The Most Notorious Martial Arts Movie Villains

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The greatest, baddest, and most memorable villains in martial arts movies

Even though a martial arts film can have a thin plot, and bad dialogue, that doesn't have to be a bad thing. What can lift a movie of this genre out of the basement is a great villain who fights real dirty, has quotable lines, and delivers an over the top performance. Often, the more dishonorable the better. If it can be said of these bad guys as Williams once exclaimed in Enter the Dragon, 'Man, you come right out of a comic book', then the chances are that they belong on this list.


  • Chong Li
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    235 VOTES

    Chong Li

    • Film: Bloodsport
    • Actor: Bolo Yeung
    235 votes
  • Bolo
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    201 VOTES


    Enter the Dragon
    • Film: Enter the Dragon
    • Actor: Yang Sze
    201 votes
  • John Kreese
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    182 VOTES
    The Karate Kid
    • Film: The Karate Kid, Part II, The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid, Part III
    • Actor: Martin Kove
    182 votes
  • Han
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    161 VOTES


    Enter the Dragon
    • Film: Enter the Dragon
    • Actor: Kien Shih
    161 votes
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    140 VOTES
    The Matrix
    • Film: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions
    • Actor: Hugo Weaving
    140 votes
  • David Lo Pan
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    148 VOTES

    David Lo Pan

    • Film: Big Trouble in Little China
    • Actor: James Hong
    148 votes