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Real Identity: Tatsu Yamashiro
Affiliations: Super Hero High School
Appearances (Webisodes): Welcome to Super Hero High, All About Super Hero High, Crazy Quiltin', Fall Into Super Hero High, Hero of the Month: Poison Ivy, Designing Disaster, Clubbing, Hero of the Month: Bumblebee, Hero of the Month: Wonder Woman, New Beginnings, Batgirl vs. Supergirl, Hero of the Month: Harley Quinn, Hero of the Month: Batgirl, Doubles Trouble, Franken-Ivy, Hero of the Month: Katana, Hero of the Month: Frost, The Blunder Games, Hero of the Month: Hawkgirl, Hero of the Month: Star Sapphire, The Ultimate Accessory, Roomies Return: Frost's Bite, Surprise!, Spring Prison Break, and For Art's Sake
Appearances (Novels): Wonder Woman at Super Hero High, Supergirl at Super Hero High, and Batgirl at Super Hero High
Appearances (TV Specials): Super Hero High
Appearances (Comics): Free Comic Book Day 2016 Edition, Intro to Prehistory Part 1, Intro to Prehistory Part 2, Halloween ComicFest 2016 Edition, Intro to Prehistory Part 3, The Dino Egg Effect Part 1, Savage High Part 1, Savage High Part 2, Harley & Batgirl's Excellent Adventure Part 2, Egging On Part 1, Egging On Part 2, Deja Vu Part 1, Deja Vu Part 2, State of the Martial Art, Friends in High Places, Gimme a Summer Break, One-Hit Wonder Woman, and A Punch of Color
Appearances (Graphic Novels): Finals Crisis and Hits and Myths
Appearances (Books): Super Hero High School Yearbook
Appearances (Movies): Hero of the Year
Appearances (LEGO Webisodes): Trading Places and Showdown
Appearances (LEGO TV Special): Galactic Wonder
Powers/Skills: Swordsmanship and Above Average Agility
Voiced By: Stephanie Sheh
Katana wields her sword with art and grace! Always on the cutting edge (get it?) of art and fashion, she's totes fearless and uber funky. When her skills aren't being put to the test fighting crime, you'll find her chatting with her sword...it's like her pet! The artist with an edge's top three traits are being creative, fearless, and an expert with the sword. Her style packs some serious punch! Katana blends her love of art and fashion to create a look as unique as she is. Katana's sword is an extension of herself and in her hands it becomes an instrument of living precision. Maybe that's why she often talks to it like it's so much more than a sword to her. When she's not kickin' it with her friends, she's kicking things in the gym, sharpening her martial arts skills.
Katana was close to her grandmother Sobo, who was the first female samurai superhero, and wanted to follow in her footsteps. Sobo always told her to listen to her instincts. It was Sobo who convinced Katana's non-superhero parents to allow her to attend Super Hero High School. Sobo tragically died in battle, singlehandedly fighting the army of an evil warlord who had been ravaging their family's hometown. Katana vowed to honor her legacy. By the time she started at Super Hero High, Katana had traveled around the world and stayed on the cutting edge of fashion. Katana prefers dark colors so she can be stealthy. Katana is a member of the Band Club and Speech and Debate Club. As Bumblebee gave Wonder Woman a tour of the school, Katana was in a science lab with her sword drawn against a Cactus Monster but Poison Ivy stood in front of it and convinced her to spare the beast.
During a Weaponomics demonstration, Katana used her samurai sword, a katana blade and a sai. Katana is also known to be able to make a weapon out of anything. She defeated the Fox's Fiends robots with the samurai sword and chopped the burning trees with such speed the fires were extinguished then took hold of one of the smoldering logs and catapulted herself into the mountain cave. She attached the hilt of her sword to the hook on the gas cannister and whirled it over her head. She completed the trial by heaving it into the Poison Lake where the other toxins consumed it. Oddly, a tip on her sai was missing. It later showed up on Wonder Woman's door with a threatening note. Poison Ivy confirmed Katana could not have done it because she didn't leave her room the morning of the threatening note. Katana was chosen for the 100th Annual Super Triathlon team. During the fire challenge of the A/P Test, she discovered her sword was sabotaged after it caught on fire. Frost put the fire out. In the locker room, Katana was irate and began accusing everyone but quickly apologized and admitted she wanted to win.
In the water challenge, Katana dropped her sword to distract the Eclectic Electric Eels and allow her team to move on to the objective and find the treasure chest filled with gold. During the burlap sack race, Frost froze the twister then Katana shattered it with a couple of swift two-legged kicks. After the conclusion of the Triathlon, Katana found her real sword behind some of the towel bins and thought it was Cheetah who did it. She brandished her sword and sliced the air, barely missing Golden Glider. In that instant, Wonder Woman saw the reflection of Glider's "LIVE" headband and realized she was the spy all along. She attended the party celebrating Wonder Woman's first supervillain defeat. Katana kick started the festivities by lobbing a three layer cake in the air and slicing into perfect portions that landed on the plates below. As a farewell gift for Barbara Gordon, Supergirl enlisted Katana to design and construct a super suit. It was ultimately the suit she used as Batgirl. She nicknamed Supergirl "Supes."
Katana later teamed up with Supergirl for a tennis doubles match against Cyborg. She believed the match was theirs because of Supergirl's super strength, super speed and mad reflexes. Katana encouraged Supergirl to shake off the beginners nerves and the game went on but suddenly Supergirl flew off to apprehend Double Dare nearby. Katana admitted she was a pretty amazing superhero and handed her the trophy they were playing for. Not one to back down from a chance to practice her sword skills, Katana helped Ivy and "trimmed" her monster-sized pet Frankie back to a little potted plant. Katana was soon announced to be the next Hero of the Month.
The day before semester finals, Katana practiced her combat skills with Beast Boy in the gym. She won 642 of 645 matches. She wanted to practice stealth next so they played Super Hide-and-Seek throughout campus from the greenhouse to Crazy Quilt's classroom. Katana came out of a vent in Waller's office and found Beast Boy on her desk as a chameleon but her sword fell out of her hilt and sliced Waller's bowling trophy in half. They took it to Quilt's classroom and repaired the trophy with hot glue. While Beast Boy distracted Waller, Katana sneaked into her office and returned the trophy. Lex Luthor, in stealth mode, stole Katana's sword and overpowered her. The next morning, Luthor was defeated after Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, Bumblebee, Katana, Supergirl, Batgirl, and Harley escaped. They returned to school for finals and were late but managed to convince Waller to pass them after showing video of them fighting Luthor as a team.
As part of their Task Force X course, Katana and Frost were assigned to guard Belle Reve Penitentiary during Spring Break after Lashina's plan to break out the Furies was intercepted. With little choice, Katana took her sword and sliced up the keypad to Big Barda's cell. Barda used her expertise to disable an Agony Matrix planted on a guard named Brian. Katana stood watch while Frost took on Lashina, Stompa, and Mad Harriet on her own. Katana was one of the nominees for Hero of the Year. Katana made use of her swordsmanship and agility to help decorate campus. She later helped with guarding the Amethyst. On Friday night, a Shadow Demon stole on of her shuriken as she slept. It was used as a component for Eclipso and Dark Opal's Scepter of ultimate power. On Saturday, the day of Hero of the Year, Katana helped with guarding campus. Supergirl searched for her in the nearby forest to relieve her but was targeted by Dark Opal for her Mnemosyne Crystal.
Katana heard Big Barda's alert and converged on her along with Harley and Ivy. Katana took on Opal, sword vs. sword. While their swords were locked, a ray of sunlight bounced off Katana's and vaporized one of the Shadow Demons. Katana elbowed Opal then alerted everyone about the shadows' weakness. The following semester, on a Thursday, Katana went to a Heroball scrimmage. The next day, she planned to go to Wonder Woman's slumber party on Themyscira but wanted to finish her painting project before the weekend. She stayed late in June Moone's classroom to work on it. Wonder Woman and Harley arrived to ask Moone about the stolen Batjet. They all heard a noise from the greenhouse. Wonder Woman, Harley, and Katana forced Chompy to spit out Lobo. They found out he was pretending to be interested in transferring to Super Hero High in order to track down Etrigan to collect on a bounty. Ivy, Batgirl, Harley, Wonder Woman, Katana, Flash, Hawkgirl and Bumblebee raced to the Portal Coffee Shop to help Supergirl's team stop the Battle of the Bands.
Katana took on Silver Banshee, who used a mic stand to fight back with. Once the battle was over, Katana went to the Underworld on Wonder Woman's team. They discovered Trigon, lord of the Underworld, had Etrigan but they ended up trapped themselves. Luckily, Miss Martian turned invisible from fright and she proceeded to let everyone out. They made their way back to the portal but were chased by demons. Katana elected to go last and held off the demons until everyone was clear. Wonder Woman and Katana returned to the Portal just in time as the portal closed. After Waller sent Etrigan to a safe location via Boom Tube, Wonder Woman's team went to Smallville to assist Batgirl's team in retrieving the stolen Batjet. Katana and Harley took the Invisible Jet there since they couldn't fly. Once the Batjet was secured and the culprits Black Canary, Black Condor, and Magpie in the Smallville Special Crimes Unit's custody, the girls went to Themyscira for their slumber party.
June Moone took a look at Katana's comic book project and believed it was one of the best comics projects she saw in all her years teaching art at Super Hero High. Katana took the longest to complete her painting for Super Hero High's Student Art Show Fundraiser. Hours after the others finished, Katana was still working. She told Moone she wanted her artistic debut to be uber-tastic. Meanwhile, the Double Dare twins stole Silver St. Cloud's masterpiece from the art show and attempted to get away after neutralizing Supergirl with Kryptonite. Katana heard the commotion and tried climbing drapes to the second floor but Aliki cut it with her knife. Katana jammed her sword into the wall and swung up. The twins went to plan D and dropped over the edge, swung from her sword, hit an emergency door button, and ran for it. Katana managed to swing down on drapes and slide under the superproof door as it came down. The twins ran into Moone's room and held Katana's painting at swordpoint with her own sword.
Katana accepted their dare and improvised. She threw several brushes at Aliki and pinned her to a wall then squirted ink at Margot. Margot shielded herself with the painting and ran for it. Katana threw a painter's pallet under her feet. Margot slided right into Aliki and they were knocked unconscious. Katana recovered the stolen artwork. St. Cloud walked in and saw Katana's finished painting. She proclaimed it was a masterpiece and found it so lively, unique, and unexpected. She asked Katana how she found her inspiration. Katana replied it found her. The painting later won an award at the fundraiser. Katana was voted as "Most Fashionable" in the Super Hero High School Yearbook. For the summer break, Katana went on a tour of Europe with Beast Boy and Batgirl. They set off for London.