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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/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]''). 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 (or rather, Ronin serve as a bridge of sorts between the Knight Errant and The Gunslinger, having at one point been the contemporaries of both), [[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, WesternSamurai.


[[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 ''Manga/{{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.
* Sazanami in ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'' is a former swordsmith turned bounty hunter. His katana has a hilt shaped like a rifle stock and he wears a cowboy hat. In the English dub, he's voiced by Creator/SteveBlum and gets an ActorAllusion for [[Anime/CowboyBebop that other bounty hunter he played]].
* The prequel chapter of ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' either manages to be an example or an aversion, depending on how you look at it, since the story centers on the lives of the ''actual'' Samurai Cowboys (and cowgirls) of historical Hokkaido. After the conflicts that began the Meiji period, many samurai families were driven north to the province of Hokkaido, where they began new lives as farmer pioneers ([[ThePioneer with all]] [[DeterminedHomesteader the]] [[SettlingTheFrontier attendant]] [[InjunCountry tropes]]...including an unfortunate fate for the native Ainu tribes).

[[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]].
* The ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' ''Alternity'' special had [[{{Ronin}} Shimura]] appear as one of these in TheWildWest, helping a family of former slaves by fighting the Angel gang, who had been slavers and fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War until they'd been locked up by Dredd (who appears briefly as a Union General) after the war.

* ''Film/SukiyakiWesternDjango'' lives and breathes this trope.
* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' merges Western tropes with kung fu action - [[InterchangeableAsianCultures not Japanese]], but Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible. 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 Creator/ToshiroMifune) recover a stolen sword.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'', having a chronic habit of mixing pre-existing settings like gumbo, often features gunslingers like Han Solo teaming up with Shaolin monk/Knight Templar/samurai like Obi-Wan Kenobi. [[TheHero Luke Skywalker]] is the closest thing to a direct SamuraiCowboy in the series, equally at ease with a lightsabre or a gun by the time of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' features a team of Japanese ninja, and their SixthRanger is a cowboy who is an {{ascended|Fanboy}} ninja fan. Taken to NinjaPirateZombieRobot levels: he's a cowboy ninja whose main weapon is a guitar-sword, his TransformationTrinket is based on a ''cheeseburger'', and the helmet to his suit has a ''cowboy hat''.
** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' has his counterpart, Levi Westin, be a country singer to justify the above but changes his morpher to something less ridiculous.

* The main character in the ''Music/KnightsOfCydonia'' music video plays this trope to the T.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' allows for these kinds of characters with a little artistic license. A character with a saber (refluffed as a katana), martial arts, and a trusty revolver is so easy to make that it can be done during character creation.

[[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.
** Wouldn't you know it, someone made an AMV mixing the opening of Red Steel 2 with "Super Ultra Sexy Hero", the Japanese opening of Rising Zan (see above) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--U7yjof_XU here]].
* Gemini Sunrise from ''VideoGame/SakuraWars: [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove So Long, My Love]]'' is a Texas 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 ''VideoGame/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 Franchise/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.'
** The picture for the achivment is the Vault Boy dressed up as Buddy the protagonist of the postapocalyptic movie Six String Samurai where he tries to get to Lost Vegas and take the throne of rock that Elvis Presley left behind after forty rockin' years as the King of rock. Therefore its most likely a movie reference
* Yasuo in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has the "High Noon" skin, which turns him into this trope.
* [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands2}} Zer0]] got a ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' themed head and skin for [[http://i.ytimg.com/vi/J1GIrb-wLxM/maxresdefault.jpg Community Day.]] Given that the game itself is a SpaceWestern, it's quite fitting. [=Zer0=] also has Vladof class mods built around improving his skills with pistols.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue'': Frontiersman outfit + Katana = this, effectively turning Shay Cormac into an [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie Assassin/Templar privateer cowboy samurai]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Shadow in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is a {{Ronin}} ninja with a whistling, jaw-harp-twanging SpaghettiWestern theme and the appropriate personality.
** Both Cloud and Barret in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' have very similar backstories (hometown gets burned down due to Shinra's evil, a charismatic old friend does a HeelFaceTurn and becomes TheRival, vowing revenge...) but Cloud's takes place in a little rural town with swordsmen going off into the mountains at the orders of their master, while Barret's takes place in a desert/mining town with rogue gunfighters, infinite deserts and whistling SpaghettiWestern music.

[[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.
* Kanan Jarus from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' has outright been described as such by the creators, adding that he's as likely to shoot someone with a blaster as he's to use his lightsaber. He lived up to this spectacularly in the Season 1 finale duel against the Inquisitor, utilising SwordAndGun by simultaneously using his lightsaber with [[MixAndMatchWeapon Ezra's blaster-lightsaber]] to keep his opponent off-balance.