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Kwai Chang Caine (Creator/DavidCarradine) is the IdenticalGrandson to his namesake, the protagonist of the original series. He is a Shaolin priest working in a temple in California with his teenage son Peter (Nathaniel Moreau, later Robert Bednarski as a child, Chris Potter as an adult). When a renegade priest burns the temple down, father and son are separated, each believing the other had perished, and thus go their separate ways. Caine wanders the country, while Peter winds up with a foster family, and follows his foster father into police work, largely forgetting his Shaolin training. 15 years later, Caine comes to the town where Peter works and is finally reunited with his son. Caine settles in the Chinatown district and uses his wisdom and martial arts skills to assist Peter in his various cases.

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Kwai Chang Caine (Creator/DavidCarradine) is the IdenticalGrandson to his namesake, the protagonist of the original series. He is a Shaolin priest working in a temple in California with his teenage son Peter (Nathaniel Moreau, later Robert Bednarski as a child, Chris Potter Creator/ChrisPotter as an adult). When a renegade priest burns the temple down, father and son are separated, each believing the other had perished, and thus go their separate ways. Caine wanders the country, while Peter winds up with a foster family, and follows his foster father into police work, largely forgetting his Shaolin training. 15 years later, Caine comes to the town where Peter works and is finally reunited with his son. Caine settles in the Chinatown district and uses his wisdom and martial arts skills to assist Peter in his various cases.


* {{Gaslighting}}: In "Straitjacket," Karen Kaden is the sole surviving heir to her uncle's estate. John Mitchell, trustee of the family's estate, has her followed by stalkers who always leave before the police arrive, building a case against her as the "resident crackpot." At the beginning of the episode, Karen's apartment has been trashed. When she is trying to catch a bus out of town, one of Mitchell's associates flashes a knife in his waistband, but ditches it before boarding a bus behind her, and at the hearing to have her committed, two others who were at the bus station claim they were in classes at the time; meanwhile, the thugs who trashed her apartment put it back in order before the police come to investigate. This isn't so much to convince Karen that she is crazy as the authorities, but it leaves her questioning her own sanity.

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* {{Gaslighting}}: In "Straitjacket," Karen Kaden is the sole surviving heir to her uncle's family's estate. John Mitchell, CEO of her father's company and trustee of the family's estate, has her followed by stalkers who always leave before the police arrive, building a case against her as the "resident crackpot." At the beginning of the episode, Karen's apartment has been trashed. When she is trying to catch a bus out of town, one of Mitchell's associates flashes a knife in his waistband, but ditches it before boarding a bus behind her, and at the hearing to have her committed, two others who were at the bus station claim they were in classes at the time; meanwhile, the thugs who trashed her apartment put it back in order before the police come to investigate. This isn't so much to convince Karen that she is crazy as the authorities, but it leaves her questioning her own sanity.


* {{Gaslighting}}: In "Straitjacket," Karen Kaden is the sole surviving heir to her uncle's estate. John Mitchell, trustee of the family's estate, has her followed by stalkers who always leave before the police arrive, building a case against her as the "resident crackpot." At the beginning of the episode, one of Mitchell's associates flashes a knife in his waistband, but ditches it before boarding a bus behind her, and at the hearing to have Karen committed, two others who were at the bus station claim they were in classes at the time. This isn't so much to convince Karen that she is crazy as the authorities, but it leaves her questioning her own sanity.

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* {{Gaslighting}}: In "Straitjacket," Karen Kaden is the sole surviving heir to her uncle's estate. John Mitchell, trustee of the family's estate, has her followed by stalkers who always leave before the police arrive, building a case against her as the "resident crackpot." At the beginning of the episode, Karen's apartment has been trashed. When she is trying to catch a bus out of town, one of Mitchell's associates flashes a knife in his waistband, but ditches it before boarding a bus behind her, and at the hearing to have Karen her committed, two others who were at the bus station claim they were in classes at the time.time; meanwhile, the thugs who trashed her apartment put it back in order before the police come to investigate. This isn't so much to convince Karen that she is crazy as the authorities, but it leaves her questioning her own sanity.

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* {{Gaslighting}}: In "Straitjacket," Karen Kaden is the sole surviving heir to her uncle's estate. John Mitchell, trustee of the family's estate, has her followed by stalkers who always leave before the police arrive, building a case against her as the "resident crackpot." At the beginning of the episode, one of Mitchell's associates flashes a knife in his waistband, but ditches it before boarding a bus behind her, and at the hearing to have Karen committed, two others who were at the bus station claim they were in classes at the time. This isn't so much to convince Karen that she is crazy as the authorities, but it leaves her questioning her own sanity.


* ButNotTooForeign: Canadian Chris Potter plays the one-quarter Chinese Peter Caine.

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* ButNotTooForeign: Canadian and Caucasian Chris Potter plays the one-quarter Chinese Peter Caine.


* ButNotTooForeign: Peter is a quarter Chinese, and three-quarters White.

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* ButNotTooForeign: Canadian Chris Potter plays the one-quarter Chinese Peter is a quarter Chinese, and three-quarters White.Caine.

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* ButNotTooForeign: Peter is a quarter Chinese, and three-quarters White.


** Caine as well, his mother was lost and presumed dead while pregnant with his brother and he was separated form his son in an explosion and thought he was dead for fifteen years.

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** Caine as well, his mother was lost and presumed dead while pregnant with his brother and he was separated form from his son in an explosion and thought he was dead for fifteen years.


* AbortedArc: A planed return for Captain Blaisdell was crapped [[AuthorExistenceFailure when his actor died of cancer.]]

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* AbortedArc: A planed return for Captain Blaisdell was crapped scrapped [[AuthorExistenceFailure when his actor died of cancer.]]cancer]].



* GrandFinale: In the final story arc of the series, Peter finally completes his training and becomes a full Shaolin monk, resigning from the police force to pursue that calling full-time. Kwai Chang is granted the status of a [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Shambala Master]] and leaves Peter in order to continue his wandering and find out if his wife is still alive. The final scene between father and son concludes when Peter [[WhenYouSnatchThePebble snatches the pebble]] from Kwai Chang's hand.

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* GrandFinale: In the final story arc of the series, Peter finally completes his training and becomes a full Shaolin monk, resigning from the police force to pursue that calling full-time. Kwai Chang is granted the status of a [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Shambala Master]] and leaves Peter in order to continue his wandering and find out if his wife is still alive. The final scene between father and son concludes when Peter [[WhenYouSnatchThePebble snatches the pebble]] from Kwai Chang's hand.


** Caine as well, his mother was lost and presumed dead while pregnant with his brother and he was sepearted form hsi son in an explosion and thought he was dead for fifteen years.

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** Caine as well, his mother was lost and presumed dead while pregnant with his brother and he was sepearted separated form hsi his son in an explosion and thought he was dead for fifteen years.


Kwai Chang Caine (Creator/DavidCarradine) is the IdenticalGrandson to his namesake, the protagonist of the original series. He is a Shaolin priest working in a temple in California with his son Peter (Nathaniel Moreau, later Robert Bednarski as a child, Chris Potter as an adult). When a renegade priest burns the temple down, father and son believe the other perished and go their separate ways. Caine wanders the country, while Peter grows up and becomes a police officer, largely forgetting his Shaolin training. 15 years later, Caine comes to the town where Peter works and is finally reunited with his son. Caine settles in the Chinatown and uses his wisdom and martial arts skills to assist Peter in his various cases.

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Kwai Chang Caine (Creator/DavidCarradine) is the IdenticalGrandson to his namesake, the protagonist of the original series. He is a Shaolin priest working in a temple in California with his teenage son Peter (Nathaniel Moreau, later Robert Bednarski as a child, Chris Potter as an adult). When a renegade priest burns the temple down, father and son believe are separated, each believing the other perished had perished, and thus go their separate ways. Caine wanders the country, while Peter grows winds up with a foster family, and becomes a follows his foster father into police officer, work, largely forgetting his Shaolin training. 15 years later, Caine comes to the town where Peter works and is finally reunited with his son. Caine settles in the Chinatown district and uses his wisdom and martial arts skills to assist Peter in his various cases.



* ChuckCunninghamSydrome: The previous two tv movies have a completley different family tree from Kwai Chang (different son, only one grandson, and a different great grandson) who are never mentioned here. Whether their retconned out of existence or are simply an unmentioned seperate branch of the clan is unclear.

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* ChuckCunninghamSydrome: ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The previous two tv movies have a completley different family tree from Kwai Chang (different son, only one grandson, and a different great grandson) who are never mentioned here. Whether their retconned out of existence or are simply an unmentioned seperate branch of the clan is unclear.


* ChuckCunninghamSydrome: The previous two tv movies have a completley different family tree from Kwai Chang (different son, only one grandson, and a different great grandson) who are never mentioned here. Whether their retconned out of existence or are simply an unmentioned seperate branch of the clan is unclear.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Captain Blaisdell and Kermit were mercenaries before becoming cops and some things they'd rather forget are hinted at.

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Captain Blaisdell and Kermit were mercenaries before becoming cops and some things they'd rather forget are hinted at.at.
** Caine as well, his mother was lost and presumed dead while pregnant with his brother and he was sepearted form hsi son in an explosion and thought he was dead for fifteen years.

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* AbortedArc: A planed return for Captain Blaisdell was crapped [[AuthorExistenceFailure when his actor died of cancer.]]
* ActionFashionista: Captain Simms in the third and fourth seasons is described as having a flashy clothing sense and is willing to take a firm line with Peter (although rarely unreasonably so) and occasionally go into the field.


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* CainAndAbel: Kwai Chang's long-lost brother Damon is a hardened man who wants to sacrifice him (although there are some hints he might have a HeelRealization).


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* ChickMagnet: Peter has many love interests throughout the show although Judy in an UnresolvedSexualTension way and Kelly Blaine are the only long lasting ones.


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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Captain Blaisdell and Kermit were mercenaries before becoming cops and some things they'd rather forget are hinted at.
* DeadPartner: [[spoiler:Kira Blakemoor]] becomes one to Peter.


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* HeroicBastard: Martin Bradshaw is the illegitimate brother of Kwai Chang and proves to be an ally when he shows up (as opposed to Chang's full brother).


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* StrongFamilyResemblance: Detectives Kira Blakemoor and Judy Powell (sisters) are [[ActingForTwo played by the same actress.]]


* AffectionateNickname: Played with. Peter habitually addresses Caine as "Pop," but Caine often expresses his dislike of it.

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* AffectionateNickname: Played with. Peter habitually addresses Caine as "Pop," but Caine often (gently) expresses his dislike of it.


* AffectionateNickname: Played with. Peter habitually addresses Caine as "Pop," but Caine often expresses his dislike of it.



* CatchPhrase: "Bloody marvelous" (The Ancient).



* IdenticalGrandson: Kwai Chang Caine from ''The Legend Continues'', grandson of Kwai Chang from the original series. Both played by David Carradine, and both half-Chinese. Implied on occasion to actually be the same man.
** David Carradine also played Matthew Caine, Kwai Chang's son & Kwai Chang II's father, in an episode or two of ''TLC''.
** People were disappointed that a young Kwai Chang Caine wasn't played by Chris Potter in ''Tournament''.


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* IconicItem: Kermit's dark green sunglasses.
* IdenticalGrandson: Kwai Chang Caine from ''The Legend Continues'', grandson of Kwai Chang from the original series. Both played by David Carradine, and both half-Chinese. Implied on occasion to actually be the same man.
** David Carradine also played Matthew Caine, Kwai Chang's son & Kwai Chang II's father, in an episode or two of ''TLC''.
** People were disappointed that a young Kwai Chang Caine wasn't played by Chris Potter in ''Tournament''.

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