--> ''It must have evolved when I wasn't looking!''
--> -- A trainer from Route 49, commenting on the recent evolution of his Caterpie into a Metapod

Meet Rachel Palton, a trainer from a city called Spectrum Town, next to Pallet Town, and her "[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Buoysel]]", Suigun, as they go on a Pokémon adventure and meet Ken and Hikaru, two brothers who accompany her on her journey around the Kanto region - and get into all sorts of wacky adventures like a tournament in Viridian Forest, a costume competition in Pewter City, and a trek atop Mt. Moon - all while warding off the dreaded Team Yin.

Generation 2021 is a Pokémon "training fic", written by Zekurom on the Bulbagarden forums. That is, if you can really consider it a training fic at all. The characters get into so much trouble in the meantime, there's almost no mention of their actual training in the story itself.

It's [[DeadFic dead now]], mostly because [[OldShame the author hated it upon looking back at it and couldn't bear to write the rest]].

You can read the semi-official copy on the [[http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/showthread.php?t=64870 Bulbagarden Forums]].

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!!This work contains examples of:

* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His Mons]]: What did you expect? This is Pokémon we're talking about here!
* AccidentalMisnaming: Strangely enough, invoked when Rachel and Ken are trying to ''come up'' with a name for Rachel's Swellow. And not even by the Swellow either. Ken's Poliwag actually slaps the Swellow with her tail for coming up with "Flugelmon", which she criticizes as too Digimon-like.
** The Poliwag, who is named Gamer, does this on the occasion that Hikaru tries to name her too. He comes up with such names as "Polly", "Riley", "Wagger", and even "YIŔXŔ" when he tries to decode the Poliwag's Morse code. Needless to say, Hikaru also gets slapped pretty silly.
** "It's [[strike:Bobby]] [[strike:Barney]] [[strike:Baxter]] [[strike:Botch]] ''Butch'', dammit!"
* AerithAndBob: Averted for humans, but the Pokémon are a different story. Here we have a Skarmory named Telia, a Swellow named Oiseau, and a Pidgeotto named Clyde. And that's just the birds.
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Of the "number" type.
* AllMenArePerverts: Specifically, Hikaru's Bayleef, who, when instructed to wrap his vines around Rachel's waist to help her climb a mountain, tries snaking them a bit...further down. (Considering that this is a legitimate move in the Pokémon games, this may also be a case of PowerPerversionPotential.)
* AntiVillain: Diabla. She doesn't turn ''evil'' evil until Chapter 24 or so.
* BalefulPolymorph: a variant; Hikaru is forced into a Garchomp costume - [[BecomingTheCostume that grants him the exact same powers as a real Garchomp]] - against his will.
* BechdelTest: There are at least a few conversations in there that pass. More importantly, about 80 to 90% of conversation in the fic is between or among male and female characters, so there aren't many times when it would pass the ''reverse'' Bechdel test (a conversation between two men talking about something other than women) either.
* BerserkButton: Gamer, whenever she hears a bad name for a Pokémon. She slaps people with her tail when it happens.
* BondCreatures: Played pretty much straight - but only a trainer with strong links to his or her Pokémon can do it.
* {{Claustrophobia}}: Hikaru, with his fear of caves.
* ChainedHeat: Technically, it's a sturdy rope and a falconer's glove that keep Ken and his Skarmory together for the first little while.
* ClusterFBomb: "Really..." said Suigun, smiling. "How about I tell you that I still think you're a ''damn fucking God-forsaken '''idiot''''' for betraying me at Route 49?" And you have to remember - this is the ''Pokémon'' speaking.
* ContestWinnerCameo: Until a better name is found for it - Zekurom allows any reader of the fic to submit a Gym Leader to make an appearance in the fic. So far, two people have done so.
* ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation: The entire ''fic'' is this. The author claims that the whole time, the characters are speaking Japanese, which has been transcribed into English.
** This makes for oddities in speech, such as: "Phoenix is the English word for 'phoenix'!" The second "Phoenix" in that sentence is actually pronounced "Ho-oh".
** Another one, from Chapter 28: "The haunter of what? ...oh, you mean the Haunter!" The first "haunter" is pronounced "bakemo" - the second "Haunter" is pronounced "Gōsuto" (Ghost).
* CrystalDragonJesus: The legendary Pokémon, at least the way the priest that wed Matthew and Tana sees it.
* CurbStompBattle: Ken's first Gym battle - Bella manages to use just her Diglett to defeat both Ken's Charmander and his Pikachu. She then proceeds to use the Diglett to ''kick them out of the Gym outright, and Ken with them''.
* CurseCutShort: Rachel, when she realizes that the entirety of the Lavender Gym is black. "Oh, that is bull-shi--"
* DeadFic: No updates in a year, and [[WordOfGod the author has stated]] that he will not be working on it anymore.
* DeusAngstMachina: Hikaru dying. Period. It comes straight out of nowhere.
* DistantPrologue: The prologue at the beginning of Chapter 1 takes place 4,000 years before the actual story. In fact, the entirety of Chapter 1 is (by [[WordOfGod Title of God]]) a [[ProlongedPrologue huge prologue]] that spans 30 years.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Subverted. Rachel dreams of stuff, but it's too vague to really have any meaning. Not to mention, the dreams are pretty surreal.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: More like Fired A Flamethrower At Him. Hikaru. He gets KilledOffForReal, too. No extramondial communication, nada.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: What caused the CerebusSyndrome. The first few chapters are more about introducing the characters and getting a few classic gags in before anything else - you see characters like Cassidy and Butch popping in and out of nowhere.
** The writing was also just generally ''worse'' in the first few chapters because of said gag insertion; as the quality improved over later chapters, the fic just kinda got darker naturally.
* {{Epigraph}}: One made up by the author himself, for the story.
** ''If you must have a god, do not worship one that exists. Somebody will make friends and be equals with it.''
* FictionalCurrency: Zekurom uses the term "pyen", which is "yen" with a "p" in front meaning Pokémon.
* IronicEchoCut: More of an Ironic Narration Cut. The quote is as below:
** ''It was the girl who had pointed a gun to Ken’s head. “You were the one who pointed a gun to Ken’s head!” said Rachel.''
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: Even the author is trying actively to build the puzzle together.
* MementoMacguffin: Rachel's good luck charm, a device, referred to as the "Death Star-like device", that can release Pokémon from their Pokéballs.
* MyNaymeIs: This author has a penchant for using the word "Buoysel" instead of "Buizel", and refuses to change it.
* OhMyGods: Played for laughs, in the case of the wedding priest in the first chapter. Every time he replaces a conventional, "real-world" god with its Pokémon equivalent in the vows, Tana and Matthew start laughing.
** "What in the name of Arceus is so funny?" he asks the first time.
** "By the power vested in me by the commander of Dialga and Palkia, I--" he is abruptly stopped by more laughing.
** "You know what, it's obvious that you two love each other, and agree to your vows, otherwise you wouldn't be doing this in the first place. I pronounce you man and wife, now please stop laughing! Giratina!" By now, he's mad.
** Hikaru swears to Mesprit once.
* OriginalGeneration: Yep, it's one of ''those'' fics. Although, it doesn't introduce any new Pokémon. But nearly ''everything'' else has been replaced. Even the route numbers - Route 1 is now known as Route 49.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Rachel and Ken.
* PlotCoupon: The badges. Strangely enough, this is actually ''subverted''. Rachel and Ken, as of Chapter 30, have but one badge between the two of them. And they've already visited six cities with Gyms.
** They even ''rejected'' a badge (given by the Cerulean City leader to them for protecting the Aquarium from Team Yin) on the basis that they didn't actually battle the leader.
* PoweredArmor: The costume competition. The Pokémon costumes actually ''give'' the wearer the powers of that Pokémon.
** Played for huge laughs in the case of Hikaru - see BalefulPolymorph above.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: A textbook case in Chapter 26 - when Diabla is defeated, she sets the underground half of the Silph Co. building to detonate in five minutes. Rachel, Ken, and Phoenix spend most of that time [[RealTime running the hell up the staircase]].
** The author [[WordOfGod promises us]] that the next one will be weekly!
* ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot: Almost as bad as the CanonRape. Almost none of the battles actually follow the Pokémon League rules, or the technical rules of certain Pokémon's learn sets.
** It is explained away in some cases, by one author's note, that claims that the World Pokémon Association contains a "rule override" rule, that says that if two trainers agree to a rule (or lack thereof), then that rule is in force for that battle. Also, if neither trainer reports the violation of a rule when there is no referee, then the rule is not applied.
** Of course, that doesn't excuse Hikaru the Garchomp learning Razor Leaf.
* ShootTheHostage: Ken commands Gamer to hit the Charizard that is holding Rachel up in the air. But the Charizard just [[HumanShield holds Rachel in front of it]].
* ShoutOut: Chapter 12, to {{Basquash}} - they play a 3-on-3 basketball match, to the tune of a song.
** When Rachel gets her shiny new storage laptop, she looks on the Internet, and finds sites such as 4chan and Uncyclopedia.
*** Ken asks, "What's a Smogon?"
** Ken gets a counterfeit 75-pyen coin with Crypto, the starter monster from KeitaiDenjuuTelefang, on it. This is both a reference to ''Telefang'' itself and the fact that it was sold as a counterfeit version of Pokémon.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: The cosplayers in their costumes? Right on the mark of the CivilizedAnimal level. [[IncrediblyLamePun Ditto]] with the Infernape-guard.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The author actually makes an ''effort'' to keep it on the idealistic side. Doesn't detract from it [[CerebusSyndrome becoming dark after the first 13 or so chapters, though]].
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Again, very far on the "silly" side.
* SoundEffectBleep: Happens exactly once, at the beginning of the costume contest. Ken says, "Well, ain't that f**king nice," and Hikaru comments that he ''literally'' heard the bleep.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Rachel, kinda sorta. She simply has the power to hear ''any'' Pokémon speak, instead of just the ones that she is closely bonded with. She even helps ''translate'' in some cases.
** One particularly amusing result of this is some of the strange quotes the Pokémon seem to know - Ken's Skarmory once exclaimed "NO U," literally as spelled.
* {{Synchronization}}: Similar to the BondCreatures bond, trainers can synchronize with their Pokémon, in a process called "pairing up". Depending on the synchronizer, the pair can glow different colours. Rachel does this the most with her team.
** Rachel puts this to pretty good use - she even uses it to allow Oiseau to fly her away.
* [[TalkingAnimal Talking Pokémon]]: in ''droves''. Technically, ''any'' Pokémon can talk in this story - as long as they are BondCreatures (see above) with their owners.
* ThatsNoMoon: Rachel sees the white circular orb surrounding Lugia as he approaches, and thinks at first that it's the moon, even though just five minutes ago there was no moon out in the sky.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: If you count the scene in Chapter 18 when Ken recovers from his HeroicBSOD and kicks Alice's ass. The scene is meant to be read in time with the ending theme of the ''Legendz'' anime.
* ToBeAMaster: Still the main plotline of the story, the thing that holds it all together.
* ThreeAmigos: Rachel, Ken, and Hikaru. They're TwoGuysAndAGirl.
* UnflinchingWalk: More of an Unflinching Flight - as Rachel, Ken, Phoenix, and the Infernape-guard zoom out of the Silph Co. Building on some birds after the underground portion explodes.
** To be fair, it's only partly their badassery - part of it was because they just wanted to get the hell out of there.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Diabla and Team Yin. They want to take over the world to establish ''female supremacy''.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 16. That's when Hikaru dies.
* WhereDoYouThinkYouAre: Gamer pulls this one on Oiseau as they're trying to come up with a name for her. She suggests "Flugelmon", which causes Gamer to lash out in rage, saying, "What do you think this is, Digimon?"
* WhenYouSnatchThePebble: Kyo's gym challenge for Rachel, the entirely dark maze, is an attempt at this. Kyo tried to teach Rachel to use her other senses instead of just sight. [[ChekhovsSkill This is useful later on.]]
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: The costume girls have male names - such as Milo and Marcus. And they just shrug it off, too.
* WritersCannotDoMath: More a case of Writers Cannot Keep Consistent Dates. Hikaru (13 at the time) is stated to have fought with Giovanni, but that whole incident took place in 1996, which is ''25 years before the story began''.
* YouCanNeverLeave: Inverted and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the case of Fearow-711 and Diabla. Diabla does let him go when he quits, but he refuses, saying that [[GenreSavvy criminal organizations like them usually kill off members they don't want anymore]]. She never does kill him, though.