Yukio (comics)

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Yukio
Yukio Profile.jpg
Yukio.
Art by Marc Silvestri.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Wolverine #1 (September 1982)
Created by Chris Claremont
Frank Miller
In-story information
Full name Yukio (last name unknown)
Team affiliations Mutant Underground
X-Force
Partnerships Gambit
Wolverine
Storm
Amiko Kobayashi
Mariko Yashida
Abilities Superior armed and unarmed fighting abilities
Accuracy with weapons
Genius-level intellect

Yukio (雪緒) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is a female ninja of Japanese origin and a supporting character of the X-Men.

She is portrayed by Rila Fukushima in the film The Wolverine, and by Shiori Kutsuna in Deadpool 2.

Publication history

Yukio first appeared in Wolverine #1 (September 1982), created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller.

Fictional character biography

Yukio is an occasional thief by profession, as well as a rōnin, a masterless samurai. Yukio has been portrayed as a free spirit with an almost careless disregard for personal safety. According to her own philosophy of life, living in danger is the ultimate adventure, while the peace of death is the final prize that awaits for every person who has truly lived.[1]

While Yukio is highly skilled in the martial arts, her specialty weapons are scalpel-like shuriken, of which she can hurl up to three at a time with deadly accuracy.[1] It has been hinted upon by Wolverine that Yukio's real first name could be "Yukiko". However, since Logan joked about it and the fact has since then never again been touched upon, its unclear if Yukiko is Yukio's actual real name or not.[2]

The X-Men's first encounter with Yukio occurred when Wolverine had his struggle with Shingen Yashida, father of Wolverine's girlfriend Mariko Yashida. At that time Yukio worked for Shingen, and one of her tasks was to kill Wolverine. Instead she developed a crush on him and subsequently aided him in bringing about Shingen's downfall.[3]

Later, Wolverine invited his team to Japan for his wedding to Mariko, which Yukio joined subsequently. Viper and the Silver Samurai poisoned the X-Men during a dinner that Logan hosted for them. Logan, tasting the poison, warned Ororo and knocked the cup from her hand before she could drink it. While the others were recuperating from the attack, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue (who had been largely unaffected), and Yukio went after Viper and the Silver Samurai to stop his plot to assassinate Mariko, who was his half-sister. Yukio posed as a decoy, disguising herself as Mariko to lead them away from her. During their altercation with Viper and Silver Samurai, Storm found her powers inexplicably going out of control, endangering her life. Yukio knocked Storm into the nearby bay, enabling them to escape from the Silver Samurai. (These events had actually been brought about and influenced by the mutant villain Mastermind, who was conducting a revenge campaign against the X-Men at the time. He was also responsible for the subsequent halting of Wolverine's and Mariko's wedding). Storm, inspired by what she called Yukio's "madness" and lust for life, changed her image dramatically and adopted a new look: a mohawk haircut, studded collar, and black leather clothing.[4]

Yukio later met up, once again, with Wolverine to help him fight the ninja master Ogun.[5] She developed a rivalry with the X-Man Gambit: Both being thieves, they often tried to steal the same object. Yukio once framed Gambit for a crime she committed.[6] Yukio is also part of Professor X's secret information network of humans and mutants, known as the Mutant Underground (not to be confused with Cable's Underground).

After the death of Mariko Yashida, Wolverine sent his adopted daughter, Amiko Kobayashi, to a foster family. He later discovered that her new foster parents were abusive and only interested in the money. Wolverine took Amiko away from them and asked Yukio to raise her. This unofficial adoption was under the protection of the Silver Samurai, now an ally of Wolverine. Yukio trained Amiko in the martial arts and to her own surprise she enjoyed her new role as a mother. When Sabretooth targeted Wolverine's friends and family, he hired Omega Red and Lady Deathstrike to kidnap Amiko. Yukio fought the two, but was overpowered and seriously injured, and left her in a wheelchair. She asked Wolverine to kill her, but Wolverine refused and saved Amiko shortly afterwards. Yukio reappeared and was fully recovered from her previous injuries.[7] She teamed up with Storm again to enter the Arena, a fight club for mutants. In the end, Yukio, Storm, and Callisto took over the Arena.

Later, Yukio and Amiko were attacked by Hellverine (a demonic being who had taken over Wolverine's body in order to kill his loved ones) on the behest of Marduk Kurios. Her confusion over the fake Wolverine's behavior earned Yukio serious injuries, but Amiko returned from school just in time to save them both from Hellverine.[8] When Wolverine goes back to Japan to stop a war between the Hand and the Yakuza, Yukio is shown to be once again in a wheelchair due to Hellverine's attack.[9]

As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel event, Yukio is shown running an illegal nightclub in Osaka, Japan when it is visited by War Machine where he asks her about the tech-based ninjas. Yukio states that she can't say anything if she wants her business to stay afloat. After being threatened with the prospect of having the Avengers storming the place, Yukio points War Machine to a rather big and muscular man in a tuxedo who leaves the nightclub with two ladies entering the car with him.[10]

Other versions

In X-Men: The End, a Skrull masquerades as Yukio on a mission from the Shi'ar to eliminate Storm and Wolverine. It is killed by Storm's icing powers.[11]

In other media

Television

Yukio appears in Marvel Anime: Wolverine, voiced by Romi Park in the original Japanese and by Kate Higgins in the English dub. Instead of throwing knives and shurikens, she uses retractable circular throwing blades. After rescuing Wolverine from some Yakuza thugs working for Mariko's father Shingen Yashida, she assists Wolverine in his quest to free Mariko Yashida from her engagement as part of her quest to seek revenge against Shingen Yashida for killing her parents. She dies in battle against Shingen after confessing to killing Logan's friend Tesshin Asano.

Film

  • She appears in the 2013 film The Wolverine, portrayed by Rila Fukushima. In addition to being a skilled fighter, she is a mutant with the ability to forsee others' deaths. She was adopted by the Yashida family as a companion for Mariko Yashida when she was a little girl. She helps Wolverine save Mariko from her insane grandfather and Dr. Green / Viper. At the end of the film, she appoints herself as Logan's "bodyguard".[12][13]
  • Yukio appears in Deadpool 2 as Negasonic Teenage Warhead's girlfriend, portrayed by Shiori Kutsuna. In this continuity, it seems to be an amalgam of Yukio and Surge, who uses electrical skills. Much of their dialogue is to say happily "Hi, Wade!", Regardless of the situation. Later she helps Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus in the fight against Juggernaut. In the middle credits, Yukio repairs the travel device in Cable's time for Deadpool, much to Ellie's disappointment.

Video games

Yukio appears in the video game Marvel Heroes, looking for the shattered pieces of the Murasama Blade.

Reception

In 2011, UGO Networks featured her on their list of 25 Hot Ninja Girls, commenting: "While her short, black haircut and skin-tight leather outfit make her come off as a nefarious addition to the X-Men world, Yukio has proven to be quite a helpful non-mutant to Wolverine and his friends."[14]

References

  1. ^ a b Wolverine #3
  2. ^ Wolverine: Soultaker miniseries
  3. ^ Wolverine #1-4 (1982)
  4. ^ Uncanny X-Men #172-173
  5. ^ "Kitty Pryde & Wolverine."
  6. ^ "Wolverine and Gambit"
  7. ^ X-treme X-Men Arena storyline
  8. ^ Wolverine vol.4 #2
  9. ^ Wolveine vol. 4 #300
  10. ^ Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2 #6
  11. ^ X-Men: The End #5
  12. ^ "WOLVERINE Adds Japanese Actors | Collider | Page 178330". Collider. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  13. ^ "The Wolverine's Rila Fukushima on the "bad-ass" Yukio | SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine". SciFiNow. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  14. ^ "25 Hot Ninja Girls - Hot Women Ninjas". UGO.com. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 

External links

  • FAQs.org listing of X-Men references
  • Marvel Directory entry on Yukio
  • UncannyXmen.net Character Profile on Yukio
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