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''Save the world, then rule it..."''

''Chess Piece'' is a ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' FanWebComic [[AlternateUniverse AU]], made by @/NeoYi. Taking place during the TheRoaringTwenties, it stars [[TheEvilPrince Prince Daniel Masters]], heir to the [[CityOfCanals Water Kingdom]] of [[TheKingdom Dalv]]. After the events of the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Great War]], his father, the [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething King Vlad]] has tried to preserve peace and alliance with the other nations.

Unfortunately that's interrupted by the aptly named Chaos Order who are on the [[GottaCatchEmAll search]] for the [[MineralMacGuffin Seven Crystals]] that hold untold powers to those who utilize it. Along for the ride is [[AGodAmI Phantom]], a mysterious denizen who wants Vlad for himself (whom he deems his "papa") by creating a world of Nothingness. Naturally, Danny can't have that. After all, if the world is destroyed, then how can [[TakeOverTheWorld he rule it]]?

The comic launched on 3/11/06, but was canceled on its fifteenth issue out of a planned thirty or so. [[CaptainObvious It was halfway done.]] The comic has since been deleted, but the first 5 issues can still be downloaded [[https://web.archive.org/web/20090915175442/http://casperhigh.net/CPstories.html here.]]


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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Both Sam and Valerie. [[spoiler: Paulina showed some moves in #14]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Seriously, Danny is a nutcase that a few of the girls like for some reason.
* AmbiguousGender: Cujo at first (before she was confirmed as a girl) and Nocturne, whose [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom canon self]] is also this but is called "mommy" by Klemper.
* AnachronismStew: A laptop in TheRoaringTwenties? Somewhat justified in that it came out of WeirdScience.
** Vlad later banned all advanced technology--it was too much of a headache for him and his people.
* AndIMustScream: Phantom's origin story [[UnreliableNarrator which may not be true]] has elements of this and many readers got suitably squicked.
** [[spoiler: Clockwork may suffer this.]]
* [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Anvils That Needed To Be Dropped]]: Being purely an idealist or a cynic can be really dangerous. The BigBad could easily be seen as idealism gone ''horribly'' wrong.
* ArcWords: "A World of Nothingness. This is the world I seek..."
* ArrangedMarriage: Danny and Paulina. Both are happily married ...right? Unfortunately, others are not pleased. Also Walker and Dora, who were not pleased with it.
* AxCrazy: Phantom. Oh, Phantom.
* BackStory: #11 for Danny. Also #15 for The Order.
* BetaCouple: Jazz and Technus.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Masters
* BiTheWay: Danny and Ghost Writer, the latter according to WordOfGod.
* BloodKnight: Wrath.
* ABoyAndHisX: Danny and his mysterious green puppy, Cujo.
* BumblingDad: Used straight and averted as Vlad is a competent parent; he just has a tendency to act like a 24-year-old then his given age of 41.
* BuryYourGays: Deconstructed like woah. [[spoiler: Danny's gay partner dies and becomes a ghost.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: Bertrand literally, who also uses them as weapons, ala [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Gambit]].
* CharacterDevelopment
* TheChosenOne: #8 has Nocturn reveal a certain white haired individual is the chosen one-now which one is it?
* ColorCodedCharacters: Dalv is blue, Amity Empire is red, pHANTOM NATION is green, Nippon Empire is Violet, and Canada District is Yellow.
** Also the Order.
* ContemplateOurNavels: XJ-9 does this.
* ContestWinnerCameo: Three times.
* CoolShades: 90% of the characters wears sunglasses and/or goggles. It when they [[TheGlassesComeOff take it off]] that something serious is about to happen.
* CreepyChild: Danny, Danny, Danny. [[spoiler: It's implied he killed his great-grandfather at the age of ten]].
* {{Crossover}}: With various Nicktoons, though they're relegated to cameos/Glorified Cameos.
** Also, a few non-canonical art pieces called "Crack Piece" were done for how the characters of FanFic/TheCrack and Chess Piece would react to each other. Let's hope [[MafiaPrincess Madison]] and [[EvilPrince Danny]] never meet.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Leviathan religion, which may be the closest literal invocation of this trope.
** Though the Dalvians believe in God, too. Dalv culture is mostly a mixture of Christianity and worshiping Leviathan.
* ADayInTheLimelight: #9 focused on [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot XJ9/Jenny and Brad]] while #10 focused on secondary characters Dash and Kwan.
* DeadpanSnarker: Wrath and sometimes Lunchbox.
* {{Deconstruction}}: A number of ways.
* DeconstructionCrossover: Boy is it ever.
* DepravedBisexual: Danny. Who else?
* DisappearedDad: Jazz doesn't know her father. Her father later finds out who ''she'' is from her mother.
** Also, Kwan, whose father died.
* DisposableWoman: The whole purpose of Maddie is this to angst up Danny.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Phantom's only means to turn the entire universe into Nothingness is because of his love for "papa" Vlad... [[spoiler: Also because he was 'born'.]] Seriously.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A few times-the most disturbing one being Phantom's origin.
* TheDragon: Appears to be Ghost Writer, who is currently going the way of TheStarscream.
* DramaticIrony: Phantom: [[spoiler: after telling a story of murder:]] "Now wasn't that a nice story, kiddies?"
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: How Diligence died.]] How exactly is hinted at, but there were a number of reasons according to WordOfGod.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Amorpho, who [[spoiler: appeared in Danny's nightmare and later in Kitty/Lust's history.]]
** Don't forget [[AngryBeavers Daggett]] recalling his meeting with him.
* ElementalPowers: Danny and Vlad each has their own sets.
** Danny has [[LightIsNotGood Holy]], [[KillItWithWater water]] (with [[AnIcePerson ice]]), [[BlowYouAway Wind]], and [[GreenThumb Wood]] as well.)
** Vlad has [[DarkIsNotEvil Dark]], [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], and [[ShockAndAwe Lightning]]. He is also trying to learn Metalbending.
* EmoTeen: Shut up, Danny, and go hug your daddy. Sam to an extent, but she has way better reasons.
* EpilepticTrees: Invoked with the front pieces, which show things that may or may not happen in the story.
* FallenAngel: Invoked in Kitty/Lust.
* FanDisservice: Used to torque off Danny/Sam shippers by showing Danny/Paulina scenes. To others, it's just FanService.
* FanService: [[WordOfGod I admit that I do this too much with Vlad]]. Also with Danny, though less so. Some of the yummier bits? [[http://neoyi.deviantart.com/art/GW-Phantom-For-Merida-127372084 this]], [[http://neoyi.deviantart.com/art/I-touch-and-I-kiss-94732358 this]] and [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn OMG]] [[http://neoyi.deviantart.com/art/Only-a-Hat-91151950 THIS]]!
* FantasticRacism: In a country that has a ghost for a general, Jack Fenton doesn't like ghosts. He is, however, slowly coming around. Also Abe, who is a bigot according to WordOfGod.
* FidelityTest: Apparently, Johnny failed. Now he's [[CursedWithAwesome cursed with a]] LivingShadow.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Vlad
** TheLancer: Danny
** TheSmartGuy: Valerie
** TheBigGuy / TheChick: Skulker
** TheSixthRanger: Sam
** TeamPet: Cujo
** GuestStarPartyMember: Most of the secondary cast
* FoeYay: Phantom states that he would have no problem getting with Danny if circumstances were different and proceeds to give him a KissOfDeath, which is interrupted by Vlad.
* ForegoneConclusion: Although Vlad is loved as a king in the '20s (currently 1927), it won't last another two years due to the Great Depression-making him trying to introduce his father to the era rather ironic.
* GambitPileup: There are at least ''five'' [[ThePlan schemes]] going on ''at once''. It doesn't get incomprehensable, either, thank god.
* GentleGiant: Skulker
* GhostAmnesia: [[spoiler: Diligence]].
* TheGhost: Composure, who is stated to be a spy.
* GottaCatchEmAll
* HowWeGotHere: #15 for the Order.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Annoyingly compared by fans to ''KingdomHearts'' - actually inspired by BraveFencerMusashi, which had the same character designer.
* InTheBlood: A rumored "evil gene" that skips a generation in the Masters family. ''Guess who has it right now?''
* KissOfDeath: Called out but stopped in the nick of time (or not) by Vlad.
* KnightTemplarParent: Heaven forbid you do something bad to Danny in front of [[PapaWolf Vlad]].
* LoveDodecahedron: Danny has an interest in or is pursued by *takes deep breath* [[KissingCousins Elliot, Danielle]][[spoiler: [[KissingCousins Jazz]]]], [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Valerie]], [[ArrangedMarriage Paulina]], [[SlapSlapKiss Sam]], [[StarCrossedLovers Ghost Writer]], and ''[[ParentalIncest Vlad]]''.
* LoveEpiphany: Danny in #14.
* LoveHurts
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Possibly deconstructed in [[spoiler: Sidney, apparently.]]
* LoveTriangle: [[spoiler: Abe/Sidney/Lunchbox]] ...until things literally went kaboom, that is.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Danny, who [[spoiler: apparently never told Diligence that he loved him.]] Also the writer, who has positive attitudes about homosexuality and has almost entirely either villainous or anti-hero types within the story.
* MegaCrossover
* MissingMom: Vlad's mother has been missing and he's been looking for a while.
* MistakenForGods: Done on purpose by Phantom.
* [[MsFanservice Mr. Fanservice]]: Vlad and to a lesser amount, Danny, Diligence and Phantom in that order.
* MythArc
* MythologyGag: A number of them. Danny's crest ([[HandWave explained away as a Atlantian rune]]) and getting Danny into a jumpsuit as seen above are just the tip.
* NiceHat: Vlad's cowboy hat. '''NOBODY''' is allowed to wear it, not even his son.
* NightmareDreams: [[spoiler: Where Danny is alone on a rock with his father's corpse and Phantom, who tells Danny to drink his father's blood and then uses [[KillItWithWater waterbending]] to splash him with blood.]] Danny, usually [[TheStoic calm]] wakes screaming and promptly [[VomitDiscretionShot throws up]].
* NoBisexuals: Averted with Danny and possibly Vlad according to WordOfGod.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Vlad. Inspired by [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Iroh]], his former Sifu.
* OedipusComplex: Both Phantom and Danny have serious daddy (and mommy for Danny) issues, the latter according to WordOfGod.
* [[LoveTropes Old New Love]]: Invoked with Danny and Ghost Writer. Hard to say if it'll get anywhere.
* OnlySaneMan: Vlad and Wrath.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Well, it IS a ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' AU.
* OverprotectiveDad: Oh yeah.
* ParentalObliviousness: Averted or played straight. Vlad may or may not know his son wants to rule the world.
* ThePlan: One is being played by Danny. Also Aragon and [[spoiler: Clockwork and Phantom]] though Aragon's is only suceeding out of sheer luck.
* RantInducingSlight: Despite his [[TheStoic stoic]] personality, Danny does it all the time.
* RecapEpisode: #6 and #15 to an extent.
* RecurringExtra: The Dairy Priest
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Phantom in particular and Danny whilst under Nocturne's control.
* RedShirtArmy: [[spoiler: The resistance in No Man's Land]]
* RedString: See pic above.
* LaResistance: In No Man's Land, to free the slaves from the demons.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: XJ-9.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: Vlad is a human-turned-demon who constantly bemoans his work, acts twenty years younger then he has any right to be, is optimistically eccentric, temperamental when people touches his hat, and sleeps in the nude (and walks around the palace in the nude out of spite). He's also the OnlySaneMan in his family.
* RuleOfCool: How does [[spoiler: Danny having a fight with Vlad work?]] Because it's ''awesome''.
* SanitySlippage: Hinted at going on with Danny.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Diligence has one that he can control with his mind that act as extra arms/hands.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: [[spoiler:Human]] Sidney during the flashback in Issue 15.
* SevenDeadlySins: And their opposites, just for good measure
* ShoutOut: A great deal of them. Vlad himself was according to WordOfGod "The ForrestGump of his time".
** The most apparent example being a Sigur Ros song used for a lullaby and a Beatles song as dialogue.
** Another apparent example are the references to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. Dalv Castle is Alexandria and the scene of Vlad standing in front of the castle during the prologue references Garnet standing in front of Alexandria. Also airships.
** [[ComicBook/TheSandman The Endless]]: You get to see Delirium, Destiny, Destruction and [[spoiler: Desire... AKA Lust]] in the main story.... if mostly in extremely minor roles. All of them appear in [[spoiler: Kitty/Lust's flashback.]]
** The powerglove... it sucks!
* ShrugOfGod: A number of times to the frustration of fans.
* SlasherSmile: Wrath and Phantom.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: The story tends to veer in either direction, the author staying right in the middle. It could be argued that Phantom is idealism gone horribly, horribly wrong.
** This is an important father/son relationship character angle between Vlad who rules with an Idealistic heart while his son disapproves and is far more cynical and down to earth in his goals.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Danny and Ghost Writer. So far, it's the latter who wants to rejuvenate it.]] Also: [[spoiler: Abe and Lunchbox (before she died)]].
* TheStarscream: Ghost Writer.
* TheStoic: Danny, usually. When he cracks...
* SurvivorGuilt: THE reason why Vlad became King and gave Danny as much benefit as possible. Danny to an extent.
** [[spoiler: Abe may have elements of this after watching the girl he liked go kaboom.]] He's still a [[JerkAss jerk]].
* TransparentCloset: [[spoiler: Spectra]] according to WordOfGay and maybe [[spoiler: Dora]].
* TransplantedCharacterFic: Mmmmm... yes. But Chess Piece has a very good original story
* TheUnfavorite: Averted. Vlad only thinks he's the unfavorite. Arguably Aragon.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Also contains shoutouts to ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' among others.
* VillainousBreakdown: .....and who.
* VillainProtagonist: Danny can either be this or NominalHero
* WriterRevolt: There has been Danny/Paulina sequences written in just so the writer could poke at Danny/Sam shippers.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: A number of times Danny and Vlad appear in nothing but a loose bed robe. Also a PinUp of Vlad.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Airships and whatnot.
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