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Imagine a world where monsters lurk around every corner. Not the sort you would hear about on the news, no. Horrors beyond what Hollywood can give you. Things that fester in the darkness of this planet and feed on all that is good. Things that can devour you before you can so much as blink. And things that could do much, much worse than merely killing you.
What if I tell you that you don’t really need to imagine? You are living in that world, this very moment. I thought you should know. It’s only fair play, isn't it? But there’s no need to be frightened. Because every day, there are people heading out to the streets, fighting those monsters, to keep you all safe.
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I’m one of those.
My name is Victor Nikiforov. I’m twenty-seven. I’m a student at a private university for international insufferable spoiled brats with more money than sense. In my free time, I’m also Nike. Champion of strength, speed, and victory. Multiple-time savior of St. Petersburg, Moscow, and right now? Tokyo.
And this is the story of how I died.

Kaleidoscope is a crossover fanfic between Yuri!!! on Ice and Sera Myu (and also Sailor Moon in general). Written by honeyedgold and hosted on Archive of Our Own, available here. There is also a collection of side stories.

The premise is that the skaters, in this universe, are actually Agents fighting evil à la Magical Girl. They are organized by an Agency that provides guidance to Guardians around the world. Their opponents is usually the garden-variety Earth-grown Monster of the Week... until a dangerous new force arrives, seeking the Red Rose. The most powerful guardian gem on this godforsaken planet. Will Victor - Nike - and his partner, Katsuki Yuuri - Eros - be up to the challenge?

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Spoiler note: This page is continually updated by the author as she thinks of tropes that are applicable to the fic, which includes chapters that have not been updated yet. Those tropes will be hidden under spoiler tags. No promises that there won't be any stray trope, though. As this is a work in progress, plot points are still subject to change as well.


Tropes in the modern-day storyline:

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    Tropes A-F 
  • Achilles' Heel: Each monster have these. Once they're struck and damaged enough, the monster will immediately turn into blue goop.
  • Action Girl: Any female Agent. We don't see any in action unless Melinoë/Nyx counts, but Minako is scary with Dual Wielding per Victor.
  • Adapted Out: Vicchan doesn't exist in this universe.
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • The Handlers agreed to keep Victor and Yuuri in the dark about their importance to the plot.
    • Victor had zero development of his powers because Katerina tried to prevent him from becoming an Agent, and even went so far as to place a seal on him, which fortunately didn't take because she didn't know Galina could spot a seal from miles away.
  • Adult Fear:
    • The very premise: you spend your life - often from a very young age - battling threats that can level your city, if not the entire world. It’s well-paid, given the risk of injury, but once you lose your mobility and your reflexes have been dulled even slightly by age, you’re out of the running. If you have loved ones who aren’t part of the life, you cannot tell them about it. Your only source of emotional catharsis is other Agency-involved people. Should you be unfortunate enough to attach yourself to a Neutral and get yourself killed on the job, you will be written out of their existence. It will be as if you have never existed at all. If you are an Agent whose lover/partner/spouse/friend/sibling have died in the field, you will be stuck with your memories and grief for that person. It’s exactly why the Agency employs empaths and telepaths as therapists, fortunately, but it’s no substitution for talking to someone who knew the deceased well.
    • Upon learning of a great secret, the Handlers decided to keep the full extent of the story from the persons involved in order to protect them. This ended up getting Yuuri killed, delivering the Red Rose handily to the bad guys, and Victor mind-controlled, which means the Blue Rose would follow and cause The End of the World as We Know It.
    • On the same theme of secret-keeping: Katerina, after losing her husband to occupational hazard, tried to keep her little boy as far away from the magical world as possible. She was turned in by Galina, someone she had thought she could trust. Galina was right to do so as Victor would end up playing an instrumental part in the world's survival, but Katya never knew that. She died before Victor graduated, believing that she condemned him to an early, tragic death.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Vitya for Victor, which in canon only Yakov uses. Justified in that per this AU, Victor is fluent in Japanese and Yuuri in Russian thanks to the gift of tongues common to Agents. Galina also calls him Viten'ka.
  • Aliens and Monsters: The Agents start off fighting monsters, until the aliens show up.
  • Alliterative Name: Celestino Cialdini.
  • Always Identical Twins: Played straight with the Nishigori triplets, who look very similar to one another aside from a couple of distinguishing points.
  • Amicably Divorced: Yakov and Lilia. They're no longer a couple, but they still respect each other as professionals. According to them, Mikhail Nikiforov and Layla Douglas were the same.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Poor Yuuri. Overlaps with Reforged into a Minion as well, since Eros is stronger than Yuuri ever was, and with Psychic Powers to boot.
  • Apocalypse How: The villains attempt a Class 0 - only those that resist colonization will be killed.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Victor apologizes to Yuuri in his mind before killing Eros.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The villains are led by an Empress (her Sailor Moon equivalent being Queen Metallia).
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: When there's a vacancy, the best Agent in a certain region will get Kicked Upstairs to be the Handler. This happened to Minako when Yuuri requested to transfer back to Japan/Tokyo rather than remain in Detroit under Celestino. Agents' aim is to be the one that gets Kicked Upstairs rather than dying on the job or retiring - this is a major source of conflict between Victor and Yuri, who are both strong contenders for Yakov's replacement. Yuri is upset his Worthy Opponent Victor seemingly gave up and ran away to Tokyo after his fiancé, and gets even more upset when Victor lets slip that the thought of retirement crossed his mind.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Agents' tactic for taking down monsters basically boils down to beat the thing up until you find the Achilles' Heel, then beat that up until the Giant Space Flea from Nowhere turns into goo.
  • Author Appeal: The author grew up with Sailor Moon - it being her first fandom - and was attracted to the concept of crossing Yuri!!! on Ice with it because of the Cast Full of Pretty Boys, the embrace of femininity and gender fluidity, outrageous sparkly costumes, among other things. Concept art for the fic was commissioned specifically with the style of Naoko Takeuchi in mind for the willowy, long-legged look with soft colors.
  • Ax-Crazy: Where do we even start with Eros...
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Technically, Yuri is this, but Victor is the only one who jokingly calls him little kitten. Otherwise, he's given equal treatment since he's a graduated Agent with ample experience under his belt.
  • Back from the Dead: Hi there, Victuuri! Also, since the Agents' spirits are self-contained in their gems, this is the default every time an Agent dies. They keep winding up with their past lives' gems each cycle.
  • Back Story: Ah, the tragedy of Princes Aenar and Lyan. The heroes' current backgrounds are also discussed.
  • Badass Family: The Nishigoris are likely to shape up to be this, once the triplets fully develop their powers and get proper training. Whether Axel, Lutz, and Loop opt to be Agents is still up to them, though.
  • Bag of Holding: Agents are equipped with these.
  • Ballroom Blitz: The masquerade that the heroes infiltrated quickly turned into this.
  • Battle Couple: Eros and Nike. Yes, even after doses of Kill and Replace + Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: One character gets out of being Brainwashed and Crazy via a Tap on the Head, and another via Murder-Suicide with Impaled with Extreme Prejudice In the Back.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • Agents are equipped with regenerators to heal minor wounds (cuts and scrapes only), and some teams with a Combat Medic can have this. Anything major/infected/involving poison means teleport that one back to base to be seen to.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Apparently, hurting Victor is enough to earn an immediate physical attack from Yuri, magical powers be damned.
    • Don't imply or tell Yuuri he's worthless.
    • Don't mention retirement around Victor, if you know what's good for you.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Any given Agency headquarters, especially the original.
  • Big Bad: The Empress.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Five Agents. A shapeless energy entity intent on dominating the world, plus a whole Monster from Beyond the Veil army. Guess who wins.
  • Big "NO!": Victor screamed this at Yuuri’s death.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Yuri's reaction at the announcement of his new nickname.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Replicas have these, and once they're activated it's Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • Blatant Lies: "That was such a blatant attempt at lying even Victor saw through it."
  • Bloodless Carnage: When Eros was impaled, there's no blood, possibly because of Bizarre Alien Biology.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Yuuri upon Taking the Bullet for Victor.
  • Book-Ends: The fic opens and ends with Victor/Yuuri Breaking the Fourth Wall to deliver almost identical speeches to the audience, and being interrupted by the other.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Yuuri seemed like this, but is actually a case of Came Back Wrong. Victor is a straight example.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Victor opens the fic by addressing the readers directly, and then Yuuri does the same in the last chapter.
  • Broken Tears: Victor cried like this twice - at the death of a character, and when he had just had a dream involving that character.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Downplayed; Yuuri (as the former) and Victor (as the latter) share this dynamic.
  • Burying a Substitute: Victor buried Yuuri's engagement ring, and his. They apparently got dug up for the Wedding Day, though.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Averted, oddly enough. The Agents simply focus on their power gems and transform in a flash of light. May be justified by the fact that this allows them to shapeshift with stealth.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Almost a given, per the Magical Girl genre.
  • Catapult Nightmare:
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Yuuri tends to do this a lot. He either sits and stews over his issues, or skirts around stating things outright.
  • The Casanova: Victor. Chris is just one among his list of past romantic involvements, though they are Amicable Exes. Once he met Yuuri, he turned into Ladykiller in Love after a liberal dose of Love at First Sight.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Where Sailor Moon was full of pretty girls, the fic is the opposite. Emphasis is still placed, however, on the gender fluidity of Victor, Yuuri, and Yuri.
  • Casual Kink: Since in this AU Victor and Yuuri are in an established relationship, canonical hints towards BDSM is amplified into this. Victor is more open to hinting about it in public (he did, after all, kiss Yuuri's skate at the Rostelecom Cup. After Yuuri pulled a Necktie Leash on his coach-boyfriend on international television.) Went into Bondage Is Bad at great speed regarding Eros, though it can be argued that Eros doesn't give a crap about Safe, Sane, and Consensual.
  • Cape Swish: Apparently Eros owes this trope money. Word of God is that the author is enamored with Tuxedo Mask's copious swishes.
  • Central Theme: Fate, destiny, and expectations.
    • The three main characters all defy expectations in some way. Victor, who is “overdue for retirement” but is still going strong as one of the most skilled Agents of his time, on his way to becoming a Living Legend. Yuuri, who is the first pyromancer in the field for the past two centuries, who no one thought anything much of and bet on him washing out of training. Yuri is the youngest Agent ever to graduate, and set to handily break Victor’s records as the champion of Moscow.
    • Victor and Yuuri have the spectre of their Reincarnation Romance looming over them. Their previous life had ended in betrayal and tragedy, but Yuuri subverted it by giving his life for Victor and Victor subverted it by finally breaking free of his grief for Yuuri and killing the Replica. Their friends cinched it by putting up a fight against their enemies and, eventually, pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to bring them back.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Victor's decision not to dig out the subcutaneous tracker when he quits enables the heroes to find him in Tokyo.
  • Child Soldiers: Any Agent under the age of 18, with Yuri Plisetsky being the youngest ever (he graduated at 14).
  • Children Forced to Kill: Averted. While Agents may graduate before they reach maturity, it's entirely their choice. Yuuko, for example, is a non-Active because she Refused the Call, judging that she would not be able to handle killing on a regular basis. She is far from an invocation of Stay in the Kitchen as she's still employed at the Agency as a trainer in martial arts.
  • Choke Holds: Used by Victor to restrain Eros.
  • The Chosen Many: At least on Earth, there are Agents scattered all around the world.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Yuuri (red/black), Victor (blue/white), Yuri (white/yellow), Phichit (yellow/red) and Chris (green/dark brown)
  • Clothes Make the Legend: The Agents' transformed costumes are inspired by their skating costumes in the anime, with alterations tailored to the plot.
  • Code Name: The whole team of "Inners" operate under the callsign Gold-One, but on comm channels they're referred to with their individual codenames rather than following any pattern.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Guardian gems' names follow the format of "color + flower".
  • Color Motif:
    • Yuuri - red, black, and white/silver. Besides the color scheme being borrowed from Tuxedo Mask and the Eros costume, all three colors carry duality in them: Red Is Heroic, Red Is Violent, Red and Black and Evil All Over, Dark Is Not Evil, Light Is Not Good. His element is fire, which can be as destructive as it is life-giving.
    • Victor - light blue, silver, and white, befitting his ice powers and light-hearted personality. (The Cloud Cuckoo Lander element being implied by his looking like a cloud - i.e. “head in the clouds”) His eyes match all of the tropes regarding their color: Icy Blue Eyes (when angry or focused), Innocent Blue Eyes (normal mode or when he’s being particularly clueless) and Occult Blue Eyes (under More Than Mind Control).
    • Yuri - gold, silver, and green. If Yuuri and Victor are the red and blue roses, then Yuri is the yellow rose, which depending on interpretation can signify jealousy or friendship. His blue-green eyes stand for the Green-Eyed Monster as well. He’s jealous of Victor because of the latter’s effortless control over his powers and the fact that he made it to Living Legend status while barely trying, and of Yuuri (though he doesn’t show this often) because of how readily (in his perception) Victor abandoned Russia for Japan and Eros. Also, it may be because he has some feelings for Yuuri as well, though it’s not stated. Gold and White Are Divine comes into play as well because of his symbolism of agape. Plus, in canon, gold and silver are the only medals Yuri had won.
    • Erin - navy blue, gold, and ivory, contrasting Victor's. She's his Distaff Counterpart.
      • Maaya - maroon, gold, and ivory, contrasting Yuuri's, and matching Erin's.
  • Combat Medic: Thalia serves as this for the group. He has a protecting/shielding move (Bright Reflector), a healing move (Corona Healing Sparkle), and only one attack (Gold Aurora Ribbon), compared to the rest of his team, whose moves are all on the offense side.
  • Combined Energy Attack: Gold-One as a whole get their first as an 11th-Hour Superpower: Cosmic Spiral Symphony.
  • Contrived Coincidence: A spaceship managed to crash into an open field and hit the Agent who was out there investigating a report of monster activity.
  • Cool Big Sis: Katsuki Mari, to the considerably more uptight Yuuri.
  • Cradling Your Kill: Victor to Eros.
  • Create Your Own Hero: See Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! for elaboration on the Empress' screw-up.
  • Creature-Hunter Organization: The Agency, which is the second type (Phlebotinum-Based Hunter Organization).
  • Crystal Landscape: Possibly in a Mythology Gag to Sailor Moon, this is one of the visions Yuuri briefly has.
  • Cue the Sun: The sun shines over the trashed D-Point after the villains have been defeated, because the dark energy that had been covering it up had been banished.
  • Curse Cut Short: The resident Sir Swears-a-Lot Yuri got tongue-tied in the middle of a F-bomb when he realized Victor was suicidal.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Mikhail didn't walk out on his pregnant wife. He was killed in action and made an Un-person.
  • Dance Battler: The three leads are trained in ballet (Yuuri by Minako, Victor and Yuri by Lilia) so this is incorporated in their fighting styles.
  • Dances and Balls: The heroes infiltrate one.
  • Dark Is Evil: A staple of Sailor Moon villains. Not helped by the arcs of Dark Kingdom and Black Moon being direct influences for this story. Lampshaded in the changing of Strike Inferno and Arctic Blizzard to Dark Inferno and Dark Blizzard.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The premise in general. Figure skaters are now, essentially, soldiers, with a whole host of emotional and physical baggage in addition to what they have in Yuri!!! on Ice canon. Some details from the Sailor Moon universe underwent Grimmification for this fic, though it must be said that the manga has pitch-black elements compared to the 90s anime or even the musicals. Take Yuuri’s Angst over his powers for example: Spontaneous Human Combustion happened to Drones in the Black Moon arc, and the description of the event was written with Usagi’s nightmare about Mamoru’s ordeal in the Dark Kingdom in mind.
    • During the semi-canonical Yuri on Festival event, Yuuri was possessed by an Omnicidal Maniac squid demon and exorcised by Victor with an "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight and The Power of Love. No such luck here - it’s implied that Eros is either a Monster from Beyond the Veil, or a case of Came Back Wrong, with the bare minimum of Yuuri’s physical look and memories. Victor is forced to result to a Murder-Suicide to stop the Empire from getting their hands on both of their crystals.
    • From Yuri on Stage, Yurio kept pushing the theory that Yuuri kidnapped Victor because he didn't want to share Victor's adorable side with the world, much to Yuuri's confusion and incredulity. Cut to this universe and although it isn't Yuuri per se, and nor did Yuri come up with the idea, but said theory is actually true considering Eros' lines and behavior towards Victor.
  • Deadly Hug: "I'm sorry... Yuuri..."
  • Death Glare: Chris delivers several to Eros. In an earlier scene, Chris and Victor stared each other down with this as well.
  • Death Is Dramatic: Let's just say everyone got their fill of drama, despite the fact that the majority of them got a Disney Death.
  • Death Is the Only Option: Victor decided to kill himself so he can be reborn again with Yuuri, and so that the Roses would turn inactive, trusting his friends to protect them from falling into the hands of the villains.
  • Debut Queue: Averted. Whereas the Senshi and Tuxedo Mask are introduced eventually, and the skaters as each competition occurs, the five protagonists appear in the first chapter.
  • Demonic Invaders: One invader, actually, who crash-landed. And then she attempted to bring friends.
  • Demonic Possession: Phichit seems to briefly think it’s what happened to Yuuri, based on his inner remark that Eros is a monster wearing his friend’s face. The brief hesitation demonstrated by said character at killing Phichit may well prove him right, though it’s very much YMMV since Yuuri later confirmed that he wasn’t conscious at all.
  • Deployable Cover: Thalia casts this kind of shield, which can disintegrate any object that attempts to breach it.
  • Did Not Die That Way: Katerina hid her Agent status and Mikhail's death from Victor, telling him that he wasn't to talk about this father at all. Mikhail was killed in action, though Katya did not live to reveal the truth to Victor, who found out from the Archives.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Victor and Yuuri do this. In Victor's case, it's less obvious, because he smashed their gems together to cause an explosion.
  • Dies Wide Open: Yuuri was this before Literally Shattered Lives. Twice, if you count Eros.
  • Disney Death: If you're a hero.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Eros.
  • Dissonant Serenity:
    • Victor's lack of expression as he fought his friends with intentions to kill.
    • Victor, again, when he stabbed the monster that invaded his home. His outstretched hand and body was trembling, because he was still a frightened child barely in control of cryokinesis, but his stare was controlled and detached, like an adult soldier. It was Lyan's soul reacting with his/Victor's magic in self-defense.
    • Because third time's a charm, Yuri notes that Victor was smiling before killing himself.
    • This is what happens when either Victor or Yuuri get a vision from their past, or are influenced by their past selves in any way.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Victor/Yuuri and Maaya/Erin.
    • Victor and Erin are the Red Onis, Yuuri and Maaya are the Blue Onis.
    • Both ships are interracial Queer Romances, with one partner being white, blonds, and from a cold country (Russia and Canada) and the other partner from Japan (or at least Japanese-passing, in Maaya's case).
    • Their ship names make up words: Victuuri/Victory, and Maayerin/Mayerling.
  • The Dividual: Eros and a Brainwashed and Crazy Nike. It's remarked that their movements are eeriely identical when they're not fighting the heroes, meaning that at minimum there's Mind over Matter going on.
  • The Dog Bites Back: A Mook tackled the miniboss with intentions to subdue only, but when the miniboss pulled a Wounded Gazelle Gambit in order to persuade the Mook to let go, this sent the Mook right past the Rage Breaking Point with Tranquil Fury and the miniboss gets Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: The three remaining Agents before the final battle with the Big Bad decided this, using the last of their powers to fight, and then to resurrect their deceased friends.
  • Dying as Yourself: Layla/Nyx’s first and last appearance in the story.
  • Dying for Symbolism:
    • Victor and Yuuri's death mark the Darkest Hour.
    • Yuri, Chris, and Phichit giving up the last of their powers brought Layla, Victor, and Yuuri Back from the Dead.
  • The Dragon: Melinoë to the Empress, and later Eros, upon her demise.
  • Driven to Suicide: One of the theories about the Ice King in the backstory. And, arguably, Victor.
  • Dynamic Entry: Eros, Thalia, Hyes, and Latius burst through portals to provide backup for Nike in the first chapter.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Looms as a threat at the end of the fic - only in that it will become a dystopia ruled by the Empire.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Yuuri, though it's not really emphasized until he is revived as Eros.
  • Elemental Eye Colors:
  • Elemental Powers: Not all YOI characters coincide with their Sailor Moon counterparts.
  • Emerging from the Shadows: Eros’ dramatic reveal.
  • Empty Shell: The Replicas are this. There is no possibility of a "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight since the original person is technically dead. This is debatable, however. See YMMV for Alternate Character Interpretation.
  • Empty Eyes: Used quite frequently, especially regarding Victor. They are present in the Sailor Moon canon, though.
  • Energy Bow: Strike Inferno, as a Shout-Out to Mars Flame Sniper.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles:
    • The dust that the Agents turn into when they die are remarked to be iridescent.
    • Thalia’s healing move (the only named move that heals rather than destroys) is called Corona Healing Sparkle. Bright Reflector takes the form of golden sparks cascading down to form a shield around the caster as well.
    • On the offense, there’s Latius' Battler Sparks.
    • Christophe Lampshades this trope by informing Yuri that they are in a B-movie because they “dress up in bedazzled costumes to battle monsters. And aliens.”.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Eros' getup has more sheer material and resembles lingerie more than Yuuri's heroic costume. His palette remains black and red, though the silver is replaced with dark gray. Victor also gets one that's way more on the feminine side. It can be interpreted as Eros being a Politically Incorrect Villain and associating submission with femininity.
  • Evil Gloating: Empire agents love this, though Eros delivered.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Eros hurling fire indiscriminately with Dark Inferno.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Brainwashed and Crazy Nike with Dark Blizzard.
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: D-Point is this - a dark hall with black stone columns and floor.
  • Evil Is Petty: An exasperated Chris noted that Eros "sounded like a teenage boy trying to stop [him] from stealing his boyfriend" as the latter sneered and told him You're Just Jealous.
  • Evil Laugh: Empire agents tend to indulge in these.
  • Evil Plan: The Empress wants to take over the Earth with an army of superpowered Replicas.
  • Expy: Given that this is "Sailor Moon but with the trademarks filed off and no particular adherence to canon", examples abound. Not including characters:
    • Agents - Sailor Senshi
    • Guardian gems - Star Seeds
    • Paired energy sources: The Red/Blue Roses, and the Silver/Golden Crystals
    • Replicas - Droids/youma/Daimon/Shadow Galactica Mooks
  • Extranormal Institute: The Agency runs a Superhero School in Serenitatis, their main base.
  • Extra-Strength Masquerade: Powered up from the Sailor Moon canon, as this masquerade has Reality Warping effects on Neutrals.
  • Eye Lights Out: Upon the death of an Agent, their gem would become dull and lifeless.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The three remaining Agents' attempted Last Stand.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    Somehow all of them had managed to completely miss that the entire time someone was sitting there in a throne-like chair, half-hidden in the shadows, watching.
  • Family Business:
    • The Nishigoris are set to be this, with all of them working for the Agency in some capacity.
    • The Nikiforovs also count, despite Katya's efforts.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Katerina tried to be this until Galina tipped Yakov off about Victor.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Yuuri and his confidence issues. He's an excellent pyromancer, but in the heat of battle, he sometimes can't handle the pressure and he chokes at the last second. His anxiety and low opinion of himself only make way for even more flaws.
    • Though Victor is loved/admired by many and has a lot of natural charisma, he tends to be Innocently Insensitive and lacking in emotional intelligence, not knowing how to deal with people who are in distress.
  • Fate Worse than Death/And I Must Scream: Guardians unlucky enough to be murdered and revived as a Replica have their spirits trapped inside their gems. If the panic attack seen in canon is genuine, being trapped isn’t a nice experience. The Replica has access to all of the dead Agent’s memories and souped-up powers. The Agents are absolutely powerless even if the Replica is ordered to harm and/or kill their loved ones. The only way they can get out to be reborn is for the Replica’s body to be destroyed, and their gems taken back to the Source to be purified.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Respectively, Yuuri, Victor, and Yurio.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Victor goes through them.
    • Denial/Depression: He cut off all Agency contact and holed himself up in his flat.
    • Anger: He broke down crying, though this anger is more directed towards himself for being a Deer in the Headlights. His prior outburst at Yakov, who deserved it, also qualify.
    • Bargaining: Started off striking up contact with Eros because he thought having fake Yuuri around is better than not having Yuuri at all.
    • Acceptance: Finally, he came to terms with Yuuri's death and pulled a Taking You with Me to prevent the villains from getting world-destroying power.
  • Flower Motifs: All of the Guardian gems fall under this.
    • Red Rose (Yuuri): Romantic, sexual love.
    • Blue Rose (Victor): Love, prosperity, immortality.
    • Green Mint (Chris): Virtue. Swiss mint is a rare type of peppermint, used in the flavoring of Ricola candies.
    • Azure Hyacinth (Yuri): Fidelity, loyalty.
    • White Frangipani (Phichit): Shelter and protection. The plant is native to Thailand.
    • Purple Iris (Nyx/Layla): The ancient Greeks planted purple irises on the graves of women so that the goddess of the rainbow, Iris, can lead them to heaven. Irises link heaven and earth.
  • Footnote Fever: Or, "more author's notes than you'd care to read". The author is prone to these, which sometimes can get as long as half the chapter.
  • Four Is Death: Minako is woken up by the machines beeping frantically at headquarters - she had been monitoring four vital signs, and all of them had disappeared from the screen, meaning that her Agents are dead.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Victor's first spoken line in the fic is "This is the story of how I died." And then he tells Yuuri to "leave him [in bed] and then sweep him up later" in a bit of Black Comedy, given they both know what happens when Guardians die. Both of them turn to dust at the tail end of the story. They do get better, though...
    • Doubles with History Repeats. As a teen, Victor impaled a monster with ice to save his mom, who kept a crucial secret from him. Nearly two decades later, he has to impale his soulmate to save the Earth, partially because of a different secret that was kept from them.
    • Eros' main attack is Strike Inferno. Inferno (n.) - a great blaze. Coming from the idea of hellfire. Apt for someone who was appropriated by the dark side...
  • Fragile Speedster: As part of his power-up, Yuri earned the ability to move as fast as the lightning he controls. He's the most feminine and delicate-looking of the group.
  • From Bad to Worse: Two out of five of the heroes are dead. Then, cue the invading alien horde.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Agency for Enforcement and Guidance of International Strategies. In other words, someone really wanted their initials to spell AEGIS, which is Athena's shield in Classical Mythology. In practice, people just call it the Agency, and very rarely Aegis. Not even working Agents use the latter.

    Tropes G-L 
  • Gender-Blender Name: Agents' codenames don't correlate with their gender. Among the main characters, there's Phichit (Thalia, the Grace of good cheer), and Victor (Nike, goddess of victory).
  • Generation Xerox: Katerina and Victor Nikiforov both have Mystical White Hair, Innocent Blue Eyes, and retired because they lost their partner to the job. Lampshaded by Layla, who says he's the spitting image of his mother and realized Mikhail has moved on and settled down with Katya after his first love went missing.
  • Get Out!: Yuuri said this jokingly to Victor when the latter whined about going to school in the cold.
  • Go Back to the Source: Victor and Yuuri's Wedding Day takes place inside the chapel that's part of the main Agency headquarters. It's also the place of their past selves' Murder-Suicide, and actually contains the Source that their powers come from.
  • Government Conspiracy: Aliens and Monsters exist, and people are employed to protect the world from them.
  • Gilligan Cut: Victor tells Yuri to join the Group Hug. Yuri indignantly refuses. Cut to everyone squashed together in said group hug.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Yurio's "Pointer Finger of Doom".
  • Glowing Gem: In the center of the chest for Agents.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Latius has blond hair and wears a white costume. His namesake is Zeus, the top god of Classical Mythology, and his costume is patterned after Yuri!!! on Ice’s Agape costume.
    Victor: Agape… unconditional love. Like God’s love.
  • Good All Along: Layla, who, despite being the vessel to the Empress (which means having her entire brain invaded), managed to hide the fact that the Earth is chock full of non-Actives and Agents until Gold-One came along and accidentally ruined it. Nyx also makes a triumphant reappearance at the Darkest Hour to call upon the Source and save everyone's bacon.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Yuri is just as heroic, loyal and self-sacrificing as he is condescending, short-tempered, rude, and cocky.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Minako, Yuuri's ballet teacher and later handler, is his mom's senpai, but she looks younger and more attractive than his sister.
  • Hand Blast: Agents’ attacks, if they don’t have any weapons (or if the move doesn’t call for weapons), emanate from their fingertips.
  • The Handler: Retired Agents - as in, YOI coaches - serve as this. The level of authority they have over their charges is not exactly enforced. Victor typically does whatever the hell he wants while Yakov rages, but he's been lucky enough to get out of scrapes on his intuition alone. Yuuri sticks to Minako's (ninety-nine percent sound) advice outside of extreme situations. When Agents are assigned temporarily to other regions, they get directives from the local Handler.
  • Healing Factor: Cuts and scrapes aren't gonna put any dampers on Replicas. They can be Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, though.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Yuuri and Victor's love for each other, and their friends' love for them, is what enabled everyone to get an 11th-Hour Superpower and save the day.
  • Henshin Hero: The Agents are this, but they're all trained in various martial arts in case something goes wrong.
  • Heroic BSoD: This is what sufficiently weakens Victor enough for him to be controlled by Eros. He also had this earlier - the shock of Yuuri Taking the Bullet distracted him sufficiently for the Red Rose to be stolen.
  • Hero Secret Service: The Agents and their Agency.
  • History Repeats:
    • The Handlers attempted to cover up the Reincarnation Romance in order to avoid this trope, but it was all for naught. Yuuri/Aenar ended up betraying Victor/Lyan in service of a ruler that he's loyal to, and the latter is forced to impale the former. Lampshaded by Victor, in a line quoted from Sailor Moon canon, that they were "reborn to repeat the same fate". Luckily, the trio of Phichit/Chris/Yuri thought otherwise.
    • Katerina feared Victor, just like Mikhail, would join the Agency out of pure idealism, then get killed on the job. Galina's intervention derailed her plans.
  • Holy City: Serenitatis, shielded from the rest of the world. It's the location of the Source.
  • Hope Spot: It seemed briefly that Yuuri was Fighting from the Inside. Unfortunately, it was a hundred percent faked by Eros.
  • Hurting Hero: Yuuri, with his anxiety, occupational hazard and Angst. The narrative also goes into detail on Victor relapsing into depression after Yuuri’s death, though it didn’t take long until Eros shows up.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Eros repeatedly kisses a mind-controlled Victor and strokes his hair, to the disgust and shock of the heroes.
  • I Kiss Your Foot: Followed quickly by I Kiss Your Hand, between a Brainwashed and Crazy Victor and Eros.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Phichit tries this, and inwardly Lampshades the futility of the trope. Eros mocks it by name.
  • I'll Kill You!: The miniboss threatens this to our heroes.
  • In a Single Bound: Agents can do this. First demonstrated by Chris in the chapter one battle, where he leaped into the air and hacked at the monster with his Cool Sword.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Chris' attack. Terra Quake. Earthquake.
  • In the Blood: Agents’ powers are this. Yuuri is an aversion, being a rare case of Randomly Gifted. This is because he’s the reincarnation of the Fire Prince, so no matter his parents’ genetic heritage, he will end up having powers anyway. The Ice one just happens to be born to an Agent family this time around.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side:
    • Yuuri, most definitely. Besides his Dance Battler style, he's a generally sensitive soul and even has a phone cover in bright cheery colors with poodles all over it. It's further emphasized in his alternative identity as Eros, wherein his costume is definitely gender ambiguous and his movements based on Takarazuka actresses.
    • The same could be said of Victor, even after he chopped his hair off.
  • Invisible Parents: Discounting Yuuri’s family and Yuri’s grandfather, none of the Agents’ families are shown.
  • Invisible to Normals: Part of The Masquerade - it’s why Agents can do battle in the middle of streets with impunity.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Yuri engaged in this during his duel with the miniboss.
    Yuri: (shouting) Is that all you’ve got? Maybe you should go ask my grandfather for fighting lessons!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yuri is a mean little bastard... but not entirely. He definitely has a temper issue, and he acts a little stuck up for someone who's trying to work his way up, but when he's not focusing on work he seems to be a decent fellow. It's later shown that he also cares a great deal about his grandfather.
  • Karmic Death: Eros got killed for simultaneously overestimating and underestimating Victor - impersonating Yuuri was what finally pushed Victor over the edge. Plus, he tried to use telekinesis to impale Victor after the latter fought back, and Victor ended up impaling him. At close quarters.
  • Kneel Before Zod:
    • The Reveal that Victor led the rest of Gold-One right to Eros has this as a Wham Line. Well, for the Agents anyway, since the reader already knew about Eros' invasion.
  • Kill and Replace: The Empress' plan is to pull this on every holder of a Guardian gem, amassing an army of Replicas.
  • Kill It with Ice: What Victor had to resort to for Eros. It's Impaled with Extreme Prejudice In the Back.
  • Last Kiss: Victor kisses Yuuri - well, the Replica corpse, since that's the best he has - on the lips and the forehead as farewell.
  • Last-Name Basis: The miniboss either refers to the heroes by their last name or their codenames.
  • Leotard of Power: Agents’ costumes are skin-tight, ostensibly for better combat movement, but is a source of Fanservice judging by the concept art.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Victor's little white lie to Layla that he'll tell her Handler about what happened to her.
  • Life Drinker: The Empress feeds on large creatures, and then Life Energy from Human Resources, until she gets tipped off that there are Agents.
  • Life Energy: It's the reason monster activity around the world suddenly became clustered around Tokyo. The villains are luring them in so that their energy can be used to feed the Big Bad. This forces the Agency to send its best to investigate... catapulting them, and their yummy powers, straight into evil jaws.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Yuuri (dark feminine) and Yuri (light feminine), reflected in their costumes as well as the fact that Yuuri got appropriated by the dark side despite being personally loyal to the heroes while Yuri stays very firmly on the side of the angels.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Victor and Yuri squabble and compete like brothers, as they share a Handler in Yakov - Victor's Parental Substitute.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Victor and Yuuri. It got to the point that Victor is prepared to jump head-first into engaging with Eros because having someone around who at least looks like Yuuri is better than not having Yuuri at all.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: Victor and Yuuri met during training and started dating, but their assignments took them apart. They corresponded via Skype until Victor gets reassigned to Japan to investigate the unusual spike of monster activity. This very quickly became a Be Careful What You Wish For.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: When he was a teenager, Victor used to wear his hair long, putting it into a bun when training. He chopped it off after graduation to facilitate the fighting. It suddenly grows out again - identical to what happened to Usagi in the Dark Kingdom arc - as he lapses into depression and starts to get more visions of his past self as Lyan, who also had long hair. It's still long by the time of the final confrontation. The sequel sees him getting the chop again as a bonding activity with Erin, and a Meaningful Haircut for both.
  • Love Hurts: Yuuri and Victor become the lights of each other's lives... but that also means that they have the power to emotionally destroy the other with an insensitive or misguided remark. The already-anxiety prone Yuuri dreads the seemingly inevitable (to him) loss of Victor once their past lives are repeated, or once Victor gets bored of him. Meanwhile, Victor, who seems to have dodged the extremes of love and heartbreak up until now, falls to pieces when he loses Yuuri. They work through it.
  • Love Redeems: Victor loves Yuuri enough to kill the thing that had replaced him.
  • Lover and Beloved: While downplayed due to an age difference of only four years, Victor's status as Yuuri's coach, helping him improve with emotional control of his powers and also get in touch with his sexy side, has shades of this.
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    Tropes M-R 
  • MacGuffin: The Red and Blue Roses.
  • MacGuffin Guardian: Yuuri and Victor are the holder of those stones, in their capability as Eros and Nike.
  • Magic Is Mental: Characters learn to (or fail at) using their powers either via Don't Think, Feel or Awesomeness by Analysis. Just as figure skating in the original can take a toll on the body, exhaustion is a common side effect. Yuuri’s original stamina translates here to being able to cast his powers for a longer time than others.
  • The Woman Behind The Woman: The Empress and Melinoë. Then it turns into The Woman Behind The Man.
  • Meaningful Name: The Agents' alter egos are all named after Greek mythological figures:
    • Yuuri - Eros (athleticism, protector of same-sex love between men, and sexual attraction in general)
    • Victor - Nike (strength, speed, victory)
    • Chris - Hyes ("fertilizing moisture", epithet of Dionysus)
    • Yuri - Latius (name of Zeus as worshipped in Latium)
    • Phichit - Thalia ("good cheer", one of the Graces, often found in Aphrodite and Eros' company.)
    • Minako - Leda. Zeus came to Leda in the form of a swan, alluding to Minako's canonical background as a ballet dancer. Swan Lake also has the duality of Odette/Odile, and lovers being Driven to Suicide before being resurrected in some adaptations.
    • Melinoë. Her namesake is the goddess of ghosts, daughter of Persephone and Zeus, who brings nightmares and madness, sometimes worshipped as an aspect of Hecate or Persephone herself. Her real self is Nyx, named after the personification of the night, feared by even Zeus himself. The mythological Nyx also has a cave or mansion (homaged in the description of D-Point), and is the mother of Eros according to Aristophanes. Nyx's death and subsequent rebirth as Melinoë kickstarted the plot, making her the "mother" of the story.
    • Katerina - Daphne (a naiad pursued by Apollo because Eros shot him with an arrow of love and her with one of hatred. She turned into a laurel tree, which is a symbol of victory. Her namesake Agent later named her son Victor.)
    • Erin - Bellona (the Roman goddess of war. She is also often depicted alongside a laurel-bearing, winged Victory (Nike/Victoria). Erin has a belligerent personality).
    • Maaya - Ayame (meaning "iris" in Japanese. In English, it's spelled and pronounced the same as the name for Greek goddess of the rainbow. Their names - both civilian and professional - are also extensive ShoutOuts to the Takarazuka Revue.
  • Men Don't Cry: Averted. Almost all the characters are not ashamed to cry, and thankfully, never once are they mocked for daring to shed tears.
  • Mercy Kill: I can't stand seeing him like this anymore.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Averted with Victor, only in that his Innocent Blue Eyes/Icy Blue Eyes turn into Occult Blue Eyes with a blank, detached expression. Played somewhat straight with Yuuri, whose reddish-brown eyes go to Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • Mind over Matter: Hello, Eros. He used telekinesis to hurl debris at the heroes, from broken concrete to a piece of metal intended to impale Victor. It's implied he was using this in conjunction with Mind Control, as Victor's walking motions matched his precisely before fighting broke out.
  • Mind Rape: Eros on Victor.
  • Mohs Scale of Violence Hardness: As it's Darker and Edgier from the Sailor Moon manga, it rates a 7. There's harm done to sentient beings, Spontaneous Human Combustion, etc. |
  • Monster Is a Mommy: The "extremely pissed off twenty-meter-tall crocodile-something" in chapter one.
  • Multinational Team: As of this moment, the "Inners"/Gold-One are this. We have Russians Victor and Yuri, Japanese Yuuri, Swiss Chris, and Thai Phichit. The sequel will probably get even worse.
  • Murder-Suicide: The Princes in the background story, from the results of a Duel to the Death.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Yakov reacts like this when Victor, upon learning he and Minako had kept the secret about the twin Roses, got so angry that he burned all of Agency-related bridges.
    • "Yuuri, forgive me."
  • Mythology Gag: Chapter names come exclusively from the names of the new Sera Myu musicals and songs/lyrics in them, as well as episode titles and song titles/lyrics of Sailor Moon Crystal. The episode titles itself are the titles of the corresponding Sailor Moon chapters in the manga. (Song names are sorted under the musical/series in which they appear rather than in chapter order.)
    • A New Voyage - Un Nouveau Voyage
      • Eye of the Storm
    • The Reconquest - La Reconquista
      • Fate
      • Resolution
    • The Stranger - Petite Étrangère
    • Eternal Love - Amour Eternal
    • The Final Movement - Le Mouvement Final
    • Sailor Moon Crystal:
      • Moonrise ("The Moonrise In Your Eyes", Tuxedo Mask's character song. Sung by Kenji Nojima, the voice actor for Mamoru Chiba and Lee Seung-gil.)
      • Reunion (manga chapter/anime episode 11, also the fan title for a Yuri On Ice background music track that was officially named "At the Airport")
      • Covert Maneuvers (chapter/episode 23).
      • Twofer: Prayers is a reference to the La Reconquista song "Prayer", and the track A Prayer to the Moon from the anime.
    • Victor murmured, "I'm afraid of losing you," to Yuuri at one point. In Italian, that would be "Ho paura di perderti," which is a line from Aria: Stammi vicino, non te ne andare.
    • Moonlight appears repeatedly in romantic moments for Victor and Yuuri, ever since "the Moon and her court" watched over the courtship of the Princes. Heavy-handed reference to Sailor Moon aside, the lines immediately after the word kaleidoscope in the theme song of said anime is Moonlight guides how many times we will be reborn. Counting the twinkling of stars, predicting the course of our love.
    • The Sea of Serenity (Mare Serenitatis) on the moon is stated to be the location of the Silver Millennium in Sailor Moon. Another lunar mare makes an appearance in the name of the Hall of Tranquility (Mare Tranquilitatis, the site of the first crewed moon landing).
    • Quotes nicked from canon:
      • Eros' introduction was only two words off from a certain line in La Reconquista: "I am Endymion, the Dark Kingdom's strongest warrior."
      • Black Lady and Eros: "Don't waste your time! He only listens to me now."
      • Victor and Eros: "I want to know everything about you." note 
  • Neck Lift: Yuri got this when he mouthed off to Eros.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Agents develop new attacks as they are called for in the field.
  • Nice Guy: Chris and Phichit are the Nice Guys of the team. Victor is Innocently Insensitive and can be quite heavy-handed with his Brutal Honesty, Yuuri suffers from a selective Lack of Empathy (though he's not mean-spirited or cruel, he can say things that are damaging, and his chronic Cannot Spit It Out is more trouble than it's worth). And then there's Yuri with his Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • The Agency accidentally revealed to the villains that Agents exist by sending their strongest ones to Tokyo, who emit waves of powerful energy that the Empress sensed.
    • Whoever had the absolutely brilliant idea of transporting a highly dangerous alien across the galaxy to stand trial in an unmanned ship should be fired on the spot. In their defense, as far as they were concerned she would have been useless without a host, so it would have been better not to provide her with a pilot and/or crew to hijack. Plus, the authorities had no idea she was much stronger in her energy form than she let on. It was out of sheer luck that Earth's resident peacekeepers did their job for them.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The death and resurrection of the protagonists gave the entire team a level-up, enabling them to turn the tables and deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle. The sequel reveals that it turned Gold-One into the most powerful Agents alive.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Yuuri, Yuri, and Victor, respectively; though Yuuri and Victor switch places from time to time.
  • No Bisexuals: Averted with the main character. Yuuri is very strongly hinted to have had a crush on his childhood friend Yuuko, but has been engaged to Victor since the start of the story.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Eros consoled himself with this after Victor resisted his Mind Probe for the first time.
  • Noodle Incident: The time Victor tried to climb on a table at a bar. It's a Never Live It Down moment for him.
  • No-Sell: Yuri tried kicking a Mook repeatedly in the shin in order for him to let go of the Neck Lift. It didn't take.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Phichit voiced this in his narration during the climactic battle.
  • Official Couple: Victor and Yuuri, right from the first chapter.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Chris says this word for word as Victor gets knocked out of the battle.
    • The three Agents left standing reacted like this when the Empress started speaking.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • Despite being in their mid-to-late 20s, some of the Agents look like they're still in high school, with Yuuri as the most prominent example. Justified, as the amount of healing they get post-combat slows down their aging rate to a certain degree.
    • Minako is probably the most extreme example out of all the characters; she looks like she's in her twenties, but she's been confirmed to be older than Hiroko, who's 49.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: Eros’ dramatic sartorial choice, patterned after Tuxedo Mask and Endymion, the Dark Kingdom’s strongest warrior. Long? Check (nearly sweeping the floor). Flowing? Check. (rippling like water) Dark? Check. (Black)
  • Omniglot: All Agents are this because of their gift of tongues. It only applies to languages created after the Source came into existence though.
  • One Steve Limit: There are two characters named Yuri: Japanese Yu(u)ri Katsuki and Russian Yuri Plisetsky. Mari nicknames the Russian Yuri "Yurio" to avoid confusion, which he isn't very happy about.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Victor is unsettled because of the subtle differences between Yuuri and Eros - he's giving an alias, he says he's going to Todai (Yuuri's alma mater) but with a different major, and he initially calls Victor Nikiforov-san instead of Vitya. That last point carries on all the way until their last conversation, with an upgrade to Victor, right up until Eros finally called him Vitya in an attempt to catch him off guard in order to impale him.
  • Our Vampires Are Different:
  • Parental Abandonment: Katya's refusal to discuss Mikhail at all made Victor think his father did this. He was dead wrong.
  • Parental Substitute: Yakov is this to Victor, and Yuri was raised by his grandfather.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Victor and Yurio both have one eye covered by their hair.
  • Performance Anxiety: Yuuri suffers from it, and it causes him to choke during battles. Getting past it is part of his Character Development.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Zig-zagged. Some characters hit their national stereotypes (eg. Russians Victor and Yurio have pale hair and light eyes but lithe builds), but others don't (eg. American Leo isn't a blond and blue-eyed Caucasian but a tan, dark-haired Mexican-American).
  • Please Wake Up: “No, no, Yuuri - wake up - Phichit, do something - Yuuri -”
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Layla's first death. She just had the bad luck of getting caught in the wreckage.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
  • Power Crystal: Guardian Gems, which serve as Agents' Power Source.
  • Power Gives You Wings: The "prince" forms of the Inners.
  • Power Glows: Attacks and gems alike emit bright lights. Even Terra Quake takes the form of a sphere of light slamming into the ground or intended target.
  • Power Incontinence:
    • Yuuri (and the great majority of Fire users, for some reason) struggle with this. Victor teaches him to deal with it using Don't Think, Feel.
    • Stuff just keeps breaking around Erin until she learns how to control it... marginally. When she's out of uniform, it's a crapshoot between making a one button pop off a bad guy's shirt and sending his vehicle into a tailspin.
  • The Power of Friendship: This was the impetus for Hyes, Latius, and Thalia to attempt a Heroic Sacrifice for Eros and Nike.
  • Premature Empowerment: If their powers are not activated/amplified by the Source, people born with special abilities will not become Agents and earn their costume/attacks.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: At first, only Yuuri dreams of their past, but the non-psychic Victor started getting them after he cuddled with Yuuri while the latter was having one such dream.
  • Psychic Powers: Aside from his pyromancy, Yuuri possesses some degree of clairvoyance, and his Superpowered Evil Side is capable of Mind Control.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • "Get. Out." - Yuuri to a whining Victor
    • "Go. To. Hell." - Chris to Eros' Evil Gloating.
    • "Where. Is. Your. Tie." - Victor to Yuuri on their Wedding Day
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: Eros demanded that the Agents surrender their gems to spare themselves from a grisly death.
  • Queer Romance:
  • Rage Breaking Point: Victor broke when Eros tried to pull a Wounded Gazelle Gambit on him.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Victor can pull off attacks and maneuvers that are at the very limits of (super)human ability... but he's not immune to aging. In a career where youth counts, he's thinking about retirement at an age when most young adults have just started their professional lives.
    • Despite being able to go toe to toe with Victor if necessary, Yuuri is hampered by his tendency to comfort eat. That would be a cute quirk... except that his food preferences count against him, even though it's fairly mundane rather than obviously unhealthy, because weight and body mass is unfortunately critical to his line of work. In addition to that, as with Victor, time is not on Yuuri's side (nor his Power Incontinence), with retiring at 24 a serious possibility.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: Averted for Agents, but only for languages that were codified after the Source came into existence.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: All of the Handlers are thoroughly decent people. They all have different styles, ranging from Stern Teacher to Cool Big Sis, and sometimes they may not be compatible with an individual Agent (for example, Celestino, who's great for Phichit, can't provide the substantial support that Yuuri needs), but they all want the best for their charges. Even Yakov, the sternest and most authoritarian, shows strong support and genuine warmth for his Agents, even when they drive him up the wall.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Employed extensively by the Agency when pairing up their assignments, the reasoning behind which is that the two partners should complement each other and work together perfectly.
    • Cheerful and upbeat Victor is the red, while introspective and anxious Yuuri is the blue. Interestingly, they respectively hold the Blue and Red Roses.
  • Reincarnation Romance: The holders of the Red and Blue Roses.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Layla Douglas - Melinoë was this. Killed in the crash landing of the Empress' ship, resurrected with alien power. This happens to Yuuri too.

    Tropes S-Z 
  • Sadistic Choice:
    “I am [your friend], Katya! That’s exactly why I can’t stand by at what you’re doing to Viten’ka!” Galina shouted. Some of the bottles on her shelves rattled ominously. “You’re slowly killing him!”
    “Don’t you think I know that?” Katerina’s voice was full of anguish. “But what can I do, Galya? Hand him over to the Agency? Let him be murdered, like my Misha did? I can’t bear losing him again! I can’t just pretend that I have had neither husband nor son - once was enough!”
  • Save This Person, Save the World: Played with. A character had to resort to Murder-Suicide in order to stop the villains getting world-destroying power. However, a Heroic Sacrifice as a Last Stand brought the characters killed back to life, saving the day.
  • Say My Name:
    • Victor screams Yuuri’s name along with a Big "NO!" when Yuuri dies in his arms.
    • Chris shouts at Victor, using both his name and his codename, but fails to get a reaction.
  • Screw Destiny: A low-key example in Victor's choice to kill himself so he could be reborn again with Yuuri, with the intent to truly give destiny the middle finger the next time they're born. Chris, Phichit, and Yuri's Heroic Sacrifice helped some.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Empress was this, being transported to another planet to face trial, before the ship met with an accident and crashed on Earth.
  • Second Love: Mikhail Nikiforov and Layla Douglas had been dating on and off as Handler and Agent until her disappearance. Mikhail ended up being Happily Married to Katerina Syanova.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: Yuuri has visions which he experiences through the eyes of his past self, the Fire Prince.
  • She's Got Legs: The gender-inverted version - Eros uncrossing his legs - was written with the former Takarazuka Revue actress Yamato Yuuga’s motions during Sera Myu in mind. She plays a man - Mamoru Chiba, Yuuri’s Expy - in those musicals.
  • Shout-Out:
    • “This is the story of how I died.” is one to Doctor Who and Tangled.
    • Yuri’s snarky remark about a character keeping another imprisoned and cutting the latter’s hair for a potion is lifted off Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
    • The narration comparing Victor’s realization that Yuuri’s dead because of him hitting him like a car on an icy road references the light of day is fading - in which Victor actually did get hit by a car on an icy road, which also placed him in contact with a dark Manipulative Bastard.
      • Speaking of that fic, Victor’s parents’ name being Mikhail and Katerina is lifted off it, which in turn was lifted off Separation Anxiety.
    • Eros’ alias “Ookubo Yuu” is taken from Ookubo Satomi, the first actress to play Sailor Moon in the new Sera Myu, and Shirota Yu(u), one of the Tuxedo Masks in the old Sailor Moon musicals. It's also a Mythology Gag as a Brainwashed and Crazy Tuxedo Mask takes up the alias of Endo, which sounds quite close to the name of his past self, Endymion.
    • Melinoë sounds similar to Melanie, another human who had her head invaded by an alien entity.
    • Broken glass turning into sand upon impact with a shield is from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
    • Prince Aenar of the Fire Kingdom was named after Aenar Targaryen, the only Dragonlord whose family survived the Doom of Valyria because his daughter Daenys the Dreamer had a powerful prophetic vision that came to her in a dream. The ceremonial hall in the Fire capital is called the Hall of Summer - one Targaryen seat that was often granted to younger sons was Summerhall, at which the Tragedy of Summerhall occurred.
      • His husband, Prince Lyan of the Ice Kingdom, was named after Lyanna Stark, whose love for a Targaryen warrior/poet prince caused a terrible war and the downfall of the royal family. She died in a bed of blue winter roses because of Prince Rhaegar - well, because she delivered his child.
      • An oblique shoutout to the title of the book series: Did Fire truly love Ice? Perhaps. Singers have told their tale of woe often enough. In other words, A Song of Ice and Fire was sung about the Princes.
    • Another twofer: a black-clad Manipulative Bastard of a villain makes his debut in the chapter titled The Stranger. In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Stranger is the ambiguously-gendered aspect of Death. As mentioned above, the villain got his alias from Shirota Yu, who also played Death in Elisabeth. Said theatrical character was initially written as an ambiguously-gendered, black-clad, Manipulative Bastard.
    • Aenar was quoting Daenerys when he said the Queen of Rabbits must have her floppy ears.
    • The side stories are titled after lyrics of songs from (unrelated) musicals.
      • The collection's title, daylights, sunsets, midnights, cups of coffee: RENT.
      • we've all got our junk: Spring Awakening.
      • caught in a war that i never meant to wage: Frozen (2018).
    • Towaki Maaya is a walking dictionary of references to the Takarazuka Revue.
      • All five troupes of the Revue are represented by actresses contained in the name, going by romaji (with slight variations): Towaki Sea (Snow), Maaya Kiho (Flower/Star/Snow), Maya Miki (Flower), Asaka Manato (nicknamed Maa, Flower/Cosmos), and Ryuu Masaki (their facecast, nicknamed Maa-kun, Moon). note 
      • Ayame, their codename, means "iris" in Japanese. Irises are purple flowers. Violet is a shade of purple. "Sumire no Hanasakukoro", "When The Violets Bloom", is the official theme song of the Revue. You can hear the song play as the Hankyu note  train pulls into Takarazuka City. "Ayame" was also the name of a (non-Hankyu) express train line.
      • Hankyu trains' signature color is maroon, which is the primary color in Ayame's costume.
  • Signature Move:
    • Eros: Strike Inferno, Star Blaster
    • Nike: Arctic Blizzard, Luminous Ice Beam
    • Latius: Battler Sparks
    • Hyes: Terra Quake
    • Thalia: Gold Aurora Ribbon, Bright Reflector
  • Signature Scent:
    • Though not stated, apparently sleeping charms emit scents that are pleasant to the individual using them rather than a specifically coded smell. The charm Victor got from Galina smells of three things: green tea, the earth after rain, and katsudon (per Word of God, because he passed out in-story before he registered what it was.)
    • Eros smells like roses, intense and intoxicating, combined with dark, earthy musk.
  • Silence Is Golden: After his Face–Heel Turn, Victor's more disturbing actions are done in silence from his side, which makes him much more imposing, and emphasizes the wrongness of the situation.
  • Silent Antagonist: In contrast to all of the Evil Gloating Eros did, the normally talkative, happy Victor turned into this when he's under Mind Control. He didn't have another line of dialogue until after his Tap on the Head.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Yuri Plisetsky. Given how good he is at his job despite his age, the kid is entitled to an inflated ego, but still.
  • Snow Means Death: Getting the full blast of either Arctic Blizzard or Dark Blizzard in the face isn’t a nice experience. Plus, Victor ended up dead, however briefly, in the fic. Eros' corpse, after impalement with a spike of ice, exhibits the signs of hypothermia.
  • Something About a Rose: Eros is associated with red roses - mysterious and alluring. When Victor breaks out of his control, he tries to impale the Russian with a piece of metal, like a rose's thorn.
  • Something Only They Would Say: It's an Ambiguous Situation, but one interpretation is that Eros deliberately exploited it.
  • Soul Jar: The Empress is the final remnant of a race of energy beings that possess other living creatures. They can only be killed when their energy forms are killed, outside of any host.
  • Slasher Smile: Eros pulls this out as he's about to deliver the killing blow to Phichit.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": All over the place. There’s the culturally appropriate Yuuri, Yuuko, and Yuri, but it’s Victor instead of Viktor.
  • Spheroid Dropship: The villain crashed to Earth in one of these.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: The mechanics aren't discussed, but this is what happens to a pyromancer that's lost control of their powers. Because of their higher tolerance to and ability to control heat, they stay aware for much longer as they're being burned alive.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Princes Aenar and Lyan, as well as their reincarnation Yuuri and Victor. An annoyed Yuri even cited Romeo and Juliet by name.
  • Stranger in a Strange School: Yuuri was stated to be this in training, as he’s a rare case of a non-Active (and future Agent) born to a completely Neutral family.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Dark Inferno is one rung higher on the power ladder compared to Strike Inferno.
  • Take Over the World: And all other worlds in the known/unknown universe, if the villains have their way.
  • Taking the Veil: Non-Actives not suited for or not electing to fight, for example clairvoyants, can choose to reside in Serenitatis to provide services for the local Agents, or join the Protectors to maintain the magical shield over the city.
  • Tap on the Head: Victor was knocked out of being Brainwashed and Crazy by getting thrown across the room, landing head-first.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: While both Victor and Yuuri are fully-grown adults (with only a four year age gap), they also have a mentor-protege relationship; their romance could be considered as this.
  • Team Mom: Minako/Leda supervises Gold-One. Within the team itself, Chris and Phichit alternate the role.
  • Technicolor Fire:
    • Strike Inferno takes the form of red/orange fire, the kind of fire with the lowest temperature. This signifies that Yuuri's control over the fire isn't that refined, since it's the strongest attack he can create at the time.
    • Dark Inferno is blue fire, which is caused by the lack of soot and the ionization of gases. Fire also burns blue in zero gravity. This symbolizes that Eros' powers are from an inorganic/artificial source, unlike Yuuri's, and fueled by alien magic.
    • Star Blaster emits white fire, the hottest on the red/orange/yellow/white fire scale.
  • Tempting Fate: Eros' entire spiel about how Victor isn't going to betray him.
  • Terms of Endangerment: The miniboss called one of the heroes "darling".
  • Theme Naming: The Agents' codenames refer to figures from Greek mythology. Maaya's is an oblique version (see Meaningful Name for explanation).
  • Thermal Dissonance: Pyromancers can induce Convection Schmonvection because of their control over heat. Yuuri demonstrated this by burning Victor's tie.
  • Thigh-High Boots: Eros’ costume includes this, befitting the seductress persona and Yuuri’s (relatively hidden compared to Victor) Casual Kink. Eros’ costume does as well.
  • Three-Act Structure:
    • The Setup: The heroes are gathered in Tokyo and investigation into the alien threat begins.
    • The Confrontation: The villain's motives are revealed. A Heroic Sacrifice ensued. Someone Came Back Wrong, creating a Darkest Hour, which made one of the protagonists give up in despair.
    • The Resolution: The final, climactic battle - first with the miniboss, then with the Big Bad.
  • Threshold Guardian: Eros is the literal Guardian that tests The Hero's resolve. It's a Secret Test of Character - whether Victor is strong enough to overcome his despair and grief, and whether the trio of Chris, Phichit, and Yuri are prepared to lay down their life for Earth to stand a chance at survival. After defeating him, the heroes gain their 11th-Hour Superpower, which enables them to fend off an entire alien horde, which they never would have been able to do had it not been for that test.
  • Together in Death: Victor and Yuuri, though not for long.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Initially subverted in that Tokyo has such low monster activity compared to the rest of the world that it didn't even merit two Guardians until shortly before the story since the aliens were drawn to the Red Rose. Doubles as a Mythology Gag since the NHK Trophy, a qualifying event for the ISU Grand Prix (featured heavily in the first season of Yuri!!! on Ice) has been held in Tokyo several times. Victor was based in Moscow and St. Petersburg before his transfer - locations for the Rostelecom Cup. Played straight when the worldwide monsters started disappearing and unusual activity appearing in Tokyo, forcing the Agency to send its best there to investigate and resolve the issue.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Yuuri and his katsudon, as per the anime canon.
    • Victor likes sweet potato shōchū.
    • Yuri wistfully mentions his grandfather's pirozhskis.
    • Erin likes chicken fried rice and soda.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Three characters wear their deceased partner's ring on a necklace - Katerina Nikiforov (Mikhail's), Minako Okukawa, and Victor Nikiforov (Yuuri's). Victor didn't wear it for long, though, and ended up burying it.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Averted, as it’s a split-second flash of light here.
  • Transformation Trinket: Played with. Agents’ gems are contained within their heart - only when they transform are the gems exposed, usually on their chest. If a gem is forcibly removed by anyone but their owner, the Agent dies.
  • Translation Convention: Yuuri and Victor (or any given Agent - Agent, or Agent - Neutral conversation) speak to each other in their native languages, but thanks to their magic they are understood perfectly.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Victor gets angry, it's usually this.
  • Troubled Fetal Position:
    • Played for Laughs in "we've all got our junk" as the after-effects of eating nine matcha ice cream mochi balls in a row while lactose intolerant hit Victor.
    • Played straight in the main fic, with Victor waking up from a nightmare.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Katerina desperately tried to hide her job from Victor because she did not want him to die as well, as she had already lost Mikhail and is unable to fully grieve him. Turned out to be All for Nothing after a well-meaning Galina informed Yakov that little Vitya was a non-Active.
  • Unfinished Business: Melinoë - actually Nyx - makes a posthumous reappearance to hold the line for Eros and Nike to be revived.
  • Un-person: The Masquerade means that killed-in-the-line-of-duty Agents are immediately this to any Neutral. Yuuri points out that not even his parents and sister will remember him once he's dead, unless he retires, which would enable him to die of natural causes.
  • Urban Fantasy: The fic takes place in the 2010s world, though mostly in Tokyo.
  • Villainous Breakdown: '“I'll Kill You! All of you!” He hissed. With his hair and clothing in disarray and his glare deranged, he was a far cry from the put-together figure they had first encountered."
  • Visions of Another Self: Yuuri, and eventually Victor, get these from their past lives.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Yuuri's zodiac sign is Sagittarius, the archer. He gets a bow-and-arrow themed attack. (Mars Flame Sniper/Strike Inferno) And then, of course, Eros is armed with a bow and arrow...
    • Phichit uses his sash as a chain (Venus Love-Me Chain/Gold Aurora Ribbon). The Thai fon ngiew (scarf dance) is performed during happy events in Chiang Mai, and dancers typically wear yellow flower tiaras.
    • Victor has a Freeze Ray of a Magic Wand early on in his career, but dropped it later. (Mercury Aqua Rhapsody/Luminous Ice Beam) Doubles as a reference to Venus' Crescent Beam as well.
    • Chris gets a Cool Sword - Uranus' Space Sword. (World Shaking/Terra Quake).
    • Yurio has a Knife-Throwing Act, with the "knives" being bolts of lightning. Doubles as a shoutout to Classical Mythology with Zeus/Jupiter throwing lightning, as well as the fandom inside joke that Yurio can hurt people with his "knife shoes". (Jupiter Thunderbolt/Battler Sparks).
  • We Can Rule Together: The villain skipped right past the temptation and went straight for the More Than Mind Control.
  • Weight Woe: Yuuri has always struggled with his weight.
  • Wizard Duel: Thalia, Latius, and Hyes versus Eros and Nike, which quickly turned into Eros versus everyone else. He was caught off guard by a good ol' fashioned tackle and Choke Holds, though. Still, magic was what did him in.
  • Whole Plot Reference:
    • The fic follows/steals the plot of the Dark Kingdom/Black Moon arcs.
    • Reincarnation Romance in a magical world with a focus on Screw Destiny between a pair of dark-haired and light-haired men/soldiers? Sounds an awful lot like Loaded March.
  • Worthy Opponent: Yuri considers Victor this, regarding Yakov's replacement.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Arguably the "panic attack" that Eros pulled.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Victor implicitly tells Yuuri this after the latter lets out his feelings of self-inadequacy.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: At first, it seemed like Eros cares for Victor. Until he broke out of the Mind Control. That's when he gets upgraded from Mook to immediate threat, must kill.
  • Younger Than They Look: There are some Agents who are younger than 20, but appear older than that.

Tropes in the past storyline:

  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: The Ice King was this, ruling over a kingdom that knew nothing but peace. This rendered them woefully unprepared when the Fires came knocking.
  • Daddy's Girl: Alys. She's a little less unlikable than Valar since she somewhat gets along with Aenar, but she favors her father quite strongly in both temperament and looks.
  • Due to the Dead: Given to the Princes, though with the Fire one it's rather delayed.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: With Aenar's Face–Heel Turn, Lyan becomes this. Ceryse was this for her family, being the Token Good Teammate, before her death.
  • Heir Club for Men: King Valar often complains that if Alys had been the right gender, she would have been a great heir. He's eagerly waiting for the day either of his children provide him a grandson for the throne so that he can dispatch Aenar, whom he loathes, via Hunting "Accident".
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • How utterly naïve is Aenar to think that Lyan would agree to either running away with him and damn the consequences, or resign his life to living under an assumed identity as a Fire?
    • On the flip side, Lyan isn't exactly savvy either. Spilling state secrets to someone from an enemy country, love notwithstanding, is a big no-no.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Aenar is this to King Valar. He's a talented pyromancer in a kingdom that favors swordfight for men, and had a minor case of Becoming the Mask after his first meeting with Prince Lyan, which the king isn't too happy about. He proved to be adequate in a tragic case of My Master, Right or Wrong by turning on his husband and the Ice Kingdom. His failure to realize that Lyan would never agree to live as a kept man in the Fire court doomed him.
  • It Meant Something to Me: Lyan was pretty furious when Aenar told him that his first and only duty is to his royal father. YMMV, as the latter might have been lying to make their Duel to the Death easier on both sides.
  • Lady and Knight: A same-sex example. While the Ice Prince is trained in magic and combat, given that he's living in a peaceful Crystal Spires and Togas kingdom, he doesn't use it all that much. The Fire Prince, on the other hand, is active in battle as the commander of the Royal Army. Unfortunately for them, it's a case of the Bright Lady and the Black Knight falling in love. This is even Lampshaded in their palettes, right up to the color of their mounts in the Duel to the Death.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: The Fire Prince.
  • Love Ruins the Realm: The Fire/Ice kingdoms, as well as the unfortunate countries the Fire King ended up conquering, has the Ice Prince to thank for his misplaced trust in his Fire husband.
  • Morality Chain: Queen Ceryse is this to her husband. The shock at the news of Aenar's untimely death killed her, sending Valar completely off the rails.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Fire Prince is mentioned to be a Frontline General.
  • Was It All a Lie?: To which the Fire Prince replied that he was only being a False Friend and The Mole. YMMV on how truthful he was being, though, since Aenar did intend to protect Lyan until he realized the plan would never work.
  • Whole Plot Reference: It's a same-sex version of the Vietnamese myth of Mỵ Châu and Trọng Thủy.

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