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Origin

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Benjamin Turner grew up in an upper middle class black neighborhood in Central City. When Ben was only ten years old he woke up to a burglar assaulting his parents in their living room. Ben grabbed a carving knife and continuously stabbed the man till he was dead. The police reported that Ben had went berserk and lost control. Ben had expressed his pleasure in the act and that he was not sorry for killing the man but instead he was sorry that it ended too soon.

When Ben was thirteen years old, he found interest in martial arts so he can learn to control his anger. This wasn’t successful because Ben learned that it was the joy of hurting people, and knowing that he was really good at it, that still got the better of him. Ben resorted to crime and knew sooner or later he was either going to jail or put to death. After coming to this conclusion, Ben, traveled across the world to study with different martial arts masters.

Ben came across the Master Kirigi and proceeded to train with him. However, Kirigi took advantage of Ben, and exploited his pain and anger. Knowing this was disastrous, Ben left to find another master known as O-Sensei. O-Sensei taught Ben how to use his anger as a weapon and never to let it get the best of him.

Ben became best friends with Richard Dragon, while training with O-Sensei. Together they learned more than martial arts such as history, philosophy and science. After learning everything they know from O-Sensei, they soon leave to then become agents for the government. King Faraday assigns them the task to take down the League of Assassins but the League took action and killed Ben’s Fiancee, Miyoshi. Ben was then captured by the League of Assassins and brainwashed. Ben got rid of his anger by channeling it into the identity of the Bronze Tiger, a masked assassin working for the League.

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Ben was feared around the world under the Bronze Tiger identity. 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, Rick Flag 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.

Creation

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.

Character Evolution

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His training with the O-Sensei changed him from being obsessed with violence to an easy-going, happy-go-lucky young man. He enjoyed his adventures with Richard Dragon and Lady Shiva. 

When he was trapped and brainwashed into becoming the Bronze Tiger by the League of Assassins, all the goodwill behavior was lost and the dark desires of his soul were unleashed and once again he enjoyed the pleasure of being a killer.

After being freed by Amanda Waller, Ben becomes the Suicide Squad’s second field leader. He acted as the mature and moral teammate. He kept the most rebellious members in line, and wasn't afraid to put his foot down when the time came for it.

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 romantic 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.

Major Story Arcs

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

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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. He has mastered various martial arts styles, such as Taekwondo, Jiu-jitsu, Aikido, Karate, and Kung fu. He is considered on par with Lady Shiva and has bested Batman more than once.

Character Profile

  • Real Name: Benjamin "Ben" Turner
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 196 lbs
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Hair Color: Bald
  • Citizenship: American
  • Place of Birth: Central City
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Occupation: Adventurer, vigilante; former assassin, government agent
  • Base of Operations: Mobile

Other Media

Television

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.

Arrow

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.

Movies

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

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Bronze Tiger makes his first movie appearance in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. He is tasked, along with Suicide Squad, to retrieve a mystical object for Amanda Waller.

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