Double Dragon III Characters
In this page you will find a list of characters featured in
the 8-bit NES/Famicom version of Double Dragon III. One thing that
needs to be pointed out is the fact that the original Japanese version of
the game by Technos had a different storyline from the version that Acclaim
released in America and Europe. Even to this day, it is unknown why
the story was changed (maybe somebody at Acclaim knows why). This page
covers both versions of the game and points out any differences between
Total Power: 94
Weapons: Bare Hands, Nunchuks (5)
The heir to Sou-Setsu-Ken.
During the past three years of his life he has been through many adventures.
The most notable are his battles against the Black Warriors and the Gen-Satsu-Ken
group (the Shadow Warriors in the U.S.). He recently returned from a
training mission with his brother only to find a new battle waiting for him
Total Power: 94
Weapons: Bare Hands, Nunchuks (5)
Billy's older brother and
rival. He has been through the same ordeals that his younger brother
has faced. Now he joins Billy in his quest to search for the sacred
Total Power: 110
Weapons: Bare Hands, Iron Claw (5)
A master of Mouko Gazanken
and keeper of the first Rosetta Stone. Initially he holds resentment
towards the Lee brothers for the death of his brother (Chin Taimei), but he
eventually becomes a member of the group after he is defeated in combat.
He is the slowest of the four main characters, but he has high stamina and
Total Power: 84
Weapons: Ninja Blade, Shuriken (20)
A member of a secret
society of ninjas and keeper of the second Rosetta Stone. He
challenges our heroes to a duel after finding his pupils beaten to the
ground. When he is defeated, he discovers that he is not the warrior
he used to be and joins the party to improve his skills. Ranzou is the
fastest and most agile of the group and his ninja blade has a very long
reach. Unfortunately, he is very fragile and cannot take major damage.
He is the only character who cannot take enemy weapons.
SECONDARY CHARACTERS (NPC)
A fortune teller who
helps the Lee brothers in their quest for the Rosetta Stones. Nobody
knows anything about her or where she came from, but she is believed to be
of Japanese origins due to her name. Is she really guiding our heroes
to a journey of enlightenment, or is she merely using them for her own gain?
Time will tell.
A student and close friend
of the Lee brothers. The dojo was left under his care when Billy and
Jimmy left, but he was recently killed while protecting it from bad guys.
His name is Aldo in the Japanese version, whereas he is renamed Brett in the
American version. In the American version, his
killer remains unknown until the end of the game, while in the Japanese version he is
obviously the victim of Jim and his gang, the Neo Black Warriors.
As you know by now, Marian (or Marion, which is Acclaim's preferred
spelling) is Billy's girlfriend, who was held prisoner by the Black Warriors
during the first game and was literally saved from death at the end of the
second. In the American version she once again serves the role of
damsel-in-distress, in which she is held hostage by a mysterious group
demanding the Rosetta Stones in exchange for her safety. That's not
the case at all in the Japanese version, where she is safe and sound for
once. She even gives instructions on how to play through the game's
NEO BLACK WARRIORS
The Neo Black Warriors are the enemies you'll face at the beginning of the
game. They're just nameless thugs in the American version, but there
is a little back story to them in the Japanese version. Three
years before the game, the Lee brothers defeated the original Black Warriors
and their leader, Willy. Now Willy's younger brother, Jim, has brought
back the Black Warriors and he will stop at nothing in order to get his
A skin-headed thug. He appears
in virtually every level in the game, but he
is usually nothing to worry about. However, watch out for the army
knife he sometimes throws at you.
A thug with long hair.
He appears numerous times in the game. He usually teams up with Gibson
when he attacks you. His main attacks are the middle kick and a flurry of
punches. He also uses a beer bottle as a weapon.
A female thug with a Mohawk,
much like her predecessor, Linda. She appears occasionally during the
first two levels. She can throw up to three mini-knives at a time at
The boss of Mission 1 and the
leader of the Neo Black Warriors. He is Willy's younger brother.
Unlike his cowardly brother, he prefers to fight with his bare hands rather
than trust his life to a gun. His special attack is the flying knee
kick, which he uses while you're at a distance.
During the rest of the game you will fight against various international
foes such as martial artists, ninjas, gladiators and even mummies.
Since none of the following enemies are documented in the manual,
information about them is scarce.
You'll fight against a group of Chinese fighters in Mission 2. Their
jump kicks have the longest range. They're also the only enemies that
uses the Sai as a weapon. It's a shame they don't appear anywhere
Remember the ninjas from Double Dragon II? Well the ones in this game
are not as annoying, but they're still very quick and agile, and they come
in greater quantities too. They come in two color variants: yellow and
blue. However, there is very little difference between the two. Watch out
for their ninja blades and the shurikens they throw. They initially appear in
Mission 3. After that you won't have to worry about them until the end of
This guys are supposed to be Gladiators, but they look more like Italian
pro-wrestlers. Either way, they are very fierce opponents. They
appear during the last two missions and their weapons are arrows, which are
very similar to Daby's knives.
The Boss of Mission 4. Although his name is never mentioned anywhere
in the game, it's quite obvious that this guy is Roney, a playable character
from the arcade Double Dragon 3. He has the same look and moves from
He is a very tough boss and takes some time to defeat. He has
a Flying Kick similar to Jim's, except it's deadlier. In the Japanese
version you'll need to fight him in order to get the third Rosetta Stone,
while in the American version you simply fight him for the heck of it.
Before the final battle, you will have to fight against three ancient undead
warriors inside the Egyptian pyramid. They're very slow and
predictable, but don't let them grab you or you will lose a great deal of
When you defeat the third mummy, she will turn into the final boss.
Her identity depends on which version you're playing. In the American
version you are led to believe that Marion has been possessed by an evil
spirit that turned her into the not-so-cleverly named Queen Noiram. In
the Japanese version, she is actually the reawakened spirit of Cleopatra
(consult your encyclopedia). Either way, she is a very tough opponent.
She has the ability to shoot firebirds and waves, as well as the ability to
magically toss you against the wall. As if that wasn't enough, she turns
into a fire snake, which gives her the ability to disappear into the ground
and do a sneak attack from below. It will take a great deal of skill and
patience to defeat her.