|Nickname||Big-V (Finn) |
Feline Humanoid (temporarily)
|Base of Operations||San Francisco, California|
|Occupation||Former Criminal, Bus Driver|
|Previous Occupation||Head of the Dark Hand|
|Debut||Season 1 Episode 1|
|Closing||Season 5 Episode 13|
|English||Julian Sands (Season 1-2)|
Andrew Ableson (Season 3-4)
Thomas Dekker (young)
Valmont is the leader and founder of the Dark Hand and (initially) one of Jackie Chan's most competent long-standing opponents. He serves as the secondary antagonist for the first two seasons, and one of the major recurring antagonists in the series, featuring prominently in the first and second seasons. While a well-connected and well-resourced figure at the start of the series, his associations with dark forces have driven him to bankruptcy and turned him into a petty thief who conspires only to get by.
Valmont is tall and athletic, he is typically seen wearing a green suit over a black shirt and yellow tie. He has blue eyes, a medium-tan skin tone, and shoulder-length, flaxen blonde hair (which he keeps tied back in a ponytail). He also has a small gold earring. In his appearance in Season 4, his suit was heavily wrinkled and slightly torn, his hair was uncombed, and he also sported a five-o-clock shadow. When underneath the control of Shendu, Valmont is shown wearing a black and dark blue Asian themed qipao wardrobe.
Valmont is generally intelligent and level-headed. He is arrogant and driven by greed (as shown by his desire to attain Shendu's lost treasure). Valmont operates out of self-interest, almost always being only concerned about his own well-being (as shown by the way he treated the Chan clan after being possessed by Shendu). He does not hesitate to stoop to dishonorable means to incapacitate an opponent, and will betray his followers or allies if a better opportunity presents itself (such as when he used the Dragon Talisman for himself instead of handing it to Shendu).
Valmont was born in England. Although not much is known about his early life, when he was younger, Valmont was contacted by men who would eventually become his Enforcers. In a skirmish, Valmont was about to shatter the orb that could enable time travel, but accidentally activated it, sending Jade and Jackie to the present while the Enforcers had to go back the long way. Younger Jackie made Valmont faint with a near blow to the face. Jackie then continued his journey while Valmont lay flat on the ground.
Valmont joins forces with Shendu to acquire the Twelve Talismans in exchange for the Lost Treasure of Ching Xi Hung. Valmont used a great deal of his organization's resources to retrieve the Talismans from across world, which drained quite a bit of the Dark Hand's finances, though Shendu assured him that his reward would make up for all of his lost assets, ten thousand times over specifically. Upon acquisition of all twelve talismans, however, Shendu chose to double-cross Valmont, negating on their deal by exploiting the technicality that it was not Valmont who brought Shendu the talismans, but rather Jackie Chan. Enraged at Shendu's betrayal, Valmont ordered Tohru to "make this deadbeat pony up" in what ultimately proved to be a futile gesture. After fleeing Shendu, Valmont and his men were then apprehended by Section 13. To escape, Valmont activated a tracer in his cane that contained his electric dagger to break before proceeding to travel to Hong Kong in an attempt to seize the treasure himself beneath Shendu's nose. However, when Shendu was destroyed by Jade Chan, the treasure along with the palace itself crumbled into dust. Upon emerging from the debris, however, Valmont and his men were able to acquire a consolation prize in the form of the Twelve Talismans.
With Shendu out of the way, Valmont used his newly-acquired Talismans for financial gain by equipping the enforcers with their power and making them use it to rob banks. However, Valmont shortly became the involuntary host to Shendu's spirit, tasked with freeing the other seven Demon Sorcerers. Neither Shendu nor Valmont were happy with their situation and Valmont was forced to wear a traditional Chinese robe for most of the portal hunt. Unlike the previous season, Valmont was no longer stationed within his skyscraper and he and his enforcers had to operate within the Helms Fish Cannery.
Despite the Dark Hand's efforts, every demon they released was subsequently banished by the Chans, resulting in Bai Tza refusing Shendu's plea to separate him from Valmont's body. Shendu then decided to graft Valmont's body into a new dragon body, turning his skin green and putting a horn on his forehead. When he was about to apply gills in order to survive underwater when Bai Tza planned to have San Francisco sunk to the bottom of the ocean, Valmont had enough and tried touching the Pan'ku Box to exorcise Shendu only to render him unconscious (although this did return Valmont to his original form). He went to the Chans for help, even providing the location of his hideout but they only agreed to help when he provided the whereabouts of Bai Tza (The location of his hideout was later proven useful anyway). Uncle painted a symbol on his Valmont's forehead to keep Shendu bound until he could be properly exorcised. However, the sign was washed away and Shendu woke up. Valmont was eventually finally freed of Shendu when he was banished to the Netherworld when they attempted to open the final portal. He celebrated his liberation from Shendu.
When Shendu rewrote the Book of Ages to put Earth under rule of the demons, he made the Dark Hand his court jesters, but when the Chans and the J-Team corrected history, Valmont and his men were put right again.
Following this, Jackie and the Dark Hand vied to obtain the Cat of Khartoum statue. In the end, Valmont got it, planning to sell it to a shady character named Cardiff Zendo, but got scratched by the statue’s claws in the process, which changed him into a cat-like creature with the habits and abilities of a feline. Valmont planned to use these abilities to further his crimes, planning to create an army of cat human hybrids like himself, but the cat-like instincts he developed in his transformation confounded this aim.
In the end, Jackie realized the statue was too dangerous for a museum and destroyed it, reverting Valmont (and Jade, who had also gotten scratched and transformed) back to human form when they were exposed to the antidote inside the statue.
The Dark Hand had lost most of its assets, thanks to Shendu and his hunt for the Demon portals. Valmont had his Enforcers raid Section 13 for the Talismans to continue their crimes, now promising to treat them as partners rather than minions. However, the Talismans were destroyed by Chan in an encounter with the Enforcers and Daolon Wong, who then transformed his them into his new Dark Warriors — forcing Valmont to go solo. During a robbery that brought him to a dumpster, he runs into Wong, spilling his supplies for the horse talisman location spell. Valmont demands his men back, threatening him with his bigger size. Wong then simply turned Valmont into a child. With no choices left, Valmont goes to the Chans only to learn that they were looking for the Horse Talisman power in England. He sneaks aboard their plane and when discovered, demands he’d be turned back to normal. When refused, he messes around in the hotel room before running off to find the horse. He disguises himself as a jockey and takes the horse, only to find that it only healed his paper cut. When they return to America, Uncle turns him back into an adult, but once he steps off the plane, he is arrested by Section 13 agents.
As part of a plan to become rich again, Valmont gave Tohru an amnesia potion so he wouldn’t remember he no longer works for the Dark Hand. He then goes to Sri Lanka to steal a golden elephant-shaped statue, but the Chans stop him (and make Tohru realize who his friends are in the process). In the end, Valmont gets a dose of his own medicine and is compelled by Jade to dance a Swan Lake ballet.
Eventually, Valmont got out of jail. With his fortune and criminal empire in ruins, he managed to live a low life in a cubicle one-room apartment, living on stolen money; he caught wind of the Chans’ quest for the Oni Masks, and managed to purchase one online. His username was “Filthyrich1” — even though he wasn’t “rich, just filthy” (in Jade’s words).
He intended to wear the mask to summon a Shadowkhan army and regain his lost riches through bank-robbing. But the mask was split in half, and Valmont got the left. Thus, Valmont’s Shadowkhan were only half and his half of the mask still had its personality and only desired destruction, not riches (much to Valmont’s dismay). Later, however, he rips it off using a mask removal potion with Jade’s help as he can’t control it. He tosses it aside for a box of diamonds, but gets inadvertently caught in a delivery postage machine, wrapped up and shipped to Mexico instead.
Valmont’s final appearances were brief non-speaking camos, including applying for a job as Drago’s henchman, though he was immediately turned down. In The Powers That Be (Part 2), he is last seen as the driver of a bus the J-Team helps rescue from falling off a bridge. Jackie recognizes him, saying his name briefly, before Valmont tries to hide his face and runs off.
Powers and Abilities
Arguably, Valmont’s greatest skill is his intelligence. He is a skillful criminal strategist and has been labeled by others as a “crime genius”. (He was even shown to be a master of instigation as a child.)
He is also a martial arts fighter who is able to hold his own against (and even get the better of) Jackie in their personal confrontations. Even as a child, Valmont was still capable of swiftly dispatching a jockey using his fighting skills in order to steal his clothing.
As the leader of an international crime syndicate, Valmont also possesses considerable amounts of resources which he uses to aid in accomplishing his goals, although these funds were nearly completely depleted when he was under the control of Shendu.
- "Follow him." The Dark Hand
- "You're telling me 'one man' stopped you? Three of my enforcers, armed with high-tech weapons, were defeated by an 'archaeologist'?" The Dark Hand
- "Rest assured, Shendu. You *will* have your Talisman. And I will ensure that Jackie Chan never again interferes with the Dark Hand. Ever." The Power Within
- "Jackie Chan, a thief? Oh, perhaps there's hope for him after all." Enter the Viper
- "You know Shendu, these Talisman expeditions... Let's just say I'm racking up some hefty out-of-pocket expenses, and as of yet, there's nothing coming back into my pocket." Shell Game
- "Perhaps if you had given fair consideration to the advance I requested, none of this would have —" (is interrupted by Shendu's fire breath) Shell Game
- "Shendu! Back so soon? What, no Talismans?" Project A, for Astral
- "My men are on it, Shendu." Bullies
- "The arrogance of that oversized lawn ornament!" Bullies
- "You really go for the gold, Mr. Chan. Fool's gold." Bullies
- "No, Shendu will still require the other Talismans, and our continued assistance for that." Tough Break
- "A rather appropriate lure since the venom now rushing through your veins will soon turn you to stone." The Rock
- "Game over, Chan. Way over." The Tiger and the Pussycat
- "It would seem we have lost the lost treasure of Ching Xi Hung. On the bright side, however, Jackie Chan has done me a tremendous favour by eliminating my albatross. Which means we now have exclusive access to... some very potent magic." The Stronger Evil
- "As the head of an international crime syndicate... I refuse to expose myself by robbing a common bank!" Rumble in the Big House
- "I rendered him unconscious. Now please you must help. I want him exorcised!" The New Atlantis
- "Just because I'm possessed by a demon doesn't mean I can read their minds." The New Atlantis
- "So this is why your niece is always with you? And here I just thought you were horribly irresponsible." (mocking Jackie) The New Atlantis
- "Funny, I'm not sure who to root for. (gets punched in the side by Jade) Ow! Go Jackie." The New Atlantis
- "I don't care if it leads back to the Big Bang, you buffoons! Just bring back that talisman!" Through the Rabbit Hole
- "Me, Valmont, mastermind of the Dark Hand, fleeing authorities like a common..." (cursing his bad luck before bumping into Daolon Wong) Little Valmont, Big Jade
- "'What I have done'? You transformed my Enforcers into samurai zombies! I have been reduced to performing my own dirty work! (grabs Daolon Wong by the collar) Return Finn, Ratso and Chow to me at once!" Little Valmont, Big Jade
- "'Me, Valmont, forced to ask Jackie Chan for help, again!" Little Valmont, Big Jade
- "Now see here. Just because I look like a child, doesn’t mean you can treat me like one!" Little Valmont, Big Jade
- "Unhand me you buffoons!" Little Valmont, Big Jade
- "Well, isn’t that just dandy? The one time I want Chan to win, he makes a hash of it!" Little Valmont, Big Jade
- "You are Tohru. My most loyal henchman." Tohru Who?
- "I may be broke, but I still have my resources, and I've caught wind of your little 'quest'. Once I have MY Oni Mask in hand, I shall control an army of Shadowkhan thieves and the riches of the world will be mine!" Half a Mask of Kung-Fu
- "I will do what I please with the mask that I purchased fair and square with stolen money!" Half a Mask of Kung-Fu
- "Yes, my Shadowkhan. Destroy them and... seize the rest of my face." Half a Mask of Kung-Fu
- Valmont shares many similarities with several antagonists featured in different Jackie Chan's media such as movies, video games and comics.
- Valmont is remarkably similar to Snakehead from Jackie Chan's 2003 film The Medallion; Valmont and Snakehead were both portrayed by British actor Julian Sands, both were power-hungry crime lords who were proficient in martial arts, both were adversaries of Jackie Chan, both were blonde and both ultimately sought mystical artifacts to obtain god-like powers.
- Valmont is also similar to Dante, the final boss and main antagonist featured in Jackie Chan Stuntmaster; both Dante and Valmont are crime lords, both are proficient in martial arts and both captured a family member of Jackie Chan.
- He is the only main antagonist who does not possess magic or supernatural powers, though he does rely on several amulets in order to obtain such supernatural powers.
- He is one of the two main antagonists (the other being Shendu) to appear in all five seasons. However, he did not have a role in Season 5 and only appeared in some cameos.
- He is the only main antagonist who is not of Asian origins.