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Snuggles the Symbiote by Rater202 is a Worm/Marvel Universe crossover fanfiction.

Bizzare things happen, sometimes without warning. On the night she first went out to be a Hero, Taylor Hebert met a little girl in need of a friend and felt the call to be a Hero of a different sort. Spacebattles link

Side story content is published on FFN here


Tropes:

  • Adorkable: Ashley is an excitable child who loves superheroes and is prone to relating things that happen on Earth Bet to her favorite heroes from back home and mentioning things like how the best heroes from her world have adjectives.
    • A canon-side-story has her dress up in a robe, mortar board, and over-sized glasses over her superhero costume when giving a lecture to earn her consultation pay (even borrowing a pool cue from the rec room to use as a pointer).
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  • Afraid of Needles: Implied in the first chapter and confirmed in the Spacebattles thread, Ashley has a crippling fear of needles after spending a year being fed intravenously and having her hormones siphoned out to make narcotics, and denies it despite her fear being obvious. Ms. Mystic claims that it's not something that Ashley ever grows out of.
  • Alternate Self:
    • In chapter 9 Ashley discovers a villain has the Worm-verse Mjolnir, which makes her realize that Thor once existed on Earth Bet.
    • In the Spacebattles thread, the author has mentioned to various degrees of detail various alternate Ashleys, as Ashley was originally meant for freeform roleplaying and thus there are multiple variations on her at various ages and power levels. Most of them are based on the main Marvel universe but some of them are translations of Ashley's concept to other settings.
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    • The New Poison Hive that shows up has alternate versions of several Earth-Bet capes, including Panacea and Bonesaw, the seeming leader of the group being a Taylor/Skitter alternate who had bonded to Venom before being consumed.
  • Amazonian Beauty: According to Tattletale's future self, the future version of Ashley will be six-foot-four with a six-pack of abs by the time she's sixteen, something that will apparently make her popular among teenage boys. WoG is that it's because of SSS from Mister Snuggles, inherited from Captain America's genetic sample, building up in her body over the course of years. Not enough to give her the full effect, but enough that puberty was really good for her.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Future Lisa also mentions that Ashley spends her turns on movie night with Gremlin, a teammate referred to with female pronouns, taking up the whole couch and gives two-of-three odds that the teenage boys that appreciate future Cuddlebug's muscles are gonna be disappointed. A canon side-story has Ashley flat out say that she doens't know if she likes boys or girls yet.
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  • And I Must Scream: Bonesaw does this to a clone of Maximus the Mad in the Gabriel Stacy potion of the Goblins' interlude, having hooked his head up to some spare organs and locked him in a tube to see how long it would take him to die again after having accidentally reanimated his head while studying his anatomy.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Ashley was a big fan of her Earth's heroes, especially Spider-Man since he saved her when she fell out of the window as a child (and geeks out the most when she finds a power similar to his), though she also seems to like the Thing and Captain America a lot. Taylor levels her status as a cross-dimensional cape geek, as the PRT wants that info.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Ashley is distracted from a rant on adjectival superhero titles by the smell of cooking bacon.
  • Audible Sharpness: Averted, Cuddlebug's claws don't make a sound when they form. Ashley says "snikt" instead.
  • Belly Buttonless: The Magneto clone has no belly button. Amy erroneously attributes it to him having a potent Healing Factor.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call Ashley "mutie."
    • In general, she seems to be upset in by racism, fantastic or otherwise, and dehumanismation.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Taylor develops this for Ashley after learning of the younger girl's Dark and Troubled Past. It's what ultimately leads her to decide to join the Wards.
  • Big Eater: Ashley is quite fond of a sandwich from Fugly Bob's called The Count of Monte Fatso, a combination of a Monte Cristo and a Fool's Gold Loaf, albeit somewhat more reasonable portioned than the latter. In a later chapter, Taylor comments on Ashley's apetite and it's shown that it's part of her mutation—she needs to eat more to compensate for her body's hieghtened chemical production.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Ashley tells Lung, roughly, "fuck off, fat ass" in Gaelic at the end of chapter 10
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Vista’s description of Ashley’s birthmark, as well as the fact that her great, great grandfather Slade apparently had a similar marking, implies that it is the ‘’Clan Akkaba’’ symbol, meaning that Ashley is related to Apocalypse.
  • Blessed with Suck: Ashley's mutant "power" basically makes her produce a lot of extra hormones that make her sick and keeps drugs, especially those that could treat it, from working. The only upside is that they provide a steady food source for Mister Snuggles after they bond. A flashback established that the physician handling her case was pretty sure that taking away her powers with one of the "cures" would trigger a fatal overdose on the hormones already in her system.
  • Body Horror: The author doesn't pull punches when it comes to Bonesaw's art projects.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: a running them with Ashley is that she tends to quote the catchphrases of well-known heroes from her world. Notably, she's used the Thing's, Wolverine's, and The Hulk's in appropriate contexts.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In Bonesaw's interlude, Clonepool does this repeatedly, to Riley's bafflement.
    • Deadpool Himself to a minor degree in Val Richards' interlude and much more extremely in a semi-canon side-story that recaps some of the recent events in Marvel Comics and explains differences between them and Ashley's homeworld of Earth 727.
  • Brick Joke: At the beginning of chapter 10, Ashley laments that she knows nothing of her east Asian heritage, not even what kind she is, then notes that she can at least cuss in Gaelic for her Irish side. She demonstrates this at the end of the chapter when Lung asks for her last words.
  • Brown Note: Ms. Mystic had an effect that would cause this to Thinkers trying to assess her identity during her temporal trip, but Ashley was able to break past it because it didn't work on scents. Present-day Lisa also realizes her identity after she forcibly stuffs the Symbiosis Staff into her as part of the Stable Time Loop (Ms. Mystic presumably remembering having figured it out) after mentioning that she had one like it already.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Snuggles has more than the normal assortment of symbiote powers. In addition to enhanced strength, speed, durability, reflexes, and a Healing Factor common to symbiotes or multiple Superhumans, Cuddlebug possess the following powers, from various sources that were revealed in Val Richards' interlude.:
    • Wall crawling, derived from multiple sources.
    • Limited ability to stretch her tissues. In-Universe, Ashley speculates that they come from Ms. Marvel's DNA as Mister Snuggles claims that the DNA that grants them this power is hostile to the X-Gene, and Ashley can only think of Mister Fantastic and Ms. Marvel and Mister Fantastic's son is a mutant so his DNA messing with Mutant DNA doesn't make sense. Mister Snuggles thinks that speculating from a pool of two samples is irresponsible, but she's right.
    • A long, reptilian tail from The Lizard.
    • The ability to produce Wolverine Claws via symbiote shapeshifting and a genetic template from Sabretooth.
    • Thank's to Captain America's DNA Ashley is in perfect health beyond the normal symbiote benefits for as long as she and Mister Snuggles are properly bonded. Her future self is an Amazonian Beauty because the buildup of serum in her body over time was, if not enough to give her the full effect, made it so puberty was very generous to her.
    • Unique to Mister Snuggles is a partially organic Uru bio-mass derived from a combination of Colossus' DNA and And divine energy from the Asgardians. The Uru is charged with Hellfire and Spider-Magic.
    • Enhanced senses, especially smell, from Kraven the Hunter.
    • Biomechanical versions of Doc Ock's tentacles scaled to Ashley's frail ten-year-old frame.
    • A Spider-Sense derived from OG Spider-Man, thanks to the Uru absorbing totemic energy from his DNA sample.
    • A pair of draconic wings that Ashley notes look familiar, allowing her to glide, from Lockheed.
    • An ability to hover about an inch off the ground Which is a degraded version of Carol Danvers' powers of flight.
    • Bio-Mechanical Pincers derived from a bio-mechanical version of one of the Scorpion's powered armors, which contained his DNA in the organic parts. Or rather, that's what Ashley assumes them to be when Mister Snuggles explains it, but she's right.
    • Mister Snuggles ability to disguise itself as mundane clothing is augmented by being infused with metamorphic cells that contain an X-Gene. Ashley guesses that that means that he's part Mystique. She's right.
    • Enlarged, rocklike fists that prompt Ashley to quote the Thing's catchphrase the first time she uses them from Benjamin "The Thing" Grimm of the Fantastic Four
    • A Detect Evil ability derived from Hellfire from an unknown Ghost Rider Chapter 11 establishes that Mister Snuggles got this from essentially being set ablaze with Hell-Fire, some of which was absorbed by its Uru metal biomass,with Interlude 3 confirming that the Hellfire exposure was done by the scientists deliberately to test the Uru's properties.
    • Ashely has also implied superhuman intelligence or enhanced memory Which comes from The Leader
    • In Chapter 11, Mister Snuggles comments that Ashley's enhanced strength has increased disproportionately to her base when she's experiencing a rush of adrenaline. He claims to feel unsuaully warm and states that he'd only felt like that previously when Ashley sparred with Sophia. it's from She-Hulk, and its existence was foreshadowed by Armmsmater pulling a Geiger-meter on Ashley when her spare with Sophia got heated.
    • More humorously, Interlude 3 states that Squirrel Girl's friend/sidekick/pet Tippy Toe was a donor but whose sample didn't seem to do anything. Word of God is that it provides Cuddlebug with extra adorableness.
  • The Conspiracy: Cauldron is doing something in the background with the Marvel-end. In Bonesaw's Interlude, the newspaper clipping that leads Bloodbath to want to go to Chicago also makes mention of a woman in a Fedora and an outfit strongly reminiscent of Comic Book/Captain Universe talking to Scion. Much later, when Vista trries to cheer up Cuddlebug with stuff about Peat and Fenn, it's revealed that Klara Prast of The Runaways was kidnapped from her foster parents, given M-Pox, and then had her M-Pox cured by making her an Anti-Venom all to get a translator for a clone of Groot, with both her and Groot Two being stranded on Earth Bet afterward. In Val Ricard's Interlude, people implied to be Contessa and Number Man attacked Agent Anti-Venom and Mania, "accidentally" gave Mania her symbiote back, and stole a sample of the Anti-Venom, and someone stole two of the hybrid clones that the cloning facility made as part of phase three, with all records of what went into them and the security tapes from what happened the day after the breakout being erased.
  • Cuddle Bug: Take a wild guess.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Mister Snuggles to Ashley, by simply asking her what would Spider-Man do when she's pinned beneath a collapsed building.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ashley, after suffering from a mutant "power" that made her constantly sick, had her parents killed and she was abducted and used in experiments.
  • Declaration of Protection: Mister Snuggles, silently, upon binding to Ashley. Rater has described his motivation as boiling down to "Protect the Cinnamon Roll."
  • Defiant Captive: Ashley tends to be this when in danger, even cussing in Gaelic to Lung.
  • Dedication: Chapter 11 is dedicated to Steve Ditko
  • Detect Evil: In her spar with Sophia, Ashley sees what appears to be blood on her hands and a dark spot in her heart.
  • Disability Immunity: In one chapter, Ashley remembers the smell of Terrigen Mist from when they went through Manhattan and notes that her chemical resistance preventing her from getting M-Pox was the one time her powers were beneficial.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In one chapter, Taylor takes Ashley to the public library and notes a white guy with cornrows is at one of the computers. In the fourth Interlude, this is revealed to have been a clone of Norman Osborn.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: "Super-Skrull" apparently sounds a lot less pretentious in the native Skrull language.
  • Evil Counterpart: Bloodbath, a clone of Carnage, is set up to be this to Ashley
  • Expendable Clone: Invoked by the Carnage clone Bloodbath to justify killing a Deadpool clone who Bonesaw was both vivisecting and having an odd but pleasant conversation with.
  • Fantastic Racism: Ashley is somewhat confused that this is Averted on the wide-scale on Earth Bet, with no open/violent discrimination against Case 53s, unlike the anti-mutant attitudes common on her Earth.
  • Fastball Special: Ashley does this with Vista in a non-canon side-story when a drunk Hookwolf crashes the Thanksgiving parade, even using the trope name.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: Ashley appears to sport them in her spar with Sophia. They're a feature of her Detect Evil ability.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Klyntar Symbiotes are Eldritch Abominations literally forged from shadow-made-flesh by a Primordial Elder God of the most primal Abyss to kill the other Gods and the Celestials for the crime of tainting space with light and life and to corrupt and destroy their creations. One of them was enhanced with the DNA and powers of over a dozen superhumans and bonded to a small child who named it "Mister Snuggles".
  • Funetik Aksent: Donar, a Gessescraft cape, has a thick German accent in his first appearance. The author has stated the intent to tone it down later as the generator used for it was less accurate than advertised and some people expressed difficulty understanding it. Averted Trope with Ashley, who is mentioned to have a new york accent but that is not represented in the text.
  • Future Badass: Ms. Mystic, the Sorceress Supreme of Bet in the future, is an older version of Lisa/Tattetale.
  • Groin Attack: Ashley's role in taking down Lung apparently involved her punching him in the groin repeatedly.
    • She later expresses a desire to punch the Magneto clone in the groin if he starts going on a "Mutants are superior tirade," and claims to be the best there is at punching jerks in the groin while paraphrasing Wolverine's catchphrase.
  • Hell-Fire: Ms. Mystic can use it, though she apparently has to use it sparingly or Mephisto will get on her ass. This causes Lisa to have a minor breakdown upon realizing that Hell is real.
  • Homage: Chapter's 8-11 parallel a certain storyline from Lee-Ditko Spider-Man, especially Chapter 11 which is dedicated to Ditko.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Ashley was homeschooled before due to her health issues. Currently the PRT's hiring a tutor since she's way behind on history by Earth Bet standards. She's not happy about it.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Even Snuggles isn't 100% clear on what powers he and Ashley can use, thanks to all the modifications that were done to him.
    • As an aside, Ashley is rather disappointed that they can't shoot web.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Not yet relevant in story, but in the Spacebattles thread the author has pointed out that following the reveals in the 2018 Avengers series that all humans and humanoid lifeforms native to Marvel's earth, especially those with Superpowers and 'especially' mutants and Inhumans are basically this compared to humans from more grounded settings. He's gone on to describe Ashley as "Lovecraftian as Fuck" because not only is she a mutant but she's knowingly and willingly harboring a genuine Eldritch Abomination in her body.
  • Human Resources: The organization that kidnapped Ashley used her superhuman hormone production to produce drugs, namely enough Mutant Growth Hormone to fill an entire storage room, Val calculating that even under ideal conditions and daily extractions of the maximum amount that could be taken while keeping them alive, a healthy adult man would take at least ten years to produce that much.
  • Hypocrite: Ashley tells Vista off for swearing despite knowing and using some nasty Irish curses. especially in chapter 13: she told Vista off for calling Shadow Stalker a bitch but later uses 'soith' to refer to her, which literally translates as 'female dog.' (Bitch as a swear is "bitseach")
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Mike after the Blood of Apocalypse is used to immunize him from someone (presumably Bonesaw), unleashing synthetic Terrigen on Brockton, not realizing that M-Pox only affects mutants and that the other mutants in the town at the time would have other abilities protecting them. He didn't know what it was until after he drank it and was sickened to learn that it was mostly actual human blood until Ms. Mystic clarified.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Snuggles regarding Ashley. Brain-eating is involved.
  • I Hate Past Me: Subdued, but Ms. Mystic is rather coarse in her handling of Tattletale, mentioning that her head needs deflating and implicitly giving her a Dope Slape when Lisa had an existential crisis due to realizing that Hell exists.
  • Immunity Disability: Ashley's chemical resistance works on all drugs and chemical toxins, including beneficial medications—Ashley can't benefit from medicine to regulate her hormones, nor pain-killers. Not even antibiotics or other treatments for infection work, which is bad because she has a very weak immune system.
  • In Medias Res: The story opens up with Taylor and Ashley in the infirmary at PRT HQ after having fought Lung off-screen.
  • Innocently Insensitive: A PRT intern innocently asked why Ashley, who is playing her cape ID for cuteness and a mutant "theme", doesn't do by "Cutie Mutie", not knowing that the latter word is a Fantastic Slur in her world.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Why Ashley refers to Snuggles with male pronouns. Snuggles is confused by it but doesn't seem to particularly care.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: Deadpool is playing with one of his guns when he hears that the cloning operation's base has at least a couple million dollars worth of Mutant Growth Hormone stored, dropping it and shooting Honey Badger in the shin.
  • LEGO Genetics: Snuggles has the genetic profiles, and powers to some degree, of several superhumans inserted into him. Confirmed so far are the Thing and the Scorpion.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: What happened that allowed Ashley, Mr. Snuggles, and the various clones that survived to escape, was that one clone woke up, freaked out and escaped, prompting a massive brawl between the other clones that woke up, ending when a Mister Franklin and Nate Grey clone's battle tore reality a new one and sucked the survivors into the Worm-verse.
  • Little Miss Badass: Ashley, obviously enough. She's about nine or ten and punched Lung in the groin. Repeatedly.
  • Logical Weakness: Inhumans and Mutants are biologically incompatible—hybrids cancel out, resulting in what is functionally a normal human, while Mister Sinister's attempts at using Inhuman DNA to make stronger mutants proved that an active Inhuman Gene is actively hostile to an active X-Gene, resulting in severe and ultimately terminal genetic instability. Because Mister Snuggles was spliced with the DNA of both Mutants and Inhumans, a significant amount of its genetic adaptability is spent finding ways to reconcile it's hostile genes, preventing it from getting the most out of the other superhuman genes that were given to it.
  • Magic Staff: The Symbiosis Staff, the cloning group's attempt to mimic the Staff of One. Ms. Mystic forcibly gives it to her younger self Tattletale as part of the Stable Time Loop.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Ashley is part Asian, part Irish. The author later clarified that she's Irish and Chinese on her father's side and mostly Japanese on her mother's side, though Ashley doesn't know this as her parents didn't consider it important and it never came up before they died. Chapter 16 further clarifies that her Grandfather's Grandfather was the "bastard son of an Englishman," and is himself strongly implied to have traces of ancient Egyptian.
  • Morality Pet: A chapter from his perspective reveals that Ashley is basically this to Mister Snuggles.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: Ashley has written fanfiction about superheroes from her home universe.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Ashley's full name is Ashley Tan-Shin O'Leary since her paternal grandfather was Irish. A side-story about an alt-Ashley gave her parent's names as Yuri O'Leary and Sean Wei O'Leary.
  • My Greatest Failure: Ashley's is failing to prevent Panacea's death. The author has said that it's going to be as significant to Ashley as The Night Gwen Stacy Died is to Spider-Man, albeit for different reasons. Taylor nor being fully healed from the venom in Jorōgumo's bite certainly didn't help things, though she thankfully recovered later.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In her fight with Sophia/Shadow Stalker, Ashley discovers that they have a Spider-Sense.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Glory Girl tells Taylor to work on a less edgy costume as if she'd seen Taylor's original canon costume and hadn't known that she was a hero she'd have assumed that she was a villain, which could have led to awkwardness. Taylor getting beaten up by Glory Girl for that exact reason when showing up to help the authorities deal with some villains happened in one of the early drafts of what became Worm.
    • Molly's Opposite-Sex Clone introduces himself as "King Kickass" before Tattletale forcibly corrects it to "Bruiser." Bruiser is Molly Hayes' official Super name despite her preference for Princess Powerful.
    • After Gwenpool's status as a refugee from a world where Marvel Comics exists as works of fiction is revealed to Spider-Man, she casually informs him of the events of Spider-Man: The Animated Series' Series Finale where his counterpart met Stan Lee. She then tries to tell him about One More Day but Deadpool stops her.
      • Shortly before, Deadpool mentions the time that Honey Bader cut off her finger and gave it to him. Later, Energizer mentions how her older sister is dating one of the Runaways.
    • An interlude has Bonesaw consider using tinker-tech to cure cancer instead of turning people into dinosaurs to be wasted potential. This is an inverted reference to Spider-Man stating the opposite to X-Men villain Sauron, complete with the Tinker having given an inverted version of Sauron's response.
  • Never Gets Drunk: A side effect of Ashley’s powers is that she is effectively immune to alcohol, which only comes up because she mentions an ancestor who couldn't have had her powers because he hung out in bars.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Ashley sings a line of Captain America's theme song after a particularly heavily hit.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The fight with Lung and a multi-armed woman crony vs. Ashely and Taylor.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: The cloning techs goofed and made one of these of Molly Hayes, who joins the Undersiders after ending up on Earth Bet. A later chapter reveals that he answers to Mike.
  • Organic Technology: Something the people who kidnapped Ashley were working on, derived from Symbiote Biomass. The author explicitly compares it to Superior Ironman's Endo-Sym armor or Hall Industries' tech in the Spacebattles thread.
  • Painting the Medium: Gwenpool's dialog is in pink text in Val Richard's interlude, to represent her dimensional accent, but only in the Spacebattles version due to formatting limitations.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: There's a Shout-Out to the Trope Namer early on.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: When calling back to his Early-Bird Cameo, Norman Osborn's clone displays some of the misogyny and mild racism Norman is known for in the comics. Osborn also engages in a spot of Fantastic Racsim when the topic of mutants comes up, which is again consistent with his canonical anti-mutant leanings.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Lung wants to kill Ashley for her Groin Attack on him, while Bakuda wants to use her... until Ashley insults her bomb skills.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Ashley refers to Snuggles with male pronouns despite symbiotes lacking biological sex or gender identities.
  • Oh, Crap!: Piggot has this reaction when Danny mentions bringing his friend Alan Barnes to help negotiate contracts for Taylor and Ashley.
  • Racist Grandpa: Ashley assumes this about her grandfather's grandfather, noting that all she knows about him is that he had a birthmark like hers, he's the bastard son of an Englishman and that he he used to get drunk and rant about Egyptians. She thinks he meant romani people based on the origin of the term 'gypsy.' However, considering the implication that they're descended from Apocalypse...
  • Reality Ensues: A couple times.
    • Early on, Ashley expresses the desire to go to highschool with Taylor if she's good enough, implying that she'd use Mister Snuggles enhanced memory and intellect to cheat. Later it's shown that while she did very well in math and science(due to Marvel Earth being much more technologically advanced and that knowledge trickling down) but even with the help she completly flunked everything social studies related. A few weeks isn't enough to learn decades of history, due to how different Bet's history is from her world (Dracula being real, for example).
    • Ashley is a big cape geek, but she can't know every hero from her Earth. When Klara Plast, having been bonded to the Anti-Venom symbiote and dumped om Earth-Bet by Contessa, is brought to the Bay, when Clockblocker asks if Ashley can confirm Klara's statements, she points out to the older hero that the Runaways were a relatively small-scale group on the opposite side of the country from her, so she's not as intimately familiar with them as she is with, say, Spider-Man. She also gets a bit offended by an unintintional implication that all mutants know each other.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Played With in that Ashley's superhuman hormones come with a superhuman chemical resistance but that her resistance doesn't line up with her hirmones properly, resulting in a hormonal imbalance that functionally cripples her and leaves her prone to infection. The resistance applies just fine to most medications, however, so Ashley is basically screwed if she gets sick and can't take medicine to help the hormonal imbalance.
    • This comes up again later, where it’s noted that since her powers came in so early, it’s possible that she could develop a secondary mutation and control it.
  • Saying Sound Effects Outloud: Ashley vocalizes Wolverine's "snikt" because her claws don't make a sound when she forms them.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ashley is a big Spiderman/Black Cat fan, and isn't much a fan of Silk for that reason. Word of God is that she's also fond of Cyclops/Jean.
  • Shout-Out: Marvel Earth and Earth Bet don't line up, temporally just right, and Marvel's pop-culture is nearly identical to the real world's despite the presence of superhumans for over a century in in-universe time. The author has capitalized on this for the purposes of culture clash jokes regarding Earth Bet's deviated popular culture.
    • When figuring out how symbiote powers work, Ashley imitates Ms. Marvel's use of 'Embiggen' when she figures out the can stretch. Tayor comments on it and Ashley replies that it's a perfectly cromulent word.
    • There have been multiple hints that Ashley is a fan of Steven Universe, including a mention that she likes Estelle's music because of it, but Taylor has no idea who that is.
    • Ashley mentions Michael Jackson being alive and still black as one of the reasons why Earth Bet sounds crazy to her.
    • Ashley mentions that, according to an Avengers trivia website, her world's Iron Man permanently licensed a certain Black Sabbath song.
    • Ashley and Chitter get into a brief argument about Pokémon and Digimon when Ashley doesn't get the clone's reference. None of the Earth Bet Natives understand what they're talking about.
    • Later in the same Chapter, Ashley mentions having gotten the True Pacifist Ending in Undertale as evidence that she's got determination.
    • After getting a look at herself in the mirror with her mask off and using her detect evil ability, she describes the flaming eyes it gives her as looking like a picture of a CGI Anime Girl she saw once.
    • Ashley herself is named after the Ashley in El Goonish Shive, due to similarities between the two characters that Rater noticed when finalizing the concept.
      • Mr. Snuggles having Tippy-Toe's DNA is apparently a reference to Grace from the same comic.
    • While showing off for an audience, Ashley prompts Mister Snuggles to shift through the colors of the troll Hemospectrum from Homestuck
    • to another Wormfic: In chapter two there's an allusion to Constellations.
  • The Sociopath: A clone of Roderick Kingsley. Clones of Norman Osborn and his bastard son Gabriel are demonstrably psychopaths, and as is typical for Carnage his Hybrid Clone Bloodbath is gleeful in his violent tendencies and lack of empathy.
  • Stable Time Loop: Ms. Mystic confirms that this is the case for the time-traveling Poison Hive.
  • The Starscream: Roderick Kingsley/the Hobgoblin manages to get a job for Accord, then takes advantage of his neuroses to assassinate him and take over his operation, while making it look like someone else pulled it off.
  • Superpower Russian Roulette: How Ashley describes the X-Gene as working here. Basically, it codes for a protein that acts as a mutagen, with results ranging from the Superpower Lottery jackpot winners, the Omegas, and the more normal winners, the Alphas, all the way down to Epsilons like her, whose powers are effectively useless and/or actually harmful.
  • Super Empowering: In episode 12, Taylor is somehow connected to the Great Web and develops new powers, being able to secrete spiders out of herself, with later chapters revealing that she's got a healing factor and the typical Spider physical boosts and wall-crawling. Chapter 14 has Vista become a Red Hulk as a delayed result of Cosmic and Gamma Ray exposure..
  • Super Senses: Ashley's senses are enhanced.
  • Super Soldiers: By word of God, the ultimate goal of the people who kidnapped Ashley. Details are fuzzy, but it involved Symbiote derived biotechnology, Cloning, Occultism, and Mutant Growth Hormone. Mister Snuggles was experimented in part to provide better samples of symbiote bio-mass for that Bio-Tech.
  • Stealth Pun: In the Spacebattles Thread, Rater confirmed that Ashley's Blood type is B+.
  • Taking You with Me: When Bakuda and Oni Lee are captured, the former sets off all of her grenades of Oni Lee at one, tearing a portal into the world Ashley came from, but in space, with Vista getting a near fatal dose of cosmic rays when she used her powers to close it.
  • Theme Song: In a non-canon side-story, Ashley tries to write her own, set to the music of Spider-Man's iconic theme, but ran out of steam towards the end. Vista threatens to kill her if Image finds out.
    • She later tries to write a version of "Stronger Than You" with lyrics changed to suit her. This time Vista wants her to sing it when sparring with Sophia to piss her off.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Towards the end of chapter 12, Taylor mentions that the custom contracts she and Ashley have regarding the information Ashley can provide means that they can quit at any time with no penalty and can only be punished if they break the contract or violate the law. Piggot isn't exactly happy when she discovers this.
    • Piggot isn't any more pleased when, after complaining that Ashley's lecture on mutants in a canon omake wasn't immediately useful, she threatens to dock part of Ashley's consultation fee and is informed by Taylor that the contract doesn't allow that either.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Snuggles is a young symbiote who doesn't have the experience and power of older ones like Venom ( as well as dealing with conflicting Inhuman and mutant genetics that were added during the experiments on them), but makes up for it with the use of the various genetic sequences and other modifications made to him. For example, using genetic information acquired from Mystique to shapeshift into clothes despite not knowing how to do it the symbiote way yet, as well as using other DNA to compensate for an otherwise limited ability to shapeshift compared to more powerful symbiotes. This becomes a key point when a group of Poisons travels back in time in an attempt to assimilate her while she's still weak.
  • Wham Episode:
    • In chapter 7, Amy is Killed Off for Real by an ABB member during the Bank.
    • In chapter 9, Ashley intervenes in a fight between the Magneto clone and a cape the Empire called in from Germany to deal with him, an electromagnetism Tinker named Donar, who has the Worm universe's version of Mjolnir, using gravity tech to get around the worthiness requirement, which makes Ashley realize that something must have happened to the Worm Thor, since Donar has apparently had the hammer since the eighties.
    • In chapter 12, Taylor has a dream where we learn that she's been connected to the Great Web somehow, wakes up to find that Vista was exposed to Marvel-verse cosmic rays closing a breach Bakuda's bombs made, and discovers that she has a newly-expanded powerset.
    • We learn that in addition to being able to create spiders from her body will, Taylor has most of the typical Spider powers (save a spider-sense). Later, at the press conference introducing Cuddlebug and Weaver, several members of a "New Poison Hive" show up, one looking like she's wearing a twisted version of Taylor's first costume.
    • Chapter 16 reveals that Ashley has a red birthmark on her back and Vista, who saw it int eh Girls locker room in Wards HQ, describes it as triangles around an oval from a brief glimpse—in other words, it's the Clan Akkaba symbol.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Ashley's "power" made her produce a harmful excess of hormones and a chemical resistant that kept medicine for it from working. When Mr. Snuggles has his bond with her momentarily disrupted, she can barely stand.
    • Heart Is an Awesome Power: However, while utterly useless in most circumstances it makes her a perfect host for a Klyntar Symbiote. And then there's what happens when she gets an adrenaline rush.
    • Chapter 11 implies that it may have some other benefits though, as she is able to escape from the building Lung collapsed on top of her in part due to an unnaturally large surge of adrenaline, though that may have just been the Gamma component, and she apparently actually OD'd on it after the fight was over.
  • What Would X Do?: When Ashley is trapped under a collapsed building by Lung, Mr. Snuggles in unable to convince her to put in the effort to try and escape until it asks her what Spider-Man would do, prompting an adrenaline surge.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Mutant powers and the like are completely different from parahuman powers.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Mister Snuggles to Ashley when she thinks she's not strong enough to escape a collapsed building that has her pinned. It's only when she asks her What Would Spider-Man Do that he convinces her
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When Taylor/Weaver threatens Sophia with black widows in her underwear if she does anything to Cuddlebug again, Sophia compliments her for having the guts. Not even the locker made her feel that slimy.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Vista when Ashley implies that Dracula is real in her world. Ashley responds by confirming that he's real where she's from, prompting Vista to deadpan that Ashley's world is terrifying.

Side Story Tropes

  • All Your Powers Combined:
    • As there isn't a Noir Venom, Rater had to make something up. Based on the Hybrid Theme of the main Cuddlebug, Rater decided that The Venom(here applying to all Symbiotes) were spiritual practices born from the combined hate and bile of a number of mystical beasts that were all trapped in the same container, in this case, a Puzzle Box that had belonged to a Sorcerer ancestor of Ashley's who wondered Asia and parts of Europe centuries ago. After bringing the Venom under her control, Ashley gains fractions of the powers of these beings But the assumption that she had all the power of each of them almost leads to her getting killed when she got cocky.
    • Andrea X's Mister Snuggles is a straighter example, being an offspring of a post-Red Goblin Carnage after it was absorbed a couple of weapons, armors, viruses, and blood samples. It's noted to be able to create Biomechanical Goblin Gear and an Iron Patriot suit.
    • Spider-Ashley's Mister Snuggles is another subversion—despite having the DNA and memories of every spider-themed superbeing that The Jackal could get his hands on, The Unseen clarifies that he'd put far too many genomes into the symbiote and diluted it's power so that at present it could only manifest common, minor spider-powers.
  • Alternate Self:
    • Ashley Noir is a clear-cut one to the main Cuddlebug, being from a reality based on the Marvel Noir Universe. Andrea X mentions a Doctor Cuddle, a Cuddle Cosmic, and a Cuddlekitten are also around.
    • Andrea is a subversion, being from the 2099 timeline, or at least one similar, and being of no relation to Ashley. She doesn't even go by Cuddlebug and her only connection to the rest of them is that she's a mutant with chemical-related powers and coincidentally has a Symbiote that she named Mister Snuggles.
    • The Ashley from "What If Mister Snuggles was created by The Jackal" is a pretty clear cut alt-alternate of the main story Ashley, barring that her timeline is a few months to a year earlier than the main Ashley's, but Mister Snuggles in this timeline is a clone of Venom that was modified with the DNA of every Spider-Totem and other spider-themed super that The Jackal could get his hands on.
  • ...And That Would Be Wrong: Shadow Stalker starts checking the time when Cuddlebug mentions Apocalypse's Social Darwinist outlook and how it makes him evil.
  • Call-Back: In The Livestream, Ashley comments that Earth Bet doesn't have a preserve of Dinosaurs in the south pole to counter the claim that her universe sounds like a bad comic book. (believing that a universe without live dinosaurs is bad.)
  • Changing The Uncomfortable Subject: When Ashley asks about the Fallen group in town during the Easter specialnote , the other Wards ask her what her favorite movie is.
  • Dramatic Irony: The Canon Side-Story "Cuddlebug explains mutants" has Ashley go into detail on Apocalypse when discussing mutant history, then admitting that he finds herself drawn to information on him when she finds something when researching Heroes and Villains but she states that she's not sure why. The main story shows that she's his unknowing descendant.
  • Else World: All of the major side-stories are this, but "What If Mister Snuggles was created by The Jackal" goes the extra mile and followed the format of Marvel's What Ifs, complete with narration by The Unseen.
  • Evil Is Petty: Donar, as Ashley lampshades, apparently doesn't have anything better to do than hang out in Ashley's PRT Q&A Livestream and troll and insult her.
  • Forced to Watch: Andrea was helpless to do anything but watch while carnage made her kill and eat the gang that had recruited her, her best friend last.
  • Head Desk: Ashley makes a joke about a PRT PR guy doing this when she mentions using a Groin Attack, and promising more, but he's really just glaring at her.
  • Implied Death Threat: Ashley goes "fang face" and comments about being really tempted to eat a brain just so Mister Snuggles will shut up about it after Shadow Stalker presses one of her Berserk Buttons.
  • It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context: After Cuddlebug gives The Whizzer as an example of a latent mutant's powers being activated, Clockbcloker has questions about the whole "mongoose blood" thing. All Ashley can think of to say is that people did stupid things in the forties.
  • Leaning On Thefourth Wall: Two in Ashley's Livestream Chapter.
    • Greg Vader leaves a comment stating that Ashley's reality sounds like a bad comic book
    • when a commenter on the stream asks if Ashley's ever had a crush on someone, she points out that she's ten and tells them to ask again in five years. Spacebattles, the forum the story is primarily published on, sets fifteen as the minimum age for serious romantic relationships.
  • Lecture as Exposition:
    • A more or less canon side-story consists of Ashley giving a lecture on Mutants. She even dresses up for it and uses a pool cue from the rec room as a pointer.
    • A separate sidestory is a lecture on the specific individuals who got cloned with known clones in Brockton Bay
  • Long Game: There's some theories that Apocalypse is doing this, with Ashley herself noting how it's odd that, with all his powers and resources, he never eliminated humanity like he claims that he desires centuries ago.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In-Universe, Ashley Noir isn't sure if The Venom being forced under her control was leftover magic from her sorcerer ancestor, divine intervention triggered by her holding her grandfather's lucky crucifix, or just pure dumb luck. She makes a habit of leaving change in church collection boxes just in case.
  • Mundane Utility: Ashley uses the fact that, as a Symbiote host, she doesn't need to really breathe in order to win a bet by singing a song without taking a breath and get seven bucks from the other Wards.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • One of The Venom's meals is a man by the Surname Prast who came to America from Switzerland around the turn of the century with a child bride who he forced to work in factories while he sat around all day drinking and beat regularly, noting that the girl had vanished in 1907. This was Klara's backstory in Runaways, down to the abusive husband's name.
    • Andrea X's side story makes numerous references to Spider-Man 2099 and Go Down Swinging.
  • Never Live It Down: Andrea X tells Ashley Noir not to let it get out that she almost got killed by a Mysterio.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Ashley at one point.
  • One-Man Army: Vista in one omake.
  • Playing with Fire: Andrea's Mutant power is vomiting up small globs of organic napalm.
  • The Sociopath: Ashley Noir is implied to be this in her side story and speculated to be such by Andrea in Andrea's side story, confirmed in the Spacebattles by the author to be such in accordance with the depictions of Mutants in X-Men: Noir, though Ashley Noir claims to know right from wrong, enjoys affection, and Andrea seems to think she'll be high functioning.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Ashley is able to guess that a poster in her Q&A Livestream is Donar because he used the exact same insult that Donar used in their fight.
  • Trauma Button: Only implied in the text: In the Snuggles Noir side story, Andrea states that she hasn't eaten meat in six years. In her own side story, we learn that six years ago she was possessed by her world's Carnage and forced to kill and eat her friends. One reader in the Spacebattlesthredad guessed that the taste of meat served as a PTSD trigger and Rater confirmed in-thread that Andrea's vegetarianism was directly linked to being forced to engage in cannibalism.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: It doesn't take long for Ashley Noir to decide to murder criminals, jerks, and corrupt city officials to sate The Venom's hunger. She also takes up Smoking and Drinking because her models for vigilantism are The Punisher and Spider-Man and The Spider-Man Noir seems to be modeled on "The detectives in the Talkies." She doesn't even like it, though luckily for her she Never Gets Drunk due to her symbiote, though it complains about having to purge the toxins.
  • You Have Got To Bekidding Me: Clockblocker in the Easter Special, after Ashley mentions the God Squad heading out to kill the Skrull Gods and Reed Richards proving the existence of the Abrahamic God when questioned why she, as a Pagan(she worships Thor,)observes Easter.

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