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The Return (FF.net version) by Sunshine Temple is ostensibly a Ranma ½/Sailor Moon Crossover fic throwing Ranma and the Senshi into the world of secret government agencies, ancient conspiracies and Eldritch Abominations. It is very much of the Darker and Edgier school of fanworks.

The cast of Ranma bear little resemblance to their canon selves beyond names and a few surface similarities; even Ranma's curse doesn't last long. The Senshi fare somewhat better. However it works as its own original story, and no previous knowledge of the original series is required, though it might help.

The story begins when Pluto seeks to replace a suddenly dead Tuxedo Mask with the nearest available candidate for Prince of Earth, Ranma Saotome. Unfortunately Ranma's curse activates in the middle of the rite, and what Pluto gets is a very female Succubus Princess of Earth, Sailor Darkstar. Predictably, Ranma is less than thrilled by this turn of events. Shortly afterward he is recruited into a shadowy organization by secret agent Tendo, Kasumi Tendo, kicking off a twisting tale which may lead Ranma and the Senshi to save the world. Or destroy it.

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Imagine Torchwood meets The X-Files, with a dash of Being Human.

Currently The Return clocks in at a hair under three quarters of a million words across 38 chapters. It was started in 2002 and is currently active, if slow updating. The author is presently working on a side story called Blood Debts - a side story crossover with the Dresden Files that promises to reach about 200k words upon completion.

By the same author is And If That Don't Work?, a Evangelion alt-fic which does much the same thing with that franchise.


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Provides Examples Of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: The claws of Succubae can cut whatever the plot requires them to.
  • A Father to His Men: Colonel Edwards.
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: Being turned into a succubus, according to many, which is why it's a volunteer emergency procedure, rather than a universal one: the soldiers are free to judge for themselves which fate is worse, and choose accordingly.
  • All There in the Manual: The Appendices Section has the background details.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted, Inverted, Averted, and finally beaten up with a big stick.
  • Amazon Brigade: Well, yes.
  • The Artifact: Happosai, he is included just to complete the checklist of Ranma characters but serves little plot function and sits uncomfortably at odds with the tone of the rest of the series. Thankfully he appears to have been dropped for all purposes bar limited cameos.
    • Also Ranma's curse, since the gender-bending is more than covered due to his being the reincarnation of Queen DarkStar.
  • Automobile Opening: In this case a Motorcycle Opening. Like the TV version of the trope, the opening is done with an eye towards cost reduction.
    • It can be download here
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Sometimes it seems that WIC operates this way, given Commander Stillwater, Captain Jarvis, and Colonel Edwards.
  • Ax-Crazy: Ryouga, never the most stable of the Ranma characters in the first place, is a total homicidal nutcase in this fic.
  • Badass Family: The Tendo-Saotome family, just in a very different way from canon. Eve's family also qualifies...
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: The chainsaw-like host of mono-filaments is one of their less squick functions.

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