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With Pearl and Ruby Glowing is a collaborative fanfic on Archive of Our Own. It is a Bat Family Crossover style fanfic featuring the characters of the Disney Animated Canon (with entries from other studios added in later chapters), with a structure inspired heavily by Haunted 2005.

This fanfic started in response to a prompt in the Disney Kink Meme about writing the characters in a rape support group, and although not all the members of the group were directly raped themselves, the main focus of the fic is the story of why they're there in the first place. None of the characters in the group use their real names, but the characters' identities are easily recognizable.

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As the fanfic now consists of three parts and several intermissions, with more on the way, here is the list and where to find them:

    Main Series 
    Intermissions 
The authors have also approved a fan-written addition, Campfire Stories.


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    A-D 
  • Abusive Parents: Alllll over the place.
    • Basil's father is this of the emotionally abusive variety.
    • Randall is Boo's stepfather here and neglected her whenever he wasn't abusing her sexually.
    • Marcus was physically and sexually abusive towards Mercury, going so far as to shatter both his legs with a pipe and leave him on the floor until gangrene set in.
    • Jacques hits Weiss and scars her eye and his interactions with Robyn have extremely troubling implications about his relationship with Winter.
    • Not only did Ozai scar Zuko's face (here with a piece of firewood) but he also molested him and Azula. Ursa isn't exactly this, but she was complicit in the plan to have Azula lobotomized (though in all fairness this was considered 'normal' during the time period and Azula was dangerous).
    • Curious case with Viren who is as emotionally abusive towards Soren as he was in canon, but without Aaravos to influence him, has learned his lesson here and is trying to make up for it.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Considering the premise, this is a given for most of the characters.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: The premise of the story is Rape as Backstory for characters originally from kids-friendly media. Many of the stories are also adjusted to fit the more mundane setting, or to change gaps in timelines to be more realistic.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Characters who have fantastical jobs or roles in their stories are given more mundane jobs, such as Sully as a worker in a toy factory or Genie as a comedian.
  • Adaptational Mundanity: The story takes place in a normal California city, and most of the stories are changed to reflect a non-fantastical setting, with only a couple of instances of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane.
  • Adaptation Name Change: A few characters had their names changed to more human-sounding ones, such as "Gene" for Genie and "Dafydd" for Daffy. Others, like Lightning McQueen and Hiccup Haddock, have their given names changed into nicknames (becoming Monty and Philip, respectively).
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Pops up on occasion. For example, in their native continuity, Ruffnut, Tuffnut, Snotlout and Astrid all either ignored or bullied Hiccup but here Ruffnut forms a friendship with him over their shared trauma and the other three quickly become fast friends with him.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Many characters who weren't connected in their original stories or even in the same movie/show are often involved with each other's stories (Yue being Korra's, Desna's, and Eska's grandmother as an example of the former, and Ratigan being the villain of several characters' story for the latter).
  • Adaptational Species Change: Several characters featured were not human in their original films but are human here. Some less city-convenient or fantastical pets also change; in Mabel's chapter, Waddles is a guinea pig instead of an actual pig, and Toothless the dragon becomes a bull terrier.
    • Hilariously averted in the case of Sven who is still very much a reindeer... Kristoph just really isn't supposed to have one.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Pops up from time to time. For example, Mike/Goob only wanted revenge on Cornelius specifically in his origin film and was horrified at the collateral damage that ensued from him helping DORIS; in this story, he needs only minimal prompting to willingly rape Wilbur to hurt Cornelius. It is revealed in the side story that much worse happened to him and he blamed that on the lost game, but it still isn't actually Cornelius' fault.
  • Adult Fear: Oh boy, is there a lot of it...
  • Age Lift: Many characters are older or younger than they are in their original work.
  • All There in the Manual: The identities of two of the characters visiting the vet clinic could very well be a mystery if you read the chapter by itself. Read the tag list and it soon becomes clear that they are, in fact, Julien and Pinkie Pie.
  • Anal Probing: Discussed by the Conspiracy Buddies, Dilbert, Dipper and Huey, as they speculate that the reason why aliens shove probes up people's butts is to take their temperature.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Norman and Wendy's chapters are them sharing stories about things that happened to other people (Agatha and Peter respectively), though it's clear they're still affected by the events. Similarly, Elinor and Denahi share their stories about how their own poor choices led to their Protectorates (Merida and Kenai respectively) being victimized and Vanellope's story is about how she was the only child in her foster home that King Candy didn't sexually abuse.
    • Some chapters do something different not with subject matter but format. Esmerelda’s chapter is shaped like a cross and Daffy’s has some words a different shade than the others, so as to give the impression of blank spaces.
    • Duncan's chapter, shared with Courtney, is the first and so far only story where one of the tellers uses their actual name since Duncan has a thing about nicknames.
    • Darla's chapter is the first one where the teller's story about sexual trauma is a lie and the real victim is the person accused (differing from Bugs' in that Bugs is the teller and therefore the victim).
    • The chapters for Mary, Jack, Dillamond, Elphaba, Elizabeth, and Ragetti star characters from live-action media instead of animated.
    • Most of the fandoms are Western, but it's noted in In Harm's Way: The Police's Victims that the authors are making use of anime in which such drastic changes as character names were made in the dubbing process, so far only including Pokémon in the main story and Sailor Moon in said side-story.
    • Lady is the first one who wasn't raped but is being forced to come to the group because her family thinks she was.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Marian's story.
  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: When Lilo tells her story, she is too uncomfortable saying directly what happened to her, so she substitutes in little bunnies with line of sight names. She doesn't need to point out which little bunny was her, everybody in the support group can see it from context.
  • Animal Motifs: The Ark members have code names too, all of them relating to animals in some way. Fairy Godmother has butterflies, Ratigan has rats (ironically, considering the film), Sykes is referred to as "Mr Doberman," etc.
  • Arc Words: "Instead of a spotlight, a movie fragment..."
  • Bait-and-Switch: In-universe only; when Wilbur describes Carl, the other group members initially assume he's the reason Wilbur's attending the group only to Wilbur to defend Carl and then elaborate on the real reason.
    • Minor example, but Anastasia’s story has her mention she was bullied in middle school. She has to clarify that the attack actually happened in high school.
    • When Agnes says she and her sisters met Gru when their lines of work cross, she and Edith quickly are adamant that Gru wasn't like the men who paid to have sex with them, instead adopting them.
    • While Cornelius paints his orphanage as unpleasant, he clarifies it's not why he's at the Palace and while he confirms that Ratigan is the reason he's there, the professor waited until he was an adult to try anything even if his behavior towards preteen!Cornelius was inappropriate.
  • Big Bad: The Ark, God's Will First, and the corrupt cops for organizations, and Ratigan for individuals.
  • Big Damn Heroes: It has it's moments.
    • Donald's rescue of Panchito/takedown of most of GWF is this. As is Robyn's rescue by May, Johanna and Fiona and their subsequent rescue of the enslaved miners later on.
  • Big Good: Mary Poppins is the one who set up the group in the first place.
  • Bloodier and Gorier / Body Horror: Even disregarding the sexual assault, most of the stories are much more violent than their canon counterparts, and mutilation is not shied away from.
  • Breather Episode: Baymax's chapter is a simple introduction and explanation of his reason for being at the group, with minimal disturbing content.
    • This also seems to be the point of the third installment. Entitled Vet Visits, it’s just an installment focusing on the day to day goings on of a Calisota vet clinic that one of the main characters works in, with other group members bringing their pets.
  • Broken Pedestal: Cornelius is rather broken up over Ratigan, who he genuinely admired, having been grooming him since the day they met...and that's even without knowing that Ratigan raped his son in Revenge by Proxy.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The "In Harm's Way" side-stories are recounted very bluntly, with little detail, from the antagonists' points of view, effectively checking victims off on a list.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Lilo says at the end of her story that one of the worst parts of her assault is that the other girls just watched and didn't say or do anything. Peter says much the same thing about Smee knowing that Hook abused him but doing nothing.
  • Cast Full of Gay
  • Comic-Book Time / It's Always Spring / Not Allowed to Grow Up: The timeline is very ambiguous, as a side effect of the fanfic's chapter-by-chapter writing and Loads and Loads of Characters making it far too complicated to figure out as the writers go.
  • Commonality Connection: Everyone is at the group because of their shared trauma.
  • Crapsaccharine World
  • Darker and Edgier: Most of the stories told take elements of the canon plotline and twist them into something far more disturbing. It is a story about rape, after all. For example, Pinocchio's story turns Pleasure Island into a pedophile ring.
  • Date Rape: Anna and Merida both fell victim to this.
  • Dead Hat Shot: Implied, the police Never Found the Body of Lampwick, only his hat in the water.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Not precisely. This story takes place in a modern California city, making it somewhat removed from the worlds and events of the media it draws from and most of the drama arises from the premise itself. However there are a number of elements taken from the original canons that are played more realistically here usually to disastrous results.
    • Yue doesn't become the moon spirit here so her marriage to Han goes through and her story depicts her life with him. it isn't pretty.
    • The popular Fanon fan interpretation of Riley being non-binary holds true here and while this itself is adamantly not portrayed as a negative thing, their story touches upon the prejudice they face because of it.
    • Wilbur being the only non-gifted Robinson wasn't really touched upon in the original film. Here, while it's clear that they love him Franny and Cornelius worried over this when he was younger and it left him feeling somewhat insecure.
    • Eska's treatment of Bolin was played comedically in canon. Here she nearly rapes him and leaves him traumatized.
  • Dirty Cop: While not all police officers who appear are dirty (some are even quite heroic and noble), there's still many who use their positions to hurt minorities in various ways.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: Many characters have disabilities, either as a result of their attacks or as stand-ins for more fantastical or less human features.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Crops up in a few stories, Anastasia and Drizella's assault for being unattractive (and Drizella's resulting assault on Cinderella for being pretty), Wilbur's rape by Mike over a childhood lost ball game, Kuzco's being sold to Human Traffickers because his father fired Yzma and more.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Worst possible version for Timon, who does the Darker And Edgier version of his marriage-proposal-as-distraction from The Lion King 1½.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Averted. Several stories feature female-on-female rape or sexual abuse that is played as the horrible situation it is.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted in the very first chapter with Timon's story. His main attacker is female, and it is once more played for the horror it is. He himself is conflicted about whether it "counts", not because she was a woman but because he offered himself up to save the lives of others.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Averted. Many of the stories are about male on male rape and it is always portrayed as damaging and horrifying.
  • Dramatic Irony: Cornelius remembers Mike/Goob fondly and wants to make amends; little does he know that his old roommate willingly raped his son as payback for his missed ball game.
    • Bugs winces on Darla's behalf while she tells her story and clearly sees Danny as the villain she paints him; unbeknownst to him and the rest of the Palace, Danny is just as innocent of the accusations made against him as Bugs was but Danny doesn't have any of the evidence to clear himself.
    • Serial rapist and criminal mastermind Ratigan is a professor of criminology.
    • Penny Polendina's rape was a hate crime by a White Fang member over her being white; she's actually mixed, her father being black, she just happens to be pale.
    • Milo notes the irony that both the person who assaulted him and the person who sent him to the Palace are his colleagues.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Even discounting the fact that the main cast is composed of sexual assault victims, many characters have abusive backgrounds, criminal tendencies, or a history of violent behavior. Some characters have all these things.

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  • Early-Bird Cameo: Many characters are mentioned in the stories of other characters before telling their own.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The crooked cops are horrified by what Barbossa does to Ragetti, and Ratigan, of all people, grimly calls Ernesto's death justice, albeit not for the reason everyone thinks; Ratigan killed him for lying about his talent.
  • Everytown, America
  • False Rape Accusation: Against Jim Crow, Bugs, Bagheera, Mulan, Danny, Tramp, Mr Ratburn, Tahno and Luz.
    • Played unusually since most cases of this are due to a misunderstanding rather than malice. Weiss accuses Bagheera, but only because she mistook him for her actual rapist and Pinkie was raped while locked in a cell with the Transgender Julien and Tahno, and simply didn't consider the police as a possibility. Even Amity who would otherwise provide a straight case of this, accused Luz out of fear rather than malice, though the narrative makes it clear that this still isn't justified.
    • Darla as well as Si and Am, however, play this dead straight.
  • Fan Disservice: The sexual content is not pleasant at all, nor is it meant to be.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Shared trauma brings the group together, and together they have each other's backs in their individual battles.
  • Gaslighting
  • Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter: When Basil starts his story by saying his father nurtured his genius with "special attention", he quickly forestalls a misunderstanding by disclaiming, "No, not like that! Get your mind out of the gutter!" Given that he and his audience are rape victims, the disclaimer was extra necessary.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: Many characters are undeniably good, some fit the Complete Monster heading, and plenty are in between.
  • Good Samaritan: Frankie fits this to a T. It's even what she goes by in the Palace.
  • Groin Attack: Extremely unfunny versions. Apart from the fact that rape technically comes under that heading, multiple characters have been castrated/emasculated (Lionel Frost, Toffee, Iroh II).
  • Harmful to Minors / Would Hurt a Child: Many of the group members are children, and there's a healthy mix of both knowing and not knowing their attackers.
  • Has a Type: Most of Hans' victims are redheads, and most of Ratigan's are high achievers.
  • He Knows Too Much: The Dirty Cops found out Detective Flippers was probing into their shady dealings and arranged for him to be locked in with criminals he'd sent to prison to put him off looking any further. It's noted in IHW: The Ring's Victims that the Weasels are involved in the Ark's drug supply chain via proxies, have started asking questions implied to be motivated by Even Evil Has Standards, and have been assigned merchandise numbers in case they try to bail.
  • Heroic Dog: Toothless attacks Hiccup's abductors to defend the first kind human he's encountered, gaining permanent scars for his trouble.
  • Hope Spot: When Mike realizes what Ratigan plans to do with Wilbur, he protests, claiming the boy is innocent and it's Cornelius he wants revenge on...Unfortunately, Ratigan quickly talks him into assaulting the boy.
    • Charlie Brown is optimistic that he can help Schroeder move beyond his abusive past in the first part of his story and even mentions that he thinks the Palace would be good for his boyfriend...the second part has him relating the story of Schroeder being Driven to Suicide after his hands are damaged beyond repair.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When creating a False Rape Accusation to discredit the person who caught you smoking pot and claiming said person got you pregnant, maybe check to see if they have the physical capability to do so beforehand.
  • Honor-Related Abuse: God's Will First does this to people. Danny's chapter implies that there's at least one incident of a cultist doing this to his own son.
  • Honor Thy Abuser: In cases where the abuser did it because of being traumatised themselves, the victims are often forgiving; Lilo gave Mertle the card for the group, Victor wouldn't dream of blaming Shock, as her abuser trained her to do what she did, and Robyn helps her tormentors escape from their own enslavement. When it was out of malice, they're a lot less nice about it; several group members aren't condemned or reported for outright murdering their abusers. Also note while the victims can be forgiving of their abusers if the latter are traumatised and remorseful, it doesn't mean they want or are forced to be comfortable with their presence (as with the former example, Lilo and Mertle usually come on separate days to the group, and are kept apart when they're attending at the same time).
  • Human Traffickers: Kuzco falls prey to these as did several other characters.
  • I Have This Friend...: Lilo references this trope as she tried to use it to get advice on how to handle Mertle assaulting her but Jumbaa and Pleakley quickly realized that she was talking about something that had happened to her.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Todd had a crush on the completely straight Copper; it ended badly.
    • Ratigan's interest in Cornelius was extremely unwanted, not only because Cornelius was straight but because he was Happily Married with a son. And Cornelius isn't the only example of this trope among Ratigan's victims, and in fact this is probably part of their appeal to him, since their non-consent definitely is.
  • Infectious Insanity: A somewhat more realistic case than most; some group members, such as Vanellope, weren't harmed directly, but being personally close to traumatised people can cause bad mental stress and potential health problems in itself.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Ratigan and Goob rebreak Wilbur's arm when they attack him. Cornelius, not knowing about any of this, berates Wilbur for not being careful when the bones have to be reset.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Most of what God's Will First does.
  • Internal Reveal: This is what makes Cornelius' chapter qualify as a Wham Episode. He finally learns the truth about what happened to Wilbur.
  • Intersex: Instead of being a puppet here, Pinocchio is a human boy born with genital agenesis.
  • Language Barrier: Kuzco initially thought he was on the wrong end of one when none of his rapists stopped despite his pleas but as Pacha points out, "no" is the same in English and Spanish. In the present, he requires a translator as he still speaks Spanish better than English, though he understands English just fine.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: "They call Hyde N...othing repeatable."
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Anna to Elsa. This is a large part of why she didn't want to reveal what Hans did.
    • Dawson was this to Basil. He helped him get clean and was the first person in his life that really cared about him. Unfortunately Ratigan took issue with this and after forcing Dawson to rape Basil, the two are no longer on speaking terms.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Lust Object: Several characters become this trope to Ratigan.

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  • Malapropism: Smartass still uses these. "Excrementally worse" indeed.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: So massive, it's the reason why the authors split the main fanfic into parts.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: For the most part, the fic is an example of Adaptational Mundanity, with the fantastical elements of the canonical stories taken out. But in Della's chapter, it's revealed that many of the Palace members have been hearing the voices of the deceased people in their lives. Basil is skeptical, dismissing them as hallucinations brought about by the group's collective trauma, but as Della points out, Huey, Dewey, and Louie never heard her despite thinking she was dead (though it's also pointed out that she wasn't connected to their assaults like the other voices). Likewise, Korra's account of being possessed and escaping the cult despite a broken spine is also left up into the air, due to her injuries and lack of sleep, though Korra is a firm believer, and Nadine may or may not actually be there outside of DW's imagination. As of Operetta's and Johnny's chapter, though, the ghosts seem to be very real.
  • Meaningful Rename: The nicknames are taken from the characters' stories to help them feel stronger and better about what happened.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Elinor's reaction when she realizes that the "nice young man" she set Merida up with drugged and raped her, landing Merida in the hospital when she has a bad reaction to the whole mess.
    • One of Ratburn's assailants also experiences this upon realizing that he enacted vigilante justice on an innocent man.
    • While it's not stated outright because she's deep in Unreliable Narrator mode, it's clear that Amity bitterly regrets destroying Luz's life and their budding relationship.
    • Viren has one of these after Soren is assaulted and he comes to terms with how awfully he's treated him.
  • Morton's Fork: God's Will First have assaulted/killed people for homosexuality, for heterosexual promiscuity, and for asexuality. This sounds nonsensical, but shitty attitudes to aces from religious people are Truth in Television. The idea is that they're pridefully lying about being immune to sin and/or refusing the God-given duty to have children and please their hypothetical spouses.
  • N-Word Privileges: Technically not, but the same concept. The authors are mostly some form of queer and/or neurodivergent, but are all white, so homophobic slurs and "retard" are shown in the dialogue, but most racial slurs are put through the Narrative Profanity Filter. Milder ones or foreign ones are occasionally used in dialogue and explained as unacceptable in general use.
  • Nobody Poops: Unpleasantly averted in the stories of Glomgold, Chili and Chloe, the Total Drama group, and Robyn.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A couple examples. Frankie tries to help what she thinks is a homeless man and ends up being raped by him on top of broken glass. Robyn frees a number of force laborers from one of Jaques Schnee's trucks and he has her kidnapped and gangraped by other labor slaves.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: When a discussion about the exact nature of Charlie Brown and Schroeder's relationship gets heated, Charlie Brown asks if Schroeder wants him to leave and complies when told yes. This unfortunately leaves Schroeder alone to be confronted by Matt/Pigpen and have his hands smashed, which leads to him killing himself.
  • Obligatory Swearing: Kind of necessary with the subject matter.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Dirty Cops, shortly after raping Huan while not knowing who he is, upon realising that not only is the grandmother who's come to take him home one of the richest and most influential women in the county, but the chief of police is her daughter. Whoops.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Character names aren't given in-fic but it's obvious who everyone is. In-universe, names are classified. And several stories have the victim's real name mentioned by other people. Averted with Duncan who hates nicknames and insists on using his real name.
  • Overprotective Dad: Triton.
    • Foghorn too, but more justified in his case given what happened to Rocky.
  • Parental Favoritism: Many examples.
    • Vanellope's story ends with her wondering whether she was the favorite or unfavorite for being the only one of the Sugar Rushers King Candy didn't abuse.
    • Zira and Scar both seem to prefer baby Kovu to their older two children. Zira also seems to have very little interest in Vitani specifically, though given the type of attention... this is probably good thing.
    • Yue favored Unalaq over Tonraq due to the former being Sokka's son and the latter being a Child by Rape. Unfortunately Unalaq is no better here than he was in canon and she's pretty broken up over what he did to his own children.
    • Lady Tremaine favored Anastasia and Drizella over Cinderella as much as she did in canon.
    • The movie fragments showing Weiss' childhood indicate that her father favors her brother like he did in canon.
    • Ford was the family favorite and while he's not the twins' parent, he admits to having favored Dipper over Mabel which adds to his guilt when Bill arranges for the gnomes to assault her.
    • It's subtle, but Yang's family seems to favor the younger Ruby.
    • Misty seems to have been her mother's favorite, a position she emphatically did not want as it led to abuse that (probably) wasn't inflicted on her sisters.
    • Noah is a downplayed example, but as the only genius out of nine children his parents gave him more attention.
    • Don Lino loves both his sons, but definitely showed more approval of Frankie. This is one of the reasons Lenny has for not wanting to return home as he thinks his father may hold him accountable for his brother's death.
    • While both kids were abused, Mew was obviously favored over her brother for being a prodigy.
    • Jackson and Holt's mother cares for them both equally, but their extended family appears to have issues with Holt. This is implied to be due to race issues as Jackson is white passing and he's not.
    • One of Amity's many many issues is that her parents heavily favor Emira and Edric (who were born premature) over her.
    • Viren heavily favored Claudia to Soren in the past and is working towards fixing his relationship with his son.
  • Papa Wolf: A few examples. Justified since given the premise, there's a very good reason to be protective of one's children.
    • Stan acts as this to Mabel in her chapter, threatening a cop who attempted to blame her for her assault and killing the gnomes for what they did.
    • Anger towards Riley.
    • Zeus beat Hades to death after finding him molesting Hercules.
    • Flug burned Black Hat alive after he realized he was abusing 505.
  • Parents as People: Another running theme.
    • Within the group there's Cornelius who obviously cares about Wilbur and his wellbeing, but is shown to have put a lot of pressure on him and prior to his own chapter was unaware that he'd been raped.
    • Flug is a Doting Parent who loves 505, but he also has him very young and would leave him alone for hours to attend classes while at school. He tries to make up for it by showering him in affection, but treats him like a somewhat younger child. There's also the fact that he's not at all a good person and brought his son into his life of crime.
  • Polyamory: Multiple instances; Miguel/Tulio/Chel, Elphaba/Galinda/Fiyero, Victor/Victoria/Emily, Robyn/Fiona/Joanna/May, Sokka/Suki/Ty Lee with Sokka also involved with Yue.
  • Prison Rape: By both other prisoners and Dirty Cops. It's not played for laughs here.
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    Q-T 
  • Ragtag Band of Misfits: So a serial killer, a millionaire and a detective all walk into a theater...
  • Rape and Revenge: Mercury murders his abusive father by setting the house on fire. Duncan takes revenge for Courtney by beating her assailants up. Mewtwo murders his mother and frames his father. Yang sets a bar alight with her rapist inside. Psycho is planning this, but has been brought to another state by his friends because he'd get caught again immediately.
    • As of "The Man in the Bowler Hat" this may very well be Goob's motivation for attacking Wilbur. He was held by the Ark for a period of time and seems to blame Cornelius for that because of keeping him up before his ballgame. Unlike the other examples, he ends up becoming an abuser himself.
  • Rape as Backstory: This is the main point of the fic, with most chapters delving into said backstory.
  • Rape as Redemption: Not exactly. Some of the characters are villains, but their redemption, if it happens, comes more from seeking help and bonding with others over it.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Weirdly zigzagged. It's considered so bad to have happen that the group is willing to play The Confidant to a Knife Nut gangster rather than send him back to the Bedlam House where he was sexually abused, and some of the perpetrators are acting For the Evulz, but others are just messed-up kids or mentally ill people who made horrible mistakes or didn't know what they were doing. The group welcomes Myrtle, who assaulted Lilo as a reaction to her own abuse, and Elphaba refuses to tell her story until Mr Petrikov passes away and can't suffer consequences of it because his Alzheimer's meant it really wasn't his fault. As in real life, it's not as simple as the trope.
  • Reality Ensues: Lots of stories have depressing but realistic elements cropping up where other stories would skim over them.
    • Lots of the rapists get away with what they do, especially if they're respected or white to their victims' POC.
    • Regardless of their exact circumstances, everyone at the Palace has been traumatized by what they went through and need some kind of therapy, even the unofficial kind the Palace offers.
    • Several of the child and teen victims either didn't realize exactly what was happening to them, didn't realize their assailant's intentions or both.
    • Whenever a kid on Pleasure gets too old, the staff have no more use for them and so murder them and dispose of the bodies, with a few "lucky" ones being sold on to other brothels.
    • Mercury and Hiccup both lose their injured limbs for medical reasons, Mercury because of long-term improperly treated gangrene and Hiccup because the bullet to his foot damaged the bones irreparably.
    • Despite DW doing exactly what she was supposed to do, her rapist managed to kidnap her by convincing the bystanders that she was lying to be a brat, something that is very common in real life.
    • As Fenton's story showed, someone being POC doesn't automatically mean they'll be more racially sensitive towards others. Emphasised again later with Vachir, who's Chinese and hates the Japanese.
    • Since Rocky spent his formative years as a Sex Slave, he thinks everything he went through is normal and even after being rescued and going to a therapist, he's still messed up.
    • Since Vicky never left any physical evidence, Cosmo and Wanda can't prove she's abusing Timmy, especially since she's good at putting on a nice face.
    • Since the Riveras thought Hector had abandoned them, his murder was only uncovered several years later. Also, since Hector's "betrayal" was a much more recent event than in the original film, the family is a traumatized mess since most of them knew Hector personally and thus feel terrible about judging him so wrongly.
    • Since Roddy was kidnapped directly from his bedroom, he doesn't feel safe in his own home even after being rescued and ultimately goes to America to try and escape Toad's reach. And even in a completely different country, he's still paranoid that Toad will track him down and reclaim him.
    • Since no one ever offered to help her with her work load, Frankie doesn't feel that she can ask for help in any form at work, hence why she hasn't said anything to anyone outside the Palace.
    • Spending hours in the ocean after being raped meant that all evidence of said rape was washed away so Milo didn't have anything he could use to press charges on Ratigan (not that he wanted to because he was well-aware of how powerful a man Ratigan is).
    • When corrupt police officers assault Huan, his wealthy grandmother and police chef aunt quickly make short work of their careers and ultimately launch a nation-wide investigation into the dirty laundry of law enforcement. However, it's noted by the story that literally the only reason this was able to happen is because Huan is well-connected; other characters who were equally mistreated have yet to see justice because society sees them as expendable.
    • It's in the source material but someone whose greatest passion is playing a musical instrument killing themselves after having their hands crippled on top of All of the Other Reindeer treatment at hands of former friends is all too plausible.
    • When Amity, white, claims the Latina Luz forced herself on her, Luz's life swiftly falls apart and she disappears from school and public life. Willow and Gus hate Amity for destroying Luz's life.
    • Getting revenge on the person who hurt you isn't automatically going to make anyone feel better. Trauma outlives the person who inflicted it. This comes up a few times, notably with Mercury, Mewtwo, Yang and Courtney.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Mort is Julien's child here and Madame Medusa is Mertle's aunt, to name just a few examples.
  • The Reveal: A few examples.
    • Huan's chapter serves as one concerning police corruption in the city.
    • Flug's story reveals that Ratigan is working for the Ark.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Wilbur's assault falls under this as Ratigan eagerly talks about how much more it would hurt Cornelius to hurt Wilbur than to hurt the inventor himself. Wilbur admits that part of the reason he hasn't told his parents yet is that he worries that should he do so, the knowledge will break his father and his attackers will win.
  • Romanticized Abuse: Averted as hard as possible.
  • Running Gag: In the more humorous side chapters, cows are a go-to source of funny.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: Rattlesnake Jake is running a long-term one on both Rango and Beans without the other's knowledge, using the threat of God's Will First to keep them in line.
  • Secret Keeper: Carl is the only one who knows what happened to Wilbur...until Cornelius comes to share his own story and Wilbur happens to walk into the room.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Darla and Mewtwo.
  • Sex Slave: Several characters were sold into sexual situations and forced to pleasure clients or endure unwanted "marriages".
  • Slipping a Mickey: Kuzco and Merida both were victims of this, with the latter ending up hospitalized when she had a severe and near-lethal reaction.
    • Junior does this to Yang.
    • Ratigan to Flug.
  • Slut-Shaming: Miss Kitty gets blamed for her assault for being a sex worker, and God's Will First have killed unwed mothers.
  • Shout-Out: Many, to Haunted 2005 and to various songs. For example, Lampwick's fate is based on that of Sandy Fishnets, and Marian's chapter involves several references to the Vocaloid song "The Fox's Wedding". The title itself and the name of the old theatre are from Edgar Allen Poe's poem, "The Haunted Palace", which if you read it closely is about a person descending into madness.
  • The Sociopath: Ratigan, Melisha, and Bill stand out particularly as this. Psycho and Sasha would fit the diagnosis of ASPD but not the trope; Psycho is far too manic and both of them have Morality Pets.
  • Spanner in the Works: Noah is pretty sure him losing his house keys is an example of this because if he hadn't lost them, he probably would have gone straight up to his room without telling anyone what happened to him and the red meat Ratigan slipped him would have killed him and silenced him forever.
  • Start of Darkness: The Man in the Bowler Hat shows Goob's.
  • Super-Fun Happy Thing of Doom: Pleasure Island is even worse here than in the movie.
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Basil starts his story by saying his father nurtured his genius with "special attention", he quickly forestalls a misunderstanding by disclaiming, "No, not like that! Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter!" Given that he and his audience are rape victims, the disclaimer was extra necessary.
  • This Is Reality: While Wilbur is telling his story, he says that if they were in a Lifetime movie, he'd turn out to have had dyslexia or a learning disorder, explaining why he struggles with academics but no such luck; Wilbur just isn't geared towards academia or the arts.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Actually, many dark secrets.
  • Trauma Button: A few Palace members have these in the form of things that remind them of their assault. Glomgold loses it upon hearing the song "Cookie Thumper" and Lionel reacts similarly to Dillamond's utterance of the phrase "Matter of pride."
  • Troubled Abuser: Several examples. Many victims victimized others.
    • Pepe raped Penelope and has become consumed with guilt over it, almost killing himself in response.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Kindergarten-age Mertle re-enacts her own assault on Lilo, and elementary schoolers Minty and Jubilee persuade the slightly younger Dewey into a sexual relationship because their own abuse left them not knowing why they shouldn't. Margo propositioned Gru to protect Edith and Agnes. Hans manipulated Vixey into sex by saying "that's only if grown ups do it" and he wasn't a grown up. Thirteen-year-old Mewtwo murdered his mother and framed his father. Shock (and possibly Lock and Barrel) performed oral sex on a sleeping Victor because their abuser (presumingly Oogie Boogie) trained them to do so. Thirteen year old Sasha tortures animals, gleefully takes part in Grime's criminal operation and purposefully drove more than one person to suicide.
  • Truth in Television: Various scenarios are inspired by things which happened on the news (Jim Crow's arrest for rescuing Kitty was loosely inspired by the arrest of Tukan Manley, though Kitty's situation was worse), or which happened to the authors or people they know.

    U-Z 
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Franny is this twice over; her reassurances to Wilbur that she and Cornelius love him just how he is convince the teenager to keep his assault a secret from his parents and when she convinces Cornelius to go to the Palace, he ends up finding out that Wilbur was sexually assaulted when the boy walks in during his story. And before that, she and her husband were jointly this as leaving a grounded Wilbur home alone during a family outing provided the perfect circumstances for his rape.
  • Victim Blaming: Miss Kitty is a stripper and camgirl. She gets gang-raped in an alley, and when the police arrive, they arrest her for "soliciting".
    • When Basil tells his father about Ratigan's sexual abuse, his father just comments that he's old enough to know about "stranger danger" and hangs up on him.
    • Hector's death at the hands of God's Will First only came about because Ernesto raped him and they took the evidence that he had recently had sex with a man as proof he was gay.
    • Mr. Harriman is technically doing this to Frankie; it's not completely intentional since he doesn't know she was raped but considering he assumes that all of her strange behavior is either laziness or deliberate troublemaking (as does everyone else at Foster's), she's feeling abandoned and misunderstood.
    • Chel's mother blamed her and kicked her out of the house when she caught Chel's stepfather abusing her; Chel sarcastically calls herself an "extremely precocious homewrecker".
    • Kenai blames himself for traumatising Koda by being forced at gunpoint to molest him.
    • Shank was kicked out of her foster home after her foster father raped her.
    • Rattlesnake Jake blames Gideon Gleeful for being molested by Bill Cipher and tells him he has to molest him again to make him straight.
  • Villain Has a Point: Shere Khan and Toffee are right that something needs to be done about racism, but what they are doing about it is not really solving anything. Psycho's doctor was probably right to institutionalise him, too.
  • Villainous Rescue: The Weasels are the ones that rescue Della from Shan Yu.
  • Wham Episode: Cornelius' chapter ends with Wilbur entering the room as Cornelius reaches the part of his story where Wilbur interrupted Ratigan's assault on his father.
    • The last chapter of every part is designed to be this. In part one Della's sets up the idea of taking down the Ark and in part two Huan's reveals the city's massive amount of police corruption, and in part three, it's indicted that something big happened involving the remnants of God's Will First, but the narrative left it on a cliffhanger. Considering it resulted in there being empty seats in the Palace and the members wearing black armbands, with Milo apologizing for being "too late", it's not looking too good.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Calisota City is in California, but whether it fits anywhere in actual California geography is another matter, the local area is a mishmash bordering on Separate Simpsons Geography Thing, and people from all over the world seemingly-coincidentally end up there.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Hiccup's and Chicken Little's fathers both wish their sons were manlier and better at sports, while Misty's mother wants her to be a dress-up doll proxy for her own vanity.
  • Wretched Hive: Calisota City is economically fine but has a LOT of sex crime going on.
    • Just crime in general. Later chapters show that the city is heavily controlled by the mob and several of the protagonists are criminals themselves.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Lampwick gets too old for Pleasure Island, and all they find of him is his hat. Mermando nearly suffered the same fate but the police arrived Just in Time.

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