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The Main Players
The entire group shares these traits:
- Gang of Hats: Unknowingly to them, they all share the interesting trait of not being who their names suggest. Sakura and Syaoran are actually clones of the original ones, Fai is the twin brother of the original Fai, Mokona Modoki is a copy of the original Mokona, and Kurogane's name is not his real name.
- Heroic Safe Mode: R!Syaoran, Kurogane and Fai have one when C!Syaoran is destroyed.
- It's Personal: Even Mokona kind of gets this.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: All their actions only help the Big Bad accelerate his plans even further.
- True Companions: The group members all care about each other, even the aloof Kurogane.
- Two Girls to a Team: Since the White Mokona is confirmed to be female, therefore the group is composed of three guys and two girls.
- Unwitting Pawn: They are all part of a big scheme. Some of them know more than others, though.
Voiced by: Miyu Irino (JP), Jason Liebrecht (EN), Pepa Agudo (SP, series), Ángel de Gracia (SP, movie)Syaoran is a young archeologist who is in love with Sakura, his childhood friend and the princess from the Kingdom of Clow. When Sakura's memories are scattered throughout parallel dimensions, Syaoran goes on a quest to recover them, giving all of Sakura's memories involving him as a payment to travel.Crossover character from Cardcaptor Sakura.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: In addition to his skills as a fighter, he is also an archaeologist, having took up his father's dreams to become one.
- Always Save the Girl: His entire journey is about collecting the feathers in order to bring back Sakura's memories
- Artificial Human: He's actually a clone created by Fei Wong to collect Sakura's feathers. See below for more elaboration.
- Badass Normal: At first he is the most normal fighter of the group as does not possess magic or sword arts like Fai and Kurogane and employs a hand-to-hand style instead.
- Back from the Dead: Except not really, since he was a clone so he couldn't die, he only disappeared, or in this case, reincarnated before disappearing completely, and then disappeared for real from the entire space-time continuum of the multiverse.
- Battle Couple: After their reincarnation, he and his wife C!Sakura spend 14 years in a time capsule to pull a Big Damn Heroes in the final battle to protect their son and defeat Fei Wong.
- Bishōnen: It's CLAMP, what do you expect?
- Cannibalism Superpower: He obtains Fai's magic gouging out the latter's eye and consuming it.
- Character Development: At first he is willing to sacrifice everything he has to save Sakura even though he sees himself unfit for her. As time goes on, he realizes that being hurt also hurts Sakura so he tells Ashura he will not lose his life. After being stabbed by Fei Wang, Syaoran accepts to stay with Sakura regardless of how unfit he is.
- Chastity Couple: With Sakura. For all the trouble Syaoran goes through to save Sakura, a peck on the cheek is as close to a kiss as they're ever going to get. They do get married and produce Tsubasa/R!Syaoran after their reincarnation.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Sakura. He has been in love with Sakura since childhood and she reciprocates, but he doesn't dare to take it to the next level because of their social class difference.
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and eyes.
- Declaration of Protection: He always says he will protect Sakura.
- Decoy Protagonist: During the Tokyo Revelations arc, the real Syaoran takes up the mantle.
- Determinator: Is he ever. There is nothing that is going to stop him from saving Sakura and returning her feathers.
- Dynamic Entry: Early in the series his ambush is so surprising that maybe Might Guy was his trainer.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He first disappears in R!Syaoran's arms.
- Does Not Like Shoes: After his Face–Heel Turn, he adopts an attire similar to R!Syaoran when he was locked up in the tube, which doesn't include footwear.
- Empty Shell: There was something weird about him as a kid. It is later revealed at that time he had a small heart which R!Syaoran gave him.
- Evil Twin: He's the Evil Twin! Or at least a heartless copy, though it's eventually averted.
- Expy: Of Syaoran Li of course. Also, not only he shares Sora's physical traits but also the same voice actor.
- Extremity Extremist: Fights extensively with kicks; later revealed that this is to compensate for his poor depth perception due to being blind in one eye.
- Face–Heel Turn: In Tokyo.
- Forced into Evil: The removal of R!Syaoran's soul returns him back into Fei Wang's control.
- Freak Out!: When he accidentally kills the clone Sakura, just as she tells him that she loves him.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When taking Fai's eye.
- Happily Adopted: By Fujitaka Kinomoto.
- Heel–Face Turn: In the original Clow Country, when he gave up his life to kill Fei Wang.
- The Hero: He's this through the first half of the series. The story follows him in his journey to recover the memories of the girl he loves while he adventures into different worlds with his True Companions and helps others along the way. Then the Tokyo arc comes...
- Heroic Sacrifice: C!Syaoran disappeared to get Watanuki and R!Syaoran out of the void Fei Wang Reed created.
- How Much More Can He Take?: Lampshaded. Since he lost his heart, Syaoran doesn't feel wounds and will fight even with a broken arm.
- Ideal Hero: During the first half Syaoran makes friends everywhere and becomes stronger. However, on the second half...
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Subverted when Seishiro just impales Syaoran's PC. He is then impaled for real in Clow by Fei Wang.
- Insecure Love Interest: He tends to think a mere archeologist is not worthy to be with a princess like Sakura.
- Invincible Villain: When he became into a soulless automaton of Fei Wang, C!Syaoran won all three of his fights against R!Syaoran. If he had not gained a heart before his victory in the original Clow Country, the Tsubasa gang would have lost.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Especially if they come with magic.
- Kid Hero: At first glance he looks like a quite normal kid, but he is soon revealed to be a Badass.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Averted. At first Syaoran claims not remembering what happened to him before being adopted but we later learn he had no past.
- Leitmotif: A Song of Storm and Fire
- Magical Eye: He consumes Fai's left eye to obtain its magical powers. As a result, his right eye turns blue.
- Magic Knight: Become this once he gained Fai's magical powers.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His face really yells that when he destroys Sakura's soul.
- My Own Grampa: Reincarnated as the real Syaoran's father.
- Nice Guy: He is polite, selfless, and is willing to help others in time of need.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When losing his heart, he has no problems in beating up enemies to the point he first takes down a lion guardian and then takes one of Kamui's arms.
- No Ontological Inertia: Disappears after Fei Wang Reed's death; Yuuko and Clow paid the price to get him and C!Sakura into the cycle of reincarnation.
- Papa Wolf: When he is reincarnated, he along with his wife is willing to spend 14 years in a time capsule just to help his real son.
- Passing the Torch: He gives R!Syaoran his jian and name in the time paradox in which he has become his father.
- Playing with Fire: He uses fire attacks from the sword Hien.
- Recurring Dreams: He often dreams about somebody who looks like him...
- Redemption Equals Death: Averted. After being reconstructed by Yuko, he still feels remorse for all the pain he has caused.
- Reincarnate In Another World: After dying, C!Syaoran reincarnates in the past of the ×××HOLiC universe along with C!Sakura.
- Reincarnation Romance: After he and C!Sakura die, Yuuko allows them to reincarnate in the past of the ×××HOLiC universe. There they are reunited and give birth to the original Syaoran.
- Shirtless Scene: More of a Fan Disservice considering he is all covered in blood when he betrays his friends and later in a chapter cover and one of Fuma's flashbacks.
- Spam Attack: He can freely use Fai's magic.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The issue is should we follow the furigana (Syaoran), apply the pinyin pronunciation of the kanji (Xiaolang), or use Cantonese (Siulong) due to his heritage?
- Spin Attack: His kicks. It's not as over the top as the one from another of Clamp's characters, Suzaku.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With C!Sakura. It took them one reincarnation to finally get together, and even then, to save their son/his original version, they have to de-age themselves and spend years in a tube, one glass wall apart from each other. And in the end, they both disappear as Fei Wang's creations cannot exist after his death.
- The Stoic: As a kid he was this until meeting Sakura. Then in Tokyo he becomes stoic once again when being controlled by Fei Wang.
- Superpowered Evil Side: When losing his Heart.
- Taking the Bullet: Took a stab from Fei Wang in what would have killed the Real Syaoran.
- Tragic Hero: In the end, no matter how much feathers he will have successfully gathered for Sakura's memories, he will always be burdened by the fact that she will never remember him before the start of their journey.
- Undying Loyalty: Even if he is not remembered by Sakura, he will fight for her sake.
- Unskilled, but Strong: His fighting style is too straigth forward to compensate for his poor defense brought by his low vision.
- Younger Than He Looks: He was created as a seven year old kid.
- Action Girl: During the second half of the Tokyo Arc.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She has red-tinted hair in the manga, but is something between a brunette and a bleached blonde in the anime.
- Amnesiac Lover: As a payment to travel throughout dimensions, Sakura will never be able to remember Syaoran as her beloved childhood friend.
- Artificial Human: Revealed to be a clone just as much as Syaoran.
- Back from the Dead: Just like Syaoran above.
- Battle Couple: Pulls a Big Damn Heroes along with her husband reincarnated C!Syaoran during the final battle so they can help their son defeat Fei Wang.
- Born Lucky: Played straight and lampshaded when Fai uses her luck to ensure they have money by entering Sakura in gambling games in Spirit. Sakura's luck is later used as part of a price paid to Yuuko for a wish.
- Break the Cutie: Imagine that every time you regain your memories, there is always that one person that is missing from your memories. And no matter how much you try to remember this person, some sort of deal will negate any attempts to remember this person. It's not just Syaoran who is in pain of being unable to make the person remember you but even the amnesiac girl is just as, or even more in pain than him. Or try the Cerebus Syndrome version when the person who protected you, and the person you were in love with, ended up being a clone and ruthlessly wounds your loved ones after he lost his heart. No wonder she lost all of her genki traits that her orignal version had; its because fate seems always to be against her.
- Broken Bird: Becomes one around the Infinity Arc. Watching the person you love lose his heart and ruthlessly wound your friends does something to your personality.
- Cannot Spit It Out: A unique take on an older trope. The Dimension Witch's price for helping Sakura and Syaoran was their past relationship. Any time Sakura realizes her past feelings for Syaoran and tries to tell him, her memory of that is instantly removed, resulting in several Un Confessions.
- Chastity Couple: With Syaoran. However, they do get married and produce Tsubasa/R!Syaoran after their reincarnation.
- Cherry Blossom Girl: But besides her name which correlates to her original counterpart, she bears no references to cherry blossoms whatsoever.
- The Chick: She's a pretty straight example in the first half of the series. She's the pretty princess and the love interest of The Hero who is there to be protected by her companions and be the one keeping them together. Later, in Infinity arc, once a certain member of the group has left, she arguably becomes The Heroine and (literally) The Chessmaster.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Syaoran. She has been friends with him since childhood and has loved him for a very long time. After she loses her memories, Syaoran has to pay the price that Sakura won't be able to remember their past relationship, but she falls in love with him again anyway.
- Damsel in Distress: A few times, and it peters out about the Infinity Arc... though someone will usually make an attempt on capturing her at some point.
- Deuteragonist: Swaps with Syaoran as her role in Tsubasa.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": She has been trying to talk Syaoran out of calling her "Your Highness" (and using Keigo in general) ever since they were little kids - to no avail.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: We never see her prediction dreams but this is how she managed to create a gambit that surprises even Fei Wang.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Subverted. Before disappearing she tries to confess to C!Syaoran, but vanishes before saying it. She manages to say it before they get reincarnated, though.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Tomoyo does, at least.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She's the princess of the Kingdom of Clow.
- Friend to All Living Things: Or even to not-living things.
- Genki Girl: Initially before she loses her memories, she seems to be as cheerful and happy as her original counterpart as shown in the beginning when she glomps Syaoran immediately after he came back from work, asking multitudes of question along the way. But following her memory loss, she becomes reserved and quiet, lacking any of her personality that she has when she was younger. It all culminates in the second half when she becomes a Broken Bird, becoming even more reserved and quiet and rarely smile at anyone who is not Mokona.
- Hair Antennae: She has two strands of hair that stick up from the top of her head.
- Hair Intakes: Her hair has two intakes that look like cat ears.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: She tries to make Syaoran recover his will from Fei Wang but barely makes him hesitate in the Tokyo OVA. In the Dream World, she succeeds at the cost of her soul.
- I See Dead People: Is able to see spirits who are suffering.
- It's All My Fault: Blames herself for C!Syaoran's massacre as he is searching for the feathers.
- Kill the Cutie: In the end, she dies when she took the stab C!Syaoran and never managed to say the words before her death.
- Magical Barefooter: Her dream self appears this way, presumably because she is shown in her night wear.
- Mama Bear: Abandons her entire life and spends 14 years in a capsule all to protect her own son.
- Neutral Female: Almost always at first.
- Nice Girl: Very caring, polite and always happy to be helpful.
- No Ontological Inertia: Disappears because of Fei Wang Reed's death; Yuuko and Clow pay the price to get her and C!Syaoran into the cycle of reincarnation.
- Please Don't Leave Me: She pleads C!Syaoran to not go when he is about to defect from the group in the Tokyo arc. It doesn't work and he leaves anyway, which breaks Sakura.
- Plucky Girl: She might be cute and painfully sweet, but Sakura's got spunk- and she proves it once things go down in Acid Tokyo.
- Protectorate: To Syaoran.
- Reincarnate In Another World: After their deaths, she and C!Syaoran reincarnate in the past of the ×××HOLiC universe.
- Reincarnation Romance: After she and C!Syaoran die, Yuuko allows them to reincarnate in the past of the ×××HOLiC universe. There they are reunited and give birth to the original Syaoran.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her love for Syaoran comes from his good heart and his determination to protect her from anything. Watching him become a heartless puppet at Fei Wong's orders clearly breaks Sakura's heart.
- Spoiled Sweet: Despite literally being a royal class of Clow Country, she shows absolutely no signs of acting like an obnoxious brat at all.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With C!Syaoran. It took them one reincarnation to finally get together, and even then, to save their son/her husband's original version, they have to de-age themselves and spend years in a tube, one glass wall apart from each other. And in the end, they both disappear as Fei Wang's creations cannot exist after his death.
- Taking the Bullet: She disappears for the first time after shielding the original Syaoran from an attack of C!Syaoran.
- Took a Level in Badass: After the latter parts of the Tokyo arc, but the result is that while she is more capable, it has rather heartbreaking Broken Bird connotations.
- Uptown Girl: Sakura is a princess and she's in love with Syaoran, a commoner archeologist of her kingdom.
- Younger than She Looks: The original version of this Sakura was created as a seven year old kid when R!Syaoran rewinded time. This Sakura herself is a clone created in the plot-triggering feather-scattering incident by Fei Wang.
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN), Yumiko Kobayashi (JP, young), Luci Christian (EN, young), Alfredo Martínez (SP, series), Óscar Muñoz (SP, movie)Kurogane is a rough-mannered ninja from the world of Japan, who is sent away from his world by Princess Tomoyo in order to have him discover his true strength. He gives up his sword Ginryū as payment to Yuuko in exchange for traveling through dimensions and get back home.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the anime, is true name is not Yōō, but Haganemaru.
- Artificial Limbs: Ends up getting one after sacrificing his left arm to save Fai in Celes. In a subversion of the usual pattern, it is NOT a perfect replacement and causes him pain.
- Badass Cape: Wears one of these in his default ninja outfit.
- Battle Couple: With Fai. They always fight together and have a knowledge of the other's fighting style that is astonishing.
- Berserk Button: Several, Fai's cutesy nicknames being the most obvious.
- He reacts extremely badly to anyone who chooses to give up on life, particularly when it's Fai.
- He also has a thing about people being eaten alive by monsters, since that was how his father died.
- Touch his family. Really, any of them. Just try. Kurogane kills some pretty powerful major. antagonists who dared to.
- Berserker Rage: There's a reason Tomoyo-hime worried about Kurogane becoming an unstoppable murdering machine. It's happened before, when his mother was killed before his eyes and his father eaten by demons, due to FWR's machinations. The Imperial Army was sent to stop one grieving boy. They died too.
- Berserker Tears: Happens during the flashback of his childhood in Recourt, when his parents were murdered and Suwa burned.
- Blood Knight: Has shades of this early on, due to his obsession with strength, but is more balanced by the end of the series.
- Break the Cutie: He was a sweet, happy child when he was younger... until his mother got sick and was murdered by Fei Wang Reed, his father was eaten by demons, and his home was razed to the ground, causing an breakdown of epic proportions.
- Childhood Friends: With Tomoyo.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Not quite on the same level as Fai's, but pretty damn horrible all the same.
- Determinator: Once Kurogane makes up his mind about something, nothing and no one will stop him from going through with it. Fai learns this the hard way, in Tokyo, with Kurogane's decision to save his life against his will. And again in Celes when Kurogane willingly cuts off his own arm to get Fai out alive. Now that's determination at its finest.
- Dope Slap: He will punch out anyone that does something he thinks is stupid, usually being too self-sacrificing. Given the nature of this group, it happens often. So often, actually, that Fai picks up on the habit.
- Expy: With his fighting style, his background and unfriendly personality he has shades of Zoro from One Piece. Complete with the same English VA.
- Grumpy Bear: He starts out as this, being a violent, moody and cynical character thrown in a light-hearted series about traveling through dimensions with his eventual True Companions. This changes after the series starts to shift into a more dramatic and darker tone, and even by then he had started to mellow out quite a bit.
- Hair-Contrast Duo: Fai and Kurogane's dynamic initially plays off like this; he is the moody, cynical brunet to Fai's ditzy light-hearted blond. Subverted when Fay's personality is actually much darker than it initially seems.
- Handicapped Badass: Cuts off his own arm to save Fai's life, and drags the mage out of a collapsing dimension one-handed while blood pours down his side. Loss of a limb in no way diminishes the badassedness of the moment.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Non-fatally, though it could have easily killed him as he sacrificed his left arm to save Fai's life.
- Hey, You!: Other than Tomoyo, Kurogane never calls anyone by name, usually 'kid' for Syaoran, 'princess' for Sakura, 'mage' for Fai, and 'white meat bun' for Mokona.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Probably too badass to be anything else.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tomoyo is barely half his height.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Implied to have this when he knocks a crossbow bolt aimed at Syaoran out of the air with a small stone and acts as if it was nothing out of the ordinary. Probably comes with being a Badass Puppy Ninja.
- In-Series Nickname: Mostly by Fai and sometimes Mokona: Kuro-tan, Kuro-pin, Kuro-run, Kuro-rin, Kuro-pu, Kuro-chi, Kuro-wanwan, Kuro-daddy or just Daddy, Big Puppy and many, ''many'' more. Interestingly enough, most of the suffix based nicknames that Fai gives him are cutesy, girly nicknames that Japanese schoolgirls give one another in an effort to appear cute- hence his aggravation.
- In the English dub, we get Kurgyburger.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Would probably like to believe he's not a Nice Guy at heart.
- Lady and Knight: Knight to Tomoyo's Lady, in an arrogant sorta way.
- Leitmotif: Break the Sword of Justice. One should probably note that this and Fai's "Strange Names" are probably the only themes of the series that are completely separated from the normal style the soundtrack has going on.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: He sacrifices his arm to save Fai.
- Major Injury Underreaction: As a fanfiction puts it, anyone who hacks off his own arm without batting an eye is fucking hardcore.
- Morality Chain: Honestly? The only reason Fai's not gone off the deep end and turned into an all out villain is probably that Kurogane kept dragging him back.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's Tall, Dark, and Handsome and cool as a cucumber.
- Near-Death Experience: A conveniently-timed one allows Tomoyo-hime to tell him how to get Fai out of Celes.
- Ninja: Interestingly, he resembles more a samurai, as he favours frontal attack, uses certainly more strength than stealth, and specializes in swordfighting and little more. However, he is sometimes seen on the roofs at night as every good ninja has to be seen, and some of his fighting poses evokes the classic ninja stances.
- One Head Taller: Than Fai, who isn't exactly short either.
- Perpetual Frowner: Spends most of his time scowling. Not so much when he's fighting, though...
- Power Limiter: The "curse" Tomoyo places on Kurogane which will decrease his strength if he kills anyone. This is subverted because we find out after Celes that it's really a protection charm and the stuff about his strength diminishing was a prophecy about the consequences of killing Ashura.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Certainly appears to be the most morally ambiguous of the heroes at first glance, but inverted as you started to realize he's the most grounded among them.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: For the first few chapters he seems to be playing this straight, but it's ultimately subverted. He's actually the only member of the team who isn't a spy
- Sarcastic Devotee: Oh so much. He tends to make snide comments to whatever Fai and Mokona say.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Fay's Sensitive Guy.
- Ship Tease: With Fay... all the time and everywhere.
- Slasher Smile: Sports one from time to time, especially when he's fighting.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Really resembles his father.
- Tame His Anger: His inability to keep it in check is why Tomoyo sends him away in the first place. Thanks to his True Companions, Kurogane eventually mellows out and learns to control himself better.
- Team Dad: Has this title applied by Fai unwillingly, but it fits surprisingly well, especially by the end of the Infinity Arc.
- Tsundere: Even with his Grumpy Bear persona, he shows himself to be capable of surprising gentleness. His tsundere tendencies are mostly reserved for Fay.
- Undying Loyalty:
- He may sometimes go against her orders, but Kurogane is utterly devoted to Tomoyo.
- Also, to his True Companions. He would do anything to keep them safe, even leave his princess again. Though, given his personality and actions, he wouldn't die for them if there was another way because then he would have to leave them unprotected.
- Unstoppable Rage: With the death of both parents in one night, he picks up his family's sword, wipes out ALL the demons in sheer rage before Amaterasu and co. arrives to deal with them (who he mostly trashes as well). And ever since then he's super capable of handling multiple enemies at once.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As a child he was adorably idealistic and innocent. Then his parents were killed by a horde of demons and sweet Kurogane turned into a bloodthirsty Blood Knight.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He'll deny it to his dying breath but for all his yelling, cursing and chasing he cares deeply about Fai.
- Yaoi Guys: With Fay. Like most CLAMP pairings it's not made explicit, but their body language around each other in their crossover appearance in xxxHolic after the end of the series is pretty telling.
- You Killed My Mother: Kurogane learns Fei Wang was the one who killed his mother, for which Kurogane vows to kill Fei Wang. Kurogane gains his revenge by delivering the fatal blow to Fei Wang in the final battle.
Fai D. Flourite/Yuui
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN), Emilio García (SP, series), Dani Albiac (SP, movie)Fai is a powerful magician from the country of Celes. He travels to Yuuko on his own accord after making his king Ashura-ō fall asleep. He wishes never to return to his country, so he gives up a tattoo on his back in exchange for Mokona to travel through dimensions.
- All of the Other Reindeer: The birth of twins was seen as a bad omen in Valeria country, which caused Fai/Yuui and his twin brother to be hated and blamed for all the misfortunes that befell on the country. Since the king decided that making them unhappy was the only way to break the "curse", the twins were imprisoned at the bottom and top of a tower.
- Ambiguously Bi: Shows attraction to women a few times earlier on in the series but his focus seems to be on Kurogane.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Fei Wang tampered with Fai/Yuui's memory to make him think that he had chosen to save himself at the cost of his twin brother's life, allowing Fei Wang to use Fai/Yuui's guilt in order to turn him into his servant under the promise that he could bring his brother back to life.
- Battle Couple: With Kurogane. Even with their problems during the Infinity Arc, they're still back-to-back.
- Becoming the Mask: It is revealed that Fai has secretly been working as The Mole for Fei Wang in an attempt to resurrect his twin brother and has been misleading the group the entire time. However, he eventually develops a genuine affection for his comrades and undergoes a Heel–Face Turn just prior to The Reveal.
- Beneath the Mask: His cheery, laughing mask is dropped altogether for his inner personality following the events of Acid Tokyo. Also has shades of Becoming the Mask, where Fai himself mentions that acting the way he did around the children became natural and instinctual.
- Berserk Button: For someone so easy going, he has quite a few of them. He's extremely protective of everyone in the main group, especially Sakura. The Celes arc shows what happens when you push his buttons too hard. Ashura-ou deliberately endangered first C!Sakura, then R!Syaoran, and finally Kurogane so as to send Fai into a murderous rage that would have resulted in a beat down of epic proportions if Fai hadn't been magically-crippled by the loss of one of his eyes and half his magic.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Always laughing? Check. Always joking? Check. Takes nothing serious? Check. Provides most of the Comic Relief? Check. Extremely powerful magic and extensive close combat and weapon training? Double Check. Conclusion: Do not, I repeat, ''do not'' threaten the people he loves or he'll make you regret it.
- Bishōnen: Probably the best example in the whole series and one of the best in the entire multi-verse.
- Break the Cutie: His backstory.
- Can't Live Without You: After his transformation into a vampire, he can't live without Kurogane's blood.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Holy crap this guy has had it bad!
- Death Seeker: Some of his earliest childhood memories are his imprisonment in the tower and having a Madness Mantra of "I want to die, I want to die" over and over again. He doesn't defend himself properly in battle which leads to Fai having injuries that could've been avoided, much to Kurogane's chagrin. And when C!Syaoran rips out his eye he actually begs Kurogane not to save him, and he holds a deep grudge against the other man for a long time when he does.
- Deus Angst Machina: Check the entry over there for more details.
- Emergency Transformation: Gets turned into a vampire in the Tokyo arc after he gets badly injured by C!Syaoran.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Grows his hair out after the events in Tokyo, signifying the darker turn in his personality. Subverted at the end of the series where he keeps the longer hair but is much happier mentally.
- Eyepatch of Power: He starts wearing an eyepatch after the Tokyo arc. However, he's a subversion since he actually lost half of his power along with the eye he lost.
- Eye Scream: When Syaoran's seal breaks, the newly soul-less clone rips out Fai's eye to gain half his magic power.
- Genre Savvy: Has shades of this. He uses Sakura's luck to make sure they have everything they need in Spirit.
- Girl in the Tower: Rare Male Example. Fai (Yuui) and his twin were imprisoned at the bottom and top of a tower, respectively, surrounded by unclimable walls, where the dead bodies of prisoners were discarded.
- Hair-Contrast Duo: Initially plays the flighty cheerful ditzy blonde to Kurogane's angry brunette, but it's later subverted when Fai's true colors begin to shine through.
- Handicapped Badass: Not as much as Kurogane and Syaoran but he kicks serious ass in the final battle before he gets his magic and eye back.
- Heel–Face Turn: Fai has been working for Fei Wang in an attempt to resurrect his twin brother and was originally The Mole sent by Fei Wang in order to mislead the group and ensure C!Syaoran succeeded in finding the feathers. However, after becoming genuinely fond of the group, Fai has a change of heart following the events of the Acid Tokyo and Infinity arcs and turns against Fei Wang for real.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Happens a few times over the course of the series, such as when Sakura is "killed" in Infinity, and when Ashura is killed in Celes.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: He bears Kurogane a pretty hefty grudge after Kurogane arranges to have Fai turned into a vampire to save his life... although Fai's objections have nothing much to do with disliking being a vampire and everything to do with the fact that he wanted to die. The two of them reconcile once Fai's worked through some of his myriad issues.
- Interrupted Suicide: It's implied he would have killed himself too after stabbing Sakura had Kurogane not stopped him.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: His physical skills are high enough to fight around comfortably without using his magic. He is very gracile to leap and dodge, and has an affinity for kicks, very much like Syaoran. Most especially after becoming a vampire, as seen in the final battle.
- Leitmotif: Strange Names One should probably note that this and Kurogane's "Break the Sword of Justice" are probably the only themes of the series that are completely separated from the normal style the soundtrack has going on.
- Like a Daughter to Me: How he feels about Sakura. Playfully at first, but then we get to Acid Tokyo, aka the shit hits the fan world. Just look at him cradle Sakura in his arms after she comes back alive from her mission. Then in Infinity, where he practically devotes himself to serving her. He later reveals that it's partially because he already knows she's a created being - this only makes him want to be kinder to her.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He grows his hair out after Acid Tokyo. See Expository Hairstyle Change. In the sequel he lets it down once and fangirls worldwide had a collective freakout.
- Martyr Without a Cause: He has little to no value for his own life, so he often tries to sacrifice himself to protect those he cares about from danger.
- The Mole: Was planted into the group by Fei Wang in order to ensure C!Syaoran succeeded in finding the feathers.
- My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Fai is actually Yuui, who took the identity of his deceased twin brother.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: His name contains the middle initial of "D". It's actually not a name but a title for high level wizards.
- The Nicknamer: To everyone in the group to some extent, but especially Kurogane. So much so he never uses the ninja's real name. At least, not until his post-vampire-transformation personality switch, where a simple statement of "Good morning, Kurogane" is used to great effect.
- Occult Blue Eyes: His magical powers are explicitly tied to the blue color in his eyes. He loses them after his left eye is taken by C!Syaoran and Fai gives up the power of his remaining eye to pay for Kurogane's artificial arm.
- Older Than He Looks: As Yuuko told Kurogane, Fai has already lived many times Kurogane's age. Given that Kurogane looks to be in his early 20's at the youngest, this probably makes Fai at least 80 years old, despite also appearing to be in his early 20's.
- Our Vampires Are Different: He is forced to become a vampire using Kamui's blood to save his life. He gains regeneration, though he has to regularly drink Kurogane's blood to keep himself alive.
- Papa Wolf: Don't hurt his surrogate daughter Sakura if you want to live. He not just goes back to Celes, the exact place he made a wish to Yuuko not to return to, but he made another wish to go back to Celes, sacrificing something yet again. So he could save Sakura. Don't. Touch. His. Daughter.
- Power Limiter: His full-back phoenix tattoo is supposed to restrict his huge innate powers to keep him safe. Thus, when he gives it up to Yuuko as his traveling price, he also swears off the use of magic. Later subverted when we find out he's more dangerous with it than without it, because he is cursed to kill the first person he meets who is MORE powerful. With his magic restricted, it's more likely that he'll find someone who outstrips him.
- Pretty in Mink: A giant floofy white fur overcoat. He loses it for good in Celes, which is probably symbolic on some level, most likely something to do with no longer needing to hide from the others.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Kurogane's Manly Man, fitting the CLAMP stereotype.
- Ship Tease: With Kurogane at all times, everywhere and no matter who's watching. Check the Yaoi Guys entry below.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Officially, it's "Fay", but Del Rey had already settled on "Fai" for their translation, and fans tend to just spell it however the hell they want. There's also Flowright vs. Fluorite.
- The Stateless: With his home country gone, he has no place to officially call home. Syaoran lacks a nationality, as well. Thankfully, they both have loved ones in welcoming countries, and perhaps someday they will become citizens of one of them. Fans have pretty much agreed that he'll settle down in Nihon one day, which is likely considering his relationship with Kurogane.
- Stepford Smiler: Though it does begin to crack and ultimately appears to fall away completely.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eye color changes from blue to gold after he gets turned into a vampire. Later, he gives up his remaining magic in Nihon to pay for Kurogane's artificial arm and his eye turns permanent gold.
- Superpower Meltdown: In Celes country, when the second curse on Fay activates, he literally shuts down a dimension with his magic. This also highlights his Power Degeneration.
- Team Mom: Is essentially the Mokona-proclaimed mother of the group. His actions towards R!Syaoran during his It's All My Fault-episode cement that.
- Trauma Conga Line: Fai has it hard throughout the series, starting with the death of his twin (which he believes himself responsible for); Ashura's mental breakdown and murderous rampage; losing an eye and completely dropping his Stepford Smiler act during Infinity, followed by Sakura's "dying" because of his triggered curse; and finally the entire Celes Arc, especially Kurogane nearly dying and Ashura's eventual death.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The vitriol is only on Kurogane's part and they really care deeply about each other.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: Compared to gems at one point.
- When He Smiles: When he's really, truly happy, and not just putting on an act.
- Wolverine Claws: When becoming a vampire.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's not exactly willingly, but Fai shuts down a whole dimension with a magic-powered freak out once his curse activates in Celes, and he nearly did so earlier in Infinity when Sakura's soul was split from her body.
- Yaoi Guys: With Kurogane. Like most CLAMP pairings it's not made explicit, but their body language around each other in their crossover appearance in xxxHolic after the end of the series is pretty telling, especially considering who created them.
Mokona Modoki (Soel)
Voiced by: Mika Kikuchi (JP), Carrie Savage (EN), Diana Torres (SP, series), Roser Vilches (SP, movie)A white rabbit-like creature created by Yuuko. Can travel dimensions, translate languages and send things to the black Mokona at Yuuko’s shop.Crossover character from Magic Knight Rayearth. Later, it's revealed that Soel and Larg are copies made by Clow and Yuuko of the original Mokona from Cephiro.
- The Empath: Mokona is skilled at deducing the hidden feelings of the other group members, especially when they try to hide their sadness.
- Eyes Always Shut: Except when sensing a feather or by free will.
- Fun Size: Is smaller (and therefore cuter) than the original Mokona, which it was a copy of.
- 108: Has 108 secret skills, that it shares with Larg
- Series Mascot: Acts a bit like this in-story and in merchandising.
- Shipper on Deck: Arguably for the KuroFai pair. She is the first to call Fai "Mommy" after he called Kurogane "Daddy" and brings it back up more than once. If this is this trope or just her trying to get a rise out of Kurogane...well, it could be both considering who made her.
Fei Wong Reed
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (JP), Randy Tallman (EN, first season), R Bruce Elliott (EN, second season), Luis Vicente Ivars (SP)Fei Wong Reed is a powerful magician who is after Sakura's inner powers. Therefore, he scatters her soul into multiple feathers throughout various worlds to make it get stronger as Syaoran is able to return them to her. He is either a follower or a descendant of Clow Reed.Almost everything that happens in the series is according to his plan.
- Artificial Human: According to the last volume's new pages, he was a created being just like the Syaoran clone. It's implied that he was created by Clow Reed's wish alone.
- Bat Out of Hell: His symbol is a bat.
- Dying Curse: On R!Syaoran and Watanuki once they find a way out of the void. The two manage to escape from it a cost big prices.
- Evil Counterpart: His character design is obviously meant to evoke an evil Clow Reed, sporting a monocle and a brutish face as opposed to Clow's glasses and bishie looks, complete with a similar robe and surname.
- Famous Last Words: "Pay the price."
- Foil: To R!Syaoran. He is also motivated to save a person facing death but his actions to reach his goals are all Moral Event Horizon.
- A Glass of Chianti: He is often seen holding a cup of wine in a worldly fashion.
- High-Class Glass: His signature monocle, with appears to float over his face at times and gets broken in the final battle.
- Irony: All he wanted to do was to prevent Yuuko Ichihara from losing her life, but what he did only caused Yuuko to sacrifice her life.
- Gambit Roulette: Alernate worlds, alternate timelines and he's steering his plan through it all.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Villainous (though still impressive) example.
- Large and in Charge: A pretty big dude, he towers over Xing Huo, who is not precisely short, and is broader of shoulders than any other character in the series.
- Literally Shattered Lives: He breaks into pieces rather than dying.
- Love Makes You Evil: Left ambiguous. His motivation to keep Yuuko alive is repeteadly told to be not out of love, but of intelectual desire of surpassing Clow Reed in magic greatness. However, his lines at the climax of the series sound increasingly broken and teary towards Yuuko's inevitable fate, and his last words claim that he would resurrect her "so he could tell her something." With the revelation of him being possibly an Artificial Human, his motivations become even more muddled.
- Magic Knight: He owns a rather huge sword, and Kurogane believes that he must have been a skilled swordfighter.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Fai into working for him by offering to resurrect his dead twin brother. Of course, Fei Wong had no interest in that. He just wants to use Fai to spy on the group.
- Not So Different: With R!Syaoran since both possess similar wishes and have performed similar actions with Fei Wong's crossing the moral event horizon several times.
- Royal Harem: In the manga, he's often shown surrounded by a crowd of sexy-looking Bridge Bunnies on his coach, as opposed to the anime, where they are notably absent.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is written both as "Fei Wang Reed" and "Fei Wong Reed".
- Taking You with Me: Attempts this with the two Syaorans and Watanuki.
- Trap Master: He has left traps all over Clow Country, Celes and the other dimension of Clow and that's not even mentioning the Syaoran clone and Fai.
- Villainous Breakdown: Fei Wong despairs upon realising all his executed plans to become superior to Clow Reed were still not enough to keep Yuuko on the verge of life and death.
- You Have Failed Me: He kills Xing Huo for helping the real Syaoran escape.
Xing Huoshe helps R!Syaoran to escape to Acid Tokyo.
- Ambiguously Evil: Her motivations, goals or even inner thoughts are completely unknown to the reader, so her Heel–Face Turn comes from nowhere and has no explanation. The only hint of her allegiance is her last line, which is uncannily similar to Clow Reed's last words.
- Artificial Human: A failed creation, according to Fei Wang.
- Dull Surprise: Acts generally uninterested in things and never changes her languid expression.
- High-Heel–Face Turn: She frees the R!Syaoran from captivity and sends him to Acid Tokyo where he saves Fai, Sakura and Kurogane in a nick of time. Fei Wong Reed finds out and kills her for her betrayal.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverts this when she frees R!Syaoran. She does so to interfere with Fei Wang's plan as she doesn't see any chance of it succeeding.
- Servile Snarker: She acts like Fei Wang's maid, but it doesn't stop her from acting quietly skeptical toward him.
- Ship Tease: An artwork from the manga shows her in a rather romantic pose with Rondart, though they barely interact on screen.
- The Stoic: Never bats an eye.
Kyle Rondart (Jade Country; Piffle World)
- Artificial Human: His body disintegrates while Fei Wong deems him as another failed copy.
Crossovers: Angelic Layer
Blanche (Outo Country/Edonis Country)
Hatoko (Outo Country/Edonis Country)
Shuuko (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World)
Shouko (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World)
Madoka (Outo Country/Edonis Country)
Kaede (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Recourt)
Arisu (Outo Country/Edonis Country)
Ohjiro (Piffle World)
Tamayo (Piffle World)
Icchan (Piffle World)
Masaharu (Piffle World)
Sai (Piffle World; Recourt)
Hikaru (Infinity)The Final Boss that the group has to face at the end of the Infinity arc.
Crossovers: Cardcaptor Sakura
Clow Reed (Clow Country)
Sorcerer King who once ruled Kingdom of Clow, but is dead before the series' start.
- The Chessmaster: Seems to have predicted an awful lot of the plot before his death.
- Faking the Dead: He actually faked his death to Kerberos and Yue and went off to Clow to fill the gap left by Fujitaka.
- Implied Love Interest: Although it is never outright stated aloud, all the continuities dispense a metric ton of hints about his relationship with Yuuko.
- Lord Country: He shares the same name as the kingdom he's a ruler of. Subverted as he's not the original ruler of Clow Country; he came to replace King Fujitaka after time-travel mess-ups made him into an archeologist instead of the king.
- Posthumous Character: He's been dead prior to the story and yet, his actions affected the entire multiverse.
- Power Incontinence: Clow was the greatest sorcerer in the world, and his powers were so great that a momentary wish that Yuuko would open her eyes again at her deathbed screwed over the multiverse.
- Sorcerer King: Clow Reed was the world's most powerful sorcerer who ruled over Clow Country. As it turns out, though, he wasn't the original ruler due to time-travel mess-ups.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His unconscious desire to resurrect Yuuko seemed to gave birth to Fei Wong Reed who tries fulfilling it at the cost of the lives of millions of people across the multiverse and ruining the lives of the four main characters.
Touya (Clow Country; Hanshin Republic)
- Alternate Self: He and Yukito appear in Hanshin Republic as a couple of guys who help the gang out.
- Big Brother Bully: He likes to rub it in that Syaoran spends a lot of time away from Sakura at his dig sites.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Yukito.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Why he doesn't like Syaoran. No matter the universe, Touya doesn't want to give his sister away to anyone.
- Official Couple: With Yukito.
- Warrior Prince: Is capable of kicking lots of ass with that sword of his.
- Yaoi Guys: With Yukito.
Yukito (Clow Country; Hanshin Republic)
- Alternate Self: He and Toya also appear in Hanshin as a couple of guys who help the gang out.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Toya.
- High Priest: He is High Priest of the Religion Is Magic sort.
- Keigo: Toya has to remind him to drop it when he talks to him, because even if Toya is the king, Yukito is also his oldest friend.
- Magic Staff: He uses one to send Sakura and Syaoran to Yuuko.
- Official Couple: With Toya.
- Psychic Powers: A dreamseer.
- Seers: He has seen that Syaoran is going to be the one to save Sakura, although he doesn't have complete information.
- Yaoi Guys: With Toya.
Fujitaka (Clow Country)
Voiced by: Tokuyoshi Kawashima (JP), Kevin M. Connolly (EN), Mariano García (SP)Syaoran's adoptive father. He was an archeologist who traveled from excavation to excavation, teaching Syaoran everything he knew about history.
- The Good King: In the original timeline from the Kingdom of Clow, Fujitaka was Clow's king, father of the original Sakura, Toya and husband of Nadeshiko. Because of the original Syaoran's wish to turn back time, Fujitaka's future changed and Clow Reed replaced him.
Princess Tomoyo/Tsukuyomi (Nihon Country; Hanshin Republic; Piffle World)
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (JP), Amber Cotton (EN, series), Trina Nishimura (EN, movie), Yolanda Quesada (SP, series), Nuria Trifol (SP, movie)The miko-princess of Kurogane's Nihon Country who sends the ninja on his quest. Her Piffle counterpart is the president of the eminent Piffle Princess company, which hosts the annual Dragonfly race.
- Alternate Self: Appears in Hanshin as a schoolgirl, and in Piffle World as the president of Piffle Princess. Interestingly, she does perform a Flash Sideways at one point.
- Barrier Maiden: Her duty as the Tsukuyomi is to maintain the wards of Nihon Country that protect the country from demons.
- Childhood Friends: Princess Tomoyo met and befriended young Kurogane after his parents' death. For a long time, Tomoyo was the only person Kurogane was loyal to and openly fond of. Apparently, this goes the same with her Piffle counterpart and Nokoru.
- Dream Weaver: Can enter others' dreams (even to her interdimensional counterpart!) and interact with them.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Often receives prophetic dreams.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: In Nihon Country, Tomoyo is the princess.
- Fangirl: Piffle!Tomoyo is more in tune with her CCS personality.
- Genki Girl: Her Piffle counterpart.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Barely reaches Kurogane's waist.
- Improbable Age: Her Piffle counterpart runs Piffle Princess at the ripe old age of fourteen.
- Lady and Knight: With Kurogane.
- Miko: Princess Tomoyo is the Tsukuyomi, a powerful miko sorceress responsible for maintaining the wards of Nihon Country that protect the country from demons.
- Morality Pet: At the beginning, Tomoyo is the only one who can get into Kurogane's good side and calm him down. Tomoyo, however, knew her influence wouldn't be enough to control his anger, which is why she sent him away.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Her Piffle counterpart, when it comes to Sakura.
- Ojou: It's mentioned that the president of Piffle Princess is more eminent than Piffle World's actual president, and she is treated accordingly. Nokoru even refers to her as "Tomoyo-jou."
- Proper Lady: At fourteen, too!
- Psychic Powers: In addition to being a miko, Princess Tomoyo is also a dreamseer, which grants her several telepathic powers. She later gives up this power to Yuuko in order to transport Syaoran and co. to Nihon Country.
- Purple Eyes: Purple means royalty after all.
- Purple Is Powerful: Wears purple often, is a princess, and has amazing Psychic Powers.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair falls past her hips.
- Shipper on Deck: Appears to be this for Kurogane and Fai. She doesn't only put Fai in a furisode, something worn by unmarried women or (historically) the male lover of a samurai, but also goes and consoles the mage while Kurogane is bleeding out next to her because she knows how worried he is and drops this line when talking to Kurogane in his dream in the closing world of Celes:Tomoyo If you want to go together, if you wish for it with all your heart [...]
- Single-Target Sexuality: Almost very single version of Tomoyo who appears in the series instantly latches herself onto Sakura.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: A trait she shares with her CCS counterpart; psychic powers and ability to see the future notwithstanding, she is still very mature for her age of fourteen.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Nihon Country is clearly a Fantasy Counterpart Culture for Japan and Tomoyo is a soft-spoken and steel-spined young lady.
Takashi Yamazaki (Piffle World)One of the commentators for the Dragonfly race.
- The Storyteller: Still hasn't stopped his habit of telling bizarre made-up stories.
Nadeshiko (Clow Country)
- The High Queen: The Queen of Clow Country in the original timeline.
Chii (Celes Country)to watch over his brother's corpse, and to alert him should Ashura-ou wake up.
- Barrier Maiden: Guards the pool that holds the real Fai and Ashura-ou.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Fai.
- No Ontological Inertia: Chii is made from one of Sakura's feathers, and subsequently disintegrates when the feather is returned to her.
- Replacement Goldfish: Fai created her in the image of his mother.
- Unusual Ears: Like her Chobits counterpart, only they're actual ears.
Chitose (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World)
Voiced by: Chieko Honda (JP), Jennifer Seman (EN), Teresa de Paz (SP)
- Mission Control: For Outo Country/Edonis Country.
Sumomo (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World)
Kotoko (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World)
Crossovers: Clamp School Detectives
Masayoshi Saito (Hanshin Republic)
- Hero-Worshipper: He really admires Shougo and Syaoran for their strength. He eventually gets promoted to The Knights Who Say "Squee!" when Shougo invites him to join his group.
- Mistaken Identity: Primera accidentally gets him instead of Syaoran like she wanted.
- Not So Weak: Despite his Kudan normally being low level when he uses it for himself, it becomes incredibly strong whenever he needs to protect someone else.
Nokoru, Suoh, and Akira (Koryo Country, Piffle World)
Nokoru voiced by: Kumiko Higa (JP), Aaron Dismuke (EN)
Suoh voiced by: Kate Oxley (EN)
Akira voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)Called the Amen'osa (Miteshu in the anime), they are group of secret spies sent by the emperor to keep a check on the local lords of Koryo and send replacements if they fail their duty. Their Piffle counterparts work for Tomoyo.
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: Due to the barrier preventing magic users from entering the world, the Amen'osa arrive only as soon as all the problems they were meant to fix were over. They get called on it.
- Improbable Age: While Chu'nyan was wary about the main party to begin with the actual Amen'osa are even younger, which strains her belief further.
Oruha (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World)who turns out to be the most powerful boss in the game, as well as Chitose's colleague.
Crossovers Dukylon Clamp School Defenders
Eri (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World)
Kentaro (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World)
Takeshi (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World)
Toshihiko (Piffle World; Tokyo)
Crossovers: The Legend of Chun Hyang
Chu'nyan (Koryo Country; Piffle World)revenge for her mother's death, but feels her town can only wait for the mysterious Amen'osa to save them. Her Piffle counterpart is a contestant in the Dragonfly race.
- Berserker Tears: When the Ryanban claims she must keep him alive to bring back her mother, Chu'nyan flies into a rage because she knows her mother's death is permanent and can't stand that her mother's killer has the gall to lie to her like that.
- Brutal Honesty: She demonstrates a lack of tact/filtering in her words, particularly when she meets the group and states outright, "You look weird."
- The Cavalry: She and Sakura appear for real towards the end of the fight to restore the brainwashed citizens to normal and stop them from hurting Syaoran.
- Magic Mirror: Uses one to lift the spell.
- Revenge: She is motivated to avenge her mother, but Syaoran tries to stop her so she won't suffer anymore. At the end of the arc she concludes that the Ryanban is not worth killing, which is Cruel Mercy considering letting Kiishimu have him is probably a Fate Worse than Death.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: She delivers one to the Ryanban when he tries manipulate her using her dead mother.
The Ryanban (Koryo Country)After gaining the power of one of Sakura's feathers, the Ryanban forcefully took control of Chu'nyan's village and ruled it tyrannically, killing her mother when she tried to stop him.
- Adipose Rex: Plump, in charge, and a Fat Bastard.
- Dirty Coward: Hides behind ill-gained magic enchantments and mooks, and tries to lie to save his neck.
- Evil Gloating: Gets a fair bit of it in, here and there.
- I Have Your Wife: He tries to get Syaoran to back down by threatening to kill Sakura and Chu'nyan, who are begging to be saved. Thanks to an honorifics misstep, Syaoran realizes it's all an illusion.
- Karmic Death: Of The Dog Bites Back variety. That's what happens when you brainwash a powerful witch and treat her like a murderous guard dog.
Crossovers: Magic Knight Rayearth
Primera (Hanshin Republic; Piffle World)Idol Singer who captures Masayoshi in Hanshin Republic in attempt to get Shougo to pay attention to her. Her Piffle counterpart is a contestant in the Dragonfly race.
- Alpha Bitch: She's not all bad, but still comes off as one.
- Damsel in Distress: Both Shougo and Masayoshi try to save her during the short time she appears.
- Idol Singer: Borders on Evil Diva, but she's not really evil so much as spoiled.
- Odango Hair: She has both the buns and the Twin Tails
- The Power of Rock: Her Kudan is a microphone that can blast out physically harmful sound.
- Spoiled Brat: To an extent. She's certainly very entitled.
Kudan (Hanshin Republic)Each person in Hanshin Republic has a kudan, a personal spirit that guides and assists them. The main gang's kudans are the Rune-Gods from Magic Knight Rayearth.
Kiishimu (Koryo Country)Threshold Guardian status is unwilling thanks to the Ryanban brainwashing her through the power of an amulet.
- Canon Immigrant: Lady Debonair was initially a Canon Foreigner to the MKR canon, appearing in the anime.
- The Dog Bites Back: After the Mind-Control Device is destroyed, she gladly takes her revenge on the Ryanban.
- Femme Fatalons: Her second weapon after the acid rain, although apparently magazines can defeat them easily.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: She calls Kurogane out on his rudeness when they meet, but says she'll tolerate the insult because she hasn't talked to anyone in so long, and she's going to kill them very shortly.
- Puny Earthlings: She compares humans to insects and chastises Kurogane for his rudeness the moment they meet.
- So Proud of You: She delivers a proxy one to Chu'nyan, giving some closure to her mother's death.
- Threshold Guardian: She was put there as the barrier to the Ryanban, and is the first real challenge that the group has to deal with.
- Worthy Opponent: Kiishimu considers both Chu'nyan's mother and Kurogane and Fai as worthy opponents, and respects them a good deal more than the Ryanban she's enslaved to.
Princess Emeraude (Jade Country)
- Friend to All Children: When a plague swept through the town, Emeraude sheltered the children in her castle for years to protect them.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In-universe; the townspeople remember Emeraude as a kidnapper who lured children to her castle, and their parents "never held their children in their laps again" afterwards. In reality, see Friend to All Children above.
Caldina (Outo Country/Edonis Country)
Eagle Vision (Infinity)
Geo Metro (Infinity)
Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu (Past)These girls appear as C!Sakura's classmates in an alternate world.
Crossovers: Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
Miyuki-chan (Celes Country; Hanshin Republic; Koryo Country; Jade Country; Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World; Tokyo; Infinity)
- Easter Egg: Appears in almost every world, but you really have to be paying attention to spot her.
Snow Twins (Shara Country)
Chou-li and Tou-li (Piffle World)
Humpty Dumpty (Infinity)
Crossovers: RG Veda
Ashura-o (Celes Country)
- Axe-Crazy: As time wears on he develops shades of this. Even he's not entirely sure why.
- Black Magic: He gets more powerful with each person he kills.
- Don't Wake the Sleeper: Fai puts Ashura to sleep to protect the remaining people of Celes, and postpone their confrontation.
- Happily Adopted: Word of God confirms that his relationship with Fai was a case of this, which made Ashura going insane and Kurogane having to put him down even sadder.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. Ashura-ou shares a name with the Ashura of Shura Country. This does not go unnoticed with Fai.
- Parental Substitute: Towards Fai.
- Thanatos Gambit: Turns out Ashura-ou intended for Fai to be the one who killed him once he got too powerful, but Fai couldn't make himself do it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Killed all those people in an effort to gain magical power so he would be the one Fai would kill. It...doesn't quite work out like that, and he goes a little crazy in the process.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: As he grew more powerful he began randomly butchering the citizens of Celes, and Ashura-ou wasn't entirely aware of what he was doing.
Kendappa-o/Amaterasu (Nihon Country)
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (JP), Michele Specht (EN), Teresa de Paz (SP)The Empress of Nihon Country and Tomoyo's older sister.
Souma (Nihon Country; Outo Country/Edonis Country)
Ryu-o (Outo Country/Edonis Country, Piffle World)
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (JP), Orion Pitts (EN), Juan Navarro (SP)An excitable boy who easily befriends Syaoran. In Outo Country he is an oni hunter, while his Piffle counterpart is a contestant in the Dragonfly race.
- Relatively Flimsy Excuse: When asked, Fai tells him Sakura and Syaoran are Kurogane's children, and that they are traveling together. He seems to believe it.
- Unknown Rival: Declares himself to be Syaoran's rival. Not that it lasts.
Gigei (Shara Country)
Ashura and Yasha (Shura Country)
- All Deaths Final: Ashura's wish to resurrect Yasha is so impossible it causes the moon castle to self-destruct.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The two leaders are the best fighters on either side.
- Chastity Couple: They never spent a moment together outside the battlefield while still alive.
- Cultured Warrior: Ashura, being a king, is naturally shown to be this.
- Dead All Along: Yasha, at the time the protagonists meet him.
- Dead Person Conversation: Yasha's spirit visits Ashura the night he dies in direct defiance of Never Got to Say Goodbye.
- Eternal Love: Ashura guarantees that their love always goes on by becoming gods of the next generation.
- Face Death with Dignity: When his wish destroys the moon castle Ashura chooses to remain as it crumbles around him.
- God Couple: Enforced by Ashura's final wish and Syaoran's request that they not be separated. In the new Shara timeline, the gods are always worshipped together.
- Living Memory: Yasha is a memory powered by Sakura's feather.
- Love Across Battlelines: They belong to enemy kingdoms, but they are in love.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: There are a lot of them in Shura. Whether Ashura counts among them depends on your view on his/her/hir gender, but Yasha definitely does.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. The Ashura of Shura Country has the same name as Ashura-ou in Celes. This does not go unnoticed by Fai, and is a minor plot point.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Played tragically when Ashura, who fights with Yasha because it's the only time they can be together, wounds him one day leading to Yasha's death.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: The unholy pentangle of tragic romance. Their kingdoms war eternally against each other every night for ownership of the moon castle that grants wishes. They fall in love but Ashura accidentally kills Yasha one night because he is suffering from illness. Ashura can't accept it and tries to bring him back via a wish that is so impossible, it destroys the moon castle, and chooses to die and reunite with Yasha that way.
- Tears of Blood: Yasha's statue in Shara sheds these.
- Together in Death: After Ashura realizes it's impossible to bring Yasha back to life, Ashura decides to join Yasha in death.
- Warrior Prince: Ashura and Yasha are kings and both amazing fighters.
- War God: Ashura after deification.
Kumara-ten (Shura Country)A loyal clansman of Ashura. He is incredibly suspicious of Syaoran and Sakura's origin and motives, but helps them out under Ashura's orders.
- Number Two: To Ashura.
- Mistaken for Spies: In spite of their protests, and Ashura stating they are guests, not spies, Kumara keeps bringing up his suspicion against them, even as the group is leaving.
Karura-o (Piffle World)
Crossovers: X1999 and Manga/Tokyo Babylon
Sorata and Arashi (Hanshin Republic; Piffle World; Tokyo)
- Antiquated Linguistics: The group notices Sorata speaks differently, and he claims that it's an obsolete style that he uses because he wants to preserve the history of Hanshin.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Arashi hitting Sorata during his worse moments is supposed to be funny.
- Hand Puppet: Sorata uses puppets of him and Arashi to deliver the exposition on the Hanshin Republic. Naturally the Arashi puppet doesn't say anything.
- Happily Married: Their fate in Hanshin is much kinder than the world of X1999.
- Hime Cut: Arashi.
- Miko: Arashi is a former one, before getting married. She is one in Tokyo, however.
- The Idiot from Osaka: Sorata..
- The Quiet One: Arashi is pretty silent in comparison to her husband.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Arashi isn't, but Sorata overcompensates for it on his own. He spends most of his screentime going on and on about his "honey", and even issues "I'm only not kidding if nothing happens" warnings to Kurogane about flirting with her while cheerfully smiling. Kurogane, being not interested in her and a yaoi guy in the making, is not amused.
Asagi Shougo (Hanshin Republic; Piffle World)
- Bridal Carry: When he saves Primera he uses this.
- Canon Immigrant: Was an original character created for the X movie.
- The Goggles Do Nothing: They just make him and the gang look cooler.
- Making a Splash: His Kudan is based around water.
Yuzuriha and Kusanagi (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Piffle World; Recourt; Tokyo)
Voiced by: Chiemi Chiba (Yuzuriha, JP), Shirou Ishimoda (Kusanagi, JP), Kate Oxley (Yuzuriha, EN), Troy Baker (Kusanagi, EN), Teresa de Paz (Yuzuriha, SP)
- Battle Couple: Possibly. His X counterpart status was mostly one-sided, but this version has them very close.
Karen (Shara Country; Piffle World; Tokyo)
Seishiro and Fuma (Outo Country/Edonis Country; Tokyo; Nihon Country)
- Glass Eye: Seishiro has one, since he gave up one eye in exchange for the ability to travel worlds.
- Hero of Another Story: Seishiro and Fuuma had been doing favors of Yuuko and had a history with the vampire twins.
- Our Vampires Are Different: It's implied that Subaru made Seishiro a vampire.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Seishiro.
- Vampire Hunter: Seishiro is.
Tokiko (Piffle World)
Subaru and Kamui (Tokyo)X1999 (both) and Tokyo Babylon (Subaru).
- Bishōnen: Both of them.
- Hero of Another Story: They had a history with Seishirou and Fuuma. Subaru has some sort of attachment to Seishirou which is something Kamui doesn't like. It also turns out that they're not really from Acid Tokyo and that it's implied that they had been running away from Seishirou.
Voiced by: Minami Takayama (JP), Chris Burnett (EN)
Voiced by: Tokuyoshi Kawashima (JP), Chris Cason (EN)
Seichiro Aoki (Tokyo)
Crossovers: Manga/Xxx Holic
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN), Mercedes Espinosa (SP, series), Azucena Díaz (SP, movie)Known as the Witch of Time and Space, Yuko is the owner of a shop that can grant any wish for an equal price.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Less so than in ×××HOLiC, but Yuuko can be ridiculously petty and whimsical for someone entrusted with all of time and space.
- Dead All Along: She is not "dead" as such, but Clow Reed accidentally made reality ignore the fact that she died for several hundred years. When she moves on, things reset and it is as if she had died when she, er, died.
- Equivalent Exchange: Her entire schtick. She grants wishes and demands a heavy price in return, however she doesn't cheat her customers if they act in good faith. She is the "sponsor" of the heroes' travels and stays in communication with them. She also makes deals with the individuals the band comes across, who usually get a fair cop.
- Implied Love Interest: Although it is never outright stated aloud, all the continuities dispense a metric ton of hints about her relationship with Clow Reed.
- Living MacGuffin: Yuuko turns out to be the motivation behind pretty much the entire plot. The reason why Fei Wong has been messing with the space-time continuum in the first place was an attempt to find a way to keep Yuuko alive, after Clow Reed accidentally screwed over the multiverse by making reality ignore her death for several hundred years.
- Alternate Self: Watanuki and the original Syaoran were originally the same being; Watanuki being created when Syaoran paid the price for turning back time. A dimensional rift being created because of this, Watanuki was then born to Syaoran's parents instead of him, while he was taken hostage by Fei Wong, until his payment for the wish was fulfilled.
- Meaningful Name: The kanji of his surname mean "April 1st", his birthday. This reflects his true nature as Syaoran's Alternate Self.
Mokona Modoki (Larg)The black Mokona, currently residing with Yuuko and Watanuki at the shop. Its main function is to recieve things the white Mokona sends to Yuuko, and to act as a means of communication between Yuuko and the gang. Its name is revealed as Larg in the Drama CDs.
- Chekhov's Gun: Its earring contains C!Sakura's memories of C!Syaoran and Watanuki's memories of his parents.
- Meaningful Name: Modoki means copy or fake. Both Mokona Modokis are copies of the original Mokona, who had the power to create worlds.
- 108: Has 108 secret skills.
- Palette Swap: Black and blue as opposed to Soel's white and red.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Can inhale things that it will then send to the gang via Soel, and receive things Soel inhales.
- The Ace: He bests Kurogane and Syaoran in swordfighting, as well as Fai in magic power (although he acknowledges that Fai refusing to use his magic makes him barely an opponent - it's yet to see if Chaos would have defeated a full powered Fai).
- Anti-Villain: All he wants is to protect Sakura. Given that he is made of Sakura's feathers, it's natural.
- Canon Foreigner: An original character to the anime.
- Magic Knight: User of both magic and sword.
- Filler Villain: He is clearly drawn on the the CLAMP style, being a pretty boy wearing Chinese clothes (for some reason, he even uses Yuuko's magic circle when using his power), but he is still a villain created to fill an arc.
- Sorcerous Overlord: The king of Tao and the strongest user of magic in the kingdom.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green, in this case.
Syaoran / Tsubasa Li
- Always Save the Girl: For his Sakura's sake, he has purposely damned an entire town, watching them melt before his eyes, chosen staying with her over his own world and family at the age of seven, and then made a Deal with the Devil to radically alter, and not for better, the life of her entire family, herself, and his own parents, along with, potentially, all of space and time.
- Ambiguously Evil: Carrying Fei Wang's symbol, being with him and appearing in a dream trying to kill the other Syaoran made many believe this Syaoran was evil. Turns out he's actually one of the good guys.
- Big Brother Instinct: While they aren't really brothers, Syaoran cares about the existence of his Alternate Self Watanuki and wishes him to not disappear.
- Break the Cutie: Tries to save Sakura from being infected with the black seal only for his efforts to be in vain. He severs contact with any of his families and friends just to save her from the black seal but it is still not enough despite roaming around for 7 years just to find the cure. Eventually he becomes so desperate that he is willing to break the rules of time by rewinding 7 years all to save Sakura.
- But Now I Must Go: After finally defeating Fei-Wang and managing to undo Fei-Wang's damage to the world, Syaoran has to leave Sakura to continue his eternal journey through dimensions because he had to exchange his ability to stay in one world for very long for his right to continue existing. Kurogane, Fai and Mokona go with him and Sakura stays in her own world to wait for his return.
- Calling Your Attacks: RAITEI SHORAI!
- Character Development: At first he is incredibly stoic and uncommunicative due to what his clone did as well as his failures. Once his comrades accept him, he starts smiling more often and talking more.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With R!Sakura. They first met when they were seven years old; Syaoran quickly fell in love with her and swore to protect her. Syaoran decided to never return to his original world to stay in Clow Country and spent the next 7 years afterwards searching for a way to save Sakura from Fei-Wang's curse.
- Comes Great Responsibility: The reason why he was trained so early.
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and brown eyes.
- Declaration of Protection: He swore to protect Sakura.
- Defrosting Ice King: He is surprisingly quiet in his first appearances in comparison to his childhood and is only expressive with Watanuki. However, he warms up to Kurogane, Fai and Mokona and smiles more often.
- Disability Superpower: By ripping an eye of him he could give his clone a heart and at the same time see everything he sees at the cost of half of his magic. Once he recovers his eye and magic power he learned the clone's fighting style.
- The Dulcinea Effect: He cut off contact with his parents and everyone else in his original world to stay in Clow Country and spent the next 7 years afterwards searching for a way to save Sakura. Keep in mind that he did this for a girl he had only known for a week, and that he was fully aware that he wouldn't be able to go back. Also keep in mind that he was 7 years old when he made this decision.
- Elemental Powers: Fire, lightning and wind.
- Eye Scream: He rips his eye out, seals half his soul into it, and implants it in his clone to foil Fei Wong's plans.
- Failure Hero: In spite of his skills and showings, he never achieves any sort of victory save for the final Infinity match agains Hikaru. He loses all of his battles against his own clone, unable to stop Fei Wang's plans from commencing, and does little contribution during the battle against Ashura.
- Failure Knight: The reason why he is so stoic in the beginning. He feels guilty about his failure to save his Sakura from the black seal in time and the repercussions caused by his wish to rewind time to get another chance to save her.
- Foil: While at first he is easily compared with the Syaoran clone, he is actually closer to Watanuki. The two share the same personality traits although Syaoran is much calmer.
- Guilt Complex: He blames himself for everything that happened, because of his decision to rewind time when he was seven.
- Has Two Daddies: This is basically what it his relationship with Fai and Kurogane has evolved to by the end of the series.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: You will not become very popular when you have a clone who is murdering anybody interfering with his goal.
- Hey, You!: Unlike his clone, Syaoran never calls anyone by their name. The only exceptions include both the clones, the real Sakura and Fei Wong Reed.
- Averted in Tsubasa World Chronicle where he calls all of his friends by their common names.
- I Choose to Stay: When he was only 7 years old, he decided to never return to his own world so he could stay in Clow Country and keep searching for a way to save Sakura.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: A complex example since he is in love with the original from whom his mother was cloned.
- Magic Knight: He has both the magical abilities of the Li family and the fighting skills of his clone.
- My Greatest Failure: Hesitating to take the Original Sakura's hand to save her from Fei-Wong's curse hunts him.
- My Own Grampa: It's hard to explain, but in short this Syaoran is the son of his own clone, who was reincarnated in the past.
- Not Quite Dead: Appears to be killed by his clone in Clow. It turns out the clone wounded himself.
- Not So Different: Has this with Fei Wang as both wish to avoid the death of another person but their methods are very different.
- Oedipus Complex: He's been impersonating his father and romancing a princess who is the original from whom his mother was cloned since he was seven.
- Older Than He Looks: Mentally he is about 20 years old, but physically he is only 14.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, his and R!Sakura's real names are both Tsubasa.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Even after his real name (Tsubasa) is revealed in the end, he still goes by Syaoran to everyone who knows him.
- Paradox Person: R!Syaoran is a living, breathing time paradox, as he's the son of his own clone. It's implied that the timestream was desperately trying to hold itself together, resulting in a few Stable Time Loops to patch up other paradoxes, resulting in R!Syaoran's existence. When everything is sorted out in the end and the multiverse is repaired, C!Syaoran and C!Sakura are Ret Gonned from existence, and R!Syaoran almost ceases to exist because if his clone never existed, then neither could he, and he only ever really existed in the first place because he went and broke causality. To pay for the repairs, R!Syaoran exchanges his ability to stay in one world for very long for his right to continue existing.
- Power Copying: He manages to imitate his clone's fighting style perfectly even when closing his eyes.
- Say My Name: "FEI WAAAAAAAAAAANG!!!"
- Sealed Badass in a Can: He spent 7 years being trapped by Fei-Wang inside a tube until he regains his power and escapes.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Sakura. After waiting about 7 years to save Sakura, Syaoran has to leave shortly after confessing his feelings for her because now he has to continue traveling through dimensions forever. However, he still can stop by Sakura's world anytime he wants to as long as he doesn't stay too long.
- The Stoic: He starts out incredibly inexpressive and uncommunicative, but he later opens up more.
- Strong Family Resemblance: It's a plot point, actually. Syaoran and his father look identical because Syaoran's father is actually the reincarnation of his own clone.
- Supporting Protagonist: At first since there was little known about this and the story was more focused on C!Sakura. Later he becomes the main character when his objective is revealed.
- Trojan Horse: His body since Fei Wang needs the soul to make him rescue R!Sakura. With the clone's help, Syaoran acts like the horse.
- Walking Spoiler: Original Syaoran's entire existence is a huge spoiler for the big revelations after the Tokyo arc, as well as the whole mind screwy Time Travel fiasco that takes place in the second half of the series.
- Walking the Earth: After Fei-Wang dies, the two Syaorans and Watanuki are subjected to his final curse, and the three of them are pulled into a void between time and space. The original Syaoran decides the price he would pay to escape from the area is to continue traveling through dimensions forever.
- Wise Beyond His Years: When being only seven he was already one of the most mature characters in the entire series.
- You Can't Go Home Again: When visiting Clow for the second time, he has no means of returning home and never does.
Sakura / Princess Tsubasa
- Childhood Friend Romance: With R!Syaoran. She met him when they were 7 years old after he was transported by Yuuko to her world. They quickly became friends and fell in love, so Syaoran decided to stay in her world to try and find a way to save Sakura from Fei-Wang's curse.
- Damsel in Distress: R!Syaoran's entire motivation is to save Sakura from Fei-Wang's curse of death. To accomplish this, he went as far as to made a Deal with the Devil to break the magical taboo of stopping a moment in time, as well as radically alter, and not for better, the life of her entire family, herself, and his own parents.
- Dangerous 16th Birthday: The moment she turns 14 is the moment when she will die.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She's the princess of Clow Country in the original timeline.
- I Will Wait for You: After Syaoran leaves her to go in his eternal journey through dimensions, Sakura promises to wait for him to return.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She didn't know anything about the "Black Seal" in her body.
- One Steve Limit: Averted; she shares her first name ("Tsubasa") with R!Syaoran.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Which can be a bit jarring in hindsight, given that people who should know her real name (i.e. her family) still refers to her as Sakura even within no one else's earshot.
- Protectorate: To the original Syaoran.
- Satellite Love Interest: In contrast to her clone counterpart who experienced a lot of Character Development during their travels, the real Sakura's only role in the series is to serve as a love interest and motivation for Real Syaoran and a Living Macguffin for the Big Bad. We don't even know what her original personality is like because by the time she reappears in the present, she took up the clone's memories, essentially inheriting her personality and identity with not much distinction between the two.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Outside flashbacks, she is conscious in the series for less than a single volume when she helps R!Syaoran defeat Fei Wong Reed and in the epilogue.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Syaoran. After confessing her feelings her to Syaoran, the two are separated.
- Uptown Girl: Sakura is princess and Syaoran is middle class.
- Walking Spoiler: Just like Syaoran being a clone, knowing there's an Original Sakura gives away the fact that the Sakura traveling with the group is also a clone.
- You Leave Him Alone!: Doesn't stand her brother bullying Syaoran.
- Your Days Are Numbered: In the original timeline, Fei-Wang placed a "Black Seal" on her which would devour her by the time the black wings grew. However, Sakura doesn't know this; only her parents and Syaoran are aware of it and they hoped to be able to find a cure. They couldn't do it in time and Syaoran had to rewind time in a desperate attempt to save Sakura.