With his original 1984, Storm Shadow arguable became the most popular GI Joe released of all time. His real name is Thomas S. Arashikage (Arashi = "Storm" and kage = "shadow" in Japanese) and he was trained under his uncle in the Arashikage clan (the same clan as Snake Eyes, the red tattoo is the schools symbol). As Snake Eyes began to surpass Storm Shadow in their Ninja Training and was named head of the clan, the two close friends began to feud. This rift was heightened when Storm Shadows uncle was murdered by an assassin, and both of them suspected the other. Storm Shadow eventually joined Cobra as Cobra Commanders main body guard, although his true loyalty remained with no-one but himself. He joined GI Joe, and along with Snake Eyes, he hunted down his uncles true assassin, Zartan, but throughout the years, he would switch several times between Joe and Cobra after being brainwashed by Cobra. Unlike Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow always fights in the traditional ways of the Ninja choosing classic weapons such as swords over guns, and usually wore an all white ninja suit.
The 1984 version of Storm Shadow came with a katana (long sword), a wakizashi (short sword), nunchuks, a bow, and a backpack all in black, which nicely contrasted his all white ninja suit. This release is the most desired GI Joe action figure by collectors. The second version of Storm Shadow was released in 1989, and saw him switch to the Joes team wearing a white camo hooded ninja suit. This figure became a secondary favorite and came with a red sword and backpack, compound bow and a black claw. The third version of Storm Shadow was released in 1992 was similar in appearance to v2 and only came with a white sword and sickle. This version also featured the very limiting "Ninja Action" which made his arms un-posable, and only usefull in "live action battles". The very forgettable fourth version, in 1994, came with "secret inviso-power" and an array of classical ninja weapons, in all blue. 1997's v5 saw the re-realease of the orignal Storm Shadow with a slight uniform change but maintaining all the original weapons as a part of a three pack also featuring Snake Eyes and Lady Jay. There have been 20 versions of Storm Shadow released which are mostly white or red in colour. Version 6, in 2000, was released as a pair witn Snake Eyes and is another notable release with a white hood for the Cobra side, and 2 silver swords. Countless other products such as busts and magazines have been released, most of which are based on the classic 1984 version of this iconic GI Joe character.