Fan Fic: Gender Confusion
Deidara doesn't get angry when people mistake his gender. He actually finds it hilarious. So catching wind of gossiping Akatsuki members doesn't lead to lots of explosives. It just leads to lots and lots of trolling of his comrades. Sasori is not amused. Fem!Dei, but not. Sort of. No one's really all that sure, at this point.
Take a dose of crack
. Add in a large dash of crossdressing
. Toss in some Alternate Character Interpretation
. You have yourself the three main ingredients in Gender Confusion.
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Gender Confusion provides examples of:
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- If It's You, It's Okay: Averted. Many would expect Karin's canon obsession with Sasuke to remain regardless of gender. Instead, there's a rather blunt conversation about just how awkward the situation is for her when Sasuke is turned into a girl, because she wants to keep loving... but she's just not into girls. Fortunately, Sasuke doesn't stay female forever.
- Ignored Enemy: The Konoha nin are this to Deidara and Sasori when they drop in on Itachi and Kisame's fight.
- Ill Boy: Itachi's illness is dragged into the open midway through for all of Akatsuki to see, and then forced to suffer through Sasori's ministrations.
- Incoming Ham: Deidara's entry on Itachi and Kisame's Konoha fight. A few minutes later, Gai drops in with a Dynamic Entry.
- The Ingenue: Deidara likes to play the part once in a while.
- Insistent Terminology: Frequently, regarding gender pronouns, from a variety of characters, as well as the author herself.
- Also in chapter 54, where Suigetsu demands to be called a minion, not a henchman.
- Jerkass Gods: Kami, full stop.
- Subverted later on when it's shown that her outwardly rude demeanor is only in place because of the insecurity she feels over being the one to cause the current mess when she created the Sage of the Six Paths.
- Kaiju: The Juubi.
- Killed Off for Real: Asuma, Chiyo, and the Jinchuuriki. Everyone. Even Hidan, because Jashin was merciful.
- Kill 'em All: See Apocalypse How above.
- Knife Nut: TenTen is one of these in recent chapters, so much so that Sasori is impressed by her knowledge.
- Large Ham: Deidara and Hidan, so very, very much.
- Last of His Kind: Hidan is the last Jashinist left alive after Kumo-nin destroyed all the temples.
- Karin was afraid that she was the last Uzumaki for quite a long time, and her parents took precautions in case that WAS the case.
- LEGO Genetics: Karin points out that if Sasuke sleeps with her, their children might have the Rinnegan, as she is an Uzumaki (and that gives her a big dose of Senju blood, given how much the two clans intermarried).
- Lipstick and Load Montage: A few, here and there.
- Magic A Is Magic A: Jashinism and... well, just religion in general. The rules are twisted, but they stick.
- May-December Romance: Deidara considers faking one with Sasori in the first chapter, but he refuses.
- Meaningful Name / What Did You Expect When You Named It ____?: Deidara teases Obito about how he created the name of "Tobi" by just switching around the syllables a little.
- Medium Awareness: Hidan and Deidara.
- Later, Sasori fits as well.
- Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty: Deidara's two modes ignore this completely. Both are considered attractive in-universe, and both are that same S-Rank missing nin that can blow up a village and laugh at it. It kind of helps that 'they' are the same person.
- The Mentally Disturbed: Have fun reading this story and treating mental illnesses like a joke. Sure, the story's humorous most of the time... won't change the fact that you have to deal with understanding the true nature of a lot of psychology that makes the story a little to poignant at times.
- Mistaken for Gay: Deidara and Hidan at the nightclub, though that was entirely Deidara's fault and completely on purpose.
- Mood-Swinger: Deidara, though only on occasion.
- Mood Whiplash: Used effectively, to an almost terrifying degree.
- A minor, amusing case is in chapter four, where Deidara jokes with Sasori, toys with team Gai, sex changes, and ends the chapter with a bang. This is lampshaded when Sasori breaks the "evil" mood that Deidara created with a bland request to get going.
- Used later on for a number of Wham Episodes, and very effectively, at that.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Sasori acts as the medic for the Akatsuki. Not a very good bedside manner on that one.
- Mother Nature, Father Science: If we look at Hidan and Deidara, it's inverted. Hidan is a religious nut with little thought of science most of the time, while Deidara likes playing with chemicals a little too much.
- Mr. Exposition: Sasori fills this roll for the Akatsuki and the readers in chapter thirty-three.
- Mr. Fanservice: Lampshaded with Sasuke. Moves into Ms. Fanservice for a short while later on.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Apparently, destroying the Juubi caused the natural cycle to collapse, so the past several centuries have seen the dimension on the verge of collapse because of what he did, and the Jashinists are the only ones keeping it from collapsing. So, nice job messing up reality, Sage of the Six Paths.
- Naruto has a major goal of getting Deidara to desert Akatsuki and join Konoha (thinking that s/he is a victim of Akatsuki due to his/her mental issues). Unfortunately, he helps earn Konoha Deidara's hate by helping nearly kill Kakuzu and burying Hidan.
- No Fourth Wall: Hidan and, due to him, Deidara. Though it's usually just Medium Awareness and Fourth Wall Observer.
- Noodle Incident: Many, and there's even a list of them. They're even referred to as the Noodle Incidents.
- No Periods, Period: Averted, sort of.
- The Nose Knows: How Kisame figures out.
- Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Of course, Deidara saying this is a little easier to take completely seriously considering what he spends his time doing.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Played Straight, Subverted and Double subverted depending on who you are and where you are in the Akatsuki. For the first few chapters, Kakuzu and Kisame have no idea it's an act; Kakuzu, Itachi, Konan, and Nagato know it's an act; Deidara, Hidan and Zetsu are aware he is faking it, but want him to continue the act because it makes him more fun and pleasant to be around.
- Of course, then people start figuring it out... they're S-rank criminals for a reason after all.
- Odd Friendship: A few.
- Deidara and Obito. Notable not because of who they are, but because all the sides of "Tobi" are in on it.
- Juugo and [TenTen].
- Of Corset Hurts: Subverted, and discussed. The other Akatsuki members expect it to hurt... and are quite surprised when it doesn't, and Deidara explains exactly when and why a corset would hurt... when it's worn wrong.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Certainly seems so, for Itachi.
- Omake: An omake request is the prize for every Kiriban review. Pretty good incentive, as far as it goes.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Sasori doesn't feel pain and has a puppet body, so ever wound is only a flesh wound. Granted, flesh is wood for him, but its the same difference.
- Only Sane Man: Sasori sees himself as this.
- OOC Is Serious Business: A couple instances, mostly played for humor.
- Chapter 2: Sasori actually (mildly) freaks out at the idea of Deidara faking PMS.
- Chapter 45: Itachi's visible anger is taken as a sign by everyone to stay as far away as possible.
- Except Sasori, who just plays the role of Dr. Jerk and orders him back to bed.
- "Open!" Says Me: Chapter fifty starts off with Deidara trying to convince Hidan to kick the door in for a Big Entrance. He caves.
- Pals with Jesus: It's been implied that Jashin and Hidan are not only on speaking terms, but rather casual with one another.
- Papa Wolf: When Nagato confirms Konan's pregnancy, she is effectively removed from active duty. Due to the romantic (though non-sexual) nature of their relationship, the trope may or may not apply.
- Peeping Tom: One of the rules for the game is that you can't go peeping to figure it out.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Yumiko and Giichi. Maybe not perfectly, but as far as an arranged marriage goes, they seem pretty well-matched, and Deidara even notes that they might be able to actually fall in love eventually.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Nope. Deidara has the same Akatsuki color scheme in either mode.
- Playing with Fire: Sasori's chainsaw.
- Itachi's ability to set anything he tries to boil on fire.
- Plot Twist: is quite fond of subverting audience expectations.
- Deidara's fight ends as in canon... and then he's brought back to life by taking advantage of Sasuke's status as the Irrationality Locus.
- On that note, Sasuke being the irrationality locus.
- Chapter 58: Amaterasu shows up.
- Power Born of Madness: The only reason Hidan could survive the ritual that made him immortal was because he was ALREADY insane.
- Power Nullifier: Kakashi can turn off Sasuke's chidori, seeing as he invented and perfected it. It isn't useful in most battles, but here, its pretty effective.
- Psycho Psychologist: Hello, Zetsu! Of course, like most tropes, this one is played with, as opposed to played straight. Zetsu has split personality, cannibalism, and likely a whole host of other problems... but he also earned his degree partially in an attempt to understand and help Tobi with his underlying traumas, and genuinely tries to help out Deidara with his issues.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Deidara uses them occasionally when in girl mode.
- Pyro Maniac: Deidara, of course. Of course, it's seen as a genuine mental disorder here (unlike canon), but goes untreated, as they're convinced he makes for a better shinobi without having it treated.
- Rage Against the Mentor: Nagato has... issues... with Jiraiya. Downplayed, but they're there.
- Real Men Hate Affection: Played with everywhere.
- Averted in chapter 51, where Sasuke and Itachi have reconciled enough to hug.
- Recursive Crossdressing: Deidara. Usually just For the Lulz.
- Redemption Equals Death: According to Sasuke, this is what Itachi was trying to pull off, even calling him a "twisted martyr" and variations thereof.
- Religion of Evil: Subverted with Jashinism. Jashin's just trying to keep everything from falling to pieces around him.
- Rule Number One: Pein wrote a list of rules that the Akatsuki have to follow. Deidara is the reason for about half of them.
- Sasuke's list in chapter 46 consists of various conclusions drawn from the information given to him... but every other point is about how completely insane Obito is.
- Rule of Three: Deidara has to wait to his third relationship to get it right. Fortunately, it's with Hidan.
- Rule 63: As of chapter twelve, Deidara has officially entered true rule 63 territory.
- And as of chapter fourteen, so has the rest of Akatsuki, barring Sasori and the non-Nagato Paths (Nagato, however, is not exempt).
- Once Taka and the Konoha hostages join in, at last half of them are subject to it at least once.