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Lighting Candles is a Big Hero 6 / Rise of the Guardians crossover Fan Fic by PitViperOfDoom, found here. Has a sequel called A Friend In The Dark.

Tadashi Hamada died in the fire, but he comes back as a fire spirit. And, like all spirits in the Rise of the Guardians 'verse, he's invisible to everyone who doesn't believe in him.

Spoilers for Big Hero 6 and Rise of the Guardians are unmarked.

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  • Achilles' Heel:
    • The Microbots don't hold together well when heated, something Tadashi takes advantage of when helping the gang against Yokai.
    • Tadashi's ability to produce light and heat seems to be particularly effective on Nightmares.
  • Always Someone Better: Tadashi has a tendency to gauge his own self-worth against the accomplishments of others (especially Hiro), neglecting to consider his own strengths in the process. When considering how he would have reacted if Hiro had died in the fire and he had lived, he doesn't think he could stop himself from killing Callaghan. This is particularly ironic given how much stock Hiro puts into Tadashi's accomplishments in canon.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Tadashi notes that looking for weaknesses and structuring his attack plan accordingly is one of Hiro's strengths.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Not even being unable to touch Hiro when he's awake will keep Tadashi from protecting his brother.
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  • Blessed with Suck: As is pointed out, Tadashi retaining most of his memories from the get-go means that he can see his loved ones and know it's them, but they can't see or interact with him at all. Also, he initially has trouble controlling his fire powers and is afraid of hurting someone by accident.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: As a Guardian, Tadashi gains strength when he starts getting believers.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Tadashi sometimes worries about the damage he could do with his Playing with Fire powers if he lost control.
  • Combo Platter Powers: In addition to his Playing with Fire powers, Tadashi develops other abilities, like Flight, Shapeshifting and being a Dream Walker. Justified since Kitsune do have powers like that.
  • Completed Fic: The fic is completed and has a sequel that is also completed.
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  • Dark Is Not Evil: As Tadashi points out to Pitch, anything can become a negative in excess, and in the same way, fear is only a problem if there's too much of it.
  • Death-Activated Superpower: Tadashi becomes a fire spirit after his death.
  • Death by Irony: Like Jack Frost, Tadashi gets powers associated with how he died, in this case, fire. He lampshades the irony in the sequel.
  • Demonic Possession: The sequel has the Nightmares possess Callaghan, and use him to put little Nightmare slivers in kids to feed on their fear.
  • Determinator: In the sequel, Tadashi confronts a particularly resilient Nightmare feeding on Fred. Each time he enters the dream, he's forced to walk down a burning corridor, each time only managing to take a little step further to reach his terrified friend. Each time, he's forced to relive the horror and pain of the fire that killed him, but he refuses to give up until he reaches his friend and liberates him from the Nightmare.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Tadashi has some problems getting into this mindset with his powers due to his scientist past, which slows down his power development a bit.
  • Dream Walker: In the sequel, Tadashi gains the ability to enter dreams and fight the Nightmares latching onto kids.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Nightmares. They can comprehend the parental instinct to make sure that their children survive, but that's it.
  • Foil: Tadashi and Jack have similar origins, but opposite powers, vastly different personalities, and while Jack lost his memories, Tadashi kept them (mostly).
  • Gender Flip: In the sequel, Man in the Moon is revealed to be female.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Tadashi is invisible and weak at the start of the story because he has no believers. Once he starts getting some, starting with Jamie in the first story, and some San Fransokyo children in "A Friend In The Dark", he grows in power and starts furthering his abilities.
  • Happy Ending Override: For Rise of the Guardians, somewhat. Defeating Pitch turns out to be a short-term victory with disastrous consequences.
  • Heel–Face Turn: By the end of the sequel, both Callaghan and Pitch turn good, thanks to Tadashi.
  • Invisible to Normals: Tadashi's invisible to everyone who doesn't believe in him - in other words, everyone but other spirits (and Baymax) to begin with. In the sequel, some people can see him in fox form since (especially because foxes had been flooding into the area after he became a Guardian and chose San Fransokyo as his home base); he notes that it's easier to believe that a fox may be there then a spiritual kitsune.
  • Kitsune: The type of spirit that Tadashi has become. He currently has only one tail though, representing his low power level.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Tadashi gets around his inability to affect Yokai directly by using his heat to disrupt the microbots, since robots don't need to believe to see/be affected by spirits.
    • In the sequel, the Nightmares manage to possess Callaghan after his Despair Event Horizon, using the fact that humans don't need to believed in to cause harm, as well as his past use of microbots to attack, to allow themselves to attack anyone by masquerading as microbots.
  • Not So Different: Jack starts disliking Tadashi because he finds him too prim and proper, until he sees him caring for a sleeping Hiro. It prompts Jack to confess he also was a caring older sibling while alive, and he starts to be more friendly to Tadashi.
  • Personality Powers: Like Taranee from W.I.T.C.H., Tadashi is careful with his fire powers, but if you hurt his brother, friends, or innocents (especially kids), you will burn.
  • Playing with Fire: Tadashi has fire powers as a spirit.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Early on, Tadashi's fire powers are affected by his emotions, and flare up particularly strongly whenever he thinks about how he died.
  • The Power of Trust: Tadashi's Center as a Guardian turns out to be Trust.
  • A Rare Sentence: Tadashi meets the Guardians. This conversation follows.
    Tadashi: Look, I'm a ghost and I'm talking to the Tooth Fairy. None of my prior knowledge applies, so all I can do at this point is just sort of... go with it.
    Toothiana: Oh, I think you'll do just fine with that attitude.
    Tadashi: Really? That's not what the Easter Bunny said... God, I can't believe I just said that.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Tadashi is immune to his own flames, which he takes advantage of to instantly dry himself off when wet.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: When Tadashi overuses his powers, he gets trapped in fox form until his strength returns.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Pitch inverts Death's speech about "little lies" in Hogfather, explaining his role is generating little fears, like things that go bump in the night and monsters in the closet, to prepare children for the inevitable eventuality of the realities of Adult Fears such as loneliness, failure, and death.
    • At first, Tadashi notices several of the Guardians keep looking behind his back. He asks whether he has a time-altering beetle there.
    • The chapter where Tadashi gains control over his fire powers is titled "Flickum Bicus." It is Harry Dresden's spell for, er, lighting candles.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: A variant. Tadashi dies in the fire, just like in the movie, but is resurrected as a spirit.
  • Soul Jar: Being a Kitsune, Tadashi has one (called a hoshi no tama), though it takes him a while to figure out what it is. It's Baymax's green chip.
  • Superpower Lottery: Jack lampshades this when he hears about Tadashi's potential as a Kitsune.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: Tadashi does NOT take Callaghan's unmasking well.
  • Time Skip: Takes place decades after the events of Rise of the Guardians.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Tadashi remembers very little after running into the fire that killed him. He doesn't remember that he found Callaghan there, and Callaghan left him to die. Memories come back to him when the team unmasks Callaghan.
  • Trust Password: When Fred complains of being tired a stuck-in-fox-form Tadashi gets him a banana, which was a running gag between them.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Tadashi eventually gains the power to shift into a fox and back.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Tadashi gives the Man in the Moon some much-deserved criticism of her leadership style.
    • Jack calls Tadashi out for not using Baymax's chip to charge himself up sooner, when they were in the middle of a battle.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: Even after getting a better handle on his powers, Tadashi doesn't feel worthy of joining the Guardians. It takes a visit to the tooth palace and a peek into Hiro's memories to convince him.


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