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Introduced in Ip Man

    Ip Man (Master Ip) 
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"In the face of injustice, I must stand up and fight."

Played by: Donnie Yen

Appears in: Ip Man | Ip Man 2 | Ip Man 3 | Ip Man 4

"The world isn't fair, but moral standards apply to us all. The ruler isn't always a superior person, and those ruled aren't always inferior. The world doesn't belong to the rich, or even the powerful, but to those of pure heart."

The titular character, Ip is a Wing Chun master whose house in Foshan was seized by the Japanese. He was reluctant to open a martial arts school, but eventually did, in Hong Kong.


  • All-Loving Hero: He's forgiving and kind, and though he can whoop your ass without breaking a sweat, he will never do it without a good reason. And he won't gloat and even though you insisted on fighting him and were thoroughly humiliated, he'll go out of his way to hide this from the populace.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: When Ip Man rolls up his sleeves some serious ass kicking is inbound.
  • Badass Longrobe: Dons a black one, and is rarely seen without it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When he fights other marital arts masters, his blows are often soft punches and slaps, showing that he still concerns about their wellbeing. But when he is angered, his punches hit hard.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Training the Peaceful Villagers has been subverted; the factory workers are still getting their asses handed to them by Jin and his bandits - until Ip Man shows up and gives them the old what-for. He also showed up when Yonah was being harassed by Becky and when Frater was beating up the grandmasters.
  • But Now I Must Go: Following his victory against Geddes, he decides not to relocate to San Francisco, as he finds America isn't what he imagined it would be, and thus returns home back to Hong Kong.
  • Character Title: The film series is titled after him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Most of the skills displayed by Ip in the early parts of the series would end up being used in latter fight scenes, bordering on becoming Signature Moves:
    • The Wing Chun wooden dummy form Ip displayed in the early scenes in the first film ended up being used during his final flurry of strikes against General Miura at the end of their match.. Also, his final unconnected finger stab to the neck in the same fight was used liberally in the fourth movie, eleven years after the first.
    • Downplayed as Ip took on ten karateka in the first movie when compared to the fourth movie, when it's Bruce Lee taking on multiple karateka at the beginning.
    • The final punches to Twister's face in the second movie was almost a shot-for-shot recreation of the same technique Ip used to finish off the last karateka in the first one.
    • Ip's usage of twin blades when his student was taken hostage in the second movie was rarely applied in his other fights... until the final match in the third movie, when Cheung Tin-chi challenged him with them in their closed spar. Similarly, his mastery of the long pole, displayed in the second fight against Jin Shanzhao, was also tested in the same scene.
    • It's apparent Ip learned much during his major battles against karate and boxing practitioners in the first two movies, because he held his own (and even defeated) better opponents in the last two movies who mainly used the same styles.
  • Combat Pragmatism: His Wing Chun gets less sportsmanlike the bigger the threat is, if the time didn't run out he would have kicked Frank in the balls, after having already poked him in the eyes. He also brutally broke Geddes's arm and stabbed his neck after doing the same eye poke to the latter earlier in the fight.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers some in every film, constantly proving himself worthy of the title "Master". Only Master Hung, Twister, Frank, Cheung Tin-chi, Master Wan, and Geddes give him a hard time, and even then, Ip Man eventually pulls through.
  • Doting Parent: Becoming poor made him closer to his family, and he comes to realize how much he loves them over martial arts. He even asks Master Hung in the second film "Which is more important: our battle, or having dinner with your wife and children?" Subverted during the fourth movie, where his relationship with his son was visibly strained after his wife's death in the third. However, they managed to make up at the end.
  • The Fettered: Ip Man will always try to help and protect his family and dojo, even if it make him look like a glorified security guard and create tension in his marriage.
  • Handicapped Badass: He fights Geddes despite being not only aged, but suffering throat cancer and a busted hand. He still takes the guy down.
  • Happily Married: To Cheung Wing-sing.
  • The Heart: Is willing to help anyone in need in spite of his own poverty.
  • The Hero: Of the film series.
  • The Hero Dies: He dies from throat cancer at the end of Ip Man 4.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Even in a situation where he faces multiple opponents armed with bladed weaponry, he is able to fight them off barehanded without being intimated. When he does arm himself with weapons, improvised or not, he only uses them to subdue his opponents, not to intentionally hurt or kill.
  • Heroic BSoD: Breaks down over Wing-sing's cancer diagnosis.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Happens to him in the second and fourth film both against western opponents, where he struggled at first before he then gets up and proceeds to eventually defeat his adversaries.
  • Historical Domain Character: His character and background are very loosely based on that of Yip Man's, Bruce Lee's master.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: The real Ip Man was certainly an expert martial artist and was even responsible for introducing Bruce Lee to martial arts. However, none of the fights in the movies ever took place.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: The real Ip Man was involved in opium trade. While he definitely had an honor code, he was not the all-loving hero of the movies and wasn't above sneaky practices for his martial arts advancement.
  • Honor Before Reason: He doesn't let some provocations fly, which gets him in trouble more than once.
  • Humble Hero: While revered for his expertise in Wing Chun, Ip Man never uses his skills to demonstrate superiority over others and prefers to maintain a low profile, living life like any other common citizen.
  • Improvised Weapon: A master of this. First he uses a duster and later he uses a stick. Both against Jin.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Isn't seen wearing anything else other than his black Badass Longrobe... except for an occasional white long robe.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In his own weight class. He's capable of throwing a lot of punches in a short span of time, and his opponent will feel every one of them...when he isn't holding back, that is. However, in his fights against Twister, Frank, and Geddes (the former two who are respectively around 50 and 100 pounds heavier than him), he's more of a Fragile Speedster- he can land a lot of hits, but most of them result in a No-Sell while every punch from his opponent sends Ip reeling.
  • Martial Pacifist: He always seeks to prevent situations from degenerating into fights. Unless he's provoked, anyway.
    • A shining example of him wanting to avoid lethal injuries on all sides is the fish market fight in the second movie. While he's attacked on all sides by young thugs armed with meat cleavers, he turns the meat cleavers against them but in such ways that there's no bloodshed. The last thug standing gets a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs from him in the chest with the non-cutting edge of the cleavers' blades, and Ip finishes him with a bitch-slap using the side of a cleaver.
  • Misery Builds Character: And makes you a more loving father.
  • Nerves of Steel: He's always calm and collected, no matter the situation.
  • Nice Guy: Polite, affable, generous, and not the kind to pick gratuitous fights or humiliate his enemies beyond a well-deserved ass-kicking.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • While often calm and collected, he finally loses it when he saw Liu being shot trying to pick up a bag of rice he won.
    • In the third film, after Wing-sing has been diagnosed with cancer, Ip Man has several scenes of breaking down into tears.
  • Not Your Problem: Master Wan tells him off for intervening in a family matter between him and Yonah, when Ip Man stands up for her after getting into a fight with Becky.
  • One-Man Army: He can literally defeat dozens of martial artists and gangs single-handedly.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards his sons, he won't hesitate to give those who dare to harm them a beat down.
  • Parental Neglect: He seems to be this at first regarding his son. To the point that his wife called him out on it.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He does this all without killing them.
    • In the second film, he repeatedly punches Twister in the face the same way he did to Master Hung.
    • In the fourth film, he breaks Geddes arm and punches his throat considering the latter broke Master Wan's arm.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His rolling punches pack a serious wallop.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Granted he is garbed in black 99% of the duration of both films and never literally wears pink, but it's mentioned a few times that Wing Chun was invented by a woman. The name itself means something like "eternal springtime" or "spring chant" depending on who you ask.
  • Riches to Rags: He started out a rich man, then was forced to live in abject poverty when the Japanese occupied Foshan.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: While he always curb-stomps minor opponents, at least in the first film, he did it with such a style.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: The fundaments of his wing chun moves.
  • Smoking Is Cool: When he is at ease. Deconstructed in Ip Man 4 where his casual smoking ends up giving him throat cancer.
  • So Last Season: Beating up ten Japanese karate experts and a general is nothing compared to fighting a showy British boxer, an American property developer who's also into boxing, a Karate instructor, and a Marine Sergeant.
  • The Stoic: Is often quiet and polite.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he's really pissed off, as shown in his fight against the 10 black belts.
  • Warrior Therapist: Becomes this accidentally.
    • Between the first and second films, his friend Zhou Qing Quan loses his memory after being shot in the head by the Japanese. Zhou regains his memory after listening to Ip Man's match with Twister on the radio, though his sanity was still questionable.
    • Jin goes from a violent bandit to a Doting Parent and Henpecked Husband after being deafened in one ear by Ip Man.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: When he was fighting against the bullies picking on Yonah, he mostly pinches part of their faces and spanked one with a hockey stick (granted the bully tried to hit him with it). Quite tame when compared to the blows he dealt to Twister and the 10 black belts.
  • Younger Than He Looks: By Ip Man 4, he's 71 years old, but still looks the same as he did in the first film.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Unfortunately, just like in real life Ip is diagnosed with cancer in Ip Man 4 and passes away by the end of the film.
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    Cheung Wing-sing 
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Played by: Lynn Xiong (credited as Lynn Hung)

Appears in: Ip Man | Ip Man 2 | Ip Man 3

Ip Man's wife. She disapproves of her husband always fighting and wants him to spend more time with his family. She has two sons: Ip Chun, played by Li Chak, and Ip Ching, born at the end of the second film.


  • Happily Married: To Ip Man. Despite the fighting and Ip Man's absenteeism due to his work and responsibility she still loves him.
  • Ill Girl: Falls ill and has to be taken care of by Ip Man at least once in every movie. Third movie however has her health become terminal.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: She starts getting abdominal pains in the third film and was eventually diagnosed as having cancer. She died after the events of the film from it.
  • Killed Offscreen: She spends the second half of the third film succumbing to stomach cancer, the epilogue then announces her death.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Ip Man a lot when he is neglecting his family due to other obligation.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She is kind, quiet, and soft-speaking.

    Ip Chun 

Appears in: Ip Man | Ip Man 2

Ip Man's first son.


  • He's All Grown Up: Subverted, in Ip Man 2 he oddly is the same age due to a casting error that nobody caught until late in production, and then he's absent in Ip Man 3, so he's never seen beyond elementary age.
  • Put on a Bus: He's absent in Ip Man 3 due to returning to Foshan for college.

    Master Liu 
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Played by: Zhi-Hui Chen

Appears in: Ip Man

A martial artist teacher who has a friendly fight with Ip.


  • Friendly Rivalry: With Ip. The two of them are very courteous with one another and treat each other like good friends. Even when he challenges Ip Man to a friendly match the two pull their punches.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: By Ip Man, very early in the movie. The humiliation indirectly leads to his death.
  • Mauve Shirt: He's given enough screen time to establish his relationship with Ip. It also makes his death more tragic, and Ip's Tranquil Fury more justified.
  • Nice Guy: He challenges Ip Man to a match, but is very patient and friendly with him, even willing to join him for dinner and tea.
  • The Worf Effect: He's a teacher at his own school of martial arts, but was easily defeated in his first two fights on screen. By the time he actually defeated someone, it was too little too late.

    "Crazy / Zealot" Lin 
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Played by: Xing Yu

Appears in: Ip Man

Ip's friend who runs a teashop.


  • Big Brother Instinct: While he is frustrated by Yuan's antics at times, he's quick to protect him when Yuan chastizes him for telling everyone about his defeat.
  • Hot-Blooded: Deconstructed. His passionate hate against the Japanese ended up getting him killed by Miura (who didn't want to kill him in the first place).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite being Hotblooded, he's the blue to Yuan's red.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite the fact that he was severely injured against Miura, he continued to go on against him and ended up beaten to death.

    Sha Dan Yuan 

Played by: Wong You-nam

Appears in: Ip Man

Lin's brother.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Lin.
  • Break the Cutie: He takes the news of his brother's death particularly hard.
  • Cassandra Truth: Played with. While many of the people he told believed him when he said he saw Ip and Liu fighting, his brother didn't.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Initially a simple troublemaker, he joins Shanzhao's group of bandits, hustling people for money after the Japanese Occupation.
  • Heel Realization: It takes the reveal of his brother's death at General Muira's hands for Yuan to finally pull himself together and stop hurting other people.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Lin's blue.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A kite made by his brother.
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    Chow Ching-Chuen 

Played by:

Appears in: Ip Man

A businessman who owns a cotton mill being plagued by Jin's bandits. His family flees to Hong Kong with Ip Man's family but he is shot in the head by a Japanese soldier. This causes him to forget his family and friends, thinking that everyone he sees is Japanese.


  • Easy Amnesia: Though he is partially cured after hearing Ip Man beat Twister on the radio.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: He got shot in the head by one of the Japanese soldiers, thankfully he survived, but has amnesia. He recovers partially following Ip Man's victory over the Twister.

    Jin Shanzhao 

Played by: Louis Fan

Appears in: Ip Man | Ip Man 2

A martial artist master from the North who came to Foshan.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Goes to Fo Shan to fight other martial artists to build a school to teach his own style.
  • Badass Longcoat: Justified; it's cold up north.
  • Big Damn Heroes: As Ip Man and Wong flee from the Hung Ga gang, Jin arrives with his own gang to stop the Hung Ga gang from advancing any further.
  • Blood Knight: Though more to prove his name than out of pure bloodlust, mind.
  • Boss Rush: A villainous variation in the first movie, where he cuts through the masters of Fo Shan before facing Master Ip.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Not in the first movie, mind you. But having the arrogance knocked out of him allowed him to find love and build a happy family by the second film, something he has come to thank Ip Man for.
  • Doting Parent: Having an adorable little girl is yet another incentive to turn away from a life of violence.
  • Easily Forgiven: He had been involved in Ip's life three times in the first movie: first he challenged him to a duel and accidentally smashed up his house (and attacked Ip with a sword), then he had become a bandit and tried to beat and rob the factory Ip was helping at. Finally, he gave Ip's location to the Japanese who were hunting him. Yet when he reappears in the sequel, he's greeted as an old friend.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: in the beginning of the first movie, he has his right hand wrapped up. Appropriately, his style is much more brutal and powerful than anyone he faces... until he reaches Ip Man.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the second movie, he comes to friendly terms with Ip Man.
  • Henpecked Husband: Even though he accuses Ip Man of being one in the first film, he becomes one himself in the second.
  • Karma Houdini: See Easily Forgiven. He never pays for the various misdeeds in the first film, but it probably helps that he is a much better person in the second film that this can be overlooked.
  • Love Redeems: "Thank you for knocking some sense into me all those years ago. Now that I'm married, I'm a responsible man with a family now!!"

    Li Zhao 

Played by: Lam Ka-tung

Appears in: Ip Man

A police inspector in Foshan. When the Japanese occupied China, he became a translator for them.


  • Les Collaborateurs: Works rather closely with the Japanese Blood Knight Miura and Sato as an interpteter, however, subverted in that it's heavily implied he's doing it to protect his family.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Becomes a translator to the Japanese when they invade and occupy China.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Secretly worked against them while still being their translator, his notable moment being to turn Colonel Sato's gun against him and kill him with it.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: During the commotion between the Japanese troops and Chinese following Ip Man's victory over Miura, Li and Sato fight for control over the latter's gun after he guns down Ip Man with it. It ends with Li seizing the gun and shooting Sato with it.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Given all the abuse Sato bestowed upon him for not bringing back Ip Man, it's really not surprising he kills the Colonel with his own gun.
  • The Mole He's often accompanying the Japanese forces following their takeover of Foshan, though he insinuates that he's only working as a Japanese/Chinese interpreter... but he begins to intentionally hide Ip Man from them soon after getting called out for his lack of courage.

    General Miura 
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Played by: Hiroyuki Ikeuchi

Appears in: Ip Man

The Japanese general in Foshan who was also a martial arts enthusiast. He often took Chinese martial artists to his building to fight against their Japanese counterparts.


  • Anti-Villain: Compared to Sato, Miura is more reasonable with a strong sense of personal honor.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He turned out to be much more of a skilled martial artist than the other karateka.
  • Badass in Charge: A military general but is a skilled martial artist.
  • Big Bad: Of the first movie.
  • Blood Knight: He was driven by his desire to pit the Chinese martial artists against the Japanese ones.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: He forbids Sato from bringing a gun into his dojo, which he considers a place reserved for "martial spirit."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played with. He does not always approve of Sato's cruel treatment of the Chinese, especially when he shoots Master Liu for grabbing the bag of rice he earned even after he lost. Though he intervenes whenever Sato is beating up Li Zhao, it's only after Li Zhao has been reduced to a bleeding mess.
  • Four-Star Badass: A general who's skilled in Karate. He's the only opponent in the entire movie who scores several direct hit on Ip Man, and he almost defeats Ip Man by a ring out.
  • Honor Before Reason: He ignores Sato's insistence of executing Ip Man, something that would spare him a lot of trouble, and instead decides to honor Ip Man's challenge to fight him one-on-one.
  • Noble Demon: Despite being the antagonist, he threatened to kill Sato for shooting Liu in the arena. He was also baffled when Lin would rather die against him than surrender.
  • Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Spends his time practicing karate and fighting local martial artists rather than anything you'd expect a general to actually do during a war.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: And an honorable one at that.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Of an invading tyranny, yes, but he nevertheless treats the Chinese with greater dignity and respect than Sato does
  • Samurai: While nobody calls him this in the film, his dignified and noble behavior marks him as a likely descendent of a Warrior Clan.
  • Seppuku: A deleted scene depicts him piercing himself to death in private, following his loss against Ip Man.
  • Worthy Opponent: One of the reasons he refuses to have Ip Man killed is out of admiration for his skills. Given that he considers Japanese martial arts the superior technique, that's saying a lot.

    Colonel Sato 

Played by: Shibuya Tenma

Appears in: Ip Man

Miura's sadistic right hand man.


  • Asshole Victim: The only character deserving of death and no one will ever mourn.
  • Colonel Badass: Averted. While Sato is a colonel, he's too much of a cowardly Smug Snake to be this.
  • Dirty Coward: His go-to method of dealing with his problems is with his gun, mostly because he knows how powerless he would be without it.
  • The Dragon: He serves as the sadistic right-hand man of General Miura.
  • Karmic Death: He was shot by his own gun that he used to shoot Liu and Ip.
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Introduced in Ip Man 2

    Wong Leung 
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Played by: Huang Xiaoming

Appears in: Ip Man 2

Ip Man's first student in Hong Kong.


  • The Apprentice: To Ip Man.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Doubly subverted. At first he rejects Ip's offer to be the man's student and came back with friends for another round. When he's conclusively shown the error of his ways, though, he gladly accepts the tutelage.
  • Distressed Dude: He gets kidnapped by the Hung Ga gang but breaks out after Ip rescues him.
  • Hot-Blooded: Brash and won't hesitate to pick a fight with someone, such as Hung Ga students and even Twister.

    Hung Lei-Nan (Master Hung) 
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Played by: Sammo Hung

Appears in: Ip Man 2

A Hung Ga master who starts out as Ip's enemy but later became his friend.


    Master Law and Master Cheung 
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Top: Master Law Bottom: Master Cheung

Played by: Lo Mang (Law), Fung Hak-on (Cheung)

Appear in: Ip Man 2 | Ip Man 4 (Master Law only)

A pair of martial arts masters whose clubs play by Hung's rules and pay extortion to Wallace's corrupt foreign authority. The only other masters in the group with developed personalities, they are rarely seen apart and play a largely comedic Those Two Guys role.


  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Master Law spends a lot of screentime getting snarked at by Master Cheung or getting curb-stomped in battle.
  • Character Tic: Master Law has a tendency of twitching his lips or blinking twice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cheung, to Law. Especially during the final fight against Twister.
    Law: (to Ip) Hit him like you hit me!
    Cheung: It's not that hard to hit you.
    (Law gives him a dirty look)
  • Graceful Loser: Cheung takes his loss against Ip Man with dignity, unlike Law.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: They fight Ip Man before his confrontation with Hung. As befitting their personalities, Law rushes in and gets immediately defeated, while Cheung gives slightly more of a challenge before respectfully conceding defeat.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Law is Red, being a twitchy and brash fighter who often brags about his ability, but is too impulsive. Cheung is a softspoken man who tends to observe events quietly, and always acts with respect.
  • Slow Clap: Cheung does this when Law volunteers to fight Ip Man.
  • Sore Loser:
    • Upon being defeated by Ip Man, Law grabs Ip's leg, which doesn't end up very well for him. And he tries justifying his defeat with a lame excuse.
    • Law does this again in Ip Man 4, saying that the fighting ring was too small after Colin Frater effortlessly defeats him.
  • Those Two Guys: They're not quite plot important, but have an important flavor role and are occasionally seen commenting or reacting to the events as they progress.

    Taylor "The Twister" Milos 
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"I can finish you off with two punches."

Played by: Darren Shahlavi

Appears in: Ip Man 2

"The winners have to apologize to the losers? If I have to do that, I'll be apologizing every day!"

A British boxer who came to fight in Hong Kong.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's really smug and wants to show how superior his boxing is compared to the Chinese.
  • Ax-Crazy: Will happily kill his opponent if given an opportunity.
  • Blood Knight: He decided to pick a fight with the Chinese for fun.
  • Boxing Battler: In contrast with the kung fu the Chinese use, Twister sticks to boxing and manages to beat Hung Lei-Nang to death and hold his own against Ip.
  • The Bully: He mocked Chinese performance and decides to crash their presentation for no other reason that he is a dick.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: General Miura, while he still enslaved Foshan, was an honorable fighter who offered martial artists bags of rice if they win the fights he puts up, was actually impressed by Ip Man's skills that he wanted to recruit him in the Japanese army, and was disgusted by Colonel Sato coldly shooting Master Liu. Twister on the other hand is just an arrogant Blood Knight that openly mocks Chinese culture, ruthlessly beats up a martial artist and gloats about it when they call him out, murders Master Hung and shows no remorse for it. The final battle also has some differences, General Miura dealt a few blows to Ip Man before cornered and defeated, Twister however gave Ip Man difficulties during their fight, such as throwing a punch right after the bell rings and then Ip Man was barred from using kicks by the hosts to give Twister an advantage. Twister still lost however.
  • Evil Brit: Has an imperialist mentality and suggest Chinese martial arts should stick to dancing.
  • For the Evulz: Does what he does for the sheer joy of humiliating his opponents.
  • Hate Sink: If there's a character you're guaranteed to hate in the Ip Man series, it's easily Twister. His Establishing Character Moment has him call Hung a "yellow piece of fat", he then proceeds to disrespect and mock Chinese culture, beat up a martial artist to prove how inferior they are to him, mock them again when Master Hung asks for him to apologize, beat Master Hung while he has an asthma attack that he ends up dying, and not only does he show no remorse for it, but he loudly vows to kill every Chinese martial artist to clear his name. Needless to say, his defeat at the hands of Ip Man is well deserved.
  • Jerkass: He crashes a Chinese demonstration of their sports simply because he wanted to give them a real reason to scream (mocking their kiai).
  • The Juggernaut: What makes him so terrifying as an opponent. From the moment he steps into the ring, he makes it clear that he isn't even fazed by regular blows. His punches are powerful enough to make a grown man go flying off his feet. And he can outlast nearly everybody - even when Ip advises Hung to get the edge by exploiting a weakness, Twister still wins handily by tanking Hung's attacks until Hung is simply too tired to continue, at which point he sees no compunction with steamrolling a tired old man.
  • Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care he killed a man in a fight.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Twister can take and dish it out well while still being fast enough to keep up with Master Hung and Ip.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives a really nasty one to Master Hung and it kills him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He has a general distaste of Chinese martial arts and culture in general where he consistently mocked them.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Publicly and happily gloats that he's going to murder every Chinese warrior in Hong Kong in a rematch that is meant to clear his name.
  • Scary Teeth: While his teeth are perfectly normal, the black mouthguard he wears in the ring creates this visual effect, making him look much more unsettling.
  • Spiteful Spit: He does this after suckerpunching Ip Man after the bell rings.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: He kills Master Hung by punching him in the face numerous times, Ip Man then returns the favor by punching him in the face numerous times although Ip spares him.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Due to his connections, the British audience seem to think of him as just a popular, skilled boxer. The British news report about Hung's death spins the truth as him being a noble fighter who was unfortunate to accidentally kill a weaker opponent while honorably holding back, when the reality is far from it. Given the way the audience cheers for Ip Man's speech at the end, however, this may no longer be the case.

    Wallace 

Played by: Charles Mayer

Appears in: Ip Man 2

A chief police superintendent in Hong Kong who called in protection fees from martial arts schools.


  • Condescending Compassion: During a conference, he gives condolences for Hung's death while saying he was a weak fighter.
  • Dirty Cop: A corrupted racist cop.
  • Evil Brit: Like Twister.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Gets arrested for his crimes when Fatso tells the superiors of his actions.
  • Police Brutality: Beats on a newspaper editor with a nightstick for rightfully writing bad about Twister.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Openly despises the Chinese, applaud's Twister's racist actions, and schemes to force them to work for him without payment.

    "Fatso" Po 
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Played by: Kent Cheng

Appears in: Ip Man 2 | Ip Man 3 | Ip Man 4

A Chinese police officer in Hong Kong. He ensures that the martial arts clubs comply with the British police.


  • Les Collaborateurs: Like Li in the first film, Fatso is a policeman who reluctantly collaborates with the foreign occupiers before turning against them and helping the Chinese.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Is only referred to as "Fatso" until his real name is finally revealed in the third film.
  • Police Are Useless: In the third film, where Ip Man calls him out for having him do the police's work regarding of protecting an elementary school.
  • The Mole: Pretended that he is on Wallace's side before getting him arrested for his corruption.

    Lee Jun-fan "Siu Lung" (Bruce Lee) 
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Played by: Jiang Daiyan (Ip Man 2), Danny Chan Kwok-Kwan (Ip Man 3, Ip Man 4)

Appears in: Ip Man 2 | Ip Man 3 | Ip Man 4

A young man who wants to be (and will be) Ip Man's student. He will also become a famous actor.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Subverted as he likes to boast about his quickness and how good he is as a dancer but when Ip Man showed him the door in Ip Man 3 he seems to think it's because of his attitude. Truth is, it's Bruce who chose to take the door, as he thought he was not worth training.
  • He Is All Grown Up: In Ip Man 3, he comes back nine years after Ip Man 2 as an adult.
  • Hero of Another Story: Because this film series focused on his master, Ip Man, his struggles and controversies in building up his career in America and Hong Kong went largely untold, which was portrayed richly in other forms media instead.
  • Mouthy Kid: Even as a young adult in Ip Man 3, he is still cocky.
  • Red Baron: He calls himself "Siu Lung" ("Little Dragon"). It was one of the real Bruce Lee's monikers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Many, many levels in the fourth movie, where he's portrayed as an adult and established master in America. It's implied even the arrogant CBA acknowledged his skills prior to their later alliance, because they didn't have a single problem regarding the level of martial arts Lee was teaching - and neither did Ip Man, who said his manual was "well written" - it's the fact he was teaching them to non-Chinese which irritated them.
  • Young Future Famous People: As linked with real history, he will become a widely know martial artist and actor.

Introduced in Ip Man 3

    Cheung Tin-chi 
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Played by: Max Zhang

Appears in: Ip Man 3 | Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

A rickshaw puller who happens to also be skilled with Wing Chun.


  • Almighty Janitor: A rickshaw puller who also happens to be a skilled martial artist. Master Z later has him own a grocery store, then a server at a bar while still retaining his fighting skills.
  • Anti-Hero:
    • While he's a nice guy in general, he just wants recognition, and shows up later in order to rescue the kids being held hostage.
    • Further expanded and deconstructed in Master Z, where he's more of a Classical Anti-Hero. After losing to Ip Man, and thus the title of grandmaster, he takes mercenary work for a short time before quitting that job to live a normal life as grocery store owner. It doesn't last long as he quickly gets involved with the Triad after an unfortunate encounter, which resulted in his house getting burned down, his way of fighting back was by burning down the gang's opium den. Throughout the movie he comes to terms on what he truly fights for, to do the right thing instead of doing whatever to earn himself a reputation. His Badass Boast to Owen Davidson as him admit that he no longer aims to be a hero.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He declares his school to be the school that teaches real Wing Chun, issues an open, public challenge to Ip to prove he's the better fighter, and in general feels he's the best, skills-wise. He gets out of it after Ip Man defeats him in a match during the climax of the film.
  • Ascended Extra: He got to star in his own movie, Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy.
  • Badass Boast: Towards Owen Davidson when he fights in at the end of Master Z.
    Owen Davidson: You Chinese always think highly of yourselves, always wanting to be the hero. Has anyone told you that heroes die quickly?
    Tin-Chi: I didn't come here to be a hero. I came here to beat you.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He later starts showing signs of this, where the final third of the film has him challenge other martial artists to prove himself to be superior to Ip Man.
  • Final Boss: Of the third film, he's the last person Ip Man fights against. Which then becomes subverted when Ip Man 4 came out.
  • Foil: To Ip Man, both are skilled in Wing Chun, however Ip Man is widely known and well respected while Cheung is a rickshaw puller and doesn't get as much recognition. Also, while Ip has a more defensive style, his style is much more offensive and attack-based.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He retaliates against a drug dealer burning down his house by burning down said person's drug place.
  • Good Parents: He wants nothing but the best for his son's wellbeing.
  • Graceful Loser: After he and Ip Man square off, he loses and then humbly accepts defeat, and destroys the banner proclaiming himself to be the Wing Chun Grandmaster.
  • Hero of Another Story: He gets his own spin-off film to tell his own tale after his fight with Ip Man.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He craves attention and recognition, and sees himself to be equally just as skilled (if not more than) as Ip Man.
  • It's All About Me: He builds a reputation for himself as a Wing Chun martial artist, though only with the selfish intent of being acknowledged by others as the Wing Chun Grandmaster. He gets out of this mentality after losing a one-on-one duel against Ip Man.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's a fast guy who is tough, and is actually stronger than Ip in terms of build.
  • One-Man Army: As shown in his spinoff film, he can fight many opponents at once without looking any worse for wear.
  • Papa Wolf: Did not take the injuries that Cheung Fong got when his house burned down very well, he retaliates by literally burning Tso Sai-Kit's opium den.
  • Parents as People: His retirement from martial arts caused Cheung Fong to have a bit of resentment in him as he ends up being bullied at school for having a lame father. When Tin-Chi gets involved fighting Tso Sai-Kit and his Triad members during an errand, he ends up missing Cheung Fong's birthday and the present he bought him got damaged. Thankfully this does get resolved when he was able to celebrate at Owen's restaurant (albeit belated) with Julia and others and Julia was able to repair the Black Bat music box he gave him.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He burns a drug dealer's place after his place gets burnt to the ground.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He does what is best in the situation, be it having to work as a fighter for a European baddie for extra cash, or just demanding recognition. He does get better though.
  • Retired Badass: After being defeated by Ip Man, he stops practicing Wing Chun for a while and focuses on his son.
  • The Rival: To Ip Man.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He is a generally nice person in his own spinoff film.
  • Tranquil Fury: Tin-Chi is usually a quiet man, and stays that way even when he's angered.

    Ip Ching 

Appears in: Ip Man 2 | Ip Man 3 | Ip Man 4

Ip Man's second son.


  • Distressed Dude: Ma King-san kidnaps him and Cheung Fong.
  • Jerkass Realization: He gets out of his rebellious phase upon being informed of his father's cancer and he tearfully reconciles with him.
  • Rebellious Spirit: The final film of the series kicks off with a teenaged, rebellious Ip Ching expelled from school for fighting back against a bully.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the fourth film, he's a lot more violent and distant from his father. A bit justified since his mother passed away in the previous film and he's going through his teenage years. He also rejects calls from his father during the latter's time away in America, but eventually reconciles with him after learning of his cancer diagnosis.

    Cheung Fong 

Appears in: Ip Man 3 | Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

Cheung Tin-Chi's son that Ip Ching befriended at school.


  • Adult Fear:
    • In Ip Man 3 he and Ip Ching get kidnapped by Ma King-sang and would be sold to slavery if Ip Man doesn't cooperate with him.
    • In Master Z, when Tin-Chi's house gets burned down, Cheung Fong gets injured after debris falls on him and has to be hospitalized. One scene even has him having nightmares from the incident.
  • Ascended Extra: Along with Tin-Chi in his Spin-Off film, his role is expanded.
  • Distressed Dude: Ma King-san kidnaps him and Ip Ching, although when it turns out his father was Tin-Chi, he lets him go.
  • Fanboy: Of Black Bat, a comic book series. Tin-Chi bought him a Black Bat music box as a birthday present, Cheung Fong enthusiastically points out Owen's Black Bat bracelet, which later became part of Fu's Dying Clue that Tin-Chi used to discover who his killer was.

    Frank 
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Played by: Mike Tyson

Appears in: Ip Man 3

"Let's see whose fist is the fastest. Yours, or mine."

An unscrupulous American property developer who attempts to buy the school that Ip Man's son attends, thus putting him at odds with Ip.


  • Achilles' Heel: Ip Man scratching his eyeball with a knife hand strike is the only time he screams in pain.
  • Big Bad: Probably the closest thing to one in the film, since he is the driving force behind most of the events that affect Ip.
  • Boxing Battler: Almost exclusively uses boxing. Given that he's played by Mike Tyson, it's not much of a surprise.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He is not dumb, if Ip Man uses a stance that he can't punch with his boxing style he will just kick him so he stands up and then throw his hooks. He also wrestles better than Twister when Ip Man tries grappling him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Twister is a British boxer and has proven time and time how ruthless and cruel he is, even going as far as showing no remorse after murdering Master Hung. Frank is also a boxer, but was not impressed by Ma King-sang holding children hostage to blackmail Ip Man and Cheung Tin-Chi, beating him down and firing him for that. Twister sometimes goes against the rules to give himself an advantage when he threw a punch at Ip Man after the bell rings, Frank set up a fight for Ip Man that if he can keep up with him until the time is up, he will pull back from acquiring the land where the school is located, which he stayed true to his word. Also unlike the previous two antagonists, while Frank is the Big Bad, Cheung Tin-Chi is the final opponent of the movie.
  • Dramatic Dislocation: Ip uses his blocks to dislocate Frank's fist. It seems to work for a second, until he just relocates them and continues fighting as if it never happened.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While not exactly a good man, Frank does have a family that he cherishes; a fact that his mook Ma King-sang seemed to have forgotten when he thought of using children as hostages to deal with Ip Man. Frank beat him down shortly after that likely for even thinking of using children as hostages in the first place.
  • I Gave My Word: As Ip Man lasted the entire three minute duel against him to the end, Frank upholds his word and leaves Ip Man and his son's school alone.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Much like Mike Tyson is in real life, he is terrifyingly quick and equally as hard a hitter and tanks multiple powerful blows from Ip. He casually use footwork to avoid non-boxing attacks and bobs and weaves Ip's punches and shows adaptability to use parries and blocks not found in boxing to block Ip's quick powerful hits.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: The largest opponent Ip ever fights, about a hundred pounds heavier than Ip himself, and also the strongest and toughest.
  • Noble Demon:
    • When Ip Man goes the distance, he honors his word and leaves the school alone.
    • If his beat-down and subsequent firing of Ma King-sang is any indication, apparently he has Papa Wolf tendencies, and is appalled at the involvement and endangerment of children.
    • While it helps that he's black, he's still the only Big Bad after the first of the four films that isn't a bigoted racist.
  • No-Sell: Several of Ip's attacks during the fight. While Ip Man is shown bleeding from the mouth during the fight, Frank rarely shows signs of damage. Whenever Ip does land a clean blow on him, Frank seems to only get stronger.
  • Punched Across the Room: His punches hit so hard he throws Ip around like a ragdoll whenever a solid blow connects. Even if blocked.
  • Scary Black Man: Again, not surprising, seeing as he's played by Mike Tyson.
  • Soft Glass: Ip maneuvers towards several windows for him to hit if he misses Ip. Doing so doesn't even cause Frank to bleed.
  • Time-Limit Boss: Ip only has to last three minutes to win (the equivalent of a single boxing round). It's one of the only fights in the series that Ip could have lost if it lasted longer.
  • Villain Respect: On top of honoring his deal with Ip Man, as Ip Man leaves his office, he gives the type of "not bad, not bad at all" smile one only gives a Worthy Opponent.

    Ma King-sang 
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Played by: Patrick Tam

Appears in: Ip Man 3 | Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

Frank's second-in-command.


    Suchart (Thai Boxer) 

Played by: Sarut Khanwilai/Simon Kuke

Appears in: Ip Man 3

A hitman-cum-mercenary under Frank's payroll, tasked in the film to attack Ip Man.


  • Does Not Like Shoes: Is barefooted when he fought Ip, which became his Achilles' Heel when Ip unceremoniously stomped on his open toes while they fought on the stairs.
  • Epic Tracking Shot: His fight with Ip was uniquely shot from above their heads as they descended the (numerous) stairs of Ip's apartment.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He's clearly on a different level compared to the Mook Ip's been fighting in the third movie... shame he had to go against Ip Man. His boss, Frank, was also clearly stronger - showcased by the respect he showed the latter in their one scene together.
  • The Voiceless: Never spoke a word in his appearances (barring a few pained grunts when Ip hit him), in contrast to his Motor Mouth handler Ma King-san.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Implied by how he attacked Ip in a small elevator when the latter was with his wife, showing he clearly didn't care if any missed attacks might hit her.

Introduced in Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

    Julia 

Played by: Liu Yan

Appears in: Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

A singer of Gold Bar. Gave Tin-Chi and Cheung Fong a place to stay after their house burned down.


  • Action Girl: She does prove herself to be quite the ass kicker at the beginning of the movie.
  • Combat Stilettos: When she does fight, she does so in high heels.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards her friend Nana, and also to Cheung Fong.

    Fu 

Played by: Xing Yu

Appears in: Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

The owner of Gold Bar and Julia's brother.


  • Dying Clue: When he was fighting Owen, he pulls off his Black Bat bracelet. When Tin-Chi finds the bracelet in his hand, he immediately knew who killed him.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Fu exposing Kit's cocaine to the media causes Owen to have the police commissioner arrest him then leads him to be killed.
  • Retired Badass: He used to be a master before opening his bar.

    Tso Ngan Kwan 

Played by: Michelle Yeoh

Appears in: Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

The leader of the Cheung Lok crime organization, but aims to turn it into a legit business.


  • Affably Evil: Is very polite and reasonable, but also a crime boss.
  • Action Girl: She's quite the fighter, courtesy of being played by Michelle Yeoh.
  • Anti-Villain: She's only a villain by proxy of being The Don of the drug-running gang Cheung Tin-Chi ends up opposing. She wants to change, her gang doesn't.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Is the head boss of the Triad, and stands toe-to-toe against Tin-Chi.
  • Benevolent Boss: Kwan is a genuinely caring boss who doesn't want her subordinates to get arrested, and even geuninely listens to those who have differing views, though she does not tolerate greed and embezzlement.
  • Evil Virtues: Responsibility. She's cared for her younger brother Kit since they were children. Good thing too, seeing as she's the only thing preventing him from going even further off the rails than he already has.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Kit's foolish. Being the head boss of the Triad is what's preventing him from committing more crimes than what he can already do, so he has to do it in secrecy.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She spends the film trying to help her gang go legit, but the Merchant's Association shunning her and Cheung and Kit's feuding makes it an uphill battle.
  • Lady of War: Not only is she a master swordswoman, she also prides herself on her calligraphy.
  • Morality Chain: Played With. Kwan prevents Kit from performing more heinous crimes...so he simply does them in secret, which causes the feud between him and Cheung Tin-Chi. Kwan gets sick of their feuding and slices her brother's arm off to punish him and appease Cheung.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is willing to compromise when Tin-Chi and Fu came after cutting off Kit's hand.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After her syndicate's activities are exposed to the media, she leaves Hong Kong with her brother, with the intent to turn over a new leaf.
  • The Don: Of the Cheung Lok.

    Tso Sai Kit 

Played by: Kevin Cheng

Appears in: Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

Ngan Kwan's younger brother, who is a drug dealer behind his sister's back.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Kwan chops off his right arm during her fight with Tin-Chi when he attempts to shoot the latter.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kills and tortures anyone who opposes him or stands in his way. He beats Nana over a debt, and burns Tin-Chi's house down — with him and his son inside — because he saved Nana. Later, he shoots his old friend Ma King-Sang just to curry favor with Owen Davidson, and murders Nana to get back at Tin-Chi and Fu.
  • Coattail-Riding Relative: Kit's Freudian Excuse. He's scared the rest of the gang sees him as this.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Really does not like to be helped and hits one of his guys for thinking he is looking down on him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zigzagged. He's convinced himself his sister's doting makes everyone look down on him and seems to resent her, yet the only thing he can do against her is declare himself independent. Even that doesn't stick, since he accompanies her out of the city when they're exposed by the media.
  • Evil Is Petty: He had Tin-Chi's house burned down all because he was beaten up by him.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Kwan's responsible. He does a lot of crimes behind her back, which she sometimes tries to make amends for in his stance.
  • Freudian Excuse: As the sickly younger brother of Tso Ngan Kwan, he was always in her shadow, which led him to develop a massive inferiority complex. His insecurities are what fuel his violent, murderous behavior.
  • Jerkass: Beats down his team members, abuses Nana, and doesn't hesitate to turn against his own friend to benefit himself.
  • Karma Houdini: Downplayed as while Kit lives, his hand is cut off by his sister and his entire drug business is finished.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Kit is willing to beat on girls if they don't pay them back and forcefully overdosed Nana with cocaine when she accidentally discovered it.

    Owen Davidson (UNMARKED SPOILERS) 

Played by: Dave Bautista

Appears in: Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

The owner of a western restaurant that Cheung Fong wanted to go to for his birthday.


  • Boom, Headshot!: Sadi kills him by throwing an ice pick to his head.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Who knew the friendly restaurant owner who volunteered at an orphanage would turn out to be the one responsible for the drug trade in Hong Kong?
  • Foil: Davidson is this to all the past foreign Big Bads of the Ip Man movies. Like General Miura, Twister, and Frank, he's a foreign villain. However, whereas those past villains were all either foreign occupiers or in the case of Frank, a foreigner who's established himself in Hong Kong's criminal underworld, Owen Davidson has established himself as a seemingly legitimate businessman and philanthropist. And while Miura may have had some Noble Demon qualities, he was still a foreign occupier at the end of the day who lorded over Chinese people, whereas Twister had even more contempt for the local people and Frank, while not as bad as the other two, wasn't the most sensitive to the local people's plight either judging from his plan to buy up the school that Ip Man's son attended. Owen, on the other hand, puts on the facade of being a kind philanthropist who genuinely cares about local Chinese people whereas past foreign villains in the franchise never felt the need to hide who they were or their varying degrees of contempt for the locals.
  • Friend to All Children: Volunteered at an orphanage, and wore a Black Bat bracelet one of them made him.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After he is outed for his drug smuggling activities, Davidson escapes to avoid arrest. Unbeknown to him, Sadi awaits him, and kills him with an ice pick to the back of his head.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: If the tide of battle turns against him, Davidson will run to fight another day. Unfortunately for him, Sadi is there to make sure he's killed.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: His bulky build alone is enough to give Tin-chi a hard time during their fight, via brute force.
  • Nice Guy: Apologizes to Cheung Fong when they arrive too late to the restaurant for his birthday and still celebrates it a few days later and when Kwan is chastised by the auction crowd for her history in the crime business, Owen politely thanked her for having the thought for participating in the auction anyway. It turns out to be an act.
  • One Head Taller: Towers over the smaller Tin-Chi, giving him an advantage throughout most of their fight.
  • Pet the Dog: He brought a cake to Fong for his birthday and tells him about how a orphan kid made him a Black Bat bracelet that he saw on his wrist.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Despite his humble facade, he looks down on the Chinese; which he's all too happy to reveal to Fu before killing him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He lambastes a downed Tin-chi during their fight for trying to play the hero. Unfazed, Tin-chi explains that he's only here to take down Davidson.
    Davidson: You Chinese think too highly of yourself. Always wanting to be the hero. Hasn't anyone told you, that heroes die quickly?
    Tin-chi: I didn't come here to be a hero. I came here to beat you.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Owen sneakingly bolts it when he sees that the police commissioner, the only person that could protect him from the law is arrested for being an accomplice to his business. However he doesn't get far with Sadi around.
  • Stone Wall: His significant height advantage and very muscular build allow him to shrug off a lot of Tin-Chi's blows. It's only when Tin-Chi starts going for the joints that he gets the upper hand.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Is often seen grilling and eating steak.
  • Walking Spoiler: If all those spoiler tropes don't say enough, there's a lot to this kind man than meets the eye.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Volunteered at an orphanage and owns a restaurant but is a drug dealer and has the police commissioner working for him.

Introduced in Ip Man 4

    Wan Zong-hua 
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"Don't kneel to these outsiders."

Played by: Wu Yue

Appears in: Ip Man 4

A Tai Chi master and chairman of the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA).


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is able to fight roughly on par with Ip Man in a duel, and proved to be a far more dangerous opponent to Geddes than an entire, admittedly already injured, group of masters.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He makes Yonah practice Tai Chi and doesn't view her enthusiasm for cheerleading in high regard. He gets out of it after he makes up with her, before the Marines take him into custody.
  • Holier Than Thou: He believes himself superior to white people and claims they are constantly attempting to drive him and the other local Chinese out of town, rejecting Ip Man's suggestions to communicate with the Americans and come to a resolution.
  • Honor Before Reason: He refused to back down to Geddes when his daughter Yonah begged him not to.
  • Noble Demon: Although he is a racist who tries to emotionally blackmail Ip Man into stopping Bruce Lee from teaching martial arts to Caucasians, he recognizes that Ip Man's arm is injured and decides to fight with one arm as well.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He becomes this after being eventually moved by Ip Man's speech and decides to write the recommendation letter that Ip Man needed.
  • Sports Dad: He makes his daughter Yonah take up on Tai Chi lessons after school, but she doesn't share the same enthusiasm for it as he does, and resents him for not taking her own passions into account.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Although he looks like an average Chinese male, he is able to knock back a jumping Geddes with one blow but however he is not able to leave any actual damage to him.
  • Weak, but Skilled He was able to avoid direct hits of Geddes' attacks mostly but however due to the latter's greater strength and durabilty he is eventually overwhelmed and sustained injuries.

    Wan Yonah 

Played by: Vanda Margraf

Appears in: Ip Man 4

Zong-hua's daughter. A tai chi disciple but has a stronger passion for cheerleading, she befriends Ip Man after he saves her from a group of bullies.


  • Action Girl: She actually puts up a fight with her kung fu training after being attacked by Becky's gang; it's just that she is not experienced enough with the art to avoid being overwhelmed.
  • Bad Liar: Lies to Zong-hua that she didn't get in a fight, but he doesn't believe her. She even tried to forge Zong-hua's signature so Ip Man could get a letter of recommendation, which he quickly found out and tore the paper up.
  • Crime of Self-Defense: When Becky corners her and cuts her hair off, Yonah does fight back, injuring Becky in the process. Unfortunately, Becky cries to her mom that she was attacked to get her dad to come home and forcefully deport Zong-hua.
  • Foil: To Ip Ching, she is a teenager with a strained relationship with her father. Ip Ching got expelled from school for his violent tendencies, such as beating up a classmate for stealing his comic book, Yonah does get into fights but mostly it was out of retaliation, and said fights was due to Becky's racism. Ip Man wants to send Ip Ching to America in hopes of giving him a good education, but Ip Ching prefers to learn martial arts, Yonah is already learning martial artists but resents it and prefers cheerleading. Her dreams of pursuing her own passion over her dad's wishes is what inspires Ip Man to ultimately decide not to send Ip Ching to America.
  • Hates Their Parent: She resents her father for not taking her own interests to heart and his mindset of knowing what's best for his daughter because he is the parent. She makes up with him, however, before the Marines take him into custody.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Befriends Ip Man, a man in his 70s by the time the film takes place.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Not to the same extent as Ip Ching but she does occasionally go against Zong-hua's rules from forging his signature on a letter of recommendation for Ip Man to even just speaking English around him.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Becky cuts off her hair when she has her against a fence.

    Hartman Wu 
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Played by: Vanness Wu

Appears in: Ip Man 4

A US Marines Corps staff sergeant and Bruce Lee's student who tried to promote Chinese Martial Arts to the Marines.


  • Badass Boast: Hartman brings Ip Man to fight Geddes and says that he will kick his ass, which he does eventually!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes his attempts to promote Chinese martial arts have put the entire CBA in the cross hairs of Barton Geddes.
  • Slow Clap: After Geddes is defeated and taken away, Hartman applauds to Ip Man with the rest of the Marines soon following his example.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He rightfully calls out on Geddes for all he has done.
    Hartman: "Racist asshole! Look around you: we are the culture. Your supremacy is pure hatred and bigotry. This... this is Master Ip Man. He defeated Colin last night, and he's here to kick. Your. Ass!"

    Barton Geddes 
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"Fight 'till you drop."

Played by: Scott Adkins

Appears in: Ip Man 4

"I'M NOT RACIST. SEE, I DON'T HATE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE COLORED. I HATE YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE COWARDLY COLORED!"

The US Marines Corps gunnery sergeant.


  • 0% Approval Rating: It's apparent that the Marines don't respect or like Geddes. If you look closely at the Marines watching his fight with Wan and Ip Man, you see them grimace when Wan was brutalized or Ip is on the floor and being insulted by him. It indicates that they want their racist commanding officer to lose and be beaten.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's completely convinced karate is the perfect form of martial arts and seeks to utterly dismantle all alternatives.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As Ip Man's final opponent chronologically, he's one of his toughest fights, even more than the designated karate instructor under him. Then again, Ip Man also had an injured wrist and was slowly dying of cancer at that point.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Geddes probably could've defeated Ip Man when he had him down on the floor if he hadn't taken time to needlessly insult him and let him get back up, which would be Geddes' own undoing and downfall.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Geddes noticed Ip Man's injured wrist, he tries to take advantage of that by making Ip Man defend with that hand. Otherwise subverted, as while he demands a no rules fight, he doesn't actually take advantage of it.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He portrays quite the negative stereotype of one; he constantly belittles the recruits under him (especially coloured ones), shows very little respect for even his own peers just below his rank and does not hesitate to wake, then assemble his trainees in the middle of the night just to get them to watch him prove his point about their superior martial arts. This works the first time against Wan, not so much against Ip Man unsurprisingly.
  • Eagleland: A very overt type 2. In every scene he's in, he doesn't waste time throwing out blatantly racist statements towards the Chinese and other non-Caucasian people.
  • Evil Virtues: Villainous or not, Geddes shown in his fight against Wan how surprisingly determined and spirited he is. He's thrown down over and over, actually looking like the underdog there, and still not gives up, until eventally mounting a Rocky-esque comeback that leads to his win.
  • Final Boss: The final opponent Ip Man faces before he dies in the end from lung cancer.
  • Foil: To General Miura. Both are karate-practising military men and the Final Bosses of their respective installments, but Miura as a general is the highest authority locally, whereas it is shown that there is a higher officer Hartman can go over Geddes's head to. Miura is also an honourable man who harshly reprimands Sato for killing Master Liu for his failure, while Geddes is a brutal overt racist who encourages Frater's viciousness and, when that fails, attacks the CBA in their headquarters while the masters are still injured and tired from fighting Frater. Finally, while Miura is a comparatively weak opponent that gets larruped quickly by Ip, Geddes turns out to be so strong and dangerous that he almost wins their duel.
  • Hate Sink: Very deserving of everyone's contempt for all of his racism and overall horrible personality.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He doesn't enforce any rules during the fight between himself and Ip, yet he doesn't capitalize on it... which becomes his own undoing after he needlessly taunts his downed opponent and receives a rightful ass-kicking in return.
  • Hypocrite: For all his racist posturing and disdain for kung fu, his martial art of choice is karate, itself an East Asian style, rather than something traditionally Western like boxing, or at least something like savate that isn't from Asia.
  • Insane Troll Logic: He claims that hating POC individuals for being colored is not the same as hating a cowardly POC for being cowardly colored.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Geddes is nowhere near the fastest like Miura, strongest like Twister, toughest like Frank, or the even most skilled like Tin-chi, but he's likely the most well-rounded of all that Ip Man has ever fought as he can punch, kick, and grapple well along with being incredibly durable like the aforementioned previous opponents.
  • Jerkass: Throughout his time on screen, he takes every opportunity to show off that he is a real racist asshole, something that Hartman calls him.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • He has all the Chinese recruits run laps and burned a Wing Chun wooden dummy after Hartman's loss to Colin.
    • He breaks a grandmaster's arm even after said grandmaster gave him the info he needed.
    • He brutally injures Wan by breaking his arm and leg and knocks him out after Hartman surrenders for him.
    • When Ip Man is down on the floor, he calls him another "little yellow chink".
  • Large Ham: Tends to be quite intense, especially when in his most racist.
  • Light Is Not Good: He wore a white shirt against Ip Man, but is an overly racist and brutal man.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After brutalizing Wan by breaking his knee and arm, Geddes gets his own arm crushed by Ip Man and his windpipe punched for good measure that results in him struggling to get up. He ends up having to be carried out.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite the above description, Geddes is incredibly fast and strong, and can take a lot of punishment to boot. He was able to fight a room full of masters (albeit several of whom were injured, and none were in the right fighting mindset) and defeat them with ease.
  • Made of Iron: He's very resilient, constantly springing back after being taken down in his fight scenes. Ip Man has to strike his eye, kick his groin, crush his arm and punch his windpipe just to make him stay down.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Geddes boasts a muscular build, and thus gives Ip Man a hard time in their fight through brute force alone.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Because Geddes puts in a 'no rules' for the fight, Ip Man manages to turn this rule against him by kicking Geddes in the groin when he nearly tried to break him, not to mention Geddes never uses the rule himself.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He joins Twister as being one of the most overtly racist Western villains in the series.

    Colin Frater 
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Played by: Chris Collins

Appears in: Ip Man 4

A US Marine Corps karate coach.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He believes in karate's superiority just like Geddes.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the military's instructor for karate for a reason. He is able to handily defeat Hartman and multiple masters one after another before fighting Ip Man.
  • Badass Beard: He may be a racist piece of shit but he has the skills to back up his trash talk and quite the beard to go with it.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He should have quit when Ip Man repeatedly tells him to 'stop' and even holds back on a throat strike. When he refuses to back down, Ip Man defeats him and breaks his rib in the process.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivered these to Hartman and a few grandmasters, but received one from Ip Man.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He proves to be a surprisingly strong opponent, taking down Hartman, multiple masters and even getting several good hits on Ip Man. However, he is quickly defeated once Ip Man starts to get serious.
  • The Dragon: To Geddes.
  • Gendered Insult: He collectively refers to the Chinese as "yellow bitches" when challenging them to a fight.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He has no issue voicing his disdain towards people of Chinese descent, openly referring to them as "yellow bitches".
  • Super Strength: Of a sort. He can break multiple concrete blocks with one chop. One master tried blocking his attack only to have his own arm crushed.
  • Very Punchable Man: He antagonizes the Chinese for no reason other than to preach karate's superiority over other forms of martial arts. He dispatches Hartman and a number of grandmasters to get this point across, but Ip Man eventually puts him in his place. Given Frater's actions throughout the course of the film, it's hard to feel sorry for him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When a third, female grandmaster turns up to confront him at the Mid-Autumn Festival, Frater makes it clear that he doesn't intend to hold back against her.
    (scoffs) "Lady, I will show you no mercy."

    Becky Walters 

Played by: Grace Englert

Appears in: Ip Man 4

A student attending the school that Ip Man wants his son to go to.


  • Alpha Bitch: A cheerleader and has a Jerk Jock boyfriend, and is racist to boot.
  • Dirty Coward: Becky was able to hurt Yonah and cut her hair when she has her boyfriend's gang to help her, but once Ip Man comes in and defeats the gang, she immediately retreats with them.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She invites her boyfriend and his gang to rough up Yonah for calling her a "stupid blonde" and a "paleface".
  • Dumb Blonde: Yonah calls her a "stupid blonde", for claiming that America belonged to white people for generations unaware that the land belonged to the Native Americans first.
  • Hate Sink: From all we've seen of her, it's clear that she is a racist bully who pulls the victim card to get things her way.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Tells Yonah that Chinese people don't belong in America because White people have been there for generations, but Yonah was quick to quip back that America has always had immigrants, and that the White people stole the land from Native Americans.
    Becky: This has been our land for generations. What do you people want from us?
    Yonah: Now I know why they call you a stupid blonde. America has always had immigrants. The Indians are the only real Americans. Your ancestors stole their land, paleface.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite everything she's done, she never gets any comeuppance for her actions aside from getting the gash on her cheek.
  • Kick the Dog: Becky, her boyfriend, and his gang humiliate Yonah for no discernible reason other than to get back at her after telling her off, calling her names, and beating her in the tryouts.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Her mother cries that Becky has been "horribly disfigured" when she only has a cut on her cheek that she got after Yonah slammed her against a fence.
  • Playing the Victim Card: She lies to her mother about getting bullied at school after attacking Yonah.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her fight with Yonah and her subsequent injury is what prompted her to get her mom to call her dad to come home to forcefully deport Zong-hua and eventually get him involved with Barton Geddes.

Alternative Title(s): Ip Man, Ip Man 2, Ip Man 3, Ip Man 4, Master Z The Ip Man Legacy

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