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Characters: Big Trouble in Little China

Jack Burton

  • Action Hero: Averted. He tries to be all tough and macho, but everything just backfires on him. On the DVD Commentary, John Carpenter and Kurt Russell said that Jack is a man who thinks he's the action hero, but really he's the sidekick.
  • Bad Ass: Appears less so compared to Wang, but he is a legitimate badass too, willing to walk into mortal danger beside Wang, taking out quite a few Mooks over the course of the film, and of course killing Lo Pan.
  • But Now I Must Go: Well, he is a truck driver, so it's part of his job.
  • Catch Phrase: "It's all in the reflexes."
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He doesn't hook up with Gracie despite their chemistry. In an interesting variation, it's by choice. "Sooner or later I rub everybody the wrong way."
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Jack's weird, rambling philosophical speeches are intended to be the equivalent of the cliche ethnic sidekick's 'ancient wisdom'.



David Lo Pan

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wants to regain his mortal form. He does, and Jack promptly puts a knife in his head.
  • Big Bad
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Lo Pan: Shut up, Mr. Burton! You were not brought upon this world to "get it"!
  • Evil Is Hammy: You can tell James Hong had fun playing this role.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Part of his mind control abilities, sometimes accompanied by a Throat Light.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Whatever Lo Pan is, he's no longer human. He can appear young or old. He may be a ghost "playing at being a man," he may be possessed by a demon, he may have only made a deal with (or been cursed by) a demon for immortality, but Lo Pan himself claims that he is "like nothing you can understand."

Egg Shen



Mao Yin


  • Body Horror: When he loses control of his strength-giving inflation powers, the end results aren't pretty.
  • The Brute: Of all the Storms, this is the one who uses the most straightforward attacks. Graceful elegance is...not his thing.
  • Driven to Suicide: When he sees Lo Pan dead, he is upset because without anyone to serve, he can't go on living. So he blows himself up.
  • Nice Hat: He shares this trope with the other two Storms.
  • Pop Goes the Human: His eventual fate.


  • Bad Ass: Noteworthy among the three Storms, as he uses no fancy powers in combat aside from flight—his swordfight with Wang Chi is otherwise a contest of pure skill.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As is the norm with the demigod Storms.
  • Nice Hat: He shares this with the other two Storms.


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