- ''Seto closed his eyes and let out a deep breath. What if I told you that there are more and more worlds out there? And what if I told you that a dark force is threatening to swallow them whole?
He opened his eyes and then turned to the Three Caballeros. And what if I told you that you three are our only hope in saving us all?"Ending lines of the first chapter
Disney is no stranger to crossovers.
From House of Mouse to Kingdom Hearts, it seems as if nothing can get any stranger...
And that's where this comes along.
Legend of the Three Caballeros: Dark Signs of the Sun has the Three Caballeros (Donald Duck, Jose Carioca and Panchito Gonzales) going up against an unexpected threat with the most unlikely of weapons...
Upon learning that the Nazca Gyroscope has been corrupted, and encountering a black cloaked figure emerging from a purple spider glyph, the Caballeros are thrust into an adventure, traveling through dimensions to fight off against the Dark Signers and their nefarious plans.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Actually Pretty Funny:
- When Illusion Dragon Priest (Seth) summons two coins when Sen asks the former to bring his "two cents" in a bet between Sen and Seto, Sen turns around to see Seto laugh at the joke.
- Panchito telling Shinji that the contents of Nutrient Z doesn't taste like chicken makes the usually stoic Shinji laugh.
- Adaptational Personality Change:
- Yuri seems to be less of an asshole than he was in the anime. Time will tell how this came to be.
- Tadashi is much more aggressive this time around. This is probably due to not only being resurrected as a Dark Signer, but also because he learned who killed him.
- Berserk Button:
- Tadashi dislikes being asked about what happened to him.
- Haruka despises Harpy Ladies, see Freudian Excuse for an explanation.
- Jester Eiji dislikes the idea of being put on a shelf, once again see below.
- The Bet: The first chapter had Sen and Seto bet on how many Phantom Beast Tokens Tadashi was going to summon, with the former losing the bet and now having to take the latter's place in the next board meeting.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- (Sen) Kaibaman rescues Daisy as she gets dragged off by Tadashi's shadowy vines in the prologue. Likewise, (Seto) Kaibaman rescues her nieces from Hiro in the following chapter.
- Just as Eugenia is about to choke the life out of Daisy, Launchpad (accidentally) runs over her on his limo in the sixth chapter.
- Big "WHAT?!": Haruka, Kanata, Yugo and Yuri shout this when Ren reveals that he's their grandson.
- Burning with Anger: How Haruka is described when she is telling Jose she is going to kick his ass upon seeing that he duels with Harpie Lady monsters.
- Damballa's threat to the Caballeros should he hear that they hurt Quetzie (his grandson) is what his wife (Wadjet) threatened to do to Ankh back in "A Month of Sundays" when she learned that Ankh slapped her grandson.
- The Cameo: Millefeui and Serena have a call with Kanata in the third chapter.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Seto is essentially this to himself, sort of like how Jeff Hardy acts around his BROKEN brother.
- Character Overlap: We have Damballa from the author's Kamen Rider fanfics appearing in the first chapter. He even references his grandson Quetzie, as additional proof and Shotaro appears in the third chapter. And judging by Seto Kaiba's appearance, he's from the Ab Initio stories and the first part of the story is set in the Between stories.
- Combat Commentator: Hikari in the fourth chapter makes remarks about Shinji and Panchito's turns.
- Continuity Nod:
- To the author's Ab Initio stories:
- Haruka's animosity for Yuri stems from the Alea Iacta Est story, "Before the Storm" in which she saw Yuri hypnotize Yugo so they can "reunite". She's also wearing the outfit Hikari sewed for her in the Alea Iacta Est story "A Little Princess". And speaking of "Before the Storm", Yugo also mentioned how Haruka got angry at him when he assumed that Haruka played Harpie Ladies.
- Yusei demonstrates his undead status to José by slicing his throat; that's how he killed himself in Lux ex Tenebris.
- To Legend of the Three Caballeros
- In the second chapter, May calls Daisy by nickname of "Jigsaw Daisy".
- When Panchito duels Shinji, both Panchito and José bring up the time Panchito had to wrestle to the death with José repeating the God of Death's confirmation about the death being for real and then the subsequent escape from the underworld, which happened in "Mexico A Go-go" and "Mount Fuji Whiz".
- When Daisy duels Eugenia, she mentions how Scrooge was constantly on a rant on someone blasting a hole in his money bin — which is what happened while she and Donald were in Shangri-la.
- To the author's Ab Initio stories:
- Creepy Good: Sen is essentially Seto Kaiba in appearance...and said appearance is him looking like a wooden life-size mannequin with nails for teeth, chews scenery like no tomorrow and laughs at everything that Tadashi throws at him. That said, he can also be pretty level-headed when he's not acting insane.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Sen essentially beats Tadashi into the ground without losing a single lifepoint! It's suggested that Tadashi wasn't at his best due to both trying to be a distraction and because he's not used to the deck (as noted by Hiro and Sen)
- Crossover: With Disney (particularly Legend of the Three Caballeros) and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's of all things.
- Dark Is Not Evil:
- Donald uses Gagaga monsters, but he's one of the Three Caballeros.
- Yusei is connected to the Dark Signers, but he's not evil nor malicious. However, those who read the Ab Initio stories know that that doesn't mean he's good.
- Double-Meaning Title: "Dishing Out Dirt" describes Kanata; she battles Donald with Zoodiac monsters (who are all Earth monsters), she "dishes out" attacks with said monsters and the duel takes place at her mother's food truck.
- Dramatic Drop: Lampshaded by Shinji when he tells Haruka, Kanata, Yugo and Yuri to have a firm grip on their teacups upon seeing their family tree and learning that Ren is their grandson. And then they drop the teacups anyway.
- Exact Words: Jester Eiji said that his bosses could be identified because one wore a hat and the other had a book. In the third chapter, when Kanata sees Donald and Xandra arrive (Donald wearing his blue sailor cap and Xandra has the Golden Atlas strapped to her back) she immediately assumes they're Jester Eiji's bosses (even though Yuri can plainly see that they aren't). At the end, Jester Eiji stated that while he said that his bosses had a hat and a book on them, he tells Kanata that she jumped to conclusions about who they were.
- Fainting: José does this in the third chapter, after seeing Yusei slice his throat to prove his undead status.
- Foreshadowing: In the second chapter, Tadashi tells Hiro that he should play some hockey with the Dark Signer of the Monkey. The next chapter has Riley with Anna at Kaibaland.
- In the very same chapter, Seto hits Sen across the head with a green slipper. Two chapters later, we have (an alternate) Shotaro and Philip arrive, who were well known victims to a green slipper on their show.
- Freudian Excuse:
- Haruka's anger for Harpies stem from when she tried to become a Harpie Lady duelist in the past, but she always lost no matter how hard she tried, even going to the point that she tore all of her cards in frustration.
- Jester Eiji hates being put on a shelf because he was sent there immediately after being gifted and had to watch as dolls similar to Haruka's Cloth Dolls got all the attention.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Jose says a few phrases in Portuguese, like "Ah nao" (Oh no), calls Yusei Senhor Yusei, and introduces himself with, what else? Saludos Amigos!
- Gratuitous Spanish: Panchito states Spanish phrases like the normal Hola and mi amigo.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: The first chapter gifts us with Kaibaman laughing like a lunatic and Tadashi roaring threats like this is some sort of wrestling promo.
- Harping on About Harpies: Jose uses a Harpie Lady deck, and this trope is the title for the second chapter.
- Hero of Another Story:
- Whatever Sen's life was prior to meeting Damballa—from what is shown, he was known to be on good terms with his world's Yugi and his friends, and had a partnership with Seth, his Ancient Egypt counterpart.
- Somewhere down the line, it looks like Damballa was able to revive Philip to be like Shotaronote and they also "adopted" Jester Eiji.
- The Hyena: Sen mostly spends his time dueling Tadashi cackling like a loon.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: After Sen shouts "Can't let you do that, Tadashi!" when Tadashi is playing Do a Barrel Roll, he cackles how he wanted to say that in the proper context.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: The differences between Sen and Seto when both are Kaibaman are: Sen is left handed while Seto is right-handed, Seto has his signature card locket while Sen doesn't. Seto uses electrical abilities and Sen uses fire. Last, Sen is apparently made of wood while Seto is flesh and blood.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter is called "Sign" and are titled after tropes.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler:
- This takes place after the Season 1 Finale of Legend of the Three Caballeros, mentioning how Donald obtained the Sheldgoose Manor and how Baron von Sheldgoose hasn't been seen in a while. Panchito and José also mentioned that they, and Donald, died which is what happened at the end of "Mexico A Go-Go".
- The author's notes in the prologue states that the story will have lots of spoilers based on events of the Disney animated canon.
- If you didn't read Between My Brother and Me: Lux ex Tenebris, you might be surprised when you see Yusei slice his throat in front of José in the third chapter.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: In the second chapter.Sen: At least I'm better looking than the me who has hair the color of your feathers, José!
Seto: We never mention that world.
Sen: But it was still—
Seto: We NEVER SPEAK OF IT AGAIN!!!
- Major Injury Underreaction: (Sen) Kaibaman gets a hole pierced through his chest but he's still grinning and laughing like nothing happened. Damballa even puts a hand through the hole as an example.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Tadashi, wearing Youkai's mask, is absolutely not the Nice Guy he was in the film.
- Mythology Gag:
- In the prologue, Donald reads a letter with his beak open before rushing out in a panic.
- In the second chapter, Sen recalls a time when he and Seto entered a realm that had Seto's hair the color of José's feathers.
- Haruka's outfit when she duels Jose is her Wallace Cup outfit from the anime.
- Yusei's undercover disguise is of "Daniel", when he, Bruno and Sherry infiltrated Momentum Express back in his series.
- April reveals that she, May, June andDaisy have Duel Disks based off of four bracelets.
- Riley is the Dark Signer of the Monkey; in her movie, she and her father imitate a monkey, which is one of Riley's goofball traits.
- When Rui notices Riley and Anna she notes that they're just "finishing each other's sandwiches", a lyric from "Love is an Open Door".
- The Narrator: Xandra narrates the tale this time around.
- The Nicknamer: (Sen) Kaibaman names all his Illusion monsters after characters from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series (specifically, he's using their Dub names). It turns out that they actually are the remains of those characters' souls.
- Nightmare Fetishist:
- June is into stories of the Underworld and asked the Caballeros (and Xandra) for details about the time they entered the afterlife.
- When Panchito and José recall their trip to the underworld, everyone in the audience looks in horror...except for Yusei, who calmly asks what the trip was like.
- Noodle Incident:
- Sen and Seto visited a world that had a Seto Kaiba with green hair. Seto immediately notes to never speak of it again.
- Apparently Sen bit something that looked like a watermelon, but wasn't. All that he can say was that the "Poor baby" was suffering.
- In Domino City there was a humongous incident in Domino Below involving Yugo, Yuri, Haruka and Masato's grandmother, a huge fire and a 'Night Garden' the night before. Millefeui and Serena are in Maiami City just in case anything 'unusual' pops up. This is most likely a reference to whatever chaos that happened in Nobus Vivus Manes.
- Sen and Seto visited a world that had a Seto Kaiba with green hair. Seto immediately notes to never speak of it again.
- N-Word Privileges: Mitsuru, Haruka and Masato's grandmother, is the only one who can call Haruka "Harpy Girl" or make any mention of the Harpie Lady cards, something that Hikari points out. Masato later reveals to Yugo that Mitsuru was the one who wanted to help Haruka become a Winged-Beast duelist in the past, but it didn't pan out too well.
- Precision F-Strike: Considering that Disney is so family-friendly, it's a bit jarring for Tadashi to be shouting, "Take the duel goddamn seriously" in the first chapter.
- Reality Ensues:
- Launchpad's Big Damn Heroes moment, while a relief, also means that Eugenia has to be sent to the hospital and he has to contact Scrooge on the medical bills that he will have to pay until she recovers.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Sen is the Red who is brash, maniacal and fights with fire. Seto is the Blue, being more level-headed, serious and strikes people with electric attacks.
- Running Gag: The first chapter has Daisy keeping track of different things (like how many times Sen calls Tadashi "Tadashi-kun") and everyone looking at her strangely.
- Selective Magnetism: Hiro is now able to attract anything and everything metal.
- Sharing a Body: Sen notes that he's doing this with Seto. Apparently, Seth did this with Sen in their original world also.
- Ship Tease:
- We don't know it happened, but it seems as if Kanata is getting a bit close to Yuri in Domino.
- Hikari and Shinji share this in the fourth chapter, judging by how they give each other a shoulder nudge.
- Tadashi shouts, "I'm gonna kill you all kinds of dead!" after getting annoyed by Sen's antics. Sen lampshades this.
- Ren's favorite lullaby is a rendition of The Cake Song
- Yugo's Mad Hatter outfit is Paul London's Rabbit Tribe one without the suits sequin studded codpiece (and yes, London's outfit actually has one). Speaking of which, Hikari asked if Panchito ever had to fight luchadors underground in the fourth chapter.
- During their brawl in the second chapter, Seto tries to knee Sen with a Groin Attack. Sen replies that this isn't a bar fight and to have some class.
- The narration describes Harpie Dancer as if a Harpie Lady decided to cosplay as Zero Suit Samus.
- At the end of the third chapter, Kanata threatens to love and tolerate the shit out of Jester Eiji and his bosses.
- Single Tear: Sen sheds these from time to time. Justified because he only has one working eye.
- Slasher Smile: Sen doles these out like they're going out of style, emphasized with the fact that he has nails instead of human teeth.
- Tarot Troubles: Before she, Violet and Webby head to New Quackmore, Lena take a close look at the card that was drawn: an inverted Knight of Swords which represents how one must be on their guard.
- Tastes Like Chicken: Inverted. Panchito tells Shinji that the contents of Nutrient Z doesn't. This causes Shinji to burst into laughter.
- Troll: Jester Eiji tells Kanata that his bosses have a hat and a book. Kanata jumps to conclusions that Donald Duck and Xandra are his bosses...and winds up terrified when his real bosses show up. Jester Eiji even states that she can't blame it on him for the goof-up.
- Unexpected Character:
- Yugo and Yuri were already established in the Between series, but Ren was absolutely left field.
- How about the fact that the Dark Signers this time around are Disney characters?
- Ultimate Universe: On the Disney side, Donald's world is a combination of Legend of the Three Caballeros, Mickey and the Roadster Racers and Ducktales (2017).
- Was Once a Man: Sen was originally a different version of Seto Kaiba, transformed into his current state by Damballa after his world was destroyed.
- We Can Rule Together: Tadashi suggests that Sen works with the Dark Signers since they have many similarities. Sen rejects it.
- Wham Line: The fact that Sen's monsters converse with him are a shock, but it's what Illusion Defender says that hits home.Illusion Defendernote : Don't listen to him (Tadashi)! He won't bring them back. He can't...bring us back.
Seto: It took some doing, but every single monster in his (Sen's) deck has some of the memories of his loved ones. And Illusion Defender is the most tragic of them all.
- And (Seto) Kaibaman also adds something.
Daisy: Why's that?
Seto: Because Illusion Defender is based off of his little brother.
- Wham Shot: The beginning of the fourth chapter has Seto have a talk with Mokuba. But the end of that scene has Seto see devil horns and wings on his little brother.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Before Kanata has Zoodiac Boarbow attack directly, she notes that if Donald detached an Xyz Material from Gagaga Cowboy on his previous turn, he would've won the duel.Kanata: But no, you just you got too smug on the attack strength of your monsters to even consider that, huh?"
- Would Hit a Girl: Hiro has no qualms on ordering Baymax to "destroy" April, May and June.