Twisted Path is an early Ranma ½ self-insertion fanfic written by Darren Steffler and posted to various Usenet newsgroups, including rec.arts.anime.creative and rec.arts.anime.stories, from 1994 to 1996. It depicts the story of a young man called "Twister" who, through an extraordinary twist of fate, finds himself pulled into the Ranma ½ universe and endowed with vast magical and psionic powers. A later installment of the story takes place in the Bubblegum Crisis universe. Twisted Path is believed to have been a large influence on self-insertion stories and may have inspired other godlike Mary Sue protagonists. In turn, Steffler cites the seminal Undocumented Features among his inspirations.