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Tohru
Tohru
Personal Info
Full Name Tohru
Nickname T
Big T
Race Human
Family Mama Tohru (mother)
General Info
Base of Operations Uncle's Rare Finds
Occupation Antique salesman
Good Chi Wizard
Previous Occupation Dark Hand Enforcer
Affiliation Chan Family
Section 13
Previous Affiliation Dark Hand
Team J-Team
Partner Uncle
Jackie Chan
Previous Partner Valmont
Details
Debut Season 1 Episode 1
Closing Season 5 Episode 13
English Noah Nelson
Japanese Naomi Kusumi

Tohru is a major character in the Jackie Chan Adventures series. He originally appears as an antagonist in season 1, but later becomes a protagonist in subsequent seasons.

Overview

Appearance

Tohru is portrayed as a large Japanese man, weighing approximately 480 pounds and standing taller than most of the characters in the series. His main outfit consists of a white T-shirt with brown overalls and brown sandals. He has black hair in a chonmage hairstyle which is the tradional hairstyle of samurais and sumo wrestlers.

Personality

Tohru is generally a rather slow person, both physically (because of his great bulk) and mentally. This does not mean that he is completely stupid, only that he goes rather easy on letting his mind do the hard work. During his time with the Dark Hand, Tohru was ruthless and would carry out any orders by Valmont to the limits of his efficiency and, if possible, beyond that. Ever since he quit the Dark Hand and joined the Chans, he has become more demure, easygoing and likable (mostly because of being in a more friendly place), and is very protective of his new friends and family. He is especially fond of Jade, with whom he has a brother-sister relationship. He even once threatened to turn his old master Valmont inside out if he doesn't keep Jade safe, as well as break free of the Mountain Demon Chi's power when Jade screamed. He often finds himself being pulled into Jade's plans.

Tohru knows detailed and important information about the Oni from childhood stories told by his mother, which become vital during their hunt for the Shadowkhan Masks. He is very fond of kittens, likes grape soda and hates fish (which is a cultural irony, considering that in Japan fish makes up a large part of the local diet). The only things he truly fears are Oni and his formidable and constantly critical mother. He also refuses to hit women, as show when faced with the world's strongest woman, who was hired by Bartholomew Chang. However, this statement can be contradicted considering that he once attempted to cut open Jade's stomach to retrieve the Rooster Talisman and that he was ready to fight Viper's clone with no signs of holding back.

History

Little is known of Tohru's past with many details of his early life such as his childhood, adolescent years or even his surname and the identity and status of his father or other family aside from his mother being relatively unexplored. It is known that he was born a native Japanese citizen and even as a child is shown to have been very large. He developed a crippling fear and frequent nightmares of the Japanese demons known as Oni as a boy which was brought unintentionally on by his mother who told him stories of their monstrous exploits against disobedient children so he would not misbehave. As an adult he moved to America at some point and became an enforcer for Valmont but did not especially desire such a life, only doing so because he was in need of money indicating he either did not receive a full education or was unable to make enough money legitimate means to support himself and/or his mother. 

Powers and Abilities

Tohru fighting style is rather unique from the other characters in the series due to his large size. His style combines the use of thrusts and tackles. He is not agile and therefore he is not able to dodge attacks as well as Jackie or Jade. However he has fast reflexes at cetain times evidenced by the fact he blocked a swordfish Jade threw at him using the Rooster Talisman. He is not afraid to use his weight to his advantage evidenced by the fact that he used it to break open the water tower in order to defeat Valmont/Shendu.

While working for the Dark Hand, Tohru would use more lethal attacks that could potential kill his enemies such as throwing a swordfish at the person or holding the person in a vice grip. Since joining the Chan family he prefers a more non-lethal approach in his attacks.

Over the course of the series Tohru gains knowledge on using chi spells which he mainly uses as means banishing demons, removing Oni Masks, and trapping the demon sorcerers' powers. Unlike Uncle, he does not use chi spells by means of offense, prefering to use his physical strength when engaging in combat.

Plot

Tohru was once the best enforcer for the Dark Hand who led Valmont's Enforcers during most of the talisman hunts on behalf of the dragon sorcerer Shendu, and a personal servant to Valmont. Despite his formidable size and strength, he proved to be no match for Jackie's martial arts skills and Jade's cunning. His string of defeats displeased Valmont so much that, for the hunt for one of the last talismans (the Pig), he hired the then-freelancer Hak Foo to ensure success of the mission - a switch which Tohru greatly resented.

Eventually, Tohru changed sides when the Dark Hand succeeded in reviving Shendu, who then double-crossed Valmont. Forced to fight Shendu alone, Tohru was quickly defeated and sent flying out the side of the building, which he survived with moderate injuries. After providing Jackie and his friends with the decisive clue to track and stop the demon (specifically Shendu), he turned himself in to Section 13's authorities. When Shendu possessed Valmont and intended to free his fellow demon sorcerers, Jade recruited him into the fledgling J-Team.

As part of the hunt for the demon portals, Uncle chooses Tohru as his apprentice in Chi sorcery. Tohru's magical skills become more proficient and independent over the course of the show. He also develops a sibling-like relationship with Jade, each understanding and protecting the other.

Tohru con el chi de Po Kong

Tohru with Po Kong's Chi

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Quotes

  • "I hate fish."
  • "Cookies."
  • "Grape." (referencing to his fondness of grape soda)
  • "Thank you fish." (after Uncle's pufferfish revealed that Tohru was not an evil clone)
  • "What?" (usually in a confused manner, triggered when someone is angry at him for doing something wrong)
  • "The (item of importance)" (used mostly while working for the Dark Hand. Items of importance include the talismans, the mask, the crystal, and the shield)

Trivia

  • Tohru weighs 480-485 pounds which he says is too small for a sumo, but in fact the average Japanese sumo weighs 330 pounds. However, the sumos in the same episode were shown to be about 50 percent bigger than him.
  • The sumo he faced in the competition closely resembles KOF character Chang Koehan without chain and iron ball.
  • The talisman Tohru commonly uses is the Monkey talisman, which he uses to turn enemies into kittens (which Uncle scolded him about in one episode, since Uncle is allergic to kittens). He is also known to use the Rabbit talisman, which allows him to defeat enemies and carry objects over great distances in a short time.
  • In the second episode of season 1, he is buried in several crates' worth of fish until he regains consciousness with a bellow of disgust, prompting the line, "I hate fish." This line becomes a running gag, spanning multiple seasons at one point when he lost his temper he even commented on the frequency he is "smothered with FISH."
  • Like Uncle, Tohru has a background theme that plays occasionally. His theme involves the use of a base drum.

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