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Rise of the Steel Phoenix is a somewhat belated entry into the Planetary Annihilation Self-Insert fic genre, written by Firehawk242.

Commander Kappa-20963027-A-6b awakens beneath the ice of Jupiter's moon Europa with a human personality and memories somehow integrated into his badly damaged memory banks. What follows is Kappa, having renamed himself Phoenix, travelling across the multiverse trying to uncover the truth of his past.

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Notable for the genre for not having the events be the result of an unknown omnipotent being playing with reality, though it takes a while for the true cause of events to be revealed.

Spacebattles thread. Can also be found on Fanfiction.net, though the version there is quite a ways behind the Spacebattles thread.


  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Zig-Zagged with enthusiasm. Phoenix is a decent person, but it's pretty clear that he wasn't originally supposed to be. The other Commanders Phoenix meet are generally less personable, with at least one being clinically insane. Made even more complicated when it's revealed that Phoenix isn't actually a Commander in the first place, but rather a simulated human.
  • Alternate Timeline: The author started doing a second version of the story on April 29, 2019 in order to get him out of writer's block for the final segments of the main story. The nail here is that the universe Phoenix arrived in after Grey Goo was not Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, but Supreme Commander.
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  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: An odd case. The author calls Phoenix a he, and Phoenix usually refers to him/herself as male, but Phoenix also spends far more time in his/her female avatar than his/her male avatar. Initially this was due to a defect in the male avatar, but even after the defect is corrected, Phoenix seems to consider the female avatar the default.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Sort of. Phoenix remembers who he is, but there's a lot of evidence indicating his memories are wrong, not actually his, or at the very least incomplete. It turns out that his memories are mostly correct, though missing certain pieces. The discrepancies are the result of his not actually being Commander Kappa-20963027-A-6b.
  • Badass Boast: "I am the Phoenix. Let all who would stand against me know my name."
  • Berserk Button: Phoenix has two. Hurting children and permanent mind control both make him extremely angry.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Valiant Singleton and Annette Durand.
  • BFG: The Agincourt artillery platform can destroy an entire star system from the next universe over. The Immolation, Phoenix's upgrade to the basic Metal Planet, can kill entire galaxies with a single shot.
  • Category Traitor: Kappa-20963027-A-6b. Also every Commander that joined up with Kappa, but not Phoenix, who never was a Commander in the first place.
  • Children Raise You: Commented upon by Phoenix with regards to his adoptive daughter Vivio.
  • Cold Equation: Comes up a LOT during the Babylon 5 arc.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Phoenix's avatars have both red hair and red eyes.
  • Friend to All Children: Phoenix.
"Because at the end of the day, if it means one less child is in pain, it will have been worth it. Does that answer your question?"
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