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Who would ever think that a Dalek of all things could become a hero before this?
So, Dalek Sec died a horrible death, leaving behind his casing after what happened in Manhattan, right?
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Well, yeah. But he's here now. Because of time shenanigans, he has now appeared in the universe of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Oh dear.

In his investigations of temporal space, he meets one Homura Akemi and, hopefully, they can finally fix this "Groundhog Day" Loop that she's stuck in.

Written by Bioweapon 155, the fic is available on FanFiction.Net or Spacebattles (first thread, second thread, third thread).


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  • Angrish: Sec's fourth attempt at Dwarf Fortress is described as "UNINTELLIGIBLE SOUNDS OF INTENSE RAGE." Justified as, well, it's Dwarf Fortress.
  • Anti-Hero: Obviously Dalek Sec, but he's apparently mellowed out to the point where he'll help Homura Akemi. For a good reason, of course.
  • A Wizard Did It: Explicitly denied by Sec.
    Sec: I RE-FUSE TO GI-VE UP AND RE-DUCE MY-SELF TO U-SING "MA-GIC" AS AN EX-PLA-NA-TION FOR E-VERY-THING. THIS IS SCI-ENCE, WHERE A IS E-QUAL TO A, CA-USE HAS EF-FECT AND THI-NGS DO NOT HAP-PEN "BE-CAUSE SO".
  • Badass Boast: Sec gets one against Kyubey.
    Sec: I COME FROM A PLACE WHERE GODS ROAM A-MONGST THE STARS, WHERE THERE ARE BEINGS THAT COULD E-RASE ALL OF RE-AL-ITY WITH BUT A ME-RE THOUGHT, THAT COULD BEND TI-ME TO THEIR WILL AND FREE YOU FROM HAVING EVER BEING BORN!! YET, NO MAT-TER HOW PO-WER-FUL THEY ARE, THEY ALL FEAR THE SAME THING.
    Kyubey: You?
    Sec: NOT ME. A WO-RD; IT IS A WO-RD THAT CAU-SES SUCH FE-AR, THAT E-VEN THE LORDS OF TI-ME ARE SENT TO THEIR KNE-ES.
    Kyubey: And what word is that?
    Sec: EX-TER-MINATE!!! [blasts Kyubey]
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  • Badass Pacifist: Madoka, who convinces Sec not to crush Kyoko's skull during their first encounter with her. When you can talk an Omnicidal Maniac out of killing someone, there really isn't anything else you could possibly be but this. Sec is a bit more mellow than the average Dalek, but still.
  • Bad Boss: Sec's former commander, the Dalek Inquisitor General. To the point that Sec got promoted to Supreme simply by virtue of surviving five consecutive missions under his command.
  • Beam Spam: How Sec gets rid of a few hundred familiars.
    "AU-TO-MA-TIC FI-RE EN-A-BLED!! EX-TER-MINATE!!"
    • Dalek Jast, of the Cult of Skaaro, was apparently fond of this.
  • Beneath the Mask: Homura, of course. Unlike other examples, she does this because her own caged emotions would be enough to literally destroy her.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: One of the central conflicts is about Sec's new human morals and how they mesh with standard Dalek ideas. How do they fit together? (They often don't, but that's half the fun.)
  • Cassandra Truth: "I AM AN IM-PERIAL-ISTIC SPACE NAZI." Though played with in that he says that he deliberately tells the truth because it's so ridiculous that everyone just forms their own conclusions anyway.
  • Character Focus: Read this page. Notice how someone keeps getting mentioned.
    • Word of God has it that this is to make up for the fact that he wants to make a believable and interesting character out of something that usually isn't.
    • He has also stated that he'd like to get more PMMM characters and elements in on the action, with a little less focus on the Doctor Who side of the crossover.
  • Continuity Nod: Given the events of Satellite Five where it's revealed that the Dalek Emperor has been doing pretty much exactly what Kyubey has in this story, you'd be surprised at the attitude that Sec takes towards Kyubey's cultural manipulation of humanity to be more pliant. However, if you remember "Daleks In Manhattan", the human spirit and their capacity for endurance, rebuilding, and survival against all odds were things that Sec very much admired, calling it "almost Dalek". It makes sense that he hates Kyubey...
  • Cosmic Plaything: Sec is absolutely convinced that the universe, or at least some god-like entity, is actively screwing with him - and considering that he's in a fanfic, he's kinda on to something. In any case, he isn't happy about it. At all.
  • Crack Fic: Played with. The general idea of the fic, that a Dalek would turn into a hero, is very, very crack-y. The rest of the fic isn't.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Sec vs. Uhrmann.
    • And earlier, we have Sec vs. Krimehild Gretchen. Thankfully, he gets better.
    • The Dalek Inquisitor General, a pre-Time War Dalek, got teleported onto a ship occupied by the 2010 Daleks, and shreds them like a tank through wax paper.
    • The hunt for seven witches that Homura and Sec go on is openly called "Curb Stomping".
  • Dead Fic: Word of God says that he is extremely unlikely to come back to this.
    "Probably not. A Hero was written when I was still new to writing, and I've moved on from many of the themes present in it. If I did go back to it, I would probably re-write a whole lot of it."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Unsurprisingly, Sec.
    • Word of God says, when asked how Daleks can be deadpan, that they do it "LOUD-LY!", complete with a font size increase.
    • Kyouko, as well.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Witches. Even Sec's confused by them. But that didn't last too long.
  • Epic Fail:
    • When Sec tries to recreate the Dalek race, his first casing ends up being a horrible kludge with almost no internal mechanisms, unstable life-support systems, an eye-stalk that's almost blind, control mechanisms that keep lighting themselves on fire, and trans-solar disks that keep reversing. He thinks putting ANYTHING inside would be absolutely cruel.
    • To say nothing of his experiments with Grief Seeds...
      Homura: There was nothing there that could've caught fire, there was nothing there to spark a fire, and there was absolutely no reason at all for a Grief Seed to catch fire.
      Sec: CO-RRECT.
      —->Homura: Then why did that thing catch fire?
    • Sec attempts to play Dwarf Fortress and somehow manages to trash 69 fortresses in a few minutes.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played with. Sec's human morals tell him that what the Incubators are doing is wrong, even though as a Dalek he approves intellectually of the concept behind their operation. What he doesn't approve of is the Incubators undermining the human race's right to self-determination by manipulating their cultural and social evolution to make them more pliable and easy to manipulate.
    • Also, Sec's opinion that it would be cruel to put anything inside the improvised Dalek shell he constructs in Chapter 2.
    • It also says something when a Dalek of all things, even an aberrant one with both human emotions and some idea of human morals like Sec does, calls you out on your BS.
  • Exact Words: Sec mentions to Madoka that Walpurgisnacht will devastate "the area". What she hears is "destroy the city"; what he means is "annihilate the entire star system".
  • Fate Worse than Death: Spending any period of time with the Dalek Inquisitor General is considered this.
  • Flat "What": Homura gives one when she realizes that even though she's severed the link between her Soul Gem and her body, and is effectively deaf, she can still hear Sec ranting.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Kyubey, as usual. The difference is that from the beginning, we know he's one of these instead of being the standard Magical Girl mascot. Also, while he tries to use Cuteness Proximity to appeal to human females, it fails hard against Sec.
  • For Want of a Nail: Besides the obvious, Sec's presence has changed a lot of the storyline.
    • For example: the conversation between Madoka and Homura in Chapter 4, which has Homura revealing to Madoka that Puella Magi do not age. This causes Madoka to later figure out part of the reason why Homura is so insistent in not having her contract with Kyubey, as well as giving much Fridge Horror for the poor girl.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Still very much in effect here. Homura's not getting out of this thing any time soon.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Sec, being a non-human, has a few of these. His main one is "SON-OF-A-THAL!"
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Zig-zagged all over the place. On one hand, Sec now has human emotions. On the other hand, it's because of his attempt at hybridization in "Daleks in Manhattan", but he's also trying to work through those feelings. And while he's trying to examine human culture... it doesn't always go quite as simply as some of the more iconic examples of this trope (see Dwarf Fortress or his reaction to Avatar). But on the other-other hand, he views humans as a great species because Humans Are Warriors. See below for more clarification.
  • Spanner in the Works: Sec, to both Homura and the Incubators. Homura is seriously thrown for a loop when Sec shows up after Mami's death, but she recovers and begins to think that his arrival might be what she needs to finally win.
  • Speak of the Devil: The Dalek Inquisitor General.
    [Sec] decided he'd better think about something else, lest he summon the terrifying Dalek here.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I WAS DO-ING NO-THING. THIS DID NOT HAP-PEN."
  • Tempting Fate:
    • While watching Homura battle Walpurgisnacht, Sec concludes that the witch isn't looking his way, and therefore won't attack him. A few seconds later he realizes that he just assumed nothing would happen to him and, sure enough, there's a slew of familiars headed his way.
      He had not just thought of that, had he? He had not just assumed that the universe would be kind to him for once, and he had most definitely not just invoked the law of disproportionate-retribution-for-confidence-he-should-not-have.
    • This:
    Kyouko: Besides, what're you gonna do about it?
    Sec: I WILL IN-FLICT WHAT IN TECH-NI-CAL TE-RMS IS KNO-WN AS A VIO-LENT-LY PAIN-FUL DE-ATH.
    Kyouko: With what? A plunger?
    Sec: I WILL TA-KE TH-AT AS A CHA-LLEN-GE.
    • He then proceeds to kick Kyouko's butt up and down the alley with nothing but his plunger arm.
  • The Alliance: The Coalition, composed of The Mind (Incubators), The People, and the Cybermen.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Not actually appearing, but Sec has said that "I AM AN IM-PERIAL-IS-TIC SPACE NAZI."
  • Unexplained Recovery: Sec, obviously. Absolutely no indication of how he managed to survive is given, or how he managed to get his casing back, or how his previous condition was negated. Lampshaded at once, with Sec promptly deciding that he doesn't want to know how he managed to survive.
    • In Chapter 4, the Doctor claims that when Amy rebooted the universe at the end of Series 5, it accidentally brought back everything that had ever died. Most of it died again, like it did in the original timeline, but Sec was somehow thrust into the Void, where he eventually wound up in the PMMM universe. Word of God states that the reason why the Doctor and Sec were able to get to the PMMM universe is because someone came here during the first Time War.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Sec, though given that he's a Dalek, it's not too surprising.
    Dalek Sec wasn’t quite near the I-will-kill-everyone-on-this-planet-with-their-own-internal-organs stage yet, but he was certainly getting there.
    • Noted slightly earlier that what a human considers "Unstoppable Rage" is merely "Miffed,)" to a Dalek. If any other life form in existence felt what a Dalek considers unstoppable rage, they would explode.
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  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: More like "What Measure is a Non-Dalek", but similar principle. Some members of the Cult of Skaro, who were all modified to be able to "Think Like the Enemy", had nagging suspicions about this.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The revelation that Puella Magi do not age causes much Fridge Horror for Madoka.
    • Subverted with Sec, and the subversion is justified: increased age means more combat experience, so having survived a very long time is a badge of honor for him. Also, he wants to restore his race eventually, and given his first attempts to create Dalek Embryos (in "Daleks in Manhattan") and his first attempt at making a casing (Chapter 2 of this story), he's probably gonna be around for a while.
  • Worthy Opponent: Humanity, as far as Sec is concerned; they've earned the respect due to their spirit and determination to overcome anything they face. The fact that the Incubators have essentially brainwashed the whole species into compliant cattle sends him into a fury that is impressive even by Dalek standards.
  • You Didn't Ask: Averted with a vengeance. Sec does not accept that logic.
    Sec: YOUR METH-ODS ARE RE-PULS-IVE! YOU EX-PLOIT THESE HU-MANS, YOU WITH-HOLD VI-TAL IN-FOR-MA-TION—
    Kyubey: They did not ask,
    Sec: AND THEY DID NOT KNOW THEY SHOULD ASK! [...] YOU HAVE MA-NIP-U-LA-TED FAC-ETS OF HU-MAN-ITY TO CON-FORM TO YOUR GOALS, TO TAKE YOUR WORDS AT FACE VAL-UE! SO THAT YOU MIGHT NEVER HAVE TO LIE!

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