Unrelated AU

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: Not Related AU
Related: Raised Apart, Fakecest
See Also: AU, Incest
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An Unrelated AU is one where canonically related characters are not related in a fanwork. It is common in the animash community to avoid incestuous pairings. It can also be a common AU scenario in fandoms featuring prominent incest pairings. This is a subgenre of Wincest fics in the Supernatural fandom, despite incest works been widely accepted in that fandom.


Archive of Our Own has 806 fanworks in the Alternate Universe - Not Related tag, and the most common fandoms using the AO3 tag are:

The most popular pairings in the tag are:

  • Dean Winchester/Sam Winchester (142)
  • Fíli/Kíli (Tolkien) (111)
  • Hiro Hamada/Tadashi Hamada (59)
  • Anna/Elsa (Disney) (29)
  • Avery Hanson/Zac Hanson (23)
  • Jon Snow/Sansa Stark (19)
  • Bill Kaulitz/Tom Kaulitz (18)
  • Matsuno Ichimatsu/Matsuno Karamatsu (17)
  • Matsuno Karamatsu/Matsuno Osomatsu (17)
  • Avery Hanson/Taylor Hanson (16)

It is common with Nala x Kiara, a pairing from The Lion King. Descriptions from some Nala x Kiara animash fanvids:

➥ NOTICE! The facts of this story happen in an Alternative Universe where Nala and Kiara ARE NOT related like in the original Disney movie. Don't like? Leave this video and Don't piss me off :'D
[ 🇭​🇪​🇦​🇩​🇱​🇴​🇨​🇰​ ] Nala x Kiara - CROSSOVER [1/2][1]
WARNING: This is an AU Crossover (Alternate Universe) in which Nala and Kiara ARE NOT related don't like, don't watch.
ᴥ ᴋɪᴀʀᴀ - ᴋᴀᴍɪᴋᴀᴢᴇ (Read The Description)