Created by: Dennis O’Neil, Jim Berry, Leo Duranona
1st appearance: Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #1, May 1975
Team Affiliations: Suicide Squad, League of assassins
Legal Status: Wanted for murder in multiple countries
Height: 6’2 Weight: 210 lbs
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Relatives: Unnamed Mother (Status Unknown), Unnamed father (Status Unknown)
Skills and abilities: Tiger is one of the top martial artists in the DC universe. He was trained alongside Richard Dragon; who went on to train Batman, Nightwing and Huntress among others; and Lady Shiva; the dc universe’s greatest martial artist. He is portrayed as equal to Dragon in Skill and has even defeated Batman in combat.
Ben grew up in central city without a father and perhaps as a result was filled with rage from early on. At the age of ten he killed a burglar to save his mother’s life. After this his rage got the best of him and he got into trouble both at school and with the law until the end of high school. Deciding he needed to be free of his “demons” he sought out a martial arts teacher. He found O-sensei who taught him martial arts and helped him channel his rage. Together they found Richard Dragon who became like a brother to him. They are eventually joined by Sandra Woosan/Lady Shiva.
The skill of the three became world renowned and caught the attention of the League of Assassins. Ben found himself brainwashed by them and his rage given life as the Bronze Tiger. During this time he is made to do unspeakable things and gains a reputation as one of the best assassins in the world. He is also one of many teachers for martial arts prodigy Cassandra Cain/Batgirl, it is around this time he defeats Batman in combat.
He was eventually rescued and deprogrammed by Amanda Waller who recruits him for “The Suicide Squad”. He becomes the second in command of the team and later the leader while dating Vixen, before his mind fractures and his assassin programming resurfaces occasionally. This puts a strain on his relationship with Vixen and the two eventually end their relationship on good terms. He later faces himself in battle and his mind is completely healed. After the team disbands he becomes Gypsy’s teacher in martial arts and the two start a relationship while members of Justice League Task Force.
When that team disbanded he rejoined a new Suicide squad in which he was leader. They aided the Justice League, Checkmate, Batman and many others.