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 they]] ''[[DevelopmentHell haven't]]'' [[DevelopmentHell 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 DeadFic 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 is littered with the dead, many of which only have ''one'' chapter. After all, fanfiction is the province of amateurs, and when it's not a living, you have any reason to drop the fanfic - interests may change, RealLife may take over, ''et cetera''. But the pain implied in "DeadFic" 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such as "since 2013" instead of "six months/one year ago" - because in six months, the latter choice of words will be outdated).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:Adventure Time]]
* ''[[ 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.

[[folder:Axis Powers Hetalia]]
* The rather... polemic ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' DarkFic {{All He Ever Wanted}} [[ 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.

[[folder:Baldur's Gate]]
* One of the better written ''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.

* 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.

[[folder:Battle Royale]]
* ''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.

* ''[[ 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...)

* ''[[ 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.

* ''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 Gloft, so it's up to two unlikely heroes to team up in stopping them, but it was cancelled 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 Slytheryn, 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 Ed, Edd n Eddy involved in the story of Final Fantasy IX, but stopped around January 2006.

[[folder:Daily Life with Monster Girl]]
* A bit of preamble. When the anime based on ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' aired in Summer 2015, some folks on [[ImageBoards /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.

* 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.

[[folder:Dawn Of The Dead]]
* The ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' fanfic [[ "Through These fields of Destruction"]] appears to have joined the category, having not received an update for over two years (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.

[[folder:Death Note]]
* [[ 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.

* 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 cancelled.
* 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.

[[folder:Dragon Ball]]
* ''[[ 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.

* [[ 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 writtenin ''2009'').

[[folder:Ed, Edd n Eddy]]
* 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.

[[folder:Final Fantasy]]
* 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.

* [[ 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.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' FanVerse ''The Gargoyles Saga'' released its last update in 2006, with a three-year gap from the last one.

[[folder:Ghost Trick]]
* 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!

[[folder:Guilty Crown]]
* [[ 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.

[[folder:Hanna is Not a Boys Name]]
* 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:Harry Potter]]
* 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 marvellously 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.

[[folder:His Dark Materials]]
* [[ 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.

* ''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.

* 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.

[[folder:Jackie Chan Adventures]]
* The fanfic ''Fanfic/JadeDragon'', part of ''Fanfic/ProjectDarkJade'', has not been updated since its first and only chapter was posted in 2011.

[[folder:Justice League]]
* ''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.

[[folder: Kill la Kill]]
* 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 Ficiton alone since then.

[[folder:Kingdom Hearts]]
* Unfortunately ''[[ Soaring On Broken Wings]]'', the sequel to the excellent and recommended ''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 KingdomHearts 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 3 years ago (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.

* ''[[ Crystal Maze]]'' is a crossover with the tituar 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.

[[folder:The Land Before Time]]
* 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.

[[folder:Lilo And Stitch]]
* 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.

[[folder:The Lion King]]
* [[ 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.

[[folder:Lord Of The Rings]]
* ''[[ 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 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.

[[folder:Lucky Star]]
* 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.

[[folder:Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]
* 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.

* Toasty probably will never finish ''[[ Mario's High School Days Super Turbo]].''
* Pretty much at least three quarters of all Mario [[FanGame 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.

[[folder:The Matrix]]
* [[ Nysa]], an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] {{KidFic}} for TheMatrix was last updated in August 2005, long before any of its plot threads could be resolved.

* 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 DeadFic.
* ''[[ 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.
* ''[[ 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 ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' fanfic ''[[ The Goddess and the Sky]]'' revolves around Sora Hasegawa receiving what should have been Keiichi's wish, and accidentally wishing that Belldandy would marry her. It was an interesting concept, managed to avoid being a CookieCutterFic...and last updated in 2012.
* 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".
* ''[[ 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.
* ''[[ Seekerella]]'' is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - a Franchise/{{Transformers}} retelling of {{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.
* ''[[ Nana's New Life]]'' is a FixFic for the [[TearJerker extremely heartbreaking]] webcomic Webcomic/NanasEverydayLife, where [[Manga/ElfenLied Nana]] is found by [[VideoGame/TeamFortressTwo 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.

[[folder:My Little Pony]]
* {{Fanfic/Assumptions}} has unfortunately gone this way, since the author hasn't even logged in for over 6 months (last update 2012). I guess we'll never know if [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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 DeadFic 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]].

[[folder:Mystery Science Theater 3000]]
* ''[[ ...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.

* [[ 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 likeable, 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 in over 5 years (nor has Shivakashi written anything else) so it's as good as dead.

[[folder:Neon Genesis Evangelion]]
* ''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.

[[folder:Ojamajo Doremi]]
* 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.

[[folder:The Phantom Of The Opera]]
* 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.

* A ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic that seems to have died after a long run is ''FanFic/GuardiansOfPokemon''. The fanfic had been in an 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) it's likely that he just lost interest in it.
* 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.

[[folder:Puella Magi Madoka Magica]]
* [[ 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.

[[folder:Ranma 1/2 Ranma]]
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.

[[folder:Romance Of The Three Kingdoms]]
* ''[[ 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.

[[folder:Sailor Moon]]
* Janelle J. AKA MiakaShi's absurdly [[LongRunner long-running]] (for a fanfic anyway. It ran from December 1995 to 2009) ''[[ Sailormoon Millennia]]'' trilogy finally gave up the ghost after 14 years, leaving the remake of the first story (''Sailormoon Zodiac'') and the last story (''Sailormoon Genesis'')
* ''Fanfic/BeautifulDestroyerSailorMoon'' hasn't been updated since July 2012.
** ''[[ A story written by me is dead when I say it's dead, or when they say I'm dead.]]'' incomplete.
* 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.

[[folder:Samurai Jack]]
* [[ 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.

[[folder:Sherlock Holmes]]
* [[ 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.

[[folder:Skies Of Arcadia]]
* [[ 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.

* [[ 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.

[[folder:Star Wars]]
* [[ 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.
* [[http://sh, Hitchhiker]]. It's excruciatingly hard to find a well-written [[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 LiveJournal, and if you're polite will tell you what her vague plan for the rest was before she stopped writing.

[[folder:Street Sharks]]
* ''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.

[[folder:Super Sentai]]
* 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.

* ''[[ Brothers]]''. It's pretty good, too bad it was never finished.

[[folder:Suzumiya Haruhi]]
* [[ 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 [[{{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.

* 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:Tales of Symphonia]]
* There is ''[[ Unconditional Love]]'', a ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' fic, that probably will never be finished.

[[folder:Tamora Pierce]]
* Wild_Magelet's ''Spirits Cry'', a simply marvellous ''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 ''{{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:Total Drama]]
* 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.

[[folder:Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle]]
* FanFic/{{Freefall}}, one of the best Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle fics out there, ended with a SequelHook. There was no sequel. Ever.

* ''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.
* The 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.

[[folder:Yami To Boushi To Hon No Tabibito]]
* 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 ''KannazukiNoMiko'' of all things.

* 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.
* 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 nothing has happened, even though in September 2015 she updated her profile to announce she was publishing the teaser chapter of a new story called ''Thrice Gone''.
* ''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]].

* 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.