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who isn't Japanese.
Straight: Bob is an American ninja.
Bob, an American ninja, regularly hangs out with Pierre, a French ninja; Olaf, a Swedish ninja; Omar, an Egyptian ninja; and Wallace, an Australian ninja.
Bob is a conservative, beer-drinking, all-American Good Ol' Boy from Texas who wears a ninja suit, speaks both English and Japanese, quotes eastern philosophy, carries a ninjato and shurikens, and lives in a traditional Japanese-style house. In Texas.
Downplayed: Feng is a Chinese ninja.
Justified: Bob travelled to Japan to be trained in ninjitsu.
Inverted: Takeshi is a Japanese cowboy.
Subverted: Bob is Japanese-American.
Double Subverted: ...however, his parents were Americans living in Japan who moved back to America.
Parodied: Bob is an Occidental Otaku who thought it'd be cool to become a ninja.
Zig Zagged: ...but although his father was white, Bob's mother was Japanese.
If ninja show up at all, they're all Japanese.
It's impossible to tell what nationality the ninja are, as they're masters of stealth, disguise, and subterfuge.
Enforced: "Ninja are cool and they should be in, but this show doesn't take place anywhere near Japan. I'm sure we can bend the rules a bit."
Lampshaded: "Who cares if I'm not Japanese? I can still be a ninja if I want to!"
Invoked: Impressed by his potential, a Japanese ninjitsu master allows Bob to train under him so that he can spread the art of ninjitsu to America.
Exploited: Bob works with a group of ninja who are Japanese and send him to infiltrate in a situation where a Japanese person would be out of place.
Defied: Bob's sensei refuses to train him because he does not want to share his teachings with outsiders.
Discussed: "Wait, aren't ninja supposed to be Japanese?"
Conversed: "Why'd they throw in an American ninja? Do they think that being cool is better than being accurate?"
Deconstructed: Bob's American heritage makes his fellow ninja unable to take him seriously, and he's branded as a poser.
Bob refuses to let the views of others get in his way and continues to train to become a ninja, eventually becoming a master.
They only call him a poser as a person. Other than that, they respect him as a ninja.