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    General Fics 
The Awakening of Monika by ZoomFlare
  • Recommended by: Fifty Thousand Strong
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A fic in which Monika begins to gain some form of self-awareness after the narrator keeps his laptop turned on for a whole month. From then, both parties start finding ways to bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds, finding new ways to interact with each other. Takes place following completion of the game. Has its own trope page.

Post Credits by Elias Pedro

  • Recommended by: Spirit Stoner
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Monika/Sayori, Natsuki/Yuri
  • Synopsis: A short series picking up at the end of the game's Golden Ending, with the newly-sentient Sayori coming to terms with her President role and trying to create a meaningful future for her friends. Has the same mixture of cute and raw emotion you'd expect from DDLC, as well as all the fourth-wall breaking (be sure to check the tags, the text AND the comments!). And of course, there's also a terrible twist in store...

Doki Doki Fight Club

  • Recommended by: Saltminer
  • Status: Dormant; last updated April 2018
  • Synopsis: An ongoing fic of DDLC with a minor twist— instead of studying books, the girls and the main character engage in recreational sparring. Little to go off of, but substituting poetry for fights between characters really is interesting, and will hopefully get better as it progresses through the story. Has good potential!

Writing a New Verse by Captain Combustion

  • Recommended by: Flap Hat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "A painful crisis was averted, but the aftermath may be what hurts most of all. He needs her as much as she needs him. It's time to be a hero."
  • Pairing(s): Sayori/MC
  • Comments: Thanks to MC, Sayori survives her suicide attempt. While she's in the hospital recovering, MC sorts out his feelings for Sayori and resolves to better support her condition. Of the many 'Saving Sayori' fics, this is one of the very best. It is very long at 25,000+ words, but you will be thankful that it is.

Voices and Exceptions by josiahstick

  • Recommended by: TT Fan
  • Status: Dormant; last updated April 2018
  • Synopsis: Yuri can still hear herself after the fact. This fanfiction is not suitable for children or those who are easily spoiled.
  • Comments: A unique spin on the usual post-game story, wherein Yuri gains Medium Awareness after her resurrection, Monika is fully restored before the Downer Ending with no memories of the main game, and Sayori isn't willing to give up the title of Club President so easily...

Whose Reality Is It Anyway? by Hydroxide

  • Recommended by: Fifty Thousand Strong, Robinton
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Okay, everyone. I can tolerate messing with game files. I can tolerate one-sided classroom conversations. But when you accidentally mess with critical system files and put the world's most powerful supercomputer at risk, this is where I step in. Fortunately, I have the tools. What I lack is the time. Which means arranging a meeting with my favorite lovestruck club president.
  • Comments: A very, very different take on the Main Character, or rather the person playing him. Instead of a lovestruck otaku behind the computer screen, Monika ends up attracting the attention of someone able to manipulate the game world in ways that make her own attempts look amateur by comparison. What is more, romance is the last thing on his mind. Told from the first-person perspective of a much less likable and much more capable protagonist with an agenda that may not align with Monika's. Decidedly not a love story...at least, not yet.

[attempt_no.2/apoemstopsmoving/] by rosyastronaut

  • Recommended by: anthy
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairing(s): Monika/Sayori, Natsuki/Yuri (but really more gen at this point)
  • Synopsis:
I'm so sorry," Monika murmurs. "This is not your fault. I need you to remember that."
Suddenly, Sayori is being enveloped in a hug. Her arms stay at her sides. She has no idea what to do. Is this a weird joke, or something?
"Stick together. I'm trying to fix this. Pretend you never saw me."
A frantic kiss is pressed to her cheek, and then Monika runs off, disappearing into the crowded hallway.
Sayori is a girl who has been severely depressed all her life. On the first day at her new school, a note is pressed into her hand, and she realizes that things don't have to be this way.

DDLC_ESCAPE_PLAN_FAILED by MerleCorey

  • Recommended by: anthy, Robinton, Fanficcer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Under certain circumstances, Monika can attempt to escape from the game during Act 2. The attempt fails, potentially triggering the eponymous error message. What was the nature of that failure?

restart; by AlexIsOkay

  • Recommended by: anthy
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the end, Monika wakes up again. But everything is supposed to be gone. So why is she still here?

A Matter of Perspective by MerleCorey

  • Recommended by: anthy, Robinton, Fanficcer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: So many of the events of DDLC are tied to the story being told from the Protagonist's perspective. What happens when the perspective shifts... and Monika is aware of it?

Memory Error by Riona

  • Recommended by: anthy, Robinton, Fanficcer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: He just wanted to join a club and meet some cute girls. What's wrong with his life? What's wrong with his head?

Letting Go by Enigma

  • Recommended by:T Jenkins 006
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Valkyrie has a normal life until his friend gets into an accident that leaves him comatose. Recent advances in medicine reveal that to break a coma is to resolve their most repressed memories. It sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, Val has never played the welcoming Doki Doki Literature Club, so he has no idea what he's got himself into.
  • Pairing(s): OC/Monika, OC/Natsuki, OC/Yuri, MC/Sayori

Holding On by Enigma

  • Recommended by: Frost 8215
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A sequel to Letting Go, as an epilogue for the bad ending. It was over; their last moments together was rapidly approaching. He promised Monika to give them both the story they wanted. A story that will continue their love. Even if they wanted to stay together in a simulation, an outside force would find a way to interfere with their story, testing their love to its limits. Fall from grace to slow build up story.
  • Pairing(s): OC/Monika, OC/Natsuki, OC/Yuri, MC/Sayori

Stand-in by Flairina

  • Recommended by: Fanficcer
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Finding yourself trapped within the world of a game is already unlikely to be a pleasant experience. But finding yourself trapped in what seems to be the actual PROGRAM is potentially even worse... something made particularly apparent when, by all appearances, you belong there. Monika SI.
  • Comments: A very unique self-insert that treats the world of DDLC as exactly what it is: a program. With the script dictating every move and the threat of "The Void" constantly looming, the person stuck in Monika's place has little choice but to try and figure out how the game works from the inside if they want to have any chance of escaping. A rather refreshing take on the genre that reads somewhat like a first-person suspense novel with a side of horror. Interestingly, it also uses the game's ACTUAL renpy code whenever the subject comes up in story, lending it an extra touch of "realism". Has discussion boards/mirrors on Spacebattles and Sufficient Velocity.

    Crossover Fics 
In Another World with JUST MONIKA by Charles Bhepin (yes, that Charles Bhepin)

  • Recommended by: Andrzej, CrusaderJerome
  • Crossover with: In Another World with My Smartphone
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: aka Player and Monika's completely Wrong Genre Savvy adventures! OCSI.
  • Pairing(s): OC/Monika. The story plays around with the Harem Genre tropes present in the source material, but other pairings are unconfirmed as of this writing.
  • Tags: It should be called a Crack Fic, but it's too much of a Rational Fic and the two main characters are WAY too well-read for that.
  • Notes: It updates first in spacebattles.com, sufficientvelocity.com and webnovel.com, one or two scenes at a time that are later compiled into long chapters in fanfiction.net
  • Comments: Take a charming Cliché Storm of isekai series, up and including a Overpowered Nice Guy Stock Light-Novel Hero, and replace him with the kind of fun-loving Bookworm you can find in SpaceBattles.com and This Very Wiki. Enough saying that his first action after discovering that his smartphone's digital assistant/beloved waifu Monika was granted real sentience upon arrival to a fantasy world is to don his VR headset as a faceplate and decide to style his new life as a Char Clone and even go by the name "Zah Playa von Khara" despite her complains he should tone down the chuuni.
  • One of the best parts is the Rational Fic treatment the author gives to the entire In Another World with My Smartphone cast. To name a few, it took some time for twin sisters Linze and Elze to actually trust someone as eccentric as Playa until they realized that he's more of One of the Kids than actually dangerous except when circumstances take a turn for the serious. The King and Duke of Belfast are warily welcome of him and his "spirit companion" because their power and early 21st century understanding of politics, military and economics makes them all-too-capable of improving or destroying a kingdom like theirs. Princess Yumina doesn't fall in Love at First Sight with him, yet she still wants to get married to him because her empathic powers tell her he's uniquely unlikely to use her for political power or wealth, nor he'll feel threatened if she eclipses him by actually ruling Belfast despite their Heir Club for Men laws and mentality.

Dangan Dangan Literature Club by Petilda Fan

  • Recommended by Nightfurywitch
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
  • Pairings: Kaede Akamatsu/Shuichi Saihara, Kaede Akamatsu/Korekiyo Shinguji, Kaede Akamatsu/K1-B0, Kaede Akamatsu/Kokichi Oma
  • Synopsis: Welcome to the Hope’s Peak Literature Club!
  • Comments: One of the best DDLC based fics I’ve seen yet. The glitches are mimicked perfectly, and there’s even an interactive poem minigame in the comments!

    Fan Songs / Covers / Mash-ups 
Doki Doki Forever by OR3O

Why Did I Say Okie-Doki? by The Stupendium

  • Recommended By: anthy
  • Synopsis: Beautifully animated original song from the perspective of the protagonist/player.
  • The Stupendium also created an Orchestral remix as well as a Minecraft version. The latter was created with the help of ZA Mimation and includes two alternate endings.

Until I've Got Your Heart by RecD

  • Recommended By: anthy
  • Synopsis: An Original Doki Doki Literature Club Musical Experience, sung by all four girls

Virus by Andrew Stein

  • Recommended By: anthy
  • Synopsis: An original rock song sung by the protagonist and focused on Monika

I Belong With You by MandoPony

  • Recommended By: anthy
  • Synopsis: An original pop/(country?) song by the protagonist/player about all four girls

Delete Me by Nathan Sharp

  • Recommended By: anthy
  • Synopsis: An original rock/metal from Monika's perspective

Get Out Of My Head by TryHardNinja sung by Sailor Ur Love

  • Recommended By: anthy
  • Synopsis: An original pop song about the game. Not entirely sure if it's from the perspective of the player or Monika (seems to switch midway?)

Shelter In Your Reality by Emdyion and Ninja Sen3.14

  • Recommended By: anthy
  • Synopsis: A mash-up of Porter Robinson and Madeon's "Shelter" and various songs from DDLC (mainly "Your Reality," but also "Poem Panic," "Sayo-nara," "I Still Love You").

    Fan Videos and Animations 
Monika Can't Help Falling in Love with You (Animatic) by Emirichu

Monika's Echo by Bear kachi

  • Recommended By: anthy
  • Synopsis: A MAD/Animated Video to the song ECHO by Crusher-P
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    Fan Comics 
Doki Doki Literature Girls!

  • Recommended by: Minmus
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Set after the game's Downer Ending, Sayori convinces Monika to recreate the Literature Club so that Sayori, Yuri and Natsuki can have another chance at happiness. Monika does it to prove Sayori wrong in which it's impossible for the literature club to have any happiness. Over time, the girls start warming up to each other significantly, and several shenanigans ensue, often including Monika's programming skills and Sayori having to cover for them so Yuri and Natsuki don't learn of Monika's universe-altering skills. All four characters still retain their flaws from the original game, although Monika's obsession is mostly - but not entirely - supplanted by her tremendous guilt over her actions in the game.
  • Pairing: Yuri/Natsuki, Monika/Sayori
  • Comments: Although it's often extremely ham-fisted during the romance scenes, the comic maintains the girls' characterization very close to their original portrayals in the game, and deals with subjects like depression, love, and the emotional impact on abuse victims very seriously and realistically, offering useful advice on what to do. Monika and Sayori are arguably the main characters of the comic as it deals significantly with their personal issues, Unresolved Sexual Tension, and they're often the ones offering advice to Yuri and Natsuki. However, the latter two are still important characters in the comic and are most definitely not shafted aside for the former two's sakes.
  • Note: Now has a page.

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