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Sensei (01 - League of Assassins)
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Master martial artist.

Ra's al Ghul may have founded the League of Assassins, but he would leave much of its affairs in the hands of Professor Ebeneezer Darrk and his second in command: the Sensei, an aged martial arts master from Hong Kong. After earning Ra's enmity (for reasons unknown) Daark died during a plot to kidnap Talia al Ghul which was foiled by The Batman.

The Sensei was put in charge of the League afterwards, however he would prove just as disloyal as his predecessor, and The Sensei would eventually struggle with Ra's al Ghul for the control of the organization. For a time, the Sensei was possessed by the spirit called Jonah, who in Sensei's body was responsible for the murder of Boston Brand, who became Deadman after his death. After a struggle with Deadman and Rama Kushna, Jonah was destroyed and the Sensei resumed control of his body. For a brief time, the Sensei assumed leadership of the League of Assassins.

By this stage The Sensei was clearly insane (if he had not been before) with no goals other than to raise assassination to an artform. Among other crimes he used Bronze Tiger, the brainwashed partner of Richard Dragon, to carry out a number of assassinations. Most notably used The Bronze Tiger to occupy Batman in battle, while other assassins killed Batman's friend Kathy Kane.

He next attempted to kill a number of dignitiaries by having the League plant explosives along a fault line, stating that using a force of nature to carry out an assassination would be his greatest work of art. Although Batman arrived in time to rescue the deligates, he was unable to stop the earthquake. With no time to pursue The Sensei himself, Batman was forced to allow Ra's al Ghul to go after the assassin. Sensei then engaged himself in a fight to the death with Ra's al Ghul, during which both of them were swallowed by the earthquake. Ra's lived thanks to his rejuvenating Lazarus Pit. The Sensei, however, did not survive.


First Appearance: Strange Adventures (1950) #215

Other Identities:
Jonah (Earth-1)

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Issue Appearances:
Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
Batman (1940)
Batman [GER] (2007)
Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams (2003)
Batman: Odyssey (2010)
Batman: Odyssey (2011)
Batman: Odyssey (2012)
Batman: Red Water, Crimson Death (1990)
Batman: Tales of the Demon (1991)
Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul (2008)
Catwoman (1993)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams (2009)
Deadman (1985)
Deadman (1986)
Deadman (2002)
Deadman (2011)
Deadman (2018)
Detective Comics (1937)
Justice League of America (1960)
Nightwing (1996)
Robin (1993)
Secret Origins (1986)
Strange Adventures (1950)
Suicide Squad (1987)
Tales of the Batman: Don Newton (2011)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
The Deadman Collection (2011)
The Phantom Stranger (1969)
The Question (1987)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)

Group Affiliation(s):
League of Assassins (DC)

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