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Katana
Nick Name
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Civilian ID
Tatsu Yamashiro
Occupation

Adventurer

Bookstore Proprietor


Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Los Angeles, California
Group Affiliation
Outsiders II
Base of Operations
Los Angeles, California
Height
5' 2"
Weight
95 lbs.
Eye Color
Brown
Hair Color
Black
Known Powers

Normal human with above average strength, stamina and agility for a woman of her age.


Unusually exceptional hand-to-hand combatant skilled in swordsmanship and the martial arts.


Telepathic rapport with her mystical sword Soultaker.


Accessories

Soultaker: Ancient mystic sword which absorbs the souls of those it kills. The souls within Soultaker can communicate with its wielder and via a complex ritual be called forth to take physical form.


Various other bladed weapons.


Common Enemies
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Regularly Appearing

Batman and the Outsiders Vol. 1

Outsiders Vol. 1 & 2


First Appearance
Brave and the Bold #200 (July, 1983)
Creator

Mike W. Barr & Jim Aparo


Origin

In the 14th Century, the mad swordsman Muramasa forged two identical katana swords, one of which called Soultaker possessed the ability to absorb the souls of its victims. In modern times these weapons came into the possession of the Yakuza mobster Takeo Yamashiro.


Bitterly envious of his brother's marriage to the beautiful Tatsu, Takeo Yamashiro influenced Soultaker to kill his brother. In the ensuing attack Tatsu's husband and children were all killed, their souls being absorbed into the blade. Vowing revenge, Tatsu obtained Soultaker and developed her skills as a martial artist to become the tragic hero Katana.


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