->'''Matt''': Sais are cool, Chris. Iím just going to say it: Raphael had the coolest weapon. Thatís right. '''COOLER THAN NUNCHUCKS.'''\\
'''Chris''': Wow. Whatís it like to be [[CavemenVsAstronautsDebate so objectively, demonstrably wrong]]?
-->-- '''Chris Sims''' and '''Matt Wilson''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/comicsalliance-reviews-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-1990-part-one/ on]] ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990''

{{Ninja}} are cool, which is why fiction writers love them. They're masters of stealth and deception and use exotic moves and techniques to trick their opponents. Part of their coolness tends to come from their unique weaponry; seeing a certain weapon in the hands of a warrior usually gives away his identity as a ninja, which would have been counter-productive to their covert activities in real life, but works well for HighlyVisibleNinja because the ''[[RuleOfPerception audience]]'' has to know that they're a ninja. Some of these weapons were actually [[TruthInTelevision used by ninja]], [[ArtisticLicenseHistory others weren't]] but are erroneously attributed to them, and many are ShroudedInMyth regardless. In the hands of fictional ninja it is common to see ImplausibleFencingPowers and ImprobableUseOfAWeapon. Some weapons associated with Ninja in popular culture are:

* ''Katana'': A ninja's WeaponOfChoice, because KatanasAreJustBetter. It was sometimes carried in the back.
* ''Shinobigatana'' or ''Ninjato'': A special ninja sword, similar to a short, straight-bladed ''katana'' and often depicted being held in ReverseGrip. Some Edo-period illustrations of short, straight-bladed swords have been identified, suggesting that the sword itself was not just a modern invention, but contrary to fiction they were never called ''ninjato'', nor were they used exclusively by ninja. Sometimes ''wakizashi'' or ''tanto'' (shortswords and daggers) are used instead. More outlandish depictions of ninja may portray this as any kind of sword, even if it's distinctly non-Japanese in origin/design, like [[{{BFS}} a sword taller than a grown man and wider than his torso]].
* ''Kunai'': Pointed gardening tools used as daggers for stabbing or throwing. They're often depicted being [[FlechetteStorm thrown en masse]] or used for a KnifeOutline. Their utilitarian purpose supposedly made them good weapons for ninja in disguise.
* ''Shuriken'': Probably the most popular and recognizable weapon attributed to the ninja, these are usually concealable throwing blades that take various shapes such as stars or darts. In real life they were unlikely to kill outright, and were used more like hobbling or distracting weapons. Most people don't know that they actually have their own history apart from the ninja, who may have utilized shuriken but were neither the inventors nor the exclusive users of such hidden blades. Like the above mentioned ''kunai'', you might see fictional ninja throwing a lot of them at once. A ninja who's a show-off might use the ''FuumaShuriken'', which is a ''shuriken'' of extra-large proportions.
* ''Kama'' and ''Kusarigama'': The ''kama'' is a small one-handed agricultural {{s|inisterScythe}}cythe that can be wielded singly or in pairs, and the ''kusarigama'' is a version attatched to a small weight on the end of a chain that can be used for tangling or as an EpicFlail. Less realistic examples might show the ninja swinging the scythe around ''[[ImprobableUseOfAWeapon by the chain]]''. Variations include the Okinawan ''kusarigama'', which has sickles on both ends.
* ''[[FightingWithChucks Nunchaku]]'': Basically two short sticks connected by a rope or chain, this is actually an Okinawan weapon that ninja didn't use in real life. It got put in the hands of ninja because of the InterchangeableAsianCultures trope, and for RuleOfCool.
* Claws and Blades: Both of the WolverineClaws and BladeBelowTheShoulder variation are sometime seen. In RealLife, ninja did use hand claws called ''Nekode'' or ''Shuko'' and foot claws called ''Ashiko'', but mainly only for climbing.
* ''Makibishi'': {{Caltrops}}, small devices with spikes all over, so that when they're dropped one spike is always pointing up. Often used to hobble a pursuing foe, since either a human or a horse can be seriously injured by stepping on one.
* ''Nageteppo'': Low-tech smoke and/or flash bombs.
* ''{{Sai|Guy}}'': A short, tapered metal baton with two forward-curved prongs for a handguard. Despite its silhouette it is not a dagger and has no edges, but is used for parrying, bludgeoning, and thrusting with the usually blunt tip. This version of the weapon comes from Southeast Asia and spread to Okinawa, so ninja didn't actually use it in that form; instead the Japanese used a derivant called the ''jitte'', which has only one prong. Ninja using the Okinawan ''sai'' is also a common artistic license.
* [[BladeOnAStick Naginata]]: A pole weapon with a curved, sword-like blade on the end of a shaft. A traditional samurai weapon that ninja may also be depicted using. Other kinds of Japanese pole weapons such as the ''yari'' (spear) may be substituted, whether bladed or [[SimpleStaff not]].
* ''Senbon'': Needles, some of them long, while others were small enough to be carried in the mouth and then shot using the tongue as a blowpipe. Often PoisonedWeapons.
* ''[[ChainPain Manrikigusari]]'' or ''Kusari Fundo'': Chains with heavy weights to the ends, used to disarm people or entangle and trap them.
* HiddenWeapons: Any of the above weapons may be concealed on the ninja's person rather than being openly wielded, whether by it simply being designed to be [[NothingUpMySleeve held within the ninja's otherwise unassuming clothes]] yet still within easy reach, being literally [[ArsenalAttire incorporated into their clothing]], or any other possible form of weapon concealment.

For more info, see Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja#Weaponry page on it]].



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has used almost all the above mentioned, being a series about ninjas, examples include: Kunai and Shuriken are used as the default weapon for many Ninjas, the ANBU use Ninjato, Sasuke has his FuumaShuriken and Gai can use Nunchaku in battle. [[spoiler: Resurrected!Hanzo use a Kusarigama, and so did Madara Uchiha.]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Blazas S1 and S2, two robotical ninjas showed up in episode 46 used shuriken and kunai.
* The Tamagakushi Ryuu from ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}'' employ shuriken, kunai and shortswords in battle.
* Kotaro Fuuma from ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' use a lot of ninja weapons, including a Shinobigatana, kunai, shuriken and even a Kusarigama. Later, Ishikawa Goemon is shown using kunai, smoke bombs and sai.
* Sui Feng from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is basically a Ninja, and at least once she use a volley of kunai in order to pin Ukitake to a tree (ItMakesSenseInContext). Furthermore her Zanpakuto takes the form of a wakizashi when sealed, and a BladeBelowTheShoulder weapon when released.
* The one-shot villain Murasaki from ''Manga/DragonBall'' claims to be a Ninja. His weapons include a ninja sword and various knives amongst other things.
* Tsubaki from ''Manga/SoulEater'' isn't just proficent with "ninja" weapons; [[EquippableAlly she transforms into them]] (more specifically she has smoke bomb, kusarigama, tanto, giant shuriken and [[spoiler: [[SecondHourSuperpower katana]]]] forms). Her partner [[HighlyVisibleNinja BlackStar]] wields her. Interestingly Black Star's mentor Sid (despite being ninja themed) averts this trope by specialising in {{kni|feNut}}ves (his partner takes the form of a modern, Western survival knife).
* There's a two-part Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket episode where our heroes are challenged by a group of four ninjas and a kunoichi [[spoiler: (actually a CreepyCrossdresser)]] who take a great pride in using old-school weapons, including swords, daggers and kusarigama. They also add axes and bows to the lot.
* In ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' many characters employ kunai daggers and tanto. We also have Gennosuke and Tenzen (katana), Nenki (a long nunchaku that can turn back into a pole), Jubei (an Aikuchi dagger [[spoiler: hidden in his esophagus]]), Koshiro (two kama) and also Danjo Koga (needles).
* Recca Hanabishi in ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', being a ninja {{Fanboy}}, collects a bunch of ninja weapons and uses his dad's firecracker balls as either weapon or substitute for smokebomb. He's also known for using makibishi on his attackers. This gets dropped ''very fast'' as Recca's real power is PlayingWithFire.
* ''Manga/Brave10'' covers almost all the bases. There's ninjato, kunai, kusarigama, suntetsu and many more iconic ninja weapons alongside some more unconventional choices. There is a decisive lack of shurikens, however,
* Ripple in ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'' is a ninja Magical Girl, so her transformation comes with a katana and a limitless supply of kunai and shuriken.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': The titular characters are armed with ninja weapons -- [[HeroesPreferSwords swords]] for Leonardo, {{sai|Guy}}s for Raphael, [[FightingWithChucks nunchucks]] for Michaelangelo, and [[SimpleStaff bo staff]] for Donatello.

[[folder: Film]]
* In the film Film/Ninja2009 the main villain Masazuka is after the Yaroi Bitsu, a chest containing the weaponry of the ninja who started the dojo he was banished from.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In James Clavell's ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'' the shinobi aiming at [[spoiler:Mariko's life]] are described wielding [[PoisonedWeapons poison-covered shurikens]], swords and [[OverlyLongName "scythe-like knives connected to long weighted chains"]] (aka: Kusarigama).

[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'': Shuriken show up, wielded by all of the rangers. Most are of them are small. Each ranger has unique shuriken which resemble their ranger symbol. [=NinjaRed=] also has a FuumaShuriken, with his first HumongousMecha wielding a bigger version that it rolls at enemies to kill them. The rangers also use {{Caltrops}} on a few occasions. Each of them has a wakizashi in Ranger form, and finally [=NinjaRed=]'s second personal Humongous Mecha, God Saruder, wields a pair of ninjato.
* ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'': Shuriken show up as part of the Hurricaneger's {{Transformation Trinket}}s, with the ninjato being used once again as the sidearms of the heroes, only these ninjato, the Hayatemaru, can [[SwissArmyWeapon combine with their sheaths for a rifle mode]]. The Gouraiger's sidearms, the Ikazuchimaru, can take the form of Fuuma shurikens, but that's not the only forms the Ikazuchimaru can use.
* ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'': Shuriken are the most prominent ninja weapons used by the Ninningers, going so far as to have [[SwissArmyWeapon a shuriken change into a bow, a claw, and a blade.]] Ninjato are also used, [[TransformationTrinket mainly for the team to transform]] and use their ninjutsu by placing a shuriken in them, then spin the shuriken to activate said jutsu. A few of the Ninningers' mecha, mainly Nagi's Dumpmaru and Kasumi's Byunmaru, use shuriken and [[{{Caltrops}} makibishi]] as well.
* Hailing from ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', the Dustards, which are formed from the Horoscopes. Since these guys are based on ninja, they have a ninjato, smoke bombs, regular bombs, and shurikens.
* Rather bizarrely, when [[spoiler:Benjen Stark]] finally reappears in Season 6 of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' he wields a ''kusari-gama'' against a pack of undead wights, with the added ability to set the weighted end [[KillItWithFire on fire]]. Uncommonly for the weapon, he wields it from horseback.

[[folder: Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''Oriental Adventures'' supplement (1985) gave the following as ninja weapons. Some are already in the trope description and are not repeated here.
** Kawanaga. A length of rope with a grappling hook at one end and a hook on the other. Used for climbing walls and in combat to damage or entangle an opponent. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has this as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaginawa Kaginawa]].
** Kumade. A long wooden shaft with a rake head at one end. Used to climb walls or attack others in combat.
** Kyoketsu-shogi (AKA Kyoketsuogi). Similar to the Kawanaga, but with an sharp hooked blade at one end and a heavy iron ring at the other. Can be swung to strike with the blade or ring, to entangle an opponent or be thrown like a bola. According to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] it's spelled [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoketsu-shoge Kyoketsu-shoge]].
** Eggshell grenades. Filled with fine pepper, thrown into an opponent's face to blind them.
** Mitsubishi. A small box containing powder with a hole on one end and a blowing tube on the other, used to administer a cloud of poison or irritating material to an opponent's face at close range.
** Needle. Held in the mouth and either spat at or blown at (using the tongue as a blowpipe) an opponent at close range.
* In ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', all of these weapons are statted and in theory available for use; however, it would be dishonorable for a samurai to use one (with the exception of the wakizashi, of course.)
** In addition, many of the typical ninja weapons are also considered, to put it bluntly, crappy. The ninjato shatters if it inflicts too much damage, and other ninja weapons are far inferior to the equipment other samurai could use.
*** This is actually part of a ninja's training. The last year before their gempukku, ninja candidates run around in typical ninja garb, as popular culture defines it - black pajamas and mask - and wielding typical ninja weapons like ninjato and blowdarts. These are the distractions for the actual ninjas. Once you've spent a year "running the gauntlet" with the worst equipment possible, you're ready to do it right, and are allowed to use proper weapons.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Shinobido}}'' Goh can use a Ninjato and also shuriken, makibishi and smoke bombs.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has the three main ninja (Sasuke, Kasuga and Kotaro) using appropriate ninja weapons, namely FuumaShuriken, kunai attached to RazorWire, and two ninjato.
* In ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo wields a Kusarigama in battle. Other ninjas include Kunoichi and Nene (daggers) and Kotaro Fuuma (clawed gauntlets that somehow allow his arms to stretch roughly 3 times their original lenght).
* In ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' both Hanzo and Galford wields Ninjato and can throw shuriken or kunai, while [[HighlyVisibleNinja Earthquake uses a massive Kusarigama]].
* Ryuu from ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', whose massive arsenal includes some ninja-related weapons. Ditto for the other playable ninja characters (Ayane, Momiji and Kasumi) to different degrees.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'' ninja characters like Kaede and Kotaro Fuuma are armed with kunai-like daggers and can use shuriken as distance weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfWillyBeamish'' of all people the terribly stereotypical Japanese tourists will give you a smoke bomb and a shuriken as a gift. It's later revealed that they actually are ninja in disguise.
* Greninja from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' learns moves based on these, such as [[{{Caltrops}} Spikes]], [[SmokeOut Smokescreen, Haze]], Night Slash and Water Shuriken.
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'', the Ninja Spy's stock includes KiAttacks, shortsword prowess, a [[TrickBomb flash bang that stuns and blinds]], shuriken, poisons, invisibility, assassination moves, and stealth.
* Nunchaku is the first melee weapon which can be obtained in ''VideoGame/YoJoeBeatTheGhosts'', and there are shurikens available in some levels.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanBegins'', Batman starts out with shuriken during the training level and then upgrades to Batarangs. He also uses smokescreens and flash-bang grenades.
* In ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'', the Tenno - masters of [[SwordAndGun gun and blade]] - have a wide choice of low-tech ninja weapons to choose from: kunai, shuriken, kamas in both single and [[DualWielding dual flavors]], nunchaku, claws, naginatas and other forms of BladeOnAStick. The Ash warframe specializes in ninja attacks, possessing smoke bombs, armor-piercing guided kunai, teleportation, and TeleportSpam combined with gratuitous stabbing with his twin {{Blade Below The Shoulder}}s.
* ''VideoGame/MarkOfTheNinja'' features both kunai-like bamboo darts (used primarily for things like destroying lights and disabling security systems) and special darts dipped in a powerful hallucinogen to instantly terrify anyone struck with them. There are also caltrops, firecrackers and smoke bombs alongside more exotic tools and weapons like mines that impale anyone who walks on them with spikes, flesh-eating insects, fungal spores that instantly kill enemies and infest their bodies to kill the next guard who examines them, and [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid a cardboard box.]]
* ''VideoGame/DespicableBear'': The Katana and the Shuriken are available for use.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'s Blake Belladonna, fitting her overall Ninja theme, wields the "Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe" [[NamedWeapons Gambol Shroud]]. It's a ninjato with a pistol in the hilt that can be used as a kusarigama thanks to the length of rope running from the pommel (in this form, the blade flips down to the appropriate angle).

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In a late episode from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' the Comic Book Guy tries to win back his clients by offering them "Ninja Weapons" to buy. We get glimpses of katana, kusarigama and shuriken among other things.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Good Times With Weapons" sees the boys buy ninja weapons and run amok with them.
* In addition to their standard weapons, the Ninja Turtles in [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the new series]] also regularly use shuriken and grappling hooks. Also, Donnie and Mikey have retractable blades in their weapons, so Donnie's staff can convert to a [[BladeOnAStick naginata]], and Mikey's nunchucks can convert to a kusarigama.
* The Nindjas from ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' each have a stereotypical weapon, Cobrax has sai, Spinza has katanas, and Mysto has a bo staff. A shop in their district of Mixopolis also shows off shuriken and kunai.