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* Played with on Abed's InUniverse horror tale on the ''Series/{{Community}}'' Halloween episode "[[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps]]", as well as showing (InUniverse and out) why the NecessaryWeasel exists: in his attempt at defying all of the typical Slasher film tropes (specifically those labeled under "TooDumbToLive"), Abed instead makes the story utterly boring by having the characters rationalize aloud ''why'' they shouldn't be doing things that could trigger those tropes, then not doing those things... and then doing ''nothing else''. Understandably, everybody else on the study group is frustrated and irritated after hearing it. This also deconstructs the concept of the Rational Fic to begin with; there are valid reasons that "illogical" things can happen in stories, and the fact that a story is rational doesn't automatically make it ''good''.

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* Played with on Abed's InUniverse horror tale on the ''Series/{{Community}}'' Halloween episode "[[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps]]", as well as showing (InUniverse and out) why the NecessaryWeasel exists: in his attempt at defying all of the typical Slasher film tropes (specifically those labeled under "TooDumbToLive"), Abed instead makes the story utterly boring by having the characters rationalize aloud ''why'' they shouldn't be doing things that could trigger those tropes, then not doing those things... and then doing ''nothing else''.''absolutely nothing else'' (seriously, the escaped mental patient just becomes an InUniverse AbortedArc). Understandably, everybody else on the study group is frustrated and irritated after hearing it. This also deconstructs the concept of the Rational Fic to begin with; there are valid reasons that "illogical" things can happen in stories, and the fact that a story is rational doesn't automatically make it ''good''.

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* ''Fanfic/AThingOfVikings'' is a ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' Alternate History/Alternate Universe fanfic which drops the events of the first HTTYD movie into Real Life history in the 1040s AD and lets things ripple out from there. And with a small pagan Norse tribe suddenly having the equivalent of an ''air force'' when the most advanced military technology in the world is Greek Fire, history is in for a major upset, with political, diplomatic, military, economic and religious factors all combining to create an intense stew of cascading consequences, especially since Hiccup is still the accepting genius boy from canon... who will ''end you'' if you threaten his people. Each chapter is headed by an epigraph featuring in-universe text from the setting's hypothetical future, charting out the changes far past the realm of the fic itself, and allowing the author to show their work without infodumping.

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* ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/16182518/chapters/37814111 Consequences]]'', a Tokyo Mew Mew fanfic describing possible effects of not only changing the heroines' DNA, but also the war. While perhaps not as serious as some of the other examples, it still has a more realistic take on the anime.


* Played with on Abed's InUniverse horror tale on the ''Series/{{Community}}'' Halloween episode "[[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps]]", as well as showing (InUniverse and out) why the NecessaryWeasel exists: in his attempt at defying all of the typical Slasher film tropes (specifically those labeled under "TooDumbToLive"), Abed instead makes the story utterly boring by having the characters rationalize aloud ''why'' they shouldn't be doing things that could trigger those tropes, then not doing those things... and then doing ''nothing else''. Understandably, everybody else on the study group acts disgusted after hearing it. This also deconstructs the concept of the Rational Fic to begin with; there are valid reasons that "illogical" things can happen in stories, and the fact that a story is rational doesn't automatically make it ''good''.

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* Played with on Abed's InUniverse horror tale on the ''Series/{{Community}}'' Halloween episode "[[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps]]", as well as showing (InUniverse and out) why the NecessaryWeasel exists: in his attempt at defying all of the typical Slasher film tropes (specifically those labeled under "TooDumbToLive"), Abed instead makes the story utterly boring by having the characters rationalize aloud ''why'' they shouldn't be doing things that could trigger those tropes, then not doing those things... and then doing ''nothing else''. Understandably, everybody else on the study group acts disgusted is frustrated and irritated after hearing it. This also deconstructs the concept of the Rational Fic to begin with; there are valid reasons that "illogical" things can happen in stories, and the fact that a story is rational doesn't automatically make it ''good''.


You can also see this [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/rationalfic/permalink/734963876653969/ poll on the Facebook group "Rational Fic"]] where people have voted for their favorite stories. As of February 2019, the top 5 are: ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', ''Literature/ThreeWorldsCollide'', ''Literature/Worm'', ''[[Literature/CrystalSociety Crystal Society]]'', and ''[[FanFic/TheMetropolitanMan The Metropolitan Man]]''.

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You can also see this [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/rationalfic/permalink/734963876653969/ poll on the Facebook group "Rational Fic"]] where people have voted for their favorite stories. As of February 2019, the top 5 are: ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', ''Literature/ThreeWorldsCollide'', ''Literature/Worm'', ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', ''[[Literature/CrystalSociety Crystal Society]]'', and ''[[FanFic/TheMetropolitanMan The Metropolitan Man]]''.


You can also see this [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/rationalfic/permalink/734963876653969/ poll on the Facebook group "Rational Fic"]] where people have voted for their favorite stories. As of February 2019, the top 5 are: ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', ''Literature/ThreeWorldsCollide'', Worm, ''[[Literature/CrystalSociety Crystal Society]]'', and ''[[FanFic/TheMetropolitanMan The Metropolitan Man]]''.

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You can also see this [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/rationalfic/permalink/734963876653969/ poll on the Facebook group "Rational Fic"]] where people have voted for their favorite stories. As of February 2019, the top 5 are: ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', ''Literature/ThreeWorldsCollide'', Worm, ''Literature/Worm'', ''[[Literature/CrystalSociety Crystal Society]]'', and ''[[FanFic/TheMetropolitanMan The Metropolitan Man]]''.


One of the first authors to use aspects of rational thinking and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-classical_logic non-Aristotlian logic]] as the basis of their world-building and character interactions was Creator/AEVanVogt, specifically in the ''Null-A'' series. One of those authors who built upon the success of Van Vogt's works to arguably create the genre known as 'rational fiction' was Creator/EliezerYudkowsky, who wrote the popular piece of Harry Potter fanfiction Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality and put his own views on the subject into [[http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/writing The Abridged Guide to Intelligent Characters]]. A sizeable community of people who write or enjoy this type of fiction exists on {{Website/Reddit}}: https://www.reddit.com/r/rational. Because [[Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsofRationality HPMoR]] marked the emergence (or at least, codification) of the genre, the name uses Fic instead of fiction; some fans use the terms Rational Fiction, Rationalist Fic, and Rationalist Fiction interchangeably, though most use Fiction for published/non-derivative works, and Rationalist for works that not only aim for realistic intelligence, but try to teach principles of rationality.


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One of the first authors to use aspects of rational thinking and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-classical_logic non-Aristotlian non-Aristotelian logic]] as the basis of their world-building and character interactions was Creator/AEVanVogt, specifically in the ''Null-A'' series. One of those authors who built upon the success of Van Vogt's works to arguably create the genre known as 'rational fiction' was Creator/EliezerYudkowsky, who wrote the popular piece of Harry Potter fanfiction Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality and put his own views on the subject into [[http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/writing The Abridged Guide to Intelligent Characters]]. A sizeable community of people who write or enjoy this type of fiction exists on {{Website/Reddit}}: https://www.reddit.com/r/rational. Because [[Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsofRationality HPMoR]] marked the emergence (or at least, codification) of the genre, the name uses Fic instead of fiction; some fans use the terms Rational Fiction, Rationalist Fic, and Rationalist Fiction interchangeably, though most use Fiction for published/non-derivative works, and Rationalist for works that not only aim for realistic intelligence, but try to teach principles of rationality.



The number of tropes Rational Fic attempts to avoid which are on the BadWritingIndex might suggest that it is some sort of universal principle of good writing, which is not the case. Even Those TropesAreNotBad, and many Rational Fics fail to avoid them in any case, or fall into other traps (AuthorTract, InvincibleHero[=/=][[InvincibleaVillain Villain]], ex.). ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' would not necessarily have benefited from a clearly explained magic system, nor ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' from a logical DownerEnding, nor ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' from making ComicBook/TheJoker a WellIntentionedExtremist.

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The number of tropes Rational Fic attempts to avoid which are on the BadWritingIndex might suggest that it is some sort of universal principle of good writing, which is not the case. Even Those TropesAreNotBad, and many Rational Fics fail to avoid them in any case, or fall into other traps (AuthorTract, InvincibleHero[=/=][[InvincibleaVillain InvincibleHero[=/=][[InvincibleVillain Villain]], ex.). ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' would not necessarily have benefited from a clearly explained magic system, nor ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' from a logical DownerEnding, nor ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' from making ComicBook/TheJoker a WellIntentionedExtremist.

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You can also see this [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/rationalfic/permalink/734963876653969/ poll on the Facebook group "Rational Fic"]] where people have voted for their favorite stories. As of February 2019, the top 5 are: ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', ''Literature/ThreeWorldsCollide'', Worm, ''[[Literature/CrystalSociety Crystal Society]]'', and ''[[FanFic/TheMetropolitanMan The Metropolitan Man]]''.


The number of tropes Rational Fic attempts to avoid which are on the BadWritingIndex might suggest that it is some sort of universal principle of good writing, which is not the case. Even Those TropesAreNotBad, and many Rational Fics fail to avoid them in any case, or [[VillainSue fall]] [[AuthorTract into]] [[InvincibleHero other]] [[MarySue traps]]. ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' would not necessarily have benefited from a clearly explained magic system, nor ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' from a logical DownerEnding, nor ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' from making ComicBook/TheJoker a WellIntentionedExtremist.

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The number of tropes Rational Fic attempts to avoid which are on the BadWritingIndex might suggest that it is some sort of universal principle of good writing, which is not the case. Even Those TropesAreNotBad, and many Rational Fics fail to avoid them in any case, or [[VillainSue fall]] [[AuthorTract into]] [[InvincibleHero other]] [[MarySue traps]].fall into other traps (AuthorTract, InvincibleHero[=/=][[InvincibleaVillain Villain]], ex.). ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' would not necessarily have benefited from a clearly explained magic system, nor ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' from a logical DownerEnding, nor ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' from making ComicBook/TheJoker a WellIntentionedExtremist.


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* {{Foreshadowing}} ([[http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/writing/solvable-mysteries advice]])



* {{Foreshadowing}} ([[http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/writing/solvable-mysteries advice]])



* {{Munchkin}}ism

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* {{Munchkin}}ism{{Munchkin}}



* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Person]]

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* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Person]]OnlySaneMan



* {{Transhuman}}ism

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* {{Transhuman}}ism{{Transhuman}}




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* [[DeusExMachina Deus]] / DiabolusExMachina

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* [[DeusExMachina Deus]] DeusExMachina / DiabolusExMachina


** ''[[https://wertifloke.wordpress.com The Waves Arisen]]'': A rational ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic.

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** ''[[https://wertifloke.wordpress.com The Waves Arisen]]'': A rational ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic. COMPLETE


* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11090259/1/r-Animorphs-The-Reckoning The Reckoning]]'' is an ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' AU where "Visser Three is competent, the Yeerks are moving rapidly, and the Animorphs are actually trying to win (but are inexperienced and unprepared)."

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11090259/1/r-Animorphs-The-Reckoning ''[[FanFic/AnimorphsTheReckoning The Reckoning]]'' is an ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' AU where "Visser Three is competent, the Yeerks are moving rapidly, and the Animorphs are actually trying to win (but are inexperienced and unprepared)."

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* ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/series/936480 A Song For Two Voices]]'' is a rationalist take on the Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy.


* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9380249/1/Rationalising-Death Rationalising Death]]'': ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfiction trying to show what more realistic standards of reasoning would allow the main characters to achieve.
(All but one chapter was taken down in 2016 for a rewrite.)

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9380249/1/Rationalising-Death Rationalising Death]]'': ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfiction trying to show what more realistic standards of reasoning would allow the main characters to achieve.
achieve.(All but one chapter was taken down in 2016 for a rewrite.)

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