Fiction set in China written by expatriates

A character who has a corpselike appearance, even though they're alive

The past isn't a very nice place to be, basically.

Converting weapons of war into peaceful use.

More evolved species inevitably, swiftly, and sometimes gleefully eradicate less-evolved species.

The tendency of reboots to either cast far younger actors than the original, or age down major characters.

Dragons that can take on a human form and humans that can take dragon form.

Where mythical characters get unorthodox depictions.

A magical musical instrument, whose powers can be used by playing it.

A tutorial in which the only option is failure

Realizing someone's innocent AFTER his punishment was carried out.

Professional or wannabe writers are often shown having manual or electric typewriters as their tool of choice, instead of handwriting or computers, and may explicitly state such preference

X-Ray reveals something humorous or unusual inside a character or object.

Heavy breathing to signify a tense or stressful situation is resolved.

The magnetic poles of the Earth get reversed.

Beating a person to death with fists or blunt object.

Lightning/electricity is associated with high speed.

This character has an oddball allergy, most of the time not even existing in real life.

A fusion which does not go as planned at all.

A characters disability or illness is removed from adaptations

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