Jimmy Lee (ジミー・リー Jimī Rī ), originally known in the West by the localized nickname of "Spike", is one of the two main protagonists of Technōs' Double Dragon series of beat 'em up games. He is the twin brother, training partner and in some occasions even rival of Billy Lee. He is a master of Sou-Setsu-Ken, a legendary Chinese martial art which he mastered at a young age.
Despite their differences, he is always ready to tag along with his brother whenever trouble arises; more so if it involves a good fight. In more than one occasion he has fought Billy for the affections of their mutual friend, Marian.
While Jimmy is traditionally portrayed as a protagonist for most of the series, fighting evil alongside his twin brother, he has also been portrayed as an antagonist in a few notable works.
Background and appearances
In the NES version, Jimmy is secretly the Shadow Boss, leader of the Black Warriors. Whereas the original arcade version had both Lee brothers working together to fight against the Black Warriors in order to rescue their female friend Marian, in the NES version Billy fights completely alone and Jimmy only shows up to confront him at the end, after Willy (the leader of the gang in the arcade version) is defeated by the player.
Presumably, this change in the story was done due to developer Technōs Japan's inexperience with the NES hardware at the time, making it difficult for them to work around the console's limitations and properly implement a two-player cooperative mode in the game's conversion. The title wouldn't had made much sense with just one of the Lee brothers in the game, so they made the other one into a bad guy. While the arcade version did feature a fight between both brothers at the end, it was an optional battle that only occurred if both players defeated Willy together, and was simply a contest over who would win Marian's affections. The game's sequels on the same platform, Double Dragon II and III, both included their own two-player co-op modes, thus having both Lee brothers as heroes again. Jimmy's change of status from an antagonist to a protagonist in the NES versions of the sequels was left unexplained.
Billy's twin brother. Like him, Jimmy is also a legendary master of Sou-Setsu-Ken. Although he helped his brother crush the Black Warriors during the first game, he also had feelings for Marian and that developed a rivalry between the two brothers. He now joins Billy in a quest to avenge the woman they both loved. Jimmy is Player 2 and wears white clothing in the original arcade version and direct ports of the game. In the NES port, he wears red.
Billy's older brother taken by the Shadow Warriors before Billy was born. He and Billy were responsible for the downfall of the original Black Warriors gang a few years ago and the defeat of their leader, Willy. Since then, they went on a training mission to complete their Sou-Setsu-Ken, and two years later they are now on a worldwide hunt for the Rosetta Stones.
Billy's twin brother, who is also a Sou-Setsu-Ken master.
- Height: 5′ 10″
- Weight: 170 lbs.
- Color: Red
- Hair: Blond or dark brown
- Date of birth: 7-28-70-Leo
Double Dragon (animated series)
The animated series loosely adapts the plot of the NES version for its first two episodes, having Jimmy as the show's initial antagonist. Prior to the events of the first episode, the Lee brothers were separated at birth after Jimmy was kidnapped from the hospital by his half-uncle, the Shadow Master, along with his mother. In order to save Jimmy's life, Marika agreed to enter the Abyss inside the Shadow Dojo. The Shadow Master then raised Jimmy as his own son and trained him in the way of the Black Flame, while Billy was raised by their father's sensei, the Oldest Dragon.
When the twins reached the age of 18, Billy inherited the title of "Dragon Master", becoming wielder of the legendary Dragon Sword, while Jimmy was already active as the Shadow Boss, the Shadow Master's second-in-command and wielder of the Shadow Sword. Jimmy became aware of his twin brother when he began foiling his criminal goals. Likewise, Billy eventually learned the truth about Jimmy and tried to convince him to change his ways. When the Shadow Master betrayed Jimmy by ordering his assassination due to his failure to recover the Dragon Sword, and after Billy saved him, he abandoned his evil ways and joined forces with Billy. The Oldest Dragon then appeared at the ruins of the Dragon Dojo and taught the brothers how to transform into the "Double Dragons". The Dragon Sword then split into two, giving Jimmy his own sword. Jimmy wielded the Dragon Claw daggers with his brother for a short while and was later given new armor by Kami. However, this armor was blue on the outside rather than red, and instead of wielding his Dragon Sword, Jimmy shoots energy beams (or perhaps flames) from a dragon-looking blaster on his arm.
Jimmy is hotheaded and often speaks more like a street-smart brawler than an enlightened warrior. For instance, instead of "calling upon the Double Dragon" birthmark to guide him somewhere, he will instead order the "scaly one" to "lead us to the butt we wish to kick". Because of his 'Shadow' training, he is somewhat knowledgeable about the Shadow Master's organization and utilizes a more aggressive fighting style than Billy. At times, he clashes with other personalities, such as Marian or the hacker Megabyte; however, he eventually calms down and befriends those who are on the same side.
|“||Twin brother of Billy and annoying counterpoint to Billy's good qualities. Jimmy has a run a way mouth that has become encumbered with his feet on more than one occasion. Spends a lot of time in front of the mirror.||„|
|~ Profile description from the Double Dragon V manual|
- Date of birth: 10-23-69
- Height: 6′ 1″
- Weight: 205 lbs.
- Eyes: Blue
- Hair: Blond
- Likes: Video games
- Dislikes: Bad hair days
- Origin: Metro City
- Fighting style: Shadow Dragon
A master of "Sousetsuken", he runs a dojo with his younger brother, Billy. Unlike the quick and agile Billy, his expertise is in heavy and powerful offensive moves. Being well aware of Shuko's powers, Jimmy attempts to stop Billy from attacking the evil organizations, and he unwillingly heads for Bloody Town.
- Personal data
- Voice: Kaneto Shiozawa
- Birthplace: Los Angeles
- Height: 5′ 9″
- Weight: 161 lbs.
- Date of birth: 7-28-70
- Fighting style: Sousetsuken
- Hobbies: Training
Jimmy Lee - The older of the Lee brothers, Jimmy is high-spirited and possesses strength beyond compare. He co-founded Sōsetsuken with his younger brother Billy, and was the instructor at their dojo prior to the war. Rumored to surpass even Billy in martial arts skill, Jimmy likes spending his time studying Eastern philosophy.
- Height: 176 cm
- Weight: 75 kg
- Fighting style: Sousetsuken
- Specialties: Punches and double kali sticks
- Hobbies: Literature and weight training
- Favorite books: "Miyamoto Musashi", "The Book of Five Rings"
|“||Hates to train and often skips out to take his cherished car for a spin. He keeps his feelings for Marian hidden.||„|
|~ Official description|
- Personal data
- Age: 25
- Height: 180 cm
- Weight: 81 kg
- Hobbies: Driving
Other appearances and cameos
A manga about a group of gaming enthusiasts trying to stop an evil organization in their attempt to conquer the world. The Lee brothers, Billy and Jimmy Lee, from Double Dragon fame, are featured as part of the storyline.
Billy and Jimmy are referenced in the Technōs' Kunio-kun franchise by a pair of recurring characters known as the "Dragon Twins", Ryūichi and Ryūji Hattori, with Ryūji being inspired on Jimmy. The iconic "Double Dragon" theme even plays whenever they are fought in most games in the franchise.
In Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai, Ryūji can perform the Hyper Uppercut from Double Dragon II: The Revenge. This likely led to Jimmy's fighting style in Super Double Dragon being centered on punches.
A character named Jimmy appears as a member of Team Oklahoma in Bikkuri Nekketsu Shin Kiroku! Harukanaru Kin Medal. Originally, it was unclear if this character was a younger Jimmy Lee, but the release of River City Super Sports Challenge ~All Stars Special~ establishes that they are the same character. The character is a palette swap of Ryūichi with brunette colored hair and lower stats, but has the same moves as Ryūichi. The character re-appears in Super Dodgeball Brawlers, River City Super Sports Challenge, River City Melee: Battle Royal Special and River City Melee Mach!!
Downtown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari: Yakyū de Shōbu da! Kunio-kun was the first game in the Kunio-kun franchise to depict the Dragon Twins with actual faces, instead of the faces that Billy and Jimmy used in the NES version of Double Dragon, though artwork of the series does show their faces. In this game, Ryūji is blond, like Jimmy in most games.
After the release of Double Dragon IV, Ryūji is now based on Billy Lee, with Ryūichi being based on Jimmy Lee, thus the elder Hattori is now inspired on the elder Lee brother. No changes were made to the Dragon Twins' moves or hair color, Double Dragon IV simply switched Jimmy's specialization from punches to kicks.
In River City: Rival Showdown, Ryūichi's (named Randy in the Western versions of the game, just like in other localized games in the franchise) strongest special move is the Red Dragon Incarnation. He increases his speed and power to levels that only Jimmy Lee is able to attain.
The NES port of the game features Billy and Jimmy as playable characters.
- Most manuals for the games that conform the Double Dragon series (as well as its spinoffs), including their releases on diverse platforms, coincide that Billy and Jimmy Lee are in fact twin brothers. However, some discrepancies can be found among the documentations for certain releases:
- The manuals for the NES, Game Boy and ZX Spectrum versions of Double Dragon II only call them 'brothers', without ever stating if they are twins, or clarifying who is the older brother and who is the younger one.
- The manual for Double Dragon III for the NES never mentions what's the relation between Billy and Jimmy, although since this game is a direct sequel to Acclaim's Double Dragon II, it can be assumed that it follows the same continuity and terminology.
- In the manual for Super Double Dragon, they aren't stated to be twins at all, and instead Billy is stated to be the younger brother and Jimmy the older one.
- The manual for Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls retakes the brothers' relationship as twins, although it adds the fact that Billy was born first and Jimmy later.
- Since Double Dragon V is directly based on the lore from the Double Dragon animated series, it can be assumed that this is also the case for the latter.
Artworks and portraits
- In the NES version of Double Dragon, Jimmy was revealed to be the main antagonist of the game, the "Shadow Boss", although he became Billy's ally in following titles.
- The instruction manual for the Game Boy port of Double Dragon copies the plot blurb from the NES version and refers to Jimmy as the "Shadow Boss". Despite this, Jimmy never actually shows up in the single player mode, as the game ends after the player defeats Willy, like in the arcade version.
- The manual for the Genesis port incorrectly identifies Willy as Jimmy, possibly due to the author mixing up the differing storylines of the arcade and NES versions, despite Willy looking nothing like the Lee brothers.
- In the Neo Geo version, his moves are fire-based as opposed to Billy's moves which are lightning-based.
- In Double Dragon Neon, Jimmy is voiced by Jeff Luke (who also voices Billy Lee).
- Jimmy appears in River City Girls as the owner for Crosstown District's dojo. He is voiced by Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson.
- The handheld LCD game and board game versions of Double Dragon, produced by Tiger Electronics, both reference Jimmy as an antagonist rather than going by the arcade version's storyline.
- Jimmy is named after Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and his last name "Lee" comes from Bruce Lee.
- Jimmy could possibly be inspired by the character Ajax from the 1979 crime-thriller film The Warriors.
- They both have the same dog-eat-dog methods (such as Ajax attempting to declare war on the leader to become the leader himself or fighting his brother to take his girlfriend).
- They both wear similar vests and have the same hair color.
- They are both good with fighting with their fists, along with other grapple moves.
- Jimmy may also be inspired by either Rei or Raoh from the Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) manga series.
- Billy Lee
- Jimmy Lewis - A character loosely based on Jimmy Lee who appears in the one-on-one fighting game Rage of the Dragons.
- Shadow Boss - Jimmy Lee's former secret identity in some media.
- Jimmy Lee at the Villains Wiki - Source for the information in the Double Dragon, animated series and trivia sections.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Spike" was Taito's localized name for Jimmy Lee in the original arcade version of Double Dragon. The name can be seen tattooed on his arm in diverse promotional artworks for the game.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3
"Billy must pursue the gang through the slums, factories, and wooded outskirts of the city to reach the hideout for his final confrontation with the Shadow Boss... his brother Jimmy!"- Excerpt from the English manual of the NES version of Double Dragon, page 4.
- ↑ In Super Double Dragon, it is stated that the Lee brothers have established their training school, the Sou-Setsu-Ken Dojo, in Los Angeles (although later games establish they have opened several dojos all across the United States). They presumably either were born in China and raised up in the United States, or they are descendants of a Chinese family naturalized in the US.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Only in the animated series and not considered to take part in the established canon.