The Shinobi Clan is a group that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is a ninja Clan consisting of Mobian chameleons led by the Bride of Constant Vigil.
Protectors of the Dragon Kingdom
The Shinobi Clan generally serves the forces of good, though they do not act openly. In the past, they attempted to police the Dragon Kingdom and oppose the less virtuous clans. However, due to their small numbers they were nearly eliminated. Following this, the clan adopted more indirect, secretive methods to ensure its survival, often working by observation and gathering intelligence. They maintained these tactics for generations; eventually the Brotherhood of Guardians, who watched over Angel Island and other areas of the world, caught the clan's attention. Feeling that this "powerful, species-centric" group was suspected to be dangerous, the clan decided to assign an agent to observe the active Guardian of the time so as to be aware of any worrisome decisions made.
After the Bride of the Four Houses brought an end to the Clan Wars slaying the leader of the Yagyu Clan and making it her own, Constant Vigil surrendered herself and her clan to the Iron Queen, who used them as part of the Iron Dominion's forces. Despite believing the Iron Queen to be evil, she did so because she feared open opposition would result in the destruction of the Shinobi. However, once it was clear that the Iron Dominion had lost most of its power, the Shinobi Clan felt it safe to break away and aid the opposition.
- Shinobi, or shinobi-no-mono (忍び) is the native Japanese word for a male ninja. The word is well known among Western audiences as the name of a series of video games created by Sega, each of which starred a ninja as the main character. (Shinobi stories based on these games appeared frequently in the UK publication, Sonic the Comic.)
- A chameleon bearing great resemblance to Liza was seen among the clan and it was heavily implied and later confirmed in a blog by current writer Ian Flynn that the chameleon was indeed Liza.
- A cancelled idea for "The Chaotix Quest" storyline in Sonic Universe #46-#49 would have revealed that Liza was not, like Espio and Valdez, a member of the Shinobi Clan by birth. She would instead have joined the clan with Espio's sponsorship after being rejected by the Rainbow Valley Chameleons when she was De-Roboticized. When Espio later contacted the clan for help with Mightý and Ray, a still-training Liza would be dispatched in order to help her overcome her issues with other mobian races.