|So, as someone once said, --- Up --- Up --- and AWAY! - Peter Parker
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|Leader(s):||Kingpin; formerly, Matsu'o Tsurayaba, Gorgon, Elektra, Daredevil|
|Kingpin, White Tiger, Typhoid Mary, Lady Bullseye, Black Lotus, Makro, Yuki, Hobgoblin, Tiberius Stone, Makoto (Daimyo of Eurasia), Takashi (Daimyo of Japan), Yutaka (Daimyo of Africa), Hiroshi|
|Azuma Gōda, Matsu'o Tsurayaba, Psylocke, Revanche, Gorgon, Northstar, Echo, Wolverine, Izanagi, Bakuto (Daimyo of South America, deceased), Azumi Ozawa, Daredevil, Black Tarantula, Elektra|
"The hand has five fingers, each of which can exist independently of others. Not unlike the five islands that form Japan. However, when the five fingers of the hand come together for a single, unified purpose... the hand becomes an object of unwavering power!"
The Hand (of Earth-616) is an order of evil mystical ninja who are heavily involved in organized crime and mercenary activities such as assassination plots. The Hand covets power above all other objectives. They are primarily based in Japan, but operate internationally. They were founded in 1588 as a secret society of Japanese nationalist samurai but were soon co-opted by the Snakeroot, an ancient ninja clan which serves a primordial demon known only as The Beast.
Members of the Hand are practitioners of powerful occult magic and can murder a person and bring that person back to life as a servant of the Hand, but a few are known to have reversed this programming. The Hand's most dangerous adversary is The Chaste, a band of warriors once led by Stick, the late, blind martial arts master and former mentor of Matt Murdock, who grew to become the costumed crime-fighter Daredevil and, after many bitter battles, would accept the offer of becoming the master of the Hand.
- Kingpin (current leader)
- White Tiger
- Thyphoid Mary
- Lady Bullseye
- Black Lotus
- Tiberius Stone
- Makoto (Daimyo of Eurasia)
- Takashi (Daimyo of Japan)
- Yutaka (Daimyo of Africa)
- Kagenobu Yoshioka (founder and former leader)
- Azuma Gōda
- Matsu'o Tsurayaba (former leader)
- Gorgon (former leader)
- Bakuto (Daimyo of South America)
- Azumi Ozawa
- Daredevil (former leader)
- Black Tarantula
- Elektra (former leader)
- Red shinobi shozoku (ninja clothing)
- Traditional ninjutsu weapons
- The Beast has taught magic to (at least some of) the Hand. One spell can turn a dead body to dust.