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Fanfic / Changing Ways

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Changing Ways is a Trollhunters fanfic by JustACloudAway.

As a doctor, Barbara Lake has learnt to expect everything as it comes. What she doesn't expect is to meet a strange yet charismatic creature being held within a secret government facility- or how captivated she comes to be by him.

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  • Adaptation Expansion: In the show, Barbara is established to be a doctor while her husband is implied to have been a part of the military. Here, she’s a military M.D., which may explain how they met in the first place.
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  • Alternate Universe Fic: What if Barbara met Strickler in his true form? What if Strickler was found and imprisoned by the US military.
  • Beast and Beauty: Barbara is stationed to be Stricklander’s medical official. The two get to know one another until they end up falling for each another. Did I mention that this iteration of Barbara already knows that he’s a changeling?
  • Code Name: Stricklander is referred to as “NHT-3” by government staff.
  • Everyone Can See It: Nomura could tell that Barbara and Stricklander are in love the moment she saw the two together.
  • Great Escape: Nomura sneaks in under the guise of a government official to break out Stricklander. When Barbara finds out, she volunteers to help.
  • Hidden Depths: Stricklander is a fan of both Classical Music and classic 80’s alternative pop. He relates in particular with David Bowie.
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  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: It turns out that Bular was not as dumb as Stricklander assumed, nearly killing him when he found out that Strickler planned on betraying the gumm-gumms with intentions of conquering the Earth with his fellow changelings.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Barbara tries to argue Stricklander’s rights to not be tortured and killed for experimentation because he is as sentient as any other person.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Word of God states that the plot is based off of the film The Shape of Water.


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