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  • Recommended by: Troper Name(s).
  • Synopsis: What's the story about? Give here a brief summary of the plot. It would be also useful to point out in what moment of the series the story takes place. If it's a Gen Fic but it has some romantic elements, note here the characters involved too.
  • Pairing(s): If it's a Shipping Fic, list here the pairings that feature in the fic (warn here if it's het, male slash or female slash). If it's a Gen Fic, remove this line. To tell the difference between the two, notice if the focus of the fic is on a romantic relationship or if it focuses on the other aspects of the story. In case of doubt, classify the story according to the genres it's been tagged: the Romance tag for Shipping, absence of that tag for Gen Fic.
  • Tags: If any are known. This would be things like W.A.F.F., Lemon, Dark Fic, any known Crossovers etc.
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No Retreat, Baby, No Surrender by Ahelpfulpeach

  • Recomended by: Blaidd Dunn
  • Synopsis: Adora trained her whole life to be the perfect soldier, to protect people. It's something she's good at, something she wants to do for the people she loves. She'd risk anything to keep them safe and happy, keep them from getting hurt.
As it turns out, that's not what they want from her.
  • Tags: Post-Series, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Happy Ending, Team-focused fic
  • Pairings: Catra/Adora
  • Status: Complete
  • Comments: A beautifull and heartwrenching deep dive into Adora's tenancy to self sacrifice, capped off with her being supported untill she begins to realise she can rely on others. The alteranting PO Vs are realy REALY good at showing the impact that her behaviour has on everyone around her. just an all round brilliant fic.

The Attendant by Cruciferous Jex

  • Recommended by: Nopperabo
  • Synopsis: This fanfic picks up after the events of "Destiny, Part 2", with Catra, Glimmer, and a brainwashed Hordak struggling to survive on board Horde Prime's spacecraft. Catra and Glimmer are confronted by Horde Prime's wealth, technological superiority, and depravity as the Emperor of the Known Universe.
  • Tags: Profanity, drug content, sexual content, graphic violence, medical horror.
  • Pairings: Horde Prime/Double Trouble
  • Status: In progress.

Bird Song, by mandaree1.

  • Recommended by: RacattackForce
  • Synopsis: Catra finds herself pulled between two forces when Scorpia is enlisted into a mission that will get her killed - her ambitions, and her refusal to break a promise.
  • Tags: Post Season 1, Catra's Issues, Which include: Jealousy, fears of abandonment, All the good stuff lol, Scorpia being her sweet self, Mentions of original places but they don't actually go there, Mild blackmail, Adora and Catra's weird relationship, infected wounds, Catra has to ask Bright Moon for help, She is Not Pleased about that, Named for the song yeah
  • Status: Completed
  • Notes: A short story in which Catra begrudgingly admits that she cares a lot about her Super Pal Trio and her old squad. Seeing Catra go against Hordak's orders and instead work to save Scorpia from dying in what everyone involved knows is a suicide mission really showcases bond that everyone thought the Super Pal Trio would have; from Catra's own plan to save her friends, to Scorpia trusting that whatever her feline is doing will work, to Entrapta telling Hordak to go pleasure himself if he thinks she'll ever betray Catra. It's also one of the few She-Ra fics at the time that dared to take a more platonic angle with Catra and Adora rather than the show's heavy romance subtext, instead opting to imply budding feelings between Catra and Scorpia (which ended up being very true on Scorpia's part come S2).

Long Live the Queens, by Orkycrafty

  • Recommended by: Viridi Harmonia 64.
  • Synopsis: Set after the events of season 2 and Catra's asphyxiation, Scorpia finds her on time and cares for her, memories gone and limbs failing her. For her sake, now and future, Scorpia is forced to start something huge, question everything, and take down Hordak for good. Starts as a Scorptra shipping fic, evolves into helping Scorpia do all this for herself. Divergence after season 2's end.
  • Pairings: Catra/Scorpia
  • Tags: implied past catradora, Scorptra, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, PTSD, Asphyxiation, Physical Abuse, Canon Divergence, Mental Abuse, Blood and Violence, Minor Character Death, Implied/Referenced Suicide, Torture, Electrocution.
  • Status: Completed.

Pack Behavior by piecesof_reeses

When Adora first sees the strange girl, she tries to save her. It doesn't work out quite the way she planned.Now complete!
  • Pairings: Adora/Catra
  • Tags: Gen or Pre-Slash, Pre-Canon, Kid Fic, Kid Logic, Feral Catra, Child Abuse, questionable child-rearing strategies in the Horde
  • Notes: Some of the best Life Inside the Horde World Building I’ve ever seen. The child characters are not annoying and believable. READ IT

Where The Lonely Ones Roam by glimmerglanger

  • Recommended by: Hooked On A Feeling
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the end, the Horde failed. Catra saw it coming. She’d always known how fierce Adora could be, how determined. She was not surprised when Adora took on Hordak one-on-one. She did not charge in to help when Hordak called desperately for aid in that last battlefield, outside the oldest temple of the First Ones, the one place where he could either exert complete control over Etheria, or be utterly destroyed.
Unfortunately, that was really only the start of their problems.
  • Pairings: Adora/Catra
  • Tags: Fix-It, Hurt/Comfort, Slow Burn, Childhood Trauma, Rebuilding, Healing, Could be Gen
  • Notes: Catra saves Adora from saving the world. Nothing short of amazing.

''An Unexpected Therapist" by Shadsie

  • Recommended by: Nopperabo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This fanfic explores the rehabilitation of Galactic Horde clones on Etheria after the events of "Heart, Part 2". Hordak, who has settled down in Dryl with Entrapta, counsels a clone who is struggling with his newfound independence.
  • Pairings: Hordak/Entrapta
  • Tags: Suicide, Trauma, Healing

     Shipping Fics 
Skinny Love, by Maychup.
  • Recommended by: RacattackForce
  • Synopsis: This was wrong. So wrong. For both of them, really. But with how cruel life, destiny, and all of Etheria had treated them, with how they had to sever their life long attachment in less than a day… Adora felt like someone owed her an apology. And if the only thing the universe can offer is lying in bed with her alleged enemy to fend off those sleepless nights? Then so be it.
  • Paring: Adora/Catra
  • Tags: U thought this was a fluff fic?, Fluff is a SLOWBURN, Slow Burn, Fluff, Romance, psst Smut, smut before romance, romance is a slow burn but not smut, smut is................ a lil earlier, Adora falls in love first, Very important to rememebr, Catra is also the mother of 2 princesses and 3 cadets, and one child, forgot to add that this is plot-heavy
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Notes: This early in the show's life there are a lot of great Adora/Catra fanfics, but this one is my favourite non-AU one. In fact, despite having a more mature tone, what with all the sex and frank discussions about physical and psychological abuse, this fanfic still manages to feel like a natural evolution of the show following the events of season one. The main draw of the fanfic is the budding romance between Adora and Catra, and those interactions are definitely cute, dramatic, charming, and everything in-between. But that's only half of the story. The other half is very much about exploring Catra's character as she's coming into her own as Hordak's second-in-command, and later as a Magicat embracing her heritage and royal bloodline. Both identities, in combination with her and Adora's desire to make their relationship work despite the war, having the power to affect the future of the Rebellion/Horde conflict. All-in-all, a pretty engrossing read that I immediately click on whenever a new chapter is uploaded.

Lost Trust by Villannelle

  • Recommended by: Hooked On A Feeling
  • Status: In Progress
  • Synopsis: Years of constant fighting for the position as ruler of Etheria have taken a toll on the Horde and the members of the Rebellion.

After a natural catastrophe that's been denominated as the Cataclysm due to its disastrous nature, both sides are forced to cooperate when their people look at them for answers. Seeking a very needed truce for the good of the habitants of Etheria's survival, it would seem a political marriage is the only way to achieve this.

Will She-Ra, the face of the Rebellion, be willing to marry Hordak to ensure he won't take advantage of their fragility to anihilate them? Or will the evil leader of the Horde have different plans in mind for their treaty?

  • Pairings: Adora/Catra, Adora&Catra, Mermista/Sea Hawk, Netossa/Spinnerella
  • Tags: Slow burn, political marriage, Friends to Enemies To Lovers, Angst with a Happy Ending, Feels

Eclipse by theamberissubtle

  • Recommended by: Hooked On A Feeling
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fortunately, Adora was radiating as much nervous energy as her, perched on the edge of their bed with a tentativeness that was most unlike her.
Or Catra stops the war and she and Adora start anew at Bright Moon.
  • Pairings: Adora/Catra
  • Tags: Post War, Fluff, Sexual Content in one chapter, Catra Redemption, Friendship

A Kingdom With No Royalty (or, The War Is Over, Go Home by the_sockpuppet

  • Recommended by: Hooked On A Feeling
  • Status: In Progress
  • Synopsis: Catra takes over the Horde, ceases the war, and has told everyone: leave the Fright Zone alone and we'll leave you all in peace. Also, the Fright Zone now has medical benefits, socialized taxing, and cheap power.
After two years of war, Adora and the Best Friend Squad find it impossible to believe the war is over, and sneak into the Fright Zone to investigate.
  • Pairings: Adora/Catra
  • Tags: Canon Divergence, Post Season 1, the Horde Kids

What Only You Provide by BrideOfViolets

  • Recommended by: Hooked On A Feeling
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Started as prompt Fills for Catradoraweek 2018. All taking place within the same AU.
When Adora finds a sword in the Whispering Woods, it does much more than show her visions. Convinced the Horde would shun or kill her for her nature, Adora convinces Catra to leave the Horde with her and together they make their life among the trees. With no home to return to and strange powers manifesting in the newly discovered princess, they look to each other to find a new purpose and create a place they can call home.
  • Pairings: Adora/Catra
  • Tags: Slow Burn, Prompt Fills, Angst, Fluff, just cause they left the horde doesn’t mean they ain’t got problems to work out
  • Notes: This one knocks it out the park. Trust me.

how can anybody have you by lavendersgreen

  • Recommended by: Hooked On A Feeling
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Catra captures Adora within six months of becoming Horde Lord, which is a stupid title, and one she’s putting in a request to change with Horde Prime as soon as she feels a little more certain of her status.
  • Pairings: Adora/Catra
  • Tags: Sexual Content, They Finally Talk About Things
  • Notes: This fic is a fantastic character study and it’s very obvious when things switch from PG-13 to M so you could just read the first half.

A Commander Without an Army by A_Big_Old_Skeleton

  • Recommended by: Hooked On A Feeling
  • Status: In Progress
  • Synopsis: Grievously wounded, Catra is left to figure out what the hell happened, where she's going to go next, and who, if anyone, she's going to fight for now.
  • Pairings: Adora/Catra, Catra&Scorpia&Entraptra, Catra&Hordak, Adora&Bow&Glimmer
  • Tags: Canon Divergence, Catra gets kicked out the Horde, but that’s okay because they’re going to regret it, BAMF Catra, BAMF Adora, Solid World building, Things Get Spicy Ch 22
  • Notes: It great. It’s just great. The characters act like young adults who grew up in a strange war ridden environment. The characters full potential is explored. Catra is charismatic, Adora is strategic, Scorpia is smart. The world functions like a well thought out fantasy world should. It’s just great.
  • Notes 2.0: I apologize for taking over the Fic Rec page but it was looking pitiful. I made sure to list the best of the best. - Hooked On A Feeling

The Lord and Lady of Dryl (series) by MinaAffairs

  • Recommended by: Shadsie
  • Status: Some completed story-arcs that can stand alone. Sequels / ur-story In Progress.
  • Synopsis: Finding that the continuing war is a hopeless cause that the Horde will lose, Hordak and Entrapta hatch a plan get out of it alive. They build a new life in secret, together.
  • Pairings: Entrapta/Hordak, others implied.
  • Tags: Canon Divergence (from Season 2, although it can be seen as fitting some early parts of Season 3). Villain Protagonists. Deception. Robotics. Serious Injuries. Surgery. Faked Abuse. Unethical Experimentation. Darkfic. Relationship Fluff. Somehow, this is both fluffy and dark.
  • Notes: Amazing worldbuilding with a great emphasis on politics and strategy as well as delicious doses of fluff and darkness. An incredibly refreshing take on a villain ship - the main characters have all of the adorable fluff that any shipper could hope for in their interactions, while at the same time keeping a decidedly evil edge. Neither Hordak or Entrapta are or become good people here. There is no "redemption arc," merely a series of artful deceptions and strategic moves to keep some shreds of what they have built together intact. A highly recommended read for Entrapdak shippers or for those curious-but-not-quite sold on the ship who want to see neither of them coddled / who want a good villain shipping story with a wicked edge.

Autonomic Responses by Spacebatisluvd

  • Recommended by: Nopperabo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Entrapta insists on giving Hordak a medical examination shortly after the events of "Heart, Part 2". While enslaved by Horde Prime, Hordak and his clone brethren were administered a hormonal cocktail that kept them docile and suppressed their sensations and libidos. Without the substance in his system, Hordak copes with a flood of new sensations.
  • Pairings: Hordak/Entrapta
  • Tags: Mild sensuality, references to sexuality, body shame, sexual shame, reclaiming one's body, healing, healthy sexuality, romance
  • Notes: A sensitive and tender story about reclaiming one's body, discovering healthy sexuality, and processing internalized body shame.

Literally a Cat by PenguinZero

  • Recommended by: Pren
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A series of fluffy vignettes about the trials and tribulations of being the girlfriend to a very eccentric, but also very affectionate, cat.
  • Pairings: Adora/Catra
  • Notes: Building off Noelle Stevenson's own statement that Catra is "literally a cat," this series of scenes displaying her animal nature and Adora's attempts to deal with it is funny and sweet in equal measure.

Don't Go by Annacharlier

  • Recommended by: Arawn999
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: A short but well-written and emotional piece that expands on the events of Episode 5 and Episode 6 of Season 5, and fills some of the gaps in Catra's redemption arc. It also comes with some Adora-ble artwork made by Noelle herself.
  • Pairings: Adora/Catra, Glimmer/Bow
  • Tags: Forgiveness; Mild sensuality and language; Missing Scene; Romance; Trauma & Recovery
  • Notes: Has a trope page.

I Thought I Wanted This by Athetos

  • Recommended by: Count Dorku
  • Synopsis: A follow-on from the events of Season 5 with a lot of Reality Ensues. Catra and Adora may care deeply for each other, but Adora is still traumatised by how Catra treated her during the show.
  • Pairing(s): Adora/Glimmer; early Adora/Catra, but they break up; some background Perfuma/Scorpia
  • Tags: Angst, some discussion of PTSD and unhealthy relationships
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Notes: Absolutely worth a read if you were disappointed by how little the show engaged with some of this stuff.

     Alternate Universe Fics 
Cat-Ra by Monokub
  • Recommended by: RighteousFury, RacattackForce
  • Status: Ongoing; Seasons 1-3 complete
  • Synopsis: "If" is such a powerful word. What if the reasonings for our duo were different? What if the personalities of our two favorite females were altered ever so slightly? And most of all, what if Catra became She-Ra?
  • Notes: The obligatory "hero and villain roleswap" AU fic that can found in most fandoms. However, just calling it that sells its greatest attributes short. Monokub excels at making every chapter feel like a teleplay for an actual show, and takes Catra and Adora (and some of the supporting cast) in surprising new directions that run the gamut from funny to heartbreaking, all while still adhering to the basic framework of the original episodes. Be it a guilt-ridden Catra's slow and begrudging transformation into a hero that truly cares about her new friends and the Rebellion's cause, or Adora's unfortunate descent into villainy as she reaches lows that not even canon!Catra would go towards, Cat-Ra is a clever and emotional reworking of the She-Ra story with more than enough action and character moments to keep you engrossed and on the edge of your seat.
  • Now has its own page

Adora: Vagabond of the Etherian Cosmos by EtherianFrigatebird

  • Recommended by: Count Dorku
  • Synopsis: After an alternate version of Season 5, Adora is sucked into a portal that causes her to travel between universes - including one where she's still loyal to the Horde, and one where Glimmer has become a Fallen Hero!
  • Pairing(s): Primarily Adora/Glimmer, although there's also some Catra/Glimmer and some minor background ones.
  • Tags: Angst with a Happy Ending; Graphic Violence; Non-Explicit Sexual Content; Language
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Notes: A fascinating and engagingly written look at how things could have been different. Also available in Spanish, although the translation is only up to chapter three.

Despara by LadyLazuli97

  • Recommended by: Count Dorku
  • Synopsis: Shadow Weaver succeeds in erasing Adora's memory, remaking her into a ruthless, calculating Horde warrior named Despara. However, some connections are strong enough that no magic can destroy them...
  • Pairing(s): Adora/Glimmer; some Adora/Catra...although perhaps it might be more accurate to call it Despara/Catra.
  • Tags: Non-graphic violence, Brainwashing
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Notes: Draws heavily from Adora's evil alter-ego in the 2012 DC Comics series.

Hermitdak by Etherian-Affairs and strawberryoverlord

  • Recommended by: Copperhead045
  • Synopsis: In this AU, Hordak’s ship crashes in the Whispering Woods, and he encounters razz during his survival period, where she convinces him to not take over the world. So he fucks off to live in the woods, and ends up raising Adora.
  • Pairing(s): Entrapta/Hordak; Catra/Adora
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Notes: This AU is currently made up of a collection of fanfics, found here, and a tumblr page. A nice collection of stories and ideas with some sweet interactions of Hordak being a father to Adora.

Wick Island by MovieVillain
  • Recommended by: SnaxBox
  • Crossover with: John Wick
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: John Wick has come to rescue Catra. Of course, this is a Catra redemption story. Taken place after Chapter 3 for John Wick and season 2 for She-Ra reboot.

Multiverse Warriors Of Etheria

  • Crossover with: Steven Universe and My Hero Academia
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The She-Ra crew summon the characters from MHA and Steven Universe to fight the armies of Horde Prime.

Peace of Mind, Piece of Heart by TheLostChimera

  • Recommended by Spectacular Troper, RacattackForce
  • Crossover with: Infinity Train and Steven Universe: Future
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Catra is a soldier at the end of a war, and she's lost everything. Steven is a half-gem who's falling apart in the middle of an era of peace. Both find themselves unlikely companions aboard a mysterious, endless train where each car contains a whole new, logic defying pocket universe. While they struggle to get home, making friends and enemies along the way, an interplanetary war and a desperate search continue in their absence, their worlds spinning along despite their disappearance. It's a long journey home, but where exactly is home, anyway?
  • Tags: Survivor Guilt, Blood and Violence, Character Death, Loss of Identity, Steven and Catra Get Therapy
  • Notes: The final seasons of their respective shows saw both these characters deal with a lot of mental baggage, so it only makes sense that the therapy train would come and pick them up. Catra's catty and cynical demeanor serves as a great foil for Steven's friendliness and optimism as they work their way towards friendship and helping each other off the train, and while the fic has yet to delve into Beach City's affairs, the B-plot paints an intriguing alternate version of SPoP's fifth season.
  • Now has its own page

Sora and the Princess of Power by SPARTAN-X013

  • Recommended by Arcanum99
  • Crossover with: Kingdom Hearts
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Sora, Donald and Goofy are on the start of their new adventure! Too bad they get sucked through a wormhole almost right away. Having crash landed on Etheria, Sora is determined to find Donald and Goofy, and the missing pieces of the Gummi Ship. Along the way, Sora will meet and befriend She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and help the Rebellion defeat the evil Horde.


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