Tzi Ma as Cheng Zhi
|Portrayed by||Tzi Ma|
|Appearances||4, 5, 6|
Cheng Zhi is a fictional character played by Tzi Ma on the television series 24. He is a Chinese official and an enemy of Jack Bauer. At the end of Day 6, Bauer badly scars Cheng during an assault and he captures him.
He first appeared in the fourth season, as the head of security at Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles. Due to a nuclear threat against the United States, a strike force led by Jack Bauer raided the consulate to capture a suspect, in the process the consul was killed. Cheng felt the incident that occurred violated the sovereignty of the consultate, and upon investigation learned that Bauer was responsible. In order to avoid standing trial in China, Jack faked his death.
Cheng re-appeared in the fifth season, apparently learning that Bauer was indeed alive, and the season ended with his abduction and transport to China.
In the sixth season, Cheng returns with Jack to Los Angeles, where he gives Jack back to CTU, commenting that Jack had not spoken a word in two years. When the nuclear crisis was resolved Cheng resurfaced and is seen holding Audrey Raines, who was earlier believed to be deceased. He demanded a component of one of the nuclear weapons in exchange for her safety. Jack is arrested while trying to obtain the component, however gets the blessing of the President after speaking to him. He assures President Wayne Palmer that he will destroy the device after learning that Audrey is safe. As Jack is on his way to Cheng with the component, Vice President Noah Daniels shoots down the mission because he is now in power after the latest health situation of Palmer. Jack is able to get Mike Doyle out of the car at gunpoint, and leaves to meet Cheng and Audrey.
When Cheng dictates the meeting point for the exchange, Jack refuses. They settle on a neutral area. When Cheng arrives, Jack exchanges the component for Audrey. He tells her to walk 100 yards past the bridge, which is visible from the building. As Audrey is walking, Doyle and other CTU agents engage in a fire fight. At this time, Cheng escapes with the component. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that Audrey has somehow been brainwashed by the Chinese.
When Cheng attempts to gain information from the component, access is denied. He needs to pass through the override, but needs the help of CTU. He sends a man named Zhou and his team on a mission to CTU, which claims the life of Milo Pressman, in order to retrieve Jack's nephew, Josh Bauer, for Jack's father, Phillip Bauer. In exchange, the elder Bauer is fixing the sub-circuit board for Cheng.
The plan does not go as he expected though. Jack Bauer and a CTU tactical team surprise Cheng and his men as they leave to meet Phillip Bauer. During the exchange, most of Cheng's men were killed and he himself was nearly captured by Jack. Cheng is only able to escape because Jack chose to rescue Josh instead of going after him.
Not long after, Phillip is furious to find out what happened. He refuses to give the circuit board back to Cheng. The two get into a verbal argument. In the end, they threaten each other and Phillip is trying to give the board to the United States Government in exchange for his grandson.
In the season finale, Cheng has resumed a working relationship with Phillip. Cheng arranges for a Chinese submarine to retrieve Phillip and Josh from the abandoned oil rig where they had set up a base. However, before they can do so, an airstrike destroys the platform. Phillip is presumably killed, the circuit board is destroyed, and Cheng is taken into custody. As of the end of the finale, Cheng is told that he will be transferred into federal custody. Cheng merely replies, "My people will not abandon me like you abandoned Jack Bauer." Cheng is never seen or heard of again throughout the rest of the series.
- Writer: Joel Surnow Director: Brad Turner (2007-04-23). "12:00pm-1:00am". 24. Season 6. Episode 139.
- Writer: Manny Coto Director: Bryan Spicer (2007-05-07). "2:00am-3:00am". 24. Season 6. Episode 141.
- Writer: Howard Gordon Director: Bryan Spicer (2007-05-14). "3:00am-4:00am". 24. Season 6. Episode 142.
- Writer: Joel Surnow Director: Brad Turner (2007-05-21). "4:00am-5:00am". 24. Season 6. Episode 143.
- Writer: Robert Cochran Director: Brad Turner (2007-05-21). "5:00am-6:00am". 24. Season 6. Episode 144.