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A wise Asian mentor to a usually white character.

The Magical Asian, like the MagicalNegro or MagicalNativeAmerican, exists to dispense lessons to white characters using the wisdom of his people. He will usually be a [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial arts master]], a practitioner of traditional Asian medicine, or a sage of some Eastern religion. If he is not explicitly supernatural, he will often (but not always) be so highly skilled in his art that it will [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower appear superhuman]]. Martial artists will be impossibly good fighters, the medicine-men will be able to easily diagnose and cure any illness (bonus points if he mentions chi), and the sage will be enlightened with some kind of supernatural intuition. Expect at least one scene of them meditating. They will often quote {{Ice Cream Koan}}s attributed to Buddha, Confucius, or some other famous Asian sage.

Unlike the MagicalNegro, the Magical Asian is not always nice to his white protégé. It is common for the Magical Asian to put his student through a number of demeaning and seemingly pointless tasks. However, it always turns out that there is a purpose to these tasks that helps get his lesson across. [[Film/TheKarateKid Mr. Miyagi's]] famous "WaxOnWaxOff" routine is one of the best known examples. This tendency is possibly related to AsianRudeness.

He will [[ProverbialWisdom speak in proverbs]] and {{Koan}}s. He will often be referred to as sensei, sifu, or master. Your training will be complete WhenYouSnatchThePebble from his hand.

Often overlaps with OldMaster.



[[folder: Anime / Manga ]]

* Inverted in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. All Might swears in English, has his named-moves named after American states, and is generally a caricature of an American. He serves as the mentor figure for the protagonist, even calling his training routine the 'American Dream Plan'.
** Despite this, it is shown that All Might is actually Japanese, having the name Yagi Toshinori.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The Ancient One is the previous Sorceror Supreme and trained Marvel's Doctor Strange in magic. The Ancient One's colleague Kaluu counts as well, Kaluu has taught Doctor Strange black magic and is currently the resident black magic expert for the Luke Cage's branch of Avengers.
* Yao Fei the Accomplished Perfect Physician from DC's Great Ten is a magical Chinese doctor. He gets transplanted on the Arrow tv show and becomes the archer mentor to Green Arrow, but still retains his healer roots by being the person who Oliver Queen learnt medicinal herbs from.
* Mantis from ''ComicBook/{{Avengers}}'' and several other Marvel franchises who is half-Vietnamese and was raised in an oriental Temple of the Priests of Pama, becoming an adept of Eastern mysticism gifted with superpowers. She is a rare case when ethnic stereotypes do not spoil the character: she is seductive (to the point of [[AsianHookerStereotype working as a prostitute at a certain period of her life]]), she goes barefoot (bearing association with Asian martial arts), and almost always [[ThirdPersonPerson refers to herself in the third person]] (which is also a common practice in Eastern religions). Nonetheless, she is a very smart, independent and strong-willed character whose depiction is not in the least patronizing.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Chirrut from ''Film/RogueOne'' is pretty much this exactly if you just substitute the Force for the source of 'wisdom'.
* Mr. Miyagi from ''Film/TheKarateKid'', though he's more well-developed than most other characters on this list.
** Mr. Han, played by Creator/JackieChan, in [[Film/TheKarateKid2010 the 2010 remake]].
* Creator/JackieChan and Creator/JetLi's characters in ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''.
* Pai-Mei from ''Film/KillBill''. His treatment of students is less WaxOnWaxOff and more TrainingFromHell, since while he's an OldMaster, he is still a rather rotten bastard.
* Mr. Lee, played by {{Creator/Mako}}, in the ''Karate Kid'' ripoff ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}''. His own version of WaxOnWaxOff is throwing raw dumpling dough at his student and giving him a demeaning nickname. He is also somehow able to teleport a lit cigarette into the pocket of a racist who insulted him.
* The Indian characters in ''Film/EatPrayLove'', who teach spiritual lessons to Julia Roberts' character.
* The nameless monk in ''Film/BulletProofMonk''.
* Pretty much every Chinese character in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. For some reason, a restaurant owner, a maitre'd, and a Chinatown tour guide are all experts in Chinese [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial arts]] and sorcery.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Master Po and Master Kan in ''Series/KungFu''. Their protege Caine is half Chinese and half White.
** Also from ''Kung Fu'', Caine himself to the people he meets when he's WalkingTheEarth of TheWildWest.
** In ''Series/KungFu: The Legend Continues'' the IdenticalGrandson of Kwai Chang Caine, also called Kwai Chang Caine, took this role towards his [[LongLostRelative long lost son]] Peter and others, and The Ancient One was this to Kwai Chang.
* Creator/BruceLee's character on ''Longstreet''.
* An acupuncturists' teacher in ''{{Series/The Invisible Man}}''. He is able to intuit that the acupuncture needles he is using were stolen by his apprentice from a museum when they are ineffective.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/ZekeAndLuther'', then played straight with the Asian mailman who appears in that episode and tries teaching one of the boys some sort of kung-fu technique.
* The Dragon, a Chinese magical healer from ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Though he's implied to be an actual dragon, he mostly appears as an Asian human.
* Yao Fei on ''{{Series/Arrow}}'' uses magical herbs capable of accelerating healing on several characters.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' series. Chiun is a Korean who is the Master of Sinanju, which is the sun source (original) martial art and the basis for all other martial arts. He teaches his knowledge to the protagonist, Remo Williams. The reason stated in the series for not simply employing Chiun to do the killing (instead of training Remo to do the killing) is to avoid invoking the related "Phantom Oriental" trope in passers-by.
* Parodied in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series by Lu-Tze, the sweeper at the Temple of Oi-Dong, who is also a master of the martial art Deja-Fu (in which the hands move through both time and space):
-->'''Rule One:''' "Do not act incautiously when confronting little bald wrinkly smiling men".
** Also played straight, in that as a result of the NarrativeCausality of the Disc, Lu-Tze ''does'' have power over the course of history.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo for a level has the old NPC Chinese herbalist who can sense auras/chi, who gives Neo a golden powder to make him permanently stronger.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* He doesn't appear in ''Webcomic/ParadigmShift'' in person, but Mike has made occasional references to his ''sifu'', and his background was quite typical of this trope; he was a bit of a delinquent as a teenager, but studying martial arts under an OldMaster taught him self-discipline and got him interested in Zen Buddhism. As of the most recent story arc before the comic went on hiatus, he's started paying it forward to his partner and [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend definitely-not-love-interest-she-swears]] Kate.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Website/{{Cracked}} discusses this trope [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15989_hollywoods-6-favorite-offensive-stereotypes.html here]], which it calls "The Wise, Old, Asian Asshole".


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', younger characters tend to have American accents while older, wiser mentor figures tend to have Asian accents regardless of what nation they are from. Iroh is the most prominent example. He was originally also played by {{Creator/Mako}}.
* Uncle from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', voiced by Sab Shimono. A highly-skilled practitioner of ''qi'' magic, he could send spells through the phone, but didn't know how a fax machine worked.


[[folder: Other ]]

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hydrick James Hydrick]] claimed to have learned telekinesis from a Chinese master.
* {{Invoked}} by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ching_Ling_Foo Ching Ling Foo]], a Chinese magician popular in the USA during the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chung_Ling_Soo William Ellsworth Robinson]], a Caucasian magician who [[{{Yellowface}} pretended to be Asian]].