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29th Jun '16 12:00:47 PM JamesAustin
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->''Triads had existed in China for centuries and were the most misunderstood, most complex, and most dangerous criminal organizations to infect the modern world. Chinese Triads made the Sicilian Mafia look amateurish.''

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->''Triads ->''"Triads had existed in China for centuries and were the most misunderstood, most complex, and most dangerous criminal organizations to infect the modern world. Chinese Triads made the Sicilian Mafia look amateurish.''"''



Subject of a thousand [[HongKongFilms Hong Kong movies]] and a recurrent trope in Western YellowPeril stories, the Triads started life as a Ming-restorationist Secret Society during the 1760s. There was a precedent for this sort of thing working, given the ''Red Turban'' society and rebellion which fractured the Yuan Empire and allowed the Ming to conquer China in the late 14th century, though said society's original intent had actually been to restore the Song Empire. Accordingly the Triads were associated with the colour red and the name 'Hong' because it was part of the first Ming Emperor's reign name (Hongwu, lit. 'superlative martial accomplishment) and the name of one of the society's founders. From the beginning they created an official mythology which claimed that had actually been created during the Ming-Qing wars of the 17th century, after the burning of the southern Shaolin temple, by five survivors of the battle. Some even claimed that one of them was Jee Sin, who was the master of the 5 Elders of Southern Chinese kung fu. After contributing to the fall of the Qing Empire in the 1911 revolution, without resurrecting the Ming (as had been their original intention), the Triads now found themselves without a purpose and there was a split between the Mainland and overseas branches. The Mainland group is what we now commonly refer to as the Triads, while the overseas group became known as the Hongmen. The mainland Triads now turned to crime as they were unable to reenter normal society. After the Communist takeover, many Triad members moved to Hong Kong and Taiwan to escape new measures against organized crime. Hong Kong's Triad problems peaked in the 1970s, helped by police corruption.

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Subject of a thousand [[HongKongFilms Hong Kong movies]] HongKongFilms and a recurrent trope in Western YellowPeril stories, the Triads started life as a Ming-restorationist Secret Society during the 1760s. There was a precedent for this sort of thing working, given the ''Red Turban'' society and rebellion which fractured the Yuan Empire and allowed the Ming to conquer China in the late 14th century, though said society's original intent had actually been to restore the Song Empire. Accordingly the Triads were associated with the colour red and the name 'Hong' because it was part of the first Ming Emperor's reign name (Hongwu, lit. 'superlative martial accomplishment) and the name of one of the society's founders. From the beginning they created an official mythology which claimed that had actually been created during the Ming-Qing wars of the 17th century, after the burning of the southern Shaolin temple, by five survivors of the battle. Some even claimed that one of them was Jee Sin, who was the master of the 5 Elders of Southern Chinese kung fu. After contributing to the fall of the Qing Empire in the 1911 revolution, without resurrecting the Ming (as had been their original intention), the Triads now found themselves without a purpose and there was a split between the Mainland and overseas branches. The Mainland group is what we now commonly refer to as the Triads, while the overseas group became known as the Hongmen. The mainland Triads now turned to crime as they were unable to reenter normal society. After the Communist takeover, many Triad members moved to Hong Kong and Taiwan to escape new measures against organized crime. Hong Kong's Triad problems peaked in the 1970s, helped by police corruption.
27th Jun '16 11:40:56 AM Dravencour
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* In Creator/MayuShinjo's ''Manga/HaouAiren'', an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent named Kurumi Akino saves the life of a handsome stranger and nurses him back to health. It turns out he's Uon Hakuron (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Li Shen Wong]]), a dangerous and sexy Triad leader, and few after said incident she's kidnapped from school and taken to Hong Kong...

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* In Creator/MayuShinjo's ''Manga/HaouAiren'', an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent named Kurumi Akino saves the life of a handsome stranger and nurses him back to health. It turns out he's Uon Hakuron (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Li Shen Wong]]), a dangerous and sexy Triad leader, and few soon after said incident she's kidnapped from school and taken to Hong Kong...Kong. Did we mention Mayu Shinjo has a thing for {{Bastard Boyfriend}}s?
18th Jun '16 12:56:37 AM jormis29
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* The main villains of ''Film/LethalWeapon4''. Their leader, Wah Sing Ku (played by Creator/JetLi), seeks to free the real founders of the Triads, the Four Fathers, with the use of counterfeit money.

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* The main villains of ''Film/LethalWeapon4''. Their leader, Wah Sing Ku (played by Creator/JetLi), seeks to free the real founders of the Triads, the Four Fathers, with the use of counterfeit money.CounterfeitCash.
16th Jun '16 7:33:50 AM Odacon_Spy
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* Naturally present in the Chinatown level of ''VideoGame/DeadToRights''. They turn up again in the 2010 reboot, though for some reason most of them, including their boss, have a MonsterClown motif as well.

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* Naturally present in the Chinatown level of ''VideoGame/DeadToRights''. They turn up again in return for the 2010 reboot, though for some reason most of them, including their boss, have a MonsterClown motif as well.
31st May '16 7:08:33 PM contrafanxxx
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%%* The main villains of ''Film/LethalWeapon4''.

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%%* * The main villains of ''Film/LethalWeapon4''.''Film/LethalWeapon4''. Their leader, Wah Sing Ku (played by Creator/JetLi), seeks to free the real founders of the Triads, the Four Fathers, with the use of counterfeit money.
27th May '16 4:31:48 AM erforce
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* ''Film/InfernalAffairs'' and its sequels. The first film was remade into ''TheDeparted'', with the Triads replaced with TheIrishMob.

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* ''Film/InfernalAffairs'' and its sequels. The first film was remade into ''TheDeparted'', ''Film/TheDeparted'', with the Triads replaced with TheIrishMob.



* Featured in ''Film/FromParisWithLove''.

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* %%* Featured in ''Film/FromParisWithLove''.



* The main villains of ''Film/LethalWeapon4''.

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* %%* The main villains of ''Film/LethalWeapon4''.
26th May '16 7:25:44 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''ComicBook/TheCouriers'', Special was previously a minion of the NYC Triad gangster Johnny Funwrecker, whose downfall at her hands is presented in the final graphic novel of the series, "The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker".

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* In ''ComicBook/TheCouriers'', Special was previously a minion of the NYC Triad gangster Johnny Funwrecker, whose downfall at her hands is presented in the final graphic novel of the series, "The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker". Additionally, the second novel features Triad thugs working for a corrupt People's Liberation Army officer.
26th May '16 7:24:25 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''ComicBook/TheCouriers'', Special was previously a minion of the NYC Triad gangster Johnny Funwrecker, whose downfall at her hands is presented in the final graphic novel of the series, "The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker".
14th May '16 11:22:20 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10092339/1/Ranma-Saotome-Chi-Master Ranma Saotome, Chi Master]] has a dangerous Triad leader named Qiáng Wang as a major antagonist.

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* [[https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10092339/1/Ranma-Saotome-Chi-Master Ranma Saotome, Chi Master]] Master]]'' has a dangerous Triad leader named Qiáng Wang as a major antagonist.
14th May '16 11:19:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10092339/1/Ranma-Saotome-Chi-Master Ranma Saotome, Chi Master]] has a dangerous Triad leader named Qiáng Wang as a major antagonist.
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