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Related to AirplaneArms. The standard Ninja Run is this:

* Body tilted forward, low to the ground.
* One forearm crooked in front of the body, apparently to block attacks (two fingers held in front of the mouth optional but prevalent).
* The other arm behind the back, ready to pull out a bladed weapon.

If the ninja carries a blade while running like this, it is ''always'' held in a ReverseGrip.
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!!Examples:

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* Renamon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers''.
* [[Manga/SoulEater Black Star and Tsubaki]] do this, along with the jumping through trees thing.
* The monster [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Strike_Ninja Strike Ninja]] from ''Anime/YuGiOh''. He even holds his dagger in a reverse grip with the front arm. As Joey puts it, "I love watching this guy run."
* Cobramaru is seen running like this on occasion in ''Anime/SDGundamForce''.
* [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting Everybody]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Or a variation at least, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXALtD_En3Q&t=1m50s with the torso almost bent horizontally, both arms kept straight behind the back in a V-shape, and open palms bent upward.]] Check the link to see hundreds of them running like this.
** In fact, the described stance is the common way of running for people in this show.
** The trope is occasionally also played straight with one arm in front, usually carrying a kunai.
* Jiro and most of the other ninja from ''Anime/TheDaggerOfKamui''. One scene has Jiro and his freshly hired RedshirtArmy doing a [[PowerWalk Power]] Ninja Run against a rising sun, even drawing their blades in unison.

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* In the third season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the Shogunzords ran like this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcLngtxV6AI before combining into the Shogun Megazord.]] Unfortunately, since the Shogunzords were pretty bulky and blocky, it looked less like a Ninja Run and more like they were running and checking their watches at the same time.

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* This was recently added as a travel power as part of the purchasable "Martial Arts Super Booster Pack" in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. It makes an excellent substitute travel power for character concepts that wouldn't exactly be able to leap tall buildings or run at the speed of light. It's even called Ninja Run.
* Assassins and Rangers are fond of doing this in ''VideoGame/{{Shaiya}}'', as they're very much ninja-like in this game.
* In ''{{Lineage 2}}'', this is the Dark Elves running animation (but females use it without the forearm crooked in front of the body).

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* Tsumuji from "VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji".
* The demon hunters in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III''.
* [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]], but only in the ''VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever'' games, the second ''Strider'' game, and the 2014 reboot.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' runs like this when in [[BulletTime focus mode]]. Also, whenever Master Li runs.
* [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai Shiranui]] runs exactly in this way in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series, despite not carrying any weapon on her back.
** Likewise, this is [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Eiji Kisaragi]]'s running animation, again in spite of not holding a weapon while running.
** Also [[VideoGame/FatalFury Gato]], despite not being a ninja.
* Phantom from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''.
* Yoshimitsu from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' can be seen doing this in his victory cinematic from ''Tekken 5''.
** His former clan member Kunimitsu runs in such a fashion for her appearance in ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2''.
* Ryu Hayabusa ([[HighlyVisibleNinja duh]]) does this in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' cutscenes. In game, he runs like a normal person. Or maybe more like a normal person who is '''awesome'''.
* Ayane does this in an early ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive5'' cutscene.
* Shinobu in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''.
* Ninja chicks (Midori, Mizuki, Luna, Misa) in ''VideoGame/ThePunisherCapcom''. And they do this [[CombatStilettos in high heels]].
* Joe Musashi of ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}''.
* Taki from the ''VideoGame/{{Soul|Series}}'' series.
* Espio the Chameleon in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.
* [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Sheik]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''
** [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Greninja]] too, judging by his character trailer.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFight Guy]] in the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series.
* Shen in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' moves in this manner, complete with the index and middle finger of the front arm outstretched and the other arm behind his back, ready to throw blades. His incredibly slow pace really makes it more of a Ninja Stalk, however.
* Kotaro in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' runs like this, with one hand on his sword hilt. Sasuke and Kasuga too, although both are holding a weapon in each hand. Also Magoichi, despite not being a ninja.
* Assassins in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' do this while under the influence of a speed boost. [[JustifiedTrope To their credit,]] unless they're wielding daggers at the time they will sprint in a more standard fashion; daggers are always [[DualWielding dual-wielded]] and held in a standard grip in both hands, meaning it's actually fairly practical to run like this (one dagger is ready to block attacks, the other one is in a position to use as much of your momentum as possible for a strike).
* Sol Badguy, Milia Rage and Chip Zanuff in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. Of the three, only the last one is a bona-fide ninja. [[McNinja Sort of.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Player character does this when sprinting in Third-Person while DualWielding.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has a power called "Ninja Run" available for purchase. It's a low-level speed and jumping boost, suitable as a replacement for travel powers without outclassing them (particularly for characters who shouldn't have any means to fly, teleport, etc.). When running, the character takes on this pose unless they have two weapons drawn in which case they take on AirplaneArms.
* Raiden's sprinting/LeParkour move in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' is called "Ninja Run," though he does not assume the pose while doing so.
* In ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'', the ninja character Zero will do this when he gets up to running speed.
* Valentine from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' generally moves like this. It has the [[ProudBeauty probably intentional]] side effect of emphasizing her [[BigBreastPride impressive chest]].

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* The ninjas in ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' of Creator/BruceLee versus Creator/ClintEastwood do this.

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* In the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} often runs in a similar manner with both arms concealed beneath his cloak, presumably to quickly draw any weapons or tools and without telegraphing his actions.

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* A modified version of this run is used by modern soldiers to reduce their profile. The soldier runs partially bent or hunched over with head down so that any bullets aimed at his head will strike the helmet, and with his weapon held closely in front of him.
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