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Fanfic Recs: The DCU
Proof that the remaining 10% is worth going through another reality crisis for here.

These are recommendations made by Tropers for TheDCU fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

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     Authors and Websites  

Belphegor
  • Recommended by loracarol
  • Gen pairings when any, occasionally canon like Superman/Lois. Mostly focuses on Flash/friendships, though not always.
  • She has four stories for the DCAU, and three that focus mainly on the Flash, and his Rogues gallery; however she had an excellent drabble fic that has amazing stories in it as well.
    • Wife about Captain Cold, and his wife.
    • Villains about the end of "Divided We Fall" as seen through the eyes of Flash's Rogues gallery.
    • Everybody Comes To Harry's about the "little hole in the wall on Fourth" Flash's Rogues regularly frequent.
    • Snapshot Collection, a series of drabble fics - answering questions that include "Where does Superman keep his cape?" Answer: see the 21st snapshot for details.

Mithen
  • Recommended by BANKERBAX, Soulseller
  • Parings Mostly Superman/Batman Clark/Bruce slash.
  • Mithen's stories are well written, well thought out and well worth reading. She has several stories taking place in detailed A Us she created herself. Even if Clark/Bruce isn't your thing you could appreciate the writing!
    • Music of the Spheres Batman and Superman meet and are forced to work with each other. Bruce and Clark meet and fall in love. An epic AU consisting of several long stories and a few side stories. Heaps of slash.
    • The House of the Earth An absolutely brilliant AU. Authors description: The House of the Earth" is an AU series in which a few thousand Kryptonians escaped the destruction of Krypton and came to Earth, enslaving its people. Kal-El, heir to the powerful House of El, has just returned from over a decade of off-world schooling to find that his cousin Kara has purchased a new personal slave.
    • The Gardens of Wayne Manor Clark Kent's life goes in an unexpected direction at an early age and ends up entangled with Bruce Wayne's. It follows their lives for over a decade, starting from when they were children up until they become heroes. The set up seems foreign at first glance but is handled in a way that makes you feel it could be canon. As they are young there is more subtle and oblivious romance than actual cushion pushin'.
    • Earth and Sky series Authors description: This series explores the possibility that Superman and Batman had a romantic relationship in the AU world shown by Jeph Loeb in the "Absolute Power" story arc, and the effects that would have on the canon versions of the characters.
    • Four First Kisses Superman is dead. Batman refuses to accept this. Time travel fic. [Winner of the 2006 World's Finest Awards for Long Story and Romance]
    • 36 Views of Mount Fuji This series is meant to be a fairly light-hearted look at the year starting after the Superman/Batman Annual #1, where Clark and Bruce meet on a cruise. It covers four separate trips to Japan and the experiences the two of them have there. It's largely a chance for me to enjoy imagining two very American superheroes travelling around Japan and—eventually—falling in love.
    • There are plenty more fics by this author, go read them!!!
      • Soulseller: Mithen is a superb writer that has something for everyone. If you're uncomfortable with mature sex scenes, just sample some of her equally excellent fluffy writing. And she also has gen or het fics available. Nobody should miss this supreme author and I can hardly think of any better author, living or dead.

The Dillonsverse by Lia Brown
  • Recommended by Kilgore Trout
  • Pairing(s): The Top/Golden Glider.
  • Synopsis: Lia Brown's "Dillonsverse" is an AU, mostly featuring stories focusing on The Flash's Rogues. In this continuity neither Roscoe Dillon nor Lisa Snart ever died. In fact they finally got married and had a couple of kids. Life for the two of them isn't always rosy, however...
  • Comments: You could begin at the beginning, crazy as that idea is, but I actually recommend starting with the third story: Holiday Mayhem. IMHO, that's where Lia starts to really hit her stride.

     General Fics  

Respect is Earned by Mists
  • Recommended by loracarol
  • Pairing(s): Mostly a Gen Fic with some Bats/Diana elements. (NO Bats/Flash Slash. There is no Slash in this story).
  • Synopsis: The Flash has been injured. Unfortunately, it was decided that he would stay at Bat's place until he was healed. Will he survive? Will Batman? And what about Alfred's warnings on Bats cooking? Will Bats learn an important lesson from Flash- or will he just ignore everything Flash stands for to continue being emo? (Better than I can explain it! Really!)
  • Comments: This delves a little into the backstory of The Flash, which works out pretty well because the DCAU Flash doesn't really *have* a backstory. It does have a "sequel" of sorts called From Respect to Friendship that happens mostly after RiE, (except the first chapter). It's a drabble-like story, with hints towards the sequel called The Double Edged Sword, however that one hasn't been updated in a while so...

Coffee with Alfred by Dunyazade
  • Recommended by Lady Nomad
  • Pairings: No pairings, just Batman/Superman friendship.
  • Synopsis: Batman discovers what Alfred does in the mornings.
  • Comments: This is a very fun story that shows the relationships between Alfred and Bruce and Bruce and Clark. It also makes Batman funny in a realistic way.

The Greatest Story Finally Told
  • Recommended by nicknack
  • Pairings: Booster/Tracey Simmons.
  • Synopsis: In The Greatest Story Never Told, Booster Gold saved the world, only for no one to learn the truth...or so we were led to think. Taking place between Greatest and Dark Heart, learn how Booster went from Crowd Control to True Hero.
  • Comments: A fanmade sequel to The Greatest Story Never Told that just has to be read by anyone who is a fan of the DCAU. How good is it? This troper likes it, and she isn't even a DCAU fan. Perhaps the best fanfic starring Booster Gold that has ever been written.
    • The author does tend to paint the authority figures on the Justice League in rather negative light, and whether this is good or bad is up to you. The story is about the Justice League Founders realizing that they were wrong to reprimand Booster for abandoning his crowd control job while everyone else was fighting Mordru. Booster's culpability, and the fact that he has alot of behavioral issues he needs to correct, are ignored or brushed aside. At least, that's this tropers opinion (and seconded by Loracarol). If you really like Booster Gold, then this is DEFINITELY the fic for you. If you don't, well...

Flash By Northwest by Merlin Missy
  • Recommended by Zephyr7
  • Pairings: Mostly gen though in the AU, there was a Love Triangle between Green Lantern, Vixen and Hawkgirl
  • Synopsis: The Big Seven (plus one) are trapped inside a world created by a magical artifact. As the body count rises, familiar faces hide deadly secrets and it's up to Flash to save them.
  • Comments: A definite read for anyone interested in mystery. I found the characterizations of every character done well, even if some of the AU characters are different than their original characters due to being in a story and having different roles.

Terry's Quest for Tea Cakes by Marie Nomad
  • Recommended by Cybertoy00
  • Pairings: Some Terry/Dana in the beginning, but not the focus of the story.
  • Synopsis: For old Bruce Wayne's birthday, Terry McGinnis decides to make his mentor some tea cake, just like Alfred used to do. Unfortunately, he doesn't know the recipe.
  • ''Comments: Humorous and heartwarming, and filled continuity nods to both the DCAU and the regular comics. Also featuring a special appearance of a character not seen since B:TAS!

World in Your Eyes by jamjar
  • Recommended by Valjean
  • Synopsis: Clark Kent and Planet Earth, a moment between them.
  • Comments: A very brief, whimsical little character study of Clark Kent, his fierce, innocent adoration of his adopted planet, and how it causes his eternally cheerful, wide-eyed idealist demeanor. Guaranteed to click on the lightbulb inside the head of anyone who has wondered just why Superman fans like him so much.

Invasion by Syl Francis
  • Recommended by Pacifist
  • Synopsis: The JLA and Titans face an alien invasion.
  • Comments: An old JLA/Titans epic that makes you feel like you've got an 80's graphic novel in front of you.

Those Who Are Both by Marbleglove
  • Recommended by Looney Toons
  • Synopsis: Superman eavesdrops on a confrontation between Batman and Lex Luthor and thinks back along the history of his enmity with Luthor.
  • Comments: An interesting short speculating on the true nature of the relationship between Luthor and Superman. While it could be set in any Superman continuity, it does make reference to events from Smallville.
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  • "Probationary Member" by Adrian Tullberg
    • Recommended by Troper/trekie140
    • "Synopsis": Batman brings a new recruit into the JLA ... but there's something he doesn't know ...
    • "Comments": It's quite funny, focuses on the characters, and is well written despite a few typos. It's just a good story with good characters and a surprisingly good premise. It really has all the ingredients for a dumb Slash Fic with a Mary Sue, but ends up telling (in spite of the comedy) a very serious, down to earth, and intelligent story of an unconventional new member of the Justice League and the consequences they all face.

         Elseworlds  

    Inviolate by scriviner
    • Recommended by Banichi
    • Synopsis: Someone messed with Luthor's mind. Someone was going to pay. A mystery that slowly unveils a terrible secret within the DCU and Lex's response to what he finds.
    • Pairing: Various levels of Lex/Mercy/Eve.
    • Comments: A nice look inside a non-deranged, but still utterly ruthless Lex Luthor's mind.

    Invincible by torches
    • Recommended by Valjean
    • Synopsis: Tim Drake thinks Superman is invulnerable. Doomsday comes, and everything changes.
    • Comments: a wonderfully heartwrenching piece about the death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday, in a world where Tim Drake and Jimmy Olsen are close friends, and both found out Clark Kent's secret early on. Warning for a suicide attempt and other disturbing content.

    Bylines and Bracelets by dreiser
    • Recommended by Tito Mosquito
    • Synopsis: Lois Lane never believed in love at first sight but that was before Metropolis gained a Wonder Woman.
    • Pairing: Wonder Woman/Lois Lane.

    The Metroplitan Man by alexanderwales
    • Recommended by Traiden
    • Synopsis: The year is 1934, and Superman has arrived in Metropolis. Features Lex Luthor as the villain protagonist as he comes to grips with the arrival of an alien god. Occasional point-of-view chapters/sections featuring Lois Lane. Takes place outside any established comics continuity. Updates once a week on Sundays, and should last about a dozen chapters.
    • Pairing: None as of yet.
    • Comments: Very well written. Really shows you how intelligent Lex really is and how the world should have reacted to the Man of Steel.

    Genesis of a Speedster by Aggie Deneys
    • Recommended by: Komodo Classic
    • Synopsis: From the start, there was a familiarity about Barry Allen that caused a bit of unease for Iris West. Never did she expect to learn that he is the Flash. Nor did she anticipate how that fact would forever change the life of her nephew Wally West.
    • Comments: Iris West meets Barry Allen. Wally West gains super speed. Hal Jordan is awesome. Quite entertaining.

         Shipping Fics  

    Heart of the Bat by TonyStarkakaIronMan
    • Recommended by Kyoko
    • Pairing(s): Barbara/Dick, Batman/Wonder Woman, Barbara/Bruce
    • Synopsis: How has Batman's involvement with the Justice League affected those around him? This tale follows the Justice League Unlimited episodes in relation to the changes that come along with the events in the lives of the Bat-family.
    • Comments: Extremely well-written and devastatingly emotional in parts. It expands on the canon episodes in a way that makes one wonder if this writer has had experience writing actual episodes of JLU.

    Smooth, Real Smooth by Kipling Nori
    • Recommended by Kyoko
    • Synopsis: Diana's a stalker and Bruce likes to perform laser hair removal. Yes, you read that correctly.
    • Pairing: Batman/Wonder Woman
    • Comments: Absolutely hysterical all while keeping Bruce and Diana in character. Easily some of the best written banter between the two of them that this troper has ever read.

    Porridge by Mostly Harmless III
    • Recommended by Cinna the Poet
    • Warnings: "Violence, spoilers, language. And it's dark."
    • Synopsis: After Batman dies, Superman is determined to recreate him, no matter what it takes.
    • Pairing: Batman/Superman, bits of Superman/Jason Todd
    • Comments: Holy... Even if slash isn't your thing, Porridge is definitely worth reading. At 20,000 words, it's one of the longest one-shots I've ever read, and in that time it manages to weave an epic of frustration and ingenuity. Computer!Bruce is fantastically written. Probably the best fanfic I've ever read.

    Nothing in Moderation by Lavendar Gaia
    • Recommended by Kyoko
    • Pairings: Batman/Wonder Woman
    • Synopsis: Batman begrudingly agrees to allow The Flash to decorate the Watchtower for Christmas. The result is horrifying and Bruce is quickly running out of patience. Wonder Woman decides to make it a little easier on him.
    • Comments: Easily one of the most humorous stories that involve Batman while still keeping him completely in character.

    A Minor Problem by Lavender Gaia
    • Recommended by Kyoko
    • Pairings: Batman/Wonder Woman
    • Synopsis: Batman gets the hiccups on board of the Watchtower. No, really.
    • Comments: If JLU had a Crowning Moment of Funny in fanfiction, it would be this.

    Misc Mistakes, Misunderstandings, & Misconceptions by Aurora0628
    • Recommended by Kyoko
    • Pairing(s): Batman/Wonder Woman, Superman/Lois Lane, Batman/Catwoman, and maybe Superman/Wonder Woman if you squint
    • Synopsis: Wonder Woman wants Batman. Batman wants no one. The rest of the world wants Wonder Woman to end up with Superman. Basically, it's a humorous telling of how Diana tries to develop a relationship with Bruce despite the fact that everyone in the world seems to think she is more than Just Friends with Superman.
    • Comments: Very funny, amazingly well-written, and quite touching. Possibly the most in-character this troper has ever seen Diana be written in fanfiction.

    Bulletproof Love by perch
    • Recommended by Cedarleaf
    • Pairings: Aquagirl/Warhawk
    • Synopsis: A cute little story of two very different teammates enjoying a quiet moment together.
    • Coments: Just a short, sweet little fic about two often overlooked characters from the future JLU.

    Years After by Patricia de Lioncourt
    • Recommended by Much Ado About Nonny
    • Pairings: Batman/Harley Quinn (no, don't leave yet...), Poison Ivy/ Clayface
    • Synopsis: The year is 2012, and things in Gotham are a little different. Batman is no longer needed, and his Rogues' Gallery mostly all come to sanity. But when a new force threatens to bring back the criminals, will the Dark Knight reemerge?
    • Comments: Very well done in this troper's book. The style is creative, and the writer is realistic about the Rogues' en masse Heel-Face Turn. A bit optimistic for my tastes at some points, though it's nothing a good flashback Character Development can't fix. Unfortunately seems to be dead at five chapters...though the writer is working on multiple other fics simaltaneously, so there is a slight chance she might get back to it.

    Hope is a Thing With Leather
    • Recommended by Kyoko
    • Pairings: Terry/Max
    • Synopsis: "They've been dancing around this unnamed space for years." A look into how Terry and Max's relationship in regards to crime-fighting progresses over time. Things don't always stay so professional when you're all each other has in the world.
    • Comments: Brilliantly written, fast-paced, gut-wrenching, and realistic. Easily one of the best written fanfics for the Terry-Max pairing.

    Prismacolor Shadows by Neo Nails
    • Recommended by Kyoko
    • Pairings: Mainly Terry/Max, but some Terry/Dana.
    • Synopsis: A series of vignettes from different characters points of view all connected to colors.
    • Comments: Remarkably well-written. It features many perspectives and all of them are in-character.

    Sleep by DJRabidPunk
    • Recommended by Kyoko
    • Synopsis: Max likes Terry when he's sleep-deprived and pretty.
    • Pairing: Slight Terry/Max.
    • Comments: A light, humorous look at Terry and Max's relationship. It's not heavy or long, it's just a fast, amusing read with plenty of enjoyment to be had by fans and non-fans of the pairing alike.

    ''20 One Shots by Bekkoni
    • Recommended by Lady Nomad
    • Synopsis: 20 drabbles/one-shots based on 20 one-word prompts. Prompt 20: Future. Mostly Founding Member-based, with lots of Trinity and Batman-centric stories. These can be read in any order. Occasional fluff warning, plus rare swearing.
    • Pairing: Diana/Bruce, Clark/Bruce friendship
    • Comments: This is a fun series of ficlets that stands on their own but do connect with each other. They really showed the friendship between the trinity.

         Crossovers  

    The Laughing Fox by Lord Drafon Claw
    • Recommended Kereea
    • Synopsis: An insane crossover between Justice League and Naruto where the young Naruto grows up under the care of The Joker and Harley Quinn who move to Konoha when he's five and become the Uzumaki Clan with the Joker becoming a top interrogator.
    • Comments: This fic never stops the laughter, though it does delve into the darker sides of the Joker and Naruto by extension, it still never stops being funny. The Joker is simply a riot, and becomes a very powerful ninja along with Harley and Naruto with the use of fish, squirting flowers, slapstick, and pure insanity. The author admits in the summary that it is not to be taken too seriously, so some suspension of disbelief is warranted for certain scenes (like Naruto fighting Kiba in the preliminaires).
      • Comment #2 Though a good story, true, and suspending your disbelief is neccesary to read this book, some doubts on the author's treatment of basically all the DCAU's 'good guys'. Maybe not the author's intention, but the Joker's got on a new pair of pants when compared to the spoilerd event-type thingy that could rub people the wrong way. The rest is pretty good, however.

    Connecting The Dots by Afalstein
    • Recommended by Luc
    • Synopsis: "Bruce, tell me again why this arm is so important." "Because it came from another dimension." The discovery of an arm with a mouth attached leads the League to suspect a possible extradimensional invasion is imminent. Those fears seem founded when a dozen powerful young fighters appear scattered around the country, and contact is suddenly lost with the Titans.
    • Pairings: NaruHina.
    • Comments: Crossover with Naruto.

    Justice League Ponyland by LM
    • Recommended by Pacifist
    • Note: This is written using the JLI and My Little Ponies characters from the 80's and 90's.
    • Synopsis: "They called themselves Booster Gold and Blue Beetle and in many universes that fact alone would have introduced them to a padded cell, even without the costumes." Booster and Beetle find themselves in Ponyland.
    • Comments: A hilarious read.

    Joy to the World by Peonywinx
    • Recommended by Dark Dranzer
    • Note: Diamond Earth is Peonywinx's own take on the DC Universe. Covers JL, the Outsiders, TT, Legion of Superheroes and others
    • Synopsis: A Tales of Diamond Earth Christmas special, an anthology of short stories featuring some of DC's most beloved characters as they deal with their own unique Christmas situations. Be it a heartwarming dinner with family, a kickass crime-fighting spree, an enigmatic mystery, or a comical wild goose chase, Christmas 2002 in the Diamond Earth universe will be one to remember.
    • Comments: Encompasses nearly every team and character that appears, each celebrating the holiday season in their own way, whether you're far away from home or snuggling up with a nice hot chocolate each story will make you smile and finish off with a nice warm feeling, just like the kind you get on the holiday season, oh and hardcore DC readers? Guess which characters appear I'm sure you'll be more than pleasantly surprised. Definitely worth a read.

        Fan Vid 

    One on One by Jake Thomas
    • Recommended by Kchishol
    • A suspicious young runaway woman is interviewed in the park by Clark Kent, who promises to give back her lighter and leave her alone after he asks 10 questions.
    • Comments: With only a shoestring budget, Jake Thomas creates a powerfully simple story in which Clark Kent satisfies his curiousity and concern for a lonely girl. In doing so, he inspires her with a reason to hope not through superhuman feats, but through the simple compassion to listen.

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