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Characters: Symbiosis
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     Main Characters-Humans 

Ash Ketchum/Aaron Autumns

Taken in by Poison Lance after his family was murdered by an unknown criminal group.

  • Action Survivor
  • Accidental Pervert: Decides when he visits a hot springs to either get his pokemon or help others spy on women to find their hygiene secrets.
  • All-Loving Hero: Ash is the closest thing this World Half Full really has to a saviour, who can bring people together and solve conflicts in the most non-violent manners possible.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Brock and Misty sometimes view him as this. That said, while they're correct about much of his naivety and brashness, they're not aware of his backstory and so don't realise just how well he actually can handle himself in light of everything.
  • Bad Liar: Due to being this, he can only lie to people with half truths.
  • Big Eater: Averted, as Ash grew up not always having food available and having to conserve food.
  • Book Worm: He became one to make up for his limited education. Poison Lance encourages this and only let Ash attend school unti he was fluent at writing and reading. He reads a lot, from every posible subject.
    • Chekhov's Classroom: One chapter begins with Ash reading a book on how lighting is formed. When Ash and Pikachu are fighting a flock of crazed spearow, Ash uses this information to teach Pikachu how to form Lighting Bolt.
  • The Chick: Ash is this with elements of The Heart.
  • Child Prodigy: Is seen as one
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome
  • Coincidence Magnet: to the point he no longer denies it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Is one with his Pokémon battling tactics.
  • Country Mouse: Since Ash grew up in the forest for most of his life, he gets very ansty and disoriented in cities.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Ash apparently got this trait from his parents.
  • Guile Hero: Is the least physically competent of the team, so he mostly relies on tactics and thinking his way out.
  • Hulk Speak: He used to speak like this as a child, and only got that due to Poison Lance making sure that he had regular contact with humans. Even now that he got better, he still has a limited vocabulary.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: When he first heard of Pokémon training, he was horrified at the concept of taking wild Pokémon from their habitat, stuffing them into little Poké Balls, and forcing them to fight. He had to be reassured by Poison Lance that most Pokémon go in knowing the risk, and some actually go in wanting to be captured to get stronger.
    • Another example is that he doesn't understand why people want to peek on women in the baths and deduces that men want to find out women's hygiene secrets.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sometimes his lack of tact can make him accidentally insulting, as such as the Porta Vista chapter as he calls Misty ugly.
    • Also, he's unaware that Charmander is growing resentful of him for not allowing him to see combat.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Is a genius at tactics and Pokémon training, but is very naive about human social mores.
  • Magnetic Hero: Most of his Pokémon chose to join him, rather than him capturing them.
  • Meaningful Rename: When Ash rejoins human civilization, he goes under the name Aaron Autumns. Might also be a reference to Sir Aaron, an Aura Guardian.
  • Mundane Luxury: Sleeping in beds, having a roof over his head, or feeling full or having an open fire are unique experiences.
  • Nice Guy
  • No Social Skills: Is not too smart in social situations, but to be fair, he was raised by wild Pokémon for most of his life.
  • Non-Action Guy: Is the only one in the group who is not combat trained. Is being slowly rectified by Brock.
  • The Nose Knows: Can tell that people are lying to him by smell.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Humans only know him by his alias, Aaron Autumns.
  • Phrase Catcher: Did you just speak properly?
  • Ping Pong Naďveté: Didn't understand what mating was... until he realized Brock was talking about sex.
  • Skilled, but Naive: A tactical genius and brilliant at raising and training Pokémon, but has very limited experience with humanity, is ten years old, and very naive due to his upbringing.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero
  • Sole Survivor: The only one of his family to escape the Ketchum murders. Although it's hinted that the group which killed his parents actually wanted to abduct him, instead.
  • The Power of Friendship: With the exception of Primeape, he mostly captures Pokémon by asking if they want to come.
  • Speaks Fluent Pokémon: Due to his upbringing, Ash can speak to Pokémon.
  • Teach Me How To Fight: Asks this of Brock after the siege of the Pokemon Village.

Misty Waterflower

Brock

  • Big Brother Mentor: He teaches Ash how to fight and survive since Ash keeps getting in trouble.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Downplayed from his canon Lovable Sex Maniac; he still flirts with any older single woman, although he draws the line at married women.
    • Erika implies it was his way of acting out against his father.
  • Daddy Issues: While Flint made amends, Brock has mixed feelings on his return.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He is one to Ash, training him to the ground.
  • Eagle Eye Detection: Didn't flirt with a Jenny because he quickly saw her ring indicating that she was married.
  • The Leader: He nominally leads the group, being the eldest and wisest... Well, at least when Ash isn't taking action into his own hands against orders, much to Brock's chagrin.
  • Likes Older Women: Seems to especially like Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys.
  • Missing Mom: Unlike canon, his mother is actually dead.
  • Promotion to Parent: Deconstructed as when Flint left the family, Brock was emotionally unprepared to become a parent to his younger siblings, and had to put his dreams on hold to take care of them.
  • The Smart Guy/The Big Guy: A mixture of the two, being both the smartest of the humans in the group but also being the best fighter.
  • Stern Teacher
  • Team Dad: He's more of a parent/brother to Ash.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Averted when he fights the Rocket Grunts during the Hidden Village Arc. Brock is specifically described as killing a few female grunts with no less hesitation than the males. Along with basically being trained for it, he knows full well that these people are no less criminals and can't be shown mercy.

     Main Characters-Pokémon 

Pikachu (???/Sparks Between the Stars/???)

A wild Pikachu that was captured by Professor Oak in the morning when Ash went to get his starter.

Caterpie/Butterfree

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Became unoffical leader of the Butterfree Migration Group because he kicked the most ass and defeated Team Rocket.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Invoked because while Caterpie was willing to join, Ash wanted to battle for his first capture.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Caterpie had this opinion about evolving; though to be fair, most Metapod in the Viridian Forest don't survive to become Butterfree.
  • Jumped at the Call: He asks Ash if he could join him, much to Ash's distress because Ash wanted to battle for his first capture.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Joined Ash because he wanted to evolve and survive through becoming a Metapod.
  • Keet
  • The Leader: Becomes the leader of the Butterfree migration group.
  • Naďve Newcomer: At first, while he was still a Caterpie, he did not knew what the world of pokemon training entails. This trait continued for a while after his final evolution.
    Butterfree: And some of us can't do math well. (Pikachu and Pidgeotto were jokingly playing type supremacy cards.)
  • Nice Guy: Is very polite, courteous, and friendly to other Pokémon.
  • Offscreen Momentof Awesome: As Ash's team are leaving Viridian, they are congratulating him on his timely evolution.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Since Pikachu already called Ash's head, he stays on Ash's shoulders.
  • Psychic Powers: Knows Confusion and has an adept psychic moveset, which saved him when he battled a Team Rocket Kadabra.
  • Put on a Bus: Similar to canon; however, it's been indicated he might return in the future (unlike canon).
  • Took a Level in Badass

Pidgeotto

A Pidgeotto from Fuchsia City who went to Pallet Town to visit some old friends, until she tried to eat Ash's Caterpie. Getting caught was a win-win situation for her, since getting captured meant she gets to travel to faraway lands.

Bulbasaur

  • Anti-Hero: Type 3.
  • Berserk Button: Do not mess with Oddish, Melanie, or Ash.
  • Big Brother Instinct
  • Cultured Badass: Surprisingly well adviced at history and government movements.
  • Fantastic Racism: Not completely so, but he still generally thinks poorly of humanity as a whole, and pretty much views Melanie and Ash as exceptions to the rule.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While a good guy, he's extremely rude and willing to get his hands dirty.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Thinks that this is one of the two types of people in the world as well as the most prevalent.
  • Morality Pet: Has one in the form of Oddish.
  • Mr. Exposition
  • Retired Badass: Had lived in Orre before he came to Kanto to retire and ended in Melanie's care. He comes out of retirement to protect the Pokémon Village and to join Ash.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Concisely explained the rise and fall of fascism in Kanto to everyone else.
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Humans come in two flavors in his opinion: the first is people like Team Rocket who use and abuse other people and Pokémon. The second are people like Melanie and Ash who are good people who treat others well and try to help others...and often get used, abused, and killed by the former group. This opinion was formed due to Bulbasaur living in Orre and having had to deal with the kinds of people who live there.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Averted. It's shown onscreen that he kills several Team Rocket grunts that were planning to attack the Pokémon Village, and shows no remorse for it.

Squirtle (Little Bouncing Shell/ Fierce Shell/ Haven Shell)

Charmander / First Evolution

  • Crippling Overspecialization: Despite being a well trained Fire-Type, he lacks other, non Fire-Typed moves. As a result, he sees combat the least in favor of Ash's other more versatile Pokémon.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • The Load: He thinks Ash views him as this since he doesn't allow Charmander to battle for tactical reasons, which could be foreshadowing his future rebellion with Ash when he evolves.
  • The Resenter: While he does appreciate Ash's rescue of him and Ash's commitment to him, he hates that Ash does not let him see battle and thinks he's being held back because he isn't strong enough. He grows more and more resentful the more Ash doesn't allow him to fight.
  • Shrinking Violet: He started as one.

Primeape

Psyduck

One of Misty's Pokémon who purposely had himself captured.

Magikarp ( He Who Tastes Like Shit/?????)

A Magikarp found faking being wounded on the beach.

     Gym Leaders and Gym Trainers 

The Sensational Sisters — Lily, Daisy and Violet Waterflower

  • Big Sister Instinct
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: They pretend to be weak in order to trick upcoming trainers to lower their guard for the real gym battle.
  • Promotion to Parent: Implied by Misty, who stated their parents died when she was very young.
  • Training from Hell: Received this from Lorelei of the Elite Four. Which is why Misty is a big fan of Lorelei.
  • The Unfought: Ash never battles them, and like the anime, they give him a badge. This is more due to their gratitude for Ash saving Misty. Although it is implied that unlike in the anime, they're much stronger and would probably have beaten Ash.

Seele

  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Lampshaded by him:
    Seele: Oh boy, another Pallet trainer. Do I have to pretend to be weak and stupid again?

Lt. Surge

  • Arrogant Military Man
  • Cool Old Guy: He's pretty swell for the most part, despite his overconfident demeanour.
  • The Gadfly
  • Older Than He Looks: Has participated in the Great War as a soldier, but his age doesn't really show.
    Misty: What? He doesn't even look old.
  • The Unfought: Justified - had he used his main Raichu, Ash wouldn't have stood a chance. He was still pretty impressed by Ash and Pikachu for defeating the weaker Raichu though, since it wasn't a pushover either.

Surge's Raichu

  • Dirty Old Woman: Gets very cuddly with Pikachu
  • Shock and Awe
  • Super Speed: Is faster than Pikachu, who's no slowpoke himself.
  • The Unfought: Instead of using her in the Gym Match against Ash, Surge used one that he'd captured more recently. Which is a good thing, since she's a lot stronger than the Raichu he used in the gym battle.

Sabrina

Britany

Atsushi

An accountant of Saffron's former fighting gym, who has decided to stay after the conversion

Captain Torch

A spellcaster sent by the League to watch over Sabrina

Erika

Koga

Gym leader of Fuchsia City, a Poison Specialist. In line for the next opening in the Elite Four.

  • The Unfought: Heck, we never even meet him. He has Aya deliver Ash's badge because of his actions during their joint encounter with Team Rocket.

Aya

A trainer and ninja from Fuchsia City, younger daughter of Koga and sister of Janine.

     Lucas's Pokemon 

Poison Lance

  • All Webbed Up: Is prone to doing this with String Shot, example being when he makes a cocoon to act as a baby carrier for a toddler Ash.
  • Almighty Janitor: The most Badass Weedle you will ever get to see.
  • God Guise: His Signal Beam attack got him mistaken for Genesect.
  • Papa Weedle: According to Ash, this is actually very unusual as the Weedle line don't have any nurturing instinct.
  • The Patriarch: Is the head of the Pokémon community of Viridian Forest.
  • Mundane Utility: Is prone to using his attack for everyday needs, such using a powered-down Signal Beam as a flashlight, or using String Shot to make clothes, baskets, tents, houses....
  • Overprotective Dad: Justified, since there is a legitimate threat against Ash and they have no idea what their goal was or why they killed Ash's parents.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Makes clothes for Ash using String Shot.
  • Retired Badass: Was Lucas's former Pokémon before deciding to be released to the wild.
  • Stronger with Age: Notable with his battle with the Houndooms:
    Poison Lance: Do not feel ashamed at your loss. I was traveling with a trainer long before your parents were eggs.
  • Wall Crawl: Uses it as a podium when holding a meeting.
  • Zany Scheme: Poison Lance was especially known for this when he was younger. He also made them unnecessarily complicated. He may have passed this on to Ash...

Pocket Watch

Mismagius (Witch of the North Sky)

Flygirl

  • Noodle Incident: had a joint experience with Poison Lance involving a Tauros that was apparently very traumatic/embarrassing.

     Team Rocket 

Team Rocket as a whole

  • Asshole Victim: You tend not to feel bad for them when they die.
  • Mauve Shirt/Red Shirt: Many of them are introduced with their characters and motives put into the spotlight, and then they die in great numbers.

Jessie and James

  • Ambiguous Innocence/Obliviously Evil: Jessie and James play both ends of the scale - they are largely innocents, but have a skewed sense of morality who perform or assist horrible acts.
  • Anti-Villain
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: The core of Jessie and James's moral compass, to point of getting offended at called "Good Guys", and are in Team Rocket in order to fight against them. They basically think Team Rocket is benevolent purely because they oppose the League.
    • Exemplified by that they think the "Good Guys" do terrible things and the "Bad Guys" are the ones that help people.
  • Blondes are Evil: Their common disguise uses blonde wigs.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Jessie and James are still very goofy and sympathetic, but are extremely dangerous. Their competence and danger level is so high they can openly get away with failing to catch Pokémon and their flaunting of Team Rocket's anti-attachment clause because they are so skilled. Noted by Misty when Jessie came into the perfect position to snap her neck and instead chose to graffiti Misty's face with marker.
  • Dark Action Girl: Jessie
  • Friendly Enemy: James and Jessie to Ash, as they try to recruit Ash to Team Rocket by trying to give him pamphlets and showing him their powerpoint presentations.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: James often steals and creates Team Rocket technology.
  • I Know Your True Name: Due to Meowth, they know that Aaron is not Ash's real name.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: They know Ash's real name and that he can speak to Pokémon, but they don't tell anyone because they want to take the credit if they do succeed in recruiting him.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: Word of God states this is why they won't be able to defeat Ash.
  • Skewed Priorities: Definitely.
  • Stealth Mentor: They fight Aaron in hopes of either recruiting him, capturing him, or making him stronger.
  • Supreme Chef/Team Chef: In a subversion of canon where she's a Lethal Chef, Jessie is apparently one as she does all the cooking and makes all the snacks. Misty, thinking her cooking was from a catering service, thought Jessie did very good work.
  • Token Good Teammate: A variation in that, unlike most Token Good Teammate, they are still very dangerous and effective.
  • Trickster Mentor
  • We Can Rule Together: Their motive for chasing Ash: unlike canon, their goal is to recruit Ash into Team Rocket for his great trainer potential and his ability to speak to Pokémon.
  • White Sheep: Despite their increased danger level, they are still the nicest people in Team Rocket.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The only reason they're villains is that thanks to the psychological breaking they underwent, they have a reversed perception of what the words "good" and "evil" mean.

Meowth

Arbok and Weezing

Giovanni

  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His reaction to the disappearance of his son.
  • The Ghost: So far only mentioned, but still makes an important impact in the story
  • The Mole: Everyone thinks he might be the League mole, but suspicion was turned away at the disappearance of his son.
  • I Have Your Son: Misty believes that if he is the league mole, it is because someone in Team Rocket might have took his son.
  • Obviously Evil: People thinks he's slimy and suspicious and that he's probably doing something illegal.
  • Slimeball: Misty believes he is one.

Vincent Yamamoto

Hikaru Buckak

     Trainers and others 

Gary Oak

Professor Samuel Oak

Lucas

Damian

  • Adaptational Villainy: Well... from Jerkass to actual psychopath. Has its basis in canon though, so it's not a stretch.
  • Axe Crazy: He and his friends were planning to kill Ash and everyone else in the Pokémon Center.
  • Freudian Excuse: His father was an abusive drunkard that murdered his beloved mother and forced Damian to hide the body. Averted, as it shows how he became the person he is, but the narrative does not let it excuse his actions.
  • Killed Off for Real: Pikachu overheard his plans and did not take it well.
  • Teens Are Monsters

Melanie

The caretaker of the Pokémon Village.

Tommy Marshall

A boy raised in the Safari Zone.

  • Foil: He is a more naive Ash, but was deliberately groomed by humans as opposed to Pokémon.
  • Happily Adopted
  • Interspecies Adoption: Is happily raised by the Kangaskahn herd.
  • MacGuffin Girl: The various villain teams want him for his ability
  • Raised by Wolves: But not just them, as it turns out.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He can speak Pokémon on account on his upbringing. This is deliberately cultivated by the Safari Zone Rangers.
  • Uniqueness Value: One of the few Pokeraised children that not only speaks Pokémon but is capable of functioning in the human world.
  • Wild Child: A very carefully cultivated one.

Momma and Poppa Mr. and Mrs. Marshall

  • Death by Adaptation: They die.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: They crash their helicopter into the summoned monster to give their son and the others a chance to escape.
  • I Will Find You: They have devoted many years to finding their son, even when everyone else told them to give up.
  • No Name Given: They don't tell their name to Ash and team due to the scandal it would cause if it was found out they were still searching for their son. They tell Tommy their surname when they tell him how proud they are of him before their Heroic Sacrifice.

Safari Zone Officer Jenny

     Other Pokémon 

Mareep

  • Badass Adorable: Is a little Mareep, but managed to outrun several Houndooms and Growlithes that were out to kill him.
  • Determinator: Nothing will stop him from getting a toddler Ash to safety.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies from his wounds after getting Ash to Poison Lance.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Pun intended, but his death marks the first major shift of the story.

Oddish

Venonat and Venomoth

A Pokémon son and father pair from HopHopHop Town
  • Didn't Think This Through: Were holding the hypnotized missing children captive to protect them from getting caught by more dangerous thugs, without thinking of any way to contact or attract the attention of the authorities. To be fair, long-term planning is not natural to wild Pokémon.
  • The Kindnapper: The missing children were hypnotized into thinking they were Pokémon so the Venomoth knocked them out with Sleep Powder to prevent them from getting hurt.
  • Poisonous Person
  • Standard Status Effects

Kangaskahn/World Burning Mother

A wild Kangaskahn who raised Tommy in the Safari Zone.
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