Established by Andy Skuse and taking its name from a location in the original OVA, Raven's Garage is loaded with resources. These range from links to BGC Games to real-world boomer development, to character art, a BGC A-to-Z, a map of MegaTokyo and a Did-you-Know list. Current home of the Bubblegum Crisis Fanfiction Guide which was originally compiled by Craig Wigda. While some of the links have since broken, there are still some interesting old gems to be found here. Each entry is accompanied both with a synopsis and a short review of the story. Some author comments are also included. Well worth checking out.
Recommended by Looney Toons, Dartz-IRL, antagonist, Alemann, The Fifth Horseman
Some of the best original BGCContinuation Fic on the Net. All of it is in the same continuity, making her work essentially one single epic saga. Especially recommended is The Next Generation, in which Priss's teenaged daughter Yumeko ends up joining a re-activated Knight Sabers in the face of a new wave of depredations by GENOM and its boomers. Especially noteworthy for her spot-on characterization of the Sabers in their late thirties, nearly twenty years after the events of the OVAs. Fair warning: Amanda's vision of the BGC world is true to the original, meaning that people get hurt and die, and not everyone gets a happy ending, especially the main characters. Yumeko-chan in particular racks up an injury tally which rivals that of Bert van Vliet (see Bubblegum Zone, below). Darkish but not truly black, as there is hope still shining.
Dartz-IRL: Still nibbling away at this one myself. I like the way everyone's moved on from 2032, yet are still themselves at the same time.
Synopsis: A professional metahuman crimefighter (read: "superhero") was thrown from his world while fighting evil, and now seeks to return home. His first attempt lands him in MegaTokyo, a few years after the end of the series. While trying to find a way to move on, he clashes with the Knight Sabers, fights rogue buma, befriends a perky young news reporter, and stumbles upon one of the darkest secrets of GENOM. Part of the greater Drunkard's Walk metaseries.
Comments: Part of a multi-book series currently under development, this fic blends aspects of self-insert and crossover. The main character, Doug Sangnoir (aka Looney Toons), was the author's favorite character in a Villains And Vigilantes campaign. Doug's character is deep, unique, and fun to observe: he makes mistakes (and is not a Sue by any means), has a well-developed backstory, and tends to make fairly obscure pop-culture references. The character fits in well, stylistically, with the BGC world: Doug's talent is that listening to different songs gives him different superpowers, from creating a camera out of thin air to firing lightning bolts. As such, the "soundtrack" of this fic is appropriately broad and varied. (And would fill three CDs if you were to compile it.) Highly recommended for the top-notch writing, pop-culture connections, deep characters, and sheer fun of reading it.
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Bubblegum Cross by Andy Skuse
Recommended by Alemann, antagonist
Synopsis: It is the year 2038. The Knight Sabers have existed peacefully in obscurity, ever since the AD Police finally shut down Genom, the boomer manufacturer who also dealt globally in corruption and greed. Their 5 year hiatus is about to be disturbed, as a long-lost relative drops into Sylia Stingray's life, and explains why her data cartridge has the number "2" on it.
Synopsis (from the Bubblegum Crisis Fan Fiction Guide): Not all boomers have to look human, and not all boomers are made by Genom. Someone has made a new boomer and appears to be testing it in MegaTokyo. And who could be better test subjects than the AD Police and the Knight Sabers.
Synopsis: As Largo rises again, the Knight Sabers find themselves becoming more than mercenaries. Manipulated by a mysterious man who has sold his soul to God, Sylia must lead a crusade for the future of human and boomer alike.
Comments: I'll be up front: this fic is deeply, DEEPLY flawed. Weird formatting, downright odd but consistent misspellings, and the first 100 pages are a synopsis of the most relevant parts of Crisis/Crash; that's just the beginning. And yet, despite everything, it is also deeply, DEEPLY awesome. You can't go wrong with a fic where the climax involves a war between a city full of Largo-dominated boomers and an army of 33-S Knight Sabers. Incorporates the events of Black Hunter, possibly with the author's permission, possibly not.
Lavanya Six: Seconded. It's a great story, even if the formatting is screwy as hell.
Recommended by antagonist, Yumeko-chan, The Fifth Horseman
Synopsis: This takes place after the OVA except for the first scenes, and according to the author, 'Crash did not HAPPEN!' What if Genom operated a line of assassin boomers based on the 33-S model to hunt down rogue boomers? What if one of them had decided to abandon his post and go rogue himself during a critical moment? We only heard the machine gun fire, we never saw who nailed whom.
Comments: This one was among the first BGC fics I read back in the day. It's currently unfinished, but the author emailed me recently, stating he hadn't abandoned it, though he seems to be very busy with Real Life. The fic is pretty graphic, and the Original Character has a really foul mouth paired with a gleefully sadistic streak. I highly recommend it.
Recommended by Nightelf, Dartz-IRL, antagonist, The Fifth Horseman
Synopsis: The story of how the Knight Sabers were formed, including Sylia's decision to form a vigilante group, the recruiting of the other members, and their training and formation into what would eventually become the Knight Sabers.
Comments: This feels like an "official" BGC prequel would feel — the characters (such as Priss and Nene) are still a little raw yet, but are on their way to becoming the close-knit family they'd eventually form.
Dartz-IRL: Nicely written, showing how a group dynamic can build, through teething troubles. First person perspective really draws into the story, with perspective jumps really working to good effect, to give each characters opinions and feelings.
Synopsis: The events during "Moonlight Rambler" (OAV 5) and "Red Eyes" (OAV 6) have left their mark on Priss. Now that the fighting is done, how will she deal with the repercussions of the death of friends?
Comments: This short story was completed in 1995, and describes one possible way events could have gone post-Largo. According to the author, it takes place a few days after OAV 6 and some weeks before OAV 7 ("Double Vision"). Priss and Leon do get together, but it is anything but romantic or "shippy". There is a brief scene with explicit sexual material and harsh language, but it's not really a full-on lemon/hentai fic. The story isn't about the sex, the sex is just what the events of the story lead to. This is one of my early (and still) favorites, which I recommend for the excellent writing and characterizations.
Synopsis: BGC 2034 continues the BGC story after the events of "Scoop Chase". Enemies and friends, old and new, all coming together, and nothing will ever be the same when it is all over. Rating for mature subject matter.
Comments: One of the older Epics, still very, very good.
SuddenFrost: At its core it's an excellent example of how a Villain Sue (Brian J. Mason with his mind downloaded into a 33-S sexaroid) can be done successfully. Probably the best ever depiction of how Genom actually works, why the Knight Sabers can never really defeat them, and what being a Corrupt Corporate Executive is like.
The Fifth Horseman: Massive and well written, with a few interesting ideas added to the mix. The ending shows possibility of a sequel — though one doesn't seem to have been ever written.
SuddenFrost: The fanfiction.net version of this story doesn't include the epilogue with its Sequel Hook, which is available here at eyrie.org.
Synopsis: Set between OAVs 4 and 5, the death of Daley's former partner on the Genaros space station sends the Knight Sabers from Antarctica to Singapore in pursuit of a duplicated Kill Sat controller.
Comments: A globetrotting plot with great character moments and action, all in only 144 KB!
Synopsis: Nene talks Linna into coming with her to see one of her favorite shows — The Rocky Horror Picture Show to be precise — but somehow Saber business always seems to interrupt just when things start getting interesting.
Comments: This is a fun story that reveals a bit about each of the Knight Sabers, especially Nene and Sylia. Familiarity with Rocky might help with the mental imagery, but I don't think it's required (the written description is well done). No deep thinking is necessary, just sit back and enjoy.
antagonist: While I did see the end coming, it still made me laugh. And I like how this fic pictured Sylia as something other than an ice queen.
Synopsis: BGC2032: Years after the dissolution of the Knight Sabers, its surviving members come together to mourn the loss of a friend and to make sense of the life they once had.
Comments: A different future for the Knight Sabers. Notable for its good characterizations, and intelligent plot. It's character driven, not being all about explosions and death, and the final act of revenge itself only takes up a short part of a fic.
Synopsis: A U.S.-based hardsuited vigilante team comes to MegaTokyo in pursuit of a girl kidnapped by the Gulf & Bradley Corporation.
Comments: This story has well-written action sequences featuring the Knight Sabers in large-scale urban combat, as well as detailed worldbuilding. The guest character, Greg Mallory, has some Gary Stu-like qualities, but he also fits the standard pattern for player characters in the Bubblegum Crisis RPG: someone who received one of Dr. Stingray's data units and used it to build his own hardsuits. There are occasional problems with spelling. BKSR was intended to be the first part of a series to be called "Bubblegum Crucible", but no sequels have yet been written.
Synopsis: Through forces unknown, a Canadian university student finds himself transported to MegaTokyo in the year 2032. Hooking up with the Knight Sabers, as you do, Bert comes to learn that donning a hardsuit isn't quite what it's cracked up to be... For one thing, you can and will be hurt.
Comments: In Progress, and has been since 1995. Be prepared to do a lot of reading, later chapters can get over a megabyte in size. At first it came come across as a little Gary Stu but as the story gathers pace, especially towards the later half, it really picks itself up by its bootstraps. The story really has its best moments once it gets past the original OVA and starts adding its own material.
Looney Toons: This is a fic set in the original BGC, and it's a classic among BGC self-inserts. Highly recommended.
The Fifth Horseman: Lots of pop-culture references in this one. Love the sense of humour.
Axel White: Now with tropes! If you've got a moment, go add some.
Night: While The Bubblegum Zone is eminently readable, it definitely comes across as someone's first work, someone who isn't terribly familiar with their subject matter. Not, mind you, their BGC subject matter, but the other important subject matter of any writer in a story with this much human interaction; human interaction. Things like torture and combat and how people react to them are not handled in a mature or grounded-in-reality fashion. Gifted undoubtedly, but still very amateur and no match for the post 2008-generation of fanfiction writing stars you usually see featured on this wiki. Keep that in mind as you read.
Synopsis: Billionaire net.journalist Benjamin Stark and his personal physician/bodyguard Megazone go to MegaTokyo to investigate a mysterious urban legend — the Knight Sabers. But before they're even in the city they get confirmation that the legend is real... and Stark finds himself up to his neck in their private war.
Comments: A reboot of a long-abandoned EPU project called (Gryphon and Zoner Get) Hopelessly Lost, BGC:TIA is a classic EPU self-insert, although fifteen years later Gryphon has greater skill to draw on and more twists to throw at readers, including mixing and matching elements from both classic BGC and Tokyo 2040. The addition of Iron Man to the blend, in a manner that is both true to the source but completely unexpected, turns what was once a comedy series into something more akin to a near-future technothriller. Although far from complete at only three installments, it's definitely worth a read.
The Fifth Horseman: While Iron Man is the only direct crossover, there is a scattering of items drawn from other works as well (Transmetropolitan and Neuromancer, for instance) Can't wait for the fourth part to appear.
Night: Like most EPU stories, this is decent but often falls down by getting somewhat...childish; it's also long, long dead.
Synopsis: Godlike Marty Stu character enters the Bubblegum Crisis universe early in the series, and despite some of his powers going wonky as a result of unexplained local conditions, intervenes in the course of the plot with both good and bad results.
Comments: Twister is the defining self-insert character of late-90s anime fanfiction, and is so gleefully over-the-top that either you loathe him with a hatred that burns like the pits of hell, or you hang on for the ride laughing all the way. The BGC installment of Twisted Path hits almost all the usual cliches of an SI in that world except for joining the Knight Sabers right away — it is probably the Trope Codifier, if not the Trope Maker, for BGC self-inserts. Despite Twister's barely-average writing skill, it is surprisingly entertaining and throws more than a few Crowning Moments of Awesome at the reader. It is also important as a fanfic, in that it had a direct influence on several later insert and insert-styled fics: A Wolf In Crisis includes explicit shout outs to it, the BGC segment of Legion's Quest takes place in the BGC timeline that Twister visited, and the fourth installment of TP explicitly crosses over with Bubblegum Zone .
Synopsis: A magical accident throws a Wolf shaman from a Shadowrun universe into the world of Bubblegum Crisis. He goes to ground, figures out what happened to him, and begins to adapt... and in the process crosses paths with the Knight Sabers. He joins their fight, though not as a Saber, and his presence causes other changes as well... Could magic be awakening in his new world just as it did in his old?
Comments: A Dead Fic, incomplete and untouched since 1997, although scene fragments at the end of the third part suggest where Cadwgan was planning on taking it. Cadwgan deftly avoids many of the cliches of the BGC insert character while exploring new (for the time) territory in his plot. Fenris, the shaman, is an intriguing, complicated character whose very realistic reactions and responses to the world he's in take this story completely out of insert territory and into something else entirely. Angua, his familiar, was a fan favorite while Cadwgan was still writing, and can still charm a first-time reader. Be warned, though, that Cadwgan is Australian, and his "Seattlite" shadowrunners fling Aussie slang around as often as they do Shadowrun jargon; the effect is both amusing and distracting.
Synopsis: An anime fan drives a motorcycle through a space/time crossrip and into the BGC world, just in time to interfere in the assassination of Irene Chang. He promptly dies messily in the ensuing car chase. Reincarnated (thanks to Sylia) in a basic 33-S boomer chassis, Our Hero has to adapt to life in Mega-Tokyo, deal with the philosophical ramifications of being a boomer, and stay alive long enough to make a difference. Some excellent slice-of-life scenes and slowly ramping up the action level.
antagonist: Actually, he doesn't die and get resurrected a 33-S, he gets dumped into a 33-S body by a third player before the fic even starts, so to speak.
Binaroid: Not to mention the copies of the OVAs the fan had on him/her; or how Genom got away with half of them before the smoke cleared... Genre Savviness all around, tasteful use of Alternate Character Interpretation, and a closer look at the Fridge Logic behind the "futuristic" 2032. Good stuff.
Night Boring. Sharply boring. Adopts the Shinji Ikari approach to the everyman, i.e. deep down we're all incredibly fucked up and cowardly. Deliberately avoids exploring interesting consequences of the 33-S swap (that bit about the philosophical ramifications is a lie, it doesn't explore, it straight up tells); deliberately avoids what could have been a superb Rage Against the Author or Rage Against the Heavens subplot or even whole plot; unable to deploy any sort of dramatic tension. Story just comes across as five chapters of flat writing, neither interesting nor boring, merely there. And just to top it off, the main character never does ask Sylia for a Japanese Language Pack, meaning most of their dialogue sounds intensely childish...nor is Japanese delineated from English except by sounding childish. Just to top it off, it died in late 2010.
It didn't quite die as much as descended to development hell. The author is posting some of the work in progress chapter 7 in alt.fan.bgcrisis Usenet group or on The Fanfiction Forumnote the thread every now and then, most recently in February 2012.
Synopsis: Some dark power is setting in motion the destruction of the universe, and the first step in that process is the destruction of a group of women who could prevent the disaster — the Knight Sabers. To protect them, the godlike Guardian Ishmael calls together three agents from three other timelines, the fifth Sabers of their respective teams, to protect the Knight Sabers from an equally godlike enemy. But can SkyKnight, ShadowKnight and RavenKnight work together without killing each other and still achieve their goal?
Comments: Possibly a first in fanfiction, an Intercontinuity Crossover of self-inserts. With the kind of talent there is contributing to this story, there's no way it wouldn't be incredibly well-written. Much of this story is character-driven to counterpoint the need to follow the main plot of the series, and how! Just because Ishmael is godlike doesn't mean he can't make mistakes, and given some of the personality conflicts between these three, assembling them into a team may be one of them. This is a borderline Dead Fic, though, as only three of apparently four planned parts have been written, and it hasn't been updated since February 2007. Even so, a wonderful piece of work worth looking at.
antagonist: Actually, it's still being worked on. As a matter of fact, part 4 is almost done, but one author's contributions are still missing. Well, and it'll have more than four parts when it's finished.
The Fifth Horseman: An excellent fic (which isn't very surprising given the team behind it). Bert and Craig seem to be referring to a prior crossover between BGA and BGZ during their first meeting (the package thing). Was one actually written?
Yumeko-chan: Yes, there was, a very short one. I have a copy of it that is dated as being written in 2001, though I am not sure Craig ever put it up on his site (in fact, I'm sure he didn't).
Synopsis: A Power That Is needs a sucker... um, agent to balance a Bubblegum Crisis timeline that has been inadvertently contaminated with a damaged Largo from another timeline. He chooses anime fan Craig Reed for the standard ineffable divine reasons and drops him into the lap of Sylia Stingray, along with a complete collection of Bubblegum Crisis DVDs and fanfiction. Now Craig has to undergo the full paranoid scrutiny of the Knight Sabers and a basic training that makes the Marines look positively slack, before he finally finds himself in a hardsuit. And the series proper hasn't even started yet.
Comments: One of the newer generation of BGC SI fics, Bubblegum Avatar draws heavily on its predecessors and demonstrates a sly Genre Savviness and a wicked sense of fun. Look for a few shout outs to previous fics (Sylia apparently becomes a fan of at least one earlier series, judging by her choice of aliases for Craig to use). Well-written and a great read; its only flaw is that Reed hasn't written anything new for it since 2004.
Dartz-IRL: I like the characterisation in this one, the interaction of Craig with the Sabers...his homesickness at first, their suspicions of him. And Sylia's response to Bubblegum Pink.
antagonist: You just couldn't resist mentioning that one, could you?
The Fifth Horseman: Quite similar to Bubblegum Zone, but with distinctively different approach and a snarkier sense of humour. A must read.
Night: Dead since 2006 at the least, but by far the best SI story on this page. It possesses some of the same flaws to be found in The Bubblegum Zone, but in lesser quantity and more easily ignored. The greatest annoyance is where it stopped; the second set of chapters died right at the moment before a grand finale, and it would have been a spectacular and glorious thing to watch the various plot threads come together against Mason. Also check the author's other work while you're visiting Mediaminer.
Synopsis: Sequel to another story wherein Sylia and Priss become romantically involved, the follow up reveals a dirty little secret Sylia has been hiding: the body of Sylvie. With the scarcest hints of the possibility of repairing her, Priss looks to Sylia to manage a miracle. Sylia thus must manage pleasing the woman she cares about most while simultaneously knowing she may be bringing back someone who could replace her...
Comments: Far, far better than the somewhat soap-opera-y summary sounds. If you can accept the concept of Priss and Sylia in a romantic relationship(and this fic got me thinking about it to the point of acknowledging they may be better suited for each other than Priss and Leon), then that's all you need to enjoy this. The main focus is on Sylia and Priss, obviously, but Nene and Linna do get some scenes, primarily Nene. Worth a look.
SuddenFrost: Scars is the second part of the BGC Blues series by She-Hulk. I don't want to recommend the series as a whole because (1) it was never finished, (2) the later stories were only available on the author's website, which went offline, (3) its Linna/Nene relationship smacks of Ship Mating, and (4) it eventually goes Up to Eleven with Wangst, Plot Leveling and putting the characters through the Trauma Conga Line. From the same author, I prefer to recommend If I Fall... (see below).
antagonist: Actually, it WAS finished quite some time ago. Unfortunately, her new website went down in the meantime as well, but this troper has all parts archived on his hard drive.
The Fifth Horseman: Her current website is very much online. Note that Resurrection is divided into much larger chunks than before — the end of what was "part 4" on the old site is at 1/3rd of what is "part 2" on the new site.
SuddenFrost: Thanks for letting me know! Now I can finally finish reading it. Points (3) and (4) still stand, though. (I can't believe she went for Rape as Dramathree times!)
Sadly, it seems that her current site is now down. So unless there's another backup of it out there...
Synopsis: A Boomer infects Priss's hardsuit with a virus, causing it to fire on Sylia and severely injuring her. After Sylia recovers, she sees that Priss is consumed with guilt over not activating the self-destruct in time and must bring Priss back from the edge.
Comments: A much shorter, standalone Hurt/Comfort Fic featuring She-Hulk's intriguing characterizations of Priss and Sylia.