Real Name: Shikata (first name presumably
(Earth-760207) human magic user
Group Membership: Led her own group of agents
Affiliations: Her own agents; formerly Richard Damien
Enemies: Richard Damien, NYPD, Raymond,
Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Mary Jane Watson
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Presumably mobile
First Appearance: Spider-Man: The New Animated Series cartoon
episode, "The Sword of Shikata" (July 18, 2003)
Powers/Abilities: Shikata possessed a mystical
sword that, when wielded by her, could cut through nearly any
substance. If anyone else wielded the sword, its properties would
change to resemble any ordinary sword. While meditating in conjunction
with holding the sword, the aged Shikata could restore her youth and
vigor. In this form, she could heal injuries within moments by
meditating and possessed telekinesis sufficient enough to move an
In addition to her superhuman powers, Shikata was an
expert martial artist and had access to high-tech resources including a
portable caging device used to cage in opponents, gas bombs in the
shape of the yin/yang symbol and dust that she could blow at an enemy
to distract them.
Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
History: (Spider-Man: The New Animated Series cartoon
episode - "The Sword of Shikata" (fb) - BTS) - Quite aged, the assassin
Shikata was able to heal herself through meditation while holding her
mystic sword, periodically returning her aged body to a younger state.
She was at some point contacted by wealthy businessman Richard Damien,
who offered her 2.5 million dollars to bring Spider-Man to him alive.
(Spider-Man: The New Animated Series cartoon
episode - "The Sword of Shikata") - To research Spider-Man for Damien's
offer, Shikata, along with numerous
agents, observed Spider-Man in action to ascertain his abilities. After
witnessing him lift several thousand pounds to rescue bystanders at a
construction site, Shikata remarked that Spider-Man seemed like her
kind of challenge. Meeting with businessman Richard Damien shortly
after, Shikata waited as Damien showed up late and apologized,
explaining that he was financing a movie and had trouble pulling away
from the auditions. Shikata reminded Damien that in her line of work,
if she didn't pull away fast enough, she would be dead. She then
fiddled with a small rhinoceros statue on Damien's desk, pulling its
horn and opening various secret rooms housing his rare animal
collection. Admitting he liked the sound of Shikata's statement, Damien
remarked that he was sure he had sought the right person for the job of
"collecting" Spider-Man. Viewing all of Damien's rare species, Shikata
explained that she had observed Spider-Man in action and that she
accepted his price of 2.5 million dollars to bring Spider-Man in alive.
When she then overheard Damien's bodyguard Raymond whispering that he
didn't think Shikata could accomplish the task, Shikata drew her sword
and challenged Raymond to fire his gun at her. When he did, Shikata
deflected the bullet into a nearby hippopotamus statue with her sword,
prompting Damien to remark that he was having so much fun, he wouldn't
even deduct the cost of the statue from her pay. Raymond fired again,
with Shikata deflecting the bullet to knock Raymond's gun out of his
hand. When Raymond went to pick up his gun, Shikata telekinetically
pushed the gun from Raymond's grasp, further proving herself to Damien.
Later that evening, Shikata arranged a trap for Spider-Man, which she
lured the webslinger into by staging a mugging. When Spider-Man
investigated, Shikata had the area caged in and revealed herself,
attacking Spider-Man. Unfortunately for Shikata, Spider-Man's
spider-sense allowed him to anticipate nearly every move she had and he
soon had her pinned to the ground. She managed to escape, however, and
the two fiercely fought back and forth until the police arrived on the
scene. Shikata's agents tried to end the fight quickly by shooting at
Spider-Man, who dodged their gunfire before Shikata slashed the gun out
of the man's hand and warning that no one decided how to take down her
opponents but her. Before the police could arrest anyone, Shikata threw
down a gas bombs and escaped during the confusion, catching a glimpse
of Spider-Man and smiling before departing. The following morning,
Shikata meditated on the rooftop of her building when she was
interrupted by Spider-Man, who had traced Shikata there using a
cellphone dropped at the scene of the previous night's attack.
Admitting she had underestimated Spider-Man's tracking skills, Shikata
informed Spider-Man that honor was the only thing that mattered to her
and that worthy adversaries were extremely hard to find. When
Spider-Man asked to come along peacefully, Shikata responded that there
would be no fighting, assuring him that it would come soon. Spider-Man
approached Shikata but she blew an orange dust into his face and
escaped in the distraction. That evening, Shikata met again with
Richard Damien to inform him that she could not accept Damien's money,
as she could no longer promise to bring Spider-Man in alive. Despite
Damien's anger, Shikata left, telekinetically pushing Raymond down when
he tried to block her exit. Shortly after, Damien sent Raymond and two
armed men after Shikata and they soon confronted her in an alley.
Shikata held her own against Raymond and the two men but was hit when a
third man emerged from their van. Spider-Man saw the attack from afar
and jumped in to assist Shikata against the armed men, proving his
noble nature to Shikata. When Raymond and the men fled, Shikata healed
herself and admitted that Spider-Man was noble, announcing that it was
indeed their destiny to fight to the death. She then remarked that
tonight was not that night and departed. Returning to Damien, Shikata
took down his guards, forcing Damien to back away and leave Raymond
behind to fight Shikata. Shikata slashed Raymond's gun in half then
stabbed Raymond with her sword before turning towards Damien himself,
who claimed the attack had been all Raymond's idea. Damien followed by
opening fire on Shikata, who also slashed Damien, leaving him to die.
Unaware that Mary Jane Watson, who had showed up for an appointment
with Damien, was watching from Damien's office, the now aged Shikata
performed a meditation technique that restored her youth. When she
awoke from her meditation, Shikata noticed Mary Jane Watson in the
window and smiled, terrifying Mary Jane into fleeing the scene.
Moments later, Shikata caused a traffic jam to lure Spider-Man into a
final confrontation. After succeeding in luring Spider-Man, Shikata
fought a fierce battle with the webslinger until Spider-Man webbed
Shikata to a mailbox. Shikata then used her powers to dissolve the
webbing and shortly after, Mary Jane Watson saw Spider-Man and yelled
for him, prompting one of Shikata's men to hold Mary Jane hostage.
Shikata then warned Spider-Man to fight to the death or she would have
Mary Jane killed instead. Spider-Man brutally renewed the fight to save
Mary Jane but Mary Jane soon managed to free herself using mace and
warned Spider-Man that Shikata's sword kept her young and powerful.
Shikata immediately used her telekinesis to threaten Mary Jane with the
sword before pulling to herself. Unfortunately for Shikata, Spider-Man
grabbed her sword from the air and destroyed it, much to Shikata's
horror. Realizing she had faced a worthy foe and lost, Shikata then
bowed to Spider-Man before aging into an elderly woman and disappearing
a flash of bright green light.
Comments: Created by Todd Felderstein, Morgan Gendel and David Hartman.
Shikata was voiced by actress Gina Gershon and rumor
has it she was (loosely) based on Elektra.
Update 8/6/2019: Shikata creator Todd Felderstein had this to say about the Appendix website in general, the Shikata profile and Shikata's creation:
"Thanks [Snood] for creating your site and [Proto-Man] offering so much detail on Shikata, we sure had a good time creating that character. I can tell you that Elektra had nothing to do with her development, it was actually Kraven that offered inspiration. A little insider info is that way back in 2003 Sony was in production on a Spidey feature so the TV show had to choose our villains wisely. Shikata was our invention and we were (and I still am) thrilled to create such an awesome character that remains exclusive to our animated universe. Whether she turns up again is anyone's guess but I can tell you that Gina [Gershon] did an absolutely terrific job bringing her to life."
I apologize for the sort of fuzzy images. I was going
off of youtube to write this profile...it also didn't help that the
cartoon was animated with computers and used a weird, cel-shaded look.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Earth-760207's Shikata has no KNOWN connections to:
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series cartoon episode, "The Sword of Shikata" (July 18, 2003) - Todd Felderstein (writer), Morgan Gendel (writer, developer for television, executive producer), David Hartman (character designs), Chris Cairns (supervising animator), Johnny Darrell (CGI director), Brandon Vietti (director), others
Originally posted: 09/19/2017
Last updated: 08/10/2019
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