|“||(After dialogue relating to current situation) ...my little protégé.||„|
|~ The Zodiac Master's affectionate form of address for Ling.|
The Zodiac Master is the main antagonist in season 1 of the English/American animation Legend of the Dragon. He got demoted to a secondary villain when his evil master, the Emperor of Darkest Yin, immediately took over and deposed his loyal underling to his place. He then became a secondary villain.
The Zodiac Master is voiced by Dan Russell (in a British accent), who also voices Master Chin (Ang's mentor) and Chow (Guardian of the Temple of the Dogs) in the show.
Early and off-screen life
Woo Yin was born in the Year of the Snake, and thought he was destined for the Snake Power Band, becoming its Guardian. However, the Snake Guardian was selected, but it wasn't Woo Yin, but a lady called Cobra. Angry, he ran away, and became evil. He then sought to gain all 12 Power Bands of the Chinese Zodiac (Dragon, Dog, Rat, Ram, Ox, Pig, Snake, Tiger, Monkey, Rooster, Rabbit and Horse), in order to become invincible, thanks to the various powers offered by each band (Rabbit could let you clone oneself, Rat could let you assume any form you wanted, etc.)
Soon, Woo Yin fell under the influence of the Emperor of Darkest Yin, who gave him the task of resurrecting him, with four Power Bands. After this, he befriended Ling Leung, whose twin brother Ang had become the new Golden Dragon. The Zodiac Master, as he became known from his goal to get all 12 Power Bands, gave Ling a gift: the Power Band of the Shadow Dragon. He then promised her that she'll get the band of her brother.
Throughout season one, the Zodiac Master's only aim appeared to be getting his hands on four of the 12 Power Bands, which would restore his 'master', the Emperor of Darkest Yin, back to life. However, his imaginably 'favourite' target was the Power Band of the Snakes, as he felt as though it should've been his own. To get said Bands, he primarily used Ling to command a small group of his Zodiac Warriors to attract the attention of Ang, Xuan Chi and any other Temple Guardians featured in that episode.
In the final episode of season 1, entitled "Double Dragons", the Zodiac Master got his hands on the Shadow Power Bands of Snake, Ram and Ox, and he used the power to attack Lo Wang, the Sean Connery James Bond-themed Guardian of the Temple of the Roosters; he then took the band and fled.
At his hideout, the Zodiac Master resurrected his evil master, the Emperor of Darkest Yin, with the four Bands. Once resurrected, the Emperor made Zodiac his servant, and sent Ling to kill Ang. He then participated in the fight against all 13 light Temple Guardians (the Shadow Dragon Power Band, which had belonged to the Emperor and been given to Ling, had been destroyed by Master Chin and reborn as the second Golden Dragon Power Band).
In retaliation of the destruction of his Shadow Dragon Power Band, the Emperor of Darkest Yin sent his servants (the Zodiac Master, Yin Wi and Sabreclaw) and a small army of his stone soldiers to destroy the Temple of the Golden Dragon. The mission was successful, but Master Chin had moved the team from Hong Kong to San Francisco, and converted the Temple of the Shadow Dragon into the Temple of the Double Golden Dragons.
In season 2, the Zodiac Master had a very reduced role, with the Emperor being the leader of the group. He only acted as a field commander, in charge of some stone soldiers. Even his Zodiac Warriors disappeared altogether, replaced by the expandable army of the Emperor.
The Zodiac Master is very strong, judging by his appearance.
Unlike other characters in the show, the Zodiac Master can fire blasts of Yin energy from his hands when not in the guise of a Power Band.
As it is with virtually any character on the show, the Zodiac Master can assume the power and form of a Power Band when it's in his possession. Take the Snake Power Band, for example. If he were to use its powers, he would shout out,
|“||Empower the Darkest Yin! SNAKE!!||„|
- If he were to use the Snake Power Band (regardless of polarity), his skin would become green and scaly, with a forked tongue in his mouth and reptilian eyes.
- If he were to use the Tiger Power Band, his skin would become orange and black striped, with yellow eyes and tiger claws on his fingertips; at least, the fingertips if he used the Tiger Power Band in conjunction with the Snake Power Band.
- If he were to use the Dog Power Band, his skin would become brown and furry, with a dog's ears and muzzle.
- If he were to use the Ram Power Band, his hands would have ram horns curling from the backs. (Used only in conjunction with the Snake or Dog Power Bands).
- If he were to use the Ox Power Band, he would have ox horns growing from the side of his head. (Used only in conjunction with the Snake or Dog Power Bands).
- If he were to use the Rooster Power Band, he would simply enlarge. (Used only in the final episode of season 1, in conjunction with the Snake, Ram and Ox Power Bands)