A long-time fanfiction writer who started out in fanzines and is now found on fanfiction.net
, Vathara is often referred to as the Crossover Queen
. Despite that, her most famous work, Embers
, is not a crossover, although it contains a large number of expies
. Her largest series, the Urban Legends universe, is based off of and views as series canon a fanfic by another author.
Notable works include:Embers
, which has its own tropes page. Theft Absolute
takes place in the Embers universe; Scarlet and Black
is a standalone pilot episode for another Avatar: The Last Airbender AU
The Urban Legends
series, which contains:
Among others.Foreign Exchange
, a series of five fics, one removed (songfic).Upon A Fiery Steed
, a novel-length Stargate/Gundam Wing fusion.Blades of Blood
and Witchy Woman
, a series of two novel-length fics (so far) combining Rurouni Kenshin
and the Nightlife
RPG.Ethan Rayne's Very Bad Day
, which takes the Buffy the Vampire Slayer
fic cliche of "What if they went as someone else that Halloween?" and turns it Up to Eleven
, Clean and White
, Take Two
– a series of four Rurouni Kenshin
, Petals in the Wind
, Petals Scattered
– a series of three Buffy the Vampire Slayer
crossovers.Shadows in Starlight
, a novel-length Star Wars
& Rurouni Kenshin
and its sequels, Project Asclepius
and Project Thoughts
, a Bleach
sci-fi/horror AU. This series also has its own TV Tropes page.
Tropes appearing in her work:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot - Subverted with Airwolf. She's genuinely loyal to her adoptive family, and wouldn't hurt a fly. Unless it shot at them. Then she'd blow it to smithereens.
- Air-Vent Passageway - Conference Calls
Archangel: "Foreign operatives turning the source of life, the very air you breathe, into the channel for your destruction. Freud or Jung, the psychological connotations are damning… And second only to air ducts, I despise babbling."
- Alternate Universe - O'Neill encounters one where the SGC has a longstanding alliance with The Firm, and Sha'uri was found alive.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read - Hiko had this problem after his Metamorphosis into a space catboy in Walk Through the Valley; it and his accidental tumble into the Fountain of Youth forced him to become The Hermit.
- Author Appeal: Look at her stories. Now count how many involve: (psychological) transformation, predatory variants of humanity, or (psychological) transformations into predatory variants of humanity.
- Also note that most of these transformations tend to involve Kenshin in particular. And she likes giving him Cute Little Fangs too.
- Badass Adorable - Airwolf, who would count as a Tykebomb if the people who'd intended to use her as a weapon had considered her a person in the first place.
- Black Speech - The EMP-speak of Hollows makes all but the toughest normal responders drop to the ground, curl up in the fetal position and whimper. All EMP-speak is this to electronic equipment.
- Bond Creature - Airwolf.
- Character Alignment - Most clear in the Foreign Xchange universe, but a theme throughout.
- Combat Tentacles: The Reavers of Upon A Fiery Steed; all the shinigami in Project Tatterdemalion.
- Cuddle Bug: All the shinigami in Project Tatterdemalion.
- Doing In the Wizard - Her profile states that she enjoys scientific explanations of magic.
- Emergency Transformation - Kenshin in Walk Through The Valley and Blades of Blood; Daniel in Upon A Fiery Steed; Kenshin in Clean and White; every survivor of Project Tatterdemalion.
- EMP - Hiko and Kenshin can generate and sense them, as can all the shinigami, normal responders and Hollows of Project Tatterdemalion.
- Empathic Weapon - Airwolf.
- Fantastic Racism - After Demona nearly exterminates New York, and would have killed more, orders were nearly cut to wipe out all gargoyles. There's also Colonel O'Neil's reaction to youkai, and the people of Cerberus regard him as an inhuman monster because he carries Ancient genes.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink - Urban Legendsverse.
- Fridge Horror - Vathara seems to be able to find this in damned near everything. Take Stargate SG-1 for example:
- Hearts On Barbed Wire points out that the SGC essentially started and is fighting an illegal war with an unspeakably powerful enemy - one that a number of more ethical individuals in the government would attempt to stop if they knew of it. She also points out that their treatment of their scientific staff is appalling - ordering Jackson to publish false documents to preserve the SGC's secrecy would permanently ruin him academically if it was ever discovered - no scientist would trust that he is publishing legitimate research if he is willing to create false documents for the government, and he would essentially be the next Trofim Lysenko.
- Flat Tire with Bad Guys expands on this - the scientific staff cannot publish research or take interns, and is subject to casual degradation by military personnel. A similar situation for soldiers would be if they were repeatedly sent on high-loss missions with minimal support to capture objectives that were later surrendered without any stated reason - while being treated as barbarians by their supporters.
- Veritas has a nasty one. In the mythological background, Amunet(the Goa'uld who possessed Daniel's wife, Sha'uri) is far older, smarter, and more powerful than early Big Bad Apophis (her husband). It's entirely possible that Sha'uri is still alive - and that General Hammond knows this. Daniel Jackson is The Worm Guy of Worm Guys - a uniquely capable individual in an already small and specialized field. If Daniel got his wife back, the possibility exists that he'd retire to Abydos and leave the SGC without his talents. Therefore, Hammond could be refusing to even allow anyone to consider the possibility that Sha'uri is alive and could be rescued... which is a good example of the "military intelligence" oxymoron - ensuring the defeat of Apophis while faking Amunet's death is like ensuring the death of Osama bin Laden and faking Stalin's death - something that could lead to Earth's defeat... just to make sure his pet geek won't desert. Worst part? Since Daniel's not military, yet used those talents to ensure a place in his command, it's entirely ethical by military standards to screw with his head to ensure his loyalty in turn. In-story, Hammond is concerned that the NID might pull Daniel out of SGC on the pretext that he is big, fat traitor who faked Shauri's death and forgot what kind of hellholes Daniel has made it out of alive.
- Functional Magic
- Good Colors, Evil Colors - The Firm.
Hawke: "Of course (we are the good guys). We wear white hats."
- Gunship Rescue - Airwolf, most notably rescuing Archangel from Muerta.
- Hitman with a Heart - How Battousai is presented. This does not mean that he is a gibbering wreck.
Hiko: "Battousai may have been a ruthless killer, but he was sane. Angelus
is a psychopath."
- Ho Yay - While there are male/male relationships in a few fics, she usually averts the fangirl tendency to slash any two men that tolerate each other, and mostly depicts deep friendships as entirely platonic.
- Interspecies Romance: In the Urban Legend series, epecially in Gargoyles/Godzilla where Dahlia and Kraven seem to have something going on.
- Just Woke Up That Way - Subverted in Walk Through the Valley, where it turns out that Hiko simply forgot about his special project. Played straight in the opening of Project Tatterdemalion, where Juushirou wakes up shinigami.
- Les Yay - In the Urban Legends universe: a gargoyle/human pairing to boot.
- Little Bit Beastly
- Man in White - Archangel.
- Masquerade - In Urban Legends, the US government (or parts of it) are aware of much of what's out there.
- The Men in Black - Sort of subverted by The Firm, a rare sympathetic example which wears white, and while they do do cover-ups, they're rarely supernatural-related. Despite being a more conventional espionage and R&D group, they are gradually shifting towards handling supernatural and alien issues since the CIA often refuses to take it seriously, the NID can't be trusted, and the SGC aren't sharing their information.
Marella: The truth? The truth is, good friends of mine risked their lives to save you.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Hiko found himself stalking a treerat in Walk Through the Valley shortly after waking up.
- Mindlink Mates - A rare platonic instead of romantic example in the Wolfpack. There are also romantic examples, such as Daniel Jackson and Sha'uri.
- Must Have Caffeine - The shinigami and normal responders in Project Tatterdemalion need it to fuel their Psychic Powers, as do the Quincies; the shinigami in Upon a Fiery Steed need it to prevent Shi no Yami from sucking up all their glucose to build the metabolites from scratch.
- No Transhumanism Allowed - In Walk Through the Valley, the Confederacy allows you to become an alterant provided you use approved genetic sequences from Earth-native animals. The Federation will kill you on the spot because alterants cannot be conditioned. In Upon a Fiery Steed, Relena's late father founded a movement that came to include Fantastic Racism against the Super Soldiers developed by their Goa'uld overlords; the extremists were removed from power and have stayed that way thanks to Relena's efforts. In Project Tatterdemalion, the characters are Un Personed over it.
- Painful Transformation - averted with Hiko in Walk Through the Valley, who had an assistant to give him painkillers and keep him in a controlled coma during his Metamorphosis. Kenshin doesn't get painkillers because Hiko didn't have any on hand; however a controlled coma was still possible. Kenshin didn't hurt until he woke up from letting Battousai take him in Blades of Blood.
- Papa Wolf - Kenshin in Blades of Blood and Witchy Woman; when Kenshin was going through his Emergency Transformation, Hiko took this to extremes in spite of his professed loathing of children, finding himself growling at one of his few friends for daring to approach his cabin.
- Playing with Syringes - All the Goa'uld in Upon a Fiery Steed, but only Dimme did this onscreen, which set off a chain of events leading to Daniel's Emergency Transformation.
- Power of Friendship
- Professor Guinea Pig - Hiko in Walk Through The Valley; all the surviving scientists of Project Tatterdemalion.
- Reset Button - Used in the one fic that incorporates Seven Days and then never mentioned again. So far.
- Speaks Fluent Animal - Kenshin in Ethan Rayne's Very Bad Day found himself fluent in Kitsune; the shinigami of Project Tatterdemalion found themselves fluent in Hollow; Hiko and Kenshin were instantly fluent in pulse-speak.
- Super Soldier - The Gundam pilots in Upon a Fiery Steed, along with the Guardians; the ookamimoya alterants of Walk Through the Valley; The shinigami of Project Tatterdemalion are accidental versions.
- Team Pet - Airwolf. Never has a helicopter been so adorable.
- There Are No Therapists - Averted. Dr. Lita Kino, an Expy from Ellen Brand's Power Rangers series Personality Conflicts, makes several appearances, and several fics comment on the amount of damage having an incompetent (or outright enemy agent...) psychologist on staff has done to the SGC.
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That - Daniel does this to Jack twice in a letter he sends to SG-1 after being rescued by Duo in Upon a Fiery Steed. "Stop strangling the paper Jack."
- Transformation Of The Possessed - How Kenshin gets his fangs, claws and scarlet hair in Blades of Blood.
- True Companions - HEAT and Airwolf's pilots, among others. It's essentially the key theme in just about all of her works—you may not be "normal" now, but You Are Not Alone.
- You Sexy Beast - In Blades of Blood and Witchy Woman, this is inverted, with Kenshin not becoming Kin until a damn long time after they met each other. They weren't dating, though, but only because neither one had any idea that the other was interested. When he showed up to rescue her after letting Battousai take him, she was horrified, thinking it had wiped his personality.