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->''But every day there's a new thing comin'\\
The ways of an Oriental view\\
The sheriff and his buddies with their samurai swords\\
You can even hear the music at night''
-->-- '''The Doobie Brothers''', "China Grove"

Essentially a melding of TheWildWest and FeudalJapan, even if the setting also takes place in the future or has CattlePunk elements.

The earliest association between samurai and gunslinger tropes was probably Creator/AkiraKurosawa, who modeled several of his samurai films after American [[TheWestern Westerns]]. Fittingly, several of his films were remade as actual Westerns (e.g. ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' into ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'', and ''Film/SevenSamurai'' into ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''). This helped tie in the close association between these eras.

Also, {{Ronin}} and TheGunslinger seem to occupy the same place in the stories of their respective cultures. Both are essentially an updated version of the KnightErrant, [[TheDrifter drifters]] with {{Mysterious Past}}s WalkingTheEarth, [[DuelToTheDeath dueling rivals]], fighting bandits, embodying [[TheStoic stoicism]] and self-reliance, and aspiring to self-discipline, often while struggling with their inner demons.

The similarities between the [[RoseTintedNarrative idealized forms]] of the Bushido code and the Code of the West are undeniable, as well- [[TheFettered Placing honor and duty above all]], protecting the weak, killing only when required but [[IDidWhatIHadToDo unflinchingly doing so when it is]], valuing equally intelligence, HeroicResolve, and physical ability. This makes it only natural that the two characters should begin to blend together in an East-meets-West world. The fact that they're both iconic warrior-types of their respective nations is also a plus.

Note that a cowboy moving to old Japan, or a samurai or kung fu master moving to the Old West, does not count. Such situations often ''lead'' to this trope, which is about explicitly blending the two -- but not always.

May be a result of wanting to justify the combination of SwordAndGun with KatanasAreJustBetter and RevolversAreJustBetter

A SubTrope of NinjaPirateZombieRobot.

Compare StreetSamurai, CorporateSamurai, CyberNinja, TheGunslinger, {{Ronin}}, SwordAndGun, SpaceWestern.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Andy, the crazy cowboy from the "Cowboy Funk" episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' decides to become a samurai (complete with katana) at the end of the episode, after Spike beats him.
* In the ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'' spinoff ''GunFrontier'', the Old West incarnation of Tochiro is one of these. He shows some traits of this in other entries in the franchise like ''CosmoWarriorZero''.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'' which takes place on a SpaceWestern planet where {{cowboy}}s and [[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha mecha]] roam. The protagonist Van is a cowboy who wields a metallic cloth that can turn into a sword, with its hilt looking an awful lot like a gun handle with a trigger included. Plus he pilots an Armor that uses a sword. In addition, his rival uses a gun that looks like a Japanese sword handle, with his two very long magazines kept in his belt, making it look like he's carrying a daisho.
* The one-off antagonist Rai-Dei the Blade of the Gung-Ho Guns in ''{{Trigun}}'' is basically a samurai on a WildWest planet. He is treated as outrageous and insane. He dodges bullets. He wears a fringed leather vest with hakama and his katana can fire its blade if necessary. In the manga, he does all of this on ''[[RuleOfCool rocket skates]]''.
* Justice from ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' at first seems like a straight example of TheGunslinger even fighting Afro's father (who is using a katana) to a standstill with two pistols in one of the most badass fights of the series he eventually plays this straight when it is revealed that [[spoiler: he has a hidden third arm that wields a katana.]]
* Azuma Mutsu's arc from ''Manga/ShuraNoToki'' is arguably this. Azuma, while ''isn't'' a samurai or a cowboy, is a Japanese man thrown into a cowboy/frontier setting and ended up mixing characteristics from both sides.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ComicBook ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaolin_Cowboy Shaolin Cowboy.]]''.
* The title character from the ComicBook ''NinjaVikingCowboy'' is this, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment plus a Viking]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''SukiyakiWesternDjango'' lives and breathes this trope.
* ''ShanghaiNoon'' merges Western tropes with kung fu action. At one point a character uses a sheriff's badge as a throwing star.
* ''Film/TheWarriorsWay'' deals with an Asian assassin who settles in the Old West and is ultimately tracked down by his past associates. Essentially, it's [[CoolVersusAwesome Cowboys Versus Ninjas]].
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadTheWeird'', being a remake/adaptation of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' set in Manchuria.
* ''Film/{{Bunraku}}'' features a gunslinger without a gun and a samurai without a sword as its two heroes.
* The Creator/CharlesBronson film ''Film/RedSun'' is about a cowboy who must help a samurai (played by none other than ToshiroMifune) recover a stolen sword.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The main character in the ''Music/KnightsOfCydonia'' music video plays this trope to the T.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/RisingZanTheSamuraiGunman''
* ''VideoGame/RedSteel2'' currently provides the page image for good reason. The main character is a [[BadassLongcoat duster-wearin']], [[CoolSword sword-swingin']], [[CoolGuns pistol-packin']] hombre with a ''very'' NiceHat. He is in fact from an entire TRIBE of them, the Kusagari.
* Gemini from ''[[VideoGame/SakuraTaisen Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love]]'' is a cowgirl right down to having a super-effective horse and a [[CoolGuns/{{Revolvers}} Colt Peacemaker]] on her belt. She also carries a katana, and was trained by an exiled samurai.
* The appropriately named ''VideoGame/SamuraiWestern''.
* Yasha from ''AsurasWrath'' has a bit of this going for him, especially in his theme song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIufkLyJuMM Wind]].
* Jack in ''VideoGame/WildArms1'' has more than a bit of this--he wears a classic Western [[BadassLongcoat duster]], jeans, and cowboy boots with a hat to match(in out-of-game art), but is a MasterSwordsman specialising in [[IaijutsuPractitioner Iaido]]. Of course, his past is as something more like a European KnightInShiningArmor, and his current role before being swept up in the plot is more IndianaJones than ManWithNoName...
* The PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' can easily be this; wearing cowboy hats and dusters while wielding a katana, all while adhering to a strict code of honor. This is even lampshaded by the achievement for dealing damage with melee weapons, 'New Vegas Samurai.'
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode [[VillainEpisode "Zuko Alone,"]] complete with a ShowdownAtHighNoon. Though Zuko uses ''Chinese''-style swords, the effect is the same.
* Weilding twin katanas as well as a gun, and being an explosives expert and being a lone ranger type, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' Wheeljack could well be said to be one of these.
* Often utilized in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''; the title character would often take the role of the Lone Stranger who comes to help a town in need.
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