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Elemental Flux is a fanfic by the author of The Best Seven Years, Blu Taiger. It is a crossover story between Calvin and Hobbes and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Calvin, Susie, and Hobbes wake up in the middle of a grassy field with no memory of how they got there. All they know is that the locals speak some language that they don't understand, Hobbes is a real tiger now, and people can shoot fire from their hands. Calvin also, for some reason, has a strange devise in his pocket... How will they get home?

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  • Absence of Evidence: Name-dropped by Calvin when he points out that just because no one has seen a spirit, it doesn't mean that there are none, when he's trying to convince a Boiling Rock guard that the teleporter's light show was a spirit, not an Earth Kingdom secret weapon.
  • Accidental Kidnapping: Ty lee gets dragged along when the trio is teleporting away from Ba Sing Se during the invasion.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Calvin to the Fire Nation drill, which gets him a Death Glare from everyone else in the group.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Hobbes is now a flesh-and-blood tiger to everyone, but at the cost of his Talking Animal status and his ability to stand upright.
  • A Rare Sentence: Calvin notes that he's been on the Avatar world too long if a sentence like Sokka's "my first girlfriend turned into the moon" completely fails to phase him.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: When Susie is skeptical about Calvin's alien tales, he points out that they are from another planet, which she can't really argue against.
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    • Averted with Ty Lee after she gets told about them being from another world. When Calvin lampshades her acceptance, she points out that she just got transported miles from Ba Sing Se via the teleporter.
  • Arch-Enemy: Azula seems to be being set up as one for the displaced Earthlings after banishing them, Calvin and Hobbes get pretty steamed when they see her battling Aang, and even Susie is hoping that he'll knock her down a peg. Then, after Susie hits her in the head by accident, she vows revenge on whoever did it. Then they accidentally kidnap Ty Lee....
  • Bare Your Midriff: Calvin lampshades this with the uniforms of the female guards at the Boiling Rock, pointing out how it leaves several important organs undefended, something the guard he asked had wondered herself.
  • Blatant Lies: Calvin does this when interrogated, saying his name is Jet Li and Susie's name is Lucy Liu.
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  • Brick Joke In chapter twelve, Calvin mentions that the only thing he took from Sesame Street is that C is for Cookie. Then in chapter twenty two, Iroh ends up singing that very song after overhearing Calvin sing it in the tea shop's kitchen. In English, flabbergasting Zuko when he learns that his uncle is singing a song that he doesn't even know the meaning of the words of.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Zhu and Gaan keep going after the trio despite one being an Earthbender, another a firebender, and the third a large predatory cat. They are Muggles.
    • Gaan does realize that Zuko and Iroh are way out of their league when Zhu suggests capturing them to buy back favor with the Fire Nation though, asking his friend if he wants to get burned to ashes.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Susie eventually starts getting used to Calvin's brand of crazy.
  • Catapult Nightmare: After Calvin sees Nebular in his dream, he jumps up shouting his name, waking Susie and Hobbes.
  • Cassandra Truth: Calvin mentions that Kei's son is a military man to the gang of street kids trying to rob him as part of his Shaming the Mob speech, but it doesn't work.
    • Since Calvin isn't able to get the device to work again, Susie and Hobbes are skeptical about it being a teleporter.
    • Calvin is a bit skeptical about Susie's suspicions of Li/Zuko, mainly because her suspicions are based purely on circumstantial evidence, and tells her that she needs something more solid to convince him.
    • Jet about Zuko and Iroh, as in canon. It doesn’t help that he gets all You Have to Believe Me! after Susie binds him.
    • Averted with Ty Lee.
    • The Gaang is a bit skeptical about Calvin and Susie being from another world.
  • Comically Missing the Point When Calvin hears about how Fire Lord Sozin utilized the comet to start the war, he wonders how a ball of rock and ice can amplify fire power.
    • After witnessing the moon turn red, burn out and then come back normally, Calvin comments that they just had a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment. Susie's response:
    Susie "Since when do alligators have lips?!"
    • After the strange device Calvin found scared off the street gang that tried to rob him, one of them gets hung up over him using an unfamiliar term, "Samaritan", in his attempt at Shaming the Mob.
  • Contrived Coincidence: When the group teleports into the desert on their way to Ba Sing Se, they end up next to the White Lotus flower guy, also on his way to the city. Susie lampshades the coincidence, but Calvin, while acknowledging it, isn't looking the gift horse in the mouth.
    • Calvin and Susie apply for jobs in the same tea shop Iroh and Zuko are working at.
    • Zhu and Gaan later show up to said shop, causing Calvin to lampshade how the two keep finding them. They weren't even looking for Calvin and Susie that time, and they only narrowly avoid being spotted.
    • Hobbes, out for a midnight stroll, happens to spot Appa. He later finds where Zhu and Gaan are staying.
    • After fleeing from Ba Sing Se, the group manages to wander right into Zuko's camp.
  • Crossover Between Calvin and Hobbes and Avatar: the Last Airbender
  • Curse Cut Short
    Calvin (when the teleporter activates for the first time.) "What the he-"
    Susie (After Calvin swindles her at Rock–Paper–Scissors for a second time) "You son of a -"
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Calvin knocks Susie out in order to keep her from participating in disabling the drill and risking being killed.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Susie eventually gains Earthbending.
  • Disney Villain Death: The Combustion Man, though the narration makes it pretty clear that he's dead.
  • Double Entendre Calvin blurts one out to Susie after rage quitting their chess match.
    Susie "Suck it up, and take it like a man!"
  • Dramatic Irony: Jet talks about his suspicions of Iroh and Zuko to Gaan, who we know is a Fire Nation deserter.
  • Dreaming the Truth: Calvin's dreams allow him to start putting the details of their arrival in the Avatar world together.
  • Elemental Powers: As to be expected, considering what world the story mainly takes place in.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: A Lion Turtle gives Calvin and Susie bending.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: When escorting Ying and the rest of the refugees to the trams, the soldiers on the wall ignore Calvin and Susie because the Avatar is well known to run around with kids his own age, and assumed they were with Aang. The soldier lampshading how logical it is only makes Calvin fume more.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Colonel Izo takes time to visit his mother on her birthday.
    • At the Boiling Rock, Calvin instigates the riot by saying something about one of the inmate's mother.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Susie was trying to hit Azula's hand to make her drop Aang, but hit her in the head instead, which Calvin thought was the target.
  • Facepalm: When Hobbes stumbles onto Gaan and Zhu, he's unable to communicate that he knows where they are until he thinks to write it out on the ground. Calvin's realization that it took them that long to think of using writing as a way to communicate with Hobbes prompts a simultaneous facepalm from both the tiger and the girl when they realize how stupid they were.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Calvin's firebending briefly stops working at one point. In the next chapter, the day of black sun is mentioned, implying that the earthlings completely failed to notice a total solar eclipse.
  • Fantastic Racism: Calvin gets some of this for being a firebender after saving Susie from Gaan and Zhu.
  • Fridge Logic: In-Universe, Calvin wonders why a comet, made of ice and rock, would boost fire based powers.
    • At the Boiling Rock, while Calvin admits that while working in a volcano makes heat dispersion a priority, he questions a female guard about why their armor would leave a certain portion of their body with sensitive organs exposed, a design flaw the guard had wondered about herself. Later, when some of the guards are talking about seeing the light from the teleporter marking the location, Calvin is able to convince them it was spirits instead of an Earth Kingdom weapon by pointing out that it even if the Earth Kingdom had a secret weapon like that to test, it wouldn't make sense for them to come to the remote and highly secure prison to test it.
  • Gilligan Cut After Calvin tells Susie about Colonel Izo's arrival at Kei's house and that they're expected to sit down to tea with him, Susie vehemently refuses. Cut to Susie with a tea cup in her hand, staring fearfully at the Colonel.
    • When Calvin asks if Sokka left some kind of excuse as to why they left on the Boiling Rock mission, Sokka says that he wrote a note with a legitimate excuse that wouldn't arouse any suspicions. Cut to Susie saying that her suspicions are aroused, since the note said they went fishing - which Calvin hates.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Calvin tries to get Susie mad enough to start Earthbending again, but when it succeeds she's bending rocks at him, chasing after him until they collapse.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Susie hitting Azula in the head with a rock (she was aiming for Azula's hand) while she's battling Aang, and is scarred similarly to her brother as a result, swearing revenge on whoever did it.
  • HA HA HA— No Calvin reacts this way when Susie suggests bringing Ty Lee along with them.
  • Heel Realization: Ty Lee has one when she sees Fire Nation mercs that Azula hired to find her tearing up a town, and hears the sheer hatred the townspeople have towards the Fire Nation.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Susie says this to Ty Lee.
  • Heroic BSoD: Calvin experiences one after Susie tells him off for getting them banished. See "The Reason You Suck" Speech below.
  • Hidden Depths: Calvin actually makes pretty good cookies.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Susie has some trouble learning how to control her Earthbending after getting it.
  • Hypocritical Humor When trying to get Susie to earthbend, Calvin tries to invoke All Girls Like Ponies. Susie chides him for sexually stereotyping. Later, Susie makes a comment about boys and their cars. Calvin immediately calls her out on it.
  • Instant Expert: Sokka's first time playing chess against Susie has him win due, in part due to his strategic mindset and experience.
  • I Want Grandkids: Torrin's mother keeps telling him this and trying to set him up.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: After Torrin and his family kick Calvin out for having Firebending, he points out that because of the war, they have a genuine reason for their Fantastic Racism, though Susie argues that it's still not an excuse.
    • Gaan makes several points to Jet when the later tries to talk to him about his suspicions of Iroh and Zuko. He finds Jet's argument convincing but points out that the Fire Nation (or the people of any nation) aren't Always Chaotic Evil, and that he's mostly encountered soldiers that were likely mainly good people Just Following Orders. He's mainly just trying to get the fanatical Jet to stop talking to him, but that doesn't mean he isn't right.
    • Although everyone glares at Calvin when he suggests that Aang be bait for Combustion Man instead of Zuko, he points out that Aang is the guy that he's actually after, and that he can fly.
  • Just Following Orders: Gaan points out to Jet that most soldiers tend to just be doing this, even Fire Nation ones.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Colonel Mongke, after three men from the village arrive to help Calvin and Susie. He realizes that with the rest of his men out of commission, and himself worn out from fighting the earthlings, the situation calls for a strategic retreat.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Susie lampshades on how the Fire Nation has so much red.
    • Calvin points out how it doesn't make much sense that a Comet (made of rock and ice) gives a power up to fire.
  • Language Barrier: Calvin and Susie are initially unable to understand the language of the Avatar world. Calvin gains the ability to speak it early on, but with Susie it takes a while longer.
    • Hobbes is still intelligent, and can still understand Calvin and Susie, but can only communicate in chuffs and growls. Hobbes and Susie both Facepalm in realization when Calvin expresses disbelief at them taking as long as they did to use writing.
    • Apparently the Translator Microbes turns off when they think they aren't needed, several occasions have had Susie and Calvin slip into English, usually when talking to each other, and they may not always be aware of that fact.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When the group uses the teleporter and hops into the desert, the flower guy from the White Lotus transporting Zuko and Iroh to Ba Sing Se is right where they land, and also heading to the city. Susie is a bit suspicious of it, and compares it to lazy writing in a story, while Calvin argues that reading about the characters being lost in the desert would be boring and slow the story down.
  • Living Lie Detector: Toph uses her bending to determine that Calvin and Susie lied about their names.
  • Male Gaze: Susie goes out to take a dip, keeping her "assets" covered but removing her shirt. When Calvin's attempts at hunting ruin it, Hobbes accuses him of ogling her after she heads off.
  • Marshmallow Dream Hobbes dreams that he's eating a giant swordfish - only to wake up realizing that he was chewing on Calvin's backpack.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters It is the Avatar-verse, after all.
  • Mundane Utility: In Chapter eleven, Calvin has the idea that Susie can use her earthbending to turn a abandoned wagon into a pseudo-car so they can move without having to walk. He later thinks of how to expand the idea into a car business.
  • Mr. Exposition: Kei.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Zhu and Gaan came dangerously close to kidnapping Susie and Calvin.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud* Calvin gets one after getting hit by a rock while Susie practices earthbending.
    • "Professher Prumm, in de kitshin, wiff Dinah."
  • Not Helping Your Case: When Ty Lee corrects Calvin and tells them that she's Azula's friend, not her minion, Calvin lampshades her doing this.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Gaan and Zhu.
  • Oblivious to Love: Apparently Calvin noticed the looks Torrin was giving Susie, but not Susie herself.
  • Occam's Razor: When the effect the teleporter makes when marking a new location is noticed during the Boiling Rock mission, Calvin invokes this to convince a guard that it was the work of spirits, not an Earth Kingdom weapon. He basically points out that it makes more sense for it to be spirits than the Earth Kingdom using a secret weapon on a highly defended prison far from civilization.
  • Oh, Crap!: Calvin when he sees fire bending for the first time and when he hears about the hundred year war.
    • The street gang flees when the device emits a flash of blue light.
  • Orphaned Punchline
    Ty Lee "And ever since, I just couldn't stand the taste of plums..."
  • Pass the Popcorn: When Jet does his accusation thing, Susie says that they should do something. Calvin then bites into a cookie and offers her one. He then complains when Susie immobilizes Jet.
  • Platypus-Bears Are Bad News
  • Playing with Fire: Calvin discovers this power when fighting to save Susie.
  • Poor Communication Kills: As lampshaded by Calvin, the flower guy who guided them to the ferries at no point mentioned that they would need passports there.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Calvin comes up with the idea that Susie's bending is tied to adrenaline and intense emotion, thus purposefully getting her mad in an attempt to activate it.
    • Calvin's firebending activates when he's trying to rescue Susie from Gaan and Zhu.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
    Susie "WHAT. DID. YOU. DO?!"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Calvin and Susie respectively. Zhu and Gaan also fit.
  • Refuge in Audacity: When asked where they came from, Calvin tells Colonel Izo that they were at a party. When he leaves, Izo complains that he never gets invited to parties like that!
  • Revenge: The gang eventually is chased by a couple soldiers after an incident which caused the soldiers to be discharged. Susie makes the classic Atla anti-revenge comment, but they aren't phased.
    • After Azula's face is scarred by Susie's rock hitting her, she vows revenge.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Zhu, a Fire Nation soldier who lost his position because of the duo, and is obsessed with getting vengeance, despite his friend Gaan being a voice of reason.
    • He even tries to attack Calvin in a crowded market, Gaan barely being able to restrain him. And even Gaan starts to delve into this more and more after the gang gets away yet again and Calvin unlocks his firebending. Looks like Aang is right.
  • Rock–Paper–Scissors: Calvin and Susie do this to decide which way they would go when they come to a fork in the road while journeying through the Earth Kingdom. Susie remembers how Calvin used "Superman" in a previous game and uses Kryptonite right off the bat, but Calvin used "Wolverine" instead, so she lost.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge The platypus-bear goes on one after Hobbes attempts to drop a large rock on him
  • Shaming the Mob: Calvin tries to do this to the gang of kids that tries to rob him while getting groceries for Kei, asking what kind of person would steal from a kind old lady. Unfortunately, their leader keeps it from working, even after he mentions that Kei's son is a military man.
  • Ship Sinking: Susie and Torrin, the trope almost being name dropped In-Universe.
  • Shout-Out
    Colonal Izo "What is your name?"
    Calvin "My name is Sir Lancelot of Camelot; I'm on a quest to find the Holy Grail; my favorite color is blue!"
    Azula "I am the princess of the Fire Nation!"
    Calvin "Well, I didn't vote for you."
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy: As mentioned under Comically Missing the Point, Calvin's use of the term "Samaritan" distracts the street gang that went after him.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Susie is rather good at chess, as well as Hobbes and Sokka, who actually manages to beat her the first time that they play.
  • A Spirit Did It One possible explanation for how the kids are suddenly able to understand the Avatar-verse language.
    • Invoked by Calvin, who convinces some guards that spirits caused the light show from the teleporter, not an Earth Kingdom secret weapon, noting that for once he's glad that in the Avatar World, "spirit shenanigans" can be used as a legitimate excuse.
  • Super Empowering: The two dimensionally displaced humans eventually run into a Lion-Turtle who tries to grant them bending, though only Susie manifested Dishing Out Dirt powers at first.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Izo's behavior in chapter ten gives this impression.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech Susie tears into Calvin after the latter gets the entire group banished from the Fire Nation.
    Susie "HOW COULD YOU?! Why couldn't you keep your stupid trap SHUT?! We had a place to live, Calvin! We had food and clothing and shelter! And what do we have NOW, huh? Just the clothes on our backs and a measly tent! We've lost everything because YOU just HAD to go and make a big fuss! And for what? FOR WHAT?! Just because some HUSSIE was mean to you?! That's the ENTIRE PROBLEM! You DIDN'T THINK! You never know WHERE the line is until AFTER you've crossed it! Did you think about what consequences your actions would have on ME, or on HOBBES?! Did you even think about what it would mean for YOURSELF?! Everything would've been FINE if you'd just kept your head down and NOT made a scene! NOW look at us - stuck in the wilderness with no friends, no food and no place to go! Our odds of survival have DRASTICALLY reduced, and it's YOUR fault, Calvin! IT'S ALL. YOUR. FAULT!"
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Gaan finds it a little funny that all it took for him and Zhu to get into Ba Sing Se was a couple of fake passports when the Fire Nation has been trying to get in for years.
  • Teleportation Sickness: Using the teleportation device is rather unpleasant.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: The device that Calvin found transports him back to the hill where he and Suzie first arrived in the Fire Nation.
    • Later, after it does another scan and expands its map, Calvin uses it to teleport to a town they were heading to in the Earth Kingdom.
  • Tempting Fate: Calvin is about to lampshade Sokka doing this when Ying suddenly goes into labor.
    • Calvin wishes that something exciting would happen in the tea shop. Cue Jet.
  • Translator Microbes: Calvin, after a weird dream, gains the ability to speak in the Avatar world's language (apparently Japanese) as easily as he speaks English. Susie, on the other hand, is still unable to speak and understand it until much later, forcing Calvin to act as her translator.
    • After he is teleported back to the hill he started at in "Discovery", this effect is temporarily disrupted, with Calvin unable to understand himself for a short while.
    • It seems that the effect is shut off when they're talking among themselves, when the Gaang is listening in during chapter sixteen, they have no idea what they're supposed to be hearing.
  • Trapped in Another World
  • Unstoppable Rage The platypus-bear just won't quit. Even after having a tiger clamp onto his back, getting repeatedly pelted with a hefty branch, taking a rock to the head, shoulders and gut AND getting all four of his paws stuck in the ground, he just won't be satisfied until he's massacred the three earthlings. It's only the teleporter activating with it's lightning-like effect that finally scares him away.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Jet after being immobilized.
  • Waking Non Sequitur
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: The story starts with Calvin, Hobbes, and Susie waking up in a Fire Nation field with no memory of arriving there.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Gaan and Zhu, who want revenge on Susie and Calvin.

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