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Fox-Face and Flames, a Big Hero 6 Alternate Universe Fic written by tykimikitty.

Summary: Another mask-wearing hero arrives in San Fransokyo. Having no qualms about killing, this man appears to be more of an adversary than an ally to the city's six heroes. Putting that aside, something about this fox-masked, anti-hero seems melancholy and familiar... alive/anti-hero!Tadashi


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  • Action Girl: Aside from the obvious Gogo and Honey, there's Hebi, Neko, Ookami, Maeko Rice and Cass Hamada...
  • Adult Fear: What CASCO does. They kidnapped the people, amnesiac or otherwise, from the location of their Near-Death Experience & their loved ones and recovered them from their injuries and let them loose in Doubutsu human experiments to test drugs they developed for immortality, driving their 'patients' insane and forced them to kill just to survive their experiments. Some of them are as young as fourteen in the case of Maya and Hebi. Hiro was kidnapped by Tako by the order of Sora Keiji in order to complete the Doubutsu Project. Cass was understandingly horrified and scared when she learned about everything.
  • Alice Allusion
  • Animal Motifs: The Doubutsu (Japanese for animal) Project gives their subjects animal code-names and more than often it's meaningful towards their character.
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  • Angst Coma: Implied to be one of the reasons of Tadashi's coma other than the drugs he took.
  • Anti-Hero (Team): Kitsune and the rest of the Animal Group
  • Anyone Can Die / Involuntary Battle to the Death: What goes down in the trials.
  • Asshole Victim: Ron and his accomplices
  • The Atoner: Callaghan freely admits it was his fault Tadashi is the way he is. Tadashi/Kitsune due to trial 5b.
  • Badass Normal: Maeko Rice. Cass Hamada might apply as well.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Tadashi. Justified as he went through so much trauma he can't take it anymore and honor his 'roommates'. The dissonance shocked his friends and brother so much they tried to stop his brutal actions; they did not want Kitsune performing those horrible actions in Tadashi's body.
  • Big Bad: Sora Keiji or Doctor Tien Long, the one who was taking care of Tadashi in the hospital
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tadashi returns as Kitsune by saving Fred by landing on top of him.
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  • Birds of a Feather: Fred and Taka
  • Bittersweet Ending: Most of the Animal Group went home; arrests were put out for CASCO; Tadashi and Maya made peace; Tadashi reemerged as the Silver Samurai, but Neko took the fall and there was no much else Tadashi or the heroes can do.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Hebi
  • Break the Cutie: Tadashi during the 5b trials
  • Broken Bird: Tadashi/Kitsune and a majority of Team Animal.
  • But Now I Must Go: Barely averted. When everything was done, Animal Group intended to leave the city and become nomadic. If it wasn't for the effort for the Heroes and detectives hunting down their relatives or convincing them to stay, Animal Group including Tadashi would've left town long after the defeat of Tako and Sora.
  • Byronic Hero: Kitsune although traces of Tadashi still come through, making him not really completely and he does care in his own strange subtle way.
  • Catchphrase: There are several and some of them have some Cerebus Retcon to them.
    • Kitsune/Tadashi - "I would be lying (if)..." originally from Maya Rice, "...Complications..." & "Sentiment is a fatal flaw in this world." originally from Knives, "Unbelievable"
    • Hebi - "...cliche..", "I would be lying (if)..."
    • Maya - "I would be lying (if).."
    • Knives - "Sentiment is a fatal flaw in this world.", "...complications..."
  • Character Development: Hebi went from a childish jealous psycho to someone who is willing to accept help with those she deemed 'losers'. Kitsune was originally an Unscrupulous Hero to at least a Pragmatic Anti-Hero or Disney Anti-Hero based on how he took on the gang at the Winter Festival and the lady he took to interrogating.
  • Character Tics: Catchphrases for one thing.
    • Taka and his usage of media entertainment as his way of speaking
    • Neko and her cat puns
    • Kai's smoking which Tadashi later takes
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Saru, Sasori, Taka
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Sometimes the members of Big Hero 6 wears their respective colors when civilian; Tadashi notably wears black and grey.
  • Cool Big Sis: Neko
  • Curbstomp Battle: Kitsune/Tadashi easily took out the robbers at the bank, Ron and his accomplices and those who threatened Cass, Krei, Maeko, and himself at the Winter Festival.. Hebi at the warehouse took out an plethora of people at the Pierce-Brian hostage situation. One hilarious example came when both groups arrived at the 5b facility and took out the four Black Gloves' members.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Animal Group wore predominately dark or neutral colors. It's noted that Kitsune wore white when he appeared but switched to black when Tadashi regained his memories and accepted Kitsune and his demons.
  • Darker and Edgier / Bloodier and Gorier: While the film explores grief and revenge, the fic ups the ante with a Battle Royale human experimentation with drug abuse, murder (forced to kill to survive in the trials and well what we see our antiheroes did in their missions), torture, stabbing, mental breakdowns, and the whole shebang.
  • Death by Origin Story: Tadashi's 'roommates' all died but it was one of the factors leading up to Tadashi's transformation.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Tadashi when every member in his group died.
  • Deuteragonist: Kitsune/Tadashi.
  • Disney Death: Usagi
  • The Dragon: Tako
    • Dragon with an Agenda: Tako have something else in mind in comparison to Sora Keiji's goal to achieve immortality for his son.
  • Driven to Suicide: Chocho, a member of Tadashi's group in the 5b trials. Tadashi attempted this near the end of psychosis.
  • Easy Amnesia: Deconstructed and played with. While memories didn't come back right away for Tadashi rather some of his mannerisms pop in then and there but ultimately Kitsune was a Split Personality. When Kitsune was stabbed by Hiro, Tadashi took over and only remember up to the showcase fire but even then he feels something was wrong and that the months he was gone wasn't empty, just something he forgotten. The doctor blatantly said that the memories would likely never return and to some certain extent even the Big Hero 6, no matter how hard they tried, knew they couldn't restore his memories easily. Tadashi only remembered when he was shown the video of him creating Baymax and even then he didn't remember everything.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Alister Krei, the Corrupt Corporate Executive whose main goals was to make profits and cut corners, pulled out of his sponsoring for CASCO when he learned that they were doing human experiments yet he chose to not say a word much like Callaghan did as well. Subverted with Callaghan who had some involvement but he too left.
  • Extreme Doormat: Hitsuji.
  • Expy: Saru, Tako's lackey, is based heavily on Naki from Tokyo Ghoul on his various quirks as Word of God said.
  • Eye Scream: What happens to a Black Gloves' member by Kitsune.
  • Faking the Dead: CASCO have a special branch for morgues and a post-accident recovery unit. To a lesser degree, Usagi
  • Famous Last Words:
    • "I...I never take it. Neko told me not to from the very beginning..." Hitsuji
    • "Fight and survive. Fight and survive and g-get those...b-bastards for us." Maya Rice
    • "Stop staring at me and answer me!" Kai
    • "But you k'now? I've actually always really... liked you..." Knives
    • "And I am supposed to feel sorry for you?" Usagi
  • Fatal Flaw: Tadashi's selflessness, something the movie already established and what Tako manipulate with Ron and his group (it's implied that Tako had a indirect hand in Tadashi's downward spiral along with other factors). When Tadashi remembered everything, he admits that he nor Kitsune would be able to save Hiro by being Kitsune or being the way Tadashi was before the showcase fire (Tadashi reverts back to this when Kitsune was stabbed by Hiro. However, like Kitsune has traces of Tadashi, visa versa with Tadashi).
  • Festival Episode: The Winter Festival, our climax!
  • Freak Out!: Tadashi has a mental breakdown when Hiro accidentally Triggered him in his state of psychosis
  • From Bad to Worse: What happens to Tadashi's group when he left and when he returned, in turn leading him to snap.
  • Gang of Hats: The Purple Scarves, Vendettes, and Black Gloves
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Unlike most examples, this is more meaningful and makes sense in its environment.
  • Guilt Complex: Hiro and Tadashi/Kitsune exhibits this.
  • Healing Factor: It implied that the successful participants of the Doubutsu Project have this ability although it would still leave scarring.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Some form of self-loathing is a very prominent emotion for Animal Group. There could also be purposeless in a life where you can't remember in the case of Hitsuji's. From what they have to go through in the trials, it's justified.
  • Hey, You!: Kitsune's form of address.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight; Sora Keiji, the head of CASCO. Callaghan said that he might have changed his looks too.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Hiro tried to do this with Tadashi/Kitsune. Later, Hiro and the others tried to restore his memories.
  • Immortality Seeker: CASCO all for the sake of Sora Keshiki, son of Sora Keiji.
    • Immortality Inducer: CASCO tried to do this with the Doubutsu formula, which they're developing to withstand a lot of stuff.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: The San Fransokyo World episode where Baymax and Fred learns about Kitsune's true identity, Honey confronting Kitsune about the drugs and later taking a sample for study, developing a counter for said drugs
  • Insane Equals Violent: Sierra. Tako used violence when he wanted to or what he plans to do, such as his killing of Hitsuji and Usagi and his almost killing of the participants of 5b and 6a trials at the 5b facility. Sora Keiji crafted the Doubutsu and allowed violence to be made yet in when he appeared in the climax, he gave Hiro a Sadistic Choice.
  • Killed Off for Real: Hitsuji and Usagi
  • Light Is Not Good: Averted with Baymax's marshmallow design. Played straight regarding CASCO. Played with and subverted when Kitsune wore white.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Cass Hamada know the general idea that Tadashi was involved with dangerous stuff and his amnesia following Tadashi/Kitsune's accidental stabbing but ultimately she didn't know what's going on until the Winter Festival. Tadashi was completely unaware of many things when he woke up from his Angst Coma like his brother and friends' superheroing and the real reason why he was away from his home. He was also kept out of loop about Callaghan's criminal status until Abigail visited him.
  • Mad Doctor / Mad Scientist: Those involved with the Doubutsu Project especially in the case of Sora Keiji, a real doctor, and Doctor Rank in the video records.
  • Mama Bear: or Wolf. Ookami was definitely this after Hitsuji's death.
  • Mega-Corp: CASCO. Described to be a monopoly with major scientific research and banking by Krei, they build San Fransokyo's General Hospital. Also they have been running to find immortality by producing a formula and testing it on apparently dead people.
  • The Mole: Tako
  • One-Man Army: Kitsune/Tadashi took out an entire gang twice. Gogo is one of these too with the rest of Animal Group.
  • Morality Chain / The Heart: It was shown that Tadashi might've been the one that kept Maya, Chocho, Kai, Knives, and Sierra from resorting to violence and importantly sane and in-line. We learned that after Tadashi was taken away by Ron that Sierra taunted Kai about Chocho's suicide and Kai, already inconsolable, just snapped and he killed her and went a little mad. Knives ended up having to kill Kai and later died of his wounds. Maya ended up having Tadashi kill her. Coupled with Tadashi's weariness (due to stress because the level demands that in order to move on, they must kill someone), the drugs and torture, Tadashi snapped.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Team Animal have varieties of Antiheroes with good hearts underneath although how they dealt with their situation varies. Big Hero 6 and Tadashi is in the undeniably noble. Hiro is on the Sliding Scale Of AntiHeroes once again because of his brother. CASCO performed those inhumane experiments to find immortality all for the sake of Ill Boy. Sora Keiji and Tako are insane but for different reasons.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Hiro when he accidentally stabbed Tadashi in the stomach.
    • Similarly, Tadashi when he accidentally slashed Maya's throat.
  • Pungeon Master: Neko with her cat puns. Lampshaded by Gogo.
  • The Reveal: Kitsune was revealed to be Tadashi when Gogo knocked his mask off.
  • Revenge: Tadashi or rather Kitsune accomplished his revenge by killing Ron and those who tortured him. Maeko wanted revenge for her sister's death. Hiro wanted revenge for what CASCO had done to CASCO had wronged and killed.
    • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Tadashi/Kitsune's case. What also happens to the scientists after Kitsune, Neko, Hebi, and Usagi escaped. Could be considered Kitsune's goal to put a bullet through the head of CASCO's.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Hitsuji. Bonus points for having the Japanese name for Sheep
  • Sacrificial Lion: Usagi. Subverted when it's revealed he survived by wearing a Kevlar vest.
  • Sarcastic Confession: A well-meaning example. When Tadashi woke up from his Angst Coma and learned he was missing for nine months, he asked what he was doing in the interval. Fred responded with the truth in which Cass and Tadashi did not believe him.
  • Secret Keeper: Fred and Baymax for Kitsune's true identity. Taka, Neko, Hebi, and Usagi regarding Kitsune/Tadashi's circumstances.
  • Ship Tease: While ultimately a friendship/family story, there are hints of Honey or Gogo teased with Tadashi to satisfy the readers who wanted the pairings. It helps that the author is unbiased with shipping.
  • Shock and Awe: Tadashi's new katana's uses. Hiro designed the mechanical sword specifically so Tadashi would never kill again, instead incapacitating enemies.
  • Shout-Out: Loads of anime, comics, and other media references from Taka and Fred. Word of God admitted she was inspired by Tokyo Ghoul's Kaneki Ken torture for Tadashi's experience in the 5b trials when many reviewers pointed out the similarities.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Hiro and Kitsune/Tadashi. While differences were already established in film, it's played with in-story.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Hebi, Gogo, and Hiro.
  • Split Personality: Kitsune for Tadashi. His Dissociative Identity Disorder caused a whole new personality in defense for all the pain he had to endure.
  • Spy Catsuit: Neko wore one underneath her kimono.
  • Superhero Origin: Regarding Animal Group's. They were caught in accidents where CASCO took them in for recovery and later used as lab rats for the Doubutsu Project. Tadashi, in particular, was tortured and suffered until he snapped and took up the name Kitsune all while Big Hero 6 forms and defeats Yokai. In the end, the only one in the Animal Group who became a working Hero was Tadashi, the now Silver Samurai while everyone else either went back to their normal lives or took the fall in the conspiracy.
  • Symbolism: Animals, flowers, and water/blood.
  • Tarot Motifs / Flower Motifs: The tarot cards doesn't show up until Tako revealed himself to emphasize his Mad Artist antics while the flowers only show specifically for Tadashi/Kitsune's mind and those connected to Maya and the other members in his 5b group.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Tadashi got an intricate one from chest to back with flames, red spider lilies, and the characters Kishi Kaisei and Kitsune.
  • Team Dad: Usagi
  • Team Mom: Ookami
  • Tested on Humans: The Doubutsu formula was tested on apparently dead people in a Battle Royale-esque situation to test their biological, physiological, psychological, intelligence and physical profile.
  • Theme Naming: The new vigilante is named "Kitsune," to match the movie villain Yokai.
  • These Hands Have Killed: On Tadashi's mind and he was able to let go.
  • Time Skip: Sort of. The story takes place some time after movie's end.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Tako. Sierra in Tadashi's group.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tadashi doesn't seem to be the type for combat, more Non-Action Guy than anything else and usually resorts to compromises and self-sacrifices. When he became Kitsune, he's well-versed in combat so much so he's a One-Man Army.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Tadashi went through so much torture and cruelty during the 5b trials and changed drastically.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Twice for Tadashi
  • Tsundere: Animal Group as a whole.
  • Weapons of Choice: While Big Hero 6's weaponry was already established, Animal Group is more pragmatic, using martial arts or any kind of hand-in-hand combat, guns, knives, pipes, chains, etc.
  • Word of God: The author admitted she haven't read much of the supplemental materials and what was officially canon from supplemental materials are incidental just in various ways.
  • Would Hit a Girl - Kitsune, Saru, Tako and what happens in the trials such as Kai killing Sierra and Tadashi/Kitsune killing a woman in the second part of White Recollection.

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