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Fanfic / Power Chord: High School Musical

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Power Chord: High School Musical is a fanfiction of The Loud House written by UnderratedHero and the second installment of the Heroverse. It stars Luna Morrison who is a metahuman that hates her powers and wishes she never had them. After some mysterious affliction affects a bunch of students at once Luna is forced to step up and be a hero.

The fic can be found here on FanFiction.Net and here on Archive of Our Own.

This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Amicable Exes: Luna and Sam were in a relationship in the past, but broke up and decided to remain good friends. This does end up wavering a bit when Sam gets jealous of Luna and Carol, though they do end up reconciling in the end.
  • Big Bad: The person behind the strange behavior of the students, filling them with negative emotions and causing them to reveal their deepest secrets. It's later revealed it was Luan who was behind it as revenge for her mistreatment.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Luna defeats Luan by overcoming her insecurities, and Luan is willing to keep her identity secret. However, Luna is still self-conscious and unwilling to be a hero, and we learn in The Stinger that Luan has escaped from jail.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Considering the three female main characters, Luna, Sam, and Carol, are in a Love Triangle, this is to be expected.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Who would have thought that the quiet, shy, performing girl Luan was actually the villain behind all of the bad things that happened throughout the story.
  • Easily Forgiven: Downplayed. Mazzy is quite quick to forgive Sully, even though he cheated on her. It is made clear, though, that it wasn't easy for her, and Sulley does feel genuinely awful about it. Luna also isn't very quick to forgive him for that, but she mostly keeps it to herself.
  • Evil All Along: Luan seems to be a nice but shy girl who wants to just make it in life. It is later revealed, however, that she was the one behind the students' going crazy as revenge for how she was treated.
  • Forgiveness: One of the story's major themes is forgiveness for what people do. Mazzy has to choose early on if she is willing to forgive Sully for cheating on her. Luna, later on, is only able to break Luan's truth serum by forgiving herself.
  • Hate Plague: The enigmatic force that causes a group of students to experience negative emotions and reveal their secrets. It is later revealed that it was Truth Serums that caused this thanks to Luan.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Luna has a severe case of this. She hates herself for basically everything. She hates that she is a metahuman and feels that it is a curse, she hates herself for her mother's death and feels it was her fault when it wasn't, as well as has a lot of insecurities about her being a good enough person and her crush on Carol. In the end, she does manage to accept herself more and stop Luan but it is made clear that it hasn't fully gone away.
  • Hidden Villain: One of the big mysteries of the fic is who is the person behind the mysterious affiliations of the students that cause them to reveal their biggest secrets. At the end, it's revealed that it is Luan, who wants revenge for her mistreatment.
  • High School: The primary setting for the fic.
  • Hologram: This is what Luan uses while on stage before she reveals herself as the villain.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Throughout the story, Luna despises her powers and refuses to accept them. Eventually, she does learn to accept them somewhat more, but not fully.
  • Incompatible Orientation: For most of the story, Luna fears that Carol Pingrey is straight and that she won't love her as a result. Later on, it's revealed that she isn't actually, but they still don't end up getting together.
  • Lighter and Softer: While it can still get quite dark, this story is much lighter and focuses more on school drama than the fate of the city and murder plots.
  • Love Triangle: One exists between Luna, Sam, and Carol. Luna and Sam have been in a relationship in the past and still have lingering feelings in the present, while Luna has a crush on Carol, which causes Sam to get jealous later on.
  • Song Fic: Thanks to Luna, the fic has quite a few songs.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Sully ends up cheating on Mazzy with Chelsea after she seduces him, and he admits this during the Hate Plague. In the end, Sully ends up feeling bad about doing this and wants to make it up. In the end, Mazzy forgives him.
  • Teen Drama: The fic has a lot of this, especially between Luna, Sam, and Carol.
  • Truth Serums: It's revealed that this is the cause of the students' suddenly admitting their biggest secrets.
  • Ship Tease: Luna and Carol get a lot of this, with Luna having a huge crush on her and them bonding over their shared love of music. Carol later admits she likes girls as well.
  • The Stinger: After the supposed end, we see Luan inside her prison cell being busted out by a mysterious figure who wants her for something big, which Luan agrees to.
  • Useless Security Camera: Zig-Zagged. Luna and Sam go into the security room to look at the footage to figure out what is going on with the school, but due to Luan's invisibility powers, they can't see who is responsible. However, the security footage still lets them figure out what is going on.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: While what Luan did was pretty bad, it is made clear that she is doing it due to a horrible past that has left her with a lot of mental issues.