both nations for decades, Storm Shadow is fluent in both English and Japanese. He may know additional tongues, but they have not yet been demonstrated.

Martial Arts styles A, B, C, D, and E: Storm Shadow can attempt melee and grappling attacks, dodge, or evade as if the applicable trait was +1 RS in value, and benefits from a +1 initiative modifier while engaging in unarmed combat.

Furthermore, he can completely ignore the effects of body armor when delivering Pound and Concuss effects, if he can study an opponent for at least two rounds beforehand, ignoring the comparative Brawn or Fortitude of that opponent when doing so.

Military / United States: a long range recon patrolman in Vietnam, Storm Shadow can be considered a highly trained military operative. This skill also offers him additional military contacts, as well as an inherent understanding of military protocols and procedures.

Oriental Weapons: thanks to the extensive training he received from the Arashikage ninja clan, Storm Shadow can competently use oriental fighting weapons (blowgun, crossbow, katanas, kris, nunchaku, sais, and shuriken) without penalty.

Survival: more than anything else, Storm Shadow is rather skilled at keeping himself alive. Regardless of the environment, situation, or even what appears to be his obvious destruction, Storm Shadow always wins out in the end - he's simply too stubborn to give up.

Trance: a master of the Sleeping Phoenix technique, Storm Shadow can slow his metabolic processes to the point that he appears dead, and requires little or no air to survive. Anyone checking this must pass a blue Awareness ACT roll to see through this deception.

Skill / Bow 2: while he's competent with most other weapons related to the 'family business', Storm Shadow is truly a world class archer. He can fire any style of bow at his Coordination +3 RS, a bonus that is raised to +4 RS when used in conjunction with the Ear that Sees.

Contacts:

Depending on his current allegiance, Storm Shadow can usually depend on GI Joe or Cobra for assistance - unless, in the latter case, it is more convenient to not assist him. Of course, he can always count on Snake-Eyes, his sword-brother, should he but ask for it.

Costume:

Storm Shadow's original costume, worn while he first worked for Cobra, is a simple one. It consists of white, loose-fitting trousers, a white, short sleeved shirt under a white vest with a red Cobra emblem on it, white boots, white wrist bands, a white mask, and a black sash.

Personality:

Storm Shadow is a good man, who continually finds himself in terrible situations. Despite having walked a difficult road for most of his life, Storm Shadow generally comes out on top, and hasn't grown bitter despite the years of hardship and loss that he has endured.

Real Name: Tommy Arashikage
Occupation: ninja
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with a considerable criminal record, one that is never really followed up on.
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: GI Joe (occasionally), Cobra (occasionally), former leader of the Ninja Force (GI Joe sub team)

Height: 5' 7"
Hair: black
Eyes: brown
Weight: 160 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Storm Shadow has the Arashikage ninja clan emblem tattooed onto his lower right arm. Also, he has several bullet hole scars on his chest from when the Baroness tried to shoot him dead, not to mention all kinds of other, minor scars elsewhere.

Story:

Though born in San Francisco, Tommy didn't grow up there. No, he was shipped off to Japan when his father died, in order to study the family business with his two uncles. Of course, the family business was that of the Arashikage - a powerful ninja clan!

Tommy stayed with his uncles until his eighteenth birthday, at which point he defied them to return to the United States, registering for the Draft. Soon after, Tommy was in the Army, and with his exceptional discipline, he quickly went through Airborne - and then Ranger - school.

Winding up in Vietnam thanks to his prowess, Tommy spent years in the same Long Range Recon Patrol unit as did Snake-Eyes, Stalker, and Wade Collins. Tommy got on rather well with Snake-Eyes, and the two were constant companions.

Tommy seemed to do all the talking whenever the two of them were hanging out together, which was all the time, but the duo became incredibly tight friends during their time together in the 'Nam. On a particularly hairy patrol, two members of their LRRP squad were killed.

While it seemed that Wade was also slain, he survived to become a POW for several years. After Stalker called in an extraction, the enemy following the survivors caught up to them, and Snake-Eyes was gunned down while providing cover fire for the team.

Though Stalker ordered him to leave Snake-Eyes behind, Tommy leapt into action, dodging endless bullets like they weren't even moving. Retrieving his friend (and a picture of his twin sister) before ultimately leaving the field, this was a bittersweet end to their team's work.

After the War, Tommy returned to Japan, resuming his martial arts studies with his uncles: the Hard Master and the Soft Master. A terrible tragedy also brought Snake-Eyes to Japan, however; Tommy had promised his good friend a place in the family business while they were in Vietnam.

Since he had nowhere else to go, Snake-Eyes took Tommy up on his offer. While Tommy had years on Snake-Eyes, his single-minded drive pushed him such that his mastery of the fighting arts grew in tiger leaps, and soon enough, the two were almost equal in martial prowess.

In fact, Snake-Eyes had exceeded his close friend's skill in the blade, even if he could never quite match Tommy's ability with the bow. While the two were like unto brothers, it became apparent that the Hard Master favored Snake-Eyes over Tommy for eventual clan leadership.

Some of the Arashikage whispered that Tommy was secretly resentful of this, but this was far from the truth; Tommy would've never faulted Snake-Eyes for leading the clan if he were worthy of it. These whispers were what ultimately broke up the Arashikage ninja clan, however.

Unknown to all involved, the brother of the stoned-out Vietnam vet who had killed Snake-Eyes' family (the tragedy that drove him to Japan) was insane with grief over his sibling's death, and he felt the need to blame someone for his loss - irrationally, he chose Snake-Eyes.

To this end, he hired not one, but two assassins to take care of his apparent nemesis, starting with Firefly, himself a ninja of the Koga clan. Infiltrating the Arashikage to get at Snake-Eyes, Firefly quickly learned that he was no match for the man.

As such, his employer brought the mutant mercenary Zartan in to help with the plan. However, after growing content with his meditative life in Japan, Zartan didn't want to go through with the job, only attempting to finish it when his employer blackmailed him into doing so.

Armed with a compound bow worthy of his superhuman strength, sound amplification gear, and a practice arrow stolen from Tommy, Zartan studied Snake-Eyes. Memorizing the sounds that the man made as he went about his business, he waited for the right moment.

That night, the Hard Master was demonstrating the Cloak of the Chameleon to Snake-Eyes as he offered to make him the heir to clan leadership. Though Snake-Eyes refused the offer, the Hard Master continued to demonstrate the Cloak - until he was stricken down by an arrow.

One of Tommy's arrows!

Zartan had chosen that moment to strike, only to be waylaid by the fact that the Hard Master was demonstrating the Cloak to imitate Snake-Eyes in front of him as a test. When the other Arashikage discovered what had happened, Tommy fled into the night.

He was chasing the assassins down, but they managed to escape in a FANG. Knowing what he must do, Tommy fled the Arashikage at once, leaving his family to believe it was he that killed his uncle while he infiltrated Cobra, hoping to discover who killed the Hard Master.

Adopting the name of Storm Shadow, he worked his way up through Cobra's ranks for years, eventually becoming trusted enough to serve as Cobra's own bodyguard. The Commander knew he could keep Storm Shadow in check, using the knowledge he sought as a powerful carrot.

Things changed after Storm Shadow found himself impressed by the unwavering loyalty that the Commander's own son, Billy, had demonstrated to those that brainwashed him into trying to murder his father. Seeing what the villain would do to his own son, Storm Shadow rescued him.

This got him on Cobra's bad side, for those that weren't behind the assassination attempt assumed it was Storm Shadow's idea. Regardless, he disappeared for a while, setting up shop in a water tower atop one of New York City's many buildings, and trained Billy in the family arts.

Storm Shadow continued to do so until he was approached by Snake-Eyes, who had received the information that he was looking for from the Soft Master - shortly before he was killed by Firefly and Scrap-Iron: they learned that Zartan was behind the Hard Master's death!

Traveling to Cobra Island in a stolen Rattler, the two ninjas murdered everyone that Cobra threw at them, but the terrorist nation couldn't stop two master ninjas bent on revenge. They eventually caught up to the man they thought was Zartan, but was in fact the Joe known as Ripcord.

He had encountered Zartan on his own unauthorized mission to Cobra Island, and was defeated. Thinking this the perfect opportunity to infiltrate the Joes, Zartan took Ripcord's place while at the same time dressing Ripcord as himself, in order to confuse anybody looking into the mess.

However, Cobra picked Ripcord up, and Professor Appel figured out who 'Zartan' really was: the Joe that was dating his daughter. When Storm Shadow and Snake-Eyes came to kill him, the Professor blocked Storm Shadow's strike with his own body, sacrificing himself to save Ripcord.

Launching Ripcord to safety in a Firebat as his dying action, Appel passed even as the ninjas found their mission to have ended in failure. Moving to get off the island before a concerted effort to eliminate them could be made, they fought their way to the Cobra Island airport.

By the time they got there, though, it had been demolished when Destro and the Baroness' transport helicopter crashed there (after Cutter shot it down, of course). Deciding to try for a boat, the duo then stole a Cobra Hydrofoil, but were ultimately sunk on the island's rocky shores.

As the Joes nearby collected Snake-Eyes (they were originally there to rescue Ripcord, but discovered the ninjas battling everybody present), they saw Storm Shadow fighting it out with two Cobra Eels - and several sharks that were attracted by their blood.

Storm Shadow managed to survive this battle, albeit barely, only to be shot down by the Baroness as he reached the Cobra Island shore. Not wanting such 'fine genetic material' to go to waste, Doctor Mindbender collected Storm Shadow's body and put him into cold storage.

Going about the creation of a supposedly ultimate warrior, using the genetic remnants of earth's greatest military conquerors, the Doctor figured that Storm Shadow would be a great way to add some 'fresh blood' into the mixture of his masterpiece.

As Mindbender activated his experiment, the essences of these dead warlords passed through Storm Shadow's mind. Having barely survived all this time thanks to an emergency use of the Sleeping Phoenix technique, Storm Shadow was completely revived by the energies involved.

Though the experience changed him a whole lot.

Escaping from Springfield as GI Joe assaulted the city, tipped off to its location thanks to Ripcord upon the landing of his Firebat there, Storm Shadow spent a short period of time with the Dreadnoks before finally infiltrating the GI Joe team's headquarters: the Pit.

Once he defeated the Joes in his way, he finally got what he wanted - to talk to Snake-Eyes. His bizarre experience with the afterlife - or a small portion of it, at any rate - had made Storm Shadow realize that he'd been living solely for revenge, and he suddenly felt dead inside.

Even if he was no longer dead without. Hoping to help his sword-brother, Snake-Eyes gave him the key to his cabin's remains in the High Sierras, thinking that would allow him to come to terms with his life. Storm Shadow spent some time there, and did indeed get his act together.

Having become quite philosophical, Storm Shadow returned to civilization once he was ready, founding the Arashikage Martial Arts Academy in San Francisco. He ran this school for a time with both Billy (his apprentice) and Jinx, another Arashikage clan member and distant relative of his.

He did this until Zartan came after him with a busload of renegade, former Arashikage ninjas gone bad. The shapechanger believed that Storm Shadow was still after him, not knowing that the ninja no longer wanted to kill him for his many misdeeds of the past.

To this end, he and his ninja cronies assaulted the Academy with everything the had, the ultimate result of which was that Storm Shadow almost killed Zartan, his van careening off the side of the Golden Gate Bridge during the two archers' incredible battle through San Francisco's streets.

Shortly after this, Storm Shadow spent some time with Snake-Eyes and Scarlett (and Timber, of course) in the Sierras, during which time the ninjas that were formerly working with Zartan, the so-called Red Ninjas, tracked them down again. This attempt failed as well.

Seeing that conflict surrounded him, Storm Shadow returned to active military duty with Snake-Eyes and Scarlett, and assisted the GI Joe team with various tricky operations. This culminated with his becoming the leader of a new GI Joe task force, the so-called Ninja Force.

These guys were the GI Joe team's ultimate dirty tricks squad, and dealt with the growing number of such individuals that Cobra employed, like Slice, Dice, and the Night Creepers - thus allowing the more 'conventional' Joes to handle the 'normal' Cobra operatives on missions.

The Ninja Force was active up to and through the Battle of Millville, at which point Storm Shadow's team seemingly disbanded. These martial artists journeyed to Harlem to reopen the Arashikage Martial Arts Academy anew - allowing access to anybody who wanted in.

Storm Shadow continued to serve the Joes on covert missions, at least until he was captured in Cobra's new citadel in Trans-Carpathia, thanks to Doctor Mindbender's newly-devised, ninja-beating Cyberspace Matrix (a chamber which functioned almost like a 'danger room').

Storm Shadow journeyed there to rescue his former apprentice, Billy, who had been captured by Cobra Commander - but failed. Once they got their grubby little hands on him, Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender subjected him to the Brain-Wave Scanner, rewiring his personality.

While he was never really loyal to Cobra's cause before, Storm Shadow was now truly a servant of the organization. As the Commander did with several other former operatives, like Destro, Zartan, and even his son - he simply tinkered with Storm Shadow's brain until he was 'evil'.

Snake-Eyes attempted to rescue Storm Shadow and the others, but their brainwashing was too complete, and in order to avoid hurting his friends, Snake-Eyes had to leave them to the tender mercies of the Commander - though he did beat the snot out of the villain for his troubles.

Shortly after this, GI Joe was disbanded, and the fight against Cobra was left to conventional military forces - forces that ultimately disbanded the terrorist organization. This was possible only after the Commander abandoned the diplomatic safety that Cobra Island offered.

(Historical Divergence)

Luckily for Storm Shadow and company, one final 'off the records' Joe mission wreaked havoc on Cobra's computer network, which had the welcome side effect of disrupting the effects of the Commander's Brain-Wave Scanner, letting its victims resume their normal personalities.

Free of Cobra for several years, Storm Shadow was eventually captured and brainwashed anew, forced to serve Cobra Commander until Storm Shadow inadvertently injured Billy while his former student tried to snap him out of it. Storm Shadow broke free on his own soon after this.

He went on several subsequent missions with the third incarnation of the GI Joe team, though he left soon after Snake-Eyes was apparently killed - and resurrected - by one of their clan's foes. Walking the earth for a time, Storm Shadow had a string of adventures all by himself.

He returned to the GI Joe team when Cobra unleashed World War III, however, doing everything he could to help his comrades defeat the villains once and for all. Though it was a close fight, Storm Shadow and company finally won out in the end, even capturing the Commander at last.

He's presumably with GI Joe to this very day, helping them to round up the Cobras that managed to escape in the wake of their greatest defeat.

1988 Variations

Equipment:

Tekagi: occasionally, Storm Shadow makes use of a claw which has three long, thin blades extending from its wrist-strap. This item can be used to inflict Slashing damage in melee (it is of m.v. 40), or it can aid him in difficult climbs.

Costume:

Storm Shadow's second costume (his first with GI Joe) is a bit different than the first. It consists of white, loose-fitting trousers, a white, long sleeved shirt, a white face mask, a white hood (all of which have a gray 'urban' camo pattern on them), white boots, and a white belt.

1992 Variations

Equipment:

Sickle: rarely, Storm Shadow carries this distressing weapon with him into melee. Made from m.v. 30 materials, he can use this hooked blade to inflict rank value 20 Slashing damage, or it can aid him in difficult climbs.

Costume:

Storm Shadow's third, Ninja Force costume consists of black trousers that turn white towards the bottom, a black, long sleeved shirt that turns white towards the top, a black face mask, a white hood, a white sash, golden shoulder pads, white boots, and black gloves.

1994 Variations

Equipment:

Inviso-Power Suit: an upgrade to his third costume, this uniform is equipped with optic devices that act to effectively render its wearer invisible, at rank value 30. The origin of this experimental technology is as of yet unknown, but it may be based on Zartan's designs.

Tekagi: occasionally, Storm Shadow makes use of claws with three long, thin blades extending from their wrist-strap. These items can be used to inflict Slashing damage in melee (it is of m.v. 40), or they can aid him in difficult climbs.

Costume:

Storm Shadow's fourth costume looks just like his third. However, it has been augmented with special, experimental 'inviso-power' devices that allows Storm Shadow to essentially become invisible. It is believed that this inviso-power is based in part on Zartan's optic technology.

1997 Variations

Costume:

Storm Shadow's fifth costume is similar his first. It is of the exact same style, save for the fact that it has black speckles on top of the trousers, on the shirt sleeves, and on the bottom of the vest - and no Cobra emblem. Additionally, the boots, wrist bands, and sash are gray.

2000 Variations

Costume:

Storm Shadow's sixth costume is similar in composition to his third, if not in coloration. It includes white trousers, a white, long sleeved shirt with a Cobra logo on the left breast, a black face mask, a white hood, a white sash, black shoulder pads, and white boots.

2002 Variations

Equipment:

Crossbow (v4): for a short time, Storm Shadow made use of this weapon instead of his normal bow. He can use this spring-loaded mechanism to inflict rank value 10 Piercing damage, though it takes a bit to reload; Storm Shadow can fire this weapon once every other turn.

Uzi 9mm: while he normally wields traditional weapons, Storm Shadow began carrying an Uzi around in 2002, which inflicts rank value 6 Piercing damage with a single shot, rank value 10 Piercing damage with a small burst, or rank value 20 damage by expending a full magazine.

Costume:

Storm Shadow's seventh costume includes white, loose-fitting trousers, a white, long sleeved shirt, a red face mask under a white hood, black boots and gloves, red ankle and wrist bands, a black belt and holsters for his gear, and gray webbing to hold equipment pouches.

His eighth outfit includes gray, loose-fitting trousers, a gray, long sleeved shirt, a white face mask under a gray hood, black boots and gloves, white ankle and wrist bands, a silver belt and holsters for his gear, and brown webbing to hold equipment pouches.

Storm Shadow's ninth uniform includes black, loose-fitting trousers, a black, long sleeved shirt, a red face mask under a black hood, black boots and gloves, red ankle and wrist bands, a brown belt and holsters for his gear, and brown webbing to hold equipment pouches.

His tenth Cobra uniform is based on his third. It consists of red, loose-fitting trousers, a red, long sleeved shirt, a black face mask, a red hood, a red sash, red and black shoulder pads, black boots, black gloves, a red belt, and various strapped on accessories.

2004 Variations

Equipment:

AK-47 (v3): though he prefers his bow, Storm Shadow carries this weapon out on patrol. It inflicts rank value 6 Piercing damage when firing a single shot, rank value 10 Piercing damage when firing a short burst, and rank value 20 Piercing damage when fired fully automatic.

Crossbow (v6): for a short time, Storm Shadow made use of this weapon instead of his normal bow. He can use this spring-loaded mechanism to inflict rank value 10 Piercing damage, though it takes a bit to reload; Storm Shadow can fire this weapon once every other turn.

Ninja Lightning Cycle (v4): for a short time, Storm Shadow made use of an advanced combat motorcycle built with his own capabilities in mind. This Ninja Lightning Cycle has an integral missile launcher and other goodies, and is described in its own vehicular entry.

Staff (v5): Storm Shadow will sometimes wield a wooden staff in melee in addition to his normal weaponry. This collapsible, two piece staff is made from m.v. 40 materials, and he can use it in melee to inflict his Brawn +1 RS in Bashing damage.

Tekagi (v6): occasionally, Storm Shadow makes use of a claw which has three long, thin blades extending from its wrist-strap. This item can be used to inflict Slashing damage in melee (it is of m.v. 40), or it can aid him in difficult climbs.

Uzi 9mm (v2): while he normally carries traditional weapons, Storm Shadow sometimes wields an Uzi, which inflicts rank value 6 Piercing damage with a single shot, rank value 10 Piercing damage with a small burst, or rank value 20 damage by expending a full magazine.

Costume:

Storm Shadow's eleventh uniform is a new design. It boasts a white shirt with red trim and a golden dragon on the back, white and red trousers, a white tabard, a white mask with a Cobra emblem on the front, white gloves, gray boots and knee pads, yellow wrist wraps, and a silver scarf.

His twelfth costume is another version of his third. It consists of gray trousers, a gray, long sleeved shirt, a dark blue face mask, a gray hood, a gray sash, dark brown shoulder pads, gray boots, black gloves, and brown leather holsters and pouches for his gear.

Storm Shadow's thirteenth uniform is another version of his seventh. It includes gray, loose-fitting trousers, a gray, long sleeved shirt, a red mask under a gray hood, black boots and gloves, red ankle and wrist bands, a brown belt, and brown and gray webbing to hold his stuff.

His fourteenth costume is another version of his eleventh. It includes a white shirt with black trim and a white dragon on the back, white and black trousers, a white mask featuring a Cobra emblem, white gloves, gray boots and knee pads, yellow wrist wraps, and a black scarf.

Storm Shadow's fifteenth costume is like his eleventh. It includes a white shirt with red trim and a white dragon on the back, white and red trousers, a white mask featuring a Cobra emblem, white gloves, gray boots and knee pads, yellow wrist and ankle wraps, and a gray scarf.

His sixteenth costume is a new version of his second. This uniform includes greenish-brown camouflaged, loose-fitting trousers, a greenish-brown, camouflaged long sleeved shirt, a brown face mask, a greenish-brown, camouflaged hood, brown boots, a brown belt.

2005 Variations

Equipment:

Staff (v1): on occasion, Storm Shadow will wield a wooden staff in melee in addition to his normal weaponry. This collapsible, two piece staff is made from m.v. 40 materials, and he can use it in melee to inflict his Brawn +1 RS in Bashing damage.

Costume:

Storm Shadow's seventeenth costume is like his fourteenth, including a white shirt with gray trim, white and gray trousers, a white mask with a red Cobra emblem on the front, white gloves, white boots and knee pads, yellow wrist and ankle wraps, and a red scarf.

His eighteenth costume is like his fifteenth. It includes white and red trousers, a white shirt with red trim and a silver dragon on the back, a white mask featuring a Cobra emblem, white gloves, white boots and knee pads, yellow wrist and ankle wraps, and a gray scarf.

Storm Shadow's nineteenth costume is a subdued version of his eleventh. It includes a white shirt and a gray dragon on the back, white and red trousers, a white mask worn under a white hood, white gloves, gray boots and knee pads, gray wrist wraps, and a tan scarf.

2006 Variations

Equipment:

Grenade: you never know when you'll need to blow something up in the field. As such, Storm Shadow typically has at least one grenade on his person at all times - unless he's used it already. This weapon will inflict rank value 30 Slashing damage in a fragmentary fashion.

M-16 Machine Gun: though he prefers his bow, Storm Shadow carries this weapon out on patrol. It inflicts rank value 6 Piercing damage when firing a single shot, rank value 10 Piercing damage when firing a short burst, and rank value 20 Piercing damage when fired fully automatic.

Semi-automatic Pistol: a back-up should his M-16 fail him, Storm Shadow always harbors a standard-issue semi-automatic pistol on his person. He can fire this weapon to inflict rank value 6 Piercing damage in a single shot, +1 RS if he fires it semi-auto.

Costume:

Storm Shadow's twentieth costume could be considered his first, since it's on a 'flash back' figure. It includes Army green trousers, a grass green T-shirt, brown leather boots, brown holsters and green webbing for his gear, brown wrist bands, and a green headband.

2008 Variations

Equipment:

Sickle (v1): rarely, Storm Shadow carries this distressing weapon with him into melee. Made from m.v. 30 materials, he can use this hooked blade to inflict rank value 20 Slashing damage, or it can aid him in difficult climbs.

Tekagi (v1): occasionally, Storm Shadow makes use of a claw which has three long, thin blades extending from its wrist-strap. This item can be used to inflict Slashing damage in melee (it is of m.v. 40), or it can aid him in difficult climbs.

Uzi 9mm (v1): while he normally wields traditional weapons, Storm Shadow sometimes wields an Uzi, which inflicts rank value 6 Piercing damage with a single shot, rank value 10 Piercing damage with a small burst, or rank value 20 damage by expending a full magazine.

Costume:

Storm Shadow's twenty first costume is all new. It consists of a pair of loose-fitting white trousers, white boots, a white belt, brown ankle wraps, black wrist bands, a white mask with a red Cobra emblem on the forehead, and a black and gold leather vest / harness.

His twenty second, Ninja-Ku uniform is also an all new affair. It includes a pair of black, loose-fitting trousers, a black, short sleeved shirt under a black vest with a gold Cobra emblem on it, black boots, gold wrist bands, a black mask, and a black sash.

2010 Variations

Equipment:

Manrikigusari: Storm Shadow will rarely replace his nunchaku with this weapon, essentially two weighted metal clubs tied togther with a four foot long chain. Made from m.v. 40 materials, it can inflict his Brawn +1 RS in Bashing damage.

Tekagi: occasionally, Storm Shadow makes use of a claw which has three long, thin blades extending from its wrist-strap. This item can be used to inflict Slashing damage in melee (it is of m.v. 40), or it can aid him in difficult climbs.

Costume:

Storm Shadow's twenty third costume, a desert ensemble, is a departure from his previous costumes. It includes a white mask and hood, a white keffiyeh, white fingerless gloves, white leather shoes and knee guards, and white trousers under white and red battle 'skirt'.

2011 Variations

Equipment:

Breastplate: emblazoned with the Arashikage symbol, this medieval armor provides Storm Shadow's torso considerable protection in melee combat. It can deflect the damage caused by physical attack with rank value 10 ability, shrugging off all but the strongest assaults.

Ice Blades: on cold weather missions, Storm Shadow makes use of a claw which has two exceedingly long, thin blades extending from its handle. This item can be used to inflict Slashing damage in melee (it is of m.v. 40), or it can aid him when traversing ice.

Yanyuedao: a yanyuedao is a five to six foot long pole with a heavy blade at one end, one equipped with a spike on the back, and a heavy weight on the opposite end. Storm Shadow can inflict his Brawn +1 RS in Slashing damage with a yanyuedao.

Costume:

When active in cold weather, Storm Shadow wears a gray T-shirt beneath a gray breastplate, red and black trousers beneath a gray battle skirt, a black leather belt with brown pouches, a black scarf, gray wrist guards, gray boots, gray shoulder pads, a gray face mask, and a gold cap.

2012 Variations

Costume:

Storm Shadow's twenty fifth costume is similar to his third. It includes black trousers that turn white towards the bottom, a long sleeved black shirt that turns white towards the top, a black face mask, a white hood, a white sash, a white bandolier, white boots, and black gloves.

2013 Variations

Costume:

Storm Shadow's twenty sixth costume is like his last. It includes white trousers that turn orange at the bottom, a long sleeved white shirt that turns orange at the top, a blue face mask, an orange hood, an orange sash, a blue bandolier, orange boots, and white gloves.

Extra Goodies:

Storm Shadow 4C System: Edition 13 Text File Download

Cobra directories featuring a version of Storm Shadow:

1984 2000 2002 2004 2005 2008 2010 2011 2012 2013

GI Joe directories featuring a version of Storm Shadow:

  1988 1992 1994 1997 2006  

Note: 2002 saw four versions of Storm Shadow (Versions 7, 8, 9, and 10), while 2004 saw six versions of him (Versions 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16), and 2005 saw three versions of him (Versions 17, 18 and 19). Furthermore, 2008 saw two versions of him (Versions 21 and 22).

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