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Project: Alternate!Gentaro is a collection of Fanfics hosted on the Tvtropes Pantheon written by Camilla, Mysterious Zorua 1994, HotmanX32, and later Safind, revolving around the titular character Gentaro Kisaragi and the chaos set forth from an alternate version of himself that wants to wreak havoc on his friends and the Pantheon itself.

The project consists of the following three Tales:

  • Muse Hysteria: When the Pantheon scrambles to save the Princess of Heart from unleashing a door of darkness
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  • The Friendship Asylum: The Pantheon must stop the asylum from corrupting gods for its schemes (or not, as their attention is divided by more pressing concerns)


Project: Alternate!Gentaro provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: And oodles of it. Every single story plays with a fear of someone being hurt/broken/corrupted/close to being killed, etc. It helps magnify how gods can be powerless despite being, you know, gods.
    • The biggest fear comes from the fact that children are getting into the fray and they will be affected, no matter what one does. The Cutie Mark Crusaders are the epitome of this as they essentially become a trio of child soldiers/PTSD veterans after all is said and done.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: There's usually a giant monster that appears in every story from The Iron Giant to the Egyptian God Cards.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Each story gets more and more bitter, but the last story manages to pull something of a happy ending. Still bittersweet though.
  • Break the Cutie: Given that psychological manipulation plays a major role in all three stories, this is a given. And as the pages for each individual fic shows, a lot of gods get broken.
  • Central Theme: While each story has one, the basic thing you can get from this is how various characters from their respective franchises interact with one another, or how many of them are defenseless against various threats, even with their newfound godhood. Godhood does not equal invincibility.
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    • Another one is about believing and what happens when gods don't take the time to take heed of warnings: Pinkie Pie tried to warn Jeff Hardy, Tsukasa Kadoya and Eric Draven of Alternate!Gentaro, but when they don't listen to her, they get corrupted. In Muse Hysteria, Daniel Bryan doesn't believe Ricky Fitness wants to help Mitsuzane and causes a fight. In The Friendship Asylum, Dean Ambrose believed that Kaiba wasn't "that important" and it leads to a Zombie Apocalypse and Alternate!Gentaro gloats that the damage unleashed was because no one saw the Friendship Asylum as a threat. This culminates in the final story when BROKEN Matt states that he never fully warned anyone of the troubles ahead because "no one believes a prophet".
  • Dark Is Evil: We have The Darkness Proxy and anything associated with the Friendship Asylum. Then Limbo comes along...
  • Deconstruction: The story deconstructs many tropes it comes across, showcasing that tropes that are usually taken for granted are the ones that get dismantled.
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    • Deconstruction Crossover: Gods from various franchises crossing over with one another and how they would interact is a theme of the trilogy.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: For some characters at the end...others still have stories to deal with it later.
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    • Hans and Jak: Both happen to be princes. Hans is an Evil Prince who has a poor relationship with his father and 12 older brothers (barring Lars), and seeks to marry into another kingdom through dirty means to spite them. Jak is a Fallen Prince who had a good relationship with his (late) father, is an only child, genuinely loves Keira, and opted to leave Haven and Spargus to be run by the Freedom League and Sig, respectively.
    • Hans and Penelope: Both pretended to love another person for selfish desires. Hans jumps at the chance to use the Darkness Proxy to obtain his own kingdom and get revenge on Arendelle, while Penelope is put off with their use of mass brainwashing and helps her ex-boyfriend take them down. The tale ends with Hans learning he's gone too far, and surrenders, while Penelope refuses to admit her role in the ordeal, opting to instead remain evil.
  • From Bad to Worse: Starting from Muse Hysteria where The Princesses of Heart are captured and used to summon a Door to Darkness that releases Cragmites to The Friendship Asylum where the Iron Giant goes ballistic and an Undead Uprising comes after it.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Many of the problems caused in this story can be boiled down to gods making plenty of mistakes all due to not taking heed of warnings or believing they know everything. This adds onto how gods are not all powerful or all knowing; they are vulnerable, they have weaknesses and they will goddamn fuck things up.
  • It's Personal: Many gods get into fights with others because of this trope. Unfortunately, this mindset causes more harm than good.
  • Kid Hero: Many of the secondary characters are children who get caught up in the madness that is this project...many of them won't leave the stories without all of their sanity intact though.
    • Through Darkness and Mirrors has the Cutie Mark Crusaders as the main characters as it focuses on their trip to Limbo and subsequent escape.
  • Light Is Good: Many of the good guys are powered by light ranging from Sora to the Princesses of Heart.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: We have your good guys, your bad guys, and characters who are neither one of them and just doing things for their own self-interest. This comes into a head in the final story.
  • Once an Episode: There seems to be a trait of giant monster attacks and a swarm of zombies appearing to attack innocent gods.
  • Original Character: Something of an anomaly among the Tales due to using characters from fanfics as well as the casts of canon series.
  • Outside-Context Problem: While Lucifer and YHVH were somewhat this in their intro tale, they were still part of the Pantheon prior and the other characters were quickly brought up to speed and adapted to their power levels. Alternate!Gentaro originates from an alternate universe completely separate from the Pantheon and brought a danger that was very, VERY different.
  • The Power of Friendship: A theme of the story, and fitting since Gentaro's the god of this trope in the Pantheon. There's also the characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic who have an important role in the tales.
  • Reality Ensues: Unlike most stories in the Pantheon, this story takes pains to mention how much one's actions are reflected in a real-life setting.
  • Reference Overdosed: Each story has its own Shout-Out section that displays just how many references are on display: from video games, music, film and literature.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: The arc can be seen as one to the Law and Chaos saga, stretching from The Great Upheaval to Reformation of Law. Both start off with a heroic character undergoing a Face–Heel Turn, but while Homura's turn is willing and more morally ambiguous, Gentaro's turn is complete hogwash and the fight to stop his alternate counterpart is straight-forward Black and White Morality until the final story. Both arcs feature moral ambiguity as a major theme, but while the LAC arc's stems from how Law and Chaos are not completely good or evil, PAG has good guys pushed to sheer desperation in an attempt to survive.
  • The World Is Always Doomed: Unlike most stories revolving around wars and ideals, this story talks about how forces of chaos could ruin the Pantheon if not kept in check and ends with the Pantheon in ruins after Yvetal unleashes Oblivion Wing.
  • Titled After the Song: Muse Hysteria is named after the song "Hysteria" by Muse. The acts in Through Darkness and Mirrors are named after various songs.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Wanna show how despicable you are? Hurt a Kid Hero in this story, the Cutie Mark Crusaders being the best target for this.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Every story has a swarm of zombies in some way, shape or form.


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