Pacific Rim AU
|Trope · Genre|
|Synonyms:||Drift Compatible AU, JaegerPilots!AU|
|Related:||Soulmates, Soulbond (trope)|
|See Also:||Pacific Rim|
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Pacific Rim AU is a fusion-type AU, most common in fanfic, where characters are put into the world of Pacific Rim (most often as Jaeger pilots. This AU gained popularity due to the concept of Drift Compatibility that made for excellent shipping and BrOTP interactions.
The Drift (also known as Drifting or Bridged) is a process that two Jaeger pilots undergo prior to synchronizing with the Jaeger itself.
When two people come together and need to kill something very, very badly, they will combine their strengths into a decisive, and usually awesome, final attack.This is where Combination Attacks and the Fusion Dance come from.
Sometimes, however, this melding of skills needs more than a routine that anyone could practice. These times, the users need to resonate on some level. They might need be best best friends, soul mates, or (near)telepathically understanding of each other. They are compatible enough to use the technique. They are Drift Compatible.
Drift Compatibility is when a cooperative technique benefits from, or outright requires, the users fitting together on a personal level. Things like fusion may only be possible because the two are already one person in two bodies.The term comes from Pacific Rim, where giant robots pilots come in pairs and fight all the better when they go through 'the Drift', where they meld minds to withstand the neural strain of controlling a Humungous Mecha.
Not all Pacific Rim fans were okay with the sudden flood of AUs set in "their" universe, though.
is anyone else bothered by the many Pacific Rim AUs where two characters who hate/mistrust each other are apparently drift compatible, romance ensues?
how about NOPE?did we watch different movies or something, because in the Pacific Rim I’ve seen, all the Ranger teams have a strong, positive relationship with each other.
The appeal of Pacific Rim or Jaeger Pilot AUs is the thematic crossover it has with soulmate and soulbond AUs, in that the unique connection between two be has tangible power and can be a major plot point, as well as the exciting action-film setting of the Pacific Rim universe, in which humanity is battling enormous monsters in with giant robots.
As of January 2019, the Alternate Universe - Pacific Rim Fusion tag on AO3 has over 900 works.
Examples of Fanworks
- You Are (Not) Free by fencer_x, a Free! fic
- He Dreams in Kaiju Blue by Ardatli, a Young Avengers fic
- Unauthorized by courageandcheer, a Les Misérables fic
- (We Left Ourselves) In the Drift by omelet, a Teen Wolf fic
- Chekov and Sulu as Jaeger pilots by cataclysmess
- Uhura and Gaila as Jaeger pilots by cataclysmess
- Carol and Daryl from The Walking Dead as Jaeger pilots by Silver-89