Fanfic: No Chance For Fate
Ami: "Ranma, what was the last thing you learned in your first high school year?"
Ranma: "What high school year? You should know my Pop. Haven't seen a school from inside for over a year now after finishing middle school."
Ami: "Oh my!" (thinking: Houston, we have a problem...) No Chance For Fate
is a Sailor Moon
and Ranma ½
crossover that purposefully deconstructs or averts a number of tropes common to that combination
while still proving an interesting and engaging read. The characters slowly but surely develop under the stresses of war while —surprise, surprise— the villains actually show some competence and skill. It begins with Sailor Pluto.
Pluto has been stuck in a time-loop ever since the first Crystal Tokyo timeline went bad. So bad, in fact, that she broke the Gates of Time with a Dead Scream in her fury, which began the loop of hell. After she’s gone insane and back again, she finds a ray of hope. There’s a surge of chaos energy in this particular loop, and she takes the chance to reset and rewrite causality in the hopes of a better world. It nearly breaks the universe, but she manages with the side effect of several changes. The senshi are all a year or two older, among numerous other changes. Since everyone involved is still an infant she has almost a decade and a half to put her life together and plan.
One Time Skip later, we meet Ranma Saotome. Being dragged on his way to Soun’s house by his father, Genma finds a wallet with two train tickets. Indulging his sloth, the older man let’s them take the train, only it doesn’t take them to Nerima. Instead, they end up in the middle of Minato ward and run into none other than Nodoka herself, who has changed quite a lot over the past years. The resulting events end with Genma in the dog house and Ranma returning home. Nodoka wants to correct the oversights Genma left in Ranma’s education and, knowing that he’ll need help passing high school entry exams, ask her best friends daughter to be a tutor. Her name: Ami Mizuno.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- A-Cup Angst: The easiest way to tick off Zoiste is to make fun of her flat chest.
- Action Girl: Duh.
- Adaptational Badass: Pluto is not only skilled enough with her staff as a weapon to fight on par with Cologne and wow Ranma, but she says that if she interfered openly with the war against the Dark Kingdom Beryl would completely panic and respond with overwhelming force.
- Both Naru and Mamoru. The former gets upgraded to Sailor Ceres and the latter gets both his healing powers and Endymion upgrade much earlier.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Xian Pu dies her hair black so she fits in with the modern crowd better.
- Rather than solid blue, Ami and Akane’s hair is black with blue highlights when the light hits it.
- Adorkable: Usagi, Ranma, and Ami all have their moments. Akane is more like One of Us.
- Adults Are Useless: Very much not. Unlike the source material, many adults are quite helpful.
- Affectionate Nickname: Mamoru calls Usagi "Bunny"
- Aloof Ally: Sailor Pluto does her best to avert this, and Tuxedo Mask does completely.
- Amazon Brigade: With one or two literal (Chinese) Amazons.
- And Then What?: In full effect when all evil was destroyed and Crystal Tokyo created, since the Senshi were pretty much useless as world rulers.
- Also in effect with Ranma, since he hadn't had any idea what to use his marital arts for, once being fully trained, until being helped out by his mother.
- Also with Ukyo, she went to Minato ward and transferred into the school in order to get revenge on Ranma for stealing her dowry. But Ranma refuses to battle as he points out that it wasn't his fault and her father doesn't allow her to come back to Osaka since she made the effort to get to Tokyo.
- Apocalypse How: Right in the first chapter, Pluto reveals a triple whammy. After the Black Moon Crisis, Usagi got the crazy idea to destroy all evil in man's hearts, resulting in obedient drones with no drive to reproduce, essentilly a planetwide Sterility Plague. Then, when most of mankind had already died out, they decided to overload the Silver Crystal to force an Earth-Shattering Kaboom to end their misery. Too bad that by now clinically depressed Hotaru decided right then it's her job to put them out of their misery and points down the Silence Glaive... Little wonder Pluto never wants this future from happening again.
- Armor-Piercing Question: How Saeko breaks Nodoka out of her Honor Before Reason tendencies, she asks her if she's truly willing to force her only son to commit suicide over something as vague as manliness.
- Ascended Fanboy: Usagi goes gaga over Sailor V.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Ranma, of course. So much, that Ami realises she wants both, boy-Ranma and girl-Ranma as well.
- Badass Family: Not only Ranma and Genma, but Nodoka knows how to use her sword.
- Nodoka's side of the family as well. They were demon-hunters until her father tried to break the circle. Ranma is now the successor.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: For the most part it is wonderfully averted.
- Luna and Artemis suffer some of it. And then averted as well, since their relationship improves and they are implied to have an active sex life off-screen.
- Berserk Button: Ranma pulps Ryoga after he cuts Akane’s hair.
- Again, Ryoga gets punted through a window by Genma when it looks like he’s trying to peep on Nodoka.
- Never threaten Usagi in Mamoru's presence!
- Big Eater: Ranma, though he’s slowly learning table manners. Usagi as well.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: All of Nephrite’s victims, including Ranma and Ukyo. We later find out that this probably applies to the Dark Kingdom generals as well.
- Broken Bird: Akane, see Trauma Conga Line. Although according to the prologue, Sailor Pluto may be even worse off.
- Butt Monkey: Ryoga, but this version of him has deserved it all, so far.
- Calling Your Attacks: Averted. Ranma and the other martial artists never call their attacks - even in dialogue, the names are only seldomly used. The Senshi also don't do this apart from a few exceptions (only Venus and Jupiter did so once). The bad guys never do so.
- Cerebus Retcon: Lots of stuff that's played for laughs in canon is played dead-serious here, with all of the consequences. Most prominent is emotional and mental scars Soun and Genma have from their apprenticeship with Happosai and the Neko-Ken, which is shown in its whole, brutal reality.
- Chef of Iron: Makoto makes a valiant attempt, but Ukyo is the prize-winner for this fic.
- Combat Medic: Not who you’d expect. Mamoru
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Genma pulls off a few awesome moments, in spite of all his idiocy.
- Crystal Spires and Togas: Deconstructed
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Averted, though Jadeite almost managed one against the Senshi.
- Dark Action Girl: Zoisite.
- Daylight Horror: Many of the attacks, especially Nephrite’s.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ranma and Mamoru are masters of this, but the Senshi all get their chance to add on it as well. Even the bad guys snark on occassion at absurd canon plot points.
- Demoted to Extra: Akane is still an important member of the team, but she isn’t one of the main protagonists.
- Deconstruction Crossover: The whole intent of this story seems to be to thoroughly deconstruct a lot of aspects of a Fuku Fic, not to mention the source material.
- Determinator: First it’s played with when Ranma has to Determinate his way through ‘‘studying’’ to get into high school, with Ami’s help as his tutor. Then more seriously when Nephrite sticks a youma in him, which mixes with his Neko-ken to form an independent cat demon that he weakens, despite having most of his ki yanked out of him.
- Also, the girls go through Cologne’s training, which has Usagi throwing up multiple times, but sticking with it.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady/Gender Bender: Zoicite was male in the original timeline, but Pluto’s reset turned him female. She’s not sure why, but notes that it hasn’t affected his relationship with Kunzite.
- Early-Bird Cameo: We haven’t seen Michiru or Haruka yet, but we see Michiru’s father in chapter four and both of them are mentioned.
- Later, the Death Busters start picking up the pace of their activities.
- Helios makes an appearance in Chapter 18.
- Ranma meets Hotaru even before the Silver Crystal is recovered. It's a brief meeting however, no names given.
- Elemental Powers: Each Senshi has as usual an elemental power as their specialization. Some changes are made compared to canon. In a twist, each Senshi is immune to natural occurences of their power, but only Mars' immunity was shown so far. Note that this does not count for magical attacks of said elements, which only are somewhat lessened in power but still hurt them.
- Exiled to the Couch: Genma is not allowed to go into the master bedroom.
- Erotic Dream: Both, from Ranma and Ami. They will even share these now.
- Famous Last Words: While he might not be gone for good, Nephrite gets off a satisfying speech to Beryl before he goes.
- Filler: Mostly averted. Every encounter is in some way plot relevant, and there are no random monster attacks; they’re all planned out well ahead of time by the baddies.
- Flanderization: The author does his best to avoid it, keeping everyone well-rounded and developing.
- Freudian Excuse: It would be easier to count who doesn’t have one.
- Fuku Fic: A deconstruction of one.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Go look at what Kuno says that finally makes Akane snap in chapter 4.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Defied, as Naru notes that Umino's looks improve when he gets more modern pair of glasses. Makoto also notes that Mu Tzu would look better if he got a more slimmer pair of glasses.
- Green Thumb: Naru gets this when transformed into Sailor Ceres.
- Hammer Space: Akane does ‘‘not’’ have this, and never touches a hammer during the story, but sub-space pockets are explicitly included in the Senshi package. Also, Mu Tsu.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Oh so averted! While the Senshi magic is inherited, everything else is hard work. Ranma is working his ass off to maintain his grades and get the needed strength to fight their foes. The Senshi themselves also have to work hard to get the need skills to prevail in battle, since just getting the magic won't cut it.
- Haircut is the Only Option: In spite of changing schools, Akane’s hair still gets cut off in Ranma’s first fight with Ryoga.
- Healing Hands: Mamoru has these as part of Endymion's powers.
- Heroic BSOD: Ami goes into one when the curse shatters her understanding of the real world, and then again the first time she transforms. Both times, she quickly snaps out of it - she's simply to clear-headed to let this get to her.
- Honor Before Reason: Deconstructed with Nodoka and the Amazons.
- Nodoka was like this for a long time before her best friend broke her out of it.
- Further deconstructed when you realize that it was her upbringing and the social circles she had been raised in. All done by her father in order to spite his father, her grandfather.
- The Amazons suffered from this problem in the past, which led to them getting flattened by the Chinese military after giving the Kiss of Death to an important official’s wife. Because of this, they had actually outlawed the Kisses of Death and Marriage, and Xian Pu got in big trouble for giving one to Ranma.
- The Hunter: Ranma's great-grandfather from his mother's side was one (he's retired now). Ranma is now training to become his successor.
- I Can Change My Beloved: From what's gathered, Endymion wasn't exactly a boyscout. However Princess Serenity seemed to have helped him finally grow up.
- Also a case with Nodoka and Genma as he made an honest effort to change when they first got married. Now that they're back together, Genma is slowly becoming a better man.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Ami to Ranma. Ami herself is strictly heterosexual, so she does need some time before admitting to Ranma and herself that she's attracted to his female side as well.
- Improvised Weapon: Genma kills a cat demon by impaling it on a broken pole.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Nephrite, leading up to his Heel-Face Turn, and his Heel Face Door Slam. Aside from that, nope, not a one to be found.
- Instant Expert: Averted with the senshi’s martial arts training. It will take months or years for them to become notably skilled.
- Also averted with Ranma's academic progress, while with Ami's help he improved he still makes a lot of effort to maintain a C average.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Ami at the beginning.
- Keep the Reward: Makoto gives the prize of the wedding dress contest to Nephrite's victim, since she felt she deserved it more. Moreso since Makoto felt she'd cheated by just conjuring her dress with her disguise pen.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Ryoga is on the receiving end when he appears and gets beaten up by Ranma, Nodoka and Genma. He's on the giving end when he inadvertently beats up Tsubasa who was bothering Ukyo at her restaurant.
- Lampshade Hanging: The story discusses a lot of stuff that was iffy in the manga/anime.
- Lazy Bum: Genma is worse than Usagi ever was, and she’s gotten better.
- Lethal Chef: Akane.
- Lies to Children: Sailor Pluto and the Advisors, simply because telling them the truth won’t help, and might actually hurt. They try to be truthful where they safely can, though.
- Lightning Bruiser: Ranma, compared to other humans and most youma, even if he can’t kill them. Apparently, he gets it from the surprisingly agile Genma.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Ami's mom thinks of Ami's Senshi activities as her daughter finally getting a social life with a boyfriend, friends and joining a sports club. Note that Ami hates lying to her mother.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Ami, but not as bad as in the original timeline.
- Love Redeems: Nephrite. Averted with Zoicite and Kunzite, who are in love with each other.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Inverted as the masquerade gave Ami a love life, helping her get closer to Ranma.
- Meganekko: Ranma prefers that Ami not be this, as seeing her wearing glasses unsettles him for some reason.
- Mindlink Mates: Happens to Ranma and Ami. Though, it's only a mild version.
- Minion with an F in Evil: The youma Nephrite used at the Ball had its (black, malevolent) heart in the right place, but lacked subtlety or brains.
- Motor Mouth: Usagi.
- Mundane Luxury: Even his simple room means a big deal to Ranma after ten years on the road.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Akane isn’t built much differently from the others, but she’s really strong.
- Averted with Makoto who unlike in canon is quite muscular, while still retaining her feminine figure, as you would expect from a girl doing lots of sports. Her muscles do give her a strength advantage in Senshi form.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Pluto's reaction for thousands of years after seeing the end result of her manipulations countless times.
- Also the end reaction after Earth got de-populated thanks to Usagi. So they decide to commit suicide, too bad Hotaru beats them to it.
- Also Genma's reaction to the Neko-Ken not being a martial arts techinque and he pointlessly tortured his son for nothing.
- Mythology Gag: Usagi's nickname "Bunny" is based off her name in the Tokyo Pop English translation.
- Never My Fault: What makes Ryoga so annoying. Averted with Ranma, Akane, Genma, Nodoka and Xian-Pu.
- No Periods, Period: Ranma’s first, especially since s/he didn’t know the birds and the bees, scared the crud out of him.
- Not So Harmless: Jadeite. In canon he pretty much was the whipping-boy, while here he actually not only manages to completely outsmart the Senshi and harvest a huge amount of energy, but also almost manages to kill all of them in battle by carefully planning his advantages.
- The reason that they're a lot further along in the energy harvesting than they were in canon is that Jadeite is smart enough to drain people no one will miss thousands of miles away from Tokyo.
- Official Couple: Usagi and Mamoru, presumeably. Also, Ranma and Ami.
- Off with Her Head!: Jadeite did this to the previous Sailor Ceres. He fully intends to do this to Naru as well.
- Old Master: Cologne. Also, bear in mind that Setsuna is Really 700 Years Old.
- Open-Minded Parent: Nodoka became this after finally accepting reality. Good thing, since Ranma's curse otherwise would have caused huge problems.
- Also with Michiru's father, who is supportive of his daughter's activities and her budding romance with Haruka.
- Opposites Attract: Ranma and Ami are polar opposites.
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: Ranma and Ami have one. Deconstructed in that they are not only aware of it but also horribly mortified by their nudity.
- Out of the Inferno: The senshi after their Curb-Stomp Battle with Jadeite.
- The One True Sequence: The Rainbow Crystals.
- Orcus on His Throne: Her throne. Beryl doesn’t do much herself, but her generals are generally more involved.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Akane can’t really compare to the senshi in battle.
- Panty Shot: At the jewelry store Ranma thinks that Sailor Moon has flashed him about a dozen times during the fight. The other Senshi later complain about this to Pluto, who comments that it’s the fault of a "pervert, hardcore lesbian".
- Parental Abandonment: Not as much as in the originals. Akane and Rei still suffer this, but Ami’s parents are still married and Nodoka regrets doing this to Ranma and is trying to mend her bridges. It's more complicated with Haruka and Michiru, although they're adults already.
- Rei's situation actually comes down to a big confontation, and it's quite nasty.
- Parental Hypocrisy: Genma, although he becomes better.
- Also Rei's grandfather, he loves to flirt with girls but draws the line at his own granddaughter dating.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Given enough prep time, any of the generals or Beryl could be this, Pluto says when telling the senshi to take his ‘burn down the city’ threat seriously.
- Hotaru, of course, is this per canon.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: All of the Senshi are two years older than in canon, due to Pluto's escape from the loop, with the Inners being 16 (same age as Ranma) and Haruka and Michiru being 18. Hotaru however still is 12 and Mamoru still 19. Some other people got two years older as well, especially Naru and Umino. It not only makes everyone involved more mature, but also removes the squick in Usagi's and Mamoru's relationship, with Usagi now at the age of consent and the age gap much smaller.
- Police Are Useless: It's not so much incompetence, but that they simply lack the firepower to deal with the monsters. They know this and it creates sourness between them and the Senshi. They however are quite good at preventing and civilians from walking into known a battle zone.
- Poor Communication Kills: Pluto has to balance this with Lies to Children.
- Promotion to Parent: This happened to Akane’s sister Kasumi after their mother died and their father broke down, and she’s only barely avoiding a breakdown herself.
- Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: Mamoru can’t access his Endymion form until he finds a reason/want to fight, Cologne says.
- Reality Ensues: Much of the source material is deconstructed this way, as well as making Ranma much more normal than is standard for a Fuku Fic.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Pluto has become this. Nodoka and Saeko (Ami's mother) also are reasonable and Ranma's great-grandfather always was this.
- Ret Gone: Pluto doesn’t intend to let Crystal Tokyo occur this time, meaning that the Black Moon Family will suffer this, and possibly Chibi-Usa as well.
- Retired Badass: Ranma's great-grandfather is a retired demon hunter.
- Scare 'Em Straight: A very reluctant Pluto gets forced to use what she describes as the extreme measure of using her power to show Ryoga what would happen if he actually killed Ranma; the realization that the Man would see him as a dangerous stalker who violently killed someone in his way and hang him no matter what kind of Hell he'd seen made him realize that vengeance just ain't worth it.
- Screw You, Elves!: Running afoul of the Chinese Communist Party ends up badly for the Chinese Amazons. Super-cool martial arts don't work against a hailstorm of bullets. By the story present, their village is thoroughly conquered and humiliated, the influx of new ideas killing off their barbaric culture.
- Shipper on Deck: Setsuna is this for Usagi and Mamoru, arranging for them to have a chance at a more normal relationship.
- Sonic Scream: Usagi not only has it, but weaponizes it on purpose to shatter a youma Mercury froze.
- Story Arc: The story is divided into smaller arcs, each of which has a theme or goal (chapter numbering corresponds to the numbering in the story, not what ff.net does):
- Chapter 1 - 4 "Life in Minato Ward": No actual villian activity, it mainly revolves around Ranma getting used to no longer living on the road and Ami helping him with school. Has cameos from future cast memebrs.
- Chapter 5 - 8 "So you want to be a Hero?": The Dark Kingdom starts its attacks, Jadeite is the villain. Ranma gets drawn into the battle when the Senshi start to become active.
- Chapter 9 - 16 "The Battle for Energy": Nephrite takes over after Jadeite falls into disgrace, but doesn't prove more effective, while the Senshi team is complete now and starts training. In the end, Nephrite is imprisoned by Beryl and Jadeite manages to secure the needed energy.
- Chapter 17 - ongoing "The Silver Crystal": The hunt for the Rainbow Crystals, and in the end, the Silver Crystal...
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. Soun is so messed up, he finally accepts getting therapy to get better. Kuno also gets sent to psychatric care.
- Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Averted by Jadeite when he realizes that it's wicked easy to keep the Senshi from interfering with his collection of human energy by doing it in another city. Since they're teenagers, they can't really get to Moscow in a heartbeat.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Akane and Usagi who end up rooming together.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Makoto. Akane tries to the point of asking Makoto for lessons, but doesn’t have much success.
- Took a Level in Badass: Almost all of the protagonists, but the villains are nastier too. The earliest example is Naru is Sailor Ceres.
- Mamoru turns into Endymion to fight off Jadeite.
- Ami and Makoto get weapons, a bow & arrows and a mace respectively, that let them fight off the Seven Great Youma.
- Training from Hell: The Senshi certainly think that what they're being put through by Khu-Lon is this. Played straight with Ranma, though, even after the trip.
- Transformation Sequence: As per canon, all Senshi have one. Subverted in that the sequence takes mere five seconds.
- Further subverted by the fact that yes, the girls are butt-naked for a few seconds, as their belongings (clothes, jewelry...) need to be stored away for the transformation to work. The girls of course are embarassed about it and Luna suggests finding private spots for transforming.
- Averted with Mamoru, whose transformations (Tuxedo Mask and Endymion) is so fast it just takes a second. It (thankfully) is also nudity-free, as he lampshades.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: It's not. Even taking only five seconds, the girls are vulnerable and Luna suggests a safe place for transforming (also in interest of their modesty). Again, Mamoru's transformation is fast enough to not leave him vulnerable.
- Trauma Conga Line: Poor Akane. First her mother dies, then she gets harassed by Kuno until she snaps after her father lets slip that he wanted a male heir. She transfers schools and rooms with Usagi to get away from the memories in Nerima, only to get caught in a youma attack and nearly drained. They let her in on the secret, but she has to deal with the fact that she’s useless against youma. Then, to top it all off, the nice older man she befriended turns out to be a Dark Kingdom general in disguise.
- Tsundere: Deconstructed, like so many things.
- Utopia: The prologue shows that there is a thin line separating one from a dystopia.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Pluto plans to handle the awakenings of Sailors Uranus and Neptune carefully to prevent them from developing this mindset.
- Weak, but Skilled: Akane doesn’t have anywhere close to a senshi’s firepower and sucks against youma, but in civilian form she can beat any or all of the senshi in hand-to-hand (except maybe Pluto).
- Ranma may be more effective against Youma than Akane is, but he normally needs Senshi help to kill one, though that changes later on. He is still weaker than the Senshi, though.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Pluto saw where this led in the original timeline and intends to avert it.
- Weapon of Choice: Each of the Senshi does gain a personal weapon, fitting their character and/or powers.
- Where Did We Go Wrong?: Ikuko wonders about this, considering Usagi's lack of ambition.
- Also more heartbreakingly, Sasuke, the Kuno family butler who breaks down when he reveals to social services how the Kuno sibling became what they are despite his efforts
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Guidance councilor Setsuna calls Ukyo on this and makes her wear the female uniform in school. Then there of course is Tsubasa.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Subverted as it is Ranma's birth which sets the events of the fic in motion.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shampoo is one of the only people to have this, as Akane and Ami have been changed to black.