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This genre of fanfiction sets the action one generation (or more) after the source material. As a result, it tends to feature Original Characters more than other genres do.

Compare Kid Fic and Spin-Offspring. A type of Continuation. Has nothing to do with Star Trek, Degrassi, or Sonic The Hedgehog.


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     Anime & Manga 
  • Blazing Generations is a Sword Art Online fanfic focusing on the children of Kirito, Asuna, and friends.
  • Shadow of the Valley by Disguise of Carnivorism is a Death Note Next Gen AU fanfic where Light Yagami raises his daughter to be the next Kira.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! Forever is set in 2018, over a decade after the end of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and follows the exploits of Yugi's son Yugo, Kaiba's son Seta, and their classmates, allies and rivals from one adventure to another, including Duel Monster tournaments.
    • The in-progress Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfic The New Millennium set in the year 7006 (exactly 5,000 years after the last episode of classic Yu-Gi-Oh! aired), follows the adventures of Bennu Tamaki and her co-star, Celeste Blackstone, who obtain two Millennium Items through mysterious circumstances. Upon donning the Items, the two experience strange memory gaps. (Word of God states that they're reincarnations of classic Yu-Gi-Oh! characters, although Celeste's Yami, Aclina, is a character reused from a different plotline.)
  • Mai-HiME: Future is this for Mai-HiME, obviously. Unusually for the genre, the focus is shared between the canon cast and the younger generation, leading to even more Loads and Loads of Characters than the source material.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokemon: 25 Years Later is one for the Pokémon anime, featuring Ash and Misty's daughter going on her own Pokemon training journey. It also features many Fakemon.
    • Tricanon is set sometime after the timeline of the Pokémon anime.
    • The Story Of Silver Ketchum is a Pokémon fic about Ash (and, implied to be Misty's) great-granddaughter Silver going on a Pokémon journey.
    • Yamujiburo has a set of fan-kids, such as Ash and Misty's son Cane.
  • The One Piece fic One's World is basically a story about a new generation of Pirates who aren't necessarily after the treasure of One Piece, but want to accomplish their own set of dreams that will eventually take them to the end of the Grand Line and come across the most formidable enemies.
  • Love Hina Next stars Yamato 'Shima' Urashima, son of Keitaro and Naru, and the members of his own harem.
  • The Shin Sekai is set 20 years after the ending of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan and focuses on Rikuo's children.

    Comic Books 
  • While the focus is mainly on aged up canon characters, this is the premise of the fic We Are the Night. Damian Wayne, now in his twenties, has succeeded Bruce as the Batman, and his fourteen year-old sister Helena is Robin. Many of their allies and adversaries are the children of the Batfamily, the Justice League, and the original Rogues Gallery. Some canon, but some original.

    Film — Animation 
  • Take a Stand: Star of Ceartais takes place 17 years after Zootopia, 16 years after the first installment of "TAS", and features Nick and Judy's teenage daughters Luna and Robyn and their friends and lovers as superheroes. Third installment The Broken Mirror is another five years on when both Wilde sisters have spouses and are planning families.
  • The Lion King: Kiara's Reign stars the next generation of lion cubs after The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • "Firestorm" is a Lois & Clark fanfic about their grown granddaughter.
  • Glee, with all of its different pairing combinations, obviously features several of these, though more in the form of roleplays than actual fics. Most of them feature an original New Directions member returning to McKinley to coach a new group of underdogs, either the kids of the other originals or an all-new cast. One of the examples, Twice Gleeful, features an example of the latter, but with a few children of the canon characters (including a now pushing-twenties Beth Corcoran) thrown in for good measure.
  • In the Arrowverse series Legacy, Oliver and Felicity have been married for over twenty years, happily retired from vigilantism with two children. The story is told through the eyes of their reckless teenager.
  • The Cousins Crane by Phoebe Roberts is written as a pilot for a sequel television series to Frasier, focusing on the children of the main characters, Freddy Crane, David Crane, and Alice Doyle living through millennial malaise in Boston.

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    Visual Novels 

  • Homestuck:
    • The fancomic The Motley Two is set on Alternia some generations after the original, and descendants of the original characters play some role in the plot.
    • Another Homestuck fic, the text-based forum adventure Adult Stuck, mostly focuses on the next generation of ectochildren and occasionally the children of the canon characters.

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     Western Animation 
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: Courage the Cowardly Dog Jr. takes place eight years after the series ended and in a big city called Somewhere rather than a small town called Nowhere. Courage Jr. takes after his father and protects the city from supernatural fiends even worse than the ones from Nowhere while dealing with his father's original enemies and befriending the daughter of one of his dad's worst enemies.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Kilala97's Next Generation art and biographies of the children of the characters of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has inspired an entire group of fanfics by various authors based on her work, with Kilala97's consent and participation. And she now has her own Tropes Page!
    • Lopoddity's Pandoraverse is another next gen universe based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with its own spin-off fanfics and secondary fanart, and has crossed over with the aforementioned Kilalaverse in at least one fic. It, too, has its own tropes page.
    • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell (and its sequel): A handful of families from the time period of the original show have been confirmed as having descendants in the present day - the current King is descended from Prince Blueblood, and members of the Apple, Belle (as in Sweetie Belle) and Pants (as in Fancy Pants) families have been mentioned. Trixie's descendent, Violet Lulamoon, is the Magi Supreme of the Magi-Of-Stars Guard, though she doesn't know her ancestor is the legendary "Blue Sorceress". And at one point, Page Turner admits that her eight-times great-grandmother was Queen Chrysalis.
    • The sequel, Picking Up the Pieces, continued the trend:
      • In chapter 3, Page confirms the identity of another ancestor: Shining Armor, who unknowingly sired a child on Chrysalis, is Page's eight-times great-grandfather.
      • Chapter 4 names the male announcer in the parliament forum as Record Melody, who is confirmed by Word Of God to be a direct descendent of Vinyl Scratch and Octavia Melody. Somehow.
      • Sacher Torte, head dessert chef at the hotel the Bearers are at, is (per Word of God) descended from the Cake family, something further hinted at by her saying she comes "from a long line of bakers and pastry chefs”. By extension, so is her mentioned cousin Mango Cake.
    • Welcome Reality + Equestria exaggerates this trope, taking place 1808 years after season one.
  • Captain of a Rotten Planet tells the story of the next generation of Planeteers.
  • Star VS The Forces Of Evil has loads of original characters that are the children of various different (usually Marco) pairings. Ship War AUnote , if not the fan work that began the trend, is the one that popularized it. This later led to SVTFOE Metaverse, headed by the same fan artist, which serves as a community-wide collaboration showcasing all the various OCs living and interacting in their own "bases" (based on their parentage) at the center of the multiverse. Starco (Star/Marco) kids have a huge spaceship known as the Citadel, Tomstar (Star/Tom) kids have an underground cavern on a nearby planet, Jarco (Jackie/Marco) kids have a small planetoid, etc.
  • Young Justice Next Step is set about 17 or so years after the end of Young Justice, though also serves as a continuation of the series fics the writer had as well. So while not as extreme an example as some others, still counts, as it focuses on the children of The Team trying to come into their own in a world at peace.
  • Parthenogenesis is a Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? fanfic from the POV of Carmen's daughter, Maggie. In it, Carmen has retired as a thief and she travels the world with Maggie.
  • Stories from Steven's Future is a crossover (primarily Steven Universe) fanfic detailing the adventures of the Crystal Gems about 24 years in the future, mainly focusing on Steven and Connie's children and their friends.
  • Jem:
    • Starlight Is For Always takes place over 20 years after Jem. It stars Pilar, the daughter of Jerrica and Rio.
    • Glitter Reunion is a Jem oneshot featuring the kids of several of the series' cast. It's especially focused on Rio and Jerrica's daughter Zoie and Riot and Rapture's son Raoul.
  • Fan-artist E-vay has a series of comics about Aurora, Sonic and Amy's daughter in the Sonic Boom-verse.
  • Sins of the Past picks up fifteen years after Lila Rossi and Hawkmoth succeeded with their plans, leading to Ladybug mysterious disappearing. Kamala Lavillant-Couffaine finds herself with the earrings, haunted by Marinette herself and trying to piece together just what exactly happened back then.


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