Film / Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

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Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior is a Disney Channel Original Movie released in 2006 about a girl named Wendy Wu (Brenda Song) who wants to be homecoming queen. She is visited by a young monk named Shen, and learns that she is the descendant of a warrior named Mei Song and that she must become the Yin-warrior in order to fight an evil spirit named Yan-Lo.

The movie provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Wendy, though begrudgingly.
  • Alliterative Name/Multi-Ethnic Name: Wendy Wu.
  • Alpha Bitch: Jessica.
  • Anti-Hero: Though Wendy has refused the call several times, as her training progresses, she's more concerned about becoming crowned Homecoming Queen than the world's well-being. Eventually, she gives this up so that Jessica can be Homecoming Queen.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Wendy does not take this well.
  • Beautiful All Along: Shin gets a makeover within in the middle of the movie, and become Mr. Fanservice as a result, though Wendy regrets this later on.
  • Combat Parkour: This is used mainly to have cool fight scenes and has very little realistic value, but it is used a bit to dodge.
  • Dark Action Girl: Jessica, possessed by Yan-Lo.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Inverted; Wendy lets her rival Jessica win the Homecoming Queen title, which the touches Jessica enough to put her on good terms with Wendy as a result.
  • Demonic Possession: Yan-Lo possesses several characters throughout the movie. The following order: the school principal and some of the staff members, Wendy's brother, then Tory, and finally Jessica.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Many of Wendy's teachings hinge on this.
  • Dramatic Irony: A poignant scene between Wendy's parents has Wendy's father reflect on the effect Shen has had on their family, specifically on how he's helped them reconnect with their Chinese herotage. Said father then laments on how Wendy will probably get nothing meaningful from Shen. As the audience knows, if anything, Wendy is the one who has the most to gain from Shen.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Shin after his makeover.
  • In a Single Bound: The scene in which Shin jumps across a pool. In slow motion, no less.
  • Narcissist: Wendy's boyfriend, who she dumps later on, thankfully.
  • Refusal of the Call: Wendy initially does not want to become the Yin-warrior.
  • Reincarnation: Shen is confirmed to be one to one of Mei's original companions — specifically her first teacher, the Dragon of Invincibility. It's never explicitly stated that Wendy is Mei's reincarnation (only her descendant), but considering their identical looks that have been the features of every Yin-warrior before her, and the fact that Wendy inherits her abilities — both physical and supernatural — there really isn't any other logical explanation. If this is true, that means Wendy is also the reincarnation of her great-grandmother, the previous Yin-warrior and her grandmother's mother.
  • Reincarnation Romance: It's greatly implied that this was the real relationship between Mei Song and Shen's original incarnation, judging by Wendy and Shen's own budding romance — either that, or their incarnations gradually grew closer over time. Unfortunately, if that's the case, nothing came from those feelings since Shen was always fated to die in battle against Yan-lo.
  • Relatively Flimsy Excuse: Wendy tells the others at school that Shen is her cousin. Her grandmother also tells the family that Shen is a relative from China.
  • Screw Destiny: Shen was supposed to die during the battle Because Destiny Says So, but Wendy refuses to let that happen and uses her powers to save him. Turns out that by changing destiny, the evil spirit Yan-Lo is destroyed forever.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Yan-Lo.
  • Shout-Out: Sally Martin plays Tory Hanson, a character with the same name as her Power Rangers Ninja Storm character.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: During the final battle, Wendy's grandmother appears and talks to her for a while, culminating in her giving Wendy the tradition warrior outfit to change into, which she does. Meanwhile, Shan-yu just stays still and politely does not interrupt them.
  • With Friends Like These...: A variation of this; Tory becomes possessed off-screen and nearly takes Wendy's soul, so as Shin knocks the orb out of Tory's hands, Wendy snaps out of it and sweeps Tory into the pool.

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