The Shadow Master (in Japanese: 影のマスター Kage No Masutā) is the main antagonist of Shinobi III for Sega MegaDrive, and the final boss of the game.
The Shadow Master appears as a ninja dressed in a dark red shozoku wearing cybernetic armor. In closer expection, it appears similar to the armor of the Shredder from the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. After recieving enough damage, his suit turns bright red, indicating that he's fighting at full power, enabling him to use cybernetic weapons.
After Joe Musashi defeated NEO ZEED two years ago and became the new chief of the Oboro Ninja, it was then discovered that the Ninja Master was just a figurehead for NEO ZEED. It's true mastermind was the mysterious dark ninja known only as the Shadow Master, a technologically enhanced clone from the Musashi bloodline.
After calling his cohorts into a meeting he issued an order. "For us to attain our dream of world domination, kill our hated enemy Joe Musashi!".
After his attempts are foiled, he faces Joe Musashi in the ZEED Aeroship, the Wing of Darkness. After changing the room's virtual reality chamber to his liking, the evil shinobi proceeded to attack. Initially on equal ground with Musashi during the battle, he gained a power up from the energy of the room, and became deadlier as the battle raged. Eventually he would meet his ultimate fate at Musashi's hands, as the fortress crashes and burns away.
The Shadow Master is a secretive individual whose identity he entrusts only to his closest NEO ZEED members, Karura and White Lion. He desires to rule the world with fear and intimidation, and to usher in a new age where the Ninja rule the world from the shadows. Those who serve him well are rewarded with praise, wealth, power and status, but those who fail him, he punishes ruthlessly with hideous forms of torture such as making them guinea pigs for NEO ZEED's cruel and inhuman biotechnology experiments, or kills them slowly and painfully.
His grievances with the Oboro are many, especially Joe Musashi, who has ruined his plans time and again. To finally achieve his ambition of world conquest, he will stop at nothing to destroy Joe Musashi and end the legacy of the Oboro clan.