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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 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Expy: Scott McNeil plays Jimmy in the Animated Adaptation. He would also go on to play another blond martial artist dressed in red from another animated adaptation of a video game movie...
- 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.
- Action Girl: In the Neo-Geo game.
- Ass Kicks You
- Back from the Dead: In the NES Double Dragon II.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Neon during the first part of the final boss battle.
- Damsel in Distress
- 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.
- She's Got Legs: In both the original series and the Neo-Geo fighting game.
- Spared by the 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Barrier-Busting Blow: Abobo punches through walls.
- 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
- Giant Mook
- Hulk Speak: In Battletoads & Double Dragon, he always refers to himself in third-person.
- 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
- Wrestler in All of Us: In the Neo-Geo fighting game.
- 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.
- 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.
- Villainous Widow's Peak: In the first two arcade games.
- Butt Monkey: Williams is most definitely one of these in Neon: Skullmageddon threathens to dock his pay for the monitors you break in levels 3 and 4 and 2 of his quotes when he kills you are "No dogfood for Williams today!" and "Guess who's sleeping inside tonight?"
- The Goomba
- Home Run Hitter: His weapon of choice in the original game is a baseball bat.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Gets one in Super Double Dragon..
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Named after Jim Kelly's character from Enter the Dragon.
- Those Two Guys: With Rowper
- Throw a Barrel at It: He gains this ability in the GBA version.
- Would Hit a Girl: He's the one who punches Marian and carries her off in most versions.
- The Goomba
- Home Run Hitter: He can wield a baseball bat in the arcade version like Williams does, but he loses this ability in the NES version.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Wields one in the NES version of Double Dragon II which cannot be taken away from him.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Named after John Saxon's character from Enter the Dragon.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name has also been spelled "Lopar" and "Roper" (the latter being his namesake from Enter The Dragon).
- Those Two Guys: With Williams.
- Throw a Barrel at It: His special ability in the first game.
- 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
- Barrier-Busting Blow: Burnov punches through walls.
- 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.
- Captain Ersatz: Abore is a cross between The Terminator and André the Giant.
- Composite Character: Abore in the second NES game has the same moves as his namesake from the arcade version, but his appearance resembles that of Oharra's, an Abobo head-swap from the arcade version.
- Expy: Abore in the arcade version of II seems to be based on André the Giant from the WWF Superstars arcade game also developed by Technos.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: In the second Arcade game.
- Mighty Glacier
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Abore in the arcade version of II wears a pair of sunglasses with glowing red eyes underneath them that makes him look like a Terminator-clone.
- Sinister Shades: In the Arcade and PC-Engine version of II
The Mysterious Warrior
- Canon Foreigner: He was made up for the NES version and never appeared in the original arcade game.
- Evil Counterpart: His Gen-Satsu-Ken style is said to be the anti-thesis of the Lee brothers' Sou-Setsu-Ken style.
- Expy: Willy's bodyguards, the Five Emperors of Gen-Setsu-Ken in the GBA version. The Shadow Master from the animated series also serves a similar role.
- Master of Illusion
- My Death Is Only The Beginning
- No Name Given
Introduced in Double Dragon 3
- Avenging the Villain: He is Willy's brother, and wants to avenge his defeat.
- Avenging the Villain: He wants to avenge his brother Chin Taimei
- Defeat Means Friendship
- Easily Forgiven: In the third NES game, Chin forgets about the Lee brothers killing his brother in the previous game after losing to them.
- Heel–Face Turn
- Mighty Glacier
- Wolverine Claws: Chin Seimei's weapon of choice.
- Bruce Lee Clone: Based on Bruce Lee from Enter the Dragon.
Introduced in Super Double Dragon
Introduced in the animated series
- 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 Double Dragon V
Introduced in the movie
Introduced in the Neo-Geo game
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.
- Battle Couple: With Marian during the first part of the final boss battle.
- Big Bad: Marian's kidnapper, and leader of the Black Shadow Clan.
- Bad Boss: It's Played for Laughs here.
- Badass on Paper: There is quite a contrast between his appearance and immense power and his actual demeanor. He looks the part of a Big Bad and a final boss alright. The first time you meet him, he is sitting on a throne, looking all intimidating... and then he speaks...
- Dem Bones: A skeletal lich.
- Evil Sorceror: Comes with the territory of being a lich.
- Expy: Arguably one of Skeletor. It's mostly just his voice and skeleton theme.
- Eye Scream: In the Continue screen, he stands in front of a chained Billy, preparing to poke his eyes out with his fingers.
- I'm Your Worst Nightmare: His Boss Subtitles actually read "Your Worst Nightmare".
- Large Ham: Being a Skeletor expy, he is naturally both this and...
- Laughably Evil
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Some of his comments. Especially in his villain song, the things he says when you pause the game when fighting him and his comments on how the battle is taking too long.
- Lich: And not just any simple lich, but a super-lich!
- Magic Knight: He can wield a sword with the best of them, and is also proficient at magic.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Nice Hat: And it doubles as a sharp projectile!
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Lich gang leader samurai and an actual robot as Giga-Skullmageddon.
- One-Winged Angel: His Giga Skullmageddon form.
- Pungeon Master: He makes enough bone-related puns to give Sans the skeleton a run for his money.Time to make a marrow escape! Bone voyage!
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: His preferred choice of wardrobe incorporates skulls and bones, loads of them.
- Slouch of Villainy: During his intro.
- Villain Song: He sings the ending credits.