Characters / Double Dragon

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Introduced in Double Dragon

    Billy Lee
The de-facto protagonist of the Double Dragon series. Successor to the Chinese martial art of Sou-Setsu-Ken. He began his Chinese martial arts training at the age of 12 and went on to master several fighting styles until becoming the Sou-Setsu-Ken successor at the age of 20. Sou-Setsu-Ken is a fighting style that combines the techniques from all sorts of martial arts such as Karate, Shorinji Kempo and Tai Chi into one school.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the arcade games and Neon, brown hair in the NES games and black hair in the animated series.
    • Early concept/promotional art for the original game depicts Billy not only as the darker haired brother, but has him wearing the red outfit instead of blue, which implies that he might been originally intended to be the Player 2 character (before the identities of the Lee brothers were fully established).
  • Blue Oni
  • Cain and Abel: Abel to Jimmy's Cain in the first NES game. This also occurs in the actual arcade game if both brothers defeat Willy together.
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: Billy is blue (except in the second arcade game, where he wore black).
  • The Hero
  • Lightning Bruiser: In the SNES version, where his fighting style focuses more on flexibility.
  • Shotoclone: In the Neo-Geo game
  • Surfer Dude: Speaks this way alongside Jimmy in Neon. Very much so played for laughs

    Jimmy Lee
The older Lee twin, who helps his brother Billy fight the Black Warriors, while being secretly in love with Marian. In the NES version, he is actually the Shadow Boss, the true leader of the Black Warriors, although this plot point is swept aside in the sequels (which brought back the co-op play missing in the first NES game).

    Marian Kelly
Billy's girlfriend, who used to be an assistant instructor in their old martial arts gym, but is kidnapped by the Black Warriors. In Double Dragon II, she is seemingly killed off in the beginning, with her ultimate fate varying depending on the version.


    Chin Taimei
  • Blinding Bangs
  • Bruce Lee Clone: His original design.
  • Canon Immigrant: At first he was just a character made up for the NES version of the first game, but later appears in the arcade version of II as a stick-wielding fighter. His name was used for the Player 2 version of Chin (shortened to "Taime" due to space limit) in the arcade version of 3.
  • Dual Wielding: with the sticks in II
  • Expy: His design in the first NES game resembles the Karate Fighter from Mat Mania, a Technos-developed wrestling game.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name was shortened to "Chintai" in the English manual.

    Willy Mackey
The leader of the Black Warriors, a biker gang leader whose organization grew in power after the nuclear war. Serves as the final boss in the arcade versions of the first two games, where he shoots Marian to death in the second game. In the NES versions, he's merely a figurehead, being the last opponent fought by Billy before the final battle against Jimmy in the first game and a complete no-show in the second.
  • Adapted Out: Absent in the second NES game, despite being the reason why Billy and Jimmy are seeking revenge against the gang in the arcade version, although he does show up in the PC Engine version.
  • Big Bad: In the first two arcade games and most remakes of the original.
  • Bottomless Magazines
  • Demoted to Dragon: In the first NES game, he's just the last guy the player fights before the final fight with Jimmy.
  • Sudden Name Change: To "Roper" in Battletoads & Double Dragon. The manual for the Master System version also switched his name with Jeff's.
  • Pistol-Whipping
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: In the first two arcade games.



  • Combat Sadomasochist: In Neon, she tells Billy and Jimmy to get on their knees and lets out ecstatic shouts of "Oh good!" whenever she manages to kill either one of them or is defeated herself.
  • Epic Flail: Lindas from II use these
  • Whip It Good: Linda's weapon of choice in the original game.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Presumably named after Bruce Lee's wife, Linda Lee Cadwell.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Promotional materials for the first game spelled her name as "Rinda."

  • Adapted Out: Most of the console versions of the first game leaves him out and simply use Abobo in his place. Even Double Dragon Advance essentially replaces him with an actual mohawked Abobo.
  • All There in the Manual: His official name was an obscure fact (due to his omission in console versions), but it was mentioned in print in a review by Famitsu.
  • Head Swap: of Abobo, allowing the game designers to save graphic space by having only having to draw his head.
  • King Mook: He's tougher than Abobo, who is already tough enough as it is.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: The Green Jick who appears at the end of Mission 3
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His dark skin and hairstyle makes him a dead ringer for Mr. T.

  • Adapted Out: Also cut out from most versions of the first game, particularly the NES and Game Boy versions, as his role was served by Chin there.
  • Demoted Boss: In the arcade version clones of Jeff appear during the final two stages as elite mooks and they are just as tough as the boss version from Mission 2.
  • Elite Mook: In Super Double Dragon, where he is a mook who is tougher than the usual Williams and Rowper variety.
  • Head Swap: of the Lee Brothers, allowing greater moves.
  • Palette Swap: of Billy Lee in Super Double Dragon.

Introduced in Double Dragon II


  • Shout-Out: Named and modeled after Bolo Yeung, who played Mr. Han's bodyguard in Enter the Dragon, continuing the Shout-Out Theme Naming of Williams, Rowper and Linda.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Abobo in Double Dragon II. In fact, he's literally Abobo with mop hair (same facial structure in both, the arcade and NES versions), to the point that the Mega Drive version's manual identifies him as such (rather than as "Bolo") on the enemy list.


    The Mysterious Warrior

Introduced in Double Dragon 3







    Chin Seimei

    Yagyu Ranzou

    Li Chenglong

Introduced in Super Double Dragon


Introduced in the animated series

    Shadow Master



  • Blind and the Beast: Jawbreaker befriends the Samantha (Commissioner Briggs' blind daughter) after kidnapping her under the Shadow Master's orders in "The Sight of Freedom". When Icepick orders him to "eliminate" the girl, Jawbreaker rebels against the Shadow Warriors and rescues her.
  • Heel–Face Turn

  • The Dragon: He is actually the third in command, but since Icepick mostly remains at the lab, it's Sickle who is left in charge for the field missions.
  • Knife Nut: Subverted since, despite two huge blades being his Weapon of Choice, he's afraid of knifes.
  • Master of Disguise


Introduced in Double Dragon V





Introduced in the movie

    Koga Shuko

Introduced in the Neo-Geo game

  • Asian Rune Chant: His super move, the Onmyo Bakuen Satsu (Yin-Yang Burning Kill).
  • Expy: He looks very similar to Yagyu Ranzou from the third arcade/NES game.
  • Ninja





Introduced in Neon


The Big Bad of Neon, the intimidatingly-named Skullmageddon is a powerful Super-Lich who leads the Shadow Warriors gang and kidnapped Marian because he wanted a date.