|“||I may have learned to control my anger... But I still know how to use it.||”|
— Satomi after defeating an assassin in Weaponized
Satomi Ito was a supporting character who appears in Season 3, Season 4, and Season 6 of Teen Wolf. She was among the over one hundred thousand Japanese-American citizens who were forced to move to Camp Oak Creek during the internment of their community in the early 1940s. At some point prior to her internment, she was bitten and turned into a Werewolf by an unknown Alpha, and she struggled throughout her time at Oak Creek to maintain control over her lycanthropy, especially since her transformations were predominantly triggered by anger, an emotion she was experiencing chronically due to the stress and frustration of essentially being a prisoner. She eventually began to use the strategy board game called "Go" to help keep herself calm, helping to prevent involuntary shifts and, by extension, preventing her from exposing herself as a Werewolf to her fellow internees.
However, when a riot broke out at the camp in 1943, Satomi lost control shifted in front of the majority of the camp's internees and military employees, involuntarily and accidentally hitting Corporal Rhys, the lover of her close friend and fellow internee Noshiko Yukimura, with a Molotov cocktail. She was horrified and distraught when she learned that Rhys had died due to the burns she caused him, an event that changed her from that day forward. After his corpse was possessed by the Nogitsune, Satomi helped Noshiko neutralize him, and the two have been friends and allies ever since. By the end of her life, she was one of the few known oldest Werewolves currently alive, as Satomi was born in the early 1900s, and, judging by her later friendship with renowned Alpha Talia Hale, she was likely well known in the Werewolf community.
In 2012, she and her pack were pursued by numerous Hunters, professional killers and even amateurs, who were all willing to kill them for their bounties in the Deadpool, a list of all supernaturals located in and near Beacon Hills with each creature worth a bounty of thousand or million dollars that the Hunters would receive if they killed them. She lost Demarco Montana and Carrie Hudson to the pair known as The Orphans and many more members of her pack were infected with a modified version of the canine distemper virus that killed them in a short period of time. Satomi managed to survive the Deadpool along with Brett Talbot, Lorilee Rohr and half a dozen of her other Betas, but the large number of pack members that she lost dissuaded her from rebuilding her pack for many months afterward, afraid of attracting attention from Hunters who remained in the area.
During the war against Tamora Monroe and Gerard Argent's growing Hunter Army, Satomi attempted to come to a truce between the two groups but ended up being executed in the middle of the discussion, though her attempt at making peace with her opponents bought the remaining members of her pack, Jiang and Tierney, enough time to run.
Satomi was the Alpha of her own pack, which includes four children she took on as wards: two siblings, Lorilee Rohr and Brett Talbot, who were born Werewolves orphaned in a house fire, and two other orphans, Tierney and Jiang. She was also allied with the Yukimura Family and the McCall Pack as well.
Not much is known about Satomi's early life, but it is likely that she moved to the United States from Japan at some point between 1900 and the early 1940s. In the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attacks during World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered all Japanese-Americans be relocated to internment camps, and Satomi, along with Noshiko Yukimura and thousands of others, were sent to Camp Oak Creek, which was on the outskirts of Beacon Hills, on the same campus as Eichen House, which at that time served as the camp's medical center.
Prior to or during her time as an internee at the camp, Satomi was bitten and turned by an unknown Alpha Werewolf, and her life became even more of a struggle as she learned to control her new lycanthropy. To deal with the heightened anger and aggression as well as to prevent herself from harming or killing her fellow internees and exposing her secret, Satomi became known for constantly playing the game "Go" to keep herself calm. On every full moon, she would claim she had a migraine, giving her an excuse to be alone while she endured the pain of preventing herself from transforming.
One day, Satomi's friend Noshiko discovered that two of the camp's MPs, Merrick and Hayes, were conspiring with the camp physician, Dr. Liston, to steal the prescription medications meant for the campers on the black market and split the money amongst themselves, which ultimately led to the deaths of many campers from pneumonia, including a young boy named Michio who was beloved by those in the camp. However, when she confessed to Satomi and the others what she learned, the information only served to cause a riot outside the barracks that quickly spiraled out of control.
Michio's father created a Molotov cocktail out of a stolen bottle of whiskey and a handkerchief, but Corporal Rhys (Noshiko's lover) eventually talked him out of using it. Unfortunately, when Merrick suddenly pistol-whipped Satomi across the face during the riot for no apparent reason, it cut her face and triggered an uncontrollable transformation into her Werewolf form. Now overwhelmed with rage, Satomi grabbed the Molotov cocktail from Michio's father's hands and threw it at the Army soldiers, which inadvertently hit Corporal Rhys and caused him to burst into flames. His screams of agony seemed to cross the line for the soldiers, who then began opening fire upon the campers, killing many and severely injuring others.
It is unknown if Satomi was injured further in the riot or what the extent of these injuries may have been, but regardless, Satomi did manage to survive the ordeal. Since Dr. Liston and the MPs sold the morphine along with the antibiotics, Rhys eventually succumbed to his wounds due to the immense pain he was experiencing, and since Noshiko had been shot so many times in the struggle, she was mistaken for dead, leading her to be put in the truck with the dead bodies next (ironically, next to Corporal Rhys') to be taken to a field to be burned with the other casualties.
Noshiko, in her anger that the soldiers' actions got so many of her fellow campers killed, prayed to her Kitsune ancestors for kitsune-tsuki, or possession by a Fox spirit, particularly a Nogitsune who feeds on chaos, strife, and pain, so that she could heal more quickly and get vengeance on those who were planning to cover up the riot. However, since Kitsune can have a dark sense of humor, the Nogitsune that was sent to answer Noshiko's prayers possessed Rhys' deceased body instead of her own and went on a rampage, killing campers and soldiers alike. In the end, the Nogitsune was finally defeated by both Noshiko and Satomi, the latter of whom used her Werewolf strength to hold him back while Noshiko killed its vessel with her sword. ("The Fox and the Wolf")
The exact details of what Satomi did after leaving the camp remain a mystery, but what is known is that she continued to carry guilt for killing Rhys during the riot. She crossed paths with Chris Argent at some point after this, prior to her adoption of a more peaceful lifestyle and prior to his own adoption of a much kinder and more compassionate treatment of supernatural creatures. ("Monstrous") Eventually, Satomi, still feeling deeply guilty for her role in Corporal Rhys' death and the violence that Werewolves are prone to exhibiting in general, became a devout Buddhist and dedicated herself to learning control so that she would never take an innocent person's life due to her anger and aggression again. ("Orphaned"), ("Monstrous")
At some point, she rose to Alpha status, most likely after killing an Alpha to take their power. She also eventually met and befriended Talia Hale at some point during this time as well, as Talia acted as an adviser to many Alphas in and around Beacon Hills. During their meetings, Satomi would bring Talia wild purple reishi tea, which Talia loved so much that she kept a jar of it in the Hale Vault, though Derek Hale later told Satomi he loathed the smell of the tea. ("Weaponized") In time, Satomi amassed a pack that eventually grew to include at least two dozen people, including Demarco Montana, Carrie Hudson, and the orphaned Brett Talbot and Lorilee Rohr, among many others of various ages. ("Weaponized"), ("Dreamcatchers") Her pack also became known for the mantra they used to help them control their lycanthropy, the Buddhist quote, "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, the truth." ("The Benefactor (Episode)"), ("I.E.D."), ("Orphaned")
Throughout Teen Wolf
In Pressure Test, Jiang and Tierney, two of the youngest members of Satomi's Pack, were tortured alongside the Werewolf-Werecoyote Chimera Theo Raeken at the hands of the Eichen House orderly Schrader. After escaping from the psychopath, Theo noticed a tattoo in Tierney's forearm of four stacked ovals and asked about it, which earned the surprise of the two young Betas for Theo not having seen a pack symbol before, but Theo explained that he wasn't very much a "Pack animal". Upon hearing from Tierney that stacked rocks were a Buddhist practice, Theo quickly deduced they were members of Satomi's Pack. However, Jiang grimly informed Theo that Satomi and the rest of their packmates were killed by Tamora Monroe, Gerard Argent and their Hunter army, leaving them as Omegas. In a rare display of kindness, Theo elected to take the two young wolves to his ally the True Alpha Scott McCall, given his habit of "taking in strays."
Sheriff Noah Stilinski arrested the three for the murder of two men, who turned out to be members of Monroe's Army, but Theo was liberated shortly afterwards after he had baited Jiang into speaking the truth about his and Tierney's role in the murder. Jiang insisted that the Hunters pursuing them gave them no other option following the decimation of their pack.
Scott and his pack tried to convince the Sheriff to let them sneak Jiang and Tierney to a safer place but it became ultimately too late. Monroe and her army surrounded the whole station and demanded the young Werewolves to be delivered to them until midnight for killing two of their men or they would shoot the entire building, regardless of whether were innocents inside or not. After realizing Jiang and Tierney had the blue eyes of a Werewolf who had taken an innocent human life, Scott and his Beta Liam Dunbar confronted the two young Omegas over their actions, leading Jiang and Tierney to confess that Satomi had tried to negotiate with Monroe's Army to end the conflict between their groups, but the Hunters were not interested in talking and killed her, leaving Jiang and Tierney on the run.
They continued on to say that they eventually got tired of running for their lives and started hunting the Hunters in the same way by using public records to figure out where individual Hunters lived. When Scott and Liam demanded to know if the Hunters they killed were the ones who had killed Satomi or their packmates Brett Talbot and Lorilee Rohr, or if they had seen them kill any of their kind, Jiang remained silent whereas Tierney bitterly asked "Does it matter??" and Liam insisted that it did matter, because they could not kill innocent people. An even more bitter Tierney stood up and defended herself and Jiang, arguing that none of the Hunters in Gerard and Tamora's army that sought the annihilation of the supernatural were more innocent than she and Jiang were.In the end, FBI Agent Rafael McCall worked out a deal between the two groups—the McCall Pack members and their allies would leave the state of California and, in exchange, Monroe and her fellow Hunters would allow Jiang and Tierney to live and face human justice. This deal seemed to have worked until a Hunter, disguised as a Deputy, was sent by Monroe and shot both Jiang and Tierney with a shotgun while on the way to prison, killing them and officially ending Satomi's Pack.
During her brief time in the series, Satomi proved to be a very wise, disciplined, and compassionate woman who has accumulated a great deal of experience in her 100+ years of life. In the 1940s, she was shown as being an understandably cynical person, both due to being forced into an internment camp solely because of the fact that she was a Japanese immigrant, as well as because she was bitten by an Alpha while residing at Camp Oak Creek and had to quickly learn how to keep control so as to not expose herself as a supernatural. She remained haunted by the shame of accidentally killing Corporal Rhys with a Molotov cocktail while in an uncontrollable transformation during the riot in 1943, which eventually caused her to adapt a more peaceful Buddhist philosophy on life while she worked to master control over the effects of her lycanthropy. In doing so, she became a much more mellow person who built a large pack full of likeminded Werewolves, for whom she cared about immensely.
She was deeply hurt when the majority of her pack was killed by the modified canine distemper virus created by The Chemist, to the point that she has put off rebuilding her pack out of fear of attracting attention of more supernatural hunters. According to Brett Talbot, Satomi respected people with great strength of character, as evidenced by her friendships with Noshiko Yukimura and Talia Hale, as well as her alliance with the McCall Pack. In a conversation with Chris Argent, she explained that her pack uses the mantra "Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, the truth" as a reminder that not only can the truth not stay hidden, but that Werewolves are inherently violent creatures who, while being able to suppress these violent impulses for a time, are constantly at risk of succumbing to them in a moment of weakness.
When Tamora Monroe and Gerard Argent's Hunter Army put her life and the lives of her Betas in danger, Satomi simply wanted to find peace between shapeshifters and supernatural Hunters and confronted them, but this decision ultimately led to her death at their hands and her sacrifice gave her remaining pack members the chance to run and survive, proving that she was brave and selfless to the point that she was willing to risk her own life in the name of the lives of her Betas.
Satomi was a regal-looking woman of Japanese heritage with pale skin, brown eyes, and long black hair that she typically wore up in a bun. In the 1940s, she dressed in floral dresses with heels and pinned up hair, but in the modern day, she dressed plainly in jeans and casual tops, such as flannel blouses or sweaters. Though she was over one hundred years old, she resembled a woman in her late 50s or early 60s.
Powers and Abilities
Satomi possessed the general weaknesses of Werewolves, including Wolfsbane, electricity, letharia vulpina, and mistletoe. Like all shapeshifters who are beholden to the moon, the full moon (and especially the supermoon) caused increased aggression and bloodlust, as do any strong emotion that increases heart rate; though Satomi had become vigilant about maintaining control over her transformation in these cases, she had admitted herself that even the most disciplined and trained Werewolf can lose control over their shifts under the right circumstances. Satomi could also be trapped inside or prevented from entering a specific area if it is warded by Mountain Ash or rowan wood, since, it is a barrier that has mystical properties that repel supernatural creatures. Additionally, the lunar eclipse could cause her to lose her powers during the period of time that the moon is in the Earth's umbral shadow, leaving her essentially human for the duration.
- Steel spike weapon
- Satomi: Satomi (里美 or 聡美 in Japanese kanji) is a feminine Japanese given name that is derived from the elements 里 (sato) meaning "village" or 聡 (sato) meaning "intelligent, wise, clever, or bright," which is then combined with 美 (mi) meaning "beautiful." The second definition of sato is most fitting for the character Satomi, as she has referred to herself as an old, wise wolf due to her lycanthropy and her advanced age and wisdom.
- Ito: Itō (伊藤) is the sixth most-common Japanese family name in the United States and is derived from the Japanese noun 糸 (ito), meaning "thread, yarn, or string." Those who bear this surname often have family who originated in Mie Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture, southern Fujiwara, or the Ryukyu Islands.
- Due to the intense training Satomi put herself through to master control over her lycanthropy, she had learned to consciously inhibit her scent so that she cannot be tracked by supernatural creatures with heightened senses. She then taught this ability to the rest of her pack, allowing them to hide in plain sight in Beacon Hills. As a result, the McCall Pack had no idea that any of them were Werewolves until the Deadpool list was released.
- According to Brett Talbot in Dreamcatchers, Satomi has been keeping a low profile since the Deadpool, and for this reason, she had elected to postpone rebuilding her pack by turning more Werewolves for the time being.
- It was implied that Satomi taught Lorilee how to speak Japanese in A Credible Threat.
- She was one of the oldest known Werewolves, being over 110 years old.
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