Who is this character. It’s not Emmet Brown from Back to the Future but an 80s cartoon / film character?

Close-up of a mural. A bald man with white beard, red-framed sunglasses, and a drop of blood from his nose. The BTTF logo is above, and a Ninja Turtle below.

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    What made you assume it was an 80s character?
    – Clockwork
    Commented Jul 27, 2023 at 14:48
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    What's the source of this image?
    – Laurel
    Commented Jul 27, 2023 at 15:45
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    @Laurel It looks like a picture of a street art
    – Clockwork
    Commented Jul 27, 2023 at 18:01

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That looks like Master Roshi from the Dragon Ball franchise. The Dragon Ball manga was released in 1984, and the anime in 1986, which would make it possible for him to show up among "80s characters", although if this mural is from outside Japan, he might be much more obscure, given it took time for the works to get translated.

Image of Master Roshi

Better match, provided by OrangeDog, complete with orange shirt and nosebleed

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    Is there a significance to the nosebleed that's in the OP and in one of the images of the answer?
    – shoover
    Commented Jul 28, 2023 at 15:16
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    @shoover: It's an anime trope that people who are suddenly aroused will get a nosebleed and Master Roshi is a lecher with beautiful women around him. youtube.com/watch?v=g2KHUBwcBB0
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jul 28, 2023 at 15:30
  • Thanks, I'm not into anime so wasn't aware of the trope.
    – shoover
    Commented Jul 28, 2023 at 15:36
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    @jmoreno That turtle's mask probably indicates it is Michelangelo of the TMNT.
    – Kirt
    Commented Jul 29, 2023 at 5:13
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    @FuzzyBoots: I think it's actually not specifically an anime trope as such, but rather a bit of "superstition"/"urban myth" in at least some East Asian cultures. I have repeatedly heard Chinese people make a reference to getting a nosebleed when seeing a beautiful woman, as if there were a commonly known causal relationship between the two, and they explained it to me along the lines of "people say", as if it were a commonly known folk wisdom rather than anything related to anime in particular. Commented Jul 29, 2023 at 13:50

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