5E Best on screen depictions of the Monk class

Which on screen depiction of a monk best fits the D&D monk?

  • Yu Shu Lien (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)

    Votes: 21 32.8%
  • Ang (Last Airbender)

    Votes: 22 34.4%
  • Caine (Kung Fu TV series)

    Votes: 19 29.7%
  • Lee (Enter the Dragon)

    Votes: 13 20.3%
  • Wong Fei-Hung (Drunken Master)

    Votes: 8 12.5%
  • Yang (The Warrior's Way, kensai)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Friar Tuck (Robin Hood)

    Votes: 3 4.7%
  • The Monkey King (Forbidden Kingdom)

    Votes: 8 12.5%
  • Dr. Yang (Iron Monkey)

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Ip Man (Ip Man)

    Votes: 13 20.3%
  • Wang Chi (Big Trouble in Little China)

    Votes: 10 15.6%
  • Leroy Green (The Last Dragon)

    Votes: 3 4.7%
  • Sho "nuff (The Last Dragon)

    Votes: 2 3.1%
  • Cadfael (Cadfael)

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Nightcrawler (XMEN)

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)

    Votes: 3 4.7%
  • Monk with no name (Bulletproof Monk)

    Votes: 4 6.3%
  • Diana (D&D Cartoon)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Man with iron fists (Iron fist)

    Votes: 3 4.7%
  • Pai Mei (Kill Bill)

    Votes: 8 12.5%
  • TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, pick one)

    Votes: 7 10.9%
  • Morgan (Walking Dead)

    Votes: 2 3.1%
  • Zula (Conan the destroyer)

    Votes: 1 1.6%

  • Total voters
    64

Sacrosanct

Legend
If someone were to ask you, "What shows or movies should I watch to see what a monk is in D&D?", which characters would you refer them to?

Rules:
  • you get 3 votes
  • because there are literally hundreds of wuxia movies one could list, I had to limit them. I tried to have one character from the most famous actors who played monk in their more famous roles. Otherwise it would get watered down way too much. Probably still is, to be honest.
  • characters are from TV shows (including animation) or movies only. No literature or video games.
  • Yes, Diana is a thief-acrobat technically, but in today's D&D categorization of classes, she's a total monk.

Previous class polls:
Barbarian
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Druid
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Count_Zero

Adventurer
Would Once A Upon A Time In China Wong Fei Hung be an identical pick to Drunken Master Wong Fei Hung, or would those be two different picks?
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Tomorrow's poll: Paladin. Here's what I have so far. Using 5e paladins, this means paladins of archfey and redemption can be included. Taking submissions:

Sir Landry (knightfall)

Percival (Excalibur)

Lancelot (Excalibur)

Richard the LionHeart

Saladin (Kingdom of Heaven)

Van Helsing (Van Helsing)

Solomon Kane (Solomon Kane)

Brienne of Tarth (GoT)

Sir Davos (GoT)

Kain (the Warrior and the Sorceress)
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Added for paladins:

Wilfred of Ivanhoe (Ivanhoe)

Balian (Kingdome of Heaven)

Captain America (MCU)

Superman (DCU)

The Lone Ranger

Paladin (Have Gun, will Travel)

Peter (Chronicles of Narnia)

The Operative (Serenity)

Goliath (Gargoyles)

Li Mu Bai (Crouching Tiger HIdden Dragon)

Optimus Prime (Transformers)
 
None of the above.

Rocky Balboa.

I was hoping for some better suggestions TBH. To sell this class I need something that isn't: oriental, obscure, or a crusader in a medieval retirement home (Cadfael).
 
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Tonguez

Hero
Oh I totally vote for Rafiki!!!

but it was the Monkey Magic and Jackie Chan who first inspired my love for the genre/class
 
Okay, some better ones:

Black Widow (MCU)
River Tam (Serenity)
The Operative (Serenity)
Robin (Batman)
Dahj, Laris (Picard)
 
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I always got the impression the D&D Monk was based (ripped whole cloth, really) on Kwai Chang Caine, but one of those recent retrospective articles claims it was done by one of the Blumes, based on Remo Williams. They do hit a lot of the same points (npi).
 
Paladin (Have Gun, will Travel)
I've been watching these lately. My mom used to rave about what a great show it was. It actually is quite good, especially for its day. Anyway, I wouldn't be at all surprised if whoever named the class was familiar with the word 'paladin' thanks to that show, and with the meaning from the character's origin-story episode:

"In the books there's a name for your kind. Yes, a paladin - a knight in shining armor, armed with a righteous cause and a lance."​
 

Tonguez

Hero
I always got the impression the D&D Monk was based (ripped whole cloth, really) on Kwai Chang Caine, but one of those recent retrospective articles claims it was done by one of the Blumes, based on Remo Williams. They do hit a lot of the same points (npi).
Heh, didnt know about Remo Williams being an inspiration - but Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous was one of my suggestions for this list :)
 

Panda-s1

Scruffy and Determined
I guess I'll throw in my nomination for Kambei (Seven Samurai) for paladin. he did cut off his topknot to save that kid's life, which is a sign of humility (or equivalent to cutting off his own head if you want the armchair Orientalist interpretation).
I always got the impression the D&D Monk was based (ripped whole cloth, really) on Kwai Chang Caine, but one of those recent retrospective articles claims it was done by one of the Blumes, based on Remo Williams. They do hit a lot of the same points (npi).
Heh, didnt know about Remo Williams being an inspiration - but Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous was one of my suggestions for this list :)
I mean Kung Fu probably helped make the monk a popular idea, but there were a lot of kung fu movies going around America in the 70's as well. the important part about The Destroyer was establishing the "uses qi to get weird powers" variety of monk as the standard for d&d.
 

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