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The Ninja Master, or simply known by the "Masked Ninja", is the evil leader of the crime syndicate Neo Zeed, and the main antagonist in The Revenge of Shinobi. He attacks Joe Musashi with his long hair and uses it as a boomerang also.



Nakahara was once the mentor of Joe Musashi, but he had another persona; the Masked Ninja in charge of the Zeed Crime Syndicate. He had his soldiers kidnap the children of the Oboro Ninja School, prompting Joe to save them. His plan was to send the world back into war, so that the Ninja could have a second chance at glory, but he was defeated by Joe.

The Revenge of ShinobiEdit

The Masked Ninja returned as the leader of the criminal organization called Neo Zeed. He appeared in the last level where Joe confronts him in a final showdown. The Ninja Master trapped Joe's bride, Naoko in a cell trap where it can kill her. Joe defeated the Ninja Master and rescues Naoko and reunites with her.

Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja MasterEdit

Neo Zeed resurfaced under the command of the Shadow Master; Joe Musashi's murdered teacher, revived as a corrupted cyborg. Angered at this desecration of his mentor, Joe slew the undead Ninja monstrosity and watched as the Zeed Mothership burned to the ground.



  • The Ninja Master in the bottom picture is Nakahara from the first Shinobi game, the one with similar hair in Shinobi III is not Nakahara, it is a boss named Shishimaru.
  • The Shadow Master is the monstrous creation of Neo Zeed using the corpse of Joe's murdered mentor as a template.

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