Crime AU

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: Mafia AU, Bad Guys AU, All Criminals AU
Related: Prison AU, All Human AU, Assassin AU
See Also: Mirror Universe, Psychopaths In Love
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Crime AU is an Alternate Universe trope where the main characters are criminals. In shipping fics, at least one half of the pairing is a criminalist (a killer, a thief, member of a crime family) and brings the other half of the pairing into the world of crime (sometimes by accident).

This trope is connected to the Prison AU trope, but in Crime AUs, the characters are rarely incarcerated for the majority of the story.

In fandoms where supernatural creatures are canon, this trope is often a variation of All Human AU.

Fandom specific Crime AUs

  • In Arrow Crime AU fics, writers often explore Oliver's Bratva ties where he is a Bratva captain, instead of the vigilante.

Example Fanworks

Arrow:

Vampire Diaries:

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