On the southeast fringe of the Rahavi'therata galaxy, there is an insignificant-looking little star system known to the universe as Tars Sahal'dat and known by many of its inhabitants as Sol.Top Dog
is a Mega Crossover
fanfic by Doghead Thirteen
. It hypothesizes a galactic history and society that approaches All Fiction Is True status, and uses it as the setting for stories that follow the cast of one canon interacting with this world. The universe is epic in scope and the writing does a good job of communicating it; even when the current story follows a small slice of it, the sense of big things happening in the background is there.
Top Dog refers to the entire universe and shared background, and there is no one main story. Instead, there are three legs, each essentially following one canon and acting as a rather extremely odd but more conventional fanfic for that canon—at least so far. Word of God
is that as the stories progress they will start having stronger effects on one another. The stories are:
- Biker Half, which is Ranma ½ with a Nerima that is, by legal arcana, its own country fully owned and ruled by Soun Tendo, ruler of the Asinara clan of the Amerai, which was long ago plunged into war with the Saotome clan by his father's insanity. After his father's assassination (at the hands of a certain magi mercenary), he entered a deal with Akira Saotome, the seventy-thousand-year-old lord of Clan Saotome, to end the fighting by marrying a child of his with Akira's Named heir, who just came back from a long trip bearing a certain shapeshifting curse. Available here.
- Enter the Fnords, which is Harry Potter with the Hogwarts Collegium Arcanum instead of the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; Hogwarts is, as the name suggests, a college, and the best school of magic in the galaxy, making it one hell of a political football and strategic asset for the warring states of galactic politics. Follows Hermione Granger, the most powerful sorceress ever born and considered fifth on the universe's list of Top Ten Most Dangerous Weapons, as she enters Hogwarts, tries to cope with the villainy-upgraded Magi politics which deny those born of nonmagical parents any rights whatsoever, and meets Harry Johnson, the Crazy-Prepared Bad Ass Anti-Hero Voluntary Shapeshifting Time Travelling mercenary who started using fake names at the age of sixteen when he noticed that being known as Harry Potter, the sort-of-killer of the galaxy's most notorious terrorist, led to people shooting at him on occasion. Currently in the middle of the second book; constitutes multiple stories, which are the 'Harry Johnson' titles listed here.
- A Fox in Tokyo, which is Naruto in a Konohagakure that lives under the surface of Soun Tendo's Nerima. Naruto Shinra Namikaze, known as Uzumaki, grew up under constant ANBU guard against those who would have killed him for hosting the Kyuubi. Having been essentially raised by his special-forces guardians, in particular one ANBU Hound with white hair and one odd eye, he graduates the Konoha Ninja Academy to find a familiar face waiting as his sensei. Available here.
The stories share the experience of seeing familiar settings folded, spindled and mutilated
to make their host canons fit the quasi-Grim Dark
universal structure. It's very good writing, and a novel concept carried off well. The author cites Undocumented Features
as an inspiration, but instead of the Author Avatar Original Characters
that make up the core cast of UF, he uses the protagonists from whatever work he's fitting into Top Dog at the moment. There are also minor crossovers, references and Shout Outs
; a list would be long, but includes at least Star Wars
, Star Trek
, Warhammer 40,000
, Girl Genius
, The Matrix
, David Weber
, Sluggy Freelance
, Tenchi Muyo!
, Babylon 5
, the Cthulhu Mythos
, Sailor Moon
, and Transformers
along with, of course, the three core continuities.
Provides examples of: