Characters: Jackie Chan Adventures
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Bad day - for demons.
The main hero of the series. He is an archaeologist on a mission to search for - in order - talismans, demon portals, animals with talisman powers, Oni masks, and demon chi objects that were used to imprison Shendu's siblings. Though he's quite likely the only archaeologist on the planet up to this job (thanks to being Jackie Chan
), he'd rather be on a dig or minding his Uncle's antique shop.
Helping Jackie, whether he wants it or not.
Jackie's niece who goes on adventures, much to Jackie's annoyance.
- Badass Normal: She doesn't even have Jackie's experience and she still holds her own.
- Big Eater: Has a BIG appetite, once eating 5 hot dogs and drinking 5 sodas in one ball game. And yet still stays thin.
- Book Dumb: Not very good in school, but very good at breaking into underground military installations.
- Cat Girl: It happened once; ears, tail, full body fur etc.
- Combat Pragmatist: The only one of the heroes who thinks to use the various magical artifacts/weapons they've acquired (the Talismans usually). Also once killed Shendu when he reverted into a mortal statue form.
- Cursed with Awesome: A couple times
- Turned into a Cat Girl that can makes others into the same.
- Turned into a frog that can make super-sonic burps.
- Turned into the Queen of the Shadowkan
- Cute Bruiser: Even without power-ups, she's abnormally strong for her size and nobody doubts her cuteness.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Becomes a barefooter when she is the Queen of the Shadowkhan.
- Evil Feels Good: Was unsettlingly eager to be rebranded with the Mark of Tarakudo again, and was disappointed when Jackie vetoed it.
- Future Badass: She became the leader of Section 13... at least until Future Captain Black got back and she was demoted.
- Gasshole: Pure belch variant in "Relics of Demons Past".
- God Save Us from the Queen!: After the Mark of Tarakudo turned her evil (before it was finally removed), she claims the title of Queen of the Shadowkhan.
- Guile Hero: She takes after her uncle in this regard. "Greatest victory is the battle not fought" and all that.
- Hero Harasses Helpers: She even provides the page picture.
Jackie: "She never listens."
- Hulking Out: Uses a Talisman to do so in "The Amazing T-Troop", complete with a quick Growing Muscles Sequence.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Tohru. They exchanged yin-yang necklaces and everything; young and old, big and small etc.
- Kid-Appeal Character: A school-age kid that drops into Jackie's life as soon as the Section 13 business starts, i.e. Episode 1
- Kid Sidekick: Unofficially of course because she's a kid and a Reckless Sidekick.
- The Lancer: More aggressive than Jackie, more interested in supernatural and constantly subverting his orders.
- Loophole Abuse: A couple of examples:
Jade: Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in. So can I-
Jackie and Black: No. *drive off to fight the talisman powered Dark Hand*
* Wouldn't even let me ask. *in realization
* And if I didn't ask, how am I supposed to know what they said "no" to?
Jackie: Jade, maybe you should go with Uncle.
Jade: Aw! *walks off*
Uncle: *waves goodbye as his train departs*
Jade: I miss him already.
Jackie: Jade! I told you to go with Uncle, not...stay...with...uncle...
Jade: No wonder I got confused, too many uncles.
- The Munchausen: In her classroom, no one believes her until season 3 and even then it was only one kid. It was Jerkass Drew, but still.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: See Gasshole. The writers gave her a knack for belching for just that one episode probably because they couldn't think of anything else to do with the Wind Demon chi.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She has her share of moments like unwittingly solving Valmont's riddle ("Tohru Who") and kicking Ratso to an oni mask ("Samurai Ratso").
- Off Model: In Queen of the Shadowkhan, Jade was drawn with pale skin, then a closeup of her ankle showed her skin with its normal color, and then she was shown with pale skin again.
- One of the Boys: She doesn't get a female role model until Viper.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her luggage is pink but she is not feminine.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Her flying kick can knock down a full grown thug.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Jade gains these in conjunction with eerie pale skin and Power Echoes as the Queen of the Shadowkhan.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Jackie's blue; more reckless, more excited, less cautious, and even wears red shoes.
- Scout Out: A member of both the girls and boys scouts.
- Shipper on Deck: For Jackie / Viper
"She'd be such a cool aunt!"
- Slasher Smile: When Drew teases her one too many times after she tattoos herself with Tarakudo's brand, Jade flashes a particularly bloodthirsty grin, complete with her irises turning dark red, and summons some Shadowkhan to attack him. Fortunately for him, the bell snaps her back to her senses.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Bordering on Offscreen Teleportation. She's done it inside an M.I.B. base and all the way to the Moon.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Being branded with the Mark of Tarakudo gave her control over the Shadowkhan, but slowly transformed her into a blue-skinned demon with glowing red eyes and fangs.
- Tagalong Kid: Despite Jackie's best efforts she follows him on his missions; with or without his knowledge.
- Tomboy: Crude demeanor, boyish clothes, skateboard, etc.
- Waif-Fu: Works on school bullies, less so on demons and it also varies. In one episode she's easily beating giant mooks including one who easily floored Jackie, and suddenly she's easily restrained by Finn, Chow, or Ratso.
- Wait Here: Jade: "Tch. When will he learn? "
That lizard is a deadly weapon. Seriously.
Who else wants a piece of Uncle?
Jackie's uncle and Jade's great-uncle. Runs an antique shop that is more of a home base for the heroes than the high tech government agency. He's actually the cousin of (one of) her parents...they think
- Badass Normal: His blowfish is more or less a magic gun, and the other spells can be done by anyone, even Jade, who has no idea what she's doing.
- Birthday Hater: "When I am another year younger, I will celebrate."
- Catch Phrase: Many, including:
- "One more thing",
- "Yu Mo Gwai Gui Fai Di Zao - Evil demons and malevolent spirits, be gone!",
- "Magic must defeat magic!", "[X] is not important!",
- "You want a piece of Uncle?",
- "Eating garlic is good for you!"
- " [X] is good for digestion".
- "You want Uncle to do X? Yes/No? Then let Uncle work in peace!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: It comes with his job description as a Chi Wizard.
- Cool Old Guy: Both Jade and Tohru very much look up to him.
- Detect Evil: Uncle's willies.
- Dope Slap: Hitting Jackie with a two-fingered strike every time his nephew does or says something wrong, and sometimes when he does something right.
- Eccentric Mentor: Tohru's magic mentor, and has more than a few quirks.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He's just known as Uncle to everybody (except Mamma Tohru who calls him "Billy Goat").
- Good Is Not Nice / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Uncle's obviously not the friendliest character on the show, but he does fight for his family and the side of good.
- Grumpy Old Man: He's been shown happy exactly twice in five seasons, and one of them was a magic induced dream.
- Honorary Uncle: He's everyone's Uncle. Really.
- Insistent Terminology: Jackie "fell asleep". "Uncle merely resting brain".
- Insufferable Genius: He's right about everything magical and whenever he says "Magic must defeat magic".
- Mentor Archetype: Old, wise and takes a formal apprentice.
- No Name Given: Just call him "Uncle Chan".
- Ki Attacks: With a blowfish!
- Magic Wand: Uncle's blowfish and lizard.
- Old Master: Who taught Jackie his martial arts and Tohru his magic?
- Puffer Fish: His weapon of choice to shoot chi.
- Pressure Point: If it's not a chi spell or kick, it's this. Again because it's a powerful art that can be used by old and frail people.
- Running Gag: Hitting Jackie in the head with a two-fingered strike every time he does or says something wrong. He did this also to Captain Black, Tohru, Jackie's Dark Side, Daolon Wong, Hsi Wu, Super Moose, and, at least twice, himself.
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Established in the pilot: "You no make coffee this morning! Coffee is the only thing keeping Uncle's ancient heart beating. You want dead Uncle? No? Then you make coffee!"
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He has it with Kai Ching, Tohru's mother and Ms. Kimber. He takes these as seriously as Da Long Wong.
- So Last Season: His knowledge of Chinese magic becomes near useless during season 4 due to the Oni being Japanese instead of Chinese like previous season villains.
- The Smart Guy: When something magical happens, he's the only one with any idea what's going on.
- Takes One to Kill One: "Magic must defeat magic!"
- Third-Person Person: Often refers to himself as "Uncle".
- Took a Level in Badass: When he used the Dog Talisman, which mentioned only in its first appearance makes the wearer as strong as they were in their prime as well as granting Complete Immortality. While he was already Badass, with the talisman he was nearly unstoppable, Hak-Foo only managed to hit him once in the entire episode.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Mung beans.
- Witch Doctor: His chi spells involve things like "eel saliva" and "hair of sheep".
I do not like fish
Once a Dark Hand enforcer, but defects to the Chans. Works for Uncle at his Antique shop and his apprentice in Chi spells.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Pre-Heel-Face Turn he threw his weight around.
- Badass: He could at times he the better of Jackie in his early appearances, and after his Heel-Face Turn he also defeated the original three Dark Warriors single-handedly after Jackie struggled with them the entire episode.
- Battle Cry: "NYAR!"
- Big Brother Instinct: Once his friendship with Jade is settled, hurting her becomes one of the ways to really set him off. As he says to Valmont, "If anything happens to her, I will turn you inside out."
- Big Eater: One of his defining traits (commenting that part of his Heel-Face Turn was hearing that Section-13 served donuts on Thursdays). In fact, the only time he didn't have an appetite was in "Pleasure Cruise" when he got seasick.
- The Big Guy: As a good guy he is the big and heavy hitter for the J-Team.
- Brick Joke: Tohru joined Section 13 because of an earlier episode, when Jackie suggested this to him on the statement that they serve doughnuts on Tuesdays.
- The Brute: As a member of the Dark Hand before his Heel-Face Turn, he was the big muscle head for the Big Bad.
- Butt Monkey: More when he was a bad guy, but the comical mishaps happens when he's good too.
- Catch Phrase: "I hate fish."
- Character Development: Starts out in the series as The Dragon to Valmont but then leaves The Dark Hand and joins Section 13. Over time, he also develops a close Intergenerational Friendship with Jade and starts a magic apprenticeship under Uncle, eventually becoming a powerful Chi Wizard in his own right.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Do you think he was born with those muscles? All that strength came from hard work.
- Detect Evil: Tohru's willies.
- Don't Tell Mama: His mother is unaware that he was a thug working for Valmont and not knowing that the latter is a crime boss.
- Does Not Like Spam: "I. Hate. Fish."
- The Dragon: Replaced by Hak Foo as Valmont's number one enforcer.
- Drink Order: Grape soda's his favorite.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Sure, Tohru's Mom wasn't even mentioned before his Heel-Face Turn but the fact that he kept his criminal life a secret from her even then shows the Don't Tell Mama aspect of the trope.
- Face-Heel Turn: When Valmont erases his memories with a potion.
- Gentle Giant: After his Heel-Face Turn he is a mountain of a man and a Nice Guy.
- Genius Bruiser: After he learns magic.
- Heel-Face Turn: "I was told Section 13 served doughnuts on Tuesdays". Yes, Valmont made him fight a fully empowered Shendu with his bare hands (it ended as well as you'd expect), but we all know it was really the doughnuts.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Jade as he becomes protective of her after his Heel-Face Turn. It's surprising seeing as the first time they were seen together he wanted to cut her open since she accidentally swallowed the Rooster Talisman.
- Mighty Glacier: The J Team's biggest and slowest and strongest.
- Momma's Boy: Loves his momma and her approval means so much it crosses into "Well Done, Son!" Guy.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Jackie, to him, many, many times in the first season, because of his muscle and bulk.
- Redemption Promotion: He was already intimidating as a henchman, then he had a Heel-Face Turn and learned magic.
- Signed Up for the Dental: The first thing he said upon announcing his Heel-Face Turn was "I'm told Section 13 serves doughnuts on Tuesdays". He was parroting an offer Jackie made earlier but still..
- The Smart Guy: After his Heel-Face Turn he is training to be one as Uncle's apprentice.
- Staircase Tumble: A running gag for the poor man Always a long, spiral staircase.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: He gets Tarakudo's mark because Jackie doesn't want Jade to be Queen of the Shadowkhan again.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His fear of Oni.
Captain Augustus Black
The only King I bow to is Elvis, and I don't see you wearing blue suede shoes.
The head of Section 13 and Jackie's long-time friend. First he doesn't believe in magic, but that changed when he saw Shendu.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally when the Tiger Talisman splits a person into good and evil twins, the good side is usually a sickeningly good wimp who is too scared to fight. In his case... it's just him as he normally is; a Badass.
- Big Good: The Leader of Section 13 which is the vanguard of humanity against demons and evil human organizations alike.
- Butt Monkey: Only Jackie and the Enforcers can top him here.
- Catch Phrase: "Whoa, Nellie."
- The Captain: Of Section 13.
- Contagious Cassandra Truth: After witnessing demons and magic first hand, he tries to report it to his superiors, but they decide he's gone crazy. He has to take Rorschach tests where he thinks all the images are demons!
- Friend on the Force: He helps Jackie stay out of trouble with the authorities.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: After accidentally wearing an Oni mask, he is uncorrupted by it until Tarakudo tricks him into releasing Shadowkhan.
El Toro Fuerte
He sleeps in it.
This is no costume, Captain Black. This is a way of life.
A Mexican wrestler that Jackie meets on his search for the talismans. He becomes a friend who occasionally helps the Chans on their missions.
El Toro is the greatest!
El Toro is the greatest!
El Toro’s self-proclaimed “biggest fan,” who apparently is apprenticed under his idol. If El Toro is near, expect him to not be far behind.
- Birds of a Feather: In most episodes, his personality is basically a slightly more jerkish version of Jade's. In an interesting example of this trope, rather than making them instantly get along it's usually thanks to this trope that they fight so much - but at the same time, they are able to drop it and be friends in a moment whenever they need to.
- Characterization Marches On: He was more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in earlier episodes, but becomes more passive and childish in later episodes - possibly because of fan reaction to his earlier personality.
- The Drag-Along: Though he is not necessarily unwilling and is generally quick on the uptake, it's usually Jade pulling him along on their adventures - especially during the J-Team episodes, where "Jade sneaks off with Paco in tow while the adults are distracted and saves the day" is a running gag.
- Fanboy: Self-professed to be El Toro's biggest fan.
- Hero-Worshipper: El Toro is Paco's ideal in both professional aspirations and daily life.
- Hidden Depths: Shows how much of a hero he can be when he manages to break free from the Mind Control of one of the Oni Masks.
- I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: At the center of one in season four because of an oni mask.
- Kid Sidekick: For El Toro like Jade is for Jackie but the difference is that El Toro is more receptive to the idea, at least as far as the wrestling ring.
- Legacy Character: Looking to become a luchador like El Fuerte. He's even got a miniature version of his costume in season 4.
- The Load: Plays this role somewhat in the Chupacabra episode, but this is absent in all of his subsequent appearances. Nevertheless, it became a case of Never Live It Down to the fanbase.
- My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: While it's an uncle and a personal hero involved, the argument plays out the same. Repeatedly. "Jackie!" "El Toro!" "Jackie!" "El Toro!"
- Tagalong Kid: One more time, El Toro.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jade. As earlier said in Birds of a Feather, they can go from fighting to cooperating very quickly.
Jackie! Hey, sorry about the double-cross...
A(n ex-)thief that Jackie gets caught up with in the search for the snake Talisman. Hilarity Ensues
. From the second season on, she drops in from time to time to help the Chans.
- Action Girl: Super Thief that is on the level with Jackie in terms of martial arts.
- Ambiguously Brown: She is noticeably darker-skinned than most of the other main characters but her exact ethnicity is never revealed.
- Ambiguously Jewish: She hosted a Hanukkah party in the Christmas episode.
- Anti-Hero: From her second appearance onwards she is an ally but not as heroic as Jackie.
- Anti-Villain: During her first appearance she is Jackie's enemy.
- Badass Normal: Similar to Captain Black and El Toro, she's a non-powered martial artist that takes on demons and wizards.
- The Chick: Downplayed. Only official female member of the J Team and The Hero's Love Interest but she's hardly a moral center.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: She is very refined, graceful, and elegant, and also an extremely efficient thief.
- Cool Big Sis: Jade sees her as this, much to Jackie’s chagrin.
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.
The fire demon and main villain of seasons 1 and 2, though he pops up sporadically throughout the show. Pre-series he was sealed into a stone statue and his talismans were scattered. Finding them is the focus of seasons 1 and 3.
This suit costs more than your life.
Jackie Chan. Finally, we meet. It was nice knowing you.
The crime boss of the crime syndicate, the Dark Hand. He is also the main villain in seasons 1 and 2.
- Badass Normal: Used Dragon on one occasion but otherwise he's bare handed in fights.
- Butt Monkey: Beginning in Season 2 after Shendu possesses his body. It only gets worse for him beyond there.
- Crazy-Prepared: He had a homing beacon for a false tooth that would cause his cane to levitate to his position and said cane held an electrically charged dagger.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Even at his worst and wimpiest up until season 4 he always had at least one example of this trope. The best one was when he was smart enough to not keep the antidote to cure Jackie's infliction on his person.
- Deceptive Disciple: To some monks in another power play to get back on top.
- Demonic Possession: By Shendu. It's not full-out possession as Shendu was aiming for Jackie, resulting in Valmont and Shendu constantly bickering and fighting for control, as thanks to a spell Shendu was unable to leave until his siblings released him.
- Demoted to Extra: From the third season onward. In season five, his only appearances are two brief, non-speaking cameos.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He's the one running the Dark Hand, and the driving force behind the first season.
- The Dragon: To Shendu in Season 1. He works for the dragon to acquire a promised treasure.
- Enemy Mine: Twice. First when he wanted to get rid of Shendu from his body and second when he is turned into a kid by Daolon Wong.
- Evil Brit: It is mentioned in one episode that he was originally an exchange student from the UK.
- Fighting from the Inside: How he fights with Shendu in season 2 and with an Oni mask in one episode of season 4.
- Grand Theft Me: In Season 2, when he is forced to share his body with Shendu.
- The Heavy: To Shendu in season 1 because Shendu is a statue. He was the moving the plot forward because all Shendu could do was talk.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: The Leader of a high-class malevolent organization in the first season, reduced to a has-been dreaming of his former glory in the third and fourth seasons. By the fifth he became a bus driver with a brief, non-speaking cameo in the finale.
- Kansas City Shuffle: After Shendu betrays him, Valmont plans to use him as a diversion for Jackie while he steals his treasure. Another one is after Shendu is killed by Jade, therefore losing his palace and treasure, Valmont finds the talismans for use in his crimes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Shendu is the one in control of his body.
- A Sinister Clue: Valmont has demonstrated in several scenes that he is left-handed, exactly like another silver-haired villain that he happens to bear a great resemblance to.
- Spoiled Brat: Anytime he's shown as a kid he is just as demanding and crafty as when he's an adult.
- The Starscream: Betrays Shendu twice in seasons 1 and 2.
- Unwitting Pawn: Shendu used him from the start.
- Villain Decay: He starts out as a very menacing leader of the Dark Hand and is surprisingly able to hold his own in a fight with Jackie in "The Rock." In Season 2, he becomes more of a Butt Monkey after Shendu's spirit enters his body and in the following season, Daolon Wong steals his employees and he is forced to commit petty crimes on his own. By the Series Finale, he has a cameo appearance where it is shown that he has been reduced to being a bus driver.
- White Hair, Black Heart: For someone as young as him, white hair is clearly an evil marker.
One big happy family. From the top-left corner going clockwise: Dai Gui, Tchang Zu, Xiao Fung, Bai Tza, Tso Lan. In the center Po Kong (left) Hsi Wu (right).
Shendu's brothers and sisters. They hate Shendu's guts because he didn't try to free them.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Dai Gui, the Earth Demon.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Played with. Shendu asks they give him another chance by using the Book of Ages to escape from the Netherworld. They're initially against it, since they fear the book's reality warping powers, but agree to let Shendu use it since they realize their situation is desperate.
- Eviler Than Thou: All of them to Shendu - all of them, especially Bai Tza, regard him as a sniveling fool that only became as powerful as he was because rest of them weren't around. They push him around even more than they do each other, and Shendu - not in a good position to retaliate - fears their wrath.
- Evil Old Folks: Tso Lan referred to himself as old, though all demons may count since they're thousands of years old.
- Evil Overlord: They all had their own empires across the Earth before they were sealed, and had some time to rule them again when Shendu re-wrote history with the Book of Ages.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Fat Bastard: Po Kong is the largest demon because she is the fattest but ironically perhaps the least bossy.
- Fragile Speedster: Hsi Wu is noticeably frail - at least in comparison to his siblings, but he is a fast flyer.
- Four Fingered Hand: All of them minus Po Kong, whose hands only have three fingers.
- Genius Bruiser: All of them, given that they are demon sorcerers after all, though some are much more cerebral than others.
- Glass Cannon: Unlike the rest of them, a solid enough hit will scatter Bai Tza into a puddle of water - which takes her some time to recover from.
- Gravity Master: Tso Lan, the Moon Demon, and his "mastery of gravity".
- Knight of Cerebus: Tso Lan, who is VERY rarely a source of any humor, and in all other situations is treated extremely seriously with his gravity magic and his plan to use the Moon to alter the Earth's landscape in the episode where he takes center stage.
- Large and In Charge: All of them except Hsi Wu, who is still taller than most humans. The rest are about as big or bigger than Shendu, and all of them make it very, very clear that they are his bosses, since he lost any equality privileges when he left them to rot in their prison. This is inverted with Po Kong, ironically, who is so lazy she is the least bossy demon despite being the largest by far.
- Making a Splash: Bai Tza, the Water Demon.
- Mighty Glacier: Po Kong, due to her massive size she is slow.
- No Honor Among Thieves: When a chance for only one of them to escape arrives, they're quick to follow Hsi Wu's "every demon for himself" example.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Tso Lan with his plan to remove the Moon from Earth's orbit. He knows the sort of damage it would do to the Earth, and states only after it he'd find the planet to his liking.
- Our Demons Are Different: Both in and out of universe. They're so different that none of them has any resemblance to each other or Shendu at all.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Bai Tza, who could be called a demonic mermaid.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: All 8 demons have glowing red eyes.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Dimension, rather than statue.
- Shock and Awe: Tchang Zu, the Thunder Demon.
Like Uncle, but evil.
The main villain of season 3. He is a wizard who tries to find the animals with talisman powers.
- Arch-Enemy: To Uncle which explains Jade calling him "anti-Uncle"
- Arc Villain: He's the main enemy of Season 3 but only a minor recurring enemy otherwise.
- Badass Grandpa: Just as old and just as powerful as Uncle.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The episode which introduced both Eggbert (the noble rooster) and Mordecai (the noble pig) ended with him getting away with both talisman powers!
- Black Magic: You don't see Uncle enslaving people to be his dark chi warriors.
- Butt Monkey: Almost every episode he's in usually ends up with him getting injured and his final defeat is the most humiliating of any of the Big Bads - he's stripped of his powers in a Curb-Stomp Battle and left to rot in prison. Likewise, most of his defeats are Humiliation Congas, with the episode involving time travel even having him rapidly flash through each of his most painful defeats.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The only goal that Wong's made clear he wants is to spread evil.
- Evil Albino: No one else is this pale.
- Evil Sorcerer: He's an evil witch doctor. The same magic as Uncle but used for a different purpose.
- Genre Blind: How did he NOT see Shendu's betrayal coming? Everyone else did.
- Grumpy Old Man: Smugness aside, he's never genuinely happy.
- Hijacked by Ganon: To Shendu in season 3. As soon as he's restored to live, he becomes the main threat.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Summoning Shendu was not a bright idea, nor was the See No Evil magic he sought after and most of his plans really.
- Ki Attacks: With the magic wand.
- Kick the Dog: Try 'shoot the dog with a ki blast meant to vaporize it.' Good thing said dog was immortal.
- Magic Wand: His scepter.
Tarakudo & the Oni Generals/Oni Masks
I am the one and only King of the Shadowkhan!
This face will stare at you from the SHADOWS!
The main villain of the fourth season. He is the king of Shadowkhan and lord of all Oni. He has nine generals trapped in masks. Once they find a wearer, they can control their own types of Shadowkhan.
- Affably Evil: The least strict boss to the Enforcers.
- Arc Villain: Tarakudo appears in the first and last episodes of the fourth season.
- Bad Boss: Downplayed compared to the other Big Bad's of the series, though he has his moments when they stretch his patience.
- Body Snatcher: Once the mask's host uses their Shadowkhan, they begin to have equal control of the users body, whether the user (namely Captain Black, Finn, Paco, Jade and Valmont) want them to or not.
- Brought Down to Badass: When Tarakudo is hit with a spell that causes him to have a body so that the tenth mask can be used to seal away him and the rest of the Oni, it also removes his Mind over Matter powers. Even without them, sticking the mask to his face proved the only way to stop them.
- Butt Monkey: Despite being the most powerful of Oni Generals and being the sole named Demon General, Ikazuki is often at the butt of all jokes. First by being revived without a body, then by literally being at Finn's butt for his debut episode, and finally being "creamed" between Viper and El Toro's body slam.
- Casting a Shadow: Summoning the Shadowkhan and spreading darkness are the main powers of the Oni generals.
- Demonic Possession: When an oni mask is placed on the face of the user, they are still conscious of their actions, but are greatly influenced by the mask, and eventually it will completely take over. Finn wasn't affected because the rat talisman awakened Ikazuki who was accidentally placed on his butt.
- The Dragon: In "The Demon Behind", Ikazuki, the blue/samurai Oni, is addressed as Tarakudo's second-in-command by Tohru. This comes into play in the fourth season finale, where Ikazuki orders the other Demon Generals to attack the Chans and remains with Tarakudo at Section 13 base during the Earth's invasion.
- The Dreaded: Ikazuki is feared as Tarakudo's most fearsome general. Played for laughs as he ends up the Butt Monkey in all appearances- in his first, literally.
- Early-Bird Cameo: As a tattoo that Jade put on her leg. Not surprisingly it's a Mark of the Beast (see below).
- Intangible Man: Tarakudo is Intangible Floating Demon Head. It makes him a very difficult enemy to fight, but also forces him to rely heavily on his minions. He still prefers it to having a real body, since the only way he would get that is if someone found the mask that can seal him away.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: The 'minikan' that one of the generals can summon. They're not demonic ninja like the others so they can't beat up enemies in a straight forward manner. However, they can eat the shadows of humans which not only makes them stronger but incapacitates the victim. As Tarakudo says, one has to make use of their particular strengths.
- Kung-Fu Wizard After being forced into a physical body, Tarakudo drops the mental tricks and starts kicking Jackie's butt with his own hands, realizing too late that Jackie was a distraction.
- Living Shadow: The Shadowkhan, Elite Mooks who literally come out of the shadows. They have been around since season 1 but their role and backstory are expanded to be revealed as Tarakudo's private army, and come in eight additional varieties.
- Mark of the Beast: If anyone has his mark they will have demonic powers and become evil.
- Mask of Power: The season's MacGuffins are masks that can summon different breeds of Shadowkhan.
- Maurice LaMarche: Ikazuki's voice actor.
- Mind over Matter: One of Tarakudo's recurring powers is levitation through mind control.
- Oracular Head: For most of season 4 Tarakudo is a floating head giving orders.
- Outside-Context Villain: As the majority of the shows villain's were Chinese in origin, none of the heroes were prepared for a Japanese one to appear. Even Uncle had no idea who he was he showed up.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Once all nine demon generals are released, they collectively possess enough power to eventually cover the entire world in darkness. Presumably, if Tarakudo were not a floating head, he could do this all by himself.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Personality-wise Tarakudo is blue to Ikazuki's red ("BEHOLD MY MIGHTY FORM!"), which is ironic because, in literal terms, Tarakudo and Ikazuki faces are red and blue respectively.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: All of the Oni generals are trapped in masks and this is Tarakudo's ultimate fate. By extension, the Shadowkhan, control of which are the main reason the human villains want the mask in the first place.
- Summon Magic: Each Oni general commands a tribe of Shadowkhan and, as per usual, can summon them at will. Shendu commanded a tribe of Shadowkhan because he magically manipulated one of their masks.
- Time Abyss: Like the Demon Sorcerers, Tarakudo is ancient. The fact that Shendu used one of the Oni masks to summon the Shadowkhan, indicating they were defeated before he was turned into a statue, hints that Tarakudo might be even older than them.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Oni have a knack for human brains.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Onions are essentially kryptonite to the Oni. Even the nigh invincible Tarakudo will retreat once the vegetable is thrown in his face. However, a human/Oni hybrid wearing a mask is immune. Surprisingly, onions are not the final ingredient to defeat him for good. His true weakness is the significantly rarer hair of a samurai.
- Xanatos Gambit: The Oni generals are released whenever all nine masks are assembled in one place. Since Tarakudo is the only one that knows this, whether he gets all the masks, or the J-Team does, he still wins.
Shendu's Elite Mooks
in seasons 1 and 2, barring a temporary lapse when a demonically possessed Jade
seized control of them. Later revealed to originally serve Tarakudo, and to actually come in nine different forms, or "Tribes", of which Shendu's Ninjas
were only one.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: the Razor-Khan in a nutshell.
- Adorable Evil Minions: The Leech Khan, at first.
- Airborne Mook: The Bat Khan
- Audible Sharpness: the Razor-Khan again.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: The Sumo-Khan. They're abnormally strong, and completely immune to normal attacks. The only way to defeat them is with the talismans.
- Combat Tentacles: The Squid-Khan, naturally.
- The Corruption: To anyone who summons them who isn't already evil, and sometimes even then. Notably it's the summoning that starts it, not the Oni masks, as the corrupting only sets in once they are called upon. Though more noble-minded people can resist for a time, the oni's influence will dominate the host eventually.
- Giant Mook: The Sumo Khan and, eventually, the Leech Khan.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Squid Khan, who are the only Shadowkhan whose face we see, which turns out to be a hideous demonic-looking Cthulian monster. Presumably, all Shadowkhan are equally as horrifying underneath.
- Elite Mooks: They are far more skilled and deadly than The Enforcers.
- Faceless Mooks: They all wear ninja-like masks.
- Fake Ultimate Mook: The Samurai-Khan. They're big, heavily armored samurai that wield shadow swords able to cut through anything, yet in the end they're just as easily defeated as the Ninja-Khan (or even easier). This especially jarring when compared to other tribes, like the Razor-Khan, the Sumo-Khan or the Crab-Khan, who gave the heroes an incredibly hard time (Crab-Khan in particular, since they were split in half). The fact that they're Ikazuki's Shadowkhan is a justification.
- Four-Legged Insect: The Mantis Khan.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Valmont and Jade each end up wearing half an Oni-mask, so when they summon their Crab-Khan they each end up getting the left and right halves of each mook.
- Heavily Armored Mook: The Samurai-Khan
- Humanoid Abomination: All but the Leech Khan and the Squid Khan, to varying degrees.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Ikazuki's Samurai Khan.
- Knife Nut: The Razor-Khan, the first new Shadowkhan to be introduced, who differ mainly in their Freddy Krueger-like knife gloved hands.
- Living Shadow: Shadowkhan are just that, shadows manifested into physical form.
- Magikarp Power: The Leech Khan start off too weak to fight at all. If they manage to feed enough though, they can become the size of buildings.
- Mini Mook: The Leech Khan are tiny.
- Mook Carryover: Inverted. They are introduced as serving Shen-Du, but originally served Tarakudo, despite the latter not appearing until season 4. Played straight with Shadow-Jade and to a lesser extent with anyone who put on a mask, though in both cases the summoner became Brainwashed and Crazy. Daolon Wong tried to do this, but ended up freeing Tarakudo instead, though he had briefly controlled them in an earlier episode.
- Mundane Utility: Some people has used the Shadowkhan for something else than combat. For example:
- When Jade got control of the ninja Shadowkhan in "Queen of the Shadowkhan", she used them as household servants.
- When Ratso got the Razor-Khan Oni mask, he also used his Shadowkhan to play baseball.
- Captain Black is a double subversion. When he got the Sumo-Khan Oni mask, he decided to replace all the Section 13 agents with Shadowkhan, claiming that they were better than humans in every way. We see several shots of Shadowkhan typing on computers, checking folders, arresting people...and mopping the floor.
- Ninja: Your regular, bog standard Shadowkhan.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like the demon sorcerers, Shadowkhan all have red eyes of some sort.
- Summon Magic: The Shadowkhan can be summoned anywhere there is ambient shadow.
- The Voiceless: They never speak.
No prison can hold the son of Shendu!
The main villain of season 5. He is Shendu's son, but decides that he's better off making a name for himself rather than be just a supporting player to his father.
Reusable henchmen, by four villains.
All that world domination stuff just doesn't pay the rent.
Shendu and Valmont's henchmen. It consists of Finn, Ratso, Chow, and Hak Foo. Tohru starts as an Enforcer but he has a Heel-Face Turn
in the end of season 1, making Hak Foo replace him. Later, in season 3, they work for Daolon Wong and Tarakudo in season 4. But in season 5, when Drago employs them, he turns them down after they fail him once.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Hak Foo is big and muscular and hammy and calls out every attack or motion.
- They Killed Kenny Again: All four as Daolon Wong's dark chi warriors. They POOF when "dying" so they can experience lethal wounds as comedy, every single episode.
The Ice Gang
Drago's henchmen. It consists of Strikemaster Ice, DJ Fist and MC Cobra. Originally a pizza boy, Ice joined a monastery where he learned martial arts and met his boys Fist and Cobra. After they were kicked out of the monastery for bad behavior, the Ice Gang sought revenge but were stopped by Jackie and the Enforcers. They were later recruited by Drago and changed them into his dragon henchmen.
- Elemental Powers: Aside from Ice's fire breathing ability, in the Grand Finale, Drago gives each of the trio the powers of one Demon Sorcerer.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: All three, but mainly Ice.
- Genius Bruiser: Cobra and Fist managed to build a submarine out of broken cars in their junkyard hideout. It's possible that they built the monster trucks and tasers used to kidnap Jackie, Uncle, and Captain Black in the second to last episode.
- Ironic Nickname: Strikemaster Ice is given the ability to breathe fire.
The Old Monk
Ancient wisdom: Words are breath that blows the fire of knowledge
An old monk who guided Jackie to the Lotus Temple where the magical scrolls of Hung Chao are hidden. A really quirky
person who's constantly in meditation and speaks in proverbs and riddles. He's villainous, and is also after these scrolls.
Stop me if you've heard this one befooorre...
Monkey King is a trickster monkey. Based on the Chinese legend Sun Wukong
, he is released whenever someone pulls his puppet form's leg. The luckless victim becomes a puppet in his place, only to be restored if he pulls their
leg, which he isn't likely to do of his own free will. He might seem like an irritating prankster at first glance, but he takes a very
dim view of anyone trying to spoil his fun.
Tohru's mother. She only appears in a handful of episodes but leaves quite an impact. She shows the Chans a new side of Tohru and becomes Uncle's arch rival.
- Hey, You!: To her, Uncle is always "Billy Goat".
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A mother and son example; her son is huge and she herself is barely taller than Jade.
- Mama Bear: You think her mountain sized son is more dangerous? Threaten him and find out how wrong you are.
- My Beloved Smother: Her son just can't handle demons and gangs without her. One time she even decided to stay invisible to protect him better.
- The Napoleon: She has the Hair-Trigger Temper to match her short stature.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's only a little taller than Jade, but deadlier than Jackie.
- The Rival: To Uncle; martial arts, mahjong, shuffle board, it doesn't matter as long as one can humiliate the other.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: She is a dead ringer for Tohru aside from being female and much smaller in size.