Andromeda Shun // artwork by Shingo Araki (1987)
Shun, is one the Bronze Saints. He is arguably one of the strongest characters in the series, although his gentle disposition and kind nature tend to hold him back from using his full power, until he is forced to do so. Shun is also the younger brother of Phoenix Ikki. The Andromeda saint is perhaps the most reluctant of the group when a situation must be resolved by violence, as the Saint of the Andromeda constellation. He is a merciful soul by nature, and a firm believer in solving problems without causing bloodshed. This creates a sharp contrast between himself and the rest of the Saints: Whereas they will not hesitate to battle when the situation demands it, Shun only allows himself to fight if it’s an absolute necessity, or when his almost endless patience wears out. When this is the case, Shun can become an extremely skilled and deadly fighter.
Shun is portrayed rather weak in the first 4 movies and the anime-only ‘Asgard’ arc: In almost every fight scene, he is almost always defeated, and needs his brother Ikki to rescue him (except against Mizar Zeta Syd, the one time Shun defeated a foe in either of the first 4 movies or the ‘Asgard’ anime-only story). This has led to a misconception among certain fans that Shun is a ‘weakling’, but it is important to remember that these stories were not written by Masami Kurumada and therefore are not canonical, and are out of Kurumada’s true continuity and plot.
However, in the ‘Sanctuary’, ‘Poseidon’ and ‘Hades’ storylines of the original manga (which were written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada), Shun is shown as a competent and tough, if unwilling, fighter and opponent. In ‘Sanctuary’, he manages to hold his own against Gemini Saga, and even manages to kill Pisces Aphrodite, both of them Gold Saints. In the Poseidon arc, he acquits himself very well, defeating Io, the Southern Pacific Mariner General of Scylla, and Sorrento, the Southern Atlantic Mariner General of Siren. In the Hades arc, he manages to dispatch various opponents, and is the second of the Bronze Saints to achieve his God Cloth. As a result, he comes off looking much better in these arcs than in the movies or ‘Asgard’; though he may be adverse to fighting, he will fight when he is required to, and is just as powerful or skilled as any of the other main Bronze Saints.
His arsenal of attacks is mainly composed by diverse use of the set of chains he wears on each arm. The Nebula chain is a straight forward attack which hits the enemy directly and it can be complemented by the “Thunder Wave” which allows Shun to electrocute his adversaries. The “Rolling Defense” helps him to create a barrier to prevent attacks from his enemies, a variation of this defense is the “Great Capture” which allows him to evade attacks creating an specific defense to his opponent techniques. When Shun loses his armor or expands his cosmos to the max he can make use of the “Nebula Stream” which he uses to manipulate the air currents surrounding his enemies to paralyze them. When the attacks reaches his full spectrum it becomes the “Nebula Storm” a deadly technique that tear his opponent apart with burst of cosmos and a furious wind storm. (source)