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Angel's Breath is a Fairy Tail fanfiction based on the completely original, titular guild, written by Master Of Anime224, and it can be found here, with the reboot here. It follows the different members of the guild throughout their adventures, and adds a cynical tint to the shounen setting.

Angel's Breath contains examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: We have names like Bane, Ryusuke, Rhea, Eiko, Lucina, Nui and Puzzlebox... alongside names like Dean, Rosa and Anna.
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  • Anti-Hero: Ryusuke would qualify, as would Styles. Wisteria's introspections show shades of this, but perhaps YMMV on that.
  • Badass Boast: Ryusuke's Pre-Mortem One-Liner to Evan in chapter 19 definitely falls into this category. Bonus points for actually doing it.
    Ryusuke: You think you can fight me? You're missing an arm. I'll end this in one blow.
  • Badass Longcoat: Bane. Ryusuke also qualifies, mentioning that he has a total of nine of THE SAME COAT, and getting upset whenever they get destroyed, which has become a Running Gag. The one time it doesn't upset him sees him use the destroyed coat to blind his opponent in a dazzling display of pragmatism. It doesn't work.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Ana and Delia are both antagonists, and both described as being attractive. Also, The Wanderer.
  • Beige Prose: Used sparingly and to fantastic effect. It ramps up the tension in several situations. The best example would be in chapter 22, when the line "and then X died" is used three times. Twice followed by "except she didn't".
    • Ryusuke also speaks in this occasionally.
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  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Eiko and Nui. Florence and Cyrus. It's there, and blindingly obvious in the latter case by the end of chapter 18.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ryusuke shows up just in time to stop Celeste being killed in chapter 19 by cutting off Evan's arm.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: On the side of good we have Angel's Breath, a guild containing individuals like Ryusuke, Styles and Wisteria, who all wear their anti-heroism on their sleeves, along with Celeste, Florence, Dean and Cyrus, who might seem ideal but have hidden depths. Even Rhea, by far the best contender for an Ideal Hero in the series has anti-heroic traits. On the side of Devil's Rage we have reprehensible individuals like Akara, who's just a psycho. If not for the Heel–Face Turn then the series would be in the territory of Gray-and-Grey Morality on virtue of villains like Ryo, Anialise, Evan and many more, who are, at worst, Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti Villains.
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  • Combat Pragmatist: Ryusuke and Celeste so far.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: All of the Angel's Breath team sans Rhea and Celeste are subject to this in the first fight against Markus and co.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ryusuke, Dean and Cyrus. They all come out with some deadpan and hilarious lines.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Dean takes out Jörmungandr, the World Serpent with one attack. Justified in that it's only a summoning of Deva's Deity Soul: Loki, and is thus constrained by his power.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
    • The Optimist: Rhea
    • The Realist: Celeste
    • The Cynic: Ryusuke
    • The Apathetic: Styles
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Celeste to Ryusuke, in a Shout-Out to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Gilligan Cut: One in chapter 14:
    Rhea: You're coming with us.
    Ryusuke: I remember agreeing to no such thing. *beat* You can't force me into this.
    Rhea: *Smirks*
    * Cut to Ryusuke on a train*
    Ryusuke: "I hate you."
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ryusuke tortures Ana for information. He also has quite a few Jerkass moments.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Ryusuke and Celeste really don't get along.
  • Heroic BSoD: Ryusuke suffers a minor one after losing to Delia
  • Heroic Second Wind:
    • Florence in her second fight against Akara.
    • Dean gets one against Deva.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Ryusuke suffers from this in spades. He's constantly berating himself for being weak and useless, even to the point of being so broody he's happy to take a punch from Bane and give no reaction whatsoever.
  • Humans Are Bastards: In Styles' mind, anyway. He also considers that Humans Are the Real Monsters.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All chapters from chapter 4 onwards appear to be named after rock and metal songs. There are also small captions before the chapter begins with lyrics from the song used in the title, which can be related in some way to events in the chapter.
  • Informed Loner: Ryusuke shows shades of this.
  • Knight Templar: Styles. Big time, he doesn't care how other people see his actions, so long as he believes they're right.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Ryusuke is usually the invoker of this trope.
  • Made of Iron: Literally everyone. Celeste is able to keep fighting despite being stabbed in the gut and Rhea is fighting just a couple of days after a freakin' HEART ATTACK! Although in that case she is nowhere near her full ability and the strain she puts on her body nearly kills her, and she would be dead if not for Ryusuke's timely intervention.
  • Made Out to Be a Jerkass: Ryusuke suffers this after he'd had enough of Cyrus' Jerkassery during his Heroic BSoD.
  • Male Gaze: A scene between Ryusuke and Rhea in chapter 9 has her stripping almost entirely naked. He can't look away.
  • Meaningful Name: Ryusuke Yugure and Rhea Yokoshima. Yugure loosely translates from Japanese as "Twilight", whilst Yokoshima translates as "Devious One", probably referencing some of the more mischievous aspects of her personality. Also, Eiko Haverj means "Eternal long-lived child".
    • Lucina Cypher. Her nickname is Lu.
  • Mercy Kill: In the first chapter of the reboot, Ryusuke does this to a young girl with no chance of survival.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Ryusuke, without a doubt.
  • Said Bookism: Notably averted. The author has no aversion to using the word 'said', when he's not using action tags anyway, which is a lot of the time, although he's slowly getting better. That's not to say that the said bookisms aren't used, but when they are, they are generally used well. Although Ryusuke does have a habit of sighing his speech earlier on. And people do still smile some sentences, although these could very well be action tags gone wrong, given the author's fondness for them.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Launching into the first major arc, this story seems to be leaning slightly towards cynicism. However, it's still early days, so it could yet become victim to Reverse Cerebus Syndrome or become a Cerebus Rollercoaster.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Averted. When Delia calls Rhea Ryusuke's girlfriend, he doesn't say a word against it, when one would think he'd be quick to make the point that she really isn't.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
      Celeste: Ryusuke, let's see ya grit those teeth!
    • A few to the Jack Reacher novels:
      • In chapter 20, Ryusuke says that people who fight to achieve the moral victory piss him off, as he and Celeste fight to piss on the other guy's grave.
      • The rules, which they banter about in chapter 20:
        Ryusuke: Rule one: don't question the coat.
        Celeste: I thought rule one was don't break the furniture?
        Ryusuke: That's rule four.
        Celeste: Isn't rule four if in doubt, be sarcastic?
        Ryusuke: No, that's rule two.
        Celeste:''' You have too many rules.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Ryusuke gives one to Evan in chapter 19. Combined with "The Reason You Suck" Speech and Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!.
    Ryusuke: Shut the hell up! Heaven? Don't make me laugh, there's no such thing! You're just a spoiled child after an ideal world that can never exist! You want to kill liars? There will always be more! You want to rid the world of treachery, to make it a place where only the honest can live, is that right? Don't be so fucking naive! That world can never exist! Within humanity, there will always exist evil, because without it, good can't exist either! So get your head out of your ass!
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: See above.
    • Ryusuke also throws one at Rhea in the first chapter of the reboot.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Styles, particularly as he doesn't mind killing
  • Take That!: Word of God states that Dean seeing the faces of all his comrades before his Second Wind against Deva is one of these to the original summary on this page that mentioned the story deconstructing The Power of Friendship. They tell the readers not to make assumptions.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted. Ryusuke and Celeste share banter in the middle of a battle, and end up taking the full brunt of an attack from Jessop. They were asking for it, really. Lampshaded by Ryusuke.
    "I've changed rule one. Talking is not a free action."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: See Shut Up, Hannibal! above for example. Evan also delivers one to Celeste in the same chapter.
  • The Power of Friendship: The entire reason Dean gets a Heroic Second Wind against Deva.
  • The Tease: Rhea seems to be becoming this to Ryusuke.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Evan Mae, without a doubt. Chapter 19 shows us exactly why.

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