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8th Jun '18 7:01:34 AM Wuz
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It should be noted that 'Chinese Mafia' is both an oversimplification and misconception of Triads and Tongs, as neither have that much presence in China itself. Triads have some influence in certain regions of China, but operate most extensively outside of mainland China, as Mao's regime dismantled traditional secret societies during the Cultural Revolution, and the Tongs are largely a western phenomenon. Within the actual People's Republic of China there are criminal outfits called Black Societies, [[TheSyndicate which wield significant but subtle political power and clout with local law enforcement]], and Dark Forces, which are [[GangBangers less organized, less powerful]] gangs. Essentially, Triads are ethnically Chinese criminal societies [[RuthlessForeignGangsters abroad]].[[note]]Most prominently in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, with heavy presence in Southeast Asia, though they also have minor footholds in Japan, Korea, Russia, Australia, Europe, Hawaii and, thanks to Chinatowns and the Tongs, continental USA and Canada.[[/note]]

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It should be noted that 'Chinese Mafia' is both an oversimplification and misconception of Triads and Tongs, as neither have that much presence in China itself. Triads have some influence in certain regions of China, but operate most extensively outside of mainland China, as Mao's regime dismantled traditional secret societies during the Cultural Revolution, and the Tongs are largely a western phenomenon. Within the actual People's Republic of China there are criminal outfits called Black Societies, [[TheSyndicate which wield significant but subtle political power and clout with local law enforcement]], and Dark Forces, which are [[GangBangers less organized, less powerful]] gangs.gangs (both terms being awkward translations of weird Chinese terms), neither having any relationship to traditional Chinese mysticism. Essentially, Triads are ethnically Chinese criminal societies [[RuthlessForeignGangsters abroad]].[[note]]Most prominently in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, with heavy presence in Southeast Asia, though they also have minor footholds in Japan, Korea, Russia, Australia, Europe, Hawaii and, thanks to Chinatowns and the Tongs, continental USA and Canada.[[/note]]
10th May '18 8:52:03 PM AHI-3000
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* In the ''{{Series/Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever", [[DefectiveDetective Adrian Monk]] accidentally stumbles upon a gangland murder in San Francisco's Chinatown district. This forces Monk to seek federal witness protection by hiding in a remote cabin in the woods. Meanwhile, Monk's cop friend [[TheDitz Randy Disher]] is dating a [[FemmeFatale pretty woman]] [[DragonLady of Chinese descent]], [[TheMole who's secretly aligned with the local Triad]] [[HoneyPot and tricks Randy into leading her gangster friends to Monk's hideout]]. This results in a shootout between the Triad hitmen and law enforcement.

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* In the ''{{Series/Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever", [[DefectiveDetective Adrian Monk]] accidentally stumbles upon a gangland murder in San Francisco's Chinatown district. This forces Monk to seek federal witness protection {{witness protection}} by hiding in a remote cabin in the woods. Meanwhile, Monk's cop friend [[TheDitz Randy Disher]] is dating a [[FemmeFatale pretty woman]] [[DragonLady of Chinese descent]], [[TheMole who's secretly aligned with the local Triad]] [[HoneyPot and tricks Randy into leading her gangster friends to Monk's hideout]]. This results in a shootout between the Triad hitmen and law enforcement.
12th Mar '18 10:51:31 AM BeerBaron
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* The Dark Elf mafia in Franchise/TheElderScrolls is called Camonna ''Tong''. The (legal) assassins' guild is the Morag Tong -- both of these come from Tong being Dunmer for 'Guild' (Morag means 'Forester'. What Camonna means was never explained).

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* The Dark Elf mafia in Franchise/TheElderScrolls is called In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the Camonna ''Tong''. The (legal) assassins' guild ''Tong'' is essentially the native Dunmeri (Dark Elf) {{Mafia}}, with elements of TheSyndicate. Into the early 4th Era, they essentially run Morrowind's smuggling, drug, and illegal slave trade operations. There is also the Morag Tong -- both Tong, a legal (at least in Morrowind) [[MurderInc assassin's guild]] that is officially sanctioned by the Dunmeri government as an alternative to [[AllowedInternalWar destructive open warfare]] between the [[TheClan Great Houses]]. Both of these come from Tong being Dunmer Dunmeri for 'Guild' (Morag means 'Forester'. What Camonna means was never explained).
8th Mar '18 6:33:24 PM Malady
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* In ''TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'' the Triad was your introductory set of mooks. In ''TrueCrimeNewYorkCity'', the Shadow Tong was a more intermediate set.

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* In ''TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'' ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'' the Triad was your introductory set of mooks. In ''TrueCrimeNewYorkCity'', ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeNewYorkCity'', the Shadow Tong was a more intermediate set.
21st Feb '18 5:07:06 PM intastiel
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* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', the Tong are a major presence in Los Angeles' Chinatown, thanks to [[spoiler:the ChineseVampire Ming Xiao backing them to destabilize the area and allow her Kuei-Jin faction to gain a foothold]]. The player character has to rescue a powerful businessman's kidnapped daughter from the Tong and later gives a Tong leader a hard lesson about MuggingTheMonster.
18th Feb '18 12:30:49 AM Meshakhad
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* The "Slingshot" DLC for ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' introduces Shaojie Zhang, a former member of the Triads who defects to XCOM after acquiring a dangerous piece of alien technology.
* In ''GameMode/{{Kaiserreich}}'', the Triads have become very influential in the Legation Cities, and part of their focus tree involves dealing with the Triads. Alternatively, the player may choose to have the Triads launch a coup and outright ''take over'' the Legation Cities, making the Triads a nation-state in their own right.
31st Jan '18 8:17:18 PM AHI-3000
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch", [[DarkActionGirl Luna]] recalls through a {{flashback}} that the first of her [[DomesticAbuse abusive boyfriends]] was a Hong Kong mob boss named Kenny Wu.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch", [[DarkActionGirl Luna]] recalls through a {{flashback}} that the first of her [[DomesticAbuse abusive boyfriends]] was a Hong Kong mob boss mobster named [[TheDon Kenny Wu.Wu]]. Aside from being a criminal, Kenny clearly wasn't a nice guy; for example, [[DisproportionateRetribution he angrily slapped her just for]] [[SeriousBusiness undercooking a piece of chicken that came out too cold]].
21st Jan '18 5:27:26 AM TheLyniezian
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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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* 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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19th Jan '18 1:58:44 PM AHI-3000
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* Lao Che and his henchmen in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.

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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' opens with Franchise/IndianaJones confronting a Shanghai mobster named [[TheDon Lao Che Che]] and his henchmen henchmen. Indy tries to bargain with Lao for the ashes of a [[ImperialChina Qing dynasty emperor]], only to be double-crossed when the gangster poisons Indy and offers an antidote in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.exchange. Naturally, a fight ensues in Lao Che's nightclub.



* In the ''{{Series/Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever", [[DefectiveDetective Adrian Monk]] accidentally stumbles upon a gangland murder in San Francisco's Chinatown district. This forces Monk to seek federal witness protection by hiding in a remote cabin in the woods. Meanwhile, Monk's cop friend [[TheDitz Randy Disher]] is dating a [[FemmeFatale pretty woman]] [[DragonLady of Chinese descent]], [[TheMole who's secretly aligned with the local Triad]] [[HoneyPot and tricks Randy into leading her gangster friends to Monk's hideout]]. This results in a shootout between the Triad hitmen and law enforcement.

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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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* 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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14th Dec '17 5:44:30 AM Chabal2
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* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' mentions Tongs being present in the town but they have yet to appear in the series.

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* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' mentions Tongs being present in the town (Miho once needed saving from a bunch of Tongs) but they have yet to appear in the series.
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