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-->''Born a Ninja, die a Ninja!''

In the eighties, {{Ninja}}s were one of the biggest hypes, making not only thousands of young boys fascinated of weird men in pyjama pants fighting pseudo-kung-fu, but - and that's important - also got many people to buy [=VHS=]s they would have otherwise rejected, [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja just because they included abovementioned weird men in pajama pants]].

This moved the movie industry to create legendary works like the American Ninja quadrilogy or the unforgettable movies with Sho Kosugi, all of which became B-movies still praised today by cineasts all over the world. But one man went a step further...

Godfrey Ho (alias Benny Ho, Tommy Cheung, Bruce Lambert, Charles Lee, Victor Sears, etc.), a Hong Kong director working together with the equally infamous producers Joseph Lai of IFD Films and Thomas Tang of Filmark, gathered B- and C-movie actors from around the globe to make his legendary Ninja series of films. These usually consisted of a couple of ninja fighting scenes being pasted into a failed or unfinished Hong Kong movie, thus making a new movie out of these shreds. As one might expect, this didn't work out very well, but since we love ninjas, these movies are still watched today because of their overall [[{{Narm}} narminess]] and their [[{{Crazy Awesome}} weird ideas]].

Ho's films also inspired the AffectionateParody ''NinjaTheMissionForce'', created by and starring [[Creator/DarkMazeStudios Ed Glaser]] (noted scholar of cheap foreign films) and Creator/BradJones (noted fan of Pierre Kirby).

It should be noted that many of Godfrey Ho's [[CutAndPasteTranslation cut and paste translations]] ''didn't'' feature added ninjas; however, most of the tropes below still apply.
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!!This series of films provides examples of:

* AchillesInHisTent: Grandmaster Gordon has the tendency to stay away while the bad guy kills one ninja after the other. Usually results in a {{Curbstomp Battle}} against the movie's {{Big Bad}}.
** Pulled off especially straight in ''Ninja Death Squad'' and the ''Ninja Squad''
* AngryEyebrows: Many actors put on very exaggerated expressions to show they were angry.
** Stuart Smith still is the best example for this.
* AudibleSharpness: All the swords make "CLANG!" sounds during the fights. The trailers for the movies exaggerate it even more.
* BadassNormal: Many characters from the Hong Kong-non-Ninja movies display kung fu skills that would make the ninjas look old.
** Slightly subverted with Billy from ''The Ninja Squad'', whose badassness was explained by his training under ninja [[{{OldMaster}} grandmaster]] Gordon.
* BloodlessCarnage: Happened more often than not, ninja slices and ninja cuts and ninja stabs wouldn't cause bleeding at all from the recipients.
* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: Subverted, as most ninja take their part in their "secret society" dead serious.
* CutAndPasteTranslation: With one part "translation", and three parts "cut and paste".
* DeusExMachina: Happens quite a couple of time. The most hilarious example occurs in ''Zombie vs. Ninja''. [[spoiler: The ninja hero, Duncan, faces off against an evil ninja. Since both of them are equal in swordcombat, the evil ninja starts to concentrate to overwhelm our hero. What happens? An acorn drops from a nearby tree onto the sword of the ninja, distracting him long enough so Duncan can kill him.]]
* ElmerFuddSyndrome: "Golden Ninjer Warriah". "Golden Ninjer Empiah". "Ninja Terminatah!"
* EnemyMine: In ''Ninja Terminator'', heroic ninja Harry and evil ninja Towne must team up to fight off a henchman of the Ninja Empire.
* FakeShemp: Used sparingly. Sometimes the characters from the original movie would be portrayed in ninja garb in the Godfrey Ho footage, or other times they would show up with their faces heavily bandaged. It never really worked because even the Fake Shemps' eyes didn't look like the original actors' eyes.
* FunnyBruceLeeNoises: Too many to count.
* {{Guyliner}}: Used by the ninjas when they're in disguise, especially in the earlier films.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Often ninjas would pull their weapons out of thin air.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: To the point where some of the movies actually have ninjas who wear headbands with the word Nin-Ja on them.
* ImportationExpansion
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Whenever the source movie has nothing to do with ninjas, which is most of them.
* InstantCostumeChange: A few motions of the hand, a 360 spin and BAM, street clothes caucasian becomes ninja!
* TheManBehindTheMan: In most movies, the evil ninja master would typically be spliced and dubbed in as being the leader behind "Movie A"'s original BigBad.
* McNinja: There are hardly ever Asian ninjas. Instead, we get Richard Harrison and Pierre Kirby.
** In the earlier movies, the common ninja {{Mook}}s were usually played by Asians, while their leading figures were Caucasians.
*** One might call that racism, if Godfrey Ho himself hadn't been an Asian too.
**** Godfrey Ho did this intentionally to make fun of the western popularity of the ninja. He was also saying that the modern idea of a ninja is a western invention that bears little resemblance to how they actually were in feudal Japan, and therefore it is more realistic for them to be played by western actors. It was in its own way a TakeThat of racial stereotypes.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Since most of the trailers consist solely of ninja footage, viewers probably weren't aware that the other 80 percent of the film was of an entirely different drama. Some of the names are outright lies as well: ''City Ninja'' takes place in the country and the suburbs, while ''Bionic Ninja'' has no robots or cyborgs in sight.
* TheMockbuster: seeing as they were a cheap way of cashing in on the ninja movie craze in the West at that time.
** Of course when that died down, Ho, Lai and co. tried other things, including for example several movies with 'Kickboxer' in the title- [[Film/{{Kickboxer}} perhaps aping a certain movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme?]]
* MoodWhiplash: Considering Godfrey Ho's footage was always action movie-style, be it ninja or not, this tended to happen when the original asian movie was not a martial arts movie or a straight-up action film. Which means a madcap comedy scene from the original film can be followed by ninja fight scene played completely straight.
* RageQuit: In ''Ninja Terminator'', the killer red ninja (the titular Ninja Terminator) from the ninja empire explodes when Ninja Master Harry (Harrison) refuses to kill him when the red ninja feels that his defeat at his hands means he can't go back to the empire.
* TechnicolorNinja: Those ninja costumes come in a whole variety of colours.

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