YMMV / Xiaolin Showdown

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Judging by his few appearances and his legacy, the Shen Gong Wu, one can infer that Dashi was either the definition of Crazy-Prepared or a very Erudite Stoner. Maybe both.
    • As this person points out in this analysis, Omi is using his prideful behavior to cover his abandonment issues and was legitimately heartbroken when Raimundo betrayed the team and even after he joins back up, is legitimately scared Rai doesn't mean it, only coming to trust him again in the original series finale.
    • Jack falling for the monks' trick. Is he genuinely that stupid or is he so desperate for approval that he doesn't care that it's fake?
  • Base-Breaking Character: Omi is possibly the biggest one. Some people hate him due to all his flaws, but others think that he's not that bad and there's more to him than just that.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Jack Spicer is loved for being an ineffectual villain who grows even more incompetent as the show progresses, which the accompany mistreatment directed at him garners a lot of sympathy from the fandom. But this leads to fans ignoring he, despite everything above, wants to be evil and has no problems committing heinous deeds to achieve his goals. Fans also downplay his antagonism towards the monks in favor of exaggerating theirs towards him instead.
    • Chase Young on the other hand is popular for being an evil mastermind who help push the show into darker and complex storylines, as well as having a backstory that showed he wasn’t evil to begin with. Fans tend to focus on that and overlook his crimes, which include manipulating Omi to become his evil apprentice in the second season. His relationship with Jack (and to a lesser extent Wuya) is downplayed for shipping purposes, even though he’s made it clear several times he considers both of them below him.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Le Mime also has a fairly sizable fanbase despite having a major role in only one episode.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Evil Is Cool: Chase Young.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Raimundo/Kimiko and also Chase/Jack for the Yaoi Fangirls
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Raimundo's throwaway line in "Chameleon" (season 1, episode 6) - "Maybe I'm missing the point. We're never gonna go after each other!" Talk about Tempting Fate.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • "Mala Mala Jong" marks the point where the series starts taking itself more seriously without losing its humor, the episodes start becoming more interconnected, as well as letting the show become much more character and arc-centric.
    • The final season is more favourable for developing the Xiaolin monks as they hone their skills and compete for who becomes leader of the group. Their elemental powers get expanded and they gain new wudai weapons as well. The season/show concludes with Raimundo becoming leader after recieving several character focus episodes and completing his story arc in the show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Grey DeLisle as an Asian girl with fire powers? Wait a minute...
  • Inferred Holocaust: Preventing the world from ending or plunging into darkness is a recurring threat the monks face. But when things do end up taking a turn for the worse, the show doesn’t really address the consequences or implications outside of the casts’ reactions.
    • The first season finale has Wuya regain her physical form and promptly conquer the world. While it’s not shown explicitly, there is a scene where she orders her minion to send the United Kingdom’s prime minister an ultimatum to surrender or she’ll sink the island to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
    • "Enter the Dragon" confirms the existence of Atlantis in the show's universe – which Dojo sank during his last evil phase. Atlantis is later shown intact and empty in "Dangerous Minds", but now infested with a horde of giant spiders. This could possibly explain the lack of inhabitants, if they somehow managed to survive the previous catastrophe.
    • "The Deep Freeze" has Jack Spicer control of the Lunar Locket, which enables him to control the Moon's phases and movement. He loses it to the episode's villain who then proceeds to plunge the Earth into a deep freeze after causing the Moon to eclipse the Sun. Only the temple is shown buried underneath ice and snow, with the rest of the planet’s status left mostly to speculation.
    • The second season finale has Chase Young bringing Omi to the Heylin side and that somehow leads to the Earth shattering in half, which remains so throughout the finale. In addition, the planet is apparently turned into a lethal world filled with volcanoes erupting and people regularly terrorized by Chase.
    • The series finale has Jack Spicer taking over the world in a future timeline. The main cast are thrown into what’s implied one of many prisons and the monks have been forced to fight into their old age for Jack’s amusement. The rest of the world is considered to be a dystopia because of him as well.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Omi. As the show progressed, he became more egotistical and arrogant, began to patronize his teammates (particularly Raimundo), and ends up causing more problems than fixing them. Yet he's still a young child who goes through quite a lot of Hell, particularly in the last season where he witnesses the death of his friends in a bad future timeline.
    • Raimundo. He's rather selfish and lazy, not to mention a jerk who outright admits he makes fun of Clay and Omi in one episode, then spends another one antagonizing Kimiko. But underneath his asshole tendencies is someone who fears to be not good enough and letting people down, not to mention his brief stint on the Heylin side is something he genuinely regrets doing.
    • Jack Spicer. A spoiled, rich teenager bent on world domination, whose first encounter with the monks is ordering his robotic minions to 'mince' them. He has no problems taking advantage of people’s trust, manipulating others, and throwing allies (even Chase) underneath the bus to save his own skin. That being said, because he gradually morphs into the series' punching bag, one can’t help but feel sorry for him.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Jack Spicer gets shipped with a lot of characters, including Chase, Omi, Le Mime, Wuya, Katnappe, Kimiko... and that's just the canon characters. There are also plenty of OCs he gets paired with, as well as a Crossover Ship with Princess Morbucks. It helps that he gets Ship Tease (at least on his side) with both female and male characters and he's the most popular character.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Chase Young.
    • Jack surprisingly managed this in "Crystal Glasses", with his plan for the episode only failing because Vlad was an idiot and explained all of it.
  • Memetic Molester: According to some parts of the fandom, Chase Young is this to Omi. Not helped with lines like these:
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • You got Jacked!
    • Jack Spicer: It hurts! Get it out!
    • A lot of sayings Omi butchers become these as well.
      • SECRET ELABORATE PLAN!
  • Never Live It Down: The monks beating up Jack Spicer at the beginning of "Time After Time" has definitely soured a portion of the fandom's opinion of them. It doesn't help that said beatdown comes after Jack had already conceded defeat and ends with them presenting 'mementos' to Master Fung, which included – among other things – a chunk of hair Clay ripped off Jack’s scalp.
  • Periphery Demographic: Possibly due to its Cerebus Syndrome, it got quite a bit of a cult following amongst older teenagers.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Later on, every time Jack Spicer wins just feels better, with how much the guy suffers in one episode.
  • The Scrappy: Hannibal Roy Bean is arguably the most hated character in the series, for being a Gonk and for being a Generic Doomsday Villain who isn't as invincible as the narrative tries to make him look. This is why he's the only major villain not to appear in Xiaolin Chronicles.
  • Seasonal Rot: With the exception of the series finale, the monks becoming Wudai Warriors and receiving their Wudai Weapons, the final season is considered the weakest of the show’s three seasons. This is due to several reasons:
    • The previous ensemble of villains was replaced with a new one named Hannibal Roy Bean. Throughout the season he’s referred to be an even worse threat than Chase and Wuya – although he’s never shown being particularly dangerous or getting the chance. Hannibal also lacks the attractiveness the former two have or the charm Jack’s known for and ended up being one of the most hated characters in the series.
    • The series was very meticulous about keeping careful track of which characters had which Shen Gong Wu from episode to episode in the first two seasons. They stopped keeping track in the last season, with one side stealing several Wu from the other at once and the show never mentioned which were stolen. It became difficult to stay invested in the show when Wu would just randomly appear for either side.
    • The continued defanging of Jack and Wuya, which began earlier in season two. Jack in particular becomes more or less the casts’ designated punching bag. While still considered more dangerous than Jack, Wuya spends most of the season simply hanging around Chase, whom she hates but has no choice because of her weakened state.
    • The lack of an overarching plot when compared to the first two seasons. Whatever that was going on with Hannibal Roy Bean was cut short and the monks’ leadership dilemma only appears at the very end of the show.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: The Chase/Kimiko or Chamiko pairing is fairly popular, despite the fact that they rarely interact with each other outside of battle and are never seen on screen in the same frame. In fact, the only time they had any significant interaction was when Kimiko disguised herself as Jack in order to fight in his place and Chase's line about liking her perfume implies that he knows he's actually Kimiko, but in her normal form, they don't have any significant interaction.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Jack whenever he turns completely good via the Ying Yang World, to the point where even though he's wholeheartedly on their side, the monks like him even less than they do when he's evil.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The show has several reference to the cast's family (namely Kimiko and Clay) but none of them made a significant appearance to show the home life of the four main characters.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: After a while it can be hard to enjoy the abuse Jack Spicer gets put through. While he's undoubtedly done villainous things, his status as a character who's not good enough for either the good guys or the bad guys along with the focus on his insecurities makes it really easy to feel sorry for him. He's given enough Pet the Dog moments that it can look like build up to a Heel–Face Turn, but he never quite makes it.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Jack, due to being such an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who rarely gets a break.
  • What an Idiot!: Seriously, Omi trusted Chase Young even though he guessed that he was up to something.
    • Vlad in "Crystal Glasses". Jack had come up with a surprisingly clever plan where Vlad pretended to be one of the good guys to infiltrate the monks, then get Omi to use the Crystal Glasses to the see the future. Unknown to Omi, Vlad used the Reversing Mirror which caused Omi to see a future where he was evil. The plan worked, and then at the climax of the episode Vlad ruins all of it with his Evil Gloating where he explains how he used the Reversing Mirror on the Crystal Glasses. Even Jack points out how dumb that was.
  • The Woobie:
    • Kimiko, big time in Tangled Web and Return of Pandabubba.
    • Dojo in Master Monk Guan what with being the butt of everyone's jokes, called out for not helping the monks fight Jack's Wuya-Bots even though they've always known he's not exactly brave and he almost gets killed so Chase can use him as a soup ingredient.


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