A PikachuinLove is a fanfiction made by Golem-Gojira, set during the Johto arc of the Pokemon Anime.Things have been going pretty well with Ash and co. as of late. While training for his next gym battle, Ash decides to let his team rest in a nearby forest for a few days after all the hard work they've done and the progress they made. Meanwhile, Pikachu begins to feel melancholic about his relationship with his trainer, and how he'll never have the same bond he has with Misty and Brock due to being a Pokemon and not being able to comunnicate with him. Feeling similar sense of alienation towards the other Pokemon who view him as somewhat of a 'teachers pet' due to being Ash's favorite, Pikachu's wishes he could have a deeper relationship with someone.Later that night, his life takes a turn for the better when he catches a familar scent in the air and decides to investigate. He soon encounters Pichi, another Pikachu who is also traveling with a trainer as well. The two become fast friends, but little does Pikachu know that in the next following days, just how strong his bond really is with Ash will be put to it's ultimate test...A Pikachu in Love is a rarity amoung Pokemon anime fanfics and canon/OC shipping fics in general, as instead of focusing on Ash and his current travelling companions, most of the focus is on Pikachu and just how strong of a bond his relationship with Ash is, as well dabbling into the Fridge Horror aspect about a Pokemon/Trainer bond about how one cannot be young or a trainer forever, and that eventually Ash will have to grown up and might want to develope a deeper relationship with someone, and leave Pikachu and his Pokemon trainer life style behind. Also, though the OC does possess some Common Mary Sue Traits, this is negated by the fact that a lot of them get picked a part over the course of the fic, showing exactly what kind of troubles a perky, carefree being who the protagonist falls for can cause. It also shows that in the end, despite how much two might love each other, the bonds of friendship can be just as strong... The result is a fanfic that stands out amoung the usual grain of shipping fics, and a rather refeashing read if read with an open mind.
Alone in a Crowd: How Pikachu feels in relation to Ash's friendship with Misty and Brock, and to Ash's other Pokemon as well.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Pichi does this in the climax with Pikachu, though she had practiced it several times beforehand, hoping that if she worded it right Pikachu would stay with her. Unlike most examples of this trope, though Pikachu does love Pichi, he sadly declines due to having already decided to stay with Ash and Co.
Armor-Piercing Question / And Then What?: Pichi asks Pikachu this when he is telling her about how Ash will always be a trainer. In response, she asks Pikachu if he wants to be a "sports" Pokemon all his life. Though it stuns Pikachu for a few seconds because he never really considered it, he eventaully decides to leave it up to the future. Though later on, he eventually starts asking this question to himself when he realizes Ash won't be young or a trainer forever...
Bad Liar: Misty when she's trying to cover for Pikachu's midnight meetings with Pichi. Ash and Brock were quickly able to tell she wasn't telling the truth, but quickly dropped the subject when Misty decided to switch to being assertive instead when she realized it wasn't working.
Bears Are Bad News: An Ursuring shows up in the latter chapters and nearly beats both Pikachu and Pichi to death. (Pikachu was too exhusted at the time from staying up all night to put up a good fight) Though, granted, they did crash into his den unannounced by accident... See No Holds Barred Beat Down below.
Bitter Sweet Ending: In the end, though Pikachu decided to stay with Ash, it's clear that he was deeply scarred by being forced to leave Pichi. Misty is quick to confort him though, saying that though he is a Pokemon; she, Ash, and Brock still love him like family and that if he's ever down, she wants him to remember just how much they all love him. There's also an implied chance that he might meet Pichi again someday.
The small group of friends journied on under the bluest of skies, the most golden of sunshine, and Pikachu took pleasure in smelling the clean air that gently blew into their faces. It felt like the world was beautiful all over again, and that there was something special waiting for him at the end of the road…
Boy Meets Girl: Though this is base of the story, unlike most example, the boy (Pikachu) doesn't meet the girl (Pichi) again after losing her, and it's of his own choice that it happens.
Deconstruction: While the fic does pick a part certain character types, and does go into the Fridge Horror that Ash's bond with Pikachu might not be as strong as he thinks, it could at it's core possibly be considered one for OC/Canon parings and shipping in general. Even though you could be the one the canon character deeply cares for, that doesn't nessicarly mean they'll choose you over their close friend/other loved one, and your attempt to make them choose between you will likely just end in heartache for both you and the one you love.
Did Not Get the Girl: In the end, Pikachu is forced to make a choice between staying with Ash or living in the wild with Pichi. Though he admits that he loves Pichi very much, he decides that his bond with Ash was too strong to just break like that, and with a heavy heart is forced to leave Pichi for what is likely to be the very last time...
Disney Villain Death: How Pichi defeats the Ursaring. Her attacks being too weak to do any real damage, she instead uses her thunder attack to cause a landslide on the hill it's on, sending it plumting to the ground below. It's ambiguous as to whether the Ursaring survived or not.
Eagle-Eye Detection: The fic makes mention to how Misty has the eyes of a hawk when it comes to spotting things. So much so that she's able to catch Pikachu sneaking off after returning from a midnight swim.
Friend Versus Lover: Pikachu is forced with this decision, whether he should stay with his best friend Ash, who he'll never be able to have a full open friendship with due to him being a Pokemon and Ash being a human, or Pichi, his new found love who, besides also being a Pikachu, has a lot in common with him, and is able to openly communicate with due to them both being Pokemon. Though it hurt like hell, in the end he chooses Ash.
Growing Up Sucks: Pikachu's view, at least in regards to Ash. Pikachu is terrified of the thought that one day, Ash will eventually leave behind his remnants of his younger years and likely go his seperate way from him.
Heartbroken Badass: Pikachu in the end, when he chooses to stay with Ash and Co. instead of living in the wild with Pichi.
Heroic BSOD: Pichi gets a temporary one after her actions nearly get Pikachu mawled to death by an Ursaring. She gets better, but she is noticeable a lot less perky afterwards.
Inconvenient Summons: Happens to Misty's Poliwhirl when she calls it out of it's Pokeball late at night to help track down where Pikachu has been sneaking off to.
"Oops," Misty slapped her forehead. "Sorry Poliwhirl. I forgot that some of my Pokemon actually need their beauty sleep..."
Informed Flaw: Pikachu being the 'teachers pet' of the team. It's only given a passing mention, and none of Ash's other Pokemon treat him as such in the course of the fic.
Interrupted Declaration of Love: Happens to Pichi in the morning after she and Pikachu were attacked by the Ursaring. Just as she's about to tell Pikachu her feelings, she hears her trainer calling for her.
It's All My Fault: Pichi feels this way when Pikachu was severaly beaten to near death while trying to save her from an Ursaring.
Pichi began to softly cry, and she moved close to Pikachu and hugged him. She rested her little head upon him, listening to his weak heartbeat and she prayed for him to be all right. She could never forgive herself if he were to die. If not for her fooling around then they would not have been in danger at all. Pikachu could have died because of it.
Jerkass Realization: Pikachu has several of these in regards to how coldly he's been acting to Ash, but what really hits home is when Misty is carrying him back to the camp site after he had been attacked by the Ursaring, and she starts to talk about how much they all love him and how devisated if something had happened to them, especially Ash. It's at this point Pikachu realizes just how loved he is, and that Ash would never forget about him or leave him behind. This is what makes him decide, though with a heavy heart, that despite his feelings for her tonight was going to be the last night he would spend with Pichi...
Language Barrier: Discussed when Pikachu sees Ash and Co. clowning around, noting it as one of the main reason he feels like he will never have the same kind of friendship Ash has with Misty and Brock.
Love Hurts: Pikachu gets hit hard with this in the ending, having to say goodbye to Pichi when he finally made his choice to stay with Ash. Misty's comment when she sees it pretty much sums it up.
Misty: I’m sorry Pikachu... It must have been hard, saying goodbye to someone you love."
Love Makes You Dumb: Pikachu is worried that this would happen if Ash fell victum to it, and if he might forget his Pokemon training (and his best friend) as a result.
Loyal Pokemon Companion: Pikachu to Ash, though exactly how loyal is put to the test. Apparentally though, he's loyal enough to give up a possible relationship to stick with him.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Pichi is a Deconstruction of this trope. Though she does help Pikachu lighten up a bit during his depression and worry that Ash might leave him one day, her antics nearly get Pikachu killed later on. See It's All My Fault above. Ontop of that, her attempts to make Pikachu lighten eventually leads to heartache for both of them when Pichi realizes she's in love Pikachu, and though Pikachu loves her too, it was because of her that he realized his bond with Ash was too strong for him to ever leave him, and decides to stick with Ash until the end.
Mistaken for Cheating: A platonic version happens when Ash wakes up the morning after Pikachu spent his first night with Pichi. Though confused as to why his friend is still sleeping when he's usually up at this hour, he decides not to disturb him and takes Bayleef fishing instead. Unfortunately, Pikachu wakes up a few seconds before they leave, and wonders why Ash didn't take him instead. This is what starts Pikachu really considering how strong of a bond he has with Ash.
Naughty by Night: Pikachu is worried that this is what Ash and Co. will think if they catch him with Pichi, and doesn't want them drilling him for questions on the matter. That still doesn't stop Misty from finding out, though she doesn't press the matter and keeps it a secret from the others for most of the fic.
Nightmare Sequence: Pikachu has one after being knocked unconcious by the Ursaring. Namely, he hears a mass combination of voices from the main trio, and then sees Pichi about to be killed by the Ursaring.
No Holds Barred Beat Down: An Ursaring delivers a pretty nasty one to Pikachu due to him being too exhausted to properly fight back, as well as being forced into cramped corriders where his main attribute (speed) is of no use. Poor Pikachu nearly gets beaten to an inch of his life until Pichi finally got up the courage to save him.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Pichi falls into a cave, the first thing Pikachu sees after she screams are red glowing eyes, which is shortly revealed to be an Ursaring's.
Please Don't Leave Me: Pichi says this to an unconscious (and possibly dying) Pikachu after he risked his life saving her from an Ursaring.
Pichi continued to weep, and she whispered into Pikachu’s ear, knowing he could not hear her, "<Please be all right. Please…you have to be okay! I…I want us to be friends forever…I want Faith to meet you…I…I’m in love with you…>"
Solemn Ending Theme: The lyrics at the very end of the fic where Pikachu leaves the forest with Ash and Co., and by extention whatever little connection he still has of Pichi, has elements of this.
Star-Crossed Lovers: Pikachu and Pichi have shades of this. Both of them are owned by different trainers who plan on leaving the forest they met in and going there seperate ways in three days. Though it doesn't end in death like most victims of this Trope, in the end Pikachu is forced to part ways with Pichi so he can continue his adventures with Ash.
The Power of Friendship: Deconstructed. Pikachu's close friendship with Ash only makes it all the more harder to choose between him and Pichi, and when he finally does choose Ash because of this Trope, he's severely depressed by it and it's implied that he might not ever have that same chance of a relationship again.
The Power of Love: Both played straight and Subverted. Though it gave Pichi the courage to save Pikachu from nearly being mawled to death by an Ursaring, in the end it wasn't strong enough for Pikachu to choose to stay with her over Ash.
The Promise: Pikachu makes several of these over the course of the fic. One is to meet Pichi again the next night, another one is to Misty, to never leave her or his friends behind, and to always come back to them no matter what, and one final one to Pichi as they say their goodbyes...
"<Just promise me that you won’t forget me... And... if you ever end your journey or if you and your trainer go separate ways, will you look for me? Will you still love me and come for me then? Even if it’s years away...?>"
"<I will. I promise it.>"
Train-Station Goodbye: Though there's no train station involved, Pikachu's final goodbye to Pichi has a lot of elements of this.
Opposites Attract: The rather calm, serious Pikachu who loves battles to the rather hyperactive, playful Pichi who'd rather just be a 'pet' Pokemon.
What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Pikachu ponders this for a good majority of the fic, especially in regards to how one day it might effect Ash. Eventually, once he starts to develop feelings for Pichi, he starts wondering this about himself.
He stopped and gazed down at his feet, feeling embarrassed as these strange emotions coursed through him. He had never thought such things. What was wrong with him? Was this what made Brock such a weirdo, and were these the emotions that would someday make Ash forget him? Were these feelings of love?