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Top 10 Video Game Ninjas
Is your game lacking something? Need to spice it up a little? No problem, add a ninja. Your game instantly becomes over 300% better. I present to you the Top 10 Video Game Ninjas who are good at doing ninja things.
10. The Crew (Saint's Row: The Third): Sure, Saint's Row has always let you do some ridiculous things, but rolling around with a crew of purple ninjas ranks among the best. While you're at it, you can go ahead and dress as a ninja yourself, for a little four-man ninja action. Watching your ninja brethren gun down an annoying group of hackers while you beat another one to death with a giant purple *** is pure gold. Steelport is a tough place to live.
9. Sheik (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time): I don't want to ruin the story for anyone who hasn't played this decades old game, but a recurring character in the Zelda series dresses up as a man-ninja-thing in this installment to assist your quest in bringing Ganondorf down. If you're too young to remember three-pronged controllers or haven't played the excellent 3DS remake, then you may be familiar with this needle-slinging femme fatale from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. To use her, just pick Zelda and...Oh, I ruined it didn't I?
8. Taki (Soul Calibur series): I've had my butt handed to me more than a few times in Soul Calibur, but I swear Taki has been on the giving end of those more than her fair share. She has everything a good ninja needs: blazing fast speed, a pair of sweet swords, and an impractically huge pair of breasts. Well, that last part isn't necessary, but it sure doesn't hurt! There are few females who can kick your ass and look so stylish at the same time, and Taki pulls it off, well, like a ninja.l
7. Ninja (Final Fantasy Tactics): Yeah, that's right. Ninja. Enough said. Besides being one of the best classes in the game, Ninja is just hard. He's completely stoic, never saying a word while he cuts down foes with not one, but two swords. Even better, training as this ninja lets you unlock the Dual Weapon skill to use with anybody else! Throw may be a sub-par skill in other Final Fantasy games, but it can decimate fools in Tactics. In terms of pure ability, few men match the Ninja.
6. Rikimaru (Tenchu series): While ninja games were nothing new in 1998 (see #2 on this list) Tenchu: Stealth Assassin's was one of the first that truly let you feel like a ninja. Sneaking around on the rooftops in your quest to punish the evil merchant was mind-blowing at the time, but, unfortunately, the Tenchu series has had problems adapting to a modern audience. Still, as far as frosty-haired ninjas go, Rikimaru stands right up there with the best of them.
5. Grey Fox (Metal Gear Solid): Anybody who can give Solid Snake pause has to be a worthy adversery, but when you couple that fact with the knowledge that he is also a freaking ninja, well then you know you have a handful. Any fights and/or cutscenes involving Grey Fox are bound to be convoluted and difficult. While his super-exoskeleton and cloaking device may seem like cheating to more traditional ninjas, there is no denying his ninjosity.
4. Yuffie (FFVII): I'm tired of all these "ninjas with a heart of gold". That's why Yuffie was such a breath of fresh air. Yuffie was out for one thing: materia. That's it. She doesn't care about Shinra, Aeris was nothing to her, and she doesn't even have a crush on Sephiroth (unlike a certain spiky-headed protagonist). Like any good ninja, she comes packaged with the Throw material, and her assortment of chakras, boomerangs and shruikens, not to mention her crazy ninja-arm contraption, maker her one formidable ninja.
3. Scorpion (Mortal Kombat): While the Mortal Kombat series has no shortage of awesome ninjas, Scorpion is the flagship. The iconic facemask, the bloddy spear, the ability to call fire from the bowels of hell, all of it just screams "awesome ninja demon of utter destruction." The ability to bathe all your enemies in flame from your skull is an ability all ninjas need. Scorpion has killed more foes than any other ninja on this list, and I love him for it. He'd probably rank even higher, but he lacks one skill a true ninja needs: subtlety.
2. Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden series): Widely considered one of the most iconic characters in gaming, Ryu Hayabusa, and the Ninja Gaiden series itself, have stuck around in the collective mind of gamers for a reason. Hard places breed hard people, and few places are harder than the Ninja Gaiden universe. Able to swing a sword, jump around and use awesome ninja powers with the best of them, Ryu Hayabusa is a shining example of everything we want a ninja to be.
1. Shadow (FFVI): I can't think of anything else Shadow needs to be a better ninja. He's got an awesome ninja suit that apparently fits over any armor, he has an awesome ninja-dog sidekick, he can Throw with the best of them, and he has his own sweet ninja theme music. He can learn magic, and even has cool dream sequences when he sleeps. He comes and goes as he pleases, and even shows his softer side when he rescues the team from the destruction of the world. Then, just to show how edgy he is, he makes you fight him just to get him back again. Shadow is the undisputed king of ninjas.