The Return (FF.net version) by Sunshine Temple is ostensibly a Ranma ½ / Sailor Moon Crossover fic throwing Ranma and the Senshi into the world of secret government agencies, ancient conspiracies and Eldritch Abominations. It is very much of the Darker and Edgier school of ficcing.Fans of Ranma would be best served to treat it as fic featuring characters merely with the same name and a few surface similarities, as it strips virtually all canon except Ranma's curse (and even that doesn't last long), though the Senshi fare somewhat better. It stands on its own as an excellent work of original fiction, however, and no previous knowledge of the original series is required (some may argue it helps).The story begins when Pluto seeks to replace a suddenly dead Tuxedo Mask with the nearest available candidate for Prince of Earth, Ranma Saotome. Unfortunately Ranma's curse activates in the middle of the rite, and what Pluto gets is a very female Succubus Princess of Earth, Sailor Darkstar. Predictably, Ranma is less than thrilled by this turn of events. Shortly afterward he is recruited into a shadowy organization by secret agent Tendo, Kasumi Tendo, kicking off a twisting tale which may lead Ranma and the Senshi to save the world. Or destroy it.Imagine Torchwood meets The X-Files, with a dash of Being Human.Currently The Return clocks in at a hair over half a million words across 32 chapters, it was started in 2002 and is still going. Latest (as of this edit of article, done 2nd December 2013) chapter was posted in November 2013.By the same author is And If That Dont Work, a Evangelion alt-fic which does much the same thing with that franchise.
A Fate Worse Than Death: Being turned into a succubus, according to many, which is why it's a volunteer emergency procedure, rather than a universal one: the soldiers are free to judge for themselves which fate is worse, and choose accordingly.
The Artifact: Happosai, he is included just to complete the checklist of Ranma characters but serves little plot function and sits uncomfortably at odds with the tone of the rest of the series. Thankfully he appears to have been dropped for all purposes bar limited cameos.
Also Ranma's curse, since the gender-bending is more than covered due to his being the reincarnation of Queen DarkStar.
Automobile Opening: In this case a Motorcycle Opening. Like the TV version of the trope, the opening is done with an eye towards cost reduction.
It doesn't help that her powers were significantly Nerfed with no reason yet given.
Breather Episode: Two, the first is basically an Info Dump on the background of The Company, the second a rather amusing crossover with another Ranma Fuku Fic allowing two different Fan Fic continuities to meet and compare notes.
Brainwash Residue: Nabiki and Akane still have a significant amount of mental contamination after being enslaved and Mind Raped by Alexia and it takes a lot of work to salvage any of their original selves.
Daydream Surprise: The funny and disturbing sequence where it looks like DarkStar has sold out the Senshi and given Usagi's head to the Russian Cyborg Mercs. Leading to a Crowning Moment of Funny when Ranma snaps back:
""Oh, just wondering how big that brain of yours is... just thinking about how many explosives I could fit up there."".
Deal with the Devil: DarkStar really seems to like this; she's made offers to the Russian Cyborgs, Mercury, and Usagi. Despite her being the protagonist, it's not really a subversion given she is a demon and what her offer will cost, especially in what Mercury would have had to pay.
'80s Hair: As she gets more demonic, Darkstar's hair goes this way.◊ And The Drake's oft mentioned Mullet.
Eldritch Abomination: There are some pretty heavy hints that Sailor Pluto is an avatar of Yog Sothoth or something similar, with a possibly-sinister agenda of her own. Other abominations are believed to be eagerly waiting for a recurring dimensional collision set to happen any time now. Older demons are mentioned as being pretty eldritch too.
Failure-to-Save Murder: DarkStar and Eve tell Usagi that because the bad guys attacked her, in her home, that she should be the one liable and responsible for the civilian casualties, not the evil, murdering, Russian Cyborg mercs.
Grey and Gray Morality: The True Companions are fighting an enemy where being tortured and eaten is the best you can hope for if you get captured; the alternative is much worse. To muddy things further, they and their enemies are both after the same thing. Which side are the good guys, and which are the bad guys?
Answer: In many ways the Soviet Cyborg Mercenaries seem less murderous and manipulative than the Brood.
Groin Attack: DarkStar repeatedly shoots an opponent in the crotch. In a training session, Eve is referred to as punching Ranma somewhere that hurt women just as much as men.
Hair Colors: Becoming a succubus almost guarantees a dye job, some fairly outlandish. In fact, the only characters so far to have escaped this fate are Eve and Nariko (though her eyes changed.). With that in mind, let's rock:
Hufflepuff House: House Vespar. They were a rival clan of Succubae that teamed up with BlackSky and invaded Earth. After DarkStar (a Terran royal that BlackSky had captured and turned) was killed, they were destroyed when BlackSky betrayed them with to Serenity. Serenity herself invaded the earth and took it over, while BlackSky retreated and took over Vespher's homelands. At least that's how BlackSky tells it. No description given to Vesper than they act like Alexia. The whole minion thing and all.
Humanoid Abomination: it looks like DarkStar is heading down this route, her Grandmother BlacksSky qualified for this trope several millennia ago. Arguably Sailor Pluto too.
Want to stop those military squads busting down your door at midnight and forcing you and your family into stressful positions while they interrogate you, without a warrant? Hah, not a chance; you'll live where you are told (if they allow you live at all) and be subject to spot inspections (and possible execution on suspicion and nothing else) at any time.
Been Mind Raped, deprived of your property and forced into servitude? You're more likely to be gunned down rather than rehabilitated.
Just new in town and comitted no crime? Well, an off-duty merc can arrange an execution squad for you while you are on the way to do the shopping.
In Spite of a Nail: The Alt-Ranma from the crossover chapter, not demonic, but still stuck in female form and a Fuku Fic Senshi (and due to be a mother too).
It Gets Easier: Hoooooo boy. The main character started off highly disturbed with her powers and rather adverse to killing; over time, she changes to where she doesn't bat an eye at graphically killing and eating dozens of people.
Loss of Identity: It seems being turned often leads to significant personality changes; this clearly happens to DarkStar, Misako, Eclipse, and Yuki. Eclipse and Yuki actively try to recover their old personalities, with mixed success.
Mandy's Law of Anime Gender Bending: If I were a male character in this series I'd be very worried, indeed. Especially given the personality changes that seem to occur. Several mortally-wounded agents when given the choice have declined being turned, for just such a reason – they might lose themselves, and there's no going back afterwards.
The Mind Is A Play Thing Of The Body: Debatable. There are arguments for and against this, due to the intricacies of being turned (see the discussion page for more). However, there does seem to be something in this, even in the best case scenario. Even if it is just a higher sex drive and less inhibitions.
Noble Demon: Subverted. While DarkStar is demonic royalty, she doesn't fit the "noble demon" style: no qualms about killing or eating her enemies, doesn't try to prove she's evil. Related to the Always Chaotic Evil subversion.
BlackSky however, fits this to a T, even though she claims to be a Retired Monster.
Overshadowed by Awesome: Usagi and the Senshi; originally seen as desirable by the company as allies, key to staving off the Reality Collapse. Now they're seen in need of protecting and severe training in order to keep them alive until the Stars Are Right.
Cyborgs and supposedly golems are stated to be "Pattern V's" as well.
Pardon My Klingon: Submaternissima: When a broodmother Mind Rapes her spawn and turns them into cannon fodder. See, Alexia. Particularly damning in succubus society as it's a sign of poor parenting. (The literal meaning is quite simply "worst mother EVAH!" The rest is just cultural baggage.)
Perky Goth: Getting turned into a succubus seems to involve also turning into one of these, especially Yuki.
Pintsized Powerhouse: Despite being all of 5 foot nothing, DarkStar dominates any room or battlefield.
The aversion is then subverted in the when Ranma fights Galina. She comes home perfectly healthy, if a little hungry, her armor however is all but gone. What's the point of wearing bulky armor when it's less Immune to Bullets than you are?
Super Registration Act: If you are a registered Non-Human and play nice, you are fine; unregistered Non-Humans are fair game. The Company alternates between Type 1 and Type 3 (currently it's Type 3 with Ranma and Eve's broods).
Take That: In-Universe example, Those Two Girls criticise the Senshi for flashy speeches, fanservice-y outfits, themed powers, etc.
The Tease: Ranma likes pulling this on Usagi and Pluto in early chapters.
Technicolor Eyes: Becoming a succubus almost guarantees an eye-color change, some pretty outlandish. In fact, the only characters so far to have escaped this fate are Eve and Akane (though her hair changed). They also all have Glowing Eyes of Doom which can lead to Eye Beams. With that in mind, let's rock (again):
Ranma – Ranma has Purple Eyes, started out as a transformation effect but became more and more dominant, pushing out the original blue.
Tempting Fate: When Agent Morrison wonders how he'd feel if he was turned into a Succubus, there are no prizes for guessing what happens in the next chapter. Also Nabiki says she isn't a real target, a rare slip for a normally Genre Savvy character.
Third Law of Gender Bending: Hammered into the ground with all the subtlety of a drunken elephant on a moped trying to navigate the East Kilbride traffic system. It's commented on too many times to count that Gender Bender Succubae are girlier than cis-female Succubae.
Unorthodox Reload: Nariko can reload her handgun by dropping the empty mag, slicing open a magazine carrier with her tail, slamming her gun onto the falling mag, and finally hitting the slide release. All this while engaging in a sword duel with her right hand.
What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: BlackSky is almost an English translation of Lilith (in one of the possible etymologies, at least). It's even more telling when it's later translated into Demonic: AlterCaela. She also IS the queen of Succubae in their own little dimension of Hell.
Also present in Morgan, though it's harder to spot, since it's not about gender so much as becoming a demon, as well as her being quite possibly the most stoic of all in the two broods. Granted, the author did devote a whole scene to her What Have I Become? moment.
The Worf Effect: Ryoga is introduced as just slightly below Ranma's demonic power level and looks like he might be a major threat... Naaaaaaah. It's just so he can be beaten up and converted by Alexia.