A Youma named Beneda barely manages to escape the Sailor Senshi and is saved by Ryouga. This one act of kindness sets off a cascading avalanche of trouble as the Dark Kingdom, the Sailor Senshi and the crazy residents of Nerima all get involved. But don't worry, Ranma has a plan...A Sailor Moon/Ranma ½ crossover by Claymade that manages to capture the flavor of both its sources and expertly combine them into a story that is alternately dramatic, action-packed and so very, very funny. Available here. Interlude is found here. And the sequel, The Dark Lords Ascendant, can be found here.
Contains Examples Of:
Anyone Can Die: The interlude is full of demonstrations of this trope.
Asshole Victim: Beneda, at first. Yes, the story is written from her point of view, and yes, the Senshi are shown to be trying to kill her... for trying to ambush them and using a child as a human shield. She later pulls a Heel-Face Turn and joins the Nerima Wrecking Crew's side for real.
Badass Army: The army of Joketsuzoku warriors Colgone summons to Nerima upon learning that the Dark Kingdom is back.
Also, the one in the interlude, which includes pretty much all of Ranma's former allies and enemies, as well as multiple armies from warrior cultures in china. There are a few exceptions (Ryu Kumon could not be found), but it's pretty impressive.
Bluff The Imposter: When Ekim takes control of Ranma's body, with the intention of attacking Sailor Mercury, she intercepts him and, suspicious of his behavior, asks why he'd want to talk to her since she was the one who destroyed the "summoning artifact". Ekim responds that he began to respect her after that, which confirms her suspicion that it's someone else, since Ranma would know it was Sailor Moon who destroyed it.
Can't Spit It Out: When Beneda asked Ranma who the Darkmistress turned into with her Shapeshifter Guilt Trip ability, Akane, Ukyo and Shampoo instantly ask him the same thing. He claimed it was Genma that he saw, but what he really saw was Akane.
Climactic Battle Resurrection: In chapter three of The Dark Lords Strike Back, the death toll is enormous. Cologne and Meihui die keeping the portal open so the army can attack, Ryoga dies taking out the Youma equivalent of a machine-gun nest, Kuno sacrifices himself to save Akane and to kill an elite Youma, then Kodachi, Ukyo, Shampoo, and Akane are cut off from the main army and are overwhelmed. On the Youma side, the DD Girls and Queen Beryl as well as a huge number of youma. The Senshi all die, but recover. And, by the end of the chapter, so does everyone else. In short, much like the ending of Sailor Moon's first season, only with the addition of the Ranma cast. Of course, who knows how Usagi's wish for a normal life will impact the Ranma cast.
Chapter Four of The Dark Lords Strike Back, deals with the fallout of those who were in the battle, and their knowledge of the year that never happened, and more importantly, how the characters deal with their own retconned-by-magic deaths.
Closet Shuffle: An absolutely side-splittingly hilarious scene in chapter 15 that has to be read to be believed.
Ranma has both the Dark Kingdom and the Senshi genuinely believing both he and Ryouga are threats. It works...maybe a little too well.
In Ascendant, after Ryouga and Shampoo have been on the receiving end of powerful Senshi attacks leaving them too injured to fight anymore, and in Ryouga's case, possibly permanently crippled, Shampoo comes up with the idea to make use of Sailor Saturn's Healing Hands. How? By tricking her into healing their cursed forms, after all, who would leave a small cat and tiny piglet in extreme pain like that?
Curb-Stomp Battle: Happosai vs. an army of female youma. Let that sink in: one of the, if not THE most perverted character in all of anime, attacking an army of cute monster girls. Who are, in many cases, quite voluptuous. Granted, it gets turned on him once the Generals show up, but the sheer havoc he unleashes amongst the youma is simply hilarious.
The only reason why they didn't want him in the army in the interlude is because he's simply too chaotic, and would be detrimental to the army, despite his massive power levels.
Darker and Edgier: The Dark Lords of Nerima was listed as humor. The Dark Lords Ascendant is not, for good reason.
Didn't See That Coming: Ranma's plan to subdue Eternal Sailor Moon failed because he wasn't expecting for Sailors Saturn and Pluto to take the situation seriously enough to appear. To be far, Beneda told him from her old youma knowledge that Pluto's task as the Guardian of Time forces her from interfering with most events, and Saturn is considered as a last resort weapon with all of her destructive powers.
Dramatic Irony: The WHOLE story was built on this. Both the Wreaking Crew and Sailor Senshi are both good people who want to do whatever it takes to protect their friends, but the Senshi are convinced beyond doubt that the NWC are an organization of warlords bent on taking over the world.
Fire-Forged Friends: The Wreaking Crew appears to have gotten much closer after the fights against the Sailor Senshi and the Dark Kingdom, as they slowly get over their past rivalries with one another by Ascendant.
Gambit Pileup: In a word, boom. The sequel is turning out to be this as well, with Tanizaki's plan to steal Sailor Moon's power, Ranma's plan to find out what Tanizaki's up to in the Dark Kingdom, the Senshi trying to keep Sailor Moon safe and deal with all the threats popping up and now Davidson's plan to escape and use Sailor Saturn as leverage over Tanizaki.
Beneda gets involved with Ryouga and Ranma, hoping that she can somehow trick them into fighting her enemies for her. They go from fighting fellow youma who scare the crap out of her to whaling the tar out of Jadeite, who she originally thought was someone you could only submit to, not resist. Then they go after his boss.
The whole "Dark Lords" plan come the sequel. The Senshi still think they are world-conquering villains and as such are quite prepared to use lethal force against them, especially the Outer Senshi.
Grievous Harm with a Body: Kuno gets knocked out at one point and Ranma and Ryouga both use him as a projectile against each other.
Heel-Face Turn: Beneda, who gradually begins to appreciate the strange humans who have helped her. Especially Ryouga.
Hero Antagonist: From the Senshi's point of view, Ranma and Ryoga are a pair of inter-dementional warlords that plan to take over their world and must be stop at all costs. In reality, both boys are really just a duo of trouble making martial artists that are defending their new friend, a Cute Monster Girl, from the Senshi.
Here We Go Again: Almost, and even reflected on by the character in question, as Beneda runs for her life from the Sailor Senshi.
"Everything that's happened... it all began with me running away from the Senshi. And now... at the end... I've come right back to where I started."
And now it's all happening again in the sequel, with the Senshi learning that the "Dark Lords" are still alive.
Admit it, you really thought Ranma and Sailor Moon would finally figure out how to resolve their differences, didn't you? Too bad Old Man Murphy wanted to screw with him even more.
Jerkass: Gosunkugi. Never once did he think that the whole thing started because he told the Senshi about Beneda in first place. As long as he gets Akane's hand and Ranma is humiliated in the end, nothing else matters to him.
Kodachi as well. She steals the fake MacGuffin, thinking that it was something to make Ranma love her, causing his plan to be delayed.
Karma Houdini: No one ever figures out that Gosunkugi was the one who kicked off the incident by luring the Senshi to Nerima. In fact, the only one who got close to figuring him out was Beneda herself.
Kick the Dog: In-universe, Ryouga sending Luna on a free aerial tour of the Nerima skylinenote to get her away from Ranma cements the Dark Lords' reputation as Evil-with-a-capital-E amongst the Senshi.
Large Ham: Kuno is in grand form in this fic, but extra-special mention has to go to "Dark Lord" Ranma. Lampshaded by Ryouga.
Ranma: Oh, like you're one to talk...
MacGuffin: Invoked; Ranma wants the Senshi and the Dark Kingdom believe that the "magical artifact" he uses, which boils liquids placed in it, is what allows him and Ryoga to exist on Earth, and is what they're using to summon their armies.
Mook Horror Show: In Ascendant, when Beneda finds out she's being followed. She becomes very afraid when she finds that its a duo of Sailor Senshi that's on her tail, and then she becomes petrified when said duo turns out to be Uranus and Neptune, the two Senshi who would rather shoot first and ask questions almost never. Remember that Beneda is no stronger than an average Youma, and she likely hasn't gotten any stronger in the past 3 years.
Never Mess with Granny: Cologne, obviously, but the other Joketsuzoku elders who come to Nerima are just as deadly.
No, Except Yes: From the narration, no less. The cafeteria battle is described as not a fight, just everyone involved trying not to get hurt while attacking their opponents as the opportunity presents itself.
Noodle Incident: Several are mentioned as occurring in the years since the time reset, including an army of ancient golems led by a three-story monstrosity, and whatever happened in India, which apparently took months, and which Ranma tries not to think about.
Not What It Looks Like: Chapter 4 of Ascendant. Ranma's bad luck pits him and the Wreaking Crew at war with the Senshi again.
When Ranma and Ryouga see the incoming horde of Youma in chapter 18.
"Hey guys, what's a gas main?"
As for Ascendant, this is Beneda's reaction when Uranus and Neptune confront her.
And this is Usagi, Ami, and Rei's reaction when the learn that the "Dark Lords" have returned.
Ryouga gets this reaction when Happosai returns from another panty raid and immediately sees him trying to make amends with Sailor Saturn.
Opponent Switch: Akane, Ukyou and Shampoo either stalemate or fight badly in their respective fights against Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury and Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask together. Realizing this, they switch themselves up (Akane Vs. Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon, Ukyou Vs. Sailor Mars, and Shampoo Vs. Sailor Mercury) and proceed to (mostly) wipe them out.
Order Versus Chaos: The Senshi have always represented order, epically when you considered that their final enemy was the embodiment of chaos itself. Ranma is something of a representation of chaos as well, considering all the things that he does everyday.
Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: ''Ascendant' has Luna go to the Tendo Dojo to gather information on the Dark Lords. There, she overhears Ranma and Akane talking about the usual chaos that afflicts Nerima, and an upcoming meeting with the Sailor Senshi to try and sort out their misunderstandings, but since she misses key portions of the conversation, she becomes more convinced than ever that Ramna really is a Dark Lord intent on taking over the world and the meeting with the Senshi is a trap.
Pair the Spares: Ranma, after inadvertently causing Ryoga to lose Akari, has tried to set him up with Ukyo (who tried to convince him to keep after Akane), Beneda (who has feelings for Dr. Tofu and just sees Ryoga as a friend), and Sayuri (who apparently he had a good time with but she doesn't want to be with a guy who she may not see for weeks on end).
Please Put Some Clothes On: Ryouga turns his back when Haruka and Michiru transform because it removes their clothes before putting them in their senshi uniforms.
Taken Up to Eleven in the sequel, where Ranma and Akane talk about the failed wedding that took place at the very end of the manga, and decided to try and figure out a way to settle things with the other fiances. Unfortunately, Luna was spying on them at the time, and mistakes an innocent conversation between lovers for a sinister plot to take over the world once again while tricking the Senshi into a false sense of security, and immediately warns Usagi to not believe a word they say. Just how much has Ranma pissed off the universe?
Quality Over Quantity: The Amazons are vastly outnumbered by the youma forces but are able to hold their own by being more disciplined and using better tactics.
Refuge in Audacity: Just wait until you see how Ranma plans to get them all out of this mess.
He managed to make it out the first one, but now it seems like things are about to get much worse.
In Ascendant, Ryouga's one-sided beat-down on Sailor Uranus could be viewed as this. Saturn also has a moment as she kills the mercenaries who kidnapped and tortured her father. Davidson tries to do this on Saturn to avenge his men, only for Ryouga to pay him back five times of the rage. It's also significant as this allows both Ryouga and Saturn to realize that they were holding back in their fights against one another.
The Scapegoat: The Wrecking Crew wind up as this after Unit Zero attacks Sailor Moon.
Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: The Darkmistress uses this against Ryouga, Ranma, Kodachi and Mousse, appearing as Akane, Akane, Kodachi's mother, and Shampoo, respectively. Ranma and Mousse were warned of her power ahead of time, however, and Mousse takes off his glasses in order to counteract this tactic.
Spit Take: Nabiki's reaction when she sees Sailor Saturn walk into the Tendo house.
Tempting Fate: Ryouga believes that he and Ranma should tell the Senshi the whole truth, fearing what they might do if they're found out with the situation being twice as bad than it once was. Ranma responds, "What're the odds of that happening?" And considering his bad luck with women...
Transformation Is a Free Action: Played straight and averted, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune transform right in front of Ryouga and Ukyou when is becomes clear they already know their identities. They don't attack partially because they intend to fight them as Senshi...and because Ryouga turned his back when the sequence left them naked briefly. Later when a group of mercenaries come for Hotaru, Haruka begins her activation phrase, but one of the mercs shoots her before she can finish it.
Troubled Fetal Position: After all the fighting is over, Kuno finds Kodachi in her room, curled around a fairy tale book her mother used to read to her, still shaken from her encounter with the Darkmistress.
The Villain Knows Where You Live: In the sequel Ranma opts not to tell the Senshi he knows their identities to avoid creating this impression. It becomes nullfied when Ryouga later delivers an unconscious Hotaru into the room of Usagai's parents, alerting the Scouts that they do in fact know where they are.
The Worf Effect: Happosai is easily the by far most powerful fighter in the Ranmaverse. The main characters Ranma and Ryoga are literally shown as insects to him. Think casually mountainrange-destroying kung-fu Godzilla, with more skill in a single finger than a hundred Bruce Lees put together... He was just taken down hard. Ouch.
The Greatest Story Never Told: The Interlude counts as this, full stop. The Senshi have no idea that they were only able to succeed in taking out the Dark Kingdom because they had so much help behind the scenes. They spent the entire story thinking that they were humanity's only hope, never knowing that the people of Earth had amassed an ARMY to fight back and ease their burden. They don't know that the reason they were able to just march up to the enemy base unmolested was because the entire Dark Kingdom was busy fighting off said invading army. They don't know that the reason Beryl didn't just swarm them with mooks was because they were all either tied up or killed by the army, before Ranma killed off the majority of them. They don't know that the reason they weren't faced with more Elite Mooks than the DD Girls was because Beryl needed them to fend off all the Grandmasters that were stomping her forces flat. That the reason Beryl didn't kill Sailor Moon by herself was because she'd been mortally wounded earlier by Herb and Soap. Or that the reason that Sailor Moon was able to free Endymion from his brainwashing was because all the previously mentioned events forced her to wake him up before he was completely under her spell. And the Senshi have no idea at all about the sacrifices that were made for their sakes.
Ranma, Ryoga, and Mousse even confronted Death Phantom at one point. Death Phantom is powerful, even for them, and even proceeded to Mind Rape Ryoga like he did Chibi-Usa. But unlike Chibi-Usa, Ryoga draws power from his depression and launched aGIANTShi Shi Hokodan on the Death Phantom. They only served to detract him long enough for Sapphire to get to Prince Diamond. And once again, the Senshi have no idea that they had help from the outside.