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The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film 

Ranker Entertainment
Updated April 27, 2019 292 votes 51 voters 20 items

List Rules Only characters who know Kung Fu

While it's undeniable that kung fu movies are all about the action, the more depth there is behind the fighting, the more memorable the film. In fact, the best martial arts movies feature complicated characters that can do more than simply kick the crap out of someone or paralyze them with a single punch (though that's still pretty cool to watch).

Whether they're cunning, sarcastic, funny, or just plain cool, the best kung fu characters are always memorable enough to stick with you long after the film is over. Whether it's Neo learning to channel his inner warrior in The Matrix or Bruce Lee taking on a drug kingpin in Enter the Dragon, these warriors have what it takes to get the job done. Who’s your favorite kung fu fighter?

Vote up your favorite martial artist and see which character is the strongest of them all.

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Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Enter the Dragon (1973)

Played By: Bruce Lee

Lee is a fictional character from the 1973 film Enter the Dragon.
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The Bride is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Kill Bill Vol 1&2 (2003-2004)

Played By: Uma Thurman

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Neo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
The Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003)

Played By: Jimmy Fallon, Keanu Reeves

Thomas Anderson is a fictional character from the 2003 film The Matrix Reloaded.

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The One-Armed Swordsman ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
ajrich77 added The One-Armed Swordsman Famous character from various Shaw Brothers movies

Played By: Wang Yu

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Po is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Kung Fu Panda, Secrets of the Furious Five

Played By: Jack Black

Po is a fictional character in the 2008 animated comedy Kung Fu Panda and its 2011 sequel Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom.
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Wong Fei-hung is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Wong Fei-hung Legend of Drunken Master (1994)

Played By: Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Alan Tam, Zhao Wenzhuo

Wong Fei-hung is a fictional character from the film Drunken Master and Drunken Master II.
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Chen Zhen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Fists of Fury, Fist of Legend, Legend of the Fist
Chen Zhen is a fictional character created by Hong Kong writer Ni Kuang. The character first appeared in the 1972 film Fist of Fury and was portrayed by Bruce Lee. Since 1972, Chen Zhen has been ...more
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Sub-Zero is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Sub-Zero is a video game character from the Mortal Kombat series and one of the original characters in the first Mortal Kombat game in 1992. A mainstay of the series, Sub-Zero is the only ...more
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Batman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Batman is a fictional character, an alternative version of the DC Comics mainstream incarnation. This version of Batman was created by Frank Miller and first appeared in The Dark Knight Returns
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Liu Kang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Mortal Kombat (1995)

Played By: Robin Shou

Liu Kang is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series from Midway Games, introduced as one of the original seven player characters in the 1992 first game as a Shaolin ...more
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Aang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
The Last Airbender (2010)

Played By: Zach Tyler Eisen

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Bill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Kill Bill Volume 2, Kill Bill Volume 1

Played By: David Carradine

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Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
The Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003)

Played By: Laurence Fishburne

Morpheus is a fictional character in the 2003 film The Matrix Revolutions.
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Wai Lin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Played By: Michelle Yeoh

Wai Lin is a fictional character in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, in which she was portrayed by Michelle Yeoh. The character has received critical acclaim, being widely regarded ...more

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Cheng Chao-an is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Cheng Chao-an The Big Boss (1971)

Played By: Bruce Lee

Cheng Chao-an is a fictional character from the 1971 film The Big Boss, played by Bruce Lee. He is a young man who travels from China to the remote town of Pak Chong in Thailand to work with his ...more
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Sing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Played By: Stephen Chow

Sing is a fictional character from the 2004 film Kung Fu Hustle.
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Snake Plissken is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Escape from New York (1981)

Played By: Kurt Russell

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Kwai Chang Caine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Kung Fu: The Movie (1986)

Played By: David Carradine

Kwai Chang Caine is a fictional character and the protagonist of the ABC 1972–1975 action-adventure western television series Kung Fu. He has been portrayed by David Carradine as an adult, Keith ...more
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John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
Shaft (1971)

Played By: Samuel L. Jackson

John Shaft is a fictional character created by screenwriter Ernest Tidyman as a sort of African American version of Ian Fleming's James Bond. He was portrayed by Richard Roundtree in the ...more

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Zuko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kung Fu Characters In Film
The Last Airbender (2010)

Played By: Dante Basco

Zuko is a fictional character in the 2010 fantasy film The Last Airbender.

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