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Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters is a Jackie Chan Adventures/W.I.T.C.H. crossover fic by wondertown9.

The story diverges from both shows' canon at the end of JCA's Demon World story, when a spiteful Shendu destroys the Book of Ages as he's being resealed in the Netherworld, triggering a Time Crash. In a desperate move to save her friends and family, Jade scribbles a message of safety for them onto a surviving scrap of the Book; it interprets this by shunting the remnants of the JCA universe (including the Chan Clan, their allies, and enemies) into the W.I.T.C.H. universe, fusing them together.

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In this new world, the Chans and the Lins are related, and so Yan Lin calls them in for help when the new Guardians come into their powers. And so, their new adventures begin, made more complicated by the presence of JCA universe villains who have plans of their own for Earth, Meridian, and beyond.

It is ongoing, and can be found here.

This story contains the following tropes:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Queen Weira 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.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Like in canon, Martin Tubbs is this to Irma. 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.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them:
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    • Caleb is the leader of the Rebellion, as per canon.
    • Jade becomes the leader of Rhouglar's followers when she knocks out the guy who took over following his death.
    • Deconstructed with Queen Weira, who took the throne at a young age. Her youth and naivety led to her making many mistakes which only heightened tensions between the nobility and the smallfolk.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Unlike canon, War Is Hell is on full display, as is the psychological effect it has on the characters.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Daolon Wong is much more powerful than in canon.
    • Jade can count as this too, as her new Ben-Shui and wolf Shapeshifter powers make her strong enough to fight Cedric or Wong on equal footing, making her more or less as strong or even stronger than an individual Guardian.
    • This story's version of the Dark Hand takes the cake, however. What in canon was nothing but Valmont's personal organization, already fallen from grace by the start of the third season, here becomes a global criminal empire, spawning over five continents, each under the influence of one of the organization's five branches, with the likes of Bartholomew Chang and Vanessa Barone as their leaders. They are shown to be far more competent and resourceful than in canon, and after the Wham Episode that was Chapter 19, it's revealed that the Dark Hand is nothing but the tip of the iceberg of a kind of a Government Conspiracy, pulling a False Flag Operation with the likes of Section 13 so Earth gets aware of and weaponizes magic. One of their leaders is even Captain Black's direct superior. A far cry from what canon was, indeed.
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    • As is common for JCA fics that utilize them, the Samurai Khan are treated as Elite Mooks, rather than the Fake Ultimate Mooks they were in canon. They're physically stronger than other tribes, are slightly resistant to magic, and have enough self-awareness to adapt their combat strategies.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The background on both series is greatly expanded on.
  • Adaptational Heroism: On the show, Raythor 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: Raythor has connections to Caleb and Lothar — being responsible for the apparent death of the former's father and playing mentor to the latter — that weren't present in canon.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In canon, Caleb and Aldarn are close friends, which never changes. Here their friendship breaks apart due to increasingly different views on how the Rebellion should be led leading to Aldarn trying to kill Caleb in a duel.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Irma and Jade are lesbians here.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Cedric was loyal to Phobos in Season 1 of canon and only turned on him in Season 2. Here, he's manipulating and plotting against him from the start.
    • Harold Hale, a completely decent person in both versions of W.I.T.C.H. canon, is an affiliate of the Dark Hand here, in a I Did What I Had to Do sort of way. Cornelia eventually convinces him to switch sides... except not really.
    • Drake is a straightly heroic Rebellion member in canon. Here, he's actually Cyrus Ludmoore in disguise, manipulating the Rebellion for his family's plan.
    • Aldarn is much more aggressive than in canon, which culminates in him plotting against Caleb for compromising with the nobility.
  • Affably Evil: Ludmoore 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.
  • Agent Provocateur: The role that Ludmoore's brothers play, manipulating the Rebellion and Phobos to act the ways that their plan requires them to.
  • Aggressive Categorism:
    • As far as Quentin Ross is concerned, criminals are criminals, and that's it.
    • To Aldarn, all Aristocrats Are Evil.
  • Alien Blood:
    • Lurden blood is noted to be thicker and a darker shade of red than human blood.
    • Sniffer's blood is a sickly green.
  • All for Nothing: Aldarn's 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.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: According to Servantis, Phobos 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.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Jade 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.
  • Ambition Is Evil:
    • Daolon Wong turned to darkness because he wanted the knowledge and power he couldn't achieve as a good wizard.
    • His Shapeshifter lieutenant Roberta likewise has desires to gain as much power as she can. Which is how Miranda is able to turn her against Wong.
  • Analogy Backfire: Demon World Paco is confused when Jade asks if he thinks that the Book of Ages is a printer.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Aldarn shoots off one of Servantis' hands, with the rest of that arm needing to be removed after it becomes gangrenous.
    • Elyon blasts off one of Ludmoore's hands as he's fleeing his attacked manor. He replaces it with a wooden prosthesis.
  • 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.
  • And This Is for...: During his Motive Rant, Aldarn 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.
  • Anti-Hero: Quentin Ross. And to a lesser extent, Caleb, though he's more of a zigzagged example.
  • Anti-Magic: The Ben Shui Chosen One can cancel out Chi Magic in the surrounding area.
    • The Samurai Khan are resistant to magic, with even the aforementioned Chi Degredation ability being less effective on them.
  • Anti-Villain: Servantis is on Phobos' side, but is a fairly decent person.
  • Ape Shall Not Kill Ape: The one law the Lurdens have as a race is not to kill each other.
  • The Archmage: Daolon Wong holds this position in Phobos' court.
  • Arc Welding:
    • In JCA canon, Bartholomew Chang was an independent crime lord with no known connection to the Dark Hand. Here, he's the head of the organization's Asian branch. Likewise, Vanessa Barone, a oneshot independent villain from the show, is made the European leader of the organization.
    • Wong 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.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Zig Zagged. While Phobos is evil, many of his supporters have more complicated reasons to support him.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • When Caleb is saying that shapeshifters are evil, Taranee asks if he's ever even met one besides Cedric or Miranda. His silence is all the answer she needs.
    • 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.
  • Armor-Piercing Response:
    • Ben-Shui's "people are not fruit" to Murasaki, who had just compared her reincarnation Rasputin to an apple when trying to justify her view of him as evil, saying that they're either good or rotten.
    • Oni-masked Jackie chews Jade out for constantly disobeying him and involving 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.
    • When Aldarn calls out Caleb 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 Aldarn up short for a moment, before he presses on.
  • Army of Thieves and Whores: The Rebellion is starting to seem like this.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Shiryu, the Oni general whose mask corrupts Viper, spends time 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.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Sword of the Berserker, also called the Sword of Thanatos, forged from the remains of the demon Abaddon, which can One-Hit Kill anything and corrupts the user.
  • Artificial Limbs:
    • Nerissa's metal arm is confirmed by the narration to be a prosthetic, likely animated by her Quintessence powers.
    • Ludmoore makes a right hand out of wood after Elyon blows it off during the attack on the manor. After stealing Wong's magic, he can actually move and control it.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • On the W.I.T.C.H. show, Lothar was an incredibly minor character. Here, he has a significantly larger role.
    • The Mantis Khan barely showed up at the end of JCA's fourth season's Story Arc. They're given much more to do here.
    • Alchemy, little better than a bit character in the source material, discovers W.I.T.C.H.'s secrets alongside Matt.
  • Asleep for Days: Lothar is asleep for a while after his Oni mask is removed.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Rhouglar is killed right after committing rape and bragging about it.
    • Tharquin is viciously killed by the very person he tortured for being the wrong species.
  • Assimilation Backfire: Ludmoore's absorbtion of Wong's powers has made it harder for him to control his anger.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority:
    • After Rhouglar's death, Jade takes over his remaining men by knocking out their new leader and telling them she's in charge now.
    • Tarakudo became King of the Oni by fighting his way to the top.
  • At Least I Admit It: Rhouglar says that Caleb has no right to judge him, given how many awful things the Rebellion has done.
  • Avenging the Villain: Lothar seeks to honor Raythor after he's framed as a traitor by the Guardians and thrown into the Abyss of Shadows.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Archduchess Galiene Sebille was happily retried in 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 action against them.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Played for Drama with Jordan Johnston, one of the runaways Wong recruits as his new Shapeshifters. He left home because of his strained relationship with his parents, but it's revealed back on Earth that they're worried sick about him.
  • Awful Truth: The Dark Secret of what happened at Carhaiz is utterly devastating for Caleb.
  • Ax-Crazy: Phobos hovers on the edge of this for much of the story, finally crossing over into it fully as a result of Wong's failed coup.
  • Bad Boss: Phobos, as per canon.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Deconstruction, as the Rebellion relying on Token Evil Teammates to do its dirty work is shown in a very poor light, with the rest of the Rebellion (Caleb especially) being disgusted by them.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • Chapter 9 has multiple cases of this, as Hak Foo gets an Oni mask, Wong gets the Pig talisman, and Nerissa nabs the Dragon talisman, while the heroes walk away with nothing.
    • In Chapter 19, the Dark Hand succeeds in manipulating Section 13 and various governments to start weaponizing magic, while also tricking them into thinking that Harold is their mole.
    • In Chapter 22, Tarakudo successfully distracts the heroes, enabling him to steal the Hana Fuda cards. While they manage to remove the two masks he sends after them to do this, this means they'll be defenseless against the three masks still loose.
  • Barehanded Blade Block:
    • Will pulls this during the Sack of Torus Filney.
    • The mask-empowered Hak Foo does this with Caleb's sword during the fight in the subway tunnel.
  • Batman Gambit: Ludmoore plants an Oni mask under a mountain in the same area as the Guardians and Jade's 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.
  • Beam-O-War: During Nerissa and Wong's fight.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Not in a bed, but early in Chapter 26, Jade 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 the group was sleeping in.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Murasaki Shikibu, Vlad Tepes, Elizabeth Bathory, Rasputin, and Joshua Norton were all previous Ben Shui reincarnations.
  • Berserk Button: After being tortured by Tharquin, Jade develops one towards being called a monster.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Chapter 20 ends with a quote from Elyon, who 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 can be special. She admits that the worst thing that ever happened to her was it actually happening.
    • Jade 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.
  • Becoming the Mask: Chapter 22 ends with a quote by Cyrus about how everyone wears masks, and if you do so long enough, it becomes hard to tell which is more real — the mask you wear, or the face beneath it.
  • The Berserker: The Sword of Thanatos turns the user into one, thanks to the corrupting spirit Abaddon within it. Hence its alternate name of Sword of the Berserker.
  • Better as Friends: Irma and Martin ultimately agree on this.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jade becomes downright scary after she gains and masters her new powers.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The Sack of Torus Filney.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Phobos, Nerissa, Ludmoore, Tarakudo, Wong, Chang... there are a lot of villains with individual goals in this fic. See Gambit Pileup for more information.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Miranda, as per canon. There's also Tristan, the first of the new Shapeshifters Wong creates.
  • Big Eater: Jade, already one of these in canon, gains a further appetite increase after becoming a Shapeshifter.
  • Big Sister Instinct: All the Guardians have this for Jade.
  • Birds of a Feather: Cedric and Miranda have a shared love of books.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Caleb develops this view later on, understanding the crimes of the Rebellion and the good Viscount Servantis and his allies are trying to do within Phobos' court, but he still points out to the Viscount that Phobos on the throne still outweighs any good he is trying to do.
  • Black and White Insanity:
    • Quentin Ross has a Rorschach-like view on crime, viewing all criminals as universally scumbags who deserve to be locked away or wiped out.
    • Caleb teters on this early on, due to his blind belief in the righteousness of the Rebellion and the wickedness of Phobos' regime, but after meeting the Guardians and Chan Clan reevaluates his worldview. Aldarn, by contrast, gives into this fully, being utterly convinced that all Meridianite nobility is evil and that anyone who opposes the Rebellion's originally stated goal of destroying them all is as well.
  • Black and White Morality: Caleb at first, and to a greater extent bordering on Black and White Insanity, Quentin Ross.
  • Blade Brake: After being thrown into the Abyss of Shadows, Raythor 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.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Frost, Cedric, and Simon on Phobos' side.
    • Rhouglar for the Rebellion.
    • Disturbingly, Jade shows this attitude during the fighting at Torus Filney. Fortunately, she pulls back from it after realizing how reckless it's rendered her.
    • Tarakudo loves a good fight.
  • Blood Magic: Elizabeth Bathory was a master of this. Later, she teaches it to Jade.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: The reason the Chan Clan is called to Heatherfield is to help the Guardians train and hone their powers, Uncle and Tohru with the mystical aspects and Jackie (and Jade) with hand-to-hand combat skills, so they can better use their enhanced physical abilities.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Chapter 10 gives everyone a chance to recover from the previous chapter's intense action scenes.
    • Chapter 14 has angst and very important plot developments, but is still much lighter than the several chapters before it.
    • Chapter 19 deals with all the fallout from the conclusion of the Dark Hand arc, and gives all the heroes a chance to recover from it... then it turns into a Wham Episode in its last scenes (see below for details).
  • Break the Cutie:
    • The Guardians undergo this as the reality of being Child Soldiers really kicks in. Cornelia in particular is also hit even further in light of her father's criminal connections and blaming herself for Elyon siding with Phobos.
    • Jade is put through the ringer when Tharquin gets his hands on her.
    • Caleb has his father reduced to a Broken Pedestal, has to deal with an Artifact of Doom sticking itself to him, and his best friend trying to kill him.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy:
    • Tarakudo feels this way about Ikki (the Mantis Khan General), calling him the most brilliant of his Generals, but noting how laid back he is.
    • Joshua Norton was the only Ben-Shui Chosen One not to make any real use of his chi magic in life.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    • When a group of rebels is about to be executed in chapter 6, one of them wets and soils himself.
    • A Dark Hand mook is described as doing this upon finding himself facing wolf Jade.
  • Broken Ace: Cornelia comes off as a vapid and egotistical perfectionist, but this all stems from an inferiority complex she's desperately trying to mask.
  • Broken Masquerade: A downplayed example in chapter 22, when Matt and Alchemy walk in on a fight between the Guardians and the Shadowkhan.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Wong admires Phobos, until he ends up on the receiving end of one of his punishments.
    • Caleb 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.
    • In turn, Caleb becomes this to Aldarn, whose moral inflexibility puts him at odds with the lighter touch Caleb starts applying to the Rebellion after the above.
    • Cornelia's view of her father is ruined when she realizes that he's working for the Dark Hand.
  • Brutal Honesty: Upon learning of Elyon's real motives for going to Meridian, Alchemy 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.
  • The Caligula: Phobos is totally insane in this story. As mentioned under Villainous Breakdown, he only gets worse after Wong's failed takeover attempt.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • Hak Foo, as per canon. Tohru eventually points out that doing so just tells his opponents what he's planning.
    • Wong, when using spells originally developed by the Demon Sorcerers.
  • Canis Major: After becoming a Shapeshifter, Jade can become a giant wolf.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: The Mini Khan can devour other Shadowkhan as easily as they can normal shadows.
  • Canon Welding: As a result of the Merged Reality:
    • A Heart of Earth gave Ben Shui's spirit its reincarnation cycle.
    • Tarakudo and his Generals once invaded Meridian but were sealed away by its Heart and heroes.
    • Wong is now in the service of Phobos.
    • Theodore Riddle, an enemy of the Guardians from the comics, is one of the leaders of the Dark Hand.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The Cavalcade of Horrors 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.
  • Car Fu: Uncle and Tohru run over mask-possessed Lothar with their car in Chapter 7.
  • Cassandra Truth: Elyon refuses to believe the truth about Phobos, because it ruins the perfect fantasy she believes she's living out.
  • Changeling Fantasy: As per canon, Elyon is swept up into this. It gets Deconstructed when Alchemy points out that she purposefully abandonned friends and (adopted) family for the sake of being a princess.
  • Character Development:
    • Caleb goes from a Knight Templar with Black and White Morality to being more open-minded.
    • Lothar starts out driven by a desire for revenge for what happened to Raythor. He later realizes that this is self-destructive, and moves on.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • Nerissa, as per canon.
    • Charles Ludmoore is Playing Both Sides of Meridian's war, and also manipulating events on Earth, to his family's benefit.
    • Will evolves into this as she grows into her role as a wartime leader.
    • Jade also starts showing signs of this, especially when working in tandem with Will.
  • Child Soldier: The fact that the Guardians and Caleb are essentially this is repeatedly brought up by Jackie.
  • Children Forced to Kill: The girls, during the Sack of Torus Filney. Caleb admits his first time was when he was 11.
  • Childhood Friends:
    • Except for Will, Jade, and Taranee (but including Elyon and Alchemy) this applies to the core group of girls.
    • Servantis was this with Weira.
  • The Chosen One: The Ben-Shui Chosen One, Jade, the original Ben Shui having been given the power to reincarnate by the Heart of Earth.
    • In a later chapter, a previous Ben-Shui, Joshua 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.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Matt wants to help people, no matter what which is why he's so determined to help on Meridian after learning about what's happening.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: After it bonds to him, Caleb can't get too far away from the Sword of Thanatos without it teleporting back to his side.
  • Cloning Gambit: Chang 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.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Tharquin does this to Jade as he works his way up to killing her.
  • Collapsing Lair: When Ludmoore's manor is attacked by Phobos' forces, Ludmoore triggers a magical Self-Destruct Mechanism which blows up the whole building (destroying the whole villa in the process) after everyone flees.
  • Combat by Champion: How the challenge for the Rebellion's leadership is allowed to play out.
  • Combat Medic: Taranee starts to show an interest in medicine after the Sack of Torus Filney.
  • Composite Character: In-universe, this happened with Nimue and the Lady of the Lake according to the former.
  • Condescending Compassion: Alchemy feels that Elyon is this, given that she's healing the people of Meridian without bothering to ask why they need the help in the first place.
  • The Corruption: The Oni masks put on Jackie and Viper do this to them.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: As reality collapses following Shendu's destruction of the Book of Ages, a terrified Jade chomps on her own finger to use the blood to scrawl on the last remaining tattered piece.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • Will keeps sneaking looks at Matt's butt during their dates.
    • Jade is starting to show some signs of this:
      • When hiding out in the Red House brothel to prepare for the attack on Torus Filney, Jade seems a bit too enthusiastic about the idea of dressing up like prostitutes, and when Irma's outfit is adjusted to enhance her bust, Jade 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 they learn that the Oni in the mask Tarakudo put on Viper keeps complimenting her "rack and ass", as she puts it, both Jade and Irma think that he's not exactly wrong about them being nice.
  • Cruel Mercy: Ludmoore choosing to let Wong live after stealing all his magic.
  • Cycle of Revenge:
    • Caleb wants revenge on Raythor for his father's death. Later, Lothar seeks to avenge Raythor.
    • One of Tharquin's men points out that most acts of violence against humans and Galhots by Shapeshifters were retaliation for acts of violence against Shapeshifters, like when Tharquin ocassionally lets one of his victims live to give people a reason to keep supporting him. Tharquin kills that man as a result.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than both series.
  • Dark Fic: War Is Hell is on full display, fights are more violent than in canon, and people die.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: There are some disciplines of Dark Chi magic based in demonic magic, or closely tied to demons, like Wong's most powerful spells or the Tarakudo tattoo that turned Jade into the Queen of the Shadowkhan briefly, but others are just highly powerful and destructive, designed for killing and destruction, though some consider Dark Chi Magic to be a pathway to more unnatural abilities, especially given what some of them need. For example, Elizabeth Bathory's, and later Jade's Blood Magic (Chi or Raw) is described by Uncle as a Wild Card, dangerous to both the user and people around them, but not necessarily corruptive. Uncle even mentally compares it to the effect that using their powers without the Heart fueling them causes in former Guardians when noting that the same is true of some types of Raw Magic.
  • Dark Secret: What happened at Carhaiz. The Rebellion's propaganda is that Phobos' forces were creating a new weapon, and they valiantly destroyed it. In truth, Carhaiz was the nobility's attempt to create a society for the smallfolk free of being controlled by either Phobos or the rebels, who viewed such a hope as a detriment to their goals, so they slaughtered the village.
  • Dawn of an Era: Chang states that Earth is entering a new era now that magic is returning, and he's planning to take advantage of it.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Tynar is seemingly killed by Cyrus feeding him to Sandpit.
    • Nerissa killed Yua the Banshee at some point in the past, on one of the previous Guardians' missions, which was her Start of Darkness.
  • Decadent Court: Virtually everyone in Phobos' court is plotting against him and/or each other.
  • Decapitation Presentation: When the Rebellion lays siege to Kelliwic and it becomes apparent they can't be beaten, the city's military commander kills the Earl, Ghiscar, and presents his head to Caleb as a peace offering.
  • Deconstruction Crossover: The main theme of this fanfic is to look at both series and take them apart, especially Jade, The War, and even Morality.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • While wearing the Ninja Khan mask, Lothar is possessed by its General, Uta.
    • Ikki, the Mantis Khan General, briefly takes over Hak Foo during the subway fight.
    • After Aldarn puts on Ikazuki's mask, it isn't long before he's fully possessed.
  • De-Power: Wong ultimately has all of his magic stripped from him by Ludmoore.
  • Destination Defenestration: Servantis kicks Rhouglar out a window during their duel. It's a short enough fall that he survives, but is heavily injured by it.
  • Determinator: Jackie has no magic or special abilities of his own, yet as he demonstrates in his fight against the mask-empowered Hak Foo, he'll never give up.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Alchemy is outright pissed that Elyon is willingly staying with Phobos out of a desire to be a princess.
  • Divine Right of Kings: The Escanors rule Meridian in the first place because their world's Heart was mystically bonded to their bloodline. After centuries of this, the family's viewed as somewhat divine by the rest of Meridian.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Martin. Even after finding out the reason why Irma's not interested in him, he's ok with just being friends with her.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Cedric is only working with Phobos for his own ends.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Cyrus, in his disguise as Drake, is warned never to trust a Ludmoore. He takes a bit of humor out of the fact that the person giving him that warning is unaware that he is a Ludmoore.
    • The Guardians and Chan Clan decide to keep the true nature of the girls' powers and the existence of Meridian from Section 13 for fear that their government superiors would try and take advantage of their magic and situation. Unbeknownst to them, Section 13 is secretly controlled by the Dark Hand, who know all about the other Known Worlds and the Guardians' powers, and are working towards weaponizing magic.
  • Driving Question: For the early part of the story, it's what happened at Carhaiz, on the mission where Caleb's father supposedly died? See Dark Secret above for the answer.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Cavalcade of Horrors, the creatures which inhabit the lower levels of the Shadow Realm. And then there's whatever the hell lives below them at the very bottom, which they serve.
  • Elite Mooks: The heavily armed and armored knights known as "Shields" who serve as Viscount Servantis' chief soldiers.
    • The Samurai Khan, as usual in JCA fics. They have the ability to resist offensive magic, and show a disturbing level of intelligence and an ability to adapt to the fighting style of their foes.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Sword of Thanatos has a consciousness, and is eager to get Caleb to use it.
  • Enemy Civil War:
    • The North American branch of the Dark Hand underwent this as a response to the Evil Power Vacuum brought about by Valmont's downfall.
    • When Wong makes his move against Phobos, he has Tracker and Roberta lead his army of brainwashed Shapeshifters and Lurdens against the Lurdens and Guards still serving Phobos, in order to keep them all distracted.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • After Torus Filney, Will convinces the Rebellion to take a different approach by allying with the members of the nobility who aren't truly loyal to Phobos.
    • The Tracker works with Nimue against the Oni out of a mutual hatred of them, despite their very different goals.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • The Ludmoore brothers all deeply care about each other.
    • Cedric and Miranda appear to both be genuinely in love.
    • In her own, somewhat twisted way, Nerissa cares for her son Caleb.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As Cedric states to Miranda in Chapter 25, even he won't kill innocent children just because Phobos doesn't trust them and wants them eliminated. So he sends Wong's brainwashed shapeshifter minions to Cavigor instead, with Miranda wondering if that was the right thing, but Cedric reassures her that it's a safe haven as it goes for Shapeshifters, believing that they'll be safer there.
  • Everyone Can See It:
    • Caleb and Cornelia's feelings for each other.
    • Even Tarakudo has noticed the tension between Jackie and Viper, and when he's about to put the masks on them, is honestly surprised that they're not involved.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Will and Jade are both pragmatic heroes, but are still shocked by how Raythor is punished for them framing him.
    • Caleb and Aldarn, especially the latter, are willing to go to great and ruthless lengths to defeat Phobos. But when they learn that their ally Rhouglar raped Servantis' wife during the Sack of Torus Filney, they're both utterly disgusted by it. So much so that Caleb executes him.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Elyon certainly seems to believe so, especially when she gets to be one and have all the perks that come with the role.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Hak Foo 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:
    • Lothar willingly takes on the Ninja Khan mask to destroy the Guardians and avenge Raythor. This backfires horribly.
    • Hak Foo keeps Ikki's mask on for so long that it starts devouring his chi. When it's removed, he's left virtually catatonic.
    • Aldarn is convinced he's of strong enough will to control Ikazuki's mask. He's wrong, and Ikazuki quickly possesses him.
  • Evil Is Petty: The story begins because Shendu caused a Time Crash to spite Jade's victory over him. Talk about Sore Loser.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: Happened to the Dark Hand's American branch after Valmont's downfall. Chang has now moved in to restore order.
    • Section 13 has learned from this, and plans to take advantage of it for dealing with Chang: they plan to only take down him and his inner circle, so that Harold can fill the void as their Mole in Charge. Then it turns out he was playing them all along to take that position for his own ends.
  • The Evil Prince: Phobos, as per canon, though given the insanity he's presented with, he's arguably even worse here.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • Chapter 22 has two examples — Nerissa attacks Wong to eliminate him as a threat, while Jackie and Viper are corrupted by Oni masks and fight each other.
    • Chapter 24 sees Wong finally make his attempt to usurp Phobos.
  • Exact Words:
    • When Jade scrawled her desperate message on the last remaining bit of the Book of Ages, "Bring us all to a safe place", not only did it take them to a new world because there wasn't enough left to make a new Book, the "us all" bit was interpreted a bit differently than Jade expected as well, namely taking all of her allies and enemies, even future ones, along as well.
    • Harold gives Cornelia advice using experiences from his past, worded just right to avoid mentioning that he's King Arthur.
    • It's by using these that Charles Ludmoore depowers Wong. He offers himself to heal the Dark Chi Wizard's wounds in exchange of anything Ludmoore wants from him, making the old Chinese man to swear he will pay the price. Once Wong is healed, what does Charles take as payment? Well, all of Wong's Chi Magic, which includes the Rooster and Pig talismans' powers Wong had previously stolen, of course! After all, Wong's magic counts as anything and Ludmoore asked for it.
  • Exposition of Immortality: Harold's status as an immortal is revealed via a photo of him taken during World War I.
  • Expy:
  • Eye Scream:
    • Simon 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.
    • Servantis' wife slashes Rhouglar's eye when he's trying to rape her.
    • Ross stabs Harold in the eye with a pen, only for it to heal immediately.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Aldarn eventually becomes so disgruntled with Caleb's leadership that he's willing to kill him and take over the Rebellion by force.
  • Fainting: Cornelia does this in Chapter 20, when Elyon is revealed as the lost Princess.
  • The Fair Folk: The Shapeshifters are related to them, apparently.
  • Fallen Hero: The Tracker was once Didier, one of Meridian's greatest heroes in ancient times.
  • Family Theme Naming: All the Ludmoore brothers have names that start with a "C". It also turns out that their father did, too.
    • With Phobos in the present, and Hypnos and Thanatos in the past, who were the children of a Meridianite nobleman and cousins of the Princess and later Queen of their time, it seems that the Meridian royal family has a fondness for names from Greek Mythology for their male members/close relatives.
  • Fantastic Racism: Shapeshifters are despised by much of Meridian.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: The Mage released Nerissa, in the hopes of redeeming her. Instead, Nerissa killed her and stole her identity.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Nimue is completely unable to see human villains as a threat when compared to demons, giving her a massive blindspot.
    • Aldarn 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.
    • Elyon's 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.
    • Phobos' 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.
    • According to Servantis, Queen Weira's 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.
  • A Father to His Men: Raythor. It's one of the reasons that Lothar seeks to avenge him.
  • Female Gaze:
    • When she's on a date with Matt, the narration notes that Will keeps looking at his butt.
    • There's a female-on-female example when Jade, having realized she's a lesbian, watches Irma from the rear as she walks away.
    • During the above-mentioned Bedmate Reveal moment, Jade has to tear her gaze away from Irma's cleavage and focus on waking her up.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The three types of shapeshifters. Mammals (including avians) get Super Strength, Insects get tricks and abilities like Miranda's webbing, and Reptiles get a potent Healing Factor.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Caleb ends up having to fight Aldarn after Aldarn challenges him for leadership.
  • Fisher King: Meridian has been decaying ever since Phobos took over. Mostly because he's been actively draining the world's energy to feed his own magic.
  • Fix Fic: This story does this to unpopular canon storylines:
    • In canon, the girls were indifferent to Raythor's punishment, but here they are horrified by it immediately.
    • Also, Raythor on the show 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 used right at the beginning, making him more likable right away.
    • Some fans of the canon W.I.T.C.H. show find Elyon to be selfish as the first season goes on — she starts out legitimately sympathetic, learning that her whole life is a lie and that her adoptive parents and best friends have been deceiving her, driving her into the arms of her brother who is also deceiving her and with actual harmful intentions behind it. However, more and more things start to clearly poke holes in Phobos' facade and should reasonably make Elyon start to question everything, and yet she stubbornly refuses to and clings to the belief that her friends are evil and Phobos is good, only pulling a Heel–Face Turn after Phobos reveals his true colors and tries to kill her, with her friends having to bail her out. Here, her actions are portrayed as outright selfish, and she gets called out on it hard.
  • Foil:
    • Aldarn and 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.
    • Caleb is also this 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.
  • Foreshadowing: The various twists and reveals at the end of Chapter 19 are the culmination of hints dropped throughout the Dark Hand arc.
    • When talking to Miranda about why he keeps Wong around, Phobos silently considers stealing Wong's magic for his own. Guess what Ludmoore does after Wong's coup fails.
  • For Want of a Nail: Lothar exposing Vathek as the Rebel spy means that he's not in the castle when Elyon's identity is discovered. Thus, the Guardians don't learn she's the Princess until Cedric has already convinced her to come to Meridian.
  • Freudian Excuse: Aldarn's 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.
    • Tharquin's hatred of Shapeshifters and focus on "purity" are result of his abusive father drilling the views into him as a child.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Quentin Ross, to Section 13.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: After the events at Torus Filney, Caleb comes to fear that the Rebellion is turning into this.
  • The Fundamentalist: Tharquin, who is convinced that everything he does is righteous and for the good of Meridian.
  • Gambit Pileup: As in canon, Nerissa is manipulating the war between Phobos and the Rebellion to her own ends. But so are Ludmoore and his brothers. Meanwhile, Viscount Servantis is trying to steer Phobos in a lighter-handed rule, Daolon Wong becomes The Starscream to Phobos, Tarakudo has woken up and taken an interest, Nimue is keeping an eye on things, and on the Earth side of things, Chang's Dark Hand is flexing its muscle, with Jackie infiltrating them to bring them down. And then there's the Cavalcade of Horrors and their master, who are apparently using all of the above as pawns in a larger plan.
    • Even the arc dedicated solely to dealing with the Dark Hand has one of these. There's whatever Chang's been working towards, the Section 13-backed Chan Clan and Guardians working to take Chang down, Will plotting a secretive side mission with only Jade and Caleb's knowledge, Ross going rogue out of disgust at Section 13 not going far enough to eliminate the Dark Hand, and newcomer Nyx running her own agenda against the Dark Hand. And there's the Oni watching from the sidelines via Hak Foo's mask, while Nimue eventually steps in to manipulate the Chans as part of her own agenda.
  • Gayngst: The reason Irma never came out of the closet before. She felt unintentional peer pressure to act like she likes boys.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: According to Viscount Servantis, Phobos was not the first in the Escanor royal line to rule as a tyrant. And since he's the first male to hold the throne, that means all prior examples were this trope.
  • Moral Asshole: Quentin Ross is basically Rorschach, which should tell you all you need to know.
  • Good Parent: Harold giving Cornelia good advice on how to reach Elyon after their falling out.
  • Graceful Loser: Takahiro, the Oni whose mask corrupts Jackie, merely sighs in disappointment as it's removed. This in sharp contrast to Shiryu, who pleads and threatens as he's pulled off of Viper.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: A central theme, with both sides having Token Good Teammates and Token Evil Teammates.
  • Greying Morality: One of the goals of the story is to do this for both shows.
  • Groin Attack: Nyx does this with Jackie during their first encounter.
  • Handicapped Badass: The original Ben Shui was a powerful good chi wizard with a powerful Anti-Magic technique, and was apparently totally blind.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Rhouglar is an utter asshole who rapes women and brags about it. There's nothing likable about him after that reveal.
    • Phobos is presented with zero redeeming qualities to his rule.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Irma eventually explains to Martin she's a lesbian, which is why she's not interested in him.
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management:
    • How Nimue feels about Kandrakar's stewardship of the Known Worlds — they protect the status quo from great threats to it, but don't actively intervene to fight smaller evils.
    • Phobos' court is dedicated solely to securing his power; actually maintaining the realm is delegated to the nobility.
  • Healing Factor: Reptilian shapeshifters like Cedric have a potent healing ability.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Jordan Johnston realizes the folly of following Wong and flees, but is killed by Tharquin.
  • He Who Fights Monsters:
    • Caleb worries about this happening to the Rebellion in their desire to bring down Phobos at all costs. He himself comes dangerously close to the line during the Sack of Torus Filney, before the Guardians talk him down.
    • The end of the 17th chapter has a quotation from Tso Lan about this trope.
    "Why are we demons called demons? Because in a one on one battle, a regular human cannot hope to defeat one of us, and as such demons are demons and humans are humans. Then, how do you refer to a human that can kill demons? As a saint, a hero, an angel, a god? Perhaps, that human has just become a stronger demon."
    • Aldarn ends up crossing the line Caleb feared, becoming convinced that all of Meridian's nobility needs to be wiped out alongside Phobos and being willing to kill Caleb and anyone else not willing to go that far.
  • Hidden Buxom: Jade suspects this regarding Miranda, given that shapeshifters, by default, have human forms that are quite pleasant to the eyes.
  • The High Queen: Deconstructed. According to what Servantis tells Caleb in Chapter 13, Queen Weira 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.
  • Hope Bringer: Matt wants to be this.
  • Hope Crusher: The Rebellion destroyed Carhaiz in order to destroy any hope that the smallfolk might have of an alternative to rebelling against 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.
  • Humans Are Warriors: And Tarakudo loves them for it, seeing them as the only true Worthy Opponent for the Oni.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Cedric and Viscount Servantis are both this to Phobos.
  • Hypocrite: As Jade calls him out on, Tharquin is this — he's so 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.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: From chapter 25:
    "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."
    • Ikazuki 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 means that he isn't really one to talk at the moment.
  • Hypocritical Humor: As Nerissa points out, Wong is in no position to call her old and decrepit.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How Harold justifies working for the Dark Hand — it keeps his family safe and secure.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Even when admitting Caleb has several good points about why the Rebellion's old black and white views are wrong, Aldarn refuses to let himself be swayed by them, feeling that he's done and sacrificed too much to just change his ways.
    • Tharquin has a moment or two where he can realize 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.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Frost's reaction when a noble calls him a brute and implies he's distrustful, while he's still in the room.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Cornelia is stated to have this.
  • Innocence Lost: The Guardians and Jade have this happen to them over the course of the war. For Caleb, it already happened years earlier.
  • In the Back: Roberta announces her betrayal of Wong by running him through with a sword from behind.
  • Internal Reformist: Inverted. When Caleb learns of the dark side of the Rebellion, he works hard to try and fix it.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • In Chapter 20, the heroes learn that Elyon is the lost Princess. In the following chapter, she in turn learns about all their powers.
    • Chapter 22: Harold learns Elyon is the princess. Matt and Alchemy learn about the Guardians and Jade.
    • In Chapter 26, Caleb realizes that Aldarn's challenge is the result of long-term planning, not a spur of the moment anger.
  • Irony: Aldarn 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.
  • Ironic Echo: Jade first meets Miranda in Chapter 2 when the latter jumps her in Phobos' throne room and yells "SURPRISE!" in her face. In Chapter 8, they face each other again in a battle, with Jade yelling "Surprise!" when launching a sneak attack of her own.
  • Irrational Hatred: Aldarn's feelings towards the nobility.
  • It Can Think: The Samurai Khan, unlike their cousins, are intelligent enough to adapt to the pace and fighting style of the enemies that they fight, and when Ikazuki takes full control of his host Aldarn, they hoist their katana up in the air and appear to cheer, freaking Cornelia out with how human their behavior is.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Elyon, which is part of how easily Cedric and Phobos are able to manipulate her.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Nimue helps herself to a bottle of wine after the subway fight.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Phobos is very clear on the fact that as long as he rules, 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.
    • Though not to the same extent as her brother, Elyon shows that she's more concerned about her own happiness than anything else.
  • It's All My Fault: Cornelia blames herself for Elyon running off with Cedric, due to driving her away with her Jerkass Façade.
  • I've Come Too Far: Aldarn's 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.
  • Jerkass Façade: It turns out that Cornelia's 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Quentin Ross is right that Harold Hale is performing crimes, and has to pay for them.
    • Phobos had every right to be angry at Wong for turning Jade into a Shapeshifter, as that just gave the heroes a powerful new weapon at their disposal.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Aldarn 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.
  • Justified Criminal: Harold Hale feels he is this, since he's doing it for his family.
  • Karmic Death:
    • Rhouglar is executed by Caleb right after bragging about his crimes.
    • Tharquin is brutally killed by someone he'd spent hours torturing.
  • Kindness Button: His love of books brings out Cedric's best side.
  • King of Thieves: Ludmoore is known as "King Smuggler", for his dominance of the inter-world black market.
  • Knight Templar:
    • Caleb is initially this, before a talk with Jackie sets him straight.
    • Alistar Tharquin, one of the Rebellion's leaders, is a fundamentalist both for the movement in general, and hatred of Shapeshifters in particular.
    • Quentin Ross believes in inflexible Black and White Morality.
    • Aldarn is showing signs of 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.
    • Nimue is determined to wipe out all demonic threats to humanity, no matter what has to be sacrificed to do so.
  • Knowledge Broker: Charles Ludmoore has set himself up as this.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • Servantis ultimately decides to throw in the towel when Torus Filney is overrun, telling Lothar to take his men and flee, while he stays behind to surrender.
    • When it becomes clear that Tracker is going to kill him if they keep fighting, Ikki surrenders to the Chans and Guardians, knowing they'll just remove his mask and disembody him.
  • Lack of Empathy: Phobos cares about exactly one person, and that's himself.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After waking up in the new reality, Jade quickly forgets her meeting with Xin Jing, brushing it off as a dream.
  • The Leader:
    • Caleb to the Rebellion and Will to the Guardians, as per canon.
    • Jade becomes this for a crew among the Rebellion after taking over Rhouglar's faction following his death.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: While it doesn't come down to an actual fight, the Guardians and Chans take an instant dislike to Nimue when they first meet in Chapter 18, due to what she's willing to do to win.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: According to Servantis, Queen Weira mother's was more pragmatic than she was. And then there's Phobos, who is absolutely nothing like his mother.
  • Little "No": Vathek lets out two of these when he finally learns what happened in Carhaiz.
  • Lizard Folk: Cedric, as per canon. There's also Simon, one of the new Shapeshifters created by Wong.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The Chans and the Guardians deliberately keep Section 13 in the dark about the true nature of the Guardians' powers and about everything relating to Meridian, for fear that word will leak and the world's governments will try to take advantage of it.
  • Long Game: The Ludmoore family has been plotting against Meridian for a long time.
  • Love Triangle: You've got the canon Caleb/Cornelia ship starting to take sail, but there's also the presence of Caleb's advisor Sephiria, who has a crush on him.
  • MacGuffin: Chang's whole plot line in the story is built towards stealing a specific magic artifact — the Gauntlet of Indra, which gives the wearer the power to shoot lightning.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: It's clarified that the magic used by the Guardians and Meridianites (Raw Magic) is different from the Chi Magic used by Uncle, Tohru, and Wong. But as Nimue reveals, it's possible to use both.
  • Magically Binding Contract: Just like in W.I.T.C.H. canon, raw magic users are bound by an oath sworn on their magic. After meeting Nimue, Ludmoore realizes that if Raw Magic and Chi Magic are based on the same core principles, then it must apply to the latter as well. He proves this by stealing Wong's power via an oath.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Cedric has spent years manipulating Phobos, acting as the true power behind the throne. This is to intentionally fan the unrest on Meridian, as part of the Ludmoore family's master plan.
  • Master Poisoner: Takahiro, the Oni General of the Mini Khan.
  • Master Swordsman: Galiene is known as the Blade of Meridian for her extreme skill with a sword.
  • Matriarchy: Meridian, as per canon, primarily due to the Heart of Meridian being bound to the royal family, which has almost exclusively birthed only females.
  • May–December Romance: Cedric and Miranda are definitely close.
  • The Medic: Sephiria and her nuns serve as this for the Rebellion.
  • Medical Monarch: Elyon uses her powers to heal the people of Meridian of physical ailments.
  • Mêlée à Trois:
    • The big fight in Chapter 9 starts as the Guardians, Caleb, and Jade against Wong and his Shapeshifters when the latter show up to claim an Oni mask that's in the same area as the former, but then Hak Foo shows up to claim the mask himself, and Ross (who had been trailing the group) steps in to try and capture Hak Foo.
    • In Chapter 22, both Jackie and Viper have Oni masks forcibly put onto their faces, and become corrupted. Viper is turned into a Card-Carrying Villain who fights the Guardians For the Evulz, while Jackie becomes a Well-Intentioned Extremist who decides that the best way to keep everyone safe is to have the Mini Khan eat their shadows and put them into comas so they can't fight anymore. This leads to him attacking Viper and the Guardians, and their Shadowkhan fighting each other even while fighting the heroes.
  • The Mentor:
    • Jackie serves as this to the girls and Caleb.
    • Raythor was this to Lothar.
  • Merged Reality: Jade's desperate gamble with the last scrap of the Book of Ages merges the remnants of her universe with the W.I.T.C.H. universe.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • After Phobos tortures him in a round of You Have Failed Me, Wong loses all respect for the Prince, and starts plotting to take power for himself.
    • Phobos' extreme Bad Boss tendencies also ultimately result in Lothar and the rest of the Guards to abandon defending him and the castle, shifting their loyalties to protecting the commoners.
    Lothar: Each guard in the palace, take them out to the city; reinforce the patrols that take care of thieving and crime, and leave them there. If the Capital is attacked, tell them to fight to the end. If the Castle is attacked...tell them to ignore it. The prince won't care for us? Fine, I won't care for him. Our duty is to Meridian and the Crown, and whatever is in that throne room, it's not part of this world and it doesn't deserve a crown. I'm done putting the lives of good men, men with families...at risk just to satisfy a self-entitled brat.
  • The Mole:
    • Vathek is one for the Rebellion within Phobos' court, as per canon.
    • Also like in canon, Nerissa is doing double duty as the Mage and Trill.
    • Ludmoore's brothers are this for him within both Phobos' court and the Rebellion. Cedric is the former, while the latter is revealed to rebel leader Drake (a disguise for other brother Cyrus).
    • Jackie pretends to accepts Chang's offer of service in order to bring the Dark Hand down from within. He eventually turns Harold to his side, with Section 13 planning on making him a Mole in Charge.
    • Count Cornelius serves as this for the Rebellion among the other nobles.
  • Mook Horror Show: In Chapter 7, when a group of Phobos soldiers find themselves being hunted in the woods by wolf Jade.
  • Mook Lieutenant:
    • After Lothar becomes the new Captain of the Guard, he promotes Tynar to his old post of Lieutenant.
    • Once Wong has created a whole squad of new Shapeshifters, Miranda takes on a leadership role. When he starts building his forces to betray Phobos, however, he phases her out in favor of the more-loyal-to-him Roberta.
  • Mook Promotion: After Raythor is thrown into the Abyss of Shadows, Lothar is promoted to take his place. He in turn promotes Tynar to be his Lieutenant.
  • Moral Myopia: Aldarn 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:
    • Hak Foo gives Jackie one during their duel in the 17th chapter, explaining his reasons for working for the likes of Valmont and Chang as well as for hating Jackie.
    • In Chapter 26, after being called out on how he's been manipulating Caleb into being forced to accept a leadership challenge, Aldarn 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.
  • Mutually Exclusive Magic: Averted. It's hard to learn chi magic or raw magic after starting with the other, but, as Nimue explains, it is possible. It helps if you're immortal.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • One of Vanessa's 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.
    • The Dark Hand possess both the Armbands of Shiva and the Cat of Khartoum, oneshot magic artifacts from JCA canon.
    • Wong ends up with the Rooster and Pig talisman powers, which he gained in canon.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • The Guardians' general reaction to actually seeing what's done to Raythor as a result of their framing of him.
    • Caleb's reaction once he realizes all the evils he's been letting fester within the Rebellion.
    • Jade, after killing Tharquin makes her realize what a Blood Knight she's becoming.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Elyon, once she comes to Meridian.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Rhouglar is known as "The Mad Dog of the Rebellion".
  • Neutral No Longer: After Elyon is taken to Meridian, Charles tells Cedric to convince Phobos to attack his manor, thereby violating his neutrality and giving him an excuse to join the Rebellion. All part of the plan.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Archduchess Galiene Sebille is at least 70 years old, but still the most dangerous Master Swordsman in Meridian.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • According to Nerissa's inner monologue, she only escaped her imprisonment because the Mage released her, in the hopes of redeeming her. Instead, Nerissa killed her and stole her identity.
    • Queen Weira 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Phobos' mistreatment of Daolon Wong causes the latter to turn against him. And later, Lothar and all the Guards go the same way.
    • And Daolon Wong ends up turning Jade into a Shapeshifter, which comes back to bite him and the other villains.
    • He's more an Anti-Villain than anything else at that point, but Aldarn's decision to use Ikazuki's mask to win his duel with Caleb ends up completely discrediting his bid for leadership of the Rebellion.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Ludmoore's 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.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Will, when Matt wants to join the fight on Meridian.
  • No Sympathy: Quentin Ross, for criminals.
  • Not Himself: Irma's reaction to hearing that Jade wore a dress in her Queen of the Shadowkhan state.
  • Not So Different:
    • Jade's rant about using her new Shapeshifter and Ben Shui powers to help people gives Yan Lin an uncomfortable flashback to Nerissa. Likewise, Will's later evolution into a pragmatist willing to manipulate potential allies is far too similar to Nerissa for Yan's liking.
    • The Sack of Torus Filney forces Caleb to realize that the Rebellion isn't really all that much better than Phobos' supporters.
    • Chang claims that Jackie, acting on behalf of Section 13, 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.
    • Chapter 20 shows that this is the case with Caleb 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.
    • There's a parallel or two drawn between Raythor and Tohru, both having served villains due to a misplaced sense of honor.
    • After Aldarn 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.
  • Not So Similar: Yan Lin eventually realizes that for all her worries about Will and Jade being Not So Different from Nerissa, they still have their compassion, which Nerissa lost.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tharquin 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.
  • Obfuscating Disability: After being raped by Rhouglar, Lady Ishol pretends that the trauma has turned her into an Empty Shell, so that her Rebel captors will drop their guard around her, allowing her to rescue her husband and escape.
  • Obviously Evil: As Jade mentally notes, Phobos practically screams with "I'm the bad guy" vibes.
  • O.C. Stand-in: The Oni Generals, as per usual for JCA fanfics.
  • Off with His Head!: How Caleb executes Rhouglar.
  • Once an Episode: Each chapter ends with a quote by a character, usually reflecting on a theme from the chapter, written in hindsight.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • Tarakudo can temporarily shift from an Oracular Head back to a full body, during which he's basically a Physical God.
    • Downplayed with Daolon Wong, who 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.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: The Ludmoore brothers. They have long-term plans, but know when to take advantage of a situation.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Phobos stays in his castle, where he can continue to siphon Meridian's energies into himself, while leaving fighting the Rebellion and Guardians to his minions.
  • Our Mages Are Different: There are Chi Magic users like Uncle, Tohru, Wong and Jade, and Raw Magic users like the Guardians, Phobos, and Elyon. And then there are the rare few who can merge the two fields of magic, like Nimue and, eventually, Charles Ludmoore.
  • Outside-Context Problem: For Phobos' forces, it's the rebels having guns.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience:
    • Jade's dream vision right before she transforms the first time has her running naked through a forest.
    • Lothar's epiphanic dream after being freed of Uta's possession has him being chased naked.
  • Overnight Age-Up: Hay Lin almost name-drops the trope after noticing how Jade's become taller after gaining her shapeshifter abilities.
  • The Paralyzer: Ikki can do this via pressure points.
  • The Paranoiac: Phobos is convinced that everyone is out to get him. Because of his own actions, this ends up actually being the case.
  • Parental Abandonment: Shortly after Aldarn's mother died, his father lost faith in the Rebellion and left it, abandoning the young Aldarn when he refused to do likewise.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Queen Weira was completely oblivious to Phobos's Troubling Unchildlike Behavior.
  • Parental Substitute: While Raythor is A Father to His Men, his relationship with Lothar in particular comes across as this.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Quentin Ross, and the Rebellion.
  • The Perfectionist: Cornelia shows herself to be this, because she thinks she needs to be.
  • Physical God:
    • A fully realized Heart is this, especially if they're on their own world.
    • Tarakudo comes fairly close when embodied, being seemingly unstoppable.
  • Platonic Prostitution: When infiltrating Torus Filney, the Guardians and Jade hide out in the Red House brothel, whose owner is friendly with the Rebellion.
  • Playing Both Sides: Ludmoore and his brothers are doing this with Meridian's war.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Because she never explain that her Jerkass Façade wasn't her real personality, Elyon becomes convinced Cornelia really is a self-absorbed Alpha Bitch.
  • Post-Rape Taunt: Rhouglar brags about his crimes.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Caleb, even when he lightens up from a Knight Templar Anti-Hero, is still willing to do whatever's necessary to win.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In her disguise as the Mage, Nerissa chooses to heal Jade from Tharquin's torture only to further put the rebels and Guardians in her debt.
  • Properly Paranoid: Aldarn's 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.
  • Punch-Clock Villain:
    • Tynar, even more than in canon, since he's got a family here.
    • Jackie's undercover work in the Dark Hand leads to him realizing a lot of the rank-and-file members are this.
  • The Purge: Aldarn would like nothing more than to wipe out all the nobility in Meridian, blaming them as a whole for the smallfolk's problems.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Nimue's magic, which is stronger than most others, is purple.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The group of new Shapeshifters that Wong creates.
  • Race Fetish: Apparently Hoel, one of the Knights of Escanor who helped found Meridian, was of African descent, and every human Meridianite with dark skin is said to be descended from him to a degree, with many members of the nobility tending to have darker skin. Taranee finds this out when posing as a prostitute before the attack on Torus Finley, and is rather uncomfortable to learn that her skin color is considered exotic and exciting from Vera, the matron who's helping hide them.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Everyone on both sides is disgusted by Rhouglar's actions.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: The Sack of Torus Filney.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • War Is Hell is in full effect, and it's made clear that people on both sides of the fight have died.
    • There are good and bad people on both sides of the fight.
    • Phobos' tendencies towards being a Bad Boss really come back to bite him on the ass, eventually turning his entire court against him. Even those who don't start actively plotting against him, like Lothar, end up distancing themselves from him, instead becoming as focused on protecting the civilian population from his cruelty as they are on fighting the Rebellion.
    • As Servantis reveals in Chapter 13, during her reign Queen Weira did something unheard of — she gave some commoners, some village chiefs and mayors, rule over the others. It wasn't an overly complicated idea; just give the commoners an authority of their own in order to make them feel empowered and take some responsibilities from the nobles, an intermediary between them and the smallfolk. Servantis even admits that it wasn't that bad an idea in principle, but then goes on to explain that suddenly being given all that power corrupted some of the selected leaders, leading to them staging a small revolution and killing some nobles before being put down. Afterwards, the smallfolk blamed the nobles just for defending themselves, which only heightened tensions more.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • In Chapter 7, Jackie questions Cornelia's father if he understands what kind of harm he inflicts by working for the Dark Hand. Harold tells in Jackie's face that he's fully aware of that and making no excuses about it. He then says that Jackie is in no position to judge him after he brought down Valmont and caused innocent people to suffer in the resulting war over Valmont's position.
    Harold: Do you think I have never met with men like you before? Men that only see one side of the coin, thinking that life is some kind of heroic tale and that everyone in it can be reduced to a stereotype. Do you know why I was able to take you here so easily? Because you didn’t imagine that someone that has a family like you, that has daughters and loves them as much as you love that niece, could be related to something as the Dark Hand. Because men like you can only think in black and white.
    Alchemy: I said that if you think that, you're just selfish. I came here to talk to you, to understand why you did what you did, disappearing overnight and leaving for another world. And what's the big reason? You want to be special. You want to be a Princess. That's it. Do you know that the reason Cornelia acted so pettily all those years was because she felt she needed to be perfect 24/7? Do you know her father was part of a criminal organization? Do you know how guilty she feels for what's happened with you? Do you know that all those times she couldn't be with us, she was fighting, risking her life in this war? And that's just Cornelia. The girls have seen innocent people die before their very eyes! Will's been forced to do a bunch of horrible things to make the Rebellion win battles! Jade's got a bunch of scars on her back from some madman trying to kill her, for the love of God! Do you know how much all of our friends have been through while we were safe on Earth?! No, of course you don't. Because you're happy here, playing Princess and getting the attention you think you always deserved. That's being selfish, Elyon. And I'm not going to bite my tongue and don't call it what it is.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: As per canon, Caleb does this with Elyon. Here, however, he manipulates events so that he can do so in a more controlled environment.
  • Really 700 Years Old:
    • Wong is revealed to have been born at the end of the 15th century.
    • Nimue and Harold Hale/King Arthur are presumably even older than Wong.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the new Merged Reality, Uncle and Yan Lin are cousins.
  • The Resenter: Turns out, Elyon has spent years feeling bitter towards Cornelia for the haughtiness and arrogance she constantly has on display as part of her Jerkass Façade (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.
  • The Reveal:
    • Chapter 11 reveals which of the Rebellion's leaders is Cyrus Ludmoore in disguise: It's Drake.
    • Chapter 14 finally answers the long-running question of what actually happened at Carhaiz.
    • Chapter 19 has several shocking reveals back-to-back: the Dark Hand controls Section 13, the arrested Chang is a clone of the original, Harold has secretly been a leader of the group the whole time, and is actually an immortal King Arthur.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: The Rebellion is not painted as a bunch of saints here.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: After the Sack of Torus Filney exposes the Rebellion's dark side, Caleb dedicates himself to trying to reform it.
  • Rightful King Returns: What the Rebellion is aiming for with Elyon, and what Phobos has tricked into thinking has already happened while he manipulates her.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: The Cavalcade of Horror's master apparently remembers the pre-Merged Reality world.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: In Chapter 26, Viper and Jackie fight Tristan on the roof of Count Cornelius' mansion in Lannion, with Taranee and Hay Lin later flying in to provide support.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Leaving aside how insane Phobos himself is, according to Servantis there have been plenty of Escanor queens just as bad before him.
  • Royalty Superpower: Not only is the Heart of Meridian bound to the Escanor royal line, but according to Rasputin, many worlds bind their Hearts to royal families in order to secure the power (he actually tried to do the same on Earth with its Heart and the Romanovs, which didn't work).
  • Running Both Sides: The Dark Hand secretly manipulated the creation of Section 13 as part of their larger gambit. In fact, Captain Black's superior Victor Folkner is actually Dark Hand leader Theodore Riddle.
  • Saintly Church: The Faithful of the Light of Meridian, Meridian's organized religion. They were officially banned by Phobos after he seized power, and now serve as healers for the Rebellion.
  • Say My Name: Jade to her torturer after gaining the upper hand on him.
  • Scars Are Forever:
    • Caleb earns a facial scar from dueling Servantis, and chooses not to have it fully healed.
    • While Nerissa heals the rest of the damage from Tharquin's tortures, she deliberately leaves Jade's back to scar, as a reminder of what happened.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Frost flees the fighting at Torus Filney once the rebels break out the guns.
    • After Rhouglar and Tharquin's deaths, most of their loyalists quit the Rebellion.
    • Ross 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.
    • Chang's lackey Crane abandons the fight against the Chans and Guardians in the hidden subway tunnel after Caleb uses the Sword of Thanatos and enters Berserker Form.
    • After being confronted by Alchemy, Mrs. Rudolph, and Nerissa in her Trill disguise about the truth about Phobos, a panicked Elyon flies away rather than have to face facts.
  • Secret Keeper: Harold, Matt, and Alchemy all come to learn about the Guardians' and Jade's powers.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Elyon chooses to ignore all the signs of Phobos' tyranny, as that would ruin her fantasy of a perfect life.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Discussed. After Wong's failed coup, Lothar considers it a pity that he and Phobos didn't take each other out in a Mutual Kill.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Phobos killed his parents in order to seize the throne for himself.
  • Serial Rapist: Rhouglar, as it turns out.
  • Shock and Awe: The Gauntlet of Indra gives its wearer this power.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Jade compares Ludmoore's controlled Portal to a Stargate.
    • Yan Lin at one point says that "winter has come"; Hay Lin tells her she should stop watching that show.
      • Alistar Tharquin appears to be based on Alistar Thorne.
      • When some rebels are executed and Servantis gives them a chance for last words, it plays out like the Season 6 episode where Jon Snow executes some Night's Watch mutineers.
      • When Harold Hale betrays Jackie, he pulls a Littlefinger and points out he warned Jackie not to trust him.
    • After learning that Jade is the new Ben Shui, both she and Irma compare her to Aang.
    • Quentin Ross is explicitly an Expy of Rorschach.
    • When the girls are making a snowman, Jade specifically says that she's not going to call it "Olaf".
    • Ross compares Wong to Palpatine.
    • Jade reads The Silmarillion at one point.
    • Nyx has an information contact called Mr. E.
    • Several of the magic artifacts which the Dark Hand tries to steal in Chapter 17 are based on Shen Gong Wu. And when of them gives its user stretchable limbs, he says that he's like Mr. Fantastic.
    • Caleb's Berserker Form is based on the Cursed Seal.
    • Ross' confrontation with Harold in his office is very similar to the one the Question has with Luthor.
    • Galiene's first scene is based on Grievous' introduction in Star Wars: Clone Wars.
    • A flashback shows that when they first met, Cornelia and Elyon bonded over a shared love of Sailor Moon.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Jackie and Viper, as per canon.
    • There's been hints of chemistry between Jade and Irma as well.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Jackie tries to appeal to Hak Foo 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.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: When Matt told Will the reason why he cannot stop helping people, she told him she loves him.
  • Sixth Ranger: Viper is brought to Heatherfield in chapter 16 to aid in the mission against the Dark Hand.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Rhouglar is an utter lunatic on the battlefield.
  • Sore Loser: Shendu 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.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • During the Battle of Torus Filney, the Rebellion's initial battle plan is derailed when Simon shows up, which they didn't expect. And then Servantis' forces are caught completely off guard by the rebels having guns.
    • Wong and Cedric's plan to betray Phobos and steal the Heart of Meridian from him completely catches Nerissa off guard, throwing her own plans off the rails somewhat.
    • Nerissa was apparently manipulating Phobos for her own gain before his coup, but him killing his parents before she arrived wasn't something that she had planned for, and neither was Cedric manipulating him into the attack that led to the Veil being raised.
  • Spit Take:
    • Sephiria chokes on her wine when Drake refers to Cornelia as the girl Caleb loves.
    • Jade chokes on her soda when Irma asks if there's any boys she likes.
  • Squishy Wizard: Wong's enhanced state only boost his magical stamina, not physical stamina.
  • Start of Darkness:
    • Wong's is shown 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.
    • Nerissa's is detailed earlier as killing 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. Then, after the Mage freed her, hoping to help reform her, Nerissa repaid her by killing her and stealing her identity.
  • The Starscream:
    • Wong becomes this to Phobos, plotting to gain greater power for himself and take over Meridian as part of it. He fails because, ironically, he gains his own Starscream in the form of his Shapeshifter lieutenant Roberta.
    • Aldarn, of all people, becomes this to Caleb.
    • Cedric has been playing Phobos like a fiddle for his own agenda for years, and the second Wong decides to start plotting his own betrayal, joins forces with him. All part of his family's plan.
  • Stupid Evil: Phobos is blatantly cruel and power hungry, to the point that he drives away all of his allies.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Invoked by Nerissa/"The Mage" with Sephiria, she chose her as the representative of the members of the Faithful in the Rebellion specifically because she knew that she had a crush on Caleb, and could thus be trusted to always support Caleb's choices.
  • Super Senses: After gaining her wolf form, Jade's senses become enhanced even in her human form.
  • Superweapon Surprise: The rebels buy guns from Ludmoore, giving them an edge at Torus Filney.
  • Survivor's Guilt: It appears that Aldarn's hatred for Meridian's nobility is fueled at least in part by not only how he lost his mother and all his close friends in the Rebellion save Caleb, but guilt over how the noble forces with Phobos managed to kill them but leave him alive.
  • That Man Is Dead: The Tracker says this when Caleb questions him about being called Didier by Ikki.
  • There Are No Therapists: The Rebellion doesn't seem to care about psychological trauma.
  • These Hands Have Killed: The girls, during the Sack of Torus Filney.
  • This Is Reality: After the Sack of Torus Filney, Drake 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.
  • Those Two Guys: Irma and Jade rapidly develop this kind of relationship.
  • 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.
    • The Guardians try not to kill anyone. Averted after the Sack of Torus Filney, however — while the girls don't like killing and don't kill lightly, they pretty much abandon this mind set out of pragmatism.
  • Title Drop: By Will, at the end of the first chapter, when referring to the Chan Clan/W.I.T.C.H. team.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Tharquin and Rhouglar are this to the Rebellion. One's an unrelenting Knight Templar, while the other turns out to be a rapist.
  • Token Good Teammate:
    • Viscount Servantis is this for Phobos' court, doing his best to lighten the Prince's iron fisted rule while still enforcing it.
    • Lothar becomes this after moving 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Rhouglar admitting his crimes, and bragging about them, to Caleb gets him killed.
  • Torture Technician: Shiryu, the General of the Squid Khan, had this role among the Oni.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The bracelet that Tynar's son made for him becomes this for Lothar after Tynar's apparent death.
  • 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.
  • Trial by Combat: The Rebellion has a protocol in place so that if enough people think their leader is doing a bad job, they can be challenged for the right to lead. Aldran invokes this to try and take control from Caleb.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Phobos apparently showed signs of his future personality even as a boy.
  • True Companions: The girls, both the Guardians and Jade, become this.
  • Truce Zone: As part of his neutrality, Ludmoore's mansion is this. He allows no fighting amongst his visitors, and will forcibly remove and ban them if there is any.
  • 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. Taranee admits that she has a point when her mother interrupts her when she's in a moment of deep thought.
  • Ultimate Evil: Whatever god-like entity which lives at the very bottom of the Shadow Realm, which terrifies Tarakudo.
  • Uncanny Valley: invoked When Jade first meets Phobos, 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.
  • Uneven Hybrid:
    • Many of the humans on Meridian have Galhot blood somewhere in their ancestry. This is why Wong looks for teens from Earth for his shapeshifter experiment trials.
    • Galgheita is mostly Galhot, but has some Shapeshifter blood.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Tharquin 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.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Phobos' reaction to being saved from Wong's coup attempt is to berate his minions for allowing it to happen in the first place.
  • The Un-Smile: Tharquin is just bad at smiling. It's noted that it's probably because his facial muscles just aren't used to making that shape.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Phobos has been played multiple times, like when Cedric convinced him to attack Zamballa, leading to the Veil being raised.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: After seemingly killing Raythor by getting him dumped down the Abyss of Shadows, Caleb finds he gets no satisfaction from it.
  • Villain Episode: Chapter 24 is focused entirely on Wong, both his Start of Darkness and the implementation of his plans to usurp Phobos. The only members of the heroic cast who show up are Uncle and Tohru, in a brief scene near the end when Uncle gets the willies from sensing Ludmoore stealing Wong's magic.
  • Villain: "Exit, Stage Left!": After possessing Aldarn, Ikazuki retreats rather than continuing the fight against the Guardians and rebels.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As noted elsewhere, Phobos was already insane by the time the story started, but he was at least functional. Following Wong's failed coup, however, he completely loses it, to the point he appears to be hearing voices.
  • Villainous Demotivator: Phobos' insanity and cruelty results in all of his minions abandoning or plotting against him.
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • Wong and Tracker get along disturbingly well.
    • Tarakudo seems to be on friendly terms with his Generals, especially Ikazuki.
  • Villainous Rescue: Just when it looks like the Chans and Guardians are going to be killed by Uta-possessed Lothar, the Tracker shows up to settle a score of his own with the latter.
  • Villain Team-Up: When Wong starts plotting against Phobos, not only does his buddy Tracker join him, but Cedric talks him into an alliance as well. When these plans fall apart, Wong allies with a Jiangshi in order to regain his lost power.
  • Villainous Valor: Chang absolutely refuses to let the Guardians defeat him. It takes Nimue shattering his Gauntlet of Indra for him to finally cut his losses and run.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Shapeshifters, obviously. Wong's current main goal is to artificially recreate the ability. Jade is his first success.
  • Walking Spoiler:
    • Jade, for her status as the Chosen One and her transformation into a Shapeshifter due to Wong's formula.
    • Harold, for his connection to the Dark Hand and his true identity.
    • Nimue, whose mere name tips off the shift in mythologies involved in the setting.
  • Wanted A Son Instead: Inverted regarding Phobos, given Meridian's matriarchal society.
  • War Is Hell: Made abundantly clear during the Sack of Torus Filney, and discussed at numerous other points.
  • Was Once a Man: Wong's Dark Chi Warriors were once human, but they made a deal to serve him in exchange for power, the dark chi that they were infused with slowly eroding away at their personality and being until they are nothing more than obediant puppets.
  • Weak, but Skilled: The advantage of Chi Magic over Raw Magic (the kind of magic used by Heart Wielders like the Guardians). Raw magic is stronger in direct and fast combat, but Chi Magic is able to cast a wider range of spells more easily.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • The true leadership of the Dark Hand is manipulating Earth's governments to start using magic, in order to protect the world from perceived extra-dimensional threats.
    • When corrupted by the mask Tarakudo forced on him, Jackie becomes this, 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.
    • Aldarn is utterly convinced that the compromises Caleb is making in the Rebellion's methods is only weakening them, to the point that he's willing to face Caleb in combat for leadership.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Caleb and Aldarn's friendship falls apart due to their different views on leading the Rebellion.
  • We Will Meet Again: Nimue says this to the Guardians and Chans when parting ways after their first meeting.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 11 is a smaller scale one, mostly being a setup chapter for the Rebellion's attack on Torus Filney. But near the end, there are two major twists — Drake, one of the Rebellion's more levelheaded leaders, is Cyrus Ludmoore in disguise. Which is revealed as he seemingly kills Tynar by feeding him to Sandpit, long before he can make his canon Mook–Face Turn.
    • Chapter 19 starts off looking like a Breather Episode dealing with everyone recovering from the climax of the Dark Hand arc, but then there are several twists in its final scenes: Cornelia's father Harold is an immortal, who helped found the Dark Hand (which secretly runs Section 13) as part of a gambit to get Earth's governments to start using magic, to protect the world from other worlds. Oh, and Harold's original identity centuries ago? King Arthur.
    • Chapter 22 sees Tarakudo force Oni masks on Jackie and Viper, corrupting them into fighting the other heroes as a distraction while he steals the Hana Fuda cards. And as a result of this fight, Matt and Alchemy learn about the Guardians' and Jade's powers. Meanwhile, Nerissa tries to eliminate Wong, but while this ends in a stalemate, it allows her to steal his potion for making Shapeshifters. It's also implied that the Master of the Cavalcade knows about the Merged Reality.
    • Chapter 24 sees Wong finally makes his move against Phobos. In the end, he's betrayed by Cedric, Miranda and Roberta and left mortally wounded, forced to flee. Taking advantage of his desperation, Ludmoore is able to trick him into accepting a deal to save his life, but which results in Ludmoore stealing all of Wong's magic, Talismans included. With no other options, Wong returns to Earth and allies with a Jiangshi, becoming its student and a vampire himself.
  • Wham Line: Near the end of Chapter 21, Alborn and Miriadel are locked up in Cavigor's lowest level, and realize there's someone else in the cell opposite theirs. After a few minutes of conversation, he gives his name: Drago.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: During the Sack of Torus Filney, Will 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 now that the bad guy's mooks could have families.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The other Guardians and Chan Clan members call out Will and Jade 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.
  • Wicked Cultured:
    • Cedric and Miranda have a shared love of classic literature.
    • Charles Ludmoore enjoys the finer things in life.
  • Windows of the Soul: Referenced in the narration when Jade sees into Phobos's eyes and finds nothing but a terrible void, giving her the impression that there is something seriously wrong with him.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: Nyx can generate magic that gives people incredibly bad luck.
  • Wizard Duel:
    • As per JCA canon, there's several between Uncle and Wong over the course of the story.
    • Wong also has these against Nerissa in Chapter 22, and Phobos in Chapter 24.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Chi magic users, or at least dark chi users like Wong, can extend their lives up to two centuries in age.
  • The Worf Effect: When in his full-bodied form, Tarakudo is basically a Physical God, which he demonstrates when he nearly kills Nimue and her students. The only reason they survive is because the Cavalcade of Horrors stop him, at the behest of their master, who needs Nimue alive for now.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Hak Foo reluctantly admits that he respects Jackie's skill and abilities as a fighter.
    • Tarakudo feels that humanity as a whole is this for the Oni.
  • The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: Elyon is 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.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Tarakudo using a forcibly-masked Jackie and Viper as a distraction in order to 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. And if the Guardians and allies suffer any casualties from the fight, it's merely a bonus. No matter what happens, he benefits.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess:
    • Ludmoore has a grand plan in place, but he's keeping it flexible enough to adapt to whatever happens.
    • When Nerissa 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.
  • 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, this is Nerissa, so she's just trying to manipulate him.
  • You Are Not Ready: Part of the reason the Mage didn't tell Caleb about Carhaiz was to protect his innocence.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Why Miss Kimber lets Tarakudo take the Oni mask in her possession — she's already foreseen that he's going to end up with it, so there's no point in trying to prevent the inevitable.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Apparently Nimue has fought groups trying to unseal Nihila over twenty times throughout the past 600 years, and every time the incantation is completed and the sorceress unsealed before being defeated and sealed again.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Tristan in Chapter 26, when he finds several of the Chan Clan and Guardians in Elyon's bedroom.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: After her initial fainting spell, this is Cornelia's reaction to finding out that Elyon is the lost Princess.
  • You Killed My Father:
    • Caleb's reason for hating Raythor.
    • Aldarn's mother, and many of his friends, were killed by Phobos' forces, which contributes to his hatred of all of Meridian's nobility.
  • You're Not My Father:
    • Elyon comes to feel this way about her adopted parents after learning her true origins.
    • When Aldarn's father decided to leave the Rebellion, Aldarn called him a coward and effectively disowned him.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Phobos, with everyone — the Rebellion, the commoners, and even his own minions — all hating him.

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