|Full Name||Jackie Chan|
Jade Chan (niece)
Shen Chan (cousin)
The Hong Kong Kid (ancestor; deceased)
|Martial Arts||Kung Fu|
|Base of Operations||Uncle's Rare Finds|
Section 13 Agent
|Team||J-Team, Section 13|
|Debut||Season 1 Episode 1|
|Closing||Season 5 Episode 13|
Paul Robert Langdon (young)
"The wise seek power within themselves. The foolish seek it within others. Until you harness the power within yourself, I cannot teach you."
Jackie Chan is a talented amateur archaeologist and skilled martial artist who lives in San Francisco with his Uncle. His quiet life of exploring ancient temples and dusty tombs is disrupted one day when he is recruited as an agent by Captain Black of Section 13 to stop the Dark Hand from acquiring the 12 Talismans. Shortly afterwards, his niece, Jade Chan, comes to stay with him and further complicates matters. Despite his initial reluctance to become involved with the Talisman adventures, Jackie understands the serious threat that his opponents pose to the world and finds himself on the front lines in the battle between good and evil.
Jackie is a man in his mid-thirties with an average stature and a "solid" build. His features include a square jaw, wide nose, soft, brown eyes with thick eyebrows, and short black hair. His most common outfit consists of a light blue sweater, tan trousers, and brown running shoes. When his underwear was accidentally revealed, they were pink with a red heart pattern. Jackie is also often seen wearing his archeologist's garb: a white, sleeveless undershirt, khaki button-up long sleeve shirt, cargo pants and a sturdy pair of hiking boots. He occasionally wears a stealth uniform for covert operations, which is a dark gray sweater, black jeans and boots, and gloves.
As a child, Jackie had a much skinnier build and wider eyes. He wore an outfit very similar to his current one. He formerly had a scar on his elbow until Jade traveled back in time and saved him from the fall that gave him the wound, after which the scar disappeared.
Jackie is mild-mannered and conservative in nature. He is cautious and does not like to take unnecessary risks, although circumstances often force him to do otherwise. Jackie is polite and respectful of others, and he is loving and patient towards his uncle and niece. When those close to him are hurt, he often experiences anger and strikes out against his enemies. He is fiercely protective of Jade, demanding that she stay back on missions as they are "too dangerous." Although resourceful and well educated in regards to history and martial arts, Jackie can be too trusting of others, which often leads to trouble. He is generally optimistic and mellow, although when things grow dire he has shown incredible decisiveness.
When Jackie is separated by the Tiger Talisman into two separate beings, his personality changes dramatically. His light "yin" side is a pacifist and innocent in nature, yet weak-minded and too sensitive. His dark "yang" side is fight-loving, selfish, and rude, but possesses more foresight and can be helpful at times.
There is little information available regarding Jackie's past. It is assumed that he moved from Hong Kong to live with Uncle sometime before the age of twelve, similar to Jade's move. He trained in martial arts from a young age, and eventually became interested in archeology. He has worked for a university for several years prior to the beginning of the story's events. He became good friends with Captain Black somewhere along the way, although he has not seen him for six years prior to the events of the first episode.
Powers and Abilities
Jackie is a skilled martial artist and is very agile, but would prefer not to fight evil forces unless he has no choice. Capable of thinking and acting on his feet to make use of whatever is available in dire situations, Jackie is best known for his acrobatic fighting styles, comedic timing, improvised weapons and innovative stunts. He has an adaptive and agile fighting style, which is based off of Kung Fu techniques. Jackie has also shown stamina and a certain amount of strength (such as when he carried a bathtub up the stairs on his back, or transported four people's luggage up a mountain.) In one episode Jackie split two stacks of bricks in half, sending a shockwave that rippled through the ground in a short radius. However, he seems to be rather susceptible to pain as he often hurts his fists when punching unintended objects, such as a brick wall or a metal pole. His yang form seems to be impervious to these types of injuries, and employs more aggressive fighting maneuvers (such as high-flying kicks) that Jackie does not generally use as his normal self. Arguably, his greatest assets are his speed and quick reflexes. Jackie frequently catches vases and other antiques from crashing to the floor after uncle knocks them over, and he has been shown to catch up with speeding cars. In addition to his prowess in unarmed combat, Jackie has shown great resourcefulness and competitiveness in the use of weapons, often using whatever props that are locally available to aid him in his fights. (eg, windshield-wipers, soup ladles, crutches, and even a toothbrush.) Though Jackie has been defeated by a few enemies such as Tohru, Hak Foo, and the Dark Chi Warriors in their first encounters, he is able to adapt to each of their fighting styles in order to defeat them in later encounters.
When he uses magic objects such as the Talismans, his natural abilities are enhanced according to the object's power.
- "One should not fight for the sake of fighting, but only when one has no other choice."
- "Jade, I really want to spend time with you. But remember: you came into my life the same day as Section 13 and the Dark Hand. Things are getting hectic. Now, you can't come with me tonight, but I promise I'll take you to the parade tomorrow."
- "The greatest victory is the battle not fought."
- "Bad day, bad day, bad day, bad day!" (usually as an understatement)
- "Sorry, I'll bring it back later, thank you!" (this line has also been used by Uncle and Jade)
- "That's crazy, Jade! You're crazy!"
- "Bwaah!" (typical expression of surprise)
- "No, this belongs in a museum!"
- "It's too dangerous."
- "But I am not a (subjective noun)! I am an archaeologist!"
- "Talk later!"
Besides Jade, Jackie is the only person to have appeared in all 95 episodes.
- Jackie has been known to sleepwalk.
- Throughout the series, Jackie has been called by various nick-names which are derivitives of his name. Among these include: "Jackinator," "Jackson," "Jackster," etc.
- In the first episode, Jackie is surprised to find that Jade speaks English. She tells him that she never said she didn't speak it, he assumed. This is a reference to Jackie's line of a similar nature in the live-action movie Rush Hour.
- In season 3 episode 7 Jackie is bitten by a Snake, and uses a Kung Fu style known as "the drunken master" from one of his earliest headlining films of the same name.
- An episode titled "And He Does His Own Stunts" in reference to the fact that Jackie Chan does his own stunts in his movies.
- Many of the episode names in the series are based off of the real Jackie Chan's movie titles, or are references to his films.
- Jackie has had quite a lot of phones he used for only a short while in the episode. Usually, they were forgotten, broken or burned.
- All animated Jackie's beige/khaki clothes are similar to the real Jackie's clothes in the film.
- Jackie's background theme incorperates the use of a Chinese bamboo flute.