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The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai_(weapon) sai]] was originally an agricultural tool, but then became an ImprovisedWeapon [[StockNinjaWeaponry often associated with]] {{Ninja}}.

In real life, sai are very rarely actually bladed weapons, and are primarily used in defense in order to disarm and/or break blades. In fiction, however, the middle prong (or all three) is usually sharpened into a makeshift dagger. (''Sometimes'' TruthInTelevision, but not normal practice.) Unusually, DualWielding a pair of sai ''is'' TruthInTelevision.

TheOtherWiki has more details on the historical use of the sai [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai_%28weapon%29 here]].

[[IThoughtItMeant This is not]] about some sort of [[RhinoRampage Rhino]] [[BeastMan Man]], or characters whose name is "Sai". [[{{Manga/Naruto}} Although to be fair,]] [[WeaponOfChoice he]] ''[[WeaponOfChoice did]]'' [[WeaponOfChoice wield some]].
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Sun-Sun's [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou]].
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', one of Freya's Valkyries uses them.
* Kayura in ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' wields a pair with extendable middle blades.
* The aptly named Sai wields ones in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ComicBook/{{Elektra}}'s WeaponOfChoice in the ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' comics.
** And to prove they're dangerous, [[Film/{{Elektra}} movie portrayer]] Creator/JenniferGarner confessed she cut her leg with one on the set.
* ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'' sometimes uses these.
* One of the preferred weapons of Zaran the Weapons Master in the MarvelUniverse.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': Raphael's WeaponOfChoice.
** In fact, the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 most recent animated incarnation]] of Raphael is the first to use it as intended, as a grappling/disarming weapon, rather then as a stabbing dagger.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheMummyReturns'': A {{Flashback}} has a duel between two women DualWielding these, which doesn't make sense as sais originated from Asia, not Egypt. And more specifically, sai were a rice-agricultural implement, and the Nile has always been primarily wheat territory.
* ''Film/TheMatrix Reloaded'': Neo used his powers to pull two sais off the wall and fight with them during his battle with the Merovingian's minions. He ends up using them to pin one of his assailants to the wall.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* XenaWarriorPrincess's sidekick Gabrielle makes a point of fighting principally with a pair of Sai, starting in Season 5 and lasting until the end of the show. The exclusivity of the weapon to Gabrielle made them all the more cool.
* ''DeadliestWarrior'': the Yakuza used Sais as a weapon.
* [[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Mele]] / [[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Camille]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Used by Vetkin in ''VideoGame/BattleRealms''.
* Mileena from the ''MortalKombat'' series fights using a pair of sai.
* ''GuildWars'' has sais as a type of dagger.
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' also uses them as daggers, the one kind of weapon that can be dual-wielded. They're quite popular with Ninjas.
* Wang Yi from ''DynastyWarriors 7'': XL.
* Monsoon from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Mitzi of ''TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' favors sais.
* Mo the ninja girl from ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' Her three brothers use a [[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles sword, nunchucks, and bo staff]] respectively.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A Sai ''Gal'' is Cheshire from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.

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* ChrisColfer. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZl1QBOW5X0 True story.]]
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