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Why John From The Boys Presents: Diabolical Episode 5 Sounds So Familiar

Though fans still have a ways to go before the next season of "The Boys" finally premieres on Amazon Prime, there is still some great content just around the corner. Specifically, the streaming service is set to debut "The Boys Presents: Diabolical" on March 4. The animated anthology series will take a deeper look into the world of "The Boys" and allow different creators to put their own unique spins on this universe through different animations styles and interesting new characters, such as John, who will make an appearance in Episode 5.

John will sound familiar to some members of the audience. That is because he is portrayed by character actor Randall Duk Kim. Kim has a lengthy IMDb list of live-action and voiceover credits to his name from his long career that dates back to the late 1960s. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the most familiar roles of his career, mainly his voice roles, as fans gear up to see what he brings to the character of John when "Diabolical" finally premieres.

He played The Keymaker in The Matrix franchise

One of the biggest roles that fans may know Randall Duk Kim from is his role as the Keymaker in "The Matrix" franchise. His most substantial performance was in "The Matrix Reloaded," but he also played the character multiple times outside of that film. One was in a spoof segment for the MTV Movie Awards that aired in 2003. The other was in a fascinating live-action/voiceover hybrid performance for "Enter the Matrix," a tie-in game to the second and third "Matrix" movies that put Niobe (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Ghost (Anthony Brandon Wong) center stage. Taking place alongside the films, and sometimes intersecting with their events, the game allowed Niobe and Ghost to interact with The Keymaker in ways not seen in the movies.

To this day, "Enter the Matrix" stands out as a unique piece of media for how it is tied into its main property. Filling in the gaps of "The Matrix Reloaded," the game greatly expanded the universe of the films and allowed largely secondary characters to become heroes in their own right. This was especially true of Niobe and Ghost, but it also allowed for far greater exploration of The Keymaker prior to his grisly death in the climax of the franchise's second movie.

He voiced James Wong in John Woo's Stranglehold

Following "Enter the Matrix," Randall Duk Kim went on to appear in yet another popular video game. This time, he teamed up with John Woo and Midway Games for the release of the 2007 third-person shooter "Stranglehold." The game is a sequel of sorts to the 1992 Woo film "Hard Boiled" and follows Chow Yun-fat as gun-toting cop Tequila Yuen. In the game, Kim voices the game's central villain James Wong –- a deadly gang lord with a long-standing vendetta against Yuen. "Stranglehold" was not the first time that Kim acted alongside Chow, as the two also appeared together in "The Replacement Killers."

"Stranglehold" debuted to favorable reviews from the likes of IGN upon its release in 2007. In fact, it was successful enough that a sequel was eventually greenlit. Titled "Gun Runner," the game was intended to further continue the storyline of Chow's beloved character. However, the sequel was ultimately scrapped during the early stages of its development as Midway Games eventually shut down. Regardless, it is unlikely that Kim would've returned as Wong, as he meets a grim and brutal end during the climax of "Stranglehold."

He voices Oogway in the Kung-Fu Panda Series

One of the most important voiceover roles of Randall Duk Kim's career came with his performance as Oogway in the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise. A 1,000-year-old tortoise and master of martial arts, Oogway is introduced as the mentor of Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). Seeing something in Po (Jack Black) that Shifu does not immediately understand, Oogway urges Shifu to continue training Po and to not lose faith in the panda as he learns the ways of kung fu before ascending to the heavens in a heartbreaking death scene.

Despite Oogway's death in the very first "Kung Fu Panda" movie, the character would go on to have a consistent presence throughout the franchise. That would include a flashback appearance in "Kung Fu Panda 2," with Kim returning to the role for a vocal performance in "Kung Fu Panda 3." Beyond the mainline films, Kim has also provided his voice for Oogway in a variety of other media. These appearances have included TV shorts, as well as an appearance on the TV series "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness." It remains unclear if "Kung Fu Panda 4" will ever happen, but many fans will likely hope that Oogway will return if the film ever comes together.

He plays The Continental Doctor in the John Wick series

Though this role is not a voiceover role, it is one worth looking at as fans examine the length and iconography of Randall Duk Kim's career as a performer in Hollywood. "The Matrix" franchise was not the last time he would work with Keanu Reeves. In fact, Kim has gone on to become a player in the ever-expanding "John Wick" universe, portraying "The Doctor" employed by the New York branch of The Continental chain of hotels. Though he only appears briefly, he has shown himself to be a capable field surgeon who can stitch up some of John's worst wounds.

Unlike many characters in the "John Wick" universe, Kim's Doctor has shown that he has a bit of a conscience. In "John Wick: Chapter 3 –- Parabellum," he chooses to help John even though the titular assassin has been excommunicated from the criminal underworld. The result? He gives a small-caliber gun to John and forces him to inflict him with multiple flesh wounds in order to throw off suspicion that he broke the rules. With The Doctor still very much alive in this universe, only time will tell if he shows up for the fourth installment of the "John Wick" franchise.