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->''"Make a Pokémon that defeats all Pokémon other than Pokémon that defeat themselves!"''
-->-- (With apologies to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell%27s_paradox Bertrand Russell]])

->''"All his life, Ash has had a dream: [[GottaCatchEmAll to Catch 'Em All]]. And now, he's finally done it -– or has he? What mystery awaits him on Cinnabar's shore? And is he ready for where it will take him?"''
-->-- the summary

'''Ash's Return''' is a short {{Anime/Pokemon}} fanfic by "Questionnaire," following [[IdiotHero our hero Ash]]'s quest to find the mysterious [[TheMissingno "missing" Pokémon]]. Flavors of GodelEscherBach and {{Inception}}, with bits of "bored in Computation Structures class."

It can be read [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7134905/1/Ashs_Return here]]. There is also a [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7521238/1/Ashs_Return_v2 rewritten version]], currently incomplete.

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!!''Ash's Return'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AlienGeometries: The strangely-connecting doors in the "''city''."
* AscendedGlitch / EldritchAbomination: Missingno itself.
* BavarianFireDrill: part of the "plan" in Chapter 3.
* CheshireCatGrin: "Meowth making a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Trollface23_877.png large, toothy, lopsided grin]]."
* DeadFic: The revised version has not been updated for more than a year, thus leaving readers who didn't read the original [[NoEnding utterly confused]].
* {{Exposition}}: Chapter 2 is pretty much just this.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Wouldn't want anyone to get hurt, y'know?" and various less blatant examples.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: What happened to Professor Vattha.
* GratuitousJapanese: [[GottaCatchEmAll Getto da ze!]] [[YouWakeUpInARoom Dokokashira?]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: "[[ShowDontTell I don't remember anything.]]"
* LoadBearingBoss: invoked explicitly by name.
* LogicBomb: the page quote at the top.
* OCStandIn: The old man in Viridian City who triggers the Missingno. glitch is given some backstory here.
* OntologicalMystery, TheAllConcealingI: The italicized portions at the beginning of the chapters.
* PaintingTheMedium: Chapter 3 ("Parallel Process") uses three columns of text to represent [[SimultaneousArcs three simultaneous lines]] of action. [[DynamicEntry Until...]]
* PatchworkFic: Even though the fic appears to take place in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon anime]], the glitch Pokemon are exclusively in the games.
* ShoutOut: The chapter titles are all references to some computer-science concept. The keys are named after the axioms of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zermelo%E2%80%93Fraenkel_set_theory ZFC]] set theory.
* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: the beginning, actually.
* TeamRocketWins

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