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A Massive Multiplayer Crossover story by GAvillain. 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. And 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 installments as of June 2021:

  • 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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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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brown Note: The Armageddon Key, a rearrangement of Rapunzel's moondrop incantation that can kill gods and even destroy the tapestry the Fates use to predict the future.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Criminal Found Family: The Overtakers as a whole, despite the bickering between the diffent factions within the larger organization, see each other as family.
  • Death Is Cheap: Lampshaded, seeing as multiple Overtakers have come back from the dead at one point or another.
  • 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
  • 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 vs. Evil: Between Xehanort, the Cult of Cronus, the Sorcerers' Society, and the Great Old Ones, Maleficent's Overtakes spend more time fighting other villains than they do any heroes.
  • Family of Choice: Many groups within the ranks of the Overtakers, particularly the original core leadership, come to see their fellow villains as heir true family, a fact which is lampshaded on multiple occaisions.
  • Friends with Benefits: Blackheart and Ardyn
  • 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".
  • Legion of Doom: In addition to the Overtakers and Organization XIII, other villain team ups emerge, including Cronus's Faction, the Sorcerer's Society, and the Great Old Ones.
  • Likable Villain: Most, if not all of the Overtakes.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Even with the series focusing on the villains (to the point where most of the heroes from the villains' respective franchises are relegated to Hero of Another Story status), the cast of the original fic alone is massive, including the core Overtakers, their associated minions and allies, and the myriad of lower-ranked villains dubbed Undertakers that get picked up along the way. And the cast list only grows in the sequels.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple:
    • Hades and Maleficent.
    • Jafar (Kingdom Hearts version) and Captain Hook (Once Upon a Time version).
    • Loki and Doctor Doom.
    • Russel Edgington and Steve Newlin.
    • Ursula and Fish.
    • The Evil Queen (Kingdom Hearts version) and Cruella De Vil (Once Upon a Time version).
  • 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: 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.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Demyx reveals in All the Forces of Evil that he figured out every Organization member's hidden agenda years ago.
  • 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.

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