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Fanfic Recs: Legion of Super Heroes

Authors

Philozophizes

  • Recommended by: Blind Poet
  • She is, quite honestly, one of the best writers for the Legion. Her fanfiction is mostly gen, covering things like the Fatal Five, the first year of the Cartoonverse Legion, what happens after the 2nd Season... Every single one of her many works is the absolute best, and they're absolutely enthralling, covering quite a wide variety of topics. She doesn't write romance, but her fics do their best to cover virtually ever Legionnaire imaginable, covering those that weren't featured in the cartoon, as well, and her fic, Legion: Year One, is really good for those that want to get into the comics, but don't know what characters are which. Overall, an amazing author with fantastic stories. Unfortunately, she has confirmed late last year that her creative muse for Legion of Superheroes is gone.

Haiku Kitten and Here

  • Recommended by: Blind Poet
  • An absolutely wonderful Invisible Kid/Brainiac 5 author, primarily for the Reboot version of the comics, but also extending to other continuities, such as the cartoonverse, as well. She captures both of the characters absolutely perfectly, and every single one of her fics is enjoyable. They tend towards the dark side, slightly, more mature stories with rape in some of them, but there is also fluff, and in general, she is just a wonderful writer. In addition, she also writes a mini-series of stories about Reboot!Brainiac 5's early years, which are definitely worth a read and fit wonderfully into the comic canon. All in all, an amazing author.
  • Tags: Rape, Sex

CampionSayn

  • Recommended by: Blind Poet
  • A writer of mostly Timber Wolf/Phantom Girl, from the cartoonverse, they've made me ship a pairing that I had, until recently, not paid too much attention to. Every single interaction is completely in-character, and I love the variety of situations they throw them into. They're mostly fluff and adorable, but when something has angst in it, it really is angsty. It's definitely worth checking out their stories, and one of my favorite things about them is the fact that they have also explored both of those characters' parents, delving into stories about Winema Wazzo and Mar Londo, both of whom are extremely unappreciated characters that are captured marvelously in their text. If you need a reason to check out their stories, do it for the amazingness that is Winema Wazzo. I don't think I've ever loved a portrayal of a character this much.

General Fics

Just Joking, Seriously by avearia

  • Recommended by: Blind Poet
  • Synopsis: "Superman explains an old tradition called "April Fools Day" to his fellow Legionnaires. The results are disasterous."
  • Pairings: None.
  • Version: Cartoon.
  • Comments: This one definitely got a few laughs out of me. The antics from the main character that did all of the pranks [not spoiling who!] were great, and those pranks were absolutely /priceless/, as were the reactions. I'll definitely have to note down some of those for future April Fools' Days. A great, humorous one-shot~
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  • 3YG Issue 2, Spaceport Mishap by guardian921

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "While traveling to his new home and job at STAR Labs, Brainy has a little mishap in the spaceport involving a lost child, Spaceport Security, and a load of Coluan prejudice."
    • Pairings: None.
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: I really like this one. It accurately displays the fact that yes, there is going to be some after-effects to the fact that Querl digitized so many planets and people, even if there aren't any formal charges against him, while at the same time not going overboard and displaying the fact that everyone is completely against him. The fact that Colu is apparently not part of the United Planets threw me, but that's only minor, and other than that, a great, realistic story that shows some of what Querl will have to deal with after the end of the series.
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  • The Pain of Regret by Kirsten Erin

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "I followed his lead as we retreated from the battle- from the damage we'd done. I closed my eyes and tried to block out the reality of what I was doing. I was leaving my little brother to die."
    • Pairings: None.
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: This one is about Mekt, specifically, his point of view during Chained Lightning. Mekt is such an unappreciated character, and as a result, I love this story so much. It very accurately captures the cartoonverse version of him, gives reason for his actions, and wow, really humanizes him at the same time. It's really, really great, and fits flawlessly into the episode itself. Definitely worth the read!
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  • Bending Like a Willow Tree by Cleome45

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Brainiac 5's exit, featuring others."
    • Pairings: Cosmic Boy/Night Girl, One-Sided Brainiac 5/Shrinking Violet, Other Implied Pairings.
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: This fic is just... artfully crafted brilliance. It tells the story of, after the end of the series, Brainiac 5 leaving, and of a great variety of characters reacting to that and Dark Victory itself, ranging from Sun Boy to Saturn Girl. Each of the characters is absolutely flawless, in their own right, and a great deal of attention is paid to each nuance, and it's just... Utterly fantastic. Don't read if you don't want to be sad, though.
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  • Legion Rising by avearia

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Just because Imperiex is gone doesn't mean that the Legion's work is finished. Far from it! Follow the heroes through a season three, thirteen episodes as they deal with Old enemies, new foes, forgotten friends and hidden pasts. Long Live the Legion!"
    • Pairings: None.
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: This story was really shaping up to be, well, really cool. Small blip about Dream Girl's family aside, the premise sounds very interesting, and I'm very curious to see where it could have gone. The characters are perfectly IC, every action makes sense, and it's just... great. Unfortunately, only one chapter is done, and it appears to be long dead, but that single chapter is well worth reading, a tasteful hint of what could have possibly come.
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  • Mind, Body, Spirit by avearia

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Triplicate Girl looks back on her childhood, and how it has affected her today."
    • Pairings: Hints of Bouncing Boy/Triplicate Girl - Chuck/Luornu.
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: A very well-written, introspective piece on one of the oft-over-looked Legionnaires, Triplicate Girl. It's absolutely excellent, granting her so much depth (and making Season 2 that much more difficult to bear), and all of the small mentions of other Legionnaires are absolutely brilliant, IC and just adding a bit of a lovely quirk to the story. It's just absolutely amazing, and adds so much to an already wonderful character.
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  • Cloud Girl by perch

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Life as a cloud was different from life as a girl. Ayla muses about her brothers, the legion and her life."
    • Pairings: None.
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: A wonderful piece that details Ayla's life after becoming a girl once more. It's wonderfully crafted, each of her interactions with all of the Legionnaires perfect, and right where they belong in the story, and the hints of her changing, of what's to come, very much intrigue me. It's a gorgeous little one-shot about such a minor character, and it's just wonderful. Perhaps they'll be a Lightning Lass in the future!
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  • A Study in Valor by Zathara001

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "After Earth-Man's death, Mon-El and Shadow Lass resolve their relationship."
    • Pairings: Former Earth-Man/Shadow Lass and Mon-El/Shadow Lass.
    • Version: Earth-0.
    • Comments: A great fic reflecting on Mon-El as he considers his place in the Legion, Earth-Man, his relationship with Tasmia, and others in the Legion, specifically regarding Leadership. An excellent fic, one of the far too few comic-based ones that is absolutely wonderful. If you enjoy the New Earth Legion, or Mon-El, then this is certainly a read for you.
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  • Back to the Place of My Worst Defeat by Abbykat

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Dyrk Magz stops waiting for the Legion to call."
    • Pairings: None.
    • Version: Earth-247.
    • Comments: This is probably one of my top Legion fics, ever. It's about the little known Dyrk Magz of the Earth-247 version of the Legion, and it's absolutely wonderful. Heartbreaking, inspiring, and such a good introspection fic of this guy who should have gotten more time than he did. If you know him, you need to read this, and if you don't, you need to go read the comics he's in, just so you can read it. Utterly glorious.
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  • Shipping Fics

    Jealousy by tokyolove

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Why can't people understand that taken means taken?"
    • Pairings: Lightning Lad/Saturn Girl - Garth/Imra
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: A cute little one-shot, focusing on Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl, in the cartoonverse, where Saturn Girl finds herself just a /little/ bit jealous over the attention her boyfriend's getting... A cute, short fic that perfectly captures the nature of their relationship, and leaves Saturn Girl the jealous one for once, which I find a nice change. Short and sweet!
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  • Birthday Gife of a Late Night Kiss by ForeverChocolateRoses

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "The Legion holds a late-night party for Lightning Lad's birthday. And one gift stands out the most."
    • Pairings: Lightning Lad/Saturn Girl - Garth/Imra
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: A cute little one-shot about Lightning Lad's birthday. It's short and sweet, and I love the attention to details, like Ayla jumping in and out of the conversation, Bouncing Boy's movies, as usual, playing in the background, and it's just an adorable little fic. A good, quick read!
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  • Strawberry Cough Syrup by tokyolove

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "They may be superheroes, but they're not immune to everything."
    • Pairings: Lightning Lad/Saturn Girl - Garth/Imra
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: Yet another fluffy little one-shot about Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl~. A cute little story about Lightning Lad taking care of Saturn Girl while she's sick. It's just absolutely adorable, one of those little fics that make you go 'aww', and the dynamic is so perfect between them. I could easily see this being a background scene in one of the episodes, given how much Garth worries over his girlfriend. Cute and well worth the read!
    • Tags: Mentions of Sex.
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  • Getting to Know You by XxXAlways-a-DreamerXxX

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Drabble series featuring favorite couple P Gx TW. Starting from first impressions to many more experiences these two must have shared, the scenes you don't see in the series."
    • Pairings: Timber Wolf/Phantom Girl - Brin/Tinya
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: A cute little drabble series about Timber Wolf and Phantom Girl, starting with how they met and all the events that lead them to have the dynamic shown in the cartoon. It only made it up to five chapters, and isn't complete, but the drabbles already there are definitely worth the read. The characters are IC, the interactions are amusing, and Tinya is absolutely flawless, as usual. A great fic!
    • Tags: None.
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  • Castles in the Sky by DarkTaoAngel

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "The first thing he remembers is the last thing he'll forget."
    • Pairings: Superman/Brainiac 5 - Clark/Querl; Superman/Lois Lane - Clark/Lois
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: Oh gosh. I normally don't like any of the Superman/Brainiac 5 fics, simply because they're normally not the best written, but this one, holy cow. The first time I read it, I sobbed. Fanfiction doesn't do that to me anymore, normally, but this one just utterly pulled on my heartstrings. It's a very introspective piece, slightly confusing at times but considering Querl's state of mind, very reasonable, and it's just. Heart-renching to read. A wonderfully sad fic, the best for this pairing in my opinion, hands down.
    • Tags: Possible Suicide.
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  • Fools for Love by Amarin Rose

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: A series of unrelated oneshots about Invisible Kid/Brainiac 5.
    • Pairings: Invisible Kid/Brainiac 5 - Lyle/Querl
    • Version: Various Versions.
    • Comments: 17 one-shots, all very well-written! It's interesting, the different scenarios that they're in, and it doesn't just cover one version of the Legion (although a majority are Reboot), incorporating Threeboot as well. Each story is very different, and it's well worth checking out, to see if some of them catch your fancy~. Definitely a great fic for these two.
    • Tags: Sex.
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  • Brain and Brawn by Katzedecimal

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Once upon a time, a 12th-Level dick fell in love with a xenophobe. Now he's upgraded and she's a nun. They've both changed. But if they want to make it work, they have to change even more."
    • Pairings: Brainiac 5/Andromeda - Querl/Laurel
    • Version: Earth-247.
    • Comments: There is far too little love for this pairing, and this story for it is absolutely /brilliant/. The characters are a little older than the ones we know, so they are a bit different, but the changes fit so well as part of their development it's like they naturally got there. It's a wonderful story, as each of the main two characters develop, learn, and change in their relationship, and for anyone who enjoys these characters, definitely a wonderful read. Highly recommended!
    • Tags: Implied Sexual Situations.
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  • Bazinga by Future Faith

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Sheldon is to Penny as Brainiac 5 is to Superman; in other words, no one thinks it's ever going to happen. Is that something even the Man of Steel can't change?"
    • Pairings: Superman/Brainiac 5 - Clark/Querl
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: Aaah, this is great. I must admit, I know nothing about the Big Bang Theory, but it isn't required to know that, simply being a show that Superman and Bouncing Boy are watching. The latter, actually, is absolutely flawless in this, despite it being a story about a pairing that doesn't involve him, and his comments and input on the whole matter make it that much better. The description is great, too, and I can definitely easily picture everything that's going on. It's great!
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  • Interruptions by Touch of Grey

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Is there something in the air? Or is it just the fact that the Legion is filled with hormonal teenagers? Brainy/Lyle."
    • Pairings: Invisible Kid/Brainiac 5 - Querl/Lyle
    • Version: Earth-247.
    • Comments: Snort. This is a quick, humorous one-shot, actually centered around /Cosmic Boy/, of all people, for this pairing. Didn't expect that ending, but pfft. Quite amusing.
    • Tags: Non-Explicit Sexual Activity.
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  • A Kind of Magic by Amarin Rose

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Love is just another kind of magic Nura Nal has worked on Querl Dox."
    • Pairings: Brainiac 5/Dream Girl - Querl/Nura
    • Version: Earth-Prime.
    • Comments: A wonderful drabble that captures this little-loved Legion Couple. Querl's thoughts are wonderful in their jolting confusion, and though Dream Girl isn't physically in the fic, her affect on him is easily seen, and the parallels drawn are sweet. Well worth the mere moment of your time it takes to read this.
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  • Areas of Aptitude by Amarin Rose

    • Recommended by: Blind Poet
    • Synopsis: "Brainiac 5 is a smart guy, but there’s one area in which Shrinking Violet may have bested him: that of the heart."
    • Pairings: Brainiac 5/Shrinking Violet - Querl/Salu
    • Version: Cartoon.
    • Comments: A cute little drabble, once more, this time starring Brainy and Vi. Querl's social ineptitude shines through in this fic, the nod to Superman is appreciated, and Vi's willingness to make the first move is perfectly in character. Short and sweet, but worth a read if you like them.
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