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Perhaps the figure whose very name is affiliated with the word 'Ninja', Sarutobi Sasuke was a character featured in children's tales beginning in the early 1900s.

He is generally believed to be a fictional creation of the Meiji era based on the historical ninja Kozuki Sasuke, though some argue for his actual existence. He is commonly listed as one of the Sanada Ten Braves, a legendary group of ten ninja that supposedly assisted Sanada Nobushige (more widely known as Sanada Yukimura) at the battles of Osaka Castle during the Sengoku period, and he is one of the best known among the Ten Braves. Since then, he has been featured in many Anime and Manga series, and popularized the name Sasuke as a common name for ninja.

Sarutobi means "jumping monkey" -- Sasuke is frequently described as being very quick and agile, especially in trees, and in some versions of his story is described as having been raised by wild monkeys.

Compare Yagyu Jubei, Hattori Hanzo, Oda Nobunaga and Miyamoto Musashi.

Examples of Sarutobi Sasuke include:

Anime and Manga

Live Action TV

Tabletop Games

  • He makes an appearance in the Sasuke Samurai series of cards in Yu-Gi-Oh.

Video Games

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