Characters: The Celestial Zone
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TCZ Main - Eastern Scions
A scion of the Righteous Way, The Bandit of BanditsOverview:
One of the flagship heroines of the TCZ franchise, Xing Ling's story began in the first volume of the first series as a self-styled "Bandit of Bandits"
who goes around helping the victims of bandits recover what was robbed from them
with her awesome martial arts skills. Her life would come to an important turning point after a chance encounter brought her face to face with The Celestial Zone.
- Action Girl: But of course, we all know it by now!
- Bad Ass: Oh yes!
- Badass Normal: Even before developing spiritual powers, she single-handedly defeated a Mook from the Evil Way. Granted, it was a Ghost, the lowest-ranked of Mooks, but as Wang Chan had put it, even the lowliest of goons from the Celestial Zone would make short work of normal (that is, those without spiritual powers) people.
- Took a Level in Badass: Developed spiritual powers.
- Boyish Short Hair: Had long hair at her debut in TCZ I, but her first major battle saw her getting a Close-Call Haircut, hence giving her the hairstyle that she would keep for the rest of the first series.
- Break the Cutie: Volume 4 of TCZ I, where Xing Ling had to fight for her very life while being hopelessly outclassed, and spending a good part of the volume nursing a broken arm and an inability to call out for help due to a throat injury, the combined feeling of helplessness and her injuries nearly tipped her past her breaking point. Thankfully she's a tough one to say the least, and she gets better.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Remember when Wang Chan told Xue Wu that he sensed something special about Xing Ling? He was right. She later Took a Level in Badass - more like twenty levels in badass, to become one of The Celestial Zone's top scions, right up there with Chi Xue.
- Chekhov's Skill: Her "Shooting Stars" technique. It proved instrumental in defeating Moon Monarch in the ultimate battle of the first series, and as of TCZ II, she's even combined it with her considerable spiritual powers to create a whole new set of techniques that capitalizes on her Lightning Bruiser status with devastating effect.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: The Bandit of Bandits, although she's somewhat more altruistic due to her Robin Hood-esque tendencies to return the loot to their rightful owners.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Has been on the giving and receiving end of several curb stomps; some of her notable instances include:
- David Versus Goliath: Her first few battles with enemy Mooks during her Badass Normal phase count as such.
- The Ditz: Has shades of this, what with her tendency to get mixed up between left and right at times.
- Genki Girl
- Lightning Bruiser: Post-development of spiritual powers, Xing Ling was noted to be one of - if not the - fastest scions in the East. Combined with the fact that she can really pack a punch and you've essentially got this trope running for her.
- Super Speed: Is stunningly quick even by the standards of The Celestial Zone's top scions.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Mentions it outright in volume 1 of TCZ I when a bandit surrenders, begging for mercy, to which she reassuringly replies that she never kills. She carries this trait for the entirety of the series. Only the worst of the worst are exempt.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: One of the most triumphant examples of this trope as far as the TCZ franchise is concerned. Strangely though, is that the initial release of the first volume of TCZ I showed her on the cover (which is the only colored portion of the manhua then) with (depending on whether you got the English or Chinese version) dark brown hair for the former and black (with a tint of dark olive) hair on the latter.
One of the top scions of The Celestial Zone, Chi Xue strikes fear in the heart of all followers of the Evil Way
; with her distinctive red outfit
and icy-cold disposition
, Chi Xue earned her title of "Destroyer of Evil" due to her merciless approach to slaughtering any and all followers of the Evil Way with absolutely no pity or remorse
. However, there's more to her than meets the eye...
- Action Girl
- Bad Ass: Without a doubt, one of the most Bad Ass members of the cast.
- Beautiful All Along: When Chi Xue is unveiled for the first time courtesy of Hat Damage by Xuan Tian Crow.
- Break the Badass: The volume in the first series titled Doom of The Destroyer is pretty much about this trope. Both physically as well as emotionally.
- Happens again in Volume 16 of TCZ I during her showdown with Xuan Hua Divine, and the emotional damage might be even greater than the first, as her very sister sacrificed herself to heal her from her injuries..
- Breakout Character: The only TCZ character thus far to get her own Spin-Off manhua that further expands on her origins.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Practically every one of her fights in the first 25% of the course of the first series is such.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Gradually, as part of her Character Development over the course of the first series.
- Dramatic Unmask: See Beautiful All Along above.
- The Dreaded: Only if you're a bad guy.
- Friend to All Children: One of her Character Establishing Moments; after making short work of a bunch of Mooks that had earlier decimated a village, Chi Xue stumbles upon a group of children who survived due to said goons deciding to save the best for the last, and gently reassures them that she will lead them to safety. This was also used to her disadvantage in Volume 6, when Jade Rabbit uses some brainwashed children to act as a decoy to draw Chi Xue out. Her concern for children was so much so that even while severely handicapped by a Game-Breaking Injury she continued to fight her enemies while shielding said child. It was only until later did we that it was discovered that said child she was shielding was already done in by a lethal dose of poison that was inflicted beforehand. Potential Tear Jerker, anyone?
- Good Is Not Soft: And how!
- Lady in Red: The Mazakala clone, whose outfit essentially amounts to an anachronistic number that combines elements of Sensual Spandex, Chainmail Bikini and Spy Catsuit into one spicy Ms. Fanservice package.
- Lady of War
- Meaningful Name: Chi Xue means "Crimson Snow", which says a lot about her choice of wardrobe, and her personality...
- Mook Horror Show: It really sucks to be a mook from the Evil Way and have The Destroyer of Evil come knocking...
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Mostly appears to be "ice", although the "sugar" part shows itself whenever she's around children.
- Tranquil Fury: Maintains her icy-cold disposition and preternatural calm even as she slaughters Evil Way followers by the truckload - if trucks existed back in her era, that is.
A disciple from Mount Dream Cloud
One of the top disciples from a leading school in the Righteous Way, Wang Chan was introduced early in the story as one of the main characters alongside his senior Xue Wu
, whom he looks up to as a big brother figure despite the two of them being unrelated by blood. Is shown to be exceptionally talented, wise and knowledgeable for his age
, and seems to be extremely knowledgeable about the going-ons in the Celestial Zone.
- Badass Bookworm: He's usually more inclined to approaching problems using wit and diplomacy rather than brute force, but * he's shown to be more than capable of holding his ground as well in the event of a slugfest.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Sure, he's all mild-mannered and bookish and inclined towards pacifism, but if you're evil and think he's a pushover because of that, be careful...
- Confusion Fu: Wang Chan's preferred tactic when he does have to fight.
- Combo Platter Powers: The Fuxi Swordplay technique, which he mastered somewhere between TCZ I and II.
- Martial Pacifist: He'd rather not fight at all if he can help it.
- Mr. Exposition: One of his primary roles throughout the first series.
- Nerves of Steel: Holds an undisputed championship for being the only character in the entire franchise to have never suffered any form of emotional breakdown at any point, not even close. The only time he ever came anywhere close to displaying shock or horror was during Xue Wu's Face-Heel Turn.
- Nice Guy: He even once offered to Save the Villain when they were caught dangling from a broken bridge via a Hoist by His Own Petard, although the villains' selfish desire to be rescued first before their comrades ended with the whole lot of them plummeting to a Karmic Death at the bottom of a ravine.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Wang Chan is the Blue Oni to Xue Wu's Red.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Alternatively, he can also be seen as the sensitive guy to Xue Wu's manly man.
- Took a Level in Badass: Not that he wasn't a Bad Ass to begin with, but come TCZ II it's clear he'd gained quite a few levels of Bad Ass.
- Weak, but Skilled: Uses extensive applications of tactics in battle, preferring to let his opponents exhaust themselves or to trick them into revealing their blind spots, rather than to seize the advantage of striking first.
TCZ Main - Denizens of Mazakala
Hippu of Trioculus
King of the Trioculus
The king and leader of the Trioculus people, Hippu succeeded the throne following the late king's untimely demise, and forged an alliance between the Trioculus and Diabolus as part of the Opus Diaboli. Namuh thinks little of King Hippu however, seeing him as little more than a pretender. Part of the reason was due to him viewing his father, the late King Trioculus as a Worthy Opponent, and felt cheated out of an honorable Duel to the Death when Hippu murdered his own father to claim the throne for himself. Stil, he admits that the Trioculus army had their uses, and for the time being tolerates their alliance.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To the late King Trioculus, although based on Namuh's narrative it seemed that the old king Didn't See That Coming.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: While played straight by most of the Opus Diaboli generals, Hippu notably averts this trope, having shown that he possessed no more fighting skill than the average mook; a point that Masaecha brings up, much to his disgust as he comments on the young king's bladework as being "a disgrace to the legendary swordplay skills of the Trioculus people".
- Bad Ass: Not King Hippu, but his father before him - though said character was only mentioned. However, to be regarded as a Worthy Opponent by Lord Namuh probably suggests the late King Trioculus was most likely quite a fearsome warrior king.
- Bald of Evil: But carries none of the badass elements normally associated with it.
- The Brute
- The Bully: Serves as The Dragon to Big Bad Lord Namuh alongside several other co-dragons, but unlike the others he comes across as being more like a big bully than an effective minion.
- Dirty Coward: Keeping to the TCZ tradition, Hippu is TCZ X's contemporary to the likes of the Prince of Wei and Snap Assault Peter.
- Evil Is Hammy: Is quite the Large Ham with all his Badass Boasts, much to the annoyance of his fellow generals, indicating that he's pretty much all bark and no bite.
- Face of a Thug: For all intents and purposes he looks (and acts) more like a thug than a king. See The Brute above.
- Humiliation Conga: Gets one from Sniosiv. This troper found it pretty satisfying.
- Kick the Dog: Delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to fellow general Snoisiv, just to prove his "manliness" to his subordinates. It comes back later to bite him in the ass, culminating in his Karmic Death.
- Proud Warrior Race: The Trioculus people as a whole seemed to be portrayed as such. Sadly however, their new king isn't doing said reputation of his people any justice.
- Scary Black Man: Who turns out to be not so scary after all.
- The Evil Prince: Beheaded his own father while he wasn't looking in order to claim the throne for himself.
Namuh of Diabolus
King of the Diabolus, former leader of the Opus Diaboli
King of the Diabolus tribe, and leader of the alliance known as the Opus Diaboli, Namuh plays the role of the primary antagonist of TCZ-X for much of the series.
- Affably Evil: Is remarkably well-mannered for a villain, and also shows his own code of chivalrous conduct.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He leads the Opus Diaboli alliance, and is naturally their most formidable warrior, being second to only Swodahs herself.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fights without a weapon in his hand most of the time.
- Big Bad
- Enemy Mine: See Teeth-Clenched Teamwork below.
- Evil Overlord
- Foe Yay: Towards Xing Ling.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: When he doesn't have a sword in his hand, Namuh combines this with the use of magic spells. His unarmed combat style generally looks more rough-and-tumble compared to the more refined martial arts moves used by the Eastern scions.
- Implacable Man: Shrugs off everything that Silenfoid and Masecha, two of the top Western scions, could throw at him, and was decidedly mopping the floor with the two of them even when the two had chosen to fight in a locale where they had a terrain advantage.
- Magic Knight: Namuh's fighting style, as he's been showed to be equally adept at both blades and spells.
- Noble Demon
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Xing Ling, Lamina and the rest of the good guys after he was ousted from his position as the Big Bad.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. He's not really as evil as he was thought out to be.
TCZ 21 Characters
Tai Yi Dao
A seemingly harmless and innocuous young man who appeared to be highly knowledgeable and profoundly Wise Beyond His Years
, despite being shrouded in mystery he quickly endears himself to most of the cast. Little do they know however, is that he is in fact the leader of the primary antagonist faction in the story, the renegade Espers known as Hermes Corps
- Cool Sword: Wields one in combat, but it's never explained whether it's an extension of his ESP or an actual weapon. It does seem to respond to his powers, however, so it's presumably the latter.
- Crazy-Prepared: During his battle with Apocalyptic Time he actually had his Beehive Barrier put up in advance, knowing full well that Time would start the fight by spamming his time freeze right off the bat. Did I forget to mention that Tai Yi Dao's shield is next to impenetrable? There was nothing Apocalyptic Time could do.
- Friend to All Living Things: While having lunch with Senba Zuru, he actually stopped her from crushing an ant, stating how they have as much right to live as we do. It doesn't apply to humanity though, being the Misanthrope Supreme that he is. Or rather, he applies it in a rather twisted way; stating that in spite of being thoroughly disgusted by humanity's selfish ways and callous disregard for nature he has no intentions of completely exterminating humanity, but rather, seeks to drive down the human population so that they will no longer be a threat to nature.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Is pretty uncompromising in his outlook that Humans Are Bastards, and sincerely believes that the world would be better off without them. Though true to his Affably Evil nature, he maintains a friendly, personable public image.
- Worthy Opponent: Sees Master Achilles and later Mi Sheng as this, and being the sort of person that he is, gives them their due respect in battle.
Protagonist, Scion of ESP
One of the first of the protagonists to be introduced to the story, Lavender was sent to Singapore on a mission by her mysterious Eccentric Mentor
WTB in search of the Scion who possesses the legendary White Potential.
- Action Girl: She's a Wee Tian Beng created heroine, what do you expect?
- Bad Ass: For the first one-third of the series she's shown to have little to no difficulty handling whatever opposition stands in her way.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Got blackmailed by Alice into letting her carve a mark into her face, although the first time around Alice only but managed to make a cut before Kamiya intervened. In what might be a moment of crossing the Moral Event Horizon by Alice, she returns to finish the job after Lavender was rendered immobile by a more potent time stopper than herself.
- Break the Cutie: See the spoilered trope above.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Has lilac eyes that match her hair.
- Expy: Of Xing Ling. (See TCZ I, II and X)
- Genki Girl: Almost to the point that she seems like Xing Ling's Spiritual Successor.
- Otaku: Loves manga and Cosplay.
- Time Stands Still: Her main power set basically allows her to freeze time.
- The Worf Effect: Wee Tian Beng appears to be fond of zig-zagging this trope for Lavender for the first half or so of the series by having Lavender appear to struggle against a newly-introduced antagonist, then inverts the trope by revealing it as a bluff on her part to get them to reveal their openings.
- Vol. 4 features a Cliff Hanger Ending that introduced Snap Assault Peter who promptly introduces Lavender to the ground via an energy blast equivalent of a "Hey, You!" Haymaker. The next volume reveals that Lavender pretty much did a No Sell on Peter's attack.
- Vol. 7 had Explosive Blast make his debut by taking a Worf Barrage of Lavender's best hits, then boasting that even if she stopped time she would have no way of defeating him because he can take whatever she can throw at him. Lavender proceeds to go for his eyes and kick him into a river.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has a head of purple hair, though it remains to be seen whether her hair color is the result of dyes or natural.