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19th Oct '17 9:20:03 AM Basara-kun
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See also {{Wutai}}, GratuitousNinja, SamuraiCowboy.

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See also {{Wutai}}, GratuitousNinja, SamuraiCowboy.
SamuraiCowboy, WesternSamurai.
18th Oct '17 1:37:55 AM GoblinCipher
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' added the Samurai class in its third expansion, ''Stormblood''. While the setting does contain a Japanese FantasyCounterpartCulture complete with ninja, it's somewhat odd that players learn to be samurai in Ul'dah ({{Qurac}}) instead of Ala Mhigo ({{Wutai}}).
29th Sep '17 11:44:42 AM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'' has a truly bizarre example in the expansion's Asian campaign, or more accurately the United Federation of Asian Republics, basically China and neighboring mainland countries. A few decades later, their leader Hu Kwan Do wears basically future-samurai armor with LaserBlades (that shoot laser beams)... yet Japan is still a separate country.
* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth II'''s Samurai are unique to the Japanese civilization, but are only available in the first 5 epochs. Meaning you can see barely-dressed cavemen who've yet to master anything more sophisticated than rocks tied to sticks accompanied by fully armored warriors with katanas.
27th Sep '17 8:06:13 AM Basara-kun
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* A particularly ironic example, Hamburgler from ''Literature/WarriorWolfWomenOfTheWasteland'' and ''Literature/BarbarianBeastBitchesOfTheBadlands'' was [=McDonaldland=]'s most deadly warrior, wielding a katana and an admiration for the samurai's method of killing, even making a sword from aluminum and killing someone with it in his youth. Later in life, he becomes the psychopathic leader of [=McDonaldland's=] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Gestapo]]-like police force the Fry Guys. He eventually had [[MagicPlasticSurgery plastic surgery]] done on him to look like the Hamburgler (the [[SatanicArchetype "Devil"-figure]] in [=McDonaldland=]'s national religion) to inflict fear in the public.


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* ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeNewYorkCity'': Lionel "Benjamin" Jones of the President's Club has adopted some Japanese culture from his gang working with the Yakuza before things started to go sour. He fights [[CowboyCop Marcus]] with a sharp katana and samurai armor in his Zen garden on the roof of his headquarters.
* Sodom from the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' franchises is an American Japanophile obsessed with Japanese culture and philosophies and thus considers himself a native from that country. He could also count partially as a McNinja, since he uses both ninja and samurai aesthetics in an effort to come across as Japanese.


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* Bushido Brown from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', an [[AfroAssKicker African-American karate expert]] who uses a katana sword on occasion.
23rd Aug '17 7:25:14 PM merotoker
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* ''Film/SixStringSamurai'' is an epic AfterTheEnd tale where the King, Music/ElvisPresley, has died, and samurai Music/BuddyHolly travels to "Lost Vegas" to take his place. Standing in his way are Bowlers, Communists, and the GrimReaper aka Slash from Music/GunsNRoses.

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* ''Film/SixStringSamurai'' is an epic AfterTheEnd tale where the King, Music/ElvisPresley, has died, and samurai Music/BuddyHolly travels to "Lost Vegas" to take his place. Standing in his way are Bowlers, Communists, and the GrimReaper TheGrimReaper aka Slash from Music/GunsNRoses.



* The webcomic ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess''. Not much more needs to be said.

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* The webcomic ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess''. Not much more needs to be said.






* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' has Hachiman, a samurai Mumra brought to Third Earth to defeat Lion-o, but who would become an occasional ally of the Thundercats.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'' has Hachiman, a samurai Mumra brought to Third Earth to defeat Lion-o, Lion-O, but who would become an occasional ally of the Thundercats.
17th Aug '17 2:18:21 AM Underachiever
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* The ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/DeathMasks'' gives us Shiro Yoshimo, the Japanese Knight of the Cross -- perhaps not ''formally'' a samurai (it's never elaborated on), but certainly living up to the trope in being both a highly honorable person and an artist with the blade.
21st May '17 11:34:54 AM caroline99uk
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*''Webcomic/BeneathTheClouds'' features samurai/samuru character Satake no Juro prominently in promotional art. He doesn't appear until a third of the way through the comic.
16th Apr '17 4:03:02 PM Prime32
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The tendency of some writers to just throw in a {{samurai}} for the heck of it, even in modern urban Japan or a western world without a Japanese [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Counterpart Culture]]. And also the fact that people tend to dig the samurai. Who doesn't dig Sanger?

This is NOT the same as KatanasAreJustBetter, this refers to samurai, even when they appear without katana (Sanjuro, for instance).

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The tendency of some writers to just throw in a {{samurai}} for the heck of it, even in modern urban Japan or a western world without a Japanese [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Counterpart Culture]]. And also the fact that people tend to dig the samurai. Who doesn't dig Sanger?

[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Sanger]]?

This is NOT the same as KatanasAreJustBetter, this refers to samurai, even when they appear without katana (Sanjuro, ([[Franchise/DotHack Sanjuro]], for instance).



* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', Gaim himself and the main antagonist Rider, Zangetsu, are both modeled on samurai. A third Rider, Kurokage, is also based on a feudal Japanese warrior, though a soldier that would serve ''under'' a samurai rather than a samurai itself. Once the original Kurokage [[spoiler:is killed off]], the gear is even duplicated and Zangetsu gets Kurokage {{Mooks}}.

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* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', both Gaim himself and the main antagonist Rider, Zangetsu, Zangetsu are both modeled on samurai. samurai, and their {{Transformation Trinket}}s include a [[MixAndMatchWeapon katana-pistol]] as an extra weapon usable [[MultiformBalance in all forms]] (a feature that was [[SuperPrototype removed from later models]]). A third Rider, Kurokage, is also based on a feudal Japanese warrior, though a soldier that would serve ''under'' a samurai rather than a samurai itself. Once the original Kurokage [[spoiler:is killed off]], the ''footsoldier'', and his gear is even duplicated and Zangetsu gets Kurokage {{Mooks}}.later mass-produced for use by {{Mooks}}. Meanwhile, Gaim's [[TheRival rival]] Baron is themed on an English knight.



** Youmu sports a pair of katanas despite ''Touhou Project'' being mostly a BulletHell genre. She projects a following of the Bushido code, essentially being Yuyuko's samurai. Must be mentioned that her sword is highly capable of spewing bullets and ''slowing time''.

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** Youmu sports a pair of katanas despite ''Touhou Project'' being mostly a BulletHell genre. She projects a following of the Bushido code, essentially being Yuyuko's samurai. samurai, though officially her family serve Yuyuko as ''[[BattleButler gardeners]]''. Must be mentioned that her sword swordsmanship is highly capable of spewing bullets and ''slowing time''.
21st Jan '17 12:43:45 PM merotoker
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* Meta Knight in ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'s'' [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars anime]] [[TheAnimeOfTheGame of the game]] would talk about Musou ("peerlessness"). One time he stands to fight for Kirby, declaring [[IAmYourOpponent I WILL BE YOUR OPPONENT]] as leaves blow by.

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* Meta Knight in ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'s'' [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'s'' [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa anime]] [[TheAnimeOfTheGame of the game]] would talk about Musou ("peerlessness"). One time he stands to fight for Kirby, declaring [[IAmYourOpponent I WILL BE YOUR OPPONENT]] as leaves blow by.



* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has John Belushi's recurring character Samurai Fatubi, doing an impression of Creator/ToshiroMifune's ronin characters in modern, American settings.

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has John Belushi's Creator/JohnBelushi's recurring character Samurai Fatubi, doing an impression of Creator/ToshiroMifune's ronin characters in modern, American settings.



* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' has the episode "The Samurai", where Duncan is shown to have been secretly mentored by a samurai during Japan's isolationist period. When it was discovered, the samurai commited ritual suicide and gave Duncan his sword.

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* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' has the episode "The Samurai", where Duncan is shown to have been secretly mentored by a samurai during Japan's isolationist period. When it was discovered, the samurai commited committed ritual suicide and gave Duncan his sword.



* Dirty White Boy's nemesis and the 1994 Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling television champion, Kendo The Samurai.

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* Dirty White Boy's nemesis and the 1994 Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling Wrestling/{{SMW}} television champion, Kendo The Samurai.



** He later jumps out of a bowl of corn chips at The Ugly One's birthday party and "lathes" a [[Main/ItMakesSenseInContext rotating]] What's-Her-Face with a Naginata. [[Main/MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Again, don't ask.]]

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** He later jumps out of a bowl of corn chips at The Ugly One's birthday party and "lathes" a [[Main/ItMakesSenseInContext [[ItMakesSenseInContext rotating]] What's-Her-Face with a Naginata. [[Main/MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Again, don't ask.]]
12th Jan '17 5:14:59 AM Mhazard
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Darth Vader's character design was heavily based off samurai armor.

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Darth Vader's character design was heavily based off on samurai armor.armor.
** Bandai took it one step further and released the Tamashii Nations Movie Realization figure line, in which Darth Vader was converted into a ''literal'' samurai. There're also Ashigaru Stormtroopers and Ronin Boba Fett.


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* Bandai released the Tamashii Nations Movie Realization figure line, which portrays movie characters in a feudal Japan aesthetic. It begins with ''Franchise/StarWars'' characters such as Boba Fett, Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. Later on, the line extended to comic book characters such as Franchrise/SpiderMan.
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