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A list of characters appearing in the Jackie Chan Adventures/W.I.T.C.H. fanfic Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters.

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The Guardians

The Guardians of Kandrakar, five girls granted with extraordinary elemental powers and the role of fighting evil across the Known Worlds.

  • Action Girl: The lot of them.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Thanks to the deconstructive nature of the fic, the girls all have a much harder time of things than in canon, and it definitely shows as the plot progresses.
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  • Amazon Brigade: Being an all-female team.
  • Big Sister Instinct: They have this for Jade at first before she gets her own powers, despite them all being roughly the same age.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: The reason the Chan Clan are called in is to train them, Uncle and Tohru on the magic side of things, Jackie and Jade on the physical combat side.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to all of them, as the realities of being Child Soldiers kick in.
  • Child Soldier: Teenagers forced by destiny to partake in a war, a fact that gets thoroughly deconstructed.
  • Children Forced to Kill: During the Sack of Torus Filney, and a few times since, as a result of fighting the war.
  • Childhood Friends: Irma, Cornelia, and Hay Lin.
  • Elemental Powers: As per canon.
  • Innocence Lost: Happens to them all over the course of the war.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: They collectively have this reaction upon seeing what happens to Raythor after they frame him.
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  • The Squad: A group of five, working together as a team.
  • These Hands Have Killed: They all suffer from this after first having to take lives during the Battle of Torus Filney.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: They try not to kill anyone if they can avoid it. However, following from the Sack of Torus Filney, where they have no choice but to kill, this changes — they still don’t like killing and don’t do it lightly, but realize that they have to abandon this mindset out of pragmatism.
  • True Companions: They become this with each other and Jade.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Jade notes at one point that all the Guardians (save Will, whose dad the rest of the group hasn't seen yet), have mothers that are notably more attractive than their fathers.

     Will Vandom 
The Keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar and leader of the Guardians, Will has no elemental magic (yet) but makes up for it with an increasingly crafty strategic mind.

  • Badass Normal: In a manner of speaking — as a Guardian, she has flight and enhanced strength, but as she doesn’t currently have access to Quintessence because of the Veil, unlike the other Guardians she only has her fists to fight with.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: She pulls this during the Sack of Torus Filney, while clashing with a Phobos soldier. Presumably thanks to her Guardian strength and magic, there’s no mention of it hurting her any.
  • The Chessmaster: She evolves into this as she grows into her role as a wartime leader.
  • Covert Pervert: She keeps sneaking looks at Matt's butt during their dates.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She’s a pragmatist and becomes even more so as time goes by, but even she’s horrified by how Raythor is punished when they frame him.
  • Female Gaze: The narration notes how she keeps looking at Matt’s butt during their dates.
  • The Leader: Of the Guardians, as per canon.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: When Matt says he wants to join the fight on Meridian.
  • Not So Different: Her evolution into a pragmatist willing to manipulate potential allies is far too similar to Nerissa for Yan Lin's liking.
  • Not So Similar: Despite the above-mentioned similarity to Nerissa, Yan Lin notes that Will still has her compassion, which Nerissa lost long ago.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Evolves into this as time goes by.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: When Matt tells her the reason why he cannot stop helping people, she tells him she loves him.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Averted. During the Sack of Torus Filney, she kills a Phobos soldier in self-defense and is horrified to realize that one of the other soldiers is his brother, as it hadn't occurred to her before then that the bad guy's mooks could have families.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The other Guardians and Chan Clan members call her and Jade out for plotting to steal magical artifacts for the Rebellion during the subway fight with the Dark Hand, without bothering to tell the rest of them.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Her stunned reaction when she realizes that the prison break for Elyon's parents may have just unleashed a new potential enemy (namely Drago).
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     Irma Lair 
The Water Guardian.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Like in canon, Martin Tubbs is this to her. Though after Martin asks Irma why she can't give him a chance, she admits there's nothing wrong with him, it's just a mix of him coming on too strong and her sexuality. After revealing her sexuality to him, they agree to just be friends.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In canon, she only ever showed interest in boys. Here, she's a lesbian.
  • Bedmate Reveal: A cot rather than a bed, but early in Chapter 26, she's revealed to have cuddled up with Jade at some point in the night for some extra body heat to deal with the cold of the Infinite City room their group was sleeping in.
  • Better as Friends: She and Martin ultimately agree on this between them.
  • Covert Pervert: When she learns that the Oni in the mask Tarakudo put on Viper keeps complimenting her "rack and ass", as she puts it, she thinks that he's not exactly wrong about them being nice.
    • She deliberately latched onto Jade for warmth while they were sleeping in the Infinite City.
  • Gayngst: The reason she never came out of the closet before is that she felt unintentional peer pressure to act like she likes boys.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: She eventually explains to Martin she's a lesbian, which is why she's not interested in him.
  • Making a Splash: Her power set.
  • Ship Tease: There have been hints of chemistry between her and Jade.
  • Those Two Guys: She and Jade quickly settle into this role.

     Taranee Cook 
The Fire Guardian.

     Cornelia Hale 
The Earth Guardian, whose Alpha Bitch facade hides some deep-rooted problems, and whose family has bigger skeletons in its closet than she realizes.

  • Break the Cutie: On top of having to deal with being a Child Soldier, she has to deal with the shock of learning of her father's criminal connections, and blaming herself for Elyon siding with Phobos.
  • Broken Ace: She comes off as a vapid and egotistical perfectionist, but this all stems from an inferiority complex she's desperately trying to mask.
  • Broken Pedestal: Her view of her father is ruined when she realizes that he's working for the Dark Hand.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her power set.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her and Caleb's feelings for each other are extremely obvious even before they hook up.
  • Fainting: Her initial reaction to finding out that Elyon is the lost princess.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: It turns out that her Alpha Bitch persona is just a mask she wears in order to avoid any doubt or perceived weaknesses that might cause her to be less than the perfect girl she thinks she needs to be.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: This bit from Chapter 25 when she’s confronting Caleb over the situation with Aldarn, which is similar to her situation with Elyon.
    "Just because he's your best friend that doesn't mean you should be justifying everything he does and blaming yourself for it!" Cornelia paused for a second, and then chuckled just like Caleb had done moments before. "Wow, I sounded just like the biggest hypocrite in the universe right there.”
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: As a result of her perception that she has to be perfect to live up to the expectations she thinks her father has for her.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for Elyon running off with Cedric, due to driving her away by hiding her Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • The Perfectionist: Because she feels that she needs to be.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Because she never explained that her facade isn't her real personality, Elyon becomes convinced that she really is a self-absorbed Alpha Bitch, which ruins their friendship and pushes Elyon towards going to Meridian with Cedric.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: After her initial fainting spell, this is her reaction to finding out that Elyon is the lost Princess.

     Hay Lin 
The Air Guardian, who in the new Merged Reality is distant cousins with the Chan Clan.

The Chan Clan

Jackie Chan and his family and friends, drawn into the conflict on Meridian by their familial relationship to the Lins.

     Jackie Chan 
An archaeologist drawn into a life of magic and adventure, he's most recently found himself brought in to play mentor to the Guardians.

  • Armor-Piercing Response: When he's being corrupted by an Oni mask and Jade is trying to get through to him, he chews her out for constantly disobeying him and putting herself in life-threatening situations, revealing how much it scares him that she might not make it. The narration notes that Jade is thrown for a loop.
  • Badass Normal: Doesn't have magic or any special abilities, just fighting skills.
  • The Corruption: Suffers this after having an Oni mask forced onto him.
  • Determinator: Despite his lack of special abilities, he makes it clear during his fight with the mask-empowered Hak Foo that he’ll never give up.
  • Everyone Can See It: His and Viper's feelings for each other, to the point where even Tarakudo can see it and is surprised to learn that they’re not actually involved when he's shoving masks on them.
  • Horror Hunger: While being forced to wear the Oni mask, he develops a craving for human brains. When he realizes this, he's horrified.
  • The Mentor: Serves in this capacity to the Guardians, Jade, and Caleb.
  • Not So Different: Chang claims that, by blindly acting on behalf of Section 13, Jackie is no different from how Chang was back when he was a ring fighter, saying that both are just pawns of the people calling the shots. Jackie admits that he has a point, but that doesn't stop him from handing Chang over to Captain Black.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the new Merged Reality, his family and the Lins are cousins.
  • Reverse Mole: He pretends to accept Chang's offer of service in order to bring the Dark Hand down from within.
  • Ship Tease: As per canon, there’s repeated signs of UST between him and Viper.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: After he more actively joins the fight on Meridian, he makes it clear to Jade that it's contingent on her no longer using lethal force against their enemies unless there's no other choice.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He becomes this when corrupted by the mask Tarakudo forces on him, as he becomes convinced the only way to keep everyone safe is to take their shadows and put them in comas, so that they can't fight anymore.

     Jade Chan 
Jackie's adventure-seeking niece, who happily embraces a role in the Guardians' conflict in Meridian, a role much bigger than she could have imagined.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Becomes the leader of Rhouglar's faction after his death.
  • Action Girl
  • Adaptational Badass: Is fairly tough in canon, but here, thanks to her Chosen One magic and Shapeshifter skills, she is roughly on the level of the Guardians.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: What few bits of romantic interest she showed in canon involved boys. Here, she's discovered she's a lesbian.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She notes that she's getting this way after becoming a Shapeshifter, befitting how Shapeshifters have fairly attractive human forms by default, her greater muscle definition making her look elegant instead of like a female brawler.
  • Anti-Magic: After becoming the Chosen One, she gains the ability of Chi Degradation, which breaks down all Chi Magic in its area of effect.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Jackie's being corrupted by an Oni mask and she’s trying to get through to him, he chews her out for constantly disobeying him and putting herself in life-threatening situations, revealing how much it scares him that she might not make it. The narration notes that Jade is thrown for a loop.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Following Rhouglar's death, she takes over his remaining men by knocking out their new leader and telling them she's in charge now.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her new summer outfit does this, to show off her developing abs.
  • Bedmate Reveal: A cot rather than a bed, but early in Chapter 26, she wakes up to find that Irma cuddled up with her at some point in the night for some extra body heat to deal with the cold of the Infinite City room their group was sleeping in.
  • Berserk Button: After being tortured by Tharquin, she develops one towards being called a monster.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She notes that for all her Shipper on Deck moments with Jackie and Viper, the only time that they ever seriously consider hooking up with each other is when they're both under the influence of an Oni mask.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She becomes downright scary after she gains and masters her new powers.
  • Big Eater: She was already one of these in canon, but she gains a further appetite increase after becoming a Shapeshifter.
  • Blood Knight: Disturbingly, she shows this attitude during the fighting at Torus Filney. Fortunately, she pulls back from it after realizing how reckless it rendered her.
  • Blood Magic: Learns this from the spirit of her past incarnation, Elizabeth Bathory.
  • Break the Cutie: She's put through the wringer when Tharquin gets his hands on her.
  • Canis Major: After becoming a Shapeshifter, she can turn into a giant wolf.
  • The Chessmaster: Starts growing into this, especially when working in tandem with Will.
  • The Chosen One: She's the latest reincarnation of Ben Shui.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Suffers this at the hands of Tharquin.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Terrified as reality collapses around her following Shendu's destruction of the Book of Ages, she chomps on her own finger to use the blood to scrawl on the last remaining tattered piece.
  • Covert Pervert: Shows repeated signs of this:
    • When the group is hiding out in the Red House brothel to prepare for the attack on Torus Filney, she seems a bit too enthusiastic about the idea of them dressing up as prostitutes, and when Irma's outfit is adjusted to enhance her bust, she stares and wonders if she'll suffer a wardrobe malfunction, and seems to be hoping for that to happen.
    • When held captive by Tharquin, she gets under his skin by pointing out that he's technically impure, being part Galhot, and admits that she finds Galhot women, who she refers to as "green-skinned babes", attractive, and can't blame his father for being interested in one.
    • At one point, she pulls a Female Gaze on Irma's butt as she's walking away.
    • When she gets a glimpse of a sleeping Irma's cleavage during the aforementioned Bedmate Reveal moment, she can't look away for a minute, and only does so with significant mental effort, and while she didn't exactly mind the situation, she wanted to sleep more, so when the Water Guardian proved a stubborn sleeper, Jade decided to wake her up by nipping at her cheek.
    • When she learns that the Oni in the mask Tarakudo put on Viper keeps complimenting her "rack and ass", as she puts it, she thinks that he's not exactly wrong about them being nice.
  • Crush Blush: When she sees Irma in her new summer outfit.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Just before the subway fight, she has trouble focusing on her scouting due to Irma leaning over in such a way that her breasts rub against Jade's back.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She's a pragmatist who has very few limits when it comes to dealing with enemies, but even she's horrified when she sees how Raythor is punished when the heroes frame him.
  • Exact Words: Her terrified message on the last piece of the Book of Ages was her telling it to bring them all to a safe place. It did so, but not in the way she was expecting...
  • Female Gaze: She provides us with a few female-on-female examples after realizing she's a lesbian:
    • While hanging out with Irma at the mall, she glances at her bust when she gets up from the table, and follows her butt as she walks away.
    • During the above-mentioned Bedmate Reveal moment, she takes a moment to tear her gaze away from Irma's cleavage and focus on waking her up.
  • Innocence Lost: Happens to her as a result of the war, especially after her torture at Tharquin's hands.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Upon first encountering Drago, she quickly makes the connection between him and Shendu and tries desperately to deny it, only for him to confirm it seconds later.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After waking up in the new reality, she quickly forgets her meeting with Xin Jing, brushing it off as a dream.
  • The Leader: She becomes this for a crew among the Rebellion after taking over Rhouglar's faction following his death.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She has this reaction after she impulsively kills Tharquin for what he did to her, which makes her realize what a Blood Knight she’s become.
  • Not So Different: Her rant about using her new Shapeshifter and Ben Shui powers to help people gives Yan Lin an uncomfortable flashback to Nerissa.
  • Not So Similar: Despite the above-mentioned similarity to Nerissa, Yan Lin realizes that Jade still has her compassion, which Nerissa lost a long time ago.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she encounters Drago and realizes that he's Shendu's son.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: The dream vision she has right before she transforms the first time has her running naked through a forest.
  • Overnight Age-Up: She becomes noticeably taller and more physically mature after becoming a Shapeshifter.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Like Will, she's perfectly willing to do what it takes to win.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the new Merged Reality, her family and the Lins are cousins.
  • Say My Name: When she gets the upper hand on Tharquin after he'd tortured her, she makes him say her name.
  • Scars Are Forever: Her back is left heavily scarred by Tharquin's torture, with Nerissa deliberately not healing them in order to teach her a lesson.
  • Ship Tease: There have been hints of chemistry between her and Irma.
  • Spit Take: She chokes on her soda when Irma asks if there are any boys she likes.
  • Super Senses: After becoming a Shapeshifter, her senses are all heightened even in human form.
  • Super Strength: As a mammal/wolf Shapeshifter, she's especially strong in her wolf form.
  • Those Two Guys: She and Irma quickly settle into this role.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: After Jackie more actively joins the fight on Meridian, he makes it clear to Jade that it's contingent on her no longer using lethal force against their enemies unless there's no other choice.
  • True Companions: She becomes this with the Guardians.
  • Walking Spoiler: Thanks to being revealed as the Chosen One and becoming a Shapeshifter.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The other Guardians and Chan Clan members call her and Will out for plotting to steal magical artifacts for the Rebellion during the subway fight with the Dark Hand, without bothering to tell the rest of them.

     Uncle 
The Chan patriarch and master chi wizard, who lends the Guardians his knowledge and power.

     Tohru 
A reformed Dark Hand enforcer and enemy of the Chans, who has since become Uncle’s assistant and apprentice, and like him aids the Guardians magically.

  • Car Fu: He and Uncle run over the possessed Lothar with their car during the fight in Chapter 7.
  • Not So Different: There's a parallel or two drawn between him and Raythor, both having served villains due to a misplaced sense of honor.

     Viper 
A reformed thief who has aided the Chans on several occasions, she first comes to Heatherfield to help them combat local Dark Hand activity, before going on to help the Guardians on Meridian as well.

  • Action Girl
  • Badass Normal: Relies purely on her own strength and skills.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Becomes this under the influence of the Oni mask that Tarakudo puts on her.
  • The Corruption: Suffers this after having an Oni mask forced onto her.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her and Jackie's feelings for each other, to the point that even Tarakudo can see it, and is surprised to learn that they're not involved when he's shoving masks on them.
  • Ship Tease: As per canon, there are repeated signs of UST between her and Jackie.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins the heroes in Chapter 16 to aid in fighting the Dark Hand, and sticks around afterward.

The Rebellion

Meridian's organized resistance against Phobos' tyranny of their world.

  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Deconstruction, as the Rebellion's reliance on its Token Evil Teammates to do its dirty work is shown in a very negative light, and all the more moral members (Caleb especially) are disgusted by them.
  • Combat by Champion: They have a protocol in place to settle leadership disputes like this. Aldarn uses it to try and usurp Caleb.
  • Enemy Mine: After the Sack of Torus Filney, Will convinces their leadership to take a different approach by allying with the members of the nobility who aren't truly loyal to Phobos.
  • Hope Is Scary: The entire concept of Carhaiz, giving the smallfolk a place free of Phobos' rule without having to fight his regime, scared the Rebellion's leadership, which feared losing support for their cause. So they destroyed the town and claimed that it was the site of a weapon Phobos was building.
  • Not So Different: The Sack of Torus Filney exposes the fact that the Rebellion can be just as brutal as Phobos' regime.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Many in their ranks have no problem with being as vicious towards Phobos' forces as said forces are towards them.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: They are not presented as a bunch of saints in this setting.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: However, after the Sack of Torus Filney, Caleb dedicates himself to reforming the organization.
  • Superweapon Surprise: They manage to pull this off at Torus Filney, thanks to guns bought from Ludmoore.
  • There Are No Therapists: They don't seem to care about the psychological damage that their members suffer.
  • Trial by Combat: If enough people in the Rebellion think the leader's doing a bad job, they can be challenged to prove themselves in a duel.

     Caleb 
The young leader of the Rebellion, whose narrow-minded view on the realities of warfare are shattered soon after meeting the Guardians.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Leads the Rebellion despite being a teenager, as per canon.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: His role as the Child Soldier leader of a war is thoroughly deconstructed, and he goes through hell over the course of the story.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: He and Raythor merely happened to be on other sides in canon. Here, Caleb holds Raythor responsible for his father's death.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In canon, his and Aldarn's friendship never changes. In this story, however, their differing views on how the Rebellion should be led causes their friendship to break down, until finally Aldarn plots to kill Caleb and usurp his position.
  • And Then What?: His conversation with Servantis in Chapter 13 leads Caleb to realize that he has no idea what would happen if the Rebellion wins the war, since Elyon isn't around to stick in charge (at that time).
  • Anti-Hero: Zig-zagged. He starts off as perfectly willing to do absolutely anything to win the war, but after the Sack of Torus Filney opens his eyes to how brutal the Rebellion really is, he becomes more willing to take more moderate courses of action. Even so, he’s still ready and capable of making the less than moral choices when he needs to.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When he says that all Shapeshifters are evil, Taranee asks if he’s ever met any other than Cedric or Miranda, which shuts him right up.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Aldarn calls him out for allying with certain nobles despite all the nobility's crimes, he responds by bringing up all the awful things that the Rebellion has done as well, saying they need to change their ways or they're no better than the people they're trying to overthrow. This brings Aldarn up short for a moment before he presses on.
  • Awful Truth: Learning the Dark Secret of what happened at Carhaiz, and more importantly his father's role in it, devastates him.
  • The Berserker: Becomes this whenever he gives into the influence of the Sword of Thanatos.
  • Black and White Morality: Has this viewpoint at first, believing utterly in the righteousness of the Rebellion and the wickedness of Phobos' regime, to the point of it teetering on Black and White Insanity.
    • Black and Grey Morality: However, after meeting the Chan Clan and Guardians, he reevaluates his worldview, eventually coming to see that there’s good and evil on both sides.
  • Break the Cutie: He has to deal with his father becoming a Broken Pedestal, getting an Artifact of Doom attached to him, and his best friend trying to kill him.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • He loses his rose-colored view of the Rebellion after the events at Torus Filney, as he comes to realize that they're no better than Phobos' forces. Likewise, his idolizing of his father, after learning what happened at Carhaiz.
    • He, in turn, becomes one to Aldarn, whose moral flexibility keeps him from agreeing with Caleb’s decision to compromise with the nobility.
  • Character Development: He goes from a borderline Knight Templar with Black and White Morality to being more open-minded and having a more nuanced view.
  • Child Soldier: A fact that is heavily deconstructed.
  • Children Forced to Kill: He admits he first killed an enemy at age 11.
  • Childhood Friends: With Aldarn.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: After it bonds to him, he can't get too far away from the Sword of Thanatos without it teleporting back to his side.
  • Cycle of Revenge: He wants revenge against Raythor for killing his father, but upon getting it finds himself the target of Lothar’s desire to avenge his mentor.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Sword of Thanatos has a conscious mind of its own, and wants him to use it.
  • Everyone Can See It: His and Cornelia's feelings for each other are apparent to everyone long before they actually hook up.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's willing to go to great and ruthless lengths to defeat Phobos' forces, but when he learns that Rhouglar is a rapist, he's utterly disgusted to the point of executing Rhouglar on the spot.
  • Fighting Your Friend: He ends up having to fight Aldarn when Aldarn challenges him for leadership.
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    • To Aldarn: They're both utterly dedicated to the Rebellion, and both start out operating under Black and White Morality. But while Caleb comes to gain a more nuanced and grey view of the war, Aldarn slowly slides into outright Black and White Insanity.
    • To Lothar: Both start out utterly convinced that their side is in the right no matter what, but over time have enough Character Development to realize that there's good and bad on both sides.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He constantly worries about the Rebellion falling into this in their desire to bring Phobos down at all costs. He himself nearly crosses the line during the Sack of Torus Filney, before the Guardians talk him down.
  • Innocence Lost: Happened to him years before the start of the story, due to becoming a Child Soldier at such a young age.
  • Internal Reformist: When he learns of the dark side of the Rebellion, he works hard to try and fix it.
  • Knight Templar: Starts off as this, or at least bordering on it, before a talk with Jackie sets him straight.
  • The Leader: Of the Rebellion, as per canon.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction when he realizes all the evils he's been letting fester in the Rebellion.
  • Not So Different: Chapter 20 shows that this is the case with him and Lothar, both having been operating under Black and White Morality-induced bloodthirstiness for most of the war, but now realizing things aren't that clearcut. They both even use the same line about no longer being blind to their side's faults.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Even after turning away from being a Knight Templar Anti-Hero, he's still perfectly willing to make the harder calls.
  • Scars Are Forever: He earns a facial scar from dueling Servantis, and chooses not to have it fully healed.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: After avenging his father's death via seemingly killing Raythor by getting him dumped down the Abyss of Shadows, he finds he gets no satisfaction from it.
  • We Used to Be Friends: His and Aldarn's friendship slowly falls apart due to their different views on leading the Rebellion culminating in Aldarn trying to kill him in a duel.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: The Mage assures Caleb that because he actually has concerns about the Rebellion becoming He Who Fights Monsters, he's better then Phobos. Of course, "the Mage" is actually Nerissa in disguise and she's just trying to manipulate him, so what she's saying should be taken with a grain of salt.
  • You Are Not Ready: Part of the reason "the Mage" didn't tell Caleb about Carhaiz was to protect his innocence.
  • You Killed My Father: He hates Raythor, who allegedly killed his father.

     Aldarn 
Caleb's best friend and second-in-command of the Rebellion, their viewpoints on the conduct of the war begin to diverge in an increasingly dangerous way.

  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In canon, his and Caleb's friendship never changes. In this story, however, their differing views on how the Rebellion should be led causes their friendship to break down, until finally Aldarn plots to kill Caleb and usurp his position.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He's much more aggressive in canon, which culminates in him plotting to kill Caleb for compromising with the nobility, and usurping his role as Rebel Leader.
  • Aggressive Categorism: In his view, all Aristocrats Are Evil.
  • All for Nothing: His attempted power grab just results in him being possessed by Ikazuki and his followers being subsequently discredited in the eyes of the rest of the Rebellion.
  • And This Is for...: During his Motive Rant, he lists all the loved ones he's lost to the war as part of why he's so determined to win it at all costs even if it means killing Caleb to take over.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When he calls Caleb out for allying with certain nobles despite all the nobility's crimes, Caleb responds by bringing up all the awful things that the Rebellion has done as well, saying they need to change their ways or they're no better than the people they're trying to overthrow. This brings him up short for a moment, before he presses on.
  • Black and White Morality: Like Caleb, he's utterly convinced in the righteousness of the Rebellion and the evil of their enemies. Unlike Caleb, he sinks completely into this mindset until it becomes Black and White Insanity that lets him justify killing and usurping Caleb for disagreeing with his views.
  • Broken Pedestal: Caleb becomes this to him due to the divergence in their views on how the Rebellion should be led.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When his father decided to leave the Rebellion, Aldarn called him a coward and effectively disowned him.
  • Childhood Friends: With Caleb.
  • Demonic Possession: When he puts on Ikazuki's mask during his duel with Caleb, it ends up fully possessing him.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's even more ruthless when it comes to fighting Phobos' forces than Caleb is, but is just as disgusted upon learning of Rhouglar's crimes.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: He is utterly convinced that he can control Ikazuki's mask without being overwhelmed. He's quickly proven wrong.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He becomes so disgruntled by Caleb's leadership that he’s willing to kill him and take control of the Rebellion by force.
  • Fatal Flaw: He hates the nobility so much that Caleb deciding to work with some of them to help bring down Phobos drives him to put on Ikazuki's mask in an attempt to take control from him.
  • Foil: To Caleb. They're both utterly dedicated to the Rebellion, and both start out operating under Black and White Morality. But while Caleb comes to gain a more nuanced and grey view of the war, Aldarn slowly slides into outright Black and White Insanity.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother was killed by Phobos' forces, as were all of his closest friends aside from Caleb. Because of this, he has an Irrational Hatred not just for Phobos and his minions, but everyone who supports them even remotely. This is why he can't abide Caleb's choice to ally with those nobles who are opposed to Phobos but haven't outright rebelled against him.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He's utterly convinced that all of Meridian's nobility needs to be wiped out alongside Phobos and is willing to kill Caleb and take over the Rebellion by force to make it happen.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Even when admitting Caleb has several good points about why the Rebellion's old black and white views are wrong, he refuses to let himself be swayed by them, feeling that he's done and sacrificed too much to just change his ways.
  • Innocence Lost: As with Caleb, his innocence was shattered at a young age due to his family's involvement in the Rebellion even before he started fighting himself.
  • Irony: He votes for Ludmoore being welcomed into the Rebellion despite not trusting him because he needed an excuse to challenge Caleb (who, by contrast, voted against Ludmoore). So, it's Aldarn's own fault that the person he doesn't trust is now in the Rebellion.
  • Irrational Hatred: His feelings towards the nobility grow into this over time.
  • I've Come Too Far: His reason for not calling off his duel with Caleb. He feels that after everything he's done and lost for the Rebellion, he simply can't compromise his hardcore interpretation of its mission.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He becomes increasingly disgruntled with the compromises Caleb is making in his leadership of the Rebellion, specifically working with defecting nobles. Eventually, this results in him challenging Caleb to a Duel to the Death for leadership, and using Ikazuki's mask to try and win.
  • Knight Templar: Starts growing into this regarding how the Rebellion should be dealing with Phobos' supporters. This hits its boiling point when Caleb decides to ally with some of the nobility opposed to Phobos, which Aldarn is so disgusted by that he plots to kill Caleb and take over the Rebellion.
  • Moral Myopia: He despises the nobility and Phobos' forces for all the awful things they've done, but feels justified in the "heroic" nature of the Rebellion's own less than admirable acts. He's also perfectly willing to use Ikazuki's mask to force the Rebellion to accept his leadership, but denies that it's anything like Phobos' means of ruling by force.
  • Motive Rant: In Chapter 26, after being called out on how he's been manipulating Caleb into being forced to accept a leadership challenge, he goes into a rant about all he's sacrificed for the Rebellion, and how he can't accept working with defecting nobles, or anything else other than totally wiping out the nobility.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He's more an Anti-Villain than anything else at that point, but his decision to use Ikazuki's mask to win his duel with Caleb ends up completely discrediting his bid for leadership of the Rebellion.
  • Not So Different: After he puts on Ikazuki's mask during their duel and says that he did so to guarantee that the Rebellion would have to accept him as a leader no matter how the duel turned out or what they thought, Caleb gets the idea to provoke him by asking how that makes him any different than Phobos.
  • Parental Abandonment: Shortly after his mother died, his father lost faith in the Rebellion and left it, abandoning the young Aldarn when he refused to do likewise.
  • Properly Paranoid: His distrust of Ludmoore is a Right for the Wrong Reasons version of this, as he's absolutely right that Ludmoore isn't trustworthy. It's just that he thinks Ludmoore will betray them to Phobos, unaware that he's been Playing Both Sides all along.
  • The Starscream: Eventually becomes this to Caleb, plotting to overthrow him and take control of the Rebellion.
  • Survivor's Guilt: At least part of his hatred for the nobility seems to stem from how the noble forces aligned with Phobos killed his mother and all his closest friends except for Caleb while leaving him alive.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to the actions he ultimately resorts to as his friendship with Caleb dissolves.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is utterly convinced that the compromises Caleb is making in the Rebellion's methods are only weakening them, to the point that he's willing to face Caleb in combat for leadership.
  • We Used to Be Friends: His and Caleb's friendship slowly falls apart due to their different views on leading the Rebellion culminating in Aldarn trying to kill him in a duel.
  • You Killed My Father: His mother, and many of his friends, were killed by Phobos' forces, which contributes to his hatred of all of Meridian's nobility.

     Vathek 
Another close friend of Caleb's, who acts as the Rebellion's mole in Phobos' court for a time before being exposed.

  • Animal Companion: His pet falcon Salazar.
  • For Want of a Nail: He's exposed as a spy much sooner than in canon, due to Lothar's vendetta. As a result, this also means the Rebellion and Guardians don't learn that Elyon is the lost princess until right before she's taken to Meridian.
  • Little "No": Lets out two when he uncovers the Dark Secret of what happened at Carhaiz.
  • The Mole: As per canon, he starts off spying on Phobos for the Rebellion.

     Drake 
Another of Caleb's friends, and a voice of reason in the Rebellion's leadership. He's actually Ludmoore's mole and youngest brother, Cyrus.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Whereas in canon he's strictly heroic, here he's manipulating the Rebellion for his family's Long Game.
  • Agent Provocateur: Manipulates the Rebellion into taking the actions he and his brothers want for their Long Game.
  • Ascended Extra: He has a relatively small part in canon, compared to the larger role he plays here.
  • Becoming the Mask: After so many years living among the rebels, he's come to genuinely care for them, even as he manipulates them.
  • Dramatic Irony: At one point, he's warned to never trust a Ludmoore. He quietly takes some humor in the fact that the person telling him this is unaware that he's a Ludmoore.
  • Functional Addict: Is a heavy drinker, but it doesn't interfere in his role as a leader among the rebels.
  • The Mole: For his brother.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Gets significant development and backstory for a character with such a small role in canon. Helped by the fact he's mixed with an actual OC.
  • This Is Reality: After the Sack of Torus Filney, he spells it out to a disillusioned Caleb that Black and White Morality doesn't exist in war, and that there are always good and bad people on both sides.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to his real identity.

     Sephiria 
A nun of the Faithful of the Light of Meridian, she serves the Rebellion as a healer and an advisor to Caleb, on whom she has a crush.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Has a crush on Caleb which he doesn't even notice.
  • Good Shepherd: Her faith is built entirely around helping other people.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Averted. While she's initially jealous of Caleb's growing relationship with Cornelia, she eventually admits to herself that it's her own fault for not confessing her feelings to Caleb sooner, and moves on.
  • The Medic: She and her fellow nuns serve in this capacity for the Rebellion.
  • Original Character
  • Spit Take: She chokes on her wine when Drake refers to Cornelia as the girl Caleb loves.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Her crush on Caleb means that she tends to agree with all of his decisions. This is an invoked example, as Nerissa deliberately chose her as the Faithful’s representative in the Rebellion leadership specifically because she knew this would happen, and thus allow Caleb to always have a supportive vote.

     Alistar Tharquin 
A former knight and a leading member of the Rebellion, Tharquin is an utter fanatic who will do whatever it takes to win.

  • Asshole Victim: He's viciously killed by Jade, the very person he tortured for being the wrong species.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Likes inflicting this on captive Shapeshifters and does so to Jade.
  • Cycle of Revenge: One of his men points out that most acts of violence against humans and Galhots by Shapeshifters were retaliation for acts of violence against Shapeshifters, like when he occasionally lets one of his victims live to give people a reason to keep supporting him. He kills that man as a result.
  • Expy: Per Word of God, he’s primarily based on Grand Moff Tarkin, with some elements of Kur from Kage.
  • Fantastic Racism: Views Shapeshifters as nothing more than monsters that need to be exterminated for the good of Meridian.
  • Freudian Excuse: His hatred of Shapeshifters and focus on "purity" are the result of his abusive father drilling those views into him as a child.
  • The Fundamentalist: He is utterly convinced that everything he does is righteous and for the good of Meridian.
  • Hypocrite: Something that Jade points out — he's obsessed with "purifying" Meridian of Shapeshifters, when he himself is technically impure, being a human/Galhot hybrid. And while she doesn't know this, he's also been releasing some of the Shapeshifters he tortures in order to make sure people continue to support his efforts.
  • Ignored Epiphany: He has a moment or two where he almost realizes that Shapeshifters aren't all evil through the example Jade, who is a hero of the Rebellion alongside the Guardians, provides, but rejects them and doubles down on his current course of action.
  • Karmic Death: He's brutally killed by someone he’d just spent hours torturing.
  • Knight Templar: In his view, anything is justified if it helps the Rebellion win the war. And this doesn’t even begin to describe his feelings toward Shapeshifters.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He presents himself as doing what's necessary for the safety of Meridian, but it's clear that he's just a racist and a fundamentalist.
  • Original Character
  • Token Evil Teammate: He's an unrelating Knight Templar who will do anything to win.
  • Unfriendly Fire: He has Rhouglar attack and capture Jade during the fighting at Torus Filney, so that he can execute her without anyone else on their side realizing it.
  • The Un-Smile: He's just bad at smiling. It's noted that it's probably because his facial muscles just aren't used to making that shape.

     Rhouglar 
The leader of a gang which serves as a strong faction within the Rebellion, Rhouglar is a hedonist who cares more about his own satisfaction than their goals.

Section 13

A secret government law enforcement agency, which often acts as the Chans' backup, though they're currently being kept in the dark about the conflict on Meridian.

     Captain Black 
An old friend of Jackie’s and the commander of Section 13.

  • Da Chief: Being the head of a government law enforcement agency which supports the heroes.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite being a major secondary character in canon, he only has a presence in-story during the Dark Hand arc, and even then just as Mission Control. Part of this is simply due to the fact that the Chans are in Heatherfield while he's holding down the fort back in San Fransisco.
  • The Leader: Of Section 13.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He's kept in the dark about the truth regarding the Guardians' powers and everything regarding Meridian, because they and the Chans are worried that word will leak to his superiors, who will find a way to exploit the situation.
  • Supporting Leader: Despite being the head of a government organization, he only plays a supporting role to the real heroes.

     Quentin Ross 
An agent of Section 13, who has a fanatically narrow view of good and evil.

  • Aggressive Categorism: As far as he's concerned, criminals are criminals and that's the end of discussion.
  • Anti-Hero: Will do absolutely anything to bring down the Dark Hand.
  • Black and White Insanity: Has a Rorschach-like view on crime, seeing all criminals as universally scumbags who deserve to be locked away or wiped out.
  • Expy: Is very strongly based on Rorschach.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Everybody in Section 13 dislike him for his abrasive personality.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's on the side of law and order, but as noted above he’s based on Rorschach, which should tell you everything you need to know about him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite being very blunt and aggressive about it, he is right that Harold Hale is performing crimes, and has to pay for them.
  • Knight Templar: His inflexible Black and White Morality has turned him into this.
  • No Sympathy: For criminals. He doesn't care about their motives or what drove them to crime, to him they're all scumbags.
  • Original Character
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He sees this as only natural when dealing with criminals.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He quits Section 13 and storms out of working with the Chans and Guardians after they decide to use Harold to replace Chang, since as far as his moral inflexibility is concerned, anything short of utterly wiping out the Dark Hand is unacceptable.

Villains

Phobos' Court

The Evil Overlord of Meridian and his nominal supporters and minions, most of whom have their own goals separate from his.

  • Decadent Court: Virtually every member is plotting against Phobos and/or each other.
  • Enemy Civil War: Briefly suffers this when Wong stages his coup, sending his brainwashed Shapeshifters and Lurdens against the Lurdens and Guards still serving Phobos. And then there’s the matter of the fact that Lothar's troops and the nobility's armies are no longer following Phobos' lead.
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: Except for Servantis, the entire court dedicates itself to securing an iron-fisted rule of Meridian. Actually managing the realm is delegated to the nobility.

     Prince Phobos 
The tyrant who rules Meridian with an iron fist, his lust for power blinds him to everything but victims and assumed threats.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: According to Servantis, he was hated long before he seized the throne, merely for existing — many saw him as an unnatural creature that was never meant to exist, others as a danger to the power held by the Escanor line.
  • Ax-Crazy: He hovers on the edges of sanity for much of the story, finally crossing over the line after Wong's failed coup.
  • Bad Boss: Even worse than in canon. To the point that eventually, virtually his entire court has either abandoned him or is actively plotting against him.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Wong, who loses his admiration for the Prince after being tortured by him for failure.
  • The Caligula: Is completely insane, a situation that only gets worse following Wong's failed coup.
  • The Evil Prince: Even more so than in canon, due to his insanity.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In Chapter 24, he faces off with Wong during the latter's coup attempt.
  • Fatal Flaw: His self-centeredness, paranoia, and quick temper make him such a Bad Boss that in the end, every single one of his allies ends up turning on him.
  • Fisher King: Meridian has been decaying ever since he took over, due to his draining of the world’s energies to make himself stronger.
  • Hate Sink: He is presented with zero redeeming qualities to his reign.
  • Hearing Voices: As a product of his Sanity Slippage after Wong's coup attempt.
  • It's All About Me: He is very clear on the fact that as long as he rules Meridian, he doesn't care if all of Meridian suffers. Even before Wong's first failure, he was silently considering taking his dark chi magic for himself after gaining the Heart of Meridian, just because he could.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While it's presented as part of his Bad Boss persona, he has every right to be angry at Wong for turning Jade into a Shapeshifter, as that just inadvertently gave the heroes a powerful new weapon at their disposal.
  • Lack of Empathy: He's only capable of caring for one person, and that's himself.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: While his mother was a caring and loving ruler, he only cares about himself and rules with an iron fist.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His mistreatment of Wong causes the latter to turn against him. And later, Lothar and all the Guards go the same way.
  • Obviously Evil: As Jade mentally notes, he practically screams with "I'm the bad guy" vibes.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He always stays in his castle, where he can continue to siphon Meridian's energies into himself while leaving fighting the Rebellion and the Guardians to his minions.
  • The Paranoiac: He's convinced that everyone's out to get him… which, thanks to his own actions, ends up actually becoming the case.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He killed his parents in order to seize the throne.
  • Stupid Evil: He is blatantly cruel and power hungry, to the point that he eventually drives away all of his allies.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He apparently showed signs of his future personality even as a boy.
  • Uncanny Valley: invoked When Jade first meets him, she notes that he seems the most normal out of his court, but then she looks into his eyes and finds nothing but an all-consuming void, giving her the impression that something is just wrong about him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: His reaction to being saved from Wong's coup attempt is to berate his minions for allowing it to happen in the first place.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Cedric's been playing him like a fiddle for years.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As noted elsewhere, he was already insane by the time the story started, but despite that, he was at least functional. Following Wong's failed coup, however, he completely loses it, to the point he starts hearing voices.
  • Villainous Demotivator: His insanity and cruelty eventually result in all of his minions abandoning or plotting against him.
  • Wanted A Son Instead: Inverted; due to Meridian's matriarchal society, he faced prejudice for being a male heir.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Everyone hates him, even his own minions.

     Cedric 
A powerful serpent Shapeshifter who serves as Phobos' right hand. He's also Ludmoore's middle brother and mole.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In a case of being an even worse villain than he already was — whereas in canon where he stayed loyal to Phobos throughout Season 1 and only betrayed him at the end of Season 2, here Cedric is manipulating Phobos for his own ends right from the start.
  • Agent Provocateur: Manipulates Phobos into taking the actions he and his brothers want for their Long Game.
  • Birds of a Feather: He and Miranda share a love of books.
  • Blood Knight: Is a fighter first and foremost.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He's only working with Phobos to further his own goals.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Appears to genuinely love Miranda and his brothers.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As he states to Miranda in Chapter 25, even he won't kill innocent children just because Phobos doesn't trust them and wants them eliminated.
  • Healing Factor: As a Reptilian Shapeshifter, he has a potent one.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Phobos, being much more sane and cunning than the Prince is.
  • Kindness Button: His love of books brings out his best side.
  • Lizard Folk: Turns into a serpent man.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He has spent years manipulating Phobos, acting as the true power behind the throne in order to intentionally fan the unrest on Meridian, as part of his family's master plan.
  • May–December Romance: His relationship with Miranda, who is at least a decade younger than him.
  • The Mole: For his brother.
  • The Starscream: Has been playing Phobos like a fiddle for years for his own agenda, and quickly joins up with Wong in his own planned coup when he discovers it only to betray Wong in order to further his own grip on Phobos.
  • Treacherous Advisor: As Servantis explains it, Phobos only degraded from basic tyrant to The Caligula after Cedric came into his service and started whispering in his ear. And over the years since, he’s continued manipulating Phobos to his own ends.
  • Villain Team-Up: When he learns of Wong and the Tracker's plans to usurp Phobos, he talks them into an alliance only to betray them at a key moment.
  • Wicked Cultured: He and Miranda have a shared love for classic literature.

     Miranda 
A spider Shapeshifter, one of Phobos' senior lieutenants, and Cedric's lover.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Turns into a giant spider.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Cedric share a love of books.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She seems to genuinely be in love with Cedric.
  • Hidden Buxom: Jade suspects this of her, given that Shapeshifters, by default, have human forms that are quite pleasant to the eyes.
  • May–December Romance: Her relationship with Cedric, who is at least a decade older than her.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Serves as a prominent but not first-tier member of Phobos' inner circle. And for a while, after Wong creates his new Shapeshifters she acts as the squad leader, though once he starts plotting against Phobos he phases her out in favor of Roberta, whom he feels is more personally loyal to him.
  • Wicked Cultured: She and Cedric have a shared love for classic literature.

     Daolon Wong 
A Dark Chi wizard from Earth, whose quest for power led him to Meridian, where he became Phobos' Archmage.

  • Adaptational Badass: While strong enough to match Uncle in canon, here he's on a whole other level altogether, making him one of the most powerful magic users in the setting.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He turned to darkness because he wanted the knowledge and power he couldn't achieve as a good wizard.
  • The Archmage: His official position in Phobos' court.
  • Arc Welding: He gained the mouths in his hands (and the ability to extend his life by using them to drain the life-force of others) by cutting a deal with the Jiangshi which the Chans fought in a canon episode.
  • Beam-O-War: Occurs during his Wizard Duel with Nerissa.
  • Broken Pedestal: He admires Phobos until he ends up one the receiving end of one of his punishments. After this, he starts plotting betrayal.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Not always, but he does so when using spells developed by the Demon Sorcerers.
  • Canon Welding: He's gone from being an independent Big Bad in JCA canon to serving Phobos here.
  • Combo Platter Powers: In addition to his own vast magical powers, he also comes into possession of the Pig and Rooster talisman powers.
  • Cruel Mercy: Is on the receiving end of this when Ludmoore decides to let him live after stealing his magic.
  • De-Power: He ends up completely stripped of his magic and powers by Ludmoore.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • His Wizard Duel with Nerissa in Chapter 22.
    • Chapter 24 sees him stage his long-planned coup attempt against Phobos.
  • Hypocritical Humor: As Nerissa points out, he's in no position to call her old and decrepit.
  • In the Back: Is literally stabbed in the back by Roberta during his attempted coup.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Starts plotting against Phobos after receiving a round of You Have Failed Me torture.
  • Mythology Gag: Ends up with the Rooster and Pig talisman powers, which he came into possession of in canon.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He turns Jade into a Shapeshifter, which comes back to bite him and the other villains big time.
  • One-Winged Angel: Downplayed. He can enter a transformed state by making his Dark Chi Warriors reenter his staff after some time, which makes his skin turn the same color as theirs, makes one of his eyes go pitch black and the other completely white, and gives him more magic power, which allows him to use very devastating spells originally created by the Demon Sorcerers. However, this form only increases his magical might, not the physical, and its main purpose is to allow him to use the demonic spells without tiring himself to death. Also, it has a downside, since he can only last in this state for as long as his Dark Chi Warriors had been materialized.
  • Really 700 Years Old: His Start of Darkness chapter reveals that he was born at the end of the 15th century.
  • Squishy Wizard: His enhanced state only boosts his magical stamina, not his physical strength.
  • Start of Darkness: His is explored via extensive flashbacks in Chapter 24. He was a student of one of China's premier Chi Masters, until his ambition to gain more power drove him to study Dark Chi, which ultimately twisted his body and mind.
  • The Starscream: He eventually turns on Phobos, planning to steal his power and take control of Meridian.
  • Villainous Friendship: He and the Tracker get along disturbingly well.
  • Villain Team-Up: When he starts plotting against Phobos, he’s joined by his buddy the Tracker, with Cedric talking them into an alliance as well. When these plans fall apart due to Cedric betraying them and he's forced to retreat to Earth, he allies with a Jiangshi in order to regain his lost power.
  • Wizard Duel:
    • He has several with Uncle over the course of the story.
    • He also has one with Nerissa in Chapter 22.
  • Wizards Live Longer: He’s been using magic to extend his life for centuries.

     The Tracker 
The magically reanimated corpse of an ancient Meridianite hero, now in service to Phobos as an enforcer.

  • Enemy Mine: Works with Nimue against the Oni out of a mutual hatred of them, despite their very different goals.
  • Evil vs. Evil: His fights with the Oni.
  • Fallen Hero: He was once Didier, one of Meridian's greatest heroes in ancient times.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Is a literal walking corpse.
  • The Starscream: He has no problem betraying Phobos by siding with Wong in the latter's planned coup.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Caleb confronts him on being referred to by his old name Didier, he responds that Didier is dead.
  • Villainous Friendship: He and Wong get along disturbingly well.
  • Villainous Rescue: Just when it looks like the Chans and Guardians are going to be killed by Uta-possessed Lothar, he shows up to settle a score of his own with the latter.
  • Villain Team-Up: When his buddy Wong starts plotting to usurp Phobos, he joins in on it, with Cedric talking them into an alliance as well.

     Frost 
A brutish warrior in service to Phobos.

     Raythor 
The Captan of the Guard, until he's framed by the Guardians for treason.

  • Adaptational Heroism: On the show, he was a one-dimensional villain in his first appearance, before becoming a Noble Demon in Season 2 and pulling a Heel–Face Turn in the finale. Here, his later characterization is brought up right from the start.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: With Caleb and Lothar. Whereas on the show he was merely the former's enemy and was never shown to have interacted with the latter, here he's responsible for the apparent death of Caleb's father and was Lothar's mentor.
  • Blade Brake: After being thrown into the Abyss of Shadows, he strikes the wall with his sword. His descent is slowed enough for him to take a hold of the wall before the sword eventually breaks, and he starts climbing back up.
  • A Father to His Men: His leadership style. It's part of why Lothar is initially so desperate to avenge him.
  • Frame-Up: As per W.I.T.C.H. canon, he's framed as a rebel spy by the Guardians, leading to him being thrown into the Abyss of Shadows.
  • The Mentor: To Lothar.
  • Not So Different: There's a parallel or two drawn between him and Tohru, both having served villains due to a misplaced sense of honor.
  • Parental Substitute: While as noted above he's already A Father to His Men, his relationship with Lothar, in particular, comes across as this.

     Lothar 
Raythor's lieutenant, who replaces him as Captain upon Raythor's banishment.

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: On the show, he and Raythor were never even shown interacting. Here, Raythor is his mentor and father figure.
  • Ascended Extra: On the show, he was an incredibly minor character. Here, he has a significantly larger role.
  • Asleep for Days: He sleeps for several days after he's possessed by Uta's mask.
  • Avenging the Villain: He seeks to honor Raythor after he's framed as a traitor by the Guardians and thrown into the Abyss of Shadows. However, after his possession by Uta he has an epiphany regarding how that obsession has been blinding him to his responsibilities, and he moves on.
  • Character Development: He starts out driven by a desire for revenge for what happened to Raythor. He later realizes that this is self-destructive, and moves on.
  • Demonic Possession: When wearing the Ninja Khan mask, Uta eventually ends up taking control of him.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: He willingly takes on the Ninja Khan mask in order to destroy the Guardians and avenge Raythor. This backfires horribly, as Uta ends up possessing him.
  • A Father to His Men: Aspires to emulate Raythor in this regard.
  • Foil: To Caleb. Both start out utterly convinced that their side is in the right no matter what, but over time have enough Character Development to realize that there's good and bad on both sides.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Eventually getting sick of Phobos' tyranny, he and his troops abandon him and his castle, focusing instead on fighting the Rebels and defend the civilian population of the Capital.
  • Mook Lieutenant: To Raythor, before being promoted to take his place.
  • Mook Promotion: Is appointed as Raythor's successor after he's thrown into the Abyss of Shadows.
  • Not So Different: Chapter 20 shows that this is the case with him and Caleb, both having been operating under Black and White Morality-induced bloodthirstiness for most of the war, but now realizing things aren't that clearcut. They both even use the same line about no longer being blind to their side's faults.
  • O.C. Stand-in: As he was little more than a bit character in canon, but has a very large role here.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: His epiphanic dream after being freed of Uta's possession has him being chased naked through the Castle.
  • Token Good Teammate: After he moves past his obsession with avenging Raythor, instead focusing his attention on protecting his men and the civilian population from both Phobos' madness and any actions taken by the Rebellion.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The bracelet that Tynar's son made for him becomes this after Tynar's apparent death.

     Tynar 
A Guard who becomes Lothar's lieutenant upon the latter's promotion.

  • Death by Adaptation: He's seemingly killed long before he could make his canon Mook–Face Turn when Cyrus feeds him to Sandpit.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Serves as Lothar's second after the latter's promotion to Captain of the Guard.
  • Mook Promotion: Goes from just another Guard to being Lothar's lieutenant.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Even more so than in canon, as he's shown to have a loving family he goes home to when not on duty.

     Viscount Roderick Servantis 
A senior noble, ruler of Torus Filney, and one of Phobos' closest advisors, he attempts to moderate the Prince's cruelties.

     Viscountess Ishol Servantis 
Servantis' wife.

     Tristan 
A peasant boy who volunteers for Wong’s experiments, becoming a scorpion Shapeshifter, out of a desire for revenge on the Rebellion.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Turns into a giant scorpion.
  • I Owe You My Life: Not directly, but he spares Caleb once, upon realizing that he’s the son of Julian, the man who spared Tristan’s life during the Carhaiz massacre.
    • He later has Blunk pass on the info that Julian is alive.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Initially wants to kill Caleb out of the belief that he was the leader of the Rebellion at the time of the Carhaiz incident.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Serves as a pretty prominent minion, but is outranked by most other members of Phobos' court.
  • Original Character
  • "You!" Exclamation: In Chapter 26, when he encounters several of the Chan Clan and Guardians in Elyon's bedroom.
  • You Killed My Father: Wants revenge on the Rebellion for his whole village being massacred.

     Roberta 
A runaway from Earth who is taken for Wong's experiments, becoming an eagle Shapeshifter.

     Simon 
A runaway from Earth who is taken for Wong's experiments, becoming a crocodile Shapeshifter.

  • Blood Knight: Loves fighting, and is thrilled by the fights that serving Phobos let him be part of.
  • Character Death: Is gunned down during the Battle of Torus Filney.
  • Eye Scream: He gets shot in the eye with an arrow by Aldarn during the Sack of Torus Filney. His Healing Factor regenerates it, but this just makes Aldarn shoot the other eye with an arrow coated in a mold that feeds on the eye's liquids. This he can't fix, so he just rips the whole eye out.
  • Healing Factor: As a Reptilian Shapeshifter, he has a potent one. It's not enough to save him.
  • Lizard Folk: Turns into a humanoid crocodile.
  • Original Character
  • Spanner in the Works: Serves as this to the rebel attack on Torus Filney, as they weren't expecting him to be there.

     Jordan Johnston 
A runaway from Earth, taken for Wong's experiments, becoming a vulture Shapeshifter.

     Archduchess Galiene Sebille 
Ishol's mother, and one of the most powerful sword masters in Meridian.

  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: She was happily retired on an out of the way island until the Sack of Torus Filney left her daughter and son-in-law prisoners of the Rebellion, which was enough to spur her to act against them.
  • Master Swordsman: Is known as the Blade of Meridian for her extreme skill with a sword, which she demonstrates to devastating effect against the Rebel forces she slaughters in her first appearance.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She’s at least 70, but is still one of the most dangerous people on Meridian.
  • One-Man Army: Her introduction has her slaughtering an entire group of armed Rebels entirely by herself.
  • Original Character

     Calisto 
A Shapeshifter and old comrade of Cedric's, who serves as co-warden of Cavigor.

  • Facial Horror: His face and neck are heavily damaged, completely exposing his teeth and gums. It's even more disturbing in his tiger form.
  • Horrifying the Horror: He's one of the most powerful fighters ever encountered in the story, and is an absolute beast in combat. But when he realizes that Drago has escaped his cell, he's terrified.
  • Just Toying with Them: Calisto gives Jade the toughest fight she's had since becoming a shapeshifter, despite the impression that she gets that he's not even trying.
  • The Nose Knows: Has an incredibly powerful sense of smell, able to detect scents from incredibly far away.
  • Panthera Awesome: He turns into a truly massive tiger.
  • Red Right Hand: His facial wounds.
  • Scars Are Forever: His above-mentioned facial wounds are completely scarred over, which are kept even in his tiger form.
  • Villainous Friendship: Is partnered with Sidriss, and considers Cedric an old friend.
  • The Worf Effect: Gives Jade the toughest fight she's had since she became a Shapeshifter, dominating their fight utterly, despite her getting the impression he's not even trying.

     Sidriss 
Another old Shapeshifter comrade of Cedric's, and Calisto's co-warden at Cavigor.

The Dark Hand

An international crime syndicate that the Chan Clan have encountered on numerous occasions, unaware of its true scope and power.

  • Adaptational Badass: In canon, the organization was Valmont's private criminal empire and collapsed after his multiple defeats and eventual imprisonment. Here, Valmont’s group is revealed to have been just one facet of world-spanning organization that is secretly controlling Section 13 as part of a larger agenda.
  • Enemy Civil War: Their North American branch underwent this following Valmont’s downfall.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: Valmont's downfall caused all his underlings in the North American branch to fight each other for control. The chaos only ends when Chang comes over from Asia to start cleaning up the mess and appoint a new leader.
    • Section 13 has learned from this, and attempts to take advantage of it when they move in to deal with Chang. They flip Harold and set him up to be their Mole in Charge… except Harold’s actual been a Dark Hand leader all along, and was just playing Section 13.
  • Expy: Word of God is that their portrayal in this story is based on the Light from Young Justice.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their true goal is to manipulate Earth's governments to start using magic, in order to protect the world from perceived extra-dimensional threats.

     Bartholomew Chang 
The Asian branch leader of the Dark Hand, Chang comes to America to reorganize the local branch after former leader Valmont's imprisonment.

  • Arc Welding: In canon, his crime empire was by all accounts independent of the Dark Hand. Here, he's one of the group's leaders.
  • Artificial Limbs: His prosthetic hand, as per canon.
  • Cloning Gambit: He magically clones himself and lets said clone get arrested by Section 13 after Harold "changes sides", enabling him to keep running the Asian branch from the shadows while Harold takes over the American branch while pretending to be Section 13's mole.
  • Shock and Awe: Briefly during the subway fight, thanks to getting ahold of the Gauntlet of Indra.
  • Villainous Valor: He absolutely refuses to let the Guardians defeat him during the subway fight. It takes Nimue shattering the Gauntlet of Indra for him to finally cut his losses and run.

     Harold Hale 
Cornelia's father, who is revealed to be a Middle-Management Mook serving under Chang. In actuality, he's one of the Dark Hand's leaders and the mythical King Arthur.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In both the comic and TV versions of W.I.T.C.H. canon, he's a completely decent person. Here, he's an affiliate of the Dark Hand, albeit in an I Did What I Had to Do sort of way. Then later it's revealed that he's actually one of their leaders.
  • Broken Pedestal: Becomes this to his daughter after she learns what his job really is.
  • Double Agent: He lets Section 13 think he's their mole, so he can fully take over the North American branch without arising their suspicions.
  • Exact Words: He manages to give his daughter advice based on his own past experiences, worded in such a way to avoid giving away that he's the immortal King Arthur.
  • Eye Scream: Ross stabs him in the eye with a pen, only for him to reveal that he has a Healing Factor, which quickly undoes the damage.
  • Good Parent: Whatever his flaws, he's still a doting parent, who at one point notably gives Cornelia good advice on how to reach Elyon after their falling out.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How he justifies working for the Dark Hand — doing so keeps his family safe and secure.
  • Justified Criminal: He feels he's this, since he's doing it for his family.
  • Middle-Management Mook: He's above the grunts, but isn't part of the upper echelons. Or at least, that's what we're meant to believe.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Works a 9-to-5 office job just like many other husbands and fathers, except it's as part of a criminal empire. Partly averted later on, when it turns out he’s actually one of the Dark Hand's leaders, not just another minion.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Jackie in Chapter 7, saying that Jackie is in no position to judge him for his work with the Dark Hand, when his own actions (removing Valmont and triggering an Enemy Civil War) have caused many innocent people to get caught in the crossfire and suffer.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's an immortal King Arthur, so he's been around for centuries.
  • Secret Keeper: Learns about the Guardians through the Dark Hand's resources.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to his connection to the Dark Hand and his true identity.

     Hak Foo 
A mercenary once employed by Valmont, during which he fought the Chans several times, now working under Chang.

  • And I Must Scream: Is left virtually catatonic by Ikki’s mask draining his chi.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Does this with Caleb's sword during the subway fight, thanks to being empowered by his Oni mask.
  • Calling Your Attacks: As per canon. Tohru eventually points out that this just tells his opponents what he's planning.
  • Co-Dragons: Along with Crane, he serves as one of Chang's chief enforcers.
  • Demonic Possession: Ikki, the General of the Mantis Khan mask he's wearing, eventually possesses him during the subway fight.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He cannot understand why Jackie remains so humble despite being possibly the greatest fighter alive, when he himself has worked so hard to earn that title and the recognition that comes with it. It's part of why he hates Jackie so much.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Is completely confident that he can use the Oni mask without consequences. But in the end, leaving it on for so long drains his chi and leaves him virtually catatonic when it's removed.
  • Motive Rant: He gives Jackie one during their duel in Chapter 17, explaining his reasons for working for the likes of Valmont and Chang as well as for hating Jackie.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: When Jackie tries to appeal to him to abandon his Oni mask by pointing out that relying on its power means that he technically isn't actually the strongest person around, Hak responds by saying that as long as he beats Jackie, he doesn't care.
  • Worthy Opponent: He reluctantly admits that he views Jackie as this, due to his respect for Jackie’s skill as a fighter.

     Phillip Crane 
One of Chang’s lieutenants.

  • Affably Evil: Is a pretty amiable and nice guy when interacting with people on a non-fighting basis.
  • Cat Folk: Turns into one during the subway fight, thanks to the Cat of Khartoum.
  • Co-Dragons: Along with Hak Foo, he serves as one of Chang's chief enforcers.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Is a pretty normal guy when not on the job, to Jackie’s surprise.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He abandons the subway fight after Caleb uses the Sword of Thanatos and enters Berserker Form.

     Vanessa Barone 
The European branch leader of the Dark Hand.

  • Arc Welding: In canon, she was an independent villain, with no known connection to the Dark Hand. Here, she's one of the group's leaders.
  • Mythology Gag: One of her first lines to Jackie (about saying that she's been called a lot of things but never nice) is word-for-word from their first meeting in canon. And she has the Eye of Aurora, the artifact the two of them fought over in her canonical appearance.

     Bau Faurok 
The African branch leader of the Dark Hand.

  • Child Soldier: He's implied to have been one in his youth.
  • Original Character
  • Scary Black Man: He's a lifelong trained killer who's now one of the five leaders of an international criminal empire. If that doesn't qualify as scary, nothing does.

     Theodore Riddle 
One of the Dark Hand's leaders and, under an alias, Captain Black's direct superior.

  • Canon Welding: He's an enemy of the Guardians from the W.I.T.C.H. comic continuity, and here is also a leader of the Dark Hand, which is from JCA.
  • Evil Old Folks: Is the physically oldest of the branch leaders.
  • Running Both Sides: He’s a branch leader of the Dark Hand and under the alias of "Victor Folkner" is Captain Black's direct superior in the government.
  • Secret Identity: Uses the alias of "Victor Folkner" in order to interact with lawful society.

     Raphael Silla 
Riddle's right hand agent.

The Oni

A group of demons originating from Japan, who once terrorized both Earth and Meridian with their Shadowkhan armies, until their Generals were sealed away in magical masks and their King fled into the Shadow Realm. But now he's awakened, and the masks are in play again.

     Tarakudo 
The King of the Shadowkhan and Lord of All Oni, seeking to free his Generals from their mask prisons and conquer the world.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He became King of the Oni by fighting his way to the top.
  • Blood Knight: He loves a good fight.
  • One-Winged Angel: He can temporarily shift from an Oracular Head back to a full body, during which he's basically a Physical God.
  • Oracular Head: His default form. Ikazuki doesn’t think it suits him.
  • Physical God: When embodied, he's virtually unstoppable.
  • The Worf Effect: The first time he demonstrates his embodied form, he easily overwhelms Nimue and her students and nearly kills them before the Cavalcade intervene.
  • Worthy Opponent: He says that he views humanity as a whole as this for the Oni, as they have such a talent for combat.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Pulls a masterful one in Chapter 22: he puts Oni masks on Jackie and Viper and has them attack the other heroes, as a distraction that lets him steal the Hana Fuda cards. If he obtains them, the heroes can't use them to find or remove any of the other masks. Even if he fails, it will keep the heroes, especially Jade and Will, from realizing that he's not really bothered by losing the masks (as his long-term plan involves getting them all in one place). And if the Guardians and allies suffer any casualties from the fight, it's merely a bonus. No matter what happens, he benefits.

     Uta 
The General of the Ninja Khan, whose mask is worn by Lothar.

  • The Corrupter: Slowly influences Lothar to be more aggressive, before directly possessing him.
  • Demonic Possession: Quickly possesses Lothar during his fight with the heroes.

     Ikki 
The General of the Mantis Khan, whose mask is worn by Hak Foo.

  • Ascended Extra: His Mantis Khan barely showed up at the end of JCA's fourth season's Story Arc. They're given much more to do here, being used as Hak Foo's Mooks for a significant number of chapters.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Tarakudo believes that he’s the most brilliant of the Generals, but is too laid back to fully fulfill that potential.
  • Demonic Possession: Eventually possesses Hak Foo during the subway fight, not doing so earlier because he couldn't be bothered.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When it becomes clear that Tracker is going to kill him if they keep fighting, he surrenders to the Chans and Guardians, knowing they'll just remove his mask and disembody him.
  • The Paralyzer: Can do this via pressure points.

     Takahiro 
The General of the Mini Khan, whose mask is forced onto Jackie by Tarakudo.

  • The Corrupter: Rather than outright possessing Jackie, he works towards corrupting him instead by playing on his overprotective nature.
  • Graceful Loser: He merely sighs in disappointment as his mask is removed from Jackie’s face.
  • Master Poisoner: His speciality, judging by the information he provides Jackie with.

     Shiryu 
The General of the Squid Khan, whose mask is forced onto Viper by Tarakudo.

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: He spends his time when his mask is on Viper whispering in her ear, telling her how to break people's bones in the most painful way, how to flay people without killing them... and complimenting her rack and ass.
  • The Corrupter: Rather than outright possessing Viper, he works towards corrupting her by playing on her old greeds.
  • Torture Technician: His role among the Oni appears to be this, judging by the things he whispers to Viper.

     Ikazuki 
The General of the Samurai Khan and Tarakudo’s second-in-command, whose mask is worn by Aldarn.

  • Adaptational Badass: His Samurai Khan were, in canon, Fake Ultimate Mooks. Here, they're Elite Mooks which are physically stronger than the other tribes, resistant to magic, and self-aware enough to change their combat strategies.
  • Anti-Magic: His Samurai Khan are notably resistant to magic, even the Ben Shui Chi Degradation power.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Like Tarakudo, he earned his spot in the Oni hierarchy.
  • Demonic Possession: Possesses Aldarn shortly after he puts on the mask.
  • The Dragon: He's Tarakudo’s right hand.
  • Elite Mooks: His Samurai Khan are much more dangerous than the other tribes.
  • Fatal Flaw: His (admittedly well-founded) arrogance in his combat skills means he'll charge into any fight presented to him, regardless of the circumstances.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: He dislikes Tarakudo's use of his Oracular Head form, thinking that the look it gives him doesn't suit him, only to remember that Aldarn's body, which he's currently possessing, means that he isn't really one to talk at the moment.
  • One-Man Army: Once singlehandedly defeated and killed a group of 100 of the most skilled soldiers Murasaki and her allies had, though it was taxing enough that only the arrival of another general allowed him to escape.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: After possessing his host Aldarn, he retreats rather than continuing the fight against the Guardians and rebels.
  • Villainous Legacy: According to Nimue, Didier's fall into Tracker was the result of Ikazuki's actions on Meridian.

Unaffiliated Villains

Villainous figures not part of any of the above groups.

     Nerissa 
Former Keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar and Yan Lin's former friend and team leader, as well as Caleb's mother via her disguise as the Mage. In that disguise, as well as the castle servant Trill, she has manipulated the Rebellion for years as part of a larger plan to take the Heart of Meridian for herself.

  • Artificial Limbs: Her metal arm is confirmed by the narration to be a prosthetic, likely animated by her Quintessence powers.
  • Beam-O-War: Occurs during her Wizard Duel with Wong.
  • The Chessmaster: As per canon, she's playing everyone for the sake of her plans.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In her own twisted way, she loves her son.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In Chapter 22, she attempts to eliminate Wong and remove the potential threat he poses to her plans, leading to a Wizard Duel between them.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: The Mage released her from her imprisonment, in the belief that she could be rehabilitated. Instead Nerissa killed her and stole her identity.
  • The Mole: As per canon, she's pulling double duty on this, serving as the Rebellion’s mole in Phobos' castle in her Trill disguise, while in her disguise as the Mage she's a leading member of the Rebellion.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In her disguise as the Mage, she chooses to heal Jade from Tharquin's torture only to further put the Rebels and Guardians in her debt.
  • Spanner in the Works: Despite being The Chessmaster, she’s been caught off guard by other characters' schemes several times:
    • While she was manipulating Phobos for years before his coup, him killing his parents wasn't part of the plan. Nor was Cedric manipulating him into the attack on Zamballa that led to the Veil being raised.
    • Wong and Cedric planning to usurp Phobos catches her entirely off guard, threatening to throw her plans Off the Rails.
  • Start of Darkness: When she killed Yua the Banshee on a mission before learning that her actions were due to a plague that had been affecting the people of her world (Yua being the bearer of her world's Heart), which led to her losing the Heart of Kandrakar, attacking and killing Cassidy in response. Then, after the Mage freed her, hoping to help reform her, Nerissa repaid her by killing her and stealing her identity.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Her response to the Mage freeing her from her imprisonment was to kill and impersonate her.
  • Wizard Duel: Gets into one with Wong in Chapter 22.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: When she realizes that Wong is more dangerous than she first thought, she decides to let his plot against Phobos play out, figuring she can adapt her plans to deal with whoever comes out on top.

     Charles Ludmoore 
A Knowledge Broker who sells information to anyone for the right price, declaring himself neutral in all conflicts. In fact, he and his brothers are Playing Both Sides of the conflict on Meridian, as part of their family's mysterious Long Game.

  • Affably Evil: He puts on a stoic, yet benevolent facade even as he's blatantly manipulating people for his own gains and making no attempt at hiding the fact.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Elyon blasts off one of his hands as he's fleeing his attacked manor. He replaces it with a wooden prosthesis.
  • Artificial Limbs: The new wooden right hand he makes for himself after Elyon blasts off his original one. After stealing Wong's magic, he's able to animate it.
  • Assimilation Backfire: His absorption of Wong's magic and powers has made it harder for him to control his anger.
  • Batman Gambit: He plants an Oni mask under a mountain in the same area that the Guardians and Jade's class are visiting on a ski trip, then tips both Wong and Hak Foo off to it. This triggers a massive fight, which he uses as cover to retrieve the Sword of the Berserker, which is buried under the same mountain.
  • The Chessmaster: He's Playing Both Sides on Meridian, and also manipulating events on Earth, for the sake of his family's Long Game.
  • Collapsing Lair: He has his mansion set to explode in case it's ever raided. He sets this off when Elyon and Phobos' forces attack.
  • Cruel Mercy: Lets Wong live after stealing his magic, leaving him with nothing.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deeply cares for his brothers, and has fond memories of their mother.
  • Exact Words: He offers to save Wong after he's seriously wounded during his failed coup, getting the wizard to promise him "anything" in exchange. So what does he take? All of Wong's magic, including his stolen Talisman powers; they count as "anything", after all.
  • King of Thieves: He's known as "King Smuggler", for his dominance of the inter-world black market.
  • Knowledge Broker: He's set himself up as for people on both Earth and Meridian.
  • Neutral No Longer: After Elyon goes to Meridian, he has Cedric convince her and Phobos to attack his manor, giving him a pretext to abandon his neutrality and join the Rebellion.
  • Nice to the Waiter: His first scene has him cheerfully greeting Blunk and asking how his mother is doing. According to Blunk, he's always kind to the Passlings he trades with.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Despite having a Long Game in place, he knows how to take advantage of new situations when they arise.
  • Our Mages Are Different: Eventually learns how to use Chi Magic in addition to his natural Raw Magic, making for a rare combination.
  • Playing Both Sides: Is expertly doing this with the war on Meridian, aided by having one of his brothers as a high placed mole on both sides.
  • Truce Zone: His manor is neutral ground, something that he will enforce on anyone who tries to violate that neutrality.
  • Wicked Cultured: He enjoys the finer things in life, including books and wine.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: His family has a long-term plan in place, but he keeps the details flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances.

     The Cavalcade of Horrors 
A group of Eldritch Abominations which dwell in the depths of the Shadow Realm. Their master is an entity of immense power which is keeping a close eye on events in the moral world.

  • Ambiguous Innocence: This is part of why they have always intrigued Tarakudo — their treatment of everything like it's some kind of sick joke only they understand makes him wonder if they're really actively malicious, or if they're mentally more like cruel children, viewing acts of destruction and madness as games and jests.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: They prevent Tarakudo from killing Nimue because their master's plan requires her to still be alive for now. And he's given a warning that the same applies to Jade.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A whole group of them. Their forms are fluid, constantly changing, with the only consistencies being having tentacles and too many eyes. And whatever the hell their master is, it’s implied to be even worse.
  • Expy: Their master is apparently based on the Idea of Evil.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Their master has yet to be seen, but is hinted to be the most dangerous being in the story.
  • Original Character
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Their master apparently remembers the pre-Merged Reality world.
  • Ultimate Evil: Their master is a so far unseen being of such power that Tarakudo (who has no problem talking back to the rest of them) is clearly terrified of it.
  • Villainous Rescue: When they step in to prevent Tarakudo from killing Nimue.

     Shendu 
The dragon Demon Sorcerer of Fire and the Chan Clan's Arch-Enemy, his actions kickstart the story when he destroys the Book of Ages.

  • Evil Is Petty: The story starts with him destroying the Book of Ages and triggering a Time Crash in order to spite Jade's victory over him.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: His actions are directly responsible for the story's plot, as they result in the Merged Reality the story takes place in. That said, he hasn't appeared in the story since the opening scene.
  • Our Demons Are Different/Our Dragons Are Different: Is a demonic dragon sorcerer.
  • Sore Loser: He destroyed the Book of Ages when sealed away again solely to spite Jade and the other heroes and make sure that if he couldn't have the Earth, no one could. It doesn't even count as a Taking You with Me moment, because the Demon Netherworld being a separate realm from Earth means that it wouldn't be affected.

     The Jiangshi 
An ancient Chinese vampire, which feeds on people’s chi rather than their blood.

  • Ancient Evil: He's been around a long time.
  • Arc Welding: In canon, he was a oneshot villain with no known connection to Wong. Here, he's the one who gave Wong the mouths in his hands which let him drain people's life-force to extend his lifespan.
  • Evil Cripple: When not at full strength, he's blind.
  • Evil Mentor: Played this role briefly to Wong when they first met and agrees to serve in that capacity in a larger way when Wong seeks him out again after being stripped of his powers by Ludmoore.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: As per canon, he feeds on chi rather than blood.
  • Villain Team-Up: Wong seeks him out after losing all his power, and agrees to serve him in exchange for being restored.

     Drago 
Shendu's son, who in the Merged Reality has been imprisoned in Cavigor for decades.


Others

Other characters who don't directly belong to any of the above groups.

     Yan Lin 
Hay Lin's grandmother and Uncle's cousin, as well as the former Air Guardian.

     Nimue 
An ancient sorceress who has dedicated herself to destroying all nonhuman evils in the world, no matter the cost.

  • Animal Motifs: Butterflies.
  • Composite Character: According to her, this happened in-universe to her and the Lady in the Lake. It annoys her greatly.
  • Enemy Mine: Works with the Tracker against the Oni out of mutual hatred, despite their very different goals.
  • Fatal Flaw: She is completely unable to see human villains as a threat when compared to demons, giving her a massive blindspot.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Helps herself to a bottle of wine after the subway fight doesn’t go the way she wanted.
  • Knight Templar: She is determined to wipe out all demonic threats to humanity, no matter what has to be sacrificed to do so.
  • Mysterious Watcher: This is how she's introduced.
  • Our Mages Are Different: She knows the rare art of being able to use both Chi and Raw magics, which are two different forms, with it being usually impossible to learn one after already knowing the other.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her magic, which is stronger than most others, is purple.
  • Really 700 Years Old: While an exact date for Arthurian times hasn’t been given, other comments suggest she's at least 600 years old.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her name alone is a spoiler, since it hints as a big shift in the mythologies involved in the story.
  • We Will Meet Again: She says this to the Guardians and Chans when parting ways after their first face-to-face meeting.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Presumably her magic is how she's lived so long.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Apparently she has fought groups trying to unseal the sorceress Nihila over twenty times throughout the past 600 years, and every time the incantation is completed and Nihila unsealed before being defeated and sealed again.

     Matt Olson 
A schoolmate of Jade and the Guardians, who Will develops a crush on before beginning to date him later on. Later, he learns about the Guardians' powers and adventures.

  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He wants to help people, no matter what. Which is why he's so determined to help on Meridian after learning about what's happening.
  • Hope Bringer: He wants to do this with his life, dedicating himself to helping others as best he can.
  • Secret Keeper: For the Guardians and Chans after stumbling onto one of their fights.

     Elyon Brown 
Cornelia's lifelong best friend, who is secretly the long-lost heir to the throne of Meridian. When the latter is revealed to her, she allows herself to be deceived into siding with Phobos.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: When she's denying Phobos' evil by bringing up all the people he's been allowing her to heal and help with her powers, Alchemy counters by asking if she ever stopped to ask why these people needed her help in the first place. That stops her cold.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Chapter 20 ends with a quote from her, in which she states that she used to always long for someone to come and tell her that she's actually a long lost princess, just so that she could feel special. She admits that the worst thing that ever happened to her was it actually happening.
  • Cassandra Truth: She refuses to believe the truth about Phobos, because it ruins the perfect fantasy she believes she's living out.
  • Changeling Fantasy: As per canon, she gets swept up in this. It get deconstructed when Alchemy points out that she purposefully abandoned her friends and Happily Adopted family for the sake of being a princess.
  • Childhood Friends: With Cornelia and Alchemy.
  • Condescending Compassion: Alchemy feels that she is doing this, given that she's healing the people of Meridian without bothering to ask why they need the help in the first place.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She certainly believes so, especially when she gets to be one and have all the perks that come with the role.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her desperate need to be special blinds her to Phobos' blatant tyranny due to him making her the center of everyone's loving attention. Even when forced to face the facts, she clings to denial and refuses to hear the truth.
  • Healing Hands: Can use her magic to heal.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Her Fatal Flaw, which is what allows Cedric and Phobos to so easily manipulate her.
  • It's All About Me: Though not to the same extent as her brother, she shows that she's more concerned about her own happiness than anything else.
  • Medical Monarch: She uses her powers to heal the people of Meridian of physical ailments.
  • Naïve Everygirl: After coming to Meridian, where she obliviously lets herself be duped by Phobos and his minions.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: Has one of these as per canon, though here Cedric is able to manipulate events to do it in a more controlled environment, allowing him to sink his claws into her even further.
  • The Resenter: As it turns out, she has spent years feeling bitter towards Cornelia for the haughtiness and arrogance she constantly has on display as part of hiding her Hidden Heart of Gold (feelings not helped by Elyon not realizing that it's a facade). This later fuels her decision to turn on her friends when Cedric reveals the existence of Meridian to her.
  • Rightful King Returns: What the Rebellion is aiming for with her, and what Phobos has tricked her into thinking has already happened.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being confronted by Alchemy, Mrs. Rudolph, and Nerissa in her Trill disguise about the truth about Phobos, she panics and flies away rather than have to face facts.
  • Secret Test of Character: After Alchemy confronts her, Elyon asks Phobos to see her adoptive parents, hoping to use his reaction to gauge if he's trustworthy or not. Unfortunately, Phobos realizes that she's not telling him everything about what caused her to flee back to the capital, and plans to turn her test to his advantage.
  • Selective Obliviousness: She chooses to ignore all the signs of Phobos' tyranny, as acknowledging it would ruin her fantasy of a perfect life.
  • The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: She's the rightful heir to the Meridian throne both due to succession laws and due to possessing the Heart of Meridian. However, her selfish views on what makes a princess and her self-delusions about Phobos (whom she continues to trust and support), mean she's currently ill-equipped to actually rule.
  • You're Not My Father: She comes to feel this way about her adopted parents after learning her true origins.

     Alchemy Ethel 
A close friend of Cornelia's and Elyon's, who finds herself slowly shut out of Cornelia’s life after she becomes a Guardian until she and Matt stumble onto the Guardians' secret.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Elyon is denying Phobos' evil by bringing up all the people he's been allowing her to heal and help with her powers, Alchemy counters by asking if she ever stopped to ask why these people needed her help in the first place. That stops Elyon cold.
  • Ascended Extra: In canon, she was little better than a bit character. Here, she has a significantly larger role, due to discovering W.I.T.C.H.'s secret alongside Matt.
  • Brutal Honesty: Upon learning of Elyon's real motives for going to Meridian, she calls her out on how selfish she is, stating that it's because she's a friend that Elyon should know she's being truthful.
  • Childhood Friends: With Cornelia and Elyon.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: She’s outright pissed that Elyon abandoned her life on Earth just because she wants to be a princess.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Elyon, calling her out on how selfish her I Just Want to Be Special motives are.
  • Secret Keeper: For the Guardians and Chans after stumbling onto one of their fights.

     Nyx 
A mysterious young girl who appears to have a vendetta against the Dark Hand.

     Queen Weira 
The late Queen of Meridian, mother to Phobos and Elyon, who was overthrown and killed by her son.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: She had this among the smallfolk, who loved her for giving them more power and authority. Inversely, however, this caused many of the nobility to dislike her.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Deconstructed. She took the throne at a young age, and her youth and naivety led to her making many mistakes which only heightened existing tensions between the nobility and the smallfolk.
  • Childhood Friends: With Viscount Servantis.
  • Fatal Flaw: According to Servantis, her greatest flaw was that she wanted everyone to be happy, and thus her ability to see the best in a person seemed more akin to a defense mechanism in order to not have to face their flaws and how much harm they could bring.
  • The High Queen: Deconstructed. According to what Servantis tells Caleb in Chapter 13, she tried very hard to rule by example as a good and benevolent monarch. However, in doing so she unintentionally created problems which continue to effect the characters in the present.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: According to Servantis, her mother was more pragmatic than she was. And then there's Phobos, who is absolutely nothing like his mother.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She tried to be a good ruler and make everyone happy, but her actions unintentionally raised tensions between the nobility and smallfolk, causing the nobles to eventually side with Phobos, leading to his rise to power.
  • Posthumous Character: Is long dead by the time the story starts.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Was completely blind to Phobos' Troubling Unchildlike Behavior.

     The Ben Shui Chosen Ones 
The various reincarnations of Ben Shui, a monk who was giving his reincarnation cycle by a Heart of Earth long ago so that his unique magic could help maintain the Balance Between Good and Evil. Jade is the most recent incarnation.

  • Anti-Magic: The Chosen One has an ability called Chi Degradation, which can nullify all Chi Magic in its area of effect.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Murasaki claims that Rasputin is evil by using a metaphor about fruit (saying that it's either good or rotten), Ben Shui points out that "people are not fruit".
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Murasaki Shikibu, Vlad Tepes, Elizabeth Bathory, Rasputin, and Joshua Norton were all among Ben Shui's reincarnations.
  • Blood Magic: Bathory was a master of this and later teaches it to Jade.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Norton was the only Chosen One who never did anything of note in his life with his Chi Magic.
  • Canon Welding: The concept of the Chosen One is from JCA. The Heart of Earth, who in this story is responsible for the reincarnation cycle, is a concept from W.I.T.C.H.
  • The Chosen One: As noted. In one chapter, Norton expresses the theory that they've been linked to the Earth in a way that causes the Chosen One of each age to be born as what is needed for that age instead of just reincarnating into people similar to the previous incarnations. For example, while Murasaki was a force against demons because her country needed her to fight the Oni, Rasputin was a politician and manipulator because that was the age of politicians and manipulators.
  • Handicapped Badass: Ben Shui himself was a powerful chi wizard who developed the Chi Degradation technique. He was also completely blind.
  • Mental World: Their spirits all exist in one inside the current Chosen One which is currently Jade, which enables them to communicate with each other and the current incarnation, and view the latter's memories.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: They're all technically on the same side of ensuring that their newest incarnation is able to fulfill their potential, but that doesn't change the fact that several of them can't stand each other.

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