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4th Feb '16 10:13:56 AM Cieloazul
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The "classic" black ninja costume is, in fact, the outfit worn by stagehands in traditional Japanese theatre. Japanese stagehands are frequently in full view on the stage, but the audience was trained to ignore them and thus are considered "invisible" by the audience. It became the practice to hide ninja characters in full sight by putting them in the same outfits as the stagehands, [[PaintingTheMedium for a startling effect when characters were suddenly attacked by "thin air"]]. The stereotypical black "ninja outfit" is actually horribly conspicuous, even at night. For night stealth, real ninjas wore dark blue outfits; someone dressed in solid black will stand out like a silhouette. Usually, though, ninjas simply dressed like ordinary people (peasants, monks, merchants, scholars, etc). That way, they can move about unnoticed, day or night.
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The "classic" black ninja costume is, in fact, the outfit worn by stagehands in traditional Japanese theatre. Japanese stagehands are frequently in full view on the stage, but the audience was trained to ignore them and thus are considered "invisible" by the audience. It became the practice to hide ninja characters in full sight by putting them in the same outfits as the stagehands, [[PaintingTheMedium for a startling effect when characters were suddenly attacked by "thin air"]]. The stereotypical black "ninja outfit" is would be actually horribly conspicuous, even at night. For night stealth, real ninjas wore dark blue outfits; someone dressed in solid black will stand out like a silhouette. Usually, though, ninjas simply dressed like ordinary people (peasants, monks, merchants, scholars, etc). That way, they can move about unnoticed, day or night. night. Even the split or toe-divided boots which are a trademark of the ninja costume are actually an AnachronismStew: toe-divided shoes or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jika-tabi ''jika-tabi'']] were actually invented in the 20th century, and only some modern ninjutsu schools would adopt them for practicality reasons.
28th Jan '16 12:49:07 AM Spindriver
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** Similarly, in "Discworld/InterestingTimes", we first see HighlyVisibleNinjas in the imperial palace of [[{{Wutai}} the Agatean Empire]], working as bodyguards. (They're apparently pretty good fighters, but much too flamboyant and not as good as a bunch of very, very experienced[[note]]i.e. geriatric[[/note]] barbarian heroes.) Then, later, protagonist Rincewind discovers that if he just wears a farmer's hat; nobody looks at him.
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** Similarly, in "Discworld/InterestingTimes", ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', we first see HighlyVisibleNinjas HighlyVisibleNinja in the imperial palace of [[{{Wutai}} the Agatean Empire]], working as bodyguards. (They're apparently pretty good fighters, but much too flamboyant and not as good as a bunch of very, very experienced[[note]]i.e. geriatric[[/note]] barbarian heroes.) Then, later, protagonist Rincewind discovers that if he just wears a farmer's hat; nobody looks at him.
28th Jan '16 12:47:03 AM Spindriver
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the Monastary of Wen the Eternally Surprised has stereotyped ninja as TimePolice. Lu-Tze is highly contemptious of running around rooftops in black outfits ("others trained them, I just tried to undo the damage"), and his own strategy of passing unnoticed as a humble sweeper is closer to the real ninja. ** Similarly, Pratchett had to be thinking of this in "Interesting Times", after making fun of the HighlyVisibleNinjas in {{Wutai}} in an earlier chapter, Rincewind discovers that by wearing a farmers hat; nobody looks at him. ** The Assassin's guild are all but [[McNinja Ninja in name]]. They wear all black, [[HighlyVisibleNinja the kind of black that stands out in the middle of the night]], are trained in poisons, hidden daggers, and rope climbing. *** but averted by Vetinari, who wears green and grey as a student; and subverted in that quite a few Assassins never actually "inhume" anyone, preferring to use their conspicuous black clothing to attract women, use their obvious presence to act as a political lever, r various other uses.
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* In the The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel has a few ninja, and some reflections on the art of stealth: ** In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the Monastary Monastery of Wen the Eternally Surprised has stereotyped ninja ninja-like martial artist monks working as TimePolice. Lu-Tze is highly contemptious contemptuous of anyone running around rooftops in black outfits ("others trained them, I just tried to undo the damage"), and his own strategy of passing unnoticed as a humble sweeper is actually closer to the real ninja. ** Similarly, Pratchett had to be thinking of this in "Interesting Times", after making fun of the "Discworld/InterestingTimes", we first see HighlyVisibleNinjas in {{Wutai}} in an earlier chapter, the imperial palace of [[{{Wutai}} the Agatean Empire]], working as bodyguards. (They're apparently pretty good fighters, but much too flamboyant and not as good as a bunch of very, very experienced[[note]]i.e. geriatric[[/note]] barbarian heroes.) Then, later, protagonist Rincewind discovers that by wearing if he just wears a farmers farmer's hat; nobody looks at him. ** The Assassin's guild Guild of Ankh-Morpork are all but [[McNinja Ninja in name]]. name]], though they lack any pseudo-Japanese trappings. They wear all black, [[HighlyVisibleNinja the kind of black that stands out in the middle of the night]], and are trained in poisons, hidden daggers, and rope climbing. *** but averted by Vetinari, who climbing. However, the ''really'' smart Vetinari wears green and grey when intending to be stealthy as a student; and student. The trope is also subverted in that quite a few Assassins never actually seem to "inhume" anyone, at least after their graduation exercise, preferring to use their conspicuous black clothing to attract women, use women and their obvious presence to act as a political lever, r various other uses.lever.
28th Jan '16 12:22:42 AM Spindriver
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* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has Bruce Wayne train in what looks like a ninja school -- which is, apparently, [[McNinja located in Tibet.]] But these are idealist conspiratorial ninja with a taste for what sounds like neo-Marxist theories of history.
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* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has Bruce Wayne train in what looks like a ninja school -- which is, apparently, [[McNinja located in Tibet.]] But these are idealist conspiratorial ninja with a taste for what sounds sound like neo-Marxist theories of history.history (and for burning down cities).
28th Jan '16 12:18:57 AM Spindriver
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* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' had Bruce Wayne train in a ninja school. Which was, apparently, [[McNinja located in Tibet.]]
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* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' had has Bruce Wayne train in what looks like a ninja school. Which was, school -- which is, apparently, [[McNinja located in Tibet.]]]] But these are idealist conspiratorial ninja with a taste for what sounds like neo-Marxist theories of history.
28th Jan '16 12:13:10 AM Spindriver
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* It has been a common character type in American comics since the 1980s; for instance, the MarvelUniverse villain clan, The Hand, cropped up then, and during that period, Creator/FrankMiller effectively changed Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} into one. Many, however, have noted that creators of Franchise/{{Batman}} created him as a de facto ninja character without knowing it in the 1930s.
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* It This has been a common character type trope in American superhero comics since the 1980s; for 1980s... ** For instance, the MarvelUniverse villain clan, The Hand, cropped up then, starting out as a bunch of sinister assassins-for-hire, rapidly proving to be sinister ''nihilistic'' assassins-for-hire with some mystical trimmings, and eventually evolving into world-threatening mystical all-purpose nihilist killers. Also during that period, period and in the same comics, Creator/FrankMiller effectively changed Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} into one. Many, however, have noted that creators of Franchise/{{Batman}} created him as a de facto ninja character without knowing it in the 1930s.good ninja.

* It has been ** Kingpin sics a common character type in American comics since bunch of ninja on the 1980s; for instance, the MarvelUniverse villain clan, The Hand, cropped up then, and during that period, Creator/FrankMiller effectively changed Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} into one. Many, ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. --->'''Molly:''' Does being a ninja count as having powers?\\ '''Victor:''' It counts double! ** Many readers, however, have noted that creators the original writers of Franchise/{{Batman}} created him as a de facto ''de facto'' ninja character without knowing it in the 1930s.

* Kingpin sics a bunch of ninja on the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. -->'''Molly:''' Does being a ninja count as having powers?\\ '''Victor:''' It counts double!
25th Jan '16 4:55:27 PM Prime32
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One of the earliest Japanese cultural tropes to make it to the West, where it has now branched out into the McNinja franchise. Look for ninja to make use of the SmokeOut, the FlashStep, the FuumaShuriken and the aforementioned NinjaLog.
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One of the earliest Japanese cultural tropes to make it to the West, where it has now branched out into the McNinja franchise. Look for ninja to make use of the SmokeOut, the FlashStep, the FuumaShuriken FuumaShuriken, KiteRiding and the aforementioned NinjaLog.
8th Jan '16 6:19:35 PM nombretomado
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* Charlie from ''SpinCity'' once daydreamed of winning the World Series, and fighting ninjas. * The SpikeTV show ''DeadliestWarrior'' had a ninja go one-on-one with a Spartan. [[spoiler:In the end, the ninja was defeated.]]
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* Charlie from ''SpinCity'' ''Series/SpinCity'' once daydreamed of winning the World Series, and fighting ninjas. * The SpikeTV Creator/SpikeTV show ''DeadliestWarrior'' ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' had a ninja go one-on-one with a Spartan. [[spoiler:In the end, the ninja was defeated.]]
2nd Jan '16 1:56:36 PM nombretomado
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* It has been a common character type in American comics since the 1980s; for instance, the MarvelUniverse villain clan, The Hand, cropped up then, and during that period, FrankMiller effectively changed Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} into one. Many, however, have noted that creators of Franchise/{{Batman}} created him as a de facto ninja character without knowing it in the 1930s. ** Miller also wrote a ninja into ''SinCity'' in the form of deadly little Miho, the primary enforcer of the girls of Old Town. She is the single deadliest DarkActionGirl of the series, the only one of the girls of Old Town who does not use guns, and a [[SociopathicHero heroic example]] of the PsychoForHire.
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* It has been a common character type in American comics since the 1980s; for instance, the MarvelUniverse villain clan, The Hand, cropped up then, and during that period, FrankMiller Creator/FrankMiller effectively changed Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} into one. Many, however, have noted that creators of Franchise/{{Batman}} created him as a de facto ninja character without knowing it in the 1930s. ** Miller also wrote a ninja into ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' in the form of deadly little Miho, the primary enforcer of the girls of Old Town. She is the single deadliest DarkActionGirl of the series, the only one of the girls of Old Town who does not use guns, and a [[SociopathicHero heroic example]] of the PsychoForHire.

* Toyota, the female mercenary ninja in ''YTheLastMan''. Although first seen using modern night-vision goggles, she enjoys a chance to spar with an opponent using traditional bladed weapons.
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* Toyota, the female mercenary ninja in ''YTheLastMan''.''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''. Although first seen using modern night-vision goggles, she enjoys a chance to spar with an opponent using traditional bladed weapons.

** He's a ninja in Archie's ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'', but not in ''SonicTheComic'', due to the fact it ended before he was made into a ninja.
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** He's a ninja in Archie's ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'', ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', but not in ''SonicTheComic'', ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', due to the fact it ended before he was made into a ninja.
27th Dec '15 8:39:30 PM ChrisX
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*** Sasuke is not the only ninja Yukimura had, however, he has ten of them, known as 'Sanada Ten Braves', with Sasuke being its most prominent member.
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