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J-WITCH Season 1 is a Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H. crossover fic by Iron117Prime.

After Jackie and his family have sealed Shendu and other Demon Sorcerers in the Netherworld, Uncle is called by his old friend Yan Lin who asks for their help in training the new generation of the Guardians. They soon move entirely to Heatherfield so that they can help full-time in defeating Prince Phobos and finding the true heir to Meridian's throne.


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  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • As per canon, Martin is this to Irma. Though it's played with, as Irma admits to Jade that he's not all bad, and when she goes out with him one time in order to distract him, she actually enjoys it.
    • Strikemaster Ice flirts with Will whenever they fight, much to her disgust.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Samurai Khan's blades can cut through anything, even the Guardians' elemental attacks except for Jade's own shadow blades.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Will and Jade admit this about being engulfed in the Monkey King's lava that turns out to be cherry gelatin, particularly because Cedric and Daolon Wong thought they could get rid of the heroes by using the Monkey King's spell.
    • When Caleb swings a katana at Tarakudo, he jokes about how he could chop someone's head off if he isn't careful. This is how Hay Lin reacts.
    • Jade and Irma find Ikazuki's mask ending up on Uriah's rear end hilarious, and the Enforcers admit that their jokes were this.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Will's unwillingness to have a birthday party isn't explained in the cartoon, but here the reason is that her old "friends" threw her a surprise party where they told everyone about her secret crush, making her a laughing stock even to said crush.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • To a certain extent with Valmont. By the time Season 3 of JCA came around, his criminal empire was extinct, and he was reduced to a petty thief. Here, he manages to maintain enough resources to stay in business, if at a lower capacity than before, until his arrest costs him his money and remaining henchmen.
    • Yan Lin was already a Retired Badass canonically, but she gets to take more part in action in this fic. For example, she knows the Vulcan neck pinch and basic chi stun-spells.
    • When Jade's Queen persona returns thanks to Tarakudo, she can summon the Ninja Khan and the Razor Khan. It's theorized that this is because the Razor Khan mask has been worn for the first time in centuries.
    • Jade being cured of her second stint as the Queen by Will using the Heart creates a sixth Auremere that's bound to her. The next chapter confirms that it made her a Guardian, giving her Casting a Shadow powers in the process.
    • When Hak Foo first appeared as a Dark Chi Warrior, he had a Super Toughness that allowed him to survive being crushed under a boulder and was defeated only when Uncle used the strength provided by the Ox Talisman to throw him down a cliff. In this version of said instance, he's even more durable. When Will uses her enhanced Guardian strength to bombard him with punches and kicks, she gets sore fists for the effort. The Guardians need to resort to trapping him in a vortex of their elemental magic and a blast from the Dragon Talisman, and the resulting explosion that sends him flying first up and then down is what finally vaporizes him.
    • Unlike in canon, Paco actually fights by using wrestling moves he has learned from El Toro when he returns in the latter half of the story (though he's also using the Ox Talisman to even the odds).
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • In JCA canon, the Ice Crew didn't appear until an episode late in Season 4. Here, they appear while the JCA side of the story is still in the equivalent of Season 3.
    • Miranda enters the story right before Elyon is taken to Meridian, as opposed to canon when she was only introduced a little while afterwards.
    • Jeek first appeared in a late episode of the first season of W.I.T.C.H.. In this fic, he first appears in "J-WITCH Meets The J-Team!" (which takes place between the first season's third and fourth episodes), learning that Valmont has stolen the Heart of Kandrakar and reporting this back to Phobos.
    • The Council of Kandrakar didn't appear before the second season, but here they appear at the end of "Return of the Queen" to discuss about the unexpected appearance of Jade's Auremere.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Unlike in the canon W.I.T.C.H. series, Raythor's Noble Demon characterization is brought up right from the start.
    • Phobos is canonically a plain evil power-hungry tyrant who is implied to be willing to kill his little sister after absorbing her powers and somehow caused their parents' disappearance. In this fic, he tried to bring order to Meridian after he was framed for his parents' murder, eventually becoming a Knight Templar due to all the resistance directed towards his rule. He has enough caring for Elyon to the point of not wanting to kill her once he has taken her powers, intending to wipe out her memories about magic and return her to Earth instead. Also, some of his canon villainous acts, like imprisoning Elias in his own painting, are committed by Daolon Wong instead.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Whereas in canon the Tracker's origin is never stated, in this story it's revealed that Wong created him by merging together the remains of Meridian's greatest hunters.
  • Adapted Out:
    • The entire Noble Animals arc from JCA Season 3 has been cut, with only that season's filler episodes being used.
    • The author cuts the Mogriffs from the episode that becomes "Gladiatorial Clash", on the grounds that they only ever have one canon appearance anyway.
  • Affably Evil: The Enforcers regularly compliment the heroes on something, like Hay Lin's artistic skills and Blunk's ability to evade them and the Larvek, and apologetically tell them that they're trying to end them only on their masters' orders.
  • All Just a Dream: Invoked a couple of times:
    • Uriah assumes that Ikazuki ending up on his butt in "The Demon Behind" was a dream, and the Guardians and company let him think that because they don't want him in the group.
    • In "Fright Night Fight", Chris is knocked out when the Squidkhan Oni Mask is removed, so the group lead him to believe that he was just dreaming.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Mentioned by Jade in "The Underwater Mines" when the heroes see a big squid-crab creature that's followed by an even larger creature.
  • Amicable Exes: Uncle and Yan Lin used to date when they were younger. While no longer a couple, they're still very good friends.
  • Amplifier Artifact: In "A Chantastic Prison Break", Uncle works with Will to use the Heart to boost one of his chi spells so that she can harm Tarakudo.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: Cornelia says she's Gandalf the Grey if Uncle is a wizard. He responds by conjuring a Chinese dragon that whacks her before vanishing.
  • And This Is for...:
    • Mama Tohru when she confronts Valmont in "Pleasure Cruise".
      Mama Tohru: [stomps on Valmont's foot] That is for lying to me! [punches him in the gut] That is treating my boy the way you did! [punches his face with her fists] And this is for making him fight a demon! [uppercuts his jaw]
    • After discovering that her new Casting a Shadow powers let her harm Tarakudo sans onion, Jade proceeds to pummel him interspersed with this trope, listing brainwashing her, trying to kill her friends and family… and being annoying.
  • Anti-Magic: Daolon Wong's dark magic ensures that no good magic works in the painted world where he trapped Elias. Tohru has to cast on the Talismans a separate spell so that they will work there.
  • Any Last Words?: Frost in "Framed" right before Jade shoots a rocket at him and the Enforcers.
    Frost: This is the end for you. Any final words?
    Jade: I got some! Say 'hello' to my little friend!
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: When Irma is skeptical about Martin seeing a ghost, Taranee points out that, while she doesn't believe him either, they've seen a lot of other magical stuff since meeting Jackie. Irma admits the point.
  • Armor of Invincibility: The Armor of the Crystal Skull. When one touches a magical crystal skull with their blood, it turns into a large red skeleton made out of solid magic. The person is inside the skeleton and able to control its movements. The armor cannot be destroyed by normal weapons, and the only way to dispel it is to remove the skull, a feat that requires an immense amount of strength.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Will tries to get through to the corrupted Jade in "Return of the Queen", the latter asks why she's so insistent on trying to return her back into a powerless human. Will's response shocks her so much that she stops struggling and listens to Will as the latter recaps what they've been through, starting Jade's liberation from the brainwashing.
    Queen-Jade: Why are you doing this?! Why are you trying so desperately to change me back into that weakling?!
    Will: Because you're my best friend!
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • Discussed in "Revelations", when characters keep questioning why the Larvek (which is a giant caterpillar) keeps shooting webs like a spider, and from its mouth when spiders produce silk from their abdomens.
    • Lampshaded later by Jade against Miranda as an insult; she points out that spiders normally secrete silk from their rears and mockingly asks what that says about Miranda's face.
  • Ascended Extra: Alchemy was a Bit Character in the first season of the W.I.T.C.H. cartoon (and to a slightly lesser extent in the second season). In this fic, she gets more minor appearances and lines before she eventually learns about the Guardians and the Chan Clan's magic adventures, even taking part in them.
  • Auction of Evil: In "J-WITCH Meets The J-Team!", Valmont hosts an auction for all of his recently acquired artifacts (including the stolen Heart of Kandrakar), which is attended by all of the Chan Clan's other prominent human criminal enemies, as well as Wong and Cedric (who are there for the Heart).
  • Back-to-Back Badasses:
    • Jackie and Will in "The Key", "Big Trouble, Bigger Jade" and "Samurai and Guardians".
    • Will does a three way version with Jackie and Tohru in "Tohru Who?".
    • Will with Jade while fighting the Sumo Khan in "Black Magic".
    • Jade and Irma as well as Jackie and Caleb when they first fight the Squidkhan.
  • Baddie Flattery:
    • Cedric admits to being impressed by Tohru's strength during their first Brawler Lock.
    • When Cornelia creates a tree to subdue Ratso in "The Labyrinth", he compliments her by saying that she'd make a good florist. She thanks him before punching him.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: The Oracle suggests that the creation of the sixth Auremere when Will cures Jade is the Universe's way of strengthening the Forces of Light to meet the increased opposition from the Forces of Darkness, a result of Phobos and Tarakudo's Villain Team-Up. After seeing Jade's first transformation, Jackie has a similar theory that some Sentient Cosmic Force worked through the Heart of Kandrakar to create a new Auremere to restore balance.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block:
    • Will does this with Bartholomew Chang's clawed prosthesis.
    • Uncle does this while dueling Phobos in "The Labyrinth".
    • When Caleb tries to attack Hak Foo from behind with his katana in "Gladiatorial Clash", the fresh Dark Chi Warrior casually catches the blade with one hand.
    • A Sumo Khan does this with its fingers when Caleb tries to slice it with his katana.
  • Behemoth Battle: "Big Trouble, Bigger Jade" has a fight between Gargoyle and Jade (who has grown to fifty feet thanks to a growth spell Gone Horribly Right).
  • Bewitched Amphibians: Just like Captain Black canonically, Vathek tries one of Uncle's chi spells when he's left to mind the latter's shop. He too only manages to turn himself into a frog.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The Enforcers develop this for Elyon after being assigned as her bodyguards. By the tail end of the season, this has reached the point that they silently agree to protect her even from Phobos and the other villains.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: While shrunken inside Phobos' terrarium, the heroes have to fight off not just the canonical spider, but also a praying mantis, a scorpion and a moth, all of them conjured by Daolon Wong.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Valmont when he loses his Armor of the Crystal Skull.
    • Valmont again in "Tohru Who?" when Jade takes the Heart of Kandrakar from him and throws it back to Will.
    • Jade does this twice in "Ghosts and Shadows" when Tarakudo is about to finish off one of her friends.
    • Ikazuki in "The Demon Behind", when he's removed from Uriah at an inopportune moment, banishing his Shadowkhan before he can defeat the heroes.
  • Big Sister Instinct: When Chris ends up putting an Oni Mask on his face, Irma is at the forefront of rescuing her little brother from the demon's influence.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Caleb and the Guardians in "Tohru Who?", when Jade reveals that for once she didn't bring any Talismans along with her.
  • Blackmail Backfire: In "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity", Valmont tries to force the Guardians to work for him by threatening to spread the photos he has taken of both their civilian and Guardian forms. Yan Lin helps him realize that he's in no position to threaten a group of Magical Girl Warriors and Badass Normals, so he gives up the photos to them.
  • Blood from the Mouth:
    • The Oni Mask-wearing Frost strikes Irma in the abdomen so hard that she spills some blood from her mouth.
    • The last strike Oni-Black gives his good counterpart leaves the latter's nose and mouth oozing with blood.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: When Cornelia and Jade are captured in "Gladatorial Clash", they're left trapped in a magic sphere when the villains go to spring their trap for the other heroes. No-one stays to guard them, and they're not searched for any weapons or tools, with Phobos assuming there's nothing they can do. By the time Tarakudo and the Dark Chi Enforcers come to take the Heart from them, the two girls have just freed themselves with it and thwart the bad guys with an onion and the Snake Talisman.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase:
    • In "Return of the Queen", Yan Lin imitates Uncle by asking the Shadowkhan "Who wants a piece of Grandma?"
    • The Guardians have borrowed Jackie's "bad day" phrase on a few occasions.
    • In "The Mudslugs", Cornelia quotes Uncle's "magic must defeat magic" when she traps Wong with some plants.
    • In "The Demon Behind", Irma briefly uses Uncle's "one more thing", then is comically horrified with herself over it.
    • As Uncle and Blunk trash Alchemy's laptop, Yan Lin expresses her annoyance with Uncle's "aiya" expression.
  • Both Sides Have a Point:
    • In "Big Trouble, Bigger Jade", everyone has a right to get upset with Jade for casting magic on herself without thinking about the consequences and scold her for being irresponsible. However, Cornelia concedes that Jade wanting to help isn't a bad thing and is actually quite understandable. Jackie agrees to let Jade accompany them on their missions as long as she acts responsibly.
    • The argument over whether to tell Elyon about her true heritage is also this. While Cornelia in particular argues that keeping it from her puts her at risk, especially since Cedric has been using his human form to get closer to her, it's pointed out by the other side that she could easily just not believe them or freak out about it. Even Jade says that she'd have trouble handling everything at once if she was in Elyon's shoes. Unfortunately, they're unable to come to a consensus before it's too late.
    • After Tarakudo takes on Elyon's form to attack the heroes, Cornelia suggests going to Meridian to try talking to her, but Uncle points out that that's exactly what the villains want, and that they can't act rashly. Will understands Cornelia's concerns, but agrees with Uncle, pointing out that the last time they tried something like that, they were shrunk and almost eaten by a spider. Even Jade herself wants to wait until they have a viable plan, and when Cornelia doesn't have a plan when she sneaks off by herself, Jade tags along with the Snake Talisman so she's got backup.
  • Bound and Gagged:
    • After Cedric loses his bookstore, he does this to Linda Carol and hides her in her own closet in order to have a place to show Elyon as his home.
    • When Will is captured in "The Precious Mask", the Bat Khan use shadow ropes to tie her up. Then Miranda covers her mouth with webbing so that she can't say the magic words and assume her Guardian form.
    • Irma ends up this way with shadows in "Fright Night Fight" when she's captured by the Squidkhan under Chris' command.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: The very reason the Chans are called to Heatherfield. While Uncle and Tohru give the Guardians magical instructions, Jackie and Jade teach them Kung Fu so that they can handle themselves in case they don't have access to their powers.
  • Brain Bleach: Upon seeing Ikazuki stuck on Uriah's rear end, Cornelia covers her eyes and cries out "I'm blind! I'm blind!"
  • Brawler Lock: Tohru and Cedric do this at the end of their first fight. Tohru ends up winning by suddenly grabbing Cedric's chest and lifting the snake-man into the air before throwing him down an oubliette. They tend to have a rematch in their later fights.
  • Bring It: Some of the martial artists, especially Jackie and Will, make this gesture a few times.
  • Broken Pedestal: Valmont becomes one to Mama Tohru when she learns that her son's nice ex-employer is, in reality, a crime lord who nearly got Tohru killed by making him fight Shendu.
  • Brought Down to Badass: In "Tohru Who?", Valmont manages to steal the Heart of Kandrakar from Will, almost completely robbing the Guardians of their powers. Despite this, they're still more than capable of fighting, thanks to Jackie's training.
  • By the Hair: The Oni Mask-empowered Captain Black grabs Hak Foo by his ponytail and flings him over his shoulder.
  • Call-Back:
  • Canis Major: In "Fright Night Fight", Jade uses the Monkey Talisman to transform Scruffy into an actual Cerberus to face off against the Squidkhan.
  • Canon Welding:
    • Daolon Wong serves Prince Phobos, allowing him to act as a main antagonist in accordance to Season 3 of JCA.
    • In this version of the origins of the Heart of Kandrakar, Shendu was the evil emperor whom the four dragons and Xin Jing defied. After the Heart was created, Xin Jing's friend Lo Pei discovered it and used it to enhance his chi magic in order to turn Shendu to stone.
    • Sandpit came to life thanks to Daolon Wong's magic.
  • Captured on Purpose: Tarakudo has Wong, Miranda, and Cedric captured so Black will give them the other masks when his mask fully corrupts him. Phobos even lampshades the genius of it when he realizes what Tarakudo did.
  • Car Fu: During the fight for the fourth Oni Mask, Captain Black uses his van to drive over the Enforcers and ram into Cedric.
  • Casting a Shadow: The Shadowkhan still show up, so canonical cases of this are still in play. Then Jade becomes the sixth Guardian, with shadow magic that she's able to use offensively, while also having lesser abilities like being able to sense people's shadows, allowing her to sense that the Elyon illusions are fakes.
  • Catch and Return: When Finn uses the Rooster Talisman to throw bricks and pipes at Hay Lin, she uses an air sphere to catch them before throwing them all back at him.
  • Catchphrase: Uncle tends to tell the other heroes "Do not just stand there! Get cracking!" and "Lots of garlic is good for you." And of course, "One more thing!"
  • The Cavalry:
    • When the villains have the Guardians, Jackie, Jade and Caleb at their mercy in "Happy Birthday Will", Uncle and Tohru appear to imprison the Dark Chi Warriors in the Urn of Wei Cheing. Immediately after this, Section 13 agents arrive to point their guns towards Cedric and Daolon Wong, with Irma calling them by the trope name.
    • Jade refers to Section 13 as such in "Revelations" when they arrive to save Jade and the Guardians from the Larvek and the Enforcers.
  • Celibate Hero: Jade has mentioned that she's currently not interested in a relationship, unlike her friends. Alchemy has expressed something similar.
  • Chain Pain:
    • During their first fight, Tohru briefly uses a chain as a whip against Cedric.
    • Will uses a chain to fight Hoyle in "J-WITCH Meets The J-Team!".
  • Chainsaw Good: Before the Heart absorbed the Seal's power in "The Seal of Phobos", Jade was going to try using a chainsaw that she took from Irma's garage on the Book of Secrets to open it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: While fighting Phobos in "The Labyrinth", Will cuts off some of his hair. Said hair is used in a failed attempt to locate Phobos' sister, and it's later run through a DNA test that confirms Elyon to be Phobos' sister.
  • Chekhov's Volcano: It's mentioned in "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity" that Mount Heatherfield is a dormant volcano. Later the Monkey King attempts to activate it with a spell, only to end up being short of three pounds of wood. After he's turned back into a puppet by Daolon Wong, Cedric gets the idea to activate the spell by using the puppet in an effort to get rid of the heroes. Of course, just like in canon, the lava is actually harmless cherry gelatin.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Lampshaded in "Walk This Way" after Wong uses the Horn on Cedric. Jade isn't even really surprised by it.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • "Need a Dark Hand?" ends with Valmont stealing the Heart of Kandrakar from Will while she sleeps.
    • "Walk This Way" ends with Jade asleep and unaware that Tarakudo has put his symbol on her again.
  • Co-Dragons: Lord Cedric and Daolon Wong to Prince Phobos.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry:
    • When Lo Pei used the Heart of Kandrakar to enhance his chi-magic, it briefly changed its color from pink to green. Same thing happens when Will chants Uncle's traditional "Yu Mo Gui Gwai Fai Di Zao" incantation.
    • When Ratso wears the Razor Khan Oni Mask, the color of his Dark Chi Warrior markings and the aura of his hammer change from blue to black.
  • Colossus Climb: Jackie does this when facing both Gargoyle and the mother Mudslug.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Cornelia tries to tell the Dark Hand that the Golden Elephant could be booby-trapped, she asks if they haven't watched Raiders of the Lost Ark. MC Cobra replies that he has and goes on to praise Harrison Ford along with Hay Lin.
  • Commonality Connection: In "The Underwater Mines", Jade and Caleb bond over their similar headstrong attitudes and senses of loyalty.
  • Composite Character: Shendu takes the role of the Jade Emperor in the tale of how the Heart of Kandrakar was created.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When a fortune cookie tells Jade that she'll make a new best friend, she comments that it's an improvement from "danger looms in your future".
    • As a reference to the Demon Sorcerers' elemental pattern, Jade asks if Will's elemental power is thunder, sky, mountain, or moon.
    • Dr. Necrosis still believes that Jackie is Agent Tag, his arch-enemy.
    • When the heroes find themselves shrunken inside a terrarium, Jackie groans at being turned tiny once again.
    • While dealing with Astral Drops for the first time, Jade comments that she prefers them over her duplicates.
  • The Corruption: In "Walk This Way", Tarakudo marks Jade with his symbol to make her turn into the Queen of the Shadowkhan again.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: In "A Shady Service", Jackie has Captain Black do a background check on Professor Collins to prove he's not the disguised Cedric. They then point out that the girls could have done that in the first place instead of spending all day stalking and attacking him.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: In "A Chantastic Prison Break", the heroes want to break Elyon's foster parents and the other Cavigor prisoners out, but they don't want to risk revealing either the Infinite City or their possession of the Seal of Phobos. They thus split their forces as a distraction, and manage to get in and out without anyone on Phobos's side being the wiser as to how.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Like in canon, the vault at Section 13 containing the Oni Masks is protected with an onion-powered anti-Oni ward to keep Tarakudo out. "Walk This Way" reveals that similar wards were placed around the Infinite City, and rebel soldiers have started carrying onions on their person, just in case.
    • "Return of the Queen" not only has Uncle make enough of the tattoo-removal potion for everyone in the group, but he has Will use the Heart to absorb it and duplicate the magic, which ends up being a warranted precaution.
    • In "Ghosts and Shadows", when Caleb sneaks back to Meridian, he carries a bunch of onions with him. Unfortunately, he wasn't quick enough on the draw.
    • "The Precious Mask" reveals that Jade's been keeping the Horse Talisman at the shop, partially because of Caleb's chi magic mishaps. "Gladatorial Clash" reveals that she's been keeping the Talismans close after Alchemy joined the group.
    • In "Gladatorial Clash" Caleb tried to bring onions along again, but this time Blunk ate them before they snuck into the castle. Jade also expected Cornelia to try and use the Heart to sneak over to Meridian and try and find Elyon, and knowing that she couldn't stop her, wrote a note for her Astral Drop to give to Jackie in case they weren't back in a couple hours, likely due to being captured.
    • In "The Underwater Mines", Alchemy brought along several of the Talismans, as well as some walkie-talkies. Tohru also developed an onion-based anti-Oni chi spell in case Tarakudo attacked.
    • In "Fright Night Fight", Jade brings along the Monkey Talisman so that she can turn Scruffy into Cerberus as a Halloween prank, and the Ox Talisman so that Paco can spare with her evenly with her Guardian strength. Both of these come in handy for the chapter's fights.
    • In "A Chantastic Prison Break", Caleb, anticipating that they'd encounter Tarakudo at the prison break, had his sword coated with onion juice, and they brought a smokescreen with onion powder that Cornelia could manipulate via her powers.
  • Crystal Skull: Phobos possesses one that covers whoever puts a drop of their blood on it with a nearly unstoppable armor that's shaped like a big skeleton. Wong and Cedric give it to Valmont while trying to buy the Heart of Kandrakar from him, and Valmont ends up using the skull's power to gain an advantage over the heroes until they manage to remove the skull.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • When Daolon Wong first summons the Shadowkhan, Phobos orders his guards to attack the magical ninjas to see what they're capable of. The Shadowkhan utterly beat the guards in mere seconds.
    • In "The Labyrinth", Phobos is unable to land a single hit on Uncle who in turn gives the prince a humiliating defeat.
    • In "Ghosts and Shadows", Jade discovers that she can actually hurt Tarakudo with her shadow magic, so she proceeds to deliver him a brutal beatdown which she finishes by sending him and the rest of the bad guys rolling down the mountain.
    • Hak Foo defeats single-handedly a dozen of Phobos' guards in "Gladiatorial Clash". When he first fights as a Dark Chi Warrior against the heroes, the fight is in his favor until the girls are able to assume their Guardian forms.
  • Curse: In order to keep China's people under his thumb, Shendu cast upon the land a cursed famine which rendered his subjects unable to grow more food than what they needed to survive. When the four dragons brought rain upon the land, Xin Jing put an end to the curse in the form of a World-Healing Wave.
  • Curse Cut Short: Jade when she first sees the Tracker.
    Jade: That is one ugly mother…
    Taranee: Jade!
    Jade: I was gonna say a face only a mother could love!
  • Cuteness Proximity: All the girls instantly fall in love with Scruffy when they find him.
  • Darker and Edgier: Mildly when compared to the story’s inspiration Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters, but there are minor swearing included and blood shown.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Jade eventually becomes a sixth Guardian, with shadow magic. Unlike when she was the Queen of the Shadowkhan, she uses this power purely for good.
  • Death by Adaptation: The Larvek from "Revelations" (the canonical episode "The Princess Revealed") is killed instead of entrapped by the heroes.
  • Defector from Decadence: The four strongest members of Shendu's dragon army grew weary of their master's oppressive ways, but they continued serving him until Xin Jing begged them to help China's suffering people.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Irma to Martin, slightly. She's still annoyed by his constant flirting, but actually manages to enjoy a date she goes on with him in order to distract him at one point. She still doesn't like him trying to use that date as proof that they're a couple, though.
  • Demonic Possession: As in canon, the Oni masks can corrupt and eventually take over the people who wear them.
  • Description Cut: In "The Labyrinth", Tohru worries how Caleb will manage with Uncle at the latter's shop while he himself is helping out at the Silver Dragon. Yan Lin winces yet assures him that those two will get along just fine. We then go to Uncle's Rare Finds where Uncle is berating Caleb whose effort to create a light-themed weapon to fight the Shadowkhan resulted in a smoking cauldron.
  • Destination Defenestration: In "Gladiatorial Clash", Jade and Cornelia use the Snake Talisman to sneak up on the Enforcers and toss them out a window.
  • Detect Evil: We have the canonical willies of Uncle and Tohru. Once Jade becomes a Shadow Guardian, she's also able to get them in Tarakudo's presence. They also let her notice that a Sumo Khan is eavesdropping the heroes in "Black Magic".
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Hay Lin says this when she first sees Miranda assuming her spider form.
    • Irma voices this as everyone's reaction when Uncle and Tohru declare they won't speak to each other anymore in "The Demon Behind".
    • When they get the Book of Secrets open in "The Seal of Phobos", the fact that it belongs to Wong and not Phobos, as well Wong's plans to steal Elyon's power for his own under Phobos's nose, use that power to take the Heart of Kandrakar's power, force Tarakudo to submit, and then use all nine Shadowkhan tribes to become a Multiversal Conqueror catches them all by surprise, with them voicing this reaction again.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Yan Lin singlehandedly undoes Valmont's attempt to coerce the heroes to work for him by pointing out to him why the entire attempt is flawed.
    Yan Lin: Let me see if I understand you correctly, Mr. Valmont. You believe these five girls; these five, teenage, rebellious, and headstrong girls possess powerful magical abilities, the likes of which can defeat even of the most vile of monsters, who are currently being trained by men that you know have defeated demons with nothing more than simple spells and their bare hands… and your response is to blackmail these people? [Valmont nervously realizes that the heroes are ready to attack him as Yan Lin smiles] Good luck with that.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • Everyone looks is disbelief when Tohru manages to lift Cedric, a humanoid snake twice his size, into the air.
    • When Jackie and Phobos first fight, both the latter and the Lurdens are shocked when Jackie manages to knock the magical prince down.
    • In "Ghosts and Shadows", Jade accidentally discovers that she can use her shadow magic to physically hurt Tarakudo without an onion, so she gives him a brutal Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Dire Beast: Scruffy uses the Monkey Talisman to turn himself into a dire wolf while fighting Cedric in "The Precious Mask".
  • Don't Explain the Joke: When Tarakudo makes a joke that Hay Lin finds Actually Pretty Funny, she explains it.
  • Dramatic Drop: Uncle drops a teacup when he has the willies in "Happy Birthday Will".
  • Dumbass Has a Point: When Cedric tells Phobos how useless the Enforcers were fighting against the heroes in "Happy Birthday Will", they defend themselves by saying that three ordinary men are no match for magically empowered girls. Daolon Wong agrees with them and transforms them into new Dark Chi Warriors so that they can fare better in the future.
  • Dynamic Entry: In "The Mudslugs", Will gives Wong a flying roundhouse kick to save Cornelia and Alchemy, and Jade and Tohru do the same almost immediately after to the Dark Chi Enforcers.

     E-H 
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Jade eventually becomes the first Guardian of Shadows as a side effect of her being cured of her Queen of the Shadowkhan persona.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • When Bartholomew Chang realizes that all the present villains share animosity towards the heroes, he tricks them to put on hold their quarrel over the Heart by ordering them to attack the heroes.
    • In "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity", Jade and Hay Lin suggest to Hak Foo that they'd temporarily team up against Cedric. The Black Tiger refuses.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Phobos takes it personally when Raythor is framed as a traitor against him because he nearly considered a friend his captain of the guard who was the only person who believed his claim of innocence regarding his parents' murder.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • The Enforcers are appalled when the girls tell them that Phobos (allegedly) killed his own parents. They then try to talk the Tracker out of killing the girls by pointing out that Phobos didn't specifically order them to be killed and that they're not a threat without their powers.
    • Similarly, Phobos kept the painting Elias was trapped in instead of destroying it because while Elias displeased him, he was no traitor and had done nothing worthy of execution.
    • Phobos punishes Raythor because he believed he was a traitor, so he's enraged when he realizes that he was tricked into eliminating a loyal minion.
    • When Cedric suggests that Elyon be killed once Phobos takes her powers, Phobos is furious at the thought of killing his only living family, deciding to instead wipe her memories and send her back to Earth. Also, it's made clear from the narration that he really didn't kill his parents.
    • The Enforcers are disgusted at being ordered to go through Elyon's belongings in her old room on Earth when sent in search of her sketchbook, seeing it as being too close to pedophilia.
    • Since all Aketon did was making weapons for the Rebellion, Phobos' only punishment was that he had to fix all the tools in the underwater mines. Later, when Caleb learns that Shendu was planning to kill around four billion people, he expresses the belief that as much as he hates Phobos with a passion, not even he would seriously contemplate genocide.
    • Ratso feels extreme discomfort with touching the butt of Uriah, a minor, even to remove Ikazuki's mask, and he only agrees to do it because Uriah himself desperately wants the mask off and Cedric and Wong are threatening him, telling the other Enforcers that they're never going to bring it up again.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • The Auction of Evil in "J-WITCH Meets The J-Team!" eventually breaks down into all of the attendees fighting each other and the J-Team and Guardians for the Heart of Kandrakar.
    • In "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity", the heroes have to face off against three separate evil factions that are also opposed against each other. One consists of Cedric, Daolon Wong and the Dark Chi Enforcers, the other consists of Valmont and Hak Foo, and the last one is the Monkey King.
  • Eviler Than Thou:
    • Wong is a far worse villain and person than Phobos and is encouraging the latter's worst traits.
    • Cedric feels that Phobos is too soft for not wanting to eliminate Elyon once he's taken her powers.
    • When Phobos confronts Tarakudo over accidentally making Jade a Guardian and threatens to break off their alliance, the floating head restrains the Prince with his Psychic Powers and promises unspeakable torment if he threatens the Oni King again, making Phobos experience true fear for one of the first times in his life.
    • When Cedric tries to tell off Ratso who's wearing an Oni Mask, the latter instead intimidates the former under the Oni General's influence. When Cedric later tries to order Oni-Black around, the latter threatens him, Wong and Miranda into submission by threatening to kill them if they don't assist him in getting Section 13 back under his control.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Jackie finishes the Larvek off by smashing its eye with a punch.
    • When Daolon Wong sweats due to being close to Taranee's fire in "Fright Night Fight", Irma directs the sweat to pass over his eyes and cause him pain.
  • False Flag Operation: When the heroes confront Cedric and Miranda who have just told Elyon her true identity, the Shadowkhan appear with the orders to act like they're hostile towards everyone. As they keep the heroes occupied and "subdue" Cedric and Miranda, Elyon acts on instinct to help her "only friends" and unleashes a shockwave which vaporizes the Shadowkhan and momentarily incapacitates the heroes.
  • Family Theme Naming: To continue with the Chan Clan's "J" naming, Uncle is given the name Jin.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Jade manages to resist Tarakudo's influence a few times when she returns to being the Queen after he marked her again, namely when she stops her summoned Shadowkhan from attacking her friends before heading to Meridian, when she's hesitant to finish off the captured heroes, and when Will is curing her by using the Heart.
  • Fix Fic:
    • The author didn't like how in the canon W.I.T.C.H. cartoon Elyon naively believes Phobos about her friends being evil until he reveals his true colors to her. In this fic, he feeds her right in the beginning a lie that the Heart of Kandrakar has made them its brainwashed pawns, giving Elyon a credible reason not to trust the heroes' warnings about Phobos.
    • Canonically, the Horn of Hypnos can't be permanently destroyed and eventually just comes back. The author found this nonsensical, since while the Horn is clearly a powerful magical artifact, it's not on the level of a Heart. Therefore, in this story there are multiple Horns, they're just rare and hard to find.
    • "A Dramatic Ambush" is this for the canon episode "Ambush at Torus Filney" (see For Want of a Nail below).
  • Flipping the Table: Valmont, frustrated because of the Terrible Interviewees Montage he's going through and Hak Foo's failure to steal the Golden Dragon, throws his table to the side.
  • Force and Finesse: The dynamic between Cedric and Wong, with Cedric using his physical might to Wong's more complex spells during fights. Interestingly, they can take opposite approaches to deal with problems, with Cedric being very good at manipulation and subterfuge when he needs to, while Wong has no problem using direct and powerful spells to attack enemies.
  • Frame-Up:
    • "Enter The Oni" makes it clear that Phobos didn't kill his parents, but someone else did a really good job of making it look like he did, ruining his attempts to bring order to Meridian.
    • In "Gladiatorial Clash", Tarakudo takes on Elyon's form to attack the heroes to sow mistrust against the princess, but Jade is able to realize the truth. Later, when Elyon is out of the castle, Wong uses an illusion to make a group of Lurdens look like Rebellion soldiers.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Daolon Wong created the Tracker's body by using body parts taken from the corpses of Meridian's best hunters and trackers before using dark magic to bring him to life. As such, the zombie-hunter seems to be utterly compliant to Wong's wishes.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Hay Lin is outraged to see Daolon Wong holding a Hermeneuta Beast in a chain.
  • Generation Xerox: Uncle was a close friend and honorary member to Yan Lin's generation of the Guardians, though he tended to quarrel with Kadma. His grandniece Jade is also a great friend and honorary member to Yan Lin's granddaughter and the other new Guardians (with her attitude and tendency to get into and out of trouble reminding Yan Lin of a younger Uncle), though she (as well as Uncle) tends to butt heads with Cornelia, Kadma's successor.
  • Genre Blindness: Cornelia calls the Dark Hand out of failing to consider that the Golden Elephant — which is virtually unprotected at the temple — might have some kind of a boobytrap attached to it.
  • Genre Savvy: When the heroes are hashing out a plan to save Caleb's dad, Jade notes how in every movie she's seen, mines have a nasty habit of collapsing. True to form, the underwater mines end up collapsing due to Tarakudo's actions during the fighting.
  • Giant Flyer:
    • In "A Dramatic Ambush", Tohru uses the Monkey Talisman to turn himself into a giant hawk, a form that he uses to carry all the people trapped by Sandpit.
    • Alchemy does the same in "Return of the Queen" when she and the other heroes escape from Phobos' castle. She does it again in "Gladiatorial Clash", only turning herself into a giant condor this time.
  • Gilligan Cut: When Uncle starts preparing a locator spell to track Blunk down in "The Key", Cornelia disbelieves such a thing can exist. Ten minutes later, she admits she's proven wrong as the heroes follow Uncle who's using the locator spell.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Chris has this mindset about being hugged by Irma, so she bombards him with kisses all over the face at the end of "Fright Night Fight" to mess with him.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: When the heroes learn that the worst Phobos plans to do to Elyon after draining her power is some Laser-Guided Amnesia, Caleb has a hard time reconciling such a relatively merciful fate being doled out by Phobos of all people.
  • Good Costume Switch: After Jade becomes the Guardian of Shadows by being brought back from her Queen of the Shadowkhan persona, she gains a Guardian version of the dress she wore as the Queen.
  • Good Hurts Evil:
    • As the heroes search for Meridian's missing heir, Uncle concocts for her a chi spell which will hurt bad magical beings should they touch her. Once Elyon is confirmed to be the heir, she's tricked into drinking the concoction when it's mixed up with grape soda. This makes things harder for Cedric as he works to bring Elyon to Meridian. Unfortunately, this only lasts one chapter before Wong is able to figure out a counter-spell.
    • The Shadowkhan are unable to touch the Heart of Kandrakar due to its intense positive magic, becoming obliterated if they do touch it.
  • Greed: Blunk's natural desire for shining objects increases under the Bat Khan mask's influence and Tarakudo's encouragement to the point that he orders the Bat Khan to steal for him every shining thing in Heatherfield.
  • Green Around the Gills: When Jackie enters the plane that's transporting the villains to Hong Kong and has just taken off, Frost is already greenfaced from airsickness and pukes.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: It is a recurring theme for strong characters to use one of their enemies as a bludgeon. For example, when Frost, empowered by the first Oni Mask, fights the heroes, he grabs Caleb and uses him to strike Hay Lin and Taranee before throwing him at Cornelia.
  • Groin Attack:
    • During the Guardians' first fight against the Dark Hand, Jade takes Hak Foo out by groining him with a steel pipe.
      Jade: Guess the Black Tiger's not gonna have any cubs now, huh?
    • In "A Shady Service", an invisible Jade helps Tohru win Chow by kicking him in the crotch.
    • In "Pleasure Cruise", Will traps Strikemaster Ice in a grip, allowing Jade to deliver a flying kick in his groin.
    • When Wong approaches Will while trying to drain the Heart of Kandrakar in "The Precious Mask", she kicks him in the crotch.
  • Halloween Episode: "Fright Night Fright" serves as one, with the fact that the readers would have liked it posted on Halloween even mentioned in the author's note at the top.
  • Hand Blast: Dr. Necrosis fights with a gauntlet that fires laser beams.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Jade and Cornelia in the aftermath of Elyon joining Phobos, as their frustrations over the situation make them lash out at each other (though it's clear that their differences in personality were causing tension even before that). They end up apologizing and making up after fighting the Mudslugs.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: The Tiger talisman is used to get the Guardians and the other heroes out of Elias' painting, separating them (the good) from Phobos' minions (the evil).
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Jade makes this protest about Paco when she reveals that the two are pen-pals in "Fright Night Fight", and gets teasingly asked if they're just pen-pals.
  • He Knows Too Much: When Wong finds out that Caleb's bird has heard what he said to himself about his plans against Phobos, the dark wizard obliterates the animal to cover himself.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: When Scruffy first appears, the J-WITCH and Alchemy immediately become fond of him and insist on keeping him.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • After getting Elyon to Meridian, Phobos manipulates her against the Guardians by telling her that the Heart of Kandrakar is brainwashing them, making them think that they're heroes while they're really being corrupted and controlled in exchange for their power, which conveniently means that Elyon won't believe anything they say about him.
    • Phobos genuinely started out as attempting to be a benevolent ruler and doing his best to bring order to Meridian after his parents were killed, but the Frame-Up blaming him for their deaths was so effective that he eventually went full-on Knight Templar.
    • When Caleb is captured, Phobos specifically points to him as the one who gave the others the Heart, when it was really Yan Lin, so even if he breaks the silencing spell on him at the time, Elyon won't believe a thing he says.
  • Honorary Uncle: In addition to everyone except Yan Lin referring to Uncle as such, some of the Guardians, especially Hay Lin, eventually take to calling Jackie "Uncle Jackie" just like Jade does in canon.
  • A House Divided: Daolon Wong and Cedric are constantly undercutting and backstabbing each other, which only gives the heroes an edge over them. In "Walk This Way", Phobos chews them out over this, and threatens to throw them into the Abyss if they don't learn to work together.
  • Human Shield: In "Ghosts and Shadows", Cedric protects himself from Taranee's fireball by using Tohru as a shield.
  • Human Snowball: This happens to Cedric, Hak Foo and Valmont in "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity".
  • Hypocrisy Nod: When Paco challenges Oni-Chris to a one-on-one wrestling match yet secretly continues using the Ox Talisman, he feels himself to be a hypocrite for using it (and he himself stopped admiring El Toro when the latter was proven to be winning his matches with that same Talisman) even though he knows this is a life-or-death situation.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • When Uncle admonishes Will for believing Professor Collins to be Cedric because he thinks Collins is too boring to be evil, Cornelia immediately points out that she initially thought the same.
    • When Cornelia and Jade sneak off to Meridian in "Gladiatorial Clash", Caleb claims he wouldn't have done it in such a reckless manner, only for Uncle to smack him and remind him that his recklessness has led to him being captured several times already.

     I-M 
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This:
    • Valmont says this before the Ice Crew shows up to beat up the failed henchman candidates:
      Valmont: I cannot believe that I'm about to say this but… I miss Finn, Ratso, and Chow.
    • Cornelia has the canonical example of being envious of Irma who's distracting Martin with a date while the rest of them have difficulties with the baby Hermeneuta Beast and its mother.
  • If I Had a Nickel: Tarakudo says this in "Ghosts and Shadows" when he captures Caleb who calls him a floating head thing.
  • If Only You Knew: When Principal Knickerbocker congratulates the girls for their play, she comments that Jade played her role of Shendu so well that it's almost as if she knew her character.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Chris is a big luchador fan, and when wearing the Squidkhan mask is able to give Paco with the Ox Talisman a serious fight.
  • Illness Blanket: "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity" ends with Valmont (who rolled down Mount Heatherfield in a giant snowball) being wrapped up in a blanket and needing a hot chocolate to treat his cold.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: Jade's new Casting a Shadow powers let her sense the shadows of people she's looking at, and since the Elyon illusions don't have shadows, she can tell that they're fakes.
  • Initialism Title: Like in the W.I.T.C.H. cartoon, except that the J Hay Lin adds before the Guardians' initials stands for Jade and Jackie. Especially for Jade after she becomes the sixth Guardian.
  • Insistent Terminology: Jade doesn't steal Talismans from Section 13. She only borrows them.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Because Uncle's protective spell, which Elyon drinks, helps to confirm that Bryan isn't a monster in disguise, the girls don't stalk him and Elyon in an overbearing manner that leads to him breaking up with her. He ends up doing that anyway because Daolon Wong, disguised as a fortune teller, hypnotizes him into it.
    • Despite all the intervention by the Chans and Section 13, Phobos still gets his hands on Elyon.
    • Despite the Noble Animals arc being Adapted Out, Jade still ends up finding and adopting Scruffy.
    • Irma's brother Chris ends up with the Squidkhan mask instead of Paco, but the wearer of the mask still ends up in a luchador fight.
    • Valmont still ends up losing what little he had left of the Dark Hand and desperately tries to regain it with an Oni Mask.
  • Insult Friendly Fire: When Jade calls Cedric a cowardly snake, she apologizes to Viper (even though she's not really a snake).
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In "Return of the Queen", Jade gets this several times after her corruption, with the most effective being Will's appeal to her as her best friend.
  • Insult Backfire: When Jade calls Tarakudo "Taradork", he merely comments that at least she can come up with original retorts.
  • Invisibility: In "Stop The Presses", a Meridian creature called a Hermeneuta Beast that resembles a pig is enslaved by Wong for this power.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles:
    • Like canonically, Jackie waves his hand in pain whenever he punches something tough.
    • Hak Foo and DJ Fist try to break the door of the Golden Dragon's vault with their fists, only to end up holding their sore hands. When they later attempt to fight off the Stone Sentinels in "Tohru Who?", they only manage to hurt their fists.
    • Will waves her hands like Jackie does when she fails to hurt the fresh Dark Chi Warrior Hak Foo with a series of enhanced punches.
  • Ironic Echo: When Blunk foils the Guardians and Jade's first attempt to give him a bath, Cornelia remarks that he's more slippery than Jade. The latter replies "And that's saying something." Jade herself later admits that Blunk is more slippery than her, so Cornelia gives the same reply.
  • It's All My Fault: Irma blames herself for Chris putting an Oni Mask on his face due to not keeping an eye on him. Jackie tries to comfort her by saying that he should have taken the mask immediately to Section 13 so that no-one could find it at the Silver Dragon.
  • I Warned You: When Valmont ends up begging the heroes to release him from the influence of the split Crabkhan mask, Irma and Caleb sarcastically rub this trope in his face.
    Irma: So, you're saying you don't like the idea of sharing a body with a demon?
    Caleb: It's a shame that nobody tried to warn you. Oh wait, we did!
  • Jaw Drop:
    • Everyone does this when the Bat Khan mask ends up on Blunk of all beings in "The Precious Mask".
    • All the villains get this when Ikazuki's mask ends up on Uriah's ass in "The Demon Behind".
  • Jedi Mind Trick: The trope name is dropped by Yan Lin when she reveals that she used a chi spell to convince the parents of the Guardians and Alchemy that they were just having a sleepover when they're really in Tokyo researching the Oni.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Cornelia is a bit too happy about Uncle's 10-Minute Retirement for Will's liking, but when she defends herself by saying that Uncle hasn't been very useful in the quest for the Oni Masks, Caleb agrees with her by reasoning (in a more polite way) that Uncle isn't best suited for this particular task due to his lack of knowledge regarding Japanese myths, and that when on Rebellion missions, it's standard procedure to send members whose skills are ill-suited to the mission in question back to the base.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: When in Japan, Caleb picks up a katana for a fight and keeps it afterward.
  • Kinslaying Is a Special Kind of Evil: Multiple characters are horrified to learn about the rumor that Phobos murdered his own parents, and though this rumor is false, it was a large part of the reason the majority of Meridian's inhabitants didn't accept him as their new ruler. Notably, Phobos makes a point of telling Cedric in certain terms that he won't murder his little sister once he no longer needs her, for he doesn't want to become the kinslayer he's believed to be.
  • Kneel Before Zod:
    • While Valmont fights the heroes with the Armor of the Crystal Skull, he demands them to bow before "the master of the Dark Hand, and the soon-to-be master of the world".
    • Phobos tells Finn, Ratso and Chow to bow before him when he decides to make them his new minions. When they're about to refuse, he simply uses telekinesis to force them to, like Daolon Wong does canonically.
  • Knight Templar: It turns out that Phobos isn't ruling tyrannically For the Evulz, but because he genuinely believes it's the only way to instill peace and order on Meridian.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: During the Mêlée à Trois of "J-WITCH Meets The J-Team!", Cedric and Wong are the only villains who flee before the heroes can soundly beat them.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: In addition to the canon JCA examples, the Guardians, especially Will, are on their way to becoming these under Jackie's martial arts training. Since Will doesn't yet have other powers than flight and Super Strength in her Guardian form, she needs to rely on martial arts more than the others. Jade qualifies as well after she becomes the sixth Guardian, having Casting a Shadow powers as well as Kung Fu skills at her disposal. She also has a tendency to shape her magic into things like claws, or cover her fists with it to boost her punches and hit Tarakudo.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: When Jade restrains Hak Foo with her shadow powers, she jokes that she has heard about one chasing their own shadow, only for Hak Foo to be caught by said shadow this time. She then asks if Will and Cornelia like the joke, but they don't find it that great.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • "Tohru Who?", like in canon, features Valmont using a potion to wipe Tohru's memories in order to trick him into rejoining the Dark Hand.
    • Hay Lin gives the fisherman in "The Demon Behind" a potion to wipe his memories of the magical experience.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • When the four dragons turned on Shendu by helping humans, he sealed them inside mountains and forced them to watch helplessly as he massacred all life in a valley. Years later, he was encased in stone when Lo Pei cast on him a spell which was amplified with the Heart of Kandrakar that was created by Xin Jing combining the four dragons' spirits with her own.
    • Jade's powers as the Queen of the Shadowkhan first manifest again after Martin's been wedgied and robbed by Uriah and company. Jade wishes for them to get a taste of their own medicine, and sure enough…
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When everyone realizes that Alchemy now knows about the Guardians and the Chan Clan, Hay Lin comments that it looks like they have a new supporting member for J-WITCH.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: In order to stall for time so that the other heroes can bring the mask removal potion for Oni-Chris, Paco plays on Chris' admiration of luchadores and challenges him to a one-on-one wrestling match. Oni-Chris dispatches his katana on Paco's demand, but Paco secretly uses the Ox Talisman even though he's not proud of it. Once Oni-Chris finds this out, he tries to kill Paco for cheating.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Ratso paraphrases this regarding him touching the rear of Uriah, a minor, to take Ikazuki's mask off. And at the end of the chapter, the whole J-WITCH team agree to never discuss how Uriah ended up soiling himself after getting knocked out by Uncle.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters, another crossover between JCA and W.I.T.C.H. that the author directly references as an inspiration. Whereas that story heavily deconstructs elements of both shows and plays up the violence, this one stays closer to canon.
  • Literally Shattered Lives:
    • The Dragon and Pig Talismans are used to turn Sandpit to glass while it's trapped by Yan Lin's tornado. The glass tornado then falls over and shatters into pieces.
    • After Irma and Hay Lin freeze five Sumo Khan, Captain Black's good half uses the Ox Talisman to shatter them into pieces.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • As Origami is made out of paper, Taranee is able to scare him into trying to flee from her by threatening to burn him with her fire power. When he catches fire and dives into water, his body becomes too wet for him to fold it.
    • Because the Trance Marchers are Technically Living Zombies, they're subject to the needs and frailties of the average human body, which Captain Black exploits by knocking them out with anesthetics.
    • When Chow asks Wong if he can make an Oni mask removal potion for Ikazuki, he answers that the enchantment to create the potion needs Light Chi in order to work, which as a Dark Chi wizard he completely lacks.
  • Look Behind You: At the end of their first fight, Hay Lin warns Finn when a crane is about to fall on him. He assumes she's trying to bluff him until he realizes the danger too late. Fortunately, he survives thanks to the Dog Talisman.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • As usual, Jade is a master of this trope. When Jackie makes her promise not to involve the Guardians in fighting the Dark Hand, Jade decides that she can warn them about the Talisman-empowered criminals and that it'll be up to the girls to decide if they'll get involved or not.
    • When Ratso first faces Irma, he says that his mother told him not to hit girls. However, he still traps her in a bear hug, trips her and pushes her to the ground, reasoning that said moves don't technically count as hitting.
    • Uncle is able to create a stun spell to use against Wong despite the Star of Threbe rendering the Guardians powerless because it was made after the Star was activated, and since its purpose is to defeat the evil wizard, not stop Elyon from returning to Meridian.
  • Lovely Angels: Will and Jade work and fight together far more often than with any other Guardian. Hay Lin and Irma to a lesser degree, since their powers compliment each other and they often use a Combination Attack.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Tohru's mother goes ballistic on Valmont when she discovers the truth about him and what he made her son do.
    • Or boar; the Hermeneuta beast Wong enslaved turns out to just be a baby. Its mother tracks it down after the J-Team subdues it and gets mad.
  • Mêlée à Trois:
    • In "J-WITCH Meets The J-Team!", the Auction of Evil that Valmont is hosting breaks down into a brawl between all of the attendees over the Heart of Kandrakar, even before the J-Team and Guardians get involved.
    • In "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity", the heroes find themselves being attacked by Cedric and Wong, Valmont and Hak Foo, and the Monkey King all at once, who also start fighting each other.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Inverted, the Hermeneuta Beast Wong enslaved turns out to be a baby, and then its mother comes looking for it…
  • Mook Carryover:
    • After the Dark Hand is defeated in "J-WITCH Meets The J-Team!", Cedric and Daolon Wong take Finn, Ratso and Chow with them to Phobos who forces them to work for him because he needs information on Earth. After the original Dark Chi Warriors are imprisoned by Uncle, Daolon Wong makes the Enforcers his new Dark Chi Warriors.
    • In "A Shady Service", Wong starts using the Shadowkhan. And unlike in canon, he doesn't stop after one use, continuing to employ them as enforcers for Phobos' regime — at least until Tarakudo enters the story.
    • Hak Foo eventually quits the Dark Hand and ends up becoming a Dark Chi Warrior when he infiltrates Phobos' castle and impresses both the prince and Wong with his battle prowess.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: "The Seal of Phobos" reveals that Wong plans to steal both the power of the Heart of Kandrakar and Elyon's own power, use said power to force Tarakudo to submit, allowing him to take control of all the nine Shadowkhan tribes, and go on to conquer every other realm while casting Phobos, Elyon, and the heroes into the Shadow Realm for eternity.
  • Mundane Solution: When Japanese seaweed is required for a mask-removal potion, Yan Lin reveals that she has some in the Silver Dragon for a new dish, sparing Uncle and Tohru the need to travel all the way to Japan. Before that reveal, Irma suggests that they could just ask for it from a Japanese restaurant.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When Will fights Bartholomew Chang, she ends up using two of his spare hands as weapons, just like Jackie in the show. She even uses the same ones (spoon and tooth brush), and gets a similar quip from Jade.
    • The Terrible Interviewees Montage from "Pleasure Cruise" and the Ice Crew beating up the unsatisfying henchmen applicants are straight out from "Black And White Chi All Over" — except that Drago is replaced by Valmont who's canonically one of the rejected candidates.
    • Scruffy is introduced in "The Precious Mask", which deals with the Bat Khan mask, the same one he wore in canon.
    • Wong still uses the vampiric mouths in his hands to drain powerful magic, though instead of trying to drain the Talismans' magic out of Jade or the Noble Animals, he tries to drain the Heart's magic from Will.
    • When Ikazuki's mask ends on Uriah's rear end in "The Demon Behind", Finn repeatedly says that he's glad that it wasn't him, which was the case in canon.
    • After Alchemy puts the half-mask on her face, Jade mentally notes that she'd have done the same thing, which she did in canon.
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     N-S 
  • Named by the Adaptation: Uncle's first name is Jin in this fic, though only Yan Lin calls him that.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Tarakudo's corruption of Jade into the Queen again ends up creating a sixth Auremere, allowing Jade to become a new Guardian with Casting a Shadow powers, with the later revelation that she can hurt him with them. Phobos even lampshades it, briefly threatening to end their alliance.
  • No More for Me: After Chris uses the Squidkhan to scare a man and rob him of his candy, the man says that he needs to lay off the Red Bull.
  • Nothing Personal: The Enforcers, especially Ratso, say this to the Guardians during their fights.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Jackie, Uncle, Caleb, Taranee, Hay Lin, Irma and Blunk's reaction to appearance of the Mama Mudslug.
    • The Chans understandably freak out when Jade starts to turn into a Shadowkhan again, with the Guardians joining in when it's explained to them. Jade in particular has an outright panic attack as she realizes what's happening.
    • Jackie, Caleb and the girls have one when they realize that if the Sumo Khan Mask keeps corrupting Captain Black, the latter might end up handing the other masks over to the villains. They get another one almost immediately afterwards when they notice that one Sumo Khan eavesdropped their entire conversation.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Jackie's reaction when he gets shrunk again.
  • One-Man Army:
    • The Monkey King is able to hold his own against the Guardians, Caleb, Jackie, Jade and Uncle at the same time.
    • Hak Foo defeats a dozen of Phobos' guards with little effort. When he first appears as a Dark Chi Warrior, he dominates the entire fight against Jackie, Tohru, Uncle, Caleb, four of the unpowered Guardians and Alchemy, even though they've armed themselves with the Talismans. Even after the girls transform into Guardians, they still need to combine all their powers to overcome his Super Toughness.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: Jade says that as evil as Shendu is, he has some serious edge, which she decides to incorporate while portraying him in a school play.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: While facing Cedric in "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity", Hak Foo proclaims that Jackie, the Guardians and their allies are his to slay. Upon first meeting Phobos, he states the same thing to the dark prince. Impressed that Hak Foo just got inside his castle by following Tarakudo unnoticed through the Shadow Realm and utterly curb stomped the guards and the Dark Chi Enforcers, Phobos decides to let him slay the heroes… as a Dark Chi Warrior under his command.
  • Only Sane Man: Cedric in "The Demon Behind" when he points out that trying to corrupt one of the Guardians' allies (Tohru, in this case) seems bound to fail, since they've already tried this three times and failed.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Everyone is shocked in "Ghosts and Shadows" when Jade tries to not come along to Meridian, due to having self-doubt issues.
  • Papa Wolf: Jackie to Jade once she's been cured of being the Queen again and Tarakudo tries to make another move on her, throwing an onion in Tarakudo's face after giving him a Death Glare strong enough to make even the Oni King gulp and saying that he will never lay a finger on her again.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Once the Guardians and J-Team get involved in the battle royale that Valmont's Auction of Evil breaks down into, Jade, Paco, and Blunk help themselves to some popcorn.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite partly blaming the Chan Clan for Elyon going over to Phobos, Cornelia still tells Tohru to thank Jackie for her for all he's done.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Wong, Cedric and Miranda when they're Captured on Purpose in "Black Magic". When the heroes prevent Oni-Black from delivering the Oni Masks to them, Cedric breaks their cell door open.
  • Playing with Fire: In addition to Taranee as the Fire Guardian, Jade can also conjure shadow flames after becoming the sixth Guardian, which are black and cold.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Jade gets a growth spurt as a result of gaining her Guardian powers, rendering her roughly the same height as the other Guardians.
  • Portmanteau: Hay Lin comes up with the Razor Khan's Fan Nickname in-universe. She does the same with the following Shadowkhan tribes.
    Hay Lin: You know, because they got razor-sharp claws. Razor… Shadowkhan… Razor Khan!
  • Potty Failure: At the end of "The Demon Behind", Uriah is knocked out by Uncle, and since he'd been needing to go to the bathroom for a while, but couldn't before he yanked Ikazuki off of his butt, he ends up soiling himself, much to everyone's disgust.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When Jade transforms into a Guardian for the first time, not only she becomes taller, her hair grows by a few inches.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • Both times Valmont steals the Heart of Kandrakar, Hak Foo suggests using it to empower the Dark Hand. Valmont states on both occasions that he's not interested in using it himself, but rather plans on auctioning it off with the other artifacts the Dark Hand have stolen. He justifies this by pointing out how the last couple of times the Dark Hand has meddled in magic, they were bankrupted into near oblivion.
    • When MC Cobra suggests blowing open the Golden Dragon's vault, Valmont at first rejects the idea because it would risk the sinking of the ship, but he relents because someone might have caught Jade's mayday and he knows from experience that Jackie won't remain trapped. As the Dark Hand is escaping with the Golden Dragon, Valmont remarks that while they were successful, he would have preferred if they could have done it more discreetly.
    • Uncle speculates that Shendu settled for controlling just one Shadowkhan tribe because trying to control them all would risk the return of the Oni, and Tarakudo has proven himself to have potential to rival Shendu's might. That's why he must have kept in his palace one part of the tablet telling about the Oni Masks and destroyed the rest of it to prevent others from trying to obtain all the masks.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Will delivers one when she and her friends are finally about to defeat Hak Foo in "Gladiatorial Clash" (since he's an immortal Dark Chi Warrior, getting him to poof technically counts for him as dying).
    Will: He may not go poof… But let's see him go boom!
  • Pressure Point:
    • Uncle uses this to knock a Lurden unconscious in "The Key". He later does the same to Uriah in "The Demon Behind".
    • Yan Lin uses this to take out Hak Foo in "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity". She says that she learned it from Star Trek.
  • Primal Stance: While Blunk wears the Bat Khan mask, he's hunchbacked and walks on all four limbs.
  • Punch Catch: When Hak Foo tries to attack the Sumo Khan, one of them catches his fist before throwing him through the ceiling.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: When Hak Foo is pinned in "Gladiatorial Clash", Will bombards the new Dark Chi Warrior with punches and kicks. Even with her enhanced strength, she only manages to hurt herself, while he seems to be only slightly pained.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Irma when she tears off the Squidkhan mask from Chris' face:
    Irma: I. Want. My. Brother. Back!
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes:
    • Hay Lin joins Jade in convincing Uncle to accompany them on the cruise with this tactic.
    • All the girls direct these towards Jackie when they once again ask if they can keep Scruffy.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Jade's Auremere is colored purple, and she's apparently as powerful as Will once the latter's Quintessence power is unblocked.
  • Razor Wind: In "The Key", Uncle teaches Hay Lin to compress air into a disk which can cut through even solid rock when thrown.
    Uncle: Air is a powerful element, not just an all-consuming tempest, but if applied enough pressure, even a mountain can crumble underneath the wind, if you know how much force to give and where to give it.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • With a government agency like Section 13 investigating him, it isn't long before it's discovered that "Rick Hoffman" (Cedric's alias on Earth) didn't exist prior to opening his bookstore, as there are no records of any kind proving his identity.
    • Similarly, after surveillance of Cedric's shop leads them to learning that Elyon is the lost princess, Section 13 is able to confirm this by doing similar background checks and finding that her "parents" didn't exist 12 years prior and that her birth certificate has been forged.
    • Elyon believing that her friends just turned evil out of the blue like in canon was unrealistic, so the author has Phobos make it out to Elyon that the Heart is brainwashing them into thinking that they're heroes while they're really being corrupted.
    • When Jade becomes the first Guardian of Shadows, she's at first — contrary to what would have been expected from her — unenthusiastic about it due to her recent second experience as the Queen of the Shadowkhan. She says that if she'd gained some other element, she wouldn't be this insecure about this change.
    • While Valmont is able to hold off on his fall from grace for longer than canon, his string of losses eventually still leaves him flat broke.
  • Refusal of the Call: Shocked from learning that magic is real, Will refuses to take up the Guardian responsibilities until Jackie gives her an encouraging speech.
  • Replacement Mooks:
    • Just like canonically, Daolon Wong makes the Enforcers his new Dark Chi Warriors after Uncle imprisons the original Warriors in the Urn of Wei Cheing.
    • After Valmont loses nearly all his Enforcers but Hak Foo to Phobos, he eventually hires the Ice Crew as replacements in "Pleasure Cruise".
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: "Walk This Way" opens with the Rebellion attempting to thwart a drilling operation by Phobos' forces to check for any secret tunnels into the castle. It's noted there aren't any tunnels, but there is a very real risk of Phobos stumbling upon the Infinite City and costing the Rebellion its greatest advantage.
  • The Rival: Besides Uncle engaging in a Wizard Duel with Wong whenever they encounter each other, Tohru battles Cedric nearly as often, usually with a Brawler Lock.
  • Running Gag: Hay Lin giving the various Shadowkhan tribes their nicknames, much to the confusion of the other Guardians.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Uriah when he sees the "ghost frog" Jade and Alchemy prank him with.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Hak Foo and later the Ice Crew eventually abandon Valmont when he's no longer able to pay them.
  • See the Invisible: Both times Ratso turns himself invisible with the Snake Talisman while fighting Irma, she finds him by spraying water all over the place.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Averted. Phobos is rumored to have killed his parents, but that's not truly the case.
  • Semantic Superpower: During a fight scene in "The Key", Cornelia realizes that her power over plants and earth also applies to objects made from said materials, which she uses to weaponize some wooden furniture.
  • Set Bonus: In "Need a Dark Hand?", Chow uses the Monkey Talisman to turn some girders into giant metal snakes and brings them to life with the Rat Talisman to use them against Taranee.
    Taranee: Shapeshifting and motion to the motionless. Yeah… that's a pretty good combo.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: In "Gladiatorial Clash", Will asks Hak Foo if he's really willing to let himself be turned into Wong's slave in exchange for power. His response is a Blunt "Yes".
  • Single Tear:
    • After Yan Lin has finished telling Jackie a bit about what happened to the former Guardians and he has to go, she sheds a tear while looking at the photo of her old team.
    • Queen Jade sheds a tear as Will's pleading speech about what Jade means to her causes her to slightly return to normal.
  • Sixth Ranger:
    • After Alchemy learns about her friends' magical adventures in "The Mudslugs", she starts taking part in said adventures, usually by either providing an extra fighter via the Talismans or helping Uncle, Tohru, and Yan Lin with magic preparations. Hay Lin lampshades it by saying that J-WITCH got a new supporting member.
    • Jade becomes the sixth Guardian after Will using the Heart to cure her of her Shadowkhan corruption creates a new Auremere and binds it to her.
  • Skewed Priorities: In "Fright Night Fight", when Hak Foo demands that the Guardians hand over the Squidkhan mask, Hay Lin says that since he's already orange it won't work with his skin tone. Jade dryly notes that shouldn't be the main reason they're not giving him the mask.
  • Slain in Their Sleep: The parents of Phobos and Elyon were assassinated while they slept.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Uncle has no problem using his two finger Dope Slap on the Guardians, especially Cornelia, and even Jade and Alchemy on a couple of occasions.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: While trapped in Elias' painting, Jade draws a big rocket launcher to be used against Frost and the Enforcers.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Miranda is the only female amongst Phobos' forces.
  • So Much for Stealth:
    • Will says this when her, Jackie, Blunk and Uncle's escape from Phobos' castle is cut short by them running into guards and Lurdens in "Stop the Presses".
    • In "The Underwater Mines", the heroes split up, with one of the groups distracting Phobos' forces on the surface while the others look for Julian in the mines. Once Tarakudo shows up, they stop being stealthy.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters, which the author directly refers to as an inspiration. That said, considering this story is Lighter and Softer, it should perhaps be considered a Spiritual Antithesis.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: On the few occasions Phobos fights the heroes, he materializes a sword (two in "The Labyrinth").
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Valmont reveals in "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity" that he's been trailing the Guardians and taken pictures of both their human and Guardian forms as well as of their homes and parents. He then attempts to use the photos in coercing them to work for him before Yan Lin's deconstructing speech prompts him to hand over the photos. The girls are very much repulsed to learn that they've been stalked.
  • The Starscream:
    • Starting in "Big Trouble, Bigger Jade", when he tries to claim the Heart of Kandrakar for himself, it's hinted that Wong is plotting against Phobos. This is eventually confirmed in "The Star of Threbe", when he mentally gloats to himself that soon everyone will be bowing to him, not the prince. He tries to use the Trance Marchers in "Walk This Way" to form an army to overthrow him, but the Guardians and company foil that plan. "The Seal of Phobos" reveals that he plans to take the power of both Elyon and the Heart of Kandrakar, then become a Multiversal Conqueror.
    • "Enter the Oni" reveals that Cedric is likewise plotting to usurp Phobos when the time is right.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: When Phobos wants the Queen to use the Shadowkhan to search for the Rebellion's base, the Queen points out that, as Jade, she's been there, so she can just tell him where it is.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Not just Jade, which gets its usual lampshades, but Alchemy also starts doing this when she starts hanging out with the former.
  • Storming the Castle: When the heroes go to rescue Jade in "Return of the Queen", they simply burst into Phobos' throne room through the roof because they reason that after all the times they've entered the castle by sneaking in, the villains won't expect them to assault directly.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Daolon Wong lampshades this trope in "The Star of Threbe" by commenting that thunderclouds that don't rain, like the ones he and Phobos are observing, are often portrayed as an omen of a growing darkness — right before Cedric informs Phobos that Elyon has taken the Star of Threbe, confirming her to be Phobos' sister.
  • Super Window Jump: Oni-Chris flees from the Silver Dragon by backflipping through a window.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Vathek feels a twinge of sympathy for Raythor when the latter is framed as a traitor in his place.

     T-Y 
  • Takes One to Kill One: Jade's Casting a Shadow powers after becoming a Guardian allow her to hurt Tarakudo without needing an onion.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: A benevolent variant; the heroes get Elyon to drink a protective chi spell by slipping it into a bottle of grape soda, her favorite drink, which she happily drinks. When Daolon Wong concocts a counter-spell, Cedric is able to trick Elyon into drinking it exactly the same way.
  • Tears of Joy: Will's reaction to the birthday present Jade gives her.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Lampshaded about Uncle by Irma "Half a Mask of Kung Fu", when he calls a laptop a "magic waffle iron".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Cedric and Daolon Wong are both Phobos' Co-Dragons, but they don't get along very well.
  • The Teetotaler: Both Jackie and Uncle state themselves to be this when Captain Black offers to buy them drinks.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • As soon as Hak Foo boasts to the Guardians that the Black Tiger cannot fall, the surprise Groin Attack he receives from Jade causes him to fall on the ground in pain.
    • Jade herself dismisses Tohru's concern that the mother Hermeneuta Beast could be having them cornered instead of the other way around.
      Jade: It's a giant slobbering pig! Pretty sure it's not smart enough to lure us into a trap. [Caleb slips and ends up being pinned underneath the beast as it turns visible] And it seems the pig is smarter that I thought.
    • Cornelia asks what's the worst thing that could happen with the Oni Mask-wearing Captain Black while they're waiting for the removal potion, and then everyone has an Oh, Crap! moment when they realize that he can hand the other masks over to the bad guys.
  • 10-Minute Retirement:
    • As per canon, Cornelia briefly quits the team after Elyon joins Phobos.
    • Also like in canon, Uncle leaves the team during the search for the Hanafuda cards due to believing that his lack of knowledge of Japanese lore and magic is only a hinderance. But whereas in canon he comes back on his own, here it takes a mini Rousing Speech from Yan Lin to encourage him to do so.
  • That's Gotta Hurt: When Will gives Daolon Wong a Groin Attack, Tarakudo winces and remarks it's going to leave a mark.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: The Frame-Up blaming Phobos for the death of his parents was effective enough that despite his genuine attempts to maintain order and find Elyon, he ended up going Knight Templar as a result, determined to claim Elyon's power for himself so he can use it to end the conflict. Averted on a personal level, though, as he makes it very clear to Cedric that he has no intention of doing anything worse than wiping Elyon's memories and sending her back to Earth after he acquires her magic, because she's the only flesh and blood family he has left and he refuses to become the heartless monster the Rebellion views him as.
  • Thinking Up Portals:
    • Tarakudo can use his Mark to open gates to the Shadow Realm in order to bypass needing a Veil portal to travel between Earth and Meridian, using the Shadow Realm as stopping point.
    • Jade, as the Guardian of Shadows, can also travel through the Shadow Realm, which they use to reach Tohru in "The Demon Behind".
  • This Is No Time to Panic: The Guardians and Jade have this exchange when the Star of Threbe depowers the Talismans and the Guardians themselves:
    Will: Okay, okay, let's not panic. Let's not panic!
    Jade: Not panic?! Your powers aren't working, and the Talismans are suddenly duds! I'd say it's a pretty good time to panic!
    Cornelia: But why don't we have a panic attack after we change back to normal?
    Will: [brandishes the Heart] Change back! [nothing happens, causing all the girls to have fearful expressions] Bad day.
  • This Is Reality: When Jade reluctantly agrees to Jackie's idea to send an SOS from the cruise ship, she sarcastically says that the hero making a phone call is her favorite movie part. Will replies like this.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Mama Tohru says this to Valmont before beating him up in "Pleasure Cruise".
    Mama Tohru: You can drop the act, Valmont. I know who you really are. You forced my baby into a life of crime and lied about it! That is unforgivable!
  • This Means War!: After Will frees Jade of Tarakudo's corruption, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin state to Tarakudo, Phobos, Cedric and Wong that what they did to their friend gave them more reason than ever to fight them — right before they give the latter three a big taste of elemental magic.
    Cornelia: Taking Elyon away because she was your sister was one thing…
    Hay Lin: But what you all tried to do to Jade…!
    Taranee: You just made this all the more personal!
    Irma: You jerkwads want a war?! You got one!
  • Toilet Humour: As Jade and Irma laugh at Uriah having Ikazuki's mask stuck on his butt, the Enforcers join in and jokingly ask that if Uriah needs to go to the bathroom, what does that make out of Ikazuki's mouth. And then there's Uriah's Potty Failure.
  • Token Good Teammate: The four dragons involved in the creation of the Heart of Kandrakar were members of Shendu's army. They were the strongest of Shendu's dragons yet also the gentlest. While they pitied China's humans who suffered under Shendu's tyranny, they didn't go against their powerful master until Xin Jing begged for their aid.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jade becomes the first Guardian of Shadows, with the author stating that her power is probably on the same level as Will's (at the time repressed) Quintessence element, which is the strongest of the five original Guardian elements.
  • Too Much Information:
    • Cornelia's reaction to Blunk mentioning in "A Dramatic Ambush" that a dragon bit his uncle's butt off.
    • When Jade says in "The Star of Threbe" that she still gets nightmares about Shendu's toe jam, the Guardians cringe in disgust as Irma sarcastically thanks her for the image.
    • Jade says this when Yan Lin states that Trance Marchers are Technically Living Zombies who don't eat living flesh unless ordered to.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Phobos threatens to break up his partnership with Tarakudo in "Ghosts and Shadows", the latter restrains the former and tells him in a seemingly calm voice that the prince would be better not to try threatening the Oni King or speaking to him like that again, or he'll go through unspeakable horrors. Genuinely fearful for once, Phobos relents.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Uncle's opinion of Phobos; he has genuine power, but not much finesse with it.
  • [Verb] This!: When MC Cobra, blinded by foam, cries out that he can't see, Irma quips "See this!" before taking him down with a stream of water.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Jade comments on the bad guys' annoying tendency to escape at the last minute when Daolon Wong teleports away in "J-WITCH Meets The J-Team!".
  • Villain Respect: Phobos actually compliments Jade's skill on infiltrating his castle. Later, when he learns of Jackie's previous feats, he admits to himself that he's a dangerous foe.
  • Villain Team-Up: "Enter the Oni" ends with Tarakudo offering an alliance to Phobos — in exchange for providing his minions to help Tarakudo retrieve all the masks, Tarakudo will use his Shadowkhan armies to ensure Phobos' victory over the Rebellion.
  • Vine Swing: On the heroes' first trip to Meridian, Jade swings from one of the thorny vines of Phobos' throne room when she attempts to rescue Will. When the other heroes cross the castle moat by using a vine to swing over (like in canon), Tohru cries out like George of the Jungle for some reason.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Cornelia with Irma, Jade and Uncle. Caleb also with Uncle.
  • We Can Rule Together:
    • In "Divide and Conquer - Chaos and Hilarity", Valmont appears at the Silver Dragon to ask the Guardians, Jackie and Tohru to become his new Enforcers, offering them in exchange high salaries and his help in finding Phobos' sister. When that doesn't work, he reveals that he has taken photos of the girls' Guardian forms and homes, threatening to give them to their enemies if they turn down his offer. However, when Yan Lin points out to him that he's trying to blackmail powerful fighters who are ready to beat the tar out of him, he flees without the photos.
    • After Shendu imprisoned the four dragons, he demanded Xin Jing to submit to him because he wanted the incredibly powerful nymph on his side. She refused and turned herself as well as the four dragons into the Heart of Kandrakar.
    • Tarakudo offers this to Jade in "Ghosts and Shadows", offering to help her master her new Casting a Shadow powers. She says yes just to mess with him, then uses said powers to send the villains downhill.
  • Wedgie: Uriah and his gang give Martin one while robbing him of his money. They are then on the receiving end of this themselves from the Shadowkhan thanks to Jade (who's on the verge of becoming the Queen again) wishing that the bullies would get a taste of their own medicine.
  • We Have Reserves: Discussed when Captain Black replaces the Section 13 personnel with the Sumo Khan; he says that using them to deal with life-threatening tasks is preferable to risking the lives of mortal people. When he asks Caleb if he agrees with that logic, the latter replies that he might if the expandable minions didn't originate from an evil and corrupting source.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Return of the Queen" has Jade become the Queen of the Shadowkhan again, and when Will cures her by combining the Heart with the tattoo-removal potion, a sixth Auremere, apparently keyed to Jade, is created.
    • The following chapter, "Ghosts and Shadows", confirms that Jade gained Guardian powers, with shadow as her "element", as a result of the Heart being used to cure her.
  • What an Idiot!: While enslaved by his half of the Crabkhan mask, Valmont berates himself In-Universe for ignoring his decision to stop dealing with magic and trying to regain his wealth with the demonic object.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • After Caleb is rescued from Sandpit, he's scolded for recklessly running into Phobos' trap without consulting the rest of the heroes.
    • In "Big Trouble, Bigger Jade", the Guardians all freak out on Jade for casting a growing spell on herself just because she's tired of being little and being treated like a kid. Irma is also called out of leaving Caleb and Blunk to babysit her little brother while Daolon Wong and the Tracker were trailing the duo.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Hak Foo and the Ice Crew are Badass Normal martial artists capable of holding their own against the Guardians. However, they're unable to do anything against the Stone Sentinels in the Temple of the Golden Elephant, showing how dangerous the new adversaries are until the girls regain the Heart and are able to transform.
    • One Sumo Khan easily defeats Hak Foo, who is at the time a Dark Chi Warrior and gave the heroes the fight of their lives in the previous chapter.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • The Guardians' gender doesn't prevent Uncle from giving them — most often Cornelia — his trademark Dope Slap from time to time. Since "Big Trouble, Bigger Jade", he has also started smacking Jade sometimes. He also first does this to Alchemy in "Fright Night Fight".
    • MC Cobra outright states that he likes to ignore his mother's advice not to hit girls.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: When Ratso first fights Irma, he tries to zig-zag this trope through Loophole Abuse by reasoning that bear hugging, tripping and pushing to the ground don't count as hitting.
  • Would Rather Suffer: When Taranee suggests that they'd join the school newspaper, Jade states that she'd rather be eaten alive by demons.
  • World of Snark: Considering both series had plenty of snark, it's not surprising there's a lot of Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Will gives Jade a speech like this in "Ghosts and Shadows" when the latter becomes worried that deep down she's not a good person.
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • Jackie pulls Will out of her initial Refusal of the Call attitude by assuring her that she won't be alone with her Guardian responsibilities, for the other girls are new to magic as well, and they have him and his family to help them out.
    • Jade is on the receiving end of this from everyone in "Return of the Queen".
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Despite having the aid of Section 13 and Uncle's magic, and the benefit of learning Cedric's human identity and that Elyon's the lost heir earlier than in canon, the heroes are still unable to stop the former from luring the latter back to Meridian.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Evil: Hak Foo thinks that if they weren't following the way of peace, the monks of the Zu Monastery who trained the Ice Crew could become the world's most lethal assassins.
  • You Didn't Ask: Uncle's reply to the rest of the Chan Clan's bewilderment over learning that he had a girlfriend.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Cedric, upon encountering Tohru again in "Framed".
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Cornelia's reaction when she tells Jade to use the bazooka the latter painted against the bad guys in "Framed", only for Jade to confess she didn't think to paint any extra ammo.
  • You Won't Feel a Thing: Tarakudo says this to Jade when he draws his mark on her shoulder.
    Tarakudo: Don't worry, this won't hurt a bit. [Jade grunts in pain] Well, it might hurt a little bit.
  • You Wouldn't Hit a Guy with Glasses?: While first facing the Shadowkhan, Taranee asks "You wouldn't hit a girl with glasses… would you?"

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