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Real Name: Kato (first name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Normal human (Japanese citizen)

Occupation: Military general

Group Membership: Japanese military

Affiliations: Bullseye (Lester), Hideki Hiyashi

Enemies: Hit-Monkey, assassin (name unrevealed)

Known Relatives: daughter (name unrevealed)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile on Honshu, Japan

First Appearance: Hit-Monkey II#1 (September, 2010)

Powers/Abilities: General Kato is a shrewd and cunning military leader who commands much respect. Manipulative and greedy for power, he can quickly mobilize secret black ops personnel. He has been trained in the Japanese military. He was not fond of gauche Americans.

Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Bald


(Hit-Monkey II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Power-hungry Japanese General Kato sought to initiate a political coup and overthrow the Japanese government by having the prime minister killed. Kato chose a similarly ambitious politician, Councilor Hideki Hiyashi, promising to back him as substitute leader, to organize an assassin for this task, but the Japanese prime minister learned of the plot.

(Hit-Monkey II#1 (fb)) - Unaware of Kato's direct involvement, the prime minister selected Kato to investigate. Fearing disgrace if he was seen to fail by letting the assassination proceed, Kato instead blackmailed Hideki to stop the assassin. Hideki sent soldiers to kill the super assassin; while they succeeded, the assassin's ghost guided a vengeful killer macaque monkey to eliminate the soldiers.

(Hit-Monkey II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Thinking the assassin still alive, Kato considered Hideki a liability and hired the assassin Bullseye to take care of matters.

(Hit-Monkey II#1) - Kato went to the hospital bed of Hideki, who had been violently sent there by the assassin-guided monkey. Watching, Kato had Bullseye murder Hideki.

(Hit-Monkey II#2) - Preparing for his daughter's local wedding to a Texan, Kato was outraged that Bullseye was calm when the super-assassin was expected. Kato found the Texans' behavior distasteful but with Bullseye as his close bodyguard, continued with the marriage ceremony. Meanwhile, the assassin's ghost directed the killer monkey's vengeance all on Kato and the macaque infiltrated the ceremony, his novelty causing shock and awe. In the chaos, Kato was moved quickly into the safe room, which was heavily decorated with weaponry and armor from across centuries. But the vengeful macaque had infiltrated the now-locked room via the air duct and, taking a ceremonial sword, beheaded the general. Outside, Bullseye ordered Kato's guards open the safe room. Seeing their failure, Bullseye killed the guards and went after the macaque (who would soon come to be known as Hit-Monkey).

Comments: Created by Daniel Way & Dalibot Talajic.

The Hit-Monkey: Year of the Monkey tpb is a great intro to the gun-wielding primate.

This profile was completed 1/31/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

General Kato has no known connections to:

Hideki Hiyashi

The devious General Kato chose the power-hungry Councilor Hideki Hiyashi to hire an assassin to kill the prime minister of Japan and initiate a political coup. Hideki would be puppet leader in the event of a successful takeover, but the prime minister learned of the plot and, not knowing Kato's involvement, engaged the general to find the one responsible. So Kato sought to exploit Hideki and had him tie up the only loose end: kill the assassin. Hideki, fearing for his life, secretly intended to hire the assassin to kill Kato, but the assassin, actually now dead and a ghost guiding a vengeful killer macaque monkey, targeted him instead and put Hideki in hospital in critical condition. Kato, viewing Hideki a liability, had Bullseye kill him in his hospital bed.



--Hit-Monkey II#1

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Hit Monkey II#2, p15, pan1 (main image)
Hit Monkey II#1, p11, pan5 (headshot)
Hit Monkey II#1, p11, pan6 (Hiyashi)

Hit Monkey II#1-2 (September-October) - Daniel Way (writer), Dalibot Talajic (art), Axel Alonso (editor)

First posted: 09/13/2021
Last updated: 09/11/2021

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