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Fanfic: Marie D Suesse And The Mystery New Pirate Age
"Now before I go any further, I should mention that if you are looking to read one of those stories where a girl from the real world falls into a fantasy world and maybe falls in love with one of the characters there, you are probably looking at the wrong story."
Marie D. Suesse And The Mystery New Pirate Age! is a One Piece fanfic Deconstruction Fic by Phalanx that was completed on 19th December 2012.Self-described as "A very different take on the typical OC-falls-into-OP story, deconstructed with a macabre twist".The story follows the character's adventures after falling into the One Piece world. It also derails the format of the typical Self Insert story right at the beginning by bringing Mar's parents along for the ride and having her end up alone on the Straw-Hat's deserted ship.What ensues is a darkly humorous story that deconstructs the hell out of almost every fanfic cliche, all the while building a suspenseful mystery over the fate of the Straw-Hats.Some parts can be quite disturbing.
Adult Fear: Toward the end, it is revealed that the tragic events that occurred for the last 20 years in the One Piece world can be undone, but if Madelyn never ate her Devil Fruit, she would never have made the mistake of causing Luffy's execution, fled to the "real world," changed her name to Blake, met Garreth and had Marie. Not only are Garreth and Madelyn/Blake aware that they'll never see each other or their daughter again, but Marie realizes that she'll be erased from existence entirely, and feels as though her existence was a mistake.
Adults Are Useless: Defied with a vengeance. Almost every capable character in the story is an adult. And the only one who isn't is pretty much The Load.
All Flyers Are Birds: Discussed. As one character found out the hard way, flying foxes are not birds.
Two instances of this have a significant impact on the plot. Law's wishing that Madelyn would get away from him results in Madelyn being transported to the real world, and Mar's wish to be free results in her family being pulled into the One Piece world.
"Be Quiet!" Nudge: The Disinfector gives Mar one when she denies being captain of the Thousand Sunny, to indicate that she should play along with his story.
Black Hole Sue: invoked Monkey D. Madelyn, Luffy's 'sister' and Law's lover and co-leader of the Heart Pirates and and and...
Let's not forget she's also has the world's highest bounty of 666 million and goes by the title of "The Pirate Queen".
Bittersweet Ending: The world is put right, thanks to the Suesse's wishes, but Mar is wished out of existence as a consequence.
Book Ends: The story begins with a dinner in the Suesse household, with Blake and Garreth arguing. The story ends with a dinner in the Suesse household, in which Garreth is eating alone.
Chekhov's Hobby: Mr. Suesse's life experience of being trained as a locksmith and then working a security consultant really came in handy.
Comically Missing the Point: Mr. Suesse's reaction to a long and dramatic flashback explaining how his wife Blake is actually the main villain Monkey D. Madelyn.
Contrived Coincidence: Early on in the story, Mar discovers that she looks exactly like Monkey D. Madelyn did 20 years ago. Much to her annoyance, she is constantly mistaken for the infamous Pirate Queen in-story as a result.
In Chapter 27, Mar learns that her mother is the spitting image of St. Magda, aka Madelyn.
Subverted; there's a good reason for all of the above. It's even lampshaded in Chapter 31.
Dark Fic: The author really wasn't kidding about the "macabre".
Dead Guy Junior: Mar the kitten, or rather, "Written Out of Reality Guy Junior".
Didn't Think This Through: Mar's reaction after she distracts the extremely powerful Admiral Imba from killing the Disinfector
Discontinuity Nod: A variety pops up in the final chapter as various characters make references to what happened in the fic after the world goes back to normal, such as some drunken marines discussing what Smoker's child would look like
Driving Question: "Why is The Thousand Sunny deserted? What happened to the crew? And how are the Heart Pirates involved?"
Dwindling Party: The fate of the Straw-Hats and their rescue attempts. The same happens to Mar's crew on their raid on St. Magnus's mansion.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zig-zagged with Madelyn; it's unclear how much she really cared for Trafalgar Law, but she does genuinely care for her husband and daughter enough to ask Law to take her and spare them.
Also used disturbingly in a flashback. Trafalgar Law, The Surgeon of Death, breaks down laughing at the irony his Red Baron when he fails a critical operation and kills his patient. It also marks the beginning of his personality shift into The Disinfector.
I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Law leaves the Suesse family to spend their final minutes together in privacy under the pretext of going to look for Gurnade.
Little "No": Law says this when Mar's mother/Madelyn asks him to take his revenge on her and spare her husband and daughter. He clarifies that her death isn't enough, and wants her to undo what she did.
Additionally, she only intended for Luffy's capture to delay the Straw Hats.
Narrator All Along: Although it is never explicitly stated, the identity of the Lemony Narrator can be deduced from in the final line of the final chapter. It's The Disinfector
Narrative Profanity Filter: It's something of a running joke that the narrator is forced to to do this because the author wants to avoid raising the rating of the fic.
Noble Bigot: Gurnarde has some very unfavorable views of humans in general. She gets better about it later.
Original Character: Loads of them. Some are one-off Parody Sues, but the fic deliberately makes a point of using only Original Characters to tell the story, although the author believe original characters should only be used when necessary. invoked
Later in that same chapter, Law says "They. Are. All. Dead!"
Reality Ensues: At many points, particularly in how it is emphasized that it is very dangerous for Mar and her family to be thrust into the One Piece world with little in the way of powers to defend themselves.
Reset Button Ending: The concept of which is painfully deconstructed. Specifically, while many terrible things happened in the 20 years after Madelyn ate her Devil Fruit, so did Garreth meeting her and them having Mar together, both of which will also be undone.
Rescue Romance: Averted; the Disinfector makes it VERY clear he's only keeping Mar alive to suit his own ends.
Ret Gone: Mar realizes she will suffer this fate if Garreth wishes that Blake/Madelyn had never eaten the Devil Fruit, resulting in her never going to the real world, marrying him or having Mar.
Ruthless Modern Pirates: Mr. Suesse mistakes his first encounter with pirates for pirates from Somalia. He is mistaken.
Speak Ill of the Dead: Marie discovers three graves; though one is mostly untouched, the middle has been destroyed to the point no sign of who it stands for remains, and the last's epitath is partly destroyed, along with one of its blades stolen.
Story-Breaker Power: Monkey D. Madelyn is heavily implied to have one, but its true nature isn't revealed until Chapter 22: she can literally make dreams come true.
In Chapter 31 it's revealed her power is a version of the Human-Human fruit which allows her to turn into a faerie with the ability to charm people and grant their wishes... without those people knowing she's doing it.
Survivor Guilt: Seen among the survivors of the attempt to save Luffy, particularly Sogeking.
Take Me Instead: In Chapter 31, Madelyn pleads with Law to be satisfied with taking revenge on her, sparing her loved ones. Law refuses, saying that Madelyn shouldn't think that her death is enough to make up for her actions, and wants her to instead wish the world back to the way it was.
Trafalgar Law: "Mistakes? The world doesn't exist as a testing ground for your mistakes so you could learn how to be a halfway-decent human being, Madelyn! Straw-Hat Luffy! Bepo! Jean Bart! Penguin... (lists the rest of the Straw Hat and Heart Pirates...they weren't 'mistakes'! Those were real lives, Madelyn. They were people! And because of your actions: They. Are. All. Dead!"
Third-Person Person: Two of them. Walker the Fishman and The Disinfector both refer to themselves in third person, for very different reasons.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Eustass Kid wonders aloud in front of Madelyn what would happen if the Straw Hats were delayed, making it possible for the Kid and Heart Pirates to compete for One Piece. The "unwitting" part comes from the fact that he doesn't realize Madelyn could make this happen. Madelyn then concludes that Law has lost his spirit for pursuing One Piece because he thinks Luffy will win, and then wishes for him to get captured to force his crew to go after him.