X-Men Big Bang

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Name: X-Men Big Bang
Date(s): 2011 – 2016
Moderator(s): afrocurl and chosenfire28
Founder: chosenfire28
Type: Big Bang
Fandom: X-Men
URL: xmenbigbang (LiveJournal)
Screencap of the Big Bang community in December 2011 with an example story post, including fanfic cover. Community header art is by dreadly.
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X-Men Big Bang was a Big Bang challenge for the X-Men universe run from 2011 to 2016, which consisted of writing the 15,000 word story in the span of a few months and have accompanying graphics to it.[1]

There have been only four rounds. A Parent Collection, with 4 subcolletions for the rounds is available at AO3.

Author support community is xmenbbsupport and affiliates communities are f_c_f_mods, hank_alex, thefirstclass, 1stclassslash, oldfriends, xmmficathon, erik_charles.

X-Men Big Bang Rules:[1]

  1. The minimum word count for stories is 15,000, and for co authored stories is 20,000.[2]
  2. All kinds of stories and pairings are welcome as long as it relates to the X-Men universe and its characters. Real Person Fiction is also allowed.
  3. No more than two people can co-author a story.
  4. Previously written stories are allowed only if half the words written during the big bang period are new and the complete story is posted to the big bang. If its a story that no one else has seen (not posted anywhere) then it will count as a new story.


  1. You must make at least one customized graphic for the story (or stories) that you claim. You are of course allowed to make more than one piece, there is no maximum on that.
  2. All types of graphic and visual art are accepted up to and including: photoshop, drawings, videos, fanmixes, etc. If you are unsure what you want to make will count as art please email us with the details.[1]

Round 1 (2011)

Sign ups and posting dates

Round 1: Author sign ups for Round 1 opened June 24, 2011, and Round 1 posting started December 1, 2011.[2] AO3 subcolletion X-Men Big Bang Round One.

Round 1 Masterlist

Title: A Boy Like That Will Give You Sorrow (The Lions and Lambs Remix)
Author: cm (mumblemutter)
Artist: A. (mumblemutter)
Verse: First Class
Word Count: ~30,000
Rating: Explicit
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, OFC, Ensemble
Warnings: Vampires and werewolves, elements of PTSD, some violence, underage sex
Summary: This would be a Twilight(kinda)/Underworld(also kinda) AU in which Charles is a vampire and Erik is a werewolf and they are somehow in high school together and everything is feelings and blood and also underaged sex.

Title: A Curious Carriage of Crystal and Cold
Author: etharei
Artist: celectis
Verse: First Class, minor characters from other 'verses
Word Count: 114,000
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Warnings references to conflict, mild non-explicit violence
Summary: Charles, a miner from a poor village in the countryside, saves the life of Erik Lehnsherr, scion of a successful business family and the richest man on the planet Eisen. Charles is a telepath and somewhat anxious about it, while Erik abstains from relationships because the lights flicker and doors open and electronics vibrate when he gets too excited. Also features a long-suffering sister, a foul-mouthed bodyguard, and a best friend with a heart that is definitely not gold.

In which there are princes, spaceships, long journeys, and old secrets uncovered.

Title: A Deeper Season
Author: etirabys
Artist: yellow_tuna
Verse: First Class
Word Count: 36000
Rating: Explicit
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik
Warnings: underage (17), teacher/student relationship, sexual context, mild child abuse, strong language, anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia
Summary: (nonmutant AU) Charles Xavier- rich, introverted, and academic- begins his senior year of high school in 1962. Erik Lehnsherr, despite his own efforts, is the first person to properly reach out to him. Both are astonished to find a human being on the other side. He still had those sharp cheekbones and those weird stony eyes and neatly parted hair. The line of his mouth when someone asked a stupid question remained unchanged. Yet Xavier caught himself watching the man's hand as Lehnsherr wrote down a formula on the board, wondering where it had been. He'd never known someone before finding out they were queer. It was- startling, actually. Lehnsherr didn't look like a fag. But then again, neither did he.

Title: Behind Blue Eyes
Author: Fayolin
Artist: starry_ice
Verse: X-Men First Class with a smattering of other movies
Word Count: 35k
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, mentions of Raven/Emma, ensemble cast from XMFC
Warnings dark imagery, reference to past (underage) sexual abuse, medical experiments/torture, troubling language about coping with physical disability
Summary: In the aftermath of Cuba, the team scrambles to cope as Shaw's death-by-coin shakes Charles to the core. As they race towards safety, the situation becomes more dire, because it becomes obvious that Shaw may not be completely gone. As the hours tick on, Erik becomes lost in Charles' increasingly terrifying mindscape, and is forced to face memories long forgotten.

Title: Be One Traveler
Author: perryvic & zaganthi
Artist: cerulean_sky
Verse: Comics-verse
Word Count: 78,301
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr
Warnings Sexual context, violence, non-con, domesticity
Summary: Should he go to Erik tonight? With Moira so close by? That was courting danger. He should go to Moira, because that was what he should do, logic, common sense, instincts pushed him that way. But something thin and persistent pulled him the other way. A whisper that he would regret turning left in the corridor rather than right.

Title: Blood and Steel and Miles Between
Author: dreamlittleyo
Artist: yanagoya
Verse: XFC
Word Count: 29,500
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, Raven, Hank, Azazel, various ensemble
Warnings consent issues, explicit sexual content, medical experimentation
Summary: (Post-movie AU.) On a beach in Cuba, Charles manages to talk Erik down from the edge. But even after the missiles have been diverted, compromise is impossible. There are two different futures to build, and Erik and Charles will always be separated by their principles. But when Charles is kidnapped and the X-Men can't find him, Erik will get him back no matter the consequences.

Meanwhile, trapped alone in his mind for the first time in his life, Charles comes face to face with the truth about what and who he wants. When convictions stand in direct opposition to the heart, which will prevail?

Title: Breaking Destiny
Author: MelodyofChaos
Artist: drowninglub
Verse: First Class with some comic characters
Word Count: 36, 050
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, Raven/Azazel, Raven/Viktor, Irene, Hank, Alex, Jean Grey, Janos, Selene, Elias Bogan,
Warnings: violence and strong language
Summary: AU, in which Charles is shot, and Erik rushes him to the hospital, with the help of new-found ally, Azazel. Despite the best medical treatment available, the prognosis isn't good- Charles will live, but he'll be paralyzed. And for once in his life, Erik puts something before revenge- helping his best friend. Pity Charles doesn't see things that way.

Luckily for Erik though, Raven has some problems of her own and goes with him, because, God knows, Erik needs a baby sitter. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't realize just how much help Erik will need- his guilt over what he did to Charles isn't the only thing keeping Erik up at night. Despite everything, everything they've been through, everything they are going through, neither man can let go of the other, regardless of what it means for them or anyone around them.

However, despite having the best of intentions, Erik and his new team aren't the only ones looking for a mutant with the potential to help Charles. Emma Frost has run into some serious trouble, and in doing so has jeopardized everything Erik, Azazel and Raven are working for. But has this threat blinded them to the true danger, lurking in the shadows?

And with disguised loyalties and motives, with new enemies and older threats, can Raven and Azazel get Erik back to Charles before it is too late, for everyone?

Title: City of the Dead
Author: swagneto
Artist: thedeathchamber
Verse: X-Men: First Class
Word Count: 18,342
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik. Raven, Shaw, Emma, Janos, Remy LeBeau.
Warnings Slight language, minor character death(s).
Summary: The Mummy fusion! Erik is a former member of the French Foreign Legion, saved from the noose by Charles Xavier and his treasure-hunting sister, Raven. In return, he agrees to help Charles locate the Book of Amun-Ra, said to be hidden in the legendary city of Hamunaptra. Meanwhile, Sebastian Shaw and his team of ruthless treasure seekers also find their way to the lost city with the help of Remy LeBeau, an old war comrade of Erik's. Digs are sabotaged and Charles's lifelong dream of finding the famous book seems ruined when Shaw frames Erik for an archaeology crime he did not commit.

Title: Companion to Beasts
Author(s): chibifukurou
Artist: sparrowshellcat
Verse: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Disclaimer: This story was written for entertainment purposes. No copyright infrindgment is intended
Type: Gen
Word Count: 16,000
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Victor Creed, Remy Lebeau, and James Logan
Warnings: Mentions of past Medical Experimentation; Less than Healthy relationships
Spoilers: Mild Spoilers for X-Men Origins
Summary: Victor didn't go looking for anything beyond a quick fuck usually, but he was bored. Centuries had passed since he and Jimmy had first left home, and nothing ever changed. Jimmy was pissed about him giving his inner Beast it's due again. When he went to a Government Center that supposedly offered assistance to people in mental distress he was just looking for a way to pass the time until Jimmy cooled off and enjoying the thrill of sticking it to the system that had left him and his brother at Stryker's mercy. He wasn't expected that decision, and a fateful meeting with one of the center's employees, a mechanically augmented empath named Remy Lebeau, to change the course of his future.

Title: Crucible: Fire Forged / War Between Four Walls
Author: ilovetakahana
Artist: madsmurf
Verse: Mainly X-Men: First Class and some bits of the comics thrown in
Word Count: approx. 70k words in total
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Main pairing is Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr. Secondary pairings include Scott Summers/Jean Grey and Mystique/Azazel. Also includes an ensemble cast of X-Men and mutants past and present.
Warnings: Discussion of physical and mental abuse of adults and children; abduction/kidnapping [mentioned/implied]; torture [mentioned/implied]; battle scenes and graphic violence. At least one character exhibiting symptoms of PTSD. Angst and pining. Low-fantasy crapsack world.
Summary: In a world where people with powerful and unique abilities are condemned to be broken and beaten and treated as little more than unreliable weapons, life can be a grim prospect for a boy who can create and manipulate fire. When an unexpected rescue takes him away from the pain of his old life, Charles must not only plunge into the joys and vicissitudes of freedom, but also embark on a desperate mission to save the only family left to him.

Cover art by sukiyakiya for Falling Slowly

Title: Falling Slowly
Author: flareonfury
Artist: sukiyakiya
Verse: X-Men: Evolution
Word Count: ~16285
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Scott 'Cyclops' Summers/Rogue, appearances and mentions of the other X-Men characters
Warnings Season 1 & Season 2. Some language.
Summary: How Scott and Rogue slowly fell for each other...

Title: For a Hundred Thousand Reasons
Author: pocky_slash and hardlyabird
Artist: maaiker
Verse: X-Men: First Class
Word Count: ~51k
Rating: PG13
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Moira, Emma, Tony, Pepper, Raven, Steve
Warnings Excessively twee.
Summary: The summer is coming to an end, and as the weather begins to change, so does life for Charles and Erik. Erik's starting a new job, Charles is starting a new season at the daycare and life can't get more domestic than looking at real estate listings on lazy Sunday mornings while arguing over which Farmer's Market to visit. A crisis at the daycare, however, proves that Charles doesn't do anything in halves. Suddenly house-hunting and a longer commute are the least of Erik's problems and he and Charles are forced to make some hasty decisions about the future of their relationship. (Also, Tony meets Steve, Steve meets Charles, and Charles' mother meets Erik.)

Title: For I Mean to Conquer Troy
Author: twelve_pastels
Artist: alishatorn
Verse: XM:FC
Word Count: ~34,800
Rating: M
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, Azazael/Raven, Alex/Hank, Sean/Cosmic Oneness
Warnings Drug Use, Allusions To Sexual Assault, Nonspecific Nasty Things Done To Minors, Psychic Bonding, Non-PC Religious References, Non-PC Ethnic References, Emotionally Crippled Erik, Alex Trollin’, Evil Ghosts of Nazi Sociopaths, Overly Pretentious Writing in Sex Scenes, Author Attempts Smut, Author Has a Mental Affliction, Author Does Minimal Research, Author Writes About Things Beyond Her Ken, Improbable Resurrection, Unnecessary Supernatural References, Unrealistic Medicine, Unrealistic Everything.
Summary: Set one year post movie, Charles overloads himself in Cerebro, and his mind goes walkabout; wherever he is (and he's around), it's not in his body. Erik temporarily takes over the school in his absence, and finds that there's little time for resentment or hatred when he's busy organizing assigned reading for English lit, keeping the youngest children out of trouble, and trying to talk Raven into wearing clothing for the boys’ sake. Somewhere in between taking responsibility for the students and dreaming Charles’ dreams every night, he manages to remember that he's something rather more than a weapon. In other words: A Love Story between two Gentlemen, told in Prose, Epistles, and Nonsense Rhymes.

Title: from the rivers of our palms
Author: zihna
Artist: xsilverdreamsx
Verse: (First Class, comics, X-Men 1-3, etc.) : Post-First Class HDM AU.
Word Count: ~33,000
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, ensemble, hints at past Alex/Darwin and Raven/Hank.
Warnings: Violence, strong language, intercision and possible connected themes.
Summary: The story of daemons, and intercision, and souls, and how a ridiculously soft, trusting, naive telepath named Charles had an eagle daemon, and how an idiotic, stupidly fearless martyr named Erik had a tiger, and how the world feared them for it.

Title: If You Still Believe
Author: Shinigami Yumi (shinigami_yumi)
Artist: brilcrist (gikun)
Verse: X-Men First Class, plus some canon-blending with the graphic novels and the first three movies
Word Count: 32,000
Rating: M
Characters/Pairings: Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr; implied Hank/Alex, Azazel/Raven/Irene, Logan/Jean, Bobby/Marie
Warnings Mild BDSM, some language, spoilers for the whole of XMFC
Summary: As Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr learn to control their powers, fall in love, and recruit and train the next generation of mutants while trying to stop a war, Charles realizes that Erik will leave him someday, but can't bring himself to force Erik to stay. Yet, some lessons take decades to learn, and it's never too late to forgive and try again.

Title: I'll Take the Force of the Blow
Author: safaiagem
Artist: shiroki_kun
Verse: First Class
Word Count: 25,156
Rating: hard R
Characters/Pairings: Charles, Erik, Angel, Alex, Sean, Moira, Raven, Hank, Emma, Charles/Erik
Warnings Sexual content, torture (mental and physical), violence, language
Summary: Moira fired seven shots that day on the beach and Erik deflected five of them with ease. The sixth, however, was the one that made the entire world slow down as blood began to stain Charles' stomach. It was enough of a distraction that he barely felt the seventh bullet nor did he care what happened to it. Charles reached with bloodstained hands to remove the helmet just in time to tell Erik Sleep. When Erik woke up he could no make himself look Charles in the eye and he hid his thoughts behind the helmet. When he finally admitted to himself how much Charles meant to him, he was welcomed with open arms and forgiveness. However, they forget that just because they are hiding they cannot be found and that fear makes rational men do desperate things.

Title: Iridescent
Author: zihna
Artist: livelikejack
Verse: (First Class, comics, X-Men 1-3, etc.) Movie 'verse AU, First Class through X2 with a dash of comic 'verse.
Word Count: ~38,500
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Ensemble cast, Charles/Erik-ish
Warnings: (sexual context, non-con, violence, strong language, characters death, etc.) Violence, strong language, character death.
Summary: In which Charles is the mutant terrorist and Erik is the professor.

Title: Isle of Misfit Toys
Author: sparrowshellcat
Artist: rosivan
Verse: Wolverine, X1-2
Word Count: 20,637
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Logan/Scott/Remy
Warnings Sexual content - including sexual content with an underaged character and two "adults", language
Summary: Fifteen years ago, Logan stared up at a man he didn't recognize, but when the stranger offered his hand, he took it, and let him save him. And when a blindfolded teenager stumbled upon them as they were going to their plane, they took him with them. One teenaged boy who couldn't open his eyes, who wove himself between the two of them, binding them all together into something none of them could have predicted. One by one, they start collecting others, like them, building themselves a little bubble of safety in an angry world. But something is about to change that.

The dam was breaking. And when that dam fell, everything that they had managed to build in the last fifteen years would go with it.

Title: Ithaka
Author: arysteia
Artist: etirabys
Verse: XM:FC
Word Count: 28,000
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, reference to Alex/Darwin
Warnings explicit sex, period appropriate attitudes (illegal nature of homosexuality, internalised homophobia, condescension to women and racial minorities, anti-Semitism – all basically brief but present, non-violent)
Summary: The late 1950s and early 60s were an idyllic time. Haslemere School, and Windsor House in particular, was obsessed with cricket, midnight feasts, rugby, tunnelling from the House to the dining hall, cricket, winning the House competition, committing the perfect prank, and cricket. The new Housemasters, Lehnsherr and Xavier, were young, handsome, good at sports, tolerably interesting in lessons, and actually seemed to care about their charges, something which could not previously be relied upon.

Meanwhile, a woman couldn't open a bank account in her own name, divorce required proof of adultery, the empire was breaking up, and homosexuality was not merely illegal, but classified an 'unnatural offence'. A peaceful life for all was never an option.

Title: It Takes A Village
Author name: kellifer_fic
Artist name: samibee
Genre: AU
Pairing: Charles/Erik (background Raven/Hank)
Rating: Adult
Word count: 15,600
Warnings: Minor violence
Summary:The Afflicted Shall Not Touch The Afflicted Shall Not Knowingly Use Their Affliction The Afflicted Shall Listen To The Elders In All Things

The inhabitants of a small, isolated countryside village live in fear that those outside will find them, that monsters called The Sentinels will sense their Afflictions and come looking for them. A village full of children live a suspended existence, their only protection three mysterious Elders that rule over them in all things. Erik and Charles, barely adults themselves, manage as best they can in a place full of secrets and whispers, nightmares and the ever-present threat of discovery.

Title: Je vois ma vie en rose
Author: lilacsigil
Artist: lunatique
Verse: X-Men First Class, full cast gendershift
Word Count: 80,000
Rating: Adult
Characters/Pairings: Erika/Charlotte, Raven/Harriet and ensemble
Warnings: Non-spoiler warnings: violence on a level with the movie; mentions of rape, sexual assault and torture; period misogyny, racism, homophobia and transphobia; eugenics; Holocaust imagery. Spoiler warnings: Forced pregnancy and birth, medical torture and murder of an infant (highlight to read).

Summary: "Je vois la vie en rose" is a full-cast gender change. Canon male characters become female, and canon female characters become male or genderqueer. The only exceptions are real people and background military/government characters.

The CIA's Marcus MacTaggert attempts to recruit newly graduated Doctor Charlotte Xavier and her sibling Raven to assist in the capture of suspected Communist Sabrina Shaw and her unusual associates. Thrilled at the thought finding of more mutants, Charlotte and Raven agree, but are soon put off by the CIA's misogynist attitude and decide to track down these other mutants by themselves. They do find more mutants, but not the ones they were expecting: ferociously determined Nazi-hunter Erika Lehnsherr and overqualified, underworked CIA analyst Doctor Harriet McCoy are just two of the many mutants out there.

Charlotte starts to build a community of mutants but Raven finds that many of them can't even accept themselves, let alone someone who doesn't belong within familiar definitions of gender. Erika's determination to kill Shaw, Shaw's quest to recruit more mutants, and world-threatening political brinkmanship collide with deadly consequences: Charlotte, Raven and Erika must decide what kind of world it is that they want to create.

Title: Lab Rats and Tin Soldiers
Author: dancinbutterfly
Artist: unfrosted_cake
X-Men Verse(s): X-Men First Class/Captain America: The First Avenger fusion
Type: slash
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Erik Lehnsherr, Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes, Peggy Carter, Howard Stark
Warnings movie-compliant canon character death, some language, some Holocaust imagery, sexual content, period-compliant light misogyny(Howard Stark)
Summary:Doktor Karl Scmidt(Sesbastian Shaw) worked closely with other Nazi scientists such as Johann Schmidt, the Red Skull. It is in his care that the Doktor leaves Erik for further "experiments" and "training" when he cannot continue the work personally. Being in the grip of the Nazi's nightmare subdivision, HYDRA, puts Erik in place to be found by a recently made Captain America on his first rescue mission. Now instead of being trapped by his tormentors, Erik finds himself cared for by a different sort of human in the forms of Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, and Steve Rogers as he discovers his powers and himself.

Title: Lar an Lae (In Broad Daylight)
Author: srmarybadass
Artist: openmydoors
Verse: First Class
Word Count: 12.6k
Rating: PG/PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Alex/Sean, Azazel/Riptide, implied Charles/Hank
Warnings None
Summary: In which Alex doesn't know what the hell is going on, Hank is perpetually grumpy, Sean is a damsel in distress, and Azazel and Riptide are the Defenders of True Love. Or: How Alex's Life Became A Fairy Tale.

Title:Let's Conspire to Ignite
Author: smaragdbird
Artist: obviouslyiam
Verse: First Class and X-Men 1-3 in a steampunk AU
Word Count: 15224
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: John/Erik, unrequited John/Bobby and Charles/Erik, background Kitty/Piotr and Logan/Rogue
Warnings violence and characters death
Summary:Eight years ago John, under the name Pyro, belonged to a group of engineers and inventors called the New Order that were nearly wiped out by the Church for looking into other technology but the traditional steamtechnology. John managed to build a life as a travelling writer but he always comes back to the tavern where Bobby works, for whom he has secret feelings. Bobby belongs to the Keepers, a group that monitors and maintains the status quo between the different factions, especially the escalating situation between the Church and the Pagans.

John is forced back into his old life when Erik, the leader of the New Order, long believed to be dead, comes back, having formed an alliance with the Pagans to take his revenge on the Church and resurrect the New Order.

Title: Maze
Author: xxxholiclover
Artist: luna2k
Verse: X-Men First Class, with characters from the other movies
Word Count: 20177
Rating: M
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, Azazel/Raven
Warnings: strong language, child stealing, LOGAN,
Summary: The last thing Erik expected to deal with was a child kidnapping King from another dimension. But that's what happening. When one night became too much and Erik wished his children gone the Goblin King accepted his wish and stole them away.

Faced with a future without his children Erik makes a deal with the King, if he can solve the Maze and make it to the Goblin King’s castle in 12 hours he can have his children back.

If he doesn't...his children will remain in the Goblin’s hands...as too will Erik.

Title: Shout it Out Loud
Author: dreamlittleyo
Artist: yanagoya
Verse: XFC
Word Count: 30,400
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, Raven, Various Ensemble
Warnings Explicit Sexual Content, Inadvertent Telepathic Bonding
Summary: (Movie-Concurrent AU.) When Charles forges a telepathic link between himself and Erik, the two men find themselves bound together by more than just destiny. With the world on the brink of war, Charles and Erik struggle to cope with a psychic connection that may well be permanent.

Title: Stem the Tide, Point the Blame
Author: ssstrychnine
Artist: davincis_girl
Verse: First Class
Word Count: 26,657
Rating: R
Character Pairings: Charles/Erik
Warnings: Quite a lot of strong language, some violence and gory/horror type description.
Summary: Maybe he was asking for it, bored and indifferent Charles Xavier. Maybe, by wishing for some new life, something better than the nothing he had, he had brought it on himself. The eerie Green Man with a jokers grin and the sharpest axe in the world. That supernatural thing that kept on laughing even when its head was hacked free of its body. An awful deal that seemed to spell out his death. To make himself feel better he took credit for the good parts too; the perfect jaw line of a crazed pawn shop owner named Erik Lensherr, a real friend, a best friend. It's wild and wicked bleeding jungles and a house that's bigger on the inside and a broken girl named Moira and a breaking girl named Raven. It's the Xavier Home for Troubled Youth and everything that goes with that. Some sort of twisted, half supernatural, no-powers AU where Charles is dropped into something he doesn't understand and Erik charms his way into it with somewhat shady intentions.

Title: surrender doesn't have to mean defeat
Author: deacertes
Illustrator: alishatorn
Direct link to artwork: art
Additional photo-manip: firsttimelady
Beta: alishatorn and minarchy, additional beta for German parts germanjj
Verse: X-Men First Class: non-mutant, au
Word Count: 27,972
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairing(s): Erik/Charles, and minor Hank/Raven.
Warnings: D/S AU (and the general dub!con that goes with this type of word), arranged partnership.
Author notes; This wouldn't have been possible without the wonderful help of all my beta's, who answered my every question, no matter how strange! Special thanks must go to alishatorn for her unlimited patience and breathtaking artwork.
Summary: In a world where partnerships between Dominants and Submissives take place under the watchful jurisdiction of The Institute of Designation, Charles Xavier is a kindly, cardigan-wearing Dom who opposes many elements of the official system. Meanwhile, Erik Lehnsherr's past has taught him to struggle against his Submissive inclinations.

When the two are placed together by the institute, Charles has to find a balance between his conscience and his desires, whilst trying to teach a conflicted Erik that surrender doesn't have to mean defeat...

Title: The Hidden Heart
Author: yahtzee63
Artist: histoirede
Universe: XFC
Word Count: 21,000
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, various original characters
Warnings: graphic depictions of violence, explicit sexual content, ableism
Summary: Set five years after the events of XMFC. When a scientific conference on genetics and mutation turns into a dangerous hostage situation—led by a team of rogue mutants—Erik realizes it's up to him to save the day. And the hostages. Most particularly the hostage named Charles Xavier.

Title: the ice is getting thin
Author: kontrapunkto
Artist: shinysparks (Jaime)
Verse: X-Men: First Class
Word Count: 23000
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, Hank, Emma, Raven, rest of the XMFC ensemble & others.
Warnings: mpreg
Summary: When Emma Frost first senses an unknown consciousness following the Brotherhood, she naturally assumes a threat. Her epiphany comes when she realizes that the heretofore unknown consciousness is the mind of a fetus. But when both Mystique and Angel test negative for pregnancy, Emma is at a loss until she notices that the consciousness is always near to Magneto. Magneto, then, is pregnant. Irritated, Magneto dismisses it as a hoax but against his will, contacts Beast for assistance. Beast confirms Magneto's pregnancy and Magneto admits that Xavier is the father. Worried for their unborn child's safety, Xavier strong-arms Magneto into staying at Westchester until the baby is delivered. Initially resistant, Magneto soon finds himself acting less like Magneto and more like Erik, until Charles points out that their child might be human, thus forcing Magneto to reconsider his sweeping judgement towards humankind. Their child could bring them together or tear them asunder, depending on the random combination of genes. Chance.

Title: The Persistence of Memory
Author: st_aurafina
Artist: artmetica
Verse: First Class, Comicsverse
Word Count: 19.5K
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Emma Frost/Moira MacTaggert, Natasha Romanov, Sage
Warnings sixties era misogyny, James Bond level of violence
Summary: After Cuba, Moira is left with no memories and a career in tatters. She should know better than to engage with another telepath, but the opportunity to reclaim her life is too great a temptation. When Magneto and his new Brotherhood attack, Moira offers their target, Emma Frost, another option. She is surprised to find that Emma has an agenda of her own: to find and stop the scientists responsible for Shaw's anti-telepathic helmet. This tentative alliance becomes a frantic dash across Europe with the USSR's best agent on their heels. Car chases, lipstick cameras, midnight journeys to Moscow, brainwashing and fighting on top of trains: can a disgraced spy and a vigilante telepath stop world powers from exploiting mutants again?

Title: Drift by taurenova
Artist: kaiserkuchen
Verse: First Class, with some of the X-Factor comics crew.
Rating: n/a
Characters/Pairings: Darwin-centric fix-it, dash of ensemble.
Warnings: not really!

Title: Human Behaviour
Artist: vertrauen
Verse: X-Men First Class
Rating: n/a
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik
Warnings: none, fanmix based on AU fic

Title: Looking After Me by flareonfury
Artist: starry_ice
Verse: X-Men: The Last Stand
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Theresa 'Siryn' Cassidy, Scott 'Cyclops' Summers
Warnings: None for the art.

Title: on smoked ivory
Authors: calembours & soldierly
Artist: amoralambiguity
Verse: X-Men: First Class AU
Word count: ~16000
Rating: NC-17
Characters/pairings: Charles, Erik, Raven ; Erik/Charles
Warnings: Sexual content, mentions of violence.
Summary: In a smoky bar in the 1920s, Erik Lehnsherr is losing himself in the slide of piano keys under his fingers, drifting from night to night and drink to drink. When a new dancer, Cherry, takes the club by storm, Erik is happy to finally have found someone he can play for. Unbeknownst to him, Cherry is actually Charles, masquerading as a female dancer to help pay for his sister Raven's schooling. Between misunderstandings and secrets, they end up closer than either of them would have ever expected—but trust is hard to earn and harder to give, and they both have to learn how to truly let each other in.

Five-Minute Flirtations
Author: blumvale
Artist: cylin
Verse: XM:FC – AU
Word Count: 15,909
Characters/Pairings - Alex/Hank, (Raven/Janos mentioned)
Beta: the lovely, amazing, fantastic and every word in-between Mondays_eyes – thanks so much hun!!
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None that I can think of...
Summary: Raven convinces Hank to try speed dating. Initially, Hank is quite wary about the whole thing. Once at the bar, the first person he meets is Alex, the bartender. While Alex lends his ear to Hank’s dating woes, the two men grow closer until Hank realizes, maybe speed dating was the best idea Raven has ever had.

Title: I Hate Seagulls
Author: ilcocoabean
Artist: mightofmidgets
Verse: First Class, X-Men 1-3, references to comics.
Word Count: 25000~
Rating: overall R
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, Charles/OFC, Erik/OMC, Raven/Azazel, Alex/Hank/Sean, Jean/Scott, Angel/Darwin, Storm, Shaw, Riptide, Emma, Logan, Sabretooth, Colonel William Stryker
Warnings Masturbation, mentions of off-screen sex, language, off-screen minor character deaths
Summary: In a modernized setting Charles and his foster family of mutants are on the run when they meet Erik and his own foster family. With Charles' inheritance they create a school that becomes a haven for other young mutants and a nearby town protected by telepaths and constant surveillance. When mutants in this sanctuary are suddenly faced with raids, no one knows where to point the blame, until Charles overhears a conversation that could ruin not only his friendship with Erik but also any hope of a relationship.

Title: Wings Of A Butterfly
Author: germanjj
Artist: bunny_tofu
X-Men verse: First Class, movie-verse
Genre: slash, first-time, time-travel
Rating: NC-17 (to be sure)
Characters/ pairings: Charles/ Erik, Alex/Darwin, plus the characters from the movie
Warnings: no serious warnings, just angst, heartbreak and angst (plus a hopeful ending!)
Summary: Life is a myriad of moments. But only very few are turning points, made to twist and shape your life completely. Charles has waited decades to get a chance to go back to one of those moments. To get a chance to make something right. And maybe, just maybe, to save lost lives along the way.

Round 2 (2012-2013)

Sign ups and posting dates

Round 2: Author sign ups for Round 2 opened August 1, 2012 [3] and Round 2 posting started January 14, 2013.[4] AO3 subcolletion X-Men Big Bang Round Two.

Round 2 Masterlist

Title: You Were Burned, You Were About to Burn, You're Still on Fire
Author: dumats_bloomers
Artist: sl_tteringg
Verse: First Class/Comicsverse
Word Count: 66,800
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier; Tony Stark/Steve Rogers; Sharon Xavier/Brian Xavier; Armando Munoz/Alex Summers; Natasha Romanov/Clint Barton; Angel Salvadore; Emma Frost; Janos Quested; Azazel; Nils Styger; Peter Parker; Pepper Potts; Nick Fury; Loki Laufeyson; Thor Odinson; N'Dare Munroe; Ororo Munroe; Jane Foster; Darcy Lewis; Peggy Carter; Raven Darkholme; Cassandra Nova Xavier; Martin Vosper; Sean Cassidy; Hank McCoy; Bruce Banner; Howard Stark; Edie Lehnsherr; Jean Grey
Warnings: sexual content; past character death; self-harm; suicidal thoughts; implied drug abuse; racism; homophobia; night terrors; verbal abuse
Summary: Charles is kicked out of the Westchester manor by his mother claiming he needs to learn “independence” and be truly on his own for the first time in his life. Heeding Sharon, he moves into a one-bedroom apartment in a building owned by superhusbands Tony and Steve Stark-Rogers, attempting to find a job and become a self-sufficient young mutant. With time, he comes to be acquainted with the building’s varied occupants and deal with the suicide of his sister Cassandra and his brother Martin running away from home years before the start of the story, along with his own depression and the turmoil-heavy times as mutants fight for their rights and say in government. Along with the apartment, comes the guardian cat statue, Ghost, and the out-of-body dreams he has many nights, during which he meets the spirits of the dead attached to the building or its residents.

Furthermore, Charles meets his grouchy upstairs neighbor, Erik Lehnsherr, who he finds himself falling in love with despite the man’s constant rebukes and scornful attitude toward monogamy. In the midst of Charles’ journey toward true independence and self-discovery, his brother’s surprise arrival threatens his progress and any further growth.

Title: And So It Is
Author: firstlightofeos
Artist: paleredsin
Verse: X-Men: First Class
Word Count: ~37k
Rating: Explicit
Characters/Pairings: Emma Frost, Raven Darkholme/Mystique, Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr; Emma Frost/Raven Darkholme, Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier/Emma Frost
Warnings: Some sexual content, foul/offensive language, infidelity
Summary: If you believe in love at first sight, look a little closer.

A story about chance meetings, instant connections, and casual betrayals between four strangers who have one thing in common: each other.

[An X-Men: First Class Closer AU.]

Title: The Virtue to Which We Aspire
Author: evelinavex
Artist: starkmaddness
Verse: X-Men: First Class
Word Count: 66,409
Rating: Mature
Characters/Pairings: Charles Xavier/Erik Lensherr, Mystique/Azazel (background); Charles, Erik, Raven, Emma Frost, Hank, Azazel, Alex, Ororo, Sean, various characters.
Warnings: Canon-typical violence, dark imagery, allusions to kidnapping, allusions to beating/torture, unreliable narrator, Charles regains use of his legs as part of the plot.
Summary: Nine months after Cuba, Charles is found by Erik's Brotherhood in the smoldering ruins of an abandoned CIA base, exhausted but alive. As the only known survivor of the CIA's vendetta against mutants, recovering Charles' memory of the incident—which he admits to having forgotten—just became paramount.

But the harder they push, the closer Charles gets to breaking point. When he finally cracks, the X-Men and the Brotherhood will learn the truth, but it comes with a price...

Some doors, once opened, cannot be closed.

Some minds, once broken, will never be the same again.

Title: The Key to All Heaven
Author: kiriana16 and the_me09
Artist: raezyn101
Verse: X-Men: First Class
Word Count: 20,167
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Emma, Logan, Edie, Kurt and Cain Marko, Sebastian Shaw
Warnings Implied child abuse/neglect, alpha/omega verse
Summary: The house stood on one of the hills, overlooking a beautiful lake and a rose garden that the alpha of the house took special pride in. They weren't rich, but neither were they poor and they lived a calm, content life, satisfied with what they had. They didn't even realize that something was missing from their lives until one day the woman realized a new life was growing inside her. Their happiness knew no bounds and they waited with impatience for the day when their young would look up at them with bright eyes.

So begins the story of Charles, nicknamed 'Cinderella' by the cruel step-brothers and step-father that took over the house when Charles' parents died. Despite their best efforts, Charles kept his belief in dreams and happy endings. Nursing one final flower from his father's now decrepit garden, Charles works as a servant to his step-family. When the opportunity to go to a ball arrives, Charles seizes it with both hands, with some help from his mouse friends Raven and Thor as well as his fairy godmother.

Erik is a lonely prince, pressured by his mother to find an omega to settle down with. At the Royal Ball he meets a mysterious omega. They dance and talk and play chess, but at midnight the omega dashes away, only leaving behind a glass slipper. A manhunt begins to find the omega who so bewitched Prince Erik.

You know how it ends, right?

Title: Somebody That I Used to Know
Author: pippinpips
Artist: chosenfire28
Verse: X-Men: First Class
Word Count: 88,806
Rating: E
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Raven, Moira McTaggert, Alex Summers, Sebastian Shaw, Scott Summers, Azazel, Jean Grey, Emma Frost, William Stryker
Warnings Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence
Summary: Five years ago Erik lost his partner and lover, Charles, when the Agency burned him. He kept up the hope that Charles was still alive for a while until he no longer could, but then he found himself burned as well—all he wants now is to survive and hopefully find out who exactly was responsible for his burning and if they were also responsible for what happened to Charles. He manages to acquire the help of some old acquaintances, but he isn't alone. There is someone watching over him and handing him out hints, but there seems to be another force that has him leaping through an obstacle course. In the end he finds that his past is coming back to life around him and things are still very much affected by what happened five years ago.

Title: The Ballad Of The Bride (Of Frankenstein's Monster)
Author: Beckymonster
Artist: Keio
Verse: First Class
Word Count: 37,011
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Magda Lehnsherr, Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier, Raven, Wanda, Pietro, Moira MacTaggert, Hank McCoy, Sean Cassidy, Angel Salvadore, Azazel, Alex Summers, the X-Kids, Sundry OMCs, OFCs and a guest appearance or two
Warnings some sexual content and some violence
Summary: Charles was more right than he knew. Erik wasn't alone. In fact, he was accompanied on his quest for revenge against Schmidt by his twin children, and his beloved wife, Magda.

Canon, tells 'one' version of his story; this simple tale tells 'one' version of hers.

When on a mission in Miami, her husband is 'fished' out of the cold waters of the harbour by an academic, Magda's life is upended in ways that she could never have foreseen. It's a meeting puts her on a course with an adventure that will take all her courage, intellect, wit and most of all her humanity to see through to its end.

Title: No Sword Will Kill You (Unless it be mine)
Author: seraphim_grace
Artist: Heresee irisee
Verse: (First Class, Marvel 616)
Word Count: 33350
Rating: NC17
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik
Warnings sexual content, some scenes of violence, aftermath of extreme violence, the birth of a war.
Summary:Love was easy, it was everything else that fell apart.
Erik was raised in the Academy of War and trained to be the best, not to trust magic users and that he had to be harder and fiercer than everyone there. Then just before he plans to leave with Magda, to run away and leave it all behind, a group of soldiers take him to the capital where he is forced into marriage with a magic user, and he learns that everything Sebastian taught him was a lie.

Title: The Pleasantness of Employment
Author: keire_ke

Artist: rohnoc
Disclaimer: Written for entertainment, the only profit is priceless fun.
Word Count: 32k
Characters/Pairings: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier, past Erik/Magda, with Emma Frost
Warnings: Erik's potty mouth
Rating: Teen
Summary: Modern AU. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of two lively toddlers must be in want of a babysitter. This truth is so fixed in Erik's mind that when his children mysteriously turn up fed and entertained, he doesn't question where the care comes from, so long as it is continuous, or at least he doesn't question it until the caretaker turns out to be his handsome neighbour. Sadly, his attempts at romancing said neighbour are undermined by—no, never mind, it's easier to list things that don't undermine his romancing attempts, and those are the weather and meteor showers.

Title: Blue Skies
Author(s): baehj2915
Artist: marourin
Word Count: ~47k
Characters/Pairings: Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier/Others
Warnings: 1920s AU
Summary: At the tail end of the 1920s, the Twentieth Century is finally changing for the better. When Charles and Erik meet, it seems like an appropriate expression of the zeitgeist—a confluence of passion, romance, and change. But the good times never last. Erik and Charles have to discover if they can weather they gray days together, or at all.

Title: Erik's Moving Castle
Author: sunryder
Artist: amoralambiguity
Verse: First Class AU
Word Count: 16,810
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Raven, Erik/Charles
Warnings: AU
Summary: Charles Xavier had accepted that he was doomed to be ordinary while Raven and Hank got to be extraordinary. Of course, that was all true right up until Charles flirted with the handsomest fellow he'd ever seen and got cursed into a crippled old man for his trouble. Now Charles is hiding out in a moving castle with a fire demon named Logan who has a cigar problem, a magical apprentice and accidental firestarter named Alex, and the same handsome man who got Charles into this mess in the first place. A man who just happens to be the great and terrible Wizard Erik.

Title: Erik Lehnsherr and the Rats of NIMH
Author: winterhill
Artist: kath_ballantyne
Verse: XMFC AU / Kitty’s characterisation comes from the comics collections The Dark Phoenix and Days of Future Past
Word Count: ~29 000
Rating: Teen
Characters/Pairings: Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier, Kitty Pryde, Moira McTaggert, Emma Frost, GEN with background pairings of Erik/Magda, Sean/Moira
Warnings: some violence and swearing (including a child being roughed up off-screen); a little blood; non-graphic reference to the deaths of Darwin and Erik’s wife and daughter; and the vivisection of/experimentation on animals.
Summary: Erik thought that life was good, in a dull sort of way, until Charles the talking rat showed up. Now he's back in action and things don't seem so simple: since when did he agree to work for the US government? What does the National Institute of Mental Health have to do with mutant rats? And who the hell managed to steal his work from the inside of a locked filing cabinet? For the kinkmeme prompt: Charles was a labrat, before he became the pet of Erik Lehnsherr.

Title: Unfinished Business
Author: pocky_slash
Artist: shaliara
Verse: X-Men:First Class movieverse with a smattering of comics and other random things.
Word Count: ~64,000 words
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Moira/Nick Fury, Alex/Darwin, Raven, Hank, Sean, Angel, Jean, Scott, and Ororo
Content Notes: Mentions of past abuse/neglect, comic-esque violence, period appropriate racism and homophobia, vague sexual situations
Summary: It's March 1963 and Charles Xavier's life seems to be falling into place. Sebastian Shaw is dead and he, Erik, Moira, and their team and young pupils are well on their way to opening their mutant school for fall enrollment. Everything would be perfect if it wasn't for the childhood nightmares that Charles keeps accidentally projecting to the house, the odd dreams that leave him sleepwalking through corridors that haven't been used in decades, and the children's insistence that the house is haunted by a ghost that roams the halls at night. Erik thinks Charles is seeing things, Moira is afraid that the strange occurrences have something to do with the mysterious man trying to woo her, and Charles just wants proof that it's not all in his head.

Title: Word Forward
Author: afrocrurl
Artist: maichan
Verse: First Class with some assorted tertiary characters from other movies
Word Count: 23739
Rating: Hard R for sexual content and language
Characters/Pairings: Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr, Emma Frost, William Stryker Jr, Warren Worthington III, Wade Wilson. Included are also characters from The West Wing and The Newsroom
Warnings sexual context, strong language, Deadpool
Summary: Impassioned Mutant Rights Advocate Erik Lehnsherr will not stand to watch William Stryker Jr ruin the United States as president. Little does Erik know that as he runs for president, he'll meet a newspaper reporter who will change his focus and desire.

Title: Sub Rosa
Author(s): tahariel
Artist: loobeeinthesky
Word Count: 26k
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, ensemble
Warnings: None
Spoilers: XMFC
Summary: Post-movie. In Charles Xavier's garden almanac, there is a special entry each November for when Erik comes home. And some seeds need to go through fire before they can grow.

Title: Into the Jungle
Author: madneto
Artist: sanny-pirate
Verse: First Class
Word Count: 56,756
Rating: M
Characters/Pairings: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier, Armando Muñoz/Alex Summers
Warnings Sexual content, Ensemble Cast, Slow build, Minor Character Deaths, Minor Violence, Fluff and Angst
Summary: Ever since he can remember, Erik's always been different from the rest of his family. He's tried to fit in, encouraged by his mother and his friends, but Logan, the troop's silverback, has never acknowledged him as one of their own. Still, Erik is determined to become the best ape ever, until one day, strangers arrive in the jungle. Strangers that look just like Erik.

Title: Lost and Found
Author: wallhaditcoming
Artist: whitebat
Verse: XMFC AU
Word Count: 23,676
Rating: E
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Logan, Alex, Ororo, Moira, Sean, Scott, Jean, Azazel, a brief appearance by Raven, and mention of both Sebastian Shaw and Kurt Marko

Warnings sexual content, some violence, some language
Summary:When Crown Prince Charles Xavier makes the impulsive decision to rescue a man who leapt into the river from enemy shores, his moment of selflessness ends up coming at a personal cost. In the process, however, he gains an ally and a friend. As Charles finds himself drawn to both Erik and his cause, he must find a way to satisfy both his conscience and his duty, all while separated from his troops and trapped behind enemy lines.

Title: The Legend of Raven: Prince of Dreams
Author: Pangea
Artist: K-town01
Verse: XMFC, Legend of Zelda fusion
Word Count: 101,860
Rating: Explicit
Characters/Pairings: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier; Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier, Alex Summers, Hank McCoy, Angel Salvadore, Sean Cassidy, Janos, Azazel, Emma Frost, Sebastian Shaw, Irene Adler, Ororo Munroe, Raven Darkholme
Warnings Graphic depictions of violence, explicit sexual content
Summary: Erik is a simple goat herder in tiny Ordon Village, content to spend his days keeping an eye on both the goats and a small pack of village children—that is, until he starts having strange, reoccurring dreams that no matter how hard he tries to remember he forgets as soon as he wakes. He can't seem to shake the restless feeling that there's something very familiar about the dreams and that he's standing on the edge of something very big about to happen.

And then one day Ordon Village is attacked by monsters straight out of nightmares and Erik's world is turned upside down when a dark, evil power puts all of Hyrule under a sleeping spell. What starts out as a mission to save his village turns into a quest to save the entire realm, because he just may be the only one who can.

Title: The Body In The Bedroom
Author: telperion_15
Artist: elsian
Verse: First Class
Word Count: ~71K
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Raven/Hank, Shaw/Emma, Angel, Moira, Armando, Alex, Sean, Janos, Azazel, Logan, OCs
Warnings Character death (but no one we like!), mild violence
Summary:Autumn, 1909 – Viscount Charles Xavier has invited friends and acquaintances to spend the weekend, hoping for good company and interesting conversation. But he doesn't bank on murder being committed under his roof, nor his growing interest in the enigmatic Erik Lehnsherr...

In which there is a country house party (what else?), murder most foul (of course), and almost everyone’s a suspect (naturally).

Title he who is the keeper of my soul
Author: illiadeum
Artist clarounette
Verse: (First Class, comics, X-Men 1-3, etc.)
Word Count 34,735
Rating explicit
Characters/Pairings Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier; Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier, Raven Darkholme, Moira MacTaggert, Kurt Marko, various First Class appearances.
Warnings: exual content, mild to strong depictions of violence, supernatural activity, referenced death of a minor character.
Summary: An accident... There was an accident. Next thing he knows, Erik is a ghost trying not to fall through the floor (or maybe through the ceiling – he can hardly keep track) of a hospital while his body lays comatose in bed. Then a doctor named Xavier is blabbering on to him about how he's so bloody sorry that Erik saved his life and a little blond ghost of a girl is making him promise to stalk her older brother in order to protect him from a possible prophecy straight out of every cliché movie Erik has ever watched. So, there he is, Erik fucking Lehnsherr, ghost and comatose patient to a blabbering doctor named Charles Francis Xavier, sworn to protect him from the ever-constant threat of the world (and probably himself).

Title: Frosted Hearts
Author: aesc
Artist: palalife
Verse: First Class
Word Count: 29700
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, Emma/Shaw (past), Emma/other, Raven/Irene, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Janos Quested
Warnings: Some sexual content, strong language
Summary: Emma Frost has 99 problems, but a date ain't one. Specifically, she has no time to play the dating game—which is fine with her, because she'd much rather run it instead. From a set of sleek, silver and white offices on Fifth Avenue and with her trusty, stylish, and silent partner Janos Quested, Emma has built Frosted Hearts into New York City's premiere dating service, built on the principle that money, and a sufficiently rigorous psionic scan, can, in fact, buy you love.

Somewhere in Frosted Hearts's server is one Charles Xavier, genius and geneticist, with the kind of nicely-starched good looks that sell well on brochures for New England prep schools. He's also a telepath who's decided to give up pursuing serious relationships and instead spend his thirties doing what he should have done as a teenager: have a lot of sex with random people. Fortunately for him, Erik Lehnsherr, metallokinetic and engineering executive, has absolutely no time in his heart or his schedule for anything more serious than... well, absolutely nothing romantic at all.

Title: The Greatest Thing You'll Ever Learn
Author: the_me09
Artist: mikispazz
Verse: X-Men: First Class
Word Count: 18,582
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Emma, Shaw, Raven, Sean, Hank, Logan
Warnings: strong language, character death, thwarted sexual assault
Summary: Charles came to Paris to write about beauty, freedom, truth, and love. He falls in with a group of charming Bohemian artists and is introduced to the Moulin Rouge; where he meets the devastatingly handsome Master of Magnetism, Erik Lehnsherr. There is an incident of mistaken identity and then seduction. Sebastian Shaw, financier of the Moulin Rouge's new undertaking, Spectacular Spectacular, strikes a deal with Erik as his own prize. Little does he know that Erik and Charles are carrying on an affair behind his back.

Title: Frozen Dreams
Author: ximeria
Artist: paperstains
Verse: X-Men First Class
Word Count: 33,700
Rating: Teen and up/PG13
Characters/Pairings: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier (freeform)
Warnings References to characters who are dead (all of them!)
Summary: Erik wakes up in a future where everyone he knew is long since dead and his crusade has been rendered obsolete.

Title: The last one to die
Author: Kiriana16
Artist: Perilousrain
Verse: First Class with comic canon characters
Word Count: 15 200
Rating: M
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, background Raven/Azazel, Jean/Scott, various background characters
Warnings Characters deaths; Nuclear Winter; Some questionably moral decisions
Summary: Living while everything around you is dying and things you need to survive are scarce can be hard. Collecting a group of people who can hardly even reach his elbow, Erik sets out on a journey to find a safe place to wait out the destruction of the world around him. It's not easy and he encounters loss, fear and a danger of losing everything he has now for a chance to gain something he misses, but hope is hard to kill and his hope is waiting for him in Westchester. But not everything can be predicted and life tends to play cruel jokes on people that need light the most. The world will burn and there's nothing any of them can do about it. Besides, won't it be better in the end? This is a story about a journey, hope and survival in a post-nuclear world where none of these things can be taken for granted. We follow Erik as he struggles to keep everyone in his little group safe and sane while not losing his own faith in the semi-happy endings. He'll have a chance to change everything for the better, but will he succeed in not making the same mistakes?

Round 3 (2014)

Sign ups and posting dates

Round 3: Author sign ups for Round 3 opened January 3, 2014[5] and Round 3 posting started June 7, 2014. AO3 subcolletion X-Men Big Bang Round Three.

Round 3 Masterlist

Title: Steal Your Heart
Author: afrocurl
Artist: maichan and estioe
Verse: First Class
Word Count: 19000
Rating: R for canon-type violence and sexual content
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik; Erik, Emma, Charles, Logan, assorted minor characters
Warnings sexual content, telepathic manipulation, canon type violence, bigotry against mutants, arranged marriage
Summary: The Mutant Islands sit in an isolated spot in the Pacific Ocean, inhabited by mutants after humans ejected them from their countries of origin or residence. Nothing was simple for the three islands as they struggled against each other, and the threat of war hung over them constantly. Erik Lehnsherr of the King's Guard is forced into a mission he never wanted - but when he does so he meets Charles Xavier, who changes his entire worldview. One slight slip later, Erik and Charles are married and life takes a different turn.

Title: The Seven Day Lockdown
Author: ladyc03
Artist: keire_ke
Verse: Movie Verse, mainly XMFC with some characters from DOFP in minor roles
Word Count: 33,184
Rating: Mature
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Raven Darkholme, Emma Frost, Moira MacTaggert
Summary:When a new CIA program is able to de-power both Charles and Erik's groups and trap them together in the school, both men are forced to cope with unresolved tensions as they struggle to make a decision that will affect every mutant in the country.

Title: Ride a White Horse
Author: st_aurafina
Artist: afrocurl
Verse: First Class, some comicsverse characters, fusion with Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books
Word Count: 33K
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik mindbond (Charles is a Companion), Alex/Darwin mindbond (Darwin is a Companion), Raven/Angel, Raven/Irene, Henry McCoy, Sean Cassidy, Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Janos Quested, Fred Duncan, Rolan and Gwena.
Warnings: Implied X-Men:First Class levels of torture for Erik, not graphically described
Summary: With Mindspeaking as powerful as his, the safest place for Xavier was Companion's Field, where he's lived all his life alongside his only friend, Raven the Changechild. Erik is determined to stop Schmidt, Ancar's mage, from ever harming another child; he has no time to nurse a shaky Mindbond with a Companion of Valdemar. And Raven wants Xavier to find his Chosen, but cannot allow him to face danger alone.

Title: Theme and Variations: War
Author: ilovetakahana / ninemoons42
Artists: madsmurf & arisupaints
Verse: Primarily X-Men: First Class, with characters and concepts from the wider multiverse of the comics. Also includes characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The initial plot set-up and the world of the story are adapted from the 2012 period thriller The Silent War.
Word Count: roughly 95,500
Rating: R to NC-17 for violence, language, and sexual content
Characters/Pairings: Main pairing is Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr. Discussion of Moira MacTaggert/Janos Quested. (Other pairings are spoilers.) The cast includes characters from the various X-Men teams and titles, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Warnings One of the main characters is a person dealing with permanent physical disability. Another has experienced familial abuse in his past and is dealing with long-term mental repercussions from his chosen line of work in the present. Several characters use strong language. There is graphic violence leading to character deaths or injuries, as well as themes or scenes of abduction and torture. (See also AO3 tags.)
Summary: Erik Lehnsherr is a musical prodigy and a man destined for great things and great stages. But his life is shattered by a terrible accident that leaves him blind and trying to find his way back to his life, his music, and his place in the world. Then he meets Charles Xavier, an agent of Section 8 of the Military Intelligence Directorate of Providence, and he finds himself listening in to clandestine radio transmissions and clicking Morse code, and these sounds are part and parcel of a war that can only take place in the shadows and the hidden places of history.

Title: Shadows of the Past
Author: ximeria
Artist: pseudoneems
Verse: (XMFC AU, modern setting)
Word Count: 55,400
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier, ensemble
Warnings sexual content
Summary: Charles and Erik meet at a hotel in Genosha. Erik hiding that he is Magneto, one of the founders of the mutant nation. Charles running from his past, not to mention his gift.

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Title: The Centaur of Attention
Author: kageillusionz
Artist: Garnetquyen
Verse: X-Men: First Class
Word Count: 19660
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik
Warnings centaur-on-centaur sex
Summary: Centuries ago, centauri and men warred over everything: territory, food, women, and above all else, love. At the height of the Wars, men discovered fire and gunpowder, where centauri, in turn, mastered archery and metalwork. Desolation and destruction reigned for hundreds of years. Humans were imprisoned. Centauri were captured. Both were enslaved until those with the courage to stand up and fight for what they believed in changed the course of the world forever. Since then, centauri and men alike have learned to co-exist. Centauri are accepted everywhere that men are, building up a society that benefits from shared knowledge. However, traditional centauri are distrustful of everything man-made and continue to live in herds across the planet, preferring to live off the earth and hunt for their food. It is their way of life and it is one that is slowly dying out as the young seek opportunities in the built great cities.

This is the tale of Erik, leader of the Lehnsherr herd, navigating the pitfalls of modern-day as he learns how to become a sociable centaur in order to woo his beloved Doctor Charles Xavier after a fateful meeting brings them together.

Title: The Sound of Mutants
Author: our_girlfriday
Artist: rohnoc
Verse: Movie Verse, but First Class and Days of Future Past specifically
Word Count: 19274
Rating: T for Teen
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik
Summary: Charles knew the danger that they faced in the war zones and deserted quadrants better than most, despite his never seeing the danger zones for himself; he'd been the one to tell her stories about the alliance and the rebels, after all, and later he'd been the one who had taught her about the war. Now he's been brought to Genosha to teach the younger mutants on base at the behest of General Magneto.

Or, X-Men very loosely influenced by The Sound of Music, in Spaaaaace.

Round 4 (2015-2016)

Sign ups and posting dates

Round 4: Author sign ups for Round 4 opened December 6, 2015[6] and Round 4 posting started April 23, 2016. AO3 subcolletion XMen Big Bang Round 4.

Round 4 Masterlist

Title: That's Not Me
Author: Radkoko (aka Mangareaderrad)
Artist: Nostalgic_Kitty
Word Count: 8800
Rating: Teen
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, exposition Charles/Emma
Warnings Bullying(minor fights)
Summary: Charles has always been an intelligent boy, but sometimes he lets the world around him dictate who he should be. Sacrificing intelligence to have the chance at friends was not his smartest choice, and now Charles has to decide if this is how he wants to live his life or if he wants to be himself.

Title: Shalom Malakh
Author: ZairaA
Artist: SpaceAltie
Verse: XMFC/DoFP
Word Count: 32.644
Rating: NC-17 / Explicit
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik
Warnings temporary character death
Summary: When death catches up with Erik a year after the Sentinel disaster, he only has one regret: never having found a way to bridge the gap and reconcile with Charles. But death is not the end of the journey, and Erik is put right in the path of his old friend once more.

Title: this hope as an anchor for the soul
Author: anne_jumps
Artist: croix-souillees
Verse: XMFC
Word Count: 24,935
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik
Warnings None
Summary: Erik has been on his own since his parents died while being experimented on—they were a bonded Sentinel-Guide pair. It's been Erik's life mission to find and destroy facilities that experiment on Sentinels and Guides. Meanwhile, he's hoping he won't ever come online as a Sentinel himself. Charles, a professor whose studies include the Sentinel-Guide gene, has been waiting a long time for his Sentinel to come online. But when he finally does, it seems he isn't interested in bonding....

Title: Of Princes and Dragons
Author: letosatie
Artist: dosymedia
Verse: First Class, Days of Future Past, comics
Word Count: 24937
Rating: Teen and up
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Alex/Armando, Emma/ Scott, Sebastian Shaw, Janos Quested, Evangeline Whedon, Jean Grey, Ororo Munroe, the Frost siblings
Warnings: for sappiness
Summary: On a peninsula called Genosha, there were four countries existing co-operatively. The youngest of the four rulers, King Erik, suffered the shame of not manifesting his expected hereditary power of magnetism and metallokinesis, a disadvantage in a country of skilled and vicious warriorship. The curse that bound his powers could be broken with love, but Erik could not remember a time when he didn't love the Crown Prince of Corazon, Charles Xavier. He and Charles were both sole heirs; their duty to reproduce should outweigh personal desire, both for each other and for relief from the curses that pained them. Charles was telepathic. His country however, shunned magic, put all their faith in religion and science. So he hid his gifts and he resigned himself to the loneliness of secrets kept and a loveless marriage. The King and the Prince had choices to make and, with each of their options bound to hurt someone, it seemed their own wishes must give way to the greater good.

Title: A Window Open to the Night
Author: mainecoon76
Artist: knowmefirst
Verse: First Class, Days of Future Past
Word Count: 9146
Rating: R/Mature
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Hank/Raven, Alex Summers, Janos Quested, Scott Summers, Jean Grey
Warnings: There's violence. People may or may not die.
Summary: Things have gone well for Charles in the nineteen months that have passed since Washington. The school is prospering, his family is united again, and mutants are widely accepted as equal members of society. Everything changes on a summer night in early August: without warning, his life begins to fall apart, and Charles struggles to prevent a disaster. It takes him some time to realize what - or who - he is truly fighting.

Title: Summer Boy
Author: mssdare
Artist: radkoko
Verse: First Class
Word Count: 15834
Rating: NC-17 (Explicit)
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik
Warnings reference to past childhood abuse (not explicit), ableism, suicidal thoughts, mild drug use, focus on disability (canon disabled character)
Summary: Erik is working as a busboy in a beach bar. He hates the tourists, he hates the bar, and most of all he hates himself and the past from which he's trying to escape. The only person there who seems more miserable than Erik is a boy in a wheelchair, sitting there all day reading books and sweating in the unforgiving summer heat.

Title: not so much about difference
Author: nextraordinaire
Artist: cheezybananaz
Verse: X-Men: First Class
Word Count: 12555
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik
Warnings N/A
Summary: As an art major, being low on money is not a novelty. Erik sacrifices everything from sleep to food to get by, and he's gotten very good at keeping himself going on the barest minimum. Something which Charles doesn't seem to get, at all.

Title: When A Siren Loves A Human
Author: B4dLuckBlueeyes
Artist: Thacmis
Verse: First Class
Word Count: 25,405
Rating: Teen and up
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik, Edie/Jakob
Warnings violence, gore, canonical character death.
Summary: Charles is a siren who lives and hunts around the island of Genosha. After saving (and falling in love with) the crown prince, he changes himself into a human to be with him.

Title: (noun) thing created
Author: nellywrites
Artist: karon_chan (arisupaints)
Word Count: 9000
Rating: Teen
Characters/Pairings: Raven Darkholme/Azazel, (brief) Raven Darkholme/Erik Lehnsherr
Warnings canon character deaths, canon typical violence and bigotry mentions
Summary: Mystique had slowly grown like a callus over the places Raven inhabited until she was all roughness and death. It was impossible to reduce that to one moment, when it had been the amalgamation of all of them. But if she were forced to point out the day Raven died, she'd say it was the cool Bavarian morning when Raven had swaddled her newborn son in his dead father’s coat and left him behind in the depths of the Black Forest. An introspective character piece that explores the emotional journey of Raven's transformation into Mystique, in the years between First Class and Days of Future Past. Gap filler fic, mostly canon compliant.


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