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12th Nov '16 6:26:17 AM Rakurai
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'''s Ninja job uses hand seals called Mudras to invoke the majority of its abilities.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'''s Ninja job uses hand seals called Mudras to invoke the majority of its abilities. Messing up the order of the signs will summon a rabbit onto your head for the sole purpose of announcing your failure to anyone around you.
9th Oct '16 6:12:47 AM justanid
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Hand Seals, aka [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuji-in kuji-in]] (literally means "nine syllables seal") are hand gestures that are commonly used as a "[[FormulaicMagic mantra]]" ([[MagicAIsMagicA magic formula]]). This has roots in Taoism, or possibly Buddhism (as the kuji is said to come to China from Tibet).[[note]]Technically, mystic Hand Signs are Mudras, not Mantras, which are spoken. Of course, ninjas, and others who use them often also Call their Attacks, so fall into Mantras as well.[[/note]]

This trope is popular in Japan (and China), as they're the source of the trope. However, you can expect some works from other countries feature this as well, often parodied. One of the {{ninja}} cliches (along with [[SmokeOut smoke bombs]], kabuki stagehand costumes, and shurikens), but sometimes monks also do this as well, especially when meditating.

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Hand Seals, aka [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuji-in kuji-in]] (literally means "nine syllables seal") are ritualistic hand gestures that are commonly used as part of a "[[FormulaicMagic mantra]]" ([[MagicAIsMagicA [[MagicAIsMagicA magic formula]]). This has formula]], with roots in Taoism, or possibly Buddhism (as the kuji is said UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}}. They are similar to come to China [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudra Mudras]] originating from Tibet).[[note]]Technically, mystic Hand Signs are Mudras, not Mantras, which are spoken. Of course, UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}}, another type of symbolic hand-gestures (but can include other parts of the body). Also ninjas, and others who use them often also Call their Attacks, so fall into Mantras they may be considered [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra Mantras]] as well.[[/note]]

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This trope is popular in Japan UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} (and China), UsefulNotes/{{China}}), as they're the source of the trope. However, you can expect some works from other countries feature this as well, often parodied. One of the {{ninja}} cliches (along with [[SmokeOut smoke bombs]], kabuki stagehand costumes, and shurikens), but sometimes monks also do this as well, especially when meditating.



Subtrope of MagicalGesture. Compare PstandardPsychicPstance, AsianRuneChant.

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Subtrope {{Subtrope}} of MagicalGesture. MagicalGesture.

Compare PstandardPsychicPstance, PstandardPsychicPstance and AsianRuneChant.
30th Aug '16 11:06:34 AM Willbyr
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* Guy, of ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and ''StreetFighter'' fame, is sometimes seen performing one-handed seals (like [[{{Naruto}} Haku]], but he predates him by about a margin of a decade) when performing moves such as his [[HurricaneKick Bushin Senpuukyaku]] or [[LimitBreak Bushin Musou Renge]]. Two of Guy's {{Victory Pose}}s in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' consist of 'em ([[BadassBack one them with his back to the player]]). In ''[[CapcomSequelStagnation Super]] VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvMaF1YTtds two of his personal actions]], his Focus Attack, and his end of match win pose also involve hand seals, in addition to the above.

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* Guy, of ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and ''StreetFighter'' ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' fame, is sometimes seen performing one-handed seals (like [[{{Naruto}} [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Haku]], but he predates him by about a margin of a decade) when performing moves such as his [[HurricaneKick Bushin Senpuukyaku]] or [[LimitBreak Bushin Musou Renge]]. Two of Guy's {{Victory Pose}}s in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' consist of 'em ([[BadassBack one them with his back to the player]]). In ''[[CapcomSequelStagnation Super]] VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvMaF1YTtds two of his personal actions]], his Focus Attack, and his end of match win pose also involve hand seals, in addition to the above.
7th Aug '16 6:26:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''DeadFantasy 2''. Ayane does this when she jumps to the top of the tower and starts casting a spell. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKtG-wsH2VM here, starting at 2:15]].

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* ''DeadFantasy ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy 2''. Ayane does this when she jumps to the top of the tower and starts casting a spell. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKtG-wsH2VM here, starting at 2:15]].
31st May '16 8:05:18 AM SolidSonicTH
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** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Ibuki]] also does this when performing a SmokeOut in her VictoryPose, as well as before a few of her supers.

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** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Ibuki]] also does this when performing a SmokeOut in her VictoryPose, as well as before a few of her supers. Her Critical Art in ''V'' has her perform several in sequence before summoning a big ball of energy.




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* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV'' newcomer Banderias Hattori uses several before executing his Climax Desperation Move.
12th Feb '16 2:34:23 PM Prfnoff
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* Marron and Carrot from ''SorcererHunters'' explicitly notes that the Eastern-style magic Marron uses requires two hands to perform the necessary seals in order to cast magic, contrast to the Western-style magic utilized by Sorcerers.

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* Marron and Carrot from ''SorcererHunters'' ''Manga/SorcererHunters'' explicitly notes that the Eastern-style magic Marron uses requires two hands to perform the necessary seals in order to cast magic, contrast to the Western-style magic utilized by Sorcerers.
1st Nov '15 4:07:55 PM nombretomado
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* Hanzo Hattori and Kotaro Fuuma from SamuraiWarriors both use this kind of spell, ususally in order to lock/unlock a gate.
* Phantom, the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ghost ninja robot]] from ''MegaManZero'' uses this to do the DoppelgangerSpin.

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* Hanzo Hattori and Kotaro Fuuma from SamuraiWarriors ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' both use this kind of spell, ususally in order to lock/unlock a gate.
* Phantom, the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ghost ninja robot]] from ''MegaManZero'' ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' uses this to do the DoppelgangerSpin.
14th Sep '15 4:59:56 AM KarenAB88
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles201)'': In the Season 3 episode "The Deadly Venom", Master Splinter teaches Leonardo to chant and perform the handseals for a special HealingHands technique. This power becomes key in the following episodes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles201)'': ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In the Season 3 episode "The Deadly Venom", Master Splinter teaches Leonardo to chant and perform the handseals for a special HealingHands technique. This power becomes key in the following episodes.
14th Sep '15 4:57:54 AM KarenAB88
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles(2012)'' in the Season 3 episode "The Deadly Venom", Master Splinter teaches Leonardo to chant and perform the handseals for a special HealingHands technique. This power becomes key in the following episodes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles201)'': In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles(2012)'' in the Season 3 episode "The Deadly Venom", Master Splinter teaches Leonardo to chant and perform the handseals for a special HealingHands technique. This power becomes key in the following episodes.
14th Sep '15 4:55:26 AM KarenAB88
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles(2012)'' in the Season 3 episode "The Deadly Venom", Master Splinter teaches Leonardo to chant and perform the handseals for a special HealingHands technique. This power becomes key in the following episodes.
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