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In the city of San Fransokyo, the tech industry is booming since "The Battle in the Bay". Small companies are joining the tech empire Krei Tech, and new families are moving into town for work. One such family are the Andersens, including Bill, Jill, and their daughter Riley.

Unfortunately due to some mental struggles, Riley has had a rough first few days around San Fransokyo, and almost ran away back to Minnesota. However she realized her folly in time, but got lost and stumbled upon a bot fighting match. This chance encounter would eventually entwine her with the life of Hiro Hamada, with new friends, new challenges, and an adventure that would change their lives forever.

Empathy is a Fusion Fic crossover between multiple animated franchises by Finmonster. It's the story of how Riley found a new home, how Hiro Hamada found a purpose, and how through empathy, compassion, and care with their friends, they became heroes.


The story would later be followed up with the sequel Unity.

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This fic contains examples of

  • Adaptational Heroism: Callahan. He's still responsible for the death of Tadashi, but not by his intentions. He even tells him to get out after his partner attacks him.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Captain Smek. He's the one who assaults Tadashi in the expo and his first proper introduction to the story has him level a shotgun at Big Hero 6.
    • Played with in regards to the Gorg. In canon, it just wanted its egg container back. Here, it appears to be a Galactic Conquerer... who ultimately just wants its egg container back.
  • The Alcatraz: Akuma Island, where Yokai is based, appears to be an alternate universe version of the Trope Namer, being a former island prison that's become a tourist attraction.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At the start of Chapter 21, Wasabi's neighbor says she knows his secret... he has a pet in his apartment. Wasabi assures her there's no animal in there.
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  • Best Friend: There are many friends among the cast, but only 1 pair of best friends: Riley and Tip.
  • Beta Couple: In this continuity, Tadashi is going out with Honey, and the latter was the one who advised Riley to move forward her relationship with Hiro.
  • Big "NO!": Riley gives one when she refuses to let Yokai's microbot attack kill her.
  • Big Red Button: Oh had one installed in Wasabi's van. Pushing it turns the van into a Flying Car not unlike "Slushious".
  • Big "WHAT?!": Disgust's reaction to Wasabi stopping at a red light during the car chase.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Discussed, as Fear at one point wonders if Oh has an actual heart or is "filled with candy on the inside".
  • Brick Joke: When Riley first meets her emotions, Anger happily talks about the panel of curse words at his disposal. During the fight with the Gorg, he finally and gleefully gets to use it, as Riley delivers a Precision F-Strike.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: As Takahito points out, Hiro and the others are right to keep Riley and Tip away from the fighting since they're not prepared physically for it, but that the girls are also right that the others are being hypocritical.
  • Character Tics: Riley tends to tuck a strand of hair behind her ear when nervous or embarrassed. Which happens a lot around Hiro. Tip often causes it too with her teasing.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • A minor one. When the group first visits Fred's room, Riley admires a kitsune mask he has lying around. It ends up serving as part of her superhero costume later on.
    • Baymax's defibrillator hands, which are ultimately used as a finishing move against the Gorg.
  • *Click* Hello: How Smek is introduced.
  • Cliffhanger: Let's just say that episode 27 ends on a big one with a building collapsing on the Big Hero 6.
  • Collapsing Lair:
    • Yokai's lair on Akuma Island ends up collapsing due to damage sustained by the fight with him and the Gorg.
    • The Gorg's ship slowly blows apart and ultimately explodes as a result of damage from the fight with the Gorg.
  • Contrived Coincidence: This is referenced in the first chapter's title: Chance Encounter, which was when Riley wandered into the beginning of Big Hero 6.
  • Cool Big Sis: Riley considers GoGo as the coolest person ever. GoGo, in turn, takes a good care of Riley and takes her around on her motorcycle for her birthday.
  • Cricket: Tip's favorite sport, which to her annoyance most people in America have never even heard of, let alone play.
  • Creepy Stalker Van: Played for laughs. See Does This Remind You of Anything? below.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: When Fred mentions the existence of people with superpowers and the moon being stolen, though both come across as tabloid garbage.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Fred might seem a bit...out there, but what he talks about is actually spot on in the context of their universe with shrink rays, flying and psychic superheroes, and knowing the difference between Telepathy and Empathy. (Not to mention he's the first to outright believe Riley when she spills her secret)
  • A Day in the Limelight: Since Riley and Hiro are in "shut down" mode during the immediate aftermath of Tadashi's funeral, there's focus on Wasabi, Jill, Gogo and Fred instead during those chapters.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Yokai/Callahan is just an unwilling servant of the Gorg.
  • The Dreaded: Even Boov know of and fear Gallaxhar.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In chapter 16, Tadashi's friends parked next to Tip and asked to get in the van. Tip quipped that it looks like they're kidnapping her.
    Wasabi: Why do you guys always have to make this weird?
    • Riley did this earlier with Wasabi when they talked after she revealed her powers.
  • Doomed by Canon: Yet again, Tadashi dies trying to rescue Callahan.
  • The Dragon: Smek serves this to the Gorg.
  • The Empath: Thanks to a technology accident, Riley becomes this, able to sense not only others feelings, but hear the emotions inside her head.
  • Ensemble Cast: While Riley is the closest thing to the hero, this is also very much Hiro's story as well.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Riley unintentionally provides this a lot for Hiro, giving him inspiration for how to build his Microbots.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Smek is flabbergasted by the heroes being willing to keep fighting the Gorg, even when it's clear they can't win.
    • The Gorg himself can't understand why Baymax is willing to provide him with medical aid after beating him.
  • Evil Gloating: Defied by Smek, who says there's no point gloating over his plans to Big Hero 6 when he and Yokai are about to kill them anyway.
  • Exact Words: During the Hostage for MacGuffin exchange, the Gorg says he'll spare all the humans on his ship if they give him his egg. He never said anything about sparing the rest of the planet.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Fred says this about Smek.
  • Eye Beams: Oh claims to have these. No one believes him.
  • Fastball Special: During the fight with the Gorg, Riley uses the microbots to toss Wasabi and Fred at him. Fred naturally lampshades it.
  • Flat "What": Disgust's reaction to Fred's reveal that he wears the same underwear over and over again.
  • For Want of a Nail: While it's mostly downplayed, the inclusion of Inside Out and elements from Home are causing some changes from Big Hero 6's main canon. For example, the fact that Callahan is working with Captain Smek, Abagail ended up encountering the Boov (and being taken hostage by the Gorg) instead of ending up trapped in hyperspace, and the villains kidnap Krei prior to the big reveal.
    • Instead of being taken by an unwitting Smek, the Gorg egg canister fell through Abigail's portal, and ended up on Earth.
    • The rebuilt portal is opened sooner, during the fight in Yokai's island base, due to Smek taking advantage of Callahan keeping the heroes busy to finish the job. Also, this unleashes the Gorg.
    • The climatic attack on Krei Tech ends up being due to the Gorg, Smek, and Callahan needing its power grid to open the portal, rather than as a petty Revenge by Proxy scheme.
  • Freak Lab Accident: A full on accident, in the sense that nobody involved really saw what would be coming due to a genetic issue. In this case, Riley puts on the Neurotransmitter, but since Oh finished it according to Boov brainwaves rather than human brainwaves, the transmitter bounced Riley's brainwaves back on themselves. This scientifically sent her into a kind of REM, but it also transported her consciousness into Headquarters. And when she came out, she became The Empath as a side effect.
  • Heroic BSoD: Riley suffers a nasty one in Chapter 13 due to emotional overload in the aftermath of Tadashi's death. It's still in full effect in Chapter 14; her emotions are worried since it reminds them of Riley's depression when she was running away.
  • Heroic RRoD: Riley overpowers her empathic abilities to hit the Gorg with a massive psychic attack. This gives her a Psychic Nosebleed and causes her to fall unconscious.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Baymax stays behind to Hold the Line against the Gorg to give the others time to escape its collapsing ship. And after defeating it and learning the true nature of it and its egg, he places them in Abagail's pod (leaving no room for himself) in order to escape before the ship explodes.
  • Hero Worship: Riley has this with Gogo, who finds this both amusing and adorable. It even turns out she's got a new Core Memory island dedicated to her hero worship, called Idol Island.
  • Hope Spot:
    • For that moment, it looked as though Tadashi could be Spared by the Adaptation.
    • In Chapter 31, it appears as though the heroes are about to beat the Gorg. And then Smek opens a portal, allowing a whole invasion fleet to come swarming in.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: After chasing the Gorg aboard his ship, he captures Tip and Oh. In exchange for their lives and that of the captive Abagail's, Hiro and Riley hand over the Gorg's egg.
  • How Did You Get It?: Somehow, Fred got a hold of a piece of Gallaxhar's probe robot. When questioned as to how, Fred claims that "stuff like [that] slips through the cracks."
  • It Has Been an Honor: In Chapter 31, Joy starts to say this when it looks like Yokai is about to kill Riley. Anger cuts her off, having none of it.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Tip can fly Wasabi's van in "Slushious" mode because Oh based the controls off a video game he saw her playing. Justified due to Oh thinking that was standard for all Earth vehicles (he assumed Wasabi was using an outdated model).
  • Last Kiss: Gogo and Wasabi have one when they think the Gorg ship is going to kill them.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: Apparently, the golden age of superheroes was in the backstory of this universe, but a lot of that has passed into history or lost to the public eye due to apathy. That is, except for savvy people like Fred.
  • Little "No": Go Go gives a flat one when Fred suggests that they call the Big Bad "Microbotto, the Masked Menace".
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Chapter 23, appropriately called 'Lock and Load'.
  • Lovely Assistant: Riley acts as one to help Hiro in his demonstration of his microbots.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Oh's contribution to Baymax's armor: an arm mounted force field. Sadly, during the chase scene, Callahan quickly rips it off.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Overtly, you have the end of Inside Out, and the whole story of both Big Hero 6 and Home (2015) as the main plotline. But in the backstory, you also have references to Despicable Me, The Incredibles, and even Monsters vs. Aliens and Megamind.
  • The Mentor: The 3 kids get most of the college students for this.
    • A more direct example though is Sensei Takahito.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Tip doesn't have any super smarts or superpowers (yet), so for the moment, she's the foil for all the oddities and craziness going on in this universe.
  • The Muse: Fred refers to Riley as this to Hiro, so that when Hiro has issues with his projects, he suggests Hiro see Riley to get a new view.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The rest of Hiro's team, who were Only Known by Their Nickname in the original film, is given proper real names here.
    • Gogo: Yuri Park.
    • Wasabi: Darron Waylans.
    • Honey: Pamela Rodriguez.
    • Conversely, Tadashi is nicknamed "Magic Man" in this verse, whereas he's the only member of his group of friends who doesn't have one in the movie.
  • The Nicknamer: Fred. He's the one behind the nicknames of the whole group. He gives Riley the nickname of "Fargo", as a reference to Minnesota. But he can't find anything that beats "Tip".
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The Battle in the Bay. Apparently due to an incident years ago, Krei Tech became a leader in robotics, even taking business away from Metroville in the process. Some details are clear, in that there was Alien Tech taken from the fight, but nothing confirming anything yet. Later references suggest that it refers to the fight against Gallaxhar's robot probe.
      • Confirmed in Chapter 22.
    • Fred references something happening to The Moon in regards to a shrink ray. (which for astute viewers references the first Despicable Me)
  • No-Sell: The Gorg is able to take anything Big Hero 6 throws at them, from Fred's fire breath to Wasabi's plasma blades.
  • Odd Friendship: Riley and Tip. One's an all american, hockey loving, shy superpowered Caucasian. The other is a Caribbean, cricket loving, outgoing Muggle Token Black Friend.
  • Official Couple: Hiro/Riley
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Callaghan's partner ridicules him for "cling[ing] to such silly superstition" when he's a scientist.
    • Smek repeats this sentiment in Chapter 26, finding it amusing that creatures that claim to be logical believe in concepts such as God.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In order to move Oh around without anyone noticing him, they bundle him up in clothes that don't fit at all. As Disgust notes, it would only fool a blind person.
  • Parrot Exposition: Parodied in Chapter 30, when Oh introduces himself to Riley's dad.
    Oh: I am beings friends with your offspring, Riley Andersen.
    Bill: Riley?!
    Oh: Yes! Why are you repeatings what I has already says and at much too loud a volume?
  • Power Incontinence: Riley has a bit of trouble with her new powers as The Empath, as not only are her own emotions distracting and hard to focus with, but feeling other people's emotions can either lead to conflicts or spikes in her own emotions.
    • She also experiences similar troubles with using her powers for offense.
  • The Power of Friendship: This is what holds all the friends together, and what eventually convinces Riley to break The Masquerade to them.
  • Precision F-Strike: Riley tells the Gorg that she and the others are "going to fuck you up". The others are stunned silent by this, until Go Go breaks out laughing.
  • Promotion to Parent: Aunt Cass had this happen to her.
  • Psychic Link: Riley and Hiro have one, of a sorts, that lets her feel his emotions even when they're not near each other. It helps her sort out her own trauma after Tadashi's death, and helps him calm down from his Unstoppable Rage before he goes after Callaghan again.
  • Redemption Rejection: Riley uses her empathic powers in an attempt to invoke a Heel Realization on Callaghan. It almost works, but then the Gorg threatens to kill Abagail if he doesn't hold up his end of the bargain, so Yokai goes right back to fighting the heroes.
  • Relationship Upgrade: In record time. All it took was 6 chapters for Riley and Hiro to go from strangers to young love.
    • Also seen in Riley's mind as Romance Island.
    • In a meta way (compared to the canon), there's also Tadashi/Honey Lemon.
  • Robot Buddy: Baymax, Riley in particular notices how soft and huggable he is compared to the kind of robots her father works with.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the face of her friends and Hiro not allowing her to help them in the confrontation with Yokai, because they're afraid of being hurt if something happens to her, Riley says she's done and walks away, Tip right behind her.
  • Secret-Keeper: Riley's parents, Tip's mom, and Aunt Cass.
  • Sequel Hook: The story ends with the National Super Agency deciding to recruit the Big Hero team to work under the Anti-Villain League and a mysterious villainous figure visiting Callahan in jail and forcibly recruiting his services.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Used by Hiro to his future team, and for good reason since she was only 11 at the time. Then of course she turned 12, and things changed.
  • Ship Tease: Go Go/Wasabi, though it's one-sided on Wasabi's part, pay attention when Go Go takes Riley out to the sushi restaurant where Wasabi works and Go Go takes off her jacket, and later when the two crash into one another while ice skating.
    • In Chapter 14, Gogo suggests they share a shower so they "don't waste water". One-sided no more or her just messing with him? You decide!
    • In chapter 15, they have a one night stand, but Gogo shoots down the idea of a Relationship Upgrade with Wasabi, out of fear of losing someone else. However, it's still relatively early in the story, so this could change.
    • Mochi and Pig.
  • String Theory: Fred has a setup like this in his bedroom dedicated to deciphering the in-universe mystery surrounding the existence of Gru.
  • Take That!: Dickler gives one to Ramsbottom and the AVL for dropping the ball with regards to villain activity seen in Despicable Me (namely the thefts of the Pyramids of Giza and the freakin' Moon, the latter of which was thwarted by a third party).
  • Tempting Fate: When Riley volunteers to help Hiro with his presentation at The Expo, she takes a page from her Joy by saying "What's the worst that could happen?" Oh Riley, if only you knew.
  • Tired of Running: Seeing his friends willing to fight the Gorg even though they must be terrified inspires Oh to fight despite his fears as well, starting with fighting back against Smek.
  • Unstoppable Rage: As in canon, Hiro dissolves into this when confronting Yokai but so does Honey Lemon.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Fred's butler Heathcliff only inched an eyebrow upon seeing Oh.
  • Unwanted Assistance: In an attempt to help Hiro perfect his neurotransmitter, Oh tampers with it. Because boov brains work differently than human brains, the result knocks Riley unconscious, altering her brain chemistry and ultimately imbuing her with psychic powers.
  • Use Your Head: Oh does this to end his fight with Smek. Afterwards, it hurts him too and he admits that it's an awful fight move.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: Finnmonster is under this assumption when it comes to spotting continuity in his story, though he does choose to spell out higher concepts to the viewers thanks to the need to explain big science to younger children.
  • Villain Team-Up: Callahan is working with a Boov. Specifically, Captain Smek.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: As a further upgrade to Wasabi's van, Oh gives it one of these.
    • The Gorg's ship has one capable of destroying a whole planet.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 7: Strange Visitor. We get hints of a secret conspiracy in Bill Andersen's company working with Krei Tech, but the big whammer is when something stows away in Bill's car, and the 3 kids discover that it's Oh the Boov.
    • Chapter 13: Features the death of Tadashi, and hints at a greater Villain Team-Up in the story.
    • Chapter 25: The implication about the Villain Team-Up is confirmed. Furthermore, unlike in canon Abagail didn't end up in hyperspace, but instead encountered the Boov.
      • Other revelations include: Callahan's partner being Captain Smek, the Boov apparently working for the Gorg, and the Gorg egg container falling through the portal back to Earth.
  • Wham Line:
    • From Chapter 9:
      Fear: I think Riley can hear us.
    • From Chapter 13:
      Unknown: You are faking the deads, aren't you? You cannot be deads if someone knows you're alive.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tip is none too pleased to find out that Hiro won't bother to show up to help Riley with her problem, since all of them were affected by Tadashi's death but they all managed to show nonetheless.
    • She has a similar reaction when Hiro says that he has nothing left to live for right in front of Riley; you know, his girlfriend.
    • Then of course, there's chapter 24, where Riley and Tip both call out the Big Hero 6 for trying to sideline Riley from their Island exploration. Riley was mad that they're holding her arms length when she's grown so much, and Tip was mad because they never knew that she was only there BECAUSE of Riley.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When the others show doubts about being able to beat Yokai, Fred takes a minute to point out how much they're selling themselves short.
    Fred: Look at this team we've got here! Hiro is a boy genius inventor! Wasabi is a theoretical phsyicist with a black belt in karate! Go Go is a brilliant engineer and as badass as they come! Honey is the greatest chemist of her generation, if not others! Fargo has literal superpowers! Tip just piloted a hover car like she's been doing it her whole life! Baymax is a state-of-the-art android and Oh is a freaking alien!