Includes stealthy assassins, saboteurs, spies, or scouts of Japanese origin who are skilled in martial arts, especial alternative arts of war.
Alternate names: Ninjas, 忍者, Shinobi, 忍の者, Shinobi-no-mono, くノ一, Kunoichi
The first video game about Ninja was released in 1983.
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Videogame ninja tend to be stereotypical; Males wearing all black with only the eyes uncovered, carry a katana (typically curved), and using throwing stars to kill opponents at a distance. For now, this tag refers to these as well as real ninja.
Of special note, at one time any 'Ninja' was censored in the United Kingdom. The word itself was banned. This leads to many alternate titles such as Shadow Warriors for Ninja Gaiden and Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The all-black uniform comes from kabuki theater. In kabuki, stagehands wear all black to blend in with the black background so they can assist the actors live with minimal intrusion on the show. Of course the audience can see the stage hands, they just prefer to maintain suspension of disbelief and enjoy the show. The performers would toy with this notion by having one of the supposed stage hands jump out and attack. Thus revealing themselves to be an 'invisible' ninja and part of the show, not part of the crew.
- Seishin-teki kyōyō (spiritual refinement)
- Taijutsu (unarmed combat, using one's body as the only weapon)
- Kenjutsu (sword fighting)
- Bōjutsu (stick and staff fighting)
- Shurikenjutsu (throwing shuriken)
- Sōjutsu (spear fighting)
- Naginatajutsu (naginata fighting)
- Kusarigamajutsu (kusarigama fighting)
- Kayakujutsu (pyrotechnics and explosives)
- Hensōjutsu (disguise and impersonation)
- Shinobi-iri (stealth and entering methods)
- Bajutsu (horsemanship)
- Sui-ren (water training)
- Bōryaku (military strategy)
- Chōhō (espionage)
- Intonjutsu (escaping and concealment)
- Tenmon (meteorology)
- Chi-mon (geography)