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15th May '17 12:52:36 PM CaptainTedium
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* The ''ComicBook/{{Madballs}}'' comic book published by defunct Creator/MarvelComics subsidiary Star Comics featured a Chinese villainess named Maiden Hong Kong, who made her debut in the sixth issue attempting to coerce Chin's father into only making fortune cookies with nasty fortunes inside them.
15th May '17 9:28:37 AM Bahuvrihi
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* The Dragonman (Joey Forman, who also played CharlieChan {{Expy}} "Harry Hoo" on ''Series/GetSmart'') in ''TheMonkees''' episode, "Monkee Chow Mein."

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* The Dragonman (Joey Forman, who also played CharlieChan {{Expy}} "Harry Hoo" on ''Series/GetSmart'') in ''TheMonkees''' ''Series/TheMonkees'' episode, "Monkee Chow Mein."
13th May '17 10:38:34 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/AlanMoore's comic series ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' concluded with a war between "The Doctor", who is clearly meant to be FuManchu[[note]]but is never named, as that character is still under copyright[[/note]], and [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Professor James Moriarty]]. It also reflected the times by having a lot of dialogue and depictions of London's chinatown in ways that [[DeliberateValuesDissonance we would consider massively racist now]].

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* Creator/AlanMoore's comic series ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' concluded with a war between "The Doctor", who is clearly meant to be FuManchu[[note]]but Literature/FuManchu[[note]]but is never named, as that character is still under copyright[[/note]], and [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Professor James Moriarty]]. It also reflected the times by having a lot of dialogue and depictions of London's chinatown in ways that [[DeliberateValuesDissonance we would consider massively racist now]].



* ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' had Franchise/FuManchu in the RealTrailerFakeMovie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQifXaOboMU Werewolf Women Of The SS]]... [[spoiler: played by [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Nicolas Cage]]!]]

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* ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' had Franchise/FuManchu Literature/FuManchu in the RealTrailerFakeMovie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQifXaOboMU Werewolf Women Of The SS]]... [[spoiler: played by [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Nicolas Cage]]!]]



* Franchise/FuManchu, of the original short story and novel series by Sax Rohmer and their many, many adaptations, is perhaps the classic example. From the same source, Fah Lo Suee embodies the "beautiful-but-at-least-as-evil-as-he" version of the evil mastermind's daughter. Though he is not the first example of Yellow Peril caricatures of Asians, his cultural influence makes him the TropeCodifier.

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* Franchise/FuManchu, Literature/FuManchu, of the original short story and novel series by Sax Rohmer and their many, many adaptations, is perhaps the classic example. From the same source, Fah Lo Suee embodies the "beautiful-but-at-least-as-evil-as-he" version of the evil mastermind's daughter. Though he is not the first example of Yellow Peril caricatures of Asians, his cultural influence makes him the TropeCodifier.



* In ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'', one of the {{Diabolical Mastermind}}s the player can choose to play is Shen Yu, who looks like FuManchu and was formerly a triple agent spying on both [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs The Triads]] and the local HeroesRUs for each other. Now, he seeks to TakeOverTheWorld for himself.

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* In ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'', one of the {{Diabolical Mastermind}}s the player can choose to play is Shen Yu, who looks like FuManchu Literature/FuManchu and was formerly a triple agent spying on both [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs The Triads]] and the local HeroesRUs for each other. Now, he seeks to TakeOverTheWorld for himself.
9th May '17 12:10:58 AM Golondrina
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** The 90s TV series tried to avert this by revealing that he was Caucasian before he got exposed to the power rings and his appearance changed. To ''green.''

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** The 90s TV series tried to avert this by revealing that he was Caucasian white before he got exposed to the power rings and his appearance changed. To ''green.''



** The Mandarin is played by Creator/BenKingsley (who is half-white and half-Indian) in ''Film/IronMan3''. Purportedly, a non-Chinese actor was deliberately cast due to the film receiving [[BannedInChina funding and cooperation from Chinese backers]]. And in the movie itself, [[spoiler: it turns out he was a deliberate invocation of this trope -- the Mandarin is actually an actor and a DecoyLeader to disguise the real BigBad, who is both American and Caucasian, and people bought the story since he fit with the archetype of an anti-American terrorist. ''All Hail the King'' reveals the real Mandarin is still out there, but we've no idea what he looks like yet]].

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** The Mandarin is played by Creator/BenKingsley (who is half-white and half-Indian) in ''Film/IronMan3''. Purportedly, a non-Chinese actor was deliberately cast due to the film receiving [[BannedInChina funding and cooperation from Chinese backers]]. And in the movie itself, [[spoiler: it turns out he was a deliberate invocation of this trope -- the Mandarin is actually an actor and a DecoyLeader to disguise the real BigBad, who is both American and Caucasian, white, and people bought the story since he fit with the archetype of an anti-American terrorist. ''All Hail the King'' reveals the real Mandarin is still out there, but we've no idea what he looks like yet]].



* The first of Edgar P. Jacobs' ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'' stories, ''Secret of the Swordfish'', pits the heroes against the world-conquering, Asian-supremacist [[TheEmpire "Yellow Empire"]] (in the original french-language version, the Empire was specifically and explicitely... ''Tibet''). However, the trope is subverted, as the [[TheHeavy primary villain]] in the story is the Caucasian Colonel Olrik and the BigBad, Emperor Basam Damdu, is less mysterious Oriental, and more Hitler-esque, megalomaniac madman.

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* The first of Edgar P. Jacobs' ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'' stories, ''Secret of the Swordfish'', pits the heroes against the world-conquering, Asian-supremacist [[TheEmpire "Yellow Empire"]] (in the original french-language version, the Empire was specifically and explicitely... ''Tibet''). However, the trope is subverted, as the [[TheHeavy primary villain]] in the story is the Caucasian white Colonel Olrik and the BigBad, Emperor Basam Damdu, is less mysterious Oriental, and more Hitler-esque, megalomaniac madman.



* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' changes Ra's al Ghul from his comic book portrayal. Some of the Yellow Peril aspects are played more straight this time (his headquarters are in China this time, and Ra's is Chinese or Japanese) while others are messed with (he and his followers lack supernatural powers, but use tricks to make enemies think they do, and [[spoiler:he's actually a Caucasian with an Asian decoy)]].

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* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' changes Ra's al Ghul from his comic book portrayal. Some of the Yellow Peril aspects are played more straight this time (his headquarters are in China this time, and Ra's is Chinese or Japanese) while others are messed with (he and his followers lack supernatural powers, but use tricks to make enemies think they do, and [[spoiler:he's actually a Caucasian white with an Asian decoy)]].



* Ah Ling in the Literature/SallyLockhart novels is half-Dutch, and ''looks'' Caucasian, but is otherwise a fairly standard example of the trope.

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* Ah Ling in the Literature/SallyLockhart novels is half-Dutch, and ''looks'' Caucasian, white, but is otherwise a fairly standard example of the trope.



* The Chinese crime lord Soo Choy in ''Series/TheNewAvengers'' episode "Trap", who wears traditional Chinese robes and a Mandarin cap and generally comes across as a poor man's Fu Manchu. Not helped by being played by a Caucasian in obvious YellowFace.

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* The Chinese crime lord Soo Choy in ''Series/TheNewAvengers'' episode "Trap", who wears traditional Chinese robes and a Mandarin cap and generally comes across as a poor man's Fu Manchu. Not helped by being played by a Caucasian white actor in obvious YellowFace.
25th Apr '17 12:32:18 PM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', while set in a fantasy world, have this trope in effect in regards to the continent of [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]]. Akavir, per in-game sources, is a mishmash of Chinese (Ka Po' Tun), Japanese (Tsaesci), and less prominent Indian (Tang Mo) and Mongol (Kamal) {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s. In the backstory, some of the Akaviri races have attempted to invade Tamriel (with a heavy European basis and where all of the games to date in the series have taken place) several times, but have always been defeated. Because of the past invasions, the citizens have Tamriel have some very Yellow Peril inspired beliefs about Akavir.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', while set in a fantasy world, have this trope in effect in regards to the continent of [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]]. Akavir, per in-game sources, is a mishmash of Chinese (Ka Po' Tun), Japanese (Tsaesci), and less prominent Indian (Tang Mo) and Mongol (Kamal) {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s. In the backstory, some of the Akaviri races have attempted to invade Tamriel (with (a continent with a heavy European basis and where all of the games to date in the series have taken place) several times, but have always been defeated. Because of the past invasions, the citizens have Tamriel have some very Yellow Peril inspired beliefs about Akavir.
25th Apr '17 12:31:25 PM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', while set in a fantasy world, have this trope in effect in regards to the continent of [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]]. Akavir, per in-game sources, is a mishmash of Chinese (Ka Po' Tun), Japanese (Tsaesci), and less prominent Indian (Tang Mo) and Mongol (Kamal) {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s. In the backstory, some of the Akaviri races have attempted to invade Tamriel (with a heavy European basis and where all of the games to date in the series have taken place) several times, but have always been defeated. Because of the past invasions, the citizens have Tamriel have some very Yellow Peril inspired beliefs about Akavir.
22nd Apr '17 6:27:11 PM name_already_chosen
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* Ming the Merciless from the 1934 ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' comic strip was written and drawn as Fu Manchu {{IN SPACE}}, right down to the scheming daughter. (He's not named "Ming" by accident.) The [[Film/FlashGordonSerial early serials]] and [[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon1979 Filmation animated version]] continued this portrayal. The [[Film/FlashGordon1980 1980 movie]] cast Creator/MaxVonSydow, a Swedish actor, in the role, and the [[Series/FlashGordon2007 2007 TV series]] dropped 'the Merciless' from his name and turned him into a blond guy.

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* Ming the Merciless from the 1934 ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' comic strip was written and drawn as Fu Manchu {{IN SPACE}}, right down to the scheming daughter. (He's not named "Ming" by accident.) The [[Film/FlashGordonSerial early serials]] and [[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon1979 Filmation animated version]] continued this portrayal. The [[Film/FlashGordon1980 1980 movie]] cast Creator/MaxVonSydow, a Swedish actor, in the role, and the [[Series/FlashGordon2007 2007 TV series]] dropped 'the Merciless' from his name and turned him into a blond guy.guy, while in the 1990s comic book mini-series, he and his people have natural ash-gray skin coloring, and in the animated series DefendersOfTheEarth, his skin is green.
22nd Apr '17 6:24:21 PM name_already_chosen
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** The Claw (pronounced "craw" in an example of AsianSpeekeeEngrish humour).

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** Partially subverted with The Claw (pronounced "craw" Claw: in an example a spoof of AsianSpeekeeEngrish humour).humor, {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Max keeps mis-hearing the villain's name as "The Craw" even though no one else has trouble hearing it as "The Claw".
11th Apr '17 10:16:35 AM FordPrefect
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In what was presumably an attempt to avert the racism inherent in this trope, several 80s and 90s {{Animated Adaptation}}s of properties with Yellow Peril villains colored them ''green''. Mandarin in the ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' cartoon, Dr No in ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr'' and Ming the Merciless in both ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' and the 1996 ''WesternAnimation/{{Flash Gordon|1996}}'' series, are examples of this.

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In what was presumably an attempt to avert the racism inherent in this trope, several 80s and 90s {{Animated Adaptation}}s of properties with Yellow Peril villains colored them ''green''. Mandarin in the ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' cartoon, Dr No in ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr'' ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr'', and Ming the Merciless in both ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' and the 1996 ''WesternAnimation/{{Flash Gordon|1996}}'' series, are examples of this.
11th Apr '17 10:16:08 AM FordPrefect
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The "mysterious Chinaman" grew to be such a cliché in mystery stories of the early twentieth century that, in 1929 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Knox Ronald Knox]], included in his "[[FairplayWhodunnit Ten Commandments]]" the rule that [[ItMakesSenseInContext "No Chinaman must figure in the story."]]. Early story attempts to counter the connotations of such a villain often had an Asian hero included who is dedicated to stopping the villain like Jimmy Woo in the ''Yellow Claw'' stories in the 1950s while Fu Manchu was opposed by his son, ShangChi the Master of Kung Fu in the 1970s.

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The "mysterious Chinaman" grew to be such a cliché in mystery stories of the early twentieth century that, in 1929 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Knox Ronald Knox]], included in his "[[FairplayWhodunnit Ten Commandments]]" the rule that [[ItMakesSenseInContext "No Chinaman must figure in the story."]]. Early story attempts to counter the connotations of such a villain often had an Asian hero included who is dedicated to stopping the villain villain, like Jimmy Woo in the ''Yellow Claw'' stories in the 1950s 1950s, while Fu Manchu was opposed by his son, ShangChi son ComicBook/ShangChi the Master of Kung Fu in the 1970s.
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