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Spectral Shadows is an online web serial that first made its debut on June 5, 2004, originally on Furtopia, and then moving to Live Journal when Furtopia closed it's web hosting service in 2010. It is currently planned as a series of 34 serials, but so far only serial 1 has been completed, with serials 2 and 4 being incomplete and on indefinite hold due to the author having time to keep up with only one serial at a time, and having decided that effort should be focused on Serial 11. The story is written by "Perri Rhoades" with art drawn by traditional media artist Tigers Kitten drawn in a style that is hopefully not too inconsistent with a 1940's Funny Animal comics series.

Initially the serial was to follow the adventures of Jonathan and Rael Ommandeer, two anthropomorphic deer who befriended a human, Christine Rhoades James, and the sorts of adventures that they might find exploring various worlds throughout time and space. However, Serial 11 has taken on the additional function of allegorically paralleling news events and the authors personal experiences during the time of writing. The author describes the work as an "Allegorical Sci-Fi and Fantasy Serial" which allows subjects such as politics, music, religion, society, LGBT, internet culture, and many other things to be viewed in a detached and unthreatening theater of exploration. To this end, the author often creates characters to represent two or three sides of a political topic, holding no character's view as more important than the others, but the topic itself will often be reversed so that women's issues become men's issues, or liberal issues become conservative issues, and the reader will then be able to see things from angles that might previously not have been accessible.


The author formats the series as a soap opera, taking much inspiration from the format of Dark Shadows, meaning that it has the tendency of soap operas to alternate between multiple plots of numerous characters, but not being restricted to the traditional subject matter of soap operas. This is to be, as the author puts it, "An animated cartoon soap opera." In which talking animals are placed in human situations that may range from simple suburban settings to alien planets and dream dimensions.

The settings of the various serials have a knack for being all over the place with seemingly no limitation, from a virtual Role-Playing Game to a planet, Cygnus , that is After the End where half-animal half human creatures rule, with 50 individual towns with their own religions and ways of life based off of various forms of entertainment and media from the Elder Race (Read: Humans) and where females are the dominant gender. Some could say the story is easily both a Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink and a Fantasy Kitchen Sink as well as an Ascended Fanfic.


Spectral Shadows also has its own fictional background story behind it, being that it was an Old Time Radio Serial that was from The '40s and is continually being rediscovered and serialized on the internet for modern audiences with elements that were "too strong" for 40's radio drama being added into the story. It's also hinted that the one who originally produced the radio show was actually an alien who traveled to Earth and was incorporating autobiographical elements into the series.

You can read Spectral Shadows either on its official Live Journal page[1], or on Blogspot [2]. Now has its own wiki [3]. And now has its own Shout-Out Page.

InGalTeNet databases place the following tropes in this work:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Harrison James was this to a degree to Christine when she was younger. Over in Serial 11 there's Princess Jenny from the town of Webberton. Her mother could arguably be this. Also over in Serial 11 we have Kacey Caddell's parents, who don't care much for their child and may have actually partaken in cases to have Kacey terminated as per Suburbia's status quo.
    • Kara Collins' mother, who seems all too content to let her daughter be brainwashed and married off to Blair Montgomery. Her father is a subversion of this (at least for now).
  • Adult Fear: What caused Christine to lose her memories. We'd also say Father Mouse massacring the Webberton School full of innocent Webbertonian kittens works for this.
  • Aerith and Bob: In Serial 1 we have Jonathan Ommandeer, and Raelian Ommandeer. Then there's Shane and his robotic companion, Rocie.
  • After the End: Cygnus in Serial 11 would qualify; in addition S31 sees the cast visiting Post-Ommadawn Chikyu.
  • The Alliance: As an adult, pre-serial 11, Christine James was an ambassador for an interplanetary rebellion against the Astral Pirates' Empire.
  • All There in the Manual: Information regarding other characters not seen and Serials yet to be written can only be learned about by reading the extra stuff on the LiveJournal pages.
  • Alternate Universe: Word of God says that the "Somebody Else's Dream AKA The Episodes From Hell" story arc in Serial 11 is this.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Various places in the serial, especially The Aslander School of Magic, and Cygnus.
  • Amazing Technicolor World: Pentalous is described as this in S4.
  • Anachronism Stew: Cygnus would fit, with all the different towns and ideas being all over the place as far as time and ideas goes.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Serial 11 might come off as this, especially in comparison to S1 and S2.
  • Animorphism: Early in Serial 11 Christine James undergoes the transformation into Christine Rhoades, her fursona.
  • Anti-Magic: In a universe where Your Mind Makes It Real, it stands reason that if one's unbelief is strong enough, then it could effectively be this. Word of God says That Spike's unbelief in Blair's magical powers might end up being this
  • Anyone Can Die: Don't think being important will save you. by serial 11 we learn that Raelian is dead, though he is reincarnated as Sir Jon's son, Perry Rhoades. Christine James learns that she is to die in her own time period shortly after her arrival on Cygnus. In addition, seeing as serial 2 takes place in The Aslander School of Magic, a virtual roleplaying game, this should come as no surprise. Especially since you will respawn the next day, provided you have at least one life. Which can only be obtained by killing another player.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A lot of upper class and ruling families in Serial 11 are pretty morally bad. Sir Jon and the rest of the Rhoades Family are a subversion of this as well as Jenny after her first appearance.
  • Arm Cannon: Princess Electra, an anthrodroid, in Serial 2.
  • Artifact of Doom: In the Town of Halloween there's the Book of Secrets, which is what Blair Montgomery is after. It is easily very much this
  • Ascended Fanfic: Considering it began as a Bambi fanfic and directly adopted characters and elements from My Little Pony, Doctor Who, The Get Along Gang, Mega Man, Sailor Moon, Progressive Rock songs, The Secret of NIMH, Disney and too many others to name before being slightly changed to its current form, it could be seen as the biggest example of this trope as well as a Mega Cross Over.
  • Asshole Victim: Dr. Reinhart whenever Christine manages to put him in his place, especially if it follows the Doctor's mistreatment of Kacey. The conspirators who get offed out in No Fur's Land could qualify as well, given that they were willing to kill Princess Jenny to start a war.
  • Attack Drone: Blair's "Secret Weapons" can be used as this.
  • Attempted Rape: Though Cygnusians technically can't rape, Perry does try to manipulate Christine's body so that it will want him. Against Christine's consent.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Many of the plots were created by the author to voice their political and ethical opinions as well a Take That! to society, fandoms, and people from their life.
    • There's a huge amount of allusions, references, and in jokes to pretty much anything the author likes or has liked in their life.
  • Author Avatar:
    • Over in Serial 11 we see a white, long blue haired female rabbit named Twee Galaxy, or according to her driver's license, Perri Prinz, which mirrors the author's screen name on Second Life and shares many of the author's experiences, opinions, and even the same online lover.
    • This applies to Perry Rhoades who was the author's original self-insert
    • This also applies to Kacey who appears to be going through situations mirroring the author's own life.
  • Author Filibuster: Serial 11 is this easily in comparison to the other Serials at times.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Spike Malone, among other characters.
  • Ax-Crazy: Dorothy Rhoades, Perry Rhoades' first wife, falls victim to the incurable disease "Red Vision", which makes any creature essentially this trope.
  • Bad Future: Lappina gets a glimpse at this in the Chamber of Three Doors.
  • Badass Adorable: It's a story full of animal characters.
  • Badass Longcoat: Spike, Richie, Jasper (While in his Dream Sequence in Noir).
  • Badass Normal: The Amazing Detectives Agency and Ratzo DiCaro definitely count. Pretty much, anyone in Noir. Also Jasper when he's Not the Shadow Cat.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Christine appears to have this in a piece of artwork showing her transforming into a Cygnusian, with a side of Godiva Hair.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Tabby's outfit in Serial 2; Saint Saffron's default outfit, and Willow's and Melanie's brothel outfits in Serial 11 feature this as well.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Why Christine must eventually return to the past and pull her Heroic Sacrifice. Justified in that Christine's Heroic Sacrifice is part of established history, and never returning to do so can potentially undo the future and cause all sorts of temporal issues.
  • Becoming the Mask: Clover Lappina originally shows up to rope Perry into marriage just to gain wealth and social status, all the while pretending to be in love with him. She eventually grows to actually love him.
  • Berserk Button: Never threaten Christine's friends (Or try to use their pain to get back at her as Reinhart tries to do to Kacey after Christine rejects him). Putting any of Sir Jon's friends or family in danger is a foolish idea as well. Also, don't act a bunch of hypocritical children around Miss Sonny. She's nice, but if you push her buttons...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Christine, while normally nice, caring, even angelic to a degree, can appear rather threatening and powerful should one of her friends come into danger.
  • Big Bad: There's Omega the Crimson King in Serial 2, a "Malignant Entity" who's actually Makura in Serial 4, Dr. Penning seems to be this, at least to Rael in Serial 7, Blair seems to be set up as the possible Big Bad for 11, Dorothy Rhoades in Serial 13, the unnamed reptilian crime lord for 14, Dr. Penglous who's just Dr. Penning regenerated in Serial 18, The Black Widow computer in Serial 31, and Dr. Penning, The Black Widow, and the Astral Pirates in Serial 32. The Astral Pirates also serve as a major antagonistic force for most of the serials involving Chikyu.
  • Big Good: Sir Jon and Miss Sonny in Serial 11. Shane in Serial 1 could be this. And then there's the Fox Fairy King in Serial 2.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Queen Sonny pulls this off in Ep 55 when the reporters and other civilians of Suburbia keep clamoring too much and she needs to get their attention. It works without a hitch, seeing as Suburbians see Sonny as their mother figure and she hardly ever yells or shouts.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The Rhoades Mansion is supposed to be like this.
  • Bishōnen: Rael in his human form is described as being this in the Spectral Shadows Character List.
  • Bland-Name Product: One drink Vicki holds in an image is said to be called "Cozi-Cola".
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Serial 2 is this, especially in comparison to serial 1. Sure, there was some violence in serial 1, but as the Serial Index on the Live Journal page tells us, serial 1 is only rated G, while 2 is rated PG for violence. Serial 11 also is a little more violent, especially since we get to see the effects of Red Rain, the genetic weapon that nearly killed all life on Cygnus, via a dream sequence. It isn't pretty.
  • Body Horror: The effect of Red Rain on the living. Also Blair's forced transformation of his two Noirian Thugs after they've failed him.
  • Brainless Beauty: Inverted by a lot of characters that are beautiful, such as Michelle Duarte, Christine Rhoades, Vicki Anderson, and more in S11.
  • Brainwashed: happens to Miyan, Lappina, and Kara.
  • Break the Cutie: What happened to a young Christine.
  • Bridal Carry: How Perry carries Lappina upstairs in one scene. He also most likely carries Kacey in this fashion following the squnk's first encounter with Christine.
  • British Stuffiness: Camelot, dear boy.
  • Broken Record: "I have never met Blair Montgomery. I have never met Blair Montgomery. I have never met Blair Montgomery."
  • Call-Back: In Serial 1, Shane warns his new squires, Jon and Rael, that they should be put to sleep while their bodies are transformed into an anthro form due to the extreme pain of the process. Sir Jon brings this up to Christine when she turns from a human to a Cygnusian Fox. Christine decides to stay awake and safe to say he was correct.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "REI CANNON!"
  • Chainsaw Good: How Makura chooses to kill Roxanne Lazzaro during the "Episodes from Hell".
  • Character Development: Rael, Jon, Christine, Vicki, Kacey, Ratzo, Clover Lappina, heck any named character has a fair chance at eventually undergoing this. Lappina even got to the point where she confessed all her crimes to Ratzo DiCaro, a Norian Detective. To the Noiran religion, this is akin to a sinner fully disclosing all sins to a clergyman. Keep in mind that Lappina used to be a gang member.
  • Charm Person: Over in Serial 2, one can learn the power of "Charm Magic" if their "Charm" stat is high enough. Christy is said to have a high charm stats, and Ariel seems to be able to do this to others. Clover Lappina is this also somewhat when she first appears in Serial 11. Michelle is also this to male Cygnusians, and is fairly adapt at it.
  • Children Are Innocent: Or at least, retaining childhood qualities can make one innocent, as Lukas is still a child, but it quite the evil little bastard.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: According to the Live Journal page's character index, Omega, the Final Boss of the Aslander game, likes not to kill players after capturing them, but either turn them into one of his slaves...or subject them to his obnoxiously avant-garde art rock music. Most opt to become his slaves.
  • Cool Bike: Gene Taylor's motorcycle, Amazing 2.
  • Cool Car: Xanthus, Saint Saffron's car; The Shadow Cat's car; Chico, Rick's truck; and Spike Malone's car, Amazing 1, is most likely this.
  • Cool House: The Rhoades Mansion could be this.
  • Cool Plane: Riche Watson's plane, Amazing 3.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Blair Montgomery in serial 11 qualifies. Miyan's constant warnings to Perry for him to not trust her may be signs of this as well, especially when she becomes CEO of Rhoades Instruments. In fact, part of Suburbia's religion is that this trope is a necessary evil in order to have a thriving economy.
  • The Corruptible: Seems like anyone can be this, as even Christine loses her child-like qualities and becomes concerned mainly with Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll (well, not drugs, but definitely the other two).
  • Crapsaccharine World: Some of the towns can be seen as this.
  • Crapsack World: Cygnus, since it is After the End, and not everything is as it seems with the towns.
  • Crisis of Faith: According to the Plot Synopsis on the LiveJournal page, this happens to Jon in Serial 5.
  • Cute Critters Act Childlike: Subverted.
  • Deadpan Snarker: There's a few here and there. Jasper can be this sometimes.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Serial 2 has this a lot, as a player killed in The Aslander game will just respawn the next day, if they have any spare lives of course.
  • Deal with the Devil: Axel Rhoades, Christine's cousin, is said to be doing this for power and youth. Luscious Rhoades and Blair Montgomery are also dealing with some evil forces for their own goals as well.
  • Death Seeker: Ian is described as this on the Livejournal's Character Sheet.
  • Democracy Is Bad: Or, at the very least, "Democracy is A Dangerous Experiment".
  • Demonic Possession: The malignant entity known as Makura inhabits The Shadow Cat's armor and at times has been shown to have the power to take over his body. This also happens to Christine, after she gets all her memories back the first time. Nicholas is also subject to this, due to being host to Lucious' evil soul.
  • Determinator: Christine is this, seen especially when she tries to get her, Vicki, and Kacey out of the apartment fire.
  • Digital Avatar: Serial 2 is said to be taking place on some kind of virtual roleplaying game, so there are characters that aren't actually animal characters in real life, but rather just play one online; examples include Christine James, who plays a red fox, and Russel, a human who plays a blue and white rabbit who got into the game simply because he likes furry women. Second Life knock off Another Life over in serial 11 is also full of these.
  • Dispel Magic: Belief is what gives magic its power. So it is actually possible to dispel magic with enough disbelief.
  • Driven to Suicide: Many humans on Cygnus when the Red Rain fell, especially since suicide would be a less painful way of dying.
  • Energy Weapon: Blair's Castle's defenses.
  • Enfant Terrible: Lukas, Lappina's future child, is this, with a side of Ax-Crazy.
  • Ensemble Cast: Practically any named character gets their fair share of the screen time.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Blair Montgomery, despite public opinion, 'does' love someone. Too bad his plans with his loved one involve ruining the world.
  • Evil Brit:
    • Camelot is quickly shaping into this, especially with more recent episodes.
    • Subverted with some of the residents, who appear to be good people, they're just brainwashed by Camelodian propaganda.
  • Evil Laugh: Blair is prone to doing this on occasion.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Camelot and Webberton.
  • Exploring the Evil Lair: Happens to Blair's castle a couple times.
  • Fan Nickname: "Cygnusian" never actually appears anywhere in the story, however it is used to refer to the aliens on Cygnus both in discussions and on the wiki.
  • Fantastic Racism: Most Town folk are like this towards mutants; Leela/Saint Saffron is a shining example of this.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The series can easily be this. There's vampires, world creators, evil spirits, evil legendary armor, swords that drain spiritual energy, swords generated based on one's own spiritual powers, world warping magical powers, and more. Most of this is due to the author's blatant borrowing from multiple inspirational sources they grew up on.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Shane was crystallized and is used as the power source to his own Sound Chaser. This happens sometime before Serial 11.
  • Film Noir: In Serial 11's Cygnus there's a town named Noir, which takes its religion and way of life after old film noir gangster shows. They emulate this even down to the cars that are used; despite every other town using solar power, Noire uses gas-powered cars because they didn't have gas powered cars back in those times.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Some characters from Noir, such as Leela and Spike, tend to not believe in magic, though in Spike's case it's more or less feeling that there's SOME kind of science behind it and it's not "real" magic.
  • Friendly Enemy: Blair seems to be this towards Jasper.
  • From Bad to Worse: Kacey, Christine, and Vicki manage to escape the fire that Lappina believes she started, but Christine's injuries put her in a coma, and Kacey has most of her fur burned off and is on life support, leaving only Vicki alive with some injuries and a broken leg. In come Kacey's parents demanding to be put out of her misery.
    • They get better, thanks to Christine unlocking her awesome healing powers
  • Genre-Busting: It can be said to be a scifi fantasy soap opera, but the Serials themselves are planned to cover multiple genres, and Serial 11 seems to have multiple Genres in itself. Not only that, but the author makes the Badass Boast on her LiveJournal that if someone claims two genres fused together cannot work she'll do it just to prove that it can be done.
  • Genre Roulette: Despite being under the banner of "Furry Soap Opera" there are times when serials can have quite different genres or types of stories, if the Synopsis page is anything to go off of.
  • Ghost City: Some of the areas in No Fur's Land are like this, being ruins of the Elder Race's cities and towns, such as the Lost Ferals' home.
  • Ghost Story: An aging ocelot from Halloween tells one over in episode 130 of serial 11.
  • Grand Finale: Serial No. 34, "I Pity Inanimate Objects", is the intended series final.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: There's a decent amount of names of either characters or races that mean something in Japanese. For example, there's Kitsune in Serial 1; Ra's full given title is Taiyo Kami-Sama, and "Kami-Sama" is how the Japanese refer to the Christian God (supposedly). Then there's Princess Lumira, from the planet Urusei, which means "Obnoxious" in Japanese.
  • Grim Reaper: Rinne-Ra, aka Lord Death, is essentially this.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: While most on Cygnus would think Guy on Guy is abhorrent there are some, namely members of the "Pure Human Fandom", who think this is, leading to various unsafe practices.
  • Hand Cannon: Lappina's magnum, especially the one she can use in her Dream Sequence that comes loaded with explosive rounds. Princess Electra's Arm Cannon could be this too.
  • Haunted Headquarters: The Rhoades Mansion is this, especially in the earlier serials set in Chikyu. The S11 incarnation of the mansion is this at times too.
  • Haunted Heroine: Christine, especially in earlier Serials.
  • Haunted House: The Rhoades mansion seems to be this in earlier serials.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Christine's eventual fate.
  • Homage: Numerous. Though must are closer to barely disguised knock-offs of popular media smashed together.
  • Horror Literature: The Story tends to dip into this genre at times.
  • Humanity Ensues: Sir Jon is ordered by the Dream Weaver to become human to accomplish his goals in Serial 29. He's not happy at all.
  • Humans Are Bastards:
    • To the extent that other sentient life forms in the galaxy think them some sort of plague.
    • Subverted by the Native Polithesians, whom were even favored by Omman-Ra.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Again, to the extent that pretty much each other sentient form in the galaxy thinks less of them.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: The Omman Knights' cloaks enable this, as they effectively act as a mini-portal between themselves and their Soundchasers.
  • Info Dump: In the beginning of Serial 11 Sir Jon helps Christine regain her lost memories by using the power of his house, which is actually his own Sound Chaser. These memories are projected in the room, and Christine narrates what's happening in a hypnotized state.
  • In Medias Res: Serial 11 pretty much begins like this.
  • Interspecies Romance: All over the damn place.
  • Intimate Psychotherapy: Played straight quite often in Serial 11.
  • Jerk Justifications: This seems to be the reason why Jasper acts the way he does towards women in present day Serial 11, as his vow he made to the Shadow Armor means he cannot fall in love with a woman, or else
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Happens if you don't read the serials in order. Happens with serials 2 - 10 by default from reading Serial 11.
  • Life Embellished: The entire Another Life subplot as well as the characters in it, most notably Perri and her lover.
  • Living Statue: Harrison James when he becomes "The Iron Man".
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The "Character List" of the LiveJournal page boasts some 115 Characters. Word of God says there's easily more than that, even if only a handful are actually fleshed out.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Penning in the various serials involving Chikyu. Not only does he try to experiment on Rael, he also creates The Anthrodroids, android anthro animals based on the author's opinion of the Reploids from Mega Man X.
  • Magic Versus Science: The series seems to follow this at points (or at least, some characters subscribe to this belief), but it's eventually subverted as characters that use magic (like Sir Jon and Christine) reveal that magic is actually just another science in of itself.
  • Male-to-Female Universal Adaptor: In the case of Cygnus. The way they mate is similar to humans, yet contains several key differences from human sex. Though Cygnusians are fully capable of mating with humans.
  • Matriarchy: In serial 11 the dominant gender on planet Cygnus are the females. This is specifically a Patriarchy Flip, since males are treated as being less than females, are not the dominant gender, and even politically females have more power, even if there is a male and female king and queen of a town.
  • Mind Control: This is how Blair will get Princess Kara of Halloween to marry him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Saint Saffron is this, to her own fans (or just people that know of her), even to other furs she might kill (Such as the car station owner during the Episodes from Hell/Somebody Else's Dream segment).
  • Muse Abuse: Kacey's entire "Another Life" segment in Serial 11 could be considered this, including most (if not all) of the characters and situations mentioned in it.
  • Neck Lift: Blair does this to Lappina at one point.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Christine Rhoades (Christine James when she gets transformed into a rather child-like and playful, yet mature and mindful anthro fox at the beginning of serial 11) does this to Kacey Caddell, a cute, but yet over weight and terminally shy anthro squirrel. Christine pounces Kacey in a cat-like fashion. Kacey, being very much squirrel like, doesn't take to it well.
  • The Patriarch: Harrison James was most likely this while still human. Sir Jon appears to be this at times, though he will leave matters up to Miss Sonny (seeing as she does have more power than him, she just focuses more on family matters) when the need arises. Some towns on Cygnus, surprisingly, are this.
  • Power Glows: This happens to Christine an awful lot in Serial 11 when she uses her healing powers extensively. Her fur turns to a golden color and angel wings seem to appear. According to Word of God, this also happened to Christine when she used her powers as Christy in the Alsander School of Magic.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Eat my lead, bitch!" Says Lappina to Dorothy before blasting her away in the Episodes from Hell.
  • Professional Gambler: Sir Jon. He's the "Master of Games" for a reason.
  • Punched Across the Room:
    • Given the increased strength of Cygnusians, it happens here and there.
    • Iin Ratzo's case, she was more or less swatted across the room.
  • Put on a Bus: Lorri Rhoades, Perry's sister, leaves literally in the first episode of Serial 11 to give a concert. She's mentioned far later in the serial but for the time being, it looks like this.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Happens quite a bit. Not surprising, given that characters seldom ever die off for good; most are simply reincarnated into another form, or in Sir Jon's case achieve power over death and is revived.
  • The Reveal: Usually with who someone was in a past life. Especially during mating dreams in Serial 11 (Mating dreams are essentially dreams or visions one has while joined with a mate. They can either be memories or just dreams, but the main characters tend to get either their own memories or memories from a past life as a vision); During Christine and Perry's join, it's revealed that Vicki is the reincarnation of Melinda the unicorn, and Perry is a reincarnation of Sir Jon's brother, Rael; later down the road we see Kacey is a reincarnation of Kimmy, someone Christine used to love back on Cygnus, as well as Jock Walsh's past life. And that Christine was in love with the past lives of Vicki and Kacey. The author certainly loves making things complex.
  • Rōnin: Vicki is called a "Ronin Fox" at one point.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The "Malignant Entity" Makura in Serial 4 is this. And it's accidentally set free.
  • Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink: much like the aforementioned Fantasy Kitchen Sink, there's a whole lot of scifi elements, from time travel, to mechas, an intergalactic internet that spans space and time, an evil galactic empire controlled by Space Pirates, mad scientists, and a planet populated by creatures that are half animal half human (with some that are more animal than human, and vice-verse).
  • Serious Business: It doesn't matter what a Town's religion is based off of, it will always be this to the residents.
  • Shout-Out: Much like Homages, there's plenty of them in all sorts of shapes and sorts. Some fall more into the category of being obvious knock offs due to the author using a large amount of ideas from other series they were interested in. Goes very much into Reference Overdosed territory.
  • Supernatural Soap Opera: In novelized online form.
  • Time Machine: Soundchasers, the Pyramid-shaped shape-changing ships that Time Captains use.
  • Time Travel: Oh dear lord. Lots of it. Just ask the author sometime. Chances are someone you meet is either a reincarnation of someone from earlier (or even from the future), or a different form of someone Time Traveling.
  • Title Drop:
    • We do see references to either a "spectral shadow" or "spectral shadows". On occasion, serials might Title Drop their own titles as well.
    • Serial 1 actually almost title drops a future serial named "I Pity Inanimate Objects".
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Guaranteed to happen if you read the Synopsis page.
  • Trans Nature: Kacey over in Serial 11. She's a submissive person herself, though with the Matriarchy in place, being female and submissive is a no-go, so she seeks to become male so that she can be submissive without being ostracized by society. Word of God says that if she's put into an environment where she can be both female and submissive, then she wouldn't seek to gender change.
  • Unwanted Spouse:
    • Seeing as Cygnusians marry whoever they knock up or get knocked up by, it seems like many marriages could end up like this.
    • Kara towards Blair when she's not under mind control.
  • Vigilante Man: Saint Saffron is easily this; The Shadow Cat may also fit this trope, but he'd be an inversion given that he doesn't harm innocents, let alone actually kill anyone (unless possessed by the spirit of his armor).
  • Virtual Soundtrack:
    • Some serials contain lyrical cues and have places or characters in them named after things from a musical track or album that inspired the author.
    • Harrison James, who gets turned into "The Ironman", The Ommadawn, Rael, and The Dreamweaver are all examples of this.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: It's suggested that Time Captains can do this.
  • War Is Hell: According to Christine Rhoades, her father Harrison James would wake up in the night from nightmares due to all the horrors he witnessed in Chikyu's Second Great War.
  • Web Serial Novel
  • Wicked Cultured: Omega in Serial 2 might be this.
  • Winged Humanoid: Avians on Cygnus. There's also a griffin that one of the members of the Alien Princess' Club blasts the head off of during their match against The Warriors' Club. Oh, and
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Subverted with Christine, whose fate is to return to her home and face her Heroic Sacrifice.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Vicki and Twee Galaxy over in Serial 11.
  • You Have Failed Me: Blair to The Noirian Henchmen he hired.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Told to both Christine and Kacey repeatedly in Serial 11 when they make the choice to be celibate. More so to Christine than Kacey.


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