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Double Dragon: When Will Billy Lee Die?
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on January 20, 2014   |   Episode 13 (Show Archive)  

   

Billy Lee (in Double Dragon II)!
Have you ever wondered how old your favorite video game character will be when they die? Defunct Games puts that question to the test. By studying the lives of gaming's biggest stars, we are able to accurately predict when they'll croak.

(Note: All characters start at 79 years old, the national average for life expectancy.)

NAME: Billy "Hammer" Lee

BORN: July 28, 1970

GAMOGRAPHY: Billy, along with his twin brother Jimmy, is the hero of all five main series Double Dragon games, along with the remakes and spin-offs. You will also find him featured in Battletoads & Double Dragon, Super Spike V'Ball, and the Neo Geo/PlayStation Double Dragon fighting game (which is currently available for the PlayStation 3, PS Vita and PSP).

BIOGRAPHY: Billy and Jimmy Lee have been training their entire lives to become experts at their specific brand of martial arts. One day their peaceful lives are turned upside down when the Black Warriors show up and kidnap Marian, Billy's girlfriend. This sets the twins on an adventure that consumes the rest of their lives.



HE'S A WHITE MALE

He can fight all he wants, but
Billy Lee knows he's statistically
destined to die two years earlier
than the average woman.
Adjustment: -2


HE'S A TWIN

Billy is the younger brother of
Jimmy, his fraternal twin.
Studies show that, on average,
twins tend to live longer.
Adjustment: +3.5


HE'S ATHLETIC

Billy is no couch potato. When he's
not practicing his Sou-Setsu-Ken
moves, Billy is hitting the beach
for a quick game of volleyball.
Adjustment: +4


LIVES IN A HIGH CRIME AREA

Billy may have thought he was
getting a good deal when he signed
the lease, but his home town is
overrun with gang members.
Adjustment: -8


TRAINED HARD AS A KID

Billy began his martial arts training
at age 12 and became a Kung Fu
Sou-Setsu-Ken master at age
20. That's commitment.
Adjustment: +3


HE'S UNPREPARED

He may have trained hard as a kid,
but apparently he skipped a few
classes. Why does he never think
to block or carry multiple weapons?
Adjustment: -3


COMPLICATED FAMILY PROBLEMS

Billy fights with his family as
much as they get along. He was
famously stabbed in the back by
his brother over a girl.
Adjustment: -2


HE IS A WORLD TRAVELER

After defeating the Black Warriors
at home, Billy travels abroad to
continue his fight with this band
of interracial bad guys.
Adjustment: +1.5


TRAGIC LOVE LIFE

Billy's girlfriend is gunned down,
only to be resurrected for some
reason. Later, she's possessed
by evil and Billy beats her up.
Adjustment: -2


ADVENTURE SEEKER

Billy has a hard time saying
no to danger. He lives to thwart
nefarious plans and save the
world from dastardly men.
Adjustment: -5


IS CONSTANTLY BEING BEATEN UP

It's not just that he's looking for
trouble; it's that he's constantly
getting beaten up. Everywhere he
goes, somebody wants to punch Billy.
Adjustment: -20


HAS MEMORY PROBLEMS

Maybe it's all the hits he's taking,
but Billy is unable to remember
moves and combos he's learned
from one sequel to the next.
Adjustment: -8


HE'S PERSISTENT

Even when he's down for the count,
Billy is always able to get back
up and save the day. He knows
there are people depending on him.
Adjustment: +2


HE DOESN'T KNOW WHEN TO STOP

On the other hand, running head-first
into thousands of gang members is
a really good way to cut
your life short.
Adjustment: -7


Life Expectancy - 36 Years Old (1970 - 2006): It's a short life for a street fighter. Even the best martial artist will eventually succumb to a stab in the gut or gunshot in the back of the head. His tragic love life and complicated family problems certainly aren't helping matters. Sadly, our hero won't even live to see 2007, the "futuristic" year the Double Dragon movie was set.

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