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Fanfic / Kingdom Hearts: Cody's Story

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Kingdom Hearts: Cody's Story, is a crossover fanfic by TDDolphin that retells the story of Kingdom Hearts, but with Total Drama characters thrown in.

Taking place after the events of Total Drama Action, Cody and the other contestants are all ready to go home, as their contracts with the show have ended. But while everyone is hanging out at Playa de Losers, a mysterious group of creatures known as the Heartless arrive and destroy their world, separating all the 22 contestants from each other in the process. After managing to get together with Bridgette, Noah, and Lindsay, Cody soon discovers he's been chosen as the new keyblade master to save the remaining worlds from the threat of the Heartless. With the help of his friends, Cody sets off across the multiverse to find his other missing friends and restore their original universe. Along the way, Cody, Bridgette, Lindsay, and Noah make some shocking discoveries of where some of their friends have gone and end up developing some unexpected new relationships with each other.

This Fanfic has the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The story adds several worlds that weren't present in the first Kingdom Hearts game, notably Middleton.
  • Almost Kiss: Bridgette and Cody have one in the Hundred Acre Wood that gets interrupted by Tigger.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Total Drama World Tour never occurs in this story's continuity, and instead, the 22 contestants leave Total Drama behind for good following the end of Total Drama Action.
  • Apocalypse How: At the beginning of the story, the Total Drama universe is destroyed by the Heartless, with all 22 of the contestants being scattered across multiple worlds by the event.
  • Author Appeal: The author is a big fan of Cody/Bridgette, so it features quite prominently in the story.
  • Big Bad: Maleficent starts off as this at first, manipulating several of the Total Drama contestants to help her seek the hearts of all worlds. This is subverted in the Hollow Bastion chapter, where Ansem takes over as the villain for the rest of the story.
  • Closet Geek: Bridgette shows shades of this, as she admits to having some degree of familiarity with fantasy video games and being interested in trying cosplay and visiting a fan convention.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to Total Drama Island, this story has a much more serious tone. Not only do Cody and his friends lose their home, but Heather, Geoff, Duncan, Gwen, and Courtney all betray the heroes and team up with Maleficent. Duncan even almost murders Cody to stop him from meddling. This is even darker than the actual Kingdom Hearts games, due to swearing and some instances of blood.
  • Darkest Hour:
    • The second visit to Disney Castle is full of this. Cody, Bridgette, Noah, and Lindsay all find out that Heather, Geoff, Gwen, Duncan, and Courtney have teamed up with Maleficent and the Heartless, which then ends with Cody nearly being killed by Duncan.
    • The first trip to Hollow Bastion also counts. Cody not only loses the keyblade to Duncan, but is attacked by Noah and Lindsay, who both are controlled by Maleficent.
  • Demoted to Extra: Donald and Goofy are no longer the hero's travel companions here and instead stay at the Disney Palace, with their roles being given to Noah, Bridgette, and Lindsay.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Geoff, Duncan, Gwen, Courtney, and Heather are all recruited under Maleficent, and end up conflicting with the heroes several times. Fortunately, all of them manage to turn back to the same side as the rest of the contestants.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Cody hooks up with Bridgette by the story's end, while Noah starts developing a relationship with Courtney.
  • Out of Focus: Beth, Eva, Ezekiel, Justin, Katie, and Sadie are the only contestants that Cody and his team never find during their adventures, while Chris and Chef only show up at the very end after the story's conflict has concluded.
  • Ship Tease: Cody/Bridgette is teased hard throughout the story, but Noah/Courtney also develops near the end.
  • Shipper on Deck: Leshawna becomes one for Bridgette/Cody when she notices their developing feelings for each other. Owen, Izzy, Trent, Harold, DJ, and Tyler then pick it up after she tells them of it.
  • The Stations of the Canon: The story follows many of the same beats as the original Kingdom Hearts game does in pacing and developments, although there are still a decent number of divergences at certain points. Also, despite World Tour not occurring, Duncan and Gwen still become a couple.
  • True Companions: Thanks to their adventures together, Cody, Bridgette, Noah, and Lindsay eventually develop into this.
  • Wham Episode: Several chapters constitute as these, such Cody, Bridgette, Noah, and Lindsay discovering Heather in Chapter 12, Geoff breaking up with Bridgette in Chapter 18, and Gwen's emotional breakdown and argument with Cody in Chapter 28.