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mercuriallyCooperative

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • This author writes mostly short character pieces and crossovers.

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.

Villainesses Must Stick Together by ConvenientAlias

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Katerina Claes is enjoying—or at least enduring—an uneventful summer when Prince Jared shows up at her door with a Katerina from an Alternate Universe. And says this Katerina will be staying in the Claes manor! What an outrage. Surely there is only room for one.

Through the Looking Glass by Luki

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis, HarryP22h, DigiXBot
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  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A newly discovered rune accidentally switches Game!Gerald and Keith with their alternate Isekai!selves.

there's blood in the tea by atomicmuffin

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis, ruff_ethereal, HarryP22h
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Maria Campbell and Prince Gerald Stuart fight to the death for the right to call themselves Katarina Claes' sugar parent, as civilized people do.

Zuchini Flowers by Lamely_Me

  • Recommended by: QueensrycheMike, HarryP22h
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Katarina Claes is currently eighteen. She died at seventeen in her previous life. Which means she has a total of thirty-five years under her belt. It's a little bit early, but given the circumstances, she thinks this is a perfectly reasonable time to have a midlife crisis.

This Life as a Villainess by Isobe

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  • Recommended by: Jadebenn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The original Katarina Claes comes across the Fortune Lover guidebook and reluctantly learns about her future. Exile? Murder? Unbelievable! Yet there is also deep-rooted doubt. In this world where all her life she has been a pampered, egotistical ojou-sama, how will she go about accepting her fate?

Medusa by To-Antigone

  • Recommended by: HarryP22h
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Katarina Claes has a plan. Actually, she has many plans to escape her inevitable doom. Unfortunately, she's written everything all out— And now her brother found it.

Fortune_Lover_(TGS Beta)(SARU_rip)[T+Eng0.75_Sincere].zip by Leaty

  • Recommended by: GoukaRyuu, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An American gamer shares her story of the time when, while looking to pirate a copy of her favorite otome game, Fortune Lover, she uncovered something darker than she ever could have imagined. (Hamefura, written as a pastiche of an old video game creepypasta.)

My Death as a Villainess by jadebenn

  • Recommended by: Mr Terrorist
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Katarina Claes dies to Prince Gerald's sword after a botched attempt on Maria Campbell's life. In the end, not even the light mage she detests so much is able to save her. Yet when she opens her eyes, it's the beginning of the semester, no-one knows what she's talking about, and she's very much alive.
  • Notes: Alternate link.
  • Comments: In this AU fanfic, the original villainess Katarina is killed in Gerald's bad ending only to wake up and find herself back in the past when she first started attending the Academy. Armed with future knowledge that led to her death, she starts preparing herself to the prevent that from happening. At the same time, Katarina gets some Character Development where she becomes less mean to Maria, under the wrong belief that Maria caused her death by seducing Gerald and her brother Keith, yet she unintentionally makes Maria fall in love with her!

My Second Life as an Anti-Heroine by mariagonerlj

  • Recommended by: Jadebenn
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Being murdered had a way of changing even the most stubborn person’s view of the world... and Lady Katarina Claes, for all her good breeding, was no exception. But now that she's been reborn a year before her first death, she's vowed to burn away her weaknesses, wrest control away from her dark-hearted fiancé, and finally become the mistress of her own fate! Now if only she could stop accidentally seducing her would-be pawns...

Clashing Lives of a Villainess by JustSomeNPC

  • Recommended by: Jadebenn
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When an experiment with a translocation portal goes wrong, Katarina Claes and Maria Campbell end up in another world: the world of Katarina's former life.

Mirror, Mirror by BogStandardOtaku

  • Recommended by: QueensrycheMike
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Katarina and her friends are spending a day at her home one summer, when they encounter a magical relic in her estate. What mysteries will this mirror unveil, and how will her friends react to her secrets? Alternatively, a story where Katarina Claes gets what she deserves.
  • Notes: Part of a larger story called Mirrorverse.

Catarina Claes MUST DIE! by SixthOctavarium

  • Recommended by: StarsAreLighted, GarthSerca, DigiXBot, Shiro-kun
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Henrietta Garland, the daughter of House Garland, awakens her memories of her past life after falling off her horse and hitting her head during equestrian lessons. During them, she remembers the torment and suffering she endured at the hands of bullies. She also remembers an otome game she played in her previous life called Fortune Lover and how the villainess Catarina Claes suffered either ruin or death. She despised and hated Catarina in her past life, and seeing her die on-screen gave her twisted solace that she couldn't get elsewhere. She begins looking forward to seeing Catarina's downfall in the flesh, unaware that the world she remembered from Fortune Lover is not the same as the world she lives in now.

My Next Life as a Villainess: This World is Heading for its Doom! by ruff_ethereal

  • Recommended by: StarsAreLighted
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When 8-year-old Catarina Claes splits her head open on a rock and regains her memories of her past life, she realizes that if someone doesn't fall in love with Maria Campbell 8 years from now, the world will end—and possibly by Catarina's own hands, at that. Armed with the knowledge of future events; a brand new, kinder, more eccentric personality; and hours upon hours of VN/Turn-Based RPG experience in Fortune Lover, she embarks on a years-long ploy to save herself and the world both from the wrath of the dreaded Doom Flag.
  • Comments: A reimagining of the source material where Fortune Lover is an VN/RPG on the likes of the Persona series instead of an otome game. The story manages to stay true to the original without simply rehashing it with a bunch of game mechanics thrown in. Be warned that it has the potential to be far darker than the anime or light novel due the game's aforementioned genre change.

Who are you? and Transported to the game world by Gentlejellyfishsky

  • Recommended by: Shiro-kun
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Through the use of a spell, OG!Katarina and Isekai!Katarina switch places in the middle of the school year. Who are you? follows the OG!Katarina in the Isekai world while Transported to the game world, of course, follows Isekai!Katarina in the game world.
  • Much like with the story Through the Looking Glass, this takes a look at what it would be like to have the characters from the two different worlds swap places and how the others would react to such a change. However, unlike with TTLG, these two stories are separate and each one focus on one of the worlds as they deal with their new version of Katarina. So far the stories have been quite enjoyable and makes me feel eager for more. Hopefully we'll see more soon.

The Best Laid Plans by Palhinhaea

  • Recommended by: StarsAreLighted
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Sometimes people are given a second chance. Sometimes those people are Katarina Claes. There are lots of lessons a would-be villainess could learn from remembering all of the varied ways she could die. What if she learned all the wrong ones? Or… all the right ones?

She is by LlagrimadunaFada

  • Recommended by: DigiXBot
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the original "Fortune Lover" game, Maria gives every love interest a new lease on life. She gives them a new vision, she helps them take a step forward, she cares about them. However, Maria carries her own pain, the pain of having been abandoned as a child by her father because she possesses light magic. But Maria is still there for the boys.
  • A story that takes upon the Fridge Horror of Maria's life in Fortune Lover, where she has the same troubled home life and friendless background revealed in My Next Life as a Villainess, but doesn't have a kind Katarina or other friends to help her. She tries to help Gerald, Alan, Nicol, and Keith with their struggles, but ends up dealing with consequences like Katarina's bullying, all the while bottling up her own negative emotions since no one bothers to ask her about them. It cultivate into a harsh and interesting confrontation between her and Sirius/Raphael.

Period Piece by thimblefullofdespair

  • Recommended by: QueensrycheMike
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: At age nine, Katarina Claes makes a horrible realization about a particular convenience of the modern world that Sorcier sorely lacks. So she decides to fix it.

Verge of Injustice by mariagonerlj

  • Recommended by: DigiXBot
  • Status: On-Going
  • Synopsis: What does it take to survive a villainess' life? One ordinary girl is about to find out — or die.
  • Instead of the Blithe Spirit Katarina is in canon, Katarina regains her memories during her first year at Sorcier Academy and is utterly terrified of the prospect that the world seeks to bring her doom. A rather dark take on the story as Katarina, here an ordinary and frightened young girl, struggles to escape her impending doom, while the social structure of the nation and the manipulation of Geord make her more terrified at each turn, especially with a flash-forward in the first chapter hinting that she still dies.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Lemon Cakes and Late Confessions by ellanica

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Gerald marries Katarina and wins, but not really. (Because it's Bakarina, and only she could stay oblivious all the way to holy matrimony.)
  • Pairing: Katarina/Gerald

All Routes Lead to Romance - Katarina's Seven First Dates by EntameWitchLulu

  • Recommended by: EndingTHEGam3
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Having achieved her happy end, Katarina is sure that from now on, it'll be smooth sailing! That is, until Rafael reveals that all of her friends have been in love with not Maria, but...Katarina??? Now caught between the romantic affections of all her dear friends, how can she possibly choose who to spend her life with?
  • Pairing: Katarina/Everyone

Power Move by Luki

  • Recommended by: HarryP22h, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Raphael is now a card carrying member of the harem, but acknowledges he’s entering the race late. So he'll need an impressive opening move to catch Katarina's attention.
  • Pairing: Katarina/Raphael

DLC: The Noble Lady's Kindness by MarsDragon

  • Recommended by: Renko, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The popular otome game Fortune Lover is getting an update! Go on a brand-new route to romance former rival Katarina Claes! Social media metafiction.
  • Pairing: Katarina/Maria

By My Side by Pureauthor

  • Recommended by: Renko
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "The both of you have been together for some time now," Sophia smiled as she spoke. "Have you thought about taking it further?" I blinked. 'Together'? What did she even mean by that? One fine day, quite out of the blue, Katarina is forced to examine her own relationship with the person who is always by her side.
  • Pairing: Katarina/Maria

Lost and Found by RosamundRosemary

  • Recommended by: Slurpsus
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After a curse gone wrong Katarina Claes wakes up with the appearance from her last life. Taking it as a sign from the universe, Katarina exiles herself and heads to countryside to become a farmer like she'd always planned. The gang refuses to give up hope and try to track down their missing friend. As they follow a trail of ancient curses, other identities and books of code, they realize there might have been more to Katarina’s actions besides eccentricity.
  • Pairings: Katarina/Gerald, Katarina/Everyone

The world where they - by TooManyBooksToRead

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Soulbonds will always be what you make of them. Some will shatter, leaving you desolate, others will flourish, bringing light into your life. No matter what, your first will stay.
  • Pairing: Katarina/Gerald

Windy Trees and Sweet Songs by ellanica

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Katarina hits her head and remembers earlier than intended. In which Katarina gets a different fiancé, Nicol is calm and patient, and everything is different yet the same.
  • Pairing: Katarina/Nicol

The First Love of a Lowborn Light Mage by Chandagnac

  • Recommended by: Jadebenn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Every day at the Magic Academy, Maria Campbell was bullied by young noblewomen who hated her for her low birth, beauty, and academic brilliance. She wished that someone would save her. One day, someone did. It was the beautiful, authoritative, prickly, and strangely melancholy Lady Katarina Claes, who comforted her and promised to make her strong enough to stand up for herself. What else could Maria do but fall hopelessly in love with her?
  • Pairing: Katarina/Maria
  • Notes: Alternate link.

Maria Campbell of the Astral Clocktower by Shadow Crystal Mage

  • Recommended by: Darth Walrus, HarryP22h
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Bloodborne
  • Synopsis: After her death, Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower is reincarnated as Maria Campbell. Hilarity Ensues.

Kindler of Roses by mercuriallyCooperative

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Young Wizards
  • Synopsis: Every Wizard begins with an Ordeal. Mary Hunt is no exception.

Because She's The Strongest In The World! by Daawnily

  • Recommended by: StarsAreLighted
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Fate/Grand Order
  • Synopsis: To survive her impending doom, Katarina Claes reaches out into the unknown and finds herself many more wonderful friends, companions and trainers through which she will become the most invincible "villainess" in the world!...As if you need to worry with friends like these. AKA what happens when you summon heroic spirits without any rhyme or reason.


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