- This article is about the story. For the genre, see self-insertion.
Insertion is an ongoing comedic self-insertion fan fiction by Carrotglace, begun in 2001 and most recently updated in December 2007. In it, two fanfic writers - "Carrot" and "Dan" - unknowingly begin writing a Ranma ½ self-insertion at the same time, with the result that they both end up inside the body of Ranma Saotome when he receives his Jusenkyo curse. The three of them work out an uneasy truce, and agree to cooperate. Before long, they discover that the world they now live in is actually a crossover combining elements of several series including Ranma ½, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Ah My Goddess, Tenchi Muyo, and numerous other series.
Elements that occur frequently include the various personas having fistfights with each other (which appear to others as Ranma punching himself), their power continually increasing by one means or another, and one of them making a reference to a fictional series only to discover that it is actually a part of the setting. For example, early on, Ranma passes by a woman who bears a strong resemblance to Sailor Pluto, and jokingly calls her as such, only to discover that she is, in fact, Sailor Pluto. On other occasions, they have added such things to the setting themselves, such as the Men in Black and the Lord of Nightmares.