[[caption-width-right:320:[[UpTo11 Yes, all 1.4 billion of them.]]]]

->'''Dre Parker:''' Mr. Han's teaching me kung fu.\\
'''Sherry Parker:''' The maintenance man?\\
'''Dre Parker:''' It's China, Mom. ''Everybody'' knows kung fu.

In Japanese media, an unusually high percentage of Chinese people [[PlanetOfHats will know a martial art]], from the harsh, half-senile OldMaster, to the [[WaifFu petite]] [[AnimeChineseGirl young woman]]. It will always be a form of Kung Fu, never a Japanese style. Just as the DashingHispanic isn't necessarily from Spain or its colonies, in some works all Chinese people may know Kung-Fu because they belong to [[FantasyCounterpartCulture a fictional version of Chinese culture]] ''based'' on this stereotype. Regardless, it's not unusual for this trope to involve [[ArrogantKungFuGuy some sort of]] Chinese [[TheRival rival]] or Chinese rival team. If you're lucky, this will lead to a scene where EverybodyWasKungFuFighting.

The prevalence of this trope can likely be explained by the [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Japanese people's fondness for]] [[{{Wuxia}} the martial arts action of modern Hong Kong cinema, and of ancient Chinese classics]] such as ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' and ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. Consequently, characters falling under this trope often [[BruceLeeClone contain references to Hong Kong action stars]].

AllAsiansKnowMartialArts is the equivalent of this in Western media, and is about how Westerners view Asians. In contrast, this trope is about how Japanese (one Asian group) view Chinese (another Asian group).

[[RealLife In Real Life, Chinese will refer to a person's ability in any human endeavour as "Gung Fu," not just martial arts.]] Also, all Chinese students receive compulsory military training during their educational period, so they are knowledgeable in martial arts. So it's quite [[ExactWords technically true]]... That said, do not antagonize anyone who is praised as having good ''Wu Gong'' as they will be real life examples of this trope.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Count D in ''Manga/PetshopOfHorrors'' pulls this trope on (blond) LA cop Leon Orcot after performing an impossible leap (he's not entirely human) by nearly mentioning the trope verbatim. It's not the first or the last thing he blames on being Chinese, either. To give Leon credit, he knows perfectly well that D is bullshitting him outrageously. There just isn't much he can do about it except grumble.
* Neji, Rock Lee and Tenten are martial artists who take the position of "Chinese" rival team in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. While there is no actual "China" (or the equivalent) in ''Naruto'', the trio all use fighting styles based on various Chinese martial arts.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has Ren Tao as the Chinese rival.
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Li Syaoran is a Chinese martial artists who takes the position of Chinese rival.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Shampoo and all Chinese amazons know martial arts or MartialArtsAndCrafts and take up as a rival to Akane and other Haremettes.
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' has Neo Hong Kong's Master Asia an expert in martial arts who was TheMaster then TheRival to Domon. (His name is literally "Master.")
** Somewhat subverted by the prequel manga ''Mobile Fighter G Gundam: 7th Fight'', which depicts the events of the 7th Gundam Fight (''G Gundam'' is set during the 13th). A much younger Master Asia (then Shuuji Kurosu) is seen fighting for Neo Japan in the Yamato Gundam, meeting the soon-to-be other members of the Shuffle Alliance along the way.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'''s Chang Wu Fei a martial arts master who uses the Shenlong Gundam and later Altron which primarily uses a pike in a Chinese style.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s Ku Fei and Chao Linshen, Ku Fei is from southern china and Chao is from northern this is reflected in their styles The former takes up the role as TheMaster to Negi while the later takes up as the [[spoiler: BigBad]] for a little while then [[spoiler: TheMentor when she leaves]].
* Miss China (yes, indeed...) from ''Manga/SpiritOfWonder''. Combines with {{Tsundere}} for lots of property damage.
* Amusingly invoked in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. Kenji comments that "it's true that [[StereotypesOfChinesePeople all]] ''[[StereotypesOfChinesePeople Chinese people]]'' [[StereotypesOfChinesePeople are martial artists]]" after seeing a waiter dealing with unruly customer (and [[CoverBlowingSuperpower feigning weakness]] at that). Also, pretty much every Contractor of Chinese ancestry on the show is a good fighter in addition to their powers, which isn't true of Contractors from other backgrounds.
* Xing is a FantasyCounterpartCulture of China in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. All the Xingese characters seen are proficient in martial arts. Justified considering all of them are either royals or royals' retainers and the court is implied to be dangerous (considering it's comprised of ''several'' clans using their children to jockey for power). Ling is a CombatPragmatist because he's been fending off assassination attempts since he was a child.
* Hong Long (but not his mistress Liu Mei) from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''.
* Lee Jenshin in ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' teaches [[TheHero Daiya]] martial arts forms to help him focus in battle.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': Despite both of them being computer nerds (especially the father), Lee Jiangliang and his father Jiang-yu practice Tai Chi. Seemingly for fitness purposes. It does come handy in actual combat situations. But it is unknown whether the other three Lee children know Tai Chi or not.
* Ren Wu from ''Anime/BeybladeBurst'' is one of the best martial artists in the series.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/KungFuHustle''
* Used by the hero in ''They Call Me Bruce'' to get out of a fight.
-->'''Bruce''' [to threatening mob]: "Take a good [[JapaneseRanguage rook]] at my face. I'm an oriental!" [mob scatters]


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Chun Li from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' fights with a primarily kicking style that doesn't precisely correlate to anything, but is officially described as a combination of Chinese martial arts. Fei Long is the series' BruceLeeClone. Other Chinese people in the series: Gen (who can change styles mid-fight), Yun, Yang, and Lee from the first game.
* [[BruceLeeClone Dragon Chan]] and [[OldMaster Hoy Quarlow]] of the SNES ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Super Punch-Out!!]]'', the former also appearing in the arcade ''Super Punch-Out!!''. Incidentally, both sport Kung Fu moves, ''[[FlexibleTourneyRules in a boxing game]]''.
* Fei Fong Wong from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', [[BruceLeeClone a tribute to Jet Li's Wong Fei Hung character]] from ''Once Upon a Time in China''.
* In the same vein as Fei above, Lee Rekka from ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''. Incidentally, he is the only Chinese character in the cast.
* ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'' has Li Fang, a Chinese ex-waitress Martial Arts master mobile suit pilot who uses a [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gun Cannon]] (a normally ranged only suit) with martial arts moves... later upgrades to ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''[='s=] Burning Gundam, a true melee suit.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Aubrey of ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' once scared off an annoying idiot by shouting random Eastern-sounding terms. She's Malaysian, but it made no difference to the guy.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Asian-American Ashley says that people have assumed that she's "some kind of magical martial artist" when complaining about stereotypes in general. Hilariously, the other major Asian character in the comic, Nanase, ''is'' a magical martial artist.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Discussed and invoked in Creator/WongFuProductions and Creator/FreddieWong collaboration short ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN8E8L5c9WI Kung-Fooled]]'' where a regular Asian man is about to robbed by someone and accidentally makes some poses, leading the robber to think he knows kung fu and runs away. Then he chooses to get into a fight with another Asian kid [[spoiler:both of them pretending to know kung fu. They both bluff the fight and Freddie gets into tangle a with a ScaryBlackMan... who is also bluffing.]]