"Syaoran" redirects here. For other characters using the name "Syaoran", see Syaoran (disambiguation). Syaoran Li, is a main character in CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura. He has also some brief appearances in CLAMP's xxxHOLIC and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.
Syaoran is first indirectly mentioned by Yūko Ichihara in xxxHolic as being Sakura Kinomoto's boyfriend. Syaoran is named when an alternate version of himself and an alternate version of Sakura appeared in Yūko's Shop. (Clone Syaoran and Clone Sakura)
Chapter 201 revealed that Kimihiro Watanuki was created by "Syaoran's" choice to reverse time to save Sakura. Fei Wong Reed remarks that Watanuki's creation will bring suffering to his parents, Sakura and Syaoran. This revelation was thought to mean both Sakura and Syaoran are dead, but this was retconned later on after Yuko implied they were both still alive This was confirmed by the fortune teller in xxxHolic 170, when she said that she had made a mistake and that Sakura and Syaoran had merely 'gone to another world' rather than 'passed into the afterlife' like she said. She was about to tell Watanuki this but Yuko answered her call instead.
Theories about Syaoran Li
Theory 1: Syaoran Li might be "Syaoran's" father
"Syaoran" talks about his father in the later Clow chapters. This led to the assumption to Syaoran Li being "Syaoran's" father. He inherited the same jian as Syaoran Li, from his father and the same magic circle. He gave his own name to his son. ("Syaoran's" true name is not revealed yet.)
Syaoran taught his son about hitsuzen and also entrusted his sword and name to his son before sending "Syaoran" off to Clow Country. Interestingly enough, Syaoran's face is not entirely seen.
Syaoran is revealed to have paid a price to Yūko to save his son from dying in Clow Country. What this price was has yet to be determined.
Another possible theory
In chapter 223, it's revealed that the Clones were reborn and reincarnated into Syaoran Li and Sakura Kinomoto in a different world from the CCS storyline. This explains why "Syaoran" has Syaoran's Li jian, which says to have inherited from his father, also his magic circle.
Clone Sakura tells Clone Syaoran that she had seen Sakura Kinomoto-her other self- in a dream. Also she implies that she met Syaoran Li as well.