Where do we begin?
First published in 1998, Peter Guerin's infamous Crossover between popular teenage Dramedy series Daria and similarly popular children's action series Sailor Moon is difficult to explain succinctly. The plot opens with the titular character of Daria being drafted by departing Sailor Mercury Ami Mizuno to take her place on the team. Before you can say "Worst Casting Ever", Daria is in Japan and struggling with being a Sailor Senshi.
Meanwhile, there are three major terrorist organizations worldwide all independently executing their plans to Take Over the World. First off, the nationalistic Japanese terrorist group NIRAA led by ex-Nazi Dr. Helmut Vander Helffen and his companion Amazana Yoriko, seek to depose the reconstructed post-war government of Japan via stealing a single prototype fighter jet (the Neo Zero of the title). Next up, the Lawndale Militia, a right-wing American para-military group seeks to control Lawndale, Texas, during their huge football game with Highland, Texas. This one high school football game is apparently enough of a major world event that it also attracts Akbaar El-Salaam, an Islamic fundamentalist who seeks to hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Lawndale High stadium during the game. Said football game also allows for Beavis And Butthead to join in on the fun, except instead of being amusing losers as in their show, they are violent rapists in this story.
Oh, and there's some Gary Stu superhero named the Solar Warrior who runs around doing things that eventually have relevance to the story.
The fanfic became extremely notorious for its wildly out of character interpretations of every cast member, its nearly impenetrable plot, and especially its massive length. The story was so long it even included an appendix that explained every single joke or reference the author could think of in the story, lengthy (and laughably inaccurate) essays attempting to educate the reader about Japanese history, the multiple shows referenced, and even the author's views on topics such as contemporary politics and Howard Stern. It was followed by a sequel, Return of the Lawndale Militia, and a prequel, Triumph of the Retart, all three of which ensured Guerin's permanent infamy in the fandom.
The fanfic received a similarly massive MST led by Matt Blackwell, and can currently be found here. The original fanfic in all its archived glory can be found here, in its final revision conducted in 2010. The revision contains minor edits and an apology as to the potential insensitivity of the Islamic Terror subplot.
- Artistic License Law: The entire robbery scene in Data 3 is something that would not happen in a Japanese crime scene. The robber calling the policeman pig (a specifically American nickname based on the equally American stereotype of police being fat) is just the start of it.
- Artistic License Military: The author tries to assure his readers that all the planes are fact-checked against a series of information sheets, but some of the more important bits slip through. Like how Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution doesn't mean Japanese planes have to let civilian craft be destroyed by Soviets.
- Artistic License Nuclear Physics: Akbars nuke apparently has no metal on it. If theres no metal, that means theres no lead, and thus, nothing to stop radiation from leaking out.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The non-American, non-canonical cast members have very awkward names. "Amazana Yoriko" is the chief offender, as even the author admits he simply took a non-Japanese word and tried to make it "sound" Japanese. Dr. Helmut Vander Helffen is supposed to be of German nobility and a German-born Nazi, but he possesses a name that is a strange mash of a German given name and a badly constructed Dutch surname, suggesting Guerin took a similar approach to this character as well.
- Attempted Rape: Beavis and Butt-head spend most of their screen time trying to rape Quinn.
- Author Appeal: A lot of references (and outright scene lifts) from other movies and anime that Guerin likes.
- The story's plentiful references to breasts are hard to imagine as anything but this since they never serve any other purpose.
- Born-Again Immortality: The Solar Warrior has been reborn for several millennia as hundreds of different historically important people of many different nationalities and ethnicities. His list of past lives includes the first emperor of Japan, King Arthur, Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, and South African Apartheid Era martyr Stephen Biko. His current identity is a Japanese office worker.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Did you ever notice that Quinn looks like Renee O'Connor, the actress who played Gabrielle on Xena: Warrior Princess? Guerin has. And he shares that knowledge with his readers. Frequently.
- Bare Your Midriff: Quinn and Gabrielle both do this. Guerin is very happy about it.
- Complexity Addiction: Akbars sect have decided to blow up Lawndale using a plane going from Tokyo to Berlin as opposed to, oh I dont know, a plane from the Islamic States to Lawndale.
- Contrived Coincidence: Akbaar seems to rack them up. Not only does he choose the exact same target for his terrorist attack as a completely unrelated terrorist group, but he bumps into Daria when she leaves the airport and of all the flights he chooses to hijack, he picks one going from Tokyo to Berlin...the same plane with Ami Mizuno on board.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Advice the author should have taken...as every single joke is explained to the reader in case they didn't understand it.
- The Dragon: Yoriko to Dr. Vander Helffen.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Characters regularly shout "BANZAI!" Sailor suits are called "seifuku" or sometimes "seirafuku", depending on what the author feels like (note that the latter should actually be two words). And yes, what gets kept and what doesn't is apparently at random.
- Gratuitous Ninja: NIRAA has spies... NINJA spies. There is absolutely no difference between a "ninja spy" and the other normal spies we see in the story, but son of a gun, one pops up just so the story can work ninjas into its big soup of random Japanese culture.
- Groin Attack: One of Daria and Ami's favorite tactics in this story.
- Herr Doktor/Mad Scientist: Dr. Helmut Vander Helffen isn't just a mad scientist, he's HITLER'S mad scientist, sustaining himself on his secret immortality pills!
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Mad Scientist dies because he literally drops his latest immortality pill which is needed to stay alive. Cue a rip-off of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
- Homage: The story contains a number of sequences lifted completely and wholly out of other works, whether they make sense or not. For example, Usagi putting her clothes on while wearing nothing but her panties is extremely raunchy for the type of humor used on Sailor Moon, but not Project A-ko, where the scene is lifted from. The author clearly intends the scenes to be jokes or references as he points out each and every one of them in the appendix so you can marvel at how much 80s and 90s anime he's watched.
- Info Dump: Dr. Vander Helffen and the Solar Warrior both give lengthy speeches where they reveal their origin stories.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The fanfic already crosses over three series with established casts and tries to use every member of them. On top of this, the story drops truckloads of new characters into the universe, all of which serve some importance.
- Male Gaze: The literary equivalent - the story will not stop talking about the female characters' breasts.
- The Mole: Ryu Chang is the SDF's plant in NIRAA.
- Nazi Nobleman: Dr. Vander Helffen.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Very early on, Ami transfers her Sailor Guardian powers to Daria, something that her home series never so much as hinted would be possible—and shouldn't be, given the nature of Star Seeds/Sailor Crystals.
- But then again, Ami is still able to use the powers of Sailor Mercury simply by wishing for it, so there may be some link.
- Obligatory Swearing: Everyone swears now whether they should or not. For example, Usagi's mother wakes her daughter by yelling "Usagi, you lazy bastard!"
- Office Lady: Yoriko initially poses as one to get the Mitsubishi Neo-Zero prototype for NIRAA. Also, she appears to be one for NIRAA, though Guerin seems to think that any woman in a suit is an OL regardless of their actual function in an organization.
- Out of Character: Nobody is in character. One of the worst recipients of this is Daria, who is stripped of her acerbic wit and high principles and replaced with an unfunny sociopath who thinks it's hilarious to freeze and shatter a human criminal while stopping a bank robbery. But let's not forget Beavis and Butthead, who go from being unmotivated losers to vicious violent would-be rapists who stop at nothing to kidnap and force themselves on Quinn Morgendorffer.
- The Sailor Senshi themselves are largely reduced to a Hive Mind. While the show itself could be accused of this when the cast got too large, the characters still had rather distinct personalities for the story to throw into the trash. In particular, Minako would not blatantly insult Ami for being too smart. Furthermore, the Sailor Starlights' lone appearance in the story is already so far out of canon that it even disregards that because they live on another planet and never expected to see the main characters again, Seiya would probably be just a bit upset that Usagi was bleeding out on the ground in front of her considering she was in love with her. However, the only one of these characters to even speak any dialog is Yaten, and the others may as well not be in the scene since they contribute nothing to the fight or to Star Healer "healing Usagi". Rei is constantly seen speaking extremely formally and invoking various Japanese gods, something she never does in any incarnation (also, the gods are wrong for Shinto.)
- Outside-Genre Foe: Lets just say that petty terrorists arent Sailor Moon or Daria. Yet no-one seems to have informed Guerin of this, as he treats all three terrorist groups like the greatest threat the Sailors have faced; granted, one of said groups plans on nuking a populated area, but still. (Bear in mind, theyve faced an Eldritch Abomination from the distant past that destroyed several planets, a Conqueror from the Future who already beat the Sailors there, an alien from another dimension who wanted to rule the world [compared with two of the groups merely desiring to rule one city/country], an evil Queen who attacked peoples dreams and a sect of former Sailor Senshi trying to bring about The End Of The Universe As We Know It.)
- Retcon: Makoto Kino's backstory is retconned from her parents dying in a normal plane crash to being shot down by Russian terrorists. This serves no relevance to the story at large.
- See You in Hell: Said so frequently by Yoriko that it's practically a Catchphrase.
- Talk to the Fist: Yoriko shoots Sailor Moon out of the sky during a speech—in a scene played perfectly straight!
- Teleportation: Sailor Moon uses her recently acquired "moon teleportation power" to magically transport herself and Daria from Tokyo to Lawndale.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: The Neo-Zero has a CD player (in a military jet? Wha...?), and Yoriko likes to play various songs (which we get the lyrics of) during combat. Weirdly, despite being an immortal Japanese radical, she only ever listens to American alternative rock.
- Took a Level in Badass: In their own series, Beavis and Butt-head can't even beat up each other, let alone anyone else. In this story, they're strong enough to overpower adults whenever the plot requires it.
- Tyop on the Cover: The original version of the story misspelled Daria's name in the title of the story. This was corrected in the 2010 update.
- Weird Crossover: Sailor Moon and Daria is a tough fit without taking major liberties with one or both of them.
- Western Terrorists: The Lawndale Milita is a typical Right-Wing Militia Fanatic group, based on articles Peter read in the mid-90s describing the sovereign citizen movement. Unlike many examples of these tropes, the Western Terrorists are simply one of many groups, as opposed to being a less controversial alternative to Muslim terrorists.
- Word Salad Title: The title does describe the story, but in a rather obscure and confusing way.
- Writer on Board: The story often stops to have characters parrot what are clearly Peter Guerin's views on history and world events.