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24 DS is an ongoing web series written by Sugarp1e1 on DeviantArt. It's written in the style of a Shōnen anime/manga.

24 DS follows 16-year-old Tedrick, a human boy who was raised in another dimension by two dragons; Inazuma, Queen of the Lightning Dragons, and her Battle Butler Denkō. Growing up in this magical dimension gave Tedrick powers over lightning and electricity. But his Hair-Trigger Temper causes him to lose control whenever he's pissed. This "forced" Inazuma to lock him up in a giant glass bubble for the majority of his life. So you can imagine Ted's joy when he was finally allowed to leave the Lightning Dimension and go to the Life Dimension (Earth). Unfortunately, upon arriving with Denkō, he discovers the purpose his adoptive mother prepared him for; to destroy humanity. Disgusted, Tedrick betrayed the dragons and began to protect the Life Dimension.


Four months later, Tedrick loses his temper at a diner and, after finding a safe spot, chars the area around him with his lightning. This draws the attention of a boy around his age wearing a metal mask. And that's when Ted learns that he's not the only one...

There are currently five published chapters (including the Prologue). It can be read here.

24 DS provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Inazuma's idea of disciplining Tedrick is locking him in glass bubble whenever he throws a tantrum.
    • Denkō qualifies in way too. He did more of the "traditional" parent stuff with Tedrick (feeding him, playing with him, etc.), but he didn't have any problem with Inazuma putting Ted in that bubble from time to time. That being said, Denkō still loved him regardless.
  • All-Loving Hero: Tedrick is horrified when he sees Denkō attacking innocent people.
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  • Always Identical Twins: Mirror image twins to be exact. Dallas has green eyes, his left eye covered, and is right-handed, while Daisuke has blue eyes, his right eye covered, and is left-handed.
  • Animesque: According to her dedication, Sugarp1e 1 wrote 24 DS in the style of an anime.
  • Arc Number: Four.
  • Blood Knight: Tedrick describes himself as an adrenaline junkie when it comes to battling. Dallas has shades of this too.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: All of the Dragon Children are orphans who have been adopted by the Dragon Lords. Averted with Eve, who still lives with her birth parents.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dallas is basically a ruder Denkō.
  • Elemental Powers: There are twenty-four elements, each one with a species of dragon that controls it and a dimension that houses them: Lightning, Iron, Life, Death, Demon, Emotion, Knowledge, Sound, Illusion, Angel, Spirit, Wood, Fire, Water, Heart, Earth, Wind, Mind, Darkness, Light, Willpower, Blood, Ice, Crystal, and Gem.
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  • Extra-ore-dinary: Iron Dragons can control metal, but can only do so for as long as they are in contact.
  • Four Is Death: Invoked. Dallas, the Dragon Child of Death, is the fourth Dragon Child to join the Dragon Slayers and is introduced in the fourth chapter.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Life Dragons believe that all life is precious and worth protecting. Hence why they're the only good dragons.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Tedrick has this and his powers become stronger the angrier he is.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Subverted. Tedrick didn't know the dragons were evil until he saw Denkō attacking innocent people. That's when he betrayed them.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The dragons firmly believe this and want to destroy them all.
  • I Have No Son!: Inverted. Tedrick stops referring to Inazuma as his mother after learning about her Kill All Humans plan.
    • He takes it further by invoking this inversion on anyone who joins the Dragon Slayers. One must forsake their title of "Dragon Child" as part of their initiation into the group.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tedrick states numerous times that Denkō is a smart-ass. And indeed he is. But the latter genuinely cares for the former and is heartbroken by his betrayal.
    • Dallas is arguably more of a smart-ass than Denkō, but he's fiercely loyal to the Dragon Slayers.
  • Kill All Humans: The goal of the dragons.
  • Life Drain: Death Dragons can absorb the life force of any living thing.
  • Logical Weakness: Ren suffers from Anxiety Disorder and his powers only work if he's in contact with metal. So taking his metal mask away not only leaves him powerless; it triggers a panic attack.
  • Meaningful Name: All of the Dragon Lords are named after the Japanese words for their elements.
  • Nervous Wreck: Subverted. Ren only becomes this if he can't use his powers.
  • Only One Name: Dragons don't have last names. Played With with the Dragon Children. Technically they don't have last names either; their "last names" are just their adoptive parents' names. Averted with Eve. She's the only Dragon Child who isn't an orphan, so her "dragon" last name is hyphenated with her "human" last name.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Dallas has one covering his left eye. His twin brother Daisuke has one covering his right eye.
  • Power Levels: Dragons are categorized into levels based on the twenty-four letters of the Greek alphabet (Denkō is an Alpha-level dragon for example). The only exception is the Lord-level, which is exclusive to Dragon Lords.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played straight or subverted depending on the character. When Dragon Children awaken, their eyes change color, glow, and gain slit pupils. So far, there have been characters with glowing red eyes and glowing blue eyes.
  • Scars Are Forever: Tedrick gave Denkō a scar on his right arm during a training accident. Inazuma implies that it's permanant.
  • Servile Snarker: Denkō's sentences are almost always sarcastic whenever he talks to someone who isn't Inazuma. Especially if it's Tedrick.
  • Shock and Awe: Lightning Dragons can produce and control lightning and electricity.
  • Test Of Character: Ren conducts one on Tedrick to see if he's a threat to mankind. The former takes note of the latter's Hair-Trigger Temper and fails him, but Eve convinces Ren to allow Ted to stay a Dragon Slayer.
  • Undying Loyalty: The first thing Dallas does when he joins the Dragon Slayers is suggest saving a Dragon Child named Daisuke.
    Dallas: "I'm just trying to keep this cause going, so unless you [Tedrick] have an idea on who we should save next, you shouldn't be complaining."
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The dragons genuinely believe that the world would be better off if humans were extinct.
  • Weredragon: Dragons have two forms; human and dragon. The former form has human features such as hair and skin, but also dragon-like features such as scales, wings and claws. The latter form hasn't been described yet beyond Tedrick's description of Inazuma's as "a hundred tons of yellow, scaly reality".
  • White Sheep: Any Dragon Child who joins the Dragons Slayers is this.

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