"Free from the fear of death, these pieces of shit step up, kill their master, take over and paint the shores of the far east with the blood of anybody who stands in their way. They grow in size, power, wealth, spread across Asia and finally give themselves a name. Yami no te, it means the Hand."

The Yami no te (闇の手[1] lit."Dark Hand"), referred as the Hand, is an ancient and powerful yet divided ninja clan with the ultimate goal to deploy the Black Sky to the world.



"And did they have a goal?"
"Weapons. It's always weapons."
Stick and Matt Murdock[src]

According to the legends, centuries ago, in East Asia, a vicious group of warlords and their gangs ruled over the land. One day, they discovered the mystical secret of immortality which they used to immortalize their bodies. Now, fearless of death, the group, expanded their control over Asia. Only after they became a powerful empire, the group called itself "Yami no te" (Dark Hand) or the "Hand", with the goal to activate the human weapon known as Black Sky.

However, the Hand made many enemies. As they massacred a village, one boy managed to kill some of their greatest warriors. The Hand named the boy the "Chaste", who over the years recruited warriors to fight the Hand.[2] The Order of the Crane Mother faced the threat of the Hand as well, training their warriors and the Iron Fist to destroy the group.[3]

Infiltrating Rand Enterprises

Soon after they founded Rand Enterprises, Wendell Rand and Harold Meachum were approached by Madame Gao, one of the oldest Hand leaders, for a deal. Despite Rand's disapproval, Meachum agreed to work with her.[4] Meachum opened laboratories for manufacturing heroin in China for distribution in New York City. As Rand suspected it, he flew to China with his family to expose the affair. Meachum poisoned the pilots with a poison given by Gao.[5] The plane crashed in the Himalayas, killing Rand, his wife and seemingly his son.[6]

However, Meachum was diagnosed with cancer. Gao offered him to be resurrected in exchange for using Rand Enterprises for the Hand's plans. Over a decade, the Hand gave Meachum the orders for the company,[7] which led Gao to become one of the biggest drug dealers in New York City.[8]

Dealings with Wilson Fisk


Nobu Yoshioka meets with Hand members

"Remember your promise to me and those I speak for."
―Nobu Yoshioka to Wilson Fisk[src]

After the Battle of New York, Wilson Fisk, a man who thought he could fix and save his neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, started a criminal organization consisting of himself, human traffickers Russian siblings Vladimir and Anatoly Ranskahov, and financial accountant Leland Owlsley. The Hand themselves joined this cooperation with Nobu Yoshioka along with his clan, and Madame Gao, who led the manufacturing of Steel Serpent. While being part of the organization, Nobu's group never seemed to contribute to the group, something that Fisk's assistant James Wesley noticed.[8]

Hunted by Stick


Aito is hunted down by Stick

"You have three limbs left, and other appendages no man wants to lose. Where is Black Sky?"
Stick to Aito[src]

Stick, a member of the Chaste, an ancient organization sworn to fight and defeat the Hand, found Aito and ordered him to tell him where the Black Sky was. Aito, fearing for his life, swore upon his family that the Black Sky was on a ship heading to New York City. Stick killed Aito, telling him his family was better off without him.[9]

Attack on Black Sky


The Hand members are hunted by Daredevil

"I am bound by certain requirements, even I have those I must answer to. After the setback at the docks, I can afford no further disruptions; do what you must, but do it quickly."
Nobu Yoshioka to Wilson Fisk[src]

Yoshioka and his men waited at Pier 81 for a shipment to arrive. The shipment contained the Black Sky, who appeared to be a prepubescent boy. Stick and a man in a black mask attacked his men, but the Black Sky was transported away in a truck. However, Stick eventually caught up with the truck and shot the boy through the heart with an arrow.[9]

Duel at Pier 81


Nobu Yoshioka confronts the Masked Man

"You are a worthy opponent. It is an honor to claim your life."
Nobu Yoshioka to the masked man[src]

Seeking to kill the Masked Man, Nobu Yoshioka hid from the shadows and slowed down his heartbeat and lowered his body temperature. Yoshioka noted that Stick taught the man their ways, though the man tried to tell him that he was not associated with Stick or his war. Yoshioka, however, pointed out that he still aided him and, regardless of his allegiance, was still a warrior deserving an honorable death. The man told Yoshioka that he came searching for Wilson Fisk, as Fisk had murdered Elena Cardenas to bring him into their trap, but the man decided that he would have to settle for defeating Yoshioka.

Ninja Nobu

Nobu Yoshioka nearly kills the Masked Man

Yoshioka insisted that the man shows him respect as he just did; the man replied that he had to earn it. The battle began and Yoshioka quickly proved himself the superior fighter, first throwing Bo Shuriken at him while countering and dodging the man's blows with ease. He then proceeded to take out his Kyoketsu-shoge and cut the man numerous times across his body. Although the man used his batons to deflect several blows, Yoshioka's skill continued to beat him and he was stabbed in the side with the blade and dragged across the floor, causing the man incredible pain and slowly killing him.


Nobu Yoshioka is killed during the fight

Despite this, the man managed to continue fighting, impressing Yoshioka, who told him that he was an honorable opponent. The man managed to kick Yoshioka into an oil tank, spilling gasoline over him. Yoshioka went to kill his opponent but the man managed to grab one of his eskrima sticks and deflect Yoshioka's blade, accidentally causing it to hit a light post. The sparks landed on Yoshioka, lighting the gasoline and causing him to be engulfed in flames. Despite this, Yoshioka still proceeded to attack Murdock before succumbing to his wounds and dying while his body continued to burn.[10]

Return to New York City

Seeking Revenge


Nobu Yoshioka is brought back to life

"And the man in the mask, you have found his body?"
"Yet Nobu's clan prepares for what is to come."
"They are distracted."
"But their memories and their knives are forever sharp."
Madame Gao and Wilson Fisk[src]

The Hand was able to resurrect Yoshioka, who once again assumed leadership of the organization.[11] Since Wilson Fisk's entire organization had crumbled upon his imprisonment, The Hand operated quietly, secretly infiltrating the Japanese branch of the Roxxon Oil Corporation.[12]

Continuing with the Plan


Hand ninjas protect the hole

"That hole is just the start."

The Hand kidnapped Roxxon accountant Stan Gibson's son Daniel to ensure his cooperation. Daniel, along with other young people, were used as hosts to incubate organic particles in their blood. Then their blood was slowly and consistently drained to be used in a ritual involving a stone sarcophagus.[11] Meanwhile, other Hand workers began digging an enormous hole in Midland Circle.[2]

Finding Black Sky


Nobu Yoshioka offers his sword to Elektra

"The Black Sky is not a myth, we have wanted you since you were a child, you were taken from us but now you have returned."
"What the hell are you talking about?"
"It's you Elektra, you are the Black Sky, our greatest living weapon."
Nobu Yoshioka and Elektra[src]

Nobu Yoshioka realized that Elektra Natchios, who was a child when she was first recognized as a Black Sky, had returned to New York City. He sent Hand ninjas to kidnap Stick so that he could be tortured and coerced into giving up Natchios's location. Although Stick never betrayed her location, she went looking for Stick to kill him, and was confronted by Yoshioka, who told her of her destiny as the Black Sky. She was tempted to join The Hand, but Daredevil convinced her not to.[13]


The Hand ninjas engage Daredevil and Elektra

After Natchios fled with Stick and Daredevil, Yoshioka realized that Daredevil had an enormous influence on her, and set an elaborate trap to lure him out and eliminate him. He ordered Tyler to abduct twenty people whom Daredevil had either saved or put away, knowing that Daredevil would appear to save them. When both Daredevil and Natchios did just that, Yoshioka and the Hand ninjas engaged them in a brutal fight in which the Hand overwhelmingly outnumbered the two. In an attempt to kill Daredevil, Yoshioka accidentally killed Natchios.


Nobu Yoshioka is killed by Stick

Furious at losing the Black Sky, Yoshioka ordered his ninjas to finish off Daredevil, but the Punisher, having heard about the fight on a police radio, shot several Hand ninjas from a nearby roof. Daredevil fought and vanquished Yoshioka, using his billy club to throw him from the roof. Yoshioka survived the fall but was killed by Stick, who decapitated him while ordering him to stay dead. Hand ninjas secretly dug up Natchios's grave and exhumed her body. They placed it into the stone sarcophagus and as they lowered the lid respectfully, a heartbeat was faintly heard.[14]

Bakuto's Hand

Rand Ally


"The Hand are murderers and killers!"
"Gao! It was all Gao. She doesn't represent us. She, she is part of a rogue faction of the Hand that deals drugs and destroys lives, but that is not who we are."
Danny Rand and Colleen Wing[src]

Bakuto, a well trained warrior of the Hand, founded a less radical faction of the Hand in a place called Hand Safe Haven. He gathered to his organization children in distress, offering them a safe house, but also trained them for to the Hand. Bakuto gave Colleen Wing, a former student of him, a Dojo to train Hand soldiers. One of Bakuto's ambitions was to turn the Iron Fist to their side.[15]

Return of the Iron Fist

Ambitions in Rand Enterprises


Nobu Yoshioka's faction

Name Position Status
Nobu Yoshioka Leader Deceased
Hirochi Businessman Deceased
Tyler Warrior Alive
Aito Operative Deceased
Specialist Operative Alive

Madame Gao's faction

Name Position Status
Madame Gao Leader Alive
King Operate Deceased
Alexi Operate Deceased
Vando Operate Deceased
Andrei Veznikov Warrior Alive
Grigori Veznikov Warrior Alive
Bride of Nine Spiders Warrior Alive
Scythe Warrior Alive
Zhou Cheng Warrior Alive
Sophia Representative Alive

Bakuto's faction

Name Position Status
Bakuto Leader Deceased
Colleen Wing Prospector Alive, Defected
Darryl Trainee Alive
Becca Yoo Operative Alive
Mary Operative Alive
Brian Operative Alive


Appearances for Hand

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