Ninjitsu was developed in feudal Japan. It is the art of stealth, camouflage, and sabotage.
Most of what people believe about ninjas is false, Their primary purpose was information gathering and guerilla warfare. They also mostly dressed as ordinary people to blend in.
Their way of fighting was deemed 'dishonorable' by the Samurai, So they were looked down on and considered beneath them.
1. Hattori Hanzō
Born: 1542, Mikawa Province
Died: December 23, 1596, Edo
The most famous ninja in history. He was ranked Jonin(master ninja), Was the leader of the Iga ninjas, A master spear- fighter and tactician, and loyally served the Tokugawa his whole life. In fact, he was a driving force behind Ieyasu becoming Shogun and ruler of all Japan.
He distinguished himself in several battles, But his most defining moment came after Oda Nobunaga was betrayed and assassinated by Akechi Mitsuhide. He led his Iga ninjas and former rivals the Koga clan and protected Ieyasu against impossible odds.
Called the Devil ninja.
2. Fuma Kotara
' Embrace the darkness'
The Fuma clan was unique in that it developed independently of the Iga and Koga clans in the service of the Hojo. Fuma Kotara was a jonin and 5th generation leader, he is also the most famous Fuma ninja. He led a group of 200 rappa(battle disrupters) They worked as brigands, pirates and theives.
The infiltrated and caused so much confusion in the Takeda camp, That the Takeda soldiers started killing each other. After the defeat of the Hojo, the Fuma was reduced to common bandits.
Fuma Kotara was beheaded by order of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603.
3. Mochizuki Chiyome
'The red ninja'
A feudal Japanese Noblewoman who formed a clan of kunoichi (Female ninja) in service of the Takeda clan.
She was rumored to originally be from the Koga clan. She ran an orphanage for victimized women but in reality, she was training them to be a part of her elaborate espionage network.They were trained to disguise themselves as Mikos, geishas, and prostitutes to carry out assassinations and espionage.
She died under mysterious circumstances in 1573.
4. Ishikawa Goeman
'The thief ninja'
He wouldn't be accepted by any clan due to his lust for personal wealth, But he still became the Japanese Robin Hood. A very colorful individual, A lot of his tale seems like a fairy tale. Including his crazy demise.
5. Kato Danzo
A famed ninja master during the Sengoku period. He was a master illusionist and the reason why people thought ninjas were magical.