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Trigger WarningsKinksGenrePairings/ShipsFic InfoReason for RecommendationName / Recommended byThis fic rec is accessible to non-fandom readers.Additional Notes by SubmitterAdditional Notes by Jercy
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Jaime Lannister Investigations - Episode 1 of 13https://archiveofourown.org/works/8162326A Song of Ice and Fire & Related Fandoms (ASOIAF Books & Game Thrones)PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete12.3NONENONERomance, Alternate Universe, CrossoverM/FAuthor: ShirleyAnn66

Summary: "Try this for a deep, dark secret: the great detective, Jaime Lannister? He doesn’t exist. I invented him. Follow. I always loved excitement, so I studied, and apprenticed, and put my name on an office. But absolutely nobody knocked down my door. Apparently, a freakishly tall, ugly woman was nobody’s idea of a private investigator! So I invented a superior. A decidedly HANDSOME and MASCULINE superior. Suddenly there were cases around the block. It was working like a charm... until the day HE walked in, with his green eyes and mysterious past. And before I knew it, he assumed Jaime Lannister’s identity. Now I do the work, and he takes the bows. It’s a dangerous way to live, but as long as people buy it, I can get the job done. We never mix business with pleasure. Well, almost never. I don’t even know his real name!"

Addtional Tag(s): Remington Steele AU, Modern AU, book!versions more than show!versions of characters
AnonoymousYes
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Hell is Emptyhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/3760582A Song of Ice and Fire & Related Fandoms (ASOIAF Books & Game Thrones)M (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete198.9(Non-explicit) Violence, Sexual Assault, Mental HealthNONERomance, Alternate Universe, FantasyM/FAuthor: ashotofjac

Summary: Still unmarried and unbetrothed, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen is urged to find a bride at the tourney at Harrenhal. With King Aerys growing more unhinged as each day passes, the Dragon Prince must secure his line in order to overthrow the Mad King.

Lyanna Stark is chosen to wed the prince, much to her displeasure, and must leave the North to play princess with the dragons. But she quickly learns that the fire burns deadly in the royal family, and winter has no place in King's Landing.

Hell, she finds, is empty and all the devils are at Court.
AnonoymousMaybeThis fic is based around a canon divergence quite a while before the story would’ve started. The characters and situations are quite unfamiliar to everyone and, while it certainly would be easier to get into if you know canon, you could still enjoy it without knowing the original story.
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Summer Stormhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/12345663A Song of Ice and Fire & Related Fandoms (ASOIAF Books & Game Thrones)PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete221.9NONENONEGen / Canon Compliant, Slice of Life, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, Horror, Coming of Age, Travel, FriendshipNoneAuthor: SaintEpithet

Summary: In the peaceful years of Robert I. Baratheon's reign, Beric, recently knighted, leaves the nest of Blackhaven to seek fame and fortune across Westeros. Between the tourneys and tales around campfires, he learns that not all that glimmers is gold. While some knights are less shiny than their armor suggests, crackling facades also reveal true friendship and honor where Beric didn't expect it.

Additional Tag(s):
Pre-Canon, Non-Sexual Intimacy, Medieval Accuracy, Worldbuilding, Lore Exploration, No Romance, Canon Divergence
Shows that not all fanfic is porn.AnonoymousYes
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Familyhttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/3703685/1/FamilyAnimaniacs, Looney Tunes, Tiny Toon AdventuresPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Abandoned760.0Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Depictions of physical/emotional child abuseNONESlice of Life, Alternate Universe, CrossoverM/FAuthor: The Middle Warner Sibling

Summary: A different look at the Warners. This fic will follow the siblings from their beginnings, through Animaniacs and beyond.
Excellent showcase of the best fanfiction has to offer. Characters remain true to themselves but with a unique vision, and are extremely well-developed with flaws and complexities and incredibly real interactions with each other. Detailed worldbuilding, and again feels extremely real. Has a very wide emotional range; there's lots of humor but it's also not afraid to cover darker themes.IHCYes
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Dresdenhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/4719944Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)M (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete334.4Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Graphic/Disturbing ImageryNONEAngst, Alternate Universe, ActionM/MAuthor: hedera_helix

Summary: When Levi acquired his false identification he knew that the key to survival would be to stay unnoticed and to contain the bitterness and anger he feels inside himself. As the tides of war start to turn against Germany, however, Levi finds himself in a position to make a choice.

Additional Tag(s):
World War II, Alternate Universe, Historical
This fic is a historical AU set in WWII. The author uses established characters as a jumping off point by using their cannon personalities and characteristics but otherwise is completely detached from the original series (at the time the fic was written). This fic was printed via a not for profit self-publishing and I've actually lent the book to friends and family that have no reference to the original series.AnonoymousYes
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Tower of Babelhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1718279Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete116.4Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Alcohol Abuse, Underground Street Fighting, Teen Pregnancy, Mentions of HomelessnessNONEAlternate UniverseM/F, F/FAuthor: ohthelinsanity

Summary: After her previous college roommates moved out, Sasha managed to find the three replacements to keep her flat: Ymir, her alcohol connoisseur co-worker, Annie, a secret underground fighter, and Krista, the bastard of a rich man who pays her to keep her identity a secret. Three's all she needed, but when Sasha meets a homeless, pregnant teen by the name of Mikasa, she can't turn her away.

But in the wake of their new living arrangements, the girls are challenged to see their problems in a new light, and things start to pile up: liquor bottles, hospital visits, credit card bills, and maternity clothes. Sasha is determined to keep together the apartment of people she brought under one roof, even though it comes at a sacrifice. But the cute bald guy at the comedy club thinks she doesn't have to sacrifice a thing: all she has to do is accept a little help.

Additional Info: Centered around the friendships of the main five girls, not really about the relationships, story about 4 roommates taking in a homeless pregnant girl, and finding a family amongst their differences.
The BEST fanfiction I have ever read, in any fandom. The characters are so well written (the central five are female characters who are underdeveloped in canon) and the story is believable, relatable, sad and happy and humorous and comforting in all equal parts, at all the right times. Each of the five girls goes through their own struggles and faces them with the support of the others, and even though there are relationships the focus is on the five girls and the found family between them, and it is the BEST written story about found families I have ever found. You don't need to know the fandom at all, honestly, to read this fic - the AU is so far removed from the canon, and the characters featured have so little backstory in canon that they are pretty much given new and complete ones in this story. I can't explain how good the characters are in this, and how well written and believable their relationships are. Honestly, I recommend this to anyone and everyone that I can, because anyone can and SHOULD read it.bandiitsYesTHIS IS THE BEST DAMN FANFIC I HAVE EVER READ. AND I READ A LOT.
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Embershttps://archiveofourown.org/works/3591783Avatar: The Last AirbenderPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete704.0Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEGen / Canon Compliant, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, ActionNoneAuthor: Vathara

Summary: Dragon's fire is not so easily extinguished; when Zuko rediscovers a lost firebending technique, shifting flames can shift the world...
Sagebrush: If I were asked to choose my favorite thing I ever read, fanfiction or original published work, Embers is number 3. Of everything I've ever read. The world building is exquisite, and honestly is remember anything written by them. It starts with such a simple premise, and then expands, including more of the more of the Avatar world that wasn't even really examined until the Legend of Korra.

yumantimatter: This long-form fic is a reimagining of the A:TLA universe, and one of the best examples of the AU genre. Vathara builds upon the existence of spirits in the original story, taking them from a background element to an everpresent force in the characters' lives. Although her tale begins in the middle of the A:TLA timeline, she offers enough explanation of canon events and characters that those new to the fandom will have no trouble following along. She supplements her writing with in-depth research of topics from our world, on everything from ancient legends and the history of volcanic eruptions to military tactics and high-altitude farming, and blends this research with canon to create a fantasy world that is deeply believable. Her original characters and the original cast get equal time to shine, and the story she weaves is significantly darker but no less compelling than canon.
Sagebrush and yumantimatterMaybeSagebrush: Some of the deeper world building might be off putting further in, as it involves more Asian based spirits and mythos.

yumantimatter: There are mentions of rape, but nothing happens on the page or to any of the actual characters.
This fic was recommended TWICE by two different contributors.

The version of the fic on Ao3 is a repost, shared with permission by the original author.

Original fic found on FF.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5398503/1/Embers
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The Problem With Zukohttps://archiveofourown.org/works/128154Avatar: The Last AirbenderPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete25.2NONENONEGen / Canon Compliant, Alternate Universe, FantasyNoneAuthor: AvocadoLove

Summary: AU: Lu Ten never died at Ba Sing Se, and Fire Lord Iroh rules the nation with an iron fist. Zuko is merely the son of the second prince, overlooked by his more talented younger sister and can only dream of the day when he will be finally allowed to prove himself in battle. When Lu Ten returns, triumphant, with the Avatar and his Water Tribe companions in chains, Zuko is put in charge of their imprisonment. But he soon learns that things are not what they seem with both the child Avatar and within his own family. And soon, Zuko will have a decision to make. How much good can one overlooked nephew to the throne do?
AnonoymousNo
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Reluctant Herohttps://archiveofourown.org/works/497201Avatar: The Last AirbenderPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Work in Progress203.2NONENONEAlternate Universe, Fantasy, Action, HorrorNoneAuthor: PAW_07

Summary: "It was an accident." That was what Zuko had said to his crew when he used an element he hadn't been meant to. Air. But... he wasn't the Avatar. The Avatar was supposed to be in the Earth Kingdom, hidden by its walls. That is unless the old Avatar had died long ago. AU-ish.
Easy to understand and super fun to read.AnonoymousYes
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The Canals are Burninghttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/12384873/1/The-Canals-are-BurningAvatar: The Last AirbenderPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete298.6Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEGen / Canon Compliant, Slice of Life, Romance, Supernatural, Political Drama, MysteryF/FAuthor: Cuofeng

Summary: Race, class, politics, and belief. Two decades after the end of the Hundred Year War the city of Ba Sing Se is changing. At the river harbor foreign ships unload their cargo, in the inner rings professors and ministers debate the fate of the nation, and in the shadowed alleys new magic emerges. Ayika is a poor servant but she will soon be at the heart of a crisis in this new world.
This is my own story.AnonoymousYesThe only possible concern is that it does not use any canon characters though it borrows the cannon setting.
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such selfish prayershttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/12155055/1/such-selfish-prayersAvatar: The Last AirbenderPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete50.2Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEGen / Canon CompliantM/FAuthor: cupid-painted-blind

Summary: Katara's ambition, so long set aside for the good of others, breaks free and sets fire to her soul. Or, Katara has a vision of her canon future, casts it aside, and becomes a world-changing politician instead.
It's very much a fic about recovery, breaking up and getting stronger from it, and being better beacuse of it. A reminder about the good politicians can do in this world, particularly needed in a time when much is going with them. A post canon fix-it, that feels very true to the character of Katara.ColegateMaybeIt takes place after the series ends, but I feel that the fic keeps the audiance well informed of canon,without putting the reader too out of depth.
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Imagine The Oceanhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/114603Avatar: The Last AirbenderPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete117.9NONENONEAlternate Universe, ActionM/FAuthor: Damkianna

Summary: Hakoda found the boy in the ice eight days before Kya went into labor. Avatar!Katara AU.
This is a wonderful AU fic where Katara is the Avatar, and Aang died pre-series. It follows the general plot of the original series, but creates something wholly it’s own by fleshing out the universe more, adding in plotlines, and making use of multiple character perspectives. It belongs to a series, but is the first fic in it and it’s not necessary to continue on and read the other fics (though I would recommend it, they’re similarly fantastic).ElisWishMaybeA passing knowledge of the premise of A:TLA is beneficial (I hadn’t watched the series since I was little when I read this fic, so it really doesn’t have to be that detailed), but I’m fairly confident that the fic explains and expands on canon enough for it not to be necessary.
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Bloodlinehttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/12107058/1/BloodlineAvatar: The Last AirbenderPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete7.3Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEGen / Canon CompliantNoneAuthor: mon-petit-pois

Summary: The portraits of the Royal Gallery have a story to tell, ready for those who look closely.
I think that it's an exceptionally excellent series of character studies on the Fire Nation Royal Family, specifically for its focus on Zuko and his daughter. It's well-written, and for as relatively short as it is it packs a punch in terms of thoughtful character treatment.Fantastic NonsenseYes
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Embershttps://archiveofourown.org/works/3591783/chapters/7921653Avatar: The Last AirbenderM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete704.2Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Graphic/Disturbing Imagery, Explicit use of brainwashing and other mind-modifying techniques, main character is from an abusive family and struggles with this trauma, scenes of warNONEAlternate Universe, Supernatural, ActionNoneBy: Vathara
Author summary: Dragon's fire is not so easily extinguished; when Zuko rediscovers a lost firebending technique, shifting flames can shift the world...
Additional info: This fic was originally written on fanfiction.net and has been reposted to the Archive with the author's permission.
This long-form fic is a reimagining of the A:TLA universe, and one of the best examples of the AU genre. Vathara builds upon the existence of spirits in the original story, taking them from a background element to an everpresent force in the characters' lives. Although her tale begins in the middle of the A:TLA timeline, she offers enough explanation of canon events and characters that those new to the fandom will have no trouble following along. She supplements her writing with in-depth research of topics from our world, on everything from ancient legends and the history of volcanic eruptions to military tactics and high-altitude farming, and blends this research with canon to create a fantasy world that is deeply believable. Her original characters and the original cast get equal time to shine, and the story she weaves is significantly darker but no less compelling than canon. yumantimatterYesThere are mentions of rape, but nothing happens on the page or to any of the actual characters. This may still be worth warning for but it's up to you.
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the Final Summoninghttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/7117591/1/the-Final-SummoningAvatar: The Last Airbender, Final Fantasy XPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete3.8Major/Minor Character DeathNONECrossover, Drama, FamilyM/FAuthor: cupid-painted-blind

Summary: Katara is a summoner. Sokka is her first, and last, Guardian.
It's a [crossover]. It uses and explains the world of Final Fantasy X within the story, while keeping the characterizations of the Avatar: The Last Airbender characters. ColegateYes
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Safe Spacehttps://archiveofourown.org/works/11460843BatmanG (Accessible to any audience, including children)Complete4.5NONENONEGen / Canon Compliant, FluffNoneAuthor: Cerusee

Summary: Turns out, Bruce and Jason aren’t quite on the same page about who’s parenting whom. Bruce is going to need to clear some things up.
AnonoymousMaybeYou’d need to know:
Bruce is Jason’s adoptive dad. Bruce is Batman, Jason is Robin. Clark Kent is Bruce’s best friend and Superman. Jason’s biological mom was ill and a drug addict and he took care of her until she died when he was very young.
(From the Author's Notes:)

So, probably most people reading this are already aware of this, but Jason's mother, Catherine, was an addict who died of an overdose (an overdose of what is unspecified, but likely heroin). Shortly after meeting Jason for the first time, Batman has this exchange with him:

BATMAN: And your mother?
JASON: She's dead. She got sick. Okay?

And a few panels later:

BATMAN: How long was your mother sick?
JASON: Over a year--I found her food and stuff--kept her warm--and alive...long as I could.

I make a point of mentioning this because it's pretty critical to understanding what's going on here.
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Oil and Watercolorhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/4025482BatmanPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete2.7NONENONEGen, Alternate UniverseNoneAuthor: dedicatedfollower467

Summary: The problem with soulmarks is when you give one much less vivid than you get. Damian knows that pain very well.

Additional Tag(s): AU, Soulmate Identifying Marks
AnonoymousYes(From the Author's Notes:)

This is inspired by True Colors, an amazing soulmark AU by lady_ragnell. I thought the idea was so interesting, and I immediately wanted to apply it to other universes.

I've been sitting on this for months now because I felt like there was something missing from it, but I don't know what it is that's missing so I'm just gonna post it as-is.
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The Mechanics of a Hughttps://archiveofourown.org/works/10588431BatmanPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete4.1Brief Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc)NONEGen / Canon CompliantNoneAuthor: incogneat_oh

Summary: “So,” Tim ventures. “It's… what, a cuddle pollen?”
Bruce just shrugs. “Something like that.”
AnonoymousYes
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Roadtrip Vigilanteshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/5824642BatmanPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete26.3Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEGen / Canon Compliant, Alternate Universe, ActionNoneAuthor: Beabaseball

Summary: Bruce Wayne gave up hope, stayed with the League of Shadows, and generally fucked up his entire life until a little kid called Dick Grayson came along and saved him anyway. Now on Ra’s al Ghul’s shit list, they travel the U.S. in whatever car they can get their hands on, trying to piece their hearts back together again.

A slightly different start to Batman.
AnonoymousYesYou need to know that Bruce Wayne is Batman, that he trained with a bunch of assassins but in canon he left them because he refused to kill. Here, he stays with them and does kill. Ra’s Al Ghul is the leader of the assasins, and Talia is his daughter whom Bruce has a relationship with. This is set in a world where different cities have superheroes etc, they eventually form a Justice League. Also, Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) is a super powered mercenary/assassin. I think the fic explains all this though.
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Second Generationhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/8332036BatmanM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete108.9Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Forms of sexual harassment (rape, non-con, dub-con, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc)NONEAngst, Alternate Universe, ActionNoneAuthor: lowlyingfruit

Summary: Nine months after the 'Blockbuster Incident', a call from Lockhaven Penitentiary regarding Catalina Flores brings all Dick Grayson's plans for his future in Bludhaven crashing down. Thrust suddenly into parenthood and hiding what happened to make him a parent in the first place, Dick must decide, adjust, and accept - and no matter what, the family has to pull together to help him.

Unfortunately, the Red Hood, a newcomer to the Gotham crime scene with a grudge, has his own ideas about Bat-family togetherness. Giving them time and space to work things out peacefully isn't one of them.
AnonoymousMaybeThere’s some comics knowledge here and there you might need, but I think it generally explains most things, and the rest isn’t really necessary to understand the fic. Actually, not knowing about the comics incident being referred to would increase the suspense and make the fic work better.
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As N Approches Infinityhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/3553727Bleach, Madoka MagicaPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Work in Progress425.1Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Graphic/Disturbing ImageryNONEGen / Canon Compliant, Crossover, Supernatural, Fantasy, Horror, ActionNoneAuthor: Corisanna

Summary: Despairing as yet another timeline goes horribly wrong, Homura wanders into Karakura. There she discovers that while the spiritually-aware people of Karakura were distracted by Ichigo Kurosaki and Xcution, Kyubey had managed to contract the Kurosaki sisters as magical girls. Drawing the attention of the shinigami could be just the advantage Homura needs.

Additional Tag(s): Crossover, Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Time Travel, Alternate Timelines, Doomed Timelines, Faustian Bargain, Shinigami, Temporary Character Death, Canon-Typical Violence
There's an art to combining two separate worlds together in a way that feels not just plausible, but also NATURAL. It examines the characters so deeply, and you can really feel their emotions.AnonoymousMaybeIt isn't too hard to infer what is going on. I knew only the basics of the Madoka Magica, and it was quickly made apparent that time travel was involved. Because the author combines the worlds, many things are restated to show how they connect.
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Phoenix Risinghttps://archiveofourown.org/works/4603926BroadchurchPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete68.7Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), References to canon-based pedophilia, Disturbing imagery but not graphic.NONEGen / Canon Compliant, Romance, Angst, MysteryM/FAuthor: ShirleyAnn66

Summary: Hardy and Miller solved the Sandbrook case and it's all over. Only life has a funny habit of getting in the way while you're making other plans.
AnonoymousYesWhile the fic is steeped in canon, canon is basically completely spoiled in some detail in chapter 2. If anyone really wants to watch Broadchurch someday, I don't recommend they read this fic.
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Love at First Touchhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/6520798BTS - Bangtan Boys (RPF)PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete184.2Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Near Death Experience, Brief description of starvationNONESlice of Life, RomanceM/FAuthor: Bagelswrites


Summary: The first time you meet your soulmate, it leaves a bruise on both of you at the point of contact. From then on, your body begins rejecting any sustenance other than the touch of your soulmate. The trick is, the bruises take a few hours to appear, so you have to figure out who you've touched and find them before you starve to death. But once you do, all you ever need is them. So what happens if you're an idol and you meet your soulmate at a fan event?

Tags: idolverse, Soulmates, Soulmate-Identifying Marks, Near Death Experiences, Starvation, Touch-Starved, Skinship, Slow Burn, Emotional Baggage, Body Image, Swearing
This fic does really well several tropes that are known to be common in fanfic, but may be strange to people unfamiliar to fanfic. Specifically, the Soulmates trope, and the trope of writing an Original Female Character into a preexisting fandom. What may seem at first as "only wish fulfillment" reveals itself as much more in the fanfic itself. The story takes the premise of a fangirl of a music band being revealed a soulmate to one of the members, and writes it with sensitivity, humour and nuance. In addition, this fic also provides an excellent example of the "slow burn" trope.

Conventional romance novels usually have a 60-90 wordcount, but this fic, at 184, shows why fanfic take time to explore the characters and move the romance in a slower pace—and why this enriches the story and the romance.
AnonoymousYes
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Alone in a Crowded Roomhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1344775Buffy the Vampire SlayerPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete1.3NONENONEGen / Canon CompliantNoneAuthor: InsaneTrollLogic

Summary: Attractive, you get. Attraction, not so much

Author's Note: The Ace!Cordy fic because while Cordelia always seemed like the most sexualized of the early Scoobies, she’s also the only one we didn’t see have sex in high school.
Second person perspective of an alternatively interpreted character as asexual. ColegateYes
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United States v. Barnes, 617 F. Supp. 2d 143 (D.D.C. 2015)https://archiveofourown.org/works/2304905Captain AmericaPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete20.6Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEMedia Fic, Courtroom DramaM/MAuthor: fallingvoices, radialarch

Summary: The Associated Press @AP
Winter Soldier set to stand trial for Washington D.C. massacre and treason apne.ws/1og6SWE

Additional Tag(s): mentions of torture, Social Media
I think "social media" fics are a really important and fun part of fic culture, but at the same time it's a trope that's accessible to people who aren't familiar with fic. This one in particular is done so well. I've introduced it to people unfamiliar with fic before and gotten a great response. I think it can be read without knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it provides a good background pretty early on, but Captain America is also a pretty well-known franchise. The shipping part also doesn't really come in until the end, and even then it's minor. But the story is still absolutely engrossing and has a lot of suspense. I'm not normally one for fics that don't focus on the ship, but this is one that I keep coming back to.AnonoymousYes
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The Night War: 60th Anniversay Editionhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/11314224Captain AmericaM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete109.1Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Graphic/Disturbing Imagery, Explicit/Graphic Depictions of Sex, War, HolocaustNONESlice of Life, Angst, Action, Historical FictionM/F, F/F, M/MAuthor: Praximeter

Summary: In 1947, Master Sergeant James B. Barnes's surviving field journals were posthumously published as the classic war memoir The Night War. Now a high school history classroom mainstay and required reading at West Point, this highly anticipated 60th Anniversary Edition presents the original, unedited text alongside detailed historical notes that provide important context to the extraordinary wartime heroics of Captain America and the Howling Commandos.

Barnes, James B. The Night War: The Wartime Memoirs of a Howling Commando. Ed. Harold Miller. 60th Anniversary ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. Print.

Additional Tag(s): World War II, Historical Accuracy, Diary/Journal, Classic War Memoir, Period Typical Attitudes, Period-Typical Racism, Jewish Character, Canon-Typical Violence, Pre-Slash, Blink And You Miss It Slash, Internalized Homophobia
I normally cannot stand first person POV in books/stories—this one made me love it. It's beautifully written and masterfully done such that the 100 went by all too fast. For people not familiar with fanfiction this is a great fic to be introduced with becuse it doesn't feel like fanfiction. It reads and feels like the journal of a soldier who served over seas. AnonoymousYesThe Night War follows James Buchanen Barnes during his time as a soldier serving during WWII prior to the events shown in Captain America: The First Avenger and events after.

Written in the style of a soldier's journal, The Night War effortlessly blends historical events and facts with the Marvel universe.

It has Steve Rogers/James Barnes listed but any interactions are mild and no sexual scenes between the two appear.
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Work of All Saintshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/15006644Coco (2017)M (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete210.7Major/Minor Character Death, Unplanned PregnancyNONEGen / Canon Compliant, Slice of Life, AngstM/F, M/M, Poly-relationshipAuthor: antistar_e

Summary: “Her mother sends her a letter, after. We cannot help you, Imelda, it says. You are the consequence of your actions.

"This is not my fault!" Imelda shouts.

-

Imelda Rivera (b. 1899 - d. 1969), a story that includes but is not limited to: the finest music school this side of the Santo Domingo, three traveling musicians and the mess they made of love, the twice-cursed assassination of Venustiano Carranza, all the patron saints, and ninety-six ways a man can try to cross a bridge.”
This fic explores the historical context of being a musician in the midst of the Mexican Revolution and talks a lot about a history that I didn’t even know existed.AnonoymousYes
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Young Bloodhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/12751929DC ComicsM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete17.5Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of SexBloodplay, LingerieRomance, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, ActionM/MAuthors: glaciya, TaneKore

Summary: “I have a job for you. It’s different than your usual work, but you’re the only one I trust to do it.” He finally says. A less intelligent person would have been flattered at Dick’s words, but Jason knows what Dick really means is that the job is dangerous and Jason is the only one he knows who would be the least likely to die.

“What is it?” He asks suspiciously.

“I need you to make a delivery to Metropolis.”

“You’re aware you have the Travelers to do that for you, right?” Jason asks, sending Dick an incredulous look.

“The Travelers have never transported anything this valuable before.”

“Okay,” Jason replies slowly. “Well what is it?”

“It’s a who actually. His name is Tim.”

Addtional Tag(s): Alternate Universe - Post-Apocalypse, Zombies, some violence
AnonoymousYesA complete AU with no prior knowledge of anything needed, it’s like a zombie apocalypse AU
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Alteredhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/7962931DC ComicsPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete80.7Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), IllnessNONEGen / Canon Compliant, Action, ThrillerM/FAuthor: audreycritter

Summary: When a bioweapon attack leaves Superman in bad shape, Batman must race to find a way to fix things and figure out who is behind it. Complicating things is a promise he's made and his own responsibility in the initial event.
AnonoymousYes
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I (Don’t) Want to Believehttps://archiveofourown.org/works/12538228DC ComicsNC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete84.7Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of Sex, ExorcismsNONERomance, Alternate Universe, Supernatural, Fantasy, ActionM/M, Poly-relationshipAuthors: chibi_nightowl, strikeyourcolors

Summary: FBI agents Tim Drake and Conner Kent are sent to Arkham Heights High School to investigate a series of unexplainable incidents that have both staff and students on edge. Tim's firmly of the opinion the school is haunted while Kon is positive the occurrences can be explained in a more reasonable manner. After all, he doesn't believe in ghosts.

Right? Right?

Additional Tag(s):
Alternate Universe - No Capes, Alternate Universe - X-Files Fusion, Arkham Asylum Origins References, Ghosts, Haunting, Past Violence, Alternative Universe - FBI, Humor
AnonoymousYesThis is supposed to be read as a standalone. Stuff happening at some point in the past in this ‘verse is mentioned with another character, and later on one of the authors wrote a prequel expanding on that, but this is meant to be a standalone.
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Macushlahttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/9503887/1/MacushlaDC Comics, BatmanPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete12.8Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEAlternate Universe, Family/HumorM/FAuthor: Hinn-Raven

Summary: Stephanie Brown is nine years old when her world falls to pieces. Whisked away from everything she's ever known, she finds herself in the court of Talia al Ghul, training to be an assassin. And when she ends up as Damian al Ghul's bodyguard, well her life just gets stranger from there.
AnonoymousMaybeI think that it is fairly accessible to non-fandom readers as long as they have a cursory knowledge of superheroes and Batman, especially considering that it is a complete AU that has little basis in canon, but I'm not sure.
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Dead Man Walkinghttps://archiveofourown.org/works/16194587DC Comics, BatmanM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete48.9Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of SexNONERomance, Alternate Universe, Supernatural, ActionM/MAuthor: strikeyourcolors

Summary: FBI Agents Tim Drake and Conner Kent have been sent to protect the son of Bruce Wayne from a threat on his life. Who, or what, is after Jason Wayne and his immortal soul and why is Tim so strangely drawn to him?

Additional Tag(s): Alternate universe - FBI agents, Alternate Universe - X-Files Fusion, Humor, Past Violence, Demons, Paranormal Investigators, Demon Summoning, Minor Injuries
AnonoymousYes
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the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart.https://archiveofourown.org/works/10178936Disney, The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Anderson Works, fairy tales, a bunch of other popular stories kids grow up withM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Work in Progress8.1Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Forms of sexual harassment (rape, non-con, dub-con, etc)NONERomance, Alternate Universe, Crossover, Supernatural, Fantasy, ActionNoneAuthor: Idealai

Summary: Ariel would look back, almost a hundred years back, look back to her past and trace her sins and mistakes to that long-ago moment, to that desire to know more, to ask for more than what she was given. Ariel would look back with a thousand words that crowded her tongueless mouth, as the world turned underneath her bleeding feet and wonder to herself, was it truly worth it - all of it - to know what I know now?

A radical reinterpretation, deconstruction, and expansion on Hans Christian Andersen's and Disney's The Little Mermaid.
AnonoymousYesIncomplete status means it may be subject to more triggers as the story continues
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Flowers to your Lovehttps://archiveofourown.org/works/18231932Doctor WhoPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete7.8Graphic/Disturbing Imagery, Graphic descriptions of Hanahaki DiseaseNONERomance, AngstF/FAuthor: Hetzi-clutch

Summary: Sometimes, when she's bent over in the bathroom, coughing up flower petals, it occurs to Yaz that this is unnecessarily cruel. She'd heard of unrequited love described as a unique sort of pain, even a sickness, but she never thought it would be like this.

(Hanahaki Disease AU)
Oh, I hope you don’t mind that I recommended my own, I wouldn’t feel comfortable recommending others, though there are some great ones I would definitely add here. I noticed you wanted non traditional stories (queer, etc) and since I write femslash, I thought, why not?Hetzi-clutchYes
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A Hawke Investigateshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/17004681Dragon Age 2PG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete11.0Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEMurder MysteryM/FAuthor: barbex

Summary:
A marriage of convenience, fancy dinners and fancy dresses -- this isn't quite how Hawke imagined to live after fleeing Kirkwall. There is a specific kind of boredom to being the betrothed of Prince Vael. But trouble will always find Hawke, even in Starkhaven.

When a young elven girl is found dead, she won't accept that these things just happen sometimes. Hawke investigates, and she won't rest until she has found the murderer. It certainly beats being bored at fancy dinners.

Warning: As it is a Murder Mystery, it follows the common trope of an unknown young woman being the murder victim.

Based in-universe but after the game, knowledge of the characters is not necessary to understand the story, even if it might add to the enjoyment. As the author, it was an experiment to try to write a murder mystery and I like how it turned out.
barbexYes
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The Huntress and the Deputy https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12897386/1/The-Huntress-and-the-DeputyFar Cry 5M (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete95.9Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONESlice of Life, Romance, Fluff, Alternate UniverseM/FAuthor: bren97122

Summary: (Major Spoilers for Far Cry 5) Set after (an alternate take on) the Resist ending. Jess Black is the kind of woman who feels the less attachments, the better. She met Deputy Morgan Rook by chance, a man who comes to consider Jess more than just a valued ally. Jess sees life as little more than day by day survival. But there is more to life than just survival.
A story that does a great job of painting a picture and giving characterization to characters that were underused and flat.

One of my the most popular Far Cry stories and definitely one of the more well-written ones.
AnonoymousMaybeA story about two very different people who met during a fight for their lives and their home. After a war against a murderous doomsday cult, a sheriff’s deputy and an expert huntress help each other heal and rebuild, along with their family and friends.

This fic takes place after an alternate ending to the game. Basic knowledge of the story and setting would be helpful, but not required.

This story makes reference to the events of Far Cry 5 and the is an alternate ending to the game. However, the focus is more on romance and character development, not on the game’s story. Readers will appreciate the characters, the dialogue, and the situations they face.
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The Fifth Acthttps://archiveofourown.org/works/362128Final Fantasy VIIM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete161.6Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEAlternate Universe, Fantasy, Action, Time TravelNoneAuthor: Sinnatious

Summary: Cloud has an accident with a Time materia, and finds himself in the middle of the Wastes at the start of the Wutai War. There are people to save... and for that, there are three people who need to die.
One of the fics that gives me a sense of satisfaction after reading.AnonoymousYes
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A Warrior's Heart https://archiveofourown.org/works/8140952Free!M (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Work in Progress170.0Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONERomance, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, ActionM/F, M/MAuthor: donguris

Summary:
The story of a lost boy, and the heir of an empire.
A slow burn The Dragon Rider/Fantasy AU.

The world-building blew me away! The fic gave me a Diana Wynne Jones kind of vibe. Did I mention that the author is also an artist, and posts their story with beautiful illustrations?
AnonoymousYesThe section of the story where Rin and Sousuke meet each other I’ve already drawn into a comic here: http://donguris.tumblr.com/post/147597901963/dragon-riderfantasy-au-this-was-going-to-just so
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Shake the Heavenshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1298371Free!PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete28.4Major/Minor Character Death, ReincarnationAnimal Characteristics (ranges from body changes to full-on sexual intercourse between animals), Turning into a mermanRomance, Angst, Alternate Universe, FantasyM/MAuthor: Ad_Astra

Summary: Sometimes, even gods need to make sacrifices. Sometimes, miracles can be created by imperfect beings.

Always, there is a choice.

~~

A HaruMako + Rin mythos, where Haruka is the god of the ocean, Rin is the god of death, and Makoto is the mortal living an anomalous existence between their realms.

Additional Tag(s): Gods AU
I've always had a weakness for immortal gods falling in love with humans, because the angst always comes from human mortality, and how short that existence is compared to a god's forever, how time will never be enough. No matter how powerful a god is, they can't stop the human's death. In this one in particular, you see how two beings can simply love and want to be together despite all else, and how much a god can sacrifice just to be with the one he loves again.AnonoymousYes
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Desert Goldhttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/12000226/1/Desert-GoldFullmetal AlchemistPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete21.3Brief depictions of gore, battle violence, and mentions of genocide and ethnic cleansing, no other kinks or triggers.NONEGen, Family, Alternate UniverseNONEAuthor: DarkScales

Summary: The Elric brothers might have worn Hohenheim's appearance, but they inherited Trisha's heart. Or: Ed and Al favor their Ishvalan heritage over their Amestrian, because they have always been– and will always be –their mother's sons. Ishvalan AU.
Anonoymous
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hard resethttps://archiveofourown.org/works/12990768Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete50.2Explicit/Graphic Depictions of SexNONERomance, AngstM/MAuthor: applecrumbledore

Summary: “I thought it would be worth it to give it up, but it's not,” Roy whispered. “Nothing is worth this.” He needed one flickering moment of hope in which he believed he wasn't a sad, desperate old man who had put his life on hold for a career that meant less to him every day, only to learn that he had run out of life to live.

“What are you talking about?” Ed breathed. “What did you give up?”

You, Roy wanted to say, or something like you.

Additional Tag(s): Future Fic, 15 years post-canon
AnonoymousMaybeIt's set 15 years after the end of Fullmetal Alchemist but some things that happened might be referenced? I think it should be okay though, since the show's plot is not the focus whatsoever.
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What You're Worthhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1229353GleeNC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete141.1Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of Sex, Detailed depictions of hospitalizationAnal sex, Sex toysSlice of Life, Romance, AngstM/MAuthor: lavender_love00

Summary: A moving on.

In which Kurt and Blaine learn new ways to love, and that life is always unexpected.
A wonderful story about sacrifices, compromising, and parenthood. Very detailed insights on childcare.Jercy DeeYes
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Try The Swinghttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1028567GleeNC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete39.1Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of SexNONERomance, AngstM/MAuthor: imaginentertain

Summary: Kurt and Blaine have survived a lot. A Vegas wedding to a stranger, a cross-country journey of discovery, and coast-to-coast separation. They came through all that to a second marriage, one that has been happy and successful for two years. The next logical step is parenthood. Only kids are rarely logical.

Addtional Tag(s): AU Meeting, Parenting
Two men tie the know at a Vegas wedding, divorce, then marry again when they realize they're The One for each other.

In this fic, they decide to adopt kids.

Another exploration into how what you want isn't always what you need, and sometimes that's for the better. Also, a wonderful story about parenting.
Jercy DeeYesDirect sequel to the fanfiction, Vows, by the same author.

Actually not necessary to read the prequel to read this fic, but it's much more fulfilling if you do.
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Vowshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1028562GleeM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete41.4HomophobiaNONERomance, Alternate UniverseM/MAuthor: imaginentertain

Summary: Blaine wakes up in Vegas with a hangover, a husband, and no memory of the night before. He's now facing a road trip, more questions than answers, and discovery of what it means to not only be himself but a husband.

Additional Tag(s): AU Meeting
A more realistic take on “Vegas weddings” and its aftermath.

How does gay marriage come into play? What happens when you actually fall in love with the person you drunkenly tied the know with? What if you're from completely different worlds?

Weaving the stories of two completely different men, this fic answers all those questions and more.
Jercy DeeYesSome knowledge of Glee might be helpful to understand the characters and their motivations, but otherwise can be read without watching the show.
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now I know my ABCs (next time won't you sing with me)https://archiveofourown.org/works/1032097GleeM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete57.7Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEAlternate Universe, Collection of short storiesM/MAuthor: villiageidiot

Summary: Twenty-six lifetimes.
How can you take the same two (2) characters to live out twenty-six (26) different realities?

This fic does exactly that, and excellently so.

Every chapter reads like a short story into a peak of a difference universe. Any reader is bound to find something they'll in this fic, and its sequel.
Jercy DeeYesSome knowledge of Glee might be helpful to understand the characters and their motivations, but otherwise can be read without watching the show.

Sequel on Ao3: https://archiveofourown.org/works/1084628
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Too in Love to Let it Gohttps://archiveofourown.org/works/759847GleeComplete191.5Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of Sex, Graphic depictions of loss and traumaNONESlice of Life, Romance, AngstM/MAuthor: lavender_love00

Summary: In which Kurt and Blaine take a journey toward fatherhood, and through it, learn more about themselves than they could have ever dreamed.

This is a story about family. The knitting together of it, its breakings and mendings, its inner workings that piece together like a clock. It is also a story about love. How love is not the same as magic, but how love can do many things that magic can't. It is a story about life – the mundane and and the piercing pain and the utter delight and everything in between.
One of the first fics I ever read that was almost 200k. Definitely a monster to tackle but absolutely worth it because I remember finishing it within a 24-hr period—it was just *that good*.

I also read this during a time where I related very closely to one of the characters and their experiences with depression. Portrays the raw realities of mental illness and how trauma manifests differently in everybody.

So *beautifully* written and I cry every time I read it.
Jercy DeeMaybeSlight knowledge of Glee's plot during season 2 may be helpful but otherwise not required.
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Korehttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1092652Greek MythologyPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete5.6NONENONE, Dementer gives birth to a horse. Not really detailed or a big part of the plot, but posibly counts here.Gen / Canon CompliantNoneAuthor: oneiriad

Summary: "The day her mother gives birth to a horse is the day Persephone decides that she really needs a plan."

Additional Tag(s): asexuality, asexual character
An exploration of sexuality that uses the setting of a well known Greek legend, reinterpreted. Trans Athena, Lesbian Artemis, Asexual Persephone. Possibly Aro Hades.

There are a myrid of things you are never taught in health class in school. Stories, particularly fan stories offer ideas and insights, explorable and relatable through the shareing of them. Asexual was not something that anyone I have met in person has ever brought up in conversation to me, its something I heard and found relatable to me through the internet. Stories like this, share and teach, and greek mythology means you dont need to know a lot about the fandom, as its a probably something you know at least a little about, and its not hard to look up the general spefics if needed.
AnonoymousYes
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Gods & Monsters https://archiveofourown.org/works/10669833Greek Mythology, Roman MythologyM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Work in Progress76.9Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Forms of sexual harassment (rape, non-con, dub-con, etc)Animal Characteristics (ranges from body changes to full-on sexual intercourse between animals)Romance, Angst, Supernatural, Fantasy, Greek and Roman MythologyM/F, F/F, M/M, Poly-relationshipAuthor: Shanastoryteller

Summary: A collection of short stories depicting new versions of old myths.

OR:

What happens to Icarus after he falls, Hermes and Hestia meddle and save humanity, and Hades would just like a nap.
Each chapter is a different story from GrecoRoman mythology retold or remastered. Chapters are titled after the character of focus. Well written and easy to read for first time fanfiction viewers. It also reveals that even mythology can have fanfiction.

These are great little reads and I actually introduced a college professor to them during office hours one time. We had an extensive conversation about the nature of fanfiction and mythology and how it follows a natural storytelling tradition.
AnonoymousYes
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jaywalkershttps://archiveofourown.org/series/258901Haikyuu!!M (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete127.0NONENONESlice of Life, Romance, Alternate UniverseM/F, M/MAuthor: Batman

Summary: A collection of stories the morals of which all amount to: if something can go wrong, it will. Also, if something can go right, it also will.

Alternatively, that one college AU where everyone fucks all the shit up.

Additional Info: College au, everyone is aged up a few years.
Amazingly written, heartfelt and absolutely manages to make the reader empathize with the protagonist, while telling all the amazing (and horrible) things that happen in college. Character development, relationships and an incredible realism follow the entire piece (which [by the way] is formatted as 24 stand-alone works that function as one big fanfiction) and turn it into something that is at least on par with some of the best novels i've ever read. Symbolism, characterization and relationships are all as detailed as they are spot on and the author manages to keep the characters close to canon while also giving them her own touch and transforming them into multi-layered characters with a... real feeling.lorilandaYesNOT a single fanfiction, but one series with 24 oneshots.
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here comes your manhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/7378066Haikyuu!!PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete8.8Implied/Referenced HomophobiaNONEGen / Canon Compliant, Slice of Life, Romance, Fluff, Alternate UniverseM/MAuthor: newamsterdam

Summary: No one really knows much about the new surgical resident, Doctor Iwaizumi, other than the fact that he's married. Suga's determined to find out more, and make a friend of him in the process.

Additional Tag(s): Alternate Universe - Medical, Established Relationship, Marriage
It’s a lighthearted story about a determined character who just wants to befriend his new co-worker and learn things about his life, including a mysterious doting wife who is different than what they expect. The two main couples are also very sweet and weather through real life issues with love.AnonoymousMaybeThere are a lot of Haikyuu!! characters introduced that, without background on their characters and significance, would probably be glossed over by a non-fandom reader.
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In time, I'm surehttps://archiveofourown.org/works/2235942Haikyuu!!G (Accessible to any audience, including children)Complete9.0NONENONEGen / Canon Compliant, Slice of Life, RomanceM/MAuthor: Anonymous

Summary: Tsukishima has never held a boy’s hand before. Kuroo is desperate to learn every line in his palm. This relationship, they begin to realize, might not end in pain after all.
It is a very well-written piece that goes beyond the fandom line, in my opinion. AnonoymousYes
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the courtship ritual of the hercules beetlehttps://archiveofourown.org/works/6422014Haikyuu!!PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete66.3Homophobia NONEGen / Canon Compliant, Slice of Life, Romance, AngstM/MAuthor: kittebasu (chanyeol)

Summary: Tooru is pretty sure he could manage the mating habits of a mosquito. It’s the mating habits of people he can’t seem to get right.

Additional Tag(s): Non-linear narrative, temporary injury, implied/referenced homophobia, entomology, bugs
A novel-length fanfiction taking place five years after a pair of lifelong best friends stopped speaking to each other for mysterious reasons, which slowly become evident throughout the story. The characters are about 29-30. The story details their navigating busy adult lives while attempting to understand what ruined their relationship and if it is possible to repair it after years of damage, bitterness and silence. Deeply engrossing, painful in its reality, and manages to make one of the main characters' academic background in entomology, of all things, be thematically relevant and fascinating to read about. No prior knowledge of the original series is necessary to read the story. AnonoymousYes
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if you die in hamlet you die in real lifehttps://archiveofourown.org/works/16216055Hamlet (Shakespeare)PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete4.0NONENONEParodyM/MAuthor: LieutenantSaavik

Summary: hamlet but it's modern and 'mmmm, whatcha say' plays every time a character dies
Irreverent, hilarious, and fully engaged with the queer subtext of Shakespeare. A good intro to crack fic for people who dont read fanfic.yumantimatterNoThe fandom is Hamlet, I think enough people have read Hamlet for this to be included
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A Cure For Nightmareshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/920957Harry PotterNC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete36.8Forms of sexual harassment (rape, non-con, dub-con, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of SexNONERomance, Angst, Alternate UniverseM/MAuthor: picascribit

Summary: 1976-1978: There's a mysterious new boy at St Godric's boarding school, and Sirius can't stop thinking about him, but the secret Remus is keeping might break Sirius's heart.

Additional Tag(s):
Alternate Universe - Non-Magical, Alternate Universe - Boarding School, Hurt/Comfort, Explicit Consent, Past Character Death, Past Child Abuse, Past Sexual Abuse, Kidnapping, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Mental Health Issues, Triggers, Self-Harm, Scars, Rape Recovery, Healing, Boarding School, Recreational Drug Use, Marijuana, Coming Out, Protective Parents, Homophobia
AnonoymousYesPodfic availablePodfic = Audio podcast reading the fanfiction. Essentially a non-official audiobook of the fanfiction.
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survival is a talenthttps://archiveofourown.org/works/12006417Harry PotterPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Work in Progress265.3Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEGen / Canon Compliant, Romance, Fluff, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, ActionM/F, F/F, M/MAuthor: ShanaStoryteller

Summary: In the middle of their second year, Draco and Harry discover they're soulmates and do their best to keep it a secret from everyone.

Their best isn't perfect.

~

“Are you trying to get killed, Potter?” Malfoy drawls, stalking forward. Quick as a serpent himself, he reaches out and grabs the snake just below the head. It thrashes in his grip, but is no longer able to bite anyone. “This is a poisonous snake, and I doubt anyone brought a bezoar with them.”

Harry glares. He opens his mouth, and feels the beginning the snake’s language pass his lips, and this isn’t what he wants, what’s the point of insulting Malfoy if he can’t understand him –

Malfoy’s eyes widen. He slaps his hand over Harry’s mouth, “Potter, what the hell–”

Additional Tag(s): Soulmate AU, Indian Harry Potter, Black Hermione Granger
This is the HP world at its finest. Shana, the author of this fic, is totally committed to bringing diversity and representation to a world that so many people love. She crafts her world excellently in a way that is easy to understand without ever being distracting. I am mostly in love with the way she writes Draco. She understands the conflict and confusion that he has with dealing with the fact that his parents are imperfect in their politics. She honors the fact that everything is complicated and that there aren't always easy answers to every puzzle. AnonoymousMaybeFor a soulmates AU it doesn't focus a lot on the fact that they're soulmates. This is really just a retelling of the canon story with more diversity and while also asking the question: "What if Draco and Harry had a reason to be working together since second year forward?"

While the fic follows the large story beats of canon, this fic has grown to be an almost completely different story. A reader would only need a very basic understanding that Harry Potter is about wizard kids who go to school, and on the side there's a race war happening thats left over from an older generation. Everything past that surface knowledge is easy to grasp or is explained explicitly in an elegant and organic way. I am a reader that hasn't ever finished the HP book series and has only seen the movies once each. I don't know as much about canon as I do about fanon, but I do know that this fic is *my favorite* iteration of canon events that I've encountered over the years.
TV Tropes page: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/SurvivalIsATalent
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Diagnosishttps://archiveofourown.org/works/12707139Harry PotterM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete282.4Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of SexAnal Sex, Vaginal SexRomance, Alternate UniverseM/F, F/F, M/MAuthor: MaidenMotherCrone

Summary: Harry Potter is screwed.
With a penchant for Firewhiskey and late-night parties, he had no idea that he would find a handsome man in his bed the next morning, when he wakes up; already late for his first day at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies as a Healer trainee. He also had no idea that his mom’s ex-boyfriend would have an axe to grind, the most eager girl would follow him around like she’d been hit with a Permanent Sticking Charm, or that the handsome man in his bed that morning was his boss, Tom Marvolo Riddle, Head of Spell Damage.

Like I said, Harry Potter is screwed.

Additional Tag(s): Doctors & Physicians, Alternate Universe - Medical, Inspired by Grey's Anatomy
AnonoymousYes
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A Herohttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/4172226/1/A-HeroHarry PotterPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete17.3Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc)NONEGen / Canon Compliant, DramaNoneAuthor : Celebony

Summary: Dudley begins to see his family in a different light. Warning: strong language and themes of child abuse.

WINNER: Best One-Shot at Quibbler Awards
Its hard to realise problems you are close to and a part of, and Dudley's growing awareness is well pacedAnonoymousYes
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In Between Dayshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/11951Harry PotterM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete23.5Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc)NONESlice of Life, Alternate Universe, FantasyM/MAuthor: Perpetual Motion (perpetfic)

Summary: Wherein book 7 is completely ignored because wars don't tend to happen so quickly; Percy Weasley runs a safehouse [because that's as close to administrative work as you can get in a war], and everyone gets a chance to play minor character bingo. Get your cards and markers ready!

Additional Tag(s): Wartime
None of the minor characters (who become the major characters in this fic) feel out of character. The story as a whole feels very realistic and in its own way relaxing, there is no interpersonal conflict between the primary group.AnonoymousYes
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a life of smoke and silvered glasshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/11457669Harry PotterPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete27.7Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEGen / Canon Compliant, Alternate Universe, FantasyM/FAuthor: dirgewithoutmusic

Summary: Albus Dumbledore rose to his feet, smiling at them in that way of his, like he knew something you didn't and he was proud of you for it. "Friends," he began.

The door thudded open and the Marauders burst in, late and pink-cheeked with cold. The headmaster smiled at them, too, and Sirius gave a cheery little salute back.

Severus sunk lower in his chair, staring witheringly over his butterbeer. "You told Potter about it, too?"

"He might as well put all that energy to good use," said Lily. "And, to be accurate, I told Remus."

"But Potter, really?" said Severus.

"He and Black cooked up a jinx that gives you a boil every time you say a slur to a Muggleborn," said Lily. "It was either invite them to Alice's war club or bake them cookies, and I know where my skills lie."

Severus sniffed. "Don't come crying to me if he tugs your pigtails."

"Come crying to me if he pulls yours, and I'll deck him," said Lily.

(Slight AU in which Severus apologizes, tries harder, and stays friends with Lily)
AnonoymousMaybeIt’s a what-if story, should be understandable even if you don’t know much about Harry Potter, but I’m not 100% sure.
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Careless Texterhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/13394127Harry PotterPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete33.0NONENONEGen / Canon Compliant, Slice of Life, Romance, Alternate UniverseM/FAuthor: GhostofBambi

Summary: Answer to the prompt, “I left my phone number on the bathroom stall wall and you text me about your day and your frustrations for a month & it’s really nice and cute but I still don’t know who you are,” with some twists and differences.
AnonoymousYes
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the dogfatherhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/13760487Harry PotterG (Accessible to any audience, including children)Complete47.6NONENONEFluff, Alternate UniverseM/MAuthor: hollimichele

Summary: “I’m not a reverse werewolf either,” says the man. “I’m your godfather.”

Additional Info: Harry is adopted and finds out about the wizarding world when his dog turns into a human and says he's Harry's godfather.
It's just really light-hearted and fun. It keeps a lot of the magic about Harry Potter without the horribleness of the Dursleys and Sirius spending lots of time in prison.AnonoymousYes
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Kisses Cursedhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1110118Harry PotterM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete49.6Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEAlternate Universe, Supernatural, FantasyM/MAuthor: The_Fictionist

Summary: Fairytale AU. Loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast.

Some said he was once a man, cursed, and some that he sold his soul to demons and became one in turn. Others said that such evil as he could never have been human. That he was instead a nightmare, left lingering upon the earth a very long time ago.
Harry just knew it wasn't safe to walk near the Riddle House after dark.
AnonoymousYes
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Glass of Waterhttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/5753105/1/Glass-of-WaterHarry PotterPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete52.0NONENONEGen / Canon Compliant, Slice of LifeNoneAuthor: Lyin

Summary: It's 1976 and Hogwarts' N.E.W.T. Divination class can only see the homework in their future. Lily Evans and Sirius Black certainly can't foresee they're falling into friendship. What happens in Divination, stays in Divination.
Although it's a canon-compliant Harry Potter fic, very little knowledge of canon is required to appreciate it. It's a story of developing friendship between two different people, and it's very sweet and well written.AnonoymousMaybeIf a reader has never heard of Harry Potter, they may find the magic and setting a bit confusing, but as Harry Potter is well known and very little knowledge is required to appreciate the fic, I think the vast majority of readers, even if they never read the books, will appreciate it.
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When It Alteration Findshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/2027253Harry PotterNC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete55.5Explicit/Graphic Depictions of SexNONERomance, Fluff, Angst, FantasyM/MAuthor: momatu.

Summary: After the war, Harry left most of the Wizarding world behind and built a new life for himself in the Channel Islands. He opened a bakery and is happy with his life. Draco is a fiction author who writes under a penname, and he's currently suffering from writer's block. His agent suggests he try writing in a new environment and rents a cottage in the Channel Islands for him.
This is a fic I read before I had even read the HP books. It's a good character driven piece, and you don't need to know much about the canon world to follow. AnonoymousYes
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A Young Radical’s Guide to Lovehttps://archiveofourown.org/works/643932Harry PotterPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete66.0Warnings may applyNONEGen / Canon Compliant, Romance, ActionM/MAuthor: blamebrampton

Summary: Memories of the war are still fresh, which is all the excuse Decent People need to do appalling things. In this quietly waged conflict, Draco Malfoy is happy to be on the right side of things for once, and even happier to find he’s not alone.
AnonoymousYes
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Life skills outside the curriculumhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/7693897Harry PotterNC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete66.2Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of SexNONERomance, Alternate Universe, FantasyM/MAuthor: Endrina

Summary: It was "Witch Weekly", of all people and organizations, the first to notice and comment on The Boy Who Lived’s absence from the ranks of first years at Hogwarts. The magazine went on to elucubrate that the young hero was studying at a foreign school, possibly Beauxbatons or Holzschuhkäse.
AnonoymousYes
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Helixhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/3114812Harry PotterNC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete92.8NONENONEGen / Canon Compliant, Romance, Fluff, Angst, FantasyM/F, M/MAuthor: Saras_Girl

Summary: Seven months after the end of the war, Harry is feeling lost. Fortunately, he is about to be offered an unexpected and sparkling chance to find himself again. [2014 advent fic]
This fic is set during the post-war/reconstruction era after the Battle of Hogwarts. It's an eighth-year fic.

This is one of the best written romances I can remember reading in recent years and I just think about this fic a lot.
AnonoymousMaybeOne would have to know that there was a war and that the kids have to deal with the aftermath. Past that, this fic is mostly about healing and taking care of snails.
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Hermione Granger's Hogwarts Crammer for Delinquents on the Runhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/7331278Harry PotterPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete93.3Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONERomance, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, ActionM/F, M/MAuthor: waspabi

Summary: 'You're a wizard, Harry' is easier to hear from a half-giant when you're eleven, rather than from some kids on a tube platform when you're seventeen and late for work.
AnonoymousYes
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into the arena with your head held highhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/4472270Harry PotterPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete101.4Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEGen / Canon Compliant, Alternate Universe, FantasyNoneAuthor: LullabyKnell

Summary: Canon-compliant up to most of DH, more than 10 years later in a hyper-magical, post-apocalyptic Britain, a spectator sneaks into the empty Once-Ministry to watch Harry Potter and Voldemort's final duel.

Unfortunately, just as victory finally arrives, an unlikely escape triggers an unexpected beginning.

Additional Tag(s):
Time Travel, Time Travel Fix-It, Not Canon Compliant, Canon-Typical Violence, Action/Adventure, Fix-It, Self-Indulgent, Sorry Not Sorry, Supernatural Elements
AnonoymousYesAdditional Info: Instead of the Battle of Hogwarts, the Sealing happened. Some people liked to refer to it as "the end of the world", because for Great Britain, it might as well have been.

More than ten years have passed since the Dark Lord Voldemort stumbled upon powers that should have remained locked away, unleashed them onto the world, and locked Britain into a cage of hell on Earth in the form of a magical apocalypse. Very little even remains to be ruled over by now, but what remains isn't keen on being conquered. Through ancient monsters, mutating magics, anarchy, and the clash of magical and non-magical worlds, the Light Side has remained determined to set Britain free and end the reign of the Dark.

And the end starts here and now, as a cloaked figure sneaks through the night to be the secret witness to the long-overdue, once-in-a-lifetime, final duel between the Light Savior and the Dark Lord. Neither can live while the other survives.
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A Riddled Universehttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/8678567/1/A-Riddled-UniverseHarry PotterPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete102.2Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEGen / Canon Compliant, Angst, Alternate UniverseNoneAuthor: hazeldragon

Summary: Being the recipient of the Order of Merlin and also having his picture on the Chocolate Frog Cards was not a big feat for Healer Tom Riddle. As Head Healer at St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, nothing much surprised him. Little did he know, his life was about to be turned upside down by the arrival of a bespectacled boy with messy hair through the Veil.
AnonoymousYesGeneral familiarity with the HP books recommended.
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Butterfly Hearthttps://archiveofourown.org/works/930330Harry PotterM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete103.7Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Graphic/Disturbing Imagery, Murder, Psychological Manipulation, GaslightingNONEAlternate Universe, Fantasy, Horror, ActionM/F, M/MAuthor: The_Fictionist

Summary: AU - Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal inspired. After recent events in his life, Hermione refers Harry to the renowned psychiatrist, Doctor. T. Riddle. He is unlike anything Harry ever expected or imagined, and soon proves to be a great help against the very shadows and name that haunts his waking hours. If only it remained that simple.

Additional Tag(s): Hannibal inspired AU, Serial Killers, Alternate Universe - Serial Killers
AnonoymousYes
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Seventh Horcruxhttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/10677106/1/Seventh-HorcruxHarry PotterPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete104.2NONENONEGen / Canon Compliant, Alternate Universe, Crack treated seriouslyNoneAuthor: Emerald Ashes

Summary: The presence of a foreign soul may have unexpected side effects on a growing child. I am Lord Volde...Harry Potter. I'm Harry Potter. In which Harry is insane, Hermione is a Dark Lady-in-training, Ginny is a minion, and Ron is confused.
AnonoymousMaybe
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face death in the hopehttps://archiveofourown.org/works/5986366Harry PotterPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Work in Progress191.8Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Canon-Typical Violence, Implied/Referenced Character Death, Implied/Referenced Suicide, Implied/Referenced Mind Control, Near Death Experiences, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Trauma, Loss, Emotional BaggageNONEGen / Canon Compliant, Angst, Alternate Universe, FantasyM/MAuthor: LullabyKnell

Summary: Harry looks vaguely nervous, scratching the back of his neck. “It's a really long story,” he says finally, almost apologetically, “and it's really hard to believe.”

“Try me,” Regulus says, more than a little daringly.
AnonoymousNo
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Innocenthttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/9469064/1/InnocentHarry PotterM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete494.1Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Discussion and detail of kidnapping by third parties (actual kidnapping is not triggering), Heavy discussion of betrayal and revenge, Brief (competitively) section wherein an apparant terrorist attack occurs, Detailed discussion of both prison and hospital after injuries, Discussion of slavery/servitude, Discussion of racism, Discussion of crimes consistent with homicide kidnapping and terrorism among others, Detailed description of poisoning and after effects multiple times, Discussion of past tortureHard Kinks (includes scat, vore, gore, watersports, bugcock, etc)Angst, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, Family, DramaNoneAuthor: MarauderLover7

Summary: Mr and Mrs Dursley of Number Four, Privet Drive, were happy to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. The same could not be said for their eight year old nephew, but his godfather wanted him anyway.
This is one of the best canon divergence [fics]. Harry goes to live with Sirius fics that I’ve read. It deals very realistically with the trauma of everyone involved, it handles being on the run well and everyone feels fully in character. BooksandreadingismylifeMaybeThe fic does pull heavily from background characters in the original series for supporting cast that may be unknown to a non-fandom reader.
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Employee of the Month book one, Hiraethhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/14842689Harry Potter NC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete33.3Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Forms of sexual harassment (rape, non-con, dub-con, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Graphic/Disturbing ImageryNONEGen / Canon Compliant, Angst, Fantasy, HorrorNoneAuthor: TheLoud

Summary: The Christmas of 1981 wasn’t so merry for everyone. Who is this guy running from his past, trying to make it in the muggle world? What does he mean by the word “muggle,” anyway?
The POV character in this story is fandom-blind, so fandom-blind readers might enjoy solving the mystery with her. TheLoudYes
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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-Methods-of-RationalityHarry Potter PG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete660.0Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEAlternate Universe, Fantasy, ActionNoneAuthor: Less Wrong (Eliezer Yudkowsky)

Summary: Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell.
This is one of the most popular and controversial fanfics. It includes references to many different books, but can be enjoyed without knowledge of those sources. TheLoudYesThis is an Alternate Universe story, where Petunia married a scientist. Now Rationalist!Harry enters the wizarding world armed with Enlightenment ideals and the experimental spirit.
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A Study in Magichttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/7578572/1/A-Study-in-MagicHarry Potter, Sherlock (BBC Show)PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete515.8NONENONEGen, Crossover, FamilyNONEAuthor: Books of Change

Summary: When Professor McGonagall went to visit Harry Watson, son of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, to deliver his Hogwarts letter, she was in the mindset of performing a familiar if stressful annual routine. Consequently, she was not prepared to find Harry Potter at 221B Baker Street. BBC Sherlock HP crossover AU.

Additional Tag(s): Worldbuilding. Deep dive
Anonoymous
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The Pureblood Pretensehttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/7613196/1/The-Pureblood-PretenseHarry Potter, Song of the Lioness (Tamora Pierce)PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete229.3NONENONEAlternate Universe, Crossover, Fantasy, AdventureNoneAuthor: murkybluematter

Summary: Harriett Potter dreams of going to Hogwarts, but in an AU where the school only accepts purebloods, the only way to reach her goal is to switch places with her pureblood cousin—the only problem? Her cousin is a boy. Alanna the Lioness take on HP.
Stunningly creative fusion crossover which also incorporates a lot of common fanfic tropes and approaches, while also treating them quite freshly, rather than as something already well known; helpful for readers new to fic. Complex and intricate, but also wholesome and engaging—something that I would be comfortable introducing people to without being caught up in the "fanfiction = porn" conundrum.AnonoymousYesThis fic is part of a series (it is "year one", with future years also existing), but also stands alone, and while it links to subsequent fics, it is also a complete narrative in its own right.
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The Frog in the Wellhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/2262720HetaliaG (Accessible to any audience, including children)Complete1.6NONENONEGen / Canon CompliantNoneAuthor: Lisse

Summary:
"Which one were you before? North or South?"

"Yes," Korea says.
This is a really interesting study of the personified country concept that Hetalia presents. It's short and sweet and tells its story without wasting a single word. I myself am not in the Hetalia fandom at all, yet this is one of my favorite fics despite unfamiliarity with the source material. yumantimatter YesI picked the canon compliant genre, but it might not be, as I've never seen the source material and dont know
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The Entire City Was Silenthttps://archiveofourown.org/works/392977HomestuckM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete108.4Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Graphic/Disturbing ImageryNONERomance, Angst, Alternate Universe, Supernatural, Horror, ActionM/F, M/MAuthor: natcat5

Summary: Your name is DAVE STRIDER.

You are a MONSTER.

You are in LOVE with your BEST FRIEND who recently DIED and turned into a different kind of MONSTER.

Your other BEST FRIEND who you think wants to be your GIRLFRIEND would surely KILL YOU if she found out what you were.

The city you live in is SYNONYMOUS with HELL.

What will you do?

(Dystopian society/ monster au. In which some characters are monsters and others are monster hunters... )
wildfandomYesAdditional (Interesting) Tag(s): sort of racism, monster au
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Jade Harley and the Rise of the Underworldhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/910444HomestuckM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete30.5Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Graphic/Disturbing ImageryGoreRomance, Alternate Universe, Supernatural, Horror, ActionM/FAuthor: oxfordRoulette

Summary: You meet an ancient boy in a club dusty from desert sands and get dragged into his odd, odd undeath

Additional Tag(s): Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Original Mythology, Mild Sexual Content, Linguistics
Its a fun read, especially if you like horror, gore, and mythology, which are described with beautiful prose.AnonoymousYes
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The Nameless Cityhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/610829HomestuckPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete6.1Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Graphic/Disturbing ImageryNONEAlternate Universe, SupernaturalNoneAuthor: byzantienne

Summary: Rose Lalonde, seer and servant of the Furthest Ring, has a possessed radio, fifteen minutes of missing time, and a conversation to have with the Witch of the Fens.

This will entail taking the subway.

Additional Tag(s): Horrorterrors
The writing is phenomenal.AnonoymousMaybeThere is some fandom-specific jargon, but meaning can be derived from the context fairly well.
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Cum mortuis in lingua mortuahttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1786246HomestuckM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete116.6Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Graphic/Disturbing Imagery, Explicit/Graphic Depictions of SexNONERomance, Angst, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, ActionM/FAuthor: oxfordRoulette

Summary: You picked up a curse by the river and now someone's gotta deal with it. Grab your spellbooks and buckle your cuirasses, because things are going to get bumpy.

Additional Tag(s): Physical Disability, Necromancy, Illustrated
It's a fun fantasy romance with good worldbuilding.AnonoymousMaybeThere is some fandom-specific jargon, but there is clear context and explainations, so most should be able to understand it.
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Before I Sleephttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1158738HomestuckPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete36.5Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Graphic/Disturbing ImageryNONEFluff, Angst, Alternate UniverseM/FBy HeatedHeadwear (SplickedyHat)

Summary:
Your name is Rosa Maryam and you grew up dreaming of a perfect family, being the perfect wife, the perfect mother. After the miscarriage at eighteen, you were lost. After the divorce a year later, you were broken. When hope arrives in the strangest possible form, a well-intended but tasteless gift, you don't recognize it. Not at first.

You did not give birth to your son but he is yours, and he saved your life, and you will never let anyone hurt him.

Alternate Universe
Petstuck: The main concept is the same: Trolls are pets for humans, and the stories genuinely deal with personage and rights of the trolls, or caretaking on the part of humans, or both.

Humanstuck: Non-human characters are human in this universe.
Very well written and illustrated. Made me cry. wildfandomYes
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Having It Sortedhttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/12331701/1/Having-It-SortedHow to Train Your Dragon, Tangled, Pixar's Brave, Rise of the Guardians, Harry PotterPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete23.0Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEAngst, Crossover, FantasyNoneAuthor: Alabaster Ink

Summary: Somehow over the course of the last millennia, the Hogwarts Sorting Hat has managed to become Team Mom, Team Dad, and Team Therapist to a dysfunctional group of immortal spirits.

Additional Info: No pairings.
It's an absolutely marvelous fic and a fantastic twist on what for awhile was an incredibly popular AU.Fantastic NonsenseMaybeI fully believe that it is accessible to non-fandom readers, but it is significantly more meaningful if they have at least a cursory knowledge of the fandoms involved.
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Presque Vuhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/133555InceptionM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete69.5Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Graphic/Disturbing ImageryNONEGen / Canon Compliant, PrequelM/F, M/MAuthor: rageprufrock

Summary: Or, "on the tip of the tongue." Arthur meets Mal first. He inherits Dom, after. Everything else is on him.
Prequel. Brings you slowly and deeply into the world of Inception, carefully and intricately setting up the buildup we missed out on in the movies, and the people who will one day plant an idea in the mind.
ColegateYes
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dead birds fly againhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/158492InceptionNC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete19.5Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of Sex, Drug OverdoseNONEAngstM/MAuthor: matchsticks_p

Summary: At the centre of all their madcap heists, there are some facts that do not change. Eames loves Arthur. Arthur doesn't love Eames. Eames thinks he has pretty much come to terms with this situation…until something happens to prove him terribly, terribly wrong.

Tags: Pre-Canon, Future Fic, Unrequited Love, emphasis on unrequited
Beautifully written and with a very unique structure; the author plays with the perception of time using formatting that seamlessly integrates itself into the fic at the climax. I feel like this fic is a great representative on how fanfiction as a style differs from traditionally published works, but in a way that adds to its value rather than diminishes it.squidpondYes
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The Limitations of Waxhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/6606808Iron Man, The Avengers (2012)M (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Work in Progress214.0Major/Minor Character Death, Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Forms of sexual harassment (rape, non-con, dub-con, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc), Scars, Torture, Alcohol, Stalking, Blood, Self-Harm, Unhealthy Coping MechanismsNONEGen / Canon Compliant, Romance, Fluff, Angst, Alternate Universe, ActionM/F, Poly-relationshipAuthor: RayShippouUchiha

Summary: So Jarvis is the one who pulls her up onto her feet, presses a tool into one hand and a book into the other and tells her to create. Tells her that if the numbers and the shapes and images in her mind hurt so bad then she should build them, should give them form so that they can finally leave her alone.

Jarvis is the one who finally teaches her how to breathe.

Or

Toni Stark grows up with the tale of Icarus swirling in the back of her mind. Instead of taking it as a precautionary tale about hubris and overreaching she decides it's more about the limitations of wax.

Years later when she builds herself wings of her own she makes sure to build them out of better material.
Beautifully written, deep analysis on what would happen if a woman did some of the things that male Tony did in the movies and the world's reaction. Just wonderful fic.AnonoymousYesExplores what the MCU is Tony Stark was born female. Violence is the same amount as in the movies, but there is child abuse.
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Choiceshttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/1843540/1/ChoicesKingdom HeartsPG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete4.2NONENONEGen / Canon Compliant, Alternate UniverseM/FAuthor: SilverLocke980

Summary: The Keyblade waits, in the darkness of Between, for Riku to make a choice. And when he chooses Darkness, the Keyblade lets a few tears drop... because it can see the future Riku could have had, if he only had the courage to grasp it.
Several AUs are based on things that did not happen. This is one, except it is based on one that will not happen, through the eyes of an unusual character—the keyblade. I particularly like how it uses its tenses.ColegateMaybeI feel that learning relevant things about Kingdom Hearts can be done through the story, and is not necessary to know before hand, but I do admit, I may have a bias, and Kingdom Hearts may be something that many know a little about, but has a lot of little details that tangle. As this [fanfic] came out in 2004, though, I dont feel the tangles introduced later come into play, so it should be more straightforward.Added my note for clarification
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Your Adventure Begins at Middayhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/15920577Kingdom HeartsPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Work in Progress234.1Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Canon-typical violence with some exceptions, References to past abuseNONEGen / Canon CompliantM/FAuthor: signalsandsoundwaves

Summary: Alternate title: In Which I Write the Genderswap AU Novelization Fic of My Dreams, Where Kairi Gets the Character Development and Backstory She so Richly Deserves, Riku’s Initial Fall to the Darkness Is for Hopefully Better Reasons Than Peer Pressure and Petty Jealousy (Though Jealousy Is Still a Factor Here), and Sora’s a Girl Because I Wanted It That Way (And now with illustrations, too!)
The writing is simply transcendent, and has remained with me even long after I finished the chapters. In a canon that is fraught with holes and retcons and all sorts of shortcomings, this author has helped make it all make sense.AnonoymousYesA M/M pairing is vaguely referenced in flashback form but not tagged, some departures from canon to help fill in gaps in canon's story (i.e. this is a fix-it fic).
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Boyshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/947988Kingdom HeartsPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete168.5Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Explicit/Graphic Depictions of Sex, Drug Use, Underage Smoking, Underage DrinkingNONERomance, Alternate Universe, HumorM/MAuthor: caseyvalhalla.

Summary: It's about growing up, mostly. Sometimes it's about the guy you totally didn't kiss in the locker room and sometimes it's about the guy who climbed in your window. Sometimes it's about hockey. But sometimes it's about the difference between what's real and what's fake, between what you own and what you fight, between being a boy and being a man.

Additional Tag(s): use and abuse of cliches, fistfighting
Okay, so the tags may not be the best to represent the work. They are all true... but they don't appear as much as you may be led to believe.

The truth is this is the only GREAT fanfic I have ever read that may be recommended to non-fanfom people, because I read it when I was out of the fandom myself. "Boys" is a really good story about adolescence; it nails the narrator's voice, the personality, the romance... everything.
nigoiYes
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This Freaking Casehttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/8492352/1/This-Freaking-CaseLaw and OrderPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete10.8Major/Minor Character DeathNONEGen / Canon Compliant, Parody, HumorNoneAuthor: Sarah1281

Summary: "Mike and Lennie are faced with perhaps the most ridiculous case they've ever faced complete with the most unhelpful witnesses possible. The suspect keeps confessing but confessions somehow never manage to stick, do they? Jack's certain that judges shouldn't flip a coin to make rulings but even without any admissible evidence and Paul with the defense he still intends to win.
We all know the general set up of crime shows, even if we are not heavy viewers of them. This takes a murder case, and makes everyone and everything involved in it humorous, and kind of ridiculous. I love Sarah's sense of humour, mixed with practically, and I hope anyone else reading this gets some good laughs out of it too. ColegateYes
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(the end of fear is) where we beginhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/11351076Les MiserablesNC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete80.1Explicit/Graphic Depictions of SexNONESlice of Life, Romance, Alternate Universe, FantasyM/FAuthor: samyazaz

Summary: samyazaz
Summary:
"What if there was?" Combeferre asks abruptly, when she's halfway to her feet.

She stops and blinks at him. "Was what?"

"Someone willing to marry you." There's a flush of pink on his cheeks that's enthralling, but his gaze doesn't waver.

"Then I'd tell them no." Éponine snorts. "Anyone who wants to marry a strange woman sight-unseen is after something, and I've had my fill of being used."

"Someone who's not a complete stranger, then. Someone you've shared a conversation with." He glances around them at the cafe, at the table between them, and clears his throat. "Shared a meal with. What would you say then?"

Additional Tag(s):
Alternate Universe - Fantasy, Alternate Universe - Historical, Marriage of Convenience, Magic, Science
It is sweet and soft and focuses on the progression of the relationship. I was not familiar with the fandom but someone had recced.AnonoymousYes
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World Ain't Readyhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/2306315Les MiserablesPG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete185.7Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc), Detailed Depictions of Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, etc)NONEAlternate Universe, Family M/MAuthor: idiopathicsmile

Summary: Enjolras presses his lips together. He already looks pained, and Grantaire hasn't even opened his mouth yet. That's got to be a record, even for them.

"I need a favor," he says at last.

"With what?" says Grantaire. "Ooh, are you forming a cult? Can I join? I'd be awesome at cults, I just know it." He ticks off his qualifications on his fingers. "I love chanting, I look great in robes—"

(High school AU. Grantaire the disaffected stoner is pulled into a cause bigger than himself. Or: in which there are pretend boyfriends for great justice.)
This is a really, really good YA novel about teens learning to cope with the worst bits of life, the different families we come from, dealing with being queer in a homophobic school making amazing friendships and supporting each other, and pining for one another along the way. And it just happens to be a Les Mis high school AU. It's funny in a way that warms my soul, it's heartwrenching without being tragic or overdramatic, it's so well-written that it sucks me into hours of straight reading even in the fifth reread, it has a happy ending, and it's so totally AU from the source that the source doesn't matter and you need no prior knowledge. It's amazing and I want to buy it and give it to people outside fandom. AnonoymousYesAdditional Info: fake boyfriends for social justice.
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Monsters Vs. Alienshttps://archiveofourown.org/works/8141269Lilo & Stitch, Monster’s Inc.PG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete21.1NONENONEGen / Canon Compliant, Alternate Universe, Crossover, Sci-FiNoneAuthor: acoolusername

Summary: Based off the Tumblr post: Lilo and Boo become room mates in college. They become fast friends, and Boo doesn't shy away from Stitch and Lilo doesn't think Mike Wazowski is a weird name for a fish. Everything is going smoothly, until one night when something sneaks into their dorm, and Stitch disappears into the closet...
AnonoymousNoBased off this Tumblr post.Knowledge about both Lilo & Stitch and Monsters Inc. movies necessary to read this fic.
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A Budapest Christmashttps://archiveofourown.org/works/9409841Marvel Cinematic UniverseNC-17 (Explicit, mature/18+ audiences only)Complete82.4NONENONEAlternate UniverseM/MAuthor: shetlandowl

Summary:A Housesitter AU where Tony moves into Steve's place, charms his parents, befriends his life-long friends, and repairs the relationships Steve ruined in the aftermath of his own heartbreak. Their relationship is a happy, loving, and supportive one; or, at least it was so until Steve showed up unannounced and was congratulated on a marriage he'd never heard of.

Additional Tag(s): Fake/Pretend Relationship, Fake Marriage
I think AUs are often uniquely accessible to outsiders since they don't depend on your established familiarity with characters and setting. This one is funny and charming and stands on its own beautifully. AnonoymousYesAdditional (Interesting) Tag(s): I don't know if this qualifies as identity porn, it's more like couple identity!porn
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I Came to Winhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/3453113Marvel Cinematic UniversePG (Accessible to any audience, but may include themes not suitable for children)Complete13.7NONENONEAlternate Universe, SportsM/FAuthor: Philyra

Summary: Pepper Potts inherits a failing hockey team at 25. She builds her staff and team her way, screw what anyone else thinks. She wants a Stanley Cup.
Take somebody's love of writing characters, and interest and ability to write about sports, and you have the "Get ready for it" series. Fanfiction for many interests should be in these rec's.

I don't feel in-depth knowledge to be needed to be enjoyable, though it does of course make references a fan may know and appreciate.
ColegateYesPart one of the series, "Get ready for it."
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A Long Winterhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/1799623Marvel Cinematic UniverseM (Mature audience, but may be accessible to teens/young adults)Complete35.7Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEAngst, Alternate Universe, ActionM/F, M/MAuthor: dropdeaddream, WhatAreFears

Summary: In 1945, Steve Rogers jumps from a nosediving plane and swims through miles of Arctic Ocean to a frozen shore.

In 1947, Steve Rogers marries Peggy Carter.

In 1966, the New York Times finds the lost letters of Sergeant James Buchanan Barnes.
Anonymous #1: The rich historical detail and the lovely romance. An excellent example of the appeal of the Steve/Bucky relationship.AnonoymousYesThis fic was recommended TWICE by two DIFFERENT anonymous contributors.
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Fourth Floorhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/11843493Marvel Cinematic UniversePG-13 (Accessible to audience older than 13)Complete41.8Violence (includes all forms of abuse, physical violence, trauma, bullying, etc)NONEFantasyM/MAuthor: dirtybinary, mithborien, picoalloe

Summary: Steve has his life in order, okay. He goes to wizard college, even if he can't technically do magic. He has his own apartment, even though it's small and dinky and kind of gross, and forgets to exist sometimes, and might also be alive? Plus, he has a crush on the hot cyborg in unit 404 who cooks fiendishly good breakfast foods, and may or may not have some kind of weird connection to the sentient building they live in. He's not sure.

He's dealing, all right, his life is in tip-top condition, or it was until an eldritch monstrosity called the Hydra started posing as a real estate company to try and buy over his new home.

He's really pissed about that.

(The one where Steve is an angry millennial wizard, Sam is a Disney prince, Natasha is a shapeshifter, and Bucky is a spoiler.)

Additional Tag(s): Magical Realism, Tentacle Monsters
This is the fic that got me into the Captain America fandom. I didn't know anything about most of the characters, had only watched maybe one or two Marvel movies, and was pretty much completely new to the fandom. This story is an urban fantasy, and the world-building is fantastic. You don't need any background information about the characters, or any knowledge of the MCU, to have it make sense (as I said, I knew very little about it). This is a fic I've come back to again and again, and it's still one of my very favorite stories.AnonoymousYes