Samurai (Super Friends)

Samurai, aka Toshio Eto, is a Japanese superhero as well as a member of the Super Friends. He has several elemental powers, most notably control over wind, which he uses to transform himself into a spinning tornado. It is known that he was a history professor before the New Gods of New Genesis granted him special powers. There were several other culturally diverse heroes added to the Super Friends alongside Samurai, including Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, and El Dorado. Samurai was created by Hanna-Barbera, first appearing in the Super Friends episode The Brain Machine.


Toshio Eto was a professor of history in Japan. One day, the Gods of New Genesis imbued him with superhuman powers in the hopes that they could use him as an instrument in their never-ending battle against Darkseid. Calling himself the Samurai, Toshio had the ability to create a powerful whirlwind that surrounded the lower half of his body, providing him with increased locomotion and speed. He could use this whirlwind to propel himself through the air for directional flight. Toshio used these powers in the service of mankind and later became a member of the Super Friends. At first, his career was spent fighting against Lex Luthor's Legion of Doom, but later he and his colleagues committed themselves to combating Darkseid.

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