"A samurai would never sneak or cheat. A samurai would never assassinate. A samurai would never sabotage. But a ninja would sneak up and stab you in the back!"
― Stick (Marvel Comics)
"I hate it when he does that!"
― Miyamoto Usagi to Tomoe Ame on Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
"Ninjutsu was originally designed for guerrilla warfare, emphasizing deception, trickery, ambush, sabotage and most of all pragmatism. Despite its various changes through time, its emphasis on pragmatism alone has never changed."
― Issei Hyodou (Highschool DxD)

The ability to use Ninjutsu, the historic style of martial arts, tactics, strategy, and espionage of unconventional and guerrilla warfare. Those who practice this style are known as Ninja, male ninja being shinobi and female ninja being kunoichi.

Also Called

  • Ninja Arts/Intuition/Mastery/Training
  • Ninjutsu Intuition
  • Ninpo
  • Nishu
  • Shinobi Arts/Intuition/Mastery/Training

Capabilities

User possesses an innate understanding of Ninjutsu, the historic style of martial arts, tactics, strategy, and espionage of unconventional and guerrilla warfare. Contrary to popular culture, real-life ninja were mainly spies, saboteurs, and assassins that rarely appeared on the battlefield. Depending on the school and source ninjutsu focuses on different disciplines, the most common of which was the twenty disciplines of the Bujinkan:

  1. Seishinteki kyōyō (spiritual refinement)
  2. Taijutsu (unarmed combat)
  3. Kenjutsu (sword techniques)
  4. Bōjutsu (stick and staff techniques)
  5. Sōjutsu (spear techniques)
  6. Naginatajutsu (naginata techniques)
  7. Kusarigamajutsu (kusarigama techniques)
  8. Shurikenjutsu (throwing weapons techniques)
  9. Kayakujutsu (pyrotechnics)
  10. Hensōjutsu (disguise and impersonation)
  11. Shinobi-iri (stealth and entering methods)
  12. Bajutsu (horsemanship)
  13. Sui-ren (water training)
  14. Bōryaku (tactics)
  15. Chōhō (espionage)
  16. Intonjutsu (escaping and concealment)
  17. Tenmon (meteorology)
  18. Chi-mon (geography)
  19. Kuji-Kiri (Esoteric Hand-Seal Practice)
  20. Hojojutsu (Rope techniques)

Various types of weaponry are also associated with a ninja.

Applications

Variations

Fictional ninjutsu puts more focus on traditional and spiritual concepts such as one's life-force, as well as the elements and magic to perform effective techniques that were given to ninja in various stories.

Associations

Limitations

  • May need a certain degree of exposure (training, observation, etc.) to be an effective ninja.

Known Users

See Also: Ninja Tropes.

Literature

  • Nicholas Linnear (Ninja Series)
  • E.Aster Bunnymund/The Easter Bunny (The Guardians of Childhood)

Live Television/Movies

  • Nobu Yoshioka (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • Matthew Murdock/Daredevil (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • Venus de Milo (Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation)
  • Ninjor (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
  • Hunter Bradley (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
  • Blake Bradley (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
  • Dustin Brooks (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
  • Shane Clarke (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
  • Tori Hanson (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
  • Cameron Watanabe (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
  • Ninja Steel Rangers (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)
  • Various villains (Power Rangers series)
    • Onikage (Power Rangers Wild Force)
    • Ninja (Power Rangers Dino Super Chagre)
  • Daito (Ready Player One)
  • Sho (Ready Player One)
  • April O'Neil (TMNT 2007 film)
  • Rentaro Kagura/ Kamen Rider Shinobi (Kamen Rider Zi-O)
  • Ishina (Supah Ninjas)
  • Supah Ninjas (Supah Ninjas)

Cartoons

  • Dina and Dash (The Awesomes)
  • The Invisible Hand of The Floating Glove (The Awesomes)
  • Forever Ninja (Ben 10)
  • Tarakuto (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Monkey Fist/Monty Fiske (Kim Possible)
  • Ron Stoppable (Kim Possible)
  • Ninjas (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Double Ninja Ninja ("¡Mucha Lucha!")
  • Enid (OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes)
  • Shy Ninja (OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes)
  • Night Ninja and Ninjalinos (PJ Masks)
  • Garu (Pucca)
  • Randy Cunningham (Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja)
  • Blindstrike (Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters)
  • April O'Neil (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003/2012 TV series)
  • Cody Jones (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series)
  • Daughters of Aku (Samurai Jack)
  • Dark Turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series)
  • NightBird (Transformers G1)

Tokusatsu

  • Kakuranger Team (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger)
  • Ninjaman (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger)
  • Kouta Bitou (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger)
  • Ikkou Kasumi (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger)
  • Isshu Kasumi (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger)
  • Nanami Nono (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger)
  • Yousuke Shiina (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger)
  • Shurikenger (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger)
  • Ninninger Team (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
  • Rentaro Kagura/Kamen Rider Shinobi (Kamen Rider Zi-O)

Comics

  • Gossamer Clan (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)
    • Bride of the Endless Reach
    • Uma Arachnis
  • Raiju Clan (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)
    • Bride of the Conquering Storm
    • Lightning Lynx
  • Shinobi Clan (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)
    • Bride of Constant Vigil
  • Yagyu Clan (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)
    • Bride of Rich Nights
    • Yagyu Lord
  • Bruce Wayne/Batman (DC Comics)
  • Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (DC Comics)
  • The League of Assassins/Shadows (DC Comics)
  • Tsunami Brigand (Gold Digger)
  • Snake Eyes (G.I. Joe)
  • Jinx (G.I. Joe)
  • Thomas S. Arashikage/Storm Shadow (G.I. Joe)
  • Fire Fly (G.I. Joe)
  • Ogun (Marvel Comics)
  • Elektra Natchios (Marvel Comics)
  • The Hand (Marvel Comics)
    • Tomi Shishido/The Gorgon
    • Maki Matsumoto/Lady Bullseye
  • Chaste (Marvel Comics)
  • Matthew "Matt" Murdock/Daredevil (Marvel Comics)
  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock/Psylocke (Marvel Comics)
  • Izo (Marvel Comics)
  • Stick (Marvel Comics)
  • Roxanne "Roxy" Richter (Scott Pilgrim); Half Ninja
  • Ninjas Turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Oroku Saki/Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Neko Ninja Clan (Usagi Yojimbo)
    • Shingen
    • Chizu
    • Kagemaru
  • Komori Ninja (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • Mogura Ninja (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • Colin King/Ninjak (Valiant Entertainment Comics)

Anime/Manga

  • Azumi (Azumi)
  • Shun Kazami (Bakugan)
  • Fade Ninja (Bakugan Battle Planet)
  • Suì-Fēng (Bleach)
  • Yoruichi Shihōin (Bleach)
  • Sarutobi Shinobu (Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu)
  • Junko Hattori (Demon King Daimao)
  • Ninjamon (Digimon)
  • Shurimon (Digimon)
  • Montitamon (Digimon)
  • Ninja Murasaki (Dragon Ball)
  • Tengen Uzui (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Nameless Asura (Fist of the North Star)
  • Tenzo Crossunite (Horizon In The Middle of Nowhere)
  • Kirby (Hoshi no Kirby); via Ninja Kirby
  • Gabimaru (Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku)
  • Hanzo (Hunter X Hunter)
  • Chite (Jewelpet Kira Deco!)
  • Runmaru (Jibaku-kun: Twelve World Story)
  • Tsurigane (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun)
  • Hotaru Kumogakure (Kage Kara Mamoru)
  • Kagemori Clan (Kage Kara Mamoru)
    • Mamoru Kagemori
  • Yamame Hattori (Kage Kara Mamoru)
  • Yukihana (Kanokon)
  • The Ninja (Kinnikuman)
  • Shinobi (Naruto)
  • Dragon Yukano (Ninja Slayer)
  • Yamoto Koki (Ninja Slayer)
  • Various Ninja Dragons (Nindragon: Scale Squad 5)
  • Various Samurai Mustangons (Nindragon: Scale Squad 5)
  • Goemon Hachisuka (Oda Nobuna no Yabou)
  • Hattori Hanzo (Oda Nobuna no Yabou)
  • Raizo (One Piece)
  • Orochi Oniwabanshu (One Piece)
  • Fukurokuju (One Piece)
  • Shinobu (One Piece)
  • Speed O'Sound Sonic (One-Punch Man)
  • Halibel (Re:Zero)
  • Mizore Shirayuki (Rosario + Vampire)
  • Dororo (Sgt Frog)
  • Koyuki Azumaya (Sgt Frog)
  • E-91 Lady Ninja (Sonic X)
  • Levi Kazama (Trinity Seven)
  • Megumi Oka (Voltron Force)
  • Kris Rutherford (Edens Zero)
  • Miko Mido (La Blue Girl)
  • Moon Shadow (Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V)
  • Sun Shadow (Yu-Gi-O! Arc-V)

Music

  • Ninja Brian (Ninja Sex Party)

Video Games

  • Ayane (Dead or Alive)
  • Kasumi (Dead or Alive)
  • Ryu Hayabusa (Dead or Alive/Ninja Gaiden)
  • Shadow (Final Fantasy VI)
  • Yuffie Kisaragi (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Ninja (I-Ninja)
  • Chipp Zanuff (Guilty Gear)
  • Kirby (Kirby Series); via Ninja Kirby
  • Princess Zelda/Sheik (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Yiga Clan (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
    • Master Kohga
  • Oboro-Maru (LIVE-A-LIVE)
  • Gray Fox (Metal Gear)
  • Raiden (Metal Gear)
  • Ninjas Clan (Mini Ninjas)
    • Hiro; via Ninjato (sword)/Kuji Magic
    • Ninja Master; via Kuji Magic
    • Futo; via Hammer
    • Suzume; via Flute (hypnotic sound magic)
    • Shun; via Bow and Arrow
    • Tora; via Tekko-kagi
    • Kunoichi; via Naginata
  • Kuai Liang/Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat)
  • Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
  • Ermac (Mortal Kombat)
  • Syzoth/Reptile (Mortal Kombat)
  • Bi-Han/Noob Saibot (Mortal Kombat)
  • Tomas Vrbada/Smoke (Mortal Kombat)
  • Cyrax (Mortal Kombat)
  • Sektor (Mortal Kombat)
  • Kitana (Mortal Kombat)
  • Mileena (Mortal Kombat)
  • Jade (Mortal Kombat)
  • Johnny Cage (Mortal Kombat)
  • William Adams (Nioh)
  • Hattori Hanzo (Nioh)
  • Okatsu (Nioh)
  • Genji Shimada (Overwatch)
  • Koopa Bros. (Paper Mario)
  • Greninja (Pokémon)
  • Ayame (Power Stone)
  • Kentou Kanami (Rance series)
  • Hanzo Hattori (Samurai Showdown)
  • Sekiro/Wolf (Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice)
  • Lo Wang (Shadow Warrior)
  • Joe Musashi (Shinobi)
  • Ninja Senseis (Skylanders)
  • Ninja Imaginators (Skylanders)
  • Lob-Star (Skylanders)
  • Stealth Elf (Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure)
  • Stink Bomb (Skylanders: Swap Force)
  • Tae Kwon Crow/Hawkmongous (Skylanders Trap Team)
  • Espio the Chameleon (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Taki (Soulcalibur)
  • Geki (Street Fighter)
  • Guy (Street Fighter)
  • Vega (Street Fighter)
  • Ibuki (Street Fighter)
  • Hiryu (Strider)
  • Taimanin (Taimanin Asagi)
  • Ninja Master (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Kat and Ana (Warioware series)
  • Kagari (Chaos Code)
  • Shadow Man (Mega Man)
  • ShadowMan.EXE (Mega Man Battle Network)
  • Wraith (Apex Legends)
  • Revenant (Apex Legends)
  • Ninja Kids (Ninjala)

Other

  • Kunoichi (Monster Girl Encyclopedia)
  • Interpol Ninjas (Ninja the Mission Force)
    • Gordon
    • Cheetah Lee
    • Mrs. Gordon
    • Boss
    • Master/Father Dragonclaw-Punch
  • Santa Clause (Ninja the Mission Force)
  • Hanukkah Ninja (Ninja the Mission Force)
  • Easter Ninja (Ninja the Mission Force)
  • Evil Ninja Empire (Ninja the Mission Force)
    • Bruce
    • Cheese Ninja
    • Pink Ninja
    • Robot Ninja
    • Ninja Scientist
    • Boombox Ninja
    • DJ Ninjazz
    • Pirate Ninja
    • Pimp Ninja
  • Ninja (RPG's)
  • Blake Belladonna (RWBY)

Gallery

Videos

Ninja Assassin - Intro Fight Scene
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