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C'est La Vie is the most recent in a series of Crossover fanfics between the two spin-offs of Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX and 5D's, whose names are all literary or musical references. A sixth fanfic is in the works, one which parallels Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time. Said fic has recently been published.

The plot is a slightly different take on the plots of 5D's Story Arcs, tailored to a theme more to the author, Genma no Ou's (and by association, he assumes, his fans') liking. It overlaps events and characters from GX in order to add an extra layer of complexity to the story; and given that it is much like any other fic about overly dramatic children's card games, it attempts to entertain by adding new situations while trying to keep everyone in character.

If you were looking for the webcomic by Jennifer Babcock, about two girls living in Los Angeles, look here.

This work provides examples of:

  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: The way the story begins shows that it does originally fit in the 5D's timeline up until that point. It also makes it confusing exactly when the two diverge.
  • Aerith and Bob: Between mixing two series with greatly opposing name themes and adding characters, these fics have this in spades.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Placido has been planning his big scheme for an indeterminate amount of time.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The end of Chapter 38 seems to heavily imply that Paradox is Placido, the man he has been fighting since before the story started.
  • Anime Hair: Yes, in a fanfic. Kyojo has black flames for hair, Taiyou has black and red messed-up hair, Alessandro has pointed dreadlocks...
  • Apocalypse How: By biological warfare, if Paradox is to be believed.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Momentum's energy seems to do whatever is needed based on the plot.
  • Artificial Human: The X-Units, the Diablo, the Emperors of Yliaster save for Alessandro. Now includes Paradox.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Placido; after he dies in the past, he is brought back to life by God himself as his servant. A bionic servant.
  • Ascended Extra: Saiga. In the anime, he's a minor character; in Best of Times, Worst of Times, he is One of Darkness' henchmen. For about a chapter and a half.
    • The Saviour Dragons become a significant part of the plot, instead of just Ass Pull plot elements.
    • Placido, while by no means an Extra in 5D's, is far more important in this fic, being the leader of the group.
  • Author Appeal: The Yugioh franchise mixed with Ancient Conspiracy, science, Gnosticism and many other things.
  • Back for the Dead: In The New Morning, Professor Cobra returns to complete his goal from before. Or, as it later turn out, to die at the hands of an enraged Rex Godwin.
  • Badass Biker: Everyone with a D-Wheel. Including GX characters.
  • Badass Creed: Summoning chants for everything important.
  • Badass Longcoat: Half the damn cast. Between Jack, Hell Kaiser, cameos like Manjyoume, and OC Kyojo... there must have been a sale on longcoats.
    • The evil counterpart to this is Alessandro wearing his cloak as a trench coat.
  • Bald of Evil: Jose averts this in these fics, as instead he has a long ponytail.
  • Bat Family Crossover: Basically the plot of the story.
  • Batman Gambit: Aki stages her own kidnapping so she and Johan can finish off Reggie and David.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The gang does this during the Diablo surge.
  • Black Bra and Panties: Aki.
  • Bloodless Carnage: When fights occur, this trope is completely averted.
  • Body Horror: Placido's transformation is played up as more disturbing than in 5D's.
  • Bottomless Magazines: A twist, and one that's played with. The only time the number of cards in a player's Deck comes into question is if one player is running Deck Destruction; otherwise, it seems irrelevant how many cards a player has left, and there will always be some.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Yusei and Hell Kaiser get this in the first two fics.
  • Break Them by Talking: Placido has many of these speeches.
  • Butt-Monkey: Arguably Judai. While not mistreated the same way as most examples, most of the unfortunate things in this story happen to him.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Part of the conflict between Placido and Yusei's group is that Placido's information to them consists of vague comments which make him seem like a Manipulative Bastard (not to say he isn't...)
  • Canon Immigrant: The Summoners.
  • Canon Foreigner: Four characters from the GX manga make very short cameos.
  • Card Games: Subverted.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Alessandro, who appears to be a randomly-placed lackey in C'est La-Vie, later turns out to be Lucciano's replacement.
  • Church Militant: Considering they work for God, Yliaster come across as these.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The f-word is tossed around a fair bit, especially by Crow.
    "You know what? Fuck you, Judai!" Crow snapped at the red-haired man, shoving him and almost making him drop Kyojo. "Don't give me that fucking teamwork speech after you fucking went and fucking ditched the lot of us just for a fucking shot at fucking Placido! You don't know the first fucking thing about fucking group efforts!"
  • Combat Pragmatism: Placido. When a guard sees his metal eye, he shoots the guy through the forehead with a laser beam from said eye. Then jumps down the hole like it was nothing.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Half the cards people run at any given time are about drawing cards.
  • Defeat by Cameo: Kaiba and Fubuki show up briefly to become victims of Paradox.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Mostly averted.
  • Demoted to Extra: Yugi. Justified in that he's not really the main character anymore.
    • Ushio gets this treatment as well, getting a single off-handed mention.
    • Misty and Carly in Best of Times, Worst of Times. This is due to Darkness making meals out of them.
    • Sherry Le Blanc. Justified in that it wasn't actually her.