Double Dragon is an American-Canadian-Italian animated series based on the video game series of the same name. It was produced by DIC Animation City, Bohbot Entertainment and Italian studio Reteitalia, S.p.A., in association with Spanish network Telecinco, and ran for 26 half-hour episodes from 1993 to 1994.
The premise of the show had the protagonist brothers separated at birth, with Billy raised by an elderly martial arts master known as the Oldest Dragon, and his brother Jimmy raised by the evil Shadow Master as his second-in-command, the Shadow Boss. As a result, the Lee brothers oppose each other as adults, but Jimmy is betrayed by the Shadow Master and joins his brother as a "Dragon Warrior". During the course of the series, the brothers recruited allies in their war against the Shadow Master (voiced by Jim Byrnes) and his henchmen. The futile search for their father, John Lee, was a subplot throughout the series.
The plot of the pilot episode of the series is loosely based on the NES version of the first Double Dragon game. Like in the game, Jimmy is revealed to be the Shadow Boss in this episode, with his henchmen being Abobo and Wild Willy, who were boss characters in the game as well. By the end of the second episode, Abobo and Willy are sucked into the Shadow Mural, never to be seen again, while Billy and Jimmy join forces to fight against the series' true antagonist, the Shadow Master. All of the characters introduced from the second episode and onward were original creations made for the show. The story and characters of the animated series would be used in the Tradewest-produced Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls, a Double Dragon fighting game released for home consoles. Also, there was a feature film titled The Shield of Shadow Khan, which was conformed by three of Season 2's episodes: "Shadow Khan", "Shadow Claw" and "Doom Claw".
In the series, Lee brothers are martial arts instructors and police consultants, who assume superheroic identities at moments of escalated violence. They usually transform out of those forms by crossing swords again and saying in unison "we are double dragons!", although several episodes show that heavy injury can deactivate their powers. Injury sustained by one is also taken by the other (although this ability is inconsistently shown); and if one has his powers deactivated by injury, so will the other. The brothers infrequently show an ability to sense when the other is in danger. They are the leaders of a small group of 'Dragon Warriors' endowed with superhuman powers based on the use of a smokeless, green 'dragon fire'. The Lee brothers also had green dragon tattoos on their chests revealed to be birthmarks from birth, which were concealed by their undershirts but visibly seen when they were in a transformed state.
- Billy Lee (voiced by Michael Donovan): The more peaceful of the two protagonists. He regularly wears a blue outfit with a red undershirt, and a blue sleeveless garb with a matching red dragon mask when he transforms (and later as the second Shadow Boss). By acquiring the Dragon Claw in the second season, he wore a blue modfied samurai-esque dragon suit along with an updated red dragon mask to give boost to his dragon power. At the near end of the second season, he gained a sleeveless red armor with a dragon design given by Kami to increase his dragon power. Billy has the most outfits than his brother Jimmy in the entire series.
- Jimmy Lee (voiced by Scott McNeil): The more belligerent (and often sarcastic) of the two protagonists. He regularly wears a red outfit with a blue undershirt, and a red sleeveless garb with a blue dragon mask when he transforms. By acquiring the Dragon Claw, he wore a red medieval-like dragon suit to display the dragon tattoo on his chest and wears an updated blue dragon mask to give boost to his dragon power. At the near end of the second season, he gained a sleeveless blue armor with a dragon design given by Kami to increase his dragon power.
The Dragon Warriors are Billy and Jimmy's subordinates; each has their own distinct costume and powers.
- Col. Neil "Blaster" McReady (voiced by Alvin Sanders): A retired U.S. Special Forces officer, who discovers his neighborhood being threatened by the Shadow Master's drug 'Oblivion', and assists the Double Dragons to destroy its production. He is the only person who easily noticed the Lee brothers' real identity within their transformed state. Blaster is the second of the Dragon Warriors.
- Vortex (voiced by Ian James Corlett): A boy trained by John Lee, and later orphaned by the Shadow Warriors. Later made a Dragon Warrior. It was later revealed he was illiterate, by reason of living in the streets after the Shadow Warriors killed his parents.
- Kona "Tsunami" (voiced by Garry Chalk): A Hawaiian Sumo Wrestler, trained in Chi by Su Lien; later made a Dragon Warrior who uses chi to fight.
- Mike "Chop" Pollard (voiced by Garry Chalk): A former police officer who lost his right arm in a car accident and now works as mechanic; tricked by the Shadow Master into making vehicles for the Shadow Warriors, as well as a black prosthetic right arm. Once he realizes his mistake, he makes the Double Dragon Cruiser for the Double Dragons. Demonstrating his agility by dodging the Shadow Master's attacks during their handicap, he builds himself a robotic right arm and is later made into a Dragon Warrior. In the second season, he alongside Vortex create the Dragon Chopper, as the chopper they had made was controlled by the Dragon Spirit.
- Kami: A vigilante martial artist capable of creating a magical armor. Initially desirous of petty revenge on the Shadow Master for her father's death, and later a disciple of Su Lien's. She was made a Dragon Warrior by the Lee brothers after she crafted their magical dragon armors.
- Daj (voiced by Ian James Corlett): A half human-half feline mutant of the settlement of mutants known as 'Undertown'. An ally of the Double Dragons and the son of the Undertown's current chief, Jano. He was later made a Dragon Warrior by the Lee brothers, being the first individual to become an Undertown Dragon Warrior and caretaker of the underground Dragon Temple.
These are Billy and Jimmy's younger students, and supporting characters throughout the story.
- Michael (voiced by Wesley Morris): A boy who trains at the Dragon Dojo. He is the most seen of the Junior Dragons.
- Jason: A student featured predominately in an episode where the Shadow Master sold plasma weapons to young street gang members. Jason bought such a weapon to get revenge for his sister's injury, but later relied on his martial arts instead.
- Daryl: A kid who initially wanted to become a Shadow Warrior and helped to trick Billy and Jimmy into a trap. He switched sides when he saw the Shadow Master almost kill Billy.
- Danny Linquist: A video game enthusiast and the son of Dr. Linquist, an archaeologist who uncovers artifacts for the Double Dragons.
Friends and allies
- Oldest Dragon (voiced by French Tickner): The original Master of the Dragon Dojo, who raised Billy Lee and reappears in subsequent episodes in spirit form, as an advisor.
- Marian Martin (voiced by Cathy Weseluck): A police officer who helps the Double Dragons; a major character during the first season, but a comparatively minor role in the second season.
- Su Lien: A tai chi chuan instructor who assists the Double Dragons in their quests. The Shadow Master has tried to capture her to learn her secrets.
- Fireball: A young pyrokinetic imprisoned after taking part in a street gangs' war; paroled into the custody of the Dragon Dojo, and implied (though not shown) to later become a Dragon Warrior.
- Judge Rhodes: The righteous judge and justice chief of Metro City, who is currently allied with Marian Martin and the Lee brothers.
- Marika: The wife of John Lee and the mother of Billy and Jimmy, and the Shadow Master's half-sister. She willingly lets herself be trapped by her half-brother inside the Shadow Dojo to spare Jimmy's life. In one episode, Billy and Jimmy found her, but could not save her from the Shadow Master's clutches.
- Dr. Linquist: Danny's father and friend of the Double Dragons. He is an archaeologist who discovered the Dragon Claws. He later helps Chop, Michael and his son Danny to counteract Shadow Khan's illusion after the Lee brothers and the other Dragon Warriors were captured by the Shadow Master and his warriors from getting struck by Shadow Khan's powers.
- Megabyte (a.k.a. Sean): A skilled computer hacker who helps the Dragon Masters to travel the information superhighway with the use of virtual reality technology. She's also became a brief love interest of Jimmy Lee.
- Sachiko: An Interpol agent against cyber crimes, and Kona's girlfriend, who introduces the Dragon Warriors to Megabyte.
- Jano: Daj's father and the chief of Undertown, who became a slave among the rest of his people by the Shadow Master, forced to craft a drug named RPM until he and Jimmy were rescued by Daj, Billy and Michael from becoming plant food, and which consequentially allows him to rescue his townsfolk from the factory's explosion. Jano also decided to stay in Undertown and allows his son Daj to make an alliance with the Lee brothers.
- Dragon Spirit: A spirit who inhabited a sword. When the sword is destroyed by the Shadow Master, Chop uses the leftover metal in the Dragon Chopper. The Spirit of the Sword then inhabits the chopper and helps the Dragon Warriors fight. His original name was Dao Lung and he once belonged to Chen Long.
- Chen Long: Chen Long was once a Dragon Warrior (literally, a dragon who was a warrior) who owned Dao Lung; presumed dead after his fight with the Shadow Monster, but later shown alive to fight it again.
Most of the Shadow Warriors are mutants. The Shadow Master says in "Over the Line" that these mutants are created by "high levels of electromagnetic field generated by Metro City's ancient underground power grid". According to the same episode, the EMF gives the Black Flame its power (the source of the Shadow Master's own magic).
- Shadow Master (voiced by Jim Byrnes): The main antagonist of the series and the leader of Shadow Warriors. He has many powers which include shapeshifting and teleporting, and he is able to trap warriors who fail him in the Shadow Mural. He was the half-brother of Billy and Jimmy's mother.
- Icepick (voiced by Terry Klassen): A Shadow Warrior who appears to be made of ice, who fights using a katana and a pair of daggers, sheathed under his skin.
- Sickle (voiced by Scott McNeil): A Shadow Warrior who specializes in disguises and is armed with two large red sickles.
- Trigger Happy (voiced by Terry Klassen): A purple-skinned Shadow Warrior, who uses a hand-mounted directed-energy blaster.
- Countdown (voiced by Alvin Sanders): A Shadow Warrior acquainted to make deals with the organization's allies. He attacks with shoulder-mounted rocket blasters. In "Shadow Conned", Shadow Khan manipulates him into betraying the Shadow Master, and as an outcome, Countdown was imprisoned in Shadow Khan's earlier prison.
- Jawbreaker (voiced by Michael Donovan): A monstrous pink-skinned mutant, capable of biting through almost any solid matter. In "Sight of Freedom", he turns against the Shadow Warriors after befriending the police commissioner's blind daughter.
- Abobo (voiced by Blu Mankuma): A large blue thug with monstrous strength who works for the Shadow Boss in the pilot episode ("The Shadow Falls"). He is never seen after the second episode.
- Wild Willy (voiced by Garry Chalk): A gunslinger who works alongside Abobo; punished alongside him in the second episode.
- Shadow Khan (voiced by Alec Willows): Introduced in the beginning of the second season, he is a powerful sorcerer imprisoned in a shield by the Oldest Dragon. The Shadow Master uses the entrapped being to make himself more powerful, until Khan convinces Countdown to take his place. He is able to control his victim's worst fears, and is followed by a set of 'Terror Warriors' of similar power. He and his warriors are ultimately buried alive by Billy Lee.
- Shadow Warriors (voiced by Michael Donovan): The Shadow Master's group of thugs. Two of them appear in Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls: a male known as Blade and a female known as Sekka.
- Shadow Boss (voiced by Scott McNeil): Jimmy Lee's alter ego. In the feature film, they are separate characters.
- Hannibal: A huge doglike monster appearing in only one episode, "Judgment Day".
- Little Brother: Daj's tame Western dragon; the mascot of Daj's underground Dragon Temple.
- Legs: A doberman Pinscher the Lee brothers found when they got trapped in the video game world after it was captured by Trigger Happy during their infiltration at the Dragon Dojo to steal their Dragon Claws. It also saved Jimmy's life from the Shadow Master's clutches. Legs became the Lee brothers' pet for the rest of the second season.
- Kathleen Barr
- Randall Carpenter
- Babz Chula
- Raj Eriksen
- Saffron Henderson
- Maxine Miller
- Tracey-Lee Smyth
- Jayleen Stonehouse
- Marcus Turner
- Stevie Vallance/Louise Vallance
- Alec Willows
|Production code||Episode No.
|Image||Title||Written by||Original air date|
|101||1||"The Shadow Falls"||Phil Harnage and Sandra Ryan||September 12, 1993|
|Billy becomes the new Dragon Master of the Dragon Dojo and meets his twin brother, Jimmy. When Jimmy goes missing, Billy calls upon his Dragon birthmark to lead him to his brother. Billy then faces off against the Shadow Boss and discovers that he is none other than Jimmy.|
|102||2||"The Legend Continues"||Phil Harnage and Martha Moran||September 19, 1993|
|The Shadow Master appears for the first time and orders Jimmy to retrieve his twin brother and the Dragon Sword. Jimmy kidnaps Billy, but fails to retrieve his sword. The Shadow Master then attempts to get rid of both the brothers, but the brothers escape and Jimmy changes sides, joining Billy. Billy and Jimmy become the Double Dragons and face off against the Shadow Master at the EMF plant.|
|103||4||"The Price of Oblivion"||Bob Forward||October 3, 1993|
|The Shadow Master begins distributing a drug called Oblivion so that he can turn Metro City's population into mindless zombies. The Lee brothers then meet a retired special forces member named Colonel McReady after he is run off the road by a couple of drugged-up drivers, and together, the three team up to stop the Shadow Master and destroy his drug factory.|
|104||5||"River of Tears"||Pat Allee and Ben Hurst||October 10, 1993|
|The Shadow Master begins operating an illegal fighting ring in a secluded area of Metro City. Sickle then forces a homeless martial artist named Vortex to fight in the tournament by holding a group of homeless children hostage. Billy and Jimmy must rescue the children and help Vortex before the Shadow Master can get rid of them.|
|105||8||"Judgment Day"||Mike O'Mahoney||October 31, 1993|
|Jimmy is framed for a bunch of crimes by a crooked police commissioner and is sent to Radica prison. Billy and Marian must free Jimmy before the Shadow Master can get rid of him using a deadly mutant named Hannibal.|
|106||3||"The Mistress of Chi"||Richard Mueller||September 26, 1993|
|Billy and Jimmy meet a powerful chi master named Su Lien and her sumo wrestler student named Tsunami. Su Lien is then duped into helping the Shadow Master reform his evil ways. When the Shadow Master hooks Su Lien up to a virtual reality machine so that he can drain her mind and steal her powers, Tsunami and the Lee brothers team up to rescue her.|
|107||6||"Over the Line"||Sandra Ryan||October 17, 1993|
|Billy loses his memory when he is knocked into an ultra-magnetic field, and the Shadow Master tells Billy that he is his son. Billy then becomes the new Shadow Boss, and Jimmy and Marian must work together to bring the real Billy back before he loses his memory forever.|
|108||7||"Rebirth"||David Carren and Larry Carroll||October 24, 1993|
|A one-armed mechanic and former police officer named Mike Pollard is duped into making new attack vehicles for the Shadow Master. When Mike realizes what he has done, he builds an attack car for the Double Dragons and helps them stop the Shadow Master.|
|109||10||"Call to Arms"||Phil Harnage||November 14, 1993|
|Metro City passes a law banning hand weapons, and the Shadow Master takes advantage of the situation by illegally selling portable blasters. When a Junior Dragon's sister is injured in a drive-by shooting involving the illegally sold weapons, the Dragons work on shutting down the Shadow Master's weapon factory.|
|110||11||"The Heart of the Matter"||Martha Moran||November 21, 1993|
|Kami, the master of the Komodo Dojo, recruits a Junior Dragon named Michael and uses him to attack the Shadow Dojo and take revenge on the Shadow Master. However, when Michael is captured, Kami must put aside her desire for vengeance by teaming up with the Dragons to free Michael.|
|111||9||"Dragon Hunt"||Kurt Weldon||November 7, 1993|
|The Shadow Master uses holograms to frame the Double Dragons for various crimes, and the Metro City police department dispatches a robotic officer named CLU to arrest the Dragons. The Dragons must prove their innocence while saving Metro City from a malfunctioning CLU.|
|112||13||"The Eye of the Dragon"||Pat Allee and Ben Hurst||December 5, 1993|
|The Shadow Master discovers a powerful Dragon artifact called the Eye of the Dragon which grants its holder the power of sight. Jimmy gets hold of the artifact, and it gives him incredible powers. However, it also begins possessing him. Jimmy is forced to choose between the artifact and his brother.|
|113||12||"The Abyss"||Michael O'Mahoney||November 28, 1993|
|The Shadow Master knocks Billy and Jimmy into a hidden section of the Shadow Dojo called the Abyss and imprisons the Dragon Warriors in his Shadow Mural. Inside the Abyss, Billy and Jimmy meet their mother, Marika, who has been trapped there since the brothers were babies. Marika and her sons must escape from the Abyss so they can free the Dragon Warriors and stop the Shadow Master from controlling Metro City.|
|Production code||Episode No.
|Image||Title||Written by||Original air date|
|201||14||"Shadow Khan"||Martha Moran||September 11, 1994|
|An archeologist named Dr. Linquist takes the Lee brothers to an ancient underground Dragon Dojo where they discover powerful Dragon artifacts known as the Dragon Claws. Dr. Linquist also discovers an ancient being known as the Shadow Khan, who is trapped in a shield prison. When Khan grants the Shadow Master a new weapon and powerful new armor, the Double Dragons must use the Dragon Claws to stop him.|
|202||15||"Shadow Claw"||Phil Harnage||September 18, 1994|
|Ice Pick invents a new video game-like virtual reality system which allows him to blast people and objects in the real world. When he then manages to digitize the Double Dragons into the video game, a young, video game-obsessed boy named Danny must use his skills to help the Lee brothers escape from the virtual reality machine and retrieve the Dragon Claws.|
|203||17||"Doom Claw"||Martha Moran||October 2, 1994|
|Under threat from the Shadow Master, the Shadow Khan rebuilds the Shadow Dojo and begins terrorizing Metro City with illusions representing people's worst fears. The Double Dragons must retrieve the Dragon Claws and stop the Shadow Khan with help from Dr. Linquist and his son.|
|204||16||"Virtual Reality Bytes"||Rich Mueller||September 25, 1994|
|The Shadow Master begins using a virtual reality system to steal computer data from around the world. When he kidnaps Kona's date, who is secretly an undercover Interpol agent, the Dragons resort to a jailed computer hacker named Megabyte to beat the Shadow Master at his own game.|
|205||19||"Undertown"||Doug Booth||October 16, 1994|
|When the Shadow Master begins enslaving an underground city of mutants in his factory, the Double Dragons decide to rescue the workers with the help of a mutant named Daj.|
|206||18||"Superhighway Warriors"||Rich Mueller||October 9, 1994|
|The Shadow Master once again uses a virtual reality system, this time to absorb people's minds and become the smartest man alive. Billy, Jimmy and Kona must once again team up with Megabyte and Sashiko to stop the Shadow Master and free the imprisoned minds.|
|207||26||"RPM"||Phil Harnage||December 4, 1994|
|The Shadow Master begins manufacturing a steroid-like drug called RPM from his new underground factory. When he contaminates Billy with the drug, Jimmy and Daj must free Billy and help him break his addiction.|
|208||20||"Spirit in the Sword"||Doug Booth||October 23, 1994|
|Dr. Linquist discovers an ancient Dragon Sword inhabited by a spirit known as Dao Lung. When the Shadow Master blasts the sword, deforming it, Vortex attaches it to the Dragon Copter, inadvertently allowing Dao Lung to act as an auto pilot. Dao Lung then helps the Dragons defeat the Shadow Warriors.|
|209||21||"Shadow Conned"||Martha Moran||October 30, 1994|
|Countdown betrays the Shadow Master after being chastised for bumbling a mission. With help from Countdown, the Shadow Khan hypnotizes Daj and causes him to throw the Dragon Claws in the Black Flame, freeing Khan from his prison. After dominating the Shadow Master and taking control of his Shadow Warriors, Khan launches an attack on the Dragon Dojo.|
|210||23||"Ancients Arrive"||Sandra Ryan||November 13, 1994|
|The Shadow Khan revives his ancient group of Terror Warriors and begins attacking Metro City. Finding their current weapons and armor useless against Khan and his warriors, the Dragons turn to an old friend, Kami, to craft new armor which will help them stop the Shadow Khan and his minions.|
|211||22||"The Sight of Freedom"||Phil Harnage||November 6, 1994|
|As the Undertown mutants head above ground to be accepted as equals by Metro City, the Shadow Master hatches a plan to kidnap the police commissioner's daughter and blame it on the mutants. The Double Dragons must not only stop the escalating violence between Metro City and the Undertown mutants, but they must rescue the commissioner's daughter as well.|
|212||24||"The Return of the Shadowmonster"||Doug Booth||November 20, 1994|
|The Shadow Master revives an ancient beast known as the Shadowmonster, which centuries ago defeated Dao Lung's master, Chen Long. To his surprise, Dao Lung then discovers his master sleeping in a cave, alive and well. The Dragon Masters then awaken the ancient Dragon Warrior to help fight against the Shadowmonster once more.|
|213||25||"Daj of the Undertown Dragons"||Martha Moran||November 27, 1994|
|The Shadow Khan begins terrorizing Undertown with his group of Terror Warriors. Meanwhile, Billy and Jimmy discover a large egg hidden in an ancient underground temple. The egg hatches, revealing a real-life dragon that quickly bonds with Daj. Daj and his new pet help the Dragon Masters fend off Khan and his minions.|
In addition to the video game Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls, made for the Sega Genesis, SNES and Atari Jaguar, Tyco Toys produced a set of action figures. The figures included Billy Lee, Jimmy Lee, Blaster, Vortex, Shadow Master, Sickle and Trigger Happy. Three vehicles were also made: The (Dragon) Cycle, Double Dragon Cruiser and Shadow Raven.
Selected episodes were released on VHS.
On August 2019, the complete series was released in a 3 disc DVD set.
- On the series' original air date, most episodes were aired in different order than their production codes. This caused some sequence alterations in the overall storyline, such as certain characters already appearing as members of the Dragon Warriors before even being recruited.
- The title of the first episode of the first season, "The Shadow Falls", was later used for the next Double Dragon game in the franchise, Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls, which is based on the animated series rather than on the previous games.
- In the pilot episode, Billy speaks in a normal, although a bit child-like, tone until the second episode and onward, where he speaks with a deeper pitch. Despite this change, he's still voiced by Michael Donovan.
- Also in the pilot episode, Billy's red undershirt is similar to a loose wrestling singlet in order to display the dragon tattoo on his chest. This was changed in the second episode and onward to match up with Jimmy's blue undershirt.
- In the pilot episode, Jimmy's gloves and wristbands were both black. The wristbands are later blue to parallel Billy's red wristbands.
- Jimmy only wears the Shadow Boss costume in the pilot episode. This is due to him later switching sides and joining his brother. Billy himself would also become the Shadow Boss in one episode when he loses his memory.
- Marian is a police officer instead of being a damsel in distress. However, in the first episode she was kidnapped as part of a plot devised by Jimmy and his underlings.
- Visually, the designs for Billy and Jimmy are modeled after their concept art and cover art appearance from Super Double Dragon.
- Double Dragon series director yoshihisa kishimoto HP
- Double Dragon Cartoon at Double Dragon Dojo
- Double Dragon Cartoon Episode Guide - Source for all episode synopses.
- Double Dragon at TV.com
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