10 of the Most Popular Descendants Fanfiction Stories of 2024

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If you’re looking for the most popular Descendants fanfiction, look no further.

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Descendants is an American musical fantasy comedy film released by Walt Disney Pictures. 

The children of popular and fearsome villains receive a once-in-a-lifetime chance from the prince of their kingdom to attend a prestigious school.

It is a popular franchise beloved by many.

And because of this, there are tons of fanfictions out there built around the world of Descendants. 

And some of these fanfiction stories are enjoyable to read and rather engaging.

This article will explore some of the best and most popular Descendant fanfiction stories according to hits received on Archive of Our Own. 

Keep reading to find out more.

1. Grin and Bear It

The VKs finally get to meet the heroes of the parent’s stories. But things don’t go as planned. 

Grin and Bear It is not a romance-centered piece. 

However, it features the interactions, protectiveness, and comfort between the core four. 

This is a heartwarming piece that can raise many emotions within you.   

2. Let the Shadows Fall Behind You

Life with mothers can be demanding. Now, imagine having Maleficent as your mother. Horrid! I know. 

In the same way, Mal has struggled her whole life to please her mother.

She is hoping for her mother’s acceptance. But things have never gone her way.

She is moments away from carrying out the first step of her mother’s plan for revenge against Auradon.

Yet, it doesn’t feel as great as she thought. 

Could it be that her time away from the Isle had changed her?

Similarly, opposing her mother is a feat, but can Mal move past her loveless background to find love? 

Can she learn to love another aside from herself and the trio she’s protected all her life?

Thick with suspense, Let The Shadows Fall Behind You is a really popular fanfic.

3. When the Fates Call

Death is one of the surest things for anyone on the Isle of the Lost. 

The difference is when and how it comes. 

That said, things are about to change for Mal, Jay, Evie, and Carlos. 

In the meantime, the Moirai inform Hades that something has changed in their life threads. 

So Hades takes it upon himself to warn his daughter.

Thus, Mal discovers the father who abandoned her may love her. 

Soon after, the four friends find themselves moving to Auradon, a place where magic is illegal.

When the Fates Call is a well-crafted story designed to keep you wanting more. 

4. Truth Or Fiction

The Fates have had it. They’re tired of cutting all the life threads of the denizens of the Isle.

Thus, they decide to save themselves the work by informing Beastie of what is going on. 

As a result, they bring everyone together to watch scrolls showing life on the Isle with the purpose of informing them to make better decisions.

The journey down memory lane reveals that Hades is, in fact, a good father.

It also shows the role Persephone played in Mal’s life.

The scrolls also reveal the errors of everyone creating and sustaining the division.

Can going back in time change the future for all on the Isle of the Lost?

Check out this fanfic to find out.

5. Stand by Your Friends (Don’t Turn Your Backs)

Even in Auradon, there is a class order.

Jane has always known this and has played her part in staying in the shadows. 

As a result, watching from the sidelines has enabled her to see beyond what everyone sees. 

As things play out, it seems the Core Four are not so suspicious of Jane, Lonnie (Mulan’s daughter), or Doug.

Mal even helps Jane harness her magic, a step in defying the Fairy Godmother.

But that’s not the only thing brewing. 

A lot of sparks are flying among the children of the Isle and the children of Auradon.

The Isle of the Lost has taught the four not to believe in friendship, but an alliance may be possible.

With impressive world-building and realistic characterization, this author has built a popular story.

6. Isle of De Vil

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Carlos is left behind when the Core four leaves the Isle.

He watches the limo drive off while his mother holds him back.

As a result, he is alone on the Isle with the parents of the Core four. 

In no time, three months have passed, and Carlos is having a repetitive, boring time on the Isle.

Aside from having Dizzy to talk to sometimes, he is lonely.

That is until he finds Doug, a wounded dog who becomes his friend.

Then life gets a little brighter. 

But unfortunately, Doug goes missing, and Carlos finds him with Harry Hook.

Harry Hook returns the dog, but not without asking Carlos to join their pirate crew. 

Carlos rejects his offer.

However, when his loneliness creeps in, the offer begins to look attractive. 

Will loneliness push Carlos to take up the offer? 

This fan-favorite take on Descendants touches on friendship and self-love.

If this summary sounds intriguing, check out this fanfic!

7. Her Royal Highness

Prince Ben, son of Belle and Adam, is preparing for his coronation. 

However, there are three tests he must pass before becoming king, namely the Health, the Goodness, and the Curse test.

Ben is ready to be King, and all seems to be going well until the Curse test.

As always, Maleficent already has her wheels in motion.

Over twenty-five years ago, she cast a blood anchor curse on herself and Belle. A curse that turns out to be hereditary. 

While this halts Auradon’s plans, they set Maleficent’s in motion. 

As a result, this plan of hers is about to set Mal’s life on a different path and one she’s not sure she wants. 

Her Royal Highness follows Mal as she struggles with her new role in the royal family and her mother’s plans.

8. Damaged (Can’t We Be Seventeen)

Condemning children for the sins of their parents should be a crime on its own.

The core four had to live with the punishment of crimes they knew nothing of.

But time has taught them to stand together and protect each other.

And ordinarily, this hasn’t changed, even though they now live in Auradon. 

That said, they are aware not everyone has or will accept them, especially with the standoff against Queen Leah on Family Day as proof.

They have experienced this hate and insults as a result of their parent’s actions, and they aren’t about to take more of it.

So Mal confronts Queen Leah and draws the attention of everyone present for Family Day.

And Even Ben can’t defend them. 

9. Little Dragon, Little Demon

Do you ever wonder how Mal would turn out if Hades had been a good father?

Then, Little Dragon Little Demon is for you. 

Written with solid backstories and characterization, many claim this is a binge-worthy piece.

10. While The Getting is Good

Jay gets into a scuffle with a classmate hours before the coronation.

This, in turn, triggers a series of events.

Now Auradon has to find four teenagers who are all determined not to be found.

Based on a very interesting premise, this is a really popular piece.

Descendants Fanfiction: Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you find some great Descendants fanfiction!

These are just a small sample of all the amazing stories out there.

So be sure to take a look and find your own favorite among them.

And if you have questions about this topic, feel free to leave a message in the comments below!

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