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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 both the NES and PC-Engine 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: He is the Player 1 character and Marian's official boyfriend, two facts that combined give him a bit more of protagonism than Jimmy. His role is also bigger than Jimmy's in most adaptations.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: 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.
  • Action Girl: In the Neo-Geo game.
  • Ass Kicks You
  • Back from the Dead: In the NES and PC-Engine Double Dragon II games.
  • Bound and Gagged as shown here [1]
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Neon during the first part of the final boss battle.
  • Damsel in Distress
  • Damsel out of Distress: An interview with Kishimoto revealed there was a cut mode for Advance which had Marian escape using her combat skills in addition to teaming up with Abobo.
  • Faux Action Girl: If we are to believe the back-story given in the original game's official soundtrack and some of the console versions, she was formerly an assistant instructor in Billy and Jimmy's old dojo. Seeing how she goes down with only one punch to the gut in the opening of the original game without putting up much a fight, her qualifications for such a job are debatable. Averted by her Neo-Geo incarnation, who does have actual fighting skills.
  • Groin Attack: Gives Skullmageddon one after the end credits in Neon.
  • The Power of Love: Uses this in Neon to send the Lee Bros. to another dimension to face Skullmageddon, as well as turning them into Ro-Bros to survive the transition.
  • Neutral Female: If playing multiplayer in the arcade version, once both players reach the end, they find Marian in Unwilling Suspension. They then fight over her.
  • She's Got Legs: In both the original series and the Neo-Geo fighting game.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Marian is revived in the NES and PC-Engine adaptation.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Marian's name is sometimes spelled "Marion" depending on the game. The manual for the Master System version spells it "Mary-Anne" as well.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge - The second arcade game begins exactly the same way as the first game... Only instead of being kidnapped, Marian is gunned down to death by Machine Gun Willy. Ouch! Unlike the NES and PC-Engine versions, she stays dead. Same with the computer versions of Double Dragon II.
  • Took a Level in Badass: in the Neo-Geo version, where she's not only a selectable fighter, but is one of the higher-tier characters in the roster.
  • Unwilling Suspension: In the first game.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In the Neo-Geo fighting game.

  • Ambiguously Brown: In many games, Abobo's default skintone is an unclear shade, such as in the IOS depiction pictured above.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Several variants of him have fantastic skintone. Most notably the original game, and its remakes include a green Abobo, later called Mibobo. Double Dragon Advance had Abobos in a rainbow of colors from Blue to Silver!
  • Badass Mustache: Abobo's in-game sprite sported a horseshoe mustache in the original game, the arcade game also including a bearded variant. The vs. mode character illustrations for the NES version gave Abobo a clean-shaved look though, giving him an appearance similar to Kratos or Sagat.
  • Bald of Evil: Abobo is almost always bald, or mostly bald with a mohawk.
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Abobo punches through walls.
  • Breakout Mook Character: Abobo is one of the four most recognizable, and consistent characters[note]Billy, Jimmy, Marian, and Abobo[/note] in the series. Abobo has countless cameos in other media such as Rajiv in Super Dodge Ball. A mode featuring Abobo as playable was almost added to Advance before being cut for time! Finally Abobo is the star of Abobo's Big Adventure which got the creator, Kishimoto, approval. He even makes several appearances in River City Ransom: Underground, despite having never been a part of the Kunio-kun canon.
  • Catch-Phrase: A real weird word, "Chikky!" seems to be Abobo's Catch-Phrase, especially in the the Neo-Geo fighting game, and gets carried over in his Spiritual Successor Abubo in Rage of the Dragons.
  • Dumb Muscle: Many adaptations like Battletoads & Double Dragon depict him as quite dense.
  • Genius Bruiser: The Animated series depicted as smarter then the other Mooks. In Neon its revealed Abobo has a degree in physics, and is writing his master's thesis.
  • Giant Mook: Abobo is significantly larger then the other Mooks, so much so he is the only enemy that cannot be grabbed in the original.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In the arcade original, Abobo had a disfiguring scar going from his eye to his forehead.
  • Hulk Speak: In Battletoads & Double Dragon, he always refers to himself in third-person.
  • Mook–Face Turn: A cut mode for Advance involved Abobo doing one, and helping Marian escape.
  • Nightmare Face: The sprites for Abobo in the NES Double Dragon games give him one of these. They're clearly based on the same character's arcade sprites, but the head is enlarged and the contrast in shading almost makes him look like he's made of rock. In addition, his handlebar mustache looks enough like a severely distorted mouth that some have mistakenly confused it for one.
  • Palette Swap: Even in the original, Abobo, outside of Jick, came in multiple skintones.
  • Promoted to Playable: Abobo is playable in the NES VS mode, the IOS/Zeebo ports of the original, the Neo Geo game, and Abobo's Big Adventure. He was also going to be playable along with Marian in Double Dragon Advance, but the feature got cut.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Despite his intimidating appearance, Abobo's hobbies include singing, and dancing according to the Japanese version of the Double Dragon Advance manual.
  • Scary Black Man: Depending on the game and the palette being used.
  • Throw a Barrel at It: He has the ability to throw oil drums and other large objects in the original arcade version.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Outside of the rare occasions he wears a tanktop, Abobo's chest is always bared.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: In the Neo-Geo fighting game, Abobo has wrestling moves. Even in the original, Abobo had some WWE style throws.

    Chin Taimei
  • Blinding Bangs: Some designs, such as on the nes, depict his eyes as covered by his hair.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Taimei is a variant as he's based off Jackie Chan.
  • 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.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Taimei in the arcade version of III is simply a Palette Swap of the short and fat Seimei as opposed to the tall and thin design he usually has.

    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."
  • Unholy Matrimony: In the IOS game Williams is her husband.

  • 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.
  • Badass Beard: Jick has an unruly beard as opposed to Abobo's mustache.
  • Composite Character: Many video games just replace him with Abobo who is given his moves. The Double Dragon Advance actually calls him.
  • Degraded Boss: Two Abobos show up in the final level of the arcade original.
  • 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
  • Named By Adaptation: The Green palette swap of Jick was originally just called Abobo like the other enemy, but was given the name more unique name of Mibobo in the Advance version.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His dark skin and hairstyle makes him a dead ringer for Mr. T.
  • Palette Swap: Has a green palette swap guarding the entrance of the hideout, who was originally named Abobo in the same review by Famitsu, but rennamed "Mi Bobo" in the Advance version.

  • 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

  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Burnov punches through walls.
  • Breakout Mook Character: Next to Abobo, he's the most recognized bad guy in the series, so much so that he often appears in remakes of the first game, such as the GBA and iOS versions, despite not being introduced till II.
  • Camp Gay: In the GBA version, and to a greater extent in the iOS version, where he hits on Billy and Jimmy.
  • Captain Ersatz: His original design resembles that of the Kinnikuman wrestler Neptuneman, which probably explains why they changed his mask in the iOS version.
  • Fat Bastard
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The manual for the Neo-Geo version spells Burnov as "Bulnov".
  • Stout Strength: He is one of the most powerful enemies.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: In the Neo-Geo fighting game.

  • 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

  • Big Bad: She leads the Neo Black Warriors.
  • Deus ex Machina - Hiruko's death while trying to enter Cleopatra's tomb with only three Sacred Stones in the third NES game.
  • Treacherous Advisor: As it turns out Hiruko was manipulating the Double Dragons all along so she could steal the treasure for herself, and rule the world.
  • Walking Spoiler

  • Dub Name Change: Named Aldo in the Japanese version.
  • His Name Is...: Brett tries to tell the Lee brothers that Hiruko is leader of the villains, but dies before he can do so.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He just gets introduced in his death scene.

    Roney Urquidez 

    Masao Oyama 

  • Adapted Out: Removed in all home versions, none of which three player co-op.
  • Artifact Title: With Sonny, they're Triple Dragons instead of Double.
  • The Bus Came Back: Sonny after not appearing since 1990, reappeared in Double Dragon IV in 2017.
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: Was introduced so three players could play as the Lee brothers.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: While ingame Sonny is a simple clone of the Lee brothers, the American poster made him distinct from the Lee brothers, and said he was simply a practitioner of Sou-Setsu-Ken.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: His special move in IV is to shoot a Fireball.
  • One-Mario Limit: He exists alongside Sunny, a palette swap of Roney Urquidez with a barely different name thats pronounced the same.
  • Palette Swap: A yellow clad version of the Lee brothers with orange hair.

    Chin Seimei

    Yagyu Ranzou



  • Delinquent Hair: She has a mohawk according to the manual, but it looks more like a rattail within the game.
  • Knife Nut: Throws limitless small daggers. Unlike Gibson's knife, this cannot be picked by the player characters.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Is the lone female of the Black Warriors and has a mohawk, just like Linda who doesn't appear within the third game.


     Martial Artists 
  • Unique Enemy: They only show up in mission III of the NES game.
  • No Name Given: The name for this enemy type isn't given anywhere.
  • Sai Guy: They use sais which work just like the bottle weapon. Sais can also can be taken for use by the player.

  • Gratuitous Ninja: While it makes sense to encounter Ninjas in Japan, its quite odd to see them in an ancient Egyptian temple.
  • No Name Given: The name for this enemy type isn't given anywhere.

  • Annoying Arrows: Their counterparts in the arcade game shoot arrows which mostly just knock the player down. Otherwise the gladiators are more likely to whack the player with their bow.
  • Javelin Thrower: Will throw an endless supply of Javelins at the player in the NES version.
  • No Name Given: The name for this enemy type isn't given anywhere.

    Li Chenglong
  • Adapted Out: In the NES version, Seimei is the boss of the China stage while Li is nowhere to be found.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Based on Bruce Lee from Enter the Dragon.

  • Adapted Out: Not in the NES version where Roney is the boss of Italy.
  • Amazing Technicolor Adaptation: He's found in Cleopatra's temple with a grey skintone, possibly to mark him as undead.
  • Blade on a Stick: Giulano is a gladiator that uses a double sided glaive to beat his opponents, it gives him alot of range.
  • Nintendo Hard: Giulano is significantly harder then most other bosses outside of maybe Cleopatra.

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


    Patrick Dulton

    Eddie Jenkins 

    Rebecca Brielle 

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.

Introduced in Double Dragon IV

    Casey and Shannon 

A kunoichi hired by the renegades to defeat the Lee brothers.

  • Bare Your Midriff.
  • Disc-One Nuke: she can throw shurikens. And in the hands of a player, she can deal with the strongest characters from a safe distance. However, the shurikens are limited (unless you lose a life) and her stamina is below average, see Fragile Speedster below.
  • Fragile Speedster: she's the fastest character in the game, but she can't take too many hits (moreso if her opponent is Abobo or Burnov).
  • Ms. Fanservice: have you noted how well-endowed is her spirte? Even for 8-bits?
  • Smoke Out.