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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 many different parts and 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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  • Abusive Parents: Alllll over the place.
    • Gothel raised Rapunzel, though it's heavily implied she kidnapped her as a child, and trained her to view all men as potentially dangerous, leaving her clingy and frightened of the outside world.
    • Triton has a Hair-Trigger Temper and frightens Ariel badly enough to make her try to leave home, though he's regretful about it later.
    • King Candy adopted the Sugar Rush racers and was sexually abusive to all of them except Vanellope.
    • Basil's father is of the emotionally abusive variety.
    • Elinor deeply regrets having been excessively strict and unaccepting of Merida and is making an effort to change.
    • Randall is Boo's stepfather here and neglected her whenever he wasn't abusing her sexually.
    • Zira neglects Vitani entirely and rapes Nuka until she gets pregnant from him, before he even turns twelve.
    • Ratso was abused by multiple family members at home, until Rob helped him get out.
    • Yue's father cared for her deeply but pressured her to marry an abusive man, and she speculates that he wouldn't have done much about it because seventy years ago that kind of thing wasn't considered abnormal.
    • Lady Tremaine treats Cinderella about as well as she did in canon.
    • Unalaq abused Desna and Eska for years, causing Eska to become pregnant from Desna twice.
    • Coraline's parents cross into outright neglect here, not listening to her when she tells them about the sexual misconduct of the Beldam.
    • Shan Yu ignored his preteen sons and let them witness him abusing their mother, to the point that they don't object at all to leaving him.
    • 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.
    • The Heinous family takes this to a whole new level with all the fathers for six generations being sexually abusive to their sons. Lucius VII doesn't do this to his own son, Beezy, but is somewhat neglectful and demanding and eventually attacked his own father in front of him.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: Ghosts appear to exist, Human Trafficking works more like Taken than the real-life version, and some particularly weird names pass without comment.
  • 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. There are also a few examples to make it fit better in the story, Mary Poppins is a social worker instead of a governess now, and Denton is a lawyer.
  • 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.
    • "Cat Out of the Bag" has a downplayed case with Misty's older sister Violet who is as vain and shallow as she is in canon, and is quick to disparage Misty to Gromit, but when he reveals the circumstances of their meeting she goes ballistic and starts shaking him. So obviously she does care a lot about her sister deep down whereas this was never touched upon in the show.
  • 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.
    • Up in the air with Felicia. Possibly inverted. Whatever she is it's implied Ratigan is feeding her human meat.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Pops up from time to time.
    • 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.
    • Bud Gleeful was involved with the Society of the Blind Eye, but the group believed they were doing a good thing and it's hinted he only joined in order to have an escape from Gideon's wrath. Here, he was a completely willing member of God's Will First.
  • Adult Fear: Oh boy, is there a lot of it... The story is about rape, after all. See the Nightmare Fuel page for more examples.
  • Age Lift: Many characters are older or younger than they are in their original work.
  • Agony of the Feet: Mercury Black's father smashes his shins and feet with a length of pipe, and Hiccup is shot in the foot.
  • Alertness Blink: 5.0.5.'s crayon scribble picture depicting Dr. Flug noticing his Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book of Black Hat's abuse is drawn with an upside-down exclamation point above Dr. Flug's head as he peers over 5.0.5.'s shoulder.
  • All Gays Are Pedophiles: They very much are not, but the existence of the trope has been responsible for some of the characters' suffering, including Mr. Ratburn's assault when grapevine gossip blamed him for the child abuse committed by the tutor he'd unknowingly recommended. It's noted to have got worse after the arrest of Red and Purple, a gay couple who actually did molest their nephew (not because they were gay though).
  • 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.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe; while Fenton is disturbed and distressed by Mark Beaks' treatment of him, he does admit that he's not sure if Mark is trying to demean him, make him quit or acting in a misguided effort to flirt with him.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Characters that originally had unusual skin colors have mostly been given normal colorations, often due to them being human here, but there are some exceptions:
    • Zim and Verne have hypochromic anaemia which turns their skin green.
    • Kipo has purpura which leaves her covered in purplish spots.
    • Wilt is an African-American with a form of albinism which gives him light skin, blue eyes, and red hair.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • Several characters have disappeared between chapters and it hasn't been revealed where it is they've gone, though being taken by the Ark is implied in a few cases like Robin's and Pyrrha's.
    • How much the police department knew about the Dirty Cops is also questionable, Huan suggests they all knew something but Lin definitely didn't. Jenny knew Police Brutality was going on, but not the full extent, and it's possible that the rest of the station is a mixed bag.
    • The exact details of whatever happened at the end of Part Three are left intentionally vague, but it definitely had something to do with God's Will First.
    • Whatever happened to Lucius VI who may or may not be dead. Beezy's chapter mentions that he stopped moving after his son's assault on him, but it's left unclear.
    • It's not clear if the people who harassed Chicken Little for accusing King Candy believe him about it now or still think he was lying. His bullies stopped picking on him as soon as the story about the Sugar Rushers broke, which would suggest that they do, but they never apologized and they just ignored him after that. Even Chicken Little himself isn't sure.
  • 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. The Sheriff of Nottingham, who she had never even met before that day, forced her into marriage while John and Hiss threatened her with a gun. She escapes, but not after consummating their relationship. Yue technically agreed to marry Hahn, but was heavily pressured by her father into it and it turned out pretty horribly with him abusing her and her running to Sokka in response.
  • ...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.
    • On the protagonists' side of things, there's Sasha who is strongly associated with toads, bringing up the way that their poisonous skin kills the animals that bite into it and likening it to the way she got her own rapist to kill himself.
  • Arc Words: "Instead of a spotlight, a movie fragment..."
    • Some of the more serious intermissions have arc words as well such as the "not like his brother" lines in "Denahi's Wolf Pups".
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Shan Yu hacks Della's leg off and gives her a prosthetic with a tracking device welded into it.
    • Mercury has to have both lower legs amputated after his father breaks them and he suffers gangrene.
    • Penny Polendina loses all four limbs to a White Fang train bombing.
    • Wilt's arm is broken so badly by Larry that it has to be amputated.
  • Ass Shove: Deconstructed in Aldrin's story. Yes, it still counts as a sexual assault, and it isn't harmless; the item used on him is a full, uncapped alcohol bottle, and he suffers alcohol poisoning from the contents getting inside him.
  • Atrocious Alias:
    • Nuka is forbidden from naming Kovu the Termite.
    • Robyn Hill lampshades her own choice of "Poor Cock Robin".
    • On the bad guys' side, the Animal Motif of the Ark landed Mr. Kyuzo with the name of "Dr. Seapig". Not very charismatic.
  • Author Tract: Stories About the Heat of the Heart's "A Story about the Goodest Guardian" primarily exists to make a point about the "anti-shipping" community on Tumblr, with Princess Boo Boo representing the most hypocritical and abusive Tumblr discourser possible.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Minor cases with Melisha Tweedy, who forces her spouse to cut costs on the chicken farm and make it less ethical, Ratigan, who shoots Toby, and God's Will First, who kill Bub while kidnapping Mitch. Much worse case with Bill Cipher, who, not being a dream demon this time, bloodily and painfully rips the teeth out of a living deer without putting them back and lets it free to starve.
  • 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 Brother Mentor: Carl to Wilbur who isn't really his little brother, but as Cornelius' assistant he's around enough to have formed this sort of bond. He's willing to keep secrets like broken curfews from the Robinsons, but also pushes for Wilbur to seek help and finds the Palace for him after Ratigan and Goob attempt to use him to hurt Cornelius.
  • Big Damn Heroes: It has its moments.
    • Donald's rescue of Panchito/takedown of most of GWF is this.
    • Robyn's rescue by May, Joanna, and Fiona, and their subsequent rescue of the enslaved miners later on.
    • Buddy arrives in the nick of time to save Darnell from Jake.
  • 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.
    • While Fenton's chapter does get a little disturbing, Beaks's motive might not have been malicious and he wasn't assaulted in any way. The two chapters following are Noah's(who dealt with Ratigan) and Rocky and Foghorn's(Rocky's whole nonsense).
    • Honey Lemon's chapter has some messed up things in it, but overall, nothing too bad. And it's nothing compared to the next two chapters, which are Hercules's and especially the Wannabes...
    • 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.
  • Bullying the Disabled:
    • The Sugar Rushers use Vanellope's Tourette's Syndrome to pick on her, though the actual reason they're doing so is because she's the only one of the group who hasn't been molested.
    • Ursula assaults Ariel while she's in the bath, and due to Ariel's paraplegia she can't get away.
    • Daffy's considered an easy target by the crooked cops because of his autism and ADD, as well as his traumagenic amnesia.
    • Lucifer attempts to assault Gus, who has Down Syndrome here.
    • The men Entrapta's dated, including Hordak, get Mistaken For Pedophiles because she looks and acts young due to autism, but fellow students picking on the men overflows into them also bullying her.
  • 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.
  • But Not Too Black: Deconstructed in at least two cases. Penny Polendina and Jackson Jekyll are both mixed race (her being evenly black/white and him being white/black/East Asian), however, the complications associated with this are brought up. Jackson is given preferential treatment by his white family as opposed to Holt, here his twin, but is ostracized by his peers at school who are mostly minorities (and are heavily implied to have been victimized by white people many times before). His not really looking black is also what saves him from being raped by the sheriff here (although in this incarnation he's just a regular officer) whereas Holt wasn't quite so lucky. In Penny's case, her father shelters her so she doesn't face quite the same level of disdain despite being bullied for other reasons, however, she's raped by Shere Khan, here a White Fang member, after he mistakes her for a white girl and she loses all four limbs in his bombing of her train. Also referenced briefly in Jordan's story when he mentions that Wilt is still black, though he has albinism.
  • 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.
  • Cassandra Truth: Many cases.
    • Anyone who tried to expose Ratigan wasn't taken seriously due to his good reputation as a scholar, at least until Lisa's story.
    • Daffy found Billy Joe Cobra and tried to get the police to rescue him. They thought he was high.
    • Chicken Little tried to get people to believe him about King Candy's assault, but wasn't believed by anyone except for his friends.
    • Cornelius thinks that Wallace knew about Wilbur's assault and chose not to tell him and, thus, refuses to clarify this, much to the latter's confusion. Wallace ends up getting the story from Wilhelmina, who tries to clear this up with Cornelius, but he still refuses to believe it.
  • Cast Full of Gay: A very high percentage of the cast is LGBTQ, with many of them having been targeted because of this.
  • Cast Full of Crazy: Well, not all of them are, but enough of them are for it to be concerning. Some are examples of Insane Equals Violent (though usually because this was the case in canon) while others are seriously mentally ill but harmless.
  • Children Are Innocent: A lot of the younger kids don't understand what happened to them, or to the people whose assaults they witnessed. Backfires horribly for those around them with Lock, Shock, and Barrel, who don't understand why adults don't want them to perform sex acts on them because their previous caregiver did, and Lola, who doesn't understand that getting grounded isn't the worst thing that could happen to Lori if Lola made a False Rape Accusation against her.
  • Color Motif:
    • Red and white come up frequently in the stories, usually as a more tasteful way to describe blood and semen. It also connects to the "pearl and ruby" of the title.
    • The Ninja Turtles have their names marked out in their respective colours of blue, red, orange, and purple.
    • Holly and Poppy O'Hair's text is in light and dark pink respectively and the Imagine Spot narration in orange, as part of the references to the song "Long Red Hair".
    • Kitty Katswell's name and pronouns are in grey and her sister's in brightly-coloured text, representing how Kitty was The Unfavorite.
    • "Eleven Stories about the Spectrum Suit" assigns each Loud sibling a color based on their canon outfits, with their respective stories frequently mentioning their color and the font shifting to that color whenever it is mentioned by name. Specifically: Lori is blue, Leni is aquamarine, Luna is purple, Luan is yellow, Lynn is red, Lucy is black, Lana is dark blue, Lola is pink, Lisa is green, Lily is lavender, and Lincoln is orange.
  • Comic-Book Time: 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.
  • Comically Missing the Point: One of the Lighter and Softer side stories is about the many, many times Amos and Chief have failed to understand that Qrow isn't in fact dating a woman who happens to have the same name as his male roommate (to be fair, "Clover" is kind of ambiguous).
  • Commonality Connection: Everyone is at the group because of their shared trauma.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Calisota seems like a perfectly nice place to live if you can ignore Ark, God's Will First, Dirty Cops, an unchecked issue with sex crime...
  • Creepy Gym Coach: Chicken Little was raped by the assistant coach for the baseball team, King Candy, when the latter lured him into a storage room, but no one believed him except his friends. Candy was eventually arrested not because of what he did to Chicken Little, but what he did to the Sugar Rush racers. Chicken Little isn't sure if everyone else believes him now or if they forgot about him trying to warn them.
  • 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.
  • Dark Fic: It's about beloved characters getting raped, molested, kidnapped, or tortured.
  • Date Rape:
    • Anna and Merida both fell victim to this. Probably not a coincidence since they were out with the same guy. This is also what happened to Remy.
    • This is also kind of what happened to Basil (courtesy of Ratigan) who went through all the motions, but didn't think it was a date until Ratigan tried to kiss him after walking him home.
  • Dead Hat Shot: Implied, the police Never Found the Body of Lampwick, only his hat in the water.
  • Death by Adaptation: Several examples.
    • Lampwick is dead, having been thrown into the water once he got too old for Pleasure Island.
    • Several Total Drama contestants are dead from the Ark killing them. They include Dawn, Dave, Samey/Sammy, Zoey, Max, Blainley, Shawn, and Anne Maria.
    • Tilly was kidnapped and then murdered by Megan.
    • Hades was killed by Zeus after he was caught molesting Hercules.
    • Black Hat was murdered by Flug.
  • 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 Hahn goes through and her story depicts her life with him. It isn't pretty.
    • The popular Fanon 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.
    • Loudcest gets skewered in Lucy's story. When she tells Lincoln that the children in her picture, already labeled as which sister's they are, are all his kids, he's immediately uncomfortable and assumes he misunderstood her because what she's suggesting disturbs him.
  • Dirty Cop: While not all the police officers who appear are dirty (some are even quite heroic and noble), there are still many who use their positions to hurt minorities in various ways. Rango technically also falls under this heading as he's covering up for the abusive cops, but it's revealed in "In Harm's Way" that they have blackmail material on him and they're abusing him too. He also does try to keep potentially vulnerable detainees out of their way.
  • 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. Likewise, many characters are also neurodivergent.
  • 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, among others. 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, which is how he gets away with a lot of it; he knows what people would look for and has access to evidence so he can destroy it.
    • 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: A few examples. Manolo was tricked into making a Suicide Pact with Ratigan. It's implied in Neo's chapter that this is the reason for the scars on Torchwick's neck. Lightning tries to crash his car. Danny tries to drown himself. The Little Prince tries to overdose on pills. Usually overlaps with Bungled Suicide as none of the above-mentioned examples take, though Silver and Daisy play this trope dead straight.
  • 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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first sentence of almost every chapter in the main parts begins with a sentence that introduces the character followed by a description. More often than not they serve this purpose. Ie Amity shows up stammering, in a preschool uniform with Luz's Azura book.
  • 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: Calisota is located somewhere in California, but its features are more or less nondescript unless they directly relate to the plot. Downplayed in that it's not a small town, but a very big one. The more rural farming villages where some of the other characters (ie Todd and Vixey) hail from are straighter examples, with few notable characteristics other than being more rural.
  • Excrement Statement: Robyn Hill's assailants urinate on her. Glomgold is implied to have been forced to eat the bloody mess off the floor after his assault. Not quite the same but with a similar tone, Loosey dumps her used sanitary pad on Lynn's face.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Elsa gets poked in the eye when Hans tries to assault her and wears an eyepatch on the stage, dresses in blue as in canon, and is confirmed as a lesbian in the fic, as a riff on the apparent running themes of Undyne, the Serkets, and Sapphire.
    • Ragetti already lost his eye prior to the fic, but is further injured when Barbossa and the other pirates rape him in the eyesocket.
    • Callisto was injured by Warren when he fought back during one of her assaults on him, and ended up with maggots infesting the wound.
  • Facial Horror:
    • Weiss' father hitting her is the source of her eye scar here.
    • Operetta has her head smashed against pavement, scarring her horribly.
    • Adam (Beast) is an Ark victim who has his face cut up by an angry client.
    • Darnell gets his face pressed against a hot car engine.
    • Boo Boo cuts a line down Priscilla's face, mimicking her canon stitch line.
    • Emily is mentioned to have a facial scar from a bad infection.
  • False Rape Accusation: Jim Crow, Bugs, Bagheera, Mulan, Danny, Tramp, Mr. Ratburn, Tahno, Luz, Peekablue and Lori are falsely accused of rape.
    • 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 and Si and Am play it dead straight. Lola plays it straight without realising the full extent of the consequences, and regrets it afterwards.
    • Flutterina plays it straighter when she accuses Peekablue of molesting her, but it's not clear if she just intended to harm Peekablue or was pulling a Xanatos Gambit to manipulate Glimmer.
    • Lola accuses Lori of assaulting her in an attempt to just get her grounded. Lori instead gets sent to prison, leaving Lola feeling quite guilty.
  • Fan Disservice: The sexual content is not pleasant at all, nor is it meant to be, given that so much of it is horrifying nonconsensual sex.
  • Feigning Intelligence: Downplayed with Ratigan who is plenty smart, just not as smart as he, and several other characters seem to think. His targeting of geniuses has backfired at least once with Flug turning on him and blackmailing him over it. He also doesn't usually use a condom with his victims (though it's possible he's sabotaging evidence if any of them go to the hospital) and regularly does very impulsive things like raping Riley in a crowded movie theater and (presumably) abducting Pyrrha from a crowded night club. He also doesn't seem to have been gunning for Wilbur from the get-go since both his chapter and the "Man in the Bowler Hat" imply that Cornelius was the original target. He still likes to pass himself off as a genius, evil or otherwise and it's possible that his motivation stems from knowing he's not.
  • Fingore:
    • Panchito's hand is crushed and his trigger finger severed.
    • As in Dog Sees God, Schroeder's hands are smashed in his piano cover.
    • Darnell's hands are broken with his own wrench.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Shared trauma brings the group together, and together they have each other's backs in their individual battles.
  • Foil: Many cases.
    • Basil and Lightning McQueen. Both had emotionally negligent parents, but Lightning's spoiled him whereas Basil's father was a Stage Dad. Both developed drug problems at a young age, though Lightning was responsible for Basil becoming hooked and the two knew each other in college, though Basil was a Grade Skipper and Lightning's parents bought his way in. Both went on to find True Companions in the form of Dawson and the Radiator Springs bunch after going their separate ways and they both become what they wanted to be(a race car driver and a detective) at the same time only to have Ratigan disrupt their new lives. They've also both been victimized twice by their first appearances on the stage. They both appear in "The Cell Block Tango", though Basil hasn't been victimized by the police and Lightning has. Basil may also have been victimized a third time as it's noted that he's gone missing sometime during part three.
    • Mercury and Emerald. Emerald grew up on the streets and wanted nothing more than a family, which caused her to latch onto her abuser and love her deeply, while Mercury grew up in a sexually-abusive household and wanted to kill his father, which he eventually did.
    • Mercury and Danny. Danny was a young theater hopeful and a dancer whereas Mercury learned Capoeira from a program on tv. Both end up being so severely injured that they lose the ability to do what they love, but while Danny is driven to despair over this, Mercury reacts in anger and kills his father. They also have very different interactions with the police, with Danny being falsely arrested and raped by the Dirty Cops and the officer who finds Mercury helping to cover up his starting the fire.
    • Weiss and Darla. Both are young, rich white girls from well to do backgrounds who make a False Rape Accusation against a person of color. However, Weiss' status comes mostly from her family whereas Darla is a star in her own right, Weiss is a Defrosting Ice Queen with Abusive Parents in the form of her father and a negligent mother, while Darla is a Spoiled Brat and Self-Made Orphan, and most importantly, Weiss mistook Bagheera for her actual rapist and had a My God, What Have I Done? moment but Darla knowingly accused Danny out of spite.
    • Danny and Bagheera. Both non-white men, victimized by the False Rape Accusation of a white girl. The former is a carefree-acting hopeful who was invited to a party by Darla for the purpose of framing him and the latter has a more no-nonsense personality but is a social worker and was mistaken for Weiss' real attacker after offering first aid at the rally-turned-riot she was attacked at. Both end up going to prison where they suffer Prison Rape by the Dirty Cops as well as a number of inmates, however, Danny is to prove himself innocent in court, getting some outside help from Basil, a complete stranger who happened to see through Darla's lies and no help from his friends who all believed him to be guilty along with everyone else including his cellmate who attacked him repeatedly, while Bagheera is convicted of his crime and serves some of his sentence but had his own loved ones standing by him along with his cellmate and was eventually exonerated when Weiss realized her mistake and worked to clear his name.
    • Amity and Darla. Both are rich white girls with a mean streak who make a False Rape Accusation against someone who has been nothing but kind to them. Darla does it because Danny is taking attention away from her and is remorseless, Amity does it because she's terrified of being seen as gay and victimized because of it, both acting in their own self-interests but Darla for her own gain and Amity out of self-preservation. Both appear onstage still lying, but Darla is remorseless and putting on a show while Amity is guilt-ridden, stammering and continuing to lie only because she feels that she's in too deep.
    • Duncan and Callisto. He's a rich Spoiled Brat, while she's homeless and lives in a bunker connected to the sewer. He assaulted Scott because of jealousy over Jean, while she kidnapped and assaulted Warren out of warped love. He makes disparaging remarks about the disabled kids at Xavier's house, while she suffers from delusions and obvious mental illness. He lies about everything while she tells the truth as she (wrongly) perceives it and openly calls him out for lying. She really is sorry for what she did; he's not.
  • Forgiveness: A few examples. Mabel forgives Ford for Bill setting up the gnomes. Basil was mistreated by Lightning while the two were in school together, with the latter getting the former addicted to cocaine in the first place but when he notices Lightning acting differently on tv, he sends him a card for the Palace and encourages him to come. Bolin refuses to forgive Varrick for framing Mako. Tahno forgives Pinkie for thinking that he raped her.
  • Gaslighting:
    • Bill emotionally abuses Ford to screw with his perception of reality while they're dating.
    • Ricky convinced Buster that he's only imagining/dreaming his abuse.
  • Gasoline Dousing: When Dr Flug learns that Black Hat molested 5.0.5, Flug does this to kill him.
  • The Ghost: This doesn't apply to most of the mentioned characters who appear in the movie fragments, even if they don't show up onstage, however, Agatha's friend Winnie is a notable exception as she never even appears in those.
  • 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 / Morality Kitchen Sink: Ranges from Mary as the Big Good and the innocents like Boo and Lilo to the Ark, God's Will First, and the crooked cops as the major enemies, through Moral Sociopath characters like Mewtwo and Sasha, who are aligned with the Palace group against abusers but willing to dirty their hands in the process.
  • Good Parents: To counter the abusive ones, there are several good parents.
    • It's hinted that Timon and Pumba were Simba's parents, and they have a good relationship.
    • Wallace and Wilhelmina are excellent parents to Gromit, and have started assembling a small army of foster children and lodgers in need of parental figures.
    • Wendy Darling's parents raised her well and are now looking after Peter.
    • Riley's parents accept them absolutely when they come out, as do the emotions who are, in this 'verse, Riley's aunts and uncles.
    • Courtney's parents were horrified when they learned what happened to her and that she didn't want to tell them because she was worried they would think badly of her. Noah's parents were also worried when they see what happened to him and have him rushed to the hospital.
    • While they're not his actual parents, Cosmo and Wanda try their hardest to help Timmy stay away from Vicky.
  • Good Samaritan: Frankie fits this to a T, stretching herself thin just to help others. It's even what she goes by in the Palace.
  • Good Victims, Bad Victims: Averted as much as possible; even multiple literal serial killers are welcomed and supported.
  • 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), Edna Mode had her vulva sewn shut by GWF for refusing to have children, and Cleo de Nile was given a clitoridectomy (with anaesthetic, not that that really helps).
  • Harmful to Minors: 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 BSoD: A lot of characters are experiencing this by the time they go on the stage.
  • 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: Some of GWF's victims (Gideon Grey and Jughead Jones) were turned in by their own family members for this reason.
  • 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: The Ark and its members are this of the sex trafficking variety. Kuzco falls prey to them as did several other characters. Jacques Schnee is also guilty of this, forcing people to work in his mines.
  • I Have This Friend...: Lilo tells a "bedtime story" 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. Subverted with Amity and Luz who actually were in a relationship, but Amity freaked out when it was discovered and claimed Luz attacked her and insists over and over that she "isn't gay".
    • 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.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The group name of a family with fire-themed individual names is "the Line of Fire", and a revenge-obsessed torture victim goes by "Dantes, Infernal".
  • 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.
    • Mr. Herriman is also guilty of this when it comes to his treatment of Frankie. He doesn't know she's been raped, but he's still being a major Jerkass.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Not always. Some assailants are mentally ill, but they still made a choice to assault people; so are many of the victims, often before the assaults happened (Truth in Television, as the mentally ill are often chosen by assailants as easy targets). Psycho plays the trope more or less straight, as he did in canon, though.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Most of what God's Will First does since they're reasoning seems to be to 'cure' people of their sin by murdering them and on a few occasions have attacked victims of a prior assault, attacking them again as if it's somehow different with them doing it. Vitani can also slip into this.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Numerous.
    • Canonical friend pairs include:
      • Child Dot with young adult Flik.
      • Adult Peter Parker with teenager Miles Morales.
      • Young child Koda with sixteen-year-old Kenai.
      • Young adult Danny with the much younger Pudge and much older Frances, Woolie, and Cranston.
      • The preteen Little Girl with the elderly Aviator and the adult form of the Little Prince, which here is his actual age.
      • Twelve-year-old Frosta with the adult princesses.
      • Adult Archer with fifteen-year-old Alan.
      • Pre-teen Mac and Goo with the adult inhabitants of the Home, here a halfway house.
      • Middle-aged Sergeant Cosgrove with high schooler Freakazoid.
      • As in canon, three-year-old Boo with youngish adult Sulley and here nine-year-old Vanellope with adult Ralph could fall into this category, though now the respective adults are fostering the girls so it's less friendship and more family.
    • Boo counts everyone she meets at the group as a friend, and draws pictures of several of them.
    • Adult Genie knows eight-year-old Pinocchio through their work in show business, them being respectively a comedian and a child actor.
    • Thirty-ish Psycho adores four-year-old Vitani and begs his criminal work partners to let him keep her.
    • Denahi takes on the big brother role to a wide assortment of children at the group, particularly Nuka, and ends up taking Nuka, Vitani, and Kovu away from their abusive home.
    • Sixteen-year-old Merida bonds with twenty-eight-year-old Basil over their asexuality, parent issues, and similar past betrayals.
    • Elphaba bonds with the significantly older Professor Dillamond, here in their relationship as carer and patient.
    • Twenty-something Tulio takes fifteen-year-old Ginger and seventeen-year-old Rocky under his wing during their planning of an escape from the Ark, and Ginger implies that he and his two partners will be adopting her baby.
    • Seventeen-year-old Tinkerbell is friends with eleven-year-old Peter, to the extent that she's a bit jealous of the attention he gives Wendy, who's his own age.
    • In this universe Chili, canonically a horse, is an adult human and bonds with thirteen-year-old Chloe during their captivity.
    • Pepe, who's in his late thirties, comforts six-year-old Myrtle and assures her they don't have to let their bad decisions define them.
    • Middle-aged Wilhelmina Tweedy gets along well with the much younger Po when they meet at the gym.
    • Subverted with Ratigan, who will often pretend to befriend much younger people in order to victimise them.
  • Internal Reveal: This is what makes Cornelius' chapter qualify as a Wham Episode. He finally learns the truth about what happened to Wilbur.
  • Kill It with Fire: Mercury to his dad, Yang to Junior, and Flug to Black Hat.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • After Kaa molests Muffy, her father called in a favor with Mr. Bigg, who has Kaa murdered.
    • After Ricky is caught raping Buster, he is shipped away to Green Lake, where he later dies via a yellow-spotted lizard. In addition, Vicky is exposed along with him.
    • Sheldgoose ends up cowering for his life and arrested after Panchito survived his attempt to have him killed.
    • Both Marcus Black and the Sugimoris are set up to be killed by the very children they abused.
    • The gnome gang meet their ends after raping Mabel after acting as a False Friend to her, causing a seriously pissed off Stan to come hunt them down.
    • After realizing that Black Hat raped 505, Flug lights him on fire and kills him.
    • Zeus murdered Hades after he raped Hercules.
    • After it comes out that she framed Danny for raping her, Darla has her career ruined.
    • Once Kate realizes that Trout was the reason that GWF came after her and Sam and had the latter murdered, she murdered him.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: "They call Hyde N...othing repeatable."
  • Leit Motif: Sort of. Some of the "Stories About" have musical themes that serve as this for the focus characters. Lampwick's is "Sandy Fishnets", Marian's is "The Fox's Wedding", Yue's is "Marry Me", and so on.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: A point of contention between several pairs. Depending on the case, it may hinder a survivor's revelation and recovery, or be put aside in the crisis.
    • Cornelius and Wilbur.
    • Django and Remy.
    • Manolo and his father.
    • Duncan and his father.
    • Stoick and Hiccup.
    • Chicken Little and Buck.
    • Lenny and his father.
    • Max and Goofy.
    • Viren and Soren.
    • Beezy and Lucius.
    • Robbie and Earl.
    • Deuce's father never appears, but Deuce's problems stem from his mother refusing to believe he's a gentleman and totally unlike his rapist father.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: When coming up with names for her "bedtime story," Lilo looks at the supply closet before naming the characters "Mop" and "Bucket."
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • Anna to Elsa. This is a large part of why Anna didn't want to reveal what Hans did, and Elsa didn't want to reveal what GWF 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.
    • Catra and Adora were this to each other, probably as a coping mechanism for growing up with Shadow Weaver and Mermista was this to Sea Hawk, being his Only Friend when they were children.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Each chapter focuses on a different character or a group of them. Not counting intermissions, the work is still ongoing at 150 of them.
  • Love Martyr: Even though Black Hat roughly abuses Hortencia, she keeps working for him and convinces herself that he only ravaged her out of love, and continues to gush over him even at her Palace meeting.
  • Lust Object: Several characters become this trope to Ratigan who has a habit of building relationships in order to get close to the victim and then assaulting them when their guard is down. He then will immediately cut ties and move onto his next quarry with few exceptions. Strangely, he ''does'' seem to have an actual attachment to Basil.

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  • Malapropism: Smartass still uses these. "Excrementally worse" indeed. Peter Pan also briefly confuses a privateer with a private eye.
  • Mama Bear: Like its Distaff Counterpart, justified given the setting and pops up on multiple occasions.
    • Wilhelmina was willing to throw down with Denahi after he helped Gromit get a machine gun.
    • Toph is Huan's grandmother instead of mother, but she flips out at the police station after he's arrested and that's before he tells her (and Bataar Sr.) what happened to him.
    • Jackson and Holt's mother does her best to get justice for the latter's assault.
    • Soren and Claudia's mother takes Viren to task for his neglect and emotional abuse.
    • Beth illegally takes Boog, here her human Child by Rape by Shaw, across state lines to avoid a custody battle with his abusive birth father.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Bill Cipher's stock in trade, and Ratigan can give him a run for his money. Darla Dimple, Megan Parker, and Flutterina could run rings around either of them, though.
  • 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.
    • Tilly Green seems to be an exception to this as her current appearance has her with black hair instead of red and Cricket reacts to her doll as if it were her, suggesting she may actually be a hallucination.
  • Meaningful Rename: The nicknames are taken from the characters' stories to help them feel stronger and better about what happened.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: Timon's Ma and Professor Oak already knew Timon and Blue, respectively, were gay before being told.
  • Mind Screw: "Water of the Womb" is weird. Some of the chapters mess around with Painting the Medium, but others involve things like a narrative, not an Unreliable Narrator but the story itself, that lies to the readers and a look into the head of someone as they get high on LSD. "A Storybook about the Blood Traitors" stands out even there, however, due to basically functioning completely on nonsense logic and metaphor tied together with the characters' narration.
  • Mistaken Identity:
    • Weiss confuses Bagheera for Shere Khan because they're both Desi and they look somewhat similar even besides that, resulting in an accidental False Rape Accusation.
    • The cult member sent to kidnap Merida only knows he's looking for a red-haired tomboy, and gets Wendy Corduroy instead.
    • GWF torture Ruffnut because they mistake her for a crossdresser or trans boy, only finding out years later that they'd actually seen her male twin.
    • Ratigan attempts to assault Cody, but he escapes. Ratigan was unaware that Cody had a twin brother, so when he sees Zack, who had come inside the college building to look for his brother, he thinks that he's Cody and Zack ends up getting raped instead.
    • Callisto suffers from religious delusions, and finds Warren so beautiful and good that she thinks he's an actual archangel.
    • Doug has managed to replace Rigby entirely with no one noticing.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Terrifyingly, GWF aren't very good at verifying their accusations; they assault Hiccup over rumours, and kill Hector because he got raped by someone else.
  • Mistaken for Junkie: Daffy is the one to find the presumed-dead Billy Joe Cobra. Unfortunately, he's well-known for causing trouble and behaving strangely, so the cops assume he's high, and the only reason they find Billy is because they went to investigate the address where Daffy "bought his drugs from".
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: This is revealed to be the true reason behind Sam's assault and murder. Trout was a member and was jealous of his relationship with Kate and arranged for GWF to murder him, while convincing them to spare Kate so he could "save" her.
  • 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.
    • In "Cat Out of the Bag", after Marge and Homer Simpson tell Lisa about what Ratigan did to some of the kids at the gifted study, she realizes exactly why Ratigan had told everyone to bully Lisa Loud and feels terrible about how she treated her.
  • Monster Fangirl: Hortencia (Demencia) has her sexual awakening watching killers on TV and becomes infatuated with Black Hat for his evil tendencies.
  • Morality Pet:
    • The other members of the Toon Patrol seem to be this to Psycho, despite not being very good people themselves. Vitani is a straighter example to him, though it's noted that she seems to have the same mental health problems as he does and has her own Morality Pets in the form of Kovu, Nuka and Boo.
    • Similar to Psycho and the Toon Patrol, Sasha has her crime boss grandfather, as well as the more traditional examples of Anne and Marcy.
    • Flug is a devoted father to 505.
    • Roman Torchwick seems to genuinely care about Neo, taking her in and acting as a surrogate father figure.
  • 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 towards 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.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Several group members are fanfic writers/readers, according to Kyle, Luz, and Boo Boo's chapters.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book:
    • Boo repeatedly draws pictures of herself screaming and bloody with her stepfather looming over her with distorted monstrous features and a "third arm that isn't an arm".
    • 5.0.5. draws sequential crayon pictures and shows them to tell the story of how he and Dr. Flug fell into the abusive clutches of Black Hat.
  • Nobody Poops: Unpleasantly averted in the stories of Glomgold, Chili and Chloe, the Total Drama group, and Robyn.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:
    • 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 gang-raped by other labor slaves.
    • Duncan takes revenge of Courtney's rapists for her and ends up being blackmailed into sex by his parole officer to keep quiet about it.
  • Not His Blood: Stoick comes home covered in blood and reassures his son that it's not his blood, thus heavily implying that he got revenge on his son's rapists.
  • 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.
  • One Side of the Story: In the intermission The Fox and the Hounds, Todd tells Copper about him getting raped. Unfortunately, this was after they were talking about Chief beating Todd up, so Copper comes to the completely incorrect conclusion that he was telling people that Cheif raped him when it was really the cult, and he storms off before Todd can clarify this.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Character names aren't given in-fic but it's obvious who everyone is. In-universe, names are classified, though 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 reacts violently to Ariel disobeying him and going urban exploring with her friends.
    • Foghorn is one too, but more justified in his case given what happened to Rocky.
  • Painting the Medium: Water of the Womb has several instances of colored text.
  • 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.
    • "Cat out of the Bag" is a series of Internal Reveals and where Cornelius' reaction to the events of his chapter is finally shown. He's revealed to have a massive protective streak for Wilbur and lashes out at Wilhelmina for not saying anything even though they know each other through Wallace.
    • Tung Lashor of all people is this to Double Trouble, and flips out when they tell him about being abused.
    • This is why Marinette's assault couldn't be carried out all the way. Her father heard strange noises upstairs and caught her assailant in the middle of hurting her and caused him to run.
    • Several local outcasts (McGucket and Fagin's gang among them) have an Intergenerational Friendship with Goo, and rescue her from a GWF member who tries to kidnap her.
    • Pacha to Kuzco. He lays out a former 'client' of his when he finds him trying to assault him again.
  • Parental Favoritism: Many examples.
    • Vanellope's story ends with her wondering whether she was the favorite or The 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 a 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.
    • Adora was favored over Catra by their mutual parent figure, though Catra was a foster and only Adora was really treated as being part of the family. That being said, given the way this favoritism was expressed, Catra views herself as being lucky not to have been on the receiving end of it. Double Trouble also seems to be The Unfavorite in comparison to Flutterina, here a younger sister. However, given their established Consummate Liar tendencies it's possible that this isn't entirely accurate.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: In "Coming Out", Della's disgusted when Donald points out that some of the Playboys she's been secretly borrowing belong to Scrooge rather than him.
  • Parents as People: Another running theme.
    • Within the group there's Cornelius who obviously cares about Wilbur and his well-being, 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 with 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.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: The Palace members are still people and several of them have biases and prejudices whether they count as "good people" or not. Glomgold and Weiss are depicted as being a Noble Bigot and an Innocent Bigot respectively, though their racism is never presented as acceptable and both are shown trying to better themselves. Sasha, on the other hand, is a Nominal Hero who casually calls Esmeralda "the baby killer" and is implied to be transphobic as well; played with, though, since she's also adamantly against sexism.
  • 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, Anger/Fear/Disgust, Jeremy Fisher/Isaac Newton/Alderman Ptolemy Tortoise.
  • Prison Rape: By both other prisoners and Dirty Cops. It's not played for laughs here.
  • Psychotic Love Triangle: As of Bobby's chapter, Billy Joe Cobra is in the middle of one. Madame X and Bobby are both attracted to him, unfortunately they're both dangerous and Yandere.
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  • 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, resulting in his father's death in prison.
    • 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.
    • Lucius VII was abused by his father as a child in what is heavily implied to be a twisted family tradition of sorts. While he didn't go on to hurt his own son, Beezy, he did end up taking his now elderly father in and forcing him to live in the room where abuse took place, engaging in general Elder Abuse and finally outright attacking him, possibly killing him in the process.
    • The Little Match-Girl is clearly planning to burn down her father's house, presumably with him in it.
  • 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 happened 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 the 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. Non-sexual abuse is also acknowledged as traumatising and horrible in multiple stories, though it tends to be skimmed over as it's not the main focus.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the cops, politicians, teachers, employers, and parents are at least okay people. The few who aren't spread the misery very effectively.
  • 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. Though, it was at least heavily implied before.
    • Flug's story reveals that Ratigan is working for the Ark.
  • Relative Button: Flug is understandably angry and upset about sexual abuse by his peers, his rape by Ratigan and subsequent pregnancy, and even his and Demencia's ''extremely'' brutal abuse at the hands of Black Hat; however, he endures all of this without losing his cool completely (though he does take revenge on Ratigan via Blackmail). When he finds out that Black Hat raped 505 he covers him with gasoline and burns him to death without a shred of remorse.
  • 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.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: The police decided to investigate Madame X's house, not because Daffy told them that Billy Joe Cobra was there, but because they assumed Daffy was high and that was where he was getting his drugs from.
  • Romanticized Abuse: Averted as hard as possible, except within some of the characters' imaginations. Demencia is certain Black Hat raping her was a sign of love, but it's hinted that deep down, even she knows that it's not true.
  • 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.
  • Seen It All:
    • While still with the Ark, Rocky is so Conditioned to Accept Horror that when two people blow their brains out right next to him he's just happy that now he's covered in blood he'll be allowed a shower.
    • Less gruesomely, Daffy has been arrested for various disturbances of the peace so many times that Bugs doesn't even react when he has to pick Daffy up from the station again after Daffy told them he found the assumed-dead Billy Joe Cobra and they thought he was high.
  • Self-Harm:
    • Psycho cuts, bites and scratches himself until he bleeds.
    • Basil is less obvious about it, but once he runs out of candy to chew on in his chapter he starts on his thumb, which he bites until it bleeds.
    • Elsa burns/used to burn herself with salt and ice.
    • Misty punches and scratches herself badly enough to leave visible marks on her skin.
    • Mew learned to make herself vomit any time she made a mistake her parents didn't know about, after being Denied Food as Punishment throughout her childhood.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Darla, Mercury, Mewtwo, and the Little Match-Girl is at least planning it. Lucius may have killed his elderly father.
  • Sex Slave: Several characters were sold into sexual situations and forced to pleasure clients or endure unwanted "marriages".
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Malachy and Phil apparently. They actually get into a fist fight during "Cat Out of the Bag."
  • 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 by exploiting his position as a bartender spiking her drink in order to assault her and she wakes up later in the bar bathroom. This is why she kills him later on.
    • Ratigan mixes something into Flug's food before attacking him.
    • Cecil drugs Bugs in order to snoop around in his house and set up a Frame-Up.
  • 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.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: In-universe example. At the end of his story, Skipper takes a moment to tell everyone that whatever happened to them is not their fault. After all, if he, a trained FBI agent, couldn't stop it, how could anyone else?
  • 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.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Shang's dad isn't a general here so there's no battle for him to be killed in.
    • The Aviator and the Rose survive.
    • Billy Joe Cobra is not a ghost in this universe.
  • Start of Darkness: The Man in the Bowler Hat shows Goob's.
  • Stylistic Suck: Kyle and Luz's stories are shown through the medium of their fanfics, which are... interestingly written.
  • Super-Fun Happy Thing of Doom: Pleasure Island still has the welcoming name but is even worse here than in the movie.
  • Taking You with Me: Both Ratigan and Bill agree that if the other tries to expose them, they will gladly and gleefully bring the other down with them.
  • Teen Pregnancy:
    • Ginger and Leni are impregnated by their assailants.
    • Lady is impregnated in a consensual encounter with Tramp, which her family assumes was rape due to the inappropriate age gap.
    • Frankie was the result of one, and then herself had a baby when she was a very young teen and was forced by her father to give it up for adoption.
    • Shank was impregnated by her stepfather at age fifteen and gave the baby (Penelope/Vanellope) up for adoption.
  • 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.
  • The Walrus Was Paul: As mentioned above, Water of the Womb is a Mind Screw, however this is the point.
  • 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.
    • Former Child Star Bugs says, of the time he witnessed the crooked cops assault someone, "If it was a movie... but it wasn't a movie."
    • Billy is also this, having become a pop sensation at a young age. He's considerably more messed up by it than Bugs. As of "Cat out of the Bag" apparently they know each other.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Jaune discusses an aversion when he tells how his big sister came out as gay and nobody grabbed any torches or pitchforks or "whatever it is country people are supposed to do".
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Actually, many dark secrets. The massive sex crime problem aside, there are also numerous organized crime families, and an enormous issue with corruption.
  • Trauma Button: A few Palace members have panic attacks in response to things that remind them of their assault. Glomgold loses it upon hearing the song "Cookie Thumper" (which references South African gangs, reminding Glomgold of his Prison Rape) and Lionel reacts similarly to Dillamond's utterance of the phrase "Matter of pride."
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Daffy has large gaps in his memory due to him blocking out memories of neglect, bullying, and sexual abuse. This is represented in the text with blacked-out text only viewable by highlighting.
  • Troubled Abuser: Several examples. Many victims victimized others.
    • Myrtle re-enacted what her aunt did on Lilo out of jealousy over Lilo not being miserable too.
    • Pepe raped Penelope while drunk, mistaking her silence for consent, and has become consumed with guilt over it, almost killing himself in response.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior:
    • Kindergarten-age Myrtle re-enacts her own assault on Lilo.
    • 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.
    • Four-year-old Vitani swears, talks about sex (at one point acting it out with her dolls) and threatens several people with cannibalism.
    • Margo propositioned Gru to protect Edith and Agnes.
    • Hans manipulated Vixey into sex by saying "that's only bad 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 (presumably 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.
    • Darla is the standout so far. She's a Self-Made Orphan, having cut the brakes of her parents' car, and framed Danny for assaulting her, even mutilating herself with a hairbrush to sell the story.
    • Megan Parker is probably tied with her, murdering multiple other children and stealing semen-soaked tissues from her brothers' wastebasket to plant false evidence.
    • Flutterina made a False Rape Accusation against Peekablue; it's not clear if her exact goal was to get him in trouble, or to manipulate Glimmer. Her sibling Double Trouble tends towards this too, being such a compulsive liar from toddlerhood that their mother never believes anything they say.
    • Sea Hawk fills out the Macdonald Triad (bed-wetting, animal cruelty, and fire-starting), and everyone assumes this means he's a psychopath in the making; all those things are also signs of a child being abused, but no one figured that out till it was too late.
    • Zim shows similar issues, killing the class pet, drawing violent pictures, biting adults, and attacking Dib with a pair of scissors. Dib is the only one who bothers to investigate.
  • True Companions: The Palace members are (for the most part) a tight-knit group, with members openly willing to go to bat for each other, even if they weren't in a group.
  • 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.

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  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • Mertle lies about not being assaulted and how great staying with her aunt was.
    • All of Darla's story is a straight-up lie to make Danny look like a monster.
    • Chloe tells what she thinks is the truth and Chili tells most of it, but lies about the circumstances of Zoe's death (namely that he had to choose between saving her or Chloe).
    • Amity clearly has regrets about saying Luz assaulted her, but you wouldn't know it from what she says onstage.
    • Toffee is telling the truth about having been assaulted and how, but he leaves out or flat out lies to coverup more questionable actions of his.
    • The "Heat of the Heart" collection has this as a running theme.
  • 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. Bataar Beifong Junior is also this for his part in calling the police on Huan when he protested his girlfriend's press conference which led to the corrupt police officers raping him. In the latter case, this is also inverted as Huan being attacked is also what leads to the officers being caught.
  • 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.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Inverted by Bert, he is surprised and concerned when he gets a prize for basic decency. When Mary Poppins starts singing his praises for having the decency to not rape anyone, Bert tells her she needs to take a step back from her social working job before she burns out.
  • 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 indicated 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. Maybe justified as it's stated to be a very large city which would naturally attract newcomers and many characters are from the area around it. Whoville and Springfield are shown to be different nearby towns.
  • 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, and just crime in general. Later chapters show that the city is heavily controlled by the mob and several of the protagonists are criminals themselves.
  • Yandere: This story being what it is was bound to have a few examples:
    • Ratigan may be this is Basil seeing as he seems fixated on him specifically and spent a lot longer stalking him than he has with his other victims. Basil being missing really doesn't bode well.
    • Demencia to Black Hat. Unusually she's indisputably the victim in this situation, being a seriously unstable minor when they met and having been severely abused by him on many occasions.
    • Madame X kidnapped Billy Joe Cobra here, as an analogue to trying to trap him in a jar, and proceeded to drug him and then break his legs when those wore off. She also still lives in a house filled with his memorabilia. Bobby also appears to be this, making their mutual attraction to Billy a Psychotic Love Triangle.
    • Spinel is a platonic variant towards Rose, being overly obsessive to the point of stalking her family with plans to do something years after her friend's death.
    • Callisto kidnapped Warren and assaulted him, her mental illness and abuse in her own past making her think that was how to express love, complicated by the fact that her delusions made her perceive him as an actual angel.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Pepe reassures Myrtle that, even if she hurt Lilo badly, a bad decision when she's six doesn't make her a monster forever.
  • 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. Marzel almost was drowned similarly, but managed to free himself and swim away.
  • You Know What You Did: Cornelius is mad at Wallace because he thinks that he knew about Wilbur's assault, but he refuses to explain this when Wallace asks him why he's angry. Wilhelmina has to tell him about it and tries to convince Cornelius that he really didn't know, but he doesn't believe her either.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Happens twice in the Vet Visits sidestory, with Pabu (a ferret) and Pikachu (a chinchilla). Bolin is happy with this. According to Gary, Ash is not.

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