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Fallout Kink Meme

  • Recommended by Meg The Maggot
  • Comments: It may be a Kink Meme, but many of the stories are surprisingly well-written. The Meme contains plenty of fluff, gen, and dark fics, in addition to all the porn. There's something for every mood and taste, and finding stories featuring a particular kink or pairing is easy using the bookmarks page. Not Safe for Work, for obvious reasons.

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.

Fallout Lore: The Storyteller by ShoddyCast

  • Recommended by mariic, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The discovery of the atomic bomb in the 1940s has given humanity a question the Fallout series has strived to answer. If ever there would come a day when mankind possessed the capacity to destroy himself, what would come of us? Some predict that's where our story will end, but what if it was only another bloody chapter of human history? You've experienced the Fallout series in your own way, but want to learn more about its story. Well- to get to the heart of the story- you have to go back to the beginning...
  • Comments: An in-universe documentary series detailing the all the factions and history of the series.
    • Also has Approval of God with guest appearances by Erik Todd Dellums as Three Dog, as well as Tim Cain, Chris Avellone, and Josh E. Sawyer as Chris's Bounty Hunters (AKA Themselves) from Fallout.
    • Some more details - the first season is a somewhat straightforward informational video series detailing the games' lore. Starting from the second season onward, it became a straight-up machinima series about a wandering historian, with recurring characters and story arcs in between the educational Exposition Dumps. As of season three, the show has even begun to create its own unofficial fanfic-style lore for places unexplored by the games, such as the Kingdom of Ludd near the Mississippi River.

Logan's Tale by RyconRoleplays

  • Recommended by Issues With Usernames
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A YouTube roleplay series based on Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, following the story of Logan Carter, who is both the Lone Wanderer and the Courier. The New Vegas segment focuses on Logan as he struggles with amnesia after being shot in the head by Benny, while the Fallout 3 segment flashes back to his forgotten past in the Capital Wasteland.
  • Comments: The series is essentially a let's play of the games, except entirely in-character, with a focus on character development and story-telling, like a non-comedic take on Courier's Mind: Rise of New Vegas. It tackles some interesting conceits, such as its amnesiac Courier and Tale of Two Wastelands-esque linking of the games, and it tells a compelling non-linear story with a few narrative twists thrown in along the way. The series only gets better as it progresses, too.

Children of the Atom by commandocucumber

  • Recommended by Racheakt, hodaza
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
    Once Upon a Time: Jason Howlett left the vault he had lived in the entirety of his young life. Chased the trail of his father, and followed a path that would end, ultimately, in tragedy. Since then, he has been a lone wanderer. This is the story that followed.
    Once Upon a Time: Jessica Chase lost a certain package destined for New Vegas, and most of her memories. In the shadow of looming war she struggled to get back what was hers, and emerged from war as the right hand of the mysterious Mr. House. This is the story that followed.
  • Comments: A fusion of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas told in rare form. In addition: the Lone Wanderer is not a hero... not exactly. And the Courier is not a villain... not exactly.

Shady Sands Confidential, by Lost Romantic

  • Recommended by tco
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The NCR won the Mojave, but now people want to invade Arizona too. The NCR's economy is blooming, literally, thanks to a miracle drug that purifies the wasteland soil of radiation, but the substance is in short supply and food shortages loom. Industry has also taken off, which means even more chances for people to make a killing—and get killed. A Private Detective in Shady Sands is tasked to investigate a marriage case, which quickly develops into a murder case, which quickly develops into a case that affects everyone in the NCR.
  • Comments: A shift for Fallout fiction that moves it from the post-apocalyptic into the noir genre. This time, instead of trying to bring together rival factions, the protagonist must try to unravel a mystery before it unravels him. Less action than expected, but more than makes up for it with a riveting plot. Excellent dialogue and pacing round this out.
    • Readers beware, is undergoing a major Schedule Slip and hasn't received an update since July 2012.

Nova Roma by The Moidart

  • Recommended by Jon Shannow, Baron Praxis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis The Dam has fallen and the NCR is thrown back. New Vegas' future now rests in Caesar's hands and one Courier turned Legionary.
  • Comments: It was nice to finally see a fic dealing with the Legion winning at the Dam and the fallout from it. And by the looks of it, this is one of the rare ones where the Courier is a straight up villain.

Fallout: Nova Vega, an Unofficial Sequel, by Fell

  • Recommended by Comartemis
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: House is dead and an Independent Vegas is united under the hand of the Courier, but the NCR and what's left of the Legion aren't about to let him keep what he's won. Too bad the Courier isn't about to let them take it from him.
  • Comments: ...or, "How the West Was Won... Again". A bit of a shift for Fallout fiction, instead of wandering the wastes, this little number tells of the Courier's efforts to unite the Mojave as the new warlord of New Vegas, pitting him against both the NCR and the remnants of the Legion. Large-scale conflict is the name of the game, the opening scene features a combined arms raid on the NCRCF and the Powder Gangers, and the Courier is evidently making plans to invade Arizona and smite the remnants of the Legion.

New California Dreaming by Hotpoint (TVTropes page)

  • Recommended by chankljp, Gadeel, Gentlemens Dame 883, Jade Crisanthamum, RagnarTheSemiGreen, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Cassidy N Coyle, a Sergeant serving in the New California Republic Rangers and a citizen from the town of New Arroyo (a decedent of the Chosen One), was sent on a mission by the NCR military to travel across the remains of the United States to investigate the Brotherhood of Steel's activities on the East Coast. Along the way he met a girl named Allison Brenner who agreed to be his local guild in exchange for him to bring her to Canterbury Commons in the Capital Wasteland.
  • Comments: A really good story with detailed characters and a very interesting plot. The author also gave a justification on the reason that the DC area is so intact compared to other ruins seen in the other games and even an explanation on how the Capital Wasteland's economy functions. The characters made lots of references to events in the older games of the series, which will really please fans of the two original games as well as introduce newer players to the classic series.
    • Seconded, and I'm in wait for when Coyle actually encounters a Brotherhood Knight. Those bastards get everything that's coming to them.
    • The author is seriously good at writing this story. The only down side is that he rarely updates his story, but aside from this understandable flaw, this writing that could become official material. He knows all about the setting, he knows the back story, he knows economics for the communities to make sense, he researched the actual geographical locations around DC... Trust me, you'll forget you're reading a fan fiction that he wrote for free. In fact, if you are a hardcore fan of the classics, you will find this story far more enjoyable them the actual Fallout 3 game.
    • The author actually went back to the previous chapters to add in new references to New Vegas now that the game is released. Even if you have read the story before, you should still go back and see if you can find those references.
    • Fleshes out the idiosyncrasies and characters in Fallout 3, and actually makes the wasteland feel like a living, breathing entity. The characters are absolutely wonderful, it feels like you are reading an official tie in. Can't recommend it enough, this story is brilliant.

Tales From The Wasteland: Black As Oil by SickleYield

  • Recommended by Gadeel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The best laid plans of research scientists often go awry. The awkward hybrid is on her own, and she'll need some sort of protection besides her family of robots. Good thing she has two thousand caps to spend.
  • Comments: A heartwarming little tale in the background of the Capital Wasteland, instead of being about the Lone Wanderer, is about a half-alien's journey of self-discovery.

Lament by Kimmae

  • Recommended by Vergil
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: On her hopeless search for her father, the Lone Wanderer from Vault 101 met someone who would change her life forever. Little did she know that she had moved him as well, despite appearances. A not so fluffy tale of a Lone Wanderer and Charon.
  • Comments: The Wasteland is called The Wasteland for a reason. This fic reminds you why.

Twas the night before Fallout by Lord Kain

  • Recommended by Poptard
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A parody of Twas the Night before Christmas with Fallout New Vegas characters
  • Comments: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. A very hilarious take on an old classic.

Decay of Innocence by Pluma.Pretereo

  • Recommended by Gadeel
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The wasteland erodes everything it touches. A naive Doctor-turned-courier was no match for its trials even before someone shot her in the face and left her for dead. Faced with death and an unforgiving desert, good intentions will only get you so far.
  • Comment: The main character doesn't have to be a badass to survive the Wasteland and have an adventure, although a lot of Luck and a killer Eyebot would go along great with that Good Natured perk.
    • It seems the story's slowly developing into romance between the Courier and Boone. It's still really well-written, but it may have to be moved into the shipping category.
    • Sadly, we'll never see its conclusion, as it's for all intents and purposes a Dead Fic.

Fallout: Nuka Break by Wayside Creations

  • Recommended by Daionus The23rd
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: (Taken Verbatim from the video description) Join Twig (Zack Finfrock), a former Vault 10 Dweller, as he searches the barren wasteland of eastern California for ice-cold Nuka Cola. Along for the ride is Ben (Aaron Giles), a radiation-ravaged ghoul, and Scarlett (Tybee Diskin), a sexy former slave. Together, the three attempt to survive both the harsh wastes and a relentless group of bounty hunters while trying to find the coveted beverage — Nuka Cola.
  • Comments: While more of a Fan Film than a Fan Fiction, its hilarious and feels like it was straight out of Fallout. Even if you have rudimentary knowledge of the Fallout franchise, it still manages to be highly entertaining. With its constant dark humor, surprisingly high amount of work put into it, and brilliant writing, it is a must-see for anyone who considers themselves a fan of the Fallout franchise, or even just post-apocalyptic fiction in general.

Vincit Qui Se Vincit

  • Recommended by Meg The Maggot
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An older gentleman Courier travels the wastes with Boone, Arcade, and Veronica as Arcade attempts to unravel the mysteries surrounding the Courier's past.
  • Comments: Don't let the fact it's on the Kink Meme fool you: this is an intense, well-written story, full of twists, turns, and tons of suspense. Don't read if you have something that needs to be done urgently, it's pretty long and gripping.

Death and Freedom

  • Recommended by Mystical Haddock
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Tyler, a mercenary who doesn't care who he kills, and Guardian, a man trying to play hero of the Wasteland, team up to recruit others to take out an entire company of slavers.
  • Comments: A fun look at two foiled characters played in Fallout games, the evil badass and the champion of justice, working together. Still in its early stages but has a promising future.

Doc Webb's Wasteland Journal

  • Recommended by Oni Link 96
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A retelling of New Vegas' story. It's well written and gives the Courier, known as Doctor Jacob Webb in this fic, a pretty good backstory as a former NCR soldier.
  • Comments: A very well put together fic. It's written with the idea that Webb is using his Pip-Boy to record his thoughts, starting out as something that Doc Mitchell recommends and turning into something he just likes to do. Unfortunately the author's updates are a little too far-between for my tastes, but it's still worth a read.

Companions by Pookie 2

  • Recommended by Oni Link 96, Drunkalien 42
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Vignettes about a female Courier's adventures through the waste with the various companions in New Vegas.
  • Comments: Very nicely put together. It gives a depth of interaction between NV's companions that was absent in the game proper. "Companions" is only part one of Pookie 2's All the Things You Are series, so if you like this one, check out the subsequent parts.

If I Didn't Care by Cressida Isolde

  • Recommended by Malibu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This started out as a series of vignettes about issues facing the Courier but grew into so much more. Very interaction-focused with the other companions.
  • Comments: Just. Stunning. The writing is great and both the writing and all the characters develop a lot over the course of the stories (there are three of them; the last, Viva New Vegas, has since finished), and the author teases out a lot of underlying themes and refrains from being a strict retelling. Subtle and deep at the same time.

Sheason's Story by Sheason

  • Recommended by: taco6, Red-Dead-Redeemer, Otacongamer
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: What starts out as a pretty straightforward adaptation of the New Vegas story - going so far as to use as much of the in-game dialogue as possible - very quickly turned into something far more original and interesting. Despite the many added quirks and personal touches (such as the Courier driving a car, as a reference to the Highwayman from Fallout 2 and later on a grappling hook a la Batman), it never feels truly out of place for the setting as the author goes out of his way to make more than just a few references to previous Fallout games. In the end it makes for a brilliant story for both fans of Fallout: New Vegas and fans of stories that take place After the End. And it all starts with the classic lines, "War... War never changes."
  • Comments:
    • It's an incredibly solid novelization of F:NV. Like, for real. Characterization is 100% there, the story has enough small twists in it that it's not a perfect rendition of the plot of Fallout New Vegas. Slight shipping, Cass/Veronica, Cass/OC (though that one is slight and fucked up), and while it comes up, it feels a lot more real than other stories I've read. A ton of companion interaction, and everyone stays pretty much perfectly in character. Arcade gets a little more mean than I'd give the character credit for, but otherwise the author manages to capture his wit and snark literally perfectly. The only thing about it though is that it's a real monster of a fic, clocking out so far at 80ish chapters, and while I'm only 68 chapters in so far, it's progressed relatively little in comparison to the game's plot. It's not a slow story by any means at all, but most of that sixty-eight chapters (after Sheason kills Benny anyway) is side quests. One of my favorite things too- the protagonist is actually flawed. That doesn't happen very often in fics about games with customizable protagonists — everyone wants their character to be their Mary Sue, so much that they often forget they're real characters in a story, which they take over to their fics. Overall, 9.5/10, go read at least some of it right now.
    • An incredible story by and amazing author. Sheason's tales of being a Courier in New Vegas is so well told and feels so Fallout that I could swear it could almost be canon. As mentioned above, the characters are captured so well and their interaction perfect. At 174 chapters, it is a beast of a read. While it does get a little ridiculous near the completion, never once did it feel out of place in a Fallout story.

Back to the West: The Corps of Rediscovery by AKDyadyaVasya

  • Recommended by Oni Link 96, RagnarTheSemiGreen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: With the Enclave defeated, the source of the Vault 87 Super Mutants discovered, and Elder Owyn Lyons' mission in DC finished, the Capital Wasteland Brotherhood is looking to reconnect with their brothers on the West Coast. Having put aside their differences with the Outcasts, the two factions form an expedition and march across the former US to make contact with the original Brotherhood of Steel.
  • Comments: A very well written fic that details the journey that the expedition takes from DC all the way to their last stop in California. Anyone Can Die and the story's Lone Wanderer nearly blue screens once or twice.

The Legend of the Wandering Pair from Vault 101 by Nave Ninja

  • Recommended by Milarqui, RagnarTheSemiGreen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lloyd Freeman is joined by Amata Almodovar as they leave the safety of the halls of Vault 101 in search of his missing father, stepping into the broken world above. Along their grim path, they encounter harsh adversity and new enemies every step of the way, forge new alliances and meet new friends, and through their actions, they come to change the Capital Wasteland forever.
  • Comments: just, how much can the game change if the Lone Wanderer was not so alone? If, next to him, stood the woman he loves? If it is two people that wander across the Capital Wasteland, righting wrongs and ensuring that everything changes forever?

Fallout: A Novelization by deathhamsters

  • Recommended by Murus, RagnarTheSemiGreen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is a post-nuclear-apocalyptic story about a small group of friends who, having lived all their lives in a fallout shelter, emerge to find the world unfamiliar and dangerous; scarred yet thriving. A mostly faithful adaptation of Fallout 1. Trigger Warning for sexual assault in "Chapter 6: The Kahns".
  • Comments: A novelization of Fallout 1, with a key difference: rather than a single Vault Dweller, three were sent out to find the water chip! The writer has an excellent eye for detail (note: excellent, not excessive!), logical linking of elements from the game and character development.

Serpent Code by Orifiel

  • Recommended by YandereSamantha
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After a stormy childhood of mutual loathing, the discovery of a dark secret alters the history between the leader of the Tunnel Snakes and the future Lone Wanderer. When Butch DeLoria learns of her circumstances behind closed doors, he feels something unravel inside him. Regardless of where they stood in the past, even serpents have a code of honor.
  • Comments: A touching tale on how the Lone Wanderer and Butch's mutual loathing has gotten them to a chain of events that made him realize how he cared for the other, and her worth. To warn you guys, there's a steamy part. Also, trigger warning: sexual and domestic abuse, with some drug use but they're not related to the mentioned mature scene.

Fallout Orleans by College Fool

  • Recommended by The Anguished One, Mcnickel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Enclave and Napoleon and Supermutant Pirates, oh my! What do these three things have in common? Come in and find out. This is the tale of the telling of the story of a war in the Bayou and the Mighty Mississippi. What will your Navigator find at the end? Game Masters and Designers invited.

Shattered Illusions by Robrafgon

  • Recommended by Black John
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Lone Wanderer has saved the Wasteland, but at what personal expense? What happens now that no one is pushing her to save it? And will her violent past stay buried? Does the hero remain? Or does she leave that life behind?
  • Comments: This is only the first of a quadrilogy of planned fics. While this first fic left a little to be desired in this troper's opinion, it's worth getting through to get to the sequels: Frontier Dreaming, and Dead Man's Hand (Dormant; last updated November 2018). There is also a collection of one-shots relating to the Courier, entitled The Wasteland Journal of Mr. Knox and serves as a companion piece to Dead Man's Hand. I highly recommend the series, even if the first entry is a little darker and more depressing than my usual reading material.

The Die is Cast, A Fallout: New Vegas Story by Commissar Rasher

  • Recommended by Bozar Boy
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The right man in the wrong place turned the conflict on its head, breaking the tips from the bull’s horns and sending it stampeding back eastward. The bear had been stung and tricked, and wandered back to its cave, confused when its prize had been snatched away. The spirit of the old world had been put to rest, his position replaced by a child of the new world.
  • Comments: As you can tell, it's a fic that follows a post-game Independent Ending with a Courier playing at being a king. The author's done his homework for the most part, with nods to events of the other games peeking their heads out now and again. Always a little treat when ya find 'em methinks. While the main focus is on the Courier and his nascent nation, there's also a deuteragonist who comes into play later, taking up the role of the "man on the street" while the Courier is otherwise occupied.

Welcome to the Commonwealth By Archangel 507

  • Recommended by Mr Bray 5118
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's been 2 years since the Institute was destroyed. General Nate Logan of the Minutemen is faced with several problems. Synth!Shaun is growing up somehow, the Brotherhood and Railroad are constantly feuding, and frequent attacks from a mysterious army is putting everyone on edge. Now we have these two wanderers who showed up from nowhere.
  • Comments: A very interesting story with varied style and quality, to Which the author has on several occasions Lamp Shaded. That is my biggest complaint, the quality. But I do wish to see longer chapters as well. Overall, a nice spin on lore and ambitions. And if the Description didn't give it away, the Author recently brought The Lone Wanderer and The Courier into the mix.

Fallout: Autumn Morning By LightningEagle

  • Recommended by MrTerrorist
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In an alternate universe where The Lone Wanderer joins the Enclave and helped Colonel Augustus Autumn overthrow President Eden and drove out the Brotherhood of Steel from the Capital Wasteland, Autumn reforms the Enclave to be an efficient force and government and less Stupid Evil which also includes allowing Wastelanders to join their ranks. By the time of Fallout 4, the US government under President Autumn has return to reclaim America starting with Boston.
  • Comments: A unique fanfic where the Enclave are the Protagonists. Thanks to Colonel Autumn reforming the Enclave after overthrowing President Eden, the Enclave in this fanfic has fans go Rooting for the Empire as this Enclave, despite their authoritarian rule and harsh punishment against criminals, raiders and rebels, have made the Capital a much safer place, rebuild the city and have started industrializing new weapons and vehicles and let go of their racism against Weatelanders. The fanfic shows various POVs over the impact this new Enclave has done and it's effects from normal civilians to the protagonists of Fallout 3, New Vegas and 4. Has sequel titled Tales From A New America set years after the Enclave reclaimed Boston and now focuses on taking on the NCR.

The Henderson Journals By The-Suburban-Guy

  • Status: Dormant (last updated October 2017)
  • Synopsis: According to the author, "These are the logs of Michael Henderson, resident of Vault 72 and later founding member of the "Douglas Vault" settlement. They detail his life within the Vault, as well as some of the founding and growth of the settlement following the return to the surface. This story is intended to fit within the Fallout canon, filling in some of the gaps in Pennsylvania's post-war history." Recently added, but already has 19 updates.
  • Comments: No mention of Fallout franchise characters, but seems to be a well-enough written piece. Main character is a teenager, so some language, but otherwise fairly clean.

Against The Dying Of The Light by Ethan The Renegade and Swan of Mischief

  • Recommended by BlackJohn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Vincent and Rhiannon DiMaggio's lives are turned upside down on a cold October morning when the sirens blare and warn of nuclear fire. While one meets their end trying to keep their baby boy from a scarred bald mercenary, the other sets out into the Wasteland to find their child. Simon Lopez considered himself a fairly simple man. He really only wanted four things: food, water, shelter, and to be left to his own devices. However, the world was not content to leave him be, and the wandering mechanic finds himself dragged into a parent's quest to find their lost son."
  • Comments: A fairly solid take on Fallout 4's story that does a good job capturing the drama and emotion of the prologue. The original characters that have been introduced are well written. As of now (July 28, 2017) it has three chapters and has just finished with the Vault 111 tutorial. Personally excited to see where this story goes.
    • Update, Starting with Chapter 9, the series has added a co-author, which has not only improved the quality of the writing, but the length of chapters and chapters are released sooner. As of now (May 12, 2018) the fic has now reached 20 chapters and over 100,000 words.
    • After a year of inactivity, the fic is back and is now up to 40 chapters and over 315,000 words. It also now has a tropes page

Hiding in the Green by scribblescribblescribble

  • Recommended by: SuperTulle
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "Raina Queen, the last keeper of a massive seed storage facility, leaves her Vault for the first time, and with her Mr. Handy, Jonny-say-Quoi, begins replanting the Commonwealth with vegetation not seen for two hundred years. This does not go unnoticed, and soon various factions are seeking whoever is responsible. After all, such a treasure is too much for one person to possess..."
  • Comments: An alternate take on the Fallout 4 story where nobody survives Vault 111, but an accident forces the world's best botanist out into the Commonwealth instead. She reinvents the mail order seed catalog in order to get her crops out into the Wasteland, and you start to wonder if the Commonwealth wouldn't have been better off than it had been with some gun-toting stranger looking for their missing son. Hasn't updated since 2016, but well worth the read!
    • Has, as of December 22, 2018 has posted a new chapter. Updated last on January 7, 2019. Therefore, maybe active once more.
      • No updates since January 7, 2019. Marking as "Dormant."

Welcome Home by Sunsolace

  • Recommended by: Silent Stranger
  • Status: Finished
  • Synopsis: Nate (The Male Sole Survivor) never retires from military service and is still on active duty on October 23, 2077. Stationed far away from any of the direct targets of the Great War, Nate and his military unit thus survive to experience the collapse of society in the wake of the bombs. Going AWOL, his only rason to keep going is the hope that his wife and son made it to Vault 111 before the nukes hit...
  • Commentary: An interesting, if relatively short AU of Fallout 4 where Nate is not frozen alongside his wife, and returns to Sanctuary Hills a mere 8 months after the nukes fell. It also gives a look at the world of Fallout in the days immediatly after the end of the world.

Fallout: Rise of the Lone Wanderer by coastierks

  • Recommended By: RokuAlhazared
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: coastierks' take on Fallout 3. This is the story of Marcus. To the residents of Vault 101 he's just a regular 18 year old kid; who happens to be carrying on a secret love affair with the Overseer's daughter, Amata. But soon fate will step in, and he will be forever known to the rest of the Wasteland as "The Lone Wanderer."
  • Pairings: Marcus Lincoln (Lone Wanderer)/Amata Almodovar, Marcus/Clover, Marcus/Sarah Lyons
  • Has a trope page here.

A Courier for Kivotos by Unknown Sixth

  • Recommended by SSgt_LuLZ
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Blue Archive
  • Synopsis: I'd been many things in my travels. Courier, prospector, trader, mechanic, assassin, lobotomite... you name it. But I never expected to become the teacher of a bunch of bulletproof, trigger-happy angels in a city untainted by the horrors of the Wasteland.
  • Comments: Beginning with the end of the independent Vegas route, this fic pits an intelligent, yet badass Courier who uses his extensive experience of the Mojave Wasteland (including DLCs) to lead the students of Kivotos. Despite the MC's OP nature, the slight wackiness of Fallout does make its way into the Blue Archive setting which results in great interactions between the Courier and a lot of the girls. Follows the mainline plot of BA loosely with just enough differences for an entertaining read.
  • Has a trope page here.

Winged Horse of the Apocalypse by Lone-ranger1

  • Recommended by amitakartok
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When their Jumper is downed in the Capital Wasteland, John Sheppard and Alicia Vega have to learn to survive the wastes in order to save McKay from the Evil Enclave... except McKay is trying to save himself!
  • Comments: A pretty good Fallout 3/Stargate Atlantis crossover. It is an Alternate Universe fic since the Capital Wasteland here isn't located on Earth — not even in this galaxy. It begins right after the Lone Wanderer escapes from Raven Rock.

Fallout: SG-1 by RossCostello

  • Recommended by KyruuinRyuuko
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: After Mr. House's victory at Hoover Dam thanks to the help of an enigmatic woman known only as Courier Six, a Brotherhood of Steel expedition led by Veronica Santangelo discovers an underground Pre-War facility containing a ring-shaped machine of unknown origin. What she found could change the face of the Wasteland and the galaxy forever.
  • Comments: Another Fallout/Stargate crossover, but this time on the opposite side of the spectrum. What if the Fallout universe discovered the Stargate before the bombs dropped? Takes place after New Vegas, with a Mr. House victory. Implied to start before Fallout 4.

Falling Stars by Tastychainsaws

  • Recommended by Hanz
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A crossover between Lucky Star and Fallout 3, with Konata in the role of the Lone Wanderer. Kagami and Tsukasa follow along, with other characters taking the place of other Fallout characters (the author provides a list of what character will represent who in his page). The story is set to cover the main story as well as the DLC (Tsukasa having been dragged off to Point Lookout at one point.)
  • Comments: It's an interesting interpretation of the setting, with the author taking a few liberties (the culture is more 80-90's themed than 50's). It's also a rather spectacular Break the Cutie story, considering well... it's the goddamn Capital Wasteland.

From the Ashes by erttheking

  • Recommended by MetalKing1417
  • Status: Dormant; last updated February 2019
  • Synopsis: Even after seeing their world burned, Humanity was able to stand up again, and push beyond their pre-war status and reach the heavens. But how will a hardened Humanity handle life among the stars? And how will others react to this aggressive newcomer?
  • Comments: A crossover with the Mass Effect series. The Shepards gather a crew to hunt down the rouge Spectre agent Saren. Notable for killing off the Reapers before the story begins so the author could explore new plot lines.

Fallout: Equestria by Kkat

  • Recommended by GaryGibbon, LentilSandEater, Mondegreen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fallout: Equestria is a vast alternate universe where the nations of Equestria and Zebrica destroy one another in a balefire (the equivalent of nuclear weaponry) apocalypse. 200 years later, a bright young mare by the name of Littlepip with a burning desire for adventure leaves the safety of Stable 2, ready to face whatever uncertain future holds her...
  • Comments: A crossover with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Now, you may stop reading here, but give it a try at least. It is an amazing, full length story, and has inspired countless side stories, pieces of artwork, even some music. The first volumes have even been printed in hardback. This troper in particular loves the My Little Pony take on the Enclave. Now with its own trope page, here.
    • Seconded, possibly the best fan fiction I've read ever, particularly after it gets into its stride. The way it weaves together both universes in clever ways, seriously ponies and nuclear wasteland? But the result is strangely captivating and the characters easy to empathize with and/or despise.

Halo: Wastelands by M306117

  • Recommended by S3B312
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In 2552, a UNSC frigate drops out of Slipspace near Earth to find it has been ravaged by nuclear war and is attacked by a UFO in orbit over the planet. In need of parts and answers, they send a Spartan supersoldier to the Pentagon to find them.
  • Comments: A decent Halo/Fallout crossover, but the Halo characters seem overpowered next to their Fallout counterparts.
  • Comments: I'd suggest any Fallout fans or fans of both series stay far away from this story. The Fallout side suffers from lots of character assassination, and are made to look completely foolish in the face of the UNSC. Even the Lone Wanderer isn't immune to this. It's still decent, but don't walk in expecting a fair assessment of both Settings.

Pit Stop by Konstantinsen

  • Recommended by JKDead
  • Status: In Progress
  • Synopsis: The Courier just wants a break from babysitting four teenaged girls who clearly do not belong in the Wasteland.
  • Comments: Crossover between New Vegas and RWBY. Post NCR victory. Starts off as humorous chapters depicting the idealistic RWBY characters clashing with the morally-gray Crapsack World of the post-apocalyptic Mojave, before getting more serious as it shows how much their actions can throw a wrench into the carefully balanced power dynamics between the NCR and the One-Man Army that is Courier Six. Good sense of humor, good characterizations, good intrigue, would highly recommend.

The Vaults Weren't Meant To Save Anyone, So I'll SAVE Them Myself by NullenVoid

  • Recommended by Mariic
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Undertale
  • Synopsis: Bellome is an okay place to live. Sure, anyone who climbs Mt. Ebott is never seen again, but that doesn't stop Frisk Friedmont and their family from going hiking. Little do they know that on October 23rd, 2077, their whole world will come crashing down. Believe it or not, but the end of the world is only the beginning of Frisk's adventure.

Wrong Place, Right Time: A Hero's Story by DLTA-BOT

  • Recommended by TheShattered0513
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Halo
  • Synopsis: A hero's journey doesn't always start where they expect. It doesn't always happen to those who expect it. Damon was never interested in being what Spartans represented: an implacable force for good standing as humanity's shield. Like most other third-generation Spartans, the war took everything from him. All he wanted was to return the favor. Sometimes we don't get a choice.
  • Comments: It's a pretty good rewrite of the main campaign, especially in regard to the Institute and Railroad. The SPARTAN-III OC and Nate both get a good dose of character development over the course of the story. Action scenes are rather diverse, showing just how smart (and dangerous) a SPARTAN can be.

Dust in the Wind by Buried_In_Ash

  • Recommended by JKDead
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: RWBY
  • Synopsis: Choosing isn't the hard part. It's living with the consequences afterwards.
  • Comments: Post New Vegas Independent ending. Courier Six tries using a faulty time machine created by the Think Tank to save a friend, but ends up sent to the world of Remnant instead. Very entertaining writing, good characterization, and regular updates.
  • Has a trope page here.

Her Majesty's Herald by Konstantinsen

  • Recommended by TheRedBaron
  • Status: Dormant
  • Crossover with: Familiar of Zero
  • Synopsis: Henrietta takes part in the sacred rite that defines a mage. She asks the cosmos for a familiar to serve her in these trying times as she leads her kingdom. The cosmos responds...with a magically inept herald equipped with advanced musketry, blessed with superior martial prowess, and cursed with chronic alcoholism.
  • Comments: Unusual among FoZ fanfics in that it delves deep into the politics and intrigue of the setting. Very well done, but despite still being active the author hasn't updated it in a long time.
  • Has a trope page here.
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Trouble by RustyPaperclip

  • Recommended by Valjevert
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Butch/Harkness
  • Synopsis: If anyone asked Harkness if there was any trouble in Rivet City, he'd answer 'Sure. You can find the barber in the Muddy Rudder.' Because, he had never met anyone as troublesome as Butch.
  • Comments: I admit, it sounds like a crack pairing, but it's a surprisingly emotional story. It keeps everyone true to their character, but still has subtle character development without derailing anyone. It's a must read.

A Shot In The Dark by niule

  • Recommended by orangecathat
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing(s): F!Courier/Boone
  • Synopsis: History links them more than they know. Probably more than they'd like, too. A tale of growth, lies, and new beginnings.
  • Comments: A novelization of the game focused on character development, follows a non-amnesiac former NCR soldier by the name of Riley Jensen. Rather than being a blank slate, the Courier is given a fleshed-out backstory (that intersects with Boone's). Character progression and interaction is very impressive, voices are spot-on. Though it's categorized as a romance, be warned it moves very slowly.

No Light by Jejunus (JejuneSins)

  • Recommended by chinosarah
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: F!Courier (Joan)/Joshua Graham
  • Synopsis: After returning to Zion to tell Joshua Graham about the death of Caesar and his Legion, Courier-turned-proud-Leader Joan winds up staying in Zion for far longer than intended or expected as she tries to sort through her complicated feelings for the man that was once the Malpais Legate, and the ruthless tug-of-war relationship that they’ve developed together. As they repeatedly clash, a larger threat looms over the tranquility of Zion—a threat that Joan only thought she had eradicated.

There’s a danger in getting everything you’ve ever wanted.

  • Comments: This is a truly dark and tragic but beautiful sequel to Fallout: New Vegas with strong characterization particularly with Joshua Graham and the courier Joan. Both Joshua and Joan are a deeply flawed lawful evil in this fic.

Alternative Title(s): Fallout 4