Fandom Specific Plot: Ranma

For a long, long time, Ranma fanfics have made up a sizable chunk of Internet fanfiction in their entirety. Even general fanfic newsgroups had more than half their posts consist of Ranma fanfics, so, naturally, a couple of preferences started to build up.

  • See also: Fanon
  • Ranma fanfic is heavy on the Gender Bender (other than of course Ranma himself) fanfics, as there's a canon way to do it. And while girl-Ranma getting pregnant isn't exactly Mr. Seahorse, some fics will have him discover that yes, the pregnancy doesn't go away when he's male. (Most Pregnant!Ranma fanfics have him being trapped in female form instead.) And there's also a canon source for plenty of Animorphism fics.
  • Another common plot is Ranma discovering that he is (or is becoming) gender dysphoric, his self-image shifting to that of a girl instead of a guy, or at least a "both/neither" state. Ranma getting stuck as a girl is the usual plot device to reach this conclusion.
  • Also, Ranma /Sailor Moon crossovers where Ranma turns out to be a sailor senshi are so prevalent that they have their own trope.
  • "Split-Ranma" fics, wherein Ranma's male and female halves are separated into distinct individuals, but both with the same mind as the original and both locked permanently into their respective genders, were a dime a dozen in the late '90s. Some would explore the female Ranma's psychological anxieties; others would happily assume that she would gladly accept this situation and go off from there.
  • For a while during the late 1990s and early 2000s, there was a spate of "what if someone else raised Ranma" stories, with everyone from Elminster of the Forgotten Realms to Bugs Bunny taking Ranma off Genma's hands as a youngster and arriving with him, somewhat... differently trained, on the Tendos' doorstep years later. Many of these were loosely connected to the greater continuity of The Bet-verse, and came from the minicommunity of fic writers around Gregg "Metroanime" Sharp.
    • This last one is not specific to Ranma; several characters have been subject to this: Naruto, Shirou Emiya, Harry Potter, Shinji Ikari — basically anyone who had a messed up childhood that was still vague enough for some canon or crossover character to take notice and bring the kid under her/his/its/their wing. For example, Shinji And Warhammer 40 K is basically "Shinji Ikari as raised by Warhammer 40,000".
  • Then there were the "Passion Spice" fics. Based on an influential early fic, these all adhered to the fanon that among Cologne's assorted magical doodads was a collection of magical spices and herbs with various psychoactive properties — and the king of them all was the aphrodisiac "Passion Spice". Depending on the author these could range from simple farce to Porn Without Plot Lemons.
  • One perennial favorite, usually showing up as a subplot in other fics, is a conflict between the Chinese Amazons and the Chinese Government in Beijing. Typically, it turns out that the Amazons have either been hiding from or holding off the government, which has been trying to conquer and integrate them into the nation properly, ever since the Revolution.
  • And then we have other characters falling into the cursed pools, usually at the Spring of Drowned Girl. Victims don't necessarily have to be human males; Ponies One Half has the Mane Six (and then the Cutie Mark Crusaders and Princess Luna) get cursed by the pool and Humanity Ensues.