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Characters: Jackie Chan Adventures
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Jackie Chan

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.

  • Adorkable: When he's not serious, he's a nice awkward guy who Apologizes a Lot.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Double Subverted; the archaeology is more or less realistic but he's recruited for unrelated missions. Often times he wishes he could get back to his quieter actual job.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Whenever he needs to borrow something really quickly.
    • I'MSORRYI'LLBRINGTHISBACKLATER THANK YOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!
  • Badass: This is Jackie Chan we're talking about.

Jade Chan

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.
  • Book Dumb: Not that good in classes, but very good in breaking into underground military installations.
  • Cat Girl: It happened once.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The only one of the heroes who thinks to use the various magical artifacts/weapons they've acquired (the Talismans usually).
  • 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 with 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*
    Jade: *angry* 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.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless/Pint-Sized Powerhouse: see Cute Bruiser above.
  • 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").
    "Oopsie."
  • 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.
  • 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, 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? "

Uncle Chan

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
    • "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 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.
  • 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: See quote.
  • 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".

Tohru

Crunch.

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.

Captain Augustus Black

Whoa, Nellie!

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.

  • Badass Normal: Like Jackie he has no powers and like Jackie he still kicks superpowered evil butt.
  • 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.
  • Morton's Fork: Before he believed in Magic, he was incapable of dealing with magical threats due to lack of Intel and expertise. After he was convinced magic existed, his superiors refused to believe him, questioned his mental health (especially when magical items went inert), and still didn't provide him with the resources needed to deal with magic.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He's the badass leader to a secret agency equipped with state of the art weapons and scientific equipment, but compared to Jackie, his family, the J-Team and the supernatural villains, he just can't compare because they don't have a magic department.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Understandably skeptical of supernatural, until he gets proof at the end of the first season.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Despite Uncle's constant saying of 'magic must defeat magic', Black continues to send guns and military weapons after supernatural beings, much to the former's dismay.
    Uncle: All these years, Black has learned nothing. Magic must defeat magic.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: When he ends up wearing an Oni mask, then after Jade splits him into good and evil halves, the evil half gets the mask.

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.

Paco

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.
  • 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.

Viper

EX-super thief

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.
  • 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.

     Villains 

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.

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.

  • Abusive Parent: Implied with his Drago's arguments.
  • And I Must Scream: Being trapped as a sentient statue for 900 years can take its toll.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The combined powers of the Talismans were really his powers separated from his body.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When he appears in the finale he's much bigger than his early appearances.
  • Back for the Finale: Justified since the Big Bad of the final series was his own son even if said son had an entirely separate agenda by that point.
  • Badass: In his true form, he's gotten the better of Jackie more than once, and in the Grand Finale fought Drago to a standstill when he had all the demon chis.
    • Badass Boast: Those three I AM statements in the section quote.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 1. Serves as The Heavy of a Big Bad Duumvirate with his demon siblings in Season 2, and is the True Final Boss of season 3 after double-crossing Daolon Wong. He is the Bigger Bad of a season 4 episode and arguably the entire series, since his talismans are frequently used by the heroes and he ends up a prisoner in the Vault of Section 13, and in season 5 the villain is his Bastard Bastard son Drago, which ultimately leads to Shendu being brought Back for the Finale.
  • Big "NO!": He yells this after ending up possessing Valmont and whenever he gets turned back into a statue.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Him and his demon brethren are the most abusive family members in this series.
  • Breath Weapon: Even when locked away in statue form or possessing Valmont, Shendu was capable of breathing a torrent of flames.
  • Brought Down to Badass: When possessing Valmont. While not a two story monster, he's still not harmless.
  • Butt Monkey: Abused by his siblings for not trying to free them.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Has acknowledged himself as evil.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Valmont, Daolon, etc. Anyone he works with he eventually betrays. The sole exception was his efforts to free his demon brethren, and that's largely because he was too terrified of them after the last time he betrayed them.
  • Demonic Possession: One of his more used powers when he doesn't have his body.
  • The Dragon: To his siblings in Season 2; he works to free from them from their can and they are quick to point out that he is no longer their equal.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Valmont and Daolon Wong both retaliate against him for his betrayal.
  • Evil Overlord / Sorcerous Overlord: Used to be one and his ultimate goal is to reclaim his lost glory.
  • Evil Sorcerer
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is notably deeper and smoother whenever he has his physical body.
  • Genre Savvy: When reduced to a spirit and hit with a spell by the rest of the Demon Sorcerers to keep him bound in the first host he chooses, he immediately goes after Jackie to remove him as a threat. He's only stopped by Valmont kicking Jackie off a cliff, causing him to miss and hit him instead.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: In season 1 because no one knew what he wanted beyond freedom.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Daolon Wong resurrected Shendu in season 3 so he can get the dragon talisman. This did not work out well for Wong.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Anytime he regains his true form is a cause for alarm, even when he became more comedic for most of the 2nd season. The only time this wasn't in play was when he was Back for the Finale, and he wasn't the Big Bad at that point.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Has shades of this when possessing Valmont during Season 2 and when fighting Drago in the finale.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Objects forged out of good magic like the Pan'ku Box. Even as a spirit touching it hurts him, and doing so for prolonged periods of time can knock him out.
  • Mundane Solution:
    • One time he tries to kill Uncle and Section 13 to interrupt their incantation. It doesn't work.
    • One time he and the remaining Demon Sorcerers destroyed the components for the chi spells used to seal them.
  • Near Villain Victory: At the end of the first two seasons. He nearly succeeds in releasing his army of dragons, only stopped by Jade intervening in his fight with Jackie, and in the second, he uses the Book of Ages to rewrite history to erase the Demon Sorcerers' original defeat, and the only reason he lost was because Jade tore out a piece of the book that happened to have a part of her life on it, allowing her to retain her memories in the re-written history.
  • Noble Demon: More like an evil aristocrat. He's technically considered a "noble dragon" which is why the power of combustion came back to him upon his revival.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: In the first season, justified since he was a statue.
  • Not Quite Dead: Killed by Jade in the first season finale, but returns as a spirit in the second season and accidentally possessing Valmont. He's revived in season 3, but turned into a statue again.
  • Noodle Incident: While not outright stated, it's indicated that he managed to escape the Netherworld and leave the rest of his siblings behind. It's never explained how he did that, but it's implied they helped him do so and he was supposed to free them, but he obviously ditched them in favor of ruling his old empire himself.
  • No Sell: Only magic or magic weapons can harm Shendu, which is proven when a rocket launcher and a highly powered laser failed to injure him.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His plan at the end of season 1, release an army of dragons to destroy all of Asia.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: He's actually a demon dragon with magic talismans inside him.
  • Playing with Fire: His specialty, seeing as he is the demon of fire.
  • Power Echoes: His voice reverberates when he's in statue form or possessing someone.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Shendu is possessing someone, they have red eyes. Also, he has them as a demon.
  • Say My Name: "CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!"
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • In Season 1 and later as a statue.
    • His fate in the finale is also this trope but not as a statue. This time it ends with him and Drago both trapped in the Demon Netherworld while still fighting.
  • Skyward Scream: Every time he is defeated.
  • Super Power Lottery: Since the talismans were created after Shendu was turned to stone, then all twelve of their powers would have naturally been his, on top of his sorcery and fire breath.
  • Super Strength: Even without the Ox talisman, Shendu is absurdly strong, being able to overpower an Ox talisman-powered Jackie Chan.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: In the series finale, with his also evil son Drago.
  • Smug Snake: In season 2, where nothing goes the way he wants it to, he is constantly harassed by his terrifying siblings, and is constantly arguing with Valmont whose body he has to share (Valmont manages to knock him out- he was actually trying to kill him and risked his life to do it, just because he was sick of him). In season 3 he gets his Talisman powers back only to be immediately resealed, and after that is stuck as a prisoner of Section 13 until the finale.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: The only answer to Empowered Drago is freed Shendu.
  • Summon Magic: The Shadowkhan appear from the shadows on his command.
  • Take Over the World: See Evil Over Lord.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Valmont in Season 2.
  • Villainous Rescue: Exploited in the finale when Uncle releases him to battle his son Drago, after they had exhausted all of their other options.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Shendu betrays Valmont and the Enforcers after getting all his talismans because he reasons that Dark Jackie was the one who brought them to him, not Valmont and the Enforcers (though he had been losing patience with throughout the season for their repeated failures). In season 2, he sends Finn, Ratso, and Chow out since they no longer needed to carry the Pan'Ku Box. Later, he tries to do this to Hak Foo, but Valmont doesn't want to be alone with him. He even lampshades it with Daolon Wong after backstabbing him.
    "I may be a noble dragon, but I'm also a Demon Sorcerer. And not known for keeping promises."

Valmont

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.
  • 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.

Demon Sorcerers

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.

  • Demon Lords And Arch Devils: The demon clan definitely fits the bill.
  • 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 / Sorcerous 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 / Villainous Glutton: Po Kong. Food and eating are the only things she ever talks about.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Daolon Wong

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 / Evil Counterpart: 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 / Chew Toy: 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.

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. And 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 Floating Demon Head: Tarakudo. 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.

The Shadowkhan

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 its 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.

Drago

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.

  • Arc Villain: Of Season 5. There are more powerful villains in his older relatives.
  • All Your Powers Combined: getting all the demon chis gives him the powers of all the eight demons.
  • Avenging the Villain: At first, but betrays his father to get the demon chis of his aunts and uncles.
  • Bad Boss: He treats all his subordinates like crap, blaming them whenever something goes wrong (even if it's Drago's fault) but never showing any kind of praise when they do succeed at anything.
  • Jerkass: As stated by Jade, when the two negotiate a ransom in the series finale:
    Drago: Be there or...
    Jade: ...be square?
    Drago: No, be there or you'll be spending the rest of your wonder years being raised by that 500 pound sumo! (Hangs up the phone)
    Jade: Sheesh! Evil and a jerk!
  • Big Bad: Of the final season.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Very good at both magic and fighting with his fists.
  • Never My Fault: MC Cobra once suggested that maybe Drago was responsible for their many failures. Drago didn't take it well.
  • One-Winged Angel: After getting all of the demon chis he transforms into a greater and more evil-looking form.
  • Overlord Jr.: Though he wants to remove the "junior" part.
  • Parental Abandonment: Lots of daddy issues with this one.
  • Playing with Fire: Drago is Shendu's son in this aspect.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Appears at Season 5's opening.
  • Pungeon Master: "ANYONE UP FOR SOME FLAME-INCO DANCING?"
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red irises normally, but when he powers up with demon chi, his eyes take the "glowing red" form.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: In the series finale, with his also evil father Shendu.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The only Big Bad to fire Ratso, Finn and Chow after they failed him the first time.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when he's looking for new henchmen, and before getting MC Cobra and his gang, he finds the possible replacements to be EVEN WORSE than the enforcers.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Never gets his dad's respect, but then, his dad is an evil demon dragon.

The Enforcers

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.

  • Agony of the Feet: Hak Foo has been known to scream "Crying puppy feet!" whenever he hurts his tootsies.
  • Anime Hair: Hak Foo has big pointy hair all over.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Hak Foo's first appearance was him reacting violently against Tohru because of a insult to his skills.
  • Badass Mustache: Hak Foo has a classic and sinsister Fu Manchu going.
  • Badass Normal: Hak Foo dismisses supernatural aid because he has all the power he needs in his mundane skills.
    Horse for healing? I am not easily injured. Rooster for levitation? I already fly. Dog for immortality? There is no one who can vanquish me.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Hak Foo is a case of Playing with a Trope. He does it straight, such as with his "Angry crow takes flight!" jump-kick; exploited by saying one and doing another; and averted: "Flying Monkey snatches magic box!" is not an attack but an observation. Most of the time this is played for laughs.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Hak Foo can perform amazing feats of martial arts because he worked at it.
  • Cool Shades: For the first episode, Chow's sunglasses also acts as his glasses because of his near-sightedness. The rest of the time he can see just fine without the shades, even lifting them to get a better look at something.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Finn and Hak Foo both deliver snarky one or two liners to their allies or enemies.
  • Disco Dan: Finn has a number of times where he says "Get down. Get funky. It's the seventies!"
  • Elite Mook: Hak Foo is initially introduced as one - as a henchman far more competent than the others who is actually more than a challenge to the heroes physically. However, after a few appearances he eventually becomes less and less competent - though he is still presented as more dangerous than the others from time to time.
  • Evil Genius: Ratso who has several degrees in theoretical physics.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Hak Foo to Tohru, in his first appearance. This is of course dropped after Tohru's Heel-Face Turn.
  • Five-Token Band: Finn is Irish-American, Chow is Chinese-American, Ratso may be Italian-American, and Hak Foo is Chinese. The group also originally included the Japanese-American Tohru.
  • Freaky Is Cool: Hak Foo loves power and he doesn't care what he looks like to get it.
  • Genius Ditz: Ratso; despite his many degrees he has little common sense.
  • Large Ham: Hak Foo is the biggest in the series because of his ego, his presence, and his attack calling.
  • Man Child: All of them to some extent. In one episode, it is revealed that Ratso collects toy action figures.
  • Mook Carryover: Every major villain has used them as henchmen.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In Season 2, Hak Foo replaces Tohru as the character who gets punched by Jackie in the opening credits. In Season 3, he's absent from the opening again. He's seen with the Enforcers at Season 4's opening.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Hak Foo's "MANTIS BOXING STYLE!"
  • Redemption Promotion: Ratso, Finn and Chow try to be good a couple times, with surprising results. Unfortunately, their greed usually gets the better of them, save for the Grand Finale.
  • Replacement Mooks: Hak Foo for Tohru. Valmont brought him in because of Tohru's stream of failures and truly replaced him after Tohru's Heel-Face Turn.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Finn, due to being Irish-American.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Chow, see Cool Shades above for why.
  • Superpowered Mooks: As Dark Chi warriors under Daolong, they gained enhanced physical abilities and magical weapons, and during their brief time serving Drago they gained fire powers. Also when they wore their oni masks as Chow managed to lift Tohru with one hand and toss him aside easily.
  • 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" 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.

     Others 

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

Monkey King

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.

  • The Mad Hatter: When Jade argues that feeding puppet-Jackie into a woodchipper isn't funny:
    "Haven't you noticed? I have a WEIRD sense of humour!"
  • Maniac Monkeys: Evil monkey trickster.
  • Public Domain Character: Its never made explicit, but he's basically Sun Wukong, the monkey king from Journey to the West
  • Puppet Permutation: He's a wooden dummy, but he changes into a live being when someone pulls his leg. The person who pulls his leg turns into a dummy themselves.
  • Slasher Smile: Often sports these when indulding his lunatic fun.
  • Sublime Rhyme: The instructions for switching places with a person in terms of living-puppet.
    To free me of glitches and put you in stitches, this merry ape begs: Pull my leg.
  • They Stole Our Act: He couldn't stand other people showing off better than him in talents.

Tohru's mother

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.


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