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Iron Wood, is a Mass Effect/Worm crossover fanfic.

The titular character is an Endbringer Self-Insert who decides to work with humanity against the other Endbringers and Scion.


Iron Wood contains the following Tropes:

  • Adaptational Badass: Greg attends various Endbringer battles and even kills one without powers.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Some characters end up being better people in the story than in canon.
    • Emily Piggot is not racist here, as Iron Wood was able to defeat Nilbog and heal her.
    • Tagg is not extremist, thanks to Woody being proven a trustworthy asset and not being exposed to Simurgh.
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    • Cauldron as a whole is more heroic.
  • Affectionate Nickname: After accepting him, some people call Iron Wood by the nickname "Woody".
  • After the End: Some chapters depict what life is like after Zion is finally defeated, long after Woody himself dies.
    • Contessa is given an extended lifespan by Woody and continues to protect humanity from the shadows.
    • Taylor goes on to marry Brian and starts a family in Brockton Bay.
    • Panacea and Greg get together and start a family on Mars.
  • Badass Normal: Greg has survived multiple fights with the Endbringers, and even kills one of them, before he gets his powers
  • Colonized Solar System: Iron Wood help humanity in colonizing the other planets in their solar system. This helps create more living space and provides more raw materials for the war against the Endbringers.
  • Combat Medic: Iron Wood is the only one who can go straight up against an Endbringer and is the greatest healer in the world.
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  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Played with. Ice's mother is the one who dislikes her daughter's relationship with Woody.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Several characters die either before it happens in canon or despite the fact they survive until the end in canon.
    • Legend is the only member of the original Protectorate to die, while he is the Sole Survivor in canon.
  • Drugs Are Good: Woody creates drugs to stabilize the emotions of heroic parahumans.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The Undersiders all survive the end of the story, unlike in canon.
  • End of an Age: The ultimate defeat of Zion and the Endbringers brought a new era of peace to humanity.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Panacea and Glory Girl think Skitter's Secret Identity is Emma Barnes and that Taylor is just one of the many people she's victimized with and without the mask.
  • For Want of a Nail: Iron Wood's presence has shaken up the canon.
    • Hero is saved and Alexandria gets her eye back because they were taken to Woody as soon as possible.
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    • Sphere never goes mad and helps humanity in living on other planets.
    • Panacea is not burdened with being the greatest healer in the world and has a healthier mindset.
  • Freaky Is Cool: Ice is attracted to Iron Wood because she has an alien robot fetish.
  • Healing Hands: Iron Wood is capable of healing hundreds of people at once, of both injuries and illnesses.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Iron Wood is the only Endbringer to switch sides and is an invaluable ally.
  • Heroic RRoD: Cauldron use drugs to temporarily amp Taylor's powers, giving her the ability to control all the prisoners in the prison on Pluto to fight Zion. She manages for a few days before collapsing.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Legend goes down distracting Zion and luring him away from Earth.
    • Woody sacrifices all but one year of his lifespan to power a shield that kept Scion away from Earth for a month so that their device can finish draining the Entity of its power.
  • Hope Bringer: Iron Wood is able to bring hope to the bleak world of Earth Bet.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Ice is tall at around 7 ft. Woody is just even taller than her.
  • Humans Are Special: Iron Wood says this because of humanity's ability to get where they are without being uplifted like other species.
    • This later becomes more apparent in the epilogue stories, where every human is a parahuman.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Some things still happen even with Iron Wood's presence.
    • The Undersiders still end up existing.
    • Jack Slash is still able to convince Scion to start killing everyone.
  • Longevity Treatment: Iron Wood extends Contessa's lifespan for thousands of years as a thank you for killing Eden.
  • The Medic: Iron Wood is the greatest healer in the world, capable of healing hundreds of people at the same time and curing any injury or illness.
  • Mook Maker: Iron Wood is capable of creating creature with various powers to fight for him.
  • Nice Guy: Fred Rogers, the nicest man in the world, is credited with convincing an Endbringer to switch sides.
  • The Paragon: Iron Wood.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Several people get to live thanks to Iron Wood's presence.
    • Hero is saved and Alexandria gets her eye regenerated.
    • Eidolon survives the final battle.
    • The Undersiders survive to the end of the story.
  • The War to End All Wars: The Endbringer War and the Seven Day War.
  • A World Half Full: Unlike in canon, there is actually hope in the world. On the other hand, the world has to fight 20 Endbringers.
  • Wrong Assumption: When the Undersides are captured, Lisa assumes that she is being given a deal because they think her power is too valuable. She realizes too late that it's actually Taylor's power that they need.


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