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Farewell to Life the Way We Knew It and its sequel Survival of The Misfits are a pair of Jem Dark Fics by Stormkpr.

Not soon after the show ends, America starts going through a rapid change. The stock market crashes, the economy tanks, and all sorts of restrictions are given on the media. It's all thanks to the Office of American Morality. While on a trip to Chicago, the Misfits undergo a OoAM-mandated blood test used to prevent "criminals" from getting into the city. One of the blood tests can tell if someone is not heterosexual, which has become a criminalized offense. Unfortunately, Stormer comes out negative for the test and ends up arrested.

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  • Abusive Parents:
    • Roxy was physically abused by her mother and her mother's boyfriends growing up.
    • Pizzazz and Jetta both have neglectful and emotionally abusive parents.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Clash's natural hair color is brown, not purple like in canon.
  • Attempted Rape: After being jailed, some of the guards try to take Jetta to another room, but Roxy beats them up.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: The American Morality Office is this. They start out censoring minor things, but it soon gets to the point where they're not only policing the media but they're policing people's individual lives.
  • Child Hater: Pizzazz dislikes kids, mainly due to jealousy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Pizzazz's father neglected her growing up and only showed her attention through gifts. Her mother ignored her and rejected her until she walked out when Pizzazz was eight.
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    • Roxy grew up with a physically abusive mother and her various abusive boyfriends.
    • Stormer has the tamest past. Her parents were not perfect but they were Good Parents. However, they both died in an accident several years ago. It's implied that Stormer's rebellious attitude may stem from the trauma.
    • Jetta had emotionally neglectful parents and a sexually abusive uncle.
  • Dark Fic: The fics take place in a dystopian 1980s America where the government bans anything deemed "immoral".
  • Drowning My Sorrows: It's mentioned that, due to the high unemployment rate, many people hang around bars, even in the morning.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The fics contain a lot of period-typical casual homophobia, on top of the homophobia that is rampant due to the social changes.
  • Free-Range Children: Jetta's neglectful parents would let her stay outside all night when she was twelve
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  • Hates Being Touched: Roxy is not fond of too much physical contact.
  • Incompatible Orientation:
    • Stormer has a crush on her straight bandmates.
    • Implied with Clash and her Misfits fangirlism. The others didn't know, but in hindsight it seemed a bit obvious.
  • Irony: The Holograms complain that the Misfits are narrow-minded and probably would have kicked out Stormer a long time ago if she had came out. Not only do they not care that she's lesbian, the Holograms are the ones who aren't comfortable with Stormer's sexuality.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Jetta used to be bullied for being poor.
  • No Periods, Period: Casually averted when Kimber mentions she's gotten her period at a bad time.
  • Mythology Gag: Clash's girlfriend Gwen is Graphix, a character who never got to appear in the cartoon due to its cancellation.
  • Parental Neglect: Both Jetta's parents and Pizzazz's father were emotionally neglectful growing up. Pizzazz also mentions that her Missing Mom, who walked out when she was eight, from a young age thought she was "too old" for affection.
  • Sex for Services: To get out of jail quickly, Stormer gives into the guard's advantages. She describes it as the most degrading and disgusting thing she's ever done.
  • Supreme Chef: Stormer's a pretty good cook. She's the only one in the band who can cook well.
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