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    There are few things worse than dying.

    But then again there are very few things better than being able to turn into a dragon, so I guess it balances out in the end?

    Regardless, this is the story of how I became a Hero.

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    How do you want to be remembered?
    Obviously one will always want to be remembered as a good person, someone great whose virtues outweigh the flaws, of course they'd want to be remembered as someone who did something in life, who accomplished something with the time they were given, someone others could be proud of, or remember fondly of, years down the road.
    Everyone always wants to be remembered when they were at their best and not at their lowest.

    I like to believe I was a good person, funny and smart and kind, someone who proved to be a good role model for future generations.
    I died content.
    I wonder why, then, did I find myself in such a peculiar situation?

    "Quest: Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation"
    "Will you accept this Quest?"
    [YES] [NO]

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    In a world where the Avatar wasn't found, the Fire Nation has taken over two nations and they strive to overcome the last one. Water Tribe warrior Sokka seeks to fight for his people's rights, but he's captured by his enemies. His life is no longer in his hands as he fights as a Gladiator, and his fate will eventually depend on the Fire Nation Princess, who needs him for her own ends...

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    179/?
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    Waking up in Gusu isn’t a surprise but waking up as a teenager is enough to make Wei Wuxian scream, disrupting the precious silence of the Cloud Recesses.

    Wei Wuxian had been given a second chance when he was brought back to life. But this time, he can truly fix everything, and if he can’t find a way back then at least he can make some things right that he could never atone enough for.

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    The weirdest part isn’t the pirates. It’s the dæmons.

    (What's the best thing to do when you're born into a world of pirates, dæmons, and devils? Live your life to the fullest, she supposes. SI-OC Dæmon AU.)

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    17/?
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    It was a mission of revenge. There weren't supposed to be any survivors, but Chief Hakoda couldn't bring himself to kill the Fire Nation boy. Against his better judgment, he brought him home. A Zuko joins the Water Tribe story.

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    36/?
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    It has been said that the sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the sons, but generally it is not meant to be the fathers doing the visiting.

    In which Ozai's self-control is even less evident than usual at a critical moment, and the consequences are felt for years afterwards.

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    ...In one timeline, Nooroo would have been absolutely correct and a life of control and enslavement would have awaited him. But in this timeline, things were different.

    “No,” Gabriel Agreste finally breathes out. “It’s not worth it.”

    ------------

    In one timeline, Paris had been terrorized by black butterflies swooping down at a moment’s notice. In one timeline it would love the little white ones. In one timeline it would shudder in horror at the phrase ‘Dark Wings Rise’ and in one it would learn to praise it.

    For want of a simple horseshoe nail, Gabriel chose not to become Hawkmoth and put his family first. But Paris still needs someone to use the Butterfly Miraculous. If only this time to save it.

    Marinette has no idea what she's in for, but even without Lady Luck on her side she'll find a way to save Paris.

    Somewhat inspired by Nymph and the Corrupted Miraculous.

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    12/?
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    31
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    When a misunderstanding prompts Sasuke to take a deeper involvement in the growth of his teammates, no one is quite prepared for the way things... change. Especially Sasuke.

    The question is - is it for the better?

    [A slow burn Naruto rewrite.]

    [Current Arc: Secrets of the Uzumaki]

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    68/?
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    Yaruki: 1) The will to act.
    Dignity: 1) To be worthy of honor and respect; 2) Self-respect.
    A hero that has Dignity without Yaruki is a fraud not worth the name they bare.
    A hero who has Yarkuri in their heart, but no Dignity is a liability.

    "I train heroes, not martyrs."

    Izuku isn't placed in training ground Beta and everything falls apart from there.

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    7/?
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    Midoriya doesn't use his schoolbag to save his tormentor, Bakugou from the clutches of the Slime Villain when the pro-heroes show their stupidity. Instead, a far more dangerous weapon falls into his hands.

    A single shot fired sets off a chain-reaction of events that turn everything on its head. Midoriya, partnered with a masked cowboy who just so happens to work at UA, an eccentric, brilliant, and absolutely crazy pink-haired inventor, and a hyperactive wind-bender, will forge his own path as a hero.

    Nobody, not villains, a childhood friend-turned-bully/abuser, an overprotective-bordering-on-abusive parent, nor the Symbol of Peace will be able to stop him in his journey to greatness.

    Dawn is rising, and everyone better watch out, because the Marksman is in town.

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    "We're almost there," his mother said, ignoring his question. "Another mile. Please. Please. Please."

    Percy didn't know where there was, but he found himself leaning forward in the car, anticipating the arrival. Percy suddenly came to the realization that he didn't know where they were, either. It didn't look like Montauk anymore. It didn't really look like New York anymore. Percy wasn't sure if his mom was seeing this, too, but outside, it quickly shifted from rain and darkness to golden hills, dotted with moody-looking lakes, angry woods, and a few herds of perturbed cows irritated by the rain that seemed to follow their car. A flat checkerboard of neighborhoods interrupted the strawberry fields that they'd just been approaching.

    Was this San Francisco?

    A thick sadness weighed on Percy’s chest on top of the fear and confusion that told him he’d been to San Francisco before, but he didn't remember anything like that happening. It was hard enough to convince Smelly Gabe to let them go to Montauk (which was definitely never happening ever again, judging by the state of the Camaro), let alone across the country.

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    Sans is conflicted by night terrors and vague memories from previous timelines gone wrong. While they're starting to become more vivid, soon he starts to notice deviations from what he's grown accustomed to and Papyrus does something unusual that changes everything.

    With the River Person out of commission, Sans accompanies Grillby on a replenishment run through to New Home, all while wrestling with a feeling he just can't break about his long-time friend. As he gets to know Grillby in a newer light along with some changes that have come up due to past medical abuse, it's becoming more and more apparent that something or someone is interfering...

    CH 1-12 - CONFESSIONS
    CH 13-24 - DELAYS & DATES
    CH 25-32 - PAST RECOLLECTIONS & EXPERIMENTATION
    CH 33-37 - REBOUND ARC
    CH 38-45 - AGGRESSION & BONE MAPPING
    CH 46-54 - BAD BLOOD BONE BROS
    CH 55-63 - GRILLBY'S ILLNESS
    CH 64-74 - GRILLBY'S BOX & BEDROOM PLAY
    CH 75-??? -

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    Midoriya Izuku didn’t expect much from life. He knew it expected everything of him, and he was always trying to rise up and meet that challenge.
    Except for one little mutation in his genes that made all the difference.
    Except for one little change in the route home after a pretty depressing day.
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    When All Might crushes Izuku’s dreams, he crosses the path of someone who rebuilds them. Izuku’s going to be a hero... even if it won’t be exactly as planned.
    Or:
    How the tiniest wingbeat of a butterfly over the still ocean brings tsunamis to distant lands.

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    Fate is a funny thing. Switch up only a couple pieces and the results can be worldchanging. The Kamado siblings' separation was just such an event, one that led Nezuko into a darker path and turned Tanjiro into a legend reborn. The ripples of their actions, for better or worse, will change the course of history itself.

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    18/?
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    [AU] In which Hershel Layton delves into the ruins of Akbadain, loses his best friend, finds love, loses love, becomes a university professor, fights his brother, joins his brother, discovers the Azran Legacy, and takes down Targent for all time.

    ...Just none of it in that order.

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    18/?
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    AU where Ginrou relies on some liquid courage to help get him through the experience of infiltrating the harem and it falls to Kohaku and Amaryllis to locate his missing brain cells. Though at first, all hope seems to be lost, Kohaku and Amaryllis collide with an unexpected phenomenon that just might save the day (or night, rather,) if they play their cards right.

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    “You turned me away.”

    “I had to. You think Hal was going to let you stick around? You think that I had a choice? You saw the bruises on my neck, Charles. You know what he was doing to me that day, after I let you into the house, and I tried to explain to you why you had to leave, offered you money, even. You didn’t believe me. You thought that Hal would be happy to have you.”

    “I’m your son--”

    “Tell that to my reconstructed nose,” she spat. “You can do whatever the hell you want to Polly, to the Farm, you can join up yourself if you want. If you think that for one second I’m going to let you coerce me into your little plan to save the damn world, you are sorely mistaken. You don’t have any right to say a damn thing to me. How dare you create a plan that was supposed to involve me without telling me a damn thing? I’m not selling my house and moving in here. I’m not leaving Elizabeth to flounder, feeling alone, anymore. I am done having men tell me that they have my best interests in mind.” She shook her head. “It was nice seeing you, Charles.”

    “That’s all you have to say?”

    “I can’t do this."

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    Reincarnation, she thinks, would be a lot more interesting if she were not predestined to die.

    ( From fire, genocide, amber lead— take your pick. )

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    13/?
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    Running away from home was never the answer, but if it was the only way to avoid an arranged marriage then Naofumi Iwatani was going to take it! She just never expected to be sucked into another world full of knights, monsters, magic, and politics with nothing but the clothes on her back and whatever she took to runaway with.

    L'Arc Berg was the King of Shroud and tasked with protecting his world from the Waves of Catastrophe, even if it meant betraying newly made friends and destroying universes. He's done it before and he won't hesitate to do it again. Too bad that he didn’t count on a backstabbing royal family and a girl with a broken heart to throw a wrench in his plans.

    Too bad both of them didn’t count on forming attachment either.

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    49,058
    Chapters:
    11/?
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    1
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    70
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    402
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    114
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