Ninjas Vs Samurais

Ninjas Vs Samurais

Here we have a classic battle between two of the most well known warriors in all of history. There are many famous among each side, for this match we’ll stick to the typically trained combatant against another in a fight to the death.

Which side would win?

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55 Comments on "Ninjas Vs Samurais"

  1. Wraith March 4, 2009 at 9:55 am -      #1

    Straight up Sword Duel, Samurai. Unannounced challenge, ninjas. They wouldnt just rely on swords. Poison, Thrown weapons, Misdirection, ambushes, and assassination attempts would attrition the samurai.

    but I’m assuming straight up Sword Duel =) So i’ll go for the Samurai

  2. Baron Somebody March 4, 2009 at 10:45 am -      #2

    Actually ninjas wore these things to catch the samurai’s sword with their hand

  3. Matapiojo March 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm -      #3

    Ninjas have far too many tricks to engage an enemy, whereas Samurai are pretty much a one-trick pony.

  4. The One Sin March 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm -      #4

    In terms of skill I would say samurais, but Mata is right on ninjas having more tricks and equipment to work with.

  5. marche March 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm -      #5

    Ninjas are trained for assassination and gurrelia warfare(tatics that can easily turn the tide of war) which means they will use anything,from tricks to sneak attacks to take down their target.They are also known for being agile,and virtually silent.
    Samurai however, follow Bushidō,a chivalry code that prevents them from such”cowardly” tactics that ninjas employ.this means that they have the disadvantage most of the time,even when they catch the enemy off guard.

    i am confident the ninjas take this battle,this is reminds me of the american revolution,but only slightly so.

  6. AlphaCommando March 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm -      #6

    Samurai where technically never suppose to catch the enemy off guard, a true Samurai was to make a much noise as possible to attract any attention to himself both for challengers and spectators, he would then ritually fight somebody until one was killed (although you could leave them alive they where just going to kill themselves anyway…). Ninja (like marche said) where unbound by any codes, and Ninja is actually derived from the verb “to survive”, meaning a ninja was to do ANYTHING to keep himself alive, in extreme contrast to the samurai.

    This was because the Samurai where upper class nobility, meaning they had a name to preserve even if it meant dying for that name, the ninja where mostly peasants who moonlighted as assassins. But ninja where extremely skilled in weapon use (I personally believe even moreso than samurai because they trained in many, many arts), a famous line from their code is “My weapon is everything that exists.” which was true, they would use anything to survive, and do it well, be it their fists, swords, or pots and pans.

    I give this to the Ninja in most scenarios. And for more reading on the subject I suggest the book; “Ninja, the Shadow Warrior” by Joel Levy, a very nice read….

  7. Jon March 4, 2009 at 7:14 pm -      #7

    What era samurai or ninja?
    They weren’t necessarily exclusive professions.
    When a Daimyo needed someone skilled enough to do some covert ops whether it be samurai or peasant that person essentially became a ninja. I’m not saying that there weren’t ninja schools, because there were- albeit they kept themselves in such secrecy that they made people believe that they had powers.

    Though the use of a sword is a basic thing shared by most samurai it is not necessarily the specialty for the warrior- Nodachi, naginata, yari, bows, even guns could be samurai specialties; they did not actually shun guns like what movies may lead you on to believe (check out the Satsuma Rebellion).

    If I’m not mistaken, Bushido was instituted during the Tokugawa era and it’s sole purpose was to keep samurai in check and prevent them from betraying their respective lords (which was a rather common practice in earlier years.) So the whole abandoning of “cowardly” tactics would be inappropriate for pre-Tokugawa samurai. Basically Bushido gave purpose to what would otherwise be a fairly useless class (because the Tokugawa Shogunate was a time of peace and stability).
    Because of this they were heavily romanticized to the extremely code-abiding and sword masters who could cut concrete blocks and steel bars.

    BUT for the fight…I’m going with Wraith. In a duel where they only have swords and the samurai has no armor- its a toss up. On the battlefield- the samurai. But a ninja wouldn’t put themselves in such situations would they? It’s not their job to have straight up fights.

  8. =[BF]=JimmieRox March 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm -      #8

    Poison coated shuriken to the chest from twenty foot wins this I’m afraid.

  9. AlphaCommando March 4, 2009 at 8:31 pm -      #9

    I think we are using the most well known of each type, that’s what I went with….

    Sure it switches around, but most people think of the famous depictions of Samurai and Ninjas….

  10. cyborg pirate ninja jesus March 5, 2009 at 1:26 am -      #10

    woot my idea probs someone elses but i sed it too

    i would have to say ninjas they have stealth multiple weapon skill which most involve assasination and so on

    while they would probably lose in a sword fight they are capable fighters in that area too but chances are that samurais will be dead before then

  11. lololol March 5, 2009 at 2:00 am -      #11

    ninjas are acutrally just an advanced group of samurais (I think i got that from a textbook) so you know don’t you think an advanced group would beat a normal group?

  12. =[BF]=JimmieRox March 5, 2009 at 8:30 am -      #12

    “ninjas are acutrally just an advanced group of samurais (I think i got that from a textbook) so you know don’t you think an advanced group would beat a normal group?”

    Really, I always thought that Ninjas were considered scum of the Earth by the Samurai. Something that came about from the fact that the Samurai were the middle and upper class that governed the country and its various provinces under the leadership of the Emperor. The Samurai lived their lives by a rigid code that first appeared during the Muromachi period and then became integrated into feudal law under Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, this code was called Bushido. Samurai were trained from birth in martial arts. They were Bujutsu adepts who lived by the code that basically means ‘death before dishonour.’

    The Ninjas however where peasants and criminals, the lowest of the low, basically they were anyone who killed for money. However there was the skilled Ninja who were trained in the art of Ninjutsu. These are the guys who could kill Samurai, it has been rumoured that one Ninjutsu adept once disarmed the great swordsman Miyamoto Musashi with a fan. I for one don’t believe this.

    To be honest the Ninjas don’t stand a chance, the feudal lords have armies and there are many more of them than there are Ninjas, sure the Ninjas might manage to thin the ranks a bit but they’re gonna loose in the end!

  13. Wraith March 5, 2009 at 9:27 am -      #13

    A historical fact; most Samurai were also ninja.

  14. Matapiojo March 5, 2009 at 9:54 am -      #14

    “A historical fact; most Samurai were also ninja.”

    Then you should have no problem producing this historical reference….

  15. Jwlynas March 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm -      #15

    “Poison coated shuriken to the chest from twenty foot wins this I’m afraid.”

    Yeah, Armour says Hi.

    One on one, the ninja wins with stealth. If you have a larger number of ether then it basically comes down to a waiting game. If the Ninja do enough damage with surprise they stand a chance, but overall Samurai are better armoured and more skilled in battle (rather than stealth)

    The Last Samurai had this match. I say it goes that way.

  16. Matapiojo March 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm -      #16

    “The Last Samurai had this match. I say it goes that way.”

    Its funny. As soon as I saw this match, that scene popped right into my mind.

  17. Wraith March 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm -      #17

    History Channel. you’ll have to Find the Episode.

  18. hellatus March 5, 2009 at 6:40 pm -      #18

    ninja turtles vs samurai jack…

  19. Matapiojo March 5, 2009 at 7:50 pm -      #19

    “History Channel.”

    Wow.

  20. Naki March 6, 2009 at 4:44 am -      #20

    Ninja’s are for Stealth, and Asassination. Samurai are ALL about confrontation head on. So if the samurai went at the ninja, and actually got to him. The ninja you could bet would be dead. However, if its a sneak attack, ninja has many advantages, and long range weapons are very helpful as well, so 70-30 Nin-Sam for me o.o

  21. Wraith March 6, 2009 at 5:51 pm -      #21

    Prove me wrong.

  22. Jon March 6, 2009 at 7:17 pm -      #22

    Ranged weapons from relatively short distances, the ninja is at the advantage with shuriken(if there is no armor). At greater ranges the ninja would need something like a bow, a weapon that Japanese warriors have been practicing as a warrior art form longer than that of the sword. Plus Samurai would gladly use guns, a weapon a ninja probably won’t use because of its loud noise and the fact that gunpowder isn’t smokeless yet.

  23. hellatus March 7, 2009 at 4:51 am -      #23

    ninja’s have stealth speed and awesomeness on thier side

  24. Space marine March 7, 2009 at 7:58 am -      #24

    “Poison coated shuriken to the chest from twenty foot wins this I’m afraid”
    Actually, Just a fact, Ninja’s never used to poision their Shirukens, The Ninja’s Used the rust to kill the enemy.

    Because useing rust was more effective then poision. The enemy then died of tetnis. I think i spelt that wrong.

  25. Matapiojo March 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm -      #25

    “Prove me wrong.”

    Certainly.

    – The Historical Ninja, by Sôke Masaaki Hatsumi:

    “Ninjutsu developed as a highly illegal counter culture to the ruling samurai elite, and for this reason alone, the origins of the art were shrouded by centuries of mystery, concealment, and deliberate confusion of history.”

    Relevance of that passage? The sub-group of individuals that were later known as Ninja came to be formed DIRECTLY to oppose the Samurai.

    – Ninjutsu: The Art of Invisibility, by Donn F. Draeger

    “The predecessors of Japan’s ninja were so-called rebels favoring the adoption of Buddhism who fled into the mointains near Kyoto as early as the 7th-century-A.D. to escape religious persecution and death at the hands of Imperial forces.”

    Relevance of that passage? Clear example of individuals that the individuals responsible for the bith of the romanticized Ninja are willing to break structure and the rigid lifestyle that the Samurai practiced, just because they wished to worship a different religion.

    – History of the Ninja, by Kallie Szczepanski

    “Ninjutsu versus Bushido:
    Ninjutsu developed as an opposing force to the samurai code of bushido.

    Samurai valued loyalty and honor above all else.

    Going into battle, a samurai would select a single opponent, announce his challenge, list his family pedigree, and then attack. Samurai wore bright colors on their armor to announce their clan identity.

    Bushido was very noble, but it couldn’t always get the job done.

    That is where ninjutsu came in: the ninja code valued accomplishing a mission by whatever means necessary. Sneak attacks, poison, seduction and spying were all shameful to the samurai, but fair play by the rules of the ninja.

    Who Were the Ninja?:
    Some of the ninja leaders, or jonin, were disgraced samurai like Daisuke Togakure. They had lost in battle or had been renounced by their daimyo, but fled rather than committing seppuku.

    Most ordinary ninja were not from the nobility, though. They were villagers and farmers, who learned to fight by any means necessary for their own self-preservation.

    The most famous ninja strongholds were the Iga and Koga Provinces.

    Women also served in ninja combat. Female ninja, or kunoichi, infiltrated enemy castles in the guise of dancers, concubines or servants. They were successful spies, and sometimes acted as assassins as well.

    Samurai Use of the Ninja:
    The samurai lords could not always prevail in open warfare, but they were constrained by bushido. So, they often hired ninja to do their dirty work.

    Secrets could be spied out, opponents assassinated, or misinformation planted… without sullying a samurai’s honor.”

    That was a long one. Relevance of the passage? i think the entire entry. It clearly illustrates how one and the other are exact opposites. It DOES reference to DISGRACED Samurai (who in turn are no longer Samurai at all) later became known as Ninja, but it also shows a direct refute of your statement when it illustrates that MOST Ninja where in fact common folk.

    ————————————

    Alright. There is a common misconception that Ninjas were this strict group of individuals that trained in a specific martial art style and wore black. This is wrong. Sure, as the evolution of the practice continued, certain traits became evidently effective and were taught or otherwise passed down the line until they became the things we “know” of today, but this was not the origin of the Ninja.

    Quite literally, these individuals were the terrorists of the time. They did not have a particular dress code, or a moral code to adhere to. Their sole purpose was to oppose the establishment, which of course was dominated by the supremely ritualistic and rigid practices of the Samurai.

    This rebellious attitude then started bleeding into combat and war. The Ninja were certainly not as skilled as the Samurai back then, so they resorted to acts of misinformation, confusion, subterfuge, deceit, and assassination rather than the more duel-like practices of the Samurai.

    Note to say that the Samurai were not alien to practicing some “Ninja” tactics occasionally at times of war, but this was not their preferred method of combat.

    I have no doubts that some disgruntled Samurai were indeed considered Ninja by many, and there are no texts that support, or deny this theory directly, but your claim that most Samurai were ALSO Ninja seems innacurate and uneducated.

    Truth is that it boils down to their lifestyle beliefs, rather than their appearance or training, which would differentiate a Ninja from a Samurai.

    If you practiced Bushido, you were Samurai.

    If you oppose Samurai (and Bushido in turn), you were Ninja.

    That, of course, is an over-simplification from my part that hardly does justice to either side of this match, but it seems very black and white to me. As they are ideals, rather than practices, one cannot be both simultaneously.

    ————————————

    How about next time you simply prove yourself right, BEFORE taunting another to “prove you wrong”. The Internet makes research be far too easy for this sort of event to repeat itself as often as it does.

    books.google.com/books?id=HfSQ59kjEioC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The%2BArt%2Bof%2BInvisibility&ei=lpU8SLiQDIuCyQSdz_TCBQ&sig=bzop5t4frNhE8PT14ouZvQxCkOk#PPA8,M1

    home.no.net/sanshin/dokumenter/The%20Historical%20Ninja.pdf

    asianhistory.about.com/od/warsinasia/p/NinjaProfile.htm

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  26. The Chosen One March 7, 2009 at 8:48 pm -      #26

    Matapiojo you over thought it .no one has the time or energy to read all that.

  27. AlphaCommando March 8, 2009 at 6:52 am -      #27

    That took me all of like 3 minutes to read and digest, if you don’t have the time to read that then you are being hypocritical as you spend times on this site anyway…that or you suck at reading.

    Over-thinking, like excessive firepower, is an oxymoron….you can never have too much of it.

  28. Space marine March 8, 2009 at 7:14 am -      #28

    Im a bit worried about those ninja’s, Thier not even asian…….Poor 19 year old suckers…:D

  29. Matapiojo March 8, 2009 at 10:13 am -      #29

    “Matapiojo you over thought it .no one has the time or energy to read all that.”

    Just like Alpha said, there is no such thing as over-thinking. Specially when it is a direct reaction to a challenge. It is neither my fault, nor my problem, that you are incapable of differentiating facts and logical analysis for a debate from the typically mindless “Ninjas win cause ninjas are best! OMG ROFLMAO if you don’t believe me go play Ninja Gaiden”.

    I salute your example of simplistic stupidity.

  30. joe March 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm -      #30

    Ninjas would win because they have the art of suprise.

  31. kano547 March 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm -      #31

    wait are we talking real ninja vs real samurais? or like afro vs naruto?
    as to afro vs naruto i really can’t say at the moment but it would be a good fight
    real vs real it would depend on the setting if it was noon in the middle of an open field with nowhere to hide i’de back the samurai,in the wood’s just getting dark samy would never know what killed him

  32. Matapiojo March 10, 2009 at 8:21 am -      #32

    @kano547

    Hmmmm. I would say that things are far too circumstantionally relative for us to put things under that sort of microscope. The general concensus is that a Samurai SHOULD defeat a Ninja in open face-to-face combat, but a Ninja SHOULD be the victor in any other scenario.

    I think you can present arguments for both historic and fictional, but historic could probably be a lot easier to settle. Fictional entries for both sides could quite possibly be better suitted to be discussed separately in other sections. There are just too many world/champions/versions of both sides in the different works of fiction to pile into this argument.

    That same Afro Samurai vs Naruto sounds like a decent Duel or Sword Fight.

    In truth, as it is not stated in the scenario (it actually says not to focus on the “exceptionals”), you should be able to discuss anything regarding either side. In fact, that may have been admin’s intent all along.

  33. Rob (Expertimp) March 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm -      #33

    Samurai’s win over ninjas…

    Samurai’s rely upon a code of honor, the ninja’s rely upon their stealth and ferocity. Technically, a ninja is anyone who practices the Japanese martial art ninjutsu (meaning that you, too, can become a ninja just by visiting your local neighborhood dojo!)…

    Winner: Samurai

  34. kano547 March 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm -      #34

    that’s why i said i would’nt comment on that now, as it is i read recently can’t remember where though, but a book said most ninjas actually could’nt fight well and they relied on backstabbing to win, and as i said if it was in the woods the samurai might never know a ninja was there, even after a poison blow dart to the neck

  35. Vicious 117 March 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm -      #35

    ok i have not had time to read the above posts, but im sure there has been hardcore proof, followed by lots of insults and dumbing down. Im not getting in that so im just gonna say who i think would win.
    I think that it strictly depends on who fights who. Ninjas and Samurai both had great skills and are definitely peaked. I think that just like everything in this world, it does not depend on rank or style but the person fighting. You can have the most skilled ninja vs a normal samurai, but if the normal samurai was just better in combat than the ninja…….see my point?
    Im hardcore in martial arts, and i know that it only depends on the person and how they utilize themselves in combat. The moral codes dont mean anything on the outcome (unless you wish to be Honored rather than dead)Basically there can be many different outcomes seeing as how not every human is the same.
    Just one thing though…..I want to comment and say that I dont think Naruto will Take Afro Samurai, simply because Afro Samurai is way darker. No, he does’nt have those Ninja magic powers, but i just think that Naruto is too “Kid Like”. Personally i dont favor naruto simply because it shows ninja as a group of kids with bright colors, and crappy voice overs, and we all know ninja were sort of like the elite military assassin (such as SEALs in Modern Time)
    Thats just my opinion, I normally think that the Darker more Serious characters would win. ( I also think that The Darker characters are more Bad Ass and cooler to read about)

    BTW
    “Bushido” is the Warriors Code, not Hara- Kiri (ritual suicide)

  36. Tarbel March 31, 2009 at 11:17 pm -      #36

    I thought they made ninjas to kill or at least bypass samurais to assassinate people, although I maybe wrong. Ninjas are quick in agility but samurais have strength and mobility. It all depends on the setting and how they are to fight. Too be honest though, ninjas are cowards, smart cowards.

  37. Matapiojo April 4, 2009 at 10:05 am -      #37

    “Just one thing though…..I want to comment and say that I dont think Naruto will Take Afro Samurai, simply because Afro Samurai is way darker. No, he does’nt have those Ninja magic powers, but i just think that Naruto is too “Kid Like”. Personally i dont favor naruto simply because it shows ninja as a group of kids with bright colors, and crappy voice overs, and we all know ninja were sort of like the elite military assassin (such as SEALs in Modern Time)
    Thats just my opinion, I normally think that the Darker more Serious characters would win. ( I also think that The Darker characters are more Bad Ass and cooler to read about)”

    I can respect that.

    I do want to provide you some insight regarding Naruto. This story is about a child that has lived a tragic life due to him being the walking prison for the most powerful demon in the land.

    Yes, the anime portrays a more child-friendly story. There is no denying that.

    However, I urge you to give the series another try. Instead of looking at the anime, I dare you to fish around for the Manga which is several chapters ahead of the animation. As Naruto grows older, the story get much, MUCH darker.

    The animation also cloggs the story with a lot of porly writted filler chapters that are meant to keep a healthy space in the timeline between the Manga and the animation. This in the Manga are more savage and complex. As a matter of fact, the latest story arch saw destruction and death on a grand scale. A lot, I repeat, a lot of people have been killed in very brutal ways.

    Do give it another try keeping an open mind.

  38. Belisaurius May 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm -      #38

    a great big DEPENDS.

    Ninjas are spec ops, sneaking in and using ambushes, traps, stealth, and mindgames to win.

    Samurais are shock troops, going head to head with the enemy.

  39. Slnm May 8, 2009 at 3:43 am -      #39

    ninjas are awesomer

  40. factdude May 9, 2009 at 1:30 am -      #40

    my father was a navy seal and he has told me alot about his expieriences including “hell week” (witch for those of you to lazy to go google it “hell week is when you are not allowed to sleep for a week) realy ties into a lot of ninjutsu training

  41. anakin skywalker May 17, 2009 at 6:35 am -      #41

    ninjas are fast and are good a being asasins samuri a woriors not asasins

  42. Beaugita September 7, 2009 at 3:24 pm -      #42

    I vote ninjas. They’re faster.

  43. B2Bop January 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm -      #43

    Samurai – They would win in a head to head fight.
    Ninja – They would win in a sneak attack.
    Lets stop arguing and leave it at that. Its been said on Deadliest Warrior “Ninja is infamous for numerous stealth attacks against samurais, but a fair fight, a samurai would have this.” P.S. Metapojo, your a douchebag.

  44. ss January 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm -      #44

    well i see this as a head on fight, kinda like they would on deadliest warrior, so samurai win here

  45. Sapper007 January 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm -      #45

    yeah… SS hits it on the head… Armor and conventional warfare vs. mobility and unconventional warfare…
    in head to head you have to give it to the more durable samurai… BTW for the dumbass that said shuriken to the chest…
    1. Its not fatal
    2. Armor
    3. Armor
    any questions…

  46. Ein January 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm -      #46

    Ninjas were trained to kill Samurai, so they would lose.
    Unless the ninja failed his stealth check, and/or the Samurai got a natural 20 on his listen check (Ninja has +5 boots of sneaks :D)

  47. Darkbladex96 January 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm -      #47

    ninja were not trained to kill samurai, they were trained to kill period. they were taught to observe oppents and find weak spots in their defense or armor and exploit it. which came from encounters with samurai. while on the other side thier were samurai trained to defend against ninja ambuses and often were placed as guards around the important figures.

    the ninja has a few ways to fight the samurai. the kusari-gama is a sickle with a chain weighted ball on it. its usually used to trip of to weapon strip, and once the enemies down they go for a kill shot with the blade, they used hollow egg shells filled with various eye irratants, a ninja’s sword isnt sharp enough to pierce a samurai’s armor, neither are shurikens, they have a dart gun but its usefulness is limited.

    one thing i havent seen yet is someone bring up a samurai’s training in tracking and marksmanship if a well trained samurai saw a bush rattle from 50 yrds away he’d put an arrow in it. it wasnt all that uncommon for samurai to put an arrow between a ninja’s eyes.

    ninja attack when the other party is tired, or off guard, but this fight is between ninja and alert aware samurai on guard. even one of thier sneak attacks might not kill the samurai you have no idea how hard it would be to insta kill someone whose vital points are protected. and they only get one sneak attack.

  48. Mac March 19, 2010 at 6:57 am -      #48

    Acutally it sounds simple since hollywood glamorize th ninja abit too much. Ninjas are hunters thats why they are good in stealth they prefer range weapon with ambush tactics samurai are excellent swordmen are archers one on one face to face they might have killed a ninja with any problem dont even tell my about speed samurai train since they are children therefore speed is not even an issue ……but the ninja have one thing the samurai dont have its steath …..they prefer ambush or kill thier target by surprise this give them the advantage and an ambush always give alot of advantage but in a fair fight the ninja was simply no match….the suriken wont even pernetrate the samurai’s armor and going melee with a samurai is really a bad idea ……but still their are some samurai who also took ninja training….so fair to say a number od ninja are also samurais……in fact ninja’s prefered weapon is the bow not the suriken or ninjato (only in movie) and ninja to use firearms anything to give them range advantage a modern ninja would love to use a sniper rifle while a modern ninja might go for the M-4 carbine with M203……they have thier uses if i want to storm a castle i would call a samurai but if i want to spy or sabotage the enemy i would call a ninja but in a fair fight sad to say samurai will win

  49. Mac March 19, 2010 at 6:59 am -      #49

    correction modern samurai will prefer the M-4 carbine with M203

  50. Belisaurius March 19, 2010 at 11:41 am -      #50

    This depends far too much on the context. The ninja are spec ops, sneaking around and hitting soft targets. The Samurai are shock cavalry, smashing through enemy lines and cutting enemy formations apart.

    Head to head, the ninja’s don’t have a chance, but the samurai can’t afford to chase ninja’s onto their home ground. That would lead to ambushes, hit and run battles, and difficult terrain.

  51. C.A.W. March 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm -      #51

    Ninja in Japan were primarily used for espionage and sabotage, not as fighters and due how well gaurded any important targets were it was far more pragmatic for a Daimyo to pay for information or have a ninja target food or weapon supplies. Just because the samurai did not use similar tactics of the ninja does not mean that they would not be able to defend themselves against it, especially a Warring States era samurai that has been fighting most of his life. Samurai as ninja is unlikely as any disgraced samurai who would not commit seppuku could just as easily take the tonsure and become a monk and still retain his honor.

  52. Siggymansz November 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm -      #52

    “.Samurai as ninja is unlikely”

    Cough Hanzo Cough

  53. Patrick1209 February 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm -      #53

    As Szun tzu already said it over 2500 years ago, Winning or Losing a fight or battle depends on the elements in the equasion and how they add up.
    In a clean and open fight a regular samurai would normally win. These people trained nearly every waking moment in the martial arts to be as efficient a warriors as could be in an honest and open fight.
    Ninja were sneaky fighters that relied on stealth and subterfuge. The element of surprise was thier greatest weapon. As most of the ninja only did these duties as a side job they were often not as skilled as a Samurai. However one must take into account that part of the samurai took their part in the ninja’s activities.

    Ninja were farmers who decided to take on a second job for some extra money. They only had access to weapons they could build from their farmer tools. They couldn’t practice openly. They knew dang well a direct confrontation with a samurai meant their death, so they specialized in sneaky tactics. Unfortunately, few if any of those would be effective in a one-on-one arena fight. And one on one arene finght is what we are talking abour here, right?

  54. Amm0vamp1r3 September 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm -      #54

    Ninja vs Assassins should be next

  55. Amm0vamp1r3 October 10, 2012 at 2:12 am -      #55

    I would say samurai as a personal preference and because they are more adept at fighting stright up while ninjas although good fighting are more stealth. If this was ninja assassin ninjas i would go for them they were BA.

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