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24th Mar '17 10:39:05 PM CosmicFerret
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* Spoofed in ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', where Fogg asks for help from a stereotypical looking old Chinese man in loud pidgin English. The man turns out to speak English perfectly.

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* Spoofed in ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays2004'', where Fogg asks for help from a stereotypical looking old Chinese man in loud pidgin English. The man turns out to speak English perfectly.
1st Mar '17 8:54:07 AM Nepeta
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[[caption-width-right:350:Japan: So inscrutable that he can't even ''[[PerpetualFrowner smile]]''.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Japan: [[caption-width-right:350:[[InvokedTrope Japan]]: So inscrutable that he can't even ''[[PerpetualFrowner smile]]''.]]
14th Feb '17 1:10:18 AM FordPrefect
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Throughout the years, people from East Asia have been depicted in European media as being more reserved and stoic than Europeans. This comes from the perceptions of European merchants, soldiers, and officials unable or simply unwilling to appreciate the astonishingly diverse social customs of a region of many million square kilmetres and more than 300 million people (from the 17th century onward). Faced with a continent ''even more heterogenous'' than their own, they more-or-less gave up on trying to figure out what [[PlanetOfHats each region's 'hat' was]] and simply wrote them all off as 'inscrutable' or mysterious/unreadable.

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Throughout the years, people from East Asia have been depicted in European media as being more reserved and stoic than Europeans. This comes from the perceptions of European merchants, soldiers, and officials unable or simply unwilling to appreciate the astonishingly diverse social customs of a region of many million square kilmetres kilometres and more than 300 million people (from the 17th century onward). Faced with a continent ''even more heterogenous'' than their own, they more-or-less gave up on trying to figure out what [[PlanetOfHats each region's 'hat' was]] and simply wrote them all off as 'inscrutable' or mysterious/unreadable.
7th Jan '17 9:43:06 PM eowynjedi
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* The series bible for ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' explicitly describes Sulu as being the total opposite of this.

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* The series bible for ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' explicitly describes Sulu as being the total opposite of this. (This got a nod in the animated show; see below.)




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* Occasionally played with on ''Series/BarneyMiller'' with Detective Nick Yemana, who was pretty scrutable but also a world-class DeadpanSnarker. A blind man who claimed he could perceive character described him as calm, stoic, and in-control... that or Japanese. And when Dietrich expressed admiration of the stoic Japanese attitude towards death, Nick whispered to another detective that he personally planned to go out kicking and screaming.



-->'''Sulu:''' I don't know, sir. It isn't just physical, you know. You have to be... inscrutable.

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-->'''Sulu:''' I don't know, sir. It isn't just physical, you know. You have to be... inscrutable. [winks]
24th Dec '16 12:14:19 PM nombretomado
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* Spoofed in ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', where Fogg asks for help from a stereotypical looking old Chinese man in loud pidgin English. The man turns out to speak English perfectly.

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* Spoofed in ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', where Fogg asks for help from a stereotypical looking old Chinese man in loud pidgin English. The man turns out to speak English perfectly.
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.
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