Fan Fic / Connecting The Dots
Superman: "Bruce, tell me again why this arm is so important."
Batman: "Because it came from another dimension."
A desperate move by Kakashi
sends the rookies into another dimension, revealing a world crisis for both the Justice League
and the Teen Titans
Essentially runs off the premise that Kakashi's MS technique Kamui sends things to the DC universe. This gets out of hand when he accidentally sends the Konoha 11 plus Team Hebi to the DC world. The Justice League has to keep their rowdy visitors in line while trying to figure out a way to send them home. Spectre and a god-powered Luthor are also involved…
If you love the rookie twelve, this is the fic for you. Every one of them gets a crowning moment of awesome (yes, even Ten-Ten; ESPECIALLY Ten-Ten). The story is set in the somewhat broken continuity of the DCAU, but numerous characters from the larger DC universe (and from outside of it) make cameo appearances or more. At over 300,000 words, its a long read, but worth it. NaruHina is part of the story, but it is a minor part and shouldn't turn you away from this excellent fic. Now complete.
Can be read here
. It can be read in Spanish here
Tropes for this story include:
- Alternate Universe: In Story; The main twelve of Konoha + Sasuke's Hebi group get caught in Kakashi's Sharingan Warping Technique. The result is they end up scattered about the DC universe.
- An Axe to Grind: Sakura makes a pair of her own out of titanium.
- Artificial Limbs: Tenten loses a hand in her escape from Lex Luthor's captivity, but Cyborg and Fixit give her a mechanical arm with a built in laser gun. She is very pleased.
- Batman Gambit: Guess.
- Break Them by Talking: Lex Luthor/Darkseid gives a particularly devastating lecture to the Superman after completing the Anti-Life Equation.
- Brought Down to Normal: The Spectre strips Sasuke of his chakra and dumps him in Gotham City. It goes about as well as you'd expect.
- Character Development: While he never performs a Heel–Face Turn, Sasuke shows subtle signs of developing some measure of empathy after his experiences in Gotham City.
- And then the final scene in Chapter 33 has him in charge of Otogakure, welcomed by Naruto into the Shinobi Alliance, cementing his Heel–Face Turn.
- Child Soldiers: When first meeting Neji, Green Lantern is disturbed by how much of a professional soldier the seventeen year old is. Especially when he mentions that he started at age twelve.
- Confusion Fu: One of the most obnoxious things the ninja discover is that they can't predict Batman.
- Continuity Nod: The plastic tips at the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
- Culture Clash: A major recurring theme. Of particular note is how bizarre the treatment of supervillains is to the ninjas.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: Wonder Woman and Superman have levels of stamina that the ninja aren't particularly prepared to cope with. Naruto in turn is the primary example of this among the shinobi.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: Neji when the Teen Titans chew him out for killing Doctor Light. He doesn't understand why anyone would have problem with killing enemy on the battlefield and thinks the Titans needed him alive for practical reasons, like interrogation.
- Dynamic Entry: Is shouted by none other than the Trope Namer himself when he saves Mr. Terrific and Green Arrow from Bane.
- Enemy Mine: Naruto and Sasuke make a formidable pair against Darkthor.
- The Spectre tries to do this with Kyuubi and Trigon but the latter basically laughs in his face and the former only agrees after it's pointed out that Luthor could Body Surf Naruto and take control of him.
- Eye Scream: Sasuke loses his left eye in the fight with Kyuubi Naruto.
- Later Neji shoots Bizarro right in the eye with a Blue Kryptonite arrow.
- Also later Luthor/Darkseid rips out Kakashi's Sharingan.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Mr. Terrific insists there's a logical explanation for all the supernatural events going on in the story, to the annoyance of several characters, particularly Deadman and Blue Devil.
- For Want of a Nail: A chapter with Karin as the viewpoint character reveals that in this version of the Naruto story, Sasuke didn't abandon Juugo and Suigetsu during the attack on the Kages, which in turn lead to Taka taking down Danzo and leaving the area before Sakura could reach them. It's never suggested to be the case, but this may have been what eventually led to the Kakashi led mission to take down Sasuke, and in turn the events of the story.
- Fusion Dance: "I was once Luthor. I was once Darkseid...Now I am both."
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Mr. Terrific has a small one when Hinata unwittingly challenges his Arbitrary Skepticism by revealing details about one of his experiences with The Spectre she should, in theory, have no way of knowing.
- Highly Visible Ninja
"Ninjas? Don't make me laugh." Batman snorted. "Incredibly flamboyant with overpowered attacks? They can't begin to understand stealth."
- Honor Before Reason: During their initial confrontation, Wonder Woman gets more than a little annoyed that Sakura uses so many traps instead of fighting her face-to-face.
- Human Aliens: A good portion of the DC heroes, obviously. Neji lampshades this as he discusses with John Stewart while he and Rock Lee are given a tour of Oa.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All the chapters have words that end with "-tion" for titles.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: Did you miss the part up there where it said "Justice League" and "Naruto?" There a few thousand pop culture references sprinkled around also.
- Ironic Echo: "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission."
- Joker Immunity: Lampshaded in a discussion between Mr. Terrific and James Corrigan about how only the heroes or villains ever seem to cheat death while civilians tend to stay dead.
- Mathematician's Answer
Huntress: "Just tell me why he [Kiba] is in his boxers."
Question: "Because I took off his pants."
- Mr. Exposition: The Spectre, especially in the earlier chapters. Luthor too, to a lesser extent.
- Mythology Gag:
- Neural Implanting: Martian Manhunter clears up the communication problem for most of the Konoha team with his telepathy this way.
- Shikamaru, having been in captivity for months, is unfortunate enough to get his English dictionary from Lex Luthor. He's not a fan.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kakashi finally decides to teleport himself (and Gai) to The DCAU, and appears right in front of Lex Luthor, who rips the Mangekyou Sharingan out of his head and uses it to complete The Anti-Life Equation.
- Not So Different: The Spectre actually compares Sasuke to Batman when he was of similar age. Both having their parents murdered and lashing out at the entire world for it.
- Omniglot: Batman, which makes him one of the few DC characters to actually be able to understand the ninjas from the get go.
- Poor Communication Kills: Until J'onn uses his telepathy to implant the English language into their heads, the Rookie Twelve can only speak authentic Japanese. Much conflict initially ensues because neither party literally understands the other.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Luthor considers not using anaesthetics on test subjects to be Stupid Evil as their pain could get false results from tests.
- Refuge in Audacity: To keep word from getting out about Huntress' pregnancy, Question destroys her and his latest blood samples (in full view of Mr. Terrific and Green Arrow) and asks where the medical records are kept. After Terrific tells him, warning him only to tell Batman he's deleting files again. Why? Because he told them it's a safeguard against a Mayan conspiracy, and it's Question.
- Running Gag: "Unless it IS!" "Shut up, Flash."
- It takes a lot to convince Sai that he's not in a genjutsu. He likes to test its effectiveness by stabbing himself in the hand with a pencil.
- Shout-Out: If you look closely during Ino's psychic breakdown, you'll notice several characters with their own connections to the mind...
- Several to Discworld. Green Lantern replicates the 'Morporkian proving grounds of Atuinius 5'. Also references to Vetinari and Havelock streets in Gotham.
- Smart People Play Chess: Shikamaru vs. Lex Luthor, frequently. At the ending, Shikamaru vs. the Goddamned Batman. Just when Batman thinks he won without Shikamaru noticing, it turns out that Batman already lost.
- Superhero Paradox: Chapter 12 has one of the better examinations out there; heroes draw villains, but Batman deliberately keeps things low-key to keep the city-smashers out of his city. As a mere human, he poses no apparent challenge to world-class threats, so while the tourists avoid Gotham, the businesses flock there because their buildings are unlikely to get knocked down. Wonder Woman shows up after Batman was hospitalized by Sasuke, and Cheetah shows up within the week. Superman Stays out of Gotham because Batman asks nicely.
Batman: Meta-criminals have no interest in Gotham. Gangsters do, because it is the only place most feel they have a chance. But so do businesses, research centers, and new families. While Metropolis’ tourism business has been booming, Gotham’s industry and population have been growing at unprecedented rates. Most people would rather live in a city where the buildings stay standing.
- OTOH, Batman sees something he can't ignore after Wonder Woman shows up; people stop Holding Out for a Hero. The bright, shiny heroes inspire people to resist their situations.
Batman: The gangs, cartels, and mobs have been falling apart. Members are leaving, children on the streets no longer flock to the nearest racket boss. And there’s more. The people in Gotham have started to stand up against the criminals. Just small reports, mind you—an officer who refused to cooperate, a clerk who tackled a gunman—but it’s something I’d never thought to see.
- Superpower Meltdown: Ino, unaware and untrained in her newly unlocked telepathic abilities, ends up unintentionally mind raping her friends. It takes Sai, and a handful of people with a Split-Personality Takeover to reach her and rein her in.
- This Is Reality: When surfing the internet, Beast Boy introduces the concept of fanfiction to Kiba. When Kiba asks him if there are any fanfics of himself, Beast Boy points out that of course there isn't, because he's real, and that would be creepy.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: The ninjas really don't understand this pillar of the DC Universe.
- Title Drop: Reverend McCay does this when his Epiphany Therapy to Sasuke segues into discussing his own raison d'être.
, as you get older, you'll learn everyone suffers, and everyone thinks that they suffer alone. Even if they share their troubles with others, they think their own brand of sorrow is special and incomprehensible by anyone else. They feel like... like little dots. Like little, isolated dots of suffering, completely separate."
"And what so few people understand is that they don't HAVE to be that way. They don't understand how to USE that suffering, to use it to understand others and to help others. The dots don't like to reach out to other dots, they don't try to connect. As minister, that's part of my job. To reach out to the heartaches in the pew and bring them into contact with each other. And, while I'm at it, to try and guess at the order to the dots. To… connect the dots, as it were, and see the overarching pattern to it all."
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: This is largely what Norman McCay dies of. May also be considered Too Cool to Live.
- Took a Level in Badass: Tenten likes automatic weaponry.
- Trauma Conga Line: Ooooh, does Sasuke get it bad here. Halfway through the story, he loses his left eye in a fight with Kyuubi Naruto, then gets lectured by The Spectre about how his vengeance-seeking will be his downfall. The Spectre then strips him of his chakra, forcing him to commit acts of petty burglary, which gets a partner he recruited killed and his leg mangled by a shotgun. And then Johnny Rancid's gang finds him and beats him up for fun before deciding he's Not Worth Killing. Only then does he decide he Ain't Too Proud to Beg in the streets of Gotham. Fortunately, at that point, it was the only thing that prevented him from crossing the Moral Event Horizon. He gradually begins to recuperate and salvage his dignity after meeting Norman McCay.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Robin is completely unmoved when Sasuke forces him to relive his parents' deaths via Tsukuyomi because a whole bunch of other villains with Mind Rape-based powers have done the same thing before.
- Wham Episode: Chapter 33 came nearly a year after the story was supposedly complete. Before that, Chapter 32 had Batman and Wonder Woman peeking in at another dimension watching a costumed guy shoot webs at his enemies.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: More like World of Cardboard Lessons as Superman starts his training of Naruto.
- Yin-Yang Clash: Sasuke's Sword of Kusanagi vs Wonder Woman's Bracers of Athena
- The sword dents the bracers. Both characters are flabbergasted, for different reasons.
- Superman vs a Rasenshuriken. That is all.
- You No Take Candle: The mysterious passerby who hands a destitute Sasuke a twenty dollar bill speaks this way. This character is a cameo by Pete from The Muppets Take Manhattan, who delivers the exact same lines in this way.