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[[caption-width-right:207:[-Man, wouldn't the movies have been even better with this?-][[note]][[WhatCouldHaveBeen And it almost happened in the early drafts]]. To an extent, Darth Vader's armour is based on samurai gear.[[/note]]]]

->''"Hey, That's not fair! How come he gets to be a samurai? That's so much cooler!"''
-->-- '''Odd Della Robbia''', ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' prequel "XANA Awakens"

The tendency of some writers to just throw in a {{samurai}} for the heck of it, even in a western world without a Japanese [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Counterpart Culture]]. And also the fact that people tend to dig the samurai. Who doesn't dig Sanger?

This is NOT the same as KatanasAreJustBetter, this refers to samurai, even when they appear without katana (Sanjuro, for instance).

RuleOfCool may be responsible...

See also {{Wutai}}, InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja, SamuraiCowboy.

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[[folder: Advertising]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3jJzLaIgPM This 90s commercial]] for Murphy's stout had a group of samurai ride into an Irish village pub and order Murphy's. With the unorthodox way of drinking the from bottle and the theme tune from ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', [[MundaneMadeAwesome never before or since has drinking a bottle of stout look so badass]].
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Meta Knight in ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'s'' [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars anime]] [[TheAnimeOfTheGame of the game]] would talk about Musou ("peerlessness"). One time he stands to fight for Kirby, declaring [[IAmYourOpponent I WILL BE YOUR OPPONENT]] as leaves blow by.
* Twilight Suzuka in ''Anime/OutlawStar''. Slightly less out-of-nowhere, at least in that it's no stranger than the Chinese Magic-using SpacePirates they already introduced.
* Hatsu from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', obsessed with honor, glory and halbok, the Korean variant of {{Seppuku}}, and DualWielding [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana.]]
* Mr. Bushido in ''{{Gundam 00}}'' -- who is actually American (although both America and Japan are technically part of the same country in ''00'''s superbloc-dominated future). Additional to it, a samurai mobile suit. 3, in fact.
* The ''Anime/HaloLegends'' short "The Duel" shows the Elites wearing samurai clothes when not in combat, and TheDragon is even dressed in full samurai-esque armor (he's also the only Elite to use a metal sword instead of an energy one). Despite the artistic license, Elite culture ''does'' canonically have similarities to that of feudal Japan.
* Toudoh in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is another future samurai.
* The second arc of ''New Manga/GetterRobo'' which has the characters get stuck in an alternate-universe Heian Japan, just to fit armies of samurai into a HumongousMecha anime.
* Setsuna of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', a [[HalfHumanHybrid half]]-[[WingedHumanoid bird demon]], DemonSlaying, [[SchoolgirlLesbians lesbian-in-denial]] {{Samurai}} in an UrbanFantasy. Also one of the most popular characters in the series, whose prominence was [[EnsembleDarkhorse quickly raised after her introduction in the fourth volume]].
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** [[LadyOfWar Signum]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' and onward obstinately calls herself a "knight", whereas her warrior code (not to mention her fighting style) is obviously based off the samurai. But then again, most Japanese writers confuse the two at least somewhat.
** Micaiah Chevelle of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is an even straighter example. She's a Mid-Childan who's also a traditional samurai, complete with katana, dojo, Japanese attire, and an [[IaijutsuPractitioner Iaijutsu fighting style]]. [[FanNickname Fans were quick to dub her as Signum Mk II]]. A bit of a surprise, what with Mid-Childa being an alien world with a European-like society.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the Land of Iron has samurai, instead of the {{ninja}} in Hidden Villages most other nations rely on. For added goodness, in relation to trope picture, the regular samurai of the Land of Iron wear armor similar to the [[StarWars Stormtroopers]].
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** The episode "Challenge of the Samurai".
** Oshawott/Mijumaru and Dewott/Futachimaru, who have both appeared in the anime as of the latest episode in Japan, have their origins in samurai. (More blatant in Dewott than in Oshawott, though) Ash even gets an Oshawott of his own. Fans are hoping it will finally avert the trend of water-type starters Ash owns never evolving.
** Even the final evolution to this line, Samurott/Daikenki, is based off a samurai, though they has the capacity to dual wield the [[AllThereInTheManual seami]][[UnfortunateName tars]], and spend most of their time as quadrupedal Pokemon.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' creator Monkey Punch wanted a more Japanese character for his ensemble. Enter Goemon Ishikawa XIII...
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has several notable examples, including the most well-known one, Musyamon/Mushamon. Other examples include Yashamon, one of V-mon's armor evolutions, Zanbamon, a Ultimate/Mega level digimon whose lower body is a war horse, Tactimon from ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', and Gaioumon, who is a samurai ''Greymon.''
* Samurai Ryuma in ''Manga/OnePiece'', for anyone who's ever wanted a duel between a pirate and a samurai.
* From ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'', there is Simon who is a samurai themed knight in an otherwise KingArthur based manga.
* [[http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img194/1364/masamunyanscanbykhall.jpg Masamunya]] [[NyanpireTheAnimation from The Gothic World of Nyanpire]] is a cat and also a Samurai and carries a sharp sword. [[HoYay He has a secret crush on Nyanpire but is too shy to admit it to him.]] [[http://www.animate-onlineshop.jp/resize_image.php?image=05111025_4fac6a730d45d.jpg However even though he's a samurai, he barely uses his sword besides being threatening.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The French series ''Chroniques de la Lune Noire'' (''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'') has the character of Murata, a samurai in an otherwise western fantasy setting. Since it is based on an old ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'' campaign, you can blame the ''Oriental Adventures'' on this.
* Creator/FrankMiller loves this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' comics have Paul the Samurai, despite all the other heroes being over the top cape and cowl style. His primary role is to be there to recommend that he and anybody associated with him commits seppuku at the slightest failure.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': While the Shredder is actually a ninja, his shiny armor is samurai-inspired. His conflict with the turtles thus provides a visual analogue to the (alleged) viciousness between samurai and ninjas. (In reality, more samurai hired ninja than they cared to admit.)
* Hondo City Judges in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' are deliberately modelled on samurai; their equivalent of the Chief Judge is even referred to as the Shogun.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' introduced Bushido, a young warrior with... well, powers of the samurai, apparently. He was among the fatalities in ''ComicBookInfiniteCrisis''.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s original [[BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]] team had fairly standard-issue superheroes... and {{Katana}}, a steely-eyed female samurai.
* [[Characters/XMenVillains Silver Samurai]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' the Leafmen's armor seems to draw a lot of inspiration from the samurai. Referenced with Ronin's name. His helmet is also an obvious tribute to UsefulNotes/DateMasamune.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', Sam's later {{Dream Sequence}}s have him fighting a samurai. Apparently, "samurai" is supposed to be a StealthPun.
* ''Film/RedSun'' is a western with a samurai thrown in. Better than it sounds. Considering who plays the samurai (ToshiroMifune), it should be.
* ''Film/SixStringSamurai'' is an epic AfterTheEnd tale where the King, Music/ElvisPresley, has died, and samurai Music/BuddyHolly travels to "Lost Vegas" to take his place. Standing in his way are Bowlers, Communists, and the GrimReaper aka Slash from Music/GunsNRoses.
* ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'' is a film revolving around an African-American assassin who follows the Code of the Samurai.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Darth Vader's character design was heavily based off samurai armor.
* ''Samurai Purinsesu: Gedō-hime''. She's actually more of a Ninja, but still takes the name of Samurai.
* Attempted with ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII''. The fact that it was a FranchiseKiller indicates it wasn't enough.
* Not used or invoked in the film itself, but Creator/GarethEdwards, director of ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', has [[http://www.scified.com/site/godzillamovies/epic-new-godzilla-2014-movie-still-discovered said]] that if this incarnation of Franchise/{{Godzilla}} were a human, he would be "the last samurai".
-->'''Gareth Edwards''': He's an ancient warrior who's the last of his kind, and his kind has long since died out. He lives a very solitary lonely existence and he's very happy to keep away from everyone, but we keep doing things to force him to return and put things right.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Though Creator/NealStephenson's series ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' takes place mostly in 17th century Europe, it features Gabriel Goto, a Japanese Jesuit who just happens to be deadly with a katana. In all fairness, the series features characters from just about everywhere and most of them are badasses.
* There's also get a randomly-placed samurai in ''[[Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz St. Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman]]''.
* Literature/JamesBond encounters Ernst Stavro Blofeld, calling himself "Dr. Guntram Shatterhand", for the final time in ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', who wears samurai armour in his "Garden of Death" to avoid getting pricked by a poisonous thorns or fall victim to similar fates as its suicidal visitors.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** The SixthRanger of ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' is called the Samurai Ranger (the ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' version, however, is a ninja like the rest of the team).
** Samurai are, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obviously]], the theme of ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
** There was also the [[http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Samurai_Fan_Man Samurai Fan Man]] monster in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
** There is also [[FishOutOfTemporalWater an actual samurai from the Sengoku period of Japan]] going by the name of Utsusemimaru/Kyoryu Gold in ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger''.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', Gaim himself and the main antagonist Rider, Zangetsu, are both modeled on samurai. A third Rider, Kurokage, is also based on a feudal Japanese warrior, though a soldier that would serve ''under'' a samurai rather than a samurai itself. Once the original Kurokage [[spoiler:is killed off]], the gear is even duplicated and Zangetsu gets Kurokage {{Mooks}}.
* John Belushi as Samurai Fatubi in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
* ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'' has Todo, [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess]] [[DragonLady Koji's]] Samurai henchman.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' has the episode "The Samurai", where Duncan is shown to have been secretly mentored by a samurai during Japan's isolationist period. When it was discovered, the samurai commited ritual suicide and gave Duncan his sword.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/BareNakedLadies. In their song "One Week", mention is made to this mentality. "Kay I don't make films, but if I did, they'd have a samurai."
* Gakupo from Music/{{Vocaloid}}s is a Dancing Samurai.
* Hodgy Beats of Music/{{OFWGKTA}} has a song titled "Samurai" on his Untitled EP
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'', the Mishima MegaCorp is a Feudal Japan in Mercury, they have Samurai units who strictly follow the Bushido code to the letter.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' features samurai themed battlemechs in the Draconis Combine, and they come with mech sized katanas.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}}'': The [[OurElvesAreBetter Craftworld Eldar]] have curved swords, naginata-like polearms and guns that fire monomolecular shuriken, and some of their warriors, such as Prince Yriel, have back-banners, as do [[MiniMecha wraithlords]]. The Path system in their society also bears a number of similarities to the tenets of Bushido. If that wasn't enough, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything they view humans as hairy barbarian upstarts and isolate themselves on their planetoid-sized colony ships]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sanjuro in ''Franchise/DotHack''. Despite having little bearing on the plot, a popular character who was added to the ''Manga/DotHackLegendOfTheTwilight'' anime.
* Sanger (and Wodan?) in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. Also a very popular character. Even draws a katana during his attack animations, despite attacking with a {{BFS}} (he uses a MotionCaptureMecha).
* Kai in ''VideoGame/LuminousArc''. This is strange since the entire world is western, and he fights in a unit full of more convectional medieval soldiers. To increase his relationship values you have to answer his questions with stuff that corresponds to the Bushido. Mel, the Torrent Witch, is a big fan of samurai... to say the least.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' both have Samurai jobs despite having no [[{{Wutai}} Japan-like area]]. ''FFT'''s Samurai has an [[GameBreaker absurdly broken ability called Blade Grasp, which pretty much makes you a]] PhysicalGod (FFV also has it, but it isn't as broken as the FFT version). ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' also has Cyan, who has a distinct samurai vibe (and [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]] in spite of his very European looks, armor, and ''nation''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' mostly has a Pacific island feel for its characters, with a {{Goth}} and a tribal beastman thrown in. Then there's Auron, who's a walking gallery of ronin imagery to go along with all those BadAss tropes. And don't forget [[SummonMagic Yojimbo]].
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'', despite being based on NorseMythology, has Samurai and a whole [[FantasyCounterpartCulture counterpart]] [[{{Wutai}} of Japan]] for good measure.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires''
** In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires III'' you can hire mercenary samurai to fight for you. Note that this game is set in the colonisation of the New World. As you would expect, they're ridiculously, hilariously powerful.
** Also, the unique unit of the Japanese in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII''? Samurai!
* Kamui of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', who fulfills the {{Moe}} samurai-girl quota of the WidgetSeries.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX''6, the player has the option of assembling the [[http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s158/clarklana05/megamanxbladearmor.jpg?t=1241052973 Blade Armor]] which resembles a suit of Samurai armor, complete with Z-saber.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'' games included samurai and [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja ninja]] both as enemies and available character classes. Both were considered "elite" classes with high requirements for changing to, and both were flat-out superior to plain old fighters. Interestingly, ''Wizardry'' was also [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff far more popular in Japan]] than similar game series.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', the Blades (or rather, the ineffectual royal-guard sub-set) take their armor style from the continent of [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]], mimicking Reman Cyrodiil's original Akavari bodyguard. Their lavishly decorated armor is highly reminiscent of samurai or ashigaru armor, they fight with katana, and their fortress is a "temple" high in the mountains that looks for all the world like a Japanese castle. Keep in mind that the rest of the province Cyrodiil is based off of medieval Europe and the Roman Empire.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou Project]]''
** Youmu sports a pair of katanas despite ''Touhou Project'' being mostly a BulletHell genre. She projects a following of the Bushido code, essentially being Yuyuko's samurai. Must be mentioned that her sword is highly capable of spewing bullets and ''slowing time''.
** Also Meira, but she was only seen in ''Touhou 2'' and never returned.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' expansion "Mothership Zeta" has a Samurai abducted from ancient Japan and awakened from cryogenic suspended animation.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' universe has a corporate faction, the Izanagi, who go into battle with heavily Samurai-themed armour.
* The penultimate boss of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is Hakumen, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Cyborg Zombie Samurai]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' games' "Quick Draw" minigame have the characters dressed as samurai. (Though earlier English translations replaced samurai with cowboys, turning a SingleStrokeBattle into a wild west shootout.)
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite the starter Oshawott's]] entire evolutionary line is based around samurai--Oshawott is either a wannabe samurai or an inexperienced apprentice, Dewott is either a ronin, an apprentice, or a normal samurai, and Samurott not only has samurai in its name, but it is likely based on a ''daimyo'', or ''samurai warlord''. The best part? [[ImprobableWeaponUser THEY USE THEIR SHELLS AS SWORDS.]]
* The old and mostly forgotten ''First Samurai'' bilogy of platform games. The title is also a pun on ''VideoGame/TheLastNinja'' series of games.
* The female protagonist of ''[[VideoGame/SakuraTaisen Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love]]'' is Gemini Sunrise, a cowgirl samurai.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Contra}} Neo Contra]]'' has Jaguar, an alien samurai.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'''s four main characters all are Samurai prentices.
* There's a hero in ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' called Yurnero. His official class is TheJuggernaut, but due to having an [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Orc Blademaster]] model, he's instead portrayed like a Samurai. And it is awesome. Even with the Orc affiliation removed come ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'', Yurnero is still samurai-like and he is still awesome.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The ShowWithinAShow ''The Steel Samurai'' in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. Note that in the original version, ''Gyakuten Saiban'', the ShowWithinAShow was ''not'' about a samurai, but rather, a feudal lord-based superhero known as ''"Soldier of Oedo, Tonosaman"''.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has a samurai for the Assassin class. And no, it doesn't suit him in the slightest. He does no sneak attacks, no dirty fighting, doesn't go for Masters like he is supposed to when he has the chance, and finally he is the only Japanese hero amongst all the Servants. The rest of them? Greeks, Celts and English make up over half the Servants and both (including Literature/FateZero) real Assassins are Arabs. Yes, both. He wasn't even supposed to be here at all. Also, he's a better swordsman than Saber and even [[BloodKnight Lancer]] doesn't want to fight him.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess''. Not much more needs to be said.
* Kousuke Shiba from ''Webcomic/CorgiQuest'' has this as his [[RPGMechanicsVerse Class]]. As befitting the trope, he has a horse, a lord, a [[{{Wutai}} Japanese-sounding name]], and a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Ulrich Stern in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' takes the form of a samurai when he's [[DigitalAvatar virtualized]].
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** Prowl in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is generally a {{ninja}}, but gets a samurai upgrade in the episode "A Fistful of Energon".
** Before that, Silverbolt gained a samurai-like body in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines''.
* The gratuitous [[RuleOfCool (but cool)]] "Blind Nigga Samurai" sequence in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. 'Nuff said.
* Samurai (heh) of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''.
* Naturally enough, when an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' was set in (modern day) Japan, what code would the gargoyle clan found protecting a village there follow but ''bushido''?
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' has Hachiman, a samurai Mumra brought to Third Earth to defeat Lion-o, but who would become an occasional ally of the Thundercats.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory '': Sam-R-I of the Justice Friends.
* The Cheese Shogun in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', though he has ninjas for minions.
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