Fanfic: Justice Society of Japan
Who the hell do you think we are?!
An in-progress story written by Edrobot for Camp NaNoWriMo
2013. A crossover between the DCU and all kinds of Anime and Video Games, including Gurren Lagann
, Final Fantasy XIII
, Code Geass
, Fate/stay night
, Neon Genesis Evangelion
, Puella Magi Madoka Magica
, and Fullmetal Alchemist
.It can be read on AO3
There is also a side-story
set in the same universe, as well as a non-canon April Fools' Day chapter
Tropes featured in this work include:
- Abstract Scale: According to Shulk, willpower is measured in "Megascotts".
- Adaptational Badass: While Mordred has a relationship to Morgaine Le Fey similar to how he was depicted in the Justice League cartoon, in this continuity Mordred is less of a Royal Brat and more of an Implacable Man.
- Anti Anti Christ: Lightning used to be this, but no longer counts.
- Awesome McCoolname: Electra Pendragon
- Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: Averted. The good guys rely just as much on quick wits and critical thinking as the bad guys, if not more so.
- Break the Cutie: Sayaka gets hit with this a lot harder than in canon. Not only does Hitomi snatch Kyosuke, but she then gets a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by Sho Minamimoto, and THEN she gets kidnapped by a bunch of monsters after trying to rescue Milly, gets thrown into a prison cell, and most likely goes insane.
- The Cameo
- Nico Robin is the curator at the museum in the first chapter, and Sir Crocodile is also mentioned in passing.
- Samantha and The Screws appear in the first chapter, though they aren't mentioned by name.
- Harvey Bullock, The Question, John Constantine, Frankenstein, Negi Springfield, L, and Phelous appear in "Channel 52" segments, while Captain Harlock, Mister and Monkey D. Luffy get brief mentions.
- Masamichi Sonoda makes a brief appearance in the second chapter to demote Lightning to paperwork duty.
- Squire (of Knight and Squire) appears during another Channel 52 segment.
- Changeling Tale: And Milly Ashford is the fetch.
- Chickification: Parodied in an omake, where the In Name Only rebooted version of Lightning is supposed to be "sensitive and emotionally disturbed" because she was abused by by father.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Dr. Calvin Summers and the The Ashford Student Council appear briefly in the first chapter, only to play a much larger role later.
- Crossover: With Jake Englishs Mysterious Theater Of Scientific Romance From The Year 3000, before the first chapter was even finished, no less!
- Closet Geek: Word of God says that Milly is a huge fan of GaoGaiGar.
- Continuity Nod
- The Black Knights know about Zeta Beams; Zero travels to his base via one, and Kallen notes that the Guren's claw can shoot any kind of radiation, including Zeta Beams.
- The Avalon that Morgaine tried to steal turned out to be fake because the real one is inside Shirou.
- Sho Minamimoto is a member of Are We Cool Yet?, and claims to have created several SCP items.
- Continuity Snarl: A version of the Kingdom Hearts mythos exists in this setting, but it's almost unrecognizable from canon. For starters, instead of Donald and Goofy, this world's Sora apparently teamed up G'nort and Klarion the Witch Boy.
- Eldritch Abomination: Whatever the hell Mr. Nobody saw when he tried to possess Shirley.
- Fangirl: Hope is one of these for Wild Tiger.
- Fix Fic: Word of God says much of the DCU's "New 52" reboot didn't happen, though some of the changes made still apply.
- Five-Man Band: Averted.
- Fusion Fic: DCU and various Anime and Video Games.
- The most dramatic change in canon has to be Shulk from Xenoblade, who in this continuity is an archaeologist employed by the Mages Association.
- Grumpy Bear: Kyosuke Kamijou.
- I Believe I Can Fly: Subverted. None of the main characters have flight as a superpower.
- Hexagon discovers he can surf through the air on his shield. Or rather, he could if he could keep his balance...
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Detective Ikari.
- Kent Brockman News: Features Channel 52 backup segments, including The Doctor as the station's foreign correspondent.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Detective Ikari, Lightning.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The crossover with JEMToSRFTY3k reveals that Sayaka Miki eventually joins the titular team, and this continuity has it's own version of Electra Pendragon.
- Motor Mouth: Excel.
- Naïve Everygirl: Shirley Fennette, as in canon.
- Name's the Same: Original Character Hope and the Hope from Final Fantasy XIII. Falls under One Steve Limit though, as the Final Fantasy XIII Hope is not a main character. No big loss though, since the DCU's Lightning isn't a terribly popular character.
- There's also a DCU character named Lightning, who hasn't even had a name drop.
- Miss Imagination: Hope. Which is the main reason she's such a Bad Liar.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted. Lightning studied forensics and criminology, Shulk studies magic and archaeology related to magic with some skill with Magitek, Nia is a physician, and Simon is an expert mechanic.
- One Steve Limit: Aside from the aforementioned "Hope" issue, Gendo Ikari and Detective Ikari aren't the same person. But they are brothers-in-law; Detective Ikari is Yui Ikari's brother, making him Shinji's uncle.
- Original Character: Hope, Electra Pendragon, and Dr. Calvin Summers.
- Also, in an Omake chapter, Samuel McGoober, the son of the cousin of the butler of the boss of the guy who does the laundry for the best friend of Dio Brando.
- Our Souls Are Different: Touched on, briefly, in relation to Cybernetics Eat Your Soul.
- Parody Sue: Electra Pendragon and Hope have shades of this. Also, Drizzt is treated as one in an omake.
- Patchwork Fic: Borrows elements from several different canons.
- Morgaine Le Fey brings Mordred along with her, like in Justice League, but Mordred is completely different.
- Astute readers might notice that Hope is a Fullmetal Alchemist-style Homunculus who has severely-weakened versions of the powers of seven other homunculi, including the manga version of Pride and the 2003 anime version of Sloth, both of which belong to mutually-exclusive continuities.
- Lightning's powerset is based on her appearance in Final Fantasy XIII, but her costumes come from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
- Power Incontinence: Kallen has quite a bit of trouble controlling her super-strength.
- Recursive Fanfiction: The story's editor produced Shirley and Ino, a non-canon one-shot slash-fic written as a Christmas present.
- Running Gag
- Every "cover" apparently says "Not a dream! Not an imaginary story!", and only rarely do they accurately depict what happens in the chapter.
- Some people reaaaallly don't like Most Excellent Superbat.
- The April Fools' Day chapter is a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fanfic written by Rivalz. It contains a handful of these.
- Stylistic Suck: Lawers and Orderlies: Sensational Victims Unit. An in-universe Mockbuster of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit featuring over-the-top acting, an Obviously Evil villain named Ivan McNasty, and a plot that's very obviously Ripped from the Headlines.
- Super Fic
- Superhero Prevalence Stages: Late-stage
- Swiss Army Weapon: The Monado. It's a BF Laser Sword that's also a scanner, can project anti-magic shields, and has a connection to the Speed Force.
- Stock Superhero Day Jobs
- Police: Lightning, in this continuity. Being a L'cie apparently causes friction with her department.
- Student: Shirley, Sayaka,
- Scientist: Shulk is technically an archeologist with a very, very extensive background in Magitek.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: This is apparently how Shirley got her superpowers.
- Translation Convention: Everyone is assumed to be speaking Japanese translated into English unless stated otherwise. One of the authors notes explains that Edrobot didn't refer to a police station as a Koban because few Americans know what that word means.
- Technopath: Shirley.
- Token Evil Teammate: Not in the story itself, but one Channel 52 segment implies that Vriska Serket is a member of the Teen Titans, so presumably she's one of these.
- Electra Pendragon could have been one of these, but was kicked out when she tried to kill Ino.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Gendo Ikari is a hell of a lot nicer than he is in canon, treating his son with a surprising amount of respect, and even going so far as to secure the funding for The Team to form in the first place! But he's still planning Instrumentality.
- Unexpected Character: The "Justice Substitutes of Japan" omake features a number of characters who would make zero sense appearing in the story otherwise, such as T.K., Dan Hibiki and Commander Beef. They fight equally obscure/ridiculous antagonists including Purple Purposeless, Mr. Satan, Garungun, and Destruction.
- Take That: A news report implies that Harvest, leader of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. in the New 52, was killed by The Men From N.O.W.H.E.R.E. from Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Averted with Lightning; as of chapter 9, we finally get to see her at work as a detective.
- The Unintelligible: One channel 52 segment features The Doctor wearing a filtration mask, The Pyro, and Grant Morrison, all equally incomprehensible (even though Morrison isn't even wearing a mask).
- The Virus: The Machine Plague, a virus that slowly turns people and animals into clockwork robots. Thankfully, Shirley's technopathic powers keep it inert.
- Whole Plot Reference: Sayaka's plight is still based on The Little Mermaid, but the "changeling" arc is based on Changeling: The Lost.
- Weaksauce Weakness: After developing powers, Kallen seems to have also developed an aversion to silver and crosses.
- West Coast Team: Though not officially affiliated with the Justice Society of America, the JSJ was made with this trope in mind.
- World War II: Downplayed, at least compared to the JSA. The team was originally conceived in the aftermath of WWII as a way of getting around Japan's ban on armed forces, though the team was never actually created.
Rivaz's Bizarre Adventure (A one-shot written for April Fools Day) contains the following tropes:
The "Justice Substitutes of Japan" Omake features the following tropes:
- Dub Name Change: Lampshaded with Hercu- I mean Mr. Satan.
- Five-Man Band: A much more clearly-defined example than in the main fic.
- Forced Into Evil: Inverted. Teddy Bomber was threatening to blow up a maid cafe before he was mistaken for a member of the JSJ, and was then drafted into the Howling Dynamite Beef Brigade in spite of his protests.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Destruction. It's implied that this is yet another attempt to do be something other than his namesake. And he's really bad at it.
- Shout-Out: Almost everything T.K. says is a line from a song of some sort.