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Kitty Rainbow

  • Recommended by SubversionStation
  • Comments: Specializes in oneshots and writes just about every (canon complacent) scenario under the sun. Since the last fic was published in 2006, none of the author's works contain info from The Time Paradox and beyond.

    General Fics 
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

From Hades by John Creel

  • Recommended by: Game Master 1
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Post TLG. Artemis has regained his memories, but there is never rest. As a foe more powerful than any before emerges, wars will be fought and allies will be found in the most unlikely of places. Rated T for violence and mild language.
  • Comments: A sequel story taking place 6 months after The Last Guardian. It breaks the usual formula of having only even-numbered books being Opal-focused by having Opal coming back guns ablazing. And yet her return doesn't feel cheap, and the explanation for her return makes sense. In other words, if you weren't satisfied with how she went out in The Last Guardian, then here's another chance at getting a more satisfying final battle with her. The author has a good attention to detail when it comes to the lore (including the Artemis Files short stories) and he introduces a lot of original canon complacent elements that fits well with pre-established lore. A very high quality story that earns its place as a potential book 9 to the series. The author would later go on to publish his own original novels, so you know you are getting into some quality work.

The Foul Team by freudwithwings

  • Recommended by: Kitty Eden
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Hired by the LEP as a consultant, Artemis finds himself at the center of a growing crisis. He was right: human children ARE getting smarter.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.
  • Comments: Don't let the Epunymous Title throw you off — this is a work of genius. It's exactly what it says on the tin: Artemis hired by the LEP as a consultant. But of course, it isn't that easy. Intern rebellions, rogue AI, plus a very serious problem on the surface. It's structured like a TV show, with two seasons under its wing. Just go check it out.

Artemis Experiments Weird by Eldewind Dolly

  • Recommended by: Orchidperson969
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's been a few months since Artemis Fowl has been mindwiped by the LEP when he notices peculiar glitches around, and ends up discovering an uncanny dimension : the Wired. Artemis' lust for power takes over, and as he has forgotten all about his spark of decency, the fairies will face the consequences of distrusting him. Set after The Eternity Code.
  • Comments: A very well-done Dark Fic.

Artemis Fowl: The Aztec Incident by AgiVega

  • Recommended by: BonUs
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Years after having his memory wiped by the LEP after the incident at Spiro Industries, Artemis Fowl, now twenty-six and a successful businessman, receives an unexpected visit from one Commander Holly Short. More shocking than her appearance, however, is the news she bears, regarding the kidnapping of Artemis' son: a son of whom he had not known...
  • Comments: Clearly this is an A/H fic, but the focus isn't the romance (which is different from your typical Artemis X Holly fic anyway, in that in makes the relationship in-character and believable). Instead, the story is a thrilling race to save Holly and Artemis's son, featuring the usual wit and wisecracks from the pair as well as serious sacrifice. Even if you're not a fan of the A/H ship, it's worth a read for the plot alone.

Artemis Fowl: The Book of Ages by GMontag

  • Recommended by: Maddyfae
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Artemis and Holly have accidentally created a time paradox, changing the events of the last eight years. Now the two are thrown into a bleak world where Haven has fallen, and inter-species war has begun. Who can they trust? What can they save?

Why One Must Not Attempt to Analyze a Child Genius by fiercejinx

  • Recommended by: tenoreyequetis, USA Bobcat, Dame-Amaryllis, Origamidragons
  • Status: Complete
  • Sypnosis: Artemis Fowl had retired half a dozen counselors from St. Barleby's already this year. Here's how. Six chapters, one for each psychologist losin' it.
  • Comments: A hilarious and brilliant fill-in-the-blanks fic, intelligent and in character the whole way through. This is the first fic I've read where Artemis is actually as smart as he claims to be in the books. Ends with Dr. Po taking office.
    • USA Bobcat: Amazing, absolutely amazing. Every single thing is perfect. The characterization is spot on, and really makes you feel for the psychologists, and certainly laugh at more than a few of them. It even manages to capture Colfer's narrative style.

Artemis's Rules by 2whitie

  • Recommended by: Dellanotte
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Based on the Rules from NCIS. What if Artemis and Co. had their own list? A oneshot to go along with each rule.
  • Comments: General silliness between the characters, ranging from office pranks to Mythbusters and several Idiot Balls. Despite being something of a Crack Fic laden with the occasional typo and A/H moments, it's pretty good for a laugh.

Irritation by Lexical Item

  • Recommended by: BaronCarmine, Landscape, GennyWar, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The psychiatrist spoke. "You might as well help yourself to a book, as it is your time that we're wasting." "You don't consider this a waste of your time?" Artemis enquired. "Oh no," the psychiatrist replied offhand. "I'm getting paid."
  • Comments: An excellent fic, focusing on counselling sessions between Artemis and a psychiatrist. The whole story would probably seem like one of Colfer's to those who are unfamiliar with the series. Ten chapters in total; a fun read and you'll be quite satisfied with it.
    • Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. The most intelligent fanfic I've ever come across, and although that might not sound like it says much, it does indeed.

Schrödinger's Zombie by freudwithwings

  • Recommended by: EpitomeORandom
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the great Techno-Crash. Follows on from the end of TLF, major spoilers.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.
  • Comments: An utterly brilliant two-chapter fic which details what happens to Artemis after his Heroic Sacrifice, as well as the Fowls, Butlers and Holly's attempts to move on and heal. Deals with the cloning in a pseudo-scientific way that fits both Colfer's style and has a hint of realism. Wonderful way to end the series properly.

Artemis Fowl and the Hostage Situations by Lessa3

  • Recommended by: Ruskbyte
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Artemis was always prepared for any contingency. So, naturally, undergoing a mindwipe would not stop him from almost immediately getting back on his feet... his criminal genius feet, that is. With no memories of the Fairies and the LEP, there's nothing to stop him from doing what any good villain would do — kidnap a fairy and hold her for ransom, of course. Naturally, his hostage, one Captain Holly Short, is less than amused... and that's when things start getting complicated.

Why Artemis Fowl Hates Lollipops by karatemaster101

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Today, Juliet offered me a very odd item and attempted to trick me into ingesting it. I am sorry to say that I was almost taken by her painfully simple ruse. A quick peek into the past of our favorite young genius should allow us to tackle the root of this problem, which seems to be a traumatizing childhood event.

His Son's Father by TheWhiteLily

  • Recommended by: EtherealZephyr
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A magical object of devastating power is missing. Who could the LEP possibly blame? And when the fairies make a mistake that costs Artemis his freedom, who can they turn to for help? More importantly, will he be able to provide it?

Degrees of Poison by Fire Tears

  • Recommended by: superkeaton
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Being friends with Artemis, Foaly had said, would be like being friends with a viper. It was not an inapt analogy. After the events of 'The Time Paradox', Holly and Artemis have a discussion.
  • Comments: Tightly written and in-character, Degrees of Poison delivers a quiet conversation between Holly and Artemis, regarding his ruthless intellect and the damage his deception did to their friendship, from Holly's point of view. Hints of shipping, but not the main focus.

Epilogue by Xayti

  • Recommended by: Twiddler
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fan Webcomic. Sometime after The Last Guardian, Artemis and Holly have a conversation about the things they've been through, feelings, and friendship.
  • Comments: Has strong Artemis/Holly vibes, but is ultimately about the bond they now share after five years of adventures.

Forever by Represent

  • Recommended by: Troper/SubversionStation
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Butler still remembers the first time Artemis Fowl the Second came to him instead of his own father.
  • Comments: A lovely oneshot about Butler and his four-year-old ward, as told from Butler's POV.

familiarity breeds contempt by Salicinalis

  • Recommended by: Lyra_Dhani
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The fairies are watching him. They always are. But familiarity breeds contempt, and by now, Artemis is certain that they have built up an entire psychological profile of him, complete with past childhood trauma and attachment issues. Or: an attempt to reconcile the version of Artemis we see in the movie with the genius of the books, a.k.a. genius!movie!Artemis matching wits with a genius!movie!Opal.
  • Comments: An amazing take on the disastrous 2020 movie and single-handedly made the movie more bearable.

    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

A Nib's Babble by xybolic

  • Recommended by: tenoreyequetis
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: Artemis/Holly
  • Sypnosis: A set of thirty-one drabbles, mostly humorous anecdotes encompassing the span of events throughout the whole series. While not all of them are focused on the romance, there is enough of an undertone for this to classify as a shipping fic. The romantic chapters are nuanced and subtle about it. Most of them are also quite hilarious, some are sad and all of them are inventive.

In Another's Eyes by Kitsune Heart

  • Recommended by: templar627
  • Status: Complete
  • Sypnosis: Four terrifying words: "You are the father." When the last person in the LEP that ANYONE thought would ever hear those words finds himself having to face up to a new responsibility...will he rise to it or fall? And what must he lose to get what he wants?
  • Pairing: Grub/Vinyáya
  • Comments: This story doesn't seem like it would work out, but it blossoms into a great little story that shows how Grub grows throughout the trial of fatherhood.

The Other Paradox by Rocket Axxonu

  • Recommended by: NoNeimus
  • Status: Complete
  • Sypnosis: In the midst of a dangerous mission to the past is probably not the best time to fall for your manipulative, former-criminal-mastermind partner. For Holly Short, it was just another nuisance to add to an already unending list of trials.
  • Pairing: Artemis/Holly
  • Comments: Basically, The Time Paradox from Holly's POV and her thoughts/feelings about the whole Time-Travel-Lemur-Saving-Teenage-Body experience during this very experience. Manages to both keep characters...well, in-character and fill the gaps left in the original book.


Thrower of the Dart by Vathara (link)

  • Recommended by: Gamma Cavy, Dame-Amaryllis, Robinton
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Synopsis: S.H.I.E.L.D has been keeping an eye on the Fowl family since their son vanished into another dimension. About the time he reappears, there is a discovery of something on a sunken Fowl ship, and Artemis Sr. is asked if he knows anything about it. Naturally his son comes with him. All of this is complicated by successfully stolen magic, Fowl family tension, Avengers getting the wrong idea, the existence of JARVIS, and Doom plotting with Koboi behind the scenes.
  • Comments:
    • All in all, a very enjoyable read by the Crossover Queen.
    • Seconded. This is best executed crossover this troper's seen in a long time. The author is clearly familiar with both worlds, and has thought about the implications of them existing in the same universe. Personally, I loved the layer of meta to it.
    • Thirded. The plot was complicated enough to bring out Artemis' genius, but not too convoluted that it just didn't make sense. Also, the characterization of Artemis was spot-on - he is clearly capable of feelings, but they are shown by using his dangerous and cruel nature, not by eliminating them.
    • Fourthed. Artemis is as smart as he is in the books, but the Avengers aren't dumbed down just to make him look smarter in comparison. Everyone's characterisation was fantastic and it had the added advantage of an interesting plot that almost seemed like it might be one of Colfer's own writing.
    • Fifthed. It would not go amiss to call Thrower of the Dart a replacement of Atlantis Complex, for those who found that particular book frustrating, as I did. Artemis' characterization was, I believe, very well summed up when he said:
      ''You are empty. All you have is your intellect and your superiority. There is no core within you. No trace of human feeling, reaching out across the void to touch another life. You are an endless hall of mirrors, reflecting nothing. I was almost like that. Once."

Artemis and the Hogwarts Incident by Singer La chanteuse

  • Recommended by: The Warrior of Many Faces
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: Artemis, after having gained magic from the events of The Lost Colony, is recruited at Hogwarts. Meanwhile, he begins to enact one of his Plans...yes, it deserves a capital letter.
  • Comments: Stands out from the usual Artemis-at-Hogwarts fic because, as noted, Artemis has a Plan. Unfortunately, as the fic appears to have gone dormant or died, the exact details of the Plan remain unknown. Also notable for a reimagining of Slytherin House, the beginnings of an intellectual struggle between Hermione and Artemis, and remarkable, though imperfect, grasp of character. Most of the characters do seem like themselves; Doodah might be somewhat out of character, however.

The League of Interdimensional Heroes by The 1597 Faceless Writer

  • Recommended by: Nightelf37, 2heartgirl
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Massive Multiplayer Crossover
  • Synopsis: Artemis Fowl is many things and now he's the leader of an elite group including himself and seven other heroes from seven other alternate dimensions. This group is known as the League of Inter-Dimensional Heroes and they have sworn to protect their worlds from all types of evil. But, now, a new threat is forming and an inevitable battle is waiting over the horizon.

King of Serpents by karatemaster101

The Family Name by Elbereth in April

Broken Bow by Xed Alpha (link)

  • Recommended by: KrspaceT
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • Synopsis: The fourth story in the series is a crossover with the Percy Jackson fic involving the main character being transported to the Artemis Fowl universe and needing to get back. Things would only make sense if you read the original 3 fully PJ books though. The crossover takes place after The Atlantis Complex, and all canon material after that isn't present.

Magicae Est Potestas by SomniumOfLight (link)

  • Recommended by: danielxcutter, Robinton
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Undertale
  • Synopsis: Run after run, the same constants are in place - the same politicians, the same prejudice, and no changes. Until Frisk and Chara decide to accept aid from yet another constant - an email sent by an anonymous supporter. But how much can one simple email really change? (Post-Pacifist Run, Post-The Last Guardian.)
  • Comments: The author has done an excellent job at combining the lore of the two series. And there are a surprising amount of parallels between the two — to quote her words:
    SomniumOfLight: And one day while I was re-reading the AF books, I suddenly noticed there were a TON of similarities between AF and UT. Underground civilization of magical non-human beings? Check. A kid who does all kinds of crazy stuff they shouldn’t be able to do while pitted against said magical beings? Check. Morally dubious situations for the main characters that concern the magical beings that may technically be their enemy but are actually really sympathetic? Check. Homicidal villains? Check.