Top Ten video game ninjas

Pirates do not exist in this dojo

Top Ten video game ninjas

#6: Mai Shiranui (King of Fighters, Fatal Fury)

Some will accuse us of being sexist male pigs for including two buxom female ninjas on this list, but they couldn’t be more wrong! Honestly, it’s all about the Nintitsu. Er, we mean Ninjitsu. …Sorry.

Top Ten video game ninjas

Much like Taki from Soul Edge (see No.2), Mai Shiranui is a gravity-defying marvel of science and physicality. How she manages to stay upright with those things grafted to her chest – let alone engage in martial arts – is a mystery for the ages. It must be difficult landing a successful kick when you can’t even see your own feet, but Mai somehow makes it look easy. Her placement on this list was guaranteed for this reason alone.

Top Ten video game ninjas

Mai Shiranui is also notable for being the favoured costume choice for cos-play attention-floozies. Indeed, her trademark skimpy red tunic seems to be the compulsory dress code at some gaming and comic events. Not that we are in any way complaining.

Top Ten video game ninjas

Greatest Ninja Achievement: Not popping out of her outfit, natch.

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