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 its 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 and Chase Young get this in spades from the fandom.
  • 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Grey DeLisle as an Asian girl with fire powers? Wait a minute...
  • Magnificent Bastard: Chase Young.
  • 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!
  • 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: The final season is largely viewed as being weak compared to the first two seasons, mainly due to not having much of a story arc compared to the other seasons, Villain Decay on the part of Jack and Wuya, and the new villain Hannibal Bean not being particularly threatening or interesting.
    • Not to mention 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 this in season 3, 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.
  • 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 Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • News that the revival is being outsourced to Canada is already getting this reaction.
    • Jack's new voice—with a higher pitch that makes him seem a lot younger—is also getting this reaction (though it was later revealed that it was simply a place-holder since his actual voice actor hadn't been hired yet).
    • Fans also seem to be objecting to the use of CGI in the Showdowns, and the seemingly random name change to the Orb of Tornami, called the Orb of Torpedo in the preview clip.note 
  • 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • The rest of the monks during Raimundo's brief turn to the Heylin side. While Raimundo did betray them, they still gave up on him with startling ease, throwing out taunts and insults at him like they would any other foe. It isn't until they're on the verge of being crushed to death that they finally try appealing to his better nature. This comes off as deeply hypocritical, especially when Kimiko tells him "Rai, you're good. We know it!" (a sentiment none of them had expressed up until that moment).
    • This actually applies to Raimundo's reason for his Face–Heel Turn in general; because the other monks mock him to no end about how he is still a Dragon-In-Training whereas the others got promoted to Xiaolin Apprentice. It's understandable that Raimundo didn't get promoted considering that he directly disobeyed his master's orders and nearly led to the monks defeat because he indirectly caused Wuya to reveal the Shen Gong Wu's location but for him to get repeatedly bullied by the others for his low ranking rather than consoling and helping him catch up to the others does not really help his hurt feelings at all. Is it any wonder that he decides to defect to the Heylin side. What pushes them to this trope is the fact that the show never acknowledges that they are the reason for his eventual defection and counting the entry above, ultimately make them come off as hypocrites more than anything, especially considering that not only they never apologized for how they treated him but they still continued to pick on him even after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • 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.
  • The Woobie: Jack Spicer, and sometimes Omi and Raimundo.
    • Kimiko, big time in Tangled Web.
    • 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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