Proof that the remaining 10% is worth falling into darkness for here.
Let's face it: by the very nature of its setting and storyline, this series is a breeding ground for good fanfics. And it really couldn't get any stranger than a Yoda-like Mickey, right?
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Figment Tree and Quake With Fear are two great authors. Figment Tree mostly has gen one-shots, with a bit of slash/het, and one on-going (possibly dead) AU, Institution XIII. Quake With Fear has more slashy stuff, but the vast majority of her work is very dark and very gory (she's startlingly good at describing pain and guts. Not for the faint of heart, or stomach), with some one-shots and a few on-going fics (or rather, one on-going fic, and a few starts).
Shire Folk is an excellent writer who has sent waves throughout the Kingdom Hearts fandom. He popularized the Rikuffie (Riku/Yuffie) pairing, amongst other things. The story has Maleficent as the main villain, who crosses the Moral Event Horizon several times throughout the trilogy. Shire Folk mostly manages to stick to canonically Disney worlds, with only one or two side-steps to completely unrelated worlds.
Several engaging stories including a TWEWY Crossover.
Returning Home is a particularly excellent example of this author's work. Even if it does seem to be Dead Fic after only two chapters, those two chapters are definitely worth reading, as they are the most realistic interpretation of post-canon events this troper has ever seen.
Has just a little over sixty stories about Kingdom Hearts, and focuses mainly on the friendship of Axel, Demyx, and Roxas. She also takes alternate routes about the former two Somebodies, AND covers plots that most wouldn't think of doing. She has at least two OCs that joined the Organization, but besides focusing on how one was recruited, none of her fics are focused on them. Be warned, though; a few of her fics are Tear Jerkers, and, if you're going from a happy fic to a depressing one, Mood Whiplash.
Synopsis: A Sorrow of Magpies shows the formation of Organization XIII, mostly focusing on Vexen. It starts with the formation of the original six, and the formation of their base, then gradually adds on the newer members.
Comments: This is a truly amazing story.
Just the right amount of humor to leaven the drama. For a miracle, it doesn't characterize the organization as tragically misunderstood antivillains, but as truly dark individuals. Despite the fact that all of the core six cross the Moral Event Horizon, you still want to keep reading to the end. All the characterizations are spot-on and the story works with the KH canon almost seamlessly. Definitely a must-read.
Though A Sorrow of Magpies is a fan backstory to Kingdom Hearts, and only the main games (1, CoM, 2) are used as a guideline, it still develops Organization XIII to the point it's canon, like stated above. Likewise, Luc Court doesn't see some characters as their twisted versions in fanon, but as who they truly seem to be. One point that piques this troper, though, is the purple prose-ish writing in the story.
The author, though very good, does have a habit of purple prose in all his fics.
Synopsis: When Yen Sid gets a mischievous water spirit called Myde for a servant, he doesn't expect to actually grow fond of him, but he especially doesn't expect the whispers of shadows beyond the borders of music to stretch closer.
Comments: This is non-canon, but a very good story concerning the origins of Demyx.
Synopsis: One-shot regarding Namine in The World That Never Was, before the start of the Castle Oblivion project. More accurately, it's regarding every member of the organization having to put her to bed, and each of their different variations on a bedtime story.
Fascinating, full of Mood Whiplash done right - or more accurately, a story with a lot of funny moments but told in a very wistful, tragic tone. Lyrical and oddly touching, with intriguing imagery and with hints of a tribute to stories. According to the author it's a tie in with the above-recced A Sorrow Of Magpies, but you don't have to have read the first.
She only has 6 stories, all of which are currently completed but the quality of the writing and the length of those stories is truly astounding. Her shortest multi-chapter story has just under 75,000 words and her longest has 220,000 for gods' sake! She's also published a oneshot with 20,000 words. She has enough skill to dip in and out of different genres with each story and not make it seem like a noob writing it. She focuses on different couples also. For example, The City is at War is a crime thriller focusing on the Cloud/Leon pairing while Haunted by An Angel is a supernatural drama with Riku/Sora.
This guy has written some of the most awestruck Mega Crossover fics ever to been created. He has written an entire saga that takes place after Kingdom Hearts II with 365,593 words combined, in there the characters makes some more awesome adventures. Here are the stories:
Kingdom Hearts: The Taste of Darkness: It's the very first volume of Lord Moldybutt's saga. It start out somewhat weak but around chapter 6 it quickly becomes awesome, when Sora falls into the darkness, and then it gets even more awesome when it crossovers with Star Wars Episode 1. Thats right, KH crossovers with SW and, as expected, it doesn't take long before it becomes epic.
Kingdom Hearts: Shadow of an Empire: The third volume of the saga. The guys returns to the Star Wars universe, this time around the time of the original trilogy. The fic tells the heroes' advantures and struggles as they allies with the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire. The fic takes a little more deeper look into the characters than the last two fics as how the strange galaxy and the battle between the light and the dark sides effect the characters' mind, thoughts and feelings. An recommendation to both KH and SW fans. The only sad part is that it hasn't been updated since 2009.
If you're a fan of Axel and Roxas, you should check her out for sure. You don't have to like them as a pairing to enjoy her bizarre but ever interesting characterization of the two...it's so different, but the more you read, the more it grows on you. She also goes on to write with Larxene, and I have to say, I don't think I've ever met someone who can keep to her character so well, and give an actual realistic vibe to her behavior. Her stories do tend to be AU, but man, are they awesome. Some of her stories:
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: This story focases heavily on Larxene, and her characterization in a modern world. She feels as though she isn't real, like at any moment she will fade away, but she's steadily trying to keep her head above water. You see her weakness, but with her spitfire dialogue, it's hard to anchor which type of person she really is. It's a bittersweet story eventually unfolding into Larxine with sprinkles of Akuroku, but the pairings are not what drives the story. Her strong character keeps you reading, because something is pricking at your nerves like something is going to happen. A surefire recomendation to anyone who is a fan of these characters, or who wants a new view on how humanity can be seen through the eyes of someone who is sane, but is looking through broken eyes.
Loveology: We'll learn to love each other, if it's the last thing we do. And if we run out of time, at least we'll know what we had was real. AkuRoku. Larxiné. SoKai.: The story is viewed through three sets of eyes — Roxas, Larxene, and Axel. This isn't about pairings, it's about bonds and understanding, but I would be lying if I said this didn't have a dark undertone. Roxas sees the world through numbers that nobody understands. Larxene knows what it's like to kill. Axel knows what it's like to watch someone close die. Somehow, through it all, they found one another and live through routine. But routine is fragile, and they're slowly forced to try and cope when cracks suddenly start to form. If you want a peak into the heads of those three, this is definitely the story for you, and you won't be disappointed.
If you like massive crossovers and some well written battle scenes, then I would fully recommend checking his works out. Mind you, the nature of the crossovers tends to make some of the characters seem grossly overpowered, but given that these crossovers tend to be things like Dragon Ball Z or Gundam Wing it's somewhat justified. He pays a lot of homage to ancient legends and history and adds a unique twist to them.
Kingdom Hearts Final Confrontation: This story is the last one in the Third Epic series; however, it byfar the longest running fanfiction that I have seen on the site. There is an incredibly dark undertone as it goes further along, but it gets incredibly interesting seeing how Sora, Riku, and the rest of the gang interact with characters from other video games, anime, and so forth.
Princess is a da deviant who specializes in MMD modeling for shipping. There are several pictures and one shot comics on the channel, though two stories stand out as long runners. Common ships in the folders are Sora/Xion, Sora/Kairi, Kairi/Vanitas, Roxas/Naminé, and Ventus/Fuu. I should mention; Hurt and drama are very common in the comics.
Vanitas' Love Story Trying to work out a Heel-Face Turn and now living with the BBS Trio on Destiny Island, Vanitas starts to show intrest in Naminé. As a creature of darkness however, things get a little twisted. This series is complete, and ends on a good note. Vanitas/Naminé/Roxas love triangle centered, Sora/Kairi on the side.
Part of You Roxas convinces Xion to move in with him and Sora to help her adjust and feel loved. This new introduction in Sora's daily life starts having a toll on him. Both in his relationship with Kairi and on a deeper level. Sora/Kairi/Xion love triangle centered, Roxas/Naminé on the side.
Nobody's Heart The prequel for the two stories above, this shows how Roxas, Naminé, and Xion have come into existence as individuals from Sora and Kairi, as well as their adapting to new life. Roxas/Naminé centered, and has only just begun.
Mega Flame Hedge's stories mostly take place in an AU called "Antipode", which focus on Riku obtaining the Keyblade instead of Sora. While a lot of fanfictions do this, Mega Flame Hedge does it right, providing a number of twists and turns I honestly didn't expect (such as Roxas remembering his life as Sora). If I have one criticism it's that Sora is too naive and childish, even for him.
Stories in this category run the full range of genres and themes. If it's set in the main Kingdom Hearts continuity and the romance is not the focus then it belongs here.Those Lacking Spines by Gexegee/Organization VI (meta, parody, crossover)
Synopsis: When Organization XIII is laid low by a new enemy called the "Gutless" that attacks its victim's... you-know, it's up to the Organization's manlies—er, surviving members to save the day. Along the way many common fanfiction plots are roasted and Organization XIII watches Moulin Rouge! It's also hysterically funny.
kt-low: This fic turns Xaldin, Vexen and Lexaeus into the most likeable characters I ever saw them for a Kingdom Hearts fic. Just be warned that this is a story about the 3 least used characters in fanfictions making their way through Fandom Hearts, mocking it with genious and hilarious remarks, it's a huge Take That on the writers, relax and laugh along.
Synopsis: While Sora and Riku deal with the looming threat of the Organization at Castle Oblivion, Kairi and several of Sora's friends find themselves fighting for their lives against thirteen evil spirits.
Synopsis: Axel decides to get revenge on the other members of the organization by playing pranks on them in the middle of the night, starting a snowballing night of chaos and roping Roxas into the "fun".
Synopsis: Takes place after Kingdom Hearts II. Sora, Kairi and Riku are back on Destiny Islands when they come across a newcomer who bears some similarities to the Heartless. The questions of who he is, how he came to be, and what happens next make up the rest of the plot.
Synopsis: The Epic of Kingdom Hearts begins on a small group of Islands, with a boy and his two best friends. But when beings of darkness known as Heartless attack, the boy is thrust into the adventure of a lifetime.
Synopsis: Described by the author as "part fanfic, part prediction, part wishful thinking", this is essentially his own vision of Kingdom Hearts 3, featuring Sora and the gang fighting new enemies named the Dreamless. Unlike most fics, it is more like a walkthrough for a fictional game, going into detail about game mechanics and setting details, with an additional emphasis on bosses.
Ry Senkari: Note from the author, the parts of the story concerning Xion were Jossed by Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. Just a bit of a warning there.
Synopsis: A short time after the conclusion of Kingdom Hearts II, Sora, Riku and Kairi are summoned to attend Maleficent's wedding to Pete, where they must contend with hilarious guests, difficult allies and a truly fiendish plot.
Synopsis: Set just after the end of KHII. There were things that Sora himself remembered, and there were memories that were not entirely his own. And he decided to honor one of those memories. An Axel/Sora friendship fic with implied Axel/Roxas friendship as well, though the fangirls can interpret it as more if they wish.
Comments: Like every good Kingdom Hearts fangirl, I frikkin adore Axel. And this WAFF with just a hint of melancholy thrown in gives me the warm fuzzies everytime.
Synopsis: A lot can happen in a year. Very silly fic that covers the what the Organization does in the year they spent waiting for Sora to wake up. Heavier on the Disney love than a lot of Kingdom Hearts fic.
Synopsis: One-shot. The Keyblade waits, in the darkness of Between, for Riku to make a choice. And when he chooses Darkness, the Keyblade lets a few tears drop... because it can see the future Riku could have had, if he only had the courage to grasp it.
Pairings: Sora/Kairi, Roxas/Namine, Leon/Rinoa, Vincent/Tifa, Yuffie/Demyx, Xigbar/Paine, Tidus/Yuna, Marluxia/Larxene, Cloud/Aerith. Many, including some not listed here.
Synopsis: It’s a trilogy that begins with “Kingdom Hearts: Axelerate!” The Organization XIII have been revived(And what’s this? Kairi can control them!), who are given a second chance by gaining what are known as ‘heart pieces’. With these heart pieces they can regain their lost hearts by relearning a given emotion, such as trust and bravery. However, Axel is separated from the group, with a strange being, and through many tests to save the lost friend the group learns to be human again.
Synopsis: .:Krissey:. Sora was never a normal child; perhaps having an imaginary friend proved it, or even furthered it, considering what "VenVen" taught him and essentially was in his life. Now it's time to return the favor. .:HEAVY SPOILERS FOR BBS:.
Synopsis: Due to an unfortunate incident caused by the Organization's newest member, Demyx, a few of the members have been transformed into kids! With Vexen busy trying to find a cure, it's up to Mama Saix to take care of them in the meantime.
Synopsis: Oneshot. Post KH2. Glimpse of a final ending for the once children of the Destiny Islands. Failed potions and failed letters trapped in bottles. But there will always be a door to the light. And to him.
Synopsis: Seven Princesses of Heart were captured and had their hearts stolen. While they slept they remembered their lives before they were captured, but it's hard to dream happy dreams when you're trapped in a nightmare.
Synopsis: "Life on Destiny Islands is normal, until a battle-worn boy named Riku shows up, unable to remember anything. But if he does start to remember his past, how much will the truth hurt him? find out what happened to the Riku Replica after the events of CoM."
Pairings: Riku X Namine, Sora X Kairi, Roxas X Xion
Synopsis "Sora and Riku are called to take their Mark of Mastery exam. But after that's over, there are hurts to be mended, forgotten things to be remembered, and lost people to find. It's another adventure! Oh, and all of those people you thought were dead-aren't."
Synopsis: A pre-KH oneshot that details a possible backstory for Marluxia, from the point of view of Maleficent. For over a decade, the two use one another to achieve their own goals, destroying a world and crushing its people in the process.
Pairing(s): Dashes of Other!luxia/Maleficent. In any case, it's hinted to be just another part of the game rather than a display of affection or lust.
Comments: Words cannot do it justice. It is dark. It is beautifully written. It stays true to the characters and blends seamlessly with canon. Its conclusion is both abrupt and haunting. And, upon reflection, it nicely parallels the relationship between Riku and Maleficent in the original Kingdom Hearts. A true gem of a oneshot that reallyNeeds More Love.
Synopsis:Sora embarks on a mission to reconnect with the people who were separated years ago. But in order to do so, he'll need the help of Aqua, one of the lost souls and the last Keyblade Master. They must try to work together in order to fully restore those who were lost. Spoilers for all KH games, especially Birth by Sleep.
Pairing(s): SoKai, Venqua.
Comments: A suprisingly good story and a well done one. Continues where KH2 left off and mostly stays as close to canon as it can. Obviously, this story ignores Kingdom Hearts 3Ds: Drop Dance Distance, but it is still very well done.
"Synopsis:" One year after the end of KH2, Sora, Riku and Kairi prepare for the journey that King Mickey's letter spoke of just as events outside of their world catch up to them. Meeting friends new and old, these friends will have to entrench their strengths and learn new ones as the Darkness once more gathers upon the world... All orchestrated by a familiar foe.
Comments: Thaeonblade once again proves to be a master of crossovers and characters study as he gives the reader a look at a darker take on Sora's adventures post-KHII. At the moment of typing, the gang has only just left the island, but big stuff is most likely on the way.
Synopsis: On a world made for children, sometimes the hardest thing to do is be a parent.
Comments: This is a very well-written story about Sora's parents shortly before Sora's birth and shortly afterwards. It has two one-shot sequels, The Locked Room, which is about what Sora's parents using the year that everyone forgot that Sora existed, Home Beyond The Sky, which is about Sora's return home at the end of KH2, and his departure. Organization VI also wrote "Those Lacking Spines", so fans of that work may want to check out this story as well.
Synopsis: After a brutal fight, an amnesic Aqua wakes with nothing but her name and a masked boy claiming to be her friend. 100 Theme Challenge.
Comments: The writing language used in this fic is beautiful. The plot is extremely intriguing. The fact that this fic is written in 500 word chapters gives it a Just One More Chapter feel. Near daily chapter updates, and cliffhangers at the end of each chapter always leave the reader wanting more.
Synopsis: Sora didn't know what Saix was going to do that moment. Unfortunately that moment ended up with him getting kidnapped... Dark, AU, What if scenario, from post/mid/?-Battle of a Thousand Heartless onward. R&R please.
Comments: That one, brave, valiant decision that Sora makes in KH2 to bow before Saïx in an attempt to see Kairi ends up hurtling him into a world of trouble this time around. So now our hero is captive of Organization XIII and struggling to maintain his sanity. Which he doesn't.
Snyopsis: The Replica Program was a complete success. Xion has absorbed Roxas's power, and with it gained his heart. Fleeing Organization XIII, Xion finds herself on a familiar island. With Axel pursuing her and Xigbar plotting something behind everybody's backs, Xion and Sora will need to work together. But can he trust her? AU splitting off from the end of 358/2 Days.
Comments: A very fun AU story that still feels like a proper Kingdom Hearts tale. There were worlds based on Lilo and Stitch, Epic Mickey, and the World Ends With You and friendship remains a recurring theme, especially between Sora and Xion.
SanDemonMax: RTT is now finished at 52 chapters plus the epilogue. Regiss plans for the first sequel, Remember the Tides 2: The Tides Go Out, to be posted by Single People Awarene-Valentine's Day. It really was a fun read and I second Dorked's claim of it reading like a real Kingdom Hearts story; one could easily see this being how KHII would play out had Xion won the final fight in Days.
Synopsis:: Riku always longed to see the outside world. When his dream is finally realized, it's not without a cost. He opened the door and destroyed his home. Now, wielding the Keyblade, he must learn to look outside himself to save the worlds and his friends. AU
Status: First fic is complete, part of an ongoing series
Pairings: Nothing explicit yet, but there are strong hints of Riku x Kairi in the second fic and there looks to be some Replica x Naminé in the current story.
Comments: The series starts in the timeline of the original Kingdom Hearts and diverges through Sora and Riku's actions. The following stories do not adapt subsequent games and instead tell new tales including worlds based on The Sword in the Stone, the Great Mouse Detective, and others. There's a lot of shameless Disney love in this series.
Synopsis: And the financial aid office said unto Roxas, "Go, child, and earn money. Only then will we allow you a place in our distinguished university." So Roxas got a job. A steady job. A square job. He now spends every evening singing show tunes at a bar. AkuRoku.
Comments: A fun one-shot guaranteed to make you smile. It is incredibly well-written and the characters are real in a way lots of Kingdom Hearts get-together fics often aren't. If Kingdom Hearts was a sitcom, this would be the reincarnation it should take.
Synopsis: Harvey Birdman, along with his faithful sidekick, Peter Potamus, goes to The Castle That Never Was to arrest the leader of Organization XIII, Xemnas, alleging copyright violation, since his Weapon of Choice reminds a lightsaber from Star Wars.
Recommended by Comartemis, Watashiwa, Suspicious Cookie
Synopsis: Several months after Ansem's defeat, Sora is sucked through a keyhole into a world that is strangely familiar yet completely different from the realm of light. As Donald and Goofy rally the supporting cast to try to get Sora back, the keybearer himself must contend with strange new Heartless on another quest to seal the keyholes and unlock the secrets of the strange realm he is trapped in.
Synopsis: Two years have passed since Kingdom Hearts. Sora, along with Ranma Saotome and the spirit known as Yami, must face a darkness both old and new as they at last find the source of their new enemies. But there remains a secret Sora cannot face...
Synopsis: Sora, Riku & Kairi, must travel the worlds to deliver the Hearts of Gold, items that will give people to wield Keyblades. They must also do this while under the threat of a new and powerful group. The Incompletes.
Synopsis: At the beginning of Kingdom Hearts 2, Roxas ended his summer vacation and existence as a separate entity from Sora so the Keyblade master could awake. But what if something changed? What if the Nobody became the Somebody ?
Recommended by whitesouldragon, stupidcracker, darkwisp
Synopsis: After sacrificing himself to save Sora, Axel passes into a strange realm where an old man in a bowler hat offers him a second chance at life.
Comments: It's so hard to find an Axel-fic that isn't a) a slash-fic or b) completely out of character. THIS story, on the other hand, is neither of those. It's wonderfully written, set in a fascinating AU-verse that doesn't just ignore the events of the main storyline, and keeps Axel so brilliantly in-character that I am continually awed by Broken Republic's skill. Not to mention that its comment section Needs More Love, seriously. This is an amazing piece of literature that deserves more than it's getting.
To be honest, words cannot give this fic justice. It has a great amount of detail, and at the time of writing, the fic has at least 100k words and Sora and gang has just left Traverse Town, when most other Fics would have finished, and Sora would have already locked the door. Mind you, by this time they have already fended off a global heartless invasion and a freaking doomsday weapon able to blow the crap out of any planet, and Sora just got on the gummy ship for the first time. How awesome is this going to get?! This story is incredibly immersible and it hits EVERYTHING on the mark. I'm serious. Don't believe me? Read it. I dare you. And you'll thank me for it. Trust me.
A must-read for all Axel fans. This story is beautifully written and keeps everyone masterfully in-character. It's that little gem of Axel goodness you've been looking for all this time. Read it! You'll be glad you did.
Synopsis : Ventus is the lowly servant of Naminé, The Master's curiously insane ward, and yet, she's become dangerously attached to him. With the secrets Terra is hiding from him, and the secrets Aqua is trying to hide from the Master, it's hard for Ven to be Ven.
Pairings: Sora/Kairi, Riku/Kairi, vaguely implied Sora/Riku, referred to Vincent/Lucrecia, implied Sephiroth/Rydia nonconsensual and implied Cloud/OC
Synopsis: After the destruction of each of Xehanort's remnants, Sora thought he was finished saving the world. He thought wrong. Sephiroth, who until now has bided his time, has started to act. When Riku discovers his shocking past, can Sora keep him from the dark?
Pairings: Plays with Genesis x Sephiroth, Riku x Namine, Zemyx, Akuroku, and a lot of yaoi pairings. However, the only true pairings seem to be Clerith, Sephaerith, Tifaroth, and Roxine.
Kairi and Namine are poor, and live with their aunt Tifa, a binge drinker. One chance encounter with Sora and his brother Roxas change their lives forever, as they go to live with their "Chief," who takes care of them until they are grown. Also, everyone else seems to be mildly psychopathic.
Synopsis: Pre-Birth By Sleep. After the defeat of Xemnas, Sora, Riku, Kairi, Donald and Goofy have to join with Goofy's son Max and the OCs Brian and Hikari to save the king and the queen and face the new enemies that threaten the worlds: the Endless, and the Unbirths under their control.
Synopsis: In an alternate universe very similar to our own, a group of black-cloaked superheroes is the world's last line of defense against a threat that makes the Heartless look rather cute and cuddly in comparison...Fangirls.
Synopsis: It had been two years since Riku and Sora had returned to Destiny Islands and peace had been restored. However, a new threat arises as a great evil makes itself known. A power that shames both the Heartless and the Organization.
Comments: Really long fanfic and contains a lot of characters ranging from many Disney, video games and anime. Contains THREE long sequels!]''
Synopsis: A multi-part story which takes the Organization XIII characters and places them in a real-world type setting, in the fictional dull suburb of Blancoville. The members of the Organization (including Xion) move into a row of four adjacent townhouses, where Ansem Nemo (Xemnas) has some evil plans in mind. The central character is Tim Nemo (Demyx), adoptive son of Ansem, who isn't terribly happy about moving into a new town and new school, but soon figures out how to make the most of it - especially when the rules of physics start going out the window, as he learns he can make clones of himself with water, and his guitar suddenly gains the ability to change into any stringed instrument - and that's just for starters.
Comments: This series of fanfics is published in "episodes" of nine chapters each. It really takes the phrase "alternate universe" literally - Seraph prefaces each episode by stating that he takes "great liberties...with names, places, etc. in order to create as original a story as possible." Among these liberties include characters being given more "realistic" names (for example, Demyx becoming "Tim"), and in some cases gender flipped (Xaldin gets renamed Linda, Marluxia is now a Bifauxnen "Marley," and Vexen is Ansem's wife). However, the series nevertheless gets a lot of details right about appearances and personalities (Jerk Jock Axel, despite being naturally dirty-blond like his twin Tim, dyes his hair red to match his canon counterpart, and at least once he utters his catchphrase, "Got it memorized?") It's also highly serialized, so definitely make sure to read the episodes in order (although Episode 2, which mostly consists of flashbacks, may be read out of order with Episode 1). And it's surprisingly Troperiffic, with enough pop-culture references to turn the heads of Joss Whedon or Dan Harmon, which really adds to the fun. It really Needs More Love.
Status: Complete, with a pair of sequels, Broken Heroes and Shattered Saviors.
Reccomended by: Lolgurl
Synopsis: Ventus and Vanitas forged the X-Blade at the Destiny Islands. Sora and Riku lose their parents, are hurtled into Traverse Town before they're even ten, and then struggle to survive for the eleven years between BbS and KH2. Riku is still very much like his canon self at that point, brooding but with a hopeful streak, but Sora... he's not doing so hot. He's been absolutely traumatized by the event, and is now a complete mirror of his Canon self: bitter, angsty, antisocial, and depressed to the point of multiple attempts at suicide. Both are found by Donald and Goofy, who bring them to King Mickey so they can help with the Heartless that has plagued the multiverse, since KH1 never happened. Soon, they meet Kairi, and then go on their way through the worlds, and, well... Destiny is never left to chance...
Comments: Okay, not exactly the happiest of fics, as it's filled with (w)angst and a generally depressing tone, but a VERY unique take on what could have happened. Sora alone is interesting since he's become everything he ISN'T supposed to be. It still follows plot points of canon events, such as the main trio meeting up and becoming friends and Riku betraying Sora and giving into the darkness so he can save Kairi, forming a Mirror Universe of sorts, but manages to have its own plot to follow with Sora's own struggles as he tries to cope with his traumatized psyche.
NOTE: The whole thing is currently being rewritten and compliled as "Broken Souls", and can be found here
Synopsis: A mainly comedic retelling of the Kingdom Hearts series with Zim and Dib in the roles of Sora and Riku, Calvin and Hobbes in the roles of Donald and Goofy, Garfield in the role of Mickey, and characters from tons of other series.
Comments: Even though Sora and the games' other O Cs aren't in the story, it's still a fanfic of Kingdom Hearts more than it's a crossover fanfic. The story, characters, and worlds are much more fleshed out than those in the games, but it still follows the general story and we still have things like Destiny Island, Traverse Town, and the Heartless. The author is also a troper and lampshades many of the tropes listed on this site.
Synopsis: Roxas wishes everything in Organization XIII would go back to the way it was...but he never expected that would actually happen! Now he has to keep himself sane as he goes through all the trials that his wish brings.
Synopsis: An AU story taking place all on one world, a world being ravaged by the Heartless. King Mickey adopts Sora, the young wielder of the Keyblade. However, there's a problem, his heart is missing.
Recommended by Zagreus. Seconded by Pepper-Jak, Suspicious Cookie
Synopsis: Sister fics set post KH2. Sora leaves Kairi behind on his newest adventure, setting off a chain of events that pit Sora, Kairi, and Riku against each other and ressurrect Organization XIII. Events unfold from the perspectives of the Nobodies in Nobody's Perfect and the perspective of their Somebodies in the original, creating a unique reading experience.
Synopsis: An AU fic with an alternate drastically different setting where certain original members of the order, Ansem, Xaldin, Saix, and others, are called "Lords" and rule a kingdom, follows the story of Namine through this world and her search for her brother Roxas.
Pairing(s): Implied Riku/Kairi, Kairi/Sora (but he's dead in this fanfic until the last chapter)
Synopsis: After the events of Kingdom Hearts 2, Sora and the gang return to normal high school life, until one night Sora is viciously murdered by a Nobody named Ruxik; Kairi becomes the new Keyblader and with Riku and a few of their friends from the games, they battle Ruxik, who is determined to plunge the universe into darkness and make himself king of the darkness.
Recommended by Exceptional_Chocolate, Comartemis, CCIB, moooomoooo
Synopsis: Before the journey, through their days laughing together, they finally found an... understanding. Oh, but let's be clear, the Master must never know. Seriously. Has a half-related follow-up called As I Remember It.
Synopsis: Set in an alternate universe where there is no Keyblades, darkness, disney characters and whatnot; basically an ordinary life fic focusing on the relationship of Roxas and Namine who at the beginning hate each other with a passion. In other words this is an opposites attract fanfic, very well written and the humor is well delivered as well as the character development and dialogue.
Pairings: Lexaeus/Zexion, Vexen/Marluxia, Axel/Larxene - also cases of Marluxia/Larxene, Vexen/Larxene, Lexaeus/Larxene, Lexaeus/Marluxia, Marluxia/Zexion
Synopsis: The Plot-Bunny of Doom/The Renegades, by three different authors, is the story of the Castle Oblivion Nobodies. I can't summarize to save my life, but essentially, they messed up. They messed up bad, and so the six Nobodies fled the castle and Organization XII VII, hopping from world to world in a paranoid dash to save their hides.
Deceitful Above All Things by Quillslinger (slash, M-rated [though the explicit material is about two paragraphs out of a 18,000-word fic], AU due to being written prior to 358/2 Days)
Recommended by Rocha, whitesouldragon, moooomoooo
Pairings: Axel and Roxas.
Synopsis: Contrary to popular beliefs, most of which were disseminated by Axel, he did not meet Roxas in a life-or-death situation involving a million Heartless and gravity-defying acrobatics. That part really did happen, just not on the day they met. Way before that, there was this summer day in Twilight Town.
Synopsis: "Sora's life was going fine until an older version of himself literally falls from the sky bringing news of a horrific future and a mission to turn back the hourglass. Now Sora must fight fate to protect the one he loves. Post KH 2 Riku/Sora."
Pairings: Demyx and Zexion, except it's not there yet in the story.
Synopsis: While working a psychology internship, Myde is given the challenge of analyzing Ienzo, a mysterious patient who spends his days writing on the walls of his hospital room. But when the story of 'Zexion' and 'Demyx' starts to sound familiar...
Synopsis: As DiZ and Riku prepare for Sora's awakening and the defeat of Organization XIII, Riku finds himself being haunted by a familiar figure. For even with no powers left, Zexion still knows his every weakness. Riku x Zexion.
Synopsis: An AU, Shipping fic about Kairi as the Keyblade Master instead of Sora. It's her struggles against the Organization XIII together with the Radiant Garden Restoration Commity and her fellow Keybladers, Olette and Namine. A far darker take on the story than the original. Takes place during the story of Kingdom Hearts II.
Synopsis: Roxas leads a semiperfect life. He's a good person, with reasonable grades, friends he's growing out of, and a regular home environment. Until Axel comes along. Roxas doesn't realize just how much of a sham his whole existence is...
Synopsis: Four teenage boys. Four different types of cancer. One journey.
Comments: Wonderful story, if a bit rough around the edges. The author manages to write yet another 'It's AU and they are high school students' fic without falling into the cliches that litter most other 'normal' A Us. The author is the son of a PA, and it shows with the amount of research that has clearly been done. He manages to handle a sensitive subject without being unbelievable or over the top.
Warnings: It would be hard to write a story with four cancer patients without including at least a little character death.
Pairings: Cloud/Sephiroth (although it's implied, it actually takes awhile to get there)
Synopsis: Cloud made a deal with Hades to search for someone, but he may have taken off a bit more than he expected. There are some in the world that wish to control him for more than his fighting ability!
Pairings: Sora/Riku, Roxas/Axel, and Sora+Roxas friendship
Synopsis: It's about growing up, mostly. Sometimes it's about the guy you totally didn't kiss in the locker room and sometimes it's about the guy who climbed in your window. Sometimes it's about hockey. But sometimes it's about the difference between what's real and what's fake, between what you own and what you fight, between being a boy and being a man.
Comments: I'm not usually a big fan of AU high school stories, but this one is honestly one of the best pieces of fiction I have ever read. I would pay money to buy this in book form if it were available.
I second the motion. Anyone who likes Sora/Riku and Roxas/Axel should definitively give this story a shot. It's extremely enjoyable, and is very deserving of both its humor and romance tags. It will definitely have you coming back for re-reads. It's plain to see it was well-planned out, and is just as well-written as any published book out there.
Warnings: Rated Mature for language, drug use and sex.
The author's 'warnings:' Rose-tinted 90's nostalgia, boy/boy situations, the use and abuse of several cliches, excessive presence of flannel, Riku driving, Sora expressing badass-ocity, grunge rock, recreational drug use and references to stoner culture, language, conveniently placed trees, cheerleaders in glitter makeup, people who know the alma mater, teenagers, smoking in the boys' room, fistfighting in the boys' room, and more to be added, probably.
Pairings: Zemyx, AkuRoku (Which seems to be bigger than the Zemyx at points), Sora/Riku
Synopsis: Closeted band geek, Demyx, suddenly gets the urge to join the high school marching band when he sees Zexion, a member of the drum line. This story details his adventure though the marching season, and how all the relationships grow and change with band drama.
Comments: One of the best AU's I've ever read for this paring. Not only are the characters all very in character, but it really captures that marching band feeling: including the drama, friendships, after parties, cheesy speeches, and why people do love the marching band.
Synopsis: A story of loss, and coping, and remembering. It's not easy to die, but it's also not easy to be left behind. It's hard to smile when you want to cry, and it's hard to move on like nothing happened. This is a story about acceptance, and how hard that one word can weigh on the soul, but at the same time allow it to fly.
Comments: A Tear Jerker if I've ever seen one. It's one of the best AU stories I've read, and it's bittersweet until the very end. It's stories like this that shows you how your world can come crashing down, but you'll still be able to pick up the pieces.
Synopsis: "What if…" he pauses, trying to find the right words, "What if there is a life after this one? What if we've already lived a hundred lives before this one?" Isa shrugs easily, "I wouldn't know the difference."
Synopsis: Sora has always been an unidentified mystery. But when when the spring track season starts and Sora’s friends begin to delve into his secrets, Sora finds that no matter how fast you run, you can never leave your problems behind. (taken from fanfiction.net)
Pairings: Sora/Riku, Roxas/Axel, Cloud/Leon, past Cloud/Sepheroth, Kairi/Selphie and Zexion/Demyx
Synopsis: Minato has lost everything, reduced to an empty being in a universe that's not his own. But he will regain everything. And he will return home. No Organization or Shadows will get in his way. But why, oh why, must he go through this Journey with this optimistic trio of an anthropomorphic dog, a magic casting duck, and an overly positive kid? Why can't life ever be simple?
Comments: This story takes place after Persona 3 and after gaining control of Sora in Kingdom Hearts II.