Characters: Big Trouble in Little China
- 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'.
A crusading lawyer with an interest in Chinatown affairs and social justice. She is considered an annoyance by everyone in Chinatown.
- Distressed Damsel: Her role in the story.
- Hello, Attorney!: She is played by Kim Cattrall and a lawyer.
- Fake Mixed Race: Gracie Law is implied to be a woman of mixed European and Chinese descent due to her interest in Chinatown affairs, considering them her people, and the fact she qualifies as a Chinese woman with green eyes due to Lo Pan's equal. Kim Catrall is not of Chinese descent in any way.
- The Load: No one in Chinatown takes her very seriously.
A local restauranteur who is engaged to be married and friends with Jack Burton.
David Lo Pan
An ancient Chinese sorcerer cursed by Shang Di to become a bodiless spirit. He is now leader of a criminal syndicate in Chinatown.
A local tour-bus driver (and secret sorcerer) who is enemies with Lo Pan.
A worker at Wang's restaurant.
- Action Survivor: Lacks Wang's skills but handles himself in a fight (as well as killing) reasonably well.
- Hidden Depths: Is able to find out what happened to Wang's fiance fairly easily.
Wang's wife-to-be from China.
- 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.