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Tropes that apply to the whole team
- Deadpan Snarker: All of them have shades of this to certain extents.
- Dysfunctional Family: While they're not related, they do act like one.
- Limited Wardrobe: Aside from Maria, most of them seem to have the same outfit wherever they go. Tsuki even lampshades this trope in Chapter 3 of Knightfall.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: This applies to any team of Shadowchasers to a certain degree, but to the Backwater team more than any other. Tsubasa and Rave are the only ones that are truly human, and all of them are unusual even when compared to Shadowkind, either races that are incredibly rare on Earth or unique beings entirely.
- The Squad: At eight active members, the team is larger than most Shadowchaser teams. Of course, may would say that, due to the nature of Backwater, their job is tougher.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The whole team could likely be described like this at times, although given the situation, it's barely surprising.
"Malverde." (Evil Be Slain.)
—the creed of her company of knights.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers: Conspiracy, Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (Knightfal, ParallelsA vampire survivor of the war in which much of her species was eradicated, she still holds fast to the ideals of knighthood she swore to so long ago. A determined woman, she runs a nightclub, is the CEO of a Shadowkind-specific security company as well as a Shadowchaser. She prefers the direct approach to resolving conflicts and once she takes a stance, is unmovable as a mountain.
- Affectionate Nickname: “Money Shot” to her friends, due to her handgun mentioned below.
- Cool Horse: She owns a nightmare named Alexandre, which she is able to summon using a magical orb carried on her belt. A nightmare is described as “to warhorses as unicorns were regular horses” which are “conceived at a new moon and born on one”, a creature of savage fury. Fayte more or less had to catch Alexandre and wrestle her into submission and then survive the battle before the Nightmare accepted her as a rider; despite spending two months in the hospital later, she succeeded.
- Good Is Not Nice: To specify, Fayte does not deny the common legends that vampires are dark and mysterious rulers of the night. In fact, she often reminds people of that.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: She has a silver handgun with the word Tempest engraved on it, which fired incredibly powerful bolts of elemental energy when loaded with gemstones. The downside is, it costs about $5,000 a shot. The known types of energy that can be fired from it and the corresponding ammunition are:
- Improbable Weapon User: Like Maria, her sword is not standard Shadowchaser-issue; it resembles a fencing rapier but hers is enchanted and has a diamond edge.
- Noodle Incident: She and Luther have known each other for a long time, and they don't seem to like each other much, despite both being vampires and Shadowchasers. Exactly why has not yet been revealed.
- Official Couple: With Tsuki. Fayte has claimed they are married, but it is not known by whose law or definition.
- The Renfield: She has a unique version of this. A human who drinks her blood gains minor supernatural abilities and a telepathic link to her. All vampires can do this, and it has been used for several reasons over the centuries, but in Fayte’s case, this gives the Shadowchasers the ability to recruit citizens as deputies, useful when a large force or a group of spies or special ops are needed.
- Vampires Are Rich: Modern version. She’s the founder and CEO of a company called Nytestone Incorporated.
- Vampires Own Nightclubs: She does, literally. It’s a place in Backwater called The Blue Blood, which first appears in Chapter 4 of Knightfall. Aside from its obvious abundance of Shadowkind clientele and employees, it seems an average nightclub for the most part.
''"If you fight me, there will be two hits. I hitting you and you hitting the floor. I urge to reconsider your choices..."
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (Knightfall)A golem built to be a gladiator but given life by some means which even he does not know of, he is both the muscle of the team and, at times, a voice of reason. Despite his gentle disposition, it isn't wise to underestimate him. Many of his opponents have found this out the hard way and the only thing that hurts worse than getting punched by living stone is getting hit by living stone that knows where all your pressure points are.
- Delayed Reaction: After rescuing a little boy from an upcoming car using only his hand, he does this in order to avoid suspicion from the public. No one buys his act one bit.Gurren: "Ah, yes. The whole 'pain' thing... Oh, agony! Oh, pain! My wrist feels as if it has been broken, nay, trampled by the hordes of Khan himself and I, Gurren, fear it shall never regain its use! Woe unto me! Suffering and agony! All of the pain!"
- Elemental Absorption: He has the ability to absorb common rock and stone to heal his wounds and even create lost limbs, an ability that most golems do not have. It has been mentioned that his body had been destroyed several times during his time as a Shadowchaser, but he always has a piece of him lying around near rocks and stones in the team's HQ just in case.
- Fight Clubbing: Originally, he was built for a special version of this, where golems were pitted against each other like gladiators. However, this was an underground version where humans were often recruited to fight the golems too, often with deadly results. Eventually, Gurren met an opponent he didn’t count on…
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A golem that has intelligence and life who was a former gladiator, is a Muy Thai expert, and is a Shadowchaser.
Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers: Tournament of Shadows'Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (Knightfal)''A spirit of the strangest type, the result of a what happens when a modern device becomes just old enough for ancient magic to take hold and give it life. Eccentric and vivacious, Kenshin loves nothing more than playing video games of all kinds, with only her love of hacking surpassing it., She classifies herself as a Technomage, but no other Technomage literally inserts themselves into the game they're playing...She also appears in Shadowchasers: Tournament of Shadows as a reserve in the tournament after Leroy Schwarz's injury causes him to withdraw completely.
- Breakable Weapons: Her staff is able to transform into any fictional weapon, but will only last a few swings before reverting back to its traditional shape. It is implied that the more powerful the weapon, the less she gets out of it with the strongest weapons providing only a single use.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: She briefly does this in her introductory chapter in Twice-Told Tales, taking over the narration in describing her character file.
- Calling Your Attacks: If the character she transform into or the weapon she is using is associated with this, she'll do this.
- Completely Missing the Point: In Chapter 6, when Rayearth is giving her some words of motivation, she points to Kenshin's chest to indicate where her source of determination should come from. Kenshin immediately suspects Rayeart was referring to her breasts.
- Fangirl: While she's a fan of a lot of anime and video games, she seems to be a big fan of the Final Fantasy series in particular. As seen in her dialogue in Backwater and Tournament of Shadows.
- Fun Personified: She really seems to love her job. In fact, in the chapter where she’s introduced, her opponent manages to summon a copy of The Winged Dragon of Ra and she’s excited about the thought of going up against it.
- Fusion Dance: The heavy hitters of her Adventurer deck, although she summons them through the Contact Fusion method. She also uses a Mish-Mash Fusion deck that she accidentally took from Tsubasa in her first match in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament in Tournament of Shadows. After the duel, she borrows some of Leroy's more consistent and functional Gem-Knight cards to use for the rest of the tournament and improve the deck.
- Gamer Girl: Her staff contains controllers of different gaming consoles and the television in her room is filled with several video games and various gaming consoles. She even has a T-shirt that explicitly says "Gamer Girl" up front.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She gushed a lot upon meeting Maximilian Pegasus.
- Odd Friendship: With Yugi Mouto. All that she will say is that she was friends with him and that she dueled him during a tournament held on the 25th anniversary of him winning Duelist Kingdom.
- Our Demons Are Different: She’s the living embodiment of an old Nintendo Entertainment System, in much the same way old objects can develop Yokai spirits called “Tsukumogami” that cause them to gain sentience. However, by legal definition, an electronic device like a an NES cannot spawn a true Tsukumogami, so the best thing to call her would probably be simply a “spirit”; anything else wouldn’t fit.
- Stock Characters: Her Adventurer Deck consist of monsters that are based on stock video game characters. Later on in Chapter 6, she officially retires the deck due to them suffering from wear and tear after being used for several years.
- Transformation Name Announcement: When she transforms, she will give a short line describing the character she is transforming into and then their name.
"Don't worry- there's nothing special about my tricks. It's all in your head...heehehehehe..."
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Colors of Madness, Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (Knightfal), ParallelsA Shadowchaser possessing great power that is both a blessing and a curse. She is a Kyubi, a powerful fox-like being said to be akin to that of a god. Adopted daughter of a wealthly family, she joined the Shadowchasers shortly after the Pleasureland Incident twenty years previously, where her powers forcefully awakened.
- Blessed with Suck: Her power is sometimes uncontrollable. As a young child, she used it to rescue an amusement park full of people from Thaddeus, but her parents were trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine that they had yet to recover from at the time of her introduction, twenty years later.
- Fangirl: Of Pokémon. Her D-Wheel, "The Borderline" is aesthetically designed to resemble a Linoone, although it is said that Ninetales seems to be her favorite.
- In Knightfall, it is revealed that her Marvel deck is composed of cards directly based on Pokemon.
- Magikarp Power: The base forms of her Marvel monsters are this due to their low to average stats and sub-par effects but become very powerful stat-wise and effect-wise upon evolution. To hammer the point home, one of her monsters is even a direct Expy of Magikarp.
- Our Demons Are Different: Maria is a rare Shadowkind called a Kuybi, which resembles a kitsune, but is not related to the Yokai except in the broadest terms.
- Parasol of Pain: Rather than the standard sword used by most Shadowchasers, the weapon she uses is a parasol that is multifunctional; the top is used like a shield, and a rapier-blade is stored in the handle. There’s also one scene where she seems to retrieve it from some sort of Hammerspace pocket.
- Supreme Chef: At least as far as her homemade brownies are concerned. Her teammates go nuts simply when they see them. Even Jalal is fond of her cooking, to the point that he ends a briefing period when Maria makes a remark on Judy possibly eating his share before he does.
- Tabloid Melodrama: While this is as common for Shadowchasers as it is for any celebrity, a few of hers are detailed, and it doesn't bother her that much. Common claims usually include her being a former member of the Gotthammers, being a former envoy of the Yokai clans, or whether or not she is in a secret relationship with Jalal due to how close the pair are.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: It is mentioned in her Character file that she has quite the collection of dresses.
- Weak, but Skilled: Her fighting style relies on combos as well as exploiting her natural abilities to make up for her lack of brute force.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Yu-Gi-Oh: Thousand year Door Redux, Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (KnightfalA young Psychic Duelist who was a former member of the Arcadia Movement. She is also stated to be a Style Duelist, utilizing a unique style of dueling and fighting known as 'Starsteel'. She also had an involvement in the events of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Thousand Year Door: Redux. Some of the details of which have already been shown in Chapter 67. For tropes about her that only pertain in Redux, please see that fic's respective character page.
- Badass Normal: Psychic Powers aside, compared to the rest of her teammates; Rave is simply human.
- Berserk Button: In her origin story; despite her brainwashed state, the only thing that seems to get an emotion from her is when her duelist pride is insulted. See her above quote for emphasis.
- Best Out of Infinity: Possibly the case with her tic-tac-toe games with Gurren, with the current score being 324-789 in Guren's favor.
- Breakable Weapons: Her manifested weapons vanish or shatter the moment they leave her grasp.
- Hero of Another Story: It is mentioned that she was involved in the events of Arcadia during the Thousand-Year Door tournament, her involvement being described in full in Redux.
- I Choose to Stay: Instead of being located to another town, Rave decided to stay in Backwater due to how she liked living in the town.
- Made of Iron: During her time in the Arcadia Movement, due of her endurance; she was often Aki Izayoi's sparring partner when the latter was stil learning to use her powers.
- Mythology Gag: Her backstory as a former member of the Arcadia Movement who was brainwashed and experimented on by Divine because of her latent abilities can be seen as one to the player character's backstory in the video game Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia. And like the player, she eventually cuts all ties to the Arcadia Movement after an outside chain of events.
- Psychic Powers: Being a Psychic Duelist, she is able to inflict real pain during a duel. She can also materialize cards to use in combat.
- Restrained Revenge: Light-hearted and humorous example. Tsubasa thinks the reason that Rave refuses to put a cup holder on his D-Wheel is because she's upset over the time he beat her in a duel for a free vacation in Japan, judging from Rave's reaction to the memory, this trope possibly applies (although in her defense, she has a point when she gave reasons why having a cup holder on a D-Wheel is a stupid idea)
- Technician vs. Performer: In terms of Duel Monsters, she is the Technician to Tsubasa's Performer. Unlike Tsubasa, Rave prefers to sticking to what her deck does best and prefers to keep it the way it is, improving it along the way. On the other hand, this makes her deck and plays overly repetitive and predictable.
- Theme Naming: Her Starsteel monsters are named after different stars and constellations.
- Tomboy: If her choice of clothing, mannerisms and hobbies are anything to go by then yeah, she is this.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tsubasa, oh so very much. More so than other members of the team.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The author mentions in a fun fact that she has the tendency to dye her hair in different colors every so often, so much that she has already forgotten her original hair color.
"Your suffering brings me joy..."
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (KnightfalAn Incantifier who is the oldest member and leader of the Backwater Shadowchasers. Drawing pleasure out of inflicting pain and suffering upon her enemies, she battles the most foul and powerful of enemies just to see how she can make them beg for mercy she will never grant.
- The Archmage: Like all incantifers, she's a wizard of no small skill.
- Asshole Victim: Many of the cruel things she has done are towards criminals who more than deserved it.
- Blood Knight: Relishes in the carnage she inflicts and her first question towards anything she hasn't encountered before is 'How will you die?'
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Zigzagged. She quotes this Trope almost word for word when describing a mission where she defeated a black dragon and a powerful demon called a porcurian by herself, not because she forgot about it, but because she considered something like that a slow day. It gives you an idea of how powerful she is.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite her ruthless, savage and sadistic personality, Rayearth is completely dedicated to protecting the innocent, even taking tasks that no one else would. It is also said that she even performs great acts of kindness without any hesitation or thought of reward. She even uses Arkana's version of the Dark Magician, who is said to be the Evil Counterpart of the one Yugi normally uses.
- Death Dealer: Her standard weapon seems to be a seemingly-endless supply of razor-sharp playing cards that she not only uses to inflict Deathofa Thousand Cuts, but as close-range weapons as well.
- The Dreaded: Many of the criminals who have heard of her and suffered her cruelty have often wished they were only dreaming.
- Handicapped Badass: She's blind, her eyes permanently closed by scars, the cause of which have yet to be revealed; still, she clearly doesn't need physical sight.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Despite her status as a Shadowchaser, her actions and destructive tendencies have caused many to cry for her arrest and expulsion from the Shadowchasers claiming her to be as much as a monster as the enemies of the Shadowchasers. Averted in Backwater, wherein the citizen regard her as a hero, despite the little action she has taken.
- Klatchian Coffee: She makes a type of coffee called "Black Hole Blend" that takes the Trope to ridiculous proportions. It can dissolve the spoon put in the cup, literally.
- Knight of Cerebus: Rayearth is probably the darkest of the Shadowchasers that has been introduced so far, who is said to be almost a monster no better than the ones the Shadowchasers are supposed to fight. In fact, belonging to the Shadowchasers may be the one thing keeping her from slipping into full-fledged Knight Templar status.
- Memetic Badass: In-universe example. There have several rumors in regards to her and her accomplishments. She even calls herself the Chuck Norris of Shadowkind.Rayearth's Secret Life of Character's entry: Some say Jalal founded the Gotthammers because she would have found their work 'boring'. Others say that the reason Hell exists is because Heaven doesn't want to let her in when she dies. Others say that she is the only duelist ever to end up on the Forbidden List and still others say that she doesn't use magic, the universe just bends to her will out of fear.
- Token Evil Teammate: While she's not evil. She is the one Jalal assigns the more dangerous and immoral tasks. Combined with the fact that she enjoys ruthlessly tormenting her enemies. Jalal believes that in order to combat monsters, it requires a monster and that sometimes getting your hands dirty is a necessity when fighting evil.
- Took a Level in Badass: Her deck uses two of Yugi's signature monsters, Dark Magician, and Dark Magician Girl, and she has Spell Cards she can use in tandem with both that allow her to simulate other classic monsters, like Gaia the Fierce Knight, Summoned Skull, and Elemental Hero Neos. The Trope applies, however, with the way she uses them, summoning incredibly powerful Xyz Monsters like Dark Lightning Mistress and Dark Magician Sorcerer Luminous Nox.
"I'll take you on, anytime, anyplace. It'll be a blast!"
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (KnightfalA young member of the Shadowchasers, a Shadow-touched with an odd bloodline. Possessing the ability to see Duel Spirits as well, his companion is Neo the Magical Knight. Neo adopted Tsubasa as his 'squire' the day Tsubasa became a Shadowchaser, though for what purpose remains unknown.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His idea of a cup holder in a D-Wheel. Rave seems to think so.
- A lot of his deck ideas can come off as this. While they sound awesome, cool or amusing on paper, they still have a rather bad record on being consistent and winning games and are mostly focused on flashy plays.
- Boisterous Bruiser: One of his biggest reasons for wanting to be in the Shadowchasers was so that he could find and duel some of the most interesting duelists in the world. And he loves his job.
- Brain Bleach: He immediately freaks out at the thought of Tsuki and Fayte being "intimate" with one another.Tsubasa: Ugh, no, no no! I don't want to ruin my memories of the glorious last night with thoughts of two old women who could be my great-great-great grandmother's doing things like that!".which only leads to...Tsubasa: Oh god, I said it and now I'm thinking about it! NOOOOOOOO!
- The Fool: He seems this way. He’s the most lighthearted member of the Backwater team, and the one who enjoys the job the most. And clearly, Fate does seem to smile on him the way it does people like this.
- Half-Human Hybrid: More like “Mixed-Breed Human”. He’s technically fully human, as far as his actual parents go, but his family has lived in Backwater so long that he has the blood of dozens of Shadowkind races in him, possibly every species that is human-compatible. Quite possibly, this is one of the biggest reasons for his eccentric behavior.
- Interspecies Romance: With Hebi-Na (ophidian). In fact, given his background, it's clear this Trope runs in his family.
- Lethal Joke Weapon: He sometimes makes decks based on weak and outdated cards, but if comments from the fic are any indication, he can defeat duelists with them easily.
- Noodle Incident:
- In Chapter 2 of Knightfall he and Neo discuss a deck he used in the past that focused on Shapesnatch, of all things. While he actually won the Shadow Duel where he used it, the criminal in question escaped as it left him too exhausted o pursue. We can only imagine how this strategy actually worked.
- His entire family is no longer allowed in Las Vegas due to an incident involving "a blackjack table, some cheese, a ficus, and Hyde Vayne". All other details of this are classified in all known records.
- His grandfather once killed an ogre with a canary and an infernal pocket watch. At this point, it might be easier to say that his family has a lot of these.
- Technician vs. Performer: In terms of Duel Monsters, he is the Performer to Rave's Technician. Unlike Rave, Tsubasa prefers to experiment with different types of decks and/or finding new and unique ways to play already established decks. Suffice to say, as flashy and innovative as they are, they don't exactly garner him consistent results.
- Wild Card: He never focuses on one deck, using whatever one he feels like at the time. He always includes Neo’s card in it, however, along with two upgraded forms that he keeps in his Extra Deck. Decks he has used include:
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (Knightfal, ParallelsOne of the unlikeliest of heroes, she was once a foul demon from the Abyss who later sought the path of Good after over a century of cruelty by a mortal far more evil than anything she had ever seen, followed by decades of kindness from a stranger who offered help out of charity.
- Always Chaotic Evil: In a unique twist on the theme, Tsuki insisted to Teresa that this was true for demons, and that she was beyond redemption because she was born evil. While Teresa did not deny that part, she asked Tsuki if she could understand the meaning of Good. When she realized she could, she realized she was able to choose.
- Bi the Way: As a succubus, she specializes in seducing men and women alike. And of course, there's Fayte... She also shows some attraction to Rave based on her dialogue to her.
- Heel–Face Turn: Tsuki takes this Trope Up to Eleven. It all happened previous to the present day, but she may well be the only fiend who has embraced Good and reformed. But it took a total of two-hundred years.
- Immortality: Like all fiends, she does not age and cannot die naturally.
- Lunacy: The monsters in her deck are all nocturnal creatures who gain powers from the phases of the moon. Apparently, this choice is because of her membership in the clergy of Erestrial, a goddess of the moon, among other things.
- Naughty Nuns: Well, far more than “naughty”, and not played for laughs. When she was true to her demonic temptress nature, her MO was to wear a skimpy version of a nun’s habit, in order to tempt men with the suggestion of a woman that was usually forbidden fare. How often it worked, she has never said.
- No Name Given: Eventually, she forgot the name she used as demon, and started using the name “Tsuki”, a moniker suggested by Teresa which means “Moon Princess”.
- Rape Portrayed as Redemption: She was summoned using the standard methods, but tricked, held as a Sex Slave for 138 years, by an evil wizard whom she refers to as “Mister Monster”. She never learned any other name. Even this would likely be nothing to most succubi… But her captor was so unbelievably cruel that it drove her nearly to a Despair Event Horizon, and after a freak accident helped her escape, the kindness and charity of a stranger helped her mind heal.
- Really 700 Years Old: Demons can theoretically live forever. It is not known how old she is, but she was held for 138 years.
- The Sponsor: A woman named Teresa, an artist and an apparent priestess of a goddess named Erestrial took her in after she escaped Mister Monster, and played a big role in her Heel–Face Turn.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Rather than use a standard sword as a Shadowchaser, she uses a unique weapon called a Dyrius, which is two swords used paired, which can combine into a longbow.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Solex that's brief, but potent, which doubles as a subtle threat:"You have no love in you, Solex. Your heart is a black, rotted thing, and I can only pity you for the fact that cannot ever know happiness or peace from love. But you will not ruin the lives of for your own vain attempt to replace your heart with greed and decadence. I will be watching you Solex, and when you slip up, when you cross the line that you cannot hide from, I will be there. And you will learn Hell hath no fury like me."
'Appearances: Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (Knightfal (first appearance), ParallelsA magical creation purchased by Solex to be nothing more than a toy for his pleasure and to vent his rage upon. At the end of Chapter 4, he throws her away brutally and Fayte makes a desperate attempt to save her life...
- A Day in the Limelight: In Backwater Parallels wherein she is one of the main protagonists of the fic.
- An Ice Person: Her brief appearance shows her nearly freezing a drink with a touch and it is mentioned that a Yuki-Onna somehow factors into her creation.
- Emergency Transformation: Fayte attempts to vampirize her, despite not knowing if it'll even work. Rayearth later comments that it shouldn't have worked, and that Kastleneid has become an exceptional vampire as a result, calling what happened "a miracle".
- Emotionless Girl: Originally, her emotions were nearly nonexistent. As a vampire, she seems to be warming up a little, but still qualifies as the Trope.
- Has Two Mommies: Tsuki and Fayte, who she calls Mama and Moder respectively.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Originally, she could have best been described as a synthetic golem-like being created using Yokai blood. After being saved by Fayte, she's a vampire too, making it very hard to assign any one species designation to her. Even more so when a DNA test proves completely inconclusive, failing to identify any of her genetic material at all.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Even more so than most of the vampires in the setting, the strange circumstances of her transformation have caused her to become an exceptional vampire. For one, she can survive the light of the sun and barely has to sleep at all. Rayearth claims that Kastleneid "is indeed a vampire... and not one at the same time". Most peculiar, she has adapted many aspects of her "mother" Fayte's personality, including the ability to speak French.
- Vegetarian Vampire: As she explains to Achan in Backwater Parallels, she does her best to avoid feeding on humans after being transformed but has no problem feeding on those who offer as Achan does.
Neo the Magical Swordsman (Neo)
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (KnightfalTsubasa's Duel Spirit partner, who adopted the young Shadowchaser as his 'squire' upon their first meeting. Unlike most other Duel Spirits, he can make himself both seen and heard by others than his partner. His goals are unknown, but so far seem to be a variation of: Interesting things happen to Tsubasa, so I hang around him because I'm bored.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance)The immortal ruler of the vampires, said to be one of the oldest and most powerful Shadowkind on the planet. Despite the decimation of the vampires during their war with humanity, Dracula seems to surviving nicely and has apparently spent much time hunting down and destroying the darkest elements of the vampire legacy.
- The Dreaded: Uh, yeah, this is Dracula here. Even if one disregards the character's notorious reputation in fiction, many believe her to be the most powerful Shadow on Earth, and while this is debated, she is certainly a candidate for that title. Also, in Shadowchasers: Danse Macabre, Voltaire recounts the Great Generals, a group of incredibly powerful vampires of unspeakable evil whom Palethorn was apparently a member of, and claims that Dracula was powerful enough to keep all twelve of them in check and prevent the race from collapsing into anarchy.
- Legacy Character: In this reality, the character is not one being, but a title held by the vampire who rules the vampire race. The current Dracula is female and appears as a teenage girl who dresses in a modern, trendy outfit. And this one seems a great deal more benign than most versions.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance)A vampire of unusual status. Turned centuries ago, she was able to resist both her bloodlust and will of her master, killing him and fleeing. Legends speak of how she found refuge in a temple and while what happened therein is not known, when she emerged, Penelope had not only accepted her new fate, but had sworn to dedicate her life to destroy the monsters like the one who had destroyed her life. She did so and in doing so, has achieved an odd partnership with Dracula in order to destroy the darkest elements of the vampire legacy.
- Canon Foreigner: Penelope is based off a character from Occam Razor's earlier work, Yu-Gi-Oh: Legacy of the Sorcerer Kings and its sequel, in which she was a card based on a Posthumous Character.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Centuries ago, she hunted down and killed the cruelest remaining members of the race. Ironically this even included Dracula herself.
Library Arcanium Staff
Tropes that apply to all of them
- Ambiguously Human: More than likely, none of them are, but no specific species has been specified.
- Magic Librarian: The Library itself is magical, and they all have very powerful supernatural abilities.
- Really 700 Years Old: At least as old as Jalal, probably older. They may all even be truly immortal.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Yu-Gi-Oh: Thousand Year Door Redux, Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (KnightfalKnown as "the Librarian", he is a powerful being and ally of the Shadowchasers whose origins are mostly unknown. He is a good friend to Jalal and a past acquaintance of the Redux incarnation Shadow Queen. Easily identified by his silver cat ears and tail, as well as his flamboyant and vibrantly-colored trenchcoats.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: To Jalal, possibly. Many stories show the two as partners in combat situations, although the "lifelong" part may not apply.
- Immortality: Like Jalal. However unlike Jalal, that doesn't stop him from marrying someone. The author has suggested that Mei is the same, along with a few other allies of his that have yet to appear.
- Sentai: Uses a HERO deck while dueling alongside the Shadow Queen against Armityle that contains all of its branches (including the exclusive Destiny and Evil Heroes). According to him, his cards come from another dimension which is how he is able to use them. However, this is a deck that he cannot use normally.
- Supporting Protagonist: Despite being technically the protagonist of Twice-Told Tales, much of the fic is focused more on the origin stories of the Backwater Shadowchasers. He does get some focus however in his own chapters. For the others, he's an Interactive Narrator, more or less.
- Unusual Ears: They're cat-like, his only obvious non-human feature.
"Hello, kettle. This is pot. Just letting you know you're black.
—Emily to Judy in an alternate future wherein she and Judy have inherited the positions as the Librarian and leader of the Shadowchasers respectively.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance)Adrian's apprentice as well as a close friend of Judy.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Judy, the chapters they're in show the two as very close with one another. This even continues in the alternate future wherein they have inherited their predecessor's positions. Although this doesn't stop her from teasing Judy that she feels more than that.
"WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SHIP!?"
Mei after finding out that Judy and Emily sabotaged her ship.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (Knightfal, Shadowchasers Sweet Sixteen.Adrian's wife. A willowy British woman, she has penchant for fire and apparently gives out excellent ear rubs.
- Berserk Button: Don't refer to her hobby as "erotic dancing". Do not ever thrash her ship.
"Not the best conversation starter, but points for honesty."
—Phoenixia's response upon Judy blurting out "You're hot!" when they first meet.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance)An evil sorcerer who summoned Tsuki and kept her as a slave for over a century, his cruelty was enough to break even the will of a demon, and send her into utter despair. Originally seen in a flashback, he appeared in the flesh in Rise Of The Shadow King
- Body Surf: In the present day, his consciousness inhabits a golem-like construct that he is capable of abandoning for another one if it is damaged. These golems are very strong and agile, enough for him to hold his own against Lyrius in a fight for a while.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: According to the author, he sees "morality", "ethics", "humanity", as nothing but concepts, and while he may know their meanings, he fails to understand their values. Indeed, given Tsuki's description of him - an ugly and unwashed creature - he clearly doesn't even care what others think of him, and has put his research before his humanity.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Decades - maybe centuries - of having No Social Skills and complete disregard for hygene certainly didn't help his appearance.
- Humans Are Bastards: He pretty much embodies this Trope. To put it simply, Tsuki's origin story put a human against a demon in a contest of Eviler Than Thou and the human won by a shutout. The message wasn't subtle.
- Magic Genetics: This seems to be his ultimate goal, and he appears to have actually made several advances in it. Most are pretty hideous, however. As the author puts it, "Spliced together monstrosities, creatures born demons and nightmares beyond this plane, golems of flesh and steel, all warped and tweaked to satisfy his curiosity, to see what the limits are."
- No Name Given: "Mister Monster" is what Tsuki calls him. She never learned any other name.
- Orange And Blue Morality: His understanding of ethics and morals is not like that of normal people. He doesn't consider himself evil, even when he knowingly and willingly commits actions that clearly are. The ends justify the means in his eyes, although whatever his true goal is, none can say.
- Super Breeding Program: This was why he summoned Tsuki in the first place - to use as a breeding slave as part of an experiment to create powerful half-fiends.
- Villainous Legacy: It is strongly implied that the Bloodhulks used by Drumer in Conspiracy were created via a technique he invented.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance)A duelist that Tsubasa encounters in the Spirit World. A Chosen of a goddess of summons, Apira, from another dimension, he seem to take the crazy things that happen to him in stride. The duel between he and Tsubasa is inconclusive and both wish for a rematch.
Armityle the Chaos PhantomA Duel Spirit that serves as the antagonist of Adrian's own tale. He seeks revenge against the Egyptian Gods Ra, Obelisk and Slifer for reasons not yet revealed, but he has been at it since the time of Pharaoh Atem.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Colors of Madness, Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance)A priest who serves the Light of Ruin. He serves as the main antagonist of Maria's introductory chapter. And also appears in Shadowchasers: Colors of Madness, a story that takes place years earlier where the event mentioned in that story is detailed.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Is forever trapped in Maria's illusions and left a rambling wreck afterwards.
- Foregone Conclusion: When he appears in Shadowchasers: Colors of Madness, you know he'll survive in some way, due to appearing in a chapter of Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales that takes place after the events of that story.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: This happens to him when he tries to brainwash Maria into serving the Light of Ruin by entering her mind. Apparently, her thoughts are very dangerous…
- Holy Hand Grenade: He is capable of doing this, which gives him an edge over Maria during their battle.
- Large Ham: He hits nearly every "insane cult leader" stereotype in the book in the chapter where he appears. If not for the dire nature of his past crimes, he might actually be funny.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance)A homunculus who assists Thaddeus during his attack on Maria in her introductory chapter.
- Professional Killer: He has been hired by several figures of the Shadowkind Underworld in the past to take down hard to kill Shadows.
- Killed Off for Real: During the battle with Jalal, Jalal ignited his own highly-flammable spilled blood to create an inferno that destroyed every one of his duplicates at once, leaving him with nowhere to go and unable to exploit his usual strategy to escape.]]
- Me's a Crowd: He has the ability to duplicate into multiple copies of himself. Also, he cannot be killed as long as at least one of them survives.
- Verbal Tic: Moon...
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance)A powerful illithid who serves as the antagonist in Gurren's introductory chapter.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He was first mentioned in "Shadowchaser Files", before appearing in Twice-Told Tales.
- Our Liches Are Different: Incredibly different. He's an alhoon, which is a creature created when an illithid achieves lichdom by a special ceremony known only to a few. This is a path taken by illithid who desire to practice actual sorcery, but they are outcasts among their species, as illithid hate - and fear - undead creatures.
- Meaningful Name: Like all illithid, he has no name; "Albert Hoon", when shortened, is "Al Hoon", or alhoon, which is what he is.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance, As J)A wanted vigilante. J serves as the main antagonist of Fayte's featured chapter after murdering Dr. Hugo Cylas. It is later revealed that the J featured in the chapter is actually Judy LaBaron from an alternate future who went back in time to kill Cylas, as he was actually an agent of Yliaster, whose experiments would have exterminated magic from Earth.
- Big Good: The Judy disguising as J is from an alternate future in which she has inherited the Shadowchaser organization from Jalal, making her this.
- Chekhov's Gunman: J was first mentioned in "Shadowchaser Files", but nothing about Judy was mentioned then.
- Collective Identity: It appears that there is more than one "J". It is unknown if it is one person or multiple people assuming the same identity.
- Future Badass: The J in the chapter is actually Judy from an alternate future in which she is the leader of the Shadowchasers.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The J that duels Fayte in her featured chapter uses an Armed Dragon/Harpie Lady deck.
- Memory Gambit: When Judy went back in time, she erased her memories in order to believe she really was J, or at least one of him.
- The Reveal: When she summons Steelheart, Dragon of Justice, it only makes Fayte realize who she really is.
- Ret Gone: After killing Cylas, she prevents her timeline from ever existing and fades away as a result. Although she doesn't seem to mind.
- The Rival: Apparently, Fayte knew J from at least one previous encounter before her chapter in Twice-Told Tales, and they do not like each other.
- Signature Move: Steelheart, Dragon of Justice which seems to be her equivalent to Jalal's Dragonprince Jalal card although the main difference seems to be that she can actually use the card herself contrast to Jalal.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Yu-Gi-Oh: Thousand Year Door ReduxAn elf businessman who appears in Rave's origin story, apparently trying to achieve a business relationship with Divine. He was also a former servant of the Shadow Queen and was the one who murdered Lyrius several centuries ago. For more information of him, look into Redux's character page.
- The Starscream: Was initially a servant of the Shadow Queen, but later murdered Lyrius in cold blood. He also intends to oppose her again using Rave as a weapon against her.
- Write Who You Know: In-Universe example. Apparently he was one of the storyboard artists for the video game Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Which fits considering he used to be a servant of the real Shadow Queen.
Antagonists introduced in Knightfall
- Canon Foreigner: Zigzagged. While based on the villain who appears in the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's manga, who is actually that continuity's version of Rudger Godwin, this seems to be a different person entirely.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When he and Truman meet for the first time, Truman threatens him, but Skeleton Knight is able to use his magic to subdue him and force him to retreat without even getting out of his chair.
- Purposely Overpowered: His Darkspawn deck, which are the signs of Skeleton Knight's blessings from his gods and are described by the author that game-wise they can "take Blackwings and Dragon Rulers on in a Special Summon/Swarm Contest and eat the latter two with barbecue sauce".
Edgar Hummond (Stitches)
- Badass Decay: In-universe example. While initially a feared serial killer, as a doll and card his powers has weakened severely to the point that it was very easy for anyone to break free from his possession.
- Killed Off for Real: His card was destroyed by Trueman, destroying him for good.
- Meaningful Name: During the time of the serial killings, all of his victims were desecrated in the same manner: their lips stitched into grins and buttons sewn into their eyes.
- Starter Villain: According to Tsubasa, Stitches is who Shadowchaser apprentices in Backwater deal with in preparation for the more dangerous threats.
- Big Brother Bully: It's highly implied that he's abusing his younger sister Lunala, who is clearly afraid of him. If that weren't enough, he took one of her Doopelgangers without her knowing, hoping she'd be blamed if it went on a rampage and arrested for it, presumably to take some of the heat off of himself.
- The Fair Folk: Evil? Check. Native of a place where fey rule? Check. Arrogant with a dislike of humans? Double check. Seems he qualifies.
- Fisher King: A huge reason for his diplomatic immunity. As heir apparent, his life is tied to the Sunlit Lands and it is implied if he is injured or killed, the land suffers greatly for it.
- A Glass of Chianti: Sort of. While he does express his taste in wine as one way to flaunt his wealth, he never touches anything as common as Chianti. In his first appearance, he orders the most expensive vintage in Fayte's nightclub, Falkmoon Wine, a spirit that only vampires know how to brew which is ages several centuries, and costs $500 for a shot glass' worth.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: He shows this in several ways in his introductory chapter alone. One big example, he could have won the duel with Tsuki, but loses because of several misplays that he never even noticed.
Other characters introduced in Knightfall
- Joke Item: The monsters in his deck all tend to be old and outdated, like Launcher Spider and Roboyarou. One of his few good ones is Soldier Revolt which is a Dark Card.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: First of all, he is one, second, he builds clockwork golems, and third, his deck is mostly Machines.
- Unwitting Pawn: Apparently, Trueman gave him a Dark Card simply to test it, because a magical construct like Threepiece wouldn't be adversely affected by the side effects of such cursed items.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (Knightfall, first appearance)An avatar created by Kenshin using her unique brand of magic in an attempt to bypass an otherwise impossible lock. of a computer. Kenshin confronts "him" to infiltrate the system. "He" seems to be sentient and have a rather exuberant personality, but how much of this is actually just programmed data is unclear.
- Expy: Of Katsuya Jonouchi, although his general attitude and syntax resembles his dub version. His deck is similar.
'Appearances: Shadowchasers: Twice-Told Tales (first appearance), Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (Knightfall, first appearance)Solex's sister, apparently skilled at elven magic.
- Anti-Villain: Assuming she's a villain at all she doesn't seem nearly as cruel as her brother.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: She's somehow able to create "Doppelgangers" one of which is a huge insect-monster named Monarch, which Solex uses to duel Rayearth.
- Cain and Abel: Very one-sided example, as she seems more afraid of him than anything else. Not to mention the fact that he tried to frame her by releasing her Doppelganger and hoping she'd be blamed if it hurt someone.
Introduced in Backwater Parallels
'Appearances: Shadowchasers Backwater trilogy (Knightfal', Paralells (first appearance)A young duelist that is the second protagonist in Encounters alongside Kastleneid. Is Kastleneid's best friend and possesses a Duel Spirit named Devi. Embraces dueling wholeheartedly and believes it a powerful method for connecting with people. Is not entirely human, but a creation of the mysterious ADAM Project and outside dueling, wields the ability to use a unique branch of sealing magic.
- Ambiguously Human: She's only part human; exactly what she can be classified as has yet to be determined.
- Nice Girl: Her first appearance sets the tone, adopting a large chimera creature she names Rex because it wants to play with her and letting Kastleneid drink some of her blood because she's thirsty and she's the only source around.
- Ritual Magic: Part of her power set, as the 'ritual' part is compiling a program for the seal in her head before it can be used.
- Serious Business: Dueling and her friends. And people she can duel so they become her friends.
'Appearances: Parallels (first appearance)
'Appearances: Parallels (first appearance)