The main protagonist of Chasing Time. A young, sweet, determined girl whose village was destroyed and her brother kidnapped right in front of her. Tiara is now on a journey to find her brother as well as be the miracle worker of the human race called Time. She is synchronized to Chrono and later falls in love with him. She dies at the end of Chasing Time.
Heroines Prefer Swords: Her weapon of choice is the Sword of Time, Sitaus. This specific weapon was handed to her as a representation that she is Time, heroine of the human race.
Heroines Want Redheads: Played straight and then subverted. Tiara had a crush on the redheaded Ralph in the beginning of the story that persisted for awhile but then she decides that they are more Like Brother and Sister. She then later gets together with Chrono who has black hair.
How Do I Use The Sword Of Time?: Tiara is unable to control the Sword of Time and what powers it gives her. Most of the miracles she does succeed in are usually due to dumb luck and the higher her emotional state the less likely it is that she can use her powers. This is of course justified that Tiara wasn't supposed to be Time and thus does not have the potential needed to control the Sword of Time.
Never Learned to Read: Subverted but brought up. Tiara can read just fine but when Chrono, who is well educated, learns that Tiara is not educated he automatically asks her if she can. Tiara was not amused.
Oblivious to Love: Though Kivah suspects that Tiara is actually just ignoring Chrono and Ray's romantic hints.
Only Mostly Dead: Is actually legitimately dead with no pulse to her name. She is only animated through her Synchronization to Chrono and if that synchronization is broken she would go back to being a corpse.
Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Tiara fears that this might happen to her if she goes through with killing Vane in order to get Israel back. And the fact that she wants to kill Vane for all he done to her doesn't help matters.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Implied that Kivah tries to kill her through breaking the Synchronization after she feels that Tiara had served her purpose and is now only a threat to Chrono's life. This is however portrayed in a dream of Tiara's and it is up in the air whether Kivah really tried to kill her or not.
Characters Associated to Tiara
The younger brother of Tiara and the forced puppet of Vane Tarmikos.
Big Sister Worship: Worshiped his sister and definitely didn't like the idea of her getting a boyfriend.
Cain and Abel: While brainwashed, he becomes the Cain to Tiara's Abel.
Cartesian Karma: Kivah tries to prevent this upon Israel's death by asking her Uncle, the God of Death, Theyis, for leniency because even though Israel was brainwashed, he was still to be held accountable for his crimes. Theyis allows this but Israel opts to become a Spector instead of going to one of the heavens and remains trapped in the Ruins of Arazior until the Sequel.
Famous Last Words: 'You found me.' Said this in response to Tiara saying 'I've looked everywhere for you.'
Fighting from the Inside: Israel successfully fights against Vane's mind control twice, both times due to his unwillingness to harm someone he cares for (His sister, Tiara and Ray). However, he is retaken over both times.
One-Sided Synchronization: Vane forced a bond between Israel and himself that is like Synchronization but instead of it being both ways it only effects Israel if Vane gets hurt but not the other way around.
Sex Slave: It is very much implied that Vane uses him for other things than just leverage on Tiara and fighting.
Weak Willed: Subverted. This is what Vane says his is, having been able to quite easily take control of Israel's mind. However, Vane was saying this to Tiara in a malicious attempt to break her and he did take over Israel right after Israel saw his dead parents bodies which had left him in quite a vulnerable position. He is also able to to fight off Vane's mind control twice before being recaptured.
Iskander and Annice Belknight (Tiara, Israel, and Sierra's parents):
A half fire demon who is in love with Tiara and has an Undying Loyalty to Kivah. Is the product of his mother's rape and an outcast in his human kingdom due to having demon blood. Is grumpy by nature and does not like to be touched expect for by Kivah and Tiara. Is synchronized to Tiara. Chrono dies at the end of Chasing Time along with Tiara.
Achilles' Heel: His core (beneath the sternum), due to being half Firlys.
Kill It with Fire: Subverted. Despite the obvious lethality of his power, Chrono does not use his flames to kill due to his Thou Shalt Not Kill vow. He does, however, have no qualms about using his flames to hurt or maim.
No Social Skills: In the beginning anyway mainly because the only one he actually wanted to socialize with was Kivah. He improves as the story goes on however by interacting with his True Companions.
Parental Abandonment / Parental Neglect: Poor Chrono gets a special mention for having the worse luck when it comes to his parents or parental replacements. His Father, who Chrono never met, is dead, having committed suicide by drowning out of guilt when he found out that he had impregnated Chie when he raped her. Chie neglects Chrono because he was born out of said rape and claims that she does not love him (though it's clear that she does). And even Kivah, his replacement mother, will eventually leave him (and has done so already for a year between his twelfth and thirteenth birthdays) due to her Nature.
Real Men Hate Affection: Is annoyed and defensive by any affection given to him by either Ray or Ralph. Because of this Ray is surprised and even lampshades it when Chrono comforts him after Israel's death by giving him a one armed hug.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Kivah mentions that he used to be a lot sweeter and less moody when he was younger. What she doesn't mention however is the reason why he is more grouchy nowadays was directly her fault.
Would Hit a Girl: Had no qualms about almost slapping Tiara early on and would attack any female who gets in the way of his goals. Also punches Nira at one point when he was emotionally distraught about Kivah's supposed demise.
Revenge: Went to war with Caaslm because she blamed Chie for her Father's suicide. Was placated however when her army brought back the news that she has a younger half brother and she immediately ended the war.
A mysterious Ghato (Wolf Demon) whose parental relationship with Chrono is what keeps her with the Time Group. Is manipulative to those around her, even to those she cares about, and has some questionable morals. Is mated to two Ghatos, Santorym and Daith, who she shares a polygamous relationship with. Is known to interact with several Gods throughout the story though especially Arazoir who Kivah states has a claim over her. She gains the ability to change into human form and the sword Kryba as gifts from Arazoir. It is revealed towards the end of the story that Kivah is actually the daughter of Arazoir, having been created as an experiment by a Mata'i demon called Lumbar. Kivah is actually also behind Tiara becoming Time and it is her punishment for this that Tiara, and especially Chrono, die.
Achilles' Heel: Her human form. Kivah actually finds this intriguing and thinks of strengthening her human form as a wonderful challenge.
Also her wings by default, due to being a Ghato.
Acrophobic Bird: Kivah. Never. Flies. To the point where it becomes a Running Gag that whenever the situation calls for the simple solution of Kivah flying to carry her True Companions is answered with her saying that she is 'molting.' It is later explained that this is a Justified Trope since, if Kivah flies, Kalani will shoot her down with lightning under the excuse that she is in his (The God of the Sky's) territory.
The Ageless: Due to being half God. Kivah can still die however, she just won't die by old age.
A God I Am Not: Kivah really considers her Divine Heritage as a curse and has a sense of shame towards it whenever it comes up. This is the main reason why she keeps her heritage a secret for most of the story and reacts to telling the secret as if she expects her True Companions to abandon her.
Badass in Distress: Three times.However, the third time was actually brought on by her on purpose so that Ray, who was disillusioned, had a chance to save her and the rest of his True Companions in a ploy to make his soul pure again.
Berserk Button: Hurting the people she cares about. Goes doubly for her mates, her brother, and her adoptive son Chrono.
Chessmaster Sidekick: Despite being more ruthless and cunning than the rest of the Time group, Kivah is not the leader and prefers to do things in the shadows or just correct her friends mistakes when it comes up.
The Chooserof The One: Manipulated The Sword of Time into choosing Tiara as 'Time.' Did this for selfish reasons however, making Tiara 'Time' because she wanted to keep Tiara with her and Chrono in hopes that Chrono would fall for her.
Teleportation: Though she's horrible at it and it always results in...
Teleportation Sickness: The reason Kivah is prone to not using her ability to teleport. Her symptoms typically are dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. It is implied that this has something to do with her status as a Half God.
Hypocrite: Kivah makes no hesitation to call Tiara out on her obsession with finding and protecting Israel even though Kivah herself is just as obsessed, or even moreso, in protecting her adoptive son Chrono. Tiara even gets props for eventually moving on from Israel's death while Kivah is shown to never recover in a world where Chrono dies.
It Gets Easier: Was forced from a very young age to kill other Ghatos and as a result Kivah literally feels nothing when it comes to snuffing out a life. Kivah recognizes this trope for what it is and even warns Chrono to not kill unless absolutely necessary to avoid her fate.
Love Is a Weakness: Believed in this concept during her time in Dr. Lumbar's lab. However, when the chips were down and she had to choose between misguided loyalty towards Lumbar and her love towards Santorym, Kivah chose love.
Minored In Ass Kicking: Kivah hardly ever gets into physical altercations, liking to sit back and watch her companions fight instead. That doesn't stop her however from stepping up and slaughtering anyone who pisses her off. Or messes with her little brother. Or her mates. Or Chrono.
Mystical White Hair: Subverts this with her human form despite having the hair color. Even though as a demon Kivah has powers, she is unable to access them while in her human form. This is later played straight however.
Never Gets Drunk: Despite how much alcohol she consumes, Kivah never gets inebriated. Then Played With when she becomes human for the first time and, after drinking her usual wine, she becomes tipsy much to the shock of the rest of the group.
Technically a Smile: If she doesn't have the Cheshire Cat Grin on her face, this is usually what replaces it. It's tends not to bold well for whoever Kivah is looking at when this smile appears, especially if it is coupled with her red eyes.
Shipper on Deck: Specifically for Chrono/Tiara but she isn't above shipping Chrono with Nira, Ray, or Ralph. Basically Kivah is happy with whoever Chrono chooses as long as he forms a romantic relationship with someone. He obviously prefers Tiara.
Tends to be her standard role when it comes to situations where morals won't necessarily work and to keep the rest of her companions consciousnesses clean. It's to the point where Ray has no doubt that Kivah would Mercy Kill him after he gets his hands cut off in a ploy to save his kin.
Willfully Weak: In a sense. Kivah is a very strong fighter and her Lack of Empathy when it comes to killing her prey makes her ruthless to boot. However, due to her mates' aversion to her killing people, Kivah re-frames from fighting most of the time and instead uses manipulation to get what she wants.
Deal with the Devil: Made a deal with Dr. Lumber that if he is able to impregnate her then she will give him two of her children. He ends up doing it by impregnating her with Arazoir's DNA and she conceives three puppies. She is then able to keep Sol but had to give up Maroon and Kivah. This is the main reason for Kivah's animosity towards her.
Face Death with Dignity: Shown in flashback that when Lumbar sentences him to be killed by Kayless/Kivah, Santorym decides not to struggle but just allow Kayless/Kivah to do it. Luckily for him however, Kayless/Kivah had otherideas...
Green Eyes: Although he was born with blue eyes. His green eyes are a side effect of one of the chemicals he had been injected with during his experimentation days in Dr. Lumbar's lab.
Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Briefly goes near suicidal in his back story after Kayless/Kivah tells him that if ordered to do so she would kill him "without a second thought."
Heroic Self-Deprecation: Shown in flashback that Santorym had very little self worth, though justified in that his role in Lumbar's lab was to be a grunt, a body only meant for experimentation. He grows out of it due to his mates influence and is now quite cheerful in the present.
Ill Ghato: During his time in Dr. Lumbar's lab due to having to take drugs that wrecks havoc in his system.
Insecure Love Interest: Was this to Kivah/Kayless in flashback. Justified because Kivah/Kayless did nothing to sway him from this and acted like he was only an experiment for social interactions. His relationship with Daith, on the hand, was a lot more healthy.
Love Epiphany: Actually has three separate ones in flashback as he comes to realizations of loving two different people separately but equally. The first one he has is when he sees Kayless/Kivah's blue eyes for the first time (They were previously red) after she snaps him out of his Heroic BSOD. The second time is when he was with Daith and realizes that Daith has feelings for him after he shows jealousy over both him and Kayless/Kivah after Santorym and Kayless/Kivah had Their First Time. His final Love Epiphany is when Daith and Kayless conspire to make a nutritious substance for him that tastes like strawberries and Santorym realizes he loves them both.
Hikikomori: Prefers to remain in his 'lab' and isolated from everyone except for his mates. He was worse however during his past when it was literally a joke at the thought of him leaving the boundaries of his lab. It was, however, also a touching moment for Santorym that Daith was willing to do it just to check up on him.
No Social Skills: During his background Daith is not very socially developed. Justified because his spends all his time in a lab making drugs for the Mata'i demons to test on his brethren. He does get better, due to interactions with his future mates.
OOC Is Serious Business: Shown in a Flashback that him exclaiming Santorym's name in worry told Santorym that something was wrong because Daith rarely, if ever, raises his voice.
Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Played with. Daith actually talks quite normally to those around him despite his intelligence. However, when he is with Kivah, they both tend to start talking in more and more elaborate ways towards each other. Santorym mentions that it's a game between the two of them to see which one could one up the other in the complications of their speech.
Ret Gone: Tries to manipulate Kivah into erasing him from reality so that he would be able to experience her power first hand. Kivah is stopped however by Santorym and Daith who realizes that if she does it she, they, and everyone else connected to Dr. Lumbar would be erased as well.
Ambiguously Bi: Even though Ray is in love with Tiara and has several relationships with women throughout the story, he is also shown to be very accepting of homosexual relationships and even states he could be interested in Ralph (though he did that teasingly towards Nira and got a punch to the face for his troubles) as well as willing to kiss Alexis even after finding out their true gender. His near constant Homoerotic Subtext with Chrono doesn't help matters either.
Healing Factor: Ray has the ability to suck up the energy in the earth around him to quicken the healing process of his body. He can only do this however when he has the blessing of his Goddess, Era. It is also a downplayed version.
Heroic Sacrifice: Barely subverted. Ray was willing to allow his hands to be cut off which, for a Hachi, would mean he would no longer have access to his powers, as a tribute to his Goddess in order for her to pardon the Hachi clan members she had left on Mizet for their sins. Ray is only saved from this fate by said Hachi clan members and they still get their redemption.
Honorary Uncle: Eventually becomes this to the future children of his friends.
I Am a Monster: Believes he is one after killing his older half-brother, Dwale.
Mayfly-December Romance: With Celia and Kendall. Would have also been the case with Tiara had she reciprocated his feelings. This is especially noticeable with Celia who Ray had a romance with when she was fourteen and fifteen years later she is twenty nine while Ray still looks like a teenager.
Species Loyalty: To the point that he leaves his True Companions to help a few Hachi who was forbidden to leave Mizet for their sins and he almost gets his hands cut off in a Heroic Sacrifice to erode said Hachi members of their sins.
Spider-Sense: Ray describes it as the earth singing to him whenever he is in danger.
Karma Houdini: Subverted. Despite not being corrupted by cheating on her husband, Hanna is subjected to Attempted Rape and murder by her husband's hands and then her favorite son being exiled for killing said husband while saving her.
Supernatural Gold Eyes: The physical proof that Hanna is a member of the Hachi clan as well as an earth demon.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In a sense, Ray's exile is all her fault because her husband, Creed, went insane after finding out that she had cheated on him and conceived Ray and thus attacked her, planning to rape and murder her, but was stopped by Ray who killed him in self defense. It was because of this that Ray was exiled.
Ray's step father, Dwale's father, and Hanna's husband. He becomes corrupted after finding out that Hanna cheated on him and conceived Ray from that union. In response Creed attempted to rape and murder Hanna but is thwarted by Ray who accidentally killed him during the struggle. It resulted in Ray's exile.
Brought Down to Normal: Due to being corrupted. This was important because Creed was unable to stop the boulder Ray had flung at him, resulting in his death.
Ray's first love. A human girl who trained with Ray and Gabriel under the guidance of Cyril. Ray ran away after receiving some harsh words from a jealous Gabriel leaving Celia behind. She later marries Gabriel and produces Erin.
A Hachi clan member stranded on Mizet due to the past crimes of her ancestors. Has no powers to her name and is constantly hunted by the Mata'i along with other members of the Hachi clan who are under the same circumstances. Has a little sister who she will do anything to protect. She is wary of Ray at first, especially his intentions, but she grows close to him in the end and develops romantic feelings for him. Kassidy leads a rescue mission to save Ray from getting his hands cut off and gains her powers during the fight. She, along with her sister and the other exiled Hachi clan members, are able to ascend to the pure world of their brethren after rescuing Ray.
Combo Platter Powers: As a Hachi, Kassidy is supposed to have several powers at her disposal but is unable to access them due to her ancestors sins. She regains them after Ray chooses to sacrifice himself for them.
An acquaintance of Tiara's from her village who she had a brief crush on. Ralph wasn't there for the destruction of his village because he was on a mission to acquire the Glaive of Rai. The father figure of the Time group who is very protective of all it's members. Is in love with Nira.
Attractiveness Isolation: Tiara mentions to Nira that, while all of the girls in her and Ralph's village were attracted to Ralph, (Tiara included) no one ever asked him to be their lover due to this trope.
Chekhov's Gunman: Is named in an offhand comment in the beginning of the story. He shows up chapters later to take his place as one of the main characters.
The Chosen One: Chosen to set free the human slaves from Lusteor, Kingdom of the Mata'i. This is, however, subverted. Ralph was only meant to receive the Glaive of Rai and pass it along to his child which would, along with Time (who would have been Sierra) be the one to free the slaves. However due to Kivah's intervention in making Tiara Time, Ralph ends up doing his child's task sixteen years early.
Oblivious to Love: Subverted. Ralph is fully aware of Nira's feelings towards him and even reciprocates but believes that he doesn't have much to offer her at the moment. Her near death forces his hand however. He was also aware of Tiara and Mika's crushes on him but didn't reciprocate them and kept quiet about it because he didn't want to hurt them.
Then subverted when Ralph goes after, and kills, Azariah who had possessed Nira and had forced her to attack her True Companions and resulted in Nira slitting her own throat to stop the attack. Of course, Azariah really deserved it.
A red-headed assassin who was hired by the King of Caaslm to kill his step son, Chrono. She could not do it however due to befriending Tiara and instead decided to join the Time Group, interested in the idea of traveling the world to find her parents killer. Has a short temper and is suspicious of Kivah's moral ambiguity. Is in love with Ralph.
Bullying a Dragon: Nira near constantly insults Kivah who, if she had the motivation to do so, could either rip Nira to shreds with her teeth and claws or merely snap her neck with her Mind over Matter powers. Or even erase her from reality with a mere thought.
Heavy Sleeper: Notorious for being difficult to wake up. Usually Played for Laughs but at one point it becomes a serious flaw when Tiara wakes up to discover that she is paralyzed and is slowly being tortured through the Synchronization to Chrono. Realizing that Chrono is in danger Tiara immediately tries to wake Nira up but is unable to do so by merely calling her name. Eventually she is able to work up enough movement to throw an object at Nira's head, effectively waking her up.
Hitman with a Heart: Couldn't bring herself to kill Chrono because then she would have killed Tiara, who she had befriended. It ended up with her having to let her assassin persona, The Deadly Scarlet, to be 'killed' in order to keep her reputation.
Irrational Hatred: Her hatred for Kivah begins as this since she hates all Ghatos because one had killed her parents. After getting to know Kivah however, Nira's hatred becomes more genuine because she sees the murderess in Kivah and is suspicious that eventually Kivah will turn on her and their friends. It didn't help that Kivah forced her to kill off her assassin persona, the Deadly Scarlet, in order for Kivah to give Chrono a more fearsome reputation.
Jerkass Has a Point: Despite constantly insulting Kivah, usually unprovoked, Nira does have a point in her distrust considering what Kivahis. This is the main reason Kivah doesn't usually fight back, its her way of acknowledging that Nira is right.
Attempted Rape: Vane almost rapes both Tiara and potentially Ray though he is prevented both times. What made it even worse though with Tiara was that he even threatened to have Israel rape her after he was done with her.
Combat Sadomasochist: Especially heavy on the sadism, though he shows a side of masochism when it comes to Kivah hurting him. He didn't even mind when she carved instructions into his arm to send them to Israel.
Combo Platter Powers: Due to being Magus, Vane has several powers at his disposal. Vane is also unique is the fact that he has a single power from each of the other demon species due to his master's experimentation.
More Than Mind Control: Vane mentions that the only way for him to mind control someone is to break them so completely that they ask for him to take away their free will. This is the reason he tries to rape Tiara.
Mix-and-Match Demon: Although Vane was born a Magus (shadow demon), Sin placed residual pieces of seven of his victims, each from the different demon species, into Vane to give him one unique power from each of the other seven demon species.
The Nicknamer: Has given insulting names to all of the Time group. Mainly because he doesn't actually care enough to know their true names. He calls Kivah his "Ghato Dear", Tiara "Wench", Ray "Little Hachi", Chrono "Fire Sprite", and Israel "Puppet", amongst others.
Worthy Opponent: Thinks of Kivah this way. He is even disappointed when it is Ray to show up to save Tiara from getting raped instead of Kivah and even gave Kivah the 'We Can Rule Together' speech. Twice.
Master of Illusion: So good were his illusions that he was able to hide that fact that the dungeon he locked Ray and Chrono in was frozen over and later trick Ray into thinking that Chrono kissed him and, in response, that he killed Chrono by knocking him down some stairs. Of course, considering Chrono was synchronized to Tiara, which Raidis didn't know, it automatically put a chink in Raidis' whole revenge plot when Tiara was alive and unharmed even though Chrono was 'killed'.
Depraved Bisexual: Wanted to rape both Chrono and Ray but was in an implied relationship with the Aliuri, Selene.
The first Half God the Time Group meets. (Kivah notwithstanding.) The bastard child of Heriana and a human man, Kendra likes being the center of attention and enjoys forcing men to fall in love with her. Takes an interest in Chrono because he wasn't immediately swayed by her advances and subsequently kidnaps him. This does not bode well for Kendra however after Kivah gets involved.
It Amused Me: According to Ray, this is the reason behind the healing saliva. Era thought it would be amusing to see her children embarrassed at having to resort to this in situations where they would have to do this on a stranger.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Was exiled for being nice to his human slaves. This is subverted however as Cal was lying about how he got exiled. He was caught having a relationship with his male slave Rowan by his father who exiled Cal and heavily whipped Rowan.
The Social Darwinist: Played with. Cal's morals do not believe in this but in order to survive Exile Island he has to follow by the rules of this concept.