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  • Princess Tutu:
    • Princess Tutu ends on a bittersweet note, with Ahiru remaining a duck because it's her true self. Lots of fans were unhappy with that, and that means 90% of fanfiction out there for the series is Fakir turning her back into a girl with story-spinning.
    • A less common but still popular variation is to have Fakir use story-spinning to turn himself into a duck instead.
  • InuYasha has a great amount of hurt/comfort with Rin as the sick person and Sesshoumaru as the comforter.
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  • It's a common belief that Fushigi Yuugi: Eikoden was a subtle dab against the sheer amount ofinvoked "Mary Sue is sucked into the book and becomes the new priestess" fics in the fandom.
  • In Love Hina fandom it's not unusual to find a fic in which Su permanently changes into her older form to become a viable love interest for Keitaro.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Fix Fic in which Kamina and/or Nia aren't dead is incredibly common. Justifications tend to be that the series is based on punching physics in the face via sheer manliness anyway, so why not?
  • The Familiar of Zero's basic premise, summoning a familiar from elsewhere, allows for almost anything to replace Saito in a crossover. The Hill of Swords is one such example
  • In the Shugo Chara! fandom, a LOT of fan fics are "Ikuto is the school playboy and has kissed every girl in the school, until the new girl Amu arrives and resists his romantic advances, will they fall in love or not?" and they also usually are roommates.
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  • A good 95 percent of The Cat Returns fanfiction has Haru remaining in/returning to the Cat Kingdom, becoming a cat, and marrying Baron, Comically Missing the Point of the original film. More often than not, these stories will pay little regard to Haru's single mother with no other children who is now alone in the world.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Fanfics centered around Gohan like to feature him in high school, where Videl tries to expose him as Saiyaman, and, through a bunch of events that never happen in canon, falls for him.
    • A subset of the Gohan/Videl fics includes Gohan's class being invited to Capsule Corp, at which point the universe conspires to expose Gohan's secrets as quickly as possible.
    • It is common to see Bulma/Vegeta stories that expand upon the events at Capsule Corp during the three year Time Skip before the Android's arrival, in an attempt to pace and/or explain the circumstances of Trunks' eventual conception. Frequent tropes involved within these are the Florence Nightingale Effect, Angel/Devil Shipping, Opposites Attract, and a good bit of Break the Haughty. Most humor is often gathered from the grumpy Proud Warrior Race Guy Vegeta's Fish out of Water and Alien Among Us experiences. (Even Dragon Ball Abridged tackled that one. Slap-Slap-Kiss ensued.)
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    • A common theme is to have Pan/Bulla become Super Saiyans (with any of the remaining transformations). In fact, all the half-saiyans, and saiyans with unexplored aspects (Tarble, Gine, Bardock's team) are prone to fanfictions where they get to interact with the main characters/get their transformations.
  • High School DXD fanfics love to give Starter Villain Raynere redeeming qualities, even sometimes giver her a Face–Heel Turn. This isn't lost on the reviewers either.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • In the fandom there's the 'wolf of the zodiac' story. A new animal (usually a wolf, cheetah or other 'cool' animal) is added to the Eastern Zodiac. This is almost always a girl.
    • Getting Kyou High on Catnip is very popular.
  • In Aldnoah.Zero fandom has Fix Fic where Inaho instead of shooting Slaine, takes him as a captive, reunites with Princess Asseylum and, depending on the writer, they either became good friends or something else. It's hinted that the Gainax Ending of the first season was a subtle Take That! against the sheer amount of these fics.
  • K-On!:
    • A common plot in ero-doujinshi is one or more band members having sex in the club room, and somebody else spying and/or walking in on them.
    • The school becomes co-ed so that a male Author Avatar can join the cast.
    • Ritsu becomes sexually irresistable when she takes her headband off.
    • One or more characters' parents disapproves of them being lesbians. (Nobody seems to want to write a scene that actually depicts the characters coming out to disapproving parents: it either happens offscreen, in backstory, or the fic dies before getting to that point.)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! fandom:
    • A huge amount of Kaiba/Jonouchi fanfiction seems to be about how the mighty Kaiba rescues poor, defenceless Jonouchi from his abusive father, often finding him beaten half to death in a dark alley. He then offers him to live with him "temporarily". You can probably imagine how this one ends. Expect Jonouchi's True Companions to be suspiciously absent.
    • It's rather popular to bring Atem back from the dead or just have him never leave to begin with, usually for shipping purposes with Yugi, Kaiba, or sometimes Anzu. This became Hilarious in Hindsight, as Yu Gi Oh The Darkside Of Dimensions' plot is about Kaiba trying to find a way to bring him back post-series.
    • For fics set before the end of the series, normally the "yamis" (dark alternate personalities of Yugi, Marik, and Bakura—two of them are undead Egyptian spirits, while one is actually the result of a mental disorder) are given their own bodies in order to freely interact with other characters. Sometimes this will be explained, but often, no one even acknowledges that it is odd. In the same vein, the original personalities are each called "hikari" as a contrast to their yami, since the words mean light and dark, respectively, in Japanese. "Yami" is used in official translations of the original series, but "hikari" is never used.
    • A common plotline involves the Ryou Bakura/Yami Bakura relationship, nicknamed "tendershipping." The relationship is almost always abusive to the extreme, both physically and emotionally, with Yami Bakura being the perpetrator and Ryou Bakura being a helpless, self-sacrificial victim. It's debatable whether there are hints of this in the original, as Yami Bakura does injure Ryou at several points in the manga/anime, but others have criticized the plot, since it would be counterintuitive for Yami Bakura to hurt his own host body to such a degree.
    • Fanfics that have Yami Bakura or Yami Marik come back and turn good are fairly common, as are ones where they come back to cause trouble.
    • In shipping fics, Anzu is usually a victim of Derailing Love Interests so Yugi can get together with whoever the author prefers.
    • "Anzu-bashing" fics are extremely common.
  • In Yu Gi Oh ARCV, most authors prefer to just rewrite the entire story, mainly due to the unavoidable in hindsight Gainax Ending.
  • It's common in Fairy Tail to see a fanfic where Natsu gives Lucy the boot after Lisanna returns, in order to milk the angst of her being abandoned and realizing she'd only been a replacement as well as create an excuse for her to run off with anyone who isn't a member of the titular guild. It's also not uncommon to see Lucy being shoved aside by Lisanna. Even for a Fandom Specific Plot, this one is baffling on every level: Lucy wasn't a replacement (Team Natsu wasn't a team before her); none of the characters are this callous; the team's usual reason for kicking Lucy off (she's not powerful enough) goes double for Lisanna; and most important, there's no size limit for teams, so nobody needs to get booted! Oddly, while this plot seems like it would clear the way for Natsu/Lisanna pairing, that's usually not the point. Instead, it's used by Lucy fans either to set her up with someone outside the team or to circle back to NaLu after she proves herself. A common variant of the plot is to have Lisanna use some form of trickery, usually a Wounded Gazelle Gambit, to turn the rest of Team Natsu against Lucy. While the people who get duped- usually Natsu, Erza and Gray- end up holding the Idiot Ball at one point or another, they don't come off as badly as they do in fics that involve Lucy getting kicked out.
  • The Jigokiller episodes of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman inspired a lot of "let's explore Ken's feelings for Jun" fic.
  • In Petshop Of Horrors, due to the sad ending, 90% of the fanfics have Leon finding D after the latter casts him off his boat, and this time D lets him stay.
  • Girls und Panzer
    • Some fanfics involve males getting involved with tankery in some form or another. This is often the result of Oarai becoming coed, with the reasoning that even if it avoided getting shut down, it still needs financial help, and the boys often pilot World War II-era fighter planes alongside the girls in the tanks. Said males often end up being Gary Stus.
    • Some fanfics involve the Oarai students somehow getting involved in actual war, or ending up in an AU of some sort, possibly during World War II.
    • A few fanfics involve a character (usually Erwin or Yukari) having to leave Oarai for some reason and going to a new school, which may only be just getting started doing tankery.
    • Several fanfics involve Oarai going on to an international tournament.
    • Some fics have infantry fighting alongside the tanks, with various justifications for how they're supposed to be kept safe without the "carbon lining" the tanks have..
  • The Puella Magi Madoka Magica fandom has Fix Fic where Madoka or Sayaka or both come back from the afterlife so they can romance their old friends, or those old friends enter the afterlife to romance them. With the release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion this is actually made canon. Given everything else going on in the movie, it's very possible that this is Ascended Fanon.
  • Saki fanfiction often has Saki going to a school other than Kiyosumi. Like the example described on the Naruto page in which Naruto gets another team, this is often done when she's shipped with someone from that new school. In a few of those variations, she and her sister Teru are not on bad terms, although their parents may still be separated.
  • Queen's Blade:
    • Many fanfics includes male characters participating in the titular tournament, despise the rules forbid men on participating, albeit it's heavily implied that rule is not set in stone, as the ruling queen (or the gods) can change the rules depending of their taste. This is more evident in the animated adaptation, as Aldra, the ruling queen, alter the rules of the tournament just to allow team-battles in the tournament, more specifically between Echidna and Irma vs Alleyne and Nowa.
    • Including a male crossover character (Naruto or the Elric brothers are the usual main targets) to participate on the Queen's Blade tournament or just to pick a fight against a named character. In the case of Fullmetal Alchemist, it's normally Melona making fun of Ed about his height.
    • While this is almost exclusive in fanart or fan-made gamebooks, Lina Inverse participating is a popular choice. Due to the fact in the Queen's Blade universe magic is seem as a taboo subject for everyone who is not an angel or a demon and the fact many of Lina's magic spells are too powerful, she's normally depowered or refuse to use her powers for the sake of balance.
  • Jojos Bizarre Adventure:
    • In quite a few fanfics, Dio ends up successfully bringing Johnathan back to life... somehow... and explores what happens after his revival.
    • There's a good number of fanfics showing the endless possibilities of a future where one of the major characters who had the misfortune of dying late into the narrative survived their encounters and kept in contact with their Jojo. This includes (but is not limited to): Caesar surviving his battle with Wamuu, Kakyoin not receiving the fatal shot DIO threw at him, Gyro not getting shot by President Valentine,etc. Depending on the Writer, this may or may not lead into shipping. For what it's worth, it's Ascended Fanon of a sort in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, where thanks to Jotaro resetting the timeline, Everyone Lives.
    • Jolyne, the incredibly unlucky protagonist of Stone Ocean, was about seven years old at the time of Diamond Is Unbreakable, which is both one of the most optimistic parts and one where her father was a main character. She's never even mentioned in the latter (since she hadn't been created yet), and spends its run on the other side of the world. Consequently, "Little Jolyne Goes To Morioh" is practically a subgenre of JoJo fan work, usually involving Jolyne hanging out with her great-uncle, being at odds with her dad, and having slice-of-life adventures in a small Japanese town. Like the above, it becomes Ascended Fanon in Eyes of Heaven where because of Jotaro's Character Development, he chooses to bring Jolyne to Morioh.
  • Many Saint Seiya fanfics, especially Spanish-language ones, tends to include Saints or gods from other mythologies besides the Greek or Norse ones, being the main targets the Aztec or Mayan gods, aliens or other gods who didn't get mentioned in the original canon, and sometime the Bronze Saints have to fight against them or with them.
  • In the same way, many Captain Tsubasa fanfics normally feature the Japanese team facing against an all-star team from the best soccer players from Earth, or facing against teams who didn't get mentioned in canon. Or sometimes all the named players from around the world, Tsubasa included, form an all-star team to play against alien soccer teams, sometimes in a Space Jam-esque plot or played in the same way like in canon, except the aliens tends to play dirty. The hilarious part of this is the Korean company Samsung did a short CG film named Galaxy 11 with a very similar premise, but using real soccer players.
  • Many Slam Dunk fanfics tends to put Hanamichi or any other named player getting drafted for the NBA, even if in Real Life it's very difficult for a Japanese basketball player to get noticed by many professional basketball leagues.
  • Kill la Kill:
    • The fandom loves to retell the series with Ryuko and Satsuki swapped, sometimes along with their supporting casts (i.e. Mako is on the Student Council and the Four Devas are rebels against it). The actual show whetted fans' appetites for this when Ryuko was mind-controlled, leading to a fight where the two sisters wore each other's Kamui/ Godrobes.
    • A popular fanfic idea is "What if Ragyo wasn't a crazy abusive bitch of a mother to Satsuki and Ryuko?". Just a lovely WAFF/ Slice of Life Fic about Satsuki and Ryuko growing up in a normal family, going to a normal school, all that good stuff.
    • Hurt/Comfort fics Satsuki/Ryuko (romantic or platonic) fics where Satsuki is traumatized by her mother's physical, emotional, and sexual abuse instead of seeming apathetic are common.
  • Attack on Titan fanfic seems to be big on putting the characters in real-world (especially school-related) AUs where they face more mundane and lighthearted problems. This is likely a reaction to how bleak and brutal the original show is, so writers want to imagine the characters they love in happier times. The creators seem to have acknowledged this with the Attack on Titan: Junior High spin-off, an official middle-school AU.
  • A number of Robotech RPG fan groups tend to perform Canon Welding with Macross (usually the AU Macross II, but in at least one case it was both, with Macross II following Robotech and the other series following Macross II), with some Macross fanfics reciprocating by involving elements from Robotech.
  • A common The Rising of the Shield Hero crossover plot is to have Naofumi replaced by an already experienced hero from the other series, hero that is of course more awesome than he is thanks to his previous combat experience and having no decent opponent in Melromarc.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice fandom seems to have an odd fixation on dark alternate universes, with a particularly strong love of Mafia AUs. This could be an inverse of the Attack on Titan example mentioned above; YOI is a relentlessly optimistic show, and fans want to experiment with a tonal shift.
  • Some Cardcaptor Sakura crossovers do a rehash of recollecting the Clow Cards (or Sakura Cards), which is to be done this time by the crossover character. Of course, this is spiced up with whatever elements the other setting has, enabling for unexpected twists and things going differently.
  • A large chunk of Yo-Kai Watch fanfics are about an Alternate Universe where Katie got the yo-kai watch instead of Nate. If not that, then they take place in a 'verse where a second watch appears and Katie obtains it.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • My Hero Academia has the Villain!Deku fic, where Izuku somehow winds up becoming a villain instead of a hero.
    • Quirked!Deku, where he was actually born with a superpower. Often it's framed as a subtle ability that he could have realistically not discovered until he's fourteen, but you can also go the more AU route and just give him whatever Quirk you want.
    • While the canonical plot as it has been rolling along has given him a few "My God, What Have I Done?" moments such as him figuring out that he was the Unwitting Instigator of Doom to All Might totally burning out his powers and being forced to retire and bursting in tears and thus showcase he really has a Hidden Heart of Gold (even if it doesn't seems he will ever stop being a violent Jerkass to his peers and especially Deku), many plots have Bakugou getting a pretty hefty dose of humble pie force-fed — anything from being ostracized by the rest of the class, going through being forced to go through anger management because said canonical violent attitude really freaks people out, even the more experienced supers and going up to Deku snapping and giving him a Who's Laughing Now? or Bakugou Bullying a Dragon (read "villain") that cuts his hero career short in a very dramatic way.
    • Given how universally reviled he is by the fandom, fics where Mineta Minoru is removed from Class 1-A somehow (usually being expelled for sexually harassing the girls) and replaced with another, more likable character are extremely popular, to the point that Archive of Our Own has an entire tag dedicated to AUs where he doesn't even exist.
  • Gate: Most fanfic writers would make fanfiction of different ideas for the series like:
    • What would happen if it was another nation that was attacked by the Empire instead of Japan?
    • What if Japan and the US (and possibly other nations) went into the Gate together rather than only Japan?
    • What if the Gate opened during a different time period (eg. During World War 1 or 2) or into a different universe?
  • Sonic X: Post-series Tails finds a seed that Cosmo left behind, plants it, and raises the child as his daughter. An alternate is that it just grows into a normal tree.
  • Code Geass:
    • One type is the "Prepared Lelouch" fic, where Lelouch makes efforts towards rebellion before the fateful incident in Shinjuku. This often involves him learning martial arts and/or finding allies in Area 11.
    • There are also fics in which Lelouch does not get exiled. These generally have somebody else take up the mantle of Zero.
  • Osomatsu-san:
    • Fanfics in which Ichimatsu is suicidal/cutting himself are alarmingly common. As usual with stories like this, this is usually the foundation for hurt/comfort fics in which at least one of Ichimatsu's brothers decides to help him (usually Karamatsu or Jyushimatsu, though it's not unheard of to have all five of the other Matsuno brothers trying to save their suicidal sibling) and occasionally incest shipping, but it's just as common for these stories to veer into Dark Fic territory. Less common but still present is to have Karamatsu be the suicidal one.
    • The brothers running into aged-up versions of other Fujio Akatsuka characters, fitting the old spirit of their constant crossovers. This often includes a scene with them commenting on how much has changed since they were kids.
  • Sound! Euphonium:
    • The norm is to write around or just ignore Reina's unrequited crush on Taki and have her straight up pine for Kumiko. Kumiko is Oblivious to Love despite the huge amounts of Unresolved Sexual Tension between her and Reina and ends up blind-sighted when Reina casually confesses.
    • Kumiko and Reina go their separate ways after high school. Reina becomes a professional trumpeter (usually in an orchestra) while Kumiko quits music. The two end up meeting in their 20s and hook up.
  • Cells at Work!:
    • The "Black Blood Cell" AU, where the cast color-inverts and becomes either more sinister or merely their polar opposite as a result. Common results include a cruel or playful "black" U-1146, a Sugar and Ice "blue" AE 3803, and giant Platelets that are otherwise the same. A lot of the time it's an excuse to see the characters act more aggressive, plotwise or otherwise.
    • Dendritic Cell's Embarrassing Old Photo albums containing a picture of a favored ship, and one or both members of said ship discovering it. Inevitably, the photo will be of them doin' it in some private area.
  • It is incredibly common in Overlord (2012) fanfics to see an AU where Momonga wasn't the only Player member of Ainz Ooal Gown present in YGGDRASIL when it was shut down, and thus transported to the New World. Sometimes it will be one or more of the established canon members, but more often than not it'll be an OC/Author Avatar/self-insert instead. And in the case of the latter, they'll also usually have some more OCs in the form of their own NPCs with them.
  • Lyrical Nanoha fanfics sometimes include elements from the Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever continuity, such as Kyouya and Miyuki being talented sword fighters, Shirou's hospitalization being the result of a terrorist attack (but unlike in Triangle Heart 3, he usually lives), Arisa being a ghost, and Shinobu being a vampire (making her sister Suzuka one by extension) among others.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn!:
    • "Twin Fics". The premise is simple. Since Tsuna, an only child, is the only blood heir of the Vongola Famiglia, what would happen if he had a twin? In those fanfics, almost invariably:
      • Tsuna will be the oldest twin.
      • The other twin will always be a boy named Ieyasu (after his ancestor) or some play on Natsu (following typical Japanese naming conventions).
      • They are fraternal twins, with the other twin taking after their father.
      • The other twin is popular, a Chick Magnet talented, athletic, good grades etc. Hana (the Only Sane Woman in all of the KHR fanfic world), Kyoko, Ryohei, Yamamoto and Hibari are the only ones not attracted to his charm.
      • Tsuna forms a tight-nit circle of friends with the above individuals.
      • He bullies Tsuna relentlessly, frequently to the point of causing permanent physical and psychological trauma.
      • Their father Iemitsu is blind to the bullying, and may even egg it on. Otherwise he ignores Tsuna because he's preoccupied with the twin (whenever he's home, at any rate).
      • Their mother Nana is either indifferent and may abusive towards Tsuna, or she's the only bright spot in his life.
      • The other twin is chosen as the next Vongola heir.
      • Once he arrives, Reborn doesn't take long to realise that the twin is or will be too morally corrupt to steer Vongola to the direction Nono (the current boss) wants it and will turn his attention to Tsuna.
      • The twin will less talented in flame manipulation than Tsuna, and he will get his Guardians through bribes, blackmail, shallow bonds or poor judgement.
    • Female Tsuna, a.k.a. "Tsunahime" fanfics. Probably because there are far too few female members in the Cast Full of Pretty Boys, and Tsuna has the most feminine looks of them all. Tsuna will rarely be a girl at the beginning of the story. 90% of the time, this results in a Reverse Harem.
    • Hacker!Tsuna. The gist is this: Tsuna is secretly an extremely talented hacker who works in secret and finds out about the Mafia and his father's involvement in it years before canon. Tsuna will become a Red Baron in the criminal community and once Reborn arrives he'll try to hide his identity and avoid becoming the next Vongola Boss for as long as possible.
    • Super-category to the above, Tsuna is extremely talented in some extracurricular activity such as music, dancing, painting and so on and forth. Thanks to that, he forms a circle of friends (the ones above) that Reborn and Iemitsu's spies never find out about.
    • Time Travel fics. Those are:
      • The 10th generation meet the 1st, either by going back in time or accidently bringing them forward. Usually used for slapstic comedy.
      • Tsuna goes back in time after the end of the story (or whichever point the author is at) to before canon, and gets a chance to fix things.
      • The 10 Years Later fanfics - the gang will travel to the future like in canon, but this time things will be different.
      • The future arc means that the Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Kink Meme is filled with age specific pairing fics such as TYL!(10 Years Later)Xanxus with 14!Squalo. Kinda justified with the Adults!Acrobalenos if you want to avoid the ick factor.
    • The 10th generation are the Reincarnation of the first, and they have the memories too. This is implied to be the case in canon, so they're not too far-fetched. Naturally, things derail.
    • Nana Sawada is heir to some mystic legacy that claims Tsuna before the Mafia. This is usually something supernatural.
    • The class trip to Italy, where everyone learns how badass Tsuna is while the guy himself is totally freaking out.
    • The middle school class reunion where again, everyone learns how well off the former loser is.
    • Byakuran and Soichi send Tsuna - or his memories - to an alternative reality. Those exist in canon, but successful transfer... does not. Needless to say, prepare for canon derailment.

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