->'''"I am not evil. [...] I am a Yin, but I am not evil, or vile or wretched. It is a shame that you automatically stereotype against us. Just because I'm a Yin, Lit Sek is an orc and Kardama is wearing a dark cloak, it does not mean we are evil. In fact, we are the very opposite at the moment."'''
--> - Nocte Yin (Book 4, Chapter 7)
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'''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/u/462467/Zhen_Xue_Qing Nocte Yin]]''' is a {{Fantasy}} series by Zhen Xue Qing. It follows the life of the exasperated Nocte, whose family is one of Erisire’s most prominent {{Villain|s}} clans. In the first book, she’s sent to Evil Academy to learn how to follow in her parents’ footsteps.

There is just one problem: [[IJustWantToBeNormal Nocte doesn’t want to be evil]].

Despite this, she ends up adventuring and collecting [[TrueCompanions several friends]] and FriendlyEnemies, on ''both'' sides of the law.

The series currently consists of five books, two side-stories, and a prequel:

#'''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2094105/1/Nocte_Yin Nocte Yin]]''' (2006)
#'''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2198570/1/Nocte_Yin_How_To_Be_Evil_101 Nocte Yin: How to be Evil 101]]''' (2006)
#'''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2250623/1/Nocte_Yin_Confessions_Of_A_Villain_In_The_Making Nocte Yin: Confessions of a Villian-in-the-Making]]''' (2006)
#'''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2387109/1/Nocte_Yin_A_Hero_Wannabe Nocte Yin: A Hero Wannabe?]]''' (2007)
#'''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2583660/1/NY_Anti_Villain_Anti_Hero_Anti_Everything_Else Nocte Yin: Anti-Villain, Anti-Hero and Anti-Everything Else]]''' (2008-ongoing)
#'''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2767403/1/Your_Lady_Yin Your Lady Yin]]''' (2010)
#'''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2862611/1/The_Boy_Emperor_and_His_Labyrinth The Boy Emperor and His Labyrinth]]''' (2010)
#'''[[http://www.wattpad.com/user/ZhenXueQing 13|thirteen]]''' (2012-ongoing)
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!! This show provides examples of:
* AcademyOfEvil: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Evil Academy]] and Bane Academy.
* ActionGirl: Almost every girl in the entire series is this or a DarkActionGirl.
* ActionMom: Malise Yin.
* ActionPet: Yông and Xiông are definitely [[BadassFamily Yin]] pets.
* ACupAngst: Nocte has a minor case, especially when comparing herself to [[TheBeautifulElite her family.]]
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBookworm
*** GeniusBruiser: Nocte has an average of 80 in exams and it’s heavily implied that the rest of her siblings are even better.
** BadassGrandpa: The Yin Elders are feared for a reason and Great-Grandfather Tao sure didn’t break a sweat when he [[spoiler:summoned that Xonese dragon.]]
*** NeverMessWithGranny: Great-Grandmother Lian only needed a split second [[spoiler:to seal several of Nocte’s chakra points.]]
** CulturedBadass: Bloodstone has yet to properly fight, but you can bet he will have [[AGlassOfChianti that glass of wine]] with him when he does.
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Nocte’s Path is the most morally questionable we’ve seen yet and she was born with the DeathGlare, but she’s adamant about being a nice person.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Nocte, especially back in the first book when no one expected it yet.
** Aman is a very sweet person, but she doesn’t have that mace because it looks pretty.
** Doctor is the kindest and most unassuming of his friends, but once you get to the fifth book…
* BigNo: PlayedForLaughs when Nocte does it at the prospect of [[LazyBum climbing a mountain.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Savvy Deadwood.]]
* BucketBoobyTrap: For the casual everyday bullying. May contain leeches.
* CardCarryingVillain: ''All'' of them. Being a villain is a ''career''.
** VillainCred: Is important, considering villainy is a career.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Half the cast gets a moment or two. Nocte once [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it in the fifth book when [[spoiler:Farhat]] seems completely unbothered by the possible death of pretty much everyone.
* ChildProdigy: Dire Yin.
* CombatPragmatist: With as many fights as Nocte gets into, it was only a matter of time.
** GroinAttack
* DarkIsEvil: Black is always in season for villains, and Evil Academy’s uniform deliberately invokes it. Although Nocte and [[TeenGenius Pyralis]], at least, count as DarkIsNotEvil.
* DeadpanSnarker: Nocte again, most notably in the third book, which she narrates.
* DeathGlare: A literal example. [[BlessedWithSuck It takes a while]] for Nocte [[CursedWithAwesome to appreciate the ability.]]
* DepravedBisexual: Succubus Bloodstone has shades of this. Incubus isn’t quite as bad... probably.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Combined with a prophecy, [[SavingTheWorld it’s much of the plot of the fifth book]].
** PropheticFallacy: In the fifth book [[spoiler:there is a Great Evil, assisted by the Darkness, who’s supposed to kill humanity. Some people pick up Nocte, thinking she’s the Darkness, and Nocte comes to the same conclusion after hearing the prophecy.]] Towards the end of Part One, [[spoiler:we find out that Nocte suffered from another case of DesignatedVillain that even she forgot to question. In truth, she’s not involved in the prophecy ''at all!'']]
* EnemyMine: Happens several times, most successfully at the end of the first book.
* EnfantTerrible: Naturally, all villain children. You don’t want to meet Occult in a dark alley.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: It’s what makes the Hęi and the First Family of the Yin special.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Paine is a perfect, flawless villain, so cheating is beneath him.
* EvilOldFolks: The Yin Elders.
* TheFairFolk: [[spoiler:In the fifth book.]]
** {{Glamour}}
** IKnowYourTrueName
** MagicallyBindingContract
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Xon is Erisire’s equivalent of the FarEast and in the fifth book, we get an actual comparison of which place on Erisire approximates which on Earth.
* FireForgedFriends: How Nocte acquired about half her friends and not-quite-enemies.
* FunctionalMagic: Just about every type is used by ''someone''.
* GenreSavvy: It’s always the basement.
* TheGrimReaper: There are enough that they have a High and a Low Council. They uniformly wear {{Black Cloak}}s and have {{Sinister Scythe}}s, but Death himself is the only skeletal one.
** DontFearTheReaper: [[spoiler:Farhat of the Low Council becomes one of Nocte’s closest friends and in the fifth book, she also offers Death her friendship.]]
* HeroAcademy: Carmel and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Hero Academy.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Nocte during the second book and again during the third.
* HotWitch: Especially Malise, Ebony and Melantha Paine.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Notably, the only person who has used one yet is Paine.
* KrakenAndLeviathan: A leviathan shows up in the fourth book [[spoiler:and becomes Nocte’s bond creature.]]
* KungFuWizard and MagicKnight: Depending on what the villain or hero specializes in, it is possible that they will learn martial arts, weaponry ''and'' magic.
* LadyOfWar: Malise, Ebony, Melantha, Xiâng Huâ and some others.
* LifeEnergy: Control over both LifeEnergy and “Death Energy” is necessary for a resurrection.
* LightIsGood: Hero Academy even has a white uniform. Funnily enough, [[spoiler:the Yang Clan]] counts more as LightIsNotGood, despite the name.
* LightningBruiser: Several major characters, particularly Powerhouses.
* LivingAphrodisiac: Both Bloodstones, but especially Incubus. His pheromones can ''warp'' the atmosphere in a room and make girls faint just by seeing him.
* LivingLieDetector: One of the many things Nocte was trained in when she was young.
* LovableTraitor: One of Noir’s major motivations at any given time is how much something will entertain him. [[FriendlyEnemy Apparently, Nocte dying wouldn’t be much fun]], though abusing her is fine.
* MamaBear and PapaWolf: Don’t mess with Malise and Umbra’s children.
* MasterSwordsman: [[OurElvesAreBetter Shea.]]
* TheMedic: Corliss
** CombatMedic: Doctor Lucent
* {{Necromancer}}: Both Great-Aunt Nox and Nocte (who’s a sympathetic example).
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Nocte has this a lot, thanks to her family.
* OneManArmy: After her training in the beginning of the fourth book, Nocte has become this. Several other characters also count, though some have yet to properly show it.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:The Noir]] appear to be a clan of werewolves with SuperToughness.
** TheNoseKnows: For tracking someone by smell
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They’re mostly the traditional variant, but Blackthorn is always called a ''living'' vampire. This has yet to be explained.
* PortalNetwork: Gates exist between most cities, towns [[CasualInterstellarTravel and more]]. There are also Gate Keys, which connect to Gates from wherever the user is.
* [[PragmaticHero Pragmatic]] AntiHero: Nocte again
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: An impressive one for Nocte at the end of the fourth book.
** NightOfTheLivingMooks
* SadistTeacher: Several of Evil Academy’s teachers, unsurprisingly, but especially Aadi.
* SelkiesAndWereseals: [[spoiler:The Freesia]] are selkies, although they have only appeared in human form up until now.
* SpecsOfAwesome: Umbra, Paine and eventually Nocte.
* TheStoic: Paine, Umbra, Dire, Ohanzee and Morven. Self-control is a very valuable ability, considering their social standing and work.
** StoicSpectacles: The first two.
** NotSoStoic: Dire has some moments.
* ThemeNaming: The Hero Powerhouses (Prosperitas, Freesia, Lucent and Yang) count and villains have often both ObviouslyEvil first and last names (Necrosis Paine, anyone?). Often crosses over with NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.
** MeaningfulName
** BilingualBonus
* TookALevelInBadass: Pretty much everyone, but Nocte’s training in the fourth book is most noticeable.
* ToughLove: Gets heaped on Nocte to make her stronger. It works.
* TruceZone: Both villains and heroes are allowed in neutral places. Shops in Macella, for example, have things for everyone.
* UnwittingPawn: In the second book, [[spoiler:Nocte, ''to her own family'' no less!]]
* VillainousFriendship: Paine and Noir [[spoiler:Type I since the fourth book.]]
* VillainsOutShopping: Well, they can’t plot nefarious schemes all the time.
* WarriorMonk
** BareFistedMonk: Lit Sek and everyone else in the Fog Mountain Sect.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** ArcherArchetype: Aman, who’s even capable of {{Multishot}}
** BladeOnAStick: Paine’s naginata
** CoolSword: For the longest time, Nocte magicked them out of ice
*** RoyalRapier: Kardos, and Nocte gets an enchanted one in the fourth book
** KnifeNut: Witley, often with DualWielding
** SaiGuy: Noir always [[DualWielding dual wields]] his
** SimpleStaff: Doctor’s weapon, made of ice
** TheGunslinger: Sterling, often with [[GunsAkimbo two guns at once]]
** WhipItGood: [[AxeCrazy Lysistrata]]
* WildCard: It’s sometimes impossible to tell whether Noir is on Nocte’s side or not, not to mention that he will ally himself with just about anyone.
* {{Wuxia}}: Many elements are drawn from this. It especially applies to the four great martial-art sects.
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