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.
- Age Without Youth: Seems to be part of the curse. See Who Wants to Live Forever? below.
- 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.
- Evil Overlord: Has ambitions to become one of these and isn't far from it now.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Part of his mind control abilities, sometimes accompanied by a Throat Light.
- Humanoid Abomination: Several people try to explain what Lo Pan is in vague and often contradicting ways. Whatever he is, he's not human - or at least not anymore. Lo Pan himself claims that he is "like nothing you can understand."
- Nice Hat
- Really 700 Years Old: He's around 2000 years old.
- Throat Light: As part of his mind control powers.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Subverted, as he DOES want to remain immortal, he just doesn't want to have to give up corporeality to do it. Marrying a green-eyed Chinese girl means he gets his corporeal body back but loses his magic and immortality, and sacrificing the girl to his demon means he gets to have both a physical body and godly power.
A local tour-bus driver (and secret sorcerer) who is enemies with Lo Pan.
- Archenemy: To Lo Pan.
- Bad Ass Grandpa: An old man but still able to take on Lo Pan.
- Deadpan Snarker: Boy, is he ever?
- The Mentor: Plays this role to a small extent.
- Secretly Wealthy: He drives a tour bus and owns a shop full of random crap... at least to Western eyes. According to Wang the things in his shop are priceless to people with a knowledge of the occult, which gives him significant influence in Chinatown.
A maitre'd at Wang's restaurant.
A reporter for the Berkeley Peoples Herald caught up in the action while investigating a prostitution ring.
- Intrepid Reporter: Even while held prisoner in the bowels of Lo Pan's compound, she busies herself writing a first-person account.
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.
- Death by Looking Up: He looks up just as he's about to fry Wang Chi, just in time to see a statue crashing down on him.
- Co-Dragons: He shares this role with the other two Storms to Lo Pan.
- Dragon Their Feet After Lo Pan's death he's the last enemy that the gang encounters.
- Nice Hat: You know the drill by now.
- Shock and Awe: As if the name didn't clue you in.