Synopsis: Another Ranma Dark Fic, which has a Ranma as a villain of almost Hannibal Lecter proportions in terms of Magnificent Bastardy and psychopathy. A chilling and occasionally gut wrenching read. Actually complete, a rarity in the Fan Fic world.
One of the most well-known long-time Ranma fanfiction writers, and continued past the 90s, helping to keep the FFML alive throughout the 2000s. In addition increasingly dedicated towards keeping the characterisation, mood, and comedy mostly consistent with Takahashi's original vision. Perhaps best known for writing Shampoo 1/2, but has arguably improved considerably since then. Avenging and The Things We Wish For are some of the more noteworthy. There is also a side-story to the former called Defending by David Dee, starring Gosunkugi of all people, as the protagonist.
Synopsis: The story starts with Ranma refusing to get out of bed. Having a feeling that it's going to be one of "those days." The reader then learns that, elsewhere, three Genius Ditz ninjas, in a last ditch effort to fail them from Ninja school, have been ordered to steal the "Scared Urn of Cao Patty." Sure enough, Ranma is volunteered to be the security. And the entire cast joins in. You can guess what happens next.
Author of Ranma story cycles from the late 1990s. His three main Ranma works are
Thy Inward Love: A Continuation fic which attempts, with reasonable success, to tie up all the loose threads left by the end of the manga, creating a small but well-done Fan Verse in the process. In addition to the main storyline there are a number of side stories covering events in the years after its conclusion, including a crossover with Lawson's other Ranma series, Thy Outward Part, and another with Zen's infamous The Bitter End. It also has a sequel series called Magic, which no longer seems to be available anywhere on the Web.
Thy Outward Part: The story of Ranma's years at college after he has been locked permanently in his female form, told mostly from the perspective of a male pre-med student who falls in love with the brooding, moody martial arts mistress.
Roses of Shadow: When Ranma loses the Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics contest with Kodachi, he honors the terms of the bet and reluctantly moves into the Kuno home to be with her. There he learns that Kodachi and Kuno's lives are considerably darker than he expected, and discovers that the only hope he has of being freed to return to Akane is to get Kodachi the professional help that she strongly denies that she needs.
Short, award winning stories that focus on the budding romance between Ranma and Akane. Palmer was among the first authors to take Ranma Fanfiction from screenplay format to prose.
The Seasons Series (Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn) looks in on the young couple as the year passes. The Colors series (Red, Orange, Black, After Black, Yellow (incomplete) and Manilla) expands the focus to include more of the Nerima cast. Revenge (Revenge?, A Conversation with Nabiki) has the cast crossing into this world to interact with the author. Short Stories (Hot, Yuuki) were written on request, Hot is a self-parody of the author's style, and Yuuki was a one hour challenge that took substatually longer. Ninja no Himitsu is a script fic in professional screenplay format(incomplete). The site also has: Audio mp3 renderings of Red, Winter, Spring and Summer; Author's photos of real world Nerima; Artworks
Author of quite a large variety of stories, wandering through a variety of concepts while still retaining a rather differently twisted sense of humor. Some of his completed stories include:
Older: Ranma arrives at the Tendo dojo with his father and discovers that the agreement, while still valid, was made with the Tendo women a little bit older than normal. Nabiki is the one to take the engagement and she's thirty-seven. Kasumi has a kid near Ranma's age and Akane is happily married. Written mainly as a drama with some comedy elements.
Age of the Warhorse: An X-Men crossover where a young, canon Ranma is summoned into a Crapsack World where Apocalypse made him one of the Four Horsemen. Written mainly as a dark adventure.
Ranma 1/2: Easy Target: Ranma is an assassin, by way of The Big Hit. With all of the trimmings you'd expect from a story which fuses both into one serving. Comedy, with some action.
Additionally, WFROSE has a history of doing some really, really grim, disturbing, eyebrow-raising, or otherwise out-there stories and playing them for laughs. Little Pretty Biohazard features a T-Virus infected Kasumi and the rest don't get any more sane. Of shifting quality.
This author only writes Ranma/Akane pairings, but does it well enough, and with enough variety to keep it interesting. His stories usually keep the respective characters mostly IC, with some variation for the situation at hand.
Only two stories, but each is a huge epic, set in a post-manga timeline, with changes and evolutions undergone by nearly every character. In Tales of Shampoo 1, we find Shampoo is living in San Francisco several years after Ranma and Akane got married, content and happy as the proprietor of the city's best Asian-fusion restaurant. Then an unexpected visitor from Japan arrives and throws everything into chaos. Tales of Shampoo 2 is a massive flashback that tells how things got from canon to the state they are at the start of Tales of Shampoo 1.
Author of several stories, notable because of his dark humor and the interesting plots and sub-plots of his fics. Chibi-Reaper is listed here because most of his fics are Ranmacrossovers of one kind or another.
Towers and Titans is an unfinished [and apparently dead] fanfiction written early in Chibi's career. It involves Ranma visiting one of thoseshops, and getting a cursed board game that he, Genma, and the Tendo Family get sucked into.
Carried Off is one of Chibi-Reaper's more recent fics, and the only fic that he has ever finished. In it, the Tendo Dojo is challenged by Suika from Touhou, who quickly defeats Ranma and, as the name of the fic suggests, carries him off. Includes some squick, although your mileage may vary on that due to it being played quite straight and in a funny manner. Carried off now has a sequel, 'Away To Neverland'.
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.To Tell a Hawk From a Handsaw by N. Reynolds
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Synopsis: Ranma realizes how messed up his life is, and comes up with a plan. Ranma pretends to be mad in order to outmaneuver his "friends" and "family." Insanity inspired by Hamlet, with influences from unpopular culture.
The dialogue is Shakespearian level wordplay. It was actually painful for me to find something to criticize when I first read this. The only fault I can find is that Ranma is too smart (not that I care). And maybe some what-could-have-been's due to the story taking on a life of its own.
Essentially, this is as close to an adequate happy ending for Ranma I've ever found. The biggest flaw, Ranma's sudden burst of intelligence that made the story possible, is easily forgivable considering the result. Some of the dialogue is truly outstanding, and deserves to be quoted even out of context.
Synopsis: Ranma, following the wedding fiasco from the manga series, delivers a poignant line to Akane, which goes unheard... except by Happosai, who takes it as an invitation to lock Ranma in a "Groundhog Day" Loop of that one day, until Ranma is able to live that day just right!.
Synopsis: When Ranma first arrives at the Tendo home, Akane is not a Tsundere but a sweet girl... who is constantly trying to kill herself. Not because she's depressed or hates life; in fact, she's a very cheerful and upbeat person. No, she keeps trying to kill herself just because. Ranma is roped into being her "one-man 24/7 suicide watch". Done mainly as a dark comedy with some drama.
Synopsis: A retelling of the series with one crucial difference. Instead of falling in the spring of the drowned girl, Ranma fell into the spring of the drowned amorous oversexed nymphomaniac. Can the world survive the first ever master of the Anything Goes Sensual Martial Arts? Better than it sounds. Lots of sex jokes, but also full of characterization. Written mainly as a comedy.
Synopsis: Ranma from The Shadow Chronicles travels the dimensions, seeking to forget the horrible tragedy he's been through. His travels end when he finds himself mysteriously trapped on a fantasy-themed world. Meanwhile, a certain priestess has had a vision of a red-haired girl causing some sort of catastrophe. The city it takes place in is like fantasy meets New York meets New Orleans at Mardi Gras. Unfortunately a Dead Fic but it has a lot going for it until then.
Synopsis: It all starts with Happosai up to his usual thieving pastime. Unfortunately, this time, the temple he steals from has a powerful demon under its control, one that can adapt to any move used against it, and doubles its power if anyone assists against it. Fortunately for Happosai, he's still skilled enough to make sure some other sap takes the blame. Unfortunately for Ranma, he happens to be that sap, and Ryoga & Ukyo are also dragged along for the ride, running against the clock...
Ranma Goes To War, a two-parter (second chapter is called Once more into the Breach - it also has a short spinoff) along with the sequel Chasing The Wind, available at the same link both by J. Austin Wilde
Synopsis: Darker and Edgier, Ranma and company gets to grow up through war (wich is very well depicted, and incredibly, the characters manage to remain rather coherent. Plenty funny at time, if only when Ranma and crew are saved by Akane's cooking. Although the sequel returns to the series more fantastical elements. Also, in the sequel, Kuno finally gets his moment to shine with his own side adventure (/w Nabiki and Ukyo as his beautiful companions... or so Kuno thinks).
Synopsis: Post-wedding; Ranma, due to a convergence of forces, realizes just what a mess his life is with all the fiancees and rivalries he has... so he tries to find a way out. Described by the author himself as "My farewell to Ranma ½, and my condemnation of it." An interesting meta fanfic. It references dozens of other Ranma ½ fanfics as Ranma searches for his happy ending.
Synopsis: A dark take on Ranma and Akane's relationship, focusing on increasing Akane's violent tendecies, Ranma being unwilling to defend himself against her, and going into psychological motivations behind their behaviour.
Synopsis: Exiled to the realm of myths and legends by Cologne's magic, Akane must fight to survive as the sole mortal in a land of deadly supernatural creatures. To make matters worse, time runs faster there than on Earth, and her very existence is being "written out" of the human world. Her quest to return to the mortal world before she's grown far too old for Ranma, paralleled by Ranma himself holding desperately onto his memories of her even as the world around him erases her existence, while Cologne schemes to thwart both of them, all drive this fic to a heartbreaking climax, and a heartwarming ending.
Synopsis: Ryouga and Ranma decide to put more emphasis on the "friendly" part of their friendly rivalry and end their feud. Needless to say things never run smooth for Ranma. What with Ryouga having to pose as "Ranko's" boyfriend, Ukyo ending up as Shampoo's other husband (don't ask) without either of them breaking their engagements to Ranma, and the ultimate body swap roulette it's a comedy of epic errors even by Nerima's standards.
Synopsis: When Ryouga crosses paths with the Teen Titans and agents of H.I.V.E. in the Chinese wilderness, a chain of events is set in motion that will thrust Ryouga into the spotlight of his own adventures. When martial arts mayhem meets super hero hijinks, chaos ensues.
Synopsis: The sequel series to The Titans and the Lost Boy, Dark Titans focuses on the aftermath of the battle with H.I.V.E. as the Nerima Wrecking Crew adjust to the circumstances that they find themselves in.
Synopsis: They say that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Ranma, like his father, is a con artist. Meanwhile, the Tendo clan has suffered rather more than in canon, and its daughters are all the more dangerous for it.
Synopsis: A multi-crossover continuing from where "Road Runner" left off, Ryoga somehow found his way onto Namek, and learns enough that in his next match with Ranma, his rival is out with the first punch. In a search to find a style to counteract the insane speed and strength Ryoga has, Happosai tells him about Pretty Magical Girl Martial Arts. You can figure it out from there.
Synopsis: One Youma manages to escape being killed by the Senshi during one of their battles and is subsequently rescued by Ryouga, next thing you know both the Dark Kingdom and The Senshi are convinced dark forces are brewing Nerima, but don't worry Ranma has a plan... Ok, worry.
Synopsis: Ryoga's unparalleled ability to get lost gets boosted by a suspicious artifact and sends him skipping through dimensions. Concerned with what his jaunts are doing to the fabric of the dimensions, the TSAB sets out to stop him, and brings Ranma along to help track him down. Hilarity, unexpected confrontations, and asskicking most righteous ensue.
The sequel divides its time between the Inner Senshi going to Mid-Childa to train under Nanoha while Ranma, a provisional agent of the TSAB, aids the others in defending Japan from a strange new enemy. More crossovers occur (including Hellboy and Black Lagoon).
The third story focuses on the consequences of all these dimensions becoming aware of each other and gaining access to dimensional transfer technology, as Grand Admiral Thrawn makes his classic mistake — focusing on his crew and his enemies and paying almost no attention at all to what his allies are doing — and things from beyond begin to intrude.
The fourth and current story returns to Japan as Ranma tries to gain some stability in his life. Unfortunately for him, his father engaged him to a resident of the Magic World. And just as Nanoha and Fate was getting maternity leave...
Synopsis: Kamek the Magikoopa is furious when his granddaughter Kimmy quits Bowser's service and runs away to marry a "renegade" Koopa from the Mushroom Kingdom. In his anger, he curses her unborn children, one to become delusional, and the other to have No Sense of Direction. In order to protect them from Kamek, Kimmy has to reluctantly leave them on Earth, with only two enchanted keepsakes to keep them safe: A black rose, and a spotted bandanna. Sixteen years later, Kimmy comes back to Earth to find her children, who, if you haven't guessed by now, go by the names of Kodachi Kuno and Ryoga Hibiki.
Synopsis: Do you love Kasumi Tendo? Wish she got to be The Hero for once? But how, what with the whole Yamato Nadeshiko thing? Here is a fanfic for you in which Kasumi remains in character as a Yamato Nadeshiko while demonstrating exactly why you should never ever cross one.
Synopsis: Ranma gets a wish from Skuld, and asks to learn more about his mother and the grandmother he never knew. The next thing he knows, he's got three days to spend twenty years in the past — with an unconventional, rebellious little redheaded fireball named Nodoka. Time Travel, but not a Peggy Sue or a Fix Fic — in fact, Ranma is warned that if he changes too much, his wish will be undone and everything will be reset. WAFFy, but not glurge.
Synopsis: Extreme Dark Fic. Twenty years after the events of Ranma ½, two teenaged boys dare themselves to investigate a local urban legend, only to discover a decades-old mystery — and several deadly secrets.
Synopsis: Ranma and Akane, lost in the woods, come upon a building where all of their main antagonists (Kuno, Kodachi, Ryoga, Shampoo, Mousee, Ukyo) have met in secret to fight amongst themselves to decide which of them is most worthy of Ranma/Akane/"The Pig-Tailed Girl", with the plot line loosely following The Rocky Horror Picture Show (including parodies of all of the songs sung by the cast). Hilarity ensues, culminating in a free-for-all battle between all of the characters using a new martial arts style (geisha fu) which involves the use of boas, sequins, corsets, and high-heeled shoes. Takes place sometime around the seventh season of the TV series, given the presence of Ukyo and Ryoga using the shishi hokodan. Light on romance, heavy on slapstick and humor.
Synopsis: Through a combination of Washuu and Mihoshi from Tenchi Muyo!, Ranma's Jusenkyo curse has become a highly contagious virus that spreads across the world. This results in massive social, political, and comedic change as both global society and the cast of other anime have to deal with everyone becoming Gender Benders. This was followed by other authors writing about what the world might be like if everyone was able to switch gender. The full archive can be found here; http://vffa.ficfan.org/author_cjones.html
Synopsis: Genma dies, and leaves behind to Ranma his journal. How exactly did Genma and Soun become such good friends? And how did he ever convince Nodoka to marry him? Set before Soun and Genma studied under Happosai.
Synopsis: Sailor Moon is missing the Ginzuishou, the golfball-sized magical gem which acts as talisman and focus for her powers. But why does Ranma have it? And what are these memories it seems to be awakening in him?
Synopsis: Ryouga Hibiki arrives at the Tendo Dojo, much to the surprise of Nabiki (who he claims he's engaged to) and P-chan. Then Ryouga Hibiki arrives — and wonders how he got there from China, where he's married to Shampoo. In all, seven Ryouga Hibikis arrive, all from different timelines and all engaged to different girls. However, one of them is an imposter with a deadly plan. Can they work out which, before it's too late? Its sequels continue the meetings between different Ryougas.
Synopsis: Right after the end of the manga, as Ranma and Akane finally work out their relationship, a young man with extraordinary powers appears in Nerima. He's after the source of some chaos stream, and of course the NWC is heavily involved. Ranma and Akane are in for a big surprise and have to undergo heavy ordeals, when finally All Hell Breaks Loose...
Synopsis: Hild, the supreme ruler of Hell, has found a new plaything in a gender-cursed martial artist from Nerima. Ranma Saotome has found an apparent ally and refuge in a strange "magical girl lawyer". But when Urd accidentally prompts a deepening of their friendship to levels unexpected by either, the nature of the game changes for both.
Comments: Certainly a unique fic in is choice of protagonists and in the execution of their relationship, but in no way a shipping fic. As with anything by Ozzallos, the text is rife with word choice and spelling errors, but the strength of his narrative can carry a reader past the spelling problems.
Synopsis: As Staik himself puts it, "A Horatio Alger type tale of what a boy can accomplish with an unlimited supply of corpses."
Comments: How can a story with so many dead bodies littering the scene, including Ranma's, be so funny? How can Ranma still get the girl and live happily ever after? Read and find out. Delightfully, wickedly funny.
Synopsis: 1000 years ago, Queen Serenity used the Ginzuishou to send the souls of the Senshi into the future to be reborn as normal girls. However, something went terribly wrong. For some reason, they were reborn as male martial artists instead. Yes, this time round Ranma isSailor Moon (and he isn't happy about it at all).
Comments: An affectionate parody of your standard Fuku Fic, sadly a Dead Fic but what there is is very good and worth a read.
Synopsis: Ranma uses a wish to get rid of his curse, but doing so changes the entire world around him — and his own history — to something he doesn't recognize. How will he cope with being a sedentary geek with an annoying sister — and no relationship whatsoever with Akane, who is engaged to Kuno?
Comments: A classic from the 1990s, incomplete but still being written — the author released the latest chapter in 2007. Also the source of an equally classic lemon sidestory, A Careless Destiny.
Synopsis: One day too much of the usual, and Ranma snaps. He storms out of the Tendo home and vanishes, leaving the lives that had orbited him in ruins. He enters college (carefully out of sight of the Nerimaniacs), and finds himself sharing a dorm bathroom with his next-door neighbor: Megumi Morisato. Meanwhile, Akane has gone goth and seems to have moved on with her life — but secretly she and Ranma are seeing each other. Of course this can't last...
Comment: Five chapters exist of this story, which is incomplete (though surprisingly not annoyingly so — the last extant installment ends on a satisfactory-enough note that you don't mind it being a deadfic quite so much).
Synopsis: When Ranma dies battling a demon summoned by Happosai, Akane almost dies of grief. It takes a wish from Urd to give her hope and life — and Ranma — back; Akane returns to the day she first met Ranma, with all her knowledge and training from her time with him intact, determined to save him and not make the same mistakes again.
Comment: Unusual for a RanmaPeggy Sue, in that it's not only Akane, but an Akane well-trained by Ranma. Another incomplete, epic work from the 1990s, and despite the author being one of the less technically-adept writers worth a look, if only for its somewhat different approaches to some of the characters.
Synopsis: Ryoga's older brother Kosumo was the heir to the family's martial arts style and dojo until he went to America and discovered the Grateful Dead. Now he's back and calling himself "Cosmo", and he's a pacifist. And Ryoga is consumed by a mixture of fury, envy and confusion.
Comment: An early classic by one of the early greats of Ranma fiction, who has since gone on to groundbreaking original work like Sailor Nothing.
Synopsis: Gosunkugi's got a plan — he'll go to Jusenkyo and jump in the pool of drowned hero, come back, defeat Ranma, and win Akane's heart. Unfortunately, Jusenkyo doesn't work quite that way. Gosunkugi comes out a hero, all right, just not the kind he expected...
Comment: Incomplete, of course, but wickedly funny nonetheless. The pool that Gosunkugi actually jumps in will have you chuckling, as will its effects on the poor schlump. Don't miss the wonderful but unfinished side story by Rob "Kenko" Haynie (of Girl Days fame).
Synopsis: A simple meeting between two characters creates changes that snowball from a small chance encounter. The interactions are hilarious, and very much in character. Plus it is one of the few fanfictions that this troper has ever seen that makes both Shiro and Genma awesome without them doing anything directly.
Comments: Not the first crossover seen between Ranma and Nanoha, but this one is quite well-done. It is basically a re-telling of the first and second season of Nanoha, but done well enough that even those unfamiliar with it can follow the storyline easily enough. The author also does an incredible job at blending the two universes together, and is working on showing how the changes cause the ripples. Quite worth the read.
Synopsis: Nuku-Nuku's a real girl now, sort of, and guess what? She's next on the fiancee hit parade. Unfortunately for Ranma, she triggers the Neko-ken... or is that fortunately? Depends on who you ask.
Comments: Another funny, funny short from Bre, borderline off-color but without being explicit. Part of what makes it work is that so much of it is told through dialogue, as though the reader were eavesdropping on the action.
Synopsis: A magical artifact leaves Ranma and Ryouga bound together at the wrists. Cologne knows someone who can help, but the pity is the man lives in Roanapur. With no other leads, the boys head there to try and fix their problem. Hilarity Ensues.
Comments: Better than it sounds. Ranma and Ryouga have a good Back-to-Back Badasses dynamic, and the author manages to portray the Black Lagoon cast almost scarily in-character. The author manages to hit the sweet spot which blends the tone of Ranma ½ with the tone of Black Lagoon almost perfectly. The story is already over 60,000 words long, with an uncommonly high technical quality to the writing.
Synopsis: Titania, Queen of the Fairies, has won The Bet. The tiny change she makes in the life of a very young Ranma leads first to his acquiring a small faerie creature as a friend, and then inexorably to Ranma and the rest of the usual cast becoming ersatz Sailor Senshi who find themselves locked in a war with the Unseelie Court and their yakuza pawns.
Comments: This is a Fuku Fic in a world where Sailor Moon remains fiction; in fact. Sadly, it is a Dead Fic, but clever readers can work out the most probable intended ending from the information available to them. Despite Sharp's rather uneven technical skill, and evidence here and there of him changing concepts in mid-stream, Featherbrite's Tale is still a fun read. Just be prepared for the frustration of the premature ending.
Synopsis: A retelling of the anime episode "Am I Pretty?", except this time, Ranma imprints on Nabiki.
Comments: Well written, with a good eye for characterization. However, be warned that this is one of those stories that end with Ranma deciding he is actually a "she" and treating the Loss of Identity as a good thing, with "Ma-chan" merely deceiving the others into thinking that "he" has come back during the ending.
Synopsis: A retelling of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with a twist: Nearly every character is related to a member of the Nerima Wrecking Crew. Ukyo is Link's other childhood friend and companion, Ranma is the half-brother/sister of the Zora Ruto, while the Tendo sisters are Impa's daughters.
Synopsis: A Ranma/Tron fusion-fic. From the author: MCP couldn't compute Ranma's curse, so he had to be removed from the physical world. Nabiki thought she was smart, but not enough to stay out of trouble. Let us follow them as they try to return to the real world.
Comments: Previously a Dead Fic, but Kadunta has recently returned.
Recommended by Darkholm, antvasima, lanky, jakesolong
Synopsis: Ranma gets booted out of Furinkan after dealing with Saffron, and ends up on the bus to a new school called Youkai Academy, meeting a rather timid guy named Tsukune on the way. At least this place can't be worse than Furinkan, right?
Comments: Ranma doesn't replace Tsukune, but rather they go to school together and build up a companionable friendship. Tsukune retains Moka's affections, and Kurumu's as well, but not the other girls'. The characterizations are believable, the dialogue is entertaining, and the spelling and grammar are good. It is especially funny to watch Ranma try to convince people he's human while simultaneously destroying every enemy he encounters.
Synopsis: The Illusive Man resurrects Ranma Saotome and sticks him on the Citadel to show the galaxy just how extraordinary Humanity is. Hilarity Ensues. No, seriously; less than an hour after s/he wakes up, s/he charms Avina, Goomba Stomps Udina, beats the stuffing out of a krogan, then gorges hi/rself on Turian food without going into convulsions. It just gets weirder from there. Nihilus is amused... and impressed.
Leonite Rider: I agree with the above comments. The fact that there are, as of this comment, only 4 chapters written with 5 and 6 on their way, it is a very impressive fanfiction. Not only is there excellent characterisation of Ranma (as far as I know), but Nihlus, the Hanar Preacher, Sarren, Harkin, Anderson and Udina all appear on the Citidal and are all characterised well. This is all topped with a quick appearence by Garrus, Ranma realising that something is messed up with Saren internally through her ki sensing, Ranma's emotional mix when they arrive at Earth, the Illusive Man actually showing a motive that can make you like the charcter, and finally a heartwarming friendship between Nihlus and Ranma, and this is before Eden Prime! And the best part is that Ranma is going to be working alongside Shepard. As an afternote to this comment, this was made by someone who's Ranma info has been gathered through other Fanfiction.
For those who are concerned about it, Ranma is un-modelocked in Chapter 7, via something provided back in Chapter 4. Saren also gets stuck in Ironic Hell when shortly after being abandoned by Sovereign, he gets tagged by Drowned Boy Water and turned human.
Sadly dead BECAUSE people would not stop complaining about Ranma's modelock, which caused the author to unlock Ranma earlier than he wanted. He then abandoned the fic after realizing that killed the motive that had been driving Ranma's actions, so he would have no reason to go along with the rest of the plot that had been set out. What's here is good, but sadly this has been consigned to the list of great fics killed by Fan Dumb.
Synopsis: Ranma Saotome of the Saotome Anything Goes school of martial arts starts to have strange dreams concerning a mysterious flower girl, and a life that isn't his. And things slowly start spiraling out of his, and everyone's control. Final Fantasy VII crossover. Can really be placed anywhere in the series, it is most likely at the end though. There are some romantic elements in Akane for Ranma, though the main focus is between Ranma and Aeris/th.
Comments: Is fairly well written, quite long, and the only characters not, well, in character are supposed to be that way. Honestly one of the more emotional Ranma1/2 fanfictions this troper has ever read.
Synopsis: Ranma is stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, repeating the events of the manga over and over again, his power level carrying over with him whenever he restarts. The fic follows the various hijinks that he gets up to. As time goes on, other characters "wake up" and are able to remember the events of loops from then on, though due to the Anachronic Order of the storytelling it means that whether a character is "awake" or not varies from loop to loop. This is the story that started The Infinite Loops.
Comments: It's only really worth reading once the time loops start, as the previous chapters have no bearing whatsoever on what happens afterwards. It's definitely a fic that you have to be in the mood for, as it's very much a comedy. But if you're looking for entertaining looks at a character trying to stave off boredom in an endless loop, it's definitely worth a read (not to mention the spin-offs of it that involve characters from other series that are looping in time just like him).
Synopsis: Ranma's mother wonders why he doesn't have any...
Comments: Despite the title, there are is serious romance nor citrus content to be found here- instead, there is a hilarious, over the top humor plot that is much closer to Ranma 1/2 style humor than most other Ranma fanfics I've seen. The formatting of the first two chapters is odd, but it's hilarious to read all the same- the sheer scale of the misunderstandings that take place (again, almost none of which are actually sex related) will have you in stitches by the time they all start interacting. A couple of characters are somewhat OOC, but you almost don't even mind because you're laughing too much. Sadly dead, but if you're looking for a Ranma 1/2 antidepressant fanfic that isn't listed above, try this one.
Synopsis: A year later than in canon, a world-weary, scarred and female Ranma shows up alone in Nerima, and almost immediately becomes entwined in the life of a tired, despondent Akane Tendo. A master of swordsmanship and a chi control that verges on (and at times actually becomes) magic, Ranma rescues Akane from a slough of despair and becomes her teacher. Like any version of Ranma, though, chaos follows where (s)he goes — and a far more powerful Ranma brings far more powerful enemies with him/her.
Comments: A literary masterpiece that must be read to be appreciated. Technically this is a crossover, but the crossover elements are mostly peripheral to the existing story and don't require any familiarity upon the part of the reader. Sadly, it's a Dead Fic, which is all the more heartbreaking because of the scope of the entire project of which it is a part, and the tantalizing hints about that project which are given during the story's first segment.
In early August 2009, Hallstrom announced he was going back to work on Ranma and Akane: A Love Story, starting with reposting and revising the existing chapters, though nothing has been heard since.
antvasima: From what I remember of this (I read it years ago so the memories are fuzzy) it was written in a very poetic and quite moving style, but also gave an extreme Possession Sue impression about Ranma "herself", and the heavy-handed brutality and condemnation in combination with a very unlike Ranma tone and characterisation made it much less enjoyable than it should have been considering the technical quality.
Synopsis: After the failed wedding at the end of the manga, Ranma begins demonstrating symptoms of combat fatigue, and Doctor Tofu worries what might happen if a martial artist of his caliber were to snap and go berserk. And when Ranma manifests a powerful new ki ability with little control while Tofu tries to treat him for PTSD, it only makes matters worse. Then, just to complicate matters, Ranma begins hearing voices in his head...
Comments: An extraordinary work, epic in size but sadly incomplete. There are lemon and lime bits, but they are small (and/or optional) and support the storyline; there are also Ho Yay-ish moments, but that's all they are, moments, nor are they a major part of the story — there is no slash here. Oh, and keep an eye out for the cameo by Jacques Cousteau. (No, I'm not making that up.)
Well written but very out of character.
Looney Toons: Well, it's a continuation that assumes the characters will grow and change. Perhaps they do so a bit more than may be likely, but I don't think they're out of the question.
Pairings: Ranma and Akane, Ranko and Dr. Tofu, Ryoga and Shampoo, Kasumi and Pantyhose Taro, Nodoka Saotome and Ichiro Hibiki, a few others
Synopsis: Akane, expecting to find Ranma cheating on her in a secret lair, instead discovers both the depth of his feelings for her and an untouchable, potentially unbeatable rival previously unsuspected by anyone in Nerima. With everything to lose, she opens herself to him, prompting a cascade of events that not only shatters the Love Dodecahedron in which the Nerima Wrecking Crew have been trapped, but also reveals long-held secrets and plots.
Comments: The defining work of a married pair of fanfic talents who burnt very brightly for a very brief time in the late 1990s-early 2000s, before apparently withdrawing from fanfiction entirely. This is an epic work of comedy leavened with drama, and its only true fault is that its last extant installment, Our Wedding Day, remains unfinished. Especially noteworthy for all but ignoring fanon conventions of the time, instead striking off into entirely new territory in both concept and execution, and succeeding beyond all expectations in the process. Warning: there is some minor lemon content in a couple places (including an optional lemon scene you have to go out of your way to read), and some unusual romantic pairings throughout.
Thrythlind: If anybody ever wonders when I decided to make "Buzzing of Hornets" and "Lively Dance of the Apache" staple techniques of the Saotome-Ryu in my fics, they need to read these fics. Granted, their "Buzzing of Hornets" isn't a technique, but I liked the joke they made and used it to describe the name of the Saotome "Get-them-so-mad-they-can't-think-straight" gambits.
Synopsis: What if Ranma had been born during the 1600s, and on his visit to Jusenkyo, he fell into the spring of Drowned Young Girl? Now, when he is splashed with cold water, he turns into a 12-year-old girl that never ages, and the only way for him to turn back is through painfully scalding hot water.
Synopsis: Akane has been issued a challenge by her girlfriends. Write a love letter to Ranma. Does "I don't hate you... much" count? Apparently this is going to require multiple drafts before it resembles a love letter — and even then it's the oddest love letter you'll ever read.
Synopsis: Has been described as Ranma as a Shojo series. Before the story starts, Akane accidentally breaks Kuno's leg, which causes her to become reluctant to fight at all. Ranma confesses his curse to Akane, they let the rest of the Tendos think that Ranma is actually a girl and that Genma has gone crazy. What follows is a quiet, relationship focused story as Ranma and Akane grow close and learn how to deal with people... without fighting.
Synopsis: As the title suggests, Ranma makes a good impression on Akane in their first meeting, prompting a healthier start to their relationship, and the two find themselves facing the lunacy of their everyday lives side by side, rather than at each others' throats.
Synopsis: A Peggy Sue Fic wherein Ranma, after dying at the hands of demon summoned by Happosai, is given a second chance to meet his fiancees and family by a mysterious entity. Despite fixing almost all the old problems, several new ones pop up, and some of the old ones appear before Ranma could prepare for them! WARNING: This story is over one million words in length!
Pairing(s): Akane/Ranma. Others appear, but will be left unspoiled.
Comments: YMMV, personally I couldn't stand it. Despite promises of new problems almost none appear, and it comes off as an author's attempt at a Fix Fic while not doing much correctly. Several characters are unjustly vilified, there are common interruptions of the action to have Ranma and Akane kiss and celebrate how great the other is (again), every conflict is resolved either within a chapter or has chapters worth of buildup with a huge anticlimax, and sometimes it doesn't even make any sense (ex. a character who was knocked unconscious is suddenly conscious again and somewhere else entirely). Try it for yourself but I would honestly only recommend this to diehard fans of this ship.
Synopsis: Ranma wants some peace and quiet and he would do anything to do it. Even pretending to always have been a girl. It's a crazy plan, but Ranma gets Akane of all people to help! In spite of the incredibly long odds, Ranma's plan works well... until the Amazons have enough. Ranma and Akane are finally able to work out their feelings for each other in the mess, even if Ranma is a girl.
Synopsis: An Alternate Universe Fic that doesn't look like one until well into the manga storyline: what happens if Ranma's reunion with his mother reveals a secret his father has been hiding from him since he was a toddler — the secret of Ranma's very identity?
Comments: The theme is to everyone's taste, but the story is very well written. If you like it, be sure to follow up with its sequels, Equal Halves (complete), in which Ranko of Genma's Daughter met the Ranma of the canon world via a wish by Kuno and spent much of the rest of the fic trying to get back to her own universe. There is also Notes From Julliard (still in progress).
Synopsis: Ranma was born as a girl, but Genma still engaged her to Akane. When Soun Tendo found this out he made a wish to a Chaos Goddess, who alters everyone's memories, or possibly events to set up the the canon scenario, with Ranma being the cursed Boy/Girl we all know and love, curses, fiances and chaos, Oh My. From there the story jumps forward to about halfway through the manga series when a botched magic spell returns Ranma to girl form. At first she is confused and violent, but as her memories start to return she adjusts to her new/old life and develops feelings for a certain not lost any longer boy. Unfortunately, she still has to deal with all the old troubles.
Synopsis: Ranma wakes one day to find that a couple of things are different. Nothing major — just a new life complete with child, dojo to run, and, most importantly, a spouse: Ryouga Hibiki. Problem is, the last thing Ranma recalls is being sixteen...
Synopsis: After Ryouga saves Nodoka from a mugger she wishes that Soun Tendo's niece, Ranko, would fall in love with such a manly young man unaware that Ranko is really her son Ranma in disguise. Tragedy Ensues.
Synopsis: Shampoo tries to win Ranma over with a powerful aphrodisiac...but hits Akane with it instead. Subsequently, Akane figures that Ukyo is the only person she can trust to keep her away from Ranma without killing her.
Synopsis: Ranma and Harry Potter meet sixteen years after their respective stories ended. Both bear emotional scars after Akane died during the battle with Saffron, and Ginny died in childbirth. Ranma, who has been locked in girl form since the battle with Saffron, offers to teach Harry martial arts in exchange for him teaching her magic. A year-long journey of self-realizations ensues.
Pairing: Female!Ranma/Shampoo/Ukyo in a One true Threesome
Synopsis: Ranma, Ukyo, and Shampoo end up having their mutant powers awaken and are forced to flee from Japan, bonding together through the travesty of being outlawed and Akane dying. In a twist, Emma Frost ends up helping them once they reach America to join the Hell Fire Club. Now with money and a job, Ranma is able to slowly start regaining her cockiness and is sent out on missions to recruit more members while Shampoo and Ukyo get a new restaurant in America.
Comments: Ukyo, Ranma, and Shampoo actually behave like a caring trio and while Ranma is the obvious center of it, the three bond very well as if they were married. Sadly, it's a deadfic.
Synopsis: This first big story using the plot of Ranma shoving all the unwanted suitors off on Ryoga. Lighthearted, slapstick like the original, and well written. It also introduces one of the better Big Bad original characters.
Synopsis: It all begins when Ranma finds a missing child poster with a familiar face on it. But Ryoga's not talking. Unwilling to give up, Ranma begins to search for answers...and finds that Ryoga's past is not what he'd expected. As his past rushes to meet with the present, Ryoga's life begins to swirl out of control. It is up to Ranma to repair the damage that has been done, damage done to something dangerously close to breaking... a heart of glass.
Synopsis: The realization that she is bored and lonely and the opportunity to solve both problems at once (and possibly make a few bucks on the side) prompts Nabiki to become Ranma's fiancee rather than Akane... with absolutely no idea what exactly she's getting into.
Synopsis: Gosunkugi uses a magic spell to send Ranma into Neon Genesis Evangelion, where he expects Ranma to die a quick, messy death. Luckily for Ranma, Evangelion was one of his favourite shows. But what Ranma doesn't know is that Gosunkugi sent the Tendos the tapes of Ranma's life in Evangelion so they could watch his "demise".
Axem Titanium: I know I recommended this story above but I have a few caveats and suggestions to a prospective reader. I find this story 90% fantastic and 10% aggressively bad. Ranma is a little OOC but it's believable and I never felt bothered by it. The story itself is a fine example of that oft-used Evangelion fanfic archetype of "replace the Shinji character with someone who at least meets the minimum standards for a decent human being" and Ranma does more than admirably. The writing in the meat of this story is quite engaging and I found it hard to stop reading. The problem is the 10% frame story of the Ranma cast watching Eva tapes, which serves as bookends for each chapter. It's fine in the first few chapters but it very quickly devolves into characters becoming mouthpieces for the author to pontificate about problems she finds with the storytelling in canon Ranma. Some points I agree with, some I disagree with, but regardless, it distracted from the main story and felt extremely OOC and not believably so. The final chapter takes place exclusively in this frame story and is a complete deus ex machina/OOC train wreck. I like this story for the great writing in the main Evangelion section and would highly recommend doing the following to improve your reading experience: 1) Skip all the frame story bits. You would only miss the Ranma cast chastising each other for being terrible people all around. 2) Skip the last chapter. The story ends reasonably well on chapter 17 and it would save you from the bad aftertaste of reading the last chapter. To be completely honest, chapters 16-17 are considerably weaker than the previous chapters as well but are more integral to the plot and can't be skipped as easily. I will also not fault the author for not being able to write good fight scenes, as she admits. Hopefully these two suggestions improve your enjoyment of this otherwise really good fic.
Synopsis: After Akane and Ranma (finally) succeed in getting married, Kuno devotes his full devotion to his only remaining love: the pigtailed goddess. Then he discovers that his love is actually a man... and that everyone knew. Particularly Nabiki Tendo. Vowing vengeance, Kuno challenges Nabiki to a battle of wits, demanding a full refund as his prize if he wins. Nabiki finds this a wondrous opportunity to make money and have some fun at the same time. However, she soon discovers that Kuno's stupidity is surprisingly dangerous when fully focused on her instead of Ranma and Akane.
Pairing(s): Ranma/??? (Either Shampoo, Ukyo or Kodachi; while it was more open to begin with, the author has revealed a much clearer plan for the future in the more recent chapters)
Synopsis: After receiving and digesting a long lesson in might-have-beens and could-bes, Ranma decides to start making his own plans for his life and his future. Sequel to Another Rainy Day in Nerima, in which Ranma watches the serial effects of what could have happened in potential one shots via a magic mirror. As a result, in this story, Ranma decides to resolve his fiancee troubles by legitimately dating them one at a time.
Pairing: Ranma/Shampoo. Hints of Akane/Ryouga and Ukyou/Mousse too.
Synopsis: Happosai sets out to torment Ranma, so far so usual just another day in Nerima. Needless to say it goes horribly wrong, not just splitting Ranma into male and female, but then transforming Ranma's male and female halves into a pair of Chui. It's a race against time for the NWC to find the cure, and just because Ranma is an animate inanimate object doesn't mean the parade of crazy martial arts challengers will stop either.
Synopsis: Ranma is sick and tired of his life choices being dictated to him by his father and those around him. After a pep talk from Ukyo, he decides to take the bull by the horns and start making his own decisions from that point forward. While he immediately revels in his newfound freedom, he must also learn the harsh lesson of personal responsibility lest his choices lead to the death of another.
Synopsis: Valtor survived Bloom's attack in the last ep of season 3 and tries to kill the Winx, but the Specialists saved them through an act of self-sacrifice. Their bodies destroyed, their souls were salvaged and Faragonda gets them reincarnated into one Ranma Saotome. Chaos comes to Magix, and magic comes to Nerima.