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Final Fantasy

Bandages by bandagesisfinished
VIIVIII Sephiroth is not a mess easily cleaned up. In their Garden, the SeeDs find themselves with two new problems on their hands: a psychotic, silver haired mass murderer, and Cloud Strife, determined to finish what Jenova started.
Final Fantasy X-overs – Rated: M – Drama/Fantasy – Chapters: 16 – Words: 72,674 – Nov 19, 2009 – Complete

Of the Final Fantasy crossovers I’ve read, this one is by far my favorite. At times hilarious, other times heart-wrenching, it has everything we love about both fandoms. Seifer surliness. Cloud and Sephiroth twisted dancing. Crazy Cloud. Angry Squall. Tifa trying to Fix Things. And Vincent and Cid in the background, being awesome and subtly Together.

Finding the Spirit by Mako Red Eyes
Yaoi Valenwind xmasy holiday sap. be warned. When Cid gets sick from being out in bad weather, Vin learns about his caring side, and earns himself a friend. He also discovers the holiday magic along with a certain special someone.
Final Fantasy VII – Rated: M – Romance – Chapters: 14 – Words: 48,770 – Nov 3, 2004 – Complete

This is one of the first fanfiction I ever read and my introduction to the idea of the Cid/Vincent pairing. This author coined the term Valenwind and was my inspiration for the pairing. It continues to amuse and delight me to this day.
Living with Heart by DB2020
The darker side to the Balamb Lion’s past, and even darker desires between father and son. The storms sweep through Esthar, bringing life altering changes for everyone they hit. Yaoi, Inc,
Final Fantasy VIII – Rated: Adult ++ – Chapters: 20 – Sep 23, 2006 – Complete
This Laguna/Squall fic is fairly dark and gritty with elements that might be squicky or trigger for some. But I love the complexity of the relationships developed here and I enjoyed watching the moral struggle that Laguna faced. I also enjoyed seeing Seifer put Rinoa in her place.
Irvine was doing just fine and dandy, engaged to his darling Selphie, until he walked in on Squall attempting suicide. Adult themes, violence, a good helping of cussing, some sex scenes, and a moomba kitten named Grrface. Irvine x Squall yaoi.
Final Fantasy VIII – Rated: M – Angst/Humor – Chapters: 30 – Words: 72,580 – Jan 26, 2007 – Complete
What I enjoy best about this one is the writing style utilized. It is also incredibly amusing and something I can still enjoy reading even nearly ten years later. The writing is superb and this remains one of my FF8 go-to fics.
One Section of B-Garden is never used. There is a reason for that. Horror/Supernatural. Yaoi, violence, Non-con other horrible things. Yaoi
Final Fantasy VIII – Oneshot – Rated: M – Mar 28, 2005 – Complete
Creepy. That’s the best way I can describe this horror-themed story with a variety of pairings from our favorite FF8 characters. It’s dark and twisted and perfect for a Halloween night.
Somatic Memory by DB2020
COMPLETE A freak accident lands Squall under the care of an irritated exknight. The relationship that develops soon becomes something only Seifer has any memory of. When Seifer can’t let go, will he be able to make Squall’s body remember? Anal, Bi, Yaoi
Final Fantasy VII – Rated: Adult ++ – Chapters: 4 – Dec 12, 2006 – Complete
This particular author writes many of my favorite Seifer/Squall stories. She has a great knack for writing Seifer as the arrogant asshole that he is, acknowledging that he’s actually kind of a jerk, while giving him a soft side that still makes him appealing. She doesn’t feminize Squall either or turn him into the stereotypical anime-themed uke. This one has some sketchy consent issues because of what happens to Squall, but other than that, it’s hot as hell.

Transformers

Art of the Match by Flybystardancer and Gatekat
G1 AU Bluestreak/Sideswipe/Sunstreaker
Bluestreak is the Second Creation of Praxian nobles. Sunstreaker and Sideswipe are First Creations of Crystal City noble family. Even though it’s Sunstreaker that’s supposed to find and court a mate for him and his twin, it doesn’t quite work out that way, much to Sideswipe’s amusement.

AUs are ever so much fun in Transformers and I particularly like the way they do this one. Bluestreak is  virgin, a trope I usually do not like, but he’s not treated like a simpering idiot. He’s smart and sassy and the perfect match for Sidewipe and Sunstreaker. There’s also a moment where it’s almost Bluestreak/Soundwave that I like, too. It’s a cute little romance that’s good for a rainy day.

A Wing and a Prayer by Atalan
G1: The problem with falling in love with an Aerialbot is that his brothers are part of the deal. The problem with falling in love with someone with unfinished business is that sometimes the unfinished business is Starscream… Skyfire/Silverbolt
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: T – Romance/Friendship – Chapters: 25 – Words: 179,806 – Mar 21, 2013 – Complete

Not a fan of Skyfire/Starscream, I am very much a fan of this story, which is a slow-build romance with plenty of canon references. It has some humorous moments and it tugs at the heartstrings in all the best kinds of ways.

The Aby of Darkness by padawanjinx
Sticky. Sunstreaker’s reputation as a ruthless fighter and violent lover are well known. But when his passion can no longer find completion, he searches for what’s missing. Unfortunately getting what he wants just might kill him. DARK NONcon SURPRISE END
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: M – Angst/Romance – Chapters: 13 – Words: 73,236 – Apr 8, 2012 – Complete

This is a very dark, very violent take on Sunstreaker’s backstory and the ending shocked the hell out of me and also made me breathless for more. This fic is not for the faint of heart, but it is so very worth it. Sunstreaker is not a nice mech but he does get what’s coming to him.

After Atlantis by anondecepticon
Canon-faithful, Wheeljack-centric. An alternate ending to the G1 episode “Atlantis, Arise.” Raped by Starscream, Wheeljack struggles to cope. Not your standard rapefic. Slash ensemble, multiple pairings. Rated M for mature themes; may be triggering.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: M – Hurt/Comfort/Angst – Chapters: 33 – Words: 149,654 – Oct 31, 2010 – Complete

If you were to ask many members of TF fandom to name one of the best TF fics, especially one with a rare pairing, that handles the aftermath of rape very well, I guarantee at least half of them would name this fic. It is well-written, fully-developed, and realistically accurate. It is a true story, in every shape of the word. And that it runs parallel to canon events makes it all the more striking.

An Adjustment of Plans by L. Mouse
Soundwave is captured by the Autobots after being severely and permanently damaged in battle.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: M – Hurt/Comfort/Romance – Chapters: 32 – Words: 252,089 – May 31, 2014 – Complete

Soundwave/Ratchet, a pairing I hadn’t known I needed until this particular fic. But more engaging is how the author handles a disability combined with what lengths a character will go to survive when they’ve lost almost everything. This is a fantastic story and the characters are marvelously in-character.

CSI: Ark by MoonMadKitty
Oh no! Someone’s murdered Bluestreak! Well, not really No problem, Jazz is on the case! Can he solve the Murder Mystery before Prowl forces him to attend staff meetings for the rest of the month?
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: T – Adventure/Humor – Chapters: 9 – Words: 24,513 – Aug 29, 2007 – Complete

One of the first fics I read in the Transformers fandom, this one is laugh out loud hilarious. This ensemble fic ramps up the humor to unparalleled degrees and is endlessly quotable. Optimus had me in stitches and Jazz’s POV only made it all the more funny.

The Art of Death by FairladyZ2005
G1: Set during season 2 just after The Master Builder. The discovery of a missing art notebook has Grapple investigating a mystery but just what does any of it have to do with Sunstreaker’s past?
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: K+ – Drama – Chapters: 12 – Words: 32,043 – Aug 19, 2007 – Complete

This is an excellent look at Sunstreaker through the optics of another character. It’s also a great fic for two underutilized characters, Hoist and Grapple. I also enjoyed the way the author considers the effect of war on soldiers.

Dancing with the Autobots by Kryschenn reviews
G1. To raise funds while polishing their already positive public image, Jazz and Blaster develop an Autobot-focused reality TV show. The prize for the winners is a golden trophy, which Megatron soon covets as a device vital to his own nefarious purposes.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: T – Humor – Chapters: 10 – Words: 65,526 – Oct 8, 2011 – Complete

This fic falls into the category: so funny it should be criminal. It has a subtle humor to it as well as overt and while a part of me is sad it only features mech/femme pairings, the rest of it was golden. I particularly enjoyed the poke at reality shows and involving the other Hasbro enterprises like G.I. Joe and Jem and the Holograms.

Desperate Measures by Super Chocolate Bear
Four million years ago, the Autobot Council, with energon supplies dwindling, puts Optimus Prime in command of a mission to find more.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: K+ – Adventure/Humor – Chapters: 8 – Words: 28,411 – Dec 31, 2006 –  Complete

One of my favorite takes on how the Ark crew was gathered. It’s a great introduction to all of our favorite characters and it’s quite amusing. One of the follow-up fics “The Greater Good” is also fascinating.

Fracture Mechanics by unknown ghost author
How mechs and factions break apart, and the choices that drive both to their furthest limits. Realities for everyone are redefined and nothing is as it seems.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: M – Suspense/Romance – Chapters: 15 – Words: 187,787 – Jun 4, 2011 – Complete

A favorite pairing plus a mind fuck? Sign me up please! Few things promote more angst than a cross-factional pairing and this one right here takes the cake. Usually it’s a result of some kind of post-war slave era but this one is during the war and I particularly enjoy the added crush of Prowl’s side story. If you want your heart stomped on, this is the fic to do it.

The Number One Reason Never to Listen to Mirage by Vericus
Sometimes, Jazz’s inability to turn down a challenge can get him into very interesting situations. Pleasant, but interesting. SLASH
Rated: M – English – Humor/Romance – Jazz, Megatron – Words: 5,217 – Published: Apr 3, 2011 – Status: Complete

This fic is simultaneously hot and hilarious. It was the first fic that made me want to write Jazz/Megatron in the future and I adore it. The dialogue is witty and I love Megatron in this. He’s both menacing and intelligent, with a dash of hilarity thrown in for good measure. He and Jazz are as hot as the sun together and I love how they are both manipulating each other. Jazz is no damsel in distress, and Megatron is no megalomaniacal tyrant.

Phoenix by The Starhorse
A look at the history of Ratchet’s relationship to Sideswipe, told in snapshots.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: K+ – Drama – Chapters: 1 – Oct 20, 2009 – Complete

Hands down, the best look at Ratchet and Sideswipe’s (platonic) relationship. It is also the best character study pieces on Ratchet and one of the best character studies I have ever read. It follows their first meeting and rounds up during their time on Earth and it is fascinating. A pinnacle of writing talent.

Quits by Borath
“I want an interface. That’s all. Peace after all these years in exchange for your pride.” / And dignity, a subtle voice supplied to Optimus as he felt his features slacken in horror.: Hard M chapter 1. OP/M – OP/IH
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: M – Angst/Hurt/Comfort – Chapters: 11 – Words: 41,212 – Sep 7, 2009 – Complete

A dark and twisted look on the means Megatron will utilize to win/end the war. It’s also a fascinating glimpse into the concept of rape for a species that doesn’t have a quite-so-physical equivalent. Very well done and very realistic. The conversation between Optimus and Mikaela is especially poignant.

Replacement: Roads by Dragon of Dispair reviews
For Scorponok the road from Decepticon assassin to trusted Autobot isn’t exactly a smooth one. Ficlets set in the same continuity as my oneshot “Replacement”. Not posted in chronological order.
Transformers – Rated: T – English – Chapters: 37 – Words: 87,342 – May 1, 2008 – Complete

Set in Bayverse, this series of oneshots also has cameos from Stargate. It’s a handy look at what a drone is on Cybertron and features a Decepticon who has an amusing taste for Christmas music. Optimus Prime is forced to make a difficult moral decision.

Riding With Tracks by Kenya Starflight
2007 Movie. Raoul thought he was getting a great deal on a gorgeous car. What he ended up getting was more hassle and adventure than he ever bargained for.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: T – Adventure/Friendship – Chapters: 1 – Words: 10,431 – Oct 3, 2008 – Complete

This fic is a fantastic way to introduce both Raoul and Tracks to the Bayverse universe. Their banter is hilarious and the writing is excellent. This is one of my favorite Tracks-themed fics.

Serve by Borath
Megatron would have terminated immediately if he could. Soundwave’s feelings towards the sparkling are not quite so simple. Mpreg, no pairings.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: K+ – Drama/Hurt/Comfort – Chapters: 1 – Words: 4,650 – Mar 7, 2011 – Complete

The ending took me by surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed the peek into the relationship (not romantic) between Soundwave and Megatron. There’s also a good bit of character study in here, too that makes this fascinating.

Snap, Crackle, Pop by ShyLight
Sideswipe hates teleporting and therefore, by association, hates Skywarp. Sunstreaker unleashes an unholy wrath upon the Decepticon base due to a misunderstanding. No jet packs or GPS systems were harmed in the making of this fic…Beyond repair anyway.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: T – Humor – Chapters: 5 – Words: 30,877 – Mar 18, 2010 – Complete

While some of the technical writing (grammar, spelling, etc) in this makes me cringe, the hilarity makes reading the fic worthwhile. I know I was grinning ear to ear as I read it and my favorite bit of humor has to do with Optimus chastising Megatron for trying to steal his one “psychopath” when he has so many of his own. Definitely worth a read.
TFA: Shockwave always intended to take Blurr with him, but a mistake is made. However, it works out in Shockwave’s favor. Non-con with giant robots. Shockwave, Blurr, Cliffjumper.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: T – Angst/Drama – Chapters: 46 – Words: 113,626 – Jun 3, 2010Sep 28, 2009 – Complete
A very dark fic, not for the faint of heart, it’s one of the first I read with the “TFA Shockwave likes minibots” trope and it’s one of the best done. It’s a realistic look at surviving and recovering a repeated rape situation and there’s many times it gave me a chill to my bones. Another of her fics, Streamline, had an ending that made my jaw drop because it’s not what we would call happy. Both are great fics.
Story of a lifetime by taralynden

In the long war, every mech had a story. This is just one of them. This is Prowl.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: M — Drama/Romance – Chapters: 103 – Words: 265,329 – Updated: Dec 22, 2011 – Complete
A long Prowl/Jazz fic that spans the course of the war and beyond. It runs along with canon and features all of the characters we know and love. It’s angst-filled, romantic, at times humorous, and is one of the best long-fics to read on a rainy day with a cup of coca.
Lennox wasn’t aware the Autobot team was incomplete, until an unexpected arrival reveals an equally unexpected threat. A NEST perspective on events as Sunstreaker joins his twin Sideswipe on Earth. Post-RotF.
Transformers – Rated: T – Adventure/Angst – Chapters: 3 – Words: 13,192 – Sep 25, 2010 – Complete
I take any excuse to read about the twins, especially when they are thrust into Bayverse and I’m fond of how this one is introduced. Using the human characters as vehicles for Cybertronian culture is always a fascinating method, especially Will Lennox, one of the few human characters I like.

Twinning the Hatchet by ryagelle
The twins are up to their usual shenanigans, and Ratchet gets caught in the middle. G1
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: M – Romance/Angst – Chapters: 11 – Words: 13,571 – Oct 28, 2007 – Complete

The fic that originally introduced me to the Ratchet/Twins pairing and remains my favorite to this day. It is the first in a series that later brings in the Wheeljack/Bluestreak pairing which is equally adorable. It is equal parts hilarious, romantic, and angsty and one of my favorite ones of the series involves Sideswipe getting what’s coming to him. A must read.

The Unexpected Rookie by Kenya Starflight
Crossover with Pixar’s Cars. Lightning McQueen returns for his second Dinoco 400, little realizing that trouble is brewing in the form of a Decepticon menace… and a new rookie known as Hot Rod.
Crossover – Transformers/Beast Wars & Cars – Rated: K+ – Adventure – Chapters: 7 – Words: 30,995 – Feb 25, 2007 – Complete

I’m not big on crossovers because most of them don’t make sense. But a Transformers/Cars crossover? Inevitable to me, and I’m fond of how this one is handled. Especially because it features Hot Rod who I think needs more screen time. This fic also capitalizes well on the hilarity that is G1.

Trials of a Seeker by Sorciere
Will gets turned into a Seeker. Things really go downhill from there. Semi-serious crack-bunny, rated for a couple of later chapters.
Transformers – Rated: M – Adventure/Humor – Chapters: 51 – Words: 202,590 – Sep 16, 2010 – Complete

Humans-turned-TF fics are very difficult to get right. This one not only does so, but excels. We are equally focused on how hard it is for Will to adopt to being Cybertronian as we notice how difficult it is for the Autobots to accept a Seeker in their midst. This is as much a TF-turned-human trope as it is a look into the cultural differences on Cybertron. Plus, it has an IronhidexRatchetxWill threesome that’s just enough of a tease to make my toes curl.
What You Wish For by Ultharkitty
Dead End wants to know what it’s like to die. Vortex offers to help, giving him access to his collection of fully immersive home-made snuff movies. But once is not enough, and as Vortex enables Dead End’s descent into addiction it has repercussions for both their teams.
Contains major character death, minor character and OC death, snuff, rape, graphic violence, consent issues, manipulation, in-team violence, mixed robot porn (sparks, sticky, p’n’p, tactile), dystopic future, and spark bonding. Also contains a vast quantity of fluff.

Very dark. Very gritty. Will leave you guessing throughout the entirety of the fic. The ending was both surprising and expected. Very well written exploration of character motivations and character insight. Not for the faint of heart. Very worth it, however.

Yellow Ribbon by Zea T

Something is very wrong on the Ark, but why is Bluestreak the only one to notice, and what’s happened to Jazz and Prowl? G1, story now complete.
Transformers/Beast Wars – Rated: T – Drama/Hurt/Comfort – Chapters: 11 – Words: 53,342 – Jul 27, 2011 – Complete
Although it features Jazz/Prowl, a pairing I try to avoid, I enjoyed the plot behind this the most. It’s an interesting look at the Autobot army’s dynamic and it’s full of that angsty goodness that makes you want to weep. Bluestreak is awesome and that’s always worth five stars in my book.
Assorted Fandoms
Atlas by Angel Baby1

Between what was and what will be stands James Tiberius Kirk, in all his fractured patchwork glory. Because saving the Federation was only the beginning. Eventual K/S
Star Trek: 2009 – Rated: M – Adventure/Drama – Chapters: 25 – Words: 146,442 – Jan 18, 2013 – Complete
I’m not a huge member of this fandom but this one fic stuck out to me. It’s the only one I bothered to remember. It can be read by anyone only vaguely familiar with the series and is so well-executed that I look forward to anything further the author may write. Bravo.
HPDM slash. Post War, Post Hogwarts, HBP spoilers. Right smack in the middle of a stormy divorce from Ginny, Harry has no reason to be attracted to his Arguer, Draco Malfoy. I mean, it’s Malfoy.
Harry Potter – Rated: M – Drama/Romance – Chapters: 33 – Words: 129,552 – Jul 19, 2007 – Complete
I don’t spend much time in the Harry Potter fandom because I wasn’t a huge fan of the series, but I enjoy nearly everything this writer has done. This was the first fic I read and it still remains my favorite to this day. She is another writer who uses realistic reactions and behaviors. She writes a lot of AUs and all of them are worth a look.
A twisted serial killer chooses a new play toy: the detective in charge of his case. Detective Nicholas D. Wolfwood hunts the killer, but his own dark past surfaces to haunt him. SLASH, AU, adult themes, sexual content, strong language.
Trigun – Rated: M – Mystery/Romance – Chapters: 33 – Words: 278,777 – Aug 25, 2007 – Complete
One of the first and only fics I read in the Trigun fandom, this AU piece is masterfully written, gritty, and kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. It’s dark and delicious, definitely a story for adults, and gave me my first love for the twisted. I come back to this one time and time again whenever I feel the need to be breathless.
Stygian Solace by Uzumaki-sama

By taking Riku’s hand, Sora alters their destinies, and Riku takes his rightful place as the keyblade master. Now as Riku plays between his duty as a hero and his own confused judgment, Sora tries to suppress the darkness within both of them. RS

Kingdom Hearts – Rated: M – Adventure/Romance – Chapters: 48 – Words: 613,451 – Nov 5, 2011 – Complete
This is probably one of the most well-known Kingdom Hearts slash fics. At it’s heart, it answers the question, what if Sora had taken Riku’s hand at the beginning of the game? But it is so much more than that. It is long, satisfying, and keeps you guessing all the way until the end.
Working a brutal case left Greg and Sara shaken until Nick and Grissom intervened. A blend of drama, romance and humor with character backstory and relationship details. Pairings Nick & Greg and GSR are the focus.
CSI – Rated: M – Drama/Humor – Chapters: 32 – Words: 179,614 – Jul 2, 2007 – Complete
One of the first fics I ever read in this fandom (and one of the only) this is actually the first in a series. I am fond of this one because I feel the author is very realistic in her depiction of many different emotional and relationship challenges. I think it’s a fair look at what life is really like. And the characters are wonderfully IC.

 

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