Far-East Asian Terrorists

Another Sister Trope to Western Terrorists and African Terrorists, they are terrorists who have their base of operations in the Far Eastern part of the Asian continent (which is made up of South/Southeast and East Asia), where they conduct operations against domestic/foreign governments and interests. They can also be based in other places, but are primarily made up (the majority at least) of individuals who are of Far East Asian origin. Like African Terrorists, they are sometimes used by a well-funded criminal/terrorist organization as mooks, usually by a Western man (or woman). Otherwise, they may be led by a Middle Eastern terrorist.

In other instances, Far East Asian terrorists are either Terrorists Without a Cause, La Résistance or are placed under Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters. Depending on circumstances, they may be tied in some way with with Ruthless Foreign Gangsters. While in other circumstances, they may be an individual or a few persons of Far East Asian origin who operate as a lone wolf-type terrorist. There is a possibility that they can be placed in Unfortunate Implications with a case of Yellow Peril for terrorists who are of East Asian origin.

Creators can draw inspiration from Real Life sources and cases where terrorism has occurred in the Far East, such as communist or nationalist groups. In other cases, they also include religious terrorist groups in the region.

Compare Western Terrorists, which consists of terrorists who are born/raised in Western countries from the Americas to Europe, including Australia and New Zealand, and African Terrorists, which consists of terrorists who are born/raised in the African continent.

No Real Life examples please.


Anime and Manga
  • Angel Cop has the Red May, a pro-communist terrorist group from Japan.
  • Black Lagoon has the Protectors of the Islamic Front, based in the Philippines, as a major antagonist in the "Goat, Jihad, Rock'N Roll" arc.note  The group is led by Ibraha, who comes from the Middle East (or West Asia). The manga mentions the Abu Sayyaf Group as one of its allies. Rock encounters Masahiro Takenaka, ex-member of the Japanese Red Army who based himself in the Philippines' Mindanao region from Adachi due to the National Police Agency and other police force's successful arrest of JRA members in Japan and overseas. The New People's Army also gets a brief mention in Roanapur by Dutch since the series implies that Lagoon Company delivers weapons and ammo to their hideouts in the country.
  • Played with in Code Geass with the Japanese Liberation Front, especially with Kusakabe's faction when he takes Britannian civilians hostages with one being executed by being kicked off the roof to show the media that he's serious.
  • Full Metal Panic!
    • Recurring antagonist Gauron has Southeast Asian origins, but gets mistaken by the protagonists and antagonists alike for being of Chinese or of Japanese origin due to his name or his physical features. The light novels suggest greatly that he's of Cambodian heritage, having combat experience from fighting under Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge forces.
    • A21 used to be a Japanese support group to help juveniles reform themselves, but started to morph into a terrorist group after being slandered in the media for some accidents involving teenagers in their care.
    • Mithril gets involved in a kidnapping caused by a Chinese terrorist group when North and South Chinese officials are involved in peace talks in Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid. However, the existence of the said group was not real since Amalgam created the group's name and existence in order to draw Mithril forces into an ambush.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    • In the first season, Public Security Section 9 takes on the New World Brigade as a minor antagonist, which is a Japanese leftist terrorist group that adhere to anti-cyberization stances taken from the Human Liberation Front. One of their most notorious terror attacks was the kidnapping of the daughter of a known businessman responsible for creating cyberbrains. The unit eventually rescue her and takes custody of her and her young daughter, who was initially mistaken for the kidnap victim, conceived while being in NWB custody as it took a toll on the young woman's health as she became very old due to her captivity.
    • In the 2nd season Section 9 and other Japanese law enforcement agencies take on the Individual Eleven, which was said to be an anti-refugee terrorist group, as well as militant refugees who wish to remain in Japan in order to be naturalized Japanese or seek asylum for themselves or for their loved ones. Turns out that Goda and his CIS agency was responsible for allowing them to conduct their activities and seek a change in government to return back to the days of the Second Pacific War.
  • Leftist terrorists are antagonists in the Kerberos series, incluing Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. The most prominent group is "The Sect".
  • In the first episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Celestial Being engages Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (or Tamil Tigers) mobile suits as a minor antagonist in Sri Lanka when the group announces its existence to the world. Although the group was defeated by the Sri Lankan military in the early 2000s, it's possible that militant Tamils got together to recreate the group once more as there are plans to revive the movement from outside of Sri Lanka.
  • Kuyou in Rosario + Vampire acts like a terrorist as the leader of the Student Police and happens to be a member of a very racist terrorist organization.
  • In the manga adaptation of Najica Blitz Tactics, Najica and Lila are tasked to protect the daughter of a weapons research scientist from being kidnapped by a Japanese terrorist group called San. The manga series does not mention what ideology it follows.
  • Majority of the antagonists in Psycho-Pass are anti-Sibyl system terrorists in Japan with one of them being of North Korean extraction.
  • The ESP Liberation Front in Tokyo ESP, being an urban guerrilla army that goes after law enforcement and anti-ESP politicians and companies and fellow ESPers who they feel have defected or willingly work with the government through assassination.
  • Wizard Barristers has the Gumegoma, which is a wud terrorist group.
  • A rare case in Zankyou No Terror where the main protagonists are Japanese terrorists.

Asian Animation
  • The Red Empire in Robot Taekwon V. It was created by Dr. Kaff who was disgraced by his peers in the scientist community that he decided to use his intellect for evil after he disappeared from South Korea.

Comic Books
  • The Indonesian graphic novel Kutemukan Makna Jihad (I found the meaning of Jihad in English) tells the story of Nasir Abas, a Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist who reformed to being an anti-terrorist advocate after being arrested by Indonesian National Police officers in the aftermath of the 2002 bombing attacks in Bali.
  • Averted in Pugad Baboy since Ka Noli is a heroic New People's Army guerrilla who helps his neighbors, especially his Air Force friend Tomas, when they're in trouble by using his NPA connections. It doesn't stop some of his comrades from acting like Dirty Communists.
  • Tintin
    • The Blue Lotus has one for Mitsuhirato, a Japanese man based in Shanghai as he sabotaged railways in China on behalf of ultranationalist officials in the Japanese military and government, which sparked the Mukden Incident. Although he also works alongside Rastapopoulos and the Kih-Oskh Brotherhood to conduct opium smuggling operations in the country.
    • Averted with the Sons of the Dragons as they are a legitimate resistance movement against Japanese occupation and the drug trade, though the Japanese (and their collaborators) will address the SOD as "insurgents".
    • Tintin Flight 714 has Sondensian nationalist guerrillas under the command of Rastapopoulos and Allan. They do promise to help them in their cause, with explosives planted on their ships after their usefulness has ended.

  • The Korean nationalist terrorist group Hureisenjin (or Fureisenjin, depending on subtitles), is an anti-Japanese Empire terrorist group in Two Thousand And Nine Lost Memories.
  • The terrorist group Red Bamboo is treated as a minor antagonist in a few Godzilla movies.
  • In Olympus Has Fallen, Kang Yeonsak is the terrorist of a North Korean-backed terrorist group called Koreans for United Freedom or KUF for short. The movie doesn't elaborate if they are made up of North Koreans, pro-North Koreans or Korean-speaking mercenaries.
  • A fugitive Aum Shinrinkyo cultist named Satoshi Isagura, wanted for the Tokyo subway attacks in 1995, shows up in arms deal in Tomorrow Never Dies. In Die Another Day, Colonel Tan-Sun Moon and his faction in the Korean People's Army turn into pro-North Korean unification terrorists after the former used the revenue from smuggling to arm his faction and create the superweapon called Icarus.

Live-Action TV
  • In the Indian version of 24, Anti-Terrorist Unit federal agent Jai Singh Rathod takes on terrorists sent by the LTFE, which is an Expy of the defunt LTTE.
  • Prior to the events of 24: Live Another Day, Cheng Zhi has become a terrorist after being broken out of prison for attempting a revolt.
  • In Dave Chappelle's sketch "Why Terrorists Don't Take Black Hostages", he enacts a typical hostage taking where the terrorist yells in broken English and stereotypically Middle-Eastern accent—then off-handedly remarks that the terrorist is Chinese.
  • In Hawaii Five-0, Steve and Danno get involved in a case where the kidnapping of a State Department official's child was planned by terrorists from the National Liberation Front, which is an Expy of the New People's Army, the armed military wing of the underground Communist Party of the Philippines.
  • Takes a parody twist in the first season of Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger when Blatantly Evil Marketing Firm B's Dr. Z changes the group's name to the Delusion Empire, which is a shout out to Shocker of the Showa-era Kamen Rider series.
  • For the IRIS and Athena: Goddess of War series, South Korean law enforcement and intelligence agencies taken on the Korean branches of Iris and Athena, the former for conducting terror attacks to prevent the North and South Korean government from conducting attempts on peace talks for Iris to profit from another future Korean War and the latter for the South Korean government's stance on creating indigenous nuclear technology and selling it abroad via technology transfer, ruining chances of Athena to gain revenue from buying and selling energy resources aside from contractor services and resource management.
  • When Kamen Rider was first broadcasted in the Showa era, most of the enemies of the Kamen Riders are Japanese branches of various terrorist groups such as Shocker, Gel-Shocker, Destron, Geddon, Government of Darkness, followed by Black Satan and Neo-Shocker (which is just another attempt to resurrect Shocker from Japanese soil) and the Delza Army (created from remnants of Black Satan). Averted with Geldam (they merged with Shocker to create Gel-Shocker), the Garanda Empire (created from remnants of Geddon), the Dogma Kingdom and Jin Dogma (they came from space), Gorgom (just a cult) and the Crisis Empire (also aliens from space). Also averted with much of the Heisei era since most of them are evil corporations, demons, magical beings, aliens, individuals given superhuman/monster powers via technology or rogue government units and supersoldiers with the exception of NEVER, which is a terrorist group comprised of undead supersoldiers.
  • In both NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS agents deal with Abu Sayyaf Group terrorists as a minor antagonist group as they were involved in anti-American terror attacks, one of them being successful.
  • In Now and Again, a recurring arc dealt with "the Egg Man", an older Asian man who specialized in deadly gassing via infected eggs which he'd leave in subway cars. When the egg falls off the seat, a poison gas is released. But the series ended before any kind of payoff could ensue.
  • One of the minor antagonists in RUSH is a Japanese-Australian terrorist with the Church of the Shining Cloud who can speak Korean.
  • The final episode of seaQuest DSV introduces the Chao-Dai (or Chaodai), a group of highly skilled subfighters with highly advanced technology. They seem to be regarded as terrorists by the UEO and Macronesians, but very little is known about them.

Video Games
  • Seemingly played/averted with Persona 4 Arena when the terrorists who hijack a Japan Airline Network flight appear to be lone wolves, until it's revealed that they were just ordinary civilians brainwashed to do the hijacking with air guns by "The Malevolent Entity".
  • In Soul Hackers, the Spookies are publicly accused as cyberterrorists after they discover that the Phantom Society is responsible for the events in the game. This is because the group were able to pull the strings in the government in order to do this.
  • A few of them are minor antagonists in Rainbow Six, as RAINBOW deals with them in anti-terror operations. Examples include Kang Revolutionaries in China and the Red Sun Brigade in America, which is an Expy of the Japanese Red Army with more money to launch bold terror attacks worldwide.
  • In SOCOM US Navy Seals, the Red Sun is an Indonesian-based terrorist group in the first SOCOM game as an antagonist group the SEALs take on. In SOCOM 4, the Naga fighters are the main antagonist at the start of the game where their terror attacks had seized major cities in an Expy of Malaysia. That is, before the Clawhammer mercenaries are revealed to be the group responsible for providing weapons and supplies to them.
  • Counter-Strike:
    • In the single-player pack "Deleted Scenes" for Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, there are several missions that revolve around the Kitodai (elite anti-riot police forces) fighting a take-off on the Japanese Red Army and a cult based on the Aum Shinrikyo (responsible for a nerve gas attack in Japan).
    • In the Counter-Strike Online series, the Asia Red Army shows up as a unique selectable Terrorist faction as an obvious take on the Japanese Red Army. A few unique characters show up as individual terrorists, including Erika, Ritsuka and Yuri (Japanese) with Lingling and Mao (Chinese).
  • In all of the Street Fighter games (and their countless adaptations), Shadoloo (or Shadowlaw) is a Thai-based terrorist organization led by the mysterious M. Bison. They engage in various criminal activities such as arms and drug smuggling in order to gain revenue for the organization to sustain itself financially.