There’s a lot of Asian characters in the movies, TV, comic books, manga, video games, and other fictional mediums that we absolutely love. Here are Amped Asia’s picks for the top 10.
Aang is the star of Avatar: The Last Airbender. After surviving in suspended animation of 100 year, the 12 year old Aang is reawakened to a world where he must stop an impending world war as the “Avatar” of the generation. An “Avatar” is one who is able to learn the four bending disciplines (firebending, earthbending, waterbending, and airbending) and bring peace to the world. An Avatar: The Last Airbender movie is set to come out soon and to be directed by M. Night Shymalan.
9) Harold Lee & Kumar Patel
These guys are quite notorious in the United States as the pot-smoking duo who set out on a journey to White Castle. Very few Asian Americans receive lead roles in American movies, but Harold and Kumar showed how funny two Asians could be in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. Due to the success of the movie, the duo received a sequel, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.
8) Liu Kang
Mortal Kombat reinvented the fighting game genre to be more brutal and bloody. The video game series, which also spawned two movies, a cartoon, and a TV show, has legions of fans worldwide. If you’re talking about Mortal Kombat then you must talk about Liu Kang, the main protagonist of the series. Besides being able to hook up with a hottie like Princess Kitana, Liu Kang has also saved the Earthrealm many times. He is currently one of the most popular characters of the Mortal Kombat universe.