Brushogun is the (false) main antagonist of the 2006 animated film, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo.
He was voiced by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
He is formerly a Tokyo artist who fell in love with a woman he drew on his picture. He used Japanese dark magic to bring her to life as the same with all his artistic creations, but then cursed his body, transforming him into a dark being with the ability to create live ink drawings. He became Tokyo's first supervillain known as Brushogun. He was eventually defeated and captured by the proper authorities.
In the present day, Saico-Tek, a creation of Brushogun that was sent to attack the Teen Titans, destroyed their Tower and motivating them to find the one who ordered it. Yet upon tracking him down, the Titans discover he is actually an innocent, yet frail old man hooked up to a giant printing press and held captive by Police Commander Uehara Daizo, who forced Brushogun to create criminals that Daizo would capture to look like a hero. When Daizo jumps into Brushogun's vat of magical ink, he absorbs Brushogun and the machine, and becomes a giant ink monster. Robin defeats him by removing Brushogun from the absorbed printing press, causing the ink creature to revert back to Daizo. Finally released from his curse, Brushogun thanks Robin before peacefully and happily dying in his arms by fading into nothingness.
Powers and Abilities
Brushogun's dark magic gives him the power to generate magical ink from his body that, when painting with it, can accomplish supernatural effects. He can birth living creatures from his ink, which can be given unique powers of their own, and regenerate any form of damage in moments. However, since his creations are largely ink-based, they all share a fatal vulnerability to water, which dissolves and destroys them.
Known creations and their cultural influences
- Saico-Tek resembles a Power Ranger or a Kamen Rider. Saico-Tek is the first creation that Titans encountered.
- Deka-Mido, a giant green reptilian monster that resembles film monsters Godzilla (Japan) and Gorgo (Great Britain).
- The yellow sushi-obssessed robot that Cyborg fights is an homage to Boss Borot from Mazinger.
- Nya-Nya, a pink cat-girl (a nod to typical anime catgirls such as Ana Puma from Dominion Tank Police).
- Mecha-Boi, a blue robot that resembles Astro-Boy (Tetsuwan Atom in Japanese).
- Raven's ghost-like opponent is based on No-Face from Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.
- The Tokyo Troopers, living ink creatures looking like human police troopers.
- The name "Brushogun" obviously consists of the English word "brush" and the Japanese term "shogun", meaning "general".
- The way Brushogun was tied to chords in a black body with a machine is a reference to the Animatrix segment, Part 2 of The Second Renaissance, where it told how machines and robots imprisoned humankind in virtual reality and used them to power their vehicle, Zero One.
- His mutation in his youth greatly resembles the Spider-Man villains Venom and Carnage.
- Brushogun was indeed a villain in his younger days but was only being used as an ink dispenser in the movie therefore making him innocent at the time.
- Brushogun resembles Nagato/Pain that later appeared in Naruto Shippuden. Both are hooked up to a machine, both are major antagonists whom unknowingly become pawn of villain that worse than them, both are malnourished, both control creations to do their biddings, both turn good in the end and also die.