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If SarutobiSasuke is the MiyamotoMusashi of {{Ninja}}s, then Hattori Hanzo was definitely the YagyuJubei of {{Ninja}}s.

Put it simply, Hanzo was the UrExample of a Ninja, although [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot his actual profession was a Samurai and he prefered to ride into battle with a spear]]. Born Hattori Masanari, he was loyal to his lord TokugawaIeyasu. He made his debut in the battle of Anegawa, at the tender age of 16, and [[RedBaron earned himself the nickname]] "Devil Hanzo". He was a master of Iga ninjutsu. His biggest accomplishment was during Ieyasu's perilous journey crossing the Iga village after fleeing from AkechiMitsuhide's forces after Mitsuhide killed OdaNobunaga. Using his ninja connections, Hanzo proceeded to secure a path for Ieyasu to arrive safely in his domain. His cause of death is unclear, some say he was lured into a naval battle against Fuuma Kotarou and got his ship burnt down. However, this is heavily myth-based; historical records would say he died of sickness.

While his name isn't used as often as Sasuke's in the world of fiction, Hanzo remains a popular figurehead of {{Ninja}} these days.

Compare with SarutobiSasuke, YagyuJubei, also OdaNobunaga.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'', Hanzo is featured, [[spoiler:however, it turns out this "Hanzo" is the actual TokugawaIeyasu, who's also good with ninjutsu and guises himself as Hanzo, while having one fat lard to act like Ieyasu.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Hanzo was the leader of the Rain Village and is a hyper-paranoid bastard, orchestrating Pain's StartOfDarkness, and [[spoiler:subsequently [[KarmicDeath getting himself killed by Pain]]]].
* Hanzo's descendents are clanhead figures in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''. The main Hanzo (Hanzo the first aka Masanari) badassness is [[InformedAbility informed]], but he ''is'' the one who implements the whole Koga/Iga truce. His son/succesor Hanzo the Fourth aka Masahiro and his nephew and adoptive son Kyouhachirou also appear: Masanari does his best to monitor the Kogas and the Igas as the truce is broken [[spoiler: and by the end he's one of the few survivors in this particularly cruel KillEmAll series]], while Kyouhachirou can more than keep pace with the dueling ninjas enough to bring back reports without a scratch [[spoiler: and lives to tell as well.]]
* Also in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' there's a ninja named Hanzo who was looking for the Hunter license to find a scroll.
* [[GenderFlip Genderswapped]] into a NinjaMaid in ''HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls''
* Hattori Junko from ''IchibanUshiroNoDaimaou'' comes from a [[BadassFamily ninja family]].
* A ninja named Hattori Hanzo appears in the OdaNobunaga Tournament arc in ''{{Yaiba}}'' as a secondary character. He looks like the traditional ninja and is one of the 8 strongest.
* Another {{gender flip}} occurs in ''SengokuOtome'', where Hanzo is a NerdGlasses-wearing ninja who assists Ieyasu from the shadows, though sometimes going overboard (i.e. burning down the stage).
* Hanzo is just one of the many historical figures appearing in ''BillyBat''.
* Hanzou from ''ToAruMajutsuNoIndex'' is heavily implied to come from a prestigious Ninja family by Kuruwa (a female Ninja)
* Hanzo serves as [[BigBad Ieyasu's]] [[TheDragon right-hand man]] aside of Oukatsu in ''{{Brave 10}}''. He disappears after Oukatsu perished, but [[spoiler:it's later revealed that he had his own agenda of ruling Japan from the shadows, effectively making him the primary BigBad, when Ieyasu is so far shown as ineffectual. He has his own band of dark ninjas, one of them, a Russian busty blonde ninja Anastasia, already sent to the Braves to spy on them, and mostly to drive his main target Isanami into despair so he could claim her power of darkness... which (un)fortunately [[EvilIsNotAToy kills him outright when he attempts to control]].]]
* Hanzo also appears in ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou'', once again being Ieyasu's ninja. Funny thing, he's voiced by [[TakahiroSakurai the same guy]] who voiced Hanzo in ''{{Brave 10}}''
** Of special note about this Hanzo, though, is that he's one of very few named characters that is male, which is especially notable as every other named daimyo or daimyo underling in the series is either female or a villain with the exception of him, "Hideyoshi", and Saito Dosan.[[spoiler: This actually makes the situation during the retreat when he and Zenki attack Yoshiharu more tense than it normally would be since up to that point...well, those three are a good half the male cast on their own in a CastHerd of close to 2 dozen.]]

[[AC:FanFiction]]
* Hanzo (or at least, a descendant who bears his name) appears as a recurring ally to the Cures in ''FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureDragon''. [[OneOfUs He is also an unapologetic Star Wars fan]] and demonstrated a working model of a lightsaber on a variety show in one episode. In official artwork by the author, he's deliberately drawn to look like SonnyChiba (who has played Hanzo in a few films), and it's stated in-universe that Hanzo starred in ''BodyguardKiba'' [[CelebrityParadox in the role of, guess who, Sonny Chiba]].

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''Film/KillBill'': "Is that a Hattori Hanzo sword?" He lives in Okinawa and makes badass katanas. Remember: You Don't Sell A Hattori Hanzo Sword.
** [[spoiler:It is. Just ask O-ren. Oh wait...]]

[[AC:{{Live-Action TV}}]]
* A Japanese TV series called ''Kage no Gundan'', localized to ''ShadowWarriors'', features several Hattori Hanzos, each descended from a previous one, and all played by Sonny Chiba. This is mostly important to Americans because ''KillBill'' features Chiba reprising his role as yet another Hanzo descendant: This one is [[TheBlacksmith a swordsmith]] that can make swords that can cut down Gods; he runs a sushi bar in Okinawa as a cover, but once The Bride finds and confronts him upon one of his disciples (Bill), he comes out of retirement and forges her a sword.
* At the end of the 2010 Christmas episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Eliot gets a Hanzo Sword as a present from Nate and Sophie.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Hattori Hanzo is a character in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', as a BadassGrandpa ninja. Said game also features YagyuJubei as his friend.
** He also appears in ''Warrior's Rage''. [[spoiler: But it's actually one of his sons, believed to be Shinzou (the boy who was used as Amakusa's SoulJar in the first two games).]]
* And previously, there's also Hattori Hanzo from ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes'' as a young ninja with AnimeHair who [[ToBeAMaster just wants to be the best fighter ever]].
* Hattori Hanzo is also a character in ''SamuraiWarriors'', loyal to the Tokugawa, obsessed to the words "Shadow" and "Darkness". He's also acquirable as a bodyguard to spot hidden enemies.
* Hanzo appears as an elite officer for the Tokugawa in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara 3''.
* Hanzo is the final boss in Alex Kidd in Shinobi World for the Sega Master System.
* In ''{{Suikoden}}'', the leader of the Rokakku village (where Kasumi resides) is named "Hanzo".
* Kenji/Mukuro from ''RedEarth/Warzard'' is based on Hanzo.
* In ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', [[{{Ninja}} Scorpion's]] real name is Hanzo Hasashi.
** Interestingly enough, in the non-canon webseries ''MortalKombatLegacy'', his (previously unnamed son) is known by the name Jubei.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Total War Shogun 2}} Total War: Shogun 2]]'' features clan Hattori (formerly a special edition bonus, now available as DLC) a great clan whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is Stealth- most of their units have 'Iga-ryu Ninjitsu,' allowing them to temporarily become hidden in the open, or harder to detect when otherwise hidden; they also have improved success chance for Ninja agent actions.
* Saizo Hattori from ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct'' is a subversion, since his first name comes from Saizou Kirigakure.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Inindo}}: Way of the Ninja'', he appears as one of the more powerful recruitable characters.
* Hanzo appears as a warlord in ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'', serving under Nene of the ninja-themed Viperia kingdom. He specializes in ghost types, with Spiritomb as his starter and the Gengar line as his perfect link.
* Hanzo's clan is a playable faction in ''Shogun TotalWar'' via DLC.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Hanzou]] the ninja is a playable character in ''ShiningForce''.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' episode "The Duelist and the Drifter," a [[UltimateBlacksmith legendary swordmaker]] makes his self-appelled Sword of Hattanzo, later sought after by the best swordsman in the land.
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If SarutobiSasuke is the MiyamotoMusashi of {{Ninja}}s, then Hattori Hanzo was definitely the YagyuJubei of {{Ninja}}s.

Put it simply, Hanzo was the UrExample of a Ninja, although [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot his actual profession was a Samurai and he prefered to ride into battle with a spear]]. Born Hattori Masanari, he was loyal to his lord TokugawaIeyasu. He made his debut in the battle of Anegawa, at the tender age of 16, and [[RedBaron earned himself the nickname]] "Devil Hanzo". He was a master of Iga ninjutsu. His biggest accomplishment was during Ieyasu's perilous journey crossing the Iga village after fleeing from AkechiMitsuhide's forces after Mitsuhide killed OdaNobunaga. Using his ninja connections, Hanzo proceeded to secure a path for Ieyasu to arrive safely in his domain. His cause of death is unclear, some say he was lured into a naval battle against Fuuma Kotarou and got his ship burnt down. However, this is heavily myth-based; historical records would say he died of sickness.

While his name isn't used as often as Sasuke's in the world of fiction, Hanzo remains a popular figurehead of {{Ninja}} these days.

Compare with SarutobiSasuke, YagyuJubei, also OdaNobunaga.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'', Hanzo is featured, [[spoiler:however, it turns out this "Hanzo" is the actual TokugawaIeyasu, who's also good with ninjutsu and guises himself as Hanzo, while having one fat lard to act like Ieyasu.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Hanzo was the leader of the Rain Village and is a hyper-paranoid bastard, orchestrating Pain's StartOfDarkness, and [[spoiler:subsequently [[KarmicDeath getting himself killed by Pain]]]].
* Hanzo's descendents are clanhead figures in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''. The main Hanzo (Hanzo the first aka Masanari) badassness is [[InformedAbility informed]], but he ''is'' the one who implements the whole Koga/Iga truce. His son/succesor Hanzo the Fourth aka Masahiro and his nephew and adoptive son Kyouhachirou also appear: Masanari does his best to monitor the Kogas and the Igas as the truce is broken [[spoiler: and by the end he's one of the few survivors in this particularly cruel KillEmAll series]], while Kyouhachirou can more than keep pace with the dueling ninjas enough to bring back reports without a scratch [[spoiler: and lives to tell as well.]]
* Also in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' there's a ninja named Hanzo who was looking for the Hunter license to find a scroll.
* [[GenderFlip Genderswapped]] into a NinjaMaid in ''HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls''
* Hattori Junko from ''IchibanUshiroNoDaimaou'' comes from a [[BadassFamily ninja family]].
* A ninja named Hattori Hanzo appears in the OdaNobunaga Tournament arc in ''{{Yaiba}}'' as a secondary character. He looks like the traditional ninja and is one of the 8 strongest.
* Another {{gender flip}} occurs in ''SengokuOtome'', where Hanzo is a NerdGlasses-wearing ninja who assists Ieyasu from the shadows, though sometimes going overboard (i.e. burning down the stage).
* Hanzo is just one of the many historical figures appearing in ''BillyBat''.
* Hanzou from ''ToAruMajutsuNoIndex'' is heavily implied to come from a prestigious Ninja family by Kuruwa (a female Ninja)
* Hanzo serves as [[BigBad Ieyasu's]] [[TheDragon right-hand man]] aside of Oukatsu in ''{{Brave 10}}''. He disappears after Oukatsu perished, but [[spoiler:it's later revealed that he had his own agenda of ruling Japan from the shadows, effectively making him the primary BigBad, when Ieyasu is so far shown as ineffectual. He has his own band of dark ninjas, one of them, a Russian busty blonde ninja Anastasia, already sent to the Braves to spy on them, and mostly to drive his main target Isanami into despair so he could claim her power of darkness... which (un)fortunately [[EvilIsNotAToy kills him outright when he attempts to control]].]]
* Hanzo also appears in ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou'', once again being Ieyasu's ninja. Funny thing, he's voiced by [[TakahiroSakurai the same guy]] who voiced Hanzo in ''{{Brave 10}}''
** Of special note about this Hanzo, though, is that he's one of very few named characters that is male, which is especially notable as every other named daimyo or daimyo underling in the series is either female or a villain with the exception of him, "Hideyoshi", and Saito Dosan.[[spoiler: This actually makes the situation during the retreat when he and Zenki attack Yoshiharu more tense than it normally would be since up to that point...well, those three are a good half the male cast on their own in a CastHerd of close to 2 dozen.]]

[[AC:FanFiction]]
* Hanzo (or at least, a descendant who bears his name) appears as a recurring ally to the Cures in ''FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureDragon''. [[OneOfUs He is also an unapologetic Star Wars fan]] and demonstrated a working model of a lightsaber on a variety show in one episode. In official artwork by the author, he's deliberately drawn to look like SonnyChiba (who has played Hanzo in a few films), and it's stated in-universe that Hanzo starred in ''BodyguardKiba'' [[CelebrityParadox in the role of, guess who, Sonny Chiba]].

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''Film/KillBill'': "Is that a Hattori Hanzo sword?" He lives in Okinawa and makes badass katanas. Remember: You Don't Sell A Hattori Hanzo Sword.
** [[spoiler:It is. Just ask O-ren. Oh wait...]]

[[AC:{{Live-Action TV}}]]
* A Japanese TV series called ''Kage no Gundan'', localized to ''ShadowWarriors'', features several Hattori Hanzos, each descended from a previous one, and all played by Sonny Chiba. This is mostly important to Americans because ''KillBill'' features Chiba reprising his role as yet another Hanzo descendant: This one is [[TheBlacksmith a swordsmith]] that can make swords that can cut down Gods; he runs a sushi bar in Okinawa as a cover, but once The Bride finds and confronts him upon one of his disciples (Bill), he comes out of retirement and forges her a sword.
* At the end of the 2010 Christmas episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Eliot gets a Hanzo Sword as a present from Nate and Sophie.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Hattori Hanzo is a character in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', as a BadassGrandpa ninja. Said game also features YagyuJubei as his friend.
** He also appears in ''Warrior's Rage''. [[spoiler: But it's actually one of his sons, believed to be Shinzou (the boy who was used as Amakusa's SoulJar in the first two games).]]
* And previously, there's also Hattori Hanzo from ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes'' as a young ninja with AnimeHair who [[ToBeAMaster just wants to be the best fighter ever]].
* Hattori Hanzo is also a character in ''SamuraiWarriors'', loyal to the Tokugawa, obsessed to the words "Shadow" and "Darkness". He's also acquirable as a bodyguard to spot hidden enemies.
* Hanzo appears as an elite officer for the Tokugawa in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara 3''.
* Hanzo is the final boss in Alex Kidd in Shinobi World for the Sega Master System.
* In ''{{Suikoden}}'', the leader of the Rokakku village (where Kasumi resides) is named "Hanzo".
* Kenji/Mukuro from ''RedEarth/Warzard'' is based on Hanzo.
* In ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', [[{{Ninja}} Scorpion's]] real name is Hanzo Hasashi.
** Interestingly enough, in the non-canon webseries ''MortalKombatLegacy'', his (previously unnamed son) is known by the name Jubei.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Total War Shogun 2}} Total War: Shogun 2]]'' features clan Hattori (formerly a special edition bonus, now available as DLC) a great clan whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is Stealth- most of their units have 'Iga-ryu Ninjitsu,' allowing them to temporarily become hidden in the open, or harder to detect when otherwise hidden; they also have improved success chance for Ninja agent actions.
* Saizo Hattori from ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct'' is a subversion, since his first name comes from Saizou Kirigakure.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Inindo}}: Way of the Ninja'', he appears as one of the more powerful recruitable characters.
* Hanzo appears as a warlord in ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'', serving under Nene of the ninja-themed Viperia kingdom. He specializes in ghost types, with Spiritomb as his starter and the Gengar line as his perfect link.
* Hanzo's clan is a playable faction in ''Shogun TotalWar'' via DLC.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Hanzou]] the ninja is a playable character in ''ShiningForce''.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' episode "The Duelist and the Drifter," a [[UltimateBlacksmith legendary swordmaker]] makes his self-appelled Sword of Hattanzo, later sought after by the best swordsman in the land.
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5th Dec '13 7:50:37 AM Orihime
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* Hanzo's descendents are clanhead figures in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''. The main Hanzo badassness is [[InformedAbility informed]], as he's mired in politicking through the series, but his nephew and adoptive son Kyouhachirou can more than keep pace with the dueling ninjas enough to bring back reports without a scratch.
** Considering that Hanzou was the one who came up with the truce between the Kogas and Igas, then remained politically involved in their struggles ''and'' [[spoiler: was among the few charas who both survived ''and'' more or less won in the end]], he might have not fought directly but can be safely inferred to be a BadAss in regards to ''[[GuileHero in-fighting]]'' too.

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* Hanzo's descendents are clanhead figures in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''. The main Hanzo (Hanzo the first aka Masanari) badassness is [[InformedAbility informed]], as he's mired in politicking through but he ''is'' the series, but one who implements the whole Koga/Iga truce. His son/succesor Hanzo the Fourth aka Masahiro and his nephew and adoptive son Kyouhachirou also appear: Masanari does his best to monitor the Kogas and the Igas as the truce is broken [[spoiler: and by the end he's one of the few survivors in this particularly cruel KillEmAll series]], while Kyouhachirou can more than keep pace with the dueling ninjas enough to bring back reports without a scratch.
** Considering that Hanzou was the one who came up with the truce between the Kogas and Igas, then remained politically involved in their struggles ''and''
scratch [[spoiler: was among the few charas who both survived ''and'' more or less won in the end]], he might have not fought directly but can be safely inferred and lives to be a BadAss in regards to ''[[GuileHero in-fighting]]'' too. tell as well.]]
5th Dec '13 7:31:37 AM Orihime
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** Considering that Hanzou was the one who came up with the truce between the Kogas and Igas and remains politically involved in their struggles, he might not fight directly but can be safely inferred to be a BadAss in regards to ''in-fighting'' too.

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** Considering that Hanzou was the one who came up with the truce between the Kogas and Igas and remains Igas, then remained politically involved in their struggles, struggles ''and'' [[spoiler: was among the few charas who both survived ''and'' more or less won in the end]], he might have not fight fought directly but can be safely inferred to be a BadAss in regards to ''in-fighting'' ''[[GuileHero in-fighting]]'' too.
8th Oct '13 6:57:18 AM reflaxion
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* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Hanzou]] the ninja is a playable character in ''ShiningForce''.
11th May '13 11:44:32 AM JIKTV
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If SarutobiSasuke is the MiyamotoMusashi of {{Ninja}}s, then HattoriHanzo was definitely the YagyuJubei of {{Ninja}}s.

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If SarutobiSasuke is the MiyamotoMusashi of {{Ninja}}s, then HattoriHanzo Hattori Hanzo was definitely the YagyuJubei of {{Ninja}}s.



* ''KillBill'': "Is that a Hattori Hanzo sword?" He lives in Okinawa and makes badass katanas. Remember: You Don't Sell A Hattori Hanzo Sword.

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* ''KillBill'': ''Film/KillBill'': "Is that a Hattori Hanzo sword?" He lives in Okinawa and makes badass katanas. Remember: You Don't Sell A Hattori Hanzo Sword.
19th Feb '13 7:32:50 AM TastySauce
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Put it simply, Hanzo was the UrExample of Ninja, although [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot his actual profession was Samurai and he prefered to ride into battle with a spear]]. Born Hattori Masanari, he was loyal to his lord TokugawaIeyasu. He made his debut in the battle of Anegawa, at the tender age of 16, and [[RedBaron earned himself the nickname]] "Devil Hanzo". He was a master of Iga ninjutsu. His biggest accomplishment was during Ieyasu's perilous journey crossing the Iga village after fleeing from AkechiMitsuhide's forces after Mitsuhide killed OdaNobunaga. Using his ninja connections, Hanzo proceeded to secure a path for Ieyasu to arrive safely in his domain. His cause of death is unclear, some say he was lured into a naval battle against Fuuma Kotarou and got his ship burnt down. However, this is heavily myth-based; historical records would say he died of sickness.

to:

Put it simply, Hanzo was the UrExample of a Ninja, although [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot his actual profession was a Samurai and he prefered to ride into battle with a spear]]. Born Hattori Masanari, he was loyal to his lord TokugawaIeyasu. He made his debut in the battle of Anegawa, at the tender age of 16, and [[RedBaron earned himself the nickname]] "Devil Hanzo". He was a master of Iga ninjutsu. His biggest accomplishment was during Ieyasu's perilous journey crossing the Iga village after fleeing from AkechiMitsuhide's forces after Mitsuhide killed OdaNobunaga. Using his ninja connections, Hanzo proceeded to secure a path for Ieyasu to arrive safely in his domain. His cause of death is unclear, some say he was lured into a naval battle against Fuuma Kotarou and got his ship burnt down. However, this is heavily myth-based; historical records would say he died of sickness.



* Hanzo appears as an elite officer for the Tokugawa in ''SengokuBasara 3''.

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* Hanzo appears as an elite officer for the Tokugawa in ''SengokuBasara ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara 3''.
2nd Feb '13 2:39:48 AM KorKhan
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* Total War: Shogun 2 features clan Hattori (formerly a special edition bonus, now available as DLC) a great clan who's [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is Stealth- most of their units have 'Iga-ryu Ninjitsu,' allowing them to temporarily become hidden in the open, or harder to detect when otherwise hidden; they also have improved success chance for Ninja agent actions.

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* ''[[{{VideoGame/Total War Shogun 2}} Total War: Shogun 2 2]]'' features clan Hattori (formerly a special edition bonus, now available as DLC) a great clan who's whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is Stealth- most of their units have 'Iga-ryu Ninjitsu,' allowing them to temporarily become hidden in the open, or harder to detect when otherwise hidden; they also have improved success chance for Ninja agent actions.
23rd Jan '13 9:23:06 AM general_tiu
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* Hanzo's clan is a playable faction in ''Shogun TotalWar'' via DLC.
29th Dec '12 5:06:52 PM Orihime
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* Hanzo's descendents are clanhead figures in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''. His badassness is [[InformedAbility informed]], as he's mired in politicking through the series, but his son can more than keep pace with the dueling ninjas enough to bring back reports without a scratch.

to:

* Hanzo's descendents are clanhead figures in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''. His The main Hanzo badassness is [[InformedAbility informed]], as he's mired in politicking through the series, but his nephew and adoptive son Kyouhachirou can more than keep pace with the dueling ninjas enough to bring back reports without a scratch.scratch.
** Considering that Hanzou was the one who came up with the truce between the Kogas and Igas and remains politically involved in their struggles, he might not fight directly but can be safely inferred to be a BadAss in regards to ''in-fighting'' too.
29th Dec '12 5:03:20 PM Orihime
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* A Japanese TV series called ''Kage no Gundan'', localized to ''ShadowWarriors'', features several Hattori Hanzos, each descended from a previous one, and all played by Sonny Chiba. This is mostly important to Americans because ''KillBill'' features Chiba reprising his role as yet another Hanzo descendant. This one is a swordsmith that can make swords that can cut down Gods; he runs a sushi bar as a cover.

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* A Japanese TV series called ''Kage no Gundan'', localized to ''ShadowWarriors'', features several Hattori Hanzos, each descended from a previous one, and all played by Sonny Chiba. This is mostly important to Americans because ''KillBill'' features Chiba reprising his role as yet another Hanzo descendant. descendant: This one is [[TheBlacksmith a swordsmith swordsmith]] that can make swords that can cut down Gods; he runs a sushi bar in Okinawa as a cover.cover, but once The Bride finds and confronts him upon one of his disciples (Bill), he comes out of retirement and forges her a sword.


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** He also appears in ''Warrior's Rage''. [[spoiler: But it's actually one of his sons, believed to be Shinzou (the boy who was used as Amakusa's SoulJar in the first two games).]]
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