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In my world... "SPITE makes RIGHT"
—From Mykan's YouTube page.
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Dakari-King Mykan (real name: Michael Mikulak) is a Canadian fanfiction writer, best known for such works as The End of Ends and My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic. He began writing fanfiction in the early 2000s as part of the Digimon Adventure 02 fandom. These fanfics, where he championed the couple of Davis and Kari (The word Dakari being his portmanteau for the couple,) led to him becoming a prominent figure in a shipping Flame War. He and several others ended up getting banned. He would eventually return in 2006, now primarily writing for the Teen Titans and 6teen fandoms. He would steadily gain infamy over the years, gaining the attention of the now-defunct fanfiction MST website Project A.F.T.E.R., and culminating in the release of "My Little Unicorn: Magic is Believing" in 2012, a Hate Fic based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

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Mykan also has a presence on YouTube, where he is best known for Beast Boy's Magic Voices, a series of Teen Titans AMVs that are edited with Microsoft Paint and Windows Movie Maker. He also does a series titled Teen Titan Idol, an extension of Magic Voices where fans can vote on which characters get further music videos. Despite the reception to his fanfics, his videos are more popular, with over 10,000 subscribers and a few of his videos breaking the million-view mark.

His works can be found on MediaMiner, Fanfiction.net (Note that most of his fanfics here have only one chapter due to run-ins with site moderators,) YouTube, DeviantArt and FiMFiction.

He is very controversial and often inspires strong emotions from readers. It is best to be extremely careful when discussing him. Just please know that the more out-there examples on this page are accurate.

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  • Alpha Bitch: Jackie and Jillian, a pair of high-schoolers based on Terra's friends from the Teen Titans episode "Things Change". In fanfics involving Jump City High School, they are almost guaranteed to appear to insult Beast Boy and subsequently be humiliated or die.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: If a member of an alien race attacks our heroes, then the entire race is evil.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • In Brother of the CORPSE BRIDE, the character Mykan shows off a dress he made for Queen Elizabeth the First, who lived from 1558-1603, yet earlier mentions that his parents died in a car accident; the very first car accident occurred in 1869.
    • A battle occurs at Big Ben in LIBERTY'S KIDS: Power Rangers REVOLUTION despite the fic taking place in the year 1776 and Big Ben not being constructed until 1859.
  • Appeal to Pity: Mykan's favored characters essentially have a license to be the biggest jerks possible and still get pity and sympathy from the story, just because they had a rough life and the world hates them (or so they think, anyway). Beast Boy and Davis (especially Beast Boy) get this treatment pretty much all the time, as do most of the OCs from Friendship is Failure.
  • Artifact of Doom:
    • The Sword of Hatred from The Force of Hatred contains the sealed hatred of a long-forgotten war.
    • The Dark Prognosticus from The End of Ends contains powers that could let its wielder destroy the universe.
  • Author Appeal: All of his fics are based around his own interests, usually involving shipping his Fan-Preferred Couple or punishing the girl of that couple for not hooking up with the guy (and also punishing said guy for the same thing by either killing or distancing him). In addition to that, many of his not-couple-related fics usually tend to contain Fight Scenes, musical numbers, and Stuff Blowing Up.
  • Author Avatar: Several of them.
  • Author Tract: One of the primary criticisms of his works is the fact that he doesn't build characters. He uses characters to expose his own viewpoints in a rather unsubtle way.
  • Broken Aesop: Despite the things he says about friendship being worthless and all that, his characters tend to be a tightly knit team that rely on each other to get the job done.
  • Buffy Speak: Even in the narration, Mykan tends to overuse terms like "and stuff", "all that", or "stuff like that".
  • The Bully: Expect at least one character in any of his fics who happens to bully the main character(s) into becoming who they are. Also expect the heroes to belittle others for no real reason.
  • Can't Take Criticism: His characters tend to either ignore or react very negatively to criticism.
  • Catharsis Factor: invoked Invoked. Mykan freely admits that his fics are meant to punish the characters for either teasing his Creator's Favorite, not getting his girl of choice, or in the case of the MLP stories, not showing the darker side to life that he feels so strongly about, all so he can feel just a little bit better about himself for an estimate of less than a day. Inverted with his non-punishment MLP fics, where he only writes them to prove that people will mock him anyway and actively despises doing so.
  • Character Shilling: His fics constantly have the characters either be made useless so his preferred characters are seen in the right, or superior in skill, or the characters themselves outright state how much better the heroes are than them. On the side of certain villains, like Count Logan, they feel sorry for him once it's revealed that he's Beast Boy, in spite of the atrocities he's committed.
  • The Chew Toy: There tend to be several throughout his fics, usually Kari Kamiya in the fics where she's with TK and not Davis, and just about the entirety of Equestria, namely Princess Cadance and Twilight Sparkle.
  • Chickification: Every time he writes a canon female character, all there is to them is that they're the love interest of a male character.
  • Clueless Aesop: The fics try to teach lessons, in the loosest sense of the word, but he constantly contradicts his own Aesop time and time again.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Oftentimes, he'll make entire characters that hate the way his universes operate, just to paint them as losers or villains. Ironically, they end up becoming the most well-liked characters in his fics. Naturally, the exceptions are Beast Boy and Davis Motomiya, who are portrayed as always right about whatever they're complaining about.
  • Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch: Actually averted with both Mykan and his characters. Just because Mykan hates a show doesn't stop him from watching it religiously. Several of his characters share this odd trait.
  • Deus ex Machina: Through some forced way, usually an 11th-Hour Superpower or a Contrived Coincidence, these plots usually just resolve themselves in an instant.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Mykan's storytelling philosophy is that if the guy does not get the girl, he suffers/dies. As such, many of Mykan's fanfics end with one or more main protagonists dead or traumatized, often through arbitrary means. The biggest example would be We're Moving On, a story in which Twilight Sparkle successfully convinces Beast Boy to move on from Terra, only for Beast Boy to be gunned down by an unknown assailant almost immediately afterwards (Mykan heavily implies in the Author's note it was himself that did it).
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: Often uses the word in question when emphasizing something in his fics or blogs.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: Used very..., very... liberally..., even outside of his own works... It's basically... a Creator Thumbprint. Word of God is...that the reason behind this quirk...is because he learned...how to write dialogue...by reading DVD subtitles...which apparently...use lots of ellipses.
  • Drunk on Milkshakes: A recurring theme in his fanfics. Usually, this involves Beast Boy.
  • Entitled to Have You: Davis and Beast Boy are always entitled to have Kari and Terra in works starring them; otherwise, they either end up dead or distanced from everyone else.
  • Expy: Many of his characters are based on ones from other works, only without their personality and what makes them likable. Examples include Count Logan (of Count Bleck) and Goldwin (of Jeff Hyslop).
    • The "Manimal," Beast Boy's secret identity in Some Things Never Change, is heavily based on Spider-Man, particularly as depicted in the Sam Raimi films. His costume, on the other hand, is based on the Magna Defender.
    • Erin Samus, from TTHS/CITY Musical III: The Phantom of the City, whose inspiration should be readily apparent.
  • Fantastic Racism: Either a race is good, or they're evil. There is no good member of a bad species, and there is no bad member of a good species.
  • Fight Scene: One of the few things Mykan actually cares about. His primary inspiration for his fight scenes is Power Rangers, hence the emphasis on Stuff Blowing Up. However, some have likened his fight scenes to a child playing with action figures.
  • Flat Character: Frequently. Mykan says that personalities of a character get in the way of the plot, and believes that character development tends to overcomplicate the character, and so he will often simply give his characters a single trait for a personality. The same goes for the canon characters, who are subject to Flanderization to the nth degree and become caricatures of their true selves.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Characters will often forget that the situation they're in could be easily avoided if they just use their abilities to make it easier.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Mykan's tendency to write characters that rarely go above a single trait extends to many of his villains, whose one trait is "they're evil" and mainly exist to give the heroes something to fight. Any personality, backstory, and motivation they get is usually limited to "doing evil things because they can (e.g. Titan from Starfleet Magic)" or "because that's what their species is like (e.g. the Insectos from Starfleet Magic)".
  • Genre Shift:
    • Mykan has attempted a few stand-alone fics done in (what he thinks is) a near approximation of the original style of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Usually, these fics are prefaced by his comments on how much he hates them, or how “awful” they are. Ironically enough, these are the fics that have the best reception on a site made for fans of FIM, but every time someone makes a comment praising these fics, it angers Mykan considerably. One has to wonder what his endgame was in writing these fics when he was just going to bash them and the people who liked them, but the haters get a quick chuckle by hitting “fave” when Mykan thinks they’re not supposed to...and watching the fireworks.
    • Similarly, Mykan's 7Teen series tends to stick close to the style of the 6Teen series. Unlike the aforementioned MLP fics, he does actually like this series.
  • Herr Doktor: Dr. Nobel Von-Richter, a recurring character in his Teen Titans fanfics, is a stereotypical German scientist who invents gadgets for Beast Boy to use.
  • High School A.U.: The Teen Titans High School Musical series, as the name implies, features the Teen Titans as normal highschoolers. Later installments of the series, now rebranded as Teen Titans High School/City Musical, stray from the high school aspect and feature more action.
  • Hypothetical Casting: When going over his own characters in bios, he's prone to noting who he imagines to voice the characters. As an example, he's had several characters in Starfleet Magic (such as Buddy Rose and Spike's Dragon Knight form) "voiced" by Matt Hill, and his main couple of Lightning Dawn and Starla Shine are voiced by Greg Cipes and Ashley Johnson. Sound familiar? As mentioned earlier, he likes to cast himself in many roles as well.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Whenever Mykan has a character criticize someone else for something, that character usually possesses the trait they're criticizing the other for.
  • Idiot Ball: Plots in these fics require the characters to be uncharacteristically stupid enough to let them happen. Even his own Original Characters tend to vary in intelligence from chapter to chapter.
  • IKEA Erotica: Despite Mykan's well-known vow of celibacy, Mykan has written a few sex scenes, most notably in A Wedding Story for Davis and Kari. It is decidedly un-erotic. Then there's "Artistic Integrity," which turned out to not even be his writing, as it was all part of a Complexity Addiction-laden plan to expose his haters.
  • In Love with Love: Mykan tends to write romantic relationships with the male character wanting to be in a relationship with a female character of their choosing for the sake of being in a relationship with them. The male characters typically have no regard for what the female wants out of this, as evidenced when the male becomes a complete jerkass at best and an Omnicidal Maniac at worst, all while blaming the female for making them like this.
  • In Name Only: Whenever he writes canon characters, they're usually Flanderized or Out of Character (or both), so the only recognizable thing about them are their names.
  • Informed Ability: A character's supposed "greatness" is usually only told through narration and never demonstrated in the story itself.
  • Informed Attribute: If a character has any other attributes aside from their basics, they're usually told instead of shown.
  • Informed Flaw: If an entire race is supposedly comprised of only evil beings, it is only told and never shown.
  • Irony: He hates Friendship is Magic, yet he keeps watching it anyway. He states that it's "to research what to change".
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": On the subject of "Dakari", the Portmanteau Couple Names go by the Japanese names for the characters (for example, Sorato, the canon pairing between Sora and Matt, uses the latter's Japanese name, Yamato). The couple name referring to Davis and Kari is actually Daikari due to Davis being called Daisuke in Japan, but Mykan prefers the English names so much that he removed the i from the name and pronounces it "Day-kari". While we're here, he also likes to pronounce "Takari" (TK and Kari) as "Tay-Kari" despite there being no basis for such (at least the former one can be excused by being based off of an English name).
  • It's All About Me: A common theme throughout Mykan's work is that his Author Avatars only care about what interests them, while giving no one else the time of day.
  • Jerkass: Just about any main character in these fics comes across as this. And we're supposed to agree with their jerkish actions.
  • Love Makes You Evil: A recurring theme in Mykan's works.
  • Loving a Shadow: Because all the characters are defined by one trait, couples simply love each other for what they are instead of who they are.
  • Manchild: Several of his characters tend to do plenty of childish things despite being teenagers or full-grown adults. They've been known to play hopscotch and take it seriously, and oftentimes Mykan's own Author Avatars pretty much just throw extended (often violent) temper tantrums regarding the fact that they Did Not Get the Girl.
  • Manly Tears: When someone cries, they only show these, in order to symbolize that they're (supposedly) more mature than everyone else.
  • Moral Dissonance: Oh, so very much. All of the questionable (or downright heinous) acts committed by the "heroes" as presented in his fics are meant to be seen as reasonable and not at all a bad thing. He claims it's okay because "they're fictional characters", but even presenting such things is considered a bad mark on one's resume. He did this way more than once, for the record.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: In quite a few of these stories, the best way to deal with a problem is to kill everyone who can be associated with the enemy.
  • Narrating the Obvious: Mykan always feels the need to do this, stating things that should be blatantly obvious to the reader.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman:
    • In the original version of Davis & Kari: A Wedding Story, Davis uses his vast wealth to send Kari to the finest college in the world and offers to make her a kindergarten teacher should she ask. Additionally, when Jun graduates, she's given a doctor's rate even though she's supposed to start out as a nurse simply because she's the sister of Davis, "the most powerful DigiDestined".
    • It is noted in the first Starfleet Humans that Human!Celesto gave Celestia and Luna their jobs out of pity.
  • Never My Fault: He has a number of characters who refuse to accept responsibility for their actions.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: His characters constantly receive new abilities on the go without any hinting of their presence beforehand, usually in the form of a Deus ex Machina.
  • No Endor Holocaust: No one ever really dies in the background in these fics, even though fights within these stories can cause massive damage to their surroundings. People only die if they are outright stated to die.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite the name, Teen Titans High School Musical II has little to do with other entries in the series: The Titans go incognito as teachers rather than being normal students and furthermore, it is considered canon, whereas other entries in the series are set in an Alternate Universe. In fact, none of the Teen Titans High School Musical fanfics are sequels to each other except for the Christmas special, which follows the original.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Mykan hates anything new and continues to watch and use older materials. For example, he has admitted to preferring Stingray (1964) over Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
  • Not as You Know Them: Whenever he writes a canon character they're either: A. Flanderized to only one trait, B. completely Out of Character, or C. both A and B.
  • Once an Episode: In his early Teen Titans fanfics, there would usually be a Cold Open where the Titans try (and fail) to catch Slade. These were phased out when he renamed his series of fanfics Titans A-Force because he ran out of ideas for Slade chases and wanted to shift the focus to villains he created.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Mykan has an odd fixation on demons in his work, believing them to be the ultimate villains. Naturally, this means that they are snarling monsters obsessed with destroying everything with surprisingly little in common with each other or traditional depictions of demons.
  • The Power of Hate: He's a firm believer in it, casually explaining that if someone tries to use The Power of Friendship or The Power of Love, the way to fight back is with all the hatred you can muster. It's also why he hates Friendship is Magic as much as he does; the sheer amount of positivity in the show actually hurts him.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Converting other races, destroying planets, unfair prosecution, and terrorism are a-ok because the protagonists are doing it. Beast Boy, Davis, and most of his Starfleet Magic and Friendship is Failure OCs (among others) can all attest to this. On the flip side, if the villains or Mykan's non-Author Avatars do it, they're immediately in the wrong.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A few of his villains, when you get right down to their motivations, are basically just them throwing a temper tantrum over not getting what they want. Count Logan and any other fics that have Beast Boy and Davis Motomiya being Driven to Villainy are some notable examples.
  • Recycled Script: Mykan has written no less than five Teen Titans fanfics involving the aftermath of "Things Change". Two of them use a film adaptation as the Framing Device, both of which involve Beast Boy getting possessed by an evil being and going on a killing spree. He has also made five different versions of The End of Ends, including a Friendship is Failure variant. He has also begun a version of The Force of Hatred with My Little Pony characters.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In his works, characters who transition from bad to good tend to get killed almost immediately after.
  • Revenge Fic: His other bread and butter; just about all of his fics are based around punishing characters for not doing what he wanted them to do (usually for his OTP not coming to pass). My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic is the most extreme example of this, as it's essentially a Hate Fic dedicated to dropping his brand of "reality" onto Equestria and making the characters suffer for teaching The Power of Friendship. Friendship is Failure is pretty much this in a nutshell.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Mykan isn't exactly the most prolific speller out there; more often than not, his works will have misspelled words abound and failed spot checks galore. It's worth noting that he learned his English from reading DVD subtitles and that the word processor he uses apparently has a very poor spell checker. That said, he has also said that he rarely proofreads chapters before release.
  • Rule of Cool: This is an Invoked Trope on Mykan's part. He has stated multiple times that he only writes what's "cool" to him. Usually, what looks cool happens to come from a villain, and that villain's scene will be used outside its original context, oftentimes for one of the heroes (for example, using Master Org's backstory for Helper Soul).
  • Satellite Love Interest: Certain characters only exist for the sake of having a love interest. Starfleet Magic has Starla Shine right from the get-go, but also has canon characters Celestia, Fluttershy, Treehugger, and Sunset Shimmer become this to Celesto, Rhymey, Buddy Rose, and Human!Artie Bristles, respectively. His other works aren't safe from this, as in fics where Beast Boy isn't without Terra, she ends up becoming this, and Starfire can usually be defined by her love for Robin. Kari can also usually be established by either her love for Davis in fics where they're together, or for TK in the ones where she isn't (which she must be punished for every time).
  • Series Mascot: Beast Boy (or rather, his interpretation of Beast Boy) might as well be this, considering a good chunk of his videos are of Beast Boy singing a random song of his choice, one of his more notable fics has him as the main character and Big Bad, and he was the main focus of three chapters of Friendship is Failure.
    • For a secondary mascot, we have his interpretation of Daisuke "Davis" Motomiya. Heck, it's pretty much in the name: Dakari-King Mykan.
    • The Dakari-King persona itself is a bit of a mascot, and even has an origin story on YouTube.
  • Show, Don't Tell: Mykan often states what happens in the story instead of actually showing it, leaving nothing to the reader's imagination whatsoever. This seems to be intentional on Mykan's part, who likens his fanfics to TV scripts, where all the actions are described in explicit detail.
  • Signature Style: Fix Fics leaning towards the "plot" end of the Sliding Scale of Plot Versus Characters, often with characters related to whatever is being fixed getting called out for their actions, a couple of Author Avatars thrown in, and overuse of ellipses. When possible, there will also be plenty of musical numbers, explosions and journeys to space.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: A rather peculiar example. In Some Things Never Change, Von-Richter's BIGRAT machine gives Beast Boy, among other things, the ability to perfectly imitate any male singing voice. This is mostly used to justify the wide range of songs Beast Boy sings in the Magic Voices videos.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Mykan tends to write some of his favorite male characters (Beast Boy, Davis, Spike) as having eyes for only one girl (Terra, Kari, Rarity) with said male characters not taking it well when the female refuses to accept the male's feelings for them, either Taking a Level in Jerkass or becoming an Omnicidal Maniac because they feel they will never be able to love again.
  • Sliding Scale of Plot Versus Characters: Heavy on the "plot" side of the spectrum. He has admitted that he doesn't care at all about character and only focuses on the plot of a story. This blog very nicely, and frustratingly, sums up his views on storytelling in general.
  • Smoke Shield: Don't be surprised if characters attack an opponent with everything they have only for this to occur.
  • Spear Counterpart: Oftentimes, a character will basically be a male version of another character, only without their personality and what makes them likable.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The main characters of his fics fall into this, due to how much they overshadow just about everyone else. Either one of the cast takes precedence, or his Original Characters do.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: One minute, certain characters will be made utterly useless against a threat. The next, they overpower it with everything they've got.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Another thing that's common in these works is the tendency for characters to SUDDENLY SHOUT AT OTHER PEOPLE WHEN THEY'RE ANGRY! This even applies to Mykan online.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Downplayed. Though this is definitely the case for a few select villains in Mykan's works, the author himself doesn't truly feel this way about any of the villains. The only real exceptions are Sunset Shimmer in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic (notable in that she's the only redeemed character who isn't Put on a Bus or Killed Off for Real), and Count Logan who gets all the narrative's pity because Terra didn't stay with him.
  • Take Our Word for It: Mykan always describes what's going on and how great or terrible it is rather than showing the actual effects. Literally everything is shown through exposition.
  • Take That, Critics!:
    • He once wrote an entire fic portraying his critics as villains called Project After, which is named for a group that riffed bad fan fiction, including his. In the story, they are depicted as a supervillain organization devoted to destroying the concept of fiction. Naturally, they tore this one to shreds.
    • In the original version of the fifth chapter of The End of Ends II, a "dumb alien boy" who acts like a maniac mocks Count Logan and is murdered for it. He is based on a critic of Mykan's known as Maniak.
    • Another take that to Maniak appears in The Force of Hatred. In that story, Jackie's boyfriend is revealed to be "Manny," a foreign exchange student who bullies Beast Boy and is subsequently killed. Jillian's boyfriend in the story, Alex, is believed to be named for Al Cone, the person who brought Mykan to Project A.F.T.E.R.'s attention.
    • Back in the days of the Dakari-Takari Flame War, Mykan infamously wrote a now lost fanfic in which his Author Avatar, the Dakari King, fought prominent Takari shippers and kidnapped them with Pokeballs. This is believed to be the fanfic that got Mykan's first Fanfiction.net account banned.
    • In entry #5 of Friendship is Failure, there is Ath-Lita who is supposed to be one for Cherry-Lei.
    • As it turns out, all of his Digimon/Teen Titans fics are this as explained in this blog. He writes them Out of Character invoked because he wishes to mimic how he believes his hatedom acts, and openly blames them for his writing style.
  • Tautological Templar: In quite a few of Mykan's fics, Beast Boy/Davis tend to do plenty of things that would be morally questionable at best, such as starting protests in the street or blowing up certain buildings and monuments. Yet because they're the heroes of these fics, their actions are portrayed as heroic.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: Mykan loves this trope. Out of the blue, he'll shoehorn a song from another source (Singin' in the Rain, Today's Special, The Muppet Show, High School Musical, Michael Jackson, you name it), just for the sake of having it there. And oftentimes, he'll take the song completely out of context, or change the lyrics to fit to his own. The "Beast Boy's Magic Voices" series of videos on YouTube are this trope personified, as they feature the titular character, well... singing.
  • This Loser Is You: Detractors of Mykan's works are given entire characters based on them, which are then painted as loser strawmen with terrible lives, and sometimes the characters outright become a Villain of the Week.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: When Mykan's favourite characters aren't being horrific villains, they're being utter jerks.

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