Fan Fic: Stars Above

Homura: "Now, one last time before we begin... give me your word that you won't offer to make contracts with them."
Kyubey: "Absolutely not. It's out of the question. If either of them became Puellae Magi... it would mean the end of everything."
—From the prologue

Stars Above is a fanfic written by Tropers BHS and Forzare. Based loosely on the events of a long-running RP on the TV Tropes Forum, the story is a Puella Magi Madoka Magica/Lucky Star Intercontinuity Cross Over which takes place after Madoka's ascension and ignores the events of Rebellion, as the story was written and planned out long before the movie's release.

A mysterious transfer student arrives for her first day at a new school. Cold and emotionless, she treats everyone in her class with indifference... except for one ordinary girl, who is mystified by her attitude. Later on that same day, this girl and her friends are attacked by a hideous monster, only to be saved by a Magical Girl...

Sounds familiar, right? Well, here come the twists:

The new school is Ryouou High, the ordinary girl is Kagami Hiiragi, not Madoka Kaname, the monster is called a Demon, and the new transfer student is wearing a red ribbon in her hair...

A Yuri Genre Crossover Ship fic that aims to be "as awesome as possible", according to the authors. Now has a Characters Page, under construction.

Stars Above has Bonus Material including two side-stories, My Sunshine and Pioneer, and profiles for each of the Demons of the Nine, which can be found here. The story is also posted on Archive of Our Own and DeviantArt

You may also want to check out Tasakeru, an original work written by BHS, who wouldn't even think of indulging in Shameless Self-Promotion.

There is a discussion thread for this story on the TV Tropes Forum.

This fic and its related materials are also posted on DeviantArt and AO3 (Archive Of Our Own), in addition to its home on Fanfiction.Net.

Also see Respect and Shattered Skies, unrelated CrossOvers by the same author.

WARNING! Here there be SPOILERS. It is highly recommended that you finish watching the Madoka anime before reading the story or looking at this page!

Needs Wiki Magic Love.

This work provides examples of:

  • All Deaths Final: The Puellae Magi are well aware of this. 2012!Kagami, however...
  • All There in the Manual: The names, natures, origins, and background information about the Nine are explained largely though their profiles, written in the style of the Madoka website's Witch Cards.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Homura, initially stoic and unfriendly as usual, until she opens up to Kagami.
  • Anyone Can Die: And does die. Every single Puella Magi on Earth dies in Homura's time, long with Tsukasa, and in Kagami's time, quite a few innocents die. Homura herself also dies at the end.
  • Apocalypse How: Vittoria's attack on Earth in the Madoka-verse resulted in one of Scope Level 3 (Planetary). The Severity is Level 2 (Societal Collapse), verging on Levels 3 (Species Extinction) and 4 (Total Extinction) due to the damage to causality and the climate. Only one or two billion people are left, and every city and town is said to be in ruins. The Demons are now aiming for a Class Z Omniversal Physical Annihilation.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Kagami contains the Demon that could destroy The Multiverse... and by thge final chapters Tsukasa contains another, unnamed one, similarly powerful. This overlaps with Barrier Maiden, see below.
  • Arc Words: "The stars above will fall, and all will come to ruin."
  • Barrier Maiden: Both of the Hiiragi twins are this to The Multiverse... their survival keeps everything from falling apart.
  • Beta Couple: Tsukasa and Miyuki. Except not, as Miyuki has been replaced by a shapeshifting Demon.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Homura's rescue of the Hiiragis and Konata on board the train.
    • Konata's transformation and arrival during the final battle.
  • Big Damn Kiss: In Chapter 17, after a night of terrible battles and even more terrible trauma.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Nine are completely defeated and everyone is saved. However, Homura dies of Soul Gem corruption as a result of the fight. Kagami does manage to heal her timeline's Homura, but doesn't dare use her as a Replacement Goldfish, and hopes to join Homura and Madoka one day.
  • Bonus Material: My Sunshine, a side-story set during the early days of the war between the Puellae Magi and Vittoria. The second side-story, Pioneer, takes place months after the war's end and stars Nico Kanna. There are also the Demon Profiles, written in the style of the Witch Cards.
  • Break the Cutie: Everyone. The casts of both series get put through the wringer.
  • Break Them by Talking: The Second is an expert at this, and takes perverse pleasure in it.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Mami, of course, continues to do this as well as the Pleiades Saints. Homura also takes to naming her ultimate attack, "Requiem Violetta", and credits Mami for it. By the end, all of the Stars Above have named attacks: "Blue Moon Sapphire Power Kiss" for Konata, "Ultima" for Miyuki, "Demon Slayer" for Tsukasa, and "Starry Night" for Kagami.
  • The Cameo: Madoka appears to Kyoko to take her Soul Gem when she runs out of power.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down / Interrupted Intimacy: How Kagami finds out about Tsukasa and Miyuki's relationship.
  • Circles of Hell: The Nine modeled themselves after the Circles in Dante's Hell.
  • Cloning Gambit: Desideria pulled this with one of her Spawn. She let it feed until it transformed into a copy of herself, let it read her memories, and allowed the copy to take her place and be killed by Kagami.
  • Conflicting Loyalty / It's Not You, It's My Enemies: The reason why Homura decides to take some distance from Kagami. She thinks that she's betraying Madoka by falling in love with another girl after Desideria goads her about it, but she also doesn't want Kagami to get hurt in the crossfire that keeps getting violent. The later situation is ironically not unlike the events of Madoka Magica.
  • Continuation: Of the Madoka anime. The story deliberately ignores the events of Rebellion, as it was written and planned well before the movie's release.
  • Continuity Nod / Mythology Gag: The first line of Chapter 1 is "... and it really stinks, doesn't it?"
    • Konata's text to Kagami reads in part, "EVENT FLAG GET!" As in the anime, Kagami still has no idea what she's talking about.
    • Sayaka is indirectly mentioned in Chapter 3. The beginning of her tragic breakdown is recalled in flashback in Chapter 9.
    • Kyoko remembers a scene from the Madoka anime's finale in Chapter 4 as she dies.
    • The "You Are Not Alone" message is repurposed as a sacred prayer known by all Puellae Magi.
    • Nyamo, the white cat seen yawning and sleeping in the eyecatches of every Lucky Star episode, is mentioned as Tsukasa's pet in 2012.
    • Airi Anri and Yuuri Asuka, and Umika Misaki and Kaoru Maki from the same series, are couples in 2012, as are Oriko Mikuni and Kirika Kure.
    • 2012!Kagami turns up her nose at a can of Morning Rescue.
    • Anime Tenchou is briefly mentioned in Chapter 12.
    • The dialogue at the twins' birthday party is almost identical to the same scene in Lucky Star Episode 4, only with a few significant changes to reflect that the timeline has been altered.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Desideria disguised as Miyuki does this to Tsukasa throughout the story.
  • Crossover Shipping: The story was totally not written with an ulterior motive of promoting the authors' Kagamura ship.
  • Darker and Edgier: At least when compared to the much lighter Lucky Star anime/manga. It's even pushing it at times in the Madoka-verse's case.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Homura, obviously. Though significantly more heroic than she initially appeared in the Madoka anime, her determination and ruthlessness have not changed.
  • Demonic Possession: Konata in chapter 15, given a Brand and forcibly converted into one of the Sixth's Spawn. Several chapters later, the Seventh briefly possesses Tsukasa when she seals it inside her body.
  • Despair Event Horizon: 2012!Kagami crosses it in heartbreaking fashion when she learns that Homura can't make the pain of losing her sister go away.
    • Homura and all four Lucky Star girls cross it by the end... only to rebound in spectacular fashion.
  • Determinator: All of the Puellae Magi, especially Homura. They fought on until there were only four left.
  • Dies Wide Open: Tsukasa and Kazumi in the Madokaverse both die staring upward, at the sky and at the ceiling respectively.
  • Dope Slap: First with a bento box, then with a pillow. Both times Konata is the recipient.
  • The Dying Walk: Homura does this after the final battle, shortly before she dies of corruption.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Vittoria fits the bill, and later Desideria mutates into a huge rift described as a living time/space paradox.
  • Emotion Eater: The Demons feed on a person's Heart, the core of their emotions.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: This will occur if anything happens to Kagami and Tsukasa, the "multiversal focal points".
  • Enemy Within: It seems like Vittoria already exists in Kagami's head, clouding her mind and making her almost lash out at the already beaten up Homura for letting Jovanni's monks take Konata hostage.
    • A more obvious example is probably when Kagami accidentally snaps the neck of one of Kyubey's bodies when she's freaking out about Tsukasa going missing.
    • She nearly gets loose at the end of Chapter 25 after Kagami's Extreme Melee Revenge against the Second.
    • The Corruption: She also seems to have given Kagami the ability to fight demons, despite not being a Puella Magi.
      • Not exactly. At least some of that was Kagami's Star powers trying to emerge.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Every Puella Magi on Earth teamed up to battle Vittoria, Kagami's Demon form. Only four survived.
  • Extreme Melee Revenge: Kagami turns the Second into a bloody smear with her bokken.
  • Fantastic Arousal: Played as darkly as possible with Desideria's rape of Homura.
  • Feel No Pain: The mechanism of this one nature of magical girls is explained as the "pain switch", where in an extreme case, a magical girl sacrifices her movement and speed for numbness of their body. An example of the technique is when Homura takes a spear that almost severs her torso without dying, and lets Kagami hit her with her bokken to destroy Demon Spawn that latch on all over her body.
  • Genre Savvy: Konata, of course. She recognizes what kind of fic this is before anyone else does. But said genre savvy bites her in ass when she realizes that Homura is a standard Mysterious Transfer Student like in anime and follows her around the town to see her secret, and effectively gets caught in a crossfire.
  • Genius Loci: Jovanni, the Sixth, takes the form of a twisted cathedral made from volcanic rock. He also has the ability to turn his Branded into his monks, which confuses Homura at first-she thinks they're the Demons.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Tsukasa in the 2012 timeline, although in this case, it's because she died too quickly to realise she was dying.
    • Homura dies this way at the end.
  • The Heartless: The Demons, feeding on emotions and possessing little to none of their own.
  • Hell Hound: Ciacco, the Third, an enormous and emaciated rabid dog with a stomach full of maggot Spawn.
  • Heroic BSOD: Homura suffers a terrible one after Desideria reveals all her secrets to Kagami, and violates her Soul Gem while wearing Kagami's form immediately afterward.
    • Kagami has one at the end of her fight with the Second. This time around, Homura talks her out of it.
    • Konata suffers one after the battle with the Seventh, witnessing for the first time just how screwed up the Demons are- she managed to escape this due to Laser-Guided Amnesia after her encounter with Jovanni.
  • Heroic RROD: Homura at the end of the final battle. This results in her death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Yuki impersonator pulls one to save Kagami, Konata and the other bystanders from demon crows. She gets killed by being flayed alive for her troubles.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Homura's Soul Gem is already blackened before the Third's battle and she is supposed to fade per the usual Law of Cycle, but not only does she not fade, her Soul Gem becomes bright again. Kyubey, who is understandably confused, discusses it with her. She gets another one later when Kagami reminds her that she's not alone.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Konata to Kagami once she realises Kagami is in love with Homura.
    • Homura stops Kyubey from contracting with Kagami for this exact reason, knowing full well she'll die from her injuries without it.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Just as in Madoka, the title of each chapter comes from a line of dialogue within it.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Homura at the end of Chapter 10. She gets Taken for Granite immediately after.
  • Improvised Weapon: Kagami's school bag in Chapter 4.
  • Intercontinuity Cross Over: Between Lucky Star and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The first work of its kind to do so. The story also unites characters from the Madoka, Kazumi, and Oriko timelines in the Madoka-verse.
  • Is That What He Told You?: Said by Kyubey in Chapter 5. Homura's explanation as to what happened to her timeline's Hiiragi twins wasn't entirely truthful...
  • It Can Think: It's soon revealed that Demons are just as intelligent as humans, and capable of long-term planning. And sadism, in the Second's case.
  • The Juggernaut: Gaspare, the Fourth, a knight made of solid lead. Homura throws half her arsenal at it, and nothing works until she impales it with its own lance and spears it with her Finishing Move for good measure.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Tsukasa, and one chapter later, Kazumi, as the first victim of Vittoria.
  • You Are Not Alone
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Homura and Kyubey's trip back from the 2013 Madokaverse was one-way. It took a significant power boost to go back that far, and there's no way to return to their own time or universe.