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Do warn when a fanfic may head into homosexual or non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.
With five stories, one of them ongoing and some of them connected, this writer shows an amazing work on portrayal and exploration of characters, plus a narration that can get brutally descriptive when it must to deliver impact into the reader.
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.A Clash of Heroes by Mengde
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Synopsis: Cosmos and Chaos fight a war eternal, but the face of the conflict will be forever changed when the Goddess of Order calls for aid from two proven warriors. Before Tidus, there was Auron… and before Cloud, there was Sephiroth. This is their story.
Comments: This could be seen as a prequel fic to the events that occur in the main story of the game. Characterization is well done and shines within the dialogue between Auron and Sephiroth. Mechanics of the game itself are also given a rather interesting explanation, and the action is well illustrated and face-paced. This fan fiction is currently in progress.
Seconded. The dialogue is well done and, as mentioned, very witty; it starts a bit slow, but builds very quickly. Definitely worth a read by any fan.
Synopsis: Cosmos decides to reward her warriors by inviting those closest to them to come visit them in Dissidia. However, random chaos results involving Zidane's flirting, Shantotto's whacky spells, and the feud between Cloud and Terra.
Comments: A delightful mix of hilarity and insanity.
Synopsis: After Chaos loses all of his money due to gambling, the warriors of Chaos have to help by getting a job. Not a lot of good things happen to them.
Comments: Ceasefire is one of the worst things that happens to the Chaos warriors, but this is one funny crack fic/humor fic. Namely, it involves cars being destroyed for breaking a simple law, or running a red light, or their jobs ending in being fired. Also, the warriors of Cosmos are there, but they don't fight each other (ceasefire).
Oh Lord, the crossovers... they're mostly minor, but they're still amusing. Here's a couple of them: "Tony Redgrave" is a regular at Jecht's bar. Ms. Hiyorimi is temporally being leased out to the warriors of Cosmos as a maid. Also, Garland has delivered mail to both Wilhelmina Carmel and Fate Averruncus.
Synopsis: A story set in the daily lives of the Dissidia cast, mainly featuring The Emperor and his cronies as they face the difficulty of their lives and causing chaos in general. Better than it sounds. The first Story Arc, the Base Saga, is complete, with the Puppeteer's Wheel Saga currently up and running.
Comments: Simply hilarious, and the battle scenes, while shamelessly (and admitted by the author) ripping off similar scenes from Dragon Ball Z, don't fail to deliver, and you need only a basic knowledge of Dissidia battle mechanics to understand several of the terms used in the story. A good read, and you will get a laugh of the wacky story.
Synopsis: To stop the cycle of conflict, Cosmos takes her eleven warriors to a world resembling Earth, in order to live happy and peaceful normal lives. But will the warriors cope with regular life, and will the forces of Chaos find them?
Comments: YMMV on many things with this fic, but two things I have trouble denying (even when I'm frustrated) are that the characters are all in character, and the actual story is good, even if I disagree with megasean about its classifictaion as humor, as it can be quite dark more often than funny.
Synopsis: The cast of Dissidia are various characters from Fairy Tales, with SnowLight, Firion the Wild Rose, and Cecilrella, among others. About 95% Crack, seeing as how the actual plots of the original games got caught up in What-Seems-To-Be-Rapunzel and The Little Mermaid. Ships Firion/Everyone Who Is A "Princess" and Luneth/Terra, among many others.
"Warning": Huge amounts of the male cast in Drag. (WoL, Cecil, Cloud, and Squall most obviously, with the Emperor, Kuja, and Tidus having some "Fun" as well.)
Comments: Kind-of dead, since Himi seems to not be inspired much, so we're stuck on the Raid of Bevelle. But I love it, since... well... it's well done crack and I always laugh. (Kuja trying to kill Snow Light because "She's" prettier than him, and Light not having any of the apples because "She's" a sworn carnivore? Gilgamesh popping in out of nowhere and videotaping the first five Cosmos Warriors being all awesome? Kefka spending 90% of his appearance wearing Terra's original outfit? Bartz — and later Zidane as well — interviewing all the heroes in out-of-universe side-stories?)
Synopsis: As the Warriors of Cosmos and the Warriors of Chaos come head to head, Kuja and Zidane dance around the lies they've been telling themselves, each other, and their allies.
Comments: The story is told in first-person narrative, which can sometimes be confusing and disorienting, made worse by the fact that both Kuja and Zidane are unreliable, and will frequently lie to themselves and everyone around them. Part of what makes the story so good is the way this all builds up, leaving the reader wondering what it is they don't want to confront. Later on, the plot shifts from being about the secrets Kuja and Zidane are hiding to focusing instead on Cosmos and Chaos's secrets, and how it affects them. It soon turns into a massive crossover featuring Kingdom Hearts characters. The story is complete.
Warning: While Silkscreen is rated T, it does deal with mature issues (and does so decently, if not well) such as body image issues, rape of the male on male kind, and character death.
Synopsis: Two unlikely characters contemplate the nature of being a parent.
Comments: An incredibly well written one-shot about Jecht and Cecil setting the war aside for a few hours and somehow bonding over, well, fatherhood and a beer. Both men are wonderfully in character and the story feels more like it's a deleted scene from the first game than a fan fic.
Synopsis: A man losing his most cherished memories to darkness. A woman struggling to control powers no other human has ever had. They stand together against two Warriors of Chaos who would see them kill each other. So begins the battle for the future.
Comments: The characterization is nailed wonderfully, the interactions between the heroes and the villains provide excellent drama and (especially whenever Kefka is around) comedy, the exploration of the heroes' past lives in their respective games is done faithfully and adds to the story unfolding, and, in the opinion of this Troper, the pairing between Cloud Strife and Terra Branford feels natural, unforced in the context of this tale. The chapters are pretty dense, so be prepared to sink a fair amount of time into this great story. Currently, this fan fic is in progress.
Sonica: Seconded wholeheartedly. This Troper knows Drake Clawfang from the Cloud x Aerith Forum, got the link from him when he mentioned this fic, and enjoyed it a lot since then. He did a wonderful job of writing the fanfiction, even while using subtitled videos and translated scripts early on before the game came out in English, although he mentioned his preference to using Crystelles instead of Manikins in the early chapters once the game's out (later chapters, however, haven't use them lately). He also managed to do a pretty good job justifying a lot of things, particularly Terra's character since FFVI. Expect a lot of Final Fantasy cameos!
Synopsis: The story of a man called "The Scholar" who doesn't quite trust the Gods. He sets out to oppose them, and from there begins a chain of events related to the Endless Cycle, the battle between Cids, Mids, and the women who loved them.
Comments: One of, if not the most mindscrew-tastic Dissidia fanfictions out there. The premise is very interesting: making Final Fantasy universes have one Heaven and Hell (similar to the Dept Heaven series), exploring the conflict between the struggle for power and the ideals of humanity and divinity, explaining why there are several terms or people with the same name along with its consequences, and practically mashed it together with Greek Mythology in mind. One thing for sure, this series has some messed up Gods, Cosmos included.
The third in the series, The Chaos Report, is finished. Stay tuned for the exciting series finale!
The author here apologizes for taking a detour. The Dreamer's Report is now finished, and the author would like to say that he thinks it's the best in the series so far!
As a way of repenting of this, the author is proud to announce that the first few chapters of Sarah's Report are up! The conclusion to the series will take longer to finish, given the ongoing Dreamer's Report and Real Life, but at least we're on our way!
Warning: These stories are extremely Mind Screw, so much so that it's not even funny (okay, so there is SOME humor). And with various Mythology Gags and Shout Outs from every single Final Fantasy and some of the other games' titles, the reader must have a pretty vast knowledge to understand some of the inner jokes and references. Especially jarring with the Cids, where they are referred to by their in-story nicknames. If a reader isn't paying attention to their description of their original world, their identity is pretty much lost.
Synopsis: Lost in the Rift, the warriors of 012 are on the run from gods old and new. As they stumble over delirious landscapes and desolate truths, the door of souls is their only chance to find home. But what will it cost to open? Post 012.
Comments: Honestly one of the most beautifully written stories I have ever read. As the summary states, the warriors of 012 find themselves trapped and heavily injured in the Rift after they've closed it and search for a way out, all while running from some unseen forces, as well as their own forgotten memories. The sheer emotion in the descriptions is stunning, and despite this being an "angst-ridden adventure", as the author put it and which it is, everyone is perfectly in-character and even given some depth that wasn't seen in Duodecim. An absolutely amazing must-read.
Synopsis: A unique Machinima of Dissidia with a strange storyline. The Warriors of Cosmos (so far not including the 012 Warriors) start out mostly playing around, but when the Warriors of Chaos decide to send out clones to attack them, they band together to fight. With a few hilarious misadventures along the way.
Comments: I don't have much to say that wasn't in my synopsis, other than it's really funny. They've cast people for the 012 characters, but so far only Gilgamesh has appeared, and he's only shown up in a Special. The camera work is pretty good, and the voices are mostly good, but the best part is how silly everything can get at any given moment (Favourite moments include the appearance of Garlandnote "I AM GARLAND! THE HERO OF TIME!*Dah dah dah daaaaaah!*). There is a plot, but it's not as memorable as their jokes.
Synopsis: A parody of the game written in the style of an epistolary, featuring memos sent back and forth between the characters.
Comments: Although the fic itself is pretty long, all of the chapters are very short, and it makes for a very hilarious read. Seriously. The misunderstandings, references, innuendoes, and running gags are to die for. It's great if you're a Final Fantasy fan in need of a laugh.
Synopsis: "I don't know if this story is real. All I know, is that it's still, Final Fantasy."
Comments: A wonderful Machinima that goes down the path of "what if Ultimecia's Time Compression was successful?". It's a three-way struggle in this new multiverse between the Witch and her followers, the newly founded Empire, and the Resistance trying to set things right. Voice acting, camra work, and especially the writing sets this above most machinima in the Dissidia pool. It's been on hiatus, no clue if it's a permanent one, but it's made it into season II.
Synopsis: While Bartz and Zidane hunted for treasure, Onion Knight watched, his mind fixed on the duty of a knight and his heart fixed on the curiosity of a child.
Comments: Heading back to Order's Sanctuary with their crystals, our favorite mime and thief decide to have some fun. Meanwhile, Onion Knight is trying to keep his promise to Terra, but he's still a kid, after all. Sound advice comes from an unlikely source in this little Breather Episode.
Synopsis: If they can win this cycle, then they will most surely be able to go home. However, they cannot enter the world without "permission" and thus have to rely on certain people to "Summon" them. And sadly the Warriors of Cosmos aren't the only ones with Summoners, and the main rule for both sides has been set; If the Summoner dies, then the Warrior dies as well...
Comments: A very well done fic. It's still in it's starting stages but is a amazing read. Does contain OC's in an original world, yet still has the spirit that makes Final Fantasy an amazing series.
Synopsis: My Novelization of the Opening FMV to Dissidia: Final Fantasy. I was very excited about this, so please, read and review, Dissidia and Final Fantasy Fans!
Comments: What it says on the tin; it's full of Description Porn, and expands significantly on the opening FMV, to the point that it's almost too expanded. Worth a read despite a few errors (Exdeath is called Ex-Death, and Golbez is stated to have a sword), and it's truly a pity that it's only the FMV.
Synopsis: After being robbed by Zidane, it seemed as though Tidus would always chasing after the other blond.
Comments: Short and sweet one-shot in which involves three times the two cross paths. It seems kind of gen until the last couple hundred words, and is most definitely requited. It also inspired a picture from me.