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An Emmy Award-winning Warner Bros. cartoon, Xiaolin Showdown (2003-2006) follows the adventures of four teens (well, three teens and one child) selected to become the next Xiaolin Dragons:

Omi, the precocious young Chinese monk and Dragon of Water;

Kimiko Tohomiko, the tech-savvy hothead who's originally from Japan and the Dragon of Fire

Raimundo Pedrosa, the sharp-tongued Brazilian surfer dude and Dragon of Wind;

and Clay Bailey, the strong, steady Texan cowboy and Dragon of Earth;

Along with their standard monk training, they are tasked by Master Fung to collect mystical Xiaolin artifacts known as the Shen Gong Wu, which were scattered around the world by the original Xiaolin Dragon, Dashi, and Dojo Kanojo Cho, a cowardly size-shifting dragon. Whenever two (or more) people enter a standoff over a Wu, a Xiaolin Showdown occurs, with the winner taking all the gambled Shen Gong Wu.

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In their quest for the Wu, they battle an assortment of villains, including Jack Spicer, a Teen Genius mech designer who just wants to be taken seriously; Wuya, a Heylin witch sealed as a ghost inside a puzzle box who will do anything to regain her living form; Chase Young, an immortal Visionary Villain with designs on Omi; and Hannibal Roy Bean, who is indeed a bean. The numerous Shen Gong Wu change hands rapidly, permitting neither side any real advantage until one of the characters - hero, villain, or otherwise - decides to get serious.

Perhaps best known for its surprisingly well-developed central cast, its collection of voice acting talents, and its general aversion to Anvilicious Aesops, Xiaolin Showdown was the ratings darling of the Kids WB Saturday morning block. However, it only lasted three seasons, or 52 episodes, all of which are readily available on Youtube (Season One received a DVD release, with the other two following a decade later).

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A revival titled Xiaolin Chronicles premiered in August of 2013, albeit with modified character designs, a cast of new voice actors (save for Tara Strong and Jennifer Hale), and renamed Wu.


This series contains examples of (for more, also visit the episode guide):

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Dojo playing a small guitar and singing in episode 9 attracts a rattlesnake that he begs to not hurt him... needless to say, it wasn't planning on doing that to him, but Dojo runs away from it just the same.
  • The Abridged Series: Here.
  • Acrofatic: Tubbimura.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: Season 1's episode 'Night of the Sapphire Dragon' focuses on Dojo and sets him as the hero instead of him being in his typical "get the protagonists where they need to go" role.
  • Affably Evil: Chase. While he can be violent towards the monks, even wanting to eat them on one occasion, he can still be civil and if he promises them something like turning Omi back to normal and allowing them to return home under the condition they beat him in a Xiaolin Showdown, he keeps it. Although it is averted towards Jack, Wuya, and Hannibal Bean what with all the insults he hurls at them, double crossed Bean, and almost killed Jack and Wuya with a live T-Rex (albeit indirectly).
  • Agony of the Feet: The end of "Royal Rumble" has the Xiaolin Dragons hefting a boulder up a cliff, throwing it up for the last stretch. Master Fung, supervising them, sidesteps to not get hit by it. After the monks leave feeling accomplished, Fung grumbles and the boulder moves, revealing he didn't manage to fully sidestep it.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: In episode 9, the Xiaolin Showdown appears to be done in space, surrounded by long strips of brick walls with windows, coming up from down below!
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Omi and Dashi are bright yellow, and Jack is gray. In Jack's case he could have done it on purpose considering the few relatives we see of his are normal and Good!Jack sometimes seems to have a more natural complexion, however, whatever we see of his body (his arms when he's not wearing the usual costume and his legs), it's still gray, so it still fits this trope.
  • Americans Are Cowboys: Clay. Odd in that it's an American cartoon.
  • Anachronism Stew: The Shen Gong Wu, possibly. For instance, how did Dashi make the Shen Gong Roo when he'd probably never seen a kangaroo at all? More egregiously, the Ying and Yang Yoyos are a little before their time.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The Grand Finale ends with all the villains the monks had faced in the series waiting for them in front of the temple and the monks happily charging forward to kick their asses.
  • Anime Accent Absence: Western example: Grey DeLisle uses her typical American pre-teen voice for Kimiko, although her character is born and bred in Japan.
  • Animesque: The show's Chinese setting, the constant face faults, the kung fu movie-like plot and the Asian-like art style. Not a surprise, since the show's creator is Chinese.
  • Army of the Ages: When Jack Spicer got his hands on the time-travel Shen Gong Wu Sands of Time, his plan was to assemble a team of history's villains; Genghis Khan, Blackbeard, Billy the Kid, his first grade teacher Mrs. Cornhaven, and his future self- from the very distant future. It ultimately fails when Omi uses the Sands of Time to bring his own future self to the present.
  • Art Shift: The flashback of Guan's fight against Chase is shown in a sketchy, black-and-white, but otherwise more realistic art style.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Sapphire Dragon, the only Wu we see that can act on its own, and easily one of the scariest. Its breath turns people into sapphire statues, which it can then control once it grows powerful enough. The Heart of Jong may also qualify.
  • As Long as There is Evil: A theme at the ending of the series is that no matter how many times the monks defeat evildoers, as long as there are people in the world, evil will never truly be defeated. The last two episodes are even called "Time After Time" which implies this theme even more.
    • Master Fung says that evil is never defeated, it merely changes its path and form.
  • Atlantis: An aside mention from Master Fung revealed that Dojo is the main reason Atlantis sunk in the first place, due to being evil at the time. It later appears, is overrun with giant spiders, and is destroyed to lock the spiders away.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha:
    • In the middle of season 2, the Xiaolin Apprentices learn to do this: "Dragon X-Kumai Formation!"
    • In the third season, they learn a more advanced and more powerful version: "Wudai Orion Formation!"
  • Bad Future: The first part of the two-part series finale has Omi freeze himself in order to meet his future self and recover the Sands of Time, but he ends up in a future where Jack Spicer has taken over the world, kidnapped all the monks and all the Big Bads.
  • Bald of Awesome: Too many to list here.
  • Bash Brothers: The Xiaolin warriors, who have actually used more than a few of the moves described on the trope page. Clay and Raimundo also enjoy this kind of relationship.
    • Before Chase Young became evil, he had this sort of relationship with Master Monk Guan.
  • Beam-O-War: Done for a few seconds in episode 8 between Dojo and the Sapphire Dragon.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: Chase Young rips out the "heart" of one of Wuya's rock monsters.
    • Omi defeats Mala Mala Jong by ripping the Heart of Jong out of him via Golden Tiger Claws
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Raimundo and Kimiko, even filling the correct character types. Although the attraction is seldom played up, the episode "Dream Stalker" makes it perfectly clear that Raimundo is interested in Kimiko. The moments when Raimundo is announced as Shoku Warrior makes it pretty clear there's something going on between the two.
  • Benevolent Boss: Wuya towards Raimundo when he joined the Heylin side. As a ghost, she promised Raimundo whatever he wanted if he helped her and when Wuya is revived, she keeps her promise to Raimundo instead of pulling a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness or simply backing out even though she would've gotten away with it.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Never call Dojo a gecko.
    • Additionally, never touch Clay's cowboy hat... or his hot dogs.
    • Don't talk about how big or "dome-shaped" Omi's head is...not unless you don't value your eardrums.
    • Also, don't call Master Fung's proverbs and advice "cheesy".
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Used for a gag by one of Spicer's Jackbots in a gag for episode 9 - after seeing the Xiaolin Dragons easily total its compatriots, Clay stares at the last one menacingly, which then opens a small cover on its chest to press a small red button, at which it falls to pieces in a timely manner.
  • Big Bad Ensemble:
    • Wuya, Chase Young, Hannibal Bean, and Jack Spicer.
    • Specific episodes also have Panda Bubba, Sabini, the Sapphire Dragon and Mala Mala Jong, amongst others.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Clay, to Omi and Kimiko. Raimundo to Omi as well, though their relationship often verges on Sibling Rivalry.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Omi, Raimundo, and Kimiko each get at least one of these, which are described in greater detail on their character pages.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In "The Apprentice", during Omi and Jack's showdown, the balloons show the Chinese characters 不, 是, and 中. Respectively, these mean "no", "yes", and "middle" or, "intermediary". The entire show is also this, having names and Chinese characters with certain meanings put everywhere in almost every episode.
  • Bishōnen: Chase Young. Especially 1500 years ago, in Time After Time, when we first see what he looked like when he was a Xiaolin monk.
  • Bittersweet Ending: While good would usually come out on top, in some episodes they weren't so lucky. The villains would end up winning a given Showdown every now and then, sure, but there are some episodes that really hit hard, such as "Chameleon", "Ring of Nine Dragons", and "Saving Omi".
  • Bizarrchitecture: A Xiaolin Showdown warps the competitors (and their friends) into a just-plain-surreal version of their surroundings.
  • Black and White Morality: The heroes are clearly on the side of good and villains often make it clear that they are "evil".
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: "Grandpappy's Texas Tin-Horn Sizzlin' Salsa Sauce". It lives up to its name.
  • Blind Seer: The blind old man. According to him, he uses his mind to see instead of his eyes.
  • Blow You Away: Wind is the element that represents Raimundo's powers.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: A Running Gag with Omi. Raimundo eventually turns this into a threat: "What Omi did to that sentence is what we're going to do to you!"
    Omi: I command you to spill your internal organs now!
    Jack: What kind of sick people are you?!
    Raimundo: I think he means "spill your guts".
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Has the whole rogue gallery outside of the monks' base, waiting to attack them. Though it's in no way a tragic ending, we all know the monks are gonna kick all their asses, and do it in style.
  • Book-Ends: The very first Xiaolin Showdown in the series is fought for the Eye of Dashi. So is the very last.
  • Brain Bleach: Kimiko feels the need to wash her brain out when she learns Jack's been invading the group's dreams with the Shadow of Fear. All of the monks have this reaction when they walk in on Dojo clipping Master Fung's toenails.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Literally. During the theme song, Dojo spirals in toward the camera before crashing into it. The screen shatters and falls away, revealing the next part. Also, in Episode 8 he tries hiding in the bars below the screen. It doesn't work.
    Raimundo: Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah. "Previously, on Xiaolin Showdown." (Raimundo holds open his eyes wider which shows the Xiaolin Showdown logo.)
    (Everybody grins and gives a thumbs up or two to the camera.)
  • Breath Weapon: Dojo (though he needs a little fuel for it to qualify as a weapon) and the Sapphire Dragon.
  • Brick Joke: In "Citadel of Doom" Master Dashi and Dojo remember hiding a certain time traveling Shen Gong Wu, but have a hard time remembering where exactly they hid it. Dashi believed he hid it in Europe, but Dojo insists it was in Egypt. A few episodes later, they find the Sands of Time, a Shen Gong Wu that allows them to travel through time. Where was it located? Egypt.
    • In "Something Jermaine" when Omi and Jermaine are arguing with each other, Dojo puts a stop to it with a rant about a dragon that stole his yo-yo. A few episodes later, the group stumbles across Chucky Choo, a dragon who Dojo hates because he stole the family yo-yo.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Dashi is implied to be this at first; when Omi first meets him, he would rather sleep than help him. Also, Raimundo.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jack, all the time. He's constantly abused by everyone, even people on the same team as him. Incidentally, the Monkey Staff is his favorite Wu.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Everyone, but also played for laughs with Omi and Chase's kung fu attack names. A few examples of many: Duck Flipping Burgers, Sparrow Eating Hot Dog, and Dogs Playing Poker.
    Raimundo: Okay, they have got to be making this stuff up.
    Dojo(reading a rulebook): "Grasshopper Doing Dogpaddle", right here in black and white. Right next to "Spider Doing Hokey-Pokey".
  • Call-Back: Way back in season 1, Dojo laments that people keep stealing out of the Temple's Shen Gong Wu vault, and that they should really have a padlock put on the doors. 20+ episodes later in "The Apprentice", Master Fung is seen closing the vault—with a padlock.
  • Call to Agriculture: Clay in the alternate future in Time After Time Part 2.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Every villain explicitly announces themselves as evil, and practically revels in being so - even Raimundo and Omi did so during their brief stints on the side of evil.
  • Cassandra Truth: Raimundo, frequently, to the other monks. Although they seldom have a valid reason to doubt him, his reputation as an impulsive Jerk Ass hedonist (albeit one with a heart of gold) often makes them skeptical of him. Related to The Complainer Is Always Wrong.
  • Cat Fight: Lampshaded in episode six, where Kimiko fighting a robot which itself look like her is accompanied by the screech of That Poor Cat.
  • Cat Girl: Katnappe; not an actual cat girl but cat-themed, so she still qualifies.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: After the arrival of Chase Young, the show became more of an action/drama than an action/comedy. Admittedly, this was still an action/drama with regular fart jokes.
  • Character Name Alias: Chase Young is known at least to a couple other characters as the Prince of Darkness...there was another guy who had the same alias as that. He was the guy who got kicked out of the big, shiny house by his dad and is also known as the "Father of Lies" and "The Roaring Lion."
  • Chekhov's Gag:
    • In a Season 2 episode, Clay is seen playing with a number of dolls (most of them resemble Transformers dressed as cowboys, along with a dinosaur and a covered wagon). This is funny enough on its own, but they reappear in "Life and Times of Hannibal Roy" (Season 3, Episode 3) being played with by Raimundo, Kimiko, and Omi.
    • At one point, Clay rambles about the desiccation process spiders use to feed. At the monks' strange looks, he replies, "What? A cowboy can't have a hobby?" Then, some dozen or so episodes later:
    Clay: Nothin' I dislike more than a smart-alec Tersiops truncatus. (Beat) Bottlenose dolphin.
    • The whole "What? A cowboy can't X?" is actually a Running Gag, albeit an infrequent one.
    Clay: Whoo! Looky there! A triple Salchow! (Beat) What? A cowboy can't like figure-skatin'?
  • Chekhov's Gun: In episode 10, Dojo is notes a golden-star necklace Clay's father is wearing, saying it looks familiar to him. Of course, three minutes later in the episode, Dojo recognizes it's a Shen Gong Wu that must be inactive.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Clay's ability to use a lasso comes into play constantly.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The monks are shown using Shen Gong Wu to play a giant game of chess in an episode during the second season. Two dozen episodes later, Raimundo plays a giant game of chess in a Showdown in which he uses the same Wu.
  • The Chosen One: All four were chosen to be Xiaolin Dragons and that concept has been brought many times over the course of the series
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Almost every villain in the series betrays someone at some point. Usually at Jack Spicer's expense.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Le Mime can create invisible objects just by thinking about them. However, once he's made them, other people can also influence them, something Kimiko and Omi realize when Raimundo pretends to rattle the "bars" on the box, which they didn't know existed until then. Omi then imagines a door for them.
  • Color-Coded Elements: As evidenced by the first season Stock Footage and by the Wudai Orion Formation:
    • Water: Blue. Interestingly, Omi is often associated with cherry red (and yellow, obviously).
    • Wind: White, but also green. Raimundo has Green Eyes and wears predominantly white and green.
    • Fire: Red. Of course, Kimiko's wardrobe changes too often for her to be associated with a particular color.
    • Earth: Brown, but also green (brown doesn't make for a good color when Power Glows). However, Clay is often associated with sky blue, which may be related to his calm personality.
  • Combat Breakdown: The episode "Master Monk Guan" has the titular character and Chase Young do a unique mutual example in which they stop using their weapons in their fight. They wasn't any major reason for it, they just both did it.
  • Combat Haircomb: The Tangle Web Comb.
  • Combination Attack:
    • When the monks all gain apprentice level in season 2, they learn the Dragon X Kumei Formation. This formation allows the four monks to fight together in unison, and bring out the full potential of their abilities.
    • In season 3, the Wudai Orion Formation when the monks gained the Wudai Warrior level. This attack was very similar to the previous one, except the monks turned into living energy with an outline aura color around each character and advanced usage of their element.
  • Comforting Comforter: Omi, to Jack.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Being something of a jerk, Raimundo gets this a lot, but he isn't always wrong, at least not in the traditional sense - typically, his "complaints" are sympathetic if not outright justified, and the others suffer for ignoring his concerns just as much as he does for refusing to compromise.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: The Ring of Nine Dragons can split the user into multiple versions of themselves, but also divides their competency.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Raimundo seems to have a good memory - his subconscious in "Dream Stalker" contains nods to numerous earlier episodes (the mansion Wuya gave him, Kimiko's kimono and her outfit from "The Return of Pandabubba," and Hannibal Bean turning into the final boss from Goo Zombies 4, among others).
    • An example is in the episode "Shadow of Fear", Jack enters the temple to steal the Shen Gong Wu. Omi shouts "Jack Spicer!" and Jack replies "In the flesh." More famously, this is what Wuya said when she first returned to her solid form all the way back in episode 13.
    • Also, in episode 48, Chucky Choo is the dragon referenced in Dojo's story about the friend who stole his "family yo-yo", episode 36.
  • Contractual Genre Blindness: Most of the characters, but especially Jack. To paraphrase:
    Jack: No, no, no! Gloating first, then we crush them!
  • Cooking Duel: The actual challenge of a Xiaolin Showdown can be just about anything, although the surroundings usually play a part.
    • Implied to be one of the rules, during the Xiaolin Showdown for the Heart of Jong, Omi is at first undecided about what the challenge should be, stating "a Xiaolin Showdown must fit the surroundings" before deciding on a game of collecting acorns.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In "The Return of Master Monk Guan".
    Guan: Since Raimundo insists on behaving like a clown, he should have a clown's name. He will be called Bobo!note 
    Rai: Bobo?!
    • Turned out to be a subversion: Raimundo was the Reverse Mole and the whole thing, including the punishment, was a set up to make Hannibal Bean believe that Raimundo could be turned to his side.
  • Cool Train:
    • Jack built one that turned into a mecha for the New York episode. Dojo briefly shapeshifted into an organic train to keep up with it, but he prefers to avoid doing so — that third rail really chafes.
    • In "Treasure of a Blind Swordsman", Jack robs the protagonists and makes his getaway on a flying train. The monks catch up later, leading to multiple fights atop the train.
  • Crazy Jealous Dragon: Dojo has certain issues with living apart from Master Fung for any length of time. Particularly evident when Fung temporarily hires a new female dragon assistant and when Good!Jack starts doing all of Dojo's jobs.
  • Creepy Child: Heylin!Omi while kicking Raimundo and Clay's asses. He gets even creepier when he speaks:
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Jack should have realized that "evil" genius isn't quite as profitable as "normal" genius.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Wuya.
  • David vs. Goliath: A staple whenever Omi goes up against anyone (Jack's transformation bot, Vlad, Wu-possessed Raimundo), but special mention goes to his showdown against Cyclops. Cyclops is already a giant, but Omi was accidentally shrunk to the size of an ant beforehand.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Although he's not exactly deadpan, Raimundo is still quite snarky.
    • Kimiko also.
  • Deadly Dodging: It's not uncommon for the Xiaolin Dragons to do this upon Jack's robots. In Master Monk Guan, Chase Young pulls a rare villainous example on the Xiaolin Dragons.
  • Deal with the Devil: Chase Young and Hannibal Bean are prone to making these. In fact, Chase Young became evil by taking one from Hannibal.
  • Death Course: Apparently, they're standard protocol for Xiaolin training.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Omi, for Raimundo. Raimundo saw the most Character Development, while Omi suffered the most Flanderization, so maybe it wasn't so much of a surprise.
    • An ongoing part of the series revolved around Omi thinking he was better than everyone else and that he was the most deserving of becoming the new Xiaolin Dragon. Arguably, the two-part series finale was dedicated to showing how incredibly misplaced these beliefs were. Omi's special blend of ego and naivete caused nearly all of the problems in the finale, and although he ultimately righted the situation, it was only with Raimundo's determination, leadership, and planning that anything went right.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Omi beats Jack Spicer in the first episode's Xiaolin Showdown despite Jack's Shen Gong Wu being superior for the Showdown by managing to catch up to Jack due to him coasting along with his clear advantage, then gloating about how maybe Omi will respect him after he wins... and then getting pantsed by Omi who uses the time he spends being embarrassed and trying to pull his pants back up to get to the finish.
  • Degraded Boss: Mala Mala Jong in "The Emperor Scorpion Strikes Back." The first time it appears, it defeats all the Xiaolin temple residents and the defeats Kimiko, Clay, and Raimundo at once. It was hailed as an existential threat to all life on Earth. In its second appearance, it has absorbed more Shen Gong Wu and quadruplicated itself using the Ring of Nine Dragons, but the team take them on without much trouble using the skills that they have acquired since and defeat them in a Xiaolin Showdown, as if they were nothing more than their normal Monster of the Week. Possibly justified by the drawback of using the Ring of Nine Dragons, which would presumably result in each Jong being individually less skilled than the original.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Quite often, Jack Spicer tends to stop to cheat. This trope varies, as sometimes it actually helps, sometimes it doesn't.
  • Different in Every Episode: Kimiko's outfits and hairstyles. There's no explanation why she wears something different each time. She just does.
  • Dimensional Cutter: The Golden Tiger Claws, a Shen Gong Wu that allowed the user to transport between two places instantly by ripping a hole in space that the holder could jump into, coming out of another hole in a place of their choice within seconds.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Dojo takes offence when compared to a T-rex attacking the monks and begins ranting about their differences.
  • Ditzy Genius: Jack can build small armies of robots, transforming trains and a working time machine, but is laughably bad at being a supervillain and almost everything that doesn't involve robots. Of course, there is his Future Badass self.
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: In "Royal Rumble", Kimiko made fun of the way Clay talked.
    Kimiko: I can't understand a single word dem folks are singing about. And I use the term "singing" miighty loosely.
    Clay: I do not talk like that! Do I?
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Woozy Shooter makes whoever gets hit by it "goofy," aka extremely high and delirious. Complete with acid trip visuals. Dojo explicitly refers to it as emitting a purple haze that makes its victims so "goofy."
    Kimiko: (giggle) You know, if I wasn't me (snort) I could be... (Beat) Somebody else! (psychotic giggle)
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang
  • Driven to Suicide: Essentially Dudebot, one of Jack Spicer's robots that Jack used the Heart of Jong to turn human. Soon finding out he doesn't really like feeling human, Dudebot takes the Shen Gong Wu out of himself and throws it away, and promptly drops down, motionless. Yes, this happened in a kids' show.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Raimundo, constantly. The first major case of this happened in the episode "Mala Mala Jong", where instead of guarding the Shen Gong Wu with the other monks in a hidden cave, he went to the temple to try and actively help Master Fung and the older monks defeat Mala Mala Jong. Due to not listening to Master Fung's order, he's the only monk not to be promoted to Apprentice level, which causes him to temporarily pull a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Duels Decide Everything: It is called Xiaolin Showdown for a reason.
  • Dye Hard: In-universe, not only does Kimiko have an Unlimited Wardrobe, but also some kind of Unlimited Hair Dye Supply or Unlimited Wig Case (for most of the first season, her hair is a different color with her civilian outfit).
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In "Like A Rock" and "Tangled Web", the clothes of the Xiaolin Monks don't change for the showdown, whereas all later showdowns feature them in their uniforms, and is actually a plot point in the latter, with Kimiko's dress severely restricting her movements.
  • Easter Egg: A yin-yang is hidden in every episode.
  • Easy Come, Easy Go: The Shen Gong Wu change hands very quickly, preventing any side from gaining a real advantage. See Failure Is the Only Option. In one episode, Dojo is found to be confused about the status of all the Wu, attempting to chart it all down on a big whiteboard.
    • Jack Spicer himself works on a spreadsheet for who has what whenever a Wu isn't active. Dojo makes a similar attempt in a later episode.
    • When Jack creates Mala Mala Jong, it ends up using the Shroud of Shadows to ambush the monks, which surprises them because they (and the viewers) have no idea when Jack stole it (they won it, and had it the last time anyone checked).
  • Eating the Enemy: Every 1500 years, Dojo takes on a Superpowered Evil Side in the form of a giant two headed dragon with Horror Hunger for Shen Gon Wu. And he'll eat anyone that gets in his way. The only way to prevent this is if stays inside a magical little box for the whole day. In the episode Enter the Dragon, Omi allows himself to be tricked by Dojo into letting him go and he then proceeds to devour everyone in temple, the Shen Gon Wu, and Jack Spicer. Fortunately, they are able to help Omi escape who then challenges them to a Xiaolin Showdown over the Silk Spinner. The challenge is to see who can catch who first and throughout the whole challenge they try to eat Omi again. But in the end, Omi is able to trick them into the magical box, returning Dojo to normal.
  • Eat the Camera: At one point in the series, both this trope and its inverted variation get pulled off simultaneously; in "Enter the Dragon“, we get a shot from one of two-headed Dojo's mouths as they suck Omi in, who engulfs the screen as he flies in screaming.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Gigi and Dyris.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: With the exception of wind, which is strong against pretty much everything, especially the later in the show you get.
  • Elite Mook: Chase Young's jungle cats and, in the Bad Future, the Jackbots.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Most of the show is this, just with different end of the world scenarios. Almost always ends up with the young dragons being the world's last hope.
    Raimundo: Sounds like "end of the world" time again.
    • Hilariously lampshaded in episode 49
      Master Fung: ... Their evil forces could cause the end of the world.
      Raimundo: Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah. "Previously, on ''Xiaolin Showdown''." [Raimundo holds open his eyes wider which shows the Xiaolin Showdown logo.]
      [Everybody grins and gives a thumbs up or two to the camera.]
  • Enemy Civil War: The members of the Rogues Gallery tolerate each other at best. That said, they do enjoy the frequent Villain Team-Up because against the Xiaolin Dragons, they're all on the same side.
  • Enemy Mime: Le Mime. Downplayed here compared to Chronicles, but he still manages to trap Omi, Kimiko and Raimundo into a real invisible box, at least until they figure out that they can modify the box themselves and they escape it when Omi imagines a door.
  • Enemy Mine: When left with no evil option, Jack Spicer will instead help the monks take out whichever foe has achieved world domination.
    Jack Spicer: I want to rule the world! Which I can't do if—
    Kimiko: —if Wuya's already ruling it!
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: Clay is a big guy who comes from Texas. Omi learns from him in the first episode that "it's not your weight, it's how you throw it around."
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The Monkey Staff gives you the agility and balance of a monkey, and an increasing number of other monkey attributes the longer you hold onto it (starting with a tail).
    • Subverted: Monkey!Jack is arguably more dangerous than normal Jack.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: So much. Spirals are featured all over, with Jack's glasses, Wuya's eyes, Raimundo's medallion and clothes, both his and Kimiko's sequences in the intro and when they call out their element.
    • This is also what differentiates Omi's Tornado Strike from his Tsunami Strike, and one of the ways to use the Sword of the Storm.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Chase Young to Master Monk Guan thanks to Hannibal Bean. It's reversed during the Season Three finale, but not for long.
    • Chase Young to Omi. Both are talented martial artists, both honor their word, both have an ego, both are obsessed with being the best, and both live(d) in the shadow (if we go by Hannibal's word's to Chase and Omi and Raimundo's rivalry) of an older teammate who is both their best friend and rival. What sets Omi and Chase apart naturally are their choices. Omi strongly believes in the side of good and right, while Chase is a fallen hero.
    • Jack is this to Kimiko. Both are the highly intelligent and technosavvy children of wealthy parents and wish to prove themselves to their peers. One is however much more competent than the other...
    • Raimundo subconsciously seeing himself in Jack's clothes demonstrates that he's aware of their similarities and is afraid he'll become like Jack. They're both cocky snarkers, incredibly smart with a catch, and they both fear failure and never making anything of themselves.
    • Tubbi for Clay as well. Both are large and resourceful men who tend to show more intellectual thinking when they aren't expected to.
  • Evil Gloating: Jack's favorite pastime. Also indulged in by the other villains, though less so by the Big Bads, especially Chase Young.
  • Evil Is Dumb: Jack Spicer becomes this more and more as the series progresses. Nearly all the other villains avert it, and the main villains avert it with a vengeance.
  • Evil Laugh:
    • Done by every villain on the show, especially Jack. He even takes time to judge other villains based on their laugh and whether he likes it or not.
    • Even the monks do this when they go to the Heylin side.
  • Evil Redhead: Jack. Also Wuya in her flesh form.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Chase, Wuya, and Hannibal all the time to each other (and Jack, who occasionally gets in on the action).
  • Evil Sounds Deep: "Heylin Power! Tsunami Water Blade- Ice."
  • Exposed to the Elements: Averted Trope by the Xiaolin Dragons, who wear winter clothing in cold places (though Kimiko still wears a skirt)... but not for Master Fung, who in "The Deep Freeze", wears exactly the same he always does aside from a tuque.
  • Exty Years from Now: Subverted and lampshaded when Dojo turns evil for an episode.
    Master Fung: It has already begun: a thousand years of darkness!
    Kimiko: Why a thousand?
    Master Fung: It is actually 962 years, but "a thousand" sounds more ominous.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Chase Young and Guan by Hannibal Bean (but on separate occasions). Chase Young had his first out of immortality, but he's proven to be more evil than Hannibal Bean. Omi went back in time to prevent this. It worked, but it wound up making Guan making his face heel turn. However, Chase had no choice but to have a face heel turn himself.
    • The finales of the first two seasons focused on this happening to Raimundo and Omi respectively.
    • Dojo also pulls one in "Enter the Dragon".
  • Failure Is the Only Option: The Shen Gong Wu change hands very quickly, preventing any side from gaining a real advantage. See Easy Come, Easy Go.
  • Fattening the Victim: In "Master Monk Guan", Chase Young fattens Dojo with the intent of using him as an ingredient in his Lao Mang Long Soup.
  • Felony Misdemeanor:
    • In "The Demon Seed".
    Kimiko: It's Spicer! He took the seed!
    Clay: And the hot dogs! (runs after, losing his hat in the process and not even caring) Come back here with them doggies, you no-good low-down snake, you yellow-bellied dirty little sidewinder I'M GON' GET YOU!
    • And from "Wu Got the Power":
      Clay: MY SANDWICH! NO! NOOOO!
  • Fighting Series
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Dojo uses some of Clay's family recipe hot sauce to weaponize this trope.
  • Flanderization: In the first season, Omi's sizable ego was clearly shown to be the result of his youth and lack of social skills. Basically, Omi is shown with underdeveloped empathy. Like a young child, he cannot view the world from any perspective other than his own. From the second season onward, Omi's ego became his defining characteristic rather than a side-effect of his other traits.
    • A specific example: Omi's "sexism" towards Kimiko was originally a one-off gag in episode 3 playing on his naivete. He had no idea that his words were offensive or even incorrect. In season 2, Omi developed an actual sexist attitude towards Kimiko and insulted her with full awareness that she would be offended, but only when he was jealous or mad at her for some reason.
    • Omi has repeatedly abused Raimundo with this as well, bringing up the fact that Raimundo has betrayed the team, and took him the longest to be promoted anytime it is convenient to kick Raimundo down. And it usually happens when Rai is right next to him.
    • Jack Spicer. In the first season, he struck a balance between being a credible threat (especially when he turned the Changing Chopsticks into an asset) and comic relief (his tendency to get cocky before losing a showdown). During the second season, he became increasingly ineffectual, whinier, and ridiculously hammier, and by the third season he spent more time becoming a dupe to other villains than a threat in and of himself (briefly saved by the finale, and then instantly reversed).
  • Flaw Exploitation: This is how Chase gets Omi to stay with him as his apprentice at the end of "Saving Omi".
  • Foe Romance Subtext: "Citadel of Doom" has Wuya say Dashi was a smart dresser in between saying he was a fool.
  • For the Evulz: Katnappe.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: The Xiaolin Dragons — Omi (water), Kimiko (fire), Raimundo (wind), and Clay (earth).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Kimiko is choleric, Omi is melancholic, Raimundo is sanguine, and Clay is phlegmatic.
  • Funny Background Event: In "Time After Time", when Omi travels to the future, he finds Master Fung, Raimundo, and Kimiko looking very old and feeble, about to enter future old Jack's gladiator ring. Old Clay comments that they aren't the "lean mean fighting machines they used to be" while super old Master Fung easily defeats lions behind them.
  • Funny Foreigner: Mostly Omi, although each of the cast members have their moments.
  • Future Badass: Jack, who somehow managed to defeat the Xiaolin Dragons and every other Big Bad on the show before taking over the world and converting it into a squalid dystopia.

    G-L 
  • Genius Bruiser: Clay's hobbies include animal identification, taxonomy, trivia, etc. Sadly, this never becomes a Chekhov's Hobby (though it is used as a Chekhov's Gag, above).
  • Get Back to the Future: Omi, several times...
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: After their team-up to defeat Wuya in the season 2 opener, Omi tries to convince Jack to switch sides permanently. Jack isn't persuaded, but suggests they go out for ice cream sometime when they're not fighting over Wu ("My treat."). Sadly, we never actually see this.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The main premise of the series, the Xiaolin Monks have to collect all Shen-Gong Wu before the bad guys.
  • Groin Attack: Poor Raimundo.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Kimiko. Particularly in "Tangled Web", where her temper, which comes mostly from the boys direspecting her, causes her to get easily distracted and not be able to use the Tangled Comb properly.
  • Handicapped Badass:
    • At the start of season three, while a temporarily disabled Master Fung fends off Chase Young alone. Whilst in a wheelchair. And typing out his attacks with chopsticks on a laptop.
    • Also the blind old man guarding the Treasure of the Blind Swordsman, who easily defeated Jack and Wuya in a showdown, despite them underestimating him for being blind.
  • Hands Play In Theater: In "Dream Stalker," when Raimundo dreams he's watching a movie with Kimiko.
  • Hannibal Lecture: True to his name, Hannibal Bean uses these often. Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes he doesn't.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Happens most often to Jack, whenever he is pulled out of the Ying-Yang World. Also happens temporarily to Wuya during a Showdown with Kimeko. What little we see of her "good" side is disturbingly sweet.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Jack, usually as an Enemy Mine
    • The Yin and Yang Yo-Yos separately also constitute revolving doors, which is played for laughs in "The Life and Times of Hannibal Roy Bean", when Kimiko challenges Wuya to a Showdown; they both use the Ying and Yang Yoyos liberally, causing them to constantly switch from good to evil and back again.
  • Heel–Face Mole: Subverted in Jack's case. While he does betray the team it's revealed that he did honestly make a genuine effort at being a hero.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • In the first part of the series finale the elderly Xiaolin Warriors during, and the alternate Chase in part two, allowing himself to become evil in order to help restore the timeline.
    • Good Jack does the same thing in "Finding Omi," allowing himself to be turned evil again in order to save the others' chi. During the same sacrifice, Good Jack uses the Ring Of Nine Dragons to split himself up into two, and one pulls another sacrifice for the other, holding back a monster in the Ying Yang World while the other retrieves the chi and leaves (turning evil in the process). This has the result of making regular Jack even more evil than usual, though in general it doesn't end up mattering much.
    • In the warped future where Guan has become evil and Chase Young is good, Chase agrees to turn evil to buy the Dragons time to find the frozen Omi and revert the world to normalcy.
    • Good Jack again in the series finale again, drawing away tigers so that the Dragons can escape.
  • The Hit Flash
  • Hollywood Hacking: Kimiko, frequently.
    Kimiko: I cross-referenced the username with a double-helix tracer decoding worm! (Somehow this produces an image of Wuya.)
  • Hood Ornament Hottie: Wuya, when offering Raimundo truckloads of stuff to keep him on her side.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts: The Giant Spiders from "Dangerous Minds". According to Master Fung: "The spiders are neither good nor evil. They are simply... consumers. They consume vegetation, animals, buildings, even the earth itself. They eat until there is nothing left to eat."
    • In addition, there is a Shen Gong Wu called "Moonstone Locust", which releases white, stone... locusts.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: "Royal Rumble" has a sight gag of Tubbimura throwing out a bunch of weapons and food he was apparently holding, despite wearing nothing but skintight dark-purple clothes and a sword on his back while being very rotund, when he ends up on thin ice.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In "Big as Texas", Jack complains about Clay using his lasso to grab the Shen Gong Wu he's holding after being certain he's won, complaining "No, that's cheating!" while Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat very much applies to Jack.
    • In "Hear Some Evil, See Some Evil", when Kimiko read Clay's mind about her being angry all the time:
    Kimiko: Angry? Me? I'm not angry. I'm the least ANGRY PERSON I KNOOOWW!!!!
    • Raimundo is also a fan of this.
    Raimundo: Tsk, tsk, tsk. Should've done your homework.
  • An Ice Person:
    • Omi can do this when using the Orb of Tornami by shouting "Orb Of Tornami: Ice", which turns the orb's default water into ice.
    • Raksha, the snowman formed from the Heart of Jong in the episode "The Deep Freeze".
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: A wordless version with Omi and Raimundo in "Saving Omi".
    • In "The Last Temptation of Raimundo", Omi does this when Raimundo possessed by Shen Gong Wu and Wuya.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Raimundo is often a victim of this from Omi. As is Jack Spicer, but from everyone.
  • In a Single Bound: The Mantis Flip coin, a red and gold coin Shen Gong Wu which greatly increased its user's jumping abilities, and allowed them to jump and flip with extreme height, skill and agility.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: The Changing Chopsticks shrink the user to the size of a grain of rice.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Thrown left and right. The worst offenders are Clay and Katnappe, though.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Jack, of course. Subverted in the first part of the series finale when he actually succeeds in taking over the world, imprisoning both the monks and the much more powerful bad guys.
  • Infinite Supplies: Averted. Jack frequently runs out of money to fund the creation of his robots, and is shown trading Shen Gong Wu with mob boss Panda Bubba multiple times.
  • Informed Ability: Hannibal Bean is made out to be the worst possible evil there could ever be, but he never succeeds in a single venture. Even his one accomplishment, turning Chase Young evil, didn't work out how he wanted.
    • On the other hand, he actually succeeded in causing a character to undergo a Face–Heel Turn (two, technically, even if one was in an alternate timeline) that they never reverted from, which Chase Young and Wuya had both tried and failed to do on multiple occasions, and is Chase's equal in combat when the two actually fight. So this may have some truth in it after all.
  • Instant Armor: The Two-Ton Tunic is a tunic that can transform into a large, bulky, and very heavy breastplate.
  • Intangible Man: The power of the Serpent's Tail, and one of the effects of Raimundo combining the Sword of the Storm and the Eye of Dashi.
  • Interesting Situation Duel: Once an Episode. It is the premise of the series, after all.
  • Invincible Villain: Chase Young borders on this at times. He's powerful, intelligent, handsome, highly skilled, outclasses every other villain on the show as well as most of the heroes, and almost never suffers major setbacks either. The final season tones these traits down.
  • Invisibility Cloak: The Shroud of Shadows.
  • Ironic Echo: In the same scene: after losing Omi back to the side of good, Chase Young claims that after tasting evil, Omi wouldn't be able to resist the next time, claiming "I believe the evil in you is stronger than you know." When Omi turns around and apologizes to his friends for not using the secret to defeating evil when he had the chance instead of abiding by his word, Chase admits that he caused Omi to see the secret to defeating good instead, and thus not abiding his word would have been catastrophic. Omi then points out that telling him that was uncharacteristically good of him, claiming "I believe the good in you is stronger than you know" and taking his leave.
  • It Can Think: On a couple of occasions, the Shen Gong Wu have acquired minds of their own. It's never been pretty. In one case, the Golden Tiger Claws possessed Raimundo, who had to be watched by Omi. Omi inevitably fell asleep, and the Claws helped keep Omi asleep (giving him a pillow, gently easing him down etc.) before setting off to do its deeds.
  • I Would Say If I Could Say
    Omi: If I had hair, it would be standing on end!
    Dojo: If I had boots, I'd be quaking in them!
    Clay: Wanna borrow mine?
    Dojo: No thanks, no feet.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Raimundo
    • Omi too, but unintentionally so.
  • Ki Attacks: Master Monk Guan finishes his showdown against Chase with one.
  • Kid Hero: All four of the main cast
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Chase Young. Hannibal Roy Bean also became this, as he first appeared in the disturbing and dark Ying Yang verse imprisoned in a maximum security cell and a dark suit of armour. While delivering a Hannibal Lecture to Jack Spicer.
    • The Sapphire Dragon, due to the fact that it's silent, doesn't lend itself as much to verbal humor, and tends to be rather creepy in its only two appearances.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Bird of Paradise," the monks save a little old lady rather than try to capture the Bird. Guess what the little old lady turns out to be?
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Averted! Despite fitting into the Fire Is Red trait, Kimiko is not the leader.
  • Leitmotif: Several. Omi has a very prominent one, and some other characters (like Wuya, whose is dark and sinister, or Good Jack, whose Tastes Like Diabetes as much as he does) have themes that occasionally play. In addition, all four of the Dragons get brief motifs in the theme song.
    • Lampshaded by Jack who tries to create his own theme and subsequently takes advice from Dojo on how to improve it.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Raimundo in "Mala Mala Jong"; Even though Master Fung told the Dragons to take the Shen Gong Wu and leave the temple to protect them from Wuya's indestructible demonic warrrior, Raimundo goes back from the Dragons' hiding place to fight Jong, gets owned, and Wuya is able to find the Shen Gong Wu's location by entering his mind. This is why Master Fung does not make him a Xiaolin Apprentice at the same as the others;
    Raimundo: But I was brave!
    Master Fung: You disobeyed my orders. Your rash and impulsive actions almost led us to the brink of destruction. I am sorry, Raimundo, but you have proven you are not yet ready to move on.
  • Lethal Joke Item: The Changing Chopsticks give their user the ability to... shrink to the size of a rice corn. Jack uses them to steal almost all of the monks' Wus. Successfully.
    • The Changing Chopsticks see a surprising amount of use after that, often with surprising success. For instance, Tubbimura once used them to decrease his weight while on thin ice, thus winning the showdown against Clay.
    • Another example is using multiple Wu's in combination, making ones that were seen as useless into highly dangerous tools. During Raimundo's first Face–Heel Turn, he runs off with the newly acquired Reversing Mirror to give to Wuya. Later that night, he busts into the temple just to take only the Serpent's Tail. It takes the group a while to figure out, but freak out once it dawns on them that the two together can shift Wuya from useless ghost to utterly terrifying sorceress.
    • A lot of Shen Gong Wu play with this, along with Heart Is an Awesome Power. The Lunar Locket lets you control the phases of the moon: and is quite capable of putting the earth into an ice age. The Monkey Staff and Tongue of Saiping turn the user into a monkey and controls animals, respectively, and both have been used quite impressively alone and together. The Sweet Baby Among Us proves how well giant golden babies work, etc.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Some of Jack and Wuya's interactions feel this way.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Everyone but Kimiko, who appears in a different outfit and hairdo in almost every episode, some bordering on Cosplay at times.
  • Literal Split Personality: The Ring of the Nine Dragons' power. It divides the user into as many duplicates as they wish, up to a maximum of nine.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • In the second episode, the monks are competing to get the fastest time on a circular obstacle course (the aim being to get past the obstacles and rescue a toy dog). Clay just turns around and picks it up.
    • Near the end of the first season, Omi and Jack have a showdown that involves holding a glass of water "without spilling a drop". Jack uses the Monkey Staff and holds it with his tail. After a few near-misses, Omi just swallows the water, catches up to Jack, and then spits it back into the glass once he's won.
    • Master Fung's jade elephant test. The goal was for the monks to grab the jade elephant, but when they get close to doing so Fung just smashes it, making them fail.

    M-R 
  • MacGuffin Melee: One of the central premises of the series, especially when the showdowns had mulitple players.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: Jack's basement. Even lampshaded by Katnappe.
  • Magic Mirror: The Reversing Mirror, a Shen Gong Wu that allowed the user to reverse the power of anything that was directed towards it, even Shen Gong Wu.
    • Some episodes have shown it to have deflecting properties as well. This is usually limited to Wu effects, such as making the Eye of Dashi zap the wielder and not the target. However, it's also been used to deflect Evil!Dojo's flame, the Cyclops, and brain electricity.
  • Magic Skirt: Kimiko has one especially during the Dragon X-Kumai/Wudai Orion sequences (she's upside down).
    • Especially strange when she's in her Monk attire, where she actually wears pants (but it isn't noticeable due to how pale her skin is regardless).
  • Making a Splash: Omi's primary abilities. Also the primary use of the Orb of Tornami, so Omi uses it a lot.
  • Malaproper: Omi, constantly. Related to Blunt Metaphors Trauma above.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Tom Kenny, of course.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Chase Young, who traded his soul for power and eternal youth. Hannibal Roy Bean, named for colorful Texas judge Roy Bean and, well, the fact he is a bean shaped creature. And even Master Monk Guan's name may be a reference to the general/war hero Guan Yu, who is famous in China for his role in the civil war that led to the collapse of the Han Dynasty.
    • Though more than likely an unintentional Bi Lingual Bonus, Omi is the Yoruba word for Water. Considering it's a Chinese character made by a Chinese creator it's strange he would an Nigerian word for a name.
    • Wuya is the Chinese word for "Crow" and during the third season, the only one of Chase Young's mooks that she made friendly with was the crow.
    • Clay also fits with his Dishing Out Dirt powers.
  • Memetic Mutation: In-universe, Jack's constant failures cause "I got Jacked" to be the hip thing to say when one loses everything.
  • Me's a Crowd: Speciality of the Ring of Nine Dragons. The catch is that your intelligence gets spread between the copies along with everything else.
  • The Mind Is The Plaything Of The Body: In his monstrous form, Chase Young is much more aggressive, energetic and expressive, a marked change for a character who is usually The Stoic.
  • Mirrored Confrontation Shot: The opening theme.
  • Mirror Morality Machine: The Ying and Yang Yo-Yos when used individually to leave the Ying-Yang World. To a smaller extent, the literal Reversing Mirror itself, when in possession of it while leaving the Ying-Yang World with both yo-yos.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: Hannibal Bean's giant, spiky armor which he first appears in. He's quickly revealed to be only an inch tall. Then he gets the Moby Morpher and you only see it once again, as he's actually more effective as a giant version of his true self and doesn't need it.
  • Mooks: Well, it is a a fighting series. Jack Spicer's robots are usually the Butt Monkeys of the series.
    • Lampshaded.
    Wuya: Why do you build these stupid machines?! They're useless!
    Jack: Mom said I needed a hobby.
  • Moral Dissonance: If it wasn't enough for Jack Spicer to be repeatedly humiliated by karma, his own incompetence, and by other villains, even the heroes sometimes deliberately add to his suffering just for their amusement. For example:
    • Once when they were in the Arctic Ocean, the Xiaolin Dragons "offered" Jack a ride home by having him hang from a rope while they were flying, forcing him to go water-skiing with his own body.
    • Another time, the Xiaolin Monks used the Emperor Scorpion to order the Fearsome Four to throw Jack around like a basketball.
    • When Jack considered defecting to the Xiaolin side, the Dragons just heaped all their chores upon him, among other humiliations. It's no wonder that he soon goes back to being evil.
    • Once, they outright refused to save Jack from going down a waterfall. He survived, but still.
    • The Xiaolin warriors once beat up Jack and stole his belt, shoe, a huge chunk of his hair, and his underwear as part of a bet. And it becomes a little disturbing when you realized that Clay ripped the hair off of Jack's head.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous:
    • The Third Arm Sash, especially when Clay turns it into a flexible stone fist.
    • There's also an episode where the team faces an animate snowman. Omi knocks off the monsters arms and makes a quip about disarming him. Cue six new arms sprouting.
    • Hannibal Roy Bean once used the Moby Morpher to give himself six arms while fighting Chase Young.
  • Multinational Team: From Texas, China, Japan, and Brazil.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Often, the characters use flashy and over-the-top martial arts or magical skills to do fairly mundane things - chores, games, you name it. Applies to several of the showdowns as well, which brings simple contests into insanely impressive magical arenas.
    • Special mention goes to "Something Jermaine," where Jermaine and Omi have a fight which escalates into a competition to see who can eat dinner in the most impressive way. Point goes to Jermaine for stealing Omi's rice by bending his spoon and tossing it like a boomerang. In slow motion.
  • Mundane Solution: In the same episode as his Loophole Abuse, Clay wins a sparrow-catching showdown by gathering seeds for it while Jack flies around trying to grab it with the Third Arm Sash.
    • In the very first episode, several of Jack's robots are defeated by... hitting the off switch. Jack wonders aloud why he made it so obvious.
    • When Omi has to travel back in time and ask Grand Master Dashi for a replacement Panku Box, Dashi replies that he can have it if he can take it from him in a Showdown. After much effort trying and failing to defeat Dashi with fantastic martial arts stunts, Omi rethinks his strategy... and asks nicely.
    • The four of them are trapped in an (indestructible) invisible box by an Enemy Mime. How do they escape? By "miming" the act of opening a door, which opens an actual (yet still completely invisible) door out of the box.
  • Mundane Utility: Jack uses his Third Arm Sash to put a drink to his lips and juggle in the second episode.
    • In the sixth episode, he uses the Changing Chopsticks to shrink him down for easy construction of his robot's wiring.
    • The Xiaolin Dragons are hardly immune to this trope too - they use the Shen Gong Wu to complete their cleaning chores faster. In "The Deep Freeze", they use the Eye of Dashi to light a barbecue, the Fist of Tebi-Gong and Orb of Tornami to create a swimming pool, and Raimundo uses the Sword of the Storm to create a wave to surf on.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg :
    Omi: Wudai Warriors, double your efforts! Raimundo, triple yours.
  • The Napoleon:
    • Hannibal Roy Bean.
    • And Omi.
  • Never Sleep Again: During one episode, every time Raimundo falls asleep, a giant jellyfish monster attacks the temple and nearly destroys everything, then disappears instantly when he wakes up. After several sad attempts to keep him awake, he falls asleep again, the monster comes back and a sort of Battle in the Center of the Mind ensues.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Shen Gong Wu sometimes fall into this. For instance, the Reversing Mirror was specifically stated to reverse the effects of Shen Gong Wu, but was later used to reverse other kinds of attack as well. They even make the Changing Chopsticks' effects irreversible after a time limit, when Omi used them with the Changing Chopsticks. However, another time the two were used in combination, it just made objects become huge.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
  • No Matter How Much I Beg: Dojo, when he's about to turn evil. Omi had the job to guard and not let Dojo escape from his cage no matter what, so Dojo showed lots of sneaky attempts to convince Omi to let him out.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Chase, to Dojo. He's doing it to fatten up Dojo before Chase eats him.
    Dojo: I hate to admit it, but, for an evil villain, you have been very hospitable!
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Omi is bright yellow, his head is perfectly round, his eyes are more along the lines of Black Bead Eyes than the Skin Tone Sclerae everyone else has, he only has one outfit as opposed to the Monk-wear and Casual-wear everyone else switches between and in that outfit his pants are black.
  • Noodle Incident:
    Clay: That's the second biggest tongue I have ever seen!
  • No-Sell: When Omi returned to the past, the first time, to get Grand Master Dashi's help in defeating Wuya and Raimundo he is challenged to taking a pebble from Dashi's hand. None of Omi's attacks work as Dashi effortlessly avoids them all or is not phased when they even hit him. When the time is almost done, Dashi points out he has one option left: Asking Dashi for the pebble. It works.
  • No Social Skills: Omi, as a result of spending his whole life at the temple without any friends until meeting his fellow Xiaolin monks.
  • Not in the Face!: What Jack Spicer begs in "The Deep Freeze", in addition to his hair.
  • Obviously Evil: Jermaine doesn't really need to think to figure out a giant robot of Jack's isn't one of the good guys in episode 9 and says as such.
  • Offhand Backhand: Raimundo is fond of this, even using it outside of its standard combat application (for example, he offhand-backhands a tree in "The Demon Seed" to jostle free the Wu in one of the branches, winning the showdown with style in the process).
  • Off-Model: A couple in the theme song. When they show all the villains standing side by side near the end, Wuya becomes TOO expressive and looks waaaay too happy and her eyes don't even appear to have spirals. Before that, they show pictures of Chase Young's dragon form, Katnappe, Panda Bubba and Mala Mala Jong. The problem is with Chase Young, as his legs appear cartoonishly small and he looks as a result more lizard than dragon.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Jack Spicer, probably. While he has been seen recycling parts from already-defeated bots, it's still not enough to answer the question of how he funds his endless waves of Jackbots. Chase Young also has this, as it's never raised how he ended up with such a lavishly built home.
    • Chase Young has lived for over a millenia and a half. He probably built the place with his own two hands out of boredom.
  • Old Master: Master Fung IS this trope. Master Monk Guan to a lesser extent, and he really doesn't look it.
  • The One True Sequence: Every time a ne Shen Gong Wu is revealed, the good guys and the bad guys will both reach its location and touch it at the same time, forcing a new Xiaolin Showdown.
  • One-Winged Angel: A good number of villains the monks take on.
  • Only One Name: Being an orphan, Omi is only known by his first name. However, in "Omi Town" he is fooled into believing that his last name is "Crud".
  • Opponent Switch/Rock Paper Switch: Done when a Sheng Gong Wu creates physical manifestations of each warrior's worst fear.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dojo can shapeshift, change size, and sense Shen Gong Wu.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: At least the one the group runs into; in water, she has a very beautiful form. Out of water, though, not so much.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In the video the gang shows Jack in "Hannibal's Revenge." It must be seen to be believed.
    Raimundo: Dojo! Get out of the shot!
  • Personality Powers
  • Playing with Fire: Kimiko's specialty. The Star Hanabi shoots fire, and turns into a flaming Precision-Guided Boomerang when she combines it with her own power.
  • Plot Coupons: The Shen Gong Wu.
  • Plot Hole:
    • When Master Monk Guan first appears, he's revealed to be working for Chase Young. Chase had beaten him in battle and taken his spear, and Guan felt he couldn't be an effective hero without his weapon. He has a rematch with Chase at the end, and beats him without his weapon, proving that it isn't the weapon that makes the hero. He gives the spear to Omi, feeling like he doesn't need it. The next time he appears, it's revealed that he has several hundred copies of the spear and gives another to Raimundo. This little gag means that he basically sold out his principles for nothing.
      • Fridge Brilliance: He made the numerous copies of the Spear of Guan AFTER his rematch and victory over Chase.
    • At the end of Omi's first meeting with Dashi, he realizes that he has no clue on how to get back to his own time. Dashi says that they had a time traveling Shen Gong Wu, but recently hid it. Earlier, he used the Sands of Time to time his match with Omi. A later episode shows that the Sands of Time actually are a time traveling wu, which could have solved all of Omi's problems. Though it would be in character for Dashi to not give Omi the easy solution, it's never clearly established that that was his intention, and it also leaves open when he would have been able to tell Dojo not to tell Omi about the Sands true power.
  • Politeness Judo
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom: Any shot of the Xiaolin warriors' bedroom stalls: Kimiko's has a large clothing rack and a desk with her electronics, Raimundo's is crammed with sporting equipment, Clay's has a handful of cowboy-related items, and Omi's has some minimalist Asian-esque decoration.
  • Power Fist: The Fist of Tebigong, a Shen Gong Wu which was a metal gauntlet that was strong enough to crack the earth.
  • The Power of Friendship: The Central Theme of the series that was (in general) explored more seriously and less Anvilliciously than in the average children's cartoon.
  • Prehensile Tail: One of the perks of the Monkey Staff.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: In "The Last Temptation of Raimundo", when Wuya used Shroud of Shadows, a Wu that isn't wagered, the Xiaolins called her a cheater, yet previously when Omi challenged Dojo to a Xiaolin Showdown, he used two Wu's that not wagered note  and it is treated as a good thing.
  • Punny Name: The show's title itself. The actual order of Chinese martial artists is the Shaolin (少林), however, with the show's name, the spelling Xiao can be depicted with the character 小, meaning "small", used in Chinese to refer to children, as the characters of the show are.
  • Psycho Serum: The Lao Mang Long Soup. Gives unimaginable power. Side effects may include: evil, loss of emotion, disfiguring mutation, metamorphosis into a monstrous creature (which results in dependency on the soup to keep oneself human), and a penchant for spikes.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Often used on Jack and Omi when one of them is sad.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: In the episode "Panda Town" we get this gem of a moment with Wuya and Jack.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Chase Young and Master Monk Guan. The former is justified, because he gave up his soul on eternal youth, but the latter with no explanation whatsoever. Even in the alternate timeline from the series' finale, both of them remain young after Omi goes back to the present, even though only Guan made the Deal with the Devil this time.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Raimundo has this relationship with all the monks and he's both a red and a blue oni, depending on who we compare him to.
    • He's the blue to his hot-headed Implied Love Interest Kimiko's red and the red to Clay's blue, who is the calmest and nicest of the monks.
    • With Omi, it's more complicated. Raimundo is at first the red oni, for being a bit of a lazy jerk who tends to rush into a situation without thinking, but as the series goes on, he becomes more responsible and a better strategist who would do anything for people who are in danger. Meanwhile, Omi, who starts off as the blue oni who takes his job as a monk seriously and keeps his word, even to the villains, becomes more egoistic as the series goes on.
    • All in all, in order from the reddest to the bluest, the monks are: Kimiko>Raimundo>Omi>Clay, with Raimundo and Omi changing places later in the series.
    • Jack is an immature Card-Carrying Villain (red oni) and Chase is a cool-headed Soft-Spoken Sadist (blue oni).
  • Red Is Heroic: The uniforms of the Xiaolin monks are red.
  • Redemption Failure: Jack Spicer in "The Apprentice" genuinely wanted to join the monks, but as revealed in the "Truth or Dare" showdown, he went back to the evil side because he feared that he would fail at being good like he failed at being bad.
  • Ribcage Stomach: When Dojo turns evil and eats the Monks.
  • Ride the Lightning: There are two Shen Gong Wus which let the user do this: The Shard of Lightning let him travel at the speed of light for a few seconds and Denshi Bunny allows him to turn into electricity and travel through electrical circuits.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Chase Young's jungle cats have a similar purpose to the Jackbots, though they're arguably more competent fighters and are later revealed to be defeated warriors turned into big cats by him. Also Omi when he is turned into a cat, though he was on the monks' side during the showdown.
  • Robot Master: Jack Spicer, inventor of a million varieties of Jack-Bots, including a shapeshifting Chameleon Bot, a Transforming Bot, and even a a robot that duplicates the Shen Gong Wu-sensing power of his partner-in-crime, Wuya. Some of them are actually effective outside his standard Mooks.
  • Robotic Torture Device: Jack's Tickle Bot.
  • Rock of Limitless Water: The Orb of Tornami.
  • Running Gag:
    • "You're even more pathetic than me! HAHAHAHA- wait, that came out wrong," and its variations.
    • "HUMILIATING defeat" comes up nearly as often as Omi's misuse of slang.
    • Raimundo's frustrations with Master Fung's cryptic koans, Omi's failed slang, and Clay's down-home metaphors.
    Raimundo: Can't anyone speak normally around here?
    • Omi's obsession with upper body strength.
    • That one fart noise shows up pretty frequently whenever shit has hit the fan.
    • Squirrels.
    • Episode 10 has Omi pissing off a cow he's trying to milk and getting kicked straight out of the barn, four times. He exploits the pattern later in the episode for a fifth time, yanking on one of its teats to get himself kicked into a Jackbot.
    • Jack really doesn't like Wuya using how she's a ghost to pass through him. In the most feminine way possible. Wuya later basically does it to intentionally scare him.
    • Dojo getting and describing his afflictions which coincide with sensing Shen Gong Wu revealing themselves (such as, a rash). Kimiko usually protests it's Too Much Information.

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  • Stealth Pun: In "The Emperor Scorpion Strikes Back", One of Jack's Ring Of Nine Dragons clones is a donkey. A jackass.
  • Stock Sound Effects: "The Evil Within" and "The Emperor Scorpion Strikes Back" uses the sound of TIE fighters moving for Raimundo charging and a Jack Spicer Ring of Nine Dragons clone charging, respectively.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In episode 10, Clay is symmetric to his father for a moment, both facing directly at each other with their sides facing to the screen. At that moment, they have the exact same-sized face with a similar round nose and underbite between them.
  • Stylistic Suck: In Hannibal's Revenge, the heroes need to build up Jack's confidence for their plan, so after faking several tricks they show him a movie of what the other villains really think of him. "Wuya" and "Chase" are quite obviously Omi and Clay each holding a Paper-Thin Disguise over their faces (and you can see all of Clay's head at one point when he let's the plate slip, "Hannibal Bean" is drawn on Kimiko's thumb, and you can see her face while manipulating him, and to add insult to injury Dojo walks through the background at one point and Raimundo tells him to stop ruining the shot. Jack is completely fooled.
    • Even earlier Jack replaces Kimiko with his Chameleon bot. Chameleon bot is ludicrously perky compared to Kimiko, repeatedly calls Jack Spicer "Hunky," and doesn't know basic things about Kimiko's life and routine that should have given her away instantly. The real kicker is that at one point Chameleon bot actually suffers from buffering, during which it verbally loads and processes data while unable to perceive the outside world. Naturally the Xiaolin Dragons are completely fooled.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Duh.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: The Yin/Yang Yo-Yo can awaken one in the good guys.
  • Surprise Checkmate: Justified in "Oil in the Family" because the T-Rex isn't playing to win: it's trying to trap/knock out Raimundo with the giant chess pieces so it can eat him. Raimundo, meanwhile, is focusing on the checkmating the T-Rex to win the showdown.
  • Swallowed Whole: In Season 2 episode 7 'Enter the Dragon', Dojo becomes evil for 24 hours as he builds an overwhelming urge to collect Shen Gong Wu, turning into a huge two-headed dragon and swallowing the main cast in the process.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The villains during their team-ups.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: In one episode the showdown was a four-on-four sumo wrestling match, and the contestants' bodies swelled up to the appropriate size for the duration of the match.
  • Thick-Line Animation
  • This is No Time to Panic
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Several Shen Gong Wu are useful in very specific situations. Most notably the Gills Of Hamachi, which is the Wu to have for underwater adventures, but does Omi little good against Raimundo's more useful Fancy Feet.
  • Time-Freeze Trolling Spree: In the episode "The Shard of Lightning", Jack Spicer and his robot double use the titular shen gong wu to freeze time around them to steal all of the Xiaolin Dragon's shen gong wu and repeatedly play pranks on them.
  • Time Travel:
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Omi's pride got worse and worse each season. See Flanderization.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Clay, and a few others.
  • Transflormation: In "Demon Seed," practically everyone except Raimundo gets turned into plants.
  • The Trap Parents: In the episode "Omi Town", Omi thinks he finally found his real parents, but they turn out to be robots built by Jack Spicer and made to look like his "relatives" with Hannibal Bean's Moby Morpher.
  • True Companions: Particularly for Omi, who's an orphan.
  • Un-Evil Laugh: Jack Spicer's very own "New Trademark Evil Laugh" is... Something else.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Initially, Chase Young and Wuya have problems in their alliance (namely, she has Chronic Backstabbing Disorder), but by the end of the third season, they've decided to stop arguing and stay together for the sake of evil.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Kimiko and Raimundo, especially in the episode where Hannibal Bean intrudes Raimundo's head. He rests his arm on her shoulder in the cinema (only to find out that she is, in fact, Hannibal). However, since they never get together in-show, fans are left to guess on their own if it was resolved post-Grand Finale.
  • Unsafe Haven: The Shen Gong Wu "Vault" really ought be called the Shen Gong Wu Grab n Go. The vault does such a lousy job of keeping the warriors' Wu safe that even Jack Spicer can swoop on in and leave with a sack full of the powerful weaopons with the warriors none the wiser. It gets so bad, that in one episode Dojo actually screams in frustration about why they don't get a proper lock for the vault.
  • Vanity License Plate: As can be seen in "Master Monk Guan", Jack has one that says NIL8 (as in, annihilate).
  • Verbal Tic: In "Hear Some Evil, See Some Evil", Kimiko can't stand the way Clay talks.
    Clay: Omi, that's about as lowdown as a snake's bellybutton!
    Kimiko: Snakes don't have bellybuttons!
  • [Verb] This!: Very first episode.
    Jack: Now that I've defeated you, you'll respect the genius of...Jack Spicer!
    Omi: Respect, THIS! [pulls down Jack's pants]
  • Villain Decay: Jack Spicer and Wuya, as both were upstaged by Chase Young, although Jack wasn't all that tough to start with, and Wuya was restored without her full powers (precisely because Chase deliberately did so so knowing resurrecting someone who's both stronger than you and wants to take over the world as much as you do isn't a good idea). Even then, she can still beat all of the monks.
    • Reversed in the first part of the finale, where Jack's future self pretty much kills everyone.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: The main plot of the second half of season 2 revolves around Chase Young trying to bring Omi to the dark side. He succeeds in the season's finale, after Omi exits the Yin Yang World with only one of the two yo-yos, leaving his good chi behind.
  • Villain Team-Up: Frequently (Jack even explicitly proposes an "evil team-up" on multiple occasions).
  • Villain World: More than once.
  • Visual Pun: Omi one time gloated about how "he's the best at humility" while his head inflated, complete with sound effect.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Omi and Raimundo, especially as the series progresses.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Dojo, though he mainly uses it to switch from gecko-size to full-blown-dragon. Also, the Moby Morpher, as the name implies, a Shen Gong Wu that could morph things. It was considered to be one of the most powerful and dangerous Shen Gong Wu used exclusively by Hannibal Roy Bean.
  • Warrior Monk
  • Weapon of Choice: The main cast each have a Shen Gong Wu they seem to favor in most combat situations, and later on in the series they get proper weapons.
  • We Can Rule Together
  • We Win... Because You Didn't: Master Fung challenges the monks to take a jade elephant from him, then takes out a mallet and breaks it when it looks like they're winning. This leads Omi to send the Golden Tiger Claws to the Earth's core at the end of the episode.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Raimundo, although he saved the day at the last minute. The other monks don't make too much fuss, although it's occasionally rubbed in his face, and part of Master Monk Guan's secret plan in a later episode involves him pretending to do it again.
  • WHAM Line: For the lead-up to the first season finale, Master Fung after Raimundo steals the Serpent's Tail.
    Master Fung: On its own the Serpent's Tail is no great threat: it makes a solid person ghostly.
    Dojo: But combined with the Reversing Mirror..
    Clay and Kimiko: Wuya!!
    Master Fung: Precisely.
  • When You Snatch the Pebble: Subverted when obtaining the second magic puzzle box. None of Omi's attacks even made Grand Master Dashi bat an eye. Omi had to ask for the pebble.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The monks' fears from "Dreamscape" fit this trope. Omi, Raimundo, Clay, and Kimiko are afraid of squirrels, tentacled sea monsters, Clay's grandmother, and a half-melted doll, respectively.
  • The World Is Always Doomed: Done so often that the show even often makes fun of it.
    Chase Young: After the monks have accidentally released Hannibal Bean from the Ying-Yang World. You fools! You have just unleashed the greatest evil the world has ever seen!
    Raimundo: Huh. Sounds like "end of the world time"... again.
    Chase: No... It is far worse than that.
  • World-Healing Wave: Comes at the end of Wuya's rule saga when she is sealed back into her puzzle-box by Raimundo.
  • World-Wrecking Wave: When Wuya is made solid again in the first season finale turning everything into a Crapsack World. At least until the healing wave reverses it.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Clay. It's usually his downfall whenever up against Wuya or Katnappe (though he could bear-hug the latter long enough for Omi to grab the Tiger Claws).
    Raimundo: Clay, man, haven't you heard? Chivalry is dead.
  • X-Ray Vision: The Falcon's Eye can let its user see through solid objects.
  • "Yes"/"No" Answer Interpretation: Omi uses an object to split him into copies, which unfortunately suffer from Clone Degeneration. When one of the copies runs across a Shen Gong Wu as the same time as Jack Spicer, Jack challenges him to a Xiaolin Showdown. When the copy doesn't answer, he asks him he accepts. The copy just beeps his nose. Jack decides to take that as a yes.
  • You Will Know What to Do: Double subverted in the second season opening; Master Dashi's new puzzle box "will only open when the one who needs to open it, opens it." Everybody tries to open it, but it fails at a critical moment. Then Rai gives it a go, and it works.

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