Characters: Kage

Jade Chan/Kage

Jackie Chan's niece, who after being the victim of Drago's spell, ended up in Meridian and partially transformed into her Queen of the Shadowkhan persona. Circumstances (and Nerissa's manipulations) forced her to join Nerissa's Knights of Vengeance.

  • Anti Christ: An ancient prophecy paints Jade this way.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV. Forced to take the villain role to survive.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Drago. 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 enter shadows, and later the Queen shows her how to create shadow Combat Tentacles.
  • Combat Tentacles: The Queen eventually shows her how to use her Casting A Shadow Powers to create them.
  • Continuity Nod: When Jade first sees W.I.T.C.H., she wonders if they somehow got demon chi, even asking if they were the “Fairy Sorcerers”.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy:
    • Jade gives Nerissa a fake name instead of her real one.
    • She immediately realized that something is up when Nerissa doesn’t do a You Have Failed Me to the Knights after the Guardians defeat them (instead being calm and rational), since previous villains have been quick to blame their underlings for failure, and defeat usually prompts anger and frustration first.
  • Dark Is Not Evil
  • Emotion Eater: It seems the Queen (and thus her) can gain power from the negative emotions they sense.
  • The Empath: Jade can feel people's "Darkness Within" (their negative emotions).
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite being a Combat Pragmatist, she feels the Guardians went way too far with 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. She later makes a point creating a makeshift bandanna 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.
  • Hammerspace/Hyperspace Arsenal: Where she pulls her kunai and shuriken from.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Courtesy of Nerissa and some bad luck.
  • Horror Hunger: Her devouring of the rat.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: She had some initial trouble figuring out her powers, but seems to have mostly gotten the hang of them.
    • While she figures out how to glide pretty quickly (maybe due to past Rooster Talisman use), figuring out how to land is an entirely different story.
    • The Queen eventually gives her some tips on creating and controlling shadow Combat Tentacles.
  • 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 they dissolved when she took them off and reattached themselves to her when she thought of dressing again.
  • Knife Nut: Has the ability to summon an apparently limitless number of shuriken and kunai from Hammerspace.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron/Super Toughness: One of Jade's new abilities. She compares it to having a watered-down version of the strength, healing, and immortality Talismans.
  • No Sell: Elyon’s “teleport them to the jail” trick doesn’t work on Jade.
    • This is explained in chapter 8 — the spell only works 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 (though due to their Good Is Not Nice attitude towards her, she denies it).
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Normally only her irises are red, but when the Queen takes over, they become completely red.
  • 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.
    • She has a similar mental comment when Raythor proves himself to be a Noble Demon:
    Jade: Wow, a bad guy with honor? Now I have seen everything.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Will.
  • Token Good Teammate: Jade is the most moral Knight, and is only with them because of circumstances and her grudge against Elyon and the Guardians, something Raythor lampshades at one point.
  • Weak, but Skilled: She currently has far less power then the Elemental Powers using Guardians or Elyon, but uses her shadow powers 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!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives Will a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech over framing Raythor as a traitor.

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     The Knights of Vengeance 


A sorceress who was a former Guardian.

  • 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 and the other two currently living members of the old Guardians.
  • Evil Sorceress
  • Glamour Failure: Jade was able to see that her physical appearance and shadow did not match up.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Jade's situation was already bad with Elyon and the Guardians, but it was her 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's known as "The Mage" (under a disguise), a counselor and authority figure regarding magical threats.
  • Villain Has a Point: Nerissa has a point on how Himerish could have stopped the whole mess in Meridian easily, but didn't.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Can disguise herself using her magic.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Believes herself to be this, but seems to honestly believe 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: Quickly restructures her plans when new factors appear, like telling the rebels Jade is a 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.


  • A Father to His Men: He cares dearly for those under his command, and if he hadn’t been thrown into the Abyss of Shadows, Phobos’ guards might not have defected.
  • Anti-Villain
  • Badass
    • Handicapped Badass/Brought Down to Badass: He lost some of his muscle mass after he was sent into the Abyss of Shadows, but is still easily capable of tiring out Frost without the brute laying a hand on him.
  • Honor Before Reason: His sense of honor is one of his strongest traits.
  • The Dragon: Leads the Knights.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Doesn't want to involve a child (Jade) in their war.
  • Genius Bruiser: Is both strong and intelligent.
  • Noble Demon
  • 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Phobos.




The Tracker


     The Guardians 
Tropes that apply to all of them:

Will Vandom

Irma Lair

Taranee Cook

Cornelia Hale

Hay Lin

     Other Heroes 


  • 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.
    • Black and White Insanity: His views can border on this, like when he says he'll have everyone in villages that supported Phobos punished regardless of their reasoning.
  • Good Is Not Nice
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His dedication to hunting down Phobos' remaining loyalists is reaching a point where the Knights are finding him Not So Different from Cedric.
  • Rebel Leader: Well, one of them anyway.
  • Tempting Fate: After Caleb hears that Frost, Gargoyle and Sandpit are still at large (in addition to Tracker), 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.

Queen Elyon

  • Arch-Enemy: It seems she is being set up as Jade’s, since Jade’s primary motivation for staying with the Knights is to get back at the young queen for almost killing her.
  • 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’s supporters are still out there. It’s so loud, it felt like it shook the castle!
    • This happens again when she finds out that Miranda and Jade escaped on her visit to Kandrakar (luckily, this time there isn’t any castle shaking).
  • Freudian Excuse: Her betrayal by Miranda is the reason she's unwilling to trust Jade.
  • Good Is Not Nice
  • The High Queen
  • 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She is understandably horrified when she realized 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.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Himerish states that her emotional state can affect her powers, and that anger makes them stronger and harder to control.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She has a lot of power, but she has a hard time controlling it as of the time of this postage, due to her brother only covering how to access the energy, not how to properly utilize it.

Yan Lin



  • The Atoner: For the things he did when serving Phobos.
  • 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.
  • Ignorant Minion: Before his Heel-Face Turn, Phobos told him and his fellow soldiers lies about Earth and the Guardians to retain their loyalty.

Himerish the Oracle




  • Fantastic Racism: Has a scarily extreme loathing of shapeshifters, and he 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 parents. With Nerissa's lie that Jade is a shapeshifting experiment of Phobos, he is apparently planning another one...
  • Kick the Dog: Poor Miranda.
  • Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Kur is not afraid to speak his mind.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Is the most outright evil 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 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.

     Other Villains 

The Queen of the Shadowkhan


  • Big Bad: Averted. By the time the story starts he has already been defeated.
  • Blondes Are Evil: He has long blond hair.
  • 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 were the same species, meaning he didn't even have Fantastic Racism as an excuse for his cruelty.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Phobos delivers one to Caleb, telling him that it was the Guradians and Elyon who defeated him, not the Rebellion, which he considers a bunch of armed peasants.
    • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Vathek then points out that Phobos was pretty much dethroned by a group of teenage girls, causing everybody there to laugh at him
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Is currently imprisoned in the Infinite City.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He apparently killed his own parents (with a bit of help from Nerissa).





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