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Default Hattori Hanzo

Ninja buffs should all know the name Hattori Hanzo, more formally Hattori Masanari. Hanzo is one of the most notorious ninja figures throughout Japanese history, immortalized through history books and fiction alike.

Hattori Hanzo earned his infamous nickname Devil Hanzo through serving Tokugawa Ieyasu. The nickname was not only for reverance to Hanzo's skills, but was used to distinguish the man from another Tokugawa ninja, Watanabe Hanzo.

Hattori engaged in his first battle at the age of 16, and moved on to serve in the battles of Anegawa and Mikatagahara.

Hattori Hanzo is most well known for guiding Ieyasu to Mikawa following the assassination of Nobunaga by Akechi Mitsuhide. Not only did Hanzo provide a safe trek for Ieyasu, but he was able to convine a group of Iga men to provide escort. His reputation as a ninja leader of 200 men has secured him a place in legend.

Hattori Hanzo has appeared in TV shows, films, video games and manga.
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