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  • Recommended by Lady Iapetus
  • Very much recommended if you're a fan of Timothy McGee. Even though more often than not Emerald winds up putting McGee through utter hell, she can keep him - as well as the rest of the team - in-character and make him shine no matter what situation the plot puts him in. Ever wanted to see Tim as a superhero a la The The Incredibles, or getting the team involved in the Renaissance Fair? Emerald 1's your author.

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.

Ten Nonlinear Moves by Sequitur

  • Recommended by Polaris, Across The Stars, Zadia
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ten different snapshots into Tony's time leading the team between seasons 3 and 4.

Vindicated, by Kaoru 424

  • Recommended by Zadia
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Abby turns up at Gibbs' place in the middle of the night, covered in blood. When Gibbs finds a car crash nearby and a dead sailor, Abby becomes implicated in his murder, and it's up to the team to find out what really happened.

An Unlikely Friendship by serendipitous-15

  • Recommended by Lady Iapetus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A series of one-shots and drabbles that covers the evolving friendship between Tony DiNozzo and Jimmy Palmer, from the season 3 finale Hiatus to the end of season six.

Gemini by quiet-heart

  • Recommended by Lady Iapetus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It started off as a routine case regarding a dead female Navy JAG lieutenant. But that was before the deceased's identical twin sister, who just so happens to work for the FBI, turned up...

Treading Water by Mechabeira

  • Recommended by Dinogeek
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "You can still swim, can't you? You're going to have to tow her in, DiNozzo. We aren't going to let her just tread water."

Moment in Time by Sweet Baby Girl 448

  • Recommended by I Got Lost On TV Tropes
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: This fic starts off like your everyday Tony/whump fic, but a few chapters in it seems as though the author decided to take it in entirely a different direction, but it works! Gibbs and the team are captured by a sadistic fiend from Gibbs's past, who then offers Gibbs an ultimatum. Choose who dies... The end stunned This Troper, and nearly made me cry!
  • Tags: Character death, emotional turmoil

Everyday by Gypsy

  • Recommended by lastcrazyhorn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Just when Tony thought it was safe to go back into the water...
  • Tags: Mentions of rape/non-com

Nine Lives by thebondgirl

  • Recommended by Haustere
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Well...looks like...I' out...Boss," he gasped quietly in the direction of the small opening. "And what is it you've run out of DiNozzo?" The gruff voice sounded just that bit scared, and rightly so. Tony smiled grimly. "Al...mosts."

Sine Qua Non, by Sequitur

  • Recommended by Zadia
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Season Three-Four gap. The Director has her reservations about the team leader position, McGee and Ziva have a cunning and psychotic plan, and Tony has a mental breakdown. Sort of, anyway.

Stepping-In by Mooncat 99

  • Recommended by jbstarnes1
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What seems like a normal homicide investigation quickly becomes more when Gibbs is put into the hospital by a sniper at the same time Director Vance is kidnapped. With a domestic terror plot unfolding, and an apparent traitor in their midst, Di Nizzo finds himself the most senior agent left and must put away his joker persona if the team is to have any hope of stopping the plot before it's too late. While Tony-centric the ensemble is essential to the plot; everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, gets a chance to shine in a rolling techno-thriller plot that grabs hold from the outset and doesn't let go, fueled by a truly formidable villain. The only downside is the sizable sequel baiting at the end which, as of yet, has not been followed up on.
  • Pairing: Tony/Ziva, but it's not really the focus of the story.

Stories that have a fundamental change to the universe in backstory

''What SHOULD Have Been by The Lilac Elf of Lothlorien

  • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Ever wonder what it would be like if Gibbs' daughter survived the car crash? Well, this story gives you a peek. Forensic science student Kelly Gibbs lives with her roommate Maddie Taylor but spends most, if not all, of her free time helping out her dad and his team at NCIS. She goes through ups and downs alongside the team and deals with having them as honorary family. Has a side story called What COULD Have Been.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Lipstick by Fabrisse.

  • Recommended by Kittenmommy
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ducky and Abby get together occasionally.
  • Pairing: Ducky/Abby.
  • Tags: Mature, explicit. Mentions of biting and erotic asphyxiation.

Damage by ygrawn.

  • Recommended by Joie De Combat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Tony expected Ziva to understand his undercover mission better than anyone else. An alternate take on the emotional fallout of "Bury Your Dead" and the revelation of Tony's deceptions throughout season four, particularly regarding his relationship with Ziva.

Where Angels Fear to Tread by Lilah Blue.

  • Recommended by Across The Stars
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Gibbs/DiNozzo
  • Synopsis: When Tony is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, what does his future hold, and how will it affect his relationship with Gibbs?

Damage by Xanthe

  • Recommended by Across The Stars, kph2pt0
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Gibbs/DiNozzo
  • Synopsis: When a simple case of theft explodes into an investigation of a long-running pedophile ring, Tony DiNozzo's darkest secret comes into the open, and only Gibbs has the strength - and the love - to save him from himself.
  • Tags: Child abuse, pedophilia, slash

Awakening by Crimsonquills

  • Recommended by Across The Stars
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Gibbs/DiNozzo
  • Synopsis: In a world where everyone has just developed some sort of psychic power, Empaths - like Tony DiNozzo - shut themselves away from the world to avoid an emotional overload. The only way to break the catatonia? Create a feedback loop with a single other person. Gibbs doesn't hesitate, but what will the ramifications be?

Pieces That You Left Behind

  • Recommended by Jek Windu
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Tony/Ziva
  • Synopsis: Jeanne is killed when Tony's car explodes, and he attempts to heal.

Of Jews and Gentiles

  • Recommended by Jek Windu
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Tony/Ziva
  • Synopsis: After investigating an attack on a Jewish lieutenant and her non-Jewish boyfriend, Ziva discovers a pattern of similar deaths. An undercover mission with Tony as her boyfriend leads to some dramatic discoveries.

Symbiosis by Zaedah

  • Recommended by cozcat
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Tony/Ziva
  • Synopsis: The development of their relationship from McGee's point of view, covering happiness and heartbreak.

Razor's Edge and the rest of the Breathe universe by colorguard28

  • Recommended by Kathadrion
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Tony/McGee (and later Abby/Palmer)
  • Synopsis: Tony and McGee get together after Ziva stays in Israel. In Razor's Edge and its sequels, (a.k.a. the Breathe universe) we get to follow Tony and Tim's relationship as they deal with moving in together, coming out to coworkers and family, getting married and planning for a future together. Meanwhile, Tony starts having problem with his lungs, threatening his future as a field agent. The universe also frequently features the rest of their NCIS family, including Gibbs' dad and Vance and his family, as well as Tim's parents and sister.

A Forever Thing by ellenscult

  • Recommended by Kathadrion
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Tony/Gibbs
  • Synopsis: Tony's grandmother left him a trust fund, but in order to claim it he has to be married before he's forty. He's running out of time, and Gibbs offers his help.

Shards To a Whole

  • Recommended by Kirayoshi
  • Status
    • Shards to a Whole: Complete
    • Shards: Dormant
  • Pairing: Tim/Abby (primary), Tony/Ziva, Jimmy/Breena, Gibbs/Borin (secondary)
  • Synposis: Some things will make you re-evaluate your life. Getting blown up, thinking you're fine, and then looking down and seeing a hunk of glass sticking out of your body is one of those things. Tim decides it's time to put his life on track and go after the things he wants, namely Abby and a family. Novel length McAbby romance. Some chapters decidedly NSFW.
    • Updated 8/15/2014 by Kirayoshi: As of Chapter 287, the author Keryl Raist has chosen to branch out her story into two separate paths; the original story "Shard To a Whole", and a parallel story called simply "Shards". "Shards" is an alternate universe version of "STAW", written largely because Keryl is introducing plotlines into her main story that some fans may find objectionable. Generally "Shards" is a more vanilla story (or, to borrow a metaphor from a chapter in "STAW", vanilla extract as opposed to the whole vanilla bean).

The Pros and Cons of Breathing

  • Recommended by beyondthesea
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Tony/Ziva, Tony/Kate, Gibbs/Jenny
  • Synopsis: Tony takes a bullet for McGee, and his life flashes before his eyes. He also runs into more than one old friend - and an enemy or two. What will he think when he sees what could have been, and what will he do when he is faced with an impossible decision? AU towards the end of Season Ten. Inspired by "Life Before His Eyes".
  • Comments: This is probably the most in-character NCIS fanfiction I've ever read, and definitely the best I've seen involving Kate. Shipping-wise, there's a pretty even mix of Tony/Ziva and Tony/Kate, so you can read it regardless of which one you ship (and if you ship both, it's perfect). The banter between Tony and Kate is spot-on, which is impressive considering how much Tony's matured since the last time we saw him banter with Kate. Definitely read this with a box of tissues nearby. I had to stop a couple of times because I couldn't read through my tears.

Mishpokhe by madame.alexandra

  • Recommended by Kitzsah
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Gibbs/Jenny
  • Synopsis: An AU in which Jenny never sent Gibbs a Dear John letter after Paris and unplanned circumstances occur, dramatically changing their plans.

Hogwarts Rejection Letters by Sweet Kagamine Kiss
  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Dormant
  • Harry Potter Mega Crossover.
  • Pairing: Sirius Black/OC
  • Synopsis: "A folded parchment written in green ink appears, sealed by a wax coat of arms of a griffin, badger, raven, and snake. It reads "Dear Mister Potter..." However, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry receives a rejection letter in reply, with each reply written by a different Harry Potter." The NCIS story takes place between Episodes 5 and 6 of NCIS Season Two. Some years ago Gibbs worked a certain child abuse case where a British national tried to murder his nephew while on vacation in America. Now Teen Genius!Harry works for the NCIS team.

Lost and Found by tigerlily

  • Recommended by J Random User
  • Status: Dormant; last updated March 2017
  • Pairings: Tony/Ziva, McGee/Abby (briefly), Buffy/McGee
  • Synopsis: Crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Set after the finale of Buffy and immediately after the Season 6 finale of NCIS. Buffy raids a demon-infested camp in Somalia to retrieve a kidnapped Slayer—and finds someone else as well.

Each Other's Back by OughtaKnowBetter

  • Recommended by notreallyatroper, Night
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Crossover with NUMB3RS. There's a missing code, a missing mathematician, and a missing agent. Can NCIS and the FBI find them before it's too late?

...For Meritorious Service – A JAG-NCIS Story by Tn JAG Az

  • Recommended by ricjac
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Crossover with JAG. Disturbing events in Iraq in 2003, and at home as well, leads to a joint JAG-NCIS investigation. The plot is set in early season 9 of JAG and pre season 1 of NCIS.
  • Comment: This one of the most well written JAG fanfics out there: a truly great combination of an engaging storyline, attention to details, and with spot-on characterizations of all the JAG/NCIS characters in it. Although the JAG characters take center stage, the NCIS characters (first appearing in chapter 34) are given equally meticulous treatment. The ending is somewhat anti-climactic as it fails to resolve the multiple storylines in this epic tale and connecting the two verses.

When Worlds Collide by elfinblue

  • Recommended by secretlystephaniebrown
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Supernatural
  • Pairing: None
  • Synopsis: "When a kidnapped Tony DiNozzo is rescued by legendary - and supposedly dead - serial killers Dean and Sam Winchester, the NCIS team takes over the Winchester investigation. What they find is a file filled with contradictions and impossibilities."
  • Comments: The greatest NCIS/SPN Crossover that I've ever seen. The characters interact fluidly, everyone is perfectly in character, and the author manages to provide reasonable explanations for the NCIS to come up with instead of the more supernatural answers.

Abby's Diable by Scorpio 71

  • Recommended by: Komodo Classic
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: X-Men
  • Synopsis: Five times that Abby Sciuto met Remy Le Beau. And one time that she didn't.

AWOL by Lisse

  • Recommended by RBMIfan
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Axis Powers Hetalia
  • Synopsis: When a Marine goes missing, his twin brother comes to NCIS looking for help. Then things get weird.

Pigtails and Tweed by Samarkand

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Synopsis: Abigail Sciuto meets the most fascinating people in clubs...
  • Pairing: Abby/Giles
  • Notes: Has a sequel, Infernal Liaisons (dead).


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