Anime Chinese Girl

"And when I get excited
My little China girl says
Oh baby, you just shut your mouth, she says..."
David Bowie, "China Girl" (Covered Up from Iggy Pop)

A cute Chinese girl, usually with a variable accent. Nearly guaranteed to dress at some point in a qipao and put her hair up in a pair of odango. A very high proportion (even for anime) will know martial arts, always in a Chinese style. Most of them will share the same name across different series, even though there are many options for Chinese names.

In Anime and Manga the Chinese are a special case to the usual But Not Too Foreign treatment of foreigners, due to the long-running rivalry (historically exploding into outright war more than once) between China and Japan. Hong Kong is in a weird place in the middle (culturally, if not geographically), usually used when the writers want to set a story in a Vice City that wouldn't work properly otherwise.

Evil Chinese girls grow up to be Dragon Ladies. Or they might have a change of heart after years of helping their evil mad scientist fathers.

A subtrope of Stereotypes of Chinese People.


Examples:

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  • The prototypical Anime Chinese Girl is possibly Lynn Minmay (Lin Minmei in Robotech) from Macross, although her this is only emphasized in certain episodes. Technically, Minmay's half-Japanese.
  • Ranma : Shampoo and her grandmother hail from a hidden amazon village, deep in the mountains of China. Needless to say, she's almost always seen in Chinese garb and her speech pattern is the stereotypical broken english, which lacks use of pronouns.
  • Princess Aska from Magic Knight Rayearth had elements of Chinese Girl. One of the Magic Knights even comments on how she and her entourage seem to be a weird mix of Chinese and Japanese stereotypes.
  • The Xingese have this going on in Fullmetal Alchemist, specifically Lan Fan and May Chang.
  • Ku Fei and Chao Lingshen from Mahou Sensei Negima! seemed unusual in sharing the same trait, until Chao's more specific gimmick was revealed to be time-traveling descendant of Negi's come to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. They both know Kung Fu, but Chao cheats.
  • Possibly Tenten from Naruto, who definitely invokes the design, despite the fact that her world doesn't seem to have a China. In the databooks, her favorite food is Chinese food. Team Guy as a whole seems to have a Chinese theme going on, from Rock Lee and Guy-sensei being Bruce Lee Clones to Neji Hyuuga's fighting style coming from baguazhang, a Chinese form of martial arts.
  • Ranpha Framboise from Galaxy Angel has many aspects of the Anime Chinese Girl, including a taste for steamed meat buns, and a Leitmotif that sounds very Chinese.
  • Shenhua from Black Lagoon, who is often at odds with Chinese-American gunslinger Revy.
  • Fei from Gate Keepers is a particularly noxious example of this trope. She seems hard pressed to have thirty seconds of screen time without squealing "Ayiyi!".
  • Sha Chi from Penguin Musume, complete with the qipao and martial arts thing. Also adds "-dachi" to the end of every sentence.
  • Kagura from Gintama, despite being an alien, dresses in Chinese outfits and is occasionally referred to by strangers as Chinese.
  • Ruri and Hari, cute Chinese minions of moth demon Menōmaru from the first Inuyasha movie.
  • 3x3 Eyes: Mei Shin is from Hong Kong, knows Kung-Fu, and is drawn to actually appear Asian. She typically wears a red uniform, but slips into a Qipao during a later scene, in an attempt to get Yakumo's attention.
  • Wang Liu Mei from the Gundam 00 series, although she only wears a qipao in the first episode and it is her Battle Butler and older brother Hong Long that knows kung fu.
  • Ixpellia of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha's StrikerS Sound Stage X was likely meant to evoke this image, what with her qipao and all (in the illustrations to them, do not get any weird ideas).
  • Maria Wong in the first three episodes of Yami No Matsuei.
  • In the Cowboy Bebop manga, Faye refers to herself as "an Asian beauty". In her flashbacks, it's shown that she originally lived in Singapore. Though not directly stated in the anime, it's implied that she's Chinese.
  • Melissa Mao from Full Metal Panic! is of Chinese descent but she doesn't follow any of the stereotypes. This is because she's lived most of her life in New York, although she also spent some time in Hong Kong.
    • The two that do follow this trope's stereotypes, however, are the Creepy Twins Yu Fang and Yu Lan. One of them wore their hair in the Odango hairstyle at one point, and was even wearing a qipao. And they both know martial arts (a whole lot better than Mao).
  • Taiwan and Vietnam from Axis Powers Hetalia, at least in looks. Also, the originally male China in the Gender Flipped art (whether fanart or the doodles done by Himaruya himself).
  • I-Pin from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! is a good example of this, particularly once she's hit with the Ten Year Bazooka.
  • Vivian Wong from Yu-Gi-Oh!. Aside from having her hair up in odango, she goes around waving fans and a duel disk, wears a yellow qipao and apparently knows enough kung-fu to fix Grandpa's back.. or break it, as the case may be. At some point she and Mai Kujaku duel the Paradox brothers on the Great Wall of China.
  • Darker Than Black has an interesting subversion in Alice, Misaki's childhood friend, who invites her to her birthday party slash mob gathering, which she herself attends in a western-style ballgown, while stuffing a rather embarrassed Misaki into a qipao, complete with odango. Lampshaded by Alice's crimeboss father, who grumbles about her displaying her xenophilic tendencies so blatantly at such an important event.
  • Ming Chao from Et Cetera. She's a really bright brunette and has the biggest eyes of the whole cast, but hey, she carries a wok on her back!
  • Chan Lee from Bakugan, and it really shows through her clothing, esspecially in the New Vestroia arc.
  • Ling Yunque (Suzu) from Amuri in Star Ocean. Except for the martial arts part, but she's got some crazy super powers with Chinese motifs instead, so it all evens out.
  • Huang Lingyin from Infinite Stratos, who wears a qipao in fanart and in the second season's third episode, alongside having a family who own a Chinese restaurant, and also has a Chinese-esque theme song.
  • Kou Shuurei and all the other female characters in Saiunkoku Monogatari, which is a fictional version of China after all. However, they all wear Han period costumes and not the traditional qipao of the Manchu period.
  • Tiger & Bunny has Dragon Kid, real name Pao-Lin Huang, the youngest of the heroes. She's a cute tomboy.
  • The anime adaptation of Cardcaptor Sakura added the character of Meiling Li, the qipao-donning, Badass Normal martial artist from Hong Kong.
  • Jungle King Tar-Chan has Renhou, leader of the White Crane clan. While never explicitly shown, it is implied she has a vast amount of ki and has the ability to look into the minds of other people, as well as telepathic communication.
  • Black Butler has the quiet and stoic Ran-Mao one of Lau's most trusted assistants.
  • Minerva Orlando from Fairy Tail is a rare Villainous version. One of the series most powerful women, Minerva (as her cat-like appearance may suggest) is sly, cunning and very powerful. Her overall characteristics like braided twin Chignon and a slight tan is key features associating with traditional high-class Chinese ladies.

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  • Street Fighter II's Chun Li is the earliest and best known example by far. Her look has even become iconic: from her odango hairdo, her spiked bracelets, and her legendary thunder thighs.
  • An earlier example from Capcom (which, according to some of its employees actually inspired Chun Li's design) is the Pooh/Kuniang sisters (Ton, Bei, and Sai) from Strider and its sequels. The color-coded triplets are styled in traditional chinese clothes, are experts in Chinese Kempo with incredible powerful plasma-creating kicks. and even speak Mandarin in-game! They also use chinese hairstyles, most notably Tong Pooh's braided ponytails and Sai Pooh's really-complex pigtails in Strider 2. While the chinese influence in attire got toned quite down in the 2014 reboot, they were given chinese weapons to compensate.
  • Fatal Fury/The King of Fighters: Li Xiangfei was born and raised in Southtown, which makes her Chinese/American. Both her hairstyle and her attire makes this apparent and her fighting style is said to be a form of Chinese boxing combined with martial arts.
  • Li Kohran from Sakura Taisen serves both as the Anime Chinese Girl and the Wrench Wench/Gadgeteer Genius for the series.
  • Ada Wong, from the Resident Evil games alwasy appears as a mysterious spy/agent for a third party opposing Leon Kennedy, and almost invariably wearing a sexy red qipao dress.
  • Rio Mei Long in Super Robot Wars Original Generation. Also, Ring Mao.
    • The former is actually a sort of subversion because according to the data books, she's Korean.
      • It's at least heavily implied in the OGverse, whenever she cooks (for some reason they make a big deal of everyone sharing a big meal before the final battle) she makes unspecified Korean food and she is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and ... has a Korean name.
  • Mei Ling from Metal Gear Solid is the perky and heavily-accented teenage girl in charge of saving your game. When she returned in Metal Gear Solid 4, however, she loses her accent and is pretty much indistinguishable from anybody else, except physically.
  • Hong Meiling from Touhou, whose name was initially difficult for fans to remember because it can be read as "Kurenai Misuzu" thanks to ZUN not specifying on how it was supposed to be pronounced...when people even bothered to remember her name rather than just calling her China. However, after she was given more characterization, this nickname hasn't been used as often.
    • Chen as well, but she's known more as a Cat Girl than this.
    • Both Meiling and Chen were preceded by Orange in Lotus Land Story, one of the PC-98 Touhou games. Some fans are even convinced that Orange was the prototype for Meiling, since they are both redheaded Chinese youkai who predominantly wear green.
    • Seiga Kaku, who is a Taoist hermit.
  • Chai Xianghua from Soulcalibur, a young member of the Ming Emperor's personal guard and the one tasked with finding "The Sword of Heroes". She comes with the typical attitude and attirue, and as an added bonus, she was the chosen wielder of the titular weapon (the first one in the series, even) and she's top of top tier.
    • Her daughter Leixia takes over her spot in Soulcalibur V, being pretty much a copy-paste of her mother.
  • Ling Xiaoyu from Tekken.
    • Which is funny, because she is otherwise the most stereotypical Japanese character ever. Her dreams, along with her conversations with her Chinese distant relative note  and her inner monologues are in Japanese.
  • Dead or Alive: Lei Fang is the series' poster girl for the trope, as she's well known for her twin braided hairdo and her signature red Qipao, which is her default costume in each game. She's also a master of Tai Chi Quan which she takes great pride in it and with good reason: once fully mastered, she's one of the most dominant characters in the game; especially at tournament level play.
  • Pai Chan (pictured above) is Lei Fang's Virtua Fighter counterpart, that when they're paired together, they gain both a special team-up intro and victory pose where they proudly proclaim the power of kung-fu.
  • Feizhi in Golden Sun has some strange syntax (but not overly so), comes from an obvious Fantasy Counterpart China, and practices kung-fu.
    • Fantasy Counterpart China got an expansion in Dark Dawn, but Feizhi was nowhere to be seen. Much to the fans' dismay.
  • Rin Rin from MadWorld she has dual fan blades and the stereotypical Chinese dress. She returns in Anarchy Reigns, this time with her sisters Ai Rin (who uses nunchucks) and Fei Rin (who uses an ice spear).
  • Kohaku briefly cosplays as one in Kagetsu Tohya, complete with dress and accent (and Triad bodyguard persona). This is sent up in Melty Blood, where her Arc Drive attack also has her acquire the martial arts.
  • Darkstalkers: Hsien-Ko and her sister, Mei Ling, combine to form an anime cute ghost variant and is recognized by her blue skin, long-sleeved qipao, and her ginormous pair of claws!
  • Li Mei from Mortal Kombat could also count. Although she is stated to be from Outworld, her name, dress, and appearance all fit the traditional Chinese stereotype.
  • Lynn/Lin/Rin, from SaGa 2 (aka Final Fantasy Legend II) is one of the earlier examples of the trope, made even more noticeable in the 2009 remake.
  • Leinyan from the DoDonPachi series wears a stereotypical chinese dress, and one piece of artwork for DoDonPachi DaiOuJou Black Label EXTRA shows her serving dim sum at the mess hall.
  • Li Kuugo from Live A Live, although she's also surrounded with various Chinese People, until the final chapter, IF she's the picked pupil of the scenario.
  • Meifa Lee from Getter Love!! Works at a Chinese restaurant, into martial arts... yeah, pretty stereotypical.
  • Project X Zone hits a quadrafecta with Chun Li, Pai, Hsien-Ko and Xiaoyu all together. Namco X Capcom did it before it, however, with Chun Li, Ton Pooh, Hsien-ko and Fong-Ling in its roster, plus Original Character Xiaomu.
  • From Skullgirls we have Feng, Cerebella's roommate. She wears a shorter, slightly looser-than-normal Qipao and is from the Wutai-analogue. Her Color Motif is black and white, symbolizing a yin-yang.
  • Arc System Works make use of this trope in both Magnum Opus games
    • First there's Jam Kuradoberi from Guilty Gear. She wears a tight red suit resembling a Qipao... except that the bottom part is just skirt to show off her legs (oh how they hurt so). Even in Japanese language, she has a very thick Chinese accent, and she fights with both Kung-Fu and chi-manipulation. Maybe you wouldn't notice this on sight due to how... outlandish her name is from a standpoint of Chinese names.
    • And then there's Litchi Faye-Ling from BlazBlue. Wears a variation of Qipao that displays her big boobies, fights with both martial arts, chi control and staff, sports a living mini-panda as her hairpin. She is a doctor that stayed on a town that is filled with a lot of Chinese people.
  • Mei-Fang of Arcana Heart. A Chinese Robot Girl, designed for combat with using Kung-Fu and her move names taken from The Four Gods. Also sports a big hair bun in addition of big Boobs of Steel, and in one of her win poses, she can execute an instant-cloth-change into a Qipao

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  • Elf Blood has Mara, who is half Elf and half Chinese, having been raised by a Chinese stepmother.

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  • Whateley Universe examples:
    • Laurel Hua (Silver Serpent), daughter of the Iron Dragon (the WU expy for Fu Manchu). She is one of the Bad Seeds (the children of supervillains) at Whateley Academy.
    • Chou Lee (Bladedancer), has had Chinese-ness forced upon her by her Upgrade Artifact, the magic sword Destiny's Wave. Not only was she physically transformed into a Chinese hottie, but also given a language imprint so deep that she now speaks English with a Chinese accent.

    Western Animation 
  • Aja Leith from Jem shares a few characteristics with the trope, although she leans toward the Token Minority aspect (it was The Eighties, after all).
  • Amy Wong from Futurama. She's of Chinese descent, but she's from Mars. (Her parents own half of Mars. "The good half," so they claim.)
  • The cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender is entirely Asian, albeit, of the alternate Earth variety. So there's several, such as:
    • Mai and Princess Azula are the two most obvious examples, in terms of their appearance and characterization. Mai's look is equal parts Lady of War meets Goth with Odango Hair. Whereas Azula is more of a Dragon Lady, complete with Femme Fatalons but without the qipao. Taken further, as the Fire Nation as a whole is based more on Tang Dynasty Chinese and Thai culture.
    • Toph Bei Fong, is from the Earth Kingdom which is definitely more Qing Dynasty Chinese in nature. But the only visual indications of her heritage are her hairstyle (fashioned in a giant hairbun) and the decorations she wears with it.


Alternative Title(s):

Chinese Girl