A ninja (忍者) is a special class of warrior originating from 14th century Japan. Organized in tight-knit clans, they train in a variety of unorthodox arts of war, including assassination, illusion, and espionage. Highly skilled ninja make for formidable foes in combat.

The great Ninja assassin clans disappeared a hundred years ago. If they were wiped out, nobody took credit for it and if they're still around—who are they working for?

—unknown, Storm Shadow's 1984 filecard

Known clans:


  • In the real world, the exact origin of the ninja is a matter of debate. It is known that ninja appeared in 14th century Japan and remained active from the Kamakura to the Edo period. The role of the ninja may have included sabotage, espionage, and scouting. Such actions may have taken place at the service of a feudal lord (daimyo, shogun), or other entity waging guerilla warfare.
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