- Not to be confused with the real Jackie Chan.
|Full Name||Jackie Chan|
Chan Jackie Chan (Origami)
|Alias||El Pollo Enmascarado|
Agent Tag (mistaken identity)
Earth Demon (temporarily)
|Family||Uncle (unknown relation)|
Jade Chan (first-cousin-once-removed)
Shen Chan (cousin)
The Hong Kong Kid (ancestor; deceased)
Jade's Mother (cousin-in-law)
|Martial Arts||Kung Fu|
Zui Quan (temporarily)
|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)
"Courage without wisdom is foolishness."
Jackie Chan is the titular character and protagonist of the Jackie Chan Adventures series. He is both a talented archaeologist and a skilled martial artist who lives in San Francisco with his older relative, "Uncle". Jackie's idyllic life of exploring ancient tombs and long lost temples in the study of past civilizations is one day disrupted when he is recruited as an agent by Captain Black of Section 13 to prevent the Dark Hand from acquiring the Twelve Talismans. Concurrently, Jackie is introduced to his 12-year-old niece (actually his first cousin once removed), Jade, who is sent by her parents to study under him, further complicating matters. Despite his initial reluctance to involve himself in the hunt to retrieve the Talismans, Jackie ultimately finds himself on the frontlines after acknowledging just how serious of a threat his opponents pose to the world.
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 archaeologist'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, modest, humble 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. 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.
Jackie has an adaptive and agile fighting style, which is based off of Kung Fu techniques. Though he 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 (or at least get the upper hand on them) in later encounters.
Only rarely does Jackie use more aggressive fighting maneuvers (such as high-flying kicks), preferring dodging and milder attacks. He uses them mostly against stronger opponents or when he's angry. His yang form employs them more often.
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.
Arguably, Jackie's greatest assets are his speed and quick reflexes. He frequently catches vases and other antiques from crashing to the floor after Uncle (or other characters) 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, toothbrush, wooden plank, Mop handle, scuba divers Flipper, Naginata, Umbrellas, Guandao)
His occupation as an archaeologist made him knowledgeable in various cultures and artifacts.
Despite his great fighting prowess and attempts to be cautious, Jackie often acts so recklessly that he often hurts his fists when punching unintended objects (such as a brick wall or a metal pole), or otherwise hurts himself.
He also seems to be rather susceptible to pain, as he often yelps loudly when he hurts himself. These instances tend to distract him so that his opponents manage to take advantage of it.
- "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!"
- "I'm sorry, I'll bring it back later, thank you!"
- "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!"
- "Bad day...for demons."
- Besides Jade, Jackie is the only person to have appeared in all 95 episodes of the show.
- The cartoon version of Jackie Chan is only loosely based on the actual Jackie Chan. The cartoon version is clearly much younger (the real-life Jackie was 46 when the show premiered and 51 when it ended) and, though he's obviously still of Chinese descent, is stated to have grown up in the United States (the real-life Jackie Chan was born and raised in China).
- Jackie has been known to sleepwalk.
- 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 The Invisible Mom, Jackie is bitten by a Snake, and in the resulting delerium unintentionally uses a Kung Fu style known as Zui Quan, also known as "The Drunken Fist" from one of his earliest headlining films of the same name. The style is never explicitly identified as such, however.
- The episode And He Does His Own Stunts is reference to the fact that Jackie Chan does his own stunts in his movies, although the actual Jackie Chan's recurring penchant for coming out of fights with heavy injuries is never used.
- 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.
- Many episodes feature Jackie having his cell phone end up forgotten, broken or burned.
- All animated Jackie's beige/khaki clothes are similar to the real Jackie's clothes in the films.
- A common occurrence in the series is for Jackie to travel to far away places in search for an artifact, encounter someone hoping to steal it for themselves or for monetary gain, and insist that the coveted artifact belongs in the museum, much like Indiana Jones.
- Jackie's background theme incorporates the use of a Chinese bamboo flute.
- While Jackie has tried being strict/stern with Jade, it's shown throughout the series that Jade has considerably more freedom living with Jackie than she would living with her parents back in Hong Kong.
- Jackie is addressed by his first name by his friends or allies. He is referred as "Chan" by all of his enemies. It can be noted that Tohru previously addressed him as "Chan" until he reformed and then later as "Jackie".