Shown Their Work / Fanfiction

  • Bringer Of Death is first a Dragon Ball Z fic, and second an attempt to plausibly explain the physics of DBZ. The result is an epic story that appeals to fans unwilling to suspend their disbelief in poorly-explained spaceship mechanics, etc.
  • The Back to the Future fanfic The Almanac Chronicles is accurate with respect to geography, as well as history from 1958 to November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy is not assassinated due to a side effect of Biff's fortunes .
  • The fanfic The Butterfly Effect 0, based on the film, is accurate with respect to southern New York state geography as well as historical events.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction:
  • A lot of details went into the researching behind the locations, schools and universities that appear in the Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle real-world AU Freefall, as well as the symptoms of leukaemia, which a main character is diagnosed with early in the plotline.
  • Between Minds (Portal and Half-Life) is packed with this with everything from helicopter specifications to language translations to first aid to building layouts to real-life weapons to cut game material to the actual mechanics of an EMP.
  • Half of Hunting The Unicorn is a Cerebus Retcon of Blaine's Relationship Sue and Knight in Shining Armor portrayal. The other half is showing what it would take to produce someone like Blaine. Given that the author is studying psychology and read up on medieval chivalry, it isn't surprising that some readers find it so believable.
  • The author of Hogyoku ex Machina asked her high school readers if they could define tuberculosis without using Wikipedia to determine if Ichigo and friends would reasonably know. She even checked if House airs in Japan to justify Ishida watching the show.
  • The Wizard in the Shadows is notable for having lots of accurate references to the First and Second Ages of Middle Earth.
    • Child of the Storm takes it up a few notches and shows that this part of Nimbus Llewelyn's Signature Style. The story uses historically accurate Norse titles and foods, drawing on a lot of minor throwaway details from obscure corners of each of the canons and displaying an awareness of basic physics (in chapter 54, Harry is flying on a souped up Firebolt, which, in the interests of fairness, can't exceed its production top speed on the Quidditch Pitch. Harry considers that he'd rather not find out what would happen to him and the broom if he suddenly lost a third of his speed, and skirts the Quidditch pitch).
      • It also displays awareness of certain political realities - for instance, it is abundantly clear in earlier chapters that Harry feels that he has a very large bone to pick with Odin, and it is repeatedly pointed out to him that Odin is an absolute ruler and cannot/will not accept such levels of defiance in public, even from his grandson. In private, under certain circumstances, he is rather more accommodating and understanding, the implications of Younger than She Looks where an attractive teenage girl is concerned and uses the exploration of consequences of the basic premise (Harry is the son of Thor, who was incarnated as James Potter in his first shot at humility) of the fic as the engine of the plot.
  • In Equestria: A History Revealed, the author clearly has done some research into the show and the franchise as a whole. Little in-jokes from the fanbase are prevalent in the fic, and most impressively, the author manages to tie in even the most obscure sources to create one unified Equestrian history canon, pulling from the show, comics, and even the often-forgotten chapter books.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction Silent Knight, Nightfyre's flightsuit puts constant pressure on her limbs, ensuring proper blood-flow to the brain during stressful maneuvers. This is the same way real life flightsuits work for jet and fighter pilots.
    • In the same chapter, Ash Coat notes some materials on the human sword that genuinely act as absurdly sharp material when treated correctly; it's suggested that some Applied Phlebotinum is employed to sustain this condition.
  • Cornova did a lot of research with regards to the ins and outs of the Pokémon anime for Poké Wars.
    • A prime example is how he included an entire chapter on Kaiza, a character from an episode of Pokémon that never made it out of Japan.
    • Also, numerous one-shot characters (Duplica, Yas and Kas Gyms, AJ, etc.) are portrayed perfectly in character.
  • The author behind XSGCOM has an author's notes section after every chapter, where he/she explains from exactly where in the original works every character, plot-twist and gadget in the chapter came. He does the same for Hunted Tribes and New California Dreaming.
  • The Total Drama fanfic writer, Gideoncrawle shows his work routinely.
    • In his first story, Legacy, this is most apparent in the details related to the victim's wound. His later stories have substantial Notes sections that explain the more obscure allusions, among other things.
    • His Season 1 reimagining story, The Legend of Total Drama Island tends to show his work in-story for such things as inventive solutions to certain problems, and the effects and treatment of hypothermia.
  • GreenSonic21, the author of Sonic Generations: Friendship Is Timeless , has clearly done plenty of research on not only pretty much all of the Sonic games, but also the Sonic cartoons and comic books, and it clearly shows. He's even referenced events from the FiM comic books into the story.
  • One of the reasons the Homestuck fan blog Brainbent is so popular with fans is because of how accurately and sympathetically it portrays people with mental health issues (except John, who's disorder is unspecified). In particular, Autistic readers really like the non-stereotyped portrayal of Autism.
  • Friendship Is Optimal has a lot of accurate science, and the author has clearly done a lot of research on artificial intelligence and philosophy.
  • Different, Not Defective features a well-researched and sensitive portrayal of an autistic Harry Potter.
  • Divided Rainbow, which contains lots of links to phenomenon such as moonbows and lunar phases.
  • Aaron 12, author of the Danny Phantom fanfic series, Facing The Future Series takes his time research the cartoon, picking up obscure details and other things to avoid Continuity Snarls. It only helps to make the series more popular.
  • There's a women's basketball rpf pirate!au fic that actually has a list of references the author used when researching the era. Half of the fic is written as a popular history book, half as a novelization of a film based on the book.
  • As part of its Deconstructor Fleet, quite a lot of the setting of Sonic X: Dark Chaos was based on (and inspired by) obscure Bible stories and passages, and so is much of the symbolism. A lot of the Emirate of Mecca was based on the actual Hadiths of Muhammed as well. Several lines of dialogue from Angel characters are in accurate Hebrew and Latin too.
    • The depiction of slavery in the Demon Empire averts both Happiness in Slavery and Fate Worse Than Death. Their treatment and conditions vary depending on their masters and where they are working.
    • Sonya's plasma-focused katana is correctly depicted as a backup weapon. In mediaeval Japan, the samurai preferred bows and spears over their swords, which they used if anything got too close. She also prefers using guns - the samurai admired firearms and used them extensively after they were introduced to Japan.
    • Maledict's character is a personification of Machiavelli's eponymous Prince - wanting to be both feared and loved - rather than the Popcultural Osmosis version. It helps that the author has actually read The Prince in real life.
    • One of Jesus' military assistants is Lucifer. This seems rather unusual considering Maledict's presence, unless you know that Lucifer and Satan are actually different biblical beings entirely.
  • Every hotel, restaurant, new age shop, and strip joint mentioned in Origin Story is an actual location, and all the prices involved are authentic. The writer mentions several times in his notes that he actually called these people up and asked them questions. Of special note were the women who worked in the men's department at Macy's in New York City, who actually had a twenty minute long phone call with the writer in which they described what could be seen outside the store from the window's of their department.
  • Bait and Switch (STO):
    • "Solaere ssiun Hnaifv'daenn"'s author's notes mention doing a lot of research to get the details of Shi'a religious practices correct (the main viewpoint character is an Iranian Shiite, but the author is an American Methodist), and even link to a Shiite-specific handbook for the daily prayers.
    • A Changed World suggests that black holes are scary enough without needing to be unrealistic. Gravitational Time Dilation and redshifting of EM radiation, and the interference caused by radiation from the accretion disk are all plot points. The only concessions to Star Trek are natural consequences of Treknology: a ship can use its warp drive to partially counteract Time Dilation for itself (the ships USS Bajor rescues suffered drive damage and couldn't), and can withstand the gravity well with its structural integrity field.
  • Heroes For Earth has the author's notes in every chapter noting how true to life or factual each chapter is, making the aesops about what one can do to protect the environment even more poignant.
  • The Kantai Collection fanfic Pacific: World War II U.S. Navy Shipgirls has the author(s) doing a LOT of research into everything related to each of the ship girls they've created, such as the ship's namesake, how it sank, etc. and integrating these things into each of their personalities.
  • Breech Loader, author of fanfiction Prison Island Break, has put considerable research into such things as medical procedures, prison etiquette, blood types, speech impediments, and the kinds of injuries that would really be caused by the weapons used in the story.
    • The story is also commended for maintaining the personalities of the canon characters even with regard to other canon characters they'd never interact with in canon.
  • "Celestia Sleeps In" and its sequel "Onto The Pony Planet" by Admiral Biscuit (link) has a blog post for every chapter detailing all the research the author has put into it. This ranges from historical 18th century technology to social mores to anthropology to physics to even actually preparing Equestrian foods in real life to see how the author's human digestive system handles them.
  • The crossover Shepherd Of The Stars features a lot of Codex entries where the author shows off how much work went into researching the different settings. The author generated randomized tech trees for each faction in the story, tracks what technologies they have researched, and even calculated the composition, armaments, and construction costs of the various fleets that are featured. Considering there are currently ten different factions, this translates to an impressive amount of work.
  • The Axis Powers Hetalia fanfiction Awakening opens with the author admitting to having "a morbid fascination with this period and a deep respect for history" and thus writing the fic as realistically as possible. Various chapters end with notes explaining Josef Mengele's experiments on twins during World War 2, how the twins were cared for, and what happened to most of them after.
  • The Zootopia story At Our Core has the ZPD follow proper police procedure due to the writer coming from a family of police officers.
  • In Vathara's work Embers, the Author's Notes go a long way in explaining why certain things happened the way they did using real life comparisons including the cultures of Arctic tribes, properly translated Chinese names and terms and the psychology behind a character's portrayal.
  • The Kirby fanfic Wings of Change goes into a fair amount of detail about wing structures, such as having minute receptors on the wings and a large collection of bones, justifying how Meta Knight (and later Kirby) can fly, with the species' powerful lungs also helping them out. It also discusses the actual processes of flying such as needing a high lift-to-drag ratio which reduces the amount of energy needed for sustained flight.
  • In Concerning a Drifter, this is mentioned in an authoress note for Chapter 12 (where we find out Ryuuko is a mother that she wanted know to know if one could find out if the mother had twins (or, rather, if the babies came from the same pregnancy) through via a DNA test, mentioning that she did some research that boiled down to it being "yes and no" with differing reasons, so, to make it more plausible she changed it to where a mistake was made in during the testing.
    • Also, in said note, she does mention how she did research on Japan's legal systems in regards to rape and sexual assault, mentioning a few outlines on what's considered resistance against the attacker (i.e fighting back physically vs saying "No") and what whether or not if the victim knew the attacker meant to the case and the police asking Satsuki questions about Ryuuko prior to what happened to her and after, even linking to her sources, one of which details someone else's experiences (which did involve similar questions that Satsuki was asked).
    • In terms of Ryuuko, being kidnapped, held captive, and raped (subsequently being four times impregnated, carrying two babies to term and miscarrying two) for four years can and, a good chunk of the time, do have near irreversible effects on the psyche, however, they might not be to the effect of Ryuuko's. Likewise, what her captors and accomplices did to her could have lasting physical repercussions, as well as psychological ones, as its mentioned that she might need a reconstruction of her private parts and female organs because of the damage she took, along with having her pelvis fractured many times.
  • When writing Cellar Secrets, the authoress did as much research as she could on the subject, as would be noted on the "Wild Child" page, feral children are rare, thus factual information on them is scant, nevertheless, she did turn to two well known cases, Genie and Oxana Malaya, , though mostly the former.
    • To be more specific, the older Ryuuko is, the less they can actually reclaim what was lost to abuse, neglect, and severe isolation like Genie, who was about 12 or 13 when she was rescued), however, at least, she's learned language due to living around it, even if she didn't have normal human interaction (like Oxana, who lived around dogs but otherwise not away from other humans).
  • This was probably accidental but The Crimson Garment is pretty accurate with what can be the effects of prolonged abuse in terms of Satsuki's psyche, considering the fact that she associates touch with domination, not being able to tell love from manipulation, and is quite afraid of her mother, along with blaming herself for the abuse.
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