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"Grrr, I am evil. And you suck." (art by Quantum Witch)

"You gave me quite a fright, you did. Usually one person doesn't get hurt quite so badly, but you've always had to go above and beyond, haven't you? ...And you never visit anymore, and I can't believe you never mentioned your demon boyfriend."
Raphael, to Aziraphale

Manchester Lost by JAMoczo is a very funny Good Omens Crack Fic / Action-Adventure / (non-explicit) Slash Fic in which Aziraphale is captured by Hell and Crowley, War and the Archangel Michael (on a Mission from God) break in to save him and set off a second apocalypse. It introduces entertaining characterizations of other angels such as Michael, Raphael (Aziraphale's adopted father), Gabriel, and Uriel. It's a self-parodying Affectionate Parody with many interesting twists and turns along the way.

It is technically a sequel to How Crowley Fell Out of Love with the Bentley (which is a sequel to Good Omens). Manchester Lost has a sequel, itself, which is complete: Paradise Thwarted, and which now has its own page.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Accidental Marriage: Aziraphale's last name has technically been 'Crowley' for the past 500 years or so; they both thought that the other had arranged the divorce.
  • Aerith and Bob: Names of angels and demons varies from Aziraphale, Crowley, Beelzebub and Steve.
  • Boring, but Practical: Operation Micheal, which is 'stab it until it dies'. Much to Gabriel's annoyance, it works perfectly.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The chocolate muffin Rafael tucks away after the Archangels visit the diner in chapter 8 resurfaces when he shoves it in Uriel's mouth after the latter attempts to smite Zira in chapter 15. May double as a Brick Joke or a Chekhov's Gag depending on the reader's sense of humor.
  • Church Militant: The Order of Our Most Holy Lady of the Righteous Smiting.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Aziraphale and Crowley get together, Crowley Rises, and everyone ends up happy. But boy did they have to go through hell first. Literally, at one point.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Subverted with Aziraphale/Zira; after he Falls, he starts looking more "evil", but his behavior doesn't actually change.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: God does this to Crowley to get his attention when he's too depressed over Aziraphale's death to listen. Also counts as I Know Your True Name.
    God: Oh, and now you're trying to leave? Without even saying goodbye? Kireawel Gadre'el, would you quit forgetting who you're talking to?
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Crowley has Inner Aziraphale and Inner Hastur, Aziraphale has Inner Raphael and Inner Crowley.
  • Good Is Not Nice
    Raphael to Lucifer: "And I know you have a very strong fondness for... er... sharp, pointy things, and so help me Light-Bringer but if you don't let me keep this child I will mount your immortal head on one of those sharp pointy things outside my office as a reminder to everyone that even though I am the Healer I am not a pansy!"
    • Then there's Uriel's Righteous Smiting. He cares not who the sinner is, or was, or who might care about him/her.
  • The Heart: Raphael, to the rest of the archangels. He is the healer, after all. At one point he notes that without his stabilizing influence they'd probably be a lot less sane than they are.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: When the Four Archangels "borrow" some motorcycles. "It’s not stealing if you’re On a Holy Mission."
  • Incendiary Exponent: Zira kills Beelzebub while lit on holy fire, much to Michael's pride and jealousy that he died so awesomely
  • Lampshade Hanging: Lots; it's a lot of Snark and Self-Parody.
  • Large Ham
    Michael: Wait, it needs something. Wait, I know - ambiance!
    Music: You're the best, around! Nothing's gonna ever keep you down!
  • Mood Whiplash: One scene has some characters battle Lucifer, and one of them becomes exhausted and falls down. The gripping suspense is somewhat broken as the author inserts the following note:
    His face looked like this: X_X
  • Running Gag: There is only one response, be you demon, nun, Jesus, or Satan to the question "Would you like some tea?". —> Would I!
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: The mood lightener after Aziraphale's torture; Crowley feels the need to remind War "He is not my mate!"
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work: The author has done a lot of research on the Archangels. Their personalities are mostly comedic versions of what Christian tradition has them as.
  • Too Much Information
    Raphael: Perhaps you can skedaddle back to Hell and tell him to call things off? It would be awfully sweet of you. No one wants existence to be over, especially since my son's boyfriend would be destroyed too.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth
    Beelzebub: That's it, he's not coming anywhere near my Hell.
  • Trap Door: "Sauntering vaguely downwards" sounds so much better.