Ninja are common stock characters in both Japanese and international popular culture. Depictions range from anywhere between realistic to fantastically exaggerated.
Ninja characters are often identified by their use of traditional bladed and ranged weapons in modern and even science-fiction settings, as well as numerous inhuman abilities such as running on water and up walls. Though depicted as nearly-invincible warriors (especially when they are the heroes of the story), they are often conversely depicted as disposable cannon fodder to be dispatched by the hero. Ninja are also often a subject of parody.
, ninja-based films and books became a popular culture
craze during the 1950s and early 1960s. The theme remained popular, expanding into numerous comic books and video games
. In Japan, the word shinobi
and its variants are often used instead of ninja.
The first major appearance of the ninja in Western popular culture was in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, in which the Japanese secret service employs a top secret ninja force to play a critical role in helping the British spy stop SPECTRE's grandest scheme. Western fascination with the ninja bloomed in the 1980s, especially in the United States. Several American ninja movies starring Sho Kosugi were released in the 1980s, largely responsible for introducing the ninja to the American pop culture.
Modern entertainment has shown ninja as either expendable redshirts attacking in large numbers, or as nearly invulnerable solitary warriors (who are often unmasked in contrast). An example of both depictions can be found in the American Ninja and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, where a small group of protagonists (ninja) easily defeat waves of incompetent enemy ninja on multiple occasions only to have far more trouble when facing a more competent lone ninja. This seemingly inconsistent portrayal is jokingly explained by fans using the sarcastic "Inverse Ninja Law", which states that ninja are weaker when they are in larger groups.
As far back as the late 19th century, erotic art was made using the ninja theme. Usually the images were ones of violent entry and rape. The ninja, using his strength and ability to gain entry to any place, would tie up or slay men and rape women at their pleasure. Japanese Ninja literature and cinema still contain a powerful element of eroticism, including some pornography, often focusing on ninja women.
The term ninjer originated in poorly dubbed ninja and kung-fu films. The reason for this unusual pronunciation is unknown. The term has since become associated with the more outrageous depictions of ninjas as well as martial arts enthusiasts who style themselves after these fantasy images.
In addition, New York Ninjas in American Chillers and Night of the Ninjas in the Magic Tree House series.
Characters with the sort of mystical and superhuman martial arts abilities attributed to the ninja occur in the DC Universe. One character who is portrayed in a fashion similar to a ninja is master martial artist and assassin Lady Shiva. The most recent Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, also has the qualities of the Western perception of a ninja. The retconned stealth and martial arts training of the recent Batman incarnations, condensed in the Batman origin film, Batman Begins, has led many latter day Batman fans to assume that Batman is a ninja. Ra's Al Ghul specifically mentions ninja during his training of Bruce Wayne.
The G.I. Joe series of comic books featured ninja far more than the cartoon series, and many story arcs revolved around Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, Storm Shadow, Jinx, Kamakura, Firefly and the Arashikage ninja clan, which consisted of an extended family of ninja characters (never featured in the toyline or cartoon). Other characters in the comic who received ninja training from the Arashikage clan and their associates were Cobra Commander's son Billy and the shapeshifter Zartan. The massive popularity of the ninja characters completely overtook the more conventional army characters, and creator Larry Hama was pressured by Hasbro to create more ninja for the series.
In the Marvel Comics' universe, ninja have been featured as exotic antagonists and allies, such as the White Ninja from Spider-Man, X-Men supporting character Yukio, Ghost Rider's foes Deathwatch and Death Ninja, Wolverine's mentor Ogun, The Punisher's friend Katherine Yakamoto, or the original owner of Psylocke's Asian body, Revanche (Kwannon). In the Marvel Mangaverse, Spider-Man is the last member of a clan of ninja. A sinister ninja cult called The Hand (comics), is prominently featured in several comic series, particularly X-Men and Daredevil. The Hand and their associates were responsible for the martial training of Psylocke, Kitty Pryde, Elektra, Wolverine, and Daredevil. The Hand's good rival group are The Chaste.
In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) series, all four main characters and many of their friends and foes are ninja, including the deadly Foot Clan (pastiche of Marvel's The Hand). The comic archived a massive popularity in the 1980s and early 1990s, which resulted in a franchise of four movies, three animated series, numerous video games, and a wide range of toys and merchandise.
Manga and anime
- Afro Samurai
- Angel Blade: Hentai (adult) OAV series.
- Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls (Basilisk Kōga Ninpō Chō) :Manga and anime series based on The Kouga Ninja Scrolls. All of the many main characters are ninja from two rival clans during the rule of Tokugawa shogunate.
- Black Lion (Kuro no Shishi)
- Blade of the Immortal (Mugen-no-Jūnin): Realistic historical manga series featuring several ninja-like characters.
- Bleach: Popular manga and anime series featuring the characters of Yoruichi Shihouin and Soifon, both commanders of the special forces.
- Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma (Yoma): Short drama/mythology OAV series set in the feudal Japan.
- Chōdenji Machine Voltes V: The character of Megumi Oka is theonly female member of the Voltes V Team.
- Dirty Pair: "Daatipea91: Kunoichi" radio series.
- Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture and Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle: Two anime movies based on a video game series.
- Flame of Recca (Rekka no Honō): The series about Recca Hanabishi and his rival half-brother Kurei, who came from the Hokage ninja clan which perished during the time of Oda Nobunaga. Also features several other ninja characters.
- Gundam (primarily Musha Gundam universe): Many characters in the different Gundam series, including several Super Deformed Gundam series, are ninja. Among them is Kyoji Kasshu (Mobile Fighter G Gundam).
- Himawari!: A comedy TV series about a ninja school.
- Hininden Gausu: A H-anime set in medieval Japan and featuring several ninja women.
- Iga no Kagemaru
- Inuyasha: Featuring several ninja characters.
- Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl (Jūbei-chan): A mostly comedic manga and two TV series in the modern setting.
- Kage Kara Mamoru!
- Karakuri Ninja Girl
- Ken'ichi: The Mightiest Disciple (Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Ken'ichi): Kunoichi Shigure Kousaka.
- La Blue Girl (Injû Gakuen): Several ninja-themed hentai manga and OAV series.
- Labyrinth of Flames (Honoo no Labyrinth)
- Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Anime Ganbare Goemon)
- Lone Wolf and Cub (Kozure Ōkami): A samurai saga in the Edo period of Japan.
- Lupin III: Animated TV and movie series that features several ninja characters in the modern setting, including Goemon Ishikawa XIII, descendant of the historical Goemon.
- Masked Ninja Red Shadow (Kamen no Ninja Aka-Kage)
- Musashi Gundoh
- Nabari no Ō
- Naruto: A popular manga and anime series that takes place in a fictional world, but draws upon ninja and other elements of ancient Japan.
- Ninja Cadets (Ninja Mono): Short comedy-action OAV series.
- Ninja Hattori-kun
- Ninja Nonsense (Ninin Ga Shinobuden): Comedy manga and anime TV series.
- Ninja Resurrection (Makai Tenshō: Jigoku-hen): Short OAV series.
- Ninja Robot Tobikage (Ninja Senshi Tobikage)
- Ninja Scroll (Jūbei Ninpūchō): A movie and a TV series loosely based on the works of Futaro Yamada.
- Rantaro the Ninja Boy (Nintama Rantarō): An anime series aimed at young children, featuring the adventures of Rantarou and his friends and teachers at the ninja school.
- Path of the Assassin (Hanzo no Mon): Story of the life of Hattori Hanzo, the famous historical ninja in the service of the shogunate.
- Rakudai Ninja Rantarō
- Rurouni Kenshin: The manga and TV series features the Oniwabanshu group (including Shinomori Aoshi, Makimachi Misao, and Kashiwazaki) and. There are also several episodical ninja characters in the OAV series.
- Sailor Victory: A comedy OAV series about policewomen using ninja mecha (giant robots).
- Samurai Deeper Kyo
- Samurai Pizza Cats (Kyattou Ninden Teyandē): The title characters were originally in fact ninja (in the Japanese release), and they often face off against ninja enemies.
- Samurai XXX (Yoka no Ken)
- Sasuga no Sarutobi: A comedy manga by Fujihiko Hosono and a 69-episodes TV series about a modern high school for ninja.
- Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman): Five young International Science Organization operators, dressed in bird-like suits, are trained in the ninja arts.
- Shadow (Hyper Shinobi Animation: Shadow)
- Shonen Ninja Kaze no Fujimaru
- Soul Eater: Black Star and Tsubaki.
- Shadow Hunters (Kage Gari)
- Sgt. Frog (Sergeant Keroro): Two of the main characters, Dororo and Koyuki, are both skilled in various forms of ninjutsu.
- Sword for Truth (Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko)
- Tail of the Moon (Tsuki no Shippo)
- The Dagger of Kamui (Kamui no Ken): Largely realistic and historically accurate manga series based on the novel series by Tetsu Yano. Later it was also loosely turned into an animated movie of the same title.
- The King of Fighters: Another Day: Short original net animation series bases on the video game series.
- The Last Kunoichi (Kunoichi Bakumatsu Kitan): An action H-anime. Several kunoichi are caught by the struggles of the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate.
- Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle: The character of Kurogane.
- Yōtōden : Three members of otherwise destroyed ninja clans confront the demonic ruler Oda Nobunaga and his minions. While fantasy in nature, the series is based around the historical events.
There were several dozen of "Ninja"-titled Z-movies by the Hong Kong-based low budget director Godfrey Ho, with the titles such as Full Metal Ninja, Vampire Raiders: Ninja Queen, Ninja in the Killing Fields, Ninja Death Squad, Ninja Terminator, Ninja Operation: Licensed to Terminate, Ninja the Violent Sorcerer, or Zombie vs. Ninja (which featured no zombie).
Super Sentai shows
Ninja Sentai Kakuranger
and Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger
are two ninja-themed Super Sentai
series that had their footage used respectively in. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
season three and Power Rangers: Ninja Storm
There are also many ninja-themed villains:
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: An episode of the show had ninja in it.
- Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: The episode "Robo-Ninja"
- American Dragon: Jake Long: The characters Rose, The Huntsman and the Huntsclan are ninja.
- American Idol: Danny Noriega, a contestant on the show's season 7, is a self-proclaimed "sexy intense ninja pickle".
- Arthur: An episode of the show had ninja in it.
- Batman: The Animated Series: The character Kyodai Ken in the episodes Night of the Ninja and Day of the Samurai.
- Big Brother Australia: The people who have to enter the house to do things such as maintenance are referred to (even by Big Brother himself) as "Ninja".
- Chop Socky Chooks: The show has ninja monkeys in it.
- Chuck: In the first episode Chuck is attacked by a ninja. There also is a ninja in the show's opening.
- Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos: Chuck Norris fights ninja as enemies.
- Code Monkeys
- Codename: Kids Next Door: There are the villains called Teen Ninja.
- Conan the Adventurer: The episode Shadow Walkers.
- Criminal Minds: A ninja appeared in the episode True Night.
- Digimon: Falcomon in Digimon Data Squad
- Esurance: Ninja appeared in an Esurance Girl commercial.
- Family Guy: In the episode Wasted Talent the character Jerry Nelson is a ninja. In another episode Joe dresses as a ninja. In another episode Peter's black son is a ninja.
- Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends: One episode involved ninja.
- Happy Tree Friends
- Jackie Chan Adventures: Features the ninja Kahn Shadowkhan
- Johnny Test: Ninja appeared in an episode of the show.
- Kim Possible: Ron Stoppable attends the Yamanouchi ninja school and dates Yori.
- Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Conan and Jim Carrey fought ninja.
- MadTV: Several Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme parodies, including one Steven Seagal When Harry Met Sally parody that had a ninja in it. Another Steven Segal parody had Seagal filming a Kung Fu movie with ninja in it, and an Average Asian skit that had him summoning a ninja attack. Another skit was called noodles and ninja.
- Mortal Kombat: Conquest: Based on a series of video games featuring numerous ninja characters.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: An episode featured Joel and the 'bots singing a song called "Master Ninja Theme Song", which became a popular song from the show.
- Mythbusters: A ninja special of the show, in which classic myths were tested such as walking on water, catching a sword, and catching an arrow appeared on the show.
- Netflix: A ninja appeared in a commercial.
- Pop-Tarts: A ninja Pop-Tart appeared in a commercial.
- Road Rovers
- Robot Chicken: One episode had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in it. Another episode had them appear old. Another episode had a kid dressed as a ninja. Another one had a Batman Begins parody with ninja. Another episode had a Jewish James Bond parody with ninja. Another episode had Smoke fighting Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat characters). Another episode had a TV show called "Ninja Stars".
- Samurai Jack: In the episode "Samurai versus Ninja" Jack faces a robot ninja.
- Shōgun: Features a realistic ninja attack in feudal Japan.
- Skunk Fu: The show has ninja monkeys as enemy minions.
- South Park: In the episode "Good Times with Weapons" the kids pretend to be super ninja. Another South Park episode called "Fantastic Easter Special" featured ninja mercenaries who worked for the Roman Curia.
- Stroker and Hoop: The episode "Ninja Worrier (a.k.a. Chopping Spree)".
- Superman: The Animated Series: The episode "Obsession" has a character called Death Fist Ninja in it.
- Teen Titans: In the episode "Masks" Beast Boy has a video game called Super Ninja Showdown 8.
- The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: Episode "Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas" (obviously a spoof of the TMNT).
- The Lance Krall Show
- The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest: The episode "Night of the Zinja".
- The Simpsons: In the episode "The Telltale Head" Bart Simpson disguises as a ninja, sneaks out of his house, and sawed off the head off from Springfield's founder's statue. In another episode Lisa plays a video game with ninja in it; still another episode has Homer dreaming his workplace was attacked by ninja. In the episode "Treehouse of Horror XVIII" one of the aliens is dressed as a ninja, in "Husbands and Knives" the Comic Book Guy has ninja weapons, and in "Yokel Chords", Bart plays a spoof videogame featuring a female ninja character.
- The Transformers series has had ninja characters such as Nightbird and Prowl; also Sixshot in Transformers: The Headmasters
- The Venture Bros.: The first episode involved a ninja. Another episode had ninjas in it.
- Ultraman: Alien Baltan space ninja race.
- Xiaolin Showdown: Features Tubbimura, an overweight ninja.
- You Don't Know Jack: In an episode the host was attacked by ninja.
- Arc the Lad series: The gun-wielding ninja Shu is featured in several of the games in the series, most notably in Arc the Lad II, where he is one of the protagonists.
- Battle Raper series: The characters include ninja women Mai Kisaragi (Battle Raper) and Setsuna Yagami (Battle Raper 2).
- Bushido Blade series: An attempt at a realistic fighting game involving weapons.
- City of Heroes and City of Villains: Both MMORPGs allow the player to create their own hero or villain. In both games, players are able to create a ninja, and customize much of their appearance, and some of their skills.
- Dead or Alive series :From the creators of Ninja Gaiden, this fighting game series features several ninja characters including Ryu Hayabusa, Ayane, Hayate, and Kasumi, the runaway ninja who is the main character of the series.
- Fatal Fury series: Feature several ninja characters, most prominently female ninja Mai Shiranui.
- Final Fantasy series: Ninja appeared in the first installment of the series as an upgrade from the Thief character class, while in Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XI the Ninja is available as a job. Edge (Final Fantasy IV), Shadow (Final Fantasy VI) and Yuffie Kisaragi (Final Fantasy VII) are the only dedicated ninja characters in the series.
- Final Fight series: The game features siblings Guy (the first game) and Maki Genryusai (the second one) of the Bushin clan.
- Ganbare Goemon series: The fantasy series of games loosely based around the historical character of Ishikawa Goemon, the titular character is a ninja, as well as recurring characters Ebisumaru, Sasuke and Yae.
- G.I. Joe games : Characters from the comic book series.
- Guilty Gear series: The character Chipp Zanuff takes up the fighting style after being saved from the mafia by a ninja master.
- Killer Instinct series: The siblings Jago and Black Orchid who appear to be the main characters of the fighting game series.
- Kirby series: In Kirby Super Star, Biosparks are minor enemies based on ninja; Kirby can eat them to copy their abilities. The Ninja ability also returns in Kirby: Squeak Squad.
- Mega Man series: Has a handful of ninja characters, most notably Shadow Man and Phantom.
- Metal Gear Solid series :A stealth-action video games that includes Gray Fox, commando known as "Ninja" fitted with a powerful exoskeleton and a high-tech ninja sword; Olga Gurlukovich, a Russian woman who disguised herself with similar a robotic ninja suit; the Tengu Commandos of Solidus Snake's forces, and Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
- Might & Magic series: Ninja character class in some of the games.
- Mortal Kombat series: A series of fighting games which depicts many ninja characters, including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Mileena, Kitana, Jade, Reptile, Chameleon, Smoke, Cyrax, Ermac, Khameleon, Noob Saibot, Sektor, Rain and Frost. However, in terms of story canon, the only "true" ninja of the group is Scorpion.
- Naruto games: Many various games based on the hit manga & anime series.
- Ninja Gaiden series: A video game series about Ryu Hayabusa, a powerful ninja in a futuristic setting with demons and magic. In Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword there is also playable female ninja-in-training, Momiji.
- Onimusha series: Several playable ninja characters, including the historical figure of Fūma Kotarō and fictional Iga ninja woman Kaede.
- Power Instinct series: The character of Saizo Hattori.
- Power Rangers games: Several Power Rangers videogames have involved ninja such as the SNES version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, which has a ninja as a sub-boss.
- Rumble Roses series: Japanese wrestling games featuring female ninja character Benikage (Bloody Shadow) and her alter ego Yasha.
- Saboteur series: The main characters of a male (in the first game) and a female ninja (in the second one).
- Samurai Warriors series
- Samurai Shodown series: A fighting game series which features a number of ninja characters including Kazuki Kazama, Sogetsu Kazama, Hattori Hanzo, and Galford D. Weller.
- Sengoku series: All of the player characters in the third installment are ninja, as are many of the enemies in all three games.
- Sengoku Ace series: Several player and enemy boss characters.
- Sengoku Basara series: Features several ninja characters including Sarutobi Sasuke and the ninja woman Kasuga. (All Japan references were removed in the export version called Devil Kings.)
- Shining series: RPG-meets-strategy series in which the ninja is a fairly common job class. Notable ninja from throughout the series include Hanzou from Shining Force, Slade from Shining Force II, Akane, Doyle and Rodi from Shining the Holy Ark, and Baron from Shining Force Neo.
- Shinobi series: A video game series that features the main character Joe Musashi from the Oboro clan. The PlayStation 2 game introduces new main characters Hotsuma and his brother Moritsune, while Nightshade (Kunoichi in Japan) which is a direct sequel of Shinobi (PS2) features a female ninja (kunoichi) named Hibana.
- Sonic the Hedgehog series: Espio the Chameleon is an "expert ninja".
- Soul series: A weapon-based fighting game series on several platforms that features two ninja characters: Taki, a kunoichi demon hunter who appears in Soul Edge as well as all the Soul Calibur titles, and Yoshimitsu who originated in the Tekken series.
- Street Fighter series: Both series feature Guy Maki from Final Fight series, as well as the Street Fighter-only ninja Geki and a teenage ninja girl Ibuki.
- Strider series: A videogame series in which the titular Striders are a group of futuristic ninja.
- Suikoden series: Kasumi in Suikoden and Suikoden II, Ayame and Watari in Suikoden III.
- Super Chinese series: Including Little Ninja Brothers, Ninja Boy and Super Ninja Boy.
- Taikou Risshiden series
- Tales series: JRPG games featuring ninja girls Sheena Fujibayashi (Tales of Symphonia) and Suzu Fujibayashi (Tales of Phantasia).
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games: Many various games based on the TMNT franchise. One of them featuring Aska, the video games exclusive character.
- Tekken series: A series of fighting video games that feature the ninja characters Yoshimitsu and Kunimitsu, as well as more recently added Raven.
- Tenchu series: A series of stealth-action video games that feature the ninja characters Rikimaru and Ayame in a fantasy feudal Japan setting, credited as being the first attempt at a quasi-realistic ninja "simulation". The game's developer, Activision, used Sho Koshugi and his son, Kane Koshugi, as ninjutsuka references.
- The Last Blade series
- The King of Fighters series: See the Fatal Fury series.
- The Last Ninja series: Series of games featuring a vengeful time-travelling ninja as the protagonist.
- The Onee Chanbara series
- Variable Geo series: Fighting game series featuring the character of a ninja/waitress Chiho Masuda.
- Vasara series
- Virtua Fighter series: A series of fighting video games featuring the ninja Kage-Maru and his mother Tsukikage.
- Way of the Tiger series: Videogame adaptation of the gamebook series.
- Wizardry series: Role-playing games featuring ninja character class.
- World Heroes series: The fighting game featuring the main character of Hanzou Hattori and his rival Kotaro Fuuma (also in Aggressors of Dark Kombat).
- X-Men games
- Zool series: The main character is "a ninja from the nth dimension".
- 3 Ninjas Kick Back
- Aero Fighters: The Japanese aircraft is flown by a ninja pilot Hien, who appears in all games from the series.
- Aggressors of Dark Kombat: The character of Kotaro Fuuma from World Heroes, another game by SNK.
- Arcana Heart: Doggirl ninja Konoha.
- Ayakashi Ninden Kunoichiban: Ninja dating sim.
- Breakers Revenge: Fighting game featuring the ninja called Saizo.
- Captain Commando: One member of the Commandos Team is Ginzu (known as Sho in Japan), a ninja trained in the fictional art of Bushinryu ninjitsu. The game also has ninja as enemies.
- Charlie Ninja
- Cy Girls
- Dark Seal
- Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories: The siblings Yukimaru and Fubuki.
- Galaxy Fight: Fighting game featuring the character of Kazuma.
- Getter Robo Daikessen!
- Gotcha Force
- Guardian Heroes
- Guild Wars Factions: Assassin, a new profession is available in this expansion of the MMORPG Guild Wars. The Assassin sports armor and weapons highly akin to that of ninja.
- Hagane: The Final Conflict
- Heavenly Sword: The main characters, Nariko and Kai, and some of the enemies resemble ninja.
- Iga Ninjutsuden
- Infinite Undiscovery
- Inindo: Way of the Ninja: Dedicated role-playing game about the Iga ninja in their quest of revenge against Oda Nobunaga.
- Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja
- Kaiser Knuckle
- Kasumi Ninja
- Kid Niki: Radical Ninja
- Knuckle Bash
- Lemmings 2: The Tribes: The Shadow Lemmings tribe.
- Live A Live
- Magician Lord: One of the Hero's forms is Shinobi, and there are a ninja girl-like enemies.
- MapleStory: One of the level 2 job classes available in this free online RPG is a shuriken-throwing assassin.
- Martial Champion: Fighting game featuring Rachel, an American ninja woman.
- Metal Gear Solid: featured the character Cyborg Ninja, or Gray Fox; a cybernetic supersoldier with many ninja traits; use of martial arts, camouflage and a katana blade.
- Mirai Ninja
- Mitama Shinobi
- Mystic Warriors
- N: A Flash game where the player assumes the role of a ninja attempting to collect gold in order to extend his lifespan.
- Namco x Capcom: A crossover game featuring several ninja characters from the Namco and Capcom, including Strider Hiryu, Taki from the Soul series and Waya Hime from Bravoman as a playable characters.
- Nanoha no Ken
- Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
- Night of the Ninja
- Ninja Assault: Shooting game featuring gun-toting ninja in feudal Japan.
- Ninja Boy
- Ninja Combat
- Ninja Commando
- Ninja Crusaders
- Ninja Five-O: Side-scrolling game about a ninja cop battling ninja criminals.
- Ninja Gaiden
- Ninja Golf
- Ninja Gun
- Ninja Hamster
- Ninja Hayate: A laser disc game.
- Ninja Jajamaru-kun and its remake, Ganso Jajamaru-kun
- Ninja Kazan
- Ninja Kid
- Ninja Massacre
- Ninja Master
- Ninja Master's Haou Ninpou-ko: Fighting game centered around a ninja named Sasuke.
- Ninja Mission
- Ninja Rabbits
- Ninja Reflex
- Ninja Spirit
- Ninja Taro
- Ninjabread Man
- Ninjakun Ashura no Shou
- Nobunaga Online
- Oni - The Ninja Master
- Otoboke Ninja Colosseum
- Pirates vs. Ninja Dodgeball
- Red Ninja: End Of Honor: An action/stealth game about a young female ninja out for revenge.
- Ragnarok Online: A ninja character class was added to the expansion classes.
- Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman
- Rune Jade
- Savage Reign: The characters of Gozu and Mezu.
- Sega Ninja: Also called Ninja Princess and The Ninja.
- Sengoku Ninja Tai
- Shadow Force: Henshin Ninja
- Shadow Knights
- Shadow of the Ninja
- Shadow Warrior: A first-person shooter about Lo Wang, a Chinese ninja.
- Shadow Warriors
- Shien's Revenge
- Shinobi Slash
- Shinobido: A stealth/action game from the original makers of the Tenchu series.
- Shounen Ninja Sasuke
- Silver Knights
- Soul of the Samurai: One of the two main characters is a young girl ninja.
- Super Ninja-Kun
- Sword of Honour: An action-adventure game about a ninja warrior.
- Taimanin Asagi
- Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology: One of the playable classes for the player's character is a ninja.
- The Legend of Kage: The hero and most of the enemies are ninja.
- The Ninja Kids: Arcade beat-em-up.
- The Ninja Master
- The Ninja Warriors: A side-scrolling beat 'em up game about three ninja cyborgs (also a remake).
- Throne of Darkness
- Trio The Punch - Never Forget Me...
- Tuff E Nuff
- Quiz & Dragons
- Ultima Online: Samurai Empire: This Ultima Online expansion adds ninja as a character class.
- Wrath of the Black Manta
- Valhalla Knights: A role-playing game including ninja job (character class).
- Age of Empires III: Ninja are powerful mercenaries with the ability to conceal themselves.
- Akudaikan series
- Alex Kidd in High-Tech World
- Ape Escape 3: Both players can turn into the miracle ninja where they use swords, run on walls, walk tight-ropes, and glide through the air. All of which are ninja tactics.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am
- Arkista's Ring: Some of the enemies towards the end of the game.
- Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja: The game puts players in the shoes of two street brawlers bent on saving "President Ronnie" (Ronald Reagan) from a notorious gang of "Dragon Ninja".
- Baseball Simulator 1.000: "Ninja pitch" move.
- Baseball Stars: The game features the Ninja BlackSox team.
- Batman: One of the enemies in the game "K.G.Beast" is a ninja.
- Batman Begins: The game has ninja-like cult as enemies.
- Battle Realms
- Black Tiger
- Bloodrayne 2
- Brawl Brothers: In the game character Kazan is a ninja.
- Bravoman: Enemies include a female ninja robot called Waya Hime.
- Bruce Lee
- Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon
- Brute Force
- Caveman Ninja: Nothing besides the title.
- Chuck Norris Superkicks also known as Kung Fu Superkicks: Pursuit of The Ninja.
- Chrono Cross:Grobyc uses fighting techniques reminiscent of ninjutsu.
- Crash Tag Team Racing: Features ninja penguins.
- Crime Wave: "The Evil Ninja" enemies in the subway level.
- Destroy All Humans 2: Features rival black and white-clad ninja factions, who both once wore gray.
- Dinosaurs For Hire
- Double Dragon (series)
- Donkey Kong Jungle Beat: Features Ninja Kong.
- Dual Blades
- Empire Earth: Art of Conquest: Features a cyber ninja unit only buildable by the Space-Age Japan Faction.
- Full Contact: A ninja is the end boss of this game.
- Exploding Fist +: Enemies in the bonus stage.
- Gekido: Ninja are enemies in the game.
- God Hand: One of the bosses is an Obese Ninja.
- Gun.Smoke: Level boss.
- Half-Life: Features female ninja-like Black Ops sent to "clean up" the Bleck Mesa incident (male in Half-Life: Opposing Force).
- Hitman 2: Silent Assassin: Many guards in the levels in Japan are ninja.
- Jade Empire
- James Bond 007: Nightfire: The evil Phoenix Corporation uses ninja as assassins and guards, led by the ninja woman named Kiko (Makiko Hayashi).
- Kodure Ookami
- Lords of the Rising Sun
- Nightshade (NES): Female ninja enemies and sub-boss.
- No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way: This 1960s-themed spy FPS features ninja women led by Isako as enemies in the first chapter and the epilogue.
- Mega Man 3: Shadow Man (one of the Robot Master bosses in the game) is a ninja.
- Mega Man X2: The Maverick known as Magna Centipede is a ninja.
- Oni: Features ninja enemies.
- Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
- ''Poi Poi Ninja World: Again only title.
- Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- Rayman Raving Rabbids: In the plunger gun minigame, players are sometimes attacked by Rabbids dressed as ninja, shouting "Banzai!"
- Ravenloft: Strahd's Possession: Female half-Asian cleric/thief Irmgarde is clad like a ninja.
- Red Steel: The player will have to fight the fictional Komori clan towards the end of the game.
- Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo: It featured ninja as enemies.
- Shogun: Total War: A feudal-era Japan strategy game featuring ninja working as a spies and assassins.
- Soldier of Fortune: FPS which features male and female enemies in the Tokyo missions.
- Sonic Heroes: Espio the Chameleon studies ninjitsu.
- Splinter Cell: A stealth-action video game series featuring a spy whose missons require ninja-like skills; the main character, Sam Fisher, is referred to as being not unlike a ninja in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
- Spyro: Year of the Dragon: The Fire Works Factory stage has ninja-themed Rhynocs.
- Stolen: Stealth game which includes a female ninja named Breeze as the heroine's nemesis.
- Streets of Rage series: In the second and third game there is a series of enemies that are ninja (Kusanagi, Hanzou, Ryuohin, Ranzou, Yagasira, Setsura, Izayoi, Unsai, Tenzen, Genyosai, Kanzou, Jay, Buoh, Huwa and Mutsu), as well as the bosses called Shiva and Onihime and Yasha.
- Super Mario Bros: Several game have a species of ninja enemies called Ninjis and Paper Mario has a group parodying the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Sword of the Samurai
- TimeSplitters: Characters can play as ninja monkeys or as ninja-ish characters in multiplayer.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: The Sheikah race closely resemble ninja.
- The Punisher games: Several of the games (including the arcade game) feature ninja enemies.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius: Jet Fusion
- The Simpsons: One of the levels has ninja enemies.
- The Tick: The Tick fights ninja enemies and has a female ninja ally.
- Way of the Samurai series
- WarioWare: The series features Kat and Ana, children ninja twins.
- Worms: The series feature a weapon called "ninja rope" which allows players to swing around the terrain.
- Yakuza 3
In a massively multiplayer online role-playing games
(MMORPGs), ninja can be used as an adjective to describe a player who has stolen another players item. If a player is labelled a ninja in MMORPG they are often rejected by the community and find it difficult to join guilds or raid parties.
There also are game developing units that use the name, such as:
Ninjas in Pyjamas is a group of professional Counter-Strike players, while Sushi-X was a videogame magazine character.
There have been numerous popular dealing with the parody of the ninja, the most well-known including:
There has also been a recent movement on the world wide web to celebrate International Creep Like a Ninja Day (December 5).
Recent internet spoofs have often pitted ninja against pirates and asked which would win in a Pirates versus Ninja fight. In fact, a comic book dedicated to the concept of Pirates versus Ninja exists, produced by Antarctic Press.
Bands and musicians
Several musicians and bands have the word ninja in their name, among them:
Shadow Warriors, a joke side project formed by members of the band DragonForce, refer to their music as "evil ninja punk metal". Albums
Bands 7 Seconds of Love, Europe (in the album The Final Countdown) and Jay Chou all have a songs called "Ninja", while Vanilla Ice has a song called "Ninja Rap" (for TMNT II Soundtrack), Vince Dicola has a song "Imaginary Ninjas" (album Falling off a Clef), Method Man has a song "Supa Ninjaz" (album The Pillage) and AFI has a song "This Secret Ninja" (album Very Proud of Ya). In addition, GO!GO!7188 has the song "Kunoichi" in the album Ryūzetsuran. Ninja are also featured in the music video for the song "Peaches" by Presidents of the United States of America.Other
Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, commonly identified as juggalos, sometimes refer to themselves as "ninja" and to any female as "ninjettes". There is also an independent record label called Ninja Tune.
There are, among other products:
There are also roller coasters named Ninja and The Ninja. NINJA loan, a type of subprime loan to someone with "No Income, No Job, or Assets".
Several paramilitary and militia groups around the world use the nickname "Ninja" or "Ninja". "Ninja Miners" are miners in Mongolia that dig small unauthorised mines for gold.
Sometimes, petty criminals are nicknamed "ninja". For example, an American burglar reported to have used nunchaku on one of his victims was known by the media as the "Staten Island Ninja", while a former Russian soldier who engaged in robbery in Italy using a black attire and a bow was called "Russian ninja" by the media. "Ninja rocks" is a name for a type of burglary tools.
The annual ninja festival in the Japanese city of Iga in the former province of Iga features ninja-inspired performances, competitions, and opportunities to practice ninja skills from April 1 to May 6. Iga is also location of the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum.