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The Shadow Hand
The former Dark Hand, reorganized under Jade's leadership.
Jade Chan: The Queen Of All OniJackie Chan's niece, who has had her Queen persona awakened by Daolon Wong after his attempt to summon Shadowkhan went awry, and now is out to find all the Oni masks.
- Achilles' Heel: Onions, as typical for Oni.
- Affably Evil: Jade's personality has changed very little besides having less morality and wanting revenge.
- Animal Motif: Has a definite snake theme by this point.
- Ax-Crazy: By the eve of the Final Battle, she's completely lost it, being reduced to a delusional, paranoid mess.
- The Bad Guy Wins: When it comes to the Teachings, anyway, as she gets her hands on all three tablets.
- Bastard Understudy: Her current plan is to become one to Tarakudo.
- Benevolent Boss: To the Enforcers. In fact, she may very well be their best boss EVER. They fully admit even when she is angry at them she is still a much better boss than Shendu.
- It speaks volumes where when these guys are known to play the Screw This, I'm Outta Here! card anytime something happens to their boss in the past. When something happened to Jade, they do all they can to rescue her.
- In fact, despite an obligatory "I will make you pay if you betray me to my enemies" scene, her firing the Enforcers was relatively civil, even giving them their possessions, money and their final payment before sending them off.
- Big Bad
- Big Eater: As per canon, though her transformation has caused it to increase several fold.
- Body Horror: Her ability to contort herself into a snake-like shape.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Chews her father out for all the Parental Neglect, and then disowns him.
- Casting a Shadow: The basis of her magic.
- The Chosen One: Kuro suggests that she's something like this for the Oni, the result of Hiruzen's last contingency plan before Tarakudo killed him. Meanwhile, Blankman's comments suggest she's also the Chosen One of the Ben Shui order (as was implied in canon).
- Karasu confirms the latter, though also makes it clear that it's a moot point — her fall to darkness, combined with her predecessor's premature death, has degraded the Grand Design to the point that even if she were to somehow take on the role, she'd no longer be able to maintain the balance.
- Kuro's theory is later confirmed as well by Hiruzen himself. Though he's disappointed in how she's turned out.
- Dark Magical Girl
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Almost pulls this in Chapter 17, until Blankman convinces her that it's a Genre Blind thing to do.
- Does Not Like Men: She seems to be gaining this trait in recent chapters since turning Viper into her General, appearing to think less of men. She even snaps at Right calling him a "male" as if it was an insult. Both Right and Left seem to be worried about her after this.
- Driven to Madness: Snaps temporarily during Lung's Cold-Blooded Torture, and while she's mostly recovered mentally, is showing some signs of PTSD.
- Evil Costume Switch: Trades out her normal outfit for a ninja robe topped by a Black Cloak and a circlet crown. Though she's ditched the crown ever since Ikazuki's coup, until she can prove to herself she deserves to wear it.
- Evil Versus Evil: Her conflicts with Valmont, Ikazuki, and Lung.
- Eye Scream: When her astral form is being tortured by Lung, her eyelids dissolve. This carries over to her physical body by having her eyelids turn transparent.
- Face–Heel Turn: Hers is what kicks off and drives the story.
- The Farmer and the Viper: She is willing to give villains that have fallen hard a chance to make something of themselves once again. Aside from a few trusted people, they all eventually try to betray her.
- Femme Fatalons: Her nails grow out into claws during her coma. She claims that it was the only good thing to happen during the whole thing.
- Finger Twitching Revival: The first sign of her coming out of her coma is her hand curling into a fist.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself
- Freak Out: Briefly during the fight in the Vault of Endless Night, when Tohru accidentally recreates her encounter with Lung.
- Future Badass: The Matriarch in Chapter 14 is Jade's future self, having overthrown Tarakudo and become Queen of the Shadowkhan.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Is left with a scar across her forehead after Ikazuki slashes her in order to curse her.
- It is later magically removed by Hebi.
- Healing Factor: Her wounds heal faster and more effectively after her transformation.
- I Have No Son: Inverted, Jade does this to her father, denouncing him and her mother.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Killing Kaito.
- And later killing Ikazuki.
- Robbing Anton Mortimer blind while giving him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Does this a few times, but the crowning example has to be her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Anton Mortimer, which touches on their respective positions, among other things.
- Made of Iron: Jade has become significantly more durable after her transformation.
- Mundane Utility: She once used one of her Magic Wand fans to, well, fan herself.
- Another time, she summoned a Shadowkhan to vaccum.
- Operation: [Blank]: Tends to use Rule of Cool for her plan names.
- Our Homunculi Are Different: Creates one in Chapter 17 which ultimately sacrifices itself to save Tohru from her, to her shock.
- Parental Neglect: Suffered this, bordering on abuse.
- Pet the Dog: A literal one. She wanted the Dog Talisman solely to destroy it and make her pet dog immortal.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Avoids Take Over the World plots in order to avoid being defeated and sealed. Even after she starts going after the masks, she still keeps this in mind.
- Sanity Slippage: Is showing signs of PTSD after being tortured by Lung.
- It arguably hits a fullscale Villainous Breakdown after Tohru's failed attempt to capture her in the Vault of Endless Night, as she is now utterly convinced that the heroes (and humans in general) are determined to seal or kill her.
- Scaled Up: During the fight over the last mask, she creates a construct around herself in the shape of a giant version of her snake form.
- Squishy Wizard: After her torture by Lung saps her physical strength.
- Super Strength
- The Nose Knows: Eventually develops a heightened sense of smell.
- Therapy Is for the Weak: Shoots down Blankman's suggestion to see a therapist, but her apparent PTSD means this will probably come back to bite her big time.
- Transhuman Treachery
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: When Scruffy abandons her.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted. She's searching for the Teachings of Eternal Shadow in order to increase her magical skill to match Uncle and Tohru.
- Villain Protagonist: The story focuses more on her point of view than any other character.
- Villains Out Shopping: Jade is often shown doing various non-villainous things when she's not busy fighting for the masks and tablets, such as video games and (on Halloween, obviously) trick-or-treating. She's also shown to take advantage of new developments for fun, such as pitting her tribe of Shadowkhan against Ratso's in a baseball game, or using her new contortionist skills to cheat at bets with the Enforcers, or using a Ninja Khan to vacuum. Hell, she'll sometimes even find ways to have fun during her schemes, like the time she and the Enforcers raided a food stand at an amusement park she was attacking.
- During the Mini Khan attack, she and Hebi pig out on sushi.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers Viper a position as her right hand minion. Viper refuses. She later decides Viper doesn't have a choice and brainwashes her.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has developed an aversion to bright lights ever since her torture by Lung.
- Worf Had the Flu: Suffers big time for losing her ability to summon her Shadowkhan aside from Right and Left. But she still makes up for it by being very cunning.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: She seems to believe that Jackie and the others would treat her as any other demon they have faced and are trying to seal her or kill her, when all they want to do is free her from the darkness.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Has restructured plans rapidly when faced with new obstacles.
Left and RightJade's Shadowkhan bodyguards, who eventually gain sentience and distinct personalities.
- Arch-Enemy: Right has become one to Viper.
- Battle Butler: Serve as much as Jade's valets as her enforcers.
- Berserk Button: They do not like people hurting their mistress.
- Casting a Shadow: Form their weapons from shadows.
- Chainsaw Good: Left uses one on occasion.
- Character Development: The longer they go as fully sentient beings, the more their personalities are fleshed out.
- Co-Dragons: Share position as Jade's chief minions.
- Though it appears with Hebi's arrival, her status as General has demoted them.
- Combat Pragmatist: Left has been known to think outside the box in fights, and Right has no problem fighting dirty (even saying that honor has no place in war).
- Deadpan Snarker: Right seems to be snarking a lot, especially in the Halloween and Mexico City chapters.
- Dual Wielding: Left fights with a pair of broadswords.
- Evil Is Sexy: Right is described In-Universe as being "oddly handsome". Subverted with Left, however; Viper says that while he's not ugly, even without his scars his features are more blunted.
- Hypocritical Humor: Left derides Hebi's kleptomania, only to then indulge in his own obsession with dynamite.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Right fights with one.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Putting Valmont through a Humiliation Conga for his treachery on Jade's orders.
- Right killing Lung for torturing Jade.
- Mad Bomber: Left, surprisingly. He likes the boom.
- Minion Shipping: Right seems to have a crush on Hebi.
- Mook Promotion: The fact that Jade kept them around so often is what allowed them to evolve to sentient thought, as per the Shadowkhan life cycle. This also lets them escape Ikazuki's curse that blocks Jade from summoning her tribe. They're eventually even allowed to remove their masks as a symbol of this.
- Only Sane Man: Left is the only one who considers the possibility that without Viper to help them, the empowered Hak Foo actually has a chance to beat the J-Team, with the others waving away his concerns.
- Parental Substitute: Left is showing signs of this in his interactions with Jade.
- Pass the Popcorn: Right and Hebi enjoy a bowl while watching Hak Foo Freak Out over the apparent uselessness of his Mini Khan.
- The Quiet One: Even after gaining the ability to talk, Left rarely does unless he feels it's necessary.
- Running Gag: Left and his dynamite.
- Scars Are Forever: Left is left with a series of small facial scars from saving Jade.
- Storming the Castle: Assault Lung's fortress to save Jade.
- The Stoic: Left.
- Suddenly Voiced: Their ability to talk comes out of nowhere, taking Jade by surprise.
- Undying Loyalty: To Jade.
- Use Your Head: How Left frees Jade's astral form from Lung's magic sphere.
- Villain Respect: Shows admiration for the Old Master guarding the final tablet, saying that losing a three-on-one fight shouldn't reflect on his skill.
ValmontThe former head of the Dark Hand, recruited by Jade to serve as the Shadow Hand's foreman. Eventually betrays Jade out of resentment, and is handed over to the authorities as punishment.
- The Consigliere: Tries to focus the Shadow Hand on ordinary crime, but keeps getting overridden by Jade.
- Humiliation Conga: Jade punishes him for his betrayal by having him stripped naked and dumped in a plaza full of tourists, which leads to him being arrested. And this is on top of the months he spent living as a common crook on the streets.
- Number Two: Of the Shadow Hand. Tries to act as the Dragon-in-Chief before turning on Jade, but that doesn't pan out.
- Put on a Bus: Hasn't been seen for some time, last we heard, he was in prison.
- The Starscream: Plots against Jade from the start, and ultimately tries to eliminate her upon getting Kaito's mask and control of the Ninja tribe.
- Ungrateful Bastard: As Jade points out, she took him off the streets and gave him a chance to regain his former glory, and he still betrayed her.
BlankmanA mysterious dark wizard who replaces Valmont as Jade's foreman.
- Badass Bookworm: See below.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Is basically Jade's accountant, but one of the most badass people in the story.
- Badass Grandpa: Is in either his late 80s or early 90s.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Is never without his sports jacket.
- Badass Normal: Rarely uses his magic in combat, preferring to rely on his savate skills.
- Bald of Evil: Well, balding at least.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Doesn't let battle affect his stoicism any or prevent him from making conversation.
- Combat Pragmatist: As shown in his fight with Drago, he will use his magic to beef up his physical skills if necessary. And if really desperate, he'll resort to using a magic shotgun.
- Played with during his fight with Jackie — he figures Jackie deserves better than being shot, but is willing to use his sword on him to compensate for Jackie's superior fighting skills.
- The Consigliere: Focuses on balancing the Shadow Hand's finances, and tries to get Jade to do the necessary paperwork whenever she's not busy otherwise.
- Cryptic Background Reference: He's full of these, due to his Mysterious Past and equally mysterious motives.
- Death Dealer: Focuses his magic through enchanted playing cards.
- Death Seeker: Was apparently this in his younger days, apparently hoping that Death Equals Redemption for the actions taken as a member of the cult that raised him, until he found new purpose in life.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: His act of rebellion against the cult he was raised in was to kill the entity they worshipped. Which is strongly implied to have been the Slender Man.
- Due to the Dead: After killing the guardian of the final tablet, he puts the corpse in repose, closes the eyes with coins, and salutes it.
- Enigmatic Minion: Is a very mysterious figure, and what little we learn about him only makes him more so. As of later chapters, Hak Foo and even Jade herself are realizing just how much of an unknown factor he is.
- Evil Sorcerer: He's usually not very flashy about it, but he's highly skilled.
- Eviler Than Thou: When Verde tries to assassinate him via Living Shadow, he kills the shadow, then tracks Verde down and forces him to sign a Magically Binding Contract.
- Evil Versus Evil: Personally fights Drago during his rampage in the past.
- Humans Are Superior: Feels this way, as he says during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Drago about demons and magical beings in general, essentially saying that they are sore losers who can't accept that mankind rules the Earth now. Though this brings up an interesting question — why is he working for Jade then?
- Kung-Fu Wizard: As stated above, he has both magic and martial arts, and will use the first to amp up the second.
- Middle-Management Mook: His job is to manage the Shadow Hand's business affairs.
- My Card: It's blank, naturally.
- Not So Above It All: In a card game with the Enforcers, he openly admits to cheating (admittedly, apparently everyone else cheated as well).
- Number Two: Of the Shadow Hand. Referred to by trope name at least once.
- Older Than They Look: A flashback to his childhood is set in 1929, yet he only looks middle-aged.
- The Stoic: Rarely shows emotion.
- Sword and Gun: Arms himself with a gun and a rapier before entering the Vault of Endless Night.
- Tragic Keepsake: It's implied in story, and confirmed by Word of God, that his revolver is the same one his father committed suicide with.
- Underestimating Badassery: Jade admits he's strong, but doesn't think he can stand up to Jackie. When they do fight, Blankman fights him fairly evenly (then again, Blankman is using magically enhanced weapons, and Jackie is too nice to play for keeps).
- Weak, but Skilled: How Jackie feels about his fighting skills.
- Worthy Opponent: Feels Jackie is this, being willing to fight him on even ground, and after their duel in the Vault of Endless Night is interrupted, insists on a rematch when they next encounter each other in the Hall of Ice.
The EnforcersThe chief minions of originally the Dark Hand, then Daolon Wong, and now Jade. Somewhat good at what they do, but not that bright.
- Ambition Is Evil: Finn wants to move up the ranks, and actually tells Viper he's a better villain than she ever was because of his ambition.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ratso does surprisingly well during the fight in the Vault of Endless Night.
- Demonic Possession: When Chow wears Ikazuki's mask, Ikazuki overrides his mind and takes full control.
- The Dog Bites Back: Because of Ikazuki treating them like slaves, Finn helps the Chans defeat him.
- Evil Pays Better: Finn once brags to Viper that they're probably being paid better than the J-Team for their efforts.
- Evil Redhead: Finn
- Genre Savvy: Ratso actively helps Jade during Valmont's betrayal because he knows minion coups never work.
- Also, after seeing Shendu betray his allies multiple times, they shoot down his offer to employ them again.
- When Jade fires them, the decide to quickly leave the country before Jackie and/or the cops show up.
- Joker Immunity: Jade lampshades this during the Mexico City chapter, saying that they have a knack for living.
- Put on a Bus: Jade eventually fires them after she gets the second tablet, but gives them severance pay and all their belongings. And then they get arrested.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Jade fires them, they decide to skip town, with plans to flee to Europe in order to finally escape the magic business. Doesn't protect them from getting arrested.
- Terrible Trio
- Throw the Dog a Bone: When Jade fires them, she allows them to keep their belongings and money, leaving them better off than they've been in a long time.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: And then they get arrested.
- Too Dumb to Live: When Jade decides to go trick-or-treating, Ratso asks where she'll get a costume so late. Everyone else stares at him. He STILL doesn't make the connection.
- Earlier in that same chapter, they hid to try to ambush the heroes in tarp-covered holes, in the desert, in mid-day. Viper lampshades this.
- Undying Loyalty: A smaller one. After being arrested they refuse to reveal any information about Jade's whereabouts since she was such a Benevolent Boss.
Hak FooA mercenary who has worked for both the Dark Hand and Daolon Wong in the past. Jade buys his services by promising to give him the power to fulfill his desire to be the best warrior there is.
- Blood Knight
- The Brute
- Calling Your Attacks: Like in canon, lampshaded multiple times.
- Dodge the Bullet: When Wisker tries to shoot him during the Hostage for MacGuffin exchange, he dodges it, and breaks the agent's arm while he's stunned.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Is disgusted by Valmont plotting against Jade, but since his agreement with her doesn't technically cover it, he doesn't inform her.
- He's also disturbed both by Viper's forced transformation into Hebi as well as the depths of darkness and insanity that Jade is sinking into.
- Evil Is Petty: He takes El Toro's mask because he lost another chance at an Oni mask. Jade lampshades this.
- Evil Redhead
- Freak Out: Has one when, after all his complaining about wanting a mask, he gets the Mini Khan, which are apparently the most useless tribe. After seeing what they can do, however, he changes his tune.
- Near Villain Victory: Comes closer to defeating the J-Team than almost anyone else in the story.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Jackie is what inspires him to snap out of his Heroic B.S.O.D. over Viper's transformation, allowing him to defeat Hak.
- Noble Demon: Tries to pass himself off as one. El Toro doesn't buy it.
- Running Gag: Saying "I wanted that mask" whenever one ends up on someone else.
- Social Darwinist
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a combination of this and a Motive Rant to Jackie when empowered by the Mini Khan mask, stating that Jackie is weak for fighting for others, and how he intends to purge such weakness from the world with his army.
- The Unfettered: Is willing to cast away his very humanity in his quest for power"A building is only as strong as its foundations, and a warrior's strength is more than training. To break rocks apart with a human fist, you must have the will to do so. My will is rooted in myself, my ambition to be the strongest warrior in the world, to be peerless and be known by all as the strongest. Simple, strong, and unshakable so long as my vision remains unclouded by sentiment."
HebiThe new General of the Samurai tribe, created by Jade by killing Ikazuki and using his chi to brainwash Viper.
- Bald of Evil / Bald Woman
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Cool Big Sis: Acts as one to Jade.
- Dark Action Girl
- The Dragon: Her status as General seems to outrank Left and Right's position as bodyguards.
- Even Evil Has Standards: After Jackie saves her life in the Hall of Ice, she feels obligated to spare his when she subsequently gets the upper hand.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Is utterly baffled when Jackie saves her.
- Fallen Hero: Used to be Viper.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Smacks Hak Foo over the head with her sheathed katana in order to snap him out of his Freak Out.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Inverted, she's a kleptomaniac villain who has a compulsion to steal things.
- Meaningful Rename: Makes a point of changing her name, since she's not Viper anymore.
- Minion Shipping: Flirts with Right, who seems to have a crush on her.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Her impulsive robbing of Courageous Conrad causes him to drop his neutral stance and aid the J-Team directly.
- Pass the Popcorn: Enjoys a bowl with Right while watching Hak Foo Freak Out over the apparent uselessness of his Mini Khan.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- That Man Is Dead: Makes it clear that she's no longer Viper.
- The Tease: Turns out, she doesn't actually care about Right. She just likes to flirt.
- Transhuman Treachery: Subverted. She is VERY specifically under massive, massive personality reconstruction. The 'She's not Viper' thing is literal. The REAL Viper is in her head, trapped.
- Undying Loyalty: Jade specifically designed her this way.
- Walking Spoiler
TarakudoThe King of the Shadowkhan, who Jade intends to overthrow.
- Affably Evil: As ever.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Is eventually revealed to have once been the famed historical samurai Minamoto Tametomo, before his deal with the Oni transformed him into one upon his death.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: How his mortal life ended — surrounded by his enemies in war and deciding they didn't deserve the honor of taking his life, he stabbed himself.
- Deadpan Snarker: As per canon.
- Deal with the Devil: Made one with the Oni when he was still human.
- Demon of Human Origin: He used to be a mortal man called Minamoto Tametomo until he sold his soul to the Oni in exchange for power, and was transformed into one after his death.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Comments that Jade might be a good consort some day, but intends to let her grow up first.
- Uses up most of his power to save Jade from Lung, because he can't stand the thought of leaving one of his own kind to a painful death, despite the fact that he knows she probably plans to betray him.
- Greater-Scope Villain: is manipulating events from his prison, and Jade's ultimate goal is to overthrow him.
- Honor Before Reason: The fact that he has (some at the very least) honor is the only thing that kept him from killing Kaito himself, since killing an ally would be dishonorable.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Overthrowing and killing the Elders.
- Manipulative Bastard: Enters Jade's dream in order to stir up her resentment towards her parents as a way of dragging her deeper into the darkness.
- Oracular Head
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is trapped in the shadow realm.
- The Starscream: To the Oni Elders, who he successfully rebelled against in order to become King.
- Villainous Rescue: Uses up a significant portion of his power to teleport Left and Right to Lung's fortress in order to save Jade.
KaitoThe General of the Ninja tribe, Jade killed him by breaking his mask and absorbing his chi after he granted Valmont his power in order to betray her.
- Asshole Victim: He had it coming.
- Famous Last Words: "It won't work! This is foolishness, my power will destroy you! YAAAGGGGH!"
- Not Quite Dead: The latest glimpse inside Jade's mind reveals that at least part of him has survived by latching onto one of the Aspects (according to Father, he's fused Fear and Doubt into Paranoia).
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Jade consumed his essence and gained power over the Shinobi tribe.
- 0% Approval Rating: The only reason Tarakudo didn't kill him off himself is because it would be dishonorable to kill an ally.
IkazukiThe General of the Samurai tribe and Tarakudo's second in command, he briefly usurps control of the Shadow Hand from Jade.
- Asshole Victim: After the way he treated Jade, no one was really complaining when Jade used his essence to turn Viper into the new Samurai Khan General, killing him.
- Bad Boss: Treats the Enforcers like slaves, leading to them overthrowing him.
- Blood Knight
- Casting a Shadow: Creates blades out of shadow so he and Jackie can duel.
- The Dog Bites Back: See Hoist by His Own Petard.
- Also, Jade later uses his essence to turn Viper into a general, apparently killing him.
- The Dragon: To Tarakudo.
- Everything's Better with Samurai
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He himself says he is unable to understand human nobility, and is surprised that Tohru would willingly tell him where the mask removal potion was to save Jade from pain.
- Evil Sorcerer: Is highly skilled at magic, as shown when he curses Jade to be unable to summon any of her tribe besides Left and Right.
- Hannibal Lecture: Tries to give one to Tohru, but gets a Shut Up, Hannibal! in response.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He mistreated the Enforcers, so they helped take him down.
- Jerkass: Is cruel for no real reason.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Following Ikazuki's defeat, Jade admits to herself that he's right about her being a fledgling in the whole Shadowkhan business.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Killed Off for Real
- Near Villain Victory: Is only defeated by Finn's interference.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Dislikes Jade mostly because she's female. Though considering he helped overthrow the Matriarchy system, the attitude towards women is somewhat understandable.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tarakudo's blue (ironically, since he has blue skin and Tarakudo has red skin).
- Undying Loyalty: Again, to Tarakudo. He outright defied his master's order to stay out of the duel with Hiruzen in order to assist him. He afterwards reminds Tarakudo of saying that loyalty and obedience aren't synonyms.
OzekiThe General of the Sumo tribe, he's a secret supporter of the old Matriarchy system, which he sees Jade as the inheritor to.
- Blood Knight
- The Brute
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: When Viper mentions using onions on Jade, he goes into a rage and threatens to "rip off your arms, and gouge out your eyes, with your own thumbs!"
- Demonic Possession: Thanks to a spell from Jade, is able to override Captain Black's mind and take control of his body.
- Evil Is Hammy: Even Jade finds his... enthusiasm unnerving.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Thought Jackie would be taller.
- Lightning Bruiser: When he possesses Captain Black, he shows he is fast as well as strong (though Black's body is not nearly as bulky as his body).
- Undying Loyalty: To the Matriarchy, and Jade by extension.
- "You!" Exclamation: When he encounters Tohru, for some reason.
KuroThe General of the Squid tribe, Kuro is an opportunist who is willing to serve Jade... if she can prove her right to rule.
- Affably Evil
- Demonic Possession: Interestingly, he actually asks Finn's permission before taking control of his body, and returns control willingly once he's done.
- The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: How he first communicates with Finn.
- My Species, Right or Wrong: Betrayed the Elders to Tarakudo because he believed the latter's promise of revitalizing their decadent race. Now, he says, if Jade can prove herself as a proper ruler, he'll do the same for her.
HiruzenThe Eldest of Shadowkhan, he was killed by Tarakudo personally during his rebellion, though his spirit lingered on long enough to pass on a cryptic threat.
- A Father to His Men: Implied heavily to be this.
- Badass Grandpa: He was the first male Shadowkhan ever created, making him extremely old by the time of his death.
- Blade Run: He did this on Ikazuki's blade.
- Casting a Shadow: He uses a Sympathetic Magic like version, where he could attack a person's shadow and have the injuries reflect on the person's actual body.
- The Dragon: To the Elders.
- The Dreaded: Was feared and respected by all Shadowkhan, loyalist and rebel alike, because of his power and experience.
- Monster Progenitor: Was the first male Shadowkhan/Oni, created by the original female, Kagehime, from her shadow.
- Off with His Head!: How Tarakudo killed him.
- One-Man Army: Tarakudo barely managed to defeat him, and only then because Ikazuki interferes.
- Oracular Head: Briefly possessed his severed head in order to threaten Tarakudo one last time.
- Posthumous Character: Was killed long ago in Tarakudo's rebellion, only appearing in the story in flashbacks. His ghost is still hanging around the Shadow Realm, however.
- Undying Loyalty: To his creator Kagehime, so much so that even after her death, he still serves the other female Shadowkhan despite their actions.
The EldersA trio of female Shadowkhan/Oni who used to rule the species until Tarakudo overthrew and killed them.
- Animal Motif: Snakes, like Jade (it appears to be inherent).
- Bullying a Dragon: They see Jade as an upstart mongrel, and try to use her chi to restore themselves. She destroys all three of them for it.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Implied by Tarakudo's reaction to seeing them to be hideous. Confirmed during their confrontation with Jade.
- Glass Cannon: While the magic snake they conjured to attack Tarakudo was impressive, due to their advanced age and decaying power, he was easily able to stop it and kill them.
- Immortality Seeker: They aspired to live forever by using pilfered chi gained with borrowing Shadowkhan to the use of wizards and lords.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In order to preserve their own dwindling chi, they stopped creating new Shadowkhan from themselves and started harvesting human souls to do so, which led to Tarakudo, who killed them. Lampshaded by Kuro.
- Load-Bearing Boss: After their Final Death, the abandoned Shadowkhan city collapses into dust.
- No Immortal Inertia: Upon their deaths, their flesh turned to dust, leaving behind frail bones.
- Not Quite Dead: Their spirits lingered on after their deaths, eventually gathering enough strength to try and steal Jade's chi to restore themselves fully. She rendered them Deader Than Dead in response.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The technique they used to extend their lives with stolen chi is explicitly stated to be an attempt to mimic jiangshi, a Chinese vampire that feeds on chi, one of which appeared in canon.
- Posthumous Character: Were killed the same time as Hiruzen. Their spirits lingered on, until Jade finished them off.
- Predecessor Villains: To Tarakudo and Jade.
Daolon WongAn Evil Sorcerer the Chans had faced on multiple occasions prior, but was ultimately defeated and sent to prison. He attempted to escape by summoning Shadowkhan, but ended up turning Jade evil again.
- The Arch Mage: Was the Darkest Mage, the most powerful dark wizard alive. His death has now left the spot vacant.
- Bus Crash: After he's sent back to jail, he dies in prison of old age.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As Uncle lampshades, Wong knows friendship and teamwork exist, but cannot understand them.
- Evil Is Petty: Rubs it in the Chans' faces that even if he's back in jail, he's ruined their future.
- Humiliation Conga: Gets overpowered by Jade, kept locked in a closet for weeks, gets sent back to jail, tricked into helping the heroes, sent back to jail again, and finally dies. You almost feel kind of sorry for the old bastard by that point.
Monsieur VerdeAn Evil Sorcerer specializing in shadow magic that Jade commissions a project from.
- Affably Evil
- Ascended Extra: Started out planned for only two scenes, but was expanded to a recurring villain.
- Black Eyes of Evil: When possessing the Shadow Man's power.
- Casting a Shadow
- Evil Sorcerer
- Eviler Than Thou: Tries to pull this by having Blankman assassinated. Blankman pulls it on him instead, reducing him to service.
- Expy: Apparently it was unintentional, but he's pretty similar to Dr. Facillier from The Princess and the Frog, which is why the author expanded his role in the tale (apparently he likes the film).
- Living Shadow: Has one after absorbing the Shadow Man's power.
- Voodoo Zombie: Has two methods of creating these — turning them into People Puppets via parasitic tattoos, and sticking their souls into a voodoo doll and taking control of their Empty Shells.
LungWong's former apprentice, who tried to capture Jade in an attempt to gain control over her and her tribe.
- Asshole Victim: No one complained when Right killed him. One reviewer even called it justice.
- Bastard Understudy: To Wong. He tried to usurp his position once but failed, and has waited until his depowerment and death to try again.
- Beard of Evil: Complete with Fu Manchu mustache.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Sees himself as the next Darkest Mage and Jade as a minion, but his only plan fails utterly and he dies, knocking him out of the competition.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Puts Jade through it to try and break her to his will.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Fashion-Victim Villain: Is considered this In-Universe by Tarakudo. And since he's described as looking like "Ming the Merciless' Goth cousin", Tarakudo might have a point.
- Famous Last Words: "Parley! I have much I can offer… Wait! MERCY!"
- Faux Affably Evil: Starts out kind of polite to Jade, if a little condescending, but quickly reveals his true nature.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: If only he had left Jade alone...
- Jerkass: Besides the Cold-Blooded Torture he inflicted on Jade, when he was a child, he hid sticks around the neighborhood to beat up the other children with.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's only prominent in one chapter, but it's one of the darkest in the story, and his Cold-Blooded Torture of Jade is what starts her Sanity Slippage, which in turn is causing the story to start going down a dark path.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Has set up a series of safe houses and supply depots around the world, since when he tried and failed to take over from his sifu, he was forced to flee and lost all his resources, and didn't want it to happen again. He never gets a chance to use them.
- Smug Snake: Is so utterly convinced of his genius that when his plan falls apart, he actually blames Jade for it.
- Squishy Wizard: Is quite a skilled sorcerer, but useless in a physical fight as proven when Right kills him.
- The Starscream: A failed one, he tried to take Wong's position and power by force one, but Wong "played possum" and forced him to flee, with Wong being defeated and dying before Lung could try again.
- Sympathetic Magic: Uses a lock of Jade's hair that he got in a trade with Verde to capture Jade (Left had been aware of the possibility, and had been burning her hair, etc. to try and prevent something like that).
- Undignified Death: Has his foot severed to keep him from escaping, and begs for mercy as he dies.
- Villainous Breakdown: Starts cracking when his plan to break Jade fails, and falls apart completely when Left and Right attack his fortress.
- Villains Want Mercy: Begs Right to spare him. He doesn't.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Wong's first lesson to Lung was "It's not how good of a planner you are, but how good you are when the plan fails", but Lung completely failed with that, since even when it's clear he's killing Jade, he just blunders along.
DragoThe son of Shendu, he spent some time as a student of the Matriarch (Jade's future self) before betraying her and traveling back in time in order alter the future to his favor.
- Arch-Enemy: Seems to have this vibe with Karasu.
- Bastard Understudy: Learned all he could from the Matriarch, and then betrayed her.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Tries to alter history to allow himself to take over, but ends up easily defeated by Karasu's intervention.
- Curse Cut Short: When he is sent back to the future and, after a conversation with the future Jade, finds himself at the mercy of a group of Shadowkhan with metal bats.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As Karasu points out, his own experiences with his father have led him to view family as a burden to only be used when necessary.
- Evil Versus Evil: Is rebelling against Jade's future self and aims to eliminate her present-day self, and briefly fights Blankman.
- Groin Attack: Blankman tries to do it to him, but it fails because he's a dragon and thus a reptile, which don't have external testicles.
- Humiliation Conga: His repeated failures to alter history ultimately end with being sent back to the future, where the Matriarch has him chained up and beaten with baseball bats.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Does this to his father, telling him the Dog Talisman was destroyed, ruining any chances the old gecko had of getting out, then closes the blast door on him.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Travels back in time in order to eliminate all potential threats to his own attempt to rule in the future.
- Misery Builds Character: His dad's excuse for leaving him in the sword of Lo Pei (even chucking it over the Himalayas).
- Playing with Fire: His fire breath, of course, but he also carries a few vials of Hellfire around as well.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Spent a few centuries sealed inside Lo Pei's sword before Verde released him in order to enslave him.
- Terminator Twosome: With Karasu.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Lampshaded by both Karasu and the Matriarch — she freed him from Verde's control and gave him a chance to redeem himself, and he betrayed her.
- Villainous Breakdown: After all his plans fail, he flies into a rage, saying he'll just smash everything in sight and see what affect that has on the timeline. Fortunately, he's sent back to the future before he can.
- "You!" Exclamation: When he runs into Blankman, implying they're enemies in the future.
ShenduThe Demon Sorcerer of Fire, and also a dragon and Drago's father. The first magical enemy the Chan family faced, he is currently trapped in statue form in Section 13.
- Abusive Parents: He threw the sword of Lo Pei, with Drago inside, over the Himalayas because he thought that it would build some character in Drago (Drago got the impression Shendu would have shrugged when he said that if he could).
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Lampshaded by the Enforcers when they break in to steal the Talismans, and they refuse his offer to free him in exchange for great rewards, instead leaving him to rot.
- Demoted to Extra: Has only made appearances in a couple chapters, and a few mentions elsewhere.
- Irony: He was locked up in the same room as the Talismans that could free him — he can see them when the blast shield isn't down, but cannot do anything to get them.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Left his son sealed away centuries ago, now his son left him sealed away!
- Running Gag: People shutting the blast door on his alcove to shut him up.
- Sealed Evil in a Can / Taken for Granite: Is sealed in his statue form inside Section 13.
Anton MortimerAn Otaku billionaire that buys a mask on auction.
- Bad Boss: A contrast to Jade.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: It's clear without Mitsuki running his operations he wouldn't be as wealthy as he is. Not that he seems to know that.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Seems to think he's the ultimate, untouchable mastermind. Jade puts him in his place easily.
- Comically Missing the Point: After Mitsuki succumbs to the influence of the Crab Khan instantly, Uncle states the only reason is because she was secretly evil or had a lot of repressed rage. Mortimer thinks this means she was secretly evil. Jackie knows it's the other.
- Cool Shades: Seems to be trying to invoke this with his visored sunglasses.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: The head of a Pacific shipping company, who has a large collection of stolen Asian artifacts in his possession.
- Fat Bastard
- Filler Villain: Something that Jade is quick to point out.
- Foil: He is one to Jade. He is a Bad Boss with no supernatural abilities or martial arts skills, who thinks that he can use his money and connections to get away with whatever he wants, to contrast Jade's legitimate threat and Benevolent Boss tendencies. They also both have Genre Savvy, and tend to make Leaning on the Fourth Wall type comments, but Anton is a Big Bad Wannabe that's oblivious to his Filler Villain role while Jade is the Villain Protagonist.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Does this a lot.
- Otaku: Oh yes.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money! / Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Believes that both his wealthy status and contacts in the government not only protects him but enables him to threaten the J-Team.
- Smug Snake: Extremely overconfident, but ultimately not a real threat.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Is given one by Jade.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Thinks he's a lot more important to the story than he is.
The Shadow ManThe spirit of an Evil Sorcerer who has long since been sealed away. Verde seeks to unseal him and take his power.
The AspectsThe Aspects are Anthropomorphic Personifications of the various parts of Jade's psyche that exist inside her mind.General Tropes:
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Each aspect represent a different part of Jade's personality and mind.
- Fisher King: When Hero was the dominant Aspect of Jade's mind, the cloud seas were bright and white, and it was always day, but when the Queen took over, darkness started to overtake the mental world, and now Home is the only beacon of light left in a world covered in shadow.
- And as the Queen herself falls further under the sway of Paranoia, Jade's mind is consumed by a thick Fog of War which appears to be further corroding everything.
- Fisher Kingdom: It appears that the state of the "Jade Sea" is dependent on Jade's mental state
- Meaningful Name: Not only are the Aspects aspects of Jade's mind, for many of the Aspects, their name is exactly what trait they represent, with "Mother" and "Father" being exceptions, with a few others.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If an Aspect has red eyes and blue skin, that means they serve the Queen.
HeroThe embodiment of Jade's heroic tendencies and impulsiveness.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Defeats Mother easily (while chained).
- Dynamic Entry: Purposely invoked this by crashing his ship into The Jade, even though he knew that it will break apart if he did!
- Goshdang It To Heck: At one point Hero actually says "Censorship bleep"!
- The Hero: His physical appearance is based on the protagonist of an old adventure movie Jade saw once, and represents her heroic nature.
- Large Ham
- Leeroy Jenkins: He seems to represent Jade's tendency to rush into things.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Father says that Jade's corruption is his fault, since it was Hero who made Jade tattoo the Mark of Tarakudo just to look cool.
- Not So Different: Father claims the Queen and Hero both make foolish decisions without considering the long-term consequences.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Father's blue.
- Sealed Good in a Can: The Queen eventually locks him up in the hold.
The QueenThe embodiment of Jade's Super-Powered Evil Side.
- The Corruption: Is the embodiment of the dark chi corrupting Jade's psyche.
- Dimension Lord: Now has near total control over Jade's mind.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Apparently she is trying to use Paranoia to increase her power; Father basically likens it to playing with fire.
- Not So Different: Father claims the Queen and Hero both make foolish decisions without considering the long-term consequences.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Represents Jade's.
- The Strategist: Jade has become more of a strategist after her takeover, implying she is this.
FatherThe embodiment of Jackie's influence on Jade.
- Arch-Enemy: Hero considers him his.
- Enemy Mine: Subverted. Hero tried to recruit him to help fight the Queen, but he refused.
- Not So Stoic: Shows genuine sorrow when Hero is captured by the Queen.
- Parental Neglect: Seems to partially represent this, as he is never found at the representation of the apartment Jade lived in with her parents in China.
- Parental Substitute: As it turns out, it seems he actually represents Jackie's influence on Jade, as he looks just like him.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a scathing one to Hero, saying that his influence is ultimately just as harmful to Jade
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hero's red, as he represents restraint, repression, and generally being obedient and taking the safe path. Hero claims that if Father had been in charge, Jade would never have accomplished anything.
- Take Up My Sword: Ends up with Hero's hat after Hero is captured.
- You Shall Not Pass: Calmly denies the Queen the chance to conquer Home.
MotherThe embodiment of the influence Jade's parents have had on her, and her views of them.
- Abusive Parent: Represents Jade's views of her parents, and is quite aggressive.
- The Blank: Half example, as she has eyes, but no mouth.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Is easily defeated by Hero (while he was in chains, no less).
Desire/GreedThe embodiment of Jade's desires and wants.
- Cryptic Conversation: Has one with Jade when Lung's Cold-Blooded Torture causes her to briefly snap, where she claims that Jade is deluding herself to her true desires.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Her position among the Queen's forces is never really stated, but she is seen apparently working with Father and Science now, saying that while Father wouldn't be her first choice as ruler, he brings Jade closer to her desire than Hero and the Queen.
- Expy: Jade likens her appearance to a female Harvey Dent (aka Two-Face).
- Greed: The Anthropomorphic Personification of Jade's.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Is a literal version of this, as one half of her body is human, and the other is Shadowkhan.
- Insistent Terminology: Hero called her Greed, but she insists the proper term is Desire.
AmbitionThe embodiment of Jade's ambitions.
- Ambition Is Evil: Has allied with the Queen.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Apparently her armor is somewhat fragile.
- Co-Dragons: Apparently with Fury to the Queen.
- Evil Costume Switch: Hero mentioned that she used to look like Jade wearing Captain Black's outfit. Now she wears a modern-day gold-colored general's hat and classical Chinese armor adorned with jewels.
ScienceThe embodiment of Jade's scientific knowledge.
- Cyborg: Is a steampunkish version.
- Genius Bruiser: Represents Jade's scientific knowledge (which she has a surprising amount of), but was able to hold his own in the battle, mainly with Fury.
- Number Two: Hero's first mate.
PrissinessThe embodiment of Jade's stuck up attitude.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Complains (loudly) to Hero, despite him rescuing her.
- Spoiled Brat
LoveThe embodiment of Jade's sense of romantic love.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Doesn't seem to be evil, but the other Aspects keep her locked up in a barrel marked "pickled yams" (apparently, this reflects the author's view on shipping).
- Take That!: See Sealed Good in a Can.
WhimsyThe embodiment of Jade's sense of fantasy.
FuryThe embodiment of Jade's anger.
- Ax-Crazy: Wears a straightjacket.
- The Brute: Very violent (duh).
- Co-Dragons: Apparently with Ambition to the Queen.
ParanoiaA new Aspect, created by the fusion of Jade's Fear and Doubt, and a symptom of her deteriorating mental state.
- Dragon with an Agenda: If not an outright Starscream, as she's implied to be manipulating the Queen for her own ends.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Father claims this in regards to the Queen using her to try to further her control.
- Fog of War: Is causing one to shroud Jade's Mental World, further degrading her judgement and perceptions.
- Fusion Dance: Is the result of Fear and Doubt being fused together by Kaito's chi.
Jade's former family and friends, out to save her from evil by any means they can.
Jackie ChanJade's uncle, an Adventurer Archaeologist dragged into a series of quests to save the world, now desperately trying to save his niece from herself.
- Apologetic Attacker: Usually apologizes to Jade when attacking her.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has a moderate one after Jade's transformation, but has a much worse one after Viper is transformed into Hebi that almost cripples him during his fight with the masked Hak Foo.
- Parental Substitute: Uncle points out that he's "Jade's father in all but blood", even if neither of them is aware of it.
- This goes even further when it's revealed that "Father", one of the Anthropomorphic Personifications inside Jade's mind, looks exactly like him.
- Save the Villain: Saves Hebi from a Disney Villain Death in the Hall of Ice, much to her shock. Justified, as she's a brainwashed Viper, after all.
- Screw Destiny: Ultimately decides this about Karasu's Ominous Message from the Future, saying that even if what the Shadowkhan says is true, he knows history can be changed.
- Worthy Opponent: How Blankman feels about him.
UncleThe Patriarch of the Chan family, he is a master chi wizard who owns an antique shop in San Francisco.
- Berserk Button: Is thoroughly pissed at Shen for walking out on his responsibility to help Jade.
- Black and White Morality: Early on, he refuses to let Viper join the team because he doesn't want help from a thief. However, he later changes his mind.
- Bring It: To Blankman during their fight outside the Hall of Ice.
- It's All My Fault: Blames himself for Jade's return to darkness by failing to remove the scar on her chi from the last time it happened.
- The Patriarch: Refers to himself as such to the family at one point.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Like in canon, he briefly decides to leave the mask hunt when he thinks he's not needed, but quickly comes back.
TohruA former member of the Dark Hand, Tohru had a Heel–Face Turn during the show, and is now a trusted ally of the Chans and Uncle's apprentice in magic.
- The Atoner: Sees saving Jade from the dark side as another act of redemption for his previous evil ways.
- Beam-O-War: Against Jade in the Hall of Ice. He loses.
- Defiant to the End: When it looks like Jade is going to kill him in the Hall of Ice, he uses what might be his last moments to continue to try and get through to her through the darkness and her madness.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: During several fights wherein the J-Team is on the verge of defeat, he suddenly manifests new chi abilities that help them win.
- Magic Eye: One of the above mentioned abilities, which lets him see the flow of the world's chi.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His attempt to capture Jade in the Vault of Endless Night seems to have been the last straw for her sanity, as she's now convinced that the heroes want to seal or kill her.
- Scars Are Forever: Jade slashes his face during the fight in the Vault of Endless Night. Judging by Karasu and Drago's comments a few chapters earlier, the resulting scars are never going to fade.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gives one to Ikazuki.
- Wizard Duel: Against Jade in the Hall of Ice.
ViperA former cat burglar who changed her ways after meeting Jackie and Jade, she is loyal ally.
- And I Must Scream: Hebi implies that what's left of Viper is fully aware of what her body is doing, but is powerless to stop it.
- Badass in Distress: Gets taken prisoner by the Shadow Hand a few times (which Paco lampshades) culminating in being changed into Hebi.
- Berserk Button: Do not mess with her hair. Ozeki learned this the hard way.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Jade captures her and force feeds her Ikazuki's chi, transforming her into Hebi.
- Close-Call Haircut: Ozeki accidentally rips a chunk of her hair out when his fist just barely misses her head.
- Traumatic Haircut: A while later, Right cuts off most of her hair after defeating her as a trophy and because Jade needs it for something.
- Shortly after that, Chow accidentally shaves off a clump of her remaining hair during the fight in the Vault of Endless Night.
- Finally, Jade has all her hair shaved off when she sets up the ritual to force her Face–Heel Turn. Viper was not pleased when she woke up and realized that.
- Traumatic Haircut: A while later, Right cuts off most of her hair after defeating her as a trophy and because Jade needs it for something.
- Combat Pragmatist: Sneaks attacks whenever she can. Eventually starts using a blade in her fights with Right.
- Crazy-Prepared: Always carries some onions around in case they run into Jade or her minions. It's been commented she's started smelling like them. After she starts using a blade, she cuts onions with it so it will be extra effective on Oni.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She may be a (former) thief, but she refuses to join Jade.
- Face–Heel Turn: Jade manages to capture her and use Ikazuki's essence to transform her into the new Samurai Khan General, Hebi.
- Fragile Speedster: As pointed out by Right, she's fast, but can't really take any hits.
- Groin Attack: Uses brass knuckles to give this to Ozeki (when he's possessing Captain Black).
- Sixth Ranger: Joins the team part way through the story, taking Jade's place as the rule breaker thinking outside the box.
- Transhuman Treachery: Her Face–Heel Turn is caused by her transformation into a Shadowkhan.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is not happy to see the Big Creepy-Crawlies in the Vault of Endless Night.
El ToroA Mexican masked wrestler who once abused the powers of the Ox talisman, El Toro is now one of Jackie's strongest and most loyal allies.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Pulls this on Right at one point.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt children in his presence. Or tell him wrestling is fake.
- Shen Chan's refusal to stay and help Jade also really gets him riled up.
- Honor Before Reason: Is so determined to restore his luchadore honor by winning the championship without magical aid that he doesn't aid in going after Jade. Paco calls him out on this which convinces him to change his mind.
- Papa Wolf: To Paco.
- Sixth Ranger: Joins the rest of the team about halfway through the story.
PacoEl Toro's biggest fan and personal apprentice.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Calls El Toro of all beings out on his Honor Before Reason mentality.
- Heroic Lineage: Nameless suggests that he's descended from Nameless' former champions.
- It's All My Fault: Blames himself for the Shadow Hand getting Kuro's mask, since he took it from the protection of Uncle's shop.
- Sixth Ranger: Joins the team the same time as El Toro.
- Tagalong Kid: Jade mocks him for still being this.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Surprisingly gives one to Hak Foo, stating that he's not a Noble Demon but a fraud who will never be the true warrior that El Toro is."You are a fraud! You call yourself a true warrior, yet you take pride in serving wicked men! You have no true loyalty, serving any master that can rent you! And you have no respect for true strength, eager to take the quick and easy path with dark magics! You have no place among the mighty! El Toro Fuerte lies struck down by a cowardly attack by your leeches, and yet he is worthy many times over. Because he had the strength to give up the false strength of magic, even after being its slave for so long. You, who would so eagerly put on the chains he broke free of, you must climb so high otherwise you would have to look up at even beggars like the miserable bug you are!"
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: His reaction to the giant paper airplane Blankman uses to escape the Vault of Endless Night."You can't be serious?"
Captain BlackThe head of Section 13 and an old friend of Jackie's.
- The Captain
- Crazy-Prepared: Has set up a Plan B to deal with Jade in case Jackie fails.
- Demonic Possession: A spell from Jade allows Ozeki to overpower his mind and take direct control of his body.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
WiskerCaptain Black's chief field agent.
- Black and White Morality: Doesn't care who Jade used to be; to him, she's just another criminal who needs to be stopped.
- He also nearly sabotages a Hostage for MacGuffin exchange (Ozeki's mask for Viper) by replacing the mask with a fake, because he doesn't see a thief like Viper as worth the risk.
- Combat Pragmatist: Actually tries to shoot Jade and Hak Foo on two different occasions. It doesn't work, but he deserves points for trying.
- Number Two: Isn't Captain Black's actual second in command, but appears to be his top agent and go to guy.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes Hak Foo has just dodged the bullet, and is about to break his arm.
- Punny Name: His name is Wisker, but everyone hears "Whisker" and notes his large sideburns.
- Running Gag: He keeps saying they should make knocking the bad guys out standard procedure.
- Straight Man: To the other heroes.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: He shoots Jade non-fatally multiple times to delay her, then tries to shoot Hak Foo (but he dodges).
DrewA bully from Jade's school.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: With all the grief he gave Jade and other characters, both here and in canon (in the Halloween chapter, he was going around insulting people, even insulting one girl so much she found herself trying not to cry, not to mention that he enjoys Halloween mainly because it allows him to do this), it's really hard to feel sorry for him.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't care about the feelings he hurts with his insults, and even blames them, that it's their fault for making it so easy, and being thin-skinned.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He taunted Jade about her stories, and is a Jerkass to her and others, now she's tormenting him and making sure no one believes him.
The Three SagesThree monks descended from the order that sealed the Oni away in the masks.
- Badass Grandpa: Range from middle-aged to old, but are among the toughest people in the story. Viper actually refers to Brother Light as such at one point.
- Badass Normals: Show no sign of any magic, but still win without contest.
- Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate: Dark and Gray have one about whether a door's presence means it should be closed.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Grey definitely comes across as this.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Wipe the floor with the J-Team and the Shadow Hand at the same time.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Brother Dark isn't evil, he just helps balance things among the three of them.
- Fighting with Chucks: Brother Dark fights with these.
- MacGuffin Guardian: Guard one of the three Teachings of Eternal Shadow tablets.
- Really 700 Years Old: An offhand comment reveals that Brother Light is at least three hundred years old. Word of God is that this isn't magic; he's just that good at taking care of himself.
The Shadowbinding SageThe monk who created the Oni masks, which were then used by his disciples to seal them away.
- The Atoner: Was once a brutal enforcer of a warlord, but was forgiven and dedicated himself to making amends.
- Curiosity Causes Conversion: After his downfall, the very three persons who played a role in his downfall came and helped him when no-one else would. His resulting amazement and curiosity set him on his path to redemption.
- Heel–Face Turn: See The Atoner.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Used his own life force to finish the masks.
- Humiliation Conga: He was undefeated until a good man laid him low. When he raided a temple to kill the good man in his time of sickness, the priest defeated him and left him in the mud. He then tried to burn the temple during nighttime, but a woman outwitted him and set fire to his horse in front of his men. It was shortly after this that he was condemned for his crimes and abandoned by everyone until his defeaters helped him.
- Not So Different: He's similar to Tohru, a mountain of a man and a former criminal who changed his ways and learned magic. In fact, it's hinted that there's some kind of connection between them.
- It should also be noted that the Sage was helped on his feet by the three persons who played a role in his downfall. Those three persons were similar to Jackie (a good man), Jade (a Guile Heroine) and Uncle (a priest).
- Ungrateful Bastard: When the good man who defeated him yet spared him got sick, he tried to kill him to the point of invading a temple.
KagehimeThe first female Shadowkhan and mother of the species.
- Big Eater
- Creating Life Is Unforeseen: Her creating Hiruzen from her shadow was an accident (she had never seen a shadow before, and she thought it was a an actual being, and male, which is why he became so).
- Half-Human Hybrid: Was the daughter of Izanami (a human-like goddess) and the lord of the underworld.
- The Lost Lenore: The way Hiruzen speaks of her implies that she was this to him.
- Monster Progenitor: As mentioned above, she is the first Shadowkhan.
- Parental Neglect: Her mother is corrupted by the underworld after her birth, so Kagehime grew up without parental affection.
- Posthumous Character: Is long dead even by the time of the flashbacks to Tarakudo's rebellion.
KarasuA sentient Shadowkhan from the future, sent back by the Matriarch to prevent Drago from altering history.
- Animal Motif: Is said to have bird-like features.
- Arch-Enemy: To Drago, it seems.
- Battle Butler: Apparently holds the same position to the Matriarch's daughter that Left and Right hold in the present.
- Legacy Character: He is apparently named after a important figure from Shadowkhan history.
- Noodle Incident: Is surprised when the Matriarch's transport spell actually sends him back in time successfully to where he wanted to go, mentioning "the bull" as the most memorable of numerous occasions where it did NOT.
- Scars Are Forever: Has small scars on his face.
- The Slow Path: How it seems he's destined to return to the future, since he used up all his return potion on Drago.
- Terminator Twosome: With Drago.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Drago.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Matriarch and her daughter.
- Whip It Good: His weapon of choice.
The MatriarchA future version of Jade from the timeline Drago and Karasu come from, she had Drago as a student for a time, but the Ungrateful Bastard betrayed her and tried to alter history for his favor, so she sent Karasu after him. Not much else is known about her, save the fact that she's still in control of at least the Shinobi tribe, and has a daughter.
- Animal Motif: Like present-day Jade, snakes. She even has a snake as a Familiar.
- Bad Future: Possibly. She's still a Shadowkhan at any rate, and we only see a small part of the future, but her existence does not bode well for the efforts of the heroes.
- Familiar: Seems to have one in the form of a snake named Mohinder.
- Future Me Scares Me: Well, the thought of her scares Jackie and the others.
- Humanoid Abomination: Appears to have permanently taken the form of a naga.
- Mama Bear: You do not threaten her daughter (or likely anyone else she cares about). The fact that her daughter's Battle Butler was strong enough that she felt he was the best choice to send after Drago speaks volumes about this.
- She also has Drago brutally beaten by Shadowkhan with metal bats and imprisoned after he's sent back for threatening her family's existence, then put in one of the "good" cells (and she considers that merciful).
- Prehensile Hair
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Drago about his plan to change the past for his favor, calling it "cliche".
The CubanA crime boss from Mexico city
- Cool Guns: Collects custom guns, and was able to spot the mystic enhancements on Blankman's weapon.
- The Don: One of several, but he appears to have seniority.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Works hard to keep the evils sealed in the Vault of Endless Night from being accidentally released.
- Man in White
- Pragmatic Villainy: Refuses to get into a turf war with the Shadow Hand, as he figures it's too dangerous to fight them, and that it's a win-win situation whether they succeed or fail anyway.
RamirezA former police officer from Mexico City.
- Black and White Morality: Though not as strictly as Wisker.
- Drives Like Crazy
- Guest-Star Party Member: Helps the J-Team out when they're in Mexico City, then disappears from the story.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: After getting out of the Vault of Endless Night.
- Not So Different: Is said to be Mexico City's equivalent of Jackie (though it could be argued he's got some Wisker as well).
- Sword and Gun: Wields both a dagger and gun during the fight in the Vault of Endless Night.
NamelessA magical winged serpent that guards a great evil below Mexico City.
- Ancient Keeper: Has guarded the Vault of Endless Night since at least the time of the Aztecs.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His fangs are each the size of Left and Right.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: His eyes are always aglow.
- Good Hurts Evil: His sunfire breath, which seals evil.
- Kill It with Fire: Has a beam of light called sunfire he can shoot from his mouth that seals evil.
- Light Is Good: In fact, his full title is Nameless Son of the Sun.
- MacGuffin Guardian: Was tasked with protecting the second tablet of the Teachings of Eternal Shadow, on top of his other duties.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Shrugs off everything the Shadow Hand throw at him. It takes Jade and Blankman combining their attacks to even slow him down long enough for them to escape.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When he realizes that the J-Team aren't evil, he works with them to try and stop the Shadow Hand from stealing the tablet.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Subverted, he's a good guy, despite being a giant winged serpent.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Guards over a massive can.
Shen ChanJade's father.
- Dirty Coward: He's too scared to do anything to help the good guys, and leaves the city after he learns the truth about Jade despite all of the good guys trying to convince him otherwise. Heck it even appears that along with Jade, even Uncle disowns Shen after seeing how much of a coward he is.
- Parental Neglect: Mostly because he was convinced he wasn't fit to be a parent, and so left Jade's raising in her mother's hands. He admits he later realized this was a mistake.
Mitsuki/MeganAnton Mortimer's personal assistant.
- The Dog Bites Back: When the Crab Khan mask ends up on her, she quickly succumbs to its influence and tries to kill her boss.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: It's clear that she's the brains of Mortimer's operation.
- Read the Fine Print: She would love nothing more than to quit working for that idiot, but didn't read the fine print in her contract to see that there is a severe penalty for doing so.
Courageous ConradAn Alaskan trade post shopkeeper.
- Brick Joke: Disappears after his first chapter, but apparently keeps calling Uncle to demand restitution for Jade robbing him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Comes across as this.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Is able to go toe-to-toe with Left, one of the best fighters in-verse, and actually gets the upper hand on him."Never mess with a small business owner!"
- Dual Wielding: His "genuine anti-evil hunting knives".
- Guest-Star Party Member: Briefly violates his neutrality and helps the J-Team in their fight for the third tablet after the Shadow Hand robs him.
- No Sell: Doesn't seem to feel Uncle's two-finger slap.
- Third-Person Person: Not all the time, but a lot of it.
- True Neutral: He states he's such in-universe, giving a whole speech on how he never picks sides on anything, as it's bad for business, and that's why he helps both the Shadow Hand and the J-Team.
- Neutral No Longer: Until he realizes that Hebi robbed him when he wasn't looking. After that, he outright sides with the heroes.
Miss KimberA psychic who the J-Team meets on their quest for the masks, and later during the fight with Verde.
- Ascended Extra: In canon, she shows up in one episode, and then never again. Here, she returns and plays an important part in tying up one of the story's B plots.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Has her one scene during the mask quest, then comes back later to help finish off the Verde storyline.
- Fortune Teller: Makes her living as one, through use of her genuine foresight abilities.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempts one to stop Verde and the Shadow Man, but the J-Team manages to stop them without her needing to.
- MacGuffin Guardian: Protects the container where the Shadow Man is sealed away.
- Screw Destiny: While she can see the future, she knows that it's not written in stone, and that decisions people make matter. As such, she always works to create the best possible outcome. The J-Team's choice to prevent her Heroic Sacrifice pushes off her foretold death by several years.
- Voodoo Zombie: Is turned into one by Verde, who sticks her soul in a doll and enthralling her Empty Shell.