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The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV 

Ranker Entertainment
Updated June 14, 2019 1.5k votes 358 voters 13.9k views 35 items

We're ranking the greatest Asian characters in film and TV. This list includes a diverse range of actors and actresses - and even a few cartoon characters. While proper Asian representation in Hollywood has been lacking for quite some time, newer shows and movies have started featured more diverse cast members than ever before. Characters from The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, and The Office feature pivotal Asian characters. In newer shows like Fresh Off the Boat, the entire main cast is Asian.

Not to be outdone, blockbuster films like Harold and Kumar, Mean Girls, and Crazy Rich Asians feature an eclectic roster full of Asian actors and actresses. Of course, there's also a generous helping of Asian inclusion in animated films and television as well. Which of these characters is your favorite?

Vote up your favorite characters and be sure to add your own if they’re missing from the list.

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1
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Once Upon a Time, Mulan, Reflections on Ice: Michelle Kwan Skates to the Music of Disney's 'Mulan'

Played By: Ming-Na Wen

2
Hiro Hamada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Hiro Hamada Big Hero 6

Voiced By: Ryan Potter

3
London Tipton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, The Suite Life Movie

Played By: Brenda Song

4
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
The Walking Dead

Played By: Steven Yeun

5
Russell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Up, Dug's Special Mission

Voiced By: Jordan Nagai

6
Rachel Chu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Rachel Chu Crazy Rich Asians

Played By: Constance Wu

7
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
The Karate Kid, The Next Karate Kid, The Karate Kid

Played By: Pat Morita

8
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Kill Bill Volume 2, Kill Bill Volume 1

Played By: Lucy Liu

9
Jessica Huang is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Fresh Off the Boat

Played By: Constance Wu

10
Dr. Kendrick "Ken&q... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Dr. Kendrick "Ken" Park Dr. Ken

Played By: Ken Jeong

11
Louis Huang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Fresh Off the Boat

Played By: Randall Park

12
Nicholas "Nick"... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Nicholas "Nick" Young Crazy Rich Asians

Played By: Henry Golding

13
Eve Polastri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Eve Polastri Killing Eve

Played By: Sandra Oh

14
Señor Ben Chang ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Community

Played By: Ken Jeong

15
Kelly Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
The Office, The Office: Subtle Sexuality

Played By: Mindy Kaling

16
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Samurai Jack

Voiced By: Phil LaMarr

17
Harold Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam

Played By: John Cho

18
Hikaru Sulu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek

Played By: George Takei (1966–1996), John Cho (2009–2016)

19
David Kim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
David Kim Searching

Played By: John Cho

20
Sasha Tran is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Sasha Tran Always By My Maybe

Played By: Ali Wong

21
Marcus Kim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Marcus Kim Always By My Maybe

Played By: Randall Park

22
Amy Wong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Futurama, Futurama

Voiced By: Lauren Tom

23
Kumar Patel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Played By: Kal Penn

24
Tom Haverford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Parks and Recreation

Played By: Aziz Ansari

25
Rose Tico is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Rose Tico Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Played By: Kelly Marie Tran