The masters of invisibility and deception.
"While most ninjas are notorious for being silent assassins of the night, it's nice to see one who's not afraid to climb trees and wear neon dresses."
The result of Mook Chivalry
when applied to Ninja
While suffering from the law of Conservation of Ninjutsu
, Ninja mooks
not only forget how to fight properly and how to take advantage of their superior numbers
, they also forget what a ninja truly is
Back at the dojo, didn't their sensei explain that the whole point is to be stealthy, secretive, even invisible
? Why do they suddenly feel the need to appear in broad daylight, dressed in stereotyped kabuki-theater stagehand costumes, yell
" as loudly as possible, and perform gymnastics and twirl their weapons like they're putting on a show?
Even worse, they feel the need to do these things from a distance of about fifty meters, even when they know the enemy have guns (though this isn't always a problem
The real reason is the works need to make sure the audience sees the ninja
. There's also this funny paradox: ninja are assassins. Assassins traditionally killed people through underhanded methods
— stabbing In the Back
, poisoning, etc. — not
direct battle. Not only is this not honorable, it's not as exciting
as a full fledged fight. Heroic
ninja don't resort to this, while villainous ones still need to entertain the viewers.
Typically the justification for visible assassins are that if you can actually see the ninja, then you're either going to die soon
, or you are a Worthy Opponent
. There is also Truth in Television
at work here, since, historically, ninja rarely ever wore black garb when looking like a commoner or somebody else more uninteresting
would be easier. After all, if you're caught doing something suspicious as a commoner, you can probably pull a satisfactory explanation out of your ass
or blend into a crowd if a chase starts. If you're caught wearing stereotypical ninja garb while doing something suspicious, the enemy isn't going to wait for an explanation. Quite often, these kinds of ninjas, along with the Overt Operative
type of personnel, are used as distractions so the real covert operatives can get to work.
The Theme Park Version
of ninja. Often seen in McNinja
. See Highly Conspicuous Uniform
for the military version of this trope. Contrast with Technicolor Ninjas
, who are
stealthy despite their brightly-colored outfits. See also With Catlike Tread
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- Ninjette from Empowered. Girlfriend, if the shuriken-themed headband, necklace, earrings, and navel-ring were not bad enough, wearing short-shorts with "NINJETTE" printed across the seat is a bit of a red flag. She noted that her look was at least in part to tick off her father and the squad that eventually tried to haul her back to her New Jersey clan were rather more subtle.
- The t-shirt she occasionally wore that said "Ninja Princess" might just have been Refuge in Audacity. Might.
- Ninjette is actually very good at disguising herself (one character noted she had consummated someone else's wedding night while disguised as the groom). So she is a competent ninja disguised as a Highly-Visible Ninja.
- Ghost Rider villain Deathwatch had an army of red-clad ninjas. Somewhat justified in that they were actually just street thugs who he'd picked up and had trained.
- 'The Hand' from Marvel Comics. A secretive cult of ninjas into all sorts of evil stuff. They run the gamut of ninja cliches but in one instance, they subvert this trope by walking around in broad daylight as accountants. Which, considering The Hand, they probably are.
- Elektra, Daredevil and their (now dead) teachers prefer bright red (or bright white) costumes.
- It can depend on the colorist how "bright" the actual costumes are, with Daredevil's grittier series portraying it as almost oxblood at times. This would make more sense for his crime-fighting largely including night missions (since he's got the lawyer day job and all), as it's much harder for the human eye to see dark red in low-light or dark conditions.
- Frank Miller likes this trope. Miho from Sin City wears a pretty standard kimono which stands out quite a bit in an urban setting. According to the coloration on the covers, she wears red, usually.
- Many of the ninja in the G.I. Joe comic book series (and related media) wear bright, primary or even neon colors (like most of the trained fighters). The most famous ninja, Snake-Eyes, is all in black (some of his costumes even give him drab grays and greens). Weirdly, during the late-series Re Tool of the comics where it was retailed as GI Joe Starring Snake-Eyes With Ninja Force, his suit started off with a bright blue vest over the charcoal-gray suit underneath (this was eventually changed).
- Aside from his all white look, Storm Shadow also sported (in the comics and toys) a white outfit with random, grey Tetris-like blocks on it, allegedly for camo...?
- Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow were still luckier than the other "Ninja Force" characters, as shown here. Yes, that's a ninja wearing lavender and bright blue... Scarlet doesn't even bother dressing like a "highly visible" one (she seemed pretty much the same as her previous incarnation).
- The Marvel Comics character Night Thrasher and related ninja in his oh-so-weird life tend to wear black armor plating... with -red- highlights.
- In-canon the armor (and colors) are based on those worn by a group of ceremonial temple guardians from Vietnam. Thrash's colors are actually a more subdued version.
- Anna Feeple from Ninja High School is one of the top five ranked ninjas in the world, kicks ass on a regular basis, and does housework in her gi.
- As shown in the picture above, parodied to the point of ludicrousness in the original comic of The Tick. They were The Theme Park Version of ninjas (as in, they were based in a ninja franchise that developed a theme park).
- The thing is, it worked - everyone who walks by says things like "Oh, what a lovely hedge", and walks on. There's a scene with the people inside the mansion in the background, with one of them saying to the other, "I don't remember us having a decorative hedge around the house." The gag is that these guys are so incredibly skilled in the arts of disguise that with nothing but a twig and a Jedi hand-wave, they can convince anyone that they really are a hedge. Honestly, I think they're Technicolor Ninjas, not this trope.
- On the other hand, they were shown to be generally incompetent and not possessing the powers or temperament associated with serious fictional ninja. Believing their own hype about their invincibility, several of them leaped to their deaths pursuing the Tick who actually is nigh-invulnerable. One of them was shocked when he actually stabbed someone with his blade.
- Hey, it's me, Deadpool! I'm a ninja! ...Sort of. I know it doesn't come up often, but don't the swords and the costumes make it kinda obvious? I once implied that I had ninja training when teaming up with The Immortal Iron Fist. Anyway, I'm noticeable because I never shut the hell up.
- Most 80s movies with "Ninja" in the title, especially the American Ninja series and any ninja movie from Joseph Lai and Godfrey Ho.
- Oh, the American Ninja movies... At least some of them have brains enough to use some degree of stealth, but the majority are less stealthy than the bikers the Big Bad hires as extra mooks!
- Lampshaded in the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie:
Splinter: Were you seen?
Leonardo: Of course not, Master Splinter.
Donatello: We practiced ninja.
Michaelangelo: The art of invisibility.
Splinter: (holds up newspaper with a picture of the Turtles on the front page) Practice harder.
- Earlier in the movie, they absolutely panic when April's apartment is visited by Keno the pizza boy, who had not only already figured out they lived there, but also had no trouble finding their "hiding" places. This is even more embarrassing when compared to the first movie, when April's boss and his son visit her apartment, and the Turtles reveal that they're skilled at vanishing at a moment's notice.
April: Can you guys— (turns around, finding that the Turtles who were just waking up and standing next to her are already gone) —hide?
- Also occurs in one of the Ninja Turtles video games. Splinter explains that they must move silently and invisibly. Is the player in for Metal Gear Solid type stealth? No, the game is a standard Beat 'em Up in which the heroes walk through the streets in full view, beating enemies up.
- In the comics, they tended to actually act like ninja. In the arc when they infiltrate TCRI, they sneak into the building, spoofing cameras and using card spoofers and suchlike. When they're in a lounge and two employees walk through, they don't notice anything. Then we see the reverse angle with turtles hiding behind couches, plants, etc. After the employees leave and the turtles come out, one asks the other where Mike is. "On the light, where else?" Mike then bounces off a chair to the ground, on his way down from the lightshade which could not possibly support a 150 lb turtle)
Pretty sweet, huh?
- Averted in The Last Samurai when several ninjas attack at night, first attempting to use stealth, then switching to a more aggressive combat stance, complete with the obligatory (aversion) of Exotic Weapon Supremacy
- Spies Like Us: In the woods at night, they turn on floodlights, so that they can show off better! Then, when the Scary Black Man general wants to show how tough he is, they obligingly rush him one at a time, meaning either that the "ninjas" were under Colonel Rhombus' employ from the start, or —the less logical but more entertaining explanation— they were just a pack of wild ninjas roaming the forest with a portable floodlight setup.
- The whole reason the main characters are sent on the mission in the first place is that, being inexperienced, they will become Highly Visible Spies and distract the enemy from the veteran spies who have been given the main task.
- Spoofed in Surf Ninjas, in which Rob Schneider's character comments sarcastically on how the ninja's camouflage uniforms really give them a "chameleon-like ability to blend in with their surroundings."
- In Lady Ninja: Reflections in Darkness, the female ninja wear (or almost wear, as the case may be) brightly coloured Stripperiffic ninja outfits.
- The "evil" ninja in 3 Ninjas. I'll leave it to the Nostalgia Critic to explain. "You're only supposed to wear [ninja outfits] in the dark, you morons!"
- High Noon at Mega Mountain takes this to a whole new level - three men called "Big Dawgs" chase Colt and Tum Tum to the set of a Western play. The Big Dawgs actually take off their clothing to reveal their ninja outfits underneath! In the middle of the day, and in plain sight of the kids, too! Subverted, however, late in the movie, where the boys are appropriately fighting off ninjas in a dark basement.
- Played straight and subverted in Beverly Hills Ninja starring the late Chris Farley. While Haru (Farley) is absolutely terrible at blending in, his brothers are exceptional at coming up with concealing outfits, usually in a truly mind-bending way (living statues makeup, costume pieces that create a misdirecting outer shell). They only wear black uniforms in night exercises or for ceremonial purposes.
- Full Metal Ninja has a ninja with a pink uniform and other brightly colored ninjas who wear a bandana that says NINJA on their foreheads. See Godfrey Ho Ninja Movies for more details.
- Ninja Assassin. Ryu Hayabusa would be proud. Also averted, however, as the enemy ninjas do take advantage of darkness and surprise at times. When they lose those advantages and need to fight soldiers with automatic weapons...
- Cheerleader Ninja. Yeah. "By popular demand!"
- Ali G In Da House - the rival
gangsmassivs get together to raid Chequers, wearing trainers and day-glo camouflage gear.
- In one of the first major film appearances of ninjas in the popular media, a James Bond film titled You Only Live Twice, the ninjas actually DO dress in appropriate camouflage. When infiltrating a rocky basin, they are all wearing grey outfits that let them blend in perfectly with the gray rocks. These are more "practical" modern ninjas, though; they use guns, for example.
- Film critic Drew McWeeny of Hitfix.com in his review of the movie:
"Do ninjas typically drop into a location in plain view and then use machine guns and hand grenades? Because if so, I really misunderstood the point of ninjas."
- Not only that, but in order to get near the volcano lair, they have to infiltrate the island first, which they do disguised as local fishermen. Presumably, more than a few of them might go even further and bring along fake wives, which Bond does.
- In the novel, Bond doesn't use a gun only because he wants to be silent. He uses makeup and appropriate clothing to pretend to be a gardener.
- Ninja Cheerleaders (not to be confused with Cheerleader Ninjas) has this, up to the point where they get arrested in the end. However, it's Hand Waved at the beginning, which shows them getting the title of Ninja (also a handy explanation for why they suck so badly at sword fighting).
- The Ninja Squad. In this scene both ninjas in the fight wear headbands that say ninja on them.
- Averted and then played terribly straight in Sam Peckinpah's The Killer Elite. In the climax, the heroes have an epic battle with a team of ninja assassins who are all dressed in gunmetal grey robes, the same color as the hull of the derelict battleship on which they had laid out an ambush. But then the head ninja appears, and he's wearing the stereotypical black robes that make him stick out like a sore thumb.
- Kanzo Hattori plays this trope straight in Nin x Nin. While he does try to hide, he doesn't quite pull it off. Partly justified in that one of the main characters is blind.
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: Storm Shadow. Because nobody will ever notice a dude in a blinding white terrycloth ninja outfit...
- Snake Eyes all the way during a mission to Paris. Black-clad hight-tech ninja on the crowded sunny streets?
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014):
- The Foot as well. The fact that everyone in New York knows their name, let alone the fact that they exist, makes it questionable as to whether you could even call them ninjas. There's also the fact that they rely heavily on guns as opposed to actual hand-to-hand combat.
Live Action TV
- Played with in Legend of the Five Rings. The Scorpion Clan employs black-garbed, shuriken-throwing ninjas in assassination attempts... as a tool of distraction and confusion. Guards and investigators are drawn to chase after the stealthy yet obviously up-to-no-good infiltrators in the black pajamas. Meanwhile, as the "ninjas" make a distraction, the real shinobi on the scene (who has probably spent a month or more posing as a courtesan/guard/farmer/doctor/whatever and positioning themselves perfectly for their objective) accomplishes whatever actual wetwork needs doing while everyone is busy.
- In fact, the act of being a Highly-Visible Ninja is called The Gauntlet by the Scorpions, and is essentially the rite of passage for anyone who wants to become a shinobi - first you spend a year bouncing around in black pajamas, confusing people and looking like a grand idiot (and still managing to be sneaky... somehow). Survive that and then you're worthy to learn how to do it properly.
- Then there was Matsu Hiroru, a ninja assassin trained by the Kolat to be their secret weapon. His original card artwork showed him in an all-white ninja suit - which would have been this trope or even a Technicolor Ninja, if it weren't for the fact that he was blending in perfectly with the white stone wall behind him. Later appearances had him always wearing pure white and doing rather little sneaking, which would seem to be playing this trope rather straight. But then later source-books for the RPG explained that his white gi was actually a special gift from the Kolat that allowed him to magically blend in with his surroundings like a chameleon.
- Space Marines from Warhammer 40,000 take pride in their chapter colours and boast that "camouflage is the colour of cowardice," so you'll see bright yellow Imperial Fists scouts infiltrating behind enemy lines, with perhaps a camo-cloak over the shoulders of their snipers.
- The Blood Axes, the un-Orkiest of the Ork clans, love camouflage, but take a decidedly Orky approach to it. Since camouflage is good, more camouflage has obviously got to be better. And since camouflage is based on the enemy seeing the camouflage's colours instead of you, the effect can be improved by using clashing colours so the enemy can see how well-camouflaged you are from farther away!
- Eldar Striking Scorpion aspect warriors traditionally bear a striking green uniform with yellow trim, but are able to infiltrate because they're just that good.
- The grand prize for this trope goes to the bio-engineered ninja of the Shadow Sun Syndicate in Monsterpocalypse. How visible are the ninja? As soon as a fight breaks out, they suddenly become the size of buildings. The Zor-Raiden and Zor-Maxim reach sixty feet tall.
- In Scion, there are titanspawn called shinobi. Their job is to Zerg Rush you. They do have a power that lets them hide in the shadows, but unless they're stronger than average, they can only use it once an encounter.
- D&D provides no penalties to Hide checks for wearing bright pink.
- An issue of Dragon Magazine introduced elemental-based ninja variants, one of which was the fire ninja. The text noted that while a flashy ninja seemed counterproductive, it doesn't matter whether you turn invisible or blind your opponent with flashes of light — the end result is the same.
- The Complete Ninja's Handbook has, among "other organizations", Her Majesty's Ministry of Intelligence who operate with panache. The explanation is that some rulers get it and some don't, so they intentionally train agents to act in the daredevil style. Because the more agents' exploits entertain the current monarch, the better their funding is.
- Ninja Burger, a series of games about ninja delivering hamburgers, has as their prime protagonists the "white ninjas", legendary masters of stealth that dress in bright obvious white suits.
- The ninja burger ninjas themselves aren't exactly in modern camo either.
- Warhammer has an Ogre Ninja model. An ogre. As in, a thing large enough to swallow a horse!
- It's a man-eater, a mercenary that adopts ways to fight from the culture it fights with and is a highly elite type of unit. You might laugh at the disguise but big things can be stealthy. Otherwise the game averts this as Skaven and Darkelf assassins wear dark clothing and disguises and the opponent won't find them before it's too late.
- Some Skaven manage to invoke the trope effectively. The Skaven will always be visible on the board throughout the entire game, but he looks just like all the other regular Skaven, so the opponent won't know he is there until he attacks a unit far more effectively than a normal Skaven.
- A variant was the downfall of a particularly sneaky orc army. The started painting themselves black and launching highly-effective sneak attacks under cover of darkness. This worked fine until they started shouting their new warcry, "You's Can't Sees us!", before every battle.
- Possibly inspired by the "Ogre Ninja" from the Ogre board game published by Steve Jackson Games. It's a stealth tank which just happens to be the size of a warehouse, with a lot of ECM...
- Munchkin Fu has the Robot Ninja, a 50-foot tall Humongous Mecha who is also a Ninja. It snuck up on you... Somehow. It even gets bonuses against fellow ninjas; presumably they're too ashamed to be associated with it to fight properly.
- The original Munchkin features the Giant Ninja who "squishes you very quietly".
- Crystal Chameleon Style Martial Arts in Exalted are a variation on this, which got the style dubbed Disco Ninja Style on the forum- they avoid the usual Exalted issue that Power Glows by making it into a blinding psychedelic lightshow. You know there's a Crystal Chameleon Stylist around somewhere, but not where they are...
- There are very few ninja in Magic: The Gathering, but the ones that exist tend to go back and forth on this. Ink Eyes, Servant of Oni◊, on the other hand, is an especially notable example of this trope. There is absolutely no way that outfit can be considered in any way stealthy, especially with chalk white fur.
- Subverted in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: You'd think Dr. McNinja would have a hard time sneaking around, dressed like a doctor with a traditional ninja outfit underneath that. Nope, actually, he manages to keep to close-quarters combat most of the time... If he gets shot at or has to throw a soda machine at a team of security guards, it's generally implied that the situation is a pretty rough one. Most non-villains who recognize him just accept that he's eccentric. "Yeah, he's using someone else's ID as a disguise again."
- Played straight in a flashback comic to his college days. He justifies it via the alt text: "I wore bright colors because I was a young, cocky ninja. And because it was 1989."
- In the McNinja comic There's a Raptor in my Office, Dr. McNinja meets a strange silhouetted man in a darkened warehouse. Alt text lampshades this by pointing out that the only person you can see in a darkened room is the one who is a ninja. And the Raptor riding banditos but that is neither here nor there.
- The good doctor's father at least justifies always wearing a mask so every ninja, if they ever get too in deep and have too many enemies, can just take the mask off and escape the life. Since it wouldn't be effective after repeated uses, it means that they have to learn to eat through their masks.
- The Doctor also has a bunch of paintings which include lots of ninja on them. However, the ninja are so exceedingly well-painted that you can't see them anywhere.
- Memorably lampshaded in the first
Thanksgiving Katanaka arc, in order to get into his parents home he has to sneak past his mother(who is a much better ninja than he is) and he's speculating on his death.
"But if he wanted to enter the cave undetected," the coroner will ask, " Why did he wear a white lab coat?"
"Because he was a doctor and he knew science" someone will reply.
- Being the world of insanity that it is, this was bound to happen in Axe Cop. When it finally came, we weren't disappointed.
Just then, a truck full of ninjas showed up.
Truck literally says "Truck of Ninjas" on the side.
Ninja: We want to fight you guys!
- Ninja on a plane in Yosh
- Subverted in Freefall with French ninja waiters. Winston and Florence never actually see any of themnote , except for one short, portly, otherwise indescript man who distracts them while other ninja deliver their food. The chef explains what is going on.
Ninja waiter: That man does not look anything like ninja
Chef: Ah, but this is exactly what a ninja should look like.
- The Order of the Stick has ninja that are highly visible to the reader, and should be highly visible to other characters, but since it's set in a Role-Playing Game Verse, they're effectively invisible anyway.
- From this comic:
Belkar: Wait, I think I just failed a spot check.
Haley: Really? I don't see anything.
Ninja: (Standing right in front of the group) Um... we're like RIGHT here.
Belkar: Wait, I think I just failed a listen check!
- There's also the waitress who spooks Vaarsuvius at one restaurant, and as apology explains that she's waiting tables to pay for ninja college.
- Seriously lampshaded in Elf Only Inn.
- Partially subverted in 8-Bit Theater by Thief's gang of "law ninja". Despite wearing bright red, they remain completely unseen unless summoned by Thief himself.
- Oddly, the Ninja class in the first Final Fantasy wore bright red in the first place, at least in the original version. They're probably an example of this themselves, if it comes to that.
- Referencing this, the three strips or so after Thief first became a ninja, he wore the bright red Highly-Visible Ninja suit from the original. They were then remade, and the strips replaced with him wearing a black ninja suit from the class change onward.
- Something Positive: Randy Milholland pokes fun at the trope in a con sketch.
- Raymondo Person recently introduced "Barry Scrumbles, Non-Stealth Ninja". He has business cards.
- White Ninja, although this is possibly not an example because he may not even be a real ninja for all anyone knows. White Ninja is not something you can or should try to apply regular logic to.
- He's a white ninja because black ninjas are harder to ink.
- This page of Torio lampshades this trope.
- Furry webcomic Macropod Madness/Macropodia (the name changed during a particular arc) had Tree Ninja, a tree kangaroo with a habit of hiding in barren, leafless trees. This was lampshaded in one episode.
- The Ninja Mafia in Sam and Fuzzy is an organization made of Highly-Visible Ninja, the trope being played intentionally for laughs. The only exception to this are Blankfaces, who are fully capable of subverting this trope but usually don't need to because they're just that good.
- In This I Got Nothing page, the safety regulations require ninjas to wear high-visibility vests.
- One-shot character Ninja Joe of Venus Envy, whose spy mission is foiled by wearing stereotypical ninja garb in public with little more than a Newspaper Thin Disguise as back-up. He fares only slightly better in the spin-off Venus Ascending where he at least manages to hide, but is foiled by forgetting to set his cell phone to "vibrate" and getting a call.
- In FimFlamFilosophy's Let's Play of ''Pony Fantasy 6, Part 4, he talks about the very visible ninja in Naruto, and theorizes it's because of natural selection, because the really stealthy ninjas kept getting run over by cars like those kids who wear all black on Halloween. He goes on to comment about how the kids who wore reflectors didn't get run over by cars and would grow up to have kids who wore reflectors. Similarly, the Highly-Visible Ninja traditions survived while the stealthy ninja traditions died off.
- James from The Tournament Of Rings OCT is one of these. He's done things such as wave at a camera, and done anything BUT hide from his fellow competitors. He couldn't even hide from a blind girl.
- The Death Battle between Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu featured two of the most popular Highly-Visible Ninja in video games. Naturally, this was given a Lampshade Hanging by Wizard during the analysis section of both characters.
(On Ryu Hayabusa) And despite mastering the ninja art of stealth, he tends to just rush in, sword swinging. Every. Single. Time
(On Strider Hiryu) Hiryu's speed and agility are off the charts; fortunate, since he doesn't seem to ever use his ninja stealth skills.
- Enforced and invoked by the SCP Foundation. In the world of the Foundation, actual ninjas are SCP-2928: humans who cause hallucinations based on the public's beliefs concerning ninja. For a long time, they were masters of stealth because people believed all ninjas were masters of stealth. When the Foundation discovered them, they spread media with highly visible ninjas so that more people would believe ninjas were more conspicuous entities. This was enough to reduce 2928's threat level from "Keter" to "Euclid".
- In Welcome to Night Vale the Sheriff's Secret Police issue public statements at press conferences and are referred to on the radio as such. It may be an Artifact Title; there's never been any indication that there are non-secret police around.
- Early installments of Noob have a few jokes involving Omega Zell failing to be stealthy despite playing an assassin. The novels have him act as is he were in a good hiding place despite blatant visbility of his cursor and the webseries has a "Freaky Friday" Flip sequence during which the guildmate controlling his avatar points out that he only has 3 in stealth and really shouldn't be wearing white.
- Historically, ninja used multiple disguises to appear as everyday members of Japan's social castes, which involved training themselves in the target speech patterns, lifestyle habits and mannerisms - quite a lot more than wearing a costume. They went as far as burning specific incense or spices into their clothes so they would smell like the person they were impersonating. Thus, the perfect modern ninja disguise would be something like a janitor or a security guard. (Something similar was actually used by a National Geographic special, where the "ninja" actually pretended to be a part of the show's crew.)
- The sterotypical ninja costume is actually the costume of a Kabuki theatre prop handler, or Kuroko. Since the handlers were on set all of the time and simply ignored by the audience, it was high drama for one to suddenly brandish a weapon and attack the hero.
- Which leads to the possibility of a ninja recursion: target enjoys Kabuki theatre, so a ninja disguises himself as a kuroko, complete with learning the play. At the appropriate time, he first plays his part of striking down the character in the play-then adds some extra "audience participation". Whether this has ever been done is not known.
- Other forms of theatre have employed the same technique: for example in stage-play of His Dark Materials, or at least the National Theatre's staging of the plays, the puppets representing the characters daemons were manipulated and voiced by puppeterrs dressed fully in black, with black fencer's masks. The audience is so used to ignoring them and focusing on the puppet it comes as something of a shock when Pantalaimon's handler pulls off his black mask to reveal that he is Lyra's 'Death' and has always been with her.
- Near Halloween in the United States, check out the kids' costumes available. There will inevitably be a few "ninja" outfits that mimic the Mortal Kombat/Power Rangers style.
- Well, obviously, a Halloween costume is going to emphasize visibility... That's a big safety tip for trick-or-treating.
- Debatably "real life," one SCA War had a member dressed in "standard" ninja attire, saying "I'm a ninja, you can't see me" whenever anyone spotted him. While several warriors played along for fun, he apparently ticked off one Scottish Highlander too many, who clobbered him hard enough to lay him out for several minutes (ninjas don't wear armor!) then claimed that he "didn't see him there."
- Local guides in Iga-Ueno wear pink ninja outfits for demonstrations. Yes, it is true.
- Naturally, there are quite a few ninja theme parks in Japan. Since the attendants must look like ninja to uninformed or Genre Blind visitors they dress according to stereotype and Rule of Cool. Some of the parks have devices and architectural features that facilitate stealth regardless of the flashy costumes.
- This My Life Is Average post. Lampshade included.
- This Youtube video from Adelaide Flash Mob.
- Another debatable "real life" example: at some Comic-Cons in San Diego, the stagehands have worn black T-shirts with white text that reads "Stage Ninja: You don't see me."