Written by Debochira in 2013, The End of All Things is a Self-Insert Fan Fic set in the Legend of Zelda universe, specifically the time of Twilight Princess. The Golden Goddesses of Hyrule have chosen a human from Earth, Zach, to go on an incredible adventure for the sake of their realm... except that he and Midna can barely tolerate each other thanks to one being a spoiled princess and the other a sarcastic and bitter Jerkass, Zach's knowledge of the game is turned on its head when Reality Ensues, and his future self is evidently the reason they needed outside help in the first place.
The story begins with the Three Golden Goddesses fighting against a single person who decimates them to the point that Nayru is the only one left. In her desperation, she casts a spell that traps the being in a temporal orb at the cost of her own life. Meanwhile, several years backwards, the Three Golden Goddesses contact a 19-year-old named Zach to go on a great quest through Twilight Princess' events to save Hyrule... from his future self, who is now apparently free from his prison and wants revenge.
As with most Self-Inserts, the story serves to lampshade and question most of the conventions in the original game. At the same time, it also expands and adds its own lore to the mythos, such as weapons, items, dungeons, bosses, and additional characters. Due to it taking place in January of 2013, A Link Between Worlds, Hyrule Warriors, and Breath Of The Wild are not mentioned though certain elements and characters will be featured.
This is the first in a planned series of four stories that would cross over three other video game franchises: God of War, Dead Space, and Halo. The above policy regarding new titles also applies to God of War (PS4) and Halo 5: Guardians.
The End of All Things contains examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: Midna. While she was no slouch in her eponymous game, here she has extensive combat training.
- Androcles' Lion: Early in his adventure, Zach rescues a baby hawk from its nest. When he returns to the village as a wolf, the baby's father provides information for him and Midna.
- Big "WHAT?!": Zach barks this when he finds out that Midna is not very skilled with teleporting other people.
- Claustrophobia: Zach does not like crawling through tight spaces.
- Brick Joke: Zach and Midna escape a Shadow Beast pen early on, then come back to the same area later to find that the Shadow Beasts are still there lurking about. Another example is when Midna applies some makeup while Zach is investigating Coro's house at the beginning of one chapter. Come the end of the chapter and it is revealed that she even put makeup on the eye her helmet was blocking.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied with Zach.
- Dark Is Evil: Zant, obviously.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Midna, also obviously.
- Deadpan Snarker: Zach and Midna in spades.
- Door Stopper: At thirty chapters and only one dungeon cleared, this fic has over 130,000 words already!
- Due to the Dead: Midna places her close friends' bodies on their bed and turns it into a pyre.
- Eye Scream: Zach has a fake eye, though he has not yet revealed how it happened. He also stabs his sword directly into Diababa's eye through its pupil. Later on, he gets stung in his good eye by a shadow insect, losing his sight for the rest of the chapter.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Evidently this is the case for Zach's future self.
- Genre Savvy: Zach, naturally. Subverted in that he is both this and Wrong Genre Savvy.
- Good Is Not Nice: Zach technically is a good guy, but he is certainly not the nicest. Midna to a lesser extent as well.
- Hates Being Touched: Zach. Once Midna gets fed up with his attitude and starts poking him deliberately, violence ensues.
- Hammerspace: The satchel Farore gave Zach, plus the pocket dimensions Midna uses to store weapons and makeup.
- Knuckle Cracking: Mostly the neck and back, and more for releasing some tension than about to enter a fight.
- Lampshade Hanging: Several, but one particular quote from Midna sums up the entire Zelda series.Midna: So the overall story is named after a princess, and this one is named after another princess, and the main character is neither of them?
- Left the Background Music On: An unusual example - Since Midna connected her mind to Zach's so they can speak telepathically, she also picks up whenever he starts playing music in his head and often tells him to turn it off.
- MacGuffin: The Fused Shadows, like in the game.
- MoodSwinger: Zach and Midna, though much more prominent with Zach. At one point, he goes from grumpy to singing to playful to contemplative and back to grumpy in the span of a few paragraphs.
- Mood Whiplash: Done often. For example, when Zach and Midna are about to enter the poisonous fog in Faron Woods, a monkey shows up to be their guide. Cue a Deku Baba shooting out and gulping the monkey down. Cue Zach quickly turning around and choosing to cling to the edge of the area rather than go straight through.
- Not a Morning Person: Both Zach and Midna, though Midna is the grumpier of the two in this case.
- Omniglot: Zach can speak, read, and understand any and all languages he comes across. Justified as a gift from Nayru, the Goddess of Wisdom.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When caught in the maw of a giant Deku Baba that is using pheromones to distract Zach and Midna, Zach has to resort to insulting Midna to snap her out of it. Her reaction is the example.Zach: Midna, you worthless, useless, ugly, stupid, pathetic, annoying, freaky little sack of shit, WAKE UP!Midna: HOW DARE YOU SPEAK TO ME LIKE THAT! YOU OWE ME AN APOLOGY! RIGHT! THIS! INSTANT!
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Mayor Bo takes Zach seriously and is one of two who vouch for him when the other villagers wish to throw him out.
- Scream Discretion Shot: When Zach, currently in Ordon Village, realizes he could have taken a gun with him to Hyrule, his outburst could be heard by Midna while she was in the Gerudo Mesa.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The Golden Goddesses recruit Zach to prevent the future where he kills them. Why they don't simply wipe him from existence is anyone's guess.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Zach, though not to the extent as other examples, is the only one so far to say 'Shit' and 'Fuck' at least once a chapter.
- Skewed Priorities: When Zach and Midna inadvertently get caught in the gullet of a giant Deku Baba, Midna is more focused on the string of insults Zach just launched at her than the prospect of being eaten alive.
- Stroke the Beard: Zach strokes his peach fuzz-laden chin while talking with Mayor Bo.
- Switching P.O.V.: Switches from first to third on occasion, marked by a line break.
- There Is Only One Bed: Happens when Zach and Midna free Kakariko Village from the Twilight. Justified, as Renado and the others are unaware of Midna's existence. Zach sleeps on the floor.
- Trapped in Another World: Both Midna and Zach, but more prominent with Midna since she was forced into it while Zach was offered a choice.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Once again, Zach and Midna. They absolutely can not stand each other but they know they need each other.
- Unlikely Hero: Zach - an unemployed, slightly overweight schmuck with high levels of Jerkass and Snark - gets to be the big hero of the story. Eventually.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Lampshaded by Zach when discussing how he would deal with a waiting ambush of Shadow Beasts. When he tells Midna, the plan fails and he is forced to come up with another on the spot without informing her. That one succeeds.
- Verbal Tic: Coro, who ends most sentences with 'guy'. His pet bird has a similar mannerism of squawking.
- Weakened by the Light: Midna once she becomes an imp.
- Wham Line: Invoked twice by Nayru and Zach; Nayru when revealing who the main villain is, and Zach when he calls Midna by her name before she ever tells him what it is.
- Would Hit a Girl: Given their brawl, Zach clearly has little compunction about hitting the Twilight Princess herself. His future self likewise does not hesitate to end the Golden Goddesses.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Delightfully invoked against Zach's favor. He assumes everything will be exactly like in the game, such as the lay of the land, the dungeons, etc. The second he hears 'Kokiri Marsh' instead of 'Forest Temple', he realizes that this trope is now in effect.