If you are looking for some Self-Insert fanfiction, this post is for you.
A Self-Insert fanfiction is a story where the writer has made themselves into a key character in the story.
So if you like all sorts of fandoms with original characters, then self-insert stories might be just the thing for you.
There is a whole world of Self-Insert fanfiction out there.
But in this post, I will write about some of the most popular Self-Insert fanfiction according to hits received on Archive Of Our Own.
Keep reading to find out more about some of these popular stories.
1. Worth the Candle
This story does not follow a particular fandom, but it is fantasy based.
After the death of his best friend, a teenage boy struggles with the world around him and the aftermath of the loss of his friend.
Then as a twist of fate, he finds himself in a world that feels like a fantasy game world of Dungeons and Dragons.
He has no idea how he ended up here or how he can return to his world, but he tries his best to find all the answers.
This story touches on some heavy themes but in a very respectful way.
Plus, the story tackles some deep concepts.
And with 254 chapters, you won’t have to be bored for even a second.
2. Hear the Silence
In this story, the self-insert takes place in the Naruto world with an original female and original male character.
Shiranui Kyo does all she can to survive in this world and build a life for herself.
But dealing with all the wars around her is hard, especially knowing that all those children are being used and abused as soldiers.
Nevertheless, she is willing to sacrifice some important things to survive in this world and maybe even save a few people along the way.
This story brings up some difficult subjects but also discusses the love for a family.
The fanfic is part 1 in the “Without a Sound” series, so be sure to check out the rest if you enjoyed this.
3. Rose Petal Red
In this story, the self-insert takes place in the Harry Potter world with two original characters.
Guinevere Weasley has reincarnated into a life where all the fuss about the boy who lived is over.
She can remember almost everything from her past life, how she had a large family with loving parents.
But now she has returned, and with that also the possibility to change the original timeline.
And she isn’t sure if it will even be worth it.
It is part 1 in the “Of crimson and silver threads” series.
With over 382,000 hits, this story has a massive and loyal fanbase.
4. This Bites!
This story follows the characters from One Piece, especially the Strawhat pirates.
Our main character is transported into the One Piece Anime.
Here they end up on the ship that belongs to the pirate’s future king, so it could have been worse.
But now they have to live with the Strawhat Pirates and become pirates themselves with all the consequences that come with this, including the many ways this could all go terribly wrong.
This is an original and funny story with over 311,000 hits so far.
5. Nothing Gold Can Stay
Here we have a story set in the world of the Lord of the Rings.
To the Elves, children are precious and a miracle, so they treasure them in any way they can.
But then the Elves come across a child that does not fit the image they have of children.
This one is independent, distant, selfish, and uses a lot of profanity.
They don’t know how to deal with this child, especially as the child becomes more and more stubborn.
This story is part 1 of the “Rhapsody in viridescent gold” series.
It is a very funny twist to the otherwise serious Lord of the Rings stories.
This first part is 55 chapters long and has over 244,000 hits.
6. The Prophet From Maine
This is a Game of Thrones story with an original male character.
Our protagonist is a modern-day man who lives in America.
Until one day, he wakes up and finds himself in Westeros.
This all takes place before the original books and shows happen.
The man has seen all the episodes and is a huge Game of Thrones fan, but now he has to live in this world without messing up the timeline.
The story is 67 chapters so far and really interesting to read.
7. A Lack of Wisdom
This one is another Naruto self-insert story where the writer also inserts themselves as Sasuke.
It is a found family story that is very character driven.
Everyone has to make choices in life, but what if you make the wrong ones and end up hurting the people you love?
It is a true slow-burn story, so if you are into that this is the right story for you.
A lot of canon has remained in this story, only a few things, next to the original character, are changed.
The writer has a very pleasant way of writing and really pulls you into the story right from the start.
This story is part 1 of the “Wisdom verse” series.
This is also a Naruto self-insert story in an alternate universe.
The writer and main original characters find themselves in the world of Naruto.
This is a world they knew about and always thought was just a fantasy world, but it is so much more.
Now they are challenged to overcome their fears and try to live in this world.
But they don’t know how or if they can.
The story is 23 chapters long and full of deep and interesting conversations.
It’s all about self-love, hate, and how to overcome your insecurities.
9. A Body of Water and Bones
This is a Twilight story with an original female character.
The original main character wakes up in the body of Bella Swan.
Even though she knows this is wrong, she decides to keep pretending she is her and slowly take over her life.
This new Bella has no idea how this happened or what to do to get back in her own body.
However, she does know Twilight and the storyline, so she tries to act it out as best as possible.
This story is part 1 in the “Come hell or high water” series and contains four parts in total.
10. Harry Potter and the Reluctant Rebirth
This is a Harry Potter story where the writer’s original character is reborn as Harry Potter.
But he knows who he is now and how the story goes.
So he decides to mess things up a little bit, starting with being sorted into Slytherin.
Unfortunately, this does not make his life easier, he is still Harry Potter after all.
And now he has to deal not only with being Harry but also with the choices he makes that are against the storyline.
This story is 14 chapters long and is both funny and fascinating.
And with over 157,000 hits, it’s very popular as well.
Self-Insert Fanfiction: Conclusion
I hope this article has helped you find some great self-insert fanfiction!
These 10 are just a small sample of all the amazing stories out there.
So you may want to look at the other fanfics with this tag 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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