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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Kenuichio Harada
Silver Samurai
a Marvel super-villain

A number of fans have speculated that because the Silver Samurai is Japanese, he is an adherent of Buddhism. This is possible, but at this point we are unaware of any comics in which the Silver Samurai has identified himself as a Buddhist or been seen practicing Buddhism.

The Silver Samurai's strongest influence with regards to his beliefs and values appears to be Bushido, the system of beliefs, values and ethics followed by traditional Japanese samurai. Indeed, this is why adopted the name "Silver Samurai" and fashioned a Samurai-like costume for himself. He was not actually born into Samurai culture (the Samurais have long since disappeared in Japan). Kenuichio Harada learned about Samurais, became enamored with the way of life, and adopted the creed and appearance of traditional Japanese samurais for himself.

From: "Silver Samurai" page on "Marvel Directory" website (http://www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/s/silversamurai.htm; viewed 25 April 2007):

Real name: Kenuichio Harada
First appearance: Daredevil #11

History:
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.

Discussion

From: "The religion of comic book characters" forum discussion, started 3 December 2006 on RPG.net website (http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?s=9326f642dca06ede764bcd691814750c&t=299781; viewed 25 April 2007):

12-03-2006, 10:11 PM
DJorgensen

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: "Here, God exists in Four Colors and Two Dimensions", posted 7 March 2006 by grabbingsand on Metafilter website (http://www.metafilter.com/49827/Here-God-exists-in-Four-Colors-and-Two-Dimensions; 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:]

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

posted by Smedleyman at 4:51 PM on March 7


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