Fan Fic: Chaos Card Captor Sakura
"These Kaos Cards bring out the worst in all of us, don't they?"
—Tomoyo Daidouji, Chapter 6.0: A Duality of Despair
Chaos Card Captor Sakura 
is a Cardcaptor Sakura fanfiction written by Drake The Duelist
. In Tomoeda, between Seasons 2 and 3, a mysterious set of "Kaos Cards" from Clow Reed's past reappear and begin terrorizing Tomoeda. Leading them are two Guardians: Lycan
, who have differing opinions regarding how best to reach their goals. Sakura and Syaoran both wind up involved in the effort to capture all eight Kaos Cards, but Sakura is aided by a mysterious substance called the Elixir of Fire
, a potion capable of empowering the user with superhuman resilience to everything
, as well as a few... personality quirks. After a few captures, infighting begins to break out between the Guardians of Kaos, as well as between the Card Captors themselves.
As of April 17, 2011
, Drake The Duelist
declared Chaos Card Captor Sakura to officially be a Dead Fic
, partially for reasons of the pressing demands of Real Life
, and partially to avoid any Unfortunate Implications
that the fic’s supposed ending would result in. To make things even crazier, he mentions that he might someday pick it back up again.
Kinomoto Sakura / Orchid:
- Broken Bird
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: “Orchid can’t die. She’s already gone. I wish I still had her courage. Her strength. Her power. But no… she’s gone. I am Kinomoto Sakura now, just some pathetic girl who can’t get over the fact that… that… that I have no one left to live for… This is the fate such a worthless girl like me deserves. This is my fate.”
- Gambit Roulette: At some point, Orchid starts whispering to Lycan, to screw with him. Depending on when this all began, Orchid is either schizophrenic, clumsy, or the world's greatest chess master.
- An Ice Person: Sakura’s own natural kaos after Lycan steals the Elixir of Fire manifests like this. Lampshaded at the end of Chapter 7, it was originally played as I'm Cold... So Cold.... More explicitly stated by the icy rain that falls during the Final Judgment.
- Limited Wardrobe: Played with. Sakura only wears one 'civilian' outfit, her other two outfits being school uniforms (both fall and, when the fall uniform was taken by Mirror, spring). There are two costumes in the story, a leopard-themed battle costume and a cowgirl costume, though Mirror winds up wearing the latter.)
- Not Brainwashed: An Insistent Terminology, especially when accused of being the exact opposite.
- Transformation Sequence: Sakura absorbing the Elixir of Fire’s magic through her heart, and later expelling it out her eyes and mouth. An unusual instance in that it is described in prose.
- Unwilling Suspension: In chapter 8.5, Sakura is bound up by a pair of chains, so that Gin can beat her up with impunity. Also to keep Sakura bound up to, at least in theory, make it harder for Orchid to stop Gin from completing the Life Card.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Played with early on, as Sakura must balance her responsibilities of being a Card Captor with her mundane responsibilities and ethics. Partially subverted as the story takes place during Sakura's summer break.
- Weapon of Choice: Nightmare, used first and foremost in pretty much every encounter Orchid is involved in. Also the weapon that finally does Lycan in.
- What You Are in the Dark: She also shows slight traces of Superpowered Evil Side, only without such clear-cut alignment delineation.
Kero / Keroberos:
- Big Eater: Justified, in spite of being a Guardian. Clow got Kero addicted to food early in his creation, presumably as a joke (similar to how Eriol deliberately screwed up Spinel). Turns out that it was to protect him. Keroberos was specifically designed with the ability to metabolize food into magic power. Not only does this enable him to aesthetically emulate the power of the sun, which shines under its own power, but it allows Kero to survive without having to draw his magic from a foreign source, such as his future master.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Kero does this a lot with Clow Reed, even despite Clow being long gone. Yue thinks more idealistically of Clow on account of Clow faking Yue’s memories of being created, but Kero knows better.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Apparently Kero takes more after Clow than he would care to admit…
- Immortal Immaturity: More of a Really Two Hundred Years Old Immaturity. This is how Lycan gets to Kero.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Kero’s full name, in proper English pronunciation, is “Kerberus”. (The author went with this so as to avoid confusion with the encryption protocol, Kerberos.)
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Though he will still defend her, Yue still doesn’t think that highly of Sakura as his master. Justified in light that this fic is not only set right after Yue getting stomped in the Final Judgment, but right as he is coming to the harsh reality that Clow was not, in fact, the wise and sagely magician Yue thought him to be.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : No matter what Yue does, Damien always says it’s his fault. Always. And when Damien lets Yue off the hook, you just ‘’know’’ something bad is about to happen...
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly when he goes to chew out Damien without ever skipping a beat.
- An Ice Person: As a Foil to Damien, and vice versa.
- Kick the Dog: Even some readers found Yue attacking Orchid in a fit of anger over Clow Reed’s honor to be a bit extreme!
- Not So Different: Yue and Damien. It is implied that Damien is dying because of Yue siphoning off his magical sustenance. In actuality, it was actually Damien’s own hatred of Clow Reed that was consuming him the whole time. The assumption is that Clow created Yue because Damien rejected him as his potential master, and not the other way around. Cue Season 3, when Yue encounters similar difficulties for similar reasons…
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Yue is simultaneously the most human-looking of the Guardians, but the least human-acting.
Lycan / Gin Clow
- Appropriated Appellation: Lycan derives his name from the scared, huddled masses that called him such.
- As the Good Book Says: While stalking Orchid, Lycan quotes one of pop culture’s more memorable bible verses: “Be sober. Be vigilant. For your adversary the Devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (This being the predominantly Shinto Japan, the reference is a bit lost on Orchid, though this does nothing to diminish the return fire.)
- Attack Its Weak Point: While attacking the rest of Lycan’s body is often utterly useless, his mask is solid, and thus can be hit. After a few fights, everybody picks up on this.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Gin Clow has a split personality: one sadistic and spiteful, and another affectionate and doting. Guess which one is his kaos self...
- Breath Weapon: How Lycan uses the Fade Card. He gets his own breath weapon later on in the form of an atomizing stream of raw power!
- Cursed with Awesome: Clow Reed’s idea of a curse is to turn you into a magic hyperspace dragon wolf.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Embarrassing Nickname: Lycie-chan (given by Orchid). Gained rapid popularity in the fanbase.
- Eye Scream: Being largely intangible, Lycan subverted this with ease when Yue shoots him in the eye with a magic arrow. He later plays it straight when Syaoran shoots him in the eye with the Inferno Crossbow after Lycan became corporeal. Lycan’s reaction: “Do you have any idea how much that stings?!”
- Fighting a Shadow: What makes fighting Lycan so difficult.
- Final Exam Boss: Every Kaos Card was either put to use against (or by) Lycan at some point during the final fight.
- Mind Rape: Lycan's favorite pastime.
- One-Winged Angel: After he absorbs the Oblivion Card.
- The Reveal: Lycan is Gin Clow. How this works has yet to be revealed.
- To the Pain: Lycan not only screws with your head, but explains what you've done to deserve said screwage, from Orchid to Naoko.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: The most obvious way that Our Werewolves Are Different. You physically cannot shine a light on Lycan’s body (pre-One Winged Angel form) such that you can get a clear look at him. Also, any projectile attacks directed at him merely sink into his skin, like shooting at a wormhole. In fact, Lycan uses this power as a Mind Screw in its own right.
- According to Word of God, light actually ‘’does’’ harm him in large enough quantities. The reason that the Light Card didn’t even faze him is because the Light Card was never intended to be used as a weapon.
- Almost Dead Guy: For the entire story, he believed that Clow Reed created Yue as his replacement and that Yue was siphoning off his magical sustenance and killing him. Lycan finally kills him by taking advantage of this degradation… and then skewering him. See Clipped Wing Angel below.
- Ambiguously Brown: Damien is heavily bronzed, either as part of his decay, or as a contrast to Yue’s pasty pale skin tone. Possibly both.
- Badass Grandpa: He’s as old as Keroberos (and then some; Gin didn’t create Damien… he found him!), yet he can still be just as powerful as he was in his prime. His powers occasionally stall out at incredibly inconvenient intervals, though.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Damien is a member of the zaangr’t (pronounced zon-gret) species.
- Clipped Wing Angel: He’s already in this form at the start of the fic, hence his fading, depleted powers, corrupted human form, and incessant lamenting (mostly at Yue) about how he used to be a lot stronger than he is now. But there’s a worse form to come, characterized by a complete reptilian transformation.
- Determinator: He has his moments of unbridled implacability. When he becomes an even nastier Clipped Wing Angel, he throws Lycan around like a ragdoll and beats him half to death!
- Do Not Go Gentle
- Fiery Redhead
- Five Rounds Rapid: Tomoyo’s bodyguard tries this against Damien. Apparently, this is the same kind of greeting he always gets. Is it any wonder why Damien hates humans?
- Flaming Sharp Things: Damien can summon various kinds of flaming bladed weapons, most commonly knives and javelins. One time he summoned a massive halberd, but Yue cut him off at the pass before he could use it.
- Gaia's Vengeance: Damien's raison d'etre, or at least why he wants to Kill All Humans.
The Kaos Cards:
- Absolute Xenophobe: Other Kaos Cards seem to come off this way (which figures, given that Damien presided over half of them), but Mirage is far more obvious and explicit about it, not caring for people, guardians, Clow Cards (except Mirror), or anybody else who isn't a Kaos Card (or Gin Clow).
- Alien Geometries: The seven-pointed star on the back of each of the Kaos Cards.
- Awesome but Impractical: The Nightmare, being a scythe, is horrendously unwieldy. So much that it even seems to cause Orchid some problems when using it against, well, anybody really.
- BFS: The Nightmare Card. In this case, Big Fancy Scythe. That can fly.
- Brown Note: The Life Card's portrait, to those with magical foresight, can act as a very small version of this.
- Chekhov's Card: The Life Card.
- Combat Tentacles: Though none of them do anything particularly naughty (well, at least not officially), tentacles, tendrils, and various other binds appear.
- This is essentially how the Industry functions while in its visible form. What’s especially shocking is when combining the tendril traits of its visible form with the fact that it can conduct electricity.
- The Dominion Card can also function as a binding mass of threads, though its primary function is what it does to the victim’s heart. Don’t worry, the possibility of Lycan’s mind being in the gutter is the last thing the victim has to worry about.
- Ghost in the Machine: Industry’s primary power, which can affect and manipulate any forged, inanimate materials like suits of armor, electrical wires or even resin handguns. A bit useless in a forest, though.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Though independently sentient, Mirage explicitly states that she cannot control her own transformations without the consent of her master, usually keeping her stuck in one form for a long stretch of time.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Subverted. The fact that there are only seven Kaos Cards is more of an eight-minus-one thing, rather than a reference to this trope.
- Toxic Phlebotinum: The Fade Card gets weaker and weaker the more it consumes, and yet it’s a glutton.
- Tsundere: Oh Mirage, always acting so tough, especially when Syaoran is around.
- Voice for the Voiceless: Mirage. All other Kaos Cards are more bestial.
- Wave Motion Gun: Oblivion
- We Want Our Beloved To Be Happy: All the Kaos Cards are very attached to their master, though are willing to accept their presiding guardian as a suitable surrogate.
- Apocalypse How: An implied Class X-4, when Orchid merges Gin’s kaos, her own natural kaos, and the kaos of the Elixir of Fire together. The result is so catastrophic that it causes the text of the fanfiction to be unreadable for several lines. The universe recovers when the Elixir of Fire finally burns itself out.
- Armor-Piercing Question: One of the few things that can truly get to somebody filled with the Power of Kaos is one of these. While often given by Tomoyo, Orchid and Lycan will use them to jab at each other (which often proves rather foolish...).
- Because Destiny Says So: When Syaoran finally confronts Gin, he learns that fate and free will are actually the same thing. How can such a thing be achieved? Because individuals are destined to be enslaved to their own whims. Keep in mind, Cardcaptor Sakura was essentially a kid’s show...
- Berserk Button: Insult Clow Reed with Yue in earshot. Not even Sakura gets away with that!
- Big Damn Heroes: This is usually how the less-involved characters from each chapter get into the main body of the plot.
- Syaoran in Chapter 2, even though...
- Syaoran in Chapter 3, thereby introducing him for the first (real) time.
- Yue and Damien in Chapter 6.5
- Orchid (yes, by herself) in Chapter 7
- Keroberos, Yue, and Damien in Chapter 8.0
- A Big Damn Villains for Orchid (yes, by herself... again) in 8.5, presaged with Sarcastic Clapping.
- Bolivian Army Ending: The end of Chapter 6.0. Syaoran is beaten, battered, and practically defeated. Yet he still gets back up. Thank you, Tomoyo.
- Had the publication ended just one fragment earlier, the entire fanfiction would've ended with reality shattering around everyone, the ultimate Despair Event Horizon.
- Break the Cutie: Pick a character, any character.
- Chekhov's Gun: In Chapter 8.0, you aren’t led to believe that the pillars in the subway station do anything... until Orchid destroys the last of them and brings the entire station down on Lycan’s head!
- Close To Home: Chapter 4’s title.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Most fights are very short (if you don’t count all the incessant yammering) and don’t involve more than just a few swings.
- Probably one of the most egregious of these so-called “battles” is when the Clow Cards attempt to gang up on Lycan, only to get blown away.
- Curse Cut Short: Once to Damien (by Tomoyo), and once to Touya (by Sakura).
- Darker and Edgier: This might as well be the author’s mission statement.
- Deal with the Devil: To use the Kaos Cards, you need to harness a “key that hides the powers of the Inferno”. (And by the Inferno, you can pretty safely bet that this means Hell.) And the Card Captor in question has to make a “contract” with this key.
- Gin Clow makes a deal with Dncyltr to get his own kaos power. Later on, Orchid tries to make a similar contract, after absorbing Gin’s kaos, to get even more power! Fortunately for the Cardcaptor Sakura universe, Dncyltr ignores her pleas.
- Despair Event Horizon: It’s practically axiomatic for this to appear at some point or another. And it does: Lycan steals the Elixir of Fire, reclaims all seven Kaos Cards, feigns killing Syaoran, kills Damien, steals the Oblivion Card, and when Sakura / Orchid and the gang finally catch a break, Lycan unveiled his Gambit Roulette in their faces before ascending to his One-Winged Angel form! Orchid thinks of killing herself at the very thought of it all.
- Development Hell: Starting Date: January 2006 (including early drafts). Current status: Dead Fic (as of April 2011).
- Chapter 6 was rotting so deeply in Development Hell that the author split it into two separate chapters, Chapter 6.0 and Chapter 6.5.
- A trend that the author appears to intend to repeat with the currently in-progress Chapter 8.0 and 8.5.
- The author had been releasing occasional “chapter fragments” of as far as Chapter 8.5, up until the supposed death of the fic.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Did Orchid just crash DrakeTheDuelist's hard drive? Breaking the Fourth Wall, indeed!
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Pleas for Sakura to not use the Elixir of Fire make it sound like a drug addiction. A bit Anvilicious at first, but goes away later on as the Elixir is flanderized. And later stolen.
- Drama Bomb Finale: Chapter 8.0 was about the climactic battle, while Chapter 8.5 and the epilogue mostly deal with the repercussions of everything that happened previously.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The end of Chapter 1, and parts of Chapter 2 that turned out to be a Nightmare-induced dream are the only times Sakura's crush on Yukito are even mentioned. By the time Yukito shows up again for a bit part in Chapter 6, this crush seems to be completely swept under the rug.
- Epileptic Trees: Being a Fix Fic, Chaos Card Captor Sakura makes some educated guesses as to some unanswered questions about the series, some of which are quite dark.
- Expo Speak: Much of the dialog in Chapter 8.5, particularly Gin Clow’s dialog.
- Expy: Gin Clow is this for Kurtis, a vindictive, heavily accented character from the far less successful Hive Fleet Akyron.
- Face-Heel Turn: Sakura, as she turns into Orchid.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Anybody hit by the Fade magic will progressively lose their five senses, one right after the other, all while you go insane. While non-fatal in and of itself, how horrific would it be to live the rest of your life with no cognitive senses? And what happens to the Clow Cards is more like asphyxiation, which is fatal, not to mention disturbing considering how the Clow Cards aren’t just fading away in Season 3, but are painfully suffocating.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Kaos (barring Orchid’s, but ‘’particularly’’ Damien’s) is constantly shown with fire and other flaming imagery and colors. Orchid shows an affinity for ice-based kaos power later on. And Syaoran sticks with his canonic affinity for his lightning ofuda.
- First Name Basis: In an attempt to fire back at Lycan (who recently “killed” Syaoran), Orchid accidentally calls Syaoran by his first name, albeit as part of a quote. She catches herself afterwards, but the Relationship Upgrade still stands.
- Lycan has a rather interesting take on this. No character ever refers to Lycan with an honorific (except for Orchid calling him “Lycie-chan”). Similarly, Lycan only once refers to Sakura with a “-san” honorific, but drops this later on, more often referring to her as “Kinomoto Sakura”. According to Word of God, Lycan does this as a derisive reference to the fact that he’s a predator, and pretty much everybody else is his prey, something like a slaughterer calling a cow by its zoologically-correct binomial nomenclature. No one else refers to Lycan with honorifics because they’re just not quite sure what to make of him / it.
- Fix Fic: Kind of. What originally started as an attempt to explain why Sakura could use the Clow Cards with a Star Wand, this fic poked more holes in the plot than it mended. Granted, some holes needed poking, while others were exercises of unnecessary cruelty.
- Fun with Acronyms: The author is quite fond of these, having given every one of his previous major fanfictions (which did not exist) a three-character acronym. Didn’t work too well with ‘’Chaos Card Captor Sakura’’, given that getting the acronym to three characters would result in “CCS”, an acronym most commonly associated with the parent series. What’s an author to do? Answer: Chaos Card Captor Sakura -> CCCS. Shortening that down even further, there are three C’s, allowing the acronym to be shortened to “C (x) 3 (+) S”. Hence, "C 3 S".
- Fur Against Fang: Damien is a half-human with monstrous fangs and bat wings. Lycan is a hyperspace wolf lizard. Much Fantastic Racism abounds.
- Gambit Roulette: Lycan's, concluding in Chapter 8.0. Yeah, so he’s the supposed head honcho bad guy, and he really means for Sakura, his chosen Card Captor, to wind up with the Kaos Cards in the end. Normally a surprise, but given the source material, it’s not much of a surprise. The roulette comes in when Lycan deliberately forfeits his own Final Judgment, allowing Sakura to take the Kaos Cards, and for Lycan to scoop up Oblivion, the true eighth Kaos Card. But even this is a ploy, as Lycan expects Orchid to kill him with the Kaos Cards and rip open the dimensional barrier to Gin’s ‘holding cell’, so that she can use her power to turn Gin into the Life Card’s true form!
- Lycan’s plan plays Gambit Roulette a bit more realistically, considering that his plan not only ultimately failed in the course of the fanfic, but it failed in every instance he tried it before off screen.
- Good Is Not Nice: Gin Clow himself. Though it turns out that Gin wants Kaos destroyed just as much as any other protagonist, he’s actually a massive Jerk Ass when Sakura and Syaoran finally meet him. Considering Gin beats up on a chained up Sakura, hes possibly even worse off on the karma meter than Lycan was!
- Gratuitous English: Used as a literary language barrier against the language in which the fanfiction is written. Damien is supposed to speak mostly English and a little Japanese. Everybody else (except maybe Kero and Lycan) is supposed to speak mostly Japanese. The result: when Damien breaks out into Gratuitous English ("Little Wolf"), the rest of the cast hears this within their own accent ("Riteru Wurufu").
- Used as a plot device when Damien doesn't realize that "the Cherry Blossom" (heard as "Chari Burosomu") is actually "Sakura", and then freaks out at seeing her in person.
- Heroic BSOD: If you talk to Lycan for long enough, you will get one. Even if you're Tomoyo.
- Ho Yay: Damien and Yue, and their rivalry doesn't even seem to matter. (If anything, it makes it worse!)
- Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: Of course it's a scary place. Lycan lives there.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: The Inferno Crossbow.
- Informed Ability: Apparently, Syaoran is a biology whiz. Justified, considering he's been studying it.
- In-Series Nickname: A lot of characters have in-universe nicknames, either given by others, or self-assigned:
- Sakura = Orchid
- Gin Clow = Lycan
- Lycan = Lycie-chan
- Reed Clow = Clow Reed
- Dncyltr = Kaos Encarnate
- Insult Backfire: Lycan revels in how horrific everybody thinks he is. What's even more disturbing is that he enjoys it when you tell him how hurt you are.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: One of the reasons why no character in season 3 of Cardcaptor Sakura will refer to events that occurred in Chaos Card Captor Sakura.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Chapter 2 starts out as this, but it gets worse. Quickly.
- MacGuffin: The summer project.
- Made of Evil: The Elixir of Fire.
- Meaningful Echo: “Zettai Daijobu”, which Syaoran stews over throughout the entire fic.
- Lycan: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice… you shall not live long enough to do.” Sadly, this echo was rather obvious because this incredibly narmtastic line, echoed in Chapter 7, was first written back in Chapter 2, long before Lycan’s character was fully established, or even before the writing got all that good.
- Meaningful Name:
- Orchid: If you've ever seen an Orchid before , they're actually quite pale. This contrasts sharply with the Cherry Blossom (i.e. "Sakura") flower. Orchid actually chooses this name.
- Gin: The Japanese word for "silver", which is the only thing that can kill werewolves, according to their most common depictions. (Of course, Our Werewolves Are Different.) Silver is also a very contrasting color to black, which in Japanese is "Kuro", which sounds very similar to the Japanese pronunciation of "Clow".
- Lycan: Keeping in mind that Our Werewolves Are Different, Lycan claims that this was the name people devised to label him. He then took it and ran with it. Sort of the in-series version of a Fan Nickname. (Not to be confused with that nickname...)
- Damien: Named after an excommunicated Catholic missionary.
- Meanwhile, Back at the...: One of the few consistent formatting decisions in the entire fic, a scene change will always be signified with the same pattern: *-*-*. Word of God on this is that the keystrokes are (shift) 8 (un-shift) dash (shift) 8 (un-shift) dash (shift) 8 (un-shift). These keystrokes prevent auto-formatting on a line of straight dashes or asterisks that can potentially mess up the format when posting. The stated purpose for these abrupt scene changes are to make the fic read more like an anime and less like a book, harkening to the fic’s anime basis.
- Mind Rape Is A Special Kind Of Evil: If CLAMP works have one ubiquitous trait, besides Ho Yay of course, it would have to be that the spiritual / emotional consequences always trump the physical consequences. Following that logic, this ought to make a fair amount of sense.
- Monster of the Week: The Kaos Cards tend to this for a while. The first four chapters are reminiscent of the majority of the Cardcaptor Sakura series in that they involve the basic Find-Identify-Counter-Defeat pattern.
- Most Writers Are Male: Evident in the amount of comparative attention (particularly in the internal thought processes department) that Syaoran gets, compared to Sakura.
- Motive Rant: As a prose fic with Alternate Character Interpretations galore, most character development is done with this. Basically, if a character spends more than three straight sentences talking without interruption, you can bet you’re reading one of these.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Lycan, whose death is the beginning of the events in the real last chapter.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Lycan, Damien, and a number of the Kaos Cards (most blatantly with the Oblivion) all qualify. But by far the name to run away from the fastest is Dncyltr, mentioned only once, with the only implication being that God Is Evil. note
- Neck Lift: Shown by Orchid (with her foot, no less!), to demonstrate how imposing she actually is.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: There is a bunch of crazy-speak in Chapter 8.5, especially one line repeated over and over again (right as the entire universe caves in!) that would be otherwise indecipherable to the characters who hear it. Hint: read it backwards. Translated, the repeated message is “All work and no play makes Drake a dull boy.”
- Order Versus Kaos
- OT 3: Tomoyo apparently loves both Sakura and Syaoran. A Take That to those that interpret a 10-year-old's relationships as more than just friends on no further grounds than Ho Yay.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Only instead of abusing capitalization, the author abuses italics. All! The! TIME!!!!! If you’re seeing capital letters, it’s because people are SHOUTING! PARTICULARLY! LOUD!!!
- Purple Prose: Pretty much everything after Chapter 4, though compared to other fanfictions, this could have been the case from as early as Chapter 1. The later chapters are just ridiculous. And the Shards of Kaos?
- Put on a Bus: Meilin. Justified in the fact that she wasn't physically there at the time, but the author bypassed any opportunity to cameo her in somewhere, as was originally planned for Chapter 7.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Chapter 8.5. Gin Clow does this a lot.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Lycan. Rather than blinking with organic eyeballs, his eyes flicker red to signify blinking. Or getting beaten up so hard he can barely stay conscious.
- The glimmer of kaos energy in the eyes of anyone possessing an unnaturally massive amount of kaos, such as the Elixir of Fire. See Sakura / Orchid and Gin Clow.
- Refuge in Audacity: Sakura’s supposed successful suicide in Chapter 6.0.
- Sadly Mythtaken: The Li family has a legend that tells an apocryphal story about Clow Reed defeating the forces of Kaos, including Lycan. (This story likely had an Unreliable Narrator, having been presumably written by the Li clan.) Aside from the basics (there really are Kaos Cards), just about nothing else in this story is accurate. (For instance, the Kaos Cards are not nocturnal. Chimera was only specifically handwaved to take on the characteristics of diurnal animals.) Cue Syaoran’s Heroic BSOD when he realizes all too late that Sakura had been fighting forces far beyond her abilities, at least thus far, by herself.
- Save the Villain: Pretty much the entire point of Chapter 8.5. But... who is the villain?
- Schrödinger's Butterfly: Chapter 2.
- Sequel Hook:
- Lycan: “Let’s just say that some things in this world that transcend even Kaos.”
- One of the previous Card Captors of Kaos was mentioned to be Hui Sang, the Big Bad of Cardcaptor Torika.
- Lycan calls Damien a “zaangr’t”, who, in Science and Sorcery, are a race of ancient demons who serve as the prison guards (and occasionally inmates) in a dimension-wide Fire and Brimstone Hell.
- Another hint at the sequel crossing into Cardcaptor Torika: Gin Clow privately tells Sakura / Orchid that she isn’t the one he saw in his vision, and that she would be “laid low by a dear friend”, and that Syaoran will “shun her memory”. Oh look, Deria Avery just got her learner’s permit...
- Shout-Out: Numerous in source and breadth:
- "Broken", the title for Chapter 5, is from the Seether / Amy Lee song of the same name.
- Ironically, the early scenes of Chapter 5 are indicative of Matchbox 20's "Unwell".
- Lycan: “What did you mortals hope to accomplish by coming here?” A shout-out to The Maledict from Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil. The Maledict says a very similar line right before you begin the final showdown.
- Keroberos’ comment, after Lycan surrenders the Kaos Cards and reverts to his real form, more amphibious than mammalian, diminutively suggesting that Lycan resembled a certain car insurance agency’s spokes-gecko.
- Of all things, to Dawn of War. See how many you can find...
- Kaos. Though that ought to be a given.
- When Yue and Damien go at it, expect to hear a lot of “heretic”, “heathen”, and the all-purposed “scum” thrown around. While pretty scathing and out of place in your average Cardcaptor Sakura fanfiction, these are all ubiquitous catch-all terms for everything from cartoonish super-villainy to mild misdemeanors in the 40k universe.
- Destruction and Despair, the two alignments of the Kaos Cards, are also two out of the three fires lit by Twinrova, in order to revive Ganon in The Legend of Zelda Oracle games. (The third fire, Sorrow, is basically Despair Lite when you think about it.)
- Orchid seems to be rather skilled at twirling around a scythe...
- See Ominous Latin Chanting.
- Gin Clow: “Oh yes, witch. I am Lycan. And I have seen everything.”
- Shown Their Work: All the way back in Chapter 1, the numeric combination that held the Kaos Cards in the museum was “520”, referencing May 20th, Nadeshiko’s birthday.
- Spin-Off: Shards of Kaos. Depending on the ‘shard’, they can be prequels, sequels, expositional additions, focusing on tertiary characters, or other means of exposition that would otherwise deviate too far from the main plot. Word of God describes these as being analogous to Stories From the Sakura Book for Cardcaptor Torika.
- Tailor-Made Prison: The world inside the Oblivion Card in Chapter 8.5.
- Transformation Sequence: The "unfolding" of the Inferno Crossbow is described more briefly each time. You should know how it works by now.
- The use of a Transformation Sequence is also averted on occasion when a character's Meaningful Name cropping up, signifying a transformation, sometimes because the actual transformation was either extremely subtle or off-screen. For example, suddenly referring to Sakura as "Orchid" signifies her change from one disposition to another, and calling Kero by "Keroberos" refers to him in "Big Kero" form (the latter of which isn't widely recognized as canon).
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: Word of God’s explanation for the aforementioned Purple Prose is that Chaos Card Captor Sakura'' is an intentional and deliberate parody of this trope.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Though the title is Chaos Card Captor Sakura, the titular magic is never stated to be "chaos", but "kaos". This is, in part, to differentiate between the magic (kaos), the entity (Kaos Encarnate; a.k.a. Dncyltr), and the state of disorder (chaos)]], in part to make the obvious reference a little less obvious, and in part as a Japanese Funetik Aksent. note
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Lycan. You physically cannot shine a light on his body such that you can get a clear look at him. Also, any projectile attacks directed at him merely sink into his skin, like shooting at a wormhole. In fact, Lycan uses this power as a Mind Screw in its own right.
- Mirage. She tends towards looking like Sakura in order to allow people to see her.
- The Life Card, which has no true form to grasp..
- You Should Know This Already: None of the canon characters die. Also, neither Syaoran nor Sakura manage to confess their love without the threat of a Reset Button. There still has to be a Season 3.
- "Sakura" means "Cherry Blossom", and "Syaoran" (also "Xiaolang") means "Little Wolf". If you didn't know this before, then the Gratuitous English will largely be lost on you.
- In fact, you might want to go through the entire series at least once before reading, in the author’s hopes of increasing instances of Fridge Brilliance.
Tropes present in the Shards of Kaos:
- Anachronic Order: The first shard was entitled I am Kinomoto Sakura. The second posted shard was entitled I am Daidouji Tomoyo (using a short-lived episodic format of 'I am [Name]'), and it even dovetails off the previously posted shard, but was released as shard three. (Word of God referenced a 'second' shard involving Keroberos and Damien back in the past.) Card Captor Nadeshiko breaks this mold.
- Canon Immigrant: Tobias Erikson, who is far more subdued and mundane than he is in Science And Sorcery. And if you know anything about Science and Sorcery, Tobias doubles up as a living Chekhov's Gun.
- Fanon: Galore. Amongst others, the Kinomotos previously lived in Shinjuku, and Nadeshiko was a former Card Captor, whom Yue basically killed.
- Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Poor Chiharu, getting mixed up with the wrong crowd...
- Prequel: Card Captor Nadeshiko. Though we only see the tail end of the Final Judgment, there is an entire implied series around it. (The author just didn’t want to press his luck...)
- Written by the Winners: The implication behind the inconsistencies between the official Cardcaptor Sakura canon and the fanon of Chaos Card Captor Sakura (and beyond) is that the characters only remember a rosy version of the past, rather than the actual gritty truth of what really happened.