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What if the people you used to love the most, are now your greatest fear?note 
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Syngenesophobia is a The Loud House fanfic by That Engineer. It is available on Fan Fiction Dot Net here, and on DeviantArt here.

Written as a darker take on the episode "Brawl in the Family". Lincoln's actions result in the sisters (except Lily) collectively turning on him and giving him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown that results in him getting hospitalized and developing a crippling fear of his sisters.

The story is being translated into Spanish by TheLouder1.


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The story provides examples of:

  • Accuser of the Brethren: Ronnie-Anne in chapter 24 refuses to believe Lynn, Lucy, Luan, and the twins are feeling guilty about their beating Lincoln, and continues to rub their actions to their faces… prompting Lynn Jr. to knock Ronnie-Anne out in a single punch.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The sessions with Dr. Lopez allow to hear in great details the thoughts of some characters about the whole situation, as well as the events that happened during the show in general. We hear Lynn Sr.'s and Rita's thoughts in Chapter 11, Lori's in Chapter 12, Lisa's in Chapter 13, Leni's in Chapter 14, Luan's in Chapter 15, Luna's in Chapter 16, Lynn's in Chapter 19, both Lola & Lana's in Chapter 20, and Lucy's in Chapter 21.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Lucy reveals she dyes her hair black to better resemble Great Grandma Harriet and to better fit her lifestyle. Without it she has the same hair color as Lori.
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  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed; despite the girls feeling complete remorse after what they've done to Lincoln, they have still beaten him within an inch of his life, worse what they ever done in canon.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Your nine daughters put your only son in the hospital because you were not there to stop it, all because of a flawed system that (ironically) was meant to prevent this kind of fighting.
    • Chapter 9, Rita fears that Lincoln will one day kill himself i.e. hanging due to his syngenesophobia. The story even lampshades it as “a parent’s worst nightmare”.
    • There's also the very real risk that Lily, who is smart enough to realize what's happened and is furious with her sisters, might grow up resenting or even hating her sisters, especially if Lincoln never comes home or tries to kill himself.
    • Forcing your eldest child to act like a third parent for their younger siblings and grow up before they were ready to because you need to go out to work to support your family.
  • Adults Are Useless: A Deconstruction of the trope. Like in the episode this fic is based on, the Loud parents stay in their room and don’t try to break up their kids’ fight, which is why the sisters are able to beat Lincoln up so badly. They vow to defy this trope from then on, starting with Lynn Sr. severely disciplining his daughters and forbidding them from solving their own conflicts.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The sisters find themselves on the receiving end of this when their friends and classmates learn what they did to Lincoln, and actively start to ostracize them, starting with Bobby breaking up with Lori (albeit off-screen). Though chapter 35 reveals it was the other way around.
    • In the past, Luan was treated this way by her classmates, leading to her suppressed anger over this causing her April Fool's Day antics.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • In Chapter 3, Lynn Sr pulls the girls together, and asks them "Why?" in the most soul-piercing way possible.
    • When asking about Lynn Sr's relationship with Lincoln, Dr Lopez asks three of these in a row that forces him to confront the fact he is not as close to Lincoln as he'd like despite being the only men in the house, and wishes that his son was more like his daughters.
    • Dr. Lopez asked Lori about how well her relationship with her siblings are. Then she does it again when she asks Luan if her April Fool's Day pranks are funny and if Luna has noticed the Hive Mind tendencies of the sisters.
  • Ascended Extra: In the show, Dr. Lopez is The Ghost, as Clyde only talks to her by phone. In this fanfic, not only does she appear in person, but she's also one of the main characters.
  • Asleep in Class: Happens to Lincoln in chapter 23 due to a combination of lack of sleep because of his frequent nightmares, and Mrs. Johnson’s boring lecture.
  • Audience Surrogate: Dr. Lopez is the second type, since she has an external point of view on the whole affair. She calls the characters out for certain things and voices several opinions and questions that are shared by the audience. For instance, she points out the flaws of the Sister Fight Protocol and calls Luan out for her reckless April Fools pranks.
  • Berserk Button: As of Chapter 24, not believing the girls are feeling remorse or at least not allowing them to feel remorse, is one for Lynn. Enough to knock Ronnie-Anne out, even as of chapter 34 where Ronnie-Anne appears to let go of her hatred towards Lynn and the other girls to an extent. When Ronnie-Anne told Lynn that neither her nor her sisters are monsters, Lynn gave her a Death Glare.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Just an hour hanging out with Bobby and Clyde can understand why Lincoln thinks of the older teen as the brother he never had. Bobby tells Clyde he knows about his crush on Lori, and unlike most boyfriends hearing about somebody having feelings for their significant other, he's fine with it because he knew its just a precocious crush on an older girl like what he had on Ms. Di Martino.
  • Big Brother Worship: Clyde lets go of his crush on Lori by admitting he is too young for her, and because he now realises how much better Bobby is for her than himself.
  • Big Sister Bully: Deconstructed: Lori doesn't like having to act like a bully to her sibling, but feels she has to to keep order in the house. She hates how this damaged her relationship with her siblings, and wishes to be seen as kinder to them. This also goes with the Loud sisters' relationship with Lincoln. His sisters tendencies to mistreat him, use him, and humiliated him that already damages his relationship with them even before the beating, which was the last straw. Even with the later chapters where Lincoln is recovering and losing his fear of his sisters, he still resents and distrusts them and questions the love he once had for them.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Age-Inverted. When Lynn finds out about Luan's bullying issues, she's pretty much bent on murder and is furious that she can't make them pay since Luan doesn't remember their names or faces.
    • Played straight with Luna's reaction to finding out about said issues; she even wants to know why Luan didn't tell her since she'd have made sure the bullies regretted it.
    • Lynn towards Lincoln, namely in going after his bullies, including Ronnie, whose bullying tactics severely angered the older girl.
  • Blind Without Them: Discussed. During their session, Dr. Lopez realizes how small Lisa’s eyes are and from that draws the conclusion that the girl is nearly blind without her glasses.
  • Break the Cutie: The whole Loud family.
    • Lincoln, he was beaten to within an inch of his life by his sisters, spend at least 2 weeks in the hospital, and developed the titular syngenesophobia because of the ordeal. The latter causes him to panic whenever his sisters are near, and have horrible nightmares. Even when it's shown that he is slowly recovering, it is clear that all the love he had for his sisters is gone.
    • The Loud parents, Lynn Sr and Rita, are horrified that their daughters put their son in the hospital, and devastated for what happened to Lincoln. While they harshly punish their daughters, they blame themselves for letting the situation get out of control so badly. Then they learn pretty much all their daughters have serious issues which they failed to notice or properly take care of.
    • The Loud Sisters despite everything what they did and have to live with their guilt. They are punished by losing their favorite hobbies and possessions. Not to mention losing almost all of their friends and becoming outcasts as a result.
  • Breather Episode: In-universe. After talking to so many of the Louds. Dr. Lopez decides to call her husband and son for a while just to relax.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Lincoln turns out to be very skilled at art. He is able to draw at a level of someone with a years practice without any practice. However Lincoln never put any effort into art until recently, as he was too busy trying to see if he shared one of his sisters talents rather than having a different one from them altogether. His art teacher even tells him that he is proud of what Lincoln can do when he actually puts in an effort.
  • Broken Bird:
    • Lincoln obviously, after being beaten within an inch of his life by his sisters, traumatized by their appearances, and experiencing nightmares involving them is bad enough. But he's also questioning his relationship with them.
    • The Loud Sisters, despite the fact they put their brother is the hospital, have to deal with their guilt that they nearly killed Lincoln. They also lost all their hobbies, possessions, and friends. By chapter 27 they pretty much come to terms with this and accepted the fact they are now outcasts. They even are indifferent that their father has toned down their punishments, with Lynn stating that it doesn't matter since most of their friends hate them anyway.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • Lori laughing at Lincoln in "No Guts, No Glori" turned out to be because she knew what would happen, because the exact same thing happened to her when she tried babysitting them before she decided to bust out the drill sergeant routine. She's actually grateful he did it, since she knows him knowing why she does what she does will help him when he's the eldest sibling in charge after his big sisters all move out.
    • We learn that Leni, if she bothers to take her pills, is actually fully aware of how dumb she acts without them, and hates herself for it.
    • Fans like to point out that the parents don't seem to be trying to do anything to discipline Luan on April Fools and just let her run rampant with no comeuppance. Here she reveals that they do ground her afterwards, and her siblings shun her for weeks afterwards. She just considers the punishments a reasonable trade-off to keep pranking them.
    • Luan's extreme pranking during April Fools stems from her repressed desire to get back at bullies who used to harass her when she was in elementary school. Since they are out of her reach, she unconsciously uses her family as a substitute.
      • Also, remember the gag that she was so much out of control that her family had to lock her in a cage to try to stop her? She reveals to Dr. Lopez that it brought back the memory of the time in elementary school when her bullies shoved her in a locker and she spent several hours crying for help before being found by a teacher. While locked in the cage, she cried a bit during the night due to the memory.
    • The girls thought that all the chocolate Lincoln had for his School project in "Lincoln Loud: Girl Guru" was a gift from him to them. When they find out the truth, they're mortified.
    • Lynn was not happy with Ronnie's Loving Bully tactics (which she heard about from Bobby, who apparently got the same treatment from Lori when she got a crush on him) and apparently when Ronnie punched Lincoln due to panicking over the kiss, she was legitimately terrified for her life.
    • For Lola, it is explained that her pageantry turned her into the manipulative brat she is in the show, since pretty much all contestants in those pageants are like that and the only way to succeed in the business is to become one as well. She also let her victories, as well as the cash and the prizes she earned, go to her head, explaining her Spoiled Brat tendencies. And she knows how her reputation prevents her from having friends or getting close to her siblings.
    • Lucy's whole Stealth Hi/Bye shtick turns out to be because most everyone outright ignores her, sometimes to the point of neglect (like leaving her by herself when the family goes on a trip and not noticing until they were 30 miles away from home).
    • Lincoln kept trying to solve the conflict during the Sister Fight Protocol, despite being told to stay out, because he felt his sisters were trying to take away his only purpose in the family; helping his sisters.
    • Lincoln's attempt to "reclaim his masculinity" in "Roughin' It". It wasn't just a few observations about being one of the girls that caused him to head out into the woods. After taking the blame for blocking the toilet, his sisters made good on their promise to make fun of him constantly. Mocking his Ace Savvy costume and his lack of muscles to fill out the costume for a week, until they noticed their comments were seriously starting to depress him. They apologized for it, thinking he'd be able to bare their teasing in good humor, but it was too late, Lincoln's ego and masculinity were shot, which made him feel desperate enough to reclaim it that he went to the woods with Clyde.
    • The girls didn't know about Lincoln setting off every one of Luan's pranks for April fools. The reason they didn't try to help him or leave the room is because they didn't hear anything happening due to Lincoln's closet room being one of the few soundproof rooms in the house that doesn't have ridiculously thin walls.
    • When Lola asks why Lincoln complained about not getting any peace and quiet then during the ear buds incident if his room is that soundproof, Lana bluntly points out that it's probably because they all keep opening the door to bug him and letting the noise in.
  • Cooldown Hug: Lori hugs her mother in chapter 11 when she learns how the sisters handled the Sister Protocol, and starts blaming herself for the way her daughters acted.
  • Cutting the Knot: Discussed and Defied in Chapter 31 when Lynn asks Lisa about building a time machine to prevent the incident from ever happening in the first place. Lisa did consider the idea, but points out that A) her equipment is gone and B) she is afraid of making things worse. She also dismisses Lynn's second idea to have Lincolns memories about the incident wiped since A) for that to work she would have to wipe the memories of everybody who even remotely knew about the incident, and the memories would only be repressed (and might thus resurface eventually) and B) doing this runs the risk of resetting Lincoln's mind back to that of a toddler.note 
    Lynn: So...this is the only way huh? No shortcuts?..
    Lisa: Afraid so.
  • Darker and Edgier: A much darker take on the usual sibling fights seen in the show.
  • Deconstruction: The story could initially be seen as a deconstruction of the show's usual gags. Lincoln is known for being a total Butt-Monkey who is often the victim of his sisters' antics, with some episodes also have the sisters realize their mistakes and make it up to Lincoln. This isn't really the case here. Lincoln gets beaten up by his sisters, as per usual, but this time, Lincoln actually gets so badly injured from the beating that he has to be hospitalized, and the sisters are NOT forgiven for their misdeed whatsoever.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • The whole Sister Fight Protocol was flawed from the start. Something the girls and parents realize too late. As Rita angrily discovers, the sisters did have a place for Lincoln in the protocol. Namely to use his room without asking him, taking his bed and sheets even though they had spares in the basement, and telling him to stay out of their fight.
    • They all realize that, despite the protocol not involving Lincoln was meant to be for his sake so he would not get dragged in to their fights, big parts of the protocol note  made it basically impossible that wouldn't happen.
    • Luna realizes now that they didn't consider how forcing Lincoln to go to the Sadie Hawkins dance with all their friends could have went really badly if not for his quick thinking, as Tabby, Haiku, Polly and Giggles could have thought Lincoln was cheating on them with his other dates.
  • Disappointed in You: Rita and Lynn Sr. both express this to the girls.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Deconstruction All this started because the girls were angry with Lincoln because they blame him for the protocol failing, they turn their anger on him, then they realize they went too far it was too late to stop.
    • Deconstructed again, as Rita angrily point out, it was extremely petty for Lori and Leni to start a fight over the fact that they bought the same dress.
    • Lola realizes that pranking Lincoln as hard as they did because he bought earbuds to get some peace and quiet might have been this trope.
  • Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: Lynn Sr. tops off the list of punishments he inflicts on his daughters with the threat that he will resort to this if they step out of line again, though he hates himself for having to resort to such drastic measures.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: As Clyde points out, Lincoln spent so much time coveting his sisters talents that he didn't think to see if he had one that was different from theirs. Not realizing until he's told directly that he has all the traits of a budding artist.
  • Driven by Envy: Dr Lopez suggests that the girls interfering with the plans Lincoln makes could stem from being jealous that they hadn't thought up something themselves before it was too late.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted, and hard. The sisters are well aware that what they did to Lincoln is unforgivable, and it may take months or even years before Lincoln is willing to forgive them, if at all. Doesn’t stop them from trying, though. Despite this, it's unknown if their friends and classmates would ever forgive them at all. Whether or not they'll come to terms with this is currently unknown. Chapter 27 pretty much confirm that the sister have accepted they are outcasts and they have lost most of their friends, only caring that Lincoln recovers.
  • Embarrassing Damp Sheets: In chapter 14, Lincoln's nightmares have reached the stage where he's started wetting his hospital bed... much to his shame.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Lucy tells Dr. Lopez that Luan used to call her Beeatris, due to her black clothes and bright blonde hair.
  • Enemy Mine: While Ronnie Anne and Lincoln's friends all still hate the Loud girls as of Chapter 25, they recruit their assistance in coming up with a plan to keep Lincoln from having to deal with his syngenesophobia at school as much as possible. As Ronnie Anne puts it when Luan questions it, "But it's not gonna matter if a certain someone is all panicky."
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Played With to "Fear Cannot Comprehend Guilt", chapter 18 had Lincoln suspicious when Dr. Lopez told him that the girls are feeling guilty.
    • Played With to "Vengeance Cannot Comprehend Self-Harm" in chapter 24, when Ronnie-Anne is confused why Lynn allowed to be beaten.
  • Facepalm: Chapter 10, Rita and Lynn Sr. do this when Dr. Lopez makes them realize that they failed to notice the obvious flaw in that the sister fight protocol didn’t specify Lincoln's role in a conflict situation.
  • Fatal Flaw: All the girls share four things they have in common:
    • Their inability to control their temper, by the time they realized they went too far, it was too late.
    • Their lack of communication of the said protocol; if only they told Lincoln better, the incident would never have happened.
    • Their All Take and No Give attitude towards their only brother. Even before the incident, Lincoln's relationship with the girls was already strained, and their severe beating was the final straw.
    • Their Hive Mind attitude, since even girls that are closer to Lincoln such as Leni, Luna, and Lucy would join in without realizing it.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Lincoln is moving down a somewhat altered version of the list. Rather he starts of with depression and bargaining. However by chapter 33, the aptly named "Emotional Shift", after listening to Lynn Jr. explaining what happened with more clarity, he has begun to move onto anger.
  • For Want of a Nail: The story is when the girls took their anger on Lincoln instead of each other in "Brawl In The Family".
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Not really forgiving, but Ronnie-Anne is letting go some of her hatred towards the sisters, especially towards Lynn in chapter 24. Not for their sake, but for Lincoln's, she's willing to put her grudges aside for him and for Lynn teaching her to fight. Chapter 34 shows that Ronnie-Anne being more friendlier towards Lynn.
  • Frameup: In chapter 30, Lincoln's Ace-Savvy dream continues with the Full House gang framing him and Lily/Deuce for the fight in chapter 25. They only show video evidence of Ace and Deuce attacking them.
  • Garbage Hideout: Chapter 23, Lola is forced to quickly hide somewhere when Lincoln is approaching, and the only suitable place she can find is the trash can.
  • Groin Attack: During the assault on Lincoln, Lisa admits to repeatedly stomping on his 'mentula', causing Lynn Sr. to wince in pain when she corrects herself with the proper terminology. Worst of all, she did it with the hopes of leaving Lincoln sterile.
  • Grounded Forever: Played for Drama; the first punishment the Loud Sisters receive for what they did to Lincoln is being grounded indefinitely.
  • Guilt Complex: Lincoln's mental trauma causes him to retroactively blame himself for things that were, at most, only partly his fault. He honestly thinks that in “The Sweet Spot”, his sisters collectively fought him, while in reality, they fought him just as much as they fought each other, or in “Sleuth Or Consequences” that he really did clog the toilet with the Princess Pony book, while this was really Lucy’s doing, Lincoln having only taken the heat to protect Lucy from the other sisters' merciless teasing. Dr. Lopez realizes Lincoln has this during their phone call.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Aside from all the Loud sisters realizing they caused Lincoln's syngenesophobia, Luan herself also gets a massive one during her session with Dr. Lopez when she realizes what a monster she becomes on April Fools day. She even fears her entire family will become afraid of her because of it.
    • Rita feels guilty for leaving Lori in charge of her siblings thinking she could handle it. Not realizing until it was too late that it was stressing the girl out and damaging her relationship with her brother and sisters.
    • During their therapy sessions, all the sister realize that even before the fight, their selfish behavior already damaged their relationship with Lincoln.
    • In chapter 31, Lynn and Lisa discuss why Lincoln has bags under his eyes despite his older siblings having to look after younger siblings as well, and reach the conclusion that unlike with the rest of them, they never really gave him time to relax for any length of time before demanding his attention, as he didn't have a hobby or talent to practice and just assumed he was wasting his time reading comics.
  • Heir Club for Men: Lynn Sr. states that he plans to give Lincoln Vanzilla when he's old enough, despite having a daughter who drives it now, and four other daughters who will be eligible to drive it before him.
  • Hidden Depths: The sessions with Dr. Lopez reveal that each sister has some:
    • Lori doesn't like to act like a Big Sister Bully, but thinks that it's the only way to keep the house from falling apart when her parents aren't here. She fears that her siblings may grow to hate (or at the very least resent) her because of the way she acts and wishes that she could allow herself to act nicer with them.
    • Lisa suffers from Intelligence Equals Isolation far more than she lets on. She reveals that she hates how her intelligence alienates her from the rest of her family and wishes she was more "normal". She even fears that she is a sociopath because of the way she acts.
    • Leni actually isn't dumb, but needs to take her pills. When she actually takes her medication, she's aware of how dumb she acts without it and hates herself for it.
    • Luan going all overboard with her pranks on April Fools day stems from the bullying and teasing she received in elementary school, and her bottled up desire to get back at them. But since they are out of her reach, she uses her family members as a substitute instead.
    • Lynn's rough treatment of Lincoln actually comes from two very bittersweet sources. Her trying to initiate play fights and sports playing with him is trying to recapture the close relationship they had when they were little and her being so rough with him is trying to toughen him up so he can stand against bullies; she even outright terrified Ronnie over the younger girl's Loving Bully tactics.
    • Lola is well-aware that pretty much everyone around her thinks she's a total brat and that she's let her ego go to her head and while she's deeply saddened that she can't seem to make friends, she also believes she's too far gone to stop.
    • Lucy is actually very lonely and hurt that not even her roommate or beloved older brother are immune to ignoring her existence.
    • Lincoln kept trying to interfere with the protocol despite being told not to, because he was afraid it would mean his sisters would no longer need him to help them. The story later reveals that even before the beating, his relationship with his sisters was already strained.
  • Hive Mind: Downplayed. Dr. Lopez notes from her sessions with several of the girls that they seem to 'act as one' when being annoyed by or being selfish towards Lincoln, all without realizing it. Luna tries to dismiss is, but realizes that she might be right, and does not like it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: While jogging with Ronnie-Anne, Lynn shows off by jogging backwards......right into a streetsign.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Chapter 7 is titled “A Flicker Of Hope”, as it revolves around the sisters hoping to earn Lincoln's forgiveness (at this point, they still think he's just angry at them). Sadly, they discover in the next chapter just how far gone their brother truly is.
    • Chapter 30, appropriately titled "A Light in the Fog", provides another one when Lynn sits down with Lincoln and his friends to have lunch, and Lincoln doesn't panic. Though in Chapter 33 shows that Lincoln while Lincoln isn't panicking, he feels deep resentment towards the girls.
  • I Am a Monster:
    • Lynn Jr in chapter 6; when Lincoln hits her with the food tray, she takes this as a sign that he hates her and considers herself a bully.
    • Luan's reaction after her session with Dr. Lopez. She literally uses these words when confronting her family afterwards in chapter 16.
  • I Have No Son!:
    • A Downplayed sibling version, because Lily's only a baby and can't exactly disown them. But she is smart enough, that she is furious with her older sisters, and wants nothing to to with them. The later chapters shown that she's letting go of her resentment after seeing how miserable they are.
    • Earlier in chapter 2, Lynn Sr briefly considered to disown the girls, but thankfully didn't follow up on it.
    • Played straight in Lincoln's dreams as Ace Savvy, Deuce/Lily now seven, disowns her older sisters.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal:
    • When opening up to Dr. Lopez, Lisa admits that she hates how her intelligence alienates her from the rest of her family, and even outright asks the doctor how she can become “normal”. However it's pointed out by Dr. Lopez that Lisa 'is' more normal than the girl first believed, as like any toddler she has a curiosity to find out how the world works, the only difference is that her high intellect allows her to do this on a more complex scale.
    • Similarly Lucy wishes that she didn't suffer from "everyone forgets I exist".
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Lynn Sr. tells Dr Lopez that why he wishes Lincoln was more like his sisters, is because they've all found their talents, and have awards for it, while Lincoln is just a regular boy. Dr Lopez tells him to be patient and accepting, and his son will find his passion eventually.
    • Luna reveals in chapter 16 that she had a pretty bad case of this before she discovered music in seventh grade, feeling especially bitter that her younger sisters had discovered their talents years before that point. It's what allows her to be as close to Lincoln as she is, since she knows what it's like to feel overshadowed by your siblings.
    • Lincoln himself telling the Doctor this is used as a Deconstruction. He sees himself as a mistake, since while his sisters have talents they've won awards for, Lincoln sees being there for them to be his only real talent. The reason he kept trying to help during the fight protocol despite objections is because he felt that they were essentially telling him that they didn't need him anymore. Robbing him of the only thing he felt he was good for.
      • Clyde points out to his friend that his attempts to find what makes him special were all involved doing what made his sisters special rather than what made him special. That he was trying to see if any of their talent rubbed off on him. Then tells him, after hearing about his Ace Savvy dreams, that he should try and be an artist. Lincoln even notes how his ability to plan could be translated to storytelling and his few attempts at drawing didn't look half bad. Which in Chapter 31 leads to him fully realizing that his talent really is art. While critical of his own work, he admits his skill is that of someone with at least a years practice, and Ronnie Anne outright calls his work pro level
  • I Let You Win: Or rather, "I Let You Beat Me Up". Lynn could've turned the tides against her attack on Ronnie-Anne but allowed herself to be beaten up as a way of Self-Harm.
  • Imagine Spot: Rita has one in chapter 9 where she tries to imagine what life would be like if Lincoln came home while still suffering from syngenesophobia. It involves Lincoln locking himself in his room all the time, to the point that Rita even has to bring him his meals up there, and ends with Lincoln eventually committing suicide.
  • The Immune: In chapter 29, Lisa discovers Lana's immune system is overclocked and instantly attacks any viruses or bacteria, hence why she never gets sick from her filthy habits. Downplayed in that it is limited to bacteria and viruses normally found in dumpsters or on animals.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • In chapter 11, Rita learns about everything that happened in the episode "Brawl in the Family"; the real reason Lori and Leni were arguing, and how Lincoln was treated throughout the time the sister fight protocol was active.
    • In chapter 23, Margo, Liam, Rusty, Ronnie Anne and Zach learn about Lincoln’s syngenesophobia.
    • In chapter 24, Ronnie Anne learns the whole story behind the Sister Fight Protocol and the situation that lead to Lincoln's current condition.
    • In chapter 35, shows that Bobby wasn't the one who broke up with Lori but the other way around out of complete shame.
  • Ironic Hell: Aside from the general punishments of being grounded, limitations on their Internet and TV use, and being forced to visit Aunt Ruth every weekend, each of the guilty sisters also gets a personal punishment based on their likes and hobbies. note  Lynn Sr. even threatens to whip them with his belt if they try to sidestep their punishments, even though he takes no pleasure of doing that whatsoever.
  • It's All My Fault: Rita blames herself for what happened to Lincoln, when she said to Lynn Sr that they don't have the right to call themselves good parents for allowing the incident to happen. When Rita learns the full story from the girls in chapter 11, she first tears them a new one before breaking down and blaming herself for how the Sister Fight Protocol got so out of hand.
  • Last Minute Project: A rare positive example. During art class while his classmates are all well into their projects, Lincoln doesn't even know what to draw. He panics when he sees that the teacher, who has been making his way around the room student to student, is now at Ronnie Anne, who is the student next to him. Desperate to have something for his teacher to see so not to get punished, he draws what he has been seeing in his dreams. Creating a large, incredibly complex and high quality drawing in the space of a few minutes. When his teacher sees it, he is so impressed he doesn't even stop to tell Lincoln where to improve his work before moving onto the next student.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Chapter 28, it's revealed that Lana's beloved snake El Diablo was euthanized by the animal shelter because he ate several other animals.
  • Like Father, Like Son: "Like Mother Like Daughter" in this case. When she chewed the girls out after getting the whole story from them, Rita's use of 'like' and 'literally' show her two eldest where they got their particular verbal tics from.
  • Loophole Abuse: This is attempted by Luan in Chapter 25 when she claims that, despite being banned from making puns, she can still crack a small joke here and then. This prompts Lynn to point out that their dad said that she is not allowed to do anything related to comedy, prompting Luan to change her mind at the thought of his belt.
  • Meaningful Name: The story’s title, "Syngenesophobia", is the generic term for "fear of relatives", which is exactly what Lincoln suffers from after his sisters' No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on him.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Luan's pranks on her family on April Fool's Day are rooted in her anger at her school bullies
  • Moment of Weakness: The girls letting their anger control them, and beating Lincoln so badly that he ends up in the hospital. This is later discussed by Clyde and Bobby in chapter 35, that remorseful or not, they did beat him up within an inch of his life.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: One of the main themes of the fic.
    • The Loud sisters, big time, when they realize how badly they beat up their brother. And even more when they learn that they traumatized him to the point that he's now afraid of them.
    • Lori realizes that her harsh methods of keeping her brother and sisters under control, while it was necessary at time to keep them control, have soured her siblings' opinion towards her now than what she wanted to be viewed as by them when she was younger.
    • Luan realizes that her April Fool's Day pranks aren't funny to anyone but her and that she's taking her anger about her bullies, who deserve it, out on her family, who are innocent.
  • Mythology Gag: When Dr. Lopez tells her husband about Lincoln being the only boy among eleven sisters, he asks if it's possible Lincoln was adopted. Lincoln being adopted is a popular fan theory and fic theme for the Loud House.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Lincoln’s mental trauma causes him to have several nightmares about his sisters torturing him. So far, four of them are shown in detail:
    • In Chapter 3; it involves Lincoln being chained to the floor of his house, while his sisters, now looking like demons, prepare to kill him with various weapons and blame him for every bad thing that happens in the house.
    • Chapter 14 has a prolonged scene based on the events from "Making the Case", in which the girls get so mad at Lincoln for uploading the embarrassing videos of them that they try to murder him in various ways. A few examples: Lisa planting a bomb under his bed, Lola sicking her stuffed animals (which suddenly come to life) on him, Lynn attacking him with a mace, Lucy making her bats attack him, and finally Lori and Leni attempting to crush Lincoln with their beds.
    • Chapter 22 features one about Lisa feeding him to sharks that look like the other sisters.
    • Lincoln suffers another one in chapter 23, when he falls asleep in class. He dream that he wakes up in an empty classroom, with everyone else having gone outside for recess. Then five of his sisters come in and corner him.
    • In chapter 25, Lincoln has one in which he and his sisters are Ace Savvy and the Full House gang, but they (minus Deuce/Lily, who in this dream has had a Plot-Relevant Age-Up) violently turn on him after several of his plans to capture the villains fail. This nightmare actually leads to a B-plot involving multiple connecting dreams in which Ace and Deuce plan revenge on the Full House Gang.
    • Chapter 26 features a continuation of the dream, in which One-Eyed Jack/Clyde snuck into the Full House Gang's base and stole a healing liquid. Afterwards, Ace/Lincoln contacts additional help, that being Lady Ace-assin/Ronnie Anne, depicted here as a violent 90s Anti-Hero who uses handguns.
      • In the same chapter, Lincoln describes a nightmare to Dr. Lopez in which Lisa botches a sex-change operation performed on him and he bleeds to death.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • In Chapter 1, Lincoln receives one from his sisters, which kicks off the plot. It results in a broken nose, broken arm, black eyes, fractured ribs, a bruised pelvis, some kicks in the nuts, and some teeth getting knocked out. And those are just the physical injuries.
    • Lynn gets subjected to one in Chapter 4, courtesy of a vengeful Ronnie Anne. Though this is ultimately Played With since Lynn admits to Dr. Lopez that she thought she deserved the pummeling and that had she wanted to, could have quickly and effectively turned the tables on Ronnie.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Chapter 23, Lola is forced to hide in a trashcan to prevent Lincoln from seeing her. She ends up covered in trash, and worst of all, she gets gum stuck in her hair. She’s even more terrified when Lana sees no other option to get rid of it than to use some scissors to cut it out.
  • No Periods, Period: Subverted. Rita feels that after helping her four eldest (and her own three elder sisters) when they started their time's of the month, and knowing she's going to have to teach the same thing six more times, it's starting to feel monotonous. So she's grateful for Lincoln for the change of pace.
  • Noodle Incident: It is mentioned in Chapter 22 that Lincoln and his friends got in trouble when Ronnie Anne's cooing woke up the entire maternity ward.
  • Not So Different: Dr. Lopez makes the realization in chapter 26 that Lori and Lincoln both place their sense of self worth on their siblings needing them.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lynn in Chapter 24, when she knocked Ronnie-Anne out in a fit of rage, for refusing to believe the girls are capable of remorse and care for Lincoln.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
  • Parental Favoritism:
    • Rita admits that she holds Lincoln close to her heart. Partly because she considers having a son to be a pleasant change with having so many daughters, and partly because she doesn't want him to feel lonely being her only son. She also admits that out of her daughters she is closest to Lori and Leni, since as her two eldest she needs to prepare them for when they will soon be adults.
    • Lynn Sr. originally thought he was closer to his son than his daughters since they were the only men in the house. A few pointed questions from Dr. Lopez however and he realizes he really isn't as close to his only boy as he'd like to be. He admits to Dr. Lopez that he feels closer to his more "tomboyish" daughters (Lunanote , Luannote , Lynn Jr.note  and Lananote ).
  • Parental Neglect: During her session, Lucy confesses how her family once forgot her when they went on a road trip, and didn't notice she wasn't in the car until they were already 30 miles away from Royal Woods. By this time she was used to her siblings not noticing her, but the fact that even her own parents simply forgot about her like that really hurt the girl's emotions and contributed to her becoming the emotionless Empty Shell she is now.
    • During his own sessions, Dr. Lopez theorizes that the reason his parents are dead in his dreams, is because it reflects how little he feels they are in his life. While he knows logically that they have to divide their attention among eleven children and they do try to give all of them the attention they need, he also can't remember when they spent time with just him rather than all of them at once or just one of his sisters.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Ronnie Anne tries to break Lynn's arm as a punishment for her breaking Lincoln's arm. This is ironic given that Lynn's reaction to finding out about the way Ronnie was treating Lincoln before the pair started dating was to so terrify the younger girl that Ronnie legitimately thought Lynn would kill her for punching Lincoln in a panic over being kissed.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • This trope is actually stated word-for-word by Dr. Lopez, who suggest that the reason why Lincoln ended up getting beaten up in the first place was because nobody bothered to tell him about the Sister Fight Protocol.
    • Lori mentions that the problems during the episode "Get The Message" could have been avoided if she'd apologized to Lincoln before going out to replace his console.
    • While Luan admits her fault in the April Fool's Day havoc every year, she points out that her family never told her how scared and upset they were and says that she'd never have gone that far if she knew they felt hurt and abused. Similarly if Luan had explained her feelings about the bullying she underwent, she probably would have gotten the help she needed before the events of the story could have involved her.
    • Lisa points out that she wouldn't have ended up blowing the roof off the house if her siblings had bothered to tell her they were pranking Lincoln during the earbuds incident.
    • In chapter 21, Dr. Lopez realizes that all of the Loud children she's spoken to are suffering because of this to an extent. Due to them misinterpreting or refusing to talk about their problems.
    • Defied in chapter 35, where Bobby convinces Clyde to tell Lincoln about what his sisters and his friends are doing, arguing that Lincoln will find out eventually. Clyde begrudgingly agrees, on the condition that he speaks to Lori
  • Precision F-Strike: Rita does once this during her session in Chapter 11.
  • Reaching Between the Lines: In chapter 27, Lincoln has a nightmare in which he finally musters up the courage to call his sisters, but they end up climbing through the phone to get to him at the McBride house.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Whenever the Loud Siblings get into a fight in the show, it's always Played for Laughs and never results in anything more severe than some Amusing Injuries. Not so in this fic; the beating Lincoln receives from his sisters is shown in a far more realistic way, resulting in him getting severely injured and needing hospitalization. Not only does he suffer physical injuries, he also comes to fear all of his sisters (except Lily, who was not party to the madness, and is rightly pissed with her older sisters), believing they intend to finish the deed and kill him.
    • When Ronnie Anne attacks Lynn at school in order to avenge Lincoln, both girls get suspended for three days. No matter the intentions behind it, deliberately picking a fight in school is against the rules.
    • A thirteen year old child trying to control nine younger children is a disaster waiting to happen.
    • Lisa may be a Child Prodigy with a doctorate only at the age of four, but she's also lacks the morals of a mature person.
    • Luan's April Fool's Day antics have severely damaged her relationship with her family and they're even outright scared of her.
    • Lynn knew full well about the way Ronnie was treating Lincoln and she was NOT happy.
    • Ronnie Anne gets dominated in her first confrontation with Lynn. The toughest girl in 5th grade she might be, but she's no contest compared to a gifted athlete two years her senior with martial arts training. Ronnie only beat Lynn during their fight in the cafeteria because she let her.
    • The girls discussed about if Lincoln never forgiving them, they should learn to accept it. In practice however, while he rejected their apology out of fear than anger or spite, it's shown that talking about it is easier than action.
    • The world of pageants was not kind to Lola and the stress of trying to keep ahead of all the Alpha Bitch competitors warped her personality.
    • Even though Lincoln was willing to contact his sisters though text after losing some fear of them, he also begins to resent them, along with losing some (if not all) of the love and trust he had in them.
    • Most of Lana's pets were given away to an animal shelter, as the Loud family couldn't afford to keep them all. On a related note, one of Lana's snakes had to be put down because it ate several of the other animals in the shelter.
    • As mentioned in Cerebus Retcon. Luan's pranks have damaged her family's realationship.
    • Chapter 35 shows that Bobby and Lori already knows that Clyde was in love with the latter, but he is six years her junior and they both know all he has is a precocious crush on her that he will eventually abandon for girls closer to his age.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Lynn got an off-screen one from her friend Polly in chapter 8.
    • In chapter 11, Rita give her daughters one when she learns the whole story behind the fight.
  • Rejected Apology: Played With; when the sisters visited Lincoln in Chapter 7 to apologize, Lincoln reacted with fear than actual anger. Earlier, this was Discussed earlier about what if Lincoln refuses to forgive them.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: While out jogging, after hitting the street sign Lynn retorts about how Ronnie Anne couldn't keep up with her. When Ronnie sarcastically asks if she looks like a track star, Lynn points out that Ronnie is wearing gym clothes and sweat bands, so yes she does look like a track star.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ronnie Anne attacks Lynn in Chapter 4 to avenge Lincoln.
  • Self-Harm: It turns out Lynn allowed Ronnie-Anne to beat her up, believing that her punishment wasn't enough.
  • Shipper on Deck: In Chapter 5, Mrs. Santiago reacts very happily when Ronnie Anne confesses that Lincoln is her boyfriend.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In Chapter 12, Lori references Spongebob Squarepants and how he and Leni have both failed their road test many times.
    • In Chapter 13, when Dr. Lopez first meets Lisa, her first impression is that she reminds her of Dexter.
    • In Chapter 23, the author references Garfield's hatred of Mondays
    • Chapter 30 features Liam mentioning a cousin named Ellis and Zach's superhero persona as Junkrat.
  • Slipping a Mickey: During his session with Dr. Lopez, Lynn Sr. admits that he and Rita secretly drug Leni’s drinks with medicine to help control her ADHD. During her own session in chapter 14, Leni admits that she knows her parents are giving her these pills.
  • Take That!: Debatable but, the fanfiction itself is one towards "Brawl in the Family" as the author didn't like how the sisters behaved in said episode. Chapter 11 in particular has Rita calling the girls out on how poorly they treated Lincoln during the events of said episode.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. When hearing about the fight, Clyde plans to put the Louds in contact with his family's therapist, Dr. Lopez (the therapist Clyde mentions and calls several times in the canon series, but has remained an unseen character). And in chapter 9, after Dr. Richard advises the Louds to get Lincoln a therapist, they decide to take Clyde up on his offer and call Dr. Lopez. From chapter 10 onwards, the story focuses on the Louds going through their sessions with her.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Ronnie Anne's reaction is this after discovering what Lincoln's sisters do to her.
    Ronnie-Anne: Those fucking bitches! I don't care if they got the grounding of a lifetime! That's nothing compared to what I'm going to do! They put Lincoln in the hospital huh? I'll put them into comas!
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • For Lynn in chapter 23, when it turns out Margo didn’t abandon her entirely and is still willing to listen to her.
    • Carol texting Lori a You Are Better T Han You T Hink You Are speech in chapter 31.
    • In chapter 33, we learn that at least the younger sisters aren't being heckled at school anymore for what they did.
    • In chapter 34, Lynn Sr decides to buy Lana a new pet over losing El Diablo. In that while he felt it was necessary to punish her, he didn't want any of them to die. In the same chapter, it looks like Ronnie Anne let go of her hatred towards Lynn and the other girls.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: In Chapter 8, Lincoln breaks down on the floor sobbing and begging his sisters not to hurt him when they come to visit him in the hospital.
  • Twin Switch: In Chapter 33, Lana gives Lola some of her overalls to wear now that most of Lola's gowns have been taken away as part of her punishment. As such, the twins look more alike than ever before, and they make great use of this to prank everybody. Even their own parents fall for it.
  • Undying Loyalty: Margo is this to Lynn in Chapter 23, even though Margo's still disappointed in her.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: In Chapter 4, after finding out what Lincoln's sisters did to him, Ronnie Anne doesn't hesitate to confront Lynn about it in school, and proceeds to beat the ever-loving shit out of her. She was also mere seconds away from breaking Lynn's arm in a similar fashion to how the latter broke Lincoln's before Kevin Walker intervened.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: While the answer is an obvious "no" from the remorseful sisters, Lynn Sr asked his daughters with this in the third chapter.
  • What If?: What if, at the end of "Brawl in the Family", Lincoln's last slip-up caused the sisters to turn on him instead of continuing to fight among themselves, like they did in the original episode?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Everyone to the sisters, after their No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Lincoln. One particular case is with Lily giving her older sisters an non-verbal version of this trope. Another is Bobby giving one (albeit offscreen) to Lori before dumping her This turns out to be subverted as the reason why the readers never actually see the dump was because Lori did this out of herself out of shame.
    • Dr. Lopez gave a gentler version of this to Luan for her harsh pranks on her family as a way to take out her anger on her bullies.
  • When She Smiles: During the school assembly, Haiku catches sight of Lincoln and actually gives him a small smile. The narration stresses that this is a very rare occurrence.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: There is a very subtle implication from Rita during her session that, while she loves her girls, the reason she had so many children is because she keeps trying and failing to give Lincoln a brother so he wouldn't be lonely.
    • Their is also implications by both Lynn Sr and Jr that they wish Lincoln shared their interests so they could bond with him more easily.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Or rather, "Worf Does Not Feel Like Fighting Back" During her session with Dr. Lopez, Lynn admits that Ronnie Anne was only able to beat her in their fight at school because she was feeling depressed and felt she deserved it. Indeed, when she and Ronnie Anne have another fight in chapter 24, Lynn One-Hit KO’s her.
  • Worth It: Luan's attitude to the severe grounding and cold shoulders she gets from her siblings after every April Fools Day.
  • You Remind Me of X: The main reason Luna is so close to Lincoln is because he reminds her of herself when she was his age. She too was a middle child (of the 5 older sisters) who hadn't found her talent yet while her older and younger sisters did, so she knows how Lincoln must feel like he's being overshadowed by everyone else.
    • Lucy is also surprised to hear that during this time, Luna was moody and depressed much in the same way she was.
    • She also considers herself closer to Lincoln because he was different like she was note .
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • When talking about his failure to win a trophy. Clyde points out it was because Lincoln was trying to do things his sisters were good at rather than what he was good at. He tells his best friend that he can be more than just a good brother, and that he should try drawing as the signs point to him being an artist one day.
    • Chapter 31 texts Lori that she's not a bad person despite what she had done.

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