Silver Samurai (Kenuichio Harada)

The Religious Affiliation of
Silver Samurai
Kenuichio Harada

Religion: Bushido CBR Scale: M

Name: Silver Samurai

Alter Ego: Kenuichio Harada

Other Names: Silver Shogun; Ishiro Tagara; Ken

Classification: villain villain   hero hero  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Daredevil (vol. 1) #111 (July 1974): "Sword of the Samurai!"

Creators: Steve Gerber, Bob Brown, Jim Mooney

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 126

   Comic Book Appearances: 122

   TV, Film Appearances: 2

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 2

Teams/Affiliations: Big Hero 6; HYDRA

Enemy of: Daredevil, X-Men

Nation: Japan

Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan

Race: Asian

Gender: male

Note: Clan Yashida

Silver Samurai (Kenuichio Harada)


From: grabbingsand, "Here, God exists in Four Colors and Two Dimensions", posted 7 March 2006 on the Metafilter blog website (; viewed 11 June 2007):

Jimmy Olsen is a Lutheran. Really. And Clark Kent? Methodist, it seems. Daredevil, Gambit, Huntress and The Punisher? Catholics, all of them, though I have to wonder when Frank Castle last went to Confession. With about half of DC Comic's line-up heading to church in the latest issue of Infinite Crisis and knowing that Civil War is imminent in the House of Marvel, what better time than now to contemplate the particular faiths of our two-dimensional heroes.

[User comments:]

posted by Smedleyman at 4:51 PM on March 7

The Silver Samurai is listed as "bushido" uh... someones gotta pick up a book over there.

From: "The religion of comic book characters" forum discussion, started 3 December 2006 on the website (; viewed 25 April 2007):

12-03-2006, 10:11 PM

Re: The religion of comic book characters

...There are even a number of non-religions listed, and I'm not talking about religions created for the comic book setting. Silver Samurai, for example is listed as practicing Bushido, which isn't a religion...

From: "Silver Samurai", 25 April 2007 on the Marvel Directory website (; viewed 25 April 2007):

Real name: Kenuichio Harada
First appearance: Daredevil #11

Kenuichio Harada is the mutant son of Japanese crimelord Shingen Harada, but was never formally acknowledged as Shingen's son or as a member of the Yashida Clan of which Shingen claimed leadership. At an early age, Harada began the study of the fighting methods and code of honor (bushido) of the medieval Japanese warrior-class called the samurai. Eventually mastering the attendant disciplines, Harada sought employment as a modern-day samurai. After fulfilling a debt of service to the Mandrill, Harada, who became known as the Silver Samurai, bound himself in service to the second Viper. The Silver Samurai has acted as the Viper's bodyguard and chief aide-de-camp ever since.

This character is in the following 16 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1 (Mar. 2007)
Daredevil (vol. 1) #111 (July 1974): "Sword of the Samurai!"
Dark Reign Files #1 (Apr. 2009)
Marvel Atlas #1 (Jan. 2008)
Marvel Team-Up
Secret Wars II #7 (Jan. 1986): "Charge of the Dark Brigade!"
Thunderbolts (vol. 1) #25 (Apr. 1999): "Saving the World!" (cameo)

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