Marvel’s Shang-Chi might not be one of the most popular superheroes when compared to some members of the Avengers, but his popularity is certainly increasing thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie that is coming out very soon. Shang-Chi is a very interesting character with a rich lore and that is why we have decided to dedicate today’s article to part of that lore – his enemies.
This article is going to be a list of the 11 strongest (and, at the same time, best) Shang-Chi enemies, as they have appeared in the comics. They are going to be ranked from 11th to 1st, thus giving you an overview of Shang-Chi’s lore. You’re going to find out a bit about these characters and why we have ordered them as we have. Enjoy!
11 strongest Shang-Chi enemies
11. Celestial Order of the Si-Fan
Debut: Special Marvel Edition #15 (December, 1973)
From the day Fu Manchu led the Si-Fan, they have focused on one primary goal in his service – world domination through the mind control of political leaders — creating a global apocalypse or sheer terror. The first major operation involved the inspection of the heads of representatives of the League of Nations in 1933. After World War II, Si-Fan kidnapped and brainwashed United States UN officials and from China and the United States in order to entice them into going to war against each other.
Subsequently, Si-Fan, under the orders of Fu Manchu, performed their most daring operation of all time, attempting to push the Moon out of orbit to cause natural disasters around the world. After the return of Fu Manchu, believed to be dead, Si-Fan, who had worked with other secret societies, kidnapped and brainwashed UN officials in order to incite World War Three, but they failed.
Si-Fan guards were present at Fu Manchu’s fortress in China, when Shang-Chi assaulted the base to confront Fu Manchu but where unable to prevent its destruction or the apparent death of Fu Manchu. They then defended Shang-Chi’s mother when she confronted him about Fu Manchu’s death and his shame.
Years later, Shang-Chi temporarily took control of the Si-Fan, and they agreed not to be murderers until Fu Manchu returned. Upon Fu Manchu’s return, the Si-Fan were involved in the operation to use the Hellfire lightning weapon to destroy population centers and blackmail the world. Whenever Fu-Manchu was supposed to be dead, the Si-Fan or their factions were led by his daughter Fah Lo Suee, the leader of the Tiger-Claw gang, MI-6 agent Leiko Wu and, more recently, the Kingpin.
It was later revealed by Shi-Hua that the Si Fan as well as the Order of the Golden Dawn and the Order of Hai-Dai were an alias for the Five Weapons Society, just as Fu Manchu was an alias for Zheng Zu.
We start off our list with an organization, one of Shang-Chi’s oldest foes. This organization has not had much impact later, but they are certainly a formidable foe that marked a phase in the evolution of Shang-Chi’s lore, which is why we decided to give them a spot on our list.
Alias: William Young, William Scott, Douglas Scott
Debut: Master of Kung Fu #29 (June 1975)
Razor Fist’s identity was shared by three men. The first of these was the assassin William Young, employed as a bodyguard by a criminal based in the south of France, Carlton Velcro. He confronted Shang-Chi and was accidentally shot by his employer’s men. The next Razor Fist was actually the identity shared by two brothers, Douglas Scott and William Scott, each having lost a hand in a car crash.
They also worked for Carton Velcro. Douglas was accidentally shot by Velcro. Soon after, William lost his second hand, during a fight with Colleen Wing of the Daughters of the Dragon. William teamed up with Zaran and Shockwave to attack the West Coast Avengers, then went to work in Madripoor for the criminal Roche. There he faced Wolverine and narrowly escaped death.
He was also Toxin’s major enemy and was seriously injured by Elektra. In Peter Parker: Spider-Man #81, he teamed up again with Shockwave on the orders of his employer, to eliminate The Cat, ex-spy and martial arts champion. He kidnapped his son to lure him into a trap. But Spider-Man intervenes by freeing the young boy who then easily crushed Razor Fist.
And he was arrested. He escaped from the Raft when Electro caused a mass escape, but was later picked up by the police. Out of prison, he joined The Hood Syndicate and fought with them to fend off the Skrulls. Along with Scorcher, the Griffin, and the Living Laser, on orders from The Hood, he pursued Gauntlet and Tigra on the run from Project Initiative when Norman Osborn took control.
The heroes escaped them thanks to the arrival of the New Warriors of Justice. He was later seen working in San Francisco for the Assassins Guild of Belladonna, in pursuit of Domino who had stolen them.
Razor-Fist is among Shang-Chi’s better known enemies. He is a formidable martial artist and fighter who has regularly challenged Shang-Chi, testing his abilities each and every time. This is why we decided to include him on our list.
9. Shadow Slasher
Alias: Xi Shan-Hao
Debut: Master of Kung Fu #98 (March, 1981)
Shadow Slasher had long been hearing of the skills and power of Shang-Chi, Fu Manchu’s biological son, and repeatedly challenged him to prove he was the best fighter of the two. Despite his best efforts, Shadow Slasher was defeated by Shang-Chi every time, but the fights were quite intensive. Years later, Shadow Slasher attempted to flee the country to avoid the Superhuman Registration Act.
He organized some papers from Vienna, but he and his staff were caught by the Heroes for Hire (of which Shang-Chi was a member) who actually worked with Vienna to catch them, and then he was sent to the prison in the negative zone 42.
Another secondary foe, Shadow Slasher is still formidable enough to land a spot on our list. He is an excellent martial artist and a character that really caused problems for Shang-Chi whenever they clashed.
Debut: Master of Kung Fu #37 (February, 1976)
Darkstrider first debuted as the leader of a ninja clan, the Warlords of the Web. His men attempted to assassinate Moon Sun, the head of a circus who sought Shang-Chi’s help against Darkstrider.
Each member of the Moon Sun Circus told Shang a different story about Darkstrider’s background: In all versions, he was a ninja hired to either take down the Moon Sun Circus or a farmer whose wife died of shock when ‘he saw the creatures of the circus see what led him to be a ninja and himself seeks the death of members of the circus.
After being defeated by Shang-Chi, he left behind a piece of Moon Sun’s robe, suggesting that they may have been the same person from the start (and that the members of the circus were, in fact, the Warlords of the Web ). A man named Darkstrider appeared in the service of Soustriker and Jade Claw. It is not known if this was the same person or another six-armed man named Darkstrider.
Looking a bit like Mortal Kombat’s Goro, Darkstrider is one of Shang-Chi’s more bizarre enemies. Still, he is quite powerful and is an excellent fighter, which was enough for us to at least include him on this list.
7. Ghost Maker
Alias: Grigori Sovchenko
Debut: Master of Kung Fu #110 (March, 1982)
Born as Grigori Sovchenko, he was Mongolian, probably on his mother’s side, from the Russian steppes. At the time, when relations between the two neighboring superpowers, Russia and China, were not so strained, there were some limited “trading programs”. Two of China’s most accomplished martial artists, masters of naked combat, esoteric combat style, were brought to Russia to teach and train handpicked offspring.
Due to young Grigori’s heritage, as his father was a senior KGB infrastructure official, he was selected for the training programme. His training lasted 15 years, by which time the two teachers were called home, but by then Grigori was already the most dangerous man in Soviet Russia. He continued to train independently, refined and supplemented the esoteric style with his own techniques and tricks.
When he thought he was really ready and had his own self-proclaimed baptism, the undetected murder of top 10 western spies with bare hands, he took on a new name – the Ghost Maker. Despite being a KGB agent, Ghost Maker has grown into a renegade with a scent faction of agents loyal to him.
He was planning to steal a new British weapon from a secret military base in Sussex, called the Dragonfly Spire. This weapon could sow clouds in such a way as to cause extremely corrosive acid rain. As such, the weapon was deemed too dangerous and unpredictable to use and was discontinued. When a defected agent Mia, formerly Dark Angel of the Soviet Union, joined MI6, she informed her new allies Black Tarr, Sir Clive Reston, and Smith about Ghost Maker and about her plans.
Ghost Maker caught wind of it, tightened up his plans, and attacked that night. Although he found Black Tarr, Sir Clive Reston, and Leiko Wu there, he pushed the attack into darkness using sleepy gas. But when he saw Shang-Chi, the chance to kill the legend and make him king of all the spirits formed by his hands was too great, so he attacked Shang-Chi.
Although he turned out to be the better of the two, Ghost Maker remembered that his original target had returned to the building. When the building collapsed due to fighting between the soldiers and the Ghost Maker’s men, he quickly pushed Wu aside and walked towards the gun. When Shang-Chi was helping Black Tarr, who fell through the ground, Ghost Maker escaped with Wu holding his leg.
Ghostmaker is a very special character in a lot of aspects. He is exceptionally skilled, he has had excellent training and has enhanced physical abilities; along with that, he seems to have a very powerful healing factor. All of this combined makes him one of Shang-Chi’s most formidable foes.
6. Moving Shadow
Debut: Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #1 (November, 2002)
Fu Manchu had been abandoned and betrayed by his son, Shang-Chi, so he had another child, Moving Shadow, to replace him. Moving Shadow accepted the teachings and training of his father, he served him faithfully and without asking.
Moving Shadow was ordered to kill his half-brother and had no problem obeying those orders to prove himself superior to Shang-Chi. When his half-brother defeated him and refused to kill him, Fu Manchu killed him with a thrown blade, and three mountains collapsed on his body soon after.
And while Moving Shadow is certainly one of Shang-Chi’s lesser known enemies, he is a truly great martial artist and his skills have been enough to put him on this exact place of our list.
5. Midnight Sun
Debut: Marvel Special Edition #16 (February 1974)
The man who would become Midnight Sun was a young African boy named M’nai, living in a village serving as a base for Fu Manchu. His family was killed in an attack and his face was disfigured. Fu Manchu noticed that the young boy was not crying and he decided to raise him in China as his own son. M’Nai hid his features under a mask and called himself Midnight.
Shang-Chi’s adopted brother, he became one of his best friends before the legitimate son rebelled against his criminal father. Midnight continued to work for Fu Manchu until he was ordered to assassinate Shang-Chi. The two reluctantly clashed, until Midnight apparently fell. In fact, Midnight was snatched from Earth-616 by Kang who saved him from certain death.
Kang used Midnight as a soldier in his Legion of Death against the Avengers. Mantis beat him. At the end of the fight, Immortus transported him back to his time and he resumed his fall, breaking his neck. His body was found by Krees and cryogenized for years. To combat the Silver Surfer, a scholar named Kar-Sagg transplanted M’nai’s brain into a cloned, mute, and enhanced body, making him a heavyweight opponent of the surfer.
That’s when the man called himself Midnight Sun. He fought Norrin Radd but was defeated several times. To make him a better soldier, Kar-Sagg tried to erase his humanity. M’nai awoke during the procedure and escaped the Krees with amnesia. No longer needing to breathe, he meditated on the Moon in search of his past. When he detected the Surfer, he attacked him.
Winning, the Surfer wanted to help his attacker and he unmasked him, revealing his ugly face. Enraged, Midnight Sun attacked him again but this time was stopped by the Inhumans. They wanted to bring him back to Attilan to heal him and help him communicate. He agreed and made peace with the Surfer. Returning to Earth, he found Shang-Chi and fought him again. But the two “brothers” made peace.
As many of Shang-Chi’s other enemies, Midnight Sun is somehow related to Fu Manchu. He is a great fighter with many special powers whose story really had an impact on the evolution of Shang-Chi’s lore, which explains why we placed him on spot number five.
4. Cursed Lotus
Alias: Fah Lo Suee, Zheng Bao Yu
Debut: Master of Kung Fu #26 (March 1975)
Born as the daughter of the genius criminal leader Zheng Zu, Zheng Bao Yu, then known as Fah Lo Suee, is the daughter of Fu Manchu. Originally, she followed in her father’s footsteps. At first she tried to undermine Fu Manchu’s control over the dreaded Si Fan assassins, but eventually she ran her own criminal organization, the Oriental Expeditors, who were a front for the Golden Daggers sect.
After working with British intelligence, Fah Loh Suee was eventually appointed director of MI-6. Her efforts constantly brought her into conflict with her estranged brother Shang-Chi and his MI-6 colleagues. Over a decade later, she was embroiled in the criminal underworld again. Fah Lo Suee ran a drug empire that supplied the highly addictive drug Wild Tiger. In Hong Kong they were represented by the Wild Tiger Mob, led by Deng Ling-Xiao.
It was brought down by Shang-Chi, who never found out she was behind it all. She later joined Caroline LeFay’s Doom Maidens, who were promised protection and allies in their activities.
Under Zheng Bao Yu, she headed the Heavenly Order of Hai Dai to set up a laboratory under Chinatown in New York City, where she carried out a long-forgotten experiment by Zheng Zu by bio-engineering brood (or rather “genetic” mutations that resulted from tainted Brood DNA “), which they used in assassinations until defense attorneys Valkyrie and Misty Knight recruited Elsa Bloodstone for their investigation into monsters in Chinatown and located the lab.
During the battle against the Brood, Hai Dai and Zheng Bao Yu, the defenders were supported by No-Name of Brood.
Being Fu Manchu’s daughter, Cursed Lotus certainly is a very important character from Shang-Chi’s fictional lore. She is a great fighter who inherited and learned some of her father’s skills, making her a very deadly opponent. This explains why we put her on the fourth place of our list.
3. Mister Negative
Alias: Martin Li
Debut: Free Comic Book Day: The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (May 2007)
Martin Li illegally arrived in America from the Fujian region of China to reunite with his wife, traveling on the ship Golden Mountain, a ship through which the Snakehead gang operated a slave trade between China, America and Africa. During a storm, the gang members had fled the ship, leaving the prisoners to shipwreck near New York.
There, he had been the only survivor: in the following years he became rich and respected, and mindful of his terrible experience he began to help the less fortunate. Later it turns out that this story is largely false: Mister Negative was in fact a member of the Snakehead, part of the ship’s crew; during the shipwreck, to save himself he had killed the real Martin Li and assumed his identity.
However, when he arrived in New York, he had been captured by the men of Don Silvermane, of the Maggia clan; he was at the time experimenting with D-Lite a new synthetic drug that was said to be more potent than heroin, and he used him as a guinea pig by subjecting him to massive doses of this drug. The man managed to escape with the help of two fellow prisoners; some time later there were some “side effects” of D-Lite, which led him to develop two distinct personalities: Martin Li, good and kind, and Mister Negative, cruel and unscrupulous.
In this form, the man gained the power to generate dark energy capable of healing wounds, controlling the minds of others or recharging electrical objects with just one touch. Mister Negative swore to take revenge against the Maggia and to annihilate all the other Mafia clans of New York, and thanks to his powers he soon became the boss of Chinatown; like Martin Li, however, he became a good and respected person, and opened the F.E.A.S.T. to help the less fortunate.
When he first appears, he hires Overdrive for a museum robbery. The object to be recovered is a clay tablet, with which a poison is created, the “Breath of the Devil”, which Negative used to kill the Maggia and the Karnellis, the mafia leaders of New York. To do this he exploited Bruno Karnelli, a blood relative of both families. The men died at the family reunion, while the women and children survived thanks to Spider-Man, who had to donate his blood to Negative to do so.
For some time he has been on the sidelines treating the sick and homeless at the F.E.A.S.T, including Eddie Brock, suffering from terminal cancer. For unknown reasons Martin Li was able to heal the former Venom from the remnants of the symbiote. Probably, inserting antibodies to Eddie with one touch also provoked an instinctive reaction to the actual Venom, fused with Mac Gargan, creating the Anti-Venom.
Mister Negative also saved the life of Hammerhead, who has been serving him with devotion ever since. Hood wants to take possession of Mister Negative’s territory, so he sends a team of Super Villains to attack him, consisting of the White Rabbit, Lightmaster, Speed Demon, Answer, Spot, the Scorcher and Doctor Octopus, but he manages to bribe Spider-Man with the his negative touch, causing him to change personality.
Spider-Man attacks the seven supervillains with all his might and manages to defeat them all. Meanwhile, Martin Li, with the help of Hammerhead, gets Norman Osborn documents on illegal Oscorp business. Norman then orders Hood to retreat and Mister Negative manages to keep his position. It seems that his origins are revealed: talking to Hood, he says that he was a snakehead who, in order to avoid being arrested, stole the documents of one of the future slaves he was carrying: Martin Li.
Mister Negative manipulates the vigilante Wraith, providing him with evidence to frame the main crime bosses of New York, despite Spider-Man warns Wraith that the criminal just wants her to eliminate the competition in his place and then have an easy game in the rise to power: the however, two manage to capture Tombstone, the Circus of Crime and Hammerhead and battle the Black Cat and Phil Urich, the new Goblin King. Eventually Spider-Man also captures Mister Negative.
Mr. Negative, taking advantage of the fact that Superior Spiderman has killed or defeated many of his competitors, creates a criminal empire by allying himself with Anguilla and the Goblin King. On the very night they would implement the plan to take over the city, Black Cat and Electro defeat Eel to take over her lair. Without one of the bosses, Mr. Negative’s Criminal Empire dissolves. However, the criminal continues to plot in the shadows.
This character is better known as an enemy of Spider-Man, but with Shang-Chi becoming a bigger player in Marvel’s slate, Mister Negative also became associated with him, becoming one of his more important enemies. Since Mister Negative has proven his powers as Spider-Man’s foe, it is clear why we gave him such a high spot on our list.
Alias: Gene Khan, Zhang Tong, Tem Borjigin
Debut: Tales of Suspense #50 (February 1964)
The Mandarin is a supervillain appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. He was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Don Heck and first appeared in the Tales of Suspense #50 comic book, back in 1964. The Mandarin is described as a genius-level scientist and an extremely gifted martial artist. He is primarily known as an enemy of Iron Man.
However, Mandarin’s main sources of power are ten Power Rings which he adapted from alien technology he found in a crashed spacecraft. Each ring has a different power (see below) and is worn on a specific finger. According to the story he told Iron Man and all the other characters that had the pleasure of hearing his origin story, the man named the Mandarin is a former Chinese magistrate from Shanghai.
He was depicted as the son of an English aristocrat and a rich Chinese woman before the communist revolution, who claimed to be a descendant of Genghis Khan. Thus, the Mandarin always claimed to be a descendant of the founder of Mongolian civilization.
The Mandarin’s parents died soon after the revolution and their son was taken in by his paternal aunt, an alcoholic woman and bitter with everyone, including her nephew.
During his youth, the Mandarin quickly squandered the family fortune he had inherited from his father. When he reached adulthood, he was expelled by the government because he could no longer pay the taxes linked to his ancestral home.
But, as it turned out, the character that would later become the Mandarin was, in fact, from the village of Habuquan in Inner Mongolia and is the son of an English prostitute addicted to opium, who died of an overdose.
He began in crime as the leader of the local underworld; it was at this time that he began to call himself the “Mandarin”. One day, in the hope of finding a way to achieve the greatness he was looking for, he traveled to the “Valley of the Spirits”, a forbidden valley where no one dared go.
There, he discovered the wreckage of an alien spaceship that had crashed there millennia and that came from the planet Maklu IV, whose inhabitants, the Makluans, looked like Chinese dragons. Studying the technology of the ship, he discovered 10 rings, which apparently served to supply the ship with energy.
Equipped with these rings and with his new knowledge, he became a conqueror, quickly so powerful that not even the Chinese army could challenge him. His ambitions quickly extended to world domination.
The Mandarin might be better known as Iron Man’s enemy, but after Fu Manchu has been “archived” due to racial controversies, he has become a relatively important character from Shang-Chi’s lore and knowing how powerful he actually is, it is quite obvious why we gave him such a high spot on our list.
1. Fu Manchu (Zheng Zu)
Alias: Zheng Zu
Debut: Special Marvel Edition #15 (December 1973)
Born during the Qing Dynasty, Zheng Zu got his education at the Tibetan Rach Monastery, where he learned martial arts, arcane knowledge, and all known scientific disciplines. Coming to be highly respected in his monastery, Zheng Zu was considered part of their brotherhood until the day he left to share his gifts with the world.
A powerful sorcerer in his own right, Zu, along with his younger brother Zheng Yi and his five disciples, the Mortal Warriors, formed the Five Weapons Society to protect China. In one such mission, the Sorcerer Brothers and Mortal Warriors protected Tianjin Prefecture from Fin Fang Foom. The Elder, a fellow sorcerer and friend, provided the brothers with the Dragon Eyes, a pair of stones that granted longevity and vigor while requiring the sacrifice of another.
By 1860, the brothers had aged decades beyond their natural lifespan through the use of longevity spells and, as a result, had become weak. During the Second Opium War, the Society fought against British forces, but was defeated by Dormammu and the Mindless Beings summoned by the British sorcerer Baron Harkness, resulting in the death of the Mortal Warriors.
Zu attempted to use the Dragon’s Eyes to save the mortally wounded Yi at the cost of his own life, but not wanting to rule the Society alone, Yi reversed the spell, granting Zu immortality and restoring his youth, giving him the power to defeat Zu. the combined British forces. Following the death of his brother and the Mortal Warriors, Zu led the Society alone, establishing five houses in his honor.
Without the guidance of his brother, Zu lost his way, growing increasingly bitter and ruthless. After losing one of the houses during the Boxer Rebellion, Zu renounced his country and followers for his perceived weakness and lied about his brother’s death, claiming that he killed him for being also weak and stole his spiritual energy to increase the hers.
Subsequently, Zu relocated four of the five houses of the Society to foreign countries within the Eight Nations Alliance to monitor those who had fought against China and the Society during the conflict. During the next century, while building his criminal empire, Zu would steal the vital essences of his blood relatives, including those of numerous descendants he fathered to preserve his longevity.
Zu would lose possession of the Eyes but created the Elixir Vitae to prolong its longevity. In time, Zu would use many aliases for himself and the Society, eventually choosing the name “Dr. Fu Manchu” and renaming the Society “Si-Fan”. When his daughter Fah Lo Suee was a girl, Fu Manchu showed her the Moon, where he told her that he would one day have the power to move one world to rule another world.
It was revealed that Fu Manchu had discovered the knowledge of the Jack the Ripper methodology.
Later, Fu Manchu took the woman Mara Ling as his wife as part of an arranged marriage, despite the fact that he loved a blind archer named Li. Fu Manchu eventually approached a “scientifically perfect” American woman to be the mother of his progeny. Seduced by her power, she agreed, resulting in the birth of a son, Shang-Chi, and a daughter, Zheng Shi-Hua.
During their childhood, Shang-Chi and Shi-Hua accidentally discovered one of his father’s secret laboratories in his retreat from Hunan. As punishment, his father told Shang-Chi that he had given Shi-Hua a merciful death, and explained that the luxury of human ties was weakness. In truth, he secretly sent Shi-Hua to the House of the Death Hammer in Russia.
Shang-Chi would continue to be raised in isolation in his father’s Hunan retreat; Unbeknownst to Shang-Chi, Hunan’s retreat was the House of the Mortal Hand, with Shang-Chi chosen to be its champion. As with Shang-Chi and Shi-Hua, his father selected several of his other children to be raised in the other Houses of the Society as their respective champions, with an unnamed son in the House of the Mortal Staff in Britain, his son Takeshi in the House of the Mortal Saber in Japan and his daughter Esme in the House of the Deadly Dagger in France.
Fu Manchu is absolutely the most important character from Shang-Chi’s lore after Shang-Chi himself. He has a longstanding tradition and was the character’s main enemy for years, before he was labeled controversial and heavily edited due to being a racial stereotype. Still, Fu Manchu’s legacy is too important for us to not list him on top of our list.
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