''Beverly Hills Ninja'' is a 1997 comedy film starring the (late) comedian Creator/ChrisFarley and Creator/ChrisRock. It is a parody of the ''Film/AmericanNinja'' film series.

Haru is a white man raised by a {{Ninja}} clan in Japan, after he was found as a baby on a shipwreck. They believed he might be the "White Ninja" prophesied by their legends, a foreigner who would grow up to become [[TheChosenOne their greatest member]].

However, Haru grows up to become both clumsy and clueless. Although disappointed in him, his clan still loves him like one of their own. In turn Haru idolizes Gobei, his "older brother" and the best Ninja of the clan.

One night, while the rest of the Clan is away, their Dojo is visited by a beautiful woman named Sally (Nicolette Sheridan) who wants to hire a Ninja to spy on her businessman boyfriend, whom she suspects is involved in shady deals. Haru, taken in by her beauty, tells her he is a full Ninja (he hasn't actually graduated yet) and goes on the mission.

It turns out that her lover is indeed a criminal, involved with the {{Yakuza}} in an international counterfeiting scheme- and a cold-blooded killer to boot. Obsessed with protecting Sally, he decides to go to Beverly Hills to find her. Unknown to him, Gobei is following him, and keeping him out of danger without his noticing.

In Beverly Hills, Haru meets Joey Washington (Rock) a hotel employee who, realizing that Haru is a ninja, begs him to be trained as one and helps him get around. Eventually Haru meets Sally again and, after several madcap events, finally confronts the criminals. When he finds out Gobei is in danger, he spontaneously develops full Ninja powers and rescues him and defeats the bad guys.

In the end, Haru, now declared a full Ninja by his clan, decides to stay in Beverly Hills (with Sally) though he proves to still be an accidental threat to people around him.

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!!Tropes in Beverly Hills Ninja:

* AstralProjection: Apparently a standard Ninja power, though Haru isn't very good at it.
* BerserkButton:
--> '''Haru''': I may not be a great ninja; I may not be one with the universe; but I will say this: NO ONE MESSES WITH MY BROTHER!
* BigBad: Martin Tanley.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Well repaid by Haru.
* BigNo: Whenever Haru enters and exits the Plane of Enlightment.
* TheChewToy: Haru.
** Also, Gobei. He endures so much punishment in this movie you come to think that the world hates him.
* ClearMyName: Haru ends up suspected of a murder he didn't commit. Twice.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Haru.
* CombatPragmatist: In the final fight, while [[TheDragon Nobu]] and the rest of Tanley's mooks fight Haru and Gobei with martial arts, Tanley himself fights Haru and Gobei using a machine gun.
* CounterfeitCash: The villains' plans revolve around stolen printing plates.
* DamselInDistress: Sally.
* DeusExMachina: ''Possibly'' justified if Haru really is the 'White Ninja'. [[spoiler:Even he isn't sure afterwards.]]
* TheDitz: Haru again.
* TheDragon: Nobu.
* TheDulcineaEffect
* EarnYourHappyEnding: You gotta give it Haru, he keeps trying.
* EverybodyMustGetStoned / TruthSerums: After Haru tries to use a "truth dust" on a prisoner.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Played straight with Haru, who at one point goes so far as to charge into enemy territory wearing black with a sword on his back through the front gate in ''broad daylight''. Averted with Gobei, who's very good at staying hidden or blending in.
* HilarityEnsues
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja
* ItCameFromBeverlyHills
* TheJinx: And again.
* TheKlutz: Guess who.
* KarmaHoudini: The honored elder at the Little Tokyo Temple. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when one of the Kobudosai gang members, after the elder favors Tanley with the plates instead of the Kobudosai, says, "You won't get away with this!" the elder replies, "Yes, I will!" while the elder and Tanley's men point their guns at the Kobudosai.
* MasterOfDisguise: Gobei (and to an extent, Haru).
* McNinja
* MightyWhitey: Averted. Haru is the most incompetent ninja in the entire movie, although this says less about his race than [[TheDitz his character]].
* MistakenForBadass: Almost the entire plot hinges on Haru being consistently mistaken for a badass ninja.
* MysteriousProtector: Gobei
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Every scene where Haku is framed. Martin Tanley kills someone, the body lands near Haku, a witness or a cop sees it and thinks Haku did it.
* PaperThinDisguise: Haru's disguises frequently include fake mustaches.
* ShamuFu: Haru at one point beats up a thug with a pair of giant fish. It actually works pretty well.
* {{Sidekick}}: Joey
* TimeBomb: Used because.... [[RuleOffunny it's funny]].
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:For most of the film Haru is hopelessly inept at being a ninja. But during the final battle he suddenly becomes a badass, surprising the hell out of Gobei.]]
* TreeBuchet
* {{Troperrific}}
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Gobei at one point disguises himself as a woman to blend in and watch Haru without giving himself away.

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