The Oni are hideous horned demons who, in Japanese fairy tales and are rumored to eat the souls of naughty children. Oni are repelled by onions which cause them temporary blindness and severe eye irritation.
In ancient times, Tarakudo, lord of all Oni and king of the Shadowkhan, along with his nine demon generals, terrorized Japan. Ancient Chi warriors carved masks and, through use of good Chi spell ingredients, trapped the Nine Generals in those masks. One was made for Tarakudo who found the mask and hid it in the Shadow Realm. His whereabouts were unknown afterwards. The masks were then scattered across the Earth. If united, the nine Oni generals would be released and summon an army of Shadowkhan to engulf the Earth in eternal darkness which will cause all good magics to erode.
The masks summon Shadowkhan when they are attached to a host (any species of animal). If worn too long the masks will possess the wearer until he/she is consumed by the demon's psyche. Each mask has a different tribe of Shadowkhan and a different removal ingredient. Depending on how much of the mask is worn by the host, the Shadowkhan will only have that much of them summoned (when Valmont and Jade had half of the black mask on, they were only able to summon half of a Shadowkhan until the two mask halves meet).
Each Oni greatly resembles the Shadowkhan he summons with the only difference being that the generals wear armor. The only exceptions to this rule are the Shadow-Eater Khan (their Oni General only has their full grown torso) and the Mantis Khan (their Oni General only has their torso, arms, and back legs).
A favorite Oni Catchphrase is "I shall devour your brains!" as seen with Ikazuki and Jade when wearing half of the black mask
At an unknown point in time, Shendu found the maroon mask and a means to tap its power indirectly, letting him summon ninja Shadowkhan without wearing it. He kept it in a chest in his palace until it was found by Tarakudo and the Enforcers. This same mask's powers were later briefly accessed by Jade (when she tatooed the symbol of Shendu's book on her leg) and Daolon Wong (when he used a spell to have access to the mask's powers) on separate occasions.
Ultimately, all ten Oni were sealed away within Tarakudo's mask.
|Image||Color||Worn by||Summons||Mask removal ingredient|
|Maroon||Chow||Ninja Shadowkhan||Japanese steel|
|Purple||Ratso||Razor Shadowkhan||Japanese silk|
|Yellow||Scruffy||Bat Shadowkhan||Japanese rice|
|Green||Captain Black||Sumo Shadowkhan||rare Japanese seaweed|
|Blue||Finn's butt||Samurai Shadowkhan||Japanese cherry blossom|
|Orange||Paco||Squid Shadowkhan||Tentacle of Japanese octopus|
|Yellow-green||Hak Foo||Mini/Leech/Shadow Eater Shadowkhan||Japanese fish|
|Black||Valmont (right half) and Jade (left half)||Crab Shadowkhan||Tears of Japanese monkey|
|Red||Nobody||Mantis Shadowkhan||Japanese leaves|
|Tarakudo||Tarakudo||Unknown||Hair of Japanese Samurai|