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Fanfic / The Crack

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The Mind of a Hero Quintet is a Danny Phantom fanfic by Tavalya Ra, more commonly known as The Crack. It has five arcs and a grand total of 102 chapters, so yeah, it's quite a read.

The first arc deals with hero Danny Fenton is kidnapped by Vlad on his sixteenth birthday. With the intention of making Danny acknowledge him as a father, Vlad uses a special machine to bring out Danny's inner darkness. Unfortunately, it turns out for the worse when Danny ends up raping Vlad. Both remain out of touch for seven years until Vlad returns with the consequences of their actions: Madison, their daughter, carried by Vlad, fathered by Danny. Oh, BTW, this is an Mpreg fanfic, made possible via their half-ghost status, though I guess you figured that out from the fact that Vlad had a kid.


The entire fanfic centers on Danny and Vlad struggling to tolerate one another for the sake of their daughter. Eventually, they reach an agreement point and through certain unintentional events, Danny is stuck carrying their second child. What lies after is whether the two can stabilize a romantic relationship despite past traumatic events and complications in their current lives, the last involving some intense battles and time traveling.

The fanfic was launched in September 2006 and can be read here...somewhat. The author has stopped posting around the second arc, however the story in its entirety can be downloaded here.


This series provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Madison Masters. Somewhat unintentional as her name was inspired by Vlad's obsessions with Wisconsin and Maddie Fenton.
  • All There in the Manual: The author has supplementary materials that explains much of the Crackverse; everything from how half ghosts gets pregnant, character analysis, OC descriptions, original drafts, and even the somewhat unnecessary information on both the middle names of Danny and Vlad's children and extended family trees of the Master-Fenton family line.
  • Artifact Title: Each of the five installments has a real title, but are better known as Crack 1, Crack 2, etc. as "The Crack" was the working title for the series (due to the claim that you'd have to be on some sort of drug to think the premise would work)
  • Author Appeal: Mpreg and pregnancy sex. The author has multiple WI Ps for other cartoon series also prominently featuring Mpreg and started an Mpreg art meme on deviantART. On a non-kink note, references to signs of Madison's obsession with Sailor Moon (played for laughs) are way too specific for someone with only limited knowledge of the anime. Sailor Moon used to be a series the author enjoyed years ago.
  • Break Up to Make Up: Sorta. Danny and Vlad entered a mutual relationship after the birth of their second child, but it's when the former needed a break from the man that eventually chain reacts to them fully confessing their love.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Like Danny, Madison has a signature pre-transformation catchphrase. Unfortunately, hers was influenced by Sailor Moon. Plasmius Prism Power!"
  • Canon Immigrant: In a sense. Danielle was edited in, due to Kindred Spirits premiering.
  • Continuity Drift: Although Danny mentions having drycleaned his suit in the original series, it's understandable that a one-off joke could be passed over.
  • Fangirl: Madison is a huge fan of Sailor Moon. Vlad is unamused, offering Danny a million dollars to get her to stop saying Plasmius Prism Power!
  • Gambit Roulette: Oh, not Vlad. In the last Crack arc, we find out Clockwork caused the headache-inducing time traveling for both of them to ensure his existence as he is really their son.
  • Love Hurts: Danny is crushed in Crack 5 when he finds out Vlad is still in love with his mother despite their somewhat functioning relationship for the past four years. Of course, it later turns out that isn't true, Vlad was just in denial.
  • Love Triangle: Not just the series' Jack/Maddie/Vlad; Danny feels in competition with his mother for Vlad and later Vlad becomes convinced (not without good reason) that Danny has feelings for Valerie
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Vlad, who even recommends reading Nietzsche to his daughter. Slightly subverted in that this trait allows him shift from being a bad to good guy without major alternations to his personality.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Danny actively wants Vlad to beat him to a pulp in the first arc because of the guilt he feels towards him for raping him. He gets his wish a few times.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Besides the weirdness taken from the show, apparently being half-ghost sets up your body to spontaneously generate ectoplasmic equivalents of an egg and uterus with the presence of sperm. Hmm.
  • Retcon: The original fic had no reference to Danielle, as the opening chapters were penned beforehand. The existing chapters were edited-well enough that it doesn't seemed forced.
  • Ret-Gone: The alternate future created by Vlad averts this by Vlad placing a time medallion in Danny and their kids.
  • Saying Too Much: Vlad, who in trying to explain away Madison as a test-tube baby, accidentally says that a woman was never involved. Also Madison, who slips up and calls Vlad "Mommy" at a crucial moment
  • Tangled Family Tree: Not in the main fic, but in her anecdotes that details the family of Vlad and Danny to their grandkids and beyond! Some of the offspring are truly maddening.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Madison. Justified both by having a violet-eyed grandmother (Maddie) and plot relevance.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Subverted in Crack 1. Danny attempts to invoke this trope, but Madison just doesn't care.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Crack 1, Danny decides that the best course of action is to attempt to turn Madison against her own mother and then kidnap her, all to keep Vlad from turning her evil. Lampshaded in that he acknowledges it's a dick move and feels a lot of guilt over it. Fortunately, he fails to accomplish any bit of his plan and realizes Vlad doesn't want Madison to turn out like himself either.