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  • Two common plotlines in Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers fandom are "Eliza's rescue" (at least 4 versions are floating around), and ones where the other three find out about the full extent of the dirty politics and hellish conditions at Wolf Den — usually in the form of some threat to Shane. Queue the Series 5 team making the guilty parties wish they were dealing with Supertroopers.
  • Adventure Time:
    • The fandom is overflowing with crossovers in which the usual cast interacts with their gender-flipped counterparts from the "Fionna and Cake" episodes, despite those stories explicitly taking place in in-universe Real-Person Fic written by the Ice King, and later other characters. (Though Word of God says that Fionna and Cake may nonetheless exist in an Alternate Universe.) Sometimes the characters meet via magical means, but just as often they act as if their doubles have been around this whole time, and it's especially common for them to be each other's siblings (Fionna is Finn's twin sister, Gumball is Bubblegum's older brother, etc.). It probably helps that there is official artwork of them interacting. Ice King would even write this very type of fic in an issue of the comics.
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    • Once that fandom realized that Marceline and Princess Bubblegum were old flames, the floodgates for high school and college AUs for the pairing burst wide open. Strangely enough, in conjunction with the above, these fics have the tendency to give Marceline a brother in the form of Marshall Lee while forgoing the other opposite sex versions of the characters.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks:
    • Fics that make a trilogy out of the movies where the Chipmunks meet one of the classic Universal Horror monsters by having them meet Dracula - to round out Meet Frankenstein having Alvin turn into a monster and Meet The Wolfman having Theodore become a werewolf, these fics typically feature Simon being bitten by a vampire.
    • There are a few fics where The Chipettes are reunited with their long-lost sister Charlene.
    • One of the Chipmunks or Chipettes gets kidnapped and suffers a nasty Break the Cutie. Interestingly, Eleanor and Theodore are not usually the kidnapping victims in this scenario.
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  • Arthur fanfic writers enjoy writing about the characters as teenagers in high school (or less so middle school). They often lean towards Dark Fics, sometimes even Troll Fics, and are usually full of shipping.
  • Though there aren't many a lot of Care Bears fanfiction involves finding a new or lost member of the care bear family on earth who then moves up to join them and has to integrate into their society, often bringing emotional baggage that has to be sorted out or a new villain that has to be beaten.
  • A Ben 10 fic that that involves any interaction with another series will, wherever possible, lead to the Omnitrix scanning a local life form and gaining a transformation. The fact that many Word of God statements exist of the various aliens that Ben can and cannot scan only fuels this fire.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers:
    • One of the most common plot in fics involves Wheeler and Linka hooking up somehow.
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    • Linka struggling with her addiction to Bliss from the drug episode. Invariably, Wheeler is around to be her support.
  • Carmen Sandiego:
    • When it comes to writing Red Crackle, the most used plot is one where Gray regains his lost memories and teams up with Carmen to try and get back at V.I.L.E.
    • V.I.L.E. agents get their hands on a member of Team Carmen and pull an I Have Your Wife scenario. This gets particularly nightmare and horror inducing if they manage to find and abduct Player; not only is he significantly younger than his allies, but (unlike Zack, Ivy and redeemed!Gray) he would also be unable to defend himself, being the team's Non-Action Guy. Rarely, A.C.M.E. tries the same trick to get information on Carmen and her connections, again usually with Player; this backfires horribly, destroying any chance of Carmen trusting them.
      • A recent variation has V.I.L.E. agents attempting to abduct Player and while they fail, they still succeed in rendering him an orphan and homeless (or just homeless if the story in question has him being a Minor Living Alone).
      • The special "To Steal or Not to Steal" ended up using this plot, with Zack and Ivy as the victims.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers:
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Fics about the kids being decommissioned, usually with them ceasing to be friends afterwards (though Kuki and Wally almost always fall in love somehow which is canon), are incredibly common. There's a sub-genre of these where Kuki and Wally are angsty, lonely teens who are mysteriously drawn to each other despite not recognizing one another.
    • The main characters' children time-traveling back from the future is also a fairly common one.
    • A lot of shipping stories will have Numbuh 1 dump Lizzie before hooking up with Numbuh 5 or Numbuh 362.
    • At the end of the series, Numbuh 1 leaves Earth in order to join the Galactic Kids Next Door. This will either be ignored or have him return from space, generally as a teen.
    • All fics that involve the Mirror Universe will most likely have the Nega version of Numbuh 362(Lehcar). Her personality is mostly the same: She was a supporter of Nega Numbuh 4 before he was overthrown and is trying to either get him back in power, or take over for herself. She can also have a Villainous Crush on Numbuh 1, which tends to combine nicely with the above plot of Numbuh 1 and Numbuh 362 hooking up.
    • Despite canon hinting that Numbuh 3 is Numbuh 86's only friend, most, if not all fanfics will also make Numbuh 362 her friend, despite 362 being shown to not have the highest opinion of 86.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • A great many fics involve the return of Dark Danny. This is largely due to his immense popularity, the fact that he only appeared in the series once, and that supposedly he was going to return if the series wasn't Screwed by the Network. What he does when he returns varies from story to story: sometimes he gets shipped, other times he gets "redeemed," but he usually goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • A common alternative story is that Dark Danny is still defeated by Past Danny, however he succeeds in his plan of killing his former family and friends and Clockworth does not intervene to save them. As such Past Danny must live on alone, but armed with the knowledge of what created Dark Danny, refuses to repeat the same events by never going to Vlad. Often he moves in with another student, most of time it's Valerie, and tries to make a new life and future for himself and move on from the trauma of his family's and friend's deaths.
    • 'Reveal fics' where somebody, usually Danny's parents, discover that he is half-ghost are pretty common. There are two main varieties when it comes to Danny's parents. The first usually has Danny having to save their lives, exposing himself in the process. The second, known in-fandom as "dissection fics", appropriately have his parents capture him and attempt to dissect/torture/kill him before the reveal is made, hence the nickname. Depending on how dark the story in question is, the reveal only occurs during or after vivisection. Meanwhile, reveal fics focusing on other characters are more likely to have other plots, such as Mr. Lancer's concern for his mysteriously troubled student leading him to discover the truth, or one or all of Danny's classmates getting trapped somewhere with him until he has to use his powers in front of them.
    • As the ghosts are, well, ghosts, many fanfics deal with their lives as humans and their premature deaths. Ember in particular has a lot of these, with many being some level of Song Fic using lyrics from "Remember".
    • There are many Hurt Comfort Fics and Dark Fics that explore how being a half-ghost takes a mental toll on Danny. This can be anything from depression, to Self-Harm, or suicidal tendencies.
    • It's pretty common to see fics detailing what happened in the first month after Danny got his powers, since the show doesn't.
    • Similarly, there are multiple fics that explore the circumstances and aftermath of the original accident, since the show doesn't show much of it in its original context.
    • There are also many fics which explore the nature of ghosts (either through the lens of Danny's ghostly nature or not), their society, and/or the Ghost Zone.
    • Jack and Maddie Fenton getting called out for their approach to ghosts being unscientific is a pretty popular story element; given that they pride themselves as scientists, it almost always triggers a My God, What Have I Done? out of them.
    • As Danny's human friends Tucker and Sam are exceptionally contentious characters and the plots involving them generally considered pretty uninteresting compared to the ghost happenings, there exist quite a few pics where their friendship with Danny ends due to a misunderstanding and he embraces the ghost side of himself full-time, often falling for one of the most women such as the aforementioned Ember. It's about 50-50 whether he ends up forgiving them by the end.
  • Darkwing Duck fanfic writers love fics involving someone helping a woobified Megavolt cure his memory loss, after which he remembers Drake as a friend or some long lost love/relative, causing him to make a Heel–Face Turn (usually playing it all a lot more seriously than the show did). This is prevalent to the extent that even in fics not about that at all that feature Megavolt as a villain, it's not uncommon to see his memory problems played up a lot more, his emotions all over the place and him obviously struggling with an inevitable heel face turn of some kind.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • "Reverse Kevedd" was started by a fan-artist in 2011. It's a ship-based role reversal on Kevin and Edd. Kevin is a Dork in a Sweater while Edd is a tough delinquent.
    • Flash Forward Fic works where the characters are teenagers or adults.
    • Stories featuring Eddy's recovery from his Dark and Troubled Past under the thumb of his Big Brother Bully are popular, often involving Past Experience Nightmares and various triggers to set off panic attacks, to his friends' worry.
    • Edd's parents are shown to be at best neglectful and often abusive; with the help of his True Companions, he escapes.
    • Eddy's brother returns and goes after either Eddy or Edd, both of whom he blames for his humiliating defeat at the end of The Movie; when he goes after Edd, his motivation is at least partly Revenge by Proxy since he correctly guesses that going after Edd would hurt Eddy, possibly more than actually assaulting him.
  • Elena of Avalor:
    • One of Elena's inner circle gets kidnapped. While Mateo is the most popular target, especially if he's shipped with her, this can be done with anyone in said inner circle, with extra Adult Fear if Isabel is the one taken.
    • Elena is pressured to accept an Arranged Marriage to strengthen ties between Avalor and another kingdom despite having feelings for one of her friends (Mateo is probably the most popular choice for this plot but Gabe or Naomi are possibilities). Ultimately Elena is able to get her happy ending, whether it's because her would-be fiance turns out to be evil or part of an evil plot (if the latter, he may not be aware of the villainous designs and will join up with Team Avalor to stop them, horrified at what his countrymen have in store) or is just as uncertain about the marriage as she is and grateful for her turning him down (often having someone he'd rather marry back home).
    • Stories centered on Elena's interactions with her spouse and future children are well-liked and generally fluffy slice-of-life.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • There are a few fanfics about Norm the Genie falling in love with a female genie master Original Character who treats him right. This can also be done with him becoming a Parental Substitute to a child master who endears themselves to him.
    • A lot of stories reflect on Cosmo and Wanda's failing relationship, as well as how they met and how their Anti-Fairy counterparts met. There are many fanfics about Anti-Poof's birth. The latter is Hilarious in Hindsight given Foop's eventual birth.
    • Trixie fans really love the episode "The Boy Who Would Be Queen" and its reveal that she is secretly a Tomboy. The two most common plots involve Trixie dealing with having to hide her tomboyish side, usually gaining the courage to embrace it, or Trixie being reunited with Timantha. Either plot goes hand-in-hand with Timmy/Trixie shipping fics.
    • Many Timmy/Vicky shipping fics usually start with both Timmy and Vicky not finding a date (either for Valentine's Day or for school prom night) and decide to go together as temporary couple. Depending on the writer, their relationship can either go further beyond temporary couple or just staying friends (as such fics usually take place sometime during Timmy's teenage years).
  • Many Family Guy fics, mostly dealing with Meg getting revenge for all the abuse she had to suffer from her family, especially Seahorse Seashell Party and their reason for why the family act the way they do to her. As well as a few having Brian shoot back against those who wrong him, specifically Quagmire after his "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Gargoyles:
    • What if Elisa Maza (or any other character) was definitely turned into a Gargoyle?
    • There's the ton and a half of "Brooklyn Gets A Girlfriend" fics.
  • If a Goof Troop fanfic stars PJ, there is a huge chance he will call the old man out in a way far more active than he ever did on the show, occasionally becoming or threatening to become a Self-Made Orphan. If a story is about Max, it will, depending on his age, deal with his Missing Mom situation or explain what happened between him and Roxanne. Threequels are also a popular story type, as are stories that try to give Bradley Uppercrust III Hidden Depths (based on a somewhat popular Alternative Character Interpretation).
  • Gravity Falls:
    • There is the "Bill Possession" AU, inspired by such episodes as "Dreamscaperers" and "Sock Opera", where Bill possesses one of the Mystery Crew (Dipper more often than not). If not that, then he'll more commonly have Dipper start working for him after he makes Dipper realize that there's no one he can trust in Gravity Falls.
    • After "Not What He Seems" was released, where Mabel chooses to trust Stan over Dipper's judgement, many fics depicted Dipper as losing his trust in both Mabel and Stan, either abandoning them after the Portal incident or willingly submitting himself to Bill's clutches due to believing he couldn't rely on his family anymore. A more downplayed variant has Dipper simply becoming distant from his family, with the plot focusing on which twin was in the right.
    • A common one is the Reverse Falls AU, where Gideon Gleeful and Pacifica Northwest switch places with Dipper and Mabel. Gideon takes on Dipper's role as a curious kid visiting Gravity Falls over the summer, while Pacifica (now either his cousin or a local friend, Depending on the Writer) takes Mabel's place as the fun-loving 80s aesthetic girl. The Pines twins take Gideon's place, albeit being Creepy Twins that are far more cold and calculating than Gideon ever was in canon. Meanwhile, Bill Cipher himself becomes a wimpy triangle demon that got enslaved by the twins. Depending on the fic, under the influence of the mystery duo, the twins eventually start being nicer people, albeit still not exactly pleasant or moral.
    • After the release of "Northwest Mansion Mystery", fanfics of Dipper and Pacifica falling in love with each other at some point after the episode became pretty common. It helps to know that Pacifica had truly humbled by the end of the episode thanks to Dipper's influence, with side-material both during and after the show's run confirming that they did develop crushes on each other.
    • Many Dipcifica (shipping of Dipper and Pacifica) fics tend to open up with her parents taking the abuse on their daughter too far, causing Pacifica to run away from home to live at the Mystery Shack, leading to adventures with the Pine Twins, aka the only true friends she has.
    • Long before the release of "Not What He Seems" and "A Tale of Two Stans", fics surrounding Grunkle Stan and a twin brother also named Stan going around and solving mysteries with a saner Old Man McGucket in their youth as a "Mystery Trio" were rampant. (See I Knew It! and Trolling Creator for how these fanfic actually ended up affecting the show's production.)
    • Since any discussion about Mabel inadvertently giving the rift to Bill were never discussed in-show and skipped over in the later Lost Legends comic, a lot of post-Weirdmageddon fics tend to have Mabel realizing what she had done and breaking down. The fics have her contemplating on who she is, with the other Pines family confronting her about it; either reassuring her that it wasn't her fault or having her get karmic retribution in some way.
    • Since Time Travel is an established part of the show's canon, there's also a fair few 'Timestuck AU' fics in which Dipper and/or Mabel find a Time Tape and wind up trapped in the 70s or early 80s, whereupon they stumble upon a young Grunkle Stan during his homeless grifter days. This often culminates in the kids convincing Stan to visit Ford earlier than in canon and helping to repair their shattered friendship thirty years ahead of schedule, averting the fight that got Ford trapped in another dimension and therefore putting a huge dent in Bill Cipher's plans. Of course, since this happening would alter canon significantly, it usually results in the creation of an Alternate Timeline, though the possibility of a Downer Ending in which 'our' version of Dipper and/or Mabel is retconned out of existence as a result of changing their past may be considered in-story.
  • There are many Green Lantern: The Animated Series fanfics where Aya is revived by Razer somehow. Many of them involve her turning organic, which in itself is a common fic idea.
  • Most Grossology fics feature new agents joining the Bureau of Grossology, said agents usually being Naomi, Paige, and Chester.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Fic-writers tend to be fond of the "character leaves town for years, only to return much later to the neighborhood and reintroduce their newly mature selves to their old friends". Despite Arnold actually having a reason for doing this (searching for his parents), this kind of thing usually stars Helga, who always comes back more attractive and more mature, so as to sweep Arnold off his feet.
    • Fanfics tackling the plot of The Jungle Movie, prior to the project being rescued from Development Hell; all that was known about the story was that Arnold sets out to find his lost parents in Central America and that he'd get Relationship Upgrade with Helga, with fanfic writers rolling with that loose outline for years until the canonical version was made.
    • Word of God is Lila has a darker side, though exactly what this means was never specified. As such, fanfic writers who go with this either make her a troubled and traumatized Stepford Smiler or a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
    • Lila and Helga frequently enter an Odd Friendship once the Love Triangle is out of the way. Lila is usually thrilled that Arnold and Helga are together, though she's not above being a Covert Pervert who "oh so innocently" suggests a threesome, to Arnold's embarrassment and Helga's irritation; it varies how serious she is, but she's usually joking.
    • Stories where Arnold finds out about Helga's terrible home life and is furious are pretty popular.
  • A huge amount of Infinity Train fanfics can be cleanly divided into one of two categories: crossover fics where a character from another work ends up becoming a passenger, or continuation fics that follow a character after they manage to leave the train. Sometimes you get a series fic that does both.
    • After Book 3, AUs where Simon doesn't die: these fics either follow an alternate Book 3 ending where Grace is able to rescue him from the Ghom just in time or have Simon still getting attacked, but it turning out getting attacked by a Ghom reincarnates you as a denizen or returns one to Earth.
  • Jem:
    • Putting one or more of the bands on VH-1's Behind the Music, a melodramatic "documentary" series depicting the backstage drama for various bands. These are played anywhere from totally straight to Deconstructive Parody.
    • A common plot is wondering what will happen to the bands in a few years. The series takes place in the late 80s, so fans use retrospective to their advantage. Jem and the Holograms almost always breaks up in the early 90s due to the changing music climate, and occasionally personal issues. Fanon is torn on whether The Misfits crash and burn too or if they just keep doing their thing, but it's generally considered eventually Stormer will be a solo artist.
    • There are unsurprisingly plenty of fics dealing with Rio or Riot learning Jem is really Jerrica.
    • Plenty of fanfics go into the backstories of The Misfits, whether it's their difficult childhoods or how the band met.
    • Several fics about Stormer becoming a Hologram exist, despite Word of God saying Stormer is loyal to The Misfits.
    • Post-"Bands Break Up" fics dealing with Kimber's and Stormer's relationship, whether it be romantic or platonic, aren't rare.
    • Pizzazz being reunited with her Missing Mom. This might also include her meeting a half-brother she didn't know about (or at least has never seen before).
    • The media learns that Jem and Jerrica are the same person and it creates a huge scandal. Common plots how this happens include either Synergy having a technical glitch mid-concert or someone leaking the info to the press.
    • Spin-Offspring fanfics where the characters children also start a band.
  • Fan works based on The Jetsons tend to have dark reasons for why the titular family lives in the sky. Usually, it's to do with either air pollution, flooding, or overpopulation, with some people speculating that it actually takes place at the same time as The Flintstones, who live on the surface, or that the animals have gone extinct (which ignores the fact that Astro the dog and their unnamed cat exist). Rosie the robot is often turned into either a Sexbot or a slave.
  • Kick Buttowski shipping fics tend to start with Kick and Kendall agreeing to spend a whole day (or even a whole week) together because of a bet or a dare. Naturally, after some initial bickering, they realize they've fallen in love with each other.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Pretty much every Drakken/Shego writer has done a piece dealing with the fallout from "Emotion Sickness" (in which emotion-setting "Moodulators" become attached to Kim and Shego, and for most of the episode they're crazy with love for Ron and Drakken, respectively). So have a lot of Kim/Ron fans, of course, but to a lesser extent because they have considerably more canon to work with.
    • A common plotline for writers interested in Kim and Shego (as a couple or otherwise) is to deal with the fallout from the climax of So The Drama, where Kim kicks Shego into a signal tower which zaps her and collapses on top of her. Shego survives just fine in canon, but either or both of them might believe that Kim intended to kill her, at least in that moment of anger. Alternate Universe Fics may have her critically injured or killed, sending Kim into a Heroic BSoD from the realization that may involve her quitting her job, with even more complications possible if Shego is apparently killed only to turn up alive several years later.
    • Fics that deal with Kim's career as an adult are common. What maturing does to her changes from author to author, though it's usually Darker and Edgier than her teen jobs.
    • Several fan fics (such as the Blood Bond, Blood Omen Series and At the Centerfold of the Storm) attempting to explain the nature of the show's villains, usually as being due to a case of Even Evil Has Standards, mainly in the form of a). not wanting to do anything that would label them as terrorists (and thus bring unwanted amounts of attention from law enforcement agencies less tolerant than GJ) and b). a hesitancy to harm someone who's technically a minor.
    • Fics where Kim ends up pregnant during the series or just after it are common. Most of the Kim/Shego ones are inspired by A Small Possibility.
    • Stories concerning Shego's backstory or her family in general.
    • A common Dark Fic asks 'what would happen if the Lorwardians won?'. These end with Kim dying, only to reveal that It Was All A Dream.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts began receiving stories wherein Kipo was raised on the surface by Scarlemange rather than in a burrow with her father after the season one finale revealed these characters are Connected All Along. After Season 2 elaborated more on this tidbit, fics wherein Lio raises both of them were added to the mix.
  • Mega Man:
    • Fans of the Mega Man cartoon show often have Proto Man leave Wily, usually by him creating Bass as a replacement. And then Bass isn't seen from again.
    • Other common fic plots involve Wily treating Protoman terribly.
  • A recurring plot point in Metalocalypse fanfiction (particularly of the Pickles/Offdensen persuasion) was that Offdensen was a fan of Snakes 'n' Barrels in its heyday and somehow managed to meet Pickles, which is how he made the connection that led him to becoming Dethklok's manager.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot has a whole genre of stories about Jenny becoming human somehow, usually to facilitate a relationship with Brad. (Fans never seem to do this if they pair her with Sheldon, for some reason.)
  • PAW Patrol:
    • Popular plot: "Ryder is taken out of commission for what will be a lengthy period; the pups will have to manage on their own in the meantime." This usually just involves injury or an mild illness but kidnapping or major medical complications can also be the reason, with the major complications possibly ensuing from what initially appeared to be a mild issue. This can also be expanded to remove Chase temporarily as well, to put Marshall in charge (as a reference to the Fanon that Marshall's number means he's the third-in-command of the team). While these can be lighthearted, they're usually more dramatic, especially if Marshall is thrust into leadership or if kidnapping or a potentially deadly scenario is in play.
    • The team breaks up for some reason and years later, reunites with their bonds in disarray; a disaster of some kind forces them to work together and rebuild their relationships. One of the more popular variants of this involves someone, usually Ryder, dying being the cause of the break up, though the death isn't always for real.
    • Someone with a grudge against Ryder goes after one of the pups. This can also expand into "someone with a grudge against one or both of Ryder's parents goes after him and/or the pups" or "someone with a grudge against [insert character] goes after [second character]" (with a reversal of the first option where Ryder becomes the victim of someone with a grudge against one of his pups; this can also happen with Jake if Everest is the one the kidnapper has a grudge against or Carlos if the grudge is held against Tracker). This is usually Played for Drama and invoked Nightmare Fuel with Nausea Fuel being entirely possible.
    • The Patrol faces massive disasters, whether natural ones like tsunamis or earthquakes or man-made, in a Darker and Edgier fashion, possibly even facing the loss of loved ones to death.
    • The pups regain their powers from "Mighty Pups". Which eventually happened in canon.
    • One of the pups ends up the target of a hate group. This can be breed-specific or in Rocky's case, related to disdain for mixed-breeds (Skye is not usually included when the group is anti-mixed-breed, probably because A) she's a designer cross or B) her cockapoo ancestry is primarily just cockapoo, making her closer to a purebred).
    • One of the pups has a Dark and Troubled Past that comes back to haunt their present and threaten their True Companions. This can happen with Ryder as well and sometimes the Dark and Troubled Past is shared between Ryder and the pup in question. Characters outside the core cast can be used for this purpose but it's more popular with non-main cast pups than humans.
    • A dangerous criminal/criminal group comes to Adventure Bay and the team has to stop them.
    • Sweetie and Mayor Humdinger team up to seek revenge on the Patrol. This usually falls apart in the end but can go nightmarishly well for at least part of the story. This can also be done with Sweetie teaming up with Harold, Sid or Ladybird, which goes about the same way.
    • Mayor Humdinger finally gets proper comeuppance for everything he's done. This can be the ending of a story or set up for an even worse antagonist. Sweetie, Harold or Ladybird can be used in a similar fashion.
    • Mayor Humdinger, Sweetie, Harold, Sid or Ladybird can get a Heel–Face Turn though this is usually only after a good portion of the story giving them Character Development and the heroes take most of the story to believe that they're being genuine.
    • A new pup joins the team. Prior to Marshall becoming the team's medic, having the newcomer fill this role was popular and it still is to a degree. New pups can also be a second example of all the canon characters' roles within the team. As for who the pup bonds with, if it's not Ryder himself, it's typically Katie, though having the OC bond with Alex, Danny or other canon kids or even an OC human isn't uncommon.
    • Stories about the Patrol's kids, biological or adoptive, or their relatives joining the team and/or a branch of it are wildly popular. New characters tend to have roles similar to the canon characters they're most closely tied to (like Marshall's sibling would probably either be a fire pup or a medic while Chase and Skye's child would either be a cop, a spy or a flier) but not always and if they aren't, it's often either a character or plot point.
  • PJ Masks:
    • One of the Masks is kidnapped by an enemy, which can either be one of the canon enemies, typically either Romeo or Night Ninja (though stories with Luna Girl in this role do exist), or an original character. Torture and Break the Cutie (both for the kidnapping victim and their worried friends) frequently ensues.
    • A kid finds a Night Totem and joins up the team. Girls are popular since it creates a Gender-Equal Ensemble but boys appear frequently.
    • One of the villains does a Heel–Face Turn due to Love Redeems. This is most common with Luna Girl having fallen for Greg or Connor but stories where she's fallen for Amaya or Romeo falls for Amaya or one of the boys do exist.
    • Origin stories for the heroes and/or villains are also quite popular, since the show itself notably lacks these.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar:
  • Rugrats:
    • One or more babies deciding to go naked again like in "Naked Tommy" is common. Sometimes has sexual connotations, but thankfully, it's often innocent.
    • A lot of Rugrats fanfics are set in between the show and All Grown Up!.
    • Some fanfics are set after All Grown Up and have the babies as adults, usually with children of their own, who often act like their parents.
    • The infamous "Rugrats Theory" which states that the babies are all in Angelica's imagination, Charlotte is actually Angelica's stepmother and her real mother Cynthia was a druggie who the Cynthia doll was based on, Tommy was stillborn, Chuckie died with his mother, Phil and Lil were aborted, and Kimi was taken away from Kira who was a hooker, has spawned a few fanfics.
    • Angelica getting a sibling is common because ever since Chuckie got a new adopted sister Kimi, she's the only Rugrat who's an only child.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • Due to them being Exiled from Continuity due to legal reasons, there are a fair number of fan works that attempt to connect the characters from the "He-Man" half of the Masters of the Universe franchise to this show's continuity.
    • A popular fan theory is that Catra is a princess that was kidnapped young. In addition to AUs where she's raised as a princess, fanfics that tackle this idea within the show's continuity have her discover this by stumbling across what remains of the Magicats and the Kingdom of Halfmoon: whether this is a large, fully functioning society, a small group in hiding, or the ruins of a completely destroyed civilization (in which case, Catra also learns that she's the Last of Her Kind) varies from fic to fic. If there are still Magicats hanging around, her parents (or at least her mother) tend to be alive as well.
      • As an extension of this, from the end of the second season until the true nature of the location was revealed in Season 4, Beast Island served a popular location for these stories.
    • There are several Role Swap AU fics where Catra is the one to find the Sword of Protection and become She-Ra, while Adora remains loyal to the Horde.
  • A common SheZow fanfic plot has Boxter somehow learn SheZow's true identity as his son. Much Hilarity/Drama Ensues.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Some fanfics involve Homer or Marge cheating on their spouse with either Maude or Ned.
    • Relatively common are troll stories that involve someone (usually either Lisa or Ned, possibly for shock value as they're canonically two of the most morally-righteous characters) doing something gross and/or immoral.
  • Sofia the First:
    • Sofia gets kidnapped as a Revenge by Proxy against Roland. The stories vary on whether she has to be rescued or escapes on her own but it's always traumatic either way.
    • Sofia plays matchmaker for one of her True Companions.
  • South Park: A common theme in shipping fics with Butters is that his partner (most commonly Kenny) helps him leave his Abusive Parents.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • Members in the fandom can't swing a wand on Tumblr without hitting at least one future heir to the throne of Mewni. Most of these fanchildren are girls (since the Butterfly family is a matriarchal one), and the majority have (surprise, surprise) Marco as their father, though having Tom in that role isn't rare. It got to the point that the popular fan artist Moringmark (creator of the Ship War AU comic) created the SVTFOE Metaverse as a way for all these fanchildren to hang out.
    • Due to a popular theory, several fan-works exist where Marco is a trans girl. Even this theory getting Jossed didn't stop the popularity of these works.
    • Fanfics with a Reality Ensues approach to the aftermath of "Running With Scissors", in which Marco spent sixteen years having countless adventures in another dimension while undergoing Hekapoo's trial. The show itself has Marco completely unchanged personality or behavior-wise from the experience, so these fics try to address some of the Stranger in a Familiar Land issues that he should face from seeing his family and friends for the first time in almost two decades, and from having to re-adjust to life as though he's still the 15-year-old everyone sees him as. You also have a good chance of these fics being Marco/Hekapoo if they're romance-centric, as many fanfic writers wish avoid the usual pairings of Star/Marco and Marco/Jackie Lynn Thomas due to Marco being in his 30s.
    • After the show's finale, Continuation Fics in the universe's new post-magic setting of Eartni started being written in spades.
  • TaleSpin:
    • Variant A: Ship Baloo with Rebecca, all the way to their wedding if you can.
    • Variant B: Baloo adopts Kit.
    • Variant A + B.
    • Variant C: Ship Kit with Molly in a fic that takes place in an early [[The Fifties '50s]]-like future, preferably in a fic in which young adult Kit goes to war. Mutually exclusive with the variant A + B combination for obvious reasons.
  • Tangled: The Series:
    • A popular AU is the Moondrop AU, in which resident Ensemble Dark Horse Varian is given destruction-based moon powers to serve as a foil to Rapunzel and her sun-based healing powers. How it goes from there depends on the writer; some choose to have Mother Gothel kidnap him a few years after she kidnaps Rapunzel (leading to her becoming a Cool Big Sis to him), while others have him use his newfound powers to exact revenge on her. These diminished in popularity a bit when the canon ended up giving these powers to Cassandra.
    • With his return to being Rapunzel's ally, fics with Varian dealing with the emotional baggage resulting from turning against Rapunzel over something that was his own fault or that feature someone feeling Varian hasn't made up for his actions while an antagonist taking revenge on him have started to crop up. Stories set post-series can also feature Cassandra in this role and may or may not come with a side of commiserating with Varian about how they feel Rapunzel forgave them too easily and how guilty they feel about how they hurt her; these fics may or may not feature them combating a threat against Corona, both because their skills are needed and because they want to atone.
    • Stories set post-series that feature Varian as a Kidnapped Scientist have started to see decent popularity, though there's not much consistency on whether it's his alchemy or engineering the kidnappers are after.
    • Bad parent Quirin were popular for a long while though they varied on whether it was active on his part or an extreme case of Parents as People, with Quirin loving Varian but abusing him due to not knowing how to raise him; these stories typically involved Eugene stepping in on Varian's behalf and he and Rapunzel taking over as Varian's parents.
    • A variation of the above where Quirin wasn't a bad parent but was removed from the picture somehow and Rapunzel and Eugene take in the now-orphaned Varian exists as well though it's not quite as popular.
  • Due to the many varied portrayals of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, any given Fan Fic will have characters from multiple incarnations, e.g. Agent Bishop from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) and the Neutrinos from the original show appearing together.
  • In the past couple of years, a vast majority of Tiny Toon Adventures fans have been so upset over what happened to Fifi La Fume at the end of "Out of Odor" that some of them have written some alternate endings in which Fifi A.) gets saved, B.) outsmarts Elmyra, C.) gets help from somebody else, D.) manages to escape Elmyra in any way, or E.) gets saved by an unexpected twist.
  • Total Drama:
    • The fics include a veritable phalanx of stories, called "competition stories", that depict a new season at Camp Wawanakwa (the original venue) or elsewhere. The contestants may be canon characters, original characters, or any combination.
    • Crossovers are fairly common, pulling in characters from other works as contestants.
    • A common theme of Whole Plot References developed, the majority of which involve Twilight (usually using Gwen and Trent or Courtney and Duncan as Bella and Edward, respectively, then later with Gwen and Duncan filling the roles).
    • A lot of fanfics are about a season where reviewers can apply for a spot on the show.
    • Several fics like to think about just what Mike went though in order to have Dissociative Identity Disorder. Following All-Stars, his time in juvie also became a popular topic.
    • It's not uncommon to see fics where the producers start cracking down on Chris's reckless behavior.
    • It's common to see fics that feature Ezekiel and Dakota being cured of their respective mutations and becoming contestants again, since both characters have plenty of fans that believe they didn't deserve the fates they received in canon.
    • One popular fanfic concept is to take the casts of Island, Revenge of the Island, and Pahkitew Island, along with the two newcomers from World Tour (with characters from The Ridonculous Race and OCs sometimes thrown in for good measure), and randomly 'shuffle'note  their debut seasons around, leading to vastly different seasons and casts from canon.
    • Fix Fics of Action and All-Stars (the two most hated seasons) are incredibly common, improving upon and changing whatever the author didn't like. All-Stars fanfics in particular always make Mal's actions a lot more malevolent than they usually were, and take away everyone's Idiot Balls. World Tour has also received its share of Fix Fics, with common "fixes" including the infamous Duncan/Gwen/Courtney Love Triangle, Ezekiel's transformation into a monster, Noah and Tyler's early eliminations, and the complete annihilation of Team Victory.
    • Reimaginings of the first season, Island, are pretty popular, often examining how the season would have been different if something was changed, such as the first elimination, the team compositions, the number of contestants (or if there were completely different contestants), the tone of the series, and even the stakes of the game.
  • Transformers:
    • Fans have Prowl/Jazz romance. They interacted maybe twice in canon, but damn it, they look cute together!
    • The "human becomes a Transformer through mind transfer into a Cybertronian body" plot, thanks to the Transformers Generation One episode "Autobot Spike." While common, the fandom also looks upon poorly as a plot choice.
    • For Beast Wars, the idea that Maximals and Predacons have "branches" around the world fighting on other continents is also a popular one. The idea is that both ships scattered emergency escape pods across the planet during their crash landing, and is used to place teams in places like Australia or North America, the better to explain the existence of beast modes based on the local wildlife, such as kangaroos or timber wolves.
    • For Transformers Animated, there are quite a few fics revolving around the events on Archa Seven, where it's Optimus who ends up being left behind instead of Elita One and have him being mutated into Tarantulas. Which would lead to Elita becoming the leader of Team Prime, in Optimus's place.
    • Patchwork Fics are so common with Transformers fanfics (in part due to the multiversal nature of the franchise), that it's acquired its own in-fandom term: personal canon.
  • Trollhunters:
    • There are a lot of AU stories where Jim is actually a changeling, putting him in the awkward position of being tied to both sides of the conflict.
    • There's also more than a few AU fics where Claire is the one who gets chosen as the Trollhunter instead of Jim.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender:
    • Every character gets their share of species swap fic, but stories where Lance is a long-lost Altean prince who falls for and may be engaged to Keith, who also turns out to be a long-lost Galran prince even before the series revealed that Keith was part Galra, are exceptionally commonplace. Less popular but still findable are Altean princess!Pidge (which typically has Altean prince!Matt and Sam; Colleen is typically Altean as well) and part Altean!Lance or Pidge (which can both vary from "one of their ancestors was a displaced Altean", "they're half human/half Altean" (with 50/50 odds about which parent is which species) and "they're half Altean/half [insert species]" (with again 50/50 odds about which parent is what though Galra is rarely, if ever, an option)).
      • Conversely, "all human" AUs are insanely popular; they also tend to have a genre shift.
    • A stock plot in Voltron fanfiction is for Lance to be the victim of bullying and mistreatment from one or more of the other paladins, and for him to angst over it until he impresses them into having a Heel Realization, winning their respect from then on. It's so widespread that the term "Langst" was coined to describe such fics.
    • Numerous stories where Keith being part Galra leads to him being abused, threatened or hurt by people who suffer from blind Fantastic Racism can be found, with stories set later in the series featuring humans doing this and some stories, regardless of when they're set, featuring Keith being blackmailed into doing something against his will (often but not always sex). Depending on when they're set, these stories can feature Allura snapping out of her anger about Keith's heritage with a My God, What Have I Done? reaction, especially if her behavior encouraged the assailants. Regardless of when it's set, the entire team is furious and in some cases, this type of behavior nearly destroys peace talks and treaty agreements, only not doing so because Keith is willing to Turn the Other Cheek.
    • One of the Paladins ends up captured by slavers. Keith, as a Member of the Blades of Mamora, is a popular option but anyone who isn't Allura is fair game.
    • There are fics where fans who didn't like season 6, especially the latter half, make Lotor Good All Along or given him a redemption arc.
    • There's also fics that try to fix the issues of season 8 including resurrecting Allura.
    • There's also fics where Lotor, Adam and/or Shiro's clone are still alive.
  • The Wild Thornberrys: One or both of the Evil Poachers from The Movie return and seek their revenge on Eliza, typically by kidnapping her and frequently with some kind of Cold-Blooded Torture.
  • One of the most popular genres of Winx Club fanfic is the "Next Generation" fics. These generally star the children of the Winx, who form their own club like their parents. When done well, they can explore how the canon characters mature over the years. Usually, however, the new characters end up being carbon copies of their parents, with similar powers, names, and personalities. Thus there has been a growing backlash to the genre in recent years.
  • Young Justice:
    • Fics enjoy getting a lot of drama over Robin taking his sunglasses/mask off to whoever he's being shipped with (not that the Teen Titans fandom is short on that).
    • Hurt Comfort Fics involving Wally and his Abusive Parents, despite Word of God saying they're Good Parents in this continuity.
    • The Team - especially Wally and Dick - also get de-aged a lot. Usually it's either Klarion's or Zatanna's fault.
    • Pre-Invasion fics often feature Dick being kidnapped and the Team is sent to rescue Dick Grayson only to discover he's Robin.
    • Conner undergoing Clone Degeneration is a typical Hurt/Comfort Fic plot (it did happened to him on the comics, mind).
    • Because Season One ended with Superman still estranged from Superboy and Season Two showcases the former long since having come to accept the latter as a brother (after a five-year Time Skip and the specific moment when the acceptance happens never being shown on the show nor on the off-shoot media), many fics have taken it onto themselves to show this (probably after a short bout of putting Superman on the "Break the Haughty" train as punishment for his Season One Superdickery).
    • Fics about Artemis and/or Dick dealing with Wally's death after the finale are commonplace.
    • Fix Fic undoing Wally's death are popular.
    • There are several Wally/Artemis fanfics that take place during the Vietnam War era. This plot is so common because it explores Artemis' Vietnamese heritage in a historical setting.

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