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The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV

Updated June 14, 2019 2.7k votes 487 voters 19.3k views35 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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  • Mulan1
    193
    28

    Mulan

    Once Upon a Time, Mulan

    Played By: Ming-Na Wen

  • Hiro Hamada2
    152
    36

    Hiro Hamada

    Big Hero 6

    Voiced By: Ryan Potter

  • Glenn3
    134
    30

    Glenn

    The Walking Dead

    Played By: Steven Yeun

  • London Tipton4
    148
    40

    London Tipton

    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck

    Played By: Brenda Song

  • Russell5
    121
    28

    Russell

    Up, Dug's Special Mission

    Voiced By: Jordan Nagai

  • Mr. Kesuke Miyagi6
    98
    18

    Mr. Kesuke Miyagi

    The Karate Kid, The Next Karate Kid

    Played By: Pat Morita

  • Rachel Chu7
    96
    20

    Rachel Chu

    Crazy Rich Asians

    Played By: Constance Wu

  • Jessica Huang8
    80
    16

    Jessica Huang

    Fresh Off the Boat

    Played By: Constance Wu

  • O-Ren Ishii9
    85
    23

    O-Ren Ishii

    Kill Bill Volume 2, Kill Bill Volume 1

    Played By: Lucy Liu

  • Louis Huang10
    66
    10

    Louis Huang

    Fresh Off the Boat

    Played By: Randall Park

  • Eve Polastri11
    71
    16

    Eve Polastri

    Killing Eve

    Played By: Sandra Oh

  • Nicholas "Nick" Young12
    69
    17

    Nicholas "Nick" Young

    Crazy Rich Asians

    Played By: Henry Golding

  • Dr. Kendrick "Ken" Park13
    65
    14

    Dr. Kendrick "Ken" Park

    Dr. Ken

    Played By: Ken Jeong

  • Señor Ben Chang14
    65
    18

    Played By: Ken Jeong

  • Samurai Jack15
    55
    17

    Samurai Jack

    Samurai Jack

    Voiced By: Phil LaMarr

  • Kelly Kapoor16
    60
    32

    Kelly Kapoor

    The Office, The Office: Subtle Sexuality

    Played By: Mindy Kaling

  • Harold Lee17
    46
    21

    Harold Lee

    Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

    Played By: John Cho

  • Hikaru Sulu18
    39
    17

    Hikaru Sulu

    Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

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

  • David Kim19
    33
    14

    David Kim

    Searching

    Played By: John Cho

  • Sasha Tran20
    34
    16

    Sasha Tran

    Always By My Maybe

    Played By: Ali Wong

  • Eleanor Sung-Young21
    27
    9

    Eleanor Sung-Young

    Crazy Rich Asians

    Played By: Michelle Yeoh

  • Tom Haverford22
    31
    14

    Tom Haverford

    Parks and Recreation

    Played By: Aziz Ansari

  • Amy Wong23
    33
    19

    Amy Wong

    Futurama, Futurama

    Voiced By: Lauren Tom

  • Marcus Kim24
    28
    13

    Marcus Kim

    Always By My Maybe

    Played By: Randall Park

  • Sun-Hwa Kwon25
    25
    10

    Played By: Yunjin Kim