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TVTropes: Fanfic Chop Suey - February 16, 2012

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  1. [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/SpockBaker.jpg]]
  2. [[caption-width-right:300:You know [[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries this]] [[Series/DoctorWho is]] [[MirrorUniverse out]] there somewhere.]]
  3. -->''"People Who Write Erotic Versions of ''StarTrek'' Where All the Characters are [[FurryFandom Furries]], Like Kirk is an Ocelot or Something, and They Put a Furry Version of Themselves as the Star of the Story"''
  4. -->-- Lowest rung of the [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_b_Wux_kl6mM/TE4wXgfP1pI/AAAAAAAAAUU/4JutGo6hbtE/s1600/its_all_geek_to_me.jpg Geek Hierarchy]]
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  6. The habit of many fan creators of adding elements to their fan works not because they're organically connected to that fandom, but because they happen to also be fans of those other things. Similar to AuthorAppeal, but often much more blatant.
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  8. '''The proof looks something like this:'''
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  10. # I like Fandom A.
  11. # I also like Fandom B, Song C, Subculture D, Sexual Practice E, Religion F, Political Stance G, and/or Literary/Artistic Style H.
  12. # Therefore, Fandom A will go together well with any one or more of Items B-H.
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  14. Sometimes this works very well; TropesAreNotBad. At other times, this becomes an AuthorTract, a [[CrackFic confused mess]], or just ''stupid''. The inverse also happens: authors writing as if everything they detest is universally loathed.
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  16. One common form is the conversion fic, where a character or MarySue starts preaching the author's brand of religion, with overwhelming success.
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  18. The name of the trope comes from chop suey, a dish originally created out of all the ingredients the chef happened to have on hand that day.
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  20. Nothing to do with ChopSockey (then again, who wouldn't want to [[FullContactMagic mix a little]] [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting kung fu]] in with their HarryPotter?). Also do not confuse with [[MarySue Fanfic Mary Suey]], though they can overlap. Not to be confused with PatchworkFic, which blends elements from [[AlternateContinuity different continuities of the same series]]. See also AnachronismStew, PresentDayPast, FusionFic, and FilmFic common results.
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  22. Note that it's not the number of hobby-horses being ridden; one is enough, as long as it's a clear case of AuthorOnBoard. See MegaCrossover for the common subtrope when it's just multiple fandoms involved.
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  25. !!Examples:
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  27. [[foldercontrol]]
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  29. [[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  30. * This is the very reason for "LinkinPark Z" (i.e., ''DragonBall'' (Z) music videos set to LinkinPark songs), despite the fact that most Linkin Park songs are relatively dark and brooding and have little to do with the more cheerful and combat-oriented Dragon Ball sagas.
  31. * A fic where [[NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei Ayanami]] revealed her love of ''DungeonsAndDragons''. After that the whole thing dissolved into an AuthorTract about how people can't appreciate modern fantasy.
  32. * ''NeonExodusEvangelion'' is a ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' MegaCrossover, whose [[EyrieProductionsUnlimited authors]] were also clearly into New England college life, antiauthoritarianism, motorcycles, the Titanic and the UK. But not, however, anything the original creators of Eva had done with the themes and characterization.
  33. ** The same authors' flagship series ''FanFic/UndocumentedFeatures'' is another example.
  34. * ''[[FanFic/{{Shinji And Warhammer 40K}} Shinji and Warhammer 40,000]]'' has one chop suey element, but it's right there in the title, and used with style.
  35. * There is one ''TenchiMuyo'' fanfic where Tenchi and his crew gave in willingly to Kagato because [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment he threatened them with country music]].
  36. * Another ''TenchiMuyo'' example was alien princess Ayeka listening to the 1997 song "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks (real subtle there) despite the fact that she had never been to Earth, and the song wouldn't be written for 700 years.
  37. * ''FanFic/KnightOfLolicon'': In addition to [[{{Lolicon}} the premise]], at some point the writer must have just felt like throwing in obscure anime that [[FanMyopia only fellow otakus were likely to have seen]], and made the fic nigh-unreadable to anyone who isn't familiar with MagicalGirl and {{Shoujo}} series targeted towards young girls.[[hottip:*:The reason this counts as an example is because the other series in the MegaCrossover are {{Shounen}} [[ToBeAMaster fighting anime]], and most anime fans are unfamiliar with both genres.]] There are also a lot of {{Shout Out}}s towards things that make little sense in context.
  38. * ''NyoronChuruyaSan'' (a ''[[TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]]'' gag manga) is largely based on Churuya's desire for smoked cheese -- which exists because the author really likes smoked cheese.
  39. * FanFic/DecksFallEveryoneDies: the {{Yugioh}} characters with their AbridgedSeries personalities in the plot of MoulinRouge with whatever songs the author wants to [[{{Filk}} parody]].
  40. [[/folder]]
  41.  
  42. [[folder:Comics]]
  43. * [[FanFic/TheDarkerKnight The Darker Knight]] is a {{Batman}} TrollFic in which Batman saves random celebrities and rock bands and fights against a zombie apocalypse with characters from other comics, cartoons, and movies. HilarityEnsues.
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  46. [[folder:Film]]
  47. * Similar to the "pepperjack" example in Literature, one [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''HighSchoolMusical'' fanfic had Gabriella and Troy share a mutual dislike of eggs. To say nothing of the setting, namely casting Gabriella as a well-off Jew and Troy as one of the Hilterj├╝ngen in ''Nazi Germany.'' Luckily, the author canceled the fic after coming back from a long hiatus and realizing that it was kind of terrible.
  48. [[/folder]]
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  50. [[folder:Literature]]
  51. * ''HarryPotter'' fans (among others) call these elements "pepperjack cheese", or just "pepperjack", after a ''Harry Potter'' [[http://pottersues.livejournal.com/1200.html fanfic]] in which Hermione expresses a fondness for pepper jack cheese, a mild cheese with jalape├▒o peppers that's popular in parts of the United States but basically unknown everywhere else. England, of course, is part of "everywhere else", and it's nigh-impossible to obtain there.[[hottip:*:You can occasionally find it in fast food restaurants, but you certainly couldn't in TheNineties when ''HarryPotter'' is set.]]
  52. ** The author boldly stated in her notes that Hermione liked it now because she (the author) liked it. It was such a blatant example (and relatively early in [[http://pottersues.livejournal.com the sporking journal's]] history) that it soon became shorthand for "the characters must like what I like!"
  53. ** ''MyImmortal'' [[PoesLaw possibly]] parodies this trope. Everyone turns into a [[strike:gothic]] goffik [[strike:Satanist]] Stanist who swears a lot and sticks their middle finger up at preps. They also develop an unhealthy preoccupation with slitting their wrists.
  54. ** There is a fic about ''HarryPotter'' [[RedScare battling the threat of communism.]] It had Lucius Malfoy as a communist who was taking over the Ministry of Magic, and they planned to defeat him by... pointing out the fallacies of communism. The [[HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first]] ''HarryPotter'' book is set in 1991, the year the ColdWar [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp ended]].
  55. ** Musical choices are a very common element. Fanfic writers will often put Hogwarts students (even pureblood wizards like Draco) in shirts advertising moody American Muggle bands that [[PresentDayPast hadn't even been formed at the corresponding timeline]].
  56. *** ''Reign O'er Me'' by cts actually makes a minor plot-point out of Sirius Black being passionate about TheWho. The fact that The Who were primarily a Mod band while Sirius is a committed Rocker (albeit born well after they declared a ceasefire) is never addressed, but after the chapter where [[spoiler:he somehow persuades them to do a private gig for Harry's 16th birthday party]] nobody really cares.
  57. ** In one conversion fic, Harry Potter abandoned "witchcraft".
  58. ** At the opposite extreme, a ''HarryPotter''/''LordOfTheRings'' crossover where Hermione is in an orgy with elves and claims that soon, all religion will fade away. Just like in Middle Earth. This disregards Tolkien's own religious beliefs.
  59. ** Another Harry Potter fanfic, ''TheGirlWhoLived,'' features as its main character a GenderFlipped version of Harry - who's also a nudist druidess. As can be imagined, this results in a ton of things being thrown into the plot that have absolutely nothing to do with the series, including a reference to [[LordOfTheRings Mallorn trees...]]
  60. * A Drizzt Do'Urden fanfic that was slightly more nuanced than the standard. Catti-brie wanted to try bondage, and while Drizzt is at first interested, being from a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil society]] that is controlled by a frothing boot-on-the-neck abusive matriarchy, he started freaking out. He got used to it in the end, though.
  61. * Fics in which the characters eat the author's favourite meal are quite common, and often not particularly problematic, but see the above mention of Pepper-Jack Cheese - it doesn't work when the food is not accessible or there would be other reasons for the characters not to eat it. For example, there was once a ''LordOfTheRings'' fic which featured the elves making a pizza, and another one which showed the Fellowship enjoying cheeseburgers. Worse, perhaps, was the ''{{Redwall}}'' fic in which the herbivorous-plus-fish-eating TalkingAnimal Abbeydwellers were depicted eating ''chicken'' - to quote a commenter on LiveJournal:
  62. -->"Good God, have they read the books? One of Brian Jacques' favourite ways to show the bad guys were particularly evil was to show them eating some sort of bird!"
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  64.  
  65. [[folder:Live Action TV]]
  66. * [[http://fc08.deviantart.com/fs14/i/2007/019/8/4/Stephen_Colbert_The_Hedgehog_by_Jonathan_Lee.jpg Stephen Colbert The Hedgehog!]]
  67. * A curious ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration''/''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Battlestar Galactica]]'' (original) crossover fanfic had this as the climax, with a MarySue Enterprise crewman precipitating the rapture with a piano recital. It took a good chunk of both series humans (save for a beffudled Picard, musing on whether he could find faith), and even some Cylons, which were revealed to be lizards in silver armor. (This last is a reference to the little-known novelization of the original {{pilot}} movie, which was adapted from an early script that predated the ExecutiveMeddling which turned the Cylons into robots in the first place.)
  68. * There was a [[BuffytheVampireSlayer BtVS]] fanfic wherein 9/11 brought Spike to tears. And ''not'' in a jealous "Why can't I be that evil?" way. In a [[TheWoobie woobie]] needing-a-cuddle-to-make-the-bad-go-away way.
  69. * One author has produced a few short ''Series/DoctorWho'' {{Meta Fic}}s in which Ninth and Tenth join the Eleventh {{Hatedom}}, and lambast him whenever he enters ''FanFic/ThisTimeRound''.
  70. * There's also a ''Series/DoctorWho''/''ThePrisoner'' crossover fic. The "new Number Two" convention from The Prisoner is compared to Time Lord regeneration, which provides the sole hook for combining the two series. It's very weird.
  71. * And while we're still on the subject of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the FanVerse of RichsComixBlog includes characters from ''Series/ForeverKnight'' and ''{{Jem}}'' becoming companions of the Doctor.
  72. * An otherwise well-written ''BabylonFive''/''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' (revival) crossover seemed to indicate that NCAA basketball was a major obsession of the Earth Alliance.
  73. [[/folder]]
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  75. [[folder: Music]]
  76. * ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' is what happened when the then 15-year-old writer got into TheBeatles and DungeonsAndDragons simultaneously, though the final product (which she finished when she was 44) went far, far beyond anything as simpleas D&D.[[/folder]]
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  78. [[folder:Musical]]
  79. * Fans of the ''{{Rocky Horror Picture Show}}'' will often take characters from other canon sources and "cast" them according to their personalities in the show. Sometimes this can result in some bizarre castings (such as Otacon playing Dr. Frank-n-Furter or Wash playing Eddie). There may or may not be fanfiction based on this practice.
  80. ** ''The Rocky Horror {{Discworld}} Show'' (with Carrot and Angua as Brad and Janet and Lord Vetinari as Frank) isn't just fanfic -- it's a genuine amateur stage production with permission from Richard O'Brien, and based on an idea by TerryPratchett.
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  83. [[folder:Tabletop Games]]
  84. * "A Crushed Empire", a [[MissingEpisode long-gone]] ''{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fanfic where the Emperor is evil, all non-humans are trying to be friendly and everyone [[EasyEvangelism converts to Christianity]]. That the instigator is a Dark Angel (read:uber-fanatic) who {{Wangst}}s just because his home planet got hit by an [[ApocalypseHow Exterminatus]]. The sequel is just as bad, as the races well known for their FantasticRacism and OmnicidalManiac tendencies are being nice to each other, and the MartyStu Dark Angel-wannabe somehow banished the Chaos Gods. The cause of all this? TheBible.
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  88. [[folder:Video Games]]
  89. * One ''SuperMarioBros'' fanfic had a Koopa kid converting another to Christianity via EasyEvangelism for no good plot-related reason.
  90. ** One ''SonicTheHedgehog'' fic has a [[MarySue female velociraptor]] (with wings) who converts Sonic and the other Freedom Fighters to Christianity.
  91. * The ''CommandAndConquer'' story ''Fanfic/TiberiumWars'' (no, not the official novelization) is a fanfic example done right. The author is clearly a big fan of ''Warhammer40K'', especially ''GauntsGhosts'', and this shows up in his portrayal of Nod which definitely has elements of the Imperial Guard and Space Marines. Not to mention all the other subtler [[ShoutOut shout outs]] (and not just to ''Warhammer40K'').
  92. * ''{{Halo}}: Combat Evolution'' is a fic that combines the Halo universe with realistic combined arms tactics. The only jarring notes are a) the occasionally poor spelling and grammar[[hottip:*:The writer may not be a native English-speaker.]], and b) someone denigrating something by saying it displayed incompetence the likes of which hadn't been seen since "[[WriterOnBoard the Bush administration of 21st century Earth]]". This is the rough equivalent of comparing modern-day politics to the behavior of Henry VI[[hottip:*:His mental breakdown triggered the War of the Roses.]].
  93. * There are myriad fanfics that have OsamaBinLaden being skewered by [[FinalFantasyVII Cloud's]] {{BFS}}.
  94. * There is a fanfic out there called [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6932565/1/Return_to_Atlantica_b_1_out_of_3_A_New_Beginning Return to Atlantica]] which, besides being a terrifying behemoth (one chapter, one hundred and sixty-six thousand, two hundred and eighteen words), contains everything from {{Pokemon}} to TheLittleMermaid to SpyroTheDragon to SuperMarioBros.
  95. * A fan of the LegacyOfKain series starts pulling the characters out of the video games. Since they are in the "Real World," they can watch movies and play video games, including their own. Due to the nature of the magic involved, the characters will occasionally run into characters like Dante from DevilMayCry and Cloud from FinalFantasyVII. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1863484/1/Razzy_Plush Razzy Plush,]] [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2007793/1/Sequel_to_Razzy_Plush Sequel to Razzy Plush,]] and [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3242997/1/Plush_Kain_The_Convention_Adventure Plus Kain: The Convention Adventure.]]
  96. [[/folder]]
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  98. [[folder:WebOriginal]]
  99. * ''DrawYourOwnStory'', while not exactly a fanfic of anything, bases its insane plot upon, among other things, an [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover insane mish-mash of a thousand works]] with little or no explanation as to why are they all here together. Let's quote from the work page: ''{{Starcraft}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', ''TheFairlyOddparents'', [[CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]], ''StarWars'', ''{{Dune}}'', ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie'', ''SonicTheHedgehog'', ''HalfLife'', ''Left4Dead'', ''ResidentEvil'', ''{{Metroid}}'', ''{{Fallout}}'', ''DeadOrAlive'', ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', ''CommandAndConquer'', ''{{Civilization}}'' and more.
  100. * The ''ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' refer to this phenomenon as "Pepperjack Cheese", after the ''HarryPotter'' example given in Literature.
  101. [[/folder]]
  102.  
  103. [[folder:WesternAnimation]]
  104. * A ''{{Daria}}'' fic, in which shy, insecure Stacy Rowe, who is obsessed with being popular and liked by others was also secretly a fan of the Dead Milkmen. More inexplicable references to and even cameos by bands that it was clear the author loved followed.
  105. * ''{{Transformers}}'' fan-artists pretty much consider anything fair game for turning into a robot. [[http://fc07.deviantart.com/fs8/i/2005/290/0/4/GrimLock_40K_by_LancerAdvanced.jpg Anything at all.]] In some continuities they're ArmedWithCanon.
  106. ** It's the same thing with the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom. Any character from any work of fiction can become a pony. Crossovers with ''Series/DoctorWho'' are popular, as well as ''{{Portal}}''. But by far the ''weirdest'' crossover fic would have to be [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7360739/1/ "Waking Nightmares"]]. It's a very well-written fanfic that somehow combines ''Friendship Is Magic'', ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', and [[TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]], who is now "Slender Mane" or "Slender Pony".
  107. *** Sometimes they still manage to find something that just doesn't work; a picture depicting the core Apple family mourning the death of Steve Jobs was declared incredibly silly, and somewhat disrespectful to both Jobs and ponies.
  108. *** Though the ''Series/DoctorWho'' crossovers are somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]]; there's a background pony with an houreglass cutie mark who resembles the 10th Docter, his (fan)name is Doctor Whovers
  109. * KimPossible is sent to kill bin Laden, and in the process she [[AuthorTract lectures him sternly]] on the treatment of women in Muslim countries.
  110. * There's an ''AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfic featuring Zuko and a MarySue starting a communist revolution.
  111. ** The same author also wrote a fic where the Avatar Gang formed a band. Zuko started dressing like MarilynManson. The other characters somehow knew who Marilyn Manson was.
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  113. [[/folder]]
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