"You have only seen what I have allowed. But now you shall see nothing. I am invisible. Yes. Feel my power. I am as transparent as cellophane. Tremble. For I am as the warm wind blows. Silent, but deadly."
Ninja Murasaki (ムラサキ曹長) is a secondary antagonist who appears in the Dragon Ball manga and the anime Dragon Ball. He is the second-in-command of Muscle Tower under General White. He is a ninja who wears a purple uniform and wields a sword called "Sasanishiki". Murasaki is one of the Red Ribbon Army members who opposed Goku. Despite his clumsy efforts against Goku, he is the first Red Ribbon Army soldier that took Goku more than a single episode to beat.
Ninja Murasaki is of average height and has a long face. He keeps his black hair in a ponytail tied with a white bandage-like cloth. His outfit, which is a traditional shinobi shozoku (ninja uniform), consists of a dark purple kimono with a fishnet shirt underneath it, a pair of dark purple pants (presumably hakama), a sky blue sash, a pair of white tabi socks, and a pair of straw waraji sandals. He is often seen carrying his sword on his back.
Murasaki is very confident in his own abilities, thinking nobody can beat his ninja skills. When faced with a serious threat however, Murasaki becomes cowardly, and resorts to desperate tactics. Murasaki is also portrayed as a pervert; it is revealed that a picture dropped is actually General White's sisters whom he was supposed to be "showing the base" but ended in half nude escapades. To further prove this, he also possesses a collection of dirty magazines hidden in his hut; Goku stumbles upon them when he was trying to find Murasaki.
Main article: Red Ribbon Army Saga Ninja Murasaki is seen along with General White watching over Goku's battle with Major Metallitron, and both become greatly surprised by his battery running short during the battle. General White then sends Murasaki to eliminate Goku on the next floor. Even though he is shown to be smart, Ninja Murasaki loses to Goku after a long, somewhat farcical fight. He uses several ninja tricks to which Goku counters in his own odd way. At first, he tried to throw kunai knives at him, but Goku saw where he threw them and shot a rock back at Murasaki. Murasaki then dropped a photo of White's sisters as he continued to dash back and forth to confuse Goku. When Goku discovered the picture, an embarrassed Murasaki revealed himself when he rushed at the boy, childishly demanding back the picture, much to White's surprise. Goku casually complied before the ninja vanished when he threw his smoke bomb on the ground and hid behind an American flag. Goku found him there, and Murasaki got mad, and turned the sheet around to the camouflage cover, making it look like a tree trunk because he was hiding next to a tree.
Murasaki then told Goku to count to 30, but Goku could not count past 25. Goku asked for help, and turned around as Murasaki was trying to hide under a hollowed rock, who told Goku how to count again. Goku counted to 30 and after searching for a few minutes, he saw Murasaki underwater with a blow reed so he could breathe. The plan might have worked had a frog not landed on his face, causing him to have breathing trouble and start screaming underwater just as Goku came across the pond he was in. Goku went in the hut and got some hot tea, and poured it down the reed, burning Murasaki's mouth, making him jump out of the water in pain.
Murasaki then broke into a run and Goku raced after him, keeping no trouble at all, shocking Murasaki, as his speed was previously unmatched, so Murasaki threw makibishi (caltrops) down and Goku stepped on them, slowing him down. Afterwards though, Goku put on some geta that increased his height a bit, and he could not feel the spikes. Goku then chased after Ninja Murasaki with no problems, and eventually outran Murasaki, treating it almost like a race. All this time, White was watching and getting irritated, and he orders Murasaki to finish Goku, immediately. Ninja Murasaki went serious, and drew out his sword. He then leaped into the air and took a dive after Goku. Goku put his Power Pole under him, and Murasaki landed on it, causing extreme pain on his bottom. Murasaki danced around in complete agony, causing the extended pole to hit a tree, making the pain even worse. Afterwards, Murasaki threw the chakram at Goku, which he dodged. However, it acted as a boomerang and hit Goku in the back of his head, knocking him out momentarily. While Goku was out cold, Murasaki bounced around in joy to finally defeat the boy, however Goku recovers, to Murasaki's amazement.
Murasaki threw shuriken (which Goku dodges), and ran into a small hut. Murasaki then crouched to the ground, which had tatami flip mats. When Goku threw the shuriken at Ninja Murasaki, Ninja Murasaki would pick up a mat and block them. However, Murasaki ran out of mats (he only brought 4 1/2), and Goku did not run out of ammo (he had 6). He threw his last star, and because Murasaki could not think to reuse one of the other mats, it hit him in the center of the forehead. Murasaki then fled to the lake, with Goku chasing after him, put another smoke bomb down, put on some mizugumo, skated over a piranha-infested pond, and mocks Goku that he can not get across. Goku then jumped straight over the lake. Murasaki then got angry and then decided to send out five Murasaki's. Murasaki, having lost his sword, uses throwing weapons.
Even when he "split" into 5 Murasakis (the Murasakis were just 5 identical brothers with Ninja Murasaki as the oldest), Goku was still able to defeat him (knocking out his brothers in the process). Murasaki's four doppelgangers use a sword, a handgun, a fukiya (blowdart gun), and a kusarigama with a heavy weight on the end of the chain. After the fight, he tries to unleash Android 8 upon Goku. He orders the cybernetic behemoth to attack and promises to destroy him if he does not. After Murasaki holds the detonation remote and threatens him, Android 8 refuses, and Goku breaks his detonation remote. Goku proceeds to knock out Murasaki by slamming him across the long stairwell. Murasaki's body slams on the ground after colliding with a wall, leaving him unconscious.
After General White is taken down, Murasaki is the only one to survive the fall of Muscle Tower and, only in the anime, he eventually goes after Dr. Flappe and Android 8. He followed Goku, Suno, and Android 8 to the doctor's house disguised as a bear (along the way, he fell into a frozen pond and almost drowned and later on, had to use the tree trunk trick to hide, only for Goku to pee on him when the suit fell off at one point) and forced Flappe to steal Goku's Dragon Balls. Then, Murasaki rode away on Dr. Flappe's snowmobile. Goku followed and took back what was actually his dinner from the ninja by causing an avalanche with a Kamehameha. Murasaki survived the avalanche and swore revenge, but Goku unintentionally tossed Android 8's bomb onto Murasaki's cheek and it presumably exploded while in his face before he could get it off, which kills him, and also sends snow and smoke flying into the sky.
Dr. Slump remake
Ninja Murasaki appears in a couple of episodes of the remade 1990s version of Dr. Slump. When Goku arrived in Penguin Village with all the Dragon Balls in his napsack, except one that Arale had found, Murasaki attempted to get them all from Goku along with the help of his 4 brothers, King Nikochan and King Nikochan's servant but was defeated by Arale and Goku working together. He later teams up with General Blue and together they manage to summon Shenron, but they end up fighting over the wish and ultimately causes them both to fail in getting the wish.
Techniques and weapons
- Flight – The ability to fly by using ki. In the trailer for Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, Murasaki is shown flying alongside the other villains.
- Caltrop – Murasaki throws some caltrops to slow down the opponent.
- Camouflage (Kakuremi no Jutsu) – Murasaki uses his surroundings to hide, like for example his artificial boulder and flag. Also used in Dragon Ball: Origins 2.
- Wild Sense – Murasaki uses this on Goku in his boss battle in Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure.
- Copy Technique (Bunshin no Jutsu) – Murasaki says "Copy Technique!" (or "Separate" in anime), and his brothers appear to aid him in battle.
- Chakram (円月輪, Engetsurin, lit. Circling Moon Ring) – A dark metal blade that acts like a boomerang. Used against Goku, and also used in Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure and Dragon Ball: Origins 2.
- Ninja Fire – Murasaki says "I'll burn you!" and flames come from his sword to kill the opponent. Used in Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo only.
- Ninja Speed – Murasaki can run incredibly fast and can jump very high.
- Ninja Water – Murasaki says "Water!" and a stream of water rises from the ground towards the opponent and then he freezes it. Used in Revenge of King Piccolo only.
- Overturn Mat Trick (Tatamigaeshi) – Murasaki uses tatami to shield himself.
- Ninpō Kasumi Shuriken (忍法霞手裏剣, lit. Ninja Art Mist Shuriken) – Murasaki throws ninja stars, kunai, or makibishi (caltrops) to injure the opponent. Named in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Smoke Bomb (Kemuridama) – A bomb that produces smoke, allowing Murasaki to surprise his opponent.
- Sword Slash – Murasaki holds his Sasanishiki sword in hand and slashes his opponent three times. At the last slash, his weak spot is open; so that makes it a vulnerable technique.
- Water Spider Technique (Amenbo no Jutsu) – Murasaki uses special circular shoes who allow him to walk on water.
- Water Technique (Suiton no Jutsu) – Murasaki uses this technique to hide underwater while using a reed as a tuba.
Murasaki makes his only live-action appearance in the Korean film Dragon Ball: Ssawora Son Goku, Igyeora Son Goku. In the film he is a member of the Pilaf Gang and is sent to attack the Dragon Ball Gang and retrieve the Dragon Balls. In a cave he fights against Goku and is killed by the Kamehameha wave. For unknown reasons, he is wearing the Battle Armor that is worn by members of the Galactic Frieza Army.
Video game appearances
Murasaki appears in Dragon Ball: Dragon Daihikyou, Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden, Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen, and Dragon Ball RPG: Shōnen-hen. He is one of the bosses in the Muscle Tower stage and a playable character in Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure. He is also a boss in Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo and makes his first playable appearance in a multiplayer fighting mode. Ninja Murasaki is also playable in Dragon Ball Heroes, and his brothers are also referenced in the game as part of a special mission where a team of five Murasakis has to be defeated.
Murasaki is a boss with his brothers in Dragon Ball: Origins 2. In this video game, he also appears after General White's defeat in the bonus level 2-7, where he plays bad jokes to the population of Jingle Village: like throwing snowballs at them, putting snow in door locks to make them freeze, and even stealing four tatami and a half because his were worn. To stop him, Android 8 confronts Murasaki and his brothers in the Muscle Tower.
Murasaki appears in a cutscene in Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu, and he is seen with other members of the Red Ribbon Army in the background of the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters battle stage in the arcade game Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle. Ninjas who look similar to Ninja Murasaki are enemies in Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury. Murasaki also appears as a Z Assist character in the international versions of Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden as of the 1.1.0 update.
"A ninja suit worn by Murasaki-style ninja."
— Dragon Ball: Xenoverse Murasaki-style Ninja Suit in-game description
Though Ninja Murasaki does not appear physically in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, he is referenced by the Ninja Sword accessory which is a replica of his sword Sasanishiki, although it is purely cosmetic. The Future Warrior can purchase the Ninja Sword at the Accessory Shop in Toki Toki City's Industrial Sector. In the GT Pack 1 DLC, there is also a Murasaki-style Ninja Suit which when worn with the Ninja Sword completes the Ninja Murasaki outfit. If the Future Warrior wears the outfit and talks to Goku while he is their current Master, he will recognize the outfit but has trouble remembering where he saw it until he remembers Ninja Murasaki who Goku refers to as "that quick guy from the Red Ribbon Army". He will also mention Eighter helping him defeat Ninja Murasaki.
- Japanese dub: Takeshi Aono (most media), Nobuo Tobita (Dr. Slump remake)
- English FUNimation dub: Duncan Brannan
- English Blue Water dub: Zane Sampson
- German dub: Joerg Hengstler (New Dr. Slump)
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Marcelo Pissardini
- Tagalog Dub: Robert Brilliantes
- Murasaki means "purple", "violet", or "lavender" in Japanese.
- A continuity error is Murasaki's sword being broken by Goku's Power Pole, yet in later scenes, he has it again (namely those where he threatens Dr. Flappe). However, he could have taken a sword from one of his brothers.
- Murasaki is the only manga character to be killed off in filler. According to a special Jump, he resides in the world of the dead, so he is confirmed deceased.
- Murasaki is the only member of the Red Ribbon Army to appear in a live-action adaption, although he is not a member of the Red Ribbon Army in the movie's continuity.