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Masks. They allow one to play a role, by hiding our true face. Your mask is no different. Hero? Or murderer? Which is the true face of Ryu Hayabusa?
Regent of the Mask
Real name Theodore Higgins
Alias Regent of the Mask
Race Human
Nationality Diapositivo1.JPG British
Gender Male
Relatives Ashtear (grandfather)
Cliff Higgins (brother)
Mizuki McCloud (sister-in-law)
Saya (wife; deceased)
Canna (daughter)
Professional Status
Affiliation Formerly Lords of Alchemy
Title Regent
Previous Occupation Terrorist (brainwashed)

LOA alchemist

First Appearance
Debut Ninja Gaiden 3
Japanese Voice Kenyu Horiuchi
English Voice James Brinkley

The Regent of the Mask (仮面の導師 Kamen no Doushi ;Monk of the Mask) was an alchemist and a former major member of the Lords of Alchemy. He was also the main adversary for Ryu Hayabusa in Ninja Gaiden 3.



The Regent of the Mask wears a long red robe with two belts around his waist. Underneath he wears gold and black armor. His face is completely covered by a mask that is white and gold. The only part of his face that is visible are his eyes, which are a very light blue. However, when he reveals his true identity at the end of the game, he is shown to have a very handsome face and shoulder-length blonde hair. His weapon of choice is a rapier sword that seems to be western-style as opposed to Ryu's Dragon Sword.


As Theodore, he was a loving father and husband who had disagreed with his brother and grandfather's ideals. After being killed and brought back as the Regent of the Mask, he became a servant to the Lords of Alchemy and their cause for a new world. The Regent has a playfully sadistic side, constantly taunting and infuriating Ryu Hayabusa. He believes that he and Ryu are the same in the sense that they are assassins that live in the darkness who have killed many for their cause. While under mind control he loved to use theatrical gestures as his brother Cliff said he was a fan of opera.

Upon regaining control of his memories, Theodore still shows signs of using theatrical gestures. His true personality is of a man of honor deeply repentant of his crimes under mind-control. He was even willing to aid Ryu against multiple enemies, including giving his brother Cliff the death blow to save Ryu and Mizuki, not only to aid them, but to stop his brother's plans for Canna. He cares for his family deeply still by making Mizuki get medical attention after she was injured. He was willing to die by Ryu's hand in order to undo the Grip of Murder to save Ryu's life by feigning betrayal. Not only desiring redemption, he gave the ultimate sacrifice to save his daughter, knowing only Ryu could achieve this.


The real identity of Regent of the Mask is Theodore Higgins, Cliff's brother. Years ago, he married Mizuki's sister Saya, and together they had a daughter, Canna. A year before the events of Ninja Gaiden 3, Theodore and Saya died in an accident, but somehow Cliff brought Theodore back to life and transformed him into the Regent of the Mask, controlling him with the mask that covers his face.


Ninja Gaiden 3[]

The Regent of the Mask leads a group of terrorists in London, England, and takes the Prime Minister hostage. The master shinobi Ryu Hayabusa infiltrates the Prime Minister's estate just as the Regent anticipated and viciously

Theodore watches Ryu's suffering

slaughters the Prime Minister. After a battle ensues, the super ninja manages to wound the alchemist by heavily slashing the dragon sword through his body. The alchemist surprisingly manages to cast a curse into Ryu as he chants the cursing spell, while the ninja's sword is still through his body, and then leaves Hayabusa with the powerful Grip of Murder (殺戮の兇手; Satsuriku no Kyoushu, Slaughter's Evil Hand) curse on his arm, infusing the Dragon Ninja's sword into his hand with the rage and hatred of those he killed.

The Regent then appears on a news broadcast demanding that every country in the world surrender to him with the deadline being seven days.

Regent claps his hands

The Regent appears before Ryu again in the Rub' al Khali desert, revealing his status as an alchemist and the nature of the Grip of Murder. He taunts the ninja with talk about all of the lives he has taken. Having enough, Ryu tries to strike the Regent down, but discovers that he is an illusion. The Regent disappears, leaving a powerful helicopter for Ryu to fight.

At the LOA laboratory on Abismo Island, the Regent appears yet again, revealing to Ryu that the dinosaurs inside the giant capsules are clones from fossil cells. They were created to make business and to see if humans were capable of being cloned. Then the Regent unleashes a gigantic T-Rex on Ryu to fight. After the ninja defeats the dinosaur, the Regent comes forth, this time with Mizuki as a hostage. He forces Ryu to surrender, but as the ninja surrenders and walks backwards, Mizuki then shot Ryu and he drops unconscious. The Regent has Lovelace throw Ryu into the virtual stimulation environment. But after the ninja escapes, rescues Canna, and finds the “egg of a god,” the Regent appears again, holding Mizuki. However, Mizuki breaks free and reunites with her daughter. The Regent then reveals to Ryu that he wishes to see a new world with a new god. Much to everyone’s surprise, the Regent mercilessly pushes Lovelace into the egg’s container, thinking that she would add something to it, and watches as she transforms into a prototype god. Although admitting that it is imperfect, the Regent proclaims that it is still mightier than any man. He then leaves Ryu to fight Lovelace, escaping from the lab before it self-destructs.

On the Black Narwhal, the Regent appears once more against Ryu when the ninja finds him in front of a gigantic capsule containing Canna and an egg. Declaring that it is the “final act,” the Regent pulls his sword to battle Ryu. After a long battle, Ryu defeats the Regent and slays him, slicing his mask in half and revealing his face. Cliff then appears and reveals to Ryu that the Regent was actually Theodore Higgins, Canna’s father. Since Theodore was killed by Ryu right in front of Canna’s eyes, this event triggers her anger and causes her to merge with the egg, transforming into the Goddess.

However, Theodore somehow survives the battle and regains his mind. He appears in Tokyo, saving Ryu and Mizuki from Cliff and delivering a fatal blow to his brother. After Cliff dies, Theodore does not answer any of Mizuki’s

Ryu vs Theodore

questions and instead tells her to get her wounds treated, which she reluctantly complies. Theodore accompanies Ryu as he gets closer to Canna. But to Ryu’s surprise, Theodore turns on him and draws his sword, proclaiming that as Canna’s father, he cannot allow Ryu to kill her. The two of them fight each other once more, and once again, Theodore loses as Ryu cuts through his body. All of a sudden, Theodore begins chanting an ancient Slavic incantation, and in an instant, the Grip of Murder disappears from Ryu’s arm. The super ninja realizes that Theodore wanted him to fight and kill him. With his last breath, Theodore pleads for Ryu to save Canna and the world before he dies.

Powers & Abilities[]

A shot of Ryu fighting Regent of the Mask.

Coming from a special European bloodline of alchemist, Theodore was trained in the art of sorcery and swordplay and is a master in his own right.[1]


  • Agility: In battle, Theodore's speed and agility is on a similar level to that of Ryu Hayabusa, having matched him in speed during his battles and able to survive jumping heights similar to that of the Dragon Ninja.[1]
  • Strength: Theodore has enough strength to utilizes techniques in which can send Ryu into the air with his attacks.[1]
  • Durability: Theodore is incredibly durable, having manage to survive two of Ryu's obliteration techniques point blank and manage to survive being at sea without assistance despite his injuries.[1]
  • Hand-to-Hand: Theodore utilizes hand-to-hand attacks within his attacks.[1] His skill in his unarmed combat styles are on par with that of Ryu Hayabusa's own.[2]
  • Swordplay: Theodore possesses great skill in swordplay, possessing enough skill to be on par with that of Ryu Hayabusa.[2]
  • Fencing: Theodore's main style, he is extremely skilled in European style sword fighting with a rapier enough to be considered a master.[2]
  • Alchemy: Theodore is a master of alchemy, a primordial technology that allows him to seemingly manipulate matter. His alchemy is powerful enough to affect Ryu Hayabysa and break down even divine weapons such as the Dragon Sword in structure with ease.[2]
  • Magic: Theodore is capable in performing magic.[1]


  • Illusions: Theodore can casts illusions and cause hallucinations at will towards a target, powerful enough to convince Ryu's perceptions.[1]
  • Energy Bolts: Theodore can fire bolts of red energy towards an opponent to damage and/or distract them enough to perform special combos.[1]
  • Drain: Theodore possess the same magic type in which allows him to drain other's life force like that of other alchemists.[1]
  • Magic: During battle, Theodore's alchemy can allow him to ignore damaging attacks done by weapons such as the Dragon Sword for a time.[1]


  • Grip of Murder: An ancient, Slavic curse that imbues the victim with the pain and suffering of all those that he/she has killed. It makes the victim go through excruciating pain as it rots the victim from the inside out and spreads throughout their body until death.[1]
  • Enochian Magic: Theodore is well versed in this alchemy enough to dispel a barrier made from this power by the Goddess.[1]
  • Materialization: Theodore is capable of materializing his rapier during his third duel with Ryu.[1]


  • Reverse Wind Technique: Theodore uses some variation or similar move, able to dodge backwards and sideways and leaves an after image.[1]
  • Furious Wind Technique: Theodore uses a variation or similar move, able to dash away after blocking an attack leaving an afterimage.[1]
  • Dash Attack: Similar to Ryu's "Haze Straight Slash" technique, Theodore can perform a dashing thrust attack.[1]
  • Alchemy Grip Attack: A attack in which Theodore grips the target with his right hand and alchemy, pulls them aside closer to him, stabs them in the chest, and kicks them away.[1]
  • Aerial Attack: Sending an opponent in the air similar to Ryu's "Blade of Empty Air" technique, he performs 3 stabs before grabbing, flipping, and throwing the enemy downward.[1]
  • Multi-Stab Attack: Flipping onto the opponent and grabbing them, he knees them in the air and performs stabs in rapid succession, suspending his target in the air for a few seconds before hitting his opponent away.[1]
  • Alchemy Spinning Attack: After blinding an enemy with a red energy bolt, he flips ontop of the target and stabs them, performing a handstand with the swords impaled into the target, and then spins before sending them off. It is his most devastating swordplay-related attack.[1]


  • "I've been waiting for you, hero." - The Regent of the Mask's first words to Ryu.
  • "Let's dispense with the introductions and get straight to the killing, shall we?" - The Regent initiating his first duel with Ryu.
  • "Open your eyes, Ryu Hayabusa." - The Regent, after inflicting the Grip of Murder upon Ryu.
  • "So, how does it feel to suffer as all your victims?" - The Regent, observing Ryu as the Grip of Murder takes hold.
  • "We are both steeped in the blood of our countless victims, my brother... Farewell until we meet again."
  • "Ah. An alchemist. Born again in the here and now." The Regent of the Mask introducing himself on Day 2 to Ryu.
  • "Think. Think! How many lives has that hand taken? Hundreds? Thousands? The blood of those you have cut down infused your sword together with their vengeful hatred! Now, it's in your arm!" - Talking to Ryu when they're in the desert (Day 2), explaining to Ryu the purpose of Grip of Murder.
  • "The only real question is, who will die first? You, or the world?'"' - Speaking to Ryu again in the desert.
  • "Masks. They allow one to play a role, by hiding our true face. Your mask is no different. Hero? or Murderer? Which is the true face of Ryu Hayabusa?"- Spoke to Ryu before they fight when Ryu breaks out of the Virtual environment.
  • "The modern alchemist makes the dreams of gods come true. I wish to see the birth of a new world." - The Regent explaining his and the Lords of Alchemy goals.
  • "You know, I think you might add something to the mix as well." - The Regent before betraying Lovelace.
  • "Behold, the prototype of a god. It is...imperfect. Born of a warped heart, it stands before you incomplete, less than whole. Yet even so, it is far mightier than a mere man." - The Regent explaining the characteristics of the prototype of god Lovelace was transformed into.
  • "Well now, shall we witness the power of a god?" - The Regent's opening comment as he observes the battle between Ryu and the prototype of god.
  • "You're late, Mr. Scary Ninja." - The Regent greeting Ryu as he comes to rescue Canna.
  • "This is the final act, Dragon Ninja. You were always fated to end in tragedy!" - The Regent beginning his final duel with Ryu aboard the Black Narwhal.
  • "It is your fate to use that sword to cut down my daughter! As her father, I cannot allow you to do that!" - spoke to Ryu before their last fight when he realized that Ryu is going to use the Blade of the Archfiend to fight the Goddess/Canna.
  • "Ex sanguine salvatio!" - Incantation of removing the Grip of Murder on Ryu Hayabusa



  • The upper part of the regent's mask is based off the original mask design of the Phantom of the Opera. Later when the mask is cut in half after the regent's defeat, Cliff uses it to refer to his brother's love of theater. the destroyed mask is more accurate to that of the mask used in the theater production by Andrew Lloyd Webber and in many later adaptions
  • From the story, it was revealed that the Regent of the Mask was the one who gets stabbed by Ryu in the very first teaser trailer.
  • When Canna turns to a Goddess, there is a scene showing her destroying the ship and everybody sinks into the water. If the player looks closely, right after the moment Ryu Hayabusa sinks into the water, the player can vaguely sees a figure swimming up. From the appearance of it, the figure appears to be the Regent, unmasked, yet his face isn't shown clearly.
  • He needs his own blood to activate and dispel the grip of murder, as was seen in his first and last battle against Ryu.
  • For Alexei's sound files, he uses the shared sounds in Test of Valor at Day 7.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ninja Gaiden 3: Unmasked artbook