Playing With / McNinja

Basic Trope: A ninja who isn't Japanese.
  • Straight:
    • Bob is an American ninja.
    • Bob is a black ninja.
  • Exaggerated:
    • 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.
    • Obo is an alien ninja from District 92 of the 35th Line City from Eemorykah.
    • BOB is a robot ninja made in a Russian test lab in the U.S.A.
    • Bawb is a mutant ninja that comes from another dimension.
    • Bob is an American ninja on the wildly diverse Cosmopolitan Council of ninja clan representatives from around the world.
  • Downplayed:
    • Feng is a Chinese ninja.
    • Bob is a ninja and part Japanese. But he identifies more with his non-Japanese heritage or he is only a quarter Japanese (or less) or both.
  • Justified: Bob traveled to Japan to be trained in ninjitsu.
  • Inverted:
    • Takeshi is a Japanese cowboy.
    • Takeshi is a Japanese knight.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...however, his parents were Americans living in Japan who moved back to America.
    • Bob might be Asian, but he's not Japanese. He's actually Vietnamese.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ...but although his father was white, Bob's mother was Japanese.
  • Averted:
    • 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?"
  • Implied: The ninja show up in Amsterdam mere minutes after a legendary ninja sword is discovered in the city, and it's outright stated that they didn't know about it in advance, thus revealing they wouldn't make it in time if they came from Japan.
  • Deconstructed: Bob's American heritage makes his fellow ninja unable to take him seriously, and he's branded as a poser.
  • Reconstructed:
    • 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.


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