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The Department of Floaters is a catch-all department for those agents who have not specialized in a single job, continuum, or type of badfic—either new agents, or simply those who wish to take on a wide variety of roles in their work.

The DF's head of department is the Floating Hyacinth. Its flash patch is a waterlily. Its agents are known as floaters.


The exact function of the Department of Floaters is, almost by definition, somewhat unclear. Its agents have historically served as temps for other departments, including Infrastructure, to draw on when short-staffed;[1][2] as auxiliaries to field any badfic of a type or canon not covered by regular agents;[3] and as pinch-hitters to take overflow missions from the other departments.[4] As such, a good floater must be prepared to handle anything that comes down the pipeline at any given time, the more obscure and unexpected, the better.

Floaters may use whatever methods and equipment are best suited to their current task: charge list and assassination for Mary Sues, exorcism for cases of possession, fire for geographical aberrations, etc. Observation and improvisation are perhaps the most important skills for an agent in the DF.


The DF's history is even more confusing than its job description thanks to some unreliable and contradictory records. Recent evidence indicates that its existence may stretch back at least to 1996 HST, when April Halloway was purportedly transferred to it (three years prior to her transfer to the DIC after the Reorganisation in 1999).[5] However, there are no corroborating records from this time, and no others that suggest this or any other date for the creation of the DF.

The use of the term "floater" was first recorded in 2002 by Agent NytBloomer, who claimed to be a member of the Department of Multiple Offenses. However, she identified the waterlily as her insignia and received "a cleanup job for the Department of Bad Parody,"[6] which doesn't fit the DMO. Given other inaccuracies in her report (e.g., "Crisis Response Center" in place of response center, "portal key" in place of remote activator, "Offense Detector" in place of CAD), it is reasonable to assume she simply got the name wrong.

The term next appears in Agent Ginger's tale from 2003, wherein she is assigned to the Sorting Room in the Department of Intelligence while her partner, Gata, goes on a mission with a member of the DBS whose partner is in FicPsych. Ginger also explicitly names the "Floater Department" and describes a meeting with the "Water Hyacinth."[1] This is more in accordance with modern understanding.

In 2004, however, Agent Erin Mirestone refers to herself as a floater due to having been transferred repeatedly to different departments,[7] as opposed to working in a Department of Floaters.

The terminology appears to have stabilized as of 2005, during which time Agents Rena Chang and Shay Williams were transferred in[8] and Agents Rez Montrose and Flip Finley joined up.[3]

Since then, the department has increased in popularity to the point it may or may not be the largest in the organization. Out of universe, the DMS still contains the greatest number of known agents with published spinoffs to date,[9] but in-world, the Floating Hyacinth was given a spot on the Board of Department Heads during its 2006 restructuring for having the largest department, replacing the Lichen, whose department was no longer among the three largest Action Departments, so it was at least the case then.[10]


The DF's divisions are nearly all former departments or other independent units that got folded into the DF due to their small size and/or redundancy in their functions. They all have their own division heads and operate more or less autonomously while still falling under the authority of the Floating Hyacinth.

Division of Cool and Unusual Punishment[]

Main article: Division of Cool and Unusual Punishment

DCUP is a small division that was formerly a small department, formed in mid-2004. Its agents consider the destruction of badfic to be something of an art form. It is headed by the Sadistic Bladderwrack. Its original agent was Scorpia Lotus.

Eclectic Subdivision of Advanced Species[]

Main article: Eclectic Subdivision of Advanced Species

ESAS is technically shared between the DF and the DMS. It deals with Sues of species more powerful than usual. It is headed by the Strangler Fig and was formed in 2004. Its first agents were Aegis and Iodin.

Special Interdepartmental Elven Languages Unit[]

Main article: Special Interdepartmental Elven Languages Unit

SIELU was formed in 2003 to deal with offenses against the languages of the Elves in Middle-earth. Its head is the Poison Ivy. Its first and best-known agent was Lambda.

Special Operations Division[]

Main article: Special Operations Division

The SOD deals with unusual cases—more unusual than even the DF typically deals with. It is headed by the Bonsai Monkey Puzzle Tree. Its earliest known agents were Cassiopeia Orange and Skuld Taipan, who were with the division when it was still called the Special Sue Unit.

Known Floaters[]

Main article: Floater

In a large and hard to define department, these agents have managed to stand out from the crowd by virtue of their accomplishments.

  • NytBloomer, aided by her sentient guide-dog, Judy, is likely the first floater on record, though she herself was a little confused about what department she worked for.
  • Ginger and Gata (RC 53) are the earliest confirmed floaters. Ginger in particular was infamous for her enormous personal bubble, drunkenness, and violent tendencies.
  • Cadmar, Maria Nightingale, and Mark Sienna (RC 481,516,234,277) boast the second- highest number of missions recorded in the department so far. Cadmar alone has racked up an impressive total of thirteen counting her three training missions, and she has the scars, shark-teeth, and newly matched set of sex chromosomes to show for it.
  • Anneli Rodriguez, Cinderella, and Xanthus Garkaran (RC 2183) have the fourth place for highest number of recorded missions completed in the department. They have since transferred to the DMS, so they're unlikely to usurp anyone's record.
  • Valon Vance and Kala Jeng (RC 211) are relative newcomers to the Department of Floaters, but their close relationship, their efforts in pioneering new continua, and the ease with which they make friends have given them a sort of notoriety. At fourteen missions, they have the highest number of recorded missions in the Department of Floaters.
  • Aiko Kimura and Henry Asclepe (RC 1822) are the newest additions to the Department, and have already taken down a Sailor Moon bleepfic.

Department Records[]

Missions from this department are listed on the Complete List of PPC Fiction, Department of Floaters.