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Storm Shadow is a member of Cobra.


Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Thomas S. Arashikage was a member of the Arashikage ninja clan and nephew to the Hard Master. During the Vietnam War he was a soldier in the Long Range Recon Patrol where he became friends with Lonzo Wilkinson (aka Stalker) and Snake Eyes, who was an enigma even then. After the war, when he had heard Snake Eyes' family had died in a car accident Thomas invited Snake Eyes to join the Arashikage clan and start a new life. Unfortunately, tragedy struck again when the Hard Master was murdered by a Cobra agent using one of Thomas' arrows. Thomas fled Japan and joined Cobra under the codename Storm Shadow to find the killer and clear his name, becoming the organization's deadliest assassin and Cobra Commander's bodyguard.



Unlike the comic, the Sunbow cartoon series never explored the relationship between Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow. He was often being bandied about as a counterpart to GI Joe member, Spirit and later on against another GI Joe member Quick Kick. Also, he remained loyal to Cobra until the end of the Sunbow series. He was featured in the episode Excalibur, where he finds King Arthur's sword. During Season 2, he sided with Cobra Commander against Serpentor, and was seen helping the Commander in his various plots to overthrow Serpentor. 

GI Joe Resolute

So many years, so many, much, HATE. I used to tell you that I blamed you for my uncle's death. I only said that because I hoped it might hurt. I used to tell you that it was a matter of honor. That you struck me and then data must be observed. But that's a lie. I hate you because he was going to teach YOU, all seven steps of his most secret martial form INSTEAD OF ME! I hate you because he chose you. That's all. I had him killed by a Cobra sniper. But all I've wanted for years, IS TO KILL YOU MYSELF!"
~ Storm Shadow to Snake-Eyes in GI Joe Resolute

In the movie GI Joe Resolute, the normally semi-honorable Storm Shadow is portrayed as a more ruthless, aggressive, and unsympathetic character filled with nothing but rage and hate, having murdered his own uncle for planning to teach Snake-Eyes all seven steps of his most secret martial form instead of him. He later battle Snake-Eyes in a duel to the death that he loses. Interestingly though, his grave is later shown to be empty.

In Live Action Movie

He played by Lee Byung-hun (who started as Park Chang-yi) in the 2009 film Rise of Cobra and 2013 film Gi Joe: Retaliation . He is the master of Ana Lewis aka Baroness and enemy of Snake Eyes.


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