Fan Fic: Akatsuki Kitten Phoenix Corporation Overhaul
Written by phoenixyfriend, can be found here.Created after the author got fed up with the lack of decent kitten-fics, Akatsuki Kitten: Phoenix Corporation Overhaul tries to take a classic fanfiction cliche and do exactly as the title says: overhaul it.One of the fic's most notable aspects is the presence of what is referred to as the Phoenix Corporation, OCs that work directly for the author, who refers to herself in-story as Phoenix. They apparently run the universe of the story from inside her head.The author is also remarkably fond of TvTropes, and frequently references tropes as she writes.Note: Many tropes are discussed by name within the fic. If the trope is mentioned as invoked, discussed, referenced, or in any similar capacity, it does NOT belong in the YMMV tab.
Bad Boss / Benevolent Boss: It's hard to tell with Phoenix. She seems pretty nice to her subordinates, and she feels regret for whatever The Collapse was... but until we find out what exactly The Collapse was, there's no real way of knowing.
Baleful Polymorph: Chimera can turn other people into a variety of animals, and is the one to turn all of the Akatsuki into kittens.
Bare Your Midriff:Diamond, though it's a little odd since she also covers up almost everything else, leaving only her knees, belly, fingers, elbows, and head to be seen. The midriff is the only shown skin that could be considered scandalous.
Bechdel Test: Passed with flying colors. Phoenix's most common discussion topic with her minions is tropes, and their favorite discussion topic with Jade is just how badly Phoenix is messing with them all.
Blue and Orange Morality: The Phoenix Corporation functions one the principle that whatever brings entertainment, shock, and interest is good, while that which causes boredom is bad. Considering that they work for the author, this is justified.
Boobs of Steel: Diamond is very well-endowed, yet less than five feet tall, and has fun kicking Menos Grande in the face. Said kick tends to send them flying face-first through a mountain.
Conveniently an Orphan: Invoked. Jade's parents died in a car crash a decade before the storyline. She's not too cut up about it.
Conversely, none of the PC have any living relatives left, other then the other PC members that they're relate too. Emerald and Moonstone are fraternal twins, while Chimera, Opal, and Goldstone are all cousins.
The clothing she was wearing was almost all black leather, to near Fetish-Fuel levels. She was wearing a tight shirt, one that had a high collar and relatively long sleeves, yet bared her midriff. Of her arms, you could only see her elbows and fingers, for her gloves covered everything between them. She wore a short skirt, with a loose metal chain acting as a ‘belt.’ Her high-heeled boots came up to just below her knees. Her hair was held away from her face with a black headband, leaving only a single bronze-red curl to fall forward.
All you could see of her skin was her fingers, elbows, knees, midriff, and from halfway up her neck skywards. So much less than normal, and yet she would have made any man’s heart beat in desire upon the sight of her. Unfortunately, with the mischievously delighted grin she was wearing, they were more likely to beat in fear instead.
Crack Fic: It would be borderline as just a kittenfic, but the inclusion of the PC sends it into full crack territory.
Crossover: If barely. Diamond and Chimera are stated to be the only members of the PC that aren't fully OCs, but rather OC Stand-ins from two other fandoms. Unfortunately for the readers, Phoenix has turned it into a mystery to see if anyone can guess where the two are from and who they were.
Crazy Enough to Work: Referenced and said word for word, though with an added 'just' at the beginning.
Dry Docked Ship: Yahiko and Konan used to be together, but broke up several months before the former's death. This was invoked by Phoenix so she could have the Nagato/Konan pairing without feeling guilty about Yahiko.
Egregious: Invoked, discussed, and begged for mercy.
God-Mode Sue: Phoenix and the PC would be this, but... the way the story is set up, they're more like moderators than actual characters. As it is, they express concerns about being Sues, and have acknowledged that they tend to function as gods to the universes that they control. So... invoked, but frequently lampshaded.
Mary Sue: Invoked, with Diamond and how she is physically attractive, and then endlessly lampshaded by referring to Diamond's less-than-pleasant mental issues. The author outright states that Diamond is as close to a true Sue as the fic is going to get.
The Medic: Goldstone's stated position in the PC. Interestingly enough, she's also the highest ranking member other than Phoenix herself.
Meta Fic: A substantial portion the fic is about writing the fic.
Metaphorgotten: A worry in the author's note at the end of chapter six.
Master of Illusion: Opal, but Diamond has similar abilities that function one in a completely different manner. While Opal controls the receptors in the mind itself, Diamond creates area-wide illusions that capture everything.
To clarify, Agent Diamond has the Made of Diamond (as her name indicates), the Made of Air (she can collapse herself into a puddle of blood and build herself back up), and has Phoenix's 'divine' protection.
Old Shame: The PC were originally characters from a previous story of Phoenix's, one that she destroyed in a manner that they refer to as The Collapse. The PC members are the only vestiges of that story.
Only a Flesh Wound: Averted. Jade shoots for the torso because she knows it's her best chance of hitting at all, and the bullet ends up hitting the collarbone. The guy doesn't go down immediately, but after she pistol whips him, she calls both the police and the paramedics, because she knows the guy is going to need them.
Only Child Syndrome: Averted. Jade has an older brother in college, and was taken care of by her aunt until she was sixteen.
Only in It for the Money: Jade's original reason for taking in the Akatsuki was because she thought their coloring would make them valuable to breeders, and was planning on selling them.
Reality Ensues: Jade has read other kitten fics, and has absolutely no qualms using the knowledge of common occurrences in said fics to plan what's happening next. Unfortunately, she's also analyzed them and pokes holes in the logic they have. The main one being that she refuses to tell anyone about the kittens unless absolutely necessary.
Red Baron: Each of the Agents has one, and we've really only hear one actual name from them so far.
Shipper on Deck: Yahiko apparently ships NagaKona. The reason they didn't get together was because he was dead. He's trying to fix that.
The Phoenix Corporation as well. They made sure that Konan (as a kitten) was on the chest of Nagato (as a human) when she returned to being human, which lead to a naked Konan pretty much straddling Nagato on the ground before she shunshin-ed out.
Ship Tease: There is some between Deidara and Jade in chapter twelve, but Phoenix quickly shoots down any idea of a real romance. This comes back in chapter sixteen, where the two have a one night stand that doesn't go past making out, but even the conversation before it is lacking in any real romantic connotations.
Story Breaker Power: Discussed in detail, and it's eventually decided that the agents actually have a story maker power.
A Story Breaker Power is a power that could be used to easily fix the plot. It is the bane of many an overzealous writer. It can cause backlash in almost any genre. But when that same power is put in the hands of those that do not wish to resolve the plot, but to create it…
The fact that they were tempted to watch the show they knew they hailed from had nothing to do with it. Neither did the fact that someone always seemed to be getting teased when they watched something, and that Nagato had gotten decidedly fed up with all the in-fighting. No, those things had nothing to do with that decision at all.
That Girl Is Dead: Diamond and Chimera are pretty clear about not being who they used to be, and dropping their old names.
"Correction: I was Renesmee Carlie Cullen. I'm not anymore. I'm so far removed from the person I used to be that saying 'I'm Diamond' is a lot more accurate than 'I'm Nessie.'" She shrugged, hopping up to sit on the back of the couch. "S*** happened. I'm not who I used to be, and at this point I've stopped caring."
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Most of the PC Agents have a strip of colored hair that they can't get rid of. Chimera's hair takes the cake by being purple even in the places where the color should be natural, as opposed to the blue stripe. This is attributed to his Voluntary Shapeshifter attributes.
Jashin has blue hair.
You No Take Candle: Played with. Mostly, they just speak slowly or have Hidan do it. Hidan makes some mistakes, but he really only speaks slowly and asks for vocabulary help from Jashin when necessary.