Fanfic / Dark Studios Kids Next Door
A Fan Verse
for Codename: Kids Next Door
written by Darkton
for Deviant ART
Tone-wise, the fics are similar enough to the original. New characters have been added, however, and the stories are somewhat darker. Otherwise, it's same ol' KND business, just as you remember it
Tropes found in this series include:
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: In JAPAN, Numbuh 450 claims her and 692 are aliens taking on the appearances of anime humans. This was written before the Stop the GKND Pilot revealed that aliens do exist, so nothing really comes of it, and hints are laid that she's lying.
- Characterization Marches On / Flanderization: Numbuh 692 was originally just a normal guy who happened to look like an anime character. By his second appearance, he's a reference to old anime dubs. By the Character Meme, it's suggested that he's the only one who can summon up anime conventions, possibly because he's insane.
- Chekhov's Gun: Numbuh 2's steak in HILL.
- Creepy Doll: The Cheery Chatterbox Rainbow Monkey.
- Darker and Edgier: There's an actual military director for Father's army, corruption of an innocent child, attempted murder, and dealing with a damaged relationship. Still, it tries as hard as it can to keep things within the rules of the original show.
- Enemy Civil War: Between the loyalist teenagers and the separatist teenagers, though according to Darkton the separatists are more neutral.
- Evil Pays Better: Defied by Maurice to Nathan in TRAITOR. He gives him double the original pay.
- Expy: Johnny the Teen Ninja is one to the Dragon Ball Z Abridged version of Krillin.
- Film Fic: DREAMS, which is basically Inception with KND characters... and a few not-KND characters. In fact, the second part of the fic was given a revised version that removes a lot of the Inception ties.
- Friend to All Children: SISTERS introduces us to the Drill Team, teenagers that all collectively act as friends to children. Admittedly, their leader Katie isn't so good with them, offering Nigel a ride in her car and letting him ride in the front seat and all.
- George Lucas Altered Version: Due to complaints by Darkton's Editor, Operation DREAMS' second half was revised. The changes made include:
- Nearly every scene involving Numbuh 692 is rewritten, and his characterization has been altered to give him a Split Personality.
- The original final fight took place at a snow fortress like Inception. In the revised edition, the fortress is in the woods.
- Originally, Numbuh 78 drove the bus over the cliff because she was trying to avoid the armed guards in Jeffery's mind. In the revised edition, she falls asleep at the wheel and drives off the cliff on accident.
- Numbuh 692 and the projected Numbuh 12 have a quieter, sadder farewell in the revised edition.
- Originally, like the movie it was based on, the heroes in the fortress were shot by armed guards to go back a layer. In the revised version, they "go skydiving" instead.
- Large Ham: Numbuh 692.
- Lost Him in a Children's Card Game: Jack's MO, like his influence Daniel D'Arby, challenges kids to games to steal their souls. As the show is wont to do, the games he plays are children's games, with Numbuh 4 being taken in a thumb war, Numbuh 5 losing in a game of Jacks, and Numbuh 1 defeating him in a game of We Didn't Playtest This At All.
- Mythology Gag: As any fanfic does, there are plenty of notes to episodes of the show, which makes sense given how continuity-driven the main show is.
- In SISTERS, Numbuh 1 looks for a Teen Separatist at The Point, and the bodyguard does indeed recognize him as the one who last sunk it.
- Also in SISTERS, Numbuh 4 and Numbuh 12 meet again, and Numbuh 4 instantly recognizes what she did in her debut episode, SLUMBER.
- Never Say "Die": Zig Zagged Trope. Sometimes it's no problem, other times it is. According to Darkton, it's all part of the challenge.
- In the Inception parody DREAMS, Numbuh 692's reason for seeing his Mal analogue (Numbuh 12) is changed from her being dead to her switching sides.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Numbuh 692 and Numbuh 450 look like typical anime characters. 692 is a parody of 90's anime dubs, but 450 seems normal. Well, as normal as an anime character in a western universe can be. JAPAN has 450 claim that the two are aliens, but her explanation falters in places, suggesting they're something else.
- Noodle Incident: the "Funland Incident" mentioned in Vladmir Potovski's bio, which caused Mr. Boss to be replaced by Vladmir. Darkton says he'll explain what it is later.
- Older Than They Look: Numbuh 108, as a result of the House Over The Hill feeding him youth.
- Original Character: Quite a few. A whole squad of Teen Ninjas, Numbuh 692, Numbuh 108, Numbuh 450, and Vladmir Potovski are just a few. He even creates a whole new faction.
- Original Flavor: Darkton tries.
- Out of Character: Numbuh 2 during HILL, so that the story can work. Handwaved by him watching a scary movie.
- Parody Sue: Numbuh 692, pre-Character Development. Notably, he starts off hated by Numbuh 1, but if DREAMS is any indication, Nigel has not yet made up with him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: The director of Father's army, Vladmir Potov(ski). His hatred of children mostly stems from the fact that they're on the other team, according to Darkton. Best shown in SISTERS where he scraps a prototype version of Battle Ready Armor because of a drop in armor, stating that a good armor has no drops.
- Punch Clock Villain: Vladmir again. His character bio says he's closer to real-world logic. His main reason for accepting Father's job was because he paid well.
- Puppy Love: Numbuh 3 and Numbuh 4's relationship is continued in DOLL. HILL touches lightly on Numbuh 2/Numbuh 5, and DREAMS introduces Numbuh 692/Numbuh 12.
- Remember the New Guy: Every Original Character is treated as though they've been there the whole time.
- Screwed by the Lawyers: Not the series, but In-Universe Numbuh 1 tries to invoke this on Chester for his knockoff Rainbow Monkeys. Chester decides to blow them up so he can't be caught.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: TRAITOR is based around the Teen Ninjas finding one within their ranks.
- Ship Tease: DOLL for 3/4, HILL for 2/5, GAMES for 362/1.
- Shout-Out: Several.
- In WEIRDO, Numbuh 1 calls Numbuh 692 "Backwards Mikey". The latter also does a pose that "would make the Red Ranger proud".
- In DOLL, there's Mech Changers, a takeoff of Transformers. Also in DOLL, the Mech Changers TV show has Gary Chalk and David Kaye playing the Optimus Prime and Megatron analogues, and the show runs on Toonami.
- In HILL, the groundskeeper is Scottish. Also, the spider is said to sound as close to Takahata 101's Nappa as possible. There's also the fog and sirens that appear when the kids first enter the town.
- In DREAMS, Numbuh 692 is given Character Development and becomes a Dragon Ball reference. A 1999 English dub Dragon Ball reference. In addition, Numbuh 35 is playing a Powerpuff Girls game on his Game Dude.
- In JAPAN, references to Gundam are made in the Arcade scene, with Numbuh 450 (trying to) sing Rhythm Emotion and a new interpretation of Gundam being the case for a cockpit simulator game similar to the one that actually exists. It also has a character in Amerikamura (the America-inspired area of Japan) resemble Terry Bogard, complete with him greeting the group with "Hey, are you okay?"
- Aside from STATUE being a reference to Blink, the new bartender at Lime Ricky's, Wade, speaks with a Brooklyn accent and gets a prank call from Chad asking for a "Chuck Aholic."
- In LIES, the first word that Fanny associates with "Boss" is "Nass." The ending also sees Nigel say "This is not the real life! This is just fantasy!"
- Operation GIRLY is one huge, long tribute to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, or more specifically the story of its rise to fame.
- In the already Jojo-reference-heavy GAMES, the game Numbuh 1 plays with Jack is We Didn't Playtest This At All.
- Surfer Dude: The new teen character Katie from SISTERS talks like this.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: Numbuh 692 pulls off a pose that "would make the Red Ranger proud".
- The eccentric Drill Team does this as well in SISTERS.
- Truce Zone: Overlapping with Reimagining the Artifact, The Point has a distinct "leave your conflict at the door" policy. Anyone who brings it up within five miles of the place is shot down by a laser from the sky.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Everyone seems to adjust to the whole "Numbuh 692 is an anime character" thing rather quickly. Then again, it's the Kids Next Door universe, so it's not like there isn't a precedent for this sort of thing.
- Villain Episode: TRAITOR takes a look into the lives of the Teen Ninjas.
- Whole Plot Reference: Lots of them, much like its native series.