Martial arts movies are replete with some of the most campy cliches known to man. The Risus game system seems remarkably well-suited for role playing in this genre. This page contains a list of cliches describing some of the more common characters you see in Kung-Fu movies.
Inspiration for these cliches comes from any number of Bruce Lee / Jackie Chan / Chow Yun-Fat / Jet Li flicks as well as a bunch of others like: The Legend of Fong-Sai-Yuk, Iron Monkey, Big Trouble in Little China, and of course the immortal Kung Pow. Some inspiration also comes from the Mortal Combat and Tekken games and the ever-popular Feng Shui RPG.
Kick-Fu Fighter - Whirly kicking, across-the-room kicking, upside down helicopter kicking, kicking down doors, kicking through tables, kicking just because you can.
Acrobat-Fu Fighter - Jumping around, doing lots of flippy things, having a gift for finding naturally-occuring uneven bars in urban sprawls.
Gun-Fu Fighter - Drawing guns out of your belt / sleeves / ankle holster, shooting locks off doors, sliding across tables / floors / rooftops while shooting, sliding underneath someone and giving them the "ejector seat" maneuver.
Dance-Fu Fighter - Flipping around your girlfriend / sidekick / one of the bad guys / unsuspecting passer-by really fast so that your dance partner kicks all the bad guys and knocks 'em out.
Improvised Weapon Master - Fighting people with chairs / tables / ladders / garbage can lids / fire hoses.
Blade Whirler - Drawing blades really quick, flashing blades, spinning blades, maybe even stabbing somebody with one of your blades.
Ninja - Wearing black pajamas, moving stealty-like, pole-vaulting up to a roof, throwing ninja stars, squinting a lot.
Crazy Driver - Not being particularly choosy about who actually owns the cars you drive, miraculously finding the keys behind the sun shade, hotwiring a car in record time, flipping a car up sideways so you can drive down a narrow alleyway, finding lots of naturally-occurring inclined planes so you can jump over things, escaping from bad guys at a top-speed chase--in reverse.
Big Guy - Being tall, being fat, being broad-shouldered, being "big boned", thumping people.
Bimbo / Girlfriend - Looking coy, wearing lots of makeup, wearing provocative outfits, screaming a lot.
Store Owner - Looking pitiable / confused / innocent, getting picked on by local thugs, having lots of fruits and vegetables in bins that can be easily kicked over, NOT having a lot of money in the till.
Gangsta - Signing, trash talking, wearing the colors, wearing stylin' high-top shoes, callin' on your gantsta buddies.
Cop - Putting a siren on top of your unmarked beater car, showing people your badge, yelling "freeze", firing and THEN yelling "freeze".
Hit Man - Not talking much, wearing a cheap suit, looking intimidating, stalking targets, telling people to go out in the alley but still not talking much.
Zen Monk - Wearing orange robes, being bald, not being perturbed, uttering cryptic sayings that astound your friends and bewilder your enemies.
Kid - Being plucky, using campy slang words, having a mom that loves you, stumbling into the bad guys lair, easily getting caught by the bad guys.
Wino - Sleeping on park benches, drinking your hooch, being filthy, having an astounding amount of information at ready recall.
Little Old Man - Being little, being old, being a man, having a scraggly Fu-Manchu goatee.
Evil Sensei - Being gruff, having a crewcut and a big lanternjaw, lumbering around your dojo while teaching your students to say "Strike hard! Strike first! No mercy sir!"
The following are some hooks appropriate to Martial Arts gaming:
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