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More than My Friend is a Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends fanfic by Dude13. Dude13 also has a series of spinoffs and sequels set after the fanfic.

Mac's older brother Terrence has started smoking marijuana and has become even more aggressive towards him than before. It's up to Frankie to help Mac out of his situation. In the sequel, Falling Apart, Mac is sent to an orphanage after his family dies. Frankie decides to adopt him afterwards.


More than My Friend and related stories provide examples of:

  • Abuse Mistake: Forms the plot of "Helpless". A rushed morning at Foster's winds up causing Mac to take a doorknob to the face, resulting in a black eye. At school, the principal, rightly, is worried when he sees one of his students with a bad black eye. Mac, worried about being late for class, hurriedly brushes off his injury as an accident. Then the principal sees Frankie screaming at someone who cut her off and immediately jumps to the conclusion that she hurt Mac on purpose.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Mac's response to having (in his own mind) burned his bridges with Frankie and earned the ire of Terrence and his druggie buddies and being hit with the realization that with Frankie mad at him, there's no one to care that Terrence is abusing him is to start sobbing and spend a good while mute, even after Frankie comes to his rescue. Then after Frankie gets him safely back to Foster's, he breaks out of the silence into hysterical sobs and babbled apologies.
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  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: A heartbreaking example of the "They Mean It" variant shows up repeatedly when Terrence decides Mac needs to be punished for some slight; Mac repeatedly begs for the beating to stop, to no avail, and on at least one occasion, ultimately ends up in a sobbing ball as Terrence advances on him.
  • Berserk Button:
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  • Big Brother Bully: Terrence beats up Mac near daily and lets his drug dealer beat him up too.
  • Broken Pedestal: Kathy had always thought her boss, Mrs. Corningston, was a fantastic social worker who always wants what's best for the kids. Then she sees her berating Frankie for her very personality while calling her a completely incompetent guardian in front of the clearly confused and frightened Mac and Goo and suddenly every ounce of respect Kathy had for the woman is dead.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Mac's Precocious Crush is put on the bench to focus on Frankie's sisterly/motherly relationship with Mac. This is addressed in a later story, when Bloo questions if he still has one a few years after his adoption. He states that he obviously grew out of it, but it leads to some awkward conversations when Bloo thinks he's denying it and shares said theory with the others.
    • Mac in turn becomes a Cool Big Bro for Frankie's daughter Bridgette, so much so that when the little girl finds out Mac is adopted, she ends up in hysterics because she thinks that means he'll have to leave.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Frankie starts noticing Mac's unusual behavior and bruises however he always has an excuse behind it.
  • Dark Fic: It has a good amount of cursing, violence, and dark subject matter not present in the original cartoon. The multichapter sequels are equally dark with near-death experiences, an Abuse Mistake scare, and attempts to rip Frankie and Mac away from each other featuring prominently.
  • Department of Child Disservices: The series bounces all over the place with this trope but can ultimately be broken down into 3 categories:
    • The Good: Frankie's friend Kathy and Rudy, Frankie's eventual husband, who carefully observe the parents/guardians in question and are well-aware that unusual doesn't mean bad.
    • The Bad: A good portion of the rank-and-file we see, who are constantly trying to remove Mac from a "foster" home because they didn't read his paperwork.
    • The Ugly: Mrs. Corningston, who adamantly insists that Frankie couldn't possibly be a good guardian due to the life she leads and when a misunderstanding over Mac insisting a black eye was an accident (it was but he didn't realize how he sounded because he was focused on being late for class) comes up in "Helpless", she gleefully assumes that Frankie is a reckless abuser instead of realizing that Frankie would never dream of hurting Mac and that her most violent outbursts were when the officials were trying to separate her and a terrified Mac. She even goes as far as to blame Frankie for not knowing about a heart condition that nearly killed Mac even though A) said heart condition only got that bad because Terrence returned and beat the crap out of Mac and B) Mac's doctor didn't know the condition existed until the events of "Wishing Only Wounds the Heart", meaning no one could have known about it until then.
  • Did Not Think This Through: A particularly dark example occurs when Mac trashes a particularly expensive shipment of pot he was supposed to deliver and mouths off to the dealer; things quickly go downhill and the dealer, Terrence and several of Terrence's druggy friends engage in a "game" that involves stuffing Mac inside a trash can and then kicking said trash can around. The "fun" only stops when Frankie shows up and beats the crap out of all the teens.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • When Mac shows up a few minutes late for a drug drop in one of the early chapters of "More Than My Friend", Terrence beats him so badly Mac can't sleep comfortably. A later beating after Mac accidentally runs into Frankie after another drug drop leads to him limping so badly he can't hide it.
    • In the sequel "Wishing Only Wounds the Heart", Terrence beats Mac into near unconsciousness, with the damage being so bad Mac does ultimately pass out, for the "crime" of being adopted by Frankie and thus having a happy and stable home.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Terrence uses drugs and it caused a huge spike in his abusive behavior.
  • Happily Adopted: In Falling Apart Frankie adopts Mac and their relationship is quite happy in future works. It's a mix between a maternal relationship and a sisterly one.
  • Happily Married: Ultimately Rudy and Frankie.
  • Mama Bear: Frankie. Full stop.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mac has this reaction not after hurting anyone else physically or emotionally, but after trashing a pick up of pot Terrence and some friends had all chipped in to pay for.
  • Official Couple: Rudy/Frankie and Mac/Goo.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Frankie's backstory here involves her parents dying in a car crash when she was a toddler, leading to Madame Foster taking her in.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Wishing Only Wounds the Heart starts with the reveal that Terrance survived the car crash, having been thrown out of the wreckage, and had spent the past several months as a homeless amnesiac.
  • Ship Tease: The author writes lots of Mac/Goo fluff and refuses to apologize for it.
  • Single Parents Are Undesirable: Frankie is still in her 20s but has become the guardian of 8-year old Mac after his mother died. One story revolves around Frankie finding it difficult to get a boyfriend because guys balk after hearing about Mac.
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: Not remotely Played for Laughs as this is Mac's punishment for trashing a particularly large and important shipment of drugs and it's heavily implied he's having trouble breathing properly.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The sequel starts with Mac's mother and brother getting into a car accident.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Both Terrence and his drug dealer are teenage boys who beat up and terrorize Mac, who is only eight at that. Compounding this is the fact that Mac is well-aware that even if he managed to bust both of them, they still have friends he's never met but who know exactly who he is and would take Terrence and the dealer's place.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Terrance was just a Big Brother Bully until he began dabbling with drugs. He became even meaner and frequently beats up his little brother.
  • Villain Has a Point: For as vilified as Mrs. Corningston is, she has a valid point that, unless you know Frankie personally, all the behavior that the social worker was privy to does point to her being an incredibly emotionally unstable individual, rather than a Mama Bear. Sure, she could take the word of Frankie's family, friends, and Mac himself that she's capable of being a good caretaker for the kid, but a social worker has to go on the evidence presented to them. And considering that she's seen Frankie's meltdowns, with one such emotional breakdown being the first time they met, you can't really blame Mrs. Corningston for thinking that Frankie is a danger to herself and others and has no business raising a child.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Lighter example in one of the side stories. Frankie is in hysterics after Bridgette jumped out a window and only lucky timing on Mac's part allowed him to catch her safely. Mac tries to calm her down but fails until he calls her "Mom", which he does so infrequently only one other story in the series features him doing it.