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The Ultimate Evil is a Jackie Chan Adventures fanfiction by DONOVAN94.

The story is an Alternate Universe Fic that focuses on the first two seasons of the show. A young woman named Valerie Payne is hired by the Chans as a shop assistant during the first season's Talisman hunt. She's then included to the world of magic and becomes a member of the Chan Clan in their adventures.

During said adventures, Valerie gains the attention of Shendu due to her unexpected connection both to his past and himself. Soon Shendu includes to his goals one more: making Valerie his.

The story is completed, and it has an ongoing sequel named The Stronger Evil that covers the events from the ending of the third season up to the final season.

Official Description of The Ultimate Evil:

A Chinese proverb once said: "Love is blind, and greed insatiable". So too was Shendu: in his quest for world domination he found a woman that he wanted with a blind lust and had a unquenchable fascination with her connection to his past. Valerie, a woman working for the Chans, is unaware of the demon that will do anything to have her, nor of the growing connection between them…


Official Description of The Stronger Evil:

A proverb says: "He who pursues revenge should dig two graves." Shendu thirsts for vengeance on his enemies, even if he is undermined by his yearning for one woman: Valerie Payne, a woman torn by her need for freedom against the demon who loves her. When his past clashes with her future, they will have no choice but to come together to face a threat they never thought could exist.

Be careful of Late Arrival Spoilers listed under the sequel.


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     The universal examples 
  • Action Girl: Nat Homato, the professional demon-slayer.
  • Action Survivor: Valerie isn't as qualified in action as the Chans, but she turns out to be surprisingly resourceful.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Daolon Wong first appeared in one of the 2nd season's filler episodes that took place after the Demon World duology. In The Ultimate Evil, he makes a cameo during the Demon World section as the monk who oversees the bonding ceremony between Shendu and Valerie.
    • Tarakudo appeared in person before Drago and the Ice Crew. They all appear before him in The Stronger Evil.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In the original series, Shendu controlled one of Tarakudo's Shadowkhan armies, and the Oni King was aware of that, but Tarakudo wasn't given any other history with Shendu or the other Demon Sorcerers. Neither did he ever meet Drago or the Ice Crew. In these fics, the Demon Sorcerers fought together against Tarakudo's armies and were instrumental in imprisoning him to the Shadowrealm, which is why the Oni King tries to have revenge on Shendu after he's freed and learns of the Fire Demon's petrification. He's also released by Drago, but he makes Shendu's son his enemy quickly by taking the Ice Crew as his henchmen.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Several details from the show are expanded upon, like the backstory of the Demon Sorcerers and Lo Pei. The sequel gives more history between Tarakudo and the Demon Sorcerers.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Lo Pei used to call his daughter Lo Mei "his (little) may-flower".
    • Valerie's father sometimes calls his daughter by her childhood nickname "chicken".
  • All Myths Are True: With a dose of Crossover Cosmology added in the mix. The sequel reveals that the mother of the Demon Sorcerers is Tiamat who has taken part in every major continental/biota cataclysm on Earth. After her husband and Other Apsu's death, Typhon had her birth for him the Demon Sorcerers in exchange for the vengeance she wanted. However, instead of dying like in the original myth, she hid herself after she regretted setting the Demon Sorcerers to wreak destruction on her enemies.
  • Alliterative Title: A few chapters of either story.
    • The Ultimate Evil has A Little Lamb (Chapter 2), Dawn of the Dragon (Chapter 9) and To Move Mountains (Chapter 13).
    • The Stronger Evil has Vengeance and Violence (Chapter 2) and Shadow's Spell (Chapter 11).
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Valerie's father never died in the rewritten reality.
    • The Stronger Evil begins with Daolon Wong resurrecting Shendu.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: In addition to the established examples of this trope shown in canon (like the Tiger Talisman and the world's balance), there is a new form of balance included; the concept of an "Other" (an abbreviation to "Other half of one's self"). Two people who are Others to each other strengthen each other by balancing their conflicting chis by touch, because then their chis attempt to merge. If the Demon Sorcerers were to encounter their Others and bind them to themselves, they'd become sheer forces of nature themselves. As it is, Valerie is Shendu's Other, while Jade turn out to be Hsi Wu's Other.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't mess with Shendu's "belongings", including Valerie. That includes something so little as kissing her.
    • Don't disrespect books in front of Valerie, and don't attempt to hurt any of her extended family.
    • Jade takes it hard whenever it turns out Valerie has been lying or keeping secrets from her and the others. Learning Val knew about Jade's status as Hsi Wu's Other is a major example.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Valerie. She can frighten even herself with the utter fury she shows several times.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Shendu and his siblings.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Valerie toward Jade. To guarantee the girl's safety, she's willing to offer herself to Shendu or ally with him against the rest of the J-Team's objections.
  • Broomstick Quarterstaff:
    • Valerie uses several times a broom as a weapon, like in her first fight against the Enforcers. Valmont says the fact that a woman armed with a broom defeated them proves that the Enforcers are hopelessly incompetent.
    • When the Enforcers are sent to retrieve the Sheep Talisman from Uncle's shop, Shendu tells them to watch out for brooms, adding with dark humor that Valerie might have killed them had she been armed with a mop.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Hak Foo, of course. Valerie finds it quite annoying. When he gains the upper hand in his first fight with Jackie, Valerie interferes with two surprisingly effective moves of her own, named as a way to mock Hak Foo.
  • Character Development: While taking the matters into her own hands to save Jade from Hsi Wu, Valerie realizes how much she has changed in the six months she has been with the Chans. Instead of bursting into tears, she's acting with determined anger.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: When Shendu sees David kissing Valerie, he almost attacks him with murderous intent before Valerie breaks the kiss and parts ways with him.
  • Cute Bookworm: Valerie, though over time she moves into Badass Bookworm territory.
  • Daddy's Girl:
    • Valerie was much closer to her father than her mother, and she's still coping with his death.
    • Apparently Lo Pei's daughter Mei was this as well, as Lo Pei's Living Statue says that they were as close as a father and daughter can be.
  • Darker and Edgier: The stories include more blood, violence and sexual undertones. This is especially true during the Demon World arc.
  • Demon Slaying: Later during The Ultimate Evil we're introduced Nataline Homato who does this as per family tradition. Said family has done that since the days of Medieval Japan.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Valerie's police father was murdered one year before the beginning of The Ultimate Evil.
    • It's revealed that the Demon Sorcerers' father died shortly after the youngest of them was born, with Shendu having never met him. He was actually Typhon from Greek mythology.
  • Divine Parentage: The Demon Sorcerers' mother is Tiamat, the goddess of oceans and chaos from Babylonian mythology. Their father was Typhon, a monster of divine origin from Greek mythology.
  • Entitled to Have You: Shendu feels that he has the sole right to have his Other Valerie.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Shendu doesn't like any harm coming to Valerie. He also doesn't like the idea of breaking her through rape, wanting her to willingly give herself to him. Drago notes that as bad as his father is, Shendu would never force himself onto Valerie — while he may have done that with past conquests, he genuinely loves her too much to do so to her.
    • When Finn first hears about Shendu's lust for Valerie, he's visibly shocked.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Played with when Valerie compares Valmont with Shendu; while she decides that Shendu has more honor than Valmont, she never considers either as morally superior to each other.
  • Evil Virtues: Valerie admits to herself in the sequel that she secretly admires Shendu's determination. She just wishes he wouldn't practice that virtue at the expense of others.
    It had always been about Shendu. What he wanted, he did his best to get, no matter who else was in his way. On one hand, Valerie secretly admired his determination. Yet on the other, she wished he didn't do it to disregard others and their welfare. Perhaps if he hadn't, things wouldn't be so tense between them.
  • Facepalm:
    • Valerie has a habit of doing this as she witnesses the Chans failing in their attempts to resolve situations with their choice of unconvincing words. One of these instances is when Jackie attempts to convince Captain Black that Jade is possessed by Shendu, or when Jackie and Uncle do stereo fibbing on the Enforcers about Lo Pei's statue.
    • In the sequel, Valerie, Nat and Drago all facepalm when the Chans fail to convince Larry to let them peacefully exorcise Dai Gui's chi out of him.
  • Family Eye Resemblance:
    • Valerie's first hinted to be Lo Pei's descendant because she has the crystal blue eyes of his daughter Lo Mei. Otherwise there's nothing common in appearance.
    • The Stronger Evil has a rare not-relating-to-the-eye-color example: according to Shendu, Drago's eyes are shaped exactly like those of his mother Valerie.
  • Fan Art: The author has posted in DeviantArt the above-shown cover, and a user called purpleorchid-8863 has drawn several pictures of Valerie in her various outfits. Later this picture was used as the new cover of The Ultimate Evil.
  • Fantastic Racism: The demons have in general a low opinion on humans. When they learn that Shendu's Other is a human female, Bai Tza and Tchang Zu view it a disgrace toward them for Shendu to consort with her and are the most eager to have Valerie killed.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Nataline and the Chans become more friendly with each other while they're fighting against Bai Tza.
  • Fraternal Twins: Shendu and Bai Tza, for their respective elements — fire and water — are opposites and equals to each other.
  • Good Hurts Evil: In addition to the canonical Pan'Ku Box, there's magical dust and blessed daggers that hurt demons on touch, utilized by Nat.
  • Guile Hero: In addition to the canonical Jade, Valerie shows herself to be one as well.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Valerie is a blonde and one of the main heroes.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Nat wears loose leather clothes.
  • Heroic Lineage: Valerie turns out to be a descendant of Lo Pei. The Living Statue of the sacred warrior mistakes her for his daughter Lo Mei due to their similar eyes.
  • Horny Devils: Shendu had concubines before his imprisonment, and it's been implied that this was also the case with some of his brothers, if not all of them.
  • I Gave My Word: Shendu when it comes to Valerie. He makes a promise not to harm her or force her into something she doesn't want and keeps that promise for the most part. A notable exception is when he possesses her body and forces her to help him in reaching the Book of Ages.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Despite his annoyance at how it isn't easy to sway Valerie, Shendu secretly likes how she's bold enough to exchange verbal barbs with him. He notices himself missing that aspect in her rewritten, more demure version.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Valerie has crystal blue eyes that spark like clear water. Lo Pei's daughter Lo Mei had these eyes as well, giving Shendu the first hint at their connection. He actually mistakes for a moment Valerie with Mei because of her eyes, and the Living Statue of Lo Pei does the same.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: In the beginning of The Ultimate Evil, Valerie is twenty-three years old, and Jade is about ten.
  • It's What I Do:
    • This trope is used several times by Shendu explaining his villainous actions as part of his demon nature.
    • Hsi Wu also uses this trope when he re-encounters Jade in the Netherworld.
      Jade: You lied to me! You used me!
      Hsi Wu: Hint is in the word demon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In addition to the canonical Uncle, there's Nataline Homato. She's a loner sort of person who's quick to jump to conclusions and willing to kill without mercy, but she's dedicated to keep the world safe from demons. While she's initially skeptical toward the Chans and hostile toward Valerie, she slowly begins to warm up to them as she works with them. In the sequel, when the Chans walk out on Valerie who wants to ally with Shendu and Drago against Tarakudo and the corrupted Jade, Nat stays very reluctantly.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Nat uses one as her main weapon.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • In The Ultimate Evil, Shendu punishes Hak Foo with Cold-Blooded Torture for attacking and nearly killing Valerie. Valerie is appalled at the way she feels more satisfaction than pity for Hak Foo.
    • After Bai Tza's attempt to flood San Francisco fails, Shendu tortures Valmont in his mind for rendering him unconscious by touching the Pan'Ku Box. Given what a Jerkass Valmont is, it isn't hard not to pity him.
    • In The Stronger Evil, Shendu kills Daolon Wong brutally after the dark wizard shoots Valerie to get revenge against Shendu.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: Tiamat birthed the Demon Sorcerers for Typhon and cast them into the world to spread destruction as revenge for the death of her husband and Other Apsu. The Demon Sorcerers were happy to please their mother that way, but she went into exile out of shame.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Jade and Shendu like doing this as much as in canon. For example, when Valmont expresses his disgust over Shendu using his body to kiss Valerie for the first time, Shendu dismisses it by saying that because Valmont wasn't in control of the body at the time, it wasn't he who kissed Valerie.
    • In the Tibetian temple, Valerie, who has learned to expect this from Jade, makes Jade and Paco to remain in a safe spot by wording her instructions in such a way that Jade can't worm her way out of them.
    • When Shendu demands a kiss from Valerie in exchange for the location of Hsi Wu's hiding place, she merely keeps her lips on his for one second, saying that he didn't specify what kind of or how long for the kiss should be.
  • Missing Mom: After the Demon Sorcerers came to their true powers and started their conquests, their mother Tiamat disappeared out of shame.
  • Morality Pet: Shendu slowly comes to care about Valerie more beyond a power source. If anyone else called him cute when he's been transformed into a bunny or struck him below the belt, he'd probably scorch them alive. And it's unlikely that he'd help anyone else in rescuing Jade of all people if it can make Valerie happy.
  • Noble Demon: Valerie comes to view Shendu this way, especially when compared to Valmont.
    In her eyes — she didn't know whether it had always been so, or if this was something new — Valmont was a scumbag criminal who would stoop to any means and do anything and everything just for a little money. But Shendu, despite being a lying, murderous and evil demon, had at times shown some form of honour, and he was more sophisticated and regal then Valmont. Valmont hid what he was behind an air of aristocracy and superiority that made her blood boil, but Shendu let you know up front what you were dealing with. That little shred of honesty, no matter how vile in its using, still made Shendu more worthy to Valerie then Valmont could ever hope to be.
  • Only Sane Woman: Valerie among the Chans. She even says to them at one point that they don't have a sense of normalcy.
  • Original Character: There are several, with the most important ones being Valerie Payne, Lo Mei, Nataline "Nat" Homato and the Guardian of the Book of Ages.
  • Perverted Sniffing: Shendu does this to Valerie a few times. At one point, he's enjoying the remains of her scent on the book he took from her jeans.
    As [Shendu] flicked through the pages of the book, he could almost detect the last remnants of [Valerie's] scent lingering on the pages where she'd had it tucked in the waistline of her jeans. He struggled not to purr.
  • Physical God:
    • All the demons are already bordering on this, but bonding with his Other would make Shendu truly unstoppable. Which happens during the climax of the Demon World arc. The Demon Sorcerers being this powerful makes sense, given the fact that their parents are a Greek monster of divine origin and the Babylonian goddess of oceans and chaos.
    • Tarakudo is apparently one In-Universe. He claims his only equal was the god Tiamat, and he demonstrates his power is equal to that of an Other-bound Shendu.
  • Posthumous Characters: The sacred warrior Lo Pei, his daughter Lo Mei, Valerie's police father John Lawson, and apparently the Demon Sorcerers' father Typhon (the latter is subverted as of The Stronger Evil).
  • The Power of Blood:
    • If the Demon Sorcerers exchange blood with their Others for a binding ceremony, they can call on their unified power without touching them. However, if they do this while possessing someone else's body, then the bound one is connected to that body. It is for that reason that Shendu never tries to bind Valerie to him while possessing Valmont's body.
    • In the sequel, Drago uses his own blood to strengthen his attempt at summoning the Shadowkhan, freeing Tarakudo in the process. He later uses his blood in a locator spell to find his mother. Valerie in turn unintentionally frees Shendu from his petrified state by leaving her blood on him.
  • Pragmatic Hero:
    • Nataline is ready to kill if she thinks it's for the greater good. She attempts to kill Valerie to deny Shendu his Other and later the possessed-by-Shendu Valmont. She's talked out of both of those instances.
    • Jade's future self is willing to try and kill Valerie in order to prevent her from giving birth to Drago. However, she has enough sense to stay focused on her actual purpose for coming back in time.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Shendu reveals to Valerie that if his memory is correct, he'll be 1500 years old in a decade or two. His siblings are about as old, with only a year or two between each of them, while Bai Tza is Shendu's fraternal twin.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Valerie aims one at the Chan Clan and particularly Jackie in The Ultimate Evil concerning their selective failure to act; later in The Stronger Evil, her speech about their faults proves to be right on the mark.
    Valerie: "Jade is stuck in the Netherworld, and as far as I can see, I am the ONLY one who seems to be doing anything to bring her back!"
    Jackie: "If you had just listened-"
    Valerie: "No! Call me a traitor if you want, but I am doing something — you're not! God's sake, Jackie! Why can't you do something for once! Stop being a coward and just do it!"
  • Scars Are Forever: In the rewritten reality, as part of their binding ceremony, Valerie and Shendu each have the left hand slashed, leaving a scar along their lengths. Even after reality is restored, Val finds hers is still there, and The Stronger Evil reveals that Shendu's is as well.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • Shendu is sealed in his statue form for the first part of The Ultimate Evil, while his siblings are imprisoned in the Netherworld.
    • In The Stronger Evil, Shendu's returned back to his statue form following his resurrection. Meanwhile, Tarakudo has spent a millennium in the Shadowrealm where the Demon Sorcerers imprisoned him, until Drago releases him accidentally.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Valerie shows several times a rather fabulous side from herself with dresses and makeup.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Nataline Homato is a redheaded and green-eyed demon hunter.
  • Sixth Ranger: Nataline Homato joins the Chans while they're facing Bai Tza. She parts ways with them once all the eight portals to the Netherworld are sealed, but she returns in the sequel to assist against Drago.
  • Sizeshifter: In his true form Shendu is able to make himself larger or smaller to a degree with his magic.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Valerie and Nataline seem to be making it a habit to compete in sarcasm.
  • Talking in Your Dreams:
    • In The Ultimate Evil, Shendu does this twice to Valerie without revealing his identity.
    • The 18th chapter of The Stronger Evil reveals that Shendu and Valerie have been sharing dreams ever since he came back from death. It's probably because they're now bonded as Others.
  • Thematic Theme Tune:
    • According to the author's Fan Fiction page, "Love Is Blind" by Dream Evil is this for The Ultimate Evil. It has its own 8tracks playlist, which can be listened here.
    • The Stronger Evil has "Not Strong Enough" by Apocalyptica.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Valerie slowly becomes better at the action stuff. During the quest for the Demon Portals, she gets Jackie to teach her martial arts.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Valerie lampshades this at the end of The Ultimate Evil by wondering how Tohru could have once been her enemy and turned into such a Gentle Giant. Jackie makes the same note in The Stronger Evil while Tohru takes care of the gravely ill Jade.
  • Villainous Crush: Shendu has this on Valerie, and it's the main plot.
  • Villainous Rescue: Shendu does this to Valerie continuously.
    • When Shendu's fight with Jackie in his palace is briefly interrupted by Captain Black's men shooting rockets at the dragon and Valerie is dangerously close to the rockets' path, Shendu shields her with his body.
    • When Valerie is about to be sucked in by Po Kong's reopened portal, Shendu grabs her arm and tosses her into Tohru's arms.
    • After Hak Foo has left Valerie to die in her apartment and she accidentally summons Shendu there, he teleports them to his fish cannery hideout where he removes the glass shards from her wounds and hastens her healing with magical potion.
    • When Dai Gui is about to kill Valerie in order to please his siblings, Shendu appears and takes her out of the harm's way.
  • Villain Protagonist: Shendu receives as much of attention as the heroes.
  • Villains Never Lie: Valerie realizes that for as evil as Shendu is, he's never outright lied to her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Uncle can get on Valerie's nerves with his nagging, but they still care for each other. She also becomes this with Nat.
  • Walking Armory: Nat keeps various weapons of different sizes and designs within reach.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: As mentioned above, added to the theme of balance between good and evil is the concept of an "Other". No specifics are given as to what the other half of someone can really do, and not even Uncle knows all there is about it. However, it is explained vaguely that when someone finds their Other, they have found the half that makes them whole, conflicting yet combining with one's own strengths and weaknesses. The bond between two halves can be romantic, though is not exclusive to this. When the Demon Sorcerers find their Other, they can be given extreme power as their dark chi melds with the good chi in their Other, making them able to have both good and bad chi, which in turn allows them to do any and all forms of magic. It is implied that should a Demon Sorcerer find and be bound to his/her Other, they will have unlimited power. It is not made clear as of yet what the effects will be on the partner. It is also extremely rare for anyone to find their Other half, as they only come once.
    • Also, if one is possessing a body of someone else while touching their Other, the effect of power-boost is distilled. If there is another soul in the body at the time, the chi of that soul prevents that of the two Others from connecting.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Uncle gives Valerie his trademark two-finger hit when she finally tells Chans about her Other-connection with Shendu.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When Shendu — empowered by his newly formed connection with Valerie — overwhelms the J-Team, he is close to crushing Jade for ruining the altered reality before Valerie arrives to confront him for his actions.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: It's been stated that if the Demon Sorcerers combine their dark chi with their Others' good chi, the resulting balanced chi will make them more powerful and able to use good magic in addition to dark magic.
    • When Shendu possesses Valerie, their combined chis overload her body with unstable power, giving Shendu the incentive to rewrite the reality in order to separate them before they might both die or combine permanently.
    • Near the climax of The Ultimate Evil, Shendu and Valerie are finally bound through blood. The bond empowers the former so much that he defeats the entire J-Team during the battle for the Book of Ages and even binds Bai Tza, a sibling Demon Sorcerer, to the wall and renders her unable to move, while the latter is able to cast force blasts more powerful than before.
    • Drago is explained to have potent chi thanks to being offspring to two bonded Others.

     The Ultimate Evil 
  • Allohistorical Allusion: When Uncle starts explaining the concept of Others by saying that Shendu wants Valerie's good chi, Jade says that Valerie is not Chinese, prompting Uncle to explain the concept of chi. This happened in the episode A Jolly J-Team Xmas, only with Daolon Wong wanting Santa Claus' good chi.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me:
    • After being restored to his true form, Shendu takes Valerie with him to his palace with the intention to make her his bride once he has taken over the world again.
    • Nine hundred years earlier, Shendu forcibly took Lo Pei's daughter Lo Mei as his bride. That led Lo Pei and his son Lo Shui to raise an army in an effort to save her. This ended badly when Mei died by her own hand, although Lo Pei was successful in sealing Shendu.
  • Apocalypse How: When the Book of Ages is inadvertently set ablaze, a wide vortex starts sucking everything in itself. Everything is restored once Valerie sews the torn pages of the Book back together.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Jade gives one to the rewritten Valerie about Shendu's oppression of humanity, asking if it's enough for Val to try and convince Shendu to ease off as her husband. All she gets in answer is silence.
  • Balls of Steel: Downplayed with Hak Foo and Shendu when they receive a Groin Attack from Valerie at different points; while they do double over at first, they get quickly back into action.
  • Batter Up!: Sometimes Valerie brings in a baseball bat as a weapon.
  • Blood from the Mouth: When Viper is nearly killed by Shendu's heat beam blast, blood trickles out of her wound and mouth.
  • Blunt "Yes": Jackie when he demands Jade to make things up with Valerie in the 25th chapter.
    Jade: Val lied to us! She lied to me! Am I supposed to just forgive that?!
    Jackie: Yes.
  • Brick Joke: When Valerie sees Shendu and Valmont bickering, she decides that she doesn't want to talk to Valmont or she might slap him. Valmont retorts that he'd like to see her try, to which she responds that she will if he tests her. Several chapters later, Valerie does slap Valmont when he mocks her of looking too irresistible to Shendu.
  • Bridal Carry: Shendu does this to an injured Valerie when he takes her away from her apartment that has been trashed by Hak Foo.
  • But Now I Must Go:
    • After the last Demon Portal is sealed, Nat decides she needs to move on to fight other evils (though she promises to be in touch if and when the J-Team needs anymore help with demons).
    • At the end of the story, Valerie sets out back to Toronto both to sort out her mixed feelings and to catch up with her mother, promising to return to Uncle's Rare Finds eventually.
  • By the Hair: Valerie is several times pulled from her hair by Shendu, Hak Foo and Bai Tza. Also, there's the canonical examples of Shendu doing this on Valmont during one of their fights over controlling the crime lord's body and a Shadowkhan pulling the Demon World version of Jackie from the braid.
  • The Cameo: In Chapter 31, Daolon Wong appears as the monk who oversees Shendu and Valerie's bonding ceremony.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: When Nat wants to kill Valmont to get rid of Shendu, this logic is used to discourage her; should Valmont die, Shendu would be free to possess another body of his choosing.
  • Chain Pain: One of Nat's weapons is a chain with symbols dangling from it.
  • The Chessmaster: In the rewritten reality, Shendu makes secret alliances with each of his siblings against the others, intending for them to wipe each other out in the inevitable conflict, thus leaving him as the sole master of the world.
  • Circling Monologue: When the J-Team reaches Hsi Wu's tower, Jade brings the Sky Demon's attention to herself. At first they circle each other as they exchange arguments about their statuses as Others, but it turns into a classical villainous example when Hsi Wu reminds Jade of the deal they made in the original timeline, which included her being bound to him through blood.
  • Cliffhanger: Several chapters:
    • The Lost Daughter (Chapter 6) — As an incentive against another failure, Shendu burns Valmont's secretary alive in front of him.
    • Doppleganger (Chapter 8) — As Jackie's Yin and Yang sides fight, Tohru captures Jade and Valerie along with the remaining Talismans and drives off with them.
    • Dawn of the Dragon (Chapter 9) — Jackie, Jade and Captain Black watch helplessly as the restored Shendu flies away with Valerie.
    • A Demon In Sheep's Clothing (Chapter 11) — Shendu orders the Shadowkhan to kill Jackie and Captain Black, leaving with the book he stole from Uncle's store.
    • The J-Team (Chapter 12) — The heroes realize what Shendu intends to do with the Pan'Ku Box, while Valerie doesn't tell the others of the kiss Shendu gave her.
    • To Move Mountains (Chapter 13) — A Shadowkhan delivers Valerie a message from Shendu: "Challenge Accepted".
    • Prisoners (Chapter 14) — The re-banished Xiao Fung seeks out his siblings to inform them of Shendu's connection with Valerie.
    • Help (Chapter 15) — After finding Valerie barely alive, Shendu takes her to the fish cannery and starts treating her back to health.
    • Better The Devil You Know (Chapter 16) — The Enforcers arrive to Uncle's store for the Demon Archive and as an angry Jade demands them of Valerie, the Shadowkhan suddenly attack the thugs and scare them away, leaving the shop's occupants confused.
    • Restless (Chapter 18) — An enigmatic demon hunter (Nat) takes interest in Jackie's clash with Dai Gui.
    • Terror Of The Skies (Chapter 20) — Nat spies on the Chans.
    • The Hunter (Chapter 21) — Valmont renders Shendu unconscious by touching the Pan'Ku Box.
    • The Last Door (Chapter 24) — With all the portals to the Netherworld sealed, the disembodied Shendu is left at the mercy of his angry siblings.
    • The Book of Ages (Chapter 25) — Jade realizes that Shendu has used the Book of Ages to make the Earth a domain of the Demon Sorcerers.
    • Demon Empire (Chapter 26) — After Valerie ushers Jade out of her chamber, Shendu knocks the door.
    • A Perfect World (Chapter 27) — Jade is shown Nat's body, but she keeps her resolve to fix history.
    • Knowledge is Power (Chapter 28) — Shendu seemingly kills Jackie when catching him, Jade and Uncle stealing the Talismans.
    • Mutiny (Chapter 29) — Shendu sets out to chase the Chans, promising Valerie to return for their wedding.
    • The Highest Tower (Chapter 30) — Shendu sets his course back to Hong Kong, intending to confront the J-Team with his remaining siblings in Australia after he has married Valerie.
    • No Man's Land (Chapter 31) — Valerie's confrontation with Shendu over the truth causes a candle to fall on the Book of Ages, burning it and causing the world to tear apart.
    • The Fabric of Reality (Chapter 32) — As the Chans spend time with Jade's parents in the restored reality, Jackie notices Valerie to be not as happy as the rest of them.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture:
    • Shendu inflicts this on Hak Foo off-screen for almost killing Valerie, letting him live only because he's the least incompetent of the Enforcers.
    • Shendu himself suffers this at the hands of his siblings when he fails to free them through his portal.
    • In the rewritten reality, Nat was subjected to months of torture before being killed by Shendu.
  • Cry into Chest: When Valerie runs by chance into her father's murderer while escaping from Shendu in Hollowland's penitentiary and realizes that he doesn't remember her, she's outraged by grief. After Shendu scares the man away, she breaks down against his chest, forgetting for a moment from who she's seeking comfort.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: When Valerie is attacked by Hak Foo in her home, she manages to block one of his blows with a move Jackie taught her and slash his forearm with a carving knife. She's nonetheless badly beaten by the master martial artist.
  • Curse Cut Short: Captain Black has this moment when he's told that Valmont attacked Valerie as well with the Dragon Talisman.
  • Cuteness Proximity: When Jackie uses the Monkey Talisman to turn Shendu into a rabbit, Valerie starts admiring over him almost immediately.
  • Darwinist Desire: This trope was inverted a bit in the past when Shendu decided to become a father. He sought a human female as a bride because he could have gained through a demon or some other supernatural entity an offspring powerful enough to surpass him.
  • Dead Person On Display: This is Nat's fate in the world that Shendu created through the Book of Ages. On top of that, he and the rest of the demon clan tortured her pre-mortem.
  • Deal with the Devil: After Jade gets sucked into the Netherworld, Valerie is willing to hand herself over Shendu in exchange for his help in rescuing her. Jade, likewise, is willing to give Hsi Wu a chance to escape in exchange for her own escape. Hsi Wu reminds her of this when they meet again in the Demon World at his tower.
  • Defiant to the End: Being about to be squeezed to death by the empowered Shendu doesn't prevent Jade from denouncing him in a dareful way for what he has done both to the reality and Valerie.
  • Deflector Shields: Shendu deflects Dai Gui's attack with one made of fire.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • Like in canon, Shendu possesses Valmont's body after his death, unable to exit it because of the binding spell his siblings have placed on him, until Uncle exorcises him.
    • Also, Shendu meets Valerie for the first time by possessing Jade's dormant body.
    • Shendu possesses Valerie's body when he returns from the Netherworld to use the Book of Ages.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Shendu is called "the Ultimate Evil" by Lo Pei, but the last chapter has Valerie providing another meaning to what it is; doing nothing to prevent an evil deed from taking place.
  • Driven to Suicide: Shendu eventually reveals to Valerie that Lo Mei's grief over her lover's death was too much for her and she impaled herself with a sword.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • After Valerie bargains herself for the Pan'Ku Box, the J-Team travels with Shendu and Hak Foo to the eight door where Shendu uses his connection with his Other to keep the portal open long enough for Jade to pass through. After which Uncle banishes Shendu to the Netherworld.
    • During the climax, Shendu helps the heroes in bringing Valerie close to the Book of Ages so that she can fix it.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Nat's first appearance involves her attacking a demon that's about to eat its victim, killing it without mercy with her various weapons, calling an ambulance, leaving the spot, taking an interest in the reports of Jackie's encounters with the Demon Sorcerers and deciding to do a little "clean up".
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • According to Tso Lan, the other Demon Sorcerers are not pleased with the existence of Shendu's human Other, but they could understand if he wanted simply to bind Valerie to himself or even sleep with her once or twice. His deeper attachment and his decision to marry her are what escape their comprehension.
    • In a similar way to the above-mentioned example, Valmont cannot understand why someone like Shendu would become infatuated with a plain-looking bookworm like Valerie. When he sees Valerie in a black dress, he claims himself to understand partly thanks to that from where Shendu's lust originates from, making Valerie infuriated for regarding Shendu to be that petty.
  • Evil Laugh:
    • Subverted when Valerie realizes that Shendu has thrown Tohru across Uncle's store. She mutters that throwing someone in their home is considered to be bad-mannered and Shendu cackles at that in a way that sounds like he's genuinely amused by the comment instead of mocking her or being sinister.
    • Bai Tza cackles as she nearly drowns Valerie.
    • Played completely straight with Shendu when he confronts the Chans while possessing Valerie's body.
  • Evil Overlooker: See the cover at the top of the page.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: When Valerie is making a delivery during her brief time as a mail-girl, she ends up in Valmont's office. She hides in the closet as Valmont and Shendu are shown the animated Gnome Cop, finding out that someone has hired the Dark Hand to acquire the Talismans.
  • Fainting:
    • This happens to Valerie in the first chapter after the following chain of events; first Jade proves that magic exists by using the Rabbit Talisman, then the Enforcers appear to try and kidnap the girl immediately thereafter, Valerie fights them despite having no experience, and finally, Jackie jumps easily with a flip from the second floor and scares the Enforcers away.
    • Valerie faints again when she sees Jackie's Yin and Yang halves for the first time.
  • Flashback Nightmare: When Shendu enters Valerie's dream the second time, she's dreaming about being told of her father's death and her first confrontation with Valmont.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Played with. Shendu treats Valerie of the injuries caused by Hak Foo. It doesn't make her fully trust him, but she can no longer regard him as her enemy.
  • For Want of a Nail/In Spite of a Nail: For the most part the plots are the same as in canon, though there are some distinct differences.
    • When Valerie is first introduced, four of the twelve Talismans have already been found, but the places of the fourth and fifth discovered Talismans (the Sheep and the Rabbit) in the order have been switched.
    • The issue with Jackie's infect to the stone-turning-venom is settled a bit differently. Valerie joins Jade in bargaining the Talismans to the Dark Hand for the antidote. It goes like in canon until Tohru is about to drop the antidote. Knowing that the Dark Hand's mysterious employer wants her alive, Valerie takes some blood from Jackie into a syringe and threatens to inject it into her bloodstream and possibly turn herself into stone as well. That prevents Tohru from destroying the antidote, but the fight happens anyway and Jackie turns into stone. Valerie manages to press the needle against Tohru and force him to give the antidote, using it to return Jackie back to normal. The Horse Talisman's power is discovered afterwards by Valerie using it accidentally to cure her cold.
    • The outcome of the showdown in Bavaria is different in that of Tohru managing to escape with the Dog Talisman.
    • Shendu and Valmont's argument at the beginning of And He Does His Own Stunts is placed after the events of said episode (as that part is left unaltered) for the sake of humor.
    • Instead of Jade making the tattoo from the Demon Archive's cover by herself, Valerie takes her to her apartment and makes the (supposedly) fake tattoo on her. This leads to Hak Foo attacking after Jade has left, leading Shendu to rescue Valerie and punish Hak Foo, keeping the brute out of the mess with the Shadowkhan and Jade.
    • When Hsi Wu's disguise is exposed, he kidnaps Jade instead of Uncle and tells the Chans to remove the spell placed on his severed tail. Valerie steals some Talismans and contacts Shendu by herself, bargaining him to tell where Hsi Wu has taken Jade. She directs others to the place and attacks Hsi Wu with the Talismans. Still, Jade takes some for herself and faces Hsi Wu like in canon.
    • When Jade ends up accidentally to the Netherworld, Valerie offers herself to Shendu for the Pan'Ku Box. This leads the Chan Clan going with Shendu and Hak Foo to the eight portal. The portal is opened with the Pan'Ku Box and Shendu is banished to the Netherworld after Jade has gotten out, with Hsi Wu nearly managing to follow her suit.
    • Shendu possesses Valerie instead of Jackie in order to rewrite the history with the Book of the Ages.
    • Unlike in canon, the Book of Ages has a Guardian who has to be outwitted by Shendu and Valerie in order to gain permission to go near the Book.
    • Instead of Jackie and Jade being chased by the Shadowkhan and dragons throughout Shendu's palace, they leave the library with Uncle in order to reach Valerie's chambers and end up in Shendu's magic chamber. The Shadowkhan attack them there until Uncle exorcises them, though not before Jackie's braid is cut like in canon.
    • Before Hsi Wu is reimprisoned, he and Jade engage in a brief verbal fight.
    • Before the final confrontation over the Book of Ages, Shendu binds himself to Valerie and uses his enhanced power to overwhelm the entire J-Team in the chamber containing the Book. Valerie then arrives to confront Shendu for manipulating her, resulting in the accidental damaging of the Book that creates an all-consuming vortex. With the combined efforts of Shendu and the heroes, the Book is restored.
  • Forceful Kiss:
    • Shendu first does this to Valerie in the Tibetian temple. It also qualifies as a "Shut Up" Kiss.
    • He does it the second time after he has returned to the fish cannery from his confrontation with the Queen of the Shadowkhan.
    • Once Shendu has told Valerie of Lo Mei and the reasons for his attraction toward her, he kisses her much more gently than previously.
  • Godzilla Threshold: It's made clear that the Demon Sorcerers view using the Book of Ages as this due to the potential risks if the Book is damaged, but they don't have any other choice if they want to escape the Netherworld.
  • Groin Attack:
  • Hate at First Sight: The moment Valerie first sees Valmont, she dislikes him strongly.
  • Healing Potion: Shendu and Uncle know how to concoct a healing broth that hastens one's healing process.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Lo Pei is revealed to have been one while he was alive. His wife died in childbirth and left him to raise their two children by himself under Shendu's tyranny. Then his beloved daughter Lo Mei was forcibly taken by Shendu as a bride. While Pei managed to overthrow Shendu and imprison him, he couldn't save Mei in time.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Like in canon, Tohru switches his loyalties to Chans after Valmont forces him to fight a futile battle against the restored Shendu.
  • Heroic BSoD: Valerie succumbs into this following Jade's return from the Netherworld and rejection of her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Shendu teaches Valerie to cast magical power blasts as a safety measure in the rewritten reality. During the climax, she unleashed a powerful wave in her emotional turmoil over being manipulated by Shendu, accidentally setting the Book of Ages on fire.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: In the rewritten reality, Valerie's memories are altered like with the other humans (excluding Jade), making her believe that she has lived her adulthood as Shendu's betrothed and away from human contact. As it is, she's shown interacting with Shendu in an affectionate way, and by the time Jade is placed in the new reality, Valerie and Shendu are only a day from being married.
  • Hypocritical Humor: An example happens when Shendu's siblings learn of his connection to Valerie.
    Tchang Zu: Let us hope that Shendu only has want of her power, lest he dishonour our kind further with touching her filth.
    Hsi Wu: As if you never had an appetite for the softness of female flesh, brother.
  • I Shall Taunt You:
    • During their first duel, Valmont mocks Jackie about Captain Black whom he injured with the Dragon Talisman. Jackie's resulting anger makes him attack Valmont recklessly, and the crime lord gains the upper hand.
    • A while later, Jackie returns the favor when he reaches Valmont, who's escaping on a barge with the gold stolen from Fort Knox. Jackie mocks Valmont while tossing the gold overboard, making Valmont to blast a hole onto the barge and sink it.
  • Idiot Ball: When Valerie hears that a prisoner has landed himself in solitary confinement, she assumes without any proof that it's Jackie and rushes to meet him, ending up berating herself for getting herself in a locked cell with Shendu.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: Shendu tells Valerie this after he's restored to his true form and he kidnaps her.
    Valerie: If you're going to eat me then get on with it already!
    Shendu: If I wanted you dead, I could have done a thousand different things to end your mortal existence. But I haven't. You're more use to me alive and healthy for where we're going.
  • I'm Your Worst Nightmare: After Shendu is released and he kidnaps Valerie, he introduces himself to her this way.
    Shendu: There are more things in this world then you can ever imagine. Monsters lurking in the dark, shadows waiting to be unleashed; all the fairy tales you humans now tell yourselves to be myth, were once very real. They wait, lurking in the unseen corners, waiting until you turn your back and then - [smashes a stone next to Valerie] - They'll strike. But of all the dangers, I am the most powerful, none dare resist the will of the great and powerful Shendu!
  • Irony:
    • Valerie remembers how she used to shout at movie heroines who wore ridiculous outfits in the heat of battle while she's trying to locate Bai Tza in a black dress and court shoes.
    • Shendu tells Valerie that he decided to father a legacy through a human female because any offspring birthed by a demon or any other supernatural entity might have become powerful enough to surpass him. The sequel introduces Drago, a half-demon who, due to being birthed by Valerie after she and Shendu were bound as Others, has a natural balance of light and dark chi that makes him able to bond with his uncles and aunts' chis without being overwhelmed by them. He also has in sights to challenge his grandmother Tiamat over her divine place on Earth.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Shendu acknowledges that when he has his real body, humans would feel sick at his eating habits. In the rewritten reality, Valerie has gotten used to this to the point of being able to ignore for the most part what Shendu and Tso Lan are eating and how.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When the Shadowkhan take Shendu with them to the corrupted Jade, Valerie demands the Enforcers to bring her to Jade. Unsympathetic to her worry over Jade, they refuse to risk Shendu's wrath by taking her away from the fish cannery and lock her up. However, Finn righteously points out that they don't know where the Shadowkhan have taken Shendu, and considering that they had to witness Hak Foo's painful punishment, they can't be blamed for not wanting to earn Shendu's ire through disobedience. Besides, Valerie was still recovering from her wounds, so it wouldn't have been wise for her to accompany Shendu to the confrontation in Section 13.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Valmont uses the Dragon Talisman on Valerie when she pleads him not to kill Jackie.
    • Hak Foo attacks Valerie in her apartment under the belief that she has the Demon Archive, injures her severely and callously leaves her to die.
  • Lethal Chef: Nat's one off-screen attempt to cook nearly sets the whole building in fire, and the resulting food is nearly inedible.
  • Knuckle Cracking: Shendu does the neck variant of this when he confronts the Chans in Valerie's body.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Inverted. Valerie keeps it a secret that she's Shendu's Other from her friends until Po Kong has been banished. She still leaves it untold how deep is her "relationship" with Shendu.
  • Love Letter: After Valerie tells Shendu that she wants to fall in love with someone before marrying them, he starts sending these to her regularly until Hak Foo attacks her apartment. He says that he picked up romanticism in letter writing because it is becoming a lost art in the modern age.
  • MacGuffin Guardian: Unlike in canon, the Book of Ages has this in the form of an old aboriginal man. He will test arriving pilgrims with three tests before allowing them to go anywhere near the Book. If he finds them to be evil, he will destroy them.
  • Make an Example of Them:
    • After the failure to retrieve the Talismans from the Living Statue of Lo Pei, Shendu burns Valmont's secretary to death in front of him as a warning to avoid further failures.
    • After finding out that it was Hak Foo who attacked and injured Valerie almost to death, Shendu punishes him painfully in front of the Enforcers to make it clear for all of them once and for all that the dragon's valuables are not to be messed with.
    • In the rewritten reality, Nat and her family tried to rebel against the Demon Sorcerers' rule. After killing them all, Shendu placed Nat's body on the wall in the outskirts of Hong Kong as a warning to humans never to defy the demons.
  • Man Bites Man: Valerie is trapped in Tohru's bear hug during their first confrontation, but she eventually bites his exposed neck. His shock causes him to loose his grip enough for her to free her arm and press against his head the syringe filled with Jackie's blood that has stone-turning-venom in it.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Shendu killed the young man Lo Mei loved, forcing her to watch, and took her prisoner.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Valerie says this to Valmont when he notices her dressed-up in a black dress.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jade is left feeling guilty of her anger toward Valerie when Shendu possesses her friend.
  • Neat Freak: Nat insists on doing every night cleaning in Valerie's apartment, complaining that Valerie misses a spot constantly.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: During Valerie's time as Shendu's "patient", he makes her to dine with him at one point.
  • No-Sell: Nat's crucifix has no effect at all on Bai Tza.
  • Non-Nude Bathing: Averted in this version of the Demon World arc; Hsi Wu actually is wearing nothing when he's introduced bathing. When Jade shows up to confront him, he gets out and puts his loincloth on.
  • Not in Front of the Kid: Nat insults Valerie by making dumb-blonde jokes, until:
    Nat: How do you get a blonde off her knees? Cu—
    Valerie: Ahem! I think that type of joke is a little off limits due to our current company! Don't you think?! [indicates toward Jade]
    Nat: Oh… Right. Sorry.
  • Not Me This Time: As Shendu treats Valerie of the injuries inflicted on her by Hak Foo, she accuses him of sending the brute to attack her. Shendu rectifies that belief by punishing Hak Foo.
  • Not So Similar: When Valmont starts commenting he can see why Shendu lusts after Valerie, it prompts the enraged woman to slap him and chastise him for daring to compare himself to Shendu, who she feels has some semblance of honor:
    She didn't know what had possessed her to say those words in her current company [...] but she couldn't stand the thought of Valmont comparing himself to Shendu. In her eyes — she didn't know whether it had always been so, or if this was something new — Valmont was a scumbag criminal who would stoop to any means and do anything and everything just for a little money. But Shendu, despite being a lying, murderous and evil demon, had at times shown some form of honour, and he was more sophisticated and regal than Valmont. Valmont hid what he was behind an air of aristocracy and superiority that made her blood boil, but Shendu let you know up-front what you were dealing with. That little shred of honesty, no matter how vile in its using, still made Shendu more worthy to Valerie than Valmont could ever hope to be.
  • Number of the Beast: The Hongkongese hotel room where Shendu possesses Valerie is numbered 666.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You:
    • While Shendu hates being trapped in Valmont's body in general, he does find it useful in one aspect: being more compatible to Valerie's physique.
    • While treating Valerie of her wounds, Shendu admits to himself that despite his low opinion of humankind, their modern medicine usage is effective.
  • Out-Gambitted: Uncle expects Shendu to double-cross the J-Team while they're trying to rescue Jade from the Netherworld, and already has a plan in place to banish him before he has a chance to do so.
  • Palm Bloodletting: The binding ceremony between Shendu and Valerie includes them slashing each other's left palm and drinking each other's blood, leaving for each other a scar that — along with their union as Others — remains in the restored reality.
  • Papa Wolf: Lo Pei gathered an army to overthrow Shendu only after the Demon Sorcerer forcibly took Pei's daughter Lo Mei as a bride.
  • Parents Know Their Children: The Living Statue of Lo Pei refers to this trope when he meets Valerie and due to her eyes, believes her to be his daughter Lo Mei who's concealing herself with magic, saying that any father can know his beloved child anywhere. He's partly right though, because Valerie is his descendant by thirty-six generations.
  • Pet Monstrosity: In the rewritten reality, Shendu gives Valerie a wedding gift in the form of a dragon that serves as her obedient guardian and steed. Valerie names the dragon Ryuu.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: Valerie says this to Shendu while trying to get information from him of Hsi Wu's hiding place. He agrees on two conditions: she must keep herself out of mortal danger and give him a kiss.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia:
    • Shendu's first forceful kiss on Valerie leaves her so shocked she can't prevent him from escaping with the Pan'Ku Box.
    • After telling Valerie about Lo Mei and the reasons for his attraction toward her, the kiss Shendu gives her is slightly given in. Both this and the revelations leave her stunned for a good while.
  • Power Floats: In addition to the canonical examples, Shendu levitates a bit off the ground thanks to his chi combining with that of Valerie inside her body.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • While Shendu is exorcised by Uncle from Jade's body like in canon, he's not sealed back into his statue prison, allowing him to wander around in astral form (though he can't get anywhere near the Chans or Uncle's antique store due to the old man's spells). This allows him to spy on Valerie and enter her dreams.
    • Unlike in canon, the Book of Ages is actually guarded by a powerful entity whom Shendu has to outsmart before getting access to the Book. Later the Guardian uses the Book to make Shendu's spirit unable to cross dimensions from the Netherworld and seal the gateway to the Book, giving plausible explanations to why Shendu remained in the Netherworld until Daolon Wong resurrected him and why the Book wasn't used by the villains a second time.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In addition to telling Valerie where Hsi Wu is keeping Jade, Shendu also reveals that Jade is Hsi Wu's Other. When asked why Shendu would sell out his brother like this, he admits that this way his sibling can't be on equal standing as him.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: While Lo Pei managed to imprison Shendu and free the people of China, he lost his beloved daughter Mei.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jade delivers one to the empowered Shendu as he prepares to kill her.
    Jade: Whatever you've done to Val, I'll -
    Shendu: Done to her? She came along willingly.
    Jade: Liar! The real Valerie would've never done this! You've changed her, the way you've changed everything!
    Shendu: And is she not better for it? I have made her a queen, she is mine, and everything is now as it should be.
    Jade: It's not really her though! What you've done to her is unforgivable!
    Shendu: There's enough of her in there for me to be satisfied with. The rest of her will come with time, but it is too late to change what has been done.
    Jade: You don't care about her! You bewitched her, forced her. Everything about her you took from her to make her what you wanted. She's not a person to you, she's a puppet!
  • Reality Warper: The Guardian of the Book of Ages is stated to be powerful enough to erase from existence anyone who'd use the Book for evil purposes, including the Demon Sorcerers. After the reality is restored, he uses the Book to make spirits unable to travel from the Netherworld and the temple's gateway to be lost to time.
  • Reincarnation: When Shendu first sees Valerie and her resemblance of Lo Mei, he believes that she is a reincarnation of Lo Mei, though this theory is later replaced with the the idea that Valerie is the descendant of Mei's father, the sacred warrior Lo Pei.
  • Right Behind Me: At the climax of the Demon World arc, just when Shendu is about to kill Jade, she calls him out on manipulating Valerie, which he admits too… just as Val walks into the room.
  • Save the Villain: Valerie saves Shendu from drowning by pulling an Underwater Kiss on him.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: When Shendu is about to eat the astral projecting Jackie's body, Valerie's protest makes the demon offer to spare Jackie in exchange for her submission. It doesn't get further with Jackie returning to his body and carrying on the fight.
  • See You in Hell: This line is included to Valerie and Shendu's first discussion after his return in Valmont's body.
    Valerie: Go to hell!
    Shendu: Been there, and come back.
  • The Shadow Knows: The Guardian of the Book of Ages tests Valerie by turning his staff into an inland taipan. She realizes that the snake is merely an illusion by noticing that the Guardian's shadow holds only a staff.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Valerie is mistaken in the first chapter to be Jackie's girlfriend by Uncle and the Enforcers.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Shendu's initial interest in Valerie is just to exact Revenge by Proxy on her ancestor Lo Pei through her. When he realizes she's his Other, that plan quickly gets scrapped.
  • Sneeze of Doom: A subverted example happens when Valerie ends up in Valmont's office by chance and hides in a cupboard. Her barely audible sneeze almost gives her away to the Dark Hand members, but Shendu (who has been aware of her presence the entire time) snaps their attention back to their current discussion, wanting to figure out his unrealized connection to Valerie without anyone's interference.
  • Squick:
    • An In-Universe example: Valmont finds it disgusting that Shendu uses his lips to kiss Valerie. invoked
    • This is Jade's reaction to the thought of Shendu impregnating Valerie on their wedding night.
  • Stalker with a Crush: After meeting Valerie for the first time, Shendu makes it a habit to spy on her in his astral form.
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: When Tohru is about to destroy the antidote against the stone-turning-venom used on Jackie, Valerie takes some blood from Jackie and threatens to inject it into herself and risk turning herself into stone as well, knowing that the Dark Hand's mysterious employer wants her alive. By her prodding, the Enforcers contact Valmont and explain the situation, but the fight breaks out when Shendu orders Valerie to be stopped.
  • Suggestive Collision: During the fight in the Tibetian motel, Valerie lands on top of a sleeping Shendu. Upon waking up, he's certainly pleased with the surprise.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: After reality is restored and Shendu is reimprisoned in the Netherworld, Valerie cannot help feeling sad for him.
  • Synchronization:
    • When Valerie is injured in face by Valmont's usage of the Dragon Talisman, Shendu feels briefly her pain in his face.
    • When Valerie falls and cuts her palm while in the tunnels under Hollowland's penitentiary, Shendu becomes stiff until she bandages her wound. This makes the observing Xiao Fung to realize their connection.
    • When Shendu is knocked unconscious by Valmont touching the Pan'Ku Box, Valerie feels briefly his pain in the back of her head.
  • Threat Backfire: When Nat threatens to kill Shendu, he promises that should that happen, he'll possess her body and force her tutor(s) to kill her.
    Nat: Give me one good reason why I shouldn't slit your throat!
    Shendu: Because I'll be sure to make my next body yours. Perhaps I'll then let you watch as your Tutor runs the blade through you, demon-hunter. [Nat flinches slightly at the thought of her father and grandfather, prompting Shendu to grin] A member of the family, perhaps? All the more enjoyable.
  • The Three Trials: Those who seek the Book of Ages must pass three tests before the Guardian lets anyone near it.
  • This Cannot Be!: Bai Tza reacts this way when she learns that Shendu has found his Other in the form of a human female.
  • This Is Unforgivable!:
    • Jade feels this way about Valerie not telling her she was Hsi Wu's Other.
    • When Valerie overhears Shendu's confirmation of his alterations to the timeline, she's beyond furious.
  • Title Drop: The title of the story is how Lo Pei refers to Shendu (like in canon). It also qualifies as the Antagonist Title. In the last chapter, Valerie uses the title to describe her act of blissful inaction in the rewritten reality.
    Valerie: I was just so caught up in my own love story that I ignored the suffering and misery of my own species… My father once told me something… evil is not the act, but those who stand by and watch. Shendu committed unspeakable horrors, but I did nothing. I committed the ultimate evil by simply allowing it to happen.
  • To Serve Man: In addition to the canonical examples (namely Po Kong and Shendu with his attempt to eat Jackie during their fight in his palace), Xiao Fung exhibits interest to eat Valerie for snatch.
  • Touché:
    • Shendu says this when Hsi Wu tells him that Jade is his Other and should the Fire Demon try and do anything to her, the Sky Demon will hurt Valerie.
    • When Valerie defends her above-mentioned Loophole Abuse example done to Shendu by reminding that demons like working on technicalities, he grins.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: While wallowing in self-pity, Valerie is sitting in this position when Shendu possesses her.
  • Tuck and Cover: The Nigh-Invulnerable Shendu protects Valerie this way from the rockets of Section 13 agents.
  • Underwater Kiss: When Shendu is close to drowning in Embarcadero Station, Valerie dives in and transfers oxygen into his system through mouth, successfully reinvigorating him.
  • Unwilling Suspension: In the altered reality, the Guardian of the Book of Ages is left in the Book's chamber and suspended by chains.
  • Victory Is Boring: Shendu lampshades this trope when he tells Valerie how his life became dull after he had defeated all his enemies and founded a spreading empire.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • When Valerie ends up by mistake in Shendu's solitary cell, he convinces her to stay with him, reasoning that she has a better chance to leave the prison unharmed by remaining with him rather than venturing in the main cell block amongst inmates that include not only murderers and rapists, but also many of the criminals her father helped to catch.
    • When Valerie tries to furiously deny that she feels anything toward Shendu, he reminds her of how she saved his life in Embarcadero Station and the way she kissed him then.
  • Virgin in a White Dress: Shendu knows about the western custom of brides wearing white to symbolize their virginal purity. When he sees Valerie in a white dress, he finds himself liking the application of the sentiment in her. In the rewritten reality, he makes Valerie to wear a white wedding dress for their upcoming wedding instead of the red version used traditionally in China.
  • We Will Meet Again: After Shendu has been banished from Jade's body, he promises to Valerie (who can't hear him in his astral form) that they will soon meet again.
  • Wham Line: In the 23rd chapter, while Shendu's threatening Valerie with what he might do if she's not faithful to him, she asks if that's what happened to Lo Mei. At this point, she has last mentioned Lo Mei while interacting with Lo Pei's Living Statue, so the reader might be forgiven for assuming that she has already forgotten her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: None of the J-Team is happy with Valerie agreeing to hand herself over to Shendu in exchange for his help in rescuing Jade. Jade is even less forgiving about Valerie not telling her that she was Hsi Wu's Other.
  • Woman Scorned: The alternate Valerie with Shendu when she overhears his confession of altering both the reality and her.
  • You Monster!: Valerie tells Shendu that the others were right about him being a monster when she feels betrayed by him after he possesses her body. This stings Shendu more than he would have believed.
  • You Need to Get Laid: While in Spain after weeks from returning Valerie to the Chans, Ratso suggests the still angry Shendu to do this. Shendu considers it, having done that many times during his rule. However, he ultimately doesn't do it, as none of the local señoritas can compare to Valerie.
  • You're Insane!: A variant of this trope is said when Shendu has returned in Valmont's body and re-encounters Valerie, commenting that she looks well.
    Valerie: Considering I was kidnapped by an evil and insane demon, I think I'm recovering well.
    Shendu: I may be spiteful and vindictive, but far from insane.

     The Stronger Evil 
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Drago invokes this with Nat, flirting with her on purpose to gross her out.
  • The Alleged Car: Valerie spends the last of her money to buy a car, which only has two doors and is apparently so run down it clanks when she shifts into second gear.
  • And This Is for...: Jackie says "This is for Jade!" in Chapter 13 when he's sealing Tarakudo in his mask.
  • Anti-Magic: In two instances, the Shadowkhan disappear during a sudden earthquake. Tarakudo explains during the second instance that magic not of that world is banished in the presence of the awakening Tiamat.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • Valerie should have known better than to question Uncle's claim of a comet show signaling dark chis' awakening.
    • Like Uncle, Nat believed Oni to be unreal before Tarakudo's entrance. Valerie notes the irony of a Japanese demon slayer not believing in Japanese demons. For Nat's defense, there haven't been reports of any Oni for a thousand years.
      Valerie: The Japanese demon slayer thought Japanese demons were a myth?
      Nataline Homato: Yes, blondie. Irony isn't lost on me.
  • Asshole Victim: The Cruel and Unusual Death suffered by Daolon Wong hardly leaves a sour taste, given his canon sins and murder attempt on Valerie.
  • Badass Boast: Shendu gives Tarakudo one as he repels the Oni King in his Sealed Evil in a Can state.
    Shendu: Do you feel it - shadow-worm?! That is a smidgen of the force of true power! Savour this small glimpse of hope you have. For it is only this stone casing which restricts me from tearing you asunder. If I were free of this skin, you would be in trouble.
  • Bad Future: The future which Drago and the version of Future Jade pursuing him traveled back from is this specifically for the main cast. The Chan Clan have apparently turned on Valerie after she briefly ran off with Shendu and got pregnant with Drago by him (Future Jade especially has gone from regarding Valerie as a sister-figure to utterly hating her guts). Not only is Shendu still imprisoned in stone and still evil, but he's also slowly going mad — and the reason for that is because Valerie has apparently been killed, with Drago indicating that his mother died when he was just ten years old, which in turn led to Drago's demonic grandfather Typhon taking him in.
  • Beam-O-War:
    • Shendu and Tarakudo have this with chi lightning in the 11th chapter. Drago's sneak attack on Tarakudo breaks it.
    • Valerie's chi lightning vs Queen Jade's shadow chi in Chapter 13.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Tiamat has been responsible for every major extinction event in Earth's history. Additionally, the volcanic eruption at Pompeii was caused by her anger, and the breaking of the Pangea supercontinent was caused by her marital spats with her Other, Apsu.
  • Berserk Button: While being chased by Drago through a library, Valerie stops and turns back to confront him when he dares to threaten tearing up some of the books.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Following Shendu's resurrection and subsequent petrification, along with Daolon Wong's death in the first few chapters, Drago takes the main antagonist role for a while. He then accidentally releases Tarakudo who sets out to gather his Shadowkhan armies.
    • Chapter 12 shows that Hsi Wu, who had previously been shown to take exception to Tarakudo's corruption of his Other, is plotting on how to escape and reclaim her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The eleventh chapter's fight — one side having Tarakudo, the corrupted Jade and the Razor Khan, and the other having Valerie, Jackie, Nat, Shendu and Drago — is ended when Uncle and Tohru arrive with the latter's improved spell against the Shadowkhan and an onion for Tarakudo.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Shendu's reaction to Valerie telling him about Drago.
    • Shendu has this again when Drago tells him about the accidental unleashing of Tarakudo.
    • When Valerie first suggests to the J-Team as well as Drago and Shendu an alliance against Tarakudo and the corrupted Jade, they all react this way.
  • Both Sides Have a Point:
    • Jackie is completely unwilling to accept Valerie's proposal to ally with Shendu and Drago against Tarakudo, calling the two demons untrustworthy for what they've done to them in the past. Valerie in turn argues that Tarakudo threatens them all and together they'd have a better chance to defeat him. Only Shendu and Drago — and Nat, just barely — agree with Valerie.
    • While being stranded in the Rocky Mountains, Shendu says that honesty isn't Valerie's strongest point. When she retaliates by bringing up his known untrustworthiness, he retorts that he latches onto her so hard because she keeps pushing him away despite his gestures of affection. This makes her realize that neither of them truly trust each other, just as the the Guardian of the Book of Ages observed only moments ago.
  • Brain Bleach: Drago is not happy with the mental image he gets from the realization that he has to engineer his own conceiving.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Jackie, Uncle and Tohru refuse to go along with Valerie's proposed alliance with Shendu and Drago against Tarakudo and walk off to do things their own way.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Nat, not seen since the end of The Ultimate Evil's Demon Portal arc, reappears in Chapter 7.
    • Likewise, the Guardian of the Book of Ages is contacted in Chapter 16 for information about Tiamat's whereabouts.
  • Call-Back:
    • Shendu remembers that Daolon Wong served as the priest at his and Valerie's wedding in the rewritten reality.
    • Jade relates the story of the Chan Clan's encounters with the Monkey King to Val at one point.
    • Shendu says that while the Guardian of the Book of Ages made spirits unable to travel from the Netherworld, he didn't make it impossible for them to be reborn in another realm. This explains how Daolon Wong was able to bring Shendu from the Netherworld by resurrecting him.
    • While banishing Hsi Wu from her body, Jade tells him "Tails, you lose.", just like she did while returning to him his tail which had Uncle's spell on it.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: During their mental conversation, Drago lets Shendu have a piece of his mind of the latter's future self's treatment of his son and Valerie.
  • Chekhov's News: In the 9th chapter, Valerie reads an article about a recently discovered Babylonian artifact exhibited in San Francisco. In the 16th chapter, she recalls this in a dream and considers that the artifact can help in locating Tiamat.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • The Chan Clan Reunited (Chapter 1) — Shendu is resurrected by Daolon Wong.
    • Vengeance and Violence (Chapter 2) — After Valerie briefly visits the newly petrified Shendu, he promises after she has left that they'll be together soon.
    • Questionable Shadows (Chapter 3) — A mysterious worldwide earthquake severs Shendu's control of the Shadowkhan, leaving the Chans and their allies to wonder what just happened.
    • A Progeny (Chapter 5) — Drago escapes from Section 13 and goes after the demon chi, which has activated as a result of something else waking up. Something that scares Shendu.
    • The Paths We Walk (Chapter 7) — After feeling a familiar "chill" along with her grandfather, Nat decides to contact the Chans.
    • Flower Power (Chapter 8) — Jade has another dream of Hsi Wu taunting her.
    • Strange Magic (Chapter 9) — Valerie has a vision of the same creature as Drago and Shendu.
    • A Mark of Evil (Chapter 10) — Jade's turned back into the Queen of the Shadowkhan by Tarakudo.
    • Shadow's Spell (Chapter 11) — The heroes as well as Drago and Shendu are left in Section 13's vault after their fight with the Shadowkhan side is interrupted by Tarakudo getting an onion in his face.
    • The Enemy of My Enemy… (Chapter 12) — In the Netherworld, Hsi Wu meditates in the hopes of restoring his corrupted bond with his Other and escaping from the Netherworld.
    • Shadow-Bound (Chapter 13) — Jade, freed of Tarakudo's control, ends up in her Mental World, where Hsi Wu has managed to gain a full foothold.
    • Power's Seduction (Chapter 14) — Valerie accidentally returns Shendu to his physical form.
    • Bigger Fish To Fry (Chapter 15) — Valerie agrees to help Shendu in locating his mother Tiamat.
    • You Shall Go To The Ball (Chapter 19) — Shendu escapes from the museum while the earthquake that shatters the demon-chi containment unit prevents Section 13 from following him.
    • Difference of Opinion (Chapter 21) — After Hsi Wu's chi enters Jade's body, Valerie telepathically tells Shendu to meet her and help Jade.
  • Curse Cut Short: Nat is about to call Drago a SOB in the 21th chapter before Valerie interrupts her.
  • Continuity Nod: While passing the dungeons in the ruins of Shendu's palace, Nat feels like her grave has been walked on without knowing why. In the rewritten reality, she was subjected to torture and killed in those dungeons.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: When the demon chis activate, something that scares Shendu is awakened. All that's show of it in visions is two brilliant blue eyes. This is later revealed to be Shendu's mother Tiamat.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: After Daolon Wong tries to kill Valerie, Shendu slams him into the ground repeatedly until he's a bloody pulp, and then tears what's left in half.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Drago reveals that he last saw the mother of his own time when he was ten and barely knew his father until he was seventeen. He was raised by someone else during those seven years and afterwards tried unsuccessfully to gain the approval of the father who had become colder and more unforgiving.
  • Deal with the Devil: Tarakudo convinces the corrupted Jade to swear loyalty to him with promises of tutorship in dark powers.
  • Death by Adaptation: Shendu kills Daolon Wong during the fight at the zoo.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After failing to find from the Babylonian artifact anything that could lead him to Tiamat, Shendu indulges in a bottle of whiskey even though he even can't become intoxicated.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Following Tarakudo's release, Drago fights with the Chans against him. Eventually, Valerie proposes a full team-up with him and Shendu which only Nat agrees to, reluctantly. The chapter name even references it.
    • When Shendu is released and takes Valerie with him, the J-Team and Drago reluctantly form an uneasy truce to make sure Shendu isn't doing anything bad to Valerie.
  • Erotic Dream: In the 18th chapter, Valerie dreams of having a rather explicit makeout with Shendu. Upon waking up, she finds him sleeping right next to her and aroused like herself. If that wasn't mortifying enough for her, he reveals that he was dreaming the exact same thing.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Drago confesses that he has hardly ill feelings regarding Valerie, and he refrains continuously from hurting her in fights. Meanwhile, Shendu previously claimed he doesn't care about his Missing Mom but it becomes increasingly clear that he really isn't over it and he wnats to find his resurfacing mother to obtain answers from her.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: While trying to summon the Shadowkhan, Drago strengthens his magic with his demon blood — the very thing needed to release Tarakudo. Shendu berates his son for acting like this without all the information.
  • Evil Is Petty: Daolon Wong proves himself to be so lowly that he attempts to murder a woman whom he knows only as his enemies' friend and Shendu's bride just to have his revenge.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Daolon Wong's appearance is explained as a result of dark magic draining and twisting his body.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • In the past, the Demon Sorcerers banded together against Tarakudo when he conquered Japan from Po Kong. After the imprisonment of the Oni Generals, Tarakudo engaged in battle with the Sorcerers and was sealed in the Shadowrealm. As soon as the Oni King returns and learns of Shendu's petrifaction, he attempts to take down Shendu in his current state.
    • Right from the moment Drago accidentally releases Tarakudo, they're at loggerheads with each other to the point that Drago fights with the Chans against the Oni.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: Shendu and Valerie do this when they're about to break into the museum and two men pass through the alleyway they're in.
  • Fantastic Racism: A semi-justified example with Shendu and Drago, with the human characters debating whether or not it's possible to turn demons good, and Valerie personally hoping to do just that. Jackie is the most close-minded out of everyone that demons are wholly evil and can't change their ways. Nat and even Tohru gradually start re-thinking their initial thoughts about Drago.
  • Fastball Special: In Chapter 13, Drago tosses Nat at Tarakudo by catching her foot as she runs at him and throwing her further.
  • Fat and Skinny: Sam Hepburn and Charles Stanton, the two archaeologists who discovered the Babylonian artifact.
  • Flat "What": Shendu reacts this way when Valerie asks if their binding can be undone.
  • Foreshadowing: Before The Reveal of Chapter 15, hints are dropped here and there regarding the nature of the blue-eyed entity.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • When Shendu betrays Daolon Wong, he lets slip that Valerie is his bride. This gives Wong the idea for some Revenge by Proxy, which only leads to his death.
    • Drago arrives in the present before the Oni Mask arc, rather than during it.
    • In fact, the entirety of Season 4 outside of Drago's arrival has apparently been skipped over in favor of Season 5's demon chi arc. Presumably, this is due to Shendu killing Wong, which means that there's no way for Tarakudo to be awakened and released.
      • Drago releases Tarakudo in the midst of the demon chi arc, setting the Oni Mask arc to happen simultaneously.
    • As a result of the above, the Enforcers are in prison and not on hand for their brief stint as Drago minions. Neither are they present when Tarakudo's released by Drago, prompting the Oni to steal the Ice Crew from Drago.
    • Due to Jade redrawing Tarakudo's mark on her skin, Tarakudo turns her back into the Queen of the Shadowkhan.
    • The entire "Spectacularry" scenario ends up being reduced to Larry — who turns demonic much quicker than in the canon episode — fighting the J-Team and Drago in a skatepark before Dai Gui's chi is removed from him.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The eyes of the Guardian of the Book of Ages glow white two times; first when Shendu's accusation of him lying angers him, and secondly when he sends Valerie and Shendu to the Rocky Mountains.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: The Section 13 agent in charge of arresting Daolon Wong is so focused on simply carting Wong away that he doesn't notice Wong stealing his gun.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Drago is officially confirmed as being this whereas it was ambiguous in the show's canon. It feeds his desire to prove his worth as Shendu's son.
  • History Repeats: In the Bad Future which Future Jade comes from, this has happened with Valerie and Shendu. Valerie has been killed, and her death has driven Shendu to the brink of madness and made him obsessed with using his own child for revenge; which is exactly what happened to Shendu's mother Tiamat when her husband and Other Apsu was killed long ago.
  • Human Disguise: Shendu dons one when he and Valerie set out to get the Babylonian artifact they require.
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: Drago's father is the Demon Sorcerer Shendu, and his mother is Valerie.
  • Hybrid Power: According to Shendu, Drago has a natural balance of light and dark chi within him, which means that he can properly bond with the Demon Sorcerer chi that would otherwise overwhelm its host. He's also immune to spells that should ward off beings of dark chi.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite most of Season 4 being skipped over, the Chans apparently still encountered the Ice Crew.
  • Ironic Echo: While rejecting Valerie's proposition to have Shendu and Drago rehabilitated, Jackie calls her a pawn that everyone else on the board controls. After Jade is cured of Hsi Wu's possession in the next chapter, Valerie tells Jackie that she didn't call him and Uncle because she couldn't afford to wait for the other pieces on the board to make their move.
  • Karmic Death: Daolon Wong is pummeled to death by Shendu, the very demon he resurrected and tried to have revenge on by trying to kill Valerie.
  • Kid from the Future: Drago, as per canon. Additionally, however, there's the fact that Valerie is apparently his mother.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Valerie, when commenting on the absurdity of the demon chi being awakened by the meteor shower, in addition to the cyclical nature of the Chan Clan's adventures.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: As a sequel, there's naturally plenty of these to the previous story.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Valerie's rationale for teaming up with Drago and Shendu against Tarakudo.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Valerie returns to San Francisco at the end of the Noble Animals arc, and thus has a lot of catching up to do.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tarakudo plays on Jade's darker desires that have been amplified by his mark.
  • Mr. Exposition: Following Tarakudo's release, Shendu provides the heroes information on him and the Shadowkhan.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling:
    • The activation of Demon Sorcerer chis during a meteor shower is felt by the demons in the form of powerful chi waves.
    • Nat senses the chi as well, which brings her back into the fight.
    • In Chapter 9, Drago and Valerie hear strange music in their heads.
    • When Jade's turned back into the Queen of the Shadowkhan, Hsi Wu feels it in the Netherworld.
  • Natural Disaster Cascade: Earthquakes, storms, volcanic activity and abnormal weather relating to the oceans are eventually revealed to be caused by Shendu's mother, the Babylonian primordial goddess Tiamat, stirring in her sleep. It's also heavily implied by Shendu that Tiamat has caused this kind of destruction to the world before with minimal effort, and he specifically states she was the engineer of every major extinction event in the planet's history.
  • Nature Is Not Nice: Tiamat, the goddess of primordial creation, cares nothing for the beings currently living in the world when she has decided to reshape the life in it.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Shendu is type 3; as a demon of fire, he literally burns off the human liquor before it has a chance to soak in.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Since the events of the Demon World arc, Shendu's siblings have been blaming not only him for their reimprisonment but also each other to the point of forgetting about torturing Shendu (the binding to Valerie also transcended the reality restoration and gave his spirit the ability to fight back a bit against any tortures the other demons throw his way).
    • Following Drago's accidental release of Tarakudo, Shendu calls his son out of dabbling with powers that he didn't fully understand. Drago blames his father for not printing anywhere a warning about the risks.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In order to turn the first fight against the Razor Khan in J-Team's favor, Jade redraws Tarakudo's face on her skin. This allows Tarakudo to turn her back into the Queen of the Shadowkhan.
    • Valerie accidentally smears some of her blood on Shendu's statue, which restores him to his physical form.
  • Not Me This Time: When Shendu escapes his second petrification, Jackie jumps to the conclusion that Drago is responsible, not knowing about Valerie's unintentional actions.
  • Now It's My Turn: Shendu says "My turn." before he effortlessly subdues the burglars who also came for the Babylonian artifact.
  • One Myth to Explain Them All: Shendu states that the older and further back a myth's origin goes, the more likely it is that it has some truth to it. It's revealed that not only are Tiamat from Babylonian mythology and Typhon from Greek mythology real supernatural entities, they're also the parents of the eight Demon Sorcerers, who are indicated to themselves be the basis of the Babylonian myth about Tiamat's Laser Guided Tyke Bomb monstrous offspring.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • When Drago breaks into Section 13 in Chapter 10, everyone assumes him to have come to claim the demon chi. When he gets to the Vault, he baffles them completely by ignoring the chis and striking a conversation with Shendu about Tarakudo.
    • Everyone is surprised when Jade (feeling rather unwell because of what Hsi Wu has done to her) asks to be allowed to go home instead of tagging along.
  • Pensieve Flashback: In the 16th chapter, Valerie has a dream in which she recalls this way reading the advertisement about the exhibition of the Babylonian artifact.
  • Perception Filter: Shendu uses a spell to turn an abandoned building uninteresting, sealed and soundproof.
  • Psychic Link: Val and Shendu appear to have one as part of their Other-bond.
  • Psychic Strangle: Tarakudo does this to Valerie in their first encounter, with only Drago's intervention saving her.
  • Put on a Bus: Following the end of the Noble Animals arc, the Enforcers have yet to make a return due to Daolon Wong's death leaving them incarcerated and unavailable as Drago or Tarakudo's henchmen.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • The Guardian of the Book of Ages makes a short yet accurate point about how little Valerie and Shendu trust each other even though they're bonded Others.
      The Guardian: You claim to be completed. But neither of you are willing to be one. It seems your journey to Tiamat must start with yourselves.
    • When Shendu enters Jade's psyche in order to tell her how to banish Hsi Wu from her body, he tells her that every time she has meddled with magic and gotten herself into trouble, he's been bailed out by her uncles and friends, but she has to rescue herself this time by giving up a part of her own personality if she wants to survive.
  • The Reveal: Chapter 15 finally reveals the identity of the blue-eyed entity: Tiamat, who is Shendu's mother.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Daolon Wong attempts to kill Valerie after Shendu betrays him and lets slip that Val is his bride. This ends badly.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: When Jade is trying to put out the flaming symbols that are part of the Shendu resurrecting spell by stamping them out, Val points out that they can just use a hose.
  • Stealth Pun: When Valerie and Shendu pose as a married couple, she makes up for them the last name Stone. "Mr. Stone" doesn't appreciate this for obvious reasons.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Tarakudo manages to reawaken Jade's Queen of the Shadowkhan persona because she redraws his mark on her skin.
  • Super Window Jump: The Chan Clan does this in Chapter 11 to escape Tarakudo, Queen Jade, and the Razor Khan.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Valerie laments how easy it is for her to sneak in and speak to the imprisoned Shendu without anyone noticing, since she's memorized the guards' routines and the Vault's password hasn't even been changed since the last security breach. Following Drago's break-in, she outright tells Captain Black how much the safety measures need improvement.
  • Synchronization: When Shendu is resurrected, the scar Valerie has from their binding ceremony in the rewritten reality flares in pain.
  • Take That!: To show her distaste of the 2017 version of The Mummy, the author makes Nat close the 11th chapter with one of Brendan Fraser's most iconic lines from the 1999 version.note 
  • Tempting Fate: Valerie does this regarding the falling stars that signal the awakening of demon chis. She greatly regrets this when she learns of Drago's escape.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: Drago compares the demon chis to addictive drug when the Earth Demon chi rapidly makes Larry more demonic and deranged.
    Drago: Powerful chi like that — Typhon's essence — when it gets inside you, all negative parts of yourself are heightened. That has its perks. Improved confidence bordering on arrogance, you feel a constant rush like adrenaline is always pumping in your veins; you feel invincible, like the whole world is there for the taking.
    Nat: Any drug has its lows, too.
    Drago: Yeah. Anger is the obvious one. But it's all the badness you feel too. Loneliness, depression. It gets so big you think it'll swallow you, so you run for the high, hoping to escape it. That's why enough is never enough.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: The fact that Jade and Drago can come back in time and yet somehow not cause a paradox gets brought up by Val. Shendu later provides an explanation; stating that as a natural defense mechanism against paradoxes, whenever someone time travels backwards, they're actually entering an ever so slightly different Alternate Timeline, though there are still limitations to how much the alternate reality can diverge from the time traveller's world without them blinking out of existence.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After losing his magical powers, Daolon Wong attempts to have his revenge and shoots Valerie in front of the full-powered Shendu himself while standing atop a van in plain view. Instead of trying to use the resulting shock from everyone's part to make an escape attempt, he just gloats in the Demon Sorcerer's face, inciting Shendu into Unstoppable Rage.
  • Undercover as Lovers: Shendu and Valerie pose as a married couple when they attempt to reach the Babylonian artifact.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: After Shendu's turned into stone once again, the world's unnaturally affected by powers of nature which the magically aware people explain to be a result of the unbalancing chis of the world. They're caused by the awakening of an unknown entity with Creepy Blue Eyes who's eventually revealed to be Tiamat, the primordial being of creation.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: In Chapter 13, Drago and the Ice Crew quickly flee from Section 13 after Tarakudo is defeated (thus ending their Enemy Mine with the heroes).
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Drago eventually develops a crush on Nat.
  • Weirdness Censor: The Chans fight Drago on a popular TV show for the Water Demon chi, but everyone writes it off as special effects.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Drago has serious issues stemming from Shendu's lack of compassion for him.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Future Jade doesn't care for Valerie, since in the future, she apparently betrays them all to Shendu and births Drago.
  • Wham Line:
    • Drago's first line to Valerie.
      Drago: Hey… Mom.
    • When Shendu reveals the identity of the mysterious entity awakened by the demon chis is Tiamat, he follows up with " She's my mother."
  • "You!" Exclamation: Jade's future self gives this to Valerie before pointing a gun at her.


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