Many of you may already be aware; but long time and prolific fan fiction writer Armadilloi (aka “The Armor Plated Rat”) passed away earlier this month. Starting late in S2 he worked on 25 stories for this fandom. He had a distinctive style that was action heavy, in a dark and angst filled environment. His influence is huge, with many writers now writing similar themes. More after the jump.
He often started with Chuck being well motivated by some wrong to become a capable and dangerous agent. Usually the guilty party in this transformation was Sarah, which lead to a very polarizing aspect to his writing; people often love it or hate it, there is not much in between. And this is where I see a lot of his influence in other writer’s work. He may not have been the first to play with the idea of “super-spy Chuck”, but he developed the idea a lot and we now see far more stories along those lines than before he started writing.
There is more to his writing than just that. He played with many variations on Chuck themes; different ideas on the Intersect, Chuck with or against the government, good Casey/bad Casey, changing character backgrounds, and alternate pairings. Usually he came back to Chuck and Sarah being together at the end, but certainly not always (be sure to read author’s notes, synopsis and reviews carefully if this matters to you!). He takes readers on an exciting roller coaster to an uncertain ending. His work is never light and fluffy!
Although many of his stories are too much of a wild ride for me, he did produce a couple of stories I like quite a bit. The first is “Will You Remember Me?”. Armadilloi describes this as a fluff piece; I’d say its pretty heavy angst, but a fun idea that will hold your interest. The set-up here is Casey decides to protect Chuck from a coming kill order by faking his death. To sell it, he doesn’t tell Sarah, and decides he’ll clue her in later. But of course the death shatters Sarah, she quits the agency and drops off the grid. Meanwhile Chuck is loosing hope as he is in hiding, and not getting the promised word from her. As an added point of interest to this story, most of the action is set in St. Ignace Michigan. As a long time Michigan resident, I enjoyed that unique and appealing element. This story would be rated PG-13 for some language and thematic elements, its fairly short and can be read in an hour.
The second story I’ll mention here is “May ’til December”. This is a complete AU. It starts with an older Chuck; who is both retired Army, and a professor/scientist who has invented the Intersect. Casey and his wife Carina are long time friends and partners of Chuck’s. He has a teenage daughter, Ellie, by his ex-wife Jill. The story gets going when the head of the CIA, Bryce Larkin, sends a new handler Chuck’s way; a tired, burned out Sarah Walker. You could kind of call this story a Chuck stew. All the familiar elements are there, but everything is blended together in a pretty different way. But its not just about the odd mix, there is a good character driven story here too. I would rate this story R for some violence and sexual content; allow 3 hours to read.
Given that my favorites list has grown very long; and Armadilloi has written a lot of stories that may appeal more to other readers, I’ve included a link to his author’s page at fanfiction.net.