Characters: Double Dragon
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Introduced in Double Dragon
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
The younger 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).
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Brown hair in the arcade games and Neon, blond in the NES games and animated series.
- Much like Billy, some of the early promotional art depicts Jimmy wearing blue instead of his usual red.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the NES version of the first game and the animated series.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: In the NES original.
- Cain and Abel: Cain to Billy's Abel in the first NES game. This also occurs in the actual arcade game if both brothers defeat Willy together.
- Color-Coded Multiplayer: Jimmy is red (except in the second arcade game, where he wore white).
- Composite Character: In the first NES game, not only serves as the new final boss, but essentially replaces Jeff (the head-swapped Lee brother boss from the arcade version) as the boss who uses all of the player's moves.
- Heel-Face Turn: In #2 of the animated series.
- Mighty Glacier: In the SNES version, where his style focuses on pure strength.
- Red Oni
- Shotoclone: In the Neo-Geo game.
- Surfer Dude: Speaks this way alongside Billy in Neon. Very much so played for laughs
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.
- 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.
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.
- Big Bad: In the first two arcade games and most remakes of the original.
- Bottomless Magazines
- Demoted to Dragon: In the first NES game , where he's just the last guy the player fights before the final fight with Jimmy. He's completely absent in the second NES game, although he does make an appearance in the PC Engine remake.
- Sudden Name Change: To "Roper" in Battletoads & Double Dragon. The manual for the Master System version also switched his name with Jeff's.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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 as such (rather than as "Bolo") on the enemy list.
The Mysterious Warrior
Introduced in Double Dragon 3
Introduced in Super Double Dragon
Introduced in the animated series and Double Dragon V
- 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
Introduced in the movie
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.
Introduced in Neon