An online fanfic whose chapters are [[ScheduleSlip spaced with wider updates each time]]. While this may be the result of a writer working for an overall better product, there is a higher chance of the writer getting derailed by work or personal life. [[SeriesHiatus Eventually the fanfic stops updating, and the reader is left forever wanting.]] The death knell comes when, rather than simply coming out with a new chapter, [[DevelopmentHell the author just reassures the audience]] [[TroubledProduction they haven't given up]]. This is typically the last that anyone hears from the author. Although the fanfic in question may update again - sometimes just so the author states outright that it's a Dead Fic or on Permanent Hiatus. (Or in that matter leaving a note at the end of a chapter and telling what was supposed to happen.)

Granted, this happens ''all the time'', and [[Website/FanFictionDotNet]] is littered with the dead, many of which only have ''one'' chapter, even though they clearly weren't intended as one-shots[[note]] The earliest unfinished fics date back to the site's launch in 1998[[/note]]. After all, fanfiction is the province of amateurs, and when it's not a living, authors have any reason to drop the fanfic - they may lose interest in the fandom concerned, RealLife may take over, even an AuthorExistenceFailure that is not made public can happen, ''et cetera''. But the pain implied in "Dead Fic" is a fanfiction that's superbly well-written, that enhances the canon it was based on, that was ''clearly'' the work of love and devotion, [[TearJerker that is left to dwindle and die alone]] despite reviews.

Some fans also regard these as Dead![=WIPs=] (Works in Progress) or [=WIPs=] of Doom since readers are left ''forever'' hanging without any closure to the story.

Compare OrphanedSeries, CutShort, LeftHanging, StillbornSerial. Not to be confused with a DeathFic, though they can overlap. If this happens because the author is literally dead, then it's also an AuthorExistenceFailure. Contrasted with CompletedFic.

(When adding an example, please write the specific date of last update such as "since 2013" instead of "six months/one year ago" - because in six months, the latter choice of words will be outdated).

!!Examples -- but be warned, your love is doomed to be unrequited...


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Manga/AhMyGoddess
** The ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' fanfic ''[[ The Goddess and the Sky]]'' revolves around Sora Hasegawa receiving what should have been Keiichi's wish, and [[AccidentalMarriage accidentally wishing that Belldandy would marry her]]. It was an interesting concept, managed to avoid being a CookieCutterFic...and last updated in 2012.
** ''[[ Ah! My Valkyrie!]]'' is a WhatIf story where [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Lind]] is asked to fill in for Belldandy, and ends up being the one to grant Keiichi's wish of having a goddess to stay with him forever. It hasn't updated since Apr 16, 2011.
* AxisPowersHetalia
** The rather... polemic ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' DarkFic ''FanFic/AllHeEverWanted'' [[ was last updated at 2010.]]
** Fanfic/PartRightHalfWrongAThirdCrazy slowly began to update less and less as the author's free time decreased, and eventually stopped entirely. It will be missed.
* ''[[ Styx and Stones]]'', a haunting and brilliantly written fanfiction for ''Anime/TheBigO'' that announces its enthusiastic update from October 10th... 2005... Chapter Four. (Why do we even link to these fics? They'll only break our hearts...)
* ''FanFic/ShadowOfTheDragon'' by [[ Lord Archive]] is a DarkerAndEdgier CardCaptorSakura fic that deconstructs virtually all the "weird" romance aspects such as TeacherStudentRomance, MayDecemberRomance, and TeenPregnancy in addition to a plot of a BigBad who is secretly plotting against them in which they are almost about to explore his motives. Unfortunately, the fic is last updated in December 2014 and it's the last update we have seen from any of Lord Archive's and has not been heard as of since.
* A bit of preamble. When the anime based on ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' aired in Summer 2015, some folks on [[Website/FourChan /a/]] invented an AU harem featuring the EnsembleDarkhorse character of the cop on a bicycle and girls from the most dangerous subspecies available. The fic ''[[ Daily Life with Bicycle Cop]]'' is a very well-written and engaging story on how Bike Cop managed to meet these girls... Unfortunately he only manages to meet one, because the fic stops at Chapter 2, having not been updated since September 2015, and the author only posted again in October and then never. To add insult to injury, the Bike Cop AU is going the way of the dodo as well, with fewer and fewer fanarts and concepts being posted.
* [[ Morning Star]] is an excellent ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic about Mello and Matt, set during the events of the series, which featured interesting characterisation and explored the relationship between the two characters. Unfortunately it started suffering from schedule slip about 11 chapters in, and hasn't been updated since 2008.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** A ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' fan fic "[[ Digimon Tribute]]" is a [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] Crossover fic of the first four seasons of Digimon in the Tamers storyline. It's a very well written fic but the last time it was updated was in 2006. The author also said that he lost the patience to continue it.
*** Another similar ''Digimon'' fanfic series ''The Fantasmic Saga'', written by [[ Twilight Arcangel]], started out in 2006 and was announced to be discontinued early in 2009, due to the author's lack of time, to the distress of many readers. It got through the prologue and Book I, before posting a plot summary of the last two.
** "[[ Max Acorn]]" has done a series called 'D3' from 2001 to 2004, where its about [=OCs=] that are the children of the Digidestined having adventures with Dragonball Z references. The latest fic from 2004 has not receive updates, in which the series are eventually canceled.
** Although the original fan fiction ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'' has already been completed, the Zero 2 [[{{Sequel}} compilations]] following that is abandoned during the middle of ''Crisis on Infinite Digiworlds'' and ''Side Stories''. This means that the stories where the Hierachs and humans declare war on each other, the Zero 2 version of Anime/DigimonTamers, the moment where Dragomon makes another move on Kari, Shaun's past journeys, and the chronicles of the original Digidestined will never be released up to this day.
** ''[[ A Girl and Her Bat]]'' is a rewrite of Digimon Adventure, where Demidevimon is Kari's partner instead of Gatomon, and [[spoiler: Puppetmon plays Wizardmon's role (including the HeroicSacrifice) after developing a conscience and getting kicked out of the Dark Masters]]. The author wrote three chapters, then abandoned the story in 2009.
** ''[[ Devil's Advocate]]'' is a crossover between ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' and ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' that features [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Lucemon]] as the BigBad of the story. It basically deconstructs the entire concept of cruelty in RPG games where the main character Takato gets manipulated by Lucemon into believing that the entire experience with the Digital World is just a Video Game. Unfortunately, the author didn't even manage to reach far into the story because as soon as 12 chapters are up, it is quickly abandoned in October 2011 and hasn't been updated since.
** ''[[ Digimon Slayers]]'' is an AlternateUniverseFic based on ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', with the cast of Anime/DigimonTamers playing the roles of the Slayers gang. It hasn't updated since Oct 19, 2004.
* ''Franchise/{{DragonBall}}''
** ''[[ Blinded]]'', an extremely well-written ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' fanfic by dragonscales is about what would happen if Gohan went blind after his fight with Cell. Very well done and creative, but sadly it hasn't been updated since ''August 20, 2003''. Worse of all? She quit right in the middle of the World Tournament.
** ''[[ The Red Dragon Tetralogy]]'', an amazing epic by Lisalu, with incredible world-building, wonderfully-written OCs, and a seat-gripping plot. She finished the first three parts and uploaded two chapters of the fourth (and final) part before she stopped updating in ''2004'', much to the massive disappointment of the fandom who found it BetterThanCanon.
* ''Anime/GuiltyCrown''
** [[ Shackles of Guilt]] hasn't been update since April 2014. It's an AU that the author rebuilds Shu Ouma as a great character and desires to retell the whole anime in his own perspective. The writing was well done, and it could have had a facebook page alongside a Spanish translation.
** [[ Guilty Crown 2]] is one of the writers' own take of set after the anime, but since October 2012, the recent chapter is not made.
* ''FanFic/InVainDothValorBleed'', a ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' FanFic fell to this sometime in 2005, when the last chapter of 21 was posted. Nothing has been heard from since.
* The Primordial AU Fanfiction of this anime, Transfer Student: Satsuki Matoi, has gone dead silent despite the author focusing on other works. The last known activity of the [[ Sufficient Velocity]] version was November of 2014, where [[spoiler:Satsuki mustered enough strenght and willpower to help herself out of Life Fiber bound captivity]]; there has not been any confirmed news of updates or anything from Moiderah in regards to this Fiction alone since then.
* ''FanFic/LoveHinaLikeItCouldHaveBeen'' is an AU fanfic for ''Manga/LoveHina'' in which Keitaro leaves when the girls refuse to accept him as manager, and the girls have to handle all the chores and maintenance he would have done. Last update - Apr 22, 2012.
* ''[[ Prince of PolPol]]'' is a ''Manga/LoveHina'' story in which Keitaro is revealed to be the only heir to the throne of an island kingdom, and ending up [[MarryThemAll married to all of the Hinata girls]] due to the laws of the island. It hasn't updated since Jun 24, 2007, and it's very unlikely that the author WILL update.
* One of the only fics for the ''Manga/LuckyStar'' pairing Misao/Ayano, and possibly the only dark one for it, the fanfic [[ Mascara Sonreindo]] hasn't been updated since 2009.
* The ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' doujin [[ Betrayers]] only released a single chapter. In it, we see Jail has finished the Combat Cyborg program, Hayate has evidently started a civil war, and Nanoha is obliterating anyone who gets in the way... including Fate Testarossa and Subaru. It's a dark and cynical look at the Nanoha universe, realistically drawn and very well written. The purpose behind the war, Hayate's actions, and Nanoha's disturbing change of character haven't been answered in 3 years... and there's still no word on chapter 2.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** [[ Naruto Reborn Sasuke Uchiha]] is a very original FixFic where Naruto takes Sasuke's body in a different world and gets a second chance to make things right. It's full of humorous characters, Naruto makes Sasuke into a likable, interesting character while still being refreshingly in character and the author explores relationships between neglected characters in the series (such as Kin, the Sound Ninja Three, Hinata, Temari, Tenten) and even the in canon deceased Yugito Nii. It's interesting to experience a world without Naruto and see what the differences and similarities between the worlds are, and Danfiction pulls it off for 48 amazing chapters, while still letting Naruto have a link to Kyuubi as Sasuke.....and then promptly stops. The last update date was Jan 3, 2011, and when you look at the author's profile, it's completely blank, followed by a story list. He last updated a fanfiction a little while after discontinuing this one, and then he just vanished for nearly three years. Such a shame, too, as it's a great read and we'll never see the end.
** [[ A Different Perspective]] is a hilarious ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' AU, with crossovers of characters from Eyeshield 21 and technology from Ghost In The Shell and The Matrix. This story is told from the perspective of Kakashi, and has a much smarter, more rude (ie: lots of foul language) and snarkier Naruto. This story was last updated years ago, but the original author abandoned it. It has been rescued from oblivion (2008), but not continued, since the person who reposted it is not an author.
** [[ The Hyuuga Way]] is a well written, humerous Naruto AU by Edric Loto about Hyuuga Hinata's arranged marriage to Uzumaki Naruto. The author promised in 2007 that another chapter was coming, but as you can see, the story has been long abandoned.
** The pure {{WAFF}} ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[{{Shipping}} NaruHina]] fic ''[[ One Small Step]]'' was originally supposed to be part of a 30-chapter project, but the last chapter was released in March 2008. Even the author's protestations that it is ''not'' dead haven't been heard in over half a year. This is a particularly painful example as the series (which began as a prequel, starting from [[ForWantOfANail a single change 5 years before the start of the series]]) had ''finally'' caught up to the events of the first chapter, leaving the series stopped on a massive cliffhanger.
** The ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic [[ Foxhound]] was, in the author's own words, 'Discontinued. Planned to be an epic.'
** ''FanFic/MedicinalLullaby'' was put on hiatus because of a combination of major events in the author's life and, in her own words, [[JumpingTheShark "the manga's WTFness"]] sapping her motivation. It hasn't been updated since April 2010 (although author Shivakashi did release an update to one of her earlier one-shot fics in 2016) so it's as good as dead.
** While ''FanFic/TimeAndAgain'' was completed, it was never a standalone story from the start (ending on a huge cliffhanger) and the follow-up story ''Here and Now'', while getting a long way into the plot (14 chapters) was last updated in April 2010, leaving the overall story completely up in the air.
* ''FanFic/NobodyDies'' has not been updated since February 22nd, 2012. This seems to be due to a combination of the author viewing (at least parts of) the increasingly wacky story to be OldShame, as well as due to fan backlash from a particular WhamEpisode in the final updates. The author has continued to work on other stories instead, notably ''FanFic/TheRebuildOfNobodyDies'', a reimagining of the story. He has occasionally hinted that there remain some plans for the original fic, but news has been sparse.
* The ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' fanfic ''Ojamajo Doremi: Witches at World's End'' is an unfinished sequel to ''FanFic/OjamajoDoremiRiseOfTheShadows'' that was published on April 23, 2012. It is in-progress, but no updates for it whatsoever have been made.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** [[ ZipCode]] is a very curious example. Over the course of just over a month, between March 6 and April 12, 2011, he launched four ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' stories, some of the first ever posted, the ''least''-favorited of which is the eighteenth most-favorited ''Madoka'' story on the site. After doing so, he's been completely silent, with many writers wondering [[AuthorExistenceFailure if he's even alive.]] Only one of his stories, the oneshot ''All The Time in the World,'' was ever completed.
** ''FanFic/MagicaMadokaVeneficusPuella'''s summary now reads only "[[CreatorBacklash This story is dead and buried.]]"
** ( {{Continuation}} story ''[[ Puella Magi Homura Magica,]]'' [[DoorStopper one of the longest fics in its fandom,]] last updated on June 19, 2012. No news has showed up as to why.
* The ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fic, ''[[ Girl Days]]''; one of the absolute funniest fanfics out there, starting back in 1999 or so, collected on Sofaspud's Couch... then stopped updating back in 2003 with a half-finished teaser for the latest chapter. Kenko's page hasn't had anything added since July 2004, and seems to have vanished from the Internet since 2005, when his Livejournal was last updated.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''
** Janelle J. AKA MiakaShi's ''[[ Sailormoon Millennia]]'' trilogy finally gave up the ghost after 14 years, from December 1995 to 2009, leaving the remake of the first story (''Sailormoon Zodiac'') and the last story (''Sailormoon Genesis'')
** Ryo-Wolf's epic-in-scope retelling of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' as fused with ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fic ''[[ Bishonen Senshi Sailor Moon]]''. with the male martial artists of Nerima discovering they are the Pretty Sailor Scouts, which is a problem when only one of them actually can switch to and from female form. A sad loss to Ranma and Sailor Moon fandom.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''
** [[ The Aging of Haruhi Suzumiya]] is actually one of the better ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' fanfics out there, with quite a bit of character development. It last updated in 2009.
* ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' was at one time the most influential CrackFic (and one of the most influential fanfics ''period'') in the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' section of The last update was on [[UsefulNotes/{{Tanabata}} July 7]], 2012, and even though the fic is [[DoorStopper 86 chapters long]], only five of them were written after July 25, 2010.[[note]]This is not ''entirely'' the result of ScheduleSlip -- at that time the author, in order to celebrate having worked on ''[=HaruhiRolled=]'' for a full year, decided to reserve that fic for his most epic ideas and instead write another crackfic which had exactly the same style of humor which all the readers considered a continuation, and was pretty consistent about updates for a while, but sadly ''that'' fic has not updated since Christmas of 2011.[[/note]] What's worse is that the author seems to have completely disappeared from -- his profile now opens with a long, apologetic note explaining that he had been unable to update for a year, but should be able to again because school is over, only, as it turns out, [[HopeSpot that he wrote that back in 2012 and has not written anything else since]]. Fortunately, it's a lot less disappointing than most examples on this page, because ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' does not have a whole plot: it isn't a single story so much as an anthology of different crack fics all by the same author, who had the decency not to leave the readers hanging in the middle of an arc. The only evidence that the fic has not reached its natural end is the aforementioned note on the author's profile.
*** Unfortunately, none of his other fics have been updated since that time either, and most of those actually ''did'' have some sort of plot.
** The case of [=7MukuroRealm7=], who also went by [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya John Smith]] (which may or may not actually be his real name) is a cautionary tale that this is not always caused by the author getting bored. In 2009, he wrote a story called ''[[ The Battle of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', which updated pretty consistently for a few months, until he got into a car accident. AuthorExistenceFailure was thankfully averted, but John had injured his hands and so was unable to type anything for about a month. Meanwhile, he let his brother, Brian, use his account, and Brian published a few fics of his own, but didn't touch the one that was forced on hiatus. Eventually, John recovered, but so much time had passed by then that he lost all interest in continuing the story-- he only ever uploaded two more chapters, neither of which brought the story even close to completion. The last update was on November 29. Though the two brothers wrote some more in other fandoms, the only other ''Haruhi'' fanfics they ever wrote after that were short holiday specials.
* ''FanFic/{{Freefall}}'', one of the best Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle fics out there, ended with a SequelHook. There was no sequel. Ever.
* ''[[ This is the key to Victory]]'' is a Manga/UruseiYatsura story where Ryuunosuke is chosen as Lum's opponent in the tag game, and ends up making an AccidentalProposal when she tells Lum that she'd like her to stick around so that they can get to know each other better. Lum, believing that she is being proposed to, and unaware of Ryuunosuke's real gender, agrees, and even when Ryuunosuke reveals that she's a girl, she still wants to go through with it. Last update - Dec 24, 2010.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** The fantastic ''Anime/YuGiOh'' fanfic ''[[ Continue? Gold Edition]]'' finished its 27th chapter on a mild cliffhanger: the beginning of Noah's Arc. The story had been updated sluggishly for a while, and now hasn't been updated since 2007. Not only that, but the author has moved on to various other projects, and has himself stated that it most likely won't be finished.
** Creator/LittleKuriboh's FANTASTIC fic [[ Spirit]] on There have been hundreds of reviews clamouring for it to continue, having left off at an awesome moment, but it was last updated years ago, and LK's probably too busy by now...he says he's not a good writer. HE LIES. It's fantastic.
** The Anime/YuGiOh fanfic ''[[ What Doesn't Kill You]]'' is far and away not only one of the best-written Azureshipping (Seto Kaiba / Anzu Mazaki) fics out there, but one of the best Yu-Gi-Oh! fics, period. Beginning in October 2003, the author prefaces the first chapter by saying that the story is slated to be 36 chapters long. However, five and a half years since the first post, only 26 have been posted, the last being in April ''2009''. Regardless, it is an absolute {{Doorstopper}} of '''515 thousand''' words, but you probably won't complain, as every last one is very compelling. The author, [[ Azurite]], said in a profile update from May 2011, that a trip abroad might rekindle her muse. She eventually returned to do some sporadic profile updates, announcing in July 2013 that she was writing chapter 27 and that an editor was helping her with it and future chapters, but it wouldn't be until August 2016 when chapter 27 was finally published, with her including a TakeThat towards this very page at the end.
** ''Yu-Gi-Oh! Eternal'', the immediate sequel to ''Forever'', was written with the intention of incorporating the then-newly-introduced deck strategies of the real-life Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game, promoting Janus Yuki to main-character status in the process, and [[WordOfGod according to the author]], would have gone in-depth about the students who disappeared at Duel Academy's infamous Abandoned Dorm during the canon time-line of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Around the time the story was midway through the Phoenix Herald Crown arc, the author started rediscovering his religious beliefs, which speak very strongly on the use of magic, and as a result the story was prematurely ended; fortunately, Neon provides information on how the story would have ended on his site profile and in G-mail messages to whoever asks, plus that information is also present on ''Forever's'' trope page on this wiki.
** ''FanFic/FallenKing'' was intended to be multiple chapters, but ultimately only one was posted. [[TropesAreNotBad It works quite well as a oneshot fic, though]].
* Though listed as "complete", ''Fanfic/TwilightPrettyCure'' qualifies because several of the revised chapters (the result of a backlash over the story's handling of issues such as rape, victim blaming and disability) have never been reposted. And given that the author has, in light of what happened, vowed never to write for the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' fandom again, it's highly unlikely they ever will be. What's more, as of July 3 2017, the author has deleted all but the first chapter.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* It may not be the best written fic in the world, but the Franchise/{{Batman}} story ''[[ Pay Attention]]'', was at 40 chapters and going strong at levels of pure awesome when the author pulled a Houdini in 2008.
* ''X-Men: Eternity'', an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' series by "[[ rjb]]" was constantly on the brink of this. When the first storyline finally wrapped up, it seemed we were safe. Nope. The second storyline started, the updates petered out, and finally, over a year later, the author admitted the stories would not complete and started a new story, which seems to have almost immediately suffered the same fate. Sigh.
* ''Spider-Man Crawl Space'', an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] and one of the earliest examples of FixFic for the post-OMD Spider-Man era, restoring things like the popular Spider-Marriage and undoing the deal with Mephisto. There were attempts to get it noticed on such places as the forums on ComicbookResources. It was named after the website which was co-run at the time by it's writer Kevin Cushing. The project was abandoned in 2010 when Cushing sought to break into the comic book profession full time. The series ended by resurrecting Ben Reilly, six years before the official revival of the character in ''Clone Conspiracy''. The website eventually launched a second unrelated AU title, ''Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man'', in late 2016.

* ''Anime/YuGiOh [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh Secret of Nimh]]'', a crossover fanfiction by a user known as Isaac2 (or [=ErinIsaac2=]). At the end of a chapter, in the middle of the final duel, the last post by the author read: "Damn. In writer's block. I still don't know what to write!".
* [[ The New Students]], a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and ''Anime/YuGiOh'' crossover fic in which Yugi, Ryou, and Marik are invited to Hogwarts. It's hosted on, which hasn't been updated since 2007.
** 2008 if you found it on The author handed over the script to someone else, who posted a few more chapters over the course of a year before it died in her hands as well.
* [[ Through Broken Glass]]. Perhaps the best crossover between ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. MarySue, PornWithoutPlot, and PlotHole free! Also, it hasn't been updated since 2009.
* [[ A World of Adventure and Collision]]'' is a large, fun crossover with Digimon, Sonic, Pokémon, and Yu-Gi-Oh! back in 2003. It hasn't been updated after Chapter 89 in 2010.
* [[ Titan XLR]] is a crossover with WesternAnimation/TeenTitans and WesternAnimation/MegasXLR about Terra being revived and used by the Glorft, so it's up to two unlikely heroes to team up in stopping them, but it was canceled since 2005.
* ''[[ A Year With the Q]]'', a ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' / ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fic which has Q losing a bet with his son and having to spend a year as a student at Hogwarts during Harry's fifth year (started before ''Order of the Phoenix'' came out). Naturally, HilarityEnsues. The writer presents a convincing Q, posing as a student, while subtlety lording over hos classmates and messing with them as well (he's in Slytherin, by the way) especially the Golden Trio, who he has convinced he's from a powerful family of dark wizards. Well-balanced between humor and drama, but hasn't been updated since 2007, and just as Q and Voldemort are meeting.
* ''[[ Final Fantasy 9: One ED of a story]] is about WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy involved in the story of Final Fantasy IX, but stopped around January 2006.
* ''FanFic/TheLastSpartan'' was confirmed dead by its author.
* ''[[ Organization 13 vs Akatsuki]]'' by [[ reix]] centers around the epic confrontation between the two eponymous named organizations from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' with two sides suffering casualties along with the other allies joining them. Unfortunately, the story is last updated in April 2014 and hasn't been updated, leaving the winner of the confrontations a forever mystery.
* ''[[ Nana's New Life]]'' is a FixFic for the [[TearJerker extremely heartbreaking]] webcomic Webcomic/NanasEverydayLife, where [[Manga/ElfenLied Nana]] is found by [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 the Red Heavy and Medic]], nursed back to full health, and adopted by the Red Team, who proceed to go on the run and hunt down the company responsible for what she had to go through. Last update...Mar 27, 2011.
* ''[[ Take the Green and Go]]'' is a ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' and ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' crossover where Shego is sent back in time and drowns at Jusenkyo, only for Ranma to fall into the very same spring she drowned in many years later. Last update - Jan 21, 2008.
* ''FanFic/SolarWinds'' is a FusionFic between ''Series/{{Glee}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', where Kurt is the new Avatar, a Waterbender who has studied Earthbending and is just beginning to learn Firebending from Blaine, the prince of the Fire Nation. It's been dead since February 2013.

* The ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' fanfic [[ "Through These fields of Destruction"]] appears to have joined the category, having not received an update since 2007. It is possible this is an orphaned fic as the author was mentioned as joining a form of Armed Forces (believed to be the USA's). The characters appearing have presently unknown fates.
* ''[[ Crystal Maze]]'' is a crossover with the titular game show which ran in the United Kingdom, with Sarah as one of the contestants on an episode of The Crystal Maze, but the host is someone from her time in the Labyrinth: specifically, the Goblin King himself, and the Maze is actually the Labyrinth! Sadly, the last chapter currently up, posted March of 2014, ends with Sarah about to take on the thirteenth and last game before the Crystal Dome, and since then neither it, nor any of the author's stories, have been updated, which is a shame.
* [[ Nysa]], an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] {{KidFic}} for TheMatrix was last updated in August 2005, long before any of its plot threads could be resolved.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** [[ Force of Destiny]] is a brilliant ''Franchise/StarWars'' AU written before the prequel trilogy had been released detailing what might have happened if Darth Vader mutinied against the Emperor after learning that the Emperor had tricked him into believing he'd been permanently damaged.
** [[ Hitchhiker]]. It's excruciatingly hard to find a well-written [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]] story, let alone one where he's in a relationship. This is one of them. It started being posted in June 2002, updated regularly on the Jedi Council Forums, slowly started slipping, chapterlets shortening and more time elapsing between each. By June 2003 it quit entirely. The writer, shezan, does respond to [=PMs=] on Website/LiveJournal, and if you're polite will tell you what her vague plan for the rest was before she stopped writing.
** ''[[ Reversed Destinies]]'' is an AlternateUniverseFic where Luke Skywalker is Prince Luke Organa, while Leia is Leia Amidala Skywalker and brought up by Owen and Beru. It hasn't updated since Sep 17, 2010.
* ''[[ Brothers]]'', a fanfic for Film/{{Superbad}}. It's pretty good, too bad it was never finished.

* ''72 Hours Uprising'': The follow-up to the most well-known ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' fanfiction, ''FanFic/SeventyTwoHours'', has stopped. It seems that the author could come up with an EvenBetterSequel, so he gave up. However, he did actually get into publishing, so it's all good.
* Literature/HarryPotter
** ''[[ Fortunate Son]]''. A great piece of work which really dives into Dudley's head and does a superb job of exploring his relationship with Harry. Last updated in 2011.
** The [[SoBadItsGood devastatingly HORRIBLY-written]] ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' has become -- well, immortal, despite never being finished.
** The highly intelligent and thoughtful "Back Again, Harry," though lately a couple more chapters have been added, leading to hope that it might eventually be finished. It's been updated as of December 2013. WordOfGod that the story hasn't been abandoned, but it's at the bottom of his priorities.
** The [[MindScrew interesting]] ''Literature/HarryPotter'' sequel trilogy ''FanFic/ParadigmOfUncertainty'' was feared to have fallen victim to this until the author released a GainaxEnding consisting of a summary of what was to happen subsequently. Mindful of this trope, the fandom appreciated it as more closure than they had expected.
** This ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic, [[ Pig in a Wig]]: nine chapters with the best Dudley characterization I've seen, and abandoned just when the plot starts to pick up. Active 2002-2003.
** A.L. de Sauveterre's ''[[ Harry Potter and the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus]]'' accomplishes the impossible: playing all the cliches and fanon of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom during the Three-Year Summer into a glorious, hilarious, compelling, and exceedingly well-written (if rather verbose) fanfiction. It never takes itself too seriously, yet is still dramatic and a wonderful continuation of the style of the earlier books. Then, at ''twenty-seven chapters'' it stops, still unfinished. Later chapters were even incorporating characters from ''The Order of the Phoenix'' [[note]] which actually may have contributed to its diminishing...[[/note]]. It was last updated January 21st, 2004.
** Fans of the marvelously snarky ''Literature/HarryPotter'' Marcus Flint/Katie Bell shipper fanfic [[ Detained]] got excited when it was uploaded to a new journal of the author in 2009, as it had been on hiatus for several years by then. Sadly, she still hasn't been able to update it. We live in hope!
** The Literature/HarryPotter slashfic [[ Marriage Stone]] by Josephine Darcy built up to some interesting plots in [[{{Doorstopper}} 77 chapters]], and then she just disappeared off the face of the planet. The last update was in March 30, 2008 and there are still people desperately hoping she will return.
** The Literature/HarryPotter and Anime/{{Bleach}} crossover [[ Frozen Emerald Eyes]] by Prelude-to-Heartbreak is possibly one of the most well-written and interesting AU fanfictions in the Bleach and HP section, with Hitsugaya being Harry. Hitsugaya is in character, though a few characters are OOC and the plot moves fast. Sadly, the last time it was updated was April 15, 2011, and the author's profile states they're giving their stories to someone else. But when you search up the adoptee's name, you find that they don't have the fics, so way to drop out of sight of the online world, author.
** A lot of works by Luan Mao, that have promise, are just oneshots and are abandoned. Sad, as he's a great author.
** ''FanFic/APeccatis'' has not been updated since 9th of October 2012, and the author has moved on through at least two or three more fandoms.
** ''[[ Realizations]]'', by Wishweaver, is a 36 chapter story of what happens to Harry when he comes home to the Dursleys, after his fourth year only to find out that they moved without a forwarding address. What follows is Harry learning to stand on his own without any sudden magical gifts or unrealized guardians to give him help. First chapter published on March 6, 2003, and last updated on November 16, 2010, the author has said that the release of further books in the series, along with her child's health issues, has removed her desire to continue on with it.
** ''[[ Investigations of the Heart]]'' revolves around Harry being attacked, and Ron and Hermione deciding to investigate, falling in love with each other along the way. Last update - Mar 4, 2010.
* [[ The Lonely Traveler]], easily the best ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' fanfiction (a series, that oddly, has very little relative to its popularity), was permanently and prematurely ended in 2004.
* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''
** ''[[ The Steward's Tale]]'', the incredible sequel to plasticChevy's even more brilliant ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' AU ''Fanfic/TheCaptainAndTheKing'', has not been updated since 2009. To make matters worse, it ended on an emotional cliffhanger.
** The brilliant ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' fic ''Brothers in Arms'' by the Nightrunners (a group of Canadian girls). Part one of the fic, which featured the original Fellowship as reincarnated post-apocalyptic humans (mostly...), was a fantastically written 39 chapters. Part two got 28 chapters and then left us on a cliffhanger.
** ''FanFic/LegolasByLaura'' ends in ''mid-sentence'', [[SoBadItsGood which is probably just as well.]] Possibly it doesn't quite qualify as a Dead Fic, though, because what there was of it was posted in one big chunk and there was no author's note promising to finish.
** ''[[ Treasures]]'' was a ''very'' wonderful story revolving around Frodo being kidnapped and Bilbo having to pay the ransom. It also differed from other "Frodo comes to live with Bilbo" stories by [[RealityEnsues presenting things in a more realistic way]] (as much as Bilbo loves Frodo, he's still an elderly bachelor who has to get used to living with anther hobbit, so there's some friction between the two of them). It last updated in 2004. At least it ended on a semi-happy note, with Frodo making amends with everyone who had upset him.
* [[ FourLeggedFish]] authored some very-well written, heartwrenching and '''NC-17''' Literature/SherlockHolmes fics, and then disappeared of the face of the Earth in July 2010, leaving such fics as Dictractions, [[ Sensory Overload]] unfinished.
* Wild_Magelet's ''Spirits Cry'', a simply marvelous ''Creator/TamoraPierce'' fanfic, has not been updated in over two years... and counting (last update 2006).
** Tamora Pierce fandom in general contains these in good quantity, maybe because the novels are generally aimed at young adults, and so fans are prone to growing out of them before they finish their magnum opus. Or maybe they just go to college and then suddenly don't have time for anything.
* There is a hilariously funny ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' band AU out on the internet. The writing is fairly solid and everyone is in character. Sadly the last update was in 2009 and it looks like an update will not be coming. But the 3 extant parts are visible below.
** [[ Part 1]]
** [[ Part 2]]
** [[ Part 3]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[ Fell In Love With A Girl]], the third in a series of amazingly well written ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' Maliver fics, hasn't been updated since 09.
* [[ Dalton]] is considered to be one of the most popular and well-written fanfics in the Klaine fandom, but unfortunately, it hasn't been updated since April of 2014, spanning a total of twenty-eight chapters before updates abruptly stopped. Nothing has been heard from the author since.
** The fandom (including Coulter) has migrated over to Plurk, where occasional status updates and snippets can be found if you follow cpcoulter. Yes, she is still writing.
* There are few fics in the ''Series/ICarly'' fandom that are extremely good in comparison to the quality of the fandom itself. It's also rare to find fics with unique romance themes that have not died. Several of the stores on the fanfic rec page subsequently became dead after being put there: [[ iGo To The Hospital]], the longest GenFic, had 107 chapters updated in the space of roughly a year (last update 2010). Then the next chapter took ages to be uploaded, the one after that even longer, and was last updated in 2011). ''[[ iDiscover I Have Superpowers]]'' updated 13 chapters in about 6 months, then stopped right at a heartbreaking moment of angst between two of the main characters.
* ''[[ ...And Other Science Facts]]'', a ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fanfic that works as Joel's origin story, will probably never be updated again (Especially since the site it was on no longer exists in a non-archived form). Sadly, that means we won't see the introductions of either Crow or Tom Servo.
* The SoBadItsGood Franchise/SuperSentai fic ''Fanfic/EigaSentaiScanranger''. It was written by a fanboy angry at Saban for the formula used to create ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', and 40 episodes and a crossover "movie" with ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' were cranked out from 1997-2007. Work ended right when the story was poised to begin its apocalyptic final arc.
* ''[[ The Adventures of Dark Falcon]]'' revolves around [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Skull]] becoming a HenshinHero named Dark Falcon, and fighting the forces of evil. It hasn't updated since April 25th, 2001.

* The epic MassiveMultiplayerCrossover FightingGame votefic trilogy known as the ''Fanfic/UltimateVideoRumble'' teetered on the edge of this several times, a few times going nearly a year without an update. Twice this forced another writer to take over the majority of the writing duties: the first time this happened (midway through ''UVR 2''), it was actually a vast improvement; the second time (early ''UVR 3'')... not so much, but it got the story ended.
* [[ Touhou-Project]], being a site dedicated to open-ended votefics, is littered with these by nature.
* Even multi-author efforts aren't immune to this, as exemplified by the round-robin writing website [[ ImproFanfic]] and its various SpinOff sites (such as [[ Indie Madnesse]]). The website remained fairly active for a few years before reader and writer interest dwindled down. The series that managed to gain endings are the exceptions rather than the rule.
** Funnily enough, when Improfanfic and other sites were still popular, there was an [[ Impro Archive]] specifically dedicated to Dead Fic.
* ''[[ Go West]]'' is an extremely good MarvelUniverse fanfic by Jeremy Bottroff that resurrects Doug and Warlock and mixes in assorted members of The New Mutants and makes them into a family. It ends 26 chapters in. There's a canon story set later in continuity featuring a battle against Cable and his X-Force, but the main story halts on several cliffhangers. Also heartbreaking because it's one of the few stories that really fleshes out The Hellions.

* The absolutely beautiful [[ Looking For You In The Sky]], which manages to make the already dark [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Synchronicity]] series DarkerAndEdgier, has not been updated since July 2012. It will be missed.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[ Tale of the Wayfarer]] is a ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' fanfic with a deep, complex plot and very memorable characters which lasted 30 chapters and then just stopped (in 2001) without any resolution. The author apparently hasn't been heard from in ''Spelljammer'' circles since that time.

* A ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' fanfiction called [[ An Eternity of This]] by Mandy the O was, in its original form, an epic fic of approximately 61 chapters, whose romance was intertwined with a plot suspenseful enough to spawn fanfiction of its own. However, Mandy took the story down in 2005 to re-work it (before the original edition had even ended) and only re-posted 17 chapters. It's been dead since 2006, along with the other 2 fics on the author's profile.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of the better written ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' fanfics, ''[[ At Soul's Edge]]'' went through a month-long gap before the author resumed, and its sequel, ''Malleus Animorum'', has been on a long hiatus as well. Perhaps justified, however-both gaps occurred at around the same time in each year.
* [[ Earthbound 199X]] was a charmingly well-done ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' fanfic that didn't get an update for over a year. And, check, the last chapter includes an Author's Note intended to assure readers that he hadn't given up yet. That was written in ''2009'').
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** There was an excellent ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fic written by author Solar Solethi called ''Children of Jenova'' set some 10 years after the events of the game. It did right by practically all the characters, and even their children (such as Tifa and Cloud's son, Zack) were well-written and compelling. Solethi stopped updating somewhere around Chapter 27, then, all her archives disappeared when [=RocketTownOnline=] went under, and now, the superb story is nowhere to be found at all.
** ''Darth Howie's Creek'' was a ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fic, thoroughgoing spoof of the concept of the MarySue, backhanded sendup of several posters at the hosting board and their board culture, and an intriguing look into the lives of the little people who made Shinra atrocities possible, all at once. Then board drama happened ''twice'', one author lost interest in the fandom while the other took months between updates, then major drama happened ''between the two authors,'' and those who were still reading packed up their hope and hit the road, leaving the hosting forum a ghost town.
** Before it was removed from and thus the whole internet, a couple years back, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: The Cheesy American Soap Opera Version'', loosely formated as a TV show, was a complete guilty pleasure, filled with over-the-top out-of-characterizations, ludicrous soap opera plots, and many delightful jabs at the source material. Lemme put it this way: one "season" ended with a tearful, honestly moving goodbye between Cloud and OC love interest (and non-Sue, funnily enough) Mary, in which she left in a cab and he went back into the coffee shop with the rest of the gang, only for the coffee shop to explode. It's that kind of fic.
** ''[[ Tease Me, Tease Me Not]]'' is a ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' HighSchoolAU, written by [[ spades7717]]. A few [[ArtisticLicense certain liberties are taken]] with characterization, Paine from ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 X-2]]'' exists inexplicably as a CloudCuckoolander with a peculiar CatchPhrase, and a big AuthorAppeal in the form of VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution provides the plot's forward progress in a few chapters. Given all of the above, it's actually quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, the fic ends on a cliffhanger with chapter 22, which was posted in October '''2005''', and Spades seems to have disappeared with her last update in late 2008.
* It looks like the ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' fan sequel, ''FanFic/TwistedFates'' has fallen under this trope. There have been no updates since 2011 and the author admits to no current plans to continue. Still, the fans remain hopeful!
* ''FanFic/HitmanMiami'', an AffectionateParody of ''VideoGame/Hitman2SilentAssassin'', ended abruptly after eight chapters. Three years later (2006), the author claimed that he actually had a "pretty deep plot and a twist ending" conceived for the fic, and hoped to finish it one day. A very belated death-knell assurance.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''
** Unfortunately ''[[ Soaring On Broken Wings]]'', the sequel to the excellent and recommended ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fanfic ''[[ You Don't Miss It Till It's Gone]]'', appears to have become this, which is a shame.
** [[ Birthday_Massacre]] by Skitts is a great ''Kingdom Hearts'' horror fic, with interesting characterization and a plot that starts off disjointed, but weaves together subplots and the main plot into something great. It isn't even very gory, but it's unsettling in a good way, a way that compels you to read on. Unfortunately, it was last updated in 2008 after its 16th chapter was uploaded. A few months after that last update, the author wrote "I really can't be bothered with this site anymore XD" on their profile. And, sadly, it was just when the story was all coming together too.
** [[ Kingdom Hearts 3: Brotherhood of The Dark]] holds an impressive 136 chapters in its writing time, with the author trying to capture the feel of playing a video game while also telling a serious story as well. Written Pre Birth by Sleep, its updates came slower and slower, and its last one was in 2013 with no notice of whether he'd be getting into more. Just that "I only write when I feel inspired". Which is a shame, because he was just getting into the finale arc.
** On a similar note: [[ Kingdom Hearts III: Trials of the Keyblade]]. An epic and detailed Kingdom Hearts sequel, again conceived before Birth by Sleep, but surprisingly predicting several of its elements [[spoiler: such as the different parts of Xehanort coming together to make him stronger again]]. Branching out into wider materials such as Star Wars, Naruto and Inuyasha, it never loses too much track of its characters, and is quite the epic read. Unfortunately, due to the lengths of each chapter, updates are highly sporatic and without explanation between them. Thus, the last one was June 2014, with no word since.
** There was a fanfic around 2007 called [[ Kingdom Hearts:]] [[ The World Tournament]] that was suppose to take place after Kingdom Hearts 2. Itís about an 'author sign up' tournament taking place with many crossover characters come to fight, and that the primary antagonist is SIN from Final Fantasy X. Upon looking back, [[ the reasons back then]] is that the whole setting feels amateurish, [[ there are lots of characters that the author canít control]], arguments from certain members, cyberbullying and other real life issues. [[ An attempt revision]] is made alongside a [[ deviantart group]], but they are inactive.
*** Apparently, there is a supposed third remake around April 2013 called [[ Ethereal War Tournament]] with three parts planned and a compacted story taking place between Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts 3. Part 1 is based on {{SeeD}} Academy from Final Fantasy VIII, Part 2 is mainly about the tournament, and Part 3 is the final battle against SIN. But history merely repeats itself with life and doubts of the author can pull it off. Had the story continued, it shows that Yeul from Final Fantasy XIII-2 became a heartless in Caiusí past, and a friend of an OC is a container of SIN. The antagonist in Part 1 is Douglas Hein from Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within. Fragments based on side stories (and the Ďfragmentsí from FFXIII-2) about certain characters could have been considered. It would have had concept art and character designs. The worlds could have appear are: Radiant Garden, Atlantis, Aladdin, Codename: Kids Next Door, Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Emperorís New Groove, Pulse, Fullmetal Alchemist, Yugioh, Digimon, My Little Pony, Legend of Korra, Marvel and the world where that tournament take place.
** ''FanFic/KingdomHeartsLinkToLife'' is an AU fanfic of meant to make fun of the games and formula with some twist in adventures with Sora and company (alongside OCs), but the author finds it hard to continue. So he attempted to do a rewrite called Fanfic/LinkToLife, but it is eventually discontinued.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Toasty probably will never finish ''[[ Mario's High School Days Super Turbo]].''
** Pretty much at least three quarters of all Mario [[FanWorks/SuperMarioBros fan-games and ROM hacks]] on Mario Fan Games Galaxy and SMW Central ever are this, being incomplete demos that last for between 1 and about 5/6 worlds before abruptly ending with no resolution. It's just as bad on [[ the Japanese Mario hack site]] for these too, which is absolutely littered with 2008/2009 era demos of potentially great games long since abandoned.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** A ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic that seems to have died after a long run is ''FanFic/GuardiansOfPokemon''. The fanfic had been in hiatus for over a year, and its last update was the "Obligatory Christmas Special"... for 2007. The author ''claims'' to only be able to update regularly during the summer (when school is out)...but nothing has come of it since then.
** The ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam'' fan fic ''[[ Rescue Team Freedom: Ravages of War]]'' is a [[DarkFic dark]] but ''extremely'' good fan fic. The last update was in 2008 and it is extremely unlikely that updates will come any time soon.
** ''[[ The Mewtwo Project]]'', a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' thriller about how Team Rocket launches an invasion against a Silph Co. island research complex has been canceled as the [[WordOfGod author claims his]] inspiration dried up.
** ''[[ Pokémon Revolution]]'' is supposed to have at ''least'' 29 chapters. The last update was Chapter 17... all the way back on ''January 17, 2009''. Sadly, the writers appear to have lost interest in it and it ends on a rather painful cliffhanger. The same fic is also posted on a different website, with more chapters, [[DoubleSubversion but isn't finished there either]].
*** One of the authors also wrote ''[[ Inheritors]]'', which is set up as an OntologicalMystery for the readers to solve. However, the story comes to an abrupt end with no resolution in sight, making it so that the ontological mystery [[LeftHanging is never solved]] and causing the readers to wonder [[ShaggyDogStory just what was the point to it all]].
** A comedic Pokémon story called ''FanFic/RottenLuck'' featured a BornUnlucky teenager who gets killed in a car accident on the day of his with his best friend/girlfriend and becomes [[{{Reincarnation}} reborn]] as a Ralts. The author seemed to have planned a lot for this story (especially a story arc regarding a Pokémon Contest), but after the release of its thirty-fifth chapter in September 2008 it was never updated again.
* ''[[ Grand Vendetta]]'' is the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' version of the "Liu Bei/Sun Shang Xiang" marriage story from ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', albeit with Sun Jian in charge and Lu Xun as the messenger, which hasn't updated since July 2008.
* ''[[ Dawn of the Noobs]]'', a ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' fic by Werelizard, complete with BlatantLies on his profile.
* [[ Eternal Arcadia]] is an unbelievably good novelization of the video game ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' that partially suffers from this. The author has such a busy life that the fic ended up falling silent after chapter 22 and an obligatory "I haven't given up" message. A year later, she came back to it and steamrolled through 14 more chapters, but after that point she hasn't updated since May of 2009. It's especially a shame because, in terms of game chronology, she has all of three or four more chapters to go, though her tendency to expand on interesting sideplots would probably add another chapter or two to that count.
* There is ''[[ Unconditional Love]]'', a ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' fic, that probably will never be finished.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** Likewise for what's probably [[ the best novelization]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' around. [[ The last update]] was November 2006, and the previous one was nearly a year before. The first four and a half years, he averaged once a month. And long, apologetic author's note? Check.
*** Also, the really good [[ Eloze]]. It hasn't updated in a couple of years, which is quite sad.
*** And the Zelda-fic masterpiece that is ''[[ Never After]]'' is also, unfortunately, quite dead. The author hasn't posted a new chapter in more than roughly ''three'' years. Also complete with an assurance that yes, "This story is not dead."
** [[ Ganny the Daddy]] is a very clever fancomic that has Ganondorf ruling Hyrule as a good leader and being father to the newest Zelda, while actually cooperating with the newest version of Link (who is [[GenderFlip a girl]] this time around). Unfortunately, the author has confirmed that there are too many other things going on for the comic to continue.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'': ''[[ Person's Unknown]]'' ([[YouMakeMeSic sic]]), a DarkerAndEdgier retelling of ''The Blazing Blade''. Notable because the author came out and put the tale down himself, and put out an epilogue to provide some closure.
* ''[[ Broken]]'' is an expertly written VideoGame/TeamFortress2 game focusing on the Red Heavy and Medic as they slowly learn more about each other, and start to fall in love with each other. It hasn't updated since Jan 20, 2011.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The obscure ''VisualNovel/YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito'' has very little fanfiction. By far the longest is a semi-dead fic called "Unabridged" that follows the anime continuity rather closely and focuses on the consequences of Eve's meddling with spacetime. Notable for very possibly ''not'' having an Eve/Hazuki ending (author hasn't decided yet), giving Lilith considerable character development (and snark), pointing out exactly who Arya is, and a reference to Dr. Strangelove involving Kogechibi and a very large bottle rocket. Also intended to cross over into ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' of all things.

* The authors of the ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/{{Lightwaves}}'' have confirmed that its sequel, ''Father of Death'', will remain unfinished after five chapters, since they felt that the planned story was weak and creatively stagnant. They did post several sketches of what would have come, along with a synopsis of how the story would have gone, thus giving the fans closure.
* In 2011, author of ''Fanfic/DeadOfNight'' confirmed that the fortieth chapter (posted only at her Website/DeviantArt account) was as far as she was going before pulling the plug.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
** ''[[ Phlogiston Theory]]'', a ForWantOfANail fic where Flame Princess is raised by PB as a baby instead of being trapped in a lantern by her own father. The fic is well-received for the heartwarming moments as PB eventually becomes a surrogate mother for FP and her ways of dealing with her. Sadly, the fic is last updated on April 2014 and hasn't been updated since.
** ''[[ Purpose]]'', a DarkFic by ''[[ nrbuer]]'' is a DarkerAndEdgier version of Adventure Time fic that deals with Finn being found by humans where he abandons his friends in favor of humanity as they slowly begin to destroy themselves as a result of their poor decisions and are currently in a war between mutants and humans along with internal wars between the mutants themselves as a result of their mistakes. Sadly despite the author's claims of a [[EarnYourHappyEnding happy ending after the hardships the characters have to endure]], the story is last updated in September 2015, giving readers [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy no closure towards all the pain the characters have to go through]].
* ''[[ Operation: REBIRTH]]'' is about the legendary Numbuh 0 rebuilding the Kids Next Door Organization since defeating Grandfather, but it last updated in April 12th, 2009. The author now pursues his professional art career and has quit writing fanfics.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' fandom, Greystar's ''The Longest Year'' is considered a legendary deadfic. It hasn't been updated in years, despite near constant begging from the author's fans.
* ''[[ Nightmares]]'' was an extremely well-written fanfiction for ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', revolving around a girl who was trapped in the Land of Nightmares. The last update was in 2007, after she had successfully stolen the Dreamstone and given it to Zordrak. A sad loss - particularly as there aren't many fanfics (well-written or otherwise) for the Dreamstone.
* The third ''FanFic/EdAbuse'' is sadly a dead fic, which is sad giving the success of the previous two fics. The author has since started a remake of the first fic that is starting to become a dead fic as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' FanVerse ''The Gargoyles Saga'' released its last update in 2006, with a three-year gap from the last one.
* ''[[ Mine]]'' is a fanfic set after the events of ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', in which Ratigan survived his DisneyVillainDeath and is now out to reclaim his place as crime-lord of London. Last update - Aug 24, 2006.
* The fanfic ''Fanfic/JadeDragon'', part of ''Fanfic/ProjectDarkJade'', has been updated exactly once since it was first posted in 2011.
* Presenting ''[[ Magical Girl Pretty Helga]]'', an expertly written story where [[WesternAnimation/HeyArnold Helga Pataki]] becomes a MagicalGirlWarrior (a conventional one, surprisingly, not a DarkMagicalGirl). Last update... May 24, 2006. "Sniff".
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** ''Velocity'', a ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' fanfic that was written around the same time as ''Eternal'', was set several years after the animated series' final episode and introduced Zoom, the EvilCounterpart to the Flash. For the same reason as listed above, this story ended after 33 chapters, right when a number of the Flash's RoguesGallery were set to clash with the speedster and the rest of the Justice League, and also left a crucial plot point hanging where Blacksmith, the CorruptCorporateExecutive working behind the scenes, was readying herself to take over Central City. Fortunately, a final chapter has been released that outlines what the outcome would have been (Superman fighting Girder, Blacksmith going OneWingedAngel with her own office building, Flash and Zoom having a final confrontation, Wally and Linda becoming the OfficialCouple [[spoiler:and Zoom getting sucked into the Speed Force, only to escape sometime later]]).
** ''The Flash 2055'', inspired by ''FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman'' and set one year after the ''Justice League Unlimited'' episode "Epilogue," focused on the rise of a Beyond-era Flash in Central City, due to the author not having heard anything of the character or his successor at this point in the DCAU time-line. While the story introduced several villains (none of whom had previously been shown in the DCAU proper) to make up a reasonable RoguesGallery for the titular character, it ended after 26 chapters due to the author coming to a personal conviction regarding comic-book superheroes being influenced by gods of ancient cultures. Fortunately, a final chapter was published outlining how the story would have ended.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''
** Even ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' has a few dead fics. Some of the most promising were ''Time Gate X'' (a SF ''Land Before Time'' thriller), ''[[ Land Before Time: Voyage Through Time]]'' (''Land Before Time'' with some time travel and Russians), ''[[ Land Before Time: Remnants]]'', sequel to the ''[[ Land Before Time: War of the Worlds]]'' (both about a dinosaur war). To be specific, ''Time Gate X'' was deleted. ''Land Before Time: Voyage'' last updated in 2010. ''Land Before Time: Remnants'' last updated in 2012.
** ''The Land Beyond Time'' by The Oracle was a fusion of ScienceFiction and ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' with a good but {{mind screw}}y plot. In addition, there were some rather...strange plot twists. However, it has been removed from and is no longer available.
** ''[[ Out of the Shadows 2]]'', sequel to the ''excellent'' and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids violent]] ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' fan fiction ''[[ Out of the Shadows]]'' has also not been updated since 2007. WordOfGod states "Cancelled though I may decide to pick up on it later" but sadly, that seems very unlikely.
** Also from the ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' section, ''[[ Land Before Time: The Mysterious World]]'' has fallen silent. Last update was in 2008 and the author seems to have vanished. Sadly, the chance of it being continued is nearly nonexistent.
** ''Silver'' by Regina Demonica is an Icthy-centric war story about how Icthy Dil and Strut ally with the Great Valley dinosaurs to prevent Jadeclaw from finding the real Stone of Cold Fire. It dates from 2010 and was removed from sometime in 2012.
** ''[[ BOSE II: Corruption's Curse]]'', the sequel to the critically acclaimed fic ''Battle of the Sacred Essences'' hasn't been updated since 2013.
* The ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' community has [[ Simon's Experiments II]] by Allius111, which left its 28th chapter on a cliffhanger, and hasn't been updated since January 2010. The worst part is the author noted in the previous chapter that he was buckling down on the story, planning to release a chapter once every two weeks.
** On April 2, 2014, the author posted a "chapter", in which he basically hit the final nail in the story's coffin, saying that he was repulsed by the idea of jumping back into a story he had written as a "very immature young man with little life experience." However, he did thank all of his readers for supporting the story and posted what notes he still had on his intentions for the rest of it, which is much more than most dead fics get.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing''
** [[ This]] Disney/TheLionKing fancomic that looks at an alternative timeline of Nala's life was originally meant to be a contest entry. The artist's comment under the [[ last uploaded page]] (which was posted in 2009) suggests that the reason it was abandoned was because it was just too time consuming.
** [[ TLKIII:Shadows]]: The story was abandoned right on a cliffhanger back in 2010, when the artist passed away.
** Disney/TheLionKing fancomic [[ Missing Mysteries]] is an interesting one. While the comic itself hasn't been updated since 2009, the artist is still active as of January 2013 and even started a brand new comic in 2012.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''
** ''Fanfic/{{Assumptions}}'' has unfortunately gone this way, since the author hasn't even logged in for over four years (last update 2012). I guess we'll never know if Rainbow Dash and Caramel will ever get together.
** Blaze, the author of the [[Fanfic/TheConversionBureau original Conversion Bureau fanfic]], [[WordOfGod stated in an interview]] with the Pony Fiction Vault that he has no desire to finish the story and declared it a mediocre OldShame. When asked about this, he says that a combination of the [[InternetBackdraft intense backlash]] he received over the story's content and just losing interest in the story itself were what made him decide to discontinue the story.
** The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Fanfic [[ Kindness in Dancing]] is an extremely rare Fluttershy/Fleur de Lis shipping fic (as of this writing there are ''two'' on Website/FimfictionDotNet, and this is the older one), that, despite its short chapters mananges to be a very good read, doing a great job of demonstrating the pairing, but it died with one chapter to go, with the last update being mid-April 2012. The author said, in late February 2013, that he may finish it someday.
** The immensely popular [[ The Ballad of Twilight Sparkle]] had its last real update in October 2011 followed by minor edits to the already posted story up until February 2012. Naturally, the fic comes complete with a blog update from May 2013 assuring everyone the fic isnít dead.
** The MLP fanfic entitled [[ When Harmony Dies.....]] is an alternate take on 'A Canterlot Wedding,' where Queen Chrysalis decides not to imprison Twilight Sparkle and instead, manipulates her into turning against her friends for abandoning her at the wedding rehearsal. Unfortunately, the story hasn't been updated since 2012.
** The MLP fic ''FanFic/NightOfTheShy'', due to [[AuthorExistenceFailure the author's death]]. Sadly, said passing occured barely a week after posting the final update to the story.
** The amazing {{cyberpunk}} [[AlternateUniverse AU]] fic ''[[ Starworks]]'' last updated in July 2012. The author was last seen in January 2014.
** As Creator/DGDDavidson more or less left the fandom to focus on other pursuits, all his fanfics which weren't yet finished at that time can be considered dead. He also discontinued a couple of fanfics before that.
** ''Fanfic/AMightyDemonSlayerGroomsSomePonies'' was a somewhat unusual example--it ''was'' originally finished, but the final chapter was so disliked by the readers that the author took it down and intended to write a better one. He never completed it, but thankfully, after over a year he published [[ what would be its final scenes]].
** In July 2016, the author of ''Fanfic/WhatHathJoinedTogether'' abruptly announced its cancellation as well as an apparent retirement from writing.
** ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'' is a double subversion. It was put on hiatus in 2013, with the author just barely deciding not to outright cancel it, in order to focus on college. Two years of no updates later, a new chapter was posted... at which point, it was definitely canceled. Turns out, the author had lost interest by this point, but felt obligated to complete and post that last chapter due to it already being partially written. With that out of the way, he walked away.
* [[ Samurai Jack The Movie]] is a fic movie in attempts to conclude the series since 2007, but it hasn't been updated. Though there's recollection of sources of a full summary about this, it has been lost to this day.
* ''Fanfic/StreetSharksRedux'' by DarkLightShades was a retelling of the TV series ''StreetSharks'' in a much... less goofy manner. Unfortunately it has not been updated since 2008, since the author has lost interest in the fandom. Her writing partner is still around though, so it's vaguely possible it could be finished through her.
* Subverted in ''[[ Life After Lies]]'', an InNameOnly story set in the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' universe. It was originally meant to span 19 or 20 chapters plus an epilogue. After two years of increasingly infrequent albeit more detailed updates, the author pulled the plug after chapter 18, leaving the protagonist and her sort-of love interest out of immediate danger but facing an uncertain future. In the author's farewell address, she apologized for the lack of closure and invited her readers to imagine their own endings. One of the author's beta readers eventually did just that, and [[PosthumousCollaboration wrote a closure chapter]] that the original author liked well enough to bless as the official ending.
* ''[[ Big Brother is Watching]]'' is a ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' fanfic in which the spies are assigned to help Robert Lumiere, a record producer and the younger brother of Marco Lumiere, save his company from being sabotaged. Last update - Sep 1, 2007.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** ''[[ Seekerella]]'' is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - a Franchise/{{Transformers}} retelling of Literature/{{Cinderella}} with Starscream as Cinderella and Soundwave as the prince. It had a few interesting twists on the story (for one thing, Megatron was Starscream's "master" instead of stepfather), but hasn't updated since Feb 14, 2012.
** ''[[ The Tyrant's Heir]]'' is a WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime fanfic where Starscream becomes pregnant with Megatron's sparkling, and this (alongside Knockout getting pregnant) leads to the end of the war. Last update - Jul 1, 2012.
** ''[[ The Seeker and the Medic]]'' is a Franchise/{{Transformers}} fanfic where Starscream and Hook start a romantic relationship. The author got four chapters in, then abandoned the story.
** ''[[ Crosswinds]]'' is a Franchise/{{Transformers}} fanfic which takes place after WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie, and involves Starscream's ghost taking up residence in an air base of Earth, and falling in love with [[Anime/TransformersArmada Alexis]] (who happens to be an air force captain in this story). It hasn't updated since Dec 14, 2010.
** ''[[ Ghost Ship]]'' is a Franchise/{{Transformers}} fanfic in which the Decepticons receive a distress signal, and end up lured onto the titular ghost ship. Last update - Oct 27, 2010.
** ''[[ Stereo Hearts]]'' is a Franchise/{{Transformers}} fanfic where Jazz is the mistreated servant of Prowl, and falls in love with club DJ Blaster. It's been dead since Nov 29, 2012.
** ''[[ Acid Rain]]'' is a Franchise/{{Transformers}} fanfic where Megatron finally goes too far in punishing Starscream, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizes it]], and sets about trying to repair their relationship. Last update - Jan 7, 2013.
* The ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' fic, [[ Nightcrawler's Burden]] has been dead for '''over a decade.''' The last time the author updated the fic (2004), Website/YouTube didn't even exist yet, and this very site was just 4 months old.
* Among ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' we have ''[[ Lycanthrope II: Insurgere Imperium]]'', a sequel to the well written story ''Lycanthrope'' which had the potential to become an EvenBetterSequel, but sadly has not been updated since 2006.