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Introduced in Ip Man

    Ip Man (Master Ip)

Played by: Donnie Yen

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

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.
  • 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 Miata 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 manage to avoid these but despite that, they couldn't pull out a victory against Ip Man nonetheless.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: To Cheung Wing-sing.
  • The Hero: Of the film series.
  • The Hero Dies: He dies from throat cancer at the end of Ip Man 4.
  • Heroic BSoD: Breaks down over Wing-sing's cancer diagnosis.
  • Historical Domain Character: Of Yip Man, 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.
  • The Heart: Is willing to help anyone in need in spite of his own poverty.
  • 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 and Frank (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.
  • 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.
  • One-Man Army: He can literally defeat dozens of martial artists 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.
  • 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, a Karate instructor, and 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.

    Cheung Wing-sing

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 going to returning to Foshan for college.

    Master Liu

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

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.

    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.

    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.
  • Jerkass: In the first movie. Averted as of the second film, in which he is now a loving family man.
  • Karma Houdini: See Easily Forgiven. He never pays for the various misdeeds in the first film.
  • 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.

    General Miura

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 then the other Japanese ones.
  • 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: He does not 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.
  • Four-Star Badass: A general who's skilled in Karate.
  • 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 as much dignity and respect as the Empire permits him to.
  • 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: How he dies in a deleted scene.
  • 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: To General Miura.

Introduced in Ip Man 2

    Wong Leung

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)

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
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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Played by: Darren Shahlavi

Appears in: Ip Man 2

A British boxer who came to fight in Hong Kong.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Arrogant boxer guy, in this case. 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 crash 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.
  • Red Baron: Twister.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: See For the Evulz for more details.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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 who beats a newspaper editor with a nightstick for rightfully writing crap about Twister.
  • Evil Brit: Like 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

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.

    Lee Jun-fan "Siu Lung" (Bruce Lee)

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 kid 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

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.
  • 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.
  • Graceful Loser: After he and Ip Man square off, he loses and then humbly accepts defeat.
  • 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 skilled as, if not more skilled, than 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's second son.

    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.


Played by: Mike Tyson

Appears in: Ip Man 3

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. 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Much like Mike Tyson is irl, 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.
  • 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.

    Ma King-sang 

Played by: Patrick Tam

Appears in: Ip Man 3

Frank's second-in-command.

  • Did Not Think This Through: He kidnaps Ip Ching and Cheung Fong and threatens to sell them into slavery if Ip Man doesn't cooperate with him... not knowing his boss, Frank is a father himself and wasn't impressed with his actions.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Kidnapping children as a way to blackmail Ip Man resulted in him getting fired and beaten down by his boss, who has a daughter.

    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


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.


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.
  • Retired Badass: Used to be 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Is Petty: He had Tin-Chi's house burned down all because he was beaten up by him.
  • 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 

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 turned out to be the one responsible for the drug trade in Hong Kong?
  • Friend to All Children: Volunteered at an orphanage, and wore a Black Bat bracelet one of them made him.
  • 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 Cheung for his birthday and tells him about how a orphan kid made him a Black Bat bracelet.
  • 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: Steaks, he is often seen grilling one.
  • Walking Spoiler: If all those spoiler tropes don't say enough, there's a lot to his 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 

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.
  • 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 is eventually moved by Ip Man's speech and decides to write the recommendation letter that Ip Man needed.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Although he looks like an average Chinese male, he is able to knock back a jumping Geddes with one blow.

    Hartman Wu 

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 eventually he does!
  • 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 is Master Ip Man. He defeated Colins last night and he's here to kick your ass!"

    Barton Geddes 

Played by: Scott Adkins

Appears in: Ip Man 4

The US Marines Corps gunnery sergeant.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink: Barton is just as despicable as Twister.
  • 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 krav maga that isn't from Asia.
  • 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 and knocks out Wan after Hartman surrenders for him.
    • When Ip Man is down on the floor, he calls him another little yellow chink.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After breaking one of the grandmasters' arm and brutalizing Wan, Barton gets his own arm crushed by Ip Man and his windpipe punched for good measure which 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. Ip Man has to strike his eye, kick his groin, crush his arm and punch his windpipe just to make him stay down.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Because Barton puts in a 'no rules' for the fight, which Ip Man manages to turn this rule against him and defeat him.
    • Barton probably could've won against Ip Man when he had him on the floor if he hadn't taken time to needlessly insult him and let him get back up, which results in his own downfall.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He joins Twister as being one of the most overtly racist Western villains in the series.

    Colin Frater 

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.
  • 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, breaking a rib in the process.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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


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