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The Argument by Whiskers Mooncat
  • Recommended by: Redaka
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After an argument with his mother, Gumball runs out on his own and he couldn't have picked a worse time because Elmore is about to face a heavy storm. Worried for his safety, Nicole rushes outside searching for her son only to end up running into major trouble. Can Gumball and the family come to her rescue in time?
  • Comments: It's only two chapters long but it's a very engaging read that manages to be dramatic, emotional and humorous; the characterization also feels spot on.

Walk With Me by Nebulaskiies

  • Recommended by: Hyphae
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Penny decided to take Gumball for a stroll through Elmore, she never expected to learn something she hadn't known about the feline before.
  • Pairing(s): Gumball/Penny.

The Newcomer by Neo Nimbus

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  • Recommended by: Dinogirl23
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When new kid Brian O'Quinn is befriended by Gumball, he soon finds himself drawn into his new friend's dysfunctional lifestyle and the misadventures he finds himself in.

The Rejection by cartuneslover17

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The thoughts of a teen Harold Wilson (Tobias' dad) regarding Nicole's choice of Richard over him. Takes place sometime after Nicole and Richard met as kids in The Choices.
  • Pairing(s): One-sided Harold/Nicole and Nicole/Richard.

The Rampage by Superdimentio77

  • Recommended by: Metro_Fox
  • Status: Dead; last updated March 2017
  • Synopsis: A normal day? For Gumball and Darwin Watterson? Impossible, I hear you say. And... You are quite right. As they try to get around this idea, they discover that four of their friends are experiencing one strange change. And if they don't act quickly, things will only go worse for everybody.
  • Comments: This is one of the best Gumball Fanfics out there, holding true to the funny, deconstructive, snarky and thoughtful nature of the series while starting with a plot that fits right into the amazing world of a blue cat but despite Gumball’s and Darwin’s best efforts they got tangled up in a plot which kind would also fit well into the world of the show.
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    • It wasn’t updated for a while at the time of this writing, but it is unclear if the fanfiction is either dead or just on hiatus.

Unwanted by St Elmo's Fire

  • Recommended by: The_Reeds_Of_Enki
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "As you can see, Watterson, your kids are being lowered into an acid pit. But I don't want them all to die. Oh no, my dear. I want you to choose. Choose who will die, and I'll let the others go free." Nicole is asked to make a terrible choice. It doesn't go how anyone expects.
  • Comments: This fic is a fantastic deconstruction of Gumball's typical hijinks, where Gumball suffers the consequence of a prank gone out-of-hand. The characterization, while darker than usual, is handled beautifully, but it's the way the dialogue and exposition are set up that really makes the fic stand out. The grammar is impeccable.

The Boulevard of Broken Hearts by St Elmo's Fire

  • Recommended by: The_Reeds_Of_Enki
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Anais stumbles across a cursed artifact from an unknown source, the Wattersons find themselves thrown into an alternate reality where the unthinkable has happened: Penny and Gumball have broken up! It's up to Gumball to fix this unspeakable tragedy, by any means necessary.
  • Comments: Personally, my favorite aspect of this fic is the commentary on how romantic relationships are handled in pop culture media. Beyond that, the characterization of Gumball, Darwin, and Anais is perfect, and Gumball's quirky sense of humor helps sparse humor in with the more serious passages.

The Loop by Mr Page

  • Recommended by: The_Official_Boss
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Gumball is having the worst day ever, and it's not ending there. In fact, it's not ending at all! Gumball is stuck in a time loop and if he ever wants tomorrow to come he has to get to the bottom of what's causing it.
  • This is a legitimate piece of literature I am reading. And when I say that, I'm saying this could be written as a stand-alone story. Beautiful character arcs for Gumball, (yes, arcS) hilarious moments that have you rolling around on the floor in laughter, and sometimes ambiguous moments that can't be deciphered through only one sitting.

Teri × Gumball: In Between Worlds by Fantastic Schaefer

  • Recommended by: Devilmansans
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Three months after a devastating breakup, a depressed Gumball is surprised when Teri shows up at his house in the middle of the night with a monster chasing her. Soon Gumball and Teri find themselves caught in an invasion by invisible monsters known as "Nephilim" and have to prevent Elmore's destruction. Will this unlikely duo succeed or will Elmore be trampled underfoot?
  • Pairing(s):( Teri/Gumball),(Carrie/Darwin)

Adaptation by Onceuponymous

  • Recommended by: TheRealGuiltyShark117
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Rob succeeded, and brought all of Elmore to The Other Place. Which means that they're safe now, not only from the Void, but from memory erasure, reality warping adventures, and end-of-episode resets. Yeah, being human is weird and different, but it's better this way.

Why doesn't he feel better?

  • Pairing(s): Rob / Gumball
  • As of me writing this, there’s only one chapter out, but I’m already hooked. The author’s voice and characterization is impeccable, and I’m excited to see where it goes.

The Feast By The Shadow Reader

  • Recommended by: LightningthePikachu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For revenge a man gives a cursed Gumball DVD to his friend. In it, the Wattersons go to a poorly made hotel where cannibals plan to eat the kids.
  • WARNING: This is a creepypasta and this story is only for mature audiences! It contains bones, blood, and cannibalism. I also suggest not listening to this while eating anything, especially meat. However the kids end up okay at the end and the only damage to them is a cut on Gumball's arm.
  • What I love about this is, unlike most creepypastas nothing truly horrific happens to the main characters and no characters end up turning evil for little reason. Also, when the kids are about to be eaten, not only does Nicole go berserk, but Richard does as well and the only reason he stopped was to save his kids.

Come To Life by TCTW

  • Recommended by: mkmlp
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Gumball stumbles on an old note in his mother's handwriting, after falling down into the basement that reveals a harsh secret Nicole has been keeping from the time when he was a baby, that causes Gumball to take a long and hard look at their relationship and question his worth as her son. Meanwhile, Ms. Simian waits for the opportunity to get the Watterson kids out of her hair for good.
  • A surprisingly emotionally powerful story, though a bit rushed, especially in regards with the conflict with Ms. Simian in the latter half of the story, but the internal drama Gumball deals with regarding his mother, more than makes up for it.

The Sad Part of Happiness by TCTW

  • Recommended by: mkmlp
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Four years after the events of the series, Gumball is now sixteen and his family's lives have been turned upside down twice over: First Nicole and Richard have gotten a divorce after he found his mother crying to herself outside one night and admits how tired she is of her life, then soon after, Penny gives him some rather shocking news, after their last date ended... very intimately.
  • Pairing: Gumball/Penny
  • Status: Complete
  • Like the story from the same author above, surprisingly emotionally powerful, despite feeling pretty rushed with the subplot between Nicole and Richard feeling particularly underdeveloped. None the less, it is definitely worth a read for any Gumball x Penny fans.
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