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A Massive Multiplayer Crossover story by GAvillain centered around the Kingdom Hearts series. After the events of Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance], Maleficent is looking to reestablish herself as a major power in the multiverse. Deciding to recreate her Legion of Doom from the first game, she recruits Hades, Ursula, Loki, Doctor Doom, Russell Edgington, and Fish Mooney in a search for the ancient Book of Prophecies to rewrite reality in their favor.

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Working in the shadows to avoid interference from Organization XIII, the group quickly expands to include villains from multiple different franchises, most notably Jafar, Captain Hook/Killian Jones, and Queen Grimhilde, who all receive main billing. As they build towards their goal of ultimate conquest of reality, they find themselves facing opposition not only from their respective heroic adversaries, but from rival villainous factions as well.

There are 3 completed installments as of May 2022:

  • Quite a Glittering Assemblage, focusing on the formation of the Overtakers and their quest for the Book of Prophecies
  • Villains of a Sort, focusing on the Overtakers as they recover from their defeat and imprisonment at the end of the original fic.
  • All the Forces of Evil, in which the Overtakers begin branching out to pursue personal vendettas while securing their power base after conquering Mount Olympus.
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The trilogy also spawned two ongoing spinoff fanfics set after the events of the main trilogy:

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Quite a Glittering Assemblage and its sequels provide examples of the following tropes:

  • A Lighter Shade of Black: The series manages to keep the Overtakers sympathetic largely by positioning them against enemies who are even worse than they are.
  • Aborted Arc: The end of the Quite a Glittering Assemblage set up a major plot point of Neal Cassidy coming back to live as the Dark One. Villains of a Sort then furthered this arc, by having what seems to be Neal teleporting away Emma & Regina…and then never expanded on again. The only other time it is referenced is in Chapter 9 of All The Forces of Evil, where it's revealed he was cured of the curse in Scala ad Caelum after fighting off the original Dark One.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The fics greatly expand on the backstories of the Disney villains - particularly Hades, Maleficent, Jafar, and the Evil Queen.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: The Master recreating the Age of Chaos in Chapter 67 of All the Forces of Evil triggers one that spreads across the entire universe.
  • Alternate Self:
    • Zexion's Absent Silhouette from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix is brought to life as a separate existence from Ienzo, who had already come back during the events of Dream Drop Distance.
    • The 1996 version of Cruella serves as one for her Once Upon A Time incarnation.
    • A version of Regina from before her Heel–Face Turn is introduced in The Odious Overtakers when Hook and Maleficent visit an alternate timeline.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: The Sorcerer's Society attempt to force Maleficent into a marriage with Ayam Aghoul during All the Forces of Evil so that they can use the rules of the Overtakers' charter and Maleficent's position as the Overtakers' leader to seize control of all the Overtakers' assets.
  • …And That Little Girl Was Me: When discussing the existence of Kalabar's son, Maleficent describes to Loki and Doom how rare Half-Unseelie are, saying that there has only ever been one other within her lifetime. When asked by Doom who that other one was:
Maleficent: "Why, it was me, of course."
  • And the Adventure Continues: All the Forces of Evil ends with the Overtakers having given up their conquered territories to the heroes as part of the terms of their alliance against The Master, and the Organization is still at large, having forced an alliance with the Unseelie. But the Overtakers will continue their efforts to dominate the universe as a team.
  • Back from the Dead: Russell and Fish are resurrected following their deaths in their own original shows as part of their recruitment into the Overtakers.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Villains of a Sort ends with the Overtakers using the Armageddon Key to destroy the Greek gods and conquer Olympus. Sora and Riku vanish, and Zeus uses the last of his strength to teleport Hercules to safety before he perishes.
  • The Bartender: Claude the Cauldron-Born serves as a cook and bartender for the Overtakers during Villains of A Sort, All the Forces of Evil, and The Odious Overtakers.
  • Beta Couple: Several of the minor Overtakers end up hooking up during the course of the series:
    • Kieran and Sid.
    • Demyx and Hans.
    • Penguin and Riddler.
    • Pete and Mary Sanderson.
    • Davy Jones and Winnie Sanderson.
    • Dark Riku and Vanitas.
    • Caleb Covington and Imperious.
  • Better the Devil You Know: Despite previously refusing Hades' request for aid, the Master destroying their Tapestry of Fate prompts the Fates to throw their lot in with the Overtakers, believing that a universe under Maleficent's rule would be preferable to the Great Old Ones destroying the universe.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Mozenrath and the Sorcerer's Society. Though they have several arcs where they're featured prominently, they never are quite in the same league as the Overtakers or the other villain factions.
    • Mandarin is this in All the Forces of Evil. He's clearly in over his head with the Great Old Ones, and his attempt to usurp them ends with his death almost immediately.
  • Black Comedy: Owing to the fact that the protagonists are all villains, the series is full of this.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Demyx is far more observant when it comes to the internal politics and hidden agendas of the Overtakers and Organization XIII than anyone realizes, but is consistently averse to doing any actual work.
  • Brown Note: The Armageddon Key, an extra verse of Rapunzel's moondrop incantation that can kill gods and even destroy the tapestry the Fates use to predict the future.
  • Bumbling Henchman Duo: Prince Hans and Demyx become this while serving together aboard the Jolly Roger.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • In Chapter 56 of All The Forces of Evil, Sora and Riku return after disappearing into the realm of Darkness during the climax of Villains of a Sort.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Nearly every member of the Overtakes.
  • Casino Episode: Hook and Jafar go on a date to Canto Bight in Villains of a Sort
  • Cast Full of Gay: A significant majority of the Overtakers' membership are not straight. This is discussed and lampshaded in Chapter 13 of the first story.
Russell: "So basically no one here is straight."
Fish: "Cheers to Maleficent for putting together the gayest team to ever try to rule the universe."
  • Chastity Couple: Maleficent states upfront when she and Hades get together that she has no desire for sex in their relationship, and gives her blessing for him to have sex with other people if he wants some, so long as she remains the only one he has romantic feelings for.
  • The Comically Serious: Members of the Overtakers who are not Large Hams have a tendency to be this.
  • Composite Character: Many spirits, demons, and other similar characters from various franchises are re-imagined as Great Old Ones.
  • Criminal Found Family: The Overtakers as a whole, despite the bickering between the diffent factions within the larger organization, see each other as family.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: After spending most of his appearances being his typical lazy self, Demyx in Chapter 35 of All the Forces of Evil manages to hold his own against Xemnas.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Odious Overtakers gives each member of the organization their own focus chapter.
  • Deader than Dead: A handful of characters are killed off permanently in ways that not even a god can resurrect them from, such as Talbot in Quite A Gliterring Assemblage, or the original Cruella in All The Force of Evil.
  • Death Is Cheap: Lampshaded, seeing as multiple Overtakers have come back from the dead at one point or another, both before the story begins as well as during it.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Combined with Shut Up, Hannibal! when McLeach, an ordinary human with no magic whatsoever, interrupts Xemnas' Evil Gloating by shooting him in the stomach with a shotgun.
    • Happens to Xemnas again in Chapter 30 of All the Forces of Evil. This time at the hands of the Kingpin.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Mary Sanderson stands up to Winifred in The Odious Overtakers.
  • Double Date: Doom and Loki go on one with Hook and Jafar to the Galaxy Opera House in Chapter 51 of All the Forces of Evil.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Since the Overtakers control two afterlife realms through Hades and Blackheart, a few of the Overtakers' opponents are dispatched this way.
  • Dramatic Irony: In All the Forces of Evil chapter 49, Mickey tells the Avengers he wonders if the Overtakers even care about each other at all, and the next scene immediately cuts to the Overtakers mourning Cruella's death.
  • Enemy Mine: The Overtakers and the heroes forge one after the Master destroys the universe to recreate the Age of Chaos in All the Forces of Evil.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Thanks to the Riku Replica deciding to call himself Riku, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy think that he's the original Riku being controlled by the Overtakers.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Contrary to what Mickey says in All the Forces of Evil, the Overtakers do have people that they love and care about.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Being a multi-racial and multi-species group with a large percentage of non-heterosexual members, the Overtakers have no tolerance for homophobia or racism (both realistic and fantastic).
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Despite the bickering and power plays, most of the Overtakers genuinely care about each other as family.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: At the end of Quite A Glittering Assemblage the downfall of the Organization and the initial defeat of the Overtakers results in a power vacuum in the forces of darkness.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Between Xehanort, the Cult of Cronus, and the Sorcerers' Society, Maleficent's Overtakers are shown spending more time fighting other villains than they are fighting any heroes.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: The conflict against the Great Old Ones in All the Forces of Evil hinges on this.
  • Evil Wears Black: Lampshaded in Ardyn's chapter of The Odious Overtakers, when he advises the Corinthian to change his outfit to something black because his tan suits clash with the group's aesthetic.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In Chapter 68 of All the Forces of Evil, the lower-ranked Overtakers share a final drink in the Eminence Place and discuss what an honor it's been to fight alongside each other before the Advancing Wall of Doom from the Master's recreation of the Age of Chaos hits The Overtaken Kingdom.
  • False Flag Operation: Ursula and Fish poison the Halloween candy being distributed by Scrooge McDuck in Radiant Garden so that they and Steve can use access to the antidote as a means of improving the Overtaker's reputation among the public and indoctrinating scared, vulnerable people into their new Scam Religion.
  • Family of Choice: Many groups within the ranks of the Overtakers, particularly the original core leadership, come to see their fellow villains as their true family, a fact which is lampshaded on multiple occasions.
  • Friends with Benefits: Blackheart and Ardyn.
  • Fusion Fic: The series incorporates aspects of the different franchises featured into Kingdom Hearts lore. For example:
    • The power of the Book of Prophecies in Kingdom Hearts stems from it being written by The Author from Once Upon A Time.
      • The power of the Author's pen stems from using the blood of Ardyn Izunia for ink.
    • Grimdhile's backstory is tied to the Night on Bald Mountain short from Fantasia
    • The Tribunal of Magic is an aspect of The Living Tribunal
  • Genre Savvy: A trait shared by many of the Overtakers.
  • Girl's Night Out Episode: Chapter 45 of All the Forces of Evil features Grimhilde, Cruella, Fish, Ursula, Amora, and Trakeena hunting magical artifacts as a girl's night out that lasts for the next few chapters.
  • Henchmen Race: The Cauldron-Born.
  • Hero of Another Story: The adventures of Sora and the other Guardians of light are out of focus for most of the series, to the point where Sora liberates Twilight Town from the rule of the Sorcerer's Society entirely "off-screen".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Overtakers' actions occasionally backfire on them and undo their current schemes.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Many Overtakers from more medieval worlds lack any understanding of technology from more modern onces. Something which gets lampshaded in the prologue of The Odious Overtakers.
Russell (to Doctor Doom): "That's what you get for bein' the only technologically literate member of our Inner Circle. You left witches, pirates, and vampires alone with a computer and without clear instructions."
  • Interactive Narrator: Happens for a brief moment in Chapter 33 of Quite a Glittering Assemblage with the first appearance of the Muses as a call-back to the opening of Hercules.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Chapter 38 of Villains of A Sort opens with Doom interrupting Winnie and Davy Jones when the pair are about to have sex in order to conscript them for a mission to retrieve Amora from Hell.
  • Judgement of Paris: Invoked by Loki in Villains of A Sort where he manipulates Amora, Sarah, and Grimhilde into competing to seduce Empress Celene in exchange for an apple carved with the words "for the fairest." Sarah is the only one who understands the reference because it was her favorite bedtime story as a child.
Sarah: "A contest of beauty that incited a horrific and bloody war? T'is the stuff of dreams!"
  • Kid from the Future: All the Forces of Evil introduces Ove, Amora's son with Namor, travelling back in time from a Bad Future.
  • Killed Off for Real: More heroes permanently die than villains, but the series still has a body count.
    • The first fic kills off Master Xehanort and Yen Sid.
    • The second fic kills off Leon, Cronus, the Once Upon a Time version of Peter Pan, Xaldin, and the Greek Gods.
    • The third fic kills off Cruella de Vil.
  • Large Ham: Most, if not all, of the Overtakers are this, as are villains in several other factions. Lampshaded in Villains of A Sort Chapter 29:
Ardyn: "Is he always this dramatic?"
Amora: "Everyone in this faction is. It's part of our charm."
  • Legion of Doom: In addition to the Overtakers and Organization XIII, other villain team ups emerge, including the Cult of Cronus, the Sorcerer's Society, and the Great Old Ones.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Demyx in All the Forces of Evil after he calls out Xemnas' obliviousness toward the motivations and actions of his own underlings.
  • Likable Villain: Most, if not all of the Overtakes.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Loki traps Marluxia in one during chapter 39 of Quite A Glittering Assemblage.
  • Love Ruins the Realm: At various points in the original fic and its sequels, conflicts between the various couples in the Overtaker ranks cause setbacks for the group's larger goals.
    • Hades decides to bar the rest of the Overtakers from the Underworld after Maleficent rejects him. This later leads to the Underworld mansion that had been the Overtakers' original base being destroyed and Morgan Le Fey escaping.
    • Lampshaded by Fish in Villains of A Sort Chapter 38, when Russell slaughters the guards of Radiant Garden's maximum security prison, lets all the inmates out to cause as much destruction and death as they can, and gloats about the Overtakers' goal of taking over Radiant Garden on live television after he and Steve get into an argument.
Fish: "Unbelievable. Your relationship drama just started a war."
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: In addition to villains that have already appeared Kingdom Hearts, the roster of the Overtakers includes characters from Once Upon a Time, True Blood, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Gotham, Hocus Pocus, Power Rangers, and more. And that's not even including the franchises present among the ranks of rival villain groups or the worlds that the Overtakers visit.
  • Mythology Gag: The fic and its sequels are littered with references to the source material that each of the Overtakers originate from, as well as those of the worlds they visit.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Maleficent is the hybrid offspring of a dragon and an Unseelie Fae.
  • Noodle Incident: At some point in All the Forces of Evil, Hook, Jafar, and Frollo ended up tripping on seaweed that Grimhilde had acquired from the Lost City of R'lyeh. Hook considered it an unpleasant experience, and Frollo was apparently out of commission for a week after a single puff.
  • Official Couple:
    • Hades and Maleficent.
    • Jafar (Kingdom Hearts version) and Captain Hook (Once Upon a Time version).
    • Loki and Doctor Doom.
    • Russell Edgington and Steve Newlin.
    • Ursula and Fish.
    • The Evil Queen (Kingdom Hearts version) and Cruella De Vil (Once Upon a Time version).
  • Once a Season: Every story features at least one Title Drop by the ending of the story.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted. The Riku Replica simply decides to call himself Riku when he joins the Overtakers in All the Forces of Evil.
  • Parental Substitute: Fish Mooney sets herself up as a mother figure to various young villains she mentors including Demyx, Oswald Cobblepot, and Kieran Wilcox.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn:
    • In Villains of A Sort, Russell unleashes the captured Undertakers on the people of Radiant Garden to cause as much chaos and carnage as they can.
    • The latter two are what the lower-ranked Overtakers do to the countryside of ancient Greece in All the Forces of Evil after securing Olympus.
  • The Remnant: Organization XIII is reduced to this after Master Xehanort's death near the end of the first story.
  • Replacement Goldfish: After the death of the Once Upon A Time version of Cruella in All The Forces of Evil, Grimhilde's grief drives her to recruit the 1996 live action version of her out of the belief that the other Cruella is the reincarnation of the one she lost.
  • Running Gag: A few of them pop up throughout the original fic and it's sequels
    • Maleficent rushing ahead of her companions by turning herself into a will-o'-the-wisp. Someone always questions whether she's aware that others can't do the same.
    • If some unlucky civilian meets with an unfortunate fate, odds are pretty good that he's a former stripper named Joel, a nod to Nicholas D'Agosto's character in Dirty Girl.
  • Scam Religion: Ursula and Fish set one up in Radiant Garden in order to convince people that Maleficent and the Overtakers are Not Evil, Just Misunderstood and get the general public to willingly submit to Overtaker rule.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Many of the Great Old Ones in All the Forces of Evil.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Demyx reveals in All the Forces of Evil that he figured out every Organization member's hidden agenda years ago.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Audrey tries to go back in time and prevent her own Start of Darkness from ever happening in All the Forces of Evil.
  • Sex for Services: Desire offers the Overtakers an amulet to let them avoid detection from Dream while accessing The Dreaming in exchange for a night of sex with Hades.
  • Shifting Situation Duel: The final battle against the Master in All the Forces of Evil sees the Overtakers and the Master crashing through multiple fragments of other worlds.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Demyx gives one to Xemnas in All the Forces of Evil Chapter 34:
Demyx: "You never did realize what you had. You were always so caught up in your bigger picture that you never took the time to understand your underlings. For instance, the fact that Marluxia and Larxene were able to stage a coup under your nose, or how Xigbar was planning to sell everyone upstream to finally get a Keyblade, or maybe how your own 'loyal' lieutenant was collaborating with Axel behind your back until Axel went soft on him. No, you never noticed any of that. But I did. Because that's what you never noticed about me. You had flowers trying to grow the tallest, fires trying to burn the brightest, and thunder trying to clap the loudest. But you never considered that at the end of the day, water was taking whatever form was necessary to keep flowing and enduring.
  • Sinister Minister: Steve becomes one in Radiant Garden during the later chapters of the first story as part of an effort to reshape public opinion of the Overtakers, and continues in the role throughout most of Villains of a Sort.
  • Song Fic: Not the fics as a whole, but multiple chapters feature various Overtakers breaking out in a Villain Song. Typically the songs will be ones from one of the franchises represented among the Overtakers' ranks, with lyrics sometimes tweaked to fit a change in context.
  • The Stinger: The final chapter of All the Forces of Evil has an epilogue scene in which Xemnas negotiates an alliance with Nicnevan with the Cronus Stone.
  • Super Mob Boss: Fish works toward setting herself up a criminal empire that operates across multiple worlds, with herself at the head.
  • Take That!: The Loki-centric chapter of The Odious Overtakers, starts with Loki happily taking the souls of a group of fans calling themselves the Coven of Loki, who believe him to be a misunderstood, tragic character a victim of abuse from Odin & Thor. The mischievous God proudly declares that he is neither a victim nor a trauma survivor, but someone who chose to become evil and seek power for his own greed.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Happens fairly often with different combinations of Overtakers' clashing personalities.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: In All the Forces of Evil when the Master destroys the known universe to recreate the Age of Chaos.
  • Title Drop: Happens at least once per fic.
    • Xehanort delivers one in Quite A Glittering Assemblage Chapter 37.
    • Hades uses the title for Villains of a Sort as the last words of the second fic's final chapter.
    • Maleficent does it in All the Forces of Evil Chapter 61 when she grants the other Overtakers their ten rings of power.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Darkhold and the Book of Cagliostro
  • Undying Loyalty: Maleficent offers every single member of the Overtakers the opportunity to leave after the defeat of The Master and gives her blessing for anyone who doesn't want to be involved in the campaign to retake their lost empire to leave without consequence. Every one of them stays.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Many of the villain couples.
  • Villain Protagonist: The Overtakers.
  • Villain Song: Several appear over the course of both the original fic and its sequels. Caleb Covington in particular is a sucker for a good one.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: The Muses sing one in Chapter 33 of Quite a Glittering Assemblage about Hades and his relationship with Persephone.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Steve, Ursula, and Fish manage to rework the Overtakers' reputation among the citizens of Radiant Garden from villains to saviors, and the effort continues in Villains of A Sort. It falls apart when Russell impulsively lets all the inmates out of Radiant Garden's prison to Rape, Pillage, and Burn and brags about it on live TV.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: Since this is a series centered around the villains, most of the heroes' actions are in response to the plans and conquests of the Overtakers.
  • Villains Out Shopping: The series contains several scenes of assorted villains engaged in various mundane activities in the midst of all their scheming.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: While the group as a whole works to limit infighting, conflict among the different members and subfactions of the Overtakers happens often.
  • Wedding Finale: All the Forces of Evil concludes with Loki and Doom's wedding.
  • Wedding Smashers: The Overtakers' trip to Oz in All the Forces of Evil culminates in the inner circle storming the wedding between Maleficent and Ayam Aghoul that the former was forced into by the Sorcerer's Society.
  • Weirdness Censor: Demyx's chapter of The Odious Overtakers reveals that the Mist operates on multiple worlds to keep normal people ignorant of supernatural events, with it being stronger on some worlds more than others depending on how open-minded the population is. Since it's name indicates that it's water-based, Demyx manages to figure out that he can manipulate it.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Multiple characters have left or attempted to backstab the Overtakers as a group and then returned to the fold with varying degrees of willingness.
  • Welcome to Evil Mart: The House of Villains is established to give the Overtakers a place to unwind outside of the Eminence Palace.
  • When the Planets Align: The prophecy that the Overtakers discover to grant them control of Kingdom Hearts hinges on this.
"When the ten realms align, as is their mission, everything you wish will come to fruition. The ten shall come together and hear thy curse, evermore you shall rule the universe!"
  • World of Chaos: The Lost City of R'lyeh, the home world of the Great Old Ones, and later all of the universe when the Master recreates the Age of Chaos.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Maleficent uses one of the gems of Cronus to turn the Enchanted Dominion into this in order to isolate Aurora's daughter Audrey from the influence of the Three Good Fairies and manipulate her into joining the Overtakers without waiting for her to reach 16 normally.

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