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->''"I never wanted to be the next Creator/BruceLee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan."''

Jackie Chan (成龙 ''Cheng Long''), born Chan Kong-Sang (陈港生) on April 7, 1954, is, quite simply, Made of Awesome. He has hit the big time since being "discovered" by Hollywood in the mid-90s and films such as ''Film/RushHour'', ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'', ''Film/TheTuxedo'' and ''The Medallion'' have made him an American household name.

Chan is best known as a stunt performer and fight choreographer, and really that's the entire point of going to see any of his movies - watching dumbfounded as he does all sorts of insane tricks and stunts in jaw-dropping fight scenes. He reportedly says that he loves action, but hates violence. Rather than being bone-crunching kung fu instead he is heavily inspired by the physical comedy of Creator/BusterKeaton and Creator/CharlieChaplin (being that those were silent films, he was able to watch them without having to worry about the language barrier). Most of his films are just backdrops to amazing stunts, creative fight scenes and little wire work.

Traditionally, Chan [[DoingItForTheArt does all his own stunts]] and in his days of producing low-budget Hong Kong chop-socky that was the only way it was ever done. So, if you see Jackie Chan's character fall through three awnings onto the street below? Really him. You see Chan's character roll artfully over a [[RuleOfCool running circular saw]] was really him.[[note]]Though the outtakes show that the saw wasn't running when he rolled over it.[[/note]] But worry not -- [[Film/RushHour Jackie always OK]].

And in case you don't believe it, there's usually a montage of outtakes over the end credits showing things going wrong while filming (go to Website/YouTube and search for Jackie Chan outtakes... and prepare to be amazed!). Often involving ambulances. It's a good thing he's been so successful, because he's gone on record in many interviews as saying that ''no insurance company in the world'' will give him coverage. As he's grown older, despite being one hell of a badass at the [[OlderThanTheyLook age of 60]], he understandably [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,410040,00.html has stopped doing 100%]] of his stunts, partly because he has been told that if he falls on his head ''one more time'' it will KILL HIM, also in part because in the Hollywood system, insurance for the stars is a must and, as aforementioned, he has a little trouble with that.

Chan has developed a distinctive fighting style, quite comedic and usually making extensive use of props, even those at first sight [[ImprobableWeaponUser most unsuited to fighting]], such as a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcvXqLrgf0k stepladder.]] (Seriously, if you've somehow never seen his work before, you can spend many happy and amazed hours on Website/YouTube watching fight scenes.)

Needless to say, he's been injured fairly frequently. His closest brush with death came from a comparatively "safe" stunt in ''Armour of God'' when he fell from a tree, fracturing his skull and permanently rupturing one of his eardrums. This being a man who has run along the edges of skyscrapers and crashed through electrical wires, it was a reminder that he can't be casual about anything he does. Among his injuries he has dislocated his pelvis, broken his fingers, toes, nose, both cheekbones, hips, sternum, neck, ankle and ribs on numerous occasions.

[[HeAlsoDid A lesser-known aspect of his career]] (at least in America) is that he is also a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgBcQA9A3zA professional singer]], having recorded many albums and often performing the {{Theme Song}}s for his movies (ex. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29nd5P_KqKg Who Am I?]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6IYt2qMj1A I'll Make a Man Out of You]] in Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''). This is a little less surprising when you know that he originally trained for UsefulNotes/PekingOpera, which features acrobatic fight scenes. He also has his own AnimatedAdaptation, ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures.''

In the last decade, Chan has been the subject of much controversy in Asia. His political stance that Taiwan should reunite with China earns him few friends outside [[RedChina the People's Republic]], but he cannot be accused of not putting his money where his mouth is, because this devastates his box-office profits in Taiwan. He has also been accused of selling out his hometown of UsefulNotes/HongKong with his staunch pro-Beijing stance, reducing democratic freedom in Hong Kong.

In some parts of the global Asian community, he is also accused of being [[TheQuisling a sellout to his own culture, pandering to the Western market]] by repeatedly portraying caricatures of the Chinese man. Reportedly advising that the protagonist role in ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'', originally intended to be a Chinese-American boy rediscovering his roots, be recast as a kung-fu obsessed [[MightyWhitey white boy]] is sometimes advanced as evidence for this view. Further rubbing salt in wounds is his compliance to Sony's decision to force the ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'' remake to bear its original title, rather than the proposed ''The Kung Fu Kid'', in spite of the fact that the film is set in China and is ''about'' the Chinese martial art of Wushu (aka kung fu). The people who accuse Chan of this are probably right, in that [[BrutalHonesty Chan has admitted he does this]]. He claims he [[MoneyDearBoy does it for the money]], so that he can finance the films he actually ''likes'' to make, as well as fund his considerable charity work.

It seems possible, however, that the strains of old age may have finally caught up with him, as is painfully evident from ''Rush Hour 3'' onwards wherein he is no longer able to perform stunts without the aid of computers that were second-nature to him only 5 years ago. As he has become more and more overshadowed by his younger and more athletic co-stars, as well as trapped by the formula of wholesomeness that the fans have come to expect from him, Chan finally announced that ''Chinese Zodiac'', the third installment in the ''Armor of God'' series, will be '''the last''' "big action movie" of his career, a dignified slam-bang of a finale. All future roles will focus less on his dangerous stunt work and more on dramatic roles and smaller action set pieces.

When his series/movies is dubbed in Japan, his voice is usually dubbed by Creator/HiroyaIshimaru. In UsefulNotes/LatinAmerica, he's dubbed by Juan Alfonso Carralero, who also dubs-over for Creator/WillSmith and David Hasselhoff, and in Spain, his voice is usually dubbed by Ricky Coello.

Finally, in late 2016 - Jackie Chan received his first ever Academy Award, an honorary Oscar for the decades of his contributions to the art of film.

Anyway, here's a list of some of his most famous and/or best movies. Note that many fans consider his pre-Hollywood movies to be better.

!!Movies that Jackie has starred in include:

* ''Film/FistOfFury'' (精武门, ''Jing Wu Men'') and ''Film/EnterTheDragon'': Yes, Creator/BruceLee's last movie was also one of Jackie's first... as one of the [[{{Mook}} goons]] in the cave. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hu6NoRR7pg (Bruce snaps his neck.)]] Even earlier, in ''Fist of Fury'', Jackie was a stuntman, most notably standing in for the BigBad [[DisneyVillainDeath when he falls to his death]]. He recalled that Bruce Lee was a harsh taskmaster but very appreciative of hard work and could be quite apologetic if he accidentally hurt someone, including Chan.[[note]]Chan admits that he hadn't been hurt seriously, but played it up because it meant Bruce paid more attention to him.[[/note]] After said incident, rumors state he was promised to be in all of Bruce Lee's movies. Jackie Chan speaks about it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8CtOqJy6xM here.]]
** ''New Fist of Fury'': After Bruce's death, Jackie starred here as the successor of Bruce, in what would be called a [[BruceLeeClone Brucesploitation]]. Unfortunately, this movie ''bombed'' big time, and could've been a StarDerailingRole for Jackie. Fortunately for Jackie, future movies after this start developing his character in his much more well known slapstick badass style rather than imitating Bruce, growing out from his shadow, and it was good for his career from that point on.
* ''Film/SnakeInTheEaglesShadow''. Jackie Chan's breakout film and Yuen Woo-Ping's directorial debut, this movie helped revitalize both their careers and the waning Hong Kong film industry.
* ''Film/DrunkenMaster''. One of his first breakout hits in Asia. This is also, arguably, the film that helped popularize Shaolin Drunken Boxing and put it on the map outside China.
* ''The Big Brawl'': Features Creator/{{Mako}} as a stern instructor, with a cheeky Chan is at his mercy in one scene.
* ''Film/DragonLord'': not one of Jackie's more renown films, but nonetheless important. It stands as what is arguably the transition from Jackie's straight up Kung-Fu period pieces (like Drunken Master) and the modern stunt oriented films he would gain much of his worldwide fame from. If you spot any stunt reel of his you find online featuring Jackie falling off a massive pile of men over a tower of buns, this is the film that set piece is from.
** Also worth mentioning is that this is the first of his films that would have outtakes during the end credits after being inspired by ''Film/CannonBallRun'' as described above.
* ''Film/ShinjukuIncident'' is his attempt to branch out into serious (and [[DarkerAndEdgier gritty!]]) drama.
* ''Film/PoliceStory'' features some jaw-dropping amazing stunts (with no CGI!) and is sometimes called 'Glass Story', due to the ridiculous number of sugar glass panels that break in the final 20 minutes or so of the movie. It's also important to mention that it has ''three'' sequels and a spinoff, and two InNameOnly reboots. Also, Chan considers it his best action film. The sequels to this film are:
*** ''Police Story 2'' (警察故事续集, ''Jing Cha Gu Shi Xu Ji''; notable not just for the destruction of an actual building for the finale, but the outtakes showing ''something like forty cameras all lined up'' to ensure there was at least one good take.)
*** ''Police Story 3: Super Cop'' (released in America as ''{{Film/SuperCop}}'')
*** ''Police Story 4: First Strike'' (released in America as ''Jackie Chan's First Strike'') - The stepladder fight? This is the movie it's from.
*** ''Once a Cop'' (the spin off starring Creator/MichelleYeoh's character from ''Super Cop''; also known as ''SuperCop2''. Only featured a cameo appearance by Jackie)
** The franchise received a GrittyReboot in 2004 with ''Film/NewPoliceStory'' and a second film, ''Police Story 2013'' was produced in the same vein, only with Jackie's character as a wholly Chinese policeman.
* ''Project A'': His first film to feature a show-stopping, gratuitously dangerous stunt; in this case, Jackie falling from a clock tower and smashing through two awnings that slow him enough to make the fall survivable. Jackie being the kind of man he is, wasn't satisfied with the first take, so he did it ''two more times''!
** This is also of the few of his films to feature his two "brothers," Sammo Hung (who also directed the action) and Yuen Biao as co-stars - notably, they could not make it for the sequel.
*** ''Film/ProjectA2'', the sequel, showed Jackie chewing up hot peppers and spitting them onto his fists to fight someone. Actual hot peppers. [[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/4/2/4/141424_v1.jpg Which may or may not have been a smart idea.]] Rumor has it that the sequel was made at the behest of The Emperor of Japan, who even asked Jackie himself.
* ''[[Film/ArmorOfGod Armour of God 1]]'', and its sequel ''Armour of God 2: Operation Condor'', later released in the US in reverse order as ''Operation Condor'' and ''Operation Condor 2: The Armor of the Gods''.
** ''Armour of God 1'' is notable for being the closest Jackie Chan has come to death, suffering a critical head injury after a stunt misfire. The irony is that the stunt wasn't one of his usual showstoppers; even the "little" stunts can kill you. The ending credit outtakes go into great detail on this. Ever since, he has worn his hair long to cover the plastic plug in his skull.
** On an unrelated note, [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Jackie+Chan+Armor+of+God+Flight+of+the+Dragon+High+Upon+High end credits]] of ''Armour of God 1'' feature a good example of Jackie Chan singing.
** 2012's ''Chinese Zodiac'' is a sort-of sequel to ''Armour of God'', though the treasure hunter character Chan portrays is now renamed "JC".
* ''Film/CityHunter'': Based on the HojoTsukasa manga, and most famous for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4Psls1ngwM funny and enterprisingly well done]] StreetFighter 2 parody, which is usually considered to be [[BetterThanCanon better than the movie]]! [[OldShame Jackie personally dislikes it, though]]. During production of the movie, Jackie Chan and director Creator/WongJing took such a dislike to each other that Wong Jing's next movie, ''Film/HighRisk'', featured a vicious TakeThat satire of Chan. The satire was so nasty and over-the-top that the movie's star Creator/JetLi afterward issued a public apology to Chan for having taken part in it, and it is thought that residual bad blood over the incident is what kept Chan and Li from starring together until ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'', when both were well into their middle age.
* ''[[Film/DrunkenMaster Drunken Master II]]'': Selected as one of ''Time'' magazine's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_magazine%27s_%22All-TIME%22_100_best_movies All-TIME 100 Best Movies,]] the end of this film features a ''nearly 20-minute'' fight sequence that Creator/RogerEbert [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-legend-of-drunken-master-2000 described]] as "one of the most remarkably sustained examples of martial arts choreography ever filmed", also stating "it may not be possible to film a better fight scene".
** That sequence also has a scene where Jackie falls onto a bed of hot coals. ''Actual'' hot coals. A scene ''he re-shot three times'' to get right. He still bears scars on his arm from the failed takes.
* ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx'': His breakout movie in the U.S.; prior to this movie, he had been offered a roles in Hollywood (such as the villain in ''Film/DemolitionMan''), but declined to avoid being typecast as either a villain or a bumbling Asian man. He wanted to succeed in Hollywood as Jackie Chan and not as a BruceLeeClone.
* ''Mr. Nice Guy'': The saw blade scene? Yep, this is the movie.
* ''Film/RushHour'': Probably his most famous and successful movie in the world, it cemented him as a ''bona fide'' Hollywood action star.
* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'': Not as famous as ''Rush Hour'', but some consider it superior, as the fight scenes are way better. ''Shanghai Knights'' features one of the most inspired "Singing In The Rain" tributes in cinema history.
* ''Film/TheTuxedo'': A Bond parody that didn't fare so well with critics.
* ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'': This kung-fu remake of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' was part of Jackie's attempt to do more 'serious' movies and roles, and also notable for being his only collaboration to date with Creator/JetLi. ([[JustHereForGodzilla Just that promise got asses in seats]], we assure you.)
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': Surprisingly, given his well-known difficulties in speaking English, he's the voice of master Monkey! [[WTHCastingAgency He has roughly two lines in the first one but more in the second and third films.]]
* ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'': Jackie Chan as Mr. Miyagi? Well-received.
** ActorAllusion: There is a poster in his room of the Mitsubishi he drove in ''Cannonball Run 2''.
* ''Film/TheSpyNextDoor'': But this film... wasn't to say the least.
* ''Film/TheAccidentalSpy'': Not to be confused with the above, this is one of the better Hong Kong films from the latter part of Jackie's career, when he'd started getting too old to do the same sort of extreme stunts he had in his youth. Noteworthy for filming in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar (which would later be a setting for ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' as well), a chase/fight scene that features a completely nude Jackie and some clever camera blocking, and a final set piece involving a ''Film/{{Speed}}''-style runaway truck chase rather than a fight scene.
* The Beast in the Chinese dub of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* ''Film/TheCannonballRun'': Easy to miss as this movie was before he broke out as a international star. He and another Asian actor were brought over to be the tech-savvy [[InterchangeableAsianCultures Japanese]] racers who cannot speak a word of English.
** This is the movie that he credits with his decision to add outtakes at the end of all of his movies.
* ''Film/WheelsOnMeals'', which has what many consider to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVsigkUmvy8 one of the greatest fight scenes put on film]]; a duel between Jackie and Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. This is the first of two films in which he would guest star, with the other being Dragons Forever, described further below.
** The weird title is due to a superstitious executive, as the studio had recently suffered two expensive flops that both began with the letter M.
* ''Film/TheMyth'': Part historical epic, part contemporary action movie, featuring an impressively international cast.
* ''Film/TheTwinsEffect'': He has a supporting role as a paramedic in this Hong Kong vampire movie (the protagonists gate-crash his wedding).
* ''Half A Loaf Of Kung Fu'': One of his early films, and the first to show his trademark comedic take on martial arts.
* ''Who Am I?'': The climax features Jackie fighting two guys on a skyscraper rooftop in [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands Rotterdam]], with all three actors spending a hair-raising amount of time close to the edge as they leap around fighting. Parts of said fight are textbook examples of why designer suits and earrings large enough to grab are a bad idea for combat.
** Oh, it gets more thrilling: Jackie later ''slides down a sloped part of the building''. With no safety harness.
* ''Miracles'', also known as ''Ji Ji'' or ''The Canton Godfather'': One of Jackie Chan's lesser known movies, it's best described as [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Frank Capra meets Kung Fu]]. Ever seen a man stop a running fan with one hand? Ever seen one man fight 20 people in a rope factory? You will in this movie. Unsurprisingly, the outtakes are ''painful''.
** Notable for also being one of Jackie's most elaborate and technically impressive films, featuring a multitude of impressive [[EpicTrackingShot epic tracking shots]] and a general scope larger than nearly all of his prior films; the effort was a direct response to many of his critics at the time describing Jackie as unable to direct anything other than action. This film would go on to be one of Jackie's personal favorites of his career.
* ''Film/{{Gorgeous}}'': Another atypical Jackie Chan film, as close to a rom-com as Jackie Chan ever made—although by this point he was starting to look pretty old, and the female lead was young enough to be his daughter. And like the jaw dropping fight against Benny the Jet in ''Wheels on Meals'', Jackie does another, if not even '''better''' fight against Australian boxer Brad Allen. What makes this fight special is that even if Jackie's age would've caught onto him back then, he ''STILL'' manages to put up a kickass fight against Allen.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', in the Mandarin AND Cantonese dubs. He does ([[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and sings!]]) Shang's voice.
* ''1911'', Chan's 100th film which was coincidentally released 100 years after the event it commemorates. It concerns China's 1911 Revolution, which [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors ended the rule of emperors]]. Unlike most of Chan's films, it contains little martial arts or comedy.
* ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays2004'': Good stunts but horribly misplaced in the film. Should be noted this was one of the few live-action films he acted for Creator/{{Disney}}. [[note]] This was one of several bombs for both Chan and Disney, and this film was also part of a year's slate that helped get CEO Michael Eisner evicted from the firm [[/note]]
* ''Film/TwinDragons.'' Jackie plays twins, SeparatedAtBirth. This one concludes with the famous fight sequence in and around cars that are being ''actively crash tested.''
* ''Little Big Soldier.'' Jackie portrays an old soldier who appears cowardly and unwilling to fight, who manages to capture an enemy General. It's half comedy and half drama as he attempts to bring the General back to his country so that he can finally go back to a normal life as a farmer and raise a family.
* ''Film/DragonsForever'', the last time Jackie would co-star in a film with the other two of his ''Three Brothers'' friends from the China Drama Academy, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung. It also stars another one of Chan's old academy friends, Yuen Wah, as the main villain and was the last film to feature Chan fighting Benny Urquidez. An amazing film, that nonetheless actually saw Chan playing against type, because instead of playing the happy-go-lucky every man he plays in his other films, he plays a slick, hotshot, skirt chasing lawyer. Both Sammo and Biao also played against type in this film. The film noticeably had a darker story than most martial arts films, featuring a tale of drugs and criminals that notably saw Hung's character injected with narcotics against his will.
* ''Film/DragonBlade'': Jackie leads a Chinese army that fights alongside a Roman legion to protect UsefulNotes/TheSilkRoad.
* ''Skiptrace'': Jackie tracks down a notorious crime boss to get revenge for his fallen partner and is forced to recruit an American conman in deep trouble with the Russian mafia to his cause to this end. Notable in that the conman is played by [[Series/{{Jackass}} Johnny Knoxville]].
* ''Film/TheForeigner2017'', a Creator/MartinCampbell directed project with Creator/PierceBrosnan based on the novel ''The Chinaman''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGONinjagoMovie'': Jackie plays the sensei Master Wu, and narrator Mr. Liu, in Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s third theatrical movie. He also helped choreograph the fight scenes, which his martial arts team acted out as reference for the animators.
** Prior to this movie's premiere, Jackie voiced Wu in ''The Master'', a short that played before ''WesternAnimation/{{Storks}}''.[[note]]LEGO fans who missed ''Storks'' can watch ''The Master'' on the home video releases of ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie''.[[/note]]

!!Video games starring Jackie Chan include

* ''VideoGame/JackieChansActionKungFu''. Also known as ''Jackie Chan''. - {{UsefulNotes/NES}} and UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16
* ''Jackie Chan: Stuntmaster'' - UsefulNotes/PlayStation
* ''[[VideoGame/JackieChanTheKungFuMaster Jackie Chan: The Kung-Fu Master]]'' - Arcade

!!Tropes applicable to him:

* AcquaintedWithEmergencyServices: No insurance agency on the planet will cover him, who had, for the longest time, insisted on performing all of his own acrobatic stunts in his movies.
* ActionGirl: Most of the women in his movies tend to not be typical DistressedDamsel characters. Even if not as crazy as he is, they tend to throw a hard punch or save his butt when necessary. Although Jackie admitted to being intimidated by Creator/MichelleYeoh, worried that she might outshine him in the martial arts and stunts.
** Averted in ''Operation Condor,'' where the women are so dumb and helpless you think you've stumbled into a 1940s film.
** Averted during a big chase scene in ''Project A'', where he ends up doubling back a couple of times during the chase, because the girl with him at the time becomes TheLoad. This forces him into a bit of trickery to protect her, knowing there was no way she could keep up with him.
** Not only averted in ''Film/SuperCop'' but the girlfriend also accidentally blew his cover. He was {{mistaken for cheating}} by his girlfriend, but she eventually realized that he's in an undercover mission. Unfortunately, when she shared this with her friend, she's [[NiceJobBreakingItHero overheard]] by TheDragon.
* ApologeticAttacker: He tends to play characters who would like to avoid violence as much as possible.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: As mentioned under "JapaneseRanguage" below, Chan goes through this, as English is not his first language (and he's also multi-lingual, besides English and his native Cantonese). It sometimes pops up during the HilariousOuttakes of his films or in interviews.
* BookDumb: Describes himself as this in his autobiography, because he didn't apply himself in grade school and spent a good portion of his youth in the Chinese Opera school. He laments that it means he's not as good with technology like computers that could have really helped his career.
* BruceLeeClone: Started out as this in his early roles. Hilariously enough, he points out that in his old movie posters, the words "The Next Bruce Lee" are written above his name in much bigger fonts.
* ButtMonkey: Jackie's not afraid to get hurt in amusing ways on the silver screen for the sake of comedy.
* CatchPhrase: Less him and more his characters; more often than not his characters in his action films will always say "I don't want trouble." This in turn is usually followed by a fight scene when his adversaries decide to ''make'' trouble for him. It's reversed in Film/RushHour where he gives the line ''after'' delivering a beatdown he was forced to give in self-defense.
* CelebrityToons: ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. Jackie himself only worked on it as a producer, but the show itself is considered to be quite strong on its own merits.
* DentedIron: His status as a major Determinator (see below) and all the amazing stunts coupled with the injuries that come with them, have been slowly taking a toll on his body. Although he still does his own stunts, he scaled down on some of the more spectacular displays and does whatever he attempts with much more security and safety than before. Still an amazing badass, but it takes a lot more effort to accomplish the things he would do casually when he was younger and he doesn't recover as quickly.
* {{Determinator}}: He's broken pretty much every bone in his body and ''has a hole in his head'', but keeps going like it's nobody's business.
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* DoesNotLikeGuns: Despite using guns in many of his American-film roles (and the fact that his characters don't have a problem with it), Jackie mentioned in a special called "My Stunts" that he thinks guns are terrible and that holding a gun does not make a person a hero.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: {{Justified|Trope}}, as there were only so many Chinese Opera schools; several of his classmates are famous in their own right, like Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.
* ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask: In many of his films, he's often seen doing other tasks in addition to whatever fights he's caught up in at the moment.
* FauxFluency: In most of his English-language movies, he plays characters that speak more fluently than he can. He does speak English fairly well, just not as naturally as some of his characters.
** He often has to be fed his lines while shooting a scene and repeats them verbatim without thinking of the meaning, resulting in the infamous "horse" outtake from ''Film/RushHour2''.
--->''As the entire cast and crew loudly guffaws''\\
'''Jackie''': What you teach me? You teach me dirty word?
* FishOutOfWater: Going by the stuff he says, his early experience in Hollywood is like this in regards to the way they do their stunts.
--> "I asked [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Mr. Spielberg]] how he put all the [[Film/JurassicPark dinosaurs and people together]] and he says it's easy, just push button, button, button. Then he asks me how I can jump from building to building. I say that's even easier. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Rolling, jump, cut, hospital.]]"\\
"They want to inflate this big cushion, set up wires... it takes ''five hour!'' And I'm just like 'Look, let me jump between buildings, give me the money! Just give me the money, I'll do it in two minutes!'"
* GoodIsNotSoft: Generally speaking, his characters are nice guys, however, when push comes to shove, he will kick your ass if he has to.
* GoodOldWays: Downplayed. He would very much prefer to simply do his own stunts, no matter how dangerous, than to use green-screen/CGI effects. May be a holdover from early in his career when this was a necessity, as he simply couldn't afford the more advanced tricks seen in Hollywood.
* HilariousOuttakes: A staple of many of his films, most of them are multiple takes of stunts fights that [[OhCrap just didn't go right]]. According to the man himself, this was inspired by ''Film/CannonballRun''.
** Once he started making movies for Western audiences, more traditional bloopers of Jackie flubbing his lines started to make the cut. Jackie had to learn many of his lines phonetically and would, on occasion, be fed dialogue he didn't understand that would nevertheless crack up his co-stars. From the shoot of ''Rush Hour 3'':
---> '''Jackie:''' [about pornography preferences] I like the one with the horses! ''(someone off-screen cracks up)'' Why you teach me? Are you teach me a bad word?
* IHaveManyNames: Besides the two names listed above, he has another lesser known stage name: Yuan Lou (元楼) [[note]]This name is given to him while he was part of the Seven Little Fortunes. Indeed, each of the Little Fortunes took a stage name with the surname "Yuan". In case you're wondering, Sammo Hung's was Yuan Long (元龙)[[/note]]. In addition, after finding out that his father had changed the family surname to "Chen" from "Fang", he took on another name: Fang Shi-long (房仕龙).
** In South Korea, he's known as Sung Ryong.
* ImprovFu: Jackie Chan's characters are all about this. This is because the Chan man loves action but dislikes violence so he uses his own style involving a lot of dodging and using the environment to combat his opponents.
** This is also true for his character in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.
* ImprovisedWeapon: It's safe to say that Jackie would be invincible if he got into a fight at Wal*Mart or Home Depot. He truly is the poster child of this trope.
** As an example, one fight scene in ''Police Story 4'' manages to utilize folding tables, wooden chairs, a skiing jacket, a box of flyers, wooden poles, scaffolding, packing crates, sheets of drywall, the head of a dragon dance costume, a broom and, most infamously, a ''10 foot tall stepladder.'' All in the span of five minutes.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
** Lo Wei, the first director who gave Jackie a chance, actively worked to prevent him from making comedic kung fu movies and forced him to work on endless Bruceploitation films. Obviously, Jackie won that argument.
** Jackie had this attitude when it came to seeing the early Creator/BruceLee movies. No wire work, bare-bones fights, long cuts that show exactly what they are doing and only [[MookChivalry fighting one guy at a time]]. He later admitted he and his stuntman friends were actually jealous, recognizing that Lee was crafting a new age of action movies that relied on the skill of the performers and not the flurry of the visuals.
* JapaneseRanguage: Since Cantonese (a dialect of Chinese that doesn't used the rhotic r sound at all) is his first language, Jackie suffers from the same L/R confusion, although it's not extremely obvious as movies allow for retakes and the like if the dialogue doesn't come off the way it needs to. In his "My Stunts" special, however, he has no one feeding him lines, so it's much more prominent than in his films. In particular, during one part, he struggles hard (understandably) with the word "umbrella."
* JuggleFu: Indulged in from time to time as part of his improvisational fighting style.
* MadeOfIron: [[RunningGag Did you read yet about all the injuries he's had over his career?]]
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Jackie abhors violence in real life and claims to having only been in one fight his entire life and only then because his friends dragged him into it. Most of his characters, though, are normally [[BewareTheNiceOnes nice guys pushed too far.]]
* MookChivalry: Averts the trope almost at all times. He's so fast and is able to use props and such so well that he can believably take on multiple foes at once even when they don't politely wait their turn. Also, in a nice bit of realism, his character will sometimes simply run away if he's hopelessly outnumbered.
* NotSoStoic: He has said that the advertising liked promoting him as "man without fear" but he assures that it is not the case. In the fall through the awnings from the clocktower he wasn't able to let go of his own accord, and told the crew to keep the cameras rolling until he lost strength and could no longer hold on. When he was holding on to a helicopter while swinging over a train, it took him three days to work up the courage to do the stunt because news crews were there and the pressure was at an all time high (the stunt came about in part because Creator/MichelleYeoh jumped a motorcycle ''on to the train'' and he didn't want to get shown up). When he did pull off the stunt, he did a one man PowerWalk for the cameras and HilariousOuttakes.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Would you believe he was born in 1954? The only role he shows it is Mr. Han and even then he simply looks aged up.
* {{Omniglot}}: He speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and American Sign Language and also speaks some German, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Thai.
* ThePerfectionist: As noted elsewhere on the page, Chan will do multiple takes of even high-risk stunts in order to get them right. When the scene ''isn't'' high-risk, the take count can end up in the triple digits.
-->''"Whatever you do, do the best you can because the film lives forever. '[[TroubledProduction No, because that day it was raining and the actor didn't have time]]'--I said, would you go to every theater to tell the audience? No."''
* {{ReCut}}:
** Many of his films for Golden Harvest were recut for international audiences, generally by dubbing every character's lines into English (even those originally speaking English in the scene) and by replacing the musical score. Some films, such as the ''Armour of God'' films, had as many as 15 minutes of footage cut out for their US debut. Jackie often participated in these re-cuts by providing an English dub for his own voice.
** Jackie was very disappointed with ''The Protector'' and recut the movie himself so that things made sense (such as changing the nude female lab assistants to fully clothed ones) and so the story was more cohesive (re-editing the fights into a Hong Kong style, removing swearing, adding a scene or two to flesh out CharacterDevelopment, etc.)
* RuleOfFunny: Many of his fight scenes revolve around this. As mentioned, Jackie himself is not a big fan of violence (and even condemns the typical "American" style of simply using blunt objects to beat someone senseless), and so he choreographs his fight scenes to be more like a comedy skit than a real brawl. This is where his brilliant use of props really shines-- for example, in one film, he's on a bicycle being chased by a bad guy, also riding a bike. He passes a store and knocks on the door while riding past, and by the time someone answers, the door being opened takes out the bad guy behind him.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He admits in his autobiography that he went through a phase of this early in his career, pulling stunts like behaving badly in restaurants. He quickly wised up.
* TakeThat: His stage name "Cheng Long" means "already a dragon" and was intended as a dig at all the {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s with stage names like "becoming a dragon".
* TheatricsOfPain: Even when playing protagonists, Jackie doesn't just sell being punched but punching people.
* ThinkOfTheChildren: Jackie is very conscious of his young fanbase and, as a result, doesn't like doing roles which feature sex scenes in fear that it might gross them out (ToiletHumor is okay, though).
* ThouShaltNotKill: Reflecting his real-life views on murder (and even hurting people in general), Chan's characters rarely kill unless they absolutely have to (and even then, it's sometimes simply an accident). One scene in ''Rush Hour 2'' sees Lee (Chan) fighting a bunch of bad guys on a boat in the middle of the ocean. When one is teetering dangerously close to the edge of the deck, Lee actually grabs him and pulls him back on the boat to keep him from falling overboard.
* YourCheatingHeart: He is married to Joan Lin but cheated on her with Elaine Ng Yi-Lei - this led to Elaine eventually give birth to Jackie's daughter Etta Ng.