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Former cast on the Left (top to bottom):Asrial, Jeremy and Ichikun and the most recent cast on the right

Ninja High School is a manga-inspired comic book series created, written, and illustrated by Ben Dunn, and currently published by Antarctic Press. While it was originally intended as a parodic mini-series, the comic became so popular that it became a full series, currently totalling over 160 issues and many miniseries and special issues. The annual specials Ninja High School Yearbook and Ninja High School Swimsuit Edition are entirely composed of art and stories created and contributed by fans.

The story centers on Jeremy Feeple, a student at Quagmire High, who soon encounters a beautiful female ninja named Itchy Koo (real name Ichikun Ichinohei) and an alien princess named Asrial — who have both been ordered to marry him. The earlier stories focus on the girls' comedic attempts to marry this seemingly plain, ordinary high school boy. As the story progressed, backstories were given to the core characters, and an extensive supporting cast developed. While early stories focused mainly on slapstick, later story arcs have become more serious, delving into murder, drugs, and homosexuality.


The series contains Lawyer Friendly Cameos and Captain Ersatzes of characters from other media, usually but not always Japanese; these included Kamen Rider, Power Rangers/Super Sentai, Harry Potter, Superman, The Powerpuff Girls, Terminator, Ninja Gaiden, Transformers, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Urusei Yatsura the Gundam series and especially Ranma ½ (seriously looking at the early chapters, you'd be forgiven for thinking this whole series was an out and out parody of it).

Ninja High School v2 was an attempted Spin-Off set after a Time Skip, revolving around Jeremy's thrill-seeking younger brother Ricky; it originally ran alongside the original series, but the new storyline was brought back into the main title though Ricky was now the main character.

For those that wanna follow along it goes like this:

  • Original series (Vol 1-9). Ran for 100 issues. 1987 to November, 2002 (Yes, fifteen years). The first bulk is mostly that of Jeremy's adventures with a few stories focused on side characters. Later on most of the stories focused on Ricky and his own entourage of girls (In this case Lendo's step-sister Yumei, Superhero Heidi, and a Salusian Princess with a purchased title, Solora). This is considered Vol 2 of the series. There is also the mini series "Quagmire USA".
  • Hawaiian series (#101-129, December, 2002 - June, 2005): Focuses on supporting character, Yumei, as she goes to Hawaii under the request of a family member and has her own adventures.
  • Shidoshi series (#130-175, August, 2005-August, 2009) : Continuation of vol 2, something of a reboot of the series to distinguish it from the original. The story now focuses entirely on Ricky and a new cast of characters as they come into conflict with a deadly rival ninja clan.

There was an attempt at a revival series in June 2014 which saw a new alien race calling themselves the "Kuroni" have possessed the people of Quagmire and plan to enslave all of Earth. Anne Feeple and Prof Steamhead are the only two unaffected and are forced to jump to an alternate dimension to find means to defeat them. Thus setting this series in a new world. However there was no follow up past the 176th issue and the only thing of Ninja High School since then was "Super Ninja High School", a one-off that had the characters dealing with expies of video game characters. At the current the series is in hiatus.

Battlefield Press has launched a roleplaying game for the series, both in a proprietary D6 and the Savage Worlds system.


  • The Ahnold: Hotaro no Kenterminator, a dual homage to Fist of the North Star and Schwarzenegger's role in The Terminator. In a nod to the Real Life Friendly Rivalry between the two, he has a bit of a rival in Arnie (who, despite the name, is a straight-up homage to Sylvester Stallone).
  • Almighty Janitor: Seen in the Hawaii issues; while he wasn't the best fighter, he was stronger and more skilled than the main character for awhile.
  • Alternate Universe: Vol 3 is looking to be set here using a cast of all new characters.
  • Animesque: Dunn is an admitted anime and manga addict. In fact he's know as the "Grandfather of American Manga" due to being one of the earliest artists to use the style in U.S long before manga became a normal commodity outside Japan.
  • Art Evolution: Not surprising since the series started in 1987. The first artwork was mostly that of a usual American comic book. Then evolved into more manga like standards, likely Ben experimenting with his art and sticking with the latter style.
  • Arranged Marriage: The reason that Asrial and Ichi were initially after Jeremy.
  • Attention Deficit Oohshiny: Akaru, Jeremy managed to use it as a weakness during their first meeting.
  • Beast Man: Salusians' natural form is probably best described as "anthropomorphic skunk." Their muzzle is less pronounced than an actual skunk's muzzle, and they have hands and platigrade feet, but they otherwise greatly resemble human-sized striped skunks. When humans are transformed into this form, they, much like Salusians, retain one marker of their species - in this case, a lack of a tail.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Anna, Jeremy and Ricky's mother, springs this on Jeremy after Ichi and Astral come into his life. Ironic in that years down the line, Ricky would go against this saying.
    • In fact this becomes a major theme in the second half of the series and fuels the conflict with the Elder Stars who are so rooted in their traditions that the protagonists are forced to go against them if they wish to run their own lives. In fact it was because of this that the rival ninja clan, Shidoshi, were created in the first place.
  • Betty and Veronica: Asrial to Betty and Ichi to Veronica. I mean they even got the same hair color!
  • Big Bad: The Shidoshi during the Ricky era of the series.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Hawaiian and Shidoshi arcs For the former, Tetsuo, being the brat he is, tricks Yumei into marrying a Ricky-bot rather then her true love dispite doing all she can defeat him and it's legally binding so she can't get out of it unless he gives the say so (though later in Shidoshi, after Tetsuo undergoes major Character Development, he gives her the remote to self-destruct the bot and annul the marriage). For the latter, Yuudai dies without having his final battle with Ricky, getting the last laugh in their rivalry as well as a century long revenge against the Red Ninja (though if this is good or bad considering his back story is up to you). Ricky's group take on the Elder Stars and have to settle for just bankrupting them then defeating them in combat. Tetsuo can't marry his true love, Nanashi, but for the time being everything's worked out in the end.
  • Bleached Underpants: Dunn also wrote a satirical adult series entitled NOT Ninja High School, at the same time as the original. (Other writers and artists have continued releasing sequels.)
  • Blood Knight: Many characters in the series. Destructo in the original series, and more recently, Yuudai.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Arnie the 7 foot tall gun-toting jock, who also shows elements of being a Genius Bruiser with his weapon-building expertise and debates with Professor Steamhead on science matters.
  • Captain Ersatz: Oh so many, is it any wonder this and Gold Digger get along so well?
    • One description of the artist's works, and characters. If it's in Ninja High School, it's Ben Dunn.
  • Cat Girl: Has a few, the most notable being Meppy, a Drill Sergeant Nasty -like gym and health teacher, who fought Nazis during World War II.
  • Catchphrase: "The world shall be saved by STEAM!!"
    • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Even more frequent are references to Salusians of imperial birth ("It's simple for...", "Your strength is no match for...", and so on). When Leanna shows up, she has a variation regarding a Zardonian of royal birth.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Started off as a fairly slapstick action adventure series. Then later story arcs got much more serious. The Ricky Feeple era is especially notable for this.
  • City of Adventure: Quagmire
  • City of Weirdos: Quagmire as well - despite it being much smaller than many other examples.
  • Clip-Art Animation: A 1995 collection CD did this to the first story arc. It was... controversial.
  • Cute Witch: Mimi
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Zardon princess Leanna
  • The Dark Side: Mimi
  • Deconstructor Fleet
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Ichi initially as she only wanted marry Jeremy to become leader of her ninja clan. But the more she comes to know Jeremy the more she seem genuinely willing to marry him. Ultimately it doesn't happen and she marries Lendo.
  • Disappeared Dad: Jeremy's, subverted as he finds out his dad is Trapped in Another World, a mouse based one, highly ironic in that Mr. Feeple's profession is a rat exterminator. What's more, he is now the king of the land and can't return to the human one as the mouse people don't have the technology to do so without fatal side effects.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Yuudai was a huge victim of this thanks to the Elder Stars' displeasure at the growing closeness between him and Empress Meisho.
  • Dull Surprise: Whenever a shot of random locals is shown reacting to the latest weirdness Jeremy and crew are up to, the reaction is generally to look up and say "That wasn't there yesterday."
  • Expy
  • Fanservice: Many and varied, ranging from panty shots to occasional nudity. The Swimsuit Special has this as its defining feature.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire
  • Friendly Rivalry: Professors Steamhead and Beanhead - each one is convinced that his specialty (steam and beans respectively, of course) is superior to the other, and the two do have a habit of bickering over this. That said, the two work together remarkably well (and have since World War II), and for all the superscience each has at their fingertips, the worst the two get into are occasional put-downs of the other's discipline.
  • Gentle Giant: Arnie
  • Generation Xerox: Jeremy and post-timeskip Ricky, although the writers play with this.
  • Gold Digger: Ichi's original reason for pursuing Jeremy was because it would result in her gaining leadership of her ninja clan.
  • Happily Adopted: Anna Feeple (previously Anna Ichinohei), who was brought into the Ichinohei clan after her mother was killed while helping Kudasai during the second World War. In fact, one of the conditions that Kudasai (her adopted father) put on granting permission for her to marry Bob Feeple was that their first-born son would marry the first-born daughter of Kudasai's biological son, so that Anna could finally have a blood relation to the Ichinohei clan.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Ichi again and Ricky post second Timeskip.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Several throughout the series.
  • Herr Doktor: Doctors Steamhead and Hossenfeffer. Later justified as a flashback shows both in pre-World War II Germany, as the Nazis were rising in power (Hossenfeffer joined the Nazis; Steamheim, as he was known then, tried to remain apolitical but was encouraged to leave, later joining the Allies).
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Nearly every ninja in the series.
  • Hot Librarian: Mimi Masters, Mita Celande.
  • I Choose to Stay: Anna when she is finally reunited with her husband in the mouse world. One can't blame her considering how long they've been apart.
  • Hubcap Hovercraft: Princess Asrial's restored (and highly modified with alien tech) 1962 Chevy Corvette—beating Lola by almost two decades!
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: When Jeremy is first brainwashed by Lendo in issue 3, Ichi uses a ninja spell to break into his subconscious and undo the mind control. Also appears later in the Copier issue.
    "Please. You're not this person. You're not this person."
  • Jerkass: Lendo, before Character Development post-Timeskip turned him into a Badass Normal version of a Replacement Flat Character. Tetsuo took his place as the resident Jerkass to Ricky in the second series.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo
  • Little Bit Beastly: Salusians transformed into human form retain their original ears poking out of their hair... in addition to having human ears.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Mostly due to all the expies running around.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Natch.
  • Love Hurts: In Steamhead's origin - he was engaged to be married in Germany as the Nazis rose to power. However, he was denounced as being Jewish (due to a grandparent), and his fiancee publicly repudiated him, saying that "Love is no longer possible." Receives a Meaningful Echo later, when she privately tells him that she'll elope with him to another country, but he repeats the line to her and commits to leaving Germany alone... while hiding his tears and committing his life to science.
  • McNinja: Anna Feeple and both of her sons, although Jeremy doesn't show it off nearly as much. Justified when Jeremy reads Kudasai's diary - Anna was adopted into the Ichinohei clan after her mother was killed trying to help Kudasai during World War II. She remains part of the clan and has taught both of her sons some skills, although Ricky takes to it more readily.
  • Middle-of-Nowhere Street: Subverted. The strange events are quite well-known, but so commonplace that they are no longer news.
  • Missing Mom: Yumei Katana's during the Hawaii series We later find out she had went into hiding to get away from her abusive husband (helped out by Anna) and tricked Yumei into coming down to Hawaii so she can look after her. She also married to the above mentioned janitor of the series.
  • Mundane Utility: Ninja skills apparently can make any household task easier. Taken Up to Eleven by Ichi's father - apparently, the only thing he ever used his ninja skills for was to show off for others. The few shots of him using any remotely ninja-like skill are generally implied to be him entertaining at parties.
  • Ninja: Itchy Koo, Lendo, many others.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The series STARTS here, and gets WEIRDER.
  • Older and Wiser: The original cast members after the Time Skip.
  • The Power of Love: Jeremy seems to have this in spades.
  • Powered Armor: Asrial was able to pull out a set at the drop of a hat.
  • Put on a Bus: Inevitable in a series featuring Loads and Loads of Characters.
  • Putting on the Reich: The RNC's Private Military Contractors follow this trope.
  • Replacement Flat Character: Lendo became this post Timeskip, after spending most of the series as the antagonistic Jerkass. His role was then filled by a new Jerkass, his younger brother, Tetsuo. Who is, post-second-Timeskip, turning into a Badass Normal Niles himself. Looks like it runs in the family.
    • Unfortunately, for Tetsuo, at least, it didn't take.
    • Actually... We find out later this was a ploy to save his girlfriend, Nanashi from the Elder Stars. When he learned that his grandfather, head of the Elder Stars, would have Nanashi killed if Tetsuo did not comply with the arranged marriage to a Chinese Amazon princess his family had set up for him, he chose to go along with his family's wishes to save Nanashi's life. To atone for this betrayal, he sets up a multi-million dollar account for Nanashi, unbeknownst to her..
  • Retired Badass: Anna Feeple.
  • The Rival: Rivalsan Lendo again. He could hardly be anything else with a name like Rivalsan. He also heads the Rivalsan Ninja Corporation.
    • His younger brother, Tetsuo, later becomes this to Ricky.
  • Rival Science Teams: Professor Steamhead vs. Professor Hossenfeffer.
  • Robot Maid: Nanny, whose name describes what she does for Asrial. Her design is based on the robots from Castle in the Sky.
  • Royal Blood: "A human is no match for a Salusian of Imperial Birth!"
  • Royal Brat: Asrial and her sister Andromeda, though not all that bad they have an annoying habit of letting everyone know it when they get the chance.
  • Royal Rapier: Jeremy is rather adept at fencing weapons, even surprising his friends in Chapter 3 when (while under Mind Control) he was dangerous with a saber. Expanded when he stayed in Japan with Kudasai for a few weeks; as his father was a fan of movies with a bunch of Flynning, he taught Jeremy how to fence. Kudasai seemed rather impressed.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Introduction of Sammi, who was forced to cross-dress due to her father not wanting to lose a bet and go into bankruptcy.
  • Screw Destiny: Or rather "Screw Tradition" which Ricky does, bringing him into conflict with the Elder Stars.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Rival-san Lendo and Tetsuo Rivalsan.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Lendo and the neighboring town's Captain Ersatz of Veronica Lodge attempt to have a contest to see who can sell the most ice cream at a fair, which quickly devolves into an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny of nearly every superhero, sentai team, or similar character from both Japan and the U.S. The ending? The Captain Ersatz for Jughead Jones eats all the ice cream of both parties without paying.
  • Shapeshifting Lover
  • Shared Universe: NHS is loosely in the same continuity as Fred Perry's Gold Digger, with several crossover arcs and miniseries between the two.
  • Shout-Out: Plenty, in fact the comic pretty much runs on this. In the picture above, Asrial is pretty much wearing the Gundam Double Zeta.
  • The Slacker: Generally, any reference to Ichi-kun's father will be in how he wastes his family's skills on petty parlor tricks (one background image was him using his ninja skills to balance a horde of chopsticks and toys to entertain friends). All indications are that he either passed on the chance to be in line for clan leadership or was simply content to let his daughters contend for it instead.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Ordinarily, Kudasai Ichinohei (Ichi-kun's grandfather) is a fairly small, if fit, gentleman. However, when Ichi-kun challenges him at the beginning of the comic for leadership of the clan, he dramatically increases in size and takes on a Heroic Build. Later given a Take That! in a flashback issue, when Ichi-kun imagines the form with a "Body By Liefeld" sign.
  • Start of Darkness: Yuudai during the Shidoshi era.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Seriously Ben loves his (fictional) Nazis.
    Ricky: That gotta be the second biggest Hitler robot I've ever seen!
  • Super Strength: One of the powers of a "Salusian of Imperial birth" like Asrial.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Cute Witch Mimi has one which nearly took over Hell. Suzume (one of Ricky's ninja partners) also has one that can't tell friend from foe due to her clan's very brutal training from birth.
    • Thanks to a brainwashing early in the series, Jeremy also has a supergenius evil side (good in a fight, too), more or less Doctor Doom in a Nazi-esque uniform.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Sammi is emotionally blackmailed into this by her father, who sent her to live with her uncle and told her that a heart condition would kill him if he found out that Sammi is actually a girl.
  • Take a Third Option: How Tetsuo manages to get one over on the Elder Stars After they deny him the choice of marrying his true love. He decides to play it their way and follow tradition, which means he could spread his secrets to other ninja clans and bankrupt them financially without breaking from their iron clad traditions. Say the least while he doesn't beat them psychically (he tried but was no match) he manages to do so by sheer wit and turning their customs back at them.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Akaru, an island native who doesn't know anything about modern civilization and largely judges everything on how manly it is.
  • Troperiffic: Or a Cliché Storm; your mileage may vary.
  • Time Skip: Starting with Issue 75, which picks up 5 years after the original series, and later in Issue 168, which takes place seven years after that.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Mita Celande has a time machine, and some of her temporal doings (such as taking Mimi Masters and Jeremy back to when the Feeple line was cursed by Mimi's ancestor) start throwing monkey wrenches in how things are to play out. She eventually has to leave due to a Temporal Paradox (namely, that her ancestors Jeremy and Ichi-kun were no longer going to have children together) potentially negating her existence.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Rival-san Lendo after the Time Skip. Sora, when she had her chi unlocked by her grandfather.
  • Unfazed Everyman: This is pretty much Jeremy all over. Despite the fact he takes ninja training, he hardly ever uses it.
  • Unsound Effect: "Retort!" is just one of several that get trotted out for various actions.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Jeremy has two...and they're both very deadly.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: One of Steamhead's closest and most trusted colleagues is Professor Beanhead, and the two have worked well together since World War II. This does not stop the two from regularly arguing over whether steam or beans are more important for the advancement of science.
  • Weddings in Japan: While it's only shown in a couple panels, Bob and Anna Feeple had a traditional Japanese marriage ceremony.
  • Weirdness Magnet: The Feeple Family and the town of Quagmire in general.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: A literal example of this occurs in Issue #14, when a (normal sized) talking rat appears before Jeremy with a message from his father, Bob Feeple inviting Jeremy to Dimension X, where Bob has become Emperor of the Rats. The rat uses a dimensional beam gun to spirit Jeremy, Asrial, and Ichi to Dimension X which is populated by human sized anthropomorphic rats. The original rat is never seen or mentioned again.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: This is actually Jeremy's shining trait in the first series. Despite being surround by supernaturals and extraterrestrials, he can calm a situation simply by being himself and attempting to talk it down. Course if need be he will fight if he has to but the former is his true "power".


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