Both Syllables is an epic Massive Multiplayer Crossover saga by (Author's name omitted). It weaves the canons of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Invader Zim and Lilo & Stitch into one universe. It consists of, so far, six fanfics: two simultaneous "paths" leading up to 99 Luftballons, and one sequel to it. It is notable for its clever integration of elements, easing into the crossover, and having OCs that, despite being central to the plot, manage to stay likable and not seem out of place.It also has a modest expanded universe created by fans, aka the author's good buddies like the one who made this page. Now that the original author has left, one has been approached to take the reins.'Note: The original author has now taken down every single one of her stories. Hence, the links to her fanfiction below are all dead.
City Traffic Puzzle- To pay off gambling debts, XR takes a shady second job in Tradeworld, which throws himself into a load of trouble when he tries to quit. So, he finds himself a bodyguard- Kilana Jookiba.
I Palindrome I- In the aftermath of City Traffic Puzzle, XR is saddled with rehabilitating Kila. Meanwhile, Zurg's dark history is revealed, and there is a death in the family.
Nowhere Man- When Zim, in a fit of rage, bites Dib, Dib's body chemistry poisons Zim, and Zim's begins to mutate him. While coping with this, Zim sneaks into Alliance space and kidnaps XR's "sister", a second attempt named MALIK. When Dib kidnaps GIR to force Zim to help him, it backfires when Zim is incapable of any help whatsoever.
Rules- While Dib and his family move to Hawaii to oversee an auxilliary branch of Professor Membrane's labs, Zim, in an attempt to impress the Tallest, takes MALIK and leaves Earth for the Galactic Alliance. After a run-in with NOS-4-A2, the 2 seperate, in the beginning of the end...
99 Luftballons- In four words? It hits the fan. Zim infiltrates Star Command as a rookie ranger, assigned to the newly-promoted XR. Meanwhile, Tak and Zurg manage to hack XR and use him to spy on Star Command. When Zim's planning disrupts a peace conference between the Galactic Alliance and the Federation, everything falls apart. Irk is destroyed, and Zim is captured, by Zurg, assumed dead.
Take on Me- Kila takes XR to meet the 'ohana back on Earth. But when a sick Irken invader shows up from being assumed dead, things begin to once again turn for the worse.
Contributions by fans
The Irken Who Has Everything by Anonymous-Materials- Still in progress. Zim is living on Kaua'i and for the time things seem to have settled down, until an evil plant attaches to his head, mentally throwing him into an alternate universe where his life is perfect. Until it isn't.
Policy of Truth by Maran Zelde- Also still in progress. Fills in a plot hole in the original series, specifically, where Dib was between Rules and Take On Me when he is rudely and abruptly shoved out of the plot. This fic makes a very good explanation and fits wonderfully into the original series 'canon'. It's also an entertaining read in its own right.
Clear My Name: To an extent. By the time of Take On Me, Zim has been blamed for blowing up the Irken Empire, when it was really Zurg that did it. What makes this worse is that no one, not even Zim, knows this.
Darker and Edgier: To a degree, mostly to make all the series fit the grey morality of Lilo and Stitch.
There's still very little content that couldn't make it into a Disney movie, though.
Dark Action Girl: Tak. Without a doubt. Edgy, described as "cat-like" and very smooth and savvy. Also seemingly without morals.
Dead Fic: All the above links written by the actual author lead to 404s. The fan stuff is still there, though.
Deus Angst Machina: Kila's backstory, anyone? Or the circumstances that get her trapped on Earth in the town that hates her guts?
Fantastic Racist: Gantu is cemented as one of these in Delta Dawn- He hunts the experiments not for Hamsterveil's plans, but because he considers them "monsters" that should be locked up so they can't hurt people.
Gone Horribly Wrong: Hamsterviel tells Stitch that Kila and Zim had the potential to be the most powerful psychics in the world because of his experimentation done on them when they were not yet fully developed. The problem was Kila ended up altering her body, and Zim was experimented on by ZURG, and as a result, if the two ever met and their powers awakened...yikes.
Kick the Dog: Zurg's callous treatment of Commander Nebula's death right in front of XR, his murder of his own subordinates to blame on Zim and his cold-hearted planned murder of Tallest Miyuki are good examples of a bad man becoming even worse. Probably BEST exemplified in Tak's pitiless shooting of GIR...and then she literally kicks him over and over while he's deactivated on the ground.
Mad Scientist: Jumba, Kila, Prof. Membrane, Zurg and Hamsterviel embody this trope well, though Membrane and Jumba's work is less "mad" and actually more beneficial to humanity.
Meaningful Name: Zerinim and Kilana both have meanings in the alien lexicon. Also, Dib's last name is 'Putchel'. Think about it. Say it out loud. Slur it a little. Get it?
Also, many of the Irken names are vague references to other works. 'Zoburg' sounds sort of like a weird combination of Hoborg and Zoidberg, and 'Tessirak' is tesseract without the last 't'. 'Zerinim' has 'nim' in it.
Mindlink Mates: Subverted in that the two characters with a mindlink actually really hate having one and do everything they can to get around it.
Mind Rape: Zurg does this to Zim by experimenting on his brain. This makes Zim's potential as a telepath go off-the-charts and into dangerous levels.