The Master

Real Name: John Peter Macallister

Identity/Class: Normal human, trained as a ninja

Occupation: None

Affiliations: Max Keller (protege, played by Timothy Van Patten)

Enemies: Okasa (former student, played by Sho Kosugi)

Known Relatives: Unnamed daughter

Aliases: None known

Base of Operations: Mobile across the USA

First Appearance: The Master (NBC, 1984)

Powers/Abilities: Trained ninja. Skilled in martial arts, in a variety of weapons, and in infiltration techniques.

History: American soldier John Peter Macallister served in the Korean conflict. After the war he decided to settle in Japan, where he came to study ninkitsu, eventually becoming one of the very few Westerners to be inducted into a Ninja clan. He served the clan for thirty years, but then discovered he had a daughter. He expressed his desire to leave the clan to find her, but was told the only way out was death. He took this warning to heart - and killed most of the clan before leaving to search for his off-spring. The survivors marked him for death, and his student Okasa pursued him, swearing to kill him.

Macallister made it to the US, where he encountered drifter Max Keller, who offered to aid him in his search. In return Macallister is is training Keller in the ways of ninjitsu.

Comments: The Master was played by Lee van Cleef. The show ran for one season, between 20th January 1984 and 31 August 1984, a total of 13 episodes. Several episodes were later patched together to make TV movies.

CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with

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