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The StreetSamurai 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, [[BountyHunter bounty hunters]], assassins, bodyguards and general [[BadAss 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 moreso 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 and CorporateSamurai. Note, that merely having the toys of a StreetSamurai 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]].
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[BlindWeaponmaster Mamoru Hijikata]] from ''UntilDeathDoUsPart''.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Ronin}}'' is probably the TropeCodifier for comics.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Being inspired by ''{{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 ''LeSamourai''. Besides the title, it gets points for having a protagonist who wears a BadassLongcoat. And it was an inspiration to 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}}.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Molly Millions from ''{{Neuromancer}}'' and [[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.
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[[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 ''SnowCrash''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* 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.
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[[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. 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 fit this definition.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* There's an obscure PS2 game called ''Seven Samurai 20XX'' based on the ''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.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Dechs, the title ''AntiHeroForHire''.
* The protagonists of ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'' take the "samurai" part a bit literally.
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