For sake of size, each team will have their own folder from this point on.
Tropes shared for all Shadowchasers:
- Action Girl: Any female Shadowchaser automatically qualifies as this.
- Badass: All of them are trained to know several combat techniques to use whenever dueling isn't an options as well as sharp dueling skills.
- Badass Biker: Most of them ride on D-Wheels (with the female Shadowchasers falling under Biker Babe).
- Badass Normal: Most of them are this, their skills augmented by a few learned by Shadowkind, although now and then, a few Shadowkind show up in the organization. (Jalal tries to discourage this, as it can cause issues with favoritism or bias.)
- Cool Sword: All Shadowchasers carry a sword that they use for non-dueling situations, with some exceptions.
- Distinguishing Mark: All Shadowchasers have a small mark on their face (that's only visible by Awares and Shadowkind) that indicates to others that they are a Shadowchaser.
- Heroes of Another Story: A lot of the Shadowchaser stories tend to happen simultaneously with one another. So most of the time, one adventure is happening the same time as another due to them being a world-wide organization.
- Heroes with Bad Publicity: According to the opening narrative at the start of Tournament of Shadows, the organization sometimes suffers from this because of some unfortunate incidents that have happened throughout history. As a result, relationships between the Shadowchasers and some parts of Shadowkind have been getting worse. The Shadowchasers are sometimes seen as oppressors and Jalal as a tyrant as a result. A big reason as to why Jalal even accepted Jean-Claude Martin's offer in the first place was because they wanted to repair some of their relationships with Shadowkind.
- The Men in Black: They focus on fighting supernatural forces that ordinary people don't even know exist.
- Oddly Small Organization: While they are a world-wide organization, there are only about 500 members total. Which compared to other international peace-keeping organizations, is pretty small.
- Rite of Passage: After clearing four tests, a Shadowchaser apprentice must do this before he/she can officially be considered a Shadowchaser. The Rite of Passage requires them to stop a Shadow-related threat on their own without the help of any of their teammates.
- Signature Card: All Shadowchasers are required to always carry a card called Jalal the Dragonborn with them. Later replaced with Dragonprince Jalal as of Torment (though fics whose settings take place beforehand still use the original version). The only exception is Jalal himself, who does not seem to have it.
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Neo Domino branch
Introduced in the original fic, the Neo Domino Shadowchasers serve as the main protagonists of the original fic and Power Primordial
. Due to where they reside, they are also the ones who are affected the most when it comes to the main plotline of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds
Ember (real name Eiko Michiko)
"Around midnight, something woke up in me… A small nudge that turned the doubt I was experiencing into excitement… And something occurred to me…I had made a wish right before Hebi-Na had attacked me… It seemed that my wish had come true."
The main protagonist of the original fic and Power Primordial
. Ember was originally a secretary who worked for Anthony Draco until she was almost killed by an ophidia assassin named Hebi-Na due to her Aware powers awakening. Fortunately for her, Shichiro intervenes in time and defeats Hebi-Na. Afterwards Shichiro tells her about the world behind the veil and about the Shadowchasers. After learning that she can see Shadowkind for what they are and that her life can never be the same as it was before, Ember joins the Shadowchasers with Jinx as her mentor. Later on, she is given the task to stop the Deluge from being casted on the Earth and confront the mastermind behind it, which she eventually succeeds in.
In Power Primordial
, Ember has already accommodated herself fully in her new life as a Shadowchaser. Later on she agrees to be Jetta's sponsor and helps her find the real culprit for the crime that she was accused of.
She later returns as one of the main characters in Tournament of Shadows
as one of the Shadowchasers currently participating in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament wherein she enters with the hopes of supporting a group called the "Hands of Sadako".
"I seem to remember you comparing yourself to Al Capone and me to Eliot Ness. Well, let me tell you something about Ness. He was a lawman to the core. He couldn’t be bribed, and he wasn’t scared by threats. That’s why he and his group were called the Untouchables. I’d say your comparison was right on the money."
One of the main characters of the original fic and Power Primordial
. Shichiro is regarded by most parts of Shadowkind to be the best Shadowchaser in Neo Domino. He is the one who saves Ember from almost being killed by Hebi-Na and the one to explain to her everything about the Shadowchasers and Shadowkind. Throughout the fic, there have been several hints about something that he had regretted doing two years prior to the events of the story.
- The Ace: Is said to be the best Shadowchaser in Neo Domino.
- Always Someone Better: For most of the original fic and in the first half of Power Primordial, he always feels like he's riding on Yusei's coattails. This could be why he ran a deck that was similar to Yusei's until Power Primordial wherein he finally makes a deck with his own identity in it.
- Badass in Distress: After losing to Soth in Power Primordial.
- Bad Dreams: In the original fic, he frequently gets dreams of seeing Junk Warrior, Exploder Dragonwing, Blackwing Armor Master and Archfiend General blocking his path, all of them angry at him. This reflects the guilt he feels for supposedly causing the disasters that befell Team Satisfaction. It is also this reason that he was initially reluctant in using Junk Synchron and Junk Warrior in his deck. After his duel with DaPen, the dream changes to Junk Warrior reasoning with the other three and ends with them no longer angry at him and finally letting him through.
- Big Eater: Temporarily becomes one when Edmund hits him with his Enervation spell after their duel.
- Bound and Gagged: Ember, Jinx, and Gears find him in this state after rescuing him from Soth during Power Primordial. Much to his embarrassment.
- The Chooser of The One: His Rose, Warrior of Revenge card, which he is allowed to keep until he finds someone who realizes his/her potential and understands the card's meaning. He later gives the card to Ember before she goes off to stop the Deluge after she finally understands its significance.
- Demoted to Extra: Only makes a cameo appearance in Tournament of Shadows.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: At some point, he managed to defeat a duelist that was using a F.G.D. - a monster whose ATK power surpasses even the Egyptian God cards and is speculated to be the avatar of the Dragon Queen Tiamat. Which seems to be a story that he never gets tired of sharing. He later repeats this feat during his duel with Trueman wherein he not only defeats one F.G.D., but two.
- Magical Seventh Son: Has six older brothers and his father also has six older brothers. Shichiro thinks this is the reason for him being an Aware.
- Meaningful Name: Shichiro which means "seventh son" (See Magical Seventh Son)
- The Mentor: Was this for Yusei Fudo, when he pursued his un-authorized project that would try to make a Sensitive into an Aware. It backfired and the two went their separate ways, only making up in the end of the original fic.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Shichiro upgrades his deck during Power Primordial going from Toolbox Warrior to a Six Samurai/Warrior hybrid of sorts.
- Old Shame: In-Universe example. Two years prior to the original fic, he pursued an un-authorized project that would try to make a Sensitive into an Aware. Unfortunately it didn't work out and he had a fallout with his apprentice. As a result, he blames himself for the bad things that happened to said apprentice and his friends. Eventually Jinx helps him realize that it wasn't his fault at all and makes peace with his old apprentice Yusei Fudo by the end of the fic.
- Samurai: Uses a Six Samurai deck from the middle of Power Primordial onwards.
- Signature Card: Colossal Fighter and Trymus the Conqueror.
- Why Did It Have To Be Spiders: He seems to dislikes spiders as seen during his duel with Matron Drizzera.
Jinx (real name Noriko Kaede)
"But this guy was smart, Ember. He knew something very important. He knew that he would never truly be a loser until he stopped trying. I wouldn’t call Abraham Lincoln a loser, would you?"
One of the main characters of the original fic and Power Primordial
. Jinx is a Shadowchaser that serves as Ember's mentor during her apprenticeship. It is known that during her apprenticeship, she took on a redcap Shadowkind as her final test. After defeating it, the redcap incinerated himself leaving nothing but a tooth behind. After learning more about them, she keeps the tooth as proof that she rid the world of a corruption of nature. It is for this reason that she runs a Gamble/X-Saber deck during the course of the original fic.
- Badass in Distress: After losing to DaPen in the original fic and to Menzoberra in Power Primordial.
- Barbarian Heroes/Nature Heroes: Her X-Sabers, which are said to be barbaric warriors whose powers are influenced by nature.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Bargain with Heaven: After her luck starts to wear out during her final duel against her boggart, she makes a silent prayer to the higher forces to let her luck hold out enough for her to survive the duel, with the promise that she would no longer rely on luck in duels, which was fortunately answered. In which she would then keep the promise she made by the time Power Primordial occurs.
- Battle Trophy: She keeps a redcap's tooth that she wears around her neck that she got from a redcap that she defeated during her Rite of Passage. She learned that one must keep the tooth as a sign that they have rid the world of a corruption of nature, and as a result will receive nature's blessings. It is this reason why she uses the X-Saber monsters, as their strengths are also derived from the forces of nature.
- Big Sister Mentor: To Ember in the original fic, although they are still like this in later fics. Jinx even says that Ember is like the younger sister that she never had.
- Cool Big Sis: To Ember.
- Demoted to Extra: Only makes a cameo appearance in Tournament of Shadows.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Runs mostly Earth monsters and supports them more extensively in Power Primordial.
- The Gambler: Half off her deck in the original fic uses Gamble cards. She stops using them completely after her final duel with her boggart, wherein her bad luck almost costs her the duel.
- Meaningful Nickname: Jinx, considering her good luck often means bad luck for her opponents. The name soon becomes The Artifact in Power Primordial considering she no longer uses her Gamble cards.
- Petting Zoo People: A few of her X-Sabers are Beast-Warriors. She also puts more focus on them in Power Primordial after removing her Gamble cards.
- Signature Card: X-Saber Urbellum and Shanalla the Fierce.
- What the Hell, Hero?: A rather tame example: When she gets angry because Ember is careless and went on an unauthorized mission without her permission, Jalal mentions that he "seems to remember" another Shadowchaser who did that a lot when she was an apprentice. (He's talking about Jinx.) Jinx is not able to deny it.
- X Makes Anything Cool: Her X-Saber deck.
Gears (real name Maurice Poston)
"Then I would likely forget all about the oath I took, and tie your tentacles in knots and cave your skull in against the wall until it was a bloody pulp." "Would anyone convict me for it? Would I even be disciplined for it? I don’t think so. Who would represent you if I killed you? No-one likes you folks, DaPen. No-one would even file a complaint at Shadowchaser Headquarters if I violated protocol when dealing with you. They’d say you got what you deserved, and sweep it under the carpet."
His reply after DaPen asks what his reaction would be if he had killed Jinx.
One of the main characters in the original fic and Power Primordial
. As the Shadowchaser with the most seniority and experience in his group, Gears serves as the de-facto leader of the Neo Domino Shadowchasers as well as their go-to guy when it comes to technology. It is said that years prior to Shichiro and Jinx joining, he came across an evil wizard that used Worm monsters, monster of Light and servants of the Light of Ruin that were far more cruel than the darkest of Fiends. Even after winning the duel, he still receives nightmares about them. It is for this reason that he uses the Allies of Justice - monsters that were blessed with the Healing Darkness in order to combat the Worm monsters should they ever return.
- Badass in Distress: After losing to DaPen in the original fic and to Rary in Power Primordial.
- Crippling Overspecialization: True to his deck's theme, most of the time he relies extensively on changing the attributes of his opponent's monsters. As a result, he tends to have problems with some non-Light using opponents.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Runs an Allies of Justice Deck. Contrast with his arch-nemesis Edmund.
- Demoted to Extra: Only makes a cameo appearance in Tournament of Shadows.
- Embarrassing First Name: Do not call him Maurice.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Is the one who built the D-Wheels that he and his teammates use.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Before he met Mistle, he was in love with another woman so much that they were both even close to marriage. However she was killed by the first worm-that-walks (later revealed to be Edmund's mentor) and was revived as a zombie. It is this reason that Gears hates Edmund so much.
- Interspecies Romance: With Mistle. Although he denies it, it is very obvious.
- Meaningful Name: See Gadgeteer Genius above.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: Aside from his Allies of Justice monsters, he also runs a few standard Machines in his deck.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In his duel with Jill, when he destroys Jill's "Golden Castle of Stromberg", it only triggers the second curse that Edmund placed which possesses Jill. When it happens, he actually says to himself that he should've just finished Jill off then and there so that the curse wouldn't have been triggered. He still wins in the end though.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Repeatedly says this about Mistle. Not that anyone believes him.
- Signature Card: Ally of Justice Catastor and Il Mathman the Artificier.
- Why Did It Have To Be Alien Monsters: Has a fear of Alien monsters which Edmund tries to capitalize during their last duel. Fortunately this only helps him get over it.
Las Vegas branch
Introduced in Risen Nemesis
, The Las Vegas Shadowchasers serve as the main protagonists of Risen Nemesis
General Tropes for this Branch
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They and the New York branch are competing to see which is the most eccentric Shadowchasers branch.
- Cloudcuckoolander: They all are rather eccentric to a certain degree, even Faye has her moments.
Hyde Ivan Vayne
The main protagonist of Risen Nemesis
and Dark City Chronicles
. Hyde was originally an ordinary detective until an incident occurred involving his former mentor Davidson
changed everything followed by his Awareness powers activating. By the end of Risen Nemesis, he officially leaves his team to do some soul-searching of his own, which leads him to his hometown New York City in Dark City Chronicles.
He also makes an appearance in the remake version of the fanfic Yu Gi Oh The Thousand Year Door
, a fic that takes place in the Shadowchaser universe 5 years before the events of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds
. For tropes about him that only apply in that fic, please look at that fic's corresponding character page.
Ace (real name Alice Drei)
One of the main characters of Risen Nemesis
. Ace serves as the newest and youngest member of the Las Vegas Shadowchasers that is until Jack and Mira join in by the end of the fic
. Young, brash and energetic, Ace usually has a tendency to get reckless as well as slack off during her shifts. Despite that, she is known to be quite passionate with what she does.
She later appears as one of the main characters of Tournament of Shadows
as one of the Shadowchasers currently participating in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament wherein she enters with the hopes of dueling Ember (who Ace considers to be her rival).
- The Ace: Claims that this is why it's her nickname calling herself "the ace hidden in the Shadowchasers' sleeve". Hyde responds by saying it's just because she hates her name.
- The Apprentice: To Faye during her apprenticeship.
- Badass Adorable: Kyon seems to think so.
- Beast of Battle/Petting Zoo People: Uses a Beast/Beast Warrior deck.
- Berserk Button: Unless you're really close to her, do not call her Alice.
- Bringing up Ember or her accomplishments is also another way to get her all riled up.
- She also does not like being mistaken for a boy (which happens to her a lot).
- Character Development: Later on in Risen Nemesis, Ace shows to be a lot more emotionally mature than she lets on, as her 2nd duels with Jack and Elrod show.
- Do Not Call Me Alice: Does not like it when people call her Alice. The only exceptions seem to be those who are close to her.
- Gamer Girl: She at least seems to be a very big fan of the Devil May Cry series, as her argument with Kenshin shows.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Says this about Kyon whenever others start getting the wrong idea about them. Although it is hinted that she may possibly reciprocate his feelings, but does not want to admit it.
- Hot-Blooded / Hair-Trigger Temper
- Killer Rabbit: A lot of her monsters tend to be on the cute side (such as Rescue Cat and Sea Koala), but have very deadly effects that allow Ace to trump stronger ones.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Due to her general appearance and personality.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Kyon's Feminine Boy.
- Open Secret: Her one-sided rivalry with Ember, which she frequently tries to deny but practically everyone on her team (and Kyon) already know about.
- Running Gag: Has a tendency to forget the names of people she meets and as a result causes her to mispronounce them, much to their dismay.
- Signature Card: Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest
- The Slacker: A female example. Despite being a good Shadowchaser, Ace has a tendency to cut her shifts in order to enjoy herself and/or get into trouble that ends up being more than she can chew. As a result, Hyde and Faye mostly end up punishing her by doing mundane chores such as scrubbing the floors of their HQ.
- Solo Sequence: In Tournament of Shadows wherein she is the only one in her team to partake in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament.
- Tomboy: As her nickname, personality and choice of clothing would suggest.
- Trademark Favorite Drink: Tomato juice from the looks of it.
- Training from Hell: During her apprenticeship days, though fortunately for her not to the extent of Barron's level.
- Tsundere: Type A towards Kyon. It's even lampshaded by Kyon himself.
- Unknown Rival: She considers herself to be Ember's rival, even though Ember doesn't know it (and the two have never met). Ace is jealous of the fact that, while they both entered the Shadowchasers at around the same time, Ember has accomplished a great deal more than she has. (One of her biggest goals in Tournament of Shadows is to duel Ember.)
- Vitriolic Best Buds: In "Tournament of Shadows", she and Kenshin seem to turn into this within minutes of meeting each other, first getting into a heated argument over whether Vergil or Sephiroth is a better villain, then eventually hugging and making up, then the chapter ending with Kenshin playing a joke on Ace and Ace wanting to kill her.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's actually a very competent Shadowchaser. Now if only he would stop spending most of his time flirting with women...
- Butt Monkey: At times.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Despite that he hits on almost every women he sees (and keeps their numbers on a little black book), he reveals in one of his narrations that he truly cares and respects each and everyone of them.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his off-goings and humorous quirks, you cannot deny that he is skilled at what he does.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his monsters of choice, he is a really nice and friendly person (if not a bit perverted).
- Strangely, it also applies to his monsters, who seem to have picked up his personality and antics judging from how they act while on the field.
- Hidden Depths: It is later revealed that he has a grudge towards the Envie Shadowkind due to an incident that involved one of them harming his older sister.
- Knife Nut: A heroic example. He is known to carry a pair of knives with him at times.
- The Legions of Hell: Primarily uses Fiend monsters.
- The Mentor: To Jack by the end of Risen Nemesis
- Running Gag: He is frequently called a "ganguro" by several characters much to his dismay, to the point he gets curious on what it means. No one ever answers that question.
- Signature Card: Chaos King Archfiend
- Training from Hell: It's heavily implied that his apprenticeship days were like this. (His mentor later appears in Shadowchasers: Dark City Chronicles, and his other students can vouch for this.)
- Wild Card: Has several decks at his disposal, each with a different strategy. So far he has used: Dark Worlds, Fiend Beatdown, Kuribohs and Steelswarm.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She does not take lightly to Hyde's smoking habits.
- Light 'em Up: Primarily uses Light Fairy monsters.
- The Mentor: Was Ace's mentor during her apprenticeship. And to Mira as well by the end of Risen Nemesis.
- Mentor Ship: With Sieg when he was still alive.
- Not So Different: It is revealed that she used to be a smoker like Hyde but dropped the habit a long time ago. When she finally reunites with Hyde and catches him smoking again towards the end of Risen Nemesis, she doesn't scold him for it and actually asks for a stick herself in order to relieve herself with what she went through.
- Only Sane Woman: Most of the time
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Despite her rather petite stature, she is quite capable of tossing and doing huge physical harm to characters who are a lot bigger than her.
- Qipao: Wears one as her standard attire (but with a jacket over it and bike shorts underneath).
- Signature Card: Guardian Angel Joan
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Sieg seeing as he was revived to serve Xue Yin.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Ace's tomboy.
- The Ace: Back when he was still alive.
- Back from the Dead/Came Back Wrong: Was revived as a kyonshi and bound to serve Xue Yin.
- Face-Heel Turn: Technically speaking, as he is bound to serve his master Xue Yin, who works for the antagonists.
- Fallen Angels: Uses a Darklord deck during his second and final duel with Faye. According to him, it represents his status as a former Shadowchaser who died in the line of duty.
- Light 'em Up: Used Light Fairy monsters.
- The Mentor: Was this for Faye which later led to a...
- Mentor Ship: Was Faye's mentor during her apprenticeship and they were also together at the time.
- Posthumous Character
- Rescue Romance: How he and Faye first met. When she was still in her studies, he rescued her from being attacked by a Shadow that tried to take her by force.
- Signature Card: Athena
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Faye, considering they're in opposite sides.
- Token Good Teammate: Even after he's revived as a kyonshi and serves Xue Yin, he still retains the virtues and characteristics he had when he was still alive.
Jack Harken For more information on Jack, please look at the "Other Important Characters" folder below
Mira Lonbell For more information on Mira, please look at the "Other Important Characters" folder below
Introduced in Torment
, the Chicago Shadowchasers serve as some of the main characters of that fic.
"You’d best tell me where Ravel is, fellah, I’ve never shot a disabled man before, but I’m willing to start if you don’t cooperate."
A former member of the United States Marines who serves at one of the main characters of Torment
and the narrator of Ascension
- Bald of Awesome
- Cool Gun: Carries an enchanted blunderbuss around.
- Cool Old Guy: Is said to be in his 50s but is still more than capable of holding his own against the toughest of Shadowkind, whether on the duel field or in combat.
- Deal with the Devil: He enters something similar in the climax, and what makes it an unusual case is that it is his idea. When Karl is injured and possibly dying from a powerful attack during the three-on-three duel with the Doomdreamers, Dugan makes an offer to the Triad, saying that if they heal Karl now enough for him to finish the duel, he'll wager his own soul on the outcome of the duel and promise it to Tharizdun if his side loses. They accept the offer; fortunately, Dugan and his two partners win.
- The original wager he made with the Flying Dutchman before he became a Shadowchaser might qualify (possibly better defined as Chess with Death) although this had a twist; the Dutchman actually won, but Dugan's true intent had been to stall until the sun came up, sinking his ship and rendering the Dutchman and his crew powerless.
- Demoted to Extra: Only makes a cameo appearance in Tournament of Shadows.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: Uses a Scrap deck. But this trope is subverted in that only a few of them are actually Machine-Types.
- The Mentor: Was Nichole and Karl's mentor during their apprenticeship and became Francis' mentor as of Tournament of Shadows. (We can assume Francis graduated by the time he appears in Conspiracy.)
- Narrator: Of Ascension.
- Oh Crap: Happens twice in Torment when Tiberius summons Evil HERO Dark Gaia against him in both of their duels (although the second time was in a 3-on-3 duel.
Dugan stepped back in fear. Sweat poured down his brow.
Tiberius: Well… Judging by the look on your face, it seems I've finally managed to make the great Major Jacob Dugan loose his nerve…
- Then a few chapters later...
Dugan: No! Not that!
Tiberius: Seems I've made you lose your nerve again!
- Sergeant Rock: He's officially retired from the United States Marines, but he was clearly like this when on active duty.
- Signature Card: Scrap Dragon
- Scheherezade Gambit: While in the marines, he wagered his soul in a game of chess against the Flying Dutchman. Dugan lost, but it didn't matter, as his true plan was actually to stall for time until the sun rose, which caused the villain's ship to sink, crippling him and his crew.
- You Owe Me: Or rather, he promises that he will owe Taka Kyodai in exchange for his help.
"I don’t know if I think you’re crazy or I’m starting to like you."
One of the main characters of Torment
. Nicole is unique in that not only is she a member of the Shadowchasers, but also a follower of the St. Cuthbert and a member of his House, a charity group that acts as a soup kitchen and homeless shelter. Prior to Torment
, her older brother Mark was part of a gang called the Blue Serpents until an incident occurred that led to him being framed for murder.
She later appears as one of the main characters in Tournament of Shadows
as one of the Shadowchasers currently participating in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament wherein she enters with the hopes of supporting St. Cuthbert's House.
- Amazonian Beauty: She plays an Amazoness Deck, so most of her monsters qualify. Nichole herself might too, depending on who you ask.
- Amazon Brigade: Her monsters of choice tend to be the Amazoness archetype along with individual female monsters (with the lone exception being Dragonprince Jalal).
- The Apprentice: Was Dugan's apprentice during her apprenticeship.
- Baleful Polymorph: Happens to her in "Torment" after losing to Lorelei, who turns her into a cat (something Lorelei often does to victims); she's rescued by Ben right before the curse becomes irreversible.
- Clear My Name: Not her own name, but a big reason for joining both the Shadowchasers and St. Cuthbert's House was to clear her brother, who used as a fall-guy for the Shadowkind crimelord Madison Vance and framed for murder. After she and the other Shadowchasers of Chicago apprehended Vance, she was successful.
- Defiant to the End: A variation occurs in "Torment" after she loses to Lorelei; the Doomdreamer offers to still give her the antidote and spare her the effect of the Baleful Polymorph, if she willing submits and becomes her slave. Nicole's response to that is rather weak, but it's still a refusal.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: In Tournament of Shadows, a Blue Knight is intimidated by her, saying that he's "not comfortable around gals that are more ripped than" he is. Given her glum reaction afterwards, this sort of thing happens to her a lot.
- Secret Weapon: Crescent Moon Queen, a very rare and powerful card given to her by her brother. She had dreamed of using this card against Sven, the leader of the Blue Serpents, whom she blamed for Mark going to prison; however, Dugan forbade her from confronting Sven in the raid against the Serpents, as doing so would have jeopardized the plan. Still, she was able to fulfill her dream at least symbolically; in the Temple of All Consumption, she was able to duel a replica of Sven when she was forced to reenact a fight that represented a major turning point in her life.
- Signature Card: Nichole has no signature card in particular but she does use Amazoness Queen a lot.
- Solo Sequence: In Tournament of Shadows wherein she is the only one in her team to partake in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament.
- An Ice Person: Karl's deck is an Ice Barrier deck, as a way for him to cope with his fear of fire.
- The Apprentice: Was Dugan's apprentice during his apprenticeship.
- Child Prodigy: Has known to be doing work beyond his age level since he was seven.
- Cool Shades: Wears silver, opaque shades when he appears in Conspiracy.
- Making a Splash: Only technically considering his monsters are all Water-attributed but have more of an Ice-theme instead. He does run general Water support however.
- Magic from Technology: According to Jemorille, as of Conspiracy, he has advanced his skills to the point that he is now an actual techno-mage; he has not been shown using these skills yet, so the extent of what he can do is not known.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of Torment he leaves his team in order to continue his studies at a university, putting him on reserve status. He hasn't been seen since then, and by Tournament of Shadows, the Chicago Shadowchasers have found a new member in his absence.
- Science Hero: Qualifies as this, possibly even more as of Conspiracy.
- Science Fantasy / Space Opera: What his new deck seems to be based on in Conspiracy.
- Signature Card: The Ice Barrier Dragons in Torment; in Conspiracy, it appears (at the moment) to be Blackjammer.
- The Smart Guy: Was the one who created SAL, the portable computer he carries around.
- Why Did It Have To Be Fire: He has a fear of fire due to an unfortunate incident that he had when he was younger. It doesn't help that some of his opponents capitalize his fear by using Fire monsters against him.
- Aroused by Their Voice: SAL is described as having a "very sexy female voice". Nichole once asked Karl why that was the case, in which Karl replies that it's natural for AI voices to have that kind of voice. (which Nichole doesn't get due to not being that much of a fan of science fiction.)
- Distaff Counterpart/Shout-Out: To HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Living Lie Detector: She has a function that allows her to detect the percentage of how truthful someone's statement is. This allows Lareth to realize that the Triad have no plans at all to include him in their diabolical scheme.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Karl
- Put on a Bus: Along with Karl.
- Robot Buddy: Technically, SAL is a portable computer, not a robot, but it has incredibly advanced AI, and acts as a companion with many uses.
Dugan's latest apprentice after Karl leaves to study at a university. Makes a brief cameo in Tournament of Shadows
- The Apprentice: To Dugan, starting in Tournament of Shadows. (Presumably graduated as of Conspiracy.)
- Ascended Extra: He plays a much bigger role in Conspiracy.
- Badass Biker: Well, all Shadowchasers with D-Wheels count, but Francis even more so, seeing as he was first runner-up in the AMA Motorcross Championship. (His opponents tease him for "only" coming in second, clearly not knowing how big an event that is.)
- The Cameo: In Tournament of Shadows.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Sort of. He was first alluded to (though not by name) during the epilogue of Torment, but doesn't appear in person until Tournament of Shadows.
- Our Dragons Are Different / Elemental Powers: His Dragon Deck centers around the four main Dragon Rulers, but has several unique cards that take advantage of them.
- Shout-Out: In his first appearance in Conspiracy, he wears a t-shirt with a picture of Yosemite Sam on it.
- Tattoo as Character Type: His two tattoos - one on each forearm - probably mean something, but it's not known yet what. On one arm is a scantily clad elf maiden with eagle wings beside a golden sun-like image. The other arm seems to be a Dark Counterpart of the other, showing a scantily clad dark elf version of the same maiden, with bat like wings, beside an ominous moon image.
Los Angeles branch
Introduced in City of Angels
, written by MichaelDJ54. They form the protagonists of that fic.
The most agreed upon leader of the team, a hero with a dark past a loose cannon among the organization.
- The Atoner: He is a former member of the Sons of Tyranny.
- Badass Longcoat
- Cool Shades
- Crazy-Prepared: He shows signs of this. For example, when he duels Angua in a Turbo Duel, he anticipates facing a Special Pursuit Deck, and includes a copy of Remove Brainwashing in his deck.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Uses a Dark Counterpart Deck, along with a few fanmade cards he obtains midway through the fic, such as Dark Gear Golem and Dark Battle Ox. He does not use Dark Armed Dragon, however, for personal reasons.
- Drunk with Power: The reason he found Underground Dueling, the Sons of Tyranny, and being friends with Vlad, exciting at first. He eventually regretted all of it.
- Interspecies Romance: He once dated an ophidia named Sandra, who introduced him to Underground Dueling, which led to his association with the Sons of Tyranny. The relationship ended badly, but he very supportive towards the ophidia as a result.
- No Sense of Humor: Well, not usually, anyway.
A member of the team and also a duelist in the Pro League, he is a skilled duelist and a deadly martail artist.
- Disability Superpower: Blindness has honed his other senses to near-supernatural levels.
- Handicapped Badass: He’s blind. What makes this even more remarkable is, he can actually pilot a D-Wheel despite it.
- Hometown Hero: This tends to be rare for Shadowchasers, because usually most Mundanes don't even know who they are. Jerian is a rare exception. Being in the Pro Leage seems to make him somewhat of a celebrity in LA, even among some Mundanes.
- I Gave My Word: He promises to abide by Ankoku’s terms until the duel between them is complete. When she deliberately breaks the law by summoning a demon and he threatens to arrest her, she calls him out on this. He grudgingly agrees to it.
- Good Is Not Nice: He really has no patience for people who try to test it, and often uses muscle on crooks who do so.
- Light 'em Up: Uses a Lightsworn Deck
- The Mentor: To Damien
A man with a mysterious past. Although he is officially a Shadowchaser, he doesn’t seem to officially be part of the team.
- Badass: Oh God yes. He skydives, fights a cambion to a draw, beats up SIN monsters, and lets not get started how cool his explosions are.
- Combat Pragmatist: Why fight monsters with some stupid sword when you can just blow them up?
- Casanova Wannabe: He seems this way. He tends to hit on everyone including the under-aged Jessica.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: He’s a specialist in many areas, one reason why he tends to work alone.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Everyone says he looks just like Sean Connery. (He acts like him a bit too, or rather, some of his characters.)
- No Name Given: In fact, it's not clear yet why he's called "Fourteen".
- Oh Crap: His reaction when he realizes just how strong Toguro is. (Basically, about ten times that of the average man.)
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Stuff Blowing Up: His deck has a theme that focuses on explosions and bombs, and he uses a lot of real ones in non-dueling situations.
A junk homunculus, and an honorary member of the Los Angeles team. Apparently, he and Damien met when Damien found him in a junkyard.
- Amnesiac Hero: Apparently, he doesn’t remember anything up to the time Damien found him in that junkyard. Where he came from or who built him, he doesn’t know.
- Badass Longcoat: Justified in his case, because the veil that conceals Shadowkind cannot hide him from Mundanes, he wears one along with a large hat when he goes out in public.
- Deadpan Snarker: Well, at least he tries to be one. Oftentimes his non-human nature makes his attempt at humor somewhat lame.
- Mechanical Lifeform: Along with being one himself, he uses Junk Monsters, including ones used by Kuzuyama in the anime. (The author has said that he does not have Yusei’s Synchros.)
- Undying Loyalty: To Damien. He feels very bad after he’s injured in his first duel with Vlad.
Another unofficial member of the team and an officer in the LAPD, she met Damien after her abilities as a lycanthrope manifested at puberty causing a mad rampage. Her alliance with the Shadowchasers keeps the bestial side of her in check… Most of the time.
- Cowboy Cop: Has a tendency towards this.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Uses a Naturia Deck, at least for Ground Duels.
- Easily Forgiven: Her initial rampage nearly caused a mass-outbreak of lycanthropy in Los Angeles, and Damien had to convince Jalal not to hold her legally accountable. Of course, the condition for this is, he agreed to take responsibility if it happens again, one of the biggest reasons they are so close.
- Fair Cop: At least in human form.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Well, more or less. (Werewolf, specifically. She’s more or less like the typical one when in beast form, but rather decent any other time.)
- What the Hell, Hero?: She chews off Jessica after hearing about her attempts to investigate her old house without notifying anyone in the team, which almost got her killed by Lazarus if it weren't for Humphrey's intrusion.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Anger tends to cause her to revert to beast form, so yeah.
Introduced in Ascension
. The Boston Shadowchasers serve as the main protagonists of that fic. Since the American Revolution, Jalal has always ensured that the Boston branch was always a full team and formed out of some of the best members of the organization. This is because Boston is the location where the key that would open Tharizdun's prison is located.
Jebediah Johan Belmont (Jeb)
- Awesome McCoolname: Honestly, "Jebediah Johan Belmont" is pretty cool.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: Emphasized in his duel with Xon, in which he does something that devils have specialized in for eons: Loophole Abuse. Specifically, he sacrifices his Number 39: Utopia and another monster to Tribute Summon the Tyrant Neptune. Due to Neptune's effect, it gains Utopia's name, meaning that it technically is a Number, and is able to defeat Xon's Number 17: Leviathan Dragon in battle.
- Confusion Fu: Likes to fool his opponents into thinking he runs a Toolbox Warrior deck until he springs out his ace monster, which varies from duel to duel.
- I Should Write a Book About This: Writes a book that's inspired by his team's ordeal with Jalie at the end of Ascension.
- Monkeys on a Typewriter: While writing, he refrences this parable to describe demon society and explain why they have failed to win the Blood War, despite the fact that they vastly outnumber the devils.
- Rapid Aging: Happens to him whenever he loses Life Points during his duel with Xon. Fortunately for him, it was only temporary.
- Running Gag: Duels devils who use the term "mortal" to him as an insult at least three times in Ascension. He is not amused by this.
- Signature Card: Has one that changes every duel. But if you had to pick one, "The Grand Jupiter" is the most likely candidate, as it is the ace monster that's featured the most during his duels.
- The Smart Guy: Is known to be very well-read as well as being a writer himself.
- Wild Card: His deck looks like a Toolbox Warrior Deck at first, but always has a surprise in it, using a different ace monster each time (and occasionally more than one). He has been known to use most of the Legendary Planets, as well as several powerful - if unorthodox - Warriors, like Ogroth the Relentless
The town of Backwater, Nebraska is a place where every citizen is either a Shadowkind or an Aware human. As you might expect, the Shadowchasers who keep the peace here are a special and diverse group. First appearing in the Twice Told Tales
anthology fic by 7th Librarian, they appear as the main protagonists in the Shadowchasers: Backwater
trilogy. For more information about them look at the the respective page of the fic.
They are introduced and serve as the main characters of the fic Shadowchasers: Dragon Lords
. For more information about them, please look the fic's respective character page.
These are Shadowchasers who either have a more important role in the organization as a whole (like Jalal), ones who're the only featured member of their teams (or ones whose branch is unknown), or those who aren't associated with a specific branch and either operate solo or travel around supporting other teams.
(first apppearance), All Shadowchaser stories
The immortal founder and leader of the Shadowchasers. About 1000 years ago, Jalal was the son of a powerful dragon called Jamor Stormbringer. But one day, Jamor's rival Malys sent an assassin to kill Jamor in his sleep, which resulted in him suffering endlessly and unable to die due to his immortality. In order to stop his father's suffering, he convinced his father to transfer his immortality to him. Afterwards he goes off to avenge his father. While he slays Malys, the assassin escapes after an attempt on his life. With his father's and Malys' fortune as well as a very long life ahead of him, Jalal creates the Shadowchasers, an organization that establishes the peace between humans and Shadowkind in order to have a purpose. He is the only character in the Shadowchaser
series to make an appearance in all stories.
- Ascended Extra: Despite how important he is, he played a relatively minor role in each story, until Soulscape, where he was the star.
- Assassin Outclassin': Although he is the only Shadowchaser not under the protection of the Knights of Domiel, he doesn't need it. Attempts on his life happen rather frequently, and almost none ever come close to succeeding. As he tells Taramanda, with a sarcastic tone, if a week goes by without it happening at least once, he thinks something is wrong.
- Ironically, Tarmanda almost succeeded in "Power Primordial", lacing her cards with a venom that, while incapable of actually killing him, could have reduced him to a vegetive state. The chapter in question pointed out that Jalal is somehat prepared for the rare things that are lethal to him, having compiled a list of them after a close call many years ago.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the Shadowchasers and more than fully capable of kicking ass when it comes to dueling or in combat.
- Benevolent Boss: He is described by his men to be someone who'd "give you the shirt of his back". And considering where he shops, that's saying something.
- Berserk Button: One of the things he does not take kindly to is people who insult his mother with terms like "bitch".
- Big Fancy House: His manor, which serves as a front whenever he interacts with Mundanes. (His real house is at Shadowchaser Headquarters; it's also big, but far more practical.)
- Big Good: He fills the role in every Shadowchasers story.
- BFG: Jalal's last resort is a magical M16A2 assault rifle, which is known for being capable of killing the lord of the Nightmare Court.
- Break the Haughty: This happened once in the past, appearently. He was once considered himself nearly untouchable due to his immortality (something referred to as Baldur’s Complex among Shadowkind, after the Norse God who was nearly immortal, but perished due to the one thing that his mother overlooked when making him such) and a close call with a Sphere of Annihilation quickly made him realize otherwise. He learned from this, however, and spent a good deal of time researching any potential weaknesses an enemy could use.
- Bystander Syndrome: He was aware of several of the threats from Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, but decided they weren't the Shadowchasers' concern because they didn't involve any of Shadowkind. However, after seeing how dangerous several of them were, he's become wary and briefed the Shadowchasers on threats like The Seal of Orichalcos, The Light of Ruin, and Darkness.
- He did however, have the organization take a very active - though covert - role in combating Yliaster after Rex Godwin's death, as explained briefly in the author's guidelines, and had a far-more drastic plan in place in case the Signers ultimately failed to stop Z-One.
- Celibate Hero: As mentioned in one Shadowchaser File, Jalal has never married or ever been close to a woman. His reason is simple: if he let himself fall in love with someone, he would not only outlive her, but any offspring as well, likely causing him heartbreak. Thus, he has avoided relationships his entire life. The closest thing he's ever had to a family is his surrogate daughter Judy, the first exception he's ever made.
- Complete Immortality: Not only can he not die, but any form of injury doesn't seem to faze him one bit.
- Cultured Badass: He has lived a very long life and is incredibly knowledgeable with things such as etiquette and art.
- A Day in the Limelight: Soulscape is this for him.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's usually very serious, but he can be very sarcastic to people who annoy him.
Xvartnar: Are you calling my job pointless?
Jalal: No. The Battle of New Orleans was pointless, but it still made Andrew Jackson a hero. You’re just annoying.
- Drunk with Power: This is the reason he avoids using his powerful magical assault rifle all the time, so that he can avoid being this. When Shichiro asks him why he still bothers with his sword, Jalal replies that whenever someone possesses a powerful weapon and becomes too dependent on it, they eventually start thinking they're invincible. He admits that everytime he's had no choice but to use his magical assault rifle, he feels a huge rush of power inside him, even thinking that he might as well put a huge "J" in front of his armor. As a result, he always makes sure to lock it away in order to avoid its temptation.
- Eccentric Millionaire: Mundane humans who know about him regard him this way, and by the technically definition of "eccentric", they really aren't far off.
- Fantastic Racism: He (and his organization) get accused of this every so often.
- A Father to His Men: Is incredibly protective towards his men.
- Fiction500: Possibly fits the bill. After all, his wealth started with two dragon hordes, the one he inherted from his father and the one he took from Malys, and he's been profoting from investments for the past millennia. One source mentions that the bulk of hi fortune is kept in a bank that only poweful magic users have access too where many actual gods store their funds.
- First Name Basis: He's like this with almost everyone, whether they work for him or not, and it works both ways in most cases. Only the most formal people call him "Mr. Stormbringer" or any other title (other than "boss", on occasion). He doesn't call Dugan by his first name, but then, no-one does. Maybe he simply refrains from doing so in cases when he knows it offends someone like with Gears who hates his first name "Maurice".
- From a Single Cell: It is not known if his regeneration abilities are truly this powerful, but some have commented that he could recover from a small piece of flesh, or from burnt ashes. There are a few things that could truly kill him, like a Sphere of Annihilation.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-dragon
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Uses a Dragon deck. Jalal himself can also qualify.
- Knighting: This is how he officially inducts an apprentice as an official Shadowchaser. Complete with vows and finally ending it with a (non-painful) cut to their face with his sword, which creates the Shadowchaser mark that identifies them.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Could be considered this during his time.
- Made of Iron: Due to his Complete Immortality.
- Made of Explodium: An odd variation of the Trope occurs in "Twice Told Tales" during a very violent fight with a homunculus in which his blood his spilled. He ignites the spilled blood, showing it to be as volatile as Greek fire, which incinerates the creature. (He later claims that this "talent" came from his draconic helitage; apparently, dragon blood is a highly-flammable liquid if exposed to air for a certain amount of time.)
- Magic Knight: Describes him pretty well, as far as his own abilities go. His plate armor fits the trope even more as it's made from the hide of Malys, the red dragon responsible for his father's death.
- Never Live It Down: Two In-Universe examples, the first, a minor humorous one: There was a time in which he misidentified the minotaur Terra Ironhoof as a male (due to his assumption that minotaurs were a male-only species), which resulted in Terra pummeling him. This led to some people to call him "Jalal the Dragonblind". (In his defense, there had never been a confirmed report of a female minotaur before then; pretty much everyone assumed that they were Always Male.)
- A more major and serious example is his loss to Vladimir Bloodletter and the incompetentcy the Shadowchasers showed during the incident.
- Old-School Chivalry: He staunchly maintains this, even though he admits that it is becoming out of style. He seems to be one of the only Shadowchasers that cares about Hebi-Na after she is inflicted by the Bells of Baphomet, and volunteers to undertake the mission that could cure her on his own.
- Old Shame: In-Universe Example. The incident with Vladimir Bloodletter for him and the organization as a whole.
- Omniglot: Having lived so long, he's learned many languages, both of human and Shadowkind origin, and as a result, often acts as a mediator in disputes among Shadowkind races. (In modern times, however, the Shadowchasers have invented a universal translator that makes linguistic skills unneeded. Still, it's a useful skill to have.
- Papa Wolf: It's strongly hinted that he acts this way towards Judy. Or would, if she were threatened.
- Power at a Price: It has been established that any mortal who achieves immortality will eventually be driven insane from his mind gaining more information than it was ever meant to hold. This was the biggest reason for Jalal's founding of the Shadowchasers, to give his life a purpose that would stave off madness for as long as possible. Considering the scope of his job, he's succeeded admirably thus far, but knows he cannot last forever, and hopes to retire soon, giving his immortality to an heir who is willing to take it. (His ward Judy is the most likely candidate.)
- Really 700 Years Old: He's slightly more than a thousand years old, and does not age.
- Red Pill, Blue Pill: In Ascension, he reveals that when he first set foot in America during 1789 to expand the Shadowchasers' operation, he met Unity-of-Rings - who offered him the task of keeping the knowledge of the location of one of the pieces of the key to Tharizdun's prison. If he refused, he would leave without any recollection of the knowledge and if he accepted, he would be promised the glories of heaven. Seeing that inhabitants of the Upper Plane rarely make such requests to mortals and saw it as a sign that he saw promise in his organization, Jalal agreed.
- Series Mascot: Probably the most iconic character in the series considering how prevalent he is in every fic, including spin-offs.
- Son of a Whore: What some of his detractors think of him as, or claim he is. This is a subversion, however; in truth, she was simply a farmer, and Happily Married to his father.
- Supreme Chef: As stated in "Soulscape", this is one of many skills he's picked up over centuries of travel. He doesn't use it often (usually only cooking when Judy visits).
- Tabloid Melodrama: He claims he has been a victim of this (usually from newspapers that only Shadowkind have access to) "since the printed periodical replaced the town crier". Claims that his mother was his father's love slave or part or a harem of them are common. It barely bothers him anymore.
- The Team Benefactor: He funds the entire organization and the needs of his men with his personal fortune, which is believed to be incredibly vast. It started out by inheriting his father's horde and taking that of Malys, but it has grown over the millennia due to careful investing.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: According to Shichiro, it's very hard to make Jalal angry... But if someone does manage to do so... Watch out.
A Shadowchaser who belongs to a "free-floating" team stationed in Raleigh, North Carolina (once a major hotbed of dark supernatural evil) who is available as "free-floaters" to aid any team in the United States, she first appears in the original fic, then reappearing in Conspiracy
- Ascended Extra: Appears to playing a much larger role in Conspiracy compared to her role in the original fic.
- Big Badass Bird of Prey/Blow You Away: Uses a Mist Valley deck along with other Wind monsters.
- Identical Stranger: Her Mist Valley Falcon is described as having similar appearances with Sofia herself. Also, Philip's card Vala the Chaser looks a little like her too.
- Interspecies Romance: With Philip, an elf.
- Nice Hat: Wears a cowboy hat when not riding her D-Wheel.
- Put on a Bus: Was not seen at all after the first fic, until...
- The Bus Came Back: The first chapter of Conspiracy, where it seems she plays a bigger role in the plot.
- Starcrossed Lovers: Her situation with Philip might be seen this way.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Several years prior to the events of Conspiracy, she and Philip were in love, but five years ago, he disappeared. In the first chapter of Conspiracy, he reappears, and the feelings he has for her are clearly still there, but he either can't or won't renew their relationship for mysterious reasons obviously related to the plot of the story.
- Adventure Archaeologist
- Alternate History: His second deck (used in Conspiracy, is based around this, but goes much further back in time than most examples of the Trope, with monsters that explore possibilities that might have occurred had dinosaurs not gone extinct. His Battletitan is a card that suggests a possibility if they existed among mankind and were trainable, while his Tyranno Octavius represents what would happen if they became the dominant species.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Mainly uses Rock and Earth monsters.
- Fossil Revival: In his first appearance, he uses Jim's Fossil Fusion monsters from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: When he finally gets fed up with Ezekiel's "fire and brimstone" sermon (which makes little sense) he responds with a far more inspiring quote from the Good Book: Psalm 23:4, right before he summons Jalal's card.
A Shadowchaser from Scotland whose name has become quite legendary among the Shadowchasers as well as the caber toss champion at the Scottish Highland Games for five years running. Also makes an appearance as one of the contestants of the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament in Tournament of Shadows
- Cool Old Guy: He's at least sixty-years old but is still quite fit and muscular for a man his age.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When talking to Maddie in chapter 3:
Edgar: “I’ve seen goblins, dark elves, death priestesses, zombies… I’ve seen dark elf death priestesses commanding mobs of goblin zombies, even…"
- Living Legend: He has played important roles in several major conflicts in the past that his achievements in the organization would take a book to write about.
- The Mentor: To Maddie and five other former apprentices.
- Noodle Incident: He has a few of them, but there seems to be enough information to apply other Tropes to them:
- Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: He tells Maddie he “fought an erinyes temptress from Hell, outwitted another, and I think I might have dated another…”
- Gladiator Games: He also mentions that he “fought in the Hall of the Vanquished both as a prisoner of the place and a second time because I was invited…” (Interestingly enough, this place is also mentioned by Zanth in Tournament of Shadows, but he doesn’t describe it either.)
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: When he expresses his skepticism of The Greys, Maddie mentions how his mentor was a Shadowkind wildlife expert who “said the very idea of a lycanthrope who turned into an animal that wasn’t at least partially carnivorous was absurd”, and then mentions an encounter with a were-gorilla in Niger. (Edgar admits it, but then adds that he was “under a rather odd ancestral curse."
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He uses an Exodia Deck in Conspiracy, but Exodia doesn't seem to be all-too evil in this case; when his opponent's cursed cards try to kill her, Exodia seems to save her.
- Trojan Prisoner: His plan for infiltrating Scath's temple. (Scath is on to him, unfortunately, but he does have a plan-B.)
Edgar's sixth apprentice and (later) full-fledged partner. Also makes an appearance as one of the contestants in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament in Tournament of Shadows
. She later appears, along with Edgar, in Ascension
- The Apprentice: To Edgar in Torment. By Ascension, she becomes his full-fledged partner.
- Beginner's Luck: It sure seems this way, seeing that she was able to defeat Scath (a lizard king and clearly no pushover) in a duel. (Scath likely demanded that she duel him rather than Edgar because she'd be easier to defeat and would be worth more as a sacrifice, a decision he later regretted.)
- Mook Maker/Zerg Rush: Her deck's strategy focuses on her swarming the field with Token monsters for either her personal use or to her opponent's disadvantage. In Conspiracy, this is expanded to including low-leveled Normal Monsters.
- Plucky Girl
Penelope Le Russe
- Ascended Extra: Only had a minor role and appeared only in one chapter in Torment, then later has a slightly larger role in Ascension.
- Amazon Brigade: Her deck contains mainly female monsters, except for Quickdraw Synchron whom she seems to be fond off and Dragonprince Jalal, who is a mandatory card for all Shadowchasers (though she's never been seen using it).
- Badass in Distress: With Red Feather in one part of Ascension.
- Canada, Eh?: Averted. She doesn't fit the stereotype at all.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-elf.
- Lady of War
- Lovely Angels: With Red Feather during Ascension. (The two seem to have become friends in Conspiracy, hinting it might happen again.)
- Magic Music: She is skilled at bardic magic, spells that are channeled through music. She uses panpipes as a focus.
- Signature Card: Chevalier de Fleur
Red Feather (formerly White Feather)
- The Atoner: Her backstory. Though by the time she appears, she has already resolved it.
- Badass in Distress: With Penelope in one part of Ascension.
- Berserk Button: While she's an enviromentalist, she doesn't take it to the extreme like PETA does and hates it when she is compared to them.
- She also tends to get enraged at anyone who hurts or abuses wildlife. When Lorelei killed a faun in Ascension, the fact that she was hunting where it was illegal was bad enough; the fact that it was clearly done for sport, leaving the carcass to rot, crossed the line. As it turned out, Lorelei had wanted to make Red Feather angry, because she wanted to get her attention; Red Feather was her real target.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Was first mentioned in a Shadowchaser file before making a full-fledged appearance in Ascension.
- Famed in Story: A rare case where this Trope applies to a character who does not like it. As stated in Conspiracy, she has more admirers than she cares for, and while she stays away from computers, other Shadowchasers have told her about "deviations" being made in her "honor" on deviantART. (Apparently, even second-hand descriptions tell too much.) She tries very hard to ignore them.
- Fusion Dance: Uses an Elemental HERO deck.
- I Work Alone: When she appears in Conspiracy, she tells Penelope that the incident in Ascension was "probably the first time I ever worked with a partner".
- Lovely Angels: With Penelope during Ascension.
- Ludd Was Right: She holds this philosophy, more or less, but isn't as extreme as most examples, disliking technology and seeing it as a key reason for the pollution and damage to the environment. (She does use a Duel Disk and an old Jeep Wrangler for transportation, but it is stated she doesn't even like using those.)
- Meaningful Rename: She used to go by "White Feather", which was a symbol of purity she desired to restore nature to. After her naivete caused her to recruit members to her environmentalist group that later caused an act of eco-terrorism and being punished for it, she started calling herself "Red Feather" after joining the Shadowchasers, because the color white could no longer fit her, and to remind her of the pain that she went through in order to lose her naivete.
- Nature Heroine: Cherishes nature and uses a Nature-themed Elemental HERO deck.
- No Name Given: Whatever her real name is, she doesn't use it anymore.
- Reformed Criminal: Not really a criminal, but when she first arrived on Earth, she naively allowed a group of extremists to join her environmentalist group which led to her taking the blame for an act of eco-terrorism that they caused in her group's name. During her sentence, she learned about the Shadowchasers and after being released, asked Jalal if she could join the organization so that she could protect nature under their guidance, an offer that Jalal accepts.
- Signature Card: Elemental HERO Terra Firma and Elemental HERO Absolute Zero.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Uses a bow rather than the sword that is typical of other Shadowchasers. (She is an elf.)
An organization that the Shadowchasers are closely allied with is Morgana’s Kin, who are devoted to planar and dimensional exploration. Leslie is the current Shadowchaser representative, so she belongs to both organizations at once.
- Ambadassador: She usually fulfills the role of mediator between the two organizations, but she’s more likely able to fight if she has to.
- Badass Bookworm
- Brainy Redhead
- Dark Is Not Evil/Mechanical Lifeforms: It is mentioned that she runs an Allies of Justice deck. Although the only instance wherein she dueled was in the original version of author Ruin, Queen of Oblivion's Shadowchasers: Dragon Lords.
- Teleport Spam: Not as much as some well-known examples of this trope, but apparently, all members of Morgana’s Kin have the ability to teleport themselves to some degree, mostly for dimensional travel. Exactly how skilled Leslie herself is at it is unknown.
- Wrench Wench: She seems to be no slouch around machines, as she’s able to repair the engine of the Steampunk dirigible she uses to transport the Boston Shadowchasers through the Outlands.
The main protagonist of Danse Macabre
, he is an experienced veteran Shadowchaser.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: It's pretty clear there's something... not quite right about Voltaire, but it's hard to deny he's an excellent duelist and an equally capable Shadowchaser.
- Cool Pet/Heroic Dog: He owns a Hellhound named Baskerville
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his sinister attire, mysterious background and preference for Zombies, Voltaire quickly shows himself to be a deeply kind man at heart, wanting nothing more then to return Alice to her family and to stop Palethorn's schemes.
- Deadpan Snarker: A Stepford Smiler too, often making light of the most dangerous situations.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He does this a lot, insulting incredibly powerful creatures like Palethorn ‘’and’’ Argol. Of course, given what he claims about his past, he may well be able to back up at least some of his words.
- Dem Bones: One deck he uses is a Skull Servant Deck.
- I Work Alone: Unlike most Shadowchasers, he does not seem to be a part of any team, at least not at present.
- Mr. Exposition: He even lampshades it at one point, claiming he “feels like Wikipedia”.
- Noodle Incident: He’s full of them. For example, was an incident with a giant squid, which he refuses to elaborate on, because his former apprentice threatened him with bodily harm if he ever told anyone about it (and to this day, she can't look at a plate of calamari without blushing, he claims).
- Sherlock Scan: He actually uses this in a duel in chapter three to correctly identity two of his opponent's set cards through pure deductive reasoning, and then forces him to discard both using a spell card. His opponent is understandably flabbergasted.
- Worthy Opponent: Oddly enough, Voltaire seems to have this view of most of his opponents regardless of their nature. He describes Adleg as being a Zombie duelist whose skills possibly equal his own, and shows a great deal of compassion to both him and Blackborn after their respective defeats.
Bruno von Klein
A Shadowchaser from Munich, Germany currently participating in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament. He first appeared in a story in the anthology series Shadowchasers: Miscellaneous Files
and is now a main character in Tournament of Shadows
- Acrofatic: He's described as rather portly, but proves far more agile then he appears in Tournament of Shadows.
- Alice Allusion: The theme of his deck. Almost all the cards are Limited Edition cards inspired by characters and situations from Lewis Carroll's works. The card art on his Spell and Trap Cards are actual black-and-white reproductions of John Tenniel's illustrations. Serious Artistic License is taken with a few of the Monsters (such as the Queen of Hearts, who appears as a evil beauty rather than the frumpy old woman in Carroll's work. Also, see Shout-Out below.)
- Clingy MacGuffin: A new addition to his deck in Tournament of Shadows is the "Alice in Despairland" card. The card's effect is rather mediocre - possibly even weak - but he seems to be a little too attached to it, and his personality has changed since he got it. (See "Non-Shadowchaser Protagonists Allies" for full details.
- Bad Dreams: He seems to be suffering from these in Tournament of Shadows. To elaborate, he frequently dreams of seeing his teammates, Jalal and everyone else around him turned into stone. The same almost happens to him, if not for a strange girl (actually the girl featured in the "Alice in Despairland" card) that appears to him and stops the process. It is because of these dreams that cause him to seek his "Alice in Despairland" card. But even though he already has it, the dreams have yet to stop appearing...
- The Corruption: This appears to be what his "Alice in Despairland" card is doing to him in Tournament of Shadows but to what extent is currently unknown. In duels, while it's in his Graveyard, any of his monsters than benefit from its effect seem to become more sinister than they normally are.
- Friend to All Children: He does charity work at a children's hospital, performing as a clown (the charity he is playing for in the tournament).
- Heroic Willpower: He claims that one reason Alice's curse doesn't affect him as much as it did previous owners is because Germany has proportionately more joystealers than anywhere else, and he successfully fought and cured three dozen of them in his career. (It's through experience.)
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a suit in Tournament of Shadows.
- Signature Card: Alice, the Warden of Wonderland
- Shout-Out: Alice, the Warden of Wonderland's current appearance is based on how Alice appeared in American McGee's Alice. (This has been confirmed by the author.)
- Solo Sequence: In Tournament of Shadows wherein he is the only one in his team to partake in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Mild example. While he still maintains his general nice personality, his teammates have noticed that he seems to be a different person in Tournament of Shadows compared to how he acts in Miscellaneous Files. Even other characters note that there is something about him that seems off.
A Shadowchaser from Seoul, South Korea who is currently participating in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament. First appears as one of the main characters in Tournament of Shadows
and is also currently Ember's traveling companion for the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament.
- Friend to All Children: He frequently gives out treats to children in an orphanage. Said children absolutely adore him.
- Hero-Worshipper: Towards Ember to some extent. He says that he had studied her career since he joined the organization and was honored to meet her when they first meet in the boat leading to the island where the tournament would take place.
- Humble Hero: He regards an incident in which he saved Seoul from a horde of gibberlings as "no big deal", even though it likely would have been a catastrophe if he hadn't prevented it.
- Light 'em Up / Star Power: Uses a Constellar deck.
A Shadowchaser from Berlin, Germany who is part of the roaming division and the R&D and is currently participating in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament. First appears as one of the main characters in Tournament of Shadows
- Demoted to Extra: Unfortunately due to an injury he suffered, (See Real Life Writes the Plot below for more information) Leroy's involvement in the tournament has been reduced significantly leaving him relegated to a spectator.
- Non-Action Guy: Compared to most Shadowchasers, he focuses primarily on research and development. Jill Chambers basically describes him as a Shadowchaser equivalent of a "desk-jockey".
- Fusion Dance/Power Crystal: Uses a Gem-Knight deck.
- Game-Breaking Injury: His injury in Chapter 9 causes him to be out of the tournament prematurely.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Because of his creator Lux-Nero leaving for personal reasons, Leroy gets injured leaving him unable to compete in the tournament, resulting in Kenshin filling in for him in his place.
- Skunk Stripe: Has a single white streak on the right side of his hair.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Has a tendency to make things in the basement he's staying in blow up, much to his landlady's dismay.
A mysterious old woman currently participating in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament. Other than the fact that she is a Shadowchaser who appears to be from Russia, not much is known about her. First appears in Tournament of Shadows
- Berserk Button: Very easy to press, apparently. She seems to get angry at everything.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Is at the receiving end of this during her duel with Serket.
- Large Ham: She appears to be one.
- Playful Hacker: After being beaten by CARDTECH, she hacks into Johanna's system to reveal its true identity to Bruno, Nichole, and Sonya to get even. (No-one realizes that she's the one who did it, but Sonya does note that a Sore Loser who could have hacked a system like that could likely have - and would - done much more, such as disable the Duel Disk or worse, hinting at Hidden Depths in Baba Yaga.)
- Scary Teeth: She wears fake teeth that appear rotted, black, and sharpened.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!
- Super Speed: In a rate that's impossible for someone her age.
- Third-Person Person
A mysterious man about whom little is known, he apparently answers only to the Shadowchasers Council and Jalal himself. As a contestant in the Tournament, his job is to keep an eye on things by Jalal, who is Genre Savvy
enough to realize it may be Not Just A Tournament
- Guile Hero: As far as we know.
- I Shall Taunt You: His goal during his duel with Zanth is simply to make him so angry that he gives away information he shouldn't. (The fact that Zanth has a Hair-Trigger Temper helps.)
- No Name Given: His name is classified, although he calls himself Edward while dealing with Zanth
- Parts Unknown: A rare non-wrestling example; he has a British accent, but may be faking it.
- Riddle Me This: He loves this kind of thing. (He even claims to have outwitted a Riddling Sphinx once who cheated using a riddle that was a Morton's Fork for the intended victim.)
- Throwing the Fight: He loses to Zanth on purpose (but only makes him angrier, because Zanth is unable to solve his last riddle) so that he can slip him a listening device (a "bug") disguised as one of the award coins. And it pays off.
- Valkyrie: The theme of his deck, at least the one he uses against Zanth.
A Shadowchaser from the Twin Cities, she first appears in Miscellaneous Files
, and is later seen competing in Tournament of Shadows
- The Legions of Hell: Uses a Dark World Deck.
- Noodle Incident: She has lots of them. She recounts to Nicole an incident where encountered a "very confused wererat" who claimed he was a were-Tasmanian devil (marsupial lycanthropes don't exist) and another incident where she "met" Terra Ironhoof, but won't give the details. (Terra herself is a figure with a near-mythic reputation among the Shadowkind community, being an in-universe Memetic Badass where it's hard to distinguish myth from reality.)
"Puts a whole new spin on the phrase Deal with the Devil."
A Dark Elf Shadowchaser that is assigned to Atlantic City, she first appears in All Hallows Eve.
Ashla was born the daughter of her clan's matriarch, who promised her to the Goddess Lolth, however later in life she did a Heel-Face Turn
against her clan and Lolth. She later joined the Shadowchasers after killing members of her former clan in self defense.
A half-elf Shadowchaser from Great Britain introduced in The Eldritch
. Alyssa has been in the Shadowchasers for at least ten years, and was one of the Shadowchasers who confronted a werewolf in Bath ten years prior to the events of The Eldritch
. Despite her skill and experience, she is somewhat notorious for being a stubborn lone wolf.
- One of a team of Shadowchasers operating out of Cleveland (the others have not been seen) Luther is one of two vampires in the organization, Fayte being the other; unlike her, he was born on the Homeworld of Shadow. He's known Fayte for quite a while - and the two don't seem to get along. Nonetheless, a crisis during Conspiracy requires them to cooperate.
- Badass Longcoat
- Badass Normal: He's anything but normal, but his deck uses Fiend-Type Normal Monsters to great effect to summon powerful Xyzs.
- Break Them by Talking: Luther is able to bring Drumer to the breaking point by thrusting a horrible realization upon him: If evidence indeed exists that could clear Benedict Arnold's name, and yet, he chose to flee to England rather than surrender to the Colonial Army and lead them to it, then Drumer is actually braver and more dedicated to his goal than Arnold ever was. He's willing to do anything, commit any crime and risk any punishment to clear the name of a man who, if this evidence exists, was a coward. Drumer doesn't take it well...
- Chekhov's Gunman: Was first mentioned in a Shadowchaser file before making a full-fledged appearance in Conspiracy.
- Dark Is Not Evil: But not very friendly eiher.
- Good Is Not Nice: Not the same Fayte fits the Trope, however. In this case, it's a case where Good is downright grim.
- Knight in Sour Armor: This was even mentioned in his File
- Knife Nut: Rare heroic example. He carries several throwing daggers in his coat and has uncanny aim using them.
- Noodle Incident: As yet, it has not yet been revealed what happened in the past between him and Fayte that made them dislike each other.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Fayte's Red.
- The Stoic: Very much unlike the energetic, flamboyant Fayte.
- Vegetarian Vampire: As stated in his file, he tries hard to avoid preying on living humans, surviving by buying blood from butcher shops and medical suppliers. Indeed, he does not seem to particularly enjoy (or purposely encourage belief in) his species' dark and sinister reputation as she does.
Originally introduced as Jalal's right-hand assistant, Jabels makes several cameos before having a larger role in Conspiracy
, where it is confirmed his position in the organization is much more important than previously believed. Both a Shadowchaser and
a Hand of Pelor, he can be a force to be reckoned with.
- Ascended Extra: His roles up to Conspiracy have all been cameos, but he has a larger part in said fic.
- Church Militant: Sort of. As a Hand of Pelor, he's supposed to be this, traditionally, but as he tells Oswald, “Things simply aren’t done the way they were in the old days."
- Cool Old Guy: Given his claim that he was in the British Army as a young man during the War in Afghanistan, that would make him sixty years old or so.
- The Power of the Sun / Holy Hand Grenade: The theme of his deck combines both, representing Pelor, the Shadowkind God of the Sun. He even has a card - likely custom made - called Burning Orb of Pelor, which is the key to defeating Oswald.
- Stiff Upper Lip: He's a textbook example around people he likes. (But can change to British Stuffiness rather quickly when around someone he doesn't.)
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: When Oswald asks him straight out why he and the other Shadowchasers believe all the If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him stuff, Jabels says he has killed a lot of people, telling him about his days as young soldier during the War in Afghanistan, and how he felt no pleasure in what he had to do at all. Unfortunately, as he predicted, it falls on deaf ears.