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Old 02-01-2023, 03:28 PM   #1
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Can there be such a thing as an "honorable ninja"?

And if so, how?
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Old 02-01-2023, 04:08 PM   #2
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Depends on your definition of honor. Seems that is sort of self-imposed or at least has the boundaries set by a specific group.

I’d say yes, since I think we define our own sense of honor.

Although, maybe not by the standards of most, given some of the behavior ninjas are associated with. But what if the ends justify the means. Maybe there can be honor in that. Maybe not.
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Old 02-01-2023, 04:10 PM   #3
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I suppose if a Ninja is a "anonymous assassin" then the "honor" part falls into some certain behavioral code down to the criminal level. "The ninja for hire doesn't kill women and children", etc - it's "honor" although way down on the spectrum of scumbags.

Of course, we glamourize this in pop culture, so there the answer is "yes".
In real life, any sense of "honor" would be on a twisted, convoluted scale in relation to the ninja basically being a murderer.

Honor in the real world is more complicated. For example, when AquaParade tries a fad diet and eats a salad to be less fat, he is harming the spirit of his favorite character, Swamp Thing. His efforts to lose fat are honorable, but still - he hurts Swamp Thing which is dishonorable for a guy who has a moss and mold fetish.

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Old 02-01-2023, 04:21 PM   #4
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The samurai sure don’t think so, hence the tense relationship between the two groups.
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Old 02-01-2023, 04:23 PM   #5
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Weren't all ninja's designed to be thief's and assassin's? If so, they are all trained to do bad things. However if some are used to protect their villages/clan instead of going out to do harm, then it could be the case.
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Old 02-01-2023, 04:23 PM   #6
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Ehhhh..... I need an in between answer option. I suppose technically if a ninja only worked as a spy to gather intelligence, not the assassin angle, and the targets are all legitimate bad actors who need to be stopped, but via means other than assassination, I guess that could be possible? Is or was that realistic though, I dunno.
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Old 02-02-2023, 06:12 AM   #7
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They can do honorable things with their skills and talents; the modern day definition of ninjitsu doesn't necessarily have to revolve around murder or thievery. They can serve honorable masters/employers, or go into business for themselves and do good work.
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