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Suhara, primarily known by the codename Shadowsan, is a former member of the V.I.L.E. Faculty and now a member of Carmen's crew.


Shadowsan is a middle aged Japanese man with a semi shaved head, moderate wrinkles upon his face, and a physically fit form necessary for conducting stealth operations efficiently. His attire while a Faculty member in V.I.L.E. included a blue-grey men's Haori, accompanied by a medium gray Hakama trousers, and Setta sandals. After joining Carmen's crew, he switches to a black polo with grey trousers and black shoes. Whenever venturing on stealth operations for Carmen, he wears a black shinobi outfit.

After Team Red bought the Carmen Brand Outerwear warehouse as their base, Shadowsan wears his original outfit during off time from missions; he only wears his other outfit to blend in in public areas.


In V.I.L.E., Shadowsan was known for his discipline and no-nonsense demeanor, and was considered the strictest of the five Faculty members, as he almost never cracks a smile, usually having a neutral, unfazed expression or a scowl.

He believes that origami is the best way to master the nimble touch required for pickpocketing, giving someone precision and focus, and improving one's attentiveness. He is extremely irritated by any lack of discipline, such as when 'Black Sheep' would pull pranks and be a disruption to class; or the times Paper Star would use her origami weapons in class for simple matters.

However, Shadowsan couldn't bear to leave a young and defenseless infant Black Sheep in her father's burning home, proving that he has more morals than the other villains, and after her escape, he felt better, believing she'd start a new life, but had to contend with her stealing from V.I.L.E., which complicated his position. In the months after her departure, he covertly 'reasoned' with the Faculty as to why certain operatives should handle some missions, allowing Carmen some room for victory.

After defecting from V.I.L.E. and joining Carmen's crew, he retained his serious demeanor, often sternly quipping about Zack and Ivy's always-on goofiness and being unfazed by their attempts to get him to lighten up.


As a former member of the five masterminds of V.I.L.E, Shadowsan had near supreme authority in the organization before his defection. He is a skilled origami craftsman, believing that origami is the best way to master a nimble touch necessary for picking pockets.

He knows the human body so well he can easily target its weak points, as when he knocked Coach Brunt unconscious by pinching a nerve on the back of her neck. He is highly agile despite being middle-aged, as seen when he was able to evade and trip both Carmen and Tigress during their final exam; even following Ivy on a rooftop chase across Poitiers with little effort. Shadowsan is also incredibly strong, as he has shown being able to throw grown men with ease in the "The Daisho Caper" and carrying Carmen on his shoulders with ease in "The Hot Rocks of Rio Caper, part 2".

As the former mentor of Stealth 101, he is a master at stealth able to allude from V.I.L.E's faculty and even Carmen herself. As a ninja he's able to hide in plain sight and infiltrate enemy targets with ease.

Shadowsan is implied to be highly skilled with a sword, likely due to a need for swordsmanship skills being an assassin and close-quarters-combat specialist and was shown being able to cut a metal padlock with ease. Shadowsan also is a precise marksman as shown in "The Daisho Caper" where he knocked a man out by throwing two chopsticks at him.

He's also a master combatant able to handle most if all opposition from V.I.L.E with relative ease unless the opposition set traps or use gimmicks to get the upper hand. He has great reflexes, able to catch object thrown at him while he's not looking.


Early life

Shadowsan was born in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan, as Suhara, the younger brother of Hideo. As they grew, Hideo was the more scholarly and responsible sibling, while Suhara was the exact opposite. They lived a simple and poor life that Hideo was content with. However, Suhara believed he deserved more, so he decided to become a thief and joined the Yakuza. He stole the katana of a legendary samurai's daishō, on display at Matsumoto Castle's museum, where Hideo worked as a curator, as an initiation, but before he could steal the accompanying wakizashi, Hideo thwarted him and Suhara fled with the stolen sword, therefore severing his relationship with his brother and leading to their estrangement.


At some unknown point, he joined V.I.L.E. and was a pupil of Dexter Wolfe- the Faculty member teaching Stealth 101. It was following his theft of the Katana that he saw himself as a shadow of his former self, choosing his codename of "Shadowsan". Some time after graduation, Shadowsan, then a young first year operative, was ordered by the Faculty to assassinate Wolfe, after learning that he had stolen resources from V.I.L.E. and believing that he was planning to run. Shadowsan followed the movements of his former teacher to his home outside Buenos Aires, where he discovered that Wolfe indeed was leaving V.I.L.E., but the reason he intended to do so was that he now had an infant daughter. Shadowsan saw that the character had shifted in Wolfe so much, that he continued to observe until nightfall.

However, before he could commit the assassination, Interpol agents swarmed Wolfe's home, and Shadowsan witnessed a young agent kill Wolfe, believing his car keys to be a gun. With no recourse, Shadowsan burnt down Wolfe's home to erase evidence and brought the baby back to V.I.L.E. Island, having nowhere else he could take an orphan. Explaining most of the story and amending some details, the Faculty adopted the baby, giving her the codename Black Sheep (Carmen Sandiego), after seeing she had inherited some of her father's skills in pickpocketing, believing they could mold her into a perfect operative. Shadowsan, however, hoped he could somehow redeem himself by secretly guiding the child. The Faculty then awarded Wolfe's vacant seat to Shadowsan in return for his deed.

Teaching at V.I.L.E. Academy

Years later, when young Black Sheep wanted to start training to become an operative, he told the V.I.L.E. council that Black Sheep was too young and immature to enroll in V.I.L.E. Academy, but was outvoted by the other Faculty. He recommended expulsion when Black Sheep pulled her annual water balloon prank on Cookie Booker, but was routinely outvoted. When the time came for Final Exams, Shadowsan required that each student find a single dollar bill he had hidden in his coat with many pockets, with the other students finding it. As Black Sheep was called to take the exam, he sabotaged her by leaving the coat empty, subsequently failing her. Black Sheep requested a do-over, but Shadowsan refused and forced her into a remedial year. When Black Sheep accused him of leaving the coat empty, he became furious and denounced her accusation.

Following Black Sheep's stowaway to Morocco, it was her defiance that threatened to be her end, but thankfully Coach Brunt argued for stricter supervision; allowing Shadowsan's concern to remain hidden. During the hard drive incident, Shadow-san pulled out his trusted katana sword, and before meeting the Cleaners, he cut the wires on their helicopter and tried to join Black Sheep in her escape, keeping his sword drawn as a ruse. Black Sheep, unaware of his true intentions, assumed he was coming to attack when she saw his sword was drawn, so she left him behind. Shadowsan would stay on the island, secretly planning his escape.


The Chasing Paper Caper

When Professor Maelstrom wanted to send Paper Star to steal the Magna Carta, Shadowsan was against it, saying that the girl wasn't ready, but was outvoted on the matter.

The Lucky Cat Caper

For the San Francisco Caper, Shadowsan suggested sending Tigress to retrieve the $10,000,000 stamp from Mime Bomb, stating that she was one of his best students. When in reality, he wanted to give Carmen the chance to one-up her old rival, and give Carmen another win by keeping V.I.L.E. from gaining such funding.

Shadowsan doubted the Cleaners would be able to arrive in time to pick Tigress up before she lost the stamp, only for Coach Brunt to reveal that she sent the Cleaners ahead of time. Shadowsan attempted to contact Tigress on her phone, only for it to call Carmen, who had stolen the phone after retrieving the stamp. She again tried to get him to admit that the coat was empty, but he did not respond, only for Carmen to state that she didn't need his validation and toss the phone in the river.

The French Connection Caper

Upon discovering some connection between Carmen Sandiego and Agent Chase Devineaux, Shadowsan offered to deal with the problem himself, but when Coach Brunt volunteered as well, Shadowsan believed that Brunt was too soft on Black Sheep, which Brunt vehemently denied. Ultimately, it was decided that both Brunt and Shadowsan would handle this together, much to Shadowsan's annoyance.

After kidnapping Devineaux, they attempted to question him about A.C.M.E and his connection to Carmen. When he was uncooperative, they put a brain scrambling helmet on him that would force the truth out of him. Seeing Carmen through a window, Shadowsan said he will go deal with her while Brunt continues the interrogation; Brunt, however, did not wish to let Carmen get away. When Coach Brunt finally caught Carmen after a brief battle and attempted to bear hug the life out of her, Shadowsan knocked out Brunt and saved Carmen from being crushed. He then helped her escape by going through a tunnel in the ground and helped carry her to the top of a bell tower. There he told her that when she first made her escape from V.I.L.E., he was actually trying to join her, and the drawn sword was a ruse. He also elaborates it was he who sabotaged the helicopter, being the only reason she wasn't captured by the Cleaners immediately after her escape.

He explained his caring for her, thusly why he was always hard on her and confessed to purposely failing her Final Exam. He didn't want her to lead a life of evil, and knew she would never accept V.I.L.E.s methods, and knew what they would do to her when she refused. After saving her and knowing there would be no changing her path, he left her a new V.I.L.E. Data Hard Drive for more capers to pull before he disappeared into the night.

The Hot Rocks of Rio Caper

Seeking to disrupt one of V.I.L.E.'s mining operations, Shadowsan traveled to Rio de Janeiro - disguising himself as a Carnival reveler. Zack and Ivy disrupted him while he was surreptitiously tailing Le Chevre, so Shadowsan incapacitated them so that they wouldn't get hurt or in his way. Making his way to V.I.L.E's mining operation, he realized Carmen had been captured and tricked Le Chevre, El Topo, and Tigress into thinking he'd only pretended to betray V.I.L.E. so as to lure Carmen into a trap. Shadowsan freed Carmen and they escaped by clinging to the side of a bus; Carmen later asking Shadowsan to tell her what he knew of her past, though he refused. Carmen and Shadowsan commandered V.I.L.E.'s aquatic tank - disguised as dragon-shaped parade float - and disguised it as a duck, enabling them to evade detection.

The Daisho Caper

Shadowsan next returned to his hometown in order to return the sword he had stolen in his youth, hoping to reconcile with his long-estranged brother, Hideo. After encountering Hideo, Carmen confronted Shadowsan assuming he had come to steal the wakizashi and complete the daisho, but Shadowsan revealed his true intentions and his past to her. Japanese V.I.L.E. operative Lady Dokuso, partnered with Paper Star, stole the wakizashi to lure Shadowsan and Carmen into a trap. While Carmen pursued Paper Star to retrieve the wakizashi, Shadowsan engaged Lady Dokuso's Yakuza minions at her nightclub, defeating them with his bare hands and a set of chopsticks. Shadowsan abruptly collapsed and Lady Dokuso revealed she had poisoned the chopsticks with a nerve toxin emulating puffer fish venom, intending to kill him with his own sword; but she was stopped by Carmen - who had retrieved the wakizashi - and forced to retreat emptyhanded. After the poison's effects wore off, Shadowsan returned the katana he stole and apologized to his brother, prostrating himself as a sign of remorse. However, Hideo rejected his brother's apology and Shadowsan left.

The Fashionista Caper

After failing to stop V.I.L.E. Agent Dash Haber from stealing smart-fabric in Greece, Shadowsan deduces that Countess Cleo and Dr. Bellum are working together on a caper, likely an idea from an operative aiming to replace him as Faculty. Later on, Shadowsan aids Carmen in thwarting the caper. Taking Shadowsan to a clothing store, he changes his attire to something not as ostentatious as his Wafuku. Shadowsan additionally buys some sunglasses, after he argues that "Zack got gelato and pizza." when Carmen gives him a slightly smug smile

The Boston Tea Party Caper

As Carmen's team look at a building for a possible stationary HQ, they tell Shadowsan how they all met on their first heist: the Donut Shop Caper. Hearing their story, Shadowsan adds that the V.I.L.E. Faculty had no idea how dangerous Carmen was to them.

The Need for Speed Caper

V.I.L.E. operative 'The Mechanic' comes from London with a plan: steal the most advanced car in the world to make a fleet of V.I.L.E. super-getaway-cars. Shadowsan coordinates with Player, while Carmen's team go to Dubai to steal the super car to keep it away from V.I.L.E. After the caper, Carmen buys a warehouse to give them roots to call home, and Player calls with a lead in Moscow; Carmen and Shadowsan go, while Zack and Ivy remodel their new home.

The Crackle Goes Kiwi Caper

In Moscow, Shadowsan and Carmen encounter Neal the Eel at the Kremlin, but he escapes. When Carmen recruits the mind-wiped Graham to aid in the mission, Shadowsan stayed at their San Diego HQ, not wanting to risk triggering any V.I.L.E. memories or impulses.

The African Ice Caper

After Carmen's near death after being lost in a snowy forest, Shadowsan completes her missions as she recovers at HQ.

The Deep Dive Caper

After recovering the data from the now destroyed Isle of V.I.L.E., Carmen confronts Shadowsan, who reveals her father, former Stealth 101 instructor Dexter Wolfe was mostly absent as a teacher, but always delivered results. The Faculty then learned of his planning to leave V.I.L.E., ordering Shadowsan to remove him. After finding Wolfe's secret family life, Interpol swarmed Wolfe's home that night before Shadowsan could carry out the mission, and Wolfe was accidentally killed by Agent Tamara Fraser, the now Chief of A.C.M.E. After burning Wolfe's house, Shadowsan saved baby Carmen and her Matryoshka dolls; the Faculty then voted to keep her lineage secret and induct Shadowsan. After Player tracks the Chief, Carmen leaves her a V.I.L.E. data-drive, which allows Player to hack A.C.M.E. and corroborate Shadowsan's account.

The Luchadora Tango Caper

Shadowsan aided Carmen in her fight against new VILE graduates Spin Kick and Fly Trap, and together, the two left them tied to a flagpole. Afterwards, Shadowsan discovered a tracking device they had implanted on Carmen and used it to lead the two off her trail, taking it on a flight to Africa while Carmen and her crew moved on to Veracruz. During the flight, he contacts Ivy, expressing concern over what Carmen may learn about her mother.

The Day of the Dead Caper

Shadowsan is seen again fooling Spin Kick and Fly Trap by placing the tracking device on a scarecrow in a cornfield he had dressed up to resemble Carmen. He smirks as he drives off after hearing Spin Kick yell in frustration.

The Masks of Venice Caper

Shadowsan meets up with the team in Venice, Italy, where they spot Mime Bomb and Neal the Eel. Carmen and Shadowsan attempted to capture Mime Bomb, but he managed to evade them. Later, they examined an exhibition of rare masks from around the world at a museum, when Shadowsan noticed a Japanese one worn by samurai. After hearing that experts from around the globe would be speaking at the conference, he asked if one of them was from Japan, only to see that the speaker was, in fact, his brother, Hideo.

Shadowsan managed to flee before Hideo could see him, and Carmen, seeing Hideo as well, found Shadowsan out on a balcony, not wanting to once again steal something that meant so much to his brother. Carmen told him they wouldn't be stealing the masks, but Shadowsan countered that Hideo wouldn't recognize the difference. Carmen reminded him that if they didn't steal the masks, V.I.L.E. would, so that night, Carmen and Shadowsan, in disguise, broke into the museum and began to swipe the masks. Hideo interrupted them, and Carmen attempted to defend Shadowsan, informing him that they were only taking the masks to protect them from real thieves. They show him a video clip of Mime Bomb and Shadowsan states he's a criminal, but naturally, Hideo is skeptical, believing that the two were attempting to distract him while a cohort stole the masks, pointing out that Neal the Eel had arrived and was currently doing so. However, upon witnessing Shadowsan attempting to protect the masks from Neal, he began to believe them, but did not think that stealing the masks were the only way to keep them safe. When Shadowsan told him that it was the only way they knew, he offered to help, knocking out Zari with a velvet rope post when she cornered Carmen and Shadowsan. He then aided in lowering the crate filled with the masks to a waiting boat, after which Shadowsan advised him to leave so as not to be noticed by the authorities.

After the masks were secured by the proper authorities, Hideo stated that his brother was performing "A samurai's work in ninja's clothing", and stated that he could not welcome Shadowsan back home, as he still had important work to do with Carmen and her team. The two bowed to each other, their family bond at long last restored.

The Jolly Good Show Caper

Shadowsan arrives with Carmen and her crew in England, where they receive supposed intel on an attempt to heist the Crown Jewels. Shadowsan states that it is an impossible heist, but Carmen states that if V.I.L.E. does intend to go through with it, they have an angle. When learning that there is a national British holiday that day, Bonfire Night, he admits it would be like them to use the chaos of the celebration as a distraction.

Later, he and Carmen, undercover as tourists, enter the tower, where Shadowsan distracts a guard, allowing Carmen to enter a room and hack the security cameras into Player's computers. Outside the tower, Shadowsan expresses concern about Roundabout, V.I.L.E.'s double agent in the British Secret Service, stating that an impossible heist means a greater possibility of capture, and that if Carmen were caught, she would most likely be taken by the Cleaners before seeing a jail cell.

That night, Carmen and Shadowsan made their way to the tower, once there, Shadowsan made his way over and used a pressure point move to knock out El Topo, who he spotted sneaking in.

Later, after Carmen's arrest, Shadowsan catches up with Roundabout in Big Ben, where he had handed the crown off to Le Chevre, and the two engaged in a duel, whereupon the police arrived at the scene, but to Roundabout's surprise, they were there to arrest him.

Shadowsan explained that Carmen had been onto his plan from the start, knowing he'd concoct an elaborate scheme, and so they planned around that to make it seem like he'd won. The two policemen driving the paddy wagon Carmen had been put into had been Zack and Ivy in disguise, and Player hacked into the Troll's computer systems to prevent him from finding Carmen, he also recorded Roundabout's theft and broadcasted it to ACME. Carmen, in disguise, swiped the crown from Le Chevre and deposited it in Roundabout's office, to be discovered by Agent Zari and Chase Devineaux. Roundabout was promptly arrested, and Carmen and Shadowsan observed the fireworks, Carmen stating that the truth was now finally out about Roundabout's double life, and Shadowsan, smiling, said that one day, the truth would be known about her as well.

The Beijing Bullion Caper

A little while after the adventure in London, Shadowsan was aiding Team Red on another caper in the Forbidden City in Beijing. The mission was to protect Huang Li, manager of the gold bouillons in China's largest bank, who was touring the city with his daughter Xifeng and a bodyguard, from Neal the Eel and Lady Dokuso, who were there to kidnap him in order to force him to turn over the bouillon, which Shadowsan says that even a small portion of can fund V.I.L.E.'s crimes for years.

Later during the mission, Shadownsan fights Lady Dokuso on a rooftop, and both end up falling. Dokuso is forced to flee and Shadowsan greatly hurts his leg and is brought to safety by Zack and Ivy, requiring a cast.

The Big Bad Ivy Caper

While Carmen and Ivy are working on the latest mission, Shadowsan remains at HQ to rest his leg, with Zack staying behind to keep him company, much to his annoyance.

While at HQ, Shadowsan claimed he would teach Zack on how to be a proper ninja, yet in reality he was trying to make him to stay silent without bothering his recovery. He even knocks Zack out with a pressure point on the back of his neck, under the guise of training him, in order to get some peace and quiet.

The Robo Caper

After fighting Saira Bellum's completed robot operative, Roby the Robo-Robber, who tried to steal a golden crown from a new science museum in Singapore, Carmen and Ivy are able to get Roby's arm after it is run over by Ivy, and they bring it back to headquarters for analyzing. Later, Shadowsan, still recovering at HQ, has to fend for himself against Roby's reactivated arm after Dr. Bellum tries to replace and fix the main body's new arm at her lab, and is able to crush it with the elevator.

The V.I.L.E. History Caper

When an excavation of a newly discovered cavern in Turkey reveals footage of a V symbol on a wall, Shadowsan explains to the rest of the team how the symbol represented V.I.L.E. in its early history, knowledge which was kept only to the V.I.L.E. faculty.

After finding the first clue, Shadowsan finally has his cast removed and joins Carmen on the mission to a Viking ship buried underground in the Arctic Ocean, where Shadowsan fights Coach Brunt. Their fighting causes instability in the cavern and the surrounding ice sheet to collapse, but everyone makes it out in time.

The Viennese Waltz Caper

After Carmen is kidnapped by V.I.L.E., Player finds a new lead about an upcoming scheme. Shadowsan, Zack, Ivy and A.C.M.E. fly to Vienna to intercept V.I.L.E.'s latest heist, hoping it'll lead them to the missing Carmen, unaware that the Faculty have successfully brainwashed Carmen into becoming a pure evil version of herself who quickly rebuilds their funds.

Carmen nearly kills Zack by kicking him off a ferris wheel, but Shadowsan manages to save him.

The Dark Red Caper

The brainwashed Carmen has earned the faculty's seat and declares V.I.L.E. her family. Chief and Julia find and track down Carmen's mother who runs an orphanage, which she started initially in the hopes of finding her lost daughter. The Chief tries to lure Carmen in by using Julia's blog to trick Carmen into meeting with her for the information they've found on her missing mother. Because of her brainwashing, Carmen doesn't remember the deal she'd made with the Chief or even anything about her mother, so she never shows, but Shadowsan, who figured out the blog clues after being alerted by Player, goes instead and is able to steal the file on her mother. This in turn allows him to track her down and the last missing matryoshka doll.

During the heist, Carmen and Shadowsan meet up, Carmen, under the false belief that he killed Dexter Wolfe, fights him, but Shadowsan stops her by showing off the last matryoshka doll, helping her snap out of the brainwashing.

Afterwards, Carmen gives Chief V.I.L.E.'s location, leading to the arrest of Brunt, Bellum, Cleo, Roundabout, Maelstrom, Tigress and Mime Bomb. Shadowsan gives Chief intel, allowing them to track down operatives still on the loose. When Carmen states she is ready to get back to work, Shadowsan states that she deserves a normal life, telling Carmen how she's inspired plenty of other people to fight the good fight. He then shows Carmen ACME's file on her, allowing to her reunite with her mother, as the team splits up, Shadowsan returns home to his brother.










  • Due to his scowling, Brunt calls him "Stone Face". Chase mentions Shadowsan's face is "weathered, like backside of lizard,"
  • He is a foil to Coach Brunt. Both were parental figures to Carmen, but Shadowsan was sterner and opposed her becoming a VILE thief, seemingly to hate her. While Brunt was a doting parent, shed a tear of joy when Carmen enrolled in their school, and never shied away from showing love to her adopted daughter.
    • Upon Carmen's betrayal, Brunt's response was to try and kill her for turning on family, but it was Shadowsan who truly always cared for Carmen and didn't want her to become a VILE thief because he thought she was better than that.
    • Despite Coach Brunt and Shadowsan butting heads with each other for what seems like Shadowsan's entire V.I.L.E. career, they only fought once after his defect.
  • Shadowsan is one of the five members who have an evil counterpart in VILE (after defecting himself): Lady Dokuso.
    • Unlike his teammates, Shadowsan was the only one to receive a significant injury from his V.I.L.E. counterpart.
  • Major changes in Shadowsan's life were sparked from Carmen's bloodline:
    • His last mission as a V.I.L.E. operative was hunting down and killing Dexter Wolfe, which got him his faculty chair.
    • His defect from V.I.L.E. was brought on with Carmen's defect in the series' two-part premier.
    • The search for Carmen's mother indirectly helped Shadowsan save Carmen and complete their mission in taking down V.I.L.E..
  • Shadowsan is one of two members to be referred mainly by their codename.
  • Shadowsan, like Carmen, had the intention to kill at least once in the series.
    • Unlike Carmen, he was ordered to kill by V.I.L.E..
  • Shadowsan has the following distinctions from the other members of Team Red:
    • He is the last to be recruited to Team Red.
    • He is the tallest and oldest member.
      • Interestingly enough, the two facts above contrasts those of Player's.
    • At the conclusion of the series, Shadowsan is the only member to not meet Player in person.
    • He is the only member to be brought in by A.C.M.E..
      • Despite this, Shadowsan is the only member to never interact with Julia even though she's a A.C.M.E. agent and a close ally to Team Red.
    • He is the only member to not be present on Carmen's first mission.
    • He is the only member/field agent to not impersonate a V.I.L.E. ally.
    • He was the only member to carry a lethal weapon: his Daisho sword before it was returned.
  • In 1994's Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, Suhara was the name of a great Japanese detective who mentored Carmen when she was an A.C.M.E. agent.

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