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Shinobu
Shinobu
Shinobu PR Illustration
Real name Scarlet Jacobs
Age 18 years old (No More Heroes)

21 Years old (No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle)

Relatives "Master" Jacobs (Father)

Travis Touchdown (Teacher)

Affiliations United Assassins Association
(ranked eighth)
Ranking match Santa Destroy High School
Splash taunt "What's that in your hand, a toy?"
Alter ego High school student
Notable kills Three high school students, Million Gunman, New Destroyman
Weapon Three Girl Rhumba's Sword
First appearance No More Heroes
Battle theme "Season of the Samurai"
Voice actor Kimberly Brooks

Shinobu (シノブ) is a fictional character in the 2007 video game No More Heroes and the 2010 No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle. She is an 18-year-old assassin, the youngest confirmed ranked member of the United Assassins Association, and a high school student at the local Santa Destroy High School. Her nationality is unknown, although she is presumably American. She is ranked eighth in the UAA.

Shinobu bears a grudge against Travis Touchdown because she believes he murdered her father, though in truth Travis had idolized Shinobu's father so much so that he watched all of Jacobs' tapes until they wore out, but had never actually met him in person. It is likely that Travis' twin brother Henry was the one who killed Shinobu's father, as it isn't until Travis activates his beam katana that Shinobu's overall tolerance of him harshens, proclaiming she will finally avenge her father, as Henry wields a beam katana similar to Travis'.

She goes to great lengths to hide her profession as an assassin from her fellow classmates, going so far as to kill a small group of
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Shinobu in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

students who overheard Travis challenging her to a ranking battle. Shinobu specializes in using her katana, even throwing Travis off guard by using her signature move, Sonic Sword. Once half of her health is lost, she periodically attempts a move which kills Travis instantly if he gets too close. After she is defeated, her right forearm was severed by Travis' blade, Travis chooses to spare her life despite her requests to him to kill her and challenges her to kill him in the future.

It is likely that Travis truly could not kill her because of his discomfort in killing a woman, as revealed with his victory against Holly Summers. Shinobu later appears to save Travis from being killed by Jeane.

In No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle, she returns as a playable character for two levels. She first appears right before the assasin battle royale in the UAA office, and her presence is questioned by Travis. Sylvia responds with saying that it was nobody. She then reappears after Travis defeats Dr. Letz Shake, and has been in Asia, won a championship belt, and even refers to Travis as master. Afterwards, Sylvia lets Shinobu take over for Travis in the next two ranks where she kills Million Gunman , and the newly ressurected Destroyman, now known as New Destroyman . Unlike Travis, Shinobu can jump, use a long range attack, and perform an air attack. However, after performing a combo she stops and taunts. After defeating New Destroyman, she tries to make advances on Travis, but Travis turns her down as he does not want to be "like the pervy teacher in a porn". She also appears in the final battle where Jasper Batt, Jr. tricks Travis into thinking she, Henry, and Sylvia are dead.

Shinobu is voiced by Kimberly Brooks.

In the Trading Card GameEdit

There are several Shinobu trading cards in the Design Materials set. These include "Shinobu" Design, "Shinobu" Expressions and Shinobu.

TriviaEdit

  • Shinobu originally had two boss fights in No More Heroes, one occuring later in the rankings. However, it was subsequently removed. However, the theme of her second battle, Samurai Summer, was used for Holly Summers' second battle theme and is still present on the soundtrack.
  • Shinobu bears quite a few similarities to Afro, the main character of the anime Afro Samurai. Both wield katanas, have afros, and are seeking revenge on a person who killed their father. It is quite possible that Shinobu's design and background were both inspired by him.
  • Shinobu's outfit in No More Heroes is based off the Japanese "kogal" style. In No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle, her outfit is based off Gothic Lolita style.
  • Before the events of No More Heroes 2, Shinobu had a prosthetic arm.
  • In No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle, Shinobu has a glove over her right hand. That is the same hand Travis cut off during their ranking battle in No More Heroes.
  • She constantly uses the word "Moe" in different events throughout play, IE. picking up health/electricity, but has no idea what she is saying herself
  • One of her saving quotes in No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle is "What does "moe" mean?"
  • When saving she does not use the bathroom like Travis but instead takes a shower. Oddly enough, always in the same place.
  • In No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise her alternate costume looks like a cheerleader outfit. Apparently she has a bellybutton piercing.
  • Shinobu's name is a pun on the word shinobi which means "to steal away". It also means ninja. However "Shinobu" can as a given name mean "endure" or "recall". This depends on how it is written in kanji.
  • Its worth noting that in the Afro Samurai Ressurection movie a girl looking almost identical to her appears as a back ground character.
  • In No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle, her weapon is named "Jacob's Ladder." This is possibly a reference to the film of the same name.
No More Heroes series
Games No More Heroes · No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle · No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise
Characters Bishop Shidux · Cat Jeane · Diane · Dr. Naomi · Ermen Palmer · Henry · Jeane · Keita Sakai · Mask de Uh · Naoko Mori · Randall Lovikov · Silvia Christel · Talbot and Weller · Thunder Ryu
Assassins Travis Touchdown · Helter-Skelter · Death Metal · Dr. Peace · Shinobu · Destroyman · Holly Summers · Letz Shake · Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii · Speed Buster · Bad Girl · Dark Star
Locations Area 51 · ATM · Atomic Drop Ward · bar plastic model · Beef Head · Body Slam Beach · Destroy Stadium · Iron Claw Point · Job Center · K-Entertainment · Motel "NO MORE HEROES" · Naomi's Lab · Rolling Cradle Highway Bus Stop · Rounding Body Press Station · Santa Destroy High School · Santa Destroy Junction · Suplex Pizza · Thunder Ryu Bldg.
Settlements Santa Destroy, California · Speed City
Weapons Beam katana · Blood Berry · Buster Launcher · Cross Sword · D.O.S. · Earthquake Maker · Horse Saber · Magic Double Saber · Orange II · SFX Converter · Three Girl Rhumba's Sword · Tsubaki · Tsubaki Mk-II · Tsubaki Mk-III
Vehicles Schpeltiger
Soundtracks No More Heroes Original Sound Tracks · No More Heroes Sound Tracks: Dark Side

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