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The Street Samurai is the classic protagonist archetype in CyberPunk and PostCyberPunk, but also shows up on occasion when those genres are mixed with DungeonPunk and UrbanFantasy. Hackers, warriors, and anti-authoritarian loners, these characters fight against the {{dystopia}}n governments and {{Megacorp}}s that rule their worlds. They are down-on-their-luck souls that WalkTheEarth because their own personal codes of honor make them refuse to sell out to authority. Typical goals for this sort of character are InformationWantsToBeFree and bringing down the very society in which they live in order to make a better one.

They are the tech-savvy mercenaries, {{bounty hunter}}s, assassins, bodyguards and general badasses of the urban jungle. They're far cooler than standard {{Mooks}}, often sporting a BadassLongcoat, CoolShades and other stylish gear. Edged weapons are common despite being strange for the era, and [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katanas are recommended, but not mandatory]]. Street samurai by no means eschew firearms however, and are frequently expert [[TheGunslinger gunslingers]], but expect CoolGuns and AbnormalAmmo. In classic CyberPunk, the samurai would often be [[{{Cyborg}} heavily augmented with cybernetic parts]], but this is no longer mandatory. Hacking, at least at a rudimentary level, or other similar tech skills (creating prosthetics, building custom weapons systems and vehicles etc.) is required.

Despite the name, these characters have a lot more in common with ''{{ronin}}'' and even more so with ''{{ninja}}'' (see also CyberNinja) than they do with ''{{samurai}}'', being essentially descendants of recognizable types drawn from hard-boiled private-eye literature and FilmNoir.

Compare SamuraiCowboy, CorporateSamurai and WesternSamurai. Note, that merely having the toys of a Street Samurai does not make you one if you don't have the personality and skill set. Not to be confused with the [[Franchise/AceAttorney Steel Samurai]].


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[BlindWeaponmaster Mamoru Hijikata]] from ''Manga/UntilDeathDoUsPart''.
* Tetsujo from ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}'', he literally looks like a samurai.
* [[HandicappedBadass Nicholas Brown]] from ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'', albeit, he's not from a {{Cyberpunk}} world.
* The eponymous protagonist from ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' is a black samurai with considerable skills in the {{Cyberpunk}} dystopian future.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Ronin}}'' is probably the TropeCodifier for comics.
* In the CrapsackWorld of ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'', the Judges of future Japan dress and act like high-tech Samurai warriors.

* Being inspired by ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', the human protagonists of ''Film/TheMatrix'' exhibit characteristics of this, especially Trinity.
* The main character from ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'' is a gangster hitman who lives by the code of Bushido and has a number of anachronistic habits, such as communicating by messenger pigeon. [[Music/WuTangClan RZA]] has a cameo as another one of these.
* The protagonist from ''Film/LeSamourai''. Besides the title, it gets points for having a protagonist who wears a BadassLongcoat. And it was an inspiration to Creator/JohnWoo (hence the gun-slinging and CoolShades elements)
* ''Film/KillBill'': The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad is a group of assassins, some of whom use katanas. While The Bride is in a coma for several years [[spoiler: and Bill is in semi-retirement raising their daughter]], the group disbands and the members either retire or work solo, essentially becoming {{ronin}}.
* In ''Film/{{Elysium}}'', the main villain is Kruger, a cyborg for hire who carries a katana.
* ComicBook/{{Katana}} has always had shades of this, but in her inclusion in Film/SuicideSquad2016, she embodies this trope.


* Molly Millions from ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' and [[Literature/SprawlTrilogy other works]] by Creator/WilliamGibson is the TropeNamer and ur-example. She's a "razorgirl" with cybernetically enhanced reflexes, lenses grafted over her eyes, and double-edged scalpel blades implanted under her fingernails.
* Hiro Protagonist in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' is a pizza deliveryman and freelance hacker, but his combat skills, talent for working high-tech espionage, and willingness to take on enemies far larger than himself to do what's right are what make him an example. Raven does work as a mercenary, but he's got his own agenda.
* Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'' has a DecoyProtagonist, Bud, who behaves a bit like one of these. He's mostly just a street hoodlum who spends his money on bionic weapons. He's messily executed in short order.
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sri Death]] from Tais Teng's ''Memoirs of a Matriarchy'' and ''Neon Moon'' anthologies. Though he is practically invulnerable and possibly immortal by the end of his arc, he still suffers from BadassDecay to make the point that the universe is ruled by forces greater than any single person can control.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Future Hiro in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has the jacket and katana in a CrapsackWorld and seems to be this type, as well as a ShoutOut to Hiro in ''Literature/SnowCrash''.

* The ''Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy'' song, "Satanic Reverses" has a line:
--> ''Sent Joey to the Supreme Court''\\
''Cause he made a statement, they called it''\\
''Desecration of the symbol that was meant to represent''\\
''The freedom of so-called choice and dissent''\\
''They almost had me believin' it, I was bleedin' it''\\
''He said, "Burn, baby, burn"''\\
''Til the StreetSamurai said to my face''\\
''That any flag that's worth shit''\\
''Was woven from fire in the first place.''
-> In this context, the "Street Samurai" is likely Rono Tse, fellow ''Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy'' bandmate.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', this trope describes the archetypical Shadowrunner, i.e. the PlayerCharacter. The title 'Street Samurai' is used in-game for one of the classic runner archetypes, specifically the independent fighting guy who augments his abilities with lots of cyberware, though not so much to the point where they end up [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul killing themselves]] [[FateWorseThanDeath or worse]]. Fighters who augment themselves [[SupernaturalMartialArts with magic]], who augment themselves with [[CorporateSamurai corporate backing]], or who rely on [[WeakButSkilled pure skill rather than augmentation]] do not legitimately fit this definition.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has a number of these and the Corporate versions in the High-tech cities of Japan. Many of whom clash, ideologically or physically, with their traditional counterparts in the anti-technological countries elsewhere.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}'' has the Solo class, which operate similar to the ''Shadowrun'' counterpart above, but differ in that these characters do not hold a personal sense of moral code and are more ruthless in their pragmatism to get things done.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Raiden]] has evolved into this archetype by the time that ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' rolls around. The BigBad of his story is [[spoiler:a corrupt United States senator that has plans to devolve the entire world into anarchy]]. Raiden himself exemplifies old school warrior codes, even taking on giant robots not with guns or missiles, but with an AbsurdlySharpBlade.
* There's an obscure [=PS2=] game called ''Seven Samurai 20XX'' based on the ''Film/SevenSamurai'' set in a cyberpunk world.
* In SNES classic ''X-calibur 2097'' the player character is this; same well for his EvilTwin brother.
* All the player characters in the ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' series can end up this way, depending on the path you choose.
* You can choose to play this way in ''VideoGame/EYEDivineCybermancy'' if you decide to utilize SwordAndGun style and augment yourself with cybernetics.
* Batman as portrayed in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', moreso than other versions of the character. He wages a vigilante crusade against a corrupt society, is bound by a strict personal code of honour and tends to use fighting techniques originating from medieval Japan against foes using modern weapons and tactics. Given this particular incarnation's constant use of advanced computer tech (his mask's detective mode, the disruptor, the remote hacking device) and the notably cyberpunk-influenced plots of the series (City's focus on government control and surveillance, Knight's focus on drone warfare, the prominent role the Bat-family's resident hacker Oracle has throughout the series), this version of Batman is actually one of the purest examples of the trope.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Dechs, the title ''Webcomic/AntiHeroForHire''.
* The protagonists of ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'' take the "samurai" part a bit literally.
* Daniel, the protagonist of ''Webcomic/AcidRain'' looks the type, works as a mercenary, and has the weapon of choice, but just in the [[AwesomeButImpractical first chapter]].