In a World... of magic, drama, Fantastic Racism, action, explosions, one-sided romance, Mind Screws, explosions, bad hair days and The End of the World as We Know It (maybe), the harbinger of hope could perchance just be the littlest thing...or person.
Enter Midori Nesavas, a witch devoid of any power, and as a result a target of ridicule and general dislike. The teacher is nice enough, and she has one friend named Aiden. Oh, and her crush just happens to be the most feared (and powerful) kid in the school - Damian Grimshaw. Normal enough, right?.
Well, then there's this organization to destroy their school, and all other Wizarding Schools like it. In short, their aim is to end all magic - forever. At first, that sounds pretty bad, until our heroes uncover the corruption within the schools (and especially High Coven) that they never thought possible. But all the while, some freaky stuff is happening to Midori. As in, a mysterious and gross gash on her arm that seemingly happened out of nowhere. Fortunately, that's only part of her metamorphosis into her more powerful form - and everything turns out alright once her skin splits open to reveal her chrysalis.
The Grimshaws have some dark secrets of their own too. Like the horrible power Damian has kept from his father for years, the disappearance of their mother, and their whole family's part in a magical eugenics program.
It's magic and shit. Enjoy the ride.—
Tropes appearing in Rise of the Green Witch:
- Broken Ace: The Grimshaws would be pretty cool if they weren't so screwed up.
- Aiden plays with this. She's pretty skilled for a fire mage with a low tolerance level, and certainly acts like she's all over this trope, but everyone either hates her or is afraid of her because of the nasty "likes fire" and "has anger issues" combo. She comes off as a self-important Jerkass, but when you actually get a peek at her internal monologues, she's constantly berating herself for screwing up or is convinced she will do something wrong. On top of this, she has a pretty low self-esteem. She pushes people away both because she doesn't want to be hurt and because she feels she'll hurt them and doesn't deserve to have friends. Yikes.
- Color-Coded Characters: Several characters tie this in with Color-Coded Elements, based on the powers they associate with.
- Deconstruction: Wouldn't it be cool if we lived In a World... where people could be born with supernatural powers? Yeah, except human nature would dictate that we'd still be practitioners of categorism. Oh, and Personality Powers aren't always good in regards to hot-tempered pyromaniacs with fire powers. And not getting powers will automatically get you picked on by All of the Other Reindeer. And if your familiar dies, so do you. Well, not quite.
- Fantastic Racism: There are three kinds of people in the world: those with inherent magic, who are generally more powerful but tend to be limited to a particular power set; those with potential magic, often weaker but more flexible in their choice of powers; and those with no magic at all. The Witch Species are typically seen treating mages as "lesser" than themselves and don't see them as "true" sorcerers, while some of the mages themselves assume that all witches are this way as per their own genetic makeup. Muggles tend to either be disregarded altogether (God forbid should you be a Muggle Born of Mages), plus the antagonists are comprised entirely of these. Unequal Rites also come into play a lot, with many elemental stereotypes getting a stigma in some circles.
- Shout-Out: A few of these.
- Aiden remarking that Oberna is connected to Doc, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, and Dopey.
- Or Aiden's...rather flawed explanation of The Four Loves, which sounds more like troll romance.
- There was also the joke about reclaiming the Misty Mountains.
- Griffith shooting lightning out his arse.
- Tesla isn't the first blind Libra character out there.
- Yseulto has been described as "a vampiric stalker"...hmm...
- Took a Level in Badass: Damn near everyone in the Time Skip.
- Midori is the most notable case of ascending the badass ladder, going from a powerless unrequited buttmonkey to an aged-up (and later on, more self-confident) winner of the Superpower Lottery.
- Griffith is initially trying to hide his Sense Loss Sadness shortly after he goes blind in Chapter 13. By the time Act 2 rolls around, he's learned to use an electromagnetic pulse radar and trained his other senses to work around this, effectively becoming a Handicapped Badass.
- It's really a matter of course for anyone who happens to be a metamorphic.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Aiden Flannery.
- Witch Species: Witches and wizards. Traits inherent magic, a familiar, and a specific set of Elemental Powers that may or may not be too specialized.
- Afraid of Blood: Proves a major disadvantage in Cassiope.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Starts off this way with her crush on Damien early in Book 1. She grows out of it though.
- Animal Motifs: Caterpillars and butterflies.
- Badass Adorable: Moreso in Book 2.
- Blow You Away
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Heavily associated with green.
- Fragile Speedster: Once she gets her powers, she's not quite as resilient as Aiden, and often resorts to Teleport Spam both to dodge and confuse opponents. It also makes for one hell of an intimidation tactic.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: In Book 2, it doesn't matter how many things she can do now, so long as Damien remains unimpressed. She quickly gets over it though.
- The Load: Sees herself this way in Book 1.
- Nice Girl: Especially when compared with Aiden.
- Shrinking Violet: Book 1.
- Skilled, but Naïve: In Book 2 when she gets a power upgrade.
- Teleport Spam: Her primary technique once she gets her powers involves disappearing or turning into wind at rapid-fire speed and reappearing at random. Aiden complains that this makes her nearly impossible to clock, thus making Midori a veritable master of Confusion Fu.
- Amazonian Beauty: Downplayed, since she lacks bulk but has noticeable tone to her arms and rarely wears sleeves.
- Blood Knight
- Dude Magnet: Sort of; she states that she gets along better with boys, but so far, one is stalking her, one likes to flirt with her teasingly, and one she had to force-kiss due to a deal she made that had no romantic implications whatsoever. It's fully intended to have shades of an Unwanted Harem.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "The Red Devil", not necessarily an embarrassment so much as it annoys her that she's so heavily associated with the color of her hair. And the shed incident.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Deconstructed; her jerkass behavior is a real problem with her making friends.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Aiden
- Playing with Fire
- Pyromaniac: Played straight, humorously, and deconstructed.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: At least 90% of any bad language in the story comes from her.
- Tsundere: In platonic relationships, no less.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Normal
- Braids of Action
- Brutal Honesty
- Deadpan Snarker
- Enraged by Idiocy
- Mama Bear: To Autumn and Benjamin. She gets very concerned whenever they're in danger, and will not hesitate to put the hurt on anyone posing a threat to them.
- Defrosting Ice King: He becomes more amiable toward Midori in Act 2. It never translates to an outright romance though.
- Emo Teen
- Friendless Background: Of the fear variety, though he secretly wants friends, which becomes more obvious in the second act.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Daria aside, he knows how to manipulate people and beat them in a fight, but can't have a normal conversation with someone for the life of him.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He certainly takes after his sister.
- Alpha Bitch
- Deadpan Snarker
- Friendless Background: Combines the fear and the loner types of this trope, since she's both rather intimidating to her peers and sees other sorcerers as "inferior" to herself.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Like Damien, she isn't very good at being 'normal'.
- Tall Dark And Bishojo: Midori describes her as this almost verbatim in Chapter 1.
- Amazon Chaser: Implied, considering he likes Aiden.
- An Ice Person
- Making a Splash: Shown to have some water-based abilities not strictly tied to snow/ice.
- Dandere: Starts off as stoical and off-putting, but later warms up to Aiden once the two of them become friends.
- The Quiet One
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: The reason he's so inept at expressing emotion and being romantic.
- Shrinking Violet: Part of the reason he stalks Aiden is because he can't muster up the courage to talk to her and express his feelings for her.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Aiden, until Chapter 15.
- The Stoic
- Attention Whore: More subtle than most examples, but he certainly likes being a daredevil when it comes to showing off his flying tricks. It bites him in the ass in Chapter 13.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: He just loves to get on Aiden's nerves, but only because he likes her.
- Blow You Away
- Condescending Compassion: His attitude toward the racism towards witches is that it's simply what they're pre-programmed to do, and that for this reason mages ought to feel sorry for them. He grows out of this by the second book.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Disabled Snarker: As of Book 1, Chapter 13.
- Expy: of Iggy from Maximum Ride, with a heavier emphasis on snark and occasionally blowing things up.
- Gallows Humor: He tends to crack jokes about the more decidedly sucky aspects of his life. It's actually a coping mechanism for him.
- Heroes Want Redheads: He's clearly attracted to Aiden.
- Sad Clown: You can tell something's bothering him just by how much he snarks about it.
- Shock and Awe: His specialty.