The Lotus Temple Guardian
|Debut||Season 2 Episode 16|
|Closing||Season 5 Episode 7|
"The worm realizes he's bait only after the fish bites."
The Monk (also referred to as The Old Monk, Deadpan Monk) is a magic user and thief who desired the Scroll of Hung Chao.
Before he is revealed to be the antagonist, he appears to be an archetypal eccentric sage, serving Jackie and Jade as their guide to the Lotus Temple. He always speaks in riddles and old proverbs, usually beginning with "Ancient wisdom..." When the Monk's true intentions to find the Scroll of Hung Chao became known, he was revealed to be patient and very sneaky, waiting until the time is right, or using the inconvenience of others make his move. He is also shown to be ruthless, going as far to attacking children as he was about set his attack on Jade and Xu Lin when he was fighting Jackie for the scroll, and even set on killing all three of them when he acquired the scroll's powers.
The Monk acted as Jackie and Jade's guide to the Lotus Temple in their mission to find the Scroll of Hung Chao. The Monk neglected to warn them about the Temple's guardian, Xu Lin, and used them as a distraction so that he could get the Scroll for himself.
As Jackie entered the Temple, the Monk also snuck in and quickly found the scroll. Jackie tried to take the scroll off him, but the Monk's fighting skills combined with his magical power and Xu Lin's beast form activating gave him enough time to copy the scroll inscriptions onto his palms and fire powerful chi blasts. The Monk then attempted to destroy Jackie, Jade, and Xu Lin with his new powers. However, Jackie touched the Monk's palms and the inscription ended up transferring onto Jackie's who used it to create a tornado and keep the Monk suspended in a continuous gust of wind. Xu Lin's beast form then used its braids to bind the Monk and his hands (preventing him from using his powers) and keeping him at bay until Jackie intervened by chopping off her braids. Xu Lin then exited the Temple with the Chans while the Monk noticed his hand fading and seeing the Lotus Temple disappearing, the Monk screams a prolonged "No!" as he realizes this makes him the new guardian before he vanishes with it.
The Monk eventually somehow escaped the Lotus Temple and later encountered Jackie once again when he teamed up with 4 other enemies to get the Silver Iguana of Awramba. The Monk and the other four chased after him, only for Jackie to get rescued by Jade in a hang-glider.
Powers and Abilities
The Monk posses both impressive magical and fighting ability. In his debut he is easily able to fend off Jackie's attacks by hand and use magical energy balls to further fend him off.
With a symbol the Scroll of Hung Chao inked onto his palm, the Monk gained the ability to fire powerful chi blasts from his palms that can cause massive destruction, able to blast large holes through walls. He could also levitate and animate a suit of armor into his minion.
As a result of being stuck in the Lotus Temple, he presumably gained Xu Lin's previous abilities to turn into the guardian.
- "Crouching tiger is invisible until teeth flash in moonlight."
- "Words are breath that blows the fire of knowledge."
- "The foolish monkey chases its tail and catches trouble."
- "Perhaps the little monkey is closer than you think." (reveals Jackie the Lotus Temple behind a bamboo growth)
- "I will wait here. I wouldn't want to 'intrude'."
- "The cornered rat finds peace in eternity."
- "The wise man never walks out on free entertainment."