|Xing Huo by CLAMP|
|Series:||Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE|
|Other names:||Sometimes translated as Shinfuo or Ling Xuo|
|Relatives:||Fei Wong Reed (Creator)|
|Residence:||Fei Wong Reed's Hiding Place|
|Powers:||Ability to lead another person to a dimension of choice (only one time)|
|First Appearance(Manga):||Chapter 001 - "The World of Beginnings"|
|First Appearance(Anime):||Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Episode 1 - "Destinies Converge"|
|Last Appearance(Manga):||Chapter 120 - "The Unheard Voice"|
|Last Appearance(Anime):||Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations Episode 2 - "The Boy's Right Eye"|
Xing Huo (星火) is a secondary character, and a villain from Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE. She is Fei Wong's assistant. Xing is one of the few characters in the series not to be a crossover from another work of CLAMP.
Xing Huo's true nature is shrouded in mystery.
Introduced in the very first chapter of the manga, and seen almost everytime at Fei Wang's side in his hiding place, together they watch the party's steps through the different worlds. She often questions her master about the certainty of his plans,and holds a great interest on the Original Syaoran who was kept prisioner for the first half of the story in a liquid tube, and comments on his progress.
Only one sentence uttered by Fei Wang Reed after her death, refering to her as "another failed creation," may give birth to some theories. Being a yumemi, Fei Wang seems to have known all along that Xing Huo would eventually betray him, helping the real Syaoran, an action which did not surprise him in the least, "knowing what [she] is made of." The most common theory indicates that Xing Huo's creation may predate Fei Wong's interest in Sakura's powers, and that the purpose of the experiment was to create a body with magic powers and a soul, only responding to Fei Wong's will - which would have made his plan much easier to put into action. Yuko mentionned that "they too are but dust of unfulfilled dreams" learning that Xing Huo had betrayed her master, suggesting that she may have the same status as the other young women seen alongside Fei Wong and serving him.
Xing Huo is however completely passive until her betrayal during the Tokyo Arc. She talks to Fei Wong about the evolution of his plan in an unexpressive tone, and seems to be considered as his servant and loyal assistant. Various illustrations feature her with another minion, Kyle Rondart (chapter 107) and Clone Sakura (chapter 162), suggesting they may have the same nature. She doesn't seem to have had a global picture of the master plan at hand, Fei Wong telling her only what he needed her to know ; however she was able to guess some details, such as the fact that the real Syaoran would want to find his right eye.
As soon as the real Syaoran manages to escape from his magic prison, Xing Huo comments that "[they] weren't able to break the seal after all." In Volume 15 of the manga (Volume 09 of ×××HOLiC), she offers to transport him at Yuko's place (something she can only do once), which she does with Clow Reed's magic circle. When "Syaoran" asks her why, her reason to him is "If the dream does not end."
These are similar to Clow Reed's last words: "The dream must come to an end", these words reflecting earlier comments on her master's plan ("why won't men ever stop ? The master tries to render possible what isn't.") lampshaded by Yuko's affirmation that his actions would necessarily fail in the end. It is therefore implied that Xing Huo sacrificied herself because she was convinced Fei Wong's plans would be for naughts in the end, and had no interest heling him anymore; she helped Syaoran in the hope that he would prevent an uneccessary bloodshed, seeing that Fei Wong explicitly said in front of her that he would kill as many people necessary to accomplish his goals.
Her death scene has become famous for its brievety; Fei Wong is seen talking to her from afar with a grave look, saying he knew from the start she was bound to outsmart him. He then admits that "[she] can't hear [him] anymore however," the next image revealing Xing Huo's dead body, covered in blood and impaled to the wall by his sword. She curiously met an end quite similar to Kurogane's mother's and Kuyo's from Rg Veda.
In Chapter 178 she's shown in a flashback with Fei Wong, while explaining the origins of Clone Sakura, along with other girls who are also crossed over from other Clamp works. Nevertheless, when Fei Wong comments on "installing the means into the replica, so she wouldn't surrender the body in the end", she replies: "It failed, didn't it?" which imply that his plans for using the Clone didn't go as planned, since her body was "destroyed", or so Fei Wong thought.
Meaning of the Name
Xing Huo's name has several potential meanings. Xing (星) can translate to star, heavenly body, satellite, and small amount. This can refer to her foresight in regards to star or heavenly body, especially considering her relationship to the "dream" that Fei Wong Reed wants to realize. "Satellite" can refer to her existing on the outskirts of the plot, watching it unfold from a mainly observatory versus participatory role. "Small amount", finally, might refer to the role in the plot she plays, as she rarely speaks and her only plot-involved action is to free Syaoran, and that ultimately leads to her death. Huo (火) can translate to fire, which can be a reference to the unceremonious, quick ending of her life, akin to the rapidly destructive nature of fire. Overall, Xing Huo's name has generally mysterious and flickering connotations, which is a direct mirror to her difficult/vague characterization.
Hypothetically, her name could also possibly be adapted from a Chinese idiom phrase, "星星之火，可以燎原", which generally means "even a fire spark could eventually incinerate a whole grassland" in literal.
Xing Huo has black, long, extremely bushy and curled hair, and black eyes. Her dress may be an hommage to the outfit worn by Freya in Chobits; it incorporates various uses of Fei Wong's bat-like symbol, which is also the shape of her hairbrush, worn up her left ear. She occasionally wears lipstick.
Personality and Traits
Xing Huo's true personality is difficult to ascertain. At first she seems to be malevolent and loyal to her master/creator, Fei Wong Reed. Though, she would frequently have doubts about Fei Wong's plans and didn't share his confidence that things will go his way. Unlike Fei Wong, she seemed to have at least some good in her. She betrayed her master by helping Tsubasa Li (original Syaoran) escape to Yuko to hinder Fei Wong's plans and potentially prevent many deaths from occuring as a result of his evil plans. Xing Huo is killed by Fei Wong for her betrayal, but, Fei Wong comments that her betrayal was likely inevitable.
Xing Huo had very limited magical capabilities (much less than fellow minion, Kyle Rondart). She at least had the ability to transport another person across dimensions but she could only do it once. It is unknown what other magical powers, if any, she possessed.
She seemed to be at least somewhat attached to fellow minion, Kyle Rondart.
She was voiced by Sanae Kobayashi in all of her appearances (TV Series and the OVA Tokyo Revalations). In English, she was voiced by Laura Bailey.
Her character was seen as a bit more active during the filler arcs integral to the TV series' plot. She was sent by Fei Wong in Chaos's country to lead his soldiers and act as his informer. The penultimate episode of the first season ends with her revealing wth an hint of malice : "it looks like it'll be my turn to act pretty soon" ; the following episode showed her giving a mischievous glance at Syaoran while Fei Wong was not looking at her, lampshading her future betrayal.