-->''Author's Note: [[MoodWhiplash I love jarring shifts in tone]].''
-->--Chapter Three sums it up perfectly.

Differing Paths... is a DarkFic, based around the characters of Manga/AzumangaDaioh, taking place five years after the end of the series, long since any of them have seen each other. The plot begins with Tomo working for Tokyo police against a cat burglar. [[spoiler: [[TheReveal Said burglar is revealed to be Sakaki,]] who was trained from an early age by her father and Kimura, members of a clan of thieves. Due to an injury and being accused of manslaughter, she is removed from the force, and most of the story follows her RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Sakaki.]] Notable is the constant MoodWhiplash, {{Shout Out}}s, LampshadeHanging, and the exaggeration of the main characters' personality traits. Can be viewed in its (currently in-progress) entirety [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6637295/1/Differing_Paths here.]]

!!Provides examples of:
* ADateWithRosiePalms: [[spoiler: Kaorin, [[StalkerWithACrush naturally.]]]]
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler: Sakaki]], who could easily be interpreted as the moral superior to Tomo, [[spoiler: having been forced into the whole robbing-and-murdering thing.]]
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Pretty much everyone in the story has their KickTheDog moments.
* BloodierAndGorier: Well, it is a DarkFic...
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Sakaki's training. Later on, the death of Chiyo's parents and her entry to the police force.]]
* CerebusRollercoaster: Pretty much all the way through. [[spoiler: The largely content-free chapter one is followed by chapter two's DownerEnding, which is followed by the third and fourth chapters, which are entirely PlayedForLaughs. Chapters five, six, the second half of chapter seven, and chapter eight go back to the bleak tone, which are then followed by chapter nine and ten, where it takes a turn into hilariously over-the-top action.]]
* ChunkySalsaRule: [[spoiler: Tomo takes advantage of this in the fight with [[OldMaster Kimura]], though she does take the time to DoubleTap just in case.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Tomo.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Tomo, in chapter two.]]
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler: Tomo's method of interrogation/revenge on Kaorin.]]
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: [[spoiler: Tomo's eye getting sliced open, and her subsequent removal from the force. Also, TheReveal of Sakaki in chapter five is about midway through, but it just as important to talk about the later chapters.]]
* GunsAkimbo and GunFu: Tomo's fighting style.
* HollywoodHealing: In chapter ten, Tomo [[spoiler: returning to health after being crushed by a boat... In only eight hours.]]
* KickTheDog: Tomo [[spoiler: torturing Kaorin.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[Anime/LuckyStar Konata]] mentions that it seems like she's seen Tomo on TV before.
* MadeOfIron: Tomo, UpToEleven.
* MetaGuy: [[Anime/LuckyStar Konata]], of all people.
* OneOfUs: [[BreakingTheFourthWall Hi there.]]
** TV Tropes is actually referenced in one of the author's notes, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife as a distraction to their writing.]]
* PetTheDog:
** A minor one in chapter ten, when [[spoiler: when Tomo spares Chiyo.]]
* SelfDeprecation
-->'''[[Anime/LuckyStar Konata:]]''' This is like something out of a piece of pulp trash. Well, I suppose it sort of is.
-->'''[[Anime/LuckyStar Konata ]][[RunningGag (again):]]''' Contrivances are for hack writers!
* ShoutOut: Tomo listening to [[SexPistols God Save the Queen]] on her her way to Miyama's office.
** Tomo referring to her revolvers as [[SoulEater "Liz and Patty"]] in chapter one.
** Tomo is defended in court by Griffin Left.
** [[spoiler: Osaka [[Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK is a college dropout, and has been living for almost four years as a hikikomori, in an apartment next door to a bishoujo-obsessed otaku, who "would later make what would be considered to be one of the greatest H-games of all time.".]]]]
** [[Anime/LuckyStar Konata's]] repeated appearances.
** "Tomo had brought that along just in case she wanted to do some {{Audition}} stuff on them."
** [[spoiler: [[Manga/DeathNote L]] (or at least an {{Expy}} of him) is briefly mentioned in chapter one, and plays a major role in Chapter Eight.]]
** "[[StarWars If you strike me down,]] [[BigDamnHeroes I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.]]"
* {{Troperiffic}}