The Interference by Newbie-Spud of Fanfiction.net is a series of FanFics that centers around the exploits of the author's self insert 'Alexander Karsath' as he ventures through different video game worlds and making alterations to the expected storyline. The series started with the original story set in the Kingdom Hearts universe and has such moved through the game worlds of Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Curse Of The Crimson Elixir, Chrono Trigger, and is currently in the game-verse of Jak II.Although the author makes no secret of the fact that Alexander is part of a Self-Insert Fic, The Interference has managed to avoid the pitfalls that such stories tend to fall into and even manages to flow smoothly despite being complete novelizations of each game they feature. The author even manages to work elements of previous stories without them seeming out of place or forced in at the last minute.There was a hiatus recently due to Newbie-Spud taking way too many extracurricular activities, but once they were over he got back to work.Also accompanied by its Forum, The Interference: Multiverse.
Adaptation Induced Plothole: In Kingdom Hearts canon produced long after the fics began, it's revealed that the other Apprentices didn't take a powerful or humanoid Heartless form and most of their Heartless were slain some time before Chain of Memories ends.
Awesome, but Impractical: The Time Fracture Lockshield makes time travel over any amount of time technically possible. Awesome? Great! If the world you're in doesn't have any naturally-occurring holes in time-space and you don't have incredible power reserves to make up for it, it becomes extremely limited.
Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Well, not evil but after his Dark Eco Treatments Alex has shown a lower regard for complete life easily killing Krimzon Guards with both his Lockshield and magic without batting an eye when originally he was beaten up by them because he was afraid of killing them.
Dilan and Jack Crowley for The Curse of the Crimson Elixir. Though they break up when Crowley finds out he's fictional and doesn't take it well.
Aeleus and Lavos form a literally symbiotic relationship in The Wings of Time.
A notable subversion happens in Dark Renegade with Even thinking he's in one with Baron Praxis who is actually Dangerously Genre Savvy enough to not trust him, and is planning to betray him.
Big Bad Ensemble: The Apprentices have recently encountered competition in the form of the enigmatic Hyperion and an unknown number of associates.
Dark Renegade noticeably has its own Big Bad Ensemble due to its canon Gambit Pileup with Baron Praxis, Even, Metal Kor, and Veger all competing to be the Big Bad and due to Even destroying the plot the title of the Big Bad is anyone's to grab.
Bigger Bad: The Titans have a connection to a person only known as 'Sister' who they all seem to worship, and of course, Master Xehanort is waiting in the wing.
Brainy Brunette: Played straight, Alex has brown hair. Erica falls between this and Dumb Blonde both in personality and hair colour.
Break the Haughty: After dying, Alex is significantly more interested in his party members' feelings.
Brick Joke: In the second fic, as in the original FMA game, there is a giant Golem spider boss. Ed remarks that if the boss turns out to have a twin brother, he's going to be pissed. One entire fic later, Ed is pissed.
Calling Your Attacks: It seems magic and special techniques in every universe need to be vocally invoked. For the heroes, anyway.
Cerebus Syndrome: Starting from Dark Renegade the plot gets much more serious and arc-driven.
Clothes Make the Superman: Though they aren't actually the source of all his powers, the magical garments Alex wears do allow for more magic use and give him access to the various Drive Forms.
Hyperion, Themis and Kronos seem to be stealing Keyblade Armour specifically for this reason.
Cold-Blooded Torture: Alex goes through what he experiences as two years of constant bombardments with Dark Eco in the first few chapters of the fourth story along with Jak.
Combat Pragmatist: Alex pulled this in the first story by cutting the seams holding Oogie Boogie together and then promptly lampshading it. And it happens even more later on once he acquires Alchemy.
It's through something akin to this that he saves Axel from dying in the first story - via making him play by the rules of normal gameplay as a party member and defeating the oncoming streams of Assassins with a Combination Attack.
Control Freak: Alex has begun to show signs of having control issue's in Dark Renegade as Even brings the plot Off the Rails. He's gotten desperate enough to bring things under his control again that he's begun to show signs off becoming a Manipulative Bastard.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Baron Praxis compared to every other villain, he manipulates Alex into being his hitman and knows better than to trust the enigmatic man in a black coat that offers him unlimited power.
Dangerous Fifteenth Birthday: Three of the stories started on Alex's birthday due to the Universal Failsafe Law; the first of these is where Erica dies the second is where Alex dies, and the third is where Alex is jailed for two years, although that actually happens the day afterwards.
His Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday involves an entire city sector being destroyed by Metal Heads and being re-arrested, then starting Dark Eco treatments.
Though Aeleus/Elaeus does end up sleeping in the earth for millions of years; Earth is his Nobody Lexaeus' element.
Dark Is Not Evil: Something of a borderline example; as, even though Alex's defining element is darkness (as opposed to Sora's light), it isn't expressively stated that this is a good or a bad thing, just something that is.
However, excessive darkness leads to dual personalities, infrequent and easily-triggered outbreaks into Anti-Form, and occasionally insanity.
Also, excessive darkness given a body can become a pretty sadistic Enemy Without.
Depower: May cross into Brought Down to Normal, but Alex, after having his garments replaced be prisonwear at the beginning of the fourth story is noticeably weaker and more damage prone.
Development Hell: Unlike the other fics, which took a few months to complete, Dark Renegade is five years old, and has gone through a year-long delay.
Deuteragonist: Sora in the first story, Edward in the second and third story, and Jak in the fourth. Although, Edward shows signs of being the overall Deuteragonist being constantly portrayed as Alex's equal as an Interference and is the second Lockshield Master.
Disappeared Dad: Subversion - Peter doesn't live with the rest of the family anymore, but he visits frequently and maintains a good relationship with his ex-wife and son.
Erica performed this during her only appearance so far.
The Faceless: The Titans don't have faces until they steal Keyblade Armor.
Fan Nickname: The Titans. As a team name for Kronos, Themis, and Hyperion
Filler: This is basically what Re:Coded amounted to. It was pretty pointless and all of the plot was skipped and the information gained was worthless to Alex because of the events of Dark Renegade. The only thing that actually mattered was Hyperion showing up.
The Smart Guy, Number Twoand a second Lancer: Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. The protagonist that Alex has the strongest relationship with trusts the most and is basically his second best friend. He is in charge whenever Alex is indisposed or dead, and their friendship was so strong that Ed was the second person ever to wield the Lockshield and even became the Lockshield Master when Alex died. As for his Smart Guy position, he is an alchemist and scientist.
Team Pet: Daxter from Jak and Daxter, Deadpan Snarker extraordinaire, the first to complain about anything and well... he's a talking animal, what other position would he have fit into?
Fix Fic: The series has very minor elements of it — an Interference is somebody who can influence the coming events. Stopping Axel from setting off his suicide bomb attack smells of it slightly.
Foil: By Dark Renegade Alex has become one to Sora. Alex uses the power of darkness (he's lost all of his light powers due to certain events) while Sora uses light, Sora is a Magnetic Hero while Alex isn't that charismatic and prefers to rule from behind the scenes, Sora is always honest and upfront, while Alex is a Manipulative Bastard, Sora enjoys his adventures while Alex is all business, Sora goes with the flow while Alex likes to manilpulate events to his advantage, Sora fights with a sword while Alex fights with a shield, Sora likes to fight upfront and honorably with a single fighting style while Alex relies on his Combo Platter Powers to confuse his enemies, their leadership styles also contrast with Sora being a Type IV while Alex is a Type I, and finally, Sora is a Ideal Hero while Alex is a cynical Anti-Hero.
Foreshadowing: The Sequel Hook being an example of foreshadowing, and Alex's death in the third story being a subject of foreshadowing that nonetheless didn't seem to work for very many people.
Averted as of Dark Renegade. A year of torture has given Alex rather justifiable anger issues and a mouth to go with it.
Guns Are Worthless: Subverted. Alex originally thought that this trope was in full effect in Dark Renegade thinking that his Lockshield and magic made him superior to everyone else. Then he got the Morph Gun, fell in love with it, and now its practically a Cargo Ship.
Hidden Agenda Villain: Hyperion and at least two associates have appeared and their motives and very state of existence are unknown. All that is known is that they have a bone to pick with Alex.
Hammerspace: Nicknamed 'Etherspace' and lampshaded as appropriate.
Heel-Face Turn: Xigbar is revealed to be making moves towards this in Trials of Remembrance after having realised that sending villains after Alex is a virtual death sentence.
The first is Baron Praxis, who unlike Xemnas, isn't trying to lose, is more competent than Crowley, who was a canon Filler Villain, and doesn't play Orcus on His Throne like Lavos. His political position also makes him harder top defeat because if he's toppled at the wrong time...well, there goes the neighborhood.
The second is Even, who actively tries to throw the plot Off the Rails, unlike Dilan and Aeleus who just teamed up with each games Big Bad and is much more sadistic having fully embraced Jak II's Darker and Edgier plot.
Finally there is Joumae, Alex's Evil Counterpart, physical equal,curbstomped him, and has left him in a rather bad situation.
Manipulative Bastard: When Alex is desperate, he will use his foreknowledge to emotionally manipulate people into what he wants them to do, originally, he didn't realize it, which Lucca lampshades. But after a Trauma Conga Line in Dark Renegade Alex has become perfectly willing to play people to get what he wants, best shown with his relationship with Jak.
Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Four games and counting. One of which happens to link to nearly every major Disney film and classic cartoon short in existence.
The roleplay forums take this Up to Eleven due to the number of contributors, but the official world sections are limited to ones appearing in the fanfics.
Meaningful Name: Joumae, whose name means 'lock'. Yes, he did that on purpose.
Alexander, by accident - the name means either 'Helper of Men' or 'Defender of Men'. Alex wields a shield, and does his best to assist major characters rather than taking their spotlight.
Kronos was the youngest of the Titans. The personification of time, Chronos, whom Kronos was commonly identified with, was also associated with snakes, and Kronos the character has both time-travel abilities and reptilian eyes.
Mutant: Alex becomes one in Dark Renegade after his Dark Eco Treatments he changes from a normal human into a Jak and Daxter elf gaining increased strength, speed, and agility to go with it.
Name's the Same: Technically, the second fic has three Alexs - Karsath, Armstrong, and the dead dog.
Nobody Poops: The special outfit Alex gains imbues him with the universal body-functional ignorance of video game characters, i.e. less need to sleep, eat, or maintain those bodily functions that would be distracting and detrimental to a real-life adventurer.
Not a Morning Person: Alex doesn't wake up very easily. Actually comes into play as a minor plot point in the rewrite.
Official Couple: Aside from the canon couples in the games, Alex gets paired with Lucca in the third story.
However, the author has stated that since he was away being torture for what he considers two consecutive years, the spark is probably very much diminished.
Off the Rails: This is basically Even's entire Evil Plan to defeat Alex in Dark Renegade. He's going out of his way to destroy the plot of the game to ruin Alex's foreknowledge and make him slip up. It's working, and Even's presence brings Count Veger visibly into the game as well, who is looking for a Keyblade inspired by Alex and Even's Lockshields.
Before he's made aware that anything has changed on the villains' side, Alex is asked to do the same by Torn. The concept of being actually encouraged to alter things takes him aback.
Pet the Dog: Subverted. Alex is offered 10,000 Gold for a piece of jerky he bought for 9,900. Despite being told he can get a profit of 100, he gives the jerky away and the woman runs back home to teach her children about the meaning of charity ... and then slowly realises he's just lost a lot of money. For extra points, this entire sequence has no reason for being other than to get rid of the jerky.
Punny Name: Any character who had one in the original games, but Joumae counts somewhat. The Lockshield itself, of course, since it's the literal opposite of 'Keyblade'.
Recruiting the Criminal: While Alex wasn't a criminal in the normal sense, during the fourth story he is hired for the Krimzon Guard.
Effected by Alex once he returns to the real world at the beginning of the third story... but he only finds out at the start of the fourth story, when he discovers his sister's bed and things have disappeared from her and her mother's room.
Talking to Themself: There are characters with mental 'counterparts' who they can not only talk to, but use to hear the other counterparts as well; Joumae is a specific example, but there's also Roxas (for Sora) and Naminé (for Kairi). While he can hear the other ones, Riku can't talk to his counterpart... Xehanort's Heartless.
Terrible Trio: Kronos, Themis, and Hyperion are shaping up to be this.
Aeleus, ironically, becomes one during the end of The Wings of Time.
Time Stands Still: It is shown that this happens both whenever Alex(or anyone else for that matter) leaves the real world for the game world and once he has completed the events of the game world and returned home to give the timelines time to sync up. It even comes up as a plot point in the fourth story.
Took a Level in Badass: Compare Alex in the first story to The Wings of Time and you'll wonder how he got so good.
That's nothing compared to the levels he took in Dark Renegade where he has become a million times more awesome and hardcore.
A villainous example is Aeleus, who went from a stereotypical Dark Lord that Alex effortlessly curbstomped to a near omnipotent Time MasterDimension Lord that almost erased Alex and friends from existence.
Hyperion uses Terra's Keyblade, Ends of the Earth. Which he stole from the Lingering Will!
Wham Episode: At first Re:Coded seemed like pure Filler but then the enigmatic Hyperion showed up defeated the Lingering Will, stole Terra's armor and Keyblade with Alchemy and defeated Mickey, Donald and Goofy with Chrono Cross magic!, and he has at least two friends.
Word Of God: He is very open with readers and friends about things like this and responds to questions.
Year Inside, Hour Outside: Related to the Time Stands Still entry; in the fourth story Alex spends a full TWO YEARS in Prison while the timelines of the other universes sync up to his and he FINALLY gets rescued.
You Can't Go Home Again: Highly probable, since Alex is, since the fourth story, no longer human on a genetic level. If he ever were to return to the real world for an extended period, he would be likely experimented on or hunted.
Your Days Are Numbered: Kronos, Themis, and Hyperion need Keyblade Armor to exist and even with it, it's just slowing down whatever's killing them.
It's implied that they have bound themselves to the armour using alchemy, and expect themselves to eventually be destroyed in some way, just not by the protagonists.