31 Facts About Fu Manchu


Dr Fu Manchu is a supervillain who was introduced in a series of novels by the English author Sax Rohmer beginning shortly before World War I and continuing for another forty years.

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Clive Bloom argues that the portrait of Fu Manchu was based on the popular music hall magician Chung Ling Soo, "a white man in costume who had shaved off his Victorian moustache and donned a Mandarin costume and pigtail".

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Fu Manchu first appeared in Rohmer's short story "The Zayat Kiss" .

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Fu Manchu has a great respect for the truth, and uses torture and other gruesome tactics to dispose of his enemies.

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Dr Fu Manchu is described as a mysterious villain because he seldom appears on the scene.

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Fu Manchu sends a dacoit to attack Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Dr Petrie.

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Van Ash speculates that Dr Fu Manchu was a member of the imperial family of China who backed the losing side in the Boxer Rebellion.

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Dr Fu Manchu knows that both fascism and communism present major obstacles to his plans for world domination.

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Dr Fu Manchu has extended his already considerable lifespan by use of the elixir of life, a formula that he has spent decades trying to perfect.

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When Rohmer revived the series in 1931, Smith, who has been knighted for his efforts to defeat Fu Manchu, is an ex-Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard.

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Fu Manchu's was sold to the Si-Fan by Egyptian slave traders while she was still a child.

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Dr Fu Manchu's daughter, Fah Lo Suee, is a devious mastermind in her own right, frequently plotting to usurp her father's position in the Si-Fan and aiding his enemies both within and outside the organization.

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Fu Manchu's is introduced anonymously while still a teenager in the third book in the series and plays a larger role in several of the titles of the 1930s and 1940s.

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Fu Manchu's is known for a time as Koreani after being brainwashed by her father, but her memory is later restored.

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The "Fu Manchu" mustache is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as a "long, narrow moustache whose ends taper and droop down to the chin", although Rohmer's writings described the character as wearing no such adornment.

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Fu Manchu indicated a new phase in which Chinese people were portrayed as perpetrators of crime and threats to Western society as a whole.

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Character of Dr Fu Manchu became, for some, a stereotype embodying the "Yellow Peril".

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For others Fu Manchu became the most notorious personification of Western views of the Chinese, and became the model for other villains in contemporary "Yellow Peril" thrillers: these villains often had characteristics consistent with xenophobic and racist stereotypes which coincided with a significant increase in Chinese emigration to Western countries.

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Fu Manchu was featured in the episode "The Terrible Revenge of Fred Fu Manchu" in 1955, and made minor appearances in other episodes .

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Dr Fu Manchu was parodied as Dr Wu in the action-comedy film Black Dynamite, in which the executor of an evil plan against African Americans is an insidious, mustache-sporting kung fu master.

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Dr Fu Manchu first appeared on the big screen in the British silent film series The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu starring Harry Agar Lyons, a series of 15 short feature films, each running around 20 minutes.

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Lyons returned to the role in The Further Mysteries of Dr Fu Manchu, which comprised eight additional short feature films.

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Dr Fu Manchu made his American film debut in Paramount Pictures' early talkie The Mysterious Dr Fu Manchu starring Warner Oland, soon to be known for his portrayal of Charlie Chan.

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Dr Fu Manchu returned to the serial format in Republic Pictures' Drums of Fu Manchu, a 15-episode serial considered to be one of the best the studio ever made.

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Fu Manchu later directed an unauthorized 1986 Spanish film featuring Dr Fu Manchu's daughter, Esclavas del Crimen.

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Television arm of Republic Pictures produced a 13-episode syndicated series, The Adventures of Dr Fu Manchu, starring Glen Gordon as Dr Fu Manchu, Lester Matthews as Sir Denis Nayland Smith, and Clark Howat as Dr John Petrie.

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In 1939, The Shadow of Fu Manchu aired in the United States as a thrice-weekly serial dramatizing the first nine novels.

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Dr Fu Manchu was first brought to newspaper comic strips in a black and white daily comic strip drawn by Leo O'Mealia that ran from 1931 to 1933.

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In 1940, the Chicago Tribune published an adaptation of Drums of Fu Manchu, at first it was a photo comics, but later it was illustrated by a unicredit artist.

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Fu Manchu appears in the adventures Night Moves and Night Live for the role-playing game Marvel Super Heroes.

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In May 2013, General Motors cancelled an advertisement after complaints that a phrase it contained, "the land of Fu Manchu", which was intended to refer to China, was offensive.

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