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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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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