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22nd Sep '16 10:38:03 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''Film/ABetterTomorrow''. Mark Gor (Big Brother Mark) inspired a generation of Chinese kids to walk around in dusters and sunglasses while chewing on toothpicks. Mark Gor (and every "criminal" that Chow Yun-Fat played afterwards) is a romantic in a cynical world, who steadfastly holds onto notions of brotherhood and honor, and would gladly lay down his life to [[PapaWolf protect innocent women and children]].

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* ''Film/ABetterTomorrow''. Mark Gor (Big Brother Mark) inspired a generation of Chinese kids to walk around in dusters and sunglasses while chewing on toothpicks. Mark Gor (and every "criminal" that Chow Yun-Fat Creator/ChowYunFat played afterwards) is a romantic in a cynical world, who steadfastly holds onto notions of brotherhood and honor, and would gladly lay down his life to [[PapaWolf protect innocent women and children]].



%%* ''Shanghai Triad'' by Zhang Yimou.

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%%* * ''Shanghai Triad'' by Zhang Yimou.



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

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%%* * Featured in ''Film/FromParisWithLove''.
13th Sep '16 10:28:25 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has the Triple Threat Triad and rival gangs the Agni Kais and Red Monsoons, groups of bending criminals with a large amount of influence in the poorer areas of Republic City.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has the Triple Threat Triad and rival gangs the Agni Kais and Red Monsoons, groups of bending criminals that mix traditional Triad elements and imagery with that of 1920's American mobsters. Most of the focus is on the Triple Treat Triad, which accepts members of all three main bending disciplines, but we've also seen the Agni Kai Triad (firebenders), the Red Monsoon Triad (waterbenders) and the Terra Triad (earthbenders). These gangs have a large amount of influence in the poorer areas of Republic City.
23rd Aug '16 8:31:24 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* In ''Wrestling/LuchaUnderground'', the enigmatic [[FemmeFatale Black Lotus]] is apparently the daughter of the leaders of the Black Lotus Triad, out for revenge on her parents' murderer, although whether the triad was wiped out by a rival mercenary group or a [[WrestlingMonster enormous insane luchador possessed by the Aztec gods]] is still uncertain.
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21st Aug '16 12:30:24 PM nombretomado
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* The Martian Triads are one of the major inner-system crime organisations in the ''{{GURPS}} TranshumanSpace'' setting. While they do the usual organised crime stuff (loansharking, smuggling, protection), the bulk of their income comes from selling restricted and illegal [[ArtificialHuman bioroids]], and they're known to have at least one EvilutionaryBiologist on staff.
** EclipsePhase also has Space Triads, mostly based on the Moon and on non-planetary habitats. They're notable as the only criminal organization that remained racially homogeneous after the Fall, as other groups had to merge when their ranks were decimated. They specialize in stealing and trading "forks," copies of a person's mind.

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* The Martian Triads are one of the major inner-system crime organisations in the ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TranshumanSpace'' setting. While they do the usual organised crime stuff (loansharking, smuggling, protection), the bulk of their income comes from selling restricted and illegal [[ArtificialHuman bioroids]], and they're known to have at least one EvilutionaryBiologist on staff.
** EclipsePhase also has Space Triads, mostly based on the Moon and on non-planetary habitats. They're notable as the only criminal organization that remained racially homogeneous after the Fall, as other groups had to merge when their ranks were decimated. They specialize in stealing and trading "forks," copies of a person's mind.
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* In ''EclipsePhase'' a few Triads are essentially the only ethnic syndicates to survive the Fall thanks to China's significant presence on Mars beforehand. The few survivors of the Mafia and Yakuza and Cartels coalesced into the Night Cartel.

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* In ''EclipsePhase'' ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' a few Triads are essentially the only ethnic syndicates to survive the Fall thanks to China's significant presence on Mars beforehand. The few survivors of the Mafia and Yakuza and Cartels coalesced into the Night Cartel.
16th Aug '16 10:23:00 PM wolftickets1969
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* ''VideoGame/PerfectDarkZero'''s first few levels pit you against a Triad gang led by Killian.
10th Aug '16 9:54:48 PM PaulA
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* The Triads in Hong Kong are a persistent thorn in Dirk Struan's side in James Clavell's ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Tai-Pan.]]'' Unknown to him, several Chinese characters are members, including [[spoiler: his illegitimate son.]]

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* The Triads in Hong Kong are a persistent thorn in Dirk Struan's side in James Clavell's ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Tai-Pan.]]'' ''Literature/TaiPan''. Unknown to him, several Chinese characters are members, including [[spoiler: his illegitimate son.]]son]].
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.
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