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A ''shuriken'' (throwing star) which is really, really big. ''Fuuma'' literally translates as "wind demon" and is taken from the name of a famous {{Ninja}} clan. Mostly used by ninja for thematic purposes, [[HighlyVisibleNinja despite it having lost the quality which made it useful to them in the first place]]. Can sometimes be folded for easier storage.

Sometimes overlaps with PrecisionGuidedBoomerang.

A SubTrope of StockNinjaWeaponry, BiggerIsBetter, and ImpossiblyCoolWeapon (try to use it without cutting yourself in two).

Not to be confused with UsefulNotes/FuumaKotaro (though he has wielded them in fiction).



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[HugeSchoolGirl Kaede Nagase]] from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has probably the biggest one (comparative size to the wielder) on record.[[note]]look to the right.[[/note]] If you took each blade of this cross-shaped weapon and stuck them on hilts, you'd have four {{BFS}}. The outrageous size is offset by the fact that she can [[SpinToDeflectStuff use it as a shield]], but she also tends to pull it from [[{{Hammerspace}} Highlanderspace]]. There are notes in some side material that indicate that the individual blades do indeed break apart for easier storage, but it's still way too big to hide like she does. Later in the series she gains a Pactio artifact that is basically {{hammerspace}} and makes storing the shuriken more plausible.
* A number of characters in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' have the folding version of this. Notably, the "ridiculously conspicuous" part of the trope is subverted by the ''Shadow Shuriken Jutsu'', which is the throwing of a second shuriken at your opponent in the part of their line of sight blocked by the first one.
** One of the first examples of Naruto demonstrating that he's [[IdiotHero maybe not as stupid as he seems]] involves combining the ''Shadow Shuriken Jutsu'' (carried out by Sasuke) with ''transforming himself into a fuuma shuriken'' to get in a sneak attack on a much stronger enemy. Despite [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee not speaking a word about what the plan is]], and Sasuke and Naruto barely knowing and not liking each other at the time, Sasuke somehow knows exactly what to do from the moment Naruto tosses him the fuuma shuriken.[[note]]Presumably, Sasuke was aware that Naruto didn't actually have a fuuma shuriken in his backpack, so it had to be a shadow clone tossing the transformed Naruto to him.[[/note]]
** Naruto goes Sasuke one better. He can actually create a Fuuma Shuriken out of [[ElementalPowers wind energy]], the ''Futōn: Rasenshuriken'' (Wind Release: Spiraling Shuriken). And still hide a second one in the shadow of the first. Yeah, that's right, he can hide wind ''in the shadow of wind''. Although he initially couldn't throw it at all, and now only can in [[SuperMode Sage Mode.]] Also, this attack doesn't just cut through the target, it explodes into a nigh-infinite number of flechette-like chakra needles that ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill disintegrate the chakra network]]'' [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill of anyone caught within the football field-sized blast]]. It is also one of the only techniques that can essentially ''knock out'' the Kyuubi, of all living beings (even if for [[HealingFactor a few seconds]]), [[spoiler:though a certain Kage is [[NoSell immune to it]]]].
** The very first chapter/episode has Mizuki throwing a Fuuma Shuriken at Naruto. Iruka steps in to protect Naruto and takes the weapon in the back, but the injury does little more than slow him down.
* Shurimon of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' has four for ''hands and feet'' which are actually [[KillerYoyo kept attached to his vine-line limbs]] for easy retrieval. He carries an even larger fifth one on his back which spins like a helicopter rotor for flight, plus he can detach and throw it as a projectile.
* Tsubaki from ''Manga/SoulEater'' can transform into one.
* In the ''Manga/MaiHime'' manga, Akira's Element is an enormous shuriken that can be taken apart into two giant kunai-like weapons. In the anime, it's a smaller, dagger-like thing.
* Volfogg from ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' can combine his two bladed boomerangs (Silver Moon) into one (Silver Cross).
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', two of these appear, but oddly not in the hands of the eponymous ninja Kotaro, but wielded by [[LargeHam Goemon]] [[HighlyVisibleNinja Ishikawa]] instead.
* Ivan/Origami Cyclone in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has one of these as part of his hero costume. Doesn't see much use, but in the last episode he [[spoiler: chucks it at escaping Big Bad, Maverick.]]
* Espio from ''Anime/SonicX'' has big shuriken. Very big, almost as large as him. Some of the official profiles for the Chaotix even [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on it;
-->Despite the fact that the detective agency has a ninja who throws three-foot wide shuriken, money has been scarce.
* [[spoiler:Ash-Greninja]] from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' wears one on his back made out of water, although it is only visible when his water cloak dissipates.
* In ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', Yuka Momochi can't understand how everyone was able to discover her [[BlatantLies well-hidden secret identity]] as a [[HighlyVisibleNinja ninja]]. [[OnlySaneMan Asahi Kuromine]] points out that her walking around with a Fuuma shuriken strapped to her back is kind of a dead giveaway.

* Miho's manji shuriken in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' isn't as big as the ones detailed here but it's certainly too large to be realistically practical.

[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* Cissnei's primary weapon this in ''Fanfic/FinalFantasyVIIAnotherSide''. She's even named it Rekka. [[spoiler: That's her real name.]].
* Kyoshun Keiji from ''FanFic/NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja'' carries one of these, a personalised weapon he calls a "Deathwind shuriken". It folds into a single oversized blade the same way as the kagefuusha Sasuke and Naruto used against Zabuza in their first fight in the manga, which Keiji wears on his back like a {{BFS}} and has a diameter of over ''seven feet'' when unfolded, making it big enough to cut a tree in half. To date, Keiji hasn't used it in the series outside of training, probably because he doesn't think he's mastered it well enough to get within a dozen feet of his target (and the collateral damage from a miss would be ''immense'').
** He finally uses it for the first time in chapter 9 to [[spoiler:''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut Orochimaru in half!]]'' He survives, though ([[AmbiguousSyntax Orochimaru that is, not Keiji]], [[OverlyLongGag although that doesn't mean Keiji DID die, just that Orochimaru survived being cut in half]]).]]

* In ''Film/GameraVsGuiron'', Guiron has a pair of giant shurikens in its head that it controls with psychokinesis.
** Note that they are only "giant" in relation to humans (and indeed in that sense are probably the largest shuriken of all, at 3-4 meters in diameter). At kaiju scale, they are on par with normal palm-sized throwing stars.
* The Glaive from ''Film/{{Krull}}.''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Gelnewts from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' (as well as ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'') use these.
* To no surprise, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' tend to have these (alongside normal-sized shuriken) in ninja-themed series:
** Popped up in ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' and consequently the third season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Red Saruder/the Red Shogunzord wielded one.
** In ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', the SixthRanger is ''named'' Shurikenger and has ninja stars as a design motif, and his helicopter mecha (and a number of mecha combinations that include it) could throw its propeller blades like a throwing star. Much of this carried over into ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''.
*** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' got a MechaExpansionPack explicitly themed after Shurikenger (or the Samurai Ranger, as he was called in ''Ninja Storm''), which equipped their own mecha with giant shuriken.
** In ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''/''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', the Yellow Ranger has a large shuriken-like personal weapon.
** ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''/''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' is actually rather restrained with this, as they mostly stick with normal-sized shuriken; though they do have some relatively oversized ones that can [[SwissArmyWeapon extend blades to become other weapons.]] It helps that the oversized ones are not actually thrown and treated more as star-shaped gadgets.
*** ''Ninja Steel'' promotes that weapon to TransformationTrinket. Also, there's a ''massive'' shuriken-shaped McGuffin called the Ninja Nexus Prism.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'''s Shift Midnight Shadow Car grants him energy construction of these for attacks.

* As with the movie, the Glaive from ''Pinball/{{Krull}}'' is a Western version of this.

[[folder: TabletopGames]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' has shuriken with so many targeting aids stuck to them that they weigh 20 pounds and need two hands to use.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': In the Golarion setting, followers of Desna commonly wield "starknives" resembling a shuriken longer than the owner's forearm, which can be either wielded in melee or thrown. Notably, as martial weapons, every [[FighterMageThief warrior-type class]] in the game is proficient with them but the Ninja class is not.

* Date Masamune Gundam from ''Toys/SDSengokudenBushinKourinHen'' has a BifurcatedWeapon version of this. Its four blades become a sheathed sword, a flail, a claw and a rifle. The circular pieces holding them together convert into water-walking sandals. [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon It is exactly as awesome as it sounds]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* UsefulNotes/SarutobiSasuke dual-wields these in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''.
** It also stars Fuuma Kotaro, who can be considered a TropeNamer (and whose shuriken is much bigger than Sasuke's). Although he doesn't use the shuriken outside the games (though a keen-eyed viewer may notice him standing on it in his first appearance in the anime as Hojo Ujimasa introduces him).
* In ''VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji'' Tsumuji's main weapon is a large fuuma shuriken which is called Wind Demon.
* The Fuuma from various ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games.
** Edge from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' can throw these, along with swords, spears, knives, etc. The Fuma Shuriken has one of the highest Attack ratings of any weapon, exceeded only by the one-off Knife (999!), Lightbringer (246), & Abel's Lance (230).
** Yuffie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' uses these. One of her weapons is explicitly called this in the original version of the game, but it's translated as Magic Shuriken. She retains it in her ''KingdomHearts'' appearances, as an undeflectable homing weapon.
*** Axel from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts 358/2'' Days can use a pair of these as well though they are translated as Conformers as a ShoutOut to Yuffie's ultimate weapon.
** Seifer's minion Fuujin from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' wields one called a Missile Blade when you fight her.
** Fuma Shuriken is the most basic Ninjutsu ability in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''.
* Phantom in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' and Siarnaq in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' use them, but also throw sets of regular kunai.
** Shadow Man in ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'' uses one, and like [[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ryu's]], it's a boomerang.
** Gyroman's Gyro Blade acts like this, and it can make a 90 degree turn once.
* The ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' series has the signature Windmill shuriken. Timing your jumps to avoid its return makes it an orbiting weapon that costs no more {{mana}} than one shot.
* One of the weapon styles in ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur 3'' incorporates a fuuma shuriken for a few special attacks. Miser is this style's in-game representative.
* Lu Bu of ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' wields a version of this called Crossed Pikes in the sixth game. It can also [[BifurcatedWeapon split into two]] {{Double Weapon}}s.
** His daughter, [[DaddysLittleVillain Lu Lingqi]] uses the same type of Crossed Pikes (with the 6 version moveset with some additions) in ''DW: Xtreme Legends 8'' as a ContinuityNod, since her dad got his traditional Halberd back since 7.
* ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}} 2'' introduces these as the primary ranged weapon of the [[TheGreys Vahnatai]] (although it refers to them as "razordisks.") They're uncommon, expensive, and non-reusable, but they make up for it with ''incredible'' base damage.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' Adventure Mode, [[DeadlyDisc a large serrated disc]] left around an abandoned Fortress (usually used for traps) can be picked up and throw around like one of these. In Fortress Mode, the same effect can be achieved by loading a minecart with them, accelerating it to relativistic velocities, then inducing a crash; this will turn pretty much anything it hits into puree.
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Kubikiri]][[note]]lit. "neck slicer"[[/note]] [[CameBackWrong Basara]] from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' is armed with a large three-bladed shuriken connected to his gauntlet with a long chain, allowing him to catch it back when its thrown.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'', Painwheel's Buer Drive effectively serves this purpose.
* ''VideoGame/GrandChase'' has the [[{{Mon}} pet Ninkoro]] who attacks with one of these. Later the resident {{Ninja}}, [[GenderBlenderName Lass]], also gained it as a optional SpecialAttack, oddly named "Hornet Sting" for whatever reason.
* ''VideoGame/GotchaForce'' features the aptly-named Shuriken Ninja, who has one of these strapped to his back. He uses it in two ways - if using his standard melee combo, he somersaults and hits with it a few times as the last hit of the combo. If you use his special dashing attack, he flings himself in a horizontal line, spinning the entire time. The latter is useful as a rapid multi-hit combo and as it's somehow immune to gravity while spinning. Slightly subverted in that the Ninja in question is the size of an action figure: it's huge to HIM, but...
* The second character in ''Kung Fu Chivalry'' for the Mac has this for a special attack.
* One of the Ninja class' two primary weapons in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline''. It can be thrown with the powerful Throw Fuuma Shuriken skill, or used a melee weapon.
* Pom Pom wields these in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'', and they're about as big around as her large head.
* In ''VideoGame/XMenChildrenOfTheAtom'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'', Silver Samurai can throw shurikens that appear to be about six feet in diameter.
* The night elves of ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'' fame use huge multi-bladed weapons known as glaives. In a vain attempt at quasi-realism, they're mostly used in melee combat or thrown a very short range (the original users, Huntresses, were technically ranged but in all ways were used and intended as the elves' primary melee combatants). The exception is when they're attached to Glaive Throwers, ballista-like siege engines. Their special ability? Linear splash damage, meaning that the blade cleaves through the first victim and just keeps going.
* In ''VideoGame/MysticWarriors'', one MiniBoss wields a Fuuma Shuriken as a slow-moving PrecisionGuidedBoomerang.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots'', Cop-Tur could [[KibblesAndBits use his rotors]] this way.