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Max von Sydow as Emperor Ming in Flash Gordon (1980)
Max von Sydow as Emperor Ming in Flash Gordon (1980)

Ming the Merciless is a fictional character appearing in the Flash Gordon comic strip. When the heroic Flash Gordon and his friends land on the planet Mongo, they find it ruled by the evil Emperor Ming, a despot who quickly becomes their enemy. Photo from The Legendary Max Von Sydow: Biography. ... Photo from The Legendary Max Von Sydow: Biography. ... Flash Gordon is a 1980 science fiction film, based on the eponymous comic strip character Flash Gordon, which was directed by Mike Hodges and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Flash Gordon is a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, first published on January 7, 1935. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Planets in science fiction are fictional planets that appear in various media, especially those of the science fiction genre, as story-settings or depicted locations. ... Mongo is the fictional planet where the action of the comic strip (and later movie serials) of Flash Gordon is located. ... In religion and ethics, Evil refers to the morally objectionable aspects of the behaviour and reasoning of human beings — those which are deliberately void of conscience, and show a wanton penchant for destruction. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ...


The capital of his empire is named "Mingo" in his honour. In addition to his army, Ming has access to a wide variety of science fiction gadgets, ranging from rocket ships to death rays to robots. Though evil, he has his weaknesses, which include a desire to marry Flash's beautiful companion, Dale Arden. Ming's daughter Princess Aura is as evil as he is when the series begins, but is eventually reformed by her love for Flash, and later for Prince Barin of Arboria. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... An Apple iPod, a popular gadget A gadget or gazza is a device that has a useful specific practical purpose and function. ... A spacecraft is a vessel, craft or device designed to operate beyond the surface of the Earth in outer space. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with energy weapon. ... ASIMO, a humanoid robot manufactured by Honda. ... Dale Arden is a female fictional character, the fellow-adventurer and love-interest of Flash Gordon. ... Princess Aura is a fictional character in the Flash Gordon comic strips and serials. ... Prince Barin is a fictional character who appears in the Flash Gordon stories. ...


Though he is technically an extraterrestrial, Ming strongly resembles a stereotypical Asian supervillain, and his resemblance to Dr. Fu Manchu is especially strong. ("Ming" was the name of several historical Chinese emperors, and later of an entire dynasty, and the name has clear Chinese associations even for people not versed in the details of Chinese history). In later adaptations of the story, his Oriental nature has been downplayed out of sensitivity to criticisms of racial stereotyping. (In fact, in DC Comics' nine-issue Flash Gordon mini-series, Ming and most of the human-like denizens of Mongo [with some exceptions] were given grey skin.) In popular culture and conspiracy theories, life forms, especially intelligent life forms, that are of extraterrestrial origin, i. ... In modern usage, a stereotype is a simplified mental picture of an individual or group of people who share a certain characteristic (or stereotypical) qualities. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Asian people. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... This article is about the fictional literature character. ... Ming is a common personal name in China, It may also mean: Ming Dynasty, the ruling dynasty in China from 1368 to 1644 Ming class submarine, a class of diesel-electric submarines built by China Motorola MING, a smartphone released by Motorola Ming library, a C library with PHP bindings... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Flash Gordon is a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, first published on January 7, 1935. ...


In the Flash Gordon film serials, Ming was played by Charles Middleton. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Charles Middleton Charles B. Middleton (October 3, 1874 - April 22, 1949) was an American stage and film actor. ...


In the 1979 animated version of Flash Gordon, Ming's voice was provided by Alan Oppenheimer, who would later go on to voice Skeletor. In this version, Ming's vast technological arsenal is vividly displayed in the form of his vast fleet of battleships, drone rockets, armored trains, and his army of robots, the Metal Men. He also employs Mongo's race of Lizard-Women as his enforcers in the mines of Mongo, as well as guards in his harem, and the primitive Beast-Men of Mongo not only serve him, but revere him as a god. Alan Oppenheimer (born April 23, 1930 in New York City, New York) is an American voice-actor who has had an active career in cartoons since the 1940s. ... In the toy, cartoon and comic book series Masters of the Universe (MOTU for short), Skeletor is the arch-enemy of He-Man, and the main antagonist of MOTU. He is the greatest threat to present day Eternia. ...


In the 1980 theatrical film, he was played by Max von Sydow. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Flash Gordon is a 1980 science fiction film, based on the eponymous comic strip character Flash Gordon, which was directed by Mike Hodges and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. ... Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon (help· info) (born April 10, 1929) is a Swedish actor, known in particular for his collaboraton with Ingmar Bergman. ...


Ming served as the principal adversary in the 1980s Marvel animated series Defenders Of The Earth, fighting against other King Features characters such as The Phantom, Mandrake, Lothar, and of course Flash Gordon. In the opening episode Ming successfully captured Dale Arden Gordon and her son Rick, and tore Dale's mind from her body, prompting a vengeful Flash to pursue him back to Earth to avenge her and prevent Ming from enslaving his world. Ming's base on Earth was in the depths of Antarctica and was called Ice Station Earth; his allies in this series were Garax, leader of the "Men Of Frost", Ming's army of Ice Men, and Octon, a large tentacled battle computer. Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... Defenders of the Earth, defenders is an animated television series of the 1980s featuring three characters from comic strips distributed by King Features Syndicate — Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician — battling the Flash Gordon villain Ming the Merciless in the year 2015. ... King Features Syndicate is a syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation; it distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to thousands of newspapers around the world. ... The Phantom is an American adventure comic strip created by Lee Falk, also creator of Mandrake the Magician. ... Mandrake may refer to: The plant Mandrake The Harry Potter mandrake plant. ... Sir Anduin Lothar Sir Anduin Lothar was a knight in the fictional universe of Warcraft in the Kingdom of Azeroth. ...


This version of Ming also included a son rather than a daughter at his side, Prince Kro-Tan; unlike Aura, he held no love for any of the Defenders and considered both them and his father hindrances to his enslavement of the galaxy. Kro-Tan came the closest to defeating his father in a five-part story where he successfully entrapped Ming and took over his forces, before Ming was released by the Defenders and took his vengeance. Ming had two carrier spacecraft in this series, one of which was his "Throne Room", his main vessel, which could launch itself from the Arctic Ocean. Ming is also portrayed as having green skin (the change to green skin was not an uncommon treatment for Asian villains to receive, and was shared by Doctor No in James Bond Jr and The Mandarin in Iron Man). Mossy, green fountain in Wattens, Austria. ... Dr. Julius No is a fictional character in the James Bond film and novel Dr. No. ... James Bond Jr. ... The Mandarin is a Marvel Comics supervillain and archenemy of Iron Man. ... Iron Man is an animated television series based on Marvel Comics superhero Iron Man. ...


In the late 1990s Flash Gordon animated series, Ming looks even more reptilian: he is a green, pointy-eared, sharp-toothed scaly alien, which cause the heroes to call him a "lizard". (Aura, meanwhile, has green skin, but is otherwise perfectly human.) In this version, Ming is more humane and even comical at times. An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Families Many, see text. ...


Ming the Merciless as a nickname

British Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell is sometimes called "Ming" for short, because his name (of Scots origin) is pronounced "MING-iss" rather than the phonetic "MEN-zees". As a consequence, the Scottish politician has also earned the nickname "Ming the Merciless" from many tabloid newspapers in the UK. The satirical radio series The Now Show has pointed out that the next General Election might be "Ming versus Gordon" (i.e. Gordon Brown). The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... Sir Walter Menzies Campbell, CBE, QC (born 22 May 1941, Glasgow), commonly known as Ming Campbell, is a British politician. ... Scots refers to the Anglic varieties spoken in parts of Scotland. ... Motto: (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots2 Government  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - UK Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I 843  Area    - Total 78,772 km... The Now Show is a British radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4, which satirises the weeks news. ... James Gordon Brown (born 20 February 1951) is the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom and a Labour Party politician. ...


Sir Robert Menzies the Australian Prime Minister was also known as "Ming the Merciless". Rt Hon Robert Menzies Sir Robert Gordon Menzies (20 December 1894 – 14 May 1978), Australian politician, was the twelfth and longest-serving Prime Minister of Australia. ... A prime minister is the most senior minister of a cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ...


In popular culture

The American science fiction author Gene Wolfe wrote a story entitled "When I Was Ming the Merciless", about a social science experiment in which the narrator assumes a role similar to the original character. The story is included in the collection Endangered Species. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Gene Wolfe (born May 7, 1931) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. ...


In the Father Ted episode, "Are you right there, Father Ted?", Ming the Merciless is identified as one of a series of celebrities from a Chinese background. Father Ted was a popular 1990s television situation comedy set around the lives of three priests on the fictional extremely remote Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. ...


In the adult spoof Flesh Gordon, Ming is portrayed as Emperor Wang the Perverted, ruler of planet Porno. Flesh Gordon was a 1974 science fiction and comedy adventure film. ...


In the DuckTales episode "The Right Duck", Ming was spoofed as Ping the Pitiless, and was the ruler of Mars. This article is on the animated series. ... The Right Duck is the forty-sixth episode of the Disney animated television series DuckTales. ... Note: This article contains special characters. ...


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