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* There have been a few fics in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' asking what would have happened if the Americans hadn't won the American Revolution.

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* There have been a few fics in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' asking what would have happened if the Americans hadn't won the American Revolution.


* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5548075/1/10-ton-adventure 10 ton adventure]]'' asks "What if WesternAnimation/BenTen had been there for Disney/{{Dumbo}} instead of Timothy Mouse?".

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5548075/1/10-ton-adventure 10 ton adventure]]'' asks "What if WesternAnimation/BenTen had been there for Disney/{{Dumbo}} WesternAnimation/{{Dumbo}} instead of Timothy Mouse?".



* This trope is the driving force for the premise behind ''Where There's Life, There's Hope'', a ''Disney/TheLionKing'' fanfic. What if Simba had actually taken Kovu when Zira "offered" him, but to protect him and give him a better life? Needless to say, ''everything'' changes.

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* This trope is the driving force for the premise behind ''Where There's Life, There's Hope'', a ''Disney/TheLionKing'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994'' fanfic. What if Simba had actually taken Kovu when Zira "offered" him, but to protect him and give him a better life? Needless to say, ''everything'' changes.


* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'': What if Thor is Harry Potter's father? [[BetterThanItSounds The results are more awesome than it sounds.]]

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* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'': What if Thor is Harry Potter's father? [[BetterThanItSounds [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds The results are more awesome than it sounds.]]


* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'': What if Precia wasn't quite as crazy? It's rather astonishing how spectacularly the story goes OffTheRails from canon due to that small change.

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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'': ''Fanfic/{{Game Theory|LyricalNanoha}}'': What if Precia wasn't quite as crazy? It's rather astonishing how spectacularly the story goes OffTheRails from canon due to that small change.


* ''SailorMoon'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/433282 Cardinal King]]'' asks, "What if the Senshi had been corrupted during the Silver Millennium instead of the Shitennou?".

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* ''SailorMoon'' ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/433282 Cardinal King]]'' asks, "What if the Senshi had been corrupted during the Silver Millennium instead of the Shitennou?".


* The ''Manga/OnePiece'' fanfic ''[[Fanfic/ThoughABirdCantFly Though A Bird Can't Fly, That Doesn't Mean It Never Will]]'' asks the question "What if Kuina had been blinded instead of killed in her accident?"

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* The ''Manga/OnePiece'' fanfic ''[[Fanfic/ThoughABirdCantFly Though A Bird Can't Fly, That Doesn't Mean It Never Will]]'' ''Fanfic/ThoughABirdCantFlyThatDoesntMeanItNeverWill'' asks the question "What if Kuina had been blinded instead of killed in her accident?"

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* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': What if Asuka Langley Sohryu was Superman's biological daughter?


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* ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'': What if ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} didn't get killed by the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Anti-Monitor]] and met Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer?


"WhatIf" is pretty much the driving force behind most fanfics, especially AlternateUniverse fics.

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Asking "WhatIf" is pretty much the driving force behind most fanfics, especially AlternateUniverse fics.


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This is pretty much the driving force behind most fanfics, especially AlternateUniverse fics.

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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfic series ''FanFic/JediPadmeTrilogy'' is based on the idea of Padmé as a Jedi, as well as a few other things.

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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfic series ''FanFic/JediPadmeTrilogy'' is based on the idea of Padmé as a Jedi, as well as a few other things.

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* This ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5626292/1 fanfic]] is where the SeriesFinale takes a sinister turn for the worse.

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This is pretty much the driving force behind most fanfics, especially AlternateUniverse fics.

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* Crossovers with ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
** The FukuFic subgenre revolves around one simple question - What if [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma Saotome]] became a [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Senshi]] (or at least a MagicalGirl)?
** The ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' / ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' story ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11144592/1/Lum-Sum-Purple Lum Sum Purple]]'' is basically "what if Shampoo was Lum's opponent in the tag game, and ended up accidentally marrying her?". Since Shampoo isn't a pervert, she defeats Lum using her own fighting skills, and the AccidentalProposal occurs when she gives Lum the Kiss of Death, and it's misinterpreted as the Kiss of Marriage. Also, since Ataru isn't around to wake Kurama up, that honor falls to Perfume (an OriginalCharacter who happens to be Shampoo's cousin).
** ''FanFic/RanmaClub'' asks "What if Ranma Saotome was the reincarnation of the Specialists (yes, all of them), and moved to Magix, where the entire WesternAnimation/WinxClub fell in love with him?".
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3522356/1/Take-the-Green-and-Go Take the Green and Go]]'' - What if Shego of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' went back in time and drowned at [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Jusenkyo]]? And what if Ranma fell into the same spring she drowned in?
* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'': What if Thor is Harry Potter's father? [[BetterThanItSounds The results are more awesome than it sounds.]]
* The fanfic ''FanFic/TheDimensionHoppers'' covers this from various power rangers/sentai (and a few others)
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3025869/1/The-Grim-EDventures-of-Ed-Edd-n-Eddy The Grim EDventures of Ed, Edd, n Eddy]]'' asks the question "What if [[TheGrimReaper Grim]] never met [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy and Mandy]] but WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy instead?"
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6117094/1/Ghoul-Instructor-Naruto Ghoul Instructor Naruto]]'' asks "What if Manga/{{Naruto}} was the gym teacher at [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGhoulSchool Grimwood Academy]] instead of [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Shaggy]]?"
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2929032/1/GarfBob-SquareField GarfBob SquareField]]'': What if WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants ended up at a pet shop and was brought by [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} Jon Arbuckle]]?
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8387617/1/Fluttershy-and-the-Iron-Giant Fluttershy and the Iron Giant]]'': what if WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant landed in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]] and befriended Fluttershy?
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': What if Shinji Ikari was Franchise/{{Superman}}?
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5548075/1/10-ton-adventure 10 ton adventure]]'' asks "What if WesternAnimation/BenTen had been there for Disney/{{Dumbo}} instead of Timothy Mouse?".
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5913083/1/Tom-and-Jerry-The-Harry-Potter-Days Tom and Jerry: The Harry Potter Days]]'' can be boiled down to "what if WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry became the pets of Literature/HarryPotter, and were assigned to protect him by Dumbledore?".
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7681912/1/The-Beast-That-I-Am The Beast That I Am]]'': What if Shinobu Maehara became the ComicBook/SheHulk?
* ''Fanfic/LoveHinaDoubleTrouble'': What if Keitaro was Philip's partner in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' instead of Shotaro?
* The ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' [=/=] ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' crossover ''FanFic/AGoddessComesToCall'' asks what would've happened if Keiichi HADN'T wished for Belldandy to stay with him. He instead wishes for the girl who would be perfect for him, and ends up with Chihiro. Belldandy, meanwhile, is accidentally summoned fifty years later by Linna, who makes the wish for Belldandy to stay with her, and the goddesses (and Mara) get involved with the Knight Sabers and boomers (and GirlsLove).

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* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7145922 As This Train Goes]]'', a RecursiveFanfiction of ''Fanfic/EdventureOfTheThousandYearDoor'', answers the questions "What if Sarah was the legendary hero? What if Edd and the others weren't charged with collecting the crystal stars?"
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': What if no BigDamnHero had come to turn the tides of the case [[DarkestHour when all seemed lost]]? A contest held by the author encouraged fans [[RecursiveFanfiction to answer this themselves]] by creating their own DownerEnding, the winner becoming the "official" alternate outcome.

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*''Manga/AhMyGoddess''
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8502429/1/Ah-my-goddess-What-if Ah! My Goddess: What If?]]'' is pretty much dedicated to this trope. From Keiichi's wish being granted by a different mystical being to Keiichi gaining an angel, the world of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is changed with each question.
** The fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5273034/1/The_Goddess_and_the_Sky The Goddess and the Sky]]'', asks "What if [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Sora was the one who was visited by Belldandy]]?" Answer: after tasting [[SupremeChef Belldandy's]] cooking, she accidentally wishes that Belldandy would marry her.
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6041027/1/Ah-My-Valkyrie Ah! My Valkyrie]]'' asks "what if Lind was the one who granted Keiichi's wish instead of Belldandy?". If you're wondering why Lind's the one granting wishes, she was asked to fill in for Belldandy.
* The plot of ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' is "What if ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' was a StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder" in which Klavier and Apollo, trapped in abusive relationships, agree to take down the other's abuser. Daryan Crescend [[spoiler: didn't kill Romain [=LeTouse=]]] and Kristoph [[spoiler: didn't kill Shadi Enigmar]], they were both [[FrameUp framed]].
* There have been a few fics in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' asking what would have happened if the Americans hadn't won the American Revolution.
* The ''Bleach'' fic ''FanFic/{{Downfall}}'' works on this premise, messing freely with everything, while explicitly keeping everyone within their canon character constraints. Aizen is a plotter. Unohana is TeamMom... [[spoiler: and she kills people with her bare hands]]
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic ''FanFic/ConstantTemptation'' can be summed up as "What if L and Light fell in love with each other, and had to deal with [[spoiler: Beyond Birthday]]?".
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4712913/1/A-Girl-and-Her-Bat A Girl and her Bat]]'' asks "what if Demidevimon was Kari's partner instead of Gatomon" (as well as [[spoiler: "what if Puppetmon made a HeelFaceTurn?"]]).
* At least 90% of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' fanfics have the same concept -- "What if Louise summoned someone (or something) OTHER than Saito to be her familiar?" It's a good excuse to write a CrossOver. Of course, it doesn't necessarily ''have'' to be a crossover - many stories have her summoning a more badass version of Saito, or an OriginalCharacter.
* The ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' fanfic "Eyes of the Cat" is solely dependent on the premise that Kyo, as the cat of the zodiac, may be able to see ghosts.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' fic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/187422 The Riderless Horse]]'' asks [[WhatIf what would happen if]] Olivier Armstrong had been killed during the events of the Promised Day. Answer: a huge power vacuum, which gets worse when [[spoiler:Fuhrer Grumman is assassinated]] and leaves Amestris with no single leader. Neither of the two opposing factions can take power - Mustang wants a bloodless coup, and General Hakuro hasn't enough support - and so events very slowly begin to spiral towards civil war.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' has several. Notable ones include ''FanFic/ContractLabor'' (what if Keitaro WASN'T an ExtremeDoormat?), ''FanFic/AnAlternateKeitaroUrashima'' (What if Keitaro DIDN'T take the promise so seriously?) and ''FanFic/ForHisOwnSake'' (What if Keitaro ''finally'' wised up to the abuse he was suffering?).
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5362570/1/KK1-Kid-Keitaro Kid Keitaro]]'': What if Keitaro had been 8 years old when he came to the Hinata Inn?
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'': What if Precia wasn't quite as crazy? It's rather astonishing how spectacularly the story goes OffTheRails from canon due to that small change.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion
** ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': In several bonus scenes the author described several alternate scenarios where Asuka became ''ComicBook/TheSpectre'', ''Comicbook/{{Raven}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Etrigan}}'', a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern]]... rather being ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''.
** In fact, the ENTIRE concept behind the ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEva'' series is "What if (insert female Eva character here) gained the powers of a female Marvel or [=DC=] superheroine?".
** ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'' is an alternate universe where Shinji kissed Asuka back when she kissed him. Some of the consequences caused by that change are: Shinji and Asuka getting together and befriending Rei, Rei falling for both teens, [[spoiler:Hikari]] becoming an Eva pilot instead of Touji, Shinji [[spoiler:never merging with Unit-01]]...
** ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'' features a scenario where Shinji and Asuka's lives got worse [[AfterTheEnd after Third Impact]] until someone from another dimension took an interest in them.
** ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'' is an AlternateUniverse fic where Asuka had sex with Shinji and got pregnant, and that situation forced both teenagers to get their act together, fix their relationship and learn to be parents.
** ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'' replaces the canonical {{Eldritch Abomination}}s with the Great Old Ones of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos. As a result the main characters look saner but they become {{Humanoid Abomination}}s, and their world is ''more'' insane, darker and bleaker.
** ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': What if Second Impact never happened, the Children were adult soldiers who pilot experimental jet fighters instead of mechas, and SEELE was a terrorist organization?
** ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'' explores what could have happened to Shinji, Asuka and their world after the end of the show.
** ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': SEELE fails to take over NERV in 2015. SEELE is exposed, NERV becomes an UN anti-Evangelion proliferation organization, and the main characters spend the next decade getting over their psychological issues and thwarting SEELE's plans.
** ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': What if [[AfterTheEnd after Third Impact]], [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka's grandson]] went back in time and became their teacher to help them with their psychological issues and so averting the end of the world?
** ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' features an alternate universe where NERV manages through political maneuvering to avert SEELE's attack for a time, which further results in the seclude for the Human Instrumentally Project being pushed dramatically back. Shinji gets time to recover somewhat from his latest traumas and tries to fix his relationship with his family while his father and SEELE make plans for their imminent confrontation, using new puppets and tools.
* The ''Manga/OnePiece'' fanfic ''[[Fanfic/ThoughABirdCantFly Though A Bird Can't Fly, That Doesn't Mean It Never Will]]'' asks the question "What if Kuina had been blinded instead of killed in her accident?"
* John Biles' ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf: Elseworlds'' (sadly on extended hiatus) explored variations such as "what if Ukyo stayed together with Ranma from the start?" to "what if Akane went to Jyusenkyo instead of Ranma?" to "what if the story takes place in the ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness''?"
* Several ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' fanfics revolve around the question "what if someone OTHER than Tsukune entered Yokai Academy?". Like the Familiar of Zero example above, it's usually an excuse for a crossover, ''FanFic/RosarioToKiva'' being a notable example.
* ''SailorMoon'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/433282 Cardinal King]]'' asks, "What if the Senshi had been corrupted during the Silver Millennium instead of the Shitennou?".
* ''FanFic/{{Respect}}'' explores what would happen if [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Yayoi Kise]] became a [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Puella Magi]] instead of a [[Anime/PrettyCure Precure]]. [[spoiler:[[StartOfDarkness The results aren't pretty.]]]]
* ''Franchise/Transformers''
**''Fanfic/AChildShallLeadThem'' basically asks, "What if [[WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne Swoop]] became the next Prime instead of Hot Rod?"
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9745034/1/Suddenly Suddenly]]'' - What if [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime June Darby]] was raised by the Shattered Glass version of the Decepticons?
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7391077/1/Beaten-Broken-and-Scarred Beaten, Broken and Scarred]]'': What if [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]] ended up in the ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass universe?
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9264139/1/Urusei-Yatsura-Love-to-Skate Urusei Yatsura: Love to Skate!]]'', asks "what if [[Manga/UruseiYatsura Ataru]] WASN'T the one chosen to be Lum's opponent in that fateful game of tag?". Among other things, there's no DefeatByModesty (Lum lets the OriginalCharacter who replaces Ataru win after he saves her from a nasty fall), and the AccidentalProposal occurs when his rhetorical question about proposing is taken out of context.


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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10744007/1/Beyond-Death Beyond Death]]'': What if ComicBook/{{Thanos}} crash-landed on Earth and ended up falling in love with a human woman?
* The in-progress ''Comicbook/XMen'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7730502/3/The_Wraith_Saga The Wraith Saga]]'' explores how the story might have continued if Jean Grey had survived her infamous "death" in ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga''.

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* [[Fanfic/ShenVsKai Shen vs. Kai]] asks what ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' would've been like had the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' also been involved.
* This trope is the driving force for the premise behind ''Where There's Life, There's Hope'', a ''Disney/TheLionKing'' fanfic. What if Simba had actually taken Kovu when Zira "offered" him, but to protect him and give him a better life? Needless to say, ''everything'' changes.

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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfic series ''FanFic/JediPadmeTrilogy'' is based on the idea of Padmé as a Jedi, as well as a few other things.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** In the ''Fanfic/TheJoinery'', the entire premise is what if Ned Stark became king instead of Robert Baratheon and married Cersei Lannister.
** The AlternateUniverseFic ''FanFic/NedStarkLives'', which is about Eddard Stark being allowed by Cersei to take the black instead of being executed by her insane son. Despite the War of the Five Kings being more or less averted by this change, the story is just as violent as the original series.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' / ''Literature/TheHobbit''
** ''FanFic/WaltDisneyPresentsTheLordOfTheRings'': What if Walt Disney made ''The Lord of the Rings'' into an animated movie?
** [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3933373/1/Sent-Home-Tied-Up-in-a-Sack Sent Home Tied Up in a Sack]], asks "What if Elrond DID send Pippin home from Rivendell?" The answer...[[DownerEnding Well, let's just say]] NiceJobBreakingItHero [[DownerEnding is putting it mildly]].
** ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/711875/chapters/1967882 Episodes from Middle Earth]]'' consists entirely of one-shots asking this question. Some of them are light-hearted (e.g. "what if Bilbo and Thorin got turned into children?"), while some are dark and depressing (e.g. "what if half of the company died in the Thunder Battle?").
* Quite popular for fanfics of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' - unsurprising, since it is about superheroes. One of the most popular concepts is to swap main character Taylor's insect control power for something much more potent, but sometimes they play off of more ForWantOfANail type changes.

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* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3460966/1/Difficult_to_Fight_Against_Anger Difficult To Fight Against Anger]]'' is a what if story where Warren Mears doesn't kill Tara Maclay, but instead sexually assaults her.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** ''{{FanFic/Crisis}}'': What if in the episode ''Exile'', [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Kal]] gets mad enough to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] Chloe rather than just throwing her out of his apartment? A DarkFic is what you get.
** ''FanFic/WoundedHeart'': What if in ''Abyss'', Chloe finds out [[spoiler:Clark mind-wiped her?]]

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* ''VideoGame/DieAnstalt'': ''Fanfic/APosseAdEsse'': What if Dr Wood's powers were real and tangible? What would happen if, by a fluke, they spread to every toy in the building?
* Prompt #3 for the ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' forums' [[http://perfectworld.vanillaforums.com/discussion/1177554/unofficial-literary-challenge-7-skippys-list-starfleet-edition Unofficial Literary Challenge #7]] asked for the writers to do this with their cast of characters. The results:
** Marcusdkane's [[http://perfectworld.vanillaforums.com/discussion/comment/12324408/#Comment_12324408 "Turn a Different Corner"]] had Marcus Kane stay on Vulcan and marry his friend T'Reya in 2363, rather than rejoining Starfleet to command the USS ''Akira''.
** Worffan101's [[http://perfectworld.vanillaforums.com/discussion/comment/12329619/#Comment_12329619 untitled entry]] changed a major detail of his prime universe Romulan character D'trel's backstory. Instead of D'trel's lover Adani being captured and tortured to death by the Tal'Shiar when they raided a Unificationist cell, D'trel died instead of Adani. The story then proceeds to the present to analyze the results of the less-bloody-minded Adani being the one to face Hakeev instead of D'trel.
** Tropers/StarSword's "Fanfic/TheRoadNotTaken" decided that rather than transferring to Starfleet when the Bajoran Militia disbanded its SpaceNavy, Kanril Eleya stayed in the Militia and became SpacePolice. In the present Eleya is now a captain (O-3 rather than O-6) in the Militia and the security chief of Deep Space 9. Results are mixed: while it's mentioned briefly that the Borg attack at Vega Colony resulted in the complete destruction of Starfleet's forces without Eleya having been there, Eleya herself is actually happier.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' fanfic ''FanFic/RevengeOfTheEnergyVampire'' - What if Nos-4-A2 survived his apparent destruction on Planet Z, and went after XR for revenge?
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** There are a few ''[[=MLP:FiM=]]'' fanfics out there that ask the question: "What if Rainbow Dash failed to/didn't pull off her first Sonic Rainboom?" [[FanFic/AWorldWithoutRainbows Here's such an example.]]
** ''Fanfic/YourBestShot'' asks, "What if Rainbow Dash had been present when [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 Discord gave the Mane Cast their first shot at him?]]" The result: [[FreakyFridayFlip Twilight and Discord swap powers, and part of their physical appearance.]]
** ''FanFic/PartyOfNone'' explores what would happen if Pinkie Pie overpowered Rainbow Dash when the latter [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne tried to take her to her surprise birthday party during her]] SanitySlippage. Let's just say it's not pleasant...
** The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' addresses multiple what if scenarios whenever someone looks into [[GateOfTruth the Truth]] and glimpses TheMultiverse. These vary from relatively minor changes ("What if Celestia turned [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]] instead of Luna?") to more major changes ("What if Applejack was a different Element of Harmony?"). Many [[RecursiveFanfiction recursive fanfics]] have been written based on these scenarios.
*** There's also the canonical [[BadFuture Dark World Series]], which addresses what would have happened if [[TheBadGuyWins Discord had won]] [[spoiler: and if Twilight became a Nightmare as a result]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8452944/1/The-Thompsons The Thompsons]]'' answers the question "What if Homer and Marge were not the parents of Bart, Lisa and Maggie?"
* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' has two "what if" scenarios, explored by Empath's great-grandson Traveler who has the power to explore the alternate timelines of those that he comes in contact with (similar to Waverider's ability from ''{{ComicBook/Armageddon 2001}}''). In Smurfette's alternate timeline, she falls in love with and marries Papa Smurf, having a child through him and causing the entire Smurf Village to rebel against Papa Smurf and throw him and his new family out of the village. In Hefty's alternate timeline, Empath returns to Psychelia and in time becomes the next Psyche Master while Smurfette falls in love with and marries Hefty, resulting in Empath-as-Psyche Master abducting Hefty and torturing him out of spite for not being able to marry Smurfette.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
** The ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' fandom has a common AU called "Momswap", which is basically "what if Steven was being raised by the Homeworld Gems instead of the Crystal Gems?". [[http://momswapverse.tumblr.com/tagged/fake_cartoon_reviews/chrono Here]] is one of the better versions.
** Both ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3810709/chapters/8492101 Connie Parallel]]'' and ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3743083/chapters/8299711 Buck Dewniverse]]'' ask "what if [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Steven]] WASN'T the human-Gem hybrid?".
** ''Fanfic/OpalSapphireRubyAndSteven'' asks "what if Opal [[spoiler: was the permafusion]] instead of [[spoiler: Garnet]]?".
* ''Fanfic/AnUnexpectedChild'', a ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' fanfic, basically answers the question "What if the Mistress had gotten pregnant with the Warden's child after the Lockdown of Love?"
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''
** In ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'', the climactic encounter with the chainsaw psycho [[note]]Episode 19, "Hook, Line and Screamer"[[/note]] turns out differently than the canon version. That [[ForWantOfANail single change]] drives the entire story, with consequences that are still felt a decade later.
** The premise of ''FanFic/TotalDramaIslandByGilbertAndSullivan'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin just what the title implies]], to wit: "What if Creator/GilbertAndSullivan [[TheMusical had written]] ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island''?"
** A central conceit of ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'' is "What if ''Total Drama Island'' had been played for drama instead of laughs?" The result is one of the [[DarkFic darkest Season 1 remakes]] in the fandom.
** ''Fanfic/TotalAlternateIsland'' is a retelling of the first season, but with six additional campers joining the game at the start. This also alters some couplings as well.
* This ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5626292/1 fanfic]] is where the SeriesFinale takes a sinister turn for the worse.

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