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  • Combined with Fix Fic, there's a number of 9 fics where the dead Stitchpunks are brought back to life somehow or other Stichpunks are found, sometimes the two are combined and lead to OCs getting paired with characters like 5 and 6.
  • Big Hero 6:
    • Hiro is a popular subject for Hurt/Comfort Fic, due to his canonical Woobie status and being the youngest character in the movie. Common plots involve him getting bullied as a child (or at college if the story takes place post-movie), getting injured and then patched up by Baymax, or dealing with the aftermath of Tadashi's death, the last of which sometimes opts to go in a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds direction.
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    • Tadashi surviving the fire is the fans' most-asked What If?. The most common solution is that someone saved him, he used one of the inventions from the SFIT Showcase to protect himself, or Callaghan kidnapped him for some reason. These are usually followed by a tearful reunion with Hiro and Baymax.
    • Stories where at least one team member gets kidnapped are pretty popular, with Hiro being the most popular, since he's basically everyone's little brother. That said, Fred sees some popularity as a target given that his family's wealth would logically make him a target for kidnap-for-ransom even without the superhero business; a fan-favorite reason for his kidnapping is for someone to tempt him into a procedure to give him superpowers and for it all to go sour. In stories where Hiro and one of the other team members get kidnapped together, the villains like to pull I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure to force Hiro to do their bidding; this can also be done with Cass, alive!Tadashi (who may get the same threat right back at him) or even a civilian as Hiro's fellow prisoner.
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    • Crossovers with Rise of the Guardians where Tadashi is resurrected as a Guardian with fire powers, similar to Jack coming back with ice powers after drowning in a frozen pond, are fairly popular.
  • Brave and How to Train Your Dragon:
    • The fandoms have a ton of crossovers pairing up Merida and Hiccup. (When How To Train Your Dragon 2 was released, they became less popular.)
    • Elinor (Brave) and Valka (How to Train Your Dragon 2) look fairly similar and it has spawned a bunch of Fandom-Specific Plots about them being cousins.
  • Coco:
    • Miguel developed the ability to see and interact with ghosts after the events of the film. Cue antics with his deceased family... or more frightening plot elements; take your pick.
    • Marco, based on the original concept for Miguel, becoming a part of Miguel's life. Sometimes he's a total jerk and the pair are longtime enemies but most of the time, the pair become friends though it varies if Marco starts off as a sweetie or if he grows into someone Miguel can befriend. Marco is usually Ernesto's descendant and hates it unless he stays an antagonist, in which case he idolizes the man and hates the Riveras for "stealing his well-earned reputation".
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    • Ernesto shows up to kidnap Miguel; cue the dead Riveras being after his sorry bony body. Sometimes Miguel's significant other gets dragged along for the ride.
    • A Loony Fan of Ernesto shows up to Avenge The Villain, often targeting Miguel or even his little sister.
    • Ernesto poisons himself by accident.
    • AU fics surrounding Hector's death are a plenty. Ranging from "what if he survived his poisoning and managed to get home to Imelda and Coco" to "what if some little deviation meant Ernesto was proven to be Hector's murderer around the time the act happened".
    • Villain Hector. Sometimes they are straight up swap with him getting Adaptational Villainy and Imelda being paired with Ernesto while other times Imelda and the other Riveras join Hector in his villainy, in which case Imelda was usually the brains.
    • Protagonist Coco, where Coco finds out the truth about Hector. Sometimes she's an adult while other times she's a child.
    • Hector and Imelda were friends with Naveen and Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. The exact timeline can vary but usually Naveen is able to protect Hector from the outcome of Ernesto's poisoning attempts and Lottie quickly bonds with Coco, with Naveen and Tiana joining her in doting on the little girl.
  • Disney Princess-themed works usually have the Princesses (and often times characters not officially in the franchise, like Alice or Esmeralda) hanging out in a castle, cabin, or other large building together.
  • Hercules:
    • The Disney's Hercules fanfiction community has stories introducing Persephone, the Goddess of Spring and the traditional Queen of the Underworld, into what is most often a sequel to the movie. She and Hades always get their mythology canon Happily Married status by the end. The Trope Codifier for most of these was probably Hope Springs Eternal.
    • Given that it is already The Theme Park Version of Greek Mythology, certain parts of the story considered “unsavory” to modern palates (such as Persephone being both Hades’ niece, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, and a teenager) are reworked or ignored according to the wishes of the author. The whole “abduction and marriage” situation is either turned into more of a mutual decision between the two, for Persephone to escape her My Beloved Smother, or kept intact and made to work with the movie’s interpretation of Hades as a suave villain full of schemes.
    • Persephone, though stuck in a couple of background scenes for the movie (pink-skinned, blonde curls, huge petal hat), is nearly always given original looks and personality depending on what the author wants to see or feels fits with Hades’ already established character.
  • How to Train Your Dragon:
    • There's are a lot of fics that work from the basic premise of "Hiccup goes through with running away with Toothless" from the first movie.
    • There are a lot of popular fics where instead of Valka who was kidnapped by dragons, it was Hiccup or both.
    • Fics where various characters are forced to sit down and watch the movie. Which happens in the actual movie itself.
    • Fics that undo the third movie are popular. Though they commonly keep Hiccup and Toothless's canon kids.
  • The Incredibles:
  • Inside Out:
    • Many fanfics basically make interpretations of how a sequel to the movie would be like, revolving around Riley's issues during puberty.
    • There are also fanfics that involve Riley dying and her anthropomorphic emotions saying goodbye to her. Usually, these have old age as the cause of death, but one of them had it be cancer, but still had Riley as an elder.
    • A common trend in fanart shortly after the film was released involved drawing "fusions" of the anthropomorphic emotions to symbolize the combined memories from the end of the movie, like Joy and Sadness fusing into a "Melancholy" or "Ambivalence" being.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • The first film spawned a ton of fics about redeeming Tai Lung. Once Kung Fu Panda 2 was released, these mostly died out.
    • After the release of Kung Fu Panda 2, fics about redeeming Lord Shen surfaced.
    • Fics detailing Shen's past are also very common, often using the "sickly albino" part of his backstory that didn't make it into the final script.
    • Fics which hook up Po and Tigress.
    • Fics which introduce new OCs to be the Love Interest for either Po or Tigress.
    • Stories that introduce a new Dragon Warrior/alternate warrior we've never heard of before who is better than Po and the Five put together and needed to save the day.
    • Stories which invent some new Villain of the Week to threaten the Valley and require Po to be the hero again.
    • Po and Tigress adopting children together. This is because it's unknown if pandas and tigers can breed in the series and because both are adopted themselves.
  • The Land Before Time:
    • The fandom seems to love the plot of dragging a kid from the present and befriending Littlefoot and the gang. In fact, any plot that falls anywhere on the Speculative Fiction spectrum, with the fate of the world in Littlefoot and the gang's hands, is common.
    • Having an army of Sharpteeth invading the Great Valley is common.
    • An army of Sharpteeth returns for revenge.
  • The Little Mermaid:
    • The typical plot of an Ariel Crossover Couple work starts with this: instead of Eric, Ariel sees [x] and falls for them.
    • There are fics where the plot of Return to the Sea is avoided by either Ariel or any other character like her sisters agreeing to tell Melody the truth of her mermaid heritage.
    • Several darker works turn Ariel into a siren.
    • Fan-works revolving around any of Ariel's sisters.
  • The Lorax has many a fanfic detailing how Granny Norma came to know the Once-ler, sometimes having them be lovers in their youth. Some of these take it a step further and have Ted come to the realization that the Once-ler is his grandfather.
    • Back in the Once-ling days, the Lorax fandom was often ridiculed because of the prevalence of Once-ler self-cest/Oncest. For a few years, shipping the Once-ler with alternate universe versions of himself was very popular.
  • Though not that predominant, many fanfics of Pinocchio involve either giving Stromboli, Honest John and Gideon, and the Coachman their own comeuppances, or simply have them as the main focus of the plot.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Ever since it was suggested on Tumblr, the concept of Jefferson realizing the new Spider-Man is a child and unofficially adopting him (much to Miles' dismay) has been a popular idea.
  • Tangled:
    • Fics revolving around Rapunzel's grief after Gothel's death, and her having difficulties adjusting to her new life as a princess, are common.
    • More than a few Dark Fics are themed around Rapunzel being immortal due to her powers.
  • Toy Story: Humans realizing that the toys are alive is a recurring fanfic plot.
  • Treasure Planet:
    • Fanfics seem inordinately fond of direct retellings of the movie, except this time there's a plucky female recruit/stowaway/cabin girl who's a Kindred Spirit to Jim and thus can fall in love with him over the course of the story, if she isn't his sister instead.
    • Fics where Jim goes on a voyage that is essentially the same as the voyage to treasure planet, accompanied by a female stowaway who is either essentially Jim's personality from the movie (while Jim can play Older and Wiser) or your average Tsundere so she and Jim can have a Slap-Slap-Kiss romance.
  • Wreck-It Ralph fanfics have quite a few:
    • First there was a ton of "real life gamer gets sucked into the game world" fics.
    • Turbo/King Candy comes back as an evil glitch, and plots revenge only to be redeemed by / falls for Vanellope.
    • Sugar Rush gets an upgrade, aging Vanellope into an adult so she can be shipped with Ralph.
    • A new game opens in the arcade, featuring a lonely character who can be a love interest for Ralph.
    • Another of the same cabinet is added to the arcade. Fics usually involve either 'twins' or the characters memories being wiped.
    • "An arcade cabinet gets shut down" fanfics. It's usually a death fic but sometimes the characters do live in limbo. Even worse are "The entire arcade gets shut down" fics where it's impossible for anyone to survive.
    • A random karter liked Vanellope and was bullying her in a childish way of expressing it — these stories are popular. It's usually Taffyta or Rancis.
    • Vanellope really was a glitch and died at the end.
    • Taffyta trying to make amends with Vanellope for her bullying towards her after she has regained her memories of her.
    • After the events of the sequel, Vanellope realizing that Slaughter Race isn't the perfect escape from monotony she thought it was and returning to Sugar Rush are popular; the most common variant is having her split her time between the two games but "Vanellope returns to Sugar Rush and leaves Slaughter Race behind" sees decent popularity as well.
  • Onward:
    • Fics exploring the consequences of magic returning are popular, with popular consequences being "Ian is bullied for his role as a returner of magic and the first known wizard in centuries", "Ian is kidnapped because of his magical abilities; Barley has to come to the rescue without magical back up before Ian runs out of time" (the latter can feature Ian having to rescue a kidnapped Barley, with the threat of Barley's captors hurting or killing him hanging in the air, or both boys being kidnapped so their captors can use Barley's safety as leverage to force Ian to comply with their demands, in which case Laurel is the one coming to the rescue, usually with Bronco) and "ancient forces of some kind are unleashed and it's up to Ian to save the day, with at least his family's help and possibly some new friends".
    • Also popular are A Us where Wilden was actually revived and got to spend his one day with his sons doing more normal things.
    • Slice-of-life stories where Ian gets his first crush are seeing good popularity.
    • Stories featuring humans coming in contact with the creatures of the movie's setting are rapidly gaining popularity, though the reverse (Ian and/or Barley ending up in the real-life world) is well-liked too.
    • While it's still gaining speed, some fans are fascinated with a version of the movie's world where magic never went away, instead evolving as society did.
    • "Ian messes up a spell or casts one without thinking about the consequences; the fallout causes major problems" is also quickly showing itself to be well-liked as a plot.
  • Meet the Robinsons:
  • The Iron Giant: by far, the most popular fic plot involves the Giant returning to Rockwell to be with Hograth, though the exact plot varies between fluff and drama; this plot is so popular in fact that it is often treated as "so definite I don't even point it out" in stories with other plots.
    • "How exactly did Annie and Dean's courtship go?" is a popular story element and while it's not to Recurring Fanon Character standards yet, it's near universally believed that if Hograth ended up with a half-sibling, it would be a sister.
    • Kent Mansley escapes prison and seeks revenge on Hograth for him losing everything.


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