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"I am but a hand. I am but a vessel. I am the stone that balances the worlds."
The oath of the Te Xuan Ze. [1]

Te Xuan Ze from history of magic tapestry in "Every Witch Way But Loose" - possibly the first Te Xuan Ze to be employed by the Magical Elders.

The Te Xuan Ze (Te Xuan Ze "特选择",pronounced Te "Shuan" Ze which means "the chosen one" or "magical protector") is the human guardian of the hidden magical world, and an important ambassador, negotiator and peacemaker between the magical worlds, chosen by the Magical Elders themselves. The Elders empower the Te-Xuan-Ze with a small amount of their own immense magical energy, and in return, the Te-Xuan-Ze acts as guardian of those great powers, taking no more and no less than what is needed.

He or she is gifted with the ability to see magical creatures and phenomena, as well as superhuman strength, durability, speed, and magical abilities which allow them to cast spells to banish supernatural beings. The Te-Xuan-Ze is unable to leave their home city (which is surrounded by a force field) until their time as the Protector has passed. However, this does not stop the protector from traveling to other, magical dimensions/realsm like the Heart of Enhancment/Realm of the Elders. The Te Xuan Ze is a title and position passed down in Juniper's family, as she is the current Te Xuan Ze, and her grandmother expected to pass down the title and powers to her son, though it skipped a generation and passed to Juniper instead. In an alternate reality where Juniper did not exist, the title was passed to Ray-Ray Lee.[2]

Te Xuan Ze who have finished their tenure are remembered with a jade statue of themselves, as with Jasmine who has one of herself in the living room next to statues of past Te Xuan Ze.[3]

Known Te Xuan Ze

During the series several Te-Xuan-Ze from different eras have been revealed. These are:

Unnamed Te-Xuan-Ze

Unnamed Te-Xuan-Ze from four centuries ago. He is not given much backstory but could be a coincidental shout-out to Samurai Jack.

This Te-Xuan-Ze was responsible for banishing Auntie Roon four centuries ago. He uses a broad dual-edged sword as a weapon which resembles both viking swords of the Viking age and later European broadswords. The sword also looks like it could have been made out of stone, metal or other sturdier material. He had a magenta stripe in his hair on the left side of his head like Juniper. His battle outfit consisted of a short coat, tunic and pants with both his arms and legs wrapped close. His statue in Jasmine's house seems to switch places with other Te Xuan Ze statues on the upper shelf (most probably an animation layout error). Usually the statue stands either on the same shelf as Jasmine's own or on the shelf on the left wall. He fought Roon and her summoned lizard-monster using hand-to-hand combat, while Monroe used a yellow disk to banish the monster and Roon.

Monroe: "Old bird falls for the same trick every 400 years!"[4]

See also: Ding Dong, the Witch Ain't Dead

Kai Yee

Kai Yee

A former Te-Xuan-Ze, until he turned traitor and attacked the Elders to try and rob them of their power.[5] A statue of him used to stand on the upper shelf of Ah-Mah's foyer but was stolen so he could be released from it. He was eventually re-imprisoned and sealed away into an under-ground vault under Ah-Mah's basement.

Directly related Te Xuan Ze

Great-Great Grandma Duke

Great-great-great grandma Duke

Mentioned in season three and seen from Juniper's family tree album,[6] she was a Te-Xuan-Ze before Jasmine's father and most likely Jasmine's grandmother. According to Juniper, Jasmine has said grannie Duke could perform a "kick up into a flying round-house faster than anyone alive!"

Jasmine Lee's Father

The possible honorary statue of Jasmine's father(middle).

Jasmine's father was supposed to be the Te-Xuan-Ze, but it had skipped his generation and passed on to his middle daughter. There is a jade statue in Jasmine's living room that might be one made her father's image, right next to Jasmine's. He is June's great- grandfather.

Jasmine Lee

Ah-Mah

Jasmine Lee is Juniper's paternal grandmother and the former Te-Xuan-Ze. Jasmine served two tenures - three extra decades - because her son Michael never developed any mystical abilities whatsoever as the next te Xuan Ze.

Juniper Lee

Juniper

Juniper Lee is Jasmine's granddaughter and the current Te-Xuan-Ze. She is the youngest to take up the mantle and as such, one of the most unusual Te Xuan Ze known so far.

Powers and Abilities

Each Te-Xuan-Ze is given a fraction of the Elder's mystical powers garnered from a magical orb contained in another dimension by the Elders. These powers include:

  • Superhuman Strength: The Te Xuan Ze is superhumanly strong, and their strength level depends on them.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: They all have enhanced reflexes beyond the human limits.
  • Superhuman Agility: They all have agility, and bodily co-ordination enhanced beyond the human limits, which makes them great acrobats.
  • Superhuman Speed: They have superhuman speed, that allows them  to move, react, and run extraordinarily fast.
  • Superhuman Durability: The Te Xuan Ze has a vast degree of superhuman durability to endure their task.
  • Magic Sight: In addition to these physical enhancements, each Te-Xuan-Ze is capable of seeing through the barrier that typically prevents normal humans from seeing the supernatural. Because Ray Ray has traces of Juniper's Te Xuan Ze magic in him, he was also able to see through the magic veil and see magical creatures.
  • Magical Abilities/Spell Casting: Being the Te-Xuan-Ze allows the utilization of good magic, and with an advisor's and previous Te Xuan Ze's teachings, they can possess an extensive understanding of magical lore and history. The Te-Xuan-Ze also use a wide array of magical artifacts (stones, scepters, wands, etc.) to aid them in battle.
  • Magic Immunity: The Te Xuan Ze is immune to some magical effects i.e.: Sandman's sleeping power. Since Ray Ray has traces of Juniper's Te Xuan Ze magic in him, he was also immune to the Freezing Spell. The magic immunity possibly various from each Te Xuan Ze.
  • Magical Energy AbsorptionWhile in the Heart of Enhancement, the dimension that houses their source of power, the Te Xuan Ze are able to tap into the Orb of the Elders, the magical item that is their source and the power of the Magical Elders, to briefly increase their strength and fighting ability. This was demonstrated by Ah-Mah, who gathered magic in her body to offset the effects of her age while battling against Kai Yee. Similarly, Juniper gathered magical energy in order to increase her own strength and defeat Kai Yee. This means that all Te Xuan Zes can harness the natural magic of a sacred spot for a boost in power.

Te Xuan Ze may also use weaponry depending on their situation. While Juniper appears to prefer using her brute strength to fight opponents, She sometimes uses the Staff of Wu-Shu, a long bo-staff, and the traditional weapon for a Te Xuan Ze, according to Ah-Mah. This collapsible bamboo bo-staff is no ordinary stick, as it is magically enhanced to withstand far more things than expected and it can also perform magical actions, such as freezing water or even opening up a portal to the Heart of Enhancement. Kai Yee used a Jian Sword (劍), during his time as Protector and later used The Sword of the Elders to battle against his descendants.

It has also been shown that retired Te Xuan Ze retain these superhuman powers, as Ah Mah still has an incredible amount of superhuman strength and speed, even with her advanced age, and still has her ability to see magical creatures and phenomena, and the ability to perform magic, though she is limited by her age. Former Te-Xuan-Ze Kai Yee also retained his superhuman powers at full strength, due to his jade imprisonment stopping him from aging.

It has also seen in Out of the Past, that while the Te Xuan Ze is unable to physically leave Orchid Bay, they can only leave it through other means like to travel to other realms like the Heart of Enhancement by creating a portal that goes to the pocket-dimension. It unknown if creating an interdimensional portal is through their own magic, their signature weapon the Wushu Staff, through Jasmine's backyard, or a combination of all.

While the powers and magic of Te Xuan Ze are primarily good magic, they can also be used for evil, either by a corrupt Te Xuan Ze,[7][8] or in cases such as Loki using the bracelet to open his cage in banishment[9] or the Darnock demon absorbing all of Jasmine Lee's energy and experiences[10]. A Te Xuan Ze is entrusted only a sliver of this magical energy and is the protector and guardian of that power, taking no less and no more than is needed.

Weakness

  • Inability to leave Orchid Bay: The Te Xuan Ze cannot physically leave Orchid Bay, which Juniper discovered while trying to catch a Bombat. They can never pass beyond the magical veil at the city's border put in place to ensure a Te Xuan Ze will always protect Orchid Bay and it's magical and human inhabitants from great evil. The Te Xuan Ze will be able to do so only once they have kids of their own to take on the mantle.

Ascension Ceremony

At some point in their tenure, each Te Xuan Ze goes through a ceremony that promotes them to a new rank, but it is unknown what the exact requirements are for reaching each rank.
June is currently at the rank Kanji, meaning "honored one". For this ceremony, both the previous and current Te Xuan Ze need to be present to activate a ceremonial stone, which activates a ceremonial hall. The current Te Xuan Ze is then prompted to take a step into the hall that appears before them and officially meet the Magical Elders for the first time.

Bracelet

The bracelet from its' first appearance and June looking at it.[11]

The bracelet of the Te Xuan Ze is a tool that a Te Xuan Ze has to wear to be able to immediately see great evil and react to it in time. It is composed of a brown leather-like strap which can be fastened together by two ends to wear it or simply slipped over the wrist and three purple stones. Two of the stones are a round oval shape. The middle stone is hexagonal and flat, allowing a Te Xuan Ze to also view a problem that the bracelet is alerting through the stone. When it alerts the wearer, it glows slightly yellow, despite the stone's strong lilac hue. It is unknown what the other stones do. June wears it on her left wrist as did Jasmine the image of the Te Xuan Ze in the tapestry about the history of magic in Every Witch Way But Loose. The logo of the middle stone is seen in the game, Monster Mayhem as well as graphics for extra lives in Out of Charm's Way.

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