|Japanese Name||気竜 (kiryū, "spirit dragon")|
|Alias||The Ultimate Evil (Lo Pei)|
|Banisher||Lo Pei, Lü Dongbin|
Scroll Magic (when not in spirit form)
|Family||Demon Sorcerers (siblings)|
|Base of Operations||Netherworld|
|Portal Location||Hong Kong Moose World|
|Debut||Season 1 Episode 1|
|Closing||Season 5 Episode 13|
"I am the keeper of the talismans. I am the apocalypse of which legend speaks. And I am once and for all... your executioner!"
Shendu is the Demon Sorcerer of Fire in the form of a humanoid dragon. Shendu hailed from a family consisting of himself as well as seven siblings and his own son, Drago. Although Jackie Chan Adventures has no sole underlying main villain for the whole series, Shendu is arguably the most prominent villain and best candidate for the role of a main antagonist, due to his role in the events of the first and second seasons, his revival at the end of the third and the rise of Drago in the fifth, and the occurrence of the events in the fourth season owed in part to the events of the previous seasons and his use of one of the Shadowkhan tribes (not to mention a brief cameo in the episode in which his son was introduced).
Shendu appears as a humanoid mix of Chinese and European dragon, standing over 20 feet. He has greenish skin and red eyes.
Shendu possesses knowledge on modern technology and scientific terms, he switched off the communication system of the International Space Station for "utmost privacy". When he was banished to the Demon world by Jackie, he suggested to his siblings that they should find "a tear in the space-time continuum" for them to escape. In Demon World Part 1, when possessing Jackie, he drove a bus to Ayers Rock in Australia.
He promised treasure to Valmont for helping him recover the Talismans, but never fulfilled his promise, resulting in Valmont and the Enforcers robbing his palace treasures to make up for the Dark Hand's finances being lost during the search for the talismans.
After Shendu's first escape from the demon world, the rest of his siblings remained trapped causing all of them to loath Shendu greatly,Hsi Wu once pointed out that Shendu "have proven [himself] crafty". And he later was subjected to torture.
Lo Pei called Shendu "the ultimate evil" and even refused to speak his name, showing his immense hatred for the demon.
Shendu commands an army of dragon minions summoned from another dimension. In Demon World arc, dragons were seen in his royal procession, and act as his mounts, subordinates, and palace guards.
He also knew many chi wizards, notably Uncle, Lo Pei and the Eight Immortals. When the statue of Lo Pei was reanimated, Shendu commanded the Dark Hands to trick him by acting that they were his allies and offered to guard the talismans on his behalf. Shendu even provided traditional Chinese clothing and told them to speak in flowery language to put up a convincing act. After he successfully altered history with the Book of Ages, he made Uncle one of his his librarians and tasked him to guard his tomes of magic, but warned him not to read any them.
It's unknown how or when Shendu came into existence, but he and his seven Demon Sorcerer siblings terrorised the Earth during ancient times (said by Tohru in Relics of Demon Past to be "thousands of years ago"); until they were all defeated and banished to the Netherworld by the Eight Immortals. Shendu was specifically banished by Lü Dongbin, and his portal was located in what would later become modern Hong Kong, indicating he was already present there before Lo Pei's rebellion.
It's implied Shendu and his siblings had some history with the Oni of Japan, as their Demon Archive possessed Tarakudo's magic mark on the cover, and Shendu had one of the Oni Masks imprisoning Tarakudo's generals stored in his palace (which he could use to control the Ninja Khan from anywhere in the world, without actually wearing the mask). Among Shendu's other magical accomplishments, it's suggested his Noble Animals-derived powers originally belonged to actual animals before he possessed them.
900 years prior to the show's main time period, Shendu was on Earth and ruled a vast empire (as mentioned in Project A, for Astral) from in Ancient China (mentioned by Tso Lan in The Stronger Evil); indicating he'd somehow escaped the Netherworld after his banishment. His siblings, meanwhile, all remained imprisoned (it's implied Shendu double-crossed them and deliberately left them trapped) and Shendu made no attempt to free them; which would earn him their eternal bitterness centuries later.
Shendu's reign ended when his subjects rebelled with Lo Pei, casting a spell which turned Shendu into an immobile statue, while extracting his twelve Noble Animal-derived powers and turning them into Talismans, which were scattered around the world. Shendu vowed revenge for his downfall by destroying all of Asia - a task which he was unable to accomplish in his statue form, forcing him to spend the next several centuries looking to reacquire all his missing Talismans so their power would restore him.
It was revealed in Showdown in the Old West that Shendu was in an old west town during the nineteenth century. He attempted to acquire his Horse Talisman, allegedly among several antiquities being transported through the town to a San Francisco museum, with the aid of the Mayor, but his minions failed.
Shendu teamed up with the Dark Hand, promising them the lost treasure of Ching Xi Hung. He spent most of the first season stationed within Valmont's skyscraper in statue form, but did briefly enjoy some freedom when he acquired the Sheep Talisman and used it to take a spirit form and possess Jade Chan, only to be exorcised before he could get to Section 13. Despite the Dark Hand's unsuccessful attempts at recovering the Talismans, Shendu eventually regained all of them by the Chinese New Year when Jackie's Yang-half took them from Section 13 and brought them to him. Shendu came to life, raising his palace after betraying the Dark Hand. However, Jackie extracted the talismans out of Shendu's body, turning him back into a statue. Shendu was then blasted into dust by Jade with the Dragon Talisman.
The destruction of Shendu in the earthly realm banished him to the Netherworld where the other seven Demon Sorcerers resided for centuries. His brothers and sisters grew spiteful of Shendu for neglecting them in pursuit of his own interests, and threatened him with eternal torture for his betrayal. Fearing his sibling's wrath, Shendu promised to free them by opening their respective portals, using his spirit form to escape and acquire a human host. The Demon Sorcerers remained distrustful and placed a chi spell on Shendu that limited him to the first host body he could possess to keep tabs on him until all Demon Sorcerers were released. Shendu agreed with their terms and desired Jackie Chan's body to make his quest easier, but ended up trapped in Valmont's body.
Shendu managed to release all seven Demon Sorcerers before every last one of them was eventually banished again by the Chans. His siblings contacted him from the Netherworld and demanded he somehow release them. Shendu claimed there's always a way to free all the demons "when he was asked by Hak Foo", but decided to use another way, and lend his own portal for their disposal by deceptively claiming he was able to let all seven demons pass through one portal. The Chans managed to banish Shendu's spirit back into the Netherworld using the sword belonging to the Immortal. Shendu's sibling were able to see through his lie and raced for the portal as his spirit rushed into the demon realm, though none of them managed to pass through as Jade (who had been accidentally stowed away into the Netherworld when Bai Tza was banished) got to it before they could.
The Demon Sorcerers granted Shendu a second chance by letting him escape and possess Jackie Chan so that he could rewrite the Book of Ages and change history to make the Demon Sorcerers the rulers of Earth. Shendu made the Dark Hand and the Chan family into his slaves, but Jade escaped the time alteration and assembled the J-Team against him, fighting again. They used the Book of Ages to banish him and his siblings to the Netherworld before reversing his changes, ensuring he would never possess Jackie.
Following the second defeat of Shendu, the twelve talismans became the conquest of the Dark Chi Wizard Daolon Wong. Jackie resolved to destroy the talismans after noticing the trouble caused to get them which only resulted in the powers scattering around the globe and becoming stored in animal host bodies representing the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Since there were no living dragons present in the earthly realm, the Dragon Talisman power remained unobtainable.
Shendu was contacted by Daolon Wong in hopes of acquiring the Dragon Talisman's power as he was the only dragon in reach. Wong used his magical knowledge and power to resurrect Shendu in a new body. Shendu then double-crossed him, taking the Dragon power for himself as well as both the Pig and Rooster powers that he had acquired previously. Shendu managed to reclaim all his powers & plans to have his revenge on Jackie Chan "The one who foiled his plans" & His niece Jade "The one who destroyed him with his Dragon talisman". But unbeknowst to him Uncle had already discovered the ancient spell that turned Shendu into a statue. Uncle also suspected that Daolon Wong had knowledge of the ancient spell. In the end Uncle, Tohru and Section 13 used the spell to turn Shendu back into his statue form and at the same time recreated the Talismans. Shendu's statue was then locked up within the Section 13 vault, separated from the Talismans which were also stored there.
Shendu was later revealed to have a son in the future, a junior fire demon by the name of Drago. Coming from an alternate future, Drago attempted to use the magical Dragon's Teeth to free the future Shendu from the Section 13 vault. However, when he traveled to the past to protect them from being destroyed, Drago was tricked into destroying them himself, preventing the spell from working properly.
Drago was later captured, but escaped only to abandon his father in favor of the Chi of the Demon Sorcerers (his aunts and uncles). When Drago held Jackie, Uncle, and Captain Black captive, Jade removed a piece of Shendu's skin to use in a spell against his son, due to needing a DNA sample identical to Drago's.
Later, Uncle went to Shendu seeking a way to strip Drago of the eight demon powers. Shendu told Uncle that it was impossible, and asked Uncle to free him so he could defeat Drago. When Drago grew close to turning Earth into Demon World, Uncle gave in and used a spell to free Shendu from his statue imprisonment. Freed, Shendu battled Drago, but was outmatched by his offspring. To give Shendu a fighting chance, the J-Team gave him all of his twelve talismans. Tohru and Uncle then used a spell to reverse drago's portal to the Netherworld, Drago tried to trick Shendu by pulling him in, only for Shendu to pull him back in return, Uncle and Tohru closed the portal to the demon world locking both demons inside.
Powers and Abilities
Shendu primarily utilized the powers from the twelve talismans. The talismans gave him a wide range of powers, including reanimation, super strength, spiritual balance, super speed, combustion, invisibility, healing, astral projection, shape-shifting, levitation/telekinesis, immortality, heat beam eyes and the power which maintains his physical form. Although he has been reanimated by other means, it is only through the talismans that he can be resurrected to his full potential. Through an Oni mask, Shendu had infused himself with its power to summon ninja Shadowkhan at any time.
Even with no talismans, Shendu is a powerful demonic being with inhuman and supernatural abilities, and is impervious to non-magical weapons, even modern ones like high-powered laser cannons and rocket launchers. Because of his great size, he naturally possesses immense strength. As the Demon Sorcerer of Fire and a dragon, Shendu can also breathe fire in any of his forms.
When he possessed Valmont's body, Shendu was capable of feats of superhuman strength; including leaping over small buildings and sending Tohru several meters through the air (crashing through numerous obstacles) by merely leaning his arm forward as Tohru charged at him.
As a demon sorcerer, he possesses knowledge of powerful and ancient magic, including ingredients for certain spells or potions. Shendu was even capable of casting potent spells, summoning and creating magical artifacts, bending the elements near him, and sensing powerful forces at work. One notable spell was the summoning of an army of deadly dragon minions from an unknown world. He could also use smoke to make himself and others disappear. As a statue or while possessing a human, his magic has limits, but potent enough.
Another one of Shendu's noteworthy accomplishments in the use of magic was him having created a spell that allowed him to channel the powers of an Oni Mask and summon his Shadowkhan to serve him without actually needing to put on the mask physically, effectively allowing him to command and summon them even from long range and without being in close proximity to the mask itself,as seen when he was able to summon them to serve the Dark Hand in America despite the mask being hidden in his former palace in China and being imprisoned in his stone statue form.
It is hinted throughout the series that he could be one of the most powerful among his brethren, and even his son.
- The Dark Hand
- The Power Within
- Enter the Viper
- Shell Game
- Project A, for Astral
- Tough Break
- The Rock
- The Dog and Piggy Show
- The Tiger and the Pussycat
- Day of the Dragon
- Through the Rabbit Hole
- The Warrior Incarnate
- The Stronger Evil
- The J-Team
- Jade Times Jade
- Rumble in the Big House
- And He Does His Own Stunts
- Showdown in the Old West
- Queen of the Shadowkhan
- Shanghai Moon
- Armor of the Gods
- Tale of the Demon Tail
- The New Atlantis
- The Eighth Door
- Demon World (Part 1)
- Demon World (Part 2)
- "While your Tohru impresses Valmont, perhaps he should be aided by... the Shadowkhan." The Dark Hand
- "Valmont, are your men blind? It would seem those possessed of sight might have taken note that the shield contained no Talisman. Now, if my promise to you of unspoiled riches were as empty as that shield..." The Power Within
- "Hindsight Valmont. But perhaps the blind can be made to see with the eyes of a dragon." The Power Within
- "Man is much the wiser, when he looks within." The Power Within
- "When, and *only* when, your men acquire all twelve Talismans, the Lost Treasure of Ching Xi Hung shall cover your 'expenses' ten thousand times over." Shell Game
- "Ahh. So we have a sceptic. (has a Shadowkhan show Valmont a sample of the lost treasure) Patience, Valmont. Slow and steady wins the race." Shell Game
- "Valmont, your men are supposed to find Talismans, not sell pets!" Shell Game
- "Chan possesses yet another Talisman, while I have none?! You are weak, Valmont, and your men are fools!" Project A, for Astral
- "I am no statue! You stand in the presence of a Demon Sorcerer. I once held dominion over a vast empire, but my subjects betrayed me. They cast a chi spell, which imprisoned me in this pitiful icon, where I have remained for nine hundred years. The twelve magic Talismans, from which I drew my power, were scattered to the winds. Acquisition of all the Talismans will allow me to be free of my confinement, and walk the Earth once again." Project A, for Astral
- "Everything you will grow to fear!" (answering Jade's question about his identity) Project A, for Astral
- "At long last, my powers, restored! Speed, invisibility, astral projection! And my personal favourite: combustion!" Day of the Dragon
- "Regrettably Valmont, you did not provide me with the Talismans. Jackie Chan did. Read my lips: no treasure for you." Day of the Dragon
- "You may have the Ox, but relative to me, all that makes you is a very strong mouse!" Day of the Dragon
- "Pity you will not live to witness my reign over your world, but you shall be the first to visit theirs." Day of the Dragon
- "I *will* have my revenge, if it takes another 900 years!" Day of the Dragon
- "Once I make Jackie Chan pay, I shall tear that buffoon Valmont to pieces!" The Stronger Evil
- "Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated, Chan." The Stronger Evil
- "You seem to forget, Valmont, that in the event of a stalemate, I win." Rumble in the Big House
- "Forgive me, Your Highness. I could easily translate this entire volume for you, but... true power does not reside in textbooks. I could teach you, dark queen." (flattering corrupted Jade) Queen of the Shadowkhan
- "Hear this, my Queen. Your first and most valuable lesson: Always destroy your enemies." (manipulating corrupted Jade to kill Jackie) Queen of the Shadowkhan
- "Never seeing any of you ever again would make me a very happy dragon." (allowing the Enforcers to leave his service) The New Atlantis
- "All you need to is allow me to once more depart from this realm & poses a Human. The Right Human." Demon World (Part 1)
- "So it is written, so it shall be."Demon World (Part 1)
- "Dance, my jesters! Dance! (blasts heat beams at the Dark Hand) Dance!" Demon World (Part 1)
- "Keeping one's enemies close is not just wise, it is gratifying." Demon World (Part 1)
- "Centuries of history altered, your very memory erased, and STILL, somehow, you defy me?! I shall find you Chan and I promise you, I shall erase more than your memory." Demon World (Part 2)
- "I *will* have my revenge Chan!" Demon World (Part 2)
- "I may be a Noble Dragon, but I'm also a Demon Sorcerer. And not known for keeping promises." Re-Enter the Dragon
- "One cannot begin anew without burning a few bridges!" Re-Enter the Dragon
- "I live again! No finer way to emerge from a slumber than to a nice hot cup of revenge." J2: Rise of the Dragons
- "Why so nervous? As you say, I am powerless in my current form, yet see how the very elements of your earthy realm shatter in my presence." The Powers That Be (Part 1)
- "My son may have betrayed me, wizard, but I will watch proudly as he destroys your world. Once all eight powers have combined, NOTHING can remove them. Ever." The Powers That Be (Part 2)
- "I think not, boy. First, you must pay for your treachery!" The Powers That Be (Part 2)
- "I AM COMPLETE!" The Powers That Be (Part 2)
- "I Told You Not To Play With Your Father's World!" The Powers That Be (Part 2)
- In his first season appearances as a statue, he possesses a raspy, hissing voice. Once he is reanimated for the first time, he has a deeper, more menacing voice. Once he is turned back into a statue, he retains his hissing, raspy voice from then on (even when he was reanimated once again). His roars also sound like that of a dinosaur.
- His roars are also the same as the roars of the Tyrannosaurus Rexes from the Jurassic Park films.
- Shendu is the only main antagonist to appear in every season and have a role in the plot of each season.
- Despite being defeated by one of the Eight Immortals and having his own portal to the Demon Netherworld, it is never explained how he managed to escape. It is likely that he made a pact with a dark chi wizard to release him by some unknown means. This can proven by his portal that was never been used prior to the The Eighth Door episode.
- Furthermore, given that his siblings greatly loathed and resentful towards him since he didn't try to free them, it can be assumed that he didn't include them in his escape as he desired to rule the world for himself, as stated by Tchang Zu. Hsi Wu once commented that Shendu has proven himself "crafty".
- Shendu is also the only Sorcerer known to have offspring in the form of Drago, although it's unknown who Drago's mother is. Curiously, the present-day Shendu was also aware of Drago, despite him coming from a possible future.
- According to the book Jackie reads in Showdown in the Old West, Shendu worked with a corrupt mayor a century prior to the start of the series to gain his freedom in a similar fashion to his collaboration with Valmont a hundred years later. The details of the book are dubious however.
- Shendu can extend control over his Ninja Khan to others if need be. Valmont was seen summoning and commanding Ninja Khan in Enter the Viper.
- All of Shendu's dragon minions are European dragons instead of the traditional Chinese dragons, which is odd since Shendu is of Chinese origin.