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Bond: Do you have any commandos here?
Tanaka: I have much, much better. Ninjas.

Only the staunchest Pirate fanboy can deny that Ninja have some level of awesome. Any story that can reasonably fit Ninja in there, like stories in Feudal Japan, or the fantasy equivalent, will do so. Sometimes, those fantasy equivalents seem to exist solely to give them a reason to include the Ninja.

Then again, some stories can't easily fit them, but throw them in anyway. It doesn't have to make sense. It's freakin' Ninja in your story! If you want to have them involved in the battle of Gettysburg, go ahead. Want to say ninjas were the ones who really beheaded people in the French Revolution? Want to say that Stalin had a one-on-one fight with ninjas which lead to the downfall of the USSR? Go ahead! Just remember, it won't be recorded in the history books, because Ninja are masters of invisibility.


Ninja can also fall under this as part of Chandler's Law. If a story drags, have a random ninja encounter and it will surely pick up.

A Sub-Trope of Ninja and Garnishing the Story.

Compare Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot, Ninja Maid, McNinja, Everything's Better with Samurai, Gratuitous Nazis (the villainous German version).

Examples: (from shows that are not focused on, or usually feature, Ninja.)

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  • During the Pop Tarts "Hide and Seek" campaign, there was one Poptart disguised as a Ninja. He was later revealed to be Vanilla Milkshake, a new flavor.
  • Weathertech has an ad campaign in which an installation team shows up out of nowhere wearing all-black racing gear and stealthily installs their floor liners in some family's car before disappearing just as suddenly, all while a narrator gives a serious voiceover about the benefits of Weathertech floor liners. Rule of Funny is definitely in play.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Byakuya Kuchiki from Bleach has a group of bodyguard Ninja, as seen in the Omakes. Of course, Soifon manages to subvert this trope when she summons her squad of ninja to deal with Yoruichi in the Soul Society arc. Guess she forgot about the Conservation of Ninjutsu.
  • Buster Keel!: Whats cooler than having ninja on the team, why a ninja water demon of course!
  • As if the acrobatics in Claymore weren't already enough, two minor characters include two knights who jump around on rooftops and throw knives at people. One of them is a standard lightweight rogue... the other is wearing a full suit of armor.
  • A popular first-season fan theory for Code Geass was that Sayoko, Lelouch and Nunnally's maid, was secretly a ninja who was as talented a fighter as Suzaku. The staff said "Why not?", and in the second season she was revealed as a badass ninja clan heiress who almost fought the cyborg Jeremiah Gottwald to a standstill.
    • Not just in the second season - in the audio commentary for one episode, Satomi Arai comments that throughout the first season the writers would tease her about "Sayoko's true power" but frustratingly never gave her the chance to shine.
  • Daimos: The Baam-Seijin foot tropes are soldiers wear a full-body black suit, jump around constantly in the battlefield and wield katanas.
  • The second season of Darker than Black features a lightsaber-wielding lesbian ninja Contractor — her power is turning things into Laser Blades, and her weapon of choice is a wooden katana. Clearly a Worthy Opponent for Hei.
  • See Volfogg from GaoGaiGar for another ninja mech. But unlike the Getter Robo example, he's a main character.
  • New Getter Robo features an arc where the main characters go to an alternate-universe version of Heian-era Japan, apparently just as an excuse to include ninja in a Humongous Mecha anime. One of these includes a 200ft tall ninja Oni, which doesn't sound very stealthy but is nonetheless quite awesome.
  • Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin features two clans of ninja dogs!
  • The Dating Sim Graduation had an anime OVA follow-up, Sailor Victory, which was about mecha... with ninja abilities.
  • Is This A Zombie?: What's better than vampires? VAMPIRE NINJA!!!
  • K: Missing Kings introduces Douhan Hirasaka, a clansman of JUNGLE who dresses like a ninja and walks through walls, because... why not? Munakata is amused. Fushimi is... not so much.
    Munakata: This is a ninja passing through walls. [challenging-glasses-sparkle]
    Fushimi: [challenge-accepted-glasses-sparkle] This masked man—
    Munakata: This ninja—
    Fushimi: [clears throat] This masked clansman is probably as highly skilled as Mishakuji.
    Munakata: No, this is ninjutsu—
    Fushimi: In any case!
  • Mazinger Z: This series is a Super Robot Genre, sci-fi series. Still, in episode 46 Big Bad Dr. Hell decided changing his usual strategy and instead of two Humongous Mecha he created two three-meters-tall ninja robots (the Blazas S1 and S2 "brothers") to carry a sabotaging mission off. They could perform complicated acrobatics, and threw shurikens -as well as missiles-. There was no apparent mission for them being ninjas other than ninjas are cool.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam. No, it's not the Neo Japan representative. Germany's representative is a Ninja Jester Mecha Pilot clone of the main character's brother.
  • What's the ninja Kaede doing in an Urban Fantasy series such as Negima! Magister Negi Magi? Well, why not? She fits just as well as the Chinese Kung Fu master, Ridiculously Human Robot, and Time Travelling Martian. Don't forget the lesbian half-demon winged samurai, the Gothloli vampire who's Really 700 Years Old, and perverted talking ermine.
  • Even better example is Ninja Senshi Tobikage who even looks like a ninja.
  • While Hughes Gouli is usually just an ordinary mecha pilot in Overman King Gainer he occasionally awesome puts on his ninja suit and starts kicking ass
  • The Pokémon episodes "The Ninja Poké Showdown" and "From Cradle to Save".
    • Of course, the first episode is set in Fuchsia City, which had an entire gym full of ninja - which kinda defeats the idea of secrecy.
    • One could say Ash is quite the ninja at times, in the movies at least. In the first movie he does that cool flip thing when he gets knocked down when he attacks Mewtwo by himself, how he flips off of wooden posts in the wall and catches the Jewel of Life in said movie (while being who knows how far above the ground?). They wanted the movies to be awesome, thus they made Ash a ninja.
    • Like in the games, there quite a few Pokémon based on ninjas. Ash himself catches a Froakie, which he eventualy fully evolves into Greninja.
    • The XY Saga has a hidden ninja village in Kalos, the region which is based on France... The villagers take some inspiration from Naruto, including a Dirty Old Man and a 100-year old Kunoichi who is capable of making herself look young and attractive. And then we have a character named Sanpei who shares the same voice with Boruto.
  • Speaking of which, you'd think Naruto, a manga entirely about ninjas, would be unable to have gratituous ninjas in the setting... yet a couple of the filler arcs manage to pull it off anyway by thowing in stuff like Ninja Couriersnote  and Cooking-nins, a.k.a. Ninja Chefs.
  • The Samurai Champloo manga had Highly Visible Ninjas.
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: How do you make more awesome a Five-Man Band of highly-trained spandex-suited teenagers, equipped with Badass Capes, Cool Helmets all kind of weapons, a Cool Ship and combat vehicles? You make them ninjas, of course!
  • Stellvia of the Universe features a spaceship pilot in training who dresses like a ninja and gives away shurikens for no apparent reason other than it being awesome.
  • One shows up in the anime adaptation of Zorro, of all places, where he was after the title character for a episode on request of the man who had saved his life. The ninja nearly got the hero thanks to the Shadow Pin trick... Except Zorro managed to escape the first encounter and had a book on ninjas at home, one that explained it's a hypnosis-related technique and you can counter it by not looking in the ninja's eyes when he's about to throw the kunai.
  • Sgt. Frog: They really didn't need ninja, but aren't you happy they added them anyways?
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Duel Monsters card game has almost every kind of theme imaginable, ranging from powerful Egyptian Gods to apocalyptic Humongous Mechas to heroes from space to circus-themed animals to Lovecraftian creatures. Ninjas are just one of their many themes.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Filler character Jean-Claude Magnum is a Hollywood film star who is famous for starring in ninja films. While he himself is not a typical ninja and doesn't even act like one in person, he uses a Ninja deck, and at one point, one of his colleagues disguised himself as one of Jean-Claude's monsters to capture Mai.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: Yamikawa is a ninja, but appears more like a samurai due to his usage of his sword and he doesn't act much like a ninja. He uses an Armor Ninja deck, focusing on Xyz Summoning his Blade Armor Ninja. Yamikawa was also the original owner of Number 12: Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: The Fuuma Clan is a Duel School that teaches young Duelists to become ninjas and how to use their ninja skills in a Duel. Due to the Action Duel mechanic where you can add Action Cards from different locations to your hand, running, jumping and other physical abilities are needed to get Action Cards. The brothers Tsukikage and Hikage are students of the Fuuma Clan and assist Reiji to fight Academia. Both of them use Twillight Ninja decks, with Tsukikage pursuing a defensive strategy and chipping the opponent's Life Points with little damage, while Hikage uses an offensive style. Their ninja skills are also helpful outside of dueling, as they can gather information and move in the shadows to support their comrades and clients. After Hikage is carded early on, Tsukikage is currently the only ninja on The Team.
  • One of the villains in Kinnikuman's Gold Mask Arc was known as The Ninja. His fighting style revolved around smattering amounts of misdirection, including move-reversal so fast that it looked like reality warped, and having fake body parts ready with strings to make it seem like he could fight while dismembered. He reappeared as a member of Kinnikuman Soldier's team in the Scramble For The Throne Tournament Arc. He eventually died (Permanently) in the Sequel Series at the hands of Hanzo.

    Comic Books 
  • One issue of the Astro City "Dark Ages" story arc starts off with a martial arts fight between two kung-fu superheroes and a team of flying jetpack ninja.
  • In some continuities, Batman learned some of his skills from ninja.
  • The entire backstory of Daredevil was retconned to include Ninja when Frank Miller became his writer.
  • One of the classic moments from Mark Waid's run on The Flash; our hero is out at a restaurant with his girlfriend, who is showing signs of wanting to talk about their relationship. Suddenly, ninja attack!
    Flash: Thank god.
  • The Kingpin uses "more than the usual amount of ninjas" to threaten the Runaways into giving him a MacGuffin, during Joss Whedon's run.
  • The Scott Pilgrim series has two: Knives during her Stalker with a Crush phase and Roxie Richter, Ramona's fourth evil ex.
  • Sin City: "Deadly little Miho. You won't feel a thing unless she wants you to. She twists the blade. He feels it."
  • X-Men:
    • Psylocke is practically the Anthropomorphic Personification of this trope. As the equally British sister of Captain Britain, she was moderately attractive and loved by fans... but when she was put into a female ninja's body, her attractiveness and popularity went through the roof, as she became the team's Ms. Fanservice.
    • Similarly, Kitty Pryde, during a trip to Japan, was abducted and mind screwed by the demonic Ogun, who downloaded a lifetime's worth of experience into her head, turning her Brainwashed and Crazy. Once she got her mind back, she retained much of her ninja skills.
  • Snake-Eyes of G.I. Joe started out as a badass mute commando with a badly scarred face and an impressive collection of spike-knuckled trench knives. But then, Storm Shadow enters the mix, and Snake-Eyes is upgraded to Ninja Commando From Hell. Later in the Marvel run, established characters Scarlett, Firefly, and Zartan were added to the growing ninja rosters.
  • Y: The Last Man follows the last man on earth after a gendercide and must contend with a post-apocalyptic Lady Land. One of the main villains is, rather inexplicably, a classic Hollywood ninja who dresses in black and uses swords, throwing stars and smoke bombs.

    Fan Works 
  • The Good Hunter has the kunoichi (aka. female ninja). Out of the 223 types of mamono, which normally include fantasy or mythical races, there are ninja types, apparently. In particular, the very first chapter has Murasaki Natsume, a succubus ninja, showing up at the Hunter's abode. Alas, her training as a ninja is not enough to prepare herself for the Hunter's ferocious assault.
  • The “awesome” part of the old name for this trope is subverted in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World. Four ninjas attack John and Ringo in their hotel room—but the two know they're coming, and while the very one-sided battle is offscreen, the aftermath has the ninjas hanging in ice harnesses on the outside of the hotel, stripped naked and with the words “Don't Fuck With 9000s" printed on them.
  • In the Ultimate Spiderman AU story Spiderman Black, Peter Parker is recruited and trained by a clan of ninja after the Green Goblin kills everyone he cares about.
  • The fourth story in The Vinyl and Octavia Series in a nutshell. Vinyl and Octavia are attacked by ninjas, so they end up having to fight them. In the author notes, the author flat-out says that he wrote the story because he just wanted to write a story with ninjas in it.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Bowfinger, after Bowfinger's truly slap-dash B-Movie "Chubby Rain" becomes a success, we see a snippet of his following production: "Fake Purse Ninjas". It is every bit as schlocky and crappy and full of faux-fu as you would expect from that title.
  • They are part of the King's forces in In the Name of the King. Ninjas in an ostensibly medieval European fantasy setting? Yeah, we're not sure why Uwe Boll added them either... but still. Ninja!
  • Eliminators wasn't content with its cyborgs, mad scientists, flying robots, boat chases and cavemen, but adds a ninja character two thirds of the way into the movie to complete the set. The gratuitousness of this is even lampshaded by one of the characters:
    Harry: What is this, anyway? Some kinda goddamned comic book? We got robots, we got cavemen, we got kung fu...
  • Ella Enchanted has the Crimson Guard, which is basically a group of MEDIEVAL NINJA. In a European fantasy kingdom. Given the other anachronisms already shown, it's not that farfetched. The fact that they are summoned by breaking the glass on a button box just makes it better.
  • The Gamers: Hands of Fate has the Show Within a Show Ninja Dragon Riders. It is later clarified that both the dragons and the dragon riders are ninjas. Presumably, the awesomeness of all that ninjatude is why the show has such a devoted fanbase.
  • G.I. Joe:
    • Ripcord and Duke from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra pull off some pretty awesome stuff in their Alpha 6 Accelerator Suits. Snake-Eyes, pulls off the same and/or more awesome stunts, without them. The audience doesn't question that because he's a goddamn Ninja.
    • In G.I. Joe: Retaliation a lot of ninja mooks show up, and Snake Eyes challenges them with his protege Jinx while on a MOUNTAIN.
  • The driving logic behind the Godfrey Ho Ninja Movies, which takes existing film and splices in ninja scenes woven into the plot via dubbing and Frankenslation.
  • The Heroic Ones, a movie set in the Tang Dynasty, have ninjas as Elite Mooks of the enemy forces who leaps from underwater to ambush the hero at one point. Though there are historians who believed ninjas originated from China before making their way to Japan, so it isn't too far off.
  • House Of Fury: The film's Action Prologue have Teddy, the Retired Badass protagonist, defeating a whole team of ninjas, before it's revealed to be part of a story he's telling a bunch of teenagers. There's no reason for the ninjas suddenly appearing in the opening, and the rest of the film is completely ninja-free.
  • The Last Samurai. The movie is going along like "Dances with Samurai" when suddenly a Ninja vs. Samurai battle breaks out halfway through the movie.
  • Vin Diesel film The Pacifier featured ninja as home invaders in a relatively family-friendly film. They were actually North Korean terrorists. Vin's character, a badass commando who fights the ninjas off, dismissively says to himself, "Ninjas," implying that this isn't the first time he's had to deal with attackers in black pajamas.
  • Terrible, terrible film Rollergator has a "Dark Ninja" as its main villain, stalking the titular baby alligator for... no apparent reason.
  • Ninja appear in Speed Racer. Oddly enough, they attack the Japanese racing team, rather than working with them as one might expect a ninja to do.
  • This exchange from You Only Live Twice sums things up:
    James Bond: Do you have any commandos here?
    Tiger Tanaka: I have much, much better. Ninjas.
  • The Killer Elite. Sam Peckinpah's film about the corporate face of international espionage has to have ninjas, including a Big Badass Battle Sequence in the mothball fleet.
  • The Soldier, a Cold War action movie involving gunbattles between terrorists and rogue intelligence agents, has a scene where the title character is attacked by a ninja assassin while resting in a safehouse. After trying to murder the Soldier with a Razor Wire garrotte and a huge machete, the ninja surrenders when the Soldier draws a gun. Turns out the attacker is just one of his team doing an Attack Hello, so the scene is entirely superfluous.
  • Played for Laughs in They Call Me Bruce. During a Bar Brawl, an FBI Action Girl steps into a phone booth and does a Wonder Woman twirl that transforms her into a ninja who proceeds to kick everyone's butts.

  • In the Fighting Fantasy book Deathtrap Dungeon, one of your competitors is a ninja despite the book being set in a pseudo-European medieval world.
  • You are the ninja in Way of the Tiger, who goes from avenging their slain father to becoming a ruler of a distant kingdom and eventually going to hell and back. Interestingly the world of Orb in Way of the Tiger, first appeared in a Fighting Fantasy gamebook (Fighting Fantasy is mostly known for its European-style fantasy).

  • Toshiro is a minor antagonist in The Affix—so minor that he shows up extremely late and is shooed away at gunpoint before he can even get his whole first name out. He believes the gem will help him find Atlantis.
  • Discworld:
    • Spoofed in Interesting Times, which has a scene where an entire training hall of ninja are soundly defeated by a half-dozen barbarians, one of whom is in a wooden wheelchair. The youngest barbarian is about 75.
    • Spoofed in Witches Abroad. Magrat Garlick briefly takes up the martial arts, but being both a witch and a Lancre girl at heart she doesn't quite get what beating the stuffing out of people with your bare hands has to do with getting in touch with the universe and thinks "Ninja" would be a nice name for a girl.
  • Erast Fandorin exiles himself to Japan after the disastrous ending of the first novel. Guess whom he meets there and learns crazy martial arts from....
  • In "Fire and Fog" by Dianne Day, after surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake the heroine is kidnapped by ninja.
  • In Matthew Reilly's book, The Five Greatest Warriors, the Japanese Special Forces are apparently modern day ninja. They keep their ninja stars, but trade their other weapons for guns.
  • The Yahtzee NaNoWriMo novel Fog Juice starts with the protagonist being chased by ninja. The actual plot of the novel is the result of a desperate action he takes to get away from them — namely, drinking Fog Juice, which is guaranteed to solve any problems you have now (the ninja) and replace them with interesting new ones.
  • The Ninja Fairy Tale trilogy: The Three Ninja Pigs, Ninja Red Riding Hood, and Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks. They're Exactly What They Say on the Tin.
  • There is at least one mention of a need of ninja to raise 5 daughters in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
    Lady Catherine: My dear girl, I suggest you take this contest seriously. My ninjas will show you no mercy.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Oh, yeah, the author has got that right! In the book The Jury, Jack Emery calls some in to beat down men with presidential gold shields. The book Final Justice has Bert's friends call them in to launch an attack on him and the soon to be stepping down FBI director, so that Bert will defend the director and get the position as FBI director!
  • Averted in Ranger's Apprentice; the 10th book takes place in the Orient, but there aren't any ninjas (though they do have samurai).
  • Ninja are hallmarks of works in the Cyberpunk genre, in spite of taking place in a high-tech future. In works written in the '80s, when Japan was about to take over the world, the Yakuza enforces its authority with vat-grown ninja assassins, often armed with high-tech versions of traditional weaponry.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Spanish TV show Águila Roja is pretty much "Ren-fair Zorro — with Ninjas!"
  • The Angel episode "Lineage" featured ninja-cyborgs for no apparent reason, which blew up if you tried to examine their corpses uncautiously. It was awesome.
  • Blue Heelers had a case where a mate of Tom's from Vietnam is found murdered, his wife is a Japanese national, and a witness claims to have seen someone clad head to toe in black. Nick amusingly but in all earnestness suggests he was dressed like a ninja, making Tom think he would be transferred if he reported it.
  • How I Met Your Mother: one of the character is talking about his work and a boring report. His friends complain about it... so he ends up calling it the "ninja report" instead, and everyone goes "Ninjas are awesome" everytime it's mentioned.
  • MADtv once had a Take That! sketch directed at Steven Seagal, with the actor starring in a remake of Kung Fu (1972). When Seagal completely botches Kwai Chang Caine's Zen philosophies, he distracts the issue by shouting "NINJAS!" which causes several ninja to attack him, resulting in a frustrated David Carradine walking off the set.
  • The Moonlighting episode "Atomic Shakespeare" was a wild Anachronism Stew very loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew. It included Petruchio being attacked by, first, Renaissance swordsmen, and second, four ninja (they were referred to as "kung fu assassins"), before he even spoke his first line.
  • In "Tangled Web" of R. L. Stine's The Nightmare Room anything the protagonist claims comes true. He says he has ninja bodyguards.
  • Super Sentai frequently rotates between several Rule of Cool-inspired themes, and ninjas is a theme that has come up multiple times; used in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, and Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. Power Rangers follows suit in Season 3 of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Power Rangers Ninja Storm, and Power Rangers Ninja Steel. Ninjas sometimes appear in other seasons as well:
    • Season 2 of Mighty Morphin' occasionally had the characters compete in "ninja competitions" — as far as we can tell, normal martial arts contests but wearing stereotypical ninja costumes. Rocky, Adam, and Aisha were introduced this way.
    • Power Rangers Wild Force tries on the trope for size with the ninja Duke Org, Onikage. During his all too short tenure as The Dragon,note  we even had ninja outfits on Toxica and Jindrax and even the footsoldiers. However, they served a purpose - the outfits let them board the Animarium undetected.
    • Hikari Sentai Maskman had both Yellow Mask and the villainess Fumin as ninjas. His offers nothing to the progression of the series other than a few interesting focus episodes.
    • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger was a Pirate-themed series and Crisis Crossover with previous Sentai series, so they made a special point to feature the Hurricanegers in a "Pirates vs. Ninja" episode. This led to the Gokaigers getting a Hurricanger-themed ninja Mecha Expansion Pack on a permanent basis, and at least the mecha carried over into Power Rangers Megaforce.
    • This trope goes double for the Alien Rangers arc of MMPR Season 3, where the Kakuranger suits were used. The Alien Rangers are fishy Rubber-Forehead Aliens from a distant water planet called Aquitar, but their battle footage comes from Kakuranger, so it's full of Hand Seals and Flash Step and other ninja-ness that defies the "Alien" theme. There were two moments that serendipitously matched the water theme, though (Cestro runs on water in one episode, and creates a waterfall in another. You'll notice it's just him, the Blue Ranger, who does that... just like Tori from Ninja Storm. In sentai it's for the same reasons - ninja Rangers have Supernatural Martial Arts, and Elemental Powers often accompany those.)
  • Kamen Rider
    • Kamen Rider ZX is ninja-themed for no adequately explained reason.
    • Kamen Rider Fourze. Its theme is astronomy, and you've got a Rider with a rocket-shaped helmet and a base on the moon fighting constellation-themed villains. What are the Mooks? Ninjas. Why? Because they can.
    • The antagonist and mooks from the Kamen Rider Ex-Aid movie are based on ninjas. This is not that far fetched, as each of the Ex-Aid Riders are based on video game characters.
    • Kamen Rider Build's powers are based on combinations between an inanimate object and a living organism. Most "organism" powers are based on animals, but a few are human professions instead, and one of those professions is a ninja. The inanimate object power that it's most often paired with is that of a comic book.
    • Kamen Rider Zi-O: In addition to Zi-O and Geiz Power Copying the various past Kamen Riders, the series also introduced Canon Foreigner "future" Riders for Kamen Rider Woz to copy from. One of them was a ninja Rider named Kamen Rider Shinobi.
    • Kamen Rider Saber features an order of European-style knights — one of which, Kamen Rider Kenzan, is a knight with a ninja theme who wields dual katana-style swords that can combine to make a Fuuma Shuriken. The justification is that these Riders get their power from fairy tales and folk heroes, and Kenzan gets his from the story of famed ninja Sarutobi Sasuke.
    • In Kamen Rider Geats, Kamen Rider Tycoon eventually receives a Transformation Trinket that grants ninja powers; and the other Riders can borrow it as well.
  • Pythagora Switch: The Algorithm March's awesomeness is cranked up when they started hiring ninja.
  • Spin City. Charlie daydreamed of winning the World Series, and fighting ninja to make it more awesome.
  • The Doctor Who episode "Tooth and Claw". Ninja monks worshipping an alien werewolf in 19th-century Scotland. Seriously.
  • The Canadian TV series Prank Patrol, which features the titular group helping various contestants pull off elaborate pranks. The patrol consists of the host Andy and his two ninja assistants. Because, as lampshaded by the announcer in a commercial shown on YTV, "You can't have a good prank without...ninjas?".

  • DragonForce:
    • During the early days, ZP Theart and Sam Totman established a side band, Shadow Warriors, as a gag project and a general parody of indie bands then prevalent on The band was presented as a quartet of heavy metal ninjas.
    • There's also the bonus track from Ultra Beatdown, the truely awesome "Strike of the Ninja".
  • The Midnight Beast's song "Ninjas", which is about being drink-stealing ninjas... 'OF THE DANCEFLOOR!!!
  • Ninja Sex Party. The clue is partly in the name. One of the duo also goes by the name Ninja Brian.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons first took a stab in the 1980s with their stand-alone Oriental Adventures source book set in Kara-Tur which used Advanced Dungeons and Dragons rules. Ninjas were unusually powerful because they were a uniquely multi-class character (you couldn't be a ninja unless you were originally from another class).
  • The Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 rulebook Complete Adventurer introduced the Ninja base class, just for this trope (unfortunately the class just kind of falls flat compared to a good rogue or monk).
  • Pathfinder also has a Ninja class, which is a variant version of the Rogue. They're arguably better than their parent class, due to having several abilities which make it easier to get your Sneak Attack damage.
  • An in-universe example, one published Shadowrun campaign includes an amusement arcade containing the ever popular games: Little Mutant Vik Ninja Cyberboy 3, Orbital Ninja Death Commando 5, The All New Ultimate Bike Race Ninja Street Duel and Street Fighting Magical Ninja 8. Then again, this is in a world in which two common character archetypes are "Street Samurai" and "Physical Adept" (almost always described as "magic ninja" in the flavor text, and possibly possessing some ninja-like abilities). However the fact that every named game had "ninja" squeezed into the title appeared to be invoking this trope.

  • Tsukipro has presented their Universal-Adaptor Cast of idols as space military, youkai, angels and demons, and rabbit royals... it was only a matter of time. In October 2018's 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 6: Kurenai Enishi, we finally get to see the month-Moe Anthropomorphism boy-bands as ninja. Incidentally, in the same month, they're finally getting around to Steampunk, as well, with their AGF theme.

    Video Games 
  • Age of Empires III: Added ninjas as a hireable mercenary unit in the War Chiefs expansion. Subverted in the Asian Dynasties expansion which added Japan as a playable faction.
  • Aero Fighters / Sonic Wings has Hien, a ninja fighter pilot, in every game.
  • Covering all their Moe bases, Arcana Heart includes Konoha for the ninja-girl fanboys, the dog girl fanboys and the gym uniform fanboys.
  • Armory & Machine is a post-apocalpytic science-fiction game. Despite this, shuriken-throwing Ninja Frogs are inexplicably a rare enemy encounter in the Cliffs area, mostly for the Rule of Cool.
  • Brawl Royale depicts Natalie, its eighth opponent, as a ninja making use of katanas and shuriken. Notably, this is the only time Matt Roszak depicted her as such - her debut in 2005 animation Black Mages 5, her second appearance in One More Final Battle and all of her appearances in the Epic Battle Fantasy series depict her as a mage with a Magic Staff as her weappon.
  • Bruce Lee gets to fight ninjas in the Apple video game Bruce Lee by Datasoft.
  • One of the character classes available in Cadash is a ninja, which just looks odd in a medieval European-style fantasy environment.
  • Midway through Castle Crashers, you get attack by a band of ninja pirates.
  • Early on in Charlie Murder you start to encounter zombie ninjas in a couple of different flavors.
  • While Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is best known for Soviet Superscience and Bears, it does feature Ninja as the Rising Sun infiltration unit - equivalent to the Allied Spy, except armed with a giant sword and throwing stars. Despite having one of the least plausibly deadly weapons in a game full of implausible weaponsthrowing stars? — they could one-hit-kill any infantry and throw smoke bombs, although they were worthless against tanks.
  • A secluded clan of ninjas shows up in Cook, Serve, Delicious!, of all places. They serve as the perfectionist challenge-givers surrounding the mysterious golden tickets that the player has been receiving throughout the game.
  • Crossed Swords 2, despite it's Medieval European setting, have ninja mooks as recurring enemies, and a ninja as one of the three main heroes.
  • Dance Central has the Pink Ninja, Ttiw Tolrep, as an unlockable dancer.
  • Dead or Alive has the only thing more awesome than ninja. Female ninja!
  • Lampshaded by Crypto in Destroy All Humans! 2 when he arrives in Japan Takoshima City and is told that there are ninja in it.
    Crypto: They got ninjas? In 1969?
    Natalya: Eh, go with it. Who doesn't love ninjas?
  • Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories had ninja generics, and it also had two Ninja siblings, Yukimaru and her older brother Fubuki.
  • In Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage, the Chinese army has its hi-tech Crimson Dragoon ninjas with Metal Gear Solid-style Invisibility Cloak suits. After completing the Anchorage Reclamation VR simulation, the player can acquire the stealth suit (which is a major Game-Breaker) as well as an electrified sword.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Way back in Final Fantasy, when your characters got their classes upgraded, the Thief suddenly became a Ninja.
    • Ninjas can be inexplicably encountered as high-tier enemies in Final Fantasy III. They also show up again in V and VI.
    • Edge in Final Fantasy IV
    • Shadow in Final Fantasy VI, and he didn't even have any apparent connection to the Wutai setting.
    • Yuffie in Final Fantasy VII. Complete with the Wutai setting, of course.
    • Any Final Fantasy that uses a ninja job class (or Samurai and Monk for that matter). Occasionally handwaved as a job from a foreign land, but there still seem to be an extraordinary number of ninja running around medieval-Europe-inspired Ivalice in Final Fantasy Tactics, and, as mentioned above, often there's no token Far East village to justify it, mentioned or otherwise.
  • Fruit Ninja. Fruit, meet sword. Sword, fruit.
  • An available class in Gate Of Doom is a ninja. The developers must have realized how silly he looked when paired with a knight, a wizard and a bard, because in the sequel Wizard Fire, he was cut in favor of an Elf and a Dwarf as additional characters.
  • The Golden Sun series has a set of Ninja classes among its Class and Level System options, available in full to Venus and Mars Adepts while the Ninja class itself is also available to Jupiter Adepts. It's usually one of the best combat options for Squishy Wizard types, since it gives them a high Attack multiplier, useful boosts to Defense, Agility, and Hit Points, and its only detriments are to Luck and Psy Points, which these characters typically already have in abundance, but it's quite tricky to access and maintain, since it requires a lot of Djinn and unleashing even one of them can result in a class change to something less favorable.
    • In Dark Dawn, Shrine Maiden Himi turns into a Ninja if given the Djinn arrangements for the Samurai class. Mostly though it's to prevent her (who has caster like base stats) to turn into a pure physical class.
  • The third stage of the old Capcom game Gunsmoke, which gave you Ninja in The Wild West.
  • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin has 47 visit a Japanese castle. Guess who can be found stalking around the walls and hiding in the rafters.
    • In Hitman (2016), you can unlock a starting location in Hokkaido, Japan, where 47 enters the stage from the mountains dressed up as a ninja. There are multiple challenges associated with kills using the costume.
  • Web Game I Am an Insane Rogue A.I. features, among the Elite Mooks, teleporting ninja hackers. It doesn't get much cooler than this.
  • Just Cause 2 has Ninja being used as henchmen by the corrupt president. Why? Just 'Cause.
  • KanColle: it's WW2 (or looks like it) with warships that are girls. And you get a ninja among them: Sendai, who loves night battles. It's more pronounced when you upgrade her, as her outfit becomes more ninja-like.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • The medieval style Sega Genesis game Light Crusader has an area where you fight ninja who use earthquake magic and teleport.
  • The Lone Ranger NES game has our masked hero fighting a clan of ninja. Yes, in the Wild West. Where else?
  • Jean in Lunar: Eternal Blue goes from Gypsy dancer to Ninja.
  • Mass Effect 2:
  • Mass Effect 3's Cerberus Phantoms provide a straighter example. They're basically cybernetic ninja, cartwheeling around the battlefield until they get close enough to shank you. This follows with the increased focus on Melee combat in the third game.
    • There's also Kai Leng, the Illusive Man's new enforcer, another cyborg who favors Sword and Gun style.
    • Multiplayer mode has two ninja-esque classes: the N7 Shadow Infiltrator (based on the aforementioned Phantoms) and N7 Slayer Vanguard (based on Kai Leng).
  • Mega Man X: the game takes place in the future with lots of robots around. Yet, you can still find ninjas:
    • In Mega Man X6, the player has the option of assembling the Shadow Armor which is modeled after a Ninja, complete with a pseudo-katana Z-saber.
    • Either incarnation of Shadow Man or Marino.
    • Magna Centipede of Mega Man X2 fights in a ninja-like manner, like teleporting, clinging to the ceiling, throwing shurikens, and infecting you with a debilitating virus.
  • Mega Man Zero: The Neo Arcadia has an intel unit, headed by Phantom, a ninja-styled robot.
    • In Mega Man ZX, the Biometal Model P can turn the user into a ninja. It is modeled after Phantom above.
  • The obscure Japan-only SNES brawler/hack-n-slash Melfand Stories is set in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign in all but name, featuring Medieval European Fantasy sceneries and creatures directly lifted from the D&D bestiary. One mid-boss is a ninja named Kage who is just there for no reason, fighting the heroes on a bridge.
  • The Cyborg Ninja in the Metal Gear series might seem a bit out of place. But who cares, they can slice bullets in half!
    • Back in the old days, FOXHOUND was described as a group of "modern-day ninja."
    • True to the trope, The Scrappy Raiden from MGS2 returned as a cyborg ninja in MGS4, and instantly became one of the most awesome characters in the series.
  • Ninja Golf on the Atari 7800 is exactly what you'd expect. (It's also marginally less gratuitous than usual, as ninja aspect is roughly half the game, and actually sorta kinda makes sense, in a Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot way.) Here's a Classic Game Room review.
  • N, Metanet Software's Flash platformer, lists 'Ninjas. Come on!' as a feature amongst 'physics-based' and '500 levels'.
  • Overwatch has Genji, a cybernetic ninja who wouldn't look out of place in Metal Gear Solid.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice For All managed to sneak ninja into the series with the introduction of the "Jammin' Ninja" Show Within a Show. Kay Faraday from the spinoff Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth prefers the Jammin' Ninja to the Steel Samurai (Miles Edgeworth's franchise of choice), which she seems to pattern her "Great Thief" persona on.
  • As mentioned above, the Fuschia Gym in the first and second generations of Pokemon games. In the third gen, there's a trainer class called the Ninja Boy; the fifth gen has the Bug type Accelgor and the Shadow Triad; and gen six introduces the Water/Dark type Greninja, which throws shuriken made of compressed water as its signature move and learns various other ninja techniques.
  • Secret Agent Clank has a fair share of ninja robots.
  • Deconstructed in Rhythm Heaven for the DS, where Dog Ninja trained in the art of ninjitsu, but then learned that "ninja" isn't a job anymore. As a result, his game is about cutting fresh produce.
  • In Saints Row: The Third, you can have Ninja in the Saints. They act just like other gang members, though. No Stock Ninja Weaponry or invisibility.
  • In the DS game Scribblenauts, you can type in ninja and get one. Great fun, especially if you want to shoot a robot zombie ninja with a large laser gun.
  • Secret Agent has both Ninja and Ninja Masters, two kinds of Mooks. The Ninja, clad in black and wielding nunchucks, is the fastest mook in the game and deals typical Collision Damage. The Ninja Master wears blue and is slower, but has a gun instead of nunchucks. Apparently, the true master of ninjutsu is one who realized that there's no point in using traditional melee weapons when ordinary firearms are more effective.
  • Skull & Crossbones is a pirate-themed action game where you battle enemy pirates and raid European fortresses in the Golden Age of Piracy. But the third stage inexplicably have you raiding a ninja camp, and battling enemy ninjas, just because.
  • One of the four playahle characters in the High Fantasy-themed game Slashout is a ninja named Kamui, despite the entire setting being European-inspired (specifically ancient Roman). He also wields a katana called Yukimura and is the sole katana user in the game.
  • In Soldier of Fortune, the Yakuza gang in Tokyo includes ninja Elite Mooks in stereotypical garb, albeit armed with silenced submachine guns and other modern weapons rather than Stock Ninja Weaponry.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog's Espio the Chameleon used to be a Private Detective when he debuted in Knuckles Chaotix. When he, Vector and Charmy were brought back and redesigned for Sonic Heroes, the detective shtick was extended to the other two, so they made him a ninja as his new unique gimmick.
  • StarCraft: The Protoss Dark Templar, who are psionic alien ninja
    • And the Ghosts, who are psionic cyborg ninja!
  • Suikoden is set in a fantasy world version of China with some medieval Europe added to the mix. Oh, and each game gives you one to three ninja to recruit in your army (Suikoden IV gives you five).
  • Sheena Fujibayashi in Tales of Symphonia.
  • Bodyslam your enemies as a ninja, when you play as The Ninja in Gamestar's Commodore 64 wrestling game Take Down.
  • Warframe has you play as a band of space ninjas to fight off a fascist dictatorship that conquered the Solar System.
  • LittleBigPlanet's ninja costume allows you to become this yourself.
  • ARMS is about televised boxing matches open to the public. The other characters in-game can only guess why a ninja is competing in said matches.
  • Yakuza 2 has Kiryu fight against ninjas when storming through Sengoku's castle, in a game that's about a war between criminals in modern Japan's urban landscape (but then again, the said castle is pretty gratuitous anyway, and the ninjas are the least strangest part).

    Web Animation 

  • According to Buck Godot Zapgun For Hire ninja are just about the only thing every sentient species has in common. Many alien species have wildly different definitions for such basic concepts as rest, food or death, yet every single one of them has a type of warrior that fits the "ninja archetype". Usually they tend to dress in black pajamas and wield katanas.
  • NJ from Electric Wonderland uses the screenname "Night Ninja". When Trawn asked him what "NJ" stood for, he answered, "NinJa, I think..." (A later comic revealed that the "N" actually stands for "Nate".)
  • In Everyday Heroes, Jane's mother, Hannah Anne Weapons is a ninja. Hey, she's a villain and she knows martial arts, so it's the only possible occupation, right?
  • Freefall has a restaurant with ninja waiters. The story goes that some fancy restaurants think that the waiter should be invisible, allowing the diner to concentrate wholly on their food, while others think the waiter should make themselves part of the dining experience. In Le Restaurant des Ninjas, the waiters' invisibility is part of the dining experience.
  • Grrl Power:
    • Referenced.
      Sydney: [screams and takes Kung Faux pose] Wait, you're not a ninja.
      Suzy: You're expecting ninjas?
      Sydney: Always expect ninjas.
    • Becomes a Brick Joke when Ashley's super-powered assistants appear out of nowhere to take Sydney's measurements for her new clothes.
      Sydney: Fashion ninjas! I did not expect that.
  • In Knights of Buena Vista, Mary wants to play one, but there are no ninja in the Fairy Tale setting they are roleplaying. She settles for the closest thing, an acrobat class. As this is a Campaign Comic covering Frozen (2013), this explains a lot of Anna's skills.
  • Junpei in MegaTokyo. Not so l33t when it comes to video games, but in 'real' life he roxxor. Case in point.
  • The Order of the Stick: When the gods remade the world, the Monkey decided he wanted Ninjas. So there they are. The ninja goblins, may be a bit much. But everyone loves ninja half-orcs and waitresses.
  • The ninja mafia in Sam & Fuzzy started out like this (or appeared to) but became a major plot point.
  • Schlock Mercenary: In the Mallcop Command plotline, a ninja unexpectedly shows up and starts jumping his way through the shopping mall. However, four "ninjas" are no match for a guy with actual combat training.
  • In Zero Zero Zero This Comic Appears First Alphabetically, A ninja is added only because the author thinks this.
  • An exchange Randal Milholland of Something*Positive had with a fan, according to his sketches:
    "Your comic needs more ninjas."
    "What are you talking about? It's full of ninjas."
    "I don't see any."
    "They're really good ninjas."

    Web Original 
  • Freeman's Mind adds some to Half-Life, as Freeman mistakes the black ops he faces a couple times for ninjas.
  • While the Ninja's presence in Ask a Ninja isn't exactly unexpected, the questions and answers pretty much take this trope and run with it.
  • Linkara from Atop the Fourth Wall — Ninja style dancer anyone?
  • Ninja the Mission Force. Given that the series is an Affectionate Parody of the Godfrey Ho Ninja Movies, it kind of had to come with the territory.
  • The beginning of episode 55 in Stupid Mario Brothers has Ryu fighting multiple ninja awesomely.
  • Richard Han of Survival of the Fittest, while not actually a ninja, goofs off and pretends to be one for most of his time on the island. Which makes his first appearance on the island (being stuck in a tree) and his death by misstepping and falling off a mountain that much more funnier.
    Richard: "My mop is the mop that shall pierce the heavens! My mop is my SOUL! It will bring JUSTICE and PEACE to this isle! BELIEVE IT!"
  • We Are Our Avatars not only had a Ninja Arc, but has quite a few ninja amongst is heavy repertoire of characters.
  • In the Whateley Universe, there's a rival school to Whateley Academy. It's the Yama Dojo, in Japan. So this means... ninja! In one of the first stories, a Five-Man Band superpowered ninja team sneaks into the school to steal a trophy for a final exam, only to be defeated by the 5 new freshmen students — before they had even had any combat training, to boot.
  • The intro of SE 2 EP 1 of Famicom Dojo.
  • According to the author notes, Vinyl and Octavia Fight Ten Thousand Ninjas was written because the author thought Vinyl and Octavia fighting ninjas would be cool.
  • Binder of Shame features El Disgusto, who insists on playing a ninja in any conceivable setting, no matter the prompt. In a game of Call of Cthulhu where every PC is an academian living in the 1930s, he insisted he was "a professor of ninja studies." The story itself is a subversion; El Disgusto's idea of "ninja" seems to consist of a character who does nothing but skulk around in the shadows all mysterious-like, and El Disgusto himself is evidently a moron.
  • The SCP Foundation universe has SCP-2928, which are literally ninja. One of the disciplines of ninjitsu that they use binds them to the idea of what a ninja is, which means that as long as whoever is looking at them believes that actual ninja are stealthy, sneaky, and undetectable, they will be. But if whoever looks at them believes that ninja are highly visible, then they stand out like a sore thumb. The Foundation intentionally funded shows that made ninja seem more open and visible to weaken them. Also, according to one of the ninja in Foundation custody, the turtles are real, but their creation involved a lot of cocaine.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Katara and Zuko dress in all black and stealth their way around several Fire Nation navy commands, seen by no-one until they attack, in order to get information on the man that killed Katara's mother. It's all kinds of badass.
    • The Dai Li are Earthbending Ninja. While they don't do the all black attire normally attributed to the profession, the training and combat style they use fits the bill perfectly. Given that unlike most Earthbenders, or any capable bender in the series, they use hidden weapons and misdirection in their combat style.
    • Also, Zuko in Blue Spirit mode. Silent, stealthy, wears all black, incredibly badass, one of the only characters to be actually deadly in each appearance... total ninja right there.
      Blue Spirit: If you don't want to end up like him [the training dummy he just demolished], then do as I say.
  • Batman: The Animated Series episode Night of the Ninja has Bruce up against a ninja and former schoolmate. Not quite as awesome because it's the bloody Batman.
  • Bubbles, the Big Bad in the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers episode "The Case of the Cola Cult", has Ninja mice as Mooks. Although Gadget disposes of them quickly, they do add to the amount of awesome in the episode.
  • The Fairly OddParents: Timmy fights ninja after he wishes the world was like an action movie. Also: Ninja Bunnies!
  • Family Guy:
    • In Peter Griffin's version of The King and I, A.N.N.A. is a robot ninja from the planet England.
    • When Peter imagines himself in the opening sequence of a fictitious 1980s sitcom called "My Black Son", at the end of the theme song — like, the last second — he sings: "Also he's a ninja!"
    • In "Wasted Talent", Peter and Joe win a trip to the Pawtucket brewery in a spoof of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. One of the other winners is an amiable ninja.
  • U.S.Acres:
    • First, the instance on the quote page, where Orson adds ninja to Rumplestiltskin to please Booker and Sheldon. In another episode, those two decide to retell The Tortoise and Hare. They consider turning the tortoise into a ninja, but reconsider, saying "Who would want to see that?"
    • A third instance came up before those two: When Orson reads them a gender-swapped version of "Cinderella", they insists that the stepsisters stepbrothers be ninja.
  • G.I. Joe:
    • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero has Storm Shadow (Snake Eyes hadn't been outed as one in time for the original cartoon) who was by far one of the most popular characters of the time.
    • G.I. Joe: Renegades follows in the comic's footsteps, making Snake Eyes a full-blown ninja in addition to Storm Shadow, and has the young female ninja Jinx for good measure.
  • Green Eggs and Ham (2019) starts with an Action Prologue featuring what seems to be a ninja (who turns out to be Sam-I-Am) breaking into a zoo to free the Chickeraffe, a rare animal. The Lemony Narrator is appropriately baffled by the presence of a ninja in what's supposed to be a Dr. Seuss adaptation.
  • MAD sketches occasionally contain this trope and they do it with a humorous style. There is a quick sketch named "Everything Is Better with Ninjas". Indeed.
  • The "Ninja Handyman" segments from Planet Sketch feature the Ninja Handyman solving the problem at hand with whatever he has at the time. He becomes FAR less competent in season two.
  • The Problem Solverz episode "Hide and Seek Ninjaz". In it, the solverz must rescue a girl's mother who was captured by ninjas. They then face off against the rainbow-clad head ninja in a life-or-death match of hide-and-seek.
  • Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja: Randy is your slightly below-average high-schooler who is secretly a heroic ninja who regularly saves the school from monsters, robots and robo-monsters, for seemingly no other reason than ninjas are cool.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • The Commando Droids are basically robot ninja.
    • The Season 4 episode "Bounty" introduces the Kage warrirors, a group of ninja in space!
  • As if being giant alien robots wasn't enough, Transformers boosts its awesomeness factor reguarly with giant alien robot ninja.
    • The Transformers has the episode "Enter the Nightbird", a Transformers-sized female ninja robot, made by a Japanese scientist to benefit society. Yeah, watch those nunchucks "benefitting" their way through society all through the episode.
    • Transformers: ★Headmasters has Sixshot, Decepticon City Ninja Commander Consultant.
    • The Marvel comic had Bludgeon, who contrary to his name (and undead samurai appearance) was one of the last surviving practitioners of Metallikato. This was because he'd killed all the others.
    • Transformers: Animated has three Robot Ninja - The Stoic Prowl, the Jive Turkey Jazz, and The Mentor Yoketron (aka George Takei.) Yoketron is technically dead. However, it turns out Lockdown was one of his students, making him a ninja as well.
  • The Venture Bros. loves this trope.
    • The pilot has a ninja villain with a technology fetish named Otaku Senzuri who gets caught masturbating to Dr. Venture's Oo Ray.
    • Brock's vision in the Joy Can (see Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot for more details) has ninja raining from the sky.
    • Brock himself is "two ninjas taped together to make one giant ninja", according to the Monarch henchmen.
    • According to the Monarch, the only reason he was defeated in his first attempt on Dr. Venture's life was because Doc had a bunch of "ex-Navy SEAL ninja gorilla witches", and a tank. In reality, he just had the one Myra Brandish. Better than ninja.
  • Laney Penn's superheroic alter ego Live Wire in the Grojband episode "Super Zeroes" is "one sassy ninja you don't wanna tangle with!"
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", while throwing accusations for who could have ruined her cake while she was asleep, Pinkie Pie envisions one of the possible culprits as a ninja who snuck in and sliced the cake to bits with a katana.
  • In Strawberry Shortcake, Sour Grapes uses ninja ability to help Sweet and Sour's food truck being stuck at mud in scary forest of Berry Bitty City.
  • The Season 1 finale of Code Monkeys traveling to Japan to rescue Benny, who had been kidnapped by ninjas back in America while out driving with Larrity; Larrity briefly mistook them for black people, and got his ass kicked. Turns out they were sent by Takeda Matsui, head of Protendo, whose brother had committed suicide earlier in the season as a result of a Batman Gambit by Larrity. When Larrity confronts Matsui, he summons a bunch of salary men, who quickly turn into ninjas (Larrity promptly comments "I knew it! Always with the goshdarn ninjas...")

    Real Life 
  • It's true. Just ask the muggers who had the misfortune to try to mug someone in an alley next to a ninjutsu dojo in Sydney, Australia.
  • Or certain would-be criminals in Yeovil, Somerset, England.


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