Limited Wardrobe: Aside from Maria, most of them seem to have the same outfit wherever they go (such as Guren's suit and Rave's hoodie). 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 (at least in this sort of situation) or unique beings entirely.
The Squad: At eight active members (along with Fayte's Watchguard), the team is larger than most Shadowchaser teams. Of course, may would say that, due to the nature of Backwater, their job is tougher.
A 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.
CoolHellish 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.
Impossibly Cool Weapon: She has a silver handgun with the word Tempest engraved on it, which fired incredibly powerful bolts of elemental energy when loaded with gemstones (which type of energy depends of which gemstone). The downside is, it costs about $5 grand a shot. The known types of energy that can be fired from it and the corresponding ammunition are:
Holy Light: Diamond (Only harms creatures harmed by positive energy, and thus she risks hurting herself with it.
Improbable Weapon User: Like Maria, her sword is not standard Shadowchaser-issue; it resembles a fencing rapier (a type of sword that would likely break if used in a real fight) but hers is enchanted and has a diamond edge.
Knight in Shining Armor: The theme of her deck. (It is described as somewhat unorthodox, using Normal Tribute Monsters like Gaia the Fierce Knight in a time where Synchros and Xyzs dominate. But it is quite deadly when used right.) Fayte herself also qualifies due to her ideals of knighthood.
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.
Of Corsets Sexy: She and Tsuki dress in corsets under their robes while going undercover during a stakeout in the 1st chapter of Knightfall.
Promotion to Parent: To Kastleneid as of Chapter 5. (Kastleneid perceives her as a parent, although whether vampires act this way to whoever transformed them is probably a matter of personal preference.)
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. (After her marriage to Tsuki, she transferred her shares of the company to a joint account held by both of them to discourage the board of directors’ plan to oust her as CEO. (Suffice to say, they did not want to argue the case against someone who had studied infernal law.)
Vampires Are Sex Gods: According to the author, she and Tsuki have amazing sex all the time. (Although Tsubasa get's very uncomfortable when they describe it.)
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. (It is known to have some very expensive cocktails available; one mentioned is Falkmoon a potent vintage that was invented by vampires that requires centuries of aging. A small glass sells for nearly $500.)
''"If you fight me, there will be two hits. I hitting you and you hitting the floor. I urge to reconsider your choices..."
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.
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!"
Dishing Out Dirt: He uses a Rock-based deck; while somewhat expected for a guy like him, he likes them because they present a challenge.
Fight Clubbing: Originally, he was built for a special version of this, where golems were pitted against each other like gladiators. (Sort of like BattleBots.) 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…
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. (This is due to Lux-Nero resiging from the fic, and 7th Librarian's newfound involvement in the fic).
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.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Seems to hover on the fine line between this and truly crazy, at least in the eyes of others.
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. (which gets a Face Palm from Guren).
Cyberspace: She can go here as easy as a human can walk down the street.
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 (but comes to her senses after a minute or two).
Fun T-Shirt: Tends to wear shirts that have several different phrases in them.
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.
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.
Older Than She Looks: Jalal claims she's been in the organization for at least sixty years, and she may indeed be as old as the NES system that she was created from.
Our Demons Are Different: Basically, 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.
Playful Hacker: Of course, it isn’t always for play, even though she treats it as such.
Solo Sequence: In Tournament of Shadows wherein she is the only one in her team to partake in the 2nd Duelist Kingdom tournament.
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.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Not only to the team; she quickly becomes the same to Ace in "Tournament of Shadows", seemingly minutes after the two meet.
Your Mind Makes It Real: She can use her staff to imitate the weapons and powers of popular video game characters (both in cyberspace and the real world), but this only has a duration of a few minutes.
"Don't worry- there's nothing special about my tricks. It's all in your head...heehehehehe..."
A 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.
Creepy Child: Her appearance in Colors of Madness paints her as such.
Fangirl: Of Pokémon. Her D-Wheel, "The Borderline" is aesthetically designed to resemble a Linoone (which she puts on the top of the list on why her D-Wheel is one of the best ones in her country), although it is said that Ninetales seems to be her favorite. (More than likely, this is because Ninetails is also based on a kitsune. On another note, as mentioned in the chapter after she is introduced, Pokémon is still a successful ongoing franchise in this time period, and has reached a point where the number of known species in the game is over a thousand.)
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 (with corresponding Gyarados Expy).
Master of Illusion: Describes her powers pretty well. (Although she isn’t as much a “master” of it as she’d like to think.)
Our Yokai 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. (Grouping a Kubai with them is like confusing demons and devils, a common misconception that both races do not like.)
Parasol of Pain: Rather than the standard sword used by most Shadowchasers, the weapon she uses is a parasol (dubbed Chivalry) 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. (The author has stated that the weapon was made by request by the same clan of dwarves that forge the swords for the whole organization.)
SupremeTeam 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 (at least among Shadowkind) 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.
Took a Level in Badass: Her Marvel monsters while initially weak, undergo this when they evolve (just like in their original source).
A 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.
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.
Parental Substitute: Her sensei, while little is known about her relationship with him, this trope most likely qualifies.
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)
Special Guest: In Yu-Gi-Oh! Thousand Year Door: Redux, which explains how she ended up joining the Backwater Shadowchasers.
Technician Versus 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 (which Tsubasa has pointed out at times).
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.
You Gotta Have Different-Colored 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.
An 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.
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. (She has no problem drinking, it, but her teammates tend to pass.)
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.
Training from Hell: This is how her training regime is described, which her teammates and other Shadowchasers can vouch for.
"I'll take you on, anytime, anyplace. It'll be a blast!"
A 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.
A lot of his deck ideas can come off as this. While they sound awesome, cool or amusing on paper (like decks centered around Shapesnatch and Bolt Escargot), they still have a rather bad record on being consistent and winning games (which Rave tends to explain to him) and are mostly focused on flashy plays.
Boisterous Bruiser: One of his biggest reasons for wanting to be in the Shadowchasers (other than the fact that it was a family tradition) 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.
I See Them Too: He can not only see Shadows, but Duel Spirits as well.
In the Blood: His family has all been Shadowchasers (and all of them tend to be just as eccentric as he is, for the same reason).
Interspecies Romance: With Hebi-Na (ophidian). In fact, given his background, it's clear this Trope runs in his family.
Lethal Joke Cards: 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 (as Rave can attest to at times).
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.
Spirit Advisor: Neo the Magic Swordsman, a Duel Spirit he is particularly close to. (Unfortunately, not only does he have the annoying habit of calling Tsubasa his "squire", he tends to tell bad jokes and drinks too much.)
Technician Versus 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 (which Rave points out at times).
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 (even if the current deck lacks the cards needed to summon them). Decks he has used include:
Big, Badass Bird of Prey: Used in "Twice Told Tales", his first appearance. While this is a mish-mash of several cards and strategies, the majority of them seem to focus around the Blackwing archetype.
Yin-Yang Bomb: Used in Chapter 2 of "Knightfall", it focuses on Chaos Dragons.
One 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.
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.
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.
Ms. Fanservice: She is a succubus after all so she definitely qualifies as this.
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”. (Whether she still knows her True Name, or has remembered it since, is uncertain. Clearly, it would be very dangerous for any fiend to have forgotten that, given what someone who knows a fiend’s True Name could do to the owner.)
Of Corsets Sexy: She and Fayte dress in corsets under their robes while going undercover during a stakeout in the 1st chapter of Knightfall.
Rape Portrayed as Redemption: To summarize: She was summoned using the standard methods, but tricked, held as a Sex Slave (or more appropriately, a breeding slave, as part of a failed project) 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.
Redemption Quest: She views her life as a Shadowchaser as this, which she started after Teresa’s death (from old age, presumably).
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.
Streetwalker: She made money doing this briefly in an attempt to pay back Teresa. (It was the Great Depression in the United States at the time, and she needed it. Teresa refused it, leading to a turning point in their relationship.)
"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."
A 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...
Emergency Transformation: Fayte attempts to vampirize her, despite not knowing if it'll even work. (It does, and she also seems to become smarter as a result and gaining more free will than she had before.) 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. (The fact that she's at least part Yuki-Onna may have something to do with it.)
Has Two Mommies: Tsuki and Fayte, who she calls Mama and Moder respectively. (She also refers to the rest of the Backwater team as her aunts and uncles, even though they aren't truly related to Tsuki and Fayte.)
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.
Sex Slave: Solex bought her as one, comparing her to nothing more than a very advanced interactive toy.
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.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Solex clearly doesn't think she even comes close to qualifying; this sentiment is not widely shared, least of all by Tsuki.
Tsubasa'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.
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 (well a Dracula at least) was powerful enough to keep all twelve of them in check and prevent the race from collapsing into anarchy. (All of them fit this Trope; Voltaire described them as twelve Evil Overlords with the morals of The Caligula, and they hated each other, but Dracula was able to control all twelve.)
Immortality: Notable in that she seems to be a lot older than Jalal.
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. (She tells Fayte that she "figured it was time for a change".) And this one seems a great deal more benign than most versions. (The exhibition at the end of the chapter states that Fayte's membership in the Shadowchasers was due to a request she and Penelope made with Jalal.
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 (in a way) from Cyber Commander'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. (Possibly. Whether she ever died or not was uncertain, as she appeared in a few visions in the present day. In any event, it was a completely different continuity.)
Hunter of Her Own Kind: Centuries ago, she hunted down and killed the cruelest remaining members of the race. (Well, most of them.) 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.
Hot Librarian: All of them are attractive in an eldritch, mystical way.
Magic Librarian: The Library itself is magical, and they all have very powerful supernatural abilities. (Adrian, for example, seems to be almost the Shadow Queen's equal, and the true extent of their abilities is not known.)
Known 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 (Though seems to have a habit of dragging Jalal out on adventures that invariably wind-up with them imprisoned.) and a past acquaintance of the Shadow Queen (the Redux incarnation to be precise). Easily identified by his silver cat ears and tail, as well as his flamboyant and vibrantly-colored trenchcoats.
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.
The Team Benefactor: To the Backwater team, possibly. At least a few members seem to have gotten there via his recommendation.
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.
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.
Legacy Character: In the alternate future presented in Chapter 8, it appears that she has assumed Adrian's position as the Librarian.
"WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SHIP!?"
Mei after finding out that Judy and Emily sabotaged her ship.
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 Genius: He may be a dark wizard with horrible goals, but he's very good at that. As the author says, he's "second to none in his creation of new life."
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. (The author claims even he may have forgotten it.)
Predecessor Villain: Thusfar, he has only appeared in Tsuki's origin story, which was a flashback. Whether he'll ever appear in a story set in the present day remains to be seen.
Summoning Ritual: His other specialty was demonology, and can summon fiends from the underworld. (Tsuki was not the only one he summoned and used. The others weren't as lucky.)
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. (Tsuki was very lucky, at least compared to his other subjects. She never bore any children as a result of it, and as a result, that may be why he ultimately started to pay less attention to her.)
Villainous Legacy: While he has yet to appear in any present-day fic (and whether he is alive or dead is not known) it is strongly implied that the Bloodhulks used by Drumer in Conspiracy were created via a technique he invented.
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.
Combining Mecha: Uses XYZ Machines as well as expansions of the archetype (in the chapter he appears in, they have been given the name "Gestalt Fusions".)
Armityle the Chaos Phantom
A 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.
A God Am I: His ultimate goal and in his debut chapter, he manages to turn Raviel, Lord of Phantasm into a Tier 2 God Card- Raviel, Emperor of Nightmares.
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.
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.
Hero Killer: It has been mentioned that he is tried for murdering at least 3 Shadowchasers.
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/Self-Duplication: 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.
One-Man Army: Literally. See Self-Duplication above. (Unfortunately for him, Jalal does not need that ability to fit the same Trope. Despite Moonface having thirty clones of himself during the battle, Jalal still won.)
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.
Signature Card: Gate Guardian, who he uses alongside his Gate of Paradise Field Spell in order to summon it with ease.
J/ Judy LaBaron
'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. For more tropes that also pertain to her, see Judy's entry above.
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.
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 (or at least one of them, maybe) from at least one previous encounter before her chapter in Twice-Told Tales, and they do not like each other.
Signature Card: 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.
An 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'scharacter page.
The Starscream: Was initially a servant of the Shadow Queen, but larer 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.
Canon Foreigner: Zigzagged. While based on the villain who appears in the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds manga, who is actually that continuity's version of Rudger Godwin, this seems to be a different person entirely. (The author himself has said so.)
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.
Dark Is Evil: He and his Darkspawn monsters definitely qualify.
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". (And considering who those two decks are, especially the latter that's really saying something.)
A toy store owner that was responsible for several killings in Backwater 50 years prior to Knightfall who has had his soul transferred to a doll and later a card.
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.
An elven prince of a royal family in a place called the Sunlit Lands who lives in Backwater, he's likely one of the biggest sleazeballs you'd ever meet, not only flaunting his wealth but committing vile atrocities and using his influence and wealth to get away with it all.
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 Caligula: Not yet, but given that he's the heir apparent of his native land, he could well fit that Trope eventually.
The Fair Folk: Evil? Check. Native of a place where fey rule? Check. Arrogant with a dislike of humans? Double check. Seems he qualifies.
Faux Affably Evil: It's pretty obvious that his initial politeness towards Tsuki is a sham act.
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. (He has a whole bottle and drinks from a standard wine glass.)
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.
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.
Solex's sister, apparently skilled at elven magic.
Anti-Villain: Assuming she's a villain at all (it's too early to tell her intentions) she doesn't seem nearly as cruel as her brother.
Big Creepy-Crawlies: She's somehow able to create "Doppelgangers" (presumably of herself) 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.
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.
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.