|Debut:||Manga: Gaiden Chapter|
|Weapon:|| Giant katana (Aaron)|
Two-headed rope dart, gun (older brother)
The Zangi Brothers (ザンギ兄弟) are the main antagonist of the Strider Hiryu Gaiden chapter.
Leaders of the terrorist group known as the Phantom Unit, the Zangi Brothers are a duo of skillful and vicious siblings. Younger brother Aaron (アロン) is a towering giant easily three times Hiryu's size, while the older brother (whose name is not revealed) is a normal-sized man expert in deception and ambush tactics. Together they form a fearsome team with a reputation for their dreaded skills and excessive brutality in battle.
Following the arrest of one of their members, the Zangi Brothers led the capture of the leading authority in nuclear fusion, Dr. J. Hogan, demanding their man's release in exchange of the doctor's life. The Striders were contracted to deal with this situation, and Hiryu is assigned the mission.
Aaron appears in front of Hiryu after he has murdered a dozen of his men. He reveals to be knowledgeable about the Striders, asking Hiryu (who has just ran blindly into enemy territory) if it's not one of their cardinal rules to carry out missions swiftly as wind and without being seen. He then shows Dr. Hogan clutched in his hand, and tries to force Hiryu to surrender by threatening to crush the old man. As Hiryu refuses to drop his Cypher, Aaron suddenly changes his mind and gives up, admiting he'd be no match against that weapon and Hiryu's speed. He then drops and kicks the professor toward Hiryu, telling them they can go with a smile.
Just then, Dr. Hogan suddenly attacks Hiryu from behind, injuring his arm. The man removes his disguise and reveals himself to be the older Zangi brother, then proceeds to ensnare Hiryu with his rope dart. Thinking they have won, Aaron prepares for the final strike when Hiryu detonates several bombs he planted earlier, destroying part of the base and startling everyone. The older brother wonders if Hiryu is crazy, as such action could kill the man he's trying to rescue. Hiryu, however, simply plants his Cypher on the ground.
As Aaron rushes in for another attack, the older brother notices all the water on the ground and realizes Hiryu is planning to electrocute everyone with the Cypher's electric output. Hastily he jumps away and tries to warn his brother, but he's too late as Hiryu electrocutes and kills all remaining soldiers, while leaving Aaron with serious skin burns and a mostly bald head.
Aaron rushes in again for another attack, while the older brother hides behind Aaron's large back and springs a surprise attack on Hiryu, shooting him with a gun out of the air. Both brothers celebrate their victory, but Hiryu suddenly starts spinning in mid-air and throws his Climb Sickle at them, striking the older brother in the forehead and killing him instantly. A furious Aaron rushes forward to kill him, seeing Hiryu throwing his Cypher away and believing he has gave up. Instead, Hiryu dodges the giant's attack, reclaims his Cypher (who returns to him in its Boomerang form) and finishes the other Zangi brother with a vertical slash across his body.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
The Zangi Brothers have a well-known reputation for their brutality when fighting and their expert skills, Kuramoto noting they have abilities equivalent to a Strider of the A Class. When fighting, they compliment each other's styles, with Aaron being the muscle and his brother providing strategies.
Aaron fights exclusively with a katana tailor-made to his giant size. He discards any sort of strategy and simply dashes in trying to kill his target in one strike. Thanks to his massive build he has a much higher resistance to attacks, as noted when he survived the Cypher's electric discharge which cremated all his men, although not without suffering extensive burnt damage across his body, and losing almost all of his hair. In spite of the damage, he shows no sign of being slowed down by this.
The older brother, on the other hand, is a tactician that can take advantage of the situation and his surroundings, such as using his brother's large size as cover to spring surprise attacks or determining their enemy's next move (as he did with Hiryu's plan to use his weapon's electricity). He's also shown to be very nimble and quick as well as a master of disguise, taking the appearance of Hogan to gain a decisive advantage over Hiryu. In battle, He's shown handling a two-headed rope dart very skillfully, ensnaring Hiryu and piercing his chest with both darts at the same time.