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The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV

Updated June 14, 2019 2.5k votes 424 voters 16.8k 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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  • 1
    Mulan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Mulan

    Once Upon a Time, Mulan

    Played By: Ming-Na Wen

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

    Big Hero 6

    Voiced By: Ryan Potter

  • 3
    Glenn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Glenn

    The Walking Dead

    Played By: Steven Yeun

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    London Tipton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    London Tipton

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

    Played By: Brenda Song

  • 5
    Russell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Russell

    Up, Dug's Special Mission

    Voiced By: Jordan Nagai

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    Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Mr. Kesuke Miyagi

    The Karate Kid, The Next Karate Kid

    Played By: Pat Morita

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    Rachel Chu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Rachel Chu

    Crazy Rich Asians

    Played By: Constance Wu

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    Jessica Huang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Jessica Huang

    Fresh Off the Boat

    Played By: Constance Wu

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    Eve Polastri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Eve Polastri

    Killing Eve

    Played By: Sandra Oh

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    O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    O-Ren Ishii

    Kill Bill Volume 2, Kill Bill Volume 1

    Played By: Lucy Liu

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

    Fresh Off the Boat

    Played By: Randall Park

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    Dr. Kendrick "Ken" Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Dr. Kendrick "Ken" Park

    Dr. Ken

    Played By: Ken Jeong

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    Nicholas "Nick" Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Nicholas "Nick" Young

    Crazy Rich Asians

    Played By: Henry Golding

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    Señor Ben Chang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Played By: Ken Jeong

  • 15
    Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    13

    Samurai Jack

    Samurai Jack

    Voiced By: Phil LaMarr

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

    The Office, The Office: Subtle Sexuality

    Played By: Mindy Kaling

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    Harold Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Harold Lee

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

    Played By: John Cho

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    Hikaru Sulu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Hikaru Sulu

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

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

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    Sasha Tran is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Sasha Tran

    Always By My Maybe

    Played By: Ali Wong

  • 20
    David Kim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    David Kim

    Searching

    Played By: John Cho

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    Eleanor Sung-Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Eleanor Sung-Young

    Crazy Rich Asians

    Played By: Michelle Yeoh

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

    Futurama, Futurama

    Voiced By: Lauren Tom

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    Tom Haverford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Tom Haverford

    Parks and Recreation

    Played By: Aziz Ansari

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    Marcus Kim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Marcus Kim

    Always By My Maybe

    Played By: Randall Park

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    Kumar Patel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
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    Kumar Patel

    Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

    Played By: Kal Penn

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