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Jade Chan / Kage
- Anti Christ: Two ancient prophecies paint Jade this way.
- Anti-Villain: Villain in Name Only. She's been forced to take the villain role to survive.
- Arch-Enemy: Drago feels that she is his. The thought's probably not mutual.
- Baleful Polymorph: Drago’s curse turned her back into Shadowkhan form (at least partially), though whether or not that was his intention is currently unknown.
- Casting a Shadow: She can do a lot of things with shadow magic.
- Combo Platter Powers: So far, Jade has manifested following abilities in addition to the above mentioned shadow magic powers:
- Emotion Eater: It seems that the Queen (and thus Jade) can gain power from the negative emotions they sense.
- The Empath: Jade can feel people's "Darkness Within" (their negative emotions).
- Hammerspace / Hyperspace Arsenal: Where she pulls her weapons from.
- In a Single Bound: Jade's already high agility has increased to the point that she can jump over a wall of flame at least twice her size.
- Made of Iron / Super Toughness: Jade compares her new endurance to having a watered-down version of the strength, healing, and immortality Talismans.
- Super Speed: Jade outruns her pursuers for a while until a flame of fire stops her.
- Super Strength: She's strong enough to punch a hole or cause a crack with a kick on a cave's wall.
- Continuity Nod: She makes references to her previous adventures many times.
- Dark is Not Evil: She tries to remain a good person as much as she can despite being (at least partially) a Shadowkhan. Unfortunately for her, many of the heroes assume that Dark is Evil.
- Deadpan Snarker: Like in canon, she has a witty tongue.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Canon Jade was a cunning Guile Heroine and Badass Adorable with martial arts and even some chi magic at her disposal. Now she has shadow magic and enhanced abilities included.
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite being a Combat Pragmatist and Guile Heroine, she feels the Guardians went way too far with the Frame-Up of Raythor.
- Evil Costume Switch: After being captured, some shadows (possibly controlled by the Queen) cover her and replace her wannabe spy outfit with a set of shinobi robes. It's practically identical to the ones ninja Shadowkhan use, save for a mask or a hood.
- After the Knights have been formed, Nerissa creates for Jade a belt with the sorceress' emblem on it.
- Later Jade makes a point by creating a makeshift bandana out of some orange cloth in order to at least partially replicate her original outfit (the orange hoody).
- Game Face: Whenever the Queen takes over Jade's body, her eyes become completely red and she grows fangs.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: She quickly becomes one due to Nerissa, prejudiced heroes and some bad luck.
- Horror Hunger: She devours a giant Meridian rat off-screen, including its brain.
- How Do I Shot Web?: She had some initial trouble figuring out her powers, but seems to have mostly gotten the hang of them.
- Immortality: After being transported to Heatherfield, Jade wonders if she's at least partially immortal now.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Her ninja outfit, which seems to be made of solid shadow, as it dissolved when she took it off and reattached itself to her when she thought of dressing again. It even includes the tissue that's useful for gliding.
- Katanas Are Just Better: In chapter 8, Jade gains the use of a katana (the same one that’s on the story cover image, which can be viewed on the main page), courtesy of the Queen.
- Knife Nut: She has the ability to summon an apparently limitless number of shuriken and kunai from Hammerspace.
- Legacy Character: Yua seems to view her as this to the original Kage.
- Loss of Identity: Jade tries to avert this trope by wearing an orange bandana in order to partially replicate her orange hoodie, since it was her most iconic piece of clothes.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She reacts this way when she realizes that she's about to kill the Guardians and Caleb in a fit of rage.
- Later, she's downcast when she can't deny the Queen's point that she did kill Shendu willingly.
- No Sell: Elyon’s "teleport them to the jail" trick doesn’t work on Jade. This is explained later: the spell works only on beings native to Meridian.
- Not So Different: Raythor notes that Jade is more noble than the other Knights, even comparing her to the Guardians (but due to their Good Is Not Nice attitude towards her, she denies it).
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: See the Super Strength section above.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Normally only her irises are red, but when the Queen takes over, they become completely red.
- Secret Identity: She goes by the alias Kage in the W.I.T.C.H. universe.
- Seen It All: When she sees the rest of the Knights together for the first time, she notes to herself that she’s seen weirder.
Jade: Wow, a bad guy with honor? Now I have seen everything.
- She has a similar mental comment when Raythor proves himself to be a Noble Demon:
- Token Good Teammate: Jade is the most moral Knight, and is with them only because of circumstances and her grudge against Elyon and the Guardians. Raythor lampshades this at one point.
- Tomboy: Raythor finds it curious to meet a girl whose desire for adventures and eagerness to prove herself are greater than with the majority of her peers, as they aren't as common on Meridian compared to Earth.
- Weak, but Skilled: She currently has far less magical power then the Elemental Powers using Guardians or Elyon, but she uses her shadow powers, enhanced physical abilities and apparently limitless supply of kunai and shuriken to great effect. In fact, during the battle to capture Vathek, she manages to keep Hay Lin and Irma too busy dodging her attacks to be able to actually fight back!
- What the Hell, Hero?: She gives Will a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech over framing Raythor as a traitor.
The Queen of the Shadowkhan
- "We will see who this world will fear more. You or me, the Queen of all Shadowkhan."
- Ambition Is Evil: She's excited about the powers she and Jade have gained. Some of her methods to tempt Jade include appealing to what they could achieve over time if they never turned back to normal.
- Casting a Shadow: She states that she can perform shadow magic just as much as Jade, though she's more aware of their full potential because she gained and retains memories from the Crab Khan Oni General when half of his mask was stuck on Jade's face. Jade doesn't remember because she repressed it after the mask was removed.
- Combat Tentacles: She uses tentacles made from shadows to fight the Guardians and Caleb. She eventually teaches Jade to create them.
- Living Shadow: After some days with the Knights, she can manifest in the physical realm as a shadow. Eventually she can take a physical form while still being bound to Jade's shadow.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has inherited the trait from Jade, but snarks more than her.
- Demonic Possession: She has taken control of Jade's body for a brief period.
- Emotion Eater: It seems that the Queen (in addition to Jade) can gain power from the negative emotions they sense.
- The Empath: She can feel people's "Darkness Within" (their negative emotions).
- Enemy Within: She exists inside Jade.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She grudgingly admits to Jade that she cares about their family, even if she thinks they can be a little ungrateful sometimes.
- Fangs Are Evil: Jade grows fangs when the Queen is in control of their body.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Jade finds it hard to dismiss the Queen’s argument about her trying to kill Shendu.
- The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: She can communicate this way with Jade.
- No Cure for Evil: Averted. After Jade receives serious burns from Elyon's rays, some shadows that are possibly controlled by the Queen cover Jade and heal her wounds without leaving so much as a scar.
- Not Me This Time: When Jade is unable to contact her family over the phone while in Heatherfield, she accuses the Queen of doing something, only for her to (truthfully) deny it.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Jade's eyes become glowing red and lose pupils when the Queen's in control.
- Split-Personality Takeover: This seems to be her ultimate goal. She basically wants to switch positions with Jade: the Queen would be in the control of their body and Jade would be reduced to a voice in the back of the Queen's mind.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: She is a manifestation of Jade’s darker psyche, given thought by a curse.The Queen (to Jade): I am your anger and bitterness, directed at those who don't want to comprehend us, like our school peers and our parents. I am your independence and rebellious temperament, which allows us to question and go against the authority of others, from Jackie to our teachers. I am also your curiosity and desire for more, either adventures or simply to prove ourselves to the world. In short, I am your shadow, your inner darkness, which existed long before the tattoo, and I will always exist no matter what.
- Villains Never Lie: So far the Queen hasn't told Jade any outright lies, merely left some things untold.
- "If all goes well, Kage's power will be mine to command along with the Heart of Meridian."
- Ambition Is Evil: So far Jade has been unable to feel any dark emotions from Nerissa, other than (restrained) ambition and desire. Also, the main reason she arranged for Jade to become her minion was so that she could steal or copy her shadow magic (which according to legends can rival the Heart of Kandrakar).
- Big Bad: Apparently, for the time being.
- Blatant Lies: Her tales as the "Mage" about Jade being a threat.
- Evil Former Friend: To Yan Lin, Halinor and Kadma.
- Evil Old Folks: When Jade first sees her in her true form, she thinks that Daolon Wong would look young if compared to Nerissa.
- Evil Sorceress: A master of the element of Quintessence.
- Glamour Failure: Jade was able to see that the "Mage's" physical appearance and shadow did not match up. (That also happened in canon.)
- Manipulative Bitch: Jade's situation was already bad with Elyon and the Guardians, but it was Nerissa who sunk any possibility of Jade joining the good guys, ensuring that she'll become her minion. She also manages to deflect Yan Lin’s concerns about Jade, but she knows that Yan Lin will keep getting suspicious.
- The Mole: Among the rebels she has two identities under a magic disguise. One is known as the "Mage", a counselor and authority figure regarding magical threats. The other is known as "Trill", a kindly and helpful palace worker.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: She senses on the Veil a disturbance which occurs due to Jade entering Meridian through shadows.
- Shock and Awe: Her element is Quintessence.
- Villain Has a Point: Nerissa has a point on how Himerish could have stopped the whole mess in Meridian easily in the first place, but didn't.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: She can disguise herself by using her magic.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She believes herself to be this, but seems to honestly think that the only way the universe can be saved from conflict and evil is via undying loyalty to her and her alone.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Like in canon, she quickly restructures her plans when new factors appear, like telling the rebels that Jade is an evil shapeshifter to force her into joining the Knights, or planning to take Jade’s powers as well as Elyon’s.
- You Have Failed Me: Averted. She is quite calm after the Knights are defeated by the Guardians, which sets off alarm bells in Jade’s head, since in her experience villains tend to react less rationally towards defeats, often blaming everyone around them.
- Younger Than They Look: She's probably somewhere in her 50s or 60s, but looks much older than that with her long silver hair and dry wrinkles.
The Knights of Vengeance
A group of warriors and monstrous creatures that formed the Elite of Phobos during his rule. After they were defeated, banished or imprisoned along with their master, Nerissa gathers them up and convinces them to have vengeance. Jade is forced by circumstances to join them.
- Avenging the Villain: Their main goal is to restore Prince Phobos to power and get some payback for personal grievances.
- Badass Crew: Most of them may be evil, but they are all formidable opponents, each in their own way.
- The Remnant: Although they're not the only remaining supporters of Phobos, they're the strongest faction of them.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: It's been stated that without Raythor, all the Knights would be at each others' throats.
- "Friendship is a mere illusion Kage, especially in this world."
- Blatant Lies: The talk about her eating Passlings turns out to be false.
- Cerebus Retcon: Inverted, apparently: the whole thing about her eating Passlings was false.
- On the other hand, as her background was never revealed in canon, her past in this story is this trope played straight.
- The Cynic: She's this due to her experiences, telling Jade that life is cruel rather than right or wrong and that there's no good or evil. She also says that those who have the power say what's right or wrong.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When she was five years old, her parents were killed by Kur's shapeshifter purge, and worse, she was Forced to Watch.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments, especially when she's interacting with Jade.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She refuses to embrace any attempts to be consoled by Jade.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely loves Cedric, and bemoans that she had to leave him behind when she escaped.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She considers Tracker to be an even bigger monster than she is.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Miranda sees chapter 9's Pet the Dog moment between Jade, Sniffer and Tracker, she's baffled because she can’t believe that Tracker (who she readily admits for all purposes is a bigger monster than herself) would be civil around Jade simply because Sniffer likes her, assuming it has to be some kind of a spell. She still believes that when she sees Jade playing with Sniffer in the next chapter.
- Flashback Nightmare: At the beginning of chapter 10, we see in her dreams how Kur murdered her parents.
- Forced to Watch: Kur burned her parents alive while she watched.
- Freudian Excuse: If you were Forced to Watch your parents being burned alive at the stake because they wouldn't give you up to a Knight Templar with nothing but hatred towards your race, you'd be a bitter young girl too.
- Giant Spider: Her alternate form is a giant spider-like creature, though she has four grown human limbs instead of eight legs and four blue eyes. She can also shoot web from her mouth.
- Healing Factor: It takes her only one night to fully recover from her fall of nearly 100 feet.
- Icy Blue Eyes: She normally keeps her blue eyes (both in her human form and spider form) cool.
- Jerkass: She's distrustful of others by nature and mostly interested in self-survival.
- Life Isn't Fair: "Life is cruel and ruthless, not wrong. Or right. It simply is."
- May–December Romance: Her relationship with Cedric, since she's 14 and his age is unknown, but definitely older. It's debatable whether or not the fact that (since they're shapeshifters) Immortality Begins at 20 applies to both of them, eliminates or increases any possible Squick.
- Super Senses: Her senses are quite sharp.
- Super Toughness: She survives from falling almost a hundred feet.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The dynamic between her and Jade, though during their mission in Heatherfield, they seem to be starting to move past it.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Her five-year-old self wasn't bad at all and tried in vain to sacrifice herself to rescue her parents.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: She can transform into a spider creature at will.
RaythorA former commander of the Royal Guard who was framed by the Guardians of treason and banished to the Abyss of Shadows. After his months-lasting ascend from it, the honorable Galhot soldier is made the Knights' field leader.
- Anti-Villain: Of the Noble Anti-Villain variety.
- Badass Normal: He was one of the best soldiers of Phobos' army, and as Jade notes, he's (by Meridianite standards) normal when compared to the other Knights.
- Death Glare: He gives one to Jade when she doesn't drop her claim of seeing the sky turning purple momentarily (the lowering of the Veil). Jade complies, finding his glare to be much more stern than any given by Jackie, Uncle or her parents.
- He later glares at Tynar when discussing his continued loyalty towards Phobos and the rest of the Guards' betrayal. Tynar actually flinches from Raythor's penetrating glare, along with Jade who watches unnoticed.
- The Dragon: He leads the Knights after Nerissa.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He initially doesn't want to involve a child (Jade) in their war and is disgusted at the self-proclaimed defenders of the innocent doing exactly that. He concedes only after Jade herself insists on fighting.
- A Father to His Men: Though he doesn't always show it, he cares dearly for those under his command, and if he hadn’t been thrown into the Abyss of Shadows, the Royal Guard might not have defected.
- When the Knights are first defeated by the Guardians and Raythor realizes that Jade saw the lowering of the Veil before that, he intentionally tells Nerissa that they all saw this and he dismissed it as an illusion, preparing to face the sorceress' punishment (which doesn't come).
- Genius Bruiser: He's a strong warrior (though not as strong as the other Knights) and an intelligent strategist.
- Handicapped Badass / Brought Down to Badass: He lost some of his muscle mass after he was sent into the Abyss, but is still capable of easily tiring out Frost without the brute laying a hand on him.
- Honor Before Reason: His sense of honor is one of his strongest traits.Tynar:...Phobos doesn't deserve your loyalty. Please see reason.Raythor: Reason? My reason is dictated by my word, you know that, and I gave my word of honor to serve Phobos as the true ruler of our world. You gave your word too, and yet you not only broke yours but also led many Guards to do the same, so please excuse me for not being able to see the reason of an honorless man.Jade: *in her thoughts* Guess honor really means everything to him.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He and Jade seem to be forming one. He's about 100 years old (still middle-aged for a Galhot) and she's a 12-year-old child.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When he comforts Jade after her realization of having killed before, the Queen's plot to overtake Jade's mind is hindered for a while.
- Noble Demon: Jade lampshades it when he refuses to allow her to be forced to join the Knights.Jade: Wow, a bad guy with honor? Now I have seen everything.
- Not So Different: At one point, Jade compares Raythor to Tohru in how much value they place in loyalty.
- Oh, Crap!: The narration uses those two very words to describe his reaction when he realizes that what Jade saw in the previous chapter was the lowering of the Veil, and that he dismissed it.
- Older Than They Look: According to Miranda, he's about 100 years old, which is considered middle-aged for his race, much to Jade's surprise.
- Pet the Dog: He has so far shown more concern and respect for Jade than anyone else since her arrival to Meridian.
- Undying Loyalty: He has sworn an oath to serve Prince Phobos.
FrostA brutish and half-witted Galhot hunter who rides a rhino-like beast.
- The Brute: It's lampshaded, and he's even called that continuously.
- Dumb Muscle: He's not very intelligent.
- Jerkass: He's a rough individual overall.
- Older Than They Look: According to Miranda, he's about 70.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He has a low view of Miranda and Jade, leading them both to lampshade this by calling him a sexist jerk.
- Rhino Rampage: He rides a rhinoceros-like beast called Crimson.
- The Rival: He tries to be one to Raythor, but their fight for the Knights' leadership is a Curb-Stomp Battle in Raythor's favor.
- Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Unlike Raythor, Nerissa didn't think that Frost would be stupid enough to try and fight the Guardians on his own. However, she changes her mind after using a locator spell and through it seeing him doing exactly that.
The TrackerThe feared skeletal hunter.
- The Ageless: Possibly. There has been tales of him - or a being much like him - going back several hundreds of years throughout Meridian's history.
- The Beastmaster: In addition to Sniffer, he has at his disposal a swarm of demonic bats stored inside his clothes. He can use them for combat and scouting.
- Epic Flail: His Weapon of Choice. It can glow with green energy.
- Eviler Than Thou: Miranda considers him to be an even bigger monster than she is.
- Hell Hound: Sniffer, his pet.
- Humanoid Abomination: Jade calls him a "Halloween reject monster" when she first meets him.
- Pet the Dog: He has an unexpected Pet the Dog moment with Jade and Sniffer in chapter 9: after Jade gives Sniffer some of her food, Tracker helps Sniffer to adjust to Jade so that they can interact with each other.
- The Quiet One: He rarely speaks, and his voice is shady.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are fully red and remorseless. Jade compares them to the eyes of a predator.
GargoyleA member of a race of rock giants who lost his arm to the Guardians.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He is just called by his species' name.
- Artificial Limbs: The Guardians cut off his left arm during their first encounter, and Nerissa created a metal club to replace it.
- The Brute: He's the primary muscle of the Knights, in addition to Sandpit.
- Eldritch Abomination: He is a one-eyed rock giant. According to Nerissa, his race inspired the legend of the cyclops as some members of the species wandered on Earth.
- Last of His Kind: Apparently. According to Caleb, Phobos ordered the other Gargoyles to be destroyed to keep Elyon blind of the fact that they worked for him.
- Mighty Glacier: He's the biggest, strongest and slowest Knight.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His only eye is red.
- The Speechless: He can only growl or roar.
SandpitOriginally a bloodthirsty pile of quicksand which was frozen in glass by the Guardians. Freed and powered up by Nerissa, he's now sentient and mobile.
- The Ageless: Miranda speculates that Sandpit might be this.
- Blob Monster: He's basically a pile of sand. He usually takes a humanoid form, but can shape his sand body to other forms.
- Character Development: Noted In-Universe by Raythor. Sandpit was originally just a non-sentient beast, but after getting a taste of Nerissa's power of Quintessense, he has become much more intelligent and unlike before, follows on his own accord the orders given to him. He also seems to have lost most of his previous bloodthirsty impulses.
- Eldritch Abomination: He is an originally failed result of Phobos trying to create an unstoppable sand-warrior.
- Elemental Embodiment: Of sand, obviously.
- Shifting Sand Land: He was originally a non-sentient pit of quicksand that simply wanted to drown anyone who stepped on him. After being freed by Nerissa's magic, it no longer seems to be the case.
- The Speechless: He can't make any vocal sounds.
- Tornado Move: He can turn into a giant sand tornado. In this form he can blind enemies or carry allies over great distances. Jade is impressed when she first sees this in action.
The Guardians of Kandrakar
Five teenage girls from Heatherfield who were bestowed upon Heart of Kandrakar and given the duty of protecting their universe from evil.
- Amazon Brigade: By five members.
- Barrier Maidens: Their energy is what is keeping the Veil around Meridian up, until it's lifted in chapter 8.
- Designated Heroes: Jade comes to view them this way, especially after she finds out what they did to Raythor. She even says to Will that they aren't true heroes.
- Good Is Not Nice: As they believe Jade to be evil, they have this attitude towards her, and they are not any more polite to the genuine bad guys.
- Handicapped Badasses: Part of their energy is being diverted to keep the Veil up, until it's lifted in chapter 8.
- Hero Antagonists: To Jade.
- Magical Girl Warriors: Like in canon.
- Nice Job Breaking It Heroes: Their eagerness to declare Jade an enemy and refusal to listen to her pleas made it much easier for Nerissa to recruit her.
- Older Alter Egos: When they are empowered by the Heart, they get older by a couple of years. Jade is surprised when she learns about this.
- When they get old enough, this will be inverted, since the age they are in Guardian mode is constant despite their age out of it.
- The Worf Effect: The Queen manages to use her shadow powers to trap them with Combat Tentacles, and it’s only Jade regaining control that saves them and Caleb.
Will VandomThe Quintessence Guardian and the Keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar.
- The Leader: As the Keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar, she's this to her group.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The next day following Jade's What the Hell, Hero? speech to her, Will is conceding her point that framing Raythor was dishonorable, but is talked out of her concerns by the others.
- Shock and Awe: By the start of the story, she's unaware of her element of Quintessence due to the Veil drawing her powers, but after the Veil is lifted, she slowly becomes aware of this.
- Technopath: Like in canon. Only she and the other Guardians can hear machines speaking to her. When this begins manifesting, Jade and Miranda (both being unaware of this) question Will's sanity.
Irma LairThe Water Guardian.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's the most sarcastic Guardian.
- Tempting Fate: She proclaims nearly arrogantly that some blue girl appearing out of some shadows can't possibly beat Caleb, let alone the Guardians. The chase ends with all of them being rendered helpless and fearful by Combat Tentacles made of shadows, Jade's murderous look and her proclamations of eating their brains.
Taranee CookThe Fire Guardian.
- Dreadlock Rasta: Her hairstyle in Guardian form, which Jade thinks to be ridiculous.
- The Smart Girl: She's the most rational of the Guardians.
Cornelia HaleThe Earth Guardian.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She can control soil.
- Green Thumb: She can control plantlife.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A Jerk with a Heart of Gold variety. Like in canon, she can be vain and rude, but she genuinely cares for her friends. In fact, it was she who stopped Elyon from killing Jade.
- Power Incontinence: She suffers from this after her full powers are unlocked.
Hay LinThe Air Guardian.
- Genki Girl: She's cheerful and imaginative.
A friend of the Guardians and Meridian's legal, recently ascended ruler and its Heart.
- Arch-Enemy: It seems that she is being set up as Jade's, since one of Jade's primary motivations for staying with the Knights is to get back at the young queen for almost killing her.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: She may be naïve and inexperienced as a ruler, but she's generally well-meaning.
- Berserk Button: She doesn’t like having information concealed from her, and things relating to her brother easily rile her up.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She may be one of the good guys, but she can have a bit of a temper (as Jade painfully learned, see below).
- Big Good: Of Meridian.
- Big "WHAT?!": This is her reaction when she finds out that some of Phobos' supporters are still out there. It’s so loud that it felt like it shook the entire castle!
- This happens again when she's told of Miranda and Jade's escape on her visit to Kandrakar (luckily, this time there isn’t any castle shaking).
- Cain and Abel: She's the Abel to Phobos' Cain.
- Freudian Excuse: Her betrayal by Miranda is part of the reason she's unwilling to trust Jade.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Though after their first encounter, Jade repeatedly calls her "crazy blonde" or "blonde chick/psycho".
- The High Queen: She's learning to be one. She's dismayed for losing the princess part of being a royal.
- Light 'em Up: She's called the Light of Meridian.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Like in canon, her (albeit well-meaning) friends and allies in Meridian are keeping certain details from her, like that Miranda and "Kage" escaped from prison, and they're trying to feed the details of some things to her slowly so she's not overwhelmed.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She is understandably horrified when she realizes that she nearly killed Jade.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The fact that she almost killed Jade is a prime factor that the Queen of the Shadowkhan is using to keep Jade from trying to defect.
- Physical God: As the Heart of Meridian, she's this.
- Psychoactive Powers: Himerish states that her emotional state can affect her powers, and that anger makes them stronger and harder to control.
- Stop Worshipping Me: She's uncomfortable with the way she receives reverence from her people whenever she comes into contact with them.
- Unskilled, but Strong: She has a lot of magical power, but she has a hard time controlling it at the story's beginning because of her brother only covering how to access the energy, not how to properly utilize it.
- She's taking steps to avert this after nearly killing Jade makes her realize she needs more control.
Members of the Rebellion
The faction that fought against Phobos' 13-year-lasting tyranny. After his downfall, they became a part of Queen Elyon's army and court.
- Full-Circle Revolution: They show sights of this trope with the somewhat extreme methods they're utilizing to capture the Knights of Vengeance and any other still remaining followers of Phobos.
- Pride: Most of them seem to have grown their ego following the defeat of Phobos.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: It turns out that they've had their own share of distasteful acts during the civil war.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Many of them still distrust the Guard which served as Phobos' main forces, and among themselves there is a lot of disagreement and arguing.
CalebThe head of the rebellion, a close friend of the Guardians, Cornelia's boyfriend and Queen Elyon's (unofficial) right hand.
- Black and White Morality: His viewpoint, which Jade picks up on by looking at him:"This guy was really pushing Jade's buttons. Either he was a hero of this… place or thought himself to be one; either way, she never had encountered someone so shortsighted. Maybe Jackie followed a very strict code of morals and tried to drill that into her, but at least he was not that intolerant to others that didn't follow his beliefs. Even with Viper, he was at most annoyed by her lifestyle than truly condemning her, not to mention he and Uncle gave Tohru a chance when others, even Jade herself at the time, were not that forgiving. And of course, there was Jackie's infinite patience when dealing with her misdeeds.But this guy resembled one of those comic book heroes with a much too narrowed view that only saw black and white, with no grey in the middle. And to think, she thought that was cool once."
- Black and White Insanity: His views can border on this, like when he says that he'll have everyone in villages that supported Phobos punished regardless of their reasoning.
- Child Soldier: He has spent most of his short life fighting against Phobos' tyranny.
- Freudian Excuse: He's determined to have Phobos and his minions punished after the prince's 13 years of tyranny, and he thinks that everything relating to Phobos has to be get rid of.
- Good Is Not Nice: Right from the beginning he refuses to believe even more adamantly than the Guardians or Elyon that Jade is anything but a minion of Phobos or a threat nevertheless.
- He Who Fights Monsters: His dedication to hunting down Phobos' remaining loyalists is reaching a point where the Knights are finding him to be Not So Different from Cedric.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Had he not countermanded his Queen's orders and had Jade tossed into the dungeon, she would have had no reason to join the Knights.
- Rebel Leader: One of them actually, but he still seems to be their head.
- Tempting Fate: After Caleb hears that Frost and Gargoyle are still at large (in addition to Tracker), and that Sandpit has escaped, he wonders what would happen next, like Raythor returning from the Abyss of Shadows (he does), or Phobos, Cedric and Miranda escaping from the Infinite City, he hears the alarms from Nerissa breaking "Kage" and Miranda out. He immediately lampshades this as he hurries to the prison:Caleb: I had to jinx it.
- The Worf Effect: The Queen nearly defeats him and the Guardians before Jade regains control.
AldarnA young green half-Galhot and Caleb's second-in-command.
- Black and White Morality: He seems to share most of Caleb's views about anyone who served Phobos.
- Child Soldier: Like Caleb, he has spent most of his short life fighting against Phobos' tyranny.
- Freudian Excuse: When he acts violently against the chained Jade, he says to the protesting Guard that he knows how to give Phobos' minions treatment they deserve.
- Good Is Not Nice: He swings the chained Jade hard to the ground for refusing to respect the rebels and Queen Elyon.
- Knife Outline: When Nerissa comes to claim Miranda and Jade, she uses Aldarn's arrows to pin him to the ground.
- Number Two: To Caleb.
- Water Wake-up: He does this to Jade after she's been knocked unconscious by Elyon.
VathekA blue Galhot who acted as a spy against Phobos. Now he's the head warden of the Infinite City's dungeons.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Delivers this to Jade when she attempts to defend herself against the "Mage's" lies about her.
- Big "WHAT?!": He reacts this way when he learns of Raythor's return from the Abyss of Shadows.
- Fantastic Racism: Not nearly to the same extent as Kur, but he sounds repulsed when the "Mage" says that Jade is a shapeshifter like Cedric and Miranda.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's devoted to his friends and Queen Elyon, but as he believes Jade to be evil, he is a Jerkass towards her as much as towards the other Knights and Phobos.
- Kirk Summation: He stops Phobos’s "The Reason You Suck" Speech by pointing out that a bunch of teenage girls took him down.
- Reverse Mole: He acted as a spy against Phobos.
- Would Hurt a Child: He strikes Jade with his flail from behind. According to her, her skull should have shattered if not for her Super Toughness.
DrakeA white-haired young man and one of Caleb's closest lieutenants.
- Only Sane Man: He understands that the rebellion should give up their distrust towards the Guard if they want Meridian to move forward. He also knows that Kur's extremist views regarding the shapeshifters should not be endorsed. Raythor notes that Drake doesn't seem to share the proud air most of his fellow rebel leaders carry.
- While most of the rebel leaders are not shocked by Caleb's public announcement that involves a near threat of getting arrested for not cooperating with the New Royal Guard, Drake is.
- Pinned to the Wall: Jade traps him in a tree trunk by throwing a kunai through his right arm's sleeve.
- Only Sane Man: Alongside Drake, he seems to be one of the more levelheaded rebel leaders.
KurThe elder of the destroyed village of Grughar and one of the Rebellion's leaders. Scarily racist towards shapeshifters, he is a dangerous fanatic.
- Bald of Evil: He is bald.
- Beard of Evil: He has a white beard.
- Fan Art: There's a commission of him in DeviantArt.
- Fantastic Racism: He has a scarily extreme loathing of shapeshifters and isn’t afraid to let others know it. Drake lampshades this and feels that Kur’s attitude is not something that should be endorsed.
- He led a purge of shapeshifters during Phobos's reign, and is directly responsible for the death of Miranda's (human) parents. With Nerissa's lie that Jade is a shapeshifting experiment of Phobos, he is apparently planning another one...
- Hypocrite: While arguing with Miranda's parents about his actions, he said that the shapeshifters came to plague their world only after the first civil war. They pointed out that the Meridianite humans aren't Meridian's natives either, making them a plague to Meridian as well.
- Jerkass: He's one of the most dislikable characters of the story.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While Kur's not liked for his disrespectful attitude and too racist opinions, he does point out how the others are accepting anything "the Mage" says without question.
- Kick the Dog: Poor Miranda...
- Knight of Cerebus: After we learn of what he did to Miranda, her parents and many other innocent shapeshifters, his presence brings a darker tone to the story in the reader's mind.
- Knight Templar: His hatred of shapeshifters extends to otherwise ordinary people who had shapeshifter children, and he killed Miranda's parents during his purge during Phobos's reign. When he did that, he expressed a belief that the Light of Meridian would approve him for continuing the Shapeshifters Purge that her grandmother started 200 years earlier. He also believes that both Phobos and the shapeshifter race has to perish so that Meridian can become "the perfect kingdom".
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Kur is not afraid to speak his mind rudely.
- Token Evil Teammate: He is the most outright evil member of the new Meridian government, especially with his Fantastic Racism of shapeshifters, his purge of them during Phobos's rule, and the new purge he's planning.
- Would Hit a Girl: He slapped Miranda's mother to the face for saying that the Meridianite humans are a plague to Meridian as much as the shapeshifters.
- Would Hurt a Child: Even if a shapeshifter, such as Miranda, is a child, it won't prevent him from trying to burn them at the stake.
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: He lured Miranda to reveal herself by saying that he would let her parents live if she does that, but he vetoed his promise by asking the like-minded crowd's opinion.
The Council of Kandrakar and Others Associated
Kandrakar is a realm with the duty to oversee the safety of all worlds in the W.I.T.C.H. universe.
Himerish / The Oracle
- Big Good: Of the W.I.T.C.H. universe.
- My Greatest Failure: He admits that perhaps he's partially responsible for the tragedy of Cassidy and Nerissa. It's part of the reason he's willing to give Jade the benefit of the doubt.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He gets a warning of Jade's enter to their universe in the form of a headache. When she arrives in Meridian, he falls into a brief coma and is shown N'ghala's unfulfilled vision.
- Precognition: As the Oracle, he can have visions of the future.
- Really 700 Years Old: He has been the Oracle for centuries.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's willing to give Jade the benefit of the doubt before judging her.
Yan LinA member of the previous generation of the Guardians and Hay Lin's grandmother.
- The Mentor: She first introduced the current generation of the Guardians to their role.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: She senses on the Veil a disturbance which occurs due to Jade entering Meridian through shadows.
- Retired Badass: She is a former Air Guardian.
TiborA sage of Kandrakar and the Oracle's right hand.
- Number Two: He's described as Himerish's close friend and the most loyal supporter.
- Really 700 Years Old: He has served as a Sage for at least five centuries, though he wishes that he had gotten The Ageless as a job perk and not just slowed aging.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Himerish.
LubaA sage of Kandrakar and the protector of the Aurameres.
HalinorA sage of Kandrakar and a member of the previous generation of the Guardians.
KadmaA member of the previous generation of the Guardians and the queen of Zamballa.
BlunkA Passling who has helped the Guardians and Caleb quite a bit in the past.
- Flat Scare: Jade does this to him.
- Hulk Speak: His grammar is not of the best of quality.
- The Nose Knows: Aside from a few exceptions, a Passling's sense of smell is unrivaled on Meridian. Blunk's nose tells him that while the other Knights of Vengeance smell bad, Jade smells half good and half bad, much to his confusion.
- Lovable Coward: While he's a loyal friend, he is also easy to scare.
- The Pig Pen: Passlings tend to smell a lot. Jade once jokes about it.
- Our Goblins Are Different: Passlings have inspired on Earth the tales of dwarves and goblins.
- Third-Person Person: He speaks this way.
TynarA Guard who was convinced by the Guardians to turn against Phobos.
- The Atoner: For the things he did when serving Phobos, like the massacre of Sonder Hill.
- Heel–Face Turn: After the Guardians rescued him when Cedric left him for dead, he changed sides and managed to get a lot of other Guards to do so as well.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: He is unhappy to find out that it was the Guardians (the very girls who saved his life) who caused Raythor to be banished to the Abyss of Shadows. It leaves him with doubts regarding them for a little while.
- Ignorant Minion: Before his Heel–Face Turn, Phobos told him and his fellow soldiers lies about Earth and the Guardians to retain their loyalty.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He briefly chastises Vathek for possibly shattering Jade's bones after hitting her from behind with a flail (though she survives with a headache).
Prince PhobosElyon's older brother and the recently usurped tyrannical ruler of Meridian.
- Big Bad: Averted. By the time the story starts, he has already been defeated.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to Elyon's Abel.
- Evil Is Petty: So far he has spent all his appearances by taunting the former rebels from his cell. One of the examples is him laughing at their apparent fear of Jade.
- Evil is Sexy: Jade - who has never been much into admiring boys - thinks that Phobos would look handsome in the eyes of many girls in her school.
- Evil Overlord / Sorcerous Overlord: He is a powerful sorcerer, and he ruled Meridian for 13 years.
- Eviler Than Thou: Jade feels this way about Phobos when she mentally compares him to Shendu, noting that while they both oppressed their subjects, Shendu was a draconic Demon Sorcerer, unlike Phobos, whose subjects (at least some of them) were the same species, meaning he didn't even have Fantastic Racism as an excuse for his cruelty.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Phobos delivers one to Caleb, telling him that it was the Guardians and Elyon who defeated him, not the Rebellion, which he considers to be a bunch of armed peasants.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He's currently imprisoned in the Infinite City.
- Self-Made Orphan: He apparently killed his own parents (with a bit of help from Nerissa).
Lord CedricA serpentine shapeshifter and the right hand of Phobos.
- Bad Boss: He often attacked the Guards and servants who crossed his path while furious for his defeats against the Guardians.
- Baleful Polymorph: He's still in the form of a small and weak version of his beast-form Phobos turned him into for failing him yet again.
- The Dragon: To Phobos.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His relationship with Miranda.
- May–December Romance: His relationship with Miranda, since she's 14 and his age is unknown, but definitely older. It's debatable whether or not the fact that (since they're shapeshifters) Immortality Begins at 20 applies to both of them eliminates or increases any possible Squick.
- Put on a Bus: He's currently imprisoned with Phobos and the Lurdens in the Infinite City.
- Snake People: Cedric is a Viperinin, a sentient serpentine beast, with his human form being his alternate one.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like Miranda, he’s a shapeshifter, only with a serpentine alternate form. Though it's actually the other way around.
DragoSon of Shendu. He started the plot by banishing Jade from their universe.
- All Your Powers Combined: Has all the powers of his Demon Sorcerer aunts and uncles in addition to the Playing with Fire powers he inherited from his dad.
- Arch-Enemy: It's revealed that he views Jade as his. The feeling is probably not mutual, though she does hate him for banishing her.
- Big Bad: Averted. Like Phobos above, he's about to be defeated when the story begins.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrayed his dad while Shendu was trying to help him (ironic, since it was likely inherited from Shendu).
- Elemental Powers: He has the elemental powers of his aunts and uncles.
- Evil Is Petty: Since he was about to be defeated, he used his last moment on Earth to banish Jade to the Shadow Realm.
- Our Dragons Are Different / Our Demons Are Different: He’s a teenage humanoid dragon and the son of the Demon Sorcerer of Fire.
- Put on a Bus: He’s being sealed in the Demon Netherworld as the story opens.
- Sore Loser: The chapter title even lampshades this!
- Villainous Breakdown: He appears to be in the middle of one when he's banishing Jade, Laughing Madly even as he and Shendu are banished themselves.
ShenduDrago's father, the Demon Sorceror of Fire and the Arch-Enemy of Jade's family.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to have at least some love for his son, as he tried to rescue Drago from banishment (though Drago betrayed him).
- Evil Overlord / Sorcerous Overlord: Like Phobos, he used to be a magical tyrant.
- Eviler Than Thou: Shendu ends up on the "thou" end of this when Jade mentally compares him to Phobos, noting that while they both oppressed their subjects, Shendu was a draconic Demon Sorcerer, unlike Phobos, whose subjects (at least some of them) were the same species, meaning he didn't even have Fantastic Racism as an excuse for his cruelty.
- Our Dragons Are Different / Our Demons Are Different: He's a dragon and part of a family of Demon Sorcerers, with fire as his element.
- Put on a Bus: He’s being sealed in the Demon Netherworld as the story opens.
Yua, Ari and MaqiResidents of Arkhanta. Yua is the most powerful banshee living there and also the Heart of Arkhanta. Ari is a former farmer and now the Lord of Arkhanta. Maqi is his mute 6-year-old son.
- Adaptation Distillation: They show up in the comics, but not the show, which the story is based on.
- Crystal Ball: Yua can conjure these to show things to others.
- Cute Mute: Maqi.
- Enemy Mine: Yua and Ari made an alliance due to their mutual hatred of Kandrakar, and wish to bring it down.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Yua deeply cares about her banshee sisters, and that love was the only thing keeping her from immediately seeking revenge on Kandrakar after the death of the original Kage, as she was afraid they'd be caught in the crossfire. She's also quite affectionate towards Maqi.
- Whatever his other flaws, Ari is a Good Parent to his son.
- Greater Scope Villains: Ari and Yua are currently staying out of the conflict in Meridian, instead choosing to keep an eye on Jade.
- Physical Goddess: Yua, who - as the Heart of her world - has power equivalent to the combined strength of the Guardians/Elyon's full power.
- Really 700 Years Old / Time Abyss: Yua. She was alive when N'ghala was leading Kandrakar, and that was centuries (if not millenia) before.
- Sinister Surveillance: Yua is spying on Jade.
- Villainous Friendship: Yua was apparently a very close friend of the original Kage, and only the thought of her banshee sisters being caught in the crossfire prevented her from retaliating against Kandrakar after the original Kage died.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ari. Yua's hair is green.
The original KageA member of the Shadowkhan/Oni race that existed in the W.I.T.C.H. universe before Kandrakar rose to power.
- Legacy Character: Yua seems to view Jade as this to the original Kage.
- Posthumous Character: She's apparently been dead since Kandrakar's rise to power.
- Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: She apparently shared with Yua a rhyming prophecy regarding Jade or the Queen of the Shadowkhan."From another realm, another place; comes a dark child of a long forgotten race; from thrive to trial she will reach her throne; the light of the sky will be darkened by her will alone."
- Villainous Friendship: She was apparently a very close friend of Yua.
N'ghalaThe first Oracle of Kandrakar.
- Adaptation Distillation: She's mentioned in the comics, but not the show, which the story is based on.
- Posthumous Character: She's been long dead.
- The Prophecy: Her last vision of the future involved Jade (or the Queen of the Shadowkhan) defeating the Guardians and spreading darkness across the Known Worlds with an army of Shadowkhan.
Althair, the Mad SageA member of Kandrakar who existed long before the events of the story.
- The Dreaded: Kandrakar seems to still fear his legacy.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He's the only person who read the scrolls regarding N'ghala's unfulfilled vision. Whatever information they contained caused him to burn them, along with half of Kandrakar's library in order to destroy any notes about shadow magic. Then he went on to commit the Great Purge.
- Tibor thinks that the reason he went so crazy was that he just couldn't comprehend a power equal to Kandrakar.
- The Purge: After burning half of Kandrakar's library, he committed with his fanatical followers a genocide on several worlds in an effort to find and eliminate the blue girl depicted in N'ghala's unfulfilled vision.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He justified that his actions were to save Kandrakar and their universe from the "Incoming Darkness".
- Would Hurt a Child: His Great Purge focused mostly on children.
Othis and ZannaMiranda's parents who were killed nine years earlier by Kur's shapeshifter purge.
- Defiant to the End: Even as they were about to get burned at the stake, they refused to give in for Kur. Before flames got them, they swore that the Light of Meridian would punish him.
- Good Parents: Though they were ordinary humans themselves, they loved their shapeshifter daughter and tried to save her from being captured by Kur and his followers.
- Mama Bear: Zanna.
- Papa Wolf: Othis.
- Senseless Sacrifice: When Kur's men came to their cottage to capture Miranda, they gave themselves in so that she could escape, but then Kur had to play his mind games, leading Miranda to be captured anyway.