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25th Oct '16 8:14:34 PM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', during an exchange between Kirk and Sulu. Incidentally, this episode was written by WalterKoenig, who played Chekov on [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]] and was friends with GeorgeTakei in real life:

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* Lampshaded on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', during an exchange between Kirk and Sulu. Incidentally, this episode was written by WalterKoenig, who played Chekov on [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]] and was friends with GeorgeTakei Creator/GeorgeTakei in real life:
1st Oct '16 12:59:52 PM SLOOGOVS
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* Mocked in a strip of the Italian comic ''Sturmtruppen'' where a crossdressing spy is ordered to escort the Japanese ally to another base, and affirms that "Nothing can surprise these inscrutable orientals". Cue to the Japanese ally trying to hump him.

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* Mocked in a strip of the Italian comic ''Sturmtruppen'' ''ComicBook/{{Sturmtruppen}}'' where a crossdressing spy is ordered to escort the Japanese ally to another base, and affirms that "Nothing can surprise these inscrutable orientals". Cue to the Japanese ally trying to hump him.



* Mr. Miyagi from ''TheKarateKid'' appears to be this at first. As we (and Daniel) get to know him we learn this couldn't be further from the truth.

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* Mr. Miyagi from ''TheKarateKid'' ''Film/TheKarateKid'' appears to be this at first. As we (and Daniel) get to know him we learn this couldn't be further from the truth.



* Subverted (and how!) by every role [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sessue_Hayakawa Sessue Hayakawa]] ever played. One of his greatest roles was [[TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai a man who was doing his best to appear impassive and inscrutable]] -- but [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain wasn't]].

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* Subverted (and how!) by every role [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sessue_Hayakawa Sessue Hayakawa]] ever played. One of his greatest roles was [[TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai [[Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai a man who was doing his best to appear impassive and inscrutable]] -- but [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain wasn't]].



* In ''TheWatchmakerOfFiligreeStreet,'' Mori (the titular watchmaker) plays this trope largely straight.

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* In ''TheWatchmakerOfFiligreeStreet,'' ''Literature/TheWatchmakerOfFiligreeStreet,'' Mori (the titular watchmaker) plays this trope largely straight.
21st Jun '16 4:57:53 AM JamesAustin
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* Averted on ''[[Series/FlashForward2009 Flash Forward]]'', in which JohnCho played the more HotBlooded, emotional and temper-prone half of a [[RedOniBlueOni pair of FBI partners]]. In fact, JohnCho has pretty much made a career out of averting this stereotype (see ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', above).

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* Averted on ''[[Series/FlashForward2009 Flash Forward]]'', ''Series/{{FlashForward|2009}}'', in which JohnCho Creator/JohnCho played the more HotBlooded, emotional and temper-prone half of a [[RedOniBlueOni pair of FBI partners]]. In fact, JohnCho John Cho has pretty much made a career out of averting this stereotype (see ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', above).
4th Jun '16 6:08:51 AM wuzzle22
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* Shen Yu in ''EvilGenius'' is described as "inscrutable", which is not surprising as he's a take on FuManchu.

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* Shen Yu in ''EvilGenius'' ''Videogame/EvilGenius'' is described as "inscrutable", which is not surprising as he's a take on FuManchu.
12th Mar '16 2:51:07 PM GrammarNavi
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* ''ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'' features a ChineseLaunderer character who's stereotypical in other ways, but it actually calls out this trope. The young heroine sees the Chinese man as a wise mystic and assumes he's listening thoughtfully when she talks to him, when in reality he doesn't speak English and is just waiting for her to leave.

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* ''ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'' ''Literature/ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'' features a ChineseLaunderer character who's stereotypical in other ways, but it actually calls out this trope. The young heroine sees the Chinese man as a wise mystic and assumes he's listening thoughtfully when she talks to him, when in reality he doesn't speak English and is just waiting for her to leave.
13th Jan '16 5:59:05 PM phoenix
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* In ''TheWestingGame'', Mrs. Hoo is seen this way at first, but it soon becomes obvious that it's solely a language barrier.

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* In ''TheWestingGame'', ''Literature/TheWestingGame'', Mrs. Hoo is seen this way at first, but it soon becomes obvious that it's solely a language barrier.
1st Jan '16 11:21:51 AM nombretomado
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* Agent Kimball Cho on ''TheMentalist'' is the deadest of the [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarkers]] and most definitely TheStoic. However, he's also willing to go CowboyCop and NotSoStoic when the situation calls for it.
* Averted on ''[[FlashForward2009 Flash Forward]]'', in which JohnCho played the more HotBlooded, emotional and temper-prone half of a [[RedOniBlueOni pair of FBI partners]]. In fact, JohnCho has pretty much made a career out of averting this stereotype (see ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', above).

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* Agent Kimball Cho on ''TheMentalist'' ''Series/TheMentalist'' is the deadest of the [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarkers]] and most definitely TheStoic. However, he's also willing to go CowboyCop and NotSoStoic when the situation calls for it.
* Averted on ''[[FlashForward2009 ''[[Series/FlashForward2009 Flash Forward]]'', in which JohnCho played the more HotBlooded, emotional and temper-prone half of a [[RedOniBlueOni pair of FBI partners]]. In fact, JohnCho has pretty much made a career out of averting this stereotype (see ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', above).
11th Dec '15 12:09:46 PM SirSapphire
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* Mr. Miyagi from ''TheKarateKid''.

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* Mr. Miyagi from ''TheKarateKid''.''TheKarateKid'' appears to be this at first. As we (and Daniel) get to know him we learn this couldn't be further from the truth.
14th Nov '15 11:23:54 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Taki from ''[[HyakujitsuNoBara Maiden Rose]]'', although done rather interestingly so that he has his [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]] moments while at a foreign military academy and then suddenly switches to "inscrutable" mode upon returning home, only to confuse the hell out of Klaus who goes with him.

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* Taki from ''[[HyakujitsuNoBara ''[[Manga/MaidenRose Maiden Rose]]'', although done rather interestingly so that he has his [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]] moments while at a foreign military academy and then suddenly switches to "inscrutable" mode upon returning home, only to confuse the hell out of Klaus who goes with him.
11th Oct '15 11:52:16 AM ragnarok235
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* Chairman Shen-Ji Yang of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. He's like Mao Zedong meets Nietzsche meets Confucius. Your GreyAndGrayMorality may vary.
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