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Founder: Expressive Dissonance - Stories: 82 - 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.

Mirage of the Past by Jade Tatsu reviews
500 years after Avalanche the battle against Sephiroth and his trusted generals, the Wings, is still raging. As a new group makes their run on the Crater, can the truth of 500 years of war be revealed... One shot. SephCloud
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,792 - Reviews: 58 - Favs: 242 - Follows: 25 - Published: 9/17/2004 - Cloud S., Sephiroth - Complete
Dreams of the Morrow by HippiestHop reviews
Cloud is sent back in time, and now he wants to change things. But with an apprentice Turk, Three First Class SOLDIERS, and an old friend on his tail, will he succeed? Third person, but not all chapters are from Cloud's POV. Chapter 20 explains the time travel, if that's all you're here for. This goes places even I wasn't expecting.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 25 - Words: 60,164 - Reviews: 241 - Favs: 382 - Follows: 525 - Updated: 7/5/2014 - Published: 3/9/2011 - Cloud S., Zack F., Reno, Vincent V. - Complete
Delivery by Catsitta reviews
Cloud Strife never made it to Midgar to become a SOLDIER. In fact, he disappeared completely. On the same day he vanished, a mysterious stranger begins delivering cryptic messages and bizarre packages to those bound by a destiny that they didn't even know they shared. To matters weirder, only the recipients seem to see the delivery boy! Very AU. Implied Time Travel.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: K+ - English - Mystery/Adventure - Chapters: 6 - Words: 27,721 - Reviews: 249 - Favs: 371 - Follows: 161 - Updated: 1/11/2013 - Published: 12/12/2012 - Complete
Nibel Fair by xXxAnGeLFLoNnExXx reviews
Aerith miscalculated and Cloud was sent further back in time. He didn't expect to be his best friend's aunt of all people, though. fem!AC!Cloud. Time travel. Pinch of crack humor. Surprise pairing at the end.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,785 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 319 - Follows: 69 - Published: 3/24/2014 - Cloud S., Vincent V., Zack F. - Complete
Final Fantasy VII: Another Side by Mystwalker reviews
What if Genesis had caused the Nibelheim Incident instead of Sephiroth? What could have changed? Zerith, Cloti, Sephissnei, hints of Yuffentine and Tselena later in the story. Complete, sequel coming soon.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 133 - Words: 476,679 - Reviews: 1389 - Favs: 290 - Follows: 250 - Updated: 1/22/2014 - Published: 12/27/2010 - Sephiroth, Cissnei - Complete
The Turks' Way by LunaStorm reviews
If Sephiroth can be manipulated by the stuff in the ShinRa Mansion library, Vincent'll make sure that he's manipulated in the right direction. And while he's at it... well... he might as well, mightn't he?
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 4 - Words: 22,869 - Reviews: 185 - Favs: 1,034 - Follows: 294 - Updated: 8/16/2012 - Published: 7/3/2012 - Vincent V. - Complete
Making the Cut by RegenesisX reviews
In a wager against Sephiroth, Genesis stubbornly tries to prove that there's talent somewhere inside that clumsy cadet.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 22 - Words: 64,808 - Reviews: 829 - Favs: 1,253 - Follows: 982 - Updated: 12/18/2013 - Published: 9/24/2011 - Cloud S., Genesis R. - Complete
The Difference One Life Makes by Irish-Brigid reviews
If one person hadn't died, how would things have gone? Not as AU as you might think. Cloti, Zerith, though romance is light because I stink at it. Mysteries left unsolved may be revealed! Rated for... you've played the game, right?
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 131 - Words: 271,193 - Reviews: 1811 - Favs: 408 - Follows: 322 - Updated: 3/28/2013 - Published: 10/8/2010 - Cloud S., Zack F. - Complete
Terrorism & Anarchy by VarianN reviews
Cloud's first thought on waking in the Shinra training grounds..."Where's the hidden camera?". What is one supposed to do when they find themselves inexplicably in the past? Become a terrorist four years early, of course. And look up a few old friends.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 21 - Words: 121,690 - Reviews: 1268 - Favs: 2,824 - Follows: 2,941 - Updated: 12/1/2014 - Published: 3/7/2012 - Cloud S., Zack F.
Cadet Days by Chocobo13 reviews
Paying a visit to Zack's grave, Cloud has a strange dream and wakes up several years in the past as a SOLDIER cadet. He thought he was done, but it seems the Planet had other plans. Post-AC. Warning: Possible boyXboy pairing between Cloud and Sephiroth.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 8 - Words: 39,510 - Reviews: 271 - Favs: 562 - Follows: 785 - Updated: 3/20/2011 - Published: 7/7/2010 - Cloud S., Sephiroth
Professor Strife by Basilton reviews
Denzel stumbles into the past, Cloud follows to protect his son. The Crisis is beginning again, but as head of the science department Cloud can change it. Before, the world was saved by the lives of millions. This time, can he save those lives as well?
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 22 - Words: 73,204 - Reviews: 645 - Favs: 1,083 - Follows: 1,299 - Updated: 1/21/2013 - Published: 12/15/2010 - Cloud S., Zack F.
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: 157 - Favs: 138 - Follows: 35 - Updated: 2/9/2012 - Published: 4/11/2003 - Cloud S., Aerith G., Vincent V., Sephiroth - 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: 2519 - Favs: 3,839 - Follows: 1,051 - 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: 79 - Favs: 165 - Follows: 203 - 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: 61 - Favs: 190 - Follows: 267 - 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: 2192 - Favs: 1,441 - Follows: 1,625 - 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: 182 - Favs: 301 - Follows: 375 - 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: 389 - Favs: 569 - Follows: 617 - 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: 438 - Favs: 450 - Follows: 379 - 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: 48 - 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: 744 - Favs: 351 - Follows: 184 - 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: 796 - Favs: 517 - Follows: 478 - 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: 167 - Favs: 927 - Follows: 131 - 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: 45 - Follows: 87 - 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: 32 - Follows: 5 - Published: 3/26/2008 - Cloud S., Zack F. - Complete
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