Believing their own hype about their invincibility, several of them leaped to their deaths pursuing the Tick who actually is nigh-invulnerable. One of them was shocked when he actually stabbed someone with his blade. Naruto fanfics are all over this: Atlas gives an explanation for this: ninjas initially hid in the shadows, but after the usage of chakra was made available to them, they largely abandoned stealth.
Naruto, due to having his chakra coils destroyed by the Kyuubi , has adopted a rather Batman-esque fighting style involving explosives, actual stealth, poisons, and basically every other kind of dirty trick you'd expect from a more traditional ninja. A great deal of Naruto fanfics have a habit of characters in-story - Naruto himself sometimes included - giving a speech about how Naruto's "kill-me-orange" outfit is like painting a bulls-eye on oneself This makes Dreaming of Sunshine a refreshing bend from the usual in how it plays with this trope: Shikako notes that wearing clothes that are good for stealth is less important than blending in with a civilian population.
Team 8 is one of the more popular, influential fics notable for deconstructing Naruto's orange attire and having him switch colors. Conversely, this trope is actually lampshaded and reconstructed later with the Akatsuki. Naruto vaguely recalled the robes Itachi and Kisame wore, wondering why a secretive order of rogue ninjas would choose to wear such an obvious uniform.
One chilling realization was that maybe they did so because they were just that good. Robin : And to answer your next question, twenty guys in florescent green ninja costumes seemed to think it was a good idea to rob the bank at five in the morning. One of them managed to get a lucky shot in. Oh, the American Ninja movies At least some of them have brains enough to use some degree of stealth, but the majority are less stealthy than the bikers the Big Bad hires as extra mooks!
Splinter: holds up newspaper with a picture of the Turtles on the front page Practice harder. Ten flips! April: Can you guys— turns around, finding that the Turtles who were just waking up and standing next to her are already gone —hide? Because if so, I really misunderstood the point of ninjas. Raphael : Like shadows in the night! Completely unseen! Donatello : It's a camera flash! In Discworld 's Night Watch , a young Vetinari is able to assassinate the Patrican by shunning the traditional, stylish and comparatively conspicuous assassins' black for green paint and tiger stripes.
However, he still carries the black for the final inhumation as it would be terrible form not to. The point of the outfit was that it was the firing of a Chekhov's Gun from earlier in the book, where the young Vetinari had been reading about camouflage in the wild. The face paint would have been to dull the shine from his skin, whilst the tiger stripes would have been to make him look like a blur from a distance. It's pointed out that members of the Assassin's Guild wear black during missions, despite the fact that it is often more visible than other colors.
In fact, the Assassin's Guild, being "gentlemen", adhere to a number of rules which are inefficient , as a form of Contractual Genre Blindness after all, if assassins are both legal and pragmatic, the only real thing one could do against them was sit in a room with a crossbow pointed at the door. Commander Vimes mentions that they seem to always try to kill him at his booby-trapped home, refusing to easily shoot him down in the street "like a common criminal". Vetinari is the exception, in that he will wear gray rather than black because it actually blends in better; he cares about results, not image.
Vetinari also failed his camouflage classes in the School of Assassins, because the teacher marked him as absent for every lecture, having never seen him in class. Consider that for a second. In another case, Vetinari's personal spies and assassins are also clerks. These Dark Clerks are very talented at being unnoticed and unassuming, helped by the fact that Vetinari also employs regular, non-sneaking, non-killing clerks.
The trope comes into play when, in one book, Vetinari wants to make someone nervous, so he sends a non-ninja clerk to spy on him. Lampshaded and ridiculed by Cohen in Interesting Times , who kills three ninja while they are showing off Go on then, give it your best ninj. Live Action TV. Deadliest Warrior had an episode pitching a Ninja against a Spartan, the dramatized battle of which happened in the open in broad daylight.
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However, the show then lampshades this; the ninja representative points out that, in real life, the ninja would see the heavily armored Spartan, hide until wall of bronze goes away, and then kill him later that night while he was sleeping. Also, the fight as shown was admittedly much cooler. In addition, during the testing phase the staged footage showing the weapons being used in context depicts ninja more realistically, for example posing as farmers during the kusarigama demo.
To be fair, it's equally ridiculous for a Spartan to be just walking around fully equipped without the rest of his Phalanx. The bright, primary colored costumes are bad enough, but riding around in Humongous Mecha taller than skyscrapers? It don't get much more visible than that! Season 3 and The Movie of Mighty Morphin' were probably the worst offenders: since Kakuranger had a ninja theme, they brought that over to the US, and gave the Rangers stereotypical ninja costumes.
Ranger colored ninja costumes. Justified in Ninninger , since that team is deliberately flashy and over-the-top; practically bragging about how they're not the kind of ninjas that hide. The Red Kakuranger and Hurricaneger weren't impressed by this when they visited, but were reminded that their teams weren't very stealthy either.
Before its full-fledged ninja season, Mighty Morphin' had two "ninja competitions" one which was used as a vehicle to get Jason and Tommy to work together, the other used to introduce the first replacement Rangers that seem to be just regular martial arts tournaments, except one or both sides are dressed in stereotypical ninja costumes. Even though it's not ninja-related, Power Rangers RPM has Dillon give a very good lampshading after being told that the Ranger gear was originally designed for covert ops: "Because nothing says covert like bright red, yellow and blue spandex.
K: That is NOT spandex!!! Unsurprisingly, the Foot Clan ninja in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pinball are dressed in bright purple full-body uniforms. Tabletop Games. Played with in Legend of the Five Rings. The Scorpion Clan employs black-garbed, shuriken-throwing ninjas in assassination attempts Guards and investigators are drawn to chase after the stealthy yet obviously up-to-no-good infiltrators in the black pajamas.
In fact, the act of being a Highly-Visible Ninja is called The Gauntlet by the Scorpions, and is essentially the rite of passage for anyone who wants to become a shinobi - first you spend a year bouncing around in black pajamas, confusing people and looking like a grand idiot and still managing to be sneaky Survive that and then you're worthy to learn how to do it properly.
Then there was Matsu Hiroru, a ninja assassin trained by the Kolat to be their secret weapon. His original card artwork showed him in an all-white ninja suit - which would have been this trope or even a Technicolor Ninja , if it weren't for the fact that he was blending in perfectly with the white stone wall behind him. Later appearances had him always wearing pure white and doing rather little sneaking, which would seem to be playing this trope rather straight. But then later source-books for the RPG explained that his white gi was actually a special gift from the Kolat that allowed him to magically blend in with his surroundings like a chameleon.
Space Marines from Warhammer 40, take pride in their chapter colours and boast that " camouflage is the colour of cowardice, " so you'll see bright yellow Imperial Fists scouts infiltrating behind enemy lines, with perhaps a camo-cloak over the shoulders of their snipers.
The thing is, the "rank and file" Astartes are Nigh Invulnerable monstrosities who can walk through hails of bullets with no damage to their armor and can even withstand direct hits from tank shells , so camouflage is completely unneeded. The Blood Axes, the un-Orkiest of the Ork clans , love camouflage, but take a decidedly Orky approach to it.
Since camouflage is good, more camouflage has obviously got to be better. And since camouflage is based on the enemy seeing the camouflage's colours instead of you, the effect can be improved by using clashing colours so the enemy can see how well-camouflaged you are from farther away!
Even a one level dip gets me Favored Enemy Humanoid and Natural Explorer, which both fit with the character concept of an assassin who has lived his whole life in the woods. Most 80s video games with ninja villains, especially Bad Dudes vs. Many of the ninja in the G. In the first game , it was possible to kill your way to your targets, but it was exceptionally frustrating to do so. To hone his hearing he would practice listening to a needle being dropped onto a wooden floor in the next room.
A joke goes that Orks believe that purple is the sneakiest color, because when was the last time you saw an army in purple camo? Eldar Striking Scorpion aspect warriors traditionally bear a striking green uniform with yellow trim, but are able to infiltrate because they're just that good. Many of the stealthier characters in Warhammer actually have sensible outfits canonically.
However, given that a large part of the game involves players painting their own miniatures, they often end up sporting bright, clashing primary colours anyway. The grand prize for this trope goes to the bio-engineered ninja of the Shadow Sun Syndicate in Monsterpocalypse. How visible are the ninja? As soon as a fight breaks out, they suddenly become the size of buildings. The Zor-Raiden and Zor-Maxim reach sixty feet tall. In Scion , there are titanspawn called shinobi.
Their job is to Zerg Rush you. They do have a power that lets them hide in the shadows, but unless they're stronger than average, they can only use it once an encounter. An issue of Dragon Magazine introduced elemental-based ninja variants, one of which was the fire ninja. The text noted that while a flashy ninja seemed counterproductive, it doesn't matter whether you turn invisible or blind your opponent with flashes of light — the end result is the same.
The explanation is that some rulers get it and some don't, so they intentionally train agents to act in the daredevil style. Because the more agents' exploits entertain the current monarch, the better their funding is. Ninja Burger , a series of games about ninja delivering hamburgers, has as their prime protagonists the "white ninjas", legendary masters of stealth that dress in bright obvious white suits. The ninja burger ninjas themselves aren't exactly in modern camo either.
Warhammer : Some Skaven manage to invoke the trope effectively. The Skaven will always be visible on the board throughout the entire game, but he looks just like all the other regular Skaven, so the opponent won't know he is there until he attacks a unit far more effectively than a normal Skaven. A variant was the downfall of a particularly sneaky orc army. The started painting themselves black and launching highly-effective sneak attacks under cover of darkness. This worked fine until they started shouting their new warcry, "You's Can't Sees us!
It's a stealth tank which just happens to be the size of a warehouse, with a lot of ECM It snuck up on you It even gets bonuses against fellow ninjas; presumably they're too ashamed to be associated with it to fight properly. The original Munchkin features the Giant Ninja who "squishes you very quietly". Stealth specialists face a certain problem in Exalted : normally, when they use their supernatural powers above a certain threshold, they start to glow. Normal solution is to be of a certain power archetype that allows them to pay a small extra cost in order to suppress it.
Once the fight had started, they immediately dial the glow up to eleven, turning into a blinding psychedelic lightshow. And on higher levels, turn themselves transparent as well. You may know that a practitioner is somewhere around , but finding their location precisely is another matter entirely. Although the style doesn't provide mechanical benefits to stealth beyond merely allowing it to happen, the "cover" it provides allows them to prepare and launch sneak attacks as normal.
Or they just fight "openly" and enjoy very big buffs to their dodging ability. There are very few ninja in Magic: The Gathering , but the ones that exist tend to go back and forth on this. There is absolutely no way that outfit can be considered in any way stealthy, especially with chalk white fur. Considering that comedic nature of the set, it's no surprise that these ninjas fall hard into this trope.
Except one. Video Games. Ace Attorney : Lampshaded in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All in the final case with the "Jammin' Ninja," a ninja with a bright red guitar whose goal in life is to become a rock star. Phoenix himself notes just how ridiculous the concept is. Also, his bizarre choice of path in life is explained as being because he's not actually a very good ninja, so he chose a career that wouldn't need him to be able to do ninja things.
Investigations gives us Kay Faraday, a Highly Visible Phantom Thief who spends much of the game stating she is a Phantom Thief, the Yatagarasu, while doing very little actual theft, and wears a badge in shape of the Yatasaguru's symbol on her scarf. She's also a fan of the Jammin' Ninja rather than the Steel Samurai. Edgeworth even asks himself if she really wants to be a thief or a ninja, considering how much she admires Mr. Stealthy Jammin' Ninja. Alpha Protocol 's advanced stealth armor is This can lead to unintentional hilarity, since some characters make comments about what you choose to wear.
Chinese Secret Police agent, Omen Deng, will call you out on this - while good stealth armor is very useful, he'll respect you far more for wearing normal civilian clothes in a train station than obvious military gear. Every Ape Escape game has at least one Japanese-themed stage with traditional dojos and ninja paraphernalia, usually including a few monkeys decked out in ninja garb. They still have helmets with large flashing lights on top, and start screaming and running around as soon as you approach.
The Assassin's Creed series has an interesting relationship with stealth. The earlier games seemed more stealth focused, while the newer ones have given the player more options for out and out combat. This has reached a crescendo in Assassin's Creed III , where the main character is shown mounting a horse, charging alone across an open field towards an enemy army , fighting his way through while cannonballs explode around him, finally reaching the enemy general whereupon he buries an axe in his head.
Whether that tops Ezio pushing his way through the entire college of cardinals and assaulting the Swiss guard around the Pope's carriage in the streets of Rome itself is up to you. Games Games. Software Software. Software Hub. Hardware Hardware. Full Stories Headlines. Just Cause Flick Being Rewritten. New Google Chrome tech makes Bastion playable in browser. The ubiquitous 3D browser and mobile engine Unity is also supported.
Support for game pads and varying operating systems is on Google's to-do list. December PlayStation Plus content update. There was, however, no mention of what this new IP will be. So, where will IO go next?
Square Enix opens new Montreal studio, begins work on another new Hitman. Agent 47's back! Absolution's not even out yet, but Square Enix is already diving head-long into sequel territory. So said the publisher in a tweet announcing its brand new Montreal studio, which will apparently open up a whopping jobs.
Take that, the economy. IO Interactive, meanwhile, will continue to meticulously craft sets of murder dominoes for Agent 47 to knock down, so this is beginning to sound a bit like the year-on-year model Call of Duty employs with Infinity Ward and Treyarch. Want to throw a bus off a cliff and see what happens? You can totally do that. You can also find him on Twitter , Facebook , and lurking around our tips page.
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