Quote1 I've faced deadlier opponents in the training arenas of my youth! Quote2
-- Silver Samurai src

Early life

Keniuchio Harada was a mutant and the illegitimate son of the former Japanese crime lord Shingen Harada, head of the Clan Yashida.

As a youth, Harada mastered the attendant disciplines of the medieval samurai and sought employment as a warrior for hire. He first worked for the criminal Mandrill and clashed with the blind hero Daredevil.[2]

Harada then served the Viper, an agent of the terrorist organization Hydra, as her bodyguard. In this capacity he battled Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Shang-Chi, and Black Widow on the original S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.[3]

Following his father’s death, Harada sought the leadership of Shingen's Clan Yashida from his half-sister Mariko Yashida. but was opposed by the Ronin Yukio and Mariko’s lover, the mutant adventurer Wolverine.[4]

Later, Harada worked with Wolverine to free American private investigator Jessica Drew from the influence of Black Blade of Muramasa,[5] a sword mystically imbued with its creator’s madness. Wolverine himself fell under the sword’s spell, but managed to overcome his possession after which Harada took up the sword, finding himself worthy of its power.[6]

After Mariko’s death, Harada claimed leadership of Clan Yashida.[7]

Big Hero 6

He was briefly employed by the Japanese government as leader of their fledgling super-team Big Hero 6.[8] He joined to prevent Everwraith from slaughtering millions in downtown Tokyo.[9] During the battle, Big Hero 6 was joined by Sunfire, Japan's premiere super hero and a mutant with the ability to super-heat matter into plasma, who was instrumental in the Everwraith's defeat.[10]

Soon after, Big Hero 6 moved their headquarters from the Giri Office Building to Japan's Cool World Amusement Park, where they were attacked by X the Unknowable, a monster born from a child's drawings that could transform its atomic structure into any form and shape. With the help of Alpha Flight, Big Hero 6 destroyed X the Unknowable in the fires of Mount Fuji.[11] Afterwards, Big Hero 6 continued to protect Japan from all threats, such as when the team rescued Tokyo residents from a freak blizzard caused by the Crimson Cowl (Justine Hammer) and her Masters of Evil.[12]

Ultimately, his inability to lead Clan Yashida allowed the Mongolian crime lord Haan Kaishek to take control, and he allied with Wolverine to defeat the Kaishek’s; however, the disgrace of losing leadership was too great for Harada, and he returned to his mercenary ways.

Eventually falling into the service of Hydra once more, Harada was dispatched to battle the female ninja Elektra and was seemingly killed.[13]

Revealed to have survived, the Silver Samurai resumed his criminal career following an encounter with the mutant Blindspot.[14] Allied with known terrorist Lady Deathstrike, Harada attempted to establish himself as the "Silver Shogun," leader of the Yakuza.[15]

He was also briefly a prisoner in The Raft as part of a super-villain stockpiling conspiracy. He was freed by Madame Hydra and the Hand, who transported him back to Japan. They wanted him to lead the Hand and to unite the criminal underworld, hoping he could take on shadowy figures controlling both Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D. that Madame Hydra was reluctant to name. Samurai wasn't interested in a conflict and helped the Avengers defeat them. Later, Samurai began operating as the chief security officer for the Prime Minister of Japan.[16]

Wolverine made his way to Japan in search of Harada and engaged him in battle. Wolverine had recovered all of his memories due to the events of House of M and asked the Samurai questions about his past during the course of their fight. The Silver Samurai was able to run Wolverine through with one of his swords, however Wolverine grabbed the Samurai by his right forearm and severed his hand at the wrist with his claws, leaving the Samurai kneeling on the floor cradling the bloody stump where his hand once was.[17]

After the Skrull Invasion, Viper left Samurai to rejoin Hydra. She returned with a new Madame Hydra to negotiate support to be given to the Typhon Group, Hydra's production front, from the Clan Yashida. They also took a mysterious box; the Clan Yashida claimed that those who opened it never lived to see another day.[18] Some time later, agents of Leviathan attacked the Samurai to make him reveal the location of the box.[19]

Wolverine in Hell

Marduk Kurios (Earth-616), James Howlett (Earth-616), and Keniuchio Harada (Earth-616) from Wolverine Vol 4 3 0001

Harada being brought before the Devil in Hell

When the Red Right Hand sent Wolverine to Hell, they also sent an army to kill his friends, Harada being one of them. Harada bent over with arrows piercing his armor. He was stabbed in the chest as the Yashida Stronghold burned behind him. He limped to his sister Mariko Yashida's grave and died.[20]

He was brought before Logan and the Devil in Hell. The Devil chopped Harada's head off with the Soulcutter and proceeded to slice his body up. The wounds of the Soulcutter could never be healed.[21]


Silver Samurai was resurrected in Krakoa by the Five, and became responsible for officiating combat at the Arena in the Quarry.[22]


Tachyon Field: Ability to generate a tachyon energy field from within his body. Though he can focus this energy through anything, he typically focuses this field through his sword; allowing it to cut through almost any substance.[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32]


The Silver Samurai is a master of Kenjutsu, the art of wielding a katana, and is an expert in the art of Bushido, the history and customs of the samurai class. He is also a highly skilled grandmaster of the Japanese martial arts such as Jujutsu/Aikijujutsu, Karate Do, Bujutsu, Kenjutsu, Iaijutsu, Tantojutsu (knife-fighting), Ninjutsu, Kyujutsu (Samurai Archery on or off horseback), Bajutsu (horsemanship), and Samurai strategy and tactics although his abilities do not quite match those of Iron Fist or Shang-Chi despite the fact that both the latter are versed in Chinese martial arts.[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][33][32]

Strength level

Normal human male with intensive regular exercise


Ken's samurai armor is silver in color and light enough to not hamper his mobility. The armor weighs 60 lbs (27 kg).[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][33][32]


While working with Viper he carried a special teleportation ring that was activated when twisted.[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][33][32]


Katana. In particular Ken has used the Muramasa Blade. He also uses throwing weapons such as Kunai (daggers), tanto (combat knife shaped like a very small katana) and shuriken.

  • Silver Samurai appears in various flashbacks since his creation.[34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41]
  • The Samurai's teleportation ring was originally obtained from John Belushi in Marvel Team-Up #74, in which Spider-Man teamed with the 1974 cast of Saturday Night Live. This has remained in continuity, although recent references have replaced Belushi with Chris Farley.
  • The name "Keniuchio" does not exist in the Japanese language. As a result, the Silver Samurai's name is often rendered in Japanese media as Ken'ichirou Harada (原田剣一郎 Harada Ken'ichirō).
  • Silver Samurai's early appearances are reprinted in X-Men Classics.[42]

Discover and Discuss


  1. 1.0 1.1 New Avengers #12
  2. Daredevil #111
  3. Marvel Team-Up #83-85
  4. Uncanny X-Men #172-174
  5. Wolverine Vol 2 #2-3
  6. Wolverine Vol 2 #56-57
  7. Cable - Blood and Metal #2
  8. Sunfire and Big Hero Six #1
  9. Sunfire and Big Hero Six #2
  10. Sunfire and Big Hero Six #3
  11. Alpha Flight Vol 2 #17
  12. Thunderbolts #25
  13. Elektra Vol 2 #3-4
  14. Rogue Vol 3 #7-9
  15. Wolverine Vol 3 #36
  16. New Avengers #11-13
  17. Wolverine Vol 3 #37
  18. Secret Warriors #6
  19. Secret Warriors #11
  20. Wolverine Vol 4 #1
  21. Wolverine Vol 4 #3
  22. Cable Vol 4 #1
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #10
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #12
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #25
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #6
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 New Avengers Most Wanted Files #1
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #10
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide #1
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 Heroic Age: X-Men #1
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 X-Men: The 198 Files #1
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 Big Hero 6 #1
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Dark Reign Files #1
  34. Wolverine: Origins #48
  35. Secret Warriors #15
  36. Secret Warriors #26
  37. Secret Warriors #2
  38. Marvel Knights: X-Men #4
  39. Marvel Knights: X-Men #5
  40. Death of Wolverine: Life After Logan #1
  41. Wolverine Vol 2 #107
  42. X-Men Classic #77-78
  43. OHOTMU Wolverine 2004

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