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Kinomoto Sakura / Orchid:

Syaoran Li:

  • Big Damn Heroes: Syaoran is on various sides of this throughout the fic. Early on, he is the one coming to Sakura’s aid (and in a larger sense that was the entire premise of Chapter 3), while later on Sakura / Orchid will come to his aid.
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  • Blood Oath: The Inferno Crossbow is fastened to Syaoran's arm by using his blood as an adhesive.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: In as much as Season 3's continuity has to be preserved, he can't confess his love to Sakura.
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: When Syaoran acquires the Inferno Crossbow, he learns a new way to use his ofuda: the Rites of Kaos.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: To Gin Clow, barring Gin’s silver hair and presumably atrophied British accent. Used as a plot device so that Gin telling Sakura that he loves her and Syaoran watching Mirage, Sakura’s look-alike, telling Gin, Syaoran’s look-alike, that she loves him could both be played up for angst.

Tomoyo Daidouji:

  • The Load: Tomoyo bemoans her uselessness at helping her friends. A lot of it has to do with Lycan’s gall to break Tomoyo’s facade, as seen above.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: In Chapter 7. In the previous chapter, Lycan found a chink in Tomoyo’s emotional armor by insinuating that Tomoyo tries to be The Matchmaker because she secretly blames herself for her dad leaving her mom. Thinking about it for a minute, Tomoyo deems that she can’t continue to follow Sakura and Syaoran in their magical adventures.
  • Muggles: Tomoyo is a magic-less mundane person and has a hidden inferiority complex about this. starts showing latent magical powers of her own, which she unknowingly uses to help Syaoran reach the Oblivion Card’s core.
  • Stepford Smiler: Her outgoing Kawaiiko personality is just a front to cover up her unhappiness at potentially causing her parents to split up.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: To the American exchange student Tobias Erikson, according to bonus background material.
  • The Watson: Tomoyo is generally the one who asks questions about whatever magical powers Sakura / Orchid and Syaoran are using.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Lampshaded by Damien in Chapter 5, as well as that this may have been something Tomoyo had in common with Gin Clow.

Kero / Keroberos:

Yue:

  • 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…
  • Servile Snarker: 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. invoked
  • 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.

Damien:

  • 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.
  • 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!

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.
  • I Want My 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.
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