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Fanfic: Teaching Darkness
An Alternate Universe fanfic, written by Rae Logan, branching off from the infamous Sonic '06. Starting immediately after the ending of Shadow's story, Mephiles makes a last ditch effort to survive... and fuses with Shadow.

This one action sets off a chain reaction that eventually leads to Mephiles becoming a separate consciousness from his dark half, and him, Shadow and Rouge having adventures of their own. This dark half (appropriately, named Dark the Shade) plagues the trio until the end of the fourth installment.

Yes. Installment. Teaching Darkness is a whopping six-story series, with a seventh series on the way! They are as follows:

  • Teaching Darkness: Following the events in Shadow's Story in Next Gen, Mephiles takes a last ditch effort move that fuses him to Shadow. Now with two minds, Can Rouge and Omega save Shadow before Mephiles takes over completely?
  • Teaching Darkness- Visions: Mephiles now lives with Rouge and Shadow, and has enjoyed his new lease on life. But when he starts losing sleep over what he thought were just nightmares, he's even more horrified to find them to be coming true...
  • Teaching Darkness- Job Quest: Mephiles has been personality flopped, beaten up, kidnapped, electrocuted, possessed, drowned, and "dead" for six minutes... Now he must face his toughest challenge yet... getting a job...
  • Teaching Darkness- Relapse: Is it true? Is Mephiles starting to lose his mind again? He claimed to have seen him, one from his past... but no one really believes him. Is he telling the truth?
  • Teaching Darkness- Memories: Mephiles has gained a new ability... and he wishes more than anything that he didn't have it... Even worse, Dark has come back... but he's asking for Mephiles' help to defeat someone more powerful than himself...
  • Teaching Darkness- Flux: Something is wrong with Dark. Since the Earth was split into seven parts by Eggman, Dark, as well as other members of the populace, have been acting strangely at night. Meant to cross over with Sonic Unleashed.

Teaching Darkness contains examples of:

  • Afraid of Blood: Mephiles throughout the entire series. Dark to a lesser extend in the later series.
  • Alternate Universe Fic:
  • Another Story for Another Time: Mephiles almost says it word for word when asked how the battle with Iblis ended.
  • Aura Vision: Jak had this.
  • Author Avatar: Rae
  • Back from the Dead: Dark and Iblis, although it's unclear whether he actually died or not.
  • Berserk Button: Don't threaten anyone close to Mephiles. Really, don't.
    • And if you try Mephiles himself, you'll get it from Dark instead.
    • To a lesser extent; try calling Mephiles a "rat". He will stop whatever he's doing to loudly protest it, as he takes offense to being referred to as a rodent.
  • Body and Host: Mephiles as the host and Dark as the parasite.
  • Born Lucky: Mephiles, AND HOW. Surviving an avalanche, poisoning, slashes to the head and more.
  • Break the Cutie: Physical abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse... Mephy's been through it all. And yet, he still finds it in his heart to be cheerful and forgiving.
    • Break the Haughty: When Iblis is introduced as the antagonist, this happens to Dark, too. Except he doesn't take it as well.
  • Break Them by Talking: Dark and Iblis.
  • Brick Joke: Chapter 13 of "Flux" has Mephy notice that Shadow is using Super Glue to repair his model motorcycle, at the start of the chapter, and wonders why it's called "Super". Dark manages to get a towel spotted with it stuck to his arm at the end of the chapter, which leds to this gem from Mephy as it's ripped off just as Rouge returns from the store: "Oh, THAT'S why it's called 'Super Glue'!"
    • Back in the 17th chapter of "Relapse" (written in 2008), a Sonic sent a box in the mail to Shadow that happens to trip him just as he tries to keep Mephiles from running out the open door in a panic. In the second chapter of "Rift" (just released this year, 2013), the box was referenced in the form of Tails asking Mephiles, for Sonic, if Shadow ever opened the box he left, and alludes to it being part of a joke.
  • Character Blog: Mephy, Dark and Iblis have one on Tumblr.
  • Character Development: Mephiles is much braver than he was at the beginning of the series. Or rather, is isn't terrified of everything...
    • It appears Dark actually has a personality underneath his arrogance. Who would have guessed?!
  • Character Tics: Dark has a habit of pulling out his quills and chewing on them when either thinking very hard or when very anxious. He sometimes has to be reminded to stop.
    • Mephiles stutters when he's either nervous, scared, sad or shocked. He also gets hiccups when he cries.
  • Claustrophobia: Dark, after having been trapped in a small, dark place for ten years.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: On multiple occasions, considering how many times the characters end up comatose.
  • Cower Power: Mephiles. It even wins a battle against Dark once!
  • Curse Cut Short: A common occurence for Dark, either in-universe or by the third-person narrator.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Within the artwork and stories, Mephy is shown to have these (usually only one is shown), as does Dark, who's are more prominent and visible when he doesn't have his mouth shut. Iblis also has a variation, but more attention is drawn to his missing tooth instead. Also, Shadow, like his game counterpart, has this straight as well.
  • Dark Is Evil: Dark. For fairly obvious reasons.
  • Derailed Train of Thought: "I do believe my train of thought derailed at the station… … But, thankfully… there were no casualties…"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dark and sometimes Shadow.
  • Distracted from Death: Shadow and Rouge attend to Mephiles and Dark first, then turn to see that Iblis burned out while they were distracted.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Dark, towards Mephiles.
  • Door Stopper
  • Dramatic Dislocation: When Iblis dislocates Dark's shoulder.
  • Drop-In Character: Rae herself, mostly in the earlier series.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: According to Mephiles himself.
  • Ear Notch: Dark has a bite taken out of his right ear, which doesn't have the tuft of crystals that the other ear has. Iblis does as well (though he managed to grow back most of the tufts).
  • Eggshell Clothing: One of Mephy's Chao wears an eggshell on her head.
  • Elemental Powers: Iblis and Dark, with fire and darkness respectively.
  • Elemental Shapeshifting: Iblis into fire, Dark (and Mephiles) into a shadow.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Given his insomnia, Dark has these often. The majority of "Flux" was spent with them worsening, even.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Dire's a Type 2.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Dark.
  • Evil Twin: Mephiles & Dark, and Dark & Iblis.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Iblis when the sun sets, giving Dark the advantage.
  • Fear of Thunder: Mephiles, due to his sensitive ears.
  • Forgets to Eat: Mephiles in the first few installments, and Dark in the later ones.
  • Glowing Eyes: Iblis.
  • Grudging Thank You: Dark. A lot, especially towards Shadow.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Dark, having been trapped in the Scepter of Darkness for ten years.
  • Good with Numbers: Considering he's the will and thought of Solaris, Dark.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Dark, and Shadow to a lesser extend.
  • Hates Being Touched: Unless you're Mephiles, an innocent pet, or Iblis post-side change, then expect this from Dark on a regular basis. Partially justified, as Dark is paranoid, and believes that anyone outside that small circle would never be interested in him enough other than to hurt him. Also, due to a decade of total isolation, save for Mephiles, Dark is not accustomed to such gestures and immediately goes into panic mode. Sometimes, he might even panic if the one doing so is in fact that small circle. He warns about the possibility often.
  • How Many Fingers?: Rouge asks this after Shadow punches Mephiles in the head.
  • How Much Did You Hear?
  • Heel-Face Turn: Dark in the middle of Memories and Iblis in the 38th chapter.
  • The Insomniac: Dark is a Type C.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Mephiles tries this on Dire after he possesses Dark. It doesn't work.
  • Invisible to Normals: Iblis for a while during Flux.
  • Licking the Blade: Dark, in his earlier appearances.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Dark, and later Iblis.
  • Me's a Crowd: Dark's collective emotions are a good example.
  • Messy Hair: Well, quills and fur, more like. Dark is usually very unkempt in appearance compared to Mephiles, who takes pride in grooming himself.
  • Minor Major Character: Rouge and Shadow became this in Flux.
  • Mood-Swinger: Dark.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Mephiles, but not in a typical sense. It tends to calm him down, as his body processes it differently. It's common for him to seek a cup after a nerve wracking experience, or while particularly hyper.
  • Near Villain Victory: The ending of Memories... until Iblis pulls his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Mephiles, to Dark.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Dark and Iblis.
  • Oddball in the Series: Job Quest not only isn't as long, but doesn't seem to have a plot.
  • Only Sane Man: Logic.
  • Overcome Their Differences: Dark and Shadow, while Mephiles is comatose.
  • Pacifist: Usually Mephiles UNLESS you press his Berserk Button.
  • Playing Sick: Dark fakes a migrane to prevent Shadow from asking too many questions about Shu.
  • Playing with Fire: Iblis, natch.
  • Power Trio: The original Mephiles, Shadow, and Rouge. Later Mephiles, Dark, and Iblis.
  • The Reliable One: Rouge most of the time. She's usually the one getting things taken care of while the others are panicking.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: "You blew up a comet?!"
  • Running Gag: Mephiles' obsession of pointing out rabbits.
    • Mephy's ability to staple balloons to a wall without popping them.
    • Shadow's model of his motorcycle having the misfortune of being destroyed after he fixed it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Krad, to an extent.
  • Sharing a Body: Mephiles and Dark.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Shadow and Rouge.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Mephiles.
  • The Sociopath: Dire, and, to an extent, Dark and Iblis.
  • The South Paw: Dark, as well as his emotions in his mind.
  • Staircase Tumble: A big turning point in Memories when this happens to Dark.
  • Sweet Tooth: Mephiles. It's normal for him to have coffee with his sugar.
    • Not particularly touched upon, but Dark seems to have a fondness for peppermint candies in "Flux"
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Mostly between Mephiles and Dark. Iblis can do it, too.
  • Teeth Flying: Iblis loses one of his canines like this.
  • Three Plus Two: Beginning with Mephiles, Shadow, and Rouge, then adding Dark and Iblis/Shu.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Dark in the beginning of Memories.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Dark likes cantaloupe. A lot.
    • Mephy has a particular fondness for oatmeal cookies, as well as broccoli beef and orange chicken
  • Trouble Follows You Home: Dark when he realizes Iblis is residing in Mephiles' mind.
  • Unfamiliar Ceiling: Mephiles has been in the hospital enough times to apparently recognize where he is based on that fact.
  • Victory Is Boring: After defeating Iblis, Shadow and Rouge have to go back to work.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Dark can take on the form of something he sees. Iblis has this power as well, although it's unclear whether or not he can become anything but Shu.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair
  • You Monster!: Mephiles to Dark, Dark to Iblis and Dire... It's a pretty common occurrence.
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