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The Bronze Tiger was originally created for use in the novel Dragon's Fist, written by Dennis O'neil and Jim Berry. Dennis then used the character in Richard Dragon: Kung Fu Fighter for DC Comics. He made his first appearance in Richard Dragon: Kung Fu Fighter #1.


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Ben Turner is one of the best fighters on Earth. He first appears alongside Richard Dragon, but his history extends farther back than that. When he was only 10 years old, Ben watched as a druggie attacked his parents. Completely enraged, he proceeded to kill the man with a knife. Afraid of the rage inside him, Ben sought a Sensei in an effort to control it. The first sensei that Ben found was not there for him. The sensei wanted to use Ben. Eventually Ben realized this and fled. Ben eventually found O-Sensei and practiced under him. As a student of O-Sensei he met up with Richard Dragon and they trained together. Ultimately, Richard Dragon and Ben went their separate ways.

The League of Assassins saw Ben as a person they needed to recruit. When Ben refused to join them they kidnapped him forcing him to wear a Bronze Tiger mask. When he wore the mask he was no longer in control of himself. The league had him do their tasks which generally focused on killing those the league pointed him at. The Bronze Tiger beat Batman in a hand to hand fight. Batman then took every step necessary to fight the Tiger but it was a draw. During this time it appears that Cassandra Cain was trained by Ben to be a fighter. King Faraday and Nightshade would eventually attack the League of Assassins hideout in hopes of bringing Ben in. Though they suffered some damages they did catch him. From this event Ben was introduced to Amanda Waller and though he tried to get past her, she wouldn’t allow him, eventually he realized she was right for his redemption would start.

Ben appeared in the Suicide Squad from its start to finish. Ben befriended Rick Flag and they did much together. The squad series ended with Ben fighting himself in the jungle which he defeats his younger self and is freed from the curse, as well as from Amanda Waller’s squad. Ben had a relationship with Vixen during his time on the squad.

Ben later appeared in the short series Justice League Task Force when he fell in love with Gypsy. Again it didn’t work out but he was there. After this appearance Ben disappeared from comics going back to his Tiger Dojo in Detroit.

In Checkmate #6 it turns out that Rick Flagg is alive. Bronze Tiger goes to his prison and breaks him out in the opening scenes. Later Amanda pays a visit to his dojo and gets both Flagg and him to go on a mission. The mission turns bad but Tiger and Flagg both escape with there lives. The Suicide squad is restarted but in secrecy. They have been seen chasing after the Pied Piper and Trickster in countdown, as well as capturing super-villains in Gotham Underground. When gassed by Scarecrow, it is revealed that Bronze Tiger has a phobia of bugs.

Bronze Tiger takes an active leadership role in the new Suicide Squad.

Post-Flashpoint: The New 52

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Bronze Tiger makes his debut in the Post-Flashpoint universe within the pages of the first Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual. While he was previously mentioned as having trained Jason Todd alongside Cheshire, he was only seen in flashbacks. When a contract worth 1.5 billion dollars in total is placed on the heads of the three Outlaws, Turner sends Cheshire to their secret island to scope out its defenses and Starfire's capabilities. When she returns, Bronze Tiger declares that the League of Assassins is ready to move in for the kill.

Powers and Abilities

Bronze Tiger has no meta-human powers, however he is a master of martial arts, considered one of the top five martial artists in the DC Universe.

Other Media


Batman: The Brave and the Bold

The best martial artist!
The best martial artist!

He appears in the eleventh episode of the series: "Return of the Fearsome Fangs!" voiced by Gary Sturgis. Along with Bruce Wayne, he is one of five Martial arts students (The terrible trio) of Master Wong Fei in China. During this episode he is shown as the best student of the academy, fierce and prideful. He left the temple because Wong Fei was never satisfied with his performance despite he considered his fighting style perfect. He became the protector of an small village as Bronze Tiger.

Several years after, The terrible trio (Fox, Shark and Vulture) as part of the shadow clan kill their former master in order to control the wudang totem. So, Wong Fei contacts Batman and entrust him the mission to stop them. Bronze Tiger is recruited by Batman after he beat him in battle cheating. During the struggle the Terrible Trio get the totem and transform in the animals that they represent, with this new strength they defeat Batman and Bronze Tiger, letting him alive so he can see how he failed protecting Hong Kong and his village.

The shadow clan leading by Fox attempts to invade Hong Kong and get the control over China. Thus the heroes reunited manage to recover the Totem becoming in the beasts that they represent. Vulture is beaten by Batman and Fox and Shark by Bronze Tiger. At the end the army of shadows is defeated and Hong Kong is saved.

Benjamin decided to reopen the temple so he can train the villagers that he protected and create an army to protect the Totem and honor the memory of his master. The episode ends with Batman vs Bronze Tiger rematch.


Bronze Tiger portrayed by Michael Jai White.
Bronze Tiger portrayed by Michael Jai White.

Bronze Tiger appeared in two episodes of second season of Arrow TV series, "Identity" and "Tremors". In the series he is highly trained martial artis and mercenary who uses his skills and variety of claws to work for whoever pays the most. In the "Identity" episode he teams up with China White to help the chinese Triad, but their attempt is put to an end by Green Arrow. In "Tremors" he escapes prison with an additional help of his new employer, who hires Ben to steal prototype of earthquake device, but again his actions are ended by Green Arrow and Roy Harper. While Bronze Tiger is send to prison again he is visited by Amanda Waller, who offers him a membership in the Suicide Squad.


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