YMMV: Jackie Chan Adventures

  • Base Breaker: Is Jade secretly The Hero to Jackie's Decoy Protagonist, a pretty good Lancer, a forgettable Kid-Appeal Character, a regrettable The Scrappy, or Creator's Pet who takes the entire show from good to painful? You decide!
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Some may view the constant bickering between Uncle and Tohru's mother as their way of expressing their secret affection towards each other.
  • Crazy Awesome: The Monkey King. He's a trickster, what do you expect?
    • The delightfully hammy Hak Foo.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The opening theme song.
  • Die for Our Ship: Paco is often the victim of this by fans who want to pair Jade up with someone other than him (despite the fact that it's implied that at most he has an unrequited crush on her).
  • Drago In Leather Pants: See Foe Yay. Again, given the alternative it's hardly surprising shippers go this route.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Demon Sorcerers are very popular antagonists. It helps that despite having only a few episodes each (save Shendu), they all have distinct personalities and decent characterization. Several are generally more popular than others, but they all seem to have some kind of individual fanbase.
    • Tarakudo, for throwing together a pretty damn good Xanatos Gambit, staying ahead of the heroes at all times, and being the most affable of the series' big bads.
    • Jade's Super-Powered Evil Side, the Queen of the Shadowkhan, only appeared in a filler episode in season 2, and was referenced a couple times in Season 4, yet she's incredibly popular. There are plenty of fanart of her and many fanfics where Jade turns again into the Queen (or was never restored back to normal).
    • Valmont, but usually only when he's Genre Savvy, Bad Ass, and voiced by Julian Sands.
  • Evil Counterpart / Shadow Archetype: Drago for Jade. They both are headstrong, impatient, prideful, ambitious, sharp-tongued and fierce. Of these traits the more negative ones are just more visible with Drago. They both want their worth to be acknowlegded by their elders. Because of their more flexible thinking in comparison to their elders, Jade and Drago have shown skill in more than one area: martial arts, stealth, magic, leadership...
  • Fanon: Ask the fandom for this series, and Jade and Hsi-Wu is the series' enduring love story, when it was only (and barely) teased in at least two of the series episodes. Nevertheless, the amount of Fanfic for this couple is quite high, even by today's standards.
    • Never mind that Hsi-Wu is an evil demon wizard who only pretended to be Jade's friend in the first place.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Valmont is forced to wear a sorcerer's robe by Shendu, which he calls a dress.
  • Foe Yay: Hsi Wu. It doesn't help that the only other closest thing poor Jade has to a love interest is Paco.
    • Jackie/Valmont fic is probably second in popularity after that couple. Followed by Jackie/Viper, Jackie/Finn, Valmont/Finn, and Valmont/Jade (with either child Valmont or adult Jade).
    • There's also a lot of pairing with Jade and Drago. It's based on the bickering between him and future-Jade. It almost sounds like something between jilted lovers. He also singles out present-Jade quite a bit during the last season.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A meta example. Jackie Chan and Julian Sands would later go on to play opposing characters in The Medallion (in fact several reviewers called it a live action version of the show).
  • Ho Yay: Uncle beats himself up over letting Tohru be taken by shadow khan and is willing to let himself be engulfed by dark magic to save him, as well as (in another episode) swallow his pride and call a psychic for help when he can't find the ingredient that will wake Tohru up.
    Uncle (in front of phone): *casts Tohru wistful look* "For you...my apprentice."
    • Likewise, Tohru is very protective of Uncle and hates to see Uncle upset. And when Uncle returns to the team in "Samurai Ratso", he's positively elated and cries touched tears. Besides, in the same scene, tell me Uncle having their blowfish kiss to share the magic wasn't symbolic...
    • Finn, Ratso and Chow have a very close three-way dynamic. They're never apart, never show any interest in anyone outside their trio, always look out for each other...heck, when Finn decides to quit The Dark Hand and start his own crime syndicate, Ratso and Chow immediately quit too so they can keep working with him.
    Ratso: "After you quit, we told Valmont he'd better give us raises, or we quit too!"
    Finn (thrilled): "And now you guys wanna work for me? That is so c-I mean, that's cool."
    • Paco's starry-eyed devotion to El Toro seems a bit over-the-top. The fact that he seems to not have any parents and even travels with him doesn't help. On the other end, El Toro also does not help by referring to Paco so affectionately all the time. "Mi Pacito", indeed.
    • Jackie sees red and loses his cool only when Captain Black has been injured by the bad guys. Then he recklessly goes out for revenge.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Valmont and Shendu both become more sympathetic by season 2.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Pick a character - ANY character. Chances are that Jade's been paired up with him/her in the fandom at some point or another.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Tarakudo.
  • Memetic Mutation: Uncle is perhaps best known for his constant use of ONE MOOOOOOORE THING!
  • Moral Event Horizon: The main villain in "Pleasure Cruise" nearly sunk the ship when he ordered his man to blow open the vault.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Both the PS2 and GBA versions are rather fun beat-em-ups that have received anywhere from average to favorable reviews.
  • Not So Different: Jackie often expresses his desire to return to his ordinary life of archeology and is often bossed around and yelled at by Uncle. Rarely things go the way he'd like them to proceed, and his primary role seems to be fighting and performing the most ungrateful of jobs. Finn, Ratso and Chow are continuously force conscripted into foot soldiers of the Forces of Darkness and are epitomes of incompetence. They'd be more than happy to be able to perform ordinary crimes, with magic being uninvolved. As they explain in "The Good Guys":
    Ratso: We're tired of never making money.
    Chow: We're tired of being enslaved by dragons, wizards and floating demon heads!
    Finn: But most of all, we're tired of getting our butts kicked...by you.
    Ratso: Yeah, it hurts.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Jade is an interesting case, in that it's not actually her haters that do this to her. Rather she has a lot of fans who really liked her as the evil Queen of the Shadowkhan. There's a lot of fanworks that have her change back permanently.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Jade got this at first, but familiarity helped to dull it making her either a Breakout Character or Creator's Pet depending on the viewer. At the least, any trouble-making caused by her interference she either fixed herself or managed to make her mistake into something useful, so she was rarely The Load. There were other times when she also played the Big Damn Hero whenever the other characters would go off on their own though haters simply see this as shoehorning. She also tended to be the most wily hero coming up with clever solutions the others never considered.
    • While Jade might have "Grown The Beard" over time, Paco is hated far more. He's often seen as an Ethnic Scrappy, his dialog is mostly either Character Shilling for El Toro or mindless bickering with Jade. Speaking of Jade, his crush on her has not earned him many fans either...
    • The Ice Crew was not well-received by viewers, especially when they replaced Finn, Ratso, and Chow in the last season. Ice probably gets it the worst because of the way he talks.
    • Tohru's Mother at least in her debut episode for treating Jade like a child, and being all around rude to Uncle (though at least Uncle was capable of firing insults of his own) and for initially berating her own son (i.e. scolding him for not owning a car and making her "walk in a typhoon" despite the fact that Tohru was holding an umbrella over her head keeping her dry while he was soaked).
  • Tear Jerker: Season 1 gave us Lo Pei. Jade used the Rat Talismen to bring a statue of Lo Pei, the man who turned Shendu into a statue, to life. However, after he realizes that he's not the real Lo Pei, he sacrifices his new life to return the Rat Talismen to Jade.
  • That One Boss: Tso Lan becomes this in the Game Boy Advance video game due to a cryptic clue about the background that actually means the player needs to wait under the Moon is covered in clouds (the GBA screen darkens when this happens) before they can attack Tso Lan.
  • Villain Decay: Valmont and his mooks are the bad guys in the first season, and a Shendu-possessed Valmont is the Big Bad for the second, but it sets in with a vengeance during the third season, thanks to the first two seasons draining all of Valmont's capital. Valmont's goons split after that, and Valmont became a washed-up has-been dreaming of former glory. In his last major appearance, he was nothing more than a gag villain who was accidentally mailed to Mexico. In the end of series episode, he's reduced to being a bus driver.
    • Notably, Valmont had been able to hold his own against even Jackie in hand-to-hand combat during their first confrontation. He has never displayed anything close to that level of combat since then.
    • The Dark Hand as a whole was introduced as a Nebulous Evil Organization worthy of the attention of the super-spy agency Section 13, and originally had many members and a wide range of resources and connections. By the end of the season its down to 4 men, Hak Foo making five the next, and eventually just becomes Finn, Ratso and Chow
    • The Shadowkhan and Dark Chi warriors suffer tremendously from this, to the point where they can hardly be regarded as much more than an inconvenient annoyance.
      • The Shadowkhan play with this a bit; they become a global menace in the 4th season as the ancient evil army of a demon Evil Overlord, and there are now several different tribes of them with unique abilities. On the downside, this makes the classic ninja-Khan seem Overshadowed by Awesome.
    • Hak Foo, too.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Five of them. In a filler episode of the last season, one of the B-list villains of the show, Bartholomew Chang, assembled an Evil Counterpart team to the J team, which he dubbed the Chang gang. The members of the gang were Philip Crane, Bob "the Bopper" Hathcook, Helga Sorensen and "Little" Tony Chun. Each member was individually at least as their good counterparts. However, the episode involving them is about Jade screwing up a magic spell and turning everybody into children. After this episode, the gang is never seen again and there is no indication that they or Chang were turned back.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In season 5, Jackie retrieves another priceless artifact and runs into a group of his enemies from the season 2 filler episodes consisting of the pirate duo from Glove Story, the treasure hunter from Scout's Honor, the black market archeologist from The Deep Freeze, and the monk from The Lotus Temple. Only for Jade to save Jackie once again and while nothing fatal happens to them, they're never seen again.
    • Also in the season 3 finale, Daolon Wong revives Shendu in exchange for Shendu's power of combustion. Shendu cheats Wong by absorbing the power himself and also steals Wong's powers of Levitation and Heat Beam Eyes. Wong then summons Finn, Ratso, Chow, and Hak Foo, gives them battle armor and tells them to attack Shendu for backing out of his promise. It seems like we'll see either a 3 way fight between Jackie, Shendu and Daolon Wong, or at least a battle between Shendu and Daolon Wong, only for Uncle and Tohru to turn the dark warriors back to normal and take away the rest of Daolon Wong's magic.
  • The Woobie: Jackie.