Characters: Shadows Awakening
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Jade ChanA ten year old girl from Hong Kong who's currently living with her uncles in San Francisco, and frequently joins their adventures. After being directly exposed to the Ring of Kur-Asan's power, she became half Shadowkhan. Even if she enjoys her powers a lot, she must find a way to return back to human or else she will once again become the Queen of the Shadowkhan.
- Action Girl: Much more than the original series, thanks to her new powers.
- Amazon Brigade: Is the leader of one (her tribe).
- Combo Platter Powers: Her set of abilities are actually this:
- Closet Geek: Although it’s unknown how much Jade expresses her interests, she has made references to Naruto and Pokemon at a couple of points.
- Cursed with Awesome: How Jade sees her actual state. She enjoys her power, but is wary about what she will become if she doesn't return to human.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a Shadowkhan, she wants to use her powers for good.
- Drives Like Crazy: She doesn’t know how to drive, so when she tries to instruct one of her Shadowkhan to do so, Hilarity Ensues.
- Genre Savvy: As ever.
- The Hero
- Henshin Hero: Can switch between human and Shadowkhan forms at will, but needs to be Shadowkhan in order to use her abilities.
- Immortality Inducer: Jackie gives Jade the Dog Talisman so she's not harmed during fights.
- Kid Hero: Since the focus of the story is on her, she escapes the Kid Sidekick trope and lands here.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Uses a mix of martial arts and magic to fight.
- Shipper on Deck: Like in canon, she actively ships Jackie/Viper.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Played with. Whenever she goes Shadowkhan, her attitude worsens over time.
Jackie ChanJade's uncle, who wants to restore Jade back to normal before she becomes completely evil, at all costs.
- Affectionate Nickname: Like in canon, Viper sometimes calls him "Babyface".
- Butt Monkey: Like in canon. Hence why Jade gives him the Horse Talisman.
- The Lancer: To Jade's The Hero
- Morality Chain: To Viper. She said Jackie is the main reason she stopped being a criminal and tried to be a better person.
Uncle ChanJackie's uncle and Jade's great uncle. An old, grumpy chi wizard.
- Badass Grandpa: He managed to hold his own against several Shadowkhan by merely using martial arts.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be pretty jerky a lot of the time, but truly cares for his family and apprentice.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Though to a much lesser extent than Jade, since he relies mostly on magic to fight, and uses martial arts as a last resort.
- The Smart Guy
TohruA former Dark Hand enforcer, who's now Uncle's chi wizard apprentice.
- The Big Guy
- Easily Forgiven: Jade lampshades this, saying how Jackie is perfectly okay with working with a former Dark Hand enforcer who once tried to kill Jade (though Jade herself claims that she also forgave him for his past deeds).
- Mighty Glacier: Jade lampshades that Tohru is this, and gives him the Rabbit Talisman to compensate.
ViperA former thief that, after meeting Jackie, dropped her criminal life, and sometimes joins him in his fight against evil.
- Action Girl
- Fragile Speedster: According to Jade, who gives her the Ox Talisman to compensate.
- Love Interest: To Jackie.
- Official Couple: Gets together with Jackie in the Sequel Hook.
- Playing with Fire: Picks the Dragon Talisman when she realizes that the Snake Talisman is gone, since "a dragon is the closest thing to a snake".
- Never Live It Down: Like in canon, Jackie couldn't let go of the fact that she used to be a thief. Subverted later when Jackie learns about her past.
Captain BlackThe head of spy agency Section 13 and one of the Chan family's biggest allies.
- Bald of Awesome
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses a bazooka against Kyosuke. It doesn't work, but he deserves credit for trying.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Joins the team during the three final chapters.
- Embarrassing Nickname: While in Shadowkhan from, Jade calls him "Baldy", a nickname he doesn't appreciate.
- Mission Control: Arranges transportation for the J-Team whenever they need to get somewhere in a hurry, but rarely participates himself.
Daolon WongThe Darkest Mage, who after escaping prison, found the Ring of Kur-Asan and used it to regain his powers, as well as two talismans. Now seeks to unveil the secrets of the Shadowkhan to gain even more power.
- Big Bad: The main one of the story.
- Crazy-Prepared: Even if he still has the ring, he creates a belt that with slots that will permanently bind the talismans to it, and the belt itself is bound to Wong.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Despite his wide range of powers and abilities, he has a tendency to focus on destructive spells, even in situations where the other spells would be more useful (see Forgot About His Powers).
- Evil Sorcerer
- Eye Beams: Thanks to the Pig Talisman.
- Fatal Flaw: Though he’s finally beginning to overcome it, his Forgot About His Powers moments in canon was often what led to his defeat.
- Forgot About His Powers: Like in canon, he has a wide array of very useful powers and abilities, talismans included, yet in the end he only uses a few of them. Lampshaded by Jade. Handwaved in the story in that Dark Chi Wizards tend to favor destructive spells over other kind of spells, regardless of how useful they may be.
- Genre Savvy: Unlike canon, here he learns from his mistakes.
- The Heavy: Of all the members of the Big Bad Ensemble, he's the most prominent, not to mention is the one who started and is carrying the plot. Until Chapter 13, when he's re-arrested, loses his power, and the role passes to the Queen.
- Invisibility: Thanks to the Snake Talisman, though he rarely uses it.
- Mind over Matter: Thanks to the Rooster Talisman.
- Power Floats: Again, Rooster.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: During the battle in the Forge of Shadows, he becomes convinced that he's powerful enough that he doesn't need his Warriors to defeat the J-Team, and can do so himself. He turns out to be wrong, though only just barely.
- Villain Team-Up: With The Phantom.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Thanks to the Monkey Talisman, though he forgot about it until he needed to get to the temple.
- Was Once a Man: Uses the Temple to turn himself into a Shadowkhan and create his own tribe. The Queen ultimately reverses the process.
The Phantom/KyosukeThe ghost of a Shadowkhan that Daolon Wong summoned by accident. For some reason, he's helping Wong in his goals.
- Arch-Enemy: To Tarakudo
- Asskicking Equals Authority: The whole reason for his Face-Heel Turn was his belief that power only belongs to those strong enough to take it, and thus the Emperor didn't deserve to rule Japan.
- Back from the Dead: Uses the combined power of the Dark Treasures to resurrect himself.
- Bigger Bad
- The Dragon: Becomes this to Wong after his resurrection, then to the Queen after Wong's defeat.
- Evil Versus Evil: Is opposed to Tarakudo, who betrayed him long ago.
- Fallen Hero: Used to be a great warrior named Kyosuke, until he was lured to the dark side by the Brotherhood of Shadow, becoming the Dark Champion of the Shadowkhan, leading to his eventual death and transformation into the wraith he is now.
- Genre Savvy: Just read his thoughts on apprentices.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: It's very unclear what his motives are, except that Wong is somehow helpful to them, and that he wants to screw up Tarakudo’s plans as revenge for the Oni king’s betrayal.
- It ultimately turns out that he just wants to raise up a worthy ruler for the Shadowkhan, since he apparently isn't. He ultimately decides the Queen is more worthy than Wong.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: His life's philosophy. He's helping Wong in the hopes that he'll prove worthy to rule the Shadowkhan. When he fails, Kyosuke switches loyalties to the Queen.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Until his resurrection.
- The Power of Hate: His rage on his deathbed at Tarakudo's betrayal ensured that his spirit was able to linger on, albeit in the twisted form it now has.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Appears to have been the case before the start of the story. During the Final Battle, he's trapped inside the Urn of Wei Cheing.
- Villain Team-Up: With Wong, to whom he makes no illusions that he's not just using him to further his own goals.
- He and the Queen cut a deal behind the partners' backs; when the Queen proves to be more of a worthy ruler than Wong, Kyosuke switches loyalties.
- Was Once a Man
The Queen of the ShadowkhanJade's Super-Powered Evil Side, who's revived thanks to the Ring of Ku-Asan, and wants to take over Jade's body.
- Bigger Bad: Plotting to take over Jade's body.
- Big Bad: After getting a body of her own, she usurps Wong's position as main villain.
- The Corruption/The Corrupter: She's actually both tropes. She tries to seduce Jade with promises of power, at the same time she slowly uses her dark magic to influence Jade's body and spirit.
- Daddy's Little Villain: At least how Tarakudo sees her, since she was created from a tattoo made from his seal.
- Enemy Within: To Jade.
- Enemy Without: When she manages to complete her corruption, the Tiger Talisman splits her and Jade apart, giving the Queen her own body.
- Eviler Than Thou: She defeats Wong, strips him of his power, and proves to be a more worthy ruler of the Shadowkhan.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: According to Jade, at least.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Freudian Slip: She slips at one point, forgetting to include Tarakudo in a statement about gaining freedom, only to hastily correct herself. Tarakudo lets her know that he caught the slip before leaving.
- Genre Savvy: Something she shares with Jade. She realizes Tarakudo will betray her when he doesn't need her anymore, so preemptively betrays him first by cutting a deal with the Phantom.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: She even lampshades this trope when she says that Queens are feared and respected.
- Put on a Bus: She is attacked by the Phantom in the Mental World she occupies, and her state is currently unknown (though she’s still around).
- The Bus Came Back: When her corruption of Jade results in the Tiger Talisman splitting them apart, she's able to re-enter the game. And then reveals her absence was part of her deal with Kyosuke — corrupting Jade without directly interacting with her.
- Stripperiffic: Like her canon counterpart, she still wears a long black and purple dress that bares her legs and exposes her cleavage (that is, if she had any cleavage to begin with). Lampshaded by the narration.
- Villainous Breakdown: When the Phantom attacks her in her Mental World she quickly starts begging for mercy.
- Villain Team-Up: With Tarakudo, though she seems to be chafing under his control.
- She and Kyosuke cut a deal behind their partners' backs; when the Queen proves a more worthy ruler than Wong, Kyosuke switches loyalties to her.
TarakudoThe Lord of All Oni, who's trapped in the Shadow Realm, and plans to use the Queen of the Shadowkhan to escape.
- Bigger Bad
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrayed Kyosuke back in the day for no real reason other than his own selfishness. The Queen is aware he'll do so to her too once she's no longer needed, so betrays him first.
- Evil Versus Evil: Is opposed by The Phantom, who he betrayed long ago.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is trapped in the Shadow Realm.
- Villain Team-Up: With the Queen, though he's clearly the dominant partner. Or so he thinks.
Ironfist, Fang and TempestDaolon Wong's new Dark Chi Warriors.
- The Brute: Ironfist
- Dark Action Girl: Fang.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Ironfist is the fighter, Tempest the mage and Fang the thief.
- Mage Killer: Fang was created to serve as this; one of her energy daggers can temporarily disable magic.
- Our Zombies Are Different: The story mentions that they were created from corpses. Still it's downplayed, since their undead nature is never brought up.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: More so than Wong's original dark chi warriors, in that they actually have personalities.
- Smash Mook: Ironfist.
- Squishy Wizard: Tempest.
- Third-Person Person: How Fang speaks.
- Weather Manipulation: Tempest's main power.
ShenduThe Demon Sorcerer of Fire and the Chan family's Arch-Enemy. Is currently imprisoned as a statue in Section 13.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Chans.
- Put on a Bus: Has disappeared from the story after Wong’s escape with the Monkey and Snake Talismans.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is trapped as a statue. He tries to escape early on via his Shadowkhan, but is stopped.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Wong shortly before his escape attempt.
- What Could Have Been: Was originally going to join the Big Bad Ensemble, until the author's beta pointed out that he needed ALL his talismans to escape his statue form, which wasn't possible as the story was written.