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  • Gears of War fandom has a few very predictable plots that closely resemble the following: Girl (always a Tsundere) joins Delta Squad. It turns out she's usually like either an awesome stranded badass or the greatest sniper ever in 70% in cases (the other 30%, she's just a random woman who turns badass the moment she starts tagging along with Baird). Then, she falls in love with Baird, have a brief Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship buildup (sometimes literally), and then ultimately Baird falls in love with her and they have sex.
  • Fire Emblem:
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    • This series of video games has the most bullet points of any work on chickification, and not a single straight example is from an officially published entry! Yet that example listing is far from comprehensive, otherwise it would be a subpage spawing article onto itself. A lot of fans have something against the high number of Action Heroines in the series and prefer stories where more of the females are emotionally fragile whining weepers who don't train for fights.
    • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade has lots of people writing novelizations that include the tactician.
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones fandom is in love with the "Seth and Eirika angst over their social positions and how it affects their love for each other, but end up together anyway because they're soul mates" plot.
    • Fans of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn have written lots of "What if Soren was raised by his parents?" fics.
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    • Fire Emblem Awakening:
      • It has a lot of fics dealing with the female Avatar's role as the Apocalypse Maiden of the plot and how it affects her relationship with Chrom. With the male Avatar it's always about the Time Travel Romance aspect of his relationship with Lucina and the state of her future.
      • A very large number of Chrom/Female Avatar fics involve Sumia tragically dying and Chrom finding the Avatar as his Second Love. This even has some basis in game mechanics, as it's very common for new players to get Sumia killed in her first chapternote , and doing so is the easiest way to get Chrom to auto-marry someone else in Chapter 11.
      • Lucina/Severa fics usually involve Lucina recklessly getting herself gravely injured and Severa getting angry at her for it.
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    • Fire Emblem Fates:
      • A lot of fic explores what would happen if the Deeprealms didn't exist and the first generation actually raised their children or waited until after the war to have them.
      • Most Camilla/Hinoka fic has the normally brash Hinoka turning into an Adorkable blushing schoolgirl over Camilla. Modern AUs are especially popular for them, too.
      • Leo/Takumi fanfic comes in one of several flavors: 1) Takumi has a nightmare and Leo comforts him, 2) Leo is being physically abused by Garon and Takumi comforts him, 3) massive amounts of unresolved sexual tension and denial of their feelings that culminates in making out or 4) high school AUs involving any combination of the first three.
      • Fics dealing with Leo post-Birthright are becoming very popular, detailing the pain of losing his family and the stress of becoming King of Nohr after Camilla declines the throne. The majority of these are Hurt/Comfort Fic that pair him with Niles.
      • Post-Birthright fics pairing Leo with Corrin are also fairly popular, and within that, the fandom seems particularly fond of bringing them together either by way of a political marriage, or by launching a second campaign to defeat Anankos outright; some fics will even use both premises at once.
      • Timeline-crossover stories, where characters from the aftermath of Birthright visit the Conquest universe or vice-versa.
      • The post-Conquest Accusation Fic is very popular, often with Sakura and/or Hinoka being the accuser.
      • There's a decent number of Shiro-as-Scarlet's-son fan works.
      • Aged-up!Kana fics are extremely common (as is fanart), whether by a Time Skip or just an Age Lift.
  • It's a running joke in Metal Gear fandom that everyone has to write at least one "Tankerfic" — a fic about the alluded-to-but-never-elaborated-upon scene in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty where Otacon pulls Snake out of a shipwreck in the middle of a raging storm.
  • Final Fantasy VII:
  • The fandom of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles 1 is an obscure one, but that hasn't stopped a fair number of its fans from putting a Star-Crossed Lovers twist on the subplot of the Selkie De Nam, told in a series of letters to the player. If the mixed crystal caravan from Tipa note  includes a female Selkie, she will be the caravanner who bonds with De Nam during her caravan's first visit to the Yuke citadel of Shella and later replies to his letters as he chronicles his effort to figure out why miasma is poisonous to people but not monsters, and later to slowly but surely adapt to the miasma in the air. She invariably suffers a broken heart when her caravan comes to Conall Curach at the bidding of De Nam's final letter, only to find that all she can find of him is the bandana he'd been wearing when they met - he was either killed by monsters in-between his last letter and the Tipa caravan's arrival, or turned into a monster by the miasma, so that all she could have done is put him out of his misery.
  • Mega Man X:
    • The fandom contains a ton of stories about Dr. Cain completing one final case before either retiring or dying.
    • A number of fans have taken it upon themselves to try and bridge together the original series and X because, well, it's not like the actual games are going to do this any time soon. Common plot points include Zero killing the original cast (a popular albeit Jossed piece of Fanon), the use of either Evil Energy or Roboenza, and the robot expiration dates note . Even outside of this, expect to see quite a few Robot Mistresses (female Robot Masters) pop up, since they're so rare in canon (the only ones being Roll and Splash Woman). There is also the tendency to make new scientists for the Classic series, for similar reasons (only Light, Wily and Cossack are around).
  • Mass Effect:
    • The fandom has quite a few variations of Samara's loyalty mission since the second game came out, but the chief plot of such stories is either 'the love interest voices disapproval with Shepard being the bait' or another character entirely -usually one of the other squaddies- takes Shepard's place instead. Both styles of this plot are commonly seen with the Female Shepard/Male Love Interest combo.
    • A fairly common plot is Shepard having a brother or sister that either joins the group or takes over when the in-game Shepard dies in a battle somehow, despite one background explicitly saying Shepard is an only child and the other two saying that Shepard's entire immediate family is dead. This is pretty much specifically an excuse to have both Male and Female Shepards at the same time. Don't be surprised if one is a Paragon and the other Renegade. note  This was such a common trope that it became Hilarious in Hindsight Ascended Fanon once Mass Effect: Andromeda came out; the protagonist is established as a set of fraternal male-female twins (default names Scott and Sarah Ryder), though you only play as one of the siblings.
    • This fandom has a bizarrely large amount of self-insertions who, instead of being a version of the author that exists in the setting, are written as the author being suddenly teleported into the setting by a magical Xbox 360.
    • One common Crossover plot in the fandom is replacing the Human Systems Alliance with a space-capable human civilization from another series, such as the Earth Alliance, UNSC or U.N. Spacy. These "replacement" plots almost invariably have a reenactment of the First Contact War with the Turian Hierarchy, even if it makes no logical sense for the turians and humans to be fighting, and often results a gratuitous Curbstomp Battle. For variety, some authors instead use the Batarian Hegemony as the enemy the replacement civilization fights.
    • Although Bioware fandom loves its Bittersweet Endings, there's plenty of fix-it fic allowing Shepard to survive a non-Destruction ending and reunite with their love interest. Either that or allowing the geth to survive the destroy ending, with EDI's survival being optional.
    • "Stomp fics" in which humanity or some other faction utterly curb stomps the species of the Citadel Council; like the above plots, there will likely be a reenactment of the First Contact War, which may go the same way as canon, but will then result in the humans slaughtering the turians. Some will go so far as having Council homeworlds captured and occupied. You can also probably expect the batarians to get completely thrashed, and in some cases, outright wiped out. The Reapers will also likely not play a prominent role in these stories, or will be completely omitted.
    • Plots where humans will make first contact with a different race, most often the quarians. They will then form their own alliance in opposition of the Citadel, which will often include the krogan as well. These stories will often portray the two races as arbitrarily oppressed by the Council note . It is not uncommon for the above concept and this one to overlap.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Dragon Age: Origins:
      • One type of story that has gained some traction in the fandom is having one or more of the other origins meet up with the Warden character and in some instances, have them join the group. (For example: a Dwarven Commoner meets a Human Noble and the dwarf joins The Warden, Alistair, Morrigan and the gang.) They may or may not be Grey Wardens. All Origins fics where all of them team up are a large subset.
      • For most of the Origins, there is the annoying issue that Duncan saved the potential Grey Warden from certain or nearly certain death, rendering their mutual presence problematic from a canon point of view. But this is actually not as big a problem as it sounds, thanks to the timeline of the origins being vague. The only ones that have explicit time between them are the dwarf origins, and they're the easiest to fit together (Duncan leaves for his deep roads mission with the commoner, the noble catches up the next day).
      • Unsurprisingly, Dragon Age has lots of dark ritual (of Mate or Die and Stalker with a Test Tube type), both fics and fanart, usually with Alistair as the, uh, second participant and Female!Warden and/or him agonizing over the decision. These range from pure angst to smutty hatesex to conflicted tender lovin' to humiliating performance problems to big happy threesomes. One Big Name Fan fancomic artist, Aimo, even collaborated with the game's head writer on a comic based on a deleted scene where Morrigan herself agonizes about it beforehand.
    • Dragon Age II:
      • It's an unavoidable reality that one of Hawke's younger twin siblings will die during the prologue. Many fic writers have chosen to either ignore that particular plot point entirely or else to have someone else - usually Hawke or their mother Leandra - die instead.
      • Much like Mass Effect, stories where the male and female versions of Hawke appear together as fraternal twins are relatively common, usually with Garret as a mage and Marian as a warrior or rogue to contrast Carver and Bethany.
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition:
      • The story of one or more of the potential player characters joining the one the player chose continues with this installment, with the similar problem of explaining how the three potential PCs who were not chosen survived the Breach.
      • Inquisition has spawned an entire new subset of fics known as "MGiT," or "Modern Girl in Thedas," in which a fan of the game somehow ends up in Thedas and becomes the Inquisitor. Because the gamer in question knows how the story goes, it can change how they react to situations and characters. These are sometimes Crack Fics, but not always; some are quite serious and in-depth.
      • Inquisition has also spawned a number of fics in which the Inquisitor is not a player character at all, but rather another character from the Dragon Age universe. All three of the Hawke siblings have been used in this way, along with Anders and Fenris; other choices include original characters who would not normally become the Inquisitor in the game, such as a child or teenager.
      • There are a number of stories using the idea that a Circle Mage Inquisitor was Tranquil prior to the game, then cured by their trip into the Fade at the beginning.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic stories can use the Legacy system (where you can make a "family tree" of your characters) to have things like, the Counselor teaming up with their long-lost Sith Warrior sibling. Justified in post-Makeb content as threats like the Dread Masters, Revanites, and Eternal Empire forced Enemy Mine among some top officials of both factions.
  • Tales of Symphonia has quite a few fanfics in which Lloyd has a twin sibling — usually a female who, at least initially, serves Cruxis. Cruxis!Lloyd fics are also popular, most starting with Kratos finding Lloyd and returning to Cruxis with him.
  • There are many examples of various members of the main party of Tales of the Abyss joining the God-Generals in fanworks. Guy seems to be the most popular character for this since he's initially working for Van, but Jade's quite common as well. It's also more of a fanart phenomenon than anything because of the cool God-General uniforms.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • A common theme for Dimentio/Mimi from Super Paper Mario is him stealing her diary and using the contents to tease her. However, it should be noted that this does stem from a canon incident.
    • A fairly large amount of Bowser/Peach fanworks center around the popular question of just what the heck do they get up to while Mario's busy adventuring to rescue her from Bowser's clutches. Many also portray Peach as taking a motherly role towards Bowser's eight unruly children. However, this once again is based off of a canon incident (that of Bowser Junior being convinced that she's his mom and even calling her "Mama Peach"). It's actually unknown just how the seven older Koopalings feel about Peach, but the image of them looking up to her as their mom is cute nonetheless.
    • There's a significant amount of crossovers based on Paper Mario involving either an original character, the author or just about anyone else becoming one of Mario's partners in the games. Probably because it makes for an easy way to introduce new characters to the game universe.
    • Bringing the partners back is rather popular idea itself, seeing how most of them have huge fanbases.
    • After Peach rejected Mario's proposal in Super Mario Odyssey, two types of plots sprung up: "Mario gets back with Pauline" plots and "Peach gets with Pauline" plots.
    • Bowser and Peach are in a Secret Relationship. Optionally, Bowser Jr actually is their Child of Forbidden Love together, but they keep it a secret.
  • In The Sims fandom, it's incredibly common for a "backstory" type fic to be about Pleasantview and how Bella Goth disappeared. It will involve aliens, because the memory that Bella's husband Mortimer and daughter Cassandra have is that she was abducted by aliens. It also is common for it to involve Dina and Nina Caliente, because they arrived the day before Bella disappeared, and because Dina's late husband is Bella's brother. Another common plotline will be to tie Strangetown in somehow, because of the townie in Strangetown that is named Bella Goth. The one neighborhood that consistently is ignored is Veronaville.
  • Portal:
    • A lot of fanfics written after Portal 2 involved Wheatley returning from space or Chell returning to Aperture, even though both are a no-go in the canon.
    • GLaDOS or Wheatley being transferred to android or human bodies for whatever reason — or just making them human and not even bothering with the transfer. This in turn created its own sub-set, with one or both of them being originally human to better facilitate the transfer (note that this is at least partially true for GLaDOS). Most of the time, Humanoid!Wheatley will bear a strong resemblance to Stephen Merchant.
  • If one is to write a Super Robot Wars Fan Fic, the usual standard story will do the following: Write a prologue in the style used by the games (with a list of "Series Represented" almost always included), then the plot will basically proceed with the novelized version of the same type of mecha anime crossover story writing style endemic to the games.
  • Persona
    • For Persona 3 and Persona 4 fanfics, it's very common to have them a crossover between the two and have the P3 main character(s) being related to Naoto Shirogane. Both games eventually receiving not one, but two canonical crossovers merely made the concept more popular than it already was.
    • For P3 fics specifically, it's also common to tackle events "post-Seal" where SEES tries to find a way to release the main character from his/her burden. "The Answer", a Playable Epilogue added in the Updated Re-release, is basically a canon version of this.
    • Since The Answer wasn't included in Portable, "What would The Answer be like with the female protagonist?" has become a very common subject of fanfiction. 99% of these have Shinjiro in Aigis' role.
    • Some P3 fics involve retellings of the game with both the male and female protagonists. They're nearly always depicted as siblings in this case, though it's not uncommon for them to be shipped with each other instead.
    • P4 would have some fanfics where the boys get revenge against the girls for their misery at the Amagi Inn.
    • For Persona 5, it's common to replace the protagonist with either a Gender Flip or instead to give the Wild Card ability to Makoto Niijima and relegate the original Joker to a supporting character role.
    • Fics for Persona 5, 90% of all Goro fics come in three categories:
      • 1. Goro survives Shidou's Palace and makes amends
      • 2. Goro and Joker meet and become friends earlier
      • 3. Goro copes with abuse by his father.
    • Other characters having palaces is a popular topic for Persona 5 fics as well.
    • One common idea in fan works is Arcana Swap, giving characters of one game each other's Tarot Motifs with varying levels of Swapped Roles and Personality Swap.
    • Some fics have Kamoshida preying on male as well as female students, the most popular victims being Joker/Ren/Akira, Ryuji, or Mishima.
  • Baten Kaitos has half of all fanfics treating the return of the Guardian Spirit in some form.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • For The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, there are a bevy of post-game Midna/Link fanfics that involve Midna either remaining in Hyrule for some reason (often Link stopping her with a love confession) or Link searching for a way to get to the Twilight Realm to be with her (or some new problem in Hyrule manages to tie into that desire anyway). A variant includes Link and Midna having made love sometime during the adventure, with Midna discovering that she's pregnant after returning, prompting her to figure out a way back to Link so they can raise their child together.
    • In fics where Ganon does a Heel–Face Turn, it often comes in the form of him swooping in and saving Link from an OC villain. Bonus points if the situation involved rape, though that's usually saved for shipping fics.
    • Zelda struggling to survive her seven years of exile in Ocarina of Time, mostly involving how she became Sheik.
    • Fanworks for the second game are scarce, however some of the few that exist deal with the concept of two Zeldas or how the Sleeping Zelda feels about waking up after several centuries.
    • Fans are very curious as to what happened to Link after The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Did he ever reunite with Navi? Who does he end up with? With the reveal that the Hero's Shade from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the Hero of Time, fans have written and drawn multiple ways that he could have lost one of his eyes. The general consensus is that, as an adult, Link became a soldier or knight, married Malon (with Zelda as the second option if fans don't like Link/Malon), and somehow died alone at a young age.
    • The backstory to The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap involves a legendary hero known as the "Hero of Men." He is heavily implied to be an incarnation of Link, but his story hasn't been featured in a game yet. Fans have thus had to write their own interpretations of his life.
    • Stories where Link doesn't get transported back into the past at the end of Ocarina of Time, meaning the Child Timeline never comes to be. What happens afterwards depends on the fan. Does he become Zelda's bodyguard, personal knight, or maybe even her husband? Does he keep his Childhood Marriage Promise to Ruto? Does he go back to Malon? What challenges do Link and Zelda face during, and after, the rebuilding the kingdom? Would the goddesses still flood Hyrule? There are many plots that can come from Link staying in the Adult Timeline.
    • Zelda and Ganondorf are in an Arranged Marriage to unite, or at least ease tensions between, the Hylians and Gerudo.
    • Post-Twilight Princess fics where Link returns to Ilia after years away looking how to reunite with Midna. Sometimes Link and Ilia even have a kid together from a fling Link had before he went on his journey.
  • The Legend of Spyro:
    • There's such a specific Fandom-Specific Plot that occurs so regularly in the fic fandom that there's even a Fan Nickname for lampshading it. Called "The Post-DotD template," it goes a little like this: A new ancient evil emerges, and Spyro, Cynder, and a ton of OCs (one of them possibly a human turned dragon) must stop it. A long the way, they encounter Flame and Ember who some how managed to survive the temple raid at the start of the first game, and nine times out of ten Ember is derailed into a invoked death eater to make Cynder seem more likable. While all this is going on, Spyro and Cynder are struggling with their Super-Powered Evil Sides while also trying to admit their feelings for one another despite Cynder already admitting her love for Spyro at the end of Dawn of the Dragon, with some contrived situation (usually caused by Ember) breaking them up, only to get back together a few chapters later with little to no problem. Also, double points if Malefor shows up and pulls a Dr. Wily by hijacking the plot. It's impossible to count the number of fics that give Spyro a brother/sister who is also a purple dragon (despite the fact that only one purple dragon is born every ten generations) on both hands. In general, while some of these kinds of fics can turn out to be really good if handled with care, in general the "Post-DotD template" has become the source of some pretty big Snark Bait in the fandom, though despite that it still refuses to die.
    • Trapped in TV Land Self-Insert fics have all but taken over the Spyro Fan Fiction Dot Net archive. Notably, a large number of these involve a character who was in the army/police force/otherwise had special self-defense training getting sucked into the Legend of Spyro setting, as some form of 'justification' as to why they're able to handle themselves in the world.
    • Rewriting the Legend of Spyro storyline with a different character taking Spyro's place as the hero is also very common, be it an Original Character or a different canon character, with Cynder being a frequent choice.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series fanfics and roleplays, the Player Character of one game is commonly the descendant or relative of characters from previous games. A particularly popular example is having the Dragonborn of Skyrim be the descendant of Martin Septim and a female Champion of Cyrodiil from Oblivion. (This would make the Dragonborn the rightful heir of the Empire.)
  • Senran Kagura:
    • Many Senran Kagura fics includes male ninjas fighting alongside the female cast or sometimes falling in love with any of the girls, most of the time with Asuka. There's no rule against male ninjas in the series and in fact, Murasame (Ikaruga's brother) is playable in the second game of the seriesnote . The first game even goes out of its way to show that even romance isn't frowned upon (although the same plot thread also points out that students usually forsake relationships for training and most Shinobi families are marriages of politics and convenience).
    • A common plot is also crossing over with another team from other series about ninjas. For obvious reasons, Naruto is the main target for any kind of team-up between ninjas.
  • Team Fortress 2 plots:
    • "Respawn Malfunction" - can be Played for Laughs or Played for Drama
    • Origin stories - of how the Original Eighteen (or just Nine, if only one team is the focus) got recruited; less common now that peripheral material seems to suggest that in the "canonical" world of Team Fortress 2, there are far fewer mercs than originally thought.
    • Slice of Life - usually with much of the humor around how nobody could be considered even remotely normal.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • The majority of fics involve the cast living together in a large mansion, with the games being represented as tournaments. These stories usually take a Slice of Life approach, focusing on the interactions between the fighters. The Play Station All Stars Battle Royale fandom has adopted similar concepts, though they're not nearly as widespread.
    • If you're reading a non-fluffy or non-comedic fic, there's a good chance it involves Master Hand transferring people from their universes into a tournament. Just how much the fighters actually enjoy this (anything from some feeling forced to loving it), along with how violent and gory the fighting can get (can they get injured, is the fighting toned down similar to a sport, or is it a free-for-all blood bath?), differs from fanwork to fanwork.
    • A very popular Super Smash Bros. Ultimate AU is having Sonic and Pikachu escape Galeem's lasers along with Kirby and having them be a starting trio.
  • Splatoon:
    • Almost all fanfiction deals with an Inkling who's just moved into Inkopolis, usually meeting with some of the shopkeepers and/or an established squad and getting into Turf Wars. Depending on the fic, this Inkling will also either become a member of the Squidbeak Splatoon, undertaking the games' story modes or an entire new adventure, or unknowingly befriend one of the agents.
    • The Octolings are a fountain of fanfic all by themselves. Common plots involve their life in the underground domes, their increasing terror of Agent 3, and occasionally their forays into Inkopolis. A lot of the time these are all mixed together.
    • For the same reasons as the above, an Inkling finding/rescuing and living with an Octoling is also a common plotline, with it more often than not ending in romance. Ironically enough, the second game has this serve as part of Pearl and Marina's backstory, their early friendship matching it almost beat for beat.
      • Then came the Octo Expansion, and a variation involving Agent 3 taking in Agent 8 (or otherwise serving as her guide to the surface while Pearl and Marina act as Parental Substitutes) was born, quickly surpassing the more general version. Doubly fun as Agent 8 is canonically an amnesiac.
    • Role-reversal AUs where Callie won the Splatfest and Marie ended up kidnapped instead of Callie.
    • Fans who were unsatisfied with how Splatoon 2 handled Callie and Marie's reunion have plenty of fan-works which portray it as more emotional. Some go as far as to make Callie a Shell-Shocked Veteran post-rescue.
    • How did Marina end up above ground and how did she meet Pearl? Many fanfic try to solve these questions. The Octo Expansion filling in some of the blanks actually further increased these stories, with a lot of them exploring Marina's culture shock and tech genius in-depth.
    • Some stories bring Agent 3, Agent 4, and Agent 8 together as a Power Trio, usually with Agent 8 as a rookie understudy and Fish out of Water in Inkopolis, Agent 3 as the seasoned, stoic leader, and Agent 4 as the plucky, experienced Cheerful Child. Usually, if they're on a mission, Agent 3 leads the team as The Comically Serious to Agent 4's and/or Agent 8's shenanigians. In more casual, peaceful times, Agent 4 is usually the one to lead and teach Agent 8 more about Inkopolis, while Agent 3 either takes some time to settle down and actively join her fellow agents for fun things, or she already quietly looks over them like a Cool Big Sis.
  • Chrono Cross:
    • While Guile fanfics make up a small percentage in the whole Chrono Cross fandom, the majority of the fanfics portray Guile as an incredibly badass wandering Black Mage. Often, he's either a Challenge Seeker or a Blood Knight, especially if the setting involves Bounty Hunter. Occasionally, manliness may be added. Doesn't matter whether he's Magus or not.
    • A common one is a Fix Fic, in which it's the game novelization with the assumptions that Guile is indeed Magus.
  • Undertale:
    • Undertale has a very prominent one in the concept of Genocide Papyrus. Fans really love to ask themselves the question "in an Alternate Universe where Frisk/Chara kills Sans first and confronts Papyrus as the Final Boss of Genocide Run instead, what would happen"? The concept is played in different ways depending on the author, often mixing and matching the different approaches. Sometimes it's played for Rule of Cool, wherein Papyrus shows himself to be Not So Harmless and gives Frisk/Chara the beating of a lifetime, comparable to Sans himself. In other cases the emphasis is on Papyrus' evolution from lovable goof to vengeance-crazed, broken individual. And occasionally the author decides that someone like Papyrus simply could never be as cold and vengeful as Sans was, and has him break down in the middle of battle or being unwilling to hurt the Fallen Child. This concept is often known as "Disbelief Papyrus" (subverting Papyrus' "I believe in you" from the regular Genocide Route). Papyrus is typically depicted wearing Sans' jacket over his "battle body", wielding a giant bone as a weapon, with his right eye glowing orange (in contrast to Sans' blue left eye), and with the ability to either dodge or block attacks, as well as to use KARMA like his brother.
    • Even in the best ending, you can never really save Asriel Dreemurr, who will eventually revert to being an emotionless flower due to his lack of a soul. Fans have long been entertaining the idea of a "Ultimate Pacifist" ending which would allow Asriel to remain himself. In many cases, this involves Frisk pulling a Heroic Sacrifice and giving their soul to Asriel. Gerson's explanation of Boss Monster parents sharing their soul with their children also inspires many fans to write about Frisk splitting their soul with Asriel.
    • One popular fanfic and fan art setting is the so-called "Floweypot AU", in which Frisk brings Flowey to the surface in a flowerpot, and Flowey ends up living with them and Toriel, grumping at every opportunity. Frisk may attempt to teach Flowey to love again and/or find a way to turn him back to Asriel, overlapping with the above plot.
    • A recurring idea is known as Gasterblaster Sans, where he is overtaken by the power source of the Gaster Blasters he uses in the No Mercy run, putting him through a Baleful Polymorph into a skeletal monster of either canine or reptilian appearance. Or sometimes his head just changes shape. Either way, it's always Played for Drama. Whether he's fully mentally aware himself and in control during the ordeal varies depending on the author. Sometimes Papyrus is put through this plot as well, due to being related to Sans and the implied connection both share with W.D. Gaster.
    • AUs in general are very popular in the Undertale fandom. They run the gamut from cosmetic changes (like Outertale, which is Undertale in space), to character swaps, to human AUs, to Nightmare Fuel AUs. Some of the AUs even have their own blog, and there is also a lot of fanart where characters from the original Undertale or an AU meet characters from another AU. A master list of all the known Undertale AUs can be found here.
    • The 'character swap' AU, popularized by Underswap and Storyshift of Storyshift: taking characters and placing them in other characters' roles. It's essentially the direct descendant of Homestuck's Bloodswap plot.
    • As for crossovers, one classic is by replacing the Human Child with a character of your choice. A few examples are Terry Hintz, Buddy, The Pine Twins, Ruby Rose, Iji, Naruto, Harry Potter, Reimu Hakurei, and even Lucas and company.
  • Until Dawn has a specific Fix Fic type in which the character Josh Washington survives and is rescued from the mountain instead of the two canon routes of him dying or transforming into a wendigo. Relatedly and in a broader scope is the Hurt/Comfort Fic genre devoted specifically to exploring the fallout of the game's events on whoever survives from the group of friends, how they handle (or don't) their traumas and how they reconcile (or don't) with each other (most tend to go for a Golden Ending of everyone surviving and becoming True Companions).
  • Animal Crossing:
    • Many fan-works deconstruct or parody game mechanics, with a popular one being what happens when you restart a town. It's often presented as either a memory wipe or the character's worlds being reconstructed from the town up while the villagers can't do anything.
    • The mayoral assistant Isabelle from New Leaf having a crush on the (usually male) protagonist appears a lot.
    • The games suggest that Sable and Tom Nook were friends when they were younger, until Tom left for the city and came back a changed man. Many fan-works try to fix their relationship and pair them up.
  • Freedom Planet:
    • Freedom Planet has protagonist Sash Lilac dealing with her torture at the hands of Brevon in some manner. This most likely emerged from responses to the very next scene, where Lilac's injuries are completely healed with out-of-the-blue healing baths. Not only this, but it is NEVER brought up again and Lilac just seems to forget it happened after that event. This didn't go down too well with some fans, either decrying the act as either pointless or a complete cop-out. Naturally, a number of fics either better convey how Lilac would deal with this (ranging from being a little shaken from the experience to full-on PTSD) removing the healing baths altogether and having Lilac deal with it that way. One example even had her go completely insane from the events, albeit with a number of other factors helping her along.
    • A few fics attempt to go into Lilac's and Carol's past with the Red Scarves, alongside imagining whatever caused them to leave in the first place, which is a tad vague in canon.
  • Nicktoons Unite!, if a new member joins the original foursome, there is a very good chance it will be Jenny or Zim (the former of which was a Secret Character in Attack of the Toybots while the latter canonically teamed up with them in Globs of Doom). The Loud siblings are also a popular choice.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sega has a pretty strict rule against showing Sonic cry, or even being that emotional. Naturally many fan-works try their best to break Sonic to his limits.
    • The default for Shadow/Amy shipping fics is to have Amy Rose be spurned one too many times by Sonic or otherwise get the memo that nothing will ever happen between her and the Blue Blur. Shadow will inevitably stumble across her, nine-times-out-of-ten in a field or forest, as she tries to cope with this and quickly manage to comfort her. Cue the two starting a deeper friendship that leads to romance. Bonus points if Sonic/Sally was the inciting incident, even in fanfics set in the games (where Sally doesn't exist).
    • There's more than a few fan-works that feature Infinite making an illusion of Maria in order to play with Shadow's heart.
    • In a similar vein to the plotlines seen in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Chronicles, stories where Knuckles finds out he's not the last echidna.
    • The few Sonic/Elise fanfics there are usually revolve around Sonic and Elise regaining their memories and reuniting.
  • Sly Cooper has Penelope make a Face–Heel Turn in the fourth game. Most fans will come up with a reason for this, such as Brainwashing, a clone, or a robot.
  • Almost every BlazBlue crossover ends up after the events of BlazBlue: Central Fiction. After erasing himself, Ragna ends up in another universe.
  • Diablo: Leah turns up not only having survived from Diablo's possession, but also she becomes a demoness. Despite this, she uses her dark powers to fight for the forces of good.
  • There are plenty of Kingdom Hearts fanfics that feature the main characters (or OCs) travelling to Disney worlds that haven't been featured in the game yet, or are unlikely to ever be.
  • It's generally excepted by FusionFall fans that if Numbuh 362 was in the game, she would be wearing her armor from Operation ZERO.(Here's what it looks like for those that don't know.)
  • The King's Quest (2015) fandom loves to have Achaka survive the Well. Usually this is an excuse for shipping him with Squire/Sir/King Graham, sometimes with MPreg being involved so that Alexander and Rosella continue to exist in this alternate universe (alongside any OC kids the author might potentially create along the way.) It’s fairly rare that an explanation for how/why he lived is given; and when it is given, it’s usually due to Graham getting injured trying to save Achaka, else the reader is just expected to fill in the blanks or not question it. Queen Valanice, Graham’s canonical wife (who here has been split into two women, Vee and Neese), either doesn’t exist or Vee and Neese are together as a couple instead of either getting together with Graham.
  • Due to the Valkyrie Profile series currently focusing on side stories, fans have taken it upon themselves to write the hypothetical Valkyrie Profile: Hrist to go with the two main games.

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