The Subspace Emissary's Worlds Conquest is a Super Smash Brothers fan-fic that is absurdly long and entertaining. It stars the OC Chris and Lucario, who embark on a quest to stop the Subspace Emissary from taking over all the worlds. Soon, the Brawl cast is slowly gathered and the spotlight switches over to one or two focus characters for each arc that you forget there's an OC running around that takes a lot of attention. Among the Smash Bros. fandom, it remains as one of the most dedicated stories of all time.Implied many times during its course, the Central Theme of the story follows up with that of its predecessor (The Bond of Aura): solitude is an absolute horrible feeling, so the people you spend time with are there to pull you out from depression.As of September 2013, the story has gone on to become the largest thing to be ever conceived in fan fiction (currently over 3,500,000 words) as many media outlets are starting to give it attention. Calling it a Door Stopper is probably just an understatement.
Tropes found in this work:
Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: The group is provided with their own personal shop (run by Crazy Hand) to obtain all sorts of powers. Common sense would dictate that they'd be given everything, but Master Hand discourages it and forces everybody to gain Smash Coins finishing worlds and fighting battles so that nobody becomes lazy.
Apocalypse How: A Class 0 on Nintendo City. It gets better once a village starts to grow.
Arbitrary Headcount Limit: Up to nine different Smashers who fit the criteria to visit a different world can go. This factor is usually accompanied by more specifics or even reduces said amount. Reason for this imposed requirement is because the author wishes to keep ridiculous character choices from meeting other characters that have no chance of having good chemistry with them.
Art Evolution: The author is actually striving to become an artist and release artwork for the story himself. That picture on this page? He made it.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sometimes, characters stare flatly at "nobody in particular" after listening to a completely absurd idea as if they were trying to say "this guy is seriously not being serious."
Break the Cutie: Many characters go through this a lot, especially in the Werehog Saga.
Bonus Boss: A especially-designed Battle Floor in the mansion housing the universe's most chaotic bosses. The first one that bit the dust almost gave everybody nightmares.
Book Ends: Apparently, each 100 chapter batch is a disc. The author wishes to go for 400 chapters. On a lesser extent, each arc ends in its own set of chapters.
Cassandra Truth: The Smashers roll their eyes to the idea that all of their universes were all created through Chris's world when Snake brings it up. They do get over this revelation and start bragging about their own games.
Central Theme: The main focus of the story seems to be The Power of Friendship like its predecessor. However, it's not the power drawn out from friendship, but rather how valuable it is to have people by your side at all times when you feel truly lost.
Colbert Bump: Due to its reputation of being the longest piece of fiction ever, many people who aren't even in the fandom were attracted to the story out of fascination and curiosity.
Collection Sidequest: Agitha's golden bugs. They all are scattered all over the universe due to Chip disrupting their ball.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Lucario can tell who is an ally/normal person from an enemy using his aura ability. Blue aura is nice, red aura is nasty. This does not work on robots like the Ancient Minister since they don't have a soul.
Combination Attack: All characters can do certain combinations (a total of 3 each) only if they support with Chris. Anything unlocked through him can apparently be used freely by unfamiliar characters that have the means of doing it.
Competitive Balance: Everyone can virtually become a killing machine if given the right skills. It's just that both Mewtwo and Lucario are in their own league. Even then, the restrictions put on each character balance everything.
Continuity Nod: The story has multiple nods to every single character from their beginning and (chronological) latest games. The most brutal example is the Dark Super Sonic nod that was never resolved in the hedgehog's anime.
Continuity Porn: Bound to happen since the story does have more than 40 main characters.
Cool Airship: The Halberd. It's seemingly reclaimed back by the escape team.
Counter Attack: Several Smashers have this. The Monk job has this as a skill as well.
Creepy Child: The "little Toad girl with pigtails" that appears out of nowhere on occasion to Mind Screw anybody who dares talk to her by talking about the laws of the universe and life itself.
David Versus Goliath: The Smashers VS. Dark Gaia who is truly Dark Super Sonic having taken over his body due to having a stronger negative will. The only reason they can even hurt him enough is that he hasn't absorbed Sonic's werehog essence.
Deadpan Snarker: There are so many characters showing up that fall into this, but special mention goes to Soren for having joined the group because he found out that Ike died so he remained behind to keep Mist from ever finding out their dark secret herself.
Death Equals Redemption: After finally getting his ass kicked, Dark Super Sonic starts to wonder what would've happened if he did manage to destroy everything and have nothing else.
Difficulty Levels: The group can actually tamper with the difficulty of the missions. Higher difficulties mean more rewards and money. This also applies to the Battle Floor.
Doomed Hometown: None of their hometowns is ever destroyed, but the one in the "Smash World" is.
Door Stopper: As of January 2012, the story has 3,357,528 words and 191 chapters. It's one of the longest fan-fics on Fanfiction.net and definitely the longest Super Smash Brothers fic. That's roughly 17578 words per chapter.
According to several websites, it is the single largest piece of fiction ever written. It's more than six times longer than War and Peace. Hell, the 60,000 word prologue itself is longer than a few novels!
Dream Team: Over 40 characters from across each universe.
Driven to Suicide: The story adds a little more backstory to Shiki Misaki by having her do this because of her jealousy towards Eri driving her to deep end.
Eat the Dog: A wild Riolu asks if Lucario is going to eat him.
Encyclopedia Exposita: Just in case readers are unable to understand a crossover world and its characters, the chapters have entries explaining every important little detail they should know for the arc. In case one doesn't show up, it'll be most likely going to be explained by a character.
Enemy Scan: The Scholar's Study ability. It can also shatter barriers as an added effect.
Enigmatic Minion: The Ancient Minister is obviously trying to backstab Tabuu at the right moment.
Foreshadowing: Right at Geno's final battle, he's the only one who notices Sonic having some body changes that he hides from everybody. It gets worse as Sonic's slow transformation into a werehog allows his Dark Super Sonic side to come out later...
From Bad to Worse: A regular day starts off on a good note before Chris gets kidnapped by the Subspace Army. From there, the Smash Mansion is blown up by a special Subspace Bomb and the only ones who get out of trouble are Pikachu (who went back to Ash to distract himself from the utter depression from Pichu's death without even knowing what happened at the mansion) and a stray Riolu (whom Lucario tossed away just in time before the bomb blew up). Later on, the Ancient Minister's plans fail one by one: apparently, Mr. Game & Watch had a second copy made out of him as an emergency reserve for Shadow Bugs, and all the robots he told to board the Halberd to escape from the facility all went back to it without his intervention. Their escape is halted by Meta Ridley. The icing on the cake is Chris sacrificing his last life to save the Ancient Minister from the Halberd's cannon.
First Kiss: Chris gets one from Maylene after having solved her conflict with her missing Lucario.
Filler Arc: The Smash Mansion chapters between worlds.
Guest Star Party Member: The characters that belong in each different world fall into this. On a greater extent, several guests who barge into the mansion are promoted to this if they nag Master Hand long enough.
Hammer Space: Up to ten items can be taken around for anybody to use no matter how big the item is. This is immediately lampshaded.
Heel-Face Turn: Wolf, only because the army left him stranded as a trophy in Kanto and thus wants to get back at them.
Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: During the TTYD arc, the Smashers find themselves unable to do many mundane actions only because the game doesn't let them. As such, they can't even double jump and reach out for the Yoshi egg on top of the hot dog stand.
For the sake of making things PRETTY serious, the story has canned Fox, Pichu, Ike, and Ness in the worst, yet dramatic, way possible.
Not Quite Dead: This gets subverted later when Chris and Fox reunite in the afterlife...or rather, Shibuya's Game.
Lethal Chef: The food is unwilling to cook itself for Fox.
Let's Split Up, Gang: The party sometimes has two objectives that take place each in different worlds.
Let Us Never Speak of This Again / Other Me Annoys Me: The cast was morbidly frightened of seeing some of their bizarro-versions of themselves in the Night of the Werewolf chapter that they all decided to forget all about it. Though the author had made that chapter as a collaboration with another one and left a note saying that it wouldn't be referenced again to avoid giving it so much focus.
Limit Break: The Final Smash attacks and the Combined Final Smash attacks.
Limited Wardrobe: Averted for Chris as each singular job has a different set of clothes. It later gets averted for the Smashers with the inclusion of costume-changing titles.
Love at First Sight: It's a one-sided love at first sight from Wave the Swallow to Falco. She was so distracted by his looks that she swallowed the bomb meant to hinder Sonic's progress in the last race.
Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The characters have gone so many places, even out of Nintendo. Mega Man and Final Fantasy VII are noticeable ones, but there have also been references to Persona 4 and many, many other games. The current list is as follows:
No Sense of Personal Space: Don't go walking around with Shiki if you have a clothing malfunction. Neku and Fox learned the hard way.
Not So Different: The Ancient Minister to Chris himself, since both went through the trauma of solitude. While Chris got Lucario, the Ancient Minister had nobody to rely on even with thousands of robots following his orders.
Played straight when Lucario adopts a wild Riolu as his nephew.
Person of Mass Destruction: Mewtwo and Lucario. The first controls his powers just fine. The latter does it too, as long as he doesn't snap violently and destroys every single living being and local landmarks within ten miles...
The Power of Friendship: The only way of unlocking a Combination Attack is if Chris and a character understand each other very well. Sadly, screwing things up can block him from using one again till both sides are reformed.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Smashers. Becomes a whole lot sillier whenever they join forces with other groups temporarily.
Spared by the Adaptation: Pichu, Roy, and Mewtwo are main characters in the story despite not even appearing in Brawl before.
The story also goes out of its way to spare some unfortunate people from dying. Namely, The World Ends with You Rhyme gets rescued by Fox when she's about to get killed.
Straw Nihilist: The Little Toad Girl with Pigtails. Chris is Genre Savvy enough to avoid her by now, but Marth brushes him off and tries to talk to her... He shortly returns without a single sense of emotion left in him.
Yaoi Fangirl: Peach. She has spent one minute too many in Deviantart that everybody in the mansion is obscenely horrified of her hobby. Worse yet, they just don't want to yell at her because that would be reaching You Monster! territory.
You All Look Familiar: The Diamond & Pearl arc has a hell lot of Lucario everywhere. There's Chris's huge Lucario, there's Maylene's insufferable Lucario, there's Riley's loyal Lucario, and then there's Cynthia's composed Lucario. Add the fact there's a valley full of them. Of course they all will look the same (but not the main Lucario).