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    General 
The main characters of the show. Three members of an extended Chinese-American family (and their Japanese friend) from San Francisco who save the world from the forces of evil.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Jackie or Tohru, whenever either of them is paired with Jade.
  • Badass Family: While Tohru isn't related to the others, he is still considered part of the Chan clan. The family business is busting low-life criminals and demon overlords (along with selling antiques).
  • Badass in Distress: They all get their turns in needing rescue.
  • Badass Normal: None of them have any special powers when fighting demons and wizards, although they use magic objects.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: They've all been temporarily transformed into something not quite human at least once.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief:
    • The Fighter: Jackie engages in physical combat the most, rarely using magic at all. And he tends to fail in speaking things out.
    • The Mage: Uncle's main purpose is to prepare the spells, participating in action the least.
    • The Thief: Jade is the most stealthy and cunning.
    • Tohru becomes a mix of the Fighter and the Mage.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
    • The Cynic: Uncle rarely gives a crap about the concerns of others when he is trying to focus on the duty of saving the world.
    • The Optimist: Jade is not easy to discourage from adventuring.
    • The Realist: Jackie is the Only Sane Man who tries to maintain the peace of the group.
    • The Apathetic: Tohru is mostly a background assistant who rarely brings forth his own opinions.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • The Sanguine: Jade is the most keen on enjoying the life at hand, ditching anything boring.
    • The Choleric: Uncle can be quite bossy, especially when he is focusing on the task at hand.
    • The Melancholic: Jackie is the most easy to stress out and he vocally laments about the craziness around him.
    • The Phlegmatic: Tohru is a reserved helper, who tends to suffer everything quietly and is the least inclined to exaggerate.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: When Tohru's not included, Jackie is Nice, Uncle is Mean, and Jade is In-Between.
  • Quirky Household: They tend to distract each other quite much, but in the end they are one big happy family.
  • The Team:

    Jackie Chan 
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Bad day — for demons.

Played by (live-action): Himself (during the intro sequence, and the interviews at the end of each episode)
Voiced by (animation): James Sie (adult), and Paul Robert Langdon (child)

The main hero of the series. He is an archaeologist on a mission to search for - in order - talismans, demon portals, animals with talisman powers, oni masks, and demon chi objects that were used to imprison Shendu's siblings. Though he's quite likely the only archaeologist on the planet up to this job (thanks to being Jackie Chan), he'd rather be on a dig or minding his Uncle's antique shop.


  • Action Hero: Though he'd prefer otherwise, he ends up solving most of the problems with violence.
  • Adorkable: When he's not serious, he's a nice awkward guy who Apologizes a Lot.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Double Subverted; the archaeology is more or less realistic but he's recruited for unrelated missions. Oftentimes he wishes he could get back to his quieter real job.
  • Afraid of Needles: Other than dangerous criminals, the one thing he dislikes is getting a shot. Funnily enough, the real Jackie Chan also has a needle fear.
  • Almighty Janitor: In the Section 13 totem pole, he's just a glorified temp. He's also Jackie Chan.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • Throughout the series, he continues questioning the believability of new supernatural threats/phenomenons and Uncle's expositions. Unfortunately for him, he's almost certainly proven wrong 2 seconds later.
    • In Chi of the Vampire, he lampshades the ridiculousness of the things they need to do to take back everyone's chi from the Jiangshi, as the requirements are even more unusual than normal. It involves sticking a mushroom in the vampire's left sock and then tossing it in the river. It makes sense in context.
  • Badass Bookworm: Jackie is an educated antiquarian and professional archaeologist. Martial arts are something he does on the side.
  • Badass Normal: He prefers using martial arts instead of magic to fight thugs, wizards, and demons. He usually doesn't need anything else.
    Ratso: No way he's human.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's generally pacifistic, however if you do press his Berserk Button by hurting his friends or family then he will own you.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He often wears a blue sweater.
  • Butt-Monkey: He may be the hero, but he suffers a lot of comical injuries. And things often go another way than he'd like them to.
  • Captain Obvious: He has the habit of stating the obvious.
  • Catchphrase: He has many phrases, including:
  • Celibate Hero: Jackie is not seen dating any women over the course of the series, though it's implied he may have feelings for Viper.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first season, Jackie was easier to anger and more ready to act; while in all the following seasons, he's portrayed as the Martial Pacifist Nice Guy he's known as.
  • Combat Parkour: He uses acrobatic moves as part of his fighting style.
  • Compassionate Critic: Downplayed. He rarely congratulates Jade, trying to (fruitlessly) reduce her disobedience or rashness.
  • Composite Character: Of some classic characters real Jackie has portrayed, like the archaeologist in Operation Condor and the Martial Pacifist from Police Story.
  • Cool Uncle: Jade quickly believes that her martial artist Adventurer Archaeologist uncle is the coolest guy around.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's easy to startle or stress out most of the time, but he still leaps into action.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may come off as this due to being a clumsy Butt-Monkey, but he still saves the day in the end.
  • Cultured Badass: He knows a thing or two about antiques and yoga.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes it all becomes too much for him.
    "Yes, I can see this is some very special garbage."
  • Demonic Possession: Shendu possesses him in Demon World (Part 1) to get to the Book of Ages.
  • Don't Try This at Home: In “Sheep In, Sheep Out”, Jackie and Jade swap bodies, allowing Jade to finally do all the things she's been warned never to do every episode beforehand. Jackie (as Jade), then dropkicks some Shadowkhan, runs up a wall to knock out another two, and immediately warns Jade never 'to try that at home'.
  • Drunken Master: Twice. The first one occurs after Jackie gets bitten by a cobra. The second one occurs when he suffers from decompression sickness.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In "Black and White Chi All Over", Jackie absorbed the chi of Dai Gui the Earth Demon in order to fight Drago and the Ice Gang, who were also powered up by Demon Chi themselves.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When Jackie is Shendu's servant in the rewritten reality, he sports a long braid until it's cut off by a Shadowkhan, rendering Jackie's hair back to his usual style. It's not long after this that he starts rebelling against Shendu openly. In China's history, men have shown allegiance to warlords by never cutting their hair, and when revolutionary wars occurred, men who hadn't cut their pigtails had them forcibly cut off.
  • Expy: Of the real Jackie Chan, if he had Indiana Jones' occupation.
  • First-Name Basis: Friends and family call him "Jackie".
  • Glass Cannon: Jackie could be seen as a downplayed version of this trope. For one thing, he's quite fast and agile, and decently strong. He's not by any means frail or a sucker in defense, but he appears to be more susceptible to pain than most of the other characters, as he often winces loudly when he gets a hit. Some of his opponents have attempted to use his moments of distraction by pain to gain the upper hand.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's a nice guy, however when push comes to shove, he will fight back.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: He's thrice (one of those instances was a dream, but still) shown wearing pink boxers with red hearts.
  • Ventriloquism: He shows himself to know how to do this in I'll Be a Monkey's Puppet, saying that he won a few talent shows in Jade's age.
  • Weirdness Magnet: It seems no matter what he does, he always ends up accidentally uncovering the plots of ancient spirits and demons.
  • What the Hell Are You?: He makes this question in the first season's finale to the restored Shendu.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In Deja Vu, he gets a chance to send Jade home to keep her from the magical adventures. Then he remembers her value at the last minute, he leaves it undone.
  • Worthy Opponent: Shendu at least recognizes the fact that Jackie is a truly formidable enemy to him, having been able to foil his plans many times. This is the reason why Shendu's ghost wants to possess Chan in Season 2, so that nothing can stop him from freeing his siblings. He eventually succeeds with using Jackie to rewrite the Book of Ages.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In Through the Rabbit Hole, Jackie threatens to hurt the past Valmont when Tohru threatens Jackie's past version. The stalemate is broken when Chow points out that Jackie doesn't have enough ruthlessness to hurt a child, even if said child is his future enemy, making Jackie let the past Valmont go.
    Chow: Chan wouldn't hurt a kid. Not even mini-Valmont.
  • You Watch Too Much X: He several times dismisses Jade's concerns or peculiar suggestions as a result of reading comics or seeing movies too much.

    Jade Chan 
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Helping Jackie, whether he wants it or not.
Voiced by: Stacie Chan (child and adult, second appearance), and Lucy Liu (adult, first appearance)

Jackie's niece (technically his first cousin-once-removed) who is always joining his adventures, much to Jackie's annoyance.


  • Action Girl: She does well once Jackie trains her.
  • Adventure Rebuff: Once an Episode, Jackie will tell her to stay out of the action, and she will never listen to him. Fortunately, she manages to be pretty useful and avoids being The Load or a Distressed Damsel most of the time.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: She regularly uses her small stature to sneak around this way. Lucky for her that she grows no bigger at all during the show.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: In A Jolly J-Team Xmas, she had stopped believing that Santa Claus exists. In the final season, she disbelieves in haunting ghosts and evil mirror spirits. In all those instances, she's proven wrong.
  • Are We There Yet?:
    • Makes this question while sitting in a moving car with Uncle concocting a smelly locator spell in the beginning of Viva Las Jackies.
    • In The Powers That Be (Part 1), she does several times the second variation of this trope when Tohru tries to concoct a chi spell to remove the Demon Chis from Drago as the time to ransom the chis for Jackie, Uncle, and Captain Black draws nearer.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In Little Valmont, Big Jade, she tries to use a spell to grow into an adult quicker, but she grows in size instead to match Big Ben.
  • Badass Adorable: Badass runs in the Chan family, and she is the youngest and cutest part of it.
  • Badass Normal: She doesn't even have Jackie's experience and she still holds her own against supernatural threats. However, she is also more willing to use the Talismans.
  • Badbutt: Due to being in a kid-friendly show, Jade couldn't be allowed to be too rough in language or acts of violence.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: She has used this technique a couple of times, especially in "And He Does His Own Stunts".
  • Big Eater: She has a BIG appetite, once eating 5 hot dogs and drinking 5 sodas in one ball game. Yet she still stays thin.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Does this occasionally. During her time as the T-Girl, she was able to use the Dragon Talisman's power this way, much to her delight.
  • Book Dumb: Not very good in school, but very good at breaking into underground military installations.
  • Boyish Short Hair: That curls to the sides of her head from the hairline of her forehead, to accentuate her tomboyish nature.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: She's certainly a very stubborn and Hot-Blooded kid.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She's not the type to sit down and do homework, but in addition to the Book Dumb and Guile Hero sections, her knowledge about science is decent.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • She keeps sharing her outrageous stories of adventuring with her uncle. Naturally, her teacher and classmates won't believe her.
    • In the "Demon World" duology, she's the only human who doesn't lose her memory of the unaltered reality, but her efforts to tell about what happened are not believed at first.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Hi Jackie!" (After popping out of nowhere.)
    • "Awwww!" (Whenever Jackie refuses her requests.)
    • "Tch!" (Disregarding whatever rule or order she's been told.)
    • "Duh!"
    • "Go Jackie!"
    • "HIIIYAAAH!"
    • "Cyuuuute!"
    • "Jackieeee!"
    • "Talk later!"
  • The Chosen One: At the end of The Chosen One, it's implied that she might be the true reincarnation of Ben Shui Order's special person.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She tends to be the only one of the heroes who thinks to use the various magical artifacts/weapons they've acquired (the Talismans usually).
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Jade is very impulsive and prone to foolish behavior, and she's even caused a few of the episode conflicts. She's still capable of cleaning up her messes though.
  • Culture Blind: You'd think that she was raised in America rather than China.
  • Cute Bruiser: Even without power-ups, she's abnormally strong for her size, and nobody doubts her cuteness.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's very sassy, and almost always has a witty remark for the situation.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She becomes a barefooter when she is the Queen of the Shadowkhan.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She's been empowered and transformed a few times:
    • First, she wore the Mark of Tarakudo tattoo on her leg, which turned her into the evil Queen of the Shadowkhan, who could summon Ninja Khan at will.
    • Second, she got herself scratched by a cursed cat idol, which turned her into a Cat Girl with feline agility and senses.
    • Third, she once absorbed all 12 Talisman powers into her body, dubbing herself as a superhero called "T-Girl".
    • Finally, she accidentally absorbed the chi of Xiao Fung the Wind Demon, turning into a frog-like creature who could belch out powerful winds.
  • Evil Feels Good: She was unsettlingly eager to be rebranded with the Mark of Tarakudo again, and was disappointed when Jackie vetoed it.
  • The Face: She's the one who formed the J-Team and has often spoken on the team's behalf, even if she's not asked to. Jackie is forced to admit this in "Weight and See", when he and Uncle go to Québec and have to deal with a French-speaking woman, who can't speak English. (Ironically, Jade was looking forward to practicing her French, only to be left behind again.)
    Jackie: Maybe we should have brought Jade.
  • Friend to All Living Things: It becomes useful during the hunt for the Talisman-empowered animals.
    • She adopts Scruffy, the Noble Dog.
    • While she doesn't think that the Noble Rat is cute, she won't let Daolon Wong harm it.
    • In "Shell Game", she opts to saving Aesop the tortoise from being eaten rather than retrieving the Rabbit Talisman from the Dark Hand.
    • In "The Curse Of El Chupcabra", when Paco is about to suggest that they hand the goat stock over to the Chupacabra, Jade forbids him to even finish that sentence.
  • Future Badass: Adult Jade became the leader of Section 13... at least until Future Captain Black got back and she was demoted.
  • Gasshole: Pure belch variant in "Relics of Demons Past". Augmented when she accidentally turned into a Wind Demon.
  • Genre Savvy: She often uses the knowledge gained from movies, comics and TV shows. Sometimes she's Wrong Genre Savvy.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: After the Mark of Tarakudo turned her evil (before it was finally removed), she claims the title of Queen of the Shadowkhan.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Jade has occasionally shown to be more ruthless than the other heroes.
    • At the end of Season 1, without hesitation or remorse, Jade fires the Dragon Talisman to kill Shendu, who had already lost his immortality and was turned into a statue again. Granted, while Shendu is an evil demon, he was already defeated and defenseless.
    • In Shrink Rap, Jade uses a spell that she assumes to make targets vanish from the face of the Earth (when it really just shrinks them) in order to get rid of Hak Foo when he attacks their home.
  • Guile Heroine: She takes after her uncle in this regard. "Greatest victory is the battle not fought" and all that.
  • Hero-Worshipper: She really admires and respects Jackie, especially as far as Paco is concerned with his hero El Toro.
  • Hulking Out: Uses the Ox Talisman to do so in "The Amazing T-Troop", complete with a quick Growing Muscles Sequence.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Unlike Jackie, she finds their adventures to be very fun, and rarely sees any downside to them.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Tohru. They exchanged yin-yang necklaces and everything; young and old, big and small etc.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she isn't really abrasive or mean-spirited, her disobedient and irreverent personality tends to get on her elders' nerves. But while she may not respect their authority, she still has plenty of love for them as family.
  • Just a Kid: No matter what she does, she gets this treatment throughout the series, much to her annoyance.
  • Kick Chick: When she fights, she tends to perform a flying kick.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Type 3: a school-age kid that drops into Jackie's life as soon as the Section 13 business starts, i.e. Episode 1.
  • Kid Sidekick: Unofficially of course, because she's a kid and a Reckless Sidekick.
  • The Kids Are American: She grew up in Hong Kong, but sounds like she grew up in Los Angeles. (Her voice actress is from Los Angeles.)
  • The Lancer: More aggressive than Jackie, more interested in the supernatural, and constantly subverting his orders.
  • Leitmotif: When a quick flute tone is heard, you can bet Jade is up to something.
  • Little Miss Badass: She follows her uncle anywhere to take part in his adventures, regardless of what may be said to her or attempted to keep her home. She uses her cunning mind to outwit grown-up villains and supernatural foes, and gets away with all of her blunders either by fixing them up or turning them into advantages. Yep, that's one little badass Guile Heroine.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She makes sassy quips all the time.
    Jade: (after Jackie accidentally causes their transport (a giant glider plane) to fly away) See? This is why we can't buy you anything nice.
  • Little Stowaway: Regularly hides in Jackie's luggage in order to follow his adventures.
  • Loophole Abuse: She's a master user of this trope. A couple of examples:
    Jade: Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in. So can I-
    Jackie and Black: No. (drive off to fight the Talisman-powered Dark Hand)
    Jade: (angry) Wouldn't even let me ask. (in realization) And if I didn't ask, how am I supposed to know what they said "no" to?

    Jackie: Jade, maybe you should go with Uncle.
    Jade: Aw! (walks off)
    Uncle: (waves goodbye as his train departs)
    Jade: I miss him already.
    Jackie: Jade! I told you to go with Uncle, not...stay...with...uncle...
    Jade: No wonder I got confused, too many uncles.
  • Morality Pet: Viper's first few appearances after her Heel–Face Turn make it clear that her friendship with Jade and the fact that Jade looks up to her (which she almost lost the first time she scammed Jade and Jackie) is one of the major reasons she switched sides. Jade asking is also the main reason she joined the J-Team in the first place.
  • Most Definitely Not Accompanying Us: Nothing Jackie or anyone else says or does can prevent Jade from tagging along.
  • Names to Run Away From: Jade fits what's typically expected from her name. One: she's Asian. Two: while too young to be gorgeous, she is cute. Three: though she has yet to reach her peak, she has potential in buttkicking. Her future self has fully realized all the three things.
  • The Napoleon: She's not the type to take crap from anyone. And she hates being called "shrimp".
  • Nephewism: Played with. Jade's precise relation to Jackie is a little dodgy, and her parents aren't dead, just living in Hong Kong. But, for all intents and purposes, they're uncle and niece, and Jackie is her father-figure. On some occasions, it seems that Jade prefers Jackie even over her actual parents, though that may have more to do with the adventures she goes on when she's with Jackie.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She has been responsible for (accidentally) causing some serious trouble multiple times. For example:
  • One of the Boys: She doesn't get a female role model until Viper. Also see Tomboy below.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Subverted. Her luggage and nightgown are pink, but she is not feminine.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: She remains in her height of 3 feet throughout the series.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Her flying kick can knock down a full grown thug.
  • Plucky Girl: This girl is not easy to break. When she's trapped in the Netherworld in The Eighth Door, she looks for a way out instead of breaking down. When she's left as the sole human who remembers what the unaltered reality was like in the "Demon World" duology, she convinces her family and friends to set things as they were.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Before she fires the Dragon Talisman at Shendu, she dismisses his declaration of revenge.
    Shendu: I will have my revenge. If it takes another 900 years!
    Jade: Tch. No Rat means you're just a statue. And no Dog means, you're not immortal.
  • Psychotic Smirk: She has sometimes made these. Some fans have noted how similiar they are to the ones Azula has made.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Jade gains these in conjunction with eerie pale skin and Power Echoes as the Queen of the Shadowkhan.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Jackie's blue; more reckless, more excited, less cautious, and even wears red shoes.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: She's the only human who retains her memories of the unaltered reality in Demon World duology. This is because she accidentally tore out the page in the Book of Ages that states she set right what once went wrong. Since that section didn't get altered, neither did she.
  • Scout-Out: A member of both the girl and boy scouts.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Jackie / Viper.
    "She'd be such a cool aunt!"
  • Slasher Smile: When Drew teases her one too many times after she tattoos herself with Tarakudo's brand, Jade flashes a particularly bloodthirsty grin, complete with her irises turning dark red, and summons some Shadowkhan to attack him. Fortunately for him, the bell snaps her back to her senses.
  • The Sneaky Gal: She often uses the Stealth Hi/Bye and Snooping Little Kid tropes. In the first episode, she easily snuck into Section 13's base.
  • Snooping Little Kid: She tends to be involved to the plot this way. Valmont even lampshades it to Jackie in The New Atlantis.
    Valmont: So this is why your niece is always with you? And here I just thought you were horribly irresponsible.
  • "Sorcerer's Apprentice" Plot: Several episodes' problems stem from Jade attempting to perform chi sorcery behind her uncles' backs. It's played with because the spells themselves don't botch; Jade just fails to comprehend their true purpose. Often she manages to turn them into something useful in saving the day, like using her duplicates to subdue Po Kong and rejuvenating the Chang Gang like the J-Team.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Jade tends to get the most focus out of all of Jackie's friends and relatives, and maybe even more so than Jackie himself at times.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Bordering on Offscreen Teleportation. She's done it inside an MIB base and all the way to the Moon.
  • Street Smart: She never seems to be uncomfortable walking in unfamiliar places.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her honey colored eyes sometimes look golden. See The Chosen One section above.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Being branded with the Mark of Tarakudo tattoo gave her control over the Shadowkhan, but slowly transformed her into a blue-skinned demon with glowing red eyes and fangs.
  • Tagalong Kid: Despite Jackie's best efforts she follows him on his missions; with or without his knowledge.
  • Tomboy: She has the crude demeanor, wears boyish clothes, has a skateboard, etc.
    • The only time we see her wearing a dress was when she was the Queen of the Shadowkhan, if you discount her nightgown/pajamas.
    • Also, she was obviously dismayed when Jackie signed her up for a girl scout troop.
  • Underestimating Badassery: She's more often than not underestimated by everyone due to her age.
  • Waif-Fu: Works on school bullies, less so on demons and it also varies. In one episode she's easily beating giant mooks including one who easily floored Jackie, and suddenly she's easily restrained by Finn, Chow, or Ratso.
  • Wait Here:
    Jade: "Tch. When will he learn?"
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite being a mischievous Bratty Half-Pint, she shows signs of this trope at times. It's even lampshaded in Lost City Of The Muntabs by Abila.
    "You are so young, yet speak with the wisdom of an elder."

    Uncle Chan 
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That lizard is a deadly weapon. Seriously.
Who else wants a piece of Uncle?

Voiced by: Sab Shimono

Jackie's uncle and Jade's great-uncle. He runs an antique shop, and is also an expert wizard of chi magic. He's actually the cousin of (one of) her parents... they think.


  • Abusive Parents: Downplayed. Uncle treats his nephew rather poorly, shows little to no concern for the trouble Jackie goes through and slaps him a lot, which is the way a martial arts master would correct his students. But in Through the Rabbit Hole, the past Uncle is not shown mistreating the child Jackie in any way, so his current behaviour probably started only after Jackie's childhood.
  • Anime Hair: If you look at his page image, you'll see it sticks up in several points.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: He knows about magic, Chinese demons, Santa Claus, and many other mythical things. But he initially refused to believe that Tarakudo is Japanese or that Oni exist. He also dismissed the importance of Hana Fuda Cards and Miss Kimber's precognitions. And he doesn't believe in the Tooth Fairy.
  • Asian Rudeness: Uncle delivers rude remarks with his condescending tone and thick Chinese accent.
    • Deconstructed in a Season 4 episode, when he was overly demanding and rude to Tohru (even more than usual), which caused Tohru to get mad at him, resulting in both not wanting to trade a word with each other. Later, when Tohru gets captured thanks to this, he realized how much of a jerk he was.
      Uncle: One more thing! I say "one more thing" a lot!
  • Asian Store-Owner: Very protective of his antiques, and has the skills to back it up.
  • Badass Bookworm: Uncle always performs extensive research about the magical artifact or monster of the week, which helps save the day.
  • Badass Normal: His blowfish is more or less a magic gun, and the other spells can be done by anyone, even Jade, who has no idea what she's doing.
  • Birthday Hater: "When I am another year younger, I will celebrate."
  • Blowing a Raspberry: When he sabotages Daolon Wong's Talisman power-locator connection in Monkey A Go-Go, Wong sees him doing this thrice "onscreen".
    • He does this to Wong two times when he's in his astral form in The Ox-Head Incident.
  • Catchphrase: He has many phrases, including:
    • "Jackieeee!"
    • "One more thing!"
    • "AIYAH!" (Whenever he's shocked.)
    • "Yu Mo Gui Gwai Fai Di Zao!" note 
    • "Magic must defeat magic!"
    • "[Who else wants / You want] a piece of Uncle?!"
    • "[X] is not important!"
    • "We must do research!"
    • "Talk later!"
    • "You want Uncle to do [X]? [Yes/No]? Then let Uncle work in peace!"
    • "Eating garlic is good for you!"
    • "[X] is good for digestion".
    • "HA-CHA!"
  • Celibate Hero: Uncle is a very old man, and it's never even suggested that he was ever married, nor involved in any romance at all.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: It comes with his job description as a Chi Wizard.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Like Jade, Uncle isn't exactly into fair fighting. Since he's past his prime, he has to use cunningness more than brawn.
  • Cool Old Guy: Jackie, Jade, and Tohru very much look up to him. Also he's a skillful Old Master and Kung-Fu Wizard, so an old man can hardly get any more cool and badass than that.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: He's flawless at countering malicious Chinese magics and curses, to the point that he often had to be written out or caught up in his own problems for some way for the characters to occasionally struggle with the Monster of the Week, but come Season 4, since the Oni Masks are distinctly Japanese, tactics that had previously worked on Shendu and his ilk, as well as Daolon Wong, no longer apply, meaning he has to rely on Tohru, who's more familiar with the legends.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He comes off as an eccentric and grouchy geezer, until he demonstrates his magical and martial expertise.
  • Cultured Badass: He's a fan of classical Chinese opera. In fact, he was part of a theater troupe when he was younger.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Uncle often provides bluntly cynical comments, whenever he's feeling especially grouchy (which is most of the time).
  • Delusions of Doghood: In Tohru Who?, Uncle is sprayed with the amnesia-causing potion by Valmont who then calls him an old goat. He spends the last five minutes of the episode bleating, running around on all fours and nibbling on clothes and Valmont's butt.
  • Detect Evil: He gets the "willies" when evil forces (Daolon Wong, Dark Chi Warriors, etc.) are near. But he doesn't get them when Oni are near.
  • Dope Slap: A running gag has him hitting Jackie in the head with a two-fingered strike every time he does or says something wrong. He has also done this to Captain Black, Tohru, Jackie's Yang side, Daolon Wong, Hak Foo, Hsi Wu, Super Moose, and at least twice himself. Ironically, he's never shown doing this to Jade or Tohru's mother.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Tohru's magic mentor, and has more than a few quirks.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: One time, a Jiangshi drained Uncle's chi, turning him into an evil vampire minion with super strength.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's just known as Uncle to everybody (except Mamma Tohru who calls him "Billy Goat").
  • Funny Foreigner: Out of his family, Uncle is the most stereotypically Chinese character in the show, while his heavy Chinese accent and biting sarcasm do make him a very hilarious individual.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Uncle's obviously not the friendliest character on the show, but he does fight for his family and the side of good.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He's been shown happy exactly twice in five seasons, and one of them was a magic induced dream.
  • Honorary Uncle: He's everyone's Uncle. Really.
  • Insistent Terminology: Jackie "fell asleep". "Uncle merely resting brain".
  • Insufferable Genius: He's right about everything magical (mostly) and whenever he says "Magic must defeat magic".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He often yells and slaps others, especially his nephew, and he lacks tact, but he does show his softer side every now and then.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: He's an expert at both kung fu and chi magic, skills which he taught Jackie and Tohru respectively.
  • Leitmotif: His is some sort of a Chinese stringed instrument.
  • Magical Asian: He's a wise old Chinese man who knows magic and martial arts.
  • Magic Wand: Uncle uses an enchanted blowfish and lizard to cast spells, or to fire chi energy beams in combat.
  • Mahjong: He enjoys this game. He states that he was the Hong Kong Community Center Champion in 1955, but he loses several times to Tohru's mother. He says she cheats; "Every time I sneeze, you move a piece!"
  • Mean Boss: He can often be an overbearing nagger towards Jackie, Tohru, and anyone else who is working under him (like Section 13 agents or the Enforcers). It became the root of the feud between himself and Tohru in The Demon Behind.
    Uncle: (after Tohru snaps at him for ordering him around) You disrespect Uncle? Uncle took you in. Put roof over your head. Put food in your belly. Lots of food, and this is how you repay me?
    Tohru: I cook. I clean. I travel the world to be smothered in fish. And you thank me by demanding (imitates Uncle) "many more things".
  • Mentor Archetype: Old, wise, and takes a formal apprentice.
  • Nephewism: He has raised Jackie since he was a child. We never actually learn which of Jackie's parents he is related to, only that they sent him to be raised by Uncle when he was about 12 years old.
  • No Name Given: Just call him "Uncle".
  • Offhand Backhand: 90% of the time, if he does fight, he's just doing this to a hapless baddie.
  • Old Master: Who taught Jackie his martial arts and Tohru his magic?
  • Parental Substitute: It would seem that he did the job of raising up Jackie.
  • The Prankster: Apparently, he was one of these in his youth. But today, he has little tolerance for nonsense.
  • Pressure Point: If it's not a chi spell or kick, it's this. Again because it's a powerful art that can be used by old and frail people.
  • Psychic Static: When Daolon Wong attempts to steal from Uncle's mind the location of the Ox Talisman's power, he manages to resist the first two attempts by thinking about a mung bean sandwitch to eat and giving Wong a spanking. Wong's third hardened effort succeeds, though.
  • Relegated Mentor: In Samurai Ratso, Uncle is forced to admit that Tohru's knowledge is more helpful against the Oni than his. Ashamed of himself, he decides to leave to avoid being a burden. It doesn't last, though.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Established in the pilot: "You no make coffee this morning! Coffee is the only thing keeping Uncle's ancient heart beating. You want dead Uncle? No? Then you make coffee!"
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He holds fierce rivalries with Tohru's mother, another antique salesman named Kai Ching, and a TV psychic named Ms. Kimber. He takes them as seriously as Daolon Wong.
  • Smoking Barrel Blowout: He has a habit of blowing out smoke from the mouth of his magical blowfish after firing with it.
  • So Last Season: His knowledge of Chinese magic becomes near useless during Season 4 due to the Oni being Japanese instead of Chinese like previous season villains. He learns to cope, but often sometimes it's through very slow impractical methods, such as spending hours transcribing with the help of a Japanese-to-Chinese dictionary.
  • Specs of Awesome: Those specs aren't just for show, as Uncle uses them to read Chinese fine print.
  • Strolling Through the Chaos: He can be found casually making his way through a battlefield in order to find some magical dohickey.
  • The Smart Guy: When something magical happens, he's usually the only one with any idea what's going on.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Uncle doesn't know how to use computers and fax machines. In fact, he once smashed Jade's laptop because he thought it was cursed by dark magic.
  • Third-Person Person: He mostly refers to himself as "Uncle" instead of "I".
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • When he used the Dog Talisman, which mentioned only in its first appearance makes the wearer as strong as they were in their prime as well as granting Complete Immortality. While he was already badass, with the Talisman he was nearly unstoppable, Hak Foo only managed to hit him once in the entire episode.
    • As Jade states in one episode, Uncle's spells keep on becoming more awesome.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mung beans and garlic. They're good for digestion, you know.
  • Witch Doctor: His chi spells involve ingredients like "eel saliva" and "hair of ewe".

    Tohru 
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Crunch.
I hate fish.

Voiced by: Noah Nelson

A Japanese sumo wrestler who was once a Dark Hand enforcer, but he defects to the Chans. He works for Uncle at his antique shop, and becomes his apprentice in chi magic.


  • The Apprentice: Becomes one for Uncle's chi magic knowledge.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Before he became a good guy, he threw his weight around and could at times be the better of Jackie as a fighter in his early appearances.
  • Badass Baritone: His voice is deeper than those of the other heroes, or most of the villains.
  • Badass Normal: Even after he learns magic, he relies much more on his natural strength and fighting spirit than it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Once his friendship with Jade is settled, hurting her becomes one of the ways to really set him off. As he says to Valmont, "If anything happens to her, I will turn you inside out."
  • Big Eater: One of his defining traits (commenting that part of his defection was hearing that Section 13 served donuts on Thursdays). In fact, the only time he didn't have an appetite was in "Pleasure Cruise" when he got seasick. When he accidentally gains Po Kong's chi, his appetite grows so much that he eventually starts devouring anything on sight.
  • The Big Guy: As a good guy, he is the big and heavy hitter for the J-Team.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Yells a big "QUIET!" to a bound Jade in The Tiger and the Pussycat.
  • Brick Joke: Tohru joined Section 13 because of an earlier episode, when Jackie suggested this to him on the statement that they serve donuts on Thursdays.
  • The Brute: As a member of the Dark Hand before his redemption, he was the biggest muscle man of the gang.
  • Butt-Monkey: More when he was a bad guy, but comical mishaps happen when he's good too.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "NYAR!"
    • "I hate fish."
    • "[Hand over] the Talisman." (When he worked for the Dark Hand.)
    • "What?" (When someone looks at him like he's done something wrong.)
  • Character Development: He undergoes the most visible one in the series. He starts out in the series as The Dragon to Valmont but then leaves the Dark Hand and joins the Chans and Section 13. Over time, he also develops a close Intergenerational Friendship with Jade and starts a magic apprenticeship under Uncle, eventually becoming a powerful chi wizard of his own right.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Do you think he was born with those muscles? All that strength came from hard work.
  • Criminal Amnesiac: In Tohru Who?, Valmont erases Tohru's memories with a potion and manipulates him into thinking that he still serves the Dark Hand. He acts exactly like he did while he served them until he listens to his gut instincts about Valmont and the Chans.
  • Detect Evil: He gets the willies when an Oni is present.
  • Disappeared Dad: While Tohru's mother is a recurring character, his father is never even mentioned.
  • Disney Death: In the finale, he is buried underneath Section 13 when the Ice Gang destroys it. Fortunately, after he gets dug out, he turns out to be alive and well.
  • Don't Tell Mama: His mother is unaware that he was a thug working for Valmont and not knowing that the latter is a crime boss.
  • Does Not Like Spam: "I. Hate. Fish."
  • The Dragon: Replaced by Hak Foo as Valmont's number one enforcer.
  • Drink Order: Grape soda's his favorite.
  • Easily Forgiven: Surprisingly, after everything he puts the Chans through during the first season (like almost slicing Jade's stomach open while she was conscious), he's rather quickly accepted as one of them.
  • Empowered Badass Normal:
    • In the climax of "Demon World (Part 2)", Jade uses the Book of Ages to turn Tohru into a superhero ("Super-Tohru"), so that he can beat down Dai Gui the Earth Demon.
    • In "Ninja Twilight", Tohru gets the Mark of Tarakudo tattoo on his arm, which soon turns him into a "King of the Shadowkhan" that can summon Ninja Khan, so that he can retrieve Tarakudo's Oni Mask from the Shadow Realm, but only to turn evil and join Tarakudo (temporarily).
    • In "Weight and See", Tohru unwittingly absorbs the chi of Po Kong the Mountain Demon, causing him to transform into a green giant with an endless appetite.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Sure, Tohru's mother wasn't even mentioned before his reformation, but the fact that he kept his criminal life a secret from her even then shows the Don't Tell Mama aspect of the trope.
  • Fake Defector: In The Mother of All Battles, Tohru's asked by Japanese gangsters to help in the theft of the Kyoto Octopus. The prospect of making himself look better in his mother's eyes seems too good a chance to be passed and he accepts. However, it's revealed during the theft that his real purpose was to better position himself so that he could help Jackie catch the gangsters.
  • Fat Bastard: Before he becomes a good guy, he was a very corpulent henchman.
  • Genius Bruiser: After he learns magic. Even before that, he's not exactly a Dumb Muscle guy.
  • Gentle Giant: After his turn to the side of good, he is a mountain of a man and a Nice Guy.
  • Good Feels Good: Tohru decides that he enjoys serving the Chans much more than the ungrateful Valmont.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Even after his redemption, he requires less provocation than Jackie to start beating down the bad guys.
  • Got Volunteered: He didn't ask to become Uncle's apprentice and was shocked when the old wizard just picked him up. Also, it was Jade's idea to have him substitute as Santa Claus, and Uncle volunteered him to be branded by Tarakudo's mark in order to retrieve his mask from the Shadowrealm.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Valmont's and Shendu's mistreatment of him, he quits his life of crime to help out the Chan family.
  • Hidden Depths: Although initially introduced as Valmont's loyal and most powerful (but somewhat dimwitted) enforcer, Tohru would eventually show that he's actually a Gentle Giant when not being goaded by Valmont. Later on it's revealed that he takes to Chi Magic extremely fast, and is actually gifted when it comes to the Japanese version of Chi Magic, briefly outdoing Uncle in magic.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Jade being the Tiny Girl to his Huge Guy. She would often sit on his shoulder.
  • I Am Not My Mother: In Mirror, Mirror, he almost shouts this when Jade accuses him of acting in an overprotective way like his mother. In the same episode, an evil mirror spirit turns him into a gigantic version of his mother, as it is his biggest fear.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Jade, as he becomes protective of her after his Heel–Face Turn. It's surprising seeing as the first time they were seen together he wanted to cut her open since she accidentally swallowed the Rooster Talisman.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: After training under Uncle, he adds magic to his formidable physical power.
  • Leitmotif: Sometimes when he appears, a base drum can be heard.
  • Load-Bearing Hero: He does this to give Jade time to escape Section 13 when it's destroyed in the Grand Finale.
  • Made of Iron: He has fallen from great heights more than once, yet he always recovers from his injuries. Not even bringing the whole Section 13 base down on him is enough to permanently injure him.
  • Mighty Glacier: As a member of both the Dark Hand and the J-Team, he is the biggest, slowest, and strongest one.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He got most of the blame during the first season for the Enforcers' failures, and it helped to play out his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Momma's Boy: Loves his mom, and her approval means so much it crosses into "Well Done, Son!" Guy. In fact, he usually addresses her with an affectionate "Mommy", even when he's in danger.
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • He seems to die when Shendu throws him out of Valmont's penthouse in Day of the Dragon, but he shows up injured in Uncle's Rare Finds. His former cohorts in the Dark Hand believe him to have died until they meet him again in The J-Team.
    • In The Powers That Be (Part 2), Tohru is seemingly killed when the walls of Section 13 collapse on him, but he emerges from the rubble and is still okay.
  • The Pardon: It's not really specified but somehow Captain Black "pulled strings" allowing him to avoid jail time for his previous crimes working for the Dark Hand; the implication is he was put on parole with Uncle in charge of his rehabilitation.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He mostly kept his face scowled while he served the Dark Hand.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Jackie, to him, many, many times in the first season, because of his muscle and bulk.
  • The Quiet One: While Tohru is not mute or stoic, he is still far more reserved than his friends.
  • Redemption Promotion: He was already intimidating as a henchman, then he turned a new leaf and learned magic.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Although it doesn't take long for the Chans to accept him, the authorities still have lingering suspicion of him, as he was being framed for some thefts by a pair of magic gloves.
  • Samurai Ponytail: You might view Tohru's hairstyle as the second variety of this trope. He's quite reserved, down to earth and an aggressive fighter. It turns out that he has a samurai ancestor.
  • Signed Up for the Dental: The first thing he said upon announcing his Heel–Face Turn was "I'm told Section 13 serves doughnuts on Thursdays". He was parroting an offer Jackie made earlier but still.
  • The Smart Guy: After his Heel–Face Turn he is training to be one as Uncle's apprentice.
  • Staircase Tumble: A running gag for the poor man. Almost always a long, spiral staircase.
  • Stout Strength: He is morbidly obese but also very muscular. It's mandatory for someone with the physique of a sumo wrestler.
  • Subbing for Santa: In A Jolly J-Team X-Mas, he's made to substitute the kidnapped Santa Claus, for he seems to be the only big enough of a candidate from the J-Team. Jade and Paco accompany him as his helpers, with the former having to show him how to order the reindeer to take flight. Before the reindeer are called to Santa's teleported home, they make only three deliveries, with one of them ending with Tohru having to flee the house when he eats Santa's cookies too loudly. Despite this, Santa Claus thanks Tohru for his assistance and hopes that he can do so again.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: He gets Tarakudo's mark because Jackie doesn't want Jade to be the Queen of the Shadowkhan again.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He starts out as an intimidating Giant Mook. By the end of the series, he's a full chi wizard.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He goes from a stern, intimidating and ruthless Fat Bastard to a more relaxed, helpful and protective Gentle Giant.
  • Turncoat: He leaves the Dark Hand for the Chans in the finale of the first season and fights against his former cohorts for the rest of the series.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Chan family after he befriends them.
  • Weapon Twirling: In Warrior Incarnate, Tohru does this with a nunchaku with surprising ease for someone of his size.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tells Jade that all he ever wanted was his mother telling him she's proud of him. When she's introduced, she spends the entire time nagging him, but finally admits that she is indeed proud of her son.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His fear of Oni. As a child he dreaded them. The fact that they turn out to be real is a problem for him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Before his Heel–Face Turn. He was even willing to cut open Jade's stomach to get the Rooster Talisman out of her!
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: After his Heel–Face Turn. It gives him trouble when he faces a female wrestler in one episode.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Jade calls him a sumo wrestler, though Tohru insists that he's not large enough to be one.
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