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In the movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, I am wondering why the Great Protector didn't try to stop Xu Wenwu from destroying the Dark Gate with the Ten Rings.

When Xu Wenwu started to blast away at the Dark Gate, the Great Protector was down at the bottom of the lake, being either asleep or oblivious to what was going on up at the Dark Gate. I would think that it would have been awakened by, or would have been attracted to, a powerful magic that was being used on the Dark Gate and that it should immediately swim up, come out of the lake, and intervene in the matter.

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Or, perhaps it knew what Xu Wenwu was doing but out of self-preservation it chose not to intervene because the dragon knew that it didn't have enough magical power to oppose the power of the Ten Rings?

Why didn't the Great Protector try to stop Xu Wenwu from destroying the Dark Gate?

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I don't think there is an in universe answer for this, so this is speculation on base of the movie itself.

As we can see in the final fight the ten rings are powerful devices that can even kill / destroy a being of the size of the dragon.

In the beginning The Great Protector is stronger than the Dweller. But then the Dweller starts to feed on souls. In the moment the Dweller is defeated by the rings, the Great Protector was already weaker than the Dweller as can be seen in their direct fight. The conclusion is: the Great Protector would have also been defeated by the rings.

It is a very wise and powerful being, knowing that it needs Shang Chi to be able to defeat Xu Wenwu or could otherwise be destroyed itself...

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  • I agree with most of what you point out, except that the Great Protector was stronger than the Dweller when they began to battle each other, but the Dweller then became stronger than the Great Protector after it was fed a bunch of souls.
    – user57467
    Dec 7 '21 at 23:10
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    Yes, you are absolutely right... my point is: Shang Chi beat the strongest version of the Dweller with the rings... so the rings would have also beaten the Great Protector... I edited the post to contain the information of your comment
    – Tode
    Dec 8 '21 at 6:52

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