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Lidsworth

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Comments: This writer on Archive has over 70 fanfics in the Tokyo Ghoul fandom. I seriously LOVE their writing, and hopefully, you will too! Go check them out.

General Fics

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.

Familiarity by thousandmonkeys

  • Recommended by: carcinology
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's annoying how people have this tendency to stick where they shouldn't. Things don’t go anywhere, and this stranger-not-stranger doesn’t know her and maybe that's a good thing.
  • Comments: Short and sweet one-shot, featuring Kirishima Touka and Sasaki Haise. Very obviously written before chapter 7 of TG:re.
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Balancing Act by The Gallifreyan Wordsmith

  • Recommended by Gamma Cavy
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hide isn't stupid, and Kaneki knows that he can only hide his secret from him for so long.
  • Tags: Angst/Friendship

ode to sleep by Calloniel

  • Recommended by Quiet Sonder
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "In this world, I only have one weapon: I know the board, I know the players, and I know how it ends." Fallen through a fabric of reality our heroine finds herself lost in her very own tragedy, warmed by the sun, yet hopelessly enchanted by the moon.
  • Tags: Self-Insert/OC, Hurt/Comfort, and Tragedy
  • Comments: Best self-insert/OC fic I've ever seen in this fandom, so even if you typically stay far away from this genre of stories, check this one out.

Beam by macrauchenia

  • Recommended by A Carter
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Even on the cloudiest of days, there always seemed to be sunlight in Anteiku. Nishiki always wondered when that light would burn out. After all, he reasoned, even distant stars and inexhaustible bulbs must also grow tired and simply fade to the blackness. Humans were no different. [Hide ft. Anteiku Bonding]
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  • Tags: Hurt/Comfort/Friendship
  • Comments: This was really cute and sweet, but it does get angsty at the end.

Chrysalis by macrauchenia

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "How is your superior? Sasaki Haise…that's his name, right?" Urie nearly hacks up a lung. The waiter watches him sputter with a perpetual smile. "Who are you?" Urie demands, leaning forward with palms splayed on the table. "Someone who just wants an old friend to be happy." [Urie meets a waiter who knows a bit too much about the Quinx Squad.] [1/4 in the Metamorphosis Quartet.]
  • Tags: Mystery/Friendship

Itadakimasu by checkeredbow

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Five times Haise didn't eat in front of the Quinx Squad and one time he did. (Five times Haise acted as the Quinx Squad's wise mentor and one time he did not.)
  • Tags: Vomiting, Mild Gore, Angst, Cannibalism

Please do not feed the ghouls by ranem

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Haise often saves snacks for Suzuya in his pockets. After the Auction, Suzuya returns the favor.
  • Tags: Cannibalism, Friendship
  • Comments: A Suzuya Haise bonding fic!

cough syrup by unohtaa

  • Recommended by: Sophieybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Haise is ashamed of his lack of self-control and Mutsuki is afraid he'll end up the same
  • Tags: Sick Character, Vomiting, it's not graphic, Insomnia, Cannibalism, back when the quinx were a family, shit goes kinda crazy
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For A Good Time, Call by Aglio_Saggezza

  • Recommended by Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Showing another ghoul the patch of skin under which your kakuhou resides is an act of extremely bold flirtation; it's just too bad no one thought to inform Kaneki Ken, newly turned half-ghoul, of this small but crucial detail.
Or, five times Kaneki unwittingly came on to every ghoul in his vicinity, and one time Sasaki Haise paid for it.

Shipping Fics
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

If Time Could Smooth Away the Edges (Until We Fit) by Fweeble

  • Recommended by: flightybroad
  • Status: Dormantnote 
  • Synopsis: "They aren’t Romeo and Juliet. But, sometimes, Kaneki thinks they are destined for the same end." Takes place in the Tokyo Ghoul Oneshot universe.
  • Pairing(s): Kaneki Ken/Nagachika Hideyoshi
  • Tags: Canon-typical descriptions of gore, violence, and ghouls eating.

Drawing Hope by ForeverBlackSun

  • Recommended by: Genre Savvy Girl
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Kaneki's always been good at drawing and sketching. It's almost like when he's reading- he loses himself in a different world, one where he's free. Hide really knows he shouldn't be jealous of drawings, but when Kaneki looks at them so adoringly, with all his attention- it makes him wonder. What could they possibly be? "They're my reason for living, Hide."
  • Pairing(s): Hide/Kaneki
  • Tags: Spoilers and angst.

Koufukuron by Kisaragi Ao

  • Recommended by: IsaacsLaughing
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sasaki reflects on the value of family.
  • Pairing: Haise Sasaki x Touka Kirishima, het
  • Tags: lemon

You're Everyrhing A Big Bad Wolf Could Want by Aglio_Saggezza

"It would be rather rude, Rize supposes, to kill him on the first date. Where would be the harm in letting him stew in his foolish infatuation for just a little while longer?"

Only, half a year later, with her prey-turned-boyfriend still alive and kicking, Rize begins to consider that she may have made a slight miscalculation.

AU Fics
Stories where one fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.

Cut Him Out In Little Stars by notitlesapply

  • Recommended by Quiet Sonder
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The quinque is beautiful and deadly, made for murder. It's nothing like the shy bookworm Hide grew up with.
  • Tags: Tragedy, Friendship, Dreams, and Nightmares
  • Comments: This fic's beautiful. Prepare to cry.

A Pound of Flesh bynotitlesapply

  • Recommended by Nefaris
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Rank 1 Investigator Nagachika Hideyoshi has a secret. When he eats dinner at home with his two roommates, he's the only one not eating human flesh.
  • Tags: Ensemble Cast, Friendship, CCG!Hide, Kaneki's book obsession
  • Comments: This is one of my favorites! It's a nice, well written, alternative to the original series. It will be worth your time.

Cloudburst by Leelhiette

  • Recommended by Quiet Sonder
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A diverging road of tragedy. [One: Nagachika Hideyoshi became a one-eyed ghoul.]
  • Tags: Suspense/Drama
  • Comments: By far the most realistic halfghoul!Hide fic I've ever read. The author handles the friendship between him and Kaneki very well. Her other works are also worth reading.

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa by aradian_nights

  • Recommended by: Quiet Sonder
  • Status: Dormant; last updated July 2017
  • Synopsis: Kaneki Ken dies at the hand of Arima Kishou. Everything should have ended. Instead, Kaneki wakes up in a hospital bed fresh out of the surgery that made him a ghoul.
  • Pairing(s): Kaneki Ken/Touka Kirishima
  • Tags: Some swearing
  • Comments: Very well thought-out and well-characterized story. The author does a great job handling the relationships between the characters, and the plot is in no way just a repeat of canon, even though I can totally see this happening in the manga.

The Last Laugh by NotShortImFunsized

  • Recommended by: NEE Tgamer
  • Status: Completed note 
  • Synopsis: A strange mix of Hide theories that all fit together really well. It's Clown!Hide who is also Half Ghoul!Hide, who is the son of Kanou, who was raised by Itori and Uta. It's a nice story full of identity crises (not just Kaneki/Sasaki's), father issues, and finding yourself among the ones you love. note 
  • Paring(s): Kaneki Ken/Nagachika Hideyoshi
  • Tags: Clown!Hide, Half Ghoul!Hide, Kanou!Hide, The Quinx, Identity Issues, Finding Yourself, Family

Stained by macrauchenia

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Birthmarks, deathmarks—a beginning and an end with two tentative touches in between, serving as bookends. Entire lifetimes can be mapped and connected by ruddy blots and dark stains. Being presorted like a pack of socks isn't something Kaneki would consider a blessing.
  • Pairing(s): Kaneki/Hide
  • Tags: Tragedy/Romance

A Stitch in Time Saves What's Mine by Skaii

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Please tell me today's date," Kaneki cracked his right index finger, by then a comforting habit. But her answer made his heart leap into his throat. It couldn't be. ...That was the day he went on his first date. A date with Rize Kamishiro.
  • Pairing(s): M/M F/F Kaneki Ken/Kaneki Ken, Kirishima Touka/Kosaka Yoriko
  • Tags: Time Travel, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Self-cest, spoilers for chapter 136, shiro's coffee preference: no milk no sugar no mercy, Blood, Gore, Violence, Sadism, Sadistic!Shiro, Cannibalism, Cuddling, Tentacle Cuddling, Self-Harm, Masturbation, Exhibitionism and NSFW
  • Comments: I remember when this fanfic first came out, everyone was pretty much reading it! Now you should too!

Switch by PTchan

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hide knew something was very very wrong when he woke up that morning. But that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. Or, that bodyswitch AU nobody asked for
  • Tags: Bodyswitch, Fluff, Shironeki - Freeform, heart to heart, Bodyswap, hidekane, Hide is a sweetheart, And Kaneki needs a burger, Tear Jerker, Maybe - Freeform, Angst as always

A Poem for Transition by fineinthemorning

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: During the events of the auction raid, Haise remembers everything, but instead of going back to living his life as a ghoul, he remains at the CCG as leader and mentor to the Quinx squad. For what reasons does he stay? For what reasons does he refuse to go back? How do the Quinx respond to him? How does he handle regaining his memories?
  • Tags: Tokyo Ghoul: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Cannibalism, Self-Harm, Torture, Manga Spoilers
  • Comments: This story will make you feel SO MANY EMOTIONS. Seriously, it's like an emotional roller coaster. Very well written, Strangely the chapters are written out of order, don't worry the Author has put a note in the summary if you wish to read it in order.Everyone is very believable and in character! Love Sasaki's relationships with everyone.

A Poem for Farewells by fineinthemorning

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Dormant (last updatedNovember 2017): The Sequel to A Poem for Transition
  • Synopsis: With his memories back, Kaneki has decided to live his life as Haise Sasaki, mentor to the Quinx squad, but is the CCG really where he'll find his happiness? With every step forward, he falls several steps back. Out of desperation, he ingests a poison that will never leave his system. Are his sacrifices worth it? Will he be able to protect the ones he loves, or will he give into his own inner demons? Does the road to hell lead to peace, or is more tragedy awaiting him on the other side?
  • Pairing(s): Kaneki Ken/Nagachika Hideyoshi, Amon Koutarou/Mado Akira, Kirishima Touka/Kosaka Yoriko, Urie Kuki/Yonebayashi Saiko, Nagachika Hideyoshi/Sasaki Haise
  • Tags: Cannibalism, Manga Spoilers, Angst, Non-Chronological, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Self-Harm, Drug Abuse, Hurt/Comfort, Original Character(s), Mental Health Issues, Unrequited Love, Character Death, Body Horror, Crossdressing, Blood and Gore, Fetish, Psychosis, blame it on the alcohol
  • Comments'': Freaking LOVE this series! Again the chapters are written out of order, but the Author has a note showing the chronological order in the summary.

Research and Smoothies by TimelessTears

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Kaneki becomes a ghoul. Kaneki panics and calls Hide. Together, the duo tries to figure out a way for Kaneki to eat without killing anyone. (In which much research is done, science experiments are conducted and the CCG is bombarded by two college students)
  • Tags: Humor, Friendship

The Black Tapes by TimelessTears

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: While cleaning up after the raid on the 11th ward, the CCG discovers several video tapes in a blood-splattered room with a checkered floor. A small tale on how Eyepatch became the first ghoul the CCG listed with a ‘Do Not Kill’ next to his name.
  • Tags: Torture, Angst, Hurt/Comfort

Crossover fics
Alternative Universe. The characters are written into a different world/universe than the one they are typically from.

Alibi by Pyro rocketeer

  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Naruto
  • Synopsis: What if Kaneki and Sakura shared minds… momentarily?
  • Tags: Friendship, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Realizations,
  • Comments: One of my fav fics! I usually don't re-read fanfics when I'm done. BUT I kept coming back to this one. I've probs re-read this one ten times already and I still love it. pls go read it!

A new breed by DarkPheonix 666

  • Recommended by bbb35
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Elfen Lied
  • Synopsis: After the fight against Mariko, Lucy leaves Kohta and her life at Maple house. She finds herself in Tokyo amongst flesh eating monsters called Ghouls. There she meets Touka and Kaneki, settling herself in Anteiku as one of them. But her past soon comes back to haunt her. Kaneki/Lucy, Touka/Lucy, Kohta/Lucy, Nana/Mayu/Hinami

Shining Wings by KingMeliodas

  • Recommended by Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Status: Dead; last updated March 2015
  • Crossover with: Attack on Titan
  • Synopsis: Levi is one of the last ghouls left, and he's not okay with it, but he's dealing as well as he can. Until Erwin finds out, and hatches the plan of using an inhuman monster to fight Titans years before Eren Yeager shows up. Time to show what the original man-eaters can do.
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