C'est La Vie is the most recent in aseriesofCrossoverfanfics between the two spin-offs of Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX and 5D's, whose names are all literary or musical references. A sixth fanfic is in the works, one which parallels the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tenth Anniversary Movie. Said fic has recently been published.The plot is a slightly different take on the plots of 5D's Story Arcs, tailored to a theme more to the author, Genma no Ou's (and by association, he assumes, his fans') liking. It overlaps events and characters from GX in order to add an extra layer of complexity to the story; and given that it is much like any other fic about overly dramatic children's card games, it attempts to entertain by adding new situations while trying to keep everyone in character.If you were looking for the webcomic by Jennifer Babcock, about two girls living in Los Angeles, look here.C'est La Vie provides examples of:
A God Am I: As with in 5D's, Rex Godwin; but less enthusiastic this time.
Adaptation Induced Plot Hole: The way the story begins shows that it does originally fit in the 5D's timeline up until that point. It also makes it confusing exactly when the two diverge.
Aerith and Bob: Between mixing two series with greatly opposing name themes and adding characters, these fics have this in spades.
Bottomless Magazines: A twist, and one that's played with. The only time the number of cards in a player's Deck comes into question is if one player is running Deck Destruction; otherwise, it seems irrelevant how many cards a player has left, and there will always be some.
Butt Monkey: Arguably Judai. While not mistreated the same way as most examples, most of the unfortunate things in this stopry happen to him.
Cannot Spit It Out: Part of the conflict between Placido and Yusei's group is that Placido's information to them consists of vague comments which make him seem like a Manipulative Bastard (not to say he isn't...)
Chekhov's Gunman: Alessandro, who appears to be a randomly-placed lackey in C'est La-Vie, later turns out to be Lucciano's replacement.
Church Militant: Considering they work for God, Yliaster come across as these.
Cluster F-Bomb: The f-word is tossed around a fair bit, especially by Crow.
"You know what? Fuck you Judai!" Crow snapped at the red-haired man, shoving him and almost making him drop Kyojo. "Don't give me that fucking teamwork speech after you fucking went and fucking ditched the lot of us just for a fucking shot at fucking Placido! You don't know the first fucking thing about fucking group efforts!"
Combat Pragmatism: Placido. When a guard sees his metal eye, he shoots the guy through the forehead with a laser beam from said eye. Then jumps down the hole like it was nothing.
Crazy-Prepared: Half the cards people run at any given time are about drawing cards.
Evil Versus Oblivion: Paradox versus Placido, Jose and Lucciano. The latter 3 want to overthrow the Signers to create a better world by eliminating the bad people; Paradox wants to destroy humanity altoegther.
Expy: The characters referred to as "Summoners" are in fact borrowed from the canon of Genma no Ou's friend, Tenebrius, from a story called "Yu-Gi-Oh!Tensei". Beacause of a mistranslation of "Tensei" as "Summoner", when it in fact means "Rebirth". Oops.
An even better one occurs in Chapter 36. Jack, still recovering from a huge hit, can't feel his legs. He deduces that since his legs are fine, his spine is just shaken up. As soon as everyone goes to mobilize, he's apparently fine enough to use a pedal-operated vehicle that goes in excess of 300 km/h.
Gainax Ending: Best of Times, Worst of Times ends with nobody really knowing what's happened.
C'est La-Vie does this even worse.
Gecko Ending: Slightly with The New Morning, since the effects are the same (minus the questionable fates of a few characters). C'est La-Vie, however, is entirely out there from anime continuity, and leaves an ending that leads into the Tenth Anniversary fanfic and leaves several more characters' fates in purgatory.
Genius Bonus: Yusei apparently understands that time is the 4th Dimension.
Gnosticism: References get more and more frequent in later Chapters, to the point that it becomes a main theme of the story.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Placido's sabotaging Paradox's use of the Old Momentum results in his plan going terribly wrong when it explodes and warps Judai, Yugi and Yusei straight into the clutches of Paradox.
Ho Yay: Several characters relationships come scross this way, but Judai/Yusei and Taiyou/Kyojo are the strongest.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Placido, in Chapter 39, talks about how Yusei and Judai's dialogue may seem to their audience. In context, the audience is The Gods, but it really seems like a Take That to the entire franchise.
Retcon: Several as a result of Redeem Us in our Solemn Hour, including the changing of ZONE into Ylaidus, and the changing of The End of the World as We Know It from biological warfare to machine warfare hijacked by God.
The Reveal: Godwin is revealed to be the enemy part way through his final battle; big brother got it wrong.
Chapter 37 also includes a reference to the Illuminati. While this is an actual group, it simply screams Angels and Demons. Come to think of it, the Religious Conspiracy motif of that chapter also coincides with The Da Vinci Code.
The Virus: Accorrding to Paradox's flashback, one is responsible for the end of the world.
What an Idiot: Taiyou. Despite being an incredibly intelligent and skilled apprentice of the Magician Deity, he doesn't fell it necessary to hell his allies that he gave Placido the three most powerful beings he ever came across for safe keeping.
As of the start of Redeem Us, Paradox's outfit is slightly different, with no idea how it got that way; and his mental conversation with Placido has long since ended, leaving no indication how it ended.
Wham Chapter: A few, but C'est La-Vie's Chapter 34 stands out. Not only does Paradox defeat Kyojo, the guy who mentored Jack, but Placido trashes Jack, Kiryu and Kyojo.