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An in-progress story written by Edrobot for Camp NaNoWriMo 2013. A crossover between the DCU and all kinds of Anime and Video Games, including Gurren Lagann, Final Fantasy XIII, Xenoblade, Code Geass, Fate/stay night, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

It can be read on AO3 and Fanfiction.net.

There is also a side-story set in the same universe, as well as a non-canon April Fools' Day chapter.


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Tropes featured in this work include:

  • I Believe I Can Fly:
    • Averted. None of the main characters have flight as a superpower.
    • Hexagon discovers he can surf through the air on his shield. Or rather, he could if he could keep his balance...
  • Name's the Same:
    • Original Character Hope and the Hope from Final Fantasy XIII. Falls under One Steve Limit though, as the Final Fantasy XIII Hope is not a main character.
    • There's also a DCU character named Lightning, who hasn't even had a name drop. No big loss though, since the DCU's Lightning isn't a terribly popular or well-known character.
  • Parody Sue: Electra Pendragon and Hope have shades of this. Also, Drizzt is treated as one in an omake.
  • Patchwork Fic: Borrows elements from several different canons.
    • Morgaine Le Fey brings Mordred along with her, like in Justice League, but Mordred is completely different.
    • Astute readers might notice that Hope is a Fullmetal Alchemist-style Homunculus who has severely-weakened versions of the powers of seven other homunculi, including the manga version of Pride and the 2003 anime version of Sloth, both of which belong to mutually-exclusive continuities.
    • Lightning's powerset is based on her appearance in Final Fantasy XIII, but her costumes come from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
  • Power Incontinence: Kallen has quite a bit of trouble controlling her super-strength.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: The story's editor produced Shirley and Ino, a non-canon one-shot slash-fic written as a Christmas present.
  • Running Gag
    • Every "cover" apparently says "Not a dream! Not an imaginary story!", and only rarely do they accurately depict what happens in the chapter.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Monado. It's a BF Laser Blade that's also a scanner, can project anti-magic shields, and has a connection to the Speed Force.
  • Stock Superhero Day Jobs
    • Police: Lightning, in this continuity. Being a L'cie apparently causes friction with her department.
    • Student: Shirley, Sayaka.
    • Scientist: Shulk is technically an archeologist with a very, very extensive background in Magitek.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: This is apparently how Shirley got her superpowers.
  • Translation Convention: Everyone is assumed to be speaking Japanese translated into English unless stated otherwise. One of the authors notes explains that Edrobot didn't refer to a police station as a Koban because few Americans know what that word means.
  • Token Evil Teammate:
    • Not in the story itself, but one Channel 52 segment implies that Vriska Serket is a member of the Teen Titans, so presumably she's one of these.
    • Electra Pendragon could have been one of these, but was kicked out when she tried to kill Ino.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Gendo Ikari is a hell of a lot nicer than he is in canon, treating his son with a surprising amount of respect, and even going so far as to secure the funding for The Team to form in the first place! But he's still planning Instrumentality.
  • Unexpected Character: The "Justice Substitutes of Japan" omake features a number of characters who would make zero sense appearing in the story otherwise, such as T.K., Dan Hibiki and Commander Beef. They fight equally obscure/ridiculous antagonists including Purple Purposeless, Mr. Satan, Garungun, and Destruction.
  • Take That!: A news report implies that Harvest, leader of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. in the New 52, was killed by The Men From N.O.W.H.E.R.E. from Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Averted with Lightning; as of chapter 9, we finally get to see her at work as a detective.
  • The Unintelligible: One channel 52 segment features The Doctor wearing a filtration mask, The Pyro, and Grant Morrison, all equally incomprehensible (even though Morrison isn't even wearing a mask).
  • The Virus: The Machine Plague, a virus that slowly turns people and animals into clockwork robots. Thankfully, Shirley's technopathic powers keep it inert.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Sayaka's plight is still based on The Little Mermaid, but the "changeling" arc is based on Changeling The Lost.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: After developing powers, Kallen seems to have also developed an aversion to silver and crosses.
  • West Coast Team: Though not officially affiliated with the Justice Society of America, the JSJ was made with this trope in mind.
  • World War II: Downplayed, at least compared to the JSA. The team was originally conceived in the aftermath of WWII as a way of getting around Japan's ban on armed forces, though the team was never actually created.

Rivaz's Bizarre Adventure (A one-shot written for April Fools Day) contains the following tropes:

  • Author Appeal: In-universe example. Rivalz writes a story about rescuing Milly, who then falls in love with him. A great amount of attention is paid to describing her breasts.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Parodied with Xerxes Tireiron Dada, a character who was given a name that only Rivalz thinks is cool because he invented him.
  • Canon Discontinuity: This story doesn't fit into the ongoing continuity at all. Even the real world scene has no connection to the main fic's plot.

The "Justice Substitutes of Japan" Omake features the following tropes:

  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Parodied. Cowboy Bebop has an overly-elaborate setup that can only be thwarted by a bunch of arbitrary things that the main characters just happen to be good at. Their first instinct, however, is to each do the wrong things.
  • Forced into Evil: Inverted. Teddy Bomber was threatening to blow up a maid cafe before he was mistaken for a member of the JSJ, and was then drafted into the Howling Dynamite Beef Brigade in spite of his protests.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Destruction. It's implied that this is yet another attempt to do be something other than his namesake. And he's really bad at it.
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