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Talpa is the main villain of the 1995 anime Ronin Warriors, the English-language adaptation of the Japanese series Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (which aired in Japan in 1988). In Samurai Troopers, his name is Arago. Talpa was introduced in the first episode “Shadowland,” but he was shown as a ghostly visage. Only in later episodes was his true form revealed—a tall figure in a stylized samurai armor with spikes, claws, and a skull-like helmet with white hair (strangely enough, it was never revealed if there was anything under that armor!). His exact age is unknown, but it is estimated to be several thousand years. He is also capable of manipulating dark magic and can bend others' minds to his will. Talpa was the lord of the evil Dynasty, which existed in another dimension. Over several centuries, he made several attempts to bring his realm to Earth. One thousand years ago, his attempt was foiled by the Ancient One, who represented the forces of good. Not only did the Ancient One prevent Talpa's assault on Earth, he also broke the dark lord's armor into nine pieces. These were later forged into nine mystical suits of armor of great power. One thousand years later, in modern times, Talpa made another attempt to attack Earth's dimension, with the city of Tokyo as his target— and he actually succeeded. While not at full power, he had regained four of the mystical suits of armor and gave them to four warlords: Anubis, Cale, Sekhmet, and Dais. These four would aid Talpa in his quest to gain the remaining five mystical armors. However, the Ancient One had given these armors to five teen boys; these five—the Ronin Warriors—would oppose Talpa and his warlords. At the conclusion of the series, the five warriors, with the help of Anubis, defeated Talpa, ending the Dynasty's attempt to rule Earth.
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