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"Now before I go any further, I should mention that if you are looking to read one of those stories where a girl from the real world falls into a fantasy world and maybe falls in love with one of the characters there, you are probably looking at the wrong story."

Marie D. Suesse and the Mystery New Pirate Age! is a One Piece fanfic Deconstruction Fic by Phalanx that was completed on 19th December 2012.

Self-described as "A very different take on the typical OC-falls-into-OP story, deconstructed with a macabre twist".

The story follows the character's adventures after falling into the One Piece world. It also derails the format of the typical Self-Insert story right at the beginning by bringing Mar's parents along for the ride and having her end up alone on the Straw-Hats' deserted ship.

What ensues is a darkly humorous story that deconstructs the hell out of almost every fanfic cliche, all the while building a suspenseful mystery over the fate of the Straw-Hats.

Some parts can be quite disturbing.

This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Mentioned as one of the most overused cliches intended to inspire sympathy, and Slashfang and Hana are said to have them. Mar's parents, however, while far from perfect, are not abusive.
  • Adults Are Useless: Defied with a vengeance. Almost every capable character in the story is an adult. And the only one who isn't is pretty much The Load.
  • All Flyers Are Birds: Discussed. As one character found out the hard way, flying foxes are not birds.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The Suesse family, when they realize that the wish that will return the world to normal will undo Blake and Garreth's marriage and Mar's existence.
  • Bad Future: Luffy has been executed, the Straw-Hats disappeared without a trace, and their allies are all either captured or dead. Oh, and the world is overrun with Sues.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: A key part of the Deconstruction, as well as a proper caution for dealing with Madelyn's powers.
    • Two instances of this have a significant impact on the plot. Law's wishing that Madelyn would get away from him results in Madelyn being transported to the real world, and Mar's wish to be free results in her family being pulled into the One Piece world.
  • "Be Quiet!" Nudge: The Disinfector gives Mar one when she denies being captain of the Thousand Sunny, to indicate that she should play along with his story.
  • Black Hole Sue: invoked Monkey D. Madelyn, Luffy's 'sister' and Law's lover and co-leader of the Heart Pirates and and and...
    • Let's not forget she's also has the world's highest bounty of 666 millionnote  and goes by the title of "The Pirate Queen".
  • Bittersweet Ending: The world is put right, thanks to the Suesse's wishes, but Mar is wished out of existence as a consequence.
  • Book Ends: The story begins with a dinner in the Suesse household, with Blake and Garreth arguing. The story ends with a dinner in the Suesse household, in which Garreth is eating alone.
  • …But He Sounds Handsome: The narrator of the story is implied to be Trafalgar Law, in his Disinfector persona. On a reread, some lines become pretty damn funny with this knowledge.
    I shouldn't have to explain why Mar might feel somewhat star-struck with the idea of Law present. Mar is a sixteen-year old girl, and it's freaking Trafalgar Law, c'mon.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Mr. Suesse's life experience of being trained as a locksmith and then working a security consultant really came in handy.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Mr. Suesse's reaction to a long and dramatic flashback explaining how his wife Blake is actually the main villain Monkey D. Madelyn.
    Trafalgar Law: "Did you get all that, Suesse?"
    Mr. Suesse: "Yeah... You're my wife's ex".
  • The Comically Serious: The Disinfector and Gurnarde both have their moments.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Early on in the story, Mar discovers that she looks exactly like Monkey D. Madelyn did 20 years ago. Much to her annoyance, she is constantly mistaken for the infamous Pirate Queen in-story as a result.
    • In Chapter 27, Mar learns that her mother is the spitting image of St. Magda, aka Madelyn.
    • Subverted; there's a good reason for all of the above. It's even lampshaded in Chapter 31.
  • Dark Action Girl: Gurnarde, Blood Knight serial killer mermaid.
  • Dark Fic: The author really wasn't kidding about the "macabre".
  • Dead Guy Junior: Mar the kitten, or rather, "Written Out of Reality Guy Junior".
  • Didn't Think This Through: Mar's reaction after she distracts the extremely powerful Admiral Imba from killing the Disinfector.
  • Discontinuity Nod: A variety pops up in the final chapter as various characters make references to what happened in the fic after the world goes back to normal, such as some drunken marines discussing what Smoker's child would look like.
  • Driving Question: "Why is The Thousand Sunny deserted? What happened to the crew? And how are the Heart Pirates involved?"
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: It's implied that Smoker and Hina were killed when their ship's engine exploded.
  • Dwindling Party: The fate of the Straw-Hats and their rescue attempts. The same happens to Mar's crew on their raid on St. Magnus's mansion.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zig-zagged with Madelyn; it's unclear how much she really cared for Trafalgar Law, but she does genuinely care for her husband and daughter enough to ask Law to take her and spare them.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Marie's mother wanted to make sure that she turns out better than she did.
  • The Faceless: The Disinfector is never seen without his hazard suit, until Chapter 21 where he is revealed to be Trafalgar Law.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Mr. Suesse yells this at Mar when she doubts whether he intends to find her mother.
  • Ghost Ship: The Thousand Sunny turns up as one.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Mar goes into one when she realizes she fell into the world 20 years after Luffy's death by execution.
    • Mr. Suesse also gets one when Mar tells him they've fallen into a fictional world based on one of her manga comics.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Admiral Imba pretty much had the crew on the ropes when he got greedy and decided to copy Mar's Logic-Logic powers. Boy, did that decision backfire spectacularly.
  • Laughing Mad:
    • Mr. Suesse's Heroic BSoD starts off this way.
    • Also used disturbingly in a flashback. Trafalgar Law, The Surgeon of Death, breaks down laughing at the irony his Red Baron when he fails a critical operation and kills his patient. It also marks the beginning of his personality shift into The Disinfector.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Law leaves the Suesse family to spend their final minutes together in privacy under the pretext of going to look for Gurnade.
  • Lemony Narrator: Who also happens to be a bit of a First-Person Smartass.
  • Little "No": Law says this when Mar's mother/Madelyn asks him to take his revenge on her and spare her husband and daughter. He clarifies that her death isn't enough, and wants her to undo what she did.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Chapters 30 and 31 reveal that Madelyn is actually Mar's mother.
    • Played with when Mar realizes that Trafalgar Law could very well be her biological father. Then she does the math and deduces it's not possible.
  • Make a Wish: Madelyn's powers allow her to grant wishes, often without the wisher (or sometimes Madelyn herself) realizing this, once per person.
  • Mama Bear: Mrs. Suesse will do whatever it takes to protect her child. That includes impersonating a Tenryuubito (or so we think at the time), or shooting a mind-controlled ally in the head.
  • May–December Romance: Subverted. Mar clearly finds the at least 20 years older Trafalgar Law attractive until she realises that he's likely around the same age as her father. Squick ensues.
  • More than Mind Control: Squall claims to have been happy in Madelyn's thrall, and exploits her power to ensure he can stay that way.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Madelyn's horrified when her power gets exploited to nearly kill the man she claims to love.
    • Additionally, she only intended for Luffy's capture to delay the Straw Hats.
  • Narrator All Along: Although it is never explicitly stated, the identity of the Lemony Narrator can be deduced from in the final line of the final chapter. It's The Disinfector.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: It's something of a running joke that the narrator is forced to to do this because the author wants to avoid raising the rating of the fic.
  • Noble Bigot: Gurnarde has some very unfavorable views of humans in general. She gets better about it later.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: From Madelyn’s perspective, at least. They believed that the only concern in the search for One Piece was beating the other pirates in the running- the Marine forces were road hazards at best. Thus, she had no qualms manipulating a wish to send Luffy to Marineford with no backup. She knew that, since this is Luffy we’re talking about, he’d have scores of powerful allies coming to rescue him, and so thought the whole ordeal would just amount to a slight delay in the Straw Hat’s voyage, and a humiliating defeat for the Marines. She is absolutely horrified when the Marines not only manage to execute Luffy just as planned, but several of his crew mates are killed in the rescue mission.
  • Original Character: Loads of them. Some are one-off invokedParody Sues, but the fic deliberately makes a point of using only Original Characters to tell the story, although the author believe original characters should only be used when necessary. Well, until Chapter 21 anyway.
  • Parents as People: Mar's parents care for her, but their troubled marriage interferes with how well they do as parents.
  • Pet the Dog: Law leaving the room to allow the Suesse family time to say goodbye to each other in private.
  • Power Copying: Admiral Imba has the power of the Copy-Copy fruit.
  • Puff of Logic: As a power!
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
    Madelyn: Luffy. Is. Dead!
    • Later in that same chapter, Law says "They. Are. All. Dead!"
  • Reset Button Ending: The concept of which is painfully deconstructed. Specifically, while many terrible things happened in the 20 years after Madelyn ate her Devil Fruit, so did Garreth meeting her and them having Mar together, both of which will also be undone.
  • Rescue Romance: Averted; the Disinfector makes it VERY clear he's only keeping Mar alive to suit his own ends.
  • Ret-Gone: Toward the end, it is revealed that the tragic events that occurred for the last 20 years in the One Piece world can be undone, but if Madelyn never ate her Devil Fruit, she would never have made the mistake of causing Luffy's execution, fled to the "real world," changed her name to Blake, met Garreth and had Marie. Not only are Garreth and Madelyn/Blake aware that they'll never see each other or their daughter again, but Marie realizes that she'll be erased from existence entirely, and feels as though her existence was a mistake.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: Mr. Suesse mistakes his first encounter with pirates for pirates from Somalia. He is mistaken.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Mar derisively calls a marine captain who has bone-based devil fruit powers "Kimimaro."
    • Admiral Imba is described as looking like the twin of a certain pretty white-haired boy from another manga series.
  • Snicket Warning Label: See the page quote above.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Marie discovers three graves; though one is mostly untouched, the middle has been destroyed to the point no sign of who it stands for remains, and the last's epitaph is partly destroyed, along with one of its blades stolen.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Monkey D. Madelyn is heavily implied to have one, but its true nature isn't revealed until Chapter 22: she can literally make dreams come true.
    • In Chapter 31 it's revealed her power is a version of the Human-Human fruit which allows her to turn into a faerie with the ability to charm people and grant their wishes... without those people knowing she's doing it.
  • Survivor Guilt: Seen among the survivors of the attempt to save Luffy, particularly Sogeking.
  • Take Me Instead: In Chapter 31, Madelyn pleads with Law to be satisfied with taking revenge on her, sparing her loved ones. Law refuses, saying that Madelyn shouldn't think that her death is enough to make up for her actions, and wants her to instead wish the world back to the way it was.
  • That Man Is Dead: Invoked and discussed. Mar uses this trope to guess the true identity of The Disinfector, citing The Count of Monte Cristo as her example.
  • That Was the Last Entry: Robin's Apocalyptic Log in chapter 7.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Chapter 23's Flashbacks, one gets delivered to Monkey D. Madelyn, brutally shutting down her claims that she only wanted to make Law happy.
    • Again in Chapter 31.
    Trafalgar Law: "Mistakes? The world doesn't exist as a testing ground for your mistakes so you could learn how to be a halfway-decent human being, Madelyn! Straw-Hat Luffy! Bepo! Jean Bart! Penguin... (lists the rest of the Straw Hat and Heart Pirates)...they weren't 'mistakes'! Those were real lives, Madelyn. They were people! And because of your actions: They. Are. All. Dead!"
  • Third-Person Person: Two of them. Walker the Fishman and The Disinfector both refer to themselves in third person, for very different reasons.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The Straw Hat.
    • Also Zoro's sword Shuusui.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Eustass Kid wonders aloud in front of Madelyn what would happen if the Straw Hats were delayed, making it possible for the Kid and Heart Pirates to compete for One Piece. The "unwitting" part comes from the fact that he doesn't realize Madelyn could make this happen. Madelyn then concludes that Law has lost his spirit for pursuing One Piece because he thinks Luffy will win, and then wishes for him to get captured to force his crew to go after him.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Chapter 31, with The Reveal that Blake was Madelyn all along.
  • Weapon Tombstone: Marking the graves of Nico Robin and Roronoa Zoro.
  • What Kind Of Lame Power Is Logic Anyway?: Mar eats the Logic-Logic fruit and is disappointed when it only seems to make her think logically.
    • which later turns out to be incorrect as Logic Is An Awesome Power, thanks to it giving her power over logic itself.
    • And then, combined with her mother's power, enables her to even change the past as a result of rewriting the rules of her mother's powers.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Law names a kitten after Mar.
  • Wham Episode: Starting from chapter 3, each becoming more worse than the last.
  • Wham Line: Almost every chapter ends with either this, a Cliffhanger or a Reveal.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Mr. Suesse was guilty of this before they all got thrown into the One Piece world.
  • You All Meet in a Cell: It's even lampshaded as one of the chapter titles.