Created By: LavonPapillon1 on July 7, 2017 Last Edited By: Basara-kun on July 31, 2017

McSamurai

Non-Japanese Samurai.

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Um, not what I was thinking, but okay...

A stagnant pond putrefies. The active river cuts through the mountain. New blood cleans the pool. Or something.

The Samurai are like the Japanese equivalent of Knights, proud, heavily trained warriors that dedicated themselves to a master (unless they're Ronin), wield fancy steel swords, and generally keep the peace. Being the cultural opposite of the Ninja, the McSamurai counter the McNinja. Much like the McNinja, the McSamurai are samurai of non-Japanese heritage. Black or white, Irish or Welsh, even those of other Asian countries like Chinese and Korean, if they wield a katana or wear the armor (and are not Japanese), then they are worthy of the prestige and title of "McSamurai." Because after all, Everything's Better with Samurai.

Good examples of the McSamurai follow the Bushido Code of Honour, focusing more on the philosophy that the Samurai follow while on occasion picking up the martial art skills and weapons. Bad examples usually focus more on the aesthetics of Japanese culture because they think it is cool, ignoring the code of ethics out of a form of vanity, greed or just plane ignorance.

Super Trope to Samurai Cowboy and Street Samurai.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga 
  • Afro Samurai from Afro Samurai is a black samurai with considerable skills in the Cyber Punk dystopian future.
  • Mifune from Soul Eater is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed samurai of non-Japanese descent.

     Fanfic 
  • Hiccup in Hiccup's Journey to Japan and The Viking Samurai leaves the Barbaric Archipelago after slaying the Red Death and ends up in Japan. He helps a shogun and his province deal with with their dragon infestation even taking down an Orochi in the process and is promoted to the title of Samurai.

     Film - Live-Action 
  • Jef Costello from Le Samouraļ is a French native hitman that follows the Bushido Code of Honour.
  • The titular Ghost Dog from Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is an African American slumming it in the streets of Harlem who follows the Bushido code, granting his servitude to mobster Louie for saving his life as the code dictates.
  • Buddy from Six String Samurai is a katana-wielding guitarist that scours the landscape that was once middle-America to take the throne of Lost Vegas that the now deceased Elvis Presley left behind, striking down any and all that stands in his way. Also, he's white.
  • As the title implies, American Samurai is a martial-arts action film about a samurai who finds a baby in a plane crash. This baby - named Andrew "Drew" Collins - grows up and surpasses his step-brother in Bushido, becoming a samurai while his brother quits and joins the Yakuza.
  • Captain Nathan Algren in The Last Samurai, an American army veteran who is hired by the Japanese Emperor to train conscripts during a rebellion by the Samurai, but is captured by the Samurai and goes native. He studies the Japanese language and sword-fighting techniques, is given his own katana and suit of armor, and joins the Samurai in their Last Stand against the soldiers he was supposed to train.

     Literature 
  • A particularly ironic example, Hamburgler from Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland and Barbarian Beast Bitches Of The Badlands 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 Gestapo-like police force the Fry Guys. He eventually had plastic surgery done on him to look like the Hamburgler (the "Devil"-figure in McDonaldland's national religion) to inflict fear in the public.
  • In the Honor Harrington series Grayson is a Cult Colony whose founders came from North America who attempted to abandon technology and learned sword fighting from Seven Samurai.

    Video Games 
  • Based off of the real historical figure, William Adams in Nioh is an Irish-born Englishman who soon adopts samurai armor and samurai weapons in the game.
  • Simon Blackquill from Ace Attorney, a samurai-themed prosecutor, becomes this as a result of the series' Thinly Veiled Dub Country Change shifting the characters from Japan to America. As a result, in the localization he's an American/British man who dresses and acts like an old-fashioned samurai, complete with iajutsu, a loyal pet hawk, and Undying Loyalty to the woman he considered his master. note 
  • Arthur from Soul Series was originally an alter-ego of Mitsurugi for countries that don't stand samurais like Korea and China that various titles later received his own appearance as separate character instead a replacement for Mitsurugi. Arthur is an British blonde guy with an Eyepatch of Power that was raised in Japan and eventually became a samurai.
  • Claude from Samurai Shodown Sen is a European blond guy that is a samurai, in this case from France. An amnesiac guy that adopted Japan's culture and became a samurai trained by monks and eventually he became one, defending his temple form various menaces. And from the same game, there's "J", an obvious expy of Afro Samurai.
  • True Crime: New York City: 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 Marcus with a sharp katana and samurai armor in his Zen garden on the roof of his headquarters.
  • Sodom from the Street Fighter and Final Fight 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Da Samurai in Samurai Jack was a black Samurai wannabe who used the samurai aesthetic to pick fights, pick up dates and be a general nuisance to everybody around him. He possesses no actual fighting skills, losing comically when he challenges Samurai Jack to a fight. After seeing Jack defeat a horde of battle robots, he realizes the folly of his behavior and gives up the samurai title.
  • Prowl from Transformers Animated, while technically having more in-common with ninjas, dons his former master's armor later on in the series, the helm and armor resembling samurai armor. No matter how Japanese giant robots seem, the Autobots are not technically Japanese by nationality.
  • Bushido Brown from The Boondocks, an African-American karate expert who uses a katana sword on occasion.

Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • July 7, 2017
    LavonPapillon1
    If anybody has anything to add to the main description, be my guest
  • July 7, 2017
    zarpaulus
  • July 7, 2017
    Renkin3
    • While technically being a ninja, Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a warrior born and raised in the sewers of New York City with swords as his weapon of choice and who follows the way of bushido and values honor.
  • July 7, 2017
    NightShade96
    Corrected spelling of "piece" to "peace".
  • July 7, 2017
    Boston
    Michonne from The Walking Dead wields a katana and is a fierce warrior. She doesn't epitomize the other characteristics of a samurai, however.
  • July 8, 2017
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Corrected spelling (that -> who).
      • De-capitalized (Shogun, Samurai).
      • Replaced garbage text characters (caused by a non-standard text character) with a standard text character.
      • De-Red Linked Wiki Words we don't have by using null tags ([= =]).
      • Blue Linked work names.
      • Deleted unnecessary garbage text characters.
  • July 8, 2017
    Synchronicity
    • Simon Blackquill of Ace Attorney, a samurai-themed prosecutor, becomes this as a result of the series' Thinly Veiled Dub Country Change shifting the characters from Japan to America. As a result, in the localization he's an American/British man who dresses and acts like an old-fashioned samurai, complete with iajutsu, a loyal pet hawk, and Undying Loyalty to the woman he considered his master.note 
  • July 8, 2017
    Astaroth
    • Captain Nathan Algren in The Last Samurai, an American army veteran who is hired by the Japanese Emperor to train conscripts during a rebellion by the Samurai, but is captured by the Samurai and goes native. He studies the Japanese language and sword-fighting techniques, is given his own katana and suit of armor, and joins the Samurai in their Last Stand against the soldiers he was supposed to train.
  • July 9, 2017
    Synchronicity
    I think an actual example of the trope would be a better illustration than the visual pun above.
  • August 1, 2017
    alnair20aug93
  • July 10, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Video Games:
    • Arthur from Soul Series was originally an alter-ego of Mitsurugi for countries that don't stand samurais like Korea and China that various titles later received his own appearance as separate character instead a replacement for Mitsurugi. Arthur is an British blonde guy with an Eyepatch Of Power that was raised by Japaneses that eventually became a samurai.
    • Similar than above, there's Claude from Samurai Shodown Sen, another European blond guy that is a samurai, in this case from France. An amnesiac guy that adopted Japan's culture and became a samurai trained by monks and eventually he became one, defending his temple form various menaces.
  • July 10, 2017
    TheFarmboy
    Video Games:
    • True Crime New York City: Lionel "Benjamin" Jones of the President's Club has adopted some Japanese culture from his gang working with the Yakuza before things started to so sour. He fights Marcus with a sharp katana and samurai armor in his Zen garden on the roof of his headquarters.
  • July 10, 2017
    LavonPapillon1
    (Synchronocity) If you can find a better one, please show me and I'll consider it.
  • July 10, 2017
    Exxolon
    Would Sodom from the Street Fighter / Final Fight series count?
  • July 10, 2017
    Synchronicity
    Similar to the picture on the Mc Ninja page, a clearly non-East Asian character in Samurai garb could work. For example, J from Samurai Shodown or Arthur from Soulcalibur. Of course, it may be best to run it by IP after launch.
  • July 10, 2017
    AHI-3000
  • July 10, 2017
    ZuTheSkunk
    I feel like the current laconic should be the actual title.
  • July 11, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^^^Thanks for remind me about J, I edited my SS Sen addition in the main draft
  • July 11, 2017
    Daring1827
    Wouldn't the cheese samurai guy from Codename: Kids Next Door count as this?
  • July 31, 2017
    lakingsif
    Trope brought back to TLP because of Snowclone name, and lots of example crossover with Street Samurai and Samurai Cowboy. These issues need fixing and for the description to make clear how it's distinct from being Everythings Better With Samurai.
  • July 31, 2017
    CactusFace
    Music
  • July 31, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^^I checked the tropes related and I don't get why this was reversed as a draft, since it means something different than the referred tropes and even the examples aren't from any of them;

    Maybe just exporting the examples referred to Street Samurai and Samurai Cowboy as well changing the image (maybe a pic of Captain Nathan Algren) could work, but I think reversing this to a draft it's exaggerating IMO
  • July 31, 2017
    lakingsif
    ^ There was some ambivalence and some were calling for a hard cut. This is the compromise. Do whatever you have to do to improve it.
  • July 31, 2017
    Synchronicity
    I agree, seems like a distinct trope. If anything, Street Samurai needs an example cleanup as well.

    The description can add on why these characters may choose to adopt the samurai code/aesthetic (were they raised by samurai, is it their way of connecting with their distant Japanese heritage, is the setting a Culture Chop Suey, or do they just think it's cool? And unlike the Mc Ninja, which is more inherently comedic/lighthearted, Mc Samurai tend to be more serious and dignified about it, likely due to the Bushido Code Of Honor.

  • July 31, 2017
    WaterBlap
    Going through the wicks of the now-cut page, I can say that most of the wicks were to "duplicates," e.g., on an entry bullet for Samurai Cowboy, Street Samurai, or Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot. Basically, the trope was being used as "this Samurai Cowboy (or whatever) is not Japanese." That's Not A Trope.
  • July 31, 2017
    StrixObscuro
    Literature
    • In Nantucket Trilogy, Marian Alston is an African-American woman who has received samurai training.
  • July 31, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^^I agree this should be in a more serious tone than Mc Ninja, even I should rename this instead of Mc Samurai as is it now. I don't know if OP is still around, but maybe this could be stated as Rolling Updates, so everyone can improve this by adding a better description or fixing it, checking the examples and even giving this a better name, what do you say people??
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