History Creator / BruceLee

27th Mar '17 3:31:53 PM ElectroKraken
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* FountainOfExpies: He has so many copies that [[BruceLeeClone they got their own trope]].



* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: His characters were all tough guys and he really was as badass as the characters he played. However, he was also extremely kind-hearted and could become a complete mess if he accidentally hurt someone.



* ShortLivedBigImpact: Lee didn't star in very many films, and died at the age of 32, but he is widely credited with introducing martial arts films to the United States and popularizing East Asian culture. His philosophies on both martial arts and life live on to this day, and his films inspired dozens upon dozens of Bruce Lee clones.



* TypeCasting: Lee all but became the Asian version of Creator/JohnWayne.
16th Mar '17 8:07:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Lee died tragically young (32 years old) on the 20th of July 1973, reportedly from a cerebral oedema caused by an allergic reaction to an ingredient in an equagesic painkiller. His sudden death combined with his young age sparked urban legends about the "true" cause of his death -- these range from suicide to his being a target of the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. Much like Elvis Presley, there are those who believe he [[ElvisLives faked his own death]]. His death devastated the Hong Kong film industry to the point where producers began casting numerous {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in their movies; they hoped that audiences starved for more Bruce Lee would simply accept the poor imitations. [[EpicFail While, by and large, it didn't work]], there are a few renowned martial arts stars who managed to get their first break during this period (notably Creator/JetLi and Creator/JackieChan, the latter of which had a brief appearance in ''Enter the Dragon'').

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Lee died tragically young (32 years old) on the 20th of July 1973, reportedly from a cerebral oedema caused by an allergic reaction to an ingredient in an equagesic painkiller. His sudden death combined with his young age sparked urban legends about the "true" cause of his death -- these range from suicide to his being a target of the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. Much like Elvis Presley, Music/ElvisPresley, there are those who believe he [[ElvisLives faked his own death]]. His death devastated the Hong Kong film industry to the point where producers began casting numerous {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in their movies; they hoped that audiences starved for more Bruce Lee would simply accept the poor imitations. [[EpicFail While, by and large, it didn't work]], there are a few renowned martial arts stars who managed to get their first break during this period (notably Creator/JetLi and Creator/JackieChan, the latter of which had a brief appearance in ''Enter the Dragon'').
29th Jan '17 6:01:47 PM YZQ
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* TheComicallySerious: Once or twice. [[http://forgifs.com/gallery/d/152745-2/Bruce_Lee_reaction.gif Specially here.]] Notably, it was the lack of humour/comedy in his roles which prompted Jackie Chan to develop his own brand of action comedy in order to step out of Bruce's shadow.

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* TheComicallySerious: Once or twice. [[http://forgifs.com/gallery/d/152745-2/Bruce_Lee_reaction.gif Specially [[http://giphy.com/gifs/reaction-26jpiPaeL2LWo Especially here.]] Notably, it was the lack of humour/comedy in his roles which prompted Jackie Chan to develop his own brand of action comedy in order to step out of Bruce's shadow.
29th Jan '17 5:59:34 PM YZQ
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%%* TheComicallySerious: Once or twice. [[http://forgifs.com/gallery/d/152745-2/Bruce_Lee_reaction.gif Specially here.]]

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%%* * TheComicallySerious: Once or twice. [[http://forgifs.com/gallery/d/152745-2/Bruce_Lee_reaction.gif Specially here.]]]] Notably, it was the lack of humour/comedy in his roles which prompted Jackie Chan to develop his own brand of action comedy in order to step out of Bruce's shadow.



* DefeatMeansFriendship: According to Wrestling/GeneLeBell, he and Lee became friends when they had a brief scuffle while sparring on the set of a film. Supposedly Gene, a former UsefulNotes/{{Judo}} champion, picked Bruce up over his shoulders and carried him running around the set; Lee screamed him to put him down, but Gene refused, pointing out that Lee was going to take his revenge on him if he released him. Only after two minutes Lee managed to crawl off, and then they sat together and had a good laugh about the incident. While it is difficult to pin down as a straight defeat, it sparked Lee's interest in expanding his martial knowledge to grappling.

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: According to Wrestling/GeneLeBell, he and Lee became friends when they had a brief scuffle while sparring on the set of a film. Supposedly Gene, a former UsefulNotes/{{Judo}} champion, picked Bruce up over his shoulders and carried him running around the set; Lee screamed at him to put him down, but Gene refused, pointing out that Lee was going to take his revenge on him if he released him. Only after two minutes Lee managed to crawl off, and then they sat together and had a good laugh about the incident. While it is difficult to pin down as a straight defeat, it sparked Lee's interest in expanding his martial knowledge to grappling.



* HeCleansUpNicely: Ever seen him in a suit and tie, all groomed up? No? Then, [[http://supercoolitude.fr/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/bruce-lee%20%2811%29.jpg just see]]. Lee was pretty famous for being a stylish fellow. A number of years ago, Japanese toy company Medicom released an entire line of Bruce Lee 12" dolls based on the various stylish attires he wore. In another example, Bruce's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtfBaLEo2qY only English role where martial arts wasn't involved]] (an episode of ''HereComeTheBrides'' called "Marriage Chinese Style"). Likewise, his only turn as an antagonist when he played Winslow Wong in ''Marlowe'' in two different but just as stylish suits.

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* HeCleansUpNicely: Ever seen him in a suit and tie, all groomed up? No? Then, [[http://supercoolitude.fr/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/bruce-lee%20%2811%29.jpg [[http://www.suitsociety.com/bruce-lee-in-suit/ just see]]. Lee was pretty famous for being a stylish fellow. A number of years ago, Japanese toy company Medicom released an entire line of Bruce Lee 12" dolls based on the various stylish attires he wore. In another example, Bruce's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtfBaLEo2qY only English role where martial arts wasn't involved]] (an episode of ''HereComeTheBrides'' called "Marriage Chinese Style"). Likewise, his only turn as an antagonist when he played Winslow Wong in ''Marlowe'' in two different but just as stylish suits.
29th Jan '17 5:52:56 PM YZQ
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%%* IAmNotLeonardNimoy
* IHaveManyNames: Bruce Lee, Lee Junfan, Sai-fon, Li Yuanxin, Li Yuanjian and Li Xiaolong. The fact that he has so many names just boosts his legendary status.

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%%* IAmNotLeonardNimoy
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: Throughout his short-lived acting career, the audience almost never remembers his characters' actual names.
* IHaveManyNames: Bruce Lee, Lee Junfan, Junfan (李振藩), Sai-fon, Li Yuanxin, Yuanxin (李源鑫) [[note]]his name as recorded in the genealogy book[[/note]], Li Yuanjian (李元鉴)[[note]]given to him when he started on his formal education[[/note]] and Li Xiaolong.Xiaolong (李小龙). The fact that he has so many names just boosts his legendary status.
9th Jan '17 3:10:23 PM Xion_the_Undead-Huntress
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* BadassBoast: Bruce Lee, upon claiming that he invented a new martial art, was pitted against a former karate champion in an attempt to prove his claims. Lee, unfazed, claimed that not only would he defeat the challenger, but he would do so within one minute. He did it in 58 seconds.
2nd Jan '17 9:09:14 AM Cieloazul
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* CombatPragmatist: While all those flashy moves he uses in films are a big part of his reputation, Lee actively cultivated an attitude based on this trope. He is popularly attributed the quote that a man with one year training in wrestling and boxing would be able to defeat any martial artist with 15 years on his style. It's actually unknown if he ever made that exact claim, but on the other hand, it's very known that he believed it at a fundamental level: he took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were often too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting, and moreover, that their masters and teachers of his time weren't often willing to change their dogmas in order to improve their effectiveness. Thus, Lee decided to develop a fighting philosophy with an emphasis on "practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency". This meant doing whatever you needed to in a situation of life or death, be it biting or eye-gouging etc.

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* CombatPragmatist: While all those the flashy moves he uses used in his films are a big part of his reputation, Lee actively cultivated an attitude based instead on this trope. He is popularly attributed the quote that a man with one year of training in wrestling and boxing would be able to defeat any martial artist with 15 years on his style. It's It is actually unknown if he ever made that exact claim, but on the other hand, it's it is very known that he believed it at a fundamental level: he took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were often too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting, and moreover, that their the masters and teachers of his time weren't often willing to change challenge their dogmas in order to test and improve their effectiveness. Thus, Lee decided to develop a fighting philosophy with an emphasis on "practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency". This meant doing whatever you needed to in a situation of life or death, be it biting or eye-gouging etc.



* DefeatMeansFriendship: According to Wrestling/GeneLeBell, he and Lee became friends when they were sparring in the set of a film and had a brief scuffle. Supposedly Gene, a former UsefulNotes/{{Judo}} champion, picked Bruce up in fireman's carry and ran with him around the set; Lee screamed him to put him down, but Gene refused, pointing out that Lee was going to take his revenge on him if he released him. Only after two minutes Lee managed to crawl off, and then they sat together and had a good laugh about the incident. While it is difficult to pin down as a straight defeat, it sparked Lee's interest in expanding his martial knowledge to grappling.

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: According to Wrestling/GeneLeBell, he and Lee became friends when they were had a brief scuffle while sparring in on the set of a film and had a brief scuffle. film. Supposedly Gene, a former UsefulNotes/{{Judo}} champion, picked Bruce up in fireman's carry over his shoulders and ran with carried him running around the set; Lee screamed him to put him down, but Gene refused, pointing out that Lee was going to take his revenge on him if he released him. Only after two minutes Lee managed to crawl off, and then they sat together and had a good laugh about the incident. While it is difficult to pin down as a straight defeat, it sparked Lee's interest in expanding his martial knowledge to grappling.



* WalkingShirtlessScene: In many of his movies, the only times his torso is fully covered is when he's in one of his disguises. This suggests that ''his chest is more distinctive identification than his face.''

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* WalkingShirtlessScene: In many of his movies, the only times his torso is fully covered is when he's in one of his disguises. This suggests that ''his his chest is more distinctive identification than his face.''
1st Dec '16 11:50:03 AM Xtifr
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'''''Bruce Lee''''' is the quintessential martial arts film star, particularly for action films set in contemporary times, and is widely considered the greatest martial artist of the 20th century.

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'''''Bruce Lee''''' Bruce Lee is the quintessential martial arts film star, particularly for action films set in contemporary times, and is widely considered the greatest martial artist of the 20th century.
25th Nov '16 11:42:50 AM Cieloazul
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Bruce Lee felt this way about those trained in Western martial arts: catch wrestling and boxing. He was known to have said several times that someone with one year training in both would be able to defeat any Eastern martial artist. This was one of the things that led him to develop Jeet Kune Do and was a prediction of mixed martial arts.



* CombatPragmatist:
** Lee made this a signature of his fight scenes by using his own fighting philosophy, Jeet Kune Do, as the basis for them.
** While all those flashy moves he uses in films are a big part of his reputation, Lee took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were often too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting. Lee decided to develop a system with an emphasis on "practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency". This meant doing whatever you needed to in a situation of life or death, be it biting or eye-gouging etc.

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* CombatPragmatist:
** Lee made this a signature of his fight scenes by using his own fighting philosophy, Jeet Kune Do, as the basis for them.
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CombatPragmatist: While all those flashy moves he uses in films are a big part of his reputation, Lee actively cultivated an attitude based on this trope. He is popularly attributed the quote that a man with one year training in wrestling and boxing would be able to defeat any martial artist with 15 years on his style. It's actually unknown if he ever made that exact claim, but on the other hand, it's very known that he believed it at a fundamental level: he took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were often too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting. fighting, and moreover, that their masters and teachers of his time weren't often willing to change their dogmas in order to improve their effectiveness. Thus, Lee decided to develop a system fighting philosophy with an emphasis on "practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency". This meant doing whatever you needed to in a situation of life or death, be it biting or eye-gouging etc.


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* DefeatMeansFriendship: According to Wrestling/GeneLeBell, he and Lee became friends when they were sparring in the set of a film and had a brief scuffle. Supposedly Gene, a former UsefulNotes/{{Judo}} champion, picked Bruce up in fireman's carry and ran with him around the set; Lee screamed him to put him down, but Gene refused, pointing out that Lee was going to take his revenge on him if he released him. Only after two minutes Lee managed to crawl off, and then they sat together and had a good laugh about the incident. While it is difficult to pin down as a straight defeat, it sparked Lee's interest in expanding his martial knowledge to grappling.


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* HiddenDepths: Aside from his kicks and punches, he loved grappling, and even trained extensively in judo. However, he never went for it in movies or TV because he knew people wouldn't understand the holds and would consider the action boring.
12th Nov '16 4:37:51 PM nombretomado
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* TypeCasting: Lee all but became the Asian version of JohnWayne.

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* TypeCasting: Lee all but became the Asian version of JohnWayne.Creator/JohnWayne.
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