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  • A Crown of Stars: Inverted with Shinji and Asuka. They had been travelling between two different universes when the portal got shut down while they were in their native homeworld, trapping them in there. Played straight with the Avaloni soldiers accompanying them that got trapped in the Evaverse.
  • In the Slightly Damned fanfiction Blizzard Storm this is what kicks off the ENTIRE plot of the story. Of course, it's subverted starting from Chapter 17.
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  • In Superman and Man, Christopher Reeve finds himself trapped in a world where he is Superman while the Man of Steel himself finds himself stuck in a world where he's a comic-book character, occupying a disabled person's body.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami features this prominently — with something of a twist. The Light Gods are capable of sending Ami back at any time, and Ami is aware of this fairly early. However, due to Ami's unfortunate bonding with a Dungeon Heart, they refuse to do so. Rightly so — if she returned to her world with a Dungeon Heart, she would inadvertently draw the Dark Gods after her. The story evolves around her attempts to discover a way around this.
  • An excellent example of this trope in fanfic is With Strings Attached. The four are scooped up and dropped on the planet C'hou with nothing except the clothes on their backs and some musical instruments; they're terrified out of their minds and have absolutely no idea why they're there. The reader knows they're there as the subjects of an alien undergraduate psychology experiment (at least initially, until the experiment breaks down), but the four don't learn anything for around a month, when they're told that they've been brought over and equipped to fetch the three pieces of a statue to end a continent-sized curse. The quest is legitimate in context, but was assigned to them after they were equipped.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • Time Will Tell is this done by a fan of the books. Jorryn from America appears in the Shire, and ends up living with Bilbo and Frodo. When Frodo must leave the Shire, Jorryn goes with him. Time Will Tell brings Jorryn through the Old Forest and to Tom Bombadil, in events from the books but Adapted Out of the movies.
    • Home with the Fairies is a deconstruction. Maddie lands in Middle-earth, but she is lost. When she finds a town, she hits a Language Barrier because no one speaks English or knows anything about America, her home. She almost dies, and lampshades the Plot Armor that seems to keep her alive. Unlike most of these characters, Maddie also wants to find a way home.
    • The Game of the Gods features a few Sues who try this, if they're not natives already. This can provide a very quick end to their storyline; jumping into a TV screen showing the LOTR movies won't realistically send you to another world, but it can electrocute you.
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  • In Tales of Hetalia, the Allies and the Axis are sucked into the world of Rukassia by a magic book.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fans have a whole slew of these, referred to as "Human In Equestria" fics.
    • My Little Wesker, in which the spectacularly evil Big Bad of the Resident Evil games becomes trapped in Equestria. He does not approve.
    • Shackles and Friendship has the protagonist, Rodney, become a minor Eldritch Abomination due to his weird reaction to magic — he can store limitless ammounts of it.
    • The Non Brony Verse has our protagonist summoned to Equestria when Celestia sees him get hit by a car. Like Wesker, he also disaproves.
    • The Rise of Darth Vulcan has the protagonist make THE Alicorn Amulet part of his Evil Overlord halloween costume, and gets teleported there when he vows its destruction.
    • The Displaced Verse, wherein a mysterious Merchant sells cosplayers a trinket that gets them sucked into Equestria at the earliest opportunity, as whoever they were cosplaying as at the time. They inevitablelly upset the natives somehow and become a Villain Protagonist.
  • Slipping Between Worlds, in which through the agency of the mysterious Mrs Tachyon and her old-bag-lady shopping trolley - which is not what it seems - a group of British soldiers evade death on Roundworld only to end up in Ankh-Morpork on the Discworld.
  • In They're Not Pussywillow Pixies, this is what happens to Azrael, Gargamel, and the Smurfs when they go through a portal and end up in Neverland.
  • Let us just say that Fan Fic writers LOVE this trope when they do crossovers, self-inserts, etc.
  • This trope is common in contemporary Russian fanfiction, having coined the neologism "попаданец" (literally "one who unwittingly arrived").
  • The story Bring Me Back Home involves Marinette falling through a portal into an alternate Paris, based on the Miraculous Ladybug pilot video, forcing her to deal with a much less friendly Cat Noir than she's used to. In turn, Marinette's counterpart Bridgette ends up in the familiar Paris, is forced to impersonate Marinette for the time being and quickly digs herself into a hole with Alya and Adrien by not realising that Chat Noir is much more popular than she's used to.
  • Another Miraculous Ladybug fic, Ultrasonic, involves Marinette somehow ending up in Zootopia, in the body of a white cat.
  • The old crossover What Insertion? starts with Inuyasha and a real-world collegian being transferred from their respective worlds into the mind of Hellmaster Phibrizzo, then getting him permanently stuck in a more modern setting.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act VI: In response to the breakdown of the peace treaty and the HDA declaring war on the monster world, the Dark Lords close off the gateways to the monster world to prevent them from attacking, trapping Moka and co. in the human world and forcing them into hiding.
  • Elemental Flux revolves around Calvin, Hobbes and Susie getting trapped in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Amazing Fantasy involves Spider-Man being forcibly transported to Izuku's universe by Mysterio's portal. There he's homeless, considered fictional, and is on the run from the police for his vigilantism. After seeing Izuku leap out of traffic the way he had as teenager, Peter decides to teach the newly spider-powered teen how to be Spider-Man while trying to figure out a way home.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: According to his author-given backstory, the omake-exclusive character Reel somehow ended up in an alternate Equestria, just a hair to the side of the canon timeline, where he gained the powers of Kamen Rider Skull and then some (the author swears this is not a Displaced fic, since no conventions were involved and he didn't find his equipment until after he and it arrived there separately). While not strictly trapped there anymore after an encounter with Kamen Riders Decade and Double (which led to his gaining Decade's ability to travel around dimensions), he now calls it home and always returns between visits to other worlds.
  • Boldores And Boomsticks revolves around team RWBY venturing through an ultra wormhole into the pokemon world. A later chapter reverses the situation, with an Absol careening into Remnant moments before the wormhole snaps shut and joining Taiyang, Winter, Qrow, and team JNPR in their quest to go after their lost friends and family.
  • Point Me At The Skyrim plot starts off with the superhero Antares waking up on the cart to Helgen for execution. Suffice to say she does not take being held against her will in a fantasy world, with no idea how she had arrived there, well at all.
  • Mass Foundations has this as a basic plotline for Redemption in the Stars, A New Day, and All the World's a Stage. Something had caused the protagonist(s) to be transported to another universe and they have to adapt and maybe find a way back. Though in All the World's a Stage, the Doctor and the Lone Wanderer were able to travel between universes thanks to the TARDIS.
  • Abyssal Plain has the superhero and supervillain team of Breakthrough and Undersiders from Ward finding themselves in the Abyss from Pact. Bonus points for the teams to come from a universe without magic, now facing off against magical threats.
  • In crossover fanfiction Displaced, Spider-Man is dropped off in the DC Universe with no apparent way to return home.
  • In Son of Sparda D×D, Dante winds up in the D×D world aged down to 16 after his battle with Argosax the Chaos. He's not too concerned with getting back to his world and is mostly just trying to live life and pay his bills. This also applies to Vergil and Modeus, both of whom have been there much longer than Dante has.
  • Ragna ends up trapped in Fiore in Bonds Beyond the Boundary. Kokonoe manages to link the gap between their worlds so Ragna can now leave when he feels like it. He refuses, as Terumi is in the Fairy Tail world and Ragna will be damned if he lets him roam around and cause havoc.
  • Many BlazBlue characters are trapped in the world of Fire Emblem Fates in the Fanfic, Fire Emblem Fates: Calamity, and have all been stuck there for five years. To top it off, many characters, such as Ragna, Noel, and Bang, are all suffering from a case of Wistful Amnesia and don't remember their old world, believing themselves to be inhabitants of the Fates world.
  • Metro: Zigzagged Trope. Mads and Thomas are from Another Universe, specifically, the Shadowrun universe, and effectively also have You Can't Go Home Again, as while they can, they wouldn't be given a warm welcome if they made it.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Ami, in combination with You Can't Go Home Again, being stuck in the Dungeon Keeper universe and researching a way to get her soul back and return home.
  • The Portal: Thomas Smith and his family wind up being pulled into the Dragon Realms, and it's heavily implied that they may be unable to return to their world.
  • Hearts of Ice: Akane is exiled to the Kami Plane by Cologne's magic, and she spends seven years fighting demons until she manages to return to her own plane.


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