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"Remember this, young monk. Evil may rise, but good shall always be triumphant."
Master Fung

Wu Xing Shield by DragonNutt is a Xiaolin Showdown continuation fanfic that starts almost directly after the end of the original series.

Raimundo is finally the team leader, but his problems are hardly over. While Hannibal Bean plots revenge, the Xiaolin monks encounter strange visitors, ruthless villains, and unexpected betrayals. All the while, a foe stronger than anything they've faced before gathers its strength...

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Wu Xing Shield provides examples of:

  • Action Prologue: The story begins with a fight sequence between the Monks and Jack Spicer.
  • Apologises a Lot: Ping Pong has a tendency to apologize for every little thing he thinks he did wrong.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Ping Pong joins the monks as their new apprentice on accounts of being a huge fan of them. Though unlike in Chronicles, Ping Pong admires Kimiko rather than Omi due to following her blog.
  • The Atoner: Chase Young, after having his evil chi removed from him, becomes remorseful of what he did to the Xiaolin monks.
  • Back from the Dead: Rai, after getting killed by Chase Young in chapter 14, is revived by Jack using the Rio Reverso on his ashes in chapter 29. Additionally, everyone who was devoured by the Heylin Demon were also revived in the finale.
  • Big Bad: Chase Young in the first half, Hannibal Bean in the second.
  • Big Brother Instinct: All of the monks show shades of this for Ping Pong, especially Kimiko.
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    • Deconstructed with Raimundo. His overprotective instincts toward Omi lead to his own downfall in Chapter 14. Even as team leader, he takes it too far and his Character Development has him grow out of it.
    • Part of Omi's Character Development. By the end of the fic, he is supportive and protective of Ping Pong, rather than petty and jealous.
  • Bilingual Bonus: As with his incarnation in Chronicles, Ping Pong very frequently delves into Gratuitous Foreign Language throughout the fic. note 
  • Bookends: Combined with And the Adventure Continues; the story starts and ends with the Xiaolin Dragons in a face-off against a Heylin army at the temple doorstep.
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  • Bookworm: Ping Pong claims that he reads a lot.
  • A Boy and His X: Ping Pong befriends a cheetah, one of Chase Young's jungle cat servants. He nicknames her "Mouchetures," and she becomes quite protective of him.
  • Break the Cutie: Ping Pong. He begins to see signs of Omi's jealousy towards him and, thanks to some disheartening words from Chase Young, begins to display some resentment towards the other monks. It finally reaches a breaking point in chapter 12 where, after Rai fails to save him from a manticore, Ping Pong loses all faith he had in the Xiaolin Dragons and betrays them. However, not even the Heylin side is any better, in which he has an My God, What Have I Done? moment after Chase Young steals Master Fung's soul. By that point, Ping Pong realizes how badly he screwed up and acknowledges that he can no longer return to the temple.
  • Break the Haughty: Omi, and how. After letting his ego take over for a majority of the story, Rai's death in chapter 14, which he feels responsible for, has him break down and realize how much of a jerk he has been.
  • Broken Pedestal: Ping Pong betrays the monks after Omi's jealousy and the monks' inadvertent ostracizing get to him.
    • Rebuilt Pedestal: Though he goes back to the good side once he see how bad the Heylin side is.
  • Call-Back: Way too many to count, especially considering the author's love of foreshadowing and Fridge Brilliance.
  • Calling Your Attacks: During his training with the monks, Ping Pong averts this by copying Omi's moves exactly but without calling out the name of the moves, insisting it would save him the breath and prevent the opponent from knowing their moves ahead of time. This, naturally, annoys Omi.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Shi Tan Whisperer was introduced in chapter 2 and only becomes truly significant in chapter 31.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Chucky Choo has a minor role in the first half of the story, where it's shown be became Master Monk Guan's new temple dragon. Chucky then becomes important during the second half where he aids the Xiaolin monks in defeating Ying Ying and Hannibal Bean.
    • Other Omi. Initially, he appeared in chapters 2-5 claiming to be Omi from an alternate universe, where he was the leader of the monks instead of Raimundo. He becomes important again in chapter 26, albeit indirectly, where it turns out Other Omi was actually the original Omi from the future, who was trying to bring Rai back to life.
  • Darker and Edgier: For the most part, the story largely remains in tone to the original show. It was from chapter 10 onwards that the story began developing a more serious and darker tone, especially with Raimundo's death in chapter 14.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Hannibal disguises himself as Raimundo's ghost to trick Omi into releasing him from the Ying Yang World, though Omi initially believed it to be a Dead Person Conversation.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Raimundo dies in Kimiko's as she pleads with him to stay awake.
  • Disney Death: Omi and Jack Spicer in chapter 23. Both of them are falling to their inevitable deaths, but fortunately, Jack was lucky to get his hands on a Shen Gong Wu (the Shard of Lightning specifically) that manages to save the both of them. However, everyone else thinks they're both dead until chapter 25.
  • The Dragon: Wuyu, to be both Chase Young and Hannibal Bean.
  • Drama Bomb: Chapter 14, featuring a huge argument between Rai and Omi, with the both of them declaring their hatred of each other, and ultimately ends with Rai dying at the hands of Chase Young.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Eventually.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Utilized in the Cosmic Clash, where the Xiaolin monks and Heylin warriors get transformed into animals that reflect their personalities.
    • Tiger Versus Dragon: A literal example, with Omi and Chase Young turning into a tiger and dragon respectively.
  • Emotional Powers: As the monks become more in tune with their elements, their powers can respond to their emotions. For example, Omi, being a water elemental, can create rain when he's upset.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: As in the show, Jack seems stuck in it. He's constantly helping the monks or the Heylin and then constantly betraying them for his own purposes. Being the Dragon of Metal doesn't help him either. The epilogue cements him as a Friendly Enemy.
  • Foreshadowing: There's a lot of it early in the fic.
    • When we're introduced to Other Omi, he appears quite timid and shows reluctance in explaining what his dimension's like or why he needs the Rio Reverso to return home. This foreshadows the revelation that he's not from an alternate dimension, but rather from the future who needed the Rio Reverso to bring Raimundo back from the dead.
    • Adding to the above is Other Omi's deep hatred of Chase Young, claiming to have already defeated him in his dimension, and his clear nervousness around Raimundo. These factors combined make more sense when Chase Young kills Rai later on in the story, and after regular Omi challenges Chase to a Cosmic Clash, Master Fung replaces Chase's evil chi with his good chi.
    • Ping Pong is shown to have an act for gardening, which foreshadows that he's actually the element of wood. note 
  • Friend to All Living Things: On top of his Green Thumb, Ping Pong makes friends with animals (especially Chase Young's).
  • Fun Size: Ping Pong is smaller than even Omi, but takes advantage of his short stature of evade enemies.
  • Good Feels Good: Jack, who felt accepted for the first time in his life as the Dragon of Metal. Doesn't stop him from betraying the monks and stealing all their Wu... again.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Used about as literally as possible. Rain falls whenever Omi is upset. Justified in that it's a direct side effect of his new Shoku powers.
  • The Heart: Rai seems to be this for the heroes, despite their eye-rolling at his over-protectiveness. So when he dies, they fall apart.
  • Hero Killer: Hannibal Bean fits the trope, but Chase Young fits the title better.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Rai locks Omi, Kimiko and Clay in the Xiaolin Temple, so he can fight Chase Young alone. He manages to drive him away, but is fatally wounded in the process. The other Xiaolin warriors break out in time to watch him die.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Subverted with Jack. The monks try to get him to join them, but Jack insist that he is evil and only serves as their enemy.
    • Chase Young, with his evil chi being completely removed.
  • Hope Spot: Just as the monks figure out that the Rio Reverso could potentially bring back Raimundo, Hannibal (now as the Heylin Demon) crushes it.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: An argument between Omi and Rai has the former declare that he hates Rai, while the latter tells Omi to drop dead. Omi would wound up regretting his words when Rai dies following said argument.
  • Keet: Ping Pong for the first half of the story. After that, it kinda vanishes for a while.
  • Magma Men: Shoku Earth-Fire, Kim and Clay's combination allows them to produce lava and control volcanoes.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Out of all the monks, Kimiko shows the most concern over Ping Pong's well-being.
    • Additionally, there's Mouchetures, one of Chase Young's jungle cat minions who Ping Pong befriends. When Chase turns good and abandons his lair in the process, Ping Pong leaves himself in the care of the cats who otherwise become protective of him.
  • My Future Self and Me: It later turns out that Omi and Other Omi were this; the latter claimed to be from an alternate universe so he wouldn't mess up the future.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kimiko and Clay obliterate Hannibal Bean and Ying Ying in a volcano... causing the Heylin Demon to return.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Raimundo is revived thanks to the Rio Reverso, and communicates to Omi through the Shi Tan Whisperer on how to defeat the Heylin Demon.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Chapter 15. Hot-headed Kimiko goes into a Heroic BSoD, and level-headed Omi runs off on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Inverted; Omi admires his doppelganger. However, Other Omi shows mild disappointment and annoyance toward his counterpart.
    Other Omi: If you are anything like me, then you appreciate complete honesty, correct?
    Omi: Of course!
    Other Omi: You would make a terrible leader.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Heylin Demon has the appearance of a winged Satyr.
  • Parting Words Regret: "I HATE YOU, RAIMUNDO!" Which would be the last words Omi would say to Rai shortly before he is killed in chapter 14.
  • Reality Ensues: Chase Young, after his evil chi is completely removed from him, visits the monks to apologize for his crimes. However, the monks refuse to accept his apology. Regardless that if he reformed or not, Chase still did a lot of bad things in the past, including having just killed Raimundo a few chapter prior, so a mere apology is not going to earn you instant forgiveness (though Chase did seem to expect their reactions).
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Multiple of given throughout the story.
    • In chapter 13; after Ping Pong accompanies Chase Young in stealing Master Fung's soul, Omi angrily declares Ping Pong a traitor and demands that he leaves.
    • In chapter 14; when Omi blames Raimundo for Ping Pong joining the Heylin side, Rai snaps at Omi and calls him out on his bad attitude towards Ping Pong and general arrogance.
    • In chapter 18; Kimiko, in a fit of rage, blames Omi for Raimundo's death, since Omi was the one who started the argument that led to Rai exiting the temple, where Chase would wound up killing him. After Clay snaps some sense into her, Kimiko realizes she took her anger too far.
  • Redemption Rejection: Jack, in the end. Kinda, he ends up being more of a Friendly Enemy.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: As mentioned above, Chase Young's evil chi is removed and apologizes to the monks for his past actions, but none of the monks were willing to forgive him. At least until the finale.
  • Relative Button: “Fools, just like your leader.”
    • For Master Fung of all people.
  • Screw Destiny: Jack. After finding out that he's the Dragon of Metal, the monks attempt to get him to stay at the temple so he could train. Jack, however, refuses and insists that he decides his own destiny.
  • Ship Tease: Although the story is predominantly a No Hugging, No Kissing type of deal, the author does sprinkle in subtle bits of this, mostly for Raimundo/Kimiko and Clay/Kimiko.
  • Shout-Out: A lot of them to Xiaolin Chronicles since it takes place AU to said show.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: A fatal version. Raimundo is still the jokester character, despite maturing. Once he dies, everything gets way worse.
  • Sixth Ranger: Ping Pong, though to the monks, he's more like the fifth ranger.
    • Jack, to an extent as well.
  • Stable Time Loop: Alternate universe Omi is revealed to be regular Omi from the future, who sent himself back in time to retrieve the Rio Reverso so he could revive Rai. When the monks in the present find out the truth, Omi insists he has to do everything exactly the way Other Omi did to prevent himself from altering the future.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Chapter 12 notably ends with a sunset and darkening clouds, right before crap really hits the fan.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Turns out to be true. Dojo wasn't the distraction. Omi had pulled a Batman Gambit and Dojo and Omi were meant to escape all along.
  • Take That!: Kimiko's blog in chapter 6 takes a particularly well aimed shot at parts of the fandom.
  • Tame Her Anger: Part of Kimiko's Character Development, countering Clay's.
  • Teach Him Anger: Part of Clay's Character Development, countering Kimiko's.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Part of Raimundo's Character Development. He learns to let the people under his command fight on their own and defeat the Heylin Demon.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jack Spicer, especially after he starts getting trained by Chase.
  • Tranquil Fury: Omi in Chapter 15, and Master Fung in Chapter 16.
  • Trust Password:
    • Used in chapter 18. When Omi encounters Raimundo's supposed ghost in the Ying-Yang World, he asks him who Ninja Fred is, knowing that that is something only the real Raimundo could answer. When the ghost claims that he doesn't know, Omi takes that as a sign that the ghost isn't Raimundo. However, some serious guilt-tripping causes Omi to release the ghost anyway from the Ying-Yang World, which proves to be a terrible mistake in that the "ghost" was really Hannibal Bean and Ying Ying.
    • Used again in the second-to-last chapter. Raimundo, brought back to life by Jack, tries to give Omi instructions through the Shi Tan Whisperer on how to defeat Hannibal Bean, who by that point has become the Heylin Demon. Omi, however, assumes it to be another trick and once again asks Rai who Ninja Fred is. When Rai (reluctantly) claims him to be his teddy bear, Omi finally accepts that the real Rai is back.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Dashi is revealed as the Dragon of Metal who created all Shen Gong Wu. Jack, as the new Dragon of Metal, gains the same ability to create, modify and repair Shen Gong Wu. He takes advantage of this to repair the Rio Reverso in order to bring Rai back from the dead.
  • Villain-Beating Artifact: The Wu Xing Shield. Doubles as a Finishing Move.
  • Wandering the Earth: Chase, who leaves at the end to restore his human turned animal minions.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 14, whoa. The wham can be summed up in four words: Chase Young kills Raimundo.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: The Heylin Demon feasts on the souls of people it devours. They can be recovered, but only by a specific Wu.
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