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Jimmy Lee (ジミー・リー Jimī Rī?), originally known in the West by the localized nickname of "Spike",[1] is one of the main protagonists of Technōs' Double Dragon series of beat 'em up games. He is the older 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 appearancesEdit

Double DragonEdit

Arcade

Older of the Lee brothers, who is also a Sou-Setsu-Ken master. He is out to crush the Black Warriors with his younger brother, Billy. However, he may have other intentions as well.

NES

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 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.

Double Dragon II: The RevengeEdit

Billy's older 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. In the NES port, he wears red.

Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta StoneEdit

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.

Super Double DragonEdit

The other half of the Double Dragons. He opened the Sou-Setsu-Ken Dojo in Los Angeles with his younger brother. He uses the northern-style of Sou-Setsu-Ken, which focuses on powerful techniques.

Battletoads/Double DragonEdit

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

Double Dragon (animated series)Edit

Jimmy (voiced by Scott McNeil) is Billy's fraternal twin brother. Although his face is similar to John's, he has blond hair like his mother Marika.

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.

Double Dragon V: The Shadow FallsEdit

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
Dossier
  • 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

Double Dragon (Neo Geo)Edit

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

Double Dragon AdvanceEdit

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.

Profile
  • 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"

Double Dragon (mobile)Edit

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 cameosEdit

Rock'n Game BoyEdit

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.

Kunio-kun seriesEdit

Billy and Jimmy are referenced in Technōs' Kunio-kun series by a pair of recurring characters known as the "Dragon Twins", Ryūichi and Ryūji Hattori (with Ryūji playing the part of Jimmy). The iconic "Double Dragon" theme even plays whenever they appear.

Super Spike V'BallEdit

The NES port of the game features Billy and Jimmy as playable characters.

GalleryEdit

Artworks and portraitsEdit

SpritesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Jimmy originally started out as the "Shadow Boss" in the NES version of Double Dragon, but 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 version incorrectly identifies Machine Gun Willy as Jimmy, due to the author mixing up the differing storylines of the arcade and NES versions, despite Willy looking nothing like the Lee brothers.
  • In Double Dragon Neon, Jimmy is voiced by Jeff Luke (who also voices Billy Lee).
  • In the Double Dragon comic adaptation by Marvel Comics, Jimmy is portrayed wearing blue clothes (or sometimes green) rather than his usual red ones.
  • 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.
  • He is named after Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin[citation needed] 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. Jimmy fights 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.

See alsoEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 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. 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Only in the animated series and not considered to take part in the established canon.