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All fanfic is arguably an Alternate Continuity, since the audience can assume it intends to follow Canon to a specific point, then branch off. Indeed, the only major fic types that don't branch off are post series Continuation fics and those written to fit neatly into canon, as they don't disrupt the continuity. Because of this, fanfic authors labeling something an AU Fic has a different implication, wherein a fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.

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The standards for how much is fundamental to the series vary by fandom and by time of writing, but the fic types that are usually considered AU are the following:

  • Contextual Reassignment: When the fundamental aspect that is changed is the world itself. Overt changes in the universe rules and Worldbuilding constitute the most universally accepted meaning of AU. Thus, the fan equivalent to an Elseworld. However, there's a lot less tolerance of altering personalities and abilities. These come in two main forms:
    • Familiar Contextual Reassignment: When the characters are taken out of their world and placed in a setting that is fairly familiar to the author and readers - the High School A.U. is especially common, putting characters who would not have met or even existed for years in close proximity during teenage years.
    • Unfamiliar Contextual Reassignment: When the characters are taken out of their world and placed in a setting much more unfamiliar to the author or the reader - for example prison, a Nazi Death Camp, Normandy 1066, or possibly Mars. This is often called a Transplanted Character Fic. Historic examples are Period Fic.
  • What If?: For lesser changes, there are the What Ifs about major events in the series - how 'major' counts as 'major' is debatable. There are two common forms of this.
    • Alternate History: Where the author takes one point of time, one event in the universe and changes the outcome of it radically, such as an important decision, or who won an important fight, and continues from that point. Sometimes called a Divergence Fic.
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    • Character Facets: The author speculates on what would happen if a single facet of a character's environment was different about them, or may blatantly ignore a Word of God statement, for example, what if a character was blind, or had a little brother in the show right from the start.
    • Role Swap AU: The author explores how the story would change if two characters swap roles in the story. For example, if the unscrupulous Lancer becomes The Chosen One, while the original Stock Shōnen Hero is relegated to the role of their sidekick.
  • Continuation: There are also the Continuation fics written before the series has finished, which are rendered AU when new episodes in canon contradict the events of the fic. This is more of an Alternate Continuity, as the opening paragraph mentions, but tends to be considered AU too. Retrospectively, these fics become the What If? variation mentioned above, but are written from a different stance. (Harry Potter ficdom was particularly prone to these until after the publication of Deathly Hallows.)
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Full-blown AU fic is tricky, as it should require a fair notion of the original series itself, making it harder to read for some casual fans. There's also the major danger of the Transplanted Character Fic, because if you change the plot too much the story's not so much a Fan Fic as an original story with familiar names. On the plus side, rookie fans who might suffer from Continuity Lockout in the canon series because they only found it after it became established may be able to enjoy AU fics, particularly if they actually explain a lot of the universe and don't assume that you know all the important things already. Trying to follow Buffy the Vampire Slayer when you first start watching in its sixth season, with all the Character Development that's taken place up to that point, is a lot harder than cutting your teeth on an AU fic that starts out with the Scoobies in high school and doesn't require any advance knowledge of the setting.

See High School A.U., Coffee Shop A.U. Fic, Magical Girl A.U., Soulmate A.U. Fic, and Modern A.U. Fic for particularly common variants. Contrast Elsewhere Fic and Pseudocanonical Fic. Some Fix Fic may take the form of this. See Universal-Adaptor Cast for when the work itself regularly does this. Other types, such as Crossover fics, are arguably AU too but don't get counted as such.


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    Comic Books 
  • In general, there's a surprising amount of 'retelling' stories, basically with a similar premise as Ultimate Spider-Man: Spidey's adventures retold, with original and familiar ideas thrown around. Sometimes, they can be epic and even Better Than Canon, other times they can fall into common fanfic problems. Notably, Gwen Stacy dies in a lot of them, seemingly for no reason. To a lesser degree, other comics, such as Iron Man, Avengers, Batman, and even Transformers, get the same treatment.
  • Winning The Witch, a Young Avengers fanfic set in the world of zombies.
  • Gotham's Finest Villains is a Batman fanfic based on a role-play, where Batman and the whole Bat-Family have disappeared, where several different authors have a unique takes and re-imaginings of the villains they play, which may heavily deviate from the comics.
  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf is a Smurfs fanfic series where (1) the Smurfs are all born through physical reproduction instead of through a Delivery Stork, (2) Papa Smurf had other fellow Smurfs in his generation as the parents of "his little Smurfs", but have all died during The Plague, leaving the children as orphans, (3) the boy Smurflings were never de-aged adult Smurfs and Sassette was a real female Smurfling who was trapped in a Crystal Prison, and (4) combines elements and characters from the comic books, the cartoon show, Sony Pictures' live-action film series, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Johan and Peewit, and the PVC toy character line.
  • Supergirl fic Hellsister Trilogy is set in an universe created when another Supergirl interfered with the battle between the Supergirl from Earth-One and the Anti-Monitor in "Kara and the Dreamsmith".
  • Spider-Friends: A possible conclusion of Spider-Verse where all the Spider People live in Earth 616.
  • Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams is set in an alternate version of the Marvel Universe and focuses on the C-list superhero Sleepwalker. Its companion series Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light focuses on Mary Jane Watson being bitten by a genetically engineered spider from the same batch as the one that nicked Peter Parker. Spider-Man and Spider-Woman both exist in this universe, but they are not partners and Spider-Woman has her own unique Rogues Gallery instead of fighting any of Spider-Man's usual enemies.
  • Earth-27, a Fanworld created by the Deviantartist Roysovithch, with art by fellow Deviantartist Phi Cho. Created initially with "Arkham files" that showcased classic Batman villains, its popularity soared with a new presentation of information known as "Oracle Files". They were originally supposed to be primarily for the heroes, but the popularity of the files (and their accompanying "VoxBoxes") got to a point where Roysovitch has files on most of the Justice League and a significant portion of the DCU.
  • Somewhere in Time and Space is a Tintin fanfic in which Professor Calculus is a Time Lord known as the Professor, and Bianca Castifiore becomes his assistant.
  • Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Loch Lomond is set in a world where Captain Haddock is a notorious pirate named "Sharpsteel" and Tintin is a stowaway who becomes his cabin boy.
  • Something Rich and Strange: Captain Haddock is the captain of a sailing ship during the reign of King Charles the Second, and Tintin is a young merman who is accidentally caught by his crew and taken on board ship in order to recover.
  • Marvel Crossroads, It is a shared continuity fan fic website that diverges from the marvel universe after the end of The Coming of Galactus.
  • The first half of A Prize for Three Empires narrates Carol Danvers' early life, and the second half diverges from canon completely.
  • Kara of Rokyn is set in a parallel universe where Supergirl moves to Rokyn -a world settled by Kryptonian survivors- shortly before the Crisis on Infinite Earths and starts a new life.
  • In X-Men 1970, the original X-Men quit after their final mission in Uncanny X-Men #66 (1970), and the next X-Men team is made up for Havok, Polaris, Banshee, Sunfire and Mimic. Additionally, real world time is very much in effect here, so the fic is set in 1970.
  • As far as Ward story Warp is concerned, neither Rain nor the Fallen exist.
  • Dance with the Demons is a Batman fanfiction where Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle get married after their universe survives the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • Eight Count is a Batman fic where a number of Gotham-related characters are involved with a shady professional boxing league, whether as fighters, trainers, owners, etc.

    Crossovers — Multiple Media 

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon), a Godzilla MonsterVerse fanfiction, is a Continuation type which began writing and publishing in 2019 as a sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and has evolved into more of an AU with time and with the release of Godzilla vs. Kong. Major divergences from the MonsterVerse's canon post-King of the Monsters include: San's decapitated head continues to regenerate Ghidorah instead of becoming an Undead Abomination skull following the movie's events, the Titans remain awake in the aftermath of King of the Monsters' Dawn of an Era instead of returning to hibernation, and a couple characters such as Ren Serizawa are more heroic.
  • between the crosses, a 1917 fanfiction series, is based on the Alternate Universe concept of the protagonist, William Schofield, having the ability to see and interact with ghosts.
  • The Dark Angel, a Hellraiser fanfic that takes a look at Pinhead...as an unintentional superhero.
  • Heroes and Demons is an AU of Iron Man. What if Pepper never met Tony until way after he got kidnapped in Afganistan? It involves mixing in elements from comics but really fleshed out the world without Iron Man.
  • Mike Wong's Conquest applies an alternate continuity to post-movie Star Wars in order to make the story work. Here, Darth Caedus kills Luke and reforms the Empire, and also brings Jaina Solo to the Dark Side.
  • There's a 30 Day AU Challenge on Tumblr, in which people have to write a specific AU for a fandom each day. Here's one for Star Trek (2009).
  • Flight of the Condor is essentially "The City on the Edge of Forever" set in the timeline of the Star Trek (2009) film.
  • Ouroboros has multiple universes- and so far, the Wake Verse and Gambit Verse are 'What If Anakin Skywalker went to the OT timeline in the middle of a battle and was replaced by Darth Vader for two months' and 'What If the hyperdrive wasn't cracked in Episode I' respectively.
  • The Minkiad - Halfway through working on Lives of Genius, the status of both that and Unhappy In Its Own Way were changed to Alternate Universe for two reasons: 1) Because how Jennifer is portrayed in the series’ official canon is very different from the way she is portrayed in the fic, and 2) Because Farkle’s suicide attempt preceded many of the episodes many of the canon events were altered accordingly to fit those events into the fics’ storylines.
    Among the changes are: Jennifer Bassett is not as nice as she is in the canon; instead, she is more of an abusive manipulative bitch, in keeping with her portrayal in Boy Meets World; motives for the creations of Farkle, Riley, and Maya's other identities in Girl Meets Yearbook; different pairings caused by the events of the fic; both Farkle and Maya are revealed to be abused children; Minkus loses his money earlier on because of his divorce and dismissal from Minkus International,
  • Fire and Ice, inspired by the film Man of Steel, is an AU fanfic with a Lois/Zod pairing...except they aren't called Lois or Zod, live in a universe free of superpowers or extraordinary events, and Superman is not even mentioned once. Basically it is a story about a pert, pretty redhead who once was in love with a handsome journalist falling in love with an uncompromising, pug-nosed giant of a man.
  • Reversed Destinies is set in a world where Luke Skywalker is Prince Luke Organa, while Leia is Leia Amidala Skywalker and raised by Owen and Beru.
  • The Blackened Mantle is a Star Wars Prequel edit set in an AU where Grievous is a rebuilt Darth Maul.
  • The Motion Practice series takes Marvel characters — primarily the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions of the Avengers and SHIELD — and places them in a mundane Law Procedural setting. Nick Fury is District Attorney in the fictional Suffolk County, somewhere in the Midwest, with Maria Hill, Phil Coulson, and the Avengers as his assistants, and various other familiar faces as interns and staffers. Loki Laufeyson is that one defense lawyer who will stop at nothing to get his rich clients acquitted.
  • You Are My Sunshine is a Marvel Cinematic Universe fanfiction in which Peter Parker is Tony Stark's biological son.
  • The Heart Trilogy (Heart of Fire/Heart of Ashes/Heart of the Inferno) is a connected series of fanfictions of The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings, covering events from sixty years before The Hobbit to during the War of the Ring; which follows the development of the dragon Smaug's relationship with the Seer Kathryn. One of the primary divergences is Smaug's survival beyond his death at Lake-town (which most of Middle-Earth at large initially remains unaware of).
  • In Man of Steel fanfiction Daughter of Fire and Steel, Kara Zor-El is Kal-El's cousin -instead of a distant ancestor-, and a member of General Zod's crew.

    Literature 
  • The Event Titled Fan Fic Ned Stark Lives: Lord Eddard Stark is saved from execution by Varys and is allowed to take the black like originally planned, completely changing the course of events in the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Worldwar: War of Equals is of the What If? variety. The description and the very first chapter make it clear that the Canon series had happened in another universe.
  • Cyber Dine Dreams is a completely alternate universe of Perri Rhoades' Spectral Shadows. It's also a Crossover with the cast from the original story and the fanfic author's characters, the idea being that all the characters live together in the same large world.
  • Weasley Girl is a Gender Flip story for the Harry Potter series and an answer to all the "What if Harry Potter was a girl?" stories out there: In this universe Ron Weasley was born a girl. This makes for a very different Weasley family dynamic, which again means the plot develops very differently from canon.
  • Cashelmara by Susan Howatch is essentially the reign and fall of Edward II set in Victorian Britain, with some I and III on either end.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • My Father's Son: Events change when Aerys decides to create a Legal marriage between Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaeryn without setting aside Elia Martell.
    • Wearing Robert's Crown: Events diverge from canon during Robert's Rebellion - specifically from Robert's arrival at the Red Keep after the sack of King's Landing. Kingdoms rise and fall as the game of thrones plays out and winter approaches.
  • The Lord of the Rings fanfics Growing Up, Taking Care and Departure's Eve all take place in a world where Frodo has a daughter named Primula.
  • Dancing with My Punchlines examines the drama and conflict of The Silmarillion in a modern context
  • As Dreams Are Made On owes a great deal to the Twilight novels, but starts from the premise of Jasper, Alice and Leah all being gay and ripples out from there. The presence of a protagonist with knowledge of the books and films introduces further changes, and things get stranger and significantly more alternate as time goes on.
  • This seems to be a common theme in Worm fanfiction:
    • Bird takes several obscure characters and elements of the world (such as the asylum for parahumans, Burnscar and Labyrinth) and builds Taylor's story around them being her first experiences as a cape.
    • Cenotaph is an AU where Taylor didn't give Armsmaster a real answer following the pivotal first meeting with the Undersiders. The result is... well...
    • Propagation features a universe in which Eden transferred the core of her powers to Taylor, as a final effort to perpetuate the life cycle of her race.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • In Fire and Shadow. Rusty is taken in by ShadowClan instead of ThunderClan. The fic features parallel events to what happened in canon. For example, Firefang falls for both a young cat named Nightpaw as well as Mistyfoot, an older, forbidden cat from RiverClan, similar to how Fireheart was torn between his fellow Clanmate Sandpaw and the older, forbidden (because she's a celibate Medicinecat) Spottedleaf. Instead of Fireheart apprenticing his obliviously adopted kittypet-born nephew Cloudpaw, Firefang apprentices an obliviously adopted WindClan-born cat named Gorsepaw.
    • Clémentine is a Warriors fic where Squirrelflight tells her mate Brambleclaw that her sister Leafpool is pregnant and they're doing a Family Relationship Switcheroo. Brambleclaw agrees, averting the canonical problem where he's left in the dark until the kits are adults. He knows all along that his children are adopted.
    • In Bluefur's Choice, Bluefur kept her kits instead of giving them up to adoption to a RiverClan cat.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Better Angels is a For Want of a Nail fic about Shane Walsh taking over the leader role from Rick Grimes and how his actions would affect the group when they arrive at The Prison.
  • Stargate Atlantis:
    • The Retrograde series by Ltlj. Its main premise is that the Daedalus did not reach Atlantis in time, but rather, the shadowy bad guys of the NID sent the Iapetus to destroy Atlantis first.
    • Out Of Bounds by Icarus (figure skating AU)
    • Written By The Victors by Speranza (secession AU)
    • Take Clothes Off As Directed by Helen (D/s AU).
  • There is an entire genre of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfics called "Halloween fics," set during the events of the season 2 episode "Halloween". They're mainly Crossover fics. They are all based on the premise, "What If? so-and-so had dressed up as such-and-such on the Halloween Ethan Rayne came to town, and there was some sort of lasting effect?" There are actually a bunch of really good fanfics that come out of this genre, particularly Scribbler's "Jedi Harris", in which Xander had dressed up as Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan MacGregor's version) instead of a generic soldier.
    • There is another genre of fic that involves Faith returning to Sunnydale between seasons 5 and 6 after Buffy's death instead of her canonical return in Season Seven. It's most often used in Buffy/Faith fics, but other pairings do pop up from time to time.
  • There are several AU NCIS fanfics where Caitlin Todd does not die and is still a member of NCIS alongside Ziva, more often than not in a relationship with her, like the work here.
  • Take My Hand is an AU Lost fanfic where the Others, rather than hostile natives, are soldiers running a tyrannical government led by Ben. The whole story is full of nods to the original continuity, while maintaining the mood and atmosphere of classic dystopian fiction.
  • The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries has Blood Circles, where magic works, Joe Hardy is psychically gifted, and Orrin Thatcher from the "Voodoo Doll" episode is a real serial-killer/magic-user using death and blood to raise power. The tale crosses into Dark Fic territory, but keeps the sense of humor prevalent in the show and stays mostly in the show's continuity.
  • The fanfic What if Jim Accepted the Job at Corporate? takes place at the end of season 3 and asks the titular question.
  • These kind of fics are popular in the Supernatural fandom, most of which take place in the alternate universe presented in the season 5 episode "The End" (those that do are known as End!Verse fics).
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003) has The Long War which takes place in an an alternate universe that seems to diverge from canon seven years before the Cylon return with brutal Colonial civil war. The effect seems to be a serious up-arming of the colonial navy and a darkening of its attitude towards warfare, enabling enough damage to the Cylons and enough surviving ships to make a guerrilla war plausible.
  • Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Kamen Rider Fourze going Darker and Edgier with Gentaro going against friendship and wanting nothing more to kill the people who "left him to die". Did I mention that there's seven Kamen Rider shows that got dragged into this mess?
  • Reimagined Enterprise is a Continuity Reboot of Star Trek: Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To address issues fans had with the writing and characterization, to rewrite ENT into something that fits better into later canon, and to still produce something recognizably similar to what has gone before.
    • Deep Dish Nine focuses on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine but it's set on modern Earth and everybody's human. The station has been split into three places: a pizza shop where most of them work, a bar where Quark works, and an apartment where all the characters live.
  • The Mysterious Case of Neelix's Lungs is a rewrite of Star Trek: Voyager where the Caretaker captured Gul Evek's ship Vetar in addition to the Val Jean. Another major change is that Chakotay and Janeway were both killed in the transit to the Delta Quadrant. Command of Voyager then fell to the helmsman Veronica Stadi, who was killed in the canon show.
  • Law & Order: UK. The vast majority of fanfics, typically picking up after Series 1, cash in on the sexual tension between Matt and Alesha and pair them — they begin dating at the beginning of one long-running collection of stories and are Happily Married and expecting their second child as of the most recent one.
    • Additionally, most of those that focus on his shooting have him recovering from his injuries.
  • A late-90's ER fic, titled "Dreams That You Dare To Dream", copied the format of Sliders, placing five of the show's main characters in timelines that altered key points in the show's storylines — Carol did die from her overdose, Susan didn't move to Phoenix, etc. Another, titled "Countdown", set on New Year's Eve 1999, did the same thing, but only focused on one character, Kerry Weaver.
  • Doctor Who has So You Aren't As Human As You Thought You Were which is an AU where The Doctor uses a chameleon Arc in contemporary Britain and is friends with Donna Noble via university.
  • Harboured & Encompassed (Horatio Hornblower fic) has familiar contextual reassignment as it is a Modern AU Library fic. The characters who are young officers in the Royal Navy from Napoleonic wars in canon are re-imagined as students of naval history and one of them is an aspiring actor who has just been cast as an officer of the British Royal Navy in a period piece.
  • Ships Ahoy! is a Odd Squad fanfic that presents a What If? scenario of if Olive had a second former partner in the form of Oscar, and also expands on the endings of episodes from Season 1 of the show.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • Scott Keith's World Hero Federation fics, and the countless verses inspired by them, cast professional wrestlers as superheroes. Maybe it's the spandex...
  • One wrestling crossover is this epic series, written in the late 90's, called Wrestle Trek. Yes, that means what you think it means.
  • A recurring column on WrestleCrap is "Rewriting the Book," which explores scenarios in Professional Wrestling's past storylines (e.g.: Ted DiBiase once offered to buy the WWE World Heavyweight Championship off of Hulk Hogan for one million dollars. In the RTB story, Hogan accepts the payoff).
  • The Hounds of Vegas, as the title suggests, takes place in Las Vegas and features The Shield. In it, Seth Rollins is a dirty cop working under Triple H, Roman Reigns is a good cop in the same department, and Dean Ambrose is a former cop who faked his death. The fic was expanded into a full universe and features other wrestlers as well.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Odyssey, an Exalted fanfic, is notable for both its quality and the fact that the point of divergence has not yet become apparent. (Something happened to the Fivescore Fellowship, though.)
  • The Warhammer 40,000 universe, courtesy of the Bolter and Chainsword forum, has a variation of the canon universes Horus Heresy entitled The Dornian Heresy. Essentially it explores the setting replacing the main antagonist with the titular brother - Rogal Dorn. Still a work in progress.
    • Also of note is a separate attempt, from the same forum, to replace the main antagonist of the Horus Heresy with another of his brothers - Roboute Guilliman.
  • Actually a game mechanic in Twilight Sparkle's Secret Shipfic Folder. A number of the cards are said to be from one of Twilight's more unusual experiments...

    Theatre 
  • Not Completely, Altogether Here has many of the same events as in Wicked canon. Glinda and Elphaba start off as enemies, become friends, run off together to see the Wizard together, etc, etc. There's one major difference: Elphaba began one year later than she did in canon. This caused Galinda to hang around her Girl Posse more, which led Galinda to attempting to prank Dr. Dillamond during a sleepover with her friends, and ultimately ended in Galinda being killed when she catches Morrible murdering Dr. Dillamond. Galinda spends the entirety of the fanfic as a specter. Then she meets her roommate and love interest Elphaba Thropp.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • A Complete Turnabout takes place in an Alternate Universe where the DL-6 incident never happened, with the twist that the main character is Canon!Phoenix, trusted into Alternate!Phoenix' life for reasons yet to be revealed.
    • Dirty Sympathy is a Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney fanfic based on the premise that Daryan Crescend didn't kill Romain LeTouse and Kristoph didn't kill Shadi Enigmar, they were both framed by Klavier and Apollo. They both have their reasons for doing so.
    • Ace Attorney: Shattered Glass is an Ace Attorney fan game where the majority of defense attorneys and prosecutors have switched roles. Winston Payne is still a prosecutor though.
    • Somebody That I Used To Know is a fanfic that works on the premise that Matt Engarde and Juan Corrida were originally long time friends and lovers, instead of being bitter rivals, until something went terribly wrong, and that Juan Corrida and Celeste Inpax didn't REALLY break up, and her death wasn't actually a suicide. An odd example in that, in the end, this story COULD fit in line with actual canon, as only three characters in the entire story are really privy to the alternate events. And given that two of them are Doomed by Canon, and the third would never bother to set the record straight...
    • The Empty Turnabout is one of Dual Destinies. Here, Athena Cykes is not part of the Wright Anything Agency but instead an up-and-coming defense attorney who's pretty famous thanks to Apollo's defense when she was put on trial six months earlier. With the prologue twist that Athena was actually guilty, as Apollo finds out just before the Not Guilty verdict. There's also the fact that Courtroom No. 4 wasn't bombed, but instead it was destroyed in an earthquake.
  • Mean Time to Breakdown diverges from Katawa Shoujo by making Iwanako the one with arrhythmia, suffering a heart attack after a botched Love Confession.

    Webcomics 
  • An Epic Comic is an odd example, the characters are the same from their original franchise, it's that ??? has seen an alternate universe his writers made as canon to the franchise that insults him greatly for what they do to him.
  • Slightly Damned:
    • Blizzard Storm is an AU that diverges from canon via a mix of Alternate Universe Fic and Trapped in Another World via the introduction of an original character from our world and the revival of a popular character.
    • A Different Medius changes just about everything by ending the Great War several millennia early, and stranding angels and demons on Medius. Things like Buwaro being adopted by Azurai and Iratu, being much smarter and a badass, not needing a needing a Star Pendant, instead owning a star-shaped pendant serving a completely different purpose, and Samantha and Toby being Buwaro's best friends are among the less drastic ones. Rhea, oddly, is absent.
  • Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name has several well-loved and widely played with AUs:
    • Dead Of Night is a swapped 'verse, with zombie!Hanna, Unzombie, vampire!Worth, human!Conrad, and so on. Pairings are Conrad/Worth and platonic Hanna/Unzombie. Has coverart, Chapter illustration, and assorted other comics and art.
    • The Punk AU has... well, a brash and outlandishly dressed Hanna, with Unzombie as a police officer he ends up working with. sometimes slash, sometimes pre-slash or friendship.:
      • This is the journal post that started it.
      • Here is a collection of Punk AU fanfic.
    • Then there's the obligatory post-apocalyptic dystopian AU, Lightwaves.
  • Homestuck:

    Web Original 

Alternative Title(s): Alt Fic, Divergence Fic, AU Fic

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