Created By: Prfnoff on March 26, 2011

All Asians Know Martial Arts

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In Western-made works, Asian characters, especially those who are otherwise unassuming Funny Foreigners, are likely to know some kind of martial arts and demonstrate it proficiently, if not superlatively. For instance, the stereotypical "Jap" character in many Western works written in the first half of the 20th century will probably demonstrate his jujitsu skills on some other character at some point.
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  • March 27, 2011
    Comes up in the comedy They Call Me Bruce? (not the one with Bruce Campbell). Since he's asian everybody assumes he knows kung fu.
  • March 27, 2011
    In one Futurama comic, Wernstrome assumes his Asian students know kung fu and sicks them on Farnsworth in Fry's body ( they don't, but they assume they can fake it since they outnumber him...until Leela and Bender show up).
  • March 27, 2011
    Futurama likes to mock this trope. In one episode about Star Trek, Asian-American George Takei complains that people should not expect him to know karate just because of his Asian ancestry.
  • March 27, 2011
    ^It's turns out that he does (which is true in real life IIRC) but that they shouldn't of assumed that he could.

    • In the beginning of The Tuxedo, Jackie Changets his ass walloped by a NY cyclist and notes regretfully that not all Asian people are brutally all Asian people Bruce Lee. Of course this all changes the moment that he gets the titular magic tuxedo from Jason Isaac.
  • March 27, 2011
    More specific variation in Touhou: the majority of the cast is Japanese, and the token Chinese girl Hong Meiling is depicted as very skilled in martial arts.
  • March 27, 2011
    I've seen this a lot with an asian character in a Fish Out Of Water situation (First Day Of School etc.). Someone will assume that since they're asian they know martial arts.
  • March 27, 2011
    Something Positive mocks this too. IIRC, Peejee punches a guy in the crotch and calls it her 'mystical Chinese dragon punch' or something.
  • March 27, 2011
    This could be considered an example of Positive Discrimination.
  • March 28, 2011
    The current series of Jonah Hex gave his wife Mei Ling kung fu skills despite her never displaying any during the original run of the comics.
  • March 31, 2011