YMMV: Fu Manchu
- Draco in Leather Pants / Rooting for the Empire: Much of this is due to Values Dissonance. Even with the original books basically being racist screeds — or perhaps even because of it — Fu Manchu really comes off as cooler, more honorable, and more interesting than the "heroes," especially considering most of his plans are comparable to real-life white imperialists of the time.
- Evil Is Cool: There's a reason the name Fu Manchu is better known than Nayland Smith.
- Fair for Its Day: As racist as the original books are, the character is notable for being depicted as a brilliant, sophisticated, and even at times honorable Manipulative Bastard who could easily outwit the "good guys". Given that most propaganda at the time depicted other ethnic groups as brain dead savages and lunatics who would rape and pillage the lands if given the chance, it could almost be called progressive in comparison. Almost.
- Magnificent Bastard: He's charismatic and brilliant chessmaster who almost always gets away with some benefit even if the heroes stopped his scheme of the week.