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-> '''Uncle Chan''': ''"[[CatchPhrase One moo]][[AndAnotherThing oore thing!]]"''

AdventurerArchaeologist Creator/JackieChan considers himself a normal, boring guy who lives with his Uncle at an antique shop and is frequently sent on expeditions for the local university. This changes in the first episode where Jackie retrieved a magic talisman that holds unique and special powers. After being attacked by minions of The Dark Hand criminal organization, Jackie is contacted by a government organization called "Section 13," led by his old friend Captain Black. Section 13 is an extension of INTERPOL dedicated to dealing with hyper-criminal elements that the normal authorities are no match for.

Section 13 ends up backing Jackie and the quirky [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "Uncle"]] for their knowledge on ancient artifacts and magic. They are trying to stay one step ahead of the Dark Hand, who are looking to take Jackie's talisman and unite it with others to complete a set that will awaken an [[BigBad ancient demon named Shendu]] from centuries of imprisonment within a statue (Shendu promised them one-of-a-kind treasures).

Add Jackie's niece Jade, newly arrived from China, to join him in his adventures. She ''will'' stick her nose in anything and everything, and neither Jackie nor Uncle can stop her.

As the series progressed, eventually it fell into a routine each season with a BigBad [[GottaCatchThemAll searching]] for a set of magical artifacts. They are, of course, [[WalkingTheEarth scattered across the world]]. There were, however, standalone episodes scattered about. Typically Shendu or forces related to Shendu ends up as the primary MythArc. They do find additional allies in the luchador El Toro and the cat burglar Viper. The typical episode involves the characters trying to locate the magical artifact and figuring out either its unique power or how to neutralize it to prevent harm.

''Jackie Chan Adventures'' is debatably Chan's most successful American effort: it ran five seasons, albeit with Chan NotQuiteStarring in the title role, with equal parts comedy and action, the entire show was very much like an animated Jackie Chan film. He also didn't have to share the spotlight with an English speaking actor like [[RushHour Chris Tucker]] or [[ShanghaiNoon Owen Wilson]], though a [[TagalongKid little girl]] managed to fill [[SpotlightStealingSquad that role]] this time around.

The last season is available on [[http://www.hulu.com/jackie-chan-adventures Hulu]], and the entire series is available on [[http://www.youtube.com/show?p=AbxogaeOUEs YouTube]] and [[http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Jackie_Chan_Adventures/70172452?trkid=2361637#height1230 Netflix]]. Also has a [[Recap/JackieChanAdventures recap page]].

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Downplayed. Uncle treats Jackie rather poorly and shows little to no concern for all his nephew goes through, but this apparently only started after Jackie's childhood. He also slaps him a lot, which is the way a martial arts master would correct his students.
* AccidentalKiss: Tohru accidentally greets Captain Black with a big kiss in the ChristmasEpisode, having been expecting his mother.
--> '''Black (a little bitter):''' "That's ok, Tohru; I'm often mistaken for elderly Japanese women."
* {{Acrofatic}}: Tohru, when using the Rabbit Talisman.
** Tommy Chun of the Chang Gang.
* ActionGirl: Jade, somewhat as a kid, definitely as an adult (1st version at least)
** Not to mention Viper, the sexy female ClassyCatBurglar.
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Sometimes averted when Jackie behaves like a real archaeologist. He relishes these rare opportunities.
* AdventureRebuff: This is how Jade usually gets involved in each plot. This happens at least once EVERY episode and Jackie gives up telling Jade to stay out of trouble. ("Jade what are you doing...why do I bother to ask?") Not that she gets involved every time, of course; on one or two occasions she stayed behind... when the danger was far too great.
* AffablyEvil: Tarakudo is better liked by the human minions than the other {{Big Bad}}s, as well as one of the more intelligent ones. Some might see him as FauxAffablyEvil since he's essentially [[spoiler: conducting a XanatosGambit where, even if his minions fail to collect any of the masks, once the heroes end up with all nine masks and store them in the same location, the demons are unleashed anyway.]] However, for all of Tarakudo's capacity for cruelty, his affable demeanour comes across as genuine. He's under no obligation to be a BenevolentBoss to the Dark Hand, yet he actively encourages his men to seek them out. He also takes their failures on the chin, whereas Shen-Du or Dao Long Wong would blow their top off and often torture them. So whilst he is most certainly ''evil'', his geniality isn't necessarily a facade, or at least he doesn't show it.
* AgonyOfDeFeet: A few times.
-->"SCREAMING EAGLE FEET" *feet get pricked by the horns of a cow skull* "''Crying puppy feet! Crying puppy feet!''"
* AllMythsAreTrue: except for Stonehenge being magic (it's really a UFO landing pad).
** During the Christmas episode, it is revealed that the Tooth Fairy doesn't exist, even though SantaClaus does.
** It's zigzagged whether the Loch Ness Monster exists. Jade is briefly mistaken for it in the dark while in Scotland, and later she summons it in a dream.
* AlternateHistory: The show seemingly takes place in one where a demon sorcerer ruled twelfth-century China, dragons were once plentiful fauna of the east Asian steppes, and magical artifacts are a commonplace and well-documented part of everyday life. Of course, this makes Captain Black's superiors seem even more like [[FlatEarthAtheist Flat Earth Atheists]] for refusing to believe in demons.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: By and the large the show is VERY multi-cultural, with characters who are clearly Asian, Caucasian and Hispanic commonplace. That makes Viper's brown skin and Ratso's pale green skin stand out a little more.
* AmusingInjuries: Everyone gets a healthy dose of these, much to their chagrin, except Jade and Uncle. And even then, there's a few moments where they gets these as well.
** Taken UpToEleven with the Dark Chi Enforcers. Their injuries are already played for laughs normally, but when Daolon Wong turned them into immortal warriors they would just poof away after taking mortal injuries, which allowed the writers to ramp up their already pronounced habit of getting into painful situations by putting them through humorous incidents that would normally be fatal.
* AnachronicOrder: Season Two had several episodes that were set during a time period in the first season (no {{flashback}} or anything), sometimes even explaining how certain events ended up that way. In particular, a first season episode opened with Jackie trying to get the snake talisman from a museum. A second season episode set right before it showed he originally found it in a cave in South America and lost it to another archaeologist, who donated it to the museum. Jackie even ends the episode talking about how much easier it is to just walk to the museum.
** Repeats of the series have placed these episodes in their correct place corresponding to where they fit with the Season 1 plot with Season 2 beginning with the start of the demon portal arc.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Well, if you want to know things about Jackie Chan, anyway, the real life version of which would answer kids' questions they had sent in, read by Stacie Chan, Jade's voice actress (and Jackie's real life niece).
* AnIcePerson: The Lotus Temple Guardian has ice-rays, and may be some kind of abominable snowman.
* AnimationBump: The fourth season noticeably has smoother character movements in comparison to the second and third seasons, more on par with the first season. There is longer stretches of more distinctive martial arts combat rather than more general actions and SpeedLines.
* AnimeHair: Uncle, Jackie, Jade, depending on how the episode's art is.
* {{Animesque}}: Not as much as say, ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', but with the Monkey Talisman, yeah.
* AnythingButThat: "Ugh. Bavaria..."
** Also used a couple of times in the torture sense (such as by the Monkey King).
** Tarakudo with onions.
%%* ApologeticAttacker: Jackie, constantly (it manages to look like he's attempting to baby his opponent at times). "Fighting is not nice" after all.
* AppliedMathematics: Jade references combining the Rooster Talisman and the Rabbit Talisman to fly by saying "levitation + speed = flight".
* ArtEvolution: In particular, there's an ArtShift (including visual reactions) in episode 9, season 1, and the Chupacabra episode (the writing seems different for that one too).
** A more permanent one appears in episode 5 of season 4, and stays for another few episodes.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: When Jackie is turned into a kangaroo, 'he' has a pouch. Unless Jade was thinking of the pouches and turned him female by accident.
** And then in the episode where Jade is infused with the powers of all the talismans, she briefly turns herself into a lion with a mane.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Much of "Shanghai Moon," the second season episode featuring Tso Lan the Moon Demon, falls under this, as the episode takes place in outer space. Particularly creative uses include:
** The entire Dark Hand, Jackie, Tohru, and Jade--a ''small child''--acclimating to being in space instantaneously, with no physical detriments (or even mild motion sickness). This one is lampshaded by Ratso, who asks "Don't we need, uh, astronaut training?" before the mission begins.
** Jackie holding onto the outside of a rocket ship as it breaks the atmosphere, then managing to climb up the huge structure to the shuttle inside. The shuttle is shown to be in space (or very near the top of Earth's atmosphere, where there virtually ''is'' no atmosphere), but Jackie only grows temporarily short of breath before entering it.
** Jackie removing his air hose on the moon to release the lotus pod needed to banish Tso Lan, then quickly replacing it.
* AsianRudeness: Uncle Chan seems like this.
* AsideGlance: Jackie, after Jade finds a talisman in a matter of seconds.
* {{Atlantis}}: Shows up for all of five seconds - Bai Tza used to rule it, but now it's just an uninhabited ruin.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: First, when Jade's grow-up spell causes her to grow "up" literally. Then, whenever the good guys had to face off with Po Kong, the Mountain Demon. Later, when Tohru was infused with the chi of said demon, causing him to go on a massive eating binge. Lastly, the massive shadow-eating shadow khan, who had eaten hundreds of shadows and grown far bigger than its miniscule siblings.
* AuthorAvatar: Made evidently clear in the opening, Jackie is most obviously an animated version of JackieChan.
* AxCrazy: Monkey King is the standout example in the series.
** To put it in perspective, he's the [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Genie]] [[XMeetsY mixed]] with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. If that doesn't instill terror, nothing does. But his desire for comedy and getting the last laugh sometimes works against him.
* BackToBackBadasses: In ''The Tiger and the Pussycat'', Jackie gets split into two and does this with himself...kind of. Uncle and Tohru's Mom do it when fighting mob thugs.
* BadassAndChildDuo: Jackie and Jade, El Toro and Paco, and sometimes Tohru and Jade.
* {{Bad Boss}}: All of the big bads treat The Dark Hand rather poorly.
** Shendu breathed fire on Tohru who was covered in oil. Good thing he dodged.
*** In turn Shendu suffers this from his siblings for escaping the demon netherworld and spent his time ruling Asia rather than release them.
** Daolong Wong is a major one considering he transformed Finn, Ratso, and Chow into his new Dark Chi Warriors against their will and punishes them either verbally or inflicting them with painful dark magic while [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking addressing them with the names of his old warriors]].
-->Finn: I'm Finn, he's Ratso, and that's Chow. Would it kill you to learn our names?
-->Chow: At least Valmont bothered to remember our names!
** Like father like son, is the perfect way to describe Drago or as Chow and Finn but put it:
-->Chow: This kid is worse than his old man!
-->Ratso: But he looks so peaceful.
-->Finn: So are cobras, right before they strike.
** Not even Tarakudo was immune to this trope despite being the most lenient of the big bads as he trapped Chow and Ratso in halloween decorations for losing yet another Oni mask to Jackie and stripping Chow of his shadow and having Hak Foo's Shadowkhan eat Chow's shadow putting him in a deep slumber.
** Non-villainous example: Wesley Rank, a self-proclaimed archaeologist, treats his cameraman, Deino Stephenson, pretty shabbily, and doesn't even know his name.
* BadassBoast: Hak Foo on why he does not need the talismans:
--> "The Horse for Healing? I am not easily injured. The Rooster for Levitation? I already fly. The Dog for Immortality? '''There is not a man alive who can vanquish me!'''"
** Season 2, Episode 2 has Jackie and Captain Black facing down a army of Shadowkahn. Black's comment? "I'll take the guy in the ninja suit."
** When he first appears, Hak Foo introduces himself to Jackie, as "the last man you'll ever lay eyes upon."
** Shendu gives one when Jade first meets him in Project A, for Astral.
--> '''Jade:''' Whoa! What are you?\\
'''Shendu:''' Everything you will grow to fear!
** And later, when he finally shows himself to Jackie.
--> ''Shendu:''' "I am the keeper of the talismans. I am the apocalypse of which legend speaks. And I am, for once and for all, '''YOUR EXECUTIONER!'''"
* BadassNormal: Jackie proves effective against regular people and is even able to fight competently against superhuman demons, often without assistance from the show's power-granting PlotCoupons. Then again, he ''is'' Jackie Chan.
** Captain Black is another example - when split in two by the Tiger Talisman, he was revealed to have no "weak", pacifist, or sickeningly good side. The two halves of Captain Black are Badass and ... Badass.
* BadassGrandpa: Uncle is not someone anyone or any demon would want to mess with. Not only is he the group's wizard, but he's the one who taught Jackie martial arts.
--> "Who else wants a piece of Uncle?"
* BadassTeacher: Miss Hartman, Jade's elementary school teacher, gets an episode in the fifth season where she easily qualifies. She kicks things off by tackling Drago to get him away from Jade; sure, she was infused with the chi of the Sky Demon at the time, but she clearly wasn't ''aware'' of that until ''after'' the fact. She then proceeds to spend the rest of the episode beating down everything hostile in sight protecting Jade with only a few moments getting help from other characters; Demon chi or no, for a middle-aged woman with no known combat experience outside of "dealing with unruly students", that was pretty impressive.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Uncle explained that this was why Shendu was [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed In A Can]] in the ''first'' place - destroying him created [[EvilPowerVacuum a vacuum that would quickly be filled by previously unknown (possibly even stronger or more numerous) evils.]] As the series progresses, however, this trope zigzags.
** Season two proves him correct: destroying Shendu puts him into a position where he could release his seven siblings from their cans. If he was simply sealed away again, he couldn't do this and the balance would be preserved. (And it's implied the void in the ranks of darkness caused by his demise made their release a lot easier)
** The trouble with Daolon Wong had nothing to do with Shendu until he brought Shendu Back. (Unless you realize that the dark chi wizard was likely trying to take advantage of the void to spread evil)(Looking at his entry on the character page explains this a bit better).
** Season 4 had a bigger threat than Shen-Du; Tarakudo, whose goal was to TakeOverTheWorld but he showed up ''after'' Shen-Du was finally sealed away again. (He and his forces had been sealed away, but were accidentally released)
** Drago enhanced with [[AllYourPowersCombined all the demon powers]] in the last episode proves to be more than a match for a baseline Shendu, but when Shendu has his talisman powers back he proves to be more than a match.
* BalefulPolymorph: A season 3 episode start with Daolon turning Valmont into a child after the latter demanded to have the Enforcers back. [[FridgeLogic Wonder why he never did this to his active enemies, like Jackie, Uncle or Tohru.]]
* BavarianFireDrill: Jade excels at this, particularly in the Hollywood episode. That one was also rife with "How do you do that?!"
* BerserkButton: The Dragon Talisman episode revolves around this trope.
** Particularly the BerserkButton of Jackie, Jade, and Valmont with each one related to each other.
** Don't mess with El Toro's mask.
** And I am '''*NOT*''' a shrimp!
* BigBad: The Demon Sorcerer of Fire, Shendu. A powerful demonic dragon that was turned into a statue centuries ago. Despite spending most of the series either [[SealedEvilInACan in a can]] or [[DeathIsCheap "dead"]]; from start to finish he is the most dangerous opponent the J-team ever faces. There's also Valmont, the DiabolicalMastermind of the Dark Hand.
** Others take a role as BigBad for their individual season: Dark Chi wizard Daolon Wong, King of the Shadowkhan Tarakudo, and Shendu's son Drago.
* BigNo: Shendu and his family are the biggest offenders. Lampshaded by Jade when they banish the Earth Demon.
--> "Here comes my favorite part." ''[mouths along with him]'' "NOOOO!"
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Demon Sorcerers, along with Shendu's son Drago. Shendu berates Drago for "messing with his father's world," while Drago complains how Shendu never payed attention to him because he was too busy fighting wizards.
* {{Bishounen}}: Valmont.
* {{Bizarchitecture}}: Plenty, particularly the Lotus Temple, which comes complete with Escher Room.
* BlowingARaspberry: Jade does this to the Monkey King when he declares he's never going back as a puppet just so Jackie will turn back to normal.
* BodyWipe: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdiFmHqwbI0 From the episode "J-Clones"]]
* BondJamesBond: Jackie introduces himself to Origami this way. Origami spends the rest of the episode calling him "Chan Jackie Chan".
* BookEnds: Of a sort; the first episode has Jackie fighting the Dark Hand enforcers, who have high-tech weapons, in a playground; the third season has him fighting the Dark Chi treated enforcers, who have new magical weapons and powers, ...in a playground.
** Even better, the first episode of the fifth season has Jackie along with an extremely gassy Jade fighting the Dark Hand enforcers, this time with fire powers from Drago...in a playground.
* [[GunsAkimbo Blowfish Akimbo]] by Uncle at the start of Season 4, Justified because [[FunctionalMagic they're magic, and don't really have any recoil, most of the time.]]
* BlowingARaspberry: Jade does this on occasion, and in the episode where she is infused with the powers of the 12 talismans, her raspberries temporary contain the dragon blast power.
--->'''Jade:''' ''(with the tone of one who has discovered that the world is made of chocolate)'' My Tongue is dragon blast!
* BoxingKangaroo: Jackie becomes one during the Monkey Talisman episode
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Happens to every main character except Viper at least once, some more than once, generally due to some kind of DemonicPossession or dark chi curse. In addition, Tarakudo and his minions do this naturally - any hero who puts on one of the masks (or wears their symbol) will become this eventually.
* BrattyHalfPint: Jade quite often, though more tolerable then most.
* BrickJoke: In the monkey talisman episode, Jade yells (in monkey) for help. Several of the nearby pack rush to her aid...including a giraffe, who was a monkey that she changed with the talisman.
** In an early episode, Jackie quips that Tohru would enjoy working at Section 13 because every Thursday is Donut Day. When Tohru does pull his HeelFaceTurn, Captain Black asks why he would help them. Tohru answers, "I've been told Section 13 serves donuts on Thursdays."
* BritishRoyalGuards: Jade once tries to attract a Royal Guard's attention (being the nearest authority figure) to report the Magisters' attack, but fails.
* BritishStuffiness: Valmont is a prime example.
* BrokenMasquerade: On a minimum level. The first season Captain Black was TheScully who refused that there was any supernatural things going on. When Shendu is awakened Black got to see him in full view and immediately changed his story. Played for laughs in the second season where he starts believing anything and everything was demon and magic related, and when his supervisors won't believe him he is sent to all manner of psychologists.
-->Captain Black: (being shown a Rorschach ink blot test) Demon. I see a demon.\\
Therapist: [Shows another ink blot] And this one?\\
Captain Black: Socks. Worn by a really big demon.
** The GrandFinale ends up with a massive royal rumble where San Francisco is well trashed, Black makes an offhand remark about getting the town evacuated because of a meteor shower threat but it's implied they really can't claim PlausibleDeniability on this.
* BroughtDownToBadass: In the fourth season finale, Uncle uses a spell to revert Tarakudo back to his original form, which removes all his powers and has to rely solely on martial arts. Still, he managed to give Jackie, Viper and El Toro a brutal beatdown.
* CallBack:
** When Jackie first gets into Section 13, it's by the hidden phonebox. Black pops up a moment later;
-->'''Captain Black:''' Tried to warn you.\\
'''Jackie:''' How did you get down here?\\
'''Captain Black:''' The stairs.
** Then, in the same episode, Jade manages to sneak into Section 13 to 'save' Jackie.
-->'''Captain Black:''' Young lady, how did you get in here?\\
'''Jade:''' The stairs.
* CallForward: During a flashback episode, Jackie mentions the difficulty he's had finding the Snake Talisman. "You'd think it was invisible."
** One shows up quite early in the first season
-->Trainee Goon: Why don't we just let Chan come out of there with the (ox) talisman, and just take it from him when he climbs out?\\
Finn: Listen, New guy, we don't know what powers this ox talisman might have. Chan might come out of there 50 ft tall with laser eyes.
** Guess what talisman power the [[EyeBeams pig has?]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: Jackie's dark side in "Viva Las Jackies" insults Uncle, who is yelling for not having eel saliva, by saying to pull his tongue out of his mouth and wring out his spit, which Uncle, upon hearing that, says "You call Uncle an eel!"
* CallingYourAttacks: Villain Hak Foo parodies this. He calls most of his attacks, but sometimes he just describes things he's doing. For example when he finds out that his shadowkhan tribe is borderline useless in their original form, he expresses his rage: ''"Angry Demon compensates for inferior ninja army!"''
** When he went OneWingedAngel, his called attacks also got an upgrade. "Tornado Decimates Trailer Park" and "Meteor Brings Mass Extinction" indeed.
** When he fought Jackie in space suits, the zero gravity slowed down their moves. "TIGER PROWLS... through pudding?" He then changes their name to, "Sloth kick...turtle fist."
** "Flying Monkey Snatches Magic Box!" As it turns out, he wasn't calling an attack. ''That actually happened.''
* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes: Uncle and Daolon Wong each try to magically paralyze the other in "Little Valmont, Big Jade". They both end up frozen stiff...while Giant-Jade is fighting Wong's giant ogre right above them.
* CardCarryingVillain: Many of the magic using villains have shades of this but none more than Daolon Wong, whose stated aim in life is to spread as much evil as he can so the forces of darkness can rule all (too bad for him the ''actual'' forces of darkness are much more selfish than he is and don't care about that).
* CarryingTheAntidote: After [[TakenForGranite magically poisoning]] Jackie, Valmont mocks him for thinking he'd be stupid enough to do this (the Enforcers bring a vial to prove it'll work when Jade arranges a trade later).
* CatGirl: Jade becomes one briefly in the episode "Enter the Cat" because of the effects of a cat statue. Valmont also becomes a Cat-Guy.
* CatchPhrase
** "[[AndAnotherThing One More Thing!]]" Uncle's commonly-used phrase.
*** At one point there was a StupidStatementDanceMix version produced by WB.
** His trademark magic incantation "Yu Mo Gwai Gui Fai Di Zao" which translates as "Evil demons and malevolent spirits, be gone!" in Cantonese. It doesn't matter what the spell is for, these are the words used.
** "Magic must defeat magic!"
** "We must do reeesearch!"
** "You want a piece of Uncle?"
** "Talk later!"
** "[[ThisIsGonnaSuck Bad day! Bad day! Bad day!]]" Jackie's usual response to events in the plot.
** Jackie's response of "That's crazy, Jade. ''You're'' crazy!" in Seasons 1 and 2. Because it is.
*** [[CassandraTruth Even though she's]] [[WeirdnessMagnet usually right]].
** "Jade, how do you do that?"/"How does she do that."
** "You gotta be kidding me."
** "[[HeroStoleMyBike I'msorryI'llbringitbacklaterthankyoouuuuu!]]" This is what Jackie (and on at least one occasion Jade) says when something needs to be stolen for the good of the world. He (she) will. Don't worry.
*** He apparently gets it from Uncle, who says the quote verbatim (which, naturally, borrowing someone's possession) in the prison episode but does so in (ironically) a much calmer and polite way.
** "Hie, Jackie..." Whenever Jade pops out of nowhere, having followed the group offscreen.
** "Duh!" and "Tch!" verges on being Jade's VerbalTic.
** "[[BigNo NOOOOO!]] [[OhNoNotAgain Not again!]]" Oh, Shendu...
*** A whole lot of these get lampshaded in one ClipShow.
** El Toro's "Sorry!" or "El Toro Furete never removes his mask!"
** Paco's "Toro Is The Greatest!" and Jade's refute.
** "Jackieeee!" usually by Jade or Uncle.
** Uncle's "Who else wants a piece of uncle?"
** Tohru's "Nyar!" and other exclamations from the characters - possibly stock phrases?
** Tohru also has "I hate fish."
** Early on for Tohru, "the talisman", prompting him to even sigh the line once in boredom of its repetition.
** Uncle's "You want X? Yes/No? Then let Uncle work in peace!" or a close variation.
** [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption "Jade, stay here / stay with Uncle."]]
*** Jade even lampshades this one episode, asking if he ever gets tired of saying that.
** Tarakudo: *hit with an onion* MY EYES! MY EYES!
** If Chow's going to say something, it's probably going to be "Sweet!", and Finn says "Scooore!" often. Ratso, too, has his flat "Whoa."
** "It belongs in a museum." Which of course is a ShoutOut to [[Franchise/IndianaJones some other series about an Adventure Archaeologist]].
** "I am not a secret agent, I am an archaeologist / researcher."
** Captain Black: Whoa, nelly!
** Uncle also has "Ayah!" as an exasperated sigh.
** Tohru's Mom often refers to Uncle as "billy goat".
** Super Moose has "Da da da da da da Antler Action!" and "Evil on the loose, you do not want to mess with Super Moose!"
** Jade: Go Jackie.
* CelebrityParadox: The episode "And He Does His Own Stunts" has Jackie and company going to Hollywood. Of course, the actor Jackie Chan doesn't exist and this is confirmed by people asking "Who's Jackie Chan?" Furthermore, once Jackie is found by a studio and HilarityEnsues, a hot-shot director claims that there will never be a Jackie Chan in Hollywood.
* CelebrityToons: NotQuiteStarring notwithstanding, among the best examples of this.
* CharacterDevelopment: Tohru clearly exhibits this throughout the seasons. When we first meet him, he is TheBrute under Valmont and has it out to eliminate Jackie and his family whenever they meet, not to mention he is willing to cut open the stomach of his future best friend. Then, following his HeelFaceTurn he becomes the apprentice for Uncle, the BigGuy and loyal friend to Jackie and a best friend to Jade. And through the following seasons he slowly becomes more powerful in his knowledge of chi magic before becoming a full-fledged Chi Wizard in the GrandFinale.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The talismans are used repeatedly even after their story arc concludes. Considering their powers and lack of adverse effects, they are very useful as a last resort. They are also justifiably locked up otherwise, since them getting stolen would be bad.
** Jade took the imprint of a figure on Shendu's magic tome as a temporary tattoo, which gave her control of the Shadowkhan and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity drove her power-mad]]. Later Daolon Wong took control of the Shadowkhan seemingly by using the same symbol. In the fourth season it is revealed that the symbol is of Tarakudo, King of the Shadowkhan and the BigBad for that season.
* ChekhovsGun: Uncle's signature blowfish has an important use. The ingredient to help remove the eighth Oni mask is fish, and it was fortunate that Jade and Jackie brought it along with them.
* ChekhovsGunman: Daolon Wong, Drago, and Strike Master Ice's group are all introduced a season before they become the BigBad (or the QuirkyMinibossSquad in the latter's case).
** Tarakudo's face appears in the season 2 episode, "Queen of the Shadowkhan" as Jade's tattoo that allows her to summon the Shadowkhan. He later appeared as the BigBad of season 4.
* ChewToy: Jackie, though he's very, very good at dealing with it.
* ChineseLabourer: Jackie's ancestor in ''Showdown in the Old West''
* ChineseVampire: It has the traditional weaknesses, but can grow stronger and overcome them by absorbing the chi of its victims. Most of that episode's comedy comes from Jackie's disbelief at all the seemingly arbitrary rules for fighting it.
-->'''Jade (with [[PersonalitySwap Uncle's chi]])''': ''We must collect a toadstool from a graveyard, place it inside the vampire's left sock, and throw the sock into a river [to depower it].''\\
'''Jackie:''': ''....you're making this up.''
* TheChosenZero: A group of Warrior Monks discover that Tohru is the Avatar-esque reincarnation that they have been waiting for, and have this reaction when he fails to meet any of their expectations. By the end of the episode, it turns out that Tohru isn't the reincarnation at all. [[spoiler:Jade might be.]]
** [[spoiler:Given how Jade is, she'd probably elicit that reaction too.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Shendu.
-->'''Shendu''' (after intercepting the power of the Dragon Talisman after promising it to Dao Lon Wong): ''I'' may ''be a noble Dragon, but I am also a Demon Sorcerer. [[LampshadeHanging We're not known for keeping promises]].''
* {{Chupacabra}}: One episode has one, and El Toro gets turned into one werewolf-style.
* CliffStack: Third episode, with at least three Dark Hand-ers colliding with a wrestler; also in an early season 3 episode.
* ClipShow: Played with in 'Déjà Vu' where Jackie is forced by the 'Déjà-Vu Stone' to relive moments from his past. While many scenes did consist of clips, many of them are also re-animated to where things did not turn out the way it originally did.
** FullyAutomaticClipShow: Used on Jade's catchphrases and Uncle's slaps, among other things.
* CompositeCharacter: The series combines the characteristics of a few different classic characters Jackie has portrayed, most notably the archaeologist in OperationCondor and the MartialPacifist from PoliceStory.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Partially averted. In the episode introducing the dragon talisman, Jackie entered a small volcanic cave. Jackie was seen visibly sweating from the steam and later suffered minor burns and ClothingDamage after being too close to hot magma.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: For the sake of variety, the Shadowkhan would sometimes appear in small groups, and other times as a massive horde numbering in the hundreds, but the latter never seemed any more difficult to defeat than the former.
* ContagiousCassandraTruth: At the end of the first season (after spending the entire series thus far reprimanding Jackie whenever he brings up magic) [[TheMenInBlack Captain Black]] finally witnesses magic first hand. In the next season he tries to report this to his superiors and they decide that he's gone crazy.
* ContinuityDrift: in the season 2 episode ''Through the Rabbit Hole'', it is stated Uncle did not start his study of magic untill somewhere in the late 1970's or possibly early 1980's (and thus has no knowledge about magic when Jade travels back in time to the 1970's and meets him there). Yet, in the season 3 episode ''A Night At The Opera'' it is stated Uncle has been familiar with magic since his youth; studying theatre magic at school as a child before becomming interested in Chi magic and abandon his study for opera star to continue on that path.
* ContinuityNod: When Jade is demonstrating her Talisman Powers, she takes her monkey-form from "The Jade Monkey"
** In one episode during the second season, Finn quits the Dark Hand to go solo, after having a dream where Jackie beats him up during a concert. Later, Chow & Ratso are fired when they asked Valmont for a raise in lieu of Finn leaving, and all of them decide to work together. In the premiere of the third season, Valmont meets with them to convince them to help steal the talismans, with Finn reminding him that they're "freelancers now."
** The show's really good with continuity. A lot of season 2's filler episodes go back and explain what happened in and between the first season more in depth.
* ConspicuousCGI: The {{MacGuffin}}s, some more obvious then others (like the Panku box or the talismans when in the Shendu statue).
** Still, the use of CGI is much smoother than in most other shows.
* CoolUncle: Uncle to Jackie. [[CaptainObvious Imagine that...]]
** Likewise, Jade sees Jackie is this, just see her face expressions during the first episode when she starts realizing ''who'' her uncle is.
* CouchGag: The opening sequence will change only slightly each season. It usually will feature the MacGuffin(s) of the season, the BigBad and the final enemy he knocks out at the end. As a side effect it is an effective visual shorthand to tell you which season you're watching.
** Which is helpful if episodes are played in the AnachronicOrder mentioned above
* CowboyEpisode: "Showdown in the Old West"
* CripplingOverspecialization: Nodded towards in "Enter the J-Team." El Toro lost his match because he was used to a roped ring (trying to use non-existent ropes as leverage) while Viper was forced to wear a training gi in her match when she is accustomed to a SpyCatsuit (which, in fact, is why gi's are used in the first place ''because'' they are harder to move in).
* CueTheFlyingPigs: Rooster sitting on the Pig.
* CurbStompBattle: Valmont fighting against Jackie in "The Rock".
* DancingPants: "Glove Story"
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: After he gets the willies, Tarakudo goes to spy on his enemies and when he finds out they know something that can help them stop him, he tries to eliminate the heroes on his own which he is perfectly capable of doing. He also often has enough sense to set his moronic minions back on the right track and see through the tricks they fall for easily - in many ways he is by far the ''wisest'' and most sensible villain the Chans run into, which is decidedly not a good thing for the world.
** Shendu showed this when he refrained (twice) from revealing his name to Jackie and the others. If it weren't for Tohru's HeelFaceTurn the heroes would never have known who he was or how to stop him.
** The other Demon Sorcerers are capable of this. Both Tchang Tzu and Xiao Fung realize, with prodding from Shendu, that Jackie shouldn't be their target: it's Uncle that needs to be taken care of, as he's the one sealing them away with chi spells. Bai Tza, too, immediately determines that the best course of action when dealing with the Chans is fleeing, not fighting; she even lampshades this when she declares, "I will not repeat the mistakes of the others!"
* TheDarknessGazesBack: Shen Du does this to end the first part of every two-part finale.
* DatingCatwoman: Viper and Jackie's chemistry
* DeadpanSnarker: Practically every character has snark potential. A lot of the humor comes from sarcasm.
* DeathDealer: TheDragon to a Bond villain parody. Naturally, there were card puns.
* DeathIsCheap: Shendu after season one. He is then "killed" off again, reborn, resealed, resurrected, and sealed off for good.
* DemonicPossession: Shendu possessed Valmont for almost the entire second season. His spirit soon returns and succeeds in possessing Jackie, as was his original plan.
** Shendu also uses the Sheep Talisman's astral projection power to project himself into Jade's dormant body (she was also an astral projection at the time) and possess it in one Season 1 episode.
* DemotedToExtra: Alas, [[BadassDecay poor Valmont]]. As a villain he was [[NumberTwo second]] only to the BigBad in the first two seasons, [[PutOnABus after that...]]
** Possibly lampshaded; in the series finale, [[spoiler: Valmont]] shows up [[PutOnABus as a bus driver]].
* DeusExMachina: Doubly subverted in 'Re-enter the Dragon' when Uncle has everyone spend much of the episode research a spell that can defeat Shendu, and then he discovers a spell that can defeat Daolon Wong, and then he uses that to have Daolon Wong tell him a spell that can defeat Shendu (which he then uses to end the episode)
* DiabolicalMastermind: Valmont
* DidntThinkThisThrough: When Jade was 50+ feet tall, normal sized Finn, Ratso, and Chow (as Daolon Wong's henchmen) charge straight at her intending to take her down. She just stomps them into smoke. Lampshaded by Valmont who was watching and wondered why he wanted them back.
* DiminishingVillainThreat: Valmont too. From the credible threat he was in Season 1 until after Shendu left his body at the end of Season 2, it's hard to believe how far down he's fallen when we see him again in Season 4.
* DistaffCounterpart: Viper was stated to be explicitly a female Jackie.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Tohru's distaste for fish causes him some problems.
* DopeSlap: Uncle [[RunningGag constantly does this to Jackie]]. Leads to [[FunnyMoments a back-and-forth with Jackie's dark side]].
* DoubleTake: In "Queen of the Shadowkhan", Jade takes some time to realize that the bathroom is full of Shadowkhan, complete with a SpitTake of mouth wash when she does.
* TheDragon: Sumo man Tohru, until he turns good. He doesn't really [[GoodIsDumb get weaker]], though, he just rarely solves his problems with violence and gains control of his temper. Hak Foo takes over after that.
** And in the final season, Strikemaster Ice is the Dragon to Drago (ironic in that Drago is ''literally'' a dragon).
** Drago himself was sort-of this in his debut episode to Shen-Du, insofar as he is working to free his BiggerBad father Shen-Du, who is even more of a literal dragon (Drago is more like a dragon-man). Shen-Du himself was forced into this role in Season 2 by his demon brethern, serving as TheHeavy trying to free ''them''.
* EasilyForgiven: Tohru is a bad guy until his defection at the end of season 1, but escapes criminal charges. What makes it a hell of a lot more plausible than most cartoons is that he teamed up with a family who are best buddies with the leader of a high-tech and powerful secret government organization. This is the government we're talking about. And even then, it is said he is on parole while living with the Chans and when criminal activity happens near the store, police look at him first.
** Later episodes also show that Tohru is a suspect when a crime is committed near Uncle's shop. Captain Black even said Tohru was basically on parole at Uncle's shop.
** Also, in the GrandFinale, Strike Master Ice and his posse betray Drago to try and steal the demon sorcerer powers for themselves, but fail and are imprisoned in concrete as a result. Despite this, later in the episode, Drago frees them and gives them each a chi power to uses to destroy Section 13.
* EasterEgg: The dragon talisman may appear in the background during an episode when it's not in use.
%%* EatTheCamera
* EccentricMentor: The Deadpan Monk from the Lotus Temple episode: constantly meditating, and speaking in proverbs ("Ancient wisdom"). [[spoiler: He's a villainous version of it]]
* ElementalPowers: All of the demons.
** With a traditional Chinese spin on it; [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[ShockAndAwe Thunder]], [[WingedHumanoid Sky]], [[BlowYouAway Wind]], [[MightyGlacier Mountain]], [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], [[MakingASplash Water]], and [[GravityMaster Moon]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The three main characters of the series all had this in the first episode, The Dark Hand. First, Jackie in the very first scene is shown jumping up and down and using [[ImprovisedWeapon Improvised Weapons]] to dodge flying arrows in a Bavarian castle. Then, Uncle appears to us first as a sweet and caring old guy before going straight to his trademark DopeSlap while telling Jackie “[[AndAnotherThing One More Thing]].” Then, Jade is introduced to us by breaking into underground military instillation of one of the elite police organizations in the world and hijacking one of their mopeds in her first of many attempts to “help” Jackie.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In an early Season 1 episode Tohru, while clearly disgusted by Carl Nevore's plans, does nothing to stop him from eating the turtle.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: It ''is'' JackieChan.
** The song title is dropped in "Through the Rabbit Hole".
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: No one is really quite sure whose uncle Uncle is, if anybody's.
** Lampshaded when Jade's parents call him Uncle. "I think he's... everyone's uncle". Which makes sense given this is an Asian family. It's fairly common to 'adopt' older family friends as one's 'uncle' or 'auntie'.
* EvilCounterpart: Daolon Wong to Uncle - which is lampshaded many times (Jade's even once calls him the "Anti-Uncle") - and Hak Foo to Tohru after the first season. Even in Hak Foo's first appearance, where Tohru is still a villain, he is presented as a much more brutal rival to him. In one episode, a criminal mastermind hires an entire team of evil counterparts to the J-Team.
--> Daolon Wong: "It would appear you are the appropriate yin to my yang, good wizard."
* EvilIsDumb: Tohru, and was used, subverted, and spoofed in an episode about Finn, Ratso and Chow, who turn out to be just as bad at being good as they are at being bad.
** Overall averted. Tohru was far from an incompetent bad guy. Part of the reason he is the most dangerous enemy in the first season is because he is smart but usually solves problems in a blunt way. Some people running away from you down the stairs of a 50-story building? Casually stroll to the elevator. Chasing some people through a warehouse? Chuck a box at the door so they can't keep running. Etc.
* EvilPlan: Let's make a list:
** Shendu: Escape statue form by reclaiming his talismans.
** Valmont: Use Shendu and other magic resources to get richer than he was already.
** Demon Sorcerers: Escape the dimension they've been banished to so they can rule the world again.
** Daolon Wong: Obtain the talisman powers so he can spread dark chi over the Earth.
** Tarakudo: Awaken the oni masks so that he can bathe the world in darkness... and also eat brains.
** Drago: Originally, to resurrect his father, Shendu, and rule the world together. Later, to gain the powers of the demon sorcerers so that he can rule the world himself.
* ExactWords: When Jade accidentally uses a spell to make Uncle go into a deep sleep, she has to go inside his mind to figure out the spell to seal the Earth Demon back. Uncle replies that she needs a flower and the hair of 'you'...[[spoiler: Jade thinks he was talking about pulling hairs out of her head, and not a hair of a ''ewe'' aka wool.]]
** Jade also uses this as an excuse to follow Jackie in one episode after being told once again to "stay with Uncle."
--> Jade: "Didn't say which uncle."
** Shendu tries to pull this off in "The New Atlantis." When he first promises to release his demonic siblings, they cast a spell that keeps him trapped in the first body he possesses until he sets them all free. Bai Tza, the Water Demon, is the last Demon Sorcerer to be saved, and as soon as her portal is opened, Shendu demands that she release him from Valmont's body. Bai Tza refuses, and Shendu points out that he technically kept his word by releasing all of his brothers and sisters--they never said anything about their having to ''stay'' free to reverse the spell.
* ExoticEntree: In the episode where the cast finds the rabbit talisman.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: In the episode where Valmont's gang goes to Pamplona, they have a hard time remembering what the town is famous for. Ratso finally remembers, just as he hears an ominous rumbling sound from around a corner.
-->'''Ratso''': Oh! ''Now'' I remember what Pamplona's famous for!\\
''(a charging herd of very pissed-off bulls comes into view, heading straight for him)''\\
'''Ratso''': [[OhCrap ...The Running of the Bulls...]]
* ExploitedImmunity: In one episode, Valmont attempts to [[DemonicPossession exorcise himself]] of the demon Shendu, by handling the Pan'Ku Box, an object forged using [[GoodHurtsEvil Good Magic, which Shendu can't touch]]. It hurts both of them, but Shendu suffers more and is rendered unconscious.
* EyeScream: "Monkey Plucks Two Peaches!"
* FakeStatic: Jade, at least twice.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Done in so many ways in every season. Where to start...
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Sorta averted. Realistic guns are often seen, but almost never fired. Again, just like a Jackie Chan movie.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The Monkey King is trapped in a ventriloquist's dummy, as was Jackie for that episode.
** Being trapped in the demon realm, especially if you're Shendu.
* FaceHeelTurn: In one of the Future Jade episode, Jimmy, a one-shot friend of Jade, is revealed to become Tohru's Chi apprentice in the present and become a villainous sorceror in the future. This is reversed when present Jade brings present Jimmy to the future - [[FutureMeScaresMe when he sees his future self he promises never to become that]] and helps stop him.
* FeudEpisode: Uncle and Tohru once went through this during a Season 4 episode, hindering their efforts in reclaiming the mask of Tarakudo's [[TheDragon second-in-command]].
* FlatJoy: Uncle [[InsufferableGenius insufferably]] asks the Section 13 agents what did they ''learn'' after seeing Jackie defeat Shendu by taking out the Rat Talisman. They reply 'magic must defeat magic' with this tone.
* {{Filler}}: Many episodes, though it is spaced out evenly with the MythArc.
** In many cases, filler ended up as {{foreshadowing}}. The {{Big Bad}}s from seasons three, four, and five all originated from filler episodes in previous seasons, and various spells and artifacts first used in filler suddenly became important later. Unless the writers were really thinking several seasons ahead, it's doubtful that these characters and items were really [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]] in disguise.
* FindTheCure: Episode 9, "The Rock"
** Which shows that Valmont's GenreSavvy with the situation, as Jackie attacks him in an attempt to get the antidote.
-->'''Jackie:''' Where's the antidote!?\\
'''Valmont:''' You think I'd be foolish enough to bring it with me?
* {{Foil}}: Hak Foo to Tohru. Hak Foo is fast, brash, and clever but not intelligent, and relies on martial arts. Tohru is slower, intelligent and quick-witted, more thoughtful and uses strength and intuition to fight.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The various {{Big Bad}}s of later seasons had one spotlight episode in a prior season that establishes them as being slightly more than a filler villain. In Tarakudo's case, it was fairly stealthy as his image was on a book of spells (and when drawn on Jade allowed her to control the shadowkhan) in a single second season episode, with him only showing up in the fourth season.
** There's others, too. At least twice before she turns herself into a monkey, Jackie accuses Jade of acting like a baboon.
** Lo Pei referring to Shendu as "The Ultimate Darkness". Then again, the viewers already knew of Shendu and it was just so the heroes wouldn't know his name before Tohru [[HeelFaceTurn told them]].
** Daolon Wong was villain of the week in ''three'' season two episodes, during which time he was established as Uncle's ArchEnemy and was shown to have a desire for the talismans. I doubt anyone was surprised when he became BigBad of season three.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Jade and the Chans in general. Jade's liking and friendliness towards animals is quite helpful in the third season. She doesn't think rats are cute ("Cuuute" being one of her stock phrases) but isn't about to let Daolon get his hands on it.
* FourFingeredHands: Every demon except the thunder demon.
* FriendshipTrinket: In one episode, Jade acquires two half-yin-yang necklaces and intends to give one to her new friend Seymour. When Seymour turns out to really be the Sky Demon instead of a child and kidnaps Uncle, Jade finds out she can combine her half with the Tiger Talisman (which contains the power of spiritual balance) to track the demon and Uncle. She later regains the necklace half and [[IntergenerationalFriendship gives it to Tohru instead]].
* FrothyMugsOfWater: ''Showdown in the Old West'' features Jackie's IdenticalGrandfather [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin (a sheriff in the Old West)]] going down to the local saloon for "a nice cold glass of ginger ale". This is JustifiedTrope: Ginger ale in the 19th Century wasn't the light and sparkly drink we know today. It was strong and was used as a tonic for various illnesses due to ginger's many "medicinal" properties (some of which have even been confirmed by modern science).
* FullyAutomaticClipShow: "Duh!" and "One more thing."
* GambitPileup: Jackie's walked in on and been walked in on by a number of thieves during otherwise fairly normal archeological digs and the like; sometimes more than one other group will intersect.
* GenerationXerox:
** Jackie was sent to live with Uncle years before Jade was sent to live with him. Played with in the Old West episode, where Jade assumes that the sheriff's niece was her counterpart, only for Jackie to mention she's described differently. Jade dismisses it as a typo, and a dust cloud hides her replacement with Past! Jade.
** From "Through the Rabbit Hole" we see that young Jackie's mannerisms are similar to Jade. He even goes against Jade's wishes to WaitHere when the Dark Hand kidnap Uncle, meaning that Jackie Chan was the first to "pull a Jade" on Jade herself, years before she was ever born.
* GeniusBruiser: Tohru by the end of the series (if not earlier), both of Farmer [=MacDonald's=] sons, and occasionally Ratso (he used to study theoretical physics).
* GentleGiant: Tohru became one after his HeelFaceTurn.
* GiantFootOfStomping: Giant-Jade to the Dark Chi Warriors. Valmont is amazed they didn't see it coming.
* GodzillaThreshold: Several times in the series.
** In "Enter the Cat" Jackie [[spoiler:realizes the artifact is too dangerous and destroys it.]]
** In "The Curse of El Chupacabra" the old man on the mountain who grows capsicum refuses to give it to anyone ... unless they mention being cursed by a chpacabra.
** In the series finale, [[spoiler:Uncle summons a fully empowered Shendu to fight Drago, who has been empowered by the essences of the Demon Lords.]]
* GoodCopBadCop: The Ikazuki episode in season four. First, Jade and Jackie trying to get Ikazuki to give them information on Tarakudo, then Finn and Ikazuki trying to persuade Tohru to give them the removal spell.
--> '''Finn''': Tohru, T-Man, buddy! Look, uh, maybe you haven't noticed, but I kinda have a ''face'' on my sittin' place, so I was wondering if you could be a pal and -\\
'''Ikazuki''': The potion! Or I shall feast upon your brains!\\
'''Ratso''' (elbowing Chow): Ooo, the old good-cop-bad-cop..!
* GoodIsImpotent: Subverted. While Jackie's yin is far more pacifistic, it's still a competent fighter because "it's not nice to drop kick little girls". Also, as noted above, Captain Black has no 'passive' side. They're both active and badass.
* GoodIsNotNice: Lo Pei is not too worried about collateral damage, and tends to blast first, ask questions never.
* GotVolunteered: At least twice.
* GottaCatchThemAll: See PlotCoupons
* GrandFinale: "The Powers That Be"
* GrandTheftMe: Poor Valmont...and Jackie...''and'' Jade...wow, Shendu likes to jack bodies.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Chan does this with the unconscious Agent Tag in a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof episode.
* GrumpyOldMan: Uncle has been happy exactly twice in five seasons and one of them was a magic induced dream.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Parodied in ''The Chan Who Knew Too Much''.
-->'''Conspirator''': ''He has found the secret watering closet!''\\
'''Jackie''': ''I'm just looking for the exit!''
* HeroHarassesHelpers: Jackie to Jade. In "Deja Vu" he does realize how much she does help. In the same way, Jade realizes exactly why Jackie plays this trope.
* HeroicBystander: Deino Stephenso, in "Snake Hunt", is pretty badass for a cameraman.
* HeroicWillpower: When Capt. Black gets an oni mask stuck on him he's able to resist the effects for quite some time, and Uncle says it's because of his inherent goodness.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Jackie is constantly "borrowing" items from total strangers to use as weapons or modes of transportation.
-->'''Jackie:''' [[CatchPhrase I'msorryI'llbringitbacklaterthankyoouuuuu!]]
* HesAFriend: HeelFaceTurn, some people who've been gone a while, it happens.
* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler: Season 3. Daolon Wong, searching for the talisman powers, revives Shendu to get the power of the dragon talisman. Shendu immediately {{Curb Stomp| Battle}}s Daolon and takes over for the finale.]]
* HowManyFingers: In the first episode. "Look, fishies!" Jade tries it in season 3 after Jackie's been bitten by a cobra. "What's a Jackie?"
* HumiliationConga: Several of the villains get this over the course of the series. Daolon Wong in particular gets these in nearly every single appearance. There was once a single episode where in attempting to time travel to the past to stop Jackie he ended being teleported to all his most humiliating defeats... and getting injured by being in the middle of situations he was never in in the first place.
* HurricaneOfAphorisms: The monk who guides the Chans in "The Lotus Temple" was fond of these, always preceding with the phrase "ancient wisdom!" When he reveals himself to be EvilAllALong, he even picks proverbs that are appropriately intimidating. At the end of the episode Jackie gets into the act by making one up on the spot about Jade's homework.
* IdenticalGrandson: Almost every main character gets an identical ancestor in ''Showdown in the Old West'', although the only one we know was identical is past-Jackie (most of it is being pictured by the present-day characters). This is almost certainly due to the modern day characters imagining their ancestors as being just like themselves. The only character whose physical appearance is actually described is Jade's counterpart, and she's outright stated to be nothing like Jade, being 15 years old and much taller. She insists that "It was a typo!"
* IdiotBall: Happens to Jackie and Jade the most. Jackie tends to attack problems with an almost reckless lack of planning which tends to come back to bite him in the ass. Jade however tends to plan ahead more and is generally the only character who bothers to grab the talismans or some other useful item before running off to fight the enemy. Still, that doesn't stop her from screwing up a lot. To emphasize the importance of using the IdiotBall, consider that Jade's actions in the Season 1 finale lead directly to Season 2, Jackie's actions in the Season 3 premier lead to Season 3 itself, and both Jackie and Future! Jade help to institute Season 5 via keeping Drago after ''J2''. In the same vein, Daloan Wong's actions in the Season 4 premier lead to Season 4 itself happening. Using the IdiotBall continues the show.
* TheIgor: One appears in the cat statue episode, although only in voice.
** Haggis from the episode with the living gloves qualifies.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Jackie. He would really just like to be a normal archeologist.
* ImAHumanitarian: With the monkey talisman, Tohru suggests they turn Jackie into an edible animal.
** The only reason Carl Nivore doesn't eat children is because they aren't endangered.
* ImmortalityHurts: Said ''verbatim'' by Finn when he slammed at sixty miles per hour into a wall while holding the immortality Talisman. Also of note is that he had just traded the Healing talisman to one of his teammates because he thought having Healing ''and'' Immortality was redundant— not realizing that the Immortality talisman doesn't include healing.
* ImmortalityInducer: The Dog talisman, which provides NighInvulnerability and restores youthful energy. The Horse talisman is a close second thanks to its power of {{Healing| Factor}} - as long as the owner isn't simply killed outright they can recover from any injury, poison, or disease instantly.
* ImprovisedWeapon: It's Jackie Chan, so it's required. Weapons have included furniture, a horse saddle, ''windshield wipers'', Jackie's own shirt...
* InsistentTerminology: In one episode an octopus statue is the MacGuffin of the day, whenever anyone tries to call it a fish, they are always told that it is a multipod...then subverted at the end.
--> '''Boss:''' Put the fish on the table!
--> '''Lackey:''' Uh, boss? Technically, the octopus is a member of the multipod family and... ''[notices the boss is giving him a DeathGlare]'' put the fish on the table!
* IncrediblyLamePun: Several; during the Kyoto Octopus heist, one mook grabs a small tree, hoists it over his head (presumably to use as a weapon) and jumps, yelling "Banzai!" Another favorite is when Jackie warns the mooks to be careful because they are at risk of damaging a Babylonian Urn. "What's a Babylonian urn?" "Probably more than we do!"
* InstantExpert: Frequently averted for comic relief, especially if it's the bad guy that fails by his own superpower.
* InSeriesNickname: Viper takes to calling Jackie "Babyface", most likely to annoy him.
** Finn refers to Valmont as Big-V (or Little-V in one case) and Tohru as Big-T or T-Man. Following this, Jade also refers to Tohru as Big-T, or just T.
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Given the characters this trope is well averted, especially in the fourth season where it dealt with Uncle's unfamiliarity with Japanese lore, language and magic due to being a Chinese chi master. Somewhat amusing, given that his voice actor is Japanese.
* InterestingSituationDuel: In a playground, on a train, etc.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Jade and Tohru.
* ItBelongsInAMuseum: Except in "Enter the Cat" where Jackie decides that the cat statue is too dangerous even for a museum and destroys it instead.
** Also excluded is the time Jackie had to steal the Snake Talisman 'from' a museum, because the talismans are too dangerous/sought after to be in such a public place.
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, St Patrick's Day in Ireland.
* JailBake: Subverted when the Dark Hand get themselves sent to prison to find Xiao Fung's portal: [[spoiler:it's the Warden's birthday cake, and ruining it gets Valmont sent to solitary. The box was in the package beneath the cake.]]
* JustAStupidAccent: Chinese characters rarely speak any Chinese language, even during the episodes set in China. Even more jarringly, the two characters who had been in America for a large portion of their lives - Uncle and Jackie - still had accents, while the one character who supposedly just came over from China - Jade - has a very American accent.
** This may be justified, albeit weakly, by the fact that Jade is from Hong Kong, where many people have what sounds like an American accent - except her parents don't really have much in the way of accents either.
** In one episode, Uncle even does research with a Japanese to Chinese dictionary.
** Lampshaded in the Three Wise Monkeys-based episode, where Uncle can't read a speechless Jackie's lips because Jackie's accent's too thick.
* KickTheDog: Daolon Wong attempts this, in a literal sense. [[spoiler: It fails; the dog in question is immortal.]]
** Tarakudo also does this in Scruffy's second episode, though he was aiming for Jade.
* KidWithTheLeash: Jade once gained control of the Shadowkhan from a magic marker tattoo she did, unfortunately it slowly made her BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* KillerRabbit: The Shadowkhan Hak Foo summoned are like these. But after eating, they're more killer than rabbit.
** During the season 1 finale, Jackie turns Shendu into a rabbit. That doesn't stop him from turning invisible, floating and using heat beam eyes.
* KillerYoYo: Not used to attack people, except when Jackie has it, but dangerous all the same.
* {{Koan}}: OW.
* LampshadeHanging: Most of the running gags in the series get lampshaded eventually.
** "Seriously, don't you get tired of saying that?" in response to Jackie telling Jade to stay behind the five billionth time.
** Jade's [[SnoopingLittleKid penchant for snooping and for popping up in the middle of a crisis out of nowhere.]] Even Valmont gets a lampshade in about that.
--> '''Valmont:''' "So this is why your niece is always with you. And here I thought you were just horribly irresponsible."
* LavaIsBoilingKoolAid: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] when the Monkey King makes a volcano erupt cherry gelatin.
* LeakingCanOfEvil: Shendu begins the series sealed into the form of a stone statue after having the talismans which control his power removed from his body. While in this form he retains the ability to speak and apparently to breathe fire.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Many. Though Jackie does not seem to have one, Jade does, and many secondary characters have a motif as well: The Enforcers, Shendu, the Monkey King, Daolon Wong...
* LethallyStupid: Jade. Letting her toy with magic is rarely a good idea.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Ratso when he has to remove an Oni Mask from Finn's rear.
* LimitedWardrobe: Although it changes depending on scenario; El Toro wears a nice suit outside of the ring, Jackie and Jade both have archeologist outfits, etc.
* LiteralMetaphor: Jade once used the Snake Talisman to sneak in during one of Jackie's missions. After he's complimented for defeating some bad guys "alone", she complained by asking if she was invisible. Duh, as she said once she realized she was indeed invisible because of the talisman's power.
* LittleStowaway:
** Jade did this OnceAnEpisode.
** [[TheObiWan ''Uncle'']] even did it once.
** [[spoiler:A age-regressed Valmont did it too with the Chans]].
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Uncle reads from a scroll explaining why the Immortality Talisman is the Dog Talisman; dogs are man's best friend. Not only does the user gain eternal life, but all the strength and stamina of youth. When Uncle used it, he retained all his skill but regained his vigor. He could even eat cheese again because it wouldn't gum up his..."none of your business."
* LivingShadow: The Shadowkhan {{ninja}}s.
* LivingToys: Gnomekop (once) and Super Moose (repeatedly) thanks to the Rat Talisman
* LookBehindYou: During a truck-top fight, Jackie warns Finn of an oncoming tunnel. Finn scoffs at the 'trick' and slams into the cliff wall (turns out immortality and healing aren't so redundant.)
* LoopholeAbuse: Jade loves to do this when it comes to following Jackie around, often using Jackie's ExactWords against him. For instance, she is once told by Jackie to stay with Uncle (the character) without thinking that ''he'' is also her uncle. Since he never specified ''which'' uncle to stay with, she stays with Jackie.
* MagicAIsMagicA:
** In interesting contrast to Eastern {{anime}} magic-users using Western HermeticMagic, most of the spells in the Western-made ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' are Eastern style. Seems to be a variant of [[FunctionalMagic Rule Magic]].
** The talisman's themselves tended to be fairly consistent, with a few inconsistencies. The HealingFactor Horse talisman originally required you to say "achoo" to activate, the dragon talisman initially imbedded itself into Valmonts palm to be used and the EnemyWithout Tiger Talisman is prone to all sorts of quirky side-effects besides its supposed "spiritual balance" primary power.
** An aversion is when Jade grew freakishly huge muscles from using the Ox Talisman, when this never happened before or again.
* MagicVersusScience: Science has its uses in its own field, but is ultimately incapable of doing anything significant against the magical villains the cast runs into. As Uncle is wont to point out, "MAGIC MUST DEFEAT MAGIC!"
* {{Mahjong}}: Uncle's favorite game
* MamaBear: Tohru's Mom is shorter than just about any other character. But should someone mess with her baby boy, be it regular mook or mystical henchmen, and she will mess them up.
* MaskedLuchador: El Toro
* McNinja: Subverted. In the first few seasons, the Shadowkhan were ninja (Japanese) working for the demon Shendu (Chinese). This was later explained and used as the arc for an entire season when it was revealed Shendu had taken control of them from a Japanese Oni imprisoned in a mask.
* MediumBlending: In the intro with live action Jackie.
** Also the ending bit, where he did a live question-answer session.
* [[{{Mentors}} Mentor]]: Uncle...specifically, MrExposition. As the series progresses, he becomes the WitchDoctor; his knowledge in magic increases exponentially, possibily becoming one of the strongest mortal mages on the planet. "One must keep up with forces of evil!"
** Tohru in later seasons assumes the role of Mr. Exposition, especially when dealing with Japanese mythology, along with being a Witch Doctor-in-Training.
* MesACrowd: The episode "Jade Times Jade."
* TheMenInBlack: Section 13 is a secret government agency that handles threats such as the Dark Hand and the demons.
* MommasBoy: Tohru.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Most notable in the later seasons, with, Shendu's sibling demons, then the Oni masks and their unique Shadowkhan. Subverted in the last season; Drago is the monster ''every'' week.
* MookCarryover: The Enforcers (Finn, Ratso and Chow) who were always brought in by the current season's big bad. Also Valmont (when possessed by Shendu), the Shadow Khan, and finally Strikemaster Ice, DJ Fist and MC Cobra. Drago [[AvertedTrope averts this trope]] temporarily by firing the Enforcers after one episode.
* MookFaceTurn: Tohru
* {{Mundangerous}}: After running down the side of an exploding building without a problem, Jackie breaks his leg by slipping on one of Jade's toys.
--> '''Uncle''': "Sounds like a Chinese proverb!"
* MundaneUtility: Several of the talismans ended up with this. Of particular note, the Pig Talisman is how a chocolatier named Uncle Ferkelson melted his chocolate.
* MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad: Whenever Jade and Paco meet they end up arguing over who is better, Jackie or El Toro.
-->[[RunningGag "Jackie." "El Toro." "Jackie." "El Toro." etc.]]
** In one episode, they do this when captured by the Talisman-empowered Dark Hand, and have the argument ''while the Enforcers are about to blast them''. [[ATruceWhileWeGawk The Enforcers stop and stare at this in confusion.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Jackie yells this when he ended destroying the talismans, setting their powers on the animals around the world.
* NeverMyFault: Tohru's mother blamed Uncle when she turned invisible [[spoiler:even though she walked into his hotel room, went through his bag, removed the noble snake's egg, dipped it into her teapot (which caused the invisibility) out of her own free will]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Quite a number of times, often by Jade. Jackie has his own moments, such as when his attempt to destroy the talismans at the beginning of the third season only ended up scattering their powers across the world.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Valmont kicking Jackie off a cliff results in Shendu possessing Valmont.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Zig-zagged in the episode "And He Does His Own Stunts", which has Jade swooning over a Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio substitute named Raffaello [=DiCapezio=]; conversely, Uncle and Tohru are Creator/JohnWayne fans.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: In the fifth episode, mind you this show went on for 5 seasons, Jackie is escaping with the Sheep Talisman aboard a train. Pursued by Shadowkhan and Valmont's goons, and after rescuing the driver from certain death after the bridge ahead of the train is destroyed, and the train quickly dives off of the blown-up railway... and without having any Talisman powers, Jackie single-handedly runs across 5 or 6 train cars from the leading train all the way to the end, just narrowly vaulting back to safety while Valmont's goons look on. Ratso flat-out states it:
--> "No way he's human."
* NoMacGuffinNoWinner: At the start of season three, Jackie destroys the Talismans so that neither the Dark Hand nor Daolon Wong can get their hands on them. This backfires when the powers within simply seek out new hosts.
* NonSequiturThud: Jackie, several times.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Strangely applied; the internal timeframe may not perfectly match the season production but it's made rather clear that several years do pass over the whole series. Jade never gets taller and remains in the same elementary school class with the same teacher. One episode highlights it where Jade complaining that she hasn't grown at all since she came to live with Jackie and Uncle. Stranger still, TimeTravel episodes show Jade as an adult.
* NotQuiteDead: Shendu after being killed in the end of season 1, was a ghost in season 2, revived in season 3, and only to get sealed.
* NotQuiteStarring: Voice actor James Sie as Jackie Chan, with the real Jackie Chan appearing in the title sequence and a live action segment after each episode. He said in an interview his schedule doesn't allow for the frequent recording sessions, but he has tried to do all the grunts and other things his character does, which is much simpler.
* OffModel: All of season five, but episodes ten and on especially. [[TropesAreNotBad Not necessarily for the worse]], though, as at least in episode ten the writing picks up a little.
** [[http://i43.tower.com/images/mm106995871/jackie-chan-adventures-shadow-shendu-dvd-cover-art.jpg Check out Jade's Derp Face.]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: Jade's ability to turn up behind Jackie is sometimes explained, sometimes lampshaded. In the first episode, there was a gag where taking the stairs to Section 13 was faster than the ridiculously hyper-powered elevator.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Dark Hand, at least by the second half of the first season. It's later justified because the Shendu escapade and demon portal stuff drained their resources. Early on, it was a lot bigger with a few hired guns besides the regular enforcers. Most of the local mooks got scared off by the supernatural goings-on, and by the end of season 2, all of them are gone save for Finn, Ratso and Chow. Still, it's never really explained where their infrastructure went.
* OhCrap:
** Drago and co. about halfway into the Spectacu-Larry episode. Watch their faces as he attacks.
** Valmont saying, "Blast!" in any situation going wrong like in season 1 episode 7, "Bullies", when he realizes Jackie took advantage of his anger to blast the boat open with the dragon talisman.
** Daolon Wong and Uncle share Oh Crap looks when both are frozen, from using stone magic on each other, as a giant Jade and equally giant ogre fight each other around them.
* {{Oireland}}: The St Patrick's Day episode involves Jade convincing a bunch of locals that she's a leprachaun simply by dressing up as one. Then again, the locals were right about the curse on the emerald...
* OldMaster: Uncle
* OnceASeason: About 2/3rds of the way through a season they would have the group lose one of the talismans etc. to the bad guys, reinforcing that they are still human. As well, the final episode usually had the pieces being united to demonstrate their power and why they didn't want them together in the first place.
* OnlyOneName: Plenty. Valmont, his three main henchmen, Tohru, Paco...the list goes on.
** It's probably easier to list those who ''do'' have more than one name: Jackie, Jade, El Toro, Captain Augustus Black (yes he has a first name, it's only said once)
* PapaWolf: Tohru, towards Jade. (speaking to Valmont) "If any harm comes to her, I will turn you inside out."
** Any male protagonist would qualify even [[spoiler: Finn, Ratso, and Chow during their short-lived HeelFaceTurn as Jade wanted to fight the Ice Crew only for Ratso and Chow to restrain and remind her that Jackie wouldn't allow such behavior. And there's Hak Foo in the GrandFinale, as Uncle and Tohru cast a spell to send Shendu and Drago to the Netherworld, Jackie grabs Jade to prevent her from being sucked in and hands her over to Hak Foo who holds on to her until the spell is cast.]]
* PaperMaster: Origami
* PaperThinDisguise: Finn uses one to try and get a book from Uncle's shop. As he comments to his fellows, "I can't believe he fell for that!" In that episode, Jackie and Tohru disguise themselves as Shadowkhan ninjas. It's sort of ok for Jackie, but Tohru is much, much bigger than the other ninjas.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish:
** Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging hung with a shade.]] "Namsilat" will not unlock the Talismans and Captain Black's birthday has nothing to do with any numerical codes.
** When Jackie needs to use a panic word when undercover, the word being chincilla, he get's this when trying to use it. "What's a chinchilla?"
* PassThePopcorn: In "The Lotus Temple," the villain at once point summons a minion and, when the fight starts getting good, decides to stop trying to kill Jackie and just watch instead.
--> "[[{{HurricaneOfAphorisms}} Ancient wisdom!]] Wise man never turns down free entertainment!"
* PersonalitySwap: An encounter with a chi vampire forces drains Uncle's chi into Jade. Importantly, it ''only'' switches their personalities. Although Jade gets Uncle's inquisitive nature and focus, she doesn't acquire his ''knowledge'', so she still has to research how to solve the problem on her own. After getting Jade's chi Tohru is still a hulking powerhouse but now is a lot more talkative and using teenage slang.
* APirate400YearsTooLate
* PlotCoupon: Talismans, portals, animals, masks, relics. In that order.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: ''Showdown in the Old West'' is a mild case. Though Jackie's IdenticalGrandfather is portrayed as a 19th century ChineseLaborer, the writers apparently felt that acknowledging 19th century race relations would bring down the mood of a lighthearted CowboyEpisode. Hence, the significance of a Chinese immigrant being appointed sheriff in a Western frontier town is never discussed. Granted, there ''is'' a fairly dramatic moment in which Jackie's grandfather starts a fight when he's refused service in a saloon, but it's stated that this is because he's a railroad worker, not because he's Chinese.
* PortalSlam: In Season 2 [[spoiler:with Shendu being dead, his portal is "vacant" of an occupant, so any of his siblings could use it to escape. Jade, being trapped in the Demon World, gets through, closing it, and Hsi Wu slams into the rock behind the portal]].
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Jade loves these. The Enforcers like to use these as well, even though in the end it is usually their behinds that get kicked in the end.
* PreMortemOneLiner / BondOneLiner: Many of the villains are fond of these, especially Drago (the series as a whole loves the "villain is about to kill heroes, villain makes one liner, fade to commercial" bit), but luckily they never succeed in killing their enemies after making their quips. Occasionally, they might use a BondOneLiner when they ''think'' they've killed someone.
* ProWrestlingEpisode: "The Mask of El Toro Fuerte"
* PsychoRangers: The Chang Gang to the J-Team in "The J-Tots."
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Many times.
* PunnyName: When Lo Pei is introduced, one of the Enforcers makes a wisecrack that goes something like "You want Lo Pei, try looking at my salary."
** There is a minor villain in season one who eats exotic animal species. His name? Carl Nivore.
* PutOnABus: Valmont gets this treament worse than anyone, even writers seem to [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] it at the end of the series. [[spoiler: Valmont is last shown in the series ''working'' as a bus driver.]] By season 5, everyone was a put on a bus except for Jackie, Jade, Uncle, Tohru, Captain Black, Drago, and the Ice Crew. [[spoiler: Finn, Ratso, and Chow only had 2 episodes as antagonists and returned in the last episode [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]]]]. This also happens to [[spoiler: Hak Foo]] who was never seen again until the last episode after the eighth oni mask was found. This also happens to [[spoiler: El Toro, Paco, Viper, and Super Moose]], they only had a cameo at Jade's birthday party and returned in the last episode to fight Drago.
* QuirkyHousehold: The Chan family in general.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Chow, Finn and Ratso fulfilled this through several {{Big Bad}}s. Hak Foo comes and goes with every season. Hell, these three kinda delve into PunchClockVillain territory, one episode they got tired of getting beaten up by Jackie and tried to pull a HeelFaceTurn.
** In the fifth season they are replaced by the significantly more competent Strike Master Ice and his group, although they prove to be [[TheStarscream more troublesome]] for Drago.
* RealityWritingBook: One of these appears in a later episode, when it's rewritten by Shendu. Luckily Jade is left unaffected since she manages to tear out the page that relates to her, leaving her unaltered, though not before she turns everyone involved in the fight into {{Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot}}s, like turning Viper into a super-soldier cyborg mech.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The Muntabs, in "Lost City of the Muntabs"
* RecapEpisode: "Deja Vu" sends Jackie through past episodes.
* RecklessSidekick: Jade. ''Always.'' Just look in those big brown eyes and you'll see her unyielding desire to follow Jackie into adventure. To her credit, she ''does'' prove useful most of the time and almost never TheLoad.
* RecruitingTheCriminal: Viper in general. After her interactions with Jade and Jackie she goes legitimate and is later a consultant for a security company.
* RedshirtArmy: The Section 13 forces. Normally at least once a season, their base is completely trashed. Once, while fighting the Dark Hand out in the open, they got their butts whooped, most of their vehicles blown up, and a number of them turned into rats.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: A common power of any evil monster or demon sorcerer, if you see the red eyes you best Take Warning.
* {{Reincarnation}}: It's implied in one episode that Jade is the [[TheChosenOne reborn soul of a Dalai Lama-esque figure]].
* ResistTheBeast: Xu Lin, the cursed guardian of "The Lotus Temple," does this several times, as she is cursed to turn into a monstrous beast whenever someone intrudes in the temple, but she doesn't want to hurt any one. The heroes manage to find the loophole, and at one point she manages to resist the transformation enough to guide herself into going after the BigBad.
* RetiredBadass: Several episodes show that Uncle is pretty skilled himself, though his age doesn't allow him too much action. When he's using the Dog Talisman, however, he can make Hak Foo look like an amateur.
* RetroactiveWish: Ratso, during the time travel episode.
* RewritingReality: Anyone who gets their hands on the Book of Ages, which contains all of history. When Shendu uses it to erase his family's previous defeats, Jade gives herself RippleEffectProofMemory by tearing out a page referring to her (oddly, the demons also remember the original timeline).
** Shendu probably included an anti-amnesia clause in the changes he made to the book.
* RhymesOnADime: Spring-Heeled Jack.
* {{Rimshot}}: Jade: "Tch. Like Jackie has a dark side." Jackie: "Yes, I do. Her name is Jade." Jade: "Ba-dum bum, tshhh!"
* RipVanTinkle: "The Demon Behind" ends with Finn rushing to a restroom now that he's free. He wasn't unconscious, but he did have a sentient Japanese mask fused to his rear end that was controlling his body the whole episode.
* TheRival: Hak Foo can fill in this role at times for both Jackie and Tohru, as he is skilled enough (and just flat out ''crazy'' enough) to challenge Jackie's martial arts and he is physically powerful enough to also challenge Tohru's strength.
* RunningGag
--> [insert character here]: "Tohru catch [insert other character here]!" * BeatPanel* Tohru holds his arms out.
** Also, Tohru falling down stairs / rolling down a hill. Once happened ''three times in a single episode'' (justified because he was temporarily blind, though).
--> '''Jackie''': ''(knocking a [[BrainwashedAndCrazy amnesiac-and-convinced-he's-evil]] Tohru down a hill)'' "[[LampshadeHanging Just like old times.]]"
** Uncle warning someone not to look in the mirror after a magical transformation, and them doing it anyway. "I told you not to look in the mirror!"
** Uncle giving a very special kind of slap (stricking the forehead with two fingers) to Jackie, or whoever annoys him or argues with him. Ironically, [[WouldntHitAGirl he never did this on Tohru's mother]].
** No one, particularly Jackie (usually from Jade) gets code phrases.
** "Jackie" "El Toro" "Jackie" "El Toro" "Jackie" "El Toro"-
** People, usually Jackie, pounding their chest after being snuck up on.
** Whenever Jackie is forced to take something during a chase, he often apologises with "I'msorryIpromiseI'llbringthisbacklaterthankyoooou!"
** If El Toro shows up, expect Jackie to get hurt in Toro's attempt to help him.
--> '''El Toro''': Sorry.
** Tohru ending up in a dump of fish, to which he states his hatred of fish.
* SanDimasTime: In ''J2'' the Chans have to stop Drago before midnight because [[MeanwhileInTheFuture Shendu will emerge in the future and finish off Future Jackie and Uncle]].
* SavingChristmas: Daolon Wong lays siege to the North Pole, hoping to steal Santa's good chi. Tohru was to fill in for Santa while the rest of the team fight Wong.
* SayMyName: Shendu has an epic one at the end of the third season finale.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: [[spoiler: In "The Mother of All Battles", Tohru is approached by a Japanese crime syndicate who plan on stealing a priceless octopus statue and tell him he'll have a life of luxury if they help him succeed. Tohru joins them at first, but it turns out he was just pretending in order to warn Jackie who was asked to be a security guard.]]
* SdrawkcabName: In one episode, the rat talisman brings Jade's beloved Gnomekop toy to life. Remember that the G is silent.
* SealedCastInAMultipack: And in the third season, the powers of the Talismans were released when they were destroyed, and went into new hosts: random members of their respective species. They were collected and kept in The Vault in cages.
* SealedEvilInACan: Usually this is what Jackie is trying to prevent from happening each season.
** Justified in that killing Shendu in the first season caused all the trouble that followed. Sealing him in the final season ended it all.
* SealedEvilInADuel: The series ends with Drago (using the powers of all eight demon sorcerers) and his father Shendu (using all twelve of his talismans) being sealed within another realm to duel for all eternity.
* SealedEvilInASixPack: The Demon Sorcerer Shendu was defeated the first time by wizards taking pieces of his powers, including the power to move, and placing them in 12 stones, each decorated with the image of one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. This is where the Talismans came from. Holding one gives you that power.
* SecondPersonAttack: The title sequence involves Jackie punching the main villain of the season through the foe's POV and then shaking his hand in pain as he transforms into his live-action self.
* SelfConstructedBeing: Shendu with some help from the dark hand.
* ShadowWalker: The Shadowkhan, a tribe of magic ninjas (among other things), can use shadows as dimensional doors.
* SharkPool: In the Kyoto Octopus episode.
* ShieldSurf: Happens in the first episode. It's also how they get Xu Lin out of the Lotus Temple.
* ShipTease: Quite a bit between Jackie and Viper, [[ShipperOnDeck supported whole-heartedly by Jade]].
* ShoutOut: ''Enter the J-Team'' was a WholePlotReference to the classic Bruce Lee film, ''Enter the Dragon'', of which Jackie Chan was a stunt man. And speaking of [[Series/TheATeam the J-Team]]...
** Many episodes reimagine famous fight scenes from Jackie Chan's previous films. One episode had Jackie bitten by a snake, where the venom slowly made him loose his balance as well as very thirsty. So he has a loopy fight while grabbing and drinking any water he could find, an obvious joke towards ''Film/DrunkenMaster''.
** Daolon Wong, ancient evil Chinese sorceror protected and served by three mystical warriors and is played by James Hong. [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina Sounds familiar?]]
** The Ox talisman episode involves the baddies pulling off El Toro Fuente's mask with [[MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine a Flying Guillotine]].
** [[Film/ShanghaiNoon Showdown in the Old West]]: A railroad worker gets hired as a sheriff who ends up cleaning up the town of crime. [[Film/BlazingSaddles Familiar?]]
** Speaking of "Enter the J-Team", Jade's dream sequence during the beginning is a shout out to Film/TheMatrix.
** The phone booth-elevator used to access to Section 13 brings ''Series/GetSmart'' to mind.
** When Paco wears an Oni Mask on the Halloween episode, he is confronted by Tarakudo. He immediately assumes him to be [[{{Peanuts}} The Great Pumpkin]].
** At one point, criminal mastermind Chang (himself a reference to the villain of Enter The Dragon) hires an entire team of J-Team counterparts. Jackie's counterpart is a kung fu fighter named "Little Tommy Chung," a reference to the song "Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting."
** In "Shrink Rap", when they figure out that the anti-shrinking spell is a bad idea with [[YourHeadASplode miniature Jackie stuck inside Tohru's head]].
---> '''Jade''': "You mean Tohru's head is gonna go ''Film/{{Scanners}}''?!"
** In one episode Jade {{Title Drop}}s TheManFromUNCLE, when referring to Uncle.
---> '''Jade''': "It's time to call the man from Uncle."
** It's probably unintentional, but after the first use of the Rabbit Talisman in the episode "Shell Game", Tohru says "[[VideoGame/StarFox Peppy.]]"
** Finn makes a LOT of cultural references, such as referring to Gnomekop as [[Film/ChildsPlay 'Chucky']].
*** Once he trades his initially [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway useless]] talismans for the one that shoots fire from your eyes: [[Film/{{Babe}} That'll do, pig.]]
** Jade makes MyLittlePony references with the horse talisman twice.
** The [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther pink puma]] diamond?
** When they travel back in time, a window the Enforcers pass has Music/VillagePeople outfits in it.
** Another time they're presented as [[Series/CharliesAngels "Jade's Angels"]], complete with poses.
--> '''Finn:''' "Step away from our Bosley!...I mean, buddy."
** In Snake Hunt, when Tohru leaves a cave covered with bats, his silhouette resembles Franchise/{{Batman}}'s outfit.
** A rather creepy one to show up in a kid's show, "Shell Game" has a shout out to the famous "Fava beans and a nice Chianti" line from ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.
** At the Chinese Opera the backdrop falls on Uncle and "Beatle Brow", completely missing them through the window. Just like Creator/BusterKeaton.
** The Thunder Demon stares at a parking structure and growls, "These humans -- they [[Music/JoniMitchell paved over my paradise and put up]] ..." Then:
--> '''Ratso:''' "I want to see Creator/ClarkGable's old house!"
--> '''Finn:''' "[[Film/GoneWithTheWind Frankly, Ratso, I don't give a darn.]]"
* ShownTheirWork: While a lot of the cultures they visit are made up and the characters generally do things that are physically impossible, the producers do show a conscious effort to accurately portray a lot of the locations and some more specific facts about them.
* ShutUpHannibal: Pulled off on many occasions but it is most sweet with Jade after Shendu's first major defeat.
---> '''Shendu''': "I will have my revenge, even if it takes another nine hundred years!"\\
'''Jade''': "Tch. No Rat means you're just a statue. And no dog means, ''(as the [[PlayingWithFire Dragon Talisman]] in her hand glows)'' [[CombatPragmatist you're not immortal]].
* TheSlowPath: [[spoiler: How the Enforcers get back home after being stranded in the past at the end of "Through The Rabbit Hole]].
* SnoopingLittleKid: Jade is always getting into trouble this way.
* {{Snowlems}}: Daolon Wong uses them while attacking Santa's workshop
* SoLastSeason: Lightly applied, Uncle mentioned that the Talisman powers are helpful (and certainly nice for a surprise) but are simply not the most powerful magic in the series.
** Season Four had different villians than the other seasons, of Japanese heritage. Therefore, Uncle couldn't use Chinese methods of dealing with them and had to call upon Tohru's knowledge of Japanese culture a lot more.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Played with during ''Attack of the J-Clones''. Neither Jackie nor his clone know when Captain Black's birthday is, to his dismay, but Jade figures it out by asking them to take her to Moose World: the real one refuses, since she has homework. Paco's clone gives himself away by pronouncing her name properly. For non-Spanish speakers, "j" is usually pronounced with "y" or "h" sounds - hence, "Yade" from El Toro and the real Paco.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: The scope of events grows, but each new BigBad isn't necessarily more powerful, just brings with them their own style of problems.
** JustifiedTrope: The killing of Shen-du opened the way for even greater evil. This flows in an entirely logical manner until he is sealed again.
* SouthernFriedGenius: Farmer [=MacDonald's=] sons, to Jackie's delight.
--> "''Doctor'' Buford [=MacDonald=]?" ''(dodges a kick and lands on his leg)'' "Your books are very insightful."\\
"Thank ye!" ''(punch)''
* SouvenirLand: Moose World
* SpaceSuitsAreScubaGear: To facilitate a dramatic "where's the talisman" moment before Jackie removes the hose when it's discovered drifting around inside his suit.
* SpitTake: Finn, upon Tarakudo appearing in his coffee.
* SpoilerOpening: The intro for season 2 showed Shendu possessing Valmont and Hak Foo's return.
** Season 3 shows Finn, Ratso, and Chow transforming into Daolong Wong's Dark Chi warriors, and season 4 depicts the Sumo Shadowkhan at the end.
** Season 5's intro doesn't feature the Enforcers and, while Drago becoming the major antagonist was probably expected by the time the intro first started, his featured henchmen wouldn't appear before his third episode.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: It's an animated gnome toy....[[ItMakesSenseInContext it makes sense in context]].
** Things go pretty bad for Ratso when he fakes this with a snake....yeah.
* StabTheSalad: Possessed! Jade
* StairsAreFaster: For getting into Section 13, the stairs are a quicker way inside than the phone-booth elevator as demonstrated by Captain Black and Jade. Later averted by Tohru in a different building, who quietly rides an elevator while Uncle and Jade wear themselves out running down stairs.
* TheStarscream: Valmont when it comes to Shendu.
* StockPhrases: A LOT in-show. Jade's gasps and Jackie's exclamations are pretty standard.
* StockSuperpowers: Shendu's Talismans each provide one.
** AnimateInanimateObject: The Rat Talisman causes this.
** {{Animorphism}}: The Monkey Talisman, in a nutshell.
** EnemyWithout: A side effect of the Tiger Talisman, it's base power is was explained as the binding principle that unified all the other Talismans to Shendu. Apparently when the Tiger Talisman splits itself it splits the user in half; one side is [[IncorruptiblePurePureness sickeningly good]] while the other is [[JerkAss a big jerkass]], [[TookALevelInJerkass assumedly even more so if the original character is a jerkass]]. The process is undone if the talisman is reunited. It can be assumed it helps balance other magic interacting with the individual, via some creative use when Captain Black is possessed by an Oni-Mask and split by the talisman the good side of Captain Black was more or less Captain Black because the demon acted as the evil side.
*** Jade also [[MacGyvering MacGyvers]] an interesting side-effect from the Talisman when she attaches it to her half of a yin-yang necklace. It leads her straight to Hsi Wu, who's wearing the other half.
** EyeBeams: The Pig Talisman in a nutshell. Noted at one point that an attack that temporarily blinds you is hard to aim.
*** Also not a great weapon of choice to someone who wears glasses and is BlindWithoutEm.
** HealingFactor: The Horse Talisman, in a nutshell.
** ImmortalityInducer: The Dog Talisman gives TheAgeless style immortality, meaning that you'll survive any sort of injury, but without the [[HealingFactor Horse talisman]], you won't be getting up anytime soon; it does stop and/or revert the aging process if the host's natural age is too high though, so you wouldn't need to worry about [[AgeWithoutYouth making the same mistake Tithonos made]].
** {{Invisibility}}: The Snake Talisman gives you full invisibility, but only works on characters. When applied to inanimate objects, only said object becomes invisible (such as when Ratso tried to make their truck invisible, ending up with the Dark Hand floating through air).
** MindOverMatter: The Rooster Talisman's ability basically functions like this, although it's assigned power is said to be [[PowerFloats levitation]]. When it's used for levitating, its max speed is [[NotQuiteFlight too low to really be called flight]], unless augmented by the [[SuperSpeed Rabbit Talisman,]] as explained by Jade.
** PlayingWithFire: The Dragon Talisman is presumably the source of much (if not all) of Shendu's firepower. Using it obviously invokes this trope.
** SpiritWorld: The Sheep Talisman allows your spirit to leave your body and enter this realm, but you cannot make any sort of contact with the waking physical world until you go back into your body (or, [[GrandTheftMe failing that]], the body of another person who's used astral projection). You ''can'' enter a sleeping person's dream, but good luck convincing them that you're real.
** SuperSpeed: The Rabbit Talisman in a nutshell.
** SuperStrength: The Ox Talisman in a nutshell.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In "The Amazing T-Girl" [[spoiler:when the power of the talismans was stripped from them, Captain Black, not knowing this, tried to show off the Snake Talisman to his superiors and sneaks around them not realizing he is visible. Later, when Daolong Wong takes the still powerless Snake Talisman and does almost exactly what Black did to his own minions.]]
* SummonBiggerFish: By the GrandFinale, Drago is so powerful that Uncle is forced to [[EnemyMine release Shendu]].
** Also, when Daolon realized that he couldn't beat the at the time [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant Jade]], he summoned a giant ogre to fight her (though the ogre was ''slightly'' bigger than Jade). [[FridgeLogic Wonder why he never summoned that ogre at any point prior.]]
* SuperstitionEpisode: In the episode "Tough Luck", the Chan family receives a cursed Irish emerald that gives the owner bad luck. The only way to nullify the curse is to return the emerald to its tomb in Ireland, or for someone to receive it willingly. [[spoiler:Having it stolen, however, leaves the curse with you.]]
* SuspectIsHatless: when Black described Shendu to Uncle, he says that he had "Red eyes, pointy teeth and sharp claws". Uncle says that that description fits plenty of demons.
* TableclothYank: Several times, once with a ''shirt''.
* TagalongKid: Jade and Paco is tagging along after ''her''.
* TakenForGranite: The Rat and (on one occasion) Horse Talismans invert this trope.
* TemporarilyAVillain: Jade in "Queen of the Shadowkhan", Uncle in "Chi of the Vampire", Tohru in "Tohru Who?", Scruffy in "The Amazing T-Troop", Captain Black in "Black Magic", and Paco in "Fright Fight Night".
* TheTeam: The ''J'' Team to be precise.
** TheLeader: Jackie; the J is for him and the others like him.
** TheLancer: Jade (to Jackie's chagrin).
** TheChick: Viper
** TheBigGuy: El Toro
** TheSmartGuy: Uncle fulfills this role with his knowledge in magic and occult research. He also fills a [[MentorArchetype mentor role]] to some degree.
** TheSixthRanger: Tohru, briefly. He quickly became an endearing GentleGiant who always remained with Jackie and Uncle, unlike El Toro and Viper.
* TeamRocketWins: At the start of the second season, the Dark Hand has all twelve talismans, and they use them to run a robbery that can't be beaten by all of Section 13, including Jackie and Jade. Not until the end of the next episode do the good guys turn the tables, and even then, it takes a few additional protagonists to do it.
* TheTeaser: Usually ending with a close-up of a shocked expression on one of the characters (often Jackie).
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When the enforcers realize where the Moon Demon's portal is.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: The sheep talisman, which grants the power of astral projection to the user, rarely comes in handy in the series. More often, it is used in a fight either accidentally, or by someone forgetting what its power is, which leads to their physical body being vulnerable.
* TelephoneTeleport: Variation in one episode when Uncle casts a spell over his landline to Jade's cell phone. Which Jackie promptly lampshades, wondering how Uncle can do that when, earlier in the episode, Jackie sent him a fax and Uncle thought the fax machine was possessed when it began printing on its own.
* TerminatorTwosome: ''J2'', complete with a musical ShoutOut.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: When Finn left the Dark Hand to create his own criminal group, the applicants who showed up before Ratso and Chow did were a disappointment.
** When Drago was hiring replacements for the Endorcers, the rejects (other than Valmont) disappointed him in a similar fashion.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: The monstrous Lotus Temple Guardian has cute little bows on it's whiskers, the same that Xu Lin wears in her hair when not transformed. This is the only sign that the abominable snowman-esque monster is actually a girl.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Obviously what happened to Hak Foo before he joined the Dark Hand.
* TheBadGuyWins: Every season except for the fourth had at least one episode where the bad guys win.
** In Season 1, The Dark Hand gains the Sheep and Dragon talismans and the penultimate episode ends with The Dark Hand having all 12 talismans with Shendu being revived.
** In Season 2, Bai Tza isn't sent back to the demon netherworld until the next episode.
** In Season 3, Daolong Wong gains the powers of Levitation and Heat Beam Eyes in the same episode.
** In Season 5, Drago obtains the Thunder Demon Chi without having Uncle use the Chi-O-Matic to take it away until the next episode.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Uncle, on occasion.
* TokenWhite: Although the trope isn't really played, among the good guys Captain Black is the only significant white character.
* {{Tomboy}}: Jade
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: One of which is '''insanely''' powerful.
* TotallyRadical: Avoided for the most part, which only makes the examples that stick even more poignant. In the episode ''Queen of the Shadowkhan'', Jade says that's she's going to get "the gnarliest tattoo in the history of gnarl!"
** Strike Master Ice and his team are very obviously into skater slang ("Relax, dawg."), but it is done so completely and mostly ignored by the rest of the cast that it comes off as character flavoring instead of trying to be hip.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: According to Uncle, be it spells or recipes, "no such thing as too much garlic!" [[PhlebotinumBreakdown Except when there is.]]
** the mung beans.
** fermented beetle larvae.
** Tohru likes grape soda and cookies. He buys out the Buttercup Scouts, even.
* TragicMonster: One episode features an ancient temple hiding great magical secrets, guarded by a hulking Yeti-like monster that viciously hunts down any intruders. As it turns out, this monster is a little girl who wandered into the temple one night years ago, and was cursed to become it's guardian whenever anyone sets foot inside it's walls. Jade, of course, makes friends with her, and they both try to find a way to stop her transformations, though the girl is more concerned with getting everyone out so she doesn't lose control and hurt anyone.
* TreasureChestCavity: Jackie unknowingly had the map to a treasure inserted inside one of his dental fillings by a crooked orthodontist.
* TwoHalvesMakeAPlot: In one episode Jade took a liking to a boy named Seymour, even giving him a half necklace pendant while she wore the other half. Unfortunately, Seymour turned out to be the sky demon Hsi Wu, who was befriending her to regain another half left behind: his own tail, accidentally severed and kept in Uncle's shop.
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: In the season 1 finale.
-->'''Ratso''': Too bad about the lost treasure of... y'know, whatcha call it.\\
'''Finn''': Uh, will this affect our bonuses?\\
'''Ratso''': You get a bonus?\\
'''Valmont''': Shut it!
* UnderTheMistletoe: Can't have a Christmas episode without it. What makes it interesting is that it's Uncle and Daolon Wong and is used as a distraction in a fight.
--> '''Uncle:''' *looks up* "Mistletoooe!"\\
'''Daolon:''' *looks up in terror* "YAAAAAH!" *gets blasted*
** Jackie and Viper have an almost moment under it at the end.
* UnscrupulousHero: [=GnomeKop=] when he's brought to life by the Rat talisman. Despite supposedly being a superhero, he only cares about defeating Turbo Troll, and has no respect for the life of "giants" - that is to say humans - to the extent that he even tried to use his belt blaster, a weapon capable of ''melting metal'', against little girl Jade.
* VampireInvitation: When Hsi Wu loses his tail, Uncle charms the shop so he can't get inside and retrieve it without an invitation. Hsi Wu gets around this by shapeshifting into a kid and befriending Jade at school (unwittingly launching a thousand fanfics).
** Jade and Xu Lin use this to get around part of the Lotus Temple's curse; Jade can't be an 'intruder' if she's invited.
* VerbalTic: Uncle's "One more thing." One episode had him listing off ingredients he needed and he prefaced each one with his verbal tic.
** Jade and her "Tch!"
* VillainDecay: Valmont suffers terribly. He starts out in season one as a genuine threat and an actual badass, able to take on Jackie one-on-one and win. As the series progressed he became less and less competent and more and more bumbling as terrible and humiliating things keep happening to him. He becomes a punching bag for every character in the series, hero and villain, and endures such a HumiliationConga that he almost enters [[TheWoobie woobie]] territory.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Uncle and Tohru, especially in the episode, "The Demon Behind".
* VolleyingInsults: Uncle and Tohru's Mom, ALWAYS.
* VoicesAreMental: When Jade and Jackie switch bodies.
** Averted, however, when Jade is filled with Uncle's Chi (and thus, his personality). Jade's voice actress basically just does an Uncle impersonation. Later in the same episode Tohru gets filled with Jade's Chi and uses the same technique.
* TheVoiceless: Daolong Wong's Dark Chi Warriors and the Shadowkhan
* WaitHere: When will he learn?
* WaxingLyrical: When the thunder demon Tchang Zu is revived and discovers that his former realm is now part of Hollywood, with his former palace now a parking garage:
-->'''Tsang Zu:''' My palace! These humans have paved my paradise and constructed a...\\
'''Ratso:''' Uh, [[JoniMitchell parking lot]]?
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: At one point the Dark Hand had all the talismans and used their powers for themselves. Of the twelve that includes {{Flight}}, EyeBeams, and SuperSpeed, Finn ended up with Astral Projection, Motion to the Motionless and Spiritual Balance. It got better when Hak Foo, disdaining the talismans he had (some of the better ones), tossed them to Finn. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], as Finn later traded the Horse Talisman (healing) for the Pig Talisman (laser eyes). "Immortality ''and'' healing? That's redundant!" Not much later, he's plowed into the roof of a tunnel. He naturally survives, but realizes: "Immortality...hurts."
** The Sheep Talisman is most often subject to this. The Tiger talisman may be effectively useless, but use of the Sheep causes you to drop into a coma in the middle of a fight. However any general in Ancient China would kill for a means to communicate long distances without using a relay of heralds. Being in an era that still had magic would make the dreams messages more believable. One more thing. Traveling the astral plane would be invaluable to any magician, but that would be as interesting as off camera magical research.
** Similarly, during one of these fights, Hak Foo activates the Tiger Talisman (without splitting it) and boasts that with the Power of Balance, he cannot be knocked down. Tohru body checks him to the floor and takes the talisman. "''Spiritual'' balance, Hak '''Fool'''."
*** On the flipside, Motion to the Motionless is pretty epic, though you have to be careful who you use it on. You might end up with a Physical God that wants to kill you, a Noble Warrior from ages past or a small army of killer flying moose.
* WhatsAHenway
-->'''Ratso:''' What's a Babylonian urn?\\
'''Finn:''' Probably more than we do!
** Again with Finn:
--> '''Shendu:''' "The statue...of Lo Pei..!"
--> '''Finn:''' "Heh, you wanna see Lo Pei, you ought to check out my salary."
* WhereItAllBegan: Or rather ''when''. In the Season 4 episode, ''Deja Vu'', Jackie is flung into his past until he can find the Deja Vu Stone. The first place he ends up is the Windmill where he found the Dog Talisman. After going through many different moments (episodes), he ends up finding it in the same place as the Pig Talisman, which was in the same episode as the Dog Talisman where Jackie's misadventure started.
* WholePlotReference: A lot of episodes (especially the stand-alones from Season 2) referenced famous movies or the Mythos thereof.
** ''Enter the J-Team'' is one for Enter the Dragon (doubled with a ShoutOut to Series/TheATeam).
** ''Enter the Cat'' is one that's hard to spot, what with the magic cat scratch and all, but a significant portion of the episode involves dealing with a rich, overweight art collector and his tiny, timid underling: [[Film/TheMalteseFalcon The Maltese Falcon]].
** There's a James Bond episode, which gets spoofed instead of being a straight reference; Jackie ends up inadvertently knocking out Agent Tag, the James Bond analog, which leaves him to do the man's job for him. Tag takes all the credit, and Jackie's happy to let him have it.
* WouldHurtAChild: The Dark Hand (especially early on) and other villains have no problem trying to kill Jade and Paco. In the second episode Tohru nearly cuts Jade ''in half'' with a scimitar to get the rooster talisman.
* WordsDoNotMakeTheMagic: Just chanting any incantation without knowing what you're doing usually causes failure -- [[MagicMisfire sometimes horribly]].
** Averted, however, with the cheerleaders. Cheerleaders joining Uncle's chant gave him a serious power boost.
* TheWorfEffect: Tohru gets this occasionally - it's always a sign that someone is particularly strong when they can toss him around like a ragdoll. Shendu does this to him ''twice,'' first when he initially regains his demon form, and again to show that he's powerful even while possessing Valmont.
* XMeetsY: JackieChan meets IndianaJones
* XanatosGambit: As the Chan clan found out, it doesn't matter to Tarakudo whether he gets all the masks or they do. The end result is the same. [[spoiler:They would if Tohru hadn't noticed one piece of the exposition mural was flipped over.]]
* YouCantThwartStageOne: The heroes are never able to stop that season's ArcVillain from accomplishing their main goal, and generally have to band together and come up with a new plan to fight them at their new, full strength. Used most constantly in the second season, where despite our heroes' stated goal of stopping Shendu from freeing his brethren, they never succeed (only ever delaying him) and ''always'' have to find a way to banish the demon again after they escape from their prison.
* YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe: A standard phrase for Jackie whenever something truly zany starts up, especially in the first season. Two other notable usages are when a demon portal is located [[spoiler:inside a prison, so Valmont and crew must be locked up there to get to it]] and when [[spoiler:Jade is in the demon prison, Shendu's portal opens up at the gate of her favorite theme park in Hong Kong.]]
* YouJustRuinedTheShot
* YouWatchTooMuchX
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: Jackie is looking for a sheep's spirit using a pair of magic goggles. When he becomes surrounded by Shadowkhan, Jackie says this phrase.
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