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Stock Ninja Weaponry
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 so objectively, demonstrably wrong?
Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Ninjas are cool, whenever they appear. 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 weaponry, which is usually used to make their role more obvious. Seeing a certain weapon in the hands of a warrior usually gives away his identity as a ninja. Said weapons usually are:

  • Shinobigatana or Ninjato: The ninja sword, similar to a short, straight katana, and usually held in Reverse Grip. 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 a sword taller than a grown man and wider than his torso.
  • Kunai: The throwing daggers, created from gardening tools. They're usually thrown en masse or used for a Knife Outline.
  • Shuriken: Probably the most popular and recognizable ninja weapon. Like the above mentioned Kunai, they're usually thrown in great numbers. In case of Highly-Visible Ninja expect to see the Fuuma Shuriken.
  • Kama or Kusarigama: Small scythes, especially when attached to an Epic Flail tends to be a popular choice for ninja in fiction. However expect to see the user swinging the scythe around. Variations include the Okinawan Kusarigama, which has sickles on both ends.
  • Nunchaku: Often seen in the hand of ninja fighters for some reason (in Real Life they never used them).
  • Claws and Hidden Blades: Both of the Wolverine Claws and Blade Below the Shoulder variation are sometime seen. In Real Life, ninja did use a claw-like weapon called Neko-te but mainly only for climbing.
  • Makibishi: Caltrops, often used while running away from a foe.
  • Nageteppo: Low-tech smoke and/or flash bombs.
  • Sai: Are often seen as weapons for Ninja, since they're lightweight and slender.
  • Naginata: Again, often depicted as a ninja weapon. Other kinds of Japanese pole weapons may be substituted, whether bladed or 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 Poisoned Weapons.
  • Manriki Kusari or Kusari Fundo: Chains with heavy weights to the ends, used for disarm people or entangle and trap them.

For more info, see The Other Wiki's page on it.


Examples:

Anime and 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 Fuuma Shuriken and Gai can use Nunchaku in battle. Resurrected!Hanzo use a Kusarigama, and so did Madara Uchiha.
  • Mazinger Z: Blazas S1 and S2, two robotical ninjas showed up in episode 46 used shuriken and kunai.
  • The Tamagakushi Ryuu from Gamaran employ shuriken, kunai and shortswords in battle.
  • Kotaro Fuuma from 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 Bleach is basically a Ninja, and at least once she use a volley of kunai in order to pin Ukitake to a tree (It Makes Sense in Context). Furthermore her Zanpakuto takes the form of a wakizashi when sealed, and a Blade Below the Shoulder weapon when released.
  • The one-shot villain Murasaki from Dragon Ball claims to be a Ninja. His weapons include a ninja sword and various knives amongst other things.
  • Tsubaki from Soul Eater isn't just proficent with "ninja" weapons; she transforms into them (more specifically she has smoke bomb, kusarigama, tanto, giant shuriken and katana forms). Her partner BlackStar wields her. Interestingly Black Star's mentor Sid (despite being ninja themed) averts this trope by specialising in knives (his partner takes the form of a modern, Western survival knife).
  • There's a two-part Lupin III (Red Jacket) episode where our heroes are challenged by a group of four ninjas and a kunoichi (actually a Villainous Crossdresser) 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 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 hidden in his esophagus), Koshiro (two kama) and also Danjo Koga (needles).
  • Recca Hanabishi in Flame of Recca, 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 Playing with Fire.

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Live-Action Television
  • Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: 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 Fuuma Shuriken, with his first Humongous Mecha wielding a bigger version that it rolls at enemies to kill them. The rangers also Caltrops on a few occasions. Each of them has a wakizashi in Ranger form, and finally NinjaRed's third Humongous Mecha wields a pair of ninja-to.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons 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. The Other Wiki has this as 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 The Other Wiki it's spelled Kyoketsu-shoge.
    • Needle. Held in the mouth and either spat at or blown at (using the tongue as a blowpipe) an opponent at close range.
  • In Legend of the Five Rings, 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.

Video Games
  • In Shinobido Goh can use a Ninjato and also shuriken, makibishi and smoke bombs.
  • Sengoku Basara has the three main ninja (Sasuke, Kasuga and Kotaro) using appropriate ninja weapons, namely Fuuma Shuriken, kunai attached to Razor Wire, and two ninjato.
  • In Samurai Warriors Hattori Hanzō 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 Samurai Shodown both Hanzo and Galford wields Ninjato and can throw shuriken or kunai, while Earthquake uses a massive Kusarigama.
  • Ryuu from Ninja Gaiden, whose massive arsenal includes some ninja-related weapons. Ditto for the other playable ninja characters (Ayane, Momiji and Kasumi) to different degrees.
  • In Onimusha ninja characters like Kaede and Kotaro Fuuma are armed with kunai-like daggers and can use shuriken as distance weapons.
  • In The Adventures Of Willy Beamish 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 Pokťmon X and Y learns moves based on these, such as Spikes, Smokescreen, Haze, Night Slash and Water Shuriken.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons Online, the Ninja Spy's stock includes Ki Attacks, shortsword prowess, a flash bang that stuns and blinds, shuriken, poisons, invisibility, assassination moves, and stealth.

Western Animation
  • In a late episode from The Simpsons 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 South Park 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 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 naginata, and Mikey's nunchucks can convert to a kusarigama.

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