#7: Kage-Maru (Virtua Fighter)
Kage-Maru represents the ‘spiritual’ side to the ninja – honourable, stoic, silent… and boring. For all his quiet nobility, we find it hard to take Kage-Maru seriously with that ridiculous Richard Garriott headband. No wonder his opponents are always kicking it off – they’re trying to do him a favour!
Despite his questionable dress sense, Kage-Maru is one of the more realistic depictions of ninjas in gaming. His roster of fighting moves is an authentic simulation of Jujutsu; a defensive martial arts style that was purportedly practiced by real-life ninjas in Feudal Japan.
Greatest Ninja Achievement: Er, beating up his mum (to be fair, she was a cyborg at the time).