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''Sapphire'' is a series of [[WebSerialNovel Web Serial Novels]] written by [=SpyHunter89=] on his DeviantArt page. [[http://spyhunter89.deviantart.com/gallery/#Sapphire-Chapters The chapters may be viewed here.]] The first episode was released in 2007, with the second carrying over into 2008. The third episode began in 2009, and is currently ongoing.

''Sapphire'' is essentially SpyFiction; the stories are set during the ColdWar; more specifically, [[TheSeventies the late 1970s]] and [[TheEighties 80s]]. But instead of regular Russians, the antagonists (and some of the minor protagonists) have PsychicPowers.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Michiru.
* AffablyEvil: Boris would prefer to show someone a magic trick [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim before killing him or her]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Many, many characters have been introduced through the author's DeviantArt page that have not had even a remote chance to show up in the story yet.
* {{Animesque}}: The character artwork is done this way by [=SpyHunter=], an American.
* ArabianNightsDays: The Altair base evokes this trope. However, although it is based in Iran (as was the real Literature/ArabianNights, bonus!), the base is under control of the Soviet Union and a RenegadeRussian third party...
* AuthorAppeal: How else do you explain the contortion scenes in Episode III?
** Or the Psychics. Or the spies. Or almost everything about it. [[DoingItForTheArt But isn't that the point?]]
* {{Bishounen}}: Boris Rubanenko, Daisuke Midori, and Nikolai Kitano, to name a few.
** Alec Langley could fit into this, but it's a bit of a stretch because EvilIsSexy.
*** That's subverted with Claude Duchamp, who is good ''and'' beautiful.
* BiTheWay: Nikolai kills two birds with one stone when he tells Alec that both he ''and'' Boris were bisexual for one another.
* BigDamnHeroes: Andrew, who saves [[spoiler:Alec]] from [[spoiler:Boris's firing squad]] in Episode III.
* BodySnatcher: Ivanka takes posession of Khina's body to save Alec. [[spoiler:It works, but she is discovered because Khina was two months pregnant.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Boris takes over Khina's mind from afar to have her assassinate Elodie. [[spoiler:She fails.]]
* BrotherSisterTeam: Subverted - Ivanka is working against her brother Boris.
* CallingYourAttacks: Psychics do this sometimes, often in their native language. For example, the call for Boris's Blood Rose attack is "''Krov' roza''", [[BilingualBonus which in fact is Russian for]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin its own name]].
** And, of course, Michiru and Daisuke [[GratuitousJapanese call out their Ninjutsu attacks in Japanese,]] ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''-style.
* CampGay: Nikolai and Claude, although they're only bisexual.
* CampStraight: Claude was this until the author [[BiTheWay outed him as bi]].
* CartwrightCurse: Somewhat. [[spoiler:Ivanka gets killed, but only five years after she marries Alec, which in turn was four years since they first met.]]
* CatchPhrase: Boris has "Comrade Alec", and Artemis Gilliam has "Seriously!".
* TheCharmer: Alec refueses to fall for more than one woman at a time - even if the woman in question [[spoiler:has been kidnapped for three years]].
* ChineseGirl: Lucia and Lumina Liang.
* CircusBrat: Elodie, Nikolai, and Claude, who contrasts with [[MilitaryBrat Jake]].
* CloakAndDagger: The Delta Defense Alliance and Omega Order are both fictional organizations not officially aligned with any real-world government.
* ColdWar: Specifically, the later period.
* DepravedBisexual: Marriage means nothing to [[spoiler:Boris]].
* DirtyCommunists: Mostly averted. All the Russians/North Koreans/miscellaneous Communists in the story are either good and/or being played by the bad guys (a RenegadeRussian third power).
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:DoubleSubversion. Boris gets pinned down by a truck and riddled with a full clip of AK bullets. Yet being a Psychic, he survived the whole thing.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Ivanka.
* TheEighties: Episodes II and III take place mainly in 1982 and 1989, respectively.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: Elodie.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]].
--> '''Alec:''' Why is it that whenever you talk in French, it sounds cuter?
--> '''Elodie:''' Well, I know they say French is the language of love...
--> '''Alec:''' ...Then I guess they were right.
* FalseFlagOperation: Boris's evil plans in Episodes I (USA vs. USSR) and II (Japan vs. North Korea).
* {{Fanservice}}: Many, many examples, including the following subcategories:
** BareYourMidriff: The Altair harem outfits.
** BellyDancer: Khina.
** {{Sarashi}}: Michiru wears a bandage bra which she cuts open with a {{Ninja}} knife at one point. [[LampshadeHanging Alec even jokes about how she is able to buy her lingere from the first-aid department.]]
** ZettaiRyouiki: Somewhat; Morgana's ZR is sandwiched between thighhigh boots and biker shorts that expand below her skirt. If you were a [[PsychicPowers Psychic girl]] who spends a great deal of time [[PowerFloats floating]], you'd be worried about [[PantyShot panty shots]] too.
* FauxActionGirl: Ivanka.
* FuroScene: Between [[spoiler:Alec and Ivanka]] on their honeymoon. They try to get close to each other during their bath together, but [[spoiler:Ivanka]] is reminded of a time when she was raped, and suffers a HeroicBSOD before running out crying.
* GenderBlenderName: Not only does Claude sound rather feminine in English, it is a gender-neutral name in his native French.
** [[{{Bishounen}} That's the point.]]
* GirlOfTheWeek: Ivanka, Michiru, and Elodie.
** Averted in Episode II. [[spoiler:Michiru]] would fit this trope, but [[spoiler:Alec refuses to fall for her, still waiting to be with Ivanka again.]]
*** [[spoiler:Although, Alec and Michiru eventually try to make love, but are rudely interrupted by Daisuke.]]
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Michiru and Daisuke use Psychic-scanning AuraVision binoculars.
* GoodSmokingBadSmoking: {{Subverted}}: Elodie uses a cigarette holder, not because she's [[TheBaroness an evil Baroness]], but because she's rich and glamorous. That still doesn't stop Alec from trying to make her quit.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Not only are Russian, [[GratuitousJapanese Japanese]] and [[GratuitousFrench French]] [[PoirotSpeak stock phrases used]], but the Psychics [[CallingYourAttacks call their attacks]] in their native language.
* HandsomeLech: Gabriel Garnett and Claude Duchamp. Or perhaps Claude falls more into ChivalrousPervert territory.
* HaremNanny: Khina fulfills this role (in a literal harem, no less) by helping Ivanka with her problems.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Alec, after Boris kills Ivanka. He even tries to shoot himself, but backs down before pulling the trigger.]]
** [[spoiler:And again, when he sees Boris alive. The delay keep him from killing Boris [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim when he decides to just shoot him]]... not that it would do any good against a Psychic.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ivanka]] offers to be executed in [[spoiler:Alec]]'s stead. [[spoiler:A SenselessSacrifice is narrowly avoided.]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja: {{Averted}} in Episode II; the author even makes a point to mention that a grayish ninja suit blends into darkness better than a black one. Aika Akagi, however, plays this trope straight with a shiny red SpyCatsuit and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green hair]].
* HollywoodAtlas: A number of subtropes are averted, including:
** BigApplesauce: The Delta Defense Alliance HQ is based in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} ([[RetCon formerly]] UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC). Alec and Andrew also live there, but were born in [[{{Joisey}} Cape May]]. Only Gabriel was born in New York.
** GayParee: Elodie lives in Marseille, on the southern Mediterranean coast of France, and has only been to Paris for a circus festival.
** GloriousMotherRussia: Boris and Nikolai call each other "comrade" ("Comrade Alec" is becoming something of a CatchPhrase for the former) and have ties to the Red Army / KGB, but that's about it.
** OliveGarden: Fiona Marino (who is not scheduled to appear in the story until Episode V) lives in an uncommonly used part of Italy: the Isle of Capri. And unlike what this trope would have you believe, [[HeroesWantRedheads she is a redhead]] (but then again, [[Film/{{Thunderball}} so was another famous Fiona...]]).
** {{Oktoberfest}}: West Germany, as depicted in Episode I, looks and feels remarkably similar to any old Western-world place. As is the disco scene (this is TheSeventies, after all). Of course, Ivanka and Boris defected here from the Soviet Union.
** {{Qurac}}: The Literature/ArabianNights flavor of this trope is represented a little bit. Khina's backstory had her robbing from the bazaars of her hometown in Iran (before and during the 1978-79 revolution, although this is rarely if at all brought up) for sustenance.
*** Also, the Altair base, although it is technically under the control of the Soviet Union / Omega Order.
*** Bonus points since the actual Literature/ArabianNights took place in Persia (present-day Iran).
** TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Episode II takes place in cities including Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto - but not Tokyo. Also {{subverted}}: Alec and [[spoiler:Ivanka]] do try to travel to Tokyo on their honeymoon, but only make it about halfway before deciding to fight the BigBad once and for all.
*** Also, Nikolai was born and raised in rural Hokkaido before defecting to Russia.
* HotScientist: Wendy Blume.
* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Son]]: Alec and Jake were so similar at first, but this was changed when Jake was given a little beard.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: [=SpyHunter's=] crossover fanfics with TotallySpies. Contains copious amounts of TakeThat.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: A recent bonus chapter featured Alec having difficulty pronouncing Khina's name.
** For those unfamiliar with Persian / Arabic, "Kh" is a glottal sound, like the "Ch" in German or Hebrew, or the "J" in Spanish. It is not (commonly) found in English... [[LampshadeHanging Or French... Or Japanese.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Especially when it's the detonator for a bunch of exploding throwing stars.
* KaraokeBox
* MagicAIsMagicA: The details of Psychic magic have yet to be explained.
* MarshmallowHell: Happens to Alec by Khina in the Episode I Bonus chapter.
* {{Meganekko}}: Wendy Blume.
* MilitaryBrat: Jake, a little bit. Contrasts with [[CircusBrat Claude]].
* {{Ninja}}: See Episode II. In particular, Michiru Murasaki and Daisuke Midori.
* NoBisexuals: Averted. Boris and Nikolai were both gay for each other, despite finding girlfriends later on down the line (Boris & Khina, and Nikolai & Elodie). In fact, the only fully gay character in Sapphire is Claude's coach/boyfriend, Valko Petkov.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Artemis Gilliam is an {{Expy}} of [[Series/AmericanIdol Simon Cowell]]. He even judges a karaoke contest at one point.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[spoiler:Boris being pinned down by a truck and riddled with a full clip of AK bullets. Yet being a Psychic, he survived the whole thing.]]
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Alec refuses to fall for Michiru. [[spoiler:Although, they eventually try to make love, but are rudely interrupted by Daisuke.]]
** Or Khina during their first encounter(s).
* PaidHarem: The Altair base. And on a small scale, Gabriel Garnett.
* PaperThinDisguise: How in the world could Elodie not tell that was Nikolai behind that ''eye-mask''!?
** Well, it was over seven years since they last met.
** [[HairMetal But she mistook him for a member of Poison]], [[RuleOfFunny so that must be okay]].
* PowerCrystal: On nearly everything Morgana wears. Even on her [[{{Stripperiffic}} more-Stripperiffic-than-usual bikini]].
* PsychicPowers: Many of the villains - and some of the allies - are Psychics, and demonstrate all manner of powers.
** Even [[{{Ninja}} ninjas]] are Psychics, in a sense. Alec makes the connection that "''ninjutsu'' is probably some variation on the whole psychic philosophy".
* RapeAsBackstory: What happens to [[spoiler:Ivanka while she was kidnapped during Episode II.]]
* RecycledInSpace: It's ''Film/JamesBond''... with [[PsychicPowers Psychics]].
** The plot for Episode II also draws many comparisons to Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice.
* RenegadeRussian: Boris Rubanenko. Officially, he pledges alleigance to the Soviet Union. [[spoiler:However, in Episode I he plans to nuke the West AND East indiscriminately, so that both sides will be weak enough for a Psychic takeover.]]
** [[spoiler: Not to mention trying to start ''another'' war between North Korea and Japan in Episode II,]] plus whatever he has up his sleeve for Episode III...
* RingOfFire: Daisuke creates a green ring of fire during his duel with Michiru. [[spoiler:She defeats him by ''[[ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot teleporting out of the ring]]'', [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome then leaps back into it and skewers him]].]]
* ScheduleSlip: One of the longest gaps was between Chapters 11 and 12 of Episode II. [[Tropers/SpyHunter29 SpyHunter]] [[SelfDeprecatingHumor even joked about this]]:
--> [[OffscreenInertia THERE'S A BOMB THAT'S SET TO GO OFF TWENTY-SIX YEARS AGO THAT DESPERATELY NEEDS OUR ATTENTION!]]
** Chapters 8-9 of Episode III are set to break that record...
* SenselessSacrifice: Almost happened. Even after [[spoiler:Boris]] killed [[spoiler:Ivanka]] after promising Alec would be spared, [[spoiler:he proceeds to kill Alec as well. He is saved, however, when his friend Andrew pulls a little DeusExMachina.]]
** [[spoiler:Turns out it ''was'' senseless after all. You can imagine Alec's surprise when he saw Boris alive two years later.]]
* ShamelessSelfPromotion: [[Tropers/SpyHunter29 the author himself started this page]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Elodie Duchamp's first name was originally written without the accent mark. However, after the author did some research and learned that there is a French name with the accent mark but not without, it has been [[RetCon retconned]] as such. The only reason it's not written like that on ThisVeryWiki is because the accented 'E' gets corrupted to 'É'.
* SpyFiction: Martini, more so in Episode III than the first two. [[PsychicPowers With eye of newt.]]
* SuckMyRose: Boris's 'Blood Rose' attack. Which involves killing the victim ''by teleporting it into his/her heart''.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:When Boris kills Ivanka.]]
* TheBaroness: Khina and (more so) Morgana both fall into the Sexpot flavor of this trope.
* TheSeventies: Episode I takes place mainly in 1978.
* TheUnpronounceable: Alec has trouble pronouncing Khina's name in the Episode I bonus chapter, since the glottal 'kh' sound does not occur in (American) English.
* UnholyMatrimony: Boris married Khina during the events of Episode II.
* UnwantedHarem: It's not ''his'' harem, but Alec refuses to fall for the advances of Khina and the other girls.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Averted by Alec. After their first few encounters, his way of greeting Boris involves shooting him in the head. [[spoiler:It never works. It even gets lampshaded: "You should have learned by now, that will never work on me... Comrade Alec." "Always worth a try."]]
** The same cannot be said of Boris, [[AffablyEvil who would prefer to show someone a magic trick before killing him or her]].
* YaoiGuys: [[{{Uke}} Nikolai]] and [[{{Seme}} Boris]]. Nikolai was even a WholesomeCrossDresser as a kid.
* YouFailTheIQTest: In Chapter 0 of the first episode, Nina Rubanenko is described as having an IQ of 5000.
** So, Nina's an [[{{Pokemon}} Alakazam]]?
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