In the olden days, one of the surest ways to upgrade to a Bad Ass
was to train in a mysterious Asian country—usually Tibet, for obvious reasons
, though other countries got in on the fun, too—and learn some of those Mysteries of the Orient.
Mysteries of the Orient cover virtually every kind of secret knowledge, from the secrets of sorcery, psionics, or chi
to mysterious martial arts and ninjutsu
to whatever else the plot might need.
This trope is Older Than Radio
and extremely common.
Much like the Yellow Peril
or Dragon Lady
, the trope thrives regardless of any Unfortunate Implications
, though there might be some Lampshade Hanging
here and there.
Film Live Action
- The Dark Knight Saga has Bruce Wayne learning how to fight like a ninja from a secret ninja tribe headed by Ras Al Ghoul.
- Butler of the Artemis Fowl series received his super-secret training under Madame Ko.
- The Shadow learned magic techniques from Tibetan monks in some incarnations.