[[caption-width-right:350:''Shoryuken!''... beat her.]]

''Yie Ar Kung-Fu'' is an early FightingGame released in 1985 by {{Creator/Konami}}. It [[TropeMaker pioneered]] many aspects now familiar in fighting games including [[LifeMeter health bars]], opponents of various fighting styles, and [[ActionGirl female fighters]]. The game was ported to many video game consoles, with [[ReformulatedGame special porting, albeit with lesser, different and new set of characters]], being made for UsefulNotes/{{MSX}} and [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]].

A BeatEmUp sequel, ''Yie Ar Kung-Fu II: The Emperor Yie-Gah'' (''Emperor Yie-Gah's Counterattack''), has been released in 1986.

!Tropes used in ''Yie Ar Kung-Fu'':

* {{Acrofatic}}: Buchu (Mu/Wu in the [=NES/MSX=] ports.)
* ActionGirl: Star/Lang and Fan are [[TropeMaker the first]] in [[FightingGame fighting game]] history.
** DarkActionGirl: Lan Fang and Mei Ling in the second game.
* BaldOfEvil: Some opponents the players face are bald.
* BilingualBonus: A voice (Oolong?) says "xiè xiè" ("thank you" in Chinese) upon getting an extra life. Buchu says "nǐ hǎo" ("hello" in Chinese) when he receives a [[GroinAttack groin attack]]. "Yie Ar" from the title is Chinese for "one two."
** Blues seems like an odd name for the final boss until you realize that Blues is pronounced "buruusu" in Japanese. Another name that is pronounced the same way is [[Creator/BruceLee Bruce]].
* BossGame: In the first, only Oolong is selectable. On the GBA version, you can be all of the bosses in multiplayer.
** Subverted in the second game which is a beat-em'up with mooks.
* BossWarningSiren: Played with in the second game. The [[BossSubtitles boss names]] are shown as you progress the stages fighting the mooks, but the bosses themselves don't show up till you reach the last part of the stages. If you reach that part, the music will change as you face the bosses.
* BraidsOfAction: Male example overlapping with RapunzelHair. Yen Pei has this in a classic Chinese fashion in which he fights solely using it in a fashion of Chen's chain attacks.
* BruceLeeClone: Lee resembles Bruce Lee, especially on the arcade cabinet, and on the cover art of some console versions.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The CPU is notorious for having the opponent ''just'' avoid Oolong's attacks and get in two or three hits before the player can react.
* TheComputerShallTauntYou: Nuncha will randomly twirl his nunchucks and strike a pose, leaving him open to attack. To a lesser extent, [=Pole/Wang=] always twirls his staff above his head before going into an attack sequence, but he will move of the player tries to attack.
* DualTonfas: Tonfan
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: With actual kung fu and Chinese weapons, to boot.
* FightingWithChucks: Nuncha
* FollowTheLeader[=/=]TropeMaker[=/=]UrExample: First [[FightingGame fighting game]] to feature [[LifeMeter health bars]], fighting to a KO, characters using different fighting styles, [[ActionGirl female fighters]], [[GroinAttack groin attacks]], changing music when health is low, and more than one win pose.
* {{Gasshole}}: Po Chin in the second game attacks with gas clouds.
* GroinAttack: Any attack that hits Buchu's crotch causes his eyes to bug out and he says "nǐ hǎo."
* HitAndRunTactics: How nearly every opponent fights.
* KnifeNut: Mei Ling in the second game throws daggers.
* MadBomber: Han Chen in the second game throws bombs.
* MirrorBoss: Blues uses the same fighting style as Oolong.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: Oolong vs. Blues
* NotQuiteFlight: Oolong/Lee and Buchu/Mu.
* PaperFanOfDoom: Fan. Also, Lan Fang in the second game.
** ImprobableUseOfAWeapon: She constantly uses her fans as projectiles.
* RevengeOfTheSequel: The Japanese title for the second game is called ''Emperor Yie-Gah's Counterattack: Yie Ar Kung Fu II''.
* SetSwordsToStun: Sword's, er, sword doesn't kill Oolong, it just merely knocks him out.
* ShockAndAwe: Li Jen, the FinalBoss in the second game.
* SimpleStaff: [=Pole/Wang=]
* SNKBoss: Blues
* [[StealthPun Stealth]] [[PunnyName Punny Name]]: Blues. See BilingualBonus.
* ThemeNaming: Opponents are usually named after the weapon he/she uses. In fact, the only exceptions are the unarmed fighters: Oolong, Buchu, Feedle, and Blues.
* VariableLengthChain: Chain/Chen.
* VictoryPose: [[UrExample The first fighting game to feature more than one for certain characters]].
* VillainProtagonist: You can play as [[BraidsofAction Yen Pei]], [[PaperFanOfDoom Lan Fang]] or [[GassHole Po Chin]] in the second game's two-player mode.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Nuncha is the first opponent to pose a real challenge.
* WouldHitAGirl: Oolong must defeat two women during the game.