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Founder: Expressive Dissonance - Stories: 68 - Followers: 70 - id: 64249
Looking for the best alternate universe, time travel, post-apocalyptic, and rebirth stories out there? Then this is the community for you, whether you wanna see Cloud start his SOLDIER days over with a happy ending, the world end and be reborn again, or even just a really good AU; hop into the best of them all with these fic recs. Feel free to PM me with any additions that you see fit. This is meant to be a nice archive for authors to find quality AUs.

Irony of Fate by JenesisX reviews
What would have happened if someone told Sephiroth the truth about his origins? In my AU Final Fantasy VII tale, Vincent gives him this information, along with a second chance. Sephiroth joins Avalanche in their fight against Shin-ra Incorporated and Jenova, rediscovering his humanity in the process. (Freshly retouched in 2013! Aeris/Sephiroth, Vincent, Cloud/Tifa)
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 63 - Words: 287,568 - Reviews: 153 - Favs: 110 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 2/9/2012 - Published: 4/11/2003 - Sephiroth, Aerith G. - Complete
The Fifth Act by Sinnatious reviews
Cloud has an accident with a Time materia. There are people to save, and for that, some people need to die.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 38 - Words: 169,887 - Reviews: 2438 - Favs: 3,274 - Follows: 918 - Updated: 9/15/2010 - Published: 5/7/2010 - Cloud S., Sephiroth - Complete
In Love and War by Rewrite the Past reviews
Weakened, with Cloud Strife as it's sole defense, the Planet makes the decision to start at the beginning with a cycle of rebirth. Knowing that Cloud would break if forced to relive the atrocities of the past, someone steps up to take his place.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 7 - Words: 65,323 - Reviews: 77 - Favs: 155 - Follows: 189 - Updated: 8/17/2011 - Published: 7/6/2011 - Zack F., Kunsel
Demigod by nightbug reviews
AU. The Planet seeks new Guardians to watch over Midgar. Young and inexperienced Cloud is forcefully recruited. However, the hardened Midgar Guardians are unprepared for the boy from the backwater town of Nibelheim. They're in for a surprise. SLASH.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,309 - Reviews: 57 - Favs: 168 - Follows: 251 - Updated: 11/30/2009 - Published: 10/1/2009 - Cloud S., Zack F.
Invisible M by Tobirion reviews
Cloud inherits the house of his dreams after his Great-Uncle Hojo dies, and he thinks that finally, things might be looking up. It's too bad that he's not the only one inhabiting the mansion. ASGZC. **title changed momentarily-not permanent!**
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Humor/Mystery - Chapters: 19 - Words: 110,393 - Reviews: 2176 - Favs: 1,339 - Follows: 1,511 - Updated: 7/19/2011 - Published: 7/24/2009 - Sephiroth, Cloud S.
Misconduct by Nekotsuki reviews
In the aftermath of the disastrous Nibelheim mission, Zack Fair returns to Midgar a hero. The dream has never meant so little. AU.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 5 - Words: 23,369 - Reviews: 180 - Favs: 288 - Follows: 363 - Updated: 10/9/2009 - Published: 7/2/2009 - Zack F., Cloud S.
When You Wish Upon a Materia by XD reviews
Cloud summons Leviathan, and the critter refuses to go away. The only solution may be to go back in time, so Cloud is understandably concerned. It's like they always say: Be careful what you wish for!
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 26 - Words: 97,047 - Reviews: 384 - Favs: 500 - Follows: 556 - Updated: 9/3/2013 - Published: 1/1/2008 - Cloud S., Vincent V.
Sojourners by XD reviews
In a world where Materia is but a mere memory, the Planet demands an ancient war hero be brought back to neutralise an ancient war threat. Cloud has always been condoning of the Planet's wiles. Not quite so anymore, now that Sephiroth is in the picture.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 30 - Words: 128,739 - Reviews: 437 - Favs: 421 - Follows: 372 - Updated: 4/1/2012 - Published: 10/16/2005 - Cloud S., Sephiroth - Complete
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own by Trigger Situation reviews
The looming shadow of Midgar was getting closer... Soon enough they would be entering into a new kind of prison - the plated city - and there would be no more sun or wind, just hiding in the dark. Eventual Clack, rating still in flux.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 7 - Words: 35,832 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 47 - Updated: 10/26/2008 - Published: 7/24/2008 - Cloud S., Zack F.
Swan Song by Horky reviews
Tifa is living a simple, yet supernatural life within Midgar's wall when suddenly an array of strangers leaves her life in a whirlwind where even when everything has already been predicted, no one can even begin to guess what lies ahead.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 36 - Words: 104,246 - Reviews: 741 - Favs: 327 - Follows: 180 - Updated: 5/20/2011 - Published: 8/23/2008 - Tifa L., Cloud S. - Complete
The Road to Sunrise by Shtuff reviews
AU Final Fantasy VII. The people are sick, the planet is dying. A group of rebels make a stand as two weary refugees drag themselves into Midgar. Let the end begin.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 39 - Words: 226,167 - Reviews: 793 - Favs: 508 - Follows: 455 - Updated: 6/4/2011 - Published: 3/8/2008 - Zack F., Cloud S.
Thorns by Vathara reviews
What if Aeris found unexpected help before Zack broke out? AU.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 45,428 - Reviews: 158 - Favs: 797 - Follows: 115 - Published: 11/7/2007 - Zack F., Cloud S. - Complete
Project Reunion by Vanus Empty reviews
Beaten, battered, and bloodied, Cloud and Zack drag themselves to Midgar. AU!FFVII Novelization.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 11,717 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 44 - Follows: 89 - Updated: 2/29/2008 - Published: 10/5/2007 - Cloud S., Zack F.
Prodigal by Scribbler reviews
After Advent Children, Cloud discovers one of the many nasty things Hojo and Shinra left behind while trying to keep the Jenova line alive. Even those only injected with her cells weren't allowed to escape the cloning process. Alternate Zack is Alive! fic
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,465 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 5 - Published: 3/26/2008 - Cloud S., Zack F. - Complete
The Delivery Boy's Errand by Diaphanous reviews
Cloud has a delivery to make. Unfortunately it's free of charge and a certain goddess, supposedly full of mercy but with a twisted sense of humor, has her name written all over the events that occur. Sephiroth, Zack, and Vincent tag along in the chaos.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,991 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 144 - Follows: 14 - Published: 5/17/2008 - Cloud S. - Complete
The Time Traveling Delivery Boy by Diaphanous reviews
Sixteen hundred years ago, Jenova crashed onto Gaia. One thousand years after that, Cloud stopped the Jenova possessed Sephiroth. Six hundred years after Cloud stopped Kadaj, Gaia's timeline has been reset. A new future has his guiding hand to lead it.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 7,618 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 205 - Follows: 33 - Updated: 10/29/2007 - Published: 9/22/2007 - Cloud S., Sephiroth - Complete
One Stroke by Bjanik reviews
Summary: Sometimes acting on that homicidal tendency is the right thing to do. Precrazy Sephiroth.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 44 - Words: 94,410 - Reviews: 394 - Favs: 164 - Follows: 39 - Updated: 9/18/2007 - Published: 7/4/2007 - Sephiroth, Zack F. - Complete
Once More, With Feeling by Illusor Meaneld reviews
If you could start your life over, knowing how things could turn out, what would you do differently? Cloud is offered this chance, and tries to change the future, but he quickly discovers that fate and destiny play a high stakes game.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 43 - Words: 133,869 - Reviews: 2359 - Favs: 2,337 - Follows: 2,403 - Updated: 1/16 - Published: 1/23/2009 - Cloud S., Sephiroth
Off Course: The Delivery Boy Saga by Diaphanous reviews
Another route for Cloud. Another chance for redemption. Another trip back in time. Cloud is going to put the past off course, whether Gaia likes it or not.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Friendship - Chapters: 7 - Words: 27,599 - Reviews: 82 - Favs: 373 - Follows: 72 - Updated: 5/23/2010 - Published: 10/7/2008 - Cloud S., Vincent V. - Complete
Never a Memory by crystal-chan reviews
Maybe they forgave him, but Cloud still couldn't forgive himself. He'd saved the world, but in the end... had it been worth it? He was starting to think that it wasn't. Sephiroth/Cloud. Timetravel. Warnings: Shounen-ai, Suicide, Language, War
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 15 - Words: 45,271 - Reviews: 349 - Favs: 464 - Follows: 702 - Updated: 10/19/2010 - Published: 9/17/2008 - Cloud S., Sephiroth
My Disjointed Life by Pendrum reviews
Cloud Strife is just a typical first year university student trying to make it on his own. Throw in two attractive female students, crazy demanding professors, psychotic classmates, along with other challenges and you've got yourself a story.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 22 - Words: 78,338 - Reviews: 1138 - Favs: 498 - Follows: 178 - Updated: 8h ago - Published: 12/28/2005
Diaries of A Broken Man by Horky reviews
Between delightful ducks, flying panties, cake wielding spirits, shaved heads, exploding bananas, manskirts, and flying Wutai Stank bombs, it had never been more true than now. Love IS a battlefield.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 82 - Words: 154,633 - Reviews: 2011 - Favs: 679 - Follows: 320 - Updated: 1/17/2011 - Published: 9/19/2006 - Cloud S., Tifa L. - Complete
Everything Changes by GW Katrina reviews
AU-On the run from Shin-Ra, a flashbomb changes everything for the pair escaping the labs. Implied Zack/Cloud, eventual Zack/Cloud/Aeris
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,096 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 49 - Updated: 5/29/2008 - Published: 5/5/2008 - Zack F., Cloud S.
Evidence of Sephiroth's Humanity by dantesdarkqueen reviews
A series of oneshotsdrabbles that basically show that Sephiroth is just as human as you and me. Most of them will be humorous, and all are preNibelheim. Latest: the saga comes to a close. Thanks, everyone, for your support and for reading this!
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 112 - Words: 147,054 - Reviews: 1350 - Favs: 281 - Follows: 133 - Updated: 11/24/2010 - Published: 5/1/2007 - Sephiroth, Zack F. - Complete
Harrow Children by joudama reviews
Zack lives!Advent Children AU. The line between the quick and the dead is thin and blurred, and some fragments of memories live on past death.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 54,356 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 61 - Updated: 12/30/2009 - Published: 7/30/2008 - Zack F., Tifa L.
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