Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Silver Samurai

Real Name
Kenuichio Harada
Crimelord; former HYDRA agent, government operative, Clan Yashida leader, mercenary



Place of Birth
Unrevealed location in Japan

Known Relatives

Shingen Yashida (father, deceased), Mariko Yashida (half-sister, deceased), Noburu-Hideki (brother-in-law, deceased), Shiro Yoshida (Sunfire, cousin), Leyu Yoshida (Sunpyre, cousin, deceased), Saburo Yashida (cousin, deceased), Tomo Yashida (cousin, deceased)

Group Affiliation

Formerly HYDRA, Clan Yashida,
Big Hero 6, former employee of Viper and Mandrill


College graduate


(Without armor) 250 lbs.; (with armor) 310 lbs.




The Silver Samurai is a mutant with the ability to generate a tachyon energy field from within his body. He typically focuses this field through his sword, allowing it to cut through almost any substance.

The Silver Samurai is a master of Kenjutsu, the art of wielding a katana, and is an expert in the art of bushido, the history and customs of the samurai class. He is also a highly skilled master of the Oriental martial arts.

Other Info

Keniuchio Harada was the illegitimate mutant son of the Japanese crimelord Shingen Yashida, head of Clan Yashida. As a youth, Keniuchio mastered the attendant disciplines of the medieval samurai and sought employment as a warrior for hire. His mutant ability allowed him to charge almost anything, usually his katana, with tachyon field--which enabled him slice through almost any known substance. In addition, Harada wore a suit based on traditional samurai armor made of a silver metal; hence, calling himself the "Silver Samurai." (To learn about the character and/or team above, just click on their highlighted names.)

At first, the Silver Samurai was hired by the criminal Mandrill. While serving Mandrill, the Samurai clashed with the blind hero Daredevil. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the characters.)

After this, Harada went and served as the bodyguard to the Viper--an agent of the terrorist organization HYDRA. In that role, the Silver Samurai battled opponents such as Spider-Man, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Nick Fury, Black WidowShang-Chi, the X-Men, and the New Mutants. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the characters and/or teams. Note: Beware of the revealing and/or form-fitting outfits worn by some on Spider-Woman, Black Widow, Nick Fury, and the New Mutants' bio pages.)

Following his father’s death, the Silver Samurai sought the leadership of Clan Yashida from his half-sister Mariko Yashida. However, he was opposed by Yukio and Mariko’s lover--Wolverine. (To learn about the characters above, just click on their highlighted names. Note: Beware of the revealing outfit on Yukio's bio page.)

Even though Silver Samurai was one of Wolverine's greatest enemies, he had apparently impressed Wolverine so greatly that Wolverine entrusted him with the care of his adopted daughter, Amiko Kobayashi. After this, the Silver Samurai and Wolverine have joined forces and have worked together on many occasions. One time, the Samurai helped Wolverine destroy a monster known as "Doombringer." He assisted Wolverine in rescuing Amiko and Yukio from kidnappers. He even worked with Wolverine to free American private investigator Jessica Drew from the influence of Black Blade of Muramasa--a sword mystically imbued with its creator’s madness. Wolverine himself fell under the sword’s spell; however, he managed to overcome his possession. Afterwards, Harada took up the sword, finding himself worthy of its power. (To learn about Amiko Kobayashi, just click on her highlighted name above.)

After Mariko’s death, Harada claimed leadership of Clan Yashida and was briefly employed by the Japanese government as leader of their fledgling super hero team, Big Hero 6. Ultimately, the Silver Samurai's inability to lead Clan Yashida allowed the Mongolian crimelord Haan Kaishek to take control. But, the Samurai allied himself with Wolverine to defeat the Kaishek’s. However, the disgrace of losing leadership was too great for Harada, and he returned to his mercenary ways. (Click on the highlighted name above to learn about the team.)

Eventually, the Silver Samurai fell into the service of HYDRA once more. This time, Harada was dispatched to battle Elektra. In the battle between the two, the Samurai was seemingly killed. However, it was later revealed that he had actually survived. But, after a run-in with the mutant Blindspot, Silver Samurai was temporarily brainwashed into leaving his life as a hero and returned to his criminal career. (Note: Beware of the form-fitting and/or revealing outfits worn by Elektra and Blinspot on their bio pages.)

At one point, the Silver Samurai was abducted and incarcerated in the Raft prison in America without trial--official records stated he was dead. However, he was freed by Madame Hydra and the Hand, who transported him back to Japan. They did this, hoping that Harada would lead the Hand and unite the Japanese criminal underworld. However, Harada refused the offer and even helped the New Avengers defeat them. Afterward, he decided to try to earn his good name back by serving the people of Japan once again. This time, he was appointed as chief of security for the Prime Minister of Japan. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the place and/or teams.)

The Silver Samurai was one of the few mutants that kept their powers after the events of M-Day. (To learn about M-Day, click on the highlighted name above. Note: Beware of the revealing outfits worn by some on M-Day bio page.)

Later on, a reformed Silver Samurai fought off a demon horde while defending Clan Yashida's home. While defending his home, the Samurai was mortally wounded. With his last bit of power, he made his way to the grave of his half-sister Mariko and died. The Samurai believed that his life would not end there and that he would be reincarnated; however, he was later seen in the depths of Hell with the Devil. While there, he was tortured alongside Wolverine. Eventually, the Devil killed Harada with his Soulcutter sword.

To learn a little bit more about the Silver Samurai, click on the following link, http://marvel.com/universe/Silver_Samurai.

In the movie, The Wolverine, Kenuichio Harada and the Silver Samurai are actually two different characters, which was a little controversial to comicbook fans due to the characters being the same person in the comics. It also appears that Marvel Studios doubled up on actors again. The actor Dan Yun Lee, who portrayed Kenuichio Harada in The Wolverine also played Kirigi in the film, Elektra. (The second picture posted above shows Kenuichio Harada in the film.)

1 comment:

  1. I think it's super cool that he can make his sword cut through anything. Also cool that he worked with Wolverine for a time... too bad he couldn't make the switch to "good" more permanent =)