Western Animation: Xiaolin Chronicles
In the back, from left to right: Clay, Raimundo, Kimiko, Master Fung, Omi and Dojo, little different then how you remember them.
Front and center: New character Boris Antonio Rolf Jean-Pierre Gaulle LeGrand IV, aka ‘Ping-Pong.’
Revival title of Xiaolin Showdown
that premiered in August of 2013. Unlike the WB produced predecessor, this series is a collaboration from Canadian and French companies, ActionFliks Media Corp
and Genao Productions
and aired on Disney XD
Picking up some time after the original series, things seem peaceful for the monks and they even have a new recruit named Ping Pong. However trouble literally comes to their doorstep when a new Heylin warrior sent by Chase winds up getting most of their acquired Shen Gong Wu in his possession. Back to square one and with no Master Fung to aid them (initially), the five Dragon Warriors sent out on a journey to find any Shen Gong Wu that has yet to be collected while fending off attacks from the Heylin side and hopefully reclaiming the Wu that was lost.
The character sheet is shared with its original series, so go there for information on the new characters
This series contains examples of:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Sorta. Chronicles switches Dojo's color scheme, making his scales yellow and his fins green instead of vice-versa.
- Adaptational Villainy: Tubbimura's Chihuahua, Muffin Face, was a regular dog in the original show. Assuming the Chihuahua shown is the same dog, he seems to be more aggressive and tags along with Jack's evil crew.
- Alternate Continuity: Considering that the show has changed many important details (How Wuya was banished, Raimundo not being leader or it being mentioned, the names of the Shen Gong Wu, characterization being reverted back to earlier seasons, and the renaming and recreation of the Ying-Yang World), it seems to be heading in this direction.
- As of the finale, it's pretty much confirmed that the show is in an alternate continuity, due to having a completely different backstory for Chase, different origins for the Shen Gong Wu as a whole, and Master Monk Guan's status in the show, which ties into the new Shen Gong Wu origin.
- Art Shift: The Xiaolin Showdowns are presented in CG. Likewise, the main art style has been improved somewhat, though it remains similar to the original.
- It should be noted that Episode 13's Showdown is animated in the traditional style instead of CG.
- Audience Surrogate: Jack, at least in regards to the Chase/Shadow relationship.
- Bad Future: Planet of the Dragons shows that dragons are the dominant species and humans are their slaves/pets, all because the monks treated Dojo like a servant instead of a friend and with him leading the dragons, the monks had no way of finding new shen gong wu., however it was really his descendant who led the dragon takeover, Dojo just wanted humans and dragons to be equal.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Chase and Wuya both work separately in order to gain more power, having respectively Shadow and Jack Spicer as The Dragon. Chase's choice turns out pretty well so far, Wuya's... Not much.
- And now there's something up with Salvador Cuomo, whom both seem to have vested interests in for some reason.
- Big Brother Instinct: Carrying over from the previous series, Raimundo. Saving Clay's hat, dragging a woozy Kimiko from the swamp, pulling Omi out of the fire...
- Kimiko is a female version towards Ping Pong, most evident when she's the only one who decides to investigate his claim of a "scary shadow woman" during their quest for the Shroud of Monster Camo.
- Blondes Are Evil: Willow. Even though her true form has black hair.
- Breather Episode: Episode 4 is almost all comedy, the plan to stop Jack boils down to "let him screw up on his own" and the Mac Guffins are happy bouncing golden bunnies.
- Broad Strokes: Chronicles seems to take place after Season 3 of the original show, albeit everyone is a Shoku warrior, but certain details seem to have been changed (the explanation of what Wuya was imprisoned in, Shen Gong Wu being renamed, the characters lacking Wu that they had in the first series, and the Dragons lacking the Wudai Weapons, for example). Chase Young also goes back to being an enigmatic observer as opposed to being as active as he was in Season 3.
- Butterfly Effect: Chase's plan in episode 7: Release an ancient magical shrimp which can delete entire species via zapping them out of existence, then watch the domino effect at work. He even calls it a "domino effect".
- Ret Gone: and by zapping them out of existence, we mean making it so they NEVER existed, and the butterfly effect is nature reshaping to accommodate that.
- Call Back: One to the original series: Jack somehow remembers the Bad Future where he ruled the world from the series finale.
- He has also retained his figure skating skills and uses them to beat Omi.
- Compressed Vice: In order to teach An Aesop, the monks treat Dojo like a servant only in Planet Of The Dragons. Every other episode has them being very understanding (such as using Shen Gong Wu to travel when Dojo upset about Master Fung leaving and is unable to fly.)
- Heal Me pulls a similar stunt, except it is only limited to Omi in this case.
- Continuity Reboot: Seems to be this along with Broad Strokes and Time Skip, as the Shen Gong Wu being gathered are Wu the characters had in the original series (albeit renamed), character relations seem back to square one, ignoring most of Season 3 in favor of Season 1 and 2's status quo, along with some characters seeming quite different (Chase Young is perhaps even more of a Card-Carrying Villain than in the original show, even having a new backstory).
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Coupled with a Call Back. In episode 4 Jack needed money and went with a complex evil scheme. In episode 9 he's using his tech knowledge to earn money on the side, though he takes offense to Wuya saying he's better at being an entrepreneur than being evil.
- Demoted to Extra: Katnappe, the Cyclops, and Tubbimura appear in episode 3, but gets one chorus line of dialogue and are taken out rather easily.
- Denser and Wackier
- Distracted by the Sexy: Most of the teenaged boys reaction to Willow. Kimiko is not impressed, and Willow treats Ping-Pong like a pest.
- Double Entendre: Shadow in episode 7. Especially the "hot and bothered" lines.
- Downer Beginning: The Three Episode Pilot ends with the Xiaolin Temple destroyed by Chase Young, who plans to spread his influence across the world. Meanwhile, Master Fung leaving them for some enigmatic purpose and the monks forced to fend for themselves as they search for a new place to call home.
- Evil Brit: Shadow.
- Expy: Shadow/Willow looks suspiciously like two Dark Magical Girls. Mele and Terra, respectively.
- And Ling.
- More obviously, Ping Pong for Omi.
- Eyelid Pull Taunt: Shadow does this to Ping-Pong.
- Flanderization: Dojo's reactions to the awakening of a new Shen Gong Wu. In Showdown the effects varied, only occasionally being something squicky. In Chronicles it consists entirely of Dojo breaking out in boils which frequently pop and spew pus over anything nearby, to the disgust of those present.
- Dojo and Master Fung's relationship in Showdown was more akin to Heterosexual Life-Partners. In Chronicles the Ho Yay is ratcheted Up to Eleven (mainly on Dojo's end, as Master Fung did a Deus Exit Machina)
- Seemingly reversed in the case of Jack Spicer. While he was always a bit of a bumbler, in the first few episodes of the original show he wasn't near as pathetic as he eventually became. Chronicles seems to portray him as being closer to how he originally was.
- Chase Young is written as far more of a Card-Carrying Villain who likes to indulge in evil laughter more frequently.
- Foil: Ping-Pong looks to be this for Omi. Whereas Omi boasts quite a lot, has much experience in the field, and has an envy complex, Ping-Pong seems fairly humble, has no experience, and wishes to be as good as his heroes.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Shadow is essentially Chase's daughter. Not only do they keep flirting after this revelation, she outright calls him "yummy" and he declares her a romanatic. Hello Parental Incest.
- Episode 8 has Jack express disgust after spying on Chase and Shadow communicating face-to-face by hissing. Wuya then immediately tries to do the same with Jack and even follows him into his fancy toilet when he tries to run away, saying, "Ooh la la, what big . . . hands."note
- Omi asks Clay if a hoedown is "a showdown with hoes."
- Hollywood Density: Averted in Episode 4 with the Golden Bunnies made of actual gold. Despite them being able to freely hop around the people who tried to pick them up noticed how heavy they were.
- Incredibly Obvious Bug: The homing device Jack hid inside the Master Fung doll in episode 4. It's nearly the size of the doll itself and equipped with a flashing, beeping light.
- Keet: Ping-Pong. In fact, his hyperactive all-over-the-place demeanor is what earns him his nickname.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Jack and Wyua.
- Limited Wardrobe: In the original series, the main characters besides Omi wore various street clothes outfits when outside the temple. So far, there is one adventure costume and one temple costume per character.
- The Mole: Chase sends Shadow to infiltrate Xiaolin. She succeeds over the course of three episodes.
- Mundane Utility: Kimiko can use the Medusa Comb Shen Gong Wu with her fire element to change her hairstyle.
- Mythology Gag:
- Dojo thought that Wuya was trapped in a Puzzle Box when it is shown she is trapped in a spring. As Wuya was trapped in a puzzle box in Showdown.
- When Dojo's young descendant is shown in one episode he has Dojo's original color scheme from Xiaolin Showdown.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Jack Spicer, while still a comedic bumbler of a villain, has proved to be a more capable threat than before, something the monks find quite surprising. More importantly, he knows of the timeline where he succeeds in taking over the world, and is doing everything in his power to recreate it.
- Ocular Gushers: Dojo, twice, in episode 3, which almost acts as Book Ends for the episode.
- Omniglot: Ping Pong knows a variety of languages, often switching between them during sentences.
- Only Known By His Nickname: Boris Antonio Rolf Jean-Pierre Gaulle LeGrand IV was dubbed "Ping Pong" by Omi due to his hyperactive debut.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: Shadow is kind of like this to Chase, being his magically created sort-of-daughter.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Chase wagers his "good looks" in Episode 3, and is easily defeated by "trainee" Willow after spending most of his time fighting with Jack. The main characters later realize this is the clue that shows that Willow is working with Chase and that the Shen Gong Wu Vault is no longer safe.
- Jack giving Dojo a Master Fung doll to cheer him up in honor of all their history. Then it turns out it's bugged with a camera and tracking device.
- For a moment Shadow looks upset/confused at the revelation of her past, but then she and Chase go back to flirting.
- Out of Order: The first six episodes after the three-part pilot were not aired in order, possibly explaining some of the fans' confusion about the plot.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Willow. It's the first hint that she's really evil.
- Race Lift: Wuya. Though she was always of an ambiguous racial background, Chronicles revealed that her new human form is now significantly paler than she originally was.
- Fans are unsure if it's to make her appear more Chinese, but it's been the most speculated theory.
- Reality Warper: Xiaolin Showdowns were always this, but now they seem to be more of a pocket reality instead of the landscape changing to a competition field. The non-participants used to commentate on the battle, but so far, the showdown focuses solely on the contest.
- Series Continuity Error:
- In Showdown, it's well established that Dashi trapped Wuya in a puzzle box. Chronicles claims he trapped her in a spring. This is even lampshaded by Dojo.
- Raimundo was named leader of the team at the end of Showdown as the first Shoku Warrior. At the beginning of this series, he's not the leader (and apparently never was) and everyone is on the same level of training.
- In episode 2 Omi refers to a basketball ring as a "wondrous ring device" in a tone that sounds like he's new to it, which is weird given that he befriended basketball player Jermaine in Showdown.
- In episode 5 Dr. Tohomiko acts as though he has never met the Monks before, which is certainly strange considering he made a rather prevalent appearance in an episode of Showdown, and his creations appeared several times after that.
- Chase's lair is no longer an elegant structure inside a mountain, but more a series of caves. However despite initial appearances his cats are still transformed fallen warriors, as mentioned in episode 10.
- According to episode 10, Chase Young and "Monk Guano" (Master Monk Guan) were Dashi's students, rather than his partners. In addition, Omi was not previously aware that Chase had once been good, and Dashi was not surprised that he ended up turning evil.
- Episode 13 once again shows the fears of the monks. Whilst Omi and Clay retain their fears of squirrels and grandmother respectively (Albeit making them more like ninjas and gorgons), Kimiko has a fear of a Yandere named Seiko instead of an old doll, and Raimundo now has a fear of clowns instead of jellyfish.
- Ship Tease: Shadow and Chase flirt constantly.
- It's played more for laughs, but there are moments when Wuya seems interested in Jack.
- Dialed back in episode 9 where she offers to tell Jack "evil bedtime stories" about her and Salvdor, who she seems to have been in a relationship with.
- Shout-Out: Enough for its own page.
- Specs of Awesome: Ping Pong.
- Jack has a geeky version in episode 9 when he's working in tech service.
- Tagalong Kid: Ping Pong subverts this. Although he has many of the traits typical of this trope, he is a lot more part of the team and not just tagging along.
- Time Skip: Seems to take place some time after the first show.
- Took a Level in Badass: Jack Spicer seems much more competent here than he was in the original series. He's raised the morale of his team of evil, become less of a wuss, and even pretended to cower in fear like he used to in order to set up a dirty trick. Episode 7 has him in full Butt Monkey mode again, so this might just be temporary.
- He also took advantage of Dojo's distress in episode 4 to give him a tracking device disguised as a Master Fung doll.
- And now knows to use his tech skills to get money.
- And now it turns out he remembers the Bad Future in "Time After Time" for the original show where he ruled the world and is working to make that happen.
- Dojo also counts since he can breathe fire more easily and managed to tie with Chase's fire breath. If not for Willow's interference, the fire fight between the two could've gone either way.
- Le Mime was, for a starter/one-shot villain, decently powerful in the original show, but here in Chronicles, it's a whole other story, his powers are more combat-oriented and don't have the weaknesses they did in the original show. Added to that, he's capable of easily defeating the Monks this time around, and if it wasn't for the episode's Shen Gong Wu, he just might have won.
- Tron Lines: The outfits the characters wear in the Showdowns glow, usually with lines or the most notable aspect (Omi's dots, Chase's armor spikes, or Jack's goggles, for example).
- Truly Single Parent: Chase to Shadow, who was created via magic. She even jokes that calling him "papa" would be weird, despite knowing.
- Unflinching Walk: Chase Young pulls off one of these in "The Fall of Xiaolin" - down a collapsing building.
- The Vamp: Willow.
- Wham Episode: In episode 3, the temple is destroyed and Chase Young and Shadow have taken all of the Shen Gong Wu, with Master Fung taking a leave for a while.
- Episode 7, if only for giving us Shadow's origin.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being responsible for Chase Young turning to evil, being built up as the worst the Heylin side had to offer and being the main villain of season 3 of Showdown, the series hasn't seen hide nor hair of Hannibal Roy Bean. Whether he doesn't exist in this continuity or if he'll show up down the line isn't clear.
- On the subject of Hannibal, Chase's Start of Darkness in this continuity does seem to have involved some sort of malevolent, phantom-like being that brings Hannibal's armor from the original show to mind, but whether or not it is Hannibal is unknown, as Chase's backstory in Chronicles had him merely use the Lao Mang Long Soup provided by this being to achieve more power after he had already turned to evil.
- Writing Around Trademarks: Evidently the reason the names of all the Shen Gong Wu were changed for Chronicles.