''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2466293/1/Not_Quite_Heroes Not Quite Heroes]]'' by [=MatthewC=] is a ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' action-adventure fanfic, in which one of Dr. Drakken's plans to {{take over the world}} is derailed by another villain who steals Drakken's latest invention to use in his own bid for global domination. This leads to a [[EvilVersusEvil battle of villain against villain]] -- some of the heroic characters from [[{{Canon}} the series]] become involved, but the focus is on Drakken and Shego's adventure. Along the way, there are some interesting character insights, concluding with one possible view of [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Drakken's thoughts and actions]] in ''[[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama So the Drama]]''.

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!!This fanfic provides examples of:

* AIIsACrapshoot: Drakken once created a lair-management AI that [[KillAllHumans tried to kill everybody in the lair]]. It remains online, connected only to some speakers and sensors until he gets around to debugging it. HilarityEnsues when Shego holds Ron captive in that particular lair -- the computer tells Ron that it [[BlatantLies wants to help him escape]] and guides him to a chute leading to a lethal drop. [[spoiler: Ron's [[RunningGag pants get caught]], enabling him to climb back to safety.]]
* AndThenWhat: At one point, Shego asks Drakken what he'll do with the world if he succeeds in taking it over. After thinking it over a bit, he says that he'll mostly let the existing governments run things as long as they acknowledge his supremacy and respect his genius. They'll just contact him occasionally when they need some problem solved -- perhaps he'll set up [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a website where they can send requests for help]].
* BraggingThemeTune: The introductory chapter is a Shego-and-Drakken-centered parody of the show's title sequence and theme song.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Drakken occasionally invents something that isn't useful for taking over the world, but ''does'' have profitable potential. He has a lawyer/agent who sells these inventions through cover identities and launders the proceeds back to Drakken. One of more annoyingly tedious parts of Shego's job is to pick out these opportunities from the flood of [[MadScientist crazy ideas]].
** The [[WordOfGod author]] credits SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor [[DependingOnTheWriter as written by]] Creator/ElliotSMaggin as the source for the idea.
* DartboardOfHate: Shego sometimes personalizes her sparring-practice robot with a latex mask of Kim Possible's face. She's [[GuiltyPleasures actually a bit embarrassed]] about it, especially when Ron stumbles across it.
* EnemyMine: Shego finds herself uneasily allied with Dr. Director in the final battle.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:After Henchman Carter spills his guts, Shego admits to herself that she's glad she didn't actually have to carry out her threats.]]
* EvilVersusEvil
* GoKartingWithBowser: While waiting for Kim to show up and rescue Ron, Shego passes the time by playing video games with him.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: During the climactic battle, a brief cutaway to Team Possible shows them busy fighting cultists who are attempting to summon an EldritchAbomination.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: [[spoiler:Shego persuades Henchman Carter to tell what he knows about Gemini's plans by threatening to send him skydiving without a parachute.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: Drakken is absolutely outraged that another villain invaded ''his'' laboratory and [[UnusualEuphemism "outsourced"]] one of ''his'' inventions.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: A good-guy version of a usual villain tactic: When Shego visits Yamanuchi looking for information about the enemy's [[TheDragon main fighter]], Sensei gives her some advice that turns out to be useful. He does so out of pragamatic calculation: the more closely matched the two evil factions are, [[DivideAndConquer the more damage they will do to each other]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Henchman John Carter]]
* NotAGame: Shego tries to talk Drakken into [[VillainExitStageLeft escaping while they have the chance]] rather than [[RevengeBeforeReason continue the fight out of wounded pride]]. She even addresses him by [[DoNotCallMePaul his real name]] in an attempt to [[FullNameUltimatum get through to him]]:
--> "This isn't like going off to fight Kim Possible. They're not going to hit you over the head and dump you in a nice comfy jail cell. Drew, these people will kill you. They'll kill you, and then you'll just be a small, pathetic dead man named Drew Lipsky."
* OneLastJob: [[spoiler:As the story draws to a close, Drakken decides that the reason he keeps failing is that he never really gives his full effort to a plan, because he knows he can always try again later. He resolves to put one hundred percent into his next effort, promising himself that this time he'll either {{take over the world}} or [[IWillFightNoMoreForever quit trying]].]]
* TheReveal[=/=]EverybodyKnewAlready: The first appearance of Drakken's enemy avoids naming him, but gives enough description to identify him as [[spoiler:Gemini]].
* RevengeBeforeReason: Drakken is determined to get his invention back and make [[spoiler:Gemini]] pay for stealing it, dismissing Shego's [[PragmaticVillainy practical advice]] to just escape, start over, and let Kim Possible or Global Justice or somebody else deal with him.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: After luring Drakken and Shego into a trap, [[spoiler:Gemini]] tells her that she's a follower rather than a villain in her own right because she lacks the ability to come up with plans and ideas of her own.
** The story indicates that this is why she still uses her Team Go codename and [[StillWearingTheOldColors costume]] rather than creating a new supervillain identity.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: While trying to track down Ron, Kim has learned that Drakken is missing, and offers to [[EnemyMine help Shego]] find him. Shego turns her down, because she can't abide the idea of having Kim do her job for her.
* VillainEpisode: The story is Drakken and Shego's adventure; Kim and Ron are involved only tangentially (see the "What Would Kim Possible Do?" entry).
* WhatNowEnding: [[spoiler:The story ends with Drakken being taken to prison in the aftermath of "So The Drama", bitterly realizing that he'd made his best effort to {{take over the world}} and failed anyway. He is left wondering what he'll do now.]]
** Note that this fic was written before the PostScriptSeason, when "So The Drama" was the SeriesFinale.
** The author originally intended to add [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue an epilogue set ten years later]], but appears to have abandoned the idea.
* [[WhatWouldXDo What Would Kim Possible Do?]]: At a loss to come up with a plan to find and rescue Drakken (see the TheReasonYouSuckSpeech entry), Shego kidnaps Ron in order to find out how Kim does it. [[spoiler:Kim blitzed her way through Drakken's henchmen until some of them provided her with useful leads. Shego doesn't see any way to emulate this strategy... until thinking about henchmen makes her connect the dots and realize that Carter is really working for Gemini.]]
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