->''"Odd. I didn't think we sporked stories from Fiction Press. I mean, this must be from Fiction Press if it's an original story, and it must be an original story, because it has nothing in common with any existing fandom I've heard or seen. Weird coincidence how two of the characters have names from the Literature/HarryPotter series."''
-->-- '''[=beacon80=]''', [[http://pottersues.livejournal.com/572600.html pottersues]]

This is an AlternateUniverseFic in which the setting and premise of the original are changed completely, and so only the characters are the same. Sometimes it can lead to an effect like an original fic with the characters from another story pasted in. In fact, sometimes this may be done deliberately: an original story tends to get a lot less views than a fanfic for a popular series, so why not just change your characters' names to increase the readership a tenfold?

Not necessarily a GenreShift. It can result in a comedy [[RecycledINSPACE suddenly set]] in a SciFi setting, or [[HighSchoolAU an action series having its character shoved into a high school drama.]] Superpowered characters may be BroughtDownToNormal or unpowered characters may be given new powers.

Compare to DolledUpInstallment which can have similar results (canon characters seeming out of place in a story) for different reasons. Fanfic authors often want to write about their favorite characters ''doing something else'', where installments may be forced to add/change characters to sell an existing story.

See also FusionFic, FilmFic, PeriodFic. Often the result of a UniversalAdaptorCast.


[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* The [[RougeAnglesOfSatin grammatically-broken]] (and [[MissingEpisode now lost]]) ''Warhammer 40000 Trouble'', when the author suddenly turns ''Manga/ToLoveRu'''s UnluckyEverydude ChickMagnet into a scheming MagnificentBastard who's also ProperlyParanoid, [[JustForFun/XMeetsY then adds]] ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' just to [[{{Anvilicious}} cement]] his [[SenselessSacrifice point]]. The catch? Considering ''[[ShotgunWedding how]]'' the harem story [[MagneticGirlfriend started]]... {{Deconstruction}} ensues. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh]], and his BromanticFoil is [[GenreSavvy a hardcore fan of W40K]].
* One example is the ''[[http://www.lop.shoesforindustry.net/ Lust Over Pendle]]'' series of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfiction by A.J. Hall, a series of suspense/mystery novels using [[DracoInLeatherPants Draco]] and Neville as a [[SlashFic couple]] solving mysteries, effectively turning them into Literature/TheHardyBoys. Magic is hardly mentioned at all, everyone constantly interacts with {{Muggles}} and one climax features a "magical" nuclear device that doesn't seem very magical at all. In other words, if you changed the name and dropped what little premise of magic actually included in the story, you'd have a pretty good original novel. With the premise sticking halfway to it, readers keep on forgetting that this is supposed to be a ''Harry Potter'' fanfiction even ''with'' the names used.
** A lot of ''Harry Potter'' fanfiction goes even further, keeping the characters' names but [[OutOfCharacter changing their personalities]] and setting it in the Muggle world. Either that or a generic fantasy/medieval world with no mention of Hogwarts or wizards ([[http://pottersues.livejournal.com/572600.html Hermione is a water nymph who loves Prince Draco!]]).
** In one fic, Harry wasn't just extremely OOC, but also got a complete makeover and a new name. All canon magic was soon forgotten in favour of spells invented by the author (which didn't really fit into the canon world). The only other canon character in that fic was Draco Malfoy, who had also been given a new name and appearance.
** And then there's ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', which actually ''does'' replace the wizarding subjects with Muggle subjects as well as change most of the characters' names. And as for the characters who get to keep their canon names, they're still [[RougeAnglesOfSatin almost never spelled correctly]].
** ''Fanfic/TheLastWar'' has an aside in which Harry [[EpicFail laments having]] ever discovered the wizarding world. [[FridgeLogic Even though he'd never have met the love of his life if he hadn't.]] It also features Hermione suffering for years under [[RonTheDeathEater Ron's physical, emotional and psychological abuse while he drinks and sleeps around]]. Apparently Hermione forgot she has godlike magical powers.
** There's a fic called ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4882160/1/Swan_Princess Swan Princess.]]'' It's a word-for-word transcript of the film ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' with the names changed. Harry is in the place of Prince Derek and Draco [[SlashFic is in the place of Princess Odette]], meaning the story takes place in a world where [[ArrangedMarriage marriages are arranged]] for same-sex children with the apparent assumption both will be gay when they grow up. (No matter that half the point of an arranged marriage is to produce children, [[MisterSeahorse not that the obvious obstacle there is necessarily an issue in fanfic.]]) Lucius Malfoy and Lily Potter are completely out of character, acting chummy with their lines stolen from King William and Queen Uberta. Despite still being male, Draco is referred to as a "princess" ("Then, happily a son was born... a princess. And he was given the name Draco." [sic])
* ''[[http://princesspandaart.deviantart.com/art/Blood-of-Beauty-Prolouge-648402186 Blood of Beauty]]'' is a ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ParanormalRomance fanfic, in which the only things related to Sonic are the characters (in their appearances and personalities, as their backstories are changed). It takes place in [[PeriodFic 1880s America]] and focuses on Shadow the Hedgehog, a vampire hedgehog living in a vampire village deep in a cavern. He then falls in love with Blaze the Cat, a wealthy mortal living in the outside world.
* A vast, '''''vast''''' majority of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' fanfiction consists of taking the Gundam Pilots and plopping them into a completely different setting just to facilitate them [[YaoiGuys getting hot and heavy with each other]]. The number of fics actually dealing with the plot and events of the series, let alone set in the After Colony universe, is a definite minority. DieForOurShip and {{Wimpification}} take care of most of the rest of the canon.
* ''FanFic/HowIBecameYours'', full stop. The fact that the writer tries to pass off the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]]-esque setting as the one from [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the show]] just makes it more jarring.
* Pretty much any fic with ''Franchise/FireEmblem'''s Marth turns him into a PossessionSue due to the Fangirl author not playing Shadow Dragon or even doing any research. Roy and Ike suffer from this as well, but it's not as bad.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfiction often suffers from this, with writers sticking Twilight names into stories about everything from a Hollywood movie set to the Titanic. Most of these stories also take place in a world where vampires do not exist, oddly enough. Indeed, it's become almost commonplace for authors of well-reviewed all-human fics to [[Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey pull their stories and remove the vestigial Twilight references in hopes of publishing the stories as original fiction]].
** To put this in context, of the top twenty Twilight fanfics on fanfiction.net, '''nineteen''' involve no vampires.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has plenty of TransplantedCharacterFic. Examples include ''Our Stay With Sideshow'' (which made the Simpsons kids [=WW2=] evacuees), ''Maid in Springfield'' (which aged some of the kid characters up and made them the staff of a New York hotel) and ''Dystopia'' (which was set in a BadFuture).
** ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' also has several, generally with ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' mixed in too. One notorious one removed the character's familial ties, [[AdaptedOut got rid of Brian and Stewie]], and made the characters ''high school students''.
* This trope is particularly popular in the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fandom, and comes in several flavors to boot. Even in the Fandom's earliest days it was popular to plop the cast into strange settings, like Earth. Then [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Human in Equestria]] fics started appearing and were for a brief time loved by the fandom, until they became excuses for Mary Sue-esque self inserts. To rectify this issue, many authors starting putting in various Crossover characters and keeping with the Human in Equestria theme. In a strange version of this Trope, the main cast might not play an incredibly important role if they play one at all, with our transplanted Heros only dealing with living in a world of horses. Instead the Crossover Character will bunk down with an OC or a background Pony, so an MLP fic without any major MLP characters. Today most readers don't read Human in Equestria fics unless they star a Video Game character, a War Hero, or an Astronaut as the human (because Astronauts and War Heros are Cool).
* Not even ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5675503/1/THE_BEST_DAY immune.]]
* Many ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' comedy fanfics feature the characters going to high school or opening a resturant/hotel together.
* A lot of ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' fic is original furry fiction put on the fanfic sites to get more reviews. FanFic/SoullessShell is a prime example, with the only connection to the Redwall universe being that rats and the other vermin are the evil races. Main character [[GodModeSue Leif]] has the ability to shoot laser beams, teleport and turn into a demon, while no magical powers exist in the Redwall universe.
* There's one ''StarWars'' fanfic that involves a girl from Earth (in which ''Star Wars'' does exist) finding out that she's actually a Jedi after her parents die in a car crash, so she's taken to Coruscant to be trained as a Jedi. She befriends Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and later takes them to Earth where Anakin finds out that he will become Darth Vader by looking at the box for the ''Revenge of the Sith'' Xbox game. The author later revealed that it was actually an original story that she was writing and attempting to get published about a school for magic.
* A disturbing number of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' shipping fics include ''absolutely no Pokemon'', even in passing mention, background, or setting. Note that this completely undermines the ''entire point and title of the franchise''. A similar problem is omnipresent to a certain degree in ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', and ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}''.
* Popular series ''KingdomHearts'' gets this very often. Most of the stories on Fanfiction.net's front page for it will usually be ''nothing about the game at all'', with practically every character being in an AlternateUniverse setting, acting little to nothing like themselves...and gay.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5661265/1/ Gears And Springs]]'' by superstarultra, a ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' AU fic in a setting without any supernatural elements or anything to connect it to the source material aside from the character names. Basically, the fic is about a human Yuki who [[GadgeteerGenius builds a sentient, robotic Ryoko]] that [[spoiler:kills all of Yuki's friends in horrible ways, and Yuki herself is DrivenToSuicide.]]
* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' fandom, the fics that fall into this trope the most frequently are...''not'' the human AU ones, the majority of which actually at least try to keep the characters IC and their relationships reminiscent of their canon ones, even in HighSchoolAU (which was actually originated by ''the author himself''!). No, the fics that most often invoke this trope are the ones that ''do'' keep the "characters are {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of nations" premise...but completely rewrite the characters' personalities (often [[RonTheDeathEater for the worse]]) for the sake of "historical accuracy" (i.e. "fitting the fanwriters' own ideas about history, even if they directly contradict established APH canon" or even "using [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade 'history']] as an excuse to make a character DieForOurShip or become RonTheDeathEater"), to the point where the characters are essentially national {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s that were created by someone other than the series' author.
** The most prominent examples of this are the {{Dark Fic}}s ''FanFic/AllHeEverWanted'' and ''The Chosen End''. It isn't even subjective opinion; the [[WordOfGod authors themselves]] have admitted that their fics' characterizations don't match up with the canon ones. In AHEW's case, one of the authors later admitted that they began writing the fic when they didn't have a good grasp on the Hetalia characters and that their characterization of Prussia in particular turned out to not match up with Hetalia canon at all. In TCE's case, the author went on record saying that she wrote the characters differently from canon and even once outright said that she would [[DieForOurShip hate England solely because he was in love with America (and hence a threat to Russia/America, the fic's main pairing)]] if she wasn't able to [[ShipMates pair him out of the way with France]]...and even with ''that'' modifier, you can still sense her dislike of England at various parts of the fic.
** Although, some human AU fics do qualify as victims of this trope. [[http://disney-hetalia.deviantart.com/gallery/24410267#/d53sqr3 Birdie and the Beast]], a Prussia/Canada ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' FilmFic, is basically a transcript of the movie with the names swapped and changed details, along with the [[RonTheDeathEater changing]] of Denmark to be Gaston.
** Keep in mind also that TropesAreNotBad as well in that there are also a good deal of fics out there (whether the human or personified AU kind) which manage to pull this off fairly well at least. ''Grey Skies Over London'' for instance keeps America and England's personalities intact while building over them as the AlternateHistory surrounding them changes even further.
* There are several AU fics which depict non-human characters as humans. Most of these depict those characters as ''[[HighSchoolAU high school students]].''
* While ''Fanfic/TheReturn'' is very well written and interesting, it has almost nothing whatsoever to do with its ostensible sources, ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' and ''Anime/SailorMoon.'' The Ranma elements suffer from changed setting and skillset, and all the characters' personalities being utterly destroyed and transformed into something [[BlueAndOrangeMorality other]] ''in-story'', while the ''Sailor Moon'' characters come out with personalities and abilities more or less intact, but story tone so dark as to make it almost unrecognizable.
* Similarly, ''Fanfic/OnAClearDayYouCanSeeForever'' is a great story, but Ranma's been drastically changed by having almost literally been through hell, and the 'parallel' universe that the ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' characters are from is a dark UrbanFantasy complete with gods, mages, vampires, werewolves, and airships, with only lingering archetypal resemblances to the source material.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII: [[Fanfic/FinalFantasyVIIITheAltimateRewrite The Altimate Rewrite]]'' is not so much an attempt at passing an original story off as a fanfic as it is the writer's attempt to improve on the original by making extensive changes to just about every element of the game's setting, characters, and plot. The result is, in any case, very far removed from its source material.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' fandom has produced a lot of HighSchoolAU stories in which the non-human, half-human, and spiritually gifted human characters that frequently have somewhat greusome fights to the death with various forces become perfectly ordinary high school students with the typical concerns and problems of such students.
* The ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fandom has spun off all sorts of bizarre [=AUs=] with little resemblance to the original other than the names and descriptions of characters. [[HighSchoolAU High school]], [[FilmNoir noir]], [[BedlamHouse asylum]], [[FanFic/TrollCops cop drama]], you name it. A particularly bizarre example would be ''FanFic/HomestuckHigh'', which turns rapidly from a HighSchoolAU into a mishmash of battling demons and terrible porn.
** One popular fanfic pitted John as a HumongousMecha pilot against the rude alien child soldier Karkat in a setting inspired by ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''; another popular AU used by many different authors makes the trolls into a cute pet race owned by the humans.
* The entire 'uberfic' movement within the ''[[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]]'' fandom quite often (but not always) even did away with the ''names'' of the canon characters, and simply wrote original fiction with characters who archetypally resembled Xena and Gabrielle. Many of these stories ''did'' go on to be published as small-press fiction. If you encounter a lesbian romance that features a strong dark-haired woman with a painful past and an innocent blonde who believes in helping others and has had an unsatisfying relationship with an ex-or-dead husband, you've probably found an Uber.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic author [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1706782/StaraptorEmpoleon StaraptorEmpoleon]] is infamous for taking this trope to its logical extreme: it's not uncommon for her to change everything about the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' characters, often up to and including their ''names'', to the point that it often seems like the only thing they have that's connected to their canon selves is their star pokemon (if that)!
* Overwhelmingly common in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' fanfiction. Many fic summaries boil down to "Sakura is X, Syaoran is Y, Z happens, will love result?". Several authors have admitted to not reading or watching more than an episode of the canon, basing their fics primarily on other fics.
* ''Fanfic/NoHoper'' which throws [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]] into the ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' universe.
* Quite a few Disney/TheLionKing "crossovers" are like this. The author simply takes the characters from another show or movie and have them run through the Lion King plot. In fact, many (if not ''all'') Disney fanmake fics are like this.
* ''Fanfic/AHappyDream'' zigzags this. The core premise of the original series (magical girls and witches) aren't real... but they are the subject of a ton of {{Mythology Gag}}s, culminating in a circus resembling [[FinalBoss Walpurgisnacht]] and staffed by humanized versions of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek witches]]. The characters also go back and forth in terms of characterization; Homura in particular seems to be something of an unusual [[{{Kuudere}} synthesis]] of her two personalities in the original.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' doujin. An example: a doujin that takes place in normal world, the main character is Youmu, and she is doing some errand for her landlady(?) Yuyuko. In doing so, she meets a lot of Touhou characters doing normal things that normal people do. For example, Eirin is running a drug store. The doujin would have made a very poignant philosophical discourse about the impermanent nature of everything. (In Japanese, they call this ''mono no aware''.) It should be noted that this is almost a ''majority'' of Touhou doujinshi.
** This doesn't just apply to text and manga-based fanfiction, either. There is at least one game where Reimu is a spy in a {{Cyber Punk}}-themed outside world, without magic, and acts similar to Solid Snake and other characters from ''VideoGame/MetalGear''.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fandom triggered rants about the frequency of the [[https://web.archive.org/web/20160823193155/http://ficbitch.wishing-blue.net/rants/2004c.php UsaMamo AU Romance]], transplanting the characters into cookie-cutter romance novel situations.
* ''FanFic/OriginStory'' is a ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' / ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' {{crossover}}, and yet it takes place in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
* ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' fanfics are often transplanted character fics. As the film is a fairytale, this works better than with most other settings; fairytales being more about the interactions between characters than about the setting. Stefan does something horrible to Maleficent? No problem, as the original incident was meant to be a rape metaphor anyway. Maleficent saves Diaval, which causes him to become her servant? Just make him jobless and broke, so she can give him a job. And so on. The only plot element that gets dropped in the transplantation is usually the curse, as that doesn't really work in the real world. However, there are exceptions; [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2038305 Your Servant, Mistress]] includes the curse as some angry words spoken by a deeply hurt woman - it remains to be seen whether there'll be a placebo effect or self-fulfilling prophecy. And of course there are also fics that transplant the characters into a ''different'' magical universe.
* The ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'' has none of the mystical jutsu, summoning magic, tailed beasts, and other ninja elements of the canon series, instead putting the characters in a (mostly) HighSchoolAU where the only elements that are truly outlandish are the rampage by the Nine Terrors in the backstory, the secret-agent aspects that appear midway through the story, and the fighting against a criminal syndicate by the teenage protagonists, not to mention [[spoiler:the artificial intelligence the Terrors were scientifically imbued with]].
* WebAnimation commonly does this as a joke and/or a sort of animation test; both on Website/YouTube and Website/{{Newgrounds}}, taking the audio from a scene in a movie or TV show and animating it with characters from a video game is rather popular. For one example: "Robot Hell" from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Hell is Other Robots", [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLPkKZS6q9k redone on YouTube using]] the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' mercs.
* ''FanFic/{{Red}}'' is an interesting case which takes the characters (roughly) from ''Manga/{{Naruto}},'' the start of the plot outline and Marcus Zusak's uniquely idiosyncratic writing style from ''Literature/TheBookThief,'' smashes them together into a more or less original setting that is neither one nor the other, and heads off in a original direction. Sakura stands in for Liesel, Naruto for Rudy, Sasuke for Max and so on, Konoha is not a village of ninjas but a country resembling WWII-era Germany, and Germans and Jews are replaced by 'Leaves' and 'Reds'. The result is certainly unique.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Alphaville}}'' is a science fiction film set at some point in the future, starring Lemmy Caution, a character from a series of 1950s detective films.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The wildly-successful ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' erotic romance trilogy was [[AscendedFanfic ascended]] from a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' Transplanted Character Fic called "Master of the Universe", with Ana originally being Bella, and Christian originally being Edward.


[[folder: Live-Action Television ]]

* Some versions of CharlieAndTheChocolateParody.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Sub Rosa" was initially pitched by a freelance writer, later developed into a story credit by Jeri Taylor and a teleplay by Brannon Braga. Many felt the final product was basically the Anne Rice novel ''The Witching Hour'' - only with Doctor Crusher and a TechnoBabble "ghost." [[WordOfGod Taylor]] denied Rice's novel as the inspiration, instead saying they were simply doing an homage to ''The Innocents'' movie and utilizing various gothic tropes.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Creator/CartoonNetwork's Creator/AdultSwim late night "adult" programming block has a few shows wherein the entire premise is the as-blatant-as-possible application of this trope to the original source material, usually utterly forgettable and short-lived Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon shows from the AnimationAgeGhetto:
** ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', using characters from the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}'' now employed at a law firm taking on defendants/[[Main/{{Crossover}}guest characters from more famous cartoons of the same time period]]. Puts new meaning to the phrase LawyerFriendlyCameo.
** ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', using characters from the original ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' for a late night talk show format to lampoon live-action guests.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheBrakShow'', using secondary characters from ''Space Ghost'' in a DomCom format, only to, in turn, steer away from this into more random territory.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'', using characters from the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2020}}'' to... [[TooDumbToLive continue finding new depths of human stupidity in order to bring about their own demise]].
* A few of WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon shows:
** ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' takes Baloo, King Louie and Shere Khan from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', and places them into a 1930's aviation story featuring [[SkyPirate air pirates]] and Communist warthogs.
** ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale, TalkingAnimal foils for WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, [[TheyFightCrime fight crime]].
** ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'': WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} and WesternAnimation/{{Pete}} are suburban dads in TheNineties.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}'' took 3 of the 4 main characters from the ''very'' dark war comic, ''ComicBook/{{Gear}}'', and reimagined them as eccentric millionaires who regularly had zany, light-hearted misadventures.