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Xiaolin Showdown is an animated series about Omi, a young monk-in-training from the Xiaolin Temple (a name based on the real-life Shaolin Temple) who has been chosen by the Temple's Master Fung along with three other monks from various nations to find and protect sacred artifacts called Shen Gong Wu from being taken and used by Heylin, or forces of evil, predominantly represented by the ghost of the ancient witch Wuya. The use of the artifacts is shown to be usually combined with the use of the martial arts, which are portrayed as evoking internal, mystical powers linked to the classical elements that work synergistically with the Shen Gong Wu. The show makes frequent use of Chinese culture and archetypes despite the international setting—the Xiaolin Temple is in China and the origins of the Shen Gong Wu all seem to be Chinese, and many phrases commonly used in the show (such as "Shen Gong Wu") are Cantonese in origin.
Shen Gong Wu
The focus of the series is on collecting the Shen Gong Wu. They are mystical artifacts that have magical powers, activated by an action of will combined with saying the artifact's name aloud. See the main article for a complete list of the Shen Gong Wu, including each Shen Gong Wu's powers and who had/has it.
Technically, the title is actually pronounced Shaolin rather that Xiaolin. When more than one person grabs a Shen Gong Wu at the same time, they call a Xiaolin Showdown. Each side wagers a Shen Gong Wu it already owns. In some cases, the competitors can initiate a "Shen Yi Bu Dare," where multiple Shen Gong Wu are wagered. The winner receives their own back, the opponent's, and the Shen Gong Wu that was grabbed to initiate the challenge. Also, in some cases you can challenge multiple enemys by initiating a "Showdown Trio, Showdown Tsunami, and a 8-way showdown." The challenge can be anything, but most commonly is some sort of race to the Shen Gong Wu. When the Showdown is called, the world around them warps, and the terrain they are on becomes an extreme extent, such as a mountain side becoming a field of rock pillars, or a snowfield becoming a large snowboarding course. Other contests have been games of tag, basketball, or combat. The challenge officially begins after the change, when both combatants yell "Gong-yi-tenpai!" Then the decided contest ensues. When one is victorious, the terrain returns to normal, and the winner is in possession of all of the wagered Shen Gong Wu.
Show Description Credit: Wikipedia
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|Premiere||November 1, 2003|
|Format/Time||Color / 30 Minutes|
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Chase Young / Chase Young/Reptilian Chase (9 episodes)
Jeff Bennett.... Clay/Additional Voices (voice)
Wayne Knight.... Dojo (voice)
Danny Cooksey.... Jack Spicer (voice)
Lee Thompson Young.... Jermaine (2 episodes)
Jennifer Hale.... Katnappe / Ashley/Katnappe (5 episodes)
Grey DeLisle.... Kimiko (voice)
Maurice LaMarche.... Master Fung (2004-)/Additional Voices (voice)
Rene Auberjonois.... Master Fung, Narrator (voice) (Master Fung Master Fung 2003-2004)
Tara Strong.... Omi/Additional Voices (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson.... Pandabubba (2 episodes)
Tom Kenny.... Raimundo/Additional Voices (voice)
Susan Silo.... Wuya (voice)
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