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Kaze, or as it's commonly spelled KAZe is an internet supernatural horror story that deals with the subjects of fear, paranoia, and helplessness. It was a surprise success and the author has announced a prequel and, possibly, a franchise.

The main characters of the story are Jane Kami and Xavier Kessho, who both soon meet and catch on to the idea of Jane slowly being possessed by an entity, the embodiment of fear itself, which is possibly the spirit of deceased mental patient Mai Takeo.

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Tropes appearing in Kaze

  • Abandoned Area: Jane's high school and the local hospital quickly become this in Chapters 5 and 9.
  • Accidental Murder: Luke accidentally runs over Becky with his out of control car in Chapter 8
  • Action Girl: Jane gets a few good hits on the possessed!mannequin in Chapter 5 and easily beats Xavier in a brief sparring match in Chapter 8.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted with Xavier and Fred, who both save Jane's life plenty of times. Excused with the Kami family, who are unsure of what to do and spend the rest of the story at a parenting seminar in another town until the ending.
  • An Axe to Grind: The possessed!mannequin has one.
  • And I Must Scream: Jane is often depicted as going through at lot of physical and mental pain throughout the story. In fact, Lucifer seems to love doing this; psychologically torturing Mai into suicide, brutally torturing Kendra to near death before killing her, leaving Lily alive to bleed out from her injuries...
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  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. While Peggy is shown at times to get on Jane's nerves, she still loves and cares deeply for her younger sister.
  • Arc Words: At least I can die free...
  • Badass Boast:
    Kendra: What have you become?
    'Lucifer: Eternal.
  • Badass Longcoat: Jane, Xavier (although his isn't nearly as long), and Mai. The author seems to love this trope.
  • Berserk Button: Don't speak ill of Mai in front of Xavier. Just don't.
  • Big Bad: It's believed to be Mai, but it's really Lucifer, Mai's former entity that drove her to suicide in the first chapter.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Sue, Jane, and Becky, respectively.
  • Break the Cutie: After finding out that there is nothing more Mai can do to help her, Jane completely breaks down into tears.
  • Bury Your Gays: Kendra.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Peggy, although it seems to be just an act.
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  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Lily and Kendra has their chests literally torn open. Becky is squashed flat by an out-of-control car. That woman in the closet...
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: The ending.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The narrator at times. Jane and Xavier also shows signs of this.
    • Mai as well, revealed in Chapter 11.
    Jane: Is this heaven?
    Mai: No genius, it's your mindscape.
  • Death by Sex: Becky and Luke have clearly had sex a lot, according to Jane. Then they die soon after this is revealed.
  • Death Glare: Jane and especially Lucifer own this look to a T.
  • Downer Ending: Although it's not as bad as you'd expect, it's still pretty bad: Lucifer is revealed to be still inside Jane and possesses her as Xavier finds her on an abandoned road he was driving down. As they arrive in the driveway of Jane's house, Lucifer then places a knife on his throat and seemingly kills him as Jane remains helpless to stop him.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mai. Sue, as believed by everyone in the story.
    • Bobby soon after killing Mai.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Mai, even when she was alive.
  • Fedora of Asskicking: Xavier wears a fedora at times throughout the story. Averted since we haven't actually seen him in combat yet.
  • Final Girl: Jane.
    • Natalie in the opening as well.
  • Fingore: Mai, Jane, and Kendra all have their fingernails ripped off, although Jane's seem to be just a hallucination.
  • For the Evulz: We aren't exactly given a reason as to why Lucifer does what he does. It's implied to be just for sick pleasure.
  • Guns Are Useless: Averted at the end of Chapter 5.
    • Xavier fires two bullets at Lucifer after he hits his Berserk Button, only for the entity to throw them right back at him with telekinesis.
  • Mind Screw: Purposely invoked to the readers, as of revealed by Word of God.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: ''Come on, Xavier. Let's paint the walls in red...''
    • At lot of what happens in that chapter qualifies; Jane sitting in front of a blan TV with no expression or dialogue, Xavier finding a trail of dry blood running from where they're standing to up the stairs, Mai's drawings, and Jane overdosing on sleeping pills.
  • Papa Wolf: Harold is very protective of his daughters and hates Xavier right from the start.
    • Xavier could also be considered one for Jane.
  • Police are Useless: Averted with Xavier, but played straight with Blarke and Michaels.
  • Lemony Narrator: Shown more noticeably in later chapters.
  • Red Herring: Mai is purposing being exploited by Lucifer to trick and confuse Xavier enough to throw him off his goal.
  • The Reveal: No, the real entity isn't Mai. It is really Lucifer, Mai's former entity that drove her insane and forced her to kill people until her eventual suicide at the beginning. Mai now serves as a "guardian angel" to Jane and is trying to prevent her from following in her footsteps.
  • Ship Tease: Jane and Xavier. It gets to the point where the author actually has to remind the audience that they're just friends.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slasher Fic: A rather interesting and supernatural take on the genre, it isn't presented as such with characters or scenes, but instead uses the classic tropes and clichés.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Kendra to Jane. It gets to the creepy point where Kendra actually licks and strokes Jane's face, much to her disgust.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Lucifer.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Mai although she isn't the evil, vengeful stereotype and actually wants to help Jane.
    • Lucifer plays this straight in his disguise of Mai that you see throughout the story.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: While we are aware of Bobby's fate, we have yet to hear of Natalie's.
    • The possessed!mannequin in Chapters 4 through 5. It's never mentioned or seen again after Xavier "kills" it.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Xavier and Mai.
  • Wham Line:
    Lucifer: (To Xavier) Silly detective, I am NOT Mai!
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Mai. Averted with Lucifer, who has no remorse for his actions.
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